August 10-16, 1953
Billy Rakes, 24-year-old infielder for the Reidsville Luckies of the Carolina League, was killed when the car in which he was riding overturned on U.S. 58 between Franklin and Holland in Virginia. Rakes, a native of Fieldale, and a friend had left Martinsville shortly after midnight for a weekend trip to Virginia Beach.
A recent graduate of Elon College, Rakes joined the Luckies on May 20 and had served as a utility infielder.
"We regarded Billy as one of the top young prospects in the league," Luckies business manager Bob Doty said.
Miss Marianne Martin, county librarian, reported that an expanded bookmobile service loaned 203,747 volumes during the past year. ... Garland Teague, a farmer at Rt. 6, Reidsville, was advised that his son, Sgt. James Wesley Teague, died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp. ... Hunter M. Mobley, a member of Reidsville City Council since January 1938, has resigned from the council after being promoted to general superintendent of American Tobacco Company's Reidsville plant. William G. Springs, 42, an assistant to the chief engineer at the American Tobacco plant, was named to take Mobley's council seat.
Miss Lily Marshall of Leaksville will sail from New York August 26 on the Queen Mary for an extended visit to Europe. Her itinerary will include England, Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France. She is to return to the United States Oct. 20. ... Mrs. Ruth Holland Martin and Ralph Stephenson, both of Reidsville, were treated at Annie Penn Hospital for cuts and bruises after a car driven by Mrs. Martin ran into the back of another car in Reidsville late Saturday night.