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BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, MARCH 18. 1948.
FIVE CENTS A COPY
^POCfeY MORETZ, back from
Florida . . . During the three
months spent in the land of sun
shine, he built himself a house,
got acquainted with the folks in
the neghborhrod, and took out a
good^bit of time on hunting and
fishing expeditions . . . Likes the
folks down Florida way mighty
well, says they's tops when it
comes to to neighborliness . . and
he may be expected to head south
again this fall about the time the
robins go away . . . Meantime,
i?ir. Moretz, who is one of the
town's most industrious citizens,
js liable to do a Jait of trading . J
and maybe building, you can't
tell . . . during the coming sum
? ? ? ?
H. WALTER HORTON. we
learn is still in Florid* "talking
up Boon* as a racation spot
without equal anywhere in the
United States." . . . .ay, he has
^an*' cabbage, tomatoes, tur
nips, squash fresh out of his
garden . . . watermelons bloom
ing .. . ,U the seeds baring
?**n planted at Christmas
Mr. Horton wUl likely be back ,
in Boone soon to look after his
? ? ?
VISITING A BIT Sunday af
ternoon with Bob and Mrs. Agle
the little Agles, and going on
around to George Wilson's place
ior a session . . large groups of
college students passing that way
en route to the top of Howard's
the trip the
hard way . straight up the face
o( the mountain . . . more ag
gressive than the kids used to be
mn.i alWayS used the road
^ . ?ay ? ? ? took longer
but then there was little point
in saving time in that day
Having a street-side conversa
tion with our friend Martin Yates
? ? figuring out a few tot the
problems of the nation and the
world . . . reaching an agree
ment that "Uncle Joe" Stalin
is widening out too much and
needs some sort of a check rein,
V ' a quick cup of cof
fee, while Cleve Gross chats with
tallvV?i ice/:reani ? ? ? inciden
tally Cleye who is custodian at
the postoffice, maintains the fin
est lawn in town ... we can t
quite reach him when it comes to
producing a carpet of velvetv
gree" ? ? Rtpblicans hold con
vention Saturday, elect Ivy B
Wilson chairman, and EarJ D
Cook as secretary, touching off
this years political scramble
? ? ?
.h^AJT CRAGG points out
that Mr. Cook, in taking over
1 ? f?*wllon of s*cr?t?'y holds
t u ^,only lwo ?,h#r
u*,? ^ parhaps mora than
* half century . . . Clyde R.
Greene, who withdrew from the
Poat. has been secretary for 20
'*kina the job at'
?< J#TTT c- R-r. who
had held the office longer than
moat folks around here can re
??nber . . . certainly more than
? ? ?
everbody starting to
talk politiba? national, local, and
state . . Harry started the con
v***Btion awhile back with his
civil rights deal . . . local situa
tion now enters the picture
and the Demorats have begun to
map plans for a couple of red
* fu 1 Primai"y contests along about
the last of May ... Yes sir, it's
election year and Wataugans may
be expected to warm up consid
erably in the days to come .
Some folks say that we take pol
itics too seriously in this section
?we don't think so ... as long
as the folks get absorbed in elec
tions ? ? ? come out and vote
there isn't too much danger of
a dictatorship taking root in the
nation . . when people don't
value the franchise, care nothing
about voting, the way begins to
open for a government by the
few . . . even by one.
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE,
mad* ? sta lement of this tort
in Boom a tew years ago: "You
Imts a man in T?ur county?
w??y county has soma ... ha
makes an honest living, rears
Vi temily without public aid.
pays his debts, goes to church
- . 4oat drink, smoke or cuss,
plays the game fair and square,
but don't meddle in politics ?
too dirty for him ... . You call
him a good citisen ? I disagree
. . . according to my standard
of values, a man who won't
take enough interest in his gov
ernment to go out and vote ?
for somebody ? be he Democrat.
Republican, or what-not . . ,
isn't worth a tinker's dam!** . .
We've never gone quite so far
(Continued on pace 4)
One was killed and six injured
when an explosion ripped the de
?lroyer. Duncan, while en route
to Enlwetok with the nary "A"
bomb task force. Being helped
ashore by shipmate* is A. W. Jan
sen. boa'n'a mate second class,
who was badly burned about the
BAND GAINS ^
Gordon Nashs Band Rates
"Very Good" In District
The Appalachian High School
Band and four local soloists won
"excellent" and "very good" rat
ings in the district music festival
held at Winston-Salem Saturday
March 13. .
The band was awarded a rat
ing of II, or "very good"; Harry
Farthing, baritone horn soloist and
[Lawrence Barden, alto saxophone
koloist were awarded ratings of
I or "excellent," and W. B. York,
Jr., clarinet soloist and Martha
Quails, tenor saxophone soloist,
were awarded ratings of II or
Edwin Troutman. assistant band
director and college senior, direct
ed the band in its three contest
numbers. The judges praised his
directing very highly stating that
"ew college seniors in the field of
music could conduct a band with
such poise and freedom as did
Gordon Nash, band director,
points out that much credit for
the rehearsing of the band in the
preparation for the festival goes
to Fdwin Troutman. He worked
with sections of the band for ma
ny extra hoars in order to attain
better musical results.
The Winston-Salem district in
cludes fifteen counties in north
western North Carolina. Out of
these fifteen counties there were
two class A bands and seven class
B bands. The highest rating giv
en any of these bands was II, or
"very good." Appalachian High
School Band shared honors with
Thomasville in the class B group.
The judges for the bands were
Ecru Slocum. band director at the
University of N. C.; James C.
Pfohl, band director at Davidson
College, and Allen Bone, band di
rector at Duke University. Judges
for the soloists were James Leach
of Salem College and Ralph Bell
formerly of Winston Public
The Boone Merchants' associa
tion held its annual employer
employee banquet in the home
economics building of the high
school Thursday evening. About
12S merchants, their wives and
employes were present.
Joe Huffman, president, pre
sided. The group sang songs end
a program made up entirely of
entertainment features was pre
sented by the entertainment com
mittee, which consisted of Rus
sell D. Hodges, Howard CottreU
and W. H. Gragg.
Guy Hunt, Milt Greer and Ra
leigh Cottrell were members of
the arrangements committee.
Farmers ig nine western North
Carolina counties took advan
tage of recently held works tock
clinics in their communities by
having 930 animals treated.
Earl Cook Succeeds Clyde R.
Greene as Republican Com
mittee Secretary; Greene is
Again Endorsed as Candi
date for Congress.
More than one hundred voters
attended the Republican conven
tion held in Boone last Saturday,
all townships being represented,
and the meeting was featured by
harmony as a county chairman
and secretary were elected, and
other party business transacted.
Ivy B. Wilson was named chair
man of the executive committee
to succeed M. C. Hollar, who had
served for two years, and who
would not stand for re-election.
Earl D.. Copk, former county
chairman, was named secretary
flf the committee, succeeding
Clyde R. Greene, who withdrew
from the office he had held for
No slates of delegates were
named to the district and State
conventions, it being agreed that
all Republicans who wished to
attend tfceae meetings would be
recognized as delegates. The con
gressional convention is being
held today (Wednesday) in Salis
bury, and the State convention
will be held in Durham Thurs
J. E. Holshouser was endorsed
as district delegate to the nation
al Republican convention to be
held in Philadelphia, and Clyde
R. Greene received the endorse
ment of the convention as Repub
lican candidate for Congress from
the ninth district.
Hobart Morton of Albemarle
was endgrsed for the National
Committee seat, made vacant l>y
the resignation of Charles A. Jo
nas, of Lincolnton.
J. E. Holshouser presided over
the convention, while S. C. Eg
gers acted as Secretary.
County Jail Gets
' Official Praise
Mr. J. B. Moore. State Welfare
Board inspector, who recently
inspected the Watauga county
jail, has made his report of the
local prison, and written Sheriff
C. M. Watson, commending he and
Jailor Church for the cleanliness
and general appearance of the
iail, and at the same time prais
ing the good food which is served
The letter to Sheriff Watson
"I wish to thank you for the
courtesies shown me while vis
iting your county jail on March
4, and am attaching hereto a copy
of my report.
"This jail shows evidence of
good management and an interest
in the welfare and safety of the
prisoners held. There is no crit
icism or suggestion from this de
partment. You and Mr. and Mrs.
Church are to be complimented
for the cleanliness and general ap
pearance of the jail, and on the
quantity and quality of the food
served the inmates.'4 .
Thos. W. Hopkins
Succumbs At 68
Lenoir, N. C. March 13. ? Thos.
W. Hopkins, 68, Lenoir service
station operator and auto parts
dealer, died at the home of a son
M. Rusher Hopkins, this morning,
following an extended illness.
Funeral services with Masonic
honors, will be conducted at the
home, 465 North Main Street, on
Monday morning at 11 o'clock.
Burial will be in the Middle Fork
Baptist church cemetery, five
mile* from Blowing Rock on the
Officiating at the ?ci*vice? will
be the Rev. A. E. Blankenship,
associate pastor of the First Bap
tist Church, and Rev. Horace
Burris. pastor of Jhe Temple Bap
tist Churtfh. Merroers of Hibriten
Lodge No. 262, A. F. & A. M. wlU
serve as pallbearers.
Born in Ashe county July 17,
1879, Mr. Hopkins was a son of
the late Getorge and Elizabeth
Eleanor Hopkins of Deep Gap.
He was a member of the First
Baptist Church and had been a
Mason for 25 years.
Surviving are his widow, the for
mer Miss Lillie G. Greer of Wa
tauga county ; one daughter, Mrs.
Delia Daniels of Newland; and
two sons, M. Ruiher Hopkins of
Lenoir and Dallas Hopkins of
NAZI GENERAL "GETS HIS"
.vr,yV;.t% p^sF' w; ?" ; ' ..
Flanked by Nagro toldiarm of the 370th infantry, Ganaral WUhalm List aland* at atta ntion bafora
war crimaa trial judgat at Nuramburg. Garman y. to haar a aantanca of Ufa imprlsonmant im
posed upon him. Lilt wai convicted of ordering th a execution of hoataga* without banafi! of trial at
a ratio of 100 for aach Garman killad. and of denying prisonar of war status to enemy force*.
Local College Matmen Fori
Far Ahead in Carolinas
Tourney Last Week.
'Appalachian State Teachers
College, long the stronghold of
collegiate wrestling in the South,
added another Carolinias A. A.
U. wrestling tournament held
here Friday and Saturday.
Scoring 50 points to lead in
team totals, the Mountaineers
were far ahead of the field.
Second in team count was the
Appalachian "A" Appalachian
squadmen other than the varsity,
with 30 points. High Point Y. M.
C. A. was third totaling 20 points,
with Western Carolina Teachers
fourth with 15 markers. A fifth
place tie was reached between
Jamestown High school and Ap
palachian High school, each hav
ing 6 points.
Charles Parks, wrestling unat
tached, last year with the High
Point Y. M. C. A., and former
National A. A. U. champion from
Appalachian State, won a trophy
as the most outstanding wrestler
in the tournament.
Parks was the winner in the
121 pound division.
Besides the handsome trophies
presented to <he winning team
(Continued on page 8)
The Boone Naval Reserve Unit
will meet Thursday night at 7
o'clock at the Science Building at
?he college, according to Chief
Specialist J. EL Huffman. All ex
service personnel are invited and
particularly Naval personnel. A
good movie will be shown.
Anyone desiring information on
this unit is invited to see Lt.
Commander G. F. Kirchner, com
manding the unit or Lt. Lee Rey
Chief Huffman has just receiv
ed orders from the sixth naval
dUtrict headquarters, appointing
him as clerical assistant to the lo
Baptist Choirs To
The choirs of the First Bap
tist Church will present a mis
cellaneous musical program Sun
day evening at 7:30. The pro
gram is as follows:
Organ Prelude, the Palms; God
So Loved the World, Choir; Oh,
Divine Redeemer, Rachel Ann
Vance; Why Should He Love Me
So, Sonny Williams, Martha
Quails, J. T. C. Wright and choir;
He Shall Keep His Flock, Ir'nna
Norris: Eafter Chorale with Ju
nior Choir; Offertory, Were You
There When They Crucified My
LobJ, Spiritual; Calvary, Choir;
THFrc, is a Green Hill Far Away,
ITeddy Barnett; Jerusalem, W. B
I York Combined Choir*; PosUuda.
DR. EZRA H. F. WEIS
To Appear Here
The Guilford College A CapelUt
Choir, which will appear in the
College auditorium Saturday
night at 7:45 o'clock, will in
clude a personnel of 45 singers
from the North Carolina College.
Members of this tour group are
chosen from a membership of
seventy voices, which give the
traveling personnel a high stan
dard of quality.
? The choir includes students
from North Carolina, Virginia,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsyl
vania, Connecticut, Pennsylvania,
Maryand and Hawaii. The group
also includes Dr. Ezra H. F. Weis,
professor music and director of
the choir for thirteen years, and
Mrs. Weis, assistant professor of
English at the College. This ap
pearance is one of eleven scedul
ed during the spring vacation.
The members of the choir rep
resent a dozen, denominations
making a cosmopolitan group.
The choir sings in any church,
high schools and college or city
auditoriums. The full program of
sacred music, both from the early
and modern periods, will, be one
of the highlights of the season
here in musical activities.
The local appearand of this
well-known group is co-sponsored
by the College and the Boone
Worlh while Club, whose mem
bers will provide lodging and En
tertainment for the members of
the . choir during their stay in
WALK? rifTO RIVER; MOWKS
Woodland, Calif. ? As Henry
Bietz and Dan Huter were sit
ting on the bank of the Sacra
mento River, a man, In working
clothes, approached, exchanged
cheerful helloe < with them and
then walked into the river shoul
der deep, paused, waved good
bye and continued walking until
he disappeared under the water.
His body was recovered about a
half hour later and was tempor
arily identified as 'Frank Earl
Chase , through a union card
found in his pocket.
/ ? -? '
Pay-rise demand called un
timely; rtet in cost of goods seen.
RED CROSS YET
rwo- Thirds of Quota Reach
ed; Few Reports Are In
From Rural Area.
A total of almost twelve hun
ired dollars has been received
from the current Red Cross cam- ,
?aign, it is learned from Dr. W.
3. Bond, director of the drive In
the town of Boone. Receipts at
this time are a little short of
;wo-thirds of the $1,885 goal for
Actual receipts as of Tuesday
loon were $1,194 35. Of this am
>unt $1,145.35 was contributed by
the people of Boone. Dr. Bond
states that practically no reports
ire in from the county at large.
The local organization asks that
olicitors in the county camplete
their work and make their re
jorts as quickly as possible.
Following are the names of the
Barn*!! Molar Co. k Hollar* Product
O. D. Btnull. Worktr
Mr. and Mrs. James Cantrell SI..
Mr. and Mrs J. A. Dennis 1.. Mrs
Lester Carroll 1.. Hollars Produce 10 .
Ttert Norrls t? Charlie Blackburn 1?
Kilmei' Hartley I., Burl Hartley 1.. C.
H. Blackburn 1.. Barnett Motor Co.
12.. Lawrence VanDlke 1., Stuart
Boom Super Cliiuri. James Story
Jim Storle SI.. Annie Parsons I..
Wade Shoemake 1., Mts. Len Storle
.30. Mrs. Melt Creene .SO.
PodolOn, E4ftr Brown. Worker
Ralph Creene *2. Nellie C. Llnney
5 . Addle Clawson 2., Ralph L. Besh
ears 1., Cleve L. Gross 2.. Mr and Mrs.
R C. Wlnebarfer S. Edgar Brown 2..
Rex Hafaraan 1.
T railway Laundry. Jewel Mas!
Jewell Mast II .. Fred Mast 1.. Trail
way Laundry S.. Mary Hlcka 1.. Mr.
and Mrs. Odell Teafue 1., Mr. and
Mrs. Joe Mast 1.. Mr. and Mrs. Burl
Mast 1., Raca Lee Brookshlre 1.,
Sarah Brown I.. Josie Brown 1., A
Bank BI4|., Alfred Art a ma. Worker
S C. E?ers ?
King and Oreen SI., Mrs. Paul Code)
Mrs Paul A. Coffey ?!., Mr. and
Mrs. James L. Harrison. Mrs. Prank
A Linney 5., Kenneth B. Llnney 2,.
Mrs. J. M. Moretz 1., Misa Jennie Cof
fey 1, Dr. and Mrs J. C. Farthing 2.
Appalachian Tksilir, Jay lam
Lucille Norrls $1., A Friend 1.,
Tommy Osborne 1.. Mr. and Mrs. Jay
(Continued on page 8)
I # f
Alfred Adams, chairman of
the Watauga County U. S. Sav
ings Bonds Committee, announc
ed today that according to the
monthly report received from
State Director Allison James in
Greensboro, total E, F, and G
bond sales in February for Wa
tauga county amounted to $17,
481.25. Of this total $7,481.25
were in series E bonds; none in
series F bonds, and $10,000fw) in
series G bonds.
The purpose in conducting the
Security Loan, said Mr. Adams,
is to encourage Americans to
build greater security for them
selves through greater savings,
to spread the nationul debt wide
ly among individuals, to relieve
inflationary pressures on our
economy. The slogan for the
Security Loan will be "America's
Security is Your Security."
FOR DUTY AT
Superior Court to Convene on
April 19; Judge Nettles To
Be on Bench; Seventy De
fendants to Face Court;
Names of Jurors Given.
Clerk of the Court Fred M.
5ragg has released the names of
those who have been selected to
do jury duty during the spring
term of Superior Court, which
will convene on April 19.
Judge Zeb V. Nettles of Ashe
ville, ,will preside, over the two
weeks term, which will feature
the trial of both crinminal and
Clerk Gragg tells the Democrat
that about seventy cases have
been docketed for trail, a decrease
of about 35 below the number
under indictment a year ago.
More than 50 per cent of the cas
es involve violation of the pro
hibition laws, and operating cars
while intoxicated, a few are for
larceny, others for bad check vio
lations, and very minor infrac
tions of Ik* criminal code.
The names of the jurors are as
Bald Mountain Township: L. L.
Beaver Dam: Barton R. Farth
Blowing Rock: .Howard Hols
houser, A. H. Craig, Aster Cook,
Blue Ridge: Bascom Hampton,
Boone: A. W. Smith, O. D. Bar
nett, Hale Vance.
Brushy Fork: Willard G. Pres
nell, Ralph Wilson.
Cove Creek: W. K. Wilson, Dal
Elk: Mrs. Arthur Wheeler, Will
Laurel Creek: Charlie S. Tri
vett, Lee R. Harmon, N. V. Pres
Meat Camp: Vaughn Tugman,
Bynum Gross, Tom Eggers, Will
ie A. Proffitt, James McNeil.
North Fork: Rolfe Wilson.
New River: Joe J. Miller, Ellis
E. Coffey, Malcom McGhee.
Shawneetiaw: Mrs. Darl Smith.
Stony Fork: W. M. Greer, Mrs.
Joe Coffey, Edward Wellborn.
Watauga: J. C. Church, Howard
Mast, C. P. Moore.
Bald Mouhtain: Charles W. Tay
Beaver Dam: Ray Stout, Hill
Blowing Rock: Ivan Moody.
Blue Ridge: Stanley Critcher.
Boone: I. T. 'Barnett, D. J.
Brushy Fork: Pink Hodges.
Cove Creek: Clint Eggers.
Elk: Joe Wheeler, Sr.. Virgil
Laurel Creek: Dwight Cable.
Meat Camp: Joe C. Norris.
North Fork: Lloyd Miller.
Shawneehaw: Eugene Eggers.
Stony Fork: Amos Watson.
Watauga: Don Isaacs, Julius
There will be a district meet
ing of the American Legion, 30th
district, at the elementary school
building in Elk Park, Thursday
night March 18. The dinner will
be served from 6:30 to 7:30, im
mediately preceding the business
session. ' '
State and district Legion offi
cers will be present. All Legion
naires and other veterans are in
vited to be present, together with
their wives, mothers, or sweet
Claimed By Death
Benjarpin Davis, 70, resident of
Boone, R. F. D. 1. died last Fri
day in the -automobile of Mr. R
T. Greer, while he was enroute
to the local hospital for treat
Funeral services were conduct
ed Sunday at 2 o'clock at the
Middle Fork Baptist Church by
Rev. W. D. Ashley and burial was
in the Middle Fork cemetery.
The widow, four sons apd two
daughters survive: Manthes and
John Davis, Boone; Ernest Davis.
Banner Elk; Jim Davis, Boone;
Mrs. Wilbur Tester, Boone; Mrs.
Grant Gragg, Blowing Rock.
Anderson sees ft wheat dip to
$2.08 "support" level by July 1,
Huge increase in imports urg
ed for Japan in an Army report,
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