Oct. 2, 1954: Lead stories in the Suffolk News-Herald 50 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 3, 2004

After tough loss, Suffolk

prepares for battle

Suffolk High’s Red Raiders, perhaps undeservedly placed in the role of favorite last week against Norview, hardly will rate any such position here tonight when they take on Cradock at Peanut Park.

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The Raiders, who fell 25-12 to the Pilots, were battered last year by Cradock 24-0. The Admirals defeated Great Bridge last week, 40-0. In other action, Franklin, led by coach Charlie Saunders and fullback Mocikey Gray will host Deep Creek.

Stolen Ford recovered on

Old Norfolk Road

A Ford Sedan stolen from a local used car lot Wednesday night was found abandoned on Old Norfolk Road, just this side of Magnolia, last night by Special Investigator H.W. Churn.

The car, 1950 model valued at $750, was not damaged and the ignition key was still inside, Churn said today. After it was checked for prints, he said, police returned it to the owners, the Chorey and Jones Motor Company on West Washington Street.

Birdsong top golfer at

Ladies’ tournament

Mrs. Gordon G. Birdsong captured low gross honors for the second consecutive week in the Cypress Cove County Club’s Ladies’ Day Out on Tuesday with a score of 39. She also won low net with a 33 and low putts with a total of 15 putts for the nine-hole match.

Mrs. Birdsong, one of the outstanding golfers for this vicinity, will meet Jane H. Brown tomorrow when the 18-hole Cypress Cove County Club Women’s Championship title is at stake.

Noland: Franklin water

supply OK

Franklin’s Town Manager T.B. Noland has reassured citizens that, in spite of water shortages elsewhere in the state, the town’s water supply remains adequate and there exists no need to place any restrictions on its use. Noland issued this reassurance this week in view of the fact that in this period of prolonged dry weather, public water supplies are much in the news. Franklin’s three wells have a combined production capacity of about 2,000 gallons per minute. Over half of this capacity is supplied by the 600-foot well sunk in 1944.

Gatlin named manager of Suffolk Gas Company

Wlfred Gatlin, 31, today assumes the duties of general manager of the Suffolk Gas Corporation. He succeeds Thomas Sykes, who died a month ago.

The appointment was announced here last night during an employee banquet given in honor of Clarence DeFord, who retired yesterday after 46 years of service.

Gatling, formerly an office manager, has been with the corporation since March of 1950. No announcement has yet been made as to a replacement for Sykes with the Nansemond Gas Company.

-Compiled by Jason Norman