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;$v BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1946
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VOL. LVII. NO. 47
indent Weekly Newspaper ? Established in the Year 1888.
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? PUBLIC PROBLEM
County Welfare Officer Tells of
Javenile Delinquency and
States Belief That Sense of
Duty by Adults is Remedy
County Welfare Officer, Dave P.
JMaat, in citing some of the activities
tenticm call at
j ?n to the problem of juvenile
tJu^th^Si ftnd -,States the belief
tttat the adult citizenwhip has a
duty to these children, and that in
the exercise of that duty liesthls
hope of curbing the, recklessness in
the younger generation.
Mr. Mast s statement follows:
When WPA and CCC were opera
ting in North Carolina it was neces
?ry for the county welfare de^t
^ worki^&eW eaCh aPPhca"t
t?l ^ose agencies and to re
5 ~?en?. to the agency if they were
found eligible for that typeof^d
these Programs closed with
the beginning of heavy war Dre
parations these investigations were
replaced by another tyT>e ZZ
tive service boards. Many pro^e?
'?e ^ra tees wh? claimed exempt
ion because of dependents were re
t0 'he w^?-e department
ftaSSST ,nVeStigation of their
This work necessitated Dersnnal
? hn^S?H 10 establish the validity of i
the draftee s claim that he suprL?
i5nem'>er of his family. The
elfare department never made a
e commendation as to whether the 1
ESJSted ^,drafted or not'
3SSSH Mrvi^^xMu-d wh?ch? then !
made its own decision a^^ |
One might think this procedure
M?, and..lot very Um^cS^!
ing but with county welfare staff*
to care fo^Vh Carolina insufficient
work th^T 6 normal amount of
wotk, these investigations Dut an
additional load on** mo,
Naturally all boys and girls are
Sewing to get into mischief at one
f^f ?' another. Some times thil
leads to more serious consequences
and is called juvenile delinquency
SSLF** cai.n ^ handled best by
<?aiIun? m their own homes under
. members of their
family or by Being put under the'
supervision of some one else in the
county. For extreme cases of dehn I
statc has made institu
tional provision whereby delin
quents can be re-trained into use
ful law-abiding citizens.
The county welfare officer is the
chief probation officer for the juve!
rule court _ in Watauga county and
^?r^l"g,with these cases often calls
!f ih? ?MCarC.'U,L thought and time
if the child is to be steered back in
to the proper paths of daily life.
During the war much attention
?nS i0,Ug t the problem of juve
nile delinquency, but the fact re
mains that even in peace time every
community has the same problem to
think about. For a time children
were left without proper care while
parents worked in war indu?r!?
NoW tho,re,haWay from long hours
Wow that the war is over normal re
,p6u prevail ?n nearly all
families, but there still remain
youthful offenders against the law.
Of course Watauga county has its
juvenile delinquency problems. Yet
the county has tried very hard to
cooperate with the State Welfare de- I
partment s campaign against put- '
ting youthful offenders in the
county jails of North Carolina "n
the past 14 months there have been
5 boys under 16 years of age jailed
ln this county ? a much better re
cord than would be the case in some
communities of the state.
? Sometimes it would seem there
is nothing much else that can be
aone in the cases of some juvenile
fh^^entSii bUt in most instances
there is really no excuse for placing
wJi.er,? they might come in con- I
er? w hardened adult lawbreak
The way to handle these young
boys and girls would seem more
property to be the development ?
some local plan of care? aren't
there people in the county who are
interested enough in children to be
willing t<x assume the responsibility
of looking after these boys and girls
for a few days until some permanent !
solution can be found for them?
f?r examPle the case
of a child whose parents do not have
proper control over his daily life
Where he would not listen to his
parents because, perhaps, of a lack
of respect for them because they are
continually fighting among them
selves and pay no attention to him,
^ , a temporary home
some of the love and affection he
wants. He is not mischievous and
delinquent merely because he wants
(Continued on page eight)
Tonsil Clinic To Be
Held Here June 4th I
/ A tonsil clinic will be held at
Watauga Hospital Tuesday, June
4th, by Dr. J. B. Hagaman, and Dr.
C. B. Baughman. Those desiring
operations mould get in touch with
Dr. Hagaman at once, as only a
limited number of patients can bo
To Speak Here
JOHN H. EAST
PMA Director to Speak at Annual
Meeting of Watauga Farxn
John H. East, of Washington, D.
C., director of the East Central re
gion of the Production Marketing
Association, will address the farm
ers of Watauga county at the court
house in Boone on Rriljay, May 24 at
8 p. m., according lb a statement re
leased today by Clyde R. Greene,
president of the Watauga' County
Mr. East will discuss the 1946
farm program and some of the prob
lems facing farmers in reconverting
to a peacetime economy. Special
emphasis will be given to burley to
bacco problems in 1946-47.
"Mr. East," said Mr. Greene, "is
one of the outstanding agricultural
leaders in the South today and all
Watauga county farmers and their
wives are urged to attend."
Appearing with Mr. East on the
program will be short talks by G.
T. Scott, chairman of the State
Production Marketing Association
committee, and R. Flake Shaw, ex
ecutive secretary of the North Caro
lina Farm Bureau Federation.
Watauga and Blowing Rock Legion
Posts Combine in Memorial
A Memorial Day service, sponsor
ed by Blowing Rock Post No. 256
and Watauga Post No. 130, Aemri
can Legion, is to be held in Memo
rial Park. Blowing Rock, next Sun
day afternoon at 2 o'clock, and
Judge Hubert Olive of Lexington,
himself a war veteran, has been se
cured to deliver the principal ad
dress on this occasion.
Following is the complete pro
gram for the service:
Song, "America"; Prayer, Rev.
Walter K. Keys; Address of wel
come. Blowing Rock Legion Post
member; Response, Mr. Swofford,
Watauga Legion Pest; Spanish
American War veterans, Albert Wat
son; List of war dead, J. W. Norris;
List of World War II dead, Billy
Keys; Song, "Onward. Christian
Soldiers", congregation; Introduc
tion of speaker. Lionel Ward; Ad
dress. Judge Hubert E. Olive; Silent
Father of Prof. Yoder
Dies in Danville, Va.
News reaches Boone of the death |
of Robert E. Yoder. 68. father of !
Prof. Julian Yoder. of Appalachian I
College, which occurred in Danville, j
FOneral details are unavailable, inj
the absence of Prof. Yoder, who is
takine special courses at the Uni
POPPY DAY WILL
BE OBSERVED BY
Auxiliary Members Organize to
Sell Paper Memorial Flowers
in Boone: Money to Be Used
for Disabled Veterans and
Poppy day will be observed In
Boone and throughout the United
States on Saturday, May 25, it is
announced through *the American
Legion Auxiliary, and a special com
mittee composed of Mesdames Char
les Younce, Ralph Greer and Mrs.
B. K. Osborne is making plans for
the sale of the memorial flowers.
Memorial poppies to be worn in
honor of the dead of both world
wars will be distributed on the
streets througout the day by vol
unteer workers from the auxilary
and cooperating organizations. Con
tributions received in exchange for
the flowers will be used in relief
and rehabilitation work for dis
abled veterans, their familes and the
families of the dead.
The poppies have been ordered
from Oteen where they are being
made by disabled veterans of both
wars, working under the direction
of the North Carolina Department
of the American Legion Auxiliary.
They are crepe paper replicas of
the European wild poppy which
bloomed on the battlefields of
France and Belgium in both wars
and which has become a world
wide symbol of remembrance of
American's battle dead.
"With peace restored and the men
coming home," it is said, "everyone
will want to pay tribute to those
who can never come back to us by
wearing a poppy itv their honor on
Chamber of Commerce
To Consider Highway
In Meeting Tonight
The Boone Chamber of Commerce
will hold a banquet meeting at the
Carolina Cafe Thursday evening at
7:30, primarily for the purpose of
futher discussion of the improve
ment of the highway from Boone to
Bristol, Via Mountain City, Tenn.
Herman Wilcox, president of the
Chamber of Commerce, says that
there will be vistors from Bristol,
Mountain City, Abingdon. Damas
cus, North Wilkesboro, Winston
Salem, Hickory and perhaps other
communities and urges a full atten
dance of members of the organiza
tion on this occasion.
Solomon Grogan Dies
At Zionville Home
Solomon Grogan. 85 years old, a
resident of Zionville. died at his
home Monday evening.
Funeral services are to be con
ducted Wednesday afternoon at 2
o'clock from the Zionville Baptist
Church. Rev. W. D. Ashley will con
duct the rites and burial will be in
the Zionville cemetery by Reins
The only near relative surviving,
is one sister Mrs. Matilda Reese of
Local Cancer Campaign
Passes 'Quota of $150
The campaign to raise money for
the campaign against cancer has
come to an end in Watauga county,
and Mayor Gordon H. Winkler,
chairman of the effort, states that
while reports are not complete, it is
certain that the local quota of $150
has been passed.
Mayor Winkler takes occasion to
thank all contributors and all those
who assumed committee posts for
their splendid work in this regard.
GET HIGH SCOUTING HONORS
W B. York, Jr., and Grady Moretz, Jr., of Boone, who were paid
high scouting honors at a local Scout banquet recently. At the ban
quet Scout York, ilvho is an Eagle Scout, was presented the Bronze
Palm by A. R. Smith, chairman of the Scouting advancement com
mitter Skipper W. E. Vaughn-Lloyd, executive of the Hickory Coun
cil, presented the Eagle badge to Mrs. Grady Moretz, who was privi
leged to pin it on her son's shirt. At the same public \>?nquet 20
adult Scouts were given diploma* for completing the Scout leader
training course. ^ J.
ADDITIONS FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
The famous old structure known as the state, war and navy
building durihg the early days of Washington. The building will
soon be taken over by the Whi'e House to be used as an annex to r
the executive offices. The ginger bread architecture has made It"*
curio and a landmark for years. s
To Honor Memory
? Memorial Service For
! Pfc. George B. Eggers
To Be Held June 9th
Memorial services will be held on
Sunday, June 9th, at 2 o'clock at
Timbered Ridge Baptist Church for i
Pfc. George Bynum Eggers, son of
Mrs. Polly Eggers (Miller) and the
late Mr. Ralph Eggers, of Sugar i
Grove. The services will be con- .
ducted by Rev. N. M. Greene, Rev.
W. C. Payne and the American
Pfc. Eggers was killed Oct. 24,
1945, in Le Havre, France. "He
died almost instantly, being acci
dentally shot when a companion
discharged a carbine," was the lat
est word received from the War De
Pfc. Eggers, who was 20 years old,
entered the service Nov. 15, 1943.
He received his basic training at
Fort Eustis, Va., and Camp Robin
son, Ark. He was married to Thel
ma Stansbury March 12, went di
rectly overseas, and never was
home any more.
He received his education at
Bethel high school, and was a mem
ber of Timbered Ridge Baptist
Pfc. Eggers is survived by his
wife, mother, one brother and two
sisters, Ralph, Wilma and Mrs. Ned
Given Local Students
On Monday of commencement
week, Dean Rankin, acting for H.
Pettua Randall, editor for Who's
Who Among Students in Univer
sities and Colleges, presented cer
tificates of honor to the following
students: Nellie Gabriel. Lincolnton;
Curtis Murry, Linville Falls; A. J.
Smith, Whiteville; Freda Grubbs
Cline, Route 1, Winston-Salem;
Dorothy Moore and Kathleen Moore,
Galax, Virginia; Inez P. Connor,
Route 4, Shelby ;? Peggy Rogers, Fair
Bluff; Mary E. Smith, Route 4,
Charlotte; Rebecca Rivers, Moun
tain City, Tennessee; Patsy Smith,
Morresville, and Joyce Brookshire,
This honor comes in recognition
of the merit and accomplishment of
the students in their respective
schools. Only those who have also
in addition met the requirements of
the publication can be included in
Much Activity Noted
at Appalachian College
The campus and offices at Appala
chian State Teachers College are
burring with activities this vaca
tion time. Painters are hastening to
finish their work on the admini
stration and library buildings. The
dormitories are being renovated and
put in condition for the summer
school. All rooms for the first sum
mer term are ?signed and applica
tions are being referred to homes
In the town.
The busiest man of all is the
registrar, Mr. Herman Kggers, re
ceiving student applications, check
ing and evaluating credits.
U. S. TAKES OVER ;
SOFT COAL MINES
Previdenl Truman Act* in Effort '
lo Forestall Renewal ,
Washington, May 22. ? The gov- J
ernment took over the nation's
3,000 soft coal mines early today in
an attempt to forestall a renewal of
John L. Lewis crippling strike, but
there was no assurance the miners i
will stay on the job.
President Truman ordered the sei
zure to "preserve the national econo
mic structure in the present emer
gency" and his aides appealed to
Lewis for his cooperation.
But the UMW boss refused to
commit himself. He declined to say
whether or not he would order the
400,000 members of his union to re- 1
main in the pits.
Secretary of the Interior J. A.
Krug was named by the president
as administrator of the mines and
immediately appointed Vlce-Adm.
! Ben Moreell to take charge of their
i operations. U. S. army troops were
! placed at Moreell's disposal to pre
i serve order, if necessary.
Marine Grateful For
Sweater b" Red Cross
The Watauga cnapter of the
American Red Cross has received
the following letter from James D.
Ellen, Marine Corps, Cherry Point, j
N. C.. which is self-explanatory:
"I am one -of the lucky marines
who received a sweater knitted and '
donated by your chapter.
"I planned to write you as soon I
as I received this sweater, but 1
neglected to do so. My lacl- of '
promptness is in no way connected 1
with my enthusiasm in receiving t
the garment. At any rate I want
you to know that I do appreciate I
"There isn't anything issued by 1
the Marine Corps which will replace
this sweater. Perhaps some of my l
buddies have neglected to write you i
also, but I know they got good use >
out of them."
Mrs. Burwell, knitting chairman,
states that the chapter still has wool
at headquarters to be knit into
sleeveless V-neck sweaters. Mrs.
Burwell says: "Let's don't let these
boys down. Stop by and get some
wool." She also states that she has
wool to be made into an aighan for
hospital use. It can be either knit
WATAUGA POST NO. 130
RECEIVES FBI CITATION
Beach Keller, Adjutant of Wat
auga Post 130, of the American Leg
ion, states that a citation has been
received from the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, commending Wat
auga Post 130 on the valuable as
sistances and information that the
members of the post gave the F. B. i
I. during World War 11. I
B. J. Burkett. son of Mr. and
Mrs. Bill Burkett. of Boone, is
now aboard the destroyer USS
Allen M. Sumner. He- graduated
from Appalachian high school in
IMS, and enlisted in the navy on
September 14, 1945. He received
his boot training in San Diego.
VOTE IN PRIMARY
BE SIZEABLE ONE
Interest Beginning to Develop
in Race for Solicitorship, Only
Contest Local Democrats Will
Help to Decide
Interest appears to be increasing
rather rapidly in the Democratic
primary next Saturday, and the con
test which was almost without in
terest a few weeks ago, is now ex
pected to register Quite an outpour
ing of voters. Some local politicians
are of the belief that perhaps a
thousand or more voters may par
ticipate this year, which would be
something of a record for an off
The only question coming before
local partisans this year is that of
deciding who shall be solicitor for
the sixteenth judicial district during
the next term and there are three
candidates for the position.
James C. Farthing, of Lenoir, a
veteran of the recent war, is up for
the nomination, as are Marvin T.
Leatherman of Lincolnton, and
Horace Kennedy, of Shelby
Impartial observations of local
Democrats are that Mr. Farthing
will capture the bulk of the votes
cast in this county. He has been here
a number of times in the interest of
lis candidacy, and this coupled with
the fact that he has wide family
connections here, and is a veteran,
are expected to contribute to his
lead. Mr. Leatherman will likely
run second, these sources indicate.
Price quotations and tentative
agreements have been obtained
from landowners by the Grand
father Mountain association in an
effort to aquire the mountain for
addition t?J the Blue Ridge park
way system, according to the re
cently released annual report of the
director of the National Park serv
ice tc the Secretary of the Interior.
The association is a non-federal
body established to acquire the
mountain lands for the system, ac
cording to the report, made for the
fiscal year ended June 30, 1945, by
Newton B. Drury, National Park
The report also stated:
That National Park Concessions,
Inc., a non-profit distributing cor
poration, will furnish accommoda
tion facilities on the Blue Ridge
parkway as soon as restrictions on
construction are relaxed.
That architects assigned to the
parkway office have collaborated
with the Public Roads administr
tion to produce contract plans for
hridges and grade separation struc
tures on the road.
And that, because of oil explora
tion activities on the North Carolina
"banks," state authorities have had
to delay the acquisition of lands for
the Cape Hatteras National Sea
ihore Recreation Area project,
authorized by the act of Congress
August 17, 1937.
Burial Legislation Is
Signed By President
Washington, May 16. ? Legisla
tion directing the war department
to return for burial in this country
the bodies of approximately 300,000
Americans who died abroad since
September, 1939, was signed today
by President Truman,
The bodies, mostly service men
but including some civilian govern
ment workers, now arc buried in
military cemeteries throughout the
When returned, they will be in
terred either in national cemeteries
or in private burial grounds, accord
ing to the wishes of relatives.
The war department estimated it
will cost an average of $700 each to
return the bodies.
John T. Ashley Dies;
Funeral at Middle Fork
. John T. Ashley, of Boone, died at
the Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem
on May 14th, after a long period of
declining health. He was 81 years
old, and a pioneer resident of the
Boone and Blowing Rock section.
Funeral services were eoducted at
four o'clock on the 15th, from the
Middle Fork Baptist Church by Rev.
Raymond Hendrix, and interment
was in the church cemetery by
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
There are six sons: Roger, Spen
cer, V en ton, Grady, of Boone; Dean
and Dayton Ashley of Tenn asses,
and one daughter, Mrs. Pearl Ana
tin of South Carolina. Three broth
ers survive: James Ashley, Rev. W.
D. Ashley of Blowing Rock, and
Samuel Ashley who resides in
Virginia. There are two sisters; Mrs.
Arthur Purlear of Whaley and Mrs.
Rebecca Day who lives in the stats
Mr. Herbert Adams and family
have established residence in Ab
ingdon, Va., where Mr. Adams is
employed by the Melvin- F. Burgess
Construction Co., who has electric
line contracts for the Appalachian
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