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By J. C, R?
TRIBUTE TO A FRIEND
MURRAY CRITCHER has passed
away, and as we pause to pay tribute I
to our close friend of many years, the
IL^.-.^aaasnaBBNtfi a, ~ 1
r TTH^fTTT 'I **" cAtiviciiig craxi.
|S|B constrain the Sketch
p| Man to casually
1||| "read proof" on the
life and works of
this fallen "Roman."
>. Ji Like moot of us,
*/ -:c 0! Mr. Critcher was
PBP|| not a shining star in
$ ^ the constellation of
v high finance . . . his
J, ' coffers were not
I glutted with the
" glittering ore of sucJ.
C. K. cessful manipulations
... he had never sought the
coveted honors of political preferment
. . . his earthly passage was characterized
by simplicity and reserve.
* * *
BUT THROUGH those sixty-five
years of earthly endeavor Murray
Critcher was laying away, in the
treasure house of his soul, priceless
jewels of human character. . . .
Thousands of down-trodden, poverty-stricken
men and women had
partaken of food at the Critclier'"tablc
. . . hundreds of homeless boys
had found shelter and warmth un
tier ine t-Titcner roof . . . despairing
widows, ill-cliul orphans, roving
hoboes, dregs from the backwash
of Life, had been subjects of
his patient benevolence.
SELFISHNESS, the despoilcr of
civilization, the arch-enemy of Christendom,
was another of the things
that Mr. Critcher failed to accumulate
during his sojourn with us. His
conscientious practice of charity and
friendliness became traditional in the
mountain country, and crowded from
his very being those greedy impulses
common to the genus nomo. Tin: t
hotel-home which he occupied for
thirty years became a haven for the!
younger set of the community . . . the
cordiality of the amiable proprietor,
his sound philosophy and winning personality,
created a pleasurable atmosphere
of good will . . . an attractive
retreat from the cares and disapr
pointments of every-day living.
HONESTY, scarcer'n heirs teeth,
was another of the Critcher attributes
. . . our lamented brother was
imbued with courage: courage that
caused him to voice his convictions
PVi?n In Oim f<?...? * *
.... v?? uriLaic lin.l
raist'jt him aiyii ab we the slimy
realm of hypocrisy. Love, the cardinal
virtue of man. was exemplified
In his family life, and in his compassion
for those among whom he
* * *
THE "PROOFS" show errors, of
course . . . but they also reveal in
bold type the soul-inspiring accomplishments
of a man who lived not to
himself alone ... a heritage which
means more to coming generations
than the monetary hoard of an industrial
giant. Boone litis lost one of
its greatest men . . . but, at the same
time has. garnered brilliant gems for
the graven casks of memory. The
grief brought by Murray Critcher's
passing forbids the customary "cracks'
of the Sketch Man . . . the banter
and intended sarcasm, the "bull" and
"baloney" can wait . . . We'll "call it
a day" by repeating with a favorite
bard these beautiful words . . .
# * * #
"There is no death. What seems
so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysinu, I
Whose portal we call Oeath.*"'
ATTEND DISTRICT MEET
The following local World War veterans
represented Watauga Post of
the American Legion at the officers'
conference in Sanford Sunday and
Monday: J. Wilson Norris, commander;
Lionel Ward, service officer; C.
W. Teal, adjutant, and James Gross.
Mrs. C. W. Teal, president of the lof?nl
T pm'nn AnviHaw a Ion oftan/la^
Miss Lucile Moore, of Florence, S.
C., is visiting her sister, Mrs. C. W.
Teal, in Daniel Boone Park.
Mrs. Albert Watson received severe
scalds on her limbs Saturday evening
when a kettle of boiling water was
overturned. Her condition is said to
be improving slowly.
Miss Ruby Parsons spent the weekend
with home folks. She is teaching
at Maple Springs, in Wilkes County.
Reports from Statesville Indicate
that the condition of Mrs. Lee Teague.
who is a patient at the Davis Hospital,
FARMERS INTERESTED IN' TYA
Western North Carolina farmers
are showing a great deal of interest
in the land use and conservation program
sponsored by the TV A and agricultural
extension service of State
College. The program is designed tc
improve 'arming practices and, in the
end, raise the standard of living ir
the mountain counties.
j An i
IVOLUME XLVI, NUMBER 38
[ LEADER PASSES |
MURRAY P. CRITCHKR
M. P. Clirrt'-HER DIES
AT HOME IN BOONE
Funeral Services Sunday for
Pioneer Hotelist and lineal
Pivir I Alilnr
Murray P. Critc.her, widely-known
citizen and pioneer Hotelist of this
city, died Saturday, following: an illness
with an incurable malady extending
over several months.
Funeral services were conducted
from the Methodist Church Sunday
afternoon by Rev. Canipe of the Bap
tist Church, who was assisted in the
rites by Rev. Eugene Olive of North
Wilkeaboro and Rev. E. C. Wideiihouse
of the local Muinuutai.
Pall-bearers were: Earl Greer,
Frank Haganian, A. E. Hamby Jr.,
Irvin Norton. Bill Casey, Craig Holler,
Keith Little and Len Wilson.
The beautiful and varied floral offering
was borne by the following" ladies:
Mesdames Stewart Winkler,
Frank Robbins Jr., John Horton, Coker
Triplett, John W. Hodges Jr.,
Mack Luttrell, L. T. Tatum, J. B. Haganian,
H. B. Perry, G. K. Moose, Carrie
Williams, A. R. Smith, Carrie
Bingham, Margaret Coffey, Virginia
Rivers, Baxter Linney, Ruth Porter,
Annie Coffey. J. D. Councill, R. L.
Clay, D. D. Dougherty, R. M. Greene,
Alice Hardin, F. A. Linney, A. E.
South, Jeff St&nbury, Charles Zimmerman,
Minnie Wink er; M?. ses
Mary Kr'der, Jewel Hagaman, Marguerite
Miller, June Russell, Robinson,
Erie Greer and Annie Dougherty.
The church was filled to overflowing
with those who came to hear the
rites, many having come from a great
distance. Interment was in the city
cemetery, Reins-Sturdivant Funeral
Home having charge of the arrangements.
A Native of Watauga
Mr. Criteher was a son of the late
Captain A. J. Critcher. Confederate
chieftain, and was born in Watauga
County. For many years he was engaged
in mercantile pursuits here, later
taking over the oid Coffey Hotel,
which for mere thai' thirty years he
operated as the Critcher Hotel. For
a great part of this time his was the
I only hotel in town, and. through association
with the traveling public,
Mr. Critcher formed a friendship
which extended the length and
breadth of North Carolina and into
l other states. During the administraI
tion of President Wilson he served as
the postmaster at Boone. He was at
I different timed a member of the
| hoard of aldermen and for many
years before the streets were paved
was in charge of the upkeep of municipal
avenues of transportation.
In the meantime Mr. Critcher con-J
tributed a share of his time to farming
activities, and came to be more
or less of an authority on agrarian
matters. He was an active believer
in the principals of government as
espoused by the Democratic party,
and freely contributed his work and
influence in matters of civic concern
and public improvement. He was a
kind neighbor, a faithful friend and
an upright citizen of unusual value.
His passing is mourned over a large!
Surviving is the widow, the former
Miss Jennie Blackburn, and three
children: Louise, John and Roberta,
of Boone. One brother, Frank Critcher
of Boone, and one sister, Mrs.
C. D. Coffey of North Wilkesboro, also
BELK'S STORE WILL
OPEN BRANCH HERE
Information is that Belk's Department
Store is to open an establishment
in Boone, and a crew o? carpenters
are now engaged in remodeling
the Dr. Jones building for that purpose.
A three-year lease has been
closed o: the property, and it is expected
that the department store will
nnpn bv the fifteenth of Arvri!
Lost hi Yellowstone Park, a shepherd
dog hiked 700 miles to Denver,
i where it was identified by its tag
and shipped by train to its home in
A piece of needle broken off in the
> hand of Mrs. M. J. Mayer of Austin,
s Minn., thirty years ago, appeared in
i her great toe and was removed recently.
independent Vv eekly News
BIG MONEY BILLS
IN N.C. ASSEMBLY
Revenue and Appropriation Mea-f
sures Make Appearance on
Thursday in the House.
LOWER BODY PASSES BILL
FOR FIVE PER CENT BEEH1
Hill Bill Debated for Two Hours iii
Senate and Sent to Finance Committee.
Favorable Report Is
Expected by Sponsors.
By M. R. DUhTNAGAN
RALEIGH. N. C. The two big
money bills of the General Assembly
made their appearance hi the House
of Representatives last week in rapid
succession, the Revenue bill, levying
taxes, arriving from committee Wednesday,
and the Appropriations bill,
spending money, arriving Thursday.
The House, after a fight, decided to
handle the Revenue bill first, and dissolved
itself into a committee of the
whole at noon Wednesday and bent
to its labors.
However, the House look time, to}
reverse itself on the bill to increasej
the alcoholic content of beer to five
per cent. It had previously killed thiss
bill, but later sent it to a second com-JI
mittee, then Friday passed it, 55 toi
34. The Senate, on the other hand,
side-stepped the Senator Kill liquor
control bill for the time. Thursday and
sent it back to committee, this time
to the Finance Committee, after debating:
it, with radio broadcasting, for J
more than two hours. The proponents
of the bill apparently were afraid to
risk a vote. They feel that if it should
come back with a favorable report,
especially if linked with the money
bills that are out of balance, it might
have a better chance of passage. The
House, considered dry passed the
beer bill, which gave additional hopes
(Continued on Page S)
with hog raisers
Reduction Contracts Must Be
Signed by April 1st. Dates
Announced by Agent.
W. B. Collins, newly-appointed
county agent, will meet Watauga
fiuWers at the following places 'on!
dates mentioned for the purpose of
allowing hog-corn raisers to sign reduction
contracts for 1935:
Agent's office, courthouse in Boone,
Monday, March 25.
Mabel at Bert Mast's store, on Tuesday.
March 26, 9:00 a. m. ]
Sugar Grove postoffice on Tuesday,
March 26, 1:00 p. m.
Meat Camp at Hodgsons' store, on
W?>HnPHHnv Afirnh *>7 Q-rtrt n n?
zjvCooks' Gap at T. L. Critcher's store,
011 Wednesday. March 27, 1:00 p. m. *
Beaver Dam at Don Hagaman's
stone, on Thursday, March 28, 9:00
a. m. ]
Deep Gap at A. G. Miller's Store,
on Thursday, Hatch 28, 1:00 p m.
The agent will also be found at his
office on March 30Lli.
Contracts Explained j
Mr. Collins states that farmers who ,
have grown more than an average of j
ten acres of corn, or raised more than .
an average of 15 pigs during the years ,
1932 and 1933 can in most cases sign J
the corn-hog contract to their advan- ,
The 1935 corn adjustment payment
will be at the rate of 35c per bushel i
of yield estimated for the number of
acres by which the 1935 corn land
area is kept below the 1932-33 average.
This yield for basing payments
in 1935 will be the average estimated
corn yield per acre for all crop land
in the farm which has been in corn
at least once during the laat five
years. Corn reductions may be made
from 10% to 3C% of the 1932-33 average.
Farmers will be asked to make only
a 10% reduction in their hogs, and
this will be based on the average number
of hogs raised for market during
the years 1932-33. For this reduction
they will be paid $15 per head for
the number of hogs taken out of production.
Ail 1935 corn-hog contracts must
be signed by April 1st.
FOURTH SERIES LIBERTY
BONDS NOW PAYABLE
Liberty Loan bonds of the fourth
series, that is bonds ending wit!, numbers
5, 0 and 7. are called for paymonf
hv thp Trpainirv npnarfmpnt no
of April 15th. Those desiring* to exchange
these securities for new Government
bonds may do so by letting
their desires be known before March
IMPROVED BUS SERVICE
The E. T. & W. N. C. Transportation
Company today announces a
greatly improved scheduie of motor
bus transportation through this city.
An additional bus now leaves Boone
for Johnson City at S a m., and another
for Hickory at 1:45 p. m Thus
three buses each way are now in operation
over their lines through
Boone. Attention is directed to the
complete new schedule published on
page eight today.
paper Established in tH<
COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA,
A. S. T. C. DEBATERS
Team from Local Institution St:
RAY ST1KE, WTNTON RANKIN o
order named), students at AppaJachii
pions In forensic attainment. Stike a
sixteen collegiate debates and have rc
Atlantic Forensic tournaments, winni
College of the City of Charleston, an
Stuart participated in the oratorical
won second place among the six stat
subject "Since Five Lean Years" he \\
North Carolina State College.
PLEA OF DR. OWENS
[)ry Leader Brands Liquor as a
Public Enemy. Association
Intensified local interest in the liq- i
lor control controversy has resulted
rom the address of Dr. J. C. Owens.
last Sunday evening at the
irlethodist Church, when tne united
3ry Force leader spoke on the subect,
"Temperance." Dr. Owens also
addressed students of all the county's
ligh schools on the "Effects of Alco10I
on the Human Body."
depicting liquor as public enemy
lumber one, the forceful speaker outinqil
the trail of ruin alcohol has left
p its wake throughout the span of
qqjhan experience, and answered the
arguments of those who would legalze
the sale of rum in North Caroina.
The arguments put up in favor
>f Senator Hill's control bill were
)aid to" have been "left on crutches."
Che Duriiapi Sepatoy, the speaker
uUcfc hgd been $efied to show one
nstance where legalization of whiscey
had decreased its consumption,
md averred that bootleggers still
lourish in states where prohibition ?
aws have been repealed. Closing1 a
jowerful plea for total abstinance on
he part of his hearers, he asked all
vho would pledge themselves to abstain
from the use of liquor in any
orm to stand. The response, to the
equest was practically unanimous.
Following the address of Dr. Owens,
he executive committee of the Wa(Continued
on Page 4)
AT SPAINHOUR'S STORE
Carpenters are still at work remodeling
the interior of the Spainlour
store, and Mr. A. S. Harris, the
manager, is hopeful that the job may
be completed by the last of the week,
rhe walls have been papered, new
3helf and counter room has been added
and furnishings are decorated in
The balcony will provide space for
the ladies' ready-to-wear department;
the shoe department, which is completed,
13 in the rear on the street
floor, and the east side of the building
will be utilized for a complete
line of mens' furnish.ngs. When completed
the store will be thoroughly
modern in every department, and will
reflect credit on its owners, as well
as the community.
MOUNTAINEERS WILL OPEN
BASEBALL SEASON MAR. 29
A complete schedule for the Appalachian
baseball team has not yet
been formed, said Coach Eugene Garbee
Tuesday; however, a number of
contests have been arranged, the
opening one with Lenoir-Rhyne at
Boone on March 29th, weather permitting.
If the weather is bad, the
game will be played April 1st. Catawba
will play Appalachian here on Ap
Games away from home include
High Point, April 3, double-header;
Catawba, Apiil 4; Lenoir-Rhyne, April
HAG AM AN"?ISAACS
Married at Mountain City. Tenn.,
Saturday, March 16th, Mr. Max Hagaman
of Forest Grove to Miss Myrtle
Isaacs of Mabel. Mrs. Hagaman
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Isaacs of Mabel. Mr. Hagaman is the
son of Mrs. Grace Hagaman of Forest
Grove. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hagaman
have a wide circle of friends who
extend to them a life of much joy and
A sentence of five years in a women's
reformatory was recently meted
out to Mrs. Myrtle Lattimer of Kansas
City, Mo. She pleaded guilty to
six charges of forgery. For two and
a half years she had been concealing
the body of her dead mother and cashing
her" pension checks.
5 Year Eighteen Eighty-Ei
THURSDAY. MARCH 21. 1935
MAKE FINE RECORD I
irs in Two Tournaments of the
ind CARMON STUART (pictured in
m Teachers College, who are chaillnd
Rankin have lost but two out of
(presented their college in two South
tie' over such teams as N. C State.
d others throughout the South. Mr.
division of the lust tournament, and
.es competing. In his oration on the
Tas excelled only by the entrant from
W. B. COLLINS IS
Alleghany Man Establishes Of* i
fice in Court House. Arranging
MEETING ARRANGED <
Since this story was written nr- 1
rangemcnta have been made for a 1
meeting at the courthouse next Sat- '
u rday at 2 o'ciock. ai vriiiuu tlr.'.c 1
members of the County Agricultural
Board and all other farmers are !
asked to meet with the County 1
Agent and the TV A representative.
Mr. W. B. Collins, newly-appointed |
county agent, arrived in town last '
Friday and has opened an office in K
Mr. Collins conies to Watauga from
Alleghany where he was engaged as
farm agent for five and a half years. !
So acceptable was hi3 work in that
county that farmers vigorously pro- \
tested his acceptance of work in a !
different field. He was graduated
from State College in 1921 and most
of the time since has been engaged
in agricultural work of a type that '
eminently qualities mm lor cmty in
t.he mountain section. He conies highly
recommended by State College au- '
Mr. Collins states that at present j
he is arranging his office and making
acquaintance with the people of
the county. The formation of his definite
program, he states, is pending a
meeting of the county agricultural
board, at which time a representative
of the Tennessee Valley Authority
is expected to be present. Definite
plans will be announced shortly
through the paper.
| Representative Swift
1 Has Appendix Operation
: . .Representative Dean Swift is showing
satisfactory improvement from an
operation for appendicitis performed
early last week at a Raleigh Hospital.
Information is that Mr. Swift expects
to be able to return home the latter
part of this week. It is thought unlikely,
however, that he will be able
to return to his duties in the General
Assembly for some time yet.
M. E. CHIIJDREN TO GIVE
JAPANESE DOLI, FESTIVAL
Boys and girls of the Week-Day
Church School will hold a doll festival
Monday, March 25, at 3 o'clock.
The festival will be held in the Methodist
Church basement. All parents
and friends of the children are invited
to be present.
The children have been studying
Japan. They have constructed a Japanese
garden, built a Japanese village,
and dressed a "friendship" doll
to send to the children of Japan. I
Along with this doll will be a display]
of dolls and doll furniture. This will j
illustrate the doll festival, which Is
an annual event of great merriment
in the Oriental nation. The home, social
and economic life of the Japanaco
Q a iriinin in tha otnritr hoo Konn
dramatized and will be given by the I
j children. Tea will be served in Japanese
GROUNDHOG THEORY EXPLODED
A pet groundhog owned by Hugh
Ward, son of Mr. arid Mrs. A. L?.
Ward, Sugar Grove, has successfully
exploded the "Groundhog Theory/' On
last October 7th the "pig" in question
left the Ward home to take up winter
quarters on a nearby hillside. Later
in the month Mr. Ward discovered his
den, decided thai the groundhog vtos
not therein, and filled the hole. Tba
incident was forgotten until Tuesday
1 of last week, when Mr. Whistlepig
tore away the barriers of clay and
presented himself, in tip-top shape, at
I the Wards' back door. An examina:
tion of the den showed that the pet
- had not stirred from his hibernation
until the 12th day of March.
$1.50 PER YEAR
TO Ffg D HIDDEN
COr|; CT GRAVES
LegislativJdK mmittce Spends
Sunday cByf junty Trying to
Verift g gro's Story.
CLAIMED ? | iVICTS HAD
SUCCUH " J TO CRUELTY
Former Convict Says Negroes Were
Buried on Stony Fork at Night.
Newspaper Files Iteveal Story
of Alleged Cruelties.
Residents of the Stony Fork section
found a source of employment Sunday
when members of a legislative investigating
committee put a crew of men
to work excavating the field where
in 1030 stood a chain-gang camp, and
where a former convict tcrtificd a fellow
prisoner died from mistreatment
w-i.u uui ivu in ct secret grave ciose
by the stockade.
Bob Carter, Mecklenburg County
prisoner, guided solons to the spot
on the Bone Trail just west of the
Wilkes County line, but since the
buildings had been torn away, he was
bothered as to the exact location of
the alleged secret grave. At any rate
he said the convict was buried some
twenty feet west of the "dark house"
where prisoners were punished, and
gave his idea as to where the solitary
building stood. As neighbors gathered,
they, too, had varying opinions
as to the exact location of the buildings,
and excavations which continued
until late in the evening, yielded no
bones?just piles of red clay.
Representative Sontello of Brunswick
and S. E. Douglas, of the investigating
committee, questioned residents
of the community about the
:amp, and I. M. Carlton, who was
placed in charge of the excavations,
mid he had never heard of any unjnual
deaths at the camp. Lindsay
Woody, however, a rormer guaiu
said to have reported 'bad conditions,'
that prisoners had been handcuffed at
irms length above their heads and
that he had heard of one man being
beaten to death. Mrs. Lily Besh jars,
i storekeeper, said she had heard of
Dne prisoner dying, but from no unusual
The legislative investigation came
about after two negro convicts, inmates
of a Mecklenburg prison camp,
had been forced to have their feet
amputated as an alleged result of solitary
confinement. They charged that
improper treatment had made the operations
r.eeesary. Other charges have
been made since the investigation
9tarted and Solicitor Carpenter of the
14tli District, which embraces Mecklenburg
County, has asked the Governor
to call a special term of court
prtr r\*WQ?tr?ir n inr)ipinl >n\r*"3fio,nHnn
of camp conditions.
A Democrat representative, present
after the investigation had started,
found a pretty general thought among
those gathered from the neighborhood
that there had been no deaths from
unusual causes. There was talk of
some shooting early one morning at
the camp, the cause of which was not
officially disclosed, and one citizen
told of a negro having been shot in
the leg on the road.
Mr. E. K. Greene, well known citi(Continued
on Page 8)
SALARY OF SHERIFF
TO BE REGULATED
Bill to Allow County Commissioners
Right to Increase Pay
Of Officer Is Ratified.
RALEIGH, N. C.?Representative
Dean Swift, of Watauga County, introduced
a bih in the House of Representatives
on Wednesday of last week
to regulate the salary of the Sheriff
of Watauga County, by which the
County Commissioners may fix the
salary at not less than $000 or more
than $1,800 a year, payable monthly.
The bill was passed by the House of
Representatives and sent to the Senate.
On Friday the bill was passed by
the upper House and became a law.
The text of the bill follows:
"Section 1. The Board of County
I nrnfm.ran r</M<ntir <?
inI1o \jJ. (i auiu^,a
hereby empowered to regulate, at its
discretion, the salary of the Sheriff
of said County: Provided, the salary
of said Sheriff shall not be less than
nine hundred i.$900.00) dollars nor
more than eighteen hundred (1,800.00)
dollars per annum, payable monthly.
"Section 2. That all laws and clauses
of laws in conflict with the provisions
of this act are hereby repealed.
"Sectoin 3. That this act shall be
in force and effect from ar>d after
Sheriff Captures Small
Distillery Friday Night
A. 60-ga!lon distillery was destroyed
last Friday night by Sheriff Howell
and his deputies along with 125 gallons
of hee'r. The illicit plant was iocoted
in the Meat Camp section and
appearances indicated it had been in
operation fori about six months. Located
on top of a dry knob, rainwater
was caught in an improvised cistern
to provide liquid for the opera'
tion. The operators were not present
. as the Sheriff approached.