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PROMOTING MURPHY AND ANDREWS
VOLUME M?NUMBER M MURPHY. NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY. DEC. SI, 1?5S SIX PAGES THIS WEEK
Forsyth Sees End Of "Boom" Years In County
Almond Hangs Self
At County Jail Here
Tillman Terry (Jack) )Almond,1
39, hanged himself In Jail here a
bout 4:30 a. m. Saturday_ Dec.26,
it was reported by Sheriff M. G.
Ttv body was found hanging
from the top bar of the cell. Dr.
Harry Miller, coroner, said death
was due to strangulation. The vic
tim used his own belt, it was re
An inmate of the same cell said
he talked with Almond about 4
o'clock, Sheriff Crawford said. At
6 o'clock he awoke and saw Al
mond hanging from the top of the
Almond had been lodged in Jail
following his arrest at 1 a. tn. at his
home in Marble. Sheriff Crawford
reported there was a disturbance
in the home and he was called
there at 1 o'clock. Almond was re
ported to be drinking, the Sheriff
Members of the family reported
Almond had threatened before to
kill himself with a gun.
Funeral services were held at 2
p. m. Sunday in Marble Springs
Baptist Church of which he was a
The Rev. A. B. Lovell officiated
and burial was in the church ceme
tery. The body remained at Ivie
Funeral Home till 12:30 when it
was taken to the church to lie in
state till the hour of service.
(Pallbearers were, Claude Wat
son, Jade Parker, Gerald Parker,
Henry Palmer, Ernest Kilpatrick,
and Giles Hryson.
Almond had been employed with
the State Highway Commission as
truck driver for about four years.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs.
Laura Bryson Almond; three sons,
Bobby, Billy and Glenn of the
home; three daughters Dorothy,
Helen and Shirley of the home;
one brother, Homer of Murphy
and one sister, Mrs. Thelma King
He wag the son of the late Ranee
and Edna Sanderson Almond.
Mrs. Corn well
Jane Moore Oorawell, 27. of
Murphy, died around noon Wednes
day in an Asheville hospital. She
was the wife of Bill Cornwell of
Murphy and the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. E. C. Moore of Murphy.
Mrs. Cornwell was stricken with
polio October 7. Her mother and
husband were with her when she
died. Members of the family have
been with her since she was
Mrs. Cornwell 1$ survived by
her husband; two daughters
Cheryl, 6. and Diane, 3; her par
ents; two brothers. Rae and Cloe;
two sisters, Mrs. Walter Puett and
'Mrs. John Man they, all of Mur
Townsoo Funeral Home is in
charge. Arrangements are incom
The Youth Fellowship of the
Methodist Church is sponsoring a
New Year's Watch Night Service
in the Methodist Church, Thurs
day evening. A New Year's party
will begin at 9:00 with young peo
ple from Andrews and Hayesvill e
as well as the Presbyterian West
minister Fellowship of Murphy
At 11:00 everyone will go into
the Church sanctuary for a Wor
ship service with the Holy Com
munion. The Rev. James Horn
buckle of Andrews will give the
Communion Meditation and the
Revs. W. F. Elliott, Frank Brown,
A1 Smith and Asmond Maxwell
Will administer the sacraments.
Adults of the community are in
vited to the 11:00 o'clock service.
Nevilles Entertain Korean
During Christmas Holidays
The Rev. and Mrs. John C. Nev
ille of Andrews had as their
Christmas guest Lt. Young Oh, a
Korean officer, who was making
his first visit in an American home.
LA Oh who arrived in this co
untry three weeks ago, is stationed
at Fort Betming, Ga., is an Inter
preter for a group of Korean Mil
The son of a farmer, LA Oh re
ceived his education in an Ameri
can Mission School where he stu
He has a brother and a sister who
are medical doctors and brother-,
in-law who is a dentist
Oh said that he probably would
hare been in medical school had it
not been for the outbreak of host
?ities which led into military ser
The 22-year-old visitor observes
the custom of his country by re
moving his shoes whenever be'en
ters ? home.
He wee interested in the tradit
ional Amerlpam customs of the
He found his first visit to an
American family kitchen filled
with interesting discoveries rochj
as wafer coming from the spigot i
and many food preparation applla
LA Oh. la from Chollepuk-do.
He wlM return to his I
FV? 1954 Bab?
To Get 550 Bond
The Am baby bora in <
County in 1?34 will be the
of a 590
Savings Bonds Sales
For November Told
Combined sales of Series E and
H United States Savings Bonds in
Cherokee Oouney for the month of
November totalled $8,861.23 This
sales announcement mas made to
day by County Savings Bond Ch
airman W. D. Whitaker, according
to the monthly sales report issued
by Allison. James. State Director of
the U. S. Savings Bond* Division
The combined sales of Series E
and H Bonds for North Carolina's
100 counties for the month of Nov
ember totalled $3,610,507.30.
Chairman W. D. Whitaker re
marked that Savings Bonds make
an excellent and practical Christ
mas gift?the present with a fut
ure! Attractive Savings Bonds gift
Jackets are available at all banks.
First Steps Made Toward
Improved Water System
The first step3 toward an im
proved Murphy water system were
taken this month with the 'John J.
Harte Co. of Atlanta making a
thorough survey and evaluation of
Murphy Clerk Charlie Johnson
said report of the company will
probably be completed by the first
The engineering and architec
tural firm began work in Mur
phy some three weeks before
Christmas after entering Into
contract with the Town of Mur
phy Nov. 17.
The engineers, under the super
vision of J. P. Garcia, are now
working on the phase of the
oontract which covers the follow1
1. Assembly of locally available
technical data on, and making a
comprehensive engineering study
of the condition and adequacy of
the existing water works faculty.
2. Preparation of comprehen
henaive study of water works fa
cllltles that will be needed with
in the economically foreseeable
future to provide the City of
Murphy with an adequate water
3. Study of the project econo
mics Including estimates of the
costs of work recommended to be
done, methods of financing, such
as investments and the probable
effect of making such an invest
ment on the rate of structure of
the waiter department.
4. Preparation and presentation
of the report setting forth preli
minary sketches, estimates, conclu
sions and recommendations in ac
cordance with the above in order
ito show the requirements that will
be necessary to serve the city of
Murphy with a modern, economical
and adequate water supply, treat
ment distribution and storage sys
tem. This report shall be so pre
sented that it will suffice for basic
data useiui to market revenue or
other types water worsLs bonds
to the lowest prospective bond bid
The company has worked for
some two weeks In Murphy and has
?pent a week In the office In, At
lanta working on the survey.
The survey Is being made by
the use of ranges in cheeking
pressure, elevation, reviewing
present water supply and treat
ment plant, distribution includ
ing water mains and supply lines
and Investigating existing water
In the study the past and antici
pated future growth of the town in
population! and industrial growth
will be considered.
The second phase of the contract
depends on council's acceptance of
the company's report. Five hun
dred dollars Is being paid for the
report, and if accepted, the comp
any will supervise the work of the
contractor as the construction
progresses and will receive a per
centage of the construction coat.
One Holiday Traffic
Owtw Oounty f?mf out light"
on holiday accidents, although the
rest of the nation suffered a heavy
loss of at least 614 lives.
Only one traffic accident was
reported here during the week, oc
cur tag Sunday afternoon around
5:30 on U. S. 64 near Wolf Creek,
when three vehicles collided.
Patrolman L. H. Baker said the
accident occured as follows: Solon
Simonds of Wolf Creek Commun
ity was headed toward Murphy in
his Chevrolet pickup when an
Oldsnvobile operated by Robert
Elam of Kannapolis started to
pass him. A third vehicle, driven
by James Underwood of Inkster,
Mioh., pulled out of a side road
striking the car driven by Elam
abd /<"**tTVg Elam's oar to hit the
pickup truck driven by Simcnde.
Elam lost control of his car and
went over a high embankment
No one was injured.
Property damage was estimated
at some $1,000. Underwood was
cited for falling to yield right of
Susan Lolce Thomas, eight-mo
nths-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William J. Tbomag of Murphy Rt.
1, died unexpectedly at the home
Funeral services were held Mon
day at 11 a. an. in Ebeneter Baptist
Church. The Rev. R. W. West of
ficiated. Burial was in the church
Besides the parents, she is sur
vived by one sister; the maternal
Win. H. Hughes
Dies At Home
William H. Hughes, 04, died at
his home in the Martin's Creek
section Sunday night after a long
Funeral services were held in
New Martin's Creek Baptist
Church Tuesday at 2 p. m. The Rev
Wayne Crisp and the Rev. C. A.
Smith officiated and burial was in
the church cemetery
A farmer and an apple grower,
he was a native and lifelong resi
dent of Cherokee County.
He is survived by five sons, Er
nest, Astor, Arzo, and Mayford
all of Murphy end Rollin of Mar
ietta, Ga.; two daughters, Mrs.
Iowa Taylor of CopperMH, Team,
and Mrs. Ella Burger of Fresno,
Calif.; 46 grandchildren. 76 great
grandchildren, and five great
Town son Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
2D DrV.f KOREA?M/Sgt. J. B.
Buchanan, 22 son, of Mir. and Mrs.
D. F. Buchanan of Andrews, N. C.,
Is returning to the U. S. after ser
ving in Korea with the 2d Infantry
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E.
Graves of Murphy Rt 3; and the
paternal grandmother, Mrs. Art
hur Burgess of McCayesville, Ga.
Townson Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
10c Per Cup
Think twice before you offer to
treat that fella to a cup of coffee
from now on.
The day of the five cent cup of
coffee came to an end here when
at least five eating establishments
agreed to raise coffee to 10 cents
per cup this week.
The restaurants said the higher
price was due to the increase in
the price of coffee to them.
Dies At Ogden
Marion Powers, 79, died at his
home in the Ogden community
?bout 10 p. m. Saturday after a
He was the son of the late Robert
and Mary Wesley Powers and had
been a resident of Clay County for
60 years. He was a deacon in the
Bethel Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Mon
day at 2 p. m. in Ogden Methodist
Church. The Rev. O. G. Rogers and
the Rev. Carl Cunningham officiat
ed. Burial was in the church cem
He is survived by the widow;
five daughters Mrs. Henry Ellis ?*
Pisgah Forest! Mrs. Sam Chance
and Mrs. Claude Coker of Hayes
ville, Mrs. Johnny Payne of Brass
town and Mrs. Henry Brazwell of
Murphy; three sons, Boyd of the
home, Carl Marion and Rufus of
Pisgah Forest; and one step-son,
Guy Mason of Marion.
Townson Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
AT OHIO UNIV.
Melba Holder of Andrews is en
olled at Ohio State University
his quarter. ?
Farmers And Merchants
Will Feel Income Drop
BY FRANK FORSYTH
(Vice-President, Citizens Bank A Trust Co.)
All indications are to the effeot that the "boom" has come to an
end and that the economy of the country is in the midst of re
I believe 1954 will see the downtrend running its course and that
resurgence will not be before 1955.
Same forecasters have predicted
that 1954 will be the "year of sur
prises." For many, business news
will not be so good. The supply of
commodities in many instances is
exceeding the demand. Inventories
are large and some inventory liq
uidation may be expected.
.Farmers may find it discouraging;
but helpful to look ahead. It is
expected that the values of both
farm real estate and other physi
cal assets of the farmer will de
cline. I believe the farmer can look
for further income slippage in 1954
The merchants and business
men of Cherokee County must
expect 1954 to be a period of in
tense competition?the first act
ually since World War II. He
will have to struggle for markets
and coddle his customers. He
must keep a sharp eye on costs.
There is no reason for tightening
of credit and there is no short
age of money. Most biulnesses
in Cherokee County are wfell fix
ed with liquid assets and individ
ual savings are the highest than
at any time in history.
I have an optimistic view of
Oherokee County and the entire
section of Southwestern North Car
olina. I believe that 1954 will be
a good year for this section. The
nationwide trend will naturally ef
fect us; but our economy is such
that we will be the l"st to be af
These reassuring facts remain
for Cherokee Counttans, we have
so many one-family forms, and
business and individuals indebted
ness is not in excess of limitations
to pay. Cherokee County people
continue to improve their standard
Dairy farming is increasing
month by month. This, together
with poultry, is a very good ar
rangement and is suited for our
climate, soil and our one family
farms by one family farm I mean
a small farm owned by the family
and operated without hired labor).
Dairy forming should bring in
more than half million dollars.
Poultry has had a very good year
in 1953. The average profit per hen
has run approximately $3.50 each
on flocks from one thousand to two
thousand hens. For smaller flocks
Civitam To Hear
Bishop M. George Henry will
address the Murphy Civitan Club
Monday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p. m. at
the Methodist Church. This is the
regular club dinner meet
SECOND BAPTIST SERVICE
A watch service will be held
this evening at the Andrews Sec
ond Baptist Churth. Everyone, es
pecially preachers and singers are
invited to attend. The Rev. James
Truett Is pastor.
New Year Finds "New Look" On Murphy Stores
Chain Of Moves
1U.1 evening Murphy will ueber
In the New Tear with the "new
took" en tea
New etor. (irate have replaced
?M one* in tanhi reaction f
new taUdingi have been buOt
Diglng the latter part?( Decem
ber end the drat ot 1004 the latitat
wt etf by^ Ley, and
Ing next to the bank on Peacfatree
St, leaving it* Conner building!
vacant to txxn? Trudy's, which will ]
move some time In January It was j
eeld. Lay'e farmer etore, located
next to Ivl^ Furniture Co., la now
being remodeled end painted to ac
Tbe new occupant of Trudy**
paat location, on the corner of
HlwaoMe and Tenneaaae etreeta at
the aquare. fa etill Indefinite.
to fcouie Soeaamon Furniture Co.,
formerly Murphy Furniture Co.
which changed JU name with tta
location. It b now being operated
at th? comer of PudJiUt
Valley River atreeta at the ,
The ftiroiture company retained
Me old building, on Tmmeeeee St
acroaa from the Henry Houae, to
carry a Une of uaed furniture and
to provide <
by a fife <
Co.. th? Western Auto Associate
Store and Murphy Cafe had face
liftings and were fitted with new
gVaag and tile fronts.
Roy V. Lovtagood's followed
soon after by remodeling the fac
ade and Interior d the store un
iawaasBo St neat to the Poat
Later la t*
Ject, wit built early in 1953 next
to the Courthouse and the S & W
Grocery Store was buiH on An
drews Road and moved into during
the summer. Joy Motel aleo opened
Its door* on the highway to Cop
Hembree's Super Market an
Tennessee St added an entrance
and rearranged Ms facade while
Murphy Food Store on Valley
River Ave. lowered Ms ceiling .
put in new lighting.
Mary Cathron's Beauty Sboppa
was set dp and put into operation
at the boaa? ad Mis. Clyde :
A number ad changes ed <
the profit hm been smaller.
Good pastures with better
know-how in feeding should sub
stantially increase the dairy farm
profit. This is true in beef typo
cattle which have had a very bad
year in 1953. Profit should be
higher in this type of farming
An ideal suited farm arrange
ment woul be part Grade A Dairy
farming and part poultry terming.
1 cannot urge our farmers too
*rongly to conoentrate on poultry
farming for the production at
hatching eggs and not growing
broilers. Form specialists tell us
that these two types of flocks can
not go together for the reason that
flocks producing hatching eggs are
very susceptible to disease.
Lumbering, always a major fac
tor in the economic life of Chero
kee County, will have a fair year?
not like the "boom" year, but
building industries face a rather
encouraging prospect in 1954.
Wood product manufactures can
not expect the government con
tracts they have enjoyed in the
past They must concentrate on
private industries for orders.
We have some very fine firms
who manufacture veneers, wood
pallets, oak flooring, hickory fib
ers fused in industrial sweepers)
and wood extract, which is used In
the leather trade. Their profits
will depend upon how careAtlly
they watch their coat.
I do not think textiles will have
a good year, however, we have
three plants which are branches
of large manufacturers. I believe
they will continue to operate at
capacity for the reason that man
ufacturing costs are cheaper in
this area. One of these mills ex
pects to doable its dK ot plant
here in 1954. We also have one
cat and saw mill which is local
ly owned and financed. They em
ploy approximately aeventy-flve
Several large talc mining oper
ations are now being conducted in
Cherokee County. They employ a
large number of people and are
operated by excellent companies.
They produce over half the crayon
talc that is used in the United Stat
es. Talc is used In the textile, ooo
imetic, paint, rice and rubber trad
We have one large marble pro
cessing plant, which uses marble
from several quarries In our coun
ty. 'From all Indications this type
of business should be as good as.
Murphy is'the county seat and
serves a large trading area which
includes' a pert of North Georgia
end East Tennessee. Our merch
ants are continuing to remodel
end keep their stores up to date. I
strongly urge them to continue en
aggressive merchandising prac
tice. Murphy caraiot afford to loae
its trading area to aome other sec
Last rear I advised a redaction
have not done aa will feel the
la addition, a
of caution; I believe'i
teas a? to
Our merchants are carrying high
inventories. I believe
should be a i
perhaps aa low as thirty to torty
ftve days, for the past THIRTEEN