March 31-April 6, 1927 

The annual commencement exercises for Rockingham County's graded school was held at Wentworth Consolidated School, with a large attendance observing exercises in which students from grades one through eight participated. Pupils from Ruffin, Wentworth, Stoneville, Mayodan and Bethany took part. Recitations, school songs and yells and waving of banners drew frequent applause from the audience. 

Simultaneous evangelistic services are under way in Leaksville churches and will continue for two weeks, with local pastors doing the preaching. ... Among the U.S. Marines from North Carolina assigned to duty in Nicaragua are two from Spray: William C. Shropshire and Alphonso Land. Shropshire enlisted last October in Richmond and Land signed up in November in Detroit. ... The Madison Railway Station, a wholesale grocery and a filling station were broken into on a single night in Madison, with the thieves taking $200 in cash, a number of checks, two watches and a ring. Most of this came from the T.D. Meador Grocery Company, where one of two safes was cracked. The thieves were less successful with safes at The Agent's Office of Norfolk & Western and the Standard Oil Company Filling Station. 

Reidsville opened its new city hall, with the citizenry touring the building and visiting with city officials in their respective offices on Monday night, April 4. An assembly later was held in the auditorium of the new building. ... The Leaksville-Spray Business and Professional Women's Club held its first meeting at the home of Mrs. C.H. Jones. Miss Catherine Mangum, the club's president, was co-hostess. ... John Grogan (click here for 1924 photo), Chief of Police in Draper for a number of years, died of tuberculosis at his home. Several years ago, he was cut severely in the neck and his health had been in decline since then. 

Light up: 200 Chesterfields in carton, $1.23. 

Play ball: baseball gloves $2.50; catcher's mitts, $3.04.

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