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VOL. LXI, NO. 12.
BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1948.
FIVE CENTS A COPY *
GOONIGHT BROTHERS, buy
ing taters and cabbage, and ship
ping vast cargoes of mountain
produce to every section of the
country . . . the deplorable con
dition of Howard Street in front
of their place, particularly when
there is rain. Boone's second most
important street should be paved,
even though the town is pretty
short of funds and fostering an
intensive street and water expan
sion program . . . Howard Street
carries the heavy tonnage, em
braces some of the town's biggest
businesses, and the community
credit should stand enough stret
ching to lay on a surface . . With
that done, the principal streets
would be in good shape . . . Boys
and girls start the trek to coll
ege. and to teaching positions in
other towns . . . Neighbors Char
lie and Walter Boone went to
Duke and Kentucky U, respecti
vely, Sunday . . . Rebecca to go
to Greensboro to teach the end
ol the week . . . Other families
feeling loneliness as the kids end
their summer vacations . . Ap
palachian takes on new life as
students begin to roll in . . . Man
visits l^rH-vare store and wants
a bit of ,ose" ice cream . .
Visitor to Democrat office, unac
quainted, inquires for "Mr. Wat
ers" . . . gettinng in right close,
at that . . . cars bump as both
pull away from curb, and motor
ists argue as to who should take
9 ? ?
HOB-NOBBED a bit down at
tb? caul* sal* last Wednesday.
Chewing the rag with W. E.
Shipley, who has fostered the
pure-bred beef cattle Industry
in the county for longer than
we cms remember, and who
knows iB the earners about the
bovine tribe . . . Plump little
white-face holier fetched
HELPING THE MISSUS fin-|
ish filling locker flown at - the]
freeser plant, with succulent gi
den fresh vegetables, and just
about freezing in the zero vault,
in an effort to get the packages
arranged so the drawer would go
back in . . . dropping by to see
our good friend Robert L. Bing
ham, whose son, Howard, died a
few days ago in Washington state
. . "Uncle Bob", even in the
time of his great sorrow, was
'"just all right . . . just fine!"
Never complaining, concealing
his sorrows and disappointments
in an abidiing faith in the just
ness of an all-wise Providence,
Mr. Bingham has gone through
the years, with a faith in his fel
lowman and a belief in the eter
nal goodness of things, which we
haven't seen equalled . . . Wheth
er he is happy or sad, whether
he feels well or is 111, "Uncle
Bob" always smiles, when he says
"Everything's all right . . . just
all right . . . Glad to see you!'' . .
A faith so sublime . . . and an
personality of such radiance .
with no trace of selfishness, or
envy or dislike . . . just about add
up to things being right, in fact!
WE MOUNTAIN FOLK take
politic* fairly mioudr . . ? The
tightly drawn line* may data
i back to the sharp cleavage on
tha inun of tha Clrll War . . at
any rata. lfs tha favorite pas
tima of tha laarnad and tha Il
literate. tha business man. and
tha laborer . . just about all tha
natives herabout haya a hand
in tha muddle toonar or lata . .
Sine* both partiaa hart placed
tbatr tickatm In tha field, small
group* are to be seen In increas
ing numbers "caucusing" in se
cluded spots and the folka are
going into the preliminaries of
a hot campaign, with the usual
array of facta, fallacies . . mix
ed in with quit* ? psstlon of
ftaia prejudice ... At any rate
? few years ago. there had been
trouble, of a rather violent sort
between the two partiaa local
ly. and the situation waa Just
? ? ?
A VOTER, who had just reach
ed hi* majority, and who was ir
revocably tethered to the party of
Jefferson, had been watching the
goings-on about town, and won
dering whether everything was
over . . . suddenly he rushed into
our office, all excited and want
ed to know what the Republicans
were "up to." . . . We assured
him we didn't know . . . that the
election wounds ware healing but
of course weren't "haired over."
(Continued on page *>
Heads March Dimes
R. E. (Bob) Agle of Boon*, who
has been re-appointed Watauga
county manager for the March
of DUpes campaign, which is de
signed to aid in the treatment of
Infantile paralysis victims. The
appointment is announced by Mr.
Howard Coitrell. chairman of the
Watauga county chapter of the
Infantile Paralysis Foundation.
Lions To Aid
Assn. for Blind
Cherryville ? Seeking a total
of $25,000 to expand its program
of aid to the blind, the North
Carolina Association for the
Blind will conduct its second an
nual White Cane sale and mem
bership enrollment campaign
Members of Lions club from
Murphy to the seas, together
with their Lionesses, will serve
as campaign workers.
I The state-wide campaign for
the sale of White Cane buttons
and enrollment of members in
|the association was authorized
unanimously br the state con
vention of Nortji Carolina Lions
clubs. It is annually the princi
pal over-all project of the mora
than 170 clubs in the state.
Chief aim of the association, ac
cording to ttr. Dave Mauney, is
to cooperate with Lions dubs
and other civic groups in pro
jects involving aid to the blind
|and conservation of sight; and
especially to serve in areas where
organized programs in behalf of
the blind and conservation of
sight are not in progress.
Specifically, the association
aids in providing eye operations
and hospital care in needy sight
preservation cases. It provides
examinations and eyeglasses for
underprivileged school children;
purchases supplies for deserving
blind persons for taking voca
tional and home-handicraft train
ing, and otherwise lends every
possible aid to the more than
7,000 blind persons in North
Rev. Sam Moss is chairman of
the blind committee of the local
club. ' '
Mrs. Smith Takes
District Board of Health desires
to announce that Mrs. Virginia
B. Smith has been reemployed
as public health nurse for Wa
tauga county. Mrs. Smith served
very successfully for several
years prior to 1946 in this posi
tion. She will begin her duties
on full time basis on September
The District Board of Health
is pleased to secure the services
of Mrs. Smith whose training and
experience recommended her
highly to the people of the coun
Dr. Kephart to
Speak in S. C.
On October 7th Dr. and Mrs.
A. P. Kephart wil go to Colum
bia, S. C. where Dr. Keqfiart will
speak before a conference on
social work on the subject of
"Group Work in Camping."
Ob September 29th they will
go to Waynesville to attend a
two days group meeting of camp
directors of the southeastern
area at Camp Junaluska. Dr.
Kephart is a member of the
general arrangements committee.
The program will consist mainly
of informal discussions of . cur
rent camp directors' problems as
reflected by the past season's ex
Airtrsts ask ban on shipment
of war goods to Russia, ctataUtas.
Both Elementary and High
Schools to Ouen Mohday;
List of New Faculty Mem
bers Given; Many Former
According to the present plans,
the Appalachian High School
and the Boone Demonstration
School will open on Monday,
September 20. For the first day
the schools will open at 9
o'clock and run one-half day.
Starting on the second day,
September 21, school will run
the full day schedule. The ele
mentary school will open at 8:45
and the high school will start at
8:35 each day. The cafeterias will
open on Wednesday.
The following new faculty
members have been added to the
high school staff:
Miss Turner, A. B., M. A.
Winthrop College, will teach
speech and dramatics. Mrs.
James Leek from Terre Haute,
Indiana, B. S , M. S. Indiana
University, will teach Physical|
Geography and general business'
and assist in the guidance pro- 1
gram. Mr. Golden Buckland,
graduate of Appalachian' State
Teachers College, and now work
ing toward his Master Degree,
will sponsor the senior boys
homeroom and teach science and
mathematics. Mrs. A. E. Hamby,
Jr., also a graduate of Appala
chian State Teachers College,
will teach 8th grade Home Eco
nomics and science. Miss War
ren, B. S. and Master Degree
will teach girls physical educa
tion. Mias McDonald, B. A. and
M. A., will handle Vocation
Home Economics. Mr. Blanton
will replace Mr. Gordon Nash
as director of the high school
band while Mr. Nash is at Pea
body College doing graduate
The returning faculty mem
bers are as follows:
Mr. Herbert Wey, Principal, is
returning to Appalachian after
a one year leave of abaence to
do work toward hi* Doctor's De
gree at the Indiana University,
Mrs. Gragg, Mrs. Smyre, (for
merly Miss Stogner), Mr. and
Mrs. Lovegrove, Mr. Tripp, Mr.
Bingham, Miss Alexander, Mrs.
Hawkinson, Mr. Quincy, Mr.
Tait, and Mr. Hartsell.
For the first time the high
school is offering a course in
Choral Ensemble which will be
taught by Mr. Hartsell. A new
course in Physical Georgraphy
will be given by Mr. Leek who
has bad considerable experience
teaching Geography in the arm
ed forces. Also for the first time
high school students will De
allowed to take instruction in
stringed instruments for credit
toward graduation. This instruc
tion will be taken during the
pupil's study period in the same
manner as piano instruction is
now taken. This instruction will
be given by Mr. Ernes ton who
eventually hopes to develop an
elementary and high school
orchestra as a supplement to our
already outstanding high school
The high school facility and
student body extend their best
wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon
Nash as Mr. Nash takes a leave
of absence to do some graduate
work at Peabody College.
Mr. Nash originated the high
school band and is largely
responsible for building it into
one of the best bands in the
state. At the present time the
band has forty-six experienced
members and owns close to
eight thousand dollars worth of
Mr. Blanton who is replacing
Mr. Nash, has studied and work
ed under Mr. Nash's supervisor
and we know that he win con
tinue to carry on the fine work
that Mr. Nash has been doing.
The high school cafeteria will
open on Wednesday, September
22 and students will be able to
get a wholesome meal for
twenty cents. The lunch hour has
been reduced to thirty-five
minutes and pupils will be ex
pected to eat in the lunch room
unless he brings his lunch or his
parents gives him permission to
eat elsewhere. We are asking
the parents' cooperation in see
ing that their children eat a
well-balanced meal at the hmch
room instead of ?r* **1*'*^ their
money Jar sweets and sodas.
ROTARIANS AT INITIAL MEETING
Members of the newly- formed Boon* Rotary Club are ihown at their organisation meeting. Stand
ing. left to right, are: Palmer Blair. Letter Carroll. L. E. Tuckwiler. Glenn Howell. Finis Wagner.
John E. Brown. Jtj Robert G. Shipley. George C. Greene. Seated: Dare P. Mast. Wr. W. R. Richard
ton. Bert Ellis, Stanley Harrit. (president) Re*. E. F. Troutman. D. L. Wilcox and Dewitt Barnett.
? Photo by Palmar Blair. ?
NO CHOW LINES
Kim Sing Lm of Maw York hara
bold* aloft both Ida discharge
card and his now registration
card. White ha had to ??glstor (or
tho Mcood p? cortmo draft, ha is
to mo no chow linas for a tea#
white. Kim sarrad two aad a half
years in tho notad fifth division.
Ends Own Life
Roy Don Trivette, 25, son of
Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Trivett of
Rominger, suicided Sunday morn
ing by hanging himself to a tree
near the home of his parents.
Coroner Richard E. Kelley did
not hold an inquest, and stated it
was unquestionably suicide. It
appeared that Trivette had stood
on a fence stake and tied the rope
around the limb of a small tree.
Death had ensued when members 1
of the family reached the scene.
Coronor Kelly said that no note
was left, indicating the reasons
which prompted the tragedy.
Mr. Trivett was a veteran of the
last war, and had served for four
years in the army.
Funeral services were conduct
ed at the Antioch Baptist church
Monday, and interment was in
the Mast cemetery. Military hon
ors were accorded by members of
Watauga Post. American Legion.
Besides the parents, Mr. Triv
ett is survived by the widow,
the former Miss Barbara Graham
of San Francisco, Calif., and the
following brothers and sisters:
George, Todd; Conley, Sugar
Gove; Victor, Trade, Tenn.; Ray
mond, Boone; Earl of Rominger;
Mrs. Joe Warren, Sugar Grove;
and Mrs. Bynum Presnell of Ro
For October 3rd
The Watauga county singing
convention will be held at the
Gospel Tabernacle in Boone on
Sunday October 3, starting at 1
o'clock p. m., it is announced by
S. C. Eggers, president of the as
A cordial invitation ia extended
to all singing classes, quartettes,
etc., from the entire area to take
part in the song fest.
To Open First
The squirrel hunting season op
ens in Watauga, Ashe and Alle
ghany counties on October 1 and
will remain open until December
19, it is announced by district
game protector Waiter Edmisten,
who states that hiwrtng lioaoaee
are on sale at the usual place* in
The daQybeg Usntt ot squirrels
has been set at < with a mhos
limit of 75.
Schools Open Monday;
Polio Quarantine Liited
Lions Club Maps
By J. PAUL WINKLER
Lions Publicity Chairman
The Boone Lions Club is pur
suing a program of diverse acti
vities and many useful projects.
Under the leadership of Dr. H.
B. Perry, Jr., who is the Chair
man of the health and welfare
?committee, an extensive effort is
being launched to held the par
ents and children in "The Care of
Children's Feet," and "Ten Basic
Rules for Foot Health." This
will be a county-wide program aa
the care of children's fset ir be
ing stressed on a nation-wide ba
Lion R. E. Agle, president of
the Boone Club, attended a zone
meeting in North Wllkesboro op
September 3. The meeting was
the first on a long list of this ty[le
that Mr. Agle will attend this
On October 3, the Lions Club
will make its drive for Safety
and Fire Prevention. The Appa
lachian Theatre will run safety
films in connection with their
regular pictures. This safety film
will be used for ten weeks. Under
the direction of Lion S. M. Ayers
chairman of the safety committee
and Lion J. Paul Winkler, this
program of fire prevention will
be carried Into a number of our
county schools. The local teachers
can acquire some helpful materl
ial by contacting Lion Ayers or
The most important program of
the year will be under the educa
tion committe, Lion Hillard C.
Tripp, chairman, under the head
ing, "Moral Code for Youth": If
I want to be a happy, useful cit
izen I must have courage and
hope, wisdom, industry and good
habits, knowledge and usefulness,
truth and honesty, healthfulness
and cleanliness, helpfulness and
unselfishness, charity, humility,
and reverence, and faith and re
GROUP TO MEET
The membership committee of
the Farm Bureau will meet in
the county agent's office at 3 o'
clock Saturday afternoon to make
a report on the progress of the
membership campaign, which Is
now in progress.
RECORD NUMBER J
Police Chief Verne Greene re
ports the incarceration of ten
persons Saturday flight in the
most active period of the history
of the police force.
Eight of the offenders were
intoxicated, while two were plac
ed in the bastlle on charges of
disorderly conduct. One arrest in
volved drunken driving.
^ THEATRE POST
Robert E. Agle, was elected a
director and vice-president of Al
leghany Theatres, Inc., at a recent
meeting of the stockholders In
This ootnpany operates theatres
in Sparta and West Jeffstsosi, N.
The Watauga county schools
will open on Monday September
20, it is announced by W. H. Wal
ker, superintendent of education,
who says that health department
information is to the effect that
the polio epidemic is on the wane
in the area.
At the same time, Dr. Len D.
Hagaman, public health officer,
has announced the lifting of the
polio quarantine as of today, since
only two new cases of polio have
been reported in the past week.
The names of those who have
recently contracted the disease,
Maxine Carter, 7, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Carter of
- Maekie Donald Greer, t, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Greer ,of
These make a total of 18 cases
(or the county this year.
Riles Are Held
For A. H. Dula
Funeral services for Arthur H.
Dula, eighty-one, one of the best
known and beloved pioneers of
the Shulls Mills area of Watauga
County, were conducted at 11 o'
clock Thursday, September 9, at
Blue Ridge Advent Christian
Church, Shulls Mills.
Rev. J. Fremont Whitman was
assisted in conducting the servi
ces by Rev. S. E. Gragg and Rev.
A. C. Trivette. Interment follow
ed at Boone's Fork cemetery.
Mr. Dula was Dorn at King's
Creek, Caldwell county, and set
tled in Watauga county in 1892.
He engaged in carpentry and
farming, and Served for a num
ber of years as Justice of the
"Peace. He was a member of the
Blue Ridge Advent Church, and
was superintendent of the Sun
day School for many years. He
took an active interest in church
work, which continued through
his long period of illness.
Surviving are the widow, the
former Miss Mary Jane Coffey of
Shulls Mills; two sons, Mr. Clyde
L. Dula of Blowing Rock and Mr.
Erenst D. Dula of Winston-Sal
em; seven daughters, Mrs. Bea
trice Teague, Mrs. Virginia
Koontz. and Mrs. Estha Self, all,
of Winston-Salem; Mrs. Charlotte
Gragg of Boone; Mrs. Ruby Cof
fey and Mrs. A. Corey of Shulls
Mills; Mrs. CI eta Nicholson of
Los Angeles. Calif.; two sisters,
Mrs. Gertrude Oxford and Mrs.
Charlie Has* of Lenoir; eighteen
grandchildren and seven great
Riles Are Held
For Fallen Hero
Funeral services for Ralph O.
Combs, son of Mrs. Vic Combs
Dishman of Reece, were held
Tuesday at the late residence and
interment was in the family cem
The services were conducted
by Rev. N. M. Greene and Rev.
Mr. Earp, and full military hon
ors were- accorded by Watauga
Post American Legion.
Mr. Combs was killed in action
in the European Theatre of the
last world war. September 33,
Opposition says Fran wffl
fall mil? U. 8. grants credits.
At the Democratic convention
held Saturday afternoon, a full
slate of candidate* was named
for county office, and despite the
fact that there was no speaker of
State or national note for the oc
casion, an unusually large crowd
practically filled the auditorium.
Dr. H. B. Perry of Boom, was
nominated for the State Senate
in the Watauga-Ashe-Alleghany
district, winning by seven con
vention votes over Senator Wade
E. Brown, also of Boone.
Mr. Brown promptly pledged
his support of the nominee and
urged unity behind the county
ticket. . ;
Dr. J. B. Hagaman of Boone,
was given the nomination for the
House of Representatives. Former
Representative R. T. Greer was
the only otter candidate voted on.
Miss Hejvt Underdown, Regis
ter of Deeds for the past 20 years,
received every convention vote as
a candidate to succeed herself.
Charles F. Thompson was un
animously chosen as the candi
date for county surveyor.
H. M. Hamilton of Boone, Chas.
Clay of Vilas, and Wm. Wine
barger of Meat Camp township
are the candidates for the board
of county commissioners.
Following brief remarks by
some of the candidates, Attorney
W. R. Lovill, veteran local lawyer,
delivered an old-time Democratic
speech, and resolutions were paw
ed, lamenting the death of J. L
Wilson, former county chairman,
which occurred recently.
Dr. D. J. Whitner was chair
man of tbu^convention. Dr. J. T.
C. Wright was secretary and was
assisted by S F. Horton and Gra
dy Moretz. ?
Dr, Perry Heads Slate as Can
didate for State Senate;
Dr. Hagaman Nominated
Fur House; Other Nominees
Meeting Well Attended.
Father Oi Mrs.
George Pinkney Rhyne, *0, one
of Lincoln county'* oldest and
most prominent citizens died sud
denly Monday morning at hie
home in the Union High school
community near Vale.
Funeral services were held
Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock
at Trinity Lutheran church. Vale.
with the pastor, Rev. W. J. Roof
in charge. Burial will follow in
?the church cemetery,
| Mr. Rhyne was a son o t the
late Lawson L. Rhyne and Mary
House r Rhyne of Lincoln county.
He had been a fanner until rec
ent years when he retired due to
his advanced age.
Surviving are the following
children: Mrs. J. L. Goodnight of
Boone; Mrs. D. P. Hartsoe, Lin
coln ton; Mrs. G. 8. Garrison, of
Gastonia, Frank C. Rhyne of Lin
colnton and E. L. Rhyne, Vale.
Seek YDC Post
Greensboro, Sept. 14. ? The
prospect of a spirited contest for
leadership of North Carolina
Young Democrats at their con
vention here September 18, 17,
and 18, loomed today.
Local leaders said Thomas H.
Broughton of Lenoir, YDC nat
ional committeeman in 194C-47, is
in the race for president and that
reports have been heard of the
candidacies of James C. Farthing
lalso of Lenoir, and Clifton Qlue.
of Aberdeen. Farthing was * del
egate to the national convention
at Philadelphia this summer, and
Blue, a State legislator, is State
Roy G. Baker of Sherman, Tex
as, president of the Young Demo
cratic Clubs of America, will ad
dress a session of the convention
Saturday, local leaders announc
I A navy racruting officer from
the Lenoir office will be at the
Wfice in Boone every other