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VOL. LX1, NO. 7.
An Independent Weekly Newspaper ? Established in the Year 1888
BOONE. WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 1948.
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SEEN IN PASSING: Lad carry
ing a gallon of "lamp oil by
thong looped in handle of glass
jug . . . pedestrian meditates on
crossing street near Democrat of
fice as cars stream past, and local
folks turn in the middle of the
block . . . crowd of curious gath
er at scene of auto accident . . .
the badly crushed car parked at
the intersection of King and the
Blowing Rock Road . . . A. C.
Mast selling stuff at auction and
radiating friendliness as he goes
about town . . . The Blowing
Rocket, newsy resort newspaper
of Blowing Rock, coming from the
press of the Democrat . . . The
editors and publishers, John
Gravely and Francis Church, do
ing a splendid job on the week
ly. which adequately reflects the
goings on at the tourist capital
of the northwestern hill country
.... The pleasant exchanges
with Professor Abernathy as we
meet about the postoffice . . .
Subscriber wondering how we
can still issue the Democrat for a
dollar and a half . . . we cant
and show a financial margin on
the circulation side . . Amos Wag
ner comes up from Sparta and
passes the time of day with folks
he meets along the street . . . Dr.
Sawyer tells a friend the latest
joke . . . Mayor Grover Robbins
of Blowing Rock, who always
seems to be just the right man for
his official position . . transacting
business . . . says week-end bus
iness heavy at the Rock . . . M.
W. Beach enjoying a brief vaca
tion from his duties in the com-|
posing room of a Chester, S. C.
? ? ?
HOWARD COTTRELL, takes
over as President of the Boone
Merchants Association, and will
steer the organisation in a sane
but progressive course . . . How
ard operates the College Book
Store, and of course, is chief of
our outstanding fire depart
ment ... He and his identical
twin brother. Raleigh, lake pari
in most all worthy activities ar
ound the town . . . "The Cot
trell twins" are an indispensi
ble community combination . .
. . . witty, generous and kind . . .
they are always ready to lend
a hand . . . their love for the
town and her folks ... is fully
? ? ?
MRS. J. N. NORTON, who es
tablished residence in Boone 25
years ago, and who still main
tains this as her residence, comes
in to tell of the enjoyment the
Democrat and particularly this
column, brings her when she's
below the hills . . the larger num
ber of milk cows seen on every
farm as the dairying industry be
comes more fully established in
the area . . . folks waiting for
bus down at Herman Wilcox s
elegant transportation terminal . .
some carry the nonchalance of
the veteran bus-rider . . . others
show the nervousness and strain
characteristic of the novice of the
motor ways . . . Mrs. Ruby Ellis,
correspondent for state dailies, on
the alert for news . _. . the family
groups of soda sippers at the lo
cal drug stores Sunday afternoons
as the towns takes on a tranquil
status following the large crowds
which come on Saturday to mix
with the people and take advan
tage of the splendid shopping fa-|
cilities of the business district. ,
? ? ?
SOMETIMES LIKE TO sit ?
|?w minutes and watch people
pass by, particularly whin num
bers of people, unknown to us
are in the parade ... fat ones,
lean one?. some hungry . . .
others apparently trying to
walk off the effecta of too much
rich food . . . some manifestly
happy others unmistakably
?ad . . . Immaculate clothing of
the successful mixed with the
tatW-s of the underprivileged
. . . ism* laughing, alongside
one whcri ? ' face is streaked with
tears ... A tow cussing about
most everything . . ? Others of
4m Pollyanna philosophy . .
| People . . . lust folks like you
??<i me, and the man who Urea
down the block ... the busi
n Um termer, the lab
orer, the housewife ... the me
chanic. the ne'er, do well, thoee
with the Midas touch . . . the
churchman, the teacher, the
devout layman . . . The drunk,
the sober, the frustrated, the
serene; the bootlegger, the gam
bler. the cUaeler. the model of
earthly virtue: the refined lad
ies of the old South, the gals of
shady customs . . . the babiaa.
nd the ruddy faced kiddies of
school aga . . . they all add up
to the greatest show oa earth
' (Continued on page 4)
SCENE OF ASSOCIATION SESSION
Laurel Spring* Baptist Church at Lax on, N. C- where the 108th
Mtilon of the Three Forks Baptist Association will be held on
August 24 and 25th.
Baptist Association To
Hold 108th Gathering
Richard Hedstrom. 13, of M&nka
Ito.. Kans., won top honors this
/ear in the Kansas stale finals
of iha extended "Chicken of To
morrow" contast. Tha youthful
4-H club member, is shown with
the trophy won in the cOinpeiti
tion to produce a quicker-grow
ing, meatier bird.
Banner Elk, Aug. 6. ? RoberJ
Lee Lowe, one of the pioneer cit
izens of Banner Elk and Avery
county, died at Grace hospital in
Banner Elk July 30, and was bur
ied, following rites at the Banner
Elk Presbyterian church on July
31st. He had been in declining
health for some months and had
been confined to the hospital since
Mr. Lowe was born in Surry
county, N. C. September 18, 1861,
and would have been 87 years old
had he lived to September. In
1876, when he was 15 years old,
he came to Banner Elk with his
family ? his father, mother, sev
en brothers and sisters, all now
In January, 1897. he was mar
ried to Miss Blanche VonCanon
and together they celebrated
their golden wedding anniversary
in' 1941. Mrs. Lowe died last Feb
ruary at the age of 78. They are
survived by the following chil
Mrs. Paul Heineman. Omaha,
Nebraska; Gilbert of San Fran
cisco, Calif.; Mrs. W. A. Graham
of Charlotte; Mrs. Owen Icen
hour of Conover, Fannie, R. C.
and Charles, of Banner Elk.
Together Mr. and Mrs. Lowe
founded and operated the Banner
Elk hotel, which has been in con
tinuous operation since 1891.
With his brothers. T. L. and
L. D Lowe, Mr. Lowe founded the
Democratic party in Avery coun
ty (it was Shawneehaw township
of Watauga county at that tim?i>
and served as its county chair
man over a long period of years.
After voting the first time at the
age of 21, Mr. Lowe never missed
voting in an election, including
the last one, and served as the
chairman of the board of elec
tions in Banner Elk township for
all elections except tour -iring
New York ? A speedboat, built
in a backyard with funds sub
scribed by a group of 30 Bronx
speedboat enthusiasts at a cost
of $5,000, exploded and burned
on the Hudson River on its first
trial run. The group had plan
ned to enter the boat in regattas
this month here and in Detroit.
Two men aboard the boat at the
time of the explosion escaped
with minor -burns.
Laurel Springs Church to be
Host to Large Religious
The Three Forks Baptist Asso
ciation will hold its one hundred
and eighth session with the Lau
rel Springs dhurch at Laxon, N.
C. August 24 and 25.
The Association is composed of
43 churches with a membership
of 7280 reported for last year.
The church letters received so
far this year indicate a substan
tial increased membership over
last year. The report last year
also disclosed 272 baptisms with
a Sunday School enrollment of
5040 and total contributions of
Rev. H. K. Middleton, pastor of
Cove Creek, Mount Calvary and
Willow Valley churches, is Mod
erator and Rev. R. C. Eggers, the
pastor of Laurel Springs, Meat
Camp and Paplar Grove churches
is vice-Moderator and chairman
of the executive committee.
Rev. Oscar J. Harris, pastor of
Blowing Rock Church will deli
ver the Annual Sermon which is
on the program at 11:25 Tuesday
August 24th. In addition to the
annual sermon the first dpy's pro
gram will include reports on
Temperance, Woman's Work and
Missions. The Executive Com
mittee will also bring its report. (
On Wednesday, August 25th, re
ports i'J be heard on obituar
ies. Christian education, associa
ticnal progress and benevolences.
At a meeting of the Republican
executive committee held at the
court house yesterday afternoon
it was decided that the nominat
ing convention of the party will
be held at the courthouse here on
Saturday, September 4, and that
the precinct meetings, which will
name delegates to the convention
will be held Friday, September
The meeting was presided over
by Ivy B. Wilson, Republican
county chairman, while Earl D.
Cook is committee secretary.
The convention wfll name can
didates for Register of Deeds,
Representative in the Assembly,
State Senator, County Surveyor,
and for the three-member board
of County Commissioners.
The official call for the con
vention will be published next
week, it was stated.
The number of cows in the
United States now is the smallest
since 1940, but the ratio of young
stock to milk cow numbers is al
most a record.
FOR BIG EVENT
Enlarged Agricultural Fair to
Be Held September 16-17-18
Exhibits Must Be in by 15th
Of September; The Names
Of the Superintendents.
A* the Democrat it being
printed, word comes from H.
Grady Farthing, manager of the
Blue Ridge Fair, thai the Fair
will not be held this year, due
to the polio epidemic. Officials
took this step on the advice of
public health officials.
The list of superintendents of
the various departments of the
Blue Ridge Agricultural Fair has
been released by H. Grady Farth
ing, Fair manager, who states that
these people will work with the
officers of the fair to make en
tries, keep proper records, assist
with displaying and showing of]
exhibits, and the awarding of the
The members of the arrange
ments committee are working to
have the Fair grounds ready for
the farmer when he brings in his
The Fair, which was discontinu
ed during the war years, will be
h^ld September 16-17-18 and an
outstanding showing of farm pro
ducts is being planned in addi
tion to entertainment features.
It is asked that the department
Superintendents make every ef
fort to contact those interested in
making exhibits in order to be
ready in plenty of time, and ar
rangements are being made to
take care of exhibits when they
are brought to Boone. All entries
must be in by September 15.
Following is a list of the dif
ferent departments and the names
of. the superintendents in each
Garden and field crops^Ned
Glenn, Milton Moretz.
Farm exhibit ? Johnnie Greene,
Fruits ? Albert Watson and
and Mont Glovier
Canning ? Mrs. Dean Reese,
Mrs. Jeff Stanbury, Mrs. James
Pantry and dairy ? Mrs. Grady
Farthing, Mrs. Ronda Hardin and
Mrs. George Harmon.
Flowers ? Mrs. B. W. Stallings,
Mrs. Odes Wilson.
Veterans Farm Exhibit ? Bar
ton Farthing and Stewart J.
Beef Cattle ? Henry Taylor,
Lynn Norris, Finley P. Hodges.
Sheep ? Howard Edmisten, J.
Swine ? Ralph Wilgon, Tipton
Dairy ? Tom Jackson, John K.
Perry, W. M. Winkler.
Horses ? George Wilson, Gra
Poultry . ? Hayes Wellborn,
Junior department ? C. H.
Kirkman, Jr., R. L Tait, Norma
Dillingham, Mrs. Joye Davis.
Home Demonstration booths ?
Mrs. A. A. Greene. Mrs. Maude
Ward, Mrs. Wade Clawson.
Handicraft ? Mrs. W. J. Kelsey
Needlecraft ? Mrs. Qlenn
Brown, Mrs. Cecil Swift, Mrs. R.
Baby shbw ? W." H. Gragg,
Barnard Dougherty, .,
AS SOUTH PLANS ACTION
_ .. ?opator?gf to (dan a last dttch action
Prwideet Trtunaa a drll rlghta prooram. Shown, toft to
>: Mo. Richard B. H?mH,
ginla. and Son. Alton J. Ellondor of LoaUaaa.
from Ooorgia and loador of tho group, totor told wyartwi that
group discuaaod "rpodflc atratogr for mooting any otnorfoner."
FORGE WESTERN PLANS
men- - ? ??? i mmm - -- - .mnri mi i n i i i i i 11 in 11
Foreign ministers of Great Britain. France, and the Benelux coun
tries are shown jus tbefore starting four-hour conference at the
Hague, rn joint defense and economic plans. From thee session it is
hoped that a working agreement can be established for a true fed
eration of weitern Europe. In the picture, left to right, are: Ernest
Berin. Great Britain; Georges Bldault, France; Baron Von Boetse
laer ran Ooosterhout. the Netherlands; Paul Henr Spaak, Belgium,
and Pierre Dupong. Luxembourg.
Dr. King Resigns Post
District Health Officer
Mayor William O'Dwer (right)
greets Fed W. Smith, president
sf Lions International, aa ha ex
tendi New York'i official wel
come to the organization on the
occasion of their 31st annual con
Lions Well on Way
With Year's Work
The last meeting of the Boone
Lions Club was notable for its
large attendance and excellent
program, and the club is now well
on, the way with its new year of
The program of -the evening
featured some of the work spon
sored by the Lions Club and other
community organizations. Douglas
Clawson, 4-H club member, who
had the grand champion lamb in
recent competition, gave an in
teresting and entertaining demon
stration on the raising of lambs
for profit. His demonstration and
comments were enjoyed.
The Club heard reports of
members who attended the nat
ional convention in New York
City. Those reporting were Lions
J. C. Cline, A. R. Smith, D. J.
Whitener, and R. E. Kelly. The
delegation from North Carolina
made an excellent showing at the
convention. North Carolina's band
tied for third place. The Lions
exhibit from North Carolina won
Two men from the local club
have left the community. They
are . Lion Dr. Robert King, and
Lion Jim McKeown. Regret was
expressed by members of the club
that these men have had to leave
The next meeting of the club
will feature the annual cummer
picnic. This year the picnic will
be held at Winkler's Creek on
Wednesday, August 18. In case of
rain the picnic will be held at the
At the regular meeting of the
Board of Directors of the Club
discussion concerning the Com
munity Betterment Project and
the Blind Aid Seal Sale were
Jayceet to Map
City Water System
The Junior Chamber of Com
n^erce has started a project of
making a map of the City water
main and sewer systems. The pro
posed map will show all strMtd
now existing in the town. I
Doctor Will Do Public Health|
Work in Alamance
Dr. Robert King, Jr., has re
signed his position as District
Health officer for the Watauga*
Ashe-Alleghany division and left
Sunday for Alamance county,
where he is employed as public
health physician. He and Mrs.
King will reside at Burlington or
Graham, and Dr. King plans to
commute to the University of
North Carolina for the purpose
of finishing his degree in public
health work. , . .
Dr. King has capably adminis
tered the district health depart
ment for the past twenty months.
He says no decision has been ar- ,
rived at as to a possible sucessor, ,
but that Wade E. Eller. public |
health sanitarian, will act for the
time being as administrative su
pervisor, and that Dr. Len Haga
man will act as part-time health
officer during the emergency.
The local recreation program
continues in the face of restric
tions due to the local curtail
ment due to Infantile Paralysis.
Last week attendance was good
in spite of rainy weather. An
average day at the recreation
project will record an attend
ance of sixty-five to seventy per
sons who come around to play,
lor watch the activities. The pro
gram begins promptly at three
o'clock in the afternoon and is In
almost continuous operation un
til ten o'clocH In the evening.
The response has been encour
aging and the equipment Is used
The skating project has not
proved satisfactory because of
poor lighting on the street In
front of the Demonstration
school. Efforts will be made to
light this area, or provide
another place for skating.
The recreation commission
urges that the facilities of the
program be used. Visitors who
wish to look on fit the activities
Last week August 2 through
7 a total of 306 persons used
facilities at the recreation Cen
ter, according to Mr. Tominy
Thompson, director. \
To Open Today
Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.
m. at the Daniel Boone Hotel, the
Annual flower show, sponsored by
the Worthwhile Club, will be op
ened to the public. All fl?1?*r
growers are invited to exhibit.
The committee requests that all
entries be in by 11 noon to allow
time for judging and arranging.
This is a fine opportunity
foij all flower lows to vi?w the
best of the many beautiful flow
ers grown in Boone and vicinity.
The show will remain open un
til 9 p. m.
North Carolina needs 1.5 bil
lion pounds more milk and 379
million more eggi par year to
meet reasonable diet standards
of Its people.
FROM POLIO; S
Kites Held for Silverstone
Child; Four New Cases Are
Reported; Health Official
Asks Children Be Kept Out
Of Crowds; School Closes.
Lonnie Gail Isaacs, 20 month*
Did, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis
Isaacs of Silverstone, died Sunday
morning at the Asheville Ortho
paedic hospital, being the first
Watauga county fatality of the
State's worst polio epidemic. At
the same time it is learned that
four more cases of polio have de
veloped in the county, bringing
the local total to six, while health
department officials are urging
parents to keep their children out
of crowds until the situation
Graveside funeral rites for the
Isaacs child were conducted Mon
day afternoon at the Mast ceme
tery by Rev. Honda Earp.
The survivors include the par
ents, a twin brother, Ronnie; one
sister, Adene, all of the home.
The New Cases
The new cases of polio report
ed in the last few days are:
Lucy Dean Earp, 13, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Earp of
A 4 year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Lloyd Miller of Tamarack.
Robert Perry, 9 months old, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Perry, of
Cynthia Hodges, 8V^ months
old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Hodges of Adams.
Health Dept. Recommendations
Dr. Len D. Hagaman^jwhtr is
acting as part-time county health
officer, insists that ?arents co
operate in keeping their children
away from crowds, and believes
that if this is done, it may not be
necessary to invoke a legal quar
Dr. Hagaman insists that par
ents desist from bringing their
children to town unless necessary;
that they keep them out of crowds
and that they do not allow them
to go to the movies or similar ga
therings as long as there is dan
ger of the spread of ?olio.
Summer Schools Close
The summer terms of the lo
cal demonstration school has been
closed, band ? practice has been
discontinued by the High School
band, the swimming project of
the recreation center closed, and
other steps taken by various or
ganizations and groups in an ef
fort to prevent the spread of po
G. N. Donnelly
Riles Held Friday
Funeral services for G. M.
Donnelly, 79, well known veteran
traveling salesmen, were held
Friday afternoon at the late res
idence in the North Fork sec
tion of Ashe county. Interment
was in the family cemetery.
Mr. Donnelly, who in his early
manhood had been a grocery sales
man, had traveled for many years
for C. M. McClung 2c Co., Knox
ville hardware distributors, but
went off the road several years
iago, due to bad health. He died
Wednesday morning, after an ill
ness which had been considered
[serious for several weeks.
He is survived by the widow,
and the following sons and
daughters: T. E. Donnelly, West
Jefferson; D. C. Donnelly, Trade,
|Tenn.; Dr. G. L. Donnelly, Ashe
ville; Paul Donnelly, Salisbury;
John F. Donnelly, Statesville;
Doris Donnelly; Mrs. Clara Brown
of Boone; Mrs. Mary Cole, White
ville and Mrs. Ruth Roland.
Takes Texas Call
The Reverend James McKeown
that resigned as pMtor > of St.
(Luke's Episcopal Church to ac
cept a call to the Christ Church,
He and his family left Monday
|to spend a vacation in Florida
before taking up his work in
fTexas cm September 1.
In addition to his work in this
city, Rev. Mr. McKeown has ser
ved the churches at Olepdale
Springs, St Mary's in Ashe coun
ty and St. Matthews. Todd.
The pninister and his femily
have made many Menda fa this
section who regret to aM tlfeftt
(leave and wish them much
is in the new
they have bMtt 1