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BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 1948. ? FIVE CENTS A COPY
SHOPS AND STORES of the
city ". . . particularly dry goods
emporiums . . . take on new ac
tivity, as the bright new garments
for the Easter wardrobes began to
arrive . . . Seems that merchants
have good line of apparel for the
gratification of the pre-Easter
shopper, and that with a good
deal of money still in the hands
of the masses, the parade of the
well -dressed will be fully as spec
tacular as in the immediate past.
_ . . womenfolk are beginning to
-make their plans for themselves
and the kiddies . . eagerly watch
ing the show windows along King
and trying 'to find just the shade
of something that will jibe with
something else without encounter
ing the disastrous clash of the
? * ?
EASTER, celebrated by Chris
tians. as the day Christ rose
twui the tomb, has come to be
regarded also as the beginning
of spring ? the time to discard
woolens, and the flannels and
to breeze forth clad in the
lighter and more colorful
raiment of rayons and cotton ?
piques and ginghams, and all
the other fabrics which lend
themselves to beauty and dain
tiness. rather than to warmth
. . . the folks just have to dress
up for Easter . . . It's just the
time of year, perhaps . . . rather
than a disposition to turn a re
ligious festival into a fashion
? ? ?
ALONG THE STREET . . . Ros
coe Coleman comes up from Ta
bor City to look after his tobacco
interests here, and to leave word
with the farmers that they should
have plenty of plants, and put out
their full allotments this year . .
seems that the growers of the
weed are going to receive high
prices again . . . that's the dope
anyway . . . Police officer cour
teously placing the coin in park
ing meter for lady motorist . . .
meeting a bus at the narrow in
tersection of South Depot and
King T V . Just isn't room. Had to
back up half a block so the big
vehicle could enter the street . . .
often have the same experience
at King and South Streets . . .
desperate need of a new through
street by the bus station to ac
commodate buses, and through
travel . . . dogs more prevalent
about the streets as the days go
hy . . . army recruiters making
Weekly visits to postoffice build
ing . . . getting a few recruits all
along . . ? getting the mortality
information from Richard Kelly,
who is also county coroner, and
a mighty good fellow . . . still we
are in no particular hurry to pa
tronize his establishment ... he
leaves you kind of cold. *
"YES," said an early Monday
visitor to the Democrat office,
"tome f61k? around town are
drinking too much, no doubt
about it. sometime* they don't
?gt th? bottle set down quick
?nough and suffer serious con
sequences . . . However I've
n*rer been one to want to kick
a fallow whoa he's down ? have
always triad to help him to his
feel. I don't drink liquor ? ner -
?er did ? but a lot of otherwise
-good folks do? soma take too
much, but society can never be
improved by striking a man
whan ha stumbles by the way.
That's the time ha needs help
and lots of times he can be
straightened out ... I believe
in lending a hand!"
* ? ?
THIS OBSERVATION, the first
made to us this week . . . started
the day off right . . . Missed di
vine servicA yesterday . . . but
felt I'd heard a sermon Monday
morning . . . our visitor left us
with a little warmer feeling to
ward him, and a bit brighter out
look on life ... a certain man
went down from Jerusalem to Jer
icho and fell among theives . . .
he passed by on the other side . .
A certain Samaritan had compass
ion on him . . .
? ? ?
YE8. there is too much drink
tag, there- is too much of other
disorder line** la this old world
. . , j too much of salfishnaaa.
and lint of dishonor and of
??natal cnaaednees ? but tbeaa's
a good deal on the bright and
tba right side of the sheet . . .
among the things being the man
who don't take the time to cuss
a downfalien neighbor . . . he's
too busy dressing his wounds
and trying to help him back in
tha path . . . without bonds of
kinahip or evan intimate friend
ship. ha help* Just offhand . . .
it's not a question of what caus
?ad him to fall ... ha just aims
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David Tear. 9 Mill Gw. Dwighi
D. Eisenhower th* first sheet of
Easier seals to launch tha annual
?ranipatgn of tha National Society
(or crippled children and adults.
A bona deficiency which doctor!
assure him can be cured, require*
David to uae crutches.
Dies In Bristol
Mrs. Charles' J. Harbor, 59, of
Bristol, Tennessee died Saturday
morning at 6:30 in King's Moun
tain Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were con
ducted at 2:30 p. m. Monday at
Rosemont Presbyterian Church
in Bristol. Burial was in Shelby
Hills cemetery in Bristol.
Relatives from this county
who attended the funeral were
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Miller, Mr.
and Mrs. Earl Miller, Mr. and
Mrs. Arlie Miller, Mr. and Mrs.
Glenn Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Miller, Mrs. Maggie Wilson,
Charles, Blaine and Dan Miller.
Surviving are her husband,
four adopted children, Carl and
Mary Jo Harbour of Bristol, Eva
Lee Harbour and Mrs Aubrey
Frence, Princeton. W. Va? and a
half sister. Mrs. Albert Dickerson,
Benson, Arizona. ?
Mat Series Will
Start Here Friday
The Carolines Wrestling tourna
ment opens Friday night at Appa
lachian with fifty wrestlers enter
ed from Carolina, High Point,
Western Carolina Teachers. Win
ston-Salem, Appalachian High
School, . Jamestown High School,
Greensboro High School and the
1947 A. A. U. Champion,* Appa
lachian State Teachers College
Appalachian has won every
Carolina A. A. U. tournament she
'ias entered, starting back in 1934.
The High Point College team will
push the local team for the hon
ors this year. High Point will have
the national champion, Charles
Parks, in the 121 -pound class. The
tournament starts at 7:00 o'clock
Friday night and continues until
In Virginia Burns
Smithey's Department store,
one of many in the Smithey
chain of stores owned by N. B.
Smithey, of Wilkeaboro, was to
tally destroyed by fire in Damas
cus, Va., Friday night.
The fire, of undertermined
origin, destroyed the large
frame building and a large stock
of merchandise. It was a com
plete department store and was
well stocked. Some insurance
was carried on the property butl
the loss was only partially cover
AS RED CROSS
Dr. Bond Gives List of Those
Making Gifts in Annual
Campaign; Goal of $1,886 Is
Set for County; Names of
Recent Donors Given.
Dr. W. G. Bond, chairman of
the Red Cross campaign in Boone
releases the names of the follow
ing local contributors to the an
nual campaign of the organiza
The Red Cross quota for this
county has been set at $1,886,
and while contributions seem to
be coming in rather rapidly, The
Democrat was unable to gather
information as to what percen
tage of the fiscal goal had been
raised at this time. However the
contributors are as follows:
ScWnc* Building CoU??.. K. R.
Miss Darien Dorm SI.. Dr and Mr*.
Paul Graff J., Miss Idnbell Ledbettrr
1.. Dr J T. C Wrlnht S.. W A
Hawkinson 2 . A. G. Montgomery 1..J
F Ray Derrick 1.. Starr Stacy I.. A R.
Smith S. I
County Building, Mrs. R. D. Hodges.
Betty Matheson $1 .. Dr Robert
King 2.. Midline McCain 1.. Francis
stephins 1.. Dave Mast 2.. Sylvia Jean
[Perry i.# Forest Smith 1 . Tom Wilson
I.. M L. Shopherd 1., Mrs Ruth Mc
Connell I.. Alma Hodges 1.. Austin
Clawso 1. Lionel Ward 2. Mrs Milt
Greer 2.. Mrs. Maude* Ingle 1 . C. H.
Kirkman. Jr. I., Kathleen Hodges 1.
Gragg St.. Mrt. Robert Harrington
E. F Troutman $1.. Beh Estes 1.,
Mrs Glenn Miller 1 . Edmisten Furni
ture 2.. Mr and Mrs Ben Moore 1..
Stewart Winkler 1.. Robert Harring
ton 1., Mr. and Mrs J. K Brown 2..
Mr. and Mrs. John Green 1., Mrs. W.
H Gragg 1.
College Cafeteria. John Wellborn.
H. C. Eppenson >1.. M. O. Coffey
1 . Conley Yates 1.. John Wellborn 5.,
Vivian Wood 5.. Walter Brewer 1.,
Charles Clontz 1., Glannie Ford .50.
Mr*. John With row 1.. Bill Linker 1?
Hope Brown .50, John Withrow 1.,
Albert Yates 1.. Fred Winebarfer I.,
Lillian Parker 1.. Retha Hollars 1..
Dwight Maples .50 Edd Garvis .50.
Don Fletcher .50. Charlie Rhodes 1.,
Dean Norris 1., Thelma Miller 1..
Lucy Culler 1.. Edith Greene 1.. Earl
Blankenship 50, Kenneth England
5 0 , James Evans 30. Dot Johnson .50,
Mandy Hodges .50. David Norris 1.,
|Harley Jolly 50. nia Storie 1.. Sue Mc
Gradv 50. Mrs. Betty Raga 1.. Helen
Burch 1.. Vivian Vannoy 1.
I Grand Blvd.. Mrs W. W. Chester/
1 Mrs. Frank Miller $5 . H N Hahn
Cherry Park. Mrs. Len Hagamaa.
Worker i> V
? Major and Mrs. John Thomas $3..
V>*. Len D. Ha* a man 5.
Depot Streot, Loyd Isaac*, Worker
W. B. Swift ft.. Moretz Furniture
1.. Bus Terminal 5- Tarheel Tori S.
Howard Street, Mrs. Lionel Watson
Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Watson
Mrs. Hale Vance 1.. Mrs D J CottreU
1. Mrs Flov Mast 1.. Mrs Lillian
Hopkins 1 . Mrs. Herbert Adams 1.,
Morris Casev 1.. Mrs. E M. Cook I..
Mrs. J. R. Craven 1.
Stanberry Circle, Mrs. Ralph Greer
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Culler $1..
Mkv W R Spalnhour 1.
Gulf Cafe. 1 T. Bernett. Worker
John O. Cook. Jr. $1.. Andrew
Jackson 1.. Boone Super Market S..
Gulf Cafe 3.. J. D. Shoe make 3.. Ro
bert Gilley 1.. Don Hodges 1.. B F.
Bolick 1.. Jack Ward 1 W R Conner
1.. Fred Earp 1.. R. H Hagler .50,
T-eroy Kerpatrick JO.
Bank Bldg., Alfred Adams. Worker
L. H Smith $6.. Paul Winkler 5..
F M Payne 5.. Grace Flick 1.. Mr and
Mrs. W D. Farthing 2.. Watauga
Bldg and Loan 10.. W. H. Gragg 1..
J E. Holahouser 10.. A 4 P Tea Co.
Hunts Deal. Store, Oay Hunt. Worker
Hunts Dept. Store $23.. Mrs. Dallas
Hodges 1., Roeedna Billings 1.. Mr*.
n. M. Grogan l..#Faye Ray field 1.,
Minnie Dare Greene 1.
Faculty St., Mrs. Wiley Smith. Worker
Mr and Mrs. Julian Yoder $5.. Starr
Stacy 1.. H R Eggers 5.. F. L. Hoover
2 . Mrs J P Houck 1.. H D Knight
2 Dr Wiley Smith 3.. Don Camp 1.
Blowing Rock Road. Mlkftred Tuaaetl
Mrs. T. Len Cook SI.. Mrs Vera
Tunnell 1.. Mrs. Howard Steelman J0,
Roy Hagaman 1.. Mrs W. G. Hartzog
I.. Mrs Mae Miller .5 Mildred Tun
nell 1.. Mrs. W. J. Kelsey 2 . Juanita
Hodges 85. Mrs. R. K. Bingham 1..
Capt. Carlos DeLima 2.. Stewart Wink
ler 1? Mrs W. B. Norris 1
Winkler Motor Co. Paul Walsh
Winkler Motor Co. *25
Town Hall, Mrs. Tbelmu Dent
Mrs. Thelma Dent $1.. Mrs. Ben
Miller 1.. Verne Greene 1.. Gordon
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APPALACHIAN HIGH WHS IX
TRI-COUHTY CAGE TOURHEY
In the finals of the tri-county
basketball tournament, Appalach
ian High School finally edged out
Jefferson High School. 28-25. to
become the 1048 champion of the
The game was mostly defensive
as both teams were cautious. Ap
palachian had the advantage of
height and won the game on the
rebounds. Jefferson however, han
dled the ball beautifully.
The Wert Jefferson girls won
the 1048 championship from Jef
ferson by the score of 20-19. The
West Jefferson girls won the
game in the final minutes of
Awards to the champions and
runner up team were made by
the following stores in Boone:
First place, boys. Hunt's De
Second place; boys. Farmers
Hardware & Supply Co.
? First place, girls, Boone Tire &
Second place, girls. Home Elec
Mr, Hunt presented the award
to the Appalachian team, while
Mr. Russell Hodges made the aw
ard for the Farmers Hardware
Mr. Guy Hunt and Mr. R. W.
Watkins will speak to the stud
ents of Appalachian High School
Wednesday morning. At that tim|
Mr. Hunt will present the chaiW
pionship trophy to the school. ]
- SYMBOLIZING U. S.-TURKISH AMITY
I V ?*' i
| Andrew* air fore* base. Washington. D. C.. is host to 45 Turkish air officers who hare com* to tha
Unit ad Statas to familiar i*? themsalvas with our P-10 shooting stars and other modern 0. S. air
craft. Tha instruction of tha air officers is part of our Turkish aid program. . ' :
Brother Of Mrs.
Sylva ? William Enloe Moore,
[44, engaged in the automobile
business here for the past year,
died at his home Friday morning
of a heart attack. His health ap
parently was good until the sud
Mr. Moore was the son of the
late Judge Fred Moore and a
brother of Judge Dan K. Moore.
He was a native of Asheville but
spent most of his life in Jack
son county, having returned with
his mother to her home in Jack
son county following the death
of his father in Asheville. He was
educated in the public schools of
Sylva and the University of
In 1934, he was married to
Miss Elizabeth Rogers of Glen
dale, Calif., who, with their
daughter, Carolyn, survives.
. Other survivors include two
sisters, Mrs. D. M. Hall of Sylva
and Mrs. James Councill of
Boone, and a brother, Frederick
Moore of Florence, Ala.
Funeral services were held
Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock
at the Sylva Methodist church, of
which he was a member. The
Rev. W. Q. Gregg, pastor, officiat
ed. Interment was in the Web
Pallbearers will ' be Dan Alli
son, C. N. Dowdle, James Can
non, Jr., Dick Wilson, Reg Enloe,
T. E. Reed, E. E. Bain and Dave
The High School oratorical con
test. sponsored by the American
Legion for all the high schools in
Watauga county is to be held at
the high school building in Boone
on Friday March 12, at 7:30 p. m.
Three prizes will be given, one
by the county, and the others by
the local American Legion Post.
The thirtieth district- contest is
to be held on March 16 at Valle
Crucis school at 7:30 p. m.
The division , contest will be
held in Asheville on March 27th.
Chas. Younce is the county
chairman for the contest and J.
W. Norris, the district chairman.
Officers Named '
By Eastern Star
The March meeting of Snow
Chapter 230, Order of the East
ern Star was held in the Masonic
Hall, with Mis. Lena A. Geer,
worthy matron presiding. Now
officers (or the ensuing year
were elected as follows: worthy
matron, Mrs. Delete W. Moretz,
worthy patron, Mr. T. Milt Greer;
aaaiciate matron. Bin. Martha D.
Watkins; associate patron, Mr.
Guy Hunt; secretary. Miss Helen
Under down; treasurer, Mrs. Tina
H. Greer; conductress, Mrs. Nina
M. Martin; and associate con
ductress, Mrs. Nell C. Linney.
? The ljst of appointive officers
to be announced later, and a pub
lic installation will be held
Thursday night March 18th, at
7:30 p. m.
"What am I doing here." iha rob
in wonders. as freezing waathar
raplacaa recent springlike tem
peratures. Robins ha-r* flown in
to lhi? araa in luga number* dur
ing the past law weeks. heedless
of the groundhog* warning.
Win Cage Event
The Boone Legion all-stars won
'lie gold medal all-star tourna
ment by defeating the Newland
all-stars. Saturday night by a
score of 43-36.
The Boone team defeated such
teams as Linville. 44 to 34; Tip
ton Hill, 71-65; Blowing Rock in
the semi-finals 54-30, and New
land in the finals 43-38.
George Lancaster of the Boone
team was voted as the outstand
ing player of the tournament, al
so being named on the all-touma
ment team. All members of the
Boone team received gold basket
balls, and a championship trophy.
Members of the winning team
are as follows; J. D. Miller, John
Graham, Roy Marsh, George
Lancaster, Emory Stephens,
I Ernest Lewis, Bill Kirkpatrick,
land Arlis Hodges. Guy Shirley
land Orville Love acted as mana
| Communism's hold in Asia de
clared challenge to Christianity.
R. L. Norris, 56/ -
Rites On Friday
Hickory, March 4 ? Robert Lee
Norris, fifty-six, of 1125 Twen
tieth street, died at the home at
eight o'clock Wednesday night
after a lingering illness.
.Funeral services will be con
ducted at the First Baptist
church at three o'clock Friday
afternoon, with the pastor, Rev,
R. K. Benfield officiating. Burial
will be in Oakwood cemetery.
The body, which will be taken
to the residence from the Hickory
Funeral home at five o'clock
this afternoon, will .lie in state
at the church from 2 jO" until
Mr. Norris, born in Watauga
county April 19, 1891, a son of
the late William D. Norris and
Rebecca Parlier Norris, is sur
vived by his wife, the former
Miss Virgie Brannock; two
daughters. Mrs; Everette Drumm
and Mrs. E. R. Robinette of
Hickory; two sons, William G.
Norris of Hickory and Ben T.
.Norris of Norfolk, Va.; four
'sisters, Mrs. John Rosebalm of
Bristol, Tenn., Mrs. Henry Ragan
of Boone, Mrs. Scott Norris of
Vilas and Mrs. Hunter Peters of
Bristol; two brothers, W. C.
Norris and J. G. Norris of Boone;
and nine grandchildren.
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The annual employer-employee
banquet of the Boone Merchants
Association will be held Thursday
night at 7 p. m. in the Home Eco
nomics department of the Appa
lachian High School.
The banquet will take the form
of a ladies' night event and a pro
gram of entertainment has been
planned, without a speaker. The
program will be in charge of a
special entertainment committee
which is composed of Russell
D Hodges, Raleigh Cottrell and
W H. Gragg.
EDWIN SPRUNG, LOCAL -MAN,
PIONEERED IN GAS BUGGIES
Edwin Sprung, of Boone, who
grinds lawn mowers, and takes
care of other needs of the com
munity along mechanical lines,
a fid who does some gardening on
the side, was a pioneer in the de
velopment of the gasoline auto
mobile, it is revealed by the fol
lowing article published in a re
cent issue of the Detroit Hews:
William Luttermoser, 5558 Iv
anhoe avenue, was down in
Boone, N. C., visiting hie uncle,
Edwin Sprung, a former Detroit
er and a pioneer in the develop
ment of the gasoline auto, like
many another in these parts.
Mr Sprung is now in his 80s,
and his pride now runs to straw
berries and potatoes, rather than
to carburetors and maknetos. But
he still maintains a small shop
on his property at 120 Oak Street
in Boone, just for tinkering pur
Old timers will remember Ed
win Sprung from Ms connection
with the Huber Auto Co., which
did a thriving business on the
premise* of the old Biddle House,
famous hotel, on Jefferson ave
nue. between Randolph and Bates
Is has always b*? a source
of pride with him that ha mada
the first gasolioe-propallad de
livery car for the Detroit Haws.
Ha transformed it from an old
electric car aad sharp mechaa
somathing In the way of a
He also made the first three
sightseeing automobiles to be us
ed on Belle Isle. Nephew William
Lutteromser drove one of that in
But Pioneer Sprung's mechan
ical genius runs back before the
days of the horseless carriage.
He made the first chainlets bicy
cle, and the racing kings, like
Eddie Bald and Tom Cooper, us
ed to engage him to build their
mounts- for. special races.
HE'LL RUN IF
HE IS CHOSEN
Missourian to Seek Twrm fin
His Own Bight; Dixie Lead
ers Had Hoped He Might
Not Run; Remains Adamant
On Civil Rights Issue.
President Truman announced
Monday that the will run for a
full term in the White House, if
he gets the nod of the Democrats
when they assemble in convention
in Philadelphia next summer.
He also made known that his
civil rights stand is unchanged in
spite of the revolt of Southern
Democrats against the proposal.
Democratic national chairman
J. Howard McGrath gave' both the
announcements to the press, af
ter conferring with Mr. Truman
at the White House.
"The President has authorized
me to say that if he is nominated
by the National Democratic con
vention he will accept and run."
This was the announcement re
porters and others had tried to
get from the President for sev
It blasted the hopes publicly
voiced by some Southern leaden
that he would withdraw from the
1948 presidential race.
Mr. Truman has been bitterly
assailed by these leaders for ask
ing Congress to pass Federal laws
pgainst lynching, the poll tax re
quirement, job discrimination on
racial grounds, and other matters
bearing on negro-white relation
Will he withdraw or modify any
of his recommendations in view
of the Dixie outcry? McGrath
gave Mr. Truman's answer:
"The President's position is un
changed since he delivered his
message to Congress, and I might
say that in my view his position,
as expressed in the message, is
as old as the constitution itself
and as new as the 1944 Democrat
McGrath and Gael Sullivan, the
Democratic National committee's
executive director, also talked
with the President about the Pal
estine situation ? reportedly a fac
tor in the Democratic loss of a
Bronx Congressional seat recent
ly to a Wallace supporter.
McGrath's report of the Pales
"It affects the security of the
nation and possibly of the world
The President will continue to
handle the problem without con
sideration of its effect on poli
At a recent meeting of those
who administer the inter-church
service fund, and others interest
ed in the local welfare activity.
Dr. G. K. Moose was elected sec
retary-treasurer of the fund for
the ensuing year, and the follow
ing were named as members of
the dispersing committee:
Dr. C. H. Mock. D. L. WUcox.
M. R. Maddux, Rev. E. F. Trout
man, Mrs. F. E. Warman.
From March 1, 1947 to March 1,
1948, this organization received
the sum of $669.99, and paid out
for the relief of needy families
hospital bills, clothing and food
? $430.09, leaving a balance in the
treasury of $238.91. The contribu
tions come from the churches of
Boone, with some private contri
Apps Are Beaten
In K. C. Contest
Kansas City ? Lawrence In
stitute of Technology of Detroit
eased past Appalachian State
Teachers of Boone, with plenty
to spore here last night, 76 to 48,
in the first round of the Na
tional Intercollegiate Basketball
At the end of the first 10 min
utes Lawrence Tech was in
charge with a 27-5 lead, and led
42-18 at half time.
"BABY rtm," 7f0 POUNDS
New Orleans? When "Baby
Betty" Horrell, 750-pound aide
show entertainer, entered a hos
pital here recently, it required
six men to carry her into the hos
pital and two hospital beds had
to be bolted together for her. She
died after two weeks of treat
ment. ,, ?