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VOL. LXI, NO. 13.
An Independent WeSkly Newspaper ? Established in the Year 1 888
BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1948.
FIVp CENTS A COPY
*4 s --
* STREET PAVING IS on the
way in Boone ... city officials
couldn't get contractors to take
relatively small job until late in
season, when the deadline is near
for the placing of bituminous sur
facing . . . accordingly work was
started on the project last Sun
day, in order that the work could
be completed before froet shut off
such activities . . . We are in
clined to hold with the council
that the ox was snugly in the
ditch . . . and that every effort
had been made to keep him out!
WATAUGA WOMAN, indict
ed for the tailing of home brew
soma time ago, mikti her fi
nal report to iha court, and
ends bar probationary period.
. . . It's illegal to brew the pale
distasteful suds ? no question
about that . . . but the purvey
ors of hard liquors . , . the bour
bons. the rye. the b'ends. the 1
Scotch, gins, and all the other
fiery concoctions go on and on
like the brook . . . unmolested.
... A small business institu
tion often finds itself helpless
when it makes a brief foray in
to the lush pastures of the cap
tains of commerce ... it can't
get by with ill
MISS SALLIE RAY hands in a
freak of mother nature in the
form of a branch from a pear
tree containing blooms and little
pears . . .E. E. Earp discovers
September "blooms on a sarvis
tree . . . small boy ties rope to
slender limb for a swing . . .
"I'm like Columbus ... Til do it
or die!" bough breaks, lad
gets mighty fall, dusts self oft
and hitches rope to a higher but
stronger limb . . . Mrs. Jennie
Critcher delights dinner group
with humorous stories . . . lady
diner, nearing the end of an el
aborate dinner, says she's arriv
ed at the "toying stage" . . . Don
Shull, prominent Valle Crucis
farmer, buying land posters, rrJ
trying to figure out some effec
tive way of protecting the birds
on his place . . . Neighbor W. B.
York, Jr., leaves for the Univer
sity . . . Young York bit the top
rung of intellectual attainment at
the local high school, and may be
expected to distinguish himself at
Carolina . . . Coot Haigler, one of
the older colored residents of the
town, lifting his hat, as he greets
us on the street . .' . Letcher Tea
gue, handing out the community
news from his spick and span
taxi stand alongside the Winkler
Motor Co. . . . Man. who had just
passed through an incident of
considerable happiness, was ask
ed if he opened a bottle for the
occasion . . . "Plumb missed out
on that," quoth he, " 'cause I hap
pened to be .on just a routine
drunk at the time!"
POLKS along the street join- |
ed in common sorrow on the :
occasion of the tragic death of
five-year-old B. W. Stalling*.
Jr? . . . Sometimes along the
way. people seem cold, and Just
a bit too eager in their chase
for coin . . . but when tragedy
strikes . . . we all bow in a
mutual grief, anxious to share
the burdens of our fellow man
. . . Mr. and Mrs. Stall lngs are
comforted In their tragic sor
row. no doubt, by the genuine
concern of the people of their
community . . .
OUR GOOD FRIEND and long
time neighbor, David Wyke, went
away the other night, and his
demise brings back memories of
the happy lad, who in childhood
taught us to tie a bent pin to the
end of a cotton string, tie it to
a willow sprout and entice horny
heads and minnows from the
dark pools in the W. L. Bryan
meadow . . . We walked togeth
er for a long long time, and we
shall miss the cherry greeting and
the bits of accompanying laugh
ter, which greeted us on our way
to and from the house on the
hill . . . Bearing a crushing af
fliction with fortitude, smiling
whan the deck was stacked ag
ainst him, he was a genuine good
fellow . . , uncomplaining, neigh
borly and generous ... He could
win or loae with equal grace . .
he grew in stature and in favor
with the folks as the shadows
lengthened . . . One always feels
a poignant loss in the death of
a good friend and a good neigh
ALONG THE WAY: The over
size pictures of Governor Dewey
at local Republican headquarters
in the Linney stone building . .
the neatly patched holes in the
sidewalks . . . the crowds at the
(Continued on page 4)
NEW CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE
Arthur A. Shuck, left, of Brooklyn, U congratulated by firit class
scout Alan Kramer, member of troop 835, Manhattan, after he be
came chief scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America. At right
is Dr. Elbert K. F retwell. retiring chief scout executive. Mr. Shuck
has been a leader of the Boy Scout movement for more than 2S
years. He now holds the highest administrative post in the organ
Stallings Child Dies
In Motor Accident
B. W. Stallings, Jr., 5, son of
Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Stallings, Sr.,
was instantly killed Friday
afternoon, when struck by a car
driven by Cecil Murray of
Sparta, near the Stallings home
on highway 421, just west of the
? The child sustained a severe
cerebral fracture and other in
Information is that B. W. was
playing with a younger brother
at a sand pile near the highway,
and that a small wheel was in
advertently rolled into the road.
B. W. started to retrieve the toy
when struck by the automobile.
The accident was described as un
Funeral services were conduct
ed from the Baptist church Sun
day afternoon, by the pastor. Dr.
W. G. Bond; Rev. Sam Moss of
the Methodist Church, and Rev.
J. K. Parker, of the Presbyterian
Church. Interment was in the
Active pallbearers were. Greer
Hodges, Ted Hagaman, Vaughn
Hagaman and Charlie Rogers, Jr.
The honorary pallbearers were
young' men with whom Mr. Stal
lings had worked for many years
in his capacity as local Boy Scout
executive. They are as follows :
Charles Harmon, Reid Cottrell,
Raymond Smith, Landrine Eg
gers. Gene -Howell, Bobby Har
mon, Buddy Ayers, Joe Huffman,
Jr., Bruce Angel, J. C. Canipe, Jr.
John Tatum, John T. King, James
Harris, Robert King, Thomas
Graybeal, Baxter Howell, Dr. J.
B. Hagaman, Jr., A. Y. Howell,
Jr.; Charles E. Younce, Jr., Ar
nold Brown, Billie Stallings, G.
C. Greene, Jr., Phil Vance, Stan
ley A. Harris, Jr., Ned Austin,
Gene Bingham, Richard Bing
ham, Jimmie Winkler, Steve Dav
is, Blaine Miller, Tom Winkler,
Jr., A. E. Hodges, Jr, Earl Payne,
Murry Craven, Baxter Miller,
Max Robbins, Stacy C. Eggers, Jr.
Denver Bryan, John S. Aldridge,
Jr., John H. Bingham, Lloyd Is
aacs, Jr., .Geo. Timmons, R. D.
Hodges, Jr., Jas. Storie, Junior
Greene, Albert King, Ted Brown,
George King, Tom Wright, Joe
Gaither, Grady Moretz, Jr., Jim
mie McConnell, Fred Councill,
In charge of the flowers were
the little G. A. girls, under the
direction of Mrs. W. Gi Bond and
Mrs. R. H. Harmon.
Surviving are the bereaved pa
rents, and one brother, Andy
Randy D. Norris, ? months old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Duard Nor
ris of Boone, died Sunday. Fun
eral services were conducted on
Tuesday afternoon from the Meat
Camp Baptist Church by Rev. R.
C. Eggers and interment was in
the church cemetery. The parents
are the immediate survivors.
TAR BARRELL BLAST KILLS
Rutland, Vt ? Robert Lynch,
12, was decapitated in the flam
ing explosion of a tar barrel
against which he was leaning
while smoking a cigarette. Bias
ing tar splattered three play
mates and spun the barrel "over
the trees" before it lnnded 200
Columbia Broadcasting System
buys "Amos *n' Andy" rights.
The man about to give his ears a
bath la Henry A. Wallace. Pro
gressive party candidal* lot the
Presidency. He got a hankering
for watermelon while en route*
to Memphis during his hectic ride
Lions Start Drive
To Aid Blind
The Boone Lions Club official
ly launched its annual white cane
drive on Wednesday, September
The "White Cane" program is
to raise funds for providing aid
and employment to tl\e blind.
There are many persons in this
county, and the state, who are
partially or totally blind. Many
others need eye examinations and
glasses, it is stated. Often these
persons are not aware of their
needs, or if they are conscious of
them, do not have the money to
secure the necessary examination
and treatment. A great deal of
work in reclaiming the vision of
children and adults has been done
here in this county. It is financ
ed through the "white cane" sales
and through other special projects
of the Lions' club.
The local club hopes that ev
ery business house in Boone and
every individual will buy either
a white cane, or a membership in
the State association for the
blind. This is the principal means
of providing the necessary help
for this particular need.
The Lions Club hoptes that each
person will feel a responsibility
Rites Are Held
For War Veteran
Funeral services for Walter E.
N orris, 22, son of Mr. Clcryd Nor
ris of Boone R. F. D. 2, were
conducted last Saturday at the
Meat Camp Baptist Church.
-Rev. Stevens, Rev. Ed Black
burn and Rev. A. E. Moretz con
ducted the rites and interment
was In the church cemetery,
Mr. Norris died while in ser
vice at Leyte July 10, 194S, of
The father survive* and a num
ber of brothers and sisters.
IS GUEST WHEN
RE A LEADERS
Sugar Grove Man at Two Day
Meeting of REA Leaders;
Truman Lauds Work of the
Group; Problems of REA
Blue Ridge Electric Member
ship Corporation representatives
C. E. Viverette, general manager,
and Mr. Clyde Perry, a director
from Sugar Grove, Watauga
county. Were among 250 rural
electrification leaders from the
New England and Middle Atlan
tic states attending a banquet in
Washington on September 16, at
which the President spoke.
The banquet was part of a
two-day meeting of eastern
members of the National Rural
Electric Cooperative Association
and other government agency
In his last public appearance
before going on his campaign
tour of the country, the President
made a non -political informal
talk praising the rural electric
leaders at the banquet for their
accomplishments during the past
thirteen years. According to C.
E. Viverette the President said
he knows how much electricity
means to the farmer, because he
lived on a farm when he was
young and didn't get to use the
things his nephew, also named
Harry Truman, has now that the
farm has electricity.
The president went on to tell
the rural electric leaders that he
hoped they would continue to
actively fight for expansion until
every farm in the United States
has the necessary power, the
necessary improvements and the
necessary gadets to make life as
attractive on the farm as it is in
The two-day meeting at the
Washington Hotel on September
16-17 included open forums at
which the nationwide shortage of
electricity, rising power rates
and what the co-ops could do
about them were discussed.
A common problem upon
which considerable time was
spent was the failure of the
co-op members to fully realize
that they are the sole owners of
their electric system. Various
co-ops are repaying their loans
from the Rural Electrification
Administration and will in the
future constitute a very valuable
property and business with no
obligations. Under plans general
ly adopted by the co-ops, each
farmer's share in the ownership
is determined by the amount he
pays for electricity through the
Nation Rural Electric Coopera
tive Association, Tom Craddock
of Seymour, Teaxs, and execu
tive manager Clyde T. Ellis for
mer Congressman from Arkan
sas, spoke at the two-day session
on the national problems of the
rural electric co-ops. The NREGA
is a nation wide organization for
rural electric systems, organized
into ten regions, with the New
England States, New York, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland,
Virginia, and North Carolina
comprising region I. Gordon
Loveless heads the region and
chairmaned the Washington
Mr. Viverette and Mr. Perry
left on Tuesday afternoon Sept
ember 14, and returned on Sat
urday, September 18. While in
Washington, Mr. Viverette and
Mr. Perry visited the head-quar
ters of the Rural Electrification
Administration and looked into
the possibilities of securing addi
tional loans in order to complete
ly electrify all the rural homes
within its service territory. If the
next Congress make available
funds for the R. E. A. borrowers
on the same basis as the last
congress, it is felt that the Blue
Ridge Electric Membership Cor
poration will be able to complete
its job of taking electric service
to all that desire it.
South Bend, Ind. ? Emerson A.
Reese, 09, was charged with
reckless driving and his driver's
license suspended for 90 days be
cause Reese was driving five to
eight miles an hour on a street,
causing a long string of cars to
pile up behind him.
Astoria, Ore. ? Of the first 54
men who registered at the selec
tive service office in Clatsop
county, 49 of them can't be taken,
because they're veterans or mar
ried and the remaining five Were
rejected by the wartime draft
TO ADDRESS LOCAL FARMERS
CONGRESSMAN MONROE M. REDDEN
r ? - .ii i i in ??? ?<
Redden To Address
Farm Bureau Group
A parade by the Appalachian
High School band, an address by
Representative Monroe M. Red
den of the twelfth district, and
'ree refreshments, will feature the
annual meeting of the Watauga
County Farm Bureau, which will
be held at the courthouse Satur
The program will get under
way with the band parade at 1
o'clock. Congressman Redden will
speak at 1:30, on the subject of
"Farm Programs for the Future",
there will be music by the Thom
as and Farthing string band, new
officers and a board of directors
will be choeen, and there will be
free ice cream for everyone. All
farmers and farm women are in
^Congressman Redden made an
outstanding record during the last
session of Congress in the field
of agricultural legislation, and he
made an especial effort toward
the increase appropriations for
the soil conservation program and
thp enactment of a _ permanent
:"arm price support plan. He also
has (avored adequate apropriat
tions for the various agricultural
It is pointed out that when Sen
ator McKellar introduced a bill
to eliminate the TVA demonstra
tion form program, Mr. Redden
arranged a hearing before the
Senate Committee for a western
North Carolina Farm Bureau ael
egation to oppose the bill. Mr.
Howard Edmisten of Watauga
County was a member of the del
egation. As a result of the testimo
ny of this delegation and others,
the McKellar bill received an un
The importance of farmers be
ing present for the address is em
phasized by Farm Bureal offi
Star! to School
Raleigh ? Public schools are
getting under way throughout
North Carolina, and State
Superintendent of Public In
struction Clyde A. Erwin said
yesterday a total enrollment of
about 600,000 is expected.
School officials said they be
lieved moet of the schools have
opened although most of them
were delayed from a week to a
month because of the polio epi
demic. Some schools will start
their Fall term later in the week
and a few have delayed their
openings until about Oct. 1 be
cause of the polio epidemic.
The school enrollment 4s ex
pected to include about 690,000
elementary and 170,000 high
On hand to teach the pupils
will be some 26,000 teachers.
Rural children will be trans
ported by some 6,4X0 school
buses which will travel a total
of 200,500 miles a day? or S3
I million miles a year.'
H?nry Quail*, radical socialist,
who hat been entrusted with tha
difficult job of trying to form
a naw Franch gorarnmanl, fol
lowing tha downfall of the Schu
David P. Wyke,
Dies in Sleep
David P. Wyke, 55, retired
Boone merchant, died Sunday
night in his sleep at his home.
Belief is that a heart attack
likely brought about his death.
Funeral services were conduct
ed at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at
the Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Rev. E. F. Troutman and Rev. S.
E. Gragg conducted the rites and
interment was in the Hine ceme
tery, the arrangements being by
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Mr. Wyke who was u son of
the late Frank Wyke and Mrs.
Wyke was born in Watauga coun
ty. For a number of years he en
gaged in the mercantile business
at Foacoe, later moving to Boone
where he operated a food store
prior to his retirement several
The widow, Mrs. Ethel Aldrid
ge Wyke, survives, With one
daughter, Mrs. Marvin Russell.
There Is one Mother, P. C. Wyke
The county singing will he held
at the Gospel Tabernacle here on
Sunday October 3, and will start
at 8:30 a. m., rather than at 1 p.
m., as had been previously an
SPOTS 0|T LUOOAOE
Pittsburgh, Pa. ? Noticing a
piece at luggage a stranger was
carrying, Robert Brozell sudden
ly realized tt looked familiar. It
waa BrorelT s ? taken (ran Up
car a few minutes before. Police
got it bock and arretted the man.
COURT I S 10W
CASES; TO EHB
Court Likely to End During
This Week; Relatively Pew
Civil Cases To Be Heard;
A List of The Judgments
of the Court.
Watauga Superior Court con
vened Monday morning with
Judge Pleas presiding, and judg
ments have been handed down in
a considerable number of crimi
nal cases. The court expects to
take up the civil calendar today,
and although a number of cases
are docketed, it isn't expected that
the term will continue longer than
the end of the current week.
Following are the judgments
of the court:
Charles Michael, violation of
prohibition laws, $200 and the
cost; driving drunk (100 and the
Ivan E. Church and Zack Icen
hour, gambling, $50 and the cost.
R. O. Greer, Jr., passing worth
less check, assessed with cost, af
ter making check good.
David L. Clay burn, Jr., larceny,
6 months on roads.
Ballard Harrison, assault on a
female. $100 and the cost.
Jr. Bowers, speeding, $25 and
Clarence Col*, driving drunk,
(100 and cost
Arthur Auton, driving drunk,
$100 and the cost.
P. D. Rag an, driving drunck,
$100 and the cost.
B. J. Estes, speeding, $15 and
Ronda Ray, speeding, $15 and
Ralph Presswood, driving drunk
$100 and the cost.
Baxter Hardy, driving drunk,
$100 and the cost.
Robert H. Hollifield, speeding,
$15 and the cost.
Roby Lee Shore, driving drunk,
$100 and the cost.
Lewis Williams, driving drunk,
$100 and the cost.
Jack Ward, 2 cases driving
drunk, $100 and the costs in each
Roland Pardue and Paul Ptn- '
nix, violation prohibition law,
Dave Withers poon, assault on
(emale, 2 years on roads.
Lee Edmisten, resisting arrest,
(50 and costs.
Jack Wellborn, speeding, $19
and the cost.
Joseph C. Jarvis, reckless driv
ing $25 and cost.
Max Vannoy, reckless driving,
and speeding $25 and cost.
Clifford C. Hayes, speeding, $15
and the cost.
Allen W. Bryan, driving drunk,
$125 and the cost.
Hubert Hardin, driving drunk,
$100 and the cost.
Walter Hedgepeth, violation of
prohibition laws. Cost.
OPENER BY 21-14
Winston-Salem ? Three touch
down sprints for half the dis
tance of the field gave Appala
chian State a thrilling 21-14
victory over Guilford college in
a North State conference game
before 3,000 spectators here last
The Mountaineers didn't wait
long to score, shaking Herman
Bryson loose for 51 yards on the
third play of the game for a
touchdown. Tom Murdock sprin
ted 45 yards for the second score
in the late minutes of the open
ing period and then raced 40
yards in the third period for a
touchdown. Tom Boyctte place
kicked all three extra points.
Guilford scored in the first
period when Maultsby climaxed
a long drive by passing to Win
ner for eight yards and a touch
down. Johns passed to Topping
for 39 yards and than to? d dne
to Feeney for 90 yards on the
next to lest play of the flame tor
the Quakers' final score. Maults
by place kicked bath extra
Ends? Smith, Powers, Small.
Felton, Hendricks, Caskey.
Tackles? Grissom, Lyons, Wil
| Guard* ? Alford, Boyette, Long,
Centers ? Honey cutt. Bowman.
Becks ? Mills, Bryson, Cross,
Boger, Murdock, Ragan,.
I Cleveland, O. ? Richard Davis
was standing too close to the
curb reoaotly and was caught by
the waist by a passing trackless
trolley's guide rapw. He was
dragged for 20 feet before re
leased, suffering cuts and brut w.j