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iNE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, IULY 4,
NEW ANIMAL, MU5rnAL—ur. John G. Martin, Watauga county veterinarian, has moved into the re
cently-constructed New River Animal Hospital (shown above), located on the new Linville highway (No.
106), about one mile from the Blowing Rock road intersection. A modern poultry diagnostic laboratory
tat been installed, and a boarding kennel service will be offered at the new location, said Dr. Martin.
Blowing Rock Field Day
Features Glorious Fourth
Practically all the stores and
(her business places of the town
( Boone will be closed Thursday
11 observance of the Fourth.
City and county offices are also
xpected to remain closed for the
The 1997 x-ray survey in Wa
auga county has been completed
fith the exception of the follow
p films. A total of 3.S53 persons
rere x-rayed. X-ray services were
nade available to the towns of
loone and Blowing Rock, IRC
ilant, Prison Camp, and Appala
hian State Teachers College from
une 14 through 26.
Assisting in this survey as clerks
nd hostesses were volunteers from
Vatauga County Home Demonstra
ion Clubs, Faculty Dames of the
ollege, women's organizations of
he Boone churches, Chamber of
ommerce and Community Club of
This survey was made possible
trough the cooperation of the Trt
ounty Tuberculosis Association—
1 rough its Christmas Seal cam
aign, the Tuberculosis Control
action of the State Board of
[ealth. and the local Health De
Persons advised to return for a
large follow-up x-ray which will
e taken by a special unit at the
lealth Department, will be noti
led when to report.
All persons assisting in this sur
ey are to be commended for a
ub well done, said officials of the
>cal health department.
Astronomers have reported "very
trong evidence" In recent obaer
ations that some forma of life
light exist on lbrs.
Blowing hock is an get to cele
brate the Fourth of July today
when it will begin ita Eleventh
Annual Field Day at 10:30 a. m.
with a baseball game at the Horse
On the calendar for the first time
I in the history of the celebration,
will be special events at the swim
ming pool. The 940,000 pool was
opened, last week and has attracted
many patrons. The time set for
this attraction is 12:45 to 2:00 p.
Creating the most interest will
be the Gymkhana and Pet Show
at the Horse Show Grounds at 2:30
p. m. Children will display their
pets, riding ability and physical
prowess in six different divisions,
with ribbons being given those who
make th« best display. Classes and
ribbont to be given are listed:
Class l—cutest pets, 7 ribbons.
Class 2—Host unusual pets, 7
Class 3—Children's equitation,
Class 4—Ribbon race, 4 ribbons.
Class 9—Potato race, 4 ribbons.
Class 6—-Balloon race, 4 ribbons.
The churches of Blowing Rock
will join together in a special pro
gram at the Blowing Rock Recre
ation Park at 7:30 p. m.
The day will be climaxed with
a square dance at the park begin
ning at 9:00 o'clock!
The popularity of the Field Day
has grown each year, and at
tendance'has not been limited to
people from Blowing Rock. All
the events are fre« and Um invi
tation la issued for everybody who
can to attend and participate in
Trade Man Drowned
In Potomac Rapids
James Thomas, 18 year* old.
■u of Mr. and Mr*. Howard
Thorn* of Trade. Tenn., wa*
drowned Sunday Jane Zt, when
he fell into the rapid* of the
Potomac River near Washing
ton, D. C.
Mr. Thomas, who had heen
employed in Washington, dip
ped from a roch into the swirl
ing waters, it 1* underatood. Hi*
body waa recovered two days
later, it is said.
The body waa returned t« the
home Thursday and funeral
service* were held Saturday at
the Green Valley Methodist
Church. Burial waa in the Dun
Surviving are the parenta. one
brother and one sister: John
Paul Thomas, Mrs. Haiel Law
rence, Alexandria, Virginia.
Narrow Gauge Engine
Whistle Sounds Again
BLOWING ROCK, June 30—
Tweetsie, the famed narrow gauge
railroad train which once operat
ed from Boone to Elizabethton,
Tenn., rolled again today.
She made an experimental run
on her new track here, chugging
over a trestle that ia some 79 feet
high and through a cut of about
SO feet on the mountain side.
Tweetaie's station house was
filled most of the afternoon even
though her first run was not pre
viously announced and it was esti
mated that more than 1,000 peo
ple visited her.
The first run carried 30 passen
fContinued on ptge two)
June Brings 6.87 Inches Rain;,
\rea Feels Edge Audrey's Might
m jur, minim
Although it may have seemed
i have rained in Boone every day
r June, record* kept for the U. S.
feather Bureau showed that act
ally there were eight dayi that
o rain was recorded, and five oth
ri had too little to be measured.
June of this year had 8.87 inches
>tal rainfall, juat short a few
undredths of an inch of that
ecorded in IKS, when 8.S3 Inches
Last year June was extremely
ry with only .87 inches being
teasured at the Boone station,
unf 1954 was another dry month,
'ith just 1.44 inches of rain being
ifsrtjM, . , <xJ| *?/<-'). K'| Itt
On the 28th of June 1.00 inches
f rain, which fell (in the 28th,
as measured, making it the sec
lid hcavieft rainfall of the mottfc.
V ' ^ ■ • f A if
This rain tai accompanied by high
wind*, which were apparently
a part of Hurricane Audrey, which
wreaked heavy damage and caused
many deaths in Louisiana and ad
In this area field crops and gar
dens appeared to have suffered
considerable damage, but when
the rains and winds stopped, the
corn and other crops, which were
laid low by the winds, began to
Htraighten up and it was expected
that In Boot cases not much dam
age was done.
Gardens got weedy and grassy
as gardeners were given a rest, due
ts the wet condition. Slogs also
grew healthy la areas which are
infested with the insects (or what
ever they are), and much of the
vegetables which matured, par
ticularly lettuce and greens, went
• -i-t I %
unpicked because of less of appe
tite for the dish cauwd by «lug*
traversing the leave* and leaving
Tree limbs were broken by the
wind in some sections of the
county, and workers were called
on to remove some small trees
from streets which w»re blown
Much of the rain which fell on
the county was what some called
scattered showers. Maybe in one
part of the county a hard shower
would fall, when in other sections
no rain would be felt at all for
that day. However, generally, the
rainfall for this area waa sin*
Inches or more.
The most rain recorded In one
24-hour period was 2.20 laches,
being reported oa June 4.
Man, jwife Are*
Fatally Hurt In
Crash At Mabel
A man and his wife are dead
u the reiult of a one-car wreck
it Mabel Sunday night about 7:30
>'clock. The car ran into a tree
n the yard of Bert Mast, across the
road from Oliver's Gro?ery, on
LJ. S. Highway 421.
Hamilton Stacey As bury, 36, of
Shouns, Tens., and his wife, Mrs.
tteba Mae Asbury. 32, were victims
if the accident. Asbury apparently
died instantly of what was de
icribed as multiple injuries of
the head and chest. Mrs. As
bury died in Watauga Hospital
Monday night of brain and Internal
injuries at about 10:30 o'clock.
According to the report of
George E. Baker, investigating
highway patrolman, Asbury ap
parently was driving the car, a
1990 Oldsmoblle. The car was
going in the direction of Tenn
essee. The driver evidently lost
control of the vehicle, and hit the
left shoulder of the highway, came
back on the road and on again
on the right, knocking down an
apple tree. The vehicle again
crossed the road to the left and
ran into the large catalpa tree
in the Mast-yard. The patrolman
estimated that the vehicle traveled
373 feet from where it first left
the road to the tree which stopped
The motor was shoved ba^ji into
the dash, and the front of the
car appeared to be wrapped half
way around the tree. Considerable
pull was exerted by the wrecker in
removing the car from the point
Mr. and Mrs. Asbury, who were
farming in the Shouns area, be
came the fourth and fifth victims
of fatal accidents on the highways
in Watauga County in 1867, Pa
trolman Baker stated.
Funeral services were incom
plete for the victims Tuesday, ac
cording to information from a
funeral home in Shouns.
Andrews Is Offering
Reward For Robbers
Andrew* Chevrolet, Inc., has of
'ered a reward of one-third of the
noney recovered for information
The DMWtf Health Department
states that «o far, few persona over
20 yeari of age are taking ad
vantage of the poliomyelitis vac
:ine which is available. Those ab
solutely unable to pay for this
vaccine may get it at the Health
Department at the regular polio
clinic each Wednesday morning
>etween the hours of 8:30 and 11
With increasing numbers well
protected in the age group under
20 years, last year there was a
narked increase in the percentage
>f cases of polio with paralysis in
;hose over 20 years of age.
Children as well as adults are
lrged by the Health Department to
ake advantage of this free polio
vaccine while there is still time to
jet two doses before the season's
peak. "It is distressing to face
he season when polio may occur
jy too little protection too late,"
i department worker said.
Lamb Pool Is
Set For Monday
The next lamb pool for Wa
auga county farmers will be held
it the Farmers Livestock Market,
'our miles east of Jefferson, on
Monday, July 8, according to the
:ounty agent's office. Lambs will
>e weighed from 7:00 a. m. until
10:30 a. m.
The county agent would like to
>e notified before noon Friday as
o the number of lambs you plan
o take to the pool.
Mr. Truman plana to five U. S.
lis papers and presents.
leading to the arrest and convic
tion of the person or person* who
robbed the company's safe of more
than $2,900 Tuesday night, June
I G. R. Andrews, president of the
firm, stated the offer to the Demo
crat Tuesday of this week.
No leads have been uncovered
thus far in the safe-cracking, said
Sheriff Ernest Hodges. He said he
is continuing the investigation
with the aid of Police Chief Glenn
Richardson and SBI Agent R. H.
Dale Andrews, son of the own
er, found the safe pried open and
tear gas fumes strong in the build
ing when he opened the office for
business Wednesday morning,
Mr. Andrews said $300 of the
missing funds was personal and
the rest belonged to the company
and the General Motors Accept
ance Corporation. He added that
there was no insurance on the
Chief Richardson said two or
more burglars entered through •
rear window into the body ahop
which adjoins the office, and went
through the display room and up |
the stairs to the office.
The safe was rigged with a tear
gas bomb. The yeggmen used an
electric fan to disperse the fumes j
after breaking open the safe.
Bob Swift, wrecker driver for
the company, told police he heard
a noise in the building about 11:30
p. m. Tuesday when he returned
from a wreck call but "thought
nothing of it" and did not investi
The thieves took all the drawers
out of the safe and carried them
to the body shop. Papers and
checks were scattered all over the
floor of the body shop.
Sheriff Hodges and Chief Rich
ardson said the pattern of the
crime followed that of other
breakings which have occurred
here in the past year. They said
they believed more than one per
son wa* involved.
By V. G. ROLLINS
Horn in the Wut opened its
sixth season here at the Daniel
Boone Theatre Saturday night be
fore an enthusiastic audience es
timated at 1,000.
The historical drama by play
wright Kermit Hunter imprmsive
ly depicts the settling of Western
North Carolina during the tur
bulent decade from 1770 to 1780
when the colonists were fighting
to throw off the yoke of British
tyramy in the new world.
The play was scheduled to open
Friday night, but torrential rain
throughout the area forced a post
The drama, which has under-,
gone extensive revision sine* it
first opened in 1082, tells a fast
moving and enthralling story re
volving around the family it Dr.
Geoffrey Stuart, a British doctor
who came to this country in 1771
to study smallpox and is caught
up against hia will in the struggles
of the colonists. His own son.
Jack, actively espouses the cause
of freedom and eventually wins
his father over after a poignant
inner conflict on the part of Dr.
Stuart, who is torn between allegi
ance to the Crown and devotion to
The role of Dr. Stuart is super
bly played by William Ross of
Morganton, who teaches in Boone
and now makes hli home here.
Ross, who has not missed a per
formance of "Horn" since it open
ed in 1952, has also portrayed the
roles of the vicious Col. McKen
zie and John Sevier with distinc
tion in past seasons.
Charles Klledge, who captivat
ed audiences with his bluff and
hearty protrayal of Amos Howard,
leader of the mountain villageri j
(now deleted from the play), and
one season as Daniel Boone, |
brings the same homespun man-j
ner and forceful characterization <
for the second year to the role of'
the Rev. Isaiah Sims, a frontier
Klledge also doubles as inter- ;
mittent narrator, a new /and effec
tive addition to the 1&7 script.
Glenn Causey of Arlington, Va.,
who, at six feet four inches, fita
the picture of frontiersman Daniel
Boone, again delivers a convincing
performance as the drawling hunt
er and Indian fighter for whom
this town and amphitheatre are
The role of Jack Stuart ii sup
erUtively handled by Bob Grubbs,
Pfeiffer College drama tut who,
critics aay, has a bright future on
At an eager and quick-temper
ed young man, thoroughly con
vinced the colonUU are right in
their rebellion against the Crown,
Grubbs adds stature to the part
and swayed the crowds senti
Virginia Jones of Washington,
D. C, gave a convincing interpre
tation in her first season as Mar
tha Stuart, the doctor's wife, and
Ruth Arrington, a* Indian heroine
Nancy Ward, looks and acta her
part with authenticity. She is one
quarter Creek Indian.
Ruby Wiggins does a top-notch
comedienne job aa the husband
seeking Widow Howard. Emmett
Parker held the eye Af the audi
ence as the hated Col. McKenzie,
while the difficult role of Toby
Miller is handled in his expected
ly capable manner by Rogers
(Spud) Whitener. Whitener as
sumed a heavy Cockney accent
for the role of the English black
Jones L. Storie as the Indian
chief, Attakulla, and Frank Jonea
again as Indian interpreter, bring
authenticity to the Indian scenes.
An effective addition to this
year's presentation is the Indian
fire dance, which concludes Act L
David Wynne, aa principal dancer,
leads the colorful spectacle, chore
ographed by Bill Hooks of New
The drama will be presented
nightly except Mondays through
Labor Day at the Daniel Boone
In State Replaced
The highway commissioners
who embarked North Carolina on
ita "largest construction program"
in history have said their fare
The IS members of the commis
sion named four years ago by the
late Governor Umstead. reviewed
their accomplishments at their
The new commission was sworn
into offic« Tuesday, to take over
the responsibilities for the State's
big road system. v
Graham, ending his second
term as highway boss, said the
past four years have been filled
! with activity. He aald road con
\ struction contracts placed In 1004
1 ran to 47 million dollars; In 1009
! the figure was more than SI mil*
\ lion; in 1900 more than S3 million,
and more than S4 million for the
first half of 1907.
W. R. Winkler, who was the
first nun ever to serve the
i highway commission from WaU
aga county, has served four
years and two months without
aliasing a single meeting of the
Commission and working tar the
| people In the eleventh division
to the very last hour; awarding
! contracts In Caldwell, Wilkes.
■ Catawfca and Yadkin totaling
$574,111.55 on lone (7.
Mr. Winkler also pushed work
on county road improvements be
\ for* his tenure expired, including
I several roads now under construc
tion and a number of others In
different counties where funds
have been set up snd surveys have
| been made that will be taking
Get Rid Of Pigs
George Arney advertised nine
pigs in the Democrat recently.
! sold the swine Immediately, and
states that he had no leas than
fifty calls from people wanting to
He My* be could have sold a
hundred pigs as eaally from the
economical Democrat want ad.
iii . -
Hit International Labor Organ
ization's Committee on Forced
' Labor unanimously voted a ban
| on slave labor that will presum
1 ubly be cmbodiad on a Uraal/.
shape in the next yew, which will
be of great importance to Western
Commissioner Winkler and
Division Engineer James H.
Council! have always been anxi
ous to do everything possible
with the amount of funds avail
able. They have been faced wttb
slides, floods, and heavy freezes
ench winter, which took a large
amount of repair funds.
Robert F. (Bob) Gilley, (on of
Mr. snd Mr*. II L Gtlley of Boone,
recently joined the announcing
staff of WSJS Radio and Tele
vision, in Winat on-Salem.
Bob graduated Cum Laude from
Appalachian State Teacher* Col
lege, and wai chosen as a re pre- |jtj
tentative for "Who's Who Among gjfl
Student! in American Colleges and
Beginning when a soph more in
college, Gilly worked put time
during school and full time be
tween terms at Radio StaUoM
WATA in Bonoe, WKBC In North
Wllkesboro, WIST in Ottrtotto, SO 0
.nd WHIT al Mount Mitchell. M . I
WSJS ban one of the J
ratings in the !
bath AM sad I