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VOL. LXI, NO. 15.
BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1948.
FIVE CENTS A COP*
. .OCTOBER comes in ahead ofl
frost but Oie fronds of the forests
are changing to gold and crim
son as summertime takes leave
of the mountains . . . Jack frost
will soon bring in his paint pot
and spreads cloak of many colors
over mountains and valleys
in a magnificent requiem to thei
happy days of summer . . Screech
owl sounds plaintive notes in the'
cool of eventide ... Big crowsl
visit their Alma Mater on the oc
casion of Appalachian College!
and the homefolks turn out to
quish the Elon Christians in a|
classic of the frolicksome pig-1
skin . . The one-way traffic signs
on Appalachian Street, if obswv
ed, most likely will save a life,
y?ur? ? ? ? Howard Street,
beautifully paved, and as smooth
as a floor, brings joy to the folks
who have occasion to use the
town a second most Important
WELv Mdie B. Hagaman, wh?
is a sort of one-man Gallop poti
of local opinion, tells us what's
i1) the minds of the folks over in
his district ... j. Frank Wilson,
who has read the Democrat since)
it first hit the mails, hails us on
the street and chats pleasantly
? . . Earl D. Cook, G. O. P. lead
er. and candidate for commiss
ioner. chats with us about some!
of the funny political angles while!
we wait before the teller's win.
dow at the bank . . . Surveying a
bunch of picture frames and try-l
ing to figure out why the mak
ers thereof can't conform to stan1
aard photographers' sizes
the authority and high moralel
which accompany unusual femi
nine beauty. '
<>*:? ? ?
ROT ARIA* makes it a point 1
to 90 on inspoctioa trip ?f tfa ^
county jail and drops by fc> ta
"? tha courlaous treatment j
throughout, everything in tip
lop shape, and that the best part
H the visit was when he look
ed into the cells, and found ?*.
?ry single one of the barred
rooms . . . EMPTY!
ALONG THE' WspHAL'T:
O roups of bicyclists t (kittling to
and fro in the line oC fast traffic
and giving the motorists the wil-l
lies . . . pick-ups anC trucks slow
ing up the deal . . . driver ahead!
doing fifty, and apparently talk-l
ing incessantly, taking hand from!
wheel to drive home point every
once in a while, and crossing the
center line with every gesticula
tion . . . woman lets bitzy one
walk unaided along the edge of
the .pavement . . big dog who
aimed to cross to the other side
. . . small lad attempts to pull ob-|
stinate cow against her will
gazing down an embankment at;
remains of one of the huge ex
press trailers, which had been a
funeral pyre for the driver .
entire cargo burned, even the rub-|
b?r from the wheels . . . the cur-'
ious pass a few words, and arej
| gone again . . faster than before
1 - ? ? cars passing on one of the
old narrow bridges, while pedes-!
) tnan caught in the center of the]
span holds on to the superstruc
/ *ure ? ? auto with every fender!
/ battered . . . crimson-colored mo
del T, chugging along at a pace!
that would have been breath-tak-!
ing just few short years ago
the hustle and bustle of the air
terminal in Winston-Salem .
Hadn't been at the spot since we
took a barn-storming flight there
when sailing through the ether|
was considered a prank, ratherl
| than a practical means of getting
some place . . . The stop signs at)
Brooks cross roads ... After all
. cm are stopped, no one knows!
2 who has the right of way .
another fellow took the pain to
; move same time we did ...?
I standard traffic light would, it|
. seems, help. ?
? ? ?
Voter reeds plea of candi
date for the esiabllshx&eni of ?
two-party ifitam la North Car
olina . . "Psrhaps the thing to
do . . . think myself there should
b**hro . . , thing that punlM
aae. how mr. is. be don't say
> which two of the darn things
we ought to get 'rid of ... .
f Trying to absorb with might
I and main one of those mixed
op deduct ions . . . speaker notes
our sluggishness on the uptake
and allows that we appear to
' he "dumber than common." . .
Farmers vis 11 Herford sale Bat
I nrday to view the juicy steaks
* an the hoof, and to do their buy
fog . . . some say the peak in
(Continued on page 4)
ELECTION DAY IS COMING
p? ? pnnnnM'1* 'i"" " ' ' Ti ?x.1, wuawwB? ? |
Mi>i Margaret Truman, daughter of tha President, lions tha at ac
tion registration book to Tola in har first Presidentiarelection. up
on har arrival in Independence, Mo. Looking on are har father
and mother and election clerk. Anna Kelly.
Mrs. Harris Chosen
For Assembly Race
Dr. Eduardo D. P. Derobertis. left
>nd Dr. Francis O. Schmlil. of
Cambridge and Belmont. Mask.
respectively, showed pictures of
tiny dots thai may be polio virus
moving inside a nerve to the Mi
croscope Society of America at
Toronto. Scientists attending the
meetings said that if these dots
are actually the virus, there is
reason for rejoicing.
Last Riles Held
For Ll. Aldridge
Funeral services were conduct
ed last Wednesday from the Fos
coe Christian Church for Lieut.
Shona Aldridge. who lost his life
in the recent war while leading
his platoon in the invasion of It
Rev. S. E. Gragg, of the Advent
Christian Church, conducted the
services, and members of Watau
ga Post, American Legion confer
red militaj-y honors at the grave
Lieut. Aldrige is survived by
the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lin
ville Aldridge and the following
brothers and sisters; Shula, Clus,
Jifnmie Aldridge, of Foscoe; Gar
ner Aldridge, Bel Air, Md.; Miss
Burla Snow Aldridge, Mrs. Demp
sey Shook, Miss Burnell Aldridge
of Foscoe; Mrs. Stanley Storie of
Lieut. Aldridge, who was 32
years old, was posthumously aw
arded the oak leaf cluster, an ad
dition to the silver star, for 8*1
larttry in action with an infantry
regiment of the 36th "Texas" di
vision. He was serving with Gen
eral Mark Clark's fifth army, and
had seen action in Africa and
Sicily, before losing his life as he
led his platoon in an attack across
the Rapido River in the Italian
Dr. D. J. Whitener of Boone,
district governor, Lions Interna
tional. was guest speaker at the
States ville Lions Club, marking
the first of a series of regional
conferences on world peace and
Abo speaking at the conference
wyt Edward H. MrMahon and
Congressman R. L. Doughton.
Mrs. Whitener and Richard Kel
ley, cabinet secretary, also atten
ded the meeting.
Mrs. Mary S. Hlurris of Sher
wood, has been selected as the
Democratic candidate for the
Mouse of Representatives, thus
becoming the first woman to be
chosen by either political party
for a seat in the General Assem
bly from Watauga county.
Mrs. Harris received the nomi
nation from the Democratic exe
:utive committee, which acted af
ter Dr. J. B. Hagaman had decid
ed to withdraw from the race for
the house. Dr. Hagaman had been
nominated by an overwhelming
fete of the county convention,
but decided against making the
race due to the pressure of his
Mrs. Harris is a daughter of
the late Enoch and Mrs. Swift,
pionefr residents of the Cove
Creek section, and has long took
an active interest in public af
fairs. and may be expected to
aggressively place her candidacy
before the people. Her husband,
Stanley A. Harris, retired nation
al Boy Scout executive, is presi
dent of the Boone Rotary Club.
554 Children in
School in Boone
The Boone Demonstration
School has gotten off to a satis
factory start with an enrollment
of 554 children in the first seven
grades. The largest enrollment Is
in the first grade. Mrs. Robert
Broome has been employed by
the college to teach part of the
97 pupils enrolled in this grade.
Principal John T. Howell stat
ed that the lunch room has aver
aged serving 350 children per
day during the first two weeks.
Rotary Seeks To
Local law enforcement officers
sometimes find that they have
boys and girls under 16 years of
age in their custody and no place
to put them except the jail. Our
officers hate to lodge a boy or
girl in jail; our citizens hate for
youth to be put in jail and our
county and city officials disap
prove of it. It is unlawful. Some
kind of detention quarters is
Recognizing this community
need, the Rotary Club is using
its influence to help work out
some satisfactory solution to
Nora Doris Thomas, 13, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thomas
of Trade, Tenn., died at her home
Tuesday of bronchial pneumonia.
Funeral services were conduct
ed Wednesday at 11 o'clock at
Thomas Chapel at Trade and bur
ial was in the Thomas cemetery.
Rev. ' Victor Trtvette was In
charge of the rites.
She is survived by the parents,
one brother and two sisters, Wil
ey A. Thomas, Maude K. and
Arta Mae Thomas all of the home.
BILLS CAUSE OF
Descriptions of Sythetic Bank
Bank Notes Given For the
Protection of Local People;
Say Comparison Quickest
Way to Detect Bad Money.
The appe ranee of a number of
spurious ten and twenty dollar
bills in territory in which some
of the Boone stores operate, has
caused the merchants association
to issue the following bulletin to
the public, in order that they
may protect themselves against
the counterfeit bank notes:
There are a good many counter
feit $10 bills being circulated in
the country and some of them
have been found in the territory
in which we operate. The de
scription of these bills is shown
below but this description states
that the seals are green. However
on some of these bills the seals
are black. (The (10.00 bills that
bear the B 388 in the lower right
hand corner have the serial num
ber on the left hand Side under
the seal to begin with the letter
"G" and end with the figures and
letter 0O2C). All of these bills are
drawn on the Federal Reserve
Bank of Chicago.
There are also a few counter
feit $20 bills being circulated and
they all bear the numbers D 99
and A 96 in the lower fight hand
corner. They are alio of the "G"
series. Please be on the lookout
for both the $10 and $20 coun
We are giving in form lit ion seal
in by the United States Secret
Service and the United State!
Treasury Department regarding
the counterfeit bills.
The counterfeits are Of the se
ries of 19340. Red ink lines are
drawn on the paper simulate
genuine threads. Hamilton's hair
has an unnaturally-white appear
% On the back look for the num
bers 1177, 1159, or 1098 in tiny
print, inside the border at the
rigrtl. Also,, the steps to the
Treasury building are missing,
and the area just under the col
umns at the entrance is solid
This counterfeit is being pass
ed on retail merchants in many
parts of the United States. Cash
iers are urged to keep a genuine
S10 Federal reserve note handy,
and to compare all suspected bills
with it. This counterfeit can be
easily detected when compared
with a genuine bill.
I If you get a counterfeit, do not
return it. Try to delay the passer
by some natural excuse, and tel
ephone your police department.
If the passer leaves, write down
the license number of any caw
Gay Fall Colors
In Parkway Area
Nature is parading itself in all
the glory if its many fall colors,
along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The familiar green foliage is giv
ing way to a party dress showing
its many and varied hues of yel
low, brown, scarlet and red.
The fast-turning leaves of the
black gum, hickories, maples, bir
ches and sourwoods and other
trees are arranging a colorful pat
tern for the enjoyment of the vis
itor to the Parkway.
According to Mr. Sam P.
Weems, superintendent of the
Blue Ridge Parkway, this display
is now at its height and should be
very attractive for the next two
Coach R. W. Watkins, president
of the tri-county athletic associa
tion, has called the fall meeting
of the association for Monday Oc
tober 11th at 8:30 in the men'*
gymnasium at the college.
The association is made up of
nine high schools in Ashe county,
four from Watauga, and three
The fall meeting will deal with
basketball schedules, officials and
rules of eligibility for players.
All coaches and principals are
asked to be present
The Department of Agriculture
is giving consideration to Hawai
ian honey in its further purchase
for the school-lunch program.
CLUBWOMEN AID ENDOWMENT-FUND
Dr. B. B. Dougherty, president of Appalachian State Teachers Col*
lag*, accepts donation to endowment fund for Appalachian Summit
School from a group of local clubwoman. Mrs. F. R. Derrick, chair
man of the finance committee. Worthwhile Woman's Club, is saan
presenting the check. Other members of the committee, left to
right are: Mrs. Starr Stacy, Mrs. G. H. Phillips, and Mrs. V. E.
Warm an. A member of the committee, not present whan the ptetars
was made, is Mrs. Lea Reynolds ? Photo by Palmer Blair.
To Open Saturday
How you rot* In Naw York ittit
is your buiiaoM, but you don't
rot* unless you ragistar. So tha
-tanry Willnw. whoii farm
omi U in tha mora rural ruchti
>f suburban Wastchastar. want to
.ha board of alactiom at Whita
Plains. N. Y. to raglstar for tha
Norambar *1 actions. Mr. and Mrs
Wallaca ara shown dropping thalr
^allots In tha box.
Services Held For
William H. Vines
Funeral services for Pfc. Will
iam Hal Vines, son of Mr. and
Mrs. W. R. Vines of Sugar Grove
were held Tuesday, September 28
at 2:00 p. m. at the Bethel Bap
tist Church with the Rev. W. D.
Ashley, Rev. Robert Shores and
Dr. Wiley Smith officiating. In
terment was in the family cem
Pfc. Vines entered the service
April 12, 1944, and received train
ing at Camp Blanding, Fla., Fort
Meade, Md., and Camp Van Dorn,
Miss, before being sent to France
in December 1944. He was killed
in action January 29, 1945 in the
vicinity of Colmar, France, at the
ige of 19.
While home on furlough he was
converted at Forest Grove church
but was called back to camp be
fore he had the opportunity of
uniting with the church.
He is survived by the parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Vines, one
ister, Mrs. Ruby Anderson of
Boone; and four brothers, James,
Thomas, Vance, and Johnny of
Shipley on Board
dreensboro, Sept. 30. ? Three
new directors of the North Caro
lina Hereford Breeders associa
tion were elected this morning
at a business session at Guilford
They are R. G. Shipley of Vilas,
J, H. Crossingham of Mr. Airy,
and W. S. Barber of Mt. Olive.
M. O. Galloway of Waynesboro
association president, presided ov
er today's sessions. After an ad
dress of welcome by T. B. Bled
soe, Greensboro Hereford breeder,
Paul Swaffer of State College's
Extension service, spoke of . the
poasibility of developing Here
fords in this section. He recom
mended improved pastures, dev
elopment of community herds
and improvement in the quality
of purebred herds as methods of
Charles Ingersoll co-founder
of dollar-watch firm, dies. i
The registration books for the
general election will be open at
the various polling place* in the
county next Saturday, it is advis
ed by R. T. Greer, chairman of
the county board of elections.
Mr. Greer states that the books
will also be at the polling places
on October 16 and 23, and that
October 30 will be observed as
challenge day. " < u
_ All those who have nat 'hither
to voted in Watauga, and ? who
have become eligible by estab
lishing their residence here, or
who have attained their majority
since the last election will be re
quired to register. Those who do
not' eppear at. the polling place,
May contact their register at his
home or place of business. J:.'
?,<- Absentem; Available,
Chairman Greer says that the
board of elections, is establishing
an office in the P. W. Moretz
building on Howard Street and
that ballots and necssary forms
for use in absentee vpting are
David J. Craig, summer resi
dent of Blowing Rock for many
years, died at his home in Char
lotte Sunday, after an illness
of several months.
Born in Gastonia, Mr. Craig
was a former resident of States
ville where for 25 years he was
secretary-treasurer of the Henkel
Craig Livestock company. As an
executive of the companies which
built the golf course and enlarg
ed and modernized the Green
Park hotel, he was active in the
development of Blowing Rock as
a summer resort.
Funeral services were conduct
ed at the home Monday afternoon
by Dr. James A. Jones, pastor of
Myers Park Presbyterian church.
Interment .was in Elmwood cem
To Get License
. All persons in Watauga county
[whose surnames begin with E. F,
and G are urged to renew their
driving license at once by the
State examiner for this area.
July 1 to December 31 was des
ignated as the time for the auto
ista in this category to get their
licenses, and although half the
time has elapsed, very few have
secured renewals. The examiner
will be at the courthouse every
Friday throughout the remainder
of the year for this purpose.
Persons driving without a li
cense after December 31, shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor and be
liable to a fine of not less than
ByP.-T. A. Body
[ ' "" ___ I
The Parent- Teachers Associa
tion will sponsor a get-acquaint
ed covered dish supper at the
high school cafeteria Thursday
evening at 7 o'clock.
AH members of the organiza
tion and members of the facuKj
in prior years, will furnish th?
food for the occasion.
Schools to Close at Noon So
Tutors May Gather; Presi
dent Wey to Preside; Walk
er to Give Comparative Tax
Figures Candidates Invited.
The first meeting of the Wa
tauga County Unit of the North
Carolina Education Association
will be held lrf the auditorium
of Appalachian High School, Fri
day, October 8, at two o'clock.
The schools throughout the uma
ty will close at noon In order to
allow all teachers to be present
for this meeting.
Mr. Herbert Wey, who was
elected vice-president last spring,
is now president and will pro
side at the Friday meeting. Mr*.
Rawlelgh Cottrell Is the now
vice-president and program
Mrs. Cottrell has announced
the following program to r the
first meeting: Superintendent
Howard Walker will compere
Watauga county with surround
ing counties In regard to taxes
spent for education.
Mrs. Grace Council! will re
Dort on the N. C. E. A. meeting
held in Raleigh, October S. ?
The county candidates for of
fices in the November election
will state briefly their views to
ward education for Watauga
county. These candidates are:
State Senate, Dr. H. B. Perry.
Sr., Dr. A. P. Kephart; State
House of Representatives, Mr.
C|yde Efcgers aqd Mrs. Mary
Harris; County Commiaatonera,
Mr. Harry Hamilton, Mr. A. G-.
Miller, Mr. Will Winabarger, Mr.
Ckarlie Clay, Mr. Ruff Ward and
Mr. Earl Cook.
Apps Wfoi Over *
[ Hon By 33-13
HermarfBlyson, former Child
ren's. Home -ace, led the Moun
taineer? Appalachian to ?
33-13 home-corning victory over
Elon last' Saturday night.
Bryson sprinted 05 yards on the
first play from scrimmage and
counted three more times in a
wild 26-point third period. The
Mountaineers scored their third
straight North State conference
Tackle Zurlis covered a block
ed punt in the end zone for
Elon's first touchdown and a
65-yard drive notched the second
in the final period with Clayton
Ends ? Cacky, Small.
Tackles ? Grissom, G. Lyons.
Guards ? Boyette, Alford.
Center ? Honeycutt.
Backs ? Mills, Ragan, Bryson,
To YDC Position
Raleigh, Oct. 6 ? Appointment
of Howard Cottrell, operator ot
the College Bookstore at Appa
lachian State Teachers College,
as YDC organizer for Watauga
county has been announced by
Bedford W. Black, State organi
zer for the Young Democratic
Clubs of North Carolina.
In announcing Cottrell's ap
pointment, Black said that the
Young Democrats have establish
ed offices in State Democratic
headquarters and that their goal
is the organization of every pre
cinct in the State to roll up the
greatest Democratic majority in
history on November 2.
Riles An Held -
For Boss Ragan
Boss Cleveland Ragan, resident
of Boone, R. F. D. 2, died at Hox
boro, where he was engaged to
saw milling, on September tt.
Funeral services were held last
Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock
from the Meat Camp Baptist
Church. Rev. R. C. Eggers was
assisted lirlhe rites by Rev. Na
than Greene, and Rev. A. K. Mor
etz, and Interment was in tba
Surviving are four brothers and
one sister: D. B. Ragan, A. J. Ra
gan. J. M. Ragan, L. F. ~
Boone. Mrs. Jake Nc