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TABLE OF CONTENTS
IN THIS ISSUE
Chairman's Christmas Greetings 1
Construction — Maintenance 2
Dedication of 1-95 7
Oak City - Lewiston Bridge Dedication 10
Tom Burton Retires 12
Joys of Christmas 13
His Christmas Gift 14
Traffic Engineers Elect New Officers 15
Accident Experience IB
Spirit of Christmas Dips Into The Hills 16
The Bells of Christmas 18
Largest Christmas Tree 18
Did You Receive A Poinsettia? 19
Glory to God in the Highest 20
New Traffic Signs 21
Association News 22
Pot Luck 28
Headquarters News 24
Division News 30
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Christmas is here again. It is that time
of the year when beginning with Decem-
ber 1st, you can warn your children that if
they are not good, or if they do not do
thus and so, Santa Claus will find out
about it. It is that time of the year when
the moralist tells us about how Christmas
is over-commercialized, under Christian-
ized, losing its reverent meaning, and
will soon be a thing of the past. Yet,
somehow every year it's always the same
December 25th, Christmas, that one
day in a year of 365 days which epito-
mizes the spirit which everyone should
have every day of the year. It is a time
of unselfish giving. But contrary to the
moralists opinions, the gift is not some-
thing you can unwrap, it is however a
gift which I am sure that everyone of us
has at one time received. It is the gift of
togetherness. It needs no explanation be-
cause there is no explanation; for every-
one has his own definition, but I am sure
that everyone would agree that there is
no finer gift in the world.
Merry CHRISTMAS is perhaps the
phrase you hear more than any one
phrase of greeting — But I Extend To You
All The Very Warmest Wishes for a very
Merry Christmas and the Happiest of
Remember PLEASE To Drive Safely.
We here in the HIGHWAY department be-
lieve in togetherness and each of you is
a vital part of that togetherness, so be
Published bi-monthly for employees of
The North Carolina State Highway Commission
By the Highway Commission
Public Relations Department
VOLUME *t¥ ' 3
NUMBER XV- ^7
Public Relations Officer Keith Hundley
Editor Frances Newhouse
Associate Editor Jewel Adcock
Receptionist Janie Williams
Photographer Gordon Deans
DAN K. MOORE _ GOVERNOR
JOSEPH M. HUNT, JR CHAIRMAN
Don Matthews, Jr.
W. W. Exum
Ashley M. Murphy
J. B. Brame
Thomas S. Harrington
John F. McNair, III
George L. Hundley
George H. Broadrick
W. B. Garrison
James G. Stdxeleather, Jr.
W. Curtis Russ
W. F. Babcock State Highway Administrator
C. W. Lee Chief Engineer
George Willoughby Secondary Roads Officer
John L. Allen, Jr Controller
Chairman and Mrs. Josephus M. Hunt, Jr.
More than two-thousand years ago
there was born a Child in Bethlehem,
and though there were many wise men
in the world at that time only three had
the courage, the willingness and the
fortitude to actively seek out the Christ
child, the one who was to become the
Prince of Peace.
As our third Christmas together ap-
proaches, it comes at a time when the
world is in trouble. This year at Christ-
mastime, let us turn our hearts and
minds back toward the true meaning
of Christmas and pray, as He would
have prayed, for Peace on Earth and
Goodwill among All Men.
By HUNTER IRVING
The Roadway Construction and Maintenance Depart-
ments of the North Carolina State Highway Commission
is under the supervision of Hunter D. Irving, Assistant
Chief Engineer, Construction- Maintenance, who is, of
course, under the direct supervision of the Chief Engi-
neer. In addition this office is staffed by State Construc-
tion Engineer, Mr. John H. Davis; Assistant Construc-
tion Engineer, Mr. W. E. Latham; Office Engineer, Mr.
T. C. Hartman; Final Estimate Engineer, Mr. J. M.
Coiner, who has three assistants, Mr. C. G. Smith, Mr.
R. L. Willis, and Mr. Larry Cordell. Also, employed in
the Construction-Maintenance office are two Steno Ills,
Mrs. Sally H. Rayle, Hunter Irving's secretary; Mrs.
Grace Young, John Davis' secretary; one Clerk IV, Mrs.
Virginia McDonald working with Mr. Hartman; one
Clerk II, Mrs. Sara Cross, who also works with the
Office Engineer; one Steno II, Mrs. Carolyn Riggs, who
works for W. E. Latham and J. M. Coiner; one Steno I,
Miss Mary Lee Griffin, working with Steno III and Steno
II of Mr. Davis' staff. In addition to the above, there
are 7 Area Construction Engineers; Mr. R. F. Deanes,
Mr. J. E. Allen, Mr. Q. L. Sorrell, Mr. D. B. Roberts,
Mr. L. H. Beam, Mr. R. H. Thompson, and Mr. F. K.
Westwood. These men cover separate areas of the State
assisting in field plan inspections and supervision of con-
struction including final inspections and recommendations
to the Chief Engineer for acceptance of constructed pro-
Also, working under this office and the supervision
of Mr. Davis is Mr. John Walton, Bituminous Inspection
Supervisor, and his staff. Mr. Walton's staff includes
one Steno II, Mrs. Shirley Carroll, and six Area Bitu-
minous Inspectors: Mr. J. A. McQueen, Mr. A. R.
Cherry, Mr. J. E. Bobbitt, Mr. L. G. Cockman, Mr. G.
G. Lupton, and Mr. W. P. Ware. These men cover and
make routine inspections of bituminous work, assisting
engineers and inspectors in the field with bituminous
paving. In addition to those working out of the Raleigh
Left to Right: T. C. Hartman, Office Engineer; Mrs.
Sara Cross, Clerk II; Mrs. Virginia McDonald, Clerk IV.
Left to Right: Mrs. Sally H. Rayle, Secretary to Assis-
tant Chief Engineer, Construction — Maintenance; H. D.
Irving, Assistant Chief Engineer, Construction — Main-
Office, there are 72 Resident Engineers, who have direct
supervision of construction under the supervision of Di-
vision Engineers. These engineers assisted by other en-
gineering personnel totaling approximately 1,140 em-
ployees consisting of Assistant Resident Engineer, Tech-
nicians, Inspectors, and Engineering Aides stake out, in-
spect, and supervise work in the field. The present engi-
neering complement lacks approximately 70 employees
of being filled; however, this complement still needs to
be increased by approximately 70 employees.
After plans and proposals are prepared, projects are
advertised for letting on a given date usually the fourth
Tuesday each month. Lettings are conducted by Assist-
ant Chief Engineer, Construction-Maintenance, and As-
sistant Chief Engineers, Administration, accompanied by
T. C. Hartman, Office Engineer.
Opening of bids is performed by Mr. G. W. Fulghum
and others from Roadway Design Department, Proposals
and Contracts Section, checking for correct attachments,
etc., after which they are then turned over to Mr. T. C.
Hartman for checking of bond, signing of contract, and
other discrepancies that may be noticeable. After which
reading of the bids is performed by Assistant Chief En-
gineers Hardesty and Irving.
During construction all partial payments, changes and
extra work orders are submitted through our office for
checking and forwarded to the Chief Engineer for ap-
proval. Final estimates are also submitted through our
office for a thorough checking by the Final Estimate
Section headed by Mr. J. M. Coiner. After checking,
these are submitted also to the Chief Engineer by Assist-
ant Chief Engineer with a detailed report recommending
full payment if there is no overrun in completion or
other discrepancies questioned by the contractor.
The Highway Construction Department has an adminis-
trative and engineering function staffed to the Chief
Engineer through the Assistant Chief Engineer, Con-
struction — Maintenance. It is headed by John H. Davis,
State Construction Engineer, and other personnel directly
assigned include W. E. Latham, Assistant State Con-
struction Engineer; T. C. Hartman, Office Engineer; John
D. Walton, Bituminous Inspection Supervisor; J. M. Coin-
er, Final Estimate Engineer; C. G. Smith, R. L. Willis,
Mrs. Virginia McDonald, Mrs. Grace Young, Mrs. Sara
Cross, Mrs. Carolyn Riggs, Miss Mary Lee Griffin, and
Mrs. Shirley Carroll, all of whom work in the Raleigh
The work of the Department is by nature largely a
field function further staffed by seven Area Roadway Con-
struction Engineers and six Area Bituminous Inspectors.
The general overall operation of the total department
is to maintain direct liaison with the division construction
forces to assure that the engineering, inspection, and
payments to the contractor are in compliance with stand-
ard and uniform established procedures. All in accordance
with plans, Standard Specifications, and contract docu-
ments. The department responsibilities include: develop-
ment of uniform construction practicing procedures, the
review evaluation and recommendation for Standard Spec-
ification, the general and specific counsel with con-
struction personnel relating to technical and administrative
matters, the review of monthly and final payments to
contractors, evaluation and assignment of personnel al-
locations from a statewide level, the assimilation and
preparation of various construction progress reports, final
inspection of roadway work aleading to recommendation
for acceptance, and maintenance of close liaison with
Bureau of Public Roads to insure Federal participation
on contract work.
Office engineering section — Mr. T. C. Hartman has
the working title of Office Engineer and is assisted in this
capacity by Mrs. Virginia McDonald and Mrs. Sara
Cross. The Office Engineer is responsible for reviewing,
checking and evaluating all monthly and final payments
to contractors, and contractor's payrolls in Interstate pro-
jects. He is responsible for all miscellaneous correspon-
dence and for the assimilation of data used in the prepara-
tion of construction progress reports. Through the assist-
ance of others, the Office Engineer maintains perpetual
card index files with pertinent facts thereon of all con-
Final Estimate Engineer — Mr. J. M. Coiner has the
working title of Final Estimate Engineer and is assisted
by Mr. C. G. Smith, and Mr. Ronald Wills. This section
also utilizes the services of an Engineer in Training, who
at the present time is Mr. Larry Cordell. The Final
Estimate Engineer and his staff are responsible for check-
ing all roadway final estimates prepared by the Chief
Engineer. All records regarding final estimate for road-
ways are maintained by this section.
Bituminous Section — The Bituminous Pavement Section
of the Construction Department is under the super-
vision of Mr. John D. Walton, who in turn is assisted
by six Area Inspectors and one secretary. Assistants to
Mr. Walton, are W. P. Ware, L. G. Cockman, Grady
Lupton, James McQueen, J. E. Bobbitt, Albert Cherry.
Personnel of this section of the Construction Depart-
ment act as specialists in bituminous construction and
give counsel and advice to field forces in this connection.
They review and inspect all bituminous work for adher-
Left to Right: W. E. Latham, Assistant State Con-
struction Engineer; John H. Davis, State Construction
ence to specifications, plans, contracts, and sound con-
struction practices. The section is responsible for the is-
suance of all initial criteria and any changes necessary
pertaining to bituminous mixes and bituminous construc-
tion. They assist the Resident Engineer and the contrac-
tor's personnel in obtaining quality work, all in com-
pliance with contract documents.
Area Construction Engineers — The Area Roadway
Construction Engineers supervised by the State Con-
struction Engineer are specialists in all phases of roadway
construction and as such, serve as direct liaison between
the division construction personnel and the Central Of-
fice in Raleigh. The seven Area Roadway Construction
Engineers are: R. F. Deanes, in Greenville; Q. L. Sorrell,
in Durham; J. E. Allen, in Fayetteville; D. B. Roberts, in
Albemarle; L. H. Beam, in Shelby; R. H. Thompson, in
Left to Right: Mrs. Carolyn Riggs, Steno II; Mrs.
Grace Young, Steno III; Miss Mary Lee Griffin, Steno 1.
Asheville; and F. K. Westwood, in Sylva. The Area Con-
struction Engineers make routine and specific inspections
of work underway and advise division construction per-
sonnel toward compliance with contract and specifications.
The prime responsibility of this section is to insure com-
pliance with Standard Specifications, established prac-
tices, and to inspect the work in detail upon its comple-
tion with a view toward recommending acceptance from
There are new techniques in construction developed
over the last few years, one of which we are now using
"Controlled Blasting (presplitting) ". This is a precision
blasting technique that controls overbreaks, increases
safety, and produces economics in manpower and main-
tenance. Presplitting is a revolutionary new concept in
the art of controlling blasting and procedures "Line drill-
ed*' results without the high cost of actual line drilling.
This technique has the following advantages over usual
methods of blasting used to produce the same results.
1. Rock overbreak behind the presplit blast holes is re-
duced to an absolute minimum less extra unpaid for
excavation also fewer blast holes are required than for
line drilling. Extra dollar savings in drilling costs. 2.
Reduction in ground vibrations from primary blasting, —
fewer complaints from nearby houseowners and indus-
tries. 3. Sheer, clean rock walls obtained greatly reduce
scaling time. 4. Back shadowing reduced — much safer
wall to work under; also, requires less maintenance. 5.
"Entire depth of cut may be presplit in one blast —
saves resetting up time." In number 5 above, you will
notice statement that the entire depth of cut may be pre-
split with one blast. This can be done; however, we find
that depths of approximately 25 feet maximum to be
best for presplitting.
Left to Right: J. D. Walton, Bituminous Inspection
Supervisor; Mrs. Shirley Carroll, Secretary to Bituminous
Following grading and structure work were three con-
tracts let for crushing, placing stone, and surface treat-
ment at a cost of $2,691,364.82. This work was completed
in the fall of 1967, after which paving contracts were let
including boring of an additional tunnel to be com-
pleted and opened to traffic in late 1968 The present
work under contract amounts to $4,857,748.44 making a
grand total of $33,706 348.41 for construction cost only.
As you can observe from pictures, this has been, I be-
lieve, the most unusual and interesting job ever construct-
ed in North Carolina, due primarily to the rugged ter-
rain and rock excavation. In the pictures can be noticed
benching of cut sections to prevent overbreaks and slides.
Nevertheless, a considerable amount of sliding occurred
regardless of the benching. Slides totaling approximately
800.000 cubic yards came down from the cut areas and
had to be moved, another one on the lake side still shows
some movement and corrective measures are to be taken
to stabilize same before paving. Approximately 200,000
cubic yards of excavation has been removed from this
slide area in order to lighten the load and reduce move-
ment of the slide.
Above is a sight of one of the new Welcome Stations
that will go on this road.
Slides are not uncommon on mountain work; however,
as mentioned once before, controlled blasting technique
(presplitting) almost eliminates this condition where
rock is of such nature that it can be presplit.
The "Pigeon River Road" the western most North
Carolina link of 1-40 down the Pigeon River Gorge in
Haywood County has received a lot of publicity in recent
months because the "Last Leg" of construction on the
22 miles from Cove Creek to the Tennessee line has be-
gun and paving will get under way in March of 1968.
Some 21.758.000 cubic yards of mostly hard rock has
been placed in fills up to 320 feet in height and in large
waste areas, one of which held 2.000.000 yards and will
be the site of North Carolina's Welcome Center on Inter-
state 40. Cut slopes are benched to slow down rock fall
and hold luture slides. Cut benches are at 40 feet to 70
feet intervals up the cut slope and are from 15 feet
to 30 feet in width. One cut is 398 feet high and has six
benches. Three tunnels, two retaining walls, seven bridges,
two arch culverts, and several box culverts were necessary
in the construction and these together with the concrete
median barrier, which will be built within the next year
represents approximately 67,000 cubic yards of concrete.
Approximately 950,000 tons of coarse aggregate base
course and 180,000 tons of asphalt plant mix will form
the pavement structure.
Theory of Presplitting
"Presplitting", as the name implies is a unique method
of producing a plane of split rock prior to any primary
drilling or blasting.
Although a cut may be presplit for the entire depth
or to a preselected bench level.
Generally the system consists of: (a) drilling the line
of small diameter holes in the same plane; (b) loading
these holes with an option amount of explosives secured
to primacords; (c) stemming the holes; (d) attaching
primacord, trunk line, and finally detonating the prima-
cord which together with the explasive accomplishes the
The option amount of explosives per hole is so selected
that the resulting high gas pressure places the rock in
tension. Tinsel cracks reinforced between holes results
in a splitting of the rock between the lines of holes thus
forming a plane of discontinuity.
Site of Slide.
With the primary blast holes which are drilled within
several feet of sheered plane are detonated, the broken
rock peels away from the presplit face with no action
occurring behind the presplit face. Pictures shown are
rock cuts presplit on highway project 8.2070302, FH-38-1
(1), Jackson-Transylvania Counties.
We have some rock in North Carolina that will not suc-
cessfully presplit due to being seamy and not real hard.
The harder the rock without seams the better it presplits.
This technique was first tried in North Carolina in late
1964 or early 1965 along Interstate 40 through the Pigeon
River Gorge. This work proved to be very successful
and since that time it is being included in contract pro-
jects where rock excavation is to be encountered.
As a contrast to rock excavation and controlled blasting
by presplitting, we now go to the northeastern part of
the State where it is necessary to remove by machine or
otherwise ten to fifteen feet of muck from swamp eleva-
tion by heavy equipment. Afterwards filling this canal
with borrow excavation, placing a surcharge on end of
embankment as it is being placed for displacement of
muck and unsuitable material below the excavated ten
to fifteen feet. As this is being done, a bull dozer works
on the end of the embankment pushing the surcharge
Left to Right: C. G. Smith, Highway Engineer I; R. L.
Willis, Engineering Technician III; Larry Cordell, Civil
Technician Trainee; J. M. Coiner, Highway Engineer II.
down into the loose muck material forcing it forward so
as not to trap this material in or under the embank-
ment. Displacement can be seen in pictures. By this
means on the project shown in the pictures unsuitable
material was displaced and removed to a depth of as
much as fifty feet below swamp elevation. So as you
see, eastern North Carolina has it problems also in high-
The Most Outstanding Project
Beginning in March 1963 one of the most outstanding
sections of road built in North Carolina was begun, this
being the Pigeon River Gorge project, which is now a
part of Interstate Route 40 was placed under contract
for grading and structures which included No. 1 tun-
nel. This covered a distance of 6.59 miles from the Ten-
nessee line to a point near Cold Springs. The cost of this
project being $1,650,895.96 and was completed April 26,
1955. Following this project, in January, 1957 an addi-
tional contract was let covering exploratory core borings
at sites of two proposed tunnels at a cost of $47,957.74.
This work was completed April 25, 1967. Following this,
additional contracts were let, one covering 3.63 miles to
Asheville Contracting Company in February, 1958 from
Waterville Dam on Pigeon River to a point 0.5 miles
northwest of Fines Creek and completed August 20,
1959. One additional exploratory core boring project was
let to Perry M. Alexander Construction Company, March,
1961 and completed June, 1961. Following this, contracts
were let in 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, with the
final grading and structure work being completed in
September of 1966. This grading and structures included
seven different contracts with a cost of $25,915,396.78.
There were two clearing contracts with a cost of $144,500-
View of Presplitting
.00; three exploratory boring contracts amounting to
$97,338.37; this gives a grand total of $26,157,235.15 for
clearing, grading, and building structures on 22 miles
through the Pigeon River Gorge.
There are numerous interesting highway projects un-
der contract throughout the State; however, we do not
have sufficient space to cover more. It appears now that
1968 will be the largest construction year in North Caro-
lina's Highway History ranging from small projects to
several within the two to three million dollar range.
As stated before there is a shortage in our Construc-
tion personnel complement, which we hope to fill with
an increase in the complement for more assistance in
handling this tremendous construction program. With the
fine quality of construction personnel now employed and
with additional personnel to fill vacancies. I feel posi-
tive that this work will be supervised and handled in a
commendable manner by those in charge.
1-40 with Tennessee in the background.
DON'T BE A
OUR THANKS AGAIN IN 1967
We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to
our artist, Elise Speights, who has so graciously given
her time and talent to our many Christmas drawings
Dedication of 1-95 - Gold Rock Interchange
Remarks By J. M. HUNT, JR., Chairman
Governor Moore, Mr. Valentine,
Commissioner Renfro, Mr. Morawski,
distinguished federal, state and local
officials, guests, ladies and gentle-
This is a proud day for North
Carolina! With the opening of this
thirty--mile section of Interstate 95,
we are able to provide travelers in
this State with a major four-lane
highway facility all the way from our
border with Virginia to within 14
miles of our border with South Caro-
Those who have lived in this area
over the past several years will re-
joice, I know, that this section of
road is now complete.
Those who have driven along NC
48 between Roanoke Rapids and
Rocky Mount will rejoice.
Those who have driven along US
301 between Weldon and Rocky
Mount will rejoice.
And those who have seen traffic
pile up on US 301 and on the US
158 connector at Weldon on holidays
In our rejoicing, there are some
things and some names I feel are
All too often we tend to think
in terms of an impersonal "THEY"
when we speak of projects such as
this one, but I can assure you that
the men involved in this project
were very much interested in it in
a very personal way.
And there is far more involved in
moving a project such as this one
from idea to reality than at first
meets the eye. There is not time to-
day to give you a detailed accounting
of the hours of planning and working
that went into the construction of
Interstate 95 from Weldon to Gold
Suffice it to say that engineers
and planners of both the North Caro-
lina State Highway Commission and
the US Bureau of Public Roads have
virtually lived with this project over
the past four years.
There are those here today who
walked over this project when it was
nothing more than a set of plans and
30 miles of swamps and pasture land.
There are those here today who
saw the first earth moved in grad-
ing on this project, and who saw the
last sign erected and the last grass
There are some names we all
There is Worth Joyner of Rocky
Mount, who was Commissioner from
this Division when the first grading
contract was let.
There is Carl Renfro of Wilson,
the current Commissioner from this
Division, who has moved the project
along to completion.
Ed Koonce, who retired this year,
was Division Engineer when this pro-
ject was begun.
And Bob Dawson, who served as
assistant to Mr. Koonce, is Division
Engineer on the date of the opening
of the project.
M. W. Moore served as Resident
Engineer on the southern half of the
project, and his counterpart north of
NC 561 is Bob Deans.
To these men we owe a debt of
thanks, as we do Mr. T. J. Moraw-
ski of the Raleigh Office of the Bu-
reau of Public Roads and his staff.
And to Bill Babcock and Cam Lee
and the staff of the State Highway
We must also remember the men of
Ballenger Paving Company, Dickerson
Construction Company, Barnhill Con-
tracting Company, Ray D. Lowder
Company, Wilson Construction Com-
pany, Triplett and Ryan Construction
Companies, Southern Roadbuilders
and Rea Construction Companies and
Whitmeyer Brothers Sign Company.
These are the firms which graded,
paved, erected signs and fencing and
landscaped this thirty miles of Inter-
state Highway we are dedicating here
today, and these are the names that
we should remember.
Interstate 95 across the two East-
ern North Carolina counties — Nash
and Halifax — provides an important
new addition to North Carolina's
road system, but it provides even
The segment of this road in the
North-bound lane South of NC 561
will provide the Highway Commis-
sion and the US Bureau of Public
Roads with a continuing laboratory.
This fifteen-mile section includes
eight experimental concrete pave-
ment areas — six to nine inches
thick and two specially reinforced
sections eight inches thick.
Frank Pace, our pavement design
engineers and others will keep these
test sections under study.
From what we learn on these test
sections, we will base our selection of
concrete paving practices in the fu-
As I said in the beginning, this is
a proud day for North Carolina —
for you, for our Governor, for the
Highway Commission, and for the
many individuals who gave hours,
months and years of effort to the
construction of this project. And I, as
Chairman of your Highway Commis-
sion, am proud to take part in its
Representative Eagles, Mr. Ren-
fro, Mayor Roberson, Chairman
Fountain, other distinguished officia's
and guests, ladies and gentlemen:
This business of coming to Eastern
North Carolina to dedicate highways
is getting to be a habit — and a good
habit it is.
From a completely personal point
of view, Eastern North Carolina is
very dear to me.
It was from Eastern North Caro-
lina that I got my first pledges of
support when I decided to run for
Speaker of the House. And the
friendships which developed from
that campaign and from other activi-
ties in the House have made lasting
bonds between the East and me.
Friendships like the one between
your Representative, Joe Eagles,
mean more to me than I could ever
put into words.
And the City of Tarboro itself has
a special place in my heart.
Chick Turk and the late Willie
Holderness came to my hometown —
Greensboro — from here, and no one
will ever be able to properly account
for what they meant to the economic
and social growth of Greensboro.
Bob Norfleet, one of Greensboro's
leading architects, and Bob Taylor
of Jefferson Standard also have Tar-
boro backgrounds and added greatly
to Greensboro's growth.
It has been my proud privilege over
the years to call these men friend.
But, back to this business of dedi-
cating roads in the East; late last
month it was my pleasure to join
members of the General Assembly,
members of the Highway Commis-
sion and its staff and Doctor Leo
Jenkins of East Carolina University
in the dedication of the new Roanoke
River Bridge between Oak City and
Today, we are here to formally
dedicate to the growth and develop-
ment of Tarboro and Edgecombe
County this Tarboro Bypass.
Then, on December first, it will be
my pleasure to return to this gen-
eral area with the Governor and
others from Raleigh for the dedica-
tion of almost 30 miles of Interstate
95 between Weldon and Gold Rock.
Chairman J. M. Hunt, Jr. Cutting Ribbon.
If you should notice a broad smile
on Commissioner Renfro's face, it's
there with good reason. This dedica-
tion today, and the one on 1-95 on
December first will make available
two very significant links of highway
to Eastern North Carolina.
1-95, with its US 301 connector,
will give the State a four-lane high-
way all the way from the Virginia
line to within hailing distance of
This project we are dedicating to-
day is also very significant.
First, because it provides an im-
portant new bypass route for Tar-
boro. It also gives a new through
traffic artery to those folks who live
elsewhere, but work and shop in
Tarboro. It takes away local traffic
congestion from your downtown
streets, thus giving Tarboro's busi-
ness district back to Tarboro's people
This project is also significant in
that it was the first primary high-
way project to receive a "shot-in-the-
arm" from the THREE-HUNDRED-
MILLION dollar road bond issue.
The Tarboro Bypass was designed
as a Federal-aid project and was on
its way to be constructed with Fed-
eral funds. But, as we all know, there
came a time when funds from the
Federal kitty got a little scarce.
Realizing the importance of the by-
pass to the overall Tarboro road and
street system, Commissioner Renfro
set aside money from the primary
bond funds available to this Division
to move the project along toward
completion. Today, it is ready for
traffic long before it would have
been had it been left as a Federal-
This five-mile link we are dedicat-
ing here today will not be the last
of your highway needs in Tarboro,
and neither is it the last project to
be let to contract in your town dur-
ing this administration.
It is my pleasure to announce to-
day on behalf of your Commissioner,
Mr. Carl Renfro, that plans have
been completed on an Urban Bond
project which will begin right here.
That project, on which we hope to
call for bids in January or February,
includes the widening to 64 feet and
the installation of curb and gutter
along Howard Avenue from the by-
pass all the way back to US 64 busi-
In addition, we plan to call for bids
at the same time on the upgrading
to 24-feet wide pavement NC 42
from Conetoe to the Martin County
And, of course, work is already
under way on improvement of NC
124 in Macclesfield and NC 42 in
This bypass was constructed at a
cost of more than TWO-MILLION
dollars as a partial four-lane facility,
and is designed so that additional
lanes can be added easily when traf-
fice warrants and funds are available.
Your own Barnhill Contracting
Company and William Muirhead
Company of Durham started work
on the project, which includes a new
Tar River Bridge, in the spring of
1966. Now, in the fall of 1967, the
project is completed and all yours.
Traffic has actually been moving
over it for three weeks.
I said a moment ago this bypass
would not be your last highway pro-
ject during this administration.
Neither will this ribbon-cutting to-
day be the last time the Highway
Commission will pay attention to this
There is, of course, regular main-
tenance, but there will be other work
relative to the bypass.
For instance, after a project such
as this one is opened, there are usual^
ly a few accidents. Some have al-
ready occurred on this bypass.
For that reason, after consulting
with your Representative, Joe Eagles,
and Commissioner Renfro, I have di-
rected the Traffic Engineering De-
partment to continue its surveillance
of the bypass and to make recommen-
dations as to what can be done to
make this facility as safe as possible.
One check was made last Friday,
and our Traffic people are working
closely with your police chief, the
Public Works Department and the
City Manager's Office to come up
with some solution for the situation
at Wilson Street intersection.
The activities of our Traffic De-
partment and your local officials will
go a long way toward improving the
safety of this bypass, but there is
still a great need for your assistance.
I urge you as citizens to cooperate
fully with your local law enforce-
ment agents. I urge you to use your
best driving manners. And urge the
members of the local press to con-
stantly remind all users of this by-
pass to use it with the greatest of
The safety and convenience of high-
way users here and across North
Carolina is the prime concern of the
We know that there are still many
goals to be achieved in our overall
highway program. We have not, and
will not, be able to construct or im-
prove every mile of road in the east
or the west or the Piedmont which is
considered important by someone.
But we feel that we have been suc-
cessful here in the East in providing
many needed miles.
Here in Highway Division Four,
Mr. Renfro has developed and put un-
der contract a highway program in-
volving one-thousand -two-hundred and
seventy miles of road at a cost of al-
DOLLARS. And this does not take
into consideration the projects done
by State Forces, nor those developed
and not yet let to contract.
Your Highway Commission knows,
your representatives in the General
Asssembly know, your Governor
knows that there are some lacks in
the highway system of this State.
For one thing, this area was left
without an Interstate connection back
in the planning days — the late for-
ties and early fifties. But I have per-
sonally been to Washington with
every member of the Highway Com-
mission to plead your case in light of
upcoming Federal road programs.
The Federal highway planners and
our Congressional Delegation know
that if the Interstate System is ex-
panded after 1975, North Carolina
expects to get connectors from our
coastal regions to the Piedmont.
At the same time. North Carolina,
and especially, the East, is changing
Our road needs are changing, and for
that reason. Governor Moore is ready
now to appoint a Blue Ribbon Com-
mission to take a good look at how
we are doing.
This special study group, which will
take a look at the broad highway pic-
ture, in addition to our regular con-
tinuing highway needs study, is ty-
pical of the solid planning which
your Highway Commission has al-
Ladies and gentlemen, so long as
we have the support of local people,
so long as we set our sights on com-
mon goals and work together to ac-
hieve them, we can expect to see
more dedications like this one today.
More for Tarboro. More for East-
ern North Carolina. More for the
Address at Oak City
Congressman Jones, Senator Har-
rington, Senator Wood, Representa-
tive Burden, Representative Everett.
Commissioner Matthews, Mayor
Johnson, Mayor Bunch, other local,
county and State officials, guests, la-
dies and gentlemen:
It's not every day that a man gets
to take part in the dedication of a
monument so important as the one
on which we are standing this morn-
ing, and what a wonderful occasion
It gives me a great deal of pleas-
ure to be here among you as the rib-
bon is cut on this highway project.
Not because we are dedicating anoth-
er multi-million dollar road project
for Eastern North Carolina, but be-
cause with the passing of the scissors
edge through the satin of the ribbon,
still another barrier to the proper
growth and development of this re-
gion has fallen.
For many years the people of this
area of the Roanoke River Basin
have been the victims of geography.
They have been able to stand at their
DEDICATION OF OAK CITY-LEWISTON BRIDGE
homes and look across to their neigh-
bors on the other shore. It was reach-
ing them that was another matter.
Those who lived in Martin County
with business in Bertie and points
north have had to travel many miles
out of their way to find a river cross-
ing. The same has been true of those
in Bertie with business in Martin
and points to the south.
This bridge and its accompanying
system of smaller bridges and ap-
proach roads will end all that.
The distance from Oak City to
Lewiston will be considerably short-
er, and this section of Eastern North
Carolina will be more tightly knit.
And actually, this is only a begin-
ning. On our designers drawing boards
at this very minute are plans for ex-
tending NC-Highway-11 all the way
to Aulander. Eventually, with con-
struction moved forward as the funds
are available, this route will provide
a bypass for Lewiston and tie into
NC-350, thus providing a much need-
ed connector for the Greenville-Kin-
ston Area to the corridor leading
from the Ahoskie Area toward Nor-
I said at the beginning that it's
not every day a man is invited to
take part in the dedication of an im-
portant monument, and believe you
me, this bridge is an important mon-
This is far more than a structure
of concrete and steel and asphalt. It
is a physical expression of a spirit
that has made Eastern North Caro-
lina become great and dynamic.
This is far more than an invest-
ment of more than TWO-MILLION
dollars in your tax dollars. It is the
final result of years of planning and
This bridge and those roads are
far more than just a new avenue for
the movement of people and com-
merce across the Roanoke River.
They are symbolic of the New Day
which has come to Eastern North
Carolina. A new day reflected in new
attitudes and efforts of the people of
this great region.
Once, Eastern North Carolina was
considered a sleepy, easy-going re-
gion, where farming was the only way
While farming is still extremely im-
portant to this area, it stands now
as a full partner to commerce and in-
dustry, and even farming has given
up its old name for a new one — Agri-
Today, Eastern North Carolina is
throbbing with new energy and new
ideas. With new goals and more vig-
orous approaches toward them.
Today, Eastern North Carolina's
new look — its new day — is re-
flected in many concrete ways.
It is reflected in the establishment
of a University at Greenville — an
institution which will pour still more
and better ideas and new energies in-
to this area.
It is reflected in your new attempts
to interest industry in your tremen-
dous labor force and your unbeliev-
able water supply — probably the
best in the United States.
It is reflected in your new approach
to using all the tools at your com-
mand to bring new industry, new
ideas and new money into Eastern
North Carolina, such as the develop-
ment of the fine Tri-County Airport
at Ahoskie. Industry today must have
The new look of Eastern North
Carolina is reflected in the size of
your current highway program —
your Commissioner, Don Matthews,
has set up projects which are either
completed or underway in this area
totaling more than ELEVEN-MIL-
It is reflected in the new demands
that you are making on your gov-
ernment in Raleigh through the High-
way Commission and other agencies.
These demand — the problems which
you are experiencing — are healthy
signs. They are signs of good, solid
growth. They are signs which will
keep industry, business and govern-
ment interested in you and your fu-
ture, and it will be my pleasure —
working through your Commissioner
Don Matthews — to offer you the
continued services of the Highway
Don has a sympathetic ear, and
Lord knows he is an interested as
any man here in the growth and well-
being of Eastern North Carolina, and
he'll make every possible effort to
meet any reasonable demand head-
on, and with the help of his fellow
Easterners, fill it.
Ladies and gentlemen, Eastern
North Carolina has come of age due
to your New Spirit. And I say again
as I said at the beginning, what a
wonderful day this is, and what a
wonderful thing to take part in the
dedication of this monument to the
New Spirit of Eastern North Caro-
Mr. Tom Burton, 7th Division Engineer, Retires
Mr. Tom Burton at his desk.
Only once in a great while does there come along a
man who is so closely identified with the work he does
as Tom Burton is.
The Highway System in this area — in Guilford, Ala-
mance, Caswell, Orange and Rockingham Counties —
bears his stamp.
In a word association game with folks who have lived
around here for any length of time, you wouldn't have
to go long before you produced the match "ROADS —
I know very well that's how I'd react!
Tom Burton has grown with the highway system
in North Carolina. He and it have matured and come
of age together, step by step all the way.
Back in 1921, Tom Burton was a young man of en-
ergy unbounded. Fresh out of VPI, he believed that
the world had a tail to be grabbed and hung onto. He
believed that a man could, through hard work and deter-
mination, shape his own destiny and at the same time,
help to shape the destiny of his State.
North Carolina was, back during those days, shaking
off the slowdown which had resulted from giving up
much of its manpower to the doughboys band. The Tar
Heel State was restless and growing — needing energetic
young men like Tom.
North Carolina became somewhat of an "upstart" state
in 1921. Who ever heard of a fiscally conservative state —
a Southern state at that — issuing 50-million dollars
in bonds to build roads with. Well, the world heard of it,
and the echoes of that first big rumble haven't died away
Tom Burton heard the thunder close at hand, and right
there he cast his lot with the Highway Commission of
North Carolina, and though he got his first taste of the
business in Virginia, he and North Carolina's roads have
been part and parcel of the same program together ever
since. Tom Burton is unique among employees of the
State Highway Commission and has the distinct honor
of being the only man to have served under every Chair-
man the North Carolina Highway Commission has ever
Tom Burton has been in a most enviable position. He
has been able to view from the inside the growth and
development of this Commission's responsibility from
a few miles of roads — some paved, most not — to a
system of more than 73 - thousand miles in every county,
city and town in the State.
And with his experience which ranges from rodman
and instrument man up through district engineer and
division engineer, I'd have to be standing beside a bank-
er before I'd try to tell you the amount of tax money
he has seen converted into roads around here.
That same experience gives Tom the right to tell you,
and all of you that his very sweat, blood and tears are
a part of this Division Seven Highway System.
Ton Burton has roamed over every part of this division.
He's scrambled up and down river bluffs and through lau-
rel thickets. He's seen us go from sixteen-foot-wide pave-
ments on which cars whizzed along at speeds well over
25 miles an hour to this modern day, with eight - lane
expressways where cars zoom through urban areas at up
to 50 - miles an hour. And he's built, or helped to build
about every mile of all the roads in between these eras.
But even with all the time and effort he's given to
the Highway Commission over the years, he's still found
time to be active in his church, civic activities and those
of Masonic and Shrine Orders, not just as a participant,
but as a leader.
Tom Burton is a good man. He's a strong family man.
He's a man who has given outstanding service and full
effort to his every undertaking.
About January first, Tom is going to put away his
engineering boots. He might swap his transit for a
fishing rod — his log book for a novel, but he'll never be
able to get away from the Highway Commission because
of the years he has given it.
Tom can no longer run as far and as fast in a day as
he once could. That unbounded energy of his youth is
now tempered with the wisdom and solid judgment that
a few years in a responsible position usually brings, but
he is no less valuable a man.
Tom, every man in this room considers it an honor
and a privilege to call you friend. They know what you've
done for this area and this State. They know you've gone
the extra mile to do that "little something" that makes
a man's memory of meeting you pleasant. They know
that you're a good man and a good friend.
It would be useless for me to try to say just how much
my own personal friendship with you over the years has
meant, but I do want to say this before I quit.
The Highway Commission and this State are very for-
tunate that you chose the career you did. I'm proud to
know you, prouder still to have worked with you these
past two years, and I know that every man in this room
joins me in wishing you all the very best in the years to
Mr. Burton was born October 18, 1901, son of George
A. and Annah Wood Burton, in Mecklenburg County,
Virginia. He was educated in the Danville public schools
and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Blacksburg. Hesi-
tating for a while as a young man between engineering
and medicine, he turned to the former, and after leaving
school, he got a job with the Virginia Highway Depart-
ment, with which he had served part time during vacation
while he was in college. Contact with a North Carolina
engineering party near the State border resulted in Mr.
Burton crossing the line to become a long-time member
of North Carolina's road building and maintenance forces.
On April 1, 1921, right at the beginning of the big bond
issue push in road construction, he took a rodman's job
with the State. He soon was promoted to inspector and
then became an instrumentman working on top soil, re-
inforced concrete bridges and culverts and plain concrete
In February 1926, Mr. Burton was promoted to be a
Resident Engineer, and was on construction in Caswell,
Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, and Davidson counties
until he was transferred to maintenance July 1, 1931.
He had just completed his services on the buildingof the
bridge over the Dan River at Madison when called on
to take over as maintenance supervisor in charge of
betterments and maintenance in Rockingham and Cas-
Above Mrs. Margaret LaRogue Howell, faithful Sec-
retary to Mr. Burton for 35 years. She is a native of Kin-
well counties. He served thus until made District Engi-
neer July 1, 1934, and placed in charge of maintenance
and construction work in the Fifth Division, composed
of Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Granville, Per-
son, Caswell, and Rockingham counties. He has re-
mained at this post, except for a brief period in 1949
when he was transferred with his same rank to the
Seventh Division headquartered at Albemarle.
"My work has consisted of all types of road and bridge
construction," says Mr. Burton, "and I was fortunate
enough to have a part in the grade separation project
at High Point as well as the one at Burlington. During
the years from July 1, 1937, to 1949, we carried on a
construction and extensive maintenance program ex-
cept, of course, the period during the war when our con-
struction was confined to access roads and military es-
tablishments. I would consider the job of the grade sepa-
ration at High Point and the relocation of US-29 north
of Greensboro, and relocation of US-70 at Hillsborough,
as the outstanding jobs completed in the Division during
Mr. Burton married Ruth Ragsdale, of Madison, and
they have three children, Ruth, Kay, and Gay. Kay and
Gay are twins. He is chairman of the Madison Recrea-
tion Commission, a steward of the Methodist Church
and a member of the board of aldermen. He is a Mason,
a Shriner, and a member of the North Carolina Society
of Engineers. His hobbies are golf and hunting, both
neglected of recent years. Mr. Burton has been a trus-
tee of Madison Methodist Church — chairman of the
Pastoral Relations Committee — Vice Chairman of the
Board of Stewards. He was the Director of Madison
Branch of Northwestern Bank and the Director of Pen-
rose Park Country Club for 25 years. He is Mayor Pro-
Tern, of the Town of Madison. It is with great praise
and love that we come to the retirement of Tom A.
Burton. The N. C. State Highway Commission will love
you Tom and will remember you always as a faithful
THE JOYS OF CHRISTMAS
By Charles Dickens
in "Pickwick Papers"
And numerous indeed are the hearts to which Christ-
mas brings a brief season of happiness and enjoyment.
How many families whose members have been dispersed
and scattered far and wide, in the restless struggles of
life, are then reunited and meet once again in that happy
state of companionship and mutual good will, which is
a source of such pure and unalloyed delight, and one so
incomparable with the cares and sorrows of the world that
the religious beliefs of the most civilized nations, and the
rude traditions of the roughest savages, alike number it
among the first joys of a future state of existence, provid-
ed for the blest and happy ! How many old recollection and
how many dormant sympathies does Christmas time
We write these words now, many miles distant from
the spot at which year after year, we met on that day,
a merry and joyous circle. Many of the hearts that
throbbed so gaily then have ceased to beat, many of the
looks that shone so brightly then have ceased to glow:
the hands we grasped have grown cold; the eyes we
sought have hid their luster in the grave; and yet the
old house, the room, the merry voices and smiling faces,
the jest, the laugh, the happy meeting crowd into our
mind at each recurrence of the season as if the last
assemblage had been but yesterday. Happy, happy Christ-
mas that can win us back to the delusions of our childish
days, that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his
youth, and transport soldier and the sailor and the trav-
eler thousands of miles away, back to his own firesides
and his quiet home!
His Christmas Gift
By NORMAN VINCENT PEALE
"Now when Jesus was born in
Bethlehem of Judea in the days of
Herod the King, behold, there came
Of course wise men came. They
have always come to Jesus. They
came to Him then and they come to
Him now. And who were those wise
men? We know only that they came
from the fabled East which in those
far-off days was a region of know-
ledge and culture.
Recently I flew from Calcutta to
Benares to New Delhi to the Vale
of Kashmir to Karachi and on over
the vast expanses of Mesopotamia to
Bagdad — over fabled romantic lands.
And, looking down from an airplane
upon that ancient terrain, I wonder-
ed about those wise men who came
from this area. One could almost in
imagination see them, lonely figures
against eternal sands, motivated by
some impulse they could only dimly
understand to journey onward day
after day always following a star.
* * *
More important than that star in
the heavens was a star in the hearts
of those thoughtful men. Another
rendering of the Bible passage reads:
"We observed the rising of his star."
The wise men discerned that in the
vast stream of human history an
epochal event was about to happen,
best described as the rising of a star
that has been rising ever since and
has yet to reach its zenith.
Other wise men came to Him also.
There were shepherds, workers of
the world, you might say, always
close to poverty and struggle. Some-
times the wisest men are not neces-
sarily those who delve into the great
libraries of the world, or who have
studied under notable teachers and
received degrees from famous uni-
versities. The profoundest wisdom is
often found in plain people.
* * *
There is perhaps a connection be-
tween perceptive understanding and
association with quiet sheep under
the stars. The shepherds mediating
on the spectacular drama of the hea-
vens were able one night to witness
a marvelous thing. For over the
plains of Bethlehem all heaven broke
Entranced, these simple men know
instinctively that this extraordinary
manifestation signified some great
event. So they were drawn unerring-
ly to a stable and knelt with others
by a baby. The artfulness of this
great drama is in the spectacle of
those poor and humble men kneel-
ing side by side with rich rulers and
scholars. Each had been guided by
the rising of His star and so they
were all wise men come to Bethle-
* * *
The Bible tells us that the wise
men returned to their own coutries
another way, referring perhaps not
only to geography but also to atti-
tudes. They returned home from Je-
sus wiser wise men.
In spirit wise men still come to
Bethlehem at Christmas time and
there find in simple form the truth
that God took upon himself, the
form of a man and walked the earth.
God knew that man could understand
man; and therefore sent His Son,
His best representative, to earth. He
loved His Son dearly but sent Him
because He also loved us.
* * *
The Reverend Sam Shoemaker,
rector of Calvary Episcopal Church
in New York City for many years,
an erudite man of broad culture but
with the rare gift of simplicity, once
speculated on what God might have
said to Jesus the night before he left
to go to earth. He imagined God and
Jesus conversing much as a human
boy and his father might talk before
the son leaves home.
God might have said, "Son, I'm
sorry to see you g o . I'm
sure going to miss you. I love you
dearly but want you to go to earth
and tell those poor souls down there
how to live." And Sam though the
last thing God might have said to
Jesus was this: "GIVE THEM ALL
And that, of course, is exactly what
Christmas means: "GIVE THEM
ALL MY LOVE."
* * *
Sam Shoemaker used a little par-
able to show God's purpose in coming
to earth. He pictured a scene on
Christmas morning where children
were playing with new toys. They
have read the directions but cannot
seem to make the toys work — they
don't quite get the hang of it. So
the father gets down on the floor and
helps them get that knack.
Shoemaker commented. "That is
just what God did. He saw us fail-
ing to get the knack of how to live so
the great God got down on his floor
of the world beside us to show us
how it's done."
Perhaps that is indeed the real
purpose of Christmas, simply to give
us the knack of living.
Harold Rhudy New Sec.-Treas.
An N. C. State University professor in transportation
engineering has been elected president of the N. C. Div-
ision of the Institute of Traffic Engineers.
Dr. Paul D. Cribbins of NCSU's civil engineering fac-
ulty was elected to the office during the division's annual
meeting held this week in Raleigh.
Other newly-elected officers are R. V. Moss, city traffic
engineer for High Point, vice president; and Harold C.
Rhudy of Raleigh, assistant traffic engineer of the State
Highway Commission, secretary - treasurer.
More than 100 engineers attended the anual event.
A. C. Hall Jr., director of planning for the City of
Raleigh, was guest speaker.
Purpose of the organization is to stimulate interest
in traffic engineering as a profession, to seek ways and
means of solving transportation engineering problems
in North Carolina, and to support continuing education
programs for those actively engaged in the field.
The four year old division has grown to a current
membership of approximately 150.
Membership in the North Carolina division is open to
all national ITE members and, on an affiliate basis, to
those active in traffic engineering.
TRAFFIC ENGINEERS ELECT NEW OFFICERS
— Newly - elected officers of the North Carolina Div-
ision of the Institute of Traffic Engineers met at North
Carolina State University this week. They are, left to
right, Dr. Paul D. Cribbins of NCSU's civil engineering
faculty, president; R. V. Moss, city traffic engineer for
High Point, vice president; and Harold C. Rhudy, assis-
tant traffic engineer of the North Carolina State Highway
Commission, secretary - treasurer.
By G. R. Fleming
Our accident experience from August, 1966, through
August, 1967, has been disastrous. There have been a
total of 2,115 equipment and personal accidents listed
during this period of time. These accidents have accounted
for a total of 13,906 lost time days. This accident total also
reflects one fatality. The number of lost time days
accounts for the lost services of fifty - three employees
for one solid year. This is especially significant in that
most of the areas in which I have visited to date, the
supervisory people are constantly complaining about be-
ing short - handed. This total of lost time days could
have meant the services of four additional employees
in each division for one year.
I think now is the time for reflection by all of us
on ways and means to remedy this most costly situation.
I believe now is the time for you to give this situation
some long and protracted thought. I would very much
appreciate the benefit of your knowledge and experi-
ence toward helping us remedy this very bad situation.
If you have some ideas that you have promoted and
had some success with, I would certainly like to know
about them. Now is very definitely the time to get started.
It is sincerely hoped that our training series that has
just began will accomplish something in our overall ac-
cident prevention program. In order to carry the point
home very emphatically, it will require a concerted effort
by all of our supervisory personnel to accomplish any
gains on a long term basis. I would like to encourage the
supervisory people to talk to their employees frequently
and knowledgeably concerning accident prevention in
their daily work habits. A five or ten minute meeting
once or twice a week or even every day would be most
This office would be most appreciative if you and
your supervisory personnel would forward to this office
a completed Form Number 100, signifying the extent
and the content of the Safety Meetings you held each
A safety committee in each district area, composed
of approximately three employees, possibly might be ben-
eficial. This committee would be responsible for tho-
roughly checking into each accident that occurred in
their particular area. This committee would also see that
the responsibility of each accident is properly assigned.
Some type of uniform disciplinary action should be in-
stituted in very obvious careless situations and in cases
of repetitious accidents. I would sincerely like to have
your thoughts on this particular method of accident
Accident prevention is an attitude. If our supervisory
people do not set the example, we can not, in good con-
scious, expect too much from our employees. A supervisors
responsibility is not just to get the job done in the
quickest possible manner. A supervisors responsibility is
to get the job done in the most efficient and economical
manner possible. This could only be accomplished by a
very strong emphasis on employee attitudes toward their
overall duties and responsibilities. An accident is a very
costly happening. The Highway Commissions loss is
measured in the costs of Workmen's Compensation, in
lost man hours, and in the cost of equipment repairs
and replacement. Accidents also cost the individual em-
ployee. In some cases, severe deprivation for his is exper-
ienced. Please give this very bad situation some con-
scientious thought. Any and all assistance in helping us
to reduce our accident experience would be greatly ap-
Spirit Of Christmas Dips Into The Hills
By JOHN PARRIS
(Editor's Note: We wish to thank John Parris for allowing us to use
one of his famous mountain Christmas stories.
By JOHN PARRIS
The elfin-faced little man shuffled
along the crowded street.
He was old as fate is old.
He wore a thread-bare jacket too
big for his tiny frame. There was a
patch on one elbow. The sleeves were
turned up about his tiny wrists. His
hands were gnarled, the skin brown-
In his right hand he clutched a
crooked, hickory cane.
As he shuffled along the tap-tap
of the can was lost in the noise of
other feet and muted by the babble
of voices, car horns, racing motors
and the sleigh-bell music pouring
from a loud-speaker.
There was something of the lost
and lonely about him.
He seemed oblivious to the scurry-
ing holiday shoppers.
He spoke to no one, and no one
spoke to him.
He was just an old man in a tat-
tered coat moving along among folks
too hurried to give him a look. Folks
hurrying along on last-minute er-
rands, their minds on other things.
As he shuffled along, the old man
peered upward into the passing pa-
rade of faces. Like he was searching
for a familiar face.
Half way through the block the
faces melted away, a pause in pro-
cession. And the old man halted,
leaning on his cane.
Slowly he turned and looked back
the way he had come. Then he cock-
ed his tiny head, like he was listen-
ing for some particular, familiar
He held his head that way for a
dozen heart-beats. Then he shook his
head, slowly, somehow wistfully, star-
ing down at his feet.
Finally, he looked up, and for a
moment a wisp of a smile lit his
weathered old face. Then it was gone,
like the fleeting shadow of a bird in
But the old man didn't move. Only
his eyes moved. And then he saw the
She stood all alone before the store
window, her tiny face pressed against
She was blonde and tiny. She wore
a faded red sweather over a blue cot-
ton dress, and black cotton stockings
and scuffed brown shoes which ob-
viously were too big for her tiny feet.
She, too, was oblivious to the hur-
The old man stood and looked at
her for a moment, then moved over
to stand beside her.
He looked into the window too.
It wasn't a big store window. Side
by side, the old man and the little
girl filled its width.
Standing in the window was a lit-
tle Christmas tree, festooned with
tinsel of silver and gold and spark-
ling with many colored lights.
Right in the top of the tree was a
little silver angel.
The old man looked down at the
little girl, then back at the tree, and
his eyes went to the angel too.
Then the old man with the elfin
face bent down and spoke to the lit-
"What do you see, honey?" he
For a moment the little girl didn't
seem to hear. Then she turned her
face from the window and looked up
"The angel," she said, and pointed
a tiny finger at the top of the Christ-
"Have you seen Santa Claus?" the
old man asked.
The little girl nodded her head,
said "Uh-huh," and her eyes went
back to the angel.
"Did you tell Santa Claus what you
wanted him to bring you?"
Again the little girl nodded her
"What did you tell him? Did you
tell him you wanted a doll?"
John is author of a new book just
published called "Mountain Bred".
The little girl shook her head.
"The angel,' she said. "That's what
And she pressed her nose against
the window and her breath made
frost on it.
The old man was silent for a mo-
Then he said, "Come along, Hon-
ey," and he held out his hand. The
little girl took it and they walked
over to the door and went inside the
There the old man paused and
looked about. He looked and waited
for a clerk, but they were all busy.
And then a man with a great big
smile came up, the store owner him-
self, and he said, "Can I help you?"
The old man said, "We want an
"I'm sorry," the storekeeper said.
"We don't have any angels. Have
you tried down the street?"
The old man started to speak but
the little girl tugged at his hand.
"In the window," she said. "There's
an angel in the window."
And the storekeeper said, "Where
in the window?" And the little girl
said, "On the Christmas tree."
The storekeeper smiled. "You wait
right here" he said. And he walked
down the aisle and over to the tiny
window. He reached in and took the
little silver angel out of the top of
the Christmas tree.
The old man and the little girl
watched him come back with the an-
gel in his hand.
Then the storekeeper bent down
and handed the little angel to the
little girl, and she took it in her
hands and held it like it might break
or melt or fly away.
The old man fumbled in his pocket
for a moment and then drew out his
hand. When he opened it there lay
a quarter and a nickel and two pen-
"How much is it?" the old man
asked, and there was a little trem-
ble in his voice, like maybe the angel
would be more than the few coins in
his hand. But the storekeeper said,
"It's from Santa Claus," and smiled
and patted the little girl on the head.
"Well," said the old man, "we
Then he took the little girl's hand
and they moved through the door
and out onto the street.
"I've got to go now," she said.
And with the little silver angel
clutched in her hand she went run-
ning off down the street and disap-
peared among the hurrying shoppers.
The old man with the elfin face
stood there for a moment and his
eyes walked after her.
Then he turned and looked again
into the window where the little sil-
ver angel had stood atop the Christ-
He smiled. Finally, he moved off
up the street to become lost in the
moving web of holiday shoppers.
My wish for you this Christmas
Is simple and sincere
Filled with hope, joy and pleasure
Just to have worked with you this
So as you and your family
Celebrate in your own way
I'll be wishing you a mery Christmas
Have a happy day!
— Janie Williams
For Instance, a Cowbell
The Bells of Christmas
By DOROTHY JENKINS
The mellow, sweet tones of church
bells have heralded the tidings of
Christmas throughout Europe and
England since Medieval days. Now
churches in many cities and towns in
the United States have carillons, on
which are played special programs
for the holiday season. The real bells
of Christmas, however, are the church
A horse, an ox, a mule and a goat
were in the stable at Bethlehem with
the Christ Child. All of these animals
were accustomed to wearing bells,
but they were not the only animals
that did. It seems as though almost
every kind of animal has worn a bell
of distinctive size or shape in their
own country at one time or another.
The bell, shown in the accompany-
ing photo, is a cowbell. It was made
in the United States and, although it
may not be more than 50 to 75 years
old, it is battered enough to show
that it has given good service. A bell
of this typical size and shape used
to be fastened around the neck of a
cow to indicate her whereabouts, al-
though it has been said this custom is
Like all cowbells, this one is made
of one sheet of metal which is folded
over neatly and riveted together along
the two narrow sides. Cowbells tradi-
tionally are quadrangular and of good
size. This one is 3 3 / 4 inches long and
from 1% to 1 x /<i inches wide. The
clapper or tongue consists of a hook
to which is attached a ball of the bell
metal. Like most cowbells, this one
has a pleasing tone, rather deep and
Cowbells are the same shape in
every country, but their decoration
varies. This American cowbell shows
traces of a golden bronzy paint which
once covered the entire bell, inside
and out. Cowbells here often were re-
painted, sometimes with a scene. One
bell collector has the head of her
favorite Ayrshire cow painted against
a blue background on one side of her
cowbell. In Switzerland and some
other countries, cowbells usually were
decorated with ornaments in relief.
Bells for goats and sheep were
much smaller than those worn by
cows. Goat bells were small and shrill
in tone. They were made in pairs and
the smaller one worn by the nanny
goat, the large and slightly deeper
toned bell by the billy. Only one
sheep, the leader of the flock, wore
a bell which was more melodious than
Before the days of automobiles, the
merry tinkle from strings of bells at-
tached to harnesses of horses that
drew cutters over snowy roads added
to the gaiety of Christmas. As a mat-
ter of fact, horses were likely to wear
some bells during all seasons of the
year. Mules wore large round bells,
as much as five inches in diameter.
These were the old crotal style, which
is a round bell with holes in its sides
and a tiny ball within. On the other
hand, turkey bells were little flaring
metal ones, about one inch high and
1% inches wide across the mouth.
Largest Christmas Tree
What may be the world's largest
living Christmas tree — an imposing
live oak decorated with 5,000 lights
and six tons of Spanish gray moss
— is expected to attract more than
100,000 visitors here before the end
of the year.
Former mayor James E. L. Wade,
who was responsible for first deco-
rating the tree in 1929 when he was
commissioner of the public works
department, said it won the award
that year for being the largest "liv-
ing" Christmas tree in the nation.
Experts of the U. S. Department
of Agriculture and state forestry of-
ficials estimated in 1929 that the
tree was then 250 years old. Wade
noted that 37 years have passed since
the first estimate, said the tree is
now 287 years old.
"In 1929," he said, "the tree was
75 feet high, it had a limb spread
of 110 feet, and the trunk measured
15 feet and seven inches around. I'm
sure these figures have increased
During the national 1929 compe-
tition, Wade said, a taller tree was
found in California but it did not
have the limb spread of the tree in
Hilton Park. The first-place award
went to the City of Wilmington.
Wade was asked if he thought the
tree was still the "largest living"
one in the United States.
"I think it still compares very fa-
vorably," he replied, "but now there's
no contest. No one has contested our
claim at having the largest living
Did You Receive A
The poinsettia, a traditional sym-
bol of Christmas, is the most popular
plant at this season. The quality of
the plants available this year is bet-
ter than ever before.
Real progress in poinsettia develop-
ment has resulted in more beautiful
plants and plants that are much eas-
ier to keep in the home.
There also is a greater variety of
other flowering plants — azaleas,
chrysanthemums, Jerusalem cherries,
Christmas peppers, Christmas bego-
nias, cyclamens, kalanchoes, gloxinias,
primroses, calceolarias, cinerarias, Af-
rican violets, miniature oranges and
Poinsettias come in three colors.
Most people prefer red, but white
and pink are becoming increasingly
popular. The keeping quality of the
three is similar.
Proper care of your plant in the
home will keep it looking lovlier for
a long time. The poinsettia is a tro-
pical plant and is fragile and sensi-
The best temperatures for poinset-
tias are between 70 and 75 degrees
during the day and near 60, but not
less at night. Give them all the light
possible. Do not leave them near
windows if there is danger of chill-
Poinsettias should be well watered
but not soggy. If the pot is wrapped
in foil, poke a hole in the bottom to
allow excess water to drain out of
the pot. The amount of water requir-
ed by a plant will depend on its par-
ticular situation. Normally, watering
thoroughly once a day should be ade-
Remove bracts when they start to
fade and leaves as they start to yel-
low. It is surprising how much bet-
ter your plants will look with a per-
The poinsettia flower can be used
for a lovely Christmas arrangement.
Contrary to some beliefs, such an ar-
rangement can be done a day ahead
of time without any danger of wilt-
First of all, decide what length
stems are desired and then pull off
the leaves to that point a day ahead
of time, allowing the sap to drip
and harden. This helps stop wilting
when the stems are cut.
When the poinsettia blooms are
cut, dip them into boiling water im-
mediately. This will close the ends
and not allow the sap to drip. Or
the ends may be seared over a gas
jet or a lighted candle.
Azaleas require large quantities of
water. They may need watering as
often as twice a day. Frequent syr-
inging of the leaves prevents severe
shedding when first brought into the
dry atmosphere of the home.
If at all possible, azaleas should be
kept in a cool spot while in bloom,
especially at night. Although azaleas
hold up amazingly well in a warm,
dry atmosphere, they bloom out far
too quickly and blossoms last only a
Remove the flowers as soon as they
have faded. Keep the plant in a sun-
ny room until it is warm enough in
the spring to plant it outdoors in the
Potted chrysanthemums last for
several weeks if given proper care.
They dry out quickly, so check of-
ten to see if they need watering.
Bright light or even full sun is neces-
sary to keep the plant in good grow-
ing condition and to produce full
coloration in opening buds.
Try to keep it in a cool location,
particularly at night. When the plant
has finished blooming, keep it grow-
ing until spring, when it can be cut
back and planted outdoors in the
Cyclamen is one of the most beau-
tiful of all winter pot plants. How-
ever, it is the most difficult to keep
successfully in the home. The key to
a long-lasting plant is cool tempera-
ture. If the night temperature is
much over 55 the leaves will turn
yellow and the buds die.
If, in addition, the light is poor, the
leaves will die back quickly. Large
amounts of sunshine and cool tem-
peratures are essential to the life
of the cyclamen. Water the plant as
soon as the soil feels dry to the touch
on top. Avoid getting water into the
crown of the plant.
Gloxinia is one of the few flower-
ing plants that does not require di-
rect sunlight. It needs good light,
however. It also tolerates higher tem-
peratures than most, as high as 75.
Gloxinias rot easily, so be careful to
avoid overwatering. Yellow spots ap-
pear on the leaves if water that is
not at room temperature touches
Glory To God In The Highest
The familiar angelic song heard by the shepherds
haunts us: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace among men with whom he is pleased!" There is
not much peace on our earth anywhere on looks. The
words mock us, and we feel like crying with the Prophet
Jeremiah: "They say, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no
It is hard to remember, however, that the times are
far from being abnormal. There never have been many
periods of peace on earth. We tend to think of hostility
and war as th final collapse of efforts to maintain normal
relationships, but history proves otherwise. It is peace
which is the exception.
Somebody with a mind for statistics figured out that
of the last 3,000 years of world history there have only
been 227 years of universal peace. The ratio of war to
peace is 13 to one. Within the last three centuries along
there have been 286 separate wars among the continental
nations of Europe, an average of almost one per year.
No fewer than 8,000 peace treaties, each supposed to
last forever, were signed between 1500 and 1860, and
the average time they remained in force was two years!
* * *
Moreover, although we cannot simply say that interna-
tional problems are only interpersonal problems writ
large, there is surely some connection between the con-
flirts that engulf nations and the conflicts that embroil
individuals. Here our record, written in the files of di-
vorce courts, church and community rifts, and the es-
trangements of former friends, is little more encourag-
ing. Where can peace be found?
This brings us back to the angelic song: "Glory to
God in the highest . . ." Is this merely a pious sentinmen-
trT'sm to be mouthed from pulpits at Christmastime and
to be sung in some of the Christmas hymns? Is this poet-
ry only? Is it an unrealizable aspiration of man? Let us
ask ourselves what God must have meant when he saw
to it that these words were recorded in Scripture.
The important thing to note is that the peace pro-
claimed by the angels was accompanied by another an-
nouncement. What was that? "Glory to God in the high-
est." Mark well the order of these two parts of the
proclamation, for this truth modern man too readily
forgets. There is no peace in the human heart and no
peace attainable in human relationships when men re-
fuse to give glory to Almighty God as the highest they
* * *
The world is full of schemes for ordering peace, but
these are doomed to the scrap heap piled high with dis-
carded pacts and promises. They are doomed like their
predecessors because they are based solely upon some
form of human rearrangement of already known factors.
Here is an example. For more than ten years the United
Nations Commission on Human Rights struggled to agree
upon a statement of the universal rights of man. At last
it worked out a formula. But then one important govern-
ment refused to ratify that statement. That was our own.
Our representatives could not accept the document be-
cause no acknowledgment could be secured from the
Communist countries that the rights of man inhere in
his nature as created by God and that, therefore, his
rights are inalienable and can neither be granted nor
taken away by the state. Where men do not acknowledge
th sovereignty of God, peace is unlikely.
* * *
Apply this problem to national or community problems.
How are these to be solved? Some people talk about
"separation of church and state" as if the ordering of life
outside the walls of the church had nothing to do with
religion. "Keep this out of the pulpit," they say. "This
is a political matter, or a question for the police and the
courts," they contend. Don't you ever believe that! Neither
in Congress nor in the courts is interpersonal hostility
ever settled. It is settled only in the hearts of men who
are willing to say, "Glory to God in the highest!"
But bring the matter one step closer home — to the
personal life of each of us. A flood of books will be sold
at Christmas, many of which will offer peace of mind
and heart to the readers. And the writers will reap new
royalties from these clever proposals for straightening
out all the kinks in our psyches. And most of it is pure
There is no peace in the heart apart from man's ador-
ing confession of faith: "Glory to God in the highest!"
As Augustine put it long ago in his eloquent prayer,
"Thou hast made us for Thyself, O God, and our hearts
are restless until they rest in Thee." — L. D. J.
State Highway Commission
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Above is a recent picture of the Tri Level Interchange at Asheville
which was predicted would not be built for sometime as in the letter at
left dated July 25, 1933.
The Freeivay Planning
Commission announces that
construction will begin immediately
on an underpass and interchange right
where your house it sitting. Wishing
to avoid imposition to you the
Commission voted to move your house
to Alberta, Canada, to avoid placing
an off ramp through your
New Break-A-Way Signs that has
a joint at the base and hinge at top.
It kicks the post up and it swings up
out of the way of the automobile giv-
ing the car free to go under this type
New Traffic Signs.
NCSHRKA. ASSOCIATION NEWS
A REPORT TO THE EMPLOYEES
By OTIS M. BANKS & DAVID W. KING
In order to give the membership of the Association the thinking of the female members, we are
quoting here a letter received from Mrs. Pat Abernethy, District Office Secretary at Nashville, Divi-
sion Four. Pat was the first elected female General Secretary-Treasurer and did an outstanding job
during her year in office. She has always been a loyal supporter of the Association and has served
many years as Secretary in Unit Four. The letter follows:
Nashville, N. C.
September 26, 1967
MEMO TO: 1966-67 General Officers
1966-67 Advisory Committee
Mr. Otis Banks
Mr. David King
As General Secretary-Treasurer this past year, my role was principally that of an observer. As
such, I think that a report as well as a confession is in order at this time.
Last year when I promised to keep my mouth shut and do as I was told, I had no intention of
doing any such thing. That was, as you probably know, simply feminine double talk and typical
feminine tactics. On the way to my first committee meeting I had qualms of conscience about intrud-
ing on the relaxed atmosphere of your heretofore womanless gatherings, but not enough to keep me
from going. I had a mission and, although I have a natural antipathy toward the image of the talk-
ative bossy female, I have absolutely no scruples concerning quiet maneuvering to gain objectives.
This is to report that I found no occasion for maneuvering, quiet or otherwise. I have never seen
better organized, harder working or more harmonious groups than those with which I met. If I kept
my mouth shut, it was simply because anything I could have said would have either been superfluous
or of no significance to the overall objective. Consequently, any ideas I may have entertained in the
beginning concerning injecting the feminene point of view into proceedings were quickly abandoned.
In effect, I am reluctantly conceding that the Association will survive, and even function effectively,
with or without the feminine touch.
As General Secretary-Treasurer, I do not believe that I contributed one single solitary thing to
the ssociation, but the Association contributed immeasurably to me. It was certainly one of the most
enjoyable experiences I have ever had and I appreciate very much the courtesy and consideration
shown me. Through the meetings I learned much that is helpful to me in my work. Most of all, I
left each time with added respect and admiration for those participating. It was indeed an honor to
be associated with you and I shall remember each occasion with pleasure.
Please accept my sincere thanks for a very happy year, my warmest personal regards and best
wishes for the coming year.
TO ALL OF YOU, YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, WE EXTEND HEARTIEST
WISHES FOR A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND FOR A HAPPY AND PROS-
PEROUS NEW YEAR.
By KEITH HUNDLEY
The Purely Personal Ponderings of the Pur-
veyor of Potluck Expressed Poetically in:
THE COMING OF CHRISTMAS
By KEITH R. HUNDLEY
My two little girls have been darlings this year,
and more darling than ever as Christmas draws near.
Most of the annum they pout, fight and cry,
but come the first of December — uh — they're sweet
Vickie, the oldest, usually fast to retort,
gives me no sass now, and doesn't talk short.
The little one, Leithie, a real imp from the
is getting so butter won't melt in her mouth.
There's no more yelling, "Washup 'fore we eat",
be it lunch or supper, their hands are plump neat.
There's much cleaning and sweeping and making of
much picking and packing and combing of heads.
Their rooms, how they sparkle, their floors,
how they shine,
and to go us one better, they clean Shirley's and
They take out the garbage, rake leaves from
yelling, "Don't do that, Daddy, leave it for me".
They piddle and putter and do this and that,
if they don't let me work soon, I'm gonna get fat,
They always help Mama, and to the cooking
ask no advance on allowance, they watch what they
They eat all their spinach, Leithie even tried
Then last night I heard Vickie say, "let me do the
Even in Church they stay as quiet as a mouse,
and I'm holding my breath that they won't paint
They're prim little ladies, no duties they shirk.
Without one yell or "look here", they get their
They mind their own business and never butt in,
when I'm talking to Shirley or even to a friend.
They never say "Christmas"or "gift" or "pre-
but they're quick with allusion and fast with a hint.
They do drawing of Santa — of course, they're
and they repeatedly ask how to make turkey
They walk through a room, not their usual
but always that question, Where's the Sears catalog?"
The calendar's marked the whole month of
twenty-fourth circled red so I'll have to remember.
They whisper a lot into each other's ear,
talking just loud enough so we parents can hear.
I seem to have heard tea set and hipster tape
a new Monkees Album and, oh . . . what the heck?
Knowing their pattern like a well-worn text,
their lists for each other lying unhidden is next.
"Oh, now they know what you want, even the
"I didn't want them to know yet", then a wink of
This niceness and goodness, though I love it
can last only December; such a short spell!
They're good, but so crafty, so cagey and sly,
I pray that the month will go flying by.
I crack my knuckles, chew my nails to a nub,
and try hard to remember, "what is in Christmas
I know that they love us, that's never my fear,
but thank goodness this happens only once in a year.
The presents are purchased, and old Santa's
We laugh while they scheme, not once have we
The secrets are ours; they're Shirley's and mine
and we act pleased and stunned as they primp, clean
It's pleasing to possess two gems in the rough;
see them sparkle a month, but I've had enough.
My nerves are so edgey, like a steel spring
Oh, hurry, Saint Nicholas, before I get spoiled.
By Jewel Adcock
Sfek I nice to have new
j employees KEN-
[^hH^VI in tne Department.
MM Kenneth is a train-
t j ; cc. 'Yam, a native
Wj of Raleigh, is mar-
ried to Sue Whit-
ley, also of Ra-
leigh. Just out of
the Navy. He was formerly with the
recruitment office here. The Pates are
parents of a 3V 2 year old son. CHAR
LES POTTS is a temporary employ-
ee in Final Estimates. Other new ad
ditions to Bridge are HOYLE LOW
DERMILK of Raleigh, NANCY
HARDING, temporarily employed
as a secretary, and MARGARY
PEARSALL. Margary replaced Sally
Stewart as secretary and is from Mt.
Olive. She was employed at N. C.
State University before joining
RONALD DAVENPORT and AL-
FRED AVANT, trainees, have left
Bridge and are now in Advance
Planning. ROYCE CARROLL is
back at work after a siege of four
months in the Army Reserve. LY-
MAN BRYANT, who is on six
months military leave in the Army
Reserve, later going to paratrooper
school, was married October 21st to
Betty Ann Bulgin of Franklin. Con-
SUE ROYAL of Benson is enjoy-
ing living in Raleigh — especially
since it no longer is necessary to
commute. The BILL GOODWINS
are proud parents of a new son. Bill,
Jr., born November 17th. Bill is in
the Co-op Program and is due for
Highway employees and fellow
workers were greatly saddened by the
death of Mr. Jim Duncan, November
Jim was born in Raleigh, August 6,
1917. He attended the Raleigh City
After graduating from high school,
he was employed by the Location De-
partment of the Highway Commis-
sion as a chainman on the Blue Ridge
Parkway. He held various positions
with Location and Bridge Location
Departments. Since 1955 he has been
Squad Leader in Roadway Design.
His total service with the Highway
Commission was 29 years and 5 years
with other engineering firms.
Funeral services were held Novem-
ber 13th at the Tabernacle Baptist
Church and burial was in Restlawn
Jim was well-liked by everyone
who knew him. He was a dedicated
and loyal highway employee. His per-
sonality will be missed very much
within the organization as well as his
work for the department.
Immediate survivors are his wife,
Helen Wood Duncan, three sons,
James D. Jr., William H. and Robert
more schooling at Holding Institute.
BILL ROGERS, BOBBY POWELL,
SAM USRY and C. B. PATTON at-
tended a welding seminar at Greens-
boro, November 9th. BOBBY PO-
WELL now has plenty of "deer"
meat in his freezer since a hunting
trip to Hyde County where he bag-
ged a 4- point buck.
NEIL SALMON, BOB ELLIS and
JOHN SMITH recently took a three-
day surf-fishing trip to Cape Look
Out. The fishing was successful —
mostly flounder, but the unexpected
happened. Their beach buggy broke
down and stranded they were. After
plowing through a mile or more of
marsh land, the boys finally reached
their cottage. "Scout" Bob Ellis
went for help and the Coast Guard
rescued the buggy by towing it back
to the waiting group.
JERRY HEALY, accompanied by
his wife, his children and his mother,
went to Hartford, Connecticut for a
cousin's wedding. On the return trip,
they spent a day sightseeing around
New York City. The CHUCK CATO
family recently moved into their
brand new home at 3520 Carolyn
Drive, Brentwood Estates.
Bridge employees held their an-
nual Christmas Party at the Carey C.
Jones Memorial Park Center in
Apex, and as usual, it was a won-
derful success! Many thanks go to
GERALD WHITE, who has been in
charge of these parties for several
years. GARLAND MITCHELL did
a fine job as Master of Ceremonies,
and JUDY BLEVINS, who is so tal-
ented, was credited for the beautiful
decorations. Highlighting the enter-
tainment was Shearon Lienau, Miss
Apex of 1967, and second runner-up
of the Wake County Beauty Pageant
— such a beautiful girl and a beau-
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE —
Our deepest sympathy is extended
the family of H. R. EARLY. Mr.
Early died November 20th.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral was
the scene of the wedding Saturday,
December 16th of the lovely Miss Re-
becca Ann Wilson who was married
to William Everett London, Jr., in
a 2 o'clock ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. William Alfred Wilson and
her father is head of the Commis-
sion's Roadway Design Department
Mrs. London will graduate from
North Carolina State University in
January with a Major in Math. The
newlyweds will live in Raleigh.
Miss Anna Elizabeth House became
the bride of Rogar Glenn Daniels in
a lovely ceremony at the First Christ-
ian Church in Robersonville, Sept-
The bride's parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Howell of Robersonville and the
bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Wheeler V. Daniels of Oak City.
Mrs. Daniels is a graduate of Hard-
barger Business College and is now
employed in the Roadway Design De-
partment. Mr. Daniels attends N. C.
The newlyweds live at 707 - A Dan-
BRIDGE LOCATION — One of
the many benefits for employees
whose work sometimes requires tra-
vel is the opportunity occasionally to
work in one's home town and visit
the family. Recently two survey par-
ties, under the supervision of R. L.
SPENCE and J. W. COLLIER, were
working in the Elizabeth City area
and were invited to the home of
Bobby Spence by his parents for a
very enjoyable evening meal. Every-
one enjoyed the fine hospitality ex-
tended to them by Mr. and Mrs.
GUS SAPARILAS is in the pro-
cess of having a new home built in
the Scarsdale area, located on the
north side of Raleigh. Gus hopes to
move in by the first of the year.
DON GREENE and his family re-
cently spent an enjoyable weekend at
Emerald Isle. JACK EDGERTON
returned from his annual week's vaca-
tion deer hunting with a 15-point
From Vietnam to Bridge Location.
All employees welcome back BOB
GREENE who just returned from a
year's duty in that country. Congrat-
ulations to JOHN and Judy COL-
LIER who recently moved into their
lovely new home in Starmount. Good
luck to ALLEN KEEL on his new
job in the Second Division. New
faces in the Department are JAMES
LIPSCOME, HUBERT GILL and
PERSONNEL — JOYCE CLARK
and family enjoyed a short trip to
Virginia Beach during Thanksgiving
to visit relatives.
Department Head RAYNOR
WOODARD and his wife recently
spent some time in Pensacola, Flor-
ida with their son, Jimmy Woodard
and wife. Jimmy is in the Naval Of-
ficers Candidate Flight School there.
November 19th - 22nd found Mr.
Woodard in West Virginia attending
the Southeastern Association of State
Highway Officials Convention along
with several other highway represen-
TED AUSTIN has been making a
number of recruiting trips to various
colleges and technical institutes
around the state.
Members of Personnel recently
helped JOANN VAUGHN and RON
WOLFE celebrate their birthdays.
Each was honored with a birthday
cake from the department and a
luncheon at the K & W and Balen-
tines respectively. Happy Birthday
again to Joann and Ron.
RIGHT OF WAY — The Depart-
ment welcomes two new employees:
LINDSAY GOULD of Raleigh, a
graduate of East Carolina College
and single. CARROLL WILSON of
Granville County who lives in Cary,
is married and has five children. Car-
roll is a graduate of East Carolina
College and was formerly employed
by the Board of Paroles.
DAN SHOEMAKER spent a week
in the hospital after undergoing sur-
gery. The girls on second floor en-
tertained JENNY FERRELL with
a surprise "Stork" shower recently.
Jenny is taking five-months' leave to
await the event. JUDY BISHOP is
back at work after slipping on her
hardwood floor and breaking her jaw.
Judy says she got awfully tired of
drinking her meals through a straw.
Several members of Right of Way
went out of town during Thanks-
giving. W. J. MURRAY went deer
hunting in Northampton County.
ELEANOR TAYLOR and her fam-
ily went to Augusta, Ga. to visit her
SGT. WILLIE BULLOCK RETIRES FROM MILITARY DUTY
AFTER 21 YEARS SERVICE
In recent retirement ceremonies at Fort Bragg, North Carolina M/Sgt. E-8
Willie L. Bullock, Zebulon native and local magistrate retired from the U. S.
Army. Sgt. Bullock served 8 years on active duty and in excess of 13 years in
the active Army Reserve Program. At the time of his retirement, Sgt. Bullock
was Chief Wardmaster of the 3274th U. S. Army Hospital in Durham.
Mr. Bullock is employed in the Roadway Design Department as Clerk in
Plans and Proposals Section.
sister. JACK BATCHELOR visited
his mother in Charlotte. BOB
SHEETS and family were in Ashe-
ville for a few days due to the death
of a relative.
ROADWAY DESIGN — MAR-
THA ENSCORE and her husband
vacationed the first week in Novem-
ber at Miami Beach, where they re-
laxed in the sun when they were not
playing golf or fishing. They enjoyed
the night clubs, too.
Odessa, Texas and Monterey, Mex-
ico was the scene of a two-weeks vaca-
tion in October for the DAVE
WILLIE BULLOCK and his wife,
Dixie, visited friends in Williams-
burg. Then they journeyed to Coates-
ville, Pa. where they visited more
friends and did some sightseeing. On
the return trip home, they visited
Fort McHenry and Fort Meade where
Willie was once stationed in service.
King mackerel provided good sport
for these intrepid fishermen, at Har-
kers Island. Left to right are Glenn
Stallings, Terry Harris, Glenn Grigg,
Ed Siler, Roger Hawkins, and Jim
Bryan. All but Stallings are Traffic
Engineering personnel. The biggest
fish of the day, October 5th, was
caught by Hawkins.
Roadway Design is glad to have
the following new employees: DAV-
ID C. JONES, STEPHEN R.
WOODALL, WILLIAM C. WIL-
KINS, MICHAEL E. FORREST,
BRYCE C. CLODFELTER and
JOHN L. WALSTON.
PHOTOGRAMMETRY — Photo-
grammetry welcomes several new
employees: WADE ELLIOTT trans-
ferred from the Division of Commun-
ity Planning in Washington, N. C.
to the Drafting Section. New in the
Photo Lab are FRANK W. DEN-
NING, JR. from Wilson and HAR-
OLD C. BISSETTE of Raleigh. WIL-
LIAM ROBERT LEWIS of Conway,
S. C. recently joined the Survey Sec-
All employees enjoyed the Depart-
ment's annual Christmas Party De-
cember 9th at the Holiday Inn. AL
TATUM of the Stereo Section and
his family enjoyed a trip to Merritt
Island, Florida in November.
LOCATION — It's nice to have
JANE FINCH back at work in the
Map Department after a leave of
several months to be with her hus-
band, Harry, in Fort Knox, Ken-
tucky. Harry is now serving with the
Armed Forces in Viet Nam.
Employees are glad to see DAVE
BINGHAM back on the job after
a recent leg operation.
Miss MARY EMMA PEELE be-
came the bride of Robert Edward
Trip, III in a lovely ceremony at
Memorial Baptist Church in Wil-
liamston Saturday, November 18th.
Area Traffic Engineer R. J. Dodge
is the new president of the Southern
Section, Institute of Traffic Engi-
neers. "Bob" is a graduate of N. C.
State University and holds a certifi-
cate from the Yale University Bureau
of Highway Traffic. A native Tar
Heel, he has been with the Traffic
Engineering Department since 1951,
with the exception of two years
spent in army service, half of that
time as First Lieutenant in the Com-
bat Engineers in Korea.
The brides's parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Charles A. Peele of Williamston
and the bridegroom is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. R. E. Tripp. Jr. of Ra-
leigh. Mrs. Tripp is employed as a
Draftsman with Location and Mr.
Tripp is a student at NCSU. The
Tripps are living at 1315 Pineview
Drive in Raleigh after honeymooning
at Miami Beach, Florida.
Marvin Cavanaugh, Dick Lewis and Joe Creech take
a break at the Location Department Golf Tournament
at Pine Grove Golf CVlub in Shelby.
Dick Britt (left) accepts his prize from Location De-
partment Golf Tournament; Chairman Don Wilson.
H. FRED WALLER, SR. RETIRES
Materials Technician H. Fred Wal-
ler, Sr. of the Department of Mater-
ials and Tests retired October 10th,
with more than 45 years service
with the Highway Commission. Mr.
Waller was a dedicated, faithful
and efficient employee.
To show their esteem, fellow em-
ployees of the Department presented
Mr. Waller with a retirement gift a-
long with their best wishes for good
health and happiness in his retire-
ment. Mr. Waller says he and Mrs.
Waller are really looking forward to
spending time at the beach with a
newly - acquired trailer and boat.
Mr. Waller is the father of two
sons: H. Fred Waller, Jr., a Major
with the United States Air Force,
and Frank E. Waller, a Materials
Technician in the Chemical Labor-
atory of the Department of Materials
EQUIPMENT — Co-workers will
miss BILL BIGGERS who recently
transferred to the Purchasing De-
partment as Assistant Purchasing
Agent. BUCK WOOD transferred
from the Equipment Depot as Bill's
DOT and Jack STEPHENS re-
cently donned their wings for an ex-
citing trip to San Francisco, Honolu-
lu and Las Vegas vit Trans-Interna-
tional Airlines. Dot and Jack are be-
coming "world-travelers," as this is
their second trip this year with the
International Jet Set — they toured
several European countries earlier
BILLY and Henry LOWERY with
daughter, Miriam, recently visited
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Williams in
Charlotte. Mrs. Williams and Billie
are twin sisters.
PLANNING AND RESEARCH
— Traffic welcomes CHARLES
BUCKLEY who is now employed
permanently as a Traffic Analyst I.
Charles is a graduate of UNC at
Chapel Hill. REGGIE FOSTER and
DON MURPHY of the Mapping
Section are both sporting new cars.
Anyone needing fruit cake should see
A. E. BEVACQUA.
BARBARA MITCHELL and her
husband, Halton, visited Michigan in
November. Get well wishes to A. J.
NICKS, who has been sick at home.
Our sincere sympathy is extended
to GUY C. FARMER and MILTON
NARRON upon the recent death of
their fathers, and to CHARLES
MOORE upon the recent death of
his mother, which is also MYRTIE
Department employees greatly en-
joyed their annual Christmas Party
December 21st at the Charcoal Steak
TRAFFIC ENGINEERING —
Sincere sympathy is extended to
JOHN E. HOLLINGSWORTH and
his family upon the death of his
father, Archie E. Hollingsworth of
Teachey on October 31st.
ROGER HAWKINS entered the
Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat
Hospital for eye surgery November
27th. He remained there for two
weeks and is convalescing at the
home of Mrs. H. G. Shults, Route 1,
Gastonia, 28052. Roger expects to
be away from the Raleigh office for
about six weeks.
Congratulations to the DON R.
DUPREES whose little daughter.
Jim Bryan of Traffic Engineering
shares his interest in country music
with Loretta Lynn, rated the No. 1
female folk singer, when both attend-
ed the convention of disk jockeys in
Nashville, Tenn. this fall.
Proof of a successful hunt, Carl
Lusk of the Photo Lab stands beside
the deer he recent killed in the Sands
Hills Wildlife Refuge.
Donna Sue, was born November 9th;
and to the CECIL CLARKS whose
baby son, Shane Cecil, arrived Oc-
J. O. LITCHFORD attended the
SASHO meeting in White Sulphur
Springs, West Virginia the week of
November 20th. J. M. LYNCH at-
tended the Skid Resistance Commit-
tee, American Society for Testing
Materials in Ocala, Florida, October
30th-November 3rd. GLENN GRIGG
attended the 21st Annual Highway
Conference sponsored by the Virgin-
ia Department of Highways at Vir-
ginia Military Institute, Lexington,
Virginia, October 26th-27th.
ED FRAZELLE and family made
a trip to Dallas, Texas for a week in
November. Mrs. Frazelle, who is di-
rector of elementary education in
Wake County, was a delegate to the
Southern Education Association in
CHRIS and Louise STAFFORD
visited his family in Philadelphia for
several days in November.
SHERRILL FLOWERS of John-
ston County and CHESTER WEST
from Winston-Salem are temporary
employees in Special Studies Section.
Chester, an engineering student at
NCSU, works part-time. BRENDA
PRICE will spend the Christmas holi-
days in Atlanta, Ga. GENE ED-
MONDS was in the hospital again
in November, but is out now and
OLIVE H. DONAT attended the
graduation of her son, Win, from
Naval Officer Candidate School in
Newport, R. I. October 20th. HAR-
OLD M. STEELMAN, who is com-
pleting the training program, has
joined the Signal Section staff. A
graduate in C. E. from NCSU, his
family includes his wife, Jo Ann.
and a 9-months old son, Michael.
The Department's annual Christ-
mas party was a dinner-dance in the
Clan Room, Balentine's Restaurant,
Cameron Village Decemher 8th.
ANDY WARD, a Clemson alum-
nus, and ED FRAZELLE, a State
graduate, went together to see the
1967 gridiron battle of the two schools,
in a true test of friendship. Andy
sets his status on that Saturday as
a man in a thousand, because of all
the people who went from Raleigh
to Clemson for the game, he is one
of the few who came back happy.
mountains down here are covered
with snow. Everything seems so
beautiful. Am really enjoying the
ROADWAYS. Plan to see you all
around the first of the year." Well,
happy sailing, Roger, we'll be look-
ing for you in '68.
ASSOCIATE EDITORS NOTE:
To all my correspondents for head-
quarters throughout the building, I
would like to take this opportunity
to express my gratitude for the fine
help you have given me in gathering
the news for ROADWAYS this year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you!
— Jewel Adcock
MATERIALS AND TESTS —
Employees of Materials and Tests
held a gala Christmas Party Decem-
ber 15th at the College Inn. A fine
steak dinner and dancing were en-
joyed by all present.
CHIEF ENGINEER S OFFICE —
Our deepest sympathy is extended to
Mrs. ALENE FOLTZ upon the death
of her mother, Mrs. Alma Sheets of
Winston-Salem, December 1st.
PURCHASING — Co - workers
missed Mrs. LEONA SIDBURY
while she was ill with pneumonia.
At this writing, we are happy to
state that Leona is well on the road
PUBLIC RELATIONS — High-
way friends of former ROADWAYS
Editor Margaret Burk will be glad
to know that she and her husband,
Robert J. Carlson, with daughter,
Christina, and son, Robby, are now
living in Raleigh after moving here
from Attleboro, Massachusetts this
year. Margaret and Bob reside in
Hidden Valley in their beautiful
new colonial homo. Just recently the
Carlsons bought North Hills Book &
Stationary, where Bob is in business.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to
Margaret upon the recent death of
her mother, Mrs. Joseph M. Burk of
2408 White Oak Road.
Public Relations recently received
a card from Roger Fish, former mail
room employee with the Commission.
Roger says: "The 'Sailor Boy' is
really enjoying South America. The
Miss Hilda Grey Spivey of Ashe-
boro became the bride of Joseph Al-
bert Westbrook, Jr., of Newton Grove,
November 4th in the Armsfield Bap-
tist Church in Asheboro.
Mrs. Westbrook attended Elon Col-
lege. Mr. Westbrook graduated at
Fayetteville Technical Institution.
The couple are making their home
at 1936 Smallwood Drive in Raleigh
where the bridegroom is an employee
in Roadway Design of the Highway
VICKIE and LEITHIE HUNDLEY
ROADWAYS wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy
New Year to Vickie and Leithie Hundley, daughters of
Keith Hundley, Public Relations Officer.
By JEWEL ADCOCK
It was a beautiful sight to see
The night the animals came out to decorate the wood-
land Christmas tree
They gathered round the tree in the bright moonglow
To behold the sparkling wonder with icycles and snow
Grey squirrel brought nuts to lay at its base
Brown chipmunk had wood carving for its boughs to
Black bear brought red berries to make the tree gay
The deer hung pine cones in a very special way.
The snowbirds sang carols - their token to the tree
Making the forest ring with music and a mood of
The animals stood back and shouted with glee
What a grand Christmas we'll have with our very own
The moon shone brightly and the stars twinkled above
The tree truely sparkled with the animals gift of love.
THE WHOLE MAN
By JEWEL THOMAS ADCOCK
The blind man walked slowly down the street
Oh, if the holiday tinsel and lights he could see
The deaf man came along
Oh, if he could hear a Christmas song
And next the mute walked down the street
Oh, if he could only say a greeting and speak
And then the "whole man" came along
But there was something wrong!
He had a look of greed upon his face
As he strode down the street in haste
He passed the blind man but didn't see
he needed help to find the cane he dropped
He hurried past the deaf man but did not hear his
Christmas greeting or stop
And when the mute lifted up his hand in a gay holiday
The "whole man" sped on, too busy to return it, for time
he was trying to save
He did not see the light change as he stepped into the
He didn't hear the deaf man shout a warning as
the car knocked him off his feet
He didn't see the blind man who cried, "God Bless,"
as he lay there dying in the street
And as the mute bowed his head, a silent prayer to repeat
The "whole man" was dead and would never again speak!
Mr. and Mrs.
the Shrine Cere-
monial in Raleigh
November 25 and,
shopping in Rich-
M.G.Carawan m0ncL MrS " Peele
Division Correspondent is Stenographer in
Mrs. ANN WHITE, Stenographer
in Division One, accompanied by her
family, visited in Statesville recently.
Get well wishes are extended to Mr.
Bruce Callis, Husband of Mrs.
SHIRLEY CALLIS, Stenographer.
Bruce underwent surgery recently at
Mrs. NEDRA HOLLOMAN, Sten-
ographer in District 2, visited in Ra-
leigh on Veterans Day and toured
the State Building.
Mr. M. E. ALLSBROOK, with
the Road Oil Department, and fam-
ily have visited relatives in Leggetts
Brenda Daughtrey is the new Sten-
ographer in Division One, Right-of-
Way Department. She is a native of
Northampton County. She and her
husband, James, reside on Colony
Street in Ahoskie.
This sweet picture was taken when
Kimberly Ann Copeland was six
months old. She is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Durwood Copeland of
Ryland. Mr. Copeland works with
the Construction Department from
the Elizabeth City Construction Of-
Miss Sue Felton of Atlantic Chris-
tian College, Wilson, was a recent
guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
J. R. FELTON. Mr. Felton is Land-
Get well wishes go to THAD
THOMAS DAVIS, Machine Oper-
ator II, who is still confined to his
home with illness.
Welcome back to LEE DRAPER,
Machine Operator III, who has re-
turned to work after an extended ill-
P. L. JACKSON, Supervisor,
spent Thanksgiving week on vaca-
tion in Durham and Charlotte.
DONNIE WOOD, who has re-
signed from the Highway Construc-
tion Department, was given a party
with all the trimmings November 16th
by his fellow workers. A good time
was had by all, including the chap-
erones, W. M. (COONIE) SMITH,
Miss NANCY PRITCHARD and
E. A. WALKER, Supervisor in
Dare and Currituck Counties, spent
the holidays duck hunting, and re-
ported very good luck.
VETTER J. WILLIAMS, Machine
Operator on Hatteras Island, who
was injured in a highway truck acci-
dent, returned to work November 14
after being out since August 4 of
J. C. MONDS of Gatesville has
been out since July 14 due to sick-
ness and, up to this date, has still not
been able to return to work with the
Z. F. PAYNE of Manteo, who is
Bridge Tender at the Roanoke Sound
Bridge, is in a Norfolk hospital af-
ter being badly burned when a stove
he was lighting at home exploded.
FLOYD GILDEN of Grandy, has
returned to work after being out on
extended illness for the past six
Born to Mr. (PeeWee) and Mrs.
LEROY ABBOTT, a son, November
7th. Abbott works with the Commis-
sion out of the Manteo Maintenance
Mr. and Mrs. JIMMY TURNER
have a new baby girl, born October
22nd. Mr. Turner is Bridge Tender
at Elizabeth City.
We regret that ill health has forc-
ed Mr. R. G. LEGGETT, Machine
Operator I in Martin County to re-
tire. Mr. Leggett began work in 1945
and rendered many years of faith-
ful service to the Commission. We
wish him a quick recovery.
A spedey recovery is wished for
E. D. HARRIS, Hyde County, who
has been out on extended illness and
for J. B. BAILEY, Martin County,
who was disabled due to a mower
accident at home.
We are happy to have R. L. SAW-
YER, Tyrrell County, back to work
after an illness.
STELLA R. WINDOM, Steno-
grapher in the Plymouth District Of-
fice, underwent surgery in Norfolk
General Hospital on October 19th.
She is now convalescing at home.
Hurry back to work Stella!
This 19-point buck was killed by
Rupert W. Hasty, Jr., November 20,
1967, in Southampton, Virginia.
Young Hasty is the son of Rupert
W. Hasty, Maintenance Supervisor,
had the misfortune
of breaking hip
foot about October
13th. Joe will be
"laid" up for a
couple of months
and we wish for
Hazel Baker him a S P eed y re "
Craven-Pamlico NC State Highway
& PWA held a barbecue and chicken
dinner at the Maintenance Garage on
November 10th. Mr. Z. M. RO-
BERTS, Chairman, did an excellent
job of making all the arrangements
and a good time was had by all on
hand. C. W. SNELL, CARL DIX-
ON, Mr. and Mrs. DAVID KING,
Mrs. SYBIL SMITH, and Mr. and
Mrs. E. D. CREDLE and daughter,
were some of the guests in attend-
ance. C. W. YOHN and Mrs. Smith
did a fine job of handling the bingo
games we played and some of us
still can't figure out why we didn't
win with so many games being play-
ed but then everyone cannot be lucky.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs.
C. P. SHAW, who became the proud
parents of a baby boy. John Martin,
born October 9th, weighing 7 lbs. 11
C. W. Snell, C. Y. Griffin, and Carl
Dixon are shown at the Craven-Pam-
lico Maintenance Garage in New
Bern November 10, 1987 at the bar-
becue and chicken dinner. Looks as
if they are "patiently" awaiting their
Pictured is the Craven-Pamlico Co's.
Employees' Association Chapter's
Chef, Ray Whorton, doing a "bang-
up" job of cooking. Edwards Cousins
ozs. They also have a three-year-old
Division 2 will miss FAYE
MOORE, Steno II in the R/W De-
partment, who resigned her position
October 27th to become a housewife.
Faye and her family have moved to
The welcome mat is out for Mrs.
BETTY PAUL, who returned to the
Right of Way Department October
30th as Steno II, after having been
employed with the Prison Depart-
ment for the past year.
Division 2 also welcomes CHAR-
LES L. CLARK, who transferred
from Project Control in Raleigh Oc-
tober 27th. Charles will be working
with the Right of Way Department.
WALLACE CHANDLER will be
worked with the Right of Way De-
partment temporarily. Wallace comes
to us from the local Appraisal De-
The welcome mat is out for Miss
BECKY YOUNG, who was recently
employed as Secretary in the Divi-
HAZEL L. BAKER, Secretary in
the Division Office vacationed the lat-
ter part of October in Washington,
D.C. and Niagara Falls, Canada.
We would like to take this oppor-
tunity to introduce and welcome to
the force, Mrs. GLADYS WIL-
LIAMS, as our new Secretary in
the Appraisal Section. S. H. SHEAR-
IN, JR., MAI.
The American Institute of Real Es-
tate Appraisers of the National As-
sociation of Real Estate Boards re-
cently announced that Mr. S. H.
SHEARIN, JR., having met the
prescribed requirements, has been
Leslie Ipock, Rt. 2, Ernul, N. C, M.
O. I in the Maintenance Department
in New Bern, has reared this deer
from a young fawn. Although he has
his own fenced in area, the deer is
let out at times to "romp" and has
never left Mr. Ipock's premises.
awarded the Professional Designa-
tion M. A. I.
The Appraisal Institute is the na-
tion's oldest and largest organization
of professional appraisers qualified to
value all types of real property.
To receive the Professional desig-
nation of M. A. I., the recipient must
demonstrate by written tests, fully
documented appraisals on the dif-
ferent major types of properties, all
of which are graded by the Institute;
possess extensive experience in ap-
praising and related fields; be of good
character and high moral conviction;
and, have the recommendation of
members of the Appraisal Institute
who are familiar with his work and
Mr. Shearin is the Area Appraiser
of Area I of the Appraisal Section of
the Right of Way Department.
Our hearty congratulations go to
Mr. Shearin and we wish him suc-
cess as our newest M. A. I.
This lovely peacock is also a "pet"
of Mr. Ipock's. She is a beautiful
creature when she spreads her feath-
ers and looks like a rainbow when all
"spread out." Mr. Ipock's farm must
be a very nice place to visit with so
much "color" all about and his own
Ma int. Supervisor, John Lee Hum-
phrey of Morehead City, proves that
he is an expert at raising vegetables.
This shows him standing in his col-
lard patch, which is estimated large
enough to furnish half the countie's
population with one meal.
We have had a few employees do-
ing some fall and winter traveling.
ARLENE MOZINGO of ROW re-
cently spent a few days in our lovely
mountains of N. C. ROSE DUNCAN,
Secretary in Div. Office recently went
on a business trip with her husband
to Paducah, Ky. and Metropolis, 111.
Rose returned to work in a beautiful
new yellow Pontiac. Also, LINDA
FISHER of R-O-W recently took a
trip to Bradia, Fla. to see her par-
ents and other relatives. Since Linda
and her two children hadn't seen
their relatives in a long time; they
really enjoyed seeing each other and
the little boys spent the entire time
being spoiled by the grandparents.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs.
J. C. LAVINDER who were mar-
ried November 12th. Jim is Asst.
District Engineer in Clinton.
We would like to wish J. O. WIL-
LIAMSON a speedy recovery. He
has been out on Sick Leave for sev-
eral weeks. He is Maintenance Fore-
man III in Sampson County. ROY
D. BROWN of R O W has returned
to work after having surgery. We
are so glad to have him back.
The WILL DAVIS family surely
has a nice Xmas present. They have
just moved into a very lovely new
home practically overlooking the Mu-
nicipal Golf Course. I know they
are going to enjoy it very much.
On December 1st our Division had
its annual Division supper, at the
equipment shop. Barbecue, slaw,
hushpuppies, coffee and tea was en-
joyed by 764 employees and guests
after the invocation by J. (ROB-
BIE) ROBINSON, Asst. Dist. One
Engr. MR. DUPRE and our Com-
missioner ASHLEY MURPHY ex-
pressed their appreciation for the
job done in the past year by our
employees after which Mr. Dupre
and Mr. F. J. BASS, Asst. Division
Engineer, presented service pins for
1967. Some of the guests attending
were T. J. McKIM, our former Div.
Engr. now retired, Mr. J. RAYNOR
WOODARD, Mr. CLOYCE AL-
FORD, Mr. KEITH HUNDLEY,
Mr. J. O. LITCHFORD, Mr. W. A.
WILSON, Mr. W. H. WEBB, Mr.
J. J. POWELL, and Mr. J. O. LIT-
CHFORD of Raleigh. Also DAVID
KING of our Association and Frank
Howard from Occidental Life Ins. Co.
David Earl Sikes, son of OSCAR
SIKES of Bridge Maintenance Dept.
has recently returned home to spend
Christmas with his family after being
in Korea for the past 13 months. It
will certainly make Christmas much
merrier for the Sikes family.
Also, Charles Parker, son of Mr.
C. C. PARKER, Road Oil Supervi-
sor, was recently home from Viet
We hope this does not apply to
any of our secretaries —
As the secretary just could not
seem to make it on time to the
office in the morning, the boss sug-
gested she see a docter.
Armed with the pills the docter had
prescribed, the secretary went home,
got to bed early, slept well and awoke
at dawn feeling much refreshed.
She walked into the office five min-
utes early, beamed at her boss and
said, "I had no trouble at all getting
up this morning."
"That's good," he replied, "but where
were you yesterday?"
Sign posted on the office bulletin
board — Double your pleasure, dou-
ble your fun, Xerox your pay check.
Wilson County Chapter met No-
vember 3rd at the Division Equip-
ment Shop for a delicious barbecued
chicken supper. Mr. OTIS BANKS,
our speaker for the evening, was de-
tained because of car trouble. Under-
stand this is the first time Mr. Bank
ever missed a meeting. PAT ABER-
NETHY came to our rescue and told
us all about what went on at the
Convention in Durham. 75 members
Everyone here Is getting ready
for the 1-95 Dedication to be held on
December 1st. The Honorable Gov-
ernor Moore will be on hand to dedi-
cate and cut the ribbon for this new
Division Four Office has a new
resident, Mr. J. I. LYNCH, JR.,
Area Maintenance Engineer. Wel-
WOODROW WILLIAMS has re-
turned to work after being in the
QUENTIN LAMM has returned to
work after being out 3V 2 months with
a back ailment.
Welcome to Mrs. MARIE B.
GLOVER new Stenographer in ihe
Equipment Department in Division
Four. Marie joined our staff Octo-
District One employees celebrating
birthdays in November and Decem-
ber are: November 4th — LARRY
PEPPER; November 14th— LAW-
RENCE CAMERON; November 20-
th— CECIL BIRDSONG; December
9th— HARVEY HARDY, JR.; De-
cember 10th— BOB DEANES.
Employees resigning from the Wel-
don Construction Office recently to
enter military service were Engineer-
ing Aides JAMES WARREN and M.
C. LITTLE, JR.
H. Dwight Hall
Engineering Technician II
H. E. Hardy's office in Weldon
Harvey E. Hardy, Jr.
DWIGHT HALL, Engineering
Technician II in Weldon, coached The
Gaston Rebels (midget football team)
this season. Dwight proudly reports
that his team won the midget league
championship with a winning record
Best wishes to JOHN FITZHUGH,
JR.. Highway Inspector I in Weldon,
who has been absent from work sev-
eral weeks due to a broken leg re-
ceived in an automobile accident.
Employees in the Weldon Construc-
tion Office have said their farewells
to Mr. BOB DEANES as their Re-
sident Engineer and now congratulate
him as the new Area Construction
Engineer. We wish him much suc-
cess in his new position.
We also congratulate Mr. HAR-
VEY E. HARDY, JR. as our new
Resident Engineer in Weldon. Mr.
Hardy resides at 111 Valley Drive in
Roanoke Rapids with his wife, San-
dra, and their three children, Shear-
on, Allen, and Eddie.
District Three employees welcome
Mrs. HILDA H. SKINNER to our
ranks. We are happy to have Mrs.
Skinner working with us as Clerk in
the District office.
We also welcome these new em-
ployees in Johnston County Mainte-
nance: BOBBY GENE MASSIN-
GILL as Truck Drivers and the fol-
lowing Laborers: CHARLES E. DUB-
LIN, WILBERT BRIDGERS, JOHN
I. McLAMB, JR., WARREN HOLD-
ER, JACK BAKER, JESSE KING,
JOHNNY ADAMS, WILLIE E.
PARKER, GASTON O. RAYNOR,
LEE G. PETTIWAY, PERRY G.
GUPTON, JR., ROBERT COIT,
LONNIE HOLDER, JAMES M.
HAYES, CHARLIE LEWIS, and
We welcome the following new
employees, in Wayne County as La-
borers: FRED SIMMONS, JAMES
H. LOFTIN, JARVIS B. SUTTON,
JOHN A. HOWARD, BRISTER E.
MILLER, JOSEPH ANDERSON,
NOAH HARVEY, JR., JAMES
MURPHY, JOSEPH L. SMITH,
CLIFTON BARNES, RAY GRADY,
FRANKLIN D. GREENFIELD,
WILLIAM W. HILL.
Mr. IRA BRYANT, Truck Driver,
recently enjoyed a vacation trip to
Florida where he visited his son.
CHARLES TURN AGE (Machine
Operator) and SAM STEVENS
(Machine Operator) also took No-
Mr. and Mrs. HENRY WIGGINS
were pleased to have their daughter
and her family visit with them during
the week of Thanksgiving. Mr. and
Mrs. Nelson Hale and their children
came from Troy, N. Y. to spend the
Holidays with their parents and while
home Mr. Wiggins and his son-in-law
caught some nice trout off the pier
at Surf City. Mr. Wiggins is the
Maintenance Supervisor in Wayne
Our deepest sympathy to Mr.
STACEY FULGHUM who lost his
wife on October 14th.
Devonya Ann Turnage (age 8)
and Sheiia Lanae Turnage (age 3),
daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Turnage. Charles is a Machine Oper-
ator I in the 4th Division of Wayne
Sympathy is also extended to Mr.
EDGAR KEARNEY whose mother,
Mrs. Lennie Ham Kearney, passed
away November 3rd, and to Mr.
MARION F. JONES who lost his
father on October 15th. Also to Mr.
WILLIAM WILSON who lost his
mother in October.
Best wishes to the following em-
ployees in District Three who have
been out of work due to illness: WIL-
LIAM G. WILSON, W. H. PRID-
GEN, JR., W. L. DAUGHTRY, R.
J. HALES, B. E. PITTMAN,
ALONZA BARBOUR, and PREN-
TICE E. GARRIS.
Welcome back to C. W. ADAMS
after a tour of duty in the U. S.
Army in California. Mr. Adams is an
Aide in the Construction office in
The Construction Department at
Goldsboro has moved into its new of-
fice in the Hollowell building at 2702
East Ash Street.
J. E. and HILDA SKINNER
have moved into their recently pur-
chased home in Goldsboro. J. E. is
Resident Engineer in Goldsboro and
Hilda is a Clerk in the District Three
Goldsboro's Construction office wel-
comes JERRY THOMPSON who
has been assigned to their office as
Assistant Resident Engineer.
District One employees celebrating
birthdays in November are: J. A.
BISSETTE, E. J. BUTLER, FRAN-
CES COCHRANE, GIFF DAVIS,
J. E. HARRISON, L. N. HOLLAND,
R. A. JENKINS, H. E. PERRY,
M. W. RHEA, E. L. SMITH and I.
L. WOOTEN. December birthdays
are celebrated by the following: R.
V. BRETT, J. C. CARLISLE, J. R.
EDMONDSON, LOUIS GREEN,
HENRY L. HALE, ELBERT MIT-
CHELL, R. L. MORRIS, R. B.
SPAIN, and W. F. TAYLOR.
ANN GRIFFIS, Clerk in the Wel-
don District Office, recently enjoyed
a vacation in South Carolina and
Georgia visiting relatives and friends.
Get well wishes to: JOHN P. UP-
TON, Brenda D. Hardy, wife of
PAUL HARDY, JR., Lillian Irene
Harlow, wife of A. C. HARLOW,
Ann W. Thigpen, wife of WILLIAM
THIGPEN, and Margaret Neal, wife
of J. G. NEAL.
Welcome back to work GEORGE
CLAY and ALGIE HARLOW. Mr.
Clay was hospitalized during his ill-
ness in Rocky Mount Hospital, and
Mr. Harlow was ill at his home in
Mr. and Mrs. BOB LANCASTER
have a new home on South Elm
Street in Weldon, a location conve-
nient to Bob's work at the District
HARRY LIGHT, JR.. who was in-
jured in an accident at the District
Shop several weeks ago, has returned
to work and seems to be almost com-
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. MASH-
BURN spent the Thanksgiving Holi-
days in Annandale, Virginia, visiting
their daughter and son-in-law.
Several of our employees are final-
ly getting some time off after a long,
hard summer: J. C. JERNIGAN, J.
R. JONES, R. C. CORBETT, R. C.
PARKER, D. W. STEHLEY, J. G.
BARNHILL and J. L. LEWIS are
now enjoying the pleasure of using
up all that compensatory time they
earned this summer. J. C. JERNI-
GAN is planning to take a trip to
Florida soon — Now's the time, J. C,
While it's cold weather!
We all were saddened at the death
of J. C. JERNIGAN's mother, Mrs.
Nora Leary of Roper.
Everyone in this office was delight-
ed at the completion and opening of
the new 64 By Pass of Tarboro. The
dedication ceremonies were held
Tuesday, November 21st at 11 o'clock
at the intersection of Western Blvd.
and Howard Ave. in Tarboro.
Someone ask PHIL ROBBINS,
RUSSELL PARKER and J. C.
MANNING if you can catch fish at
Emerald Isle. I think they will tell
you that the best chance is at night.
They went a few weeks ago and
caught about 150 fish.
DONALD STEHLEY has just re-
turned from a trip to Pennsylvania
to visit his mother and father.
Best wishes are extended to Mr.
GROVER WINSTEAD who has been
ill for some time. Mr. Winstead is
with the Equipment Department in
Mr. J. V. KEMP has returned to
work following recent hospitalization.
Mr. Kemp is a machine operator
with Nash County Maintenance.
Recent welcome visitors to the
Nashville District and Construction
offices were Mr. SAM WILLIAMS
and Mr. H. P. TAYLOR, both of
whom are retired from the Commis-
sion. Mr. Williams was Division Four
Right of Way Agent and Mr. Tay-
lor was a Resident Engineer.
Get well wishes
to Mr. Leon Har-
ris, husband of
Steno in District
Two, who recently
underwent an ap-
Hilda reports he
is doing very nice-
LARRY P A R-
RISH, Road Oil Clerk, who has re-
turned to our midst.
Get well wishes to Mr. P. G. MUR-
PHY, JR. who has been a patient at
the Veterans' Hospital in Durham.
Mrs. Carl Painter is at home now
after surgery at Watts Hospital. Our
very best to her for a speedy recov-
ery. Mrs. Painter is the wife of Asst.
Division Engineer CARL C. PAINT-
The Painter's have a very good rea-
son to smile these days, and be
mighty, mighty proud. Their son, C.
Cyrus, Jr, a student at Northern
High School has been nominated for
a Morehead Scholarship. We are all
pulling for him.
We welcome the following men to
the Right of Way Department: WIL-
LIAM GAEDE and WALTER WOO-
TTEN, who are helping with the Sec-
ondary Roads. JACK HUGHES who
is working on Primary Projects. WIL-
LIAM DARTT who was transferred
from Ahoskie to be Area Relocation
Advisor for Divisions 5, 6 and 8.
Now for a report from BOB PAS-
CHALL, the Aviator of the Durham
Right of Way Department: One week-
end recently when he was out for a
spin in one of those fancy airplanes,
he noticed someone very familiar on
Cloud 9; upon a closer look he discov-
ered it was a co-Right of Way Agent
— HOYLE THACKER, who has been
on Cloud 9 since September 1st when
his first grandchild (a very pretty
little girl who was named Lisa Mi-
chelle Lucas) arrived weighing
pounds. Mr. Paschall reports on his
way back to earth he passed BET-
TYE JONES, a typist in Right of
Way, who should be landing shortly
since staying on Cloud 9 since May
31st when her first grandson was
born and named Stephen James Grif-
fin, Jr., and weighed 5 pounds and
11 ounces. (Bettye also has a grand-
daughter, Laura, 4, who is just as
cute as a picture).
Congratulations are in order for
Bob, who is now a solo student pilot
and has his fingers crossed that he
will get his license in the very near
future. Our "Aviator" is being trans-
ferred to Albemarle, which we regret
even though it is just for a few weeks.
Congratulations to JERRY HIG-
GINS for doing such a good job with
the American Right of Way Associa-
tion meeting which was held at the
Jack Tar Hotel in Durham, Novem-
ber 3rd and 4th.
We are sorry to hear that Mrs.
Georgeanna DeBlanc, wife of A. L.
DeBLANC, is confined to the hospi-
tal, but are glad to hear she is doing
so well. Hope she will be home very
ALVIN LAWS killed a deer while
hunting near Butner recently. It
was an 8 point Buck and weighed ap-
Above Alvin Laws with the deer
proximately 150 pounds. Alvin said
that this was the eighth deer that he
has bagged during his hunting career.
Alvin is Area Foreman with the
Maintenance Department in Gran-
Employees on the sick list recently
included ROY BLACKWELL,
GLENWOOD BROGDEN, LEO-
NARD CLAY, LENWARD AVER-
ETTE and BRUCE HOCKADAY.
All have returned to work.
VENCEN MORTON also has re-
turned to work after being on sick
ALVIN LAWS, ERNEST OAK-
LEY, JOHN SETZER and PEN-
DER WOODLIEF were on vacation
Good fishing is anticipated in
Ream's lake next spring.
JOE GREENWAY failed to bag
a deer while hunting recently. He
plans to get one before the season
GLENWOOD BROGDEN and
GEORGE WOODY had good luck
while rabbit hunting recently.
FRANK LAWS had good luck
while deer hunting recently. He kill-
ed a four point buck which weighed
125 pounds. Frank is Machine Oper-
ator 3 with the Maintenance Depart-
ment in Granville County.
HOWARD RIGGAN and family
recently moved into their new brick
home on Stovall Road. The house has
seven rooms including utility room
and also has two baths. Howard is
machine operation 3 with the Main-
tenance Department in Granville
SAM AVERETTE hopes to return
to work soon. He has been in the
hospital for several days.
JOHN HART and WALTER
RUTLEDGE were on sick leave re-
cently. Both have returned to work.
HENRY HICKS, EARNEST
OAKLEY and MARVIN SEAT were
on vacation for a few days recently.
MARVIN SEAT purchased a Pon-
tiac automobile recently.
Water is quite low in Lake Reams
due to the recent dry spell.
JOE GREENWAY still hopes to
bag a deer before the season closes.
He had good luck while bird hunting
tion Chapter of the
and Prison Em-
tion held their
meeting on Oc-
tober 6th at the
Lock No. 3 Park
on the Cape Fear
Rose Swain . ,
Division Correspondent Kiver in Bladen
County. Those at-
tending were treated to a steak cook-
out. Chief cooks were N. S. DAY,
Division Engineer, K. C. BUTLER,
Assistant Division Engineer, and J.
E. ALLEN, Area Construction Engi-
neer. After the most delicious meal,
the meeting was held and a pro-
gram was presented on the resolu-
tions passed at the state convention,
by BILL WHITE, SWAIM KING
and CHARLIE SEAY, delegates to
the convention. Everyone seemed to
have had a wonderful time, as you
might guess by the pictures.
Mr. and Mrs. N. S. DAY, accom-
panied by Mr. and Mrs. SAM WIL-
SON enjoyed a weeks vacation in
October. They took a trip to Wind-
sor, Nova Scotia and spent a week-
end in New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. K. C. BUTLER va-
cationed with friends, Mr. and Mrs.
Marion Clark, for a week early in No-
vember. They traveled down the west
coast and back up the east cost of
Mr. and Mrs. ROY CAIN of Eli-
zabethtown, spent a week in Jack-
son, Miss, visiting their son who is
chairman of the Chemistry Dept. at
Millsapps College in Jackson. Mr.
Cain is with the Construction Depart-
ment in Whiteville.
We're glad to have A. E. DIXON,
of the Right of Way Dept. back at
work after surgery at Duke Hospital.
We wish him a quick recovery.
Mr. R. A. AVERITT, Equipment
Superintendent, is home recovering
from an operation. It will be nice to
have you come through the office
singing "Moonlight Bay" again, Mr.
Averitt. You've been greatly missed
by all of us.
Mr. A. R. TOWNSEND, Auto Parts
Supervisor in the Equipment Dept.,
has a son, Sp4 William F. Townsend,
who has just returned to Viet Nam
for an extended tour of duty after a
forty-five day leave.
Mr. M. S. HAMILTON, Machin-
ist in the Equipment Dept., has a son,
James Hamilton, in the army, sta-
tioned in Bangkok, Thailand.
We were saddened by the recent
deaths of three Division Six em-
T. P. (TOMMIE) O'BERRY,
Highway Inspector III, died on No-
vember 18th, after an illness of sev-
eral months, and funeral services
were held at Evergreen Methodist
Church, Evergreen, on November
20th. Mr. O'Berry began working
with the Highway Commission in
1929, and worked in different parts
of the state, but has been in Divi-
sion 6 for the past number of years.
Sympathy is extended to his wife
and two children.
ANDREW LAMB, Maintenance
Foreman II, died suddenly on No-
vember 7th, after working on that
date. Funeral services were held on
November 9th at Hyde Park Bap-
tist Church, Lumberton, where he had
been an active member and a deacon.
Mr. Lamb was employed on two dif-
ferent occasions with the Commission,
the last continuous beginning in
1950. Sympathy is extended to his
VERNON THOMPSON, of White-
ville, passed away at 9:00 A.M.,
Thursday, November 30th. He was
employed on April 21, 1942, and was
a Machine Operator III.
HOMER BLACKWELL, of Bruns-
wick, had a heart attack on Septem-
ber 28th, and has not returned to
work. We wish you a complete re-
covery, and hope to have you back
DIVISION SEVEN NEWS
Here's hoping for Lonnie R. Reece
a long and happy retirement after so
many years of devoted service to the
Ivy Bluff Quarry Forman, George
G. Henderson and family of Leasbury
spent the week end of October 14 in
Black Mountain with Mrs. Hender-
son's sister, Mrs. Lloyd Graves. They
enjoyed the beautiful scenery on the
recently completed part of the Blue
Sympathy to Hassel Riggs in the
recent death of his father, W. Massey
Riggs, of the Corbett Ridge Commun-
And, of course, we have recently
had a wedding in the organization.
Our attractive telephone and radio
operator, Elizabeth Everett, was mar-
rised on October 15, 1967, at Smyrna
Presbyterian Church in Rockingham
County, to Garth D. Green, who is
now in the military service and sta-
tioned at Fort Bragg. Garth was with
our Construction Department before
entering service. We're glad he is
letting her stay with us while he is
These are the experts.
Early in the evening, when the crowd first began to gather.
Here are the cooks, their helpers, and on — lookers.
Site of new opening of Wendover Avenue in Greensboro
Resident Engineer Brame's daugh-
ter, Pat, returned home from Japan
recently after having spent 10 months
there with her husband, who is on mil-
itary duty. No need to say that Jack
is happy to have her back home.
Our yearly Division Meeting was
held at Camp Burton on November
11, with Chairman Hunt the principal
speaker — he really did a fine job
in extolling Mr. Burton's activities
during his career with the Highway
Commission, and we all listened with
interest and regret as Mr. Burton
is retiring on January 1, and will be
missed by all of us. However we wish
for him the very best.
Several of our retired employees
were with us at the Division Meeting
and we enjoyed seeing all of them
The barbecue served was just mar-
velous — many thanks to Mr. Alley
and his men for the wonderful food.
The Greensboro Chamber of Com-
(merce sponsored ceremonies open-
ing a section of the beautiful Wen-
dover Avenue project — from West-
over Terrace to Friendly Avenue —
* * *
I am always proud to take part in
the dedication of any highway facili-
ty in North Carolina, but that, as a
native son, I feel that pride two-fold
when the dedication is here in
A great many of us here today
have seen the development of the
street and highway system of this
fair city come a long way. We've seen
urban traffic grow from a trickle to
a flood. We've seen the Highway
Commission and our local planners
work hand in hand and side by side
to meet our traffic needs as they de-
velop, although I know there have
been times on Saturday afternoons
downtown when we all wondered —
sometimes aloud — if our progress
couldn't be a little faster.
A great many of us have been in-
volved in the dreaming and the plan-
ning and the work which has result-
ed in the construction of this facili-
ty we are here to dedicate today, and
the others which have already been
opened or will be opened in the fu-
Many of us have been involved,
but none more than our present
Highway Commissioner Tommy Har-
rington of Leaksville, our Division
Engineer, Tom Burton, his assistant,
Paul Welch — and Paul will be-
come Division Engineer on January
1st. There are many others to whom
we owe a great deal on this pro-
ject: Mr. Clendenin, Mr. Follin and
his Chamber of Commerce Roads
Committee, Mr. Medford, our City
Engineer, and Mr. Hickerson, Resi-
dent Engineer for the Highway Com-
mission, and so many more that time
does not permit me to name them
These are excellent examples of
the calibre of men who have develop-
ed this State's excellent highway
program, and they exemplify the
soundness of this State's system of
highway administration involving both
career and limited term appointed of-
ficials. These men, and men like
them have done a great deal for
Greensboro, the Seventh Highway Di-
vision and Piedmont North Carolina.
We owe them a debt of thanks.
Just as North Carolina's Highway
System, which today consists of more
than 73-thousand miles of roads and
streets, did not grow up over night,
this project which we are dedicating
here today did not just pop out of
The idea, the conception of this
Wendover Avenue Connector, began
after World War Two, and it was
originally conceived as a Memorial
Along the way, as the Highway
Commission and the cities began to
plan mutually for the development
of Urban Thoroughfares, it became
an important intermediate loop in
Greensboro's Thoroughfare Plan.
This loop joins the East Wendover
Avenue section completed in 1963
and swings over to Friendly Avenue.
Eventually, the city proposes to ex-
tend the loop on to tie into Interstate
40, thereby providing a much needed
connector to the airport area where
a good deal of industrial development
is under way, and where more is
certain to follow.
This new Wendover Avenue will
now provide a relief valve for traf-
fice which once congested our down-
town area and West Market Street,
thus allowing the citizens of Greens-
boro easier access to the downtown
section, and speeding up the flow of
through traffic which once became
bottled up on downtown streets.
This FIVE MILLIOIN DOLLAR
facility with its six-lane divided con-
struction is an important part of a
highway program under way in this
area today. But it is just that . . .
a part. Commissioner Harrington,
with the assistance of city and coun-
ty leaders here and across this High-
way Division, has set up projects
which are now either completed or
under way, having a total value of
$18.5 million. And it includes secon-
dary, primary and Interstate projects,
as well as urban projects such as
this one, with more yet to come. It
gave me a great deal of pleasure to
see Tom and Commissioner John F.
McNair of Laurinburg join hands
across Division lines just recently to
hold the hearing on construction of
US 421 south from Greensboro to
Liberty. A highway, when finally
brought up to modern standards, will
provide a greatly needed artery for
commerce and the tourist business
from the Piedmont to the coast and
port areas of Southeastern North
We are indebted to all those "who
put forth effort in the planning and
development of this project — to
Mr. Harrington, Mr. Burton and the
local Highway Commission staff; to
city leaders and planners over the
years; to W. F. Babcock and the
Highway staff in Raleigh; to the
contractors, F. J. Blythe, Jr., John
Brinkley, and J. W. Thompson; and
to all the men who worked on the
This facility, which they altogether
have given to the city of Greensboro,
will add greatly to our mobility and
to our growth potential. But it is my
hope that it will become much more.
It is my hope that this completed
section will stand as a challenge to
present and future leaders of this
city and the Highway Commission,
to move with all possible vigor to
complete Wendover all the way over
to the Interstate, adding still further
to local mobility and enhancing still
more the future of Greensboro and
MR. PAUL WELCH
SUCCEEDS MR. BURTON
Mr. Paul L. Welch who will suc-
ceed Mr. Burton was born in Lexing-
ton, North Carolina on June 22,
1906. He was educated in the Lex-
ington Schools and graduated from
North Carolina State College June
1926 with a B. S. in Chemical En-
gineering. He is married to Dorothy
Pfaff and they have one daughter,
Carolyn Welch Elam and Mr. Welch
is a proud grandfather of two ador-
able grandsons — Mike and Eric.
From June 1931 to September
1935 he worked with U. S. Corps of
Engineers and the U. S. Coast and
Geodetic Survey as a Junior Engi-
Mr. Welch was Mayor of Hamilton
Lakes from 1950-1956. He is a mem-
ber of the Town Council 1956-1958
until Hamilton Lakes was annexed
to Greensboro on July 1, 1958. He is
a member of the North Carolina So-
ciety of Engineers. He is a member
of the Presbyterian Church of the
Covent and served as Deacon for 10
years. During his employment with
the North Carolina State Highway
Commission he worked in North-
western part of the State as well as
the Piedmont Section. His hobbies
are fishing, playing golf, and baby
sitting with his two fine grandsons.
Roadways wishes to congratulate Mr.
Welch upon his promotion and suc-
cession to Mr. Burton.
He was employed by the North
Carolina State Highway Commission
as an Instrumentman on June 1926
and resigned June 1931. He returned
to the Commission on September 18,
1935 as an instrumentman in July
1937 he changed to Office Engineer
and on February 1941 was made a
Resident Engineer and in July 1951
was made Assistant Division Engi-
We are glad to
report that W. G.
I is back at home
I from the Sanator-
1 ium where he has
I been confined for
j We hope he will
soon be able to be
Virginia Williamson u„„u nrl j.v, p lr ,h
Division Correspondent DacK on me J OD -
It is good to have FRED HARRIS
back in the Maintenance Office at
Troy, following a recent illness.
We are also glad to hear that the
wife of FRED SYKES, Technician
in the Sanford Construction Office, is
well and doing fine after a recent
scare of illness.
We are saddened to learn of the
death of the wife of LAWTON
HATCH of the Road Oil Depart-
ment; and the mother of C. C. STRI-
DER of the Road Oil Department.
Our sympathy to A. L. NELSON,
Resident Engineer, on the death of
his father-in-law in Mobile, Alabama;
and also to DAVID BOYLSTON,
Assistant Resident Engineer, Wag-
ram on the death of his mother-in-
law in Columbia, S. C.
Congratulations to JOEL ISLEY
and family, Sanford Construction
Office, on moving into their new home
at Bear Creek.
Among those vacationing were
JOHN BUIE and wife, District Two
Maintenance, who report having a
most enjoyable trip to New Orleans.
Mrs. T. G. Poindexter, wife of
former Division Engineer Gwyn Poin-
dexter, paid a visit to the Division
Office recently. She is fine and
teaches in the Aberdeen Schools;
Tommy, the son, is with Esso Stand-
ard Oil and now located in Barcelona,
Spain, with her family; Ann and her
family live in Southern Pines; and
Sally as most you will remember as
the youngest of the family is a senior
at East Carolina University, majoring
Thomas Hamilton Cameron
Welcome to new employees — ■
MAXINE EDGE is the new secre-
tary in the office of Resident Engi-
neer A. L. NELSON, in Wagram;
and JUDITH OWENS is the new
secretary in the office of Resident
Engineers T. K. SMITH and K. E.
McFADDEN in Asheboro. These are
most welcome attractions to these of-
fices along with the working assets
offered. We welcome these two new
secretaries in our division.
We are glad to hear that GRADY
PRESSLEY, District Two Mainte-
nance, is able to return to his home
after being confined to the hospital.
We hope you will be well and able to
be back on the job real soon, Grady.
Martha Kay Cameron
Sharon Whitesell, 15 Mos.
Daughter of Fred and Linda White-
sell, Division Staff Engineer Division
Patricia Lynn Nickens, daughter
of L. C. Nickens and Mrs. Nickens,
District Two, Moore County.
Her fifth birthday — isn't she a doll.
These two good looking and happy
youngsters are the grandchildren of
Mrs. Opal Baughn, Secretary in the
District Two Office in Aberdeen. Mr.
Alex Cameron, who retired from the
Maintenance Department last year,
is the proud grandfather.
Congratulations to Dan Jordan, son
of Assistant Division Engineer and
Mrs. HENRY JORDAN, on cele-
brating his sixth birthday (with a
party.) We understand fun was had
Welcome to JACK PEATROSS of
the Right of Way Department who
comes to us from Raleigh. It is nice
to have you with us, Jack.
Dorothy Phelps , ,
Division Correspondent (-Department
for a long and
to JOSEPH D.
retired on Septem-
ber 30th. Both
were employed at
Mr. Schenk was a Maintenance
Foreman and had been employed for
331/2 years. Mr. Lowder was Machine
Operator and had been employed for
approximately 19V 2 years.
The employees at the Davidson
County Maintenance Department
were shocked and saddened by the
sudden death of JAMES CLODFEL-
TER on October 29th. Mr. Clodfelter
was a Maintenance Foreman who
had been with the Commission for
25 years and had planned to retire
We extend our deepest sympathy
to the JOHN "REID" EVERHART
Family at the recent death of Mr.
Everhart's father. "Reid' is a Ma-
chine Operator at the Davidson Coun-
ty Maintenance Department in Lex-
We wish a speedy recovery for
FRANCIS W. SCHENK, Machine
Operator in the Rowan County Main-
tenance Department, who suffered a
severe stroke on September 28th.
Playing "Robin Hood" paid off for
WILLIAM "PAUL" GREENWAY,
Mechanic Foreman at the District
Equipment Shop, Salisbury. Paul
bagged himself a nice "Buck" while
hunting with a bow and arrow this
Our deepest sympathy is extended
to L. O. EATON and family in the
loss of his daughter, Mrs. Faye Eul-
aine Eaton Rouse of Kinston who
passed away on October 9th at N. C.
Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill. Mr.
Eaton is employed as a Maintenance
Foreman III with the Stokes County
We wish to welcome two new em-
ployees who joined our Maintenance
Forces on November 11th. L. H.
CREECH, JR., Truck Driver, For-
syth County Maintenance Depart-
ment and J. C. ADKINS as a Ma-
chine Operator I with the Stokes
County Maintenance Department.
Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT CHEW,
JR., have returned from a vacation
basking in the warm Florida sun-
shine. They visited son, Robert, III
and wife and little grandson, Robert,
IV, at Merritt Island, Fla. Little Ro-
bert, IV, will be seven months old
December 7th. Mr. Chew, Jr., is Dis-
trict Engineer at the Winston-Salem
There's no place like home! Mr.
BUCK PATTERSON has been nam-
ed AREA LOCATION ADVISOR
for Divisions 7, 9, and 11, and trans-
ferred back to the Winston-Salem Of-
fice. Welcome home, Buck.
JUDY PHELPS was named Rey-
nolds High School Football Home-
coming Queen for 1967 at the Rey-
nolds-Parkland game on Friday, Oc-
tober 27th. Judy has served as a
member of the Junior-Senior Commit-
tee, Senior Executive Committee,
Pep Board, Y-Teens, Sophoteers, Ser-
viteers, French Club and Young Life.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
D. E. PHELPS., Division Stenogra-
G. M. LEE has resigned from
Right of Way Department to accept
a job with private industry.
Above is the son of C. P. Shaw and his dog. C. P. is former Right of Way
Agent from Div. 9, but has been transferred to Greenville as Right of Way
Agent. You can tell from this picture that he loves his dog.
The employees in the Construction
Department at Salisbury rolled out
the "Welcome Mat" for Mrs. PA-
TRICIA "PAT" MORRISON, who
began work November 20th as typist
in the Resident Engineers Office.
Pat's father, Mr. CURMAN MAR-
TIN, is Road Maintenance Supervi-
sor with the N. C. State Highway
Commission in Raleigh. Pat resides
with her husband at 120 First Street,
Spencer. We are all happy to have
her and truly hope she enjoys work-
ing with us.
Santa Claus made his round a lit-
tle early to the DANNY BUR-
WELLS. Their "First-Born", a son,
arrived on December 4th, in time for
his father to recuperate by the 25th,
we hope. Danny is Assistant Locating
Engineer in Winston-Salem, and we
are all very happy for Danny and
RACINE VAN DUSEN of Right
of Way has been invited to speak to
Winston - Salem Grade Schools on
ALASKA. She can speak with au-
thority since she resided in Anchor-
age for three winters and three sum-
mers, returning to North Carolina
following the major '64 earthquake.
EDITH CARPENTER, Right of
Way Stenographer, has returned to
the office after having been confined
to the Progressive Care Unit of Bap-
JULIE and Nils LARSON have re-
cently returned from a trip to the
Canadian Provinces. While in Cana-
da they visited Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick and Montreal to view
some of the architectural designs of
Mr. Larson on the University of New
Brunswick, and St. Francis Xavier
University in Nova Scotia. Julie is
a Secretary in the Road Oil Depart-
ment and reports that anyone in-
terested in fresh Canadian Balsam
Trees for Christmas (1968), should
place their order now.
The Secretaries in the Right of
Way Department got the Christmas
spirit early this year and decorated
the office on November 30th, with a
Christmas tree and other Christmas
Frank Russell, husband of RAYE-
MELL RUSSELL who works as a
secretary in the Right of Way De-
partment, is now at home recup-
erating from recent surgery. Everyone
in the Right of Way Department
wishes him a speedy recovery.
Congratulations to Mr. HOWARD
M. CRUTCHFIELD, JR. for passing
Course II of the American Institute of
Real Estate Appraisers at the Uni-
versity of Virginia.
Sympathy is extended to F. W.
DOUGLAS, JR., in the recent death
of his father. F. W. is a Truck Driver
in Anson County.
We welcome Mr. J. H. WHITE
back to work after being out of work
with a broken arm. Mr. White is
Supervisor in Anson County.
We wish for JOSIAM PERRY a
speedy recovery. He is a patient in a
hospital in Charlotte at this time.
Mr. Perry is a M. F. Ill in Anson
Welcome back to their respective
jobs, from extended illnesses, are E.
C. SHINN, M. F. II in Cabarrus
County and W. L. PENNINGER,
M. O. I in Cabarrus County.
f DIVISION (
L TEN W
BREWER and his
wife, Marjorie, and
their four chil-
went to work in
the Right of Way
Department o n
We hope they will
DivisioA Corespondent be ha PW heTe ~
The Right of Way Department
and Division personnel are having
their Christmas Party at Lake Lynn
Lodge December 20th. We will be
honored with the presence of Mr. W.
J. MURRAY and Mr. D. E. BEACH
of Raleigh, and it is our understand-
ing that Mr. Murray will be the
Emcee for this gala event.
The above picture shows Road Oil
Foreman Claude Ridenhour wi'h the
head of an eight point buck that was
taken in the Uwharrie section of
Montgomery County. Claude felled
the deer with a single barrel 12 gauge
shotgun and was the only one with a
party of 14 that could control this
Dewitt Green, M. Y. F., is pictured
showing off a natural grown beard
that he grew in celebrating the 100th
anniversary of Center Grove Meth-
odist of which he is a member. Mr.
Green won the contest for having the
best groomed beard among many
members of the church who partic-
Plans for a Christmas Party for all
Cabarrus employees and their fami-
lies are being made, to be held on
December 20th. We look forward to
this happy occasion.
Stanly County Personnel have had
a very good year, a large volume of
work being accomplished and in a
very satisfactory manner.
There has been only a minimum of
sickness, however, we take this op-
portunity to extend get well wishes
to S. E. CURLEE, M. O. Ill and A.
C. PARKER, Truck Driver and wish
them a speedy recovery.
Stanly County hunters have done
very well in the woodlands this hunt-
ing season, with very much hunting
being done and plenty of meat being
put on the table (so we hear).
C. P. EUDY, M. O. IV of Stanly
Maintenance, went squirrel hunting
and got so many squirrels that he
had to make two piles of them, could-
n't get them all in one pile.
This small boy on the back of the
truck is J. P. White. His father is
standing beside the truck. Mr. J. P.
White is a M. F. II in Anson Co.
At the time this picture was made
his father was with the Highway
Commission. And worked with the
Commission until his death.
Congratulations to T. L. PATTER-
SON on his appointment as Assistant
District Engineer in District 1. He
was formerly Maintenance Supervi-
sor in Cabarrus County and will be
missed by the Cabarrus County em-
ployees, as well as the public with
whom he was associated.
Mr. H. E. (PETE) HINSON, a
Construction Engineer and his fam-
ily spent a week of October in At-
lanta, Georgia attending the Atlan-
ta 10,000 Drag Race. Over the
Thanksgiving Holidays, they were
with relatives in Newport News, Vir-
ginia. They returned home via Wil-
liamsburg, which made their third
trip. It proved more interesting than
Graphic evidence of our Stanly
hunters' skill is presented by this pho-
tograph of Phil Thompson and his
6 point buck. Phil is an M. O. Ill
in Stanly County.
Condolences to the family of Mr.
J. L. McKEE, who died November
15th. Mr. McKee was employed with
the Maintenance Department.
Mrs. McKee asked that we express
her thanks to all State Highway Em-
ployee's who took part in the serv-
ices and for the many courtesies
shown during her recent ilness.
Congratulations to C. N. (CARL)
WHILDEN, JR. and T. V. (TOM)
STATON, JR. Mr. Whilden was re-
cently appointed District Engineer
and Mr. Staton as his Assistant to
the Division 10, District 2 Office in
Also, we are happy to welcome Mr.
W. S. (BILL) BIRMINGHAM, JR.
to the Staff of the Charlotte District
Office as Engineering Aide.
Condolences to the family of Mr.
J. R. Glosson, who is a brother-in-
law to Mr. BILL C. HAGLER,
Maintenance Foreman IV in Meck-
Photograph showing left to right,
H. W. Love and R. L. Burris, Cabar-
rus County employees, with a bounti-
ful catch of flounder. Either these men
know their business or had a great
deal of luck. The fish were caught on
the North Carolina Outer Banks, con-
servative figure of the pounds was set
Sympathy i s
extended to Divi-
sion Engineer J.
in the recent death
of his niece, Mrs.
We would like
to welcome D. M.
I employee, back
Division Correspondent WQrk after sery .
ing two years with the U. S. Army,
one year of which was spent in Viet-
Best wishes go with District I em-
ployee A. C. LOWS who was recent-
ly drafted into military service.
Get well wishes are extended to
the following Maintenance Employ-
ees who are out on Sick Leave: L. I.
SHEARIN, J. M. WALKER, and
H. F. STOKER. We hope they will
be able to return to work soon.
Congratulations to the following
Maintenance Employees who are
proud parents of new babies: Mr. and
Mrs. J. D. WHITE, a girl born Octo-
ber 12th; Mr. and Mrs. CLINT
WOOD, a boy born October 17th;
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. HOBSON, a
boy born September 6th; and Mr.
and Mrs. R. H. STYERS, a girl born
Congratulations to Engineering
Technician I JERRY D. HANDY
who was married November 11th to
Linda Jo Parsons.
We would like to welcome Mrs.
PEGGY LOWE to the Eleventh Di-
vision. Mrs. Lowe recently transfer-
red from Resident Engineer T. A.
WINKLER'S office in Hickory and
is employed as a Clerk II in the Road
Several employees in this Division
have been deer hunting since the
season opened but the only hunters
who have reported killing a deer are
W. G. SMITH in Yadkin County and
W. D. BENNETT in Alleghany
District Engineer and Mrs. R. M.
BRADSHAW visited their son, Mor-
ris, at the University of Georgia dur-
ing October and attended open house
at the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity
of which Morris is a member.
Bernard A. Benge, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Lester A. Benge of Route 1,
State Road, has been promoted to
Airman First Class in the U. S. Air
Force. Airman Benge is a vehicle
operator at Castle AFB, California.
He is a member of the Strategic Air
Command, the nation's combat ready
intercontinental missile and bomber
force. He is a graduate of Elkin High
School and is married to the former
Deborah Wiles of Route 1, Hays. Ber-
nard's father, Lester Benge, is em-
ployed as a Machine Operator 1 in
the Landscape Department.
Highway employees were saddened
by the death of GRADY C. PHIL-
LIPS, Maintenance Foreman IV in
Yadkin County, on November 6th.
Although he was out on Sick leave
for an extended period, he had re-
cently returned to work and death
was unexpected. Mr. Phillips had
been employed by the Highway Com-
mission for 42 years and he will be
missed by his fellow employees and
friends. We extend our deepest sym-
pathy to his family.
CHARLES E. AN-
way Engineer I,
back to work in
November after a
A. D. LOW-
Inspector II, visit-
Division Correspondent e( j gouth Dakota
New employee in Construction at
Shelby is ROBERT HUGH HAR-
DIN, Engineering Aide.
Welcome to Traffic Services De-
partment employees, VINCENT RO-
BERTS and JOHN CAMP, who
have been placed on the permanent
Sympathy is extended to the fam-
ily of OLEN PIERCY, Traffic Serv-
ices Department employee, who died
Congratulations to the CECIL
CLARKS on the birth of a son,
Shane Cecil on October 24th. 7 lbs.
and 12 ozs. Cecil is Division Traffic
Sympathy is extended to DURON
BRIDGES of the Road Oil De-
partment on the death of his mother.
A speedy recovery is wished for
Mrs. CARL ACKER, JR. who re-
cently underwent surgery.
Welcome to MARK WILLIS, who
is now working in the Right of Way
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs.
A. B. ALLEN on the birth of a
daughter, Kelly Michelle, on Novem-
On December 8th A. B. ALLEN
and M. N. PARROT will leave the
Construction Department to further
their training program in the Loca-
C. G. POSTON, Cleveland County
Employee, has been appointed one
of the Trustees for the Cleveland
County Unit of Gaston College in
We are happy to add to our Dis-
trict Office Employees, JAMES ROS-
COE GRIGG, who was placed on
payroll as Engineering Aide in the
District One Maintenance Office.
DON BLANTON of District 1
Office reports to "Uncle Sam" in
We would like to congratulate Mr.
A. LEON PRICE on the new addi-
tion to his family. He now has three
sons, the youngest being born Octo-
ber 13th. Mr. Price is a Highway En-
gineer in Statesville Construction De-
Miss Fredna Rose Bost became the
bride of JOSEPH ELBERT MA-
HAFFEY, JR. in a lovely ceremony
at Broad Street Church of Christ,
Saturday, November 25th. The bride
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Marshall Bost, Jr., Statesville. The
bridegroom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Elbert Mahaffey, Sr.
of Statesville, and is an Engineering
Technician with the Construction De-
partment in Statesville.
JERRY FRANKLIN FORD of
Statesville Construction Party and
Kay De Neal Ostwalt were married
on October 14th. Best wishes go to
both of them.
Above are pictures showing centerline crew painting on recently widened
Grover Street project in Shelby. Resident Engineer on this was W. H. Manley.
Contractor: Spangler & Sons of Shelby. One picture shows Clyde G. Poston,
Jr., Traffic Services Supervisor standing in the center of the road near their
new Paint Truck.
BUTCH LAIL, JR. is eagerly
awaiting to go on a week's vacation
to Miami Beach during the Christ-
mas holidays. He is with the States-
ville Construction Party.
Mr. KENNY KRESS leaves for
New Orleans December 3rd to take
a week's vacation. He is a Statesville
Construction Party employee.
Messrs. S. R. STUTTS, G. W.
PEARSON and E. T. COLES, Ire-
dell County employees, are out due
to illnesses. We wish for them a
Margaret M. Reavis, wife of V. B.
RE AVIS (M. F. 4 in Iredell Coun-
ty) recently took a tour with several
other Homemaker Club Members
from the county. This was primarily
a United Nations study tour, with
stops in Washington and other points
Sympathy is extended to M. C.
PHARR (M. O. 2 in Iredell County)
in the death of his father on Novem-
A plaque of recognition was pre-
sented to Mr. JAMES P. RAE, Area
Appraiser for Area 5, at the Amer-
ican Right of Way Association Sem-
inar for Carolina Chapter #31 held
in Durham, the 3rd and 4th of No-
vember. Mr. Rae served as Vice
President for a few months in 1967,
and took over as President upon the
resignation of Mr. J. McNARY
SPIGNER. The plaque was awarded
for a job well done. In further recog-
nition, he was elected President for
Mrs. BETSEY HAYMOND has
recently joined the Secretarial staff
of the Area 5 Appraisal Section. We
wish to welcome her as a new State
I am sure we all read in the news-
papers a few ago of the great find
CLIFFORD SWANN made. Clif-
ford, is with the Equipment Depart-
ment, found a 456 carat ruby "some-
where in Buncombe County" and re-
cently went to New York, where he
sold the ruby to the internationally
known jeweler, Mr. Harry Winston,
for an undisclosed amount. Mr. Win-
ston will present the stone to one of
our national Museums for permanent
display and, after examining the
stone, he informed Clifford that it
was over one million years old and
too hard to cut, but a perfect ruby
and the largest ever found in the
Benjamin Dicel Buchanan was
born October 22 and the picture was
taken when he was just one day old.
Benjamin weighed 8 lbs 1 oz and is
the second son af Ed Buchanan who
is in George Prescott's office.
ROY SAYLES of the Equipment
Department and his wife had double
trouble in the worst way this month
and are co-patients in St. Josephs
Hospital here in Asheville, both with
pneumonia. We sincerely hope that
they both make a speedy recovery.
Our deepest sympathy goes to the
family of VAN DEAL, who passed
away on November 6th. Van was
with the Highway Commisison in Dis-
trict 2 for 35 years prior to his re-
tirement in December of 1964.
HARRIET GOSSETT'S husband
Burgin has been on the sick list for
several weeks and we all hope he
gets well soon.
MARGARET STEWART, secre-
tary for the Road Oil Department
had visitors from all over during the
Thanksgiving holidays. Her grand-
son Ricky was here from Marietta,
Georgia; her brother and sister from
Indialantic, Florida and her niece
and husband from Huntsville, Ala-
EARL McINTYRE took his fam-
ily home to Rutherford County for
the holidays, but MERYL COMP-
TON of Traffic Engineering didn't
do so well. He went on a fishing trip
to Myrtle Beach and got too sick to
come back after the holidays, but we
are glad to be able to report that he
is just fine now. His granddaughter
celebrated her second birthday on
November 19th. EDDIE BASKER-
VILLE of Road Oil "rested".
The Right of Way Department
had a party at the "Top of the
Square" restaurant to celebrate
PAUL DUNCAN'S promotion. Paul
and his wife were guests of honor
and with twenty-two people present,
a good time was had by all.
Well, after years of vowing per-
manent bachelorhood. JOE TER-
RELL of Right of Way finally took
a big step and became engaged to
Miss Frieda Morgan of Leicester.
The couple have set December 24th
as their wedding date. We all wish
them every happiness and applaud
Joe's wise decision!!
RON and Kathy BUTLER made
the big move into their brand new
house and we all hope that they are
very happy there, but JOHNNY
RHYMER is STILL building his!
GUS HEDDEN'S wife and daugh-
ter recently took a week's vacation to
visit their son is Mississippi, leaving
Gus at home to take care of things.
Now Gus has talked quite a bit
about his ability to cook, but we be-
Mr. B. T. Bryson, Review Appra-
iser for Area 5, was unanimously el-
ected President of the Western N. C.
Chapter 184 of the Society of Real
Estate Appraisers at their Annual
Ladies' Night Banquet held Nov-
ember 17, 1967. Mr. Bryson has been
an active member of the Chapter since
its beginning four years ago, and
during this time assumed responsibil-
ity as Director, Secretary-Treasurer,
Vice — President and now President.
We are sure the coming year will be
a fruitful one under the leadership
of Mr. Bryson. To assure the Chap-
ter of good success, Mr. F. S. Paris,
Appraiser II, also from Area 5 Ap-
praisal Section was elected Vice —
President. Congratulations to both.
lieve he was ready for his wife's
cooking when she returned. Gus, who
is with the Landscape Department,
has now regained the weight he lost.
JOHN HARDY (HARDROCK)
ROBINSON, parts clerk in the Di-
vision Shop, has quietly been build-
ing a new home for his mother and
himself. Hardy has now moved in
and is in the process of tearing down
his old family home. We know Hardy
has shown a tremendous amount of
responsibility in moving forward to
a new home. However, we bet there
will be lots of hesitant moments
when it comes to tearing down his
childhood home. We now suggest a
Sunday School Class party would
help a lot to warm the atmosphere
in the new home.
News from PAUL ROBINSON'S
office is that the deer hunting this
year was good for some but bad for
others: TOMMY MORROW bagged
a four point deer on Spivey Gap on
Monday, November 13th and on the
Tuesday of the same week his uncle
CLAY MORROW of Yancey Main-
tenance got a six point deer. KEN
NORRIS, who just returned from his
yearly deer hunting trip was not
very successful with the deer, but
he returned with a Charger — Dodge
that is! GENE LAUGHRUN got
the call from Uncle Sam and was
drafted into the Army. Lots of luck
Gene and we hope you will come back
Welcome to CARL E. BRIGMON
and RONALD S. BRADLEY, new
employees in PAUL ROBINSON'S
office. BOBBY AYSCUE and JEFF-
REY JENNINGS have returned to
their studies under the Cooperative
Education Trainee Program at Hold-
ing Technical Institute in Raleigh.
Both are entering their fourth three-
month term and will return to their
respective assignments as Engineer-
ing Aide upon completion of their
schooling. Good luck from SHC.
Mr. and Mrs. H. C. REED, JR.
became delighted parents of a daugh-
ter on October 6th. Her name is Caro-
lyn Suzanne Reed and she weighed
7 lbs., 13V2 ozs. and was 21 inches
long. Dick is Asst. Resident Engineer
in BOB ADAMS' Office.
The two new born babies are Joseph
Lister Etheridge, Jr. at the age of
five hours. Joseph is the son of proud
parents Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ethe-
ridge and was born on November 17th,
weighing 8 lbs 6 ozs.
The Tragedy of the Bucks
Old Ten Point Buck had located
all the deer in the refuge before the
hunting season opened as he had
all the years he had been the leader
of the herd. On the morning of No-
vember 20th, he called young Spike
Buck the grandson whom he had
trained since early fawnhood to take
over the herd some future date. He
ordered Spike Buck to sentry duty
high on the mountain over Peppers
Creek. From his post Spike Buck
could see Marion and Lake James
looking down U.S. 221 and slightly
to the right he could see the beauti-
ful school at Pleasant Gardens on
U.S. 70. Just then he spotted a car
coming up U.S. 221 and watched 13th
Division Landscape hunters unload.
He saw Harley Honeycutt's hat turn-
ing on his head as he talked and Burl
Branch showing his teeth in antici-
pation. He wasn't worried about this.
Ten Point could handle these two,
but wait, there was something else.
Gus Hedden stepped out with that
terrible 22 rifle and worse yet with
short range bullets. This was a shat-
tering observation, but when Gus set-
tled his glasses over his nose thus
making four eyes with that terrible
22, Spike Buck knew this was the
end unless — Spike Buck thought
long and hard. He had heard a Ran-
ger say that being educated was the
best way to survive. He figured may-
be he could learn all the two legged
animals knew in one day and get
back to the herd with knowledge of
how to escape. With a warning cry
to Old Ten Point, he took off to the
Pleasant Gardens School in 19 foot
leaps. Great was his chagrin on en-
tering the classroom through a glass
window, that at least two teachers
had hunting licenses and one owned a
rifle. However in his dying breath he
managed a shrill whistle to Old Ten
Point that he had lost.
Old Ten Point on hearing the warn-
ing from Spike Buck, called Little
Buck his second grandson and said,
get all the herd together. We must go
far away to another refuge and we
must run like the wind toward Ten-
In the meantime, Little Tiny
Fisher, the 260 pound weakling of
the 13th Division Landscape Depart-
ment, was climbing the hill 50 miles
away with his father's rifle. He was-
n't hunting really but he had seen
his stronger and harder co-workers
going into the forest with guns, so
he wanted to look like the crowd.
He was actually on his way to Silas
McCain's, who collected a type of
dew from the mountains which made
Little Tiny feel as big and strong as
any man in the crew. He heard the
thunder and roar of Ten Points'
herd coming and not being accustom-
ed to the use of a gun, started to
run. After several miles of running,
Little Tiny fell in a dead faint from
pure exhaustion and fear. On reviv-
ing he was surprised to find that Old
Ten Point had ran his heart out
and fallen dead at his feet. He shut
both eyes and put a bullet in Old
Ten Point to prove how he had
shot him at 200 yards. The herd had
scattered safely through the refuge
by this time. Tiny climbed up to
Silas McCain's and imbibed enough
strengthening dew to enable him to
carry the 200 pound Ten Point home
for a meal of deer chops.
The men are back now from the
hunt. The teachers at Pleasant Gar-
dens are happy with their venison.
Gus and Harley tell of hearing Spike
Buck's whistle and seeing Old Ten
Point's huge tracks. They say if
Clyde Orr had been there to help
surround the area instead of playing
around White Sulphur Springs, they
would be eating deer meat now in-
stead of fat back. Tiny Fisher agrees
with a nod and mysterious burp.
Tiny weighs more than 260 pounds
now. The greatest tragedy is that
Little Buck stopped to see if Grand-
dad would revive and c:me on with
the herd and a neighbor of Tiny's
shot him, leaving Vie herd without a
and Ken Norton
were fishing other
weekend and while
fishing up stream
ran into a faith-
ful Indian guide
with another man
— upon checking
closer discovered it
was Bill Ware of
Allyce Cunningham Wavnesville O f -
fice. It was report-
ed Bill had hired this Indian guide
to show him the best places to fish
— seems they come cheap for Bill
parted with 25c 4 and a Tampa Nug-
get cigar — something fishy about
that too for the Indian caught four
and Bill has yet to get his first fish.
Happy Hunting Bill!
Greetings from Florida come from
Ken Westwood — Ken says, "I'm
having a safe and sane vacation —
My barstool belt is always bucked."
Hurry home Ken we have a little
cold weather for you to enjoy.
The Division Office was allin a dith-
er other morning — First came a
meeting called by Mr. Hughes to plan
our Christmas party — this was un-
usual for he always left it up to
someone else to decide — With beams
and smiles he continued the conver-
sation and not a word gave him a
chance to really expound — finally
someone noted he was limping a lit-
tle — and his explanation — you re-
ally have to hear this! He was down
on his knees other night and leg got
a little cramp in it — foot went to
sleep — you see he was offering a pro-
posal and the lady in question was
having a hard time making up her
mind to say yes or no — finally he got
a yes and we are just real happy for
the two of them — Oh I forgot to
name the bride to be — Helen Bar-
ham — but I am sure all have heard
by now and this really isn't news
any more — We are just happy for
the both of them.
Then another bit of news from the
same family — Ann Smith Hughes,
daughter of Mr. A. J. Hughes, will
be married to Kenneth Day on Dec-
ember 29, 1967. Ann is teaching at
Sylva - Webster High School, as is
her fiance. We wish them both all
the happiness in the world.
Frank Bryson, Sign Supervisor, toid
us a deer tale — this is the season
for one — seems he came upon this
doe nibbling grass behind a tree —
Frank froze and while in that position,
the little one ran up to its mother
and whispered in her ear — she con-
tinued to eat and after another look
at Frank, the little one scampered
off — ■ Frank still in his frozen pos-
ition. The little one bounced back
down the hill and walked right up
to Frank, sniffed his shoes, looked
him up and down, went back around
the tree and whispered again in the
mother's ear and took off. The mother
raised her head, sniffed the air, got
a whiff of Frank and leaped away —
(Now if Frank had used just a
"little dab" she might have come up
to him and "mussed" up his hair) —
Frank says he didn't get a chance at
any shots the rest of day. He said kept
wishing he had a camera for would
have been a treasure to watch what
DIVISION 14 EMPLOYEES send
greeting far and wide
To wish YOU ALL joy at this
The above is an example of "Tigger - happy'' people. Division 14 has a
high rate of vandalism during the hunting season. It isn't known if failure to
"bag" anything results in letting off steam on signs or if they practice before
hunting using our signs as a target — At any rate it cost approximately $15 to
replace each sign damaged. This can run into a lot of tax payers money, cut-
ting down on monies to be spent for other things. Smokey The Bear certainly
makes us conscious of forest fires — could a symbol be made prominent to
remind the public of the saving to our tax dollars by a little consideration of
A SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS
By JERRY KENION
The glow created for a colonial
plantation Christmas was not like
the glitter of our tinsel and glass or-
naments; the preparation of the
household was not like our frantic-
rushing about in department stores
and food markets. Two hundred years
ago preparations for the Christmas
celebration were carried out almost
wholly within the boundaries of the
plantation. Their decorations and
feasts were composed of the fruits of
the forests and fields; their gifts were
made with patience and care. When
our southern ancestors entertained at
Christmastime, they gave not only of
what their plantations produced, but
of themselves, in true hospitality.
Since there was great distance be-
tween plantations, some of those in-
vited to attend the festivities arrived
with trunks and boxes, expecting to
remain for days, if not weeks.
Long before the guests arrived, ser-
vants spent days cleaning and polish-
ing wide-planked pine floors and
brass and silver candlesticks and serv-
ing pieces. The ladies of the house-
hold contributed their fine quilting,
knitting, crocheting and crewel em-
broidery to the decoration of their
homes and clothing. While the slaves
were included in the more ordinary
aspects of spinning and weaving the
materials used throughout the house,
the ladies took great pride in their
own handwork. We can rest assured
that the lady of the house made sure
that there were freshly hung bedcur-
tains, linens crisp and clean from
boiling in lye soap, and plenty of
warm, handmade quilts for her
For The Festive Air
Eighteenth century homes were
decorated both with the native ever-
greens, cones, and fruits, and with
delicacies shipped in from distant
ports. Though the Christmas tree was
not used until much later, our colo-
nial ancestors used evergreens in
wreaths and garlands. Pine, holly,
mistletoe, and magnolia were used in
decorations, along with cones, nuts
and small fruits. Fruits were used
extensively in Christmas decorations.
In addition to their artistic use of
fruit in centerpieces, plantation own-
ers added clusters of small fruits to
their wreaths and garlands. Often an
entire wreath was made of cones
and nuts, or of dozens of small
oranges and lemons. Each wreath,
garland or spray was intended to be
a work of art — whether made from
the most common of pine and acorns,
or of the finest imported fruits. Rib-
bons on wreaths were usually brown
or green velvet or satin, not our mod-
ern red. Fruit pyramids were also a
favorite decorations. Made by impal-
ing small fruits on nails and thrust-
ing them into a cone-shaped, green-
ery-covered frame, fruit pyramids
were used on sideboards and tables.
Holly was considered appropriate
for Christmas decorations, since its
prickly leaves were thought of as rep-
resenting Christ's crown of thorns,
and its bright red berries as repre-
senting drops of blood. Mistletoe,
used in kissing balls in hallways, was
carefully chosen for its abundance of
berries. It was desirable to find a
clump of mistletoe with the largest
number of berries, since a berry had
to be plucked each time a girl was
kissed under it.
The choice of a Yule log was left
up to the slaves, and on some plan-
tations, it was traditional that all
slaves would have a holiday as long
as the Yule log burned. One can ima-
gine that each household burned the
largest log to be found on that plan-
tation! The Yule log, originally from
early pagan celebration in northern
Europe, was brought in with cere-
mony on Christmas Eve and lighted
with a brand kept from the Yule log
of the year before. Its ashes, kept
through the year, were supposed to
protect the house from fire and light-
ning and to have the power of heal-
ing wounds and making field and
Many tedious hours went into the
making of candles, which burned in
the windows and throughout the
house during Christmastime. Through
necessity, candles were used through-
out the year, but they were burned
almost to the point of waste during
the holidays. To those of us used to
brightly colored candles at Christmas,
the colors of the candles used in colo-
nial times would appear quite dull.
Since our oil-soluble dyes were not
known in the colonies, candles were
the natural color of the materials from
which they were made — creamy
brown bees-wax, tray-green bayberry,
and cream colored tallow. The candle-
making process, especially for the
prized, scented bayberry candles, took
days to complete. Colonial ladies took
great pride in their hand--dipped can-
dles, although in many places tin
candle molds were available. Tallow
or bayberries were collected until
there was enough to fill a large ket-
tle set over an open fire. Two long
poles were laid across chair backs,
and across these poles rested the can-
dle rods. Several wicks of twisted
hemp were looped from the rods,
and each rod of wicks was dipped in-
to the melted tallow. After each of
the many dippings, the rods were re-
moved to a cooling rack, usually
quite a distance from the fire. It
took many trips from the kettle to
the rack and back again for the
many-layered dipped candles to be
completed. Knowing of the long
process involved in making candles, a
guest could well appreciate entering
a household fragrant with the scent
Food for the Feasts
Weeks before the holidays, fires
were made in the great brick ovens
to bake rakes which were soaked in
wine and allowed to mellow. Flour
and meal for baking came from the
plantation's own mill, as the other
products used in cooking came from
the storeroom and fresh from the
plantation's animals. Much of the
food was cooked in large iron pots
hung over an open fire in the kitchen
fireplace, in addition to the baking
done in large ovens. A few days be-
for the feasting was to begin, huge
hams were brought from the smoke-
house to be baked, along with wild
geese, ducks, turkeys, and perhaps a
crackling brown suckling pig. If ice
didn't cover the river, there might
have been fresh fish for the celebra-
From their well-stocked cellars, the
plantation cooks brought up fruits,
vegetables and wines. The fruit cel-
lars yielded pears, apples, grapes, and
peaches which were picked when
firm and preserved in sawdust. Pota-
ties, turnips and carrots came from
the root cellars, and the best bottles
of imported sherry and homemade
wines were brought up for the cele-
For decorative fruit centerpieces,
as well as delicious eating, pineapples
("the king of fruit"), oranges, lem-
ons, limes, and pomegranates were
shipped in from Jamaica. If coconuts
were included in the shipment, there
was ambrosia, a delicious combination
of freshly grated coconut and fresh
Two traditional southern recipes
are for trifle and syllabub. Trifle,
sometimes called tipsy cake, consists
of layers of rich sponge cake, studded
with almonds and generously mois-
tened with sherry or scuppernong
wine. At this point the cake can be
allowed to age for a day. On the day
it is to be served, a rich boiled cus-
tard is poured over each layer of the
cake, and the whole dessert is cover-
ed with sweetened whipped cream,
flavored with the same wine used over
Another whipped cream and wine
concoction often served in colonial
days was syllabub. A very rich and
sweet drink, syllabub was the fore-
runner of our eggnog. One recipe for
syllabub calls for two cups heavy
cream, two cups fine wine or brandy,
two cups sugar, one-half cup lemon
juice, and grated lemon peel. The
wines, juice, peel, and sugar are com-
bined a day ahead of serving time,
and just before serving the cream is
whipped and gently folded into the
Traditional colonial Christmas en-
tertainment included the wassail
bowl, a custom carried over from six-
teenth and seventeenth century Eng-
land. The wassail bowl contained hot
spiced cider or ale, and friends and
neighbors were invited in to drink
to the good health of the company.
No celebration was complete without
the singing of carols and folk songs
in front of the blazing Yule log, and
games were often played. One game
played at Christmas, also from Eng-
land, was "Snapdragon" in which the
players tried to snatch a raisin from
a bowl of blazing spirits:
"Here he comes with flaming bowl,
Don't he mean to take his toll,
Snip! Snay! Dragon!
"Take care you don't take too
Be not greedy in your clutch,
Snip! Snay! Dragon!
"With his blue and lapping tongue
Many of you will be stung.
Snip! Snay! Dragon!
Dancing was popular with the
southern colonists, and country
dances, in addition to the more ele-
gant French dances, were a part of
most entertainment. Some homes
were fortunate in having a harpsi-
chord to furnish music, and others
had either a fiddler or a group of
musicians playing violins, flutes and
French horns. The country dances
were done to such step tunes as "Old
Father George", "High Betty Mar-
tin", and "Rolling Hornpipes".
There could be no last minute
rush for Christmas presents, for gifts
either had to be made by hand or
brought by ship. The colonial celebra-
tion of Christmas was not as child-
centered as it is now, but lucky chil-
dren were given gifts patiently made
by loving parents and relatives. Dolls
were carved from wood or made from
braided cornhusks or from left-over
scraps of fabric. The dolls' carefully
painted features included indigo eyes
and berry-red mouths, and dainty
clothes, sometimes from scraps from
the child's own dress, were carefully
hand-stitched by patient mothers.
French dolls, originally owned by the
ladies in a household, were imported
to show the design of fashionable
clothes. Sometimes, when the doll's
gown was out of style, a fortunate
little girl would be given the French
doll — not to play with, though, just
to admire. Other girls' toys included
hand-carved doll furniture, and not
frequently, an imported china or
pewter tea set.
The most important gift for a boy
was a jacknife, since the child could
then fashion many toys for himself.
For the little fellow too young for a
knife, fathers carved wooden animals
and carts, and toy soldiers. Other
boys' toys included balls, made from
yarn and covered with sheepskin,
and whistles made from willow sticks.
Occasionally a little boy received
colorful imported marbles.
Certainly a colonial plantation was
filled with warmth at Christmas, an
abundance of good things to eat, and
lovely things to see. There was gener-
osity and good will, both elegance and
simplicity; but most of all, there was
a glow, not only from the burning
candles and blazing log, but from the
people who put so much of them-
selves and their traditions into the
celebration of Christmas.
A CHRISTMAS PRAYER
By BILLY GRAHAM
O God, who didst give Thine only
On that first Christmas, that He
might bring the gift
Of everlasting life to all who believe
Help us on the occasion of His birth-
To think more of giving than re-
To think, as did He.
More of others, and less of ourselves;
To be motivated by love instead of
To be more concerned about eternal
Than the cheap, elusive trinkets of
time and space:
Help us to be spiritual without being
To be courageous without being
To be compassionate without being
In this world of greed, hate and
wnr. we ask for peace through Him
who will one day be the Prince of
We pray that the message of our
Saviour's birth may challenge thou-
sands of people everywhere to be born
of His Holy Spirit. In Jesus' Name.
The child's lovely face reflects the candlelight as she kneels and gives a prayer that little
children everywhere will in all the Christmas joys share.
— Jewel Adcock
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