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MARION PROGRESS A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO. THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF MARION ABJD McDOWELL COUNTY ESTABLISHED 1896 MARION. N. C., THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 1929 VOL. XXXIU—NO. 42 TWO FIRES HERE DURING THE WEEK OVER 57 STUDENTS IN SCHOOL FOR EACH GRADUATE IN COUNTY Fire of Unknown Origin Dam ages Veneer and Panel Plant — Residence Burns. Marion has had two fires during the past week. The damage at the Marion Veneer and Panel Company, where fire rag ed for about an hour Thursday about midnight, is estimated at between $50,000 and $60,000. The loss was covered by insurance, it is stated. The storage building was destroy ed and the drying rooms were dam aged, but firemen were able to save the remainder of the plant from se rious damage. The flames threaten ed for a time to spread to the Teague Furniture Company Jiearby. The fire’s origin was not known. The night watchman said he saw no signs of fire when he made his rounds at 11 o’clock The fire was discovered about 11:30, when the entire interior of the storage building appeared to be'in flames. T. O. Teague, of Taylorsville, is the principal owner of the plant, and he stated that this is the second fire he has experienced in his factories in the past six months. The other fire was at Taylorsville. RESIDENCE DESTROYED The sceond fire of the week occur red last Friday morning about-4:30 o’clock when the bungalow of Fred Houck on North Garden street was destroyed by fire. The residence was occupied by Mr. Houser. The origin of the fire is unknown. When discov ered the kitchen was ablaze. The alarm was quickly given and the fire department responded promptly but the fire had made such rapid head way that the building was practical ly destroyed before the blaze was ex tinguished. The building was partial ly covered by insurance. There are 57.7 pupils in school for each graduate of the hig)i schools in McDowell county, statistics com piled by the University of North Car olina and published in the News Let ter reveal. McDowell county ranks 61st among the 100 counties of the state, while Avery, Haywood, Mitch ell, Rutherford, Yancey and other mountain counties are still lower, al though Alexander, Burke and Polk rank above McDowell. The News Letter says “the white public high school graduating class in North Carolina is less than 2 per cent of the total white enrollment, or was so for the last two years. The State over, it requires 53 students to furnish one graduate. This was the annual average for the two-year pe riod, 1926-28.” Currituck county, the News Letter says, without an incoryporated town, leads the counties of the State in proportion to its white enrollment SPECIAL SERVICE BEGINNING SUNDAY Rev. W. O. Goode Will Preach Series of Sermons at First Methodist Church Here. MARION AIRPORT TO BE IMPROVED Second Runway to Be Comple ted in Ten Days — Marion Field on Rand M’Nally Map MUSIC CLUB MEETS WITH MRS. M’CALL The last regular meeting of the Music Club for the club year 1928- 29 was held Monday night, April 22, at the home of Mrs. Geo. McCall. At the close of the business meeting the club adjourned to begin work again in August 1929. After the program Mrs. McCall served a delicious sweet course. The following program was given: Piano solo. The Rosary (Nevin); Mrs. Roy Davis. Violin solo, Maiden’s Wish (Mc Millan) ; Mrs. Arnold Morris. Piano Solo, Witches Dance (Mc Dowell) ; Miss Julia Burton. Sketches of the Lives of Compos ers of Programme; Mrs. Jno. Poteat. Piano Solo, Valse Caprice (New- land); Mrs. R. K. Davis. Another tidewater county, Pamlico, ranks a close second. Eastern counties far surpass those of piedmont and mountain fections, the survey shows. Of the first 24 counties, 22 are classed as eastern. City counties rank above the State average, but New Hanover is the on ly city county which ranks near the top, this county coming fourth. Ca tawba county leads the piedmont sec tion with a triple tie for eleventh place, Cumberland and Moore having the same average of 37.7 pupils for each graduate. The News Letter says “of the 11,- 357 high school graduates in 1928, 7,079 were girls and 4,278 were boys. This is about the ratio for sev eral years back, except that the girls have widened the margin over the boys.” In other words, that means the girls are an increasing per cent of the total graduates. . The number of pupils graduating from high schools in increasing at a rapid rate, the paper points out, for in 1924 there were 6,969 graduates as compared with 11,357 who receiv ed diplomas in 1928. The five-year increase was 63 per cent, but al though “this is rapid progress, wa are far from the goal that would cause North Carolina to compare fa vorably with other states in high, school graduates annually,” for “there should be at least 200Q, to 2,- 500 graduates per year, with a white enrollment of nearly 6000,” the News Letter states. The total graduates for the two- year period, 1926-28, for McDowell county is 155, or an average of 77.1 graduates from high school each year. • A series of sermons will be preached by the pastor. Rev. Watson O. Goode, at the First Methodist Church beginning Sunday morning, April 28, and continuing each night through the week at 7:45 o’clock. “This meeting,” Mr. Goode states, “is primarily intended to produce a community-wide interest in all prac tical spiritual things and movements for the good of our people. There fore in its scope and spirit is non- sectarian— nondenominational— but deeply sincere, straightforward and spiritual — for the good of all who may attend and work with us. Every body is most cordiaH* invited to at tend and assist in all of the services. From among the following sub jects addresses and sermons for the week will be taken: “Does Marion need a revival of genuine religion?” “Who is your God what is he and where is he?’’ “Do you believe in prayer that prevails, what kind prevails?” “Does it cost to live above the average and ahead of the time?” “Has the modem Ameri can home any real religion?” “Christ’s central call humanity.” “The coward and the hero.” “Who is who in the world?” “Life at its high est.” “The power and courage to for get.” “First things first.” “Flashes of inspiration.” “Self - versus God.” “Tragic misuse of power.” Good music, solo, duet, quartet and congregational singing with a simple, yet straightforward heart- searching sermon will characterize these services. Everyone is invited to attend these service^ at 7:45 each night through the week. A very enthusiastic meeting of the Airport committee of the Marion Chamber of Commerce was held on Friday night. Further development of Francis Marion Field was the high spot of the meeting. The committee expects to leave nothing undone to ward maintaining the local Airport as. the best in Western North Caroli na. The chairman of the committee, W. S. Shiflet, announced that a sec ond runway of three thousand feet will be completed within the next ten days. It will then be possible for a plane to land in every direction on the field which is a part of the two hundred and twenty-seven acre area that is being developed. The chairman also reported that the three thousand feet of tile that was installed last winter is function ing perfectly, and the area has been dry at all times since its installation. The Marion Telephone Company is co-operating with the committee in building a telephone line to the field, and work on the line will be comple ted within the next two weeks. The field has been registered with the Rand McNally map company of Chicago, which company has marked the local airport on its aviation maps. The field is also being registered with the Department of Commerce, Aero nautics Division. MEXICAN QUAIL TURNED j LOOSE IN THIS COUNTY Twenty-four pairs of Mexican quail were released in’ McDowell county recently f9r breeding purpo ses, Tom Gowan, county game ward en, announced this week. The quail were brought here from northern Mexico. The quail are released on the property of landowners who promise two years protection from hunters. Mr. Gowan announced that the quail received had been distributed over the county as follows: George Sandlin, Old For^;, one pair; J. C. La wing, Glen wood, one pair; Abra ham Lavender, Crooked Creek, two pairs; M. L. Good, Sevier, one pair; Chas. A. McCall, North Gove, one pair; P. H. Mashburn and Dr. D. M. McIntosh, Old Fort, three pairs; J. E. Jimerson, Garden City, one pair; R. A. Lonon, North Cove, one pair; John Yancey, Marion, one pair; L.A. Martin, Marion; R. P. Morris, Mont- fords Cove; S. L, Dobbins, Nix Creek; F. S. Bradshaw, Greenlee; G. N. Carter, Greenlee; Dr. J. F. Jonas, Montfords Cove; G. B. Woody, Greenlee; W. L. Dennie, Linville Falls; W. E. Landis, Turkey Cove; C. G. Morris, Glenwood; G. W. Wil son, Nebo;,and D. W. Adams, Old Fort, cne pair each. The Mexican quail, it is stated, is a slightly smaller bird than the varie ty common to this state. It is some what lighter in color. TEN ARE KILLED IN AUTO CRASHES Six Die at Gastonia When Train Hits an Automobile— Four Killed at Greensboro. EARNS CERTIFICATE IN ORNAMENTAL PLANTING OFFICERS SEIZE STILL AND ARREST OPERATOR MARION TEAM BEATS CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL Marion High defeated Central High of Rutherfordton here Friday 12-3. Arrowood, local pitcher, was in fine form, striking out ten and allow ing but 3 hits. Murray and Howard were the hitting stars for Marion while Libscomb looked good at bat for Central High. . Batteries—Marion: Arrowood and Murray; hits .9, runs 12; errors 2. Central High: Justice, Dotson and Libscomb; hits 3, runs 3, errors 5. INTERESTING PROGRAM GIVEN BY WOMAN’S CLUB DEATH OF CHILD The hearts of their neighbors and many friends were made exceedingly sad last Sunday morning when the | ding) Charlotte Winborne. news went out that Wilma Beatrice | The Woman’s Club held their reg ular monthly meeting Friday after noon in the Kiwanis room. The meet ing was called to order by the presi dent, Mrs. J. Q. Gilkey and all joined in singing the club song. After a brief business session Mrs. T^ A. Wil son, chairman of the Music Depart ment, conducted the program,, which was rendered in a most efficient and pleasing manner by the high school girls. PROGiRAM Song, “Beautiful Spring,” by Chorus. Reading, “David and Goliath,” Iris Rabb. Piano Solo, Waltz in C Minor (Chopin), Helen Klontz. Violin Solo, Adoration, Betty Wilson. Piano Solo, Rustle of Spring (Sin- Revenue officers J.B. Banks and J. E. Kanipe, accompanied by Tayior Greene, made a successful raid in the Brindletown section near the Burke county line last Friday afternoon where they found an illicit distillery in full operation and arrested Jess Francis, colored, on a charge of man ufacturing whiskey. About 500 gal lons of beer were seized by the offi cers and the still was brought to Ma rion. The outfit was of a 45 gallon capacity. Francis, who was placed in jail, is also wanted on a charge of shooting B. H. Robbins about three years ago when the latter was at tempting to arrest the negro on a similar charge. On Thursday of last week Officers Banks, Kanipe and Greene, accompa nied by Deputy Sheriff Ben Hensley, captured a 60-gallon capacity still and 2,000 gallons of beer bn Pilot Mountain near Dysartsville. On the same day 300 gallons of beer were captured near Sevier. The still had been removed. Friends of Clarence Steppe, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Steppe, will be interested to know that he has re cently completed a course in oma^ mental planting and landscaping. Clarence has been doing theoreti cal and practical work under the di rection of Stark Bros., nursery ar chitects, for the last two years, and having passed very creditably the final examinations on the various subjects included in the course, he has been awarded a certificate to that .^ect. Besides doing this correspondence work, young Steppe is a student at Lenoir Rhyne College, and is making good on all his work at that place. 7“ GREAT MASTERS TO BE ON EXHIBITION HERE MRS. AMANDA TONEY DIES AT EAST MARION Mrs. Amanda Toney of East Mar ion died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Jenkins last Monday evening. She was 96 years of age and had been a resident of this county for 49 years. Mrs. Toney was bom in Ruth erford county and at the, age of 22 was married to John Toney who pre ceded her to the grave in 1914. To this union three daughters and six sons were bom» five of whom survive as follows: Mrs. Mary Anderson of Cross Mill, Mrs. Joanna Anderson of Nebo, Jack and Ed. Toney of Nebo, and D. W. Toney of E^st Marion. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Sarah Melton of Rutherford county; 33 grand children and 32 great grandchildren. At the age of 20 she united with the Baptist Church and lived a con- Charlotte, April 22.—North Caro lina counted ten dead and five injur ed Monday as the toll of two Sabbath automobile accidents. Five of them died at Gastonia, where the Crescent Limited passen ger train of the Southern Railway smashed an automobile bearing two families from Mount Holly, N. C., to the Loray mill distnct there. The heroism of two women figured prominently in the accident. Mrs. J. D. McCurry of Mount Holly threw her infant son to the street piavement just before the train killed her hus band and four members of a neigh bor family. Both Mrs. McCurry and the child escaped with slight injuries An vnidentified woman broke from a crowd to drag McCurry free of the buming wreckage but not in time to save his life. Others killed wer^ Mr. and Mrs. Fred Parton and two of their children, “Bud” and Ring. Another child, James Parton, was fa tally injured. Four Sunday motorists were killed at Monticello, near Greensboro, where their automobile overturned- They are Mr. and Mrs. G. Walter Burgess, their daughter, Mary, 16, and Mrs. Mollie E. Hudson, all of Ramseur, N. C. Two other children, of the Burgess family were injured. WILL BUILD CAMP FOR RURAL PEOPLE Raleigh, April 22.—On twelve ac res of land donated by the State De partment of Agriculture from its holdings at the Mountain Branch Station near Swannanoa in Bun combe county, a permanent^ camp for use of 4-H club members and adult farmers and form women will- be ready for use this summer. “The amp is a triumph of co-oper ative effort among those interested in the mral advancement of western; North Carolina,” says John W. Good man, district agent of the State Col- sistent Christian life. Her passing j jggg extension service in announcing: Humorous Reading, Iris Rabb. Walker, seven months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. lira Walker, of the Elizabeth James Mill Village, had died during the night. Although the child was known to be very sick, yet its going was unexpected and deep est sympathy is extended to the par ents and relatives in this their hour of great sorrow. Funeral services were conducted from the home Monday morning at ten o’clock by Rev. W. H. McMahan. Special music was rendered by a quartet from East Marion. The re mains were carried to Dysartsville for burial. Piano Solo, Prelude by Rachno, Mary Rabb. Piano Solo, Grand Valse Caprice (Engleman), Virginia Conley. The next meeting of the club will be held on May 3rd. A literary^ pro gram will be given. The hostesses win be Mr^: E. H. Dysart ahd Mrs. J. F. Miller. “ALIAS JIMMY VALENTINE”, with WILLIAM HAINES, LIONEL urday. BARRYMORE, LEILA HYAMS, and TULLY MARSHALL, is a mighty good picture, interesting from start to finish. At Oasis Theatre next Mon day and Tuesday. BIG SALE CONTINUES The Sacrifice Sale of J. L. Nichols & Co. had a successful opening last Friday and a large crowd ,thronged the store all day Saturday, the ban ner day of the big sale. The sale will continue throughout the week with special features for Friday and Sat Mother’s Day and Decoration Day will be observed at Harmony Grove Baptist Church on the second Sun day in May, being May 12. BOOK CLUB MEETS Mrs. A. W. Grayson entertained the members of the Book Club at her home on South Main street on last Thursday afternoon, there being three tables of 108 in progression. The rooms were prettily decorated with spring flowers. The hostess served delicious refreshments. The visiting guests were Mrs. E. H. Dy sart and Miss Rena Neal. PLAY A SUCCESS “The Path Across the Hill” was presented to a large and appreciative audience at the Eugene Cross School last Saturday night. The proceeds amounted to $73 which will be ap plied to the fund for purchasing cur tains for the school building. MRS. ARROWOOD PASSES Mrs. T. W. Arrowood, of V?in Mountain, died Sunday, April 14, af ter an illness of several years and was buried at Macedonia on Monday Mrs. Arrowood was 38 years old and is survived by her husband and six children. She is also survived by two brothers. There will be a display of para mount interest at the Marion High School on May 6-10, an art exhibit. More than one hundred and fifty pic tures will be shown, pictures that you want to see and that you should know something about. You wish to keep up with your children in school. They are learning to recognize these pictures and to know something of the artist who painted them. In addi tion to your enjoyment in this collec tion you will assist in raising a fund for the purchase of pictures for the school, and they are badly needed. brings Sorrow to a host of relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Tuesday afternoon at Harmony Grove Baptist Church of which the deceased was a member, with Rev. A. A. Walker in charge, assisted by Rev. J. N. Wise and Rev. D. J. Hunt. A large crowd attended the services. D. L. the close of the successful campaign for its establishment. “We plan to build^^ first an auditorium, dining" room, kitchen, and lake. These will be available in early summer. Thea each county that uses the location for its boys and girlsj or men and women will build its own cottages for sleeping quarters. The capacity* of the camp will be 500 persons at* TEAGUE INJURED IN ACCIDENT SATURDAY j cupig^j ^t least three months in thei SILVERWARE TO BE GIVEN AWAY AT OASIS THEATRE The Oasis Theatre announces that on next Monday and Tuesday every lady purchasing an adult ticket will be given absolutely free one piece of silverware, and on every Monday thereafter an additional piece of sil verware will be given to every lady holding an adult admission ticket un til all have received a full 52 piece set. On next Monday and Tuesday the Oasis will present William Haines in “Alias Jimmy Valentine”, one of the best “sound” pictures out. D. L. Teague, of Taylorsville, is a patient at the Marion Hospital suf fering from injuries sustained in an automobile collision with passengerj train No. 36 at the Southern Rail way crossing on West Henderson street last Saturday morning. It ap pears that Mr. Teague and his broth er were on a trip west of town and not noticing a watchman on duty at tempted to make the crossing. Their view of the main line was obstructed by cars on the siding and they did not see the train until it was close upon them. Realizing his danger Mr. Teague tumed his car up the track, but the, car was struck by the train and badly damaged.^ Mr. Teag^ie was painfully injured about the arm and shoulder and considerably bruised, but nb bones were broken and he hopes to be able to return home in a few days. GLENN WALKER DIES AT DYSARTSVILLE BALL GAME HERE FRIDAY The Forest City High School base ball team is scheduled to play the Marion team here Friday afternoon. An interesting game is promised. See Oasis Theatre’s special offer of Free Silverware. You cannot af ford to overlook this. Glenn Walker, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Walker of JDysartsville, died lastSaturday after an illness of several months. Mr. Walker was 21 years of age and besides his parents is survived by three brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were conducted from the residence Sunday afternoon by Rev. W. F. McMahan and inter- ipent made at Dysartsville cemetery. CANE CREEK NEWS Old Fort, April 22.—Rommie and Roy Hicks of Maggie, N. C., are vis iting relatives here. J. W. Johnson of Sunnyvale spent the week-end here with his son, W. M. Johnson. W. M. Johnson and J. B. Haynes of Old Fort motored to Sunnyvale last Sunday. J. A. Walker and family spent Sunday with Mr. A. C. Walker. Miss Sylva Johnson was th| guest of Mrs. J. B. Holt Monday . Farmers are taking advsfitage of the pretty weather this week for planting corn. year. One feature of the summer will be a farm and home week at which, time we expect to have thousands of men and women from our western, counties gathered for instruction and recreation.” Mr. Goodman gives credit to County Agent O. B. Jones of Hen derson county for first suggesting the idea. He also credits J. M. Eng lish of Asheville with securing dona- tions of lumber and timber from the lumbermen’s association to make the camp possible. The City of Ashevill& is hauling the material to the camp site now and the Buncombe county board of commissioners has graded an excellent road. Many business and commercial organizations have help ed. Civic clubs have given their sup port and individuals have made im portant contributions. The Southern Railway reduced its freight rates on the material contributed. At the present time, P. H. Gaston, j county agent of Transylvania coun ty, is giving his full time to con- stmcting the central group of build ings and the dam. “ALIAS jimmy VALENTINE”, with WILLIAM HAINES, LIONEL BARRYMORE, LEILA HYAMS, and TULLY MARSHALL, is a mighty good picture, interesting from start to finish. At Oasis Theatre next Mon day ind Tuesday. Catawba county farmers planted more clover, alfalfa and' lespedeza this spring than at any previous I time during the eight years County is' Agent J. W. Hendricks has been at “ALIAS JIMMY VALENTINE part talking, is well acted, and has | work in the county. drama and suspense in it. | Some very attractive values ini romance. Spring and Summer wear are an-[You will enjoy it. At Oasis Theatre. See Oasis Theatre’s special offer nou^ed by Workman’s in a page ad. | next Monday- and Tuesday. And i of Free Silverware. You cannot af- in this paper. 1 don’t forget the Vitaphone acts. 1 ford to overlook this. f

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