May 26-June 1, 1952
Between 200 and 250 Tri-City union members voted to disaffiliate from the Textile Workers Union of America and join the United Textile Workers. Only 15-20 workers rose to oppose the disaffiliation in a vote taken at a mass meeting of the Bi-County Joint Board textile union.
The vote is binding on some 4,000 workers at Fieldcrest Mills, Spray Cotton Mills and Cone Mills' Edna plant at Reidsville. The meeting, held in the auditorium of Leaksville High School, was attended by an estimated 500 people.
The call for disaffiliation from the TWUA is the outgrowth of anger among many workers with the handling of a strike by the TWUA last year. Textile companies took a hard-line stance against the strike, and eventually the union called it off.
As might have been expected, two of the top vote getters in the Democratic primary Saturday in Rockingham County were native sons Luther Hodges and Superior Court Judge Allen Gwyn, both seeking statewide offices. Hodges, running for lieutenant governor, got 1,605 votes and Gwyn, seeking a seat on the State Supreme Court, got 1,830. Hodges led the voting statewide for lieutenant governor but could face a runoff. Gwynn lost in statewide voting. ... In balloting for governor, Rockingham Democrats were almost evenly split between William B. Umstead and Hubert Olive, with Umstead polling 1,695 and Olive 1,673. Umstead won the statewide voting and the party's nomination. ... State Attorney General Harry McMullan questioned whether W. Forrest Bedell of Reidsville can run for Congress as a Republican since he was registered as a Democrat when he filed for election. He recommended the State Board of Elections give Bedell a hearing and then rule on the legitimacy of his candidacy.
Thompson-Arthur Paving Company was awarded a $7,395 contract to pave 0.47 mile of Thompsonville Street south to Hillcrest Street in Reidsville. ... Lee Anglin, who sparked Madison High School to the state Class A finals with a .410 season batting average, was named third baseman on the Greensboro Daily News' All-State schoolboy baseball team. ... Miss Shirley Pruden of Reidsville has been awarded the John J. Milton Award by the Painters and Sculptors Society of New Jersey. The award was for her composition in oils, "Day Off," entered in an art show staged by the society in Jersey City.
Graduate gift idea: 17-jewel Elgin watch, (men's and women's) $33.75.
At the grocery: Sugar, 5-pound bag, 41 cents.