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VOL. LXI, NO. 8.
BOONE. WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 1948
unlees sooner renewed.
Democrat la operating
on a cash In advance
\ LAD, PASSING ALONG the
street, combs back hair with
pocket comb ... A long time ago
one of these little combs and a
pocket mirror about the size of
a silver dollar, with the picture
of a plumed lady on the back . .
were indispensible parts of a
school boys equipment . . . used
to stand behind one of the big
?white pines down at Appalachian
and make sure that every greas
ed hair waa properly polished
down, before getting in range of
the best girl . . . Richard Hodges,
remarks- about hearing a katydid
loosen up in song . . . quotes the
?Id saying: "When the katydid
sings, frost is only forty days
away." . . . Mr. and Mrs. Vilas
Moretz . . . good neighbors, treat
us to a large bag of grapefruit,
picked fresh off the trees in Flor
ida by Mr. Moretz last week . . .
bicycle built for two cruising al
ong. without the back seat driver
. . . The Misses Bochelle, of the
State of Florida, enjoying their
, new summer home, atop the hill
to the west of the Rivers place . .
Thq increasing number of motor
cycles and motor bikes, popping
along the highways . . . The loud
noises makes the work of these
iron steeds appear most laborious
. . . Homer Brown, who recently
joined the ranks of the local Ben
, edicts, giving us some views on
the national political situation as
we journey toward the house on
the hill ... J. A. Warren, resi
dent of Zionville, drops in to re
new the Democrat for his forty
first year . . . "wouldn't want to
do without the county paper, no
sir." . . .
? ? *
POLIO GAINS GROUND in
the State as wall as in Watauga
county, and lh? folks are fol
lowing lha a&vice of health de
partment officials by heaping
the children off the streets . . .
couple, of hundred kiddies usu
ally attend Saturday mi tinea
down at the *WnlnMn*l . - -
only a handful were allowed to
see the aims Saturday ....
North Carolina has already re
ceived >300.000 from the Nat
ional Infantile Paralysis Foun
dation to aid in the epidemic.
Watauga county has received
mate direct benefits than it is
likely to contribute to the fund
.... Bob Aglr. who did'a su
perb job in the March of Dimes
campaign last time, agrees to
accept the job again, and vows
he will do better next time.
None of us have contributed en
ough . . . we shall do better
TOOK THE YOUNGSTERS
over to the Daniel Boone Stables
Sunday afternoon for a horseback
ride . . . the gentle steed would
n't leave the vicinity ... so we
laboriously mounted a horse for
the first time of our mature man
hood, and had a great time riding
around over the State property
. . . went through the big pine
grove above the dump . . . first
time we'd been there since the
trees averaged about head high
. . . now their fronds spread high
. . . fifty to seventy five feet ab
ove the well-needled forest floor
. . . Use to be some graves neath
the boughs of the original tree,
the one which seeded the present
forest . . . they could scarcely be
found now . . . rode on down
what we used to call the "crook
ed road" which goes to the old
railroad grade this side of Hod
ges Cap, at the foot of Snaggy
Mountain . . . the old Greer place
where the late Wilson Beach and
family lived for so many years,
looking about the same . . . One
of the prettiest spots in town be
fore it became sandwiched be
tween the dump and a tobacco
warehouse . . ? the spot where
the famed Daniel Boone oak stood
and the 'monument marking the
spot where the frontiersman is
calculated to have lived for a
spell . . . The 6'd Newland Hall,
fis*t men's dormitory on the col
lege campus, moved back for the
ooratniotkm of the present fire
proof structure . . . the spot in
Boone Creek that always anted
with a bjg fish . . the old build
ing -by the dry lake, which we
used for a gymnasium arid roller
rink . . . yep, we "had a fine time.
. . . although we set oat only to
entertain the kids at sppts where
the ever-present polio' danger
wouldn't seem to exist. -
? ? ?
OFFICER COT GREENE per
forms valuable public sseiloe
fas keeping the traffic straight
ened out al the Baptist Church
corner Sunday, when the servi
ces are over . . Riding around
a few minutes with David
(Continued on pege 4)
ROYAL OLYMPIC SPECTATORS
- - .
Interested spectators In the royal box at Wembley stadium In Lon
don as the 14th Olympiad of the modern ago opens there. Left to
right they are. the Earl oi Athlon#, Britain's Dowager Queen Mary,
and Prince Bernhard. prince consort of the Neherlands' crown
princess and current regent, Juliana.
Three New Polio Cases
In County; Total Is Nine
Paul Markgxaf. former Berlin po
lice chief, who was suspended on
ground that he farored Soviet oc
cupation forces in the German
.apltal. He refuted to yield office
thus presenting Berlin with a di
vided police force with two po
liece chiefs functioning.
Tax Rale Cut at '
Blowing Rock. ? Good news in
store for Blowing Rock taxpayers.
In their monthly meeting Tues
day, August 3, the Blowing Rock
town council voted under newest
assessments, due to re-valuation
and adjustment, to reduce the
property tax rate from $2.85 per
$100 value for the next fiscal year
which began July 1. Furthermore
assessments are practically com
pleted for this year.
The town council appointed
three new members to the Park
Board. C. H. Berryman was ap
pointed park commissioner rep
resenting the town board. Ray
mond Williams and Mrs. John H.
Reineking were also appointed.
The community club has been
asked to recommend a member
representing the welfare board.
Goes On Radio
Mrs. Arthur F. Champney of
Miami, Fla., summer resident of
Boone, will broadcast Monday,
Wednesday and Friday at 2 p. m.
over radio station WKBC, North
Wilkesboro. Mrs. Champney's
program will be known aa "Bits
of Daily Living" with Aunt Lil.
Appearing on the program with
Mrs. Champney will be Miss Joan
Haiden of Laxon, N. C.
Anyone knowing of sick people
or anything of interest that they
we^ild like to have broadcast,
should write "Aunt Lil" care of
WKBC, North Wilkesboro.
Navy Recruiter To Be
Absent Until Sept. 9th
Chief Callahan, local Naval
recruiter, will not be in 'Boone
again until September 9.
In the meantime, anyone wish
ing. to enlist or re-enlist, may
contact Cheif C site h an at the
postoffice building, Lenoir. N. C.
First Case Shows Up in
Boone; Health Officer
Asks Aid of Parents.
Three new cases of polio have
developed in the county in the
past week, bringing the total for
the current epidemic here to nine
The new cases are as follows:
George Richardson, 14, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Del Richardson of
Boone, described as having "mild
?Jean Beach, 15, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Beach of Silver
stone, who has been admitted to
the Asheville Orthopaedic Hospi
Billy Edwards Simmons, 14, son
of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Simmons of
Vilas has been stricken, and was
sent to the Asheville Hospital on
I Dr. Len D. Hagaman urges pa
rents to continue to keep their
children out of crowds, and be
lieves that with their continued
help the danger will soon have
Few children are seen on the
streets since the polio Situation be
came serious here. They are not
attending the movies or other ga
therings in any appreciable num
ber and many of the youth acti
vities in the churches of the com
munity Rave been called off for
the time being.
Ashe Woman Is
West Jefferson ? A young
lAshe County man was held in
jail last night as Sheriff W. B.
(Todd investigated a brutal beat
ing in which the man's wife was
killed early yesterday morning.
- Mrs. Mattie Janet Long, 22,
Ihad been in Ashe County just
| three days. She and her hus
band Thomas Mattew Long, also
22, were living near Glendale
Springs. They had been married
less than three months.
Sheriff Todd could not be
reached last night. The version
jof the beating which left Mrs.
Long dead in a field near her
home, as told by State Highway
Patrolman R. B. Parker and T.
G. Roberts last night, is as fol
Mr. Long told officers he and
his wife had been drinking and
ware riding down the highway
near their home. He wanted to
go home. She refused. A fight
started in the car. When the man
finally stopped the car, the fight
(was carried outside.
Long told the officers he and
his wife fought for a long time
in the field. About 3 a. m., he
said, he called his father and
asked him to assist in carrying
his wife into the house.
It was not until the two men
brought the beaten woman into
the house that they realized she
was dead. The time then was 3
The patrolmen, who assisted
Sheriff Todd in his investigation,
said another man was being held
in jail. Others might be arrested
later, they added. \
The second man held in jalll
was not identified last night. |
GIVEN OUT BY
Annual Event Sponsored By
Woman's Club Draws Inter
est Mrs. Jack Hodges Wins
Grand Prize; A List of the
Prize Winners Given.
The annual Worthwhile Wo
man's Club Flower Show was
held Thursday afternoon on the
porch of the Daniel Booths Hotel
and was an occasion of wide
spread interest to the flower
growers of the community.
A mass of vivid colored flow
ers was displayed on tables, al
ong the walls, and the huge cen
ter collection of blooms featured
roses, lilies, and miscellaneous va
rieties of flowers.
During the afternoon Mrs. F. E.
Warman and Mrs. R. L. Tate
played selections on the piano
which was provided for the occa
sion by Mr. Craven, and refresh
ments were served on the lawn
Mrs. Jack Hodges won the
grand prize for her yellow Peace
roses, $5 in cash; Mrs. W. C. Greer
was given an electric lamp as the
second place prize for hei Snow
Princess gladioli, and Miss Madge
Rhyne won an electric iron for
Mrs. Mae Miller won first place
in number of blue ribbons and re
ceived a tray; Mrs. Jack Hodges
received a coffee maker for sec
ond place with ribbons and Mrs.
L. L. Bingham won Dlant stakes
for third place in ribbons.
In the men's division. R. W.
Watkins won an ash tray set and
(Continued on page 5)
To Open First
The county schools are schedul
ed to open the 1948-49 terms on
September 1, it is "learned from
the office of Superintendent W.
H. Walker. * '
It is possible however, that if
there is no, improvement in the
local polio situation the board
sf education may authorize a
At any rate school officials
have received no suggestions
from health officials dealing
with the opening of the schools
Jacob E. Burkett
Jacob Elias Burkett, 88 years
old. well known citizen of the Ma
bel neighborhood died at the
home Wednesday of last week,
following a long period of ill
Funeral services were conuuct
ed Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock
from the late residence by Rev.
R. C. Eggers, and burial was in
the Lewis cemetery.
Surviving is the widow; the for
mer Miss Charlotte Lewis, 1 son,
J. M. Burkett, of Mabel
and five daughters: Mrs. W. M.
Combs, Sherwood; Mrs. G.
a Norris, Mabel; Mrs. A. W.
Smith, Boone; Mrs. C. L. Younce,
Mrs. H. L. Combs, Mabel.
SCORED ONE, TWO, THREE FOR U. S.
[ > > ' . f i.J \
B. A. F. Harlan, center, who won the Olympic springboard di-rlne
till* at the Olympics for the XT. S. is congratulated by two team
mate* who won second and third place* In the event. At left Is
Miller Anderson, who. like Harlan, hails from Ohio State; at right.
Lieut, Sammy Lee. of Los Angeles, who was third.
Fair Officials Regret
Cancellation oi Event
Elisabeth Bentley. confessed for
mer communist ii|iluiii)?
Is shown as ?he ippnttd before
i Sonata tub -commute*. The 36
yeer old Yaasaz graduate drama
tically identified many high oot
emmant officials who had given
her military information to be
forwarded to Russia.
To High School
Mr. Herbert Wey, who for the
past year has been working
toward his Doctor's Degree at
Indiana University, has returned
to Boone to resume his work as
Principal at the local high
He has set August 10, 20 and
21 as the days for re-registering
high school students for the
coming year's work. All students
who signed up for Art courses are
especially asked to come in and
re-register as Art will not be of
fered this year. All students who
attended summer school this
summer are also asked to come
in and re-register for the coming
year. All other students who wish
to make changes in their sche
dules are asked to come by dur
ing this time and make thesel
Polio Disrupts Plans for Ag
ricultural Exhibit; Offi
cials Express Thanks.
The officials of the Blue Ridge
Fair Association regrets that it
became necessary to All off hav
the fair this year. Some new cases
of polio are developing in the
county, and the fair association
was avised that taking this pre
caution might help in the preven
tion of the spread of the disease.
Mr. H. Grady Farthing, the fair
manager expresses his apprecia
tion to the people who aided in
getting ready for the fair, in the
"We wish to take this opportu
nity to thank everyone, who so
liberally purchased ads in our
premium catalog. Also we wish to
thar.V all the workers and de
partment supervisors, who were
10 liberally giving their time and
talent in our effort to promote
the fair. We sincerely hope that
another year will bring more fa
vorable conditions for having our
county fair. All funds collected
through the premium catalog are
now in the hands of our treasur
er, Mr. Clyde R. Greene."
Dr. Barden Attends
Meeting of NCEA
Dr. John G. Barden, professor
of education at Appalachian col
lege, attended an all-day meeting
Saturday of the legislative com
mitte of the North Carolina edu
I The committee concentrated its
efforts on laying the foundation
for proposed legislation for the
year toward the improvement of
the teaching profession.
Dr. Barden is president of the
division of higher education, and
the State planning commission of
the North Carolina Education As
BAMBOO TEAM TO PLAY
FRIES TEAM SATURDAY
The Bamboo baseball team will
meet the Fries, Va., team on the
Bamboo diamond Saturday at 1
(o'clock. Bamboo will play Sparta
Wednesday afternoon of next
week at 2, o'clock on college
OFFICIALS AT THE FLOWER SHOW
Picture! at tha cloaa of tha Wmui'i Club'i annual flowtr ?how, ara loft to rlght. Mzs. W. C.
Qran. gonaral chairman of tha wmL and .tha board of judgaa, who mi Mra. Charlaa Mm of
Miami and Blowing Rock: Mn. Charlaa Cmwa, Charlotla and Blowing Roe*, and Mi* Coti A.
Harrla of Charlottl ?Photo by Palm* Blair.
DR. SMITH WILL
BE SPEAKER AS
n : "
Official of South Carolina -
Department of Education to
Speak at Commencement
Exercises at Appalachian
August 26; The Graduates.
Commencement exercises foe
the summer graduating class of
Appalachian State Teachers col
lege will be held in the college
auditorium on Thursday evening,.
August 26, at eight o'clock.
Seventy-six candidates will be
presented fpr degrees.
The speaker will be Dr. Mil
son M. Smith, director of the
Division of Teacher Education
and Certification of the South
Carolina Department of Educa
tion, Columbia. Dr. Smith was a
member of the faculty at Appa
lachian this summer for one of
the two-weeks sessions.
Dr. B. B. Dougherty, president
of the college, will present de
grees to the following:
Young Hawkins Allen, Jr.'
Peach land; Willa Billings, Flint,
Michigan; Barothy Goode Bing
ham, Floe Elizabeth Bingham,
Ira J. Bingham, Jr., and Viola
Gertrude Bingham, all of Boone;
Margaret G. Bishop, Avondale;
Virginia Moretz Bo lick, South
month; Maxine Bradley, Vilas;
Olive Alexandra Brooks, Mid
land; Laura L. Brown, Charles
ton, S. C.; Ruby Parsons Church,
Purlear; Margaret Elizabeth
Clarke, Ansoville; Edgar Bernard
Comer, Dobson; Elizabeth Cray
Ion, Oakboro; Calvin Leonard
Criner, Galax, Va.; Dollie Cul
oertson, Laurens, S. C.; Josephine
Rhoades Davis, Greensboro;
(Continued on page 8)
Rites For FaOe? j.
The body of Delmer M. Potter,
son of Mr. and ? Mrs. Fate Potter
of Tamarack, yho was killed in
the Pacific area May 12, 1949, has
seen returned to Watauga for per
Funeral services are to be held
Thursday evening at 2 o'clock at
the Baptist Church at Tamarack,
by Rev. Noah Johnson, and bur
ial will be in the Potter family
cemetery. ,, i
Full military honors will be ac
corded at the graveside by mem
bers of Watauga Post No. 130, of
the American Legion.
Make Local Trip
Mr. Bapst of the General Sup
erintendent's office, railway mail
service, Washington, D. C? was
in town Tuesday conferring with
Postmaster Brown in connection
with a survey he is making look
ing to the establishment of high
way postoffice service between
Greensboro and Johnson City,
He was accompanied by 3. Mc
Ghee, district superintendent of
the railway mail service, Greens
Mr. Holcomb of the district rail'
way mail service office in At
lanta. visited the city Monday on
Gov. Ballentine To Go
to Bean Festival Event
Mountain City, Tenn., August
16. ? Lieutenant Governor Ballen
tine of North Carolina, the Presi
dent of the Tennessee Junior
Chamber of Commerce, and th?
director of the Barter Theatre,
will be judges of the float and
queen contests in the annual bean
festival here, officials announced
Lynton Y. Ballentine, lieuten
ant governor of North Carolina,
John McKinney, State president
of the Tennessee Junior Chamber
of Commerce, and Robert Porter
field, director of the famous Bar
ter Theatre, have accepted invita
tions to act as judges in the fes
tival, sponsored by the Mountain
City Junior Chamber of Com
merce and the Mountain City
Community Club, has been defi
nitely set for September 2. The
festival it for the benefit of the
Johnson County War Memorial
Different civic ( organizations
throughout the county an alrea
dy preparing floats to be entered
in the parade and it is expected
that all queen candidates will be
selected within a week.