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VOL. XXXVIJL NO. 2
News of a Wc ek
At Blowing Rocl
New School Should Be Com
munit> CcTiJ'r. Snys Expert;
To Cost About 535.000
By It J) PERT GILLETT
Blowing: Rock, Jan. 2G?John J
Blair, state superintendent of senoo
buildings. grounds and construction
who here last week to inspect th<
five-acre site for Blow ing Rock*!
proposed S35.000 consolidated, schoo
buHdin?r, envisioned fox Blowing
Rock a building of beauty, which ear
serve n> school, community ccntei
and public library combined.
"Blowing Rock," Mr. Blair said
"has a wonderful opportuntiy to
build here a structure that will be a
credit to this part of the state."
Although he did not bring any
model p^ans. Mr. Blair said the
building he had in mind would have
about twelve rooms for the public
library and other branches for a community
Immediately after Mr. Bh.ir's departure.
Q. E. Herman, architect of
Hickory, was here looking at the site
in preparation, presumably, to prepare
a bi<l on the building.
According to Smith Hagaman,
county superintendent of education,
however, bids will not be called for
until the legal tangle in the way of
financing the project can be removed.
This must lie done by the legislature.
Mr. Hagaman conferred last week
v;. * with G. C. Bobbins and S. J. Stutz of
the Blowing Rock board relative to
the materials for the proposed building.
NTo decision was reached, but
three materials were discussed principally-brick,
tile and stone.
No preference was expressed as to
material, but several citizens, who
were asked their opinion, preferred
stone as being more harmonious with
the mountain landscape. The principal
objection to stone, it was said,
is the expense.
Annexation Bill introduced
Word reached here Saturday that
Thopui> i 1 Coffey, Watauga county
representative in the general assembly
ha: Introduced :ti the house his
bill for the annexat ion 10 the oorporaP
1:11! of Blowing Rock of M ;yvit-w
Park and Green Park,
Because of the large number of
public impro\ einenls that have been
completed since the ia.-'? summer season,
and because these improvements
can be extended to these two communities
if \h< v are annexed, the bill
^ is expected to pass easily.
The bill will add nearly a square
iniJe to "Blowing Hock's urea, a large
proportion to its summer population,
and $80(1,1*00 to its i *x valuation*.
Fire Siren htst&Ked
The siren of the Blowing Rock fire
alarm system \yJis placed on thfe *ow
er Friday and work is almost completed
on wiring and installing: the
alarm boxes. The Blowing Rock
Power and Light Company installed
the system without cost to the town,
and wi!l donate the power to oper
ate it. The sire ir is of the latest design.
ahd, it is said, can he heard
ten miles away.
The new fire station is rapidly
m-armg completion. The outside has
been finished, and carpenters this
week were rushing: the interior work.
Meanwhile the fire truck is being:
kept in the Blowing Rock parage.
Dr. B. B. Dougherty, president of
the Appalachian Normal school at
Boone, was here for a few hours last
^ Monday, and then he and Mayor
. George Suddcrth departed for Raleigft.
Mr, Dougherty did not ati*
nounce bis mission, but it was presumed
that he went to confer with
the budget commission, which met
the heads of state institutions last
week. While here, Prof. Dougherty
?^aid the Normal will soon /irect a new
dormitory for girls and tliat it will
be paid for out <>f the $5,500,000
bond isStie now pending before the
legislature for buildings for state institutions.
In line with other improvements
which Blowing Rock is making for
what is exepet:cd to be its greatest
summer season, the Blowing Rock
Light and Power company will erect
this spring a steam generating plant
as an auxiliary to its water power
plant on the, Watauga River lvelow
Shu lis Mills. The steam plant will
have a capacity of 200 horsepower.
The water puwer piant generates 4Of
horsepower. It is the intention, said
S. J- Stutz, manager o| the company
. Lo give the best service possible tc
'fcj ihv summer residents.
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A Non-Partisan N
! LOCAL POST AMERICAN
LEGION TO MEET FEB. 4TK
; At Which Time Plans for Enlarged
Program of Activities Will Be
i AMERICAN LEGION MEETING
The following letter, dated January
! 25, 1027. anil addressed to members
1 of Watauga Post No. 130, American
Legion, will he of interest to all mera,
; berr. of that organization:
The American Legion, Watauga
* Post No. 130, vyill meet in Boone?, N.
<; C., February the 4th. li'27, at 7:30
l p. m., in the old Watauga County
This being the time for the regular
meeting, we are very anxious to have
! present every man in Watauga coun>
ty who served in the World War,
whether In the United States or over.
A cordial invitation is also being
extended to members of the Auxiliary;
so please come and bring with
you your mother, wife or sister.
This invitation is for all, whether or
not you are a member of the Legion
: or Auxiliary.
This post owns eight and onefourth
acres o C land, knov vn as the
American Legion Park, which belong:
to every American Legion man
in Watauga county, and not to any
individual, and what we most desire
is to get every eligible mail in the
county in become a member of Watauga
Post for the year 1927 and plan
what is best to do with this park.
Also if this post puts on a celebration
on July 1th. it will be necessary
to have a strong membership who wili
co-operate in every way to make this
celebration a success.
The great organization of ihe:
American Legion is doing mo?c t.o-j
day than ever before for the men who j
served in the army, navy and marine
corps during the period of the World |
War, and now since it is knocking atj
1 the door of every ex- service man, iet j
j us strive for more members and put. |
our shoulders to the wheel- Think of j
; what Congress may do between I
now and March ith for our adjusted i
compensation certificates, and alsoi
we hope to know about the North i
Carolina veterans' loan fund which j
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..... nt.il V . ciy tA-SVi) VICI'. Ilfilll III ;
The committees are planning on
having a good hi coring, consisting of
music, eats, etc., and having the Aux-j
sliary present. Our hall has two j
room? ami if it meets with the ap-;
j pi-oval of Auxiliary members, theyi
may hold their business meeting at)
the some time the post is holding!
its meeting. af<er which they will j
i combine for the social meeting.
L. S. ISAACS. Commander.
C. S. STKVENSON, Adjutant. j
VALLE CRUCIS NEWS
Valle Criicis, Jon. 2G. -Mr. and j
Mrs. T. W. Taylor are enjoying their]
new home on highway 69. into which j
they have recently moved.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lowrance and;
family have moved back to Elizabcthton.
Mr. and Mrs Mack Shown and
! two sons, of Mountain City, were j
: visitors in the valley on Sunday at j
the home of T. C. Baird. .
Mr. and Mrs. John Dyer and her]
daughter' Mrs. Knave of Mountain
l City visited Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Tester)
j for the week end.
Mr. and Mrs. Hciyard Mast spent |
Sunday in the valley.
Dr. Edgar ??Ioore of Mt. Holly has]
been visiting his aunt, Mrs. Joe K. j
iss Susie Taylor is spending a few
day* in B >onc with Mrs. H. B. Ferry.
T. C. Baird had his tonsils removed
at the Watauga Hospital last Wednesday.
day. It is hoped that his general heath
; will be improved.
) B. O. Greer of Idaho and J. It. of
Oklahoma, visited their nieces Mes?
?7 and A f
, ter attending their father*s funeral
George Baird has moved to the old
Church place since Grady Mast and
family left there for Elizabcthton.
Mr. Joel Eggers returned to his
home from the Watauga Hospital last
P. G. Spainhour returned from Raleigh
Saturday after having spent a
week visiting his father-in the Legislature
and attending the Grand Lodge
> Miss Maude Woodward has ret.urni
ed to the Yalle Crucis School after
, a prolonged visit to her home in S.
> Carolina, owing to the illness: and
death of her brother.
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ewspaper. Devoted to the
KE. WATAUGA COUNTY. NORTH
j Agree On Direct
Loans To Veteran
' President And Congress Agree C
Plait; Early Congressional
D'rect lours.- to former servk
, men on their bonus certificate? b
f the veterans' bureau was agreed uj
j t-n (art Wednesday at a White Kous
| conference and early congrossioiii
! consideration of the proposal wa
Director Mine- of the bureau sai
i after a conference with Prcsiuexi
i < "cioiidge that there was no obligatio
j on the part of the jrnvernnient t
make the loans and he would ask coil
Kress to authorize it.
Chairman Green, of the ho us
j ways and means committee, announc
I ec! that he would ask the commilt.e
| to consider at an early date an au
! thcrization for the bureau to mak
j the loans.
General Hines would have th
I veterans' bureau act as a supplemer
j tary service to the banks, thus pei
milling veterans to obtain loans eitl:
er from the banks or tlie governmen
at the same interest rate?G per conl
Money for the insurance certifi
cates already ha;- been appropriate
up to their present value and thi
could be used, he said, to make th
WILSON LEAVES CHEESE
WORK IN NORTH CAROLIN/
| Mr. II. L. Wilson, who has beei
| con?u'eted with the cheese manufac
I luring work in Watauga and adja
j cent counties for several years, wil
i move to Washington during the earli
| part of February to take Up worl
| with I he bureau of dairying, U. S
j department of agriculture. During
Mr. Wilson's stay at Boone he hai
made many friends who regret thai
j lie is to leave this field. lie is bettei
known as "Cheese" Wilson, whiel
name implies that he has not onlj
nude friends, but has been an effi
cient promoter of the cheese indus
The dairy industry in Watauga is
making substantial growth. More
milk is being received at the factories
this winter than during former win
tors. The possibilities for the indus
.... u: : -i -
u> in lius aujiieuiii counties arc
unlimited and it is predicted that in
the course of time the mountain
counties of North Carolina wili he
producing sufficient cheese to supply
the demands of the state.
In the future the cheese factories
will be assisted in their manufacturing
problems, vand the farmers in
their production problems bv F. R
Faraham and W 1,. Clevenger, whe
are now mciiibers of of the dairy ex
ten: ion shaff of State College, Ra
; leigh. Although Mr. Wilson is leaving
the work it will be pushed in tht
future as it has been is the past.
SPECIALISTS TO OPPEN
OFFICES IN BOONI
It will lu- of interest to the pcoph
! of the county to know that Drs
Speas and Larkin, eye, eat, nose ant
I throat specialists of Hickory, have es
itarnished offices in Hoone, where thej
i will jerve the people of the count;,
i one day each week in the future
1 Dr. Speas needs no introduction tt
| the people of Watauga, having dora
work at his Hickory office for bui
| people for the last ten years. Peopk
I have gone to him from all parts oJ
| the county, and he has given excelien
j Dr. l.arkin. whom Dr. Speas has as
i seriated with himself, comes highb
recommended. He is an ex-servici
man, having served as a medical of
ficer in the navy for four years dur
big the war period. Since that tinn
he has served five years in the pub
lie health work of this state. He re
cently completed an extensive cours<
of training in New York Post Grad
uate Medical College and Hosptta
seiuiee. also Cornell University Pos
Drs. Speas and Larkin have takei
"offices over the Moretz Furnitur
.-tore, where one of them will b<
found each Monday. They will b<
i ... i ~ j- _ii -
^icjjtticu iw au ?ii operative ana non
operatite work in their specialty, in
eluding: fitting; glasses and removing
tonsil? and adenoids in children am
adults. Their office will he equip
ped with beds and a nurse will b
iii attendance. This arran^emen
fills a need that has long: been fei
vft Boone, and should prove mutual];
beneficial to all parties concern**!.
Best Interests of Northwes
CAROLINA. THURSDAY, JANUARY
Would Extend Boone
8 Trail On To Kentucky
?n Engineer Currier Urge* Vital Interest
of States in Opening Route
:e Thai North Carolina has vitali
v interest in the connection of Reutgj]
? GO at Boone, N. C., with the high jj
way leading west over the Booj 1
? Traii by way of Lexiiigion and M d
d dlesboro, Ky., is suggested in a. 1
us | ter received by Manager J. H. Rich,
J of the Boone Trail Association, from
^ S. C. Currier, state highway engineer.
, in charge of work in the ?eventh
lL highway district of North Carolina.
n says the Twin-City Sentinel. Mr.
o :? Rich has just returned from Kc.ii
tucky, where he spent some time,
] and where he finds all eyes turned
e ; toward a western North Carolina
- highwa y connection to the south,
e i -ithor than the old route through
i- Tennessee. Leading schools and colli
leges, civic clubs and chambers of
1 commerce* in the Kentucky cities
e' along the route from the west, are
i- urging united effort between the two
states to acquire connection with
i- Route GO of the North Carolina syst
;. i Writing of the matter. Engineer j
i- Currier says: "Most important to
d North Caiolina and the western?
s traffic beyond is the early improvec
meat of the connecting link between
Boone, N. anil Middieshoro, Ky.
When this is accomplished it will enable
a vast number of tourists to
^ cross the mountains into North Carolina
on their way in all directions."
i lie suggests a concerted move on the
- part of North Carolinians and Ker?
tuekians to raise the harrier, less
I than fifteen miius being located in
>T the Old North State. Twenty-eight
t miles of road construction is all that
is needed to open the gateway bey
tween North Carolina and Kentucky
* for travel southeast, from Detroit and
t other points in the west.
r Mr. Currier, discussing r.he voute
* declares it "most historic and t'he
h; roadside holds an additional charm
" for .travel ers as he see.- visibie marie
frigs of the Boone pioneers who? 1
tracked their way over the Ailegrha5
nies 175 years ago.
' Route t?0 is known as the Boone '
; Trail highway The improvement of '
' the stretch of highway referred to 1
above, will open the entire distance 5
! covered by Col. Richard Henderson's '
1 backwoodsmen, led by Daniel Boone 4
1 in their march across the country as, '
! pioneer rail blazers.
DURABILITY AND LOW UP
KEEP OF CHEVROLET CARS
Driving a Chevrolet ear daily in the 1
rough, hilly districts of Missnuvi for
a tola! repair cost of for 20,- 1
000 miles of driving over a period of 1
six: years is tlie record attained by :
Mrs. OTen Gentry. of Mill Grove, Mo. ]
The sturdy endurance of vho
Chevrolet never was attested better-'
than through ii; populority among
those; who Hve in che mountainous lo*
cations, according to Mis. Gentry. lr.
August, 1920, Mrs Gentry purchased
a Chevrolet louring car and :n
' btcember of i92f?. the ownei figured
that it was about time to buy n new
model. "Although my old car is still
' giving excellent service, 1 expect to
' turn it in soon on a new 1927 Ghevro- ;
let coupe," Mrs Gentry said.
* The old ear which she is now driv- !
* ing was purchased only afle: an ear-!
1 iier model Chevrolet had given her
" steady service from 1.0-16 to 1920.!
' Rough, rocky roads feature the mount:in
country and only cars with pow- j
erful motors, combined with staunch )
construction, are able to withstand j
' the terrific grind of daily use, the
i owner says.
WILL PROTECT BRITISH
INTERESTS IN CHINA
^ London. Jan 25?The most for-j
midable array of British fighting;
j ships brought together outside of
k: uuiik; waters since me great war is:
assembling at the China station to!
back up the policy of the . British
government in protecting life and
property in China. The combined
army and naval forces which will
soon be on hand for armed service
in China in the event of an emergency
approximating 19,0.0ft to 21,000.
E; " i
Delivery Colo-, -Ian. 24.?Ruling!
hi- rc-t-lecuon in 1.024 illegal, the \
c* Colorado Supreme court today or-;
uered Ben B. Lindsay ousted as!
* judge of the Denver juvenile court, ^
? \yhe:v be. lias served a quarter 01 a
t North Carolina.
FATHER OF REV. WOOSLF.Y j
PASSES AT GREENSBORO
Rev ^ v. Wooeley Died Frid?f FoS1
*?,.<? Brief Illness; Was Minister
M. E. Church for 44 Years
? w- of the death of Rev. John A.
j|p;^?'sJey. of Greensboro, father of:
r v.'.'' v. JV1. B. Woosley of Boone, was re- '
Reived here Friday, the venerable; *
j.'nitjistei having died early Friday j
morning He was in hjjs 70th yoarjf
and was pastor of Bethel and Grace' 1
churches in Greensboro. Death foi- r
lowed a brief illness with pneumonia. ; i
Rev. M. 11. Woo.- 'ey wa- at the bed- j r
side of his fr.th( r when the end came. .
The minister's death was a?-, un
usual one. . ays the Greensboro News ; t
of Saturday. Noted throughout his
career as a great lover of singing, he j i
died while the words of hymns old in j n
the Methodist church came fiom his; r
lips. From 1 o'clock until the hour i
of his death yesterday morning he f
sang almost constantly those hymns j 1
that had been a stay and comfort to :
him during the active years of his v
It was devotion to duty, probably, i t
that caused the minister to be taken j s
with his fatal illness. On January | s
13, a week and a day before he died,
against the advice of physicians and ;
the members of his family, he went to [ ?;
the miwimiiptr I... ? 1
ii.-n.uu: 'UIIUUCl-W ill
West Market Street Methodi i Episcopal
church, believing it would bo of j
benefit to himself and his char;r o
hear the discussion. He contrac e.i
pneumonia as a result, close friends
saiil yesterday. He had always ex-1
pressed a desire to "die in the bar- j
ness," these friends add, and that
was the way he met death.
He was bovn on dune Id, 1857, in j
Arcadia township of Lexington county.
When i?> years old he was con- \
verted at old Mount Olive church, j K
Davidson county, leading his father
to the altar at the same time, both i
professing a faith they retained, and j K
helped spread during the remainder;
ot their lives. j !>
He joined the North Carolina Con- j cl
icreiu-< of the Methodist Episcopal I It
church at the session held at States-!
viilfe in the fall of 188 ' and had en-j It
rered on his 11th year of ministerial j n<
abors when stricken. During his d<
ong term of service lie had served M
nany congregations and had been in- , K
;trumental in causing hundreds of j in
k.-i sons to join the- church. He was H
i tireless worker, and a very cnor- ' W
'Otic one?a firm believer ir. the ,
!aith. ' cl
Six children, three boys and throe ( \V
tirls. surv-ve. They are: O. V.; gi
IVoosiev. of I .e vmnrron tf?irAw.?T....J
lent of Sunday schools of the West-jr. t
M il North Carolina conference; Mrs.jUi
\. M. Wajronor, of Walkeriown,:
i-ov^yth county; Mrs. C. M. Webber, j in
Unnvilie, Va.; Prof. John B. Woos- tii
ey, meniher of the faculty of the j lo
LInlversity of North Carolina; Rev. j fi
\I. B. Woosley, pastor of the M. R. j ti
lunvh at Boone, an(l Mrs. W. B. j s*
Mai-, of Bf^h Point. !:t
The funeral service was conducted b;
it Mount Olive church Saturday aft- cf
?rnoon ut -1 o'clock. Interment, was
SMALL SCHOOL RAPIDLY T
passing in Carolina a
The "little red schoolhouse" is
rapidly disappearing; from North f,
"State School Facsi" published by \ 4the
department of public instruction i
announces that one-tcaoher schools j cr
for white pupiis in North Carolina!
numbered 1,822. The state had | d
5.'41 1 in 1001. One-teacher schools j
for colored pupils decreased from J
2,-118 to 1.188 between lt>0i and
The cost of instruction in white f<
schools of the rural elementary type tl
was 12.0 cents per pupil enrolled in P
1026 and 17.1 cents per pupil in
average dail.? attendance. The cost | si
ranged from 22.a cents a day for h;
' ach child enrolled in Alexander "f<
unty to 8.7 cents daily In Haywood
The reason for the wide differ- ?
ences in the costs. State School Facts st
explained, was accounted for in thru Alexander
county had 11.8 pupils
ptfc*?r?rli*?cr lW ' J
.-v.-.-t, .x-. v??,n (.cqviivi vuipioyeu, ''
whereas Haywood county had 43.0 h
pupils per teacher. cj
DR. NORRIS ACQUITTED sv
Ansr.ii', Texas. Jan 2 .? Dr. J.i
Frank N orris. fundproemaMirt Baptist. j
pastor of Fort Worth, tonight was i'<
aci|iiitveii of the murder of Dexter Ef. m"
Chipps, lumberman, whom the minis- a
tor killed in his church office last c
July 17- j fi
FIVE CENTS A COPY
Not the Only One
By a Long Shot
Senator McNeil One ol Many Democrats
Elected From This District
in Past Quarter Century
The following paragraph appeared
;.n a recent issue of the Kaleijrh
"Jews and Observer:
"Senator P. T. McNeill, who hails
rom the same county that produced
ram Bowie, is the f:ist Democrat to
e present his district ir> the senate
n .several years. The Ashe soion got
iprht clown to business a ' w days
lifter the senate convened and offerd
the first Australian ha'lot bill ?>i
he i)resent Siisv^ "
The "Old Reliable** should refresh
ts memory a bit. Senator McNeill is
?ne of nine Democrats who have,
en resented rhe district in he Upper
.ranch of the general assembly in the
iast twenty-six years. Dr itchihson
>:: ng been the las: R? pvblcan to
cpre.'ent the district, he being eiectd
Following is a list of senators and
heir political affiliation who have
elived in the senate from this district
1900?L. II. Michael, Republican.
1001! li. M. Wellborn. Republia
1901?S. A. Taylor. Republican.
1 9(56?E. F. Loyill. Democrat.
11'OS?R. I.. Doughton, Democrat.
Ill 10?J. M. Wagner, Republican.
1012?-E?. S. Coffey, Democrat.
191*1?R. 1 Hallou, Democrat.
191G?Eugene '1 raiisou. Democrat.
1918?-E. F. Lvivill, Dt mocrat.
1920 -Dr. Robertson. Republican.
1922- Allen Jones, Democrat.
1924?John E. Brown, Democrat*.
1920-1*. T. McNeili, Democrat.
ENNIH WAGNER SPENDS
TIME ANSWERING LETTERS
ingsport (Tenn.) Times.
A well ma<le, blue suit of clothing,
(paring the- mark, "Wagner." was
.caned by a local dry cleaning estubsh.mcai
a few days ago.
It belonged to Kentiic Wagner, noirious
desperado and killer, who is
:>w serving life sentence *for his
cds on a prison farm nern Jackson,
i.-s l he suit was the same which
innie. wore during his la men- trials
Leaksesville and Meridian Miss<
v had sent it to his broihev, kelsey
'ugncr* who lives Here.
By having tho nifty blue suit
eancl it is presumed that the great,
r.gner intends sprucing pp a bit*
ving more truth to the statement
at he has become a much sought
'tor man by feminine admirers
;>or?ghout the county.
Recent reports from Jackson r.ie to
.< effect that Wagner spends praceally
all his spare, time answering
ye notes which he receives daily
oin var'ous women admirers- Atari
eel by his daring and his hand?me
features* what flapper could
?&ist the !(*mptation to be honored
i,- a letter from so welt known a
Also from Jackson comes word that
ie Tennessee gunman is proving a
[ipular prisoner ar.d a model one,
he thought of a life time sentence
sesn'i seem to worry him in the
(Editor's Note?Wagner was decoded
by a former Watauga boy,
ttofney Frank Hayes, of Kingsport,
enir-, and it is said that through
rong legal defense, Kennie was
ived from the gallows.)
ORM1TORV Af PLUMTREE
SCHOOL DESTROYED BY FIRE
Plum tree, Jan. 22.?With praeticit..
.11 . l .1. .l: 1 i --r
is* .xii iiivii CIOIII.-II^ ami personal ciH*ts
destroyed in the burning; of the
iree-stcry dormitory building of the
fumtree School for Boys; sixty boys,
udents of the school nre tonight
eeping on the floor of the dining
nil and crowding into the class
Fire starting from a spark from the
mvace in the dormitory and ignitig
the shingle roof, completely deroyed
the building at 2 o'clock this
fternoon. The building'was a frame
rr.cture with 64 rooms, and was
i? Iftio. r.t
tg-s in which the school has been
Total loss is estimated at $25,000
ith only about $7,000 insurance.
Washington, Jan. 24.?The senate
ulay rejected the nomination of Cyjs
E. Woods, of Pennsylvania, to be
member of the interstate commerce
tmrni slon, after a bitter three days'
ighfc carried on behind Closed doors.