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BOONE^ WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 1946
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May Leave City
REV. J. C. CANIPE
TO REV CANIPE
Boone Minister Named Secre
tary of Evangelism by Gen
eral Board of State Conven
tion; Mr. Canipe Seriously
The general board of the Bap
tist State convention in session
last Thursday in Winston-Salem,
elected Rev. J. C. Canipe. Boone
Baptist pastor, as secretary of
evangelism at a salary of $4,200
per year, plus allowance for a
Mr. Canipe tells The Democrat
that he is "seriously considering"
the proposal, but has not as yet
conclusively made up his mind,
nor tendered his resignation to
the local church. He does, how
ever, express his deep interest in
the position offered, which comes
as a signal honor, and which
would allow him to continue his
work of conducting schools for
other ministers who did not have
the advantage of college educa
tion, as well as to permit him to
enlarge his field of service in the
field of evangelism.
To Consider Reynolds Offer
The board also voted to call a
special session of the Baptist
State Convention to consider the
offer of the Reynolds Founda
tion to Wake Forest College.
Farmer Gets Big
Check For Milk of
Cow 14 Years Old
Mr. Tom L. Wilson, of Silver
stone, reports a return of $99.18
(milk check and subsidy payment)
from his 14 year old cow, for the
two months of April and May.
His only cash expense was feed
cost of $18.00, giving a labor and
farm feed return of $81.18 from
Mr. Wilson points out that he
fed only 8 pounds of dairy feed
per day in addition to home
grown hay and pasture. For only
fi\e days during the two months
did this old cow drop below five
gallons of milk per day.
Farmers who believe that an
eight or ten year old cow is old,
should read this then probably
change their mind, Mr. Wilson
On Grandfather Mtn.
The 22nd annual tri-state and
tri-county singing convention and
Sunday School picnic will be
held on the beautiful Yonah
lcssee road at the Alexander
MacRae homestead on June 23rd,
according to announcement made
by J. L. Hartley of Linville,
chairman, who extends a wel
come to all the people of the area.
Mr. Hartley says some of the
best singing classes in the south
will be present, and pictures will
be taken by representatives of
Onational magazines who will
carry pictorial articles on the con
All singing classes in Carolina,
East Tennessee, Virginia and
South Carolina are invited. Din
ner will be served on the grounds.
The Watauga County Public
Library will be open on each day,
Monday through Saturday. Hours
12:00 to 6:00 p. m.
New books for boys and girls
are ready for circulation.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Davis, and
daughters, Lydia and Alma, Rock
Hill, S. C.; and George Moretz,
Jr., of Asheville, are spending the
' week visting with Mr. and Mrs.
J. M. Moretz.
BUYING POWER OF
Interesting Survey on* Money!
in Hands of Western Caro-|
lina Folks is Made by Ashe-j
ville Paper; Retail Sales in
Watauga Near 3"^ Millions
Watauga county people had an
effective buying income of $7,
343,000 during 1945. according to
a survey recently completed by
the Asheville Citizen - Times,
which tabulated similar informa
tion for each of the 20 Western
Reciting the 1940 census of
! Watauga at 18.114, it is revealed
that food store sales came to
$573,000, drug store sales $111.
000, retail sales $3,428,000. These
figures are included in a folder
which lists the population of
each county, together with the
'effective buying income and the
lamount spent by wage earners.
I The figures are based on esti
mates of Sales Management,
made by that magazine in a sur
vey of buying power, and on
1940 census figures.
It is revealed that the 490,013
persons in the 20 counties spent
$138,568,000 at retail stores, $31,
150,000 for food and $6,445,000 at
drug stores during 1945. The to
jtal effective buying income of
the population in the 20 counties
is placed at $293,708,000. This is
approximately 15 million dollars
imore than the $278673,000 figures
Food store sales for 1945 were
I approximately $1,250,000 above
isales for 1944, while retail sales
1 were up more than 12 million
[dollars, according to the statisti
OF LIONS CLUB
Chairman of SixlMn Club Com
mittee s Make Reports
At its regular meeting in the
'Gateway Cafe Thursday evening,
the Boone Lions Club heard a
review of its year's work from the
chairman of the sixteen Lions
committees; These chairman mak
ing reports were: R. W. House,
J. C. Cline, J. E. Holshouser,
jCratis Williams,, J. K. Parker,
Lee Stout, Gordon Winkler, G. K.
(Moose, C. H. Mock, W. M. Mathe
;son and A. R. Smith.
i A report of the state conven
tion of Lions Clubs held this
week in Raleigh, was made by J.
IC. Cline. Those representing the
local club at the convention were:
J. C. Cline, D. J. Whitener, T.
Milt Gieer and Paul Coffey,
i Lion D. J. Whitener. Zone
chairman, received the Gov
ernor's award for being the most
valuable zone chairman in dis
trict 31 -A. This came as a special
achievement for Lion Whitener
and speaks well for the local
1 Guest for the evening was
Lion Rickard of Fort Lauderdale,
ATTEND LEGION MEETING
Among Watauga veterans at
tending the American Legion con
'vention in Winston-Salem th(
first of the week were: Fred Pen
dley, Billy Keys, Howard Hoi
shouser and Norman Icenhour ol
Blowing Rock; Lionel Ward and
Beach Keller of Boone. There
were perhaps others but the Dem
ocrat was unable to get the com
King Found Dead
Ananda Mahidol, 20, King of
Siam, who was found dead at
his palace. Police reported that
death was accidental. He
ha3 been succeeded to the
throne by his younger brother.
King Ananda was to visit the
United States this summer.
NATION'S WORST HOTEL F1RK
Firemen, assisted by civilians, carry the dead and injured
down fire escapes of the LaSalle hot^el, Chicago, which was
swept by a tensely tragic fire that killed more than 60 per
sons and injured 200.
Page Size Today
The Democrat comet lo ill i
readers today In a seven-col
umn page width rather than
the six-column size, which j
had been in vogue since the
establishment of the newspa
The 13-em measure, which
has become obsolete, has been
discarded in favor of the na
tionally-used 12-em column
width for which all national
advertising and pictures are
designed, and by the use of
a slightly larger sheet, with
narrower margins, eight col- '
umns. or one to each page,
are added lo each regular
sixed edition. Thus a consid- !
arable enlargement of the
newspaper has been effected,
with a more complete utiliza- t
lion of The Democrat's allot- |
men! of scarce pulpwood pa
It will continue lo be the
policy of your home town
newspaper to expand as rapid
ly as conditions permit, in or
der to afford a comprehensive
coverage of the life of the
community and county.
TO APPEAR HERE
Concert Violinist of Henderson
ville Will Be Featured at
First of a series of concerts;
featuring Mark Wollner, concertj
violinist of Hendcrsonville, will be
held Thursday evening at App
alachian State Teachers College.
The artist pointed out that at
this recital there will be pre
sented for the first time a tango.
"Gitana," arranged for violin, by
Irene Tschegovdaeva, White Rus
sian composer. The accompanist
will be Miss Mary Brooks of Hen
Other numbers to be heard oni
thr concert program include
Vivaldi's Sonata, Bach's?Chaconne,
with Schumann's piano accom
paniment, and Bazzini's Ronde
des Lutins. I
The program is sponsored by
the faculty of the college.
Veteran* Are Asked to
Affiliate With V F W
The newly -organized Veterans
jof Foreigh Wars, Post no. 7031,
of Watauga county, commanded
by Charles T. Zimmerman, ex
tends a cordial invitation to all
veterans of the first and secondj
world wars to join this new or-;
ganization now and become char.1
The next meeting of the V. F.
W. will be Thursday evening1
June 27. All veterans, particu
larly those interested in joining,
are asked to be present
The fourth Sunday community
singing will be held at the Ruth
erwood Baptist Church next Sun
day afternoon at 1:45, rather than
at 7:45 as had been previously
Mr. A. H. Kennedy of Key
West. Fla., is spending some time
with Mrs. Kennedy in Boone.
TO GO AT AUCTION
Three Hundred and Fifty BuLld-j
ing Lots in New Addi
tion to Town
The Dr. Ronda H. Hardin estate,'
located on Highway 421, east,
and adjoining the city limits of
Ihe town, is being subdivided andj
ivill be sold Wednesday June 26,
it 1 p. m.. in possibly the largest'
ui t ion sale of high class resi-i
iential lots in the town's history.!
Walter & Gurlev Auction Co..
3f Charlotte, and Z. A. Robertson
arc developing and will sell the
property for the high dollar, and
about 350 lots 25 x 200 feet will
be sold. For several days bull
dozers have been engaged in
spending streets through the
property and .rospective pur-i
chasers are invited to drive
through the development prior
to the day of sale and select the
property they desire.
Easy terms have been arranged,
nylon hose are to be given as
prizes, and there will be band
Since desirable building lots
have been all to scarce in this
community for some time, the
development of the Hardin es-|
tate is of prime civic concern, andi
will go a long way toward pro
viding property for all the many
people, who desire to establish
Robbers Enter Local Store and
Make Away With Quan
tity Cured Hami
A quanity of cured country
hams were taken from Smithey's
Store Friday night when unknown
parties entered the mercantile
establishment, and garnered all
the hams in sight, without mo
lestation of other commodities.
Mr. Owen Wilson, manager of
the store, says that entrance was
gained by prizing loose a steel
window sash from the building,
and between 700 and 800 pounds
t>t hams were taken. He states
that there are some clues as tol
the identity of the robbers andi
that hopes are being entertain
ed of their apprehension.
Canning Stamp To Be
Available On July 1
Washington, June 17. ? The
OPA today ordered a reduction
in the sugar rations of commer
cial bakers. The order was
issued to limit the amount of
cake, pie and other pastry the!
bakers can produce. The bakers
will receive in the July-Septem
her quarter only sixty per cent
of the sugar they used in the
similar period in 1941. Now they
receive seventy per cent.
The OPA also announced that,
as previously planned ? a second
home canning stamp will be
valid ? dated on July first. The
stamp will be good for five
pounds of sugar.
East of the Mississippi river,
approximately one out of every
three days is rainy.
WILCOX HOME IS
PLOT IS FEARED
Chas. Wilcox Posts Reward of
$500 for Arrest of Prowler
Who Entered His Home Sat
urday Night in Presence of
Members of Family
RAM SALE WILL |
BE HELD JUNE 29
Hampshire Sheep Br**d*ri To;
Hold Annual Sal* at
The Hampshire sheep breeders
af Watauga county will hold!
their third annual purebred sale!
on Saturday, June 29, 2:00 p. m.l
at Shipley farm, Vilas.
The sale will consist of 16 tO|
20 outstanding rams of some of
the best breeding in the county.
Well known breeders, such as
Shipley Farms, J. W. Norris.j
Ralph Wilson, and many others;
will have rams and ewes in the,
One of the first rules for pro
fitable sheep production is "use|
a good ram." We cannot empha
size this point too much. Blocky,
thick, deep-bodied rams sire like
lambs. The blocky lambs that
mature quickly bring the farmer
Lamb prices are good this year,
thf-refore it is a good time to dis
pose of an old or off type ram and
buy a better ram to sire next
year's crop of lambs.
Charles C. Wilcox, prominentl
3oone business man. today postsi
? cash reward of $500 for infor-J
?nation leading to the arrest ofl
he person who entered his home
ast Saturday night, which was|
occupied at the time by mem-|
tiers of his family, and states thatj
tie believes the circumstances!'
have something of the earmarks
of a kidnap effort.
Mr. Wilcox relates that he was
away from home at the time, and!
that a man entered the kilchen.|
where a sister-in-law. Miss Nor
tha Hollar, was rocking the Wil
cox infant. The man switched!
off the light, and went on the!
outside. Miss Hollar immediate
ly sought to lock the door, and
while in the act, the prowler
tried to force admission again.
Mr. Wilcox believes that if
robbery or assault had been the
motive, the intruder would have
made some attempt, since no man
was in the house, and leans
stiongly to the belief that the
man had intended to seize the in
fant. and had become dissuaded.
Miss Hollar, who was terribly
frightened, could not give a des
cription of the wanted man.
With Mrs. Wilcox at the time
was Miss Hollar, Mesdames Eber,
Sherrill, Frank Wyke, Bynum
Presnell and the children.
Horton Gragg Talks
Home From Manila
Lieut. Horton Gragg, son of
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Gragg of
Boone, who is an army air pilot,:
and stationed on the Island of
Okinawa, talked with his parental
Monday by telephone from
Manila. Lieut. Gragg had made an
effort to talk to his father on
Father's Day, but the connection
wis not effected until Monday. !
Mrs. Gragg states that her son
is well, and that his voice was
distinct. His wife expects to
leave for Okinawa on July 6.
John W. Snyder, former St.
Louis banker, reconversion di
rector, who was named by
President Truman to become
secretary of the treasury. .
Dr. Harold Myers Outlines
Plans For Recreation Center
Here; Bond Issue a Prospect
800 Are Enrolled
At Summer Term I
The enrollment at the be
ginning oi the second week it
Appalachian Stale Teacher*
College summer school is 800.
it was learned this morning
from the office of Dean Ran
All dormitory space is filled,
it is staled, and many hare
been turned away for lack of
additional dormitory facilities.
REV. A. M. BROWN'
DIES ON FRIDAY
Retired Baptist Minister Suc
cumbs at Rich Mountain Home
From Lengthy Illness
Rev. Adolphus Millard Brown,
79 years old, retired Baptist min-i
ister and farmer, died at the
home Friday after a long illness.!
Funeral services were conduct
ed from Oak Grove Baptist
Church Sunday afternoon at 2
o'clock by Rev. Ronda Earp and;
Kev. W. D. Ashley, and interment
was in the Hine cemetery by)
Reins-Sturd.ivant Funeral Home.'
Rev. Mr. Brown was born inj
Watauga county, a son of the late,
Jesse Brown and Mrs. Charityj
Church Brown, and had lived here
his entire life. Before retirement
he was engaged in farming pur
suits, and for many years was a
minister of the Baptist church, i
Surviving include the widow,
Mrs. Sarah Manuel Brown, five
sons and five daughters: Roy
Brown. Sherwood; Stuart Brown,
Route I Boone; Owen and Mack
Brown. Vilas; Kenneth Brown,
Boone; Mrs. Floyd Tate, Blow
ing Rock; Mrs. W. C. Beach,1
Bristol, Tenn.; iirs. Daisy Hardy,'
Boone; Mrs. Granville Norris,}
Boone; and Mrs. Roy Hodges.'v
Semora, N. C. There is one.
brother and three sisters: Rufus
Brown, Zionville; Mrs. Tipton!
Greene, Boone; Mrs. Eliza Mal
ku\ Staton Island. N. Y.: Mrs.
Mary Carter, who resides in the
state of Florida.
H. GRAGG FACES
W. Henderson Gragg Wounds Or
ville Coffey With Shotgun;
To Post Bond
Lenoir, June 17. ? W. Hender
son Gragg, sixty-two. today faced
a charge of assault with a dead
ly weapon with intent to kill as
the result of the painful wound
ing of Orville Coffey, twenty
three. at the Gragg home on the
Yonahalossee Trail in the upper
edg< of Caldwell county about
five o'clock Sunday afternoon,
according to Deputy Sheriff Gene
Gragg. charged on two pre
vious occasions with shooting,
(was expected to post $1,000 bond
later today pending a hearing
in Caldwell county recorder's
court Tuesday, said Kriby.
Coffey was painfully hurt in
the back of the head and shoulder
by shot from the blast of a long
barreled shotgun, officers stated.
He and two other men, Blaine
and O. B. Coffey, were at the
Gragg home at the time, it was
Rev. McKeown New
Pastor St. Luke's!
Rev. James McKeown, of New!
Smyrna Beach, Fla., has arrived!
n town and assumed the pasto
rate of St. Luke's Episcopalj
Church, occupying the local pul-i
jit for the first time at the Sun
day morning worship hour. Rcv.i
Vir. McKeown, Mrs. McKeown,
ind daughter Carol, are residing
it the Valle Crucis School, until
luch time as living quarters may
se found in Boone. The minister
vill hold services at the local
:hurch each Sunday at II a. m.
ind will also be pastor of the
Todd, Beaver Creek, and Glen-j
iale Springs Churches in Ashe!
Rev. Mr. McKeown received
his college and seminary training!
at the Univeristy of the South,
Sewsnee, Tenn., and his Master's
degree from Drew University,
Madison, N. J.
director of State Recreation
Commission Cites Growing
Need of Recreation, and
Advises Cautious Approach
to Big Scale Effort; Says
Buildings Cannot Be Erect
ed Now, But Suggests Ac
tivity Program for Present
Dr. Harold Myer, of Chapel
[ill. director of the State Ree
eation Commission, and member
if the Department of Sociology
it the Univrsity spoke to the
ocal recreation committee, and
>ther citizens at a dinner held at
?arolina Cafe Monday evening,
n line with local plans to con
struct a community center, a a a
memorial to the men from this
country who have served their
country on the battlefields.
Dr. Myer. who was introduced
to the audience by R. W. Wat
kins of the College Athletic staff,
and a member of the Recrea
tion Commission, listed recrea
tion, along with religion, health,
work and education as a "must"
for any community, but stated
that either of the five activities
could be overdone.
"Every factor on the sociolo
gical horizon," said Dr. Myers,
indicates a growing need for or
ganized recreational programs
and the need will be infintely
greater tomorrow than today."
He cited the use of recreation in
the treatment of mental illnesses,
in teaching techniques, to pro
note better production and more
satisfied workers in industry, and
the adoption of such activities
oy the army and navy. Stressing
the fact that recreational pro
jrams should be made to fit the
needs of busy adults as well as
:hildren, in order to produce the
most benefit for a community,
the speaker pointed out that any
such program should be not
merely for the summer time, but
should embrace the entire year.
Dr. Myer envisions a twelve
months program of recreational
activities in the future built along
[he line of the day camp philo
sophy. and emphasized that these
activities may be conducted in
the home, on small vacant lots,
in church plants, in schools, and
mentioned horse shoes, tennis,
and other games which might be
[?njoyed by the community with
a minimum of expense.
Dr. Myer outlined a field of
recreation which inclcded ath
letics, music, dramatics, arts and
crafts, social activities, dancing,
nature at^d nature lore, reading
and story telling, and advocated
all such activities, whether pub
lic. private or commercial, pro
vided such activities were good
Bowling alleys and pool rooms
were listed as useful adjuncts to
any recreational progiam, cited
the growing tendency toward ice
skating in the state and listed a
six point approach to the recrea
1. To secure legal recognition
2. To choose a strong advisory
1 3. To have a paid leader. Be
lief was expressed that without
one capable person being respon
sible, a program of this kind
! would certainly fail.
4. To have a talent survey and
make a card index of the latent
talents of the people of the com
5. To check areas and facili
Industry Giv?s Moit Monty
Dr. Myers in directing his re
marks toward the construction of
living memorials to the soldiery,
stated that many towns are en
gaged in these projects, that 99%
n? the money is coming from in
dustry ? those who save substan
tially through income tax deduct
ions, and added that he knew of
no such program being sustained
t>y "we the people."
Advising the people here to
'think before plunging," the
speaker cited the obvious
that a $25,000 recreational build
ing would now cost $50,000, and
jave as his opinion that even
though the money were available,
it would be perhaps thr*? years
before a structure of toe sort
planned here could be built.
Dr. Myers stated Uiat only two
towns of which heHaiew had to
pay for the land involved? Blow
ing Rock and Elizabeth City? in
all other towns the site had been
donated, and brought out ?*???*
ten per cent of the amount of
the original investment would
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