Watauga Democrat. (Boone, Watauga County, N.C.) 1888-current, January 31, 1946, Image 1
WATAUGA DEMOCRAT S An Independent Weekly Newspaper ? Established in the Year 1 888. ? ? >??'???? ! ? VOL. LVn, NO. 31 ;.?/ BOONE. WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY. JANUARY 31, 1946 JANUARY 14 ( 1 * k. .a IP MWHRV VWV^P $1.50 A YEAR? 5c A COPY REPORT PROGRESS IN CLOTHING DRIVE Mrs. Garb?e Asks Donation of All Clothing Not N**d?d; Cam - paigri Will Clos? Feb. 7 Mrs. E. E. Gar bee this week re ports wonderful progress by the peo ple of the county to the Victory Clothing collection. Work of the various clubs and or ganizations in the county to help collect clothes is making a splendid showing. The committee from the .Woman's Club will start packing the garments in another week, and the people are asked to check the clothes. Mrs. Gar bee asks that ?very article of clothing not needed be turned in to the clothing collec tion. The Blowing Rock school is acting as a receiving station for garments in that community. The teachers have consented to bring them to Boone for packing. The drive will extend through February 7, and it is hoped to have everything in by that time. Farm Bureau Group To Meet In Winston Salem Early in Feb. The tenth annual convention of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation will be held at the Rob ert E. Lee Hotel in Winston-Salem on February 6-7-8, and a number of Watauga county farmers are expect ed to attend. Of considerable local interest will be the address by Hon. J. B. Hutson, undersecretary of the department of agriculture, Washington, D. C., who spent some time in Boone last fall looking over the progress made in Watauga county under the TVA ad ministration. Road Maintenance Job Of State, Cherry Says; Raleigh, Jan. 29 ? Governor Cher ry told a delegation from Mecklen burg and Union counties today that he feels it is the duty of the state, not the counties, to maintain secon dary and farm-to-market roads. The ' state took over the maintenance of these roads in July, 1931. Replying to a suggestion from the visitors that rural roads might be mtum&l to the counties for main tenance, Cnliry aMHQH "I don't think anything of that. T think the state is committed to a policy of maintaining these roads and I feel it is the duty of the state to do the job." The delegation, claiming to repre sent thousands of persons in the Piedmont area but speaking pri marily for Mecklenburg, told the governor it favored return of 50 per cent of the gasoline tax to individ ual counties for use in improving secondary roads and urged that im mediate steps be taken to improve rural roads which have suffered ?rom the severe weather this winter. Sees Early Settlement Of Major Strikes General Motors and the CIO Uni ted Auto Workers agreed Tuesday to resume wage negotiations, but U. S. Steel Corporation said it would need a ceiling price increase of "very much more" than $4.00 a ton to grant striking steel workers even the 15 cents an hour wage boost already offered. In Washington, meanwhile, high optimism was expressed by Recon version Director John W. Snyder over prospects for settling the steel. General Motors and other strikes. Snyder said, however, his hepes were based on recent trends toward "free collective bargaining" settle ments and commented: "When you| see the customers of steel ? Ford and I Chrysler, for instance ? getting ready to do business, that's a hopeful sign." PLENTY OF HELP SEEN AVAILABLE FOR FILIBUSTER Washington, Jan. 29 ? Senator Bil bo, Mississippi, told the senate dur ing the FEPC debate today that he had just received a letter from a constituent which concluded: "If you need som t help in your filibuster, send for my wif. She's been filibustering for 20 years." The constitution of the Unitft States originally consisted of a pre amble and seven articles; it has since been added to by amendments. WATCH the LABEL Carry 100,000 Dimes to White House Donald Anderson. Prinerille. Or*.. "Poet?r Boy" of the March of Dimes campaign, ia the engineer for the modal railway train in New York'i Grand Central term I n will carry 100,000 dime* be tween miniature Manhattan a^? White House. Grannis Low Bidder 1 On Lenoir-Blowin^^P1 Rock Road Project For the third time since October, the state highway commission has received bids for grading and sur facing the 3.86 mile stretch on the Lenoir-Blowing Rock road which is U. S. Highway No. 331. E. W. Grannis Company of Fay etteville, was low bidder Tuesday at $348,636.30, which is $31,749.50 less than tha same company bid on the project on lai?t?October 9. Gran nis was the low1 bidSer at that time but when hlnfaay department did not aw jt*d the -contract, along with others, and new bids were ask ed for on Nov. 27, Kiker and Yount of Reidsville, were low bidders at $368,987.20. Announcement as to whether the latest bid will be acceptable to the commission and the contract award ed to Grannis to begin work on the project will be made soon as the in formation is sent out from Raleigh. In all probability it will be several weeks before the information is available. ? Local U.S. Employment Office dh 40-Hour Week Orders have been received from the state office that Boone USES of fice is to be placed on a 40-hour week. - This will mean that the lo cal office will be open from 8:30 a. m. to 5:30 p. m., each Monday through Friday, but will be closed each Saturday and holidays. PINE LUMBER PRICE BOOST IS ALLOWED Wshington, Jan. 29 ? The govern-' ment announced today that provid ed certain production goals are met, southern pine lumber price ceilings will be increased an average of $3.25 per 1,000 board feet about May 1. HOUSE APPROVES BILL RETURNING USES TO STATES Washington, Jan. 29? The house today, in a direct rebuff to President Truman, passed 263 to 112, and sent to the senate legislation returning the U. S. employment service to the stales not later than June 30, 1946. Mr. Truman had asked a full year extension on the grounds that his reconversion program will be im paired otherwise. HARBY HOPKINS DIES Harry Hopkins, long-time friend and confidant of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who lived with him in the White House in the laiter years of the Roosevelt ad ministration, died yesterday in a Ne* York hospital. EASTERN STAR SUPPER The benefit supper spo;isored by the Order of the Eastern Star, has been postponed from this (Wednes day) evening, until Wednesday eve ning, February 6. Those who pur chased tickets for the event are asked to take note of the change jn date. SHOOTS L3<3 BABBITS Jefferson City, Mo. ? Postw3r fu ture of rabbits in Missouri is Hot very bright. A one-day Inspection of 252 hunters by state conservation agents recently revealed that the sportsmen Ad killed 1,383 cottontail rabbits, an average of 5Vi rabbits apiece. Also bagged by the hunter* were 344 quail and 32 squirrels. The highest peak in the San Juan mountains is Uncompahgre, 14,306 feet above sea leveL Illkur&day ls Laat^ay^0 For Old Auto Tnsr? Automobile owners are remind ed by Patrolman M. C. J one* that Thursday is the last day to operate cars bearing 1945 license plates. Midnight of January 31sl is the deadline and the local highway patrolman has received orders from Raleigh to begin making ar rests Friday morning. A number of arrests were made last year of people who had pur chased their new plates but had failed to put them on their cars. They must be displayed, the pa trolman said. i? a? u-u aaca aa waa waaa New Closing Hours Are Announced For Local Grocery Stores The grocery stores of Boone will close at 1 o'clock on Wednesday aft ernoons, effective as of February 6, it was decided at a meeting of the grocers group of the merchants as sociation held Tuesday morning. The Wednesday afternoon closing will be in effect throughout the year, with the exception of December and Jan uary, it was explained. Following is a list of the stores which will observe the new closing hours: A. & P. Store, City Meat Market, Dixie Store, Hollar's Gro cery, Townsend's Grocery and Trip lett's Grocery. Closing hours for other stores in the city will be announced later. Change Made In District Health Setup According to requirements pro vided in the general statutes of North Carolina, the following ex-of ficio members of the tri-county board of health were named recent ly by Dr. Carl V. Reynolds, state health officer: Miss Flyde Fields, superintendent of Alleghany county schools; W. M. Winkler, chairman of the board of county commissioners, Watauga county, and L. P. Colvard, mayor of Jefferson. At the meeting of the. group held recently, the following members were named for their respective counties: Wade E. Vannoy, Ashe county, four year term; Dr. W. C. Thompson, Alleghany county, three years; C. P. Mock, Watauga county, two years, and Dr. W. M. Matheson, Watauga county, one year. TOLL FOUR TIMES HEAVIER IN NO. 2 AS AGAINST WAR 1 Washington, Jan. 28 ? World War II cost the United States 1,068,388 casualties, about four times the toll of World War I. Latest tabulations place the U. S. dead at 283,149. This is expected to1 be nearer 300,000 in the final ac counting because there is little chance the approximately 18,000 men still listed as missing by the army and navy will be found alive. Army casualties through last De cember 31 totaled 922,764, including 223,215 killed, 571,67? wounded, 12, 752 missing and 115,118 prisoners. The navy lists 145,624 casualties for navy, marine and coast guard, including 69,934 dead, 80,280 woun ded, 5,408 missing and two prisoners. The navy, unlike the army, removes names from the prisoners' list upon liberation. In World War I, the U. S. suffered approximately 54,000 dead, 200,000 wounded and 4,500 prisoners for a total of 258,500. REWARD OFFERED FOR SAFECRACKER Board of Conuniuionm Offers $200 for Apprehension of Robbers The Watauga county board of commissioners today offers a reward of $200 for Information leading to the arrest and conviction of the par ty or parties who entered the court house on December 15th and broke open the safe in the tax collector's office. Nearly one thousand dollars were taken from the safe, and so far no information has been gathered as to the identity of the perpetrator of the crime. In addition to the theft of the money, considerable damage was done to safes in the offices of the tax collector, county auditor and clerk of court. Watauga Students Get Honor Grades At Appalachian Sixteen members of the student body of Appalachian College from Watauga county have scored honor grades in the fall term. They are: Miss Mary Martha Bing ham, sophomore, ward of J. P. Bolt of High Point; Miss Rebekah E. Boone, junior, daughter of Mrs. J. A. Boone of Boone; Miss Betty Jean Farthing, sphomore, and Miss Carrie Lee Farthing, senior, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Farthing, Sr., of Boone; Miss Joyce Gragg, sopho more, daughter of Mrs. W. R. Gragg, of Boone; Ted Hagaman, sophomore, son of Mrs. Elsie Hagaman of Boone, Miss Rita Howell, sophomore, daughter of Prof. Vance Howell of Boone; Leo Mast, freshman, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. B. Mast of Sugar Grove. Jimmie McConnell, freshman, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McConnell of Boone; Mrs. J. A. Mullins, Junior, of Boone; Miss Essie Norris, sopho more, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Norris of Boone; Mrs. Malissa Richardson, freshman, of Boone; Miss Bonia Rominger, senior, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Rominger of Rominger; Miss Grace E. Sher wood, sophomore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Sherwood of Sugar Grove; Miss Jeanne Shull, sopho more, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. D. Shull of Valle Crucis; and Miss Jean Vvnson, freshman, daughter of Prof. Chapell Wilson of Boone. Tobacco Mart Here to Close Feb.?8 Local Man Arrested On Liquor Charge North Wilkesboro ? Charges of il licit handling whiskey were prefer- 1 red against two men in arrests re- 1 ported Wednesday by the office of j Marshal Edney Ridge. Tom Woodrow Bumgarner, of Watauga county, was taken on a capias for removing and concealing non-taxed liquor. Arrested at Boone, he was released on $500 bond for the May term of district court at Wilkesboro. Also bound to the May term was Clyde Canter of Wilkes county, who was charged with manufacturing and possession of whiskey and possession of a non-registered distillery. He was released on $500 bond. PRODUCTION OF MEAT RETURNS TO NORMAL Chicago, Jan. 28 ? A government spokesman said "apparently all" the 248,000 meat workers returned to day to jobs in government-seized meat packing plants, and produc tion got under way after 12 days of strikes. A CIO meat workers' union repre sentative confirmed the government spokesman's report, adding things were "all quiet" on the meat pack ing front. ^Patrick J. Gorman, president of the AFL, Meat Workers' Union, said all hi* men returned to work Sat urday. Tax Listing Time Is Short. Avoid Penalty Tax listing lima is growing short ? in fad tbara is only on* mora day to list and avoid pay ing tha panalty, Paul A. Cofiay. Watauga county tax suparrisor, said yastarday. Mr. Coffay says thara ara still a larga umbar of paopla of tha county who hara fail ad to list thatr proparty, and ha urgas lhatn to do so batwaan now and Thurs day night. New Roosevelt Dime This it the design for tha new Roosevelt dime thai is now roiling off the line at the Philadelphia mint. The designer of the new coin, commemorating tha late President. Franklin D. Roosevelt, was John R. Sinnock, chief en grayer at the Philadelphia mint. MANY EXPECTED AT SUMMER SCHOOL Record Numbtt of Reservations Hay? Been Recei red at Appalachian More than 160 reservations have already been made for the first term of summer school at Appalach ian College, it was revealed last week, notwithstanding the tact that it will be more than She weeks yet before the catalogues are issued. Never in the history of the col lege, it is said, has there been such an interest manifested at this time, and it will not be surprising if the enrollment at summer school this year is the largest in the history of the institution. Graduate Work Again Planned at Appalachian President B. B. Dougherty and Prof. Chapell Wilson have just re leased information concerning the I graduate department of the summer school of Appalachian College. This graduate work is carried on in col laboration with the University of North Carolina, this being the sixth consecutive year. Six teachers are selected for the graduate work, four from the facul ty of the University of North Caro lina: Dr. A. M. Jordan, psychology; Dr. W. E. Rosenstegel, education; Prof. T. T. Hamilton, Education, and Dr. W. J. NfcKee, education. Two from Appalachian's faculty; Dr. Ralph W. House and Dr. Harry Hef lin, both in the field of elementary education. BIG CHICKEN HAWK Mr. Curtis Madron of the Mabel community, killed a chicken hawk Monday which measured 54 inches from tip to tip. The big bird was ex hibited in Boone Monday by Mr. Marion Thomas, an uncle of Mr Madron. Mx. Madron has just re turned from five years' service in the navy and was in Pearl Harbor at the time of the Jap attack in Decem ber, 1941. MRS. A. B. ALDRIDGE Taeoma, Wash. ? Mrs. A. B. (Rosa Lee) Aldridge,, 59, died Wednesday at a local hospital. Born in North Carolina, she came here 26 -years ago. Her membership included the Temple Baptist church. Surviving are her husband, a son, Jerome of Tacoma; daughter, Mrs Beulah Sandul of Tacoma; three grandchildren, two brothers, Jesse L. Coffey and Stanford Coffey of North Carolina; three sisters, Mrs. Mollie Bell Williams of Tennessee, and Mrs. Ethel Berry and Miss Mae Coffey and a stepmother, Mrs. Fil more Coffey, all of North Carolina. MRS. CALLIE YOUNCE Mrs. Callie Y ounce died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Blackburn of Mountain View, N. C., on Janu ary 10, after a long illness. She was 10 years old. Funeral services were conducted from the Mountain View Baptist Church on January 12, and interment was in the neighborhood cemeetry. NEVr RECORD SET ON LOCAL FLOORS Market Passes Five Million Mark to Exceed All Previous Records; February 8 is Closing Date for Auctions Here Sales on the floors of the Moun tain Burley Tobacco Warehouses here passed the five million pound mark Monday to establish a new rec ord, and Mir. R. C. Coleman, the warehouseman, states that the warehouses will remain open through Friday, February 8. Actual sales through Monday were 5,250,000 pounds, and receipts con tinue heavy on the local warehouse floors. Mr. Coleman states that the floors are now clear and that all burley may be sold the same day it is placed on the market. Farmers are being asked tutoring their last loads at once, and be assured of the quickest sale and the best possible prices. Those who still Offe checks at the warehouse offices should call for them before the closing date, it is said. Applications for Dairy Product Payments Are Now Being Received Applications for payment under the dairy production program are now being received in the county AAA office, Ned Glenn, chairman of the Watauga AAA committee, has announced. All milk or butter pro ducers are urged to submit sales tickets for October, November and December at their earliest conveni ence. The closing date for filing is February 28. Any producer who has not already received application blanks may get them by either calling by the AAA office or asking for them by mall. The rate for the past quarter was 90 cents per hundredweight of whole milk and 17 cents per pound for but terfat Monthly Payments For Veterans Who Go Into Farming Veterans returning to farms from the war who would like to set them selves up as independent farmers - will find that the readjustment al lowance program under the G.I. bill of rights has a special feature designed to help them get started on their own. These are the month ly payments available to veteran* in sell-employment. During 1945, $329,750,000 has been paid in such self-employed allot ments to North Carolina veterans. It works this way: Any veteran who is fully engaged in a business of his own may receive a money payment covering the difference be tween his net income and $100 for the previous calendar month. Many farmer- veterans, for the months their crops and livestock bring no returns receive the whole $100. To help veterans get established or become re-established in civilian occupations after thei rarmed serv ice, the G.I. bill set up a system of allowances to be paid veterans dur ing their readjustment In North Carolina the Unemployment Com pensation Commission handles these readjustment allowances for the vet erans administration. Veterans should pply to "the unemployment compensation claims agents located in the United States employment service offices throughout the state S-Sgt. Albert Harmon is Officially Declared Dead Mrs. Elizabeth Bingham Harmon of Sherwood, has received a notifica tion from the War Department, that her husband. Staff Sergeant Albert H. Harmon, who was reported as missing in action December 4, 1943, has been officially declared dead. The date of his death has been set as January 18, 1M6. Burdey tobacco farmers have ex pressed desire for a 1944 acreage cut of at least 20 percent and a 50 percent penalty against growers who violate quotas. The spinning of yarn and the weaving of cloth are the bottlenecks holding up the production of cloth ing. In the last year of the war the ex | penditures for military purposes in I the Fourth Service Command aver aged $250,000,000 per month.