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RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD ? Shown
above is Miss Mildred Hendrix of Murphy as she
was receiving a $200 scholarship award as winner
in the national 4-H club food preparation contest at
the national 4-H congress held in Chicago recently.
Jongratulating Miss Hendrix and presenting the
award is Geo. S. Jones, Jr., vice-president of Scrvel,
Inc., donor, and standing between them is Miss Mary
Cornwell, Cherokee county home demonstration
agent, who has assisted Miss Hendrix with her 4-H
club work for the past four years.
Story Of Baults* Escape From
Winecoff Hotel Fire Is Told
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bault of
Murphy were among the last liv
ing persons to Ke rescued from the
Winecoff hotel after the fire was
Stories of Mrs. Bault and Jim
Phillips, who aided in saving them,
are told below:
Mrs Bault gives the following
?There are no words to describe
the sheer horror and stark terror
of the Winecoff fire, the agony
ot the dying and the desperation
of the trapped.
"My husband and I had spent a
pleasant evening with our friends,
Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Cox, and
retired about 11:30. The Coxes
with their child and nurse occu
pied rooms 1002 and 1004; we
were in 1404, directly over them.
We were awakened some hours
later by horrible screams. I ran
to the door and opened it just long
enough to hear some one say.
Keep your head and keep your |
door closed'. The smoke was stifl- .
ing. Running to the window, I j
saw the world afire. Our friends
were hanging out their windows !
and we yelled to them. They gave
an answer. Going to the tele
phono, I tried in vain to get the
operator; the only answer was .
cries of panic, What must we do?' J
"While my husband made a rope |
of sheets and blankets, I wet pil- j
low cases and got a pitcher of j
water. These I put near the win
dow Every few minutes I ran to 1
the window. At one of these times ?
1 watched Dr. Cox helping Mrs. |
Delilah Josephine Chambers, his j
child's nurse, out the window and |
saw her reach the ladder two j
dories below. A few minutes later j
fay husband saw Dr. Cox attempt- '
tog the descent with his three- 1
year-old son. only to plunge to his |
"The screams were heart rend
ing. A solitary elderly woman in I
the room adjoining ours begged us I
to do something for her. We ?
couldn't People jumped. We
could hear the flames in the hall j
outside our room and I wanted to I
Jump, too. 1 begged to be allowed
to jump, but my husband insisted
that we must stay together. Final
ly he realized we couldn't stay
in that room longer ? fire in the
tall, smoke and flame at the win- j
dow ? and decided we had to try
to get to the next room. Fastening
?ur rope to the frame between the
Windows, he flung the other end
to the couple in the next room,
1406 ? Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Phillips
?f Uthonia, Ga., total strangers to
Us Having taken off everything
except gown and negligee, I drop
ped from the window ledge, and
*ith my husband holding me as
on8 as he could reach, made my
*ay w>th my hands to the next
Window ? there was no ledge. I
"othing to braee our feet against, j
hung there an eternity before |
Phillips succeeded in pulling
** 'Mo his room. Mrs. Phillips |
had held the sheet while I came
across; now I bracked myself and
held while my husband came. How
across; now I braced myself and
"Four people are better than
two. There was no longer water
in the bathroom, but with wet
cloths the men kept down the fire
at the transom; there was a mat
tress against the door. Gradually
the heads around us disappeared.
The smoke was so dens<* the gases
so overpowering that we, too. gave
up and lay down near the window;
we wanted to go to sleep. Sudden
ly Mr. Phillips jumped up hysteri
cally, 'Water is coming through
the ceiling; they're over us.'
There was life in those drops of
water and in the deluge which
firemen sent into our room from
the street below a few minutes
later; it cleared the air and soak
ed us. We caught every possible
drop of it and renewed the fight
at the transom. We waved and
yelled from the window so no one
would forget us. Later, much
later, while flames still crackled in
the hall, fireman knocked at our
door. They looked like angels;
we'd been in hell. Calmly they led :
us down the 14 flights, through
smoke, hose, water and debris, j
We were strong, although I was
barefooted, it was easy to walk
down those steps. But when we
reached the lobby, stretchers were
"They say we were the last liv
ing persons to be taken out of the
Winecoff. and that we were ad
mitted at Grady hospital at 7:45.
I don't know; we never thought
ol the time.
"No account of the fire is com- j
plete without a tribute to the brave
Atlanta firemen who rescued us.
the Grady doctors, nurses, and in
ternees who untiringly cared for
the injured, and the American Red
Cross, who stood by to do all our
errands, notify relatives, and fur
nish any relief necessary. It was
through them that we located the
Cox child and nurse and the body
of Dr. Cox."
In the Atlanta Constitution of
last Thursday was this story: "J.
B. Phillips, 25, walked into the
Constitution news room yesterday
asking for a picture ? the picture
showing four trapped persons lean
ing from a 14 story window of the
burning Winecoff hotel.
"The four persons, presumed
dead until now, are, Phillips said,
himself, his 18-year-old wife and
a Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Bault,
whom the Phillipses had saved
from their burning room next door
by jerking them from window to
"A salesman for an automatic
sprinkler concern, Phillips had the
sprinklerless Winecoff on his list
as a prospective client. He was
awakened at 3:18 a. m. Saturday
by his wife. Four hours later, the
Phillipses and the Baults walked
down the blackened hotel stairs
"In the interim, Phillips slam
med the window on his wife's back
to keep her from leaping to death.
"He stuffed a mattress in the
door. He crammed drapery into
the transom. He kept these wet to
letard their burning, and to check
smoke. When the hotel water
went off. he used a towel to soak
up water from the drenched sides
of the building and from the toilet
"When the water was gone, the
group lay down to breathe the
thin layer of smokeless air still in
the room. They prayed.
"Then there was a splash at the
pane. The firemen's hoses had
leached the fourteenth floor.
Phillips opened the window, let
the water pour in. Four inches of
water were on the floor ? water
to wet the slowly burning mattress
? water to wet the handkerchiefs
stuffed in their mouths.
Witness Tells Of Seeing
Coxes Plunge To Death
Mrs. Delilah Chambers, who
went to Atlanta on Friday. Dec.
6, with Dr. and Mrs. R. H. Cox to
nurse their three-year-old son.
Bobby, was among the survivors of
the Winecoff hotel fire and tells
the following story of how she es
caped and also how she saw Dr.
and Mrs. Cox plunge to their
deaths from a tenth floor room:
"We were awakened about 4
j?'clock to find the hotel ablaze.
IVe hastily put on some clothings
and tied sheet ropes with which to
get out, after we discovered that
we could not go through the halls
because of smoke and fire.
"Dr. Cox persuaded me to go
first, and he and Mrs. Cox held me
as long as they could, and then
I slipped swiftly down the rope
until I reached the ladder two
floors below our rooms. As I was
about half way down. I saw Mrs.
Cox fall past me, and looked below
to see the folks picking her up.
She fell on her back. About five
minutes later, when I had been
put into a car to go to the hospital.
I saw Dr. Cox and little Bobbie
falling in different directions. Dr.
Cox partly hit a net which sunk
to the ground. (Both Dr. and Mrs.
Cox died from their falls). Little
Bobbie struck an awning, and
bounced into the arms of a by
stander. He was not injured."
Mrs. Chambers expressed thanks
to people of this community and |
of Atlanta who were kind and .
helpful to her in this experience. |
Scout To Be i
Early Next Week
Next week's issue of the i
Cherokee Scout will carry Christ- !
inas greetings from the business
firms and individuals of the
county. It will be printed this
week-end and be in the hands of
subscribers by Christmas.
The SCOL'T office will be
closed all next week, for the
staff, which has been working
day and night for several weeks,
to have a holiday.
Final Rites For
J. M. McGuire
Held On Sunday
J M. McGuire, died at 12:30
o'clock Saturday. Dec. 14, at a Mur
phy hospital following a week's
illness. Had he lived until Febru
ary, he would have been 92 years
Funeral services were held at
the home in the Peachtree com
munity at 3 o'clock Sunday after
noon, the Rev. Robert Barker offi
ciating. Burial was in the family
cemetery of the farm, with Ivie
funeral home in charge.
Active pallbearers were grand
sons: Bobby McGuire, Victor Mc
Guire, Jr., Jack McGuire, Bill Mc
Guire, Clifford Passons, and Ken
Honorary pallbearers were:
Franklin Smith, Paul Sudderth,
Homer Ferguson, Noah Hembree,
Fred Zimmerman, Wilbur Mc
Combs, and W, E. Moore.
Flower bearers were grand
daughters: Laura and Blanche
McGuire, Mrs. Bill McGuire, Mrs.
Jack Wynn, Mrs. Brown Caldwell,
and Mrs. Kenneth Caldwell.
Surviving are three sons, Sam
H. McGuire of Atlanta, Ga., John
J. McGuire of Murphy, and Victor
V. McGuire of Asheville; three
daughters, Mrs. Jessie Passons who
lived with her father, Mrs. Kittie
Moore and Mrs. Pauline Mauney,
all of Murphy; ten grandchildren
and five great-grandchild, "i.
Mr. McGuire had spent his life
as a farmer. He had been a mem
ber of the Peachtree Baptist church
for 70 years.
Mr. McGuire's grandfather,
Mike McGuire, owned all the land
in the Peachtree community at
one time, having gone there 125
years ago and entered the land for
which he paid one dollar per acre.
He was appointed by the govern
ment to go around with its agents
and notify all the Indians in the
community that they had to go to
Indian territory, now Oklahoma.
He had lived all his life in that
community, and his wife was born
and reared and they reared all
their family in the home where he
lived up till the time of his death.
II. (1. Flkins and W. M. Fain,
charter members of Murphy
Lions club, were presented 20
year perfect attendance pins at
the meeting of the club held
Tuesday evening. A few months
aso these two I. ions received
their 20-year membership pins.
Win Three Games
Of Four Played
HIWASSEE DAM ? The basket
ball teams of Hivvassec Dam play
ed the Cherokee Indians at the
reservation, Dec. 3. it being the
first game of their season. The
girls won but the boys lost.
On Friday, 13, they played Cul
lowhee taking both games. The
girls score was 43 to 11: the boys.
28 to 23.
The Free Methodist church at
Andrews will present its annual
Christmas program Monday night.
December 23. at 7:00 p. m. Spec
ial features of the program will
be candle light carols by the young
people's groups. Christmas stories,
poems and songs by the juniors,
primaries and beginners. The
public is invited to attend.
Mrs. J. Alton Morris will tell
stories for children at the library
Saturday morning beginning at 10
o'clock. Girl Scouts will lead the
singing of Christmas carols.
Special Music Will Feature
Christmas Programs In Churches
Murphy Lions club is again
operating its dime board, as is
done annually, on the square in
Murphy, to secure funds for re
membering the needy at Christ
The members of the work are
working alternately by the hour,
daily from now until Christmas.
Program To Be
Given At Church
ANDREWS ? Rev. W. Leo I
Smith, pastor, announces that the
members of the Sunday School of
St. Andrew's church will present
their annual Christmas program i
on Sunday evening, Dec. 22. at .
G:30 o'clock. The title of the I
program this year is "The Christ- 1
mas Story". It will consist of
pageantry and song.
Members of the Sunday School
will bring gifts to the program
which will be sent to the Lutheran
Orphan Home of the South, in
Salem, Va. The offering received
at the program will also go to the
The public is cordially invited to
attend this service.
Caroling To Be
On December 24
The Community Recreation as
sociation will have a Christmas
caroling at the circle in Murphy
on Christmas eve night from 9:30
to 10:30 o'clock.
Following the singing of carols
on the square, a truck on which
there will be a piano, will take
the carolers to the homes of some
shut-ins in town. Anyone desir
ing the group to visit a shut-in,
should get in touch with Sister
Virginia Hetherington at Phone
New Owners Of
Regal Lease To
Announcement was made Tues
day of the sale of the Regal hotel
by Howard L. Dayton to an out
side syndicate, name of which was
Mr. Dayton, who operates a
chain of hotels in Georgia, Florida,
Alabama, Indiana and Kentucky,
bought the hotel five years ago
from C. W. and VV. A. Savage. For j
the past four years Mrs. Thelma
Dickey Phipps has been local man- 1
ager of the hotel. Mrs. Phipps has [
taken a lease on the hotel for a I
term of years, and will remain as
LIBRARY TO CLOSE
Murphy Carnegie Library will !
be closed from Monday through i
Thursday of next week, for Christ- j
mas. announces Miss Josephine j
.Murphy churches are planning .
special programs for Sunday and
Sunday night, with Christmas
music featured at all services.
At First Baptist church, the Rev
J. Alton Morris will bring a Christ
mas message at the 11 o'clock serv
ice, and the choir will present ap
The Christmas Candlelight Serv
ice will be at 7:30 p. m and will |
feature a special program of music, j
The Junior choir. Karl Weiss. I
violinist, the Male chorus, and
soloists. Mrs. Hoy Stalcup and
Walter Carringer will assist under j
the direction of Mrs. J. W. David- j
son. Among the selections will be j
"Bethlehem Story . Lorenz, play- j
ed by Mr. Weiss: "The Song of :
Ages." Meredith: Nativity Song . !
Wilson: and "We Three Kings of j
At 7:30 o'clock Sunday evening,
the Presbyterian Sunday school
will present a pageant. "The Shep
herd's Story", with Miss Jane Hill
as director, and Mrs. R. H. Foard,
J. Franklin Smith will play the
part of the shepherd who is telling
the story to a boy. Tommy Alex
Mary Lou Gordon will take the
part of Mary, and Eloise Sneed will
impersonate Joseph. Others tak
ing part will be Mrs. Harry Miller,
Mrs. Bruce Gordon. Miss Elizabeth
Gray, Miss Ann Hill and other
members of the Sunday school who
will enter from time to time in
William H. Wohlt will be soloist,
singing "O, Holy Night", by Adam,
and "We Three Kings of Orient
Are." The choir will sing carols
during the play.
At 11 o'clock Sunday morning,
the pastor, the Rev. T. G. Tate will
preach on the sut ject, "Back to
Bethlehem"; Sunday school will
convene at 10 o'clock with J. B.
Gray in charge.
At the First Methodist church,
the Rev. Russell L. Young will
speak on the theme: "Face to
Face" at the 11 a. m. service. The
Senior Choir will r*. nder a pro
gram of appropriate music.
At 7:30 there will be an hour of
Christmas singing b; the senior
and Junior choirs with Mrs. Lelia
Van Gorder at the organ. The
prelude "Holy Night" by Mrs. Van
Gorder will set the key and the
choirs will sing "O holy Night".
"First Noel," "Come and Adore
llim.'' and "Star Light O'er Beth
lehem Mary Sue Brandon and
Mrs. Glen Bates will be the solo
The First Methodist church will
hold no prayer service during
Christmas week The young peo
ple will sing carols at the hospitals
and at the jail and camp.
At 7:30 o'clock on Christmas
night at First Baptist church the
pageant "A Mystery For Christ
mas will be presented by the Jun
ior choir, directed by Miss Moselle
Characters will be represented
by Peggy Savage as Mary. Angels,
Sally Kate Barton, Phyllis Mon
teith, John Morris and Annette
White. Shepherds will be Billy
Hayes, James Ramsey, and How
ard Hembree; kings. Steve Craw
ford, Jimmy Axley. and Sammy
Soloists are: Sally Morris, Glen
da Ivie, Doris Palmer, Rosalyn
Stalcup. Judy Nichols and Ann
Carols sung wil be: O, Little
Town of Bethlehem, The First
Noel, Hark! the Herald Angels
Sing, Angels We Have Heard On
High, Sleep, Baby, Sleep, Beauti
ful Savior, Joy to the World, Away
in a Manger, Angels From the
Realms of Glory, We Three Kings,
There's a Song in the Air, and
Mrs. Margaret Akin's piano
pupils and children of the Episco
pal church will give a pageant on
"The Nativity" at the church Sat
urday evening at 8 o'clock, and will
present it again on Christmas af
ternoon at 4 o'clock. Following
this program there will be a short
Christmas service at the church,
and people from other churches
of the community are invited to at
tend, announces Sister Virginia
The Rev. A. Rufus Morgan will
be here Sunday morning at 11
o'clock for holy communion and a
sermon at the '-pis "pal church.
Sunday School will ?.e held a*
usual at 10 o'clock.
The Sunday school at the Free
Methodist church will present a
special Christmas program Sunday
morning at 10 o'clock.
The Rev. Fred Horton, pastor,
will use as his sermon subject at
11 o'clock. "The Unspeakable
Gift", and the evening service will
be evangelistic. Christmas songs
will be sung at each service.
Good Health Project
Dr. W. A. Hoover, who recently
was appointed as a mi mber of the
council of the North Carolina Good
Health Association bj the central
committee of the N. C. Medical
Society which collaborates with the
state Medical Care commission,
was the principal speaker at Mur
phy Lions club Tuesday evening.
He addressed the Lions on the
Good Health program now being
promoted in the state.
Declaring that better health is
the state's Number 1 need today,
he discussed the needs for ad
ditional hospital beds, health ecn
tors, additional mental hospital
beds, additional tuberculosis hos
pitals. and building of a teaching
hospital and expanded medical
school at Chapel Hill.
The county Medical Society has
already voted its support of a coun
Dr. Hoover stated that the state
in the number of doctors per 100,
000 population ranks 45th in the
nation. There are 2.300 active
doctors and a need for 1,300 more
for minimum standards. In this
area of five counties, aged and all
Continued on page four
BULLDOGS AVERAGE .583 ? Murphy High
school football team played eleven games in the sea
son. winning six, but losing a post-seasonal game
with Andrews, 7-0. Coach A1 Smith announces that
Everett high school of Maryville. Tcnn., will join
the ranks of competing teams next season.
Shown above are: left to right, first row: Wal
ter Maxey, end; Carl Meroney, end: Boyd Millsaps,
tackle; Frank Dalrymple, tackle; Ralph Warner,
guard; Sam Stalcup, center; Ned Lovingood, guard;
Jerry Hall, tackle; James McDonald, end; second
row: Fred Brendle, back; Basil Clark, end; Charles
Anderson, back; Hayes Doekery, tackle; A. J. Roland,
tackle; "Bull" Davidson, back: Sherman Hampton,
center: Bob Fricks, guard; Easeley Horton, end;
third row: James Hughes, back; "Slab" Hall, end;
Gordon Lovingood, tackle; Ed Rogers, back; Teddy
Green, back; Frank Alexander, back: Nick Howell,
face hidden, center; Thomas Johnson, end; Ralph
Picklesimer, captain, back.