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VOL. LIX, NO.
An Independent Weekly Newspaper ? Established in the Year 1888.
BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NO^TH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5. 1946
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AAA TO EXPEND
$65,886 ON LOCAL
Farmers Are Asked to Fol
low Through on Their Con
servation Work Approved
last Spring; AAA Will Ren
der Any Possible Assist
? * ?
In an effort to obtain maxi
mum conservation with the $65,
886 fund that has been made
available to Waiauga county
farmers through the 1946 agricul
tural conservation program. Ned
Glenn, chairman Watauga Coun
ty AAA committee, today urged
farmers to follow through on
their conservation work that was
approved on their farm plans last
"We fully realize that many
conditions may have prevented
farmers from performing the
practices as originally planned,"
he said. In such instances, Mr.
Glenn said that the county com
mittee is anxious to render every
assistance by helping these farm
ers in selecting substitute prac
Farmers finding it impossible
to carry out their original prac
tices or lo substitute others ape
being urgently requested by Mr.
Glenn to inform the AAA com
mittee immediately so that the
funds allotted to their farms may
be transferred to neighboring
farmers who need additional as
sistance and are in a position to
carry out more practices.
Practices which still can be
carru?d out in Watauga county
this fall according to good farm
ing methods are: Lime, phos
phate; winter cover crops ? Aus
trian winter peas, crimson clover,
ryegrass, hairy vetch, seeding
permanent pastures and reseed
Convention Called to Meet Sat
urday. Sept. 14. to Pick
The Republicans af Watauga
county are being asked today to
gather in convention in the court
house Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2:30
o'clock, for the purpose of nam
ing candidates for the various
county offices to be voted on in
the election of Nov, 5. The con
vention call is issued by Earl D.
Cook, chairman of the Republi
can executive committee. and
Clyde R. Greene, secretary.
Township meetings are to be
held Friday, Sept. 13. at 2:30 in
the various precincts, for the pur
pose of naming delegates to the
county convention. Under the
plan of organization, each town
ship may name one delegate for
each 25 votes or majority frac
tion thereof cast for the Repub
lican nominee for governor in the
Only Two Schools Remain Closed
Due to Teacher Shortage
The schools of Watauga county
opened their 1946-47 terms Tues
day morning, with but two ex
ceptions, and Superintendent W.
H. Walker states that these will
begin their terms just as soon as
the necessary teachers may be
obtained, It is predicted that
the overall enrollment this year
will establish new local records.
Cook and Lower Elk schools
have not as yet opened due to
inability to get teachers They
are both one-teacher schools.
Garbee Is Employed by
University of Georgia
Coach E. E. Garbee has tender
ed his resignation as director of
health and physical education at
Appalachian State Teachers Col
lege. to accept a position with
the University of Georgia, and
will establish residence at Savan
nah, where a branch of Georgia
University has been established,
particularly for the education of
Mr. Garbee will be chairman of
the division of education and in
dustrial arts, and leaves for his
new position Friday. He has
been with Appalachian since 1933
and expresses regrets at leaving
Boone to accept the more lucra
Jamestown- N. Y. ? Jimmy
Johnson, while visiting here,
wrote a letter to his mother in
Gowanda and "mailed" the letter
in a fire-alarm box. Three pum
pers. a hook and ladder truck
and, eventually, a squad car full
o / detectives responded to the
false alarm ? giving a real send
off to Jimmy's letter.
Humorous Side ol Judge Councill's
Personality Is Cited By Neighbor
WINS IN VERMONT
Raloh E. Flanders, Springfield
industrialist, who won a spirited
battle for Vermont's senatorial
nomination, tantamount to elec
tion. Flanders, 66. is former pres
ident of the Federal Reserve
Bank of Boston.
CLASS OF 41
Summer Graduation Exercises
Conducted at Appalachian
State Teachers College.
At the 43rd summer graduation
41 persons were given diplomas
by Dr. B. B. Dougherty, president
of Appalachian State Teachers
college. The address was deliver
ed by David Ovens of Charlotte,
who stressed that "teaching
teachers to teach" was one of the
most important undertakings in
the nation - Mr. Ovens 'gave un
stinted praise to Dr. Dougherty,
and stated that the institution's
unviable reputation was built
around the background and per
sonally of its head.
In this respect, Mr. Ovens
pointed out that the 1946 sum
mer semesters were composed of
1 085 students- 428 of whom were
college graduates- and 43 had
masters degrees. In all, 87 col
lege were represented by the
student body of Appalachian
State Teachers college.
The list of graduates follows:
Evelean H Anthony of CrouseJ
Mayme Askew of Folkston. Ga.. MrsJ
J Lee Barron of Macon. Ga , Nellie!
S Billings of Halls Mills, Helen Bing
ham of Boone. Sarah Blanton of Lat
timore. Virginia Burgess of Spindale,
Margaret Cade of Charleston. S. C..
Beatrice Carpenter of Forest City.
William M Christensen of Boone.
Margaret Ann Cook of Richfield. Oren
Counts of St Paul. Va . James Dry
of Norwood. Margaret Gilchrist of
Cameron, Pollyanna Gordon of Pin
nacle. Beth Glenn Grissom of Kittrell.
Cecil Hackney of Boone. Marjone
Hein of Camden, N J . Annie May
Helms of Monroe. Sarah B Horton of
Vilas. John V Idol of Boone . Lila
Jackson of Clover. S. C.. Lucile R
Jenkins of North Wilkesboro. Kathleen
Jones of Elon College. Emee Marjen
hoff of Charleston. S. C.. Wretha Marsh
of Boone, Winnie S McLean of Cricket.
Gorman Michael of Lexington. Mrs J
A Mullins of Boone. Alma Murphy of
Spartanburg, S C.. Mrs Mary Odom
of Converse. S. C., Richard C. Orsbon
of Van Noy. Marion Pearce of Folks
ton. Ga., Myra Sale of Ronda, Ester
Seawell of Moncure, Louise Blood
worth Smith of Stoneville. Mrs J L
Thompson of Dobson. Annie Thrower
of Charleston. S C.. Anne R Truitt of
Sparta, Alice Dare Watts of Purlear.
George Watts of Shelby
Clinic For Crippled
Children Sept. 18th
Dr. John S. Gaul of Charlotte,
will hold the clinic for crippled
children in the local health de
partment office on Wednesday,
Sept. 18, from 1 until 3 o'clock.
His patients are requested to
be present at this time
Intimate Story of Boone Man,
Who Became Outstanding
Lawyer and Eminent Su
perior Court Judge, as Told
by Hickory Neighbor
By ROBERT MENZIES
A glance in the Boone phone
book revealed the names of some
half-dozen Councills. bringing up
memories of one of the most able
and interesting men this state
ever had. the late Judge William
Ballard Councill. whose name in
Hickory stands next door to that
of this jackleg" writer.
The fact that such an interest
ing person as the Judge lived"
next door was a privilege indeed,
but when this outstanding mem
Jser of the North Carolina bar
passed on in recent years, though
there were eulogies aplenty- one
of the Judge's most wonderful
traits- his unfailing sense of
humor- seemed to come in for
no mention at all. And that, it
seems to this writer- was the
greatest quality of all on his part.
To fully know about the Jud
ge's home in Hickory you had to
know about Kling and Mary Hor
ton. both colored ex -slaves it
seems, who occupied comfortable
quarters in the upstairs rear of
the Councill house. Kling, a pil-;
lar in the colored Methodist!
Episcopal church- and Mary were!
as much a part of the family ns1
any one else maybe more so if
Kling was to be belived.
Speaking of Kling they still
tell around Hickory of the time n
visiting preacher was holding
forth at a revival at the M. E.
church and, knowing that Brother
Horton was a leader in the flock
called upon him to pray. Praying
in public, it seems, was not one
of Kling's accomplishments, but
he arose and mumbled several
sentences- then burst out:
"Pray yo'self- suh- that's what
we're payin' you for."
But to get back to the Judge,
the Boone boy who married "Bet
ty" Coffey- studied law under
Colonel Folk down in the valley,
and rose to prominence as a Caro
lina barrister Only recently the
writer was guest in the summer
home of Judges Charles Daniels
of New York City ? the summer
home is at Franklin, 70 miles west
of Asheville ? brother of .Tosephus
and until recently Commissioner
of Indian Affairs for New York
"Judge Councill was one of the
greatest lawyers the state ever
had." he said "I understand he
had his share of troubles- but
'Whom the Lord Loveth He chas
The fact that the Judge's path
was not a rosy one makes his
wonderful sense of humor all the
more interesting. Much of that
humor as the writer knows it is
tied up with my mother- who ntill
lives next door to Mrs. Councill.
for the lawyer took a particular
delight in teasing my mother.
Seated comfortably on his wide
porch one summer evening before
dark, the Judge spied Mother
hurrying down the street on her
way to play the pipe organ at the
I irst Presbyterian church ? for
Wednesday night prayer meeting
it must have been. A leading
Episcopalian himself, and noting
Mother's dignified air as she
| went down the hill with a load
of hymn books under her arm. the
Judge called out loudly enough
for all the neighbors to hear:
"Hasten school girl to thy task."
I Mother was furious, but she
still laughs about it. Then there
was the time Mother was going
out of the yard driving Moxie
the last horse we had before buy
ing a car. Fearful lest the horse's
tail become fouled up in the reins
she was holding the reins high,
and this gave her the appearance
of putting on airs. So the Judge,
(Continued on page 8)
Boone Quarterback Club Holds
Meeting and Elects Officers
[ The Boone Quarterback Club
Iheld its second meeting in the|
Appalachian College bookstore
Tuesday evening, and the slate
of officers and committee mem-|
bers were completed.
Raleigh Cottrell presented thel
plans for the club to co-sponsor
with the American Legion the'
carnival which is in town this'
week, while Coach Klucie Stew
art exhibited several football
pictures of the Oklahoma Aggies, I
which were enjoyed by the mem-1
The meeting was adjourned to
meet in the college gymnasium
at 7:30, Sept. 19.
That the club is creating a wide
interest if, shown by its growth
in one week, with a paid mem
bership of 20 men to date, and
the goal is set at 40 for the next
meeting. Membership is by in
vitation only. Charter members
to date are: Howard Cottrell. Ra
leigh Cottrell, Paul Winkler, Bar
nard Dougherty, Hal Barlow, Pat
McGuire, Bob Agle, Gordon
Winkler, Flucic Stewart, Kenneth
Linney, Joe Crawford, Dick Kel
j ley. Guy Hunt. C. K. Marion.
iLewis Reece, A. E. Hamby, Jr.,
iPeck Holshouser, John E. Brown.
I Jr., Grady 1 Farthing, Councill
Cooke. Ralph Winkler, Bub
[Teams. Wade Brown. Gordon
Nash, Frank Payne, Tommy Os
borne, Fisher Suns. Jim Coun
jcill, John Wellborn. Joe Todd,
[Morris Barnett and L R. Fisher.
| Officers and committees are as
President, J. Paul Winkler;
Ivice-presndent, Kenneth Linney;
secretary-treasurer, Howard Cot
Membership committee: Bob
'Agle, Fisher Sims, Pat McGuire.
Bylaws committee: Flucie
iStewart. chairman; Joe Craw
Iford, Raleigh Cottrell, Wade E.
Board of directors: J. Paul
Winkler, Kenneth Linney, How
iard Cottrell, A. E. Hamby, Jr..
Barnard Dougherty, Tommy Os
! borne. Ernest Sims,
i Entertainment: Councill Cooke,
chairman; J. Edgar Brown, 4r .
Publicity: Bob Agle, J Paul
FARM BUREAU IS
Local Unit Now Has 150 Mem
bers, and Vigorous Mem
bership Campaign Will
Start Next Week and Con-|
tinue Through Month of
The Watauga County Farm
Bureau announces the opening of
a concerted membership cam
paign to start next week, and
continue throughout the remain
der of September with a goal of
600 members of the organization,
and tentative plans call for a
huge farmers rally and picnic at
the conclusion of the membership
Realizing the necessity for
farmers to pool their strength to
help solve their postwar prob
lems, the Farm Bureau is mak
ing an effort to organize the
farmers the same as industry, la-j
bor and professional groups. All
these have found strength in uni
tv. and the sppnsors of the farm!
organization realizes that with
out organization agriculture can
not be adequately protected.
Mr. Clyde R. Greene, president
of the local Farm Bureau unit, in
defining the organization says:
"The farm Bureau is a million
farm families, bound together for
iour common cause ? to work for a
lair share of the national income
for all farmers, sharecroppers,
tenants and landowners, all alike,
operating in 46 states on the com
bined farm judgment of farm peo
ple from the county to the state
?nd on to the national office inj
Washington, D. C.. where one of
its men meets with every com
mittee that has anything to do
with agricultural legislation. It
was organized to form the miss
ing link between the farmers and
existing agencies working oni
Benefits of Membership
Under the heading, "W h y
Should 1 Join the Farm Bureau?"
the following is given ous by the
"60% of all farmers in the na
tion who are members of any
'arm organization are members
of the Farm Bureau.
"1 want a fair chance for my
self and family.
I want to help other farm fam
"I do not want my neighbors
to help pull my part of the load.
"I know that only by working
together will it be possible to
keep a farm program.
"I do not know of any other or- 1
ganization that has done more to
keem farm prices at a fair level."
In line with the start of the
membership* campaign in the
Farm Bureau, the Boone Mer
chants Association has subscrib
ed a full page advertisement to
day. and other merchants are
calling attention to the campaign
in individual advertisements.
Newsprint Paper is
Acute Problem for
The pressing problem of news
print paper which has risen
118 per cent in price since the
rock-bottom figure of the de
pression year of 1933. is influ
encing newspapers, large and
small throughout the country to
increase subscription rates, re
ports indicate, and in some in
stances publication was suspen
ded when the war's end made
the problem more acute.
An examination of records
show that a wave of increased
subscription rates has swept the
country, and one newspaper in
Batavia, N. Y.. published for 129
years, has been discontinued "be
cause of the high cost of paper,
labor and replacement of ma
Other advances in paper costs
are expected during the last quar
ter of the year, and the Watauga
Democrat has manged to offer
the county paper for the pre-war
price of $1.50 per year so far, to
local readers. This will have to
be changed before too long, it
would appear, but for the present
renewals will be accepted for one
?ear only at the present rate.
Resources of Local
Bank Four Million;
The rMourcM of the Boon*
branch of th* Northwestern
Bank Tuesday reached the sum
of four million dollars to set a
new record in local banking
circles, and the institution con
tinues its steady growth with- 1
out interruption, says W. D.
At the same time, it is re
vealed deponits at the Boone
bank hive reached the sum of
$3,950,000. indicating an unpar
alalled prosperity in this area.
The deposits have shown a gain
of a million dollars in a 12
HE1RNES PLAYS WITH BLOCKS
Smiling happily as psychologists test his reactions with toy
i blocks similar to those used by children, William Heirens, center,
| confessed slayer of Suzanne Degnan, undergoes a new brain test in
Chicago To the left is Dr. Granville Fisher; on the right is Dr.
I Myrtle Astrachan.
Marshal Josef Broz Tito, pre
mier of Yugoslavia, preparing for
the arrival of U. S. Ambassador
Richard C. Patterson, to discuss
the 48-hour ultimatum for the
release of interned American
airmen. The flyers were releas
ed an hour before getting the ul
MRS. THOMAS IS
TAKEN BY DEATH
Widow of Butler Thomas Dies
in New York; Funeral Serv
ices Held Tuesday
Mrs. Wilmina Hydiick Thomas,
widow of Butler T.lnmas, who
was a resident of the North Fork
section of Watauga county, died
in New York, where she was
making her home, on August 27th.
The cause of Mrs. Thomas' death
was not learned, but it was said
that she died suddenly.
The body was returned to the
North Fork section where funeral
services were held Tuesday at 2
o'clock, burial being in the
Immediate survivors are two
Mrs. Thomas who was a native
South Carolinian, and Appala
chian colegp graduate, had lived
in Washington for a number of
years, where she was a secretary
in the Ways and Means commit
tee More recently she had held
a secretarial position with a firm
of incom?- tax specilists in New
York She was well known in
REV. J. C. CANIPE TO
LECTURE AT ANTIOCH
CHURCH SEPTEMBER 8
Rev. J. C. Canipe, pastor of the
Boone Baptist Church, will deliv
er a lecture on his trip to Pales
tine at Antioch Baptist Curch on
Friday evening, September 8, at
,7:30 o'clock. All the people
Ithroughout that section of the
jcounty are invited to attend.
I United States files with U. N.
historic pledge on the World
? FRIDAY NIGHT
Paul W ab?r and His Music to B?
Fratur* of Evnt by
The Worthwhile Woman's Club
is sponsoring a dance at the Ap
palachian High School Friday
evening from 8:30 to 11:45, at
which time it is hoped that a con
siderable sum of money may be
secured for the benefit of the
High School recreation program.
Paul Weber and his orchestra
will render the dance munic and
appear in concert during the
evening, and the public is cordi
ally invited to be present for the
season's musical treat. Admission
will be $1.50 per couple.
The largest poultry exposition
to be held in the East this year
is scheduled for Charlotte, Sep
tember 11 to 14.
JUDGE GWYN TO
Judge Sink Finds it Impossible to
Preside at September Term
Judge Allen H Gwyn of Reids
ville. will nf'sidi at the fall term
of Watauga super or court. whir',!
is scheduled to convene on Sent.
16 for a two weeks' term, it is
announced by Court Clerk Aus
tin E. South, who states tfiat
Judge Gwyn is substituting for
Judge Hoyle Sink, of Lexington,
who found it impossible to be
here at that time.
The term is for the trial of both
criminal and civil actions, and is
set for two weeks. About 75
cases have been docketed on the]
criminal slate, which is consider-]
ably heavier than was the case
during the war period. Drunken
driving and violation of the pro
libition laws lead in the indict
ments. The civil calendar is
lengthly. but it is unlikely that
it will be cleared. A number of
divorce actions will likely be|
disposed of. however.
! SAFETY THEME
Figures Are Given Showing Ap-l
palling Accident Toll in
Safety was the theme of the
meeting of the Boone I-.ions Club
Tuesday night, with S. M. Ayers,
chairman of the safety commit
tee. in charge of the program.
Mr. Ayers, Howard Goforth of
Coble Dairies, and R. W. Wat
kins of Appalachian College fac
Mr. Goforth spoke on safe
guarding milk from source to
consumer and emphasized the
need for more adequate distribu
tion to consumers, particularly
Mr. Watkins. in speaking of
safety education, cited the need
for lowering the accident rate in
tne nation. He said that in 1945. (
100.000 accidental deaths occur-|
red. and that 33,000 of these oc-1
curred in homes and on farms.
Autos accounted for 28,000; pub
lic, occupational and military ac
counted for 15,500, 16.000 and 6,
545. respectively These figures'
do not include disabilities. Wat
kins gave education as the hope]
for correction of this condition,]
with civic organizations sponsor-}
ing special projects.
Mr. Ayers gave pointers
prevention of home accidents due
to faulty use of electricity. His
committee is undertaking to cor-|
rect certain street conditions
which present hazards to school1
Guests for the evening were!
R. W Watkins, George Rankin
and Howard Goforth.
Hi SCHOOL ASSN. i
Educational Group Expaciad to]
Nam? Naw Praaidanl to
I The annual meeting of the I
lAppalachian High School As
sociation will be held Saturday
September 7, at 2 o'clock in the
men's gymnasium of Appalachian
State Teachers College, and E. E.
Garbee, president, in calling the
meeting, states that it will be a
particularly important gathering,
and insists that all principals,
coaches, and other interested
Since Mr. Garbee plans to be
away during mpst of the school
year, he states that it will be ad
visable and necessary for the As
sociation to elect a new president
at this time. Mr. Garbee's present
plans are to attend New York
Cove Creek Minister Succeeds
Rev. J. C. Canipe as Mod
erator of Three Forks As
sociation; Recent Session
Had Large Attendance
Rev. H. K Middleton, pastor
of the Cove Creek Baptist
Church, was named moderator of
the Three Forks Baptist Associa
tion at the one hundred and sixth
session of the organization held at
Rutherwood Baptist Church last
Rev. Mr. Middleton succeeds
Rev. J. C. Canipe, Boone Baptist
pastor, who leaves the end of the
month for his new duties as sec
retary of evangelism for the Bap
tist State convention.
The retiring moderator was pre
sented a Bible by the assemblage,
and a vote of thanks for his work
during his two years' tenure as
Other officers elected are:
[Clyde R. Greene, clerk-treasurer;
[Rev. R. C. Eggers, vice-modera
itor; W. J. Farihing, BTU direc
C. J Farthing, song leader; C. J.
jtor; W. J. Farthing, historian;
Farthing, Sunday School direc
tor; Wade E. Brown, hospital di
rector; Russell D. Hodges, or
The association is now com
posed of 42 churches. Two
churches. White Rock at Banner
Elk. and Green Valley at Reese,
viofe added at the current ses
? ,n. There are 7,200 members
in the churches of the association.
The largest crowd in more than
a decade attended the session
held last week, it is stated.
CLUB IS FORMED
Dr. Walter Keys Elected Presi
dent of Rotary Organisation;
Officers and directors were
[elected at the organization
meeting of the Blowing Rock
Rotary club held last night, with
Dr. Walter Keys, pastor of
Rumple Memorial church, chosen
president. Grover C. Robbins
was elected vice president; O. W.
I The directors elected are Dr.
Keys- Mr. Stone- H. C. Holshouser
G. C. Robbins. Clarence Berry
,man Mayor J. H. Winkler and
Paul Coffey. The members of the
club elected the board of direct
ors and the board elected the of
Speakers at the meeting were
Gail McMillan of the West Jeffer
son club, which sponsored the
new club, and Clyde Short of
Shelby. Officiating at the cere
mony was Holt McPherson of
Shelby, district governor of Ro
| Rotarians were here for the
meeting from Jefferson, West Jef
ferson- Lenoir- Shelby- Boone
[and cities and towns in Georgia,
iFlorida and Albama. About 60
Brief, Very Brief
Federal court in Georgia up
holds the unit-vote system.
G A. R.'s commander says it
will meet "to the last man."
Continued heavy runs of live
stock cut market prices sharply.
C. C. Davis urges i-xporting
"know-how to help feed world.
CPA cracks down on the hoard
ing of building supplies.
Baseball officials set Oct. 2 for
the start of world series.
Chilean trying to swim the
Channel quits half mile off
Record peacetime military bud
get provides force of 1-670,000
United States Chamber of Com
merce calls for balanced budget.
Women's Bureau advocates Set
ter laws on working women.
Census Bureau says that po
tential husbands are plentiful.
Budget director challenged on
wartime rail freight rebates.
Educators' . conference calls
shortage of teachers world-wide.
WAA to expand surplus sales
to foreign nations.
Record corn crop is still in pro
spect despite dry areas
715 Wacs, all volunteers- de
part for duty in European rone.
"Dream cars" are far from
reality, survey of exports shows.
OPA rules on profits law ex
pected to bar a price rise flood.
Total individual incomes esti
mated at $152 744 000,000
M. I. T. scientists will study
cosmic rays 50,000 feet in the air.
Mitscher links Navy's stay in
Europe with peace signing.
Army is recalling some officers
for special assignments.
Postoffice plans 10-cent air
mail to any point in the world.
Retail credit sales Bhow big
gain over last August.
U. S. action aimed to stop ex
ports to restricted nations.
Anderson says he expects new
food appeals in the winter.
Blandy proposes tests of atomic
bomb until it Is outlawed.