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VOLUME LXXIII.? NO. 52
An ImUpauUn, We*Uy Newpaper . . . S*w??yrMr<l Year of Cont inuou, Publication
PUCE: FIVE CENTS BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 1M1
MRS. C. O. HODGES SHOWS HER HANDICRAFT SKILL.
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For Old Tufted
By SUTTON CHRISTIAN
If >11 craft* were judged for
prizes at the Craftsman's Fair*
the Boone exhibitor* would take
top honon for knotting and fring
ing, for Boone it a center for the
old tufted bedspreads and canop
ies of colonial vintage.
Foremost practitioner in this
handicraft is Mrs. C. G. Hodges,
who will be demonstrating again
this year at the Craftsman's Fair
in Aaheville's auditorium, July 17
21. Mrs. Hodges gave her daugh
ter, Mrs. D. W. Cook, also of
Boone, a century old bedspread
that had been passed along by
many generations of the family.
Mrs. Cook made a copy and sent
it to New York for exhibit, with
the result that she has been de
luged with orders to copy some of
the colonial patterns. Mrs. Cook
also makes curtains, table cloths,
and place mats, all featuring hand
tied fringe. The mother-and
daughter team has demonstrated
and exhibited at many fairs in the
Mrs. L. W. Greene, Watauga
County native, has made a iving
from the beautiful canopies she
produces. She has been making
the tasSeled canopy, her speciality,
for 30 years.
Mrs. H. L. Coffey learned how
to tie canopies and fringes from
her mother, Mrs. H. C. MoreU.
Starting when she was 10 years
old, Mrs. Joseph C. Norris helped
her mother make bedspreads. She
has been selling herarticlei since
she was 20. She has been a Guild
member since 1980. One of her
bedspreads, with fringe, is on ex
hibit now at the International Ex
hibition in Cairo.
Other Guild craftsmen in the
Boone area are Mrs. William
Jackson, knotting and fringing;
Clingman -Miller, woodwork; Mrs.
Ruth C. South, weaving; and Mrs.
Howard Carlson, weaving.
Roy D. Fisher
Roy Dexter Fisher, of Boone
and Green Cove Spring*, Fla.,
n died at his summer home here
Sunday at the age of 67.
The body was returned to Green
Cove Springs where last rites will
be held today at 2 o'clock at the
Peoria Chapel and burial will be
in the Peoria cemetery.
Mr. Fisher, a retired official of
t)ie Treasury department in Flor
ida Is survived by the widow, Mrs.
Daisy Fisher, and one daughter,
Miss Fran Fisher.
Miss Linda Greene, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Greene, re
cently graduated from King's Col
lege in Charlotte with a junior
accounting diploma. Miss Greene
has taken a position with R. S
Dickson and Company, stock brok
er*, as an IBM operator in Char
'Horn In West9 Opens
Season On Saturday
Gels Law Degree
CARSON F. ELLER, Who was grad
uated May 28 from the Gonzaga 1
School of La%, in Spokane, Wash. 1
Mr. Eller ii the ion of Mr. and
Mrs. Willard Eller of Sherwood. '
Student registration for the first 1
six-week summer term at Appala- 1
chian totals a record 1582, accord
ing to the office ?f Registrar H.
R. Eggers. Registration for tbe 1
term began last week and was 1
completed Monday, June 12.
Of this number, 900 are gradu- 1
ate students. This, too, is a record
graduate student enrollment, re- '
ports Dr. Cratis Williams, gradu
ate studies director. ?
Four of seventeen two-week !
workshops scheduled this summer
began Monday according to an an
nouncement by br. James E. '
Stone, summer sessions director. ,
(Continued on page four)
Daniel Boone Theatre in Boone
will ring once again with the found
>f the "horn of freedom" when the
outdoor drama, "Horn in the
West," begini its tenth season Sat
jrday night. The theatre, said to
>e the highest outdoor theatre in
;astern America, has a panoramic
fiew without equal in the entire
lation, according to sponsors of
The youngest of North Caro
ina's outdoor dramas has gained
jation-wide attention because of
the professional calibre of the
icting and the tremendous impact
>f the moving story, which deals
with the settling of the western
:ounties of North Carolina by a
letermined band of colonists tiret^
if mistreatment by the British
This year, the original script
Sy Kermit Hunter, has been en
:irely rewritten, with one new and
sxcitlng action scene added. A
lew musical score, written espec
ally for this year's play by Robert
Ellis, will be heard by those who
ittend the Horn this season. New
ind colorful dances, set to toe-tap
>ing mountain music by authentic
nountain musicians, have been
New costumes for almost all of
Jie more than seventy members
if the cast will offer a variety of
:olor not found in any other drama
n the nation. Designers have been
working for weeks on the cos
umes, tailored authentically to the
1770s in which the play is set.
David French, drama professor
it Appalachian State Teachers Col
ege, will be directing this year's
version of Horn in the West. A
graduate of the drama from Yale
Jniversity, the director brings a
wealth of theatrical experience to
.he drama, including some time
Large Num ber Kiddies
Attend Fishing Rodeo
The largest crowd in the history
of the Diamond S Ranch Fishing
Rodeo wa< on band when children
of ago up to 10 vied for ihe
various fiihing honon at Stalling!
Lake, on Poplar Grove Road. Post
poned twice because of damp
weather, the 10th annual rodeo
was finally held Sunday afterilbon,
with more than three hundred
persons* parents and fishermen
(boys and girls), at the lake.
Little Miss Sara Brown, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade E. Brown,
waa crowned queen of ihe :odeo.
Jane Hodges, Miss Watauga Coun
ty, did the honor of placing the
The event, dedicated to the youth
of Watauga county, was termed by
B. W. Stalling!, lake owner, as be
ing the mart successful rodeo yet
held. In ? setting of multi-flora
roses in full bloom, the sunshiny
afternoon was perfect for the oc
The young Isaacs Waltona began
pulling fish out of the pond with
Judy Richardson taking the honor
of catching the firat fish. Most
of the fiah caught were blue gills,
but Debrs Jane Brewer snagged
the smallest fiah, a oaas.
Others taking special honors
were: Deborah Osborne for catch
ing the largest fish; Charles Wil
liams for being the beat fisherman;
Wesley Harmon for being the cut
est boy fisherman; Bret Day for
being the moat excited; and Brent
Hodgea for being the most dis
Following the flahing the chil
dren were served refreshments.
spent on Broadway. Mr. French
has completely revised the script,
creating a fast-moving enjoyable
Bill Ross, English teacher and
dramatics instructor at Appalach
ian High School, returns to his
favorite role of Dr. Stuart, who
in the play is in the Colonies un
der instructions from the British
government to study the dreaded
disease of smallpox. Ross has been
connected with the drama since its
conception. For many years he
played the demanding role of Col.
McKenzie, an Indian agent. The
past two years he served as direct
or of the play.
Charles Elledge, 6-foot 4-inch vet
eran of many seasons of acting, will
be in his familiar role of Preacher
Sims for the tenth season. This
part was especialy written for El
ledge and he is probably the best
remembered actor of the entire
east. Elledge is principal of Mar
ion High School.
The energetic Daniel Boone will
be played by another ten year vet
eran, Glenn Causey of Greensboro.
A 6-foot and 4-inch strongman,
Mr. Causey is a natural as the
famed frontiersman. His physical
stature and fine voice make him
ideally suited for his role as one
of the favorite characters of Amer
Many of the other actors are vet
( continued on page four)
To Be Guests
Newspaper editors and publish
ers from the two Carolina* and
Tennessee will be the' honored
guests at the opening night per
formance of the tenth annual
"Horn in the West" outdoor drama.
Herman W. Wilcox, executive
vice president of the Southern Ap
palachian Hiatorical Association,
said, in making the announcement,
that a number of editors and pub
lishers have already accepted in
vitations to attend the special
week end of events scheduled in
The effort to bring newsmen to
Boone in connection with the open
ing of the outdoor play is being
sponsored jointly by the Watauga
Democrat, the Boone Chamber of
Commerce, and the Southern Ap
palachian Hiatorical Association.
Others cooperating financially
and otherwise in the promotional
venture include Appalachian State
Teachers College, Boone Golf Club,
Daniel Boone Hotel, The North
western Bank, Watauga Savings
and Loan Association, and local
The visiting editors and pub
(Continued on page four) J
CONTRACT IS SIGNED
IRC Expansion Plan Is
Announced For Boone
Project To Be
International Resistance Co. of
.1. ? ,nnounced week that
Jr?.-, * Boone Division will
build a 10,000-square foot exten
*ion to iu plant here this sum
Division Manager Carl Smith dis
closed that a contract has been
signed with Greene Construction
. ' ?f Boone- 'or the addition
to IRC s present plant.
The extension? identical in con
struction to IRG's existing facility
here? will get underway immed
iately, according to Mr. Smith, and
is expccted to be completed in ap
proximately three months.
The extension plans were p*.
Plained more fully by J. Penn
Rutherfoord, recently named exec
utive vice president of IRC, during
a luncheon at the Daniel Boone
Hotel Wednesday for several Boone
business and professional leaders
This was Mr. Rutherfoord'. first
trip to Boone, and he seemed
pleased with what he saw.
The extension will provide a
nearly 30 per cent boost to IRC's
local plant, which preaently totals
about 35,000 square feet. After
the expansion, IRC will still have
nearly IS acres of adjoining land
available to meet possible future
Walter H. Powell, IRC vice pres
ident of operations, was also pres
ent for the luncheon, and he in
troduced Mr. Rutherfoord.
The oficials noted that the new
plant addition will provide for
IRCs "immediate need for addi
tional operating space in Boone."
They termed the expansion "a fur
ther indication of our overall con
tinuing growth in this area."
The executive vice president also
spoke of the 8% wage Increase
the workers in the Boone plant are
Kheduled to receive next month,
the sixth increase since the plant
started operation here in 18B4.
Mr. Rutherfoord said hit com
pany has an "ambitious" engineer
ing anfl research program on now
in an effort to broaden its opera
tion. He also Mid the company
has confidence in Boone and is
looking to the town as one of its
main plant sites.
?i.l?.C1?Ptr*tes * ,ul|y Integrated
plant in Boone, producing power
wire wound resistors, fuse resistors
aelenium rectifiers and diodes, high
frequency and high voltage resist-!
ors, voltmeter multipliers, resist
ance strips and discs and printed
The Watauga County YDC will
meet Friday night, June 30th at
7:30 in The Appalachian Room of
the Boone Trail Restaurant.
It ia important for all me?
bers and those deairing mem
bership to attend.
Special guest will be Hon. Gor
don Winkle# Senator of the 20th
Senatorial District who will give
a run-down of events which will
be of interest to young Democrats.
This month the Bine Ridge
Parkway is celebrating its 2Sth
In honor of these paat 25 years
the National Park Service of the
Department of Interior, through
the Parkway staff will hold a
special campfire program at the
Dough ton Park campground Fri
day June 30th, at 7:00 p. tn.
The public la invited to attend
thia evening program which will
last approximately two hours.
Mrs. Thelma Painter from Ak
ron, Ohio, la visiting with her
i mother, Mrs. Joseph Critcher.
EXPANSION.? IRC official! talk over local plant expansion plans with Chamber of Commerce officials.
Left to right, seated are Herman W. Wilcox, president of Boone Chamber of Commerce; J. Penn Ruth
erfoord, executive vice president of IRC; Louis H Smith, president Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce;
standing: Carl Smith, Boone division plant manager; and Walter H. Powell, IRC vice president
charge of operations.? Staff photo.
Dr. F. M. Dula
Dies On Friday
Lenoir ? Dr. Frederick Mast Du
la, owner and administrator of
Dula Hospital in Lenoir, died at
eight p. m. Friday in Jefferson
Medical School hospital in Phila
delphia, Pa. Death was attributed
to cardiac arrest.
Dr. Dula, 88 years of age, had
undergone spinal surgery at the
hospital 24 hours before his un
Dr. Dula was born In Lenoir
Nov. 23, 1902, a ton of the late
Dr. and Mrs. A. W. Dula. His fa' ti
er was an optometrist.
Lenoir High Graduate
Dr. Dula graduated from Lenoir
High school, then attended the
University of North Carolina. He
graduated from Vanderbilt Medi
cal School, Nashville, Tenn., In
1932 and established Dula Hospi
tal In 1939.
In World War Two, Dr. Dula
closed his hospital to enter mili
tary service as a lieutenant com
mander in the U. S. Naval Re
serve. He was attached to a Mar
ine base hospital as staff surgeon.
While in service Dr. Dula made
a South Pacific tour of duty, fol
lowing which he waa promoted to
Dula Hospital was re-opeoed fol
lowing World War Two.
Dr. Dula served as city council
man in Lenoir for a number of
year*. He was a member of the
American Medical Association, the
North Carolina Medical Associa
tion, the Caldwell County Mediral
Society, and the America Board of
Abdominal Surgeons. He was an
honorary member of the Lenoir
Lions Club. The club extended
him the honorary membership be
cause be did so much charity work
for the blind.
Wife, 4 Children Survive
Surviving Dr. Dula are his wife,
Mrs. Larra P. Dula, who was with
him at the time of his death; one
son, Fred M. Dula, Jr., 10; three
daughters, Mrs. Betty Thompson
of Lenoir (by a former marriage)
and Laura Jo, 12, and Mary Ade
line, five, by bis present marriage;
a brother, Henry M. Dula of Le
noir; a sister, Mrs. Elisabeth D.
Hickman of Lenoir.
Dr. Dula's son-in-law, Dr. C. R.
(continued on page four*
The Boone Chamber of Com
merce-Merchants Association has
issued ? recommendation that
Boone merchants and buainess
houses close in observance* of the
July 4 holiday, according to a
statement by Chamber of Com
merce president H. W. Wilcox. It
is believed that most members
will follow tfce recommendation,
Blowing Rock Will
The town of Blowing Rock will
observe the glorious fourth with
its fourteenth annual Independ
ence Day celebration, under the
apomonhip of the Blowing Rock
Rotary Club with the cooperation
of the business establishments of
For the thousands of people
Visits On River
Mrs. Helen Wilcox Marshall and
her daughter, Miss Cynthia Brown,
are visiting at "Keepsake" on the
Watauga River. Mrs. Marshall's
column, "Incidentally," appear* in
the "Jacksonville Times Union."
One of her columns, written on a
previous visit to this area, was re
printed in the "Watauga Demo
Miss Brown teaches In Japan
with the Army Air Force.
Hostesses (or Mrs. Marshall and
Miss Brown are Miss Yvonne Mar
chesseau and Miss Ella Fowinkle.
visiting this area during the holi
day, several activities are planned.
Beginning the festivities will be
a Little League ball game which
will be played at the school play
ground. Blowing Rock will be
Beginning promptly at 2:00 p.
m? there will be a pet show at
the horse show grounds. Ribbons
will be awarded to the cutest and
moat unusual pets.
Following the pet show will be
the annual gymkhana. The term
"gymkhana" had its origin In In
dia where it means "game* on
horseback". Mr. L. M. Tate start
ed the event years ago and Mrs.
L. M. Tate now serves as chair
man. Several groups are expected
At 7:00 p. m., there will be a
street dance In the center of town.
The American Legion will secure
a band to provide the music for
Many people will enjoy the
facilities at the town park.
All activities of the one-day
celebration will be free of charge.
Federal Land Bank
Prexy To Speak Here
Rufui R. Clarke, president of
the Federal Land Bank of Colum
bia, S. C., will be the main ipeaker
at the annual meeting of the Fed
eral Land Bank Association of \
Boone, on Saturday, July S, ac
cording to an announcement by S.
C. Eggen, president of the local
auoeiation, and John H. Hollar,
This year, the meeting will be
held in the Boone Elementary <
School, and Mr. Hollar said he
expects to have ample room to
take care of the approximately
1900 stockholders and their fami
lies and friend* who are expected
in Boone that day. The crowds
have outgrown the Courthouse,
previous site of the meetings, Mr.
Hollar said, and he expects the
large parking lot in the back of
the school to help accommodate
The meeting begins at 10:30 a.
m., and following Mr. Clarke's
speech, a quia contest, which has
proved popular at other meetings,
will be conducted by T. E. Haig
ler, vice president of the Federal
Land Bank of Columbia. Several
hundred dollars worth of prizes
will be awarded during the con
test, the lop prise being ? tele
Mr. Hollar uid he expects thU
to be the largeit meeting of its
kind ever held by the local asso
ciation. His annual report, which
he will give to the stockholders,
is expected to contain interesting
information, as well as announce
ment of dividends to the stock
holders. Election of director! will
also be held during the meeting.
The Federsl Land Bank Asso
ciation serves the seven-county area
of Watauga, Alleghany, Ashe, Av
ery, Caldwell, Mitchell, and Wilkes.