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VOLUME LXXIV? NO. 24
An Independent Weekly Newspaper . . . Seventy-Fourth Year of Continuous Publication
BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1MI
PRICE ? CENTS
Dec. ? 52 37 37
Dec. 8 34 38 41 (g
Dec. 1 V m S3
Dec 8 34 4# 28
Dec. 9 31 2) 31
10 SI 30 48 \JW
11 49 30 43 .13
WAITING.? Tobacco farmers line up their loaded trucks to wait their turn at "weighing-in," and head
for the warehouse, swapping jokes, greeting old friends and reminiscing of yesteryears. . . . Inside
the warehouse one wonders how any more of the pungent golden leaf can be crammed onto an already
overflowing floor. But, as Edgar Edmisten, weigher-in, says, "It comes and it goes. There's always
room for one more load."
Boone Burley Sales Break Record
The Mountain Burley Warehouse
has set a new record in tobacco
sales, with approximately three
and a half million pounds being
sold to date as against 4,038,000
pounds for the entire season last
year, according to Mrs. Harriet
Despite the rain the first of the
week, Mrs. Sikes reports that sales
have been going extremely well
and excellent prices are holding.
She emphasized that there is am
ple warehouse space for unloading
the tobacco and quick sales are
Markets will close on December
21 for the Christmas holidays and
will be resumed on January 3.
Boone Men In Washington To
Tell Of Local Developments
Alfred T. Adams, cashier of
The Northwestern Bank, and
Wade E. Brown, mayor of
Boone, art in Washington to
day (Thursday) where they will
appear at 8 p. m. before the
National Advisory Committee
on Rural Development of the
Department of Agriculture, to
tell the story of the develop
ment of Boone and Watauga
county, and the opportunities
it holds out for industrial, rec
reational and travel expansion.
Mr. Adams is chairman of
the Watauga County Rural
Development Committee, and
the success of this program in
this area prompted the invi
tation from Mr. A. T. Mace,
director of the Federal office,
who extended the invitation to
him and Mayor Brown. The
Mayor has consistently worked
in civic affairs.
Aside from appearing be
fore the Advisory Committee,
Mr. Mace asks Messrs Adams
and Brown to appear again
either Friday afternoon or
evening to prepare a radio or
The Boone men say they
expect to present a complete
picture of the growth of Boone
and the county, including the
College, industrial plants, bus
iness district, agricultural de
velopment, at the same time
pointing out the opportunities
which exist here for continued
development as a recreational
and tourist center. The fav
orable climate which exists
here for industrial develop
ment will also be outlined by
Messrs Adams and Brown.
Officials of the United Fund
Drive celebrated a successful cam
paign with a luncheon at Daniel
Boone Hotel on Tuesday.
Stanley Harris, president of the
organization, says all figures are
not in but he is reasonably certain
that the drive exceeded all ex
pectations and went far above the
Mr. Harris says that a complete
breakdown will be given as soon
as all figures are in.
COACH JIM DUNCAN AND ATHLETIC BUSINESS MANAGER JIM JONES
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Itadium Drive Moves Forward;
'oorw And Watauga Lead Way
By LARRY PENLEY
Appalachian Alumni, from all
the South, are getting on the
Idwagon as the ASTC Fund
,e gains momentum every day.
nth the Boone and Watauga
steadily moving toward its
of $20,000, the campaign to
funds for seats for Appala
Jn's new outdoor stadium will
move td a broader front in
ling alumni, friends MM MMt
ness organization* outside the
home of the eollcge. VQ *
Starting ?? January 1, a CM
centrsted campaign will be con
ducted both by mail and personal
contacta Hi aa effort to give
friends of the college everywhere
the opportunity of H*i>g Appa
lachian's (Indent t, facatty ad
friends in this local area la caa
trihatlng to the completion at this
The local campaign which open
ed on October 1 in Watauga Coun
ty under the direction of co-chair
men Alfred Adam* and Jamea
Marah ha* reached more than
thi ec-fourtha of ita quota, and
there ia every indication^ that the
(0*1 will be reached by the end
of the year.
The atadeate, faealty and e?
ployeea of the college are eatha*
Continaed on page 2, Section C
ELEVEN COUNTIES COMPETED
Three Watauga Communities
Given Awards At Elkin Meeting
Yule Closing .
Hours Are Set
Herman W. Wilcox, President
of the Merchants Association, re
commends the following hours for
the Christmas holidays:
Beginning December 15th, stores
would stay open to 9 o'clock until
Christmas eve, closing at the re
gular hours on Saturday Decem
ber 16 and Saturday December 23.
It is recommended that stores
remain closed one day, December
29, for the Christmas observance.
200 Students To
Of Yule Music
Approximately two-hundred ele
mentary and high school students
will participate in a program of
Christmas music to be given Mon
day evening, December 18th, at
7:30 p. m. in the Appalachian Ele
mentary School Auditorium.
Presenting the program for the
Boone Parent-Teacher Association
will be the Appalachian High
School Choir, directed by J. E.
Wilson, Jr., and three Elementary
School Mixed Choruses, directed
by MM. Wilson.
A varied seletcion of both sacred
and secular numbers will be per
formed In concert style.
PTA members and the general
public are invited to attend. There
will be no admission charge.
A good crowd attended H. M.
Hamilton's annual Hereford Sale,
and despite the fact that many
calves were Included, the cattle
brought good average prices.
The 47 head sold for an average
of $146; the top ten averaged
$227.90; the top 29 averaged
The top bull brought $269 and
the top cow $260. Both were con
signed by the B k M Land & Cat
tle Co. of Valla Crucis. The bull
was bought by Jack Edmisten and
the cow by the Diamond S Ranch.
The cattle were sold in North
Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
Mr. Hamilton managed the sale
and sold the cattle.
DECORATIONS. ? Mr. and Mrs. Levi Wation of Deep Gap leave the market where their evergreens
were sold, while their eager-eyed children wait in the truck at the right in delightful anticipation of
"Shopping for Santa Claus" with the money received. Mrs. Watson says, "We make i right smart of
roping every year and it sure helps out." The lage truck at the left stands loaded, ready for ship
ment to various points.
Christmas Evergreen Business
Vital Watauga County Industry
By DOTT W. GRYDER
The evergreen business has be
come an important industry in
Watauga County, bringing a tidy
sum to many farm families, whose
prosperity in turn contributes to
the economic growth of the entire
area by putting more money into
Many families have come to de
pend on this sizeable supplement
to their income, not only for the
essentials, but for many of the "ex
tras" which make for happier liv
ing. Many homes boast of new
television set or new furniture and
clothing for the whole family
which were brought from the pro
ceeds of evergreen sales. The ex
tra revenue is, indeed, a boon at
1 Christmas time, helping to stuff
stockings which might otherwise
be meagrely filled.
Several years ago galax and
ferns were the big sellers in ever
greens but today the demand for
roping is paramount. Balsam
Christmas trees, balsam and pine
sprays, and roping made from
balsam, white pine, hemlock,
princess pine and laurel are among
the most marketable products, ac
cording to evergreen dealer, Ken
neth Wilcox of the Appalachian
It is not unusual for whole fami
lies, right down to the smallest
toddler, to go out, or for neigh
bors to join forces and go to the
woods in a body to gather ever
greens, thus making the work seem
a pleasurable outing. When the
weather is brisk and cold the brit
tle twigs and limb* snap easily but
in warmer weather it is necessary
to cut them.
Many farmer* who have timber
land lying dormant, with trees
which need to be thinned or culled
are glad to give someone the fell
ed trees just to have them remov
ed. In some cases permission is
granted to cut allotted trees on
government land, which help*
everyone concerned. It 1* claimed
rmUnued on pjge 2, Section C
Boone Methodist Minister Goes
To White House To Aid Sobell
The Rev. David Andrews, We?
ley Foundation director at Appa
lachian State Teachera College for
the Methodist Church, was
in Washington Tuesday to "under
take a non-violent, direct action of
civil disobedience to appeal (or the
immediate release of Morton So bell
by Presidential clemency."
The "appeal" was scheduled to
take place at 12:30 p. m.
According to Andrews, who made
a public statement concerning hia
actions, be intended to kneel at
the fence near a White House
gate "in a spirit of prayerful en
treaty ? to symbolise the wide
Andrews waa arrested and plac
ed la Jail on charge ef "obstruct
ing the sidewalk." After a half
hour la Jail, ? hearing waa held
and he was acqaltted, he told his
wife hi a telephone conversation.
spread concern that the many In
justice* against Morton SObell be
righted by his immediate release."
So bell has been in prison for
more than eleven years, having
been charged with "conspiracy to
commit espionage," according to
Andrews' statement. Andrews' con
tends that SoboU't case tu wrong
ly prejudiced Iran the start.
"He was not accused of attempt
ing atomic espionage," Andrews
said, "but he was tried with per
sons (the Rosenberu) who were
Andrews notified Attorney Gen
eral Robert Kennedy of his in
tentions to make this non-violent
appeal at the White Houae fence.
Andrews said in his statement
that If for his action* at tne wnue
House he ia arrested for the tech
nical violation of the keep-walking
rule, "I will cooperate willingly
with the arrest." He indicated he
did not think going to Jail would
be a "picnic," but that if doing
so can "help to bring an end to
Morton Sobell's shameful ordeal,
I will be well rewarded."
JUNIOR TOBACCO SHOW ?These boys entered tobacco in the Junior
Tobacco Show and Sale laat week at Mountain Burley Warehouse.
Left to right, Joe Coleman, wsrehouse official. Tommy Wilson, J. P.
Oliver, Jr., Lewis Castle, Joe Sherwood, George Y ounce, J. B. Dancey,
tally Hagaman, Jimmy Monti, Glenn Hicks.
Yule Trees In
The Boone Junior Chamber of
Commerce will iponsor its annual
Christmas tree tale Thursday
evening, December 14, it was an
nounced by Charles Taylor, chair
man of the local project.
Thursday evening Jaycees will
be knocking on your door asking
you to purchase one of the beauti
ful scotch pines which will be
available again thia year. The
money derived from thia sale will
be used for the annual Christmas
shopping tour for thirty-six under
privileged children from all sec
tions of the county.
Sale Is Held
Seventeen 4-H and FFA mem
bers, ten from Watauga and aeven
from Mitchell countiea, exhibited
tobaoco in the seventh annual Jun
ior Show and Sale held in Boone
Wednesday, December 6.
The event is sponsored by the
4-H County Councils in Watauga
and Mitchell countiea and Joe Cole
man and aaeoclatea.
The winner of the show was the
club member who received the
largeat number of pointa, based
on the following: Record Book, 18
points; practice sheets, 20 points;
I sorting and handling, IB pointa;
yield 30 pointa; and price 30 pointa.
This year's winner was Ronnie
Tipton, a 4-H member from Mit
chcll county. Second place was
won by Roger Jenkins, also from
The seventeen members told 17,
346 pounds of tobacco for %\\f
715.10, or an average of $67.53 per
hundred. The floor average Wed
nesday was 166.45.
Club members from Watauga
participating were Terry Hagaman,
J. P. Oliver, Jr? Allen Ward, Jim
my Moreti, George You nee. Tom
my Wilson. Lewis Castle, Glen
Hicks, J. B. Dancey and Joe Sher
Judges for the show were Dr.
D. M. Goesett, extension agronomy
specialist; Roesle Lenier, from the
local warehouse; and Vane* Corey,
U. 8. Government (radar.
I ? 1
Is Cited For
Three Watauga communities and
one special county program re
ceived honors Thursday night
when thirty-three communities and
five counties were recognized for
achievements at the annual North
west North Carolina Development
Association banquet in Elkin.
The money awards were accept
ed by the community and special
timbered Ridge placed second
in achievements made in the (arm
ing communities division, and Fred
Tested accepted the $150.00 award.
Matney placed fourth in the new
community division, and Hade
Smith was presented the $100.00
check for the community.
Cove Creek was one of the five
fifth place winners in the rural
non-farm division. Jerry Ada ma
was presented the $75.00. Cove
Creek wan top winner in its divi
sion for Watauga county.
In the special projects division,
Watauga county received a $100.00
award for its expansion of travel
and recreational facilities. Herman
W. Wilcox accepted the award for
this special sommittee.
The prize money j* expected to
be used for further achievements
by the groups.
The main speaker for the oc
casion was Hfrllee Branch, Jr.,
of Atlanta, a top businessman oC
the nation. Mr. Branch spoke on
the subject of "Who'll take care
of America while America takes
care of the world?"
The speaker lashed out at com
munism and at the apathy with
which Americans are facing the
subject. He said:
"America ,_an't win the battle
with communism if we end up
with a system identical to the one
we pretend to abhor. . . . We
Shall never persuade uncommitted
people of the world to adopt Amer
ican institutions for which we our
selves display little enthusiasm or
"Nor shall we influence other*
to reject socislism if we appear
willing to (otter and finance social
istic institution! not only abroad
but in our own land."
Branch opened hi* talk by say
ing, "Only the people can build
? community ? people with convic
tion and pride. Thl* is a message
badly needed in this great country
of our* ? that government can de
stroy but it cannot create."
He also pointed the need for
leaders who are consciou* of our
nation's history, origin and tradi
tions. "It ia shocking," he said,
"that political choices are being
made, and that laws are being
drafted and executed in this coun
try by vast numbers of men who
have, only the most superficial ac
quaintance with American history
?with the English. Roman, Greek
and Judeo-Christian precedents
which led our forefather* to cre
ate here a government pledged,
under God, to foster freedom, dig
nity and reiponsibility of the in
A delegation of about 39 per
sons from Watauga county were
ainong the more than 800 attend
ing the awarda banquet. They also
taw Dr. Wllliain H. Plemmons,
president of Apalachian State
Teachers College, elected second
vice president of the organization.
Hugh A Crigler, Jr., of West
Jefferson was elected president,
succeeding John A. Forlines, Jr.,
of Old well county.
Director* from Watauga county
are James Marsh, W. C. Richard
son, and Clyde R. Greene. Stanley
A. Harris' term of three years ex
pired this year.
Mrs Ed ML Anderson, of We*t $rj
Jeferaon, gave out the community
awards, and Neil Bolton, associa
tion secretary, aasisted ia the
county awarda presentation.
TU development naociation is
[ Continued M page X Section 0
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