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VOLUME 07 NUMBER- S
THURSDAY, AUGUST Z>, 1857
TEN PAGES THIS WEEK
MB. AMD MRS. JOHN L. COLLINS . . . WED AT 74
Wed After 54 Yrs.
John L. Collins and Mrs. Cora<
Fox Bryant, childhood -sweethearts
who had not seen each other for
the past 54 years, were married
here Aug. 14. ,
Both are 74. They are living at
Mrs. Collins' home on Culberson
Route 2, about nine miles from
M- The couple were married at the
?home of Rev. Tom Truett in Cul
f berson. Attending the wedding
were Mr. and Mrs. Sterlin Akin of
Murphy, Mrs. Harley Shields of
Ranger and Mr. and Mrs. Neil
Stiles of Sylva.
Mrs. Shields, Mrs. Akin and Mrs.
Stiles are nieces of Mrs. Collins.
The bride wore a two-piece
brown suit trimmed in white lace
with white accessories.
Mr. Collins was born and reared
it Cherokee County. Mrs. Collins
was born in the home where the
couple are now living and has re
sided there all her life except for
about a year.
They were childhood sweethearts
for five or six years before Mr.
Collins left Murphy at around the
age of 20. He went to Detroit,
Mich to barber.
Recently he wrote two or three
letters to a cousin at Friendship
but the letters were returned un
opened. Not knowing his cousin
had passed away, Mr. Collins de
cided to write his childhood sweet
heart for information.
This posed a problem as he did
not know whom' she had married
or if she was still living in the
same community. He enclosed the
letter to "Cora Fox" in a letter to
the Postmaster at Ranger.
The Ranger Postmaster located
Mrs. Collins, then Mrs. Bryant,
and the couple began to corre
spond. In his first letter, Mr. Col
lins told her he was no longer mar
She wrote back that she had
been a widow for 11 years. An old
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J. Franklin Smith
Resigns As Unaka
School Principal :
. ?' J. Franklin Smith has resigned
as principal of the Unaka Elemen
tary School after aeerving there two
. He has accepted the position as
principal of the Stecoah High
School in Graham County, of which
Guy Sutton is superintendent.
Smith received .both his B. S.
and M. A. degrees in Education
from WCC Cullowhee, and has
done post-graduate work in super
vision and administration. ? ?
He has ta light fof several years
in Andrews, Murphy and Cherokee
County Administration Units and
also some time in Burke County.
Walter B. Bryson
Local Draft Board
Anyone know Walter Bernard
Bryson? If so, tell him to contact
the local board office in Murphy.
He is classified as a delinquent
by Local Board No. 20, Murphy.
Delinquency, unless removed,
subjects a registrant to immediate
3 Cherokee County
Degrees At WCC
Three Cherokee County students
were among the 120 who received
degrees at Western Carolina Col
lege Friday night
Ruth Lail Forsyth and Ruby
Wells Wilcdbc of Murphy received
Bachelor of Science degrees and
Kenneth Beal Farmer of Marble,
received a degree in Masters of
FOOTBALL LIGHTS FUND REACHES
$3,000 MARK; DRIVE CONTINUES
Contributions and pledges had
reached about $3,000 earlier thiA
week in the campaign to raise
funds for lighting the high school
football field here.
John Gill, chairman of the lights
committee, said $1,551 has already
been deposited and a similar a
mount has been pledged.
The chairman asked that all who
have pledged to send or bring
their checks in as quickly as pos
sible. Checks should be made pay
able to "Murphy High School Foot
ball Field Lights" and mailed to
Citizens Bank & Trust Co.
Between $4,000 and $4,500 is need
ed for the project.
A list of the latest contributors
was released as follows: Walter
Puett, W. E .Hampton Co., Colum
bia Marble Co., Murphy Motor
Court, Murphy Laundry, Arbor Au
tel? Mrs. W. M. Mauney, Jim
Gibbs, Radford Chain Saw Co., J.
H. Duncan, Coble Dairy Co.
Also: Joy Motel, Sossamon Fur
liture Co., Dr. R. S. Parker, Rob
ert Few, Cherokee Scout, Citizens
Bank and Trust Co., W. F. For
sythe, Andrew May, Hackney Car
ilina' Co, Bob White, Burley De
weese, Davis Esso Station, Walter
Coleman, Hilton Business Equip
ment Co., Cloe Moore, C. E. Hyde.
Also Hemmerick Cotp., J. Robert
Penland, Murphy Rotary Club, D.
H. Moody, McKeever & Edwards,
Slacks Auto Parts, Bergan Moore,
Arnold Beer kens, Wayne's Feed
Store, Coward's, Randall Radcliff,
Duke Whitley, Clyde Patton, W.
P. Odom and J. B. Shields.
Open At Post
Office In Andrews
The fifth U. S. Civil Service
Regional office, Atlanta, announces
an open competitive examination
for career or temporary appoint
ment to the position of substitute
clerk in the Andrews Post Office.
Applications will be accepted
from persons who reside within the
delivery of the Post Office or who
are bona fide patrons of the office.
Applications must be received or
post marked on or before Septem
ber 11, 1957.
The beginning basic rate of pay
is $1.82 per hour. Applicants must
have reached their eighteenth
birthday on the closing date for
acceptance of applications. This
age limit does not apply to persons
entitled to veterans' preference.
Necessary forms and further in
formation may be obtained from
the Postmaster at the post office
or from the Fifth U. S. Civil Ser
vice Regional Office, Peachtree
Baker Building, 275 Peachtree
Street, N. E. Atlanta 3, Georgia.
To Meet Thursday
Cherokee County Historical Soc
iety will meet Thursday night at
S at Murphy Library, Miss Eliza
beth Grav. nrpsident announced.
Douglas Ray Lax
Examiner For Area
Douglas Ray Lax of High Point,
license examiner of the North Car
olina State Highway Patrol, has
been transferred from the Ashe
ville Office to the Andrews Station.
Lax succeeds Q. T. Watts who
has been transferred to the Ashe
After completing courses for
Drivers Education at the Safety
Driving School at the Institute of
Government Building at the Univer
sity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
he has worked at the Asheville of
fice prior to his assignment to
His schedule for the three coun
ties are: Monday and Tuesday,
Murphy; Wednesday, Hayesville;
Thursday, Andrews; and Friday,
Rev. Zeb McDoris
T? Preach At
The Rev. Zeb McDoris will
preach at the Maggie's Chapel
Church Saturday and Sunday night
of this week. ?
Everyone is cordially invited to
Murphy Airman Gets
Airman First Class Jerry D.
Owenby of Murphy was recently
selected as "Outstanding Airman"
if the 6922D Radio Group, Mobile.
He is a son tof Mr. and Mrs.
Garnette Owenby of Murphy.
Airman Owenby is now stationed
in Japan with the U. S. Air Force.
A graduate of Murphy High
School, he received his basic train
ing at Lackland Air Force Base,
San Antonio, Tex. He cmpleted
bis technical school at Kelly Air
Force Base in San Antonio.
For His achievements as Out
standing Airman, he received a
scroll and an angraved watch.
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ADDRESSES GROUP ? Miss Ruth Hay, professor of Public Health
Nursing, University of N. C., (standing), was guest speaker of
area district public health nurses here last week.
Public Health Nursing Important
Job In Western North Carolina
The importance of their work in
Western North Carolina was point
ed up to nurses of District 23 of
the State Nurses Association here
Speaking before the group at
County Health Department was
Miss Ruth Hay, professor of Pub
lic Health Nursing at the Univers
ity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Miss Hay told nurses their jobs
here are as important as those
jobs in Chapel Hill, Charlotte or
other metropolitan areas.
The speaker stressed three ma
jor trends of the nursing profes
sion, including basic nursing edu
cation, public health nursing prac
tices and the public health pro
gram. She cited statistics of the
various nursing schools in the na
tion, those college connected and
the accredited collegiate schools
available to prepare nurses for top
work in their profession.
Miss Hay told of the great con
cern in early public health ser
vice programs in the control of
communicable diseases but said
this is a minor thing in today's pro
"By controlling diseases, im
proving care to mothers and bab
ies, people are living longer," she
said. She added that the public
health service as yet cannot pre
vent cancer or heart diseases but
stated that there is some light of
hope that someday this, too, may
Miss Hay asserted that the heart
of the public health service is in
family service. Then she listed 3
great segments of the nursing pro
These are: -nursing care in hos
pitals of many patients, the private
duty nurse and the public health
She told nurses that "we need to
think of how we can give the best
care and how to reach all of the
"Nurses of the South are a dedi
cated people and they want to
serve the people the best way,"
Attending the meeting were:
Miss Helen Ghormley, Mrs. Flor
ence Thompson, Mrs. Alice Swain
and Miss Willie P. Lovingood of
the Cherokee-Clay-Graham Dis
trict; Mrs. Mary Shope, Mrs. Lu
cindia Crownover, Mrs. Laura
Henry and Mrs. Flora Allison of
the Mocan-Jaciuon-Swain District;
Mrs. John Jordan and Sisters Mary
Angeline and Marie William, Mur
phy hospital nurses.
Rev. Alex Hanson
The Woman's Auxiliary of the
Episcopal Church of the Messiah,
were hostesses Sunday afternoon
from 3:30 to 5:30 at a reception
honoring the Rev. Alex B. Hanson,
new minister of the church and
The parish house was, beautifully
decorated with dahlias, marigold
and spider lilies.
The table was covered with a
lace cloth and' punch, coffee, cook
ies, nuts and mints were served.
Mrs. Francis Bourne, Sr. poiired
The public was invited to attend
and a large crowd was present.
Local Draft Board
To Be Closed Monday
The local Draft Board will be
closed Monday, September 2, in ob
servance of Labor Day.
Fair To Feature
Something new h?4 been added
to Cherokee County Fair.
This year, for the first .time, a
square dance exhibition and con
test will be held. This special event
is backed by the Ctferokee County
The fair will be held here Sept
Two divisions consisting of Jun
ior (children) and Senlof ( adults)
dance teams are eligible to enter.
Wayne Holland, who is in charge
of the events, says that all square
dance teams an invited to partici
There will be two. cash prises
Chrin to the best performers in
division. Mrst prise will be
. . i 4.
Exhibition <fan<*'''g will be held
Wednesday and Thursday nlgbti
at 8 p. m. Friday night will be the
big night ? when the contest will
be held and the winning team pre
Calvin Smart's string band will
furnish the music lor the dances.
All other musicians and perform
ers are invited to take part Prises
will be awarded only to the dance
Plans are to build a platform di
rectly in toot of i the grandstand
Any toam who would like to entar
the contort ia a, fed to ratfstef
with Mr. ~ mm
To Be Observed
First Three Days
Approximately 4,700 pupils start
ed the 1957-58 school year Wednes
iay in Cherokee County.
All school^, in the county, includ
ing those at Murphy and Andrews,
will operate this week on a half
day schedule, turning out at noon
County Education Supt. Lloyd
Hendrix estimated that approxi
mately 1,800 pupils would fill the
classrooms in the seven county
schools. These include Hiwassee
Dam, Unaka, White Church,
Peachtree, Martins Creek, Ranger
and Wolf Creek.
In Murphy, the expected enroll
ment was given at about 1,650 by
Supt. Holland McSwain. Murphy
High, Murphy Elementary and
Texana schools make up the local
Andrews Supt. J. E. Rufty was
expecting an enrollment of approx
imately 1,250 at Andrews High,
Andrews Elementary No. 1, And
rews Elementary No. 2 and Marble
Elementary No. 3. He said a full
faculty has been employed for the
Although no cafeteria is in the
new Murphy High School building,
plans are to serve hot lunches
there this year. Mr. McSwain said
a plan has been worked out to
provide the students with hat
lunches by preparing the food at
the regular lunch room, then trans
port It to the new building.
The,, food will be placed in steam
containers at the new school to
await serving. This program will
start Monday. For the present,
students will take their lunch back
to their classrooms after being ser
The superintendent said it is
hoped that a lunchroom can
be added to the new school when
funds are available.
High school students will be
served for 25 cents per meal. Ele
mentary pupils pay 20 cents. Each
get a well-balanced meal, including
milk and a dessert.
Working out the plan to serve
meals at the high school were Mr.
McSwain, Mrs. Boyd Davis, lunch
supervisor; Walter Puett, principal
of Murphy High, and County Sani
tarian, Dave Moody.
For Missile Units
Three enlistments for guided
missile units in the Regular Army
were announced this week by M
Sgt. Uliss Pace, local Army Re
They were: Roy Edward Cole,
son of Mr. and Mrs. William C.
Cole of Murphy Route 1, Ben Her
bert Ashe, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Wade Ashe of Murphy Route 2,
and Jerry Roger Sanders, son of
Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Sanders at
The new recruits enlisted under
the Army's Buddy Assignment
Plan and will be together during
their basic training. They win be
assigned to guided missile
Hie annual Hampton Reunion
be held Sunday at the home af
Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Smith.
, All membera and friend* at the
family an invited to attend and
bring a basket lunch