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BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAEOl
Holy Week Services
Are To Be Held By
Simultaneous Holy Week ser
vices have been planned by the
Watauga Ministerial Association in
fourteen churches, starting Mon
day evening and reaching a climax
with the annual Easter sunrise
service which will be held at the
All services wllP be held at
7:30 p. m. with the exception of
the noon community services
which will be held at the Appala
chian Theatre 12:25-12:99, Monday
Chapel services will be held
daily at Appalachian College at
10 o'clock, while Good Friday ser
vices will be held in each of the
public schools of the county.
Following is the complete sche
dule of services for the week:
The schedule and plans for the
programs are listed below. All
evening services begin at 7:30 o'
Noon-time community services
will be held daily, Monday through
Friday at 12:29 to 12:S3, in the
Chapel services wiy be held
at the College at 10:00 a. m.
Good Friday chapel services will
be held at each of the achoola in
Boone Methodiat Church: Dr. J.
G. Hugging, Jr., superintendent of
the Gastonia Diitrict of the Meth
odiat Church, will be speaker Sun
day morning and Sunday through
Wednesday evening. Maundy
Thursday Holy Communion will
be held Thursday at 8:30 and 7:30.
A Good Friday service will be con
ducted by the paator.
Boone Baptist: Worship and vis
itation services except Wednesday,
when regular Wednesday family
services will be held.
Boone Baptist Mission: Visitation
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
night, evangelistic services Thurs
day through Saturday.
Boone Advent Christian Church:
Monday and Tuesday evenings, the
Rev. J. Ronald Schoolcraft, Hic
kory. preacher; Thursday, the Rev.
A. C. Klaer, Lenoir, preacher; Wed
nesday and Friday evening services
by the paator, the Rev. George A.
Boone Presbyterian Church:
(All evening services) Sunday, Dr.
Fletcher Nelson, president Lees
McRae College, Banner Elk; Mon
day, the Rev. Dan Thomas, pastor
Banner Elk Presbyterian Church;
Tuesday, the Rev. Earl M. Miller,
Jr., pastor Crossnore Presbyterian
Church; Wednesday, "The Seven
Last Words," by the choir and the
College Orchestra; Thursday, Com
munion Service, Dr. Joseph H.
Carter, professor of Bible at Lees
McRae College; Friday, the Rev.
J. Kenton Parker, Mt. Mourne,
pastor Centre Presbyterian Church,
father of J. K Parker, Jr., of the
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Named To Board
Of School Group
JAMES M. STORIE
James H. Storie, principal of
Blowing Rock School, was ap
pointed to the Board of Directors
of the North Carolina Education
Association on March 30.
Mr. Storie will fill the vacancy
created when Glenn Robertson of
Surry County was elected vice-pres
ident of the NCEA one year before
his term as director expired.
This appointment is a signal
honor for Watauga County, as the
director for the Northwestern Dis
trict is usually chosen from other
sections of the district.
The 11-member Board of Direc
tors is composed of the president
of the NCEA, Rosalie Andrews of
Charlotte; the vice-president, Glenn
Robertson; the immediate past
president, O. P. Johnson of Dup
lin County; state superintendent
of instruction, Dr. Charles F. Car
roll; National Education Associa
tion director, Earl C. Funderburk
of Asheville; and one director from
each of the six districts into which
the state is divided.
Mr. Storie, a native of Watauga
County, received his bachelor's and
master's degrees from Appalachian
State Teachers College. He will
complete the course work for his
doctorate in education this summer
at the University of Denver in Col
Sunday visitors with Mr. and
Mrs. J. V, Caudill were Mr. and
Mrs. Rex Kilby and daughter Ann
of North Wilkesboro.
Boone store* which observe the
practice 9f being closed Wednes
day afternoons will remain open
Wednesday afternoon, April 17,
and will be closed as usual the
Wednesday afternoon following
Easter and each Wednesday after
noon until further notice.
It has been recommended by the
Chamber of Commerce that busi
ness places remain closed Easter
Monday, April 22, and a majority
of the stores are expected to ob
serve Easter Monday as a holiday.
Don Trivett, 58, of Route 3
Beech Creek, died at his home on
April 2. Services were conducted
at the Beech Valley Baptist Church
on April 4, with burial in the
Beech Creek cemetery. Ministers
in charge were Revs. Ed Farthing
and Tom Ward.
Survivors include the widow,
Mrs. Mary T. Trivett; sons, Floyd,
John D., William, and Henry of
the home, and Cloyd of West Palm
Beach, Fla.; four daughters. Mrs.
George Bolick and Mrs. Marie
Brommer of Washington, Mrs.
-Ruby Trivett and Mrs. Lois Tri
vett of Beech Creek; four broth
ers. Dudley of Whaley, Russell of
Jamestown. Ohio, Bill of Mid
night, Ohio, and Dan of Indiana
polis; and three sisters, Mrs. Roy
Trivett of Beech Creek. Mrs. A. C.
Ward of Reese, and Mrs. W. H.
Presnell of Mocksville.
Lennie Lee Trivette
Is Killed By Truck
Lcnnic Lee Trirette, aeven-year
old ton of Mr. »nd Mr» Earl Tri
vette of Sugar Grove, died In Wa
tauga Hospital Sunday of injuria
Miitaincd when he wa* "truck by a
pickup truck eight miles west of
Boone (act Friday.
The Sheriff! office said that the
child darted into the path at the
truck being driven by Donald Lee
Hagaman of Beech Croak The
child suffered a brain conclusion
and a fractured kg, it was said.
The Sheriff naid no charge* were
brought against Mr. Hagaman.
Surviving, beaidea the parenta.
fr» two siatera. Fay and Mae Tri
veUe, and two brothers, Benny
and Wayne Trivette.
Funeral services were held at 2
o'clock Monday at Antioch baptist
Church. Burial was in the Glenn
FLOOD DAMAGE—The dam of Mystery Hill Lake gave way to the 4.88 inches of rain which fell in the
county last week. The dam went out (ometime Thursday night. W. F. Hudson, owner of the lake, lUted
that it wai the cement part of the dam, in the channel, which gave way, while the earth em part'on the'
aides, were left standing—Staff photo by Joe Minor.
Torrential Rains Damage
Highways, Wash Out Dam
The heavy rains of last week
brought back memories of the 1940
flood to many residents of Watauga
county. In the 24 hour period of
April 4-5 a total of 4.68 inches of
water was recorded as having fell
in Boone. While this amount was
not recorded in all sections of
Watauga, the rainfall was the heav
iest in several years.
Damage to roads and, highways
was heavy, and farmers, particu
larly those in the low lands suffer
ed heavy damage.
Several basements in the county
which had never had water in them
were flooded. Homeowners spent
the greater part of the night dip
ping and pumping water from
these basements. The ball field
at Cove Creek School was under
water, but schools remained open,
as most of the roads had drained
by the time school buses were
scheduled to pick up students.
Concern was expressed by ex
pectant trout fishermen, but re
ports after the Saturday opening
indicated that several trout were
caught in the streams of Watauga.
The water receded rapidly after
the rain stopped. The worst was
over by Thursday midnight, though
some rain fell early Friday morn
F. W. McCracken, county roads
supervisor, stated that roads under
his jurisdiction suffered heavily.
The new Linville highway has two
bad slides on it as the result of
the rains. At the same spot where
the highway maintenance crews
had just cleared a large slide, just
above the dam at Shulls Mills, an
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Carl Sandburg, Noted
Poet, To Appear Here
Carl Sandburg, well-known poet,
Lincoln scholar, novelist, and folk
lorist, now living at Flat Rock,
North Carolina, will be presented
in the physical education building
at Appalachian State Teachers
College on Thursday evening,
April 18, at eight o'clock.
Mr. Sandburg, son of Swedish
immigrant parents, was born in
minoia. As a young man, he work
ed at various jobs in order to help
support the family and pay his
way through school. He drove a
milk wagon, worked in a barber
shop, a tinsmith shop, a pottery
shop, and a bottling works. He
harvested ice during winter in
Illinois and wheat in Kansas. He
was a dishwasher in restaurants in
several western cities. His experi
ences equipped him to be the poet
of industrial America.
Returning from Hhe Spanish
American War, Sandburg entered
Lombard College in Galesburg,
where be worked his way through,
but found time to edit the college
paper and captain the basketball
team. After graduating from col
lege, he worked as a salesman, a
fireman,. an advertiaing manager
for a department store, secretary
to the mayor of Milwaukee, a
pampleteer ,and a newspaper man.
At the age of thirty-six, Mr.
Sandburg submitted a group of
poemi to "Poetry" m a g a i i n e.
Among hit poems was the famous
"Chicago," which was awarded the
Levinson prize. His first book,
"Chicago Poems," appeared a year
later. He was immediately hailed
as one of America's greatest poets.
He has written more than thirty
books, each adding to his stature
as an American writer.
Mr. Sandburg's program at A. S.
T. C. will consist of poetry and
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Site For New Plant
Located In Boone
Plant (or a new manufacturing
plant here neared completion
Monday when representative! of
a company which makes ladies'
lingerie c o nfe r r e d again with
Boone civic leaders.
A site for the new plant has
been agreed upon, said Glenn R.
Andrews, president of the Cham
ber of Commerce, with the only
detail yet to be settled being the
securing of a right-of-way for a
road to the property. He and H.
Gray Farthing will go to Wilming
ton today (Thursday) to secure
permission for this right-of-way
from the owners of the adjacent
property, Mr. Andrews said.
An announcement of the name of
the company and other detail* of
the operation is expected to be
made public next week, he added.
In a survey to determine the
availability of female labor in thia
area, conducted Monday, April 1,
by the Chamber of Commerce and
the Rural Development Corpora
tion, a total of 568 women between
the ages of IB and 40 reported to
the courthouse and registered for
employment in the new plant.
"This lange response was one of
the factors in the company's deci
sion to locate here, provided other
details can be worked out," said
School Board Elects
Dr. Outlet Davant, Jr., Dr. D.
J. Whitener and H. W. Mast, Jr.,
>vere reelected as membys of the
Watauga County Board of Educa
tion by the State Legislature and
have been swoin in for another
At the reorganization meeting,
Dr. Davant was reelected chair
man, while W. Guy Angell, Super
intendent of schools, was reelected
for another two-year term, begin
ning July I, 1957. Other appoint
ments made include Mrs. Dessa
Mae Edmisten, County School Sup
ervisor; Mrs. Ruth H. McConnell,
Bookkeeper, and Mrs. Patsy S.
In accordance with the stag
gered term of office of local
school committeemen, two mem
bers of each committee were ap
pointed or re-appointed for anoth
er term of office. Listed below are
the names of the committeemen
for each school; the first two
names listed are the appointments
made by the Board this year:
Appalachian: Walter Edmisten,
Mrs. J. C. Goodnight, R. E. Agle,
Alfred Adams, Richard Kelly.
Green Valley: Dayton Winebar
ger, Walter Lookabill, George Mor
etz, Woodrow Starnes, Willard
Parkway: Ernest Sims, Fred
Norris, Hayes Wellborn, Clyde
Moretz, Clark Miller.
Blowing Rock: Bruce Greene,
Justin Coffey, Dr. Walter Keys,
Mrs. Carrie Johnson, Daniel Klutz.
VaMe Crucla: Arlle Hodges, Coy
Love, L. F. Townsend, Arthur
Welch, W. H. Cook.
Cove Creek: Dave P. Mast, Tom
Lawrence, Jake C. Mast, John Her
man, Mrs. Mary Harris.
k Bethel: Grover Johnson, Lewis
Norris, Baker Edmisten, Sanford
Creed, Ralph Sherwood.
Mabel: Walter South, Tom Per
ry, John Combs, Herbert Greer, J.
Elkland: Glenn Howell.
Watauga Consolidated: Rev. A.
W. Stowe. Ude Moore, Edward
Grimes, Lewis Ray, Robert White.
The Board of Education re
quested the Superintendent to no
tify committee members of their
appointmenta and requested that
they meet prior to April 18, for
the purpose of electing school per
sonnel for the 1097-98 school year.
Charles Burgess McConnel, 96,
of Vilu, veteran State Highway
Commission employee, died at Wa
tauga Hospital Monday morning.
Mr. McConnel suffered a heart
attack Sunday. Until that time he
had been in his usual good health.
Funeral services were conducted
Wednesday at 2 o'clock from the
Henson's Chapel Methodist Church,
Sherwood. The Rev. Ted White,
pastor, and the Rev. N. C. Bush,
former pastor, conducted the rites.
Burial was in the Glem> cemetery
at Sugar Grove.
Mr. McConnel had been a me
chanic for the State Highway for
Surviving are the widow, two
sons and three daughters: James
and Joe McConnel of Cleveland,
Ohio; Mrs. Georgia Bingham, John
son City. Tenn.; Mrs. Margaret
Watson, Deep Gap; Mrs. Louise
Peeks, Sherwood. One brother, J.
C. McConnel, of Boone, survives,
and one sister, Mrs. Bertie Lee
Henson of Reese. There are
Purchase Of Horn
Land By Town
A bill authorizing the town of
Boone to proceed with the pur
chase of thirty-flVe acres of land,
known as the Horn in the West
property, has been introduced in
the House of Representatives by
Representative S. C. Eggers, on re
quest of the city council.
Some time ago the city had
agreed to purchase the property
to provide a permanent home for
Horn in the West, and for park
and recreational purposes,, but af
ter action had been taken it was
found that an enabling act was
necessary before the deal could be
Under the proposal the proper
ty is being purchased from James
B. Winkler and wife for •109,000,
payable $3,900 on delivery of
deed, and $3,900 annually for 2B
years. A deed of trust would be
executed to secure payment.
New Telephone System Replaces Last Of The
Hand Crankers; Operator Friend Of People
By E. P. HOLMES
March 18th law the Watauga
section of the Skyline Telephone
Memberihip Corporation go into
operation with a five-year subscrib
er figure of 911 and with 271 mile*
of line to meet the needs in this
mountainous country of scenic
beauty. With'an exchange at Sugar
Grove it houses the most up-to-date
automatic equipment obtainable.
This undertaking has been beset
vQth many drawbacks. Mainly the
inrush of new business not antici
pated by manufacturers crested the
However, Watauga's section is
now in operation.
There is nowhere in North Cans
Una that rural telephones are
needed more than in Shulis Mills
section of Watauga. The Hebron
Colony, a rescue minion sponsored
by the Presbyterian churches of
the state, is after seven yean, tied
into Boone. Heretofore, the only
way to get a long distance message
to this isolated locality was to hire
a taxi for <3.00 to carry H from
Boone into this place of scenic
beauty, and the taxi driver made
very little for a sixteen-mile round
Also tied to the outside world
I* Camp Yonahlouee, a very select
camp for some ISO teen age girls
from all over North Carolina.
Now Its greatest drawback to
eliminated It has the latest dial
nyilem of phones.
Added to thli ii the small hamlet
of Valle Crueis (Valley of the
Croat) and the Valle Crucia Mia
■ion sponsored by the Episcopal
Church of the State.
This, too, will meet a great need
aa it will put a location In com
munication with the outside world
that is so historic in its setting that
it is famoua for its two creeka
that crons—not but one other place
on earth is this recorded, and thatI
is in Brittany in Old England. Then
Vilas, Cove Creek. Sherwood and
Bethel will take on new life with
an up-to-date phone system. Added
to this in a year or so will be
Becch Creek and the Road of Pogy
that Richard Chase made famous
with his Grandfather Tales.
Absorbed into this Watauga part
of the Skyline Telephone Member
ship Corporation will be the Old
Watauga Telephone Company that
has operated up and down Cove
Creek these ' many years. Some
hundred and a half old time tele
phonea will be replaced by the
moat up-to-date dial phones obtain
Many old time habits will be
lost and many up-to-date features
■No longer has the whole neigh
borhood the privilege of listening
in at ote time. When these new
RKA dial phones ring it is only
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MRS. NANNIE SWIFT, who for the put 13 year*. hn« spent the better
pert el her life taking cere of »ome 17# phone* in WtUnn County
Last week, after saying "Hello" for over a decade, she said "Goodbye,"
for the Skyline Telephone Membership Corporation has absorbed her
■mall telephone system. In the peat, she has translated for the Illiter
ate, handled death messages, helped put out fires, arranged for choirs
at funeral* and la her spare hours, brought cheer to the ibulrioe.
Still At Large
Two prisoner! are itill at Urge
after their escape two weeki ago
from the Watauga county jail.
Sheriff Hodges says that Am
brose Trivett, son of Link Trivett,
formerly of Watauga county, but
now of Pennsylvania, and Spencer
Trivett of Hickory made their es
cape by blocking the cell bolt
with chewing gum and paper, so
that when the jailor threw the
Jever, the bolt on the one cell
failed to catch. Then when all
was quiet in the corridor, they
slipped from the building.
Ambrose Trivett was in jail for
larency while Spencer was being
held for driving without license,
the Sheriff said.
JOE A. EDMISTEN
Joe A. Edmisten, a native of
Boone, hai been awarded a $4000
scholarship by the National Sci
ence Foundation to the University
of North Carolina, for the academ
ic year, 1907-88,
Mr. Edmisten, a graduate of
Appalachian State Teachen' Col
lege, i* the ion of Mr .and Mr*.
Walter F. Edmiiten of Boone. At
preaent he is living in Chapel Hill,
where he is head of the science de
partment of Chapel Hill High
School and teaches chemistry and
general science. This ia his second
educational award, since he receiv
ed a du Pont fellowship to the
University of North Carolina last
Search Is-f Started For
Miss Watauga Hopefuls
Dan Walton, chairman of the
Entries Committe for the Miaa Wa
tauga County contest to be held
here May 11 in the Boone Dem
onstration School auditorium, said
this week that his group will begin
their search immediately - for s
group of representative local beau
ty to participate in the pageant.
Assisting Mr. Walton will be Dr.
Gene Reese, Ken Schaefer and W.
R. Winkler. Jr.
Mr. Walton has requested that
every Watauga county resident who
knows a personable, beauteous and
talented young lady suggest her
to the committee. ,.j
Winner of the Miss Watauga
County pageant will qualify for
participation is the Miaa North
Carolina contest which will be held
in July. The girl crowned Hiaa
North Carolina will compote ia
Atlantic City (or the Mise America II
IBM crown and the >9,000 flr*t
1 Members of the entries commit
tee will interview each young lady
suggested (or a place among the
group of His* Watauga County
contestants, and the twelve se
lected will appear in the finala
on Hay 11.
To be eligible for the Hiss Wa
tauga County pageant a contestant
must be between the ages of 1»
and tt. She must be a high school
graduate b* September 1, 1961,
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