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Vol. 11IL?No. 39.
G. 0. P. PRIMARY
WILL BE HELD IN
Reese Sees Republicai
Victory And Reelection
The Republican party of Cheroke
county will hold its annual primar
in the court house in Murphy Mor
day for the purpose of selecting ca?
didates for the several county office
in the bi-annual elections in Novel*
The meeting will be held at 1
o?clock, and following the selectio
of candidates other routine busines
pertaining to party matters will b
The convention in the court hous
will follow general precinct meeting
and elections that will be held in th
various townships of the county Sat
The party meeting has been ealle
by D. M. Reese. Murphy justice c
the peace, and chairman of the Chei
imcu Luuni^r nc|JUUWLaii CACVUllv
The offices sought by the Republ
cans will be those of representativ
in the general assembly, sheriff, rei
ister of deeds, and county comma
Another principal county olfici
that of clerk of the superior cour
is not up tor election this year s
(Continued on back page)
PLAN CROPS TO
County Agent Appoint
Committee To Explain
New AAA Program
All farmers in Cherokee count
who wish to draw government benef
checks under the new federal fan
program are advised by A. Q. Ko
ner, county agent, to begin plannin
their crops in such a manner thj
they will be eligible for benefits ui
der the new plan.
A township committee of 18 ha\
been appointed by Ketner to explai
the details of the new triple A set-u
to all farmers, and applications fc
crop benefit payments will be place
in their hands Mav 1.
Briefly, the situation as outline
by the government is this. To t
eligible for benefit payments th
farmer must plant one row of soi
conserving crops for every row <
soil-depleting crops he plants.
In this section the main soil-di
pleting crops are corn, rye, whea
potatoes and truck crops. Most c
them are better or more common]
(Continued on back page)
STORE ACCOUNT LI
YEARS OLD, DO)
Yes, they "put it on the cuff
100 years ago.
The Murphy library recently wt
given a ledger which dates back t
183G and carries accounts, paid an
unpaid, of many old-timers in Mui
The book, although old in style an
seemingly time-worn, is in perfect)
good shape, perfectly legible, but n<
so perfectly balanced.
It is the generous gift of Mai
Kate Hunter, of Palestine, Texas.
The book is now on displtay in tfc
It contains hundreds of names c
citizens who are still probably we!
known in this section.
It is a complete record of the salt
of a century ago. Listed among i
many items is something frequent)
referred to as brandy which sol
anywhere from 25 cents to $1.50.
Pistols, coats, wines?it was all tl
same. You could pay if you wantc
But neatly inscribed in the bac
(Continued on back page)
-?"W1 ~ "
5 Seek Town 1
Weelcly Newspaper in Western North t
Mattox Heads Group
Seeking Town Office
A second ticket, headed by H.
J A. Mattox for Mayor of Murphy,
[ was filed in the town clerk's office
this week and will compete
with the incv.mbent board for elecn
tion on Tuesday.
^ Those seeking the office of aldermen
on the new ticket are:
Grant Ledford, Frank E. Dickey,
John Axley, J. W. McMillan, J. A.
e Richardson and 1. L. Rice,
y Mr. Mattox is the son of Mr. R.
I_ C. Mattox, and is connected with
I. his father in the hardware busi>s
ness in Murphy.
: NOT MURDERED
! CORONER SAYS
I Says 1 5-Year-Old Andrews
'f 'Caused Her Own Death
p TTnrtw -T nvtVir.- iwvnt-?? '" " "
v> |?v?n uivi iinxovi^aviuii iniu tuc
death of Willy Belle Wiggins, 15, of
i- near Andrews, who was burned to
o death under peculiar circumstances
T Sunday a week ago all parties were
absolved of any blame for her death
by Coroner S. C. Heighway.
The girl, a mental deficient, wasi
c' believed at first to have been marls
tiered by some of her kinfolk with
which she had been staying and w?th
whom, it is said, she had differences.
However, Dr. Heighway said he
has gone into every angle of the
case thoroughly and finds that the
girl's death was caused by her own
^ According to the coroner Willy
J Belle went to the home of her aunt
and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Steward,
who live beyond the Junaluska
? Inn at Andrews, and set fire to the
house. She then left the residence
and hid in a smoke house that was
used as a potato bin situated only a
few yards from the house,
y Sparks from the burning house set
it the potato bin on fire and Dr. Heigh
n (Continued on page five)
8 Winifred Townson
!- Is "Best Citizen"
>0 Miss Winifred Townson, daughn
ter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Townp
son, of Murphy, and a graduating
)r Senior of the Murphy high school,
id was voted the "best citizen" by the
student body ? an honor which
i(] carries with it the distinction of
)0 having been loyal, trustworthy,
ie dutiful, respectful of the rights
]. and property of others and a
e \ 1
I Winifred, a very attractive and
2- popular girl, has been greatly int,
terested in every phase of student
if life and has striven to promote
iy "1'esprit de corps" among the stu^j
E1DGER, OVER 100
SATED LIBRARY HERE
' Ramsey Announces
For Reelection Here
(j Sheriff Zack C. Ramsey, of Cherokee
county, Tuesday announced him
self for election to that post on the
^ Republican ticket in the fall eleev
Mr. Ramsey made the announcement
after filling the office two
y years from a commendable standpoint
both as to his duties as a peaeeIC
maker and tax collector for the j
>f His announcement read as followsJ.
To the Voters of Cherokee County:
This is to notify the voters of
1<f Cherokee County that I am a candi^
date to succeed myself as Sheriff of
v Cherokee County, subject to the ac*,
tion of the Republican County Convention
to be held May 4th, 1936.
,e Z. C. RAMSEY.
Mrs. Mary Alston will leave Friday
k fo a visit with her daughter, Mrs. F.
| C. Hall of Asheville.
arolina, Covering a Largrr and Pot
N. C. 1 hursday, April 3(
Says Officials Are In
Sympathy With Desires
Of This Section
RE-FOWLER BEND DAM
To The Editor of Scout:
I am giving you statement relative
to the visit of Mr. C. D. Mayfield
and myself to Washington in
interest of Fowler Bend dam,
thinking that our citizens should
know the true situation.
Last year in June I visited Washington
in the interest of this dam
with a view to procuring an appropriation
from Congress for construe
tion of said dam.
I had the assurance of Dr. Arthur
E. Morgan, chairman of the TVA
Board of Directors, that the Fowler's
Bend dam was next in importance
for flood control and aid to
navigation to the Norris dam on the
Clinch river, and if an appropriation
could be procured it would be the
next dam to be constructed. In the
deficiency appropriation bill in August
1935, $1,000,000 was appropriated
for construction of the Fowler's
xne iva nas oeen doing; prelim(Continued
on back page)
Hon. Clyde Erwin to Address
58 Seniors; Distinguished
Tonight 55 Seniors will cross the
stage of the Murphy high school
auditorium, receive their diplomas
symbolic of four years hard work
in high school, and take their first
major step into the world as responsible
men and women.
There has always been a bit of
sentiment and sadness connected with
this phase of the young man's or
young woman's life and the spectacle
seldom fails to bring a packed audience
to the auditorium.
A highly contributing factor, however,
is the announcement made recently
that Clyde A. Erwin, State
superintendent of schools, will give
the graduation address.
The number of graduating seniors
this year outstrips last year's record
mark of 50 by five members, and
sets a new recod in the number of
those receiving diplomas from the
(Continued on back page)
RAM TFAM WII I.
MEET FIRST FOE
HERE ON SUNDAY
The Murphy baseball club will
meet its first foe of the season
Sunday when the locals face the
Copperhill club on the Murphy diamond.
What kind of a team Murphy
will have is just as much of a mystery
as the end of the world; but
it is believed that Dick Burlesor.
will prove the same o!d capable
"pill'tosser" and all the old regular
lacals will be able to scoop 'em,
toss em and bat 'em out just as
good, or better, than ever.
Besides being the first game of
the year, it will be the first game
under the new managership, with
Carl Townson as the guiding hand.
The boys are rcaly going to
put something into it this year.
They had the best team in "these
hyar parts" last season, and tbe
fan who likes a good ball game will
get more than his money's worth.
A. W. Mclver, Abe Hembrcc,
Eph Christopher and Grady Crawford,
the new board of directors
for the team, will give individual
score cards with each paid admission
to the game.
entially Rich Tern Inry in This Si
), 1936 """ i
Morgan Says W
On Dam Soon
Carl Townson Named
To Take Voyles' Place
Carl Townson, Murphy ice and
coal dealer, Tuesday was named by
John Donley, clerk of the Superior
Court of Cherokee coarnty, to fill
the office of county commissioner
which was left open upon the death
of Mr. E. A. Voyles several weeks
The power for appointment to this
office is vested solely in the clerk
of the court. Mr. Townson, who is
1 also a prominent farmer in this
" county, has been active in town and
county politics for some time.
i ELECTED HEAD
OF LIONS CLUB'
j Following Elections Ket.!
r.er Asks Aid In Promoting
George Ellis, prominent Murphy
oil distributor. Tuesday night was
elected the new president of the
Murphy Lions club.
Other officers named in the annual
elections were: Dale Lee. sec,
retary (rejected); Tom Case, treasurer;
Dr. R. W. Petrie, W. M. Fain
, and H. G. Elkins, first, second and 1
j third vice-presidents respectively;
Park W. Fisher, Tail Wwister; The
Rev. W. Arthur Barber, Lion Tamer,
; and Grady Crawford, Virgil Johnson
and Peyton G. Ivie, directors. Other
officers are also directors of the
The new men will take office May
Mr. Ellis, for years a vice-president
of the club and one of its most
active members, succeeds H. Bueck.
who has held the post for the past
| At Mr. Bueck's suggestion his name
was stricken from reelection possibilities
because of the continued seiviee
he had given from the chair.
! He said he sincerely regretted not!
| being able to serve in that capacity j
again, and Mr. Ellis expressed him
self at being very appreciative of the 1
distinguished office tendered him.
Mr. Case succeeds Harve El kins,
who has held the position of club
treasurer for years. Dr. Petrio and
Mr. Fain received reelections as vice-1
(Continued on back page)
Lady Dickey Very 111
The condition of Mrs. Xettie |
Dickey, the grand old lady of Murphy,
remains critical this week. !
However she was said to be vesting
a little more comfortably Wednesday
OFFICERS FIND GUN C
Through a tip to the sheriff's office
here Monday afternoon a possible
escape of a man being held ir
*1?. Iivnl,,' -- ;
Acting on the tip-off Sheriff Zaefc 11
.Ramsey and Constable McMillan ;
1 searched a suitcase belonging tt
Ralph Matheson. Robbinsville cafe '
t owner, who is being held here follow (
ing a mistrial in the Graham county >
court last month for the slaying o: .
his wife, and discovered a pistol. \
Matheson is said to have obtained j
the gun from Oscar Gregg and San
der Woodard. both of near Blue
Ridge, who were arrested here Mon- j
day afternoon by McMillan and plac- |
ed in a cell with Matheson at the lo
Fannin county officers had re- j
quested policeman Neil Sneed of j
Murphy to be on the watchout foi |
two men who had robbed a home ir i
Blue Ridge and stolen a pistol and |
I (Contnued on hack page)
1.50 YEAR?5c COPY
rork To Start
If Funds Are
1 By Congress
Savage Letter, Norveii's
Report Give Optimistic
A letter received here Wednesday
morning by C. W. Savage ftcm
Dr. A. E. M organ, chairman cf
the Board of Directors cf theTVA,
hinted at early construction
on the Hiwassee dam providing
Congress sees fit to make the necessary
appropriation for the project.
The letter to Mr. Sr. v age ; < ;?d as
"Your letter of April 13 hac heen
received, and I appreciate your comments
on our report. "The Unified
Development of the Ten nose* Rtvei
System." In submitting this report
which was directed by Corgi ess the
Board had in niind v< 'ting forth
program of development whit1* v.? uld
best serve the Tennessee V4.1 ley as ?
whole. You of coursi will ?e cognize
that it U our duty to make plans*
which fcom to provide the greatest
th'irn nf fr<v?rr?r:il linn i-t ' - -it...
"With reference to that pcrticn.
of your letter concerning the
sequence of construction cf ihf
Fowler Bend and Fontana Bams,
it occurs to me that you have overlooked
Table 3, "Suggested F?cgram
of Dam Construction,'* in the
report. This table indicates graphically
the present status of the Authority's
program. You will notice
that it contemplates beginning
preliminary work on the Fowler
Bend Dam during the fiscal y?a.r
1936 and construction work doting
the fiscal year 1937; also that,
under this schedule, preliminary
work on the Fontana Dam would
be gun during the fiscal year
1938. In other words, if this program
should be followed, the Fc wrier
Bend Dam would get under way
about nine months ahead cf the
"However, whether this schedule
or a modification of it will be followed
now rests with Congress.
We are now waiting for acticn by
Congress on this matter."
"Thank you for writing me. We
are always glad to receive information
and suggestions from everyone
interested in our work.'*
Ralph Moody Returns
To Murphy For Summer
Mr. Ralph Moody, popular young
Murphy attorney, returned hero Fat'
urday from Texas where ho r.-> beer*
confined in a hospital for the past
In greeting his many zner.ds, Mr.
Moody said he would probably ke
here for the remainder cf the < urn
- TI V- i-- -
in*rx. ne is looKinp line ana i* as
joval as ever.
He was accompanied by bis -wife.
)N JAILED MAN
TRIAL FOR MURDER
School Heads Confer
Here With H. Bueck
Trvoe men pronr.ner.teiy connect
.sunn ^aror.na s c. cntionat
system were in Murphy this v. k < n
fering with H. Bueck. super:: -dent
of the Murphy schools, c- rr. . c adequate
schooling: for local pupils and
better school bus transportation.
They were: Loyd Griffin, executive
secretary of the State ?/r.ool cc minis
sion; C. F. Gadriy, chief assistant of
bus transprotatior.. and O. J. Ho Iter,
a member of the State School commission.
The group, with Mrs. Griffin ar.d
Mr. r;r.d Mrs. Bueck. wore entertained
one day at the Xotla tab mines
by Mr. J. W. Bailey, owner of the
Mrs. H. R. Gobble, ar.d Miss Mary
Loggins, of Isabella, Ter.r... wore
business visitors in town Monday.