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Many people look upon highway accidents like the 
weather — there is nothing you can do about it, they say. 

Up in the 14th Highway Division, something is being 
done, and the results are so convincing that specialists 
in the field of Highway safety are taking notes, and find- 
ing a realistic answer rather than just a theory. 

And like so many things, the answer is so simple, that 
it has been overlooked time and time again. 

The records show that 11 people were killed on Hay- 
wood highways in 1966, and this became a matter of con- 
cern to several officials at the same time, and consequent- 
ly, they began working on a program which resulted in 
cutting that figure to less than half for 1967 — only 5 

Back in January 1967, Commissioner W. Curtis Russ, 
and Sgt. O. C. Brock of the Highway Patrol told Chair- 
man Joseph Hunt of a program which they had just 
inaugurated — combining forces, CREATING A SPIRIT 
OF TEAMWORK between the Highway Commission 
and Patrol. The basic idea was for both agencies work- 
ing together, to make a careful study of areas where 
accidents were taking place, and see what could be done 
to correct the roadway, or erect additional signs, or guard 

The Patrol keeps a keen eye peeled for such areas, and 
it takes just one call to the State Highway Commission 
to get action in a matter of an hour or so. There have 
been times, when signs have been erected within the day. 

Chairman Hunt was impressed with the program, and 
encouraged Commissioner Russ and Sgt. Brock to con- 
tinue, and even expand the activities. 

All patrolmen assigned to Haywood became interested, 
as did the Highway personnel from A. J. "Red" Hughes, 
division engineer, on down to truck drivers. The enthu- 
siasm spread, and very soon the public began to see pat- 
rolmen in conference with Highway forces, and later 
saw widened shoulders, guard rails, more signs, or other 
changes all designed for safety. 


When December 31, 1967 rolled around, the record 
showed highway deaths at 5 instead of 11 like the year 

About the time the report was made, Governor Moore 
heard of the plan, together with Ralph Howland, com- 
missioner of Motor Vehicles, and more enthusiasm was 

The officials in Haywood now take the program for 
granted, all as a part of their responsibilities, and pride 
in saving lives. They enjoy the teamwork; often meet to- 
gether, talk things over, and highly respect the views and 
ideas of each other. It boils down to communication of 
the highest degree, and getting a job done. 

THEORY has been tossed out of the window, and the 

A patrolman saw a loose rock on a high bank the 
othe day, called the Highway maintenance shop, and 
within 90 minutes the dangerous rock was removed. No 
record was made; just an act of using common sense on 
the part of the team. 

After a fatal accident late in 1966, engineers and pat- 
rolmen spent two hours on the site trying to figure the 
best way to prevent other such accidents. More signs 

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Published bi-monthly for employees of 
The North Carolina State Highway Commission 
By the Highway Commission 
Public Relations Department 



Public Relations Officer Keith Hundley 

Editor Frances Newhouse 

Associate Editor Jewel Adcock 

Receptionist J AN IE WILLIAMS 

Photographer Gordon Deans 




Don Matthews, Jr. John F. McNadj, III 

W. W. Exum George L. Hundley 

Ashley M. Murphy George H. Broadrick 

Carl Renfro Raymond Smith 

J. B. Brame W. B. Garrison 

Carl Meares James G. Stdxeleather, Jr. 

Thomas S. Harrington W. Curtis Russ 

W. F. Babcock State Highway Administrator 

C. W. Lee Chief Engineer 

George Wdlloughby Secondary Roads Officer 

William M. Ingram Controller 


The cover for the January-February issue of ROAD- 
WAYS is a picture of the concrete pilings of the new 
Wilmington-Cape Fear River Bridge. The photographer 
exhibits his ability to obtain an angle of these pilings 
which resembled marble in the sunlight and gave an ap- 
pearance of a Roman Coliseum and of ancient Rome. 
It was hard to visualize a four lane highway with cars 
zooming across the top of these huge round balls of 
sand and cement. 

Highway Design And Operational Practices Related To 
Highway Safety In North Carolina 


Safety has been a predominant feature in highway de- 
sign in North Carolina since the start of our State and 
Federal highway systems. Use of design control features 
such as design speed, sight distance, structure, lateral 
clearance, wider lanes, wider shoulders, flatter slopes, 
cross sections, and even control of access have been steps 
in which we up-grade to provide better safety on our 

Over a period of several years there have been signifi- 
cant changes in vehicles, in the drivers, and in the man- 
ner in which they operate, in the speed, and in the ty- 
pical distances traveled. The freeways that we are now 
offering enable the average driver to roll along at 60 
m.p.h. or greater completely relaxed or gaily chattering 
to companions or listening to the radio. The combination 
of car and highway is so easy that the trend to con- 
centrate diligently and the need to drive carefully is 
sometimes forgotten. Any day or night, good or bad 
weather, the people sail along in complete faith that the 
road ahead is open, quiet, and completely free. Then the 
least something happens. The driver relaxes too much or 
he is inattentive too long, or some minor happening dis- 
tracts him and his vehicle becomes an off the road, out 
of control fast moving object. 

Safer roadsides have become the current item for em- 
phasis in our present highway design. The provision of 
a roadside, which is clear and safe as it is feasible to 
provide for any vehicle that may leave the road surface 
is our aim. This is being done in many different ways. 

1. By flattening of slopes along the highway. 

2. Elimination of all unnecessary sign supports along 
the highway. 

3. Development of break away sign posts adjacent to 
the roadway. 

4. Removal of all gore signs in interchange areas. 

5. Where supports and signs are necessarily of a de- 
sign that is massive and unyielding and cannot be 
eliminated or relocated, we are protecting this in- 
stallation with adequate guardrail design. The new 
guardrail design is based on 6'3" spacing in lieu of 
the original 12'6" spacing. The ends are anchored 
into the ground or flared back into the cut sec- 
tions. All guardrail now are being tied to bridges 
so that vehicles cannot penetrate the rail or hit 
the end of the bridge rail. 

6. On the interstate system and freeway system, a lot 
of unnecessary signs are being eliminated. Such 
signs as "Emergency Parking Only", "No U Turn" 
signs, "Keep Off The Median" signs, and some 
"Yield" signs. Also where practical guide signs will 

be mounted on existing structures to eliminate the 
hazards of a support adjacent to the structure. 

7. Careful attention is being given to drainage struc- 
tures such as catch basins in the medians. In lieu 
of the original catch basins, we are incorporating a 
grate and frame drop inlet which eliminates the haz- 
ard of the deep ditch and the structure in the me- 
dian. It has been found that curbs adjacent to the 
travel way are inconsistent to highway safety. At 
present we are removing all curbs that are adjacent 
to the travel way in rural type design and trying 
to eliminate as many curbs as possible on urban 

8. We are not using guardrail on any facility unless all 
other conditions and roadside features make it the 
only practical alternate. We feel that greater road- 
side safety can be obtained through grading sections 
flat enough to make the guardrail unnecessary. 

9. On all freeways we are carrying the full shoulder 
width across all structures. In our secondary high- 
ways we are carrying a minimum of 6' shoulders 
across all structures. For bridges that cross over the 
main highway, we originally used a 10' clearance off 
the through lane. This was changed to 16' in the 
early 60's and at present we are using up to 30' 
from edge of pavement to a pier. At present all 
bridges with a median with less than 30' will be 
closed in, in lieu of the two rails in the median as 
previously designed. 

10. We are providing climbing lanes. This is an addi- 
tional safety element in some areas where the grades 
are so excessive that trucks can hardly make the 
grades and the driver gets impatient and makes a 
wrong maneuver in order to pass the slow moving 

11. Slippery pavements have come to our attention and 
we are in the process of designing a skid trailer 
which is to be used to make studies to determine, 
methods in which we can eliminate these slippery 

12. Massive driver education and retraining programs 
to readjust the driver's attitude to fit the highways 
and the instant conditions as they use them should 
help in the reduction of roadside accidents. The 
Highway Commission is at present giving defensive 
driving courses to all members of the Commission 
as a step in this direction. 

13. In order to keep improving on our design practices 
of future highways and in removing accident haz- 
ards and operation deficiencies in completed high- 
ways, the department is setting up design review 


teams which are used to make a surveillance of a 
completed highway and give recommendations as 
to the improvements in the view of safety. This 
team is composed of members from the diverse oc- 
cupations in the highway field and we be'.ieve that 
this will be a valuable asset to the Highway Com- 
mision in developing its overall safety program. 

14. We are using the New Jersey median on narrow 
medians such as 1-85 in Greensboro and 1-40 from 
the Tennessee line to Cove Creek to protect the 
vehicles from encroaching and crossing the median 
and having a head-on accident. This median is 
made of solid concrete and approximately 32" high. 
The face is sloped so that if a vehicle hits this me- 
dian at an angle the vehicle will ride up on the 
medians slightly and along the median, and not 
cause any major damage to the vehicle. 

15. Even at 35 m.p.h. a vehicle colliding wih a telephone 
pole probably would be classed as a serious acci- 
dent. Many of our trunk highways and other high- 
ways which run through cities and towns have 
utility poles, light standards and trees adjacent to 
the face of the curb. In working with some cities 
and towns in North Carolina we have been able to 
remove these hazards from these streets and place 
them further from the traveled lane. It is hoped 
that in the future many other cities and towns will 
join these so that we may have safer streets in our 
cities and towns. 

16. Rest areas are being provided on our interstate sys- 
tem. These provide a place for the long-run drivers 
to stop and untense themselves for a few minutes 
prior to proceeding on their trip. These rest areas 
will be spaced anywhere from one to two hours 
driving time apart. Some of these areas are plan- 
ned for use as welcome centers. Also these centers 
will provide the traveler with helpful information 
to help him reach his destination as well as infor- 
mation relating to safety. 

17. The overall safety program as far as the North 
Carolina Highway Commission is concerned is to 
incorporate as many of the new safety features to 
the future projects as possible and to go back on 
the existing projects and locate the hazardous lo- 
cations and make corrections. 

Roadway Design 

Department of Motor Vehicles 
and State Highway Commission 
Merge Efforts 

Col. Charles A. Speed, in a commentary on traffic ac- 
cident prevention prepared for ROADWAYS, placed en- 
gineering side by side with enforcement and education 
in the task of reducing human suffering and property 
damage on the highway. 

The viewpoint expressed by the head of the N. C. 
State Highway Patrol is given substance by the close co- 
operation that does exist between all services of the De- 
partment of Motor Vehicles, including law enforcement, 
and the N. C. State Highway Commission. 

Partnerships in Highway Safety 

This partnership is perhaps most evident in the area 
of accident reporting and investigation. 

To begin with, the accident report form now used by 
State troopers was developed jointly by the two agen- 
cies to extract both engineering and law enforcement 
data from accident experiences. 

Periodically, as the reports are processed, the De- 
partment of Motor Vehicles furnishes the Traffic Engi- 
neering Department, SHC, with copies of reports and 
computer processing cards on all officially reported acci- 
dents which occur on North Carolina rural highways. 
In addition, separate records of fatal accidents are sent 
to Traffic Engineering for special processing and study. 

In turn, Traffic Engineering performs various computer 
analyses relating to high-accident locations on State 
roads, types of accidents, and other data studies neces- 
sary for accident preventive measures. 

Computer Approach — A Cooperative Effort 

The computer approach to highway safety in North 
Carolina is a cooperative effort of the Department of 
Motor Vehicles and the State Highway Commission. 
Colonel Speed accents the importance of this method of 

"We are very fortunate today, particularly in North 
Carolina, that high emphasis has been placed on com- 
puterizing our accident and driver violation records 
which enables our departmental statisticians to accumu- 
late, analyze, and interpret the basic causes of motor 
vehicle accidents." 

Highway safety starts with a statistic. Protection of 
citizens' lives and property depends upon knowing exact- 
ly what ingredients are present when cars collide, go 
over embankments, or hit pedestrians. Systematic com- 
pilation of factors contributing to road mishaps, when 
"viewed" by the data processing machine, can reveal 
information required to help guard against these condi- 

It is easily understood that data to guide highway 
plans and the use of traffic control devices are more 
realistic if gleaned from accidents that actually happened 
— thousands of them, covering an appreciab'e period of 
time. Protests from the public regarding the possible 
danger of a certain intersection, for instance, are not 
entirely reliable because they do not represent the whole 
picture, nor do they te.l what is happening at other places 
which may be equally or more hazardous. 


Trooper Deployment vs Accident Experience 

State highway resources have been placed at the dis- 
posal of the highway patrol officials to achieve one of 
their current objectives: the optimum deployment of 
personnel in the enforcement of traffic laws and preven- 
tion of accidents. 

With this goal in mind, the Traffic Engineering De- 
partment was called on for data pertaining to high-acci- 
dent locations over the state; and, to this extent, the 
Traffic Research Engineer worked with the SHP on a 
trooper assignment plan based on accident frequency 
and severity. 

Moreover, the SHC Planning Department, upon re- 
quest of the Department of Motor Vehicles, performed a 
special study which elaborated upon the DMV's data 
relating accident occurrence to times of day. 

This analysis located accidents on given highways, in 
the primary system, by time of day; thus allowing the 
SHP to develop a plan of "selective enforcement". Un- 
der this plan, a trooper can be assigned to a given coun- 
ty and a given section of highway at times when, ac- 
cording to past history, accidents are apt to occur. 

To further inform the patrol officers on Statewide 
accident-prone locations, by county, and with possible 
hazards cited, copies of the Rural Safety Program re- 
port were put into their hands. 

Troopers Taught Accident Reporting 

The training program for new patrolmen is another 
meeting ground for two of the agencies charged with ac- 
cident prevention. 

For several years now, Traffic Engineering personnel 
have had the privilege and the benefits of sitting in on 
basic courses conducted within the State patrol organiza- 
tion. And, as the need for critical accident data became 
more pressing, they have participated actively, aiding 
instruction of classes in accident reporting methods and 
practices which will enhance the ability to determine 
what actually happens when someone has an accident. 

Troopers Assist In SHC Work 

The State trooper, as he patrols his section of the 
State Highway System, is in a good position to assist the 
State Highway Commission in the safe and efficient main- 
tenance of road facilities, by notifying the proper depart- 
ments of poor road conditions, such as a hole in the 
pavement, a broken sign or guardrail, a landslide, and 
the like. Troopers in many divisions of the State do this 
regularly. They may send in a written report to Raleigh, 
or, for some conditions, they may call the local high- 
way office. 

The trooper is also relied on, by virtue of the statutes 
of North Carolina, to enforce certain traffic engineering 
regulations established by the Highway Commission, in 
addition to apprehending violators of speed limits and 
other traffic laws. 

These reciprocal activities, only briefly described here, 
all step-up the progress toward highway safety. 

Speed Sees Progress in North Carolina 

Commander Speed shares his observations on the traf- 

fic picture in North Carolina from a long experience in 
the field of traffic supervision. 

"Progress has been made in Traffic Accident Preven- 
tion through education, engineering and enforcement, 
but no one in America today is doing the job that they 
should be doing in preventing motor vehicle accidents . . . 

"Tremendous progress has been made in North Caro- 
lina. In 1935 we registered 512,076 motor vehicles which 
traveled some 4 billion miles; and 1,095 persons were 
killed. In 1967 we registered 2,708,769 motor vehicles. 
They traveled approximately 24 billion miles, and 1,743 
persons were killed. This is 648 more than were killed 
in 1935, but look how our exposure rate has increased! 
If traffic deaths has occurred in 1967 at the same rate 
as in 1935, 6,000 people would have died on our streets 
and highways. 

We quote Col. Speed: "I am convinced that until more 
emphasis is placed on driver selection training and licens- 
ing we will continue to have a high motor vehicle accident 
rate. To accomplish this will require that problem drivers 
be referred to drivers license medical centers. They 
would be staffed with competent medical research per- 
sonnel who would interview and examine drivers that we 
refer to them that we have classified as accident and vio- 
lator prone based on their driving records. We would also 
refer to them as accident and violator prone based on 
their driving records. We would also refer drivers with 
senile characteristics, physical and mental deficiences. 
Such a system of clinics operated in connection with a 
statewide system of traffic courts staffed by young attor- 
neys trained in every phase of traffic accident prevention. 
This would establish the machinery for adult driver re- 
education schools and provide more effective use of scien- 
tific devices for the drinking and speeding drivers." 

Norris Suggest Survey 
of Worn Bridges 

A general survey of bridges in North Carolina, order- 
ed by Highway Commissioner J. M. Hunt, Jr. on Decem- 
bers 20th, has turned up three bridges on which Commis- 
sion engineers feel the loads should be reduced. 

Assistant Chief Engineer for Bridges J. L. Norris 
recommended that the bridge over the Banks Channel at 
Wrightsville Beach in New Hanover County, the old 
West Asheville Bridge over the French Broad River at 
Asheville, and the old bridge over the Yadkin River be- 
tween Elkin and Jonesville in Surry County be restricted 
to use by automotive traffic only. 

Commission engineers said there would be no inconve- 
nience since alternate routes are available nearby. 

The bridges would be closed to all trucks, passenger 
buses and school buses and posted with four-ton limits. 

All three bridges are located within the corporate limits 
of cities and the municipalities have been informed that 
proper signs will be erected on February 2nd. 


Above, W. G. Reaves and Secretary Mrs. Mary Lee Stephenson. 

Highway Purchasing 
And Central Services 

W. G. Reaves 
Highway Purchasing Agent 

"Service" is not just a by-word 
with us. It is more or less our motto. 
This department is a "service" or- 
ganization, its functioning is far and 
wide in this respect. From picking up 
and delivering that litle 'ole' letter to 
purchasing that largest piece of 
"earth-moving" equipment you have 
seen in operation in Highway main- 

The Purchasing and Central Serv- 
ices Department of the N. C. State 
Highway Commission is a staff func- 
tion serving in an administrative ca- 
pacity under the State Highway Ad- 
ministrator. It comprises four sepa- 
rate and distinctive sections, with a 
personnel complement of 50 employ- 
ees and operates with an administra- 
tive budget approximating $675,000.00 
annually. The four sections compris- 
ing this Department are: Purchasing, 
Mail and Stockroom, Reproduction 
and Central Files. 

The Purchasing Section has the 
responsibility of handling all pur- 
chases of supplies, materials, and 
equipment utilized by the Highway 
Commission. Our total purchases for 
the past fiscal year were in excess 
of 50 million dollars. All purchasing 
is handled in accordance with Gen- 
eral Statutes, General Rules and Reg- 
ulations, governing the N. C. State 
Highway Commission and the Pur- 
chase and Contract Division of the 
Department of Administration. The 
Purchasing Section also has the re- 
sponsibility of coordinating Highway 
Buildings maintenance and operations 
with General Services Division, 
coordinating a 1 1 telephone addi- 
tions and changes with The 
Department of Administration and 
General Services Division as well as 
Record Management and Control 
with the Department of Archives and 
History. This Section has 22 employ- 
ees with an annual budget approxi- 

mating $175,000.00. Approximately 
38,000 purchase orders are written 
on an annual basis. Approximately 
115,000 invoices are checked and ap- 
proved for payment on an annual ba- 
sis. This department has one Traffic 
Manager and seven Assistant Pur- 
chasing Agents, and all are assigned 
certain categories of items to be pur- 
chased as well as related duties and 
responsibilities, plus 14 secretaries and 
clerical personnel. 

Traffic Management 

Above, R. G. Johnson and Secretary 
Miss Betty Wilkins. 

In the Traffic Management Sec- 
tion headed by R. G. Johnson, work 
involves all materials pertaining to 
transportation cost, routing, schedul- 
ing and purchases of materials by 
the State to be used in construction 
and maintenance of the Highway 
System. Activities also include trac- 
ing shipments, filing claims for loss 
and damage, checking freight rates, 
routing shipments and various other 
duties. The handling of passenger 
transportation is also the responsibili- 
ty of this section. This operation re- 
quires quoting schedules, making res- 
ervations, issuing tickets and verify- 
ing charges on all bills before approv- 
al for payment. 

A complete tariff file is maintained 
in order to check and verify railroad 
freight and truck line rates charged 
for transportation of aggregates, bi- 
tuminous materials, cement, coal, fuel 
oils, salt, household goods and other 
items purchased by the Highway 
Commission. Our file also contains 
tariffs showing rates, charges, rules 
and regulations for handling claims, 
demurrage, storage, diversion, recon- 
signing and stopping of cars and 
trucks in transit for partial unloading. 

This section is also responsible for 
handling, processing and carrying out 
purchasing procedures for all items 
where transportation cost is the deter- 
mining factor of procurement. All re- 
quisitions covering fine and coarse 
aggregates, bituminous materials, ce- 

B. P. Lambert and Secretary Mrs. Leona Sidbury 

raent, calcium chloride, rock or solar 
salt, fuel oils, construction materials 
and moving of household goods are 
handled in this section. 

Aggregates purchased for our main- 
tenance forces will exceed 5,000,000 
tons annually at a cost of more than 
$8,000,000. This operation requires 
drafting and issuing of approximately 
1,000 bids and the handling and pro- 
cessing of purchase orders. 

Bituminous materials used each 
year by maintenance forces will ex- 
ceed 38,000,000 gallons at a cost in 
excess of $4,000,000. Approximately 
800 purchase orders are issued to 
complete this contract. 

Cement purchases will exceed 30,- 
000 barrels annually at a cost of ap- 
proximately $165,000. This operation 
requires placing of approximately 50 
purchase orders. 

Contracts covering calcium chloride 
and rock or solar salt require the 
handling and processing of 100-150 
purchase orders to complete deliver- 

Individual yearly contracts at each 
destination are made to cover our 
requirements of fuel oils for heating 
purposes, and it is necessary to write 
a purchase order for each contract. 

Purchase orders are issued in this 
section for all approved requisitions 
covering road materials to be deliver- 
ed by contractors complete in place 
at job sites. 

This section also handles all requi- 
sitions covering the moving of house- 
hold goods and office equipment. Ap- 
proximately 60 purchase orders are 
issued yearly to cover this service. 

Our purchase order writing unit 
requires three full time employees. 
All requisition handled by buyers are 
forwarded to this unit for purchase 
orders to be written. This operation 
requires typing of orders, checking, 
filing, mailing copies to various de- 
partments throughout the State and 
distributing written orders to each 
buyer. Approximately 38,000 pur- 
chase orders are processed in this 
section each year. 

Auto Parts And Supplies 

B. P. Lambert's primary responsi- 
bility is the purchasing of Automotive 
Parts and Supplies from Distributors 
and Jobbers under contract. He pre- 
pares and sends out bids for parts 
and supplies which are used on cars, 
trucks, tractors, motor graders, etc. 
that can be interchanged from the 
original equipment and which the 

volume and savings would justify be- 
ing put under contract. He evaluates 
the bids and makes recommendations 
to the Purchase and Contract Divi- 
sion. Before the award of a term con- 
tract, bids must be reviewed and ap- 
proved by the Board of Award. This 
contract which is estimated at three 
million dollars is for a two year per- 
iod. Discounts offered are applicable 
to the latest published price lists and 
orders are issued as requisitions are 
received from the field. Approximate- 
ly 800 purchase orders per month are 
issued against this contract. 

His other duties are to issue Blan- 
ket purchase orders for repair parts, 
terms and discounts approved by 
Purchase and Contract Division, 
which allows the Equipment Superin- 
tendents and Equipment Depot Su- 
perintendent to purchase genuine 
parts (not contract items) under cer- 
tain limitations to put the equipment 
back in operation. 

He approves emergency purchases 
for repair parts made by the Equip- 
ment Superintendents and Equip- 
ment Depot Superintendent. These 
emergency purchases are approxi- 
mately 150 thousand dollars annual- 
ly; however, they represent less than 
1% of the total purchases approved 
by the Purchasing Department. 

He performs related work as re- 
quired which includes responsibility 
for each order issued until same is 
shipped, invoiced, and invoice approv- 
ed. Tracing orders by telephone or 
letter to expedite shipment. He sepa- 
rates all requisitions received from 
the Equipment Department and for- 
ward to the proper Purchasing 
Agents for handling after contract 

items have been considered. He also 
secures latest catalogs, interchange 
information and price lists. 

Mr. J. R. Ray, Assistant Purchas- 
ing Agent duties consist of buying 
parts for light and heavy equipment 
such as draglines, shovels, scrapers, 
wheel and crawler tractor, rock 
crushers, asphalt plant, centerline ma- 
chines and maintenance tools and 

On various items he gets out bids 
and quotations on parts and sup- 
plies that may be furnished on com- 
petitive bidding. There are many 
items that are purchased from con- 
tracts which are furnished by the Di- 
vision of Purchase and Contract for 
a specified period. 

He also spends much time tracing 
shipment on parts that have been 
outstanding for more than thirty 
days. In some instances this is re- 
peated each month until orders are 

J. R. Ray and Secretary Mrs. Bet- 
sy Lancaster, 

At the end of the fiscal year, all 
outstanding purchase orders have to 
be extended and added showing a 
balance before they are sent to the 
Accounting Department for encum- 

This is all made possible with the 
aid of his secretary, Mrs. Betsy Lan- 

Vance McDaniel and his Secretary 
Mrs. Jean Johnson. 

This segment of the Purchasing 
Department by Vance McDaniel is 
responsible for the handling and pro- 
cessing of all requisitions and placing 
of purchase orders covering the fol- 
lowing commodities: Corrugated Met- 
al Pipe, Concrete Culvert Pipe, Pre- 
stressed Concrete Beams, Timber, 
Treated Sign Posts, Guard Rail, 
Building Materials including lumber, 
Roofing, Plywood, Laboratory Equip- 
ment, certain Office Supplies and 
Equipment, Diamond Drill Bits, Man- 
ganese Crusher Jaws, Tires, Tubes, 
Paper Towels, Wiping Rags and var- 
ious other supplies. 

Concrete Pipe, Metal Pipe, Creo- 
soted Timber, Sign Posts, Guard Rail 
and Prestressed Concrete Beams are 
purchased on a bid basis as the needs 
occur. This operation requires issuing 
approximately 800 bids annually. 
Other items listed above are purchas- 
ed on written quotations or from term 

The annual dollar volume of the 
above materials purchased on bid ba- 
sis is approximately as follows: Cor- 
rugated Metal Pipe — $1,200,000; 
Concrete Pipe — $600,000; Prestress- 
ed Concrete Beams — $600,000; Creo- 
soted Timber and Sign Posts — 

In this segment of the Purchasing 
Department, work involves handling 
service calls from field offices and 
Raleigh office on manual and electric 
typewriters, adding machines, calcu- 
lators, copying machines and IBM 
equipment. Other responsibilities in- 
clude tracing shipments, handling 
penalty claims due to late deliveries 
and other miscellaneous duties. 

W. A. Benton, Assistant Purchas- 
ing Agent defines purchasing as 
the term generally used to denote the 
act and functional responsibility for 
procurring supplies and materials. 
The term is not completely descrip- 
tive, for the purchasing responsibility 
goes beyond the single act of making 
the purchase. It involves planning and 
scheduling, policy decisions, research 
and selection both as to materials and 
sources of supply, drafting formal 
bids and specifications in preparation 
of issuing "Request for Bids" as re- 
quired by law and/or established po- 
licy and procedure on items that are 
not covered by state contract and 
where the dollar volume justifies ra- 
ther than obtaining telephone or in- 
formal written quotations. After bids 
are received, it is necessary to tabu- 
late and evaluate them and make 
recommendations as to whom they 
are to be awarded (all before issuing 

W. A. Benton and Secretary Mrs. 
Brenda Barker. 

the purchase order), follow-up to in- 
sure proper delivery. It requires close 
coordination with the divisions and 
inventory control. 

The responsibilities of his office 
are to purchase the following items: 
Mowing equipment and parts, fenc- 
ing, grader and drag blades, safety 
equipment and supplies, first aid sup- 
plies, explosives, bolts, nuts, fasten- 
ers, tire chains, anti-freeze, spark 
plugs, batteries. Repair parts for Ga- 
bon, GM & Fairbanks-Morse diesel 
engines, Ford and AC tractors, drills, 
reamers and miscellaneous cutting 
tools. Items pertaining to Ferries op- 

In addition to issuing regular pur- 
chase orders to cover the above items 
it is necessary to place purchase or- 
ders for emergency requirements of 
those items due to equipment being 

down for the lack of repair parts and 
obtaining immediate delivery. All this 
is made possible with the assistance 
of his very capable secretary, Mrs. 
Brenda Barker. 

The duties of Assistant Purchasing 
Agent, J. R. Maynard are varied. As 
an understudy to the Transportation 
Agent, he has been assigned the du- 
ties of preparing and filing all claims 
with railroads, bus and truck lines 
covering loss and damage to materials 
purchased by this department. He 
assists in placing orders and check- 
ing rates for all shipments of aggre- 
gates which move via railroads. Also, 
he checks road mileage for truck 
shipments in order to determine haul- 
ing costs per ton mile. 

In addition to the above, he is 
responsible for purchasing the fol- 
lowing materials, supplies, equipment, 
parts, etc., which have been assigned 
to him: miscellaneous, reinforcing 
and structural steel, traffic signal 
equipment and accessories, signs and 
sign materials, paints, bags, oil ab- 
sorbent, welding equipment and sup- 
plies, industrial and laboratory chem- 
icals, historical markers, stoves and 
furnaces, metal sign posts, light bulbs 
and lamps, seat covers, soaps, waxes, 
disinfectants, automotive plate and 
miscellaneous glass, water coolers, 
twine and ready mixed concrete. This 
entails the issuing of requests for 
bids when volume requires, opening 
and tabulating bids, recommenda- 
tions for awarding, obtaining quota- 
tions by telephone or correspondence 
and purchasing on existing contracts 
certified by the Purchase and Con- 
tract Division. 

His secretary, Mrs. Sandra John- 
son, is most efficient in handling the 
large amount of correspondence, quo- 
tations, bids and inbound telephone 
calls which are essential in this posi- 

It is his responsibility to direct and 
supervise the mail and purchase or- 
der file room. In this capacity, along 
with Mrs. Johnson, it is his duty to 
supervise purchasing personnel which 
are assigned to mail room duties by 
the Purchasing Agent. 

He also handles and processes pur- 
chasing section records. This consists 
of a systematic control of retention 
and disposition of records as approv- 
ed by the Department of Archives 
and History. Transferring records 
within the department, transferring 
to record center or destroying, which- 
ever applicable, and general supervi- 
sion of all highway purchasing re- 


J. R. Maynard, J. W. Lambeth and Mrs. Sandra Johnson, Secretary to 
Mr. Maynard. 

In his work as Assistant Purchasing 
Agent for the State Highway Com- 
mission, John W. Lambeth is charged 
with the purchasing of certain items 
assigned to him. It is his duty and 
responsibility to buy the best product 
at the best possible price on quota- 
tions (sent to all manufacturers or 
distributors of the product) , bids and 
state contract. The contract is usual- 
ly let and awarded for a two-year 
period to several different companies 
for items the commission will use 
over and over. 

His purchases cover certain non- 
contract automotive parts and acces- 
sories, parts for air tools and equip- 
ment, all hand and shop tools that 
are very important in the operation 
throughout the commission shops and 
yards of the Equipment, Maintenance 
and Bridge Departments. 

He further purchases all electrical 
and plumbing supplies used by the 
Bridge and Construction Depart- 
ments in the maintenance and build- 
ing of all shops and buildings through- 
out the field. 

This is usually done on written quo- 
tation or bid. The bid is used when 
the cost is determined to be in ex- 
cess of an amount set by the statute. 
Mr. Lambeth has to determine the 
approximate cost through experience 
he has had in purchasing these items. 
This is then approved by the High- 
way Purchasing Agent and submit- 
ted on bids to the Division of Pur- 
chase and Contract. 

His duties also include the pur- 
chase of all industrial rubber goods 
which encompass the hose used by 
the Bridge Department in the main- 

tenance of all the bridges through- 
out the state. 

The Landscape Department uses a 
large quantity of seeds, fertilizers 
and soil improvements that are on a 
yearly bid basis according to their 
anticipation of needs for the year. 
The requisitions are processed by him 
and carried through to their conclu- 

He also purchases all the service 
station equipment used in the con- 
struction of new stations and in the 
maintenance of existing stations that 
the Equipment Department has to 
have for the service of all commis- 
sion vehicles, parts for Continental 
Engines and Oliver Transmissions 
used in several different types of 
equipment, Hydraulic Pumps, fit- 
tings and hoses used on all tractors. 

He also handles all purchase orders 
placed on wrecked equipment that 
has been cleared by the Equipment 
Department as to insurance status. 

He is ably assisted in the many du- 
ties and responsibilities by his Secre- 
tary, Miss Judy O'Neill, who was ab- 
sent when the above picture was tak- 
en, but is shown in the picture with 
order writing and checking personnel. 

Invoice Approval Section 

W. M. Biggers 
Assistant Purchasing Agent 

His duties as Assistant Purchasing 
Agent for the State Highway Com- 
mission consists of the supervision of 
the Invoice Approval Section and re- 
lief work on any other desk of any 
purchasing agent in the Department 
who is absent. 

The Invoice Appraisal Section is 
staffed by Miss Olene Ennis, Miss 
Betty Pearce, Miss Sue Davis and 
Mr. Biggers. It is their responsibili- 
ty to see that every invoice, whether 
for service or material sold to the 
Commission, is approved as soon as 
possible after received by this depart- 

Every invoice, unless by special re- 
quest on the purchase order, is sent 
direct to the Highway Purchasing 
Agent and then placed in the partic- 
ular order folder to which it applies. 
It is then held until the Material Re- 
ceived Report, from the particular 
department ordering it, is received 
showing material received in good 

The invoice is then ready for check- 
ing as to price agreement, terms, and 
quantity according to the reading of 
the purchase order. The invoice is 
then coded with the proper charge 
and approved for payment. If there is 
any discrepancy, the invoice is re- 
turned for correction. This is very im- 
portant for there are a great deal of 
errors found. 

A large number of invoices carry a 
term discount, which means if they 
are paid within a specified time, the 
Commission is entitled to an addi- 
tional discount. 

The exact figure of savings this 
amounts to has not been determined; 
but it can amount to a great deal, 
since we approve an average of from 
three hundred to four hundred in- 
voices per day. All invoices for emer- 
gency purchases, utilities and any 
other service not covered by a pur- 
chase order that the Commission re- 
quires are transmitted to this office 
daily by the particular office in the 
field that they cover. These are then 
checked and approved for payment 
and transmitted to the Finance De- 
partment for payment. 

At the end of each working day, 
all invoices are divided into twenty- 
one different categories according to 
their application such as aggregate, 
asphalt, road machinery, etc. A total 
is then run in each category and then 
a grand total for each day. This is 
recorded, and at the end of each 
month, balanced out for the use of 
the Highway Purchasing Agent to 
know how much is being purchased in 
each department. 

His other duties require a know- 
ledge of the general purchases of each 
Assistant Purchasing Agent in the 
department so as to relieve them 
when they are absent in order to 
keep the work moving smoothly. 


Invoice Approval Section. Left to Right are Miss Sue Davis, Miss Betty 
Pearce, W. M. Biggers and Miss Olene Ennis. 


The Central Files is the filing cen- 
ter for all Highway Projects such as, 
Roadway, Bridges, Right-of-Way, 
Landscape, etc. This consists of daily 
correspondence and assorted reports 
from most all departments to be re- 
tained in the Central Files along with 
Contracts, Proposals, monthly Esti- 
mates, then Final Estimates when the 
Projects have been completed. These 
projects are retained in the Central 
Files for a required period of time 
and then they are sent to the Records 
Center for a required period of time 
and then microfilmed. 

The Central Files Section is staff- 
ed with a Supervisor and one assist- 
ant and is responsible for handling 
permanent filing of valuable High- 
way Commission correspondence, pro- 
ject files, and other documents. This 
Section is an important phase of the 
vast Highway operations due to the 

- - Order Writing and Checking Section. Except Left is Miss Judy O'Neill, 
Secretary to J. W. Lambeth. Center is Mrs. Joyce Parrish, Order Writer. Right 
is Mrs. Inez Weatherman, Order Checker. Mrs. Ruth Jenkins, also of this sec- 
tion was absent when this picture- was taken. 

Abave, Mrs. Rachel Gregory and 
Mrs. Lena Morgan. 

importance of having available on 
short notice the many important pa- 
pers handled. This Section operates 
on a budget approximating $11,000.00 

Mrs. Lena Morgan has been with 
the Highway Commission for 15 years 
on February 1st. She is a Clerk 3 
in a supervisory capacity of the Cen- 
tral Files. 

Mrs. Rachel Gregory has been in 
the Central Files for 5 years 
as a Typist 2. She was trans- 
ferred from a temporary position in 
the Planning Department April 1, 
1961, where she worked for a year, to 
Central Files. 


Paul Pearson 
Reproduction Supervisor 

Reproduction is a part of Pur- 
chasing and Central Service, under 
the supervision of Paul R. Pearson 
and assisted by Claude G. Sugg, with 
eighteen Duplicating Equipment Op- 

Employees in Reproduction like to 
think that they play a vital role in 
the development of the North Caro- 
lina Highway System. This section is 
responsible for making all Reproduc- 
tions required by the Highway Com- 
mission headquarters in Raleigh. 

The year 1967 Reproduction repro- 
duced approximately fifteen million 
copies, this includes Ammonia Prints, 
Photostats, Xerox Copies, Offset 
Prints and Micro-film. In order to ac- 
complish this task, this organization 


Charles E. Lassiter 

This section is equipped with one 
continuous Photostat machine with 
dryer, 1-35 M.M. Micro-Film Camera, 
2-35 M.M. Viewers, 1-16 M.M. View- 
er and at present, one operator. Here 
all photostat's such as legal docu- 
ments and drawings are enlarged or 
reduced to scales desired, also its 
equipped with a film enlarger to re- 
produce Micro-Film and any print 
that can not be reproduced with any 
other process. All Final Estimates 
made by the Highway Commission are 
put on Micro-Film and kept on file 
here for any future use. 

is divided into five sections, which 
operates on a budget of approximately 
$200,000.00 annually, with twenty- 
five pieces of equipment for necessary 
work requirements. Thinking back in 
time of twenty-five years ago, Repro- 
duction was known as "Blue Print 
Room" with maximum of three em- 
ployees and two pieces of equip- 

ment: one Photostat Machine and 
one Blue Print Machine. Also at this 
time Reproduction was a part of 
Roadway Dept. because most of our 
work was for them. In 1957 when the 
Highway Commission was reorganized 
we were placed under Purchasing 
Dept. with three pieces of equipment, 
and five employees. 


Reading from left to right: Ben Garner, Henry Hailey, McKay Massey and 
Vernon Branch. 

The offset section is equipped with four Multilith machines, one Nu-Arc 
Rapid Printer used to burn masters and plates, one light table used for setting 
up over-lays and masking negatives. This section is responsible for all printing 
such as: Letterheads, Brochures, Magazines, Traffic Reports, Safety Bulletin, 
Bids, News Releases and many other forms and Correspondents used by the 
Commission's many Departments. 



Reading left to right; Miss Betty 
Carter and Mrs. Joan Creekmore. 

In this section they have one ad- 
dressograph machine, 2400 Xerox 
Machine with 20 station sorter, 914 
Xerox machine, 3-6 Station Collators, 
1-10 station Collator, and a folding 
machine. A mailing list for all News 
Papers, TV and Radio Stations, and 
Highway officials which are used for 
all news releases. Also make Xerox 
copies, collate all brochures, safety 
bulletins and reports. 


Although operators are assigned 
certain tasks at one time or another, 
all must be capable of filling in for 
others, who are absent for one reason 
or other. 

At present the Reproduction Sec- 
tion has twenty employees. More 
than double in the last decade. In 
order to keep up with the increase in 
Highway Construction, Reproduction 
must increase its personnel strength. 

This is a very important depart- 
ment of the State Highway Commis- 
sion and Roadways is so happy 
this month to honor this section and 
all the employees of this section. We 
thank you all. 


Reading from left to right; Bobby Poole, Ronald Keller, Larry Watt, 
Woody Ragan and Garland Johnson. 

This is a photographic method of Printing. By this method the printing is 
mostly of Bridge and Roadway Plans for lettings, which are reduced to half 
scale. This section consists of: a Mark III Camera, a Charge Unit, Developing 
Tray, a Transfer Unit, a Heat Fuser, 2066 Offset Press, a 650 Accro-Feed Col- 
lator, 1850 Offset Press with sorter. 


Reading from left to right: E. G. Eakes, Joe Sanders, Billy Stephens, 
Jackie Frazier and Louis Lyons. Johnny Stancil was out sick and was unable 
to be in the picture. 

This section is equipped with four White Print Machines. Here the operat- 
ors print, cut and bind prints. All full size prints and drawings are printed for 
all departments, such as: letting plans, location maps, planning maps at sizes 
from 8»/ 2 " x 11" to the Highway State map at 42" x 96". 


Mail And Stock Room 

Cary Muse, seated, Supervisor and 
Nelson Stephenson, Assistant Super- 

The mail and stockroom is under 
the supervision of Mr. Carey C. 
Muse. Stock clerks are Nelson Ste- 
phenson, Richard Blalock, Don Dean, 
and Robert Minges. 

The mail and stockroom personnel 
sort and distribute mail to the dif- 
ferent departments in the main build- 
ing and to the other departments that 
are not in main building. There are 
about thirty-four departments that 
mail is carried to. 

Mail is also picked up in each of 
these offices and sorted and prepared 
for mailing. This is done twice a day; 
once in the morning and once in the 
afternoon. Once a month bids on road 
lettings are picked up at the post of- 
fice. Packages of plans and equipment 
are also picked up at the post office. 
Maps and rolls of plans are wrapped 
and prepared to be mailed. 

The stockroom supplies the main 
building, the fourteen divisions and 
Equipment Superintendents. Requisi- 
tions are used to order supplies from 
the stockroom. These requisitions are 
filled and sent out to the division as 
quickly as possible. 

The stockroom sends out such 
items as stationery, paper clips, car- 
bon paper, pencils, and other items 
for the office. 

Engineer supplies such as level 
rods, range rods, stake tacks, hand 
levels, plumb bobs, and tapes are 
also mailed or shipped. 

New transits and levels are ordered 
and distributed to the different divi- 
sion offices through the stockroom. 
The new transits and levels are num- 
bered at the factory and these num- 
bers and makes are typed on a Kard- 
ex and filed in the stockroom. 

Damaged instruments such as levels 
and transits are sent to the stockroom 
from the divisions. They are then sent 
to the factory to be repaired. The 
mail and stockroom personnel also 
check in new supplies that are order- 

The Mail and Stockroom Section is 
staffed with a Supervisor and four 
employees and operate with an an- 
nual budget approximating $320,000.- 
00. This Section has the responsibility 
of all pick-up and delivery of mail 
between departments and to and 
from postoffices on a twice daily ba- 
sis. This Section also maintains a 
stockroom of general office supplies, 
printed forms, etc. adequate for sup- 
ply of central office and field force 
offices throughout the State, as well 
as maintaining engineering instru- 
ments and engineering equipment and 

The Highway Purchasing and Cen- 
tral Services Department would not 
be complete, and would be remiss, in 
its responsibilities if Mr. George Sut- 
ton, Highway Building Superinten- 
dent, was not included as a part of 
of this organization, even though he 
does not come directly under the 
supervision of this Department. Mr. 
Sutton comes directly under the sup- 
ervision of the General Services Divi- 
sion, Dept. of Administration, but in- 
directly he is under the supervision 
of the Highway Purchasing Agent 
who coordinates activities pertaining 
to building maintenance and opera- 
tions with the General Services Divi- 
sion. Mr. Sutton is still considered 
in many respects as a Highway em- 
ployee, having been the Building 
Superintendent here since 1946, and 
in 1957 the general direct supervi- 
sion of the Highway Building was 
transferred from the Hughway Pur- 
chasing and Central Services Depart- 
ment to the General Services Divi- 

George Sutton 
Highway Building 

George Sutton 

sion, Department of Administration, 
with all expenses on a reimbursable 
basis. His responsibilities are great, 
and varied, maintaining supervision 
of all building maintenance crews, ap- 
proximating ten day-time prison in- 
mates and fifteen women prison in- 
mates on night duty. It is his respon- 
sibility to satisfy the needs of ap- 
proximately 600-700 employees in the 
Highway Building, with the new ad- 
dition now, and it goes without say- 
ing that this is, and would be, a 
mountainous job. Mr. Sutton is very 
capable in his duties and responsibili- 
ties, and all employees are indebted 
to Mr. Sutton due to the many times 
he is called upon to do things beyond 
the actual scope of his duties and re- 

Stock and Mail Room Assistants. Left to Right: Don Dean, Bob Minges 
and Dick Blalock. 


Improved Courts = Traffic Safety 

Historically, we have had in North 
Carolina three levels of courts — 
the Supreme Court, the Superior 
Court, and, at the local level, hun- 
dreds of recorder's courts, domestic 
relations courts, mayor's courts, coun- 
ty courts, and justice of the peace 
courts. All of these lower courts were 
creatures of the Legislature, hardly 
any two alike. They exercised such 
jurisdiction as was given them by 
statute. It was recognized more than 
twelve years ago that something 
should be done to bring uniformity 
to our court system; and, at the sug- 
gestion of Governor Hodges and Chief 
Justice Barnhill, the North Carolina 
Bar Association sponsored a study 
in depth which ultimately resulted in 
the submission of a Constitutional 
Amendment to the people of the 
State, which was voted upon and 
adopted by the people at the general 
e'ection held November 6, 1962. Thus, 
Article IV of the Constitution of 
North Carolina now provides: "The 
judicial power of the State shall be 
vested in a . . . General Court of Jus- 
tice. The General Court of Justice 
shall constitute a unified judicial 
system for purposes of jurisdiction, 
operation and administration; and 
shall consist of an appellate division, 
a superior court division, and a dis- 
trict court division." 

There was insufficient time be- 
tween the passage of the Constitu- 
tional Amendment and the conven- 
ing of the 1963 General Assembly to 
permit the preparation of legislation 
to implement the new judicial arti- 
cle. The General Assembly of 1963 
provided for the appointment of a 
Courts Commission and charged it 
with the responsibility "to prepare 
and draft the legislation necessary 
for the full and complete implementa- 
tion of Article IV of the Constitution 
of North Carolina". 

Editor's Note: 

Jud^e Huskins was sworn in as 
Associate Justice of N. C. Supreme 
Court on February 5, 1968. 


Director, Administrative Office 
of the Courts 

The Courts Commission began its 
study soon after the adjournment of 
the 1963 General Assembly. Its work 
between sessions culminated in the 
passage of The Judicial Department 
Act of 1965, codified as Chapter 7A 
of the General Statutes. This Act 
implemented the constitutional struc- 
ture of the courts, created an Ad- 
ministrative Office of the Courts, es- 
tablshing the framework of the Dis- 
trict Court Division with the Gen- 
eral Court of Justice, and provided 
for activation of the District Court in 
three seperate phases. 

The Appellate Division consists of 
the Supreme Court of North Carolina 
and the Court of Appeals. 

The Superior Court Division con- 
sists of the Superior Courts of North 
Carolina. This division will remain 
essentially unchanged, allowing, of 
course, for the addition of manpower 
as the State continues to grow and 
litigation continues to increase. 

The District Court Division intro- 
duces the greatest change in our sys- 
tem. The 1965 Act provided for the 
establishment of a District Court on 
December 5, 1966, in six judicial dis- 
tricts, comprising twenty-two coun- 
ties. In December, 1968, the District 
Court will be estab'ished in an addi- 
tional sixty-one counties, and in De- 
cember, 1970, in the remaining seven- 
teen counties. 

The District Court will have exclu- 
sive original jurisdiction of misde- 
meanors, and concurrent jurisdiction 
of civil cases where the amount in 
controversy is $5,000 or less, and of 
domestic relations cases regardless of 
the amount in controversy. Jury trial 
is provided, upon demand, in civil 
cases. Appeal therefrom to the Court 
of Appeals is on questions of law, 
only. No jury is authorized in cri- 
minal cases. Upon appeal, trial de 
novo will be had in Superior Court. 
District judges will be elected to 
four-year terms. 

When the District Court is estab- 
lished in a judicial district, all courts 
inferior to the Superior Court are 
abolished, all cases pending in the 
abolished courts are transferred to 
the dockets of the District Court for 
trial, and all records of the abolished 
courts must be transferred to the of- 
fice of the Clerk of Superior Court, 
who, under the law, is required to 
maintain a system of consolidated re- 
cords for both the Superior Court 
and the District Court. 

The Chief District Judge in each 
district, designated by the Chief Jus- 
tice of the Supreme Court, has many 
administrative responsibilities, includ- 
ing the following: arranging schedules 
and assigning district judges for ses- 
sions of district courts; arranging or 
supervising the calendaring of mat- 
ters for trial or hearing; supervising 
the clerk of court in the discharge of 
the clerical functions of the District 
Court; assigning matters to magis- 
trates, and prescribing times and 
places at which magistrates shall be 
available for the performance of 
their duties; making arrangements 
with proper authorities for the draw- 
ing of civil court jury panels and de- 
termining which sessions of the Dis- 
trict Court shall be jury sessions; ar- 
ranging for the reporting of civil 
cases by court reporters or other au- 
thorized means; arranging sessions, to 
the extent practicable, for the trial 
of specialized cases, including traffic, 
domestic relations, and other types 
of cases and assigning district judges 
to preside over these sessions so as 
to permit maximum practicable spe- 
cialization by individual judges; pro- 


mulgating a schedule of traffic of- 
fenses for which magistrates and 
clerks of court may accept written 
appearances, waivers of trial, and 
pleas of guilty, and establishing a 
schedule of fines thereof; assigning 
magistrates, in an emergency, to tem- 
porary duty outside the county of 
their residence, but within the dis- 
trict; and designating another dis- 
trict judge of his district as acting 
Chief District Judge. The foregoing 
itemization clearly demonstrates that 
the Chief District Judge will be a 
very busy person. He will be expected 
to hold his reasonable share of courts 
while attending to all the administra- 
tive duties. 

As noted above, the office of jus- 
tice of the peace will be abolished. 
The old days of the "fee system" are 
gone forever. While it is obviously 
true that over the years we have had 
many fine justices of the peace, it is 
nevertheless well known that the 
system was abused by many who did 
not have sufficient regard for the 
fact that they were judicial officers 
of this State. The people have de- 
creed that magistrates shall hereaf- 
ter act in minor civil and criminal 
matters only. The law prescribes the 
number of magistrates for each coun- 
ty, requires that they be paid a sal- 
ary by the State, and gives the Chief 
District Judge general supervisory 
authority over them. They are ap- 
pointed by the Senior Resident Su- 
perior Court Judge of each judicial 
district, upon recommendation by the 
Clerk of Superior Court. They serve 
for a term of two years, and their 
salary is set by the Administrative 
Officer of the Courts, within the sal- 
ary range authorized by statute. 

The people of this State, when 
they amended the Constitution in 
1962, directed the General Assem- 
bly to provide for an Administrative 
Office of the Courts to carry out the 
provisions of the Constitutional 
Amendment. That was done by the 
General Assembly of 1965, and Chief 
Justice Emery B. Denny appointed 
Judge J. Frank Huskins as the first 
Director of the Administrative Of- 

fice of the Courts of North Carolina. 
Judge Huskins was reappointed by 
Chief Justice R. Hunt Parker when 
he assumed that office upon the re- 
tirement of Chief Justice Denny in 
February, 1966. The primary duties 
of the Director of the Administrative 
Office of the Courts, as set forth in 
G. S. 7A-343, are as follows: collect 
and compile statistical data and other 

Outdated Wake County Court 
House in process of being torn down 
to make way for modern offices and 
Court Room facilities. 

information on the judicial and finan- 
cial operation of the courts and on 
the operation of other offices direct- 
ly related to and serving the courts; 
determine the state of the dockets 
and evaluate the practices and proce- 
dures of the courts, and make recom- 
mendations concerning the number of 
judges, solicitors, prosecutors and 
magistrates required for the efficient 
administration of justice; prescribe 

uniform administrative and business 
methods, systems, forms and records 
to be used in the offices of the clerks 
of court; prepare and submit budget 
estimates of State appropriations 
necessary for the maintenance and 
operation of The Judicial Depart- 
ment, and authorize expenditures 
from funds appropriated for these 
purposes; investigate, make recom- 
mendations concerning, and assist in 
the securing of adequate physical ac- 
commodations for the General Court 
of Justice; procure, distribute, ex- 
change, transfer, and assign such 
equipment, books, forms and supplies 
as are to be acquired with State 
funds for the General Court of Jus- 
tice; make recommendations for the 
improvement of the operations of 
The Judicial Department; prepare 
and submit an annual report on the 
work of The Judicial Department to 
the Chief Justice, and transmit a 
copy to each member of the General 
Assembly; assist the Chief Justice in 
performing his duties relating to the 
transfer of district court judges for 
temporary or specialized duty; and 
perform such additional duties and 
exercise such additional powers as 
may be prescribed by statute or as- 
signed by the Chief Justice. 

Numerous additional special func- 
tions are found in applicab'e sections 
of The Judicial Department Act of 
1965, as follows: assist the Chief Jus- 
tice in scheduling courts and assign- 
ing judges; approve designation of at- 
torney to assist solicitor of Superior 
Court and authorize length of time 
of service; provide mechanical re- 
cording devices for Superior Court 
trials, if reporter unavailable, and de- 
termine salary limits of court report- 
ers; determine the numbers and sal- 
aries of assistant clerks, deputy 
clerks, and other employees of clerks' 




office; with Department of Adminis- 
tration and subject to approval of 
State Auditor, establish procedures 
for receipt, deposit, protection, in- 
vestment, and disbursement of funds; 
fix amount of clerks' bond and deter- 
mine adequacy; prescribe and pro- 
cure bonds for assistant and deputy 
clerks and other employees; concur 
with Chief District Judge in deter- 
mining adequacy of facilities for ad- 
ditional seats of district court; in con- 
junction with Chief District Judge, 
determine whether special counselor 
services should be made available to 
the District Court in counties of 
85,000 population or more and deter- 
mine number and salaries; determine 
additional compensation and allow- 
ances paid to holdover district court 
judges; designate specialized judge- 
ships; approve designation of attor- 
neys to assist prosecutor of the Dis- 
trict Court and authorize length of 
service; prescribe salaries to be paid 
to magistrates and approve necessary 
additional magistrates within maxi- 
mum authorized by the General As- 
sembly and set salaries; determine 
amount of magistrates' bonds and 
procure such bonds; prescribe records 
to be maintained by magistrates; 
supervise establishment and mainte- 
nance of office of consolidated records 
in each clerk of court's office and 
prescribe form and style of records; 
provide mechanical recorders for dis- 
trict courts and determine salary 
range for district court reporters; es- 
tablish alternative procedures for 
prompt payment of jurors, witnesses, 
and "other small expense items"; ap- 
prove provision of physical facilities 
by a municipality; approve amount 
of surplus from "facilities fees" to 
be used for retirement of outstanding 

indebtedness or to supplement oper- 
ation of the General Court of Jus 

Under our former system, the ex- 
penses of operating the courts of 
this State have been paid from 101 
different sources. Under the new sys- 
tem, essentially all the expenses of 
the courts will be paid by the State. 
The 100 counties, numerous munici- 
palities, and the State have been 
spending an estimated $20,000,000 per 
year to operate the courts. Under 
the new system, this figures should 
remain essentially the same, except as 
additional costs may be occasioned 
by an expanding economy and a cor- 
responding increase in litigation. 

After the establishment of the Ad- 
ministrative Office on July 1, 1965, 
the Director proceeded to organize 
the office and began plans for activa- 
tion of the District Court in twenty- 
two counties on December 5, 1966. 
Three divisions were established in 
the Administrative Office — account- 
ing and budget, personnel, and clerks' 
supervisor. Division heads were em- 
ployed, and the recruiting of a suf- 
ficient staff to serve during the first 
phase of the District Court imple- 
mentation began. The budget request 
for the 1967-69 biennium was prepar- 
ed and presented. The operating bud- 
get for the remainder of the 1965-67 
biennium was worked out from the 
initial lump sum appropriation. Fol- 
lowing the election of the District 
Court judges, the Chief Justice desig- 
nated the Chief District Judges. The 
Superior Court Judges selected and 
appointed District Court prosecutors, 
magistrates, and court reporters. A 
special committee of the Associa- 
tion of Clerks of Superior Court was 
appointed to assist the office in the 
preparation of uniform forms and 
practices for the clerks' offices. This 
project has progressed satisfactorily, 
but will require several years for 
completion. Uniform accounting and 
auditing practices for The Judicial 
Department were established. Inven- 
tories and determinations of needs 
for forms, equipment and supplies in 
the various clerks' offices were made. 
A study was conducted as to the ade- 
quacy of court facilities at the addi- 
tional seats of court within the var- 
ious counties. Construction and reno- 
vation was suggested in some locali- 
ties, and this work was instituted. 
Seminars were planned and held for 
the purpose of training the new judi- 
cial and other court personnel, A 



"North Carolina can be very proud 
of the progress being made in improv- 
ing and expediting the administration 
of justice. The State is indebted to 
the members of the Courts Commis- 
sion for their effective services. After 
twelve years of planning and develop- 
ment, new district courts are begin- 
ning to replace all courts in the State 
below the Superior Court. This new 
system of uniform courts will provide 
better administration of justice while 
relieving counties and cities of the 
cost of operating local courts." 

program of instruction designed to 
train an adequate supply of court 
reporters was instituted in the com- 
munty college system. A study of me- 
chanical recording equipment was 
made in order that this equipment 
might be made available in the event 
a sufficient number of court report- 
ers were not available. A classifica- 
tion and pay plan for Judicial De- 
partment employees was prepared. 
Position authorizations were made 
for assistant and deputy clerks and 
other employees of the clerks' of- 
fices. The numbers and salaries of 
magistrates were prescribed. Bond re- 
quirements were studied, and bonds 
were procured for the necessary offi- 
cers and employees. Numerous ad- 
ministrative and legal memoranda 
were prepared and distributed for 
guidance of the personnel affected. 
Statistical reporting forms were de- 
vised, printed and distributed. Final- 


Seated — J. Frank Huskins; 1st Row, Left to Right — Lynwood Robinson, Jo Henderson, Judy Sexton, Alice Nor- 
ton, Dorothy Cooper, Bert M. Montague, B. J. Mooneyham, Helen Bagwell, Valerie Williams, Harriet Long, Kathryn 
Bartholomew, Janice Pace, Carl Murphy, Don Chap pell, Max Blackburn; 2nd Row, Left to Right — Doug Pearson, 
Phillip Johnson, Ruth Beck, Alex Cherry, Jo Ann Tilley, Ronnie Sloop. 

ly, in these plans and organizational 
problems, constant coordination was 
maintained with the Chief Justice, 
the Courts Commisison, the State 
Department of Administration, and 
local officials. 

The Administrative Officer has at- 
tended and participated in the meet- 
ings of the Courts Commission. His 
recommendations for improvements 
in the law and in the operations of 
The Judicial Department are embod- 
ied in the recommendations made by 
the Courts Commission to the 1967 
and succeeding sessions of the Gen- 
eral Assembly. 

By 1971 North Carolina should 
have a unified system of courts — 
The General Court of Justice — 
housed in appropriate facilities at all 
levels and conducted in a proper at- 
mosphere so as to afford, in truth as 
well as in theory, equal justice under 
law for every man. The resulting im- 
provement in the administration of 
justice is obvious and should be a 
source of pride to all those who have 
participated in the effort. We need 
the help, the cooperation, and the 
understanding of the judicial officers 
and employees and, indeed, of all 
citizens of the State in this endeavor. 

J. Frank Huskins was born near 
Burnsville, Yancey County, North 

Carolina, on February 10, 1911. At- 
tended Mars Hill College 1927-1929; 
University of North Carolina 1929- 
1930; University of North Carolina 
Law School 1930-1932; graduated; li- 
censed to practice in North Carolina 
22 August 1932; admitted to practice 
in Federal Courts, 1933; member 24th 
Judicial District Bar Association; 
member North Carolina State Bar, 
Inc., and the North Carolina Bar 

Mayor, Town of Burnsville 1939- 
1942; resigned during second term 
to accept commission in U. S. Navy. 
Served in U. S. Navy during World 
War II from 10 July 1942 to 18 Feb- 
ruary 1946; Lieutenant Commander 
(Ret.) in U. S. Naval Reserve at 
present time. Member of the Amer- 
ican Legion; Lions Club. 

Representative from Yancey Coun- 
ty in the General Assembly of 1947 
and 1949. On May 25, 1949, appoint- 
ed Chairman North Carolina Indus- 
trial Commission by Governor Scott 
and re-appointed by Governor Urn- 
stead on May 28, 1953; resigned in 
January 1955 to accept appointment 
by Governor Hodges as superior court 
judge; nominated and elected by the 
people in November 1956 to a full 
eight-year term as Resident Judge 
of the Twenty-Fourth Judicial Dis- 
trict, composed of the Counties of 
Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery 
and Watauga; re-elected in Novem- 

ber, 1962, to an eight-year term; ap- 
pointed July 1, 1965, by Chief Jus- 
tice Denny as Director of the Ad- 
ministrative Office of the Courts; re- 
appointed in February, 1966, by 
Chief Justice Parker; appointed by 
Governor Moore to the Supreme 
Court of North Carolina, effective 
February 5, 1968. 


Col. Charles A. Speed become com- 
manding officer of the North Caro- 
lina State Highway Patrol on Jan- 
uary 4, 1966. He began his law en- 
forcement career in 1935, six years 
after the formal establishment of the 
826-man highway patrol. 


View of Roads 
in Europe 


Roadway Design Dept. 

Early this spring my family de- 
cided to make a trip to Europe to 
visit my wife's relatives and do some 
sightseeing. My family include my 
wife Barbara and my son Ian and 
myself. It takes considerable plan- 
ning for a trip like this in order to 
get the airlines and hotel reserva- 
tions to fit the schedule. We finally 
had everything ready and left the Ra- 
leigh-Durham Airport on an Eastern 
DC-9 for Washington National on 
July 31st at 10: 10 A.M. EDT. We took 
a taxi frora Washington National to 
Dulles International, which in itself 
was a sight seeing trip with the taxi 
driver acting as a guide. We had a 
four hour-lay-over at Dulles then left 
on a TWA-707 for Heath Row Air- 
port, London. It took 6 x / 2 hours actual 
flying time and we arrived in London 
at 8 o'clock in the morning En- 
glish time. Riding on these Jets was 
a new experience for me, I have 
quite a lot of private flying time but 
I found that there is nothing like 
the smooth silent ride that you get 
in a Jet. 

We had rented a car for our tra- 
vels in Europe and it took us a 
couple of hours to leave the airport, 
pick up the car and check it out, so 
about 10:00 A.M. we were on our 
way to Plymouth where my wife's 
mother lives. Ian sat in the left front 
seat and took most of the pictures 
through the windshield as I drove 
from the right front. The first pic- 
ture is about half way from London 
to Plymouth close to a little town of 
Andover. You can see it was raining 
which is very common in England, 
and we had pretty heavy traffic. 
There are many two lane roads 
in England that axe main high- 
ways and they have curb and gutters 
on most of them. 

Picture No. 2 is in Andover, the 
highway went right through the middle 
of town and you can see the traffic 
backed up in both directions, stopped 
due to the traffic lights in the mid- 
dle of town. We arrived in Plymouth 
about 5:00 P.M. and spent three days 

there. Picture No. 3 shows the street 
that my Mother-In-Law lives on. The 
street is 14 feet face to face curb 
and gutter, and while we were there 
we actually saw two furniture moving 
trucks pass each other on this street. 
On the way back to London we took 
Picture No. 4 which shows some four- 
lane construction. The workmen are 
working in the median and the other 
car is a service vehicle on the new 
lane that they are building. Picture 
No. 5 shows a completed section of 
the four-lane highway. This is the 
Exeter Bypass, a very high standard 
super highway. The English have a 
custom that scares me to death. Pic- 
ture No. 6 shows a truck passing a 
passenger car while it is straddling 
the white line and meeting another 
truck coming in the opposite direc- 
tion. They do this whether they are 
going around curves or going over a 
hill and how they get by with it I 
will never know. Picture No. 7 shows 
a Primary Highway on the road from 
Andover to London and you will no- 
tice the steep high banks on the 
very edge of the highway. There 
is just enough room for trucks to 
pass each other. We spent one night 
in London where we visited one of 
Barbara's aunts. The next day at 12 
o'clock we had reservations on the 
ferry from Harwich to Holland, how- 
ever the company that was furnish- 
ing the insurance on the car did not 
have the papers ready for us. By 
the time we got the papers it was 
10:00 o'clock and we had 75 miles 
to drive to Harwich. Picture No. 8 
shows where they were four-laning 
the highway just east of London and 
you can see the new roadway on the 
left. Picture No. 9 shows a bridge of 
novel design close to Colchester on a 
completed section of a four-lane 
highway. Just after we passed under 
this bridge we came to a line of traf- 
fic that both lanes in our direction 
had jammed completely and the traf- 
fic was moving so slowly that the 
vehicles were heating up. I ac- 
tualy saw people get out to get ic% 


cream from booths set up in the 
median, and I even saw one fel- 
low go across to a Pub and get a 
beer before he had to move his car. 
When we got to Colchester the only 
bottleneck that was holding every- 
thing up was a roundabout or what 
we call a traffic circle. The amount 
of traffic that could go through that 
roundabout was so small that it just 
backed up the traffic on the four- 
lane highway. We missed our ferry 
to Holland since it had taken us 5 
hours to drive from London to Har- 
wich. We were lucky to get a space 
on an overnight Ferry that went to 
Bremerhaven. Picture. No. 10 shows 
the Bremerhaven Ferry and its 
open bow doors. There are doors 
on the stern similar to the doors 
on the bow so at the destina- 
tion the vehicles drive right off 
through the stern doors. Picture No. 
11 shows the deck on the ferry look- 
ing out and you might notice the 
mini-skirt on the girl walking down 
the deck. The temperature was about 
50 degrees that morning. It was 11:00 
A.M. by the time we got ashore at 
Bremerhaven and we were lucky to 
find a filling station open that Sun- 
day morning. Gasoline in Europe 
costs about 75 cents an imperial gal- 
lon which is about 65 cents for a US 
gallon. The vehicles, however, (at 
least the one we drove) went about 
35 miles to the imperial gallon or 
about 30 miles to the US gallon so 
the actual cost is not much more 
than in the states. From Bremerha- 
ven to Bremen we had a good two 
lane highway. The noticeable feature 
of this highway was a sidewalk that 
went the entire distance and was re- 
served for pedestrians and bicycles. 
At Bremen we hit the Autobahn. We 
followed the Autobahn all the way to 
Koln where we had reservations for 
the night. On part of the Autobahn, 
1 suppose the older sections of it, 
the right lane was in terrible shape. 
It was very very bumpy. The left 
lane was considerably smoother so 
the traffic would travel down the left 
lane. Every so often a real fast car 
would come up from behind and 
you would have to get over and let 
him get by. One of the things I no- 
ticed in Germany was the very ex- 
treme differences in speeds of the 
vehicles on the highways. There 
would be some of these little cars 
pulling trailers going quite slowly 
and then there were some Mercedes 
and Citron going 100 miles per 
hour or faster. There was no speed 
limits except where the road was 

under construction and this was not 
very often. There were some places 
where they were resurfacing or six- 
laning some of the four-lane high- 
ways. We were lucky to find 
a good restaurant right at an inter- 
change at Hannover then it was clear 
sailing from there to Koln for our 
nights reservations. We got into Koln 
somewhere around 5 o'clock and 
found our hotel after getting direc- 
tions from various people who did 
not speak English. It was quite a 
task. I had heard that most every- 
where in Europe you could find 
someone that spoke English but that 
is not true. Picture No. 12 shows an 
interesting thing that we noticed 
along the Autobahn quite often, the 
guard-rail in a cut. I could not fig- 
ure out why they were trying to 
guard the cut, but there it is. In 
picture 13 it shows the nose of the 
interchange off-ramp. The ramp is a 
loop and notice the pier between the 
ramp and the main highway as the 
loop starts before it gets to the 
bridge. In picture 14 you can see an 
extended view of the Autobahn be- 
tween Bremen and Koln. The med- 
ian here was about 20 feet and you 
notice it has a guard rail down the 
center. There was very little indica- 
tion of drainage structures in the 
medium. I don't know what they did 
with the water, apparently they just 
forgot about it. Picture 15 shows a 
mountain in the distance along a 
straight section of the Autobahn. I 
wondered when I saw it whether :t 
was designed that way for esthetic 
values or whether it was just by 
chance. We spent one night in Koln. 
The next morning we went down 
and saw the Koln Cathedral which 
is indeed amazing. You can't get any 
conception of the building from a pic- 
ture you just have to stand there and 
gaze at it. We went to Bonn for 
lunch and then on to Frankfort that 
evening where we had reservations 
in a very nice hotel. The next morn- 
ing we started out for Nancy, France, 
after some sightseeing in Frankfort, 
due to the fact that we did not 
have a very good map we got off of 
the Autobahn on some older high- 
ways. As in this country the older 
highways wander through the little 
towns and the signing was not too 
good. In one town we got lost and 
had to ask direction at a filling sta- 
tion. They did not speak much En- 
glish, but everyone tried to help and 
we finally understood. One thing 


that was very interesting, the filling 
station attendant was a very pretty 
girl She was dressed up like she was 
going to a party and yet she was out 
there pumping gas and servicing the 
vehicles. We wondered how she kept 
so clean. We went on through Saar- 
brucken and asked for directions 
again there for Nancy, France. The 
local people directed us through some 
secondary roads rather than the main 
highways. Picture No. 16 shows the 
secondary roads that we were on and 
notice the big trees along the edges 
of the road. This is very common 
in eastern France. Picture No. 17 
shows some workmen re-surfacing the 
highway and the little white sign on 
the spreader Barber-Green which was 
quite familiar. Picture No. 18 shows 
the resurfacing that they were lay- 
ing and it appears to be about 3 in- 
ches thick. We stayed one night in 
Nancy and ate dinner in a very exclu- 
sive restaurant with wine and all the 
trimmings. Then we went on to Pa- 
ris the next day. The Highways in 
France are usually two lanes and in 
quite good condition. If you notice 
the pictures you can see very few 
automobiles and the traffic is so light 
that two lanes is adequate. They are 
building by-passes around some of the 
smaller towns and four-laning some 
of the highways close to the bigger 
cities. Overall there are very very 
few cars on the country highways. 
Picture No. 19 shows where they are 
cutting down the trees along the 
highways, apparently they have found 
them to be a hazard to safety. Pic- 
ture No. 20 shows an open Highway 
which is representative of central 
France where they do not have the 
trees and it also shows the open 
country that you see in much of 
France. Since we had two nights 
reservations in Paris we had one 
full afternoon and one whole day 
for sightseeing. This is not enough 
time to see Paris but we were 
able to see some of the most famous 
spots. The next day we went on to 
Le Harve and Picture No. 21 shows 
the approach to the ferry at Le 

Notice the baggage on the tops of 
all the cars, this is a very common 
practice over in Europe, the cars are 
so small and they don't have room in- 
side. The Ferry took us to South- 
hampton where we spent the night, 
the next day we went on to Wey- 
mouth where my wife's brother and 
his family live. Picture No. 22 is on 
the road to Weymouth, notice we 
are back on the left side of the road 


again, the traffic travels on the right 
side on the continent, but in England 
on the left. We spent two nights in 
Weymouth, two more in London and 
then we went to North Wales where 
another aunt lives at a little town call- 
ed Mold. They have two main north 
south throughways in England called 
M-l and M6. Picture No. 23 shows 
the bridge crossing M-l, notice it is 
6 lanes with a narrow median. Pic- 
ture No. 24 is also on M-l and in 
this picture you can see a guard-rail 
in the medium. Most of the entire 
distance that we travelled on M-l and 
M-6 was six lanes. While we were at 
Mold we decided to take a trip to 
a little town called Birdsall that we 
heard was in Yorkshire about 150 
miles east. We left early one morn- 
ing and we had rainy weather most 
of the way, however it was clear 
when we got there. Picture No. 25 
shows the sign pointing the way to 
Birdsall from the town of Melton. 
Picture No. 26 shows the village of 
Birdsall and the only two houses 
in the town. Nearby the town is a 
large Estate called Birdsall Estate, 
Ltd. The church in Picture No. 27 
is on the Estate and also the big man- 
or house shown in Picture No. 28 
which is called Birdsall House. Lord 
Midleton lives in the house at the pre- 
sent time. It is reported that the house 
was built in 410 A.D. It is in re- 
markable state and is not a ruins 

by any means. We had very good 
weather for most of our trip in Eng- 
land and on the Continent and the 
Sunday that we went from Mold 
back to London was exceptionally 
warm and sunny, and I don't believe 
I have ever seen th sky as clear in 
England as it was that day. We went 
by Stratford on the Avon and stop- 
ped there several hours and went 
through the Shakespeare birthplace 
House. One thing particularly we no- 
ticed in the warm weather was the 
clothing that the British wore. They 
wore their same winter coats that 
they usually wore even though the 
temperature was up in the 80s. I 
guess they couldn't think of taking 
their coats off. Apparently the En- 
glish thoroughly enjoy a picnic. Rain 
or shine cars were parked at every 
wide shoulder where they would even 
sometimes have folding tables and 
chairs for their outing. They never 
leave any trash though. In fact it 
was quite noticeable to me to see how 
clean the roadsides were in Europe 
as compared to the United States. 
We left for the United States the 
next day from London and arrived in 
Raleigh- Durham about 9 o'clock in 
the evening. We had spent 21 days 
in England, Germany and France 
and covered over 3 000 miles of high- 
ways. It was indeed a very enjoy- 
able trip. 

Above is a picture of the Koln Cathedral. This is one of the most impres- 
sive Cathedrals in Europe. 


Stratford On The Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare as seen by John Bird- 
sail of Roadway Design. He spent several hours going through the historic 


(Continued from Inside Front Cover) 

were erected, a rougher pavement poured, and shoulders 
widened. The result was no more accidents. A preacher 
living near the scene used the example of teamwork as a 
text, and has highly praised the two groups for working 
together to save lives. 

On one heavily traveled road, accidents were happen- 
ing frequently. The Patrol made a map showing the loca- 
tion of every accident for five years. 

Together with engineers, a detailed study was made 
for necessary corrections. The engineers came up with 
an estimated cost of $10,000 for the work. The Commis- 
sioner hurriedly got the funds approved, and the pro- 
ject was on the way. 

The engineers and patrol have covered every foot of 
school bus routes together, checking for danger spots. 
The public knows this, and school patrons are apprecia- 
tive. They have proof someone cares. 

The men in the 14th Division responsible for all this 
are too modest to tell all their accomplishments — they 
shrug it off, and ask. "ISN'T EVERYONE SUPPOSED 

The men in Haywood — Governor Moores home county 
— have set an example that something can be done about 
highway safety. 

The preventive approach is paying the richest dividends 
possible — lives saved. 

ROADWAYS feels this is a challenge for the other 
97 counties in the state — Henderson and Transylvania 
are also under the same plan with Haywood, and making 
equally as fine records. It so happens the 3-county dis- 
trict is under both Commissioner Russ and Sgt. Brock. 

ROADWAYS congratulates Division 14. Will the other 
Divisions follow suit and see what results in traffic safety 
they can come up with in their Division? 

(From Highway Employees) 





Tunnel No Problem 

For all those who advocate a new 
tunnel, and for all those who do not, 
I offer the following for considera- 

A construction crew was engaged 
in building a tunnel thru a moun- 
tain. They had started on one side 
and planned to emerge on the other. 
The project was in charge of a young 

Among the crowd of onlookers was 
an elderly, retired engineer. He went 
over to the young engineer, introduc- 
ed himself, and said "when I was 
younger, I also built tunnels, but we 
did it differently. We would start on 
both sides of the mountain and meet 
in the middle." 

"What if you failed to meet in the 
middle?" asked the young engineer. 

After a little thought, the older 
engineer said, "So we'd have two 

—Paul E. Davis 
Holly Hill Road 


The Cape Fear River Bridge at Wilmington 

This photo shows piers 5-W, 4-W, 
3-W, 2-W and 1-W looking east across 

The design and engineering of this 
bridge is being done by a Consultant, 
Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and 
Douglass, Inc., of New York City, 
New York. Mr. L. H. Sutcliffe, Jr., 
is Resident Engineer for the consult- 

The bridge crosses the Cape Fear 
River just south of the Battleship, 
U.S.S. North Carolina, with roadway 
sections joining US routes 17, 74, and 
76 in the vicinity of Alligator Creek 
on the west side of the river and tie- 
ing into Third street of Dawson and 
Worth Street on the east side of the 

The main bridge is about 3,040' 
long consisting of the main steel truss 
lift span and steel box beams and 
prestressed concrete girder approach 

The lift span is 408' long and pro- 
vides a 350' horizontal opening for 
ships passage. In the fixed position 
the bridge provides a 65' vertical 
clearance above average high water 
and 135' above average high water 
when in the lifted position. This span 
is lifted vertically by means of steel 
towers, motorized machinery and 

The bridge deck will provide two 
27' roadway sections divided by a 
concrete and steel box beam median 
barrier. The decks of the approach 
spans will consist of reinforced con- 
crete while the deck of the lift span 
will be open type steel grid flooring. 

This bridge is being built under 

three contracts. The first contract 
consists of the construction of six 
river piers — the two main lift span 
piers and four approach span piers. 
About 30,000 cubic yards of concrete 
and 810,000 pounds of reinforcing 
steel are required for these piers. 

It is interesting to note the size and 
some qualities required in the con- 
struction of the east main lift span 
piers. Permanent cofferdam sheet- 
ing was driven around the tremie 
steel and footing area (56' x 107') 
down to about 55' below water sur- 
face. Excavation was then made with- 
in the cofferdam from the river bed 
to about 50' below water surface 
where a satisfactory grade of marl 
was encountered. The foundation was 
well cleaned by means of bucket-dip- 
ping and air lift operations and was 
inspected by a commission diver. 

A tremie seal of class AA concrete 
was then deposited under water 
through 14" tremie pipes over the 
foundation area within the coffer- 
dam and for about a 24' depth. The 
tremie seal of the east main pier was 
the first concrete to be placed of 
contract #1; this was done begin- 
ning on December 19th, and was a 
continuous operation for 36 hours. 
About 5,175 cubic yards of concrete 
were used. 

After the tremie seal was cured 
the cofferdam above the seal was de- 
watered and preparations were made 
to place the reinforced concrete foot- 
ing. No forming was required for 
the footing, as this concrete was also 
placed against the cofferdam sheet- 
ing. The footing and remainder of 
the pier, of course, were cast in the 
dry. This footing has a depth of 10' 
and contains about 2,325 cubic yards 
of concrete. Top of cone pier where 
steel tower begins is about 64' above 

The approach span piers have steel 
pile foundations. Shallow tremie seals 
were used in order to dewater the 
cofferdams to permit placing the re- 
maining portions of pier concrete in 
the dry. 

The second contract consists of 
steel truss lift span, machinery and 
steel towers of the two main piers 
mounting to about 4,640,000 pounds 
of structured steel. 

The structural steel of lift span, 
superstructure will be steel grit blast 
cleaned and fabricated by American 
Bridge Division at Ambridge Plant 
in Sewickly — Pittsburgh, Pa. The 
steel will be shipped to Wilmington 
by rail. The steel will be further 
cleaned by blasting and washing at 
Wilmington before any paint is ap- 

(Continued on Page 30) 

This photo shows west main piers 1-W, and piers 2-W, 3-W, 4-W and 5-W, 
looking southwest. 




Office of the Group Chaplain 
APO US Forces 96491 

23 Dec 1967 

State Highway Commission 
Purchasing Department 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27602 

Dear Bill Reaves: (or any of the other 21) 

Your box arrived yesterday in perfect condition. I wish 
to say in Bill Rices behalf and for all the men who will 
share in your gift a warm and heart-felt "thank you". Your 
thoughtfulness in selecting something which could be di- 
vided among many is refreshing. 

If you or any member of your department would like 
to have further information on how we distributed the deli- 
cacies please feel free to write me at the above address. 
Or if you have any questions in general which I could 
answer for you, I would count it on honor to correspond 
with you. The only reason I picked your name to address 
this note to is that it appeared at the top of the list. 

May you all have an exciting and happy New Year. 

Chaplain (MAJ) USA 
Group Chaplain 

1000 Wellington Road 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 
January 19, 1968 

North Carolina Highway Department 
Raleigh, North Carolina 


I want to compliment those responsible for keeping the 
ice and snow cleared off Interstate 1-40 between Winston- 
Salem and the airport exit during the recent storm. I 
traveled this road every day and the condition of the road 
was outstanding — not a bit of snow on the four lanes by 
Sunday morning. 

Perhaps it is not often that a citizen compliments our 
Highway Department personnel but they certainly deserve 
a pat on the back for this job well done. Please convey 
one man's gratitude to them. 

Sincerely yours, 
/s/ David R. Blanco 

New Controller Appointed 

William M. Ingram, Jr. 

A veteran State Highway Commission employee has 
been named Controller for the road agency by Chairman 
J. M. Hunt, Jr. 

William M. Ingram, Jr., who joined the Highway Com- 
mission as Assistant Secondary Roads Officer in 1957, 
has been appointed to the Commission's top financial 
post, succeeding John L. Allen, Jr., who resigned effec- 
tive January 31st. 

In the four years from 1957 to 1961, Ingram helped to 
organize the newly created Secondary Roads Depart- 
ment and remained in that department until his appoint- 
ment in July of 1961 as Project Control Officer. Ingram 
organized the Project Control Department and guided its 
activities until his appointment as Controller for the 
Commission effective February 2nd. 

During his eleven years with the Highway Commis- 
sion, Ingram's many responsibilities have required that 
he maintain close liaison with the Controller's Office 
and with financial officers of the U. S. Bureau of Public 
Roads. It is the Project Control Department which com- 
pletes final vouchers for Federal-aid reimbursements. 

The Duplin County native graduated from North 
Carolina State University with a degree in Civil Engi- 
neering in 1951, and later earned the Master of Science 
degree from the same institution in 1956. 

He is a registered professional engineer, vice president 
of the Eastern Branch of the American Society of Civil 
Engineers and has served on various committees of both 
the Southeastern and American Associations of State 
Highway Officials, including AASHO's financial commit- 
tee of which he was chairman. 

Ingram is married to the former Polly Ong. They 
have three children, Christopher, Gregory and Jennifer. 
The Ingrams live at 2407 Medway Drive and attend St. 
Timothy's Episcopal Church. 

In making the appointment, Chairman Hunt said: "Mr. 
Ingram has proven himself to be a valuable and dedicated 
employee of the Highway Commission. He has made out- 
standing contribution in his positions with the Secondary 
Roads and Project Control Departments. I have the ut- 
most confidence in his abilities and know he will do an 
outstanding job as Controller." 


Leaders of the traffic safety source included, left to right, Don Ingold, 
Jay Quinn, R. V. Moss, Paul Cribbins, Harold Rhudy, and Jim Lynch. All 
were instructors except Dr. Cribbins, who is president of the N. C. Division, 
SITE, one of the sponsoring agencies. 

Traffic Safety Course 
Given in Winston -Salem 

Twenty cities and towns of North 
Carolina sent staff personnel to the 
short course on "Traffic Safety" in 
Winston-Salem, January 23-24. 

A majority of the 47 persons who 
followed the two-day schedule are in 
responsible charge of traffic opera- 
tions in their home communities. The 
group included Federal and State 
highway engineers and technicians as 
well as municipal officials. 

The school was sponsored jointly by 
the North Carolina Division, South- 
ern Section, Institute of Traffic En- 
gineers; the North Carolina Traffic 
Safety Council, Inc.; and the North 
Carolina League of Municipalities. 
Their primary purpose was to assist 
municipalities in upgrading traffic en- 
gineering functions by providing a 
better understanding of some of the 
more practical aspects of traffic safe- 
ty for personnel engaged in this ac- 

Subjects covered in classroom in- 
struction included accident reporting, 
accident record systems, data collec- 
tion and analysis, determination of 

T. J. Morawski, Division Engineer, 
U. S. Bureau of Public Roads, was 
presented an instructor's certificate 
for serving on the staff of the traffic 
safety school. In the foreground is 
Dr. Paul Cribbins, who presided over 
the NCSSITE dinner meeting. 

high-accident locations, and basic en- 
gineering techniques available for im- 
proving hazardous locations. Empha- 
sis was also directed to the Gover- 
nor's Highway Safety Program and 
the role of the Federal government in 
traffic safety. 

Instructors for the course were 
drafted from people currently em- 
ployed in the traffic safety field: 
James D. Blackburn, Traffic Engi- 
neer, City of Raleigh; Bernard A. 
Corbett, Jr., Assistant Traffic Engi- 
neer, Citv of Charlotte; Lt. Earl T. 
Green, Executive Officer, Training 
and Inspection Division, N. C. State 
Highway Patrol; Donald P. Ingold, 
Associate Traffic Engineer, Wilbur 
Smith and Associates; James M. 
Lynch, Traffic Research Engineer, 
SHC; R. G. McCombs, Traffic Engi- 
neer, City of Greensboro; T. J. Mo- 
rawski, Division Engineer, U. S. Bu- 
reau of Public Roads; R. V. Moss, 
Traffic Engineer, City of High Point; 
Elbert L. Peters, Coordinator, Gov- 
ernor's Highway Safety Program; Jay 
Quinn, Traffic Engineer, Southeastern 
Safety Supplies, Inc.; Joseph K. Reg- 
ister, Statistical Analyst, N.C. Depart- 
ment of Motor Vehicles; Harold C. 
Rhudy, Assistant State Traffic En- 
gineer, SHC; and W. S. Schwartz; 
Lighting Engineer, General Electric 

Certificates for successfully com- 
pleting the course were presented at 
the quarterly dinner meeting of the 
North Carolina Division, SSITE, at 
the Sheraton Motor Inn, January 24. 
SHC employees so recognized were 
Jimmy Beckom, Ormond Bliss, Don 
Dupree, Paul W. Elliott, James 


Greenhill, Terry A. Harris, John Per- 
man, Franklin Price and Garry 

Garry Sumer, SHC Planning En- 
gineer, was among those receiving cer- 
tificates for completing the traffic 
safety course in Winston-Salem, Jan- 
uary 24. 

"I'll bet the stops and starts make 
you tired," the gentleman said, flirt- 
ing with the elevator operator. 

"Not so much," she replied with a 
bite, "it's the jerks that bother me." 

Highway Employees make "President's List" 

Left to Right: Mrs. Linda Langdon, Larry Harrell, Joel 
Johnson, Paul Maulsby (Student advisor at W. W. Hold- 
ing Tech Institute) and Ronald Johnson. These four stu- 
dents left their jobs as permanent employees of the High- 
way Commission to enroll in this program. 

Linda Langdon, 21 years old, married and working as 
a stenographer, decided she liked engineering technology 
work and proceeded to enroll in school. She is the first 
woman employee to leave her job for this purpose and 
the first of her sex to become a cooperative education 

Larry Harrill is the young man of the group who worked 
for maintenance in Division 3. Joel Johnson, married 
and the father of one daughter, is the group's senior 
member in age. He is 29 and worked several years with 
the prison department prior to employment with the 
Highway Commission. He has maintained a "B" average 
throughout the first year's studies. 

Ronald Johnson, 28 years old and married is the rank- 
ing member for length of service with the Highway Com- 
mission having worked 4 years in the materials and 
tests department prior to entering school. Ronald having 
graduated from high school in 1958 with the minimum 
math requirements was admitted to Holding Tech on a 
provisional basis. He has maintained a "B" average or 
better each of the 3 quarters. 

The President's List are students who have achieved 
a 3.5 quality point average at the end of a particular 
quarter. The individuals achieving this average will have 
their names published in their local newspaper and 
shall receive a letter from the President of the Institute 
commending them for their academic achievement. 
What these young people are taking includes instruc- 
tion which provided in the theory and practice of 
surveying, route surveying, and highway surveying. Con- 
struction layout training is provided for foundation grade 
layout, building construction planning, and sewer and 
pipe line surveys. 

A core of mathematics and physics through statics in 
the first year provides a base for engineering subject 

matter presentation. Laboratory courses in soils, con- 
crete, asphalt, metals and wood provides a base for un- 
derstanding basic construction problems. 

Another sequence of courses covers construction plan- 
ning, specifications, methods and equipment and estimat- 

The diverse nature of this curriculum will produce 
technicians who can assist contractors, structural engi- 
neers, civil engineers, and mechanical contractors in their 
work areas. 








T— CIV 101 Surveying 




T — DPT 101 Technical Drafting 




T— MAT 101 Technical Mathematics 




T— PHY 101 Physics: Properties of Matter 




T— ENG 101 Grammar 








T— DFT 102 Technical Drafting 




T — MAT 102 Technical Mathematics 




T— ENG 102 Composition 




T— PHY 102 Physics: Work, Energy, Power 




T— CIV 114 Statics 








T— ENG 103 Report Writing 




T— CIV 102 Surveying 




J. — rni iuo rnysics . iLiecLricity 




T— MAT 103 Technical Mathematics 




T— CIV 216 Strength of Materials 









T— ENG 204 Oral Communication 




T— CIV 103 Surveying 




T — CIV 217 Construction Models and Equipment 




T— CIV 218 Plain Concrete 




T — CIV 201 Properties of Engineering Materials • 








T — CIV 220 Construction Planning 




T— CIV 202 Properties of Soils 




T — CIV 223 Codes. Contracts and Specifications 




Social Science Elective 










Social Science Elective 




T — CIV 225 Construction Estimates and Costs 






T — CIV 227 Construction of Roads and Pavements 







Total Quarter Hours In Courses 


Electives (Min.) 




Definition of a man: 

A man is like a candle. He smokes too much, not too 
bright when lit and goes out when you need him the most. 




SPECIAL ATTENTION of all employees should be 
given to the following letter from Mr. Nathan H. Yel- 
ton, Director, Teachers' and State Employees' Retire- 
ment System: (Subject: Requests for Refunds of Con- 

"As you are aware it has been our policy in the past 
to prepare a refund check approximately ninety days 
after the date of resignation. Recently the number of 
requests has increased so much that it has been impos- 
sible to meet this date, and it is now necessary that we 
set a six-month date after date of resignation. Please ad- 
vise all employees when requesting a refund that it will 
be at least this long before we can send them a check. 

"We cannot possibly be current in posting individual 
contributions to accounts as soon as the payroll report 
reaches us. There is, of necessity, a lapse of several 
months in posting contributions, and this means that 
every time we receive a request for refund we must check 
by hand all payrolls not posted. This requires an item-by- 
item check and our work space is limited, which prohibits 
using many more employees on this operation. We are 
now in the process of changing our computer operation, 
which will eventually speed up our processing of con- 
tributions, but this will require some time to make the 
changes to up-date contributions. 

Under the new death payment in our law, employees 
are covered in case of death within ninety days after 
separation; therefore, it should be to their advantage 
not to request a refund until they have been separated 
for this length of time. When you sign the Form 5, the 
death benefit is cancelled." 

The number of requests for refunds of contributions 
has increased tremendously in the past year, and the 
work load for the Retirement System has been taxed to 
the breaking point — hence, the necessity for this direc- 
tive. As Mr. Yelton has stated, it is to the advantage of 
the employee separating and not leaving contributions 
intact to wait at least 90 days before filing request for 
refund, this in order to be protected under the new death 
benefit payment. Retirement applications also cancel 
death benefits. 

INSURANCE BENEFITS increased in October, 1967, 
by overwhelming vote of policy participants. Your Group 
Insurance now allows $20 for daily Room and Board, for 
a maximum of 70 days or a maximum of $1,400 — allows 
up to $210 for hospital services and charges such as X- 
rays, drugs, dressings, laboratory, etc. — allows up to 
$250 for Surgeon Fees — allows up to $350 for Doctor's 
services during hospital confinement. This includes your 
family, if signed up as such, and students up to age 23. 
The Group Policy also provides Life Insurance in amounts 
from $3,000 to $7,000 dependent upon your annual sal- 
ary; provides Accidental Death and Dismemberment 
benefits in the same amounts dependent upon annual 
salary. Accident and Sickness payments are from $35 to 
$40 weekly dependent upon salary also. This is defi- 
nitely an excellent Group Insurance Plan and should be 
participated in by all. You can check costs against other 
plans and you will find — considering all allowances and 
the weekly A & S — and the LIFE — that this provides 
more for your money than ordinary group plans. 

campaign for Governor and Lt. Governor is well under- 
way and should really warm up in the next few weeks. 
Your President, your Secretary and Assistant, and your 
Legislative Committee Chairman met in Raleigh on Jan- 
uary 30th with a similar group from the NCSEA to dis- 
cuss plans for our conferences with each candidate (both 
parties) in the very near future. Contacts are now being 
made to arrange suitable dates and we will jointly talk 
with these fine people to discuss the problems facing 
State Employees. It is our plan to secure from each of 
them their statement on behalf of State Employees and 
to publish these statements in a special edition in early 
April, this for the benefit of our members who have to 
make their decision of support in the Primary. We hope, 
and believe, these statements will be beneficial and will 
give you an insight on the thinkings of these candidates. 

SPECIAL NOTE — Some apparently still do not un- 
derstand the method of credit allowance for accumulated 
sick leave at time of retirement. This is not a cash set- 
tlement, is not paid on normal separations as such. It 
is an allowance credited to your retirement account as 
to service rendered — on the basis of 1 month's service 
allowance for each 20 days of sick leave or any frac- 
tion thereof. An example, a retiring employee with 65 

AND DID YOU KNOW — nightclubs are still popu- 
lar because they're the only places still open by the time 
your wife gets dressed — you can make your wife drive 
more carefully if you tell her if she has an accident the 
newspapers will print her age — and K. B. Bailey told 
me he once had an inmate in Central Prison who told him 
he would bust out of the joint but his wife was outside. 


COLD SHOULDERS — The Governor, Chairman Hunt 
and other various assembled brethren got them to go 
along with feet, noses et cetera at the dedication of In- 
terstate 95 between Weldon and Gold Rock on that blus- 
tery, cold December first when the ribbon was cut. The 
speakers' platform was placed under an overpass bridge 
'cause it had rained hard the last few days in November, 
but it faired off and got whistling cold. We all nearly froze 
and the Governor said in his remarks, "I want to thank 
the planners of this affair for finding such a nice shady 
place for this platform". 

LOOKING BACK — We were riding over the I 95 
project several days before its dedication with Commis- 
sioner Carl Renfro, Division Engineer Bob Dawson and 
Resident Engineer Monk Moore. Monk got reminiscing 
about the early days of the project. "I walked right 
through here when this was just a swamp", he said, "and 
we used to jump from log to log to keep our feet day 
. . . that is, until we found out we were jumping from 
cottonmouth to cottonmouth." 

NOTED IN THE MAIL — We got a memorandum 
from Project Contrcl Officer Bill Ingram the other day 
telling us about telephone number changes relative to his 
moving into new quarters in the annex and caught this. 
Did you know that when you write the initials of Pro- 
ject Administrative Officer Sherman Yeargan and his 
assistant Phillip Heffner you get the phrase: "SAY, PAH"? 

WHY THE HEADACHES — Along those same lines, 
it's difficult for a lot of fclks to understand why the 
Project Control Department complains of so many head- 
aches, especially when they've always got "B. C." on 
hand. Poor pun, huh, Cannon? 

THAT'S SO — Talked to Mr. Howard Koontz (Mr. 
Jim Councill still calls him by the unmentionable nick- 
name) the other day when there was so much snow and 
stuff on the ground and he gave me a pretty good defi- 
nition. FRUSTRATION: Spending the day on a motor 
grader moving snow drifts off the road and then watch- 
ing a 40 mph wind put it right back again. Speaking of 
Councill, I understand his golf game's slipping, but his 
sense of humor and that ready smile ain't changed one 

DISAPPOINTED — Must admit we've worn out our 
thumbs turning quickly to Division 14 news section each 
issue, but to no avail. Never before, nor since, has the 
colorful Allyce Cunningham come close to the "bull 

SAFETY PROGRAM — There's a good deal of interest 
in the highway safety program these days. So much so 
that a friend of ours says most women are such poor 
drivers that the police ought to issue them season tickets. 

STICKY SITUATION — We called Jim Litchford the 
other day to pass along word from an interested motor- 
ist concerning a phase of our job on US 70-401 south of 
Raleigh. Seems that some of the reflectorized striping 
used for lane dividing on the project has busted its glue 
and was either flapping in the breeze or rolling up in a 
wad. "Thanks", said Litchford, "we're going to fix it 
when the weather gets warm, but next time we'll use a 
good strong mixture of flour and water". He was kidding, 
we think, but he tells us all the kites he made with that 
kind of paste never came apart. 

PARTING SHOT — Someone around here who has a 
teenage son was overheard the other day saying, "The 
way these kids dress and act today and the way they 
look. It's enough to make you want to tear their hair out". 

See you in two months. 

Don't Quit 

Contributed By BILL WILSON 
Roadway Design 

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, 

When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, 

When the funds are low and debts are high, 

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, 

When care is pressing you down a bit — 

Rest if you must but don't you quit. 

Life is queer with its twists and turns, 

As every one of us sometimes learns, 

And many a fellow turns about 

When he might have won had he stuck it out. 

Don't give up though the pace seems slow — 

You may succeed with another blow. 

Often the goal is nearer than 

It seems to a faint and faltering man; 

Often the struggler has given up 

When he might have captured the victor's cup; 

And he learned too late when the night came down, 

How close he was to the golden crown. 

Success is failure turned inside out — 

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, 

And you never can tell how close you are, 

It may be near when it seems afar; 

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit — 

It's when things seem worse that you mustn't quit. 



By Jewel Adcock 
^4jBg±~. PHOTOGRAM- 

rlHL.^ ?jl Photo Lab and his 

8 lbs., 6 oz. 

Congrats also to HAROLD BIS- 
SETTE of the Photo Lab and his 
wife on the arrival of a baby son, 
Joseph Mark, December 26th. Har- 
old is originally from Middlesex and 
has another son, Gregory Vaughn, 
six years old. 

Best wishes to Linda Grey, daugh- 
ter of CHESTER T. GREY, who was 
married January 19th in the Church 
of the Good Shepherd to Craig Ste- 
wart of San Diego, Calif. Craig is in 
the Special Forces at Fort Bragg. 

RUTH HAYWARD of the Engi- 
neering Section enjoyed a week's va- 
cation in Winter Haven, Fla. 

Welcome back to Department Head 
ED J. PAGE, who was out several 
weeks during an illness. 

SEAGROVES was recently appoint- 
ed to the nominating committee of 
the Executive Board, State Employ- 
ees Credit Union. 

Co-workers miss HELEN BAR- 
HAM who resigned to become the 
bride of A. J. "RED" HUGHES, Di- 
vision Engineer in Sylva, January 
6th. Our very best wishes to the 
happy couple! LORRAINE CAR- 
TER has assumed Helen's duties as 
secretary to Department Head, L. 
FERRELL replaced Lorraine as sec^ 

Christmas Party — Wake County 
Shrine Club, December 1st. 

Dick Massengill and the fish he 
caught at Surf City on Thanksgiving 

retary to Asst. State Equipment En- 
gineer, H. G. LONG. 

Best wishes to BEATRICE HAR- 
RISON, who recently transferred to 
the Finance Department — also, to 
BILLIE LOWERY, who transferred 
to the Retirement System. 

Congratulations to BUCK and Ma- 
rie WOOD, proud new parents of 
little daughter, Lisa Michelle, who 
arrived December 10th — and to 
JUDY and Hersey HALL upon the 
arrival of daughter, Edith Alease, 
September 9th. It's nice to have Judy 
back at work again. 

A hearty welcome is extended to 
our new neighbors — the Personnel 
Department and the Permit Section, 
now located on third floor in the 
new annex of the Highway Building. 

luck to the following employees who 
are retiring: Mr. JAMES H. GOOD- 
WIN, Upholstery Shop; Mr. W. A. 
TYSON, Foreman of the Carpenter 
Foreman of Truck Shop and Mr. T. 
R. BUCHANAN, Foreman of the 
Car Shop. 

Welcome to the following new em- 
ployees at the Depot: WILLIAM 
EDWARD HAYNES, Stockroom; 
EARL G. WATERS, Upholstery 
Stockroom; DREW GUPTON, Stock- 
room; and SIDNEY SEAL, Stock- 

Employees were saddened by the 
death of A. J. (JACK) WINSTEAD 
January 7th. He was an employee in 
the Plumbing Shop. 

Get well wishes to HOWARD 
GUPTON, Asst. Equipment Depot 
Superintendent, Mr. D. H. BRANT- 
LEY of the Machine Shop and Mr. 
H. G. FINCH, Foreman of the Up- 
holstery Shop. Mr. Gupton and Mr. 
Brantley recently were hospitalized 
but are now recuperating at home. 
Mr. Finch, at this writing, is still 
hospitalized. Employees are glad to 
see F. DALE GRAHAM. Foreman of 
the Machine Shop, back on the job 
after a recent hospitalization. 

PERSONNEL — The Department 
new Steno II, who recently transfer- 
red from Construction. 

After almost four years in Per- 
sonnel, JOANN VAUGHN decided 
to make a change. This time it was 
to the Project Control Department. 
Personnel will miss JoAnn, but every- 
one wishes her the best of luck on 
her new job. The Department also 
extends get well wishes to JoAnn's 
husband for a speedy recovery from 
a recent heart attack. 

It's birthday time again. On this 
occasion Personnel helped BETTY 
HORTON celebrate her birthday 
January 28th with a luncheon at the 
new Balentine Cafeteria. 

MARY LEE GRIFFIN spent a re- 
cent weekend at Carolina Beach with 
friends. She reported the beach 
weather was great — for January 


Having to pose for my picture al- 
ways did bore me, says pretty little 
Charlotte Ann Hailey, baby daughter 
of Henry and Carolyn Faye Hailey. 
Charlotte Ann was born August 9, 
1967 and her proud father, Henry, is 
a member of Highway Reproduction, 


Miss Judith Carole Steadman is 
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pres- 
ton Steadman of Williamston. Her 
father is Bridge Maintenance Fore- 
man there. 

Judith finished the requirements 
for a B. S. degree in Home Econom- 
ics at East Carolina University last 
July. She presently is teaching Home 
Economics and General Science at 
Stony Creek High School, Stony 
Creek, Va. 

very wintry January weekend in D. 
C. visiting relatives. 

LANDSCAPE — The First Bap- 
tist Church in Clayton was the set- 
ting for the January 5th wedding of 
Miss SANDRA BYRD, Stenograph- 

Meet Randall Lee McKinney, baby 
son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin McKin- 
ney. Randall Lee was born December 
3, 1967 and is one month old in this 
picture. His proud father works in 
Bridge Maintenance. 

er, and Mr. Randall Jackson. The 
Rev. John Warren Steen officiated. 
After a trip to South of the Border 
and Myrtle Beach, S. C, the couple 
is making their home in Raleigh. 

Valentine's Day, February 14th, is 
something else again for Landscape 
employees. That's the day they mov- 
ed into their offices in the new High- 
way Building Annex. 

After the Flu Bug made a tour in 
Landscape, reports are that all he 
bit are now back at work waiting pa- 
tiently for Spring to come again. 

Death came to DAVID WESLEY 
LOWDER January 10th after eight 
years loyal service with the Davidson 
County Bridge Dept. Mr. Lowder's 
death was a great loss to the Bridge 
Dept. and to the other employees. 

Best wishes to JOHN HILL, who 
retired from the Davidson County 
Maintenance Dept., January 1st, af- 
ter 25 years service as Truck Driver. 

gratulations to JIM WHELESS and 
his wife, who are the proud new par- 
ents of a darling baby girl, Sarah 
Elizabeth, born January 25th in Rex 
Hospital. Sarah Elizabeth weighed 
in at 7 lbs., 3 oz. 

BITUMINOUS — Mr. and Mrs. 
G. G. LUPTON and son, George, 
spent the Christmas holidays in New 
Orleans. Bituminous employees are 
glad to see A. R. CHERRY back on 
the job after surgery at Rev Hospi- 
tal during December. 

FERRELL is real proud of her new 
little baby girl, born December 29th. 
A stag fish fry was held by the Right 
of Way men December 2nd. It's nice 
to have SARAH WATTS back at 
work following minor surgery. 

LAURA JONES is the proud own- 
er of a new color TV. Champion 
speller for the Right of Way Depart- 
ment is NELSON FRYE. He won 
the championship by spelling "cor- 

Everyone in Planning and Research 
is glad to be back over in the new 
wing of the Highway Building. KEN 
JARMAN is glad to have his brother 
back from Viet Nam, after being 
wounded in battle. 

ing a ring, third finger, left hand! 

proud of his new home. Another 
proud new home owner is LEE WEB- 
STER who lives in Spring Dale Es- 


Pictured above in the newly organ- 
ized Highway Reproduction's basket- 
ball team are left to right: Larry 
Watt, Henry Hailey, Jackie Frazier, 
Rex Wilson, Joe Sanders, Tripp 
Nivin, T. A. Harris, and Billy Mit- 
chell. One of the team members not 
pictured is Sam Pippin. 

The team is a member of the In- 
dustrial Closed League in the City of 
Raleigh, which features 11 teams, and 
plays two nights a week. 

The Highway Reproduction team 
was especially thrilled to win the big 
game over Advance Planning's team! 
And they won 54 to 37. 

Our deepest sympathy to WALT- 
ER WILEY upon the recent death of 
his father. 

Welcome to the following new em- 

BILL BURBAGE and his family 
enjoyed a trip during Christmas to 
the Florida Kevs. in a Cox Camper. 
PHYLLIS NELSON visited her 
brother and his family in Atfanta 
during Christmas, and also enjoyed 
a nice trip to New Orleans. 

Department is glad to have Mr. W. 
F. CADDELL, JR. as the new Ad- 
vance Planning Engineer. Everyone 
will miss MR. ROSE and MRS. 
PLEASANT who returned to MR. 
BABCOCK'S office. 

Welcome to PAMELA ANN LIT- 

Everyone who attended BILL 
RIGGS' oyster roast had a wonder- 
ful time while consuming two and 
one half bushels of oysters. 

Wedding bells will ring for GREG 
COULSON and Betty Brooks Boy- 
ette in March. Greg is working as a 
draftsman while attending NCSU. 


MAUREEN DUNN enjoyed a re- 
cent weekend of skiing at Bryce's Ski 
Lodge in Basye, Virginia. No broken 
bones, Maureen? FELTON LOW- 
MAN would appreciate any advice 
on how not to be accident prone. He 
found out standing up is not the way 
to ride a sled. 

to the following new employees: 
VETTE. Employees miss ANNA H. 
DANIELS who resigned February 
2nd to be with her husband current- 
ly stationed at Langley Air Force 
Base, Hampton, Va. 

Best wishes to BRYAN MOORE 
for a happy retirement. W. A. WIL- 
NORMAN WILLEY attended the 
Highway Research Board Meeting 
in Washington. D. C, January 15th- 
19th. Congratulations to the FRED 
BEYS, who recently moved into 
their new home in Devonwood Es- 

Angeles, California for a two-weeks 
visit with her son, Mike, and his wife, 
Carolyn. Mike is a math instructor 
at La Habra Junior High School 
there. Although she missed her con- 
nection in Atlanta due to fog and 
arrived thirteen hours late, Margaret 
reports she had a marvelous time see- 
ing the sights. A few of the most out- 
standing highlights were attending 
the "Lawrence Welk's New Year's 
Eve Show", the "Dean Martin Show" 
and the "Jerry Lewis Show." Some 
other exciting places of interest were: 
"Bush Gardens, Sea World, Disney- 
land, Knotts Berry Farm, Movieland 
Wax Museum and Palace of Living 
Art." Incidentally, Maggie's leg 

Real Indians? The one on the right 
is not fooling. But Margaret Mills 
(loft) of Roadway Design decided to 
find out what the Indian style was 
like at Knotts Berry Farm, Buena 
Park, California, on a recent visit 

doesn't "quite" fit Betty Grables 
which can be seen at "Grauman's 
Chinese Theater," where all the most 
famous stars' footprints and hand- 
prints can be seen. Although she 
spent a day in beautiful Beverly 
Hills, she didn't get to see her fa- 
vorit Hollywood star, Raymond Burr. 
Maybe next time, Margaret! 

ding bells will ring this summer for 
LINDA STONE, typist at the Lab. 
Linda and William Haynes former 
Stock Clerk at the Lab will marry 
July 14th. Linda is the daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey A. Stone, 
Route 8, Raleigh, and William is 
the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Hay- 
nes, Jr., of 1016 Brooks Ave., Ra- 
leigh. He is employed at the High- 
way Equipment Depot. 

The Record Section of the Lab 
welcomed a new employee in Jan- 
uary, KAY JONES of Garner, who is 
replacing BRENDA G. BENNETT. 
Brenda resigned to await the arrival 
of the stork. Employees hope DICK 
BAKER of the Soils Lab, who has 
been ill for several weeks, will soon be 
well ar.d back at work. 

All members of the Department 
were saddened by the death of E. T. 
"GENE" REYNOLDS of the Soils 
Lab, who died December 31st. Gene 
was a Materials Engineer in charge 
of nuclear testing. Our deepest sympa- 
thy to his widow, Mrs. Doreen Rey- 
nolds, and his daughters, Kathy, Kel- 
ly and Kristy. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
REILEY CURTIS on the birth of a 
daughter, Sandra Leigh, December 
8th; and to Mr. and Mrs. TOMMY 
KNOX on the arrival of a daughter, 
January 29th. Both fathers work in 
the Design Section. 

JIM LYNCH attended the High- 
way Research Board Meeting in 
Washington, D. C, January 15th- 

has joined the staff as a temporary 
employee in Special Studies. 

JIM BRYAN completed two solo 
flights in January and is on his way 
to earning a private license. Jim has 
been taking flying lessons at the Ra- 
leigh Municipal Airport. 

Welcome back to ELAINE GLOS- 
SON after a leave of absence. Elaine 
is a Steno. 

We want to take this opportunity 
to say how much we miss the Plan- 
ning Department folks who moved 
out of our building the last of Jan- 

This cute little youngster is John 
Sigma Chamblee, II, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. John Chamblee. His father is 
a member of Traffic Engineering. 

uary. We know they will be an asset 
to the Highway Building. 

BOB TURPIN are now on perma- 
nent status in the Department. Bob 
was married January 20th to Jus- 
tine Rogers of Seattle, Washington. 
They met there when Bob was in the 
Coast Guard. Justine is now a phy- 
sical therapist at Wake Memorial 
Hospital. It's nice to have MAR- 
SHALL HUNTER on the Co-op 
program and LARRY KETCHUM 
on the training program. 

OSBORNE have completed the train- 
ing program. Kenneth is now in Traf- 
fic Engineering and Joe went to 
Roadway Design. TOM DIXON re- 
signed to join a consultant firm in 
High Point. DON HAIGH left to be- 
come a full-time student in graduate 
school. GERRY PAGE has assumed 
the duties of NOBLE WALL who re- 
tired. This job involves reviewing and 
checking plans for structural steel. 

GEORGE PARKIN went to Myr- 
tle Beach February 3rd for a meeting 
of the Bridge Contractor's Group of 
AGC — North and South Carolina 
inclusive. Mr. Parkin gave a talk on 
proposed changes in bridge design for 
1968. Field trips for the bridge draft- 
ing room employees are getting under 
way again. These are short trips with 
the Area Construction Engineers to 
provide "on the job" construction 
knowledge for the office employees. 
This has proved to be a very valuable 

TO-TOMAS are proud owners of 


Pam Powell, daughter of former 
photographer, Harold Powell. Pam is 
shown loving her cat. ROADWAYS 
is happy to report that Harold is get- 
ting along fine. 

new homes. Guy's home is in Brent- 
wood and Silvio's is on Claremont 
Road in Anderson Heights. DAVID 
VANCE reports ownership of a new 
Corvette (monster) . 

JIM TEAGUE is getting to be 
quite knowledgeable about "ghosts" 
(folklore) of North Carolina. The 
stories he has gathered are interesting 
and intrigue one by the elements of 
truth implied. 

everyone when he sang a duet with 
Sharon Lienau, Miss Apex, at the 
Bridge Dept. Christmas Party. Could 
this be a sign of more undisclosed 
talent? Look out, Elvis! When 
ROYCE CARROLL got out of Army 
Reserve, he took off for New York 
to have fun and to visit with friends. 
He saw four plays and had a won- 
derful (very expensive) dinner at the 
famous Four Seasons. Upon return- 
ing home, his thoughts turned toward 
New Orleans and the Mardi Gras. 

ROBERT GOWER and his fam- 
ily had an enjoyable holiday in Flor- 
ida visiting Bob's brother. This is the 
first trip back to Florida for Bob 
and Sarah since their honeymoon. 

JIM and Jean WILDER visited 
Jean's sister and brother-in-law in 
Washington, D. C. recently. They 
also enjoyed a trip to Georgetown. 

DAVE NORKET had a ball when 
he visited friends in Chicago. Being 
a bachelor, Dave can still include 
"girl watching" as legitimate enter- 

Heartfelt sympathy is extended the 
following employees: ELEANOR 
TAYLOR upon the death of her 
the death of his father; and to 
CHARLIE KING whose wife died in 

Cape Fear River Bridge 

(Continued from Page 21) 

The steel is to receive three coats 
of unesterfied epoxy catalyzed resin 
coating system which shall be applied 
under housed and controlled weather 
conditions. The combined dry film 
thickness of the three coats of paint 
shall be not less than 6 mils. The 
lower sections of steel towers and 
the open type steel grind flooring of 
the lift span will be painted with one 
coat of Patent Applied-For Special 
Glass Flake Epoxy Coating which 
shall produce a dry film thickness of 
not less than 6 mils. 

In the contract No. 3, this contract 
consists of the construction of the 
remaining approach span piers and 
all of the superstructure of the ap- 
proach spans. Work of this contract 
has not been started. 

The quantities of the major ma- 
terials of this contract are about: 
Structural Steel 4,445,000 lbs., rein- 
forcing steel 2,078,000 lbs., prestress- 
ed concrete girdons 13,008 lin. feet — 
concrete - substructure 6.720 cubic 
yards and super structure 5,700 cubic 

There are two other contracts re- 
lated to this overall project. They 
were let in June 1967 to Gahagan 
Dredging Co. of Tampa, Fla. at a 
cost of $3,185,269.06. This contract 
consists of removing insuitable ma- 
terial to elevation of -10, then plac- 
ing hydraulic fills for the west ap- 
proaches to the main bridge plus two 
structures; a bridge over Alligator 
Creek and bridge over a leg of the 
west interchange. At the present 
time the contractor is removing the 
unsuitable material by drag line. 

A consultant is not used on this 
project as all design and engineer- 
ing is being done by the commission. 

The other contract, which covers 
the east approach from the main 
bridge up to Third Street and im- 
provements to Wooster Street on be- 
yond Third Street is scheduled for 
March letting, and the design will 
also be done by the Commission. 

N. C. Expects Good 
Construction Year 


Any attempt to give a reasonable 
picture of North Carolina's construc- 
tion program for 1968 as of Decem- 
ber 1967 is at best most difficult. At 
the present time all Appalachia pro- 
jects are frozen although the State 
has over $15,000,000 worth of work 
that it can put under construction in 
1968 if funds are available. Similar- 
ly it is not known as of this date 
whether there will be a cut back of 
sizeable magnitude in the regular 
Federal-aid and Interstate program. 
Thus it is impractical to attempt to 
make a listing of projects that might 
be let because of the many impon- 
derables at the national level. 

North Carolina will continue with 
major lettings in its $300,000 000 
Bond Program. These will be State- 
wide in over 200 towns and cities, 
and for secondary road improvement 
in all counties in the State. There 
will be a large number of major pri- 
mary projects, predominantly four- 
laning of existing two-lane highways 
and major relocations as a part of 
this particular program. 

It is expected, assuming there will 
be some Federal funds available, 
that the total lettings for 1968 will be 
of the order of $125,000,000 to $150,- 

It is difficult to set forth at this 
time the trend construction costs be- 
cause of the difficulty of determining 
the general trend of the economy. It 
would appear, however, that costs 
will continue to go up moderately be- 
cause of inflation. 

North Carolina expects to have an 
excellent construction year if the 
Federal funding is made available for 
all types of activities and it would 
be most helpful in highway planning 
for all States if decisions on these 
matters could be made as rapidly as 



Sons and daughters born to Traffic 
Engineering families during 1967 in- 
clude the foll-ving: 

Top row: Michele Adina Justice, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert 

Justice; Sherna Marie Moody, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Moody; 
Norman Shon McLamb, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Kirby McLamb. 

Second row: Donna Sue DuPree, 

daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Du- 
Pree; Sara Ann Grigg, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Grigg; Robert 
Vann Cautey, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Robert Cauley. 


Among those va- 
cationing in Flori- 
da were Mr. and 
KEEL and Mr. 
and Mrs. EU- 
and all report hav- 
ing a most enjoy- 
able trip. 


M. G. Carawan , 
Division Correspondent 1 EKSsUM IS wel- 
comed to the ranks of District 3 em- 

Condolences to Mr. and Mrs. D. 
W. PATRICK on the passing of Mrs. 
Patrick's father, Mr. Elijah Morris. 

Sympathy is extended to Mrs. W. 
C. SEXTON in the recent death of 
her husband, a retired state employee. 

We all wish Mr. E. G. LEGGETT 
and Mr. S. D. JONES a long and 
happy retirement after so many years 
of devoted service to the Highway 

District 3 employees celebrating 
birthdays recently were LOUISE 

Congratulations to CATHY ANGE 
who was married on December 4, 
1967, at the Church of God in Ply- 
mouth, to a former state employee, 

David Smithwick. David is now in the 
military service and is stationed ait 
Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Cathy 
is a typist in the Plymouth office. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carroll Van- 
derberry, Jr., and infant son, Robert, 
of Chapel Hill, were visitors of their 
mother and grandmother, Mrs. 
NEDRA HOLLOMAN, recently. 

JULIUS HAYNES, Maintenance 
Mechanic I, has returned to work 
after spending some time with his 
wife at Norfolk General Hospital 
where she underwent eye surgery. 

whose fall on ice January 12 resulted 
in a sprained shoulder; and F. R. 
GILDEN, who had an operation at 
the Albemarle Hospital, all have been 
recuperating at their homes. 

We are happy to have W. E. 
JOHNSON, R. F. HALL and M. L. 
HARRIS back to work after having 
been on the sick list. Also, on the sick 
list are W. GRIGGS DOWDY, Bridge 
Tender on the Knobbs Creek Bridge, 
who has been confined to Albemarle 
Hospital since January 17; Mrs. J. 
B. GARRIS, a patient in Norfolk 
General Hospital; and Z. F. PAYNE, 
Bridge Tender of Manteo, who had a 
stay of two weeks at the Norfolk 
General Hospital after being badly 
burned by an explosion of a stove at 
his home. 

As of January 11th, S. A. WOOT- 
EN, JR. has a new daughter, Dawn 
Eason Wooten. 

Mr. and Mrs. JAMES DAUGH- 
TRY visited friends recently in 
Charlotte. Mrs. Daughtry is a Sten- 
ographer in the Right-of-Way Depart- 

At the age of three months is Troy 
Wayne Raynor, the grandson of M. 
S. Raynor of Williamston. 

Hazel Raker 
Division Correspondent J 

Mr. & Mrs. LEX 
A. KELLY have 
recently moved in- 
to a new home in 
the Country Club 
Area of New Bern. 
Their new address 
is 4509 Green view 
Road, New Bern, 
N. C. 
PUGH, Engr. 

Miss Becky Young, Secretary in 
the Division Office, spent a long week- 
end recently in Kentucky and Ten- 
nessee. Becky visited Lookout Moun- 
tain, Wonder Cave, The Grand Old 
Opry in Tennessee and other points 
of interest. 

Tech., with Mr. Ralph Pollock's of- 
fice in New Bern, is a patient in 
Craven Co. Hospital. We wish Char- 
lie a speedy recovery and hope he 
will be "up & about" shortly. 

We welcome aboard Mrs. BETTY 
E. WALSTON, Typist, who has join- 
ed the staff of Mr. Ralph Pollock's 
Construction office. We wish Betty 
the best of luck on her new job. 

Aide with Mr. Ralph Pollock's Con- 
struction office, was drafted into the 
U. S. Army in January. Best of luck 
to Ray in his new field of endeavor. 

Condolences to the family of Mr. 
W. M. EDMONDSON, Highway 
Insp II, who died Dec. 18, 1967. Mr. 
Edmondson started work with the 
Commission on Jan. 2, 1929 and held 
various classifications both with the 
Maintenance Dept. and the Construc- 
tion Dept. He had been employed by 
the Construction Dept. at Kinston 
office since 1949. He will be missed by 
his fellow employees and friends. We 
extend our deepest sympathy to his 

Congratulations to the following 
men in going on permanent status in 
the Traffic Department: JAMES W. 
WILLIAM WHITE, JR. Transferred 
from Dist. 3 Maintenance to Traffic 
Sign Erector, LEWIS L. THOMAS. 

Best Wishes and congratulations to 
Mr. JAKE RAGAN, long time Con- 
struction Employee who is going on 
Retirement March 1, 1968. 

Maintenance Foreman in Pitt County, 
is welcomed back to work after being 
confined in Pitt Memorial Hospital 
for several days. 

The following is a release to THE 
DAILY REFLECTOR of Greenville 


Mrs. Robert Joe Morgan, Jr., the 
former Miss Susie Elizabeth Chaun- 
cey is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. 
C. Chauncey of Washington. The 
bridegroom attended N. C. State Uni- 
versity and is now a Civil Service 
electronics apprentice at Cherry 
Point. He is the son of Robert Mor- 
gan, Area Foreman in Division Two. 

from the Society of Real Estate Ap- 
praisers of Chicago, Illinois: 

CHICAGO, ILL.— The Society of 
Real Estate Appraisers' board of gov- 
ernors has awarded the Senior Resi- 
dential Appraiser designation to Wal- 
lace S. Chandler, Division Appraiser, 
North Carolina State Highway Com- 

Mr. Chandler is a member of the 
Society's Eastern Carolina Chapter 
and has nine years experience in ap- 
praising residential and commercial 
properties. He received his BS de- 
gree from North Carolina State Uni- 
versity and has completed real estate 
and appraising courses sponsored by 
the American Institute of Real Estate 
Appraisers, North Carolina Real Es- 
tate Institute and Carolina Business 

Attainment of the SRA membership 
designation requires extensive practi- 
cal appraisal experience, ability, 
knowledge of the current real estate 
market and adherence to the Society's 
code of ethics. 

Only 3,700 appraisers of the So- 
ciety's membership of over 18,000 
throughout the United States, Canada, 
and Puerto Rico have qualified for 
this designation which carries profes- 
sional endorsement of the Society, 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
John Robert Edwards, Jr. on the 
birth of twin daughters born Decem- 
ber 20. Mr. Edwards is an Engr. Tech. 
II in the Construction Dept. at Kin- 

Irene Hewitt 
Division Correspondent ' 

Congratulations to 
NIGAN, 17, a se- 
nior at Midway 
High School, who 
is one of the Samp- 
^ son County final- 

ists in the More- 
head Scholarship 
competition. Joe 
Lynn is president 
. of the Midway stu- 
dent body. He 
played varsity football for four years 
and was co-captain his senior year. 
His father, C. E. JERNIGAN, is Area 
Foreman in Sampson County. 

We wish a speedy recovery to LIN- 
DA FISHERS two sons (Linda is 
Sec. in R-O-W) who have been in the 
hospital quite a bit lately. Also to 
Ronnie Sears, little son of H. L. 
(BUCK) SEARS, our Div. Materials 

Sympathy is extended to the fami- 
lies of C. T. SPELL and C. A. SES- 
SOMS who both passed away recent- 
ly. They were employed with the 
Maintenance Department in Samp- 
son County. Also, the family of BER- 
NICE G. HARVELL who died on 
January 14. He had been with our 
Construction Dept. a number of years. 
We would like to extend our sym- 
pathy to MARIE FERRELL, Secre- 
tary in Maintenance Office at Bur- 

gaw, in the bereavement of her 
Mother, Mrs. Sue Bordeaux. 

We wish a speedy recovery to the 
following employees who have been 
sick: L. V. WILSON, R. W. BLACK- 

We surely miss some of our per- 
sonnel that has recently left us. NEL- 
SON I. BOWDEN, R-O-W Agent, 
has transferred to Asheville. A fare- 
well party was held in his honor at 
the Marina Restaurant at Wrights- 
ville Beach, N. C. ARLENE MO- 
ZINGO, Sec. in ROW, recently re- 
signed to go with the new General 
Electric Co. plant here in Wilmington. 
We're sure she will be quite a jolly 
addition for "G.E.". we were very- 
fortunate to get Mrs. RUBY CAMP- 
BELL, a former employee, to return 
in R-O-W. ROSE DUNCAN, former 
secretary in Div. Office has trans- 
ferred to the N. C. Dept. of Correc- 
tion as secretary to Major Whitfield. 
We miss Rose very much. CAROLYN 
GURGANIOUS has transferred from 
N. C. Dept. of Correction to Div. Of- 
fice in Rose's place. We were fortun- 
ate to get someone we already knew. 
Carolyn has a charming little son, 
David, 8 mos. old. She was formerly 
with the Alabama State Highway 
Commission. We are glad to have 
BILLY ISOM, our new Division Staff 
Engr., with us. He transferred here 
from Hendersonville. He and his fa- 
mily are now settled in their new 
house at Tanglewood. We welcome 
EUGENE SKIPPER, a former Wil- 
mingtonian who has returned "home" 
and come to work in our Construc- 
tion Dept. Also the welcome mat is 
out for MIRIAM MARLAR, another 
former Wilmingtonian who has been 
living in Florida for some years She 
has taken the Typist job in the Resi- 
dent Engr.'s office here in place of 
SYLVIA SULLIVAN who resigned 
to accept other employment. LEROY 
FRINK of Dist. 1 and HARVEY S 
CASHWELL of Dist. 2 also resigned 
recently to accept other employment. 
struction Dept. has gone on Military 

NELL STRAUGHAN, Secretary in 
R-O-W, has recently had the pleasure 
of having both her lovely children 
visit her. Her son Edward was on 
leave from the service and daughter, 
Joan, was home between exams from 


Capt. Norman E. 
Pridgen, Jr., son of 
Mechanic in the 
Division Four, 
Equipment Shop, 
has gone to Viet- 
Nam and stationed 
at Chi Lai Air 
Base. Captain 

Margaret Barefoot n - j • M 

Division Correspondent rridgen is a ma- 
rine Fighter Pilot. 
chanic in Division Four Shop was in- 
volved in a Pool Tournament, Mon- 
day night, January 29th, and his 
son-in law, Woody Jones defeated 
him 11 to 10. 

Mr. M. D. MANNING, Division 
Four Shop Foreman, is hospitalized 
for an eye operation. We wish him a 
speedy recovery. 

Mr. J. E. JOYNER, Nash County 
Area Foreman, retired December 31 
after forty-one years with the Main- 
tenance Department of the Highway 
Commission. Mr. Joyner lives in 
Bailey and expects to work part time 
and engage in his hobby of gardening. 
District Two employees wish for him 
a long and happy retirement. 

Best wishes are extended to Mr. 
M. P. YOUNTAIN, Mr. R. D. 
MORGAN with the Maintenance De- 
partment and Mr. GROVER WIN- 
STEAD with the Equipment De- 
partment in Nash County. These men 
have been out due to extended illness. 

Also out recently due to illness were 
RAY who work with the Maintenance 
Department in Nash County. 

PAUL FULGHUM, Wilson County 
Maintenance Supervisor, has return- 
ed to work following recent hospital- 
ization. Also improving following re- 
cent illness is JIMMY STALLINGS, 
Wilson County Area Foreman. 

had a most enjoyable trip during the 
holidays visiting their son and his 
family in Mississippi. Mr. Edwards 
is an Area Foreman in Nash County. 

Also vacationing were Mr. and Mrs. 
GEORGE EASON who went by plane 
to Florida to meet their daughter and 
son-in-law who were returning from 
California by way of Florida. Mr. 
Eason, is Assistant District Engi- 
need in District Two, reports a very 
fine trip. 

Nash County Maintenance em- 
ployees are very happy over the near 
completion of a building which will 
house facilities for the cleaning and 
servicing of equipment. 

Mr. J. A. HODGE, District Engi- 
neer, has two sons in the U. S. Army, 
J. A. Hodge, Jr. — worked with the 
Highway Commission in the summer 
of 1966; and John E. Hodge — worked 
with Mr. M. W. MOORE, Resident 
Engineer in our Construction Depart- 

The following employees have been 
on sick leave and are welcomed back 
to work: E. R. EASON, W. L. Daugh- 
try, O. H. BAKER, J. N. BRAS- 

Best wishes for a quick recovery to 
MAJOR LANE who is presently in 
Wayne Memorial Hospital in Golds- 
boro, and to P. E. G ARRIS who is 
on extended sick leave in Veteran's 
Hospital, Fayetteville. 

Johnston County employees wel- 
back to work after a tour of duty in 
the U. S. Army. 

Area Foremen in Johnston County, 
have "Bird" Fever again since the 
snow has melted away. 

Maintenance Supervisor, Mr. HEN- 
RY WIGGINS, in Wayne County is 
proud of the fact that employees in 
County Maintenance Dept. suffered 
no personal injury of equipment acci- 
dents during the severe ice and snow 
storms in January. 

Goldsboro Construction Office wel- 
comes a "Transnlanted Texan", Mrs. 
typist. Twana and her husband reside 
in their new home on Westwood 

Also new additions to our office are 
D. R. HAYES, Tech II, from the 
Smithfield Office, H. E. STRICK- 
LAND, Tech I, from the Goldsboro 
Maintenance and JIMMIE C. AN- 
DERSON, a temoorary Aide. 

During the cold weather Mr. C. 
B. BULLOCK spent most of his days 
searching for one of his horses that 
had gotten out. He works in the 
Goldsboro Construction Office when 
he isn't chasing horses! 

We, in the Smithfield Office, regret 
losing Mr. D. R. HAYES, Engineer- 
ing Technician II on January 8th, 

Mr. F. S. BOONE, Highway Inspec- 
tor III, Mr. R. F. PARRISH and 
Mr. B. R. McKEEL, Engineering 
Aides will be transferred to the 
Goldsboro Construction Office on 
February 5, 1968. "Good Luck" Boys! 

We welcome Mr. F. A. MIMMS, 
Cooperative Education Trainee and 
hope he enjoys his short training pe- 
riod with us. 

Best wishes to Mr .and Mrs. FRED 
J. HETTINGER who celebrated their 
25th Wedding Anniversary on Janu- 
ary 24th. Fred is Resident Engineer 
in the Smithfield Office. 

celebrated her eighth birthday along 
with twenty-three guests at a party 
given by her mother, Shelby, on Jan- 
uary 6th. Congratulations, Rhonda 
and again "Happy Birthday." 

Sincere Get Well Wishes To: Mrs. 
J. R. Dickerson, Sr., Master ROGER 
WOOD, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. 
Wood and Miss SHEILA PENNY, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. E. PEN- 
NY, who have been in the hospital 

Get well wishes 
to M. T. ADKINS, 
Division Engineer, 
who recently un- 
derwent an eye 
operation. Mr. Ad- 
kins seems to be 
recuperating very 
rapidly and we all 
hope it won't be 
long before he is 

Division Correspondent back at work. 

Congratulations to Barbara Jones, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. SAM H. 
JONES, who completed a whole 
year's algebra by the end of the first 
semester. That is quite an achieve- 
ment. Sam is Resident Engineer in 

You can always tell folks with 
plenty of money. CURTIS WIL- 
LIAMS has so much he had to re- 
model his home to spend some of it. 
We are all anxious for Curtis to get 
through so we can have a house 

Supervisor, spent two weeks in Flori- 
da in January, he reports that the 
fishing was not up to par but the 


Football and Races were all he ex- 
pected. We still haven't seen any of 
Robert's winnings but we were treat- 
ed with some Florida Fresh Oranges. 
But then, there are those in the Divi- 
sion who can't speak too highly of the 
oranges they received. 

Get well wishes to BILLY HILL, 
Traffic Services Dept., who has been 
in the hospital. The best to you Billy. 

Mr. KIRK DUNCAN, Durham 
County Maintenance Supervisor, is 
out of the hospital and able to be up 
and about. Glad to hear he is doing 
well but bet this really puts a "kink" 
in those fishing trips. 

Sympathy to LONNIE CURRIN 
in the recent death of his brother. 
Lonnie is a mechanic with the Equip- 
ment Department in Granville Coun- 

VENCE MORTON is proud of the 
new Volkswagen automobile which 
he purchased recently. 

EARNEST OAKLEY fell on the 
ice recently and fractured his arm. 
All of his fellow employees wish him 
a speedy recovery. 

Several employees have been on 
sick leave recently because of the flu. 
Employees on sick leave recently in- 

Employees on vacation recently in- 

SAM AVERETTE has returned to 
work after being on sick leave for 
several weeks. He was hospitalized 
for several days. 

BOOKER COLE has also returned 
to work after being on sick leave and 
hospitalized for a few days. 

TER RUTLEDGE have returned to 
work after being on sick leave for 
several days. 

Employees on vacation recently in- 

Santa Claus brought GEORGE 
BAILEY a toy train for Christmas. 

GEORGE WOODY continue to have 
good luck rabbit hunting. Glenwood 
has a pack of seven beagles. 

WILLIAM REAMS' telephone 
seems to break down during snowy 

Durham County Ladies night was 
held November 10 at Durham Police 
Club. Bar-B-Q, Bar-B Q Chicken and 
stew was the main course served. Fol- 
lowing the meal a brief talk was made 
by K. M. DUNCAN, Maint. Supp. 
and M. F. ADKINS, Div. Engineer. 
After which the table and chairs 
were cleared away for a square dance. 

KIRK M. DUNCAN, Maint. Supp. 
gave his annual Christmas supper for 
his employees and friends on Novem- 
ber 17. The supper was held at the 
Durham Police Club near Lake 
Michie. Bar-B-Q and brunswick stew 
was served. 

Durham County sick list includes 
V. L. DAY, C. O. VAUGHN and V. 
R. OVERTON. V. R. Overton has re- 
turned to work and we hope that C. 
O. Vaughan and V. L. Day will soon 
be well enough to return also. W. H. 
WALKER has also returned to work 
after his convention illness. 

tire. There were several who express- 
ed their desire for more such occa- 
sions. We hope that more will attend 
our next party, after hearing about 
the good time we had at this one. 

There were ap- 
proximately forty 
couples who at- 
tended the Divi- 
sion Christmas 
party held at the 
V.F.W. Hall, in 
Fayetteville, on 
Thursday, Decem- 
ber 14th. The eve- 
ning began with a 

Division CoSondent social hour > which 

gave everyone a 
chance to become acquainted. After 
a turkey dinner was served, dancing 
lasted until near midnight. I must 
commend our men on their wives, who 
looked so lovely in their holiday at' 

Mr. R. A. Averitt, Equipment Su- 
perintendent, Division Six, retired 
December 29th, after serving faith- 
fully for more than 47 years. Mr. 
Averitt was succeeded by Mr. W. B. 
Nobles, a Columbus County native 
who has been employed by the Com- 
mission for 21 years. Born in Cum- 
berland County in 1902, Mr. Averitt 
began work January 1, 1921, with the 
Equipment Department as a Field 
Mechanic, in 1953 he was promoted 
to Mechanic-Foreman, and in 1959 
he was promoted to Equipment Su- 
perintendent, and held this position 
until he retired. Friday at noon Mr. 
Averitt was honored with a luncheon, 
by the District II Engineers, Main- 
tenance Supervisors, and Area Fore- 
men from Cumberland and Harnett 
Counties, and at that time he was 
presented a silver plaque. At the an- 
nual Christmas dinner Mr. Averitt 
was honored, and at that time he was 
presented a watch by his fellow em- 
ployees. Mr. Averitt resides with his 
wife, the former Ester Moody, at 
Route 2, Fayetteville. Mr. Averitt is 
an Elder of the Sunnyside Presby- 
terian Church. 

I certainly enjoyed my vacation 
which I took over the holidays. My 
husband, Ken, and I, along with our 
three children, Craig, Kendra and 
Shari, drove to Patroon, Texas to 
spend Christmas with my parents, 
Rev. and Mrs. Edward S. Burnitt. 
We also visited other relatives in 
Shreveport, Louisiana. We had a 
wonderful time, but I must say, I'm 
happy to be back in North Carolina. 


The following poem was written by 
BARBARA PEARCE, Typist in the 
Resident Engineer's Office, in Fay- 
etteville, to describe their office 
Christmas party. 

Fun for everyone we thought 
would be the thing, 

a party for Christmas which 
turned out to be a bang. 

Refreshments sparkled with 
Christmas delight, 

caused our celebration to 
turn out just right. 

Loftis and Jenkins, Engineers 
with supervisory tones, 

were presented gifts from their 
men to take home. 

Day, Butler and Allen received 
a gift from us too, 

for being our leaders the 
whole year through. 

The following Right of Way Agents 
and Aides from Division Six have 
been responsible for acquiring the 
right of way on two projects located 
in Division Ten: HILBRETH L. 
SON, SR. These men have been re- 
sponsible for acquiring the right of 
way on two projects located on US 
74 — one from Marshville to Peach- 
land, and one from Peachland to 
Wadesboro. We are happy to report 
that Mr. A. E. Dixon was successful 
in acquiring 100% of the right of way 
settlements on the US 74 project 
from Marshville to Peachland. 

The Right of Way Department wel- 
comes a new employee, CLAUDE R. 
MOORE, JR., who was recently 
transferred from the Right of Way 
Department in Waynesville to Fay- 
etteville. Mr. Moore and his wife, 
Nancy and their two sons, Tri and 
Richard, live at 3313 Madison Ave- 
nue, Fayetteville. Tri has had the 
Chicken Pox recently, and Richard 
now has the Flu. 

Our sincere sympathy is extended 
to HILBRETH L. BRITT, Right of 
Way Agent, upon the sudden death 
of his sister-in-law, Mrs. J. P. Britt 
of Swannanoa, on December 23rd. 

and his wife, Doris, and their son, 
Merrit, Jr., visited his father and sis- 
ter in San Antonio, Texas during the 
last week of December. Mr. Harrison 
reported that it rained all the way 
to Texas and all the way back to 
Fayetteville. Other than the rain, they 
had a wonderful trip and enjoyed 
their visit with his father and sister 
and her family. While in San Antonio 
they observed construction of the 1968 
Hemisfair and other points of inter- 

A Retirement Party to honor B. T. 
Bordeaux, Maintenance Supervisor in 
Bladen County, was given at Sam's 
Place in White Lake, on December 
29th. Mr. Bordeaux began his em- 
ployment with the Commission in 
1923. He became Maintenance Super- 
visor in 1949, and his retirement was 
effective January 1st of this year. 
Congratulations to you, Mr. Bor- 
deaux. May your retirement years be 
very enjoyable ones. 

Location Department hunters — 
SON, spent their Christmas holidays 
deer and quail hunting. Ernie got his 
deer on the final day, with help from 
his dog, Banjo. Bobby bagged his li- 
mit each day he visited the fields. 
Who said they need glasses? 

Best Wishes to BILL BENNETT, 
JR., of the Location Department, who 
is being transferred to Aberdeen in 

Welcome to CHARLES W. 
BROWN, Tech Trainee who joined 
the Location Field Party in Fayette- 
ville. Charlie is a graduate of Fayette- 
vill Technical Institute, and is pres- 
ently working under the Training 

Property Survey's A. P. SPENCE 
and wife spent New Years in Kansas 
City, Mo. with their daughter who is 
completing Airline Stewardess School 
in January. 

J. T. BUIE of the Construction 
Department, has returned to work af- 
ter a confinement with the Flu. 

W. G. HARRISON is back at work 
after a fishing trip to Lake Occaho- 
bee, Florida, 

The daughter of S. H. EASON, 
Kimberly Kay, is home from the 
Babies Hospital at Wrightsville. 
sound after a brief stay there . 

The Construction Department em- 
ployees at Lumberton have made a 
New Year's resolution to strive to 
make 1968 a better year. 

They would like to welcome Mrs. 
LINDA FLOYD, Typist with the 
Resident Engineer's Office at Lum- 
berton. She and her husband, Jimmy, 
have two daughters, Cynthia Lynn, 
age 5, and Donna Kaye, age 4. We 
are very glad to hear that she is en- 
joying her new job. 

Several employees of the Construc- 
tion Department at Lumberton have 
been out with the "Flu Bug", but have 
recuperated and are back on the job. 

Sympathy is extended to the family 
died on January 19th. Mr. Barnes 
was employed with the Maintenance 
Department and retired September 

Best Wishes to Mr. JODIE ED- 
WARDS, Maintenance Foreman II, 
who retired January 1. Mr. Edwards 
has been with the Maintenance De- 
partment since January 12, 1944. 

AMOS HOWELL, Truck Driver in 
Cumberland County, died December 
17, 1967, after a month long illness. 

Get well wishes are extended to J. 
of the Maintenance Department in 

R. H. DAVIS transferred from Ro- 
beson County to Whiteville as an En- 
gineer Tech I. 

The preacher, hoping to get ac- 
quainted with one of the new mem- 
bers of the congregation, knocked on 
the front door of her home one even- 

"Is that you, Angel," came the wo- 
man's voice from within. 

"No," replied the minister, "but 
I'm from the same department." 

"Why don't you go out with me 
this evening for dining and dancing?" 
the salesman said to the barbershop 
manicurist working on his fingernails. 

"I can't. I'm married." 

"You could tell your husband you 
had to work late," the persistent sales- 
man said. 

"You tell him," she said sweetly, 
"he's shaving you. 





Welcome, to the 
new secretaries in 
the Division Office 
building — 

STER came with 
us the first of Jan- 
uary. Melba is ori- 
ginally from 
Leaksville and she 
has lived in 

Carolyn Graves Orppnehnrn several 

Division Correspondent ^reensooro several 
years. She, her husband and 14 year 
old daughter live at Country Club 

CLAIRE GENTRY, has recently 
moved to Greensboro from Raleigh, 
her husband being transferred here 
with Burlington Industries. She will 
be remembered in the Raleigh office 
as having been with Project Control 
and Personnel. We are happy to have 
these two efficient ladies with us. 

been one of our most efficient young 
men in the Division Office, has been 
transferred to the Traffic Services 
Department. We shall miss his willing 
services, however, wish for him the 
very best in his new position. 

OLLIE N. ALLEY, Maintenance 
Supervisor of Rockingham County, 
retired on February 1st, after 32 years 
of faithful service with the State. We 
wish for him a happy and interesting 
retirement, playing with his grand- 
children and getting in all the fishing 
he wants. 

R. L. HICKERSON, Resident En- 
gineer, retired on March 1, after 47 
years service with the State. We wish 
for him a very happy retirement in 
which he has the time of those things 
he wishes most to do. 

Maintenance Foreman, retired on 
March 1, after 42 years of faithful 
service with the State. He shall be 
missed — we wish for him the best. 

The stork received assistance dur- 
ing the recent snow storm when the 
state road machines cleared the road 
for ambulance to take an expectant 
mother to the hospital. However, they 
were not quite quick enough, as the 

baby would not wait and the mother 
and baby were both taken to the hos- 
pital, where both were reported in 
good shape. Congratulations men, for 
a job well done. 

Here's hoping for RAY SHELTON 
a speedy recovery after surgery — this 
is the second operation for him in 
recent months. 

Sympathy is extended to the fami- 
lies of H. B. MYERS and R. V. 
GRAHAM in the recent death of 
their wives. 

Well, we must report that one of 
our emloyees says he was knocked 
speechless recently when he slipped 
on the ice which jarred him so badly 
that he couldn't talk for awhile and 
his teeth were loosened. That's a hard 
way for one to keep his mouth shut. 

2, working out of Camp Burton, suf- 
fered a heart attack on October 25th, 
and to date has not returned to work. 
It is reported that he is improving 
and expects to return soon. 

HAROLD G. RUDD, was injured 
on the job under date of November 
20, returned to work on December 

Svmpathy is extended to SHIR- 
LEY NEWELL in the death of his 
father, John W. Newell. 

CHARLIE E. GREENE, a former 
Machine Operator III, was retired 
in 1962, passed away on January 5th. 

LONNIE R. REECE, M. F. 2 work- 
ing out of Sandy Ridge Camp, retired 
on Dec. 1, and has moved to Cocoa 
Beach, Florida. 

Truck Driver, working out of Sandy 
Ridge Camp, has been confined to 
Forsyth Memorial Hospital and is 
reported improving. 

Driver, working out of Sandy Ridge 
C?mo, was confined to Forsyth Me- 
morial Hospital and is expected to 
return to work shortly. 

Mrs. FRED WOOD, wife of M. F. 
IV, Sandy Ridge Camp, was a patient 
in Moses H. Memorial Hospital in 
Greensboro and has returned home. 

Harold Jones, son of M. F. 
TV, A. W. JONES, Sandv R ; dge 
Camp, was a patient in High Point 
Memorial and has returned to school. 


Sympathy is ex- 
tended to CURTIS 
Truck Driver, Dis- 
trict One, in the 
death of his father, 
B. H. Summey of 
Denton on Decem- 
ber 16; also, to 
MORGAN, Main- 
Virginia Williamson tenance Foreman 

Division Correspondent in District One on 

the death of his father Ben Franklin 
Morgan on December 13. 

Employees were saddened by the 
death of W. A. ALLAN, a former 
Bridge Department employee in San- 
ford, who retired three years ago. 
Mr. Allan died on January 2. 

Our best wishes to the newly weds. 
Among these have been: Jean Caro- 
lvn Weldon, daughter of Maintenance 
Foreman and Mrs. ROBERT WEL- 
DON, District II, who was mar- 
ried January 20 to Carey Fincher of 
Goldston. The lovely church cere- 
mony was performed in the Salem 
Presbyterian Church, Sanford, follow- 
ed by a reception given by her pa- 
rents. They will be making their 
home in Goldston. 

Bobby Thomas, son of CLARENCE 
B. THOMAS, Maintenance Depart- 
ment, Sanford, was married to Sher- 
rill Thomas in the Mt Pisgah Presby- 
terian Church, near Broadway. They 
will be making their home in Semi- 

Patricia Wall, daughter of PAUL 
WALL, Construction Department, 
Sanford, was married to Richard Frve 
of Carthage on December 23 in the 
Yates-Thaggard Baptist Church, San- 

Brenda Sue Tedder, daughter of 
PAUL TEDDER, Maintenance Fore- 
man in District 1, R^ndolnh County, 
was married to Earl Wavne King, in 
a lovelv church ceremony in the 
Union Grove United Church of Christ, 
Asheboro. Mrs. King is employed in 


Mrs. Larry Rickard, the former 
Lida Chapman Bullock of Red 
Springs, who became the bride of 
Larry Rickard, Maintenance Depart- 
ment, Raeford, on December 22. 
"Tina" as she likes to be called, also 
graduated from UNC-G, in January 
and has accepted a teaching position 
at Riley Road Elementary School, 
Cumberland County. Larry and Tina 
are living in Red Springs. 

the Payroll Department of Burlington 
Socks; while her husband is presently 
stationed at Fort Ord, California, with 
the U. S. Army. 

Two proud grandfathers — Michael 
Lawrence Phillips, born to Judy and 
Larry Phillips. TOM COLLINS, 
Road Oil Foreman, is the proud 
grandfather. A son born to the Mack 
Douglas Patricks of Washington, D. 

Foreman, is the proud grandfather. 
Mr. Patrick and his daughter recently 
visited in Washington with Mack 
Douglas and his family. 

LESTER BAILEY, Maintenance 
Department, Carthage, reports a most 
enjoyable trip to Florida during late 
December. We hope he can soon go 
again — the oranges and grapefruit 
were delicious. 

We are glad to hear that T. K. 
SMITH, Resident Engineer, Ashe- 
boro, is able to be back at work again, 
having been in Duke Hospital recent- 
ly for surgery. We certainly hope that 

D. M. KUNCE, Landscape Supervis- 
or, is going to be feeling much better 
real soon and able to be back at work. 
We miss his smiling face in the Divi- 
sion Office when he is unable to be 
here. Hurry back, Mr. Kunce! 

Mr. T. C. JOHNSTON had an en- 
joyable visit with Bob Southall a few 
days ago. Mr. Southall was a patient 
in Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem 
for a few days in December. It is 
always good to hear from Mr. South- 
all. I hear he made a short trip to 
Florida back in the fall, and I am 
anxious to visit with him and hear 
about his trip. 

Congratulations to the DON W. 
JOHNSONS, Engineer Aide in Siler 
City, on the birth of their baby; also, 
Oil Department — a baby girl to that 

J. O. BLACKMAN, Sign Painter, 
Asheboro, is confined to bed in Vet- 
erans Hospital, Durham. We hope he 
will be improving soon. 

JUNIOR HICKS, Maintenance De- 
partment, Carthage, reports he is 
mighty happy to have his son home 
from service. 

Our best wishes to ALONZA G. 
WOMACK, Maintenance Foreman, 
District II, Sanford, who retired on 
January 1. Mr. Womack was pre- 
sented a check by his fellow workers 
at time of retirement in token of their 
friendship and years of service to- 
gether, as all departments in Sanford 
gathered at the close of the work day. 

Mr. W. E. SPENCER, Machine 
Operator, District 1, Randolph Coun- 
ty, retired January 1 after having 
served more than 23 years with the 
State Highway Commission. We wish 
Mr. Spencer many happy years of 
retirement, and the very best of luck. 
He will be greatly missed by his fel- 
low workers. 


J. L. Stewart and wife Nell, with 
one of their catches at Long Beach. 
We hear retirement gets better all the 
time for this former Maintenance 
Supervisor in Lee County. 

Sympathy is ex- 
tended by all Road 
Oil Department 
personnel to JIM 
LEAKE, Winston- 
Salem, in the 
death of his bro- 
ther who resided 
in Stoneville. 

Get well wishes 
go to Mr. H. L. 

Dorothy Phelps MYERS, who has 
Division Correspondent x JJJ -»"^' 
been hospitalized and is now recuper- 
ating at home. We wish for you a 
speedy recovery and return to work. 

E. M. NEILL has joined the Divi- 
sion Nine forces as Foreman and 
will be working with District 2, in 
Forsyth County. We are happy to 
have you with us. 

We offer our deepest sympathy to 
the family of Mr. DAVID CROCK- 
ETT OGBURN of Route 3, Winston- 
Salem. Mr. Ogburn died at his home 
on December 29th. He was the father 
Division Nine Traffic Service Fore- 
man, who resides on Route 7, Win- 

We were all sorry to hear that 
RALPH W. NANCE, 2221 Winston 
Road, Lexington, suffered a stroke 
on Sunday, January 14th. Mr. Nance, 
is a Sign Erector with Traffic 
Services, is now recuperating at his 
home. We sincerely wish for him a 
speedy recovery. 

Right of Way extends its condol- 
ences and heartfelt sympathy to G. C. 
WALTERS and family on the recent 
death of his father, GROVER C. 
WALTERS. Right of Way persons at- 
tending the funeral in Blowing Rock 
were LARRY CABE, R. H. 

A complete and speedy recovery is 
wished for Mr. LLOYD LEFTWICH 
of Mt. Airy, father of ROSCOE J. 
LEFTWICH, Right of Way Agent, 
dent Engineer, who entered Baptist 
Hospital for heart surgery. Mr. Left- 
wich is reported recovering favorably 
at his home. 


The above picture is little Chris- 
topher Scott Thrift having his first 
visit with Santa. Little Chris Scott 
couldn't tell Santa what he wanted 
but Mom put in a good word for 
him. He's the 10-month old son of 
Mrs. Marie Thrift, Stenographer in 
the Winston-Salem District Office. 

Rockin' and a'waitin for Santa 
Claus is Lori Elizabeth Davenport 
who is 5 months old and the daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Davenport. 
Lori's father, Jerry, is employed in 
the Construction Department in Win- 

We wish to welcome the following 
new employees who joined State 
forces with the Stokes County Main- 
tenance Department. The following 
laborers were employed: R. M. 

Brian Keith Rothrock seems to be 
tickled pink at the thoughts of Santa 
Claus visiting him for the first time. 
He was born September 21, 1967. 
Needless to say, Brian's Grandpa- 
rents, who are Mr. and Mrs. W. D. 
Rothrock of Walnut Cove, were 
quite proud to welcome their first 
grandchild. Dewey is Resident En- 
gineer in Winston-Salem. 

JOYCE and R. SEARCY. The fol- 
lowing truck drivers were employed: 
S. E. M. GOAD, L. J. JOYCE and 

The welcome mat is out for JAMES 
SHIELDS USSERY of Asheville who 
has accepted permanent employment 
in Right of Way. Jim is a graduate of 
Asheville-Biltmore College. 

A "Hi You All'' and welcome is 
also extended to RONALD ARTHUR 
GIFFORD and wife Pamela who hail 
from Massachusetts, originally. Ron- 
ald is a graduate of Wake Forest 
University and Boston U. He has ac- 
cepted permanent employment with 
the Appraisal Department and will 
be in training here three months. 

Mr. JOSEPH MINOR has accept- 
ed temporary employment with R/W 
Secondary Roads and is most wel- 

I am sure that quite a few of you 
sports lovers can appreciate these 
two eight-point deer which Clyde 
Brown shot on November 22nd and 
25th in Surry County. Clyde is with 
the Landscape Department in Win- 
ston-S::lem. Incidentally, for those of 
you who may have been sending ani- 
mals to the Taxidermist in Asheville 
for lack of knowing of anyone nearer, 
Clyde advised that Mr. Buddy 
Grubbs, North Street, Rural Hall, 
North Carolina, Telephone 989-5788, 
does excellent work of this type and 
of course is much nearer to those in 
this area. 

One who believes "There's GOLD 
in Them Thar Hills" will be delight- 
ed to hear that a glittering occasion 
took place in Winston-Salem — The 
GOLDEN Anniversary of The Moose. 
EDITH CARPENTER and husband 
W. R. Carpenter, who are "Top 
Officials" of the local Moose also re- 
ported a new member, the Honorable 
Nick Galifianakis, U. S. Representa- 
tive, joined their Lodge. For this 
golden occasion Mr. Walter Ketz, 
Superintendent of Mooseheart, Illi- 
nois, flew here to address Moose 

On our concern for Mrs. BUCK 
PATTERSON, we are happy she is 
heme from being hospitalized and re- 
covering, following a heart attack. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended 
to P. O. YOUNG and family in the 

loss of his brother-in-law, Mr. J. O. 
Bennett of Walnut Cove, when the 
bridge collapsed at Point Pleasant, 
West Virginia. Mr. Bennett's body 
was recovered on Wednesday, Decem- 
ber 20, and funeral services were held 
at the Bethel Baptist Church on Fri- 
day December 22. 

A "Welcome Mat" is out, as well 
as "Congratulations'' to Mary Moore 
Winters, who has been employed as 
a Typist II in the office of W. D. 
Rothrock in Winston-Salem. Mary 
has learned real well to look after 
herself — in spite of all the teasing 
and jokes she has to take from the 
Engineers and Inspectors. However, 
she finds the task a bit easier now 
since she acquired a MRS. with her 
name. She and Robert Donald Win- 
ters were married in Calvary Mora- 
vian Church on December 16. They 
will be living in Winston-Salem, 
where Don is employed by the Belk's 
Department Store. 

The month of December offered the 
opportunity for Teresa Anne Clod- 
felter to change her name to Mrs. 
George Wayne Burns. Her husband, 
George, is employed in the Construc- 
tion Department in Winston-S~l3m. 
They were married in Wallburg Bap- 
tist Church on December 23, and went 
on a honeymoon to Florida for the 
Christmas holidays. Congratulations 
Mr. and Mrs.! 


it is good to have JULIE LARSON, 
Road Oil Stenographer, back after 
her sojourn in Baptist Hospital and 
at home recuperating. 

Mr. and Mrs. ARNOLD L. MY- 
ERS recently enjoyed a two weeks 
vacation of relaxation and fishing in 
parts of Florida. No reports are avail- 
able as to where Arnold did more re- 
laxing — or fishing. He is a Highway 
Inspector III in the Winston-Salem 
Construction Office. 


We welcome 
back C. R. SMITH, 
District Engineer, 
who has been out 
for the past several 
months due to a 
heart attack. He 
says he feels good 
and is looking for- 
ward to getting 
back in the har- 
J. W. Jones ness 
Division Correspondent 

Best of luck to D. L. GADDY and 
J. I. STREATER. They are leaving 
for a tour of duty with "Uncle Sam". 
Both men are Truck Drivers in Anson 

Sympathy is extended to the family 
of three retired Anson County em- 
ployees, who passed away during the 
month of January. They were J. F. 
G. C. ALLEN. Mr. Turner and Mr. 
Redfearn were Maintenance Foremen 
II when they retired and Mr. Allen 
was a General Utility Man. 

Get well wishes for JOSIAH PER- 
RY and C. B. FLOYD. Both men had 
surgery in Charlotte Memorial Hos- 

H. W. LOVE, Maintenance Fore- 
man IV in Cabarrus County, visited 
his daughter and family during 
Christmas Holidays in Gainesville, 

Best wishes are extended to C. W. 
HURLOCKER, Cabarrus County em- 
ployee, who retired January 1. He 
had been employed since 1947. 

Welcome to permanent status in 
Stanly County Maintenance — 
CRAWLEY, new Truck Drivers. 

Our sincere best wishes to R. B. 
HAFN, Machine Operator I in Stan- 
ly County, who retired February 1. 

Welcome back to work from being 
on sick leave: RAY HATHCOCK, 


Condolences to the family of 
Thomas Vern Staton, Sr., who passed 
away in the hospital, January 3. His 
son, THOMAS V. STATON, JR. is 
employed with the Maintenance De- 
partment as the Assistant District En- 


Listen my children and you shall 

Of the midnight ride of the 

Maintenance Reveres. 
The snow was snowing, the sleet 

was falling; 
And not a mowing machine was 

seen to be mowing. 
The salt was flying, the sand was 

While all motorists wished they 

were out sledding. 
The roads were impassable, the storm 

grew fierce as a witch; 
While many a citizen found himself 

in the ditch. 
Wheels were spinning, traction was 


Many a striving Businessman was 

known to grow sad. 
The land it was white, the sky 

it was gray, 
And many a District Engineer 

was seen to pray. 
For his salt supply was dwindling 

and his employees were tired; 
While the sliding public demanded 

that he be fired. 
But, alas, the sky cleared, 

the radio was silent; 
All was well, and no one had 

become violent. 
As the roads were cleared, a weary 

Engineer was heard to mumble; 
Oh help me Father, the roads were 

beginning to crumble. 
But we who saw it all through 

have nothing to dread; 
If Winter is here — 

Can Spring be far ahead! 
Written By: C. N. WHILDEN, JR. 
District Engineer 
Charlotte, N. C. 
* * * 

Sympathy is extended to JIM AL- 
LEN and family. His brother George, 
passed away recently. 

A speedy recovery is wished for 
SPENCER BURRIS, who underwent 
surgery recently. We hope he will 
soon be able to return to work. 

known now as Grandpa, since he was 
recently blessed with his first Grand- 
child (Grandson). Grandpa Riden- 
hour also verifies the faot you learn 
something new as you get older, there 

were two dogs fighting, a big one 
winning over a small one — Grandpa 
to the rescue, but also to his sorrow 
received a badly bitten hand — Grand- 
pa's advice to all of us is "If you 
have to referee a dog fight you had 
better use a stick not the bare hand". 

SWAIN MOORE, thinking he 
could judge mules like other big trad- 
ers who are well known to a lot of 
Road Oil Folks decided he would 
trade for one. The other party's tac- 
tics used on Swain were that the mule 
was so slow that a person could walk 
behind him all day. But as the story 
goes, when the mule was unloaded 
he took off running and hasn't been 
seen since. Swain said ho was the 
fastest thing he ever saw on four 
wheels. And too "His trading days are 

It seems that some folks are not 
cut out for gardening, for instance 
MAULDIN decided last summer to 
combine their resources and know 
how with the goal of filling two home 
freezers with food and maybe selling 
the surplus. The Road Oil Dept. went 
on ten hours a day, so the evenings 
were not long enough, they couldn't 
make themselves work on Saturdays, 
so some seeds went unplanted while 
others went unworked, yet Ralph and 
Spence say the weather run them out 
of business, but the wives say they 
were too lazy. At any rate the tractor 
arid equipment was sold at a loss and 
all concerned have agreed to close out 
the business. So Ralph and Spence 
want to say to those friends who were 
looking for fresh vegetables last sum- 
mer and who might still be looking, 
"Sorry Folks" its over. 

State Highway Depts. express sym- 
pathy in the recent death of Traffic 
Service Supervisor CLYDE HUNEY- 
CUTT'S father, Walter J. Huneycutt. 

Traffic Services welcomes back LO- 
RAIN WELCH who has been in 
Veterans Hospital. 

Traffic Services welcomes these 
new permanent employees: RAY JU- 

CAROL AUSTIN, Secretary in the 
Right of Way Department, and her 
husband, Vernon were having a good 
time sledding Thursday, January 19th 
until Vernon lost control of his sled 
and ran into a driveway pipe and 
broke his arm. I would say this would 
be one ride he wouldn't forget. Hope 
he has better luck next time. 

Congratulations to HOWARD 
WOOTEN, Agent in the Right of 

Way Department, upon becoming a 
proud grandfather of a big boy. His 
daughter, Janice, gave birth to little 
Scott Lane on January 9. 

PAM NAPIER, Secretary in the 
Right of Way Department, and her 
husband, John Wayne joined the 
Stanly Trailblazers on Sunday after- 
noon, which is a newly formed camp- 
ing club in Stanly County. All the 
members of this club also joined the 
National Campers & Hikers Associ- 
ation. Thought this might be of in- 
terest to other campers. 

HOWARD WOOTEN has handed 
in his resignation as Agent in the 
Right of Way Department. He is go- 
ing into demolition business for him- 
self. Mrs. Pollard has invited every- 
body to her home on Friday, Febru- 
ary 2nd, for a spaghetti supper in 
honor of Howard. We wish him much 
success in his new business. 

Dolores Rogers 

Sympathy is ex- 
tended to District 
1 employees S. H. 
I. HARRIS whose 
fathers passed 
away recently and 
to the family of 
W. S. (SIMP) 
WALSH who pass- 
ed away January 
18th. Mr. Walsh 

Division Correspondent^ retired Majn . 

tenance Foreman 
for Wilkes County. 

Congratulations to Mr. SAMMY 
HOLDER and Miss Margaretta H. 
Amburn who were married January 
24th. Sammy is a Machine Operator 
II in Surry County. 

We are glad to have Mr. JOHN 
HOPPER Right of Way Agent, back 
at work after out on sick leave. 

District 1 employee C. H. BAD- 
GETT and his family spent the 
Christmas holidays in Orlando, Flor- 
ida visiting relatives. 

With all the snow, sleet and freez- 
ing rain we have had lately, you 
might say that weather conditions in 
this area leave a lot to be desired. 
However we would like to take this 
opportunity to thank our employees 
for their efforts in keeping the high- 
ways cleared and congratulate them 
for a job WELL DONE!! 

Employees of the Eleventh Division 
were saddened by the death of Frank 
W. McCracken, Maintenance Super- 
visor for Caldwell County, on January 
9, 1968. Mr. McCracken was a dedi- 
cated employee of the Commission 
and will be missed greatly by all who 
knew him. He began work with the 
Commission January 1, 1925, in the 
western part of North Carolina and 
transferred from Sylva to Boone in 
1931. He worked in Haywood, Jack- 
son, Graham, Watauga, Ashe and 
Avery Counties during his 43 years of 
service. Mr. J. H. Council, Area 
Maintenance Engineer, made the fol- 

lowing statement regarding Mr. Mc- 
Cracken which I feel expresses all 
of our thoughts: 

"Frank and I had worked together 
continuously from January 1, 1925, 
until his death January 9, 1988. He 
was one of the finest christian gentle- 
men it has been my privilege to know. 
I am confident that during all of 
these years he never did one single 
thing that he did not believe to be 
completely fair and honest. He was a 
capabla, dedicated employee and was 
referred to by many as the best bi- 
tuminous patch foreman in North Ca- 
rolina. Duiing his long career, he had 
served well in many capacities, among 
them, mechanic, labor foreman, patch 
foreman, gang foreman, area foreman 
and maintenance supervisor. North 
Carolina has lost a valued employee 
and those of us who were associated 
with him a very dear friend." 

Our depest sympathy is extended to 
his family. 

What is a Good Man? 

He is silent when your words 

would hurt. 
He is patient when the 

neighbor's curt. 
He is deaf when scandal flows, 
and thoughtful for other's 


He is prompt when stern duty 

and is courageous when 
misfortune falls. 

It would appear that quite a few changes have been made around the High- 
way Commission since this picture was taken at Pembroke in 1942. Left to 
right — Gene W. Haire, Assistant Locating Engineer, North Wilkesboro; Henry 
O. Drum, Area Locating Engineer, North Wilkesboro; and Alfred Phillips, 
former employee of the Commission. 


Our deepest 
sympathy is ex- 
tended to the fa- 
m i 1 y of J . P. 
Maintenance em- 
ployee in Gaston 
County, who died 
December 30, 1967. 

Our sympathy is 
extended to the 
Division Correspondent family of ARLIN 
LUTHER REEL, another Mainten- 
ance employee in Gaston County, who 
died December 16, 1967. 

We wish for BARBARA ANDER- 
SON, Typist in the Construction De- 
partment, a speedy recovery from her 
recent operation. 

We welcome Mr. DAVID CLARKE 
JONES to our Construction Depart- 
ment at Statesville. He came to us 
from the Roadway Design Depart- 

Get Well Wishes are sent to Mr. 
E. W. LIPSCOMB, JR , Maintenance 
employee in Cleveland County. May 
he soon be able to return to work. 

Miss JEAN HELTON has been 
employed as a Typist in the Resident 
Engineer's Office at Hickory. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. T. BENFIELD are 
the proud parents of a son, Eric Ryan. 
Jim is with the Hickory Construction 

Sympathy is extended to Mr. and 
Mrs. G. I. PEARCE in the recent 
deaths of both his Mother and her 
Mother. Mr. Pearce is a Highway 
Inspector III at the Hickory Office. 

Mrs. Carl Acker (Wife of Right of 
Way Agent CARL ACKER) is re- 
covering at hrme after a recent stay 
in the hospital. 

the Right of Way Department attend- 
ed Mr. A. E. SNELSON'S retirement 
banquet in Asheville in December, 
1967. The Twelfth Division wishes 
Mr. Snelson many Happy Retirement 

Mrs. JEAN CLINE (Division 12 
Correspondent) is recovering at home 
after a recent stay in the hospital. We 
wish for her a speedy recovery and 
hope to have her back in the Divi- 
sion Office soon. 

Pictured above is a group of deer hunters made up of, 1. to r. Gleen Morton, 
Hazel Talent, R. W. Ward, Carl Ellis, Joe Gantt, and Dale Mauney. They are 
all employed by the Equipment Dept., Division 12 Shop, Shelby, N. C. 

The SNOGO went out on its first mission during our recent heavy snows. 
Earl McEntyre, Gene Edmunds, Ron Butler, Warren Franklin, Ken McCall 
and several others went to report on how well it did and the agreement seemed 
to be that there was no better way to clear a road up to the top of Mount 
Mitchell, which was covered with more than 36 inches of snow. The tempera- 
ture was 10 degrees below zero and Ron Butler says it wasn't bikini weather!! 
Joe Cheek, Burdett Carrcll and Ben Griffin operated the SNOGO and the 
motor grader. You can get an idea of how deep some of the drifts were by the 
way the snow is nearly to the top of our sign for N. C. 128. The other picture 
shows the SNGGO in action on the way up to the top of Mount Mitchell. 

Sympathy is extended to CARL 
ALLEN in the death of his brother. 
Carl is employed with the Equipment 
Department in Shelby, N. C. 

RALPH M. HARRILL and family 
visited relitives in Florida during De- 
cember. Ralph is employed in the 
Construction Department at Shelby. 
We wish to congratulate him on his 
recent promotion. 

Mr. S. R. STUTTS, M. O. 3 in 
Iredell County, is still away from 
work due to sickness. We hope he 
will soon be back. 

Mr. F. F. WARREN, Maintenance 
Foreman 3 in Iredell County, return- 
ed to work on January 8 after being 
out for over a year due to accident. 

Mr. and Mrs. L. R. TEAGUE are 
the parents of a baby daughter, 
Sharon LaRue, born December 11, 
1967. Mr. Teague is M. O. 1 in Alex- 
ander County. 

Mr. E. T. COLES, Truck Driver in 
Iredell County, is back at work after 
being in the hospital for surgery. 

Sympathy is extended to the fami- 
ly of Mr. G. W. PEARSON who 
passed away January 9. Mr, Pearson 

was a maintenance employee in Alex- 
ander County. 

Mr. G. S. HENLY, M. O. 2 in Ca- 
tawba County, is home after being in 
the hospital due to heart attack. 

Mr. H. T. TEAGUE, M. O. 3 in 
Catawba County, is away from work 
due to sickness. 

General Utility Man, is out due to 
accident while working during our 
recent snow and ice. 

We have had two men to retire in 
Catawba County— Mr. W. G. HUNT, 
M. O. 1, retired December 15 and 
Mr. G. D. McREE, M. O. 3, retired 
December 29. We hope they enjoy 
their retirement years to the fullest. 

Sympathy is extended to retired 
Maintenance employee C. V. TILLEY 
in the death of his wife on January 26. 

Sympathy is extended to CECIL 
CLARK, Area Traffic Engineer, in 
the death of his Father on December 
16th. We also regret that Cecil will be 
leaving the Highway Commission the 
first of the year to accept a position 
with the City of Hickory, but we wish 
him the best of luck. 

Debra Edney was one of the seven 
members selected from the Shelby 
High School Band to participate in 
the All-State Band Clinic, Southwest 
Division which was held in Gastonia 
on January 26th and 27. She was 
chosen as one of the first clarinetist 
for this band. She is the daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Edney. Her 
mother is Road Oil Clerk in Shelby. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended 
to the family of FURMAN ED- 
WARDS, retired Construction em- 
ployee, who died on December 18th. 
Mr. Edwards, a Bridge Inspector, re- 
tired in 1966 due to ill health. 

Retired Division Engineer E. L. 
KEMPER and Mrs. Kemper vaca- 
tioned in Hawaii for the Christmas 

Retired Office Engineer E. R. Mc- 
GIMPSEY spent his Christmas Holi- 
days in Florida. 

M. N. A. DIXON, Construction 
Employee at Statesville, has resigned 
to accept another job. We wish him 
much success in his new employment. 

SONNY L. BENTLEY, Engineer- 
ing Technician II, recently resigned 
from our Construction Department in 
Shelby to accept work with a Lumber 
Company in Gastonia. We wish him 
much success in his new work. 

We are very glad to have Traffic 
Services Supervisor CLYDE POS- 
TON, JR. back at work after several 
weeks of sickness. 

Best wishes and a speedy recovery 
to Mr. FRED SUMMERS, Traffic 
Services Foreman, who recently was 
dismissed from the Hospital. We hope 
he will soon be back at work. 

Sympathy is extended to Mr. and 
Mrs. H. C. SPRINKLE in the death 
of her Mother, Mrs. Tilley. 

We welcome the following new em- 
ployees in the Traffic Services De- 
partment: K. F. BAYNARD, W. H. 
BROOKS, J. C. McSWAIN, and V. 

Sympathy is extended to GUY G. 
BUTLER, employee of the Road Oil 
Department, on the death of his 

The Division 12 Equipment Dept. 
was well represented for the opening 
of deer season. The group, made up 
WARD left Sunday, Nov. 19th for 
their annual two day hunting and 
camping trip to the Table Rock area 
in Burke County. Glenn Morton was 
the official cook and R. W. Ward 
handled the dish washing and wood 
chopping chores. Hazel Talent was 
the only one that killed a deer, so it 
looks as though the rest of the boys 
just went along to eat and sleep. 

chanic in the Division 12 Shop was 
elected Adjutant in the Warren F. 
Hoyle Post 82 American Legion, Shel- 
by, N. C. on Dec. 11th. Wayne has 
held membership in this post for 23 
years having served many offices in- 
cluding Post Commander, 27th Dis- 
trict Commander. At present is serv- 
ing a term on the National Security 
Commission, and a three year term 
on the State Security Council. Wayne 
also attends all state and National 

Miss Kathy Dian Short and Arnold 
Evans McCurry were married at 
Elizabeth Baptist Church on Decem- 
ber 24, 1987. Dian is the daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Short. Ray is em- 
ployed with the Equipment Depart- 
ment in Shelby, N. C. 


The picture of 7 men — these are 
men who retired during the year of 
1987 with the exception of Mr. Line- 
berger, and Mr. Laughter. They are 
left to right — G. D. McRee, F. E. 
Whitener, W. P. Lineberger, F. L. 
Sherrill, W. G. Hunt, W. R. Laughter, 
S. W. Blackburn. This picture was 
made at the Catawba County Christ- 
mas Party. 

The other picture is of Mr. and 
Mrs. J. D. Bebber, made at the Alex- 
ander County Christmas party. Mr. 
Bebber is Maintenance Foreman 4. 

Division Correspondent 

Our jet setter, DANNY TURNER, 
flew to Burbank, California for the 
holidays to visit his fiancee, Mrs. 
Launa Shelton. They plan to be mar- 
ried in June. Danny is with the Con- 
struction Department here and says 
he visited Disneyland, but not Sunset 
Strip — doesn't sound like our Dan- 
ny to have missed a sight like that!! 

Several of the children of Mainte- 
nance Department employees were in 
the hospital this month: little Missy, 
17 month old daughter of RON BUT- 
LER of the District Office; William 
Roberts aged 9 and Kathy Roberts, 
aged 6, children of DEDRICK RO- 
BERTS of Madison County were 
both in the hospital at the same time; 
Verlon Jr. two year old son of VER- 

This beautiful bride is Patricia 
Anne Edwards, the former Patricia 
Rice. Patricia and Calvin Ray Ed- 
wards were married on October 6, in 
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Both 
Mr. and Mrs. Edwards graduated 
from North Buncombe High School 
and both are employed by the High- 
way Commission. Patricia is a Typist 
II in Clyde Ball's Office and Ray is 
with the maintenance department at 

LON COATES, Aide in the District 
Office and also the six month old son 
of L. J. TREADWAY. We are very 
happy to be able to report that all 
the children are back home and doing 

The Right of Way Department 
welcomed several new employees this 
month. LARRY PARHAM and 
rary Aides; ROBERT CHRISTO- 
PHER, new Right of Way Aide hails 
from South Carolina and is a grad- 
uate of the Citadel; N. I. BOWDEN, 
Right of Way Aide transferred to 
Asheville from Wilmington. Sorry to 
have to report that DICK DILLING- 
HAM has been in the hospital for 
ten days, but he is now back home 
recuperating and doing well. Hope 
to have you back soon Dick — we 
miss you!! 

News from Resident Engineer A. 
L. NEAL'S office is that Mr. and 
Mrs. BARRY SPRATT became 
proud parents of a son, Tray Barry 

on December 21st, Also welcome 
to two new employees, L. R. LAUGH- 
TER and R. G. MORGAN. 

Deepest sympathy to the families 
of Mr. A. W. BALDWIN, Mr. JO- 
SEPH E. TERRELL and Mr. J. E. 
COFFEE, who passed away recent- 
ly. Also our condolences to HAR- 
RIET GOSSETT on the loss of her 
husband, Burgin. It is always so 
very sad when we lose someone dear 
and there is so little we can say. 

We had a very nice visit with 
JERRY BLACK, home on leave 
from the Air Force. Jerry was with 
the District Two office last summer 
and it was so nice to see him again. 

RAY RANDALL, maintenance em- 
ployee from Madison is back home 
recovering from a nasty and unfor- 
tunate accident after spending three 
weeks in the hospital. We hear he 
is doing nicely, but it will be several 
weeks before he will be able to re- 
turn to work. 

Mr. Hutchinson gave a Christmas party for the staff in the Division 13 
office this year and a good time was had by all. Hostesses were left, Edna 
Ramsey, and right, Louise Norton. 

We even had entertainment 
his fiddle! 

Johnny Rhymer played some tunes on 

A beautiful bride last month was 
the former Freida Dean Morgan of 
Robbinsville who became the bride of 
Joe Terrell on December 24. Joe is 
with the Right of Way Department 
and is a graduate of East Carolina 
College and the new Mrs. Terrell re- 
ceived her B.S. degree in Home Eco- 
nomics from Western Carolina and 
has done graduate work at the Uni- 
versity of Georgia and N. C. State 

Above is a picture of the recent snow in the western part of the State. 
This was sent to us by Edna Ramsey, our correspondent. 


David Kyle Goodson, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Vernie Goodson, Jr., was 
born on October 19, 1967. Vernie is 
with Resident Engineer Clyde Ball. 

Brent Duane Canipe was born on 
October 12, 1967 and is shown here 
at the ripe old age of six weeks. Proud 
parents are Mr. and Mrs. James Ca- 
nipe — his daddy is with A. L. Neal's 
office in Marion. 

This cutie is the 8 month old son 
of Sue and Jim Marcum, Robert 
Bradley Marcum. Jim is an Eng. 
Technician II in Ken Rabb's office. 


This was certainly the month for 
weddings in Division 13. This lovely 
bride is the former Jacquelyn Joy 
Napier, who was married to Walter 
Wayne Ford on December 10. Walter 
is a Civil Technician Trainee with 
Resident Engineer Ken Rabb. We 
wish all our newly married couples 
every happiness. 


SUE ENSLEY, Road Oil Depart- 
ment, has completed her new home 
and moved in — It sits on the side 
of a hill, stream runnng through 
yard and with a gorgeous view — 
What with working, deaths in family, 
trying to get all moved in, she hasn't 
had a chance to sit down and really 
enjoy. We're all going up one day 
and enjoy it all with her. 

Mrs. ED MADDEN (nee Erlene 
Millican, Personnel Department) and 
her husband are moving into base- 
ment apartment at Sue Ensleys new 
home. Erlene and Ed were married 
December 10, 1967 upon his return 
from Vietnam. 

MARVIN ADAMS, Asst. Staff En- 
gineer, just up and got "hitched" 
without giving us much notification. 
He and Sue Harris were married 
January 19th. We wish them both all 
the happiness in the world for a 
long married life. 

During Christmas is a heck of a 
time to be sick but we had quite a 
few of our employees who did just 
that. GEORGE CLAYTON, Resident 
Engineer, and his family took turns, 
starting with Butch the youngest 
and working up to George. Then the 
BILL RAY family. Asst. Division En- 
gineer, made the rounds a'so. Bill's 
mother from Florida, visiting during 

It was with 
much regret that 
we let MR. SNEL- 
SON retire from 
our midst Decem- 
ber 31, 1967. It 
was around the 
summer of 1965 
that he moved in- 
to our office and 
has added much 
Allyce Cunningham . „ n ljfti nf r of 

Division Correspondent 10 lne upiliung OI 

our spirits — al- 
ways a smile and an occasional "tale" 
from the older days in building the 
roads in this section. Mr. Snelson 
remarked one day that he was join- 
ing the "Honey-Do Club". When ask- 
ed just what he meant by that — 
said, "Well Mrs. Snelson will be say- 
ing honey do this and honey do that 
from now on." I visited with them 
the other day in their home and find 
that he is enjoying his days at home 
and Mrs. Snelson says that believe 
it or not, she is enjoying having him 
under foot all day. We still miss him. 

More than seventy friends and col- 
leagues gathered to honor A. E. 
(Wick) Snelson, Area Right of Way 
Negotiator, at a luncheon at Bucks 
Restaurant in Asheville on the occa- 
sion of his retirement after 42 years 
with the Highway Commission. We 
all wish for him a happy and long re- 
tirement, but we won't say goodbye, 
because we do not think Wick could 
rerlly stay away for long after all 
those year. Picture shows, left to 
right: W. H. Webb, Jr., State Ri~ht 
of Way Agent, Mrs. Snelson, J. G. 
Gibbs, Assistant Right of Way Agent 
and A. E. (Wick) Snelson. 


This beauty was caught by Ed Ro- 
land, Maintenance Department in 
Swain County. The measurements 
run like this: 25*4 inches long, 6 lbs. 
3 oz. in weight and is a brown trout. 
Guess we will have to believe him 
since he has the picture to prove this. 
This was caught in Deep Creek out- 
side Bryson City. 

the holidays, started the ball rolling 
and each took their turn. JOYCE 
CLOER, Division Steno. gave up and 
went to bed to recuperate. A. J. 
HUGHES, Division Engineer, escap- 
ed but his bride came up to these 
hills and got the bug too — this time 
it wasn't the "love-bug' but maybe 
has the same effect. C. L. McGEE 
had to go one better. He and his fam- 
ily had this "thing" before Christ- 
mas and survived during Christmas 
and then took it all over again — 
CAREER carried a very apt poem 
on staying at home and not giving to 
others which I immediately read to 
all who would listen. 

DON HARRELL of the Appraisal 
Office leaves February 15th for a 
week at Clemson for Appraiser Course 
III. Good luck to our "human ball of 

Congratulations to MARION O'- 
NEIL, Area Secretary as new Secre- 
tary of the Haywood County Board 
of Realtors. 

BOB TURNER Review Appraiser 
recently scored a "hole in one" on the 
7th green at the Waynesville Country 
Club. Did this go to his head? Heav- 
ens no — he still plays with Don 

Miss the smiling faces of the boys 
while they are off to Durham helping 
with a project there, but most of all 
nrss our "Whistler", BRADLEY 

Although the Appalachia Office has 
been here a year and one-half now, 
we hope we will begin 1968 by being 
a regular contributor to ROADWAY 
news. We also hope you are well on 
the road to recovery and will enjoy 
better health from now on. 

Sylva, North Carolina 28779 
January 22, 1968 

Mr. A. J. Hughes, Engineer 
Fourteenth Division 
State Highway Department 
Sylva, North Carolina 

Dear Mr. Hughes: 

I wish to thank you for the excel- 
lent work done by the highway de- 
partment of District 2 of the Four- 
teenth Division. In addition to doing 
all that was humanly possible to 
clear the roads, the highway employ- 
ees were extremely helpful in fur- 
nishing the information that we need- 
ed to determine whether or not to 
operate schools. They were courteous 
and considerate each time they were 
contacted concerning our needs, even 
though they had many other respon- 
sibilities during this period of emer- 

We have heard many people say 
that the highway crews in Jackson 
County do one of the best jobs in the 
State in looking after the roads dur- 
ing emergencies, and those of us in 
public school education agree with 
this statement wholeheartedly. 

Yours very truly, 
/s/ R. P. Buchanan 

Sylva, North Carolina 28779 
January 26, 1968 

Jackson County 

Subject: Letter of Appreciation 

Mr. R. P. Buchanan 


Jackson County Public Schools 
Sylva, North Carolina 

Dear Mr. Buchanan: 

This is to thank you for your let- 
ter of January 22, 1968. It is so sel- 
dom that we receive a letter of this 
nature that I would like to say 
thank you for these kind words. I am 
going to pass it on so that the men 
in Jackson County and of District 2 
in the 14th Division will get a chance 
to see the letter. We of the Highway 
Department feel that all our efforts 
are not in vain if we receive just one 
letter of this nature once in a while. 
Your cooperation has always been ex- 
cellent when roads and highways 
were involved. 

With kindest personal regards, 
Yours very truly, 
/s/ A. J. Hughes 
Division Engineer 


Troop F, District 5 
Waynesville, North Carolina 
January, 1968 

Mr. A. J. Hughes 
Division Engineer 
State Highway Commission 
Sylva, North Carolina 

Dear Mr. Hughes: 

During the year 1967, in District 5 
of Troop F of the State Highway 
Patrol, we had a decrease of 20 per 
cent in fatalities. Our District is 
composed of three counties, Haywood, 
Henderson and Transylvania. We be- 
lieve that the efforts and co-opera- 
tion of the personnel under your 
supervision were a significant part 
in this reduction. 

During the past two or three weeks, 
we have had several inches of snow 
and ice on the highways. Your per- 
sonnel have done an outstanding job 
in keeping the highways open. 

Thank you for a job well done. 
Whenever we can be of assistance to 
you, please let us know. 

Very truly yours, 

/s/ O. C. Brock, Sergeant 

Sylva, North Carolina 28779 
January 26, 1968 

Subject: Road Conditions in Hay- 
wood, Henderson, and Transylvan- 
ia Counties 

Sergeant O. C. Brock 
State Highway Patrol 
Troop F, District 5 
Waynesville, North Carolina 

Dear Mr. Brock: 

Your letter of January 23, has 
been received and we do appreciate 
these kind words that you have sent 
forth with reference to the job that 
the Maintenance crews are doing in 
keeping the roads clear. It is so sel- 
dom that we receive letters of this 
nature that I am sending a copy of 
this to Mr. Austell and requesting 
that he post it in the Maintenance 
Quarters of the above counties. One 
letter of this nature more than repays 
us for all the efforts we put forth 
and let me assure you that we appre- 
ciate the fine cooperation that you 
and your men have given us in work- 
ing with the roads of North Carolina. 

Yours very truly, 
/s/ A. J. Hughes 
Division Engineer 


BILL WARE, Right of Way Agent 
with the Appalachia Offices in Way- 
nesville accepted the challenge from 
his fellow agents ... If he could eat 
10 hot dogs they would pick up the 
tab; if not he would pay his own 
way no matter how far he went! 
Well, Bill got 8V2 down, and was last 
seen counting the change, and head- 
ing for an Alka-Seltzer. As far as 
we know, this is a new record for 
"hot dogs" . . . any challengers 

Tribute To 
John Pendleton Upton 

John Pendleton Upton, 62, died 
January 10th at OUR Community 
Hospital in Scotland Neck, after sev- 
eral weeks of illness. Funeral serv- 
ices were conducted at Scotland Neck 
Funeral Home by the Rev. E. M. 
Thompson, Jr., pastor of the Meth- 
odist Church. Interment followed in 
Sunnyside Cemetery. 

Mr. Upton was born and reared in 
Camden County and attended schools 
there. He had been associated with 
the State Highway Commission since 
January 1, 1923, completing 45 years 
of dedicated service. At the time of 
his death, he was maintenance fore- 
man for the Scotland Neck area. He 
became section foreman in Halifax 
County in 1931. He had previously 
worked in Currituck, Camden, Gates, 
Hertford Bertie, Northampton, Edge- 
combe, Nash and Martin counties. 

For many years Mr. Upton was 
an active member of the Scotland 
Neck Volunteer Fire Department and 
the Junior Order, United American 

He is survived by his wife, the for- 
mer Minnie Lucas; a son, John P. 
Upton, Jr., of Petersburg, Va.; a 
daughter, Mrs. Garland R. Bedsaul, 
of Newport News, Va.; two sisters, 
Mrs. Herbert Hathaway, of Norfolk, 
Va., and Mrs. Ralph Festa of Eliza- 
beth City; a brother, Samuel B. Up- 
ton, of Norfolk, Va. 

Servant of God 


He had served his God as a witness 
and as a teacher and he served his 
family as a devoted husband and 

He served his country as a soldier 
in two World Wars, and he served 
his chosen State as a humanitarian, 
fostering the cause for better roads 
and schools. 

He was a good neighbor and a 
staunch friend. 

These were some of the attributes 
of Col. James Philander Dodge, Jr., 
a man who always clung steadfastly 
to his convictions of man's purpose in 
life and his destiny in heaven. 

Col. Dodge was born at St. Augus- 
tine, Fla., on October 22, 1893, the 
son of James P. and Jesse Adams 
Dodge. He spent his early life in that 
historic city, graduating from Ketter- 
linus High School at the age of sev- 

His early employment was with 
the Florida East Coast Railroad and 
in association with Attorney David 
Dunham, after which entered Stet- 
son University at Deland, Fla., in 
1911, majoring in the study of law. 
He graduated in 1915 at the age of 

He moved to North Carolina dur- 
ing 1917 where his parents had a 
summer home at Linville Falls, and 
began working as a rodman for the 
State Highway Commission. 

When the United States declared 
war in 1917, he went the following 
day to Charlotte, N. C, and enlisted 
in the North Carolina National 

He advanced rapidly through the 
ranks and was shortly honored by be- 
ing commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant 
in the 113th Field Art : llery Regi- 
ment stationed at Camp Sevier, near 
Greenville, S. C. 

He went overseas with that organ- 
ization and served throughout the 

He returned to North Carolina af- 
ter the war was over and married 
Miss Mabel Crockett of Linville Falls 
and Hickory, N. C. She is a descend- 
ant of the famous Davy Crockett 
family of Tennessee. 

Following their marriage on Jan- 
uary 20, 1921, the couple made their 
home at Marion, N. C, where he re- 
sumed his duties with the Highway 

During January of 1925, he was 
transferred to Raleigh, N. C, where 
they made their home on Courtland 

The Dodges were blessed by hav- 
ing three children, all boys. James 
David was born on December 3, 1921, 
and served as an aircraft pilot dur- 
ing World War II. He retired in 
grade of major and is employed by 
the aircraft industry. 

William Henry was born on June 
9, 1924, serving in the U S. Army 
as a field artilleryman like his father. 
He retired from the service as a 
Lieutenant Colonel in 1967, and is 
presently working in the education 
field at the college level. 

Robert Jaquelin was born on De- 
cember 5, 1928. After his tour of 
duty in the U. S. Army, he began 
working with the Highway Commis- 
sion. Presently, he is a safety engi- 
neer and was recently honored by be- 
ing elected President of the South- 
eastern Institute of Engineers. 

During 1938, the Dodges were 
again transferred to Marion, N. C, 
where the Colonel was given the im- 
portant task of procuring the right- 
of-way for the Blue Ridge Parkway. 
This beautiful, scenic roadway winds 
along the crests of the Blue Ridge 
Mountains from Virginia to the 
Great Smokies and has become right- 
ly so the most visited and popular 
of all our National Park Service at- 

His role in the effort to gain both 
approval and funds for this project 
were notable. Many of the plans 
and proposals which his superiors 
took to Washington were drafted by 
h ; m. His important contribution in 
bringing this road into reality have- 
n't been fully recognized. It is hoped 
that he will someday be honored by 
perhaps having some facility along 
the parkway named for him. 


Experiment in Cooperation 
Saves Lives 

An experiment in cooperation between two agencies of state government is 
being credited with a major role in reducing economic loss from traffic accidents 
in three Western North Carolina counties. 

(From the Left): T. M. Austell, district engineer, Plott, Trooper Peeler, 
and Webb Pittello, district supervisor of maintenance. These raised stop signs 
were installed to give motorists notice of the U. S. 276 bypass and U. S. 19A 
intersection. A number of accidents resulted because motorists came to inter- 
section so quickly after cresting hill. Tall stop signs gave them long distance 


Samuel Hamlton Wiley, 79, former resident of Salisbury and a 
long-time member of the U. S. Diplomatic Corps before his retirement, 
died January 15, 1968 in a Raleigh nursing home. 

Graveside services were held January 18 in Oakwood Cemetery, Ra- 

Wiley was born in London, England, to Mr. and Mrs. William Mur- 
doch Wiley. The family moved to Salisbury when Mr. Wiley was a 
small boy. 

He was a graduate of the University of North Carclina Law School 
and practiced law in Salisbury for about a year before becoming Amer- 
ican consul to Paraquay. 

Before his retirement some years ago, he served as consul-general to 
a number of European and North African countries. 

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Hay Wiley; two sons, Walter 
Wiley of the Highway Planning & Research Department in Rakigh; 
Patrick Wiley of Los Angeles, California, and a number of kin in Salis- 

(From the Left): Highway Com- 
mission W. C. Russ, District Sergeant 
O. C. Brock, and A. J. Hughes, chief 
engineer for the 14th Highway Divi- 
sion. These are the three men who 
got the cooperative program off the 
ground and going. It has now been 
underway for 15 months in the three 
counties of Haywood, Henderson and 
Transylvania. Deaths were down 29 
per cent in the three county area in 

(From the Left): Trooper L. C. 
Dixon, Gene Edmonds, SHC district 
traffic engineer, and Frank Bryson, 
signal and signing supervisor. Flash- 
ing light and directional sign warn 
motorists of change in highway pat- 
tern. The light was added because 
motorists were not heeding signs and 
becoming involved in accidents at 
curve. Located on U. S. 19A and U. 
S. 23. 

(Left): Trooper J. H. Peeler and 
John Plott, county foreman S T IC 
Haywood County. They are examin- 
ing the "roughing" coat put on the 
highway to allow for safer driving. 
Many wrecks and several fatalities at 
spot on U. S. 276 in Haywood Coun- 
ty prompted the Patrol to request 
local SHC forces to work on site. 
The "roughing" coat, a coating of hot 
mix with rcks, srives cars more trac- 
tion and calls attention to dangerous 


Governor Dan K. Moore, along with State Highway Commission Chairman J. M. Hunt, Jr., and Fourth Division 
Highway Commissioner Carl Renfro are shown on this map above. The event was the dedication of the new segment 
of Interstate-95 at Gold Rock on Friday, December 1st. 

HENDERSON COUNTY'S GREEN RIVER BRIDGE— When this bridge 1,050 feet long, is completed it will carry 
Interstate 40 traffic over the Green River Gorge in Henderson County. It will be one of the most scenic structures in East- 
ern America and will cost about $2 Million Dollars. The roadway will be 230 feet above the river. 

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North Carolina State Library 

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Published bi-monthly for employees of 
The North Carolina State Highway Commission 
By the Highway Commission 
Public Relations Department 


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. Stdkeleather, Jr. 

W. Curtis Russ 

W. F. Babcock State Highway Administrator 

C. W. Lee Chief Engineer 

George Wdlloughby Secondary Roads Officer 

William M. Ingram Controller 


Editorial — Robins and Roadway 1 

Preconstruction Department 2 

Highway Personnel Department 4 

Bit of Computer Humor 7 

Henry Watson Jordan Dies 

Mrs. Elizabeth J. Hughes Retires 9 

Annual Meeting of Traffic Services Department 10 

Beautification Awards 12 

N.C.S.H.P.E.A. Association News 15 

Partners In Beautification 16 

West Virginia Novelty Tune 19 

Names and Their Origins 


Pot Luck 22 

Headquarters 23 

Division News 



Steel and concrete of a highway structure underscore 
the Durham skyline as the Durham Expressway begins 
to take shape in the new construction season. The 2.3-mile 
section from Chapel Hill Street to Alston Avenue is being 
constructed by William Muirhead Construction Company 
of Durham at a cost of more than $4- million. 

(Photo by Gordon Deans) 


Robins and Roadways 

By Keith Hundley 

Mr. Robin Redbreast has quite deservedly earned for 
himself the title Harbinger of Spring. His appearance, 
along with those of other feathered seasonal nomads, and 
the blooms of Thrift, the Jonquil, the Azalea, Japanese 
Cherry and Peach, certainly indicate that with the grad- 
ual warming of the soil Mother Nature is stirring herself 
for that burst of energy and brilliance which will ex- 
pand, blossom and finally explode into summer. 

But by no means has Mr. Robin, or his friends — 
feathered and flowering — cornered the market in the 
harbinger business. Each spring their songs and color are 
joined with a hum and clang and clatter and splash of 
color no less the first note of a symphony of sound and 
movement which will expand and explode as the days 
lengthen into summer. 

For the men of the Highway Commission and for the 
men of the construction industry who work to give North 
Carolina the highways and streets necessary to keep the 
State vigorous and growing, these lengthening days, fill- 
ed with warming breezes and more blue skies than grey, 
mean the beginning of a new construction season. 

At the same time the air of the Old North State is filled 
by the songs of Mr. Robin and his compatriots, so it is 
filled with the roar and rattle, the grinding and grumbling 
of tracked, heavy motored vehicles as they strain and 
shift against the awakening earth to carve out the lanes 
and lines that will one day become ribbons of asphalt 
and concrete carrying the people and commerce of this 

At the same time the red, yellow, blue and orange of 
returning birds and blossoming plants are seen against 
the pale green of trees regaining their leaves, so the yel- 
low of earth movers, the blue and silver and yellow of 
"hard hats", the red and orange of structural steel ap- 
pear in sharp relief against the background of blue sky, 
returning greenery and newly turned earth. 

Spring for all of Nature is a time of rebirth and be- 
ginning, and in this time of the year after a winter of 
study and planning, the Highway Commission begins to re- 
pair the damage caused by storms and freezing and to 
construct the new projects necessary to expanding the 
highway system to meet our growing needs. 

This spring of 1968, like all the others since 1921, is a 
time of rebirth and growth for the Highway Commission. 
As the men who create our roads shake off the doldrums 
of one of the meanest winters in recent memory, they 
begin work on what is seen as one of the best years in 
the Commission's history. 

Asked recently to assess the current position of the 
Highway Program in North Carolina and to give an im- 
pression of where it's headed this year, our Chairman, 
J. M. Hunt, Jr. said, "The State Highway Commission's 
$139-million total contract award figure in 1967 was the 
second consecutive record-breaking year, and the Com- 
mission expects to have another excellent year in High- 
way Construction in 1968 . . . provided Federal funding 
of all types is made available for all types of highway 

In the same statement, Hunt went on to say that 1968 
will see a great deal of activity aimed at closing the so- 
called "missing links" on the 770-mile Interstate System 
in North Carolina. He also said this will be a year of con- 
tinued major bid lettings in all phases of the $300-mil- 
lion road bond issue program. 

Writing in a recent issue of CONSTRUCTION MAGA- 
ZINE, Highway Administrator W. F. Babcock noted that 
during 1968 there will be a great deal of activity in the 
areas of urban highway construction within the bond pro- 
gram. Babcock said that projects would be put under con- 
tract all across the State in over 200 towns and cities, 
that secondary road projects would progress in every 
county and that there will be a large number of major 
primary projects aimed predominantly at "the four-lan- 
ing of existing two-lane highways and major relocations". 

At the time this assessment was made, despite difficulty 
in determining construction costs and budgeting brought 
about by the war in Vietnam and other factors, Babcock 
and the other planners felt our total contract awards in 
1968 would be somewhere between $125-million and $150- 
million. It is hoped that Federal funds will be made avail- 
able readily to allow us to hit the higher figure. 

And so as this issue of ROADWAYS goes to press we 
have seen the Harbingers of Spring. Mr. Robin Redbreast 
is here, and has been seen, we're certain, by you, tilting 
his head to the side as he moves across lawns which are 
slowly returning to green. 

There are those among us who would tell you that he 
is listening for the earthworms who toil beneath his feet, 
and who will provide him with his morning, afternoon or 
evening meal. Perhaps. 

But, we say not so. Mr. Robin Redbreast is listening 
to the thrum and hum of moving machinery and the ac- 
tivities of men who toil to provide for North Carolina the 
roads and streets it needs. 

He knows at last that here in Tarheelia he must share 
his title, and we don't think he minds at all. 


Preconstruction Department 

By R. W. McGowan 
Assistant Chief Engineer 

The Preconstruction Department is the Administrative 
Office of the Location, Photogrammetry, and Roadway 
Design Departments. The Assistant Chief Engineer of 
Preconstruction is under the direct supervision of the 
Chief Engineer. This office is responsible for the major 
functions and the co-ordination of the above departments 
which are all concerned with the preconstruction phases 
of highway location and design. This includes all engi- 
neering services required following the adoption of plan- 
ning reports through the development of right of way 
plans and complete construction plans. This includes all 
aerial surveys, contour mapping, and other services of 
the Photogrammetry Department, including cross-sec- 
tions for design and estimates and original and final 
cross-sections for pay quantities to contractors. The Lo- 
cation Department makes all ground surveys, property 
surveys, prepares courthouse maps of proposed projects, 
proceeding maps for right of way acquisition and other 
services to the various departments. This department 
also prepares the highway maps. The Roadway Design 
section prepares all preliminary design plans and location 
projections from material furnished by the Location and 
Photogrammetry Departments. This section prepares the 
right of way plans and construction plans for all pro- 
jects let to contract except structure plans. All project 
contract proposals, contract forms, special provisions, gen- 
eral specifications, utility plans, and other services neces- 
sary for contract work. 

The Preconstruction Department is responsible for the 
administrative supervision of all work performed by 
Consulting Engineering Firms under engineering agree- 
ments with the Highway Commission. This consists of 
participating in the selection of the firms to be employed. 
Outlining the scope of work to be performed. Drafting 
engineering agreements. Reviewing proposed fees for 
the services required. Co-ordinating the review of all 
plans prepared by these firms. All invoices for consulting 
services are routed through this office for checking and 
processing on to the Administrator's Office and the Con- 
troller's Office for payment. The final draft of all engi- 
neering agreements are co-ordinated with the Legal De- 
partment and the Bureau of Public Roads on Federal 
Aid Projects. Practically all work performed by consult- 
ing engineers is on the Appalachian Development High- 
way System, the Interstate System, and Primary Sys- 
tem, both rural and urban. 

R. W. McGowan 
Assistant Chief Engineer 

Miss Rebecca Pittman, Secy, to Mr. McGowan 


W. A. Garrett, Jr. 
Highway Engineer III 

This Department has the responsibility of conducting 
public hearings on proposed highway projects. The hear- 
ings are conducted in co-operation with the Division 
Commissioner and Division Engineer of the Division or 
Divisions in which the project is located. Maps, plans, 
photographs, slides and other material are used for dis- 
play depicting the proposed project. 

The public hearings are for the purpose of explaining 
to the public the concept of the project, the impact of the 
project on the community involved, the effect on private 
property that will be involved in the right of way, the 
traffic pattern in the vicinity of the project, and other de- 
tails. All questions raised by individuals are answered 
and explained when possible. Colored-up maps are used 
for advertising the hearing and explaining the project. 
These maps are prepared by the Location and Roadway 
Design Departments. The hearings are recorded and then 
transcribed by the stenographers in this Department for 
distribution to the Highway Commissioners, the Engi- 
neering Staff and the Bureau of Public Roads. 

The Assistant Chief Engineer is constantly involved in 
discussions of various projects with individuals or groups. 
These consist of the Highway Commissioners, Staff Mem- 
bers, representatives of Cities, Towns, and communities 
and individual property owners affected by the projects. 

This office is represented on various Committees and 
Review Boards set up within the framework of the engi- 
neering organization. 

The staff of the office of Assistant Chief Engineer Pre- 
construction is composed of: R. W. McGowan, Assistant 
Chief Engineer, W. A. Garrett, Jr., Highway Engineer III, 
Administrative Assistant, Miss Rebecca K. Pittman, Sec- 
retary of the Assistant Chief Engineer, and Mrs. Faye 
Baker, Secretary to Mr. Garrett. 

Mrs. Faye Baker, Secy to Mr. Garrett 

Work Commences 

Work has begun in the N. C. 54 
freeway to Chapel Hill. 

Clearing crews from Blythe Broth- 
ers Construction Co. of Charlotte re- 
cently began cutting trees and clear- 
ing brush along the right-of-way start- 
ing at Reedy Creek Road north of 
old N. C. 54. 

Blythe received a $2.9 million con- 
tract for grading and paving from 
Reedy Creek Road near Cary to the 
Research Triangle north of Nelson. 
This 7.5 miles stretch is the first of 
three sections. 

Triplett & Ryan of Chester, S. C. 
has an $800,000 contract to erect eight 
overpass structures. 

R. G. Wright, resident engineer of 
the State Highway Commission, said 
Blythe planned to begin grading 
March 1. He said both firms have 
a deadline of July 12, 1969. 


Highway Personnel Department 

J. Raynor Woodard 
Highway Personnel Officer 

in an advisory capacity to other departments and supervi- 
sors on personnel management. 

Even though personnel work is not glamorous, it is, 
by its nature, interesting, challenging and rewarding. Re- 
gardless of the final decisions made concerning salary 
range revisions, classification studies, reclassifications, pro- 
motions, etc., it is impossible to please every highway em- 
ployee. However, we do work with all departments and 
its employees to carry out an effective personnel program. 

To carry out the vast responsibilities and duties of this 
Department along with processing thousands of personnel 
transactions, the Personnel Department is staffed with 
nine permanent employees, one temporary employee, and 
one Industrial Cooperative Trainee (a high school stu- 
dent) who works four hours per day. 

J. Raynor Woodard 
Highway Personnel Officer 

The Personnel Department is an administrative func- 
tion staffed to the Highway Administrator and is re- 
sponsible for recruitment, testing, placement, classifica- 
tion studies, training and management of personnel files 
and records of approximately 10,500 permanent employees 
and an average of 3,000 temporary employees. The de- 
partment is also responsible for approving and processing 
personnel forms related to routine new hires, promotions, 
salary and increment increases, salary range revisions, 
longevity, retirement and resignations. 

In addition to administering and interpreting the High- 
way Commission Personnel Policies, the department op- 
erates within the rules and regulations of the State Per- 
sonnl Department which supervises employment prac- 
tics for all agencies of North Carolina State Government. 

The Personnel Department is responsible for main- 
taining a close liaison with all highway departments and 
field employees of the Commission and assists employees 
in personnel problems. 

The Highway Personnel Department makes recommen- 
dations to the Highway Administrator for improvements 
or revisions in personnel policies and procedures and acts 

The Department is staffed as follows: Mr. J. Raynor 
Woodard, Highway Personnel Office; Cloyce B. Alford, 
Assistant Highway Personnel Officer; Mrs. Betty Horton, 
Stenographer III; Ron Wolfe and Fred Adcock, Person- 
nel Analyst IPs; Ted D. Austin, Personnel Analyst II 
(Training Officer); Mrs. Joyce Clark, Clerk IV; Miss 
Barbara Stussie and Miss Mary Lee Griffin, Stenographer 
IPs. Mrs. Patsy Pearce is employed as a Typist on a 
temporary basis and Miss Patricia Gale Strickland, In- 
dustrial Cooperative Student. 

Management Section 

The Management Section is responsible for the over- 
all functions of the Highway Personnel Office. Included 
is the planning and organizing of all duties and delegat- 
ing work to employees staffed to the Personnel Depart- 

Employees in this section work closely with the High- 
way Administrator in administering highway policies and 
procedures related to personnel matters. 

This section cooperates with Department Heads and 
Division Engineers concerning their personnel problems 
and needs. Grievance hearings, complaints, and other mat- 
ters are also functions of this section. 

Administrative Section 

The Administrative Section has the responsibility for 
processing all personnel transactions including the various 
types of personnel forms which are too numerous to men- 
tion individually. Included in this is processing classifi- 
cation and pay changes resulting from promotions, incre- 
ments, longevity and salary range revisions for highway 
employees. Classification studies are an important func- 

tion of this section and is time consuming. In classifica- 
tion studies, we work toward equal and fair pay for the 
work performed. Other duties of this Section is to ac- 
cumulate data, prepare and assist in the awarding of 
service awards, certificates and retirement certificates. 
This section also assists in charitable drives assigned to 
the Personnel Office. The suggestion awards program is 
also administered by this section. 

The administrative section is responsible for establish- 
ing and maintaining individual personnel files and re- 
cords for the 10,500 highway employees. The future plans 
for this section include the responsibility for initiating, 
coordinating and maintaining personnel records on an 
IBM system. 

Cloyce B. Alford, Assistant Highway Personnel Officer, 
and Mrs. Betty Horton, Secretary to Mr. Alford and Mr. 

Training Section 

This section is responsible for organizing and adminis- 
tering an in-service training program for needed areas of 
highway training in addition to administering the civil 
engineering, civil technology, and cooperative student 
training programs. 

In addition to maintaning current individual records 
on trainees and students, this section coordinates place- 
ment, transfers, and other student related duties. 

Other functions of this section are as follows: Schedule 
training assignments and counsel with trainees and as- 
sist in placing them on a permanent basis in an area of 
their choice, if possible, after completion of the training 

Recruiting Section 

This section is responsible for maintaining interviews 
and recruiting services. In this section, we maintain re- 
cords of existing vacancies and manpower requirements 
of all departments of the Highway Commission. 

When necessary this section is responsible for placing 
newspaper advertisements in various parts of the coun- 

Mrs. Joyce Clark, Clerk IV and Mrs. Patsy Pearce, 
Typist I. 

Patricia Gail Strickland, Industrial Cooperative Student. 


J. R. Wolfe 
Personnel Analyst II 

try for needed personnel, if the needs cannot be secured 
from within the Highway Commission or with North 

We recruit on the college and technical school levels 
for graduates in civil engineering, civil technology, and de- 
sign technology. Last year we recruited at 10 colleges and 
12 technical schools. We conducted 160 interviews and 
placed 60 on our training program. This year we recruited 
at 10 colleges and 12 technical schools. Thus far we have 
received applications from 30 applicants. During past 
years, we have placed all engineering graduates who were 
interested in employment. For the first time we are in a 
position that we will offer only the upper classmen em- 
ployment since our recruiting has caught up with our 
needs in this particular area. 

Our Future Plans 

We, hope in the very near future, that we will be in a 
position to have Personnel Field Coordinators whose pri- 
mary duties will include traveling throughout the State 
giving more aid to Division and District Engineers con- 

i I 'IWIIIIllilliiil "~ " 

Ted D. Austin, Highway Training Officer and secretary 
Miss Barbara Stussie. 

cerning their many personnel complements, evaluating 
requested departmental studies, counseling, and assisting 
employees with any personnel problem. It is very evident 
that we could solve many problems and answer many 
questions for the employees and render assistance to our 
supervisory personnel with a full time field operation such 
as this. We are planning some type of pre retirment coun- 
seling program which will enable this department to ren- 
der more assistance to employees prior to their date of 
retirement by conducting meetings through the State. 

Plans are also being made for Management schools and 
other programs that should be helpful for Foreman and 
Supervisory personnel. 

In Conclusion 

In this article we have only "scratched the surface" as 
it is too involved to explain in detail the complete func- 
tions of this office concerning the responsibilities, prob- 
lems, duties, etc. 

We are interested in all personnel problems and strive 
to perform all our work in an efficient and effective man- 
ner. I must say without the assistance given our depart- 
ment by Division Engineers and Department Heads our 
job would be impossible. We stand ready to assist all em- 
ployees of the Highway Commission and hope that you 
will continue to contact us if we can be of assistance. 

Fred D. Adcock, Personnel Analyst II and Miss Mary 
Lee Griffin, Secretary to Mr. Adcock and Mr. Wolfe. 

If you want to keep everybody happy, then indulge in 









Bit of Computer Humor 

By E. H. CASE 

"Edd, you look at them eggs like 
you saw a hair in them," Tiny shook 
a greasy fork at me over the break- 
fast table. "What ails you?" 

"An old wagon breaks down some- 
time, don't it?" I said. "I ain't twen- 
ty no more." 

"It's that bush axe you"ve been tot- 
ing since you was sixteen. Left your 
dad's mule and plow-stock standing 
in the field and took off after a bunch 
of surveyors. Well, it's come time for 
you to lay that bush axe down before 
you catch it in your beard and cut 
a leg off." 

"Them State Highway folks pay 
me good to tote that axe," I remind- 
ed Tiny. "I can't lay it down." 

"No, you can't no more than your 
grandpa could lay aside that old tow 
sack he carried night and day. Even 
brought it in the living room and sat 
on it." 

"Grandpa made a living with that 
tow sack," I defended. "Carried fer- 
tilizer from the stables to his water- 
melon patch in it every day. He grew 
the finest melons in Grubbers' Cove." 

"Which gives you no cause to keep 
toting that axe. You are going to lay 
it down!" 

"I can't, Tiny. We ain't got no 
money hid away to live on." 

"No, we ain't. All we got is them 
old golf sticks cluttering up the place. 
And them little white balls all over 
the floor. It's a wonder I ain't broke 
my neck over one — and you ain't 
go drowned in a branch looking for 
one. That's where you play most of 

"Don't blame our poverty all on 
my golf. Who keeps our closet full 
of dresses and coats? Who owns all 
them shoes in your room? And them 
hats — You could start a shop. I 
won't mention the candy oxes." 

"You've already mentioned too 
much. Sit down and write to Raleigh. 
Ask them how much money they got 
saved out for you. I've been reading 
your pay-cards. They've been taking 
out part of your pay in that Retire- 
ment slot. Find out how much they 
got for you." 

"I thought that was for retarded 
folks. They take out for everything 

"Who's more retarded than you? 
It's for people who ain't got the 
gumption to save a dollar — like 

"I'll write, Tiny," I said. "But 
don't get out your beach pajamas. 
We may have to go back to Grubbers' 
Cove and grow turnips and watermel- 

"I ain't going back to Grubbers' 
Cove. I've got too heavy to swing 
down on a grapevine, or cross that 
slick footlog." 

"I told you about that candy — " 

"You cut that out and start that 
letter. They've got a machine down 
there that knows exactly what you 

"I've heard about it. Put a man's 
picture in it and it will tell his life- 
time history." 

"Don't you dare send your pic- 
ture. I don't want folks to know all 
about the man I have to live with. 
Just ask about the money. And quit 
trying to get in the last word!" 

Folks, that was it. 

A Letter We Liked 

Junior Chamber of Commerce 
Box 477 

Taylorsville, North Carolina 28681 
March 29, 1968 
W. W. Wyke 
Division Engineer 
N. C. State Highway Dept. 
Shelby, North Carolina 
Dear Sir: 

On behalf of the Taylorsville Jay- 
cees, I would like to express our ap- 
preciation for the fine job Mr. J. D. 
Bebber and his personnel did during 
our bad winter months this year. We 
believe that our roads were cleared 
quicker and better than in most sur- 
rounding counties. 

Oftentimes, good deeds go unmen- 
tioned but we feel you should be 
made aware of the fine job they did. 


Benny H. Sharpe 



Anthony Poe Cox, employed in the 
Highway Commission's Location De- 
partment was installed Thursday, Ap- 
ril 18 as President of the Garner Jay- 


Cox succeeds John L. Smith of 
Garner, who, incidentally, is a squad 
leader in the Bridge Design Depart- 

Cox came to the Raleigh area five 
and a half years ago when he joined 
the Highway Commission team. Short- 
ly after arriving he joined the Jay- 
cees and has held many important 
posts and committee chairs on the 
way to the presidency. 

The 32-year-old native of Richlands 
(Onslow County) attended East Caro- 
lina University, is married to the for- 
mer Carol Taylor of Pink Hill and 
resides in Garner. The couple has one 
son, Anthony Poe Cox, Jr. 

John L. Smith 
Former Jaycee President 
of Bridge Design Dept. 


Henry W. Jordan 

Dr. Henry W. Jordan, who died last month in Asheboro, 
chose three services, from among the many he rendered 
North Carolina, as those he considered most significant: 
his leadership, as chairman of the State Highway Commis- 
sion, in getting North Carolina voters to approve a $200- 
million bond issue for rural roads in 1950; a study which 
he initiated, also as highway commission chairman, and 
which resulted in separation of prison system from the 
highway department; and the establishment of the reha- 
bilitation center for first offenders at Butner. 

Each one of these would have furnished ample reason 
for statewide gratitude to the man whose leadership made 
it possible. That one man should have had a conspicuous 
part in accomplishing all three is testimony to the social 
concern, the industry, and the dedication of Dr. Jordan. 

Dr. Jordan, was one of a quartet of brothers, sons of 
the Methodist parsonage, who achieved both personal 
success and public usefulness. One is United States Sena- 
tor B. Everett Jordan; another, Dr. Frank Jordan, be- 
came one of North Carolina's most prominent Methodist 
ministers; Durham holds the third, Dr. Charles E. Jordan, 
retired vice president of Duke University, in special af- 
fection and esteem for his notable civic service here, par- 
ticularly to the schools. 

When delegations came to Dr. Henry's office, seeking 
help in paving a road (during the Cherry and Scott ad- 
ministration 20 years ago), he generally knew as much 
about local road conditions as any Tar Heel present. 

Dr. Jordan served as a valuable channel of continuity 
between the old Democratic establishment and the Kerr 
Scott insurgency of 1948. 

It was then that farm-to-market roads came to mean 
paved roads passable the year around throughout North 
Carolina. Dr. Jordan contributed much to that enormous 
— and enormously successful — venture. It not only 
marked his ability and concern for the people, but the 
sure establishment of a secondary road network that con- 
tinues to shed blessings on the State. Frequently described 
as a "longtime political figure," Dr. Jordan actually was 
a successful textile manufacturer who made a serious avo- 
cation of public service. With his death the Democratic 
party loses a much admired adherent, and the State a 
good and useful citizen. 

Former Highway Chairman 
Henry Watson Jordan 
1898 - 1968 

MARCH 6, 1968 

The following resolution was introduced by Com- 
missioner McNair, who moved its adoption; motion 
was seconded by Commissioner Garrison, and upon 
being put to a vote was unanimously carried: 

"WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina has lost 
a dedicated public servant in the passing of Dr. Henry 
W. Jordan of Cedar Falls; and 

"WHEREAS, Dr. Jordan, with untiring energy, 
served his State nobly as Chairman of the State 
Highway Commission and as a distinguished Senator 
who championed education, secondary roads, and the 
Bond program; and who throughout his life served 
his State and its people as an outstanding professional 
man in his field of dentistry, as well as a businessman 
who devoted every effort to the progress of the textile 
industry in this State; and 

"WHEREAS, Dr. Jordan was a statesman and a 
person of the highest Christian principles and integ- 

RESOLVED that the Members of this Commission 
honor the memory of the late Dr. Henry W. Jordan, a 
truly great North Carolinian, and express their appre- 
ciation for his services to the State and extend their 
sympathy to his family and many friends; 

"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secre- 
tary be directed to spread this resolution upon the 
minutes of this meeting and a copy be presented to 
each member of his family." 


Mrs. Elizabeth J. Hughes Retires 

Mrs. Hughes, better known to all her co-workers as 
Elizabeth was educated at Misses' Hawkins Private 
School, Warrenton High School and King's Business Col- 
lege in Raleigh before joining the Highway Commission in 
1929 as secretary to the auditor. She became secretary to 
Chairman Graham in 1945 and has remained in that 
capacity until appointed Commission secretary in 1956. 

She is the wife of William H. Hughes, Jr., and they 
are members of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in 
Raleigh. Elizabeth and William plan to spend a good deal 
of time in Southport. 

Mrs. Elizabeth J. Hughes, a native of Warrenton, who 
handles the administrative affairs of the North Carolina 
State Highway Commission will retire on May 31st. Eli- 
zabeth has held this office for 12 years. 

Mrs. Hughes has had many fond memories while hold- 
ing this office, and after inquiring about some of them 
I find that she not only has served as the Commission's 
seal keeper and custodian, but has taken the minutes of 
each meeting and transcribed them into official records, 
that are kept in an official record book. Her signature 
is affixed to all official agreements, contracts, and docu- 

Chairman Hunt presiding over Commission meeting in 
new Conference Room. 


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April in North Carolina would not be complete without scenes from the recent Azalea Festival held in Wilmington 
on April 20th. What State could be more beautiful? 


Annual Meeting of Traffic Services Department 


Joseph M. Hunt, Jr., evaluates his 
experience in the chairmanship of 
the N. C. State Highway Commis- 
sion as rewarding. This viewpoint, in 
the fourth year of his present term of 
office, was expressed at the opening 
session of the annual meeting of Traf- 
fic Services Departments and the 
Traffic Engineering Department, held 
at the College Inn Motor Lodge, Ra- 
leigh, March 12-14. 

Chaiman Hunt, featured speaker of 
the meeting, also revealed that he 
holds a favorable impression of State 
Highway employees through observ- 
ing them first hand. He said, "I find 
them dedicated to service and doing 
a tremendous job, in every depart- 
ment, from top to bottom." Speaking 
on one of his favorite themes — pub- 
lic relations, Mr. Hunt stated that 
State Highway employees are public 
servants and that the fostering of 
good public relations is an important 
part of their jobs. Personnel in the 
field have a large responsibility to 
maintain favorable relations with the 
public, and with other agencies, he 
said, because sometimes they are the 
only representatives of the Highway 
Commission the public ever sees. 

Highway Administrator W. F. Bab- 
cock, who followed Mr. Hunt to the 
rostrum, said that Highway people 
should be on the lookout for hazards 
and other conditions of the road that 
need correction and do something 
about them — bring them to the at- 
tention of the proper authority. He 
also announced that a policy was be- 
ing drafted regarding specific re- 
sponsibilities for maintaining traffic 
control devices within North Carolina 
municipalities; in other words, as 
Babcock told Traffic Services, "what 
you are expected to do and what the 
city is to do" will be set down. 

Chief Engineer C. W. Lee told the 
group that "we face a critical time". 

Chairman J. M. Hunt, Jr., center, was featured speaker at the Traffic 
Services meeting in March. He shared the rostrum with, left to right, Con- 
troller W. M. Ingram, Highway Administrator W. F. Babcock, Chief Engineer 
C. W. Lee, and State Traffic Engineer J. O. Litchford. 

Traffic safety will be in the spotlight 
more and more, and traffic control 
devices, largely installed and main- 
tained by Traffic Services, will be in- 
creasingly emphasized. There is a 
financial squeeze in maintenance 
funds which means that ways will 
have to be found to do things as well 
or better, with less money. It will be 
up to Traffic Services to report defi- 
ciencies in the signing of construction 
projects by the contractors and to 
improve standards of this type of 
control. Policies with regard to traf- 
fic control devices in municipalities 
will have to be carried out. Lee also 
pointed to bridge load limits and the 
signing of such limits as a help in 
preventing the kind of catastrophe 
which occurred in West Virginia. 

Controller W. M. Ingram stated 
that his department is trying to in- 
stitute a functional cost system and 
fiscal procedures in several opera- 
tions of the Highway Commission. 

State Traffic Engineer J. O. Litch- 
ford presided over the session and 
introduced the opening speakers, who 
included Public Relations Officer 
Keith R. Hundley, Highway Person- 
nel Officer J. Raynor Woodard and 
his assistant, Cloyce Alford, Purchas- 
ing Agent W. G. Reaves and his as- 
sistant, Raoul Maynard. 

The three-day program featured a 
nighttime demonstration at the Fair 
Grounds of equipment and methods 
used in Traffic Services; and part of 
an afternoon was occupied by com- 
mercial representatives showing their 

Panel discusions covered various 
phases of work and the procurement 
of materials and equipment by Traf- 
fic Services, with special attention 
given to specific questions submitted 
by personnel from the 14 Division 
Departments. Visual aids included 


slides of the new preline and sight- 
distance machine, now ready for use 
in all but one of the Divisions; and a 
film was shown on Kentucky rock 
asphalt as a skid-resistant pavement 

Panel subjects and participants 
were as follows: Safety Programs — 
J. O. Litchford, moderator. Traffic 
Research Engineer, J. M. Lynch; 
Signing and Related Matters — As- 
sistant State Traffic Engineer, H. C. 
Rhudy, moderator; Traffic Signing 
Engineer Pete G. Deaver; Area Traf- 
fic Engineer Charlie Sessoms, Traffic 
Services Supervisor O. K. Stephens 

of Division 9, Assistant Traffic Re- 
search Engineer G. C. Grigg; Equip- 
ment — Harold Rhudy, moderator, 
State Equipment Engineer L. H. Gun- 
ter, Assistant State Equipment Engi- 
neer Harry Long, Equipment Depot 
Superintendent Lloyd Young, Ralph 
Stanberry, Howard Gupton, and Rex 
Thompson; Pavement Markings and 
Related Matters — Harold Rhudy, 
moderator, Traffic Services Supervi- 
sor K. R. Hill of Division 4, G. C. 
Grigg, and Electronics Technician 
Tommy Jeffreys; Traffic Signals and 
Related Matters — Harold Rhudy, mo- 
derator, Traffic Signal Engineer 
Gwyn Sanderlin, and T. Jeffreys. M. 
C. Henderson, Jr., Assistant Super- 

intendent of Prison Enterprises, told 
of efforts being made to manufacture 
signs after the fire which destroyed 
hundreds of screens and of increased 
facilities for meeting the demand for 
paint this season. 

At the closing session, State Traf- 
fic Engineer Litchford moderated a 
discussion on problems and respon- 
sibilities connected with Traffic Serv- 
ices and suggested procedures for im- 
proving the work. 

Approximately 75 of Highway per- 
sonnel participated in the meeting. 

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Highway personnel attending the Traffic Services meeting included the group above: First row — Harold Rhudy, 
Sim Pressley, Tommy Jeffreys, Gwyn Sanderlin, Gene Edmonds, Jack Bryant, Joe Young, J. O. Litchford, M. C. Hen- 
derson, Jr., Kenneth Hill, Jim Stamp, J. R. Naylor; second row — J. D. Yow, C. G. Poston, Jr., Ben Wheeler, Herb 
Justice, Frank Bryson, M. A. Compton, Dan Bishop, C. M. Hill, C. R. Southerland, Goldman Snyder, O. K. Stephens, 
Graham Cheek; third row — Vernon Rollins, Larry Williams, Terry Harris, Harold Steelman, L. R. Merritt, James 
Boyd, David Spell, A. S. Ogburn, Carlton Roberts; fourth row — Glenn Grigg, Wake Watts, Wilbur Edwards, G. L. Cole- 
man, Leland Davis, Jimmy Billings, C. S. Huneycutt, Glen Johnson, R. J. Dodge; back row — Joseph Buckner, Mike 
Tewell, W. A. Ward, Don Dupree, Pete Deaver, Ned Bivins, Roy Williams, Woodie Warrick, Landis Satterwhite, Eu- 
gene Lindsay, Jerry Todd, C. C. Sessoms, Jr., Bill Allred, Ken Milam, S. B. Smith, and Ed Frazelle. 


Governor Dan Moore 

I am happy to be present at anoth- 
er meeting of the Advisory Commit- 
tee on Beautification to present 
awards to the children who have 
participated so actively in the anti- 
litter campaigns in the public schools 
of North Carolina. 

The Bible teaches us that "a little 
child shall lead them." I often think 
of this quotation when I think of the 
anti-litter campaign because I re- 
member the story of the school teach- 
er who was having great difficulty 
with one of the little boys in her class 
trying to get him to pick up the mess 
he left wherever he went. One day, 
she said to him, "Johnny, don't you 
know that cleanliness is next to God- 
liness?" and he said, "No m'am, it's 
next to impossible." 

Happily, cleanliness and the beau- 
tification of America and North Caro- 
lina is not impossible. Sometimes it is 
difficult and always it is expensive. 
We are moving forcefully in North 
Carolina to prevent people from us- 
ing our roads and highways as one 
giant outdoor wastebasket. In 1967, 
the North Carolina Highway Patrol 
made 827 arrests for violation of the 
litter law. Maintenance crews from 
the State Highway Department are 
engaged in an almost constant house- 
cleaning job throughout the State. 
In 1967, we spent over $1 million to 
remove trash and refuse from our 
highways. I compliment all of those 
who are involved in doing this ex- 
pensive but important job. I only wish 
that it could be terminated. This 
money could have been spent more 
advantageously if the problem did not 
exist. How wonderful it would be if 
this money could be given instead to 

Beautification Awards 
Presented by Gov. Moore 

education. The money could be used 
in our public school system to provide 
greater opportunities for students 
like those who are here today. I am 
proud of what you are doing, and I 
know that with your continued help, 
we are going to make great progress. 

Dr. Charles Carroll 

North Carolinians enjoy and recog- 
nize the value of clean highways. We 
know that we cannot expect to at- 
tract tourists and industries from 
other states if we permit our land- 
scapes to be cluttered. Tourists spent 
almost $650 million in North Caro- 
lina last year. We added over $660 
million in new and expanded indus- 
try in 1967 and since this administra- 
tion took office, we have added more 
than $2 ! /4 million for every working 
day in new and expanded industrial 
investment. We have no reason or 
right to expect tourism or industrial 
development to grow in North Caro- 
lina unless we maintain the high 
standards of cleanliness which we 
have set for ourselves. 

I am proud of the fact that Keep 
America Beautiful, Inc. invited North 
Carolina to be one of the eight states 
to do a pilot program on litter. Dr. 
Charles Carroll, Superintendent of 
Public Instruction, joined me in 
strongly recommending that our 
North Carolina elementary schools go 

into this program. In over 19,000 
schools, 34,000 teachers and princi- 
pals and 850,000 pupils joined in the 
effort to help eliminate the problem. 
With your help, we have been able 
to bring more forcefully to the atten- 
tion of the people of North Carolina 
the fact that litter is not only a dis- 
grace and an eye-sore and an ugly 
blot to the natural beauty of our 
State and Nation, but it is also a 
menace to health and safety. Litter 
provides the breeding ground for di- 
sease-carrying insects and rodents. 
Littered water is dangerous for swim- 
ming and boating. It is a threat to 
marine and plant life and helps make 
otherwise pure water unfit for human 

I am proud of the fact that while 
the adult population of North Caro- 
lina recognized the advantages of 
beautification, the children of North 
Carolina have joined the effort to 
help put the spotlight on the prob- 
lems we face. The word "litterbug" 
has attained a high status in the 
vocabulary of our young people and 
even some of our smallest citizens 
know that it is a bad thing to be one. 

Gov. Moore and Mrs. John Robin- 
son are shown above giving the 
awards to the children and schools 
across the state. 



The underpass under Southern Railroad at Jamestown in Guilford County 
has been given a new look by the Highway Commission's Bridge Maintenance 
Department in an experimental project — "psychedelic painting". It has gain- 
ed widespread attention in catching the eye of motorists along the route. Sev- 
eral newspapers and television stations have carried pictures of the under- 
pass's "new look". 

Bridge Maintenance Department head J. J. Powell said: "It is hoped that 
this will eliminate some of the unsightly paintings and obscene wording which 
have been appearing on the underpass's Abutment wall in the past." 

Powell also said he had received numerous complaints for some time about 
the unsightly conditions caused by vandalism in the Jamestown underpass 
and other bridge sub-structure units throughout the State. 

— By Jewel Adcock 

Bridge Goes Psychedelic 

Many times we have dwelt on our 
problems. We have described them 
over and over again. We have tried 
to find ways to solve them. Today we 
can celebrate achievement, and al- 
though work has just begun, nonethe- 
less, some milestones have been pass- 
ed. You, the children of North Caro- 
lina, have helped set the standards 
for future conduct. In doing so you 
have made a real contribution, not 
simply to the beauty of North Caro- 
lina, but to the whole life of North 
Carolina as well. We cannot grow and 
flourish, either spiritually or physi- 
cally, in an atmosphere which is ugly. 
In such a climate, our standards 
would be lowered and our spirits dis- 
couraged. You have helped lift up 
our eyes and our goals, and you have 
participated actively and in a most 
tangible way in helping to make 
North Carolina all that we want it 
to be. As Governor of North Caro- 
lina, I want each of you to know that 
I am proud of what you have done, 
and I want to thank you for help- 
ing all of us build that great and 
good community that we love. 

Anti-Litter Contest 

Governor Moore had awards pre- 
sented and silver trophies and trays 
recently for 10 North Carolina schools 
for their winning efforts in an anti- 
litterbugging contest. 

An estimated 250 pupils from the 
winning elementary schools attend- 
ed the wards ceremony held in the 
Highway Building Auditorium and 
sponsored by the Governor's Advi- 
sory Committee on Beautification. 

Joining Moore in extending con- 
gratulations were his wife; Mrs. John 
D. Robinson of Wallace, chairman of 
the committee; Supt. Charles F. Car- 
roll of the State Department of Pub- 
lic Instruction; Highway Chairman 
Joe Hunt; and George J. Monaghan, 
representing the Department of Con- 
servation and Development. 

Receiving awards were Jackson 
Park School and Woodrow Wilson 
School, both in Kannapolis; Murphy 
City Schools; Rankin School in Ashe- 
ville and the Asheville City and Bun- 
combe County school systems; Rho- 
diss School, Rhodiss; Candor School, 
Candor; Holloway Street School, Dur- 
ham; and Matthews School, Mat- 

The State Highway Commision has 
just created what may be the world's 
first psychedelic bridge abutment. 

Recently maintenance men went on 
a spree of self-expression and splash- 
ed seven colors of paint all over the 
stone supports of a railroad underpass 
in Guilford County. 

The art work was done at the di- 
rection of the bridge maintenance de- 
partment, and the idea is to keep 
scrawlers of vulgarities from doing 
their dirty work on the underpass. 

Joe Powell, bridge maintenance en- 
gineer for the commission, said the 
brainstorm originated in his office af- 
ter much griping was heard about the 
way people were sneaking out to the 
underpass and painting obscenities. 

"We had so many complaints from 
up there we decided to try this as an 
experiment," he stated. "It's nothing 
permanent — we're just trying it one 

The theory is that a wall already 
filled up with LSD like patterns won't 

be nearly as attractive to scrawlers. 
And, said Powell, anything inscribed 
on the wall in the future shouldn't 
show up nearly as well. 

The maintenance artists didn't have 
a completely free hand. "I think our 
superintendent up there kind of gave 
them a pattern to go by," said Powell. 

Concrete along highways seems to 
be as inviting as bathroom walls to 
people who get their kicks painting 
dirty words and pictures — dirty or 
otherwise — on noticeable surfaces. 

Many a Tar Heel bridge has been 
branded "Class of So-and-so" by ener- 
getic high school pranksters. So 
have water tanks and other public 

The practice of painting highway 
facilities is pretty widespread in 
North Carolina, according to Powell. 
He said his forces recently had to 
erase some risque writing on concrete 
along the Raleigh Beltline. 

In the case of the railway abut- 
ment at Jamestown (near High 
Point), people had been writing dirty 
words, "painting different figures on 
it, and so forth," said Powell. 



By Otis M. Banks and David W. King 

The recent solicitation by Occidental Life In- 
surance Company for participants in a new plan 
of salary continuation apparently was very suc- 
cessful in that approximately 6,000 employees of 
the State Highway Commission signed up for this 
payroll deduction plan. A report from Mr. Frank 
Howard for the period from January 1, 1968, to 
March 1, 1968, indicates a total of $6,292.04 has 
been paid in disability claims, plus one death 
claim in the amount of $5,000, for a total of 
claims paid in this period of $11,292.04. 

The Group Insurance Plan with Connecticut 
General Life Insurance Company is in reasonably 
good financial condition at the present time and 
if this holds we will be in satisfactory status at 
the end of the current policy year September 30. 
A report for the current policy year for the period 
from October 1, 1967, through February, 1968, 
as prepared by the Controller's Office is as fol- 
lows : 

The experience of the Group Insurance Plan for the month of February of the policy year ending September 30, 
1986 as compared with the month of February for the preceding policy year is presented below: 


Coverage Amount 

1. Employee Medical 29,171.58 

2. Employee A & S 24,123.88 

3. Dependent Medical 65,061.30 

4. Employee D & D 6,488.40 


5. Employee Life 38,931.29 

6. Retired Life 2,962.13 

7. Total Life 41,893.42 

8. Total 166,738.58 

Percentage Return 
Claims Policy Year 






































Active Employees Retired Employees 

February February 

1967-68 1966-67 1967-68 1966-67 

9. Life Coverages: 

(a) Lives Insured 8,308 7,613 1,002 963 

(b) Carrier Liability 

Lives Insured 43,953,500 40,983,500 990,375 951,000 

(c) Average Life Claim 5,416 6,000 1,000 1,000 

The experience of the Group Insurance Plan for five months of the policy year from October 1, 1967 through 
September 30, 1968 as compared with the preceding year is set forth in the following summarized analysis: 

Percentage Return 

Premiums Claims Policy Year 

Coverage Amount Amount Deaths 1967-68 1966-67 

1. Employee Medical 137,847.18 181,559.27 131.71 122.95 

2. Employee A & S 117,091.27 87,582.08 74.80 89.17 

3. Dependent Medical 308,033.79 215,103.41 69.83 76.09 

4. Employee D & D 31,835.72 5,000.00 1 157.06 49.90 

594,807.86 489,244.76 1 82.25 87.71 

5. Employee Life 191,015.18 176,500.00 31 92.40 " 73.46 

6. Retired Life 14,671.51 30,625.00 31 208.74 150.05 

7. Total Life 205,686.69 207,125.00 62 100.70 79.05 

8. Total 800,494.65 696,369.76 62 86.99 85.32 

Active Employees Retired Employees 

Policy Year Policy Year 

1967-68 1966-67 1967-68 1966-67 

9. Life Coverages: 

(a) Lives Insured 7,983 7,409 950 954 

(b) Carrier Liability 

Lives Insured 42,600,700 39,893,800 978,825 941 400 

(c) Average Life Claim 5,694 5,520 988 965 

It is noted that the percentage return for the current year is 86.99% compared to 85.32% for the preceding year. 

Respectively submitted, 


Partners In 


Marie P. Odom 

Beautification of Ahoskie has been 
a continuous endeavor of The Ahos- 
kie Garden Club for the fifteen years 
of its existence. A publicly owned 
parking lot in the center of town along 
the railroad tracks would have long 
since been an eyesore had it not 
been for the vision and perseverance 
of a few women interested in sepa- 
rating the drab steel rails from a sea 
of asphalt parking lot with a green 
segment of grass outlined with ligus- 
trum and highlighted with pyracan- 
tha bushes and deodara cedars. A 
drinking fountain and benches com- 
plement this restful oasis in the cen- 
ter of our town. Many projects of 
planting have been completed over 
the years since this first endeavor of 
the Club, which have added immeas- 
urably to the beauty of the town and 
the pride of its citizens. 

But with the idea of beauty sud- 
denly becoming an accepted goal of 
national policy in 1965 with the Pres- 
ident's Message to Congress on Na- 
tural Beauty, followed by Governor 
Moore's State Conference of Beau- 
tification in April of 1966, the citi- 
zens of Ahoskie welcomed an addi- 
tional group in their town know as 
The Ahoskie Beautification Commis- 
sion. This group was the indirect re- 
sult of the Governor's Advisory Com- 
mittee on Beautification which en- 
couraged cities to appoint beautifica- 
tion commissions, with authority to 
prepare plans, make studies and car- 
ry on a voluntary continuous pro- 
gram of community beautification and 
improvement, and the direct result 
of perhaps the greatest crisis in Ahos- 

kie's beautification program which 
occurred some months ago when, un- 
beknownst to any of the citizens and 
practically overnight, elm trees on 
Church Street were cut to the ground 
line by power company workmen. 
When the hue and cry of interested 
citizens went up, as well as editorial 
opinions from the local newspaper, 
the reason given for the murder of 
this oldest and most beautiful street 
in town was the installation of the 
White Way on Main Street. As sad 
as this occurrence was, it perhaps 
served some good purpose as it caused 
the town government and power 

company to come to some clarifica- 
tion of public policy regarding trees, 
as well as bringing home to the Town 
Council its responsibility for the 
beauty of the community. To this 
end, the Town Council and Mayor, 
the Honorable Charles Pierce, ap- 
pointed a committee of ten persons 
whom they felt possessed qualities of 
impartiality and broad judgment and 
in whom they felt the citizens of 
Ahoskie would have confidence. This 
committee became known as The 
Ahoskie Beautification Commission 
and was comprised of the city man- 
ager, the city maintenance superin- 


Mrs. J. B. Brown, Woman's Club representative on Beautification Com- 
mission, working at Ahoskie High School fronting US 13 and NC 561. 

One corner of school foundation after beautification. 

Used and junk cars on US 13 and NC 561 shown in foreground. 

Same location on US 13 and 561 after cars placed on back of lot pursuant 
to request of Beautification Commission. 

Junk car within one block of Main Street in town of Ahoskie. 
Same location with car removed after request of Beautification Commission 

tendent, representatives from the Wo- 
man's Club, Business and Profession- 
al Women's Club, Rotary Club and 
most important four members of The 
Ahoskie Garden Club who were con- 
sidered to be expert in horticultural 
practices. One of these members, Mrs. 
Hugh Harrell, was elected to serve 
as chairman of the newly formed 

With monies from the Garden Club 
and the town government through its 
Beautification Commission, plus large 
sums given by anonymous donors, 
Church Street was reincarnated with 
the planting of thirty-five crepe myr- 
tle trees, eighteen flowering cherries 
and twenty-five Darlington oaks. 

For approximately 14 months now 
since the tree episode, the Garden 
Club and the Beautification Commis- 
sion have been in partnership for the 
beautifying of Ahoskie. One of the 
next programs set up was a year- 
round anti-litter program which was 
kicked off in May of 1967 when Gov- 
ernor Moore proclaimed the month 
of May as Anti-Litter Month. Opera- 
tion Sweep by city officials and mem- 
bers of the Beautification Commis- 
sion kicked off the month-long clean- 
up, followed by a parade in which all 
the civic clubs participated, the high 
school bands and youth organiza- 
tions. Highlight of the parade was 
the float carrying Miss Tidy Tarheel 
with her court who reigned over the 
month-long special activities. 

Not unmindful of Commissioner Joe 
Hunt's war against roadside litter, 
special emphasis was given to NC 
Highway 561 which passes through 
Ahoskie in an east-west direction and 
US 13 which travels in the north- 
south direction through the town. In 
a poster contest conducted among the 
students, one of the winners was a 
poster showing pictures of eyesores 
in our town which included litter 
along our highways. This pointed up 
to the youth the serious problem of 
littering our roadsides and reminded 
them of the importance of disposing 
of their trash properly. 

Continuing the education of our 
youth to make them more aware of 
keeping their environment clean, 
classrooms in the white and colored 
schools were judged with money 
prizes being offered to the first and 
second place winners in each school. 
It was real rewarding to see not only 

how the students had cleaned their 
classrooms, but how they had gone 
a step beyond and beautified them 
with green, living plants and an or- 
derly display of posters and slogans 
calling attention to the emphasis on 
clean-up and fix-up. 

The Ahoskie Garden Club gave 
$5.00 to the housewife who had the 
largest load of trash hauled from her 
premises. The sanitation workers of 
the town served as the judges. They 
also offered $5.00 to the home owner 
who made the greatest improvement 


Mrs. Hugh Harrell in foreground, 
Beautification Commission Chairman, 
Mrs. J. B. Brown and daughter and 
Mrs. W. B. Everett in background to 
left, all members of Beautification 
Commission and Garden Club work- 
ing on school grounds fronting on 
Highway 31 and NC 561. 

in the general appearance of his yard. 
Both winners received publicity in the 
local newspapers and over the local 
radio station, WRCS. 

In an effort to make US 13 and 
NC 561 pleasing to the tourists who 
pass through Ahoskie, the grounds 
of Ahoskie High School were cleaned 
and landscaped. This school faces on 
the two routes which are one and 
the same as they go through Ahoskie. 
This project involved extensive plant- 
ing of hollies and pfitzer junipers 
along the foundation of the building, 
hauling in of some twenty-five loads 
of dirt for filling through the cour- 
tesy of the State Highway Depart- 
ment and subsequent truckloads of 

Three service stations on this main 
highway artery planted islands of 
dwarf hollies for year-round beauty, 
interspersed with colorful annuals 
during the summer months. A large 
traffic island at the egress of US 13 
and NC 561 from Ahoskie was land- 

Rotary Park on US 13 and NC 561 
with benches and water fountain — 
very popular with tourists through 

scaped with santolina plants. Nearby 
a used car and junk dealer cooperat- 
ed by moving his dilapidated cars 
from the front into the back of his 
lot. Other discarded automobiles 
throughout the town were removed by 
gentle prodding of the Beautification 

For several years the Rotory Club 
has maintained a rest area on the 
tourist route through Ahoskie. It has 
been so popular that the Commission 
has acquired the use of another wood- 
ed area on the south side of town 
and is in the process now of making 
a rest area and overnight trailer stop 
with the cooperation of the State 
Highway District office. 

Traffic island south of Ahoskie on 
US 13 and NC 561 from Ahoskie 
beautified with santolina. 

Arbor Week was recently observed 
with the planting of dogwood trees 
at the National Guard Armory and 
at the Elks Home in the Negro sec- 
tion of our town. Both of these build- 
ings have been assumed as projects 
for beautification. Several hundred 
dogwood trees have been sold to the 
homeowners looking toward even- 
tually featuring the natural beauty 
of the dogwood in our town. 

While the Garden Club and the 
Beautification Commission are serv- 
ing as our inspired leadership, it is 
quite evident that the individual ci- 
tizen must assume his role of re- 
sponsibility for beauty and cleanli- 
ness start at home in our own back 
yard, on our own street, in our own 
neighborhood and on our own road- 
sides. The continuous anti-litter pro- 
gram or the beautifying of public 
buildings and private enterprises or 
the replanting of trees on Church 
Street may not accomplish an envi- 
ronmental revolution, but they may 
well lead to a new awareness of our 
surroundings. This can be an im- 

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Dirt hauled by State Department 
Highway Department trucks to fill 
school grounds fronting on NC 561 
and US 13. 

portant beginning. Trees can lead to 
public parks, public parks to recrea- 
tion, recreation to pleasure and fun 
and a renewed appreciation of our 
community. After all, beautification 
is not so much a specific program as 
it is an attitude toward one's envi- 
ronment, a way of looking at the 
world around us and deeply caring 
about it. 


You don't have to tell how you live 
each day; 

You don't have to say if you work or 
you play; 

A tried, true barometer serves in the 

However you live, it will show in your 

The false, the deceit that you bear in 
your heart 

Will not stay inside where it first got 
a start; 

For sinew and blood are a thin veil 
of lace — 

What you wear in your heart, you 
wear in your face. 

If your life is unselfish, if for others 
you live. 

For not what you get, but how much 
you can give; 

If you live close to God in His infi- 
nite grace — 

You don't have to tell it, it shows in 
your face. 

— Anonymous. 


West Virginia Novelty Tune 

Of The Daily Mail Staff 

HILLBILLIES? Not really. The threesome above are 
full-fledged architects with C. E. Silling and Associates of 
Charleston, West Virginia, recently made famous by their 
hit record "The Interstate Is Coming Through My Out- 
House ..." 

Contributed by a friend who gets the Charleston, West 
Virginia paper, the article below explains further. 

Architects of Hit Tune — Charleston architects Bill 
Murray, Howard Johe and Dick Blankinship, become 
Ugly Irving, Boliver and Clide, respectively, when they 
don mountaineer garb and sing "The Interstate Is Com- 
ing Through My Outhouse," a song written by Johe and 
Blankinship. Their song is on record and headed for the 
top on country-western music charts. The three men are 
members of the C. E. Silling firm whose head man, Cy 
Silling, is an outspoken foe of interstate planning as it 
now exists in Charleston. 

"I'm proud to live in West Virginny . . . 

"Them other states can't hold a lick to us . . . 

"But now I must relate — what's happen'n' in our state 

"By gawd, it's really causin' quite a fuss." 

These lines written by two Charleston architects are 
the introduction to a song that now is racing to number 
one rating in country and western music. 

They call themselves Boliver and Clide. Boliver is 
Howard G. Johe and Clide is Dick Blankinship, both 
architects in the local office of C. E. Silling and Asso- 
ciates. For good measure, Boliver and Clide added Ugly 
Irving when they got ready to sing the song. He's Bill 
Murray, also an associate in Silling's office. 

"We didn't have the nerve to sing it by ourselves," 
Boliver and Clide said. 

Many Charleston area residents heard the song as long 
as four years ago when it was written but it's just now 
coming to nationwide attention. 

Plugged By Godfrey 

Arthur Godfrey told his audience about it one morning 
and disc jockeys throughout the country have picked it 
up as a novelty tune that tickles the funnybone. 

The first verse goes like this: 

"Granny says to cancel Sears and Roebuck . . . 

"Tell Lyndon's boys to hurry up our dole . . . 

"With all this progress comin — 

"We'll change to inside plumbing — 

"And sorten up our early morning stroll! 

"The interstate is coming through my outhouse . . . 
"They tell me that I'm on their right-of-way — 
"I'll sell to them and I'll git rich . . . 
"But my path'll end at the highway ditch . . . 
"I'm makin' my last visit there today!" 
You get the idea. 

Rosy Future 

Billboard Magazine predicts that "The Interstate Is 
Coming Through My Outhouse," will reach the top 20 of 
the "hot country singles chart." 

"Cash Box," a country music review magazine, also 
picked it as a winner. 

"We don't know what's coming off," said Johe, a 
South Charleston resident, "only that apparently the re- 
cords are moving. In Minneapolis, for instance, the first 
order was for 100. Three days later, the dealer ordered 
600; three days later, 2,400." 

Boliver and Clide wrote the tune to spoof the interstate 
and it caught on locally. They've sung it scores of times 
at parties and conventions, dressed up mountain style 
with Ugly Irving plunking away at his "Stradivarius tub 
bass," a wash tub affair. Boliver plays a mandolin and 
Clide plays a five-string banjo. They've brought down the 
house on many an occasion. 

Billy Edd Wheeler, nationally known song writer and 
performer, "discovered" the tune at the Arts and Crafts 
Fair at Cedar Lakes, near Ripley, and made arrangements 
to get a tape from Boliver, Clide and Ugly Irving. 
Leroy Pullins Sings 

Now it's on a Kapp record as sung by Leroy Pullins, 
one of Nashville's finest novelty singers. 

In between the choruses are these verses: 

"Uncle Ben has got a case of mis'ries . . . 

"A-hikin' to that outhouse makes him t'ard . . . 

"But he'll be gittin' better, He'll be a inside setter . . . 

"When we install that cess-pool in our yard. 

"Them engineers made forty seven surveys . . . 

"They said to put it there and that was that . . . 

"They'll bring a big steam-roller, And flatten my two- 
holer . . . 

"But I'll keep right on votin' Democrat. 

"Someday when I grow old and kinda feeble . . . 

"Some moonlight night I'll wake up feelin' strange . . . 

"I'll finish up my bath, And stroll down my old path . . . 

"And wake up in a great big interchange!" 

Yes siree, that's the way it is in West Virginny, folks. 


Names and Their Origins 

By VERLUS MASON, Roadway Design 

Following are the English transla- 
tions of a number of Cherokee names. 
These are names of places in West- 
ern North Carolina and elsewhere. 
The translations are taken from the 
Glossary in the Mooney Report found 
in Part I of the Nineteenth Annual 
Report of the American Bureau of 
Ethnology. Government Printing Of- 
fice, 1900. 

Aquone, A post office on Nantahala 
river, Macon County, N. C, sit of 
the former Fort Scott. Probably a 
corruption of eqwani, "River". 

Cartoogechaye — Cartoogaja-Gatu'- 
gitse'yi, "New Settlement Place." 

Cataloochee — Gadalu'tsi, In the cor- 
rupted form of Cataluchee this ap- 
pears on the map as the name of a 
peak, or rather a ridge on the line 
between Swain and Haywood 
counties, in N. C, and of a creek 
running down on the Haywood side 
into Big Pigeon River. It is pro- 
perly the name of the ridge only 
and seems to refer to a "fringe 
standing erect," apparently from 
the appearance of the timber 
growing in streaks along the side 
of the mountain; from wadalu'yata, 
"fringe", gadu'ta, "standing up in 
a row or series." 

Cheoah, Cheowa — Tsiya'hi "Otter 
place", from tsipu, "otter" and yi, 
"locative", variously spelled Cheo- 
wa, Cheeowhee, Chewohe, Chewe, 
etc. A former and still existing 
Cherokee settlement on Cheowa 
River, above Robbinsville, N. C, in 
Graham County. 

Cherokee, Tsa'lagi, "People of the 
cave county". 

Cowee, Kawi'yi, A former important 
Cherokee settlement, commonly 
known as Cowee, about the mouth 
of Cowee creek of Little Tennessee 
river, some 10 miles below Frank- 
lin, in Macon County, N. C. The 
name may possibly be a contrac- 
tion of Ani'Kawi'yi, "Place of the 
Deer Clan". 

Coweeta), Ani'Kawita, "The lower 
creeks", A small creek of Little 
Tennessee river above Franklin, in 
Macon County, N. C. is now known 
as Coweeta creek. 

Cullasaja, Kulsetsi'yi, "Honey-locust 
place," from kulse'tsi, honey locust. 
Kulse'tsi, is also "sugar". The local 

name has commonly been rendered 
Sugartown by the traders. 

Cullowhee, Gula'hi, "Gula'hi place", 
so called from an unidentified 
spring plant eaten as a salad by 
the Cherokee. The name of two or 
more places in the old Cherokee 
country; one near Currahee moun- 
tain in Habersham County, Ga., 
the other on Cullowhee River, an 
upper branch of Tuckasegee, in 
Jackson County,N. C. 

Ela, "earth, ground". 

Ellijay — Elatse'yi, Green Earth 

Hiwassee — Ayuhwa'si, The proper 
form of the name commonly writ- 
ten Hiwassee. It signifies a savan- 
na or meadow and was applied to 
two or more former Cherokee set- 
tlements. The more important, 
commonly distinguished as Ayuh- 
wa'si Egwa'hi or Great Hiwassee, 
was on the north bank of Hiwassee 
River at the present Savannah ford 
above Columbus, in Polk Co., 
Tenn. The other was farther up 
the same river at the junction of 
peachtree creek above Murphy in 
Cherokee County, N. C. 

Juanluska, "He tries, but fails". 

Knoxville, Kuwanda'ta'lun'yi — 
"Mulberry grove" 

Nantahala, Nundaye'li "Middle (i.e. 
Noonday) sun," from nunda', sun 
and aye'li, middle. A former Cher- 
okee settlement on the Nantahala 
River near the present Jarrett Sta- 
tion, in Macon County, N. C. so 
called from the high cliffs which 
shut out the view of the sun until 
nearly noon. The name appears also 
as Nanthahala, Nantiyallee, Nunti- 
alla, etc. It appears to have been 
applied properly only to the point 
on the river where the cliffs are 
most perpendicular, while the set- 
tlement itself was known as Kanu'- 
gu'la'yi, "Briertown." 

Oconaluftee — Egwanulti', "By the 

Santeetla, The present map name of 
a creek joining Cheowa River in 
Graham County, N. C. and of a 
smaller tributary (Little Santeet- 
la). The name is not recognized or 
understood by the Cherokee, who 
insist that it was given by the 
whites. Little Santeetla is known 

to the Cherokee as Tsunda'nilti'yi, 
q.v.; the main Santeetla creek is 
commonly known as Nayu'hi ge- 
yun'i, "Sand place stream". 

Savannah, The popular name of this 
river is derived from that of the 
Shawano Indians, formerly living 
upon its middle course, and known 
to the Cherokee as Ani'Sawanu'gi, 
q.v., to the Creeks as Savanuka, 
and to some of the coast tribes of 
Carolina as Savanna. "Meadow". 

Sequoya, Sikwayi, A masculine name, 
commonly written Sequoya, made 
famous as that of the inventor of 
the Cherokee alphabet. The name, 
which can not be translated, is still 
in use upon the East Cherokee re- 

Soco Gap, Ahalu'na, "Where they 

Stecoah. Stekoa, Stika'yi, The name 
of several former Cherokee settle- 
ments. The word has lost its mean- 

Tallulah, Talulu', The word is of 
uncertain etymology. The dulu'si 
frog is said to cry talulu'. 

Pigeon River, Wayi "Pigeon"; the 
modern Cherokee name for Big Pi- 
geon River in Western N. C. prob- 
ably a translation to the English 
name. It appears also as Wayeh. 

Tellico, Talikwa', Tahlequah, estab- 
lished as the capital of the Chero- 
kee nation, Indian Territory, in 
1839. The meaning of the name is 

Tomotla, Tomotley, Tama'li, The 
name cannot be translated and may 
be of Creek origin, as that tribe had 
a town of the same name upon the 
lower Chattahoochee River. 

Tuckasegee, Tsiksi'tsi, The word has 
lost its meaning. 

Tusquittee Bald, Tsuwa' uniyetsun- 
'yi, "Where the water dogs laugh- 

Tusquittee Creek, Da'sklitun'yi, Raf- 
ters place. A former settlement on 
Tusquittee creek, near Hayesville, 
in Clay County, N. C. 

Unaka, une'ga and Unicoi, 
unega "White" 

Unicio, the map name of the old 
Unicoi turnpike, of a gap on the 
watershed between Chattahoochee 
and Hiwassee rivers, in Georgia, 
and of a County in Eastern Tenn- 
essee. The present map name of a 
part of the Great Smoky range. 
Watauga, (commonly written Wa- 
tauga,; also Watoga, Wattoogee, 
Whatoga, etc. The meaning of the 
name is lost. 


Waya Gap, A thi'ta, "Place where 
they shouted", The map name is 
probably from the Cherokee wa'ya, 

Cherokee Myths 

Jonna Bald — A bald mountain near 
the head of Valley River, on the 
line between Graham and Cherokee 
Counties. Called Diya'hali'yi "Li- 
zard Place", from a traditional 
great lizard, with glistening throat, 
which used to haunt the place and 
was frequently seen sunning itself 
on the rocky slopes. 

Gregory Bald, On the western border 
of Swain County, adjoining Tenn- 
essee. The Cherokee call it Tsistu- 
'yi, "Rabbit Place". Here the rab- 
bits had their townhouse and here 
lived their chief, the Great Rabbit. 
In the old times, the people could 
see him. He was as large as a deer 
and all the little rabbits were sub- 
ject to him. 

Tsu'dinuniti'yi — "Throwing down 
place", the site of a former settle- 
ment in a bend on the west side 
of the Nantahala River, just with- 
in the limits of Macon County. So 
called from a tradition that a Cher- 
okee pursued by the enemy threw 
away his equipment there. 

Tsukilunnun'yi — "Where he alight- 
ed," Two small bald spots on the 
side of the mountain at the head 
of Little Snowbird creek, southwest 
of Robbinsville, in Graham County. 
A mysterious being, having the 
form of a giant, with head blazing 
like the sun, was once seen to fly 
through the air, alight at this 
place and stand for some time 
looking out over the landscape. 
It then flew away, and when the 
people came afterward to look, 
they found the herbage burned from 
the ground where it had stood. 
They did not know what it was, 
but some said that it must have 
been the sun. 

Cheowa Maximum 

Swin Bald — Together called Seh- 
wate'yi, "Hornet Place", from a 
monster hornet, which, according 
to tradition, formerly had its nest 
there, and could be seen flying 
about the tree tops and sunning it- 
self on the bald spots and which 
was so fierce that it drove away 
every one who came near the moun- 
tain. It finally disappeared. 

NANTAHALA: A river and ridge 
of very steep mountains in Macon 
County the name being a corruption 
of Nun'daye'li, applied to a former 
settlement about the mouth of 
Briertown creek, the townhouse be- 

ing on the west side of the river 
about the present Jarretts. The 
word means "middle sun, " i.e. 
"midday sun" from nunda', "sun", 
and aye'li, "middle" and refers to 
the fact that in places along the 
stream the high cliffs shut out the 
direct light of the sun until near- 
ly noon. From a false idea that it 
is derived from ununti, "milk"' it 
has ben facifully reneder, "Cen- 
ter of a woman's breast," "Maiden's 
bosom", etc. The valley was the 
legendary haunt of the Uw tsun- 

DIVISION 14 (Cont.) 

Mr. Jon H. Laughter joined the 
Maintenance Department as Asst. 
Dist. Engr. in District 1 Office on 
January 22nd. His experience with 
the Highway Commission goes back 
to 1957 when he started work in the 
Construction Department prior to en- 
tering N. C. State College. After grad- 
uation he worked eight months on the 
Training Program and entered mili- 
tary service in 1963 at Officer Train- 
ing School at Lackland Air Force 
Base, Texas. 

After being commissioned, he went 
with the 464th Civil Engineering Sq. 
at Pope Air Force Base, then with the 
555th Civil Engineering Sq. (Red 
Horse) at Vietnam. While there he 
was promoted to the rank of Captain 
and was awarded the Air Force Com- 
mendation and Bronze Star Medals 
for meritorious service. 

Mr. Laughter received his Profes- 
sional Engineer license in 1967. He 
is married to the former Miss Linda 
Connell of Hendersonville, and they 
have two daughters, Stephanie and 
Cindy. His father, J. H. Laughter, 
has been employed in the Bridge De- 
partment for many years. 

Engineers Make 
Good Physicians 

"Engineers and mathematicians 
make good physicians, says Dr. 
Reinhard Harkema — and he should 

He is in charge of the pre-medical 
and pre-dental program at North 
Carolina State University. 

"Pre-medical students," he said, 
"may take their undergraduate work 
in almost any area, including liberal 
arts, physical sciences or agricul- 

Dr. Harkema pointed out that stu- 
dents with technical backgrounds 
have a good foundation for the study 
of medicine because doctors find 
themselves turning ever more fre- 
quently to machines for research and 
diagnosis in our technologically-or- 
iented world. 

He noted, "Any good qualified 
graduate possesses excellent prepa- 
ration for medicine." 

A good student does not necessar- 
ily have to obtain his degree in zoo- 
logy in order to enter medical school 
upon graduation, Dr. Harkema stated. 

Although most students who enter 
the medical field major in zoology as 
undergraduates, Dr. Harkema esti- 
mates that a dozen or more students 
who majored in the physical sciences 
and engineering at NCSU have suc- 
cessfully completed medical training 
in recent years. 

This year, Stephen Herbert of Ra- 
leigh, a senior in textile chemistry 
at NCSU, has won a scholarship for 
medical study at Bowman Gray 
School of Medicine in Winston-Sa- 

The requirements for most medi- 
cal schools, Harkema said, include 
two years of English, one year of 
biology, two-and-a-half years of chem- 
istry, one year of mathematics and 
a course in comparative anatomy. 

At NCSU most students take part 
of these requirements and may elect 
organic chemistry, comparative ana- 
tomy and more biology, fulfilling their 
requirements both for an undergrad- 
uate degree and entrance into a medi- 
cal school. 


THE YUM YUM SPREE — Take the hind leg of a 
hefty hog, add a hayrick full of henfruit, a gallon of 
grits, a bushel of biscuits, a bale of butter, hand it over 
to the best bunch of boys ever to serve the Sixth High- 
way Division, sprinkle lightly with invited department 
heads from Raleigh, and really, Riley, you've got Division 
Six Engineer Nat Day's annual culinary convocation. 
You just can't beat that kind of goings-on, not matter 
how hard you try. Anybody care to count calories??? 

FACES IN THE CROWD — All the big doings in 
Six were conducted on Friday, March 23rd. Nat, his usual 
jolly self, made the perfect host, flanked by other notables 
from the division including assistant Kesler Butler, dis- 
trict chiefs Sam Wilson, Billy Dees and E. L. Green. 
Man, there was all kinds of conversation, and plenty of 
fun. We got to talk at great length with a great guy — 
Rowdy Rayvon Autry, Nat's Office Manager at Fayette- 
ville. Also saw his predecessor, Swain King. Bill White 
did a lot of the cooking honors, and everybody else did 
a lot of eating. Planning and Research Engineer Max 
Sproles tore everybody up with his latest "genie" joke. 
Construction Engineer John Davis ate biscuits like they 
were going out of style. After all that eating, I under- 
stand some folks still left lighter than when they got 

SPRING CHICKEN — Any of you who know our As- 
sistant Chief Engineer for Construction and Maintenance 
know a guy who believes you're as young as you feel and 
act. Hunter Irving feels young, acts young, thinks young, 
and is young. But, we got a call the other day from a 
fella wanting to know when the first paved road was built 
between Raleigh and Cary. Guess who we called? Baker 
Two came up with the expected answer on old NC-10 . . . 
then with a sound in his voice that made you see the 
twinkle in his eye, he said, "Why ask me? You think I'm 
one of the 'old-heads' arounds here or something? 

REPEAT PERFORMANCE — Purchasing Agent Bill 
Reaves is, we're here to tell you, still one of the great- 
est magicians of all time. 'Bout two years ago I saw him 
make two barbecued chickens disappear at D. W. Pat- 
rick's Division One annual meeting ... on February 23rd 
at Fayetteville, half a dozen eggs and two rashers of ham 
were involved in the disappearing act. Would you believe 
five eggs plus grits and gravy? 

vited to address a group of history teachers renewing 
certificates through extension classes of our Alma Mater, 
Western Carolina University, on February 19th. Real 
pleasure to try teaching again. It all took place in Hen- 


dersonville High School. We tried as best we could 
(relying heavily on notes left hereabouts by J. S. Burch) 
to trace the history of the Highway Commission since 
1921. We then threw the session open for questions and 
answers. What do you reckon the first question was? 
"How do you go about getting a secondary road paved 
when there's one property owner holding out on donat- 
ing right-of-way". So help me, George Willoughby, that 
was it! 

YOUNG EAGLE — Jimmy Newhouse (that's his col- 
lege name ... we know it's really James Orr Newhouse) 
says he wants to be an astronaut. He's on his way, too. 
He became, in February, North Carolina's first and only 
Civil Air Patrol Cadet to win the coveted Spaatz Award. 
Before that it was the General Billy Mitchell Award and 
before that the Amelia Earhart Award ... all for dis- 
tinguished service to, and progress in training in the 
CAP. Apparently, Newhouse, like Ben Franklin, noticed 
something more than a tug on the string when at some 
time in his life his friends told him to "go fly a kite". His 
proud Mama edits this magazine and his dad is R. B. 
Newhouse of CHE M STRAND'S Raleigh operation. 

TRADE — We saw the venerable Tom Burton on a 
recent outing to the Piedmont . . . Remember he retired 
in January after working for the SHC since 1921. Tom's 
traded his transit for a casting rod and swears he's gon- 
na find out once and for all whether my tales of there be- 
ing fish in the waters of Smith River at Spray (or is it 
Eden?) are true. 

PARTING SHOT — Our good friend Bill Jackson of 
the "BJ SHOW" on Raleigh's 50-thousand watt voice had 
a good one the other morning. Jack allows that a friend 
of his says, "It's not what they take out of my take- 
home pay that worries me, it's what's taken out of it 
after I get it home". Sound familiar. Here's just one 
more. A friend of ours says his wife has discovered the 
magic of driving. She tried to get off a secondary road 
to enter a drive-way and turned into a utility pole. Bye 



By Jewel Adcock 

BRIDGE — It's 
nice to have BILL 
as new permanent 
employees. And 
welcome to train- 
ing program em- 
ployees LARRY 
K E T C H U M , 

Good luck to CHARLES POTTS, 
who went to the Laboratory as a 
trainee and to MARSHALL HUN- 
TER, who left the Co-op Program to 
attend Gaston College. 

journeyed to Rockingham to see the 
"Carolina 500" which, to the disap- 
pointment of all, was rained out. Not 
to be out-done, the boys plan a re- 
turn trip June 16th for this event. 

The scene above shows members of Bridge Maintenance at a luncheon at 
the Plantation Inn. The occasion was a surprise luncheon and gifts for Mrs. 
Brenda Johnson who resigned her position as secretary to J. J. Powell March 
8th. Department employees bid Brenda farewell and good luck. 

Jim Bryan and Brenda Price of 
Traffic Engineering try out the ski 
slopes at Beech Mountain. 

The Mardi Gras in New Orleans 
was the scene of ROYCE CAR- 
ROLL'S latest vacation. Besides a 
fabulous breakfast at Brennans, Royce 
had the good fortune to sit next to 
comedienne Phyllis Diller at break- 
fast. Another thrill was seeing the Al 
Hirt-Herb Alpert TV show in the 

JIM TEAGUE went to the moun- 
tains at Franklin for a week's vaca- 
tion. During the week, he made trips 
to Boone, Hound Ears Lodge and 
Seven Devils. ART NOBLE and his 
wife had guests from Puerto Rico. 
Last year the Nobles spent some time 
in Puerto Rico. SUE ROYAL is 
commuting from Benson again. Af- 
ter living in Raleigh for a while she 
decided to return home. 

In a "this could happen to you" 
vein, H. C. TOWNSEND, C. B. 
were cruising on the Roanoke River 
during a field trip when the boat's 
motor stalled and couldn't be start- 
ed. They managed to get to shore, 
however, and after tramping through 
swampland, got to a road and flag- 
ged a ride, suffering only dampened 

When the early spring weather be- 
gan to feel like "summer", the lure 
of the coast was evident. SUE ROY- 
AL went to Surf City, the GEORGE 
PARKINS went to their cottages at 

Hampstead. the LANDIS TEMPLES 
visited their cottage at Ocean Isle, 
GARY BROOME and his wife went 
to the Outer Banks, and ANNIE 
RUTH SUGG and her husband spent 
the weekend at Myrtle Beach. 

Now that GERALD WHITE has 
started construction on his new home 
and is planning to do a lot of work 
himself, his co-workers are bracing 
themselves to lend sympathetic ears 
to many a tale of woe. 

PERSONNEL — The Department 
is happy to have GALE STRICK- 
LAND, student at Garner High 
School, who is on the Co-op Office 
Occupations Program. Gale works 
four hours each afternoon doing most- 
ly filing. Welcome, Gale, from all 

It's rumored that FRED AD- 
COCK purchased a used set of golf 
clubs from the golf "pro" CLOYCE 
ALFORD. Included with the trans- 
action were ten easy lessons on 
"How to make an eagle on every 

MR. WOODARD is all smiles 
since completing his income tax way 
ahead of the deadline. RON WOL- 
FE's family is once more back to 
normal after "passing-the-buck" of 
sickness around. PATSY PEARCE 
and JOYCE CLARK have announced 
a recent arrival. They conducted a 



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(HEADQUARTERS— Continued) 

Miss Sarah Jean Brown of Route 
1, Fuquay-Varina, became the bride 
of Harry Miller Thompson of Ra- 
leigh, January 21st in the Christian 
Light Christian Church on Route 1, 

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. 
Mattie Belle Champion Brown of 
Route 1, Fuquay and the late James 
Milton Brown. The bridegroom's par- 
ents are Mr. and Mrs. Colbert Nor- 
wood Thompson of Cary. 

The bride attended Campbell Col- 
lege and is a former secretary to Mr. 
W. A. Wilson, Jr., State Design En- 
gineer, N. C. State Highway Commis- 

The bridegroom is an engineering 
design technician in the Roadway De- 
sign Department. 

"bird watch" from their window as 
they watched the arrival of two pi- 

proud owner of a 1968 Volkswagen 
convertible. BETTY HORTON cer- 
tainly has been excited lately about 
all the country and western singing 
shows coming to Raleigh. 

TED AUSTIN seems to be a first- 
class movie critic since viewing sev- 
eral movies while on out-of-town 

ELLIOTT of the Drafting Section 
participated in the Latter Day Saints 
Regional Zone Basketball Play-offs 
in Washington, D. C, March 8-9th. 

and his wife are real proud of "Kai- 
kei", their recently-acquired Old En- 
glish Sheep Dog. 

Welcome back to PETE ED- 
WARDS of the Engineering Section, 
who was sick for several weeks. 

DON HOLLOWAY, Supervisor of 
the Engineering Section, attended a 

one-week course on the Current 
Techniques of Aerial Photo Interpre- 
tation at the Sir Walter Hotel the 
last week in February. This course 
was sponsored by the Forestry Divi- 
sion, North Carolina State Univer- 

husband enjoyed a week's vacation on 
the West Coast. They took in the 
sights in San Francisco, Los Angeles 
and Las Vegas, Nevada. They also 
visited Disneyland. 

Department Head EDGAR J. 
PAGE, E. D. GUTHRIE and W. D. 
CUTHRELL attended a meeting in 
Washington, D. C. of the Society of 
Photogrammetry and The American 
Congress on Surveying and Mapping 
during the week of March 11th. 

The Photogrammetric Department 
has taken on a new phase of engi- 
neering duties of taking original and 
final cross-sections to be used for 
contract payment purposes. 

AL TATUM of the Stereo Section 
took his family to Merritt Island, 
Fla. for a week's vacation. His grand- 
parents returned with them to their 
home in Fayetteville. 

ETTE and wife, Doris Lee, spent a 
February vacation in Florida. In- 
cluded in their trip was the Daytona 
"500". Bob was well pleased with the 
cyclone victory. 

It's nice to see D. R. McMI- 
CHAEL, Area Landscape Supervisor, 
back on the job after recovering from 
an accident. 

Our deepest sympathy to SANDRA 
JACKSON, whose grandfather died 
April 3rd and to JIMMY ARM- 
STRONG upon the death of his 
grandmother April 4th. 

Get well wishes to Mr. P. F. Har- 
ris, KATHERINE DAVIS' father, 
who was recently hospitalized. 

Welcome to Mrs. NANCY HARD- 
ING, who replaces BRENDA JOHN- 
SON as secretary to J. J. POWELL. 
Nancy hails from West Virginia 
where she worked for the state and 
was introduced to the Bridge De- 
partment when she worked tempo- 
rarily for J. L. NORRIS in Decem- 

Our best wishes to Brenda Johnson, 
who resigned March 8th. 

to have several new employees in 
the Department. Welcome ROBERT 

The Department is sorry to lose 
two employees, JAMES KELLEN- 
resigned to return to school, but 
wish them the best of luck. 

A NICE MORNING'S CATCH! Although J. A. Saunders, Area Landscape 
Supervisor, and his fishing buddies found the weather somewhat cold at Cape 
Kennedy (35-40) for trout fishing in February, they did find the Blue Fish 
hungry. Only one day out of the ten they were in Florida, did the temperature 
rise above 60. That day they caught 126 speckled trout, the largest weighing 
1 Z A pounds. 


Our deepest sympathy is extended 
to ROBERT GREEN upon the re- 
cent death of his father. 

FERRELL has returned to work 
from maternity leave — congratula- 
tions to Jenny upon the arrival of 
her little girl, Lee Michelle, born 
December 29, 1967. 

March 29th to become a mother and 
housewife. BECKY JONES has as- 
sumed Jessie's duties as secretary to 
W. D. MOON. Employees gave Jes- 
sie a nice stork shower and she re- 
ceived many pretty gifts. GAIL 
ARMSTRONG, former temporary 
employee, replaces Becky Jones as 
a permanent employee. 

BUDDY CAGLE vacationed a 
week in Texas and Mexico. 

LUCILLE JONES is back at work 
after a short stay in the hospital. 

BOB SHEETS underwent a kid- 
ney operation in February and is 
now back at work. 

Congratulations! Right of Way has 
two new Gold Dust Twins: BEN 

was recently elected Baptist Brother- 
hood Man of the Year at Grace Bap- 
tist Church in Charlotte. Upon being 
recognized by the pastor, "Dick" was, 
for once, at a loss for words. 

Congratulations to MARSHALL 
and Charlotte PHELPS who an- 
nounced the birth of a daughter, 
Sherry Lancaster, January 26th. 
Sherry weighed in at 8 lbs., 12 oz. 

Just wondering if BOYCE MID- 
GETTE has been gazing at any sun- 
sets lately. Especially down east! 

EQUIPMENT — The Department 
is delighted to have new employee 
tary to R. M. STANBERRY. 

ing the Creative Writing Workshop 
at North Carolina State University. 
Lorraine was pleased to have her 
mother visit her several weeks re- 

deepest sympathy to R. LLOYD 
YOUNG, Equipment Depot Superin- 
tendent, upon the death of his mother 
in February. She was 94. 

Our heartfelt sympathy is extend- 
ed to CHARLIE ROGERS, Machine 
Shop employee, upon the death of 
his wife in February. 

Your Editor and her husband Berg 
were doubly proud of one of their 
seven children when their second son 
James Orr Newhouse, better known 
as Jim to the family, was presented 
the CAP's first General Carl Spaatz 
Award that has been presented to a 
CAP here in North Carolina at a din- 
ner sponsored by the Headquarters 
of the North Carolina Civil Air Pat- 
rol. The award was presented by Lt. 
Governor Robert Scott at a din- 
ner presentation at the Statler-Hilton 
Hotel on February 26th. The picture 
above top from left to right is Major 
John Birdsall, Commanding Officer 
of Raleigh- Wake County Sqd. Major 
Birdsall is a project engineer in the 
Roadway Design Department, Lt. Col. 
Ralph P. Cochrane, North Carolina 
Wing Commander from Charlotte, Ca- 
det Col. James O. Newhouse and Lt. 
Gov. Robert Scott. The bottom picture 
shows Lt. Gov. Scott presenting the 
Award to Jim. Needless to say this 
was a memorable moment for both 
Mom and Dad. 

Members of the Equipment Depot 
recently hospitalized but, we're happy 
to report, now back on the job are: 
ELLIS, Stockroom; C. D. HARRIS, 
Carpenter Shop; and JESSE 
BLAKE, Machine Shop. 

JIM ADAMS has replaced Alex 
Tyson as Foreman of the Carpenter 
placed Frank Godbold as Foreman of 
the Truck Shop; and CHARLES 
NUNNERY has assumed T. R. Bu- 
chanan's position as Foreman of the 
Car Shop. Congratulations to all of 
you. Mr. Tyson, Mr. Godbold and 
Mr. Buchanan have all recently re- 
tired and highway employees wish 
for them the best of luck and hope 
they will return to visit us often. 

New personnel at the Depot are: 
Plumbing Shop; HENRY POL- 
LARD, Carpenter Shop and ROGER 
ROBERTS, Machine Shop. 

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. HUDSON and 
son, Donald, recently returned from 
a trip to Lakeland, Florida, where 
they visited their daughter who is a 
student at Southeastern Bible Col- 

ees miss SARAH THOMPSON, for- 
mer secretary to W. A. WILSON, 
JR., State Design Engineer. Good 
luck, Sarah, in your new job. Wel- 
come to Mrs. CAROLYN LEE, Sa- 
rah's replacement. 

It's nice to have ROBERT D. 
HURLBUT back as a permanent em- 
ployee. Welcome to new secretary, 
new trainee, RONALD A. FITZ- 

Cigars have been plentiful in Road- 
way Design lately and here's why! 
Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT BRAAM 
announce the birth of a son, An- 
thony Clifford, born March 16th. The 
parents of Michael Wayne, born 
March 25th; and the RALPH TRI- 
VETTES little son, Mark Ethan, ar- 
rived March 6th. 

vacationed at home in March, he was 
pleased to have his parents from Chi- 
cago pay him a visit. 

KINSON, JR. is a new attorney in 
the Department. 

Welcome to new secretaries NAN- 
LY STEWART, who transferred from 
Bridge, and SANDY JACOBS who is 


working temporarily while MARI- 
LYN LEE is out on maternity leave. 

SHIRLEY WHITE enjoyed a re- 
cent weekend in Washington, D. C. 
Shirley is real proud of her Pekin- 
gese puppy, Puff, which she recently 

Governor Dan Moore hands a heart 
fund contribution to Keith Hundley, 
Public Relations Officer for the State 
Highway Commission, who is acting 
as State Government Coordinator for 
the 1968 Wake County Heart Fund 

CANDIE JOHNSON'S chihuahua, 
Nickie, is in the animal hospital, but 
Candie says he is doing fine. 

FINANCE — New faces in Key 
Punch are LINDA JOYNER, 
employee in the Tabulating Section. 

Employees will miss MARILYN 
LONG of the Key Punch Section, 
who moved to Roanoke Rapids, and 
to Greensboro. ROBY HALL and 
DOUG SHINNER of the Tab Section, 
BRANTLEY BUIE of Accounting 
and GENEVA MANNOOCH recent- 
ly moved to Florida. 

It's nice to have DONNA FAYE 
STALLINGS as a new employee in 
General Accounting. And employees 
welcome back PHIL YARBROUGH 
to Accounting. BEATRICE HAR- 
BARGER are new members of the 
Accounting Section also. 

Congratulations to the DEWITT 
PERRYS upon the recent birth of a 
son; to BRENDA PARTIN and her 
husband upon the birth of a daugh- 
ter; and to the BOB NICHOLS upon 
the recent adoption of a son. 

Miss Helen Frances Morris, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Wingate Morris 
of Route 1, Angier, was united in 
marriage with Billy Ray Best, son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Hosea Best 

of Benson, November 11, 1967 at the 
White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 
Route 1, Willow Springs. 

The bride is the sister of Miss 

recently returned from a visit to 
Charleston, S. C. They report a won- 
derful time in this scenic and his- 
toric city. 

Employees of the Lab extend sin- 
cere sympathy to AL WOOD in the 
loss of his father, who passed away 

JEAN BOULIER, Chemist in the 
Chemical Lab, and H. L. (BUCK) 
SEARS, Materials Inspector in Wil- 
mington, have been on the sick list 
and hospitalized recently. Employ- 
ees hope they will soon be back at 

New employees in the Department 
include LINDA LANGDON, Soils 
Lab; L. W. WOOD, Stockroom; A. 
H. BROUGHTON, JR., Bituminous 
Lab; and WILEY BROWN, JR., 
Concrete Lab. 

The Tabernacle Baptist Church in 
Raleigh was the setting for the wed- 
ding ceremony of Mrs. Betty Caudle 
Sutton and Mr. Richard Watson Pur- 
ser February 17th. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Henry T. Caudle of Raleigh 
and the bridegroom is the son of Mrs. 
Ethel S. Purser and the late Mr. 
Purser of Raleigh. 

Following the ceremony, a recep- 
tion was held at Chef Bonin Restau- 

The groom is employed in Road- 
way Design. 

G. W. MORGAN supplies the fol- 
lowing information about the High- 
way Laboratory Softball team. They 
were League champs in 1965, 1966, 
and 1967. During the three-year re- 
cord, the team won 69 games and 

Mrs. Jefferson C. Bulluck was the 
former Miss June Carmilla Pearce be- 
fore her marriage October 14, 1967 in 
the Pearce Baptist Church in Zebulon. 

The bride is a daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Addison Elmer Pearce of Zeb- 
ulon. She is a graduate of Bunn High 
School and Hardbarger Business Col- 
lege, and is employed in the Finance 
Dept. of the Highway Commission. 

The groom is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Elmore Carson Bulluck of Louis- 
burg and is a student at N. C. State 

lost 9 games. Team batting average 
1966, .445, 47 home runs. Team bat- 
ting average 1967, .404, 42 home runs. 
The 1968 team consists of 16 ball 
players, and they are out to win 
again this season, of course. Seven 
of the 1967 team are back this sea- 
son, with ample replacements for 
members lost by transfers, etc. CUR- 
TIS HARRISON, who hit 20 home 
runs last time, will be back at third 
base along with center fielder HER- 
MAN JOHNSON, catcher WIL- 
FUQUAY, 2nd baseman BILL WAT- 
SON and pitcher WILEY STEPEN- 
as field captain. 

Congratulations to the WARREN 
BAGLEYS upon the birth of baby 
girl, Ginger Elaine. 

Employees will miss TENNEY 
PRIDGEN who transferred to the 
Bridge Department. Good luck to 
BEN RHUE, who left to enter serv- 


Miss Snow White (the name is au- 
thentic) is the freshman representa- 
tive for Homecoming Queen at Gar- 
ner High School. 

Snow White is the 15-year-old 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. 
White, and her father is State Ap- 
praiser with Right of Way. 

It's good to see SAM STANCIL 
back on the job after a recent illness. 
Also, welcome back to BARBARA 
MITCHELL, who was recently ill. 

Best wishes to ANNETTE UP- 
CHURCH who just recently became 
engaged to Ben Rhue. An April wed- 
ding is planned. 

JUDY AUSTIN is real proud of 
her husband, Pat, who was selected 
to sing in the Campbell College tour- 
ing choir. 

ED SHULLER enjoyed a nice 
vacation in the Florida sun. 

Congratulations to ROY WILLIAMS 
and his wife, Ann, on the birth of a 
son, Douglas McLeod, March 18th. 
Naturally, Roy passed out lots of 
cigars to celebrate the occasion. 

Sympathy is extended to BETTIE 
MASSENGILL and family upon the 
death of her brother, William E. 
Sauls, March 7th. 

attend the annual meeting of the In- 
stitute of Traffic Engineers, Southern 
Section, in Louisville, Kentucky May 
6-9th. BOB DODGE is the outgoing 
president of the Southern Section. 

attended a short course on Traffic 
Engineering at Virginia Military In- 
stitute, Lexington, Va., March 25- 

JERRY TODD joined the Design 
Section recently. An employee in 
Roadway Design for eight years, 
Jerry attended N. C. State Univer- 
sity and has been with a consulting 
firm for the last year and a half. His 
family consists of his wife, Sue, and 
daughter, Lisa. 

RUDD, part-time students at NCSU, 
are temporary employees in the Sign- 
ing Section. They are helping re- 
place sign drawings for screens des- 
troyed in the fire at the Prison En- 
terprises' sign shop. 

BOB PAGOOTA, Traffic Control 
Technician for Division 10, was a pa- 
tient at Presbyterian Hospital in 
Charlotte for a week in March. 

Miss Diane Fay Peele became the 
bride of Robert Edward Roberson at 
Holloway Street Baptist Church in 
Durham, Saturday, February 24th. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Willie Robert Peele of 1115 
Driver Street in Durham, and the 
bridegroom's parents are Mr. and 
Mrs. John K. Roberson of 3817 
Deepwood Circle, Durham. 

The couple resides at 3711 Wood- 
side Road, Raleigh. The bridegroom is 
employed in Roadway Design. 

Meet handsome six-months-old Jeff- 
rey Carson Leonard. His proud par- 
ents are Mary and Edwin Carson 
Leonard. His mother is a member of 
Finance and his father works with 
the Highway in Div. 5. 

employee in Special Studies, left 
March 29th to accept a permanent 
position with the Budget Division. 
JOAN McKEEL, a native of Wilson 
now living in Raleigh, replaces Ruth. 
Joan attended Chowan College. 

KNOX and JERRY TODD of the 
Design Section, accompanied by JIM 
MORRISON of Maintenance, went 
to Salter Path on a camping and fish- 
ing trip the last weekend in March. 

AN joined the Raleigh Ski Club for 
a weekend at Beech Mountain March 
Div. Traffic Engineer of Div. 11, is 
a regular skier at Beech Mountain. 
So far he has escaped any skiing 
mishaps, but his wife, Ellen, sustain- 
ed a minor injury in the sport. 

This cute little fellow is Benji 
Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben 
Brown. Benji's father is a member of 
Right of Way. 


„ „ „ CHAMBLEE, Ma- 

M. G. Carawan . 
Division Correspondent ;hine Operator III, 

who has been a surgical patient at 

DePaul Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Mr. and Mrs. G. H. JOLLIFF at- 
tended the 60th Wedding Anniver- 
sary of Mrs. Jolliff's parents in Hat- 
teras in February 12th. Her parents 
are 83 years of age. 

Timothy Ray Bivens, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. NED R. BIVENS, under- 
went eye surgery in the Beaufort 
County Hospital, at Washington, N. 
C. recently. Mr. Biven is Division 
Traffic Engineer. 

Mr. and Mr. RAY WEST's 
daughter, Lynn, and Mr. and Mrs. 
BRUCE CALLIS's daughters, Linda 
and Lynn, were among the members 
of the choirs from the Ahoskie First 
Baptist Church who participated re- 
cently in a Regional Choir Festival 
held in Wilson. The two "Lynns" 
were in the Junior Choir and Linda 
was in the Junior High Choir. 

TOMMIE BRITE and Miss Rayna 
Deafenbaugh were married on March 
2nd at Virginia Beach and are now 
living in Elizabeth City where Mr. 
Brite works with the Construction 

LOFTON DAIL, Bridge Tender at 
Hertford River Bridge, has returned 
to work after a week's confinement 
in the hospital and two weeks' con- 
finement at home. 

JAMES L. LONG, Machine Oper- 
ator; W. A. RENFROW, Maintenance 
Foreman; F. D. MEEKINS, Mainte- 
nance Foreman; and L. R. JONES, 
SR., Machine Operator; are all Dis- 
trict I employees confined to the Al- 
bemarle Hospital. 

F. R. GILDEN, one of the "Old 
Timers" with the State Highway, has 
applied for retirment for April. He 
lives at Grandy, and has worked in 
Currituck County since 1928, except 
for a while when he retired on dis- 
ability and then returned to the 
State in 1964. 

W. A. STEVENS, Machine Oper- 
ator at Knotts Island, was injured 
on the job during the last snow on 
February 24th. The back injury kept 
him out of work until March 19th. 

R. C. BUNCH, Supervisor in Dis- 
trict I, injured his leg by a falling 
barricade March 23rd, and is confin- 
ed to the Albemarle Hospital. 

P. L. JACKSON, Supervisor in 
District I, has been out sick since 
March 8th. 

O. W. WESTON, Machine Oper- 
ator in District I, died suddenly 
March 3rd. He has worked with the 
State since 1955. He worked in Dare 
County and lived at Stumpy Point. 
R. B. BERRY, also Machine Oper- 
ator in District I, unexpectedly pass- 
ed away February 18th. He has work- 
ed with the Commission since 1926. 

The Construction Department im- 
proved the looks around the Resi- 
dents' Offices in Division One during 
the past year by employing the pretty 
ladies shown above. Each Resident 
now has a stenographer to take care 
of all typing and filing previously 
done by the Resident Engineer and 
survey crew. All correspondence from 
the Residents' Offices look much bet- 
ter, girls, and we are happy to have 
you in this great organization. 

Nancy Pritchard (Miss) — Eliza- 
beth City Office 

Margaret Walker (Miss) — Wil- 
liamston Office 

Kathy Smithwick (Mrs.) — Ply- 
mouth Office 

Ellen Willoughby (Mrs.) — Ahos- 
kie Office 


Sympathy is extended to Mrs. 
MILDRED PEELE and family and 
Mr. W. H. COLEMAN and family 
on the death of their brother and 
brother-in-law, respectively. Condo- 
lences also to GLENN CARAWAN 
and family on the death of his grand- 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
moved into their newly constructed 
home April 5th. Mrs. Vann is a 
Stenographer in the Right-of-Way 
Department and NOW lives in the 
Ashley Grove Community which is 
between Murfreesboro and Woodland. 

These happy retired State employ- 
ees are Mr. and Mrs. Mark Law- 
rence (Mark and Lucy) of Murfrees- 
boro. They retired early this year 
(Mark on February 1st and Lucy on 
March 15th) and plan to continue 
living in their beautiful home in Mur- 
freesboro, where Mark will work in 
his wood shop as a wood craftsman. 
Mark began work on October 1, 1922 
and, except for six years of other em- 
ployment, he continued working un- 
til his retirement with the Highway 
Construction Department as an in- 
spector, completing approximately 40 
years of service. Lucy began working 
with the Right-of-Way Department 
in October of 1949 and continued 
working until her retirement, com- 
pleting approximately 19 years of 
service. They have one son and two 
grandchildren who live in Wake 
County near Fuquay-Varina. We wish 
them continued good health and a 
long and very pleasant retirement. 

Approaching completion is the 
bridge-road project connecting Bertie- 
Washington Counties near Plymouth. 
The picture shows the main bridge 
which is 1.106 miles in length and 
crosses Roanoke River, Middle River, 
Cashie River and heavy swamp lands. 
The canal which parallels the bridge 
was excavated by the contractor for 
maneuvering floating type of equip- 
ment used in the construction. Mr. A. 
L. Moore, Resident Engineer, and 
party, will handle the construction out 
of the Plymouth Office. The cost of 
the construction is being financed 
with State Funds and Federal Aid 
Funds and the project is scheduled for 
completion by July 1, 1968. 

Dual laning of US 17-13 in Bertie 
County between Windsor and Wil- 
liams ton, as shown in the picture, is 
now under construction. The project 
is being financed totally with Pri- 
mary Bond Funds and is scheduled 
for completion by September 1, 1969. 
The construction is being handled by 
Resident Engineer W. H. Hofler, Jr. 
and party out of the Williamston Of- 
fice. This project is somewhat differ- 
ent in nature than the projects pre- 
viously handled by Hofler and party. 
For the past 10 to 12 years, this party 
has been located in Manteo construct- 
ing bridges in Dare County. Observing 
the construction in the left of the pic- 
ture are, left to right, Tommy Wood, 
Inspector, W. H. Coleman, Assistant 
Division Engineer, and W. H. Hofler, 
Resident Engineer. 

Gene Minton, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
J. W- Minton of Roxobel, has been 
accepted to attend the Governor's 
School in Winston-Salem, Minton is 
a sophomore at Bertie High School 
where he has an outstanding scholas- 
tic record. 

Phillip Stalls is the son of E. S. 
Stalls, Maintenance Foreman I, in 
Martin County. Phillip was second 
highest scorer with 274 points this 
season for the Robersonville High 
School Basketball Team. 


Brenda Lou Cratt is the daughter 
of Machine Operator III, King E. 
Cratt in Martin County. She will 
graduate in June at Norfolk General 
Hospital of Nursing where she will 
begin her duties. 

Two month old Robert Carroll Van- 
derberry III is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert Carroll Vanderberry, Jr. 
of Chapel Hill and the grandson of 
Mrs. Nedra Vanderberry Holloman, 
Stenographer in the District II Of- 
fice. He and his parents are spend- 
ing the spring holidays with Mrs. 

LATHAM, Staff 
Engineer with Mr. 
Ralph Pollock's 
Construction Of- 
fice, and his fam- 
ily have moved in- 
to a new home in 
the Country Club 
Section of New 

_ . „ . Bern. 
Hazel Baker 
Division Correspondent . , . , 

Mr. and Mrs. 
JAMES BRILEY (Helen is Steno 
in Dist. 2 office-New Bern) recently 
returned from a short vacation to 
Ft. Myers, Fla. to visit the parents of 
Mrs. Briley. They toured the old 
homes in Savannah, Ga. — several of 
them had been declared in the "slum" 
area but were very beautiful after 
undergoing restoration. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. CLEMENTS 
vacationed in Florida. Mr. Clement is 
a Mechanic Foreman with the Equp- 
ment Department in Kinston. 

Sympathy is extended to Mrs. M. 
E. NEWMAN in the death of her 
mother. Mr. Newman is also with the 
Equipment Department in Kinston. 

LARRY L. JONES, Construction em- 
ployees have recently completed 
courses in Reading Highway Blue- 
prints with International Correspon- 
dence Schools, Scranton, Pa. Con- 
gratulations on your accomplishments. 

Sympathy is extended to the family 
Bridge Maintenance employee who 
was recently killed in an accident. 
We welcome Mr. LLOYD STOCKS, 
who was also injured in this acci- 
dent, back to work. 

Mr. and Mrs. G. L. STOCKS are 
proud to announce the birth of a 
granddaughter, Mary Staton Stocks, 
who was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wil- 
liam E. Stocks on March 24th. Mr. 
G. L. Stocks is Bridge Maintenance 
Foreman in the Second Division. His 
son William is an Attorney in Greens- 

The Welcome Mat is out for Miss 
Carolyn Nelson, Secretary in the Di- 
vision Two Right of Way Office. 

Above is a picture of the new Divi- 
sion 2 Sign Shop. 

Welcome back to work to RALPH 
L. TAYLOR after being out sick for 
a month. 

Sympathy is extended to W. E. 
WETHERINGTON due to the death 
of his brother, Raymond Wethering- 

Also to the family of MERLE 
NEWMAN due to the death of his 
mother-in-law who passed away re- 
cently and made her home with them. 

"If you don't want to do something 
for some one else Christianity hasn't 
done anything for you." 

"Reputation is a bubble which a 
man bursts when he tries to blow it 

"Men must be governed by God, or 
they will be ruled by tyrants. — 

William Penn. 


6.2010039, Roadway (US 70 By-Pass at Kinston, from US 258 and NC 58 
Easterly across Neuse River to a point approximately 300 feet of NC 11 and 
55). Hoping to be ready before the long hot summer. Contractor: Barrus Con- 
struction Company, Kinston, N. C. 

6.2010039, Structures (US 70 By-Pass at Kinston, from US 258 and NC 
58 Easterly across Neuse River to a point approximately 300 feet of NC 11 
and 55). Contractor: James T. Triplett, Inc. and L. R. Ryan, Inc., Chester, South 

6.2010019, Roadway (US 70 from the Lenoir- Wayne County Line South- 
easterly around La Grange to existing US 70 approximately 800 feet West of 
SR 1327 thence along US 70 to NC 58). Contractor: Sherman Simpson, Inc., 
Mount Airy, N. C. 

Pipe laying operations at the beginning and west Henderson Street, Project 
Pipe shown is part of storm drainage system. Contr.: Crowder Construction 
Co., Res. Engr.: A. L. Neal. 

MAN, our High- 
way Office Man- 
ager, has just re- 
turned from a 
short trip to 
J ' <*' \ Washington, D. C. 

« where he visited 
his brother and 
family, and some 
R of the points of in- 

Irene Hewitt terest in the area. 
Division Correspondent Reportg he had & 

nice time. 
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
nounce the birth of a son. Mr. Star- 
ling is Engineering Technician II 
with the Maintenance Dept. in Clin- 

We wish a speedy recovery to R. 
LIN of Dist. 2 and from Dist. 1: 
D. PRIDGEN who are on sick leave. 
Also J. W. CAVENAUGH of Road 
Oil Dept. We've just received word 
that PURDIE WRIGHT also of Dist. 
1 is now on sick leave. 

We're glad S. C. VARNAM of 
Dist. 1 and J. O. WILLIAMSON of 
Dist. 2 are now back at work after 
having been on sick leave. 

retary in the Div. Office; ROSE 
DUNCAN, Secretary in the Dept. of 
Correction and H. L. (BUCK) 
SEARS, Materials Inspector, all have 
just returned from the hospital. 
We're so glad to have them back to 

Sympathy is extended to W. A. 
POPE, whose brother died recently. 
Mr. Pope is a Dist. 2 employee. 

From Right of Way Dept. the 
news is — TOM DAVIS resigned on 
March 29th to accept employment 
with Jones-Onslow Elec. Memb. A 
party was held in his honor on March 
29th at the Marina on Wrightsville 
W Aide) and his Anice celebrated 
their 25th wedding anniversary on 
April 6th. Understand some of their 


Pictured above, David O. Sellers, 
Machine Operator, Brunswick County 
Maint. Dept. proudly displaying his 
catch of large mouth bass and bream 
caught in private pond (believe it or 
not while sleeting) on Saturday, 
March 24th. 

Some of the bass weighed in ex- 
cess of four pounds. 

co-workers dropped by their home to 
wish them well. The Right-of-Way 
fellows report they're really looking 
forward to the R/W Golf Tourna- 
ment on April 27-28th at Oak Island, 
Long Beach. 

With U. S. Combat Air Forces, Viet- 
nam — Staff Sergeant Jerry A. Mc- 
Lean (left), son of Mr. and Mrs. An- 
gus L. McLean of 60 Holland Drive, 
Wilmington, receives the U. S. Air 
Force Commendation Medal at Phan 
Rang AB, Vietnam, from Major 
James G. Cole, commander of the 
1882nd Communications Squadron. 

Mr. A. L. McLean is Foreman in 
Sign Shop. 

Marie Ferrell, Secretary of Dist. 1 
office, and group of Dist. 1 person- 
nel prior to going to luncheon. 

Best wishes are extended to Mr. 
Kedar Bryan who retired from active 
service on December 31, 1967. Mr. 
Bryan came to work with the Division 
3 Equipment Department in Wilming- 
ton on May 23, 1955. 

He resides with his wife, the for- 
mer Josephine Padgett, at 131 Gordon 
Road, Wilmington. Mr. Bryan's fav- 
orite sport is hunting and his fellow 
employees presented him with hunt- 
ing gear on his retirement. We know 
it will be useful to him for he will 
have more leisure time now to enjoy 
the outdoors. AH of us in the Equip- 
ment Department wish Kedar a long 
and happy retirement. 

MAN has four 
new Engineering 
Aides — BILL 
\ YOUNG and 
college students 
working with us 

during the Sum- 
Margaret Barefoot mer - RAEFORD 
Division CorrespondentW ALSTON and 

started to work with us as Engineer- 
ing Aides, Temporary. We hope the 
new "fellas" will like their new jobs. 

has been out on sick leave for the 
past 6 weeks. He is to be admitted 
to Duke Hospital April 12th. We all 
wish Stehley the best of luck. 

Get well wishes go to W. E. WAG- 
NER, Maintenance Foreman, EL- 
LIOTT CRAWLEY, Truck Driver, 
Truck Driver, all of Halifax County, 
who have been ill and hospitalized re- 

Welcome to Mr. DENNIS A. 
FORNES, who is now assigned to the 
Location Department in Wilson. Mr. 
Fornes is working under the Co-op- 
erative Education Program. 

Mr. S. H. HANNA, III, Trainee, 
has been transferred to Materials 
and Tests Department in Raleigh. 
Mr. Hanna had been working with 
the Location Department in Wlson. 

Resident Engineer J. W. VICK 
and his party welcome B. A. (BUD- 
DY) GREGG who joined them on 
January 2nd as Assistant Resident 
Engineer. Buddy came to Wilson from 
Florence, South Carolina where he 
had been affiliated with the South 
Carolina Highway Department. He 
has a wife and two young boys. 

Congratulations to Mr. E. R. 
(SPEED) BATTEN who was mar- 
ried on February 29th. He and his 
wife, the former Alice Jean Gates, 
have made their home in Black Creek. 
Speed has been an employee of the 
State Highway Commission for twen- 
ty-six years and is a Highway In- 
spector III in Wilson. 


WELCOME — Mrs. Jean Thomp- 
son, Typist II, to Fourth Division 
Construction. Mrs. Thompson is em- 
ployed in the newly established office 
of M. W. Moore, Resident Engineer 
in Wilson. 

Welcome back to work to Mr. 
NEST EASON after lengthy illness, 
and to Mr. WILLIAM W. HILL 
after short illness. We also welcome 
back Mr. JESSE R. JOHNSON af- 
ter illness and hospital confinement. 

Best wishes are extended to Mr. 
still on sick leave and has been out 
of work due to illness since Septem- 
ber, 1967. 

Mr. J. W. EVANS, M. F. IV, 
Wayne County, recently spent a va- 
cation with his son in Tennessee. 

Sympathy is extended to Mr. JAR- 
VIS SUTTON whose father recent- 
ly passed away and to Mr. OTIS 
MYERS who lost his mother. 

It is rumored that Mr. FRANK 
W. MORSE (M. F. IV, Wayne Coun- 
ty) is not so efficient at the fishing 
trade or past time as he is in the 
Businesses. It has been reported that 
on a recent "fishing" trip with Mr. 
Wayne Co.) he couldn't even land a 

Mr. and Mrs. J. G. MATTHEWS 
enjoyed the weekend of March 16- 
17th in Albemarle, with their son, 
Doug, daughter-in-law, Francis, their 
grand-daughter, Sarah and their 
daughter, Bonnie. 

Mr. LEE PAGE has returned to 
work after a recent illness. 

Mr. T. W. PARRISH has purchas- 
ed a home at 106 Warren St., Wilson. 

Mr. and Mrs. EMMETT BLACK- 
SHEAR are proud to announce the 

birth of a daughter, Nancy Caroline, 
on February 25th. 

We are happy to welcome Mr. M. 
D. MANNING back to work after his 
recent sickness. 

We would like to welcome Mr. 
GEORGE LAMM, Mechanic II with 
the Equipment Department, who is 
working in District II Shop, Nash- 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Boone, daughter 
Stena and son Fred, Jr., have just re- 
turned from a winter vacation in Wi- 
chita, Kansas. They visited their 
daughter and son-in-law, A2C and 
Mrs. Larry Letchworth while there 
and toured the underground missile 
complex. The Boone's enjoyed the 
trip through the mountains of North 
Carolina and Tennessee as it was 
snowing the first day. They returned 
by way of Oklahoma, Texas and many 
other southern states. 

OAKLEY has re- 
turned to work af- 
ter being on sick 
leave for several 
weeks recently be- 
cause of injuries 
received from a 
fall on the icy 


Di vision Correspondent MA g hag re t u rned 
to work after being on sick leave for 
several days because of injuries re- 
ceived in an auto accident. He was 
hospitalized for a few days. 

SAM AVERETTE and wife visit- 
ed relatives in West Virginia recent- 
ly. They ran into a late snow storm 
before they reached their destination. 


CLARENCE WILSON were on sick 
leave for a few days recently. 

WILLIAM REAM'S dairy herd is 
beginning to pick up in milk produc- 
tion since the early spring grasses 
have begun to grow on his ranch. 

Good luck is extended to HOWARD 
RIGGAN as he takes over his new 
job as Superintendent of the Street 
Department of Oxford. He has been 
with the Maintenance Department in 
Granville County for approximately 
15 years. 

GEORGE BAILEY is proud of the 
car which he purchased recently. 

Employees on vacation recently in- 
WELL. Many of these men were on 
compensatory leave because of the 
many hours earned during the recent 
inclement weather. 

FRANK LAWS was on sick leave 
for a few days recently because of the 

Mrs. Josephine Crutcher is back 
at home recuperating from a recent 
operation at Medical College Hospital 
in Richmond, Va. Mrs. Crutcher is 
the wife of GILES CRUTCHER, 
Granville County Maint. Supervisor. 
Mr. Crutcher reports that Mrs. 
Crutcher is doing just fine and we are 
glad to hear that news. 

Durham County Maintenance Dept. 
men who were out on sick leave were 
W. MARTIN and J. M. COOKE. We 
welcome these men back to the job. 

Recently enjoying a vacation were 
vacationed in Florida. J. WADE, who 
also vacationed in Florida and W. W. 
TILLEY who reports a wonderful 
time in the Sunshine State. 

A supper recently was held in the 
honor of F. A. AIKERS and G. W. 
MARTIN who retired and both were 
presented with a gold watch. A de- 
lightful steak dinner was enjoyed by 

Welcome back to work: Mr. KIRK 
DUNCAN who spent a few days in 
the hospital, Mr. C. O. VAUGHN, 
who has been out for two months. 



MOORE, JR. and 
his wife, Nancy 
at Holden's Beach. 
Tri and Richard 
recently spent a 
fews days vacation 
and their two sons, 
Claude reported 
he and his fam- 
ily had a won- 

Rose Swain , . , ,. j 

Division Correspondent dertul time and 

that he caught several fish while at 
the Beach. 

We have certainly enjoyed having 
R. R. TREVATHAN, JR. and C. D. 
CLEMENTS working with us for 
the last few weeks and regret that 
they cannot remain with us. "Bob" 
and "Chuck", who are employed in 
the Right of Way Department of Di- 
vision Three, were on a temporary as- 
signment in the Right of Way De- 
partment of Division Six. Good luck 
and best wishes to both of you and 
come back again soon. 

LEE E. PERRY, Right of Way 
Agent, who was out with the "Flu 
Bug" a few weeks ago, has complete- 
ly recovered and we are happy to 
have him back at work with us. 

J. C. CHADWICK of the Land- 
scape Department has returned to 
work after extended illness in Bla- 
den and Duke Hospitals. Glad to have 
you back, J. C. 

Congratulations go to Mr. and Mrs. 
J. D. HUBBARD on the arrival of 
their new son, born March 29th. The 
eight-pound, twelve-ounce boy was 
named George Wilson Hubbard. Mr. 
Hubbard is Maintenance Yard Fore- 
man for Cumberland County Mainte- 
nance in Fayetteville. 

Former employee, F. W. HAM- 
MOND, of Whiteville, died February 
21st. Highway employees extend their 
sympathy to his family. 

Get well wishes are extended to 
J. C. WARD, who has been out since 
November, 1967. Mr. Ward is a dozer 
operator in Columbus County. 

Sandra Lorraine Carter, Steno- 
grapher in the Right of Way Depart- 
ment, who is engaged to Gaston Mil- 
ton Malloy and will be married on 
June 1st. This engagement has been 
announced by Sandra's parents, Mr. 
and Mrs. L. C. Carter of Fayetteville. 
Parents of the prospective bridegroom 
are Mr. and Mrs. James D. Malloy, 
Sr. of Parkton. 

Everyone is glad to see HOMER 
C. BLACKWELL back on the job 
after an extended absence for heart 
surgery. Mr. Blackwell is a Machine 
Operator in Columbus County. 

Get well wish are extended to two 
Robeson County Maintenance em- 
and JUSTIN BYRD, who have re- 
cently been in the hospital and are 
now recuperating at home. 

Sympathy is extended to the fami- 
lies of S. H. CARTER and D. S. 
WILLIFORD in the recent death of 
their brother, also to K. C. MORGAN 
in the death of his father. These men 
are Robeson County Maintenance em- 

W. H. EDWARDS and wife, Nell, 
celebrated their 26th wedding anni- 
versary in Key West, Fla. with 
friends and relatives. They had a 
wonderful time, even though the 
weather was too windy and cold for 
fishing. Mr. Edwards works with the 
Equipment Department in Fayette- 

The Landscape Department has re- 
cently purchased new uniforms for 
their rest area attendants. Pictured 
above is D. R. Johnson, at rest area 
located on 1-95, one mile south of St. 
Pauls, wearing the new uniform. The 
Highway Commission has received 
many complimentary letters in Mr. 
Johnson's behalf. Let's keep the good 
publicity coming. 

Rebacca Joy Moore, Stenographer 
in the Right of Way Department, who 
is engaged to Bobby Worth Huffman 
and will be married on June 15th. 
This engagement has been announced 
by "Becky's" parents, Mr. and Mrs. 
Ernest Moore of Parkton. The par- 
ents of the prospective bridegroom are 
Mr. and Mrs. Alton Huffman of Hope 



is a Machine Operator I in Cumber- 
land County. He operates a mowing 
machine. He has been with the Com- 
mission since July of 1946. 

2414 Morgan ton Road 
Fayetteville, N. C. 
April 1, 1968 
Mr. Stacy Adcox 
P. O. Box 1150 
Fayetteville, N. C. 
Dear Mr. Adcox: 

In this day and time when so many 
people are too occupied with their 
own plans to have consideration for 
someone in need of help, it is indeed 
appreciated more than ever when 
that help is offered. 

I want to thank you again for tak- 
ing so much time to help me when 
my car stalled on Saturday afternoon 
on a crowded street in Fayetteville. 
You must have given me forty-five 
minutes of your time besides finally 
pulling my car by chain to a filling 
station — and then not accepting any 
money for your time and work. 

I was glad to know that you work 
for our Highway Department. 
Most sincerely, 
Louisa Rankin Macllwinen 
(Mrs. John H. Macllwinen) 

Two Location Department Field 
Survey parties are based within the 
boundaries of the Sixth Division. As- 
sistant Locating Engineer Ernest 
Cain, Jr., in Fayetteville and Donald 
E. Blalock in Lumberton. 

In the near future, through traffic on N.C. 87 between Reigelwood and 
Delco, N. C. will cease to use a narrow, winding three mile segment of N.C. 87. 
This new location will complete the upgrading of the thirty-five miles of N.C. 
87 from Elizabethtown to U.S. 74-76. The railroad grade crossing at Reigel- 
wood will be replaced with a three-span overhead structure. A five span struc- 
ture is being constructed across Livingston Creek, which will eliminate the 
hazards presented by the narrow bridge presently in use on existing N.C. 87 
at Acme. 

The roadway will be 24 feet in width constructed of bituminous concrete 
surface and binder placed on a coarse aggregate base course, together with ten 
feet shoulders of which four feet will be paved. 

This project is scheduled to be completed by November 1, 1968 at an es- 
timated contract cost of $928,000.00. 


Welcome to As 
sistant Division 
Engineer JOHN 
He and his family 
will be moving to 
Greensboro at an 
early date. 

We are glad to 
report that BOB 
Divisi a o r „ 0 c y o n rrespoTde„tBOB SANCTON 
are back at work after their absence 
due to illness. 

Welcome to the following men on 
Training Programs — KEITH P. 
These young men are always an as- 
set to our organization. 

Sgt. Kenneth Mitchell Faulk, son 
of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Faulk, is 
serving with the Headquarters Com- 
pany, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Di- 
vision in Vietnam. He joined the 
army in March, 1966 and has been 
in Vietnam since December, 1967. 


Sympathy is ex- 
tended to the fam- 
ily of JACK CAR- 
TER, Machine Op- 
erator III, Lee 
County, who died 
April 5th. M r . 
Carter had been 
employed with the 
State Highway 
Commission since 

Virginia Williamson September, 1945. 
Division Correspondent 

We regret to learn of the death of 
THOMAS L. CARTER, brother of 
W. A. CARTER, who is Maintenance 
Supervisor in Randolph County. Sym- 
pathy is extended to CLARENCE C. 
HARVELL, Maintenance Foreman in 
Randolph County, in the loss of his 

Congratulations to Ann and ROY 
WILLIAMS on the birth of their 
son, Douglas McLeod Williams, on 
March 18th. Roy is Division Traffic 
Engineer. Also, to DAVE BOYLS- 
TON on the birth of a new baby girl 
in his family; and ALBERT 
THOMPSON and wife on the adop- 
tion of their new baby. Dave and Al- 
bert are both in the Wagram Con- 
struction Party. 

If ED DARDEN, District Engi- 
neer in Rockingham, seems to be 
wearing an unusually big smile these 
days, it is because of the purchase of 
his new home, in Rockingham. All 
of us wish Mr. and Mrs. Darden 
every happiness in their new home. 

WOOD, JR., Engineering Aide in 
District 1, will be entering the Armed 
Services in April. 

J. O. BLACKMON with the Sign 
Department in Randolph County con- 
tinues to be out due to illness. E. E. 
HARDY, District II, Moore County, 
also continues to be out due to ill- 
ness. We hope both of these are soon 
going to be feeling better. 

We are glad to report that W. T. 
ALCON, Maintenance Foreman in 
Randolph County; W. G. GARNER, 

Mrs. Floy Burkhead, Secretary in 
the District Office in Asheboro, re- 
tired on April 1st, after having served 
the State of North Carolina for 32 
years — three years as a public school 
teacher and 29 years with the State 
Highway Commission. Floy was not 
only a hard-working, faithful, loyal, 
and efficient employee, but a friend 
to all employees of the Highway Com- 
mission. She will truly be missed by 
her fellow workers. We wish her a 
most enjoyable and restful retirement. 
She did not reveal any definite plans 
for retirement, other than enjoying 
her home and being with her family 
— Tom, her husband; her son Frank; 
and two grandchildren Debra Ann 
and Alton Lee Lennon. We believe 
Floy's retirement is a first for secre- 
taries in this division — others hav- 
ing either resigned before retirement 
or moved away. 

Floy, we shall miss you and we wish 
you every happiness, which is well 

Moore County Maintenance Depart- 
ment; and L. C. SINEATH, Moore 
County Maintenance are all back at 
their duties after extended illnesses. 
It is good to have each of you back 
on the job. 

We are glad to report that JAMES 
R. LOWRIMORE, Sanford Construc- 
tion party, is much improved after 
his illness and now ready to return 
to work. 

D. M. KUNCE, Landscape Super- 
visor, is most happy to have his son 
Dennis home now, following his ten- 
ure of service with the Army. While 
in service Dennis was in German and 

Welcome to Mrs. RONNIE 
WOODELL PREVO, Clerk in the 
Equipment Office in Asheboro, who 
has recently come to work with the 

GRAHAM CHEEK, Traffic Serv- 
ices Supervisor, and BILL ALLRED, 
Clerk, attended the Traffic Services 
Meeting in Raleigh on March 12, 13, 
and 14th. Both of these report a 
very enjoyable meeting. 

Friends will be saddened to learn of 
the death of GEORGE HOWARD 
YOW, who retired from his job as 
Truck Driver with the State Highway 
Commission on August 1, 1956. Mr. 
Yow was 78 years old. We extend 
sympathy to his family. 

It was with much sorrow that we 
learned of the death of Mrs. Madie 
Willis, wife of RILEY WILLIS, who 
is with the Maintenance Department 
in Hoke County. Mrs. Willis died on 
March 27th following an extended ill- 
ness. Not often does one have a friend 
with a cheerful smile and loving dis- 
position of Mr. Willis. Neighbors and 
friend always said she was never too 
busy to stop and lend a hand, bake a 
cake for them, or be by their side at 
a time of need. We extend sympathy 
to Riley and his daughter Jean; also 
the grandchildren, who will be with 
Mr. Willis for a few weeks until they 
return to their home. 

Miss Particia Ann McPherson be- 
came the bride of Merle Gene Phil- 
lips in a lovely ceremony in the Piney 
Grove Methodist Church in Siler City, 
March 1st. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Dave McPherson of Siler 
City and the bridegroom is the son of 
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Phillips of Bear 

The bridegroom is an Engineering 
Aide in the Resident Engineers office 
in Siler City. 

The newlyweds are living in Bear 


Our very best wishes for TOM 
DUNLAP, who retired from his work 
with the Hoke County Maintenance 
Department, on March 1st. Tom 
will be greatly missed by his fellow 

Welcome to Mrs. MARGARET 
FREEMAN LAMB, Secretary in the 
District Office in Asheboro. We hope 
you will enjoy your new work with 
the department. Mrs. Lamb will be 
filling the position formerly held by 
Mrs. Burkhead, who retired April 


Welcome back to 
DOTY who has 
! been on maternity 
leave. We are 
looking forward to 
Carol's bringing us 
a picture of her 
new daughter, Pa- 
mela Anne, for our 
Roadways Maga- 

Dorothy Phelps zme Carol is a 
Division Correspondent . . 

stenographer with the Appraisal 

We hope that Mr. JIM BRAD- 
FORD, Appraiser, will soon be able 
to return to work after having been 
a patient at Forsyth Memorial Hos- 
pital in Winston- Salem. Jim is now 
recuperating at his home. 

Mr. DON COX of the Appraisal 
Section has returned after having 
completed Course III sponsored by 
the A.I.R E.A. This course was given 
at Clemson University, Clemson, 
South Carolina. 

Services Department has returned af- 
ter having taken a short course in 
Traffic Engineering at V.M.I. Larry 
reports that although there was a lot 
of work to be done he enjoyed the 
course and trip. 

JACK CREWS, who has been em- 
ployed in the District II Office, has 
transferred to the Department of Ma- 
terials and Test and is working with 
TOM STANCELL in the field. 

The news from Road Oil Depart- 
ment will be short as the Spring 
weather we have experienced recent- 


The two "Men of the House" ap- 
pear to be in perfect harmony at the 
time Brenda happened to catch them 
napping. It is hard to tell who was 
more content, Baby Craig or Daddy 
Mac Yokeley. At any rate, we are 
glad that Sandra Teague brought this 
picture of her brother and nephew to 
share it with us. Sandra is a steno- 
grapher in the Personnel Office. 

Get well wishes go to RALPH 
HOWELL, M.O. I, Road Oil Depart- 
ment, Winston-Salem, who underwent 
surgery at N. C. Baptist Hospital. A 
speedy recovery to you. 

We welcome D. L. WALL, Engi- 
neer Trainee, to Road Oil Depart- 
ment. He comes to us from the Divi- 
sion 9 Construction Department, and 
for the next three month he will un- 
dergo training as a Staff Engineer 
in several departments at the Divi- 
sion 9 Office. 

Mr. and Mrs. TED HAMM are 
the proud parents of a baby girl, Mi- 
chelle Hope, who arrived on February 
28th. Mr. Hamm is with the Con- 
struction Department. 

Our sincere sympathy is extended 
to the family of Mr. W. S. RUS- 
SELL for the loss of his brother, 
JOHN WESLEY, on March 20th. 
Mr. W. S. Russell is also employed 
by the Construction Department of 
this Division. 

The Construction Department wel- 
FRANK HILL as new employees. 
Steve is a Highway Engineer and a 
graduate of Clemson College, Frank 
has been employed as an Enginering 

We're real glad to have back in the 
employ PHIL BERRIER, a Highway 
Engineer in Training, who has re- 
cently returned from a tour of duty 
in Vietnam. Welcome home and back 
to the Highway Commission, Phil! 

Proud parents in the Construction 
Office of W. D. ROTHROCK are RI- 
welcomed a baby girl on March 23rd. 
The baby, Angela Marie, was awfully 
proud to arrive before April Fool's 
Day! Best wishes to all of you. 

"Best Wishes" for a long and hap- 
py retirement to RAYMOND S. 
Kearns, who retired on April 1st was 
a Machine Operator in Davidson 
County and was employed for 8 
years. Mr. Hill, who retired on Feb- 
ruary 1st was a Truck Driver in Da- 
vidson County and was employed for 
20 years. 

We extend our deepest sympathy 
to the L. A. COOKE family at the 
death of Mr. Cooke's wife on January 
31st. Mr. Cooke is Road Maintenance 
Supervisor in Rowan County. 

"Best Wishes" for a long and hap- 
py retirement to FRANCIS W. 
SCHENK who retired on April 1st 
under disability. Mr. Schenk, who suf- 
fered a severe heart attack September 
28, 1967, was a Machine Operator in 
Rowan County and was employed for 
17 years. 

We wish a speedy recovery to the 
following employees: DONALD L. 
HONEYCUTT, Assistant District 
Engineer in District 1, who had an 
operation on March 5th; C. R. BUR- 
RELL, Machine Operator in Rowan 
County Maintenance Department who 
suffered a heart attack on January 
8th; LEROY TROUTMAN, Mainte- 
nance Foreman in Rowan County 
who has been out of work due to in- 
juries sustained in an on-the-job ac- 
cident on December 1, 1967; BRADY 
L. LEAZER, Machine Operator in 
Rowan County Maintenance Depart- 
ment who underwent surgery on Feb- 
ruary 27th. 

A long and happy retirement to 
Mr. L. U. KISER who was employ- 
ed as a Truck Driver with the Stokes 
County Maintenance Department 
prior to his retirement February 1st. 

Mr. J. W. DYSON returned to his 
former job as Truck Driver with the 
Davie County Maintenance Depart- 
ment on February 17th, after serving 
2 years with the U. S. Army. 

We wish to welcome Mr. T. O. 
GRUBBS, JR. to the Maintenance 
Department in Winston-Salem. Mr. 
Grubbs is a Highway Engineer in 
Training and was transferred from 
Construction to Maintenance on 
March 16th. 


Mr. R. L. CHEW, JR., District 
Engineer in the District Office, Win- 
ston-Salem returned to work March 
25th after an illness of 5 weeks. Wel- 
come back. 

Get well wishes are extended to 
Mr. JEFF BROWN, Machine Oper- 
ator I with Stokes County Mainte- 
nance Department. Mr. Brown has 
been absent from work due to illness 
since February 20th. Also to Mr. R. 
NEIL KEARNS, Road Maintenance 
Supervisor for Davie and Stokes 
Counties, Mr. L. W. CARTER and 
Mr. R. L. FULP, Machine Operator 
3's with Forsyth County Maintenance 
Department who are recuperating at 
home after recent surgery. 

Paraplegic is given cart. Mr. L. S. 
GIBBONS is able to get around and 
visit his neighbors due to the assist- 
ance of Mr. W. R. Roebuck, a driver 
for Hennis Freight Lines. Mr. Gib- 
bons is a paraplegic and was employ- 
ed as a Truck Driver with the For- 
syth County Maintenance Depart- 
ment when he was injured on the 
job in February of 1967. Mr. Roebuck 
heard of his condition, added hand 
controls, stop lights, a horn, painted 
and repaired a "E-Z Go" golf cart be- 
longing to the Easter Seal Society and 
presented it to Mr. Gibbons for his 

Right of Way personnel, including 
the two secretaries, attended the Dri- 
ver Improvement Training School 
with 99% attendance (Roscoe Left- 
wich in School in Georgia). We say 
thank you for an informative day 
which enriched our areas of safer and 
more courteous driving. RACINE 
VAN DUSEN felt well-informed when 
asked the next day to assist the Lit- 
tle Theater with its production of 

Welcome back, Georgia Cracker! 
ROSCOE LEFTWICH attended the 
University of Georgia at Athens for 
Appraisal I Course. 

Our compassion and wishes for a 
complete recovery to Mrs. Burnette 
Bessellieu of Wilmington, mother of 
talization was unexpected and we 
hope of short duration. 
EDITH CARPENTER and husband, 
Bill, spent a week's vacation in Jack- 
sonville, Florida. 

Sympathy is extended to Mr. W. 
N. NEWMAN and family in the re- 
cent death of his father. Mr. Newman 
is employed by the Equipment De- 

We extend our deepest sympathy 

upon the fatal accident of his broth- 
er on March 30th. 

We are glad to welcome back to 
work Mr. M. L. CULLER after his 
recent illness. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
the birth of twin girls, Brinda Lee 
and Robin Sue, on February 2nd. Mr. 
Williams is also employed by the 
Equipment Department. 


Condolences t o 
the family of BU- 
HARDT who pass- 
ed away on Feb- 
ruary 17th. Mr. 
Barnhardt was em- 
ployed with the 
Maintenance De- 
partment as a Ma- 
chine Operator I. 

Division cirier p C ondent Our sympathy is 
extended to the family of Mr. A. 
FLOYD PENNINGER, who passed 
away February 17th. Mr. Penninger 
was employed with the State High- 
way Commission for 44 years and was 
well known by all State Highway em- 

Congratulations to Mr. McAULEY 
C. BYRUM, JR., and Mr. HOWARD 
M. CRUTCHFIELD, JR. for success- 
fuly completing Course III of the 
American Institute of Real Estate 
Appraisers at Clemson, South Caro- 

Sympathy is extended to the fam- 
ily of Mr. J. H. WHITE in the death 
of Mrs. White's father. Mr. White 
is Maintenance Supervisor in Anson 

Sympathy is extended to the family 
of Mr. M. M. WRIGHT in the death 
of Mr. Wright's grandson. Mr. 
Wright is a Machine Operator II in 
Anson County. 

We welcome JOSIAH PERRY back 
to work after having surgery for a 
tumor in his neck. 

Congratulations to the following 
Stanly Maintenance employees who 
have recently been promoted: W. V. 
HUDSON from M.O. I to M.O. II 
and C. L. BURRIS from Truck Dri- 
ver to M.O. I. 

J. E. Davis— Top 
R. W. Turner— 2nd 
Grading Operations — Anson County 
H. E. Presler and M. M. Wright 


Top— R. L. Cash 
2nd— W. T. Ratliff and R. W. Martin 
J. B. Potter, Jr. 


Take 2 heaping cups of patience 

1 heartfull of love 

2 hands full of generosity 
Dash of laughter 

1 headfull of understanding 
Sprinkle generously with kindness 
Add plenty of faith and mix well 
Spread over a period of a lifetime 
And serve everybody you meet 

— Contributed by Aaren Kreme 

The adorable Michelle Taylor, 4- 
months-old grandson of C. B. Floyd 
of Division 10. Mr. Floyd is a M.O. 
Ill in Anson County. 

Eric William Thompson, 1-year-old 
son of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Thompson. 
Robert is a Clerk in District Office in 
Stanly County. 

Above, recent picture of G. W. Han- 
na and his eight brothers: Tom Han- 
na, Wadesboro; Ray Hanna, Mary- 
land; Jim Hanna, Wadesboro; George 
Hanna, Wadesboro; Robert Hanna, 
Summerduck, Va.; Henry Hanna, Ca- 
lif.; Jeff Hanna, Portsmouth, Va.; 
Clyde Hanna, Wadesboro; David 
Hanna, Holly Hill, Fla. and G. W. 
Hanna M.O. IV of Anson. 

Above, Mrs. Evelyn Carpenter, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George 
Hanna, and son-in-law, PFC Fulton 
Carpenter, who is now stationed in 
Frankfort, Germany is pictured be- 
low, is the husband of Evelyn. 

Tammie Joyce Thompson, 8 years 
old February 19, Daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. R. W. Thompson. Robert 
is employed in District Office. 

Employees o f 
the Eleventh Divi- 
sion were sadden- 
ed by the death of 
PITTS on March 
18th. Pitts, as he 
taiMii was known to his 

iSii f" enc ' s - came to 

MM work with the 
res Rogers t Commission i n 


Dolores Rogers 

September of 1946 
and worked with the Construction 
Department until December of 1961 
when he came to work in the Divi- 
sion Office in the capacity of Staff 
Engineer. He retired on disability 
September 30, 1966. We extend our 
condolences to his family. 

Sympathy is extended to District 1 
employee S. S. SHERMER whose 
mother passed away March 1st and 
to District 1 employee W. R. BILL- 
INGS whose son, J. K. Billings, was 
killed in an automobile accident on 
March 2nd. 

C. A. AMBURN who works out of 
the Elkin Office is beaming over his 
new grandson, Johnny Gray Bruner, 
III, who was born March 2nd. 

Get well wishes are extended to 
District 1 employees W. D. HAL- 

Welcome to the following new em- 
ployees in Surry County Mainte- 
nance: J. C. FREEMAN, H. L. 

DOUG MELTON, Clerk in the El- 
kin District Office, has announced 
that he is the proud owner of a new 
red Mustang. 

Congratulations to LARRY FRAN- 
CIS, Landscape employee, on his re- 
cent marriage. 

Shown here is a bridge under construction over NC-89 — US-52, left lane 
by-pass around Mount Airy — Project 6.7410039. 

Resident Engineer T. E. Gwyn and Inspector W. R. Pendleton are shown 
looking over a bridge ready for final inspection on Project 8.1767602, relocation 
of US-601, near Mount Airy. 

This bridge over Fisher River is a portion of Project 8.1767502, relocation 
of US-601 near Dobson, is being constructed by W. F. Brinkley & Son, Con- 
struction Co., Granite Quarry, N. C. 

This rock cut being moved on US-52, left lane, Project 6.7410039, near 
Mount Airy. Troy Smith Construction Company, Mount Airy, N. C, is the 

married to VENITA MORTON of 
Hickory on February 3rd. 

Right-of-Way folks honored MARK 
WILLIS with a farewell party in 
March, as Mark will be transferring 
to Greenville on April 15th. 

Inspector II, resigned after seven 
years employment with the Shelby 
Construction Office. His friends gave 
him a farewell supper in Charlotte 
on March 29th. 

Engineer, moved his family into their 
new home between Shelby and Kings 

Sympathy is extended to the fam- 
ily of Mr. J. A. TUTTEROW. Mr. 
Tutterow, an employee in Iredell 
County, passed away March 12th. 

Sympathy is extended to Mr. ZEB 
SPEECE, Iredell County employee, 
whose wife passed away March 7th. 

Sympathy is extended to Mr. C. L. 
PAYNE, Alexander County employ- 
ee, whose father recently passed away. 

Mr. TOM CHERRY, Catawba 
County employee, has a right to be 
doubly happy. His son, Tommy, who 
is a Senior in Engineering Operations 
and Production Control, at North 
Carolina State University, recently 

Welcome to MI- 
as Clerk in Dis- 
trict 1 Office in 

On the sick list 
in District 1 are 
E. W. LIPS- 
COMB, JR. of 
Cleveland County 

Jean Cline HOYLE of Cleve- 

Division Correspondent [and County. 

It's good to have HENRY DELL- 
INGER back at work after an ex- 
tended illness. 

Sympathy is extended to Steno- 
grapher MARTHA ALLEN of Dis- 
trict 1 in the death of her father, A. 
W. Smith, of Americus, Ga. 

Congratulations to D. M. PEN- 
NINGTON, Engineering Aide in 
Shelby Construction Party, who was 


Above little Tim, son of Mrs. Doris 
McEntire, who is employed in Resi- 
dent Engineer R. R. Nichols' office 
and Mr. McEntire of Shelby. 

made the Dean's List. Tommy's wife, 
Betty Jean, graduated at Meredith 
College, Raleigh, during the Fall Se- 
mester, with a Bachelor of Arts De- 
gree in Home Economics. 

L. J. BROWN, JR. of the States- 
ville residency answered the call of 
"Uncle Sam". 

Sarah Jane Allen married Richard 
Paul Hord on February 3rd. Jane is 
the daughter of Mrs. Martha Allen in 
District 1 Office and Hill Carl Allen 
with the Equipment Department in 
Shelby. She is a Senior at Crest High 
School and Richard is with Air Na- 
tional Guards at Charlotte. 

Oil Department has been on the sick 
leave, and it is hoped he will be able 
to return to work in April. 

F. E. SCHRUM of Gaston County 
Maintenance has not come down from 
the clouds after the arrival of his 
first grandchild, a girl — name — Ed- 
wena Machelle. 

Welcome back to work to R. J. 
GOINS after an extended illness. 

It's good to have J. R. FRIDAY 
back at work after being away from 
work on sick leave. 

FLOYD F. WARREN of District 
2 Maintenance is on sick leave — 
wishes for a speedy recovery are ex- 
tended to Mr. Warren. 

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Queen are 
the proud parents of a daughter, Eli- 
sa Kay Queen, born February 13. Eu- 
gene is with the Hickory Construction 

The Twelfth Division wishes the 
mer Resident Engineer at Statesville, 
in his promotion to Asst. Division 
Engineer in Greensboro. He will most 
certainly be missed by all in the 
Twelfth Division. 

Best wishes go to JERRY L. 
RUPPE who has assumed the duties 
of Resident Engineer at Statesville. 

Congratulations to the following 
employees in the Statesville Resi- 
dency on new additions to their 
families: Mr. and Mrs. D. R. OR- 
REN, a daughter born in November; 
Mr. and Mrs. F. H. WEBSTER, JR., 
a daughter born in January; Mr. and 
Mrs. D. L. BOLT, a daughter born in 
January and to Mrs. ANDY RIM- 
MER, secretary in the Statesville 
residency on the birth of a daughter 
on March 8th, whose name is Sandra 

N. A. LEWIS, JR. has transferred 
from J. L. RUPPE residency to the 
residency of C. C. MAUNEY in 

D. R. ORREN of the Statesville 
residency has resigned to accept other 

Division Correspondent 

EARL McENTIRE, Division Staff 
Engineer got a promotion and is now 
a Resident Engineer. His first project 
will be construction of the interchange 
East of the Smoky Mountain Bridge. 

Congratulations are also in order 
for GENE EDMUNDS, Division 
Traffic Engineer and CLYDE BALL, 
Resident Engineer, on passing the 
Professional Engineer's examination. 

Welcome to the District Office to 
DAVID PATTON, Engineer-in- 
Training. David has been working 
with the Division Staff Engineer and 
we hope he will be happy in the Dis- 
trict Office!! 

Oil Supervisor has been in the hospi- 
tal, but tells us he is gradually re- 
covering from the shock. Eddie hopes 
to be back in another two weeks and 
is, in the meantime, catching up on 
his reading. 

Our deepest sympathy to EARL 
McENTIRE on the recent loss of his 
father, Rev. A. A. McEntire, on 
March 17th. 

Our news from the Landscape De- 
partment this month is that HO- 
WARD J. SPROUSE recently at- 
tended ceremonies conducted at Fort 
Bragg. Several hundred troops grad- 
uated from basic and specialized train- 
ing and Howard had a reason for 
being there — his son, Billy, was 
among those completing their course 
of training. Howard said his trip 
brought back old memories of his 
days in the Army during World War 

LEY HONEYCUTT recently under- 
went treatment in Asheville hospi- 
tals. They are both back on the job 
now and feeling somewhat better, al- 
though they could not find the rea- 
sons for Harleys cap twisting around 
on his head or his occasional spells of 
stammering when trying to give di- 
rections to people seeking advice. 

These two little dolls are the daugh- 
ters of Gene Edmunds, Division Traf- 
fic Engineer. Jane, on the left, is three 
and Susan is two. 

Above is a project picture taken a year apart. This is also part of the West 
Asheville - Weaverville connection and part of the Appalachian program. Com- 
pletion of this section is expected to be July, 1968. Asheville Contracting Co. 
and Wilson Construction are the contractors. Overpass is for children to cross to 
get to the school. 



Miss Carolyn Elaine Bowman, one- 
month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
K. E. Bowman. Mr. Bowman is High- 
way Inspector III in Division 13, Ken 
Rabb's Office. Carolyn was born Feb- 
ruary 28th. 

Picture shows bridge carrying Dog- 
wood Drive traffic over 1-40. 

Grading from Dogwood Drive look- 
ing West on 1-40. Resident Engineer 
is Bob Adams and the contractors 
are Burns & Spangler and Structures 

This project will tie in on the West 
with the existing Canton Bypass and 
on the East with the 1-40 and 1-26 

Service road into Westgate shopping center on U.S. 19-23 is part of the 
Hanover Street - Patton Avenue connector which will also tie in with the new 
bridge. The retaining wall in middle right of picture is 260' long and 25' high. 
Contractor is Bowers Construction Company. 


Rock Cut looking Northeast. End 
Resident Engineer, Division 13. 

GUS HEDDEN, also of Landscape 
has been talking a lot lately of fly- 
ing — we wonder if he has in mind 
a trip to see his twin grandchildren 
in Germany? 

WILLIAM CARTER recently vi- 
sited his son Kenneth and family near 
Camp Lejeune. He reports he had a 
wonderful time. We would like to ad- 
vise Bill to get a heavier test line 
next time he goes fishing in the 
ocean. Seems his line kept breaking 
— we bet there was something on his 
line bigger than a crappie. 

Landscape grapevine has it that 
W. L. EDWARDS and his wife have 
been seen looking over baby clothes. 
We know "Buddy" isn't going to tip 
his hand, but we wonder!!!!! 

Army SP-5 James H. Wright, son 
of JAMES N. WRIGHT of Division 
13 Landscape recently received a 
commendation from his Commanding 
Officer, along with a promotion to 
SP-5. We know James is proud of his 
son and are also aware that commen- 
dations received in the Army are 
highly deserved. 

CHRISTINE McKAY, daughter of 
Andy Ray, the Voice of Asheville, 
was recently reunited with her hus- 
band, Lt. E. C. McKay in Honolulu, 
Hawaii for a week. Lt. McKay has 
now rejoined his unit in Vietnam 
where he is a helicopter pilot. Chris- 
tine is hoping he will be back for 
good in August, when his tour of 

Project No. 8.3191102. P. R. Robinson, 

duty finishes. Mrs. Ray had custody 
of Fang, the cat, while Christine was 
away and was more than glad when 
her "tour of duty" was up. 

News from the Right of Way De- 
partment is that LINDSAY DEAN 
was transferred to Greensboro and 
ROYCE OGLE has joined the de- 
partment in the secondary road field. 

We hear that secretary NANCY 
VALLANO is expecting a blessed 
event about June!! 

CLYDE ORR, Area Landscape 
Supervisor, has been on the Jury 
this week. Doesn't it make you feel 
you can sleep better nights knowing 
that such an upright SOLID citizen 
is taking care of our interests????? 

We hear that HARRIET GOS- 
SETT, secretary in the Division Of- 
fice recently spent a day in Charlotte 
catching up on her shopping!!! 

We were all sad to hear of the re- 
cent death of FURMAN (JUG) 
MERRILL who was with the State 
from July, 1928 until he retired with 
a disability in 1955. 

DAN MARTIN, Assistant Resident 
Engineer in PAUL ROBINSON's 
Office has made a good recovery from 
his recent illness and is back working 

reported to work with M. C. ADAMS, 
Resident Engineer at Candler. 

LESTER WILDE was transferred 
to BOB ADAMS' Office from the of- 
fice of CLYDE BALL, Resident En- 

sistant Resident Engineer, has been 
promoted to Resident Engineer and 
has transferred to Division 5 at Ox- 
ford. Congratulations Joe and we all 
wish you the best of luck in your 
new job. 

This is also a part of the West Asheville - Weaverville connection and part 
of the Appalachian program. Completion of this section is expected to be 
around July 1968. Asheville Contracting Co., and Wilson Construction are the 

This picture shows a curb and gutter machine owned by Asheville Con- 
tracting Co. You can clearly see the before and after effect, and it should be 
noted that this machine requires only one operator. This is part of the curb 
and gutter work on the West Asheville - Weaverville connection. 

The two above pictures were taken in Rutherford County, the left view 
looking east from Ohio St. Ext., below Spindale. The contractor is A. R. Thomp- 
son: Res. Engr.: A. L. Neal. The picture on the right is also in Rutherford 
County view looking Northwest from Ohio St. Ext., below Spindale, Contr. is 
drilling and blasting rock cut Sta. 49too-52too. Contr.: A. R. Thompson and the 
Res. Engr. A. L. Neal. 

The picture on the left shows the excavating under temporary trestles 
carrying southern R. R. across site of West Henderson St. Underpass in Marion. 
Contr.: Crowder Construction Co., Charlotte, N. C. Res. Engineer: A. L. Neal. 


Brice and Brian, one-year-old iden- 
tical twins and brother Daniel, four- 
years-old, shown here with their fa- 
ther and mother, Sgt. Ernest Davis 
and his wife, Annie. Annie is the 
daughter of Gus Hedden of Land- 

A Highway Employee 

Three Goldsboro fishermen, strand- 
ed five miles from shore in the At- 
lantic Ocean for more than 32 hours, 
were rescued by the Coast Guard. 
Charles Bell associated with Ben-Ty- 
ler Co., and G. W. Walters, 61, who 
has been employed by the State High- 
way Commission for 30 years, and 
John Rich, 30, left Sneads Ferry 
about 8 A.M. one Sunday recently to 
try out the 16 foot boat belonging 
to Walters and to do some Spring 

According to the account of the 
story the outboard motor on the boat 
developed mechanical trouble, even 
though there was plenty of gas 
aboard the craft when found by the 
Coast Guard. The men were in good 
shape except for complaints of being 
cold and a little hungry. Friends and 
relatives had not been able to tell 
the searchers where the men had 
planned to go when they left the 
landing that Sunday morning. 

Thirty-foot Coast Guard boats 
from Swansboro and Wrightsville 
Beach with the aid of aircraft, search- 
ed the intercoastal waterways and the 
ocean in the vicinity of Sneads Ferry 
after dawn on Monday. 

The Swansboro-based Coast Guard 
boat located the men and towed 
them to the landing here. There were 
quite a few people assisting in the 
search for the men, the Onslow Coun- 
ty Sheriffs Dept., the Wayne County 
Sheriff's Dept. and military officials 
from Camp Lejeune. This was quite 
an experience and one that the men 
reported that they never want to go 
through again, and they were certain- 
ly grateful when found. 

The new bridge will involve some complicated tie-ins with other projects. 
These are some interesting pictures, because some were taken just about one 
year apart. Paul Robinson is Resident Engineer and John Mills of same of- 
fice took the pictures. 

This picture was taken on January 24, 1967 and you can actually see the 
smoke from the explosion when they were shooting and blasting rock out for 
the ramp going into Patton Avenue to tie in with the new bridge. 

News has not 
been forthcoming 
from outside our 
building and I 
haven't "gotten 
around" these days 
to snoop, conse- 
quently this colu- 
umn is lacking in 
length. Again I re- 
mind all of you 
Allyce Cunningham .l i ii.;,, :„ V r>ur 
Division Correspondent tnat ttUS 1S y OUr 

column and without you it falls 
through. Don't let me down! 

Guess 'tis spring fever — this do- 
less feeling — or maybe need a bottle 
of Geritol — This little poem found 
and expresses my feelings right now: 
I would I were a tree asleeping in 

the shade, 
With all the bills I've got to pay 

I would I were beside the sea or 

sailing in a boat, 
With all the things I've got to write 

I would I were on yonder hill abask- 

ing in the sun, 
With all the things I've got to do 

I would like to tell KEITH HUND- 
LEY that I'm trying but as yet 
haven't found anything to equal our 
bull story — just don't lose faith in 
me, I'm working on it. 

Happy Fishing all youse guys! 

Taken one year later. Contractors are Asheville Contracting Company and 
Wilson Construction. 

Highway News 

By Marion O'Neil 
D. L. HARRELL and R. P. TUR- 
NER, Staff Appraisers have been ad- 
vised by the American Institute of 
Real Estate Appraisers that they re- 
ceived passing grades on Appraisal 
Course III. Don and Bob recently 
attended the Institute's Course at 
Clemson University. Congratulations! 

SHIRLEY EZELL, Secretary in 
the Right of Way Division Office has 
recently returned from the land of 
"SUNSHINE ". From the pretty tan, 
we know she, hubby Don and little 
Donna enjoyed their Florida trip. 

ther was recently injured in an auto 
accident; sad news but we're pulling 
for his speedy recovery. 


Water Problems In Western N. C. 

Not all water problems posed for road builders are 
found on the coast a project nearing completion in the 
far west, »ln Graham County, also had problems, which 
were overcome. 

US 129, was a narrow, winding road from Robinsville 
to Sanyeetlah Church. Construction of a 120-foot bridge 
over a neck of the Lake, where the water is 65 feet, cut 
over 4 miles of mountain road building off the project. 

Th roadway covers some of the roughest terrain in the 
mountains, and called for moving 2,500,000 cubic yards of 
earth and rock. 

The bridge cost $441,267. A crane on a barge excavated 
for the foundation, and Ray Collins, diver for the bridge 
department, went down 40 feet in 40-degree water to 
direct the work. An 8 per cent curve on the roadway is 
an approach to the bridge, while in the center of the 
bridge a 200-foot spiral curve connects with a 2 per cent 
curve on the other end. 

Project cost $3,300,000. Dickerson, Inc., Monroe, had 
structures and Wilkes Contracting Company, Asheville, 
the roadway. 

Editors Note: Picture on Inside Back Cover. 

Picture shows the additional bridge being built over the 
French Broad River on U.S. 19-23 in Asheville which will 
run parallel with the present Smoky Park Highway Bridge. 

The new bridge is part of the Appalachian Development 
program and work was started on January 9, 1967 with 
an anticipated date of completion of September 1, 1968. 

Some specifications on the new bridge are that it is 
1315.25 feet long and will span two highways, the French 
Broad River and the Southern Railroad. It will be 52 feet 
wide from curb to curb and will carry the East bound traf- 
fic to tie in with other projects under construction. 

Cost of construction will be approximately $1,317,615.00 
and materials used will include approximately 6,265 cubic 
yards of concrete; 1,056,710 lbs. reinforced steel and ap- 
proximately 2,851,200 lbs. of structural steel. 

One very interesting thing about this project is that it 
brings back together some of the people who built the 
Smoky Park Bridge. Bowers Construction Company was 
the contractor and is even using some of the men who 
worked on the existing bridge and the Resident Engineer 
is George Prescott, who was also Resident Engineer of 
the original bridge which was started on May 31, 1948 
and completed and opened to traffic on October 2, 1950. 

Photographer — Malcolm Gamble, Citizen Times 

WHITEWATER FALLS ROAD — Completed April 5, 
1968 — at corner of Transylvania-Jackson counties, near 
South Carolina line. Bridge is across Whitewater River, 
and the falls, 500 feet away, are the highest in Eastern 
America — 800 feet, and much higher than Niagara. South 
Carolina already has paved to road line. 

Roadway is 3*/2 miles, and built by A. B. Burton Com- 
pany, of Lynchburg, Va. Bridge by Hayes Block Com- 
pany, Franklin. Project cost $1% millions. George Clay- 
ton, resident engineer. Here is a picture of the bridge. 

Connecting link between end of above project and US 64 
due to be let when some Forestry money available. Des- 
tined to be a major scenic spot of the entire mountain re- 

4,000 Tons of Asphalt being paved per day — Workmen 
are putting down up to 4,000 tons of asphalt per day on 
the Pigeon River link of Interstate 40 down scenic road 
leading to Tennessee. Road due to be opened late this 
fall. Project is 22 miles long, will cost about $33 millions, 
most of it through rock. Robert Pless, resident engineer. 


Nearly Completed Tunnel On 140 In Western North Carolina 

(Photo by Gordon Deans) 


RALEIGH, N. C. 27602 

Return Requested 




Raleigh, N. C. 
Permit No. 287 


MAY-JUNE 1968 

Nortfc Carolina State Library 

N. C. 



Published bi-monthly for employees of 
The North Carolina State Highway Commission 
By the Highway Commission 
Public Relations Department 


Public Relations Officer Keith Hundley 

Editor Frances Newhouse 

Associate Editor Jewel Adcock 

Receptionist Janie Williams 

Photographer Gordon Deans 


Operations of Chief Engineer 1 

Extra Vehicular Permit Department 3 

Safety and Emergency Planning 4 

Will Deslickers Work? 

Accident Sections Creates New Jobs 

Pot Luck 


Right of Way Annual Golf Tournament 12 

Connecticut Capers 15 

Ward Boulevard 19 

N.C.S.H.P.E.A. News 21 

Hunter D. Irving Retires 


East To West Attractions 24 and 29 

Green River Bridge 25 

Headquarters 30 

Division News 36 




Don Matthews, Jr. John F. McNair, III 

W. W. Exum George L. Hundley 

Ashley M. Murphy George H. Broadrick 

Carl Renfro Raymond Smith 

J. B. Brame W. B. Garrison 

Carl Meares James G. Steceleather, Jr. 

Thomas S. Harrington W. Curtis Russ 

W. F. Babcock State Highway Administrator 

C. W. Lee Chdsf Engineer 

George Welloughby Secondary Roads Officer 

William M. Ingram Controller 


Our Cover for this issue of ROADWAYS is a scenic 
view of a road on the Interstate System. This particular 
one being 1-26, with the Blue Bidge Parkway crossing in 
the distance near Biltmore Estates in Asheville. 

Photo by Bill Hood (Photogrammetry) 

Operations of 
Chief Engineer 

The Chief Engineer's headquarters are located on the 
first floor of the new addition to the Highway Building. 
It is from this suite of offices that Chief Engineer Cam- 
eron W. Lee directs the Engineering forces of the State 
Hghway Commission. This involves administration 
through the four Assistant Chief Engineers, Division En- 
gineers and various Departments of over 9,000 permanent 
employees, plus around 2,200 temporary employees and 
the work of approximately 2,500 prison inmates. Since 
the total labor force of the Commission is in the neigh- 
borhood of 15,500, the chances are over eight to one that 
you work for the Chief Engineer. 

Assistant Chief Engineer Ivan Hardesty has adminis- 
trative control over the Division organization, the Ferry 
system, the Permit Department and the Safety and 
Emergency Planning Department. 

With very few exceptions, the entire work of the 
State Highway Commission is culminated in the work 
of the Division Engineers in the constructon, improve- 
ment, maintenance and operation of the Highway Sys- 
tem. For instance, the State Highway Commission meet- 
ing in official session selects an improvement project; 

Secretary to Mr. Lee 

Chief Engineer 

Advance Planning, subject to the concurrence of the 
Planning Board, determines the concept, the corridor 
and design standards Location and Design (Bridge and 
Roadway) will determine exact location and prepare 
plans; it is let to contract and the Division Engineer, 
through the Resident Engineer, supervises the construc- 
tion which, when completed, is maintained and operated 
by the Division Engineer through the District Engineer 
and/or Traffic Services Supervisor, Road Oil Supervisor 
and the Landscape Supervisor. True, many other Depart- 
ments have their "hand in the pie" in all these phases 
of the Highway business. These other departments have 
been featured in previous issues of Roadways as have 
the three other Assistant Chief Engineers, of Construction 
and Maintenance, Bridge, and Preconstruction. 

The work of the Permit Department is growing daily. 
Anyone desiring to move a vehicle or load which exceeds 
the legal weight or size limit must secure a permit from 
this Department. The Division and District Engineers 
have been authorized to issue routine permits with the 
larger and heavier moves going direct to the Permit 
Department. Since so many permits involve bridge load 
limits, this Department is located adjacent to the 
Bridge Department and these two departments work 
very closely together. An average of 4,500 permits are 
issued each month, 3,500 by the central office, 1,000 by 
the Divisions. 


(Assistant Chief Engineer) 
The Permit Department 

This department is a service organization, its functions 
are far and wide in this respect. No sooner do we honor 
requests for moves by one contractor to job site, do we 
have requests from others to move their equipment into 
other project locations throughout the State. 

The Extra Vehicular Permit Department of the High- 
way Commission is a department that adequately and 
efficiently serves the public with which it is in constant 
direct contact. It is the issuing agent for permits issued 
by the N. C. State Highway Commission for loads or ob- 
jects over the legal dimensions for width, weight, height 
or length for movements over the primary and/or secon- 
dary highways of North Carolina by authority as estab- 
lished in Section 20-119 of the Motor Vehicle Laws of 
North Carolina. 

The Permit Department is a section of the Bridge 
Design Department but serves directly under Mr. Ivan 
Hardesty, Assistant Chief Engineer. The department's 
prime function is the processing and issuing of over 
dimension permits from telephone, telegraph, written and 
personal requests. Requests for permits involve move- 
ment of mobile homes, houses, various types of construc- 
tion equipment such as dozers, scrapers, cranes, shovels, 
pavers, rollers either self-propelled or hauled on tractor 
trailer; various types of utility and electrical equipment 
such as transformers and circuit breakers, Government 
moves such as boats, tanks, various types of aircraft and 
aircraft parts, rockets, missile and space vehicles, radar, 
radio, antenna and other communication equipment. In 
issuing these permits it is believed that the most important 
single fact is protection. Protection of our highways and 
bridges from undue damages and extreme deterioration 
resulting from heavy loads. Protection of the regular 
users of our highways from abuse by owners of oversize 

vehicles and their loads on roads where they should not 
be permitted; protection of structures over highways 
which may be hit and severely damaged by overheight 
loads; looking after the safety of those requesting per- 
mits, and preventing damage to their equipment, which 
could very well happen if permits are erroneously issued; 
preventing loads in excess of legal limits from crossing 
low capacity bridges. Permits must frequently be refused 
for this reason. Assisting those who request permits by 
searching for alternate permissible routes when permits 
must be refused over routes requested. 

In order for an ind vidual to efficiently process and is- 
sue these permits he must have a thorough knowledge of 
the State Highway System as to where the highways 
are by route designations; the conditions of the highways 
at all times; the capacity of the highway and the struc- 
tures thereon; the vertical clearances of overhead obstruc- 
tions such as overpasses, overhead signs, utility lines, 
etc.; the connecting highways for main cities, towns and 
other points in rural areas that are constantly requested 
to be used by applicants of permils so that he may rapid- 
ly determine what routes an applicant can move an over 
dimensional load from point of origin to destination. He 
must also have knowledge of Laws and Policy governing 
the issuance of permits in order to be able to determine 
quickly if a permit can be or cannot be issued. 

As to the efficiency of the Department, it is believed 
that the records speak well for the employees. The de- 
partment has seldom had to carry over requests for 
permits until the next day before being processed and 
delivered. The department works hard and takes pride in 
its record of serving the public promptly and efficiently. 
The public has learned that they can expect immediate 

Commission Secretary 


Assistant to Mrs. Myrtle Wall 

by applicants as "Mr. Permit". Familiarity with all the 
duties involved in the Permit Department does not come 
easily or quickly and his experience is invaluable to the 
Department. Mr. Sutton handles telephone requests and 
the requests from individuals in person as well as super- 
vising the remaining team of five. 

Assisting Mr. Sutton is Bill Hagwood, who has been 
with the Commission 13 years and in the Permit Depart- 
ment 2Y 2 years. Bill works the other phone along with 
Mr. Sutton and also takes personal requests. The de- 
partment has data on all state and county bridges in the 
Highway System and it is his responsibility to see that 
all data is current, up to date and filed for each structure. 

The real worker on the team is Mary Stuart Allen who 
is secretary and typist. Mary Stuart is most efficient in 
handling the large amount of correspondence, typing all 
the permits, operating a direct tie line machine to the 
Western Union and keeping files on all permits issued 
for two years. It is also her responsibility to order sup- 
plies and forms that are used in the department. 

Another member of the staff is Dan Woodall who is 
relatively new in the office. Dan has been in the depart- 
ment since February. His duties are receiving telegram 
request from the direct tie line teletype printer from 
the Western Union and writing up the permits for re- 
quests received by telegram. Dan also handles mail 
correspondence and does some receiving by telephone. 


service This is evidenced by the fact that frequently, 
during rush periods, calls are received for permits to 
be issued by wire and two hours or so later, follow-up 
calls are received wanting to know what has happened 
the the permit. 

At the present time, the Permit Department is is- 
suing an average of approximately 243 permits each day 
with the largest day, so far for one day, being 388. For 
the past twelve months the Department has issued 43,237 
permits with a monthly average of 3,603. These figures 
can hardly compare with a total of 8,294 permits issued 
for one year ten years ago. The volume of work continues 
to increase and we project that by the end of this year 
the department will have issued approximately 60,000 

Heading up the Permit Department is D. B. Sutton, 
Highway Office Manager, who has been with the de- 
partment for 14 years. Mr. Sutton is often referred to 

Left to Right: Frank Murray, Margary Pearsall and 
Dan Woodall. 


Rounding out our team of full time employees is F. A. 
Murray. Frank is our draftsman who does all the draft- 
ing on our many maps. He makes route changes, adds 
structures and the number of structures; adds and re- 
cords the clearances of the many structures as shown on 
our maps both state and county. Frank also helps in writ- 
ing up permit requests that are received by mail and 
telegram during the rush hours. 

Closing out the staff is Margary Pearsall who is a 
part time employee with the Permit Department. Margie 
works only during the lunch hour each day and during 
days when the requests are so heavy that the regular 
staff needs help. Margie assists Mrs. Allen in the typing 
of permits and is regularly assigned to the Bridge Design 
Department. She has been with the Commission since 
October, 1967. 

Although each employee is assigned certain duties, at 
one time or another, all must be capable of filling in for 
others who are absent for one reason or another. Like 
many other Departments with the Highway Commission, 
the permit department deals directly with the public 
constantly and it is our prime desire to furnish them the 
service they desire in order that the Commission's public 
image is preserved. 

At the present time no fee is charged for overdimen- 
sional hauling permits, making North Carolina one of 
the few remaining states offering th's valuable service at 
no cost to the traveling public. 


Safety and Emergency Planning 


The Safety Department was organized in 1940, when 
it was generally recognized that the State Highway Com- 
mission needed to set up procedures and policies for 
conducting a continuing Safety Program in all of its 
divisions, sub-divisions and departments, and for all its 

The objectives of the Safety Department are set forth 
in a manual of Safety Rules and Regulations. The prin- 
cipal objective is to develop and place in effect a sound 
and practical Safety Program designed to protect the 
persons, lives, and health of all State Highway Commis- 
sion employees and to reduce or prevent accidents, loss 
of time, and damage to property and equipment. Other 
objectives are to reduce the monetary losses incident to 
accidents and injuries, to both the employees and the 
Commission, by the elimination of accidents; and to in- 
crease the safety of highway users by the maintenance of 
safe working conditions, equipment and practices. 

In 1963, the Safety Department was reorganized. This 
reorganization included combining the Safety and Emer- 
gency Planning responsibilities under one Department 
Head. This reorganization also assigned the direction 
and supervision of this department to the Chief Engi- 
neer's office. The Safety Department is staffed to the 
Assistant Chief Engineer — Administration, Ivan Har- 

The objectives of the Emergency Planning Department 
include coordinating the Emergency Planning responsi- 
bilities of the State Highway Commission with other 
agencies. This department also supervises the training 
and indoctrination of the personnel assigned specific du- 
ties that enhance the State Highway Commission's capa- 
bility under emergency conditions; whether emergency 
situations due to nuclear warfare or due to a natural 

The Safety and Emergency Planning offices are lo- 
cated in the Thompson Building at 122 N. McDowell 
Street. This department is one of the few that is not 
located in the Highway Building. The department is 
manned by Gerald Fleming, Safety and Emergency 
Planning Engineer, and two very competent and effi- 
cient ladies, Miss Mary Anne Jobe, Statistician and 
Safety Bulletin Editor, and Mrs. Dot Hayes, Secretary. 

Miss Jobe has the responsibility of preparing our 
monthly Safety Bulletin. This Safety Bulletin serves to 
inform you of the accident experience across the State. 
Miss Jobe also collects pertinent articles and information 
that will be of interest to everyone. She is responsible 
for recording the necessary statistics which play such an 
important part in our routine activities concerning your 

The Safety Bulletin is widely distributed all over the 
United States as well as to the Highway Commission 
employees. Approximately 200 copies are distributed to 
various universities, colleges and schools upon request. 
The Safety Bulletin is also forwarded to most of the 
States on a reciprocating basis. This exchange of in- 
formation is helpful in keeping this department better 

Mrs. Hayes has the responsibility for recording our 
accident experience. This department maintains a card 
file on each of the permanent employees. This file lists 
the accident experience and the date each employee is 
to receive a safety award. From the information in the 
files, she is able to prepare the Safety Award Selection 
and Certification Sheets which are distributed to each 
department for award selection. Mrs. Hayes also is re- 
sponsible for the volumes of correspondence that are 
distributed from this office as well as other routine du- 

The Safety Department occupies a unique position in 
the State Highway Commission organization; unique in 
that this department is in the business of selling and pro- 
moting attitudes in our daily activities. We are in the 
business of convincing our employees that good sound 
common judgment should be an integral part of our 
daily activity. 

In our efforts to inform our employees of sound acci- 
dent prevention practices and to encourage good safety 
attitudes, the Safety Department has sponsored several 
programs. The First Aid Training for our employees in 
the divisions has been the most comprehensive and has 
been well received. This program has proven its worth 
many times over. There have been many instances in 
which the basic knowledge of First Aid has been very 
useful. We will continue to encourage and make avail- 
able the Standard First Aid Course to at least one-third 
of our employees each year. This department is work- 
ing toward sponsoring a Medical Self-Help Program 
for the Raleigh personnel sometime in the future. 

The Defensive Driving Course has recently been con- 
ducted on a State wide basis for State Highway Com- 
mission employees. This course was given to well over 
8,000 of the employees to date. The Motor Vehicles De- 
partment is to be commended on the methods and 
thoroughness of the instruction made available to our 
employees. This offcie has received many good com- 
ments as to the worth of this course. 

The Safety Department has recently sponsored a 
Fire Prevention Training Course for selected division 

MRS. DOT HAYES, Secretary 

personnel. This series is being taught by representatives 
from the State Insurance Department. Mr. Elwood Ins- 
coe heads the Fire and Rescue Service in the Insurance 
Department and has conducted the sessions in the divi- 
sions to date. This series has been temporarily post- 
poned until the fall, due to increased activity during 
the summer months. 

The State Highway Commission is a member of the 
National Safety Council. Through the membership in 
the Council, this department has access to the publica- 
tions of the Council, the centralized collection of statisti- 
cal data and the expert advice available from knowledge- 
able professional safety people. Some of the data pub- 
lished in the National Safety Council literature has 
been reprinted in our monthly Safety Bulletin. This de- 
partment will continue to make available to all State 
Highway Commission employees any information that 
might help in creating a better accident prevention atti- 

The Governor of North Carolina has delegated to 
the State Highway Commission certain duties and re- 
sponsibilities as assigned in the State Plan for Emer- 
gency Management of Resources and the State Disaster 
Plan. The State Plan for Emergency Management of 
Resources is a plan designed to enable this State to 
conserve life and resources in the event of a Nuclear 
War. This department coordinates the State Highway 
Commission responsibility with the Civil Defense Agen- 
cy, the State Highway Patrol, the Highway Users Con- 
ference and the Bureau of Public Roads. The assigned 
responsibility delegates to the Highway Commission 
the administrative responsibility for the Construction and 
Housing Agency as set forth in the State Plan. The 
State Highway Commission also has been delegated the 
administrative responsibility for the Emergency High- 
way Traffic Regulation Plan for North Carolina. 

The administration of the Construction and Housing 
Agency will include maintenance and reconstruction of 


Statistical and Safety Bulletin Editor 

highways and bridges destroyed or damaged by nuclear 
blasts. This responsibility will also include the recon- 
struction of mass housing for bombed out areas. As an 
integral part of the activities as outlined, the State 
Highway Commission in close cooperation with the 
State Highway Patrol and the Highway Users Confer- 
ence will administer the Emergency Highway Traffic 
Regulation responsibility. This activity will include check- 
ing for radiation contamination, measuring radiation in- 
tensities and regulating safe routes in order for needed 
supplies and services to travel to disaster areas on a 
priority basis. 

The State Highway Commission now has trained ra- 
diological monitoring personnel in each division in the 
State, Approximately nine hundred employees are train- 
ed as monitors. These employees are trained or re-train- 
ed by the Radiological Defense Officer in each division. 
The RADEF Officer has responsible charge of the Ra- 
diation Source Sets and the radiation testing equipment 
assigned to each division. The Safety Department co- 
ordinates the required testing of these instruments at 
regular intervals with the Civil Defense Agency. This 
department also coordinates the training of the RADEF 
Officers for each division with the Civil Defense Agen- 
cy and the University of North Carolina Institute of 
Government at Chapel Hill. All RADEF Officers are 
required to complete a two-week course now provided by 
the Institute of Government at Chapel Hill. 

Previous tests of the North Carolina capability con- 
ducted during a simulated nuclear war pointed out sev- 
eral deficiencies. These deficiencies are presently in the 
process of being resolved. The Emergency Operating 
Center for the State Highway Responsibility will be lo- 
cated in the basement of the Highway Building. It is 
anticipated that this location will be steadily improved 
and hardened as funds become available. 


A number of new faces will be ap- 
pearing in the Raleigh area and in 
divisions of the State Highway Com- 
mission. The new employees joining 
our civil engineering and civil tech- 
nology training program are: Roy L. 
Bumgardner, Jr., from Gaston Col- 
lege; Dan E. Slagle from Asheville- 
Buncombe Tech; Annie H. Lassiter 
from Fayetteville Tech; Rodney M. 
Honeycutt from Fayetteville Tech; 
Bruce C. Jacobs from N. C. State 
University; Robert G. Wright from 
N. C. State University; Tim C. Clark 
from University of South Carolina; 
David M. Moore from N. C. State 
University; John G. Wilson, III, from 
N. C. State University; Garland L. 
Burch from Virginia Polytechnic In- 
stitute; Eddie Buchanan from Ashe- 
ville-Buncombe; John W. Rogerson 
from Fayetteville Tech; Donzie Las- 
siter from Fayetteville Tech; James 
E. Turlington from N. C. State Uni- 
versity; Howard White, III, from N. 
C. State University; Ernest W. Park- 


He walked slowly toward me with a 
battered look 

It was plain to see he'd been in a ter- 
rific fight 

With bloody feet he was a terrible 

And as I cried out his name in fright, 
My beloved cat "Spook" lifted his 

head with a half wink 
As if to cite — I beat the hell out of 

that Tom Cat "Fink" last night. 
It was easy to see that Spook was in 


For becoming a recent father, he was 

paying double 
Mother Cat "Missy" loved Spook 


And of Old Tom Cat Fink, she lived 
in fear. 

Spook cut Fink out when he moved 

on the street 
Missy Preferred dear Spook 'cause he 

was so sweet 
Old Fink keeps battling from time to 


But Spook is the winner and seems 

not to mind. 
He's Top Cat on the street, Spook 

knows quite clear 
And even tough Tom Cat Fink he 

doesn't fear 
Though battles he has, and last 

night's is over 
It's worth the effort to be Missy's 

great lover! 

— Jewel Adcock 


Will Deslickers Work? 

Can the number and severity of 
skidding accidents on wet highways 
be significantly reduced by treating 
the pavement with a deslicking 

That is essentially what the Traf- 
fic Engineering Department is try- 
nig to determine in anti-skid tests 
now underway on four segments of 
the State Highway System. 

Hydroflouric acid compound ap- 
plied to pavement is being tried as 
a deterrent to slippery road condi- 
tions. The acid solution attacks the 
silica in sand and stone used in road- 
building material, creating microscopic 
pores in the structure. The action of 
the compound, which takes about 20 
minutes, etches the aggregate to 
form a clean, sandpaper-like finish; 
but at the same time it doesn't dam- 
age the road. 

The locations on the State Sys- 
tem with an impressive history of 
skidding accidents were selected for 
one half of the tests. An "S" curve 
on 1-40 near Kernersville and a 
curve on US 64 near the Neuse Ri- 
ver bridge, near Raleigh, were treat- 
ed with a commercial hydrofluoric 
compound, trade marked SP-3. The 
effectiveness of the project at these 
two locations will be evaluated on the 
basis of accident experience. That is, 
relevant accident records for the 
period of one year after treatment 
will be compared with reports of the 
year before to learn what statistical 
difference, if any, exists. 

A different procedure is in pro- 
gress at two other locations where 
SP-3 and a deslicking compound for- 
mulated by the Division of Purchase 
and Contract, Department of Admin- 
istration, will be tested. In the pro- 
cess, a concrete site on US 1 North of 
Raleigh and an asphalt stretch of 
highway on US 64 East of Raleigh 
will serve to compare untreated sur- 
faces and those sections which have 
been sprayed with either the Pur- 
chase and Contract skid-proof for- 
mulation or SP-3, for both concrete 
and asphalt construction. 


Three sections, each approximately 
500 feet long, were set apart at both 
test sites. The first section was treat- 
ed with SP-3, the second one was left 
untreated, and the third was sprayed 
with the Purchase and Contract pro- 

The comparison study here will be 
based on skid-tests alone, conducted 
with the aid of the Materials and 
Tests Department and special equip- 
ment. In this method, stopping dis- 
tance of a vehicle is measured for 
each type of surface tested — six in 
all, and from that measurement is 
computed the coefficient of friction 

Skid-tests were performed on all 
six sections, before the specified 
strips were treated and then shortly 
thereafter. In six months time, 
around the last of November, the 
treated sections will be given a sec- 

ond application. Skid tests are sche- 
duled at three month intervals over 
the full 12-month period. 

At the end of the year, accident re- 
ports for the first two locations and 
data on the skid tests will be ana- 
lyzed to determine the effect of de- 
slicking treatments. 

The Traffic Engineering Depart- 
ment is compiling a list of "slippery- 
when-wet" locations on the State 
Highway System, through data analy- 
sis. A computer program is used to 
flag locations where the actual acci- 
dent rate is higher than the critical 
rate, and these locations are scruti- 
nized on the basis of average daily 
traffic (ADT) and length of section 
involved. If an anti-skid treatment 
now being tested proves effective, it 
may be applied to sections of road 
which appear to have a significant 
rate of skidding accidents under wet 

Looking like astronauts about to take a walk in space are Glenn Grigg and 
Ed Butler, transferring the acid solution to the tank truck. 


Spray Bars In 

With spray bar at low position, the tank truck applies acid treatment to 

Tests on Louisiana streets and 
highways indicate that one type of 
hydrofluoric acid compound reduced 
stopping d'stances on wet portland 
cement concrete pavement by at least 
25 percent, and sometimes more. Like 
tests on asphalt pavement showed the 
product to be equally effective. Traf- 
fic engineers are hoping a similar 
treatment will cut down on traffic 
accidents due to wet pavement. A side 
benefit of the spray is that it chem- 
ically cleans the road's surface of car- 
bon, oil film, and other dirt. 


It has been pointed out that suc- 
cess is built on small margins. The 
fastest runner in the world is only 5 
per cent faster than scores of ordinary 
runners. The difference between a 
great race horse and a good race horse 
is only a few seconds. 

Small differences in personality 
separate the superior salesman from 
the average. That extra hour in the 
laboratory may make the big differ- 
ence in the lifetime search of a scien- 
tist, or just one more experiment may 
bring the result that years of labor 
failed to produce. In almost every in- 
stance, the man who perseveres a 1 1- 
tle longer is acclaimed the winner. 

Gossips have been catalogued into 
three different types: The vest-but- 
ton type — always popping off; the 
vacuum-cleaner type — always pick- 
ing up dirt; and the liniment type — 
always rubbing it in. 

The spray bar was raised to thor- 
oughly wash the road after the acid 
solution had been left on for about 
20 minutes. 

Traffic Research Engineer J. M. Lynch, far right, and Safety and Emer- 
gency Planning Engineer G. R. Fleming make sure that every precaution is 
taken to protect the men from contamination when mixing the hydroflouric 
compound with 9 parts water, to prepare the solution used in the anti-skid 
tests. Putting on safety gear are T. Jay Owen, Jim Bryan, and Glenn Grigg, 
all three are from Traffic Engineering. Partially hidden from view is W. J. Ellis, 
Technical Analyst, who represented the Division of Purchase and Contract at 
the skid tests. 


"Accident Section Creates New Jobs" 

A new section has been created for 
the Traffic Engineering Department, 
to concentrate the work of accident 
identification and surveillance. This 
extension and the expansion of other 
sections in the Department have 
opened 27 new positions. At the same 
time, 11 positions have been deleted 
and placed under division offices. 

The section for accident studies 
has been set up to comply with a 
standard of the Federal Highway 
Safety Bureau, resulting from the 
Highway Safety Act of 1966 and re- 
quiring accident identification and 
surveillance by the states. For the ini- 
tial stage, 21 positions have been 
authorized, but by the end of three 
years the complement will reach 39. 
Personnel is organized into three 
areas of work: Accident Identifica- 
tion, Surveillance, and Design Review. 
The project is jointly funded by State 
and National highway agencies and 
is coordinated through Governor Dan 
K. Moore's office. 

Robert J. Dodge heads the new acci- 
dent unit, and his former position of 
Area Traffic Engineer is now held 
by Roy D. Williams, past Traffic En- 
gineer of Division 8. 

J. M. Lynch moved to new respon- 
sibilities with Dodge and was suc- 
ceeded by Glenn G. Grigg as supervi- 
sor of Special Studies Section. Other 
transfers to accident identification 
and surveillance work were Sarah 
White, Jim Bryan, E. Y. (Chris) Staf- 
ford, Ed Butler, Earleen Medlin, and 
Brenda Byrd, from Special Studies; 
Ed Siler and Don Dupree from offi- 
ces of Area Traffic Engineers. They 
were joined by Dwight Kelly from 
Roadway Design Department; Need- 
ham Crowe and John Permar from 
Advance Planning. Also employed for 
this section were Larry Stallings and 
Dwight Tant, who come from the 
SHC training program; and Mike 

Six Assistant Area Traffic Engi- 
neer positions have been added, two 
for each ATE. H. A. Justice, former- 
ly Traffic Engineer for Division 2, 
and Woodie Warrick, Jr., who had 
been Division 5 Traffic Engineer, 
now fill assistant positions under 
ATE C. C. Sessoms; and ATE W. A. 
Ward will be assisted by H. L. Sat- 


terwhite and R. E. Edmonds, Traffic 
Engineers from Divisions 11 and 13. 
John Hoyle is a new Division Traf- 
fic Engineer, assigned to Division 14. 
Andrew Allen was employed to fill 
an engineering technician vacancy 
with ATE Sessoms. 

Some positions in Special Studies 
were reassigned to other sections. In 
this way, Signal Section acquired a 
clerk and an additional engineering 
technician, positions taken by Irene 
Beddingfield and Vann Joines. C. D. 
Stone has one of the two ET posi- 
tions added to Signing Section; and 
Design Section will gain a statistical 

W. A. Collins and Stan Moody, two 
of 13 Traffic Control Technicians 
who had been with the Traffic Engi- 
neering Department, were retained to 
work in the Signal Shop in Raleigh. 
The 11 other TCTs, plus three more, 
are now staffed to the 14 Division En- 

Responsibilities in these areas are 
briefly outlined here. For one part, 
a surveillance team will review each 
fatal accident report completed by a 
member of the State Highway Patrol 
or local police for such accidents 
which occur in an assigned section of 
the state. A report will then be made 
by the team, if they determine the 
highway contributed in any way to 

the accident, giving the findings and 
recommendations for the prevention 
of further mishaps at the subject lo- 

Teams will keep continual surveil- 
lance on the roadway network for 
potentially high-accident locations 
through computer printouts, personal 
observation of highway conditions, 
oral and written reports from high- 
way and enforcement personnel, pub- 
lic officials, citizen groups, news me- 
dia, and other like sources. 

A project review team will review 
plans for all new highway projects 
and make their own field inspections 
at the appropriate times during the 
design stage. They will recommend 
design changes, wherever appropriate, 
to the Design Engineer before the 
construction plans are finalized. And 
to determine the effectiveness of the 
improvements to highway installa- 
tions, before and after accident stud- 
ies will be made for all major pro- 

It is planned that the Accident 
Identification and Surveillance unit 
will also administer the Urban Safety 

The new section is under the im- 
mediate supervision of State Traffic 
Engineer J. O. Litchford and Assist- 
ant State Traffic Enginer H. C. 

Robert Dodge, center, who heads the new Accident Identification and 
Surveillance Section, outlines the plan of work for his top aides, left to right, 
Jim Lynch, John Permar, Dwight Kelly, and Needham Crowe. 


!.i-.J."ri..lyii l W/'v l -i , y 

t Luck 

NEVER THE TWAIN — East is and west is some- 
one has said, and never will the two get together. Well 
if that's so, allowed some of the "Dome Writers" from 
the Nuisance-Disturber here in Raleigh, how in the name 
of a Scotch Bonnet did the State Highway Commission 
have a picture of a North Carolina Ocean Sunset on its 
official highway map when the sun sets in the west and 
we're on the east coast? (We gotcha now, ha, ha, they 
said). State Locating Engineer H. Boyce Midgett, born 
on the coast said it was simple ... go to any one of sev- 
eral areas on the coast where the beach runs at the 
proper angle (near Hatteras, Topsail Island, Fort Cas- 
well, et ux.) and you can see and photograph an Atlan- 
tic Sunset. That map photo was just an example of truth 
and consequences: Midgett told the truth and paid the 

COASTAL DIRECTIONS — We ran into another of 
those curious situations involving coastal directions a 
while back when we joined Division Three Engineer 
Paul DuPre and photographer Gordon Deans on a trip 
to the new Topsaid Island Bridge. There you stand 
looking directly out to sea over the blue Atlantic. Looking 
due east right? Wrong. You're looking south. How does 
that grab you? By the way, on that trip, we got a cook's 
tour of the project provided by Inspector Vestal (sounds 
like Scotland Yard, doesn't it?) and crossed the Inland 
Waterway in the heaviest smallboat we've ever seen. 
David Rose was at the helm and during the whole con- 
versation he didn't mention Holiday for Strings even 
once. T'was a good day though, and Mr. Vestal says 
the construction canal dredged for Topsail Bridge and 
new dredging nearby in the Waterway, will make the 
area a hotspot for mullet and trout. 

COLD SHOULDER — Western North Carolina roll- 
ed out the frost colored carpet for us when we made a 
little trip to Asheville recently to get pictures of traffic 
congestion at Beaucatcher Tunnel. Nice day when we 
arrived but by early the next morning that thermometer 
had dropped to 30 degrees. Things warmed up later 
though, and we got a great greeting from Division Engi- 
neer Frank Hutchison, and engineers Dan Martin and 
Paul Mclntyre. Still later — just to prove you can't get 
away from Raleigh — we ran into Henry Hammond and 
Carter Dodson. With Hammond, there was a stimulating 
discussion of broom straw, with one of the questions 
being: does broomstraw grow green, and if so, have you 
ever seen green broomstraw? Everything went well until 
this fellow told a tale about a wind storm so terrible 
that it blew a broom straw through a three-inch oak 


I SURRENDER, DEAR — Old buddy Floyd Bass 
of the Division Three office told us the other day that 
back during all that ice, he and several others got strand- 
ed in Dunn. They needed some lunch, but upon arriv- 
ing at their favorite eating spot found it locked up for 
the duration of the big freeze. They found another place. 
It was filled to overflowing. Finally, a harried waitress 
got to Floyd's table, and with big old grin said, "May 
we see a menu". Came the reply, "You don't need no 
menu, buddy, we ain't got nothin' but ham and eggs and 
beef stew and we'll probably be out of both when we get 
around to your order". Did you say first and last visit 
rolled into one Floyd??? 

UH-HUH — Word gets to this pillar that a certain 
high ranking employee in the Highway Commission has 
purchased a red MUSTANG for the editor of ROAD- 
WAYS. (No, dear, this is not Earl Wilson's Column.) 

GULL-ABLE — Some years back when we were work- 
ing for some newspapers and radio stations, we got a 
story about the SHC painting pictures of headless sea- 
gulls on roadways along the Outer Banks to keep real 
gulls from dropping clams on the pavement.. Seems one 
gull will not attack another in any way form or fashion 
if the bird has his head turned. Noble, isn't it? But the 
trick birds didn't work, as a matter of fact we get the 
word that Division One Engineer D. W. Patrick thinks 
they use the bird-pictures as targets now. 


SOMETHING FISHY — SHC had its first big meet- 
ing out of Raleigh at Nags Head on May 10th. At the 
banquet the night before Ed Harding of Beaufort 
County entertained. Some say Comptroller Bill Ingram 
will never be able to look at a brood sow or a wheel- 
barrow again without breaking into gales of laughter. 
For supper at Nags Head we had roast beef. We're not 
knocking it, but with all those fish in that big pond 
lapping at the back steps of the CAROLINIAN it just 
seemer a little fishy . . .er, uh, strange. 

IT FIGURES — We had been talking to Editor New- 
house the other day about the fine new positions daugh- 
ter Carolyn and friend Janice Malone landed up north 
in Hartford, Conn. Only three girls graduated from State 
this June in Math and one was Frances' daughter, Caro- 
lyn and the other Bill Wilson's daughter, Rebecca. Fran- 
ces asked us, "Why don't you come on upstairs with me 
and see what you think of what I've done so far on the 
next issue of the magazine?'' So we got on the elevator 
and it promptly went to the basement. 

WHAT PRICE GLORY? — We bought a new turtle 
neck shirt just to wear at the Nags Head pre-meeting 
banquet. Got much comment: 

a. Didja get any hippies beads to wear with it? 

b. Is that a neck brace you're wearing? A whiplash 
accident, huh? 

c. Oh, waiter, would you clear away these dishes!! 

d. Just got back from the Kentucky Derby, huh? 
PARTING SHOT — We saw in one of the newspapers 

crossing this desk the other day this quote: Being poor 
ain't no disgrace, but that's about all you can say for it. 
Bye, y'all. 

We wonder — is this looking East or looking West? 


Dear Sir: 

Just a brief note to congratulate 
you on a superior system of highways 
in your state. My family and I have 
just returned from a trip through 
your state, from the Smokies to Cape 
Hatteras. If time permits, please com- 
mend whoever is responsible for the 
attractive rest stop on Interstate 40, 
just west of Statesvllle. We spent one 
day in our trailer there, and found 
picnic tables, cut firewood and neat- 
ly trimmed grass. 

Mrs. Jerry McKenny 
Route 1 

Sturgis, Ky. 42459 

A photo of the Commission members of 1940 viewing the flood of August, 
1940, taken at Caledonia Prison farm near Tillery in Halifax County. This 
shows that the Highway Commission can get on the fence while viewing a 


Right of Way 
Annual Golf Tournament 

The Right of Way Department of 
the State Highway Commission held 
its Statewide Annual Golf Tourna- 
ment on April 27 and 28 at the beau- 
tiful Oak Island Golf and Beach 
Club, Yaupon Beach, Southport, 
North Carolina. 

This was a 36 hole golf tournament 
with 18 holes being played on Satur- 
day and Sunday. A few arrived early 
on Friday for practice rounds and 
to look over the course which is 
quite difficult with an abundance of 
water and sand traps. There were 
five flights, and the first day's play 
determined which flight each player 
would be in, and the total score for 
both days determined the winners in 
each flight. 

There were 44 men playing in the 
tournament with representation from 
as far west as Sylva and east to 
Wilmington. Mr. Grady Shook, Divi- 
sion Right of Way Agent from Sylva 
was presented a trophy, inasmuch 
as he traveled further than anyone 
else and did not play golf. Of course, 
he is quite a fisherman and he en- 
joys the fellowship of being with 
the men throughout the State. 

On late Saturday afternoon after 
play was completed, the entire group 
with wives and children met for a 
cookout at the Lorraine Motel at 
Long Beach where most of the men 
and their families were quartered. 
There was an abundance of food, 
drink and talk and speeches. Every- 
one had a gay time at the cookout, 
including the ones that were able to 
remember. Bill Moon and Buddy Ca- 
gle were kept busy autographing golf 
balls for the kids present, being they 
were keen competitors for the cham- 
pionship flight. Being the pros they 
are, it was a shame they had to use 
shag balls in lieu of shiny new ones 
for the kids. 

As darkness approached, the crowd 
began to dwindle and separate for 
their own little parties. It was noted 
that Pat Wilkie had quite a shindig 
at her place. 


L. to R. Championship Flite: Bill Moon, 1st Place; Buddy Cagle, 2nd 
Place and Bill Dillon, 3rd Place. 


Third Flite 

1st Place — Lindsey Gould 
2nd Place — Jim Moore 
3rd Place — Bill Murray 

Jim Moore winning 3rd Flite Play- 
off in Parking Lot. 

Picture Not Available 

Fourth Flite 

1st Place — Russ Carter 
2nd Place — Russ Bullock 
3rd Place — John Holmes 

The final 18 holes were played on 
Sunday with play being completed 
approximately 2 o'clock. Everyone 
met at the Lorraine Motel at 3 
o'clock after the completion of play 
for the presentation of trophies and 
awards. A playoff betwen Jim Moore 
and Bill Murray was necessary to 
determine the runnerup in the third 
flight. A playoff hole was established 
in the parking lot at the Lorraine 
Motel and Bill Murray and Jim 
Moore putted out for the runnerup. 
Jim Moore three-putted for a win. 

After completion of the award of 
trophies, the group dispersed for the 
long trip homeward, some to Ashe- 
ville, Sylva, Albemarle, Shelby, 
Greensboro, Raleigh and other points 
west. For those with trophies and 
pleasant memories the trip was short 
but for others — long. Some of the 
ladies acquired nice sun-tans. Pat 
Bryant tried to get all of her tan 
in one day — lobster pink! I under- 
stand that Pat Wilkie and Gennette 
danced all night, while Coydrea and 
Tommy drank! 

In spite of the day after, a good 
time was had by all and returned 
home with pleasant memories. 

The Wilmington Right of Way 
Department, host for the tourna- 
ment, should be congratulated for 
the fine job. It takes a lot of hard 
work and time to accommodate a 
group of this size. I think everyone 
present at the tournament will agree 
that this was the best ever. Everyone 
is looking forward to next year. 

Worth Sorrell — Ski demonstrates 
putting ability on 18th green. His 
conservative attitude towards "malt" 
and "hops" did not improve his golf 
disposition or score (112-114 — 216). 
Better luck next year Worth! 


Golf Results 


Bill Moon, Winner— 79-77— 156 
Buddy Cagle, 2nd— 78-83— 161 
Bill Dillon, 3rd— 77-85— 162 
Will Davis— 80-86— 166 

Al Deblanc, Winner— 85-79— 164 
Sam Jackson, 2nd— 87-86— 173 
Warner Powell, 3rd— 91-86— 177 
Jack Baldwin— 87-91— 178 
Ben Brown— 90-92— 182 
Tony West— 93-90— 183 
Paul Bunn— 93-92— 185 
Buster Mills— 85-101— 186 
Chuck Watchel— 93-98— 191 

Lindsey Gould, Winner— 95-90— 185 
*Jim Moore, 2nd— 97-94— 191 
*Bill Murray, 3rd— 98-93— 191 
Bill Beddingfield— 97-96— 193 
Bill Davenport— 100-93— 193 
J. D. Joyner— 98-98— 196 
Jim Delruhl— 98-99— 197 
Sam Pollard— 101-97— 198 
Sam Pearce— 99-104— 203 
Jim West— 105-99— 204 
Bob Paschall— 103-104— 207 

Russ Carter, Winner— 107-97— 204 
Russ Bullock, 2nd— 106-101— 207 
John Holmes, 3rd— 106-102— 208 
Claude Moore— 110-101— 211 
Don Sellers— 107-106— 213 
Cliff Carroll— 113-100— 213 
Doug Taylor— 107-107— 214 
Gene Franklin— 106-108— 214 
David Thrower— 112-103— 215 
Worth Sorrell— 112-114— 216 
Don McCallum— 109-107— 216 
Sam Smitherman— 112-105— 217 
L. R. Mays— 114-106— 220 
Harvey Boyette— 111-110— 221 
Jack Batchelor— 116-113— 229 

Frank Ulmer, Winner— 123-117— 240 
Lewis McGee, 2nd— 124-122— 246 
Stanley Blue, 3rd— 132-117— 249 
Jim Runley— 142-120— 262 
John Colville "Duffer"— 135-131— 266 

*Jim Moore won play-off. 

At Right is a picture of Location 
Department Golf Tournament. 

The semi-annual statewide Location Department golf tournament was 
held at Quail Ridge Golf Club, Sanford, N. C. on May 11. A large turnout of 
golfres were on hand to compete for the handsome trophies that were present- 
ed at a smorgasbord banquet following the tournament at the Dutch Farm 
Restaurant. The Honorable Mr. Roy Stewart, Mayor of Sanford was on hand 
to present the awards to the following winners, John M. Falkner of Raleigh 
won top honors with a low raw score of 74. K. B. White of Mount Airy was 
runner-up with a low raw score of 89. Joe G. Creech of Garner, 1st flight 
trophy; John Anderson of Winston-Salem, 2nd flight trophy; Marvin Cava- 
naugh of Fayetteville, 3rd flight trophy; Joel Dermid of Winston-Salem, 4th 
flight trophy; Jerry B. Maddox of Sanford, 5th flight trophy; Fritz Koch of 
Garner, 6th flight trophy Horace Jernigan of Raleigh, special award trophy; 
C. W. Lee of Wake Forest, low score guest trophy Eddie Lee of Wake Forest, 
youngest golfer trophy; Neill Ross of Fayetteville, highest score trophy; and 
Sarah Jernigan of Raleigh, ladies trophy. Guests consisted of C. W. Lee and 
son Eddie, Henry Jordan, Joe Allen, Richard Siler, George Parrott, W. D. 
Cunningham and W.; J. Morrow. Numerous favors which were donated by 
l^cal mrechants vere distributed at the banquet. Mr. C. S. Bristow, Jr. of 
Sanford was host chairman and wishes to thank all those who participated in 
or contributed to making this a most successful affair. 



Editor's Note: "I would like to 
share with you my recent trip to 
New England in Apartment Hunting 
for my daughter, Carolyn." 

We headed for Connecticut early 
Tuesday morning, May 28th. The 
party consisted of your Editor, my 
daughter, a friend, two cars, and 
enough luggage and clothes to fill 
the Salvation Army quota for a 
month. We began with a minimum 
of fuss, the only argument being 
which way to go. After much deliber- 
ation we decided to go the Route 
that Dave Cook of Roadway Design 
had prepared for me. 

Taking US-1 North we began our 
trip. We have traveled as far as Vir- 
ginia when we ran into rain. Little 
did we realize the role that rain was 
to play on our trip. 

Nothing really earthshattering took 
place between Raleigh and New Jer- 
sey except that everytime I paid a 
toll I cringed a little. 

We decided to find a place to stay 
in New Jersey for the night. Since I 
was in the lead car, it fell on me to 
pick the place. We got off the New 
Jersey Turnpike at Princeton (I 
thought it would be a nice place to 
stay). Princeton left something to 
the imagination at least the part we 
saw. It is almost impossible 
to find a place to cross over the 
highway between Princeton and New 
Brunswick and most of the motels 
were on the Southbound side (I 
guess that's a indication that more 
people come South than go North). 

We passed through a little town 
in New Jersey named Deans. I im- 
mediately thought of our Photogra- 
pher Gordon. I wondered how in the 
world this town got its name and 
wanted to stop and ask some of my 
Daughters of the American Revolu- 
tion Sisters how this town came 
about, but time would not allow me 
to stop. We then passed the Boy 
Scout Museum and I knew that had 
Robert my baby been with me I 
would have been forced to stop 
whether I had wanted to or not, but 

Twin Tunnels: Connecticut's West Rock Tunnel, the costliest of 69 Wilbur 
Cross Parkway projects, is the state's first vehicular tunnel. Consisting of 
twin bores 1,200 feet in length it carries a divided traffic lanes through West 
Rock, New Haven, about 2,000 feet below the summit of the ridge. North 
Carolina's first twin tunnel will be opened sometime next year. 

promised myself I would look into 
both of these when I went again, if 
I went this way again. 

Well New Brunswick, New Jersey 
was the place that we found the first 
motel on the right. The motel itself 
was huge, we checked in, but instead 
of a nice place in the front our room 
was down the hill in the back. There 
were three beds in it and since we 
were quite tired we went right to 
bed, thinking surely the rain would 
stop by morning. We realized that 
we were only three hours away from 
Hartford and we knew that we could 
reach it in plenty of time to house 
hunt for Carolyn. 

I was the first to awaken. I knew 
that it had rained all night. What I 
did not know was how much. I de- 
cided to check on the cars. Well, it's 
a good thing that I'm an early riser. 
In another hour there may not have 
been any cars to check on. The water 
was up almost to the top of the 
wheels of the cars. 

Now for those of you men who 
think women are slow, I wish you 
could have seen the three of us throw 
our stuff together and into our suit- 
cases. We waded to the cars with our 
skirts hiked knee high and started 
the cars. How they ever started we 
will never know. We got up 
the hill but were totally without 
brakes of any kind. If you don't 

think we were scared — we were 
and there was nothing we could do. 

We went to the motel restaurant 
for breakfast and were greeted by a 
charming New Jersey waitress who 
welcomed us with "Come have a cup 
of coffee, it will warm you "all the 
way down to your belly button". 

Breakfast over, we started again. 
The rain was unbelievably hard. New 
York and New Jersey received 4 J /2 
inches of it in 24 hours, the same 24 
hours we were in those two states. 

Alas but I digress. Toward Connec- 
ticut we went. The road was 3 lanes 
wide cars were bumper to bump- 
er, the lower turnpike was flooded 
out and they were routing ;']1 the 
traffic to the higher turnpikes. Caro- 
lyn was alone in the lead car and I 
was driving the other car. Well to 
make a long story short, I turned off 
the wrong turnpike and lost her. I 
was anxious to get out of all the 
maddening traffic, and my friend 
kept telling me that I was headed to- 
ward Canada. I found a road that 
was not traffic jammed and stopped 
and asked where I was. To my sur- 
prise I found that I was headed on 
the right road to Canada and not in 
the right direction of Hartford at all. 
After obtaining another map and get- 
ting on one secondary road after 
another, I was again going due east 
and in the direction of Hartford. It 


was pretty scenic. The rain had stop- 
ped somewhat and afterwards we de- 
cided it was the nicest drive after all. 
We saw more of upper State New 
York than I ever realized existed. A 
trip that should have taken at most 
4 hours had taken 8 hours. 

Carolyn had stayed on the beaten 
path and was in Hartford by 12 noon. 
She had left messages at Pratt and 
Whitney Aircraft Corporation with a 
guard and has even called home try- 
ing to get any place we might call 
from, as it never crossed our feeble 
minds we would get separated. 

Just as we were arriving in East 
Hartford, we slowed down at an in- 
tersection at a Howard Johnson Mo- 
tel. This motel is only about 5 blocks 
from Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Cor- 
poration. I happened to look in the 
direction of the Motel and spotted 
Carolyn in my friends green Chevro- 
let. I said to my friend "there is 
Carolyn" and just at that moment 
she spotted us, and our party was 
once again reunited. 

We checked into the motel and 
began to check out apartments. Need- 
less to say, in about two hours we 
were totally discouraged. It was im- 
possible to find an apartment in East 
Hartford. We then resorted to a 
newspaper. We did, however, find a 
new apartment complex in an outly- 
ing town which had vacancies. We 
called the number and got directions 
to the place. The woman said some- 
one would be there. 

Directions in hand we began to go. 
We paid the toll but missed the turn 
off so we had to get off and start all 
over again. We paid the toll again, 
and made it pass the first turn off 
but missed the second turn off. Again 
it was back to downtown Hartford 
and another toll. I decided I now 
know why and how they get their 
roads paid for. 

Finally we made it to the apart- 
ments. It was unbelievable. They 
were about as ready for occupancy as 
an open patio. Well we scratched that 
off our list. Thus ended our first day 
in Hartford. 

2nd Day — Bright and early 
Thursday morning we got up full of 
hope and eager anticipation. We gath- 
ered together the newspaper and all 
our other leads and set out. Since 
East Hartford was a lost cause as 

far as Apartments was concerned we 
again started out for some of the 
outlying areas. Now it was Thursday 
May 30th. Does that ring a bell 
with any of you Southerners? Well 
it didn't to us either, but it just so 
happened that this was Memorial 
Day and in the North it is just like 
our Fourth of July. The first out- 
lying area was Manchester. We ar- 
rived there about 10:30 A.M. which 
was also the approximately starting 
time of the local parade. There was 
nothing we could do, but park the 
car and enjoy the bagpipes. We won- 
dered what was worn under the col- 
orful kilts. We then put ourselves in 
the spirit of local high school bands 
and boy scout groups. After the pa- 
rade we began systematically check- 
ing the apartments. It was again all 
no vacancy. We were wondering if 
we had moved to a vacation paradise. 
At the last apartment, however, we 
did have a rather interesting exper- 
ience. The superintendent ask us 
in and volunteered to check on a few 
other places for us. The longer we 
sat there the more talkative he be- 
came. It seems his wife had just left 
him. At this point we began to get 
a little uneasy. He talked on and 
really began to pour his heart out to 
us. Well, folks if you think those peo- 
ple that write Dear Abbey are phon- 
ies or think that Peyton Place is a 
ficticious town you should have been 
with us in Manchester. It's all for 
real. Finally we were able to get 

By the end of Thursday we were 
totally discouraged it looked abso- 
lutely hopeless. 

3rd Day — Friday desperation set 
in. We were determined to find 
something today, as our finances 
were melting away, and Carolyn had 
to report to work on Monday morn- 
ing. Our only hope was to go out to 
these new apartments that were al- 
most completed and see if they could 
possibly complete one for us before 
the weekend set in. We went, told 
our plight to the most helpful 
man who was the rental agent. Af- 
ter telling our life's history, he was 
kind enough to get one of the new 
apartments ready for us by Mon- 
day. The floor had to be sanded and 
painted, the hot water turned on, 
the new stove checked out, shades 
put up, a million other check outs, and 
Carolyn had a home. It is a two bed- 
room town house on Downey Drive 
with heated pool, Ski Lodge 

across the Parkway and Golf Course 
on the left of the 315 units. It is a 
real dream apartment for a new 
graduate with a new job. 

4th Day — The apartment taken 
care of and an entire weekend with 
nothing to do we decided to go to my 
friends Aunt in Northfield, Vermont. 
We got up early, had breakfast, 
checked out of the motel and caught 
the right Interstate Road for a 
change without paying a single toll. 
It was amazing the similarities be- 
tween New England and our own 
North Carolina mountain area. The 
drive was like an extended Parkway. 
Interstate 91 goes right up the bor- 
der between New Hampshire and 

After about an hour and y 2 's ride 
in the distance we saw a sign ad- 
vertising "The World's Largest Bas- 
ket Store". Having nothing else bet- 
ter to do we decided to stop. It was 
amazing the different types of bas- 
kets we found in this store. Every- 
thing from tiny roll baskets to 5 ft. 
high elephants and giraffes. 

Getting off the interstate road we 
decided to stay on this secondary 
road that was parallel to 1-91. It 
wound around the mountains in and 
out the valley's of Vermont. Stop- 
ping now and then at gift shops and 
the like, we found some really un- 
usual gift ideas. 

We stopped for dinner at White 
River Junction, Vermont and just 
happened to notice gas dripping 
from behind the wheels of the car. 
It wasn't very much, but we decided 
after dinner to have it checked. It 
was probably the best move we ever 
made. It seems that the gas tank 
had sprung a leak and the service 
station attendant told us that had 
the car back fired we never would 
have known what hit us. After much 
dickering back and forth, the serv- 
ice station attendant promised to call 
his mechanic in after dinner, if we 
would pay him double for his time. 
He thought maybe he could have it 
fixed in about 2 hours. Well to tell 
you the truth we would have paid 
him triple time to get it fixed, so I 
guess everyone was happy. However, 
even at that we had about 2*4 hours 
of time on our hands in White Ri- 
ver Junction, (the home town of 
Dartmouth College), and this town 
is by no means the entertainment 
Capital of Vermont. They did have 
a gift and woolen shop about a quar- 


ter of a mile down the road where we 
set off on foot. The day was just 
beautiful, the sun was shining and 
not a cloud in the sky. The air 
smelled of lilacs, balsum and pine. 
Everything had a special freshness 
to it. 

By sheer accident, I looked up and 
noticed a glider and immediately re- 
called my last summer's airplane 
ride with Jim my second son who is 
so fond of flying. I couldn't help but 
wonder just where the pilot intended 
to put down this glider as it was so 
hilly and not many of the valleys 
looked long eough or flat enough to 
land a glider. 

Finally the car was finished and 
we set out on our last leg to North- 
field. We had gone about 15 miles 
when there in a field no bigger than 
a large parking lot was the glider we 
had seen earlier. The pilot had done 
a beautiful job of landing, but I cer- 
tainly don't believe I would have 
enjoyed flying with him in those 
narrow mountains. 

Vermont is a most scenic state. 
Its towns and villages are exactly 
like the protype of what we con- 
sider to be a New England Village. 
The streets and the towns are nar- 
row with large trees on either side. 
Most of the towns are no more than 
5 or 6 street wide being no more 
than 2 blocks long. They are truly 
quaint village squares. 

We arrived in Northfield, Vermont 
about 4 o'clock and took in the lo- 
cal scenery in about an hour. The 
houses are huge, there must be at 
least 20 rooms in the average size 
house, some of them are 3 and 4 stor- 
ies with porches that go all the way 
around the house. 

Sunday my friend's Aunt took us 
out to dinner at the "Little House 
and Pantry" where we truly enjoy- 
ed a Vermont Sunday meal of Ham, 
with Maple Syrup and brown sugar 
glaze and the most delicious Maple 
Walnut Pie. It was a real treat, and 
so different to this Southerner. After 
dinner it was back to Hartford as 
Caroyln was anxious to see what her 
first job would be like. We arrived 
back in Hartford Sunday night, but 
coming back on 1-91 we ran into 
traffic just like the traffic around 
New Jersey going into New York I 
supposed it was the Memorial Day 
long week end as most of the cars 
bore New York licenses. It was again 
bumper to bumper and again it start- 
ed to rain and it seemed longer than 

it really took us, but I was beginning 
to grow tired of the rain and the 
bumper to bumper traffic. 

After arriving at the apartment, 
we proceeded to camp-out and it 
is a good thing I am a good camper 
and like it very much. Little did I 
know or realize that I was going to 
camp in an Apartment for 4 nights 
until Carolyn's furniture came. The 
electricity and water were on but 
there was no heat or hot water. We 
tried to find the Supt., but found one 
of the co-owners. Well, the heat could 
not be turned on in the new com- 
plex until it was checked out com- 
pletely, but he did bring us a bottle 
of Champagne to christen the apart- 

We had two cots and two thin blan- 
kets. It was a cold night and we used 
coats and sweaters for warmth. I 
had brought the other girls some 
woolen material for winter skirts, so 
we got this out, and it did come in 
handy these few nights. 

Monday Carolyn left for work and 
I stayed at the apartment to await 
the furniture. It didn't come Monday, 
and it didn't come Tuesday, and I 
kept calling the Van Lines and fi- 
nally was informed by a talking Yan- 
kee Gentleman the Van had broken 
down in Richmond, Virginia and 

Carolyn's furniture was sitting along 
the roadside awaiting another trailer 
to get it again on the road to Hart- 
ford. With patience, frustration, and 
disgust, more patience, and endur- 
ance, it finally did arrive Wednesday 
morning. I spent the remainder of 
the day unpacking, washing out the 
refrigerator, buying groceries and get- 
ting Carolyn partially settled in her 
new home. 

My friend came back from North- 
field Wednesday afternoon and we 
decided to go to Sturbridge Village 
in Sturbridge, Mass. on Thursday. 
Old Sturbridge Village is a regional 
museum of rural New England life. 
Its purposes are historical and edu- 
cational, to preserve and present the 
story of New England farm and vil- 
lage life of yesterday, and to impart 
a knowledge and understanding of 
that heritage to the citizens of today. 
Old Sturbridge Village is not a res- 
toration of an actual historical place, 
but the re-creation of an imaginary 
representative New England com- 
munity of the period 1790 to 1840. 
I especially enjoyed the clock exhi- 
bit. The extensive collection of New 
England clocks were most fascinat- 
ing. We arrived back in Hartford 
just as Carolyn was getting home 
from work and heard all about her 


first few hours of work. That night 
we decided to take in a Supper Club 
called Marco Polo where they spe- 
cialized in Italian Food. We thor- 
oughly enjoyed it, and we all tried 
something different. We all liked 
what we ordered. We had scrubbed 
our trip to New York and Washing- 
ton after the untimely death of Sena- 
tor Kennedy, so we decided to come 
straight home. The trip home was 
uneventfull except for one time when 
I got off the Maryland turnpike to 
get gas and had just paid a 50 cent 
toll, and was told by the gas man 
that I would have to pay another toll 
to get back onto the turnpike. I 
said to my friend, "What would hap- 
pen if I ran this toll gate?" it was on 
a side road and no one was in sight, 
I happened to look out my rear view 
mirror and saw the Maryland State 
Police behind me. I think he must 
have been reading my mind, as I 
pulled over to the side and motioned 
for him to come over to the car. He 
must have known that this toll gate 
was not in the right place, so he 
waved me on, but he had to get out 
of his car and turn off the button as 
the bell was ringing madly as I ran 
on through. He followed me for a 
long way, and I never did explain, 
but he must have known my feelings. 
Coming back into North Carolina on 
US-1 from Richmond the roads 
looked cleaner, they drove smoother, 
and they were so much better mark- 
ed. I remarked to my friend, who is 
from "Big Georgia" and thinks there 
is no place like Atlanta, "North Caro- 

lina sure has it on all the states that 
we went through. After counting up 
we decided that we had gone through 
13 states. It was good to go, but bet- 
ter to come home. I can honestly say 
North Carolina does have good roads 
and I am not prejudiced. Although 
we enjoyed our frolicking through 
New England I still will take North 
Carolina from the mountains to the 
sea, and especially when there are 
no $15.00 tolls that could have bought 
us a lot of goodies. It was truly an 
adventure, but we accomplished our 
purpose and we launched our ship. 

Drive defensively! Give the other 
driver the right of way even if he is 
in the wrong. Never pass on hills 
and curves, and avoid those who do. 
Don't try to outspeed the other fel- 

On long turnpike trips, keep a 
close watch on the speedometer. Af- 
ter many hours of steady driving, 
drivers often have the illusion that 
they are going slower than they ac- 
tually are. 

Miss Etta Elizabeth Hunt 
To Marry 
James Ellington 
In August 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marvin Hunt 
Jr. of 3308 Starmount Drive, Greens- 
boro, N. C. announce the engagement 
of their daughter, Etta Elizabeth, and 
James Howard Ellington of Graham, 
son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Marshall 
Ellington of Graham. 

The wedding will take place Satur- 
day, August 31, in West Market Street 
Methodist Church. 

Miss Hunt graduated from Grims- 
ley High School and from Peace 
Junior College in Raleigh. She is a 
rising senior at Greensboro College 
where she is majoring in elementary 
education. She was presented at the 
1966 Greensboro Debutante Ball and 

the state debutante ball in Raleigh, 
and is a member of the Junior Spin- 
sters Club. 

The bride-elect is a granddaughter 
of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles 
Philip Boren and of the late Mr. and 
Mrs. Joseph Marvin Hunt Sr. 

The bride's father served five terms 
in the N. C. General Assembly and 
in 1961 was Speaker of the State 
House of Representatives in Raleigh. 
He is now chairman of the N. C. 
Highway Commission. 

Mr. Ellington attended Ringling 
School of Art at Sarasota, Florida, 
and is a rising junior at Elon College 
where he is majoring in social science. 

He is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. 
John Howard Keck of Snow Camp 
and of Mrs. Rayburn Paschal Elling- 
ton of Graham and the late Rev. Mr. 

An Aerial View of Apartment Complex 


Ward Boulevard 

Reprint — The Wilson Daily Times, 
Friday, May 31, 1968 

Ward Boulevard is rightly named. 
It honors one to whom honor is due. 
For it was the vision of T. Boddie 
Ward and his efforts which made the 
first section of Ward Boulevard a 
reality. Now it is a complete link 
around the city and the travel al- 
ready justifies the expense and is 
proof of both vision and foresight. 

Boddie Ward was a road builder. 
As was said at the dedication exer- 
cises on Thursday, Ward Boulevard 
was a green field, a cow pasture with 
with only a few houses, where the 
tenants lived, when the project was 

Look at it today, it is a busy traf- 
fic thoroughfare in the process of 
being widened in order to carry the 
ever-increasing traffic. And nice 
homes fill every building lot in the 

Yes, Boddie Ward saw into the 
future, he recognized the potential of 
this city back when road building was 
in its infancy. And there were many 
present at the dedication who re- 
member when Ward's Boulevard was 
called "Ward's Fantasy" or "Ward's 
Folly," depending on how strong you 
felt on the subject. 

This was during the time Mr. 
Ward was the highway commissioner 
for this, the Fourth Highway Divi- 
sion. His ability was recognized at 
the state level and he was selected to 
organize the first Motor Vehicles 
Bureau and to serve as the first 
commissioner. In fact Mr. Ward has 
been a planner and leader in govern- 
ment in this state for as long as his 
health would permit. And now, from 
his home, he continues to be a guid- 
ing force in the life and politics of 
the county. Seldom does a member 
of the legislature or a politician visit 
Wilson without going by to see Bod- 
die Ward before they leave town. 

As you looked about the crowd at 
the dedication you saw many who 
have had a part in the progress and 
road building of this city and area. 
There was John N. Hackney, Sr., 
who served two terms as highway 
commissioner. Mr. Hackney succeed- 

ed Mr. Ward when he was made 
motor vehicles commissioner. 

Wilson owes much to the leader- 
ship of those who had the vision to 
plan for the growth we now enjoy, 
as Carl Renfro, the present highway 
commissioner said, as he dedicated 
the final section of the Ward Boule- 
vard loop. And Carl is also doing an 
exce lent job as highway commission- 
er for this district. 

The dedication of Ward Boulevard 
was a landmark, the accomplishment 
of a project begun many years ago. 
And it will serve the area for years 
to come. But other thoroughfares and 
highways are needed. For Wilson is 
growing, traffic is increasing and 
road building is a slow, and expensive 

But never forget that it was T. 
Boddie Ward who was responsible for 
the start that was made in the direc- 
tion of handling the traffic back be- 
fore many of us could visualize the 
need. Now the need for highways and 
thoroughfares are recognized, what is 
lacking is the money. 

Dream Becomes Reality! 


"That was Ward's fantasy down 
there," said Highway Commissioner 
Carl Renfro of Wilson as he pointed 
about 300 feet away to a busy traffic 
segment of the old Ward Blvd. off 
Raleigh Road. 

"It was a cow pasture. There was- 
n't a house on the road. But look at 
it now, It is one of the most traveled 
thoroughfares in Eastern North Caro- 

The highway commissioner was 
speaking at a dedication ceremonies 
to open the final section of the 
Ward Blvd. loop road. 

"With tears in his eyes, Mr. Bod- 
die Ward (the former state director 
of motor vehicles whose name the 
thoroughfare bears) told me he could- 
n't be here today because of his 
health. However, he said when he 
felt better he hoped to ride on the 
bypass from one end to the other." 

On hand for the ceremonies held 
under sunny skies at the new high- 
way were: the Wilson County Board 

BP* A 

Commissioner Renfro holding the ribbon for the cutting. 


Above is a picture of the crowd at the Dedication. 

of Commissioners, the Wilson City 
Board of Commissioners, State Rep- 
resentative J. Ernest Paschall, Rus- 
sell Kirby, former state senator, and 
other public figures. 

As the ribbons were cut, one of 
the highway officials asked that a 
piece of the ribbon "be saved for Mr. 

Mayor E. B. Pittman described the 
event as "a practical dream" becom- 
ing a reality. 

Today the State of North Carolina 
and the City of Wilson make reality 
out of a 10-year practical dream and 
this community becomes the benefi- 
ciary of a thoroughfare traffic link 
that will serve the people of this 
area, the people of Eastern North 
Carolina and the people of our whole 
state," the mayor said. 

It is evident that the great increase 
in traffic, envisioned back in 1957 has 
become a reality, he said, noting that 
work was already started to widen 
the older section of Ward Blvd. to 
handle an ever increasing traffic 

The mayor said the city was most 
indebted to Commissioner Renfro 
"who has worked so hard to make 
this day possible." 

"We know of no citizen who has 
ever been called upon to work for 

this state who has put more effort 
and more hours into that work than 
Commissioner Renfro. 

"Not only has he worked for Wil- 
son, he has worked for every com- 
munity in this area, and for every 
citizen, as he has attempted to carry 
the message of needed improvements 
of highways in Eastern North Caro- 
lina to those who finally make the 

Renfro's work is in evidence 



around Wilson and all around the 
area he represents, the mayor de- 
clared. "It can be seen to the west 
of us, to the east, to the north and 
to the south." 

"As we open this vital link today, 
it behooves all of us to express ap- 
preciation to him for his service to 
the state and to this area and to tell 
him that we look forward to greater 
progress in the future. For Wilson is 
growing and the area is growing and 
this area will need the commitment 
of continuing strong leadership to 
see that its highway needs are met." 

Praising the citizens of the state 
for approving the road bond issue 
which paid for the new thoroughfare, 
the mayor noted that highways are 
expensive and require the work of 
many people. 

The mayor went on to say that 
there will be a need for other thor- 
oughfare projects in the city and 

"We cannot stress too highly the 
importance of long-range planning, 
the importance of co-operative ef- 
fort between the city, the State of 
North Carolina and its highway com- 
mission and highway department. 

"We thank those who have made 
this possible here today and we open 
it on behalf of those who will use it 
in the years ahead. We hope they will 
use it with care and they will under- 
stand to some extent, the real effort 
that has been made to make their tra- 
vel easier. 

View of the traffic at Wilson City Limits. 



By Otis M. Banks and David W. King 

State Employees Week 

North Carolina operates the largest highway system 
under the jurisdiction of a single state agency anywhere 
in the United States and perhaps the world. 

The improvement, expansion and maintenance of a 
system of roads and streets which is already rapidly 
approaching 75,000-miles is big business; big business 
which involves the expenditure of more than $l-million 
a day. 

For many of us, the secondary road which carries us 
to and from the rural areas, the freeway which gets us 
to and from work and the interstate highway over which 
we travel are just there, taken for granted. 

To most of us, these roads were constructed and are 
kept in good condition, by some impersonal "they". In 
this sense, we say, "they built this highway", or "if it 
snows or freezes, 'they'll' keep it cleared". 

There is nothing impersonal about the approach to 
highway construction and maintenance in North Caro- 
lina. The men and women involved in the operation of 
this business which expands some $365-million each year 
take highways as a very personal matter. And why 
shouldn't they? They are themselves users of the high- 
way system which they help to construct and maintain. 

There's nothing impersonal about sitting for hours 
at a drafting table working out the most minute details 
of an intricate highway design. 

There's nothing impersonal about meeting with prop- 
erty owners when the time comes for acquiring land for 
the construction of roads, about meeting with local 
leaders to discuss the development of highway programs, 
or about operating a motor grader through heavy snows 
with temperatures below freezing and winds howling at 
you throughout the night. 

North Carolinians should be proud of the fine high- 
way system this State provides. It stands among the fin- 
est. But North Carolinians should be prouder still of 
the men and women who have dedicated their lives to 
creating and perpetuating this highway system. They 
are the finest. 

Throughout the years since 1921 when North Caro- 
lina really got going in the highway business the plan- 
ning of good Governors, legislators and highway com- 
missioners, along with the dedicated efforts of high- 
way employees have translated the tax dollars of the 
citizens of North Carolina into a system of roads and 
streets totaling almost 75,000-miles. 

New modes of transportation may one day displace 
highways and trucks and cars but for at least the fore- 
seeable future, roads will be around, and they will be 
heavily used. 

Governor Moore Receiving Award. 

The people of North Carolina, through their duly elect- 
ed officials will continue to recognize the growing highway 
needs of this State, and will determine how necessary 
improvements will be financed. 

And, the people of North Carolina will depend on the 
State Highway Commission and its loyal employees to 
plan, to create, to innovate and maintain our highway 

Proclamation By Gov. Moore 

I don't suppose that any Governor has ever had as 
many opportunities to pay tribute to State employees as 
he would have liked. Time marches at a fast pace, and 
unfortunately occasions such as this do not occur as 
frequently as they should. 

This is a time to say "thank you" — officially, as 
Governor of North Carolina, and personally, for helping 
make this administration a success. I extend these thanks 
to you on behalf of the people of North Carolina whom 
we all serve as faithful trustees and employees. 

I can say of State employees with great pride that the 
conduct of the public business has progressed with sin- 
cere dedication and with renewed imagination and en- 
thusiasm during my administration. I am proud of the 
response by State Government workers to my call for 


the total development of North Carolina. No Governor 
could have asked for or expected more diligent industry 
that has been so characteristic of State employees during 
the past three and a half years. It has been a source of 
comfort and pride for me to work with you. In working 
together, I believe we have further developed State Gov- 
ernment into a more efficient and useful servant of the 

people, which will, I believe, continue to demonstrate ef- 
fectiveness in the progressive life of our State. 

We have succeeded because of imaginative and sound 
ideas. But the programs which were developed did not 
just happen, and they did not succeed by themselves. 
They succeeded because of the people who put their 
brains and their energy to the task of improving the 
lives of all North Carolinians. State employees, working 
together, set the tempo and the tone for the role of 
State Government in developing and implementing a 
sound, progressive program for North Carolina. 

I believe that the people of North Carolina have the 
inclination, and should be provided with the opportunity 
to express their gratitude to State Employees for the 
continued spirit of dedication which exemplifies their 

I have, therefore, set aside May 26 to June 1 as State 
Employees Week. I call for this observance in recogni- 
tion of the outstanding contribution of State employees 
to the continuing enrichment of our State and her peo- 

The task of this administration is, and will continue to 
be, to develop fully every resource with which we have 
been so happily blessed. I believe that State employees 
will rededicate themselves to the achievement of this 
goal in helping make North Carolina all that we want 
her to be, and all that she can be in the years ahead. 

In Memoriam 
Marion Boyce McEwen 

The many friends of Marion Boyce 
McEwen was saddened by his sud- 
den death on March 22, 1988. 

"Mc" was born in Mecklenburg 
County November 20, 1897. He grad- 
uated from Bain Academy, Mint Hill 
and Mars Hill College. He was a 
member of the First Presbyterian 

Church in Raleigh, and a member 
of North Carolina Society of Engi- 

After graduation he was employed 
by the Location Department of the 
Highway Commission. Later transfer- 
red to Construction work and was a 
field Resident Engineer, where he 
worked at many roadway jobs over 
North Carolina. In 1944 came to Ra- 
leigh Office and later became Final 
Estimate Engineer, where he work- 
ed until he retired five years ago. He 
worked for the Highway Commission 
forty years. After retirement he was 
an active gardner, and rose enthus- 

Services were held at Brown-Wynne 
Funeral Home on March 23, and 
the body was taken to Mint Hill 
where a short service and burial was 
at the Evergreen Burial Park, Mint 
Hill, N. C, Philadelphia Presbyterian 
Church on March 24. 

Immediate survivors are his wife, 
Celeste White McEwen, a former 
grammar grade teacher, his mother, 
Mrs. S. N. McEwen, of Mint Hill, 
two brothers, J. Dowd McEwen, Jack 
McEwen of Mint Hill; two sisters, 
Mrs. H. J. Barger, Davidson, Mrs. 
J. B. Richards, Charlotte. Mrs. Mc- 
Ewne lives at 315 South King Char- 
les Road. 

Kinston Bypass 

The three and one-half mile Kni- 
ston Bypass has been completed, in- 
spected and opened to traffic well 
ahead of schedule. 

Highway Commissioner W. W. 
Exum of Snow Hill said final in- 
spection on the 1.4 million dollar 
project was completed Thursday, 
May 2nd. 

The four-lane facility, which was 
let to contract in two sections during 
the spring and summer of 1967, had 
originally been scheduled for final 
inspection and opening in November 
of this year. 

The project included construction 
of additional travel lanes and the up- 
grading of existing lanes on the by- 
pass and the separation of grades at 
the intersection of US 70 Business 
and US 70 Bypass, with bypass traf- 
fic traveling over US 70 Business 
traffic (Vernon Avenue) heading in- 
to downtown Kinston. 

Commenting on the completion of 
the project, Commissioner Exum 
said: "This improved highway facili- 
ty will greatly benefit the citizens of 
the Kinston area and will help to 
alleviate traffic congestion in the 
area by separating local and through 


Hunter D. Irving 

One of the Highway Commission's real veterans is re- 
tiring. Hunter D. Irving, who has served the North Caro- 
lina State Highway Commission continuously since 1921, 
is stepping down as Assistant Chief Engineer in charge of 
Construction and Maintenance. The announcement was 
made recetly by Chief Engineer Cameron W. Lee. 

John H. Davis, who has served as State Construction 
Engineer since 1959, will succeed Mr. Irving and Davis' 
assistant, Ed Latham, will become State Construciton 

Irving, who has served every Chairman the State 
Highway Commission has ever had, jonied the organiza- 
tion in 1921 while attending Wentworth High School in 
his native Rockingham County. Mr. Irving later served 
as Junior and Senior Resident Engineer in the Greens- 
boro - High Point area and became a state-wide claims 
adjuster in 1931. He moved steadily upward through the 
ranks of the State Highway Commission, becoming 
Senior Construction Engineer in 1949, Division Engineer 
at Durham in 1953 and State Construction Engineer in 
1956. He was appointed Assistant Chief Engineer for 
Construction and Maintenance in October of 1957 and 
has held the position until his retirement. 

Irving is married to the former Howard Morning 
Brooks of Hamlet and they have a daughter, Mrs. Donna 
Irving Lambeth of Greensboro, and three grandchildren. 
Mr. Irving has been very active in the American Asso- 
ciation of State Highway Officials, the Southeastern As- 
sociation of State Highway Officials, the American So- 

ciety of Engineers, American Road Builders Association 
and is a Mason and Shriner, a member of the North 
Carolina Society of Engineers and the West Raleigh 
Presbyterian Church. 

John H. Davis joined the State Highway Commission 
in 1941 as a rodman and held various positions in the 
contruction area of highway activities until his ap- 
pointment as State Construction Engineer in July 1959. 
Mr. Davis attended North Carolina State University 
and served in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1942 
until 1945. He is married to the former Marian Smithie 
Waddell and they have three sons. 

Ed Latham joined the State Highway Commission 
January 8, 1966 as Highway Engineer IV in the Construc- 
tion Department, and has served in this capacity until 
being appointed State Construction Engineer. A native 
of Dallas, Texas, he is a graduate of the Citadel with a 
B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. 

Commenting on Irving's retirement, State Highway 
Commission Chairman J. M. Hunt, Jr. said: "Mr. Irv- 
ing has been an outstanding public servant and state 
employee. He has given 47 years of dedicated service to 
the upgrading of North Carolina's State Highway Sys- 
tem. Mr. Irving has been associated with the Highway 
Commission since the first year of its existence and has 
been in the enviable position of seeing history made and 
having a hand in its making. He has done a great deal 
for North Carolina and on behalf of the members of the 
Highway Commission, I wish him well in his retirement." 


East To West Attractions 

Professional theatre for sports- 
clothed audiences in a historic out- 
door setting in one of the chief at- 
tractions for summer visitors to the 
fascinating Dare Coast — Outer 
Banks of North Carolina. 

"The Lost Colony" outdoor drama, 
authored by Pulitzer Prize-winner 
Paul Green and directed and choreo- 
graphed by Joe Layton of Broadway, 
TV and Hollywood fame is being pre- 
sented for its 28th production season 
through August 25. 

Layton this year has won acclaim 
for his "snap-crackle-pop" staging of 
the new Broadway hit musical come- 
dy "George M". He was choreograph- 
er for the original Broadway produc- 
tion of "The Sound of Music", won a 
TONY award for staging Richard 
Rogers' "No Strings', and an EMMY 
award for the first of his three Bar- 
bra Streisand TV spectaculars. 

Performances are presented Mon- 
day through Saturday nights at 8:30 
o'clock (EDT) in 2,000 seat Water- 
side Theatre. There will be special 
Sunday night shows on August 18 
and closing night. 

The beautiful theatre is located on 
Roanoke Island, in Fort Raleigh Na- 
tinonal Historic Site where Sir Wal- 
ter Raleigh's first English colonists 
attempted a settlement in the 1580's, 
some 20 years before Jamestown and 
30 years before Plymouth Rock. Their 
mysterious disappearance following 
the birth of Virginia Dare, the first 
child of English parents born in the 
16th Century "New World", is dra- 
matically told in music, song, dance, 
pantomime and the spoken word. The 
cast numbers nearly 100, plus another 
35 or 40 off-stage technicians. 


Within sight of "The Lost Colony" 
theatre, across Roanoke Sound, is the 
memorial atop one of the Kill Devil 
Hills, near Kitty Hawk, where the 
Wright Brothers successfully made 
the first powered airplane flight in 
1903. Next door to the Waterside 
Theatre is the beautiful Elizabethan 
Garden, developed by the Garden 
Club of North Carolina, Inc., as 
another tribute to Sir Walter Ra- 

leigh's and Queen Elizabeth's adven- 

In the Nags Head Atlantic Ocean 
beach resort — 12 miles from Fort 
Raleigh — are the Dunes of Dare, in- 
cluding Jockey Ridge, highest sand 
hill in Eastern America. For some 70 
miles south of Nags Head stretches 
the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 
first oceanside recreational area de- 
veloped by the National Park Service. 
It offers undisturbed beaches with su- 
perb fishing and the opportunity to 
bird-watch in the Pea Island National 
Wildlife Refuge. Examining old ship- 
wrecks and collecting shells and drift- 

wood are other pastimes in this area 
of sand, surf, sunshine and accessible 
solitude. On Hatteras Island, reached 
via a toll-free bridge, is the famous 
Cape Hatteras lighthouse, guardian of 
the Diamond Shoals — "Graveyard 
of the Atlantic". A few miles fur- 
ther south — via a free state-operated 
ferry — is the Island of Ocracoke, 
one-time hangout of Blackbeard, the 

The Dare Coast - Outer Banks is 
in Northeastern North Carolina, some 
90 miles south of Norfolk, Va. and 
188 miles east of Raleigh, N. C. 
(Continued on Page 29) 

ENGLISH ROYALTY — Queen Elizabeth I of England is one of the 
principal characters in "The Lost Colony" outdoor drama being presented for 
the 28th production season on the Dare Coast — Outer Banks of North Caro- 
lina. Here "Queen Bess" (Marjalane Thomas of Elizabeth City) is shown re- 
ceiving from Governor John White (Woodson B. Fearing II of Manteo, on the 
left) his paintings of the 16th century "new world". Standing by is the 
Queen's Master of Ceremonies. Shown is Steve Presnell of Tennessee who 
played the role in 1967 and who is now the Historian of the play, while Trip 
Plymale of Raleigh acts as the M. C. The spectacular entertainment in the 
Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island near Manteo, N. C. will be presented 
through August 25, with performances Monday through Saturday nights at 
8:30 (EDT). Photo by Aycock Brown. 


Green River Bridge 

S. F. Davidson, Resident Engi- 
neer and J. L. Norris, M.ASCE, 
Assistant Chief Engineer — 
Bridges, North Carolina State 
Highway Commission, Raleigh 

Motorists in North Carolina will 
soon glide effortlessly across Green 
River on dual bridges which are links 
in Interstate Route 26. Each bridge 
will carry two lanes of traffic at an 
elevation of 220 feet above the small 
streambed in the heart of the Blue 
Ridge Mountains near the small town 
of Saluda, approximately 30 miles 
south of Asheville. The unique fea- 
ture of the bridge is the use of corro- 
sion-resistant steels that will never 
require painting. 

Considerable thought was given to 
the aesthetic quality of the structure 
since it was to be located in a setting 
of natural beauty; it would be one 
that would blend in with the sur- 
rounding landscape. Although no 
plans are yet proposed for a scenic 
overlook or park, the possibility of 
such later development near the site 
made aesthetics an important design 

Two employees with training in 
School of Design at North Carolina 
State University were assigned the 
task of establishing profiles, compil- 
ing information concerning the gen- 
eral surroundings, and preparing 
drawings of what they considered the 
most attractive structure. The 14 foot 
deep parallel flange welded plate gir- 
der type was chosen for its simplicity. 

A scale model of the bridge was 
then prepared for a more detailed 
study of piers, abutments and general 
proportions of the structure. Pier 
stems of uniform diameter for the 
full height and of stepped variable 
diameters, along with uniform taper, 
were studied. Considerable public in- 
terest was shown in the proposed 
structure when the scale model was 
exhibited at the North Carolina State 
University and at Hendersonville, the 
county seat of the county in which 
the structure is located. 

The final design selected consists 
of a continuous span unit of 260'-330'- 
260' flanked by a 100' simple span on 
each end, for a total length of 1,050 
feet. Due to the accessibility prob- 
lem in reaching the site, and to ship- 
ping limitations on the depth of gird- 
er, a uniform depth of 14' deep flange 
welded plate girder type was chosen 
with simple hammerhead type piers 
and uniform tapers. 

Because of maintenance problems 
in painting a structure of this height, 
unpainted corrosion-resistant steel was 
selected for use in the superstruc- 
ture ,as well as for encasement of 
piers. This grade of steel was decided 
upon only after a number of con- 
ferences and discussions with offi- 
cials of the Bureau of Public Roads 
and was finally agreed to, on an ex- 
perimental basis, by Mr. W. J. Wil- 
kes, Chief Bridge Engineer, U. S. Bu- 
reau of Public Roads. This steel was 
specified as a steel meeting the re- 
quirements of A-242-M; the modifica- 
tions being requirements of special 
weathering qualities, corrosion- resist- 
ant, and weldability. The fabricator 
preferred to call this steel ASTM A- 
441-M, while holding to the original 
specification requirements. The fact 
that the steel alloy weathers to a deep 

brown patina and blends itself into 
the forest setting was an added incen- 
tive for its selection. 

In the past there have been prob- 
lems in the use of "Weathering" 
Steels; one of the most annoying be- 
ing the unsightly stains on concrete 
piers and abutments during the oxo- 
dizing period when water from the 
superstructure carried the oxidizing 
coating to the concrete surfaces be- 
low. To solve this problem, it was 
decided to encase all of the reinforc- 
ed concrete piers with thin-walled 
steel shells with the same grade of 
steel, which would require no paint. 
Prior to the above decision several 
prospective contractors were contacted 
for their opinions regarding the per- 
manent in lieu of movable forms; the 
idea was found to be very receptive. 
Safety during construction was a very 
important factor in favor of the per- 
manent encasement forms. It was 
decided to require a 5/16" thick 
shell for the higher piers and to uti- 
lize 1/8" of the material to replace a 
portion of the reinforcing steel. The 
contractor was given the option of 
using a minimum of 3/16" for the 
shorter piers where its use as rein- 
forcing steel was not important. It 
developed that the contractor chose 



to use the 5/16" throughout. Before 
finally specifying the uniform tapered 
pier column there was assurance by 
tank manufacturers that the tapered 
sections would present no problem in 
fabrication. The higher pier stems are 
133 feet from top of footing to bot- 
tom of cap, 13' 1-7/8" diameter at 
the base, and 9'-0" diameter at the 
top. Steel shells were also used for 
the pier caps forms. 

The bridges were designed for a 
light weight concrete deck on the con- 
tinuous section with regular weight 
concrete on the simple spans. Speci- 
fications for the light weight aggre- 
gate were carefully prepared to in- 
sure uniform production. 

Surface drainage of the deck pre- 
sented a problem which was resolved 
by designing a galvanized steel drain 
which would collect the water at the 
face of the curb, located on the out- 
side of the exterior girder, and carry 
the water over the top of the girder 
and down the inside face where it 
was discharged at the level of the 
bottom flange. 

Construction started on August 2, 
1966 on the 2.3 million dollar con- 
tract which had been awarded to 
Wannamaker and Wells Company of 
Orangeburg, South Carolina, the first 
operation being the clearing and con- 
struction of the necessary access road. 
The contractor was allowed to clear 
the trees underneath the proposed 
bridges and construct needed access 
to each foundation, with the provision 
that the site would be restored to the 
original contour upon completion of 

Based on four borings at the pier 
site made by the Geological Section 
of the Highway Commission, special 
footings were founded on soft rock 
for bearing pressures up to ten tons 
per square foot. The elevation of the 
footing was determined after the con- 
tract was awarded by obtaining a 
core at the corners of each footing 

It was planned to do the field stake- 
out by triangulation and horizontal 
measuring; however, the terrain was 
so rugged this was found to be im- 
practical since a base line for the tri- 
angle could not be established due to 
the dense undergrowth and irregular 
contour. The stakeout was finaly done 
by repeated horizontal measurement 
and was checked by using a Geodi- 

meter having an accuracy of 99.9%. 
The check by the Geodimeter reveal- 
ed an error in the measuring of three 
inches between piers 2 and 3. This 
was corrected before construction be- 

It was proven during construction 
that the use of the steel encasement to 
act as a stay-in-place form was one 
of the most exciting features of the 
structure. The pier was constructed, 
as you will note from the photograph, 
without any falsework except a mini- 
mum amount of scaffolding to hold 
the No. 14- S reinforcing bars in place 
until the footing had been poured. The 
steel shells were placed and held in a 
true circle by a stiffner with a known 
center point which was installed by 
the shell fabricator. The stiffner was 
removed as the shell was filled with 
concrete. Reinforcing bars (#18-S) 
were field spliced by welding using 
the Cadwell process or other approv- 
ed methods. 

Cap forms were constructed on the 
ground and were "beefed" up by 
welding X-braces which acted as ad- 
ditional reinforcement and served to 
make the shells self-supporting. The 
cap form was then lifted by crane 
into its final position and held in 
place while it was welded to the 
column form. The cap was then pour- 
ed without benefit of falsework or 
external bracing of any type. The 
contractor was elated at his rate of 
progress and the fact that the work 
was done without any lost time acci- 
dent. Only two minor accidents oc- 
curred during the period the sub- 
structure for the two bridges was be- 
ing constructed. 

The substructure was completed in 
July 1967 and the American Bridge 
Company, as sub-contractor, moved 
onto the project and began erecting a 
cableway to be used for placing the 
structural steel. The cableway con- 
sisted of two cables 1,100 feet long 
and 2 7/8" in diameter, which was 
supported by two towers 150 feet 
high that could be tilted left or right 
so that girder sections could be plac- 
ed at any exact location on the bridge. 
Backstays were anchored 750 feet 
from the towers and sideguys extend- 
ed as much as 34 feet from the tow- 
er. The traveling dollies were con- 
trolled by power wenches located at 
each end of the bridge with the oper- 

ator keeping in touch with erection 
crews by means of telephone. 

First girders were placed August 3, 
1967 on Span E, northbound lane, and 
the steel erection was completed with- 
out incident on December 8, 1967. 

The Special Provisions of the con- 
tract required the sand blasting of all 
structural steel, including the pier 
shells, at the shop with any touch-up 
to be done in the field after the con- 
struction had been completed. The 
contractor secured the permission of 
the Bureau of Public Roads and the 
State Highway Commission to do all 
blast cleaning after the bridge had 
been completed, including the casting 
of the decks. Experience has proven 
that it would have ben unwise to have 
cleaned the steel prior to casting of 
the concrete decks because of the 
great amount of re-cleaning that 
would have been necessary. It is de- 
sirable to have the corrosion- resist- 
ant steel cleaned uniformly at the 
same time so that the bridge will de- 
velop its final color for the entire 
are at approximately the same time. 

The contractor began pouring the 
bridge deck in December 1967, and 
due to the high altitude and the ne- 
cessity to pour concrete at times 
when the temperature was below 
freezing, the contractor devised a 
plan to completely enclose the slab 
section to be poured. The enclosure 
consisted of canvas supported on light 
weight metal frames into which heat 
could be forced as needed (see photo). 
Screeding was done by longitudinal 
screed constructed by the contractor. 
The freshly finished concrete was 
covered with commercial type mats. 
The order of pouring the multiple sec- 
tions of the slab was furnished to the 
contractor by the State Highway 

The use of Mayari-R steel (ASTM 
A- 242) for the substructure and Cor- 
Ten steel (modified ASTM A-441) in 
the superstructure, both of which are 
corrosion-resistant, has created na- 
tion-wide interest in this project and 
demonstrates how cooperation be- 
tween the U. S. Bureau of Public 
Roads and the State Highway Com- 
mission, together with the ingenuity 
of the contractor can work together 
to plan, design and construct bridges 
of this magnitude, using untried ma- 
terial and construction procedures. 


(Continued from Page 24) 

— One of the tragic scenes of "The 
Lost Colony" outdoor drama on the 
Dare Coast — Outer Banks of North 
Carolina is in the second act when 
Eleanor Dare sings a lullaby to her 
baby, Virginia, the first child of En- 
glish parents born in America. Pat 
Kelly Gilbreath of Greensboro, N. C. 
is "Eleanor Dare". The play ends 
shortly thereafter as Sir Walter Ra- 
leigh's first English colonists in the 
16th century "New World" march off 
into the wilderness to mysteriously 
disappear. Written by Pulitzer Prize- 
winner Paul Green and directed and 
choreographed by Joe Layton of 
Broadway, TV and Hollywood fame, 
"The Lost Colony" is being staged 
for its 28th production season in the 
Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Is- 
land, near Manteo, N. C, through 
August 25. Performances are given 
Monday through Saturday nights at 
8:30 (EDT). (Photo by Aycock 

Horn In The West 

Centennial celebrations are as 
American as homemade cider and the 
Thursday-night special. There's just 
something about them that satisfies a 
quirk in our national character — 
that purely American idiosyncracy 
which makes us enjoy nostalgic 
glances into the past as we rush mad- 
ly into the future. 

But there is also a sad, nearly tra- 
gic, side to these once-in-a-hundred 
year jubilees. It seems that, come cen- 
tennial time, every town from Mud- 
ville to Four Oaks feels it must stage 
a summer-long outdoor pageant to 
commemorate the conquerors of the 
wilderness who founded their fair 
city. So far, so good. The merchant 
turned summer actor has the time of 

his life playing Davy Crockett. Aud- 
iences turn out in fair numbers, and 
the city fathers hear nothing but 
praise for their dramatic enterprise. 

Then comes the tragedy. The taste 
of one summer's success prompts the 
local historical society to sponsor the 
outdoor drama as a permanent sum- 
mer attraction. They borrow huge 
sums of money to build an amphithea- 
ter, and they contract a playwright 
to revamp last summer's show. The 
townspeople dig into their pockets to 
finance professional costumery and a 
full-time director. 

After months of work and worry, 
the show opens, and everyone is there 
except the audience. Sad as the fact 
is, 90 of 100 outdoor dramas pass in- 
to oblivion because second summer 
audiences dwindle to nearly nothing. 
And the third season, if there is one, 
rarely shows an increase. 

That's why Horn in the West is a 
dream come true for the Southern 
Appalachian Historical Association. 
Their outdoor drama in Boone, North 
Carolina, is the one in ten that made 
the precarious transition from cen- 
tennial pageant to successful outdoor 
drama. Even so, it was 14 years be- 
fore the outdoor drama broke even 
financially for a single season. 

When it debuted in the summer of 
1952, the drama played to a season's 
total of 55,000. The reviews were laud- 
atory and the story itself was an ex- 
citing one. It capitalized on the au- 
thentic exploits of Daniel Boone in the 
Southern Appalachians during the 
American Revolution. Its theme of 
westward expansion in search for free- 
dom was universal enough to over- 
come the localism which destroys most 
historical pageants. Even so, attend- 
ance plunged downward the second 

The trend continued for nearly a 
decade until Horn in the West played 
to only 19,000 people. 

Heaven only knows why the histor- 
ical association members voted to 
continue the show. Perhaps they rea- 
lized that the segment of history told 
in the Horn was too important to let 
die. At any rate, they invested more 
of their own money. 

The next summer, the drama's at- 
tendance began a gradual increase, 
and this trend has continued ever 

The reasons are apparent. During 
its season, any outdoor drama at- 
tracts thousands of people from its 
own locality. Few of them, however, 

DANIEL BOONE, portrayed by 
Glenn Causey of Arlington, Va., lis- 
tens for the horn of freedom, symbol 
of America's struggle for indepen- 

return during the following years. It 
is then, if the drama is genuinely a 
good one, that its reputation begins 
to spread into adjoining areas. Grad- 
ually, over a period of ten years or 
so, a regular tourist audience will 
equrl the first year's local attendance 
and then replenish itself each season. 

Now that their outdoor drama is 
standing on its own feet, the members 
of the SAHA are afraid to think what 
might have happened had they not 
kept Horn in the West operating 
through its dark ages. 

The outdoor drama is now one of 
scores of attractions in the Boone- 
Bliwing Rork-Linville area of North 
Carolina, all of which make this sec- 
tion of the Blue Ridge Mountains a 
year-round haven for more than one 
million vacationers. 

Sponsors of the drama have also 
seen it develop a theatrical excellence 
that places it on a par with the best 
of its genre. Professional actors, dan- 
cers and musicians have been re- 
cruited to produce the story of Dan- 
iel Boone in the heart of original 
Daniel Boone Country. Opening June 
29 this season, the play unfolds on 
three curtainless stages with some- 
thing to excite every member of the 
family. Action ranges from authentic 
Cherokee war rituals to reenactments 
of the Battles of Alamance and Kings 
Mountain as Daniel Boone and his 
followers are trapped in the Revolu- 
tionary War. 

Authentic costumes, live trees and 
animals on stage, booming cannon 
echoing against the surrounding Blue 
Ridge peaks all convey the sincere 
impression that "this is what it was 
like in the old days." 



By Jewel Adcock 

recently transfer- 
red from the Ster- 
eo Section to En- 
gineering. A mem- 
ber of the field 
party for three 
years, CHARLES 
back in Engineer- 
ing. Photogrammetric golf enthusiasts 
enjoyed playing golf at Fuquay on 
Memorial Day, May 10. DON HOL- 
LOW AY of Engineering and LEIGH- 
TON ELLIOTT, Photogrammetric 
Pilot, attended summer camp with 
the National Guard recently. A nice 
week's vacation at HoHens Beach 
was enjoyed by CONNIE WESTER 
and family. 

RIGHT OF WAY — Vacations 
have begun in Right of Way. JOHN 
HOLMES and family spent a week 
at Kure Beach. ELEANOR TAY- 
LOR and family went to Long Beach 
for a few days. DEBBIE MOONEY- 
HAM and children vacationed at 
Virginia Beach for a week. DAN 
SHOMAKER and wife motored to 
Washington, D. C. to visit friends. 
were at Carolina Beach for a few 
days. And Wrightsville Beach for a 
week was a nice vacation for JEAN 
BYRD and her family. 

spent two weeks in June at Fort 
Stewart, Ga. fulfilling their military 

Employees are glad to report that 
JOHN HONBARRIER is recuperat- 

This charming little Miss is Lisa 
Ann Deans, born Dec. 15th to Mr. 
and Mrs. Gordon Deans of Raleigh. 
Poppa Gordon is a Highway photo- 
grapher and she sure gave him a big 
smile while he was taking this picture. 

ing at home after a stay in the hos- 
pital following a heart attack. All 
wish John a speedy recovery. 

and DICK CONELY, summer em- 
ployees. Also, it's nice to have TED 
SEWELL back in Right of Way. Co- 
workers miss CARROLL WILSON 
who transferred to another State 
agency. KEN DRIVER, trainee, has 
been transferred to Sylva as a per- 
manent employee. 

Congratulations to the BOB 
SHEETS upon the birth of Robert 
Wesley June 3rd. 

EQUIPMENT — Get well wishes 
to R. G. SETZER, who is on the sick 
list. Co-workers are happy to have 
work after a recent illness. 

JEAN and Nelson BLINSON re- 
port that the fish were definitely in 
the mood to bite on a recent trip to 
Atlantic Beach. 

with daughter Miriam, visited Keith 
and Betty Williams of Charlotte the 
weekend of June 8th. Betty is Bil- 
lie's twin sister! 

was hostess for the Hooks family re- 
union Sunday, June 2 at her resi- 
dence in Greenwood Forest, Cary. 
About fifty relatives were present. 

KATHLEEN UPTON vacationed 
the week of June 15th at Ocean Isle, 
accompanied by her daughter and 
snn-in-law, Sarah Lynn and Gary 
Thaggard, with their two daughters 

from Brunswick, Ga. Also enjoying 
the sun and surf, was Kathleen's son, 
John, and wife, Nancy, from Strat- 
ford, Conn. 

Welcome to the following tempo- 
rary summer employees: JUDY 

gratulations to DALE GRAHAM, 
Machine Shop Foreman, on the re- 
cent birth of little grandson, Freder- 
ick Dale Graham Bender. 

Welcome to new permanent em- 
INGS, both Mechanics II. 

Recently hospitalized but now back 
on the job are BILL MANLY and 
SIDNEY SEAL. Get well wishes are 
extended to the following employees 
who at this writing are in the hospi- 

The Depot is delighted to have 
the following summer employees: 

Mrs. Brenda Johnson stands next 
to one of her "Summer Help Gals", 
Sylvia Northcutt, who is employed 
at the Equipment Depot. The picture 
was taken by Mr. Graham's new Pola- 
roid camera which he received from 
his family as both Father's Day and 
Birthday present. Mr. Graham is 
also employed at the Equipment De- 


Our deepest sympathy to the fam- 
ily of H. G. FINCH, formerly Uphol- 
stery Shop Foreman, who died May 
11, and also on the death of Mr. 
Finch's sister; to JAMES EVANS 
upon the recent death of a brother; 
to HOWARD GUPTON on the death 
of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Lynch; and 
to A. W. KIRK upon the recent 
death of his brother. 

Two of the Department's bachelor's 
"middle-aisled" it this season. RO- 
nal Section and Miss Patricia Cava- 
naugh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
David Cavanaugh of Raleigh, were 
married in Midway Baptist Church 
May 19th. Roger is the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. David Garrison of Newark, 
Traffic Research Engineer, and Miss 
Nancy Jean Rummage, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Ward Rummage of 
Raleigh, were married in the chapel 
of Forest Hills Baptist Church June 
1st. Jim is the son of Mrs. James R. 
Lynch of Sanford and the late Mr. 

Cpt. C. C. SESSOMS, Area Traf- 
fic Engineer, and Lt. JOHN E. HOL- 
LINGSWORTH, Traffic Research 
Programmer, participated in the Na- 
tional Guard Annual Field Training 
at Fort Stewart,, Ga. the 2nd and 3rd 
weeks in June. RONNIE WEBBER 
attended National Guard camp at 
Fort Gordon, Ga. for two weeks in 

ROBERT J. DODGE, retiring 
president of the Southern Section of 
the Institute of Traffic Engineers, 
received special honors at the meet- 
ing in Louisville, Ky., the week fol- 
lowing the Derby. He was titled Am- 
bassador of Good Will and received 
a Master's license for stern wheelers 
(river boats). He also attended the 
Derby and was one of those winning 
on the losing horse, Dancer's Image. 
One of the races held during conven- 
tion week was named in honor of 

EMILY BLOUNT and her sister, 
Miss Mary Brown of Virginia Beach, 
made a plane trip to the West Coast 
in May. They visited San Francisco, 
Los Angeles, Hollywood, Disneyland, 
and other favorite tourist spots. 

GENE EDMONDS underwent 
treatment at Mission Memorial Hos- 
pital in Asheville early in the sum- 
mer. BRENDA PRICE had minor 
surgery at Rex Hospital in May. 

Only three weeks old when this 
picture was taken, little Joel Gray 
Bullins was born March 16 at the 
Forsyth-Memorial Hospital in Win- 

His parents are Melvin and Alma 
Smith Bullins of Walnut Cove, and 
his grandfather, Cero Smith, worked 
with the Bridge Maintenance Depart- 
ment for 23 years. 

BOB DODGE and family vacation- 
ed at Linville Falls in July. JIM 
went fishing off Harker's Island on a 
recent weekend. EARLEEN MED- 
LIN and husband, Wallace, spent 
some time at Virginia Beach recently. 
chose Atlantic Beach for their vaca- 
tion spot this year, and ROBERT 
CAULEY and his wife, Vanda, were 
also beach visitors for a few days. 

Little Leah Carol Helms was born 
May 10, 1968. Her proud parent are 
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Helms, and dad 
works with the Monroe Location De- 

LOCATION — The Department 
welcomes several new employees: 

JANE and Harry FINCH are the 
proud parents of a baby girl, Gwen- 
dolyn Carol, born May 13. Little 
"Gwen" weighed in at 6 lbs., 11 oz. 
Mr. and Mrs ASHLEY IPOCK an- 
nounce the birth of a son, May 26. 

Miami Beach and beautiful Nassau 
were the spots ELAINE ROGERS 
chose for a wonderful week's vaca- 

C. S. BRISTOW enjoyed a delight- 
ful weekend of boating at Charleston, 
S. C. June 1. 

Property Survey Section employees 
are enjoying their new offices after 
moving from 202 New Bern Ave. 

men in Advance Planning are find- 
ing time once again to do things like 
play golf, fish, ski and play tennis, 
with never time to cut grass, paint, 
make repairs and baby-sit while 
their wives play bridge. Good luck 
with the other golf teams in the build- 

Employees will miss ALEX HEKI- 
JOHN PERMAR who recently left 
the Department, Alex plans to return 
in September. 

It's nice to have MILE TEWELL 
as a permanent employee and ARUN 
CHATTERJEE, who will be working 
during the summer months. 

JOHN RICHARDSON will change 
his title from Administrative Assist- 
ant to a Community Planner Trainee 
while attending school in the Divi- 
sion of Community Planning in the 
Dept. of Conservation and Develop- 

HAP CROWE is entering his Con- 
stellation Sailboat and ELLIS 
SPAKE is entering his Comet in the 
Governor's Regatta at Kerr Lake 
June 15-16. Let us know if you win, 

It's nice to have Mrs. GRAY McGEE 
as new Correspondent for ROAD- 
was formerly correspondent until her 
marriage to Ben Rhue April 28. Best 
wishes to Annette, who resigned to 
join her husband, now in service in 
Lansing, Kansas. 

Congratulations to the LUBY 
MOORINGS upon the recent birth of 
a baby boy, Joseph Edward. 

GEORGE FRISING and wife en- 
joyed a recent visit with friends in 


Miss Dancella Hall became the 
bride of Bruce Kyler in the Knight- 
dale Baptist Church May 26. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. John S. Hall, Sr. of Route 
1, Knightdale. Her mother is a mem- 
ber of Planning and Research. 

The bridegroom is the son of Dr. 
and Mrs. Paul Kyler of Maiden. 

Washington, D. C. The L. G. NI- 
families enjoyed a weekend at Top- 
sail Beach. Mr. and Mrs. MAX 
SPROLES with their family spent a 
nice weekend at Myrtle Beach, S. C. 

The Drafting Section welcomes 
as new members. 

band. Phil, attended the "Charlotte 
Worlds 600, the weekend of May 26. 
CAROLYN BAILEY and family en- 
joyed a weekend at Atlantic Beach 
May 24; also, LOUISE WHITE had 
fun at Atlantic the same weekend. 
PHYLLIS NELSON enjoyed a trip 
in May touring Florida and visiting 
friends and relatives. The LEROY 
JAYS had a delightful week in June 
vacationing in Florida. 

Our deenest and heartfelt sym- 
pathy to SAM STANCIL upon the 
recent death of his wife. 

LANDSCAPE — Employees ex- 
tend their depeest sympathy to KA- 
THERINE H. DAVIS on the recent 

loss of her father, May 25; and to 
J. A. SAUNDERS on the loss of his 
mother, May 30. 

Welcome to ED EVANS and CA- 
THY CLARK, temporary employees 
for the summer. 

Recently FRANK BOWEN and 
PHYLLIS SUGGS got all dressed up 
for a June wedding. Frank was an at- 
tendant for his niece's wedding in 
Eurgaw while Phyllis was a guest at 
her nephew's wedding in Murfrees- 
boro. After the respective weddings, 
Frank ended up at Topsail Beach 
and Phyllis went to Nags Head. 

SANDRA B. JACKSON spent her 
vacation in Boone with her husband, 
Randall, who is temporarily working 
there while on vacation from W. W. 
Holding Technical Institute. 

HENRY HAMMOND has finally 
gotten his sailboat ready for launch- 
ing after spending much time trying 
to finish before the summer months 
got here. 

AL KIRKLAND attended the NC- 
AA Baseball playoff at Gastonia and 
very obviously was pleased with the 
outcome since his team was the win- 

FRED HABELS enjoyed an early 
spring vacation in New Orleans. 

C. R. EDGERTON attended the 
mid-year Highway Research Commit- 
tee Meeting in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 
Mr. Edgerton is a member of the 
Surface Drainage Committee. 

Best wishes to LYNN and Glenn 
JENKINS on their recent marriage. 

The Department is happy to wel- 
come NED PERRY back to work. 
Ned has just recently returned from 
a tour of duty with the U. S. Army 
in Vietnam and upon reaching home 
had the pleasant task of getting ac- 
quainted with his new son. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. J. POWELL recently 
visited their children and grandchil- 
dren in Marietta and Atlanta, Geor- 
gia. Seeing their grandchildren was 
a real treat. 

MAX COLLINS, JR. attended the 
annupl Sea Horse Institute meeting 
at the Elockade Runner Hotel in 
WriThtsville Beach June 3-6. The 
main topic of discussions at the 
meeting was the cause of corrosion 
in metals. 

Congratulations to A. S. FURTA- 
DO on the birth of his first grand- 
child — a boy, born to the Robert A. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended 
to the family of RICHARD E. 
BLAND, who passed away April 25. 
Prior to his death, Mr. Bland was 
employed as a Bridge sub-foreman 
with the Martin County Bridge Main- 
tenance Dept. and had been with the 
Commission for about 19 years. 

Maitenance employee in Burgaw 
has recuperated from a recent car ac- 
cident on NC 53 west of Jacksonville, 
in which two of his fellow workers — 
ARD — were killed. 

After a siege of illnesses and sev- 
eral hospitalizations, LAURIN A. 
JACKSON of Burgaw went back to 
work, but only briefly. Laurin had to 
return to the hospital again and at 
this writing is still hospitalized in 
New Hanover Memorial in Wilming- 
ton. Employees hope that Laurin will 
soon be well. 

Miss Judith Coley O'Neil was mar- 
ried to Roland Vance Venters, Sun- 
day, May 12 at the Stoney Creek 
Baptist Church near Rocky Mount. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. John O'Neil, Route 3, 
Rocky Mount, and the bridegroom is 
the son of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Venters 
of Trenton and Leon Stephens Ven- 
ters of Atlantic Beach. 

Mrs. Venters is a graduate of Red 
Oak High School and the Automation 
Institute of Raleigh. She is an em- 
ployee in Highway Purchasing. Mr. 
Venters attended East Carolina Uni- 
versity and is employed with Com- 
mercial Credit Corporation in Dur- 
ham. The couple resides at 16-D Co- 
lonial Apartments in Durham. 



Some got away, but not all as the Roadway Design section invaded the 
water off Morehead City June 1. The fishing was good as you can see. The 
catch included mostly King mackerel and a few Amber jacks. 

The fishermen top row left to right: Wayne Barnette, Ken Gardner and 
Ed Cox. Bottom row: Bob Pearson, Ralph Trivette and Barney Roberts. 

Not shown in the picture (nor are their fish) but on the same fishing 
trip were Frank Starnes, Bob Wells, Bob Walker, John Taylor and Al Avant. 
They "said" they caught more fish than all the rest put together, even though 
they don't have a picture to prove it! 

EDDIE and Sandra BOOTH en- 
joyed a recent trip to visit Sandra's 
sister, Mrs. Tony Vernon, in Atlanta, 
Ga. They also visited historic Stone 
Mountain State Park. Eddie works 
with Bridge Maintenance in Forsyth 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
MELVIN BULLINS upon the birth 
of a baby boy, Joel Gray, March 16. 
The proud father works with Bridge 
Maintenance in Stokes County. 

WILSON, JR. attended the AASHO 
Operating Committee on Design, Re 
gion II at Williamsburg, Va. June 5-7. 
Mr. Wilson participated in the panel 
discussion on "Urban Design Prob- 

Welcome to the following new em- 
ployees: HEBER C. EASON, JR., 
employees are: WILLIAM S. CLE- 

Employees will miss DWIGHT 
KELLY who transferred to the Traf- 
fic Department, and STEVE MEA- 
who left to enter the Armed Forces. 

Good luck to HENRY HAM- 
MOND, who has accepted a two-year 
assignment in Melbourne, Australia. 

Taking two-weeks military leave 
recently were: ROBERT WALL, 

Jeanne Lynn Sutton, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. George Michael Sutton 
of Wendell; granddaughter of George 
Sutton, our Building Superintendent. 

Congratulations to the BILL BET- 
TERS upon the recent birth of a 
son, William E. Betters, III, and to 
the TOMMY PEACOCKS upon the 
birth of a son, Gregory Thomas. 

Early vacationers and their desti- 
nations were: Mr. and Mrs. ALLEN 
ATKINS, Windy Hill Beach, S. C; 
Mr. and Mrs. RAMEY KEMP, 
Long Beach; Mr. JERRY TWIGG, 
Tampa, Fla.; and Mrs. ANN FUT- 
RELL, Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

LESTER BROWN and family en- 
joyed the weekend of June 7 at Sal- 
ter Path. Lester reports that his boys 
caught 44 blues, and during that 
time, "Pinchie-winchie Lester" re- 
laxed in front of his cottage (tent) 
watching the "bikinis" go by. 

Our deepest sympathy to RI- 
CHARD PURSER upon the recent 
death of his mother. 

All employees are glad to have 
ist 2, re-join the Department after an 
absence of seven years. 

Welcome to Miss GAIL BYRD, 
new secretary to John W. Lambeth. 

It's nice to have three new girls 
as temporary summer help. Welcome 

is enrolled in UNC at Greensboro; 
SUSAN WHEELER, who plans to 
attend Hardbarger Business College 
this fall; and KATHY MEDLIN, 
who will enter Southwood College in 
the fall. 

Mrs. JEAN JOHNSON and her 
husband, Cecil, vacationed in Ashe- 
ville the second week in June, where 
they attended the Eastern Star Con- 

Above are the two men in Carolyn 
Lee's life. Edward Allen Lee Sr. and 
Edward Allen Lee Jr. They look like 
they are enjoying the surf and sun- 
shine at Wrightsville Beach. Carolyn 
is secretary to W. A. Wilson, Jr. 


PERSONNEL — Employees of 
Personnel recently celebrated birth- 
days for JOYCE H. CLARK and 
CLOYCE B. ALFCRD. Joyce was 
treated with a luncheon at the Holi- 
day Inn Restaurant and Cloyce was 
taken to the King of the Sea. 

Congratulations to GAIL STRICK- 
LAND who recently graduated from 
Garner High School. Gail has been 
a temporary employee in Personnel, 
but will be placed on the permanent 
pavroll soon. It's nice to have PAT- 
SY PEARCE as a permanent em- 
ployee after being on a temporary 
basis for over a year. 

CLOYCE B. ALFORD and family 
recently visited Ocean Drive Beach, 
S. C. for a weekend of relaxation and 
sun. TED D. AUSTIN and family 
enjoyed their trip to the Outer Banks 
for a weekend of fun. The children 
re^llv enjoyed the ferry ride. JOYCE 
CLARK was out several days attend- 
ing her youngest daughter, Teresa, 
who had her tonsils removed at Rex 
Hospital. We wish Teresa a speedy 
recovery and Joyce a good rest. 
LEE GRIFFIN have been frequent 
visitors to Fayetteville on recent 
weekends. Co-workers are wondering 
what or who they have found so in- 
teresting! (Could it be Fort Bragg?) 

Department Head J. RAYNOR 
WOODARD and wife recently visit- 
ed their son, who is in flight train- 
ing in Pensacola, Florida. 

fortune tellers, these two girls are 
destined for much wealth and riches 
in the near future! PATSY PEARCE 
recently took a few days vacation, 
but according to Patsy, she worked 
so hard she didn't feel like she had 

Personnel's annual Golf Tourna- 
ment was held May 10th at the Zeb- 

Smiling for the camera are charm- 
ing John David and Kimberly Sue 
Wood. Their proud dad is Dave 
Wood, a member of the Roadway 
Design Department. 

ulon Country Club. FRED ADCOCK 
and CLOYCE ALFORD were able 
to retain their trophy which they won 
last year. Feeling sorry for RONALD 
WOLFE and TED AUSTIN, a tro- 
phy was abo given to these brave 

is a new member of Bridge Design. 
A native of Dallas, Dewey attended 
NCSU and formerly held a position 
with Charles Kahn & Associates. His 
wife, Pat, is a draftsman with Bigger 
& A*mew. 

LYMAN BRYANT went on six 
months military leave, attended para- 
trooper school, returned to Rnleigh 
with his new bride, Betty, and is now 
a permanent employee in Bridge De- 

LARRY KETCHUM, former train- 
ee, is now a permanent employee. 
Summer employees who will return 
to NCSU in the fall are H. C. STAN- 
RY HEALY are attending summer 
school at State. Dave is working part- 
time, but Jerry is on leave of absence. 

VAN STARLING left Bridge De- 
sign and GRADEN DAVIS and RI- 
CHARD KELLY left Encroach- 
ments. Graden transferred to Bridge 
Maintenance and Richard is working 
in IBM at NCSU. 

DIANE BAGWELL, formerly on 
the co-op office training program, 
now works temporarily as a Steno I 
in Bridge Design. JUDY BLEVINS 
recently moved from Fuquay-Varina 
to Raleigh. 

CHUCK and Sandy CATO are 
proud of new daughter, Brenda Gail, 
born May 19. Their little two-year 
old daughter, Jenny Elizabeth, is 
mighty proud, too. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended 
VANCE WRENN, whose father died 
in May. 

CREECH are coaching a Jr. Lea- 
gue baseball team — two of Landis' 
sons play on this team. The coach- 
ing must be pretty good, especially 
in the pitching department — one of 
the boys pitched a "one hitter", 
striking out nineteen in seven innings 
and the other boy pitched a "two 

TOM PATE spent seventeen days 
on naval reserve duty in the Carri- 
bean. The trip aboard the USS Ran- 
dolph Aircraft Carrier began in Nor- 
folk, Va. and went as far as St. Tho- 
mas in the Virgin Islands. 


A beautiful wedding ceremony was 
performed Saturday, July 13, in the 
Ebenezer Methodist Church when 
Miss Betty Ann Wilkins became the 
bride of Forrest F. King of Orlando, 
Florida. The Reverend James Hamil- 
ton officiated. 

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. 
Jessie G. Wilkins and the late Mr. 
Wilkins of Route 2, Raleigh. Before 
her marriage, she held a position as 
secretary to Purchasing Traffic Man- 
ager R. G. Johnson with the High- 
way Commission. 

The newlyweds will live in Orlando, 
Florida, where the bridegroom is in 

This little girl is Chestine Christ- 
mas, 1000 Bunch Drive Rd., age 
one. She is the granddaughter of 
Irma Banks, one of the elevator op- 
erators at Raleigh headquarters. 

Two of the Newhouses "out of the nest", who were June graduates from 
North Carolina State University are Carolyn and Roland Newhouse pictured 
with "Momma" Frances and "Papa" Berg in between. 

Carolyn obtained a BS Degree in Applied Math and has a new position 
as Industrial Engineer with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Conn. 

Roland, Jr., hold a BA Degree in Economics and recently moved with his 
wife, Kay, to Philadelphia, Pa., where he is employed as an engineer with 
New York Central Railroad. 

The current count (formerly 7) now in the Newhouse family is 2 "out" 
and five to go. 

This leaves Jim, a rising senior in Engineering at NCSU, Emily, a fresh- 
man at Lees-McRae this fall; Debra, a junior at Broughton High, and Marion 
and Robert, students at Daniels Junior High. 

To Momma and Papa Newhouse all we can do is gasp and offer our 
heartiest CONGRATULATIONS for such a fine "Crop". 

The G. S. MARCHANTS vaca- 
tioned for a week in eastern Virginia. 
They visited Mathew, Williamsburg 
and Newport News. Not all the trips 
to the beaches are for fun only. BOB- 
BY POWELL is making trips to 
Morehead to paint his father's cot- 
tage and GEORGE PARKIN makes 
frequent trips to his cottage on the 
Inland Waterway "to work". The 
Parkins recently had their cottage 

DERWOOD spent an enjoyable va- 
cation at Holden's Beach on a house 
party and really enjoyed the beach, 
dancing and fishing. 

BOB TURPIN bought a lot at 
Emerald Isle and plans for a future 
cottage on the one-acre wooded lot, 
on the Sound side, are already in 
the making. ROYCE CARROLL 
bought a sail boat and enjoys after- 
noon sailing at Lake Wheeler and 
frequent trips to Carolina Beach, 
Wrightsville and Virginia Beach. 
is the owner of a new gold-colored 
Impala, fully equipped. Garland's car 
has everything — but everything on 

With visions of an extensive and 
exciting boating vacation in mind, 
two NCSU faculty members, Bob 
Carson and Bob Douglas, left Raleigh 
headed south. They reached North 
Palm Beach the same time as "Ab- 
by", the season's first hurricane and 
the cruise became a "snooze". After 
three days of being grounded, they 
abandoned their original plan of sail- 
ing to the Bahamas. Boarding their 
rented sail boat, they sailed around 
in the Inland Waterway about thirty 
miles south toward Miami and back 
via the Gulf Stream. The expedition 
spent two days sailing and trolling 
for fish out of North Palm Beach — 
with heavy rains both days! 

Heartfelt sympathy is extended 
to Margaret Seagroves upon the 
death of her mother, Mrs. Kate 
Jones Rogers, June 15th. Funeral 
services were held at the First 
Baptist Church in Fuquay and 
burial was at Montlawn Monday, 
June 17th. 


WHEREAS, Mrs. Elizabeth John- 
son Hughes, Secretary to the State 
Highway Commission, has submitted 
her resignation effective June 1, 1968; 

WHEREAS, Mrs. Hughes assum- 
ed her present position as Secretary 
to the Commission in 1956, following 
many previous years of distinguished 
service with the Commission; and 

WHEREAS, throughout the term 
of her employment, the Commission, 
and the people of North Carolina, 
have received the benefit of the com- 
petent service rendered by Mrs. 
Hughes; and 

WHEREAS, the members of this 
Commission sincerely appreciate the 
cooperation and the faithful, efficient 
service that Mrs. Hughes has provid- 
ed the Commission; 

the Commission extends its heartfelt 
appreciation to Mrs. Elizabeth J. 
Hughes for her years of service to 
the State Highway Commission, and 
the Commission further extends its 

sincerest best wishes for her happi- 
ness and success in the future; 

that this resolution be spread upon 
the minutes of this Commission meet- 
ing and that Mrs. Hughes and her 
family be furnished copies of this 
expression of appreciation. 

Many friends and co-workers paid 
tribute to long-time Commission Sec- 
retary Mrs. Elizabeth Hughes, before 
her retirement May 31, by giving 
a lovely luncheon at the Velvet Cloak 
Motor Inn in her honor. A nice gift 
of money was presented Elizabeth 
after a delicious meal was served. Eli- 
zabeth's many highway friends wish 
for her a most wonderful retirement 
with her husband at their new home 
in Southport. 

The friends and co-workers of 
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hardesty, Asst. 
Chief Engr., share with them their 
deep loss in the untimely death of 
their youngest son, Frank Hardes- 
ty, who was k lied in an automobile 
accident on June 21st in Raleigh. 


Mr. and Mrs. 
tended their son- 
in-law's graduation 
from Pembroke 
College at Pem- 
broke May 26 and 
also their daugh- 
ter-in-law's grad- 
uation from East 
M. G. Carawan Carolina Univer- 

Division Correspondent sity. Mr. Smith is 

Shop Foreman with the Equipment 
Department in District 2. 

DICKIE FEHER, Mechanic with 
the Equipment Department in Dis- 
trict 2, has resigned for other employ- 
ment. Good luck Dickie. Resigned 
also, as of May 15, is S. A. WOOT- 
EN, JR., Engnieering Technician III 
of Elizabeth City Construction Office 
who is taking a position with a pri- 
vate contractor in Wilson. The Eli- 
zabeth City Construction Office held 
a farewell party for Mr. Wooten and 
the participants report . . Good Party 
. . Good Time had by all. 

Congratulations to the following 
employees who have recently been 
promoted: W. E. BOSTON, LEROY 

nographer in District 2, spent a few 
days with her son and his family, Mr. 
and Mrs. Robert Carroll Vanderber- 
ry, Jr., of Chapel Hill, during which 
time she attended the graduation 
exercises of Robert, who received his 
M.D. Degree from the University of 
North Carolina on June 3rd. 

Mrs. LINWOOD RAWLS is re- 
cuperating at her home after receiv- 
ing second degree burns of her arm. 
Mr. Rawls is Assistant District En- 
gineer in District 2. 

patient for a few days in the Roan- 
oke-Chowan Hospital where she was 
recuperating from an automobile ac- 
cident. Mr. Askew is Clerk II in Dis- 
trict 2. 

ELTON STALLS, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. E. S. Stalls, Martin County, is 
improving in Walter Reed Hospital. 
Elton, a member of the Armed Forces 
was injured in Vietnam. 

Mr. ROBY HALL, Resident Engi- 
neer, is out on sick leave. Hurry and 
get well, Roby! 

We are glad to report that JAMES 
MODLIN, as of the first of June, is 
much improved after his illness and 
will soon return to work. 

Get well wishes are extended to L. 
ES WHITE of Whaleyville, Virginia 
(who has been out sick since April 
4th) and JAMES HASSELL of 
Manteo (who has been unable to 
work since April 22nd). 

Welcome back to work to Mr. 
HOWELL WARREN after his re- 
cent illness. We are also glad to have 
back on the job P. L. JACKSON and 

Condolences to the J. R. PAYNES' 
in the death of their son, JAMES 
TERRY PAYNE, who was a Lance 
Corporal stationed in Vietnam since 
December, 1967; our deepest sym- 
pathy also to Mrs. J. L. FOXWELL 
on the recent death of her husband, 
who was a former Albemarle Sound 
Bridge Tender; to C. S. SPELLER 
in the death of his mother; to the 
Bridge Tender on the Knobbs Creek 
Bridge, who passed away suddenly on 
May 7 after finishing his days' work; 
and to the family of E. C. CASPER, 

Shown above are Mr. and Mrs. D. 
W. Patrick with grandson, Donald 
Sawyer, who is the son of the for- 
mer Betsy Patrick. Mr. Patrick is 
Division Engineer in Division One. 

March 5, 1968, J. R. Felton com- 
pleted Forty Years of Service with 
the North Carolina State Highway 
Commission. He was employed with 
the Maintenance Department in 
1928, transferred to the Sign De- 
partment in 1931 and later transfer- 
red to the Landscape Department in 
1947. He is now Area Landscape 
Supervisor in Divisions 1, 2 and 4. 
Mr. Felton is married to the former 
Hazel Carter and they have three 
daughters. Sue is a student at Atlan- 
tic Christian College, Wilson. 
Mollie is a student at Ahoskie High 
School and Emily is a student at the 
Ahoskie Elementary School. 

truck driver of Gatesville, who died 
unexpectedly on May 3. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
PAUL HARRISON on their recent 
marriage. Paul is an Engineering 
Aide with the Plymouth District 
Survey Party. 

Mr. W. M. SMITH, Resident En- 
gineer, attended the Spring Meeting 
of Shriners held recently in Rocky 

Mr. and Mrs. JAMES DAUGH- 
TRY vacationed at Myrtle Beach, 
South Carolina the last of May. 
Brenda is Stenographer in the Right- 
of-Way Department. 


Pictured at 5 months is Shelia Mae Turner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
J. B. Turner, Belvidere. Mr. Turner is a Machine Operator in District 1. 

Enjoying life at the age of 4 months is Gregory Carroll Hall, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Garvan C. Hall. Mr. Hall is a truck driver in District II. 

Congratulations to Gail and Jimmy Nash on the birth of a daughter, 
Angela, May 18. 

Adorable little Pledge Michelle is the two year old grand-daughter of 
Frank Bunting, Machine Operator in Martin County. 

Standing PROUDLY with her 18 
pound Rock is Mrs. Ellen Willough- 
by, Typist II, in the Construction Of- 
fice in Ahoskie. Ellen HOOKED the 
fish on a recent trip to Santee Coop- 
er Dam, South Carolina. By the time 
she made the rounds showing it off, 
it did not require scaling and had 
dried out to approximately 12 
pounds; however, according to her, 
the fish was sold to a local restau- 
rant and the owner had to rent a 
tobacco barn furnace in order to 
cook him. 

Division I 


Brenda Joyce Moore, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. James Moore of Wind- 
sor, has been chosen to attend the 
Superintendent's School this sum- 
mer. This is a new program pattern- 
ed after the Governor's School and 
will be held at Bertie High School 
from June 20 to August 2. 

Miss Frances Lynn Smith is the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Smith 
of Murfreesboro. She graduated re- 
cently from Chowan College School 
of Nursing after 33 months of train- 
ing. Chowan College is affiliated with 
the Duke University Medical Pro- 
gram. Mr. Smith is Shop Foreman 
with the Equpiment Department in 
District 2. 

Miss Betty Phelps was Valedictor- 
ian of Creswell High School. She is 
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Char- 
lie R. Phelps. Betty was President of 
the Student Council this year, mem- 
ber of the National Honor Society, 
active in the Monogram Club and a 
cheerleader for three years. Betty is 
planning to attend Louise Obici 
Nursing School in Suffolk, Virginia 
this fall. 

H. L. AMBROSE vacationed brief- 
ly in Pennsylvania. 

M. G. CARAWAN, Division Staff 
Engineer, enjoyed a recent fishing 
trip on the Outer Banks. From all 
reports, he returned with coolers full 
of Blue fish; however, none, as yet, 
have been seen. We know he had a 
WHALE of a time. 


Hazel Baker 

Sympathy is ex- 
tended to Mr. C. 
W. SNELL, JR. in 
the death of his fa- 
ther-in-law, Mr. R. 
L. Stevenson. 

Sympathy is ex- 
tended to the fam- 
ily of Mr. OZZIE 
WILSON, retired 
Division Correspondent Maintenance Em- 
ployee in Pitt County who died re- 

tary in the Division Office, vacation- 
ed for a week at the beach, Morehead. 

on their graduation from Lenoir 
County Community College. Mrs. 
Carawan received an Associate In 
Arts Degree and Mr. Carawan re- 
ceived a Degree in Accounting. Ver- 
non is the son of Mr. V. B. Carawan, 
Maintenance Foreman, Pitt County. 

Congratulations are extended to 
Mr. and Mrs. CARROLL B. RO- 
BERTSON, JR., who announced the 

Above is Beth Glisson, precious 
little granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
C. L. Gray. Mr. Gray is a Mechanic 
with the Equipment Department in 
Div. 2. Little Beth was born April 
15th and is the daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Richard F. Glisson, Jr. 

birth of a son, James Garner, born 
April 29th, weighing 7 lbs. 8V2 °z- 
Carroll is associated with the Right 
of Way Department. 

JOHN H. BANKS, Right of Way 
Agent, spent two weeks in May at 
the University of Florida, Gainesville, 
attending Appraisal Course I at the 
American Institute of Real Estate 

was transferred during June from Di- 
vision Two's Right of Way Depart- 
ment to Division Six in Fayetteville. 
We will certainly miss him but wish 
him the best of luck in his new job. 
His wife, Mavis, will be employed 
with Cumberland County as Home 
Economics Agent. 

RALMOND LOVE, recently re- 
turned to work after being hospital- 
ized a week. 

Sympathy is extended to LIN- 
death of his father. 

The US 70 By-Pass at Kinston, 
from US 258 and NC 58 Easterly 
across Neuse River is now open to 
the traffic. 

Construction on NC 11 Grifton By- 
Pass is to begin around June 1st. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
JOHN SAWYER upon the arrival of 
their new granddaughter, Jennifer 
Dawn. John is an Appraiser with the 
Greenville Appraisal Section. 

We extend our deepest sympathy 
to JOSEPH M. HAYES and his fam- 
ily upon the death of his mother, Mrs. 
Bertie Davis Hayes of Elkin on May 
8. Joe is the Review Appraiser in the 
Greenville Appraisal Section. 

vacationing in the mountains this 
week. Trust she is enjoynig the 
change from the flat country to that 
"high-ground" fresh mountain air. 

Two year old John Bennett, son 
of Mrs. Katherine Bennett, Secretary 
in the Division Office, seems to be 
enjoying his Second Birthday very 
much. Pictured with John is his 
older brother Irving. 

Since we have not exercised the 
privilege previously, we are now 
taking the opportunity to present to 
you the two adorable children of Mr. 
and Mrs. J. C. Harry, III. We are 
indeed happy to have you meet John 
Courtney Harry, IV - 21 months; 
better know to all as "Corky". We 
know Corky as one of the cutest 
little brown-eyed, blonde-haired, most 
intelligent little "live-wires" one 
could ever meet. 

His little sister is equally adorable. 
Margaret Frances is seven months 
old and the best natured, sweetest 
little bundle of joy for her proud 
parents, Jack and Billie. Jack is an 
Appraiser in the Greenville office. 

Shelby is a Secretary in the Apprais- 
al Section. 

Congratulations to WILLIAM ED- 
WARD WILLIAMS, JR., who re- 
ceived his Associate in Applied 
Science Degree in Architectural 
Drafting from Pitt Technical Insti- 
tute on May 24th. Bill is the son 
of Mrs. Gladys William, who is Sec- 
retary in the Appraisal Section. 



DGEN, Clerk in 
the Road Oil Of- 
fice, who recently 
became the proud 
^ , f father of a darling 

baby girl named 
Andrea Maureen. 
The girls in the 
Division Office 

Irene Hewitt g CletuS a 

Division Correspondent" 

"Baby Shower". He was very thrilled 
over it. Perhaps he has the distinction 
of being the only "Highway Man" to 
receive a baby shower. J. H. HOLD- 
EN of Traffic Services Dept. also re- 
cently became another proud father 
of a baby girl. C. E. JERNIGAN, 
Area Foreman in Sampson County, 
is the very proud proud father of a 
baby girl. This is the only girl and 
he has two sons and the youngest 
one just graduated from high school 
this year. 

We recently had a luncheon at 
Ballards Rest, in Wilmington for 
ROSE DUNCAN, Sec. in the Dept. 
of Correction, and presented her with 
a lovely bracelet as a going away 
present. Rose left to join her husband 
in Metropolis, 111. where he has trans- 
ferred. Rose has gone to work on her 
new job in 111. and fixing to move 
into her new home. Rose says even 
though she missed all of the States 
employees; if she had to leave Wil- 
mington, Metropolis is one of the 
friendliest towns she had even been to 
and she is very happy there. Also, we 
had a luncheon at Ballards for LIN- 
DA FISHER, former secretary in R- 
O-W who resigned to accept other 
employment. Linda was presented a 
lovely watch which she seemed to be 
overjoyed with. We welcome Miss RI- 
placing Linda. We take it Rickie Jo 
has really been enjoying the beaches 
by the lovely tan she already has. We 
also welcome Mrs. LAURA DAR- 
RENKAMP who replaced Rose with 
the Dept. of Corrections. Laura for- 

merly worked on that job on a tempo- 
rary status and transferred to a per- 
manent job with the N. C. Rehabili- 
tation Dept., and now that the Dept. 
of Correction job is a permanent one, 
transferred back. 

We are glad to have ROY BROWN 
back after their recent illness. LU- 
THER R. MERRITT, Traffic Serv- 
ices Supervisor is out sick. We 
wish him a speedy recovery. 

We wish to extend our sympathy 
to the family of CLEAB TANNER, 
M. O. I in the Road Oil Dept. who 
was killed in an auto accident on 
May 18. Also to the family of W. H. 
MOORE, former Bridge Tender of 
Dist. 1 who recently died after an ex- 
tended illness. We wish to express 
our sympathy to CHINNIS McKOY 
of the Construction Dept. whose baby 

A tea was given on June 8 by Mrs. 
RUBY CAMPBELL, Sec. in the R- 
O-W Dept. together with Mrs. 
CHUCK CLEMENTS (wife of our 
R-O-W Aide) honoring lovely bride 
elect JOAN STRAUGHAN, daughter 
of Nell Straughan, also Sec. in R- 

here in the Division Office, was 
off a few days to be with 
her mother and other relatives visit- 
ing her from Cullman, Alabama. 
Carolyn enjoyed very much getting 
to see her folks even though she was 
in the middle of moving into her new 
home and little son David's first 

Congratulations to Donna Brown, 
daughter of Div. R-O-W Agent ROY 
D. BROWN; and John Paul DuPre, 
son of Div. Engr. PAUL J. DUPRE, 
who have recently graduated from 
high school. 

We have enjoyed very much hav- 
ing trainee BOB FIELDS work in 
the Div. Office with us but he will 
be leaving us soon for his permanent 
assignment in the Construction Dept. 
in Charlotte. We hope he will be 
back to see us often. 

Then there was the fellow who 
wanted to know if he could have a 
day off with pay. When asked why, 
he replied: "I want to catch up on 
the time I missed for coffee breaks 
when I was on vacation." 


Wilson County 
Chapter enjoyed a 
delicious barbecued 
chicken supper on 
May 3rd. R. W. 
vision Engineer, 
welcomed members 
and their families 
and introduced 
Com missioner 
Di^"c.,«pSSd«aCARL RENFRO. 
Mr. Renfro spoke briefly, praising 
the good works of the Highway Com- 
mission Employees and urging all to 
get out and vote in the May 4th 
Primary. Delicious homemade cakes 
were won by several who attended. 
Approximately 60 were present. 

SHIRLEY HAYES, Stenographer 
in the Division Office, spent a 
week's vacation in the moun- 
tains of North Carolina with her 
husband, Ray. 

correspondent enjoyed two week's 
vacation with husband, Bill. 
Spent one week in Florida and re- 
turned home to get a sun tan in N. 
C. and do some "Spring" cleaning. 

Mr. O. C. HOWELL, Auto Body 
Repairman with the Equipment De- 
partment, has returned to work fol- 
lowing an arm operation. We wish 
him the best of luck. 

Mr. and Mrs. MARVIN OWENS 
had a most enjoyable time vacating 
in Florida. 

James Mitchell Baise, born April 
16th, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don 
Baise, R-W Agent. 


John Richard (Ricky) Harlow, son 
maintenance mechanic, and Mrs. 
of Lindbergh Harlow, Halifax County 
Harlow, of Weldon, is shown holding 
a brass plaque awarded to him by 
Weldon High School, with the fol- 
lowing inscription: "Industrial Arts 
Award Presented to Ricky Harlow 
for Outstanding Achievement in the 
Field of Industrial Arts — 1988". 

The fishing wasn't quite up to par 
the Outer Banks, the week-end of 
May 25th. 

Our Staff Engineer, GEORGE H. 
KING, took off for a week at the 
beach with his family. George told 
me he plans to lay around and be 
waited on, but that he would get up 
for meals. Lots of luck, George. 

Mrs. VICK attended the NCAA Base- 
ball Tournament in Gastonia. Their 
son Dennis played second base for 
East Carolina University. The Vicks 
also added a bit of enjoyable sight- 
seeing to the trip. 

Congratulations to Mr. THOMAS 
A. CAUSEY who was married on 
May 11th to the former Miss Velma 
Ruth Ray of Abbington, Virginia. 
They are making their home in Wil- 
son vhere Mr. Causey works as an 
ET II with J. W. Vick's Engineering 

Welcome back to work ELLIOTT 
both of whom underwent surgery. 

Get well wishes to: Carol Ann Proc- 
tor, daughter of AMOS LEE PROC- 
TOR, of Pinetops; BUDDY HUGH 
CRAWLEY, of Halifax, who is still 
unable to return to work following 
illness and hospitalization; HARRY 
LEE PRICE, who continues ill at 

his home in Weldon; and J. G. 
BROWN, Maintenance Supervisor 
in Edgecombe County, who underwent 

Congratulations to LEON and Ha- 
zel KEEL, of Elm City, upon the 
birth of a daughter on May 20th. 

LARRY NEWSOME and wife, 
Carolyn, enjoyed a sightseeing trip 
to the Great Smoky Mountains, in- 
cluding visits to Asheville, Cherokee, 
and Maggie Valley. 

We wish to welcome new employ- 
ees to this office, E. P. BROWN, a 
temporary Aide, R. J. MOORE, a 
temporary Aide, G. M. KORNEGAY, 
and E. L. KORNEGAY, both Engr. 
Asst. and D. B. LASSITER as a Ci- 
vil Technology Trainee. 

Welcome to MACK C. BEALE, 
Engineering Aide, who will be em- 
ployed with our Location Depart- 
ment for the summer. 

Get- Well wishes to W. L. DAUGH- 

Welcome back to work to Mr. 
HENRY WIGGINS after treatment 
at Wayne Memorial Hospital. 

Employees who attend the Divi- 
sion Safety Meeting to be held in 
the Wayne County Maintenance 
Yard on June 26 will be treated to a 
fish- fry. The fish will be cooked by 

We welcome the following new em- 
ployees: L. R. RAYNOR, Truck Dri- 
WILLIAMS, Laborers. 

Agent is to be married on June 9th. 

C. J. BALDWIN and W. R. DA- 
VENPORT of the R-W Dept. at- 
tended the Golf tournament at Oak 
Island recently. They did not bring 
back a trophy, but it is rumored that 
they had quite a bang up on the way 

We are happy to know that W. H. 
EVERETTE, R-W Agent is recup- 
erating nicely and will be back to 
work soon, after suffering a mild 
heart attack. 

Congratulations to Miss Robert Su- 
san Dawson, daughter of Division En- 
gineer, R. W. Dawson, who graduat- 
ed from Ralph L. Fike High School 
in Wilson. 

Good luck and a 
long, happy mar- 
ried life is wished 
his fellow employ- 
ees. Charles was 
married recently 
to the former Miss 
Barbara Ross of 
Henderson. He is 

Peggy Bright , _ 

Division Correspondent machine operator I 
with the Maintenance Department in 
Granville County. 

DY were on vacation for a few days 
recently. William spent some of his 
vacation time in Virginia. 

seems to be quite red recently. Won- 
der why? 

were on sick leave for a few days re- 

Out on sick leave recently were 
who are both from Durham County. 

Listed below are names of employ- 
ees with the maintenance department 
in Granville County who received 
safety awards recently. 

Congratulations Philip Lee Pen- 
nell, son of W. L. Pennell a M.O. 3 
in the Maintenance Department of 
Durham County who just graduated 
from Northern High School on June 

Millard Brent Jones graduated 
from E.C.U. May 24. Brent is the son 
of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Jones. Jones 
is a Gang Foreman No. 2 with the 
Maintenance Department in Durham. 
Brent finished in four years making 
the honor roll five quarters. Brent is 
going to teach history in high school. 
The Jones' oldest son Marvin is a 
graduate of E.C.U. and is employed 
by North Carolina National Bank in 

20 Year Award 

Edwin B. Davis, William A. Elling- 
ton, Lester L. Reece, R. Lawrence 
Royster and John Louis Williams 

15 Year Award 
Sam H. Averette, Giles E. Crutcher 
and Elvin A. Lumpkin 

10 Year Award 
Ernest C. Adcock, Glenwood J. Brog- 
den, Joe S. Greenway, Frank H. Laws 
and Vencen V. Morton 

5 Year Award 
Bruce O. Hockaday, William B. Gra- 
dy and George W. Woody 
3 Year Award 
E. Alton Dean, L. Earnest Oakley 
and Charles W. Pleasants 

GEORGE BAILEY, our roving re- 
porter, reports that WILLIAM 
REAMS is adding another industry 
to his growing list; the timber in- 
dustry. George reports that William 
has already purchased a truck in 
which he plans to haul his wood. 
Anyone needing wood for the coming 
winter or lumber for building pur- 
poses should place their orders early 
to assure prompt deliveries. 

return to work soon after being on 
sick leave for several weeks. 

HENRY HICKS has returned to 
work after being on sick leave and 
hospitalized for a few days. 

Mrs. O. D. Ellis, Jr., formerly Miss 
Wanda Overby, daughter of D. L. 
Overby, Maintenance Mechanic I in 
Vance Co., Div. 5 - Dist. 3, is leaving 
June 10, 1988 to join her husband 
who is with Delta Battery, 4th Bat- 
talion, 41st Artillery in Stuttgart, 

Mrs. Ellis will be in Germany 
from twelve to eighteen months. 

We will miss 
former Correspon- 
dent and Steno II 
in the Division Of- 
fice, who resigned 
3ffective April 
13th, to become a 
full-time house- 
wife. We welcome 

Ray Autry ... , 

Division Correspondent to our office and 

hope she will enjoy her employment 
with the Highway Commission. 

Congratulations to Mrs. R. W. Lof- 
tis who graduated from Pembroke 
College on May 26th, as an hon- 
or student. Mrs. Loftis plans to teach 
at Legion Road Elementary School 
this coming fall. Mr. LOFTIS is a 
Resident Engineer in Fayetteville. 

Congratulations to Miss Barbara's 
Wellons, who graduated from Camp- 
bell College on May 24th. She 
will teach the 4th grade in the Char- 
lotte Area school system. Barbara's 
father, Mr. H. S. WELLONS, is 
Landscape Specialist I with the Land- 
scape Department in Fayetteville. 

Birthday wishes are extended to 
W. F. FLOYD, Resident Engineer, 
in Lumberton. We hope he has many, 
many more. 

Inspector, III, has ben temporarily 
transferred to Division 3 in Wilming- 
ton. We hope that he is enjoying his 
new location and that he will be back 
with us soon in the Construction De- 

The Construction Department, 
Lumberton, would like to welcome 
RICHARD F. HOLMES who began 
work with them on May 27th; and 
work on May 28 for the Summer 

Congratulations to KENNETH M. 
HESTER and wife, Druzilla, on the 
birth of their first son, Kenneth Road- 
ney, born April 23rd, weighing 8 
lbs. and 6]/ 2 oz. Kenneth, better 
known an "Ringo", is employed as 


Mary Louise Robinson is the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Em- 
mett D. Robinson, Fayetteville. 
Mary Louise is a 1968 graduate of 
St. Pauls High School and is Vale- 
dictorian of her class. She plans to 
attend Duke University this coming 
fall. Her father, Mr. E. D. Robinson, 
is an Engineering Technician III 
with the Construction Department in 

an Engineering Technician I in Lum- 

Maintenance Foreman I in Cumber- 
land County retired effective April 
30, 1968, after 35 years of service 
with the Highway Commission. We 
wish Mr. Home a very enjoyable 
and restful retirement. 

Mr. DAVID W. WEAVER return- 
ed to work June 3rd, after under- 
going surgery. Mr. Weaver is a 
Maintenance Foreman III for Har- 
nett County. 

Mr. JOHN F. CANNON is away 
on sick leave. He is Maintenance 
Foreman IV for Harnett County. 

Mr. A. E. COX, Mechanic Fore- 
man II, Equipment Department in 
Fayetteville, retired on May 1, 1968 
after serving more than 37 years with 
the Highway Commission. A supper 
was held in honor of Mr. Cox's re- 
tirement on April 30 at the Lakeside 
Fish Camp. We wish Mr. Cox many 
happy years of retirement, and the 
very best of luck. He will be greatly 
missed by his fellow workers. 

The Equipment Department would 
like to welcome Mrs. ALICE OS- 
BOURNE as a Steno II in Fayette- 
ville. Mrs. Osbourne replaced Mrs. 
DOROTHY BUIE, who transferred 

to the Construction Department after 
7 years with the Equipment Depart- 

of Way Aide in the Right of Way 
Department, resigned effective April 
19th, to accept employment as an 
Industrial Engineer with the Burling- 
ton Industries, Inc., in Fayetteville. 
We shall miss "Bobby"; however, we 
wish him lots of success and happi- 
ness in his new job. 

wife Nancy, and their two sons, Tri 
and Rich, recently spent the weekend 
at Virginia Beach, Virginia. Claude's 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Moore, 
Sr., accompanied them on the trip. 
They reported having a very enjoy- 
able and relaxing week-end. 

Bonnie Gayle Berry, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Connie M. Berry, Sr., 
was married on June 8th to 
Charles Tucker Hudson, Jr. Con- 
gratulations and best wishes are ex- 
tended to this young couple. CON- 
NIE M. BERRY, JR., is a Right of 
Way Aide in the Right of Way De- 
partment in Fayetteville. 

Mr. R. P. TATUM, General Util- 
ity Man in the Landscape Depart- 
ment, is in Duke Hospital awaiting 
surgery. We wish Mr. Tatum a very 
speedy recovery. 

Get well wishes are extended to 
HAIRE who are employed in Bladen 

Best wishes for a lengthy retire- 
ment to Mr. T. B. RHODES, who 
retired effective June 1, 1968 as a 
Machine Operator I in Columbus 
County. Mr. Rhodes was first em- 
ployed with the Highway Commission 
Feb. 1, 1957 as a Truck Driver. He 
was promoted to Machine Operator 
I on the first of July, 1968, and he 
held his present classification until 
his retirement. He will certainly be 
missed by his fellow workers. 

Best wishes are extended to Mr. 
J. C. WARD who was hospitalized 
during May, 1988, due to an auto- 
mobile accident. 




He always has something to grum- 
ble about, has the man with a chip 
on his shoulder. The world to the 
dogs is going, no doubt, to the man 
with the chip on his shoulder. 

The clouds are too dark, the sun 
is too bright; no matter what happens, 
it is never quite right. When peace 
prevails he is spoiling to fight — the 
man with a chip on his shoulder. 

Mr. ROY C. 
BIGGS, M. O. 2 
i n Rockingham 
County, returned 
to work June 3rd, 
after six months 
extended illness. 

Mr. G. P. BRIT- 
TAIN, Assistant 
District Engineer, 

Carolyn Graves ■ Greensboro, was 
Division Correspondent ' 

recently elected President of the 
Sedgefield Civitan Club. He will be 
installed in the new office the first 
Friday in July. 

grapher II in Greensboro District Of- 
fice, Penny and Billy, recently visit- 
ed Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pringle, Jr. 
in Portsmouth, Virginia. 

Mr. C. E. WILLIARD, M. F. II, 
at Sandy Ridge Camp has been on 
extended illness for approximately 
two months. 

We are happy to report that JOHN 
W ATKINS, Asst. Div. Engineer, is 
now a full fledged Greensboro citi- 
zen, having moved his family from 
Statesville to 2519 Donlore Drive, 

CLAIRE GENTRY left us on May 
31st to devote her full time to home- 
making, as a new arrival is expect- 
ed at her house in December. We 
shall miss Claire's happy smiling face 
around the office and wish for her 
the best. 

The vacation season is upon us 
again and several are enjoying vaca- 
tion spots — HAROLD JOYCE and 
THOMAS KNIGHT have been on 
a fishing trip to the coast and report 
successful trip. 

The J. O. LAMBETHS vacation- 
ed in June, visiting relatives and 
places of interest around the state. 

The W. W. WHITES also vaca- 
tioned in June. 

MELBA WEBSTER and husband 
had a most wonderful vacation in 
New Hampshire visiting with her 
brother at their lake cabin. 

ARLENE RAY and family enjoy- 
ed a most wonderful week touring 


Welcome to the following young 
men who are now assigned to the 
Right of Way Department in this 
Division — RONALD SMITH, 

Sympathy is extended to the fam- 
ily of PAUL S. BUCKNER in his 
untimely death of April 22nd, when 
he was struck by a car while work- 
ing on a secondary road in Guilford 

We wish for J. A. HAMLETT and 
ROY BIGGS speedy recoveries, after 
extended illnesses. 


Road Oil Supervisor, retired on July 
1, after over 40 years of faithful 
service to the State. 

Mr. Hough began road work in 
1924 and has seen many changes in 
our road system have taken place 
since that time. 

Mr. Hough and his wife, Marion, 
live on Groomtown Road in Greens- 
boro. They are both natives of Moore 
County. Their son, Joe, is an engi- 
neer with the Construction Depart- 
ment, SHC, living in Roanoke Ra- 
pids — and, of course, Mr. Hough 
is very proud of his two granddaugh- 
ters and looks forward to seeing 
them as often as possible. Mr. 
Hough's only daughter, Sara Janice, 
was married on June 2 to Howard 
Charles Malpass, Jr., and will be 
living in Philadelphia and Norfolk, 
Va., while he is serving his time with 
the Navy. Sara has been teaching 
school this year at Pleasant Garden 
Elementary School near Greensboro. 

Mr. Hough is quite a gardner and 
we are sure that he will now have 
time for doing the things he likes 
most, and we all wish for him a 
happy retirement. 

Lovely Mrs. Howard Charles Mal- 
pass, Jr., fromer Sarah Janice Hough 
who was married on June 2nd. The 
young couple will be living in Phila- 
delphia and Norfolk, Va. 


Road Maintenance Supervisor for 
Orange County, plans to retire ef- 
fective July 1, 1968. Orange County 
and the N. C. State Highway Com- 
mission have been very fortunate that 
Clarence chose for his profession the 
job of highway maintenance. He 


has been affectionately known as Mr. 
Highway Commission in Orange 
County for many years and has left 
his mark of good roads in every cor- 
ner of the county. 

He has been with the Highway 
Commission since 1921 and has been 
a part of its development from a sys- 
tem with a few hundred miles of 
paved primary roads to the Highway 
System we all are so proud of today. 

Highway employees in the Seventh 
Division and many from other areas 
of the State have enjoyed the fellow- 
ship and fine food found at the many 
barbecues held in Orange County un- 
der the guiding hand of Mr. Wal- 
ters. Friends of Highway employees 
have come from near and far to par- 
ticipate at these occasions. 

Mr. Walter's hobbies have been 
hunting ,fishing, and gardening. In 
his prime, Clarence could point out 
most every covey of quail and every 
producing fish pond in the county. 
He still fishes quite a bit, hunts a 
little less and plants a garden most 
every year. 

Mr. Walters was born June 19, 
1903, son of Vernon and Susan W. 
Walters, in Granville County, North 
Carolina. His career with the North 
Carolina State Highway Commission 
began in 1921 when he worked with 
the District Bridge Forces. He later 
served as Floating Gang Foreman for 
Granville County and on March 1, 
1936, was transferred to Orange 
County as Floating Gang Foreman. 
From November 1, 1937, to May 16, 
1941, Mr. Walters served as Supervi- 
sory Foreman in Orange County. On 
May 16, 1941, he was promoted to 
Road Maintenance Supervisor and 
has served Orange County and the 
Highway Commission in that capa- 
city until the present time. 

Mr. Walters married Minnie Davis 
of Granville County on December 27, 
1922. They have two children who 
also reside in Orange County, Mrs. 
H. T. Pope of Cedar Grove, North 
Carolina, and Mr. Dwight Walters 
of Hillsborough, North Carolina. 
Also, Mr. Walters has six grandchil- 

We regret the time has come for 
Mr. Walters to retire and we want to 
wish for him and his family the best 
of everything in life. 

the proud parents 

■^•^^■i of a new baby boy. 

Virginia Williamson ]yj r Caulder is 
Division Correspondent 

employed in the Traffic Service 

Welcome back to work to J. L. 
ODOM, Machine Operator in Hoke 
County; JIM GARNER of the Con- 
struction Party in Sanford; ELBERT 
HARDY, Moore County Mainte- 
nance, who have been away from 
their duties due to illness. We are 
also glad to report that Lillie Faye 
Lathan, daughter of CARSON H. 
LATHAN, District III Maintenance 
employee, Richmond County, is get- 
ting along fine now following an ap- 

We are sorry to learn that the fol- 
lowing are out of work on extended 
illnesses: J. W. BUTLER, Truck 
Driver, Hoke County who suffered a 
compound fracture of the wrist; LU- 
THER NICKENS, District II, Moore 
County, who suffered a heart attack; 
ATLAS THOMAS, Machine Opera- 
tor in Lee County who was injured in 
an accident; and N. W. SINGLE- 
TARY, Road Oil Foreman, who has 
undergone knee surgery. We hope 
each of these will soon be improved 
and able to be back at work. 

Employees and friends in this di- 
vision have been saddened recently by 
the death of JACK CARTER 
who died April 5; by the death of 
CECIL SHARPE, Lee County Main- 
tenance employee, who was killed in 
a highway accident on April 14. We 
are saddened to learn of the death of 
County Maintenance employee who 
was killed in an automobile accident 
on April 23; and of the death of 
County Maintenance employee who 

died April 29. We extend our sympa- 
thy to the families of each of these 

We regret to learn that ASTOR 
SPINKS, Montgomery County em- 
ployee, is on extended leave due to 
illness. We hope that he will soon be 

Sympathy is extended to J. A. 
SMITH, Hoke County Truck Driv- 
er, in the death of his father recent- 


The Annual Shad Bake held by 
the Town of Aberdeen for employees 
of the Division Eight of the Highway 
Commission was enjoyed by every- 
one. This is an event that is always 
looked forward to by our employees. 
Since we are told that we are living 
in a fast changing world, it may even 
by that in time to come secretaries 
will be attending this occasion. I 
won't hold my breath; however, we 
do hear from the men that this is 
always an enjoyable occasion. 

Our congratulations to F. M. 
HUMPHRIES, District Mechanic in 
Sanford, on being appointed Chapter 
Chairman, American Red Cross, Lee 
County, reorganizing Chapter Board 
of Governors and Service Chairman 
Special Emphasis on Program in this 
order — Youth, Blood, First Aid, 
Water Safety, Disaster, Service to 
Military Families. 

Mrs. Woody Mashburn, Jr., lovely 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Glad- 
den, Mr. Gladden being with the 
Sanford Construction Party. Mary 
Ellen and Woody were married in a 
beautiful church ceremony on June 
8 at the Pocket Presbyterian Church, 
Sanford. Mr. Mashburn is the son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Mash- 
burn, Sanford, 

Mrs. James M. Dowless, lovely 
daughter of Mrs. Sarah Edwards, 
Secretary in the Right of Way De- 
partment in Aberdeen. Mrs. Dowless, 
the former Norma Kay Edwards, 
was married to James Dowless on 
Sunday, April 28th, in the Meth- 
odist Church in Aberdeen, in a beau- 
tiful double-ring ceremony. Follow- 
ing the wedding Mr. and Mrs. Ed- 
wards entertained friends and guests 
at a lovely wedding reception in the 
Church Fellowship Hall. After a 
wedding trip to the coast, Mr. and 
Mrs. Dowless departed for Key 
West, Florida, where James is serv- 
ing with the Navy, and they will be 
making their home for the present. 

We are happy for ROY WIL- 
LIAMS, former Division Traffic En- 
gineer, on his promotion and move to 
the Raleigh Office of the Highway 
Commission. However, we shall cer- 
tainly miss him in this division. 

Mr. and Mrs. T. C. JOHNSTON 
recently spent a few days at Cherry 
Grove Beach. JOE MATTHEWS 
and wife of Sanford enjoyed a trip 
in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 
their new air-conditioned Buick. 

Miss Carolyn Kelly, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Shelton B. Kelly of 
Sanford, recently was married to 
SER, of the Sanford Construction 

Sympathy is extended to Sanford 
Construction employee J. H. HAR- 
RINGTON in the loss of his father- 
in-law recently following a short ill- 


Red Haywood, Brack Murray, Bert Seawell, members of the Nelson Con- 
struction Party in Wagram, setting slope stakes on the US 220 Rockingham 

Mr. E. T. BRAME, retired Resi- 
dent Engineer, was a recent visitor 
in the Sanford office and everyone 
was happy to see him doing so well. 
He was proudly telling of a new 

Bettina Maria Ellis, daughter of 
Liz and Jimmy Ellis. Jimmy is with 
the Sanford Construction Party. Mrs. 
Ellis' mother and father from Ger- 
many spent a month with their new 
granddaughter and were present for 
the christening of little "Tina." 

Congratulations to the JAMES R. 
LOWRIMORE family of Sanford 
Construction in their recent move 
into their newly re-modeled home. 

Welcome to LARRY B. THOMAS 
and ANDY BROWN, Engineering 
Assistants, with the Sanford Con- 
struction party. 

J. D. McINNIS, Scotland County 
Maintenance Department, reports a 
very enjoyable trip to Winter Ha- 
ven, Florida, recently. 

ANN McBRYDE, secretary in the 
Sanford Construction Office, was re- 
cently surprised by her fellow work- 
ers on her birthday. The resident en- 
gineering party provided cake with 
candles and all the trimmings for 
Ann. Congratulations, Ann! 

Our best wishes to the following 
who have retired recently: TOM 
DUNLAP, Hoke County Truck Dri- 
Driver, District 1; and W. B. WEBB 
and WILSON TERRY, District III. 
These men have each devoted long 
faithful years of service to the Com- 
mission, and will be greatly missed 
by their fellow employees. We wish 
each of them a happy retirement. 


Above is the lovely Mrs. Jimmy 
Thomas, the former Dana Gail Coe 
who was married on June 29th to 
Jimmy Thomas of Sanford Construc- 
tion Party. 

We wish to wel- 
come the following 
new employees to 
the District 2 
Maintenance De- 
partment: P. R. 
FULK, Truck Dri- 
ver, Stokes Coun- 
ty; N. L. CAN- 
TER and V. O. 
HESTER, Mach- 

Dorothy Phelps 

Division Correspondent ine Operator Fs; 
and B. G. JAMES, Machine Opera- 
tor II, Forsyth County. 

Welcome back to work to the fol- 
lowing employees who have been 
recuperating after surgical opera- 
tions: R. NEIL KEARNS, Road 
Maintenance Supervisor, Davie and 
Stokes Counties; L. W. CARTER and 
R. L. FULK, Machine Operator 
Ill's, Forsyth County. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended 
to L. M. BOWLES and family in 
the death of his father, Albert M. 
Bowles, Route 2, Mocksville, who 
passed away at his home on Tuesday, 
May 21st. Mr. Bowles is employ- 
ed with the Davie County Mainte- 
nance Department as a Machine 
Operator III. 


Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Shoaf of Route 
5, Lexington, announce the 
engagement of their daughter, Miss 
Janice Layne Shoaf, to John Albert 
Jaurequi, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. 
John Albert Jaurequi of 2073 Wal- 
lam Street, Los Angeles, California. 
The wedding will take place at Reeds 
Baptist Church at Eight O'clock on 
August 5th. Miss Shoaf is a grad- 
uate of West Davidson High School 
and was presented in the 1965 Sub- 
Debutante Ball. She received an As- 
sociate of Arts Degree from the Fa- 
shion Institute of America in Atlan- 
ta, Ga., and is now employed with 
Belk-Harry Company of Salisbury as 
Assistant Decorator. Her father, Mr. 
I. N. Shoaf, is employed in the Con- 
struction Department of Division 9. 

Davie County Maintenance em- 
ployees and their families got to- 
gether and enjoyed a barbecue sup- 
per on Friday, May 12th. 

During May, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. 
CHEW, JR., flew to Boston, Mass. 
to visit daughter, Marther, Mrs. 
Blaisdale, who is attending Boston 
University studying for a Doctor's 
Degree in English. Mr. Chew is Dis- 
trict Engineer at the Winston-Salem 
District Office. 

Sons Neil and Kurt Kearns thinks 
Dad's T.V. suppers are pretty good 
after doing the household chores, 
painting and various other jobs. Mr. 
Kearns and sons are batching while 
Mrs. Kearns and youngest son, Mark, 
age 5, visit relatives and friends at 
Bad-Oeynhousen, Germany. Mrs. 
Kearns and Mark sailed from N. Y. 

Harbor on the T. S. Bremen on May 
18, 1968 and plan to return Septem- 
ber 7, 1968. Mr. KEARNS is Road 
Maintenance Supervisor for Davie 
and Stokes Counties. 

Congratulations to PHILIP A. 
TRAHAM, a Cum Laude student for 
5 years, who graduated from Pied- 
mont Bible College May 27, 1968 
with a Bachelor of Theology Degree. 
He is presently employed with Road- 
ways Trucking Company and is the 
son-in-law of Mrs. MARIE THRIFT, 
stenographer in the Winston-Salem 
District Office. 

Sorry to report that one of our 
Right of Way Agents has been "ston- 
ed". R. J. LEFTWICH has returned 
to work after spending a week in the 
hospital. He parted from the hospi- 
tal but did not part from the 
kidney stone. Roscoe's greatest 
concern, however, was whether or not 
he passed his Appraisal I test, and 
we happily report HE DID'. 

Right of Way expresses apprecia- 
tion for help received from other Di- 
visions on alleviating our recent work 
load: especially to A. B. CRIST, R. 
Wilkesboro, and JULIAN McCALL 
and DON BAISE from Wilson. 

Right of Way welcomes CORA LEE 
BROWN as our "new" temporary 
stenographer. She and her husband, 
James, hail from Columbia, S. C. He 
is stationed with the USAF at our 
local Radar Station. 

It was a pleasure to have our 
friends stop by to say hello while 
here in Winston-Salem to attend the 
Right of Way Association Meeting. 

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was the 
destination of CHARLIE and Jane 
RUMPLE during the last week in 
May. Charlie had nothing but GOOD 
to report about their visit to the re- 
cently opened "Million-dollar PLAY- 
BOY CLUB" at Lake Geneva. After 
recovery from this palatial "pad", a 
stop was made in St. Louis, where 
they were able to be present for the 
dedication of the new and modern 
"St. Louise Gateway Arch to the 
West", and see the Vice-President cut 
the ribbon; also a journey was made 
to the St. Louis Zoo, where they view- 
ed the first gorilla born in captivity 
at the Zoo. Charlie and Jane noticed 
what seemed like a familiar face in 
the cage — came to find out it was 
Marlin Perkins, Curator of the Zoo 
— and seen weekly in Mutual of 
Omaha's WILD KINGDOM. So be 

Batchelor Jim Ussery has relin- 
quished this long-retained title for a 
charming "First Lady" by the name 
of Linda Jarrett who is also from 
Asheville, and a Dental Hy- 
genist. Following the honeymoon, 
Jim and Linda will reside at Snows 
Apartments, Bethania Station Road, 
Winston- Salem. 

watching your TV sets for the faces 
of other strange animals! Charlie is 
employed in the Construction Depart- 
ment in Winston- Salem. 

MARY and Don WINTERS en- 
joyed a fast-moving week in New 
Jersey and in New York City. Mary 
reports that love-ins and the hippies 
are definitely the THING in Central 
Park. They also reported plenty of 
nerve-racking rides in subways and 
taxis — not to speak of the tired feet. 
Mary is a typist in the Resident En- 
gineer's office in Winston-Salem. 

Three young men who feel like 
they are certainly on the way up — 
that is in the Golf World — are K. 
B. White, John Anderson, and Joel 
Dermid, all of whom were Trophy 
Winners in the Location Depart- 
ment's Annual Golf Tournament at 
the Quail Ridge Greens in Sanford, 
No scores were available from 
these Pros — but Congratulations to 
all three! Left to right are J. F. An- 
derson, K. B. White and J. A. Der- 


Above Commissioner George Hund- 
ley of Division Nine who is holding 
his trophy that he received recently 
naming him "Boss of the Year". 

This award was sponsored by the 
Cairtown Chapter of the National 
Secretaries Association. 

Congratulations to Mr. N. H. 
COLE, Maintenance Foreman, Da- 
vidson County, who retired on May 
17, 1968 after having served the 
Highway Commission for thirty-seven 

Another Maintenance Foreman in 
Davidson County has earned his 
retirement is CALVIN SOWERS who 
retired on June 1, 1968 after forty- 
one years with the Highway Commis- 

Our deepest sympathy is express- 
ed to the family of ROBY W. EVER- 
HART who expired on April 21, 1968. 
A Maintenance Foreman II, he had 
been with the Commission since Ap- 
ril 1, 1942 in a permanent status. 

The Construction Department is 
pleased to welcome Mr. L. F. DUNN 
as a Highway Inspector II. Mr. Dunn 
was formerly employed by the West 
Virginia Highway Department. 

The Construction Department also 
welcomes Mr. H. E. GRUBBS and 
Mr. O. W. STORY who have been 
placed on permanent payroll as 
Engineering Aides; and Mr. T. O. 
GRUBBS, JR., who has decided to 
join the Construction Department af- 
ter completing the Highway Commis- 
sion's Training Program. 

New employees who will be with 
our Construction Department during 
the coming summer months are: L. 
JR., and J. F. BALLARD. Welcome 
to you fellows! 

Mrs. SANDRA TEAGUE is en- 
joying her vacation, maternity leave, 
while waiting their first-born in June. 
During her leave she has been replac- 
ed temporarily by Mrs. KAREN 
HARBIN. Karen joined and married 
Larry in Germany where they have 
lived for nineteen months, returning 
to the States in April after his dis- 
charge from the Army. She will be 
working as Stenographer in the Per- 
sonnel Office for the Office Manager. 

Much additional happiness is evi- 
dent in the ROSCOE LEFTWICH 
household since the arrival of Master 
Virginia states he looks like his proud 
papa and weighed in at 7 pounds 10y 2 
ounces on June 7th. 

C. EARL SMITH has resigned 
from R-W to accept employment with 
Burlington Industries in Raeford. 
EARL and his lovely wife Dianne 
have both been assets to our area and 
will be greatly missed. We feel BI 
will be enhanced with the addition of 
EARL to their Staff. 

Sympathy is extended to Mr. and 
Mrs. Buck Patterson on the recent 
death of his mother-in-law, Mrs. W. 
S. Roderick of Spencer, N. C. 


Welcome to 
GE who joined the 
Appraisal Section 
Charlotte on 
May 20, 1968. She 
transferred from 
the Employment 
Security Commis- 
sion in Charlotte. 

J. W. Jones n , , , , . 

Division Correspondent L^narlOlte Ap- 
praisal Office wishes good luck to 
M. C. BYRUM, JR. who resigned 
from the Commission on May 31, 
1968, and is now associated with O. 
J. Clontz Realty Service in Winston- 
Salem, North Carolina. 

Our sincere Sympathy is extended 
to the Family of Mr. E. E. Wern- 
sing who passed away May 10, 1968. 
Mr. Wernsing is the Husband of 
is employed as a Stenographer II in 
the Charlotte District Office. 

Robbie Broome, IV, is fully indoc- 
trinated on this Thomasville Busi- 
ness! He informs his dad R. H. 
Broome, II, and mom Judy "Be late 
for supper — going to Thomasville"; 
"Need a BIG file folder to put Tho- 
masville papers in". 


Mr. and Mrs. B. F. MANGUM 
spent a nice vacation in Texas. They 
visited Austin, Houston, Kings 
Ranch (823,403 acres) (Hemis Fair 
at) San Antonia, Big Bend National 
Park, Pan Handle and L.B.J. Ranch 
at Johnson City. Mr Mangum is a 
Mechanic Foreman II in District I. 

Horace W. Hutto, of Mecklenburg 
County Maintenance and his wife are 
the proud grandparents of Kelly Mi- 
chelle McKee, born on April 30th, 
to their daughter Linda and husband 
Kenneth McKee. The McKee's are 
presently living in Kansas City, Kan- 
sas where he is stationed with the 
U. S. Armed Forces. 

Mr. and Mrs. MAYO PETERS 
and family spent a vacation with his 
parents in Georgetown, La. Mr. Pe- 
ters is a M. F. II in Anson County. . 

We are glad to have Mr. J. P. 
HILL back on the job after being on 
the sick list several days. Mr. Hill is 
ters is a M. F. II in Anson County. 

Best of luck to S. T. DIGGS who 
is leaving for a tour of duty with 
Uncle Sam. Mr. Diggs is a Tempo- 
rary Truck Driver in Anson County. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
JAMES HOWARD (Mr. Howard is 
M. O. Ill in Stanly Maintenance) 
who won an expense paid, 7 day vaca- 
tion in Florida. They were flown by 
Eastern to Tampa and furnished a 
new Oldsmobile for sightseeing. Jim 
reports that they spent most of 
their time in the Tampa Bay Area 
and really had a wonderful time. 

Get well wishes are extended to 
J. H. LOWDER, M. O. Ill of Stanly 
Maintenance. Mr. Lowder had a 
tooth removed and complications set 
in, giving Mr. Lowder quite a hard 

Congratulations to Mrs. Jonah W. 
Vanhoy who graduated May 6th 
from West Stanly High School. Mr. 
VANHOY is a M. O. I in Stanly 

Congratulations to Miss Anne 
Moss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. RO- 

BERT MOSS, who is a recent grad- 
uate of Wingate College. Mr. Moss 
is a mechanic in Equipment Depot. 

G. B. Hill, of Union County Main- 
tenance and his wife are the proud 
grandparents of Regina Leigh Grif- 
fin born on March 29th, to daugh- 
ter Phyllis and husband Keith Grif- 
fin. Son-in-law Keith, worked with 
Sign Department in Union County 
for 3 years and for the past 2 years 
Mr. Griffin has been with the U. S. 
Armed Forces and is now stationed in 

Candice Paige Thompson born 
May 17th. Mr. and Mrs. Sherrill 
Thompson and grandson of William 
Sherrill Thompson who is G. U. Man 
in Anson County. 

Pvt. Glenn K. Little, Jr., son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn K. Little, has 
completed his training at Fort Leo- 
nard Wood, Mo., on May 3. He ar- 
rived home May 4th for a 22 day 
leave. On May 25th he left California 
in route to Vietnam. He is a 1966 
graduate of East Polkton High School 
and he has completed one year in 
auto mechanics schools at Ansonville 
Industrial Education Center, Anson- 

Mr. G. K. Little, Sr. is a Powder- 
man in Anson County. 

Kenneth Ray Lemmond will grad- 
uate from Sun Valley High School 
in Union County on June 6th. He 
is 18 years old and the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Thomas R. Lemmond. 

Mr. Lemmond is an employee of 
the Bridge Maint. Dept. in Union 
and Mecklenburg County. 


Caldwell County 
Maintenance Sup- 
ervisor and Mrs. 
LEY are the proud 
parents of a new 
son, born June 4th. 

Sympathy is ex- 
tended to the fam- 
ily of E. C. NOR- 

Divis^otcorfesronden.RIS who passed 

away April 24th. Mr. Norris retired 
on disability March 1, 1967, after 
having served with the Highway Com- 
mission for over 35 years; also, to 
T. R. REAVIS, District I employee 
whose faher died May 10th and to 
L. I. SHEARIN, District I employee 
whose mother died April 20th. 

Martha is a rising senior at Wilkes 
Central High School where she is a 
member of the National Honor So- 
ciety, Tri-Hi-Y Club and the Green 
Key Club. She will meet with other 
North Carolina winners at Raleigh 
and travel to Washington by bus 
where her activities will include a 
tour of the city, a speech by the 
President and other members of the 
NRECA, breakfast with congressmen 
and a meeting with other contest 
winners from the 27 states in the 
Rural Electric Corporation. Martha's 
mother is employed in the Right of 
Way Department. 

Get well wishes are extended to 
the following District I employees 
who are out on sick leave at this 

Mr. S. H. RENEGAR, District I 
Maintenance Employee visited with 
his son in Jacksonville, Florida, dur- 
ing May. 

The Tri-County Chapter of the 
Employees' Association met in May 
and elected officers for 1988-69 as 
follows: STONY CARTER, Chair- 
man; JAMES COMER, Vice-Chair- 
man and JIMMY SLOOP, Secretary 
and Treasurer. 

The Surry County Chapter of the 
Association also met and elected their 
officers for the next year as follows: 
C. H. MOORE, Chairman; W. C. 
JARVIS, Vice-Chairman; and J. D. 
WHITE, Secretary and Treasurer. 

Martha Ann Kilby, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Kilby, North 
Wilkesboro, won first prize in the 
Tarheel Electric Tour Contest which 
is an all-expense paid trip to Wash- 
ington, D. C, June 10th thru 14th. 
Martha is a rising senior at Wilkes 
Blue Ridge Electric Membership 
Corp., Lenoir. To enter the contest, 
she had to compete with other high 
school juniors in writing an essay on 
the subject of "Rural Electric Co- 
operative — What They Have Meant 
to the Economy of North Carolina 
and to the Well Being of Its People". 


Asked the inquiring child, "Daddy, 
is today Wednesday?" 

Answered the patient father, "No, 
daughter, today is Thursday." 

Child: "But yesterday you said that 
today is Wednesday.' " 

Father: "Well, today was Wednes- 
day yesterday. Yesterday Thursday 
was tomorrow today. When today is 
tomorrow, today will be yesterday. 
Today is today now. Now, do you 

Miss Dana Ernestine Martin be- 
came the bride of Jimmy Frank 
Sloop on Saturday afternoon, April 
20th, at Bessie's Chapel Baptist 
Church. The Rev. Clay Macemore, 
pastor, officiating. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Ernest M. Martin of El- 
kin. She is a graduate of Elkin High 
School and Draughn Business Col- 
lege, Winston-Salem, and is employ- 
ed at Central Telephone Company. 

Mr. Sloop is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Frank Sloop of State Road. He 
is a graduate of Elkin High School 
and is employed by the N. C. State 
Highway Commission - Landscape 

Sympathy is ex- 
tended to R. J. 
ALBERT in the 
death of his wife, 
Winifred, on May 
30th. Mr. Albert 
was Area Con- 
struction Engineer 
until his retirement 
in 1964. He is 
now living at 8907 

Jean Cline Tumbull Ave., 

vision Correspondent Richmond y a 

Welcome to J. R. PARKER, Traf- 


S. H. Speaks, Machine Operator 2, 
Iredell Co. and grandson, 6 months 
old Glenn Douglas Crater. 

fic Technician, who has recently 
moved to Shelby and who is assigned 
to Division 12. 

A speedy recovery is wished for 
Mrs. D. L. Cash and Mrs. W. H. Bar- 
rett who were on the sick list in May. 
Mr. CASH and Mr. BARRETT are 
employed in the Shelby Construction 

The handsome couple in picture 
above are Tammy and Tony Wray, 
children of H. E. Wray, Engineering 
Technician II, and Mrs. Wray. 

JIM SPRINKLE is very proud of 
his BIG boy born March 22. Baby 
Sprinkle weighed only 11 pounds. 
Congratulations Jim! 

Sympathy is extended to CLINT 
HASTINGS, retired Traffic Services 
employee, in the death of his wife. 

We welcome our new employee in 
Construction Department, R. L. 
BUMGARDNER, JR., Civil Tech- 
nology Trainee. 

Congratulations to Dave Wyke, son 
of Division Engineer and Mrs. W. W. 
WYKE, who graduated from N. C. 
State College on May 25th, receiv- 
ing B. S. in Electrical Engineering. 

Best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Tho- 
mas Stephen Helms, who were mar- 
ried on June 1st at Clanton Memorial 
Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. 
Mrs. Helms, prior to her marriage 
was Miss Glenda Anne Alexander, 
daughter of Assistant District Engi- 
Mrs. Alexander of Statesville. The 
young couple attended the University 

The two young fellows above cele- 
brated their first birthdays on May 
10. Pictured left to right are Gregory 
Scott, Pop and Jeffery Scott. These 
two boys are the son of Mr. and Mrs. 
J. Sam Pierce, Jr. Sam is an Engi- 
neering Technician II with the Con- 
struction Department. 

of North Carolina, Charlotte, where 
Mr. Helms recently received a B. S. 
Degree in Political Science. 

Congratulations are in order for 
Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES D. GET- 
TYS of Polkville who announce the 
birth of a daughter in May. Charles 
is an Engineering Technician I at 

It's good to have RALPH (PAN- 
CHO) HARRILL, Highway Inspector 
III, back at work after a two week 
illness in May. 

Temporary Engineering employees 
in the Shelby Construction Office for 
the summer include CHARLES RAY 

Tom Cherry of Catawba County 
has two good reasons for seeing June 
come this year. His son, Tommy, 
graduated on May 25th from North 
Carolina State University at Raleigh. 
Tommy received a Bachelor of 
Science degree from the school of 
Engineering. He majored in Engi- 
neering Operations and Production 
Control. He has accepted a position 
as an Industrial Engineer with Tal- 
on, Inc. in Meadville, Pa. He finish- 
ed his senior year with an overall 
"B" average, making the Dean's list 
for both semesters. Tommy's wife, 
Betty Crews Cherry, finished the fall 
semester and graduated on May 26th 
from Meredith College in Raleigh. 
She majored in Home Economics and 
received her Bachelor of Arts degree 
in Home Economics Education. She 
plans to teach in the Meadville area. 
Recently, she has been employed at 
North Carolina State University in 
the Genetics department, since she 
finished her studies in January of 
this year. 


Congratulations go to JERRY 
FORD also, who is the proud papa 
of a baby girl, born May 15, weigh- 
ing 7 pounds, 9 ounces. 

We have three new employees in 
our department. They are: JAMES 
EDWARD McLAIN — Temporary 
Engineering Aide. Mr. McLain is 
from Statesville. EVERETTE 
BRENT SIGMON — Engineering 
Asssitant. Mr. Sigmon is from Con- 
over. Mrs. RUTH LAW — Secretary 
to Mr. Charles Mauney. Mrs. Law 
is from Statesville. 

Above William David Walton, age 
211/2 months. Isn't he adorable? He 
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman 
Dalton and Herman is employed in 
the Shelby Construction Party. 

Mr. E. T. COLES has recently been 
elected President of the Statesville 
Optimist Club. He is an Iredell Coun- 
ty Maintenance employee. 

Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES CAMP- 
BELL and family recently went on 
a trip to West Virginia. Charles is 
Engineering Technician in Iredell 

Mr. G. H. ARMSTRONG, Cataw- 
be County employee, returned to 
work May 20 after being out several 
months due to injury. We are glad 
to have him back. 

Sympathy is extended to Mr. J. H. 
POOVEY, Maintenance Foreman 4 
in Catawba County, in the recent 
death of his mother. 

Miss Patricia Ann Connolly is the 
daughter of R. Wayne Connolly, 
Road Maintenance Supervisor in Ire- 
dell County. Patricia graduated from 
North Iredell High School in May 
where she was the recipient of the 
Danforth Award. She also had an 
outstanding record of attending school 
for twelve years without missing a 

Roberta Anne Capps, daughter of 
F. M. Capps, Engineering Technician 
III, and Mrs. Capps, was married to 
Jay Ahern of Atlanta, Georgia on 
May 26, 1968. Anne completes her 
course at Bouder Careen College, At- 
lanta, Georgia in June after which 
she will be employed by the College. 
Mr. Ahern is in Industrial Engineer- 

Sympathy is extended to the fam- 
ily of Mr. J. W. EARP who passed 
away on May 23. Mr. Earp was a 
maintenance employee in Alexander 

STORY attended the "World 600" 
in Charlotte, May 26. To everyone's 
disappointment the rainy weather 
interfered with what could have been 
a good race. 

Mrs. Ronald Harold Johnson, who 
prior to her marriage on April 7 was 
Sandra Gail Gaither, daughter of 
District Engineer L. D. Gaither and 
Mrs. Gaither. "Sandy" and "Ronnie" 
are employed in Statesville. 
She is a Registered Nurse at Iredell 
Memorial Hospital and he is with 
partment. We wish for them many 
years of happiness. 

The following employees have left 
the State's employ: D. L. BOLT, J. 
The first two men resigned to accept 
other employment and the last one 
left to fill his military obligation. 

Welcome to the following new em- 
ployees in the Statesville Construction 
Department: S. F. JURNEY and R. 
D. JONES, Engineering Aides. We 
will be getting several boys for sum- 
mer employment sometime in June. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
rival of a baby boy on March 17. His 
name is Jeffery Edwin and his fa- 
ther is an Engineering Technician I 
with the Statesville Construction De- 


Mr. George Stewart Henley retired 
May 1st, as Machine Operator 2 
in Catawba County. We wish him 
much happiness in his retirement. 

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Wa- 
caster, son of G. M. WACASTER, 
Cleveland County employee — a Son 
— only Wacaster Male in 17 years 
to fall heir to the throne. A very 
proud Grandfather. 

E. W. LISPCOMB, JR. continues 
to improve after severe heart attack. 
Mr. Lipscomb is Blacksmith in Cle- 
veland County. Able to be home. 

J. T. PRUITT, M. O. I in Cle- 
veland County home after surgery 
on throat. 

Maintenance Foreman III retired 
June 1, 1968 on disability. Mr. Mc- 
Swain has been with the State for 
approximately 23 years. 

CARL ACKER, Division Right of 
Way Agent, and Mrs. Asker are 
proud of their new son, John Ray- 
mond Acker. 

Welcome to the Twelfth Division 
to A. DEAN BRIDGES, who trans- 
ferred from Aberdeen Right of Way 
Office to Shelby. Also to LEWIS 
SHAW who transferred from Wilson 
to Shelby Right of Way. 

Division Correspondent 

GENE EDMONDS, Traffic Serv- 
ices Engineer, is in hospital at the 

present time, but expects to be going 
home shortly. MERYL COMPTON, 
Traffic Services Supervisor was a pa- 
tient at a local hospital earlier, but is 
now back with us. 

RALPH WARNOCK, JR. has been 
transferred to the District Two office 
from Sanford. We all welcome him 
nad wish Ralph, his wife Janice and 
22 months-old daughter Stephanie a 
happy stay here in Asheville. 

Right of Way Department has some 
new transfers also. Welcome to JOHN 
H. BLAND, JR. from Raleigh, WIL- 
LIAM MORTON from Lumberton 

Congratulations to DAN MARTIN 
on his promotion to Staff Engineer 
in the Division Office — Dan was 
with Paul Robinson, Resident Engi- 
neer prior to his promotion. 

in the Division Office, was named 
Asheville Secretary of the Day re- 
cently and received a beautiful bou- 
quet of flowers. 

We all hope that ALONZO 
FRANKLIN'S daughter, Shirley 
Jean and EARL CUTSHALL'S mo- 
ther have recovered completely from 
their recent sickness. Both Alonzo 
and Earl are with the Road Oil De- 
partment. Welcome back to EDDIE 
BASKERVILLE, who has now re- 
cuperated from his recent surgery. 

Anne Kearney, who graduated last 
week from St. Genevieve High School, 
was awarded the highest honor the 
school can give — the Moore Award. 
She has been very active in all school 
activities, holding the office of Stu- 
dent Body President and has also 
been on committees of several civic 
and social organizations. S. W. Kear- 
ney, Division Office Manager, has 
every reason to be proud of Ann, for 
as busy as she has been, she has 
maintained a very high scholastic 
average and is a member of the Na- 
tional Honor Society. Anne will be 
a Freshman at U. N. C. Greensboro 
come September and we all wish her 
every success. 

Six members of the Right of Way Department went fishing recently off 
the South Carolina coast. Here, displaying their catch are: Back row, left 
to right, Jack Finger, Dick Dillingham, Kenneth Roberts; Front row, Robert 
Christopher, Dallas Clark and Nelson Bowden. 


DANNY TURNER is remodeling 
the kitchen of his new home and has 
put in 50 tomato plants. Dan is get- 
ting married later this month. 

Other Road Oil Department news 
is that RAY HYLEMAN'S wife is 
in the hospital. We all wish her a 
speedy recovery. We were all so 
sorry to hear the news of ROGER 
FRANKLIN'S heart attack and are 
so glad to hear that he is now home 
and getting along fine. MARGARET 
STEWART, secretary in Road Oil 
had company from Washington, D. 
C. — her nephew and his wife, Mr. 
and Mrs. Frank Stewart. 

JAMES A. RAMSEY, son of your 
correspondent, recently was awarded 
a National Science Foundation grant 
for research study this summer at 
Chapel Hill, where he is a rising 

Noted in last 
issue of our Road- 
way that MARK 
WILLIS was given 
a farewell party in 
Shelby to go to 
Greenville to work 
— Funny thing 
happened to him 
on the way! Mark 
took the wrong 

d^SSEESS**"™ and ended up 
in Sylva and has been here since. As 
yet Greenville hasn't sent out a 
searching party but if they are in- 
terested they will have to pay a 
ransom to get him. Comes pretty 
high too! 

JOYCE CLOER, Steno in Division 
Engineer's office, has decided to re- 
turn to work. She recommends a 
good long rest for all of us as the 
best medicine a doctor can prescribe. 
Sounds good but am afraid they will 
find out can do without me. 

LOUIS McGEE, Right of Way 
Agent, took his family and went to 
the golf tournament and won a flight 
trophy. I couldn't find a picture of 
him to get in this issue but thought 
maybe someone would have a group 
picture to show you — look for him 
— he's our boy! 

RAY SPANGLER, Resident Engi- 
neer in the Murphy area, got fussed 
at by his wife for not turning in any 
news — so bless his heart, he has 
contributed — here goes: 

LOUISE DEHART has been em- 
ployed recently as Typist. Ray dic- 
tated a letter to her other day re- 
ferred to "Y" Lines — Know how it 
came out in letter? — Wild Lines — 
She says that nok she knows the 
difference — Don't let that bother 
you Louise these Highway people 
have some difficult words to under- 
stand — Reminds me of my first 
month with the highway — I was 
taking a letter on Nigger Skull Rd. 
and I thought he meant Negro so 
when typed up the letter I used Ne- 
gro Skull Rd. — my boss got a big 
kick out of that — A hardy welcome 
to you Louise. 

Ray also has a new Assistant Resi- 
dent — CARL AUVIL. He was trans- 
ferred to the Bryson City office 
from Hendersonville office and then 
on to Murphy. I don't guess he had 
time to unpack his suitcase before 
moving on. He swapped places with 
JOHN D. ROBERTSON, which puts 
John closer home. 

Baseball is picking up over the 
Murphy way also. Their office has 
a slop pitch softball league and won 
the first game, losing the last two. 
We're rooting for you so get in there 
and pitch. 

ZEB PATTON in Construction has 
been out sick several weeks but is 
back but still not up to "snuff" — 
Huel Millsaps in Construction under- 
went surgery recently — altho is 
back home has not returned to work 
at this date. 

Thanks Ray for the news from 
your area! 

FRANK BRYSON, Sign Supervi- 
sor, has been in and out of the hos- 
pital for exploratory work — and 
finally decided what was the matter 
— he has had surgery and understand 
that he is getting along nicely — He 
had a "highway" ulcer. 

JOE NOLAND, Right of Way De- 
partment, has resigned to go into 
"sales" work — We wish for him the 
best. Added to our department is 
Fred Langston from Fayetteville. 
Fred has just returned from a tour 
of duty in Viet Nam. We hope he 
will like us long enough to stay 
awhile. The girls downstairs says the 

These two pictures were plucked 
off the Post Office Bulletin Board as 
the most wanted men. They are 
wanted by the Right of Way Golfers 
to learn how to play the game. As 
a little encouragement, John Colville 
(top photo) was given the Duffers 
Award for having the highest duffers 
score. He was really in there pitch- 
ing — pitching so hard he bent his 
nine iron around a tree and in pic- 
ture he has it partly straightened. 
Grady Shook (lower photo) won a 
trophy also and it wasn't what you 
thing by the picture. Grady won his 
for driving the "fartherest" and not 
hitting a ball (Tis a long way from 
Sylva to there). Course when got 
there he was real thirsty and the 
can he is holding was filled with good 
ole seacoast water! (Sylva Correspon- 

faces change so fast upstairs that 
can't keep up with them. We have 
named the Right of Way Department 
in Sylva "Purgatory" — If you make 
it you are sent on to greater things, 
if you don't make it you can go — 
How about that Ahoskie? 

Typical of the North Carolina scene, now that school is out, is the camper above and many happy and excited chil- 
dren nearby for lots of summer fun with Mom and Dad in our beautiful Variety Vacationland. 

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Raleigh, N. C. 
Permit No. 287 



orth Carolina State Library 




Published bi-monthly for employees of 
The North Carolina State Highway Commission 
By the Highway Commission 
Public Relations Department 


number mmrv 

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. McNak, III 
George L. Hundley 
George H. Broadrick 
Raymond Smith 
W. B. Garrison 
James G. Sthceleather, Jr. 

W. Curtis Russ 

W. F. Babcock State Highway Administrator 

C W. Lee Chdsf Engineer 

George Wdlloughby Secondary Roads Officer 

William M. Ingram Controller 


The Ferry Operation 1 

Ferry Operations Along N. C. Coast 1 

Sound Level Survey Conducted 15 

Think Signs 16 

Defensive Driving 17 

New Technologies Need Good Highways 18 

Highways — Current Status 19 

Governor Moore Dedicates Park 21 

1968, 40-45 Year Service Award 23 

Elwell's Ferry — Bladen 24 

From The Chairman's Office 25 

N.C.S.H.P.E.A. Association News 26 

The 1933 Storm 27 

Arnold Kirk — Editor, Conservation 

and Development 30 

N. C. Hires Swedish Students 31 

Pot Luck 33 

Headquarters 34 

Division News 37 

Maiden Of The Narrows 52 

Rattlesnake Season Inside Back Cover 


Our Cover for this issue of ROAD- 
WAYS is an artist sketch of what the 
layman might visualize a clover leaf 
highway to look like. We have our 14 
Highway Commissioners superimpos- 
ed into the sketch and an actual 
drawing of the Death Valley Complex 
around Greensboro on either side of 
Chairman Hunt's picture. 

Thanks to Wayne Shaw of Advanc- 
ed Planning and W. A. Wilson, Jr., of 
Roadway Design for the ideas. 

The Ferry Operation 


Headquarters of the Highway Commission's most uni- 
que operation is located at Morehead City, North Caro- 
lina. Its function is the supplying and operating of move- 
able links (ferries) for Eastern North Carolina Highways 
and extends from Southport, N. C. (approximately 35 
miles from the South Carolina line) to Knotts Island, N. 
C. (approximately 5 miles from the Virginia line). 

Ferries are operated at six locations and divided into 
two districts; namely: Northern District Office, located at 
Hatteras, N. C. and Southern District Office, located at 
Headquarters in Morehead City, N. C. 
Headquarters Personnel: 
Mr. E. H. Baggs, Ferry Operations Manager 
Mr. 'Mack" McBryde, Highway Office Manager 
Mrs. W. D. Daniels, Steno II 
Mrs. J. P. Edwards, Clerk II 
Northern District Personnel: (Hatteras) 
Mr. J. F. Wilson, Ferry Superintendent 
Mr. G. R. Fuller, Administrative Assistant 
Mr. W. B. Creef, Clerk II 

Under Mr. Wilson's supervision are Hatteras Inlet 
Ferry Operations, Currituck Sound Ferry Operations and 
Hydraulic Dredging Operations. 
Southern District Personnel: (Morehead City) 
E. N. Jones, Ferry Superintendent 
Willie Nelson, Jr., Clerk II 

Under Mr. Jones' supervision are Cedar Island-Ocra- 
coke Ferry Operations, Bogue Sound Ferry Operation, 
Pamlico River Ferry Operations and Southport-Ft. Fisher 
Ferry Operations. 

Following is a brief description of each operation: 

E. H. Baggs, Ferry Operations Manager, seated at his 

Ferry Headquarters at Morehead City 

Ferry Operations Along N. C. Coast 

The topography found along the Coast of North Caro- 
lina is most unique and not duplicated elsewhere along the 
eastern seaboard of our nation. The mainland is protected 
from the Atlantic Ocean by an outer reef barrier, known 
as the "Outer Banks", which is made up of several is- 
lands, each separated by "Inlets" connecting the ocean 
and sounds. 

Many years ago the inhabitants of these islands were 
completely isolated from the outside world, the only 
means of commuting was by privately owned small boats 
or the mail boat that visited each island, several times a 
week, bringing in staple foods and mail. 

As other areas of the State progressed, the inhabitants 
of the Outer Banks began to recognize the potential of 
their area, and being a hearty breed of people, and de- 
voted to their way of thinking; this area too, began to 
show progress. This transformation necessitated ways and 
means of travel by land, as well as by water; therefore a 
ferry system was born, and a system of public roads soon 

The first ferry service, between the Outer Banks and 
the outside world, was inaugurated in 1932, by Mr. J. B. 
Tillett, as a toll operation, between Wanchese on Roanoke 
Island and Rodanthe on Hatteras Island. The operation 
was moved to Oregon Inlet in the summer of 1934. It was 
entirely a private operation until December 1, 1934, 
when the Highway Commission began paying a subsidy 
and continued to subsidize the operation until July 1, 
1942, at this time the tolls were removed. Mr. Tillett con- 
tinued to operate the ferry for the Commission on a fixed 
reimbursement basis until October, 1950, at this time 
the Commission purchased the franchise and equipment 
from Mr. Tillett. 


Standing, Mrs. J. P. Edwards and Mrs. W. D. Daniels. 

In 1947 the nearest paved road to Hatteras Island was 
at Whalebone Junction, the intersection of U. S. High- 
ways 64; 264 and 158, this point being approximately 8.0 
miles north of Oregon Inlet, and 57.0 miles north of Hat- 
teras Village. The public road between the above points 
was merely a sand trail and practically impassable for 
conventional type vehicles. The Highway Commission re- 
cognized the problem, and began constructing a paved 
road, beginning at Hatteras Village. The entire 65.0 miles 
of road was completed in 1953. E. H. Baggs, present Ferry 
Operations Manager was Resident Engineer for the Com- 
mission on all of this Roadwork. 

Upon completion of the road, traffic across Oregon In- 
let increased to such an extent, it could not be handled by 
the obsolete equipment purchased from Mr. Tillett; 
therefore, more and better equipment was a must. The 
National Park Service came to the rescue and was most 
cooperative in arranging with the Department of Navy 
for the transfer of an LCU type craft to the Highway 
Commission, on a Revocable Special Use Permit basis 
for conversion to an automobile-passenger ferry for use 
at Oregon Inlet. 

A further increase in the volume of traffic across Ore- 
gon Inlet in 1953, prompted the Highway Commission to 
request the National Park Service to make arrangements 
with the Navy for the transfer of two additional LCU 
type crafts for conversion and use as ferry boats; these 
were placed in operation during the summer of 1954. The 
fourth LCU type craft was acquired through the National 
Park Service and placed in operation in October, 1955, and 
two more in August, 1961, making a total of six (6) con- 
verted LCU's. 

In February of 1947, during Governor Cherry's admin- 
istration, the State Highway Commission bought from 
Mrs. T. A. Baum of Manteo, North Carolina, who was 
the widow of the late Captain T. A. Baum, the ferries 
named Tyrrell and Dare, which were operating across 
Croatan Sound from Manns Harbor to Roanoke Island. 
The carrying capacity of these two ferries was 10 cars 

Mr. T. J. McKim, First Division Engineer, employed 
Mr. J. F. Wilson on the 22nd of February, 1947, as Ferry 

Mr. McDonald Clark and Mr. James C. Clark who were 
father and son were operating the ferry at that time for 
Mrs. T. A. Baum and were also employed by Mr. McKim 
to operate the ferry for the state. 

The carrying capacity for these ferries was not ade- 
quate, so in 1947, the state purchased from the Navy 
Bureau of Ships two surplus LCT landing crafts which 
were converted at the Craig Brothers Shipyard at Nor- 
folk, Virginia, into two ferry boats with a carrying capa- 
city of 21 cars each. They were named Governor Cherry 
and Sandy Graham. 

In August, 1947, two new ferry landing was constructed 
at Alligator River. One at Sandy Point and one at East 

On August 15, 1947, the Sandy Graham was put in 
operation at Alligator River. 

In 1950, during Governor Scott's administration another 
LCT was purchased by the State named Governor Scott 
and was converted into a ferry by the Dunn Marine 
Shipyard at West Norfolk, Virginia which later replaced 
the Sandy Graham at Alligator River and the Sandy 
Graham was moved to Croatan Sound to supplement the 
Governor Cherry. 

During the winter of 1950 and 1951, Mr. W. N. 
Spruill, First Division Engineer, saw the need of a ship- 
yard to maintain the State Ferries and received approval 
for the construction of a railway at Manns Harbor, 
North Carolina, which was built by Mr. Jim Twiford of 
the Bridge Department and work was supervised rty Mr. 
George K. Mack, District Engineer, and Mr. J. F. Wilson, 
Ferry Superintendent. 

In December of 1956, when the Governor Umstead 
Bridge across Croatan Sound was opened the old Sandy 
Graham and the old Governor Cherry were surveyed and 
sold. The Governor Scott was converted into a work 
boat which was used for driving piles and repairing docks 
at different ferry landings. 

Traffic continued to increase at the different operations, 
requiring the construction, in 1957, of three double end 
ferries to operate at Alligator River. They were built by 

E. N. Jones, Ferry Supt. and Mark McBryde, Highway 
Office Mgr. 


Willie Nelson, Clerk in Morehead Office. 

Barbour Boat Works at New Bern, North Carolina, dur- 
ing Governor Umstead's administration. They were named 
Governor Cherry, Sandy Graham and Emmett Winslow. 

In 1957 the State Highway Commission bought Capt. 
F. L. Peele's ferry at Hatteras Inlet, connecting Hatteras 
and Ocracoke Island. This ferry had a carrying capacity 
of four (4) cars. 

During the winter of 1957 and 1958, ferry landings were 
built at Hatteras and the north end of Ocracoke Island 
and two more landing crafts were acquired through the 
Park Service to operate across Hatteras Inlet. These 
were named Hatteras and Ocracoke. 

In 1961, increasing traffic demanded the acquisition of 
additional boats, so three more landing crafts were ac- 
quired through the Park Service. Two of these were for 
the Oregon Inlet operation and one for the Hatteras oper- 
tion. The boat for the Hatteras Operation was named the 
Buxton and later changed to J. B. "Tobie" Tillett. The 
two assigned to Oregon Inlet were named R. Bruce Eth- 
eridge and Alpheus W. Drinkwater. 

During Governor Hodge's administration, the Highway 
Commission purchased from the Taylor Brothers of Sea 
Level, North Carolina, the ferry boat Sea Level to operate 
as a toll ferry between Atlantic, North Carolina and Oc- 
racoke Village. This was the state's first toll operation. 

At this time, the ferry operations had spread out to 
where it was necessary to create a position of Ferry 
Operations Manager, which was filled by Mr. D. W. Pat- 
rick, who was the District Engineer at Washington, North 
Carolina and a ferry office was opened at Manteo, North 

In 1962, during Governor Sanford's administration, the 
bridge across Alligator River was opened and a new ferry 
operation was opened up in Carteret County between 
Emerald Island and Cape Carteret and two of the double 
end ferries at Alligator River were transferred to that 
operation, and the other double end ferry was sent to 
supplement at Oregon Inlet. 

In 1963, the H. C. Bonner Bridge across Oregon Inlet 
was opened to traffic, terminating that as a ferry opera- 

The LCU type ferries assigned to Oregon Inlet were 
transferred to the Hatteras Inlet operation and the double 
end ferry was sent to supplement the Bogue Sound opera- 

In 1963, Manns Harbor Shipyard was taken over by 
the Equipment Department and Mr. D. E. Snow was 
placed in charge as Equipment Superintendent. 

In 1964, Mr. D. W. Patrick transferred to the First 
Division Engineer position at Ahoskie, North Carolina 
and Mr. E. H. Baggs, who was then Assistant Division 
Engineer, in Ahoskie, was made Ferry Operations Man- 
ager and headquarters for ferry operations was moved 
from Manteo to Morehead City, retaining an office in 
Manteo, N. C. that was moved to Hatteras Inlet Ferry 
Operations in 1965. 

During Governor Sanford's administration, a new ferry 
landing was constructed at Cedar Island. The ferry Sea 
Level was moved from Atlantic to Cedar Island which 
shortened the run approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

During Governor Moore's administration, traffic in- 
creased to the extent that two new ferries were completed 
by the New Bern Shipyard and placed on the run be- 
tween Cedar Island and Ocracoke and a new operation 
between Southport and Fort Fisher was created and this 
Sea Level was sent to Southport for that run. At this 
time, the name of the ferry was changed to Southport-Ft. 
Fisher. The two new ferries were named "Silver Lake" 
and "Pamlico". 

About this same time another new ferry route was es- 
tablished across Pamlico River in Beaufort County from 
Bayview to Aurora. The ferry for this run was also con- 
structed by the New Bern Shipyard and named "Beau- 

Since the beginning of state operated ferry system in 
February, 1947, with one vessel and three employees, the 
system has steadily grown until it requires sixteen (16) 
vessels, a hydraulic dredge and approximately 200 per- 
manent employees to carry on the operations. Two of the 
original employees are still with Ferry Operations — Mr. 
J. F. Wilson, Ferry Superintendent and Mr. McDonald 
Clark, Pilot. Mr. Wilson will retire January 1, 1969, after 
22 years of dedicated service. 

The 6 Ferry Operations for fiscal year 1965-66 trans- 
ported 277,440 vehicles and 937,529 passengers. 1967-68 
the 6 ferry operations transported 392,799 vehicles and 
1,312,956 passengers, an increase of over 40% in a three 
year period. 


Currituck Sound School Ferry Crew 
McDonald Clark, Capt.; J. C. Harris, Engineer; R. A. 
Dunton, Sr.; Jake Snow; R. B. Mansfield, Deck Hand. 



The Ferry "Knotts Island" was placed in operation be- 
tween Currituck and Knotts Island during the fall of 
1962. The primary reason for this operation — to trans- 
port school children from Knotts Island to Currituck to 
attend the Currituck county schools. The trip from Knotts 
Island to Currituck by school bus required iy 2 hours 
traveling time and by ferry, approximately 45 minutes. 
This ferry operates 7 days per week, 365 days a year. Dur- 
ing the summer season it operates 14 hours per day; and 
from the time school opens until it closes, it operates 12 
hours per day. 

Gross Tons — 99 
Horsepower — 340 


Length — 71' 
Breadth — 28' 
Depth — 7'6" 

Capacity — 7 normal size cars, Approx. 50-60 passengers. 
Crossing distance between landings — 5 miles 
Crossing Time — 45 minutes 



Mainland Side 

6:30 A.M. 

8:30 A.M. 
10:30 A.M. 
12:30 P.H. 

3:30 P.M. 

Knotts Island 

7:30 A.M. 
9:30 A.M. 
11:30 A.M. 
1:30 P.M. 
4:30 P.M. 


Mainland Side 

5:00 A.M. 
7:00 A.M. 
9:00 A.M. 
11:00 A.M. 
1:00 P.M. 
3:00 P.M. 
5:00 P.M. 

Knotts Island 

6:00 A.M. 

8:00 A.M. 
10:00 A.M. 
12:00 Noon 

2:00 P.M. 

4:00 P.M. 

6:00 P.M. 


2 Pilots 3 Deckhands 

2 Ferry Engineer I 2 Nightwatchmen 

2 Ferrymen I 


Fiscal year Total vehicles Total passengers 

1964- 65 5,886 34,342 

1965- 66 6,820 38,864 

1966- 67 7,508 38,123 

1967- 68 6,572 28,557 

Few high schoolers say, "Let's cruise over to school" 
and mean it literally. But then, few can salute a fish- 
ing boat from their bus or watch a seagull tracing circles 
in the sky, daily sights for 24 "commuters" from Knotts 
Island to high school at Currituck Courthouse, North 
Carolina. Actually, Knotts Island is a pine-shaped town 
that caps a slender finger of land pointing into the At- 
lantic off the North Carolina coast. Until the ferry was 
built to carry the students straight across Currituck 
Sound, they had a hectic bouncing over almost 50 miles 
of twisting road around the sound to get to class. Now 
the bus collects its riders and arrives at the ferry dock 
at about 7:15 a.m. Boys and girls board their craft with 
the casual air of globetrotters, and their bus rumbles on 
board behind them to finish the trip to the school door. 

As ferries go, the school boat is referred to thereabouts 
as a "cute toy." Only 71 feet long and 28 wide, it has twin 
diesel engines that can turn up a total of 340 hp. for a 
maximum speed of 12 knots. The warm cabin substitutes 
as a study hall, and a student may do his homework be- 
fore getting it home! Bright paint marks the school boat: 
black hull, gray vehicle deck, white cabin and bridge, 
and red- orange roof. Orange life preservers — 70 of 
them — are stored on the green cabin bulkhead. But 
there's not a seasick pill on board; these students are 
veteran sailors. 

Currituck Sound Ferry 


Ferry vessels for vehicle transportation between Hat- 
teras Island and Ocracoke Island was instituted by Mr. 
Frazier Peele in April 1953. The ferry used was a small 
wooden craft 54' long and 16' wide, with a capacity for 
four standard size automobiles or one five-ton truck, 
with a light load, and two automobiles. This service was 
continued by Mr. Peele as a toll operation until August, 
1957, when Mr. Peele's Ferry Franchise and equipment 
was purchased by the State Highway Commission and 
the operation was made toll-free at that time. 

During the winter of 1957-58 a ferry landing was built 
at Hatteras Inlet at the North end of Ocracoke Island 
— two (2) modified LCU's were placed in service during 
the Winter of 1959. Traffic has grown to such an extent 
until at the closing of the Oregon Inlet Operation, vessels 
used there were transferred to Hatteras Inlet until we 
now have eight (8) converted LCU's at this operation. 
This service is available 7-days per week, 365 days a year 
(Operating 18-hours per day during the Summer Season, 
and 14-hours per day during the Winter months). 






George Fuller, Administrative Assistant in Northern 
District, Hatteras. 

STATISTICS: (All Ferries Same) 

Length — 107' Gross Tons — 160 

Breadth — 35'6" Horsepower — 495 

Depth — 5'6" Capacity — 18 vehicles 

Distance between landings — 5 Miles 

Cross Time — 1 Hour 


Fiscal year Total vehicles 

1964- 65 

1965- 66 

1966- 67 

1967- 68 

Total passengers 



Note: For traffic prior to Fiscal Year 1964-65, refer 
Mr. J. S. Burch, State Planning Engineer. 

6 Port Captains 15 Ferrymen I 

15 Pilots 15 Deckhands 

20 Engineer I 

Ferry Capacity — Aprox. 18 Automobiles 
Effective During 
Eastern Daylight Time Period 






5:30 A.M. 


Sept. 15) 

6:30 A.M. 

6:10 A.M. 

7:10 P.M. 

6:50 A.M. 

7:50 A.M. 

7:30 A.M. 

8:30 A.M. 

8:10 A.M. 

9:10 A.M. 

8:50 A.M. 

9:50 A.M. 

9:30 A.M. 

10:30 A.M. 

10:10 A.M. 

11:10 P.M. 

10:50 A.M. 

11:50 A.M. 

11:30 A.M. 

12:30 P.M. 

12:10 P.M. 

1:10 P.M. 

12:50 P.M. 

1:50 P.M. 

1:30 P.M. 

2:30 P.M. 

2:10 P.M. 

3:10 P.M. 

2:50 P.M. 

3:50 P.M. 

3:30 P.M. 

4:30 P.M. 

4:10 P.M. 

5:10 P.M. 

4:50 P.M. 

5:50 P.M. 

5:30 P.M. 

6:30 P.M. 

6:50 P.M. 


Sept. 15) 

7:50 P.M. 

6:10 P.M. 


Oct. 15) 

7:00 P.M. 

June 1 thru August 1 


Effective During 
Eastern Standard Time Period 


5:00 A.M. 

6:00 A.M. 

7:00 A.M. 

8:00 A.M. 

9:00 A.M. 
10:00 A.M. 
11:00 A.M. 
12:00 Noon 

1:00 P.M. 

2:00 P.M. 

3:00 P.M. 

4:00 P.M. 

5:00 P.M. 

(Add April 1) 

(Add March 1) 


6:00 A.M. 

7:00 A.M. 

8:00 A.M. 

9:00 A.M. 
10:00 A.M. 
11:00 A.M. 
12:00 Noon 

1:00 P.M. 

2:00 P.M. 

3:00 P.M. 

4:00 P.M. 

5:00 P.M. 

6:00 P.M. 


The first ferry to operate between Ocracoke, N. C. and 
the N. C. mainland (Atlantic, N. C.) was the Ferry "Sea 
Level" in April, 1960. It was a toll operation and inaug- 
urated by the Taylor Brothers, Atlantic, N. C. The N. 
C. State Highway Commission purchased this vessel 
from the Taylor Brothers (West Indies Fruit and Steam- 
ship Co., West Palm Beach, Florida) on February 9, 1961. 
It began operating on May 1, 1961 from Atlantic, N. C. 
to Ocracoke, N. C. under the N. C. State Highway Com- 
mission making one round trip daily. When the new 
Ferry Terminal was built at Cedar Island, N. C. in 
May, 1964, this enabled the ferry to make two round 
trips daily, due to the greatly shortened distance between 
Cedar Island and Ocracoke — and better ferry channels. 

The Ferry "Sea Level" was transferred to the South- 
port-Ft. Fisher Ferry Operations in 1965. At this time, 
two new ferries were placed in service at the Cedar Is- 
land-Ocracoke Ferry Operations — the Ferry "Silver 
Lake" and the Ferry "Pamlico". 

These vessels were built by the New Bern Shipyard at 
New Bern, N. C. The Ferry "Silver Lake" was dedicated 
and christened in July 31, 1965, by Mrs. Merrill Evans, 
wife of the former Highway Chairman. This vessel made 
her first run on August 12, 1965. 

The Ferry "Pamlico" was dedicated and christened by 
Mrs. Joe Hunt, wife of Joe Hunt, Chairman of the N. C. 
State Highway Commission on December 2, 1965. 

7:20 P.M. 

8:20 P.M. 

Hatteras Free Ferry 


Cedar Island Ferry Office 
Irene Hamilton, Clerk I and G. W. Gaskill, Clerk II. 

The Silver Lake and Pamlico ferries are identical and 
statistics are as follows: 

Length — 150.7' 
Breadth — 38.1' 
Depth — 11.6' 

Gross Tons — 499 
Capacity — 30 Cars 
Capacity 300 Passengers 

Horsepower — 990 (Twin Screw Diesel - 2-495 H.P. 
Fairbanks Morse Engines) 

Crossing Distance between landings — 22 Miles 
Crossing Time — 2 J /2 Hours 

This Ferry service is available 7-days per wek, 365 days 
a year, operating 13-hours per day — year round. 


5 Masters (Ferry Captains) — Requires Master's License, 
500 Ton Inspected Vessel, Third Class Radio Oper- 
ator's License, Pilotage for Pamlico Sound. 

5 Ferry Enginer II — Requires license for Inspected Ves- 
sels of 1,000 Horsepower. 

5 Ferry Quartermasters — Requires Able Seaman Ticket. 

5 Oilers (Ferry Engineer I) — Requires Oiler's Ticket. 

5 Ferrymen II — Requires Able Seaman Ticket 

5 Deckhands — Requires Ordinary Seaman Ticket. 

2 Clerk II 

2 Clerk I 

These ferries are dry-docked annually for repairs and 
maintenance. They are inspected and approved by U. S. 
Coast Guard Marine Inspection and all Safety Equip- 
ment checked and approved. 


Fiscal year 

1964- 65 

1965- 66 

1966- 67 

1967- 68 

Total vehicles 


Total passengers 



The new Cedar Island to Ocracoke Ferry has been 
christened. The long awaited vessel has gone into opera- 
tion, according to E. H. Baggs, and the service was wel- 
comed by everyone who are glad to see it become a reality. 

The Silver Lake was dedicated at 11:00 o'clock Satur- 
day morning July 31, 1965. A dedication service was held 
in the waters of the Trent River where she was built by 
the New Bern Shipyards Inc. 

State and local officials from Carteret, Craven and 
Hyde counties were present. 

Mrs. Merrill Evans, wife of the former Chairman of 
the State Highway Commission christened the ship. She 
was presented a bouquet of red roses by little Margaret 
Ward, granddaughter of the master of ceremonies D. L. 
(Libby) Ward. 

Mr. Ward, a former general assemblyman from New 
Bern, introduced Joe Hunt, Greensboro, Chairman of the 
State Highway Commission. Mr. Hunt observed that the 
ferries are helping to link eastern and western North 
Carolina as are its highway. He invited the people to bet- 
ter acquaint themselves with the state and the many ave- 
nues that are open to us here in North Carolina from east 

The new vessel was dedicated "for service to all hu- 
manity who would seek solace and comfort in serene and 
contented places". 

Among the officials introduced by the master of cere- 
monies were the late Cameron Langston, highway com- 
missioner of the second division which includes Craven 
and Carteret counties; Dick Lupton, Hyde County Repre- 
sentative; R. C. Godwin, Craven County Representative; 
Senators Sam Whitehurst and Thomas White of the state 
senatorial district. 

Mack Lupton, Mayor of New Bern; Ivan Hardesty, as- 
sistant chief highway engineer; Cdr. John Fox, USCG, 
Wilmington; Merrill Evans, V. B. Andrews, President 
of New Bern Shipyards; C. S. Hardison, formerly of 
Morehead City, Vice-President of the shipyards and 
supervisor of the ferry construction. 

A dedicatory prayer was offered by the Rev. Reid Er- 
vin, pastor of the Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church, 
New Bern. 

After the ceremony about 30 guests were taken on a 
cruise on the Neuse River. 

Irvin Garrish, veteran ferry skipper of Ocracoke, was 
master of the vessel. He is also master of the Sea Level. 

Four crews will alternate between the two vessels. The 
chief engineer on the Silver Lake is K. R. Robinson, Oc- 
racoke. With the addition of the Silver Lake means that 
ferries will leave Ocracoke and Cedar Island slips four 
times daily. With only one ferry, the Sea Level, departure 
times from each place were only twice daily. 

When the Silver Lake goes on the run, departure 
times from each side will be at 6:00 and 9:00 A.M., noon 
and 3:00 P.M. It takes about 2y 2 hours to make the trip. 

Traffic along the Outer Banks from both north and 
south necessitated the additional ferry. 


Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. Christens 
"Pamlico" In Craven Co. 

Mrs. Joseph Hunt, wife of State Highway Commission 
Chairman Joe Hunt, who was principal speaker for the 
dedication, did the christening honors with little trouble 
as she rapped the bow of the new ferry with the tradi- 
tional bottle of champagne. 

The sleek 161-foot "Pamlico", sister ship to the "Sil- 
ver Lake" already plying the waters on the Cedar Island 
to Ocracoke run, was officially christened at the New 
Bern shipyards' James City operation. 

The "Pamlico," with a capacity of 300 passengers and 
30 cars, was turned over to the state Thursday morning, 
December 2, 1965. 

Mr. Hunt addressed the several hundred persons who 
braved the freezing temperatures to attend the dedica- 
tion, praised the launching of the "Pamlico" as a new 
link to the highway system of Eastern North Carolina. 
"I know that this might sound a little strange at first; 
but a ferry is really a highway that moves." 

"As more people come to Eastern North Carolina on 
the better roads provided by the Highway Commission, 
the tourist business will get better and better. More 
people from out of the State will return home to tell 
that it's easy to travel safely and conveniently to the 
seashore resorts of North Carolina." 

Mrs. Hunt was most gracious and charming in the 
christening of this new boat at this Historic Occasion. 



Leave Leave 

Cedar Island Ocracoke 

6:00 A.M. 6:00 A.M. 

9:00 A.M. 9:00 A.M. 

12:00 Noon 12:00 Noon 

3:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. 


A. Pedestrian .50 

B. Bicycle and Rider 1.00 

C. Passenger Cars, Station Wagons, Carry-All, 

Pickup Trucks, Campers 20' or less in 

length, and Motorcycles 5.00 

D. All other vehicles or combination 

up to 40' in length 10.00 

(Vehicle Fares include driver 
and passengers) 

NOTE: Vehicle or combination of Vehicle in excess of 
40 ft. not permitted. 
Crossing Time Approximately 2 l / 2 Hours 


Leave Leave 
Cedar Island Ocracoke 

6:00 A.M. 9:0 A.M. 

12:00 Noon 3:00 P.M. 

Ferry Capacity — Approx. 30 Automobiles 

Ocracoke Port Captain, Van Henry O'Neal 


(25 Spaces to be used for reservations) 
Reservations may be obtained: 

For the next scheduled trip only by application in per- 
son at the Ferry Terminal from which the departure is 
to be made. 

i.e. Reservations for the first scheduled trip on 
the following day may be obtained after the de- 
parture of the last trip for the day; Reservations 
for the second scheduled trip may be obtained 
after the departure of the first trip, etc., for 
each additional departure scheduled. 
No mail, telephone, or telegraph reservations will be 

Reservations not transferable or refundable. 
Reservations are void if vehicle is not in loading lane 
30 minutes prior to loading time. 


The ferry "Sea Level" was transferred from Cedar Is- 
land-Ocracoke Ferry Operations to the Southport-Fort 
Fisher Ferry Operations, in the late winter of 1964, this 
vessel made her first run between Southport-Ft. Fisher, 
N. C, across the Cape Fear River on February 8, 1965, 
a distance of five miles requiring approximately one hour 
for crossing time. 


3 masters (Ferry Captains) — requires masters license 
500 tons inspected vessel, 3rd class radio operator's 
license, pilotage for route traveled. 

3 Ferry Engineer II — Requires license for inspected 
Vessels of 1,000 H. P. 

2 Ferry Quartermasters — Requires Able Seaman Ticket. 

3 Oilers — (Ferry Engineer I) — Requires Oiler's Ticket. 
3 Deckhands 

2 Clerk I (Perm.) 

2 Clerk I (Temp. Summer Employees) 
2 Clerk II 

This vsesel makes 6 trips daily in the summer and 4 
trips daily in the winter and operates 300 days a vear — 
annual repairs require approximately 60 days per year. 
This ferry operates 7 days a week, 12 hrs. per day. 

Length — 119.6' Gross Tons — 229 

Breadth — 31.1' Capacity — 20 Cars 

Depth — 9.8' Capacity 200 Passengers 

Horsepower — 2, 450 Caterpillar Engines, Diesel 
Total H. P. 900 


Fiscal year 

1965- 66 

1966- 67 

1967- 68 

Total vehicles 


Total passengers 



Highway Commission Chairman Joseph Hunt predicted 
the new Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry service would be a 
large step in the full development of Southeastern North 

Hunt, calling on the people of the area for support of 
the ferry, made the prediction at the re-dedication of 
the vessel, formerly the Sea Level of the Cedar Island- 
Ocracoke service, here Wednesday, March 2nd. 

Speaking before a crowd of more than 250 persons, 
Hunt said, "This great region of North Carolina has 
many tourist attractions. Its beaches are among the 
finest in the State and the fishing is great. History 
abounds here and there are many attractions like Fort 
Fisher and the Battleship North Carolina. 

Hunt added that it is the responsibility of each indi- 
vidual citizen and government and of development organi- 
zations and civic and service organizations to see that 
this new ferry is utilized in such a way as to insure the 
future growth of this region of the State. 

Ribbons Tied 

Contrary to the customary ribbon cutting, Mayor M. L. 
Lowder of Kure Beach and Southport Mayor Eugene 
B. Tomlinson, Jr. tied two ribbons together to symbolize 
the joining of the two counties — New Hanover and 

Dr. Joseph Hooper, chairman of the New Hanover 
County Commissioners presented the Brunswick Coun- 
ty Re-Development Board and the Brunswick County 
Commissioners with a map of the area dating back 
to 1781. 

Hooper said the map shows the ferry connection be- 
tween New Hanover and Brunswick counties 185 years 

He pointed out that the route is nearly the same as it 
is today and the landing on the Fort Fisher side is exactly 
in the same location. 

Senator J. Vivian Whitfield of Wallace stressed the 
need for an East-West highway system connecting North 
Carolina's ports with the Piedmont. 

Whitfield said the ports of North Carolina are vital to 
the economy of the Piedmont and the rest of the State 
and surveys should be taken to emphasize this fact. 

He said a survey was completed of the so-called Pied- 
mont Crescent which stretches from Southern Virginia 
to South Carolina and if a half million dollars could be 
spent for the Piedmont survey, then Eastern North Caro- 
lina should be entitled to a similar study. 

According to Fred Willetts, Jr., president of the Great- 
er Wilmington Chamber of Commerce who attended the 
ceremony, the ferry is another milestone in progress for 
Southeastern North Carolina. 

"The ferry will provide a complete tour of the scenic, 
recreational and historic Cape Fear area to visitors of 
New Hanover and Brunswick counties." 

Southport Crew — L. to R., L. C. Holden (Capt.), Eu- 
gene Gore, Quartermaster; O. Willis, Chief Engineer; H. 
Pigott, Oiler; J. E. Sellers, Deck Hand and Donald Sellers, 
Deck Hand. 



The ferry Sea Level which has been renamed the 
Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry began regular service be- 
tween Southport and Fort Fisher on February 8th, ac- 
cording to Assistant Chief Engineer Ivan Hardesty of 
the North Carolina State Highway Commission. 

Hardesty said that the ferry would begin making four 
round trips daily with its first departure from Southport 
at 6:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 8th. 

The Sea Level, which served for many years between 
Ocracoke and Cedar Island, was moved down the coast 
to Southport after the Highway Commission in 1965 
put two new ferries, the "Pamlico" and the "Silver Lake" 
into service at Cedar Island. 

Late in 1965, the Sea Level was put into drydock 
for renovations and repairs before making the run down 
the coast from Cedar Island to Southport earlier this year. 

The Sea Level is capable of carrying some 22 vehicles 
and will operate two crews of six men each. Crossing 
time for the ferry is approximately one hour. 

Southport — P. L. Bryant, Supervisor and Tom Jener- 







Leave Leave 

Southport Ft. Fisher 

7:00 A.M. 8:00 A.M. 

9:00 A.M. 10:00 A.M. 

11:00 A.M. 12:00 Noon 

1:00 P.M. 2:00 P.M. 

3:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. 

5:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M. 


Pedestrians .25 

Bicycle and Rider .50 

Passenger Cars, Station Wagons, Carry-Alls, 

Pickup Trucks, Campers 20' or less in 

length, and Motorcycles 1.50 

Other vehicles or combination 

up to 40' in length 3.00 

All other vehicles or combinations 

up to 55' in length 10.00 

(Vehicle fares include driver 

and passengers) 

Crossing Time Approximately 1 Hour 


Leave Leave 

Southport Ft. Fisher 

8:00 AJvI. 9:30 A.M. 

11:00 A.M. 12:30 P.M. 

1:30 P.M. 2:30 P.M. 
3:30 P.M. 4:30 P.M. 


The double-end ferries constructed for use at Alligator 
River were placed in service at the new Bogue Sound 
Ferry Terminal at Bogue, N. C. Carteret County, during 
May, 1962. 

These ferries operate 7-days per week, 365 days a year. 
Our Summer Schedule begins with and closes with Day- 
light Saving Time (6-months), operating 24-hours per 
day. The Winter Schedule begins and ends with Eastern 
Standard Time operating 20-hours per day. 

These vessels are dry-docked annually for repairs. In 
addition to the regular dry-docking, Manns Harbor Ship- 
yard provides regular maintenance and service to these 

The three ferries at Bogue Sound Ferry Operation 
are: "Sandy Graham", "Emmett Winslow" and "Gov. 
Cherry" and are identical with the following statistics: 


Length — 100.2' 
Breadth — 32.2' 
Depth — 7.1' 

Gross Tons — 163.37 
Capacity — 20 Cars 

Double Ender — 2-240 Horsepower GMC (6-110 Engines 
Diesel Powered) 

Distance from Mainland to Emerald Isle — 1 Mile 
Scheduled Trips — 30-mintue intervals (12 min. crossing 
time - 16 min. loading and unloading) 

Bogue Sound Ferry — L. to R., Pennel J. Tillett, Port 
Captain; M. A. Moore, Pilot; B. S. Guthrie, Engineer; C. 
S. Wiggins, Ferryman; R. L. Midgett, Ferryman; D. Zee, 
Night Watchman and I. Kinhmon, Deckhand. 


3 Port Captains 8 Ferrymen I 

8 Pilots 

8 Ferry Engineer I 

2 Port Captains 


1 Deckhand 

1 Night Watchman 

14 Deckhands 

Fiscal year 

1964- 65 

1965- 66 

1966- 67 

1967- 68 

Total vehicles 


Total passengers 



Leave Leave 
Mainland Side Beach Side 

Departures Every Hour 

12:00 Midnight 
5:00 A.M. 

12:30 A.M. 

5:30 A.M. 

Departures Every 30 Min. 

5:30 A.M. 

11:00 P.M. 

6:00 A.M. 

11:30 P.M. 



Mainland Side 

5:00 A.M. 
12:00 Midnight 

Beach Side 

5:30 A.M. 

12:30 A.M. 

Additional Trips on Weekends and Holidays as 
Traffic Requires 


The Ferry "Beaufort" 

The ferry "Beaufort" was built by the New Bern Ship- 
yard and delivered to the N. C. State Highway Commis- 
sion March 10, 1966. She was launched and christened 
on March 7, 1966, by Miss Etta Elizabeth Hunt, daugh- 
ter of Joe Hunt, Chairman, N. C. Highway Commission. 

The "Beaufort" operates from Bayview to Texas Gulf 
Sulpher Plant across the Pamlico River. She made her 
first run March 18, 1966. The ferry operates 7 days a 
week, 24 hours per day, year round. 


5 Port Captains 5 Ferryman 

5 Pilots 5 Deckhands 

5 Ferry Engineer 1 


Length — 124.1' 
Breadth — 35.1' 
Depth — 8.0' 

Gross Tons — 287 
Capacity — 18 Cars 
Capacity 200 Passengers 

2-380 H. P. Caterpiller Engines — Diesel — Total Horse- 
power — 760 

Distance from one terminal to other — 4 miles 
Crossing time — 45 minutes 


Fiscal year 

1965- 66 

1966- 67 

1967- 68 

Total vehicles 


Total passengers 


Miss Etta Elizabeth Hunt, lovely daughter of High- 
way Chairman Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. performed the 
christening honors by breaking the traditional bottle 
of champagne on the bow of the new ferry "Beaufort" 
March 7th in New Bern. 

The northern and southern shores of Beaufort County, 
isolated for centuries by the swirling Pamlico, were join- 
ed by this ceremony. 

The "Beaufort" was christened in special ceremonies 
at the New Bern Shipyards, James City plant. 

This ship which carries 250 passengers and 20 cars, 
will lease a transportation snarl which at one time 
threatened the labor force of the Texas Gulf Sulphur 
Company's phosphate operation at Aurora. 

Mr. Hunt in his dedication speech painted a bright 
picture of Eastern North Carolina, asking "Who here 
today can deny that Eastern North Carolina is on the 
move and making the kind of progress and economic 
strides for which she's always been destined?" 

"This vessel we are dedicating here today will serve 
an area which some say holds the key to the future 
economic development of Eastern North Carolina," and 
he added "That this ferry will give greater access to 
the phosphate mining fields of the Pamlico Sound area. 
It will carry men and equipment. And in the not-too- 
distant future, the mining fields will add to the economy." 

Mr. Hunt then assured the assembled guests that the 
Highway Commission was aware of the progress being 
made in Eastern North Carolina and by working to- 
gether he was sure the full potential of Eastern North 
Carolina could be reached. 

Mr. David L. Ward, Jr., served as master of cere- 
monies for the dedication. Senator Sam Whitehurst ex- 
tended the welcoming address, telling the guests "you 
all have our warm welcome of heart in spite of the 
chilly weather" at present. The temperature hovered in 
the mid 40's for the second time that the commission 
has dedicated a ferry. 

The late Highway Commissioner B. Cameron Langston, 
Sr., said "The great abundance of water and open lands, 
that attracted settlers to come here in the early days of our 
history are the same things which today make the area 
attractive to industry.' 

Following the dedication, the new ferry was given 
a test run down the wind-swept Neuse River. 

This new ferry "Beaufort" cost $285,316 to construct 
and equip. The new ferry docks are located at Bayview 
and Lee Creek, which are just east of the Texas Gulf 
Phosphate Operation. 

This vessel is dry docked annually for repairs and 

A. B. Cutler, Shore Super.; Russell Willis, Pilot; Mur- 
iel Moore, Engineer; Joe Braddy, Deck Hand; and Gene 
Credle, Ferryman. 


Beaufort County Ferry Now Making 
Seven Round Trips Daily 

The State Highway Commission's newest ferry, the 
Beaufort, is presently making seven round trips daily 
between the Bayview and Aurora sides of the Pamlico 
River. The trips are spread over a 24-hour period. 

The new ferry began plying the waters of the Pamlico 
on Saturday, March 19, serving residents and tourists 
in the Beaufort County area. It also provides a rapid 
and economical way for employees of the Texas Gulf 
Sulphur Company Phosphate Mine at Lee's Creek to 
make their way to and from work. The ferry is operated 
as a free ferry. 

Ferry Operations Manager E. H. Baggs of Morehead 
City said the schedule for the Beaufort has not been 
finaly set at this time and points out that some ad- 
justments could be made depending on the outcome of 
a traffic patterns study being conducted by the Highway 

Here is the schedule in which the ferry is now operating: 

(Year round) 

South Shore 

(Hudles Cut 
near Aurora, N. C.) 
12:30 A.M. 

6:15 A.M. 

8:30 A.M. 
10:00 A.M. 
12:00 Noon 

2:00 P.M. 

4:45 P.M. 
6:15 P.M. 

8:00 P.M. 
10:00 P.M. 

North Shore 

(Gaylord's Bay 
near Bayview, N. C.) 

5:30 A.M. 

7:00 A.M. 

9:15 A.M. 
11:00 A.M. 

1:00 P.M. 

3:00 P.M. 

5:30 P.M. 

7:00 P.M. 

9:00 P.M. 
11:00 P.M. 

Hydraulic Dredge 

Any Axle 13,000 lbs. 

2 Axles (Single Vehicle) 24,000 lbs. 

3 or More Axles (Single or 

Combination Vehicle) 36,000 lbs. 


The Dredge "BUXTON" operating under the supervi- 
sion of Roy E. Etheridge, Dredge Superintendent, is a 
hydraulic dredge with a discharge of 8" that works 12- 
hours a day, 7-days a week. Its main function is to pro- 
vide a channel for Hatteras Inlet Ferry Operations and 
on infrequent occasions has done ferry basin and chan- 
nel work at Knotts Island Ferry Operations and Cedar 
Island-Ocracoke Ferry Operations. This dredge is too 
small to properly maintain ferry channels, and a new 
and larger hydraulic dredge with a discharge of 12" is 
being constructed by Barbour Boat Works, New Bern, 
N. C. 


1 Dredge Superintendent 2 Dredge Levermen 
3 Deckhands 2 Ferry Engineer I 

2 Ferrymen 

* * * * 

"I hear they're really biting, Reverend. Too bad you 
have to work Sundays." 



Joyce Spencer, Correspondent 

Avast! You landlubbers, fore and aft, port and star- 
board. A new ship has appeared on the horizon of the 
ROADWAYS magazine. This is to launch the Ferry 
Division as a regular contributor to this publication. 

Miss Joyce Spencer, Typist at the Equipment Division 
Headquarters will be the Division Correspondent. 

Mr. E. H. (Bill) Baggs, Ferry Operations Manager 
will enter the hospital August 15, 1968 for a check up. 
We wish you the best report possible. 

If any one wishes to acquire a horse, Mr. J. F. Wilson, 
Ferry Superintendent at Hatteras Inlet can accommodate 
you. We cannot guarantee the breed but believe there 
might be a little Ocracoke Beach pony mixed in. "Trader 
John," they call him. 

Mr. Roger Gard, Auto Parts Clerk II at Manns Harbor 
was recently on vacation in Florida. He refuses to divulge 
if she was a blonde or brunette. 

A trip on the Hatteras Inlet ferries this last week 
revealed sever cases among the pilots of strained and sun- 
burned eyes. It seems that a view from the pilot house at 
this time of year is simply irresistible. Les, we under- 
stand that a few days at home is a good antidote for this. 

We wonder if the distinguished and esteemed CAP- 
TAIN GARRISH of the M/V Silver Lake has ever con- 
sidered making a record. Senator Dirksen did and he 
sold a million. 

Fishing forecast; according to Mr. I. H. Evans, Fore- 
man II at Manns Harbor, fishing will be extremely good 
this fall in the Croatan Sound. He is the only man we 
know of who can catch two ten pound rock fish at one 
time with a hand line and coat hanger. Honest, fellows, 
he does. 

Mr. Henry Edens, Auto Parts Clerk II, is looking for 
a game of chess. Do we have any takers? 

Would the crew of the Southport-Ft. Fisher please ad- 
vise if the alligator has returned? 

We understand that D. I. Dowdy, Foreman I at Manns 
Harbor has made on several occasions some nice catches 
on his party boat "Libby D." How about taking us out 
sometime, Delton? 

We will not call any names but we have a Clerk IV 
in our office at Manns Harbor whose little six years old 
daughter thinks that he is ready for swimming at all 
times. He always carries a life ring around his middle. 

I understand that the other Divisions have been having 
some hot weather. Well, it's nice and cool here, as a mat- 
ter of fact, we have six feet of snow. (D. E. Snow that it.) 



The Equipment Department is a service organization, 
with headquarters in Raleigh, directed and guided by Mr. 
L. H. Gunter, State Equipment Engineer. An Equipment 
Division is assigned to each Highway Maintenance and 
Ferry Operations Division. 

On July 1, 1963 the Equipment Department was assign- 
ed all ferries, dredges, work boats and tow boats for 
maintenance and repairs. Previously this work had been 
under the Ferry Operations Department who also fur- 
nished crews and operated the equipment. 

At this time these marine units were assigned to Divi- 
sion 1, located in Hertford, North Carolina. It soon be- 
came apparent, due to an ever increasing demand for 
more ferry service, more scheduled runs, and an ever 
widening area of operation that the job was too large to 
be handled by a regular highway division. On July 1, 
1965 the Equipment Department, Ferry Operations was 
organized and came into being as a separate Highway 
Division Equipment Department. 

This was an entirely new experience for the Equipment 
Department. We were entering an entirely new field of 
operations, going from land based equipment to water- 
borne equipment. We knew that we had much to learn. 
One of our first lessons was that any breakdown was an 
emergency. It is impossible to park one of the ferries 
on the side of the road, besides, we did not have any re- 
placement units so they had to be repaired immediately. 
These units run seven days per week and some of our 
operations are around the clock. 

The growth and expansion of the ferry system is evi- 
dent by the fact that on July 1, 1963 there were thirteen 
ferries, one dredge and one tow boat. Today we have six- 
teen ferries plus dredge, tow boats, barges, etc. for a 
total of twenty-seven marine units. We have under con- 
tract and scheduled for delivery in the fall five more 
units. These will be a 12" dredge, two barges and two 
work boats. This is an increase of seventeen units or 
53% within five years. 

Division Headquarters for Ferry Equipment is located 
on Spencer's Creek in Dare County near the village of 
Manns Harbor. Here we have shop facilities for the engine 
and reduction gear overhaul and repair, auto and truck 
repair, auto inspection station, a small machine shop, 
with a lathe, drill press, and hydraulic press, and a weld- 
ing shop for electric and acetylene welding. 

The Division administrative offices and Division parts 
department are located in the same building adjacent to 
the main shop. A number of warehouses are required in 
order to store our stock. 

District One is located at Hatteras Inlet and District 
Two is located at Bogue Sound. From these three loca- 
tions we maintain and keep in service all of our marine 
and automotive equipment. 

Nine of the ferries, the dredge, barges and all tug 
boats are dry docked at Manns Harbor. When the ves- 
sel is hauled, a minute inspection of the under water part 
of the hull is conducted. Keel coolers are checked (these 
cool the engine water). Zinc plates are inspected for 
deterioration (these plates neutralize electrolic action on 
the hull). Struts are checked for damage, rudders inspect- 
ed for damage and wear, propellers are checked for 
damage and wear, propeller shafts are pulled and checked 
for damage and wear and propeller shaft bearings inspect- 
ed also. The hull is cleaned and examined for damaged 
areas, cracks, pitted places, and etc. 


The necessary repairs are completed; the numerous 
paint coats applied (one primer coat, three anti-corrosive 
coats, and three anti-fouling coats). The vessel is re- 
floated and upon completion of repairs in the engine room, 
pilot house, deck, etc., trial runs are conducted to prove 
the work satisfactory. 

Joyce Spencer and D. E. Snow 

For the reader to fully grasp the full significance of the 
overhaul job, please visualize a complete, self-contained 
unit; composed of: the main propulsion units, generator 
sets to supply electrical current, a complete piping and 
pumping system to all bilges and void spaces, a separate 
fire fighting system, a plumbing system to include a 
number of bath rooms, a heating system with all its 
plumbing to accommodate a hot water heating system to 
all occupied areas of the vessel, a fresh water system for 
drinking purposes, a separate ventilation system for en- 
gine rooms and passenger quarters, the complete elec- 
trical system for lights, radios, radar, fathometer, the hy- 
draulic system to include piping, electric motor pumps, 
pressure regulators, and hydrauglic steering motors, an 
air system for starting motors and control of the engines 
and clutches, and then the pilot house where all the navi- 


A. L. Mann, Jr., Manns Harbor 

gation aids are located, i.e. the compass, radar, fathometer, 
radio, barometer, etc. then there is the horn, windshield 
wipers and spot lights to be kept in repair. There are 
still a number of minor items that I have not mentioned. 
Just one vessel involves a large number of items to be 
kept in repair. 

We utilize the same skills that the regular Highway 
Equipment Department uses with one exception. We use 
divers in our work quite often. We have two complete 
sets of diving gear including our own compressor for re- 
filling air tanks. We have changed propellers and rud- 
ders under water and removed a number of foreign ob- 
jects from the shafts and wheels (logs, timber, cables and 
old rope). Our divers are able to inspect the under water 
hull of our vessels at any time and to advise of the hull's 
condition. This valuable service allows us to make im- 
mediate, on the spot, decisions as to needed repairs or to 
continue operation. 

Each of our districts are manned by mechanics seven 
days per week with a man on call at night. We make 
numerous repairs at night for vessels to continue opera- 
tions or to be able to operate the next day. Two of our 
operations are continuous twenty-fours per day, seven 
days per week operations; therefore, mechanic help has 
to be available twenty-four hours per day. 

Our boys have a saying and seemingly there is more 
truth than poetry in it. "If we could remove the calanders 
from the ferries and dredge, our troubles would be over. 
They know when weekends and holidays arrive, because 
that is when they break down." 

This is particularly true of the dredge. It is a coinci- 
dence I am sure that it always needs repairs Friday and 
the weekends. Seriously we have learned from experience 
that this type unit and operation requires more mainte- 
nance and repairs due to the work it does. We have 
through experience learned to anticipate major repairs and 
keep an adequate supply of parts to make repairs imme- 
diately. Dredging is a very important and integral part 
of the Ferry Operations and it cannot be done without. 
The necessary channels have to be maintained for the 
ships to operate. 


Three of our ferries are toll ferries and therefore come 
under regular U. S. Coast Guard Inspections. These in- 
spections are made quarterly and any discrepancies are 
immediately taken care of. The mechanical operation 
and performance as well as all safety features are closely 
scrutinized at these inspections. 

We actually have three fire fighting systems on these 
vessels, portable 15 lb. CO 2, fixed CO 2, and regular water 
pressure fire pumps. We maintain an adequate number of 
life jackets, life rings, flares, and fire axes, etc. aboard 
each vessel. Inflateable life rafts are checked and re- 
packed each year. Dependable performance from our me- 
chanical and safety equipment is our daily goal. Our per- 
sonnel are capable and dedicated and we are proud of 
their past performance and contemplate with confidence 
their ability to meet our future responsibilities. 

Our office staff is Mr. D. E. Snow, Equipment Superin- 
tendent; Mr. A. L. Mann, Jr., Clerk IV; and Miss Joyce 
Spencer, Typist. Mr. Roger Gard, Auto Parts Clerk II 
and Mr. Henry Edens, Auto Parts Clerk II are our staff 
in the Parts Department. Mr. I. H. Evans, Foreman II 
and Mr. D. I. Dowdy, Foreman I are the supervisory per- 
sonnel at the Division Shop. Mr. N. L. Capps, Foreman II, 
Hatteras Inlet and Mr. E. L. Bell, Foreman II and Mr. 
C. W. Midgett, Foreman I of Bogue Sound are our super- 
visors in the field. 

L. to R., H. O. Edens, Auto Parts Clerk II and C. L. 
Quidley, Truck Driver. 

We invite and urge each reader to plan a trip to the 
coast and include in those plans a trip on our ferries. We 
will be proud to have you as our guest. But please keep in 
mind that no fishing is allowed from the ferries as they 
make their runs. 

L. to R., Above is a picture of Steel Boat — D. I. 
Wright, Welder, at the back of boat, and B. C. Saunders, 
General Utility. 


First row: B. S. Midgett, Mech. II; A. R. Johnson, Mech. 
II; E. E. Smith, Mech. II; A. D. O'Neal, Gen. Utility. 

Second row: J. R. Butler, Mech. II; I. H. Evans, Mech. 
For. II; P. E. Sawyer, Mech. II; D. I. Dowdy, Mech. 
For. I. 


Sound Level 



Left to Right: William M. Smith, Ferry Engineer II; Elmo M. Fulcher, 
Ferry Engineer I — Cedar Island-Ocracoke Ferry Operations. 

Recently the American Congress of Governmental In- 
dustrial Hygienists announced its intent to establish 
threshold limit values for noise with limits as defined 

These values should be used as guides in the control of 
noise exposure and, due to individual susceptibility, should 
not be regarded as fine lines between safe and dangerous 
levels. They are based on the best available information 
from industrial experience and from experimental human 
studies. These values will be reviewed annually by the 
Committee on Physical Agents for revision, or additions, 
as further information becomes available. 

These values apply to sound energy of noise which is 
distributed more or less evenly throughout the eight oc- 
tave bands with mid-frequencies from 63 to 8,000 Hz as 
determined by sound-measuring equipment meeting the 
standards of the United States of America Standards In- 

Average Sound Pressure A-weighting 
Levels of Octave Bands Network of 
Centered at 500, 1,000, Sound Level Meter 
and 2.000 Hz 

92 dBA 
97 dBA 
102 dBA 

100 dB 107 dBA 

Duration of 
per day 

4-8 hours 
2-4 hours 
1-2 hours 
Less than 1 hour 

These values apply to total time of exposure per work- 
ing day regardless of whether this is one continuous ex- 
posure or a number of short term exposures but does not 
apply to impact or impulsive type noises. 

The medical profession has defined hearing impair- 
ment as an average hearing threshold level in excess of 
15 decibels (USASI 224.12 — 1952) at 500, 1,000, and 
2,000 Hz and the limits which are given have been es- 
tablished to prevent a hearing loss in excess of this value. 
Because of wide variations to individual susceptibility, 
exposure of an occasional individual at or even below the 

threshold limit may not prevent annoyance, aggravation 
of a pre-existing condition, or noise induced hearing loss. 

At a recent Safety Congress of the National Safety 
Council, speakers were agreed that an industrial worker 
who is surrounded by high levels of noise all day be- 
comes less efficient in his job, less alert, and more in- 
clined to be careless than he would be without the inces- 
sant din. Noise may have a noticeable effect on a work- 
er's nervous system and the resulting increase in blood 
pressure and muscular contraction can result in excessive 
fatigue. Interference with the reception of danger signals 
and auditory communications is another side effect of 
high-level industrial noise. All these things, of course, 
have a bad effect on general safety. 

Excessive exposure to high noise levels will cause a per- 
manent loss of hearing; however, there is no simple way 
to define a potentially harmful noise because of the 
many variables involved. The frequency characteristics, 
time pattern, and level of the noise, along with the indi- 
viduals susceptibility to damage, all are factors that should 
be considered to determine the potential hazard of a 

In our concern for Highway employees general safety, 
a sound level survey was conducted in the engine rooms 
of several ferry boats. It is generally recognized that diesel 
engines operating in an enclosed area generate a high 
level of sound. This was pointed out when the sound 
tests showed the sound levels to span from 105 dB to 114 
dB. These sound levels were decidedly above 92 dBA 
which has been established as the threshold limit for a 
4 to 8 hour work day. 

The North Carolina Industrial Commission does not 
recognize hearing loss as a compensible occupational di- 
sease. Therefore, it will be to the individual employees 
benefit to utilize the personal protective items to the 
fullest. It is the Safety Department's hope that this will 
be so. 



Thurman Salter, Port Captain, Bogue Sound Operation with Gerald Flem- 
ing and E. H. Baggs, looking on. 


Those little roadside signs which 
have admonished Tar Teel motorists 
to "THINK" since the spring of 
1966 are coming down. 

The removal of the "reminder 
signs", the like of which this State's 
highway system had not seen before 
1966, doesn't mean that the High- 
way Commission wants our drivers to 
stop thinking while they drive. What 
it does mean is the Commission feels 
it has come up with some new signs 
which will limit the subject matter 
thought about to two important areas: 
highway safety and littering. 

Early in July, Chairman J. M. 
Hunt, Jr., the man who conceived the 
"THINK" sign idea, wrote to Divi- 
sion Engineers across the State and 
to Traffic Engineers in Raleigh indi- 
cating it was time for a new message 
to North Carolina highway users. 

Hunt commended the engineers for 
their cooperation in getting the 
"THINK" signs — which are actual- 
ly decals — placed on bridge ap- 
proaches across the State. 

In the same memorandum, Hunt 
went on to say that the "THINK" 
signs have served their purpose and 


indicated that it was time for a 
change. He suggested two messages 
to be used on the new decals: 

The first of these new decals will 
be placed in service on the Raleigh 
Beltline at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, Aug- 
ust 6 at the Crabtree Creek bridge 
near Glenwood Avenue (US-70) 
ramp. Others have been sent to the 
divisions across the State and should 
start going up sometime after Wed- 
nesday, August 7. 

NOT LITTER" decals, just as the 
old "THINK" decals were, will be 
attached to the unused portion of the 
Highway Commission's folding "Ice 
on Bridge" signs. 

Traffic Services personnel across the 
State will be placing one litter decal 
for each two highway safety decals 
in the new double-barreled attempt to 
make the State's highways safer and 
more beautiful. 

Engineers indicate that 1401 
"THINK SAFETY" and 820 "DO 
NOT LITTER" decals have been pre- 
pared by Prison Enterprises at a cost 
of $2.00 each. 

Many of the counties in North 
Carolina bear the same names as the 
county seats, such as Camden, Curri- 
tuck and Wilson. Many of the other 
county seats have the same name as 
the county with a suffix such as War- 
renton, Nashville, Hendersonville and 
Lincolnton. After that it can get con- 
fusing. For instance — Henderson- 
ville is in Henderson County, but 
Henderson is the county seat of Vance 
County and Vanceboro is in Craven 
County. Greenville is the county seat 
of Pitt and Pittsboro is the county 
seat of Chatham. The county seat of 
Green is Snow Hill. Washington is 
the county seat of Beaufort, Beau- 
fort is the county seat of Carteret and 
the county seat of Washington is Ply- 
mouth. Kinston is the county seat of 
Lenoir, but Lenoir is the county seat 
of Caldwell. Reidsville is the county 
seat of Rockingham, but Rockingham 
is the county seat of Richmond. Jack- 
son is the county seat of Northamp- 
ton, but Sylva is the county seat of 
Jackson. Columbus is the county seat 
of Polk, but Whiteville is the county 
seat of Columbus. Robbinsville is the 
county seat of Graham and Graham 
is the county seat of Alamance. Louis- 
burg is the county seat of Franklin, 
but Franklin is the county seat of 
Macon and Macon is in Warren 
County. Jefferson is the county seat 
of Ashe and Asheville is the county 
seat of Buncombe. Burnsville is the 
county seat of Yancey and Yancey- 
ville is the county seat of Caswell, 
and Caswell Beach is in Brunswick 
County. Lexington is the county seat 
of Davidson, but Davidson is in 
Mecklenburg. Albemarle is the coun- 
ty seat of Stanley, but Stanley is in 
Gaston County and Gaston is in 
Northampton County. Danbury is 
the county seat of Stokes and Stokes 
is in Pitt County. Gets confusing, 
doesn't it? 






In preparation for Highway Week Recognition Sep- 
tember 22-28. Chairman J. M. Hunt, Jr., took the lead 
in arranging for the majority of the Highway Commis- 
sion employees to enroll in the State's Defensive Driv- 
ing Course in which 12,000 Highway Commission em- 
ployees have received defensive driving. 

Wholehearted participation of Highway Commission 
employees in the Department of Motor Vehicle's defen- 
sive driving course has helped the Tar Heel State reach 
the number one position in training for 1968. 

C. S. Waters, Director of the Driver Education and 
Accident Records Division at the Motor Vehicles De- 
partment, estimates that at least 10,000 of the approxi- 
mately 12,000 Highway Commission employees have re- 
ceived defensive driving instruction. 

The course consists of eight hours of intensive train- 
ing in driving techniques developed to help the motorist 
survive in today's traffic. 

By the end of July, more than 16,000 state employees 
had received the full eight hour course. 

That's just a start. Mr. Waters, believing that good 
driving like charity, begins at home, set out at the be- 
ginning of the year to try to teach defensive driving to 
every member of the state employee family during 1968. 
Hopefully, the training will be reflected in a decline of 
death, injury and destruction during Highway Week 
and other weeks and months ahead. 

The big push got underway among state agencies in 
July. "We're going to just keep on working until every 
state employee has been reached," says Mr. Waters. 

Upcoming is a training course for 500 members of the 
Department of Public Instruction, plus courses in sev- 
eral other agencies. 

In addition to the Highway Commission, the Depart- 
ment of Motor Vehicles, the Welfare Department, De- 
partment of Health, Administration Department, Archives 
and History, Personnel Department, Board of Paroles 
and Probation Commission have already participated in 
defensive driving courses this year. 

Both Motor Vehicles Commission Ralph Howland and 
Assistant Commissioner Joe Garrett have taken the 
course. Both are completely sold on its merits as a wea- 
pon in the continuing war on traffic death. 

Behind the Department of Motor Vehicle's number one 
position for this year are some impressive statistics. At 
the beginning of 1968, the National Safety Council set 
as a goal for North Carolina the training of 25,382 per- 
sons during 1968. Already, the Tar Heel State has reached 
94 percent of its goal, training during the first seven 

months of the year more drivers than were trained dur- 
ing all of 1967. 

The Department of Motor Vehicles is one of 19 dif- 
ferent agencies conducting defensive driving courses in 
North Carolina. The others are chiefly trucking firms 
which are concerned only with training their own em- 
ployees. In addition, military bases in the State are 
conducting the courses for military personnel. Thus, 
the Department of Motor Vehicles is the only agency 
offering the course free to the general public. 

During the past two and one half years the Depart- 
ment has carried the course to thousands of drivers 
through civic, church and fraternal groups and through 
private industry. 

The course has been conducted for members of senior 
citizens groups and for groups of teenagers. If a person 
drives a car, he can benefit from the course regardless 
of his age, Mr. Waters feels. "It is really a very practical 
thing," he says. 

The veteran Motor Vehicles employee admits that he 
and his field force of 54 are "selling defensive driving" 
with evangelistic zeal. 

"No other project that I can remember has served to 
unite driver education personnel the way defense driving 
has," he says. "The men are sold on the value of the 
course and thoroughly enjoy teaching it." 

Even extended teaching of the course doesn't dull the 
enthusiasm, says Mr. Waters, "one man has taught more 
than 2,000 people and he stil lenjoys it. 

"We feel that if one life is saved by each course, all 
the work is worthwhile." 

As an experiment, the defensive driving course has 
been substituted for regular instruction in driver im- 
provement clinics conducted by the Driver Education 
Division in Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, Asheville, Fay- 
etteville and Kinston. 

So far, says Mr. Waters, "the response has been very 
infl." An analysis will be made following more extensive 

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One thing already is apparent to Mr. Waters though: 
The course definitely has a place in regular driver edu- 
cation. In some counties the entire 11th and 12th grades 
of the county school systems have take nthe course. The 
planning and packaging of the course and the excellent 
visual aids make it ideal for holding the interest of teen- 
agers, Mr. Waters feels. In several counties the course is 
used as a follow up to the regular training program for 
school bus drivers. 


New Technologies 

Mr. C. S. Waters, Director of Driver Education Di- 
vision of Motor Vehicles Department is at left foreground 
presenting Certificate of Completion of Defensive Driv- 
ing Course to Mr. Sterling Manning, Asst. Director of 
State Personnel Dept. Shown in background are em- 
ployees of State Personnel Dept. who took the Defensive 
Driving Course recently. 

After considerable experience with the course, there are 
two areas of discouragement for motor vehicle driver edu- 
cation personnel. 

"For one thing," says Mr. Waters, "we're not reaching 
the people in the lower socio-economic groups and these 
are the people who can benefit most because accident 
records indicate they have more accidents." 

At the present rate of teaching, there is no hope of 
reaching the mass driving population. "We must find 
a way to reach more drivers," says Mr. Waters. "The 
quota of 25,000 for North Carolina set by the National 
Safety Council is simply unrealistic if we are to reach 
the masses." 

Discouragement is not allowed to interfere with the 
work, however. "We'll work out the problems as we go 
along. Meanwhile, we're trying to reach everyone we 

The teaching of defensive driving is Mr. Water's re- 
sponse to Governor Moore's challenge in 1965 to Motor 
Vehicle employees to do something about traffic death 
and injury. 

"When the Governor stood before the General Assem- 
bly and committed himself and asked us to do our best, 
we decided to do something extra. 

Something extra is just what defensive driving is for 
Motor Vehicle driver education personnel. Without addi- 
tional appropriations and without reducing other serv- 
ices, the division has trained thousands of North Caro- 
linians in life-saving driving techniques. 

Does it pay off? "We can't single out any driver and 
says that he's alive because he took the course," says Mr. 
Waters. "But this we do know: If there is value in driver 
education, there is value in the defensive driving course." 

Need Good Highways 

Almost 80 percent of all American families owned auto- 
mobiles in 1966 as compared with 59 percent in 1950; 25 
percent of all families owned two or more automobiles in 
1966 as compared with 7 percent in 1950. 

The total number of registered motor vehicles rose 
during those 16 years from 49.3 million to 94.2 million. 
In 1967, this number rose to 98 million. 

When these statistics are considered in relation to the 
fact that practically all of the net population growth in 
the United States is occurring in urban areas, the obvious 
result is a massive increase in urban traffic problems. 
Even those cities which have forged ahead with freeway 
construction programs find these facilities heavily load- 
ed, especially at peak hours. 

National Highway Week is an appropriate time to ask 
what is going to happen to the national traffic jam. Will 
our cities eventually choke and die of traffic strangulation? 

There's no simple answer to the traffic problem, not 
even making all streets one way, leading out of town. 

Completing the planned 41,000-mile Interstate System 
and building other new freeways, as needed, to comple- 
ment it will help a great deal. Hand in hand with free- 
way development, we need an expanded program for 
the improvement of existing streets. 

Such improvements as traffic channelization at inter- 
changes, overpasses for pedestrians, and sophisticated 
traffic signal systems can alleviate much of the congestion 
on arterial streets of older design. 

It's obvious, too, that much could be done to improve pub- 
lic transportation facilities. Despite the increasing urban- 
ization of our country, public transit patronage decreased 
36.5 percent between 1940 and 1966. While patronage went 
down, operating revenues doubled, indicating that transit 
may eventually price itself out of existence. 

Congress recently received the results of an 18-month 
study by the Department of Housing and Urban Develop- 
ment (HUD) suggesting a broad program of research and 
development costing $980 million, aimed at improving 
public transportation facilities. Many more millions will 
be required to translate research findings into actual fa- 

Typical of the innovations proposed are the "dial-a- 
bus" — a system in which a commuter will dispatch buses 
to pick up passengers at their door or nearest stop, elec- 
tronically adjusting routings to match the demand — 
and dual-mode vehicles, capable of operating on both 
highways and on rail. 

Generally, the proposed innovations are not intended 
to supplant highways. They either use highway facilities, 
or will fit in with the highway system to form an inte- 
grated system of urban transportation. 

They demonstrate again that highway transportation is 
adaptable to serve many kinds of traffic, all kinds of 


Highways-Current Status 

Planning and Research Engineer 

Presented at the Symposium on Transportation 
for North Carolina 
July 25, 1968 

I would like to discuss with you the current status of 
the Highway system and goals for the future. To begin 
this discussion I would like to present several highway 
statistics. On January 1, 1968 there were 84,219 miles 
of highways and streets in North Carolina. There are 
9,499 miles of local city streets, 1,488 miles of State and 
Federal park roads leaving 73,232 miles of roads and 
streets under the responsibility of the State Highway 
Commission. 13,169 miles are Primary highways carrying 
the US or NC route numbers. The State Secondary high- 
way system includes 60,063 miles. 

The Primary highway system has undergone drastic 
changes over the past 18 years. In 1950 about 5,000 miles 
of the Primary system was 19 feet wide or less. Less than 
170 miles was wider than two lanes and approximately 
250 miles was 24 to 26 feet in width which is considered 
standard for a two-lane highway. Now less than 2,600 
miles is 19 feet wide or less and more hatn 3,500 miles 
are 20 to 21 feet in width and 4,500 miles between 22 and 
26 feet wide. We now have 931 miles of highways that 
have more than two lanes. 

The Secondary highway system has also undergone 
drastic changes over the years. The Highway Commission 
assumed the responsibility for Secondary roads in 1931. 
The Secondary road system totaled 47,000 miles at that 
time and about 1,000 miles was paved. 

In 1950 the system had grown to 49,000 miles and 
about 7,000 miles was paved. 

Now the Secondary road system totals approximately 
60,000 miles and over 33,000 miles or more than half is 

Another very important part of the North Carolina 
Highway system in the Interstate highway program. This 
program began in 1956 and North Carolina's 770 miles 
of Interstate connects with routes in adjoining states to 
become a part of a nationwide network of controlled ac- 
cess high speed highways. 


North Carolina has been allocated 770 miles of Inter- 
state Highways. These Interstate routes include: 

1-95 which runs from the South Carolina line near Lum- 
berton to the Virginia line north of Roanoke Rapids. From 
the South Carolina line to just south of Lumberton right 
of way is being acquired. From south of Lumberton to 
near Hope Mills is open to traffic. From near Hope Mills 
to north of Fayetteville is under design. From north of 
Fayetteville to Kenly is open to traffic. From Kenly to 
near US 64 right of way is being acquired, and from US 
64 to north of Rocky Mount is being designed. The sec- 
tion from north of Rocky Mount to the Virginia state 
line is open to traffic. 

1-85 runs from the South Carolina state line southwest 
of Gastonia via Charlotte, High Point, Greensboro and 
Durham to the Virginia line north of Henderson. The 
section from the South Carolina line to Charlotte is open 
to traffic. The section from Charlotte to China Grove is 
under construction. The section from China Grove to 
southwest of Lexington is open to traffic. From southwest 
of Lexington to Greensboro is being designed. Greensboro 
to north of Durham is open to traffic. North of Durham 
to Henderson will be under construction soon. From 
Henderson to the Virginia line is open to traffic. 

1-77 runs from Charlotte to the Virginia line northwest 
of Mount Airy. The section in Charlotte and north to 
NC 73 is being designed. From NC 73 to south of Moores- 
ville is open to traffic. From Mooresville to Statesville 
and the Statesville Bypass is open to traffic. From States- 
ville to Elkin right of way is being acquired. The Elkin 
Bypass is open to traffic. The section from Elkin to the 
Virginia line is being designed. 

1-26 runs from the South Carolina line southeast of 
Hendersonville to Asheville. The section from the South 
Carolina line to Columbus is open to traffic. The section 
from Columbus to Saluda is under construction. The sec- 
tion from Saluda to Asheville is open to traffic except 
for the interchange with 1-40 which is expected to be 
opened later this summer. 

1-40 runs from the Tennessee line northwest of Ashe- 
ville to Greensboro. From the Tennessee line to Cove 
Creek is under construction through the Pigeon River 
Gorge and is expected to be open to traffic this fall. The 
section from Cove Creek to the Canton Bypass is under 
right of way acquisition. The Canton Bypass is open to 
traffic. The section from the Canton Bypass to Asheville 
is under construction. Right of way is being acquired from 
east of Asheville to Old Fort. From Old Fort to Hilder- 
bran the route is open to traffic. From Hilderbran to 
Conover the right of way is being acquired. From Cono- 
ver to Statesville the route is open to traffic. The route 
is under construction from Statesville to NC 801. This 
route is now open to traffic from NC 801 west of Win- 
ston-Salem to Greensboro. 

At this time we have 425 miles of Interstate system open 
to traffic with another 150 miles of the system being 
served by the existing four lane highways. We expect 
to complete this system as quickly as funds are avail- 
able. The Federal Government provides 90% of the funds 
for developing the Interstate highways and 10% is pro- 
vided by the States. Therefore, construction progress de- 
pends on the allocation of funds by the Federal Gov- 
ernment. Initially the plan was to complete the Inter- 
state system in 1972. At the present time the expected 
completion date ranges from 1974 to 1976 depending on 
who is making the prediction of funds to be allocated by 



The Legislature approved a $300 million Road Bond 
Issue in 1965. The bonds were approved by the voters in 
a special referendum in November 1965. $150 million of 
this Bond Issue was for Primary highway construction, 
$75 million was for urban highway construction and $75 
million was for Secondary highway construction. 

This Bond Program was described as vital to the 
State at the time it was proposed in the Legislature. This 
program has become even more important due to the 
cutback in Federal aid highway funds. 

The first Bond Projects were let to contract in 1966. 
Since that time, construction has been proceeding at a 
very rapid rate. By the end of June 1968, $45 million of 
urban, $67 million of Secondary, and $95 million of Pri- 
mary Bond Funds or a total of $207 million have been 
obligated. $115 million have actually been spent at the 
end of June 1968. We are now expending Bond Funds 
at the rate of $10 to $15 million per month. It is expect- 
ed that practically all of the Bond Funds will have been 
spent or obligated during the next year. 

One of the New Ideas that may be funded by the Con- 
gress to assist in alleviating the traffic congestion on our 
highways is the program entitled TOPICS. The initials 
stand for Traffic Operations to Increase Capacity and 
Safety. This Program would go a long way toward assist- 
ing the North Carolina State Highway Commission and 
the municipalities in making traffic engineering improve- 
ments in urban areas that would help make the best use 
of the existing highway and street system. 

Another item that has been receiving considerable em- 
phasis by the Highway Commission is the Highway Safety 
Program. This Program is a very important part of our 
work and concentrated efforts are being applied, and we 
have an Accident Surveillance and Investigation project 
approved as a part of the Governor's Highway Safety 
Program. In this Program we are attempting to locate 
high accident sections and develop corrective procedures. 

This brings us up to date. What happens now? 

Based on present trends, we can expect that North 
Carolina's population will increase from about 5,200,000 
in 1968 to about 7,000,000 in 1990 and that the register 
of motor vehicles will increase from about 2,700,000 in 
1968 to over 4,000,000 in 1990. This shows the increase in 
automobiles per person due to the fact that many more 
families are obtaining second and third automobiles, 
and this trend is expected to continue. Each automobile 
is expected to travel about as much each year in the fu- 
ture as it does now. This means that a massive improve- 
ment program must be undertaken in order to keep pace 
with the growing population and increased number of 
motor vehicles. We have developed a very sophisticated 
approach to highway needs studies in this State. This 
approach utilizes computer techniques and is based on 
the basic highway data that has been collected and main- 
tained over the years. Through these techniques, we are 
able to analyze the highway system and obtain a ratio of 
vehicles to the roadway capacity to obtain the highway 
facilities needed to provide for safe, efficient travel in 
the future. We estimate that the total cost of improving 
the highway system to meeting the needs by 1990 will 
require about $5 billion. Naturally, the next question is, 
where will we get that much money? We will have a 
highway sytem that is very nearly the same as the one 
we have today related to travel speed and congestion. 
This $5 billion is also in today's dollars. With a continu- 
ing increase in inflation the amount required could 

double by 1990. Also it is very important to note that 
this amount of money would just keep up with the exist- 
ing growth in travel. There is a great difference between 
what the people want and what they are willing to pay for. 

One of the major problems related to highway needs 
is those highway needs in urban areas. North Carolina 
has 26 urban places over 5,000 based on the 1960 census. 
We now have nine urbanized areas which have more 
than 50,000 population. We have been fortunate in North 
Carolina that cooperative urban planning has been under- 
way for many years and between the local municipalities 
and the State Highway Commission mutually adopted 
thoroughfare plans are developed on which to base high- 
way improvements. We estimate that by 1990 about 55 
percent of the State's population will live in urban areas 
and that a major part of the cost for improving this 
system will be related to developing highway facilities 
in these urban areas to provide for traffic service for 
this large increase in population. At the present time, 
the Highway Commission is responsible for approximately 
3,500 miles of major arterials in urban areas out of a 
total of 12,000 municipal miles. You can see the size 
of the problem when you consider the fact that a four 
lane highway on Interstate type costs an average of about 
$1 million per mile in a rural area and an equivalent 
four lane highway in an urban area cost approximately 
$10 million. Time is also important where a rural high- 
way project can be planned, designed and constructed in 
approximately two and a half years. It may take as 
long as five years to plan, design and accumulate right of 
way and construct an urban highway project. We esti- 
mate that the total needs in urban areas between 1968 
and 1990 on the State highway system to be approxi- 
mately $1 billion. You can see that while we have the 
largest highway system under any jurisdiction in the 
United States, we also have enormous problems of the 

I hope that this brief presentation will make you more 
aware as you travel over the highway system in North 
Carolina of what has been involved to get to this point 
and what an enormous task lies ahead of us to provide 
an efficient system for the next generation. 




Governor Moore 
Dedicates E. 8. 
Jeffress Park 

MEMORY OF E. B. JEf f » ! 


Gov. Dan Moore dedicated the E. 
B. Jeffress Park on the Blue Ridge 
Parkway Friday morning, June 28th, 
with a call for a better state and fed- 
eral relationship. 

Moore said the state's relationship 
with the National Park Service, which 
administers the parkway, is the "best 
example" of state-federal cooperation 
he has seen. 

"I'm sorry I can't say that about 
some of the other federal agencies," 
the governor said, departing from his 
prepared speech. "We have had trou- 
ble with them." 

George B. Hartzog, Jr., director of 
the National Park Service, agreed 
with Moore's evaluation of the coop- 
eration between the park service and 
the state. 

"In all of the 50 states," said Hart- 
zog, "we of the park service have no 
finer partnership than we enjoy with 
North Carolina and its State High- 
way Commission." 

Several hundred people from North- 
west North Carolina attended the 
ceremony at the 600-acre park named 
for the former chairman of the State 
Highway Commission. 

The park site is at Milepost 272 in 
Ashe County, about four miles east 
of Deep Gap at U. S. 421 and about 
nine miles west of Horse Gap at N. C. 

It lies near the point where Wa- 
tauga, Ashe and Wilkes counties cor- 
nor. Curious tourists from other states 
joined the crowd attending the dedi- 

Jeffress was chairman of the high- 
way commission in the early 1930s, 
and was one of the men credited with 
swinging the Blue Ridge Parkway 
through North Carolina. He was also 
president of the Greensboro News Co., 
publisher of the Greensboro Daily 
News and the Greensboro Record and 
a two-term mayor of the City of 

The governor described Jeffress as 
"an outstanding head of the highway 
department during very critical times 
... an undertaking he handled skill- 
fully and ably." 

Moore said, "It is fitting that we 
should dedicate this park to him, and 
to place his good name on it. I hope 
it will endure ... as an inspiration to 

One of Jeffress' sons, C. O. Jef- 
fress of Greensboro, publisher of the 
Daily News and the Record, re- 
sponded to Moore and Hartzog for 
the family. 

"We appreciate deeply," he an- 
nounced, "what has been said and 
done here today." 

Jeffress said his father loved "these 
mountains," and rejoiced in the know- 
ledge that the parkway brought mil- 
lions of visitors each year, and would 
bring millions more. 

' The last year of his life," said 
Jeffress, "he came to this spot and in- 
sisted on walking down to Cascade 
Falls, though it was difficult for him 
to make the long climb back." 


Another son, the Rev. E. B. Jef- 
fress of Raleigh, attended the cere- 
mony, as did a number of other rela- 
tives. All of them were recognized by 

A marker identifying the site as 
the "E. B. Jeffress Park" was unveil- 
ed by Moore, Mrs. James T. Broyhill 
(wife of Rep. J. T. Broyhill) and C. 
O. Jeffress. It said: 

"Six hundred acres of mountain, 
field and forest comprise this memor- 
ial of the late E. B. Jeffress. A native 
North Carolinian, Mr. Jeffress rose 
to prominence as a newspaper pub- 

"While chairman of the State High- 
way Commission, he was instrumental 
in routing the Blue Ridge Parkway 
through scenic North Carolina. 
Teacher — journalist — public serv- 
ant — the memory ... is honored 
here on a portion of the land he 

high school in Asheville and entered 
the University of North Carolina on 
an academic scholarship. He majored 
in chemistry and geology. He was 
honored for his high scholastic ac- 
hievement by being elected to Phi 
Beta Kappa. Upon his graduation in 
1907, he went to the Bingham School 
in Asheville as an instructor where he 
stayed two years before taking a job 
as reporter with the old Asheville Ga- 
zette-News, which was owned at that 
time by W. A. Hildebran. When Mr. 
Hildebran later acquired the Greens- 
boro Daily News, he sent E. B. Jef- 
fress, Jr. to Raleigh to handle Capital 
News for both the Asheville and 
Greensboro papers. Thus, E. B. Jef- 
fress became the first full-time out- 
of-town news correspondent assigned 
to Raleigh. At age 24, E. B. Jeffress 
obtained an interest in the Greensboro 
Daily News and later he became its 

Remarks by Governor Moore 

There is a line in Ecclesiastes 
which reads, "Let us now praise fa- 
mous men . . ." 

In thinking of Edwin Bedford Jef- 
fress, Jr., I remembered that line 
and thought it appropriate to this 
occasion. It is not because he was 
famous that we should remember him 
today, but rather because he did so 
many things which were praiseworthy 
that we should recall his accomplish- 
ments and praise him for them. 

He was born in 1887 in the Pigeon 
River Valley four miles south of 
Canton in Haywood County, North 
Carolina. Much of his early life was 
spent on a farm there. He completed 

Mr. Jeffress settled in Greensboro, 
it was a town four miles square, and 
had a population less than 11,000. E. 
B. Jeffress devoted himself to the 
Chamber of Commerce, believing that 
Greensboro had a destiny as an im- 
portant part of the State's commer- 
cial growth. He served two terms as 
the Chamber's President, and helped 
establish the Greensboro Community 
Chest. He was Mayor of Greensboro 
for two terms. 

When Mr. Jeffress was a student 
at the University of North Carolina, 
he roomed with O. Max Gardner, who 
was later to become Governor. It was 
Governor Gardner who suggested to 

Mr. Jeffress that he run for the Gen- 
eral Assembly, which he did. In the 
1931 session, Mr. Jeffress was Chair- 
man of the House Committee on Re- 
organization of State Government. 
He was Vice-Chairman of the House 
Committee on Public Roads. He con- 
ducted hearings on the measure which 
provided that the State was to take 
over the maintenance of the County 
roads with the prisoners working on 

Later when Mr. Jeffress became 
Chairman of the Highway Commis- 
sion, he worked to improve the medi- 
cal care of prisoners throughout the 
system. Because of his familiarity 
with the mountains of North Caro- 
lina he sought successfully for the 
route of the Skyline Parkway connect- 
ing the Shennadoah and the Great 
Smoky Mountains National Park. 
Largely through his efforts, the Park- 
way was located in North Carolina 
instead of Tennessee. 

Although his chairmanship of the 
State Highway Commission was of 
comparatively short duration, Edwin 
Bedford Jeffress, Jr. proved himself 
an outstanding head of the Depart- 
ment during very critical times. He 
set up a recognized Highway Depart- 
ment which at that time had 40,000 
miles of roads to maintain and about 
10,000 prisoners to keep and work. 
It was a tremendous undertaking, and 
Mr. Jeffress handled it skillfully and 

It is fitting that we should dedicate 
this park to him, and to place his 
good name upon it. I hope that it will 
endure, not only as a monument to 
his memory, but also an inspiration to 
all of those who seek to give North 
Carolina something of themselves, 
who lose themselves in her work, and 
who thereby find their future entwin- 
ed with hers. From such a union there 
can come only outstanding progress 
and achievement. 


The Group in front of Highway Building. 

Governor Dan K. Moore presented 



service certificates to 40 veteran 

William T. Alcon 

James Atwell 

Highway Commission employees in 

Dan S. Allen 

Chelsie W. Foster 

ceremonies Tuesday, July 16th in the 

Earl T. Bender 

Dallas S. Ingram 

Highway Building Auditorium in Ra- 

John B. Bright 

William V. Jenkins 


Earl J. Brinkley 

George E. Rackley 

Twenty-nine men were honored for 

Mark H. Charles 

William C. Reep 

Robert L. Chew 

R. G. Setzer 

40-years service to the Highway Com- 

Withers Davis 

William A. Tyson 

mission, and eleven men received 

Eugene D. Downs 

William E. West 

awards for 45-years service during the 

James R. Felton 

William W. White 

annual awards program. 

Morris W. Godwin 

Coy C. Wood 

Leroy Hall 

Highway Commission Chairman 

Lewis A. Hillard 

Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. introduced Gov- 

John T. Hinnant 

Call to Order 

ernor Moore, with Highway Adminis- 

James W. Kirk 

W. F. Babcock, Administrator 

trator W. F. Babcock acting as pre- 

Mark L. Lawrence 

Invocation .... Rev. David H. Moylan, 

siding officer for the occasion. The 

W. M. Mashburn 

Chaplain, Central Prison 

invocation was delivered by The Rev- 

Rufus V. Nelson 

Introduction of Chairman 

erend David H. Moylan, Chaplain at 

Dillie G. Baxter 

W. F. Babcock 

Central Prison in Raleigh. 

Claude L. Rogers 

Remarks and 

Jesse A. Savage 

Introduction of Governor 

Among those that were honored for 

Adrian P. Seabock 

Chairman Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. 

45-years service were William W. 

Wilbourne M. Smith 

Remarks and 

White, District Engineer in Division 

Andrew J. Taylor 

Presentation of Certificates 

Seven at Greensboro. Mr. White be- 

Paul Vaughan 


gan work with the Highway Commis- 

Jacob S. White 

Governor, North Carolina 

sion in 1922 as an instrumentman, 

R. S. Wicker 

Presentation of Lapel Buttons 

and assumed his position as a Dis- 

William C. Williams 

Asst. Chief Engr. Ivan Hardesty 

trict Engineer in 1937. 

John H. Workman 



R. G. Setzer 

Presented 45-Year 

Service Award 

Mr. R. G. Setzer who was eligible 
for his 45- Year Service Award was 
unable to attend the ceremonies that 
were held recently in the Highway 
Auditorium due to a recent illness. 
Mr. Lay ton Gunter, Equipment De- 
partment Head went to his home and 
presented the award to him. At right 
is a picture of the presentation with 
his lovely wife looking on. Mr. and 
Mrs. Setzer have one daughter, Mrs. 
Jean Setzer Gupton. 

In 1906 Mr. W. H. Russ and Mr. 
John Russ, two brothers, purchased 
land and obtained the right of way 
leading to a site on the Cape Fear 
River, in which to construct a ferry 
crossing. The first ferry was construct- 
ed by them in that year, and they 
were paid $25.00 per month by Bla- 
den County. This ferry was of wood 
construction and would carry two 
light vehicles. A few years and prob- 
ably around 1912, a toll of twenty-five 
cents per vehicle was put into effect. 
A few years later, the ferry was 
taken over by Bladen County and 
operated by the County until 1931, 
when all county roads were taken 
over by the State Highway Commis- 

Elwell Ferry-Bladen 

The first ferry was poled by hand 
with oars and gig poles. Several years 
after it began operating, a cable was 
put across the river and the ferry 
was pulled across by hand stick. This 
method was used until 1940, when a 
gas motor with paddle wheels on each 
side was installed. On March 1, 1942, 
gas fumes in the bilge exploded kill- 
ing the operator, Mr. W. H. Russ, 
and badly damaging the barge. It was 
soon repaired and back in operation. 

In 1967, the old wooden barge was 
replaced by a steel barge that is in 
operation at this time. It also carries 
two vehicles, but will carry a much 
heavier load. 

The ferry got its name from the 
Elwell Family, but why it was named 
for that family, is not known. 

One car on the Elwell Ferry. 


From The 
Chairman's Office 


Sales Engineer 
Meadowbrook Estates 
Post Office Box 587 
King, North Carolina 27021 
Telephone (919) 983-5545 
July 11, 1968 

Mr. Joe Hunt, Chairman 

North Carolina Highway Commission 

Raleigh, North Carolina 

Dear Joe: 

I am writing to commend one of 
your employees, Mr. William Warren 
of Spring Hope. Yesterday I was on 
N. C. 44 between Whitakers and Leg- 
gett and pulled over on the shoulder 
and mired up in mud. The shoulders 
had been recently reworked and I 
did not know this. Mr. Warren came 
along in one of the State's trucks 
and stopped to give me help. He, Mr. 
Warren, went to two different farm 
houses and borrowed a log chain and 
attached to my bumper and helped 
me back onto the pavement. He was 
very courteous and helpfull for which 
I appreciate very much. 

It has been some time since I last 
saw you. I hope that this finds you 
getting along all right. I send along 
my very best regards. 

Very sincerely yours, 

/s/ W. Ralph McCuiston 


Attorneys at Law 
Wadesboro, North Carolina 28170 
Anson Professional Building 
July 25, 1968 

Honorable Joseph M. Hunt, Jr., 

State Highway Commission 
Raleigh, North Carolina 

Dear Mr. Joe: 

On last Friday afternoon I was go- 
ing from Wadesboro to Winston-Sa- 
lem, and around five o'clock in the 
afternoon I had a flat tire in the vi- 
cinity of Lexington. We were just 
about to have a cloudburst, and I 
got out and started fixing the tire 
when Mr. Robert Mallard came along 
and saw my situation and stopped 
and helped me get the tire changed 

(as you probably suspect he did most 
of the changing). I was certainly im- 
pressed with the thoughtfulness of 
this act, and simply wanted to write 
and tell you of it. 

With kindest regards, I remain 

Cordially yours, 


/s/ H. P. Taylor, Jr. 
cc: Mr. Robert Mallard 
Route 9 

Lexington, N. C. 

* * * 

This man works for Highway in 
Lexington. He was off work and going 
home and did not know me from 
Adam. I was certainly impressed by 
his Good Samaritan attitude. Best 

3837 Berkley St. 

Slidell, Louisiana 70458 

July 22, 1968 

J. M. Hunt, Jr., Chairman 
State Highway Commission 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27602 

Dear Mr. Hunt, 

I would like to express the sincere 
appreciation of my entire family, and 
especially that of my daughter, for 
your assistance in locating and re- 
turning the ring lost in the rest area 
at Kings Mountain on June 29th. 

It is extremely gratifying to be the 
recipient of such an act of kindness, 
and reassures a person's faith in hu- 
man nature. 

I wish you would convey our appre- 
ciation to the attendant who recover- 
ed the ring, and to everyone on your 
staff who must have participated in 
its' return. 

I would like to add in closing, that 
the facilities we encountered through- 
out your state were undoubtedly the 
finest we have seen anywhere; but 
more importantly, are staffed with 
just plain good folks. 

/s/ Phillip W. White 

* * ■ * 

Beaufort, North Carolina 
July 15, 1968 

Hon. J. Wilson Exum 

Highway Commissioner 

Snow Hill, N. C. 

Dear "Wick": 

As Mayor of the Town of Beaufort 
I want to thank you for your interest 
in the now about completed improve- 
ments to U. S. 70 on Live Oak Street. 
I feel sure that without your aware- 

ness of the needs of this community 
and the very fine potential this pro- 
ject would not have been as complete 
in relations to the local needs. 

Too, I want to express thanks and 
congratulations for the way in which 
the project has been accomplished. 
The N. C. State Highway personnel 
responsible for the job and the con- 
tractors and contractors representa- 
tives have not only done their work 
well but in a manner demonstrating 
good public relations. 

Please pass on to those involved the 
appreciation of the Town of Beau- 
fort's administration. 

Yours very truly, 

/s/ Wm. H. Potter, Mayor 

August 14, 1968 

Mr. Joe Hunt, Chairman 

N. C. State Highway Commission 

Raleigh, North Carolina 

Dear Mr. Hunt: 

This letter is to applaud and com- 
mend the services of the State High- 
way Commission and the employees 
who were directly involved in remov- 
ing a common trash dump near my 
house on New Hope Road in Wake 
County. I was overwhelmed by the 
swift and thorough action of your em- 
ployees on Friday, August 2nd, and 
also with the efficiency in which this 
was handled. 

I am sure I speak not only for my- 
self but for the other members of the 
community in expressing appreciation 
for removal of an eyesore and a 
health hazard. It is with pleasure that 
I salute fellow State employees for a 
job well done. 

/s/ Mrs. C. S. Metsger 

3103 New Hope Road 

Raleigh, N. C. 

"You and your off-season rates.' 




SEPTEMBER 26-28, 1968 


9:30 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.— Registration— Hotel Lobby 
7:00 P.M. 

9:00 P.M.-10:30 

10:00 A.M. 

11:00 A.M. 
2:00 P.M. 

— Buffet Dinner — 
University Ballroom 

— President's Reception- 


3:30 P.M 


-Suite 1401 

-Resolutions Committee — 
Durham Room 

-Finance Committee — 
Motel Room 20B 

— Personnel Committee — 
Secretary's Room 

3:00 P.M. — Board of Directors — 

Wedgewood Room 


8:30 A.M.- 9:00 
9:00 A.M.-10:00 
10:15 A.M. 

12:00 Noon 
2:00 P.M. 

4:30 P.M. 
7:00 P.M. 

— Registration — Hotel Lobby 

— Open Forums — Panel Discussions 

— Convention Convenes — 
University Ballroom (business, 
Committee Reports) 

— Adjourn for Lunch 

— Convention Reconvenes 
Annual Safety Award of SHC 
Convention Business 

— Adjournment 

— Annual Banquet — Civic Center — 
Principal Speaker: 
Hon. Robert W. Scott, 

Lt. Governor 

10:00 P.M.- 1:00 A.M.— Cabaret Dance- 
University Ballroom 


8:00 A.M. 

9:15 A.M. 

-Nominating Committee 
Breakfast Meeting — 
Durham Room 

-Convention Reconvenes — 
University Ballroom 
Completion of business — 
Report of Time and Place Com- 
mittee for 1969 — Report of Nom- 
inating Committee 
Election and Installation of 
Officers for 1968-1969 
Memorial Service 
Adjournment Sine Die 

7:00 P.M. 

9:00 P.M.-10:30 

— Informal Reception — 

President's Suite 
— Buffet Dinner — 

University Ballroom 
— President's Reception — Suite 1401 


Morning — Shopping 

1:00 P.M. — Luncheon — University 2 Room — 

Flower arrangements, use of 
decorative candles — by Mrs. 
Doris Cuddy of PANDORA'S. 
7:00 P.M. — Annual Banquet — Civic Center 

10:00 P.M.- 1:00 A.M.— Cabaret Dance- 
University Ballroom 

Hospitality Rooms — Open House during Convention ex- 
cept during business sessions for Delegates and Guests 
— courtesy of Mr. E. C. Meredith, Executive Director 
and Host, Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association 

Daily Newspapers — E. F. Craven Company — John Dixon, 

Notebooks — E. F. Craven Company 

Coca Cola Dispenser — Durham Coca Cola Bottling Com- 
pany, Mr. Hubert Rand 
B. C. Tablets — B. C. Remedy Company of Durham 
Cigarettes — Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company, Mr. E. 
M. Waller, Jr. 

Official Photographers — SHC Roadways Magazine — Mr. 
Gordon Deans; State Department of Corrections — 
Mr. Hal Rericha 

David King and Otis Banks planning this years Con- 


The 1933 Storm 


Back in 1933 the people on the 
coast of North Carolina were used to 
storms of all kind, good, bad, indif- 
ferent. There was no network of 
weather-warning radio stations as we 
know it now. We took it in stride. 

The storm that centered on the 
coastal area on September 15, 1933, 
from New Bern to Cedar Island, was 
thought to be just another "blow" 
when it began — nobody realized 
what the end results would be. The 
Dictures accompanying this, taken by 
me, show these results very graphic- 

The Neuse River Bridge, New Bern 
to Bridgeton on US 17, lost 85 spans 
during the night of the storm. The 
next morning, the end on the New 
Bern side was still there, as was the 
drawbridge, and from that point to 
Bridgeton nothing but capsills and 
piles. It was really a desolate site in- 
deed. Guy Moore, engineer, and Mr. 
O. F. Yount, Bridge Superintendent, 
along with Mr. C. B. Taylor, Bridge 
Maintenance Engineer, were on the 
job shortly and all available bridge- 
men were on their way to the scene. 
Guy felt the bridge went out in sec- 
tions and could be salvaged — this 
idea was slightly ridiculed by the 
others, but Guy was a determined 
man. He secured a motor boat when 
the water was such as could be tra- 
velled and proceeded downriver. You- 
're right, he found most of the bridge 
in the swampy shoreline below the 
point where the Neuse and Trent 
rivers merge at New Bern. Much of 
the bridge spans were intact, al- 
though warped somewhat; some were 
broken up, but there it was! Prison 
labor was brought in quickly and sal- 
vage began — bridge spans and tim- 
bers brought back up the river by 
barge and raft like logs. This meant 
a great deal of time saving to the 
work of replacing the bridge. 

Traffic on US 17 was cut off. De- 
tours were maintained from Vance- 
boro north of Bridgeton over county 
roads and Streets Ferry into New 
Bern, but this was a trip of about 40 
miles for those in Bridgeton to cover 
a distance of about 1 mile to New 
Bern. A barge was pressed into serv- 
ice with a tugboat, a makeshift land- 
ing prepared, and autos were ferried 
as much as possible. 

On the night of the storm, the 
New Bern end of the bridge (which 
sloped into the street) was flooded 
badly. No cars attempted to cross 
from the New Bern side, but traffic 
coming in from the northern end had 
no way of knowing the condition un- 
til they "landed" and they were not 
about to return. They had to be pull- 
ed through the water, up into their 
engines, and the service station on 
the corner did a land-office business 
draining crankcases that night for 
awhile. Although I was in the Dis- 
trict Office, I always derived pleasure 
from going out with the men when- 
ever possible and I was out that 
night. It was decided to close the 
bridge on the Bridgeton side and a 
truck was dispatched — Webb Har- 
rison, Foreman and now retired, in 
charge. I had the doubtful privilege 
of riding with him. When barricades 
were placed on the Bridgeton end, 
we started the return trip — the ri- 
ver was lapping the decking in many 
places — dark as pitch except truck 
lights — I was never so glad to see 
the land! Next morning, when I saw 
the bridge completely gone, I had 
second thoughts, believe you me! 

The old "Joyland" ferry from Glou- 
cester to Harkers Island finished a 
trin that night 100' from shoreline 
hisrh and dry on a hugh hummock. 
There was no bridge then, so the peo- 
ple on the Island were isolated ex- 
cept by their own boats. It was quite 
a task to walk the ferry back to the 
channel, but it was done. 

The Bridge Maintenance Depart- 
ment, as always, rose to the task of 
rer>lacirg the bridge at New Bern 
with all available help and local la- 
bor (25$ an hour). Believe it or not, 
15 days after the storm, October 1, 
1933, the first car crossed the bridge! 
That speaks for the efficiency of the 
Bridge Crews, and in those days it 
was mostly "by hand" since they did 
not have the modern machinery used 

I made a trip into Carteret County 
on Sunday following the storm, with 
Mr. Roy Hart, District Engineer, now 
deceased. It was a desolate country 
with many areas isolated due to roads 
cut in two, bridges washed away. The 
people on Harkers Island were com- 
r>letely isolated since the ferry was 
high and dry away from water. How- 
ever, in a FEW DAYS, traffic was 
moving — that is the way the High- 
way Commission worked then and 
has always worked since. 

Some people speak of the "good old 
days" but I'll take the days now be- 


cause I have been through both. I re- 
member very well beginning work 
with the Commission in June. 1931, 
at New Bern. Twelve months later, 
on the same job but with a heavier 
work load, I received an "increment" 
— we did have them in those days 
but they worked slightly different 
from the way they do now. I began 
at $75 per month in 1931 — in 1932 
I was getting $62.50 — an icrement 
of $12.50 "down"! Don't tell me 
about the "good old days" — some 
of our younger people working now 
do not realize the hardships suffered 
by so many of our good employees in 
the really lean years — and it was 
5V2 days a week, 55 hours, with the 
crews cleaning up their own equip- 
ment on Saturday afternoons! 

Today, with radios and weather- 
warnings, storms are anticipated and 
met actually ahead of time. With 
modern equipment and machinery, 
the task is not as bad. But, looking 
back to 1933 when that storm did so 
much damage, we didn't do so bad 
with what we had, did we? 

1. The morning after — view from 
drawbridge toward Bridgeton — 
85 spans missing. 

2. The calm after the storm. 

3. Wreckage piled against the New 
Bern end of the bridge. 

4. More wreckage on the shoreline. 

5. Bridge timbers piled on the shore- 
line by the storm. 

6. The New Bern end of the bridge 
— all that was left other than 

7. Salvage crews — prisoners — re- 
trieving the spans down the river 
from New Bern. 

8. Salvage crews 

9. Some entire spans were intact in 
the swamp. 

10. Typical prisoners at work — one 
believe in working "free". 

11. Not swimming — just working. 

12. Temporary barge-ferry working 
between Bridgeton and New Bern. 

13. Repair crews — timbers floated 
back upriver to the bridge. 

14. Replacing decking. 

15. Partially finished bridge — view 
toward Bridgeton. 

16. Repair crews. 

17. Back-breaking work, nailing floor- 


18. Those in charge — L to R — 
John Epperson, Bridge Foreman 
of New Bern; Guy Moore, Engi- 
neer (later Bridge Superinten- 
dent, now deceased); Charlie Da- 
vis, Engineer (now deceased) ; O. 
F. Yount, Bridge Superintendent 
(now deceased); One of the engi- 
neering party, name unknown. 
This car the first to cross the 

19. Traffic moving on the replaced 

20. Outskirts of New Bern — Jack- 
smith Creek Bridge washed away. 

21. Ferry landing at Gloucester, after 
the storm. 

22. Gloucester-Harkers Ferry ( n o 
bridge), 100' from shoreline, high 
and dry. 

23. "Joyland" (ferry) with wreckage 
on the deck. 

24. Ferry landing on Harkers Island, 
after the storm. 

25. The "Joyland" back in operation. 

26. Typical scene of wreckage on Ce- 
dar Island. 

27. Methodist Church at Marshall- 
burg — both ends gone. 

28. House at Straits — family depart- 
ed just before the collapse. 

29. Typical of the wood around the 
area — Otis Banks in the back- 

30. House blown and washed 150' 
from original foundations, ap- 
parently no other damage. 

31. Typical damage on Cedar Island. 

32. Road blocked by fallen trees, Ce- 
dar Island. 

33. Road blocked, Cedar Island. 

Arnold Kirk New Travel 
Editor for Conservation 
and Development 

Arnold Kirk has been promoted to 
Travel Editor for the Travel and Pro- 
motion Division of the Department of 
Conservation and Development. His 
appointment was announced Tuesday, 
August 13 by his division chief Bill 

Kirk, a veteran newsman who came 
to the travel post in the summer of 
1966, has worked for newspapers 
across the piedmont and eastern 
areas of North Carolina. 

Immediately prior to joining the 
Department of Conservation and De- 
velopment, Kirk was employed by 
John Harden Associates, a public re- 
lations firm. In this post, Kirk played 
a major role in the research and writ- 
ing of the second volume of Superior 
Stone Company's North Carolina 
Road and Their Builders, a history of 
roads in this State written in easy 
to read fashion. 

Kirk, who was publications editor 
for the travel and promotion office 
prior to being named to his new 
position, will continue to work closely 
with the State Highway Commission 
in promoting use of the State's high- 
way system. 

North Carolina 
Swedish Students 

Ten young Swedish Students were 
hired on June 17th for the summer 
in the North Carolina State Highway 

A letter was received last December 
28th from Mr. Hans Ch. Lindgren, 
Chairman of Study Tour Committee, 
Vasaplatsen 6, Gotheiburg, Central, 
Sweden, which had been directed to 
Mr. W. F. Babcock. After a meeting 
with Mr. Babcock around the first of 
the year, it was agreed that the Com- 
mission would work about 8 to 10 
Swedish students. It was felt that 
this would create good international 
relations and would create good pub- 
lic relations between this country and 
the country of Sweden. 

These students are from Chalmers 
University of Technology and have 
studied for three of their four years 
for a masters degree in engineering. 
After these student graduate from a 
four-year college of technology, which 
is considered equivalent to our Mas- 
ters Degrees in the United States. 

After letters of correspondence and 
upon receiving applications from the 
students along with a curriculum of 
their studies, the Commission agreed 
that they would offer these students 
employment as Engineering Assist- 
ants with an annual salary rate of 
$5,556 ($463) monthly. The person- 
nel office called several departments 
within the Highway Commission, who 
would be in agreement to work these 
students and proper forms were sub- 
mitted to the American Consulate 
General and the Immigration and Na- 
turalization Service for visas. 

After evaluating the employees' ap- 
lications the Commission again cor- 
responded with the school in Sweden 
sending proper information as to the 
type of work being performed in the 
various departments and asked that 
the student working with the Chair- 
man of the Study Committee deter- 
mine which department they would 
prefer working with. Listed below 
are the names of students and the de- 
partments that they will be working 
in for the period from June 17th to 
August 17th. 

Highway Personnel Officer Raynor Woodard, Per Ahlberg, P. A. Malm- 
quist, Bo Karlsson, Goran Anneback, Rolf Magnusson, Even Andersson and 
Assistant Highway Personnel Officer Cloyce Alford. 

Not pictured are the four Swedish Engineering students in the Western 
part of the state. 

Per'Arme Ahlberg — Roadway Design 
P. A. Malmqvist — Bridge Design 
Bo Karlsson — Advance Planning 
Goran Anneback — Location 
Rolf Magnusson — Photogrammetry 
Sven Andersson — Traffic 
Goran Kers — Construction 
Christer Lundin — Construction 
Anders Stoltz — Construction 
Rolf Ohman — Construction 

The four students who are report- 

ing to Division Fourteen will be as- 
signed to the Construction Depart- 
ment in Waynesville. They will re- 
port directly to Mr. A. J. Hughes in 
Sylva, and he will see that they are 
taken to the Construction office in 
Waynesville for assignment. 

We welcome you Swedes and hope 
you enjoy your brief stay in the 
States, and your work here in the 
North Carolina State Highway Com- 


Above is one of the few remaining old grist mills left near Raleigh. 


All Roads Lead 
To Raleigh 


October 14-19 

All roads will lead to the Capital City during the week 
of October 14-19. 

These are the dates of the 101st North Carolina State 
Fair, and Manager Art Pitzer hopes to start the "second 
hundred years" off with one of the largest attended and 
most interesting expositions ever. Fair officials hope this 
year's attendance will top the one million mark. An 
estimated 900,000 poured through the gates during the 
100th classic in 1967. 

Entertainment for every fairgoer and in every con- 
ceivable fashion is the target for this year's fair, the 
theme of which is "Tarheels at Work". 

An increase of some $5,000 in premiums, bringing the 
total to its highest of more than $80,000, assures top 
notch competition in the more than 30 competitive de- 

Something old, and something new, both will highlight 
the six-day attraction. The Sinclair Dinosaurs and the 
Vietnamese Hamlet will be top attractions for both young 
and old as an outside exhibit and the Fieldcrest Mills, 
complete with style shows, will be a welcome addition in- 
side the arts exhibit area of the Industrial Building. 

Old but not too old are the wildlife, childrens barnyard 
and hobby and crafts features. Each is being improved 
and should provide hours of enjoyment for even the 
most critical of fairgoers. 

The barnyard will be relocated, but on a prominent 
spot at the fairgrounds. The wildlife exhibit will be en- 
larged and will vacate the tent it has been housed in for 
the past several years for more permanent quarters. A 
first last year, the Hobby and Crafts building was con- 
sidered to be very successful, despite the fact that it had 
only a dirt floor, and will receive a facelifting and con- 
crete floor for '68. 

The second annual Horse Show, the first enjoying 
maximum success last year, is expected to be another 
of the fair's highlights. Last year the show included 260 
head, while the 1968 edition is expected to surpass 500. 
A six-day program of halter events and performance 
classes and includes Arabians, Morgans, Saddlebreds, Ten- 

The Fair from the air. 

nessee Walkers, Quarterhorses, Appaloosas, Thorough- 
breds, Shetlands, and Welsh Breeds, the show is expected 
to enjoy astounding success in future years. 

As in the past, the Village of Yesteryear continues to 
be one of the top attractions during the fair, its aisles 
jammed to capacity during open hours. 

The senior citizens of North Carolina will once again 
open the week, being honored during the fun festival 
Monday. Opening night will once again feature Jimmy 
Dean popular TV and recording star who performed 
before a sellout audience last year in Dorton Arena. Be- 
ginning Tuesday the second day of the fair, the cham- 
pionship rodeo will begin their competitive events with 
two performances daily through Saturday. 

Band concerts, skydiving by the Golden Knights, a 
thrilling midway, exciting grandstand attractions includ- 
ing the dare devil drivers, folk festival dancing, tractor 
driving and bricklaying contests and many, many other 
exhibits will help make a six day six-night extravaganza 
you won't want to miss and certainly won't forget. 

Rest Areas on Interstate Highways 

Picnic Deposit 
Areas Tables Cans 

Open to Traffic *27 367 191 

Under Construction 8 

In Some Stage of Design 11 

Future 7 

Rest Areas on Highways other than Interstate 

Open to Traffic 15 176 113 

Under Construction 2 

In Some Stage of Design 1 

Park Area, in cooperation with 

Wildlife Resources Commission 1 14 5 

Roadside Tables 422 419 

Roadside Litter Deposit Cans 231 

(Can installations only, separate 
from table installations) 



*Including two combination Welcome Center-Rest Areas 
open in August, 1968; and one area not yet remodeled to 
Interstate rest area standards. 


t Luck 

FEARSOME FOURSOME — The first of two Com- 
mission Meetings out-of-Raleigh for the month of June 
was held in Greensboro ... at Sedgefield. Day before 
the meeting some of the commissioners and staff had an 
opportunity to play the sprawling course which gives the 
pros a fit at GGO-time. One foursome — commissioners 
Brame and McNair, staffers Lee and Willoughby — 
gave it a whirl. We stood on the veranda of the Inn and 
watched them approach number nine ... so did commis- 
sioner Murphy. We left for a spell, returned to see them 
on the same green. "They back around here", we inquired. 
"Naw", said Murphy, "they haven't left yet. Think some- 
body cemented over the cup". Tennis, anyone? Chair- 
man and Mrs. Hunt were the perfect host and hostess 
for this meeting. 

NEW LYRICS — Another great time was had when 
the commission gathered for work and rarified air at 
Blowing Rock. The W. B. Garrisons and Raymond Smith 
played hosts. SHC got a big pat on the back from Gov- 
ernor Moore for a job well done since July 1965, and 
Jim Stikeleather got a mild surprise. Charlotte's Ty 
Boyd — magnificent as MC at the banquet there — said, 
"Up in Jim's division folks don't want to hear Kate 
Smith sing 'When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain'. 
They want to hear the US Bureau of Public Roads say 
when the cut's coming through the mountain." 

VISITORS — We were pleased to have two outstand- 
ing visitors in this office lately . . . both named Harold. 
First, Harold Finley, PR for the Kentucky Highway De- 
partment. Took him on a short tour of the new annex, 
talked about public information in general, big four 
basketball- football. He left. Shortly after, Governor Louis 
Nunn made us a Kentucky Colonel. Second Harold Plum- 
mer, former head of Wisconsin State Highway Depart- 
ment, now a consultant. Would you believe h ewanted di- 
rections on how best to get from Raleigh to Washington, 
D. C. Laughingly, I suggested politics . . . then got out 
a road map. 

POW! — We understand from the grapevine that there 
was a conversation recently between Paul Pearson and 
Charlie Lassiter something like this: Pearson and Lassi- 
ter in a rowboat fishing, a storm is approaching . . . 
Pearson: "Man, look at that lightning!" Lassiter: "Yeah". 
Pearson: "You know they say lightning never strikes 
twice in the same place". Lassiter: "Yeah. It don't have 

HUH?? — Our very attractive and capable receptionist, 
Janie Williams, gets all kinds of phone calls. Other day, 
a small boy called saying, "I want a job with the High- 
way Commission cutting grass around telephone poles 
on the side of a road for fifty-cents an hour". Janie 


didn't bat an eye before inquiring, "Do you have a de- 
gree in civil engineering?" 

ONE BLOT — Raleigh had managed to have a pretty 
good year for itself and then the North Carolina Jaycees 
convened here. 

BLIMEY — On a recent trip to the Winston-Salem 
area, we were on Interstate 40 in the Kernersville area 
when it seemed that all of a sudden — POOF — we 
were transported to another land — There on the con- 
crete before us were two Omnibuses. We were told later 
they are the property of a certain Winston-Salem tobacco 
company which uses them in cigarette ads for television. 

TEXAS TALK — Those same cousins we visited in 
Waco, Texas last year made it to our place briefly this 
summer. Talk drifted to the HEMISFAIR at San An- 
tonio. We asked about the big spire with the cafes, etc. 
at the top . . ."How does that thing compare in size to 
the Space Needle at Seattle?", we asked. "Well", said 
cousin Jack Harbour, "I understand our folks tried to 
buy it for a television antenna." 

PARTING SHOTS — A friend of ours says that psy- 
chiatrists who advise parents to spend more time with 
their children must be trying to drum up business, and 
that the reason there are so many henpecked husbands 
in this world is they try to make their wives get along on 

Bye y'all. 

Could this be Layton Elliott and Carl Lusk of the Fu- 
ture? Cartoon by Jim McCloskey 


To Be A Hermit 



By Jewel Adcock 

Due to a stint of unexpected 
Jury Duty, plus vacations, the time 
element has been so limited that 
we will not have "HEADQUAR- 
TERS NEWS" this time. 

However, I do hope that each 
of you enjoy reading my feature 
story on "The Fort Fisher Her- 
mit," which I wrote in my off- 
hours at home recently. While on 
vacation in July, my husband, Jim, 
and I visited the old hermit and I 
would like to share this interesting 
experience with my Highway 

We'll be back with Headquarters 
in the September-October issue. 
Until then, thanks for your pa- 

Jewel Adcock 
Assoc. Editor 

of Carolina Beach, the sign read, 
the car so we wouldn't get stuck in 
the sand, we set out on foot to the 
Hermit's shack. After a hot walk of 
more than one-fourth mile, we turn- 
ed the bend and just ahead in an 
open clearing, we spied the old Her- 
mit standing in front of his half-un- 
derground hut. 

Like a knarled, weather-beaten tree 
he stood out beside his beach hut. 
Back of him was the Cape Fear Ri- 
ver and in front the sound, which 
served as his bath-tub and a place to 

The moment he saw us he waved 
and shouted, "Come on up." Wearing 
a grey beard and large-fringed straw 
hat with swim trunks, his skin had 
the look of bronzed leather. An out- 
standing feature was his deep-set, 
penetrating blue eyes, which seemed 
to take in everything at once. Slight- 
ly humped, the old Hermit had no 
doubt weathered many storms on the 

As he motioned us to seats, which 
were old broken-down lawn chairs, 
car seats, boxes, etc., we noticed eight 
mongrel dogs lying lazily around the 
hut, eyes half-open, some uttering low 
growls. To provide shade, an old di- 
lapidated beach umbrella was prop- 
ped in the center of a stack of worn- 
out automobile tires. An antique car- 
cass of an abandoned car rested near- 
by, obviously serving some purpose 
amidst the litter of tin cans, old tires, 


various junk items, bottles, shoes, old 
papers and scraggly weeds. In a pro- 
minent place on the ground was a 
rusty iron frying pan with coins, 
mostly nickels, dimes and quarters, 
tokens from his previous visitors. As 
we placed our coins in the pan, his 
eyes gleamed as he quickly informed 
us this was the only way he had to 
buy "rations" down at Carolina 

After sitting out front a while, he 
asked if we'd like to take a look in- 
side his hut, which was formerly an 
old abandoned ammunition dump 
built by the government in 1943 dur- 
ing World War II. Eagerly peering 
into the dark interior, we were 
amazed at what we saw — stacks of 
old newspapers, clothes, cooking uten- 
sils, old junk — all stacked together 
so high you wondered how he ever 
got inside and when he did, how on 
earth he ever managed to find any- 
thing he was looking for. We thought 
he must have great courage to live 
in such surroundings, as it seemed to 
us to be the perfect place for insects, 
snakes and rats. 

When asked if he actually slept in- 
side the hut, with a wry smile he re- 
plied that, due to a rash of recent 
thieves and robbers, he now slept out 
in the open in a sleeping bag with a 
loaded shot-gun and dog by his side. 
Each night he would sleep in a dif- 
ferent place near the area so he would 
be hard to find if crooks arrived. He 
told us that many times when van- 
dals came up and could find no 
money hidden around, they would 
beat him before leaving, and he was 
taking no more chances like this! 

The old Hermit's views on the out- 
side world and politics were explosive. 
Instead of losing touch with the world 
outside, his stacks of newspapers in 
his hut proved otherwise. In fact, he 
seemed quite proud that he kept up 
to date on current events and he used 
words as big as a "Philadelphia law- 

When asked about becoming a 
Hermit, the old man squinted his un- 
usually bright eyes and sighed, "I 
didn't really plan to become a Her- 
mit. I came to the Wilmington area 
14 years ago to study marine life and 
this is how I ended up." 

We inquired about his life before, 
and he seemed eager to unload his 
past history. His name was Robert 
Harrell, and he emphasized that al- 
though his name was English, he was 
half Irish with a drop of Jewish 
blood. Seventy-five years old now, 
he was born February 2, 1893 in 
Shelby, Cleveland County. His mother 
died when he was seven. Educated in 
the Cleveland County Schools, he ob- 
tained a job at 18 in the print shop 
of Gardner- Webb College. He studied 
at Gardner-Webb while working his 
way. After that, he worked as a print- 
er with newspapers until 40 years 

old. Married for a period of 25 years, 
he is the father of three sons, now all 
grown and out of the state. Asked 
about his wife, he paused for a mo- 
ment while looking out over the beach 
and slowly replied: "Well, for one 
thing sure — she was a good woman. 
But her folks broke us up!" 

Quickly changing the subject to 
religion and politics, the old Hermit 
allowed he was a Baptist, but felt 
like the Baptist Church ran off and 
left him. 

Claiming to be a Democrat at one 
time, he said he was against politi- 
cians because "They're all crooked." 
And, he said, with a fierce shake of 
his head — "What's wrong with this 
world is — the Nation's full of free 
loaders! Though most of the country 
is against L.B.J. ," he almost shouted, 
"you'll see — he'll go down in history 
as our greatest President!' 

But getting back to local politics, 
he almost spat out the words — 
"Them people down in Raleigh 
are a bunch of crooks." We tried at 
this moment not to cringe — just 

Inquiring about his everyday life 
as a Hermit, we found that he arises 
every day at daylight and reads and 
writes for a while. He said he is 
strongly interested in the sciences 
and humanities and is writing a book 
on psychology. 

His breakfast is simple. On an open 
fire, using his rusty iron skillets and 

pans, one of his favorite foods is 
fried half-grown citrons and green 
tomatoes. But he lamented, "the cit- 
rons have been scarce as grasshoppers 
this year." Though he did do quite 
a bit of fishing in the nearby river 
and sound, he said he had caught only 
two fish since last fall. "Thieves have 
cleaned me out," he thundered, "clean 
out. Why, they got my last fishing 
rod and reel just last week. And I've 
only one small fishing boat left out 
there by the canal." 

The old Hermit goes down to Caro- 
lina Beach once a week for his "ra- 
tions" and seven gallons of drinking 
water, his weekly supply. "And — 
my bath-tub is out there," he said, 
pointing toward the sound. 

As the sun was pounding down and 
there was no sign of a Seabreeze, we 
decided we'd better get going down 
the hot, sandy road back to our car 
and air-conditioned motel. But with 
a parting shot, we remarked on his 
easy, carefree life. 

Hermit Robert Harrell, age 75, 
weather-beaten, bronzed, yes — even 
knarled with his hunch back, stood 
there in front of his hut with his 
deepset, bright eyes blazing. "It's not 
easy," he said. "It's a hard time. Just 
try being a hermit. Go crazy before 
becoming a hermit, and then you be- 
come immune." 

After pondering the situation on 
our long hot trek back to our air- 
conditioned car, we thought that per- 
haps Hermit Robert Harrell was 

Chairman and Mrs. J. M. Hunt s 
Daughter Marries Mr. Ellington 

Miss Etta Elizabeth Hunt, lovely daughter of 
Chairman and Mrs. Joseph Marvin Hunt, Jr., was 
married Saturday, August 31st, at West Market 
Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro, 
North Carolina to James Howard Ellington, son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Marshall Ellington of 

The bride was given in marriage by her father 
and matron of honor was Mrs. Joseph Marvin 
Hunt, III of Winston-Salem. Bridesmaids were 
Mrs. Rodney Brown, Miss Margaret Carson Mus- 
tard, Miss Mary Jane Boren, Miss Amry Stout, 
and Miss Joan Bland Crutchfield of Altavista, Va. 

Child attendant was Marshall Rand Ellington 
of Charlotte, nephew of the bridegroom. 

The bridegroom's father was best man. Ushers 
were Carroll Marshall Ellington, Jr. of Char- 

lotte, brother of the bridegroom, Joseph Marvin 
Hunt, III of Winston-Salem, brother of the bride, 
John Clark of Graham, Joseph Fowler of Bur- 
lington and Rodney Benson. 

The bride is a graduate of Peace College and 
attended Greensboro College. She is a former 
member of the Greensboro Spinsters' Club. 

The bridegroom attended Ringling School of 
Art in Sarasota, Fla., and is now a student at 
Elon College. 

The bride's father has served five terms in the 
N. C. House of Representatives and in 1961 was 
Speaker of the House. He is now Chairman of the 
North Carolina Highway Commission. 

Following a trip to the coast, the couple will 
live in Burlington. 


to ELEANOR and 
CASPER upon the 
recent birth of a 
daughter and to 
the ED MOD- 
LINS upon the 
birth of a son. 

Sympathy is ex- 
tended to the fam- 
M. G. Carawan TrvccTHJ A 

Division Correspondent ll.V 01 JUSri.rH A. 

MODLIN, who passed away recently. 
Mr. Modlin worked with the Highway 
Commission 18 years. Our condolences 
also to the family of C. H. BAILEY 
in the death of Mr. Bailey's father; 
to the E. S. STALLS in the death 
of their son, Elton, who was in the 
United States Armed Forces; and to 
the family of EUGENE ALLS- 
BROOK in the loss of his uncle. 

Best wishes for a long and happy 
retirement to DAVID E. SAWYER, 
who retired on August 1 under dis- 
ability. Mr. Sawyers was a Mainte- 
nance Foreman and has been with 
the Highway Commission for 26 years. 

Our best wishes go to PAUL HAR- 
RISON who resigned to work for 
Weyerhaeuser Company. 

Get well wishes are extended to 
and H. B. ROUGHTON. 

Mr. WORTH ASKEW has been a 
surgical patient in Roanoke-Chowan 

Mr. A. B. WILLIAMS has return- 
ed to work after undergoing an opera- 

Mr. and Mrs. G. H. JOLLIFF at- 
tended his class reunion in Hertford 
recently. This was the Hertford High 
School Graduating Class of 1938. They 
both report a most enjoyable time and 
Mr. Jolliff tells that he saw a lot of 
his classmates which he had not seen 
since graduation. 

GLENN CARAWAN attended a 
Radiological Defense Course in Cha- 
pel Hill the week of August 5th 
through 9th. The following week of 
August 12th through 16th, D. W. 
PATRICK attended a Management 
Seminar held at Asheville Biltmore 

The refreshing ocean water and 
breeze has been enjoyed this long hot 
summer by many of our personnel. 
and family vacationed at Nags Head 
and Virginia Beach; Mrs. LOUISE 
SITTERSON and daughter Linda en- 
joyed a trip to Atlantic Beach where 
Louise caught her first fish and came 
up with a unique remedy for "Sun- 
burned Nose"; Mrs. ANN WHITE 
and family, JACK ASKEW and 
wife, and Mrs. ELLEN WILLOUGH- 
BY and family all were among the 
crowd at Myrtle Beach, South Caro- 
lina (Ellen reports the fishing was 
great, but, really, an OCTUPUS!!!); 
and GLENN CARAWAN and family 
enjoyed a week at Atlantic Beach. 

Other vacationers this summer in- 
clude EARL MOORE and wife who 
had a good time at Pamlico Beach. 
Earl has finally learned to bait a 
hook and mighty proud to catch a 

JAMES STALLS has returned 
from a trip to "parts unknown", un- 
known that is, to the District 2 of- 
fice staff. We think he learned to 
"Kill a Fox". 

M. S. RAYNOR and wife vacation- 
ed in California with their son. Pink 
learned all about the "Hippies", 77 
Sunset Strip and the Hound-dogs at 
Universal Studios. 

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. VINSON spent 
some time with their children in 
Abingdon, Virginia, recently. 

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Ru- 
pert W. Hasty's daughter took place 
July 21st at Mt. Carmel Baptist 
Church in Seaboard, N. C. The cou- 
ple are making their home in Rich 
Square, N. C. 

Hazel Baker 

Division Correspondent W 1 L lj 1 A JV1 

This picture indicates a very suc- 
cessful fishing trip for District Engi- 
neer W. F. Sessoms and a fishing 
companion??? As you can see, Mr. 
Sessoms is under a strain holding a 
9V2 pound Large Mouth Bass and he 
reports that this is one of the smaller 
ones. How about letting us know 
where the good fishing spot is, Mr. 

Sympathy is ex- 
tended to Mrs. 
Secretary in the 
Division Office, in 
the death of her 
Father on August 
4, 1968. 

MOSLEY became 
the bride of Mr. 


MILLS, JR on June 29th at the Hope 
Well Church at Black Jack, N. C. 
William is employed with the State 
Highway Commission and is located 
with a Construction Party at Wash- 
ington, N. C. 

Recent vacationers are: C. W. 
SNELL, JR., Division Engineer, Nags 
Head, R. D. FRANKS, Asst. Division 
Engineer, Myrtle Beach, Hazel L. 
Baker, Secretary, Division Office, Vir- 
ginia and Charlotte. 


Miss Sandra Lynne Oliver became 
the bride of R. J. Downes, III on Sun- 
day afternoon July 21, 1968 at Spill- 
man Baptist Church at Kinston, N. C. 
The bride's father officiated. 

The bride is the daughter of Rev. 
and Mrs. Lacy Oliver of Kinston, she 
is a graduate of Grainger High School, 
Kinston and is presently a junior at 
Lenoir Memorial School of Nursing. 

Mr. Downes is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. R. J. Downes, II of Kinston. He 
is a graduate of Grainger High School 
and attended W. W. Holding in Ra- 
leigh and is employed by the N. C. 
State Highway Commission, Mainte- 
nance Department as Engineer Tech. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
JOSEPH M. NEWMAN on the birth 
of a daughter July 27, 1968. Joseph 
is an Insp. with the Kinston Construc- 
tion Dept. 

vacationed for a week in Gadsden, 

Division Two wishes WALLACE 
S. CHANDLER the best of luck in 
his new job. Wallace recently trans- 
ferred to the Charlotte Appraisal Of- 
fice and we will miss him in this divi- 

Mr. C. Y. GRIFFIN'S engineering 
staff was happy to welcome back 
Engr. Assistant, Brian T. Armstrong 
for the remainder of the summer. 
Brian will be a Senior at NCSU at 
Raleigh this coming fall. 


were among those who served with the 
National Guard for a 2 week summer 
encampment at Ft. Gordon, Ga. dur- 
ing the first 2 weeks in July. We un- 
derstand it got pretty "hot" while 
they were there. 

BERT L. WHITE and his family 
enjoyed a visit to the West Coast and 
toured Yellowstone National Park 
while on a western vacation in July. 

Mr. and Mrs. EDWARD E. COU- 
SINS are the proud parents of a new 
baby daughter who made her first 
appearance on April 24th. 

Mr. and Mrs. CLYDE M. IPOCK, 
JR. are the proud parents of a new 
baby son who was born on July 4th. 
Needless to say they will always cele- 
brate the "4th." 

LEX A. KELLY, Asst. Dist. Engr., 
spent the week of July 29 in Chapel 
Hill, attending a Radiological Moni- 
toring School. 

The office of Mr. J. B. JEN- 
NETTE has been well represented at 
White Lake this summer. Mr. and 
Mrs. C. W. JOHN and family along 
with Mr. and Mrs. BILL PAPPAS 
spent the first week of July there and 
according to all reports had "a whale 
of a time." J. T. HUFFMAN and 
his family vacationed there for a week 
during the middle of July. 

M. O. WHALEY has been hospital- 
ized — hope he is out soon and back 
to work. GEORGE EMERSON (Re- 
tired) suffered a stroke and is hospi- 
talized at Lenoir Memorial Hospital 
— hope he soon recovers. 

Donald K. Norman - Billie G. 
Norman. Baby girl Jo Lynn Norman, 
June 27, 1968 7 lb. and 8 oz. Donald 
is with the Construction Party of 
Washington, N. C. 

John H. Banks 
Eagle Scout Badge 

John H. Banks, Jr., 14, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. J. H. Banks of 206 Pat- 
rick St., Greenville, recently received 
his Eagle Badge. 

Banks is the first member of Boy 
Scout 362, sponsored by the Green- 
ville Moose, to earn the Eagle Badge. 
His Scoutmaster is Thomas Butts. 

The new Eagle Scout has just re- 
turned from 3 weeks at Camp Boy- 
haven, in the Adirondacks of New 
York, where he was sponsored by 
William Davis, past Neighborhood 
Commission of Troop 362. 

Davis, a graduate of East Carolina 
University, is now an executive scout- 
er in the Schenectady County Council. 
N. Y. 

John has earned 34 merit badges, 
seven of which were earned at Camp 
Boyhaven this summer. He is also a 
member of the Order of the Arrow. 

Son of JOHN H. BANKS, Right of 
Way Agent, who is actively involved 
as Troop Commiteeman of the Scouts. 



GHAN and EL- 
who were married 
^ on June 23rd at 
^ 4:00 at Temple 

'M Baptist Church in 
I Wilmington. Con- 
J gratulations also to 
Joan's Mother, 
Divis^cor^ndent Nell Straughan, 
secretary in R-O-W and of course 
Dad- Lewis Straughan, who gave 
their daughter one of the lovliest 
weddings this correspondent has seen 
in a long time. It must have taken a 
lot of planning, organization, etc. The 
couple are now living in Knoxville, 
Tenn. Joan, a former Campbell Col- 
lege student, has gone to wor kin the 
Library of the University of Tenn. 
Her husband, a graduate of Wilming- 
ton College, has entered a Training 
Program with Sears, Roebuck and 
Co. in Management and Personnel 

Last we heard from our "DEAR 
secretary in our Dist. 2 office at 
Clinton who has been retired several 
years; was that she had arrived in 
Hyannis, Mass. We always love to 
hear from her and would love for her 
to stop by and see us if she ever gets 
back down this way again. We under- 
stand she still receives the "Road- 
ways" so a hello and love to her from 
all of us. 

Some of our employees have been 
vacationing. MARIE FERRELL, Sec- 
retary in Dist. 1 office at Burgaw, 
and family motored to New Orleans, 
La. in their new car. BOB TREVA- 
THAM and WILL DAVIS, both of 
R-O-W, and their families went to 
the mountains. PAUL DuPRE, our 
Div. Engr., and his family also went 
to the mountains in Boone to visit 
relatives. HOUSTON CARTER, also 
of R-O-W, took his camper travel 
trailer and went to the Smoky Moun- 
tains and Kentucky. They visited 
daughter Joan at Fort Campbell, Ky.; 
also attended services of son-in-law, 

Mrs. Elbert P. Herring, the former 
Joan Darnell Straughan, daughter of 
Mrs. Nell Straughan, Sec. in R-O-W 
Dept. Joan was married on June 23 
at 4:00 P.M. at Temple Baptist 
Church in Wilmington. 

who was ordained as Presbyterian 
Minister in Norfolk, Va. who is mar- 
ried to another daughter, Doreen. 
CARL PARKER, another from R-O- 
W, and family vacationed in the New- 
port News, Va. area. JIM STAMP, 
our Div. Traffic Engr., and family 
motored to points of interest in Flor- 
ida. BOB TAYLOR, of Traffic Serv- 
ices, and wife motored to some points 
around N. C. SUSAN ANNE HE- 
WETT, daughter of "yours truly" 
took a trip to Nashville, Tenn. with 
her Grandmother and went to the 
"Grand Ole Opry", and on the tour 
to the homes of the stars, the record- 
ing studios, and watched part of a 
movie being made. Needless to say, 
Mom and Dad were quite lonesome 
until only child Susan returned. 
Materials Insp., and wife and hand- 
some little son Ronnie, are motoring 
to Wilmington, Delaware to visit rela- 
tives and the other point sof interest 
in the area. 

A very proud lady working in our 
office is, Mrs. CHARLOTTE LEO 
WALLACE, Secretary to our Div. 
Engr. The reason, Michael Edward 
Elks, great-nephew recently born to 
niece Mrs. Edward (Becky) Elks. 

The sympathy of all of us is ex- 
tended to GRAHAM ENGLISH, Rd. 
Maint. Supervisor in Brunswick 
County, due to the recent loss of his 
wife Mary, after a lengthy illness. 

We surely miss the following em- 
ployees who have recently separated: 

struction who has gone on Military 
NE, and J. L. WHITFIELD of Dist. 
2, ELTON I. GORE and V. T. BRO- 
THERS of Traffic Services, who have 
resigned to accept other employment. 
C. E. HORNE, M. O. 2 in Road Oil 
went on disability retirement 6-28-68. 
MOSSETT BASS of Dist. 2 also re- 
cently retired. D. R. BRADSHER of 
Dist. 2 is out due to illness from an 
injury received on the job. DEAMES 
E. HAIRR of Dist. 2 is also on sick 

We welcome back the following 
employees who have been out sick: R. 
G. M. SHEPARD of Dist. 1. Also, 
R. W. BLACKBURN of Dist. 2. 

We wish to congratulate JIM 
MEDLIN, our Resident Engineer 
here in Wilmington, on his recent 
marriage to Mrs. BETTY PROCTOR 
of Durham. Jim really surprised us 
as we had thought he was a "con- 
firmed batchelor". He and Betty have 
moved in their lovely new home and 
we wish them all the happiness in 
the world. 

Congratulations also to KATHY 
were recently married. Frank is with 
our Construction Dept. Kathy's fa- 
ther works with our Equipment Dept. 
and her brother works with our Dist. 
1 Maintenance Dept.; so Kathy has 
quite a "Highway" family. 

Pvt. Bobby L. Watkins, youngest 
son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Watkins 
of Burgaw. Pvt. Watkins is serving 
with the U. S. Army at Ft. Huachuca, 
Arizona. Mr. Watkins is a Machine 
Operator I with the Maintenance 
Dept. in Pender County. 


Enjoying vaca- 
tions during Aug- 
ust were: District 
Clerk ANN GRIF- 
FIS, in Charleston, 
S. C; Assistant 
District Engineer 
J. C. PEELE in 
the mountains of 
North Carolina 
and Tennessee; 

Margaret Barefoot ni„:„i„„„„„ A Onn 
Division Correspondent MaintenaI1Ce Su P' 

ervisor H. L. LIGHT, in Virginia; 
and District Engineer E. J. BUTLER, 
who went to both the coast and the 

Congratulations to MARTHA 
BUTLER, daughter of District En- 
gineer E. J. BUTLER and Mrs. BUT- 
LER, of Weldon. Martha spent the 
summer attending The Governor's 
School, on the campus of Salem Col- 
lege in Winston-Salem, as one of the 
several hundred high school students 
chosen on the basis of talent, out- 
standing ability and scholastic ac- 
hievement to enjoy this unique oppor- 
tunity for specialized study. 

Get well wishes to: RUSSELL 
and B. H. CRAWLEY; also to DOR- 
OTHY BOYSWORTH, wife of Wil- 
bur Boysworth. 

Happy Birthday to: W. A. BRI- 
— all celebrating birthdays in Aug- 

Congratulations to J. H. CARROLL 
and wife, Lizzie, on the birth of a 

Welcome to new employees HO- 
WAYNE ALLEN, who are working 
in Halifax County; and to HENRY 
JAMES SHERROD, both employed 
in Edgecombe County. 

We congratulate LARRY HOL- 
LAND on his commission as Second 

We are very fortunate indeed to 
have Angela Renfrow working in the 
Division Office with us this Sum- 
mer. She came to us under the PACE 
Program (Plan Assuring College Edu- 

Lieutenant given during graduation 
exercises at Fort Bragg for the Na- 
tional Guard O.C.S., on August 10th. 

Vacationing in the Great Smoky 
Mountains is Inspector JESSE 
HALL and his family. 

Congratulations and best wishes to 
on their recent marriage. Bobby is 
an Engineering Aide in the Weldon 
Construction office. 

ANDY McMURRAY of our Land- 
scape Department is hospitalized due 
to a heart attack. Get well wishes 
are extended to him. 

BOBBY BARNES, Engineering 
Technician II of the Goldsboro Dis- 
trict Office, just returned from a 
weeks vacation at White Lake. Bobby 
and family had a wonderful time. 

NETH and Elaine HILL on the birth 
of a son born July 15th, Russell Fred- 
erick. Kenneth of our Traffic Services 
Supervisor. Look for a picture of Russ 
<n the next issue. 

RACHEL PATE, Stenographer in 
the Division Office, recently enjoyed 
a trip to New England and Canada 
along with her husband, Jarvis. The 
high point of their trip was attending 
the graduation of their son, Harold, 
who completed Naval Officer's Candi- 
date School at Newport, Rhode Is- 

Machine Operator IV in the Road Oil 

Department, a speedy recovery from 
his illness. 

ROSE FELTON, Clerk in the Road 
Oil Department, went camping at 
Blowing Rock and went to Carolina 

DON OVERMAN, Assistant Divi- 
sion Engineer, and family spent sev- 
eral days in Canada. While there he 
attended the Kiwanis International 

Mrs. O. C. HOWELL has returned 
home after an operation and is doing 

Mr. Charlie Williams has been out 
sick approximately a month. We hope 
to have him back soon. 

Mr. M. D. MANNING has return- 
ed to work after two weeks vacation. 
We are glad to have old Big Boy back. 

Mr. JOHN JOBE, JR. began work 
on July 29, 1968 as Mechanic II, Dis- 
trict 2, Sub Shop, Wilson, N. C. Wel- 
come, John, to the Equipment De- 

Retiring recently on disability were 
Mr. R. D. MORGAN and Mr. B. S. 
STRICKLAND, both of Nash Coun- 
ty. Mr. Morgan was a Machine Oper- 
ator III and had been with the High- 
way Commission for eighteen years. 
Mr. Strickland was a Maintenance 
Foreman II and had also been with 
the Highway Commission for eighteen 
years. We wish for both of them im- 
proved health and happiness in their 

Wilson County employees were sad- 
dened recently by the death of a long 
time employee, Mr. JIMMY STALL- 
INGS. Mr. Stallings was a Mainte- 
nance Foreman IV and had been with 
the Highway Commission for twenty- 
five years. 

Mr. H. L. PRICE and Mr. WIL- 
LIE CARRAWAY have returned to 
work following surgery. Mr. Carraway 
and Mr. Price are truck drivers with 
Nash County Maintenance. 

Also back at work after a period of 
extended illness is Mr. M. P. 
YOUNT. Mr. Yount is an Area Fore- 
man with Nash County Maintenance. 

Mr. W. C. PAGE is recuperating 
following surgery. Mr. Page is a Ma- 
chine Operation III with Wilson 
County Maintenance. 

Mr. C. F. WILLIAMS is reported 
recovering nicely from a recent heart 
attack. Mr. Williams is District Me- 
chanic Superintendent. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. HODGE and 
daughter, Beth, spent three days with 
friends at Atlantic Beach. Mr. Hodge 
is District Engineer at Nashville. 


Mr. Willie Byrd retired as of July 
1, 1968 after completing thirty (30) 
years of service as a Mechanic II 
with the Equipment Department, 
Johnston County. We wish Mr. Byrd 
the best of luck in the years to come. 
Willie, do some fishing. 

Right of Way Department News 
DON BAISE spent a week's vaca- 
tion in the Mountains of North Caro- 
lina, but avoided visited Right of Way 
in Sylva, as last Roadway indicated 
that it had been named "Purgatory". 
He had rather go on to greater things. 

CECIL McLAMB of Right of Way 
is attending Appraisal School in Conn. 
His enthusiasm for the Course is so 
great that he lost interest in visiting 
Peyton Place, while in the New Eng- 
land States. 

Several employees from this office 
have enjoyed summer vacations: VAN 
CHAMBLEE and family visited Myr- 
tle Beach, S. C, VIRGIL JONES and 
family camped out at the coast of N. 
C, FRANK COLEMAN and family 
enjoyed sightseeing in the Smoky 
ON and family visited Virginia Beach, 
and husband George enjoyed a week's 
stay in Gatlinburg, Tenn. 

TERS and family 
vacationed at 
Ocean Isle Beach 
recently and Amy, 
who is four, really 
enjoyed the ferry 
ride to Southport. 

RIS, Steno in Dist. 
2, vacationed at 
Division Correspondent Myrtle Beach with 
her family. Hilda, who is an avid 

fisher-woman, says this is no place 
for an enthusiastic fisherman — too 

MATTIE HALL, Steno in the Di- 
vision Office, has been all smiles 
lately — this due to surprise visit 
from her son, Danny, who is in the 
Air Force stationed in Puerto Rico. 
Get well wishes to Matties husband, 
Jimmy, who has been ill but is on 
the road to recovery. 

If anyone has any questions about 
camping at Arrowhead just ask CARL 
PAINTER, Asst. Div. Engineer, who 
recently chaperoned a group of M.Y. 
F's from his church. 

Right of Way Department 

We welcome Mr. N. E. UNDER- 
WOOD, JR. from the Albemarle of- 
fice who will take over July 1st when 
cation Advisor effective July 1st when 
Mr. W. H. DARTT will begin work 
with the Department of Conservation 
and Development, Division of Com- 
munity Planning. 

We hope A. L. DeBLANC and AL- 
TON PHILLIPS did not have to 
study too hard when they attended 
Appraisal School at the University of 
Virginia for two weeks in June. 

luck while fishing in a private pond 
recently. He caught a bass which 
weighed five pounds. 

Employees on vacation recently in- 

WILLIAM REAMS was also on 
vacation recently. He spent his time 
improving his pastures for his dairy 
herd. He was assisted by George 

GEORGE WOODY was on sick 
leave recently. He has returned to 

ROY BLACKWELL and family 
have been spending some time recent- 
ly at their cabin on Kerr Lake. 

Durham County Maint. Dept. va- 
vations: W. T. MOORE, S. E. JON- 
GUM and F. S. MANGUM. 

Sympathy to HAROLD G. WHEE- 
LER in the recent death of his 

Sympathy to LEONARD CLAY in 
the recent death of his mother. 

leave and has been hospitalized for 
a few days. 

BOBBY GRIFFIN was on sick 
leave for a few days recently. He 
has returned to work. 

Beekeeping is a hobby of PAT 
Each has several hives. 

WILLIAM REAMS is getting his 
pack of fox hounds in shape in order 
to chase some of the foxes on his cat- 
tle ranch. 

Employees in vacation recently in- 
cluded E. C. ADCOCK, WILLIE 

Sick: B. P. LACY, M. G. KEITH, 

Get well wishes 
are extended to G. 
P. FORBIS, who 
was in the Lum- 
berton Hospital 
the second week in 
August; and W. C. 
FAULK, who was 
in Duke Hospital 
the first week in 
July and is now 

Division Correspondent Commuting to the 

hospital several times a week for 
treatments for a throat ailment. Hope 
they will soon be able to return to 

Sympathy is extended to the fam- 
ily of Mr. and Mrs. HOWARD T. 
HERRING who son, Lance Cpl. John 
H. Herring died July 5 of wounds 
received in Vietnam. Johnnie worked 
with the Construction Department in 
Lumberton during the summer of 
1966 before entering the Marines. His 
father is Area Foreman in Robeson 

Donald Joseph Allen, a student and 
football player at Elon College, made 
the Dean's List this spring semester. 
He graduated from Fayetteville Sen- 
ior High School in 1967 where he 
played football and received the My- 
rover Sportsmanship Award. He is an 
Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmas- 
ter. This summer Don is working 
with a survey party for Mr. S. M. 
Wilson, District Engineer, in Fayette- 
ville. Don is the son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Joseph E. Allen. Joe is Area Con- 
struction Engineer for Divisions 3, 6, 
and 8. 

County. Sympathy is also extended 
to the family of BILLIE BRITT who 
died August 1, 1968. Mr. Britt was a 
former Highway employee with Main- 
tenance Department from 1945 to 
1957. In 1957 Mr. Britt resigned to 
enter into private business. 

working with Maintenance Engineer- 
ing Party during the summer after 
graduating from Citadel in June. He 
will report to Fort Benning, Georgia 
in September as 2nd Lt. to begin his 
Army career. 

STONIE BRITT and family spent 
a few days in Plymouth, Indiana, vi- 
siting Mrs. Britt's grandparents. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
W. S. KING on the birth of their 
daughter, Erin Lynn, on July 16, 
1968. Mr. King is Assistant District 
Engineer in Whiteville. 

Get well wishes are extended to Mr. 
E. L. GREEN, District Engineer in 
Whiteville, who recently had eye sur- 
gery at McPherson Hospital in Dur- 
ham, North Carolina. 

July 1, 1968, after several years as 
Machine Operator 3 in Columbus 

L. C. DEAN, of the Harnett Coun- 
ty Maintenance Department, has been 
hospitalized in Betsy Johnson Me- 
morial Hospital after having a heart 

W. H. STONE and family have re- 
turned home from a trip to Toronto, 
Canada to visit Mrs. Stone's family. 
They also visited Niagara Falls and 
other points of interest. 

W. A. TYNER and family toured 
the mountains of Western North 
Carolina and Tennessee during their 

Mr. and Mrs. D. B. HILBURN, 
JR., and boys have returned from a 
trip to Maggie Valley and other in- 
teresting parts of the State. 

Welcome to BUDDY WHITE of 
Vander and ROBERT PLEAS- 
ANTS of Coats, new employees with 
the Fayetteville Location field party. 

Location Eng. Technicians HEN- 
have been accepted at Fayetteville 
Technical Institute, both plan to fol- 
low Civil Technology courses. Our 
best wishes go with each of these 
men. Lots of luck and a speedy re- 
covery to W. L. SULLIVAN, who is 
going into the hospital for an oper- 

Vacations were enjoyed by F. D. 
ROHRBAUGH who took a trip to 
New York, BOBBY JOHNSON who 
went to the mountains to beat the 
heat, and ERNIE CAIN who went to 
the beach. 

who is working this summer with 
Property Surveys. Robert returns to 
Fayetteville Tech in Sept. 

ily enjoyed vacationing at Wilming- 
ton, and Carolina beaches for a week 
this past month. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. G. MELVIN and 
daughters, Kay and Ann, spent their 
vacation this year in Canada. Mrs. 
Melvin is Steno III in the Division 
Office in Fayetteville. 

We are happy to report that Mr. 
Way Agent, who has been a patient 
in the Southeastern General Hospital, 
Inc., Lumberton, is now at home re- 
cuperating from a recent illness, is 
much improved. Hurry and get well 
"Hilbreth" as we are missing you 
and hope you will soon be back at 
work. Also, we wish to report that 
Mr. Britt's wife, who has also been 
sick and hospitalized, is much im- 
proved and we hope she will soon be 

Get well wishes are extended to 
CONNIE M. BERRY, SR., Right of 
Way Aide, who is quite sick in Cape 

Mrs. Bobby Worth Huffman was 
the former Rebecca Joy Moore be- 
fore her marriage June 15, 1968 in 
the Parkton Presbyterian Church in 
Parkton, N. C. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Robert Ernest Moore of 
Parkton, N. C. She is a graduate of 
Parkton High School and attended 
Fayetteville Technical Institute, and 
is employed as a Stenographer in the 
Right of Way Department of Divi- 
sion Six. 

The groom is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Alton Worht Huffman of Hope 
Mills, N. C. Mr. Huffman is a grad- 
uate of Hope Mills High School and 
is employed with Civil Service at 
Fort Bragg, N. C. 

The newlyweds live in Hope Mills, 
N. C. 

Fear Valley Hospital, Fayetteville. 
We are wishing for you a speedy re- 
covery "Connie" and hope you will 
soon be well and able to return to 
work, as we are missing you. 

of Way Aide, spent two weeks in 
July, 1968, at the University of Vir- 
ginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, at- 
tending Appraisal Course I at The 
American Institute of Real Estate 

Also, Mr. MOORE and his family 
recently spent a few days vacation 
in Burlington, N. C. and at Holden's 
Beach, N. C. 

The Right of Way Department wel- 
comes two new employees, namely: 
ville, who was assigned to this office 
as a Right of Way Aide, effective 


July 29th; and WILLIAM L. JOHN- 
SON, JR., Right of Way aide, who 
was transferred from the Right of 
Way Department in Division Two to 
the Right of Way Department of Di- 
vision Six, effective June 17th. 

The following 
employees were re- 
cently honored in 
Raleigh for their 
years of service 
with the State 
Highway Commis- 
sion — Forty 
Years Service, RU- 
and JOHN H. 

DW^&£££«t WORKMAN - 
Forty-Five Years Service, W. W. 

The following employees received 
Retirement Certificates and 35- Year 
service certificates with lapel but- 
tons at the Unit VII Association 
Meeting held in Greensboro, July 19, 
1968 — Thirty-Five Year Certificates, 
(Equipment) — Retirement Certifi- 
cates — OLLIE N. ALLEY, T. A. 

K. R. WILLIAMS retired August 
1, after 18 years with the Construction 
Department. Mr. Williams has built 
a new home on Lake Murry near Co- 
lumbia, S. C, and he and his wife 
will enjoy all the advantages of lake- 
side living, such as boating, fishing, 
etc. We wish for K. R. a very happy 

We wish for a quick recovery for 
the wife of RON COMPTON, as the 
two young sons and their baby sister 
miss her and hope she will soon be 
home with them and their daddy. 

JACK and Eloise MARTIN had a 
wonderful trip to Nassau in June, 
and, of course, we enjoyed all the 
beautiful pictures he took while there. 

This being the vacation season, the 
following families have been travelling 
from one end of the country io the 
other, including Canada — Those en- 

joying the mountains of North Caro- 
lina being the W. L. LOVELESS, 
W. F. McCOLLUM and J. C. MAR- 
TIN went to Fontana and Atlanta, 
Ga. Those going to White Lake being 
the J. H. MITCHELLS, W. R. 
R. H. ROBERTSON, — To More- 
head and eastern beaches in the State 
went the B. D. MAYHEWS, B. K. 
T. KNIGHT. To Calif, Nevada and 
the west coast went the S. A. WAT- 
KINS, and the T. W. HOLLANDS 
and S. F. FAINS went to Niagara 
Falls and Canada. CLYDE JONES 
and his wife had a vacation trip to 
Tennessee. The KENNETH COOKS 
vacationed at Myrtle Beach. LOIS 
HODGES and family are vacation- 
ing in Georgia and visiting relatives 
the week of August 5. 

HARVEY BOYETTE and family 
cationed at Myrtle Beach. 

The W. W. WHITES, J. A. BUR- 
WYRICKS have been on vacation 

We are happy to report that JAM- 
ES CAGLE, Equipment Department, 
is back at home after undergoing op- 
eration at the Baptist Hospital in 

Winston-Salem, and he is doing nice- 
ly, and we wish for him a speedy 
complete recovery. 

Mr. and Mrs. PAUL WELCH are 
vacationing at Garden City, S. C. 
Beach with their daughter and family 
— and it goes without saying that Mr. 
Welch is enjoying his fishing with 
the grandsons (week of August 5). 

On June 21, 1968 the State High- 
way Employees of Orange County 
gave a barbecue at the Maintenance 
Office Building in honor of Mr. C. I. 
WALTERS, Maintenance Supervisor, 
who retired on July 1st. 

In addition to local Highway Per- 
sonnel, those attending the barbecue 
were Hon. J. M. HUNT, JR., Chair- 
man, State Highway Commission, Hon. 
way Commissioner, Mr. GEORGE 
BRINKLEY, State Maintenance En- 
gineer, Mr. LAYTON GUNTER, 
State Equipment Engineer. Also at- 
tending the event were Mr. A. H. 
GRAHAM, former Lieutenant Gov- 
ernor and Chairman, State Highway 
Commission, Mr. T. A. BURTON, re- 
cently retired Division Engineer, and 
Mayor FRED S. CATES, Town of 
Hillsborough, North Carolina. Mem- 
bers of County Board of Commission- 
ers, Sheriff's Department, State 
Highway Patrol and many others 
were present. 

C. I. Walters Honored by Division Seven 

Mr. A. H. "Sandy" Graham, 
former Lieutenant Governor, and 
Highway Commission Chairman, Mr. 
Thomas S. Harrington, Commissioner, 
Mr. George Brinkley, State Mainte- 
nance Engineer, Mr. J. M. Hunt, Jr., 
Chairman, Mr. T. A. Burton, former 
Division Engineer, and Mr. C. I. 
Walters, retiring Maintenance Super- 

John Lee McPherson, Engineering 
Technician II, Mr. J. M. Hunt, Jr., 
Commission Chairman, Mr. C. I. Wal- 
ters, Maintenance Supervisor, Mr. A. 
H. "Sandy" Graham, former Lieuten- 
ant Governor and Chairman, State 
Highway Commission. 


Division along with Mr. T. A. BUR- 
TON, former Division Engineer, Mr. 
FRED S. CATES, Mayor, Town of 
Hillsborough, and Mr. LUCIUS 
CHESHIRE, Attorney, Hillsborough 
attending. Mr. P. L. WELCH, Divi- 
sion Engineer, Mr. JOHN WAT- 
KINS, Assistant Division Engineer, 
and Mr. T. A. BURTON were speak- 
ers thanking Mr. Walters for his 
years of fine service. 


The lovely Mrs. Larry Burton Dur- 
ham, the former Dollie Sue Collins 
was married June 16th at Bethany 
Methodist Church at Reidsville. She 
is the daughter of Woodrow Collins 
of the Maintenance Dept. in Guilford 
Co. They will make their home in 

Mayor FRED S. CATES were 
Master of Ceremonies — Mr. E. F. 
HOOVER, District Engineer, Mr. T. 
A. BURTON, former Division Engi- 
Equipment Engineer, and Mr. 
tenance Engineer, were speakers at 
the barbecue. Highway Commissioner, 
Harrington, and Chairman, Hunt, 
spoke and praised Mr. Walters for his 
service to the Commission. 

presented Mr. Walters with gifts from 
Highway Employees and Orange 
County Friends. A large silver tray 
containing an inscription of thanks 
and a Remington Shotgun were pre- 
sented. Mr. Graham and Mr. Walters 
have been close friends since 1936. 
The State Highway Patrol of Orange 
County gave Mr. Walters a money 
tree at the occasion and he was also 
presented a fishing reel. 

On July 12, 1968, Seventh Division 
Highway Personnel held a dinner for 
Mr. Walters at Huey's Steak House 
in Buarlington, North Carolina. Su- 
pervisory Personnel in the Seventh 

to these employees 
with new babies in 
the family: J. T. 
LIAMS, District 
III, a baby boy. 
ARD, Hoke Coun- 
ty Maintenance is 
proudly announc- 
Virginia Williamson ■ t ^ hirth nf 
Division Correspondent m S tne Dlrln 01 

Larry Lance, Jr., who weighed in at 

seven pounds on July 25. LESTER 
BAILEY, Moore County Mainte- 
nance, has a big smile these days — 
and rightly so on the birth of a baby 
daughter on July 3, who weighed in 
at 9 lbs. You know the grandparents 
can always wear the biggest smile 
though. J. E. GREGSON, Equipment 
Supervisor, Asheboro, now is boasting 

of a third grandchild — a daughter 
born to his son Robert and family in 
Buffalo, New York, on June 10. Best 

wishes to all of these. 

Among those vacationing have been: 
HENRY JORDAN, Assistant Division 
Engineer, and his family have been 
to Wrightsville Beach. Division Staff 
Engineer FRED WHITESELL and 
his family Linda and Sharon also to 
the beach. JOE ADAMS, Road Oil 
Foreman, with his wife Betty and sons 
Jobie and Spencer report a most en- 
joyable trip through Pennsylvania, in- 
to Michigan, and I believe over into 
scape Specialist has been vacationing 
in Chicago following which his son 
with his wife and grandson have been 
visiting from Washington D. C. RO- 
BERT SMITH Assistant District En- 
gineer vacationing at White Lake with 
his wife and children. TESSIE MO- 

FIELD Secretary in District II va- 
cationed at Carolina Beach with her 
husband Carl and son Derrick; and 
D. M. KUNCE Landscape Supervisor 
vacationed at the beach with his fam- 
ily. A. L. NELSON Resident Engi- 
neer and his family vacationed in 
Alabama. AUDREY DeLONG and 
her family vacationed at Windy Hill. 
Audrey is secretary in the division of- 

Division Office employees were very 
pleased to be visited recently by Resi- 
dent Engineer ROBERT G. SOUTH- 
ALL antd his wife Edna. Mr. South- 
all has been away from the office on 
sick leave for the past few months and 
it was just wonderful to have him come 
in and stay awhile and let us visit 
with him. We hope he can do this 
again soon. He was his usual cheerful 
self with the dry wit and humor — 
and the big happy smile. 

Friends were saddened at the death 
of the wife of J. L. ODOM of the 
Hoke County Maintenance Depart- 
ment. Mr. Odom has now retired from 
highway work after more than 20 
years' service and has gone to Colo- 
rado to live with his daughter. 

J. L. Riley, Division Eight Road Oil 
Supervisor, and Tom Collins, Road 
Oil Foreman, under whose supervi- 
sion the mountable median on U. S. 
1 between Aberdeen and Southern 
Pines was applied. 

Editor's Note: It has been called to 
my attention that the recent issue of 
Roadways, Division Eight News, re- 
ported the death of Edgar V. Hol- 
comb, Scotland County Maintenance 
Employee. This should have been E. 
V. Holcomb, Jr., son of our employee. 
So sorry. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald F. Cox re- 
ceived their Master of Arts degree 
from Appalachian State University 
in commencement exercises on Aug- 
ust 17. 

Gerald is the son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Floyd T. Cox, Route 1, Asheboro. He 
graduated from Ramseur High School 
in 1958 and Presbyterian Junior Col- 
lege in 1960. In 1964 he received his 
B.S. degree in Health and Physical 
Education from Appalachian State 
Teachers College. During the 1967-68 
school year he was a graduate assist- 
ant in the Health and Physical Edu- 
cation Department at ASU. He re- 
ceived his M.A. degree in this field. 
Prior to returning to graduate school, 
he taught and coached in Charlotte- 

Mrs. Cox is a graduate of Bladen- 
boro High School, and received her 
B.S. degree in biology from Appala- 
chian State Teachers College in 1964. 
During the school year 1967-68 she 
was a graduate assistant in the bio- 
logy department; she received her 
M.A. degree in biology. Prior to go- 
ing to graduate school she taught in 
Fayetteville and Charlotte. Mrs. Cox 
is the former Polly Anna Bullard, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Bull- 
ard of Route 1, Bladenboro, N. C. 

In September, Mr. and Mrs. Cox 
will begin teaching in Cleveland, Geor- 
gia. They will be members of the 
faculty of Truett-McConnell Junior 
College Mr. Cox will teach health and 
physical education and will be assist- 
ant basketball coach. Mrs. Cox will 
teach biology and zoology. 

Mr. Cox's father is a Maintenance 
Foreman II in Randolph County. 

gomery County Employee retired on 
disability on July 1st. Mr. Spinks we 
hope you will now be able to take 
life a little easier and with lots of 
rest, fishing, reading and just relaxing 
your health will be much improved. 

Mr. Spinks was a Machine Operator 
3 at the time of his retirement after 
21 years of service with the Highway 

Katie Cornelia Yeargan of Durham 
and William Harris Spinks son of 
ASTOR C. SPINKS were married on 
July 7th in Emmanuel Baptist Church 
in Durham. William graduated from 
West Montgomery High School and 
then went into Army National Guard, 
where he is still serving, and working 
with the shoe company in Wadesville. 
His wife will be teaching music in 
Wingate College this fall, where Wil- 
liam will be a student. Following their 
wedding they went to the mountains 
of North Carolina. 

Among those vacationing from this 
division have also been J. L. RILEY, 
Road Oil Supervisor at the beach; 
HAROLD MATTHEWS at the beach; 
also TOM COLLINS reports an en- 
joyable trip to Carolina Beach. 

JUDY OWENS, secretary in the 
Construction Office in Asheboro has 
resigned and we welcome BRENDA 
HALL, new secretary in the Con- 
struction Office. We hope Judy en- 
joys her stay at home. 

Applying Stone to Median 

Bobby Stutts and E. C. Morrison applying stone for mountable median 
on U. S. 1 between Aberdeen and Southern Pines. 



Welcome to the 
following employ- 
ees who joined the 
Forsyth County 
Maintenance For- 
ces August 3rd. J. 
H. PAYNE, Truck 
Driver; E. R. 
MICKEY and A. 
Machine Oper- 

Dorothy Phelps , _ 

Division Correspondent atOT S 1. 

Deepest sympathy is extended to 
J. W. STONE and family in the 
death of his brother-in-law, Mr. 
PETE TUTTLE, who passed away 
recently. Mr. Tuttle had worked with 
the State Highway Commission for 
construction previously helping move 
buildings off the right of way. Mr. 
Stone is employed as a Stokes Coun- 
ty Maintenance Foreman IV. 

Mr. B. G. GEORGE, truck driver 
for Stokes County Maintenance De- 
partment, recently lost his father-in- 

We sincerely regret the loss of one 
of our Forsyth County Maintenance 
Department Truck Driver, Charles E. 
Brown, 1650 Brown Street, Winston- 
Salem, who passed away on June 
22nd. Mr. Brown was age 60 and had 
been employed with the Highway 
Commission since January, 1957. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended 
death of his sister, Ruby Cain Cran- 
f ill, on July 15th. Kenneth Gray Cain 
is a Machine Operator I in the Traf- 
fic Services Department. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended 
the death of his brother WILLIAM 
T. JOHNSON who suffered a fatal 
heart attack on July 29th. Mr. James 
Johnson is a Traffic Control Techni- 
cian in the Traffic Services Depart- 

Mr. CLYDE ADKINS and fam- 
ily spent the week of July 1st 
vacationing at Key West, Fla. Mr. 
Adkins is a Machine Operator I, 
Stokes County Maintenance Depart- 

daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. RED- 
MON, Route 3, Walnut Cove, became 
the bride of JOHNNY THOMAS 
MITCHELL, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Hughes Mitchell of Germanton, on 
June 8th. The wedding was held at 
3:30 in the afternoon at Rosebud 
Christian Church in Walnut Cove. 
Rev. Eart Stiff officiated. 

The bride, given in marriage by 
her father, wore a princess dress of 
Peau de Satin with elbow-length 
sleeves of scalloped lace made by the 
bride. Her floor-length veil of bridal 
illusion fell from a rose-shaped, bead- 
ed head piece. She carried a bouquet 
of white roses. 

Mrs. R. W. STRATTON, the 
bride's sister, was Matron of Honor. 
She wore a floor length green dotted 
swiss dress and carried a bouquet of 
daises. The Junior bridesmaids were 
Margie and Vickie Mitchell, sisters 
of the groom. Both wore yellow dot- 
ted swiss dresses and carried daises. 

The bridegroom's father was his 
best man. 

Ushers were TOMMY REDMON, 
the bride's brother, Bill Mitchell, the 
groom's brother, and Brent Smith of 

A graduate of South Stokes High 
School, the bride is a rising soph- 
omore at Appalachian State Univer- 

The bridegroom is also a graduate 
of South Stokes and attended Piffea 
College and is in Army Reserves. 

After a wedding trip to the moun- 
tains, the couple will reside in Boone. 

We wish a long and happy retire- 
ment to Mr. RALPH W. NANTZ, 
Sign Erector, Davidson County, who 
became ill January 14, 1968 and re- 
tired on July 1, 1968. 

Vacationing at Wrightsville Beach 
the week of June 17th were Mr. and 
Mrs. TOM SHELTON and Mr. and 
Mrs. HUGH SANDS. Both are 
Maintenance Foreman IPs with 
Stokes County Maintenance Depart- 

Getting away from it all were Mr. 
and Mrs. R. L. JOHNSON and sous, 
Rodney, age 10 and Todd, age 3, 
who spent the week of August 5th at 
Carolina Beach, N. C. Mr. Johnson 
is Assistant District Engineer at the 
Winston- Salem District Office. 

The employees in the Maintenance 
Department at Salisbury are happy 
to welcome Miss NANCY LEON- 
ARD, who began work on August 
12th as Clerk in the District Engi- 
neer's Office. Nancy is a graduate 
of Boyden High School, Salisbury, 
and completed two years at Sacred 
Heart College, Belmont, N. C, maj- 
oring in Business Administration. She 
resides with her parents at 1124 Boy- 
den Road, Salisbury, N. C. We hope 
she enjoys being with us and doesn't 
find the work "too hard". 


The employees in the Construction 
Department at Salisbury rolled out the 
"Welcome Mat" for Mrs. JOAN 
CABE who began work July 8th as 
typis tin the Resident Engineer's Of- 
fice. Her husband is Lt. Jack Cabe 
who is with the Highway Patrol, 
Salisbury, N. C. Mr. and Mrs. Cabe 
live with their two daughter on For- 
restdale Drive, Salisbury. We are all 
happy to have her and truly hopes 
she enjoys working with us. 

Mrs. Mitchell Thomas Mclnchak 

INCHAK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Ira R. FULTON. Mrs. Mclnchak, 
the former Mary Ruth Fulton, was 
married to Sgt. Mitchell Thomas Mc- 
lnchak on August 16th, in the Hick- 
ory Ridge Methodist Church in Win- 
ston-Salem, in a beautiful double ring 
ceremony. Following the wedding, Mr. 
and Mrs. Fulton entertained friends 
and guests at a lovely wedding recep- 
tion in the Church Fellowship Hall. 
After a short honeymoon Mr. and 
Mrs. Mclnchak departed for Myrtle 
Beach, S. C, where Tom is serving 
with the Air Force, and they will be 
making their home for the present. 
Mrs. Mclnchak is the daughter of 
Mechanic Foreman I, Ira R. Fulton, 
at the District 2 Shop in Winston- 

We are glad to welcome back to 
work Mr. WAYNE JESSUP who 
was in an automobile accident on 
August 5th. Mr. Jessup is employed 
with the Equipment Department at 
the Division Shop in Winston-Salem. 

We hope that each one who has 
taken a vacation in the Equipment 
Department has had a wonderful 

We welcome back to work Mr. C. 
HARBIN who has been out of work 
due to a broken toe. 

We extend a hearty welcome to 
Mr. F. E. Floyd and Mr. J. C. STE- 
VENS who have joined the Equip- 
ment Department as mechanics here 
in Division Nine. 

Little Mother Sandra Teague is 
finding life quite different these days 
since the birth of Yvonne Christie 
on July 13th. Sandra reports that the 
baby is doing well, but she didn't 
know that there was so much work 
involved with a new baby. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 

FRED V. YOST on the arrival of 

their new daughter, Sue Lynn on 
June 28, 1968. 

We are stil ltrying to locate the pi- 
lot and co-pilot of the rescue boat that 
ran out of gas on High Rock Lake 
near Oakwood Acres on July 21, 1968. 
"Uncle Sam's" Navy needs men like 
them who can use a ' make-shift" 
paddle so professionally! For further 
information contact R. B. FITZGER- 
ALD, Division Engineer and O. D. 
RENTZ, Division Engineer. 

"Best Wishes" for a long and happy 
retirement to JAY REESE BASIN- 
GER. Mr. Basinger, who retired on 
July 1st was a Maintenance Foreman 
in Rowan County and was employed 
for 39 years. 

Mr. and Mrs. BRUCE J. EVER- 
HART recently enjoyed a trip to 
Crescent Beach. Mr. Everhart is Road 
Maintenance Supervisor in Davidson 

The Annual Unit 9 meeting of the 
N. C. State Highway & Prison Em- 
ployee's Association was held on July 
12, 1968 at the Holiday Inn, Salis- 
bury, N. C. Among the special guests 
attending were Mr. CLYDE HAR- 
RIS, Chairman of the State Depart- 
ment of Corrections Commission, Mr. 
K. B. BAILEY, President, Mr. L. H. 
BARRIER, 1st. Vice President, both 
officers of the N.C.S.H.&P.E.A., J. 
Personnel Officer, CLOYCE AL- 
FORD, Assistant Highway Personnel 
Officer. The new Unit officers elect- 
ed were IRVIN W. MORRIS, Chair- 
Vice Chairman, and Mrs. CAROLINE 
B. HONEYCUTT, Secretary and 


These slick, as an eel, operators 
(or was it just fisherman's luck?) are 
Lyman Pullman, Machine Operator 
II, and W. D. Shelton, Temporary 
Laborer, Stokes County Maintenance 
Department. They are holding a mud 
turtle and five pounds, four-ounce eel 
which they caught June 22nd while 
fishing in Jacob's Creek near Madi- 
son, N. C. 

Trainee in R/W, and wife Pamela 
have returned to Cape Cod, Massa- 
chusetts and plan to locate there per- 
manently. We extend best wishes for 
their success and happiness for their 

cation after working two years in 
R/W. The first week she recuperated 
at home and the second week she en- 
joyed the rest and leisure at Topsail 
Beach, the finest in Carolina for fish- 
ing, surfing and beachcombing. 

Welcome to LEWIS D. SHAW, 
R/W Aide transferred from Shelby 
to the Winston-Salem Office. Lewis 
moved his wife Betty and daughter 
Tammy Joan to our locale and are 
most welcome to our department. 

Robbie vacated a week at their an- 
nual vacation habitat, Cherry Grove 
Beach. Robbie doesn't consider any 
place else a vacation. 

CLIFF WATERS and Ruth took 
sons Gary and Wayne for a week of 
surf and sand at Myrtle Beach. 

LARRY CABE and Margie have 
been hosts to relatives from the Ashe- 
ville area. 

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A speedy recov- 
ery is wished for 
who has been in 
the Veterans Hos- 
pital for the past 
few weeks. R. L. 
I is a truck driver in 
' . jf* the Road Oil De- 
| partment. 

Division Correspondent Maint. Foreman II 
in the Road Oil Department recent- 
ly spent a week's vacation enjoying a 
few days at his cabin on the river, 
and then going to Six Flags Over 
Georgia for a few days. 

MIKE CULP Clerk II in the Road 
Oil Department recently spent a few 
days in Princeton, West Virginia vi- 
siting some friends of his who are 
on construction work. 

The Unit meeting of the North 
Carolina State Highway and Prison 
Employees Association was held July 
10 in Monroe, N. C. Retirement cer- 
tificates and thirty-five and forty 
year service emblems were presented 
to eligible employees by Mr. J. R. 
FORD of the Highway Personnel De- 
partment. During the business ses- 
sion, Mr. JACK COLEY was elected 
Chairman, A. M. BUCHANAN— 
Vice Chairman and JOHN W. JON- 
ES Secretary-Treasurer. After the 
meeting, barbecue chicken supper was 

The Right of Way Department wel- 
comes ANNA JANE JORDAN as a 
temporary typist, who replaced PAM 
NAPIER who is a "lady in waiting". 

At least two of our Construction 
personnel have announced recent ad- 
ditions to their family — E. L. 
LOCKART a son and GARY V. 
POPLIN a daughter. 

Many of our personnel have been 
on vacations recently. Division Engi- 
neer C. C. McBRYDE and Assistant 
Division Engineer C. E. LAND va- 
cationed at the beach; LORAIN 
WELCH, Traffic Services, toured 
Florida. C. S. HUNEYCUTT has vi- 

Brice Darrell Page, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Brice G. Page of Midland and 
a graduate of Central Cabarrus High 
School, was awarded a Charles A. 
Cannon Jr. memorial scholarship. He 
has enrolled at Wingate College and 
is planning to study mechanical en- 

sited the outer banks and the moun- 
tains. J. D. YOW vacationed at the 

Mr. BOB PAGOOTA was recently 
transferred to this Division from Traf- 
fic Engineering. 


Get well wishes are sent to the. fol- 
lowing employees who are out on 
sick leave at this time: C. A. HIG- 
VIS and B. R. JESTER. 

District I employee and Mrs. H. H. 
ALLRED visited their daughter in 
Pennsylvania during the month of 

DOUG MELTON, Clerk II in the 
Elkin District Office, and wife, Bon- 
nie, vacationed at Cherry Grove Beach 
in July. 

Maintenance Employee and Mrs. 
A. D. HAMILTON and family visit- 
ed with relatives in Rhode Island 
during the month of August. 

Maintenance Supervisor J. P. HIG- 
GINS and family vacationed at Caro- 
lina Beach in August. 

Sympathy is extended the family of 
J. G. ROYAL truck driver in Wilkes 
County who passed away August 9th 
due to a heart attack. He had been 
with the Highway Commission 2 x /2 

Sympathy is ex- 
tended to the fam- 
ily of J. W. REA- 
VIS, retired main- 
tenance employee 
in Yadkin County, 
who passed away 
July 31st; also, to 
the family of 
XON, Surry Coun- 

D ivis^Corr R e 0 srondentty Truck Driver, 

who passed away after a short illness. 

Best wishes for a long and happy 
retirement are extended to SAM 
BILLINGS, Machine Operator I in 
Alleghany County, who retired on 
disability July 1st. Mr. Billings came 
to work for the Highway Commission 
in 1940. 

Miss Ann Rae Burge, daughter of 
Maintenance Foreman and Mrs. Os- 
car N. Burge was recently married to 
Mr. Bill Dawson of Mount Airy. Ann 
is a 1968 graduate of Appalachian 
State University, Boone, and holds a 
B.S. Degree in Home Economics. 


This lovely bride is the former Miss 
Kathryn Mast who was married to 
Mr. Bobby Joe Winkler on Saturday, 
August 10th, at the First Presbyter- 
ian Church in Boone. The bride is 
the daughter of Assistant District En- 
gineer and Mrs. G. F. (Smokey) Mast 
and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Glenn Winkler of Boone. 

Mrs. Winkler attended Appalachian 
State University and completed the 
commercial course at the University 
of North Carolina at Greensboro. She 
is employed by the Watauga County 
Agricultural Stabilization and Con- 
servation Service, United State De- 
partment of Agriculture. Mr. Wink- 
ler graduated from Appalachian State 
University and teaches at Beaver 
Creek High School in Ashe County. 
The couple resides at Appalachian 
South Apartments in Boone. 

We extend deep- 
est sympathy to T. 
LAND, Engineer- 
ing Aide in the 
Construction De- 
partment, in the 
death of his Fa- 
ther, Mr. T. C. 
Strickland, Sr. 

Jean cline Staff Engineer 

Division Correspondent q BROOKS 

and family vacationed in August, 
getting a trip in to Georgia, prior to 
the beginning of the school year. 

The Division Office Building is tak- 
ing on a "new" look inside w'th a 
new paint job — a long awaited im- 

BETTY JOHNSON, Stenographer 
in the Division Office, is taking a 
week's vacation the week of August 
12th. The Johnsons have just com- 
pleted an addition to their house, 
which they are enjoying. 

Traffic Services Supervisor CLYDE 
G. POSTON, JR. will be hospitalized 
in Charlotte for a few days this week 
for tests and a check-up. 

It's good to have COY YORK, 
Road Oil Department employee, back 
at work after being away about a 
month due to sickness. 

F. E. Schrum, Gaston County 
Maintenance, and family spent two 
weeks touring the Middle West and 
to visit relatives in Phoenix, Arizona 
. . . with the high spot of the trip be- 
ing able to see that new granddaugh- 

FRED SUMMERS of Traffic 
Services Department and wife vaca- 
tioned in Pennsylvania. 

Maintenance Foreman I in District 
I retired on Disability July 1, 1968 
Maintenance Foreman III in District 
I retired on Disability June 1, 1968. 
Best wishes go to these two faithful 

M. L. HUGHES, Equipment De- 
partment, is recovering nicely after 
surgery on July 18th. We hope "Fuss" 
will be able to return to work soon. 

Mr. T. I. TOMLIN, Maintenance 
Foreman 4 in Iredell County, is home 
from the hospital and getting along 
fine but will be away from work for 
several months due to back surgery. 

Mrs. JINX SNAVELY and son, 
Kent, visited relatives in Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania, for two weeks during 
the month of July. Jinx is Clerk II 
in the Statesville District Office. 

and JOHN W. PENDILL, JR. were 
married on June 8, 1968 in States- 
ville, N. C. She is the daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Coles. Mr. 
and Mrs. Pendill are making their 
home in Reno, Nevada where they 
are both employed at the Washau 
Medical Center. 

Sign Department, and family have 
recently vacationed at the beach and 
the mountains. 

Mr. T. O. MATLOCK, Shop Fore- 
man in Alexander County, is shown 
as he was presented a watch at a 
dinner held in his honor at the El- 
lendale Community Building. Mr. 
Matlock recently retired after 38 
years service with the Highway Com- 
mission. Best wishes go to him in his 

CLYDE MOORE of Statesville 
residency is a "Grandpa" as of Aug- 
ust 7th. Jeffrey Wayne is the little 
fellow's name. He is the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Ray Lockman of Statesville. 

Right of Way Agent C. R. ACKER, 
JR. and family vacationed at the 
Beach in August. 

(Left to right): N. W. Feimster, J. 
H. Westmoreland and F. F. Warren. 
These three Iredell County employ- 
ees retired this year and, in their 
honor, a dinner was given on June 
28, at which time each was presented 
a gift. We wish for them many happy 
years of retirement as they have all 
been loyal and dependable employees. 


Division Correspondent 

and DAN MARTIN spent the week 
of July 29 through August 2 on the 
campus of U.N.C. Chapel Hill, study- 
ing to become Radiological Monitor- 
ing Instructors. Dick and Dan re- 
turned to the "Land of the Ram" the 
following week to take the Radiolo- 
gical Defense Officer's Course. 

We were all so sorry when RON 
BUTLER left us. Ron was Assistant 
District Engineer in the Asheville Of- 
fice, and since leaving has become a 
father again — this time to a bounc- 
ing boy. We all wish him luck with 
his new job. 

We have been hearing a wild tale 
dent Engineer. Seems George was in 
Raleigh attending a retirement din- 
ner and lost his pants in a parking 
lot — after midnight — no comment! 

Welcome to Mrs. MARY SHIV- 
ERS, new secretary in Resident En- 
gineer Ed Paschall's office. 

Sorry to report that DEDRICK 
ROBERTS, Maintenance Yard Fore- 
man in Marshall had an accident last 
week — fractured his ankle and will 
be out for several weeks. Hope you 
make a speedy recovery Dedrick. 

VERLON COATES, Engineering 

Aide in the Disrtict Two office re- 
cently went to the beach for the first 
time in his life. He went to Florida 
with his wife and another couple and 
it seems he was very impressed with 
the bikini bathing suits. Must say 
this year would be a good one for a 
first visit to the beach . . . quite a 

Congratulations to BOB ADAMS 
on his recent promotion, and we all 
certainly wish him the best of luck 
in his new position. 

It's hail and farewell to the two 
summer Engineering Aides in the 
District Two office. BILL BRAME 
returns to Eastern Carolina Univer- 
sity and "TREY" TINGLE, III, will 
be a freshman at Brevard. It was 
certainly nice working with them 
these past several weeks. 

News from Resident Engineer Paul 
Robinson's Office is that JOHN C. 
GOSSETT and wife have returned 
from a delightful vacation visiting 
their son and his family in Hartford, 
Connecticut. Our sympathy goes out 
to JOHN W. MILLS, JR., Assistant 
Resident Engineer. A recent illness 
caused him the loss of one eye, but 
we are VERY pleased to have him 
back working with us again. 

Army Captain Eugene C. McKay, 
son of Mr. and Mrs. D. McKAY of 
Candler, N. C. has completed a tour 
of duty as a helicopter pilot in Viet 
Nam. His wife, the former Christine 
Ray, has been living with her parents 

Congratulations to Brenda Lank- 
ford, wife of Paul Lankford, Land- 
scape Specialist. Brenda, is a native 
of England, and recently became a 
U. S. citizen. 

Mrs. Ruth Willis is the new steno- 
grapher in the Right of Way office. 
Ruth has a six months old son and is 
a most attractive and welcome addi- 

Andrew (Voice of Asheville) and Mrs. 
Ray, while he was overseas. Captain 
and Mrs. McKay expect to leave for 
West Germany in the near future on 
a new assignment. 

News from the Right of Way De- 
partment seems to be that everybody 
took vacations — that must be the 
rich section! 

NANCY VALLANO left on June 
21st to await the stork and now has 
a 10 V2 pound girl, born on July 22. 
The Right of Way Department gave 
Nancy a wonderful send off party 
and presented her with gifts for the 
baby which included a high chair, 
play pen, car seat and diaper bucket. 
ALINE ALLMAN took a nice lei- 
surely vacation going down through 
Albany, Georgia, to visit with her 
sister and then on to Cape Kennedy 
for a few days of sand and sunshine. 
DALLAS CLARK went comping for 
a week with four adults, five children, 
a dog and a cat. Yes, that's right — 
his nephew, wife and three children, 
plus their cat, on their way from Flor- 
ida to Germany and all enjoyed Lake 
Chatuge near the North Carolina- 
Georgia line (we think!). MARION 
JONES vacationed with his wife in 
Virginia, while the boys went to the 
beach with their Church group. KEN- 
NETH ROBERTS spent a few days 
in Cherokee with his wife and son. 
Kenneth informs us that he had a fine 
catch of about forty nice rainbow 
trout. He has no pictures for proof, 
so we will just have to believe he 
wasn't telling one of those "fish tales". 
One of the Right of Way Agents will 
be missing for a couple of weeks. RO- 
Fort McClellan in Alabama for two 


weeks reserve training. We don't en- 
vy him his vacation this year, as we 
understand the temperature can real- 
ly soar — not too good on Field 
Training with "C" Rations! DICK 
DILLINGHAM vacationed with his 
family in Myrtle Beach. On their 
way down they visited with his son 
and new daughter-in-law at Shaw A. 
F.B. where he is stationed. A. H. 
WATSON vacationed at Ocean Is- 
land with his wife, daughter and her 
in-laws. Would you believe such lux- 
ury as to have a cook and a maid for 
a whole week? Nice. LOUISE NOR- 
TON took her mother and father to 
Clearwater and Daytona in Florida. 
Says they all had a wonderful time, 
except that Louise hates to drive, but 
was the sole driver for the long, hot 
drive down there and back. MARION 
JONES, Right of Way Agent, we are 
happy to say, has almost recovered 
from his bruises obtained from a 
motorcycle he says he "got a hold of 
and couldn't turn loose". What's this 
we heard about a mini-bike accident 
a few weeks ago? 

Cute little Stephanie is two years 
old. She is the daughter of Ralph 
Warnocke, Jr. Tech. II in the Dis- 
trict Two office. 

Dwifon g£2S£» hM been a h0S P ital 

Mrs. SUE ENS- 
LEY entered the 
hospital this week 
for a series of test 
— We hope Sue 
will be back in the 
office next week 

MADDEN, secre- 
tary in Personnel, 

patient and is now at home recup- 
erating — Looking forward for her 

Sympathy is extended to DON 
RAXTER— His father, DILLY RAX- 
TER, Cherokee County Foreman, died 
June 28 of a heart attack. Mr. Rax- 
ter was 64 years old and was to re- 
tire soon. 

Our sympathy goes out to Cathy 
and Norris Barger in the death of 
their father, RALPH N. BARGER 
and to Ora, his wife. Ralph, who has 
never ben sick in his life, died quiet- 
ly in his sleep from an instant coro- 
nary. Ralph was Right of Way Agent 
and the department has felt this loss. 

Seems our column this time is 
nothing but sad. Maybe will receive 
some more news that will be on the 
bright side. 

We have some of the college boys 
working with us this summer. DAN- 
NY FISHER, Western Carolina Uni- 
versity graduate; GARY BISHOP, 
Western Carolina University soph- 
omore; GERALD GREEN, Haywood 
AN, Western Carolina University, 
freshman; TIM SNYDER, N. C. 
State University. These boys are 
working in Construction under the 
supervision of Mr. George Clayton. 

KENT DRIVER, who played "rab- 
bit" for a couple of years in this train- 
ee program hopping from place to 
place, has landed in Sylva in Con- 
struction Department, Kent, his wife 
and small daughter live in Cullowhee. 
His wife plans to take a few courses 
at Western Carolina University this 
fall. Good luck to both of you. 

DON RAXTER had a couple of 
weeks off but can't find out just 
where he went this time. JOYCE 
CLOER, Division Engineer's Office, 
is on vacation at this writing — will 
find out later what kind of vacation 
they had. FRED LANGSTON, Right 
of Way Department, went home to 
Fayetteville for a week end and de- 
cided was too far to drive so will 
spend his time on Bear Lake skiing 
and "baking" in the sun — JUDY 
DENNIS, Right of Way Depart- 
ment, and family spent a few days in 
Atlanta sight seeing and taking in 
couple of baseball games. AL COG- 
GINS took a few days vacation with 
his daughter in Long Island, N. Y. 
doing some fishing and he says 
caught a 200 lb. shark — asked for 
pictures but didn't get any. 

BILL RAY, Asst. Division Engi- 
neer, spent week at Asheville-Bilt- 
more College in Asheville taking a 
course in Business Administrative 

Management — With all these folks 
going off to school from the division, 
we ought to have some real sharpies 

Miss LINDA LONG, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Long of Franklin, 
and a secretary at the 14th Division 
Office, graduated August 24, 1968 
from Southwestern Technical Insti- 
tute at Webster, N. C. with an Asso- 
ciate of Applied Science in the Exec- 
utive Secretarial Curriculum. 

How about those beauties? Fish, I 
mean but could apply to the others 
too. Those fish are known as groupers 
and were caught in Saint Marks, Fla. 
Pictured holding them are Mrs. 
Mansfield and Mrs. Alice Coggins 
(wife of AI Coggins, Landscape Dept.) 
The Coggins have a place down at 
Saint Marks and enjoy going down 
to fish off and on. Don't blame them 
when you get fish like this. Al said 
the largest this time was only 12 lbs. 
and they caught about six one morn- 

Kimberly Susan McMinn has 
reached the ripe old age of 2, and is 
shown with her birthday cake. She 
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim 
McMinn of Hendersonville. Her dad- 
dy is with the Landscape Department. 


She was selected as the number one 
student in her class while attending 
Southwestern. CONGRATULA- 

neer, spent a week at Chapel Hill at- 
tending the course in Radiological 
Monitoring for Instructors at the Uni- 
versity of North Carolina. Also at- 
tending the course were R. G. RO- 
BINSON of Bryson City and JON H. 
LAUGHTER of Hendersonville. 

MARVIN ADAMS, assistant to 
the Staff Engineer, was recently in- 
stalled by the Jackson County Jay- 
cees as State Director. He was also 
appointed by the club as the Jaycee 
representative to the newly created 
Jackson County Beautification Com- 

Maiden of 
The Narrows 


I threw a large tree branch into 
the Narrows and watched the rush- 
ing water tear it into a hundred 
pieces. This was no place to grow 
careless. It was a whole big river 
running through a narrow channel 
of solid rock. Lives had been lost 
here. Men had tried to jump across 
the roaring chasm and failed. The 
merciless water had pounded them 
to death and carried their bodies 
away. A few men had made it across. 
There was a tale of one stalwart 
mountaineer clearing the channel with 
a ten-gallon keg of moonshine liquor 
on his shoulder, thereby escaping a 
pursuing revenue officer. Other tales 
galore were told up and down the 
river about the Narrows. 

I moved back and reclined against 
a huge boulder to wait. The boys 
would soon come down the river. Our 
line crossed a mile further down. 

The rising sun shot brilliant fin- 
gers of light and warmth down 
through the crowding tree tops that 
reached out from both sides of the 
Narrows. I seemed to hear a thous- 
and harsh voices in the uneasy water. 
I thought of the tale of the phantom 
maiden who lured romance-minded 
young men to their death in the 
chasm. It was said that she always 
appeared on the opposite side of the 
river and tried to lure these young 
men to her side. Her charm and 
beauty was irresistable. But no one 
ever reached her — 

Suddenly a drowsiness was over- 
coming me. I couldn't hold up my 
head. Then I saw her, on the other 
side of the Narrows, the most beau- 
tiful and graceful creature I had ever 
seen. She was looking at me, beckon- 
ing with a dainty hand. "Come over," 
she called in a voice that thrilled my 
whole being. 

I got up and walked toward her. I 
reached the edge of the rock chan- 
nel. I didn't take my eyes off her 
face. "Jump to me," she said. "Don't 
be afraid of the water. You can make 

She was so near I could almost 
reach out and touch her. I jumped 
with all my strength. The maiden was 
reaching toward me. My fingers 
brushed hers sending a thrill through 
me. But my feet did not land on the 
rock edge. I went down into the 
grasping water. I managed to look 
up. The maiden was laughing satan- 
ically. The water dashed me against 
the side of the channel, turned me 
over and over. My head hit a rock; 
I knew I was gone — 

Suddenly a heavy hand on my 
shoulder was shaking me rudely. 
"Wake up, Ed. We've got work to do." 
Terry was standing over me. 

I jumped to my feet and moved 

toward the river. "Where did she 
go?" I asked. 

"Let's take him in, boys," Terry 
said. "He's gone as crazy as a loon." 

Bob laughed. "He'll be all right. 
He's been dreaming about the phan- 
tom maiden the old man told us 
about yesterday." 

I shook the sleep out of my head 
and followed the boys down the river. 
But I looked back at the Narrows 
several times. 





It was sticky hot, the kind of 
weather that brings rattlesnakes out 
in families. We bumped along the old 
Toll Road in our Jeep apprehensive 
of one or more of the slithering devils 
jumping down upon us from the rock 
ledges above. We knew they were 
there. This was rattlesnake country. 
Yes, just ahead on the upper edge of 
our narrow road was a big yellow 
beauty. We stopped the Jeep, got out 
and approached him. He saw us out 
of bright, bead-like eyes and wound 
himself into a menacing coil, his 
flat head high above his fat body. 
He knew that our intent was his quick 
demise. His tail went up and his 
twelve horny-looking rattlers gave off 
that nerve-tingling zinging sound that 
has no parallel for scaring folks. He 
was giving a fair warning to stay 

Tatham approached him from the 
lower side with a brush axe. "Don't 
get below him," I yelled. "He can 
jump twice his length downhill. Let's 
get above him." 

I had found a good throwing rock 
and my old baseball arm still had a 
lot of speed and accuracy in it. When 
close enough, I cut loose at the old 
buzzer with my Sunday pitch. The 
rock almost took his head off. His 
buzzing stopped and he began to 
wriggle. In a minute more we had 
several pounds of choice rattlesnake 
hamburger meat, a beautiful skin for 
a belt and twelve nice rattlers. We 
took only the latter trophy and left 
the rest for the hungry crows caw- 
ing in the dead tree above. 

It was only the beginning. At Pot 
Cove Gap we had just stopped and 
got out of the Jeep to carry our line 
ahead when one of the fellows found 
another rattlesnake only feet away. 
"He's yours, boys," I said. "I'm going 
on and set up the transit." 

At the top of the rocky ridge our 
trail crossed a long, sharp-toothed 
rock. There we had one narrow fis- 
sure to step in. My right foot was up 
and hovering over the gap when I 
saw him. Another big rattlesnake. I 
turned on one foot, set the transit 
down and secured a green oak stick 
we had used for flagging line. With 
careful aim I broke the neck of our 

third rattler of the morning. I car- 
ried him back to the fellows who had 
finished number two. By that time 
they were almost afraid to leave the 
old Toll Road. "They're everywhere," 
Jones said. "They're fighting and 
singing up there in the cliffs." 

Nerves on edge, jumping at every 
little noise in the leaves, we finally 
got our line started. A few minutes 
later we found our fourth big rattle- 
snake, not thirty feet from where I'd 
killed number three. We mashed his 
head, got his ten rattlers and went 
ahead with our line. We followed the 
old Toll Road until lunch time, then 
went into the shade to eat. Cabe 
finished his sandwiches and reached 
over into the brush to pick up a 
stick. He jerked his hand back and 
scrambled to his feet. "It's another 
doggoned rattlesnake!" he exclaimed. 

We killed the rattler and went back 
to work. We knew there would be 
more — today maybe. If not today, 
tomorrow and the hot days to fol- 
low. Pot Cove Gap was the route 
the rattlesnakes used in crossing from 
the hot mountainside to the cooler 
slopes on the north side. 

And Pm Not A 
Cussin' Man 

By a Friend of the Newhouse Family 
SHYRL CRAIG — Lawrence, Ind. 
(English Teacher) 

I met her down by the dam site 
Before they built the dam, 

Her home was better by a dam site 
Than the home she left in Siam 

I courted her down by the dam site. 
There was no question, our love 
was true. 

She was the prettiest girl by a dam 

Of all the girls I ever knew. 
Then one day bad news was 
They were going to build the dam, 
And her folks were leaving the dam 

And moving back to Siam. 
I told her I'd buy the dam site, 

So they couldn't finish the dam. 
I said, "You're wkorth more by a dam 

Than being away in Siam." 
But before I could buy the dam site, 

They sneaked in and built the dam. 
Then to me she came crying and 

"Oh please buy the dam that now 

I said "It's impossible, baby, 

Go on with your folks to Siam. 
To me you're worth more than a dam 

At the same time, you're not worth 
a dam." 

Chairman Hunt speaking at Jeffress Park Dedication. (Story on Page 21) 

Recent photos of the Ferries, Silver Lake and Pamlico going from Cedar Island to Ocracoke. 

(Gordon Deans, Photographer) 




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By the Highway Commission 
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Public Relations Officer Keith Hundley 

Editor Frances Newhouse 

Associate Editor Jewel Adcock 

Receptionist Janie Williams 

Photographer Gordon Deans 

Operations of N.C.H.C. Attorney General's Office .... 1 

Report on SASHO in Richmond 5 

Governor Moore's Remarks At Dedication 6 

A Family Plagued 7 

Outstanding Young Engineer 8 

T. Clarence Stone Highway 9 

1968 Highway — Pictorial Coverage 10-12 

Pigeon River Gorge 13 

State Highway Commission On Road 14 

Letter — The Chairman's Office 15 

Pot Luck 17 

35-40-45 Years Awards 18-19 

Headquarters 20 

Retirements — Divisions 1-14 24-25 

Division News 30 



Imagine Killing Someone With Your Car 46 

Civil Air Patrol 47 


Don Matthews, Jr. John F. McNair, III COVER 

W. W. Exum George L. Hundley „ _ , _ „ , „ , _ „ . ~ 

Our front Cover, Back Cover and Inside Back Lover 
Ashley M. Murphy George H. Broadrick are all scenic views of the reoently op ened 1-40; oar better 

Carl Renfro Raymond Smith known to Highway Engineers as the Pigeon River Gorge. 

J. B. Brame W. B. Garrison This stretc h 0 f highway is known to be the toughest 

Carl Meares James G. Stikeleather, Jr. job tackled by Highway Engineers during the past 10 

_ „ TT „, _ years. The day of dedication Ootober 24th was a memor- 

Thomas S. Harrington W. Curtis Russ . ., . , , iji j 

able one lor quite a lew who have worked so long and 

diligently on this project. 

W. F. BABCOCK .. .. State Highway Administrator We congratulate and salute each and every one who 

C W. Lee Chief Engineer had a part in the design and construction of this road. 

George Willoughby Secondary Roads Officer I* is beautiful and certainly an asset to North Carolina 

William M. Ingram Controller Road History. 

Operations of the North Carolina Highway Commission 

Attorney General's Office 


The State Highway Division of the North Carolina 
Department of Justice has its main offices on the second 
floor of the old Highway Building facing Wilmington 
Street in the City of Raleigh. 

Operating with an authorized staff of nineteen attor- 
neys and eighteen secretaries, this Division provides the 
legal assistance required by the Commission in all mat- 
ters pertaining to highways in North Carolina. 

Deputy Attorney General, Harrison Lewis, has adminis- 
trative control over his division's organization and duties. 
Among his many duties is his responsibility for seeing 
that the policy of the Attorney General is carried out in 
the Highway Division and for developing and administer- 
ing policy, procedure and organization within the High- 
way Division. He has the responsibility for the assign- 
ment and coordination of all work within the Division and 
acts as legal counsel to the full Commission in session. He 
personally handles the research and writing of major 
legal opinions relating to street, highway, and eminent 
domain questions and reviews and approves as to legality 
all construction contracts let by the Commission. In 
1966, these contracts represented an expenditure of $112,- 
500.00. He is frequently called on for advice or counsel 
to the Administrator and department heads of the State 
Highway Commission on the varied legal matters which 
affect the operation of the State Highway Commission. 

Under his direct responsibility are those attorneys as- 
signed to two major units under his supervision. These 
are the LANDS SECTION which deals with all facets 
of right of way acquisition and the CONTRACTS AND 
CLAIMS SECTION which participates in the determina- 
tion of claims brought by highway contractors, tort 
claims and other miscellaneous matters. 

The case load now handled by the LANDS and CON- 
General's office is a large one. A considerable increase 
in work due to the $300,000.00 Highway Bond Program 
in addition to the Federal Highway Aid Program and the 
Appalachia Highway Program has accounted for this 
gain. At the close of the previous biennium, one thousand 
three hundred thirty-five (1,335) condemnation cases 
were pending. During the biennium, nine hundred seven- 
ty-four (974) suits were instituted either by or against 
the Highway Commission. Nine hundred sixty-three (963) 
suits were disposed of, one hundred twenty-two (122) of 
which were terminated by jury trials in the Superior 
Court. The balance were settled either prior to or during 
trial. One thousand three hundred forty-six (1,346) con- 
demnation and related cases are now pending. The State 
Highway Commission has been represented in the Su- 
preme Court in fourteen (14) cases during the past bien- 
nium and four (4) cases were disposed of in the Court of 
Appeals. In addition, the State Highway Division of the 
Attorney General's Office takes on assignment from its 
main office a significant number of criminal cases for 
argument before the Supreme Court and Court of Ap- 

Mr. Lewis' Secretary, Mrs. May Lib Green. 


Left to right are the following lawyers: Eugene Smith, 
William F. Briley, I. B. Hudson, Fred Parker, Charles 
W. Wilkinson, Jr., (standing), Harrison Lewis, Deputy 
Attorney General, Thomas B. Wood, (standing), J. Bruce 
Morton, Claude Harris, Jim Magner and D. M. Jacobs. 

peals. During the biennium, the members of the Attor- 
ney General's staff, also, assisted in the determination of 
a large number of claims brought by highway contractors 
arising out of contract work carried on by the Commis- 
sion. At the close of the biennium, twenty (20) contract 
cases are pending. The staff has, also, represented the 
Commission in the adjustment of claims for damage to 
Commission property and numerous other miscellaneous 
matters. In addition, members of the staff have drafted, 
reviewed or approved approximately sixteen thousand 
(16,000) leases, deeds, right-of-way claims, encroachment 
contracts, miscellaneous agreements with utilities, rail- 
roads, municipalities and other governmental agencies, as 

Mr. H. T. Rosser, Assistant Attorney General (Con- 
tracts and Claims). 

well as construction contracts. The staff has, also, render- 
ed advice and assistance to the Commission in virtually 
all of the legal functions of the Highway Commission and 
all legal problems arising in which the Highway Com- 
mission is involved. 

A more specific study of the functions of the LANDS 
their importance to the smooth operation of highway 
acquisition, construction, and related matters. In discuss- 
ing, first, the LANDS SECTION duties, will involve an 
investigation of the jobs allocated to its personnel. The 
attorneys in this section are superintended by Mr. An- 
drew H. McDaniel, Assistant Attorney General. It is 
presently composed of an assistant attorney general, nine 
(9) trial attorneys making up the Trial Unit, and four 
(4) staff attorneys making up the Office Unit, plus 
secretarial help. Two of the authorized attorneys are as- 

Above is Mr. Andrew H. McDaniel, Assistant Attorney 
General (Lands Division). 

signed to the Asheville field office which handles land 
matters in the western part of the state. The section is 
called upon to render many legal opinions to the Right 
of Way Department and other officials relative to land 
acquisition and disposition. The legal duty of the Trial 
Division of this Unit involving the greatest amount of 
their time is the preparation and trial, on behalf of the 
Highway Commission, of civil actions instituted by it. 
These cases are filed by the staff against those property 
owners who will not agree to accept the appraised dam- 
age of their property needed for highway construction. The 
statutory authority for commencing actions, also, provides 
for a procedure whereby property owners may bring an 
action against the Highway Commission. These suits 
brought against the Highway Commission are commonly 
referred to as inverse condemnation actions and generally 
involve alleged takings by reason of drainage, contested 
existing right of way and similar matters. To properly 
prepare for the trial of those cases instituted by the 


Commission and those inverse proceedings brought by the 
property owners requires a great deal of time and study. 
Much effort is spent in field preparations for trial in- 
cluding inspection, interviews, examinations of records, 
and pre-trial conferences with witnesses relative to their 
appraisals. The actual trial of many of these condemna- 
tion actions consumes two full days or longer. The Of- 
fice Unit for the trial section is charged with the respon- 
sibility of preparing necessary legal papers for the con- 
demnation of properties, securing service of process on 
the owners of these lands, and terminating by judgment 
or right of way agreement those matters not coming to 
trial. These staff attorneys do a great deal of drafting, 
rendering of legal opinions for the Right of Way Depart- 
ment and related legal research on questions involving 
wills, trusts, new right of way ownership, etc. 

tended by Mr. H. T. Rosser, Assistant Attorney General, 
has a primary duty of handling contractors claims against 
the Highway Commission as provided in G. S. 136-29. The 
Trial Attorney attends the Contractor's Hearings on the 
claims before the Administrator under the procedure of 
G. S. 136-29 for the purpose of obtaining additional infor- 
mation, rendering advice, and making recommendations. 

Mrs. Carolyn Lynam, Mrs. Marilyn Lee and Miss 
Shirley White. 

The claims, ordinarily, involve interpretation of highly 
complicated and technical contract specifications and 
technical construction and engineering methods. In cases 
not settled after a hearing before the Administrator, the 
contractor's procedure is to file a claim against the Com- 
mission in the Superior Court. The trial attorney pre- 

Miss Essa McBryde, Mrs. Sallie Steward and Mrs. 
Susan Copeland. 

pares all preliminary motions and participates in the 
hearings on the motions. These cases are heard in the 
Superior Court before a Judge without a jury. Also, un- 
der Mr. Rosser's supervision is an attorney responsible 
for handling Workmen's Compensation Claims and Tort 
Claims on behalf of the State Highway Commission, in- 
cluding investigation, preparation, negotiation, trial, and 
appeals. Employees of the State Highway Commission 

Mrs. Marie Wood, Mrs. Jan Kozma and Miss Irene 


Above are the following Secretaries in the Attorney 
General's Office: Mrs. Candie Johnson, Mrs. Sylvia Tur- 
ner, Mrs. Mary Ellen Merritt, Mrs. Sandi Jacobs, Mrs. 
Jeannette Flowers and Mrs. Shirley Wilson. 

who suffer personal injury or death while in the scope of 
their duties are entitled to recover monetary damages 
under the Workmen's Compensation Act, as set out in 
Chapter 97 of the North Carolina General Statutes. This 
attorney represents the State Highway Commission be- 
fore the Hearing Commissioner. If the matter is appealed 
by the Highway Commission to the full Industrial Com- 
mission, and from that body to the Superior Court and 
Court of Appeals, the Torts Attorney will represent the 
State Highway Commission's interest throughout. 

This division of the office handles the collection of 
delinquent accounts the majority of which grow out of 
damages to State property. Falling also under its jurisdic- 
tion are preparation and review of consulting contracts, 
revision of specifications, utility and railroad problem 
and compliance with the ever increasing Federal regula- 
tions relating to the above. 

The State Highway Division of the Attorney General's 
Office is fortunate to be assisted by many lovely and ac- 
complished secretaries ably supervised by Mrs. Mary Lib 
Green. With such assistance, the prospects for the con- 
tinued efficient, successful operation of this Department 
is assured. 

Mrs. Sandra Frazier 

Guy A. Hamlin and Secretary, Linda Snyder of the 
Asheville office. 

Giving advice is a very peculiar affair; and when one 
has looked round the world for a time and seen how the 
most cleverly designed enterprises fail, and how tihe 
most absurb often turns out well, one becomes chary of 
giving one advice. 

There is, at bottom, a certain restraint in him who asks 
for counsel, and an overweening feeling of superiority 
in him who gives it. One should only advise about mat- 
ters in which one is prepared to cooperate. — GOETHE 

Adversaries in law strive mightily, but ©at and drink 
as friends. — Shakespeare. 

The complex is the artist rendering of the interchange 
1-77 and Independence Blvd. in Charlotte. The drawing 
was done by Zigrida Smith of Roadway Design. 


Report On SASHO 

In Richmond 

Well known southeastern states highway personalities 
in attendance at the annual SASHO in Richmond October 
6-9 included (left to right) Virginia's Highway Commis- 
sioner Doug Fugate, West Virginia's Road Commissioner 
M. R. Hamill and our own Administration W. F. Babcock. 

Officials of the North Carolina State Highway Commis- 
sion joined those from the other Southeastern States (all 
the way from Alabama to West Virginia) in Richmond 
October 6-7-8-9 for the annual meeting of SASHO. 

In case you think the last word in that line just above 
is a square dancing term, it stands for THE SOUTH- 
FICIALS and is the region arm of AASHO, the Amer- 
ican Association of State Highway Officials. 

Twenty department heads and engineers of the North 
Carolina Highway Commission were delegates to the 
meeting, with papers presented to various committees by 

Highway construction was undoubtedly the topic of 
this SASHO discussion involving (left to right) John 
Thompson of Thompson-Arthur Paving Co., Greensboro, 
N. C, S. N. (Sy) Pearman, S. C. Highway Commissioner, 
Gene Robbins of ARBA and NCSHC's Chief Engineer 
C. W. Lee. 

Planning and Research Engineer Max Sproles, Equipment 
Engineer L. H. Gunter, Assistant State Traffic Engineer 
Harold Rhudy, Controller Bill Ingram and Public Rela- 
tions Officer Keith Hundley. 

The three day event included general session addresses 
by Virginia Governor Mills Godwin, Jr., Phil J. Bagley, 
Mayor of Richmond, US Senator Bill Spong of Virginia 
and SASHO president Douglas Fugate, Virginia's High- 
way Commissioner. 

One of the outstanding features of the meeting was 
a seminar on good community relations during which rep- 
resentatives of highway departments and the construction 
industry aired their views. 

1,000,000,000,000 MILES 

The President recently called attention to the fact that 
American motorists will drive 1,000,000,000,000 miles this 
yeair, setting a new record. He pointed out that highways 
give the American people a personal mobility unequaled 
in history; they permit more youth to obtain an educa- 
tion; and they give workers greater opportunity for jobs. 

At the same time, he noted, the planning and construc- 
tion of highways involve "major social responsibilities". 
Highway officials at every level of government must make 
sure that highway development makes a positive contri- 
bution toward meeting both the transportation and the 
environmental needs of people. 


Governor Moore's 
Remarks at 
of 1-40 1-26 

This is an exciting day for the peo- 
ple of Buncombe County, the Appa- 
lachian Region, indeed for the whole 
of North Carolina, and for travelers 
throughout the length and breadth of 
the United States of America. I am 
pleased and proud to be a part of 
this ceremony, dedicating the Junc- 
tion of Interestates 40 and 26. This 
is an imposing and useful link join- 
ing North Carolina with the commer- 
cial, residential and travel points of 
the continental United States. 1-26 
begins at this interchange and extends 
to Charleston, South Carolina. 1-40 
begins at Greensboro and extends all 
the way to 1-15, over 3,000 miles away 
in the State of California. 

The City of Asheville is truly the 
hub City of Western North Carolina 
and this interchange is the hub of 
the Asheville Area Expressway Sys- 
tem. This is the only 3-level inter- 
change in the State of North Caro- 
lina today. It took almost four years 
to the day to build it at a cost in ex- 
cess of $5y 2 million. The entire inter- 
change area comprises over 200 acres. 
There are 14 bridges either separat- 
ing the various roadways or crossing 
Hominy Creek. 

Millions of people, many of them 
yet unborn, will use this facility over 
its lifetime. It will become an integral 
and important part of North Caro- 
lina's 74,000-mile highway network. 
It will add to the convenience and 
potential of industry, agriculture and 
business, and become an important 
thread in the fabric of daily life in 
this area, and in the whole State as 

This administration has underway 
the biggest road-building and road- 
improvement program in the history 
of North Carolina. As I have point- 
ed out on previous occasions, approxi- 
mately $1 million is spent on the 
highwavs of this State every working 
day. At our present pace, approxi- 
mately 1,000 miles of new and im- 
proved roads are added to ithe system 
yearly. In recent years, one of the 
greatest boons in highway improve- 
ment for Western North Carolina has 
been the Appalachian program. Fed- 
eral funds, earmarked for this partic- 
ular region of North Carolina, have 
been a great asset in permitting us 
to build new roads. I felt that a simi- 
lar program should be inaugurated 

for Eastern North Carolina; and with 
this goal in mind, I helped form the 
Coastal Plains Regional Development 
Commission with the Governors of 
South Carolina and Georgia. We are 
now in the process of formulating de- 
velopment programs, including high- 
ways, for Eastern North Carolina, 
similar to the Appalachian program. 

Let me talk briefly about some of 
the Western North Carolina highway 
projects. This interchange will help 
tie our highway network closer to- 
gether and it will become an impor- 
tant influence in the use of roads al- 
ready existing and in those in the 
planning and construction state. 

The spur off this interchange into 
Asheville is a project financed with 
Appalachian funds. It provides an 
important connection between Inter- 
state 40 and Interstate 26 and the 
Asheville Expressway at the Smoky 
Mountain bridge. 

Interstate 40 is now practically com- 
plete all the way from Greensboro to 
Old Fort. The acquisition of right of 
way is in progress between U. S. 25 
at Biltmore, just a few miles from 
this interchange, to Old Fort. The 
Highway Commission has given top 
priority to the section between U. S. 
25 and Azalea where a connection is 
to be built to U. S. Highway 70. This 
will provide an Asheville by-pass and 
will help relieve congestion on the 
Expressway and tunnel road. I was 
pleased, and I suspect that Jim Stike- 
leather was ever more pleased than 
I, to hear that the Bureau of Public 
Roads has approved the proposed ex- 
tension of the Expressway through 

Beaucatcher Mountain to connect 
with Interstate 40, just east of Ashe- 

Turning to Interstate 40, the Can- 
ton by-pass has been completed and 
has been in use for several years. Now 
under construction and scheduled to 
be completed and opened to traffic 
this fall is the 20-mile section up the 
Pigeon River from the Tennessee 
line, which, along with four-laning of 
N. C. 284 will allow travel between 
Asheville and Knoxville, Tennessee, 
on a modern highway. I am highly 
pleased with the rapid progress of 
this project. 

Interstate 26 is complete from this 
interchange to East Flat Rock and is 
under construction all the way to N. 
C. 108 in Polk County. It is complete 
and open to traffic from N. C. 108 
to the South Carolina line and on to 

I know you are aware of major 
construction in the Asheville area. 
An additional bridge, adjacent to the 
existing Smoky Mountain bridge 
across the French Broad River, is 
under construction and will soon be 
completed. This project is also fi- 
nanced with Appalachian funds. Also, 
under right-of-way acquisition and 
scheduled for letting this fall, is 


another Appalachian project between 
the Asheville Expressway at the 
Smoky Mountain Bridge, continuing 
down the French Broad River and 
connecting with the Newbridge- Wea- 
verville project which was dedicated 
about 18 months ago as one of the 
first Appalachian projects completed 
in the United States. This proposed 
construction will be the last link in 
the North-South Asheville Express- 
way System. 

I think that you can see that we 
are moving rapidly ahead in the con- 
tinuing modernization and expansion 
of our highways. To a great degree, 
we have succeeded and will continue 
because of the dedicated and imagi- 
native work of people like Jim Stike 
leather of Asheville and Curtis Russ 
of Waynesville over in the Fourteenth 
Division. They have done outstanding 
jobs and this project and many others 
will stand as enduring monuments to 
their labors. Chief Highway Engineer 
Cameron Lee, Division Engineer F. 
L. Hutchinson and Resident Engi- 
neers George Prescott and K. W. 
Rabb, richly deserve great credit for 
their engineering and scientific inge- 
nuity in building this mammoth and 
complicated interchange. There aire 
not words enough or time enough to 
express gratitude to those deserving 
persons who helped make this struc- 
ture a reality, but I hope they will 
always be confident of the deep ap- 
preciation which we have for the con- 
tribution they have made. 

This is a great day for all of North 
Carolina, and I thank you for letting 
me share in this happy occasion. 


By Henry H. Smith 

The Picnic Table wants to invite you, 
To spend awhile and not say adieu. 
In North Carolina it's a welcome sign. 
Awaiting you under the longleaf pine. 
The Tarheel State will do it's best, 
To provide a place to stop and rest. 
The Picnic Table says "travelers 

They should stop often when on the 

Picnic tables sit on the mountains 

Where you reach up to touch the sky. 
Up here you'll see a wonderful view. 
Clouds down below, and a sky so blue. 
To all visitors traveling far, or near, 
The Picnic Table welcomes you here. 
And want all tourists to understand, 
They're always welcome in Funland. 

A Family Plagued 

The Earl Quesinberrys of 1255 Be- 
thabara Road, Winston- Salem, enjoy 
having company — but enough is 

One morning this summer Mrs. 
Quesinberry looked out her window 
and saw a Greyhound bus, a trailer 
truck and five cars in her back yard. 

On another day, 58 cars turned 
around in her driveway. 

The motorists weren't visiting. They 
were just trying to follow directions. 

The story began last March. The 
State Highway Department got per- 
mission from the Quesinberrys to 
grade their yard when the department 
began building the four-lane Marshall 
Street extension near their home. 

Since then things haven't been the 
same in the Quesinberry household. 

The surveyors miscalculated how 
much land they would need, and end- 
ed up taking more than 50 feet of 
the Quesinberry's yard. They left 
them with a nine-foot high bank and 
no driveway. 

Mrs. Quesinberry built a driveway 
through her neighbor's yard so both 
of them would have access to the 

Bethabara Road was closed to traf- 
fic, but someone had neglected to 
take down a sign on Cherry Street 
pointing down Bethabara to Wake 
Forest University. 

Unsuspecting motorists followed the 
sign. They wound up in the Quesin- 
berry's yard, where the road ends 
and the woods begin. 

"I spent all summer directing traf- 
fic," Mrs. Quesinberry said. "It was 
sort of funny. People would get out 
of their cars, scratch their heads kind 
of perplexed, look at that bank and 
try to argue with it. 

"I put a sign on a tree near the 
bank saying 'No you can't. One night 
two men drove their car up here, 
knocked on my door and told me. 
'We thought we could. Why can't 

"So I took the sign down," she said, 

The couple rents a garage apart- 
ment behind their house. One even- 
ing the tenant came home, and 
another car followed him up the 

The tenant got out of his car and 
so did the man. The man looked 
around, laughed ashamedly, and said, 
Well, it looks like we've gone as far 
as we can go." 

"Yeah, I guess so," the tenant re- 
plied. "I live here." 

One afternoon a drunk driver drove 
into the yard, drove back and forth 
a couple of times, then drove off the 

A policeman who investigated the 
accident asked him why he had driv- 
en off the bank. 

"Well, officer," he said, "I just ran 
out of road." 

All of it has not been funny. The 
bulldozers struck rock beneath the 
dirt, and now every time a road ma- 
chine goes by the house, the Quesin- 
berrys feel the vibration. 

The Quesinberrys say the vibrations 
have torn the door frames loose, pull- 
ed shelves out of the wall, knocked 
down pictures and crystal goblets, 
pulled the furnace loose from the wall 
and weakened the roof. 

The highway department re-opened 
the Quesinberry's claim and is offer- 
ing monetary compensation for the 
land and damage to the house, but 
the Quesinberrys say they will pro- 
bably have to move. The department 
will also build a 1-foot driveway 
through their yard to give people 
along the way better access to the 

And that will leave the Quesinber- 
rys with about 20 feet of yard. 

Quesinberry retired recently from 
20 years' service in the army. He had 
been in Ft. Gordon, Ga. When he 
came home to the visitors and the 
vibrations, he had a letter awaiting 
him from Governor Dan Moore. 

The message was "sort of ironic," 
Quesinberry said. 

It congratulated him on his military 
service and said, "Welcome back to 
North Carolina." 

They were going to frame the let- 
ter and hang it on the wall. But it 
would just get knocked down, Quesin- 
berry said. 



Young Engineer" 
Max Russell Sproles 

Mr. Max Russell Sproles, Planning 
and Research Engineer for the North 
Carolina State Highway Commission, 
has been selected "Outstanding Young 
Engineer" of the year by the Eastern 
Branch of the North Carolina Section 
of the American Society of Civil En- 
gineers. This Award was presented 
Friday in Durham at the Branch's 
annual meeting. 

The Award is made to young engi- 
neers who have proven themselves 
worthy within their profession, as well 
as within the community in which 
they live. This is not an annual 
Award, but it is awarded when there 
is an acceptable candidate within the 
region of the Eastern Branch of the 
American Society of Civil Engineers. 

Mr. Sproles is a Registered Profes- 
sional Engineer and is active in both 
Professional Societies and Civic Or- 
ganizations. He holds an Undergrad- 
uate Degree from the Virginia Poly- 
technic Institute, and a Master's De- 
gree in Civil Engineering from the 
Georgia Institute of Technology. His 
professional experience has been one 
of increasing responsibility in first 
Federal and now State levels of Gov- 
ernment. Prior to joining the North 
Carolina State Highway Commission 
in 1966 as Assistant Planning and 
Research Engineer, he held positions 
with the U. S. Bureau of Public 
Roads in both the North Carolina 
Division Offices and the Southeastern 
Regional Offices in Atlanta. 

Mr. Sproles and his wife, Wanda, 
and their two children reside in Ra- 
leigh at 313 Westridge Drive. 

Scenic Views — 1-40 — Over Jonathan Creek between Clyde and Fine's Creek 


T. Clarence Stone Highway 

Above is Ex-Senate Pro-Tern T. Clarence Stone. 

Thomas Clarence Stone has been road minded since 
he was a small boy. He used to play "convict" with a lift- 
tie red wagon and he and his friends would catch a play- 
mate and make him pull the wagon and they would fill 
up the mud holes on his street by cleaning up the dirt 
on the side ditches. 

He helped his father drive a team and wagon to meet 
the trains and get passengers to Leaksville over what is 
now NC 770 (Clarence Stone Highway). Later his father 
traded the mules for T Model Ford. He was the taxi 
driver and knew what it was to be stuck on the mud 
over those roads. 

His father was a County Commissioner and helped to 
start the good road movement. He helped to get the first 
tar base road built in Rockingham County, which in- 
cidentally did not come all the way to Stoneville. 

Clarence came to the Legislature in 1935 and got his 
choice Committee — Roads. He helped to keep the tolls 
off of roads in North Carolina. He fought every attempt 
for toll bridges and roads, and his opinion was, "when a 
man pays for his gasoline he has paid toll tax." 

A lot of misfortune has come his way; the main and 
most tragic being the death of his daughter 21 years 
ago in a highway accident. 

A lot of good fortune has also been his. In 1963 he was 
honored to be elected President of the Senate. (This due 
to the untimely death of Lt. Gov. Cloyd Philpot). As 
President of the Senate he created a new Committee — 
"The Committee on Highway Safety." He has done 

more than most towards highway safety and education for 
the people of our State. 

Recently in honoring him by naming a portion of NC 
770 for him, he commented the wonder, the honor while 
he was still on this earth — "you can't smell the roses 
when you are 6 feet under." I'm sure his father would 
have been doubly proud of this honor for his son, Clarence, 
we are. 

Will Rogers' Advice 
To The Candidates 

"Go Fishing Until Election" 

There would be a moratorium called on candidates 
speeches. They have both called each ether everything in 
the world they can think of. From now on they are just 
talking themselves out of votes. The high office of Pres- 
ident of the United States has degenerated into two or- 
dinarily fine men being goaded on by their political leech- 
es into saying things that if they were in their right minds 
they wouldn't think of saying. Imagine Mr. Hoover last 
night "any change of policies will bring disaster to 
every fireside in America." Of all the conceit. This coun- 
try is a thousand times bigger than any two men in it, 
or any two parties in it. These big politicians are so ser- 
ious about themselves and their parties. This country has 
gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of 
it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we 
have and still survived shows we are a super nation. If by 
some divine act of Providence we could get rid of both 
these parties and hired some good man, like any other 
business does, why that would be sitting pretty. This 
calamity was brought on by the actions of the people of 
the Whole world and its weight will be lifted off by the 
actions of the people of the whole world, and not by a 
Republican or a Democrat. So you two boys just get the 
weight of the world off your shoulders and go fishing. 
Both of you claim you like to fish, now instead of call- 
ing each other names till next Tuesday, why you can do 
everybody a big favor by going fishing, and you will be 
surprised but the old U. S. will keep right on running 
while you boys are sitting on the bank. Then come back 
next Wednesday and we will let you know which one is 
the lesser of the two evils of you. 

The difference between a politician and a states- 
man is that .the politician thinks of the next 
election while the statesman thinks of the next 

1968 Highway Conve 

lion Pictorial Coverage 


Ladies Activities at the Convention 

Photos by HAL REICHA, Correctional Employees Association (Photographer) 


Pigeon River Gorge 
Dedicated by Two Governor's 

For more than 150 years, man's ef- 
forts to slash a passage through the 
rugged Pigeon River Gorge in North 
Carolina's Southern Appalachian 
Mountains ended in frustration. 

The formidable mountain terrain 
discouraged engineer after engineer, 
depleted the coffers of at least two 
surveying companies seeking a rail- 
road path, and stopped a plank road 
after it had encroached only six miles. 

"Until 1956, man just stood off in 
awe of it," said Curtis Russ, a Way- 
nesville newspaper publisher and a 
member of the N. C. Highway Com- 

On October 24th, however, the con- 
quest of Pigeon River Gorge will be 
complete. Where once only Cherokee 
Indians and handy frontier hunters 
trod, ten-ton tractor trailers will be 
moaning across a 23-mile stretch of 
Interstate 40. Eventually 1-40 will 
provide a path from Greensboro to 
the West Coast. 

One of the most expensive stretches 
of highway ever built in the eastern 
United States, the 23 mile link from 
near Dellwood to the Tennessee line 
cost $33 million, about a million and 
a half dollars for each twisting mile. 

The cost of the project resulted 
mainly from the ruggedness of the 
terrain, according to Robert E. Pless, 
resident engineer on the job. The 
mountains, some of the oldest in the 
U.S., have been overturned many 
times, creating jumbled rock forma- 

"That's rough area up there," said 
Pless. "Slides caused a lot of over- 
run onto the road bed and there were 
steep gorges to fill and deep cuts to 
make. We made cuts up to 400 feet 
and fills up to 350 feet. One project 
alone cost $8 million." 

The new highway winds through 
the wilderness of Mt. Pisgah National 
Forest, just skirting the Great Smoky 
Mountains National Park. Huge rock 
formations jut out on one side of 
the highway while on the other side 
the Pigeon River can be seen at 
times hundreds of feet below as it 
cuts through the valley. 

Pless explained why mountain high- 
ways and railroads usually follow a 
river bed. 

"The river winds its way down a 
good grade," he said. "Water always 
finds the best way down. The used to 
locate roads by driving cows. They al- 
ways pick a good grade, too." 

There are two rivers in the area the 
highway could have followed — the 
Pigeon and the French Broad. There 
was a bit of mountain fueding when 
the route was selected back in the 

"The locating engineers finally de- 
cided on the Pigeon because in their 
opinion it would be a cheaper and 
more feasible, direct route to the Mid- 
west," said Russ. 

Some of the engineering facts kept 
by Pless and the State Highway Com- 
mission over the 10 years it took to 
complete the project point up the 
problems involved. For example, it 
took 125 carloads of explosives to 
blast through the mountains. There 
were 21,758,887 cubic yards of exca- 
vation, almost a million cubic yards 
a mile. 

Russ recalled the difficulty of sur- 
veying the route. "In some of the 
steep places, the man shooting the 
line would have to be lowered down 
steep cliffs on a rope, then pulled 
back up when he was finished. Some 
days they only made 500 feet and 
considered themselves lucky at that." 

Getting heavy equipment into the 
rugged area presented another prob- 
lem. Some of the machinery had to 
be dismantled, carried in and reas- 

At one point, the road disappears 
into a black hole in a wall of grey 
gneiss — a tunnel through a forma- 
tion engineers decided would cost too 
much to cut down. There are twin 
tunnels here — one for each two-lane 
road. A few miles to the east a single 
tunnel carries east-bound traffic while 
the west-bound lanes move on a 
ledge above. 

As the motorist enters the tunnels, 
three strands of modern lighting fix- 

tures help his eyes adjust to the 
change in light. Further inside, the 
lights narrow to a single strand. 

Unlike most interestate highways, 
this stretch of 1-40 runs side-by-side 
most of the way. The twin lanes are 
separated by what Russ refers to as 
the "Chinese Wall." Pless, with the 
engineer's preciseness, calls it a (con- 
crete curb) median barrier. 

The 42 inch high wall is designed 
with a curb which helps prevent ve- 
hicles from getting hung on it. The 
curb, says Pless, is designed to push 
the vehicle off the wall when it scrapes 
against it. 

The engineer says the median bar- 
rier was necessary so the road bed 
could be kept at a minimum, thus 
avoiding deeper cuts into the moun- 
tains and more expense. 

After more than 10 years of labor 
through the grudging metamorphic 
rock, rattlesnakes and thick mountain 
timber stands, the sophisticated four- 
lane highway will soon be completed. 
Only clean-up work, installation of 
guard rails, signs and other minor 
jobs are left. 

Dedication of the stretch from near 
Dellwood to the Tennessee line was 
held on October 24th with Governor 
Buford Ellington of Tenessee and 
Governor Dan Moore of North Caro- 
lina on hand to cut the ribbons. 

The highway won't be officially 
opened until late this fall when pav- 
ing on several miles in Tennessee is 
completed. But when it is opened, it 
will be a monument to the progress 
of road building since a surveyor 
stumbled out of the mountains many 
years ago and declared it wasn't feas- 
ible to build a wagon road throught 
the rough area. Undoubtedly, he was 
right then. 

Governor Dan Moore of North 
Carolina and Governor Buford Elling- 
ton of Tennessee were principal 
speakers at ceremonies beginning at 
11 a.m. Thursday, October 24th at 
the North Carolina-Tennessee border 
near Waterville marking the official 
opening of 38 miles of 1-40 in the two 


Highway officials of both states 
were reluctant to say the 38-mile sec- 
tion would be open to traffic imme- 
diately after the dedication ceremo- 
nies. However, officials of both depart- 
ments said they expected the highway 
would be open by the first of the 

Charles Speight, commissioner, 
Tennessee Department of Highways, 
said the 15.3-mile section of 1-40 in 
Tennessee was not open at this time, 
but would be open to traffic after the 
dedication on a limited basis. 

Speight said all four lanes of 1-40 
in Tennessee would be open from the 
intersection of State Route 22 at New- 
port to the Foothills Parkway inter- 

From that point only two lanes 
would be open to a point near Hart- 
ford, Tenn., and from there on to the 
North Carolina line four lanes would 
be open. 

He explained that slides in the 
deep cuts have forced construction 
crews to begin "benching" or terrac- 
ing work which may not be complet- 
ed before late in the year. 

Speight said cost of the 15.3 miles 
in Tennessee including right-of-way 
grading and paving was $19.1 million. 

W. Curtis Russ, state highway com- 
missioner for the 14th North Carolina 
Division, said the 22-mile section of 
1-40 in North Carolina begins at Cove 
Creek and runs 22 miles to the Ten- 
nessee line. 

Russ said the North Carolina link 
cost $33 million and included three 

One of the three tunnels involves a 
unique engineering feature, highway 
department officials said. Traffic 
bound for Tennessee will use an open 
cut, while Tennessee traffic going to- 
ward North Carolina will be routed 
through a tunnel. 

Tar Heel highway officials also 
said the 22-mile section is the larg- 
est project ever undertaken by the 
North Carolina department. 

Building the 38 miles of interstate 
highway in the rugged terrain of 
East Tennessee and Western North 
Carolina has been studied by highway 
engineers throughout the world. 

Delegations from Switzerland and 
Austria as well as other mountainous 
countries have visited the project. 
They have agreed that highway con- 
struction in this particular area is 

probably the most difficult of any 
similar project in the world. 

They pointed out that the terrain 
did not cause the major problems, but 
the texture of the earth and rock 
from which the highway was cut. 

One Tennessee engineer said, "it 
seemed like the rock and dirt had 
been oiled. We would blast it out, lev- 
el it, ditch it, and then it would slide 
almost before we could get the ma- 
chinery out of the way." 

Engineers from boith Tennessee 
and North Carolina said that slides 
would probably be a major problem 
along the route for many years. 

In addition to the two governors, 
members of the staff of both highway 
departments, representatives from the 
Bureau of Public Roads and state of- 
ficials from Raleigh and Nashville, 
Tenn., attended the dedication cere- 

State Highway 
On Road for 
Two Meeting 
in October 

After conducting business in Ra- 
leigh during August and September, 
the State Highway Commission went 
on the road again for two meetings in 

The first of these was in Hickory 
on Thursday, October 3, and Friday, 
October 4. The second revolved 
around the dedication of Interstate 
40 in the Pigeon River Gorge near 
Waynesville, with activities set for 
October 23-24-25 at Waynesville and 

The Highway Commission were 
guests of the Waynesville Chamber 
of Commerce on the evening of Oc- 
tober 23; then, with Governor Dan 
Moore, Tennessee Governor Buford 
Ellington and Federal Highway Ad- 
ministrator Lowell K. Bridwell head- 
ing the list, joined dignitaries from 
all over the southeast for the dedica- 
tion of the $33-million Pigeon River 
Gorge project on October 24. A spe- 
cial luncheon was planned later in 
the same day. 

The Commission then went to 
Cherokee where they were the guests 
of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee 
Nation on October 25. There, the 
Commission conducted its business in 
what would normally have been the 
November meeting. 

The Highway Commission was in- 
vited to meet in Hickory after the 
1967 General Assembly corrected a 
1965 legislative error which prevented 
the Commission from holding any of 
its out-of-town meetings there. 

The 1965 version of the Highway 
Law required three out-of-Raleigh 
meetings each year, with one to be 
scheduled in a town or city east of 
Raleigh, one in a town or city west 
of Raleigh but east of Hickory, and a 
third west of Hickory. This wrote 
Hickory out of the picture, but the 
oversight was corrected in 1967 when 
the language was changed to indicate 
a meeting to be held "in Hickory, or 
west of Hickory". 

After the correction was made, the 
City of Hickory invited the road body 
to meet there, and the invitation was 
accepted. This meeting coincides with 
the award of a $1.1 -million contract 
for construction of Hickory's Eastern 
Access Route. An apparent low bid of 
$1,135,267.24 was received on the pro- 
ject from Clement Brothers Company 
of Hickory on Tuesday, September 24. 

The Highway Commission in 1968 
met the requirements that it hold at 
least three out-of-town meetings by 
conducting business at Nags Head in 
May, at Greensboro in early June and 
at Blowing Rock in late June. 

There was no meeting din July, but 
regular business sessions were con- 
ducted in Raleigh during August and 


Happiness is a sunbeam which may 
pass through a thousand bosoms with- 
out losing a particle of its original 
ray; Nay, when it strikes on a kin- 
dred heart, like the converged light 
on a mirror, it (reflects itself with 
redoubled brightness — it is not per- 
fected till it is shared — Jane Porter. 

The really happy man never laughs 
— or seldom though he may smile. 
He does not need to laugh, for laugh- 
ter, like weeping, is a relief of men- 
tal tension — and the happy are not 
over-strung. — F. A. P. Aveling. 

Letters We Liked 

"The Chairman's 


North Carolina General Assembly 
Senate Chamber 
State Legislative Building 
Raleigh 27602 

October 1, 1968 

Mr. Vernon Rollins 

Division Traffic Engineer 

N. C. State Highway Department 

1429 Westover Terrace 

Greensboro, North Carolina 

Dear Mr. Rollins: 

I wish to thank you and commend 
you for the expedient and satisfactory 
manner in which you installed the 
stoplights at South Scales Street and 
Parkway Boulevard here in Reids- 
ville. They do an extremely efficient 
job for all traffic concerned, but at 
the same time are pleasing to the eye. 

Thanking you again for your past 
help, and offering my services when- 
ever called upon, I am 



* $ $ 

North Carolina General Assembly 
Senate Chamber 
State Legislative Building 
Raleigh 27602 

October 1, 1968 

Mr. Jack Bryant 

Traffic Services Department 

N. C. State Highway Department 

1429 Westover Terrace 

Greensboro, North Carolina 

Dear Mr. Bryant: 

I wish to thank you and commend 
you for the expedient and satisfactory 
manner in which you installed the 
stoplights at South Scales Street and 
Parkway Boulevard here in Reids- 
ville. They do an extremely efficient 
job for all traffic concerned, but at 
the same time are pleasing to the eye. 

Thanking you again for your past 
help, and offering my services when- 
ever called upon, I am 



♦ # ♦ 

Edgecombe- Martin County 
Electric Membership Corporation 
201 Wilson Street 
Tarboro, North Carolina 
September 27, 1968 

Mr. Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. 

N. C. State Highway Commission 
Raleigh, N. C. 

Dear Mr. Hunt: 

Some time ago it was necessary for 
us to relocate five miles of our elec- 
tric line adjacent to Highway #42 
which is being reconstructed. 

The people we dealt with locally 
were Mr. J. C. Jernigan and Mr. R. 
F. Coleman. The individual we dealt 
with at the Raleigh office was Mr. 
Bill Giles. We have completed relo- 
cating our line and have been paid 
for the non-betterment cost. Our busi- 
ness relationship with these gentlemen 
referred to was so completely satis- 
factory, that I am forced to bring to 
your attention the courtesy and 
friendly cooperation that we received 
from them. We wish all of our other 
business dealing were as pleasant as 
this one. 

Congratulations on having such fine 
men on your staff! 
With best wishes, I am 

Yours very truly, 
Edgecombe-Martin County 
Electric Membership Corp. 
/s/ G. Leslie Rucker 

* * * 

Aluminum Company of America 

Alcoa Building 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219 
September 27, 1968 

Mr. J. M. Hunt, Jr. 

North Carolina State 

Highway Commission 
Highway Building 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27602 

Dear Mr. Hunt: 

With all of the talk about our na- 
tional highway death toll and the 
many attempts to remedy the causes, 
we think that the very effective job 
our highway officials are doing to 
save human lives has been grossly 

It should be apparent to all of us 
that the driver is most often at fault 
in an accident. But that's a rather un- 
popular statement to make to millions 
of drivers. Nonetheless, it was time, 
we thought, to voice our opinion, 

Thus, the two-page national news- 
paper advertisement that appeared 
prior to the Labor Day weekend. 
Here's a copy of that message for 
your information. 

We share your concern for safety 
on the road, and we deeply appreciate 
the splendid work that you are doing 
to make our highways even safer. 


/s/ John B. O'Donnell 
Manager, Highway Products 

Future Highway 

Handsome little Joey Hunt 
(J. M. Hunt, IV) , lies in his baby 
2arriage and wonders what the 
future holds .... 

Well, if he takes after his 
proud grandfather, Chairman 
Joseph M. Hunt, Jr., he will 
surely be a public figure. We'll 
predict the year 2,000 will see 
J. M. Hunt, IV in the limelight 
either as Highway Chairman or 
Governor of North Carolina. 

Little Joey entered the world 
August 7, 1968 and is the very 
first grandchild of Chairman 
and Mrs. J. M. Hunt, Jr. 

His proud parents are Mr. and 
Mrs. J. M. Hunt, III, (Jody and 
Annette) of 2814 George Street, 

Joey's father is supervisor 
with Bell Labs in Winston-Sa- 
lem and received his PHD in 
Electrical Engineering at Duke 
University last year. 


A Message 

(Editor's Note: The writer of the 
following article is the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. M. H. Best, 311 Windsor 
Place in Goldsboro. He recently 
was presented the Purple Heart for 
wounds and the Army Commendation 
medal for outstanding service in com- 

By PFC Robert Wayne Best 

Co. B 3-22 Inf. 

25th Division 

APO San Francisco, Calif. 

My name is Robert Wayne Best 
and my family and I have lived in 
Goldsboro for the last 18 or 19 years. 
I am now serving in Vietnam. 

While in the field I wrote this ar- 
ticle which I think will be of interest 
to the people. Therefore, I hope you 
will print it for me. It is strictly my 
opinion, but I am sure there are peo- 
ple who will agree with me. I titled 

I have read in the newspaper about 
the riots, thefts, and the murders of 
our leaders. I firmly believe that the 
people involved in these unjust acts 
are doing nothing but destroying our 
nation. These people want their opin- 
ions heard. Therefore, they cause 
riots which cause the death of inno- 
cent bystanders. Also the burning of 
buildings. They steal because they say 
they have been dealt with unjustly. 
These people also refuse to give our 
leaders the one thing that they ask for 
themselves. The right to voice their 
opinions. Instead men like John F. 

Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and 
Martin Luther King are murdered. 
The reason is because some conspira- 
tor didn't want their opinions heard. 

If I had but one request to ask the 
people of our nation, it would be to 
remember our flag and what it stands 

I pledge allegiance to the flag 
of the United States of America and 
to the republic for which it stand. 
One nation under God, indivisible, 
with liberty and justice for all. 

Let us remember that as intelli- 
gent human beings, we should profit 
by the mistakes of others. We have 
read in history of the rise and fall of 
other nations. They fell because of 
violence and division within their na- 
tion. Therefore, let us remember that 
"United we stand, divided we fall." 
Those words have been said many 
times. Don't you think it is about 
time we started practicing them? 

Our nation was built on faith, truth 
and love. This is what we are fight- 
ing for now in Vietnam. So don't pro- 
test this war, but unite together and 
back us in order that we may soon 
bring it to an end. I am only one 
infantry soldier, but I believe that I 
can speak for us all when I say that 
we do not enjoy being shot at. We do 
not like watching our buddies being 
blown apart by a mortar or rocket. 
And we do not like sleeping in mud 
and jungles and rice paddies with 
mosquitoes and red ants as bed part- 
ners. Also you can rest assured that 
we know that all of us are not going 
back home to our families and loved 
ones. Although, we know all these 
things, we still keep on fighting. I'm 
not going to tell you why. Because if 
you are an American citizen and know 
the heritage of our nation, then you 
know why. However, if you do not 
know, then I suggest that you find 
out. After all, we are your sons, 
aren't we? 

House Wise 
To Delay 

Congress has backed away from 
action this year on legislation that 
would pave the way for heavier, wid- 
er and longer truck rigs on the inter- 
state highway system. 

The legislation has become too hot 
to handle a few weeks before election. 

So the House leadership is letting it 
die with the end of the 90th Congress. 

This will surely not be the end of 
efforts to increase federal truck limits. 
But it is a good time and place to 
stop and take stock of what is involv- 
ed. There are a great many answers 
that need to be found or publicized 
about the effects of heavier, wider, 
longer rigs before they are authoriz- 

What Congress once seemed on 
the verge of passing was not so dras- 
tic in itself. Basically, the bill would 
have changed the formula that states 
must enforce for trucks in order to 
get federal funds for interstate high- 
way construction. The legislation was, 
as truckers insisted permissive only. 

But few states could have resisted 
the truckers' pressure for this increas- 
ed authority. Moreover, the federal 
permissive authority for bigger trucks 
would have had to be extended to 
other highways, if only to allow the 
bigger trucks to reach destinations off 
the interstate system. 

As truckers also argue, a lot of 
study went into this new legislation 
which passed the Senate in the spring 
and was approved by a House Com- 
mittee. Unfortunately neither the 
study nor the legislation itself was 
well publicized. Worse yet, there was 
little mention of the hazards that 
trucks meeting the revised formula 
could create. 

Perhaps trucks should not be limit- 
ed to present weights, widths and 
lengths. Truck technology and im- 
proved roads may allow increases 
without creating any serious risks to 
the interests of other highway users. 

But before the jump is made, there 
should be more information on the 
costs that the relatively few big new 
trucks would add to the road con- 
struction and maintenance bill shared 
by all users. There should be a clearer 
understanding of the safety factor in 
legislation that would permit the op- 
eration of multi-unit truck "trains" 
as well as heavier, wider conventional 
truck rigs. 

These and other issues can expect 
a thorough, well-publicized going over 
when the truck legislation is taken up 
in the next Congress. The bill will 
have to go back through the entire 
legislative process of both houses. 

If and when it emerges again, the 
public and state legislatures should be 
in a better position to know what is 


K.5V»f , 'v.'--V'V?>+..' 

NO ANSWER — No answer is exactly what you'll get 
if you try to call Henry Hammond at the North Carolina 
Highway Commission today. Just a few short months ago 
we wrote here in this kol-yume that you'd better know 
which Hammond, Henry C, or C. Henry, you wanted 
when calling Henry Hammond around here. We tried 
desperately to explain it all . . . got a headache, called it 
quits. We, and the two Henrys sought a solution. Now, 
by golly, it's all solved. No more Henry C. in landscape 
getting C. Henry's calls about design matters. No more 
confused telephone calls and notes. No more nothing. 
There just ain't no more Hammond-hassle. C. Henry's in 
Australia. Henry C.'s in business for himself in Raleigh. 
That's a solution, fellows, but not the one we had in mind. 
ARE YOU KIDDIN? — Prominent friend of ours says 
he was eating (not by his own choosing) at a rather low- 
class cafe the other day at the morning meal hour. He 
ordered the blue plate special, and when it was served, 
there was a good old southern-type breakfast. Said friend 
listed the included items aloud while the waitress rear- 
ranged things on the table ... he said, "fried eggs, sau- 
sage, hominy grits . . ." To which the waitress replied in 
an unmistakable Yankee accent, "Look, Buster, you want 
to know how many grits . . . you count 'em." 

SUITCASE SYNDROME — This has been the traveling 
man's dream and the homebody's nightmare since back 
in September. First of all, Big Jim Stikeleather set up 
the dedication of that first of its kind tri-level interchange 
at Asheville September 10th. Then it was on to Hickory 
for the October meeting in that furniture center the 3rd 
and 4th of the month. More hospitality than you could 
shake a stick at. Back to Raleigh on Saturday the 5th 
in time to pack to leave for SASHO at Richmond from 
Sunday the 6th to Wednesday the 9th. But that's not all. 
Coastal Plains Development Commission meeting at Wil- 
son October 21. Grandfather Mountain and the Blue 
Ridge Parkway October 22. Dedication of Pigeon River 
Gorge 1-40 project 23 and 24. And the November meet- 
ing of the Highway Commission at Cherokee on October 
25th. Seems we'll get home just in time to check with the 
great Punpkin' before starting to fatten the old turkey- 
bird for Thanksgiving. 

LIMITED SCOPE — Had the great and unexpected 
pleasure the other day with good friend Jim Councill. 
As we discussed the problems of the world over some 
S & W food, the conversation got around to golf. (As 
usual, did you say?) Well, when we told Br'er Jim 
about the big golf tournament and about how Bill Moon 
was Champ of the Highway Commission, Jim said, "In 
Raleigh. You mean the Highway Commission in Raleigh". 
He grinned, then chuckled, and said, "I'm proud of old 
Bill, he's a good golfer, but you tell those tournament 
planners to expand the scope of their project next year". 


FIELD INSPECTION — We've heard it said that High- 
way Administrator W. F. Babcock is so snowed under by 
the sheer volume of paper work involved in today's high- 
way program he never gets out of Raleigh. Recently, we've 
had a spy watching him with orders to get a picture of 
his first trip into the "boonies". His handiwork is to be 
seen on this page . . . and admired. 

MAY I? — We noticed some spiffy cartoons in the last 
issue of this mag, including one with strong political tones. 
It'll be all right if we tell a political joke, won't it? We 
mean if we say "may I", and all. This one came from 
Senator William Spong of Virginia at the opening ses- 
sion of SASHO in Richmond. Seems Senator Spong ac- 
companied Louisiana's Democratic Jr. Senator Russell 
Long and five other senators from the GOP on a flight 
to a Space Agency complex near New Orleans. As they 
circled the field to land, it became known that the landing 
gear wouldn't come down and they didn't have a lot of 
fuel left. As they circled things got more and more tense 
until finally Senator Spong leaned over to Senator Long 
and said, "It doesn't look good, does it, Russell?" To which 
the man from Louisiana replied, "Now, don't you worry 
none, Billy, if we go, we're taking five of them with us." 
OVERHEARD — In the crowd at SASHO the other 
day we heard a delegate allow as how speech is like a 
wheel . . . the longer the spoke, the greater the tire. We 
didn't ask what committee meeting he'd just been to. 
We also heard one fellow say that he's getting concerned 
about how his kid behaves in school. Seems he brought 
home a note from teacher wanting an excuse for his 
presence. And you can't talk long to anybody these days 
without getting around to the cost of living. Friend of 
mine says the cost of living is like mini-skirts, we can't 
afford to have either go much higher. Someone else says 
the cost of living is so high today dreamers are having 
to use second hand materials to build castles in the air. 
That's All. 



Division I, L to R: W. H. Coleman (Asst. Div. Eng.), Henry C. Harris (35- 
Year Award). 

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Division II, L to R: James L. Overton (35-Year Award), C. W. Snell, Jr. 
(Division Engineer). 

Division III, L to R: Ashley M. Murphy (Commissioner), Luther R. Merritt 
(35-Year Award), Paul J. DuPre (Division Engineer). 

Division V, L to R: E. E. Faulkner (35-Year Award), Merle T. Adkins Division IX, L to R: Luther B 
(Division Engineer). Vaughn (35-Year Award) 

Division VI, L to R: K. C. Butler (Asst. Div. Engineer), Clarence R. Roberts 
(35-Year Certificate). 



Division VII, L to R: C. B. Alford (Asst. Hwy. Personnel Officer), Ira 0. 
Cooke (35-Year Award). 

Division VIII, L to R: William G. Brooks (35-Year Certificate), Thomas B. 
Hunt (35-Year Certificate), T. C. Johnston, Jr. (Division Engineer). 

Ii;t. Division Engineer), Euby L. Division X, L to R: J. Raynor Woodard (Hwy. Personnel Officer) William E. 

Woodruff (Suggestion Award). 

Division XI, L to R: H. E. Kunce (Asst. Division Engineer), James Atwell 
(45-Year Service). 

Division XII, L to R: George D. McRee (35-Year Certificate), Jason H. 
Westmoreland (35-Year Certificate) 

Suggestion Award Members, L to R: G. A. Morton, D. S. Jones, J. F. 

Division XIII, L to R: Cloyce B. Alford (Asst. Hwy. Personnel Officer), 
Philip M. Hensley (35-year Certificate) (Equipment). 


Hi I 

Division XIV, L to R: William C. Rogers (35-year service), A. J. Hughes 
(Division Engineer) 


By Jewel Adcock 


WAY — Happiest 
girl in the Right 
of Way Depart- 
ment was MA- 
secretary to M. E. 
WHITE — that 
was the day her 
husband [returned 
from Vietnam! 
Employees miss 
resigned to accept other employment. 
Welcome to TERRY HILL and 
JAMES EINSTEIN, new (employees. 

1968!!! Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Forrest 
of the Right of Way Department stole 
the show at a N. C. Motor Carriers 
Convention in Asheville on October 
8. This year's social night called for 
guests to come as hippies. Though 
no award was given for the best cos- 
tume, we believe they could have won 
first prize very easily. 

Employees are glad to see JIM 
MOORE back on the job after a re- 
cent hospitalization. Oo-woirkers miss 
PAT BEACH, temporary employee, 
who resigned to return to school. 

tioned in Asheville the seoond week 
in October, where she attended a 
convention with her husband. JOHN 
FIELDS and family enjoyed a trip 
to Foirt Lauderdale, Fioirdda during 
the month of August. ELEANOR 
TAYLOR and family spent a nice 
vacation at Nags Head. A. Z. WIL- 
LIAMS and family spent a weeks 
vacation in Myrtle Beach, S. C. dur- 
ing August. Since the temperature 
was 108 degrees, A. Z. (really enjoyed 
his air- conditioned oar. 

Employees are glad to have ELEA- 
NOR BRANTLEY back in the De- 
partment — she was transferred from 
the Appraisal Section. Also, it's nice 
to have BOBBY HEATH back in the 
Raleigh Office. 

Karen Jones, daughter of LU- 
CILLE JONES, won "Miss Congen- 
iality" in the "Miss Apex" Contest. 
Jennie Lou Jones, sister of BECKY 
JONES, won "Miss Twinkles" in 
the same contest. 

JUDY BISHOP, farmer secretary 
to Mr. White, is the proud parent 
of a baby boy, born September 7th. 
Congratulations Judy and Jim! In the 
Highway Commission Golf Tourna- 
ment, out of seven place winners, 
Right of Way won four — BILL 
MOON— low gross; JOHN HOLMES 
won 2nd place in a sudden death play 
off; CLIFF CARROLL won 3rd 
place; and BILL MOON won 5th 

The Clark Methodist Church in 
New Bern was the setting for the 
August 10th wedding of AYDREN 
FLOWERS and Jeannette Phifer. Af- 
ter a trip to the beach, the couple 
are making their home in Raleigh. 

WILSON, JR. attended the SASHO 
Convention in Richmond, Va. October 
7-8-9. Good luck to Mirs. Peggy Bow- 
ers, who recently iresigned. Welcome 
to Miss CATHERINE BOYD, who 
(replaces Peggy. It's nice to see HO- 
back at work after a bout with their 

Congratulations to the following 
new parents: Mr. and Mrs. MOTA- 
MEN on the birth of a son, Mark 
Andrew, September 10th; and Mr. 
DALL, a son, William Allen, born 
September 20th. 

"Now that the election is over, I 
just wonder how things will go in 
Washington," ponders little Robert 
Donald Hurlbut, II. Born June 25, 
1968, Robert's dad is employed in 
Roadway Design. 

"I knew my candidate would win," 
laughed little James Elvin Jackson, 
Jr. His proud dad, James E., Sr., is 
an employee in Roadway Design. 

Anthony M. Futrell, Jr., age 3, is 
the son of Anthony and Ann Futrell. 
Anthony's mom is an employee in 
the Roadway Design Department. 


This precious little doll is Karmen 
Britt Westbrook, daughter of Joe and 
Hilda Westbrook, Karmen's dad works 
in Roadway Design. 

"You know, this election has me 
puzzled", says William E. Betters, III, 
son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Bet- 
ters, Jr. William's dad is employed in 
Roadway Design. 

New employees in the department 
include: GEORGE W. BROWN, 

Welcome to Mrs. ANN STE- 
PHENS, new secretary to W. A. 
WILSON, JR. Ann replaces Mrs. 
Carolyn Lee who resigned to keep 

Employees in the department miss 
the following former fellow workers 
who resigned recently: Barney Ro- 
berts, Robert Roberson, Charles 
Elam, Stephen Woodall, Laney Wil- 
son and Terry Russell. ERNEST 
MALLARD transferred to the Train- 
ing Program and BILLY VEASEY 
transferred to Construction. 

JEAN DELL'ACQUA is all smiles 
now that her husband. Ant, is at 
home and getting along fine following 
an appendectomy. 

Mr. and Mrs. HOWARD CRIT- 

CHER announce the adoption of a 
daughter, Stefanie Joan. Howard is 
a Project Engineer in Roadway De- 
sign. (New father, Howard, admits 
he has already spoiled little Stefanie) . 

San Francisco, Hawaii and Las 
Vegas were on the agenda for MAR- 
THA and Charles ENSCORE in 
June when they boarded a Trains In- 
ternational Airlines jet in Charlotte 
for a 14-day vacation. The tremen- 
dous DC-8 jet held 250 people and is 
often used to transport troops to Viet- 
nam. In San Francisco, they visited 
Fisherman's Wharf, strolled through 
Chinatown, rode the cable cars, took 
a bus trip to see the giant redwood 
trees in Muir Forest and ate superb 
food wherever they dined. "Hippies" 
and "topless bars" were numerous. 

In Hawaii, they stayed at the Hil- 
ton Hawaii Village hotel, which is on 
Waikiki Beach. One day was spent 
visiting the Polynesian Cultural Cen- 
ter where authentic reproductions of 
six Polynesian villages have been 
built. Another day, they flew 900 
miles to see all 8 islands of Hawaii. 
The last three days of their vacation 
was spent in Las Vegas, where they 
enjoyed the entertainment in the 
nightclubs and spent lots of time put- 
ting nickel? in the slot machines. 



new permanent employees in the de- 
partment. It's nice to have JOHN 
as trainees. Mr. Newman was mar- 
ried to Sharon Thomas of Burlington 
September 8th. Good luck to Fred 
Pshyk and Wayne Shaw, who recent- 
ly left for other employment. 

The "fish tales" the men in the De- 
partment brought back from their 
fishing trip recently really came off 
fish this time! 

MORRISONS are the proud par- 
ents of a fine baby boy, James O'Dell 
Morrison, Jr., born September 11th. 

It's nice to have Mrs. CAROLYN 
JONES in the department as a new 
Steno II. 

LEE PHILLIPS transferred from 
the Highway Training Program to 
the State Maintenance Engineer's of- 
fice as Highway Engineer I August 

State Maintenance Engineer GEO- 
RGE BRINKLEY attended the 
Southeastern Association of State 
Highway Officials' meeting in Rich- 
mond, Virginia October 6 -9th. 

PURCHASING — Our heartfelt 
sympathy to B. P. LAMBERT upon 
the death of his mother September 
30th, and to W. A. BENTON on the 
death of his father October 2nd. 

This glamorous little "Miss" in the cute sun hat is Amanda Lee Warlick, 
age 2. Amanda is the daughter of Jim and and Joan Warlick, and mom is a 
draftsman in Planning & Research, 


This precious little miss is the dar- 
ling granddaughter of Leona Sidbury 
(Purchasing Dept.)- Her name is 
Shannon Leigh Sidbury and she lives 
in Tennessee with her Dad and Mom, 
but believe you me Leona and Mason 
see her quite often. 

Welcome ito the following new em- 
steno, from Portsmouth, Va.; JAN- 
ICE BALL, steno, transfer from Mo- 
tor Vehicles; CAROLYN BAILEY, 
Typist II in order writing section; 
and PAT LAMM, Typist I, in order 
writing section. 

It's certainly nice to see SUE DA- 
VIS back at work after being hospital- 
ized with pneumonia. 

LOCATION — Our deepest sym- 
pathy to NANCY ROUTH upon the 
recent death of her father, Mr. Wal- 
ter Gunter. 

Norma Lynn McNeill was only two 
days old when this picture was taken. 
She was born July 23, 1968 to Mr. 
and Mrs. Norman L. McNeill of 
Monroe. Dad is with Location in 

Wedding bells Jiang of September 
(who married the farmer Annette 
Darden of Meadow. 

Employees welcome RICHARD 
LEE CROUCH, JR., new member 
of the Geology Section under the 
supervision of FRITZ KOCH. 

LANDSCAPE — Welcome to Mrs. 
replaces Mrs. Sandra Jackson in 

MR. SAUNDERS, Area Landscape 
Supervisor, attended the Ohio Short 
Course in Columbus, Ohio the week 
of October 7th. 

MR. PHELPS, Area Landscape 
Supervisor, attended the SASHO 
meeting in Richmond, Va. the week 
of October 7th. 

BOWEN accompanied Bruce Myers 
and George Crumb of the Bureau of 
Public Roads in the making of the 
motion picture, "The Regeneration of 
the North Carolina Roadside." 

Get well wishes to AL KIRK- 
LAND, Landscape Architect, who 
has been ill in Watts Hospital, Dur- 

EQUIPMENT — Best wishes for 
an early recovery to JUDY HALL, 
who at this writing is a patient in 
Wake Memorial Hospital. 

Employees are glad to hear that 
R. G. SETZER is steadily improving 
after a lengthy illness and are hope- 
ful that he will be able to return to 
work in the near future. 

band, Ernest, along with four other 
couples, attended "Rebel Round-Up" 
(square dancing) in Fomtana Village 
recently. Their daughters, Sylvia Eli- 
zabeth land Donna Leigh, have return- 
ed to college. Sylvia is attending 
Campbell and Donna is 'at East Caro- 
lina. Both came home for the N. C. 
State Fair. 

KATHLEEN UPTON attended the 
wedding of Miss Sue Harrington and 
Charles Greer in Wilmington Septem- 
ber 28th. 

Welcome to TERI TRUELOVE, 
new temporary employee with the 

come to the following new employees: 

The engagement of Miss Audrey A. 
Price, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. 
P. Price of Selma is announced to 
Larry O. High, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Odell High of Wendell. 

The wedding ceremony is planned 
for 4:00 P.M., November 9, at Cor- 
inth Baptist Church, Route One, Zeb- 
ulon. The public is invited. 

Recently hospitalized were REX 

Our deepest sympathy to BILLY 
BRIGGS upon the death of his fa- 
ther, to CARL JESSUP on the death' 
of his mother, to JOE LAMBERT 
who also lost his mother, to REX 
THOMPSON whose father-in-law 
passed away and to HARVEY 
STONE upon the death of his mo- 

From the grapevine we heard that 
kin pitching for Detroit in the '68 
World Series. His "cuz" Mickey Lo- 
lich was a hero! 

KEN J ARM AN is happy to an- 
nounce for his collie, "Princess," that 
she is the proud mom of three new 
pups — "Raymond," "Billie," and 

Vaoation time found employees 
venturing to the mountains and sea- 
shrores of Tarheelia. DON CORWIN 
and family enjoyed camping trips to 
Salterpath and announce they have 
graduated from a tent to a camper. 
Others in the department who have 
"camping fever" are: BILL COFER, 
WELL. Bill Cofer believes in "do it 
yourself." He's building his own 


SUM- ■ 


A lovely wedding ceremony was 
held in the Highland Methodist 
Church in Raleigh September 7, 1968, 
uniting Miss Lorette Jeanne Person 
and Kenneth Ray Shorter in mar- 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Junius Watkins Person of 
Whittier, California and the bride- 
groom's parents are Mrs. Robert N. 
Shorter and the late Mr. Shorter of 
Salem, Virginia. 

The new Mrs. Shorter attended 
Santa Monica College, is a graduate 
of Hardbarger Business College and 
holds a position in the Payroll Section 
of Finance. The bridegroom served in 
the U. S. Air Force and is employed 
by IBM in the Research Triangle. 

After honeymooning in the moun- 
tains, the couple resides in Cary. 

The beaches lured some employees. 
MARIE KIVETT and husband, Ed- 
die, vacationed at Carolina Beach, 
while Topsail was the choice of 
MERTIE DIXON and family. 

BRIDGE — It's nice ito have sev- 
eral new employees in the Depart- 
ment. DAN WOODALL recently 
transferred from Permits to Bridge 
Design. DON IDOL, former part- 
time employee in the drafting room 
and more recently on the training 
program, is now a permanent em- 
ployee. DONALD WALL is on the 
training program. GREGORY WAL- 
KER is a new trainee. In Final Esti- 
mates, MARVIN STRONG is a pairt- 
time employee and DAVE SCOTT 
is permanent. Good luck to LLOYD 
WALKER, who resigned to work in 
"Land Surveying" in Columbus Coun- 
ty, where he has plains to build a 
new home. 

SUE ROYAL'S six-year courtship 
ended in marriage September 1st to 
Glen Flowers. The newlyweds are liv- 
ing in Benson. 

married about 18 months, recently 
visited Eddie's parents in Tehran, 
Iran. Linda was happy to meet her 
new "in-laws" and to see their beauti- 
ful country. The Ettefaghs were gone 
about six weeks and visited places of 
historical interest, the beach on the 
Caspian Sea and enjoyed evenings at 
several night clubs. 

Our deepest sympathy to BEN 
TERRELL, whose mother died in 
September and to CRIS EASON, on 
the untimely death of her husband. 

CATHY LASSITER, trainee, re- 
cently vacationed with her husband 
in the mountains and at the coast, 
deep sea fishing, before he left for 12 
months of duty in Vietnam. BOBBY 
POWELL drove "way out" to Wyom- 
ing on a hunting trip. The party, 
gone three weeks, bagged a deer and 
an antelope. 

attended the October meeting of SA- 
SH O in Richmond, Va. Prior to this, 
Mr. Norris and his wife, Jessie Ruth, 
were in New York City for an inter- 

national meeting regarding ortho- 
tropic bridge floors and a few days 

XON enjoyed a recent trip to Myr- 
tle Beach. They stayed at the Amer- 
icana Motel and took their dates to 
St. John's Inn for dinner and danc- 

KEN CREECH claims that he and 
LANDIS TEMPLE really got a 
"work-out" during a weekend of touch 
football and surfing with their Jun- 
ior League baseball team at Landis' 
beach cottage. Landis and Ken are 
regular coaches for the team. 

After his recent trip to New York 
City, ROYCE CARROLL'S advice 
for future visitors is to "button down 
your wallet". His wallet was stolen 
and the "slip-out" was so expertly 
done, he has no idea when or where 
it happened. Attention girls: Royce 
claims he still has date money! 

R. S. WICKER, who is ill at 
home, is genuinely missed from the 
office. Everyone in the Bridge De- 
partment hopes he will soon be well. 
Mr. Wicker was hospitalized for 
some time at Wake Memorial and 

Craig Rhudy, son of Assistant State Traffic Engineer and Mrs. Harold C. 
Rhudy, was selected from his class of 626 trainees at Lackland Air Force Base, 
Texas, to receive the American Spirit Honor Medal. The award is given to the 
trainee of each class who best displays the qualities of leadership. The base 
commander wrote the Rhudys that their son "has been an asset to this or- 
ganization and has proven himself an outstanding citizen in uniform." 


Division I, L to R: Atwood Askew, Floyd R. Gilden, Sammie D. Jones. 

Division II, L to R: Alvin A. Beacham, William S. Clements, William F 
Edwards, Stanley L. Mann, James L. Overton, Jake D. Ragan. 

Division III, L to R: Robert A. Ashworth, Jr., Kedar Bryan, Cober L Burge 
Ander Brance Faircloth, Franklin B. Hewlett, Oscar Lloyd Lanier. 


Division IV, L to R: Willie V. Byrd, Henry L. Hales, John E. Joyner, Charlie 
L. Narron, William F. Taylor, Harry A. Turner. 

Division V, L to R: David A. Grissom, Lonnie G. Murphy, Henry E. Shaw, 
Weston L. Stephenson, Merle T. Adkins, Div. Eng. 

Division VI, L to R: Robar B. Allen, Robert A. Averitt, Ben T. Bordeaux, 
Alexander E. Cox, Albert B. Home, Lawrence Priest. 



Division VII, L to R: Ollle N. Alley, T. A. Burton, Garland 0. Clodfelter, 
Clarence I, Walters. 

Division IX, L to R: Jay R. Basil' 
A. Joyce, Raymond S. Kearns, Jos) 

lf:k (Retirement Certificate). T. C. 

Division X, L to R: John R. Brown, Zeb Vance Goodman, Charlie W. Hur- 
locker, James R. L. Mills, John P. Thomas. 


Division XI, L to R: Crom Monroe Dancy, Dallas S. Ingram, Charles A. 
King, Clarence G. Livengood, Joseph A. McLean, Ermm E. Osborne. 

Division XII, L to R: George D. McRee, Drather H. Spangler, Jason H. 

| ah H. Cole, Fred R. Doty, Robert 
I Schenk, Henry C. Sowers. 

Division XIV, L to R: Amos D. Cabe, William V. Jenkins, Harve D. Lance, 
Paul F. Lominac, Horace J. Morgan, John F. Shope. 

Division XIV, L to R: Ralph T. Snelson, Jewel R. Thompson, William E. 
West, Joseph C. Wilkey, Omer C. Elliott, 0. L. Wilson. 

Unit 15 (Raleigh Area) L to R: Mrs. Elizabeth J. Hughes, Thomas R. Buch- 
anan, Bryan Moore, Frank E. Godbold, William A. Tyson, James H. Good- 
win, H. F, Waller, Rayford B. Gupton. 

Division XIII, L to R: John B. Bright, Conley G. Hoi I if i e Id, Marvin W. Mc- 

vacationed at Maggie Valley in Aug- 
ust. The WALTER WILEYS also 
visited the N. C. mountains. 

daughter, Linda, enjoyed a week in 
New York City in August. 

a June graduate of Duke will be leav- 
ing this month. "Woody" has worked 
in the department for the past five 
years during the summer and is plan- 
ning a wedding in Duke Chapel De- 
cember 14th to William Bassett. 

Congratulations to JOAN WAR- 
LICK, recent award winner in a 
poetry contest. Joan attended "Poe- 
try Day" (sponsored by the Poetry 
Council of N. C.) at Asheville in Oc- 
tober. Her poem, "Reflections on a 
TV News Report," won first prize 
in the Charles A. Shull contest of the 

Welcome to new employees TONY 

Miss Jacqueline Marie Britt of Ra- 
leigh was married July 14, 1968 to 
Grant Toneill Bridgers, Jr., also of 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Maxie Edward Britt and 
parents of the bridegroom are Mr. 
and Mrs. Bridgers of Ahoskie. 

Mrs. Bridgers, Jr. attended Atlantic 
Christian College where her sorority 
was Phi Nu, and is a graduate of Ra- 
leigh School of Data Processing. 

The bridegroom attended East 
Carolina University and is also a 
graduate of Raleigh School of Data 
Processing. He is a member of the 
Data Processing Department with the 
Highway Commission. 

FINANCE — Cupid has been 
working overtime in Finance. CATH- 
IE WELLS was married to Ronnie 
McLean August 25th. Ronnie is a 

senior at State and Cathie is in Key 
Punch. The couple lives in Raleigh. 

On September 21st, LARRY PE- 
TERS was married to Donna Lynn 
Womble. Larry is with General Ac- 
counting. The newlyweds reside in 

October 11th was the wedding date 
of SALLY MOSS, who became Mrs. 
Otis Richard. Sally is with the equip- 
ment section. 

LARRY WATERS is a new mem- 
ber of the Tab section. ELVA JONES 
recently joined the insurance sec- 
tion. Betty Wheeler is home await- 
ing the arrival of the stork. Betty 
was a member of the insurance sec- 

ENBORN, III, are new members of 
the Payroll Section. JOHN JOYNER 
of Payroll has transferred to General 
Accounting. New faces in General 
Accounting are GARY BLEVINS, 
J. P. SHORTER, Accounting Clerk 
I, F. L. RUBES and J. M. McAR- 
THUR, Pro. trainees. 

Friday, October 11th was the last 
work day for Laura Blaylock in Key 
Punch, who resigned to await the 
arrival of the stork. 

Employees are glad to see KAYE 
SCARBORO back at work after a 
short illness. Kaye reports she had 
all four wisdom teeth removed at 
one time! 

BERTHA DANIEL, former secre- 
tary to W. M. INGRAM, Controller, 
has a new position in Finance as Ac- 
counting Clerk IV. Mrs. EUNICE 
MURPHY replaces Bertha as Mr. 
Ingram's secretary. 

Punch is beaming over her sparkling 
new diamond, recently received from 
Jimmy Parrott. 

Third Annual Photogrammetric Golf 
Tournament was held September 20th 
at Sippihaw Country Club, in Fu- 
quay. Fabulous Hawaiian dancers 
entertained at a dinner after the 
Tournament. Trophies were awarded 
the winner: 1st FHte: (1) FRANK 
2nd Flite: (1) CHARLES McDON- 
CHURCH shared the exciting golf 
play at Sippihaw. 

Congratulations to FRANCIS R. 
LEDFORD of the Stereo Section on 
his marriage to Miss Lynn Gold of 
Shelby, August 18th, at the Zion 
Baptist Church in Shelby. Lynn is a 
recent graduate of Pfieffer College, 
where she majored in sociology. 

JIM McCLOSKEY of the Editing 

Miss Linda Faye Stone became the 
bride of William Edward Haynes Sun- 
day, July 14, 1968. 

The bride's parents are Mr. and 
Mrs. Harvey A. Stone of Raleigh and 
her father is employed with the 
Equipment Depot. Linda is employed 
with the Department of Materials & 

The bridegroom, employed in the 
Equipment Depot, is the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. G. C. Haynes of Raleigh. 

Section enjoyed a week's vacation in 
New York City recently. He attend- 
ed a major league baseball game and 
also did some sight- seeing. 

Our deepest sympathy to FRANK 
HOLDING of the Drafting Section 
on the recent death of her father. 

The Bridge Builders Club held their 

The Herman Johnsons are mighty 
proud of little daughter, Jennifer, age 
3, and her baby sister, Kelly Jean, 
born June 4, 1968. Dad is a Tech II 
in Materials and Tests. 


annual meeting ait the Point Harbor 
Grill in Point Harbor August 30th. 
Bridge Foreman W. R. TWIFORD 
acted as host. H. E. GASKIN of 
Washington was elected president and 
S. E. WOLLARD of Washington, sec- 
retary-treasurer. After the meeting 
the group of approximately 35 mem- 
bers and wives enjoyed a very fine 
seafood dinner. 

New employees include Mrs. GEO- 
ville; GRADEN DAVIS, who trans- 
ferred from Bridge Construction; and 
TOM PATE of Bridge Design. 

Employees miss MARVIN McKIN- 
NEY, who transferred to Highway 
Personnel. Marvin was honored with 
a luncheon at the King of the Sea 
Restaurant and also presented a gift 
from fellow employees before leaving. 

Congratulations to Bridge Mainte- 
nance Superintendent L. M. MIT- 
CHELL from Clinton on the birth of 
his second granddaughter. 

Mrs. Ronnie Warfield, the former 
Miss Lois Ruth Shearin, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Shearin, was 
married August 31, 1968 in the First 
Methodist Church in Cary. The cou- 
ple are at home in Raleigh and the 
bride is attending Hardbarger Busi- 
ness College. 

The bride's father is employed with 
Materials & Tests. 

ployees in the Department enjoyed 
vacations and short trips to the beach- 
es and mountains during late sum- 
HOCUTT had a wonderful vacation 
in New York City. They saw several 
Broadway shows and did lots of sight- 
seeing. Nancy visited relatives who 
took her to many points of interest 
around the big cdity. 

HUBERT W ATKINS and family 
spent an enjoyable vacation at Atlan- 
tic Beach. Among those enjoying the 
mountains of North Carolina and 
Tennessee were LAWRENCE MAR- 

SALLIE RHODES enjoyed having 
her son and his wife and young son 
"Trey" visit her this summer. At- 
lanta was the destination of HER- 
MUS LEONARD and his wife to 
meet their first grandchild, a beauti- 
ful little girl, born to his son and 
daughter-in- law. 

"LUCKY" and Laurie COOPER 
became the proud parents of a new 
son, Thomas Scott, born September 
13th. This is their third son. A girl, 
Kelli Dee, was born to RODNEY 
GODWIN and his wife September 
7th. The DAVID HOLLEMANS also 
became parents for the f irst time with 
the birth of a daughter September 
11th. David is an inspector located in 
Greensboro. Congratulations to all 
the new parents! 

Welcome to new typist, NANCY 
THORNTON, who recently joined 
the staff. Nancy replaces Brenda Da- 
vis, who resigned after being with 
the Department about seven years. 

On June 29th, KAY JONES, typ- 
ist in the Record Section, and Jerry 
Phillip Best were married in Garner. 
Best wishes and congratulations to 
Kay and Phil. They are at home at 
Route 10, Raleigh. 

The Raleigh office of Traffic Engi- 
neering and their families enjoyed a 
picnic at Pullen Park July 17th. Ham- 
burgers and hot dogs were grilled to 
perfection and very delicious. Games 
were set up, but the greatest pleasure 
came from the fellowship and getting 
better acquainted with the new per- 
sonnel and their families. EMILY 

Roy Williams gives his young son, 
Douglas, a tour of the family's new 
home on Lundy Drive, Raleigh. Roy, 
recently made Area Traffic Engineer, 
was formerly Traffic Engineer for Di, 
vision 8, 


"Well, hello there," says little Gre- 
gory David Carroll, son of David Ray 
and Shirley B. Carroll. "Greg" was 
born August 8, 1968 and his mom is 
a stenographer in the Bituminous De- 

JOHN ISLEY were in charge of the 

The Department welcomes new 
tenants at 122 N. McDowell Street. 
Emergency Planning Engineer, and 
his office assistants, DOT HAYES 
and MARY ANN JOBE, are well 
settled in their quarters now. L. H. 
BEAM of Construction and A. M. 
KREEM from Roadway Design have 
set up offices at 122 N. McDowell 
also, under a special assignment to 
rewrite standard specifications with 
HELEN BAREFOOT as stenographic 
assistant. The most recent addition at 
122 N. McDowell is Mrs. John D. 
Robinson, Executive Director of the 
Governor's Beautifieation Committee, 
who has her base of operations on 
the third floor. 

Congratulations to NEEDHAM 
CROWE and his wife, Flora, on the 
birth of a son, Samuel Dancey, July 
16th. Another new member of the 
Department, STEVE TANT, and bis 
wife, Elaine, have a daughter, Sherri, 
born March 16th. Congratulations to 
JOHNNY WILSON, summer trainee 
in the Department, who married Ma- 
rian Dalrymple August 3rd. 

attended the annual convention of 
the Institute of Traffic Engineers im 
Philadelphia the week of August 
25th. HAROLD RHUDY attended 
meetings of the Southeastern Associa- 
tion of State Highway Officials in 
Richmond, Va. October 7- 10th. JIM 


LYNCH attended the fall meeting of 
the American Society of Testing Ma- 
terials as a member of the skid-re- 
sistance committee. HAROLD 
KINS attended the Signal Applica- 
tion School in Davenport, Iowa, the 
second week in October. 

Several changes and additions in 
personnel have occurred recently. 
JIM STAMP, former Traffic Engi- 
neer for Division 3, became an As- 
sistant Area Traffic Engineer under 
ATE C. C. SESSOMS. Jim's replace- 
ment in the Division 3 spot is 
TWIGGS, transfer from the training 
program, is now Traffic Engineer 
for Division 11, with headquarters in 
North Wilkesboro. Wayne and Jerry 
are graduates from NCSU, both are 
married and have one child. 

DAVID WEBB has returned to the 
staff after working with the City of 
Charlotte and is Traffic Engineer for 
Division 12, in Shelby. RAY GOFF, 
who attended the Fayetteville Insti- 
tute of Technology, is now Engineer- 
ing Technician with ATE W. A. 
WARD. KENTON BLUE, who went 
to Central Carolina Technical Insti- 
tute of Sanford, is a new addition in 
the Signing Section. Kenton and wife, 
Vernelle, have a daughter. BRENDA 
JOHNSON is a new steno in the Ac- 
cident Identification and Surveillance 
Section. A coincidence — she is the 
third "Brenda" in the department. 
Her husband, Ronnie, works at NC- 
SU, and they are parents of a baby 
daughter, Rhonda Carol. FRED RO- 
SENDAHL, transfer from Photo- 
grammetry, is now with the Special 
Studies Section. Fred and Lou have 
a seven year old sen, Mark. 

JOHN IS LEY was recently pro- 
moted to an Assistant Traffic Signing 
Engineer. It's nice to have two for- 
mer co-workers back with the De- 
partment: JOE WILKINS, returned 
from private business to be an engi- 
neering technician with the Signal 
Section; .and DON BAKER, traffic 
control technician, transferred from 
Division 5 to the Signal Section. 

ROBERT JONES, who entered the 
SHC training program, has his first 
assignment with Traffic Engineering. 
LARRY STALLINGS has reason to 
be proud of his wife, Lynn, who re- 
cently passed her State pharmacist 

Vacation news includes the follow- 
ing persons and places: ROBERT 
DODGE and family, Holden Beach; 

GLENN GRIGG and family, Kings 
Mountain; BRENDA PRICE, Atlan- 
ta, Georgia, and the coast TOMMY 
JEFFREYS and wife, Shelby, and 
many tourist spots in Florida; PETE 
DEAVER and family, Kure Beach 
and the mountains; the JOHN IS- 
LE Y family, Western North Carolina; 
JAY OWEN and family, Tallahassee, 
Florida; the C. C. SESSOMS family, 
GILL and husband, John, also RO- 
WENA KEITH and her family, Myr- 
tle Beach; OLIVE DONAT and hus- 
band, Win, Atlantic Beach JIM 
BRYAN, Georgia and beach resorts; 
ED SILER and his family, thanks to 
their new camper, both the moun- 
tain and shore areas and ROY WIL- 
LIAMS and family, Bald Mountain, 
for a late October vacation. 

Four young women in the PACE 
program worked in the department 
during the summer: Mary Harris, 
Winston - Salem College; Brenda 
Smith, East Carolina University; 
Becky Holland and Jean Giles, NC- 


husband, Berg, flew to Hartford, Con- 
necticut Halloween night to spend 
several days with their daughter, 
tGarolyn. While there, Frances, Berg, 
and Carolyn went to New York City 
to see several plays and the sights. 
Highlights of the trip included seeing 
three plays: Golden Rainbow, Lovers, 
and Maine. Also, they enjoyed tour- 
ing Radio City. The entire trip was a 
gift from daughter, Carolyn, who is 
an engineer with Pratt Whitney Air- 
craft in East Hartford. 

Sympathy is extended to JEWEL 
ADCOCK who lost her brother re- 




Above are the two adorable chil- 
dren of our receptionist Janie Wil- 
liams and her husband, Jay. Janie has 
done a good job of greeting the public 
the last three years. These children 
look like their attractive mother. 


Airman Perry 

With Honors 

Airman Don Ray Perry, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Jesse C. Perry of Kitty 
Hawk, N. C, has been graduated with 
honors, being third in his class, from 
a U. S. Air Forces technical school at 
Sheppard A.F.B., Wichita Falls, Te- 

He was trained as a helicopter me- 
chanic and has been assigned to a 
unit of the U. S. Air Force Southern 
Command at Albrook A.F.B., Panama 
Canal Zone. 

Airman Perry and Mrs. Perry were 
home recently for 30 days visiting his 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Perry 
of Kitty Hawk, and her parents, Mr. 
and Mrs. Hubert W. Ambrose of 
Manns Harbour before leaving for 
the Panama Canal Zone. 

The Airman attended Manteo High 
School, also made his home with A. 
R. Cherry of the Bituminous Depart- 
ment in Raleigh, and attended the 
Millbrook High School. In 1961 he 
entered the U. S. Coast Guard, and 
was assigned to the Cape Spencer 
light station, Mt. Edgecombe, Alaska. 
After his active tour of service in the 
Coast Guard and two years in the re- 
serves he entered the Air Force. 

While in the Coast Guard reserve 
he was employed by the N. C. State 
Highway Commission as Ferry Me- 
chanic at Hatteras, N. C. 




2242 Pinewood Cr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
October 1, 1968 
N. C. State Highways Dept. 
Raleigh, N. C. 
Dear Sir, 

My name is Alex Fellers, I live in 
Charlotte, N. C. I go to Eastover 
school. I'm in the 4th. 

At school we are working on Social 
Studies. I'm on Highways. I want to 
know more about Highways. Why do 
some Highways have train tracks go 
under insteaded of oveT? 

I think your men are very nice and 
good workers. They keep up with the 
Highways. And best of all they keep 
it clean. Would you send me some 

My family and I drive on the 
Highways a lot, and we thank you 
for building them. 

/%/ Alex Fellers 

October 11, 1968 
Master Alex Fellers 
2242 Pinewood Circle 
Charlotte, North Carolina 
Dear Alex: 

I'm very impressed by your letter 
of October 1. It indicates to me that 
you're a very alert young man and 
that you're very interested in your 
State and what goes on in it. As long 
as there are children like you, I won't 
worry too much that this nation of 
ours will become dominated by tele- 
vision watchers. 

I'm going to see to it, Alex, that 
your letter and your picutre get in 
the next edition of ROADWAYS, the 
Highway Commission's magazine fox 
its employees. I want them to read 
your compliments first hand and to 
see what a fine looking young man 
you are. Our construction people and 
maintenance people and landscape 
people work long and hard all year 
round. Some of them have to stay 
out all night in the snow keeping the 
roads clear, and for some reason, not 
many people are nearly so compli- 
mentary about their efforts as you are. 

I'm sending you, under separate 
cover, all the information I have here 
concerning highways in North Caro- 
lina. I suggest you also tell your 
teacher about the two volume set call- 

Alex Fellers 

by Superior Stone Company. I'll bet 
you library has it. It is a very good 
history of roads and streets in North 
Carolina. On your own, write to Mr. 
Randy Russell, Director of Public 
Information, American Road Builders 
Association, ARBA Building, 525 
School Street, NW in Washington, 
D. C. (20024), and ask him to send 
you a copy of THE STORY OF 
ROADS by James T. Jenkins, Jr. 
This book has some very good infor- 
mation in it concerning the growth 
of roads in America. 

Now, to your question about rail- 
road tracks and the highways. Wheth- 
er the tracks go over or under the 
highway is determined mostly by the 
surrounding countryside. Our men who 
build roads and bridges have all kinds 
of technical words they use, but all it 
really means is that they have to 
find out if it will cost more to build 
a bridge for the trains (and you know 
they have to be real strong to hold 
up trains) or to tunnel underneath. 
Sometimes it is better to go over the 
tracks with the road (if the railroad 
is in a little valley or low place) and 
sometimes not, especially if the land 
is flat. In that case, you would have 
to build a real long bridge just to get 
the highway over a railroad which is 
not very wide. You can't make the 
bridge too steep for the cars to go, 
you know. In this case, the highway 
goes under the railroad. 

I hope, Alex, if you're ever in Ra- 
leigh, you'll ask your mother and dad- 
dy to bring you to see us here. I'm in 
Room 132 in the Highway Building 
on Wilmington Street. I'd like to dis- 
cuss roads with you. 

Are you thinking about being a 
highway engineer? 

Best wishes, 

/s/ Keith Hundley 

Public Relations Officer 


Mr. and Mrs. 
TRY toured Wil- 
liamsburg and 
Jamestown, Virgin- 
ia, while camping 
out at Jamestown 
Beach Camping 
Resort. Brenda is 
a stenographer in 
the Right-of-Way 

M. G. Carawan 
Division Correspondent Department. 

ed with her son and his family, Dr. 
and Mrs. Robert Vanderberry, Jr., in 
Portsmouth, Virginia. They met with 
Mrs. Vanderberry's parents in Chapel 
Hill and all enjoyed seeing the North 
Carolina — South Carolina Football 

Mr. and Mrs. ROY WEST had a 
pleasant time during their week's 
stay in the mountains. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. SMITH va- 
cationed for a week in Bethesda, 
Maryland visiting with their son, 
Mason Smith and family. 

Mr. E. E. BALANCE, truck dri- 
ver of Elizabeth City, is very proud 
of his new son and equally proud be- 
cause it is his first child. 

Among those attending camp at 
Camp LeJeune, Jacksonville, N. C. 

now have a new addition in their 
household — a frisky and just-a-lit- 
tle-bit spoiled puppy that answers 
to the name of "Buffy". 

Mr. and Mrs. COLEMAN and 
viewed the scenic beauty of the moun- 
tains the fall days of middle October 
during their four day excursion. 

The stenographers in Right-of-Way 
Department, Mrs. BRENDA 
VANN, were among the sight-seers 
during the week of the State Fair in 

Mr. J. O. SELLARS attended the 
American Right-of-Way Association 
Convention held in Greenville, N. C. 

Who is the Division Office employ- 
ee "wearing" the proud smile of the 
new owner of an avocado green, black 
vinyl top Ford sedan???? 

R. C. BUNCH returned to work 
on October 7th after being out of 
work since July 19th, due to an acci- 
dent on the job. 

M. J. CHAPPELL was out of work 
two weeks due to an accident on the 
job but has now returned to his job. 

J. S. STALLINGS, Supervisor re- 
placing P. L. Jackson (deceased), has 
returned to work after an illness of 
three weeks. 

Sympathy is extended the the fam- 
ily of ROBERT H. DAVIS, Machine 
Operator I, who passed away August 

Get well wishes are extended to 
driver, who suffered a heart attack 
and is now recuperating at his home. 

BERT NOWELL, Machine Operators 
in District 2, are recuperating from 
illnesses at their homes. A speedy re- 
covery to you both. 

Showing off his new camper, "Blue 
Goose", with his dog "Tippy," is W. 
C. Goodrich, Bridge Maintenance Su- 
perintendent of Divisions One and 

George Edwin Goodrich is a junior 
at Atlantic Christian College and is 
the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Good- 
rich. His father is Bridge Maintenance 
Superintendent of Divisions One and 

ROBY HALL, Resident Engineer 
in Ahoskie, has returned home after 
confinement in Roanoke Chowan Hos- 
pital. He has been "down and out" 
for some time. We all are thinking of 
you, Roby, and trust your recovery is 

LEY, employee of 
the Greenville 
Equipment De- 
partment is recup- 
erating it Pitt 
County Memorial 
Hospital. We wish 
him a speedy re- 
A covery. 

On September 

Hazel Baker 1 t-,- ■ ■ t-i 

Division Correspondent 14th Division En- 
gineer C. W. SNELL, JR., FRED 
and C. L. HAISLIP took a fishing 
trip out of the Beaufort Inlet. The 
"Catch" was a good one — H9 Spa- 
nish Mackeral and Blues. 

DAVID L. McGOWAN and family 
recently took a vacation down in 
Florida. David is employed in the 
Division Two Traffic Services De- 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. J. 
K. SMITH on their recent marriage. 
J. K. is a Highway Insp. II with the 
Kinston Construction Dept. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
27th wedding anniversary October 8th. 
Robert is the Resident Engineer in 
the Kinston Construction Dept. 

The Pitt County Chapter of the 
N.C.S.H.&C.E.A. choral group pre- 
sented selections at the Unit 2 yearly 
meeting and banquet which was held 
at the Greenville Moose Lodge. 

The choral group consists of: Mr. 
and Mrs. S. H. SHEARIN, JR., Mr. 
and Mrs. JOHN SAWYER, Mr. JOE 
SHEARIN, and Mr. C. P. SHAW, of 
the R/W Department; Mr. DAVID 
McGOWAN of the Traffic Depart- 
ment; and Mrs. LOUISE HEARNE. 
The group was accompanied by Miss 
Linda Shearin on the piano. 


August was a popular month for secretaries in the Division Two Division 
Office. Janice Moore, Katherine Bennett, Becky Sumrell and Hazel Baker 
all celebrated birthdays. However, the writer won't go so far as to mention 


With the World Series just behind 
us, it is not too unseasonal to men- 
tion here another national competitor, 
Byron Dickens. 

The above picture shows Byron and 
his proud parents, John and MARCE- 
LYN DICKENS. Marcelyn is a 
stenographer in the Appraisal Office 
in Greenville. 

We consider it quite an accomplish- 
ment for a fifteen year old to compete 
in the National Teener League Tour- 
nament at Easton, Pennsylvania, 
where he and his team walked off as 
National Runner-ups. 

Byron's team won the State Cham- 
pionship on July 24, 1968, at Gastonia, 

where they met Shelby in the cham- 
pionship game. Earlier, Byron had 
pitched a six-hitter against Elizabeth 
City, bringing his Greenville All Stars 
into the final games with Shelby. 

The following week, the Greenville 
All Stars returned to Gastonia for the 
Regional Tournament. In the opener 
against Petersburg, Indiana, Byron 
fired a no-hitter for a score of 13-0. 
In the second game, the Greenville 
All Stars defeated favored Elgin, Illi- 
nois, 8-0. The championship game of 
the Regional Tournament on July 31, 
1968, between Greenville and Elgin 
showed Byron's team picking up four 
runs in the sixth inning to win 6-4; 
thus, gaining a berth in the National 
Teener League Tournament at East- 
on, Pennsylvania. 

Congratulations, Byron, to you and 
the other Greenville All Stars for a 
job well done! 

C. P. SHAW, Division Right of 
Way Agent, returned to work on Oc- 
tober 14th, after having suffered a 
back injury on August 2nd. Mr. Shaw 
was hospitalized for four weeks in 
Pitt County Memorial Hospital and 
spent several weeks at home recuper- 
ating. Best wishes for a complete re- 

maintenance department, and Mrs. 

Batchelor have returned from a vaca- 
tion trip which covered almost 24,000 
miles. While away they visited two 
islands of Hawaii, Fiji Island, Sydney, 
Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, 
Tahiti Island and Samoa Island. They 
were gone 28 days. 

Joe describes the trip as being most 
interesting, informative, and one he 
will never forget because of the many 
things he saw and experienced; such 
as having two birthdays because of 
crossing the International Dateline 
while flying from New Zealand to 

The Batchelors took many colored 
slides of their trip and returned with 
mementoes, such as dolls dressed in 
native costume of the different coun- 
tries visited, Hawaiian shirt and dress, 
and books written about the coun- 

Miss Marveen Greta Garner, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Garner of 
the Division Two Right of Way De- 
partment was married Saturday, Aug- 
ust 24th to Mr. Donnie Edward Ha- 
ley. The couple will reside in Aycock 
Dorm, East Carolina University, Col- 
lege Hill Drive, Greenville. 


It's a little lone- 
some around the 
(our Div. Engr.) 
home lately. Rea- 
son, John Paul, 
^ jj only child has gone 

'i to college at 
Boone. Expect the 
roads between 
Boone and Wil- 
DiWsi^Co^dent^ington will be 

travelled frequently. 

Mr. and Mrs. TONY HEWETT 
recently visited their daughter, Pa- 
tricia, who is a Freshman at Appala- 
chian State College at Boone. Mr. 
Hewett is Maintenance Yard Fore- 
man in Brunswick County. 

Mr. V. G. ENGLISH, Maintenance 
Supervisor in Brunswick County, en- 
joyed a weekend recently in N. C. 
mountains visiting in the Boone area. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. ROBINSON 
and two daughter recently enjoyed a 
weekend touring in the mountains of 
N. C. and Virginia. Mr. Robinson is 
Asst. Dist. Engr. in the Dist. Office 
in Burgaw. 

Construction Dept., and family, re- 
cently went deeper South to Cullman, 
Ala. to visit her parents and other 
relatives. Carolyn used to work with 
the Alabama State Highway Commis- 

The families of JOHN NAYLOR, 
LUCAS, also of Clinton Construction 
Dept., have enjoyed camping this 
summer. Some of the places visited 
are: Surf City, Salterpat and White 
Lake, N. C, Jamestown and Williams- 
burg, Va., Myrtle Beach, S. C, and 
Six Flags of Ga. The McCullen and 
Lucas families recently took another 
trip to the N. C. mountains. 

Sympathy is extended to Mr. H. T. 
WOOTEN whose wife died recently. 
Mr. Wooten is a retired employee in 
Sampson County. 

John-John (Howard) Kilroy and 
his parents, Air Force Captain and 
Mrs. John Kilroy, recently returned 
from Quito, Equador, where his dad 
was Liaison Officer for the U. S. 

John-John (Howard) Kilroy, son 
of Capt. and Mrs. John Kilroy and 
grandson of John Howard, Area Fore- 
man in Sampson County. 

State Department. After a short visit 
with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. 
JOHN HOWARD in Sampson Coun- 
ty, it's on to Cheyenne. John Howard 
is Area Foreman in Sampson County. 

J. E. BLANTON of Construction 
Dept. in Clinton ds tranferring to New 
Bern, N. C. on October 28th. Also, P. 
G. WILLIAMSON of same Dept. has 
transferred to the Final Estimate 
Section in Raleigh. 

tary, has transferred from R-O-W 
Dept. to Div. Office. Taking her place 
WOOD, a pleasant addition we're 
happy to have. 

in August to return to school at W. 
W. Holding Institute in Raleigh. He 
had been working with Construction 
in Jacksonville. 

A speedy recovery is wished for 
W. H. (BILL) LUMSDEN, Maint. 
Supervisor in New Hanover Co., who 
is confined to Cape Fear Memorial 

Congratulations to RUBY CAMP- 
BELL, R-O-W Secretary, and her 
family who have moved into a very 
beautiful new home in Pine Valley. 
Ruby isn't through moving yet, how- 
ever, the entire R-O-W Dept. along 
with Resident Engineer JIMMY Y. 
JOYNER and his department are 
moving into a recently completed 
building adjacent to the Division Of- 

TONY TAYLOR, located with 
Const. Dept. in Jacksonville was 
married to Miss June Oliver on Oc- 
tober 11, 1968 at the home of the 
bride. Congratulations. 

We thoroughly enjoyed retired for- 
mer Dist. Engrs. R. A. ASHWORTH 

of Wilmington and BLOUNT 
WHITESIDE of Clinton visiting the 
Div. Office recently. It was nice they 
both arrived at the same time as they 
got in an enjoyable chat with each 

J. E. BLANTON of Const. Dept. in 
Clinton, had a son, Craig Ferrell 
Blanton, born September 27, 1968. 
Mrs. Blanton is the former Cheryl 
Clayton of Fayetteville. They have 
another son, James E., Jr. 2V2 y^s- 
old. R. S. CRUMPLER, also of 
Const. Dept. in Clinton, had a girl, 
Kelly Carlette Crumpler, born Octo- 
ber 5, 1968. This is their first. Mrs. 
Crumpler is the former Kay Butler 
of Clinton. Also, her father, CARL 
F. BUTLER, the proud grandfather, 
works in Dist. 2 Maint. in Clinton. 
Mr. and Mrs. BILL MERCER had a 
son born on October 6, 1968. Mr. Mer- 
cer is M. O. in Brunswick Co. 

We welcome LELAND R. DAVIS, 
our new Traffic Services Supervisor, 
who formerly worked at the Wilson 

SON on his pro- 
motion to Building 
Construction Sup- 
erintendent and to 
WIN on his pro- 
motion to Bridge 
Foreman. Both are 
employees of the 
D^STtaSS^W i 1 s o n County 
Bridge Maintenance Department. Un- 
derstand Steve will soon be working 
out of the Raleigh Office. 

Get well wishes are extended to 
ANDY McMURRAY of the Land- 
scape Department. Welcome back to 
DAVID FINCH, also of Landscape, 
who has been out sick. 

LELAND DAVIS, Traffic Fore- 
man in Wilson, has been promoted to 
Traffic Services Supervisor in Wil- 
mington. Congratulations! Leland, we 
wil miss you, but we will all be down 
to see you during our vacations next 
Spring and Summer. 

Get well wishes to Maintenance 
Supervisor HARRY L. LIGHT, of 


Enfield, and Maintenance Supervisor 
J. G. BROWN, of Tarboro. Also, to 
JOSH WEBB, Maint. Foreman II, of 
Pinetops, J. S. PITT, Machine Oper- 
ator I, of Edgecombe County, and 
Virginia Smith, wife of J. T. SMITH, 
Machine Operator 3, of Tarboro. 

Happy Birthday to all employees 
celebrating birthdays in October: W. 

Also, Happy Birthday to those 
celebrating in November: J. A. BIS- 

Service awards were awarded in 
District Two as follows: Five year 
year pin to CHARLES GRAY LEW- 
IS; a fifteen year pin to PATTIE 
year pins to COON PITTMAN, JR., 

Pvt. George P. King of the United 
States Marines has completed his ba- 
sic training at Parris Island. He is the 
son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. King. 
George H. is Division Staff Engineer 
at Wilson. 

JOSEPH WESTER; and twenty-five 
year pins to WILLIE BRUCE BAR- 
RY. A twenty-five year pin was also 
delivered to Mrs. JIMMY STALL- 
INGS for Mr. Stallings who died re- 

Mr. JOHNNY KEMP has returned 
to work following a recent illness. Mr. 
Kemp is a machine operator with 
Nash County Maintenance. 

cuperating nicely following a recent 
accident. Mr. Dorsey is a Heavy 
Duty Truck Driver with Nash 
County Maintenance. 

We are delighted to welcome back 
to work Mr. E. E. PARRIS who has 
been incapacitated for several weeks 
with a broken leg. Mr. Parris is a 
Highway Inspector II with J. W. 
VICK'S construction party. 

Hearty Congratulations are extend- 
ed to Mr. and Mrs. STANLEY 
BRUCE MERCER upon the birth 
of their baby daughter Melanie Dawn, 
on August 10th. 

LAMM, with the Equipment Depart- 
ment were delegates to the N. C. State 
Highway & Prison Employees Con- 
vention held in Durham. 

We wish to welcome BUDDIE 
HAROLD PAGE back with the 
Equipment Department. He has re- 
cently returned from a tour of duty in 
Vietnam with the U. S. Army. 

We welcome also Mr. RAYMOND 
KORNEGAY, Mechanic II, Golds- 
boro District Shop, to the Equipment 

We wish to express our sympathy 
to the family of Mr. MARVIN OW- 
ENS, Mechanic II, Division Shop, 
who passed away September 26th. 

Mr. B. J. STALLINGS, Mechanic 
II, Sub Shop, Tarboro, is in the V. A. 
Hospital, Durham. We wish for him 
a speedy recovery. 

Mr. H. L. LIGHT, JR., Mechanic 
II, District Shop, Weldon, is recover- 
ing from an operation. We wish him 
the very best. 

Mr. Marion Mercer, father of Mr. 
ISIAAC MERCER, who is a Mech- 
anic II, Division Shop, Wilson, is hos- 
pitalized. We wish for him a speedy 

Cynthia Anne (Cindy Anne) Shear- 
in, 22 months old, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Robert A. Shearin, of Lit- 
tleton, granddaughter of Willie E. 
Wagner, Maintenance Foreman II, of 
Halifax County, and Mrs. Wagner. 
Incidentally, Mr. Wagner has 45 V2 
years of service with the State High- 
way Commission. 

Mrs. Zillie Lamm, wife of Mrs. 
QUENTIN LAMM, Mechanic II, Di- 
vision Shop, Wilson, is recuperating 
after a recent stay in the hospital. 

Mr. JACK DENTON, Mechanic II, 
Sub Shop, Wilson, has two sons hos- 
pitalized. We wish for them a speedy 

Get well wishes to RAY DENTON, 
Engineering Aide with the Location 

Operator IV in our Road Oil is retir- 
ing on disability. Congratulations on 
promotions in the Road Oil Depart- 
ment to JOHN DEANS, Machine 
Operator IV; W. E. WARREN, Ma- 
chine Operator II; PERCY HUX, 
Machine Operator I; D. E. FER- 
RELL, Machine Operator I and E. 
R. BOYKIN, Machine Operator I. W. 
SON, also of Road Oil are in the hos- 
pital. We wish for them a speeedy re- 

Get well wishes are extended to the 
following employees in District Three. 

ROLAND WILLIAMS, who is re- 
cuperating at home after hospitaliza- 
tion. C. H. ODOM, who is recuperat- 
ing from an injury received on the 
Johnston Co. Maintenance Dept., and 


the wives of JAMES C. MASSEN- 
GILL and J. D. MINSHEW of John- 
ston County. 

Wayne County Maintenance forces 
welcome back to work after lengthy 
illness, Mr. PRENTICE E. GARRIS 

Best wishes for a happy retirement 
to Mr. JAMES W. EVANS who re- 
tired after 45 years service with the 
Highway Commission in Goldsboro, 
and to JOHN SLOAN, W. L. 
who have all retired recently due to 

Those taking vacations recently in- 
clude FRANK MORSE, who enjoyed 
a trip to the N. C. Mountains and 
then to the Outer Banks; RANDALL 
JACKSON and wife, Jackie, who re- 
cently enjoyed a few days vacation 
in the Mountains of N. C. and Ten- 

Sympathy is extended to the fol- 
lowing who have lost loved ones re- 
cently. O. H. BAKER, whose father 
passed away in September; J. G. CA- 
NADA Y, who father died in October; 
ELTON WATSON lost his mother, 
Mrs. Victoria Lamm Watson, Sep- 
tember 12. Mrs. Watson was 78 years 
old. The brother of FRANCIS JON- 
ES, Mr. Charles Thomas Jones, pass- 
30 years. Mrs. George Garris, sister- 
in-law of PRENTICE GARRIS, died 
October 7, at the age of 66. 

Aide, resigned recently to accept a 
position in a chair factory in Mount 

Mr. BEN WILLIAMS, a Truck 
Driver, recently resigned to accept a 
job with Kemp Furniture Factory in 

MADDREY W. BASS of the Con- 
struction Dept. in Goldsboro, reports 
a wonderful time at the Convention 
in Durham. He was one of the Dele- 
gates from the Fourth Division. 

J. E. SKINNER, Resident Engi- 
neer, and family spent a weekend in 
the mountains near Asheville. 

Welcome back to JOE HERRING 
after having surgery and being on sick 
leave for several weeks. 

DANNY HAYES and wife Barbara 
have moved to Goldsboro and reside 
at 612 Pittman Street. 

The Golf-Pro of this office, JER- 
RY THOMPSON decided to try his 
hand at fishing. The weather was cold 
going back to dragging the golf cart 

Now that the US 70 Project east of 
Goldsboro is nearing completion C. B. 
BULLOCK is taking a well deserv- 
ed vacation trying to catch up on his 



received a 15 Yr. 
Service Pin recent- 
CE and JOHN 
LIAMS received 
20 Yr. service pins. 


Divisifn Correspondent DER WOODLIEF 

were on vacation recently. 

GEORGE WOODY was on sick 
leave for a few days recently. He has 
returned to work. 

Granville County employees enjoy- 
ed a supper of barbecue and bruns- 
wick stew at the maintenance quar- 
ters recently. 

VENCEN MORTON has returned 
to work after being on leave several 
days while moving his home to a 
new tract of land which he purchased 

LES PLEASANTS attended the Em- 
ployees' Convention which was held 
in Durham recently. 

Good luck to SAM AVERETTE 
who retired because of disability re- 
cently. Sam was machine operator I 
with the Maintenance Department in 
Granville County. He had approxi- 
mately eighteen years of service with 
the Highway Commission. 

some nice watermelons on his farm 
this summer. 

ROBERT INSCOE has become in- 
terested in bridge construction recent- 

WILLIAM L. REAMS received a 
10 year safety award recently. 

WALTER RUTLEDGE has return- 
ed to work after being on sick leave 
for several weeks. 

Bobby Blackwell, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. ROY BLACKWELL of Route 
4, Oxford, has returned home from 
Vietnam where he has served with 
the U. S. Army for the past year. Roy 
is machine operation III with the 
maintenance department in Granville 

Employees on vacation recently in- 

W. LOFTIS, Resi- 
dent Engineer in 
Fayetteville, r e - 
signed September 
13th to enroll in 
college and to be- 
come a full-time 
minister. Employ- 
ees in this Division 
Office had a cake 

Ray Autry . . 

Division Correspondent Cutting and pre- 
sented Ronald with $100.00 as a go- 
ing away gift. 

We would like to welcome Mrs. 
LYNDA BASS, who began working 
with the Highway Commission on 
August 31st as Typist II for Mr. B. 
WHITESIDE, Resident Engineer in 
Lillington. Lynda replaced Miss SUE 
IVEY, who resigned to return to 
teaching school. 

The Construction Department in 
Whiteville extends a warm welcome 
to E. W. ODUM who has returned 
after a two-year tour of duty with 
the U. S. Army. Mr. and Mrs. Odum 
are making their home in Lumberton. 

Edward Porter Leatherbury, III, 
and Miss Karen Elizabeth Milner 
were married at St. John's Episcopal 
Church, Fayetteville on August 17th. 
The bride is the daughter of Col. and 
Mrs. Robert Stanley Milner of Fay- 
etteville, and the groom is the son of 
Mr. and Mrs. E. P. LEATHER- 
BURY, JR. of Cerro Gordo. The 
young couple are residing in Fayette- 
ville where she is employed by Caro- 
lina Telephone Co., and he is a senior 
at Methodist College and also em- 
ployed by First Union National Bank. 
Edward's father is in the Resident 
Engineer's office in Brunswick. 

We are happy to report that Mr. 
Way Agent, is much improved and 
returned to work on September 24th. 
Mr. Britt was a patient in the South- 
eastern General Hospital, Lumberton; 


Linda, Typist II in the Resident 
Engineer's Office in Lumberton, and 
Jimmy Floyd will celebrate their 7th 
Wedding Anniversary on October 
22nd. As results of these seven happy 
years are pictured their daughters, 
Cynthia (right) and Donna Kaye 

and after returning home for a few 
weeks, entered Cape Fear Valley Hos- 
pital in Fayetteville, where he under- 
went surgery. 

We are sorry to lose one of our 
Right of Way Aides by resignation. 
ing us to enter private industry. We 
will miss "Jimmy", but we wish him 
well in his new work. 

of Way Aide, injured his back in a 
fall on September 7th, and was in 
Cape Fear Valley Hospital for a 
week. We are happy that Claude is 
able to be back at work with us. 

The Division Six Equipment De- 
partment Chapter had a meeting and 
supper on September 6th in the Red- 
wood Restaurant in Lumberton. 

We had several births in our Divi- 
sion and they are listed below: 

Our congratulations to Mr. F. L. 
SESSOMS and wife on the birth of 
a baby girl, Vanessa Lynn, born July 
12th. Mr. Sessoms is am Engineer 
Tech. II with the Construction De- 
partment in Fayetteville. 

sident Engineer, Lillington welcomes 
a new addition to his family. Jennett 
Ann was born September 28th, weigh- 
ing in at 6 lbs. 14 oz. 

Congratulations to WILLIAM 
(BILL) BENTON and wife, Claudia, 
who announce the birth of their first 
son, William Matthew, born Septem- 
ber 16th, weighing 7 lbs. 7ozs. The 
Bentons have a daughter, Angela, who 
is 3 years old. Bill is an Engineer 
Tech. I in the Construction Depart- 
ment in Lumberton, 

are the proud parents of a baby boy, 
born September 23rd, weighing 8 lbs. 
11 ozs. Mr. Faircloth is an Auto Parts 
Clerk II with the Equipment Depart- 
ment in Fayetteville. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
CLAUDE R. MOORE, JR., on the 
birth of a daughter, Nancy Suzanne, 
on October 7th. Mr. Moore is a Right 
of Way Aide in Fayetteville. 

Congratulations to Mr. A. E. DIX- 
ON on the birth of his granddaughter, 
Kelly Gay Petralia, on October 3rd in 
Charlotte. Kelly's mother is the 
daughter of Mr. Dixon, who is Right 
of Way Aide in Fayetteville. 

Jo Herring, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. C. J. HERRING and Johnny 
Worthington, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
rolled as Freshmen in East Carolina 
College, Greenville. 

Mr. and Mrs. C. J. HERRING 
spent their vacation in New York, 
visiting Mr. Herring's sister. The Her- 
rings were accompanied by their two 
daughters, Margaret and Mrs. Gene 

Get well wishes are extended to 
CONNIE M. BERRY, SR., Right of 
Way Aide, who has been a patient in 
Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Fayette- 
ville, for several weeks. We are still 
pulling for you "CONNIE" and hope 
you will soon be well and able to come 
back to work. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended 
to Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM LLOYD 
CRAWFORD in the loss of their nep- 
hew, Sgt. E6 Charles Lloyd Freeman, 
who died in Vietnam on September 
18th, as a result of wounds received 
while on a combat operation. Mr. 
Crawford is a Right of Way Aide in 

Our sympathy is extended to the 
family of Machine Operator I, ROY 
CRIBB, on the recent death of his 
six year old son Randy. Randy died 
on September 24th. 

Our sympathy is extended to the 
family of ALTON S. HAIRE, retired 
employee who passed away on Sep- 
tember 27th. Mr. Haire was employed 
many years in the Maintenance De- 
partment as Machine Operator. Due 
to ill health, Mr. Haire retired on 
August 1st. 

Sympathy is extended to J. H. 
(TOM) PARHAM of Lumberton Dis- 
trict Office, and family in the recent 
death of his brother, James A. Par- 
ham, a veteran newspaperman. He 
worked for several newspapers and 
retired in 1951 after 47 years work. 
For 25 years he turned out a Sunday 

feature on Civic Affairs under the ti- 
tle of "General Mecklenburg". 

Get well wishes extended to AS- 
BURY R. WILSON, Area Foreman 
in Robeson County who is a patient 
in Lumberton Hospital. 

Mr. R. L. SMITH is presently at 
home recuperating after breaking his 

Mr. J. T. BUIE has returned to 
work after a brief sickness. Glad to 
have Joe back. 

We are glad to have W. F. Mc- 
QUEEN, Maintenance Foreman, and 
erator III, back at work after a brief 


Recently the T. 
S. MARTIN'S and 
made a 2-car ex- 
cursion from Bur- 
lington to Mexico 
— where they 
watched a bull 
fight and enjoyed 
many other exotic 
sights; including 
Div^ a o r n°c y o n rres r p a o V ndent Bourbon Street in 
ole New Orleans. They reported (in 
English) that the trip was marvelous 
but an additional week of leave was 
desired (not granted) for recupera- 

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. TAYLOR 
(Maintenance) visited New Orleans 
recently. This trip included the Bour- 
bon Street tour and a reading les- 
son — Mr. Taylor parked in a "No 
Parking at Any Time" zone and the 
car was moved to a more legal park- 
ing area by the "Guardians of the 
Law". No doubt, this gives Mr. Tay- 
lor another not-to-be-forgotten me- 
mory of New Orleans. 

Congratulations to R. E. (BOB) 
HARDEN on his promotion to High- 
way Inspector III. 

II, has transferred from Maintenance 
in Graham to Construction — a long 
move, just across the parking lot. 
Welcome to construction, John. 

Welcome back to R. V. PARROTT, 
Hwy. Insp. II, who was out of work 
about a month due to illness. Hope 
your health continues to improve 


The friends of J. B. CLIFTON will 
be glad to know Jack is still making 
progress in his recovery. Mrs. Clifton 
reports that Jack likes to he on the 
road so they spend a great deal of 
time viewing our local scenery. The 
Graham Residency Office enjoys hav- 
ing Jack drop in for a visit. 

GEORGE WEBSTER (Retired) is 
back in the hospital at Chapel Hill 
after a stroke but is winning his come- 
back battle — and giving the nurses a 
bad time we hear. Our sincere wishes 
for a speedy recovery. 

Get well wishes to MITCHELL 
COLLINS who was kicked by a horse. 

Those vacationing recently include 
— The J. C. MARTINS to Long 
Beach, T. C. PARLEIR'S to moun- 
tains, H. W. JOYCE fishing trip to 
Morehead, LEO PHELPS fishing 
trip to the coast, The PAUL ALL- 
REDS visited their daughter in Spar- 
ta, Wisconsin, CLAUDE FLINCH- 
AM wonderful week-end in the moun- 

FRED WOOD'S wife is home after 
a stay in the hospital. We wish for 
her a speedy complete recovery. 

We are happy to announce the ar- 
rival of Angelia Michelle Holleman 
at the home of DAVE and Dianne 
HOLLEMAN — she weighed in at 5 
lbs. 14 oz. on September 10th. 

Others vacationing were — The R. 
C. DICKS at Holden Beach for sev- 
eral days, ESTEL HAYES and the 
L. W. HANDYS a week at Topsaid 
Beach fishing — report fishing was 
good. The S. V. COINS a week at 
Daytona Beach, Florida. 

CAROLYN GRAVES and husband 
had a wonderful trip to Connecticut 
and Niagara Falls and other points of 
interest, also visited friends along the 

Wendy Gail Mashburn — 9 months 
old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald 
Mashburn. Mr. Mashburn works with 
the Construction Department. 

The old Maintenance Quarters in Rockingham County, which were part 
of the Prison Department Complex, has been replaced by a new brick veneer 
Maintenance Headquarters Building with new facilities. 

The formal opening of this building was held on Friday, October 11, at 
which time Mr. T. S. Harrington, Commissioner, presided. The Chairman, Mr. 
Joseph M. Hunt, Jr., was present along with other personnel from the 7th Di- 

Mr. T. A. Burton, retired Division Engineer, was there for the dedication 
and barbeque, it being a few days between trips for him — He's been to Ha- 
waii this summer and is now on his way to Mexico. 

Understand the barbeque was very good and a wonderful time was had by 
all. Other retired employees present were — O. N. Alley, Jim Morton, H. F. 
Shearon, Jess Carter, W. N. Smothers, George R. Bouldin, E. E. Chism, E. C. 
Hughes, and Bill Hudson. 



Among those en- 
joying late vaca- 
tions are Mr. and 
vacationed at the 
beach. Mr. Stewart 
i s Montgomery 
Maintenance Sup- 
ervisor. Mr. and 
Mrs. F. B. HAR- 

Virginia Williamson r tc vacationed in 
Division Correspondent 1 * 1 * vacationed in 

the mountains. Mr. Harris is also a 
Montgomery County Highway em- 
ployee. F. H. BECK, District Engi- 
neer vacationed with his family on 
a camping trip. And they really did 
go camping — they took in the sights 
all the way to Mexico City, and just 
had barrels of fun, as well as enjoy- 
ing touring many places of interest 
and beauty. FRED SYKES, Sanford 
Construction party, vacationed with 
his wife at Carolina Beach. JOE 
MATTHEWS and family, also of the 
Sanford Construction party, visited 
Manteo and Williamsburg. J. E. 
GREGSON, Division Equipment Su- 
perintendent traveled by jet via Chi- 
cago to Colorado Springs to visit his 
sister. This must have been an inter- 
esting and enjoyable trip. 

Many of our readers will remem- 
ber JOHN G. HALL, former District 
Engineer, Asheboro; who was visit- 
ing in North Carolina recently. It 
was quite a treat for us in the Divi- 
sion Office to have Mr. Hall come by. 
He must have found the Fountain 
of Youth for sure. I feel confident if 
retirement approval were at stake 
for him now — looking as well and 
young as he does — someone might 
question the validity of his eligibility 
for retirement. He and Mrs. Hall en- 
joy living in St. Petersburg, Fla. He 
reports he still enjoys reading the 

We are sorry that W. H. SNEAD, 
District III employee continues to be 
away from work on account of illness. 
We are glad to know that BUR- 
LEIGH THOMPSON, Construction 
employee is back at work after an 
extended illness. We are sorry that 
TRUBY CLARK, Construction em- 

ployee, has been among those not 
feeling well. 

Our congratulations and very best 
wishes to BILL and ELIZABETH 
married on September 13th. Mr. Cher- 
kas is District Engineer in Asheboro. 

Linda Patrick, daughter of Land- 
scape Foreman DOUGLAS PAT- 
RICK and the late Mrs. Patrick, was 
married to Cecil Bridgers of Laurin- 
burg on August 1st. They are living 
in Maryland where Mr. Bridgers is 
serving in the Navy. 

Sympathy is extended to JOHN, J. 
E., and WILL NALL in the loss of 
their mother recently. These employ- 
ees are with the Road Oil Department 
in Carthage; Montgomery County em- 
ployee L. G. DUNN lost his mother 
in August and C. B. WILHOIT also 
of Montgomery County lost his mo- 
ther in August. Sympathy is extend- 
ed to the families of each of these. 

Employees and friends were sad- 
dened by the death of CLAYBURN 
WICKOER of the Department of 
Correction. Clayburn had been a long 
time friend of those in the Highway 
Department in Division Eight. 

BILL CAMPBELL, Assistant Dis- 
trict Engineer, Rockingham, vacation- 
ed with his family in Pensacola, Flor- 
ida. (This was during our extreme 
dry spell here — and as vacations 
sometimes go, it rained every day 
they were in Pensacola.) 

Sympathy is extended to HENRY 
and MURIEL JORDAN in the death 
of Mrs. Jordan's father in Siler City. 

Welcome to TERRY DEAN Mc- 
INNIS, new employee in the Sanford 
Construction Department. 

We have heard that Mr. E. T. 
BRAME, former Resident Engineer 
in Sanford, was married recently, and 
will be possibly moving to Chapel 
Hill. We wish Mr. Brame and wife 
every happiness. 

Our very best wishes to ROBERT 
G. SOUTHALL, who retired October 
1st. Mr. Southall was Resident Engi- 
neer in Laurinburg and has served 
the State of North Carolina many 
years in the capacity of Resident En- 
gineer. He has not been well for the 
past several months, and always en- 
joys seeing his friends as they come 

Thomas K. Carter is shown receiving his promotion to 1st Lt. Mr. Car- 
ter graduated from N. C. State University in June, 1967 with the Commission 
of 2nd Lt. in the U. S. Army. 

In July he was ordered to report to Fort Belvoir, Virginia for nine weeks 
training, after which he spent ten months in the Panama Canal Zone. 

After a thirty day leave, he left for Fort Lewis, Washington and on July 
8, 1968 left for Vietnam where he is now stationed with the 172nd Engineer 

Mr. Carter is the son of Maintenance Supervisor W. A. Carter and Mrs. 


Jean Michelle Bailey, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bailey. This was 
made at the age of six weeks. Lester 
is with the Moore County Mainte- 
nance Department in Carthage, and 
Michelle's mother is a teacher in the 
Cameron Elementary School. 

Mr. EARL FOX, Moore County 
employee, retired on October 1st. We 
wish Mr. Fox many years of happy 


How is this for a pose? Jan Marie 
Isley was born August 10, 1968, to 
Joel and Shelby Isley. Joel is with 
the Sanford Construction Department. 
Jan was less than a day old when this 
picture was made. 


We extend our 
deepest sympathy 
to the R. L. 
WARD Family at 
the death of Mr. 
Ward on Septem- 
S ber 14, 1968. Mr. 
Ward was employ- 
ed as a Mechanic 
II in the Division 

Shop in Winston- 
Dorothy Phelps c . Mr 1 
Division Correspondentfeaiem, JX. 

We wish a speedy recovery for Mr. 
L. A. SAFRIT who has been out fox 
some time due to sickness. Mr. Saf- 
rit is a Mechanic II in the District 
Shop in Rowan County. 

We wish a speedy recovery to Mr. 
L. G. WALLACE who is a Mechanic 
II in the District II Shop in Davie 
County. Mr. Wallace is in the hospital 
at the present time recovering from 
an operation. 

Mi. R. M. SHOAF, Parts Clerk 
II in Rowan County, reported a won- 
derful time he and his family had on 
the Outer Banks recently. Shame on 
Bob though for letting his son out- 
fish him. 

Mr. I. W. MORRIS reported a 
fishing trip to the coast this past 
weekend but we still haven't seen any 
proof of this. 

TON, Machine Operator I, and P. F. 
KETNER, Truck Driver, who joined 
the Forsyth County Maintenance 
Forces on August 31st. 

The "Welcome Mat" is out for 
LINDA STEELMAN who has come 
back to work as a Typist in the Resi- 
dent Engineer's office. Linda was 
the former Division Engineer's Secre- 
tary who took a couple of years rest 
to raise two cute little boys. Linda, 
however, decided she liked us so 
much that she came back, and every- 
one here is read glad to have her 
around again! 

"Get Well Wishes and a Speedy Re- 
covery" are extended to HARRY 
RICKENBACKER who has been out 
of work for sometime due a recent 
lung operation. Harry is an Inspector 
in the Construction Dept. Hope to 
see you back on the job real soon! 

LARRY CABE and Margie spent 
a few days in Franklin due to the 

illness of Mr. Cabe's father, who 
shows no improvement. He is now 
hospitalized at Baptist Hospital, Win- 

We are happy to hear that JACK 
CREWS' wife has recovered so well 
after having back surgery. Jack is 
with Materials and Tests Section. 

Welcome to GAYE THOMPSON, 
new Secretary in the Road Oil De- 
partment. Gaye replaces JULIE 
LARSON who resigned to become a 

We are happy that BRADY L. 
LEAZER is now able to return to 
work. Mr. Leazer had surgery the lat- 
ter part of February and returned to 
work on September 23rd. Mr. Leazer 
is a Machine Operator in Rowan 
County Maintenance Department. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
BRADY LEAZER on the arrival of 
their new son, John David Leazer, on 
September 6th. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
JACK V. WALLER on the arrival of 
their new daughter, Janel Leigh who 
weighed in at 7 lb. -6 oz., on October 
9th. Mr. Waller is a Machine Opera- 
tor in the Maintenance Department 
in Rowan County. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended 
to W. G. MORRIS and family in the 
loss of his wife, Mrs. Allie Reinhardt 
Morris, who passed away on August 
28th at the age of 58. Mr. Morris is 
employed with the Forsyth County 
Maintenance Department as a Main- 
tenance Foreman II. 

band W. R. enjoyed a week's vaca- 
tion by dividing the time for pleasures 
at the beach and the mountains. 

Right of Way is extremely proud of 
our members who have been safe dri- 
vers for THAT many years and SHC 

Welcome back, Linda. 


The above picture is the new Stokes County Asphalt Plant which is now 
in operation. The plant is located at the Stokes County Prison Camp at Mea- 
dows, N. C. When producing on a full scale, expected capacity cf plant is ap- 
proximately 100 tons per day. 

pins were recently awarded to LAR- 
RY CABE— 10 years; E. M. PAT- 
TERSON, JR.— 10 years (plus a 10- 
year Service Award); and ROBERT 
H. BROOME, III— 5 years. 

comed to Right of Way as a new per- 
manent employee. Harold is a 1968 
graduate of Pembroke State College 
and his home is Wilson. We hope he 
likes his new home and his new job. 

Mrs. Tony Cornacchione and Mrs. 
Paul E. Newell have opened the first 
Montessori School in Winston-Salem. 
It is named after the Italian educator, 
Dr. Maria Montessori, whose ideas 
have revolutionized preschool educa- 
tion in the past two decades. The 
Montessori materials include blocks, 
sphreres, shaded panels, each darker 
or lighter than the others, and cylin- 
ders of different sizes which one must 
fit in different-sized holes in a block 
of wood. There are noise makers, 
each louder or softer than the others, 
and other exercisers designed to de- 
xelop physical and academic abilities 
in children. 

The Montessori System originally 
was developed to help retarded chil- 
dren and worked so well with them 
that it is now becoming used quite 
extensively with more and more pre- 

Anthony Ross Leftwich, pictured at 
10 weeks is all smiles for his proud 
and happy parents, Roscoe and Vir- 
ginia Leftwich. Tony has been by the 
Right of Way office for us all to ad- 



Its the little things we do and say 
That means so much as we go our 
way — 

A kindly deed can lift a load 

From weary shoulders on the road, 
Or a gentle word, like summer rain, 

May soothe same heart and banish 
pain — ' 

What joy or sadness often springs 
From just the simple little *hings! 

) ) 

U TEN ^ 

We welcome W. 


the Division Staff 

as Staff Engineer, 

replacing PAT 


recently resigned. 

Bill comes to us 

from the position 

o f Maintenance 

Supervisor, Stanly 
J. W. Jones 
Division Correspondent County. 

Road Oil Foreman, has been promot- 
ed to Maintenance Supervisor, Stanly 
County, to replace W. E. WOOD- 
RUFF. Our best wishes to Claude in 
his new position. 

We welcome MARY HODGE who 
began work in July as a Typist II in 
Resident Engineer T. W. FUNDER- 
BURK'S office in Charlotte. Mary 
recently moved to Charlotte from Ra- 
leigh where she was employed by the 
Board of Paroles. 

Mr. and Mrs. D. L. ALEXANDER 
announce the birth of a son on Sep- 
tember 7th. Dwight is an Engineer- 
ing Aide in the Construction Depart- 
ment in Charlotte. 

Mr. and Mrs. ROGER EUDY 
spent a week touring Florida on their 
recent vacation. Kay is in the Divi- 
sion Office in Albemarle. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
praiser in the Appraisal Section) on 
birth of their third son, Michael An- 
thony, 8 lbs. 7 oz., 21 inches long, on 
September 28th. 

Welcome to SYLVIA B. STINSON, 
Sfceno II in the Appraisal Section, who 
began work September 9th. 

A speedy recovery is wished for 
Mr. J. H. Lowder, M. O. II, who has 
been out sick for some time. 

We also welcome Mr. D. A. LAM- 
BERT and Mr. J. C. MILLS, M. F. 
IPs, back to work after being out sick 
for some time. 

Mr. J. H. HERLOCKER, Bridge 
Foreman, is in the Stanly County 
Hospital at present. We hope for him 
a speedy recovery. 

Our sympathy goes out to Mr. J. H. 
HERLOCKER and family upon the 
passing of his mother, Mrs. Ada Her- 

Also, our sympathy to Mr. J. B. 
AUSTIN upon the death of his step- 
mother, Mrs. Rufus Austin. 


We welcome back to work GUS 
LITTLE, M. O. II in Anson County 
after being hospitalized for one week. 

We wish a speedy recovery for 
JAKE McCRAY, Truck Driver in 
Anson County. He has returned home 
after spending 22 days in Mercy Hos- 
pital in Charlotte. He had a lung op- 

Sympathy is extended to D. L. 
GADDY and wife in the death of 
their infant son. Mr. Gaddy was a 
truck driver in Anson County until 
he was drafted into the Army. He was 
in Vietnam when his son died. He got 
a 30 day leave and came home, and 
visited his fellow employees while he 
was home. 

We wish a speedy recovery for T. 
J. EVANS, Temporary Laborer in 
Anson County. He had a hernia oper- 
ation and has not been able to work 
since August 23rd. 

We express sympathy to Mr. B. D. 
HERRIN, JR. with the death of his 
father, Mr. B. D. Herrin, Sr. 

We welcome Mr. H. J. HERLOC- 
KER who recently went to work as a 
truck driver in Stanly County Main- 

Dove season is in our county and 
several of our employees have had the 
privilege to do a lot of shooting, but 
as to their bag limit, we won't reveal 
that, it might embarrass them. 

Congratulations to Mr. EARL HO- 
WARD, Mechanic in the Equipment 
Department upon the arrival of a 
baby daughter. 

Stanly County employees are pleas- 
ed to welcome Mr. C. R. RIDEN- 
HOUR who has assumed the position 
of Road Maintenance Supervisor. Mr. 
Ridenhour is a long time employee 
with the Division Road Oil Forces. 

Congratulations to Mrs. LOTTIE 
PORTER, Steno II, in District I Of- 
fice who was married on Sunday, Sep- 
tember 29th, to Mr. Paul Brewer. 

For our last note, we hear Mr. 
LONNIE MABRY has quite a crop 
of molasses and is very generous with 
them, but after you taste them, you'll 
understand why. 

J. H. WHITE, Supervisor in Anson 
County is spending a week at Kure 
Beach fishing. 

During vacation week Mr. J. A. 
MILLS and family visited their son, 
Mr. Joe Mills in San Francisco, Cal- 
ifornia. While in California other 
points of interest visited were Reno, 
Virginia City, Nevada, and Disney- 

Mr. R. V. MEASMER and family 
vacationed to Florida. While there 
they stayed on both coasts of Florida. 

One employee, Mr. MONTY R. 

SIMPSON was married on September 
7th. Mr. and Mrs. Simpson at the 
present live in Concord. Mrs. Simpson 
is the daughter of Mr. Luther McDon- 
ald also of Concord. 

Mr. Larry W. Black, son of Mr. 
BEN B. BLACK, was married Aug- 
ust 18th to Miss Linda Stoner of 
Concord. Miss Stoner is the daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Stoner also of 
Concord. The newlyweds are making 
their home presently at 1323 Chester 
Road in Raleigh. Larry is a rising 
senior at N. C. State University at 
Raleigh. Mrs. Black is teaching in 
Wake County schools. 

We are happy to welcome Mr. K. 
E. FORTE with the Right of Way 
Department in Albemarle. He began 
September 23rd. 

Plans have been made for our an- 
nual Christmas party. It will be held 
December 20th at Piney Point Coun- 
try Club and everyone is looking for- 
ward to this occasion. 

We are expecting at any time to 
hear of a new addition to the family 
of JOE CASHION. We know Joe is 
looking forward to this event. 

Mr. N. E. UNDERWOOD, JR., a 
former Right of Way Agent of this of- 
fice, has been transferred from Albe- 
marle, to Durham as Area Relocation 
Advisor and Property Manager. Nor- 
fleet was given a going away party 
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. HO- 
WARD L. WOOTEN. We regret to 
lose Norfleet as a fellow worker but 
wish him success in his new position. 

All the agents in this department 
will be attending a negotiating oourse 
at the University in Raleigh. 

Sympathy is ex- 
tended to the fam- 
ily of C. V. JON- 
ES, retired main- 
tenance employee 
who died Septem- 
ber 25th. Mr. 
Jones retired June 
30, 1967 with 22 
years of service for 
the Highway Com- 

Dolores Rogers mie,,;™ 
Division Correspondent m «sioii. 

Sympathy is extended to the family 
of JOHN THOMAS COOK, age 26, 
an employee of the Boone Construc- 

Lori Ann Water, 3Y 2 year old 
daughter of Vernon and Barbara Wa- 
ters, smiles angelically for the photo- 
grapher. Barbara is employed in the 
Boone Construction Office. 

tion Office who passed away in the 
Baptist Hospital October 1st. He had 
been critically ill for the past month. 

Our condolences are extended to 
ED PHILLIPS, Boone Construction 
employee, whose father passed away 
on August 8th. 

Welcome to the following new em- 

The Right of Way Department and 
their families enjoyed a very nice 
picnic at the W. Kerr Scott Dam and 
Reservoir on August 28th. The de- 
partment would like to express spe- 
cial thanks to Right of Way Agent 
BROOKE CRIST and wife, Martha, 
who were kind enough to spend a day 
of their hard-earned vacation prepar- 
ing for the picnic. 

Best wishes to BENNIE L. HUFF- 
Temporary Right of Way employees 
who have transferred to the Con- 
struction Department. 

spent an enjoyable vacation in Kan- 
sas and Alabama the first two weeks 
of September visiting relatives. George 
is employed in the Location Depart- 
ment and Frankie is a stenographer 
in the Right of Way Department. 

Welcome to RAY D. CARTER, 
new employee in the Right of Way 
Department. Ray came to us from 
East Tennessee State University and 
we know he will make a fine addition 
to our family. 

Ray H. James, Maintenance Fore- 
man IV for Ashe County, passed 
away August 9th due to a heart attack. 
Ray was 49 years old at the time of 
his death and had been with the High- 
way Commission for 15 years. We ex- 
tend our deepest sympathy to his 

This photo was sent to us with the 
notation "EDGAR WILCOX" — A 
WORKING Right of Way Agent". 
From the expression on Ed's face, one 
might think that an irate property 
owner has him "treed". 

Sympathy is extended to Division 
Right of Way Agent PAUL WEST 
and family in the recent death of 
Mrs. West's mother, Mrs. Wade Faulk 
of Fairmont, and to Right of Way 
Agent RONNIE TREECE whose 
grandfather, Mr. D. A. Treece of Lo- 
cust, passed away recently. 

We are glad to have JOHN AT- 
WELL back at work after suffering 
a heart attack June 2nd and BAR- 
BARA WATERS who has been a pa- 
tient in Charlotte Memorial Hospital 
due to surgery. Both John and Bar- 
bara are employed by the Boone Con- 
struction Office. 

Get well wishes are extended to 
MOZELLE BENTON, Stenographer 
in the Equipment Department, who is 
recovering at Davis Hospital in States- 
ville following surgery. We wish her 
a speedy recovery and are looking 
forward to her returning to work. 

Jean Cline t atjtjv 

Division Correspondent 1 

Deepest sympa- 
thy is extended to 
of the Right of 
Way Department 
in the death of his 
mother, Mrs. W. 
A. Burgess, of 
Polk County. 

to Mr. and Mrs. 


TIRE on the birth of a daughter, Lori 
Elaine, on September 16th. Mrs. Mc- 
Entire is employed as Typist II in 
the Shelby Construction Department. 

Congratulations also go to Mr. and 
birth of a baby boy, Don Martin, III, 
July 30th. Don is employed in the 
Shelby Construction Department. 

A. N. LEDFORD of the Shelby 
Construction Department had an en- 
joyable vacation in Florida a few 
weeks ago. 

R. A. QUEEN of the Shelby Con- 
struction Department went to the 
beach on a fishing trip a few weeks 
ago, and believe it or not be came 
back without any fish tales. 

It's good news to hear that Traffic 
Services Supervisor CLYDE POS- 
TON, JR. is recovering nicely from 
recent surgery. It is hoped he will 
soon be able to return to work. 

Mr. and Mrs. B. L. SMITH are 
the happy parents of a son, born July 
24th. Mr. Smith is Machine Operator 
in Catawba County. 

Miss Phyllis Annette McMurry and 
John Lewis Tate, rising seniors at 
Wake Forest University, were married 
in impressive rites on August 25th, 
in the University's Davis Chapel. 

Miss McMurry is the daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Palmer McMurry 
of 1309 Hunt Stret, Shelby. Her fa- 
ther is employed in Division 12 Traf- 
fic Services Department. 

Mr. W. A. STARR is out of the 
hospital after an eye operation. He 
is Machine Operator in Catawba 

Mr. H. I. TOMLIN, Maintenance 
Foreman IV in Iredell County, re- 
turned to work on October 7th after 
being out for quite a while due to 
surgery. Also, H. I. has recently be- 
come a Grandpa. Luin Todd Padgett 
was born September 30th. 

Temporary Engineering Aides JA- 
signed their positions with the Com- 
mission September 6th to reenter col- 

operative Education Trainee, was 
placed on a leave of absence Septem- 
ber 6th to reenter college. 

JAMES RAY HEAD, Temporary 
Engineering Assistant, resigned his 
position with the Commission Septem- 
ber 11th to reenter college. 

porary Engineering Aide, is a new 
employee in our Department. We ex- 
tend a welcome to him. 

Congratulations to CHARLES RAY 
BLACK, Temporary Engineering 
Aide, who was recently classified as a 
Permanent Engineering Aide. 


This adorable little Miss is Dana 
Michele Winstead, daughter of Jo- 
seph A. Winstead and Sarah H. Win- 
stead of Hickory. Joe is employed in 
the bridge maintenance department of 

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Above is Glenda Johnson, 5 year 
old daughter of the Glenn Johnsons. 
Glenda is enjoying kindergarten this 
year and looking forward to her first 
year in school next year. Her father, 
Glenn is employed in the Traffic 
Services Department and her mother, 
Betty, is Stenographer in the Divi- 
sion Office. 


David Trent is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Tommy F. Richardson, born 
January 24, 1988. Tommy is an Engi- 
neering Technician II with the Hick- 
ory Construction Party. David's 
grandfather, C. H. Richardson, is a 
Machine Operator III with the Main- 
tenance Department in Lincoln Coun- 



Division Correspondent 

our news this 
month is mostly 
bad, but sometimes 
that is something 
we can do nothing 

News from Traf- 
fic Services is that 
TON is still out 
sick. He has been 
to Oteen V. A. Hospital for tests and 
is hoping to be back with us soon. 

Deepest sympathy to the family of 
EUGENE ANDERS, who passed 
away, after being badly hurt in an 
accident, on September 29th. 

Congratulations to a new bride- 
groom — BRUCE FISHER married 
Phyllis Kilpatrick on September 24th, 
and I am sure our best wishes go to 

The Road Oil Department reports 
that GEORGE COOK has been out 
sick. Mrs. CLYDE FENDER has 
been seriously ill for several months, 
and is still in the hospital. ARTHUR 
NORTON is back after a siege of 

Sympathy to EARL CUTSHALL'S 
family on the recent death of his 

We all wish Margaret Martin, wife 
of Division Staff Engineer, DAN 
MARTIN, a speedy recovery from 
her recent surgery and hope she is 
home and well soon. 

District Two maintenance news is 
in a serious accident. We are glad to 
be able to report that Claude is 
back at work, but we are hoping to 
have good news soon of Everett, who 
is still critically ill in Memorial Mis- 
sion Hospital in Asheville. 

Deepest sympathy to LAWRENCE 
and Cheryl TREADWAY of Madi- 
son County on the recent loss of their 
infant son. 

of Way Department is back with us 
after being out of action for a while. 
Says he is feeling fit as a fiddle. Good 
luck Charlie!! 

sion Office represented us at the As- 
sociation Convention in Durham — 
reports a good time was had by all. 

That is all for this month and I 
most certainly hope we have better 
news to report for the next issue. 

Another Fish Story 

I get plumb disgustipated at these 
here mountaineers fer their plain ig- 
nerence on sich things as fishin. Now 
you take this here Bill Sluder in this 
here picture. Sumbody read to him 
that people oould go deep sea fishin. 
Well Bill ( a 13th Division Landscape 
Ground Maintenance Man) jist didn't 
know that you was supposed to lam 
to fish before you caught any. What 
did he do? He went down there to the 
coast and caught this string of fish 
and sum more big ones which won the 
jack pot prize fer the day without 
even bein perlite enough to ask how 
to fish. 

If I was that feller or fellers that 
own the Atlantic Ocean, I jist would- 
n't let Bill Sluder wet anuther hook 
in my ocean until he has done and 
lemt to fish. 

Eulogy of Terry and Friend. 

We have a beautiful new Miss Asheville for 1969 and a proud father too. 
K. Wallen of the Traffic Service Department is the father of our new Miss 

Asheville, Mary Dean Wallen. 

Spec. 5 Rodney C. Wise, son of Mrs. 
Hazel Wise, secretary in the Con- 
struction Department, has recently 
become a proud father to a darling 
little baby girl who was born on Sep- 
tember 29th. 

DiTU^CoT.i7oXt^fused as to day 

Bob and ALICE 
MILLER are the 
proud parents of 
| Jan Michelle Mil- 
ler — For the first 
week after Mi- 
chelle was taken 
home, Bob came in 
with droopy eyes - 
Explanation: Mi- 
chelle was a little 

and night — she wanted to stay up all 
night and sleep the next day. If she 
keeps that up will just have to let 
her be a "go-go" girl. Bob is Right of 
Way Agent. 

Your correspondent took in State 
Convention in Durham. Met some 
mighty nice people and renewed ac- 
quaintances with others. Congratula- 
tions go to those who made is a suc- 

If you are wondering why HARRY 
BIRCHFIELD, Engineering Aide in 
Bryson City, is walking taller these 
days, we'll just tell you why. He is 
the proud "Papa" of a son born in 
September. Congratulations to both 

Those employees attending the 
Convention from this Division were: 
JACK JENKINS from Bryson City, 
T. N. GEORGE from Robbinsville, 
OTTI KITCHENS from Hayesville, 
H. G. HARPER from Murphy, CARL 
C. W. RINK from Franklin, W. C. 
MANN and his wife from Brevard, 
FRED LYDA from Hendersonville, 
PLOTT and his wife from Waynes- 
ville, VERLIN EDWARDS and his 
wife and two children (Verlin said 
they had a ball), they hailed from 
Maggie Valley, T. M. AUSTELL 
from Hendersonville, R. L. PATTIL- 
LO from Bryson City, AL COGGINS 
and CLINT SAWYER from Sylva 
and RAY BISHOP from Cullowhee. 
It is quite an experience and would 
be good for each one to have a chance 
to go see and hear all that goes on. 
Quite a bit gets accomplished. I just 
don't see how we employees would 
get all the advantages we do without 
an organization such as this and it 
needs your support. Join today! 

Cross my heart — the following are 
sentences concerning allotments taken 
from actual letters: 

"Please send me my elopment as I 
have 4 month old baby and he is 
my sold support and I need all I can 
get every day to buy food and keep 
him in close." 

"My husband had his project cutt 
off two weeks ago and I havn't had 
any relief since." 

"In accordance with your instruc- 
tions I have give birth to twins in 
the enclosed envelop." 

"I can't get my pay. I got 6 chil- 
dren, can you tell me why this is?" 

"Both sides of my parents is poor 
and I can't expect nothing from them, 
as my mother has been in bed for one 
year with the same doctor and won't 

"I am a poor widow and all I have 
is at the front." 

There are more and think will just 
save a few for the next month's issue. 

Engineer, submitted news from his 
area of the County. Thanks a lot 
Freddie, maybe this will cause others 
to help make our news column a suc- 

The following men both had correc- 
tive surgery which put them on the 
ailing list for several days: Mr. T. H. 
DYCUS of Brevard and Mr. J. B. 

This handsome couple happens to 
be Earlene Justina Wiggins with her 
granddaddy Earl H. Smiley who 
works with Construction in Bryson 
City. Both seem to be getting 
along just fine. 


Gayle Ann Rhodes became the 
bride of Gary Ray Bishop at Cullo- 
whee Baptist Church. Gary was em- 
ployed by the Highway Commission 
during summer months for the past 
three years under the supervision of 
Mr. G. W. Clayton. Gary is the son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bishop. Ray is 
Maintenance Foreman in Jackson 
County. Gary and Gayle are living in 
Cullowhee and attending Western 
Carolina University as Juniors. 

EDWARDS of Hendersonville. (One 
was re-bushed and the other xe-groov- 

The Summer boys have returned to 
school or wherever Summer boys re- 
turn to, but the work load has increas- 
ed with the coming of Fall weather. 
At long last we are about to crack 
the bottle of champagne that has been 
gathering dust and finger prints for 
two years. If everyone shows up for 
grand opening, the contents will be 
dispensed with an eye dropper. The 
aforementioned occasion will be the 
completion of the Green River Bridge 
and the contractor and engineering 
personnel who worked on this pro- 
ject are certainly to be congratulat- 
ed on a job well done. There were no 
lost time accidents directly connected 
with this project, however two of the 
Summer Engineering Aides were bad- 
ly trampled during the passing out of 
the checks one Friday. 

The recently completed road by the 
golf course at Maggie Valley was uni- 
que in the following respects: 

1. While screeding a bridge span 
alongside hole No. 4 it was necessary 
for the workmen to stop and allow 
several foursomes to play across the 

bridge. This worked out OK until 
the caddy drove a golf oart thru the 
green concrete. The effect on this 
green concrete was to make the In- 
spector turn red and the foreman to 
turn the air blue. 

2. It was necessary to drop the 
"head-ache" ball in the creek several 
times to cool it off and this caused 
several trout to jump out of the creek 
and into a lunch box under the seat 
of a pickup truck. The game warden 
didn't believe this the first time it 
happened and the second time was 
impossible in his opinion. 

3. Two milk cows and a mule died 
as a result of the MCO prime applied 
to the roadway as the fumes from the 
prime caused them to come down 
with the "blue-goofus" which caused 
them to fall out of the barn and into 
the oncoming traffic of US 19 & 23. 
The owners of these animals swears 
this is the truth. The result of the 
dead mule was rather interesting as it 
died on the Haywood-Jackson Co. 
line and the county foremen of these 
counties didn't want to bury it. The 
mule was dragged back and forth 
across the county line until he was 
completely worn out and finally each 
county held last rites over two mule- 
shoes each. 

4. A Volkswagen ran into the swamp 
by the sawmill and two mud turtles 
raped it before it could be rescued. 

Gladys Ann Sneed became the bride 
of Michael Gerald Green in Septem- 
ber at the Greens Creek Baptist 
Church. Gerald is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Jack Green and Jack works in 
the Landscape Department in Sylva. 
After a wedding trip to Florida, 
the couple will live in Sylva. 

Mrs. Jennie Garrett, typist in Hen- 
dersonville Construction office, also 
serves as Secretary for F. K. West- 
wood, Area Construction Engineer. 
Jennie is an attractive brunette with 
blue eyes and quite a dancer, as was 
in evidence at one of our Christmas 


Joyce Spencer, Correspondent 

Requesting per- 
mission to hoard 
with Ferry Divi- 
sions' log, Six. 

"You landsmen 
really missed out 
when hurricane 
Gladys played 
nursemaid. 'Cause 
that hard beating 
rain and howling wind, me hearty, 
that's Mother Nature's best lullaby." 

Mr. FRED H. McBRYDE, High- 
way Office Manager, Morehead City 
Ferry Office, is sick and expects to 
be out of the office for a couple of 
weeks — doctor's orders — be a 
good boy, Mack. Take those pills and 
hurry and get well. 

Mrs. J. P. EDWARDS, Clerk II, 
Morehead City Office, is bending 
everyone's ear telling about her re- 
cent vacation to Ohio, Michigan and 
Canada — don't blame her — do 

The crew aboard the M/V South- 
port — Ft. Fisher informed me that 
the alligators have returned and all 
seven appear to be in excellent health. 
Just one more question, boys. Are 
they "hungry"? 

Congratulations to all Ferry Per- 
sonnel on the successful completion 
of one of the busiest seasons in the 
history of the department. A hearty 

A sincere welcome to our new Fetr- 
ry Equipment employees, ROGER 
Mechanic II at Manns HaTbor, also 
EBIN BELL as Mechanic II at Bo- 
gue Sound. 

Ferry Operations welcome Mr. 
DAVID AUSTIN at Manns Harbor 
as their new radio operator. 

Thanks again to the Employee's 
Association for voting the Ferry Unit 
in as a separate unit. 

Our heartfelt sympathy to the fam- 
ily of Mr. ANSLEY O'NEAL of Oc- 
racoke in the loss of their loved one. 

Mr. O'Neal began work with the 
Ferry Operations in April of '61 and 
worked with us, until his illness be- 
gan in February of '68, as Quarter- 
master of the M/V Silver Lake. 
Bon voyage. 

Communications Technician III, 
Robert J. Daniels, U.S.N., son of Mr. 
and Mrs. W. D. Daniels, of More- 
head City, has recently been assigned 
to duty at Keflevik, Iceland. After a 
two year assignment in Hawaii all 
Bob has to say about his Icelandic 
assignment is Br r r r r r r!!!! Bob is 
the son of Mrs. W. D. Daniels, Steno 
II, at the Ferry Office in Morehead 
City. Upon completion of his tour 
of duty he plans to return to the 
University of North Carolina to com- 
plete his college education which was 
interrupted during his Junior year. 

1-40, 1-26 Interchange 

This is the only three-level inter- 
change on the North Carolina High- 
way System, although another is in 

the design stage and will be construct- 
ed as a part of the Charlotte express- 
way system. 

The upper level is the Interstate 26 
connector to Interstate 40 West. The 
second level is the connector from 1-40 
west to the Expressway at the Smoky 
Mountain Bridge. The lower level is 
1-40 east. 

Construction of this giant inter- 
change complex required four years. 
Work began July 27, 1964 and was 
completed on July 31, 1968. Total 
cost, including the Appalachia High- 
way System connector, ran to more 
than $7-million. 

The entire interchange are com- 
prises well over 200 acres, with a total 
of 14 bridges separating the various 
roadways involved or crossing Hom- 
iny Creek, which meanders through 
the interchange complex. 

The interchange project was design- 
ed under the direction of the State 
Highway Commission by the consult- 
ing engineering firm of Wilbur Smith 
and Associates of Columbia, South 

Contractors on the interchange pro- 
ject and the downtown Asheville con- 
nector were: Asheville Contracting 
Company of Asheville, N. C; Wilson 
Construction Company of Salisbury, 
N. C; Foster-Creighton Company of 
Nashville, Tennessee. 

James G. Stikeleather, Jr. of Ashe- 
ville is Commissioner for Highway Di- 
vision Thirteen, in which the tri-level 
interchange is located. 

F. L. Hutchinson, Division Thirteen 
Engineer, was in charge of overall con- 
struction. Resident Engineers George 
Prescott and K. W. Rabb provided 
on-the-project supervision for the 
State Highway Commission. 

Luncheon — Grove Park Inn 



Excuse #1: Bad roads. 

When the first oar lurched into a 
ditch, bad roads were the best excuse 
for an accident. But that's no longer 
so. Because today this nation has the 
best roads in the world — and the 
safest. Since 1937, we've pushed our 
death rate per 100,000,000 vehicle 
miles down from 14.7 to nearly 5. 
And it's going even lower this year. 
Here's what's been done: Lanes have 
been widened and moire clearly mark- 
ed at the center and the sides. Me- 
dian and bridge rails have been de- 
signed that don't stop you dead. A 
new kind of light and sign pole 
breaks away from its base under im- 
pact, gives you a chance to regain 
control. And perhaps you've noticed 
the rest areas that now dot our coun- 
tryside. They're no accident. Neither 
is better highway lighting. Better ice 
and water removal. Better traffic 
control — tied to sensors and digital 
computers. Today you often see max- 
imum and minimum speed limits. 
And a burgeoning number of people 
watch the highway for you. On TV. 
From the air. And from patrol cars. 

Our highways are better designed, 
better built, and better maintained. 
They aren't perfect. But they are bet- 
ter than anyone else's — and they're 
constantly being improved. Think 
about that this weekend. And about 
the fact that 52,000 people still man- 
aged to die on our roads last year. 

Excuse #2: Bad cars. 

As you pull into traffic tonight or 
tomorrow, you might keep in mind 
that your car is a remarkable ma- 
chine made up of about 15,000 parts. 
Weighing in at nearly two tons and 
capable of great speed, it can be a 
lethal piece of equipment. But also 
know that cars are being made in- 
creasingly safer through manufacture 
and maintenance. It's interesting to 
note that half the cars in the world 
are in the United States. Yet in the 

past 20 years we've seen a decline in 
the death rate per 10,000 vehicles 
from 10.9 to slightly over 5. 

If you drive a new 1968 or 1969 
oar, it will have side lights or Deflec- 
tors, dual brakes, seat belts foir every 
passenger, padded seatbacks, safer 
windshield glass, collapsible steering 
wheel. It will also have secure fold- 
ing seats, armrests and instrument 
knobs that don't protrude. And it 
will have a little thing called non- 
overriding door handles. Because of 
them you may never again read of 
a child who fell from a moving car. 

If you drive an older car, much has 
been done to make it safe, too. Since 
1960, over 400 campaigns have [re- 
called oars to American factories. 
Potential troubles have been prevent- 
ed. And right now 42 states require 
vehicle inspection: Those that in- 
spect seminannually can cut their 
death rate dramatically — an eight- 
year old oar is twice as deadly as a 
new oar. 42 states permit safer stud- 
ded winter tires. And those numbers 
are rising fast ... as fast as safety 
is in the same states. 

Can you blame your oar if you 
kill someone in the next few days? 
You can, and you might be justified. 
You might be. But consider the fact 
that the American car is the safest 
and best maintained in the world. 
And think about those 15,000 parts 
that cradle life as you step on the 
gas this weekend. And about the 
52,000 people who didn't make it 
from last Labor Day to this Labor 

Excuse #3: Bad you. 

This is the excuse for killing that's 
never heard — except when people 
speak in hushed tones of other peo- 
ple who have killed. But the simple 
fact of the matter is that the nice 
guy you saw in the mirror this morn- 
ing could turn out to be a killer by 
the end of this weekend. 

Ask yourself if you could pass your 
driver's test today. Or have you for- 
gotten some of the answers — even 
some of the questions? 

Now ask yourself if you ever drink 
and drive. And shock yourself all 
weekend with the sobering fact that 
drunk drivers are involved in more 
than half of our 52,000 highway 
death and 4,200,000 injuries yearly. 

Ask yourself how good a driver 
your son is. If he's 18 to 25 he may 
not be very good. Because his age 
group represents 6% of the popula- 
tion, and nearly 28% of the killing 
drivers. (He'd be twice as good a 
driver if he took driver's education.) 

Ask yourself if you ever drive 
above the speed limit. 40% of all 
driving killers do. And they kill 17,000 
people doing it. 

Ask yourself if you ever leave your 
keys in your car. 650,000 cars will be 
stolen this year. 100,000 of them will 
cause accidents. 

Make yourself wonder what causes 
6,000 people to die yearly hitting fixed 
objects like bridges and parked cars. 
Ask yourself if, in the final creaming 
moment of those 6,000 lives, the other 
guy played any role at all. 

Ask yourself if, in the final screaming 
seat belts when they can reduce fa- 
tal injuries by as much as 80%. 
And why you won't make your own 
children wear them. 

You have a right at this point to 
ask what we're trying to sell you. In 
a word, nothing. Except a belief. A 
belief that the responsibilities of this 
world cannot be laid on any tech- 
nology, but rather reside in the tech- 
nician. A belief that few priorities of 
this nation should take precedence 
over 'highway safety — because few 
of lour problems crush more irre- 
trievable lives every year. 


Do something about it. Involve 
yourself in political issues related to 
highway safety. Demand research and 
development that make cars even saf- 
er. Push far lifesaving road structures. 
More rest areas. Greater separation 
of highway lanes. The elimination of 
one-way bridges on two-way roads. 
Support periodic reexamination of 
drivers and strict vehicle inspection 
laws. And any system that removes 
bad drivers. Demand more money for 
traffic patrols. And pay fo>r better 
traffic systems. 

When you drive, wear your seat 
and shoulder belts. Stay sober. Check 
the condition of your car, particularly 
the lights and brakes. Watch out for 
the other potential killer — especial- 
ly at intersections, entrances and 
exits. Rest often. And do one more 

Do the one thing that only you 
can do. Drive safely. And have a 
good weekend. 

Civil Air Patrol 
27th Anniversary 

For some 27 years now this community has been extremely fortunate to 
have in its midst a band of dedicated citizens who maintains a constant vigil 
of readiness to help their fellow citizens in time of distress and disaster. They 
aire the men and women and youth who make up the North Carolina Wing of 
the Civil Air Patrol. 

Nation-wide, CAP volunteers have always stood ready to help wherever 
disaster might strike. Cooperating with emergency and disaster relief agencies 
at all levels of government and with other civil agencies such as the American 
Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol is truly an asset to our community. Its trained and 
competent pilots stand ready to fly search and rescue missions on instant 
notice; 'its nation-wide communications network of over 21,000 radio stations 
has become a vital element in Civil Defense planning for survival and recovery 
in the event of national disaster. The more than 4,500 light aircraft available 
to Civil Air Patrol forms an integral part of this nation's Civil Defense plan. 

As this splendid organization enters its 28th year of valuable service to 
the community and to the nation, we join with all the citizens of North Caro- 
lina in a heartfelt salute and extend to members of the Civil Air Patrol our 
sincere congratulations. 

(Editor's Note) — We would like to thank Mr. Page and his Photogram- 
metry Dept. for all the help he has contributed to the Magazine. Elise Speight 
who so graciously did the drawings. Jim McCloskey who contributed the car- 
toons and Bill Hood and Gordon Deans who have a hard time reading my mind 
and know what ideas I have. Many thanks all of you. 

An abstract drawing of fall and the Doesn't this picture remind you of fall and the months that follow? I think 

leaves that come off the beautiful we all look forward to the change of seasons. One cannot be compared to the 
trees. other. They each have their merits. So be it. 


Thanksgiving Day 
in the United States 

In the United States and Ganada, a 
day is set aside each year as Thanks- 
giving Day. On this day people give 
thanks with feasting and pirayer for 
the blessings they may have received 
during the year. 

The first Thanksgiving Days were 
harvest festivals, or days for thank- 
ing God for their plentiful crops. For 

this season the holiday still takes 
place late in the fall, after the crops 
have been gathered. For thousands of 
years many people have held harvest 

The American "Thanksgiving Day" 
more than likely grew out of the 
harvest -home celebration in England. 

Thanksgiving Day in the United 
States is usually a family affair cele- 
brated with big meals and joyous 
reunion. The very mention of Thanks- 
giving usually brings to mind big 
dinners and pantry's filled to the 

Thanksgiving Day is also a remind- 
er of serious religious thinking, church 
services and religious prayers. 

The first New England Thanksgiv- 
ing was celebrated during the second 
winter the Plymouth colonists spent 
in the New World. The first dreadful 
winter in Massachusetts had killed 
nearly half the members of the Co- 
lony, but new spirit grew up in the 
summer of 1621. The corn harvest 
brought rejoicing. Governor William 

Bradford decreed that December 13, 
1621 be set aside 'as a day of feasting 
and prayer, to show the gratitude of 
the Colonists. 

The women of the Colony spent 
many days preparing for the feast. 
They boiled, baked and roasted. The 
children helped by turning roasts on 
spits in front of open fires. Everyone 
ate outdoors at big tables. The peo- 
ple spent 3 days in feasting, prayer 
and singing. 

In the United States, a woman, 
Mrs. Sarah Joseph® Hale, the editor 
of Godey's Lady's Book worked for 
30 years to promote the idea of a 
National Thanksgiving Day. She sent 
out pleas through the oolumn of her 
journal and wrote letters to the 
various Presidents. In 1863 President 
Lincoln issued a proclamation setting 
aside the last Thursday of November 
in that year "as a day of thanksgiving 
and praise to our beneficial Father," 
but in 1939 President Roosevelt pro- 
claimed Thanksgiving to be celebrat- 
ed one week earlier. His purpose was 
to help business by making the shop- 
ping period between Thanksgiving 
and Christmas longer. 



Published bi-monthly for employees of 
The North Carolina State Highway Commission 
By the Highway Commission 
Public Relations Department 


Public Relations Officer Keith Hundley 

Editor Frances Newhouse 

Associate Editor Jewel Adcock 

Receptionist J AN IE 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. McNatr, III 
George L. Hundley 
George H. Broadrick 
Raymond Smith 
W. B. Garrison 
James G. Stdkeleather, Jr. 

W. Curtis Russ 

W. F. Babcock State Highway Administrator 

C. W. Lee Chief Engineer 

George Willoughby Secondary Roads Officer 

William M. Ingram Controller 

The Christmas Issue of Roadways Magazine is 
deviating from its usual form. Due to the press of 
Christmas printing and the desire of the Roadways 
staff to get you a good holiday issues delivered in 
time for the season, our magazine contains no divi- 
sion or headquarters news. In this issue we feature 
only one departmental story. The Test of the maga- 
zine is devoted to Christmas Things. 

In following issues, you, the readers, will be ask- 
ed -to make contributions of stories, poems, ait 
work, etc., to be evaluated by the editor for possi- 
ble publication. 

Please pardon the Christmas issue as I have been 
in the hospital 16 days the month of December. 

—The Editor 

Our cover for this Christmas issue was drawn 
by our capable Elise Speight of the Photogram- 
metry Dept. Thanks Elise. 

Chairman's Christmas fretting 

We -have observed the Christmases of 1965, 1966 and 1967 together. 
And now we approach the Christmas Season of 1968, the last that I will 
be able to share with you as Chairman of the Highway Commission. 

My years with the Highway Commission have been some of the best 
and most rewarding years of my life, mainly because of the association 
and relationships with you folks who work with the Highway Commission. 

I have had the opportunity to meet many of you over the past three 
years, and I want you to know that I will treasure the memory of our 

To you and your families from Mrs. Hunt and me, a very MERRY 
CHRISTMAS, the happiest and best of all New Years. And may the Good 
Lord bless and keep you 






"You better take that back, Johnny Alcorn". 

Danny almost screamed the words. His face was 
flushed and he clenched his little fourth-grader's fists un- 
til the knuckles turned white. 

"I will not," Johnny retorted. "Don't you know 
nothin', Danny. There ain't no such person as Sanny 
Claws. I ain't gonna take at back 'cause I'd be lyin' if I 

Skinny Massey and Gene Kirby and Junior Price all 
giggled and looked at Danny. He eould feel his face get- 
ting redder by the minute, and he knew he was too far 
into this thing to back out now. 

"You take it back, Johnny, or I'm gonna make you 
take it back," Danny said, inching toward the bigger boy. 

"You and who else is gonna make me take it back," 
Johnny said, and he nudged Junior with his elbow. 

Skinny and Gene moved back a little and Danny 
knew he was going to be in a fight, soon. 

He looked up at the browning crab grass on the sides 
of the old railroad cut which had never been used. He 
saw the leafless branches of the oak trees in the school 
yard beyond old man Thomases' store. He could feel the 
sting of tears as they filled his eyes, and then with his 
eyes nearly closed and his teeth clenched, he launched 
his best left-hand punch. 

It caught Johnny first on the shoulder and then on 
the side of the head, and it hurt Danny clear to his el- 
bow. He thought his knuckles were broken. 

Johnny was caught off guard for a moment. He did- 
n't think Danny Hart had the nerve to hit him, much 
less toss the first punch. It hurt when he did dt, too, he 

Danny's surprise punch was as big a surprise to him 
as it was to Johnny, and while he stood there considering 
it, he lost his advantage. Johnny bore it on him. 

He hit Danny in the face, and Danny saw green 
lights in his head. His head rang like a bell. Then another 
fist hit him on the ear, and Johnny was on him like a 

Danny hung on for dear life, and down they went in 

a big heap with Skinny yelling, "Hit 'im, Johnny," and 
Gene hollering "Don't let him get you down, Danny." 

It was too late, though, Johnny had him down and 
was stratching and clawing at him. Now, Danny's nose 
was bleeding and Johnny was still punching and pummel- 
ing away at him. Danny started to cry. 

Johnny sat on him. 

"You had enough, Danny," he said, holding up his 


"You had enough, or do you want some more?" 

Skinny and Gene and Junior wouldn't look at Dan- 
ny. He knew they were ashamed that he had cried. That 
he hadn't toughed it out even though they had know from 
the start that Danny couldn't win. 

Danny didn't say anything, he just crossed his hands 
over his face and lay there crying softly. 

Johnny got up and stood over Danny. 

"There still ain't no Sanny Claws," he said, and 
placing his foot under Danny, he shoved him over on his 

"You damned sissy," Johnny tauted him, "you don't 
know nothin' and you can't fight. I know that Sanny 
Claws ain't nothin' but your mama and daddy leavin' 
presents for you under the tree, 'cause I've helped 'em 
put out the presents since I found mine behind the couch 
when I was in second grade." 

Danny just lay there sobbing. 

"I'm gonna tell your mama you said 'damn' ", he 


Johnny kicked him again and said, "Just do. You just 


Gene and Skinny and Junior and Johnny walked 
away talking, but Danny couldn't hear what they were 

Danny lay there for a while and then uncovered his 
eyes. He sat up and put a piece of irolled-up notebook 
paper under his upper lip to make his nose quit bleed- 
ing. He was dirty and the pocket was ripped on his mac- 
kinaw coat. What a way to start the Christmas vacation, 
he thought, and mama's gonna tear me up when I get 


All the way home he thought, "Why would mama and 
daddy lie to me about there being a Sanny Claws. John- 
ny was just trying to ruin my holiday, that's all." 

But he kept remembering that Skinny and all the 
others had sided with Johnny. Even Gene, Who was one of 
his best friends. They had said, "Naw, there ain't," when 
he said that there was a real Santa Claus. Had his ma- 
ma and daddy been fooling him? 

All these thoughts evaporated quickly when he rea- 
lized he had already reached the branch that ran through 
the field behind the house. He couldn't let mama see him 
like this. But he knew he had to. 

Danny walked slowly up the low hill, across the 
railroad tracks and then up the sharply inclined path 
into the backyard. 

He walked up onto the back porch and went straight 
to the table with the water buckets and the washpan on 
it. He wet a hand towel and started dabbling at his nose 
and the scratches on his cheeks and neck. He could hear 
his mother humming softly in the kitchen and he could 
hear and smell some meat frying. 

The dipper clanked against the bucket, and his 
mother called out, "Is .that you, Danny?" You come on 
in here and get on that homework, you're late getting 
home from school." 

"I ain't got no homework, mama," Danny retorted, 
"this is Christmas holidays. Don't you remember, we 
ain't got to go back to school 'til January 5th and Miss 
Vause didn't give us no homework." 

"Well, get on in here anyway," his mother said as 
she opened the door. She started to say something else, 
but her voice trailed away When she saw him. 

"Just look at you," she said. You get into this house 
right now." 

"I swear, your poor daddy works his fingers to the 
bone in that mill to pay for your clothes and you don't 
oare a thing about them. Just look at those overalls. And 
look at your coat. And just look at those cuts and scratch- 
es. You get undressed right now." 

Danny knew what was coming next because he saw 
her reaching for the yardstick. 

After his mother had settled down, and with his 
behind still tingling, Danny asked his mother, "Don't you 
even want to know what I was fighting about?" 

"What was it this time," she snapped, as she work- 
ed a short, sharp paring knife around the potatoes she 
would fry for supper. 

"Well," Danny started, "now, don't get mad at me, 
but ol' Johnny Alcorn said there ain't no such person as 
Sanny Claws. It's just your mama and daddy." He had 
blurted it our rapidly, and looked at the linoleum covered 
kitchen floor as he did. 

Danny raised his eyes slowly when he realized his 
mother hadn't said anything. He looked at her and there 
were tears in her eyes. 

"Johnny told you that," she said. 

"Yessum," Danny replied. "He did, and Skinny and 
Junior and even ol' Gene said so, too." 

Geneva Hart's mind raced quickly through Danny's 
childhood. She remembered bringing him home from the 
hospital. His first day at school. All the times with the 
measles, mumps and even the whooping cough. 

We should have told him, she thought. I know Ro- 
bert was right, now. But he is our only child, and . . . 

"Let me tell you something, Danny, she began, 
"you know that we give each other presents at Christmas 
time because we love each other, and because we're fol- 
lowing God's example. He gave us Jesus many, many 
years ago." 

"Yessum, I know that," Danny said, "But, is there 
a Sanny Claws?" 

"You just listen to me another minute," his mother 
said, and putting down the pot of potatoes, she stretched 
out her arms and Danny moved easily into her embrace. 

Geneva Hart's eyes glistened with tears as she start- 
ed again, "As long as people on this Earth love each 
other enough to give gifts to each other without any 
thought of getting something in return, and as long as 
there are children on this Earth who love their parents 
and are loved by their parents, there'll be a Santa Claus." 

"Don't let people tell you that there's no Santa Claus 
just because you don't see him," she continued. You 
can't see the wind, but it makes your kites fly, doesn't it?" 

"Santa Clause is the Spirit of Christmas. He's our 
way of saying that we love each other and you believe 
in him just as long as you believe in people and in giv- 
ing for the pure love of it." 

His mother looked down at Danny and saw that she 
had his rapt attention. She saw that his mouth had fallen 
open slightly and that he was nodding his head slowly. 

"I don't have anything else to tell you, Danny," she 
said, "except that I love you and I want you to forget 
any differences you have with Johnny." 

Geneva smiled at her son, ran her hand lovingly 
over his thick blond hair and looked into his blue eyes. 

I still haven't answered all his questions, she thought. 
I can tell. 

Danny Hart tried to enjoy his Christmas holiday. He 
played basketball in the gym at the YMCA. He played 


"kick-the-oan" and "rabbit and dog" in die big broom- 
straw fields near the mill. He played football and literal- 
ly bathed in the freedom from books and the discipline of 

He saw Skinny and Gene and Junior every day. They 
never mentioned his fight with Johnny. He even saw ol' 
Johnny, and on the fifth day of vacation got into a game 
of basketball with him. Neither he nor Johnny mentioned 
their fight. Neither talked about Sanny Claws, either. 
There wasn't even the usual question, "What do you 
want for Christmas?" It was pointedly avoided. 

But all this time, there was a gnawing feeling in the 
pit of Danny's stomach. He knew something wasn't right, 
and it wouldn't be until he could do some investigating 
and put his doubts to rest once and for all. 

Just two nights before Christmas Danny made up 
his mind. He knew what he'd do. He made his final re- 
solve as he lay on his back in his bed with his hands be- 
hind his head. Even with 'his eyes open, he could see vi- 
sions of Santa Clans. Christmas was getting closer, but 
it wasn't like all the other times before. The edge was 
gone and Danny felt sort of empty inside. 

"I'll do it," he whispered to himself, and then turn- 
ing oveT onto his side and pulling the cover up around 
his ears, he was soon asleep. 

Christmas Eve found Danny keeping mostly to him- 
self and rather quiet. He left the yard only once all day. 
He was polite to his Aunt Maude, and to his grandpar- 
ents when they came to call. He even helped his daddy 
carry up some logs for the fireplace, carried several buc- 
kets of water from the neighborhood pump and pulled 
home a five-gallon can of kerosene for the cook stove 
from Thomases' store in his Radio Flyer wagon. But most- 
ly he just played catch by himself, throwing a little red 
ball up onto the roof and catching it when it rolled off. 

His mother asked him several times, "You all right, 
Danny, you're awful quiet today." 

"Yessum, I'm okay," he said. 

"Just can't get the Christmas spirit, can you?", she 
said, and he noticed a touch of sympathy in her voice. 

"No m'am, I guess I can't," he said, and walked slowly 
around the house toward the railroad. 

Across the cut he saw old man Cooke taking his cow 
from the big field where he'd had her stobbed out to the 
rickety building he called a stable. 

"Christmas gift," old man Cooke hollered to Danny. 

"Christmas gift, Mr. Cooke," Danny returned. It 
was an old saying and Danny didn't know exactly what 
it meant, but when Mr. Cooke and Mr. DeHart and all 
the other said it to him, he replied in kind, always smiling. 

After chunking a few rocks across the railroad tracks, 
Danny watched old man Cooke lead the cow into the 
stable, and then he turned and walked back to the house. 
It wouldn't be too long before it got dark now, and he 
was going to bed early. He had a plan to put into oper- 

Danny savored the almost medicinal smell of the 
lifebouy soap he used in his bath. The kitcbren was 
warm and steamy and he washed until he feared he might 

get some of the hide off. Then he dried off on a big fluffy 
towel and got into the pajamas his Aunt Maude had 
given him. 

It couldn't hurt to sleep in them one night out of 
the year, even though he preferred sleeping raw in the 
summer and in his long-johns in the winter. Aunt Maude 
always said to sleep in your underwear was "disgusting". 
He laughed to himself. 

It was nine-o'clock now. Robert Hart had read the 
Christmas Story from the Bible. Geneva had given him 
hot chocolate and Moravian cookies and now Danny 
yawned and stretched. 

"Sleepy, son?", his father asked. Sleepy so soon?" 

"Yessir, I sure am," Danny replied. Is it okay with 
y'all if I hit the hay?" 

"Sure, boy," his father said, and smiling added, "soon- 
er you're in bed and asleep, the sooner ol' Santa Claus 
will be here." 

Then a knowing look passed betwen Robert and 
Geneva Hart. Danny said nothing, but came across the 
room to kiss his mother goodnight. 

"Night, Mama. 'Night, Daddy," he said quickly, peck- 
ing his mother on the cheek. His father hit him a light 
tap on the shoulder and said, "See you tomorrow morn- 
ing, Dan. Sleep tight." 

Danny walked across the cold hall and into his bed- 
room. It was a cold, crisp night and his teeth chattered as 
he climbed into his bed. Boy, these covers sure feel good 
in this unheated room, he thought. 

I'm not going to sleep, he told himself over and over. 

Way off in the distance he heard firecrackers going 
off. He could hear the Mackston to Kenton train whis- 
tle. It sounded mournful and alone, and Danny scrunched 
deeper under the covers as a shiver ran through his body. 

Somewhere closer by he could hear a group of carol- 
ers. And from across the hall he could hear his mother 
and father talking in quiet tones. Their voices came to 
him muffled and he wondered what they were talking 
about. He heard glasses and plates being put 
down in the kitchen. He heard 'his mother say something 
and his daddy say clearly, "no, dear, no more to eat 
for me". 

Danny strained to stay awake. He worked at it, but 
the warmth of the bed was getting to him and so was 
the dark. It seemed like ages since he'd heard anything 
from across the hall. Then, suddenly, he heard someone 
at his door. He closed his eyes tightly and pretended to 
be asleep. Judging from the light step, it was his mother. 
Whoever it was opened the door slightly, stood there for a 
moment listening to his regular, steady breathing, then 
closed the door and left. 

Danny waited for what seemed an eternity, then, 
throwing back the covers, he got out of bed. The cold floor 
sent shock waves up his legs and his teeth chattered. He 

Quietly, Danny opened his door, moved across the 
hall and slowly are carefully opened the door to the sit- 
ting room. The fire crackled in the fireplace. The lights 
winked on and off on the big cedaT tree. The room was 
warm and inviting, but empty. 


Danny noticed with a start that there was not the 
first present under the tree. 

Puzzled, he walked as carefuly as he could back 
into the hall and down toward his parent's bedroom. He 
stopped and stood stock still for a long time when a board 
in the hall floor creaked loudly. Then, he went on. 

Knowing that he could get his backslide warmed plen- 
ty good with that old army belt of his daddy's, Danny 
opened the bedroom door anyway. His mother and father 
were sound asleep. Or at least they appeared to be. He 
stood there as long as he dared, then closed the door and 
walked quietly back to the sitting room. It was still warm 
and empty. Then, he noticed for the first time the milk 
and cookies left as usual for Santa. The clock on the 
mantel said 11:30. Danny walked back to his bedroom and 
slid between the sheets. 

He thought to himself, I'm not going to get anything 
for Christmas. Mama's mad at me for what I said about 
Johnny telling me that there ain't no Sanny Claws. She 
knew I didn't really believe what she told me about it. 
And she's mad about me fighting. 

Danny felt as cold and alone as that train whistle had 
sounded earlier. He hunched himself into a ball under 
the covers and tried to shut out all the bad things that 
had happened the last few days. Soon, he was drifted in- 
to the never-never land between sleep and wakefulness, 
and then, from across the hall, he heard a thump and 
something tinkling Then, another thump. Danny came 
wide awake. 

As quickly as he could he bolted from his bed, ig- 
noring the cold this time. He would know once and for 
all, no matter what the consequences, whether there was 
a Sanny Claws. Danny jerked open his door just in time 
to see the front door closing, quickly but quietly. 

Was that a flash of red he had seen? Was that the 
heel of a black boot? He raced quietly to the front door 
and opened it. The cold air swept into the hall and sent 
a chill over Danny's body. He shuddered. Looking into 
the clear, cold night, Danny could see no one. He heard 
nothing. The mill village was quiet. 

As he turned to go back into the house, Danny heard 
a dog bark down toward the river, and somewhere a burst 
of Chinese firecrackers sputtered into the night air. He 
shivered again and hurried back into the house. 

Closing the front door, Danny walked quietly back to 
his parent's room. Opening the door, he saw that they 
still appeared to be sleeping soundly. Then he walked 
back to the sitting room, opened the door slowly and 
stepped into the warm, inviting room. 

In the shimmering warm, orangle glow of the fireplace 
and the winking red, blue and green lights of the Christ- 
mas tree, Danny stood entranced. There around the tree 
were presents. Some were wrapped, some were not. 

There was the set of Gene Autry capbusters he had 
asked for, and his ukelele. And Mama had got her bed- 
room slippers and Daddy had a new shotgun. There was 
even a book of poems for Aunt Maude, and much more. 

The milk and cookies! Danny looked at an empty 
glass and an empty saucer. 

Danny Hart was a thoroughly confused but very 
happy young man. He went to sleep saying to himself 

over and over, "Thank you . . . thank you . . . thank 
you ..." 

The next morning, after the traditional brains and 
eggs Christmas breakfast, Danny bolted for the tree, 
calling to his parents, "Come on Mama; Y'ali come on 
and see what Sanny Claws brought us". 

He was beside himself with glee, but not so much 
so that Danny did not again see that knowing look pass 
between his parents. But then Danny became too wrapped 
up in his unbridled joy to bother with thinking. 

A little later, Danny asked his parents if he could go 
see what some of the othejr kids got. With a "sure, son" 
from his father, Danny ran from the house and up the 
street toawrd Gene's house. 

Still later, after Mrs. Hart had yelled, "Dan-nee" 
several times into the crisp December day, Danny was 
sitting at the old round dinner table with his head bowed 
as his father said grace over turkey with cornbread dress- 
ing and all the other delicious food his mother had prepar- 
ed for Christmas. 

When his father had said "amen", they all raised 
their heads and Geneva, looking at her son, said, "What's 
the matter with you? You look like you're about to bust 
to laugh." 

The look on his face must have been infectious. His 
parents both began to laugh, and so did he. 

"Merry Christmas, son," his father said. His mother 
nodded, her laughter subsiding. 

"Merry Christmas to y'all, too," Danny said as he 
choked back more laughter. 

He ate with a big smile on his face and looked for- 
ward to supper at grandma Hart's house and breakfast 
tomorrow at grandma Gentry's. 

Up the street Skinny Massey was asking Johnny 
Alcorn, "What happened to your eye?" 

"01' Danny Hart came up here a while ago," Johnny 
said. "He ran up to me and yelled 'Christmas Gift', and 
then hit me as hard as he could. He was gone before I 
could catch him." 

Skinny looked down the street and shook his head 


Newhouse Receives High 
Honor from CAP. 

On Tuesday, November 26 in his office in Raleigh, 
Governor Dan Moore went about the serious business ol 
presenting one of the Civil Air Patrol's highest awards to 
1st Lt. James Orr Newhouse. The Falcon Award signifies 
high achievement in the CAP. 

In the brief but impressive ceremony, Governor 
Moore handed young Newhouse a plaque and pinned a 
medal on an already crowded chest. This is only the 
33rd such award made in the 27-year history of the vol- 
unteer air organization. 

Newhouse, who holds a private pilot's lioense, is a 
senior engineering student at North Carolina State Univer- 
sity and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland B. Newhouse 
of 2331 Byrd Street, Raleigh. 

Mrs. Newhouse is editor of ROADWAYS. 

A Letter 

State of Ohio 
Department of Highways 
Columbus, Ohio 43216 
James A. Rhodes 

P. E. Masheter J. W. Wilson 

Director Chief Engineer 

November 12, 1968 
The Hon. Dan K. Moore, Governor 
State of North Carolina 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27602 
Dear Governor: 

I am writing you because of the 
very fine treatment accorded my mo- 
ther-in-law and her sisters while re- 
cently traveling through your fine 

They were traveling near Waynes- 
ville, North Carolina on Thursday, 
October 24, 1968, when they had a 
flit tire. They were unaware that they 
were being followed by two of your 
people, who had noticed that the tire 
was about to go flat. When the tire 
went, Mr. George S. Willoughby, Jr., 
Secondary Roads Officer and Mr. 
Keith Hundley, Public Relations Of- 
ficer, were on the scene and the la- 
dies were in the good hands of two 
fine gentlemen. Although they were 
on their way to a meeting, they took 
the necessary time to prove once 
again that nothing can top "South- 
ern Hospitality". 

On behalf of the ladies, allow me 
to extend my most sincere apprecia- 
tion for a most courteous job well 
done, and personal thanks to Messrs. 
Willoughby and Hundley. 

Respectfully yours, 

/s/ Richard C. Crawford, 

Director of Personnel 

Ohio Department of Highways 

We Liked 

State of Noirth Carolina 
Governor's Office 

Dan K. Moore 

November 15, 1968 
Mr. Richard C. Crawford 
Director of Personnel 
Ohio Department of Highways 
Post Office Box 899 
Columbus, Ohio 43216 
Dear Mr. Crawford: 

In the absence of Governor Moore, 
who is out of the country until week 
after next, I am acknowledging your 
letter of November 12. 

Your letter will be brought to the 
Governor's attention on his return, 
and I know he will appreciate hearing 
of the assistance which Messrs. Wil- 
loughby and Hundley gave your mo- 
ther-in-law and her sisters during 
their recent trip in North Carolina. 
He will be happy to learn of your 
thanks and appreciation. 

In order that Messrs. Willoughby 
and Hundley may receive appropriate 
recognition, a copy of your letter is 
being forwarded to Mr. J. M. Hunt, 
Jr., Chairman of the State Highway 
Commission. The Governor's com- 
mendation for these gentlemen will 
go along with yours. 

/s/ Thomas H. Walker 
Administrative Assistant 
oc: The Hon. J. M. Hunt, Jr. 




Luther Berrier, President; C. L. ("Dick") Brewer, First Vice President; Lonnie F. Dail, Second Vice Pres- 
ident; Virginia Williamson, Secretary-Treasurer; Otis Banks, Executive Secretary and David King, Administra- 
tive Assistant. 

Ghost Hounds of the 
Siamese Ridges 


You will not bear them when the 
moon shines bright. They will not 
race across those dreary nidges, hoi- 
lows and flat stretches when (the night 
sky is blue and the stars situd the 
firmaments with a million twinkling 
diamonds. They will not break a 
serene quietness with their silver 
voices in musical cadence as they 
chase their quarry toward the moun- 
tains. But let the night become the 
blackest, let the weather put on its 
most tempestous show, let the rains 
or snows ride rampant on the wings 
of a wild- wild wind not good for 
man or beast, and you may venture 
to stick your head out of the door and 
listen. There is one chance in a hun- 
dred that you wil hear the GHOST 

The Siamese Ridges are as true 
as God made them. A vast section of 
a thousand ridges, hollows and flat 
sections of thick-wooded lands that 
have confused many a hunting man's 
sense of direction and left him hope- 
lessly lost until the rising of the sun. 
Only the most daring fox hunters 
have ventured far into these woods 
on black nights when the Ghost 
Hounds might run. 

Old folks living near the Siamese 
Ridges believe the tale told by one 
of the earliest settlers. They keep 
the legend alive. A long while ago a 
stalwart man little known among his 
fellowmen, and living in a shack 
near the river, had six magnificent 
fox hounds whose voices blended into 
such beautiful cadence that the heart 
of the most exacting fox hunters 
thrilled to their chase. It was said 
that the man who owned the dogs 
had the strength of a bear and the 
speed of a deer. He could run with 
his dogs. However this be, the last 
live race known of the Ghost Hounds 
and their owner happened on a night 
when a great storm raged and the 
rain-burdened blackness was ripped 
to shreds by lightning. The race 
started back at the river and led 
straight through the Siamese Ridges. 
The dogs as black as the night itself, 
were in great voice that night, and 

the wary old fox was leading them a 
merry chase. He was headed toward 
an old mine at the foot of the hills. 
There was hardly a break in the 
thrilling music of the voices of the 
hounds as they went from hearing 
into the old mine. Then the tooting 
of a horn wafted through the black 
night, only to be shattered by a 
mighty bolt of lightning that struck 
near the mouth of the mine. There 
was the sound as of falling dirt, 
rock and timbers, then only the wail- 
ing of the storm winds. 

It was quite a while before the old 
man who told this tale heard the 
Hounds again. This time he saw 
them on one of them stormy black 
nights. They were snow-white and 
seemed to literally float in perfect 
order and timing through the ele- 
ments as they followed their quarry. 
Their owner, not far behind, was also 
white like his hounds. 

Years later the mine was re-open- 
ed and beneath the fallen earth, rocks 
and timber were found bones of both 
dogs and a human being. The fox per- 
haps escaped. But the Ghost Hounds 
with their owner still run through 
the Siamese Ridges — on nights 
when man has no business to be out- 

New Building at 
Holding Tech 

Holding Technical Institute has 
taken another giant step forward in 
its development. On November 12, 
1968 newspapers carried advertise- 
ments for bids on a new building 
scheduled to be completed in the 
fall of 1969. Bids will be opened De- 
cember 11, 1968 at 2:30 P.M. at the 

The new building, so necessary to 
meet the student load currently en- 
rolled at the institute, will alleviate 
some of the overcrowded condition 
now prevalent on the campus. It will 
be the second large facility in the 
long-range plans for the school, but 
the fifth building to be constructed 
on the campus. 

Due to an 1100% increase in the 
student enrollment since Holding 
Tech opened in 1963 with 57 stu- 
dents, the Board of Trustees and 
the administration have been "hard 
put" to keep up with the space re- 
quirements of the ever increasing 
student body. A full-time day curric- 
ula student body of 617 taxes the 
present facilities to the limit, and 
classes this year had to be expanded 
from a five-day to a six-day schedule. 

The combination classroom and fa- 
culty offices facility will be situated 
on the southwest quadrant of the 
school property, slightly forward and 
to the right of the present main 
building as you enter the campus. 
Housed within this building, on the 
first floor, will be a completely mo- 
dern data processing center with tem- 
perature and humidity controlled es- 
pecially for the computers. The school 
now has a 1401 computer complex and 
looks forward to expanding into third 
generation computers when this space 
is available. 

The second floor will house the Sec- 
retarial Science and Business Admin- 
istration Departments, and the top 
floor will be given over to general 
classroom space and faculty offices. 
At the present time the faculty is 
scattered throughout the school wher- 
ever a few extra feet of space can be 
found for a desk. 

The new building is to have an 
area of approximately 26,000 square 
feet, is to be of concrete construction, 
and will be financed with Federal, 
State, and Local funds. 


Where Roads Don't Run 


A super highway spiraling reckless- 
ly through our beloved hills is a 
thing of matchless beauty, and it is 
a blessing to humanity. But often such 
a boon to man's ease and comfort 
destroys the site of some legend held 
dear in the hearts of old folks and 
passed down through generations. 
But this is a tale of a place of mys- 
tery and much talk that will never be 
touched by a highway. Call it Cedar 
Cliffs, call it The Jangle Hole, or 
even the Devil's Smokehouse. They 
are all there. You will never go there, 
unless you live in the rugged moun- 
tains of western North Carolina and 
have developed leg muscles of coiled 
steel and a constitution to match, 
along wiith a keen enjoyment of ex- 
ploring the hidden, and almost for- 
bidden, wonders of wild lature where 
God had thrown down the remnants 
of bis work sack when he finished the 
parts of the world for man to inha- 

Cedar Cliffs is a vertiable rock 
mountain of conspicuous beauty and 
awe-inspiring grandieur high in the 
smokey blue elements of a mountain 
range in Polk County. Tucked away 
in heavy woodlands and a terrain 
suitable only for mountain goats, 
wild cats and rattlesnakes, you reach 
this scenic spot through curiosity, 
youthful dare and adventure. Or may- 
haps to verify tales and legends of 
this place you have heard since child- 
hood. This factor sent Bill, Jake and 
I on our trip. 

Yes, almost exhausted from hours 
of walking and climbing over one hill 
after another along treacherous paths, 
around narrow ledges through rat- 
tlesnake country, we were on top of 
a long, curving ridge. Just ahead and 
below we saw the awesome cliffs. An 
almost perpendicular rock face almost 
a mile long and hundreds of feet high. 
Only a fissure here and there broke 
the smooth surface of the cliffs. In 
one such seam a cedar grew, giving 
the cliffs their name. 

We stood and looked at the far end 
of the rock range and talked of the 
racoon hunter who fell from the very 
top and lodged in the branches of a 
huge oak far below. It was a miracle 
that he lived. But he had never put 
aside his wheel chair. 

By a long, hazardous descent, we 
went down to the foot of the cliffs to 
see the Jangle Hole and the Devil's 
Smokehouse. At the mouth of the 
cave leading to those places a big 
rattlesnake lay in our path, as if to 
guard the cave. But we battered bis 
head and moved forward. A swarm 
of bats rushed out with a startling 
whir. We paused to look into the dark 
cavity to our left. "It's the Jangle 
Hcle," Bill exclaimed. "Don't get 
close to it. It has no bottom." 

We had heard that men had explor- 
ed the solid rock cavity to a depth of 
a thousand feet and found no bottom. 
There was a legend that a very small 
Indian man had crawled far into the 
cave far below and found the bottom 
of the Jangle Hole. He reported 
finding a large pile of bones, some 
of humans, and pieces of clothes. 
Bill, Jake and I toted rocks as large 
as we could lift and dropped them 
into the hole. They gave back a jang- 
ling noise as they went out of hearing. 
We went farther into the Devil's 
Smokehouse. The fear of more rattle- 
snakes and the whir of startled bats 
turned us back. 

We had enough adventure for the 
day. We climbed back to the top of 
the mountain and headed for home. 
A black storm cloud was fast rising 
in the southwest. Thunder was roll- 
ing over the hills and lightning was 
forking up the sky. An old wire fence 
rank along out trail. In many places 
the lightning had jumped off this 
fence and plowed deep furrows in 
the ground. We ran to get away from 
the fence. "I don't want to be near 
this fence when that storm gets 
close," Jake said. 

"Lightning strikes often where 
there is gold," I said. "This moun- 
tain has gold in it." 

"Please, let's not dig for it today," 
Bill said. "Some other day." 


Congressional hearings on the car 
repair business have brought out re- 
ports that "automobile repair opera- 
tions prey on gullible women, pass off 
rebuilt parts as new ones, jack up 
prices. ..." 

There are fourteen ladies in the Ra- 
leigh area today who will not fall into 
the "gullible women" category, for 
they are students in Holding Techni- 
cal Institute's "Powder Puff" Me- 
chanics course being taught at the 
school by N. H. Braxton of O'Neal 
Motors. They are learning to recog- 
nize the parts of an automobile, to 
know proper repair procedures, and 
to diagnose the most common prob- 
lems of the family car. They will also 
please their husbands and go easier 
on the family poeketbook because of 
a greater knowledge of the care a 
car must receive in order for it to re- 
main the faithful family bus. These 
"powder puffs" will be able to spot 
mechanical trouble areas and see that 
they are properly repaired before the 
problem goes too deep and more cost- 
ly repairs are necessary. 

When the course is completed these 
mechanicettes will know what major 
and minor tune-ups consist of, the 
types of repairs that are necessary in 
relation to mileage driven, tire care 
and how to change that unexpected 
"flat", and many safe driving points 
that are now casually ignored. 

Class Roster 
Ada L. Dupree, Angier 
May A. Arnold, Cary 
Cristel Burns Miller, Cary 
Julia Rebecca Wilson, Gary 
June Rose Barfield, Garner 
Anne H. Lee, Garner 
Mary E. Weaver, Garner 
Josephine Morris Jeffreys, Raleigh 
Sara Harper Jerome, Raleigh 
Mary Rose King, Raleigh 
Carol Jean Landis, Raleigh 
Ila Mae Mishoe, Raleigh 
Sara Gardner Seagle, Raleigh 
Margaret D. Smith, Raleigh 


The Making of an Engineer 

There she was. A big broad white 
and green ribbon of concrete and 
grass gracefully swinging its way 
down through Grubbers Cove and Pa's 
sixty acres. A five million dollar man- 
made ornament where once there was 
only rugged ugliness. I stood with 
head high and a bit of pride in my 
heart when I thought of the part I 
had had in bringing (this dream of 
men, some long gone, to Grubbers 
Cove. Yes, I had looked through that 
transit and waved men around, I had 
scaled the cliffs, I had swung the 
brush axe in the thick laurels. I had 
felt the sting of cold, the fatigue of 
all-day climbing, the pride of seeing 
the finish of our job. 

But what would Pa say about it if 
he stood here today? "Never saw 
anything to beat it!" he'd twist his 
long mustache. "She's a humdinger." 
Or maybe, "It ain't worth a damn to 
me. Split my sixty acres to hell-and- 
gone, tore up my best still site, and 
now I can't get my mule and wagon 
on or off it! Only serves rich folks 
with big cars on their way to New 
York or Miami!" Well, Pa had his 
ideas, I had some of my own. 

It was a day almost fifty years ago 
when I got a hankering to be the 
man behind one of them three-legged 
things called a transit. Pa walked 
right up to that railroad surveyor at 
the instrument and said. "Mister, let 
me look through that dadburned 
thing. Heard you could see a gnat's 

— by— 

eyelashes a thousand feet away witih 

The man swung the instrument 
around and pointed it at a dead tree 
on a mountain four miles away. He 
tightened some screws on it, turned to 
Pa and said, "Take a look, fellow 
and tell me what you see." 

"I'll be dadblamed!" Pa said. "It's 
a hawk in a dead tree watching my 
chickens. Look, son." 

I spotted the big bird. "Four miles 
away," I said. 

"Got to have me one of them 
things," Pa declared. "I'd put Abe on 
a ridge above my still with it and he 
could see the revenue officers coming 
six miles away." Pa always called me 

"Better send your boy to school," 
the man said. "He could leam to run 
one of these things and make good 

"Exactly what I want to do," I 
said. "It shore is." 

Me and Pa talked about it all the 
way to town. "Help me run off three 
or four batches of corn mash, Abe, 
and I'll give you part of the liquor 
money," he finally broke down. "You 
can go across the mountain to Stearns 
with your oousin Clanny, and start 
learning. "Maybe someday you'll get 
a good road across my sixty acres." 

"I will, Pa." I promised. "I shore 

Clanny came on an afternoon. I 
had two big suitcases packed full — 
but not many clothes. It was fifteen 
miles across the mountains to Stearns 
by trail. Wasn't many roads them 
days. We lugged them suitcases up 
and down hills and hollows until they 
felt like two anvils. But we finally 
reached Stearns. Clanny had a sort 
of a stall in the corner of an old 
abandoned school building. It had a 
bed, a table and a chair. I threw down 
a suitcase on the floor. It flew open 
and out popped my five-pound dumb- 
bells, Indian clubs, boxing gloves, wire 
exercisers and a dozen books on phy- 
sical development. My thirty-eight lay 
exposed in the suitcase. 

Clanny's eyes popped out on stems. 
"Abe, you are the prize bone-head of 
Grubbers Cove! Why did you lug that 
stuff over them mountains? The gym 
is full of it. And that gun — Are you 
going to shoot teachers? There are 
no revenue officers here!" 

Yes, I was dumb, but they let me 
enter school. I was on my way. In a 
few years I'd be looking through a 
dadburned transit, toting maps, 
books and big Mowed up pictures. I'd 
be rubbing shoulders with — Hell, I'd 
be looking through that legged-ins'tru- 
ment and telling fellows what to do. 

Next day I whipped the bully of 
the school with my boxing gloves. I 
got in a basketball game, grabbed the 
referee by the head and nearly 
threw him through the basket. He was 
the coach. Later they handed me a 
baseball and sent me out to the 
mound. The first team was going to 
murder me. They didn't get a bat on 
the ball. Looked like grandpa fighting 
off hornets. But I threw the ball over 
•the head of the catcher through an 
open window into the girls' dormitory. 
Big Bess threw it out, but she couldn't 
sit on a bench natural for a week. 
They tried me in the outfiel