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BOONE, WATAUGA ^COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25. 1948.
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-IT IS A GOOD THTWG io |
giTe thanks unto the Lord, and j
lo sing praises unio ihf nam*#
0 mot) high: to shew forth thy j
1 erring kindness in the morning,
and thy faithfulness every night
. . . O Lard, how great are thy ,
works! and thy thoughts are
rery deep." ? Psalm 92:1-2, 5. |
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overcouded by the start of the
Christmas activities . . . largely
obscured by football and other
un-related activities . . . was
originated by forbears who, when
they saw the fruits of their toil
stored against the coming win
ter .. . their cabins chinked
against the frigid blasts, and theii
bodies strong and sound from
rigorous outdoor living . . . un
restrained by complexities born
of a later generation . . . deemed
it fitting to provide this day of
meditation . . . offering their
simple thanks to a beneficent
Providence for bringing them a
measure of freedom and of boun
ty. of which they had never
dreamed . . . Midst all the turmoil
and strife of the present machine
age ... in the only land in which
the folks provide their govern
ment. and where freedom and
justice still prevail . . where the
spectre of mass starvation has
?ever staike-' . . . where one's
home is indeed his castle, . . .
where human conduct still fol
lows the essentials laid down by
the Prince of Peace . genuine
Thanksgiving should be a privi
lege eagerly seized by those of
us who hang around at the big
end of the horn of plenty
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WHETHEH we "thank with
brief thanksgiving", or are
merely glad we have inherited
these untold bounties, we
wouldn't know ? . . but we
should be devoutly thankful
for an awful lot of things . . .
for the freedom to worship,
without being limited to ?
specific creed . . . for a Presi
dent and a Congress, which we
placed at the head of our gov
eminent ? not established by ?
minority group, and striving for
peace, rather than for world
domination . . . our families . . .
strong bodies, and sound minds
. . . tor our little children and
lb# neighbors kiddies . . . for a
community of friendly folks,
where one doesn't need to pack
a pistol, or carry a dagger . . .
for our homes, our clothing, the
birds and the flowers, the grass
and the trees ... the snows and
the rains and the sun. which
bring forth the food and the
fiber . . . from the good earth
which sustains us. and provides
tanhisrv for our worn and
wasted bodies . . . for the ser
mons and the song*, and the
cress and the radio . . . the
take* and the ouni . . . the
1 latinh* and th? tear* . . freedom
to Ho anvtMnn a normal person
should want to do . . . for our
?riends . . . the Teacher, the
teacher, the lawver. the banker,
the farmer, the laborer, and
those who just manage to get
? bv . . . all of them citirens of a
I sovereign stat? with eoual
f status before the government
j which thev created . . . more
f than one day and more than
lone column would he required
l? to classifv the blessings which
5 have come down to us . . . who
would seem to be God's favor
, ed flock.
K Most of the Democrat staff
It the Burley Bowl today, eiv-i
ill? sideline sunoort for Ap-|
alachian . Those who laid
!,own the coin on the Duke-Caro-]
|na game, develop the jitters!
Kone toward the end of the sport
lassie ? . Pete Haeaman. build-1
?k? houses, and passing out the
t?ffee in idle hours to friends'
? one cafe counter . . Marion j
homas fetching in a little "off.
?e record" information . . Bob
gle pushing the March of Dimes
tmpaign . . . and the youngster*
itting on their best manners for
e benefit of Santa Claus.
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EARLY SEED CATALOG
ten dm our war. and a glanc*
trough its pages bring* a
math of suiniixi Hma, and
aakas tha admit of tha blaak
rlnitr days lass disconcerting
. . Tha giant cucumbers. pun
dn-daa tomatoas. yard-long
sans TelTaty lawns, flowering
hrubs. berries big as walnuts.
atd half-pound paachas . . .
ha text matter, tailing of butn
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WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Seventy- year -old Dr. Lillian M. Gilbrelh was honored as America's
most outstanding woman recently at the annual dinner of the]
American Woman's Association in New York. The mother oi 12
children and the grandmother of 18. Dr. Gilbreth received this
award for "eminent achievement in the field of commerce and in
dustry.'" Left' to right are Mrs. Fanny S. Sweeney, Mrs. Amy L.
McKay and Dr Gilbreth.
Brother Boone Man
Is Slain In Charlotte
? Pioneer Dies
James Elbert Farthing. 94. re
tired farmer of the Bethel com
munity, died at his home Nov.
16th, following a long illness.
Surviving are the widow, the
former Miss Nettie Howell, to
whom he was married 71 years
ago, five sons and three daugh
ters. Mrs. R. L. Earp. Miss Ona
Farthing, Clyde Farthing of
Sugar Grove: Mrs. Geo. D. Eller,
Akron. Ohio; Steve J. Farthing.
Lewiston, Idaho; James A
Farthing, Greensboro, and Fred
Farthing. Wytheville, Va.
Funeral services were conduc
ted by Dr. W. F. Smith and Rev.
Ed Farthing Nov. 18th at Bethel
Baptist church, and internment
was in the church cemetery."
For AAA Given
On December 2 farmers of Wa-j
"auga county will have an oppor
?unity to elect committeemen to
administer the 1949 Agricultural
Conservation Program, tobacco
marketing quotas, storage and
loan operations, and other activi
'ies important to agriculture in'
Ned Glenn, chairman of the Wa
tauga county Agricultural Con
servation Committee, said that in
the election to be held December
2. 1948, farmers will vote for
members of the local community
committee and for delegates to
the county convention to elect
?he county committee.
Every eligible farmer should!
vote in the election. Eligible
farmers who fail to vote in these'
elections are not carrying their
share of the responsibility for
good administration in the farm;
program, says Mr. Glenn.
Elections will be held in the
fourteen townships or communi
ties on Thursday. December 2. as
follows: Bald Mountain. Cook's
store; Beaver Darrt. Vann Farth
ing's store; Blowing Rock, Cityl
Hall; Blue Ridge. J. C. Storie's;!
Brushy Fork, D. L. Glenn's store;!
Cove Creek. J. B Mast's store;'
Elk. Simmon's store; Laurel
Creek. V D. Ward's store; Meat
Camp. Green Valley school; New
River, voting place, Perkinsville;
North Fork, Eller's store; Stony,
Fork, Deep Gap postoffice; Wa
tauga, Howard Mast's store.
Eligible farmers in this county
are those who have -participated
in the 1948 agricultural conserva
tion program, their tenants or
"Through elected committee
men," says the chairman, "farmers
have a direct channel to those
who administer these programs in
the State and Nation. It is up
to the farmers of Watauga county
to see that committeemen are
elected who can best administer!
farm programs and who under-]
stand local problems.
"Democracy is as good as we
make it. When we don't partici
pate we are placing all the re
sponsibility on the other fellow.
We are not carrying our share of
the load. Not only that, but a*
we fail to participate we lone
just that much of mir democracy."
Kwajalein Island now rated
key U. S. Navj anchorage.
Stacy Harris. 21 years old, half
brother of W. E. Rush of Boone,
was killed and his father. Frank
lin H. Harris, was seriously in
jured. by bullets reportedly fired
by William W. Parrish, of North
Wilkesboro, near the Harris home
in Charlotte Monday evening.
Stacy Harris died ten minutes
after being shot in the back by a
P-38 German pistol, while the el
der Mr. Harris received wounds
in the leg, and is reported as be
ing seriously ill in Memorial Hos
Parrish, who is being held in
the Charlotte jail, told police that
he went to the Harris home to
kill his wife, Evelyn, a sister oi
the slain man, from whom he had
been estranged, and later intend
ed to take his own life. He fur
ther averred that his plans were
frustrated when his wife grabbed
the gun, the bullets taking effect
on her father and brother.
Young Mr. Harris was known,
to many people in Boone, where
!>e had visited at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Rush, and was engaged
in the printing business in Char
Funeral services are being held
;his (Wednesday) afternoon at the
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church at
Purlear. Wilkes county, and in
terment is to be in that neigh
Mr. Rush left for Charlotte
Besides the parents the deceas- '
t*d is survived by one sister, Mrs.
Evelyn Parrish, Charlotte; four
half-brothers. Bill Rush. Boone;
Arthur Rush, San Francisco;
Theodore Rush and Velta Harris
of Charlotte. There are two halfj
sisters: Mrs. Angus Eller, and
Mrs. Sam Ellis of North Wilkes-J
Riles Held For
J. M. Edmisten
Last rites were held for John,
M. Edmisten, 22, son of Mr. andi
Mrs. M. H. Edmisten of Beaver,
Dam township, Saturday at 21
o'clock. The ministers were Dr.!
Wiley Smith and Rev. Herring
Crisp. Rites were conducted from
the Bethel Baptist church and
interment was in the cemetery
Mr. Edmisten entered the ser
vice of his country April 12,
1944, and was killed in action in
the fighting in Italy February
Surviving are the parents, Mr.
and Mrs Marshall Edmisten, two
brothers, George and Baker Ed
misten, and three sisters, Mrs.
Howard Love, Mrs. Baker Ward,
and Miss Madeline Edmisten, all
of Sugar Grove.
Joe Minor Is
Mr. Joe Minor, recently of
Kernersville. has accepted a
position with the Democrat and
assumed his new duties Monday.
Mr. Minor, a native of Winston
Salem, has been in newspaper
work since high school days, and
has wide experience both in
mechanical and front office work.
He, Mrs. Minor, two sons, Joe,
and Phil, have established resi
dence in the Mrs. Jessie McQuire
I Apartments on Grand Boulvard.
EFFORT TO BE
Prevalence of Polio Causes
Organization To Set Caro
lina Goal at One Million
Dollars;. Bob Agle Heads
The National Foundation for
Infantile Paralysis, Inc. has an
nounced the most ambitious
March Of Dimes" campaign
thus far. This has been recom
mended in the face of the severe
Infantile Paralysis epidemics of
the last year, particularly of the
summer just past.
In view of the prevalence and
severity of this disease in North
Carolina recently, our state or
ganization has set as its goal for
the coming March Of Dimes
campaign the sum of one million
dollars. All county quotas in
this state have been doubled over
last year's figures. This means
that in Watauga county it will
be necessary to raise $3900 in
order to meet the quota and pay
the necessary expenses of thej
The 1948 campaign in Wataugal
was the most successful one ever
promoted in this county. A sum
totaling more than $2100 was
raised. In many respects this was
a very commendable response.
However, when the epidemic
struck this area last summer
both local funds and funds from
the National foundation were
necessary to provide the care and
hospitalization for the victims.
Since the first case of Polio was
discovered in this county in the
last week of July, until the pre
sent time, Watauga county has
received $3,809.90 from the Na
tional Foundation to care for its
polio cases We have received
funds considerably in excess of
what we contributed to this
cause last year. At the present
time the unpaid bills for treat
ment of Watauga county resi
dents amounts to $793.50; this
sum will also be paid by the Na
tional Foundation. This means
that the total receipts of our
county for aid and treatment of
uur own people in the last epide
mic exceeds considerably the
money Watauga county contri
buted to the "March Of Dimes"
in the last two years.
The next campaign begins
January 14. 1949 and continuesl
through January 31. The local
chairman of the "March Of
Dimes." Mr. R. E Agle and the
committee working with him
expect the people of this county
to far exceed the contributions of
Get Liquor Plant
Sheriff's officers destroyed a
110 gallon still, manufactured
from two steel drums, and stor
age vats of 4,000 gallons capacity
in a raid made in the Sampson
area Saturday The still showed
signs of having been operated re
cently, but the operators had
made their getaway.
Those conducting the raid were
Deputies A R. Church. Jr., and
Junior Ollis. Clerk of the Court
Fred M. Gragg went along with
St. Laurent takes office as
Prime Minister of Canada.
Christmas Opening, Burley
Event Feature Big Parade
TRUMAN AND BARKLEY
Max Sockwell. 16. a 4-H Club member of McLeansville. N. C., is
shown here with his twin heifers born on election day and named
for the winning presidential candidates. Among the first twins
ever produced by artificial insemination, they are pure-bred Guern
seys born to a registered cow owned by young Sockwell.
Million Pounds Leaf
On W arehouse Floor
Five Days Off
The end of the fall quarter at J
Appalachian State Teachers col
lege comes simultaneously with,
the Thanksgiving season this
yr=>r. and the students and facul
ty will have a holiday of five and
one-half days. Classes for the
quarter will end on Wednesday.
November 24, at noon, and re
gistration for the winter quarter
will take place on Tuesday. Nov
Highlight of the holiday this
vear will be the Thanksgiving
football game in the Burley
Bowl at Johnson City, Tennessee,
between the Appalachian Moun
taineers and State Teachers col
lege of West Chester. Pennsyl
Same Number Burley
The Agriculture Department
says it will assign the same num
ber of inspectors as last year to
burley. tobacco auction markets
for the 1948-49 season.
The department said the
amount of burley to be auction
ed on designated markets will be
approximately the same as in
1947-48. The quality will be sub
stantially below the 1946-47 crop.
.It has estimated this year's bur
1 ley harvest at 508,000,000 pounds.
Local Herefords Given
Prizes At Asheville Show
The 13th Annual North Caro-jfirst. Buncombe, third; Haywood,]
lina Fat Stock Show and Sale was
held in Asheville on last Wednes
day and Thursday. Sixty-five
r-alves from eight counties were
Ben Norris, Bethel 4-Ti boy, and
son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Norris
of Reese, placed first in the med
ium weight class (950-1.050 lbs.)
with his 990 pound Hereford
baby beef Sherwood Bingham
Cove Creek F. F. A., placed 3rd]
in the light weight class (940 lbs.j
down) with his 820 pound calf.
Glenn Reese. Bethel 4-H club boy,
and son of Mr and Mrs. Asa L.
Reese. Sr., of Reese, placed 5th
in the light weight group with his]
910 pound calf.
Ben Norris placed his beef in
third place in competition fori
championship, bowing to two Ma
con county boys.
In the county group of three|
home raised calves (sire and dam
owned in county) the Watauga
boys placed second with Macon
fourth; and Jackson, fifth.
Ben Norris took second prizel
n showmanship while Kenneth'
Perry, who showed the Bingham
calf, placed third.
The support of local business
firms throughout the area con
tributed substantially to the sale
iof the calves and helped to keep
the buyers paying top prices. The
Watauga boys are grateful to Wa
tauga Hardware and Farmers
Hardware for their loyal support
of the home product. Also to the
Northwestern Bank of Boone goes
thanks for prize monoy.
The Norris calf sold for 38c
per pound or $376.20. The Bing-|
ham calf and the Reese calf
rounded out 36c per pound or
$295.20 and $327 60 respectively.
The judge for the event was L.
V. Stankey (head of the Animal
Husbandry department of Clem
son College, and the auctioneer,
Oscar Pitta of Asheville.
Auction sales of tobacco will
start Monday at 9 o'clock on th<?
floors of the Mountain Burley
Warehouse no. 1 where a million
pounds of choice weed is now on
the baskets, and warehousemen
-eport excellent prospects for
Favorable sales prices.
Mr. Roscoe Coleman, who has
operated the local warehouses
for the past nine years, says that ]
the present receipts of tobacco are ;
of the highest quality he has ex- ;
perienced on the local market.
Mr. Coleman again brings to
Boone a complete staff of well
trained men and women. Miss
Harriett Sikes is the assistant
manager, while R. C. Coleman,
Jr.. and Joe Coleman are like
wise assistants in conducting the
sales in the three big houses
which constitute the local mar
The auctioneers are Herbert
Brown of Damascus, Va., and Joe
I All major tobacco companies,
las well as independent manufac
turers are represented in the buy
ing force, and for the first time
in the history of the market the
sales will be broadcast by radio
direct from the market floors.
Farmers are reminded that due
to the vast floor space afforded
on the local market, there can be
no delay in unloading, and that
a quick sale, and courteous and
helpful treatment is accorded at
all times. Mr. Coleman, being a
farmer himself, is anxious for
his fellow farmer to get the high
dollar for their crops.
Virginia Woman Is
Killed Near Sparta
Galax, Va. ? Miss Frances Bry
ant of Galax was killed and two
other persons were injured, one
seriously, when the car in which
they were riding left the road and
crashed into a tree near Sparta
early Saturday morning.
Miss Oleta Cochran of Galax
was taken to an Elkin hospital
where her condition was reported
as serious and Miss Elizabeth
Morton, also of Galax was in
STORES CLOSE '
Practically all the stores, and
other places of business will be
closed for Thanksgiving day, so
that the employees may enjoy
The Bank, postotfice, city and
county offices will likewise be
closed for the occasion.
U. S. plans shift of some fac
tories to offset atom bombing.
Gala Festival Set
Colorful. Floats, Band to Ay
pear in Gay Pageant; Santa
To Distribute Gifts: Xmas
Lights to Be Turned On.
The annual Christmas opening
and Burley Tobacco celebration
will be held here next Saturday,
marking the start of the holiday
buying period, and the beginning
of the sales on the local burley
market next Monday.
Elaborate plans are being made
'or the large crowds which are
?xpected to gather here for the
twin attraction, and merchants
<md warehousemen alike predict
?\ near -record volume of business
during the remainder of the year.
Saturday's event will start with
a radio broadcast from the square
over the facilities of station
WJHL, Johnson City, and the
"man on the street" feature will
be conducted by Happy Sam
Fowler, puroflcLst for the ware
houses. A feature of the broad
cast will be* programs by the
Boone High School band.
The colorful parade will start
from the Gospel Tabernacle In
East Boone immediately follow
ing the broadcast and will pro
gress along King Street to the
Highlander Motor Co., and back
to the square where Santa Claus
will take over and provide gifts
Tor the children out of his huge
More than 25 floats will take
part in the parade which will be
the most colorful in the history
of these local merchandising
Workmen have completed the
job of stringing the huge ever
green ropes, dotted with colored
lights, down both sides of the
street through the business dis
trict, and the decorations will be
Humiliated at dusk Saturday.
Merchants and tobacco men
have cooperated in putting on
the celebration, and most cordial
welcome is extended to the peo
ple of Watauga and adjoining
areas to be in Boone Saturday,
and enjoy the occasion.
Talent Show Is
Set For Friday
The pupils of the Boone De
monstration school will give a
talent show on Friday, Decem
ber third at the evening perfor
mance of the Appalachian Thea
tre. Each grade under the direc
tion of the teacher will contri
bute a number on the program.
The children look forward to the
performance with great anticipa
tion. The presentation will come
immediately after the first show.
Tickets will be sold by the pupils
at fifty cents each for adults
and twenty-five cents for child
ren under twelve. A ticket will
admit one to both the picture and
the talent show. Through the fine
cooperation of Mr. Bob Agle and
his staff of the Appalachian
Theatre the Demonstration school
will share in half the proceeds.
The money will be used to pur
chase supplemental instructional
supplies. Some of the pupils will
come around to sell you a ticket.
Buy a ticket, enjoy the show and
help the kiddies at the same time.
Jr. Red Cross Effort
Meets With Success
Mrs. Joe Crawford who was in
charge of the Jr. Red Crosa drive
in Watauga county reports that
the drive has been most success
Each school in the county was
contacted and a teacher -sponaer
chosen. The following
hav? returned a very satisfactory
Cove Creek high, $14.76; Cove
Creek elementary, 10.03; Appa
lachian high, 18.16; Boone de
monstration, 14.23; Deep Gap,
6.52; green Valley?3.35; Upper
Elk, I. VI; Lower Elk, 1.10; Bethel
school, 5.31; Howard's Creek,
1.00; Cool Spring, 2.53; Wine
barger, 1.66; Rich 1ft, 1.50:
Bamboo. 1.50; Rutherwood, 3.12;
Presnell, 1.00; Blowing Rock
?school, 17.50; Romirvger school,
1.00; Valla Crucia, 6.77.