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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 





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 
as before. 

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 
New Year's. 

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 

Public Relations Officer Keith Hundley 

Editor Frances Newhouse 

Associate Editor Jewel Adcock 

Receptionist Janie Williams 

Photographer Gordon Deans 




Don Matthews, Jr. 

W. W. Exum 

Ashley M. Murphy 

Carl Renfro 

J. B. Brame 

Carl Meares 

Thomas S. Harrington 

John F. McNair, III 
George L. Hundley 
George H. Broadrick 
Raymond Smith 
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. 



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 
Central Office. 

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- 
tract projects. 

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 
the contractor. 

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 
Inspection Supervisor. 

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 
presplitting action. 

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- 
way construction. 

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. 






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 
and sketches. 


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 
will rejoice. 

In our rejoicing, there are some 
things and some names I feel are 
worth remembering. 

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 
should remember. 

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 

Dedication of 
Tarboro Bypass 

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 
South Carolina. 

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 
and traffic. 

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- 
aid project. 

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 
particular project. 

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 
Highway Commission. 

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- 
ways used. 

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 

Chairman Hunt's 
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 
this is! 

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 



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 
cooperative effort. 

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 
of life. 

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- 
AND dollars. 

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 
that period." 

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 

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 


"Now when Jesus was born in 
Bethlehem of Judea in the days of 
Herod the King, behold, there came 
wise men." 

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 

* * * 

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. 

— 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 


(Editor's Note: We wish to thank John Parris for allowing us to use 
one of his famous mountain Christmas stories. 


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 
little girl. 

She stood all alone before the store 
window, her tiny face pressed against 
the glass. 

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- 
rying shoppers. 

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- 
tle girl. 

"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 
at him. 

"The angel," she said, and pointed 
a tiny finger at the top of the Christ- 
mas tree. 

"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 
I want." 

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 
thank you." 

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- 
mas tree. 

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 

Highway Receptionist 


For Instance, a Cowbell 

The Bells of Christmas 


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 
disappearing gradually. 

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 
goats' bells. 

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. 

Wilmington Claims 
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 
since then." 

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 
Christmas tree." 


Did You Receive A 
Poinsettia For 

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- 
iodic cleanup. 

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 
short time. 

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. 


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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 
of sign. 

New Traffic Signs. 





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: 

Box #44 

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. 

Pat Abernethy 



t Lack 


The Purely Personal Ponderings of the Pur- 
veyor of Potluck Expressed Poetically in: 


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 

as pie 

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 
our tree, 

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 
they tend, 

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 
the house. 

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 
just messing, 

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 
the eyes. 

This niceness and goodness, though I love it 
so well, 

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 
and shine. 

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 
they're coiled. 
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 

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- 
gratulations Lyman! 

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 
Memory Gardens. 

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. 
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. 

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 
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- 
tiful voice. 

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- 
ember 3rd. 

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. 
State University. 

The newlyweds live at 707 - A Dan- 
iels Street. 

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 

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 

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. 

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- 

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- 
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. 

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. 



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 
and Tests. 

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 
this year. 

BILLY and Henry LOWERY with 
daughter, Miriam, recently visited 
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Williams in 
Charlotte. Mrs. Williams and Billie 
are twin sisters. 

— 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 

husband, Halton, visited Michigan in 
November. Get well wishes to A. J. 
NICKS, who has been sick at home. 

Our sincere sympathy is extended 
NARRON upon the recent death of 
their fathers, and to CHARLES 
MOORE upon the recent death of 
his mother, which is also MYRTIE 
DIXON'S sister. 

Department employees greatly en- 
joyed their annual Christmas Party 
December 21st at the Charcoal Steak 

Sincere sympathy is extended to 
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- 
tober 25th. 

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 
that city. 

visited his family in Philadelphia for 
several days in November. 

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 
doing well. 

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. 


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. 


— Jewel Adcock 

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. 

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 
to recovery. 

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 



ROADWAYS wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy 
New Year to Vickie and Leithie Hundley, daughters of 
Keith Hundley, Public Relations Officer. 



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 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. 
PEELE attended 
the Shrine Cere- 
monial in Raleigh 
November 25 and, 
the following 
weekend, did 
some Christmas 
shopping in Rich- 

M.G.Carawan m0ncL MrS " Peele 
Division Correspondent is Stenographer in 

Division One. 

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 
Duke Hospital. 

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- 
scape Supervisor. 

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, 

E. A. WALKER, Supervisor in 
Dare and Currituck Counties, spent 
the holidays duck hunting, and re- 
ported very good luck. 

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 
this year. 

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. 

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, 
of Jackson. 




CHER, Equip- 
ment Department, 
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 " 
Division Correspondenlcovery. 

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 
looks on. 

ozs. They also have a three-year-old 
son, Skip. 

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 
Spring Hope. 

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. 

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- 
sion Office. 

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 
professional integrity. 

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. 

Division Correspondent 

We have had a few employees do- 
ing some fall and winter traveling. 
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 
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. 


Division Correspondent 

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- 

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- 
ber 16th. 

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. 

H. Dwight Hall 
Engineering Technician II 

H. E. Hardy's office in Weldon 
Harvey E. Hardy, Jr. 
Resident Engineer 
Weldon Office 

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 
of 8-0-1. 

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- 
GILL as Truck Drivers and the fol- 
lowing Laborers: CHARLES E. DUB- 

We welcome the following new 
employees, in Wayne County as La- 

Mr. IRA BRYANT, Truck Driver, 
recently enjoyed a vacation trip to 
Florida where he visited his son. 
Operator) and SAM STEVENS 
(Machine Operator) also took No- 
vember vacations. 

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- 

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. 

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- 
has been assigned to their office as 
Assistant Resident Engineer. 

District One employees celebrating 
birthdays in November are: J. A. 
M. W. RHEA, E. L. SMITH and I. 
L. WOOTEN. December birthdays 
are celebrated by the following: R. 

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 was hospitalized during his ill- 
ness in Rocky Mount Hospital, and 
Mr. Harlow was ill at his home in 

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- 
pletely "mended". 

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. 
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, 
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. 


Peggy Bright 
Division Correspondent 

Get well wishes 
to Mr. Leon Har- 
ris, husband of 
Steno in District 
Two, who recently 
underwent an ap- 
pendix operation. 
Hilda reports he 
is doing very nice- 


Welcome back 
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- 
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 
he killed. 

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- 
ville County. 

Employees on the sick list recently 
included ROY BLACKWELL, 
All have returned to work. 

VENCEN MORTON also has re- 
turned to work after being on sick 

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 

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. 

RUTLEDGE were on sick leave re- 
cently. Both have returned to work. 

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 



The Construc- 
tion Chapter of the 
North Carolina 
State Highway 
and Prison Em- 
ployees' Associa- 
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, 
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- 

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 

ville, passed away at 9:00 A.M., 
Thursday, November 30th. He was 
employed on April 21, 1942, and was 
a Machine Operator III. 

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 


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 
Ridge Parkway. 

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 

Steak anyone 
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 

Carolyn Graves 
Division Correspondent 

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 ground. 

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. 

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 
the Piedmont. 


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. 
GARNER, District 
Two Maintenance, 
I is back at home 
I from the Sanator- 
1 ium where he has 
I been confined for 
several months, 
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 
in Art. 

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 
by all. 

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 

"Best Wishes'' 
for a long and 
happy retirement 
LOWDER, who 
retired on Septem- 
ber 30th. Both 
were employed at 
the Maintenance 
i n 

Rowan County. 
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 
next year. 

We extend our deepest sympathy 
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 
Operator in the Rowan County Main- 
tenance Department, who suffered a 
severe stroke on September 28th. 

Playing "Robin Hood" paid off for 
Mechanic Foreman at the District 
Equipment Shop, Salisbury. Paul 
bagged himself a nice "Buck" while 
hunting with a bow and arrow this 
past Fall. 

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 
Maintenance Department. 

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 
District Office. 

There's no place like home! Mr. 
BUCK PATTERSON has been nam- 
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- 
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 

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. 

Way Stenographer, has returned to 
the office after having been confined 
to the Progressive Care Unit of Bap- 
tist Hospital. 

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. 

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Welcome to 
BREWER and his 
wife, Marjorie, and 
their four chil- 
dren. Franklin 
went to work in 
the Right of Way 
Department o n 
November 27th. 
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. 
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- 
lenburg County. 

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 
at 250 

Dolores Rogers 

Sympathy i s 
extended to Divi- 
sion Engineer J. 
in the recent death 
of his niece, Mrs. 
Lorraine Reeves 

We would like 
to welcome D. M. 
FOSTER, District 

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. 
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 
November 26th. 

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 
Oil Department. 

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. 

The Shelby 
Construction Par- 
ty welcomes 
DERSON, High- 
way Engineer I, 
back to work in 
November after a 
lengthy illness. 

A. D. LOW- 
ERY, Highway 

Inspector II, visit- 
Division Correspondent e( j gouth Dakota 

in October. 

New employee in Construction at 
DIN, Engineering Aide. 

Welcome to Traffic Services De- 
partment employees, VINCENT RO- 
have been placed on the permanent 

Jean Cline 

Sympathy is extended to the fam- 
ily of OLEN PIERCY, Traffic Serv- 
ices Department employee, who died 
October 31st. 

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 
Department, Shelby. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
A. B. ALLEN on the birth of a 
daughter, Kelly Michelle, on Novem- 
ber 20th. 

On December 8th A. B. ALLEN 
and M. N. PARROT will leave the 
Construction Department to further 
their training program in the Loca- 
tion Department. 

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 
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. 

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 
speedy recovery. 

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 
of interest. 

Sympathy is extended to M. C. 
PHARR (M. O. 2 in Iredell County) 
in the death of his father on Novem- 
ber 15th. 

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 

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 
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 
United States. 

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. 

Burgin has been on the sick list for 
several weeks and we all hope he 
gets well soon. 

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. 

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. 

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 
with us. 

Welcome to CARL E. BRIGMON 
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 

Louis McGee 
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 - 
Division Correspondent 

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 
went on. 


greeting far and wide 
To wish YOU ALL joy at this 

Christmas tide 

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 
public property? 




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 
animals fertile. 

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 
of bayberries. 

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 
the cake. 

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. 


O God, who didst give Thine only 
begotten Son 

On that first Christmas, that He 
might bring the gift 

Of everlasting life to all who believe 
upon Him, 

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. 

Gordon Deans 

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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