May 18, 1949: Stories featured in the Suffolk News-Herald on this date 56 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Cooking school opens Tuesday

Suffolk will have its first cooking school since before the war on Tuesday, May 24, when the Suffolk Gas Company sponsors two classes in its Blue Frame Room, local gas company officials stated today.

Designed to bring local house wives and brides-to-be up to date on the latest in gas cookery, classes will be taught by Mrs. Lila Williamson Gilliam, widely-known home economist and writer.

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The classes will be held at 2:30 and 8 p.m. on a stage with a specially prepared modern kitchen. Foods used in Mrs. Gilliam’s lectures will be given to the audience.

In addition, a special door prize of a Roper Gas Range will be donated by the company. Other prizes are two 16 piece sets of aluminum cooking utensils and four 16 piece sets of Fiesta Ware dishes.

Myrick nominated as Lions president

W. Theodore Myrick, Suffolk Commissioner of Revenue, was nominated for president of the Lions Club on a slate put forward last night by nominating committee Chairman Dr. O. R. Yates.

Others nominated for officers were: first vice-president, O. L. Burkette; second vice-president, Paul Van Valkenburgh; third vice-president, Major Benton; tail twister, J. C Ramsey Jr.; lion tamer, J. W. Withers; secretary and treasurer, J. W. Holton.

Charles B. Cross Jr., Portsmouth attorney, talked to the club about government and said that whereas other governments had taken their power from God or from the King, the American government received its authority through the Constitution from the people.

Cross called Communism &uot;government of the privileged few and pointed out that our own government has changed to meet the needs of the times. Cross was introduced by J. Melvin Lovelace, Commonwealth’s Attorney of Suffolk.

The following delegates went to the State Convention in Virginia Beach, June 16 through 18 were M. L. Bowden, R. R. Harrell, W. Quentin Brothers, C. P. Holland Jr., Paul Van Valkenburgh, H. J. Marsh, W. T. Myrick and A. E. Burnett.

97% of pupils at Thomas Jefferson claim attendance

In an effort to get a first hand report on the hotly discussed religious education question, the News-Herald went straight to the pupils at Thomas Jefferson grammar school yesterday.

Of 379 children polled in Thomas Jefferson School yesterday, only 13 or three percent indicated that they did not attend any Sunday School while 49 pupils or 13 percent stated on written forms that they went but occasionally. Three hundred and seventeen said they attended some Sunday School regularly.

Each child was told to bear in mind that the question. On &uot;released time&uot; religious education classes has been raised locally and that their answers should be serious and accurate.

Covered wagon due here Friday

Preparations are being completed for the reception here of one of the 20 covered wagons being displayed throughout the nation in connection with the 1949 Opportunity Savings Bond Drive.

Local phases of the country-wide campaign were initiated on Monday in an effort to meet Suffolk’s quota of $120,000 in sales of Series E bonds.

Roy Richardson, publicity chairman for the local committee, stated that the antique wagon is to be exhibited on its special truck and trailer unit in front of the Palace Theater on Friday.

Bond sales booths manned by volunteer workers will be set up in connection with the wagon display, Richardson stated.

Need conceded by both groups

A merging of efforts in securing new industry here was the outcome of a joint meeting of the boards of directors of the Suffolk Nansemond County Chamber of Commerce and the Suffolk Retail Merchants Association in a called meeting of the two bodies last night.

Chamber president, T. H. Birdsong Jr., was in the chair and opened discussion by identifying

ways and means of attracting manufacturers to this locality.

The Chamber head waived argument untended to show that the need for industries exists, remarking that to those present such a need was already evident. As to the purpose of last night’s session, he observed that &uot;something good&uot; for Suffolk and Nansemond County could be forthcoming from any joint efforts of the two groups represented.

– Compiled by Jennifer Rose