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VOL. LI I, NO. 15
FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 1937
Criminal Docket Shortest
In Years; Only One
The April term of Macon county
superior, court convened. Monday
morning with Judge F. ' Donald
Phillips, of Rockingham, presiding.
'.. ' The following grand - jury was
' drawn for the term : A.. L. Ramsey,
foreman ; W.. L. Moore, C. T. Bloine,
Tom Justice, Floyd Straine, Carl
Jacobs, Ed Norton, A. j. Smith,
P. N. Moses, J. W. Watts,' John
Trotter, Robert Ramsey, T. Wf
Wood, C. E. "Williamson, J. H.
Morgan, Ras Duvall, J. C. Moody.
Judge Phillips delivered a clear
and comprehensive charge to the
.. grand jury after, which the qourt
proceeded at once to the work of
clearing the" criminal docket. Sev
eral minor, cases were disposed of
, in short order and the case of W.
E. Stiles, of Murphy, charged with
breaking and entering the estab
lishment of the Dowdle Wholesale
Co. several weeks ago, was taken
up. Stiles was found guilty and
v sentenced to from two to three
years on the roads, this sentence
to begin upon the expiration of a
three-year sentence which he re
, ceived last week from the superior
courtof Cherokee county.
. TJie .Sil&scase endedthecrinj-,
' inal docket for this term, one of
the shortest the county has ever
known, only nine superior court
warrants having been issued , since
the November term, - -
- The court, including the grand
jury, adjourned Tuesday .afternoon
until . this morning when the civil
docket, containing some 40 cases
was taken up.
Of Franklin High School
Start Next Wednesday
Graduating ' exercises. 6f the
, Franklin high school are scheduled
to start at 8 o'clock Wednesday
night of next; week, which will be
The, baccalaureate sermon will be
delivered by. the Rev. J. A. Flana
gan, pastor of the ' Franklin Pres
byterian church, in the Methodist
church Wednesday evening at 8
On Thursday evening, .beginning
at 8 o'clock, pupils 'in the elemen
tary grades will present an operet
ta, "The Flowers of the Nations'
in the high school auditorium.
The graduation exorcises will be
; held Friday evernng, in the school
auditorium, where a large number
"of boys, and girls will receive their
(Prices listed below are subject
to change without notice.)
Quoted by Farmers Federation, Inc.
Chickens, heavy breed, hens. 13c
Chickens, light , weight, lb., . . 9c
Eggs, doz. v.. 17c
Com, bu ?1;15
Wheat, bu. ...$1.25.
Potatoes, No. 1, bu. ....... .$1.35
Field peas, bu. ....$1.60
Crowder peas, bu .......... .$2.50
Yellow Mammoth Soy
Beans, bu. ,...$V60
Lorida Beans, bu. $2.25
Onions, bu. .$1.00
Walnuts, per 100 lbs......... $1.20
! Quoted by Nantahalk Creamery
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Juniors Honor Seniors
The Kelly Tea Room was the
scene of much merriment Friday
evening when the' members 'of the
junior class of the Franklin high
school entertained with a banquet
honoring "the 67 members of the
The entire affair was carried out
in nautical style, the programs be
ing illustrated with ships and car
rying the wish for Bon Voyage
on the good ship Franklin. The
Stowaway list included Jonah and
the whale cocktail, Plymouth Rock
salad, potatoes on a barge, double
deck sandwich islands, pineapple
life-preservers, sea weed, sea cu
cumbers, olive buoys, hardtack,
schooner-o'-ale, sea foam ,and
The ship's pilot .was Miss Jean
Hall, and the program included a
toast to the visitors by Captain
Billy Higdon, president of the jun
ior class, and response by visiting
Captain Clinton Brookshire, presi
dent of the senior class; to the
ship's officers (school faculty) by
Ensign Herschel Henson ; response
from Commander Lee. Also includ
ed was banter from the ship's
crew, humorous poems about each
senior from the juniors, and a
talk, "Uncharted Seas," by Com
mander Houk, with a Bon Voyage
from, Admiral Billings. The pro-,
gram closed with chanties by the
The long table was decorated
with a light house placed in the
renter with the North Star for-the
pilot to set the course of the ship.
Pink candles in silver holders add
ed to the decorations. The favors
were small silver boats with pink
sails carrying silver stars. The
boats were filled with pink' mints
and placed in wavy sea green crepe
paper. Covers were laid for 110.
Special guests invited were: M.
IV Billings, superintendent of
schools, and Mrs. Billings; Mr. and
Mrs. D. Robert Davis, Mr. and
Mrs. Roy Phillips and John Norton,
members of the school board, and
Reelect Billings and Houk;
Teachers To Be
' At a meeting of the' board of
education Friday night, M. D. Bill
ings was re-elected superintendent
for Macon county for another term
of two years. This makes Mr. Bill
ings' sixteenth term.
The board members consist of
D. Robert Davis, chairman; Roy
Phillips and John Norton. ;
Macon county is 1 divided into
three school districts for adminis
Franklin being No.' 1, G. L. Houk
was reelected principal for the
Franklin district. This is Mr.
Houk's twelfth year. Nantahala is
district No., 2. Mrs. Paul Grist, o
Dillard, Ga., principal. Highlands
is district No. 3. O. F. Summer
was reelected as principal of the
Highlands high school.
N. H. ' Sessom, at present of
Washington," D. C, was elected
principal of the colored school. R.
13. Watts, former teacher, was also
reelected as one of the teachers.
Under the new' school law, the
teachers in the county will be nom
inated by the principals in the ' dis
trict. These nominations are subject
to the approval of the county board
of education and county superin
tendent. The full teaching .force of. the
1937-38 term will be , completed
and announced within the next few
weeks. . .. '
OF WPA UNITS
Off 1 c i a 1 s Give Figures
Showing What Has
The women workers on WPA
projects in Macon county held a
meeting Saturday afternoon in the
American Legion hall, with. 81 of
the 89 workers on sewing room,
lunch room, recreation, re-indexing
and NYA projects present. .
There was a short report from each
sewing room by each forewoman
and a brief review of each project
by the respective supervisors. The
sewing room, report by Mrs. Gil
mer A. Jones shows that a month
ly payroll of about $1,300 is made
to the sewing room women and
that about 1,700 garments are pro
duced, turned over to the welfare
department and distributed to needy
families each month at a cost to
the county of about two cents per
garment. Since the sewing rooms
have been in operation there have
been 23,192 garments made, and
that these women have been paid
a total of about $31,000. At present
03 women are employed, but the
number has been as high as 120.
The lunch rooms employ , 15 wo
men whose pay totals about $300
per month, and they have served
something like 44,947 meals. There
are nine schools . in which lunch
rooms are located.
The recreation project ' report
shows. 10 centers in which children
are taught singing, games, simple
crafts various contests developing
their-health and their-sene good
A report on NYA activities was
given by the supervisor, Mrs. J.
A. Ordway, and- Miss Florence
Stalcup made a talk on foods ap
plicable to lunch rooms and simple
meals at home. Miss Pauline Bow
ers, home supervisor of resettle
ment, discussed gardening from the
standpoint of health and economy.
Mrs. T.. J. O'Neil, home demonstra
tion agent, talked on methods of
canning. Mrs. Margaret Johnson,
area supervisor, commended Macon
county for the fine cooperation of
Simple refreshments were served
after the meeting. '
Other WPA Work in County
An official of the North Carolina
WPA administration who visited
Franklin last Thursday gave to The
Press some figures in regard to
the work of the organization in
Macon county which Will be sur
prising to many readers.
The official. Mr. W. E. Breese,
fifth district director, stated that
from December 15, 1935, to Janu
ary 15, 1937, the. WPA expended in
Macon county in government funds
a total of $137,583.70, and of that
amount $123,169.48 was spent for
In that period there were built
and completed 64 miles of farm-to-market
roads, and at the close
of the period 30 additional miles
were under construction.
This program of road ' construc
tion and repair was in addition to
the many other activities - which
have been carried on by( the various
branches of the WPA organization
in the county.
Report of State Director
Construction or repair of 2,863
miles of North Carolina farm-to-market
roads by WPA workers
since' the, WPA program began in
the state, is ' revealed in a report
made public Saturday by George
W. Coan, Jr., Jr., state adminis
trator. In addition to this work,
which has -affected every county
in the state, usefulness of the high
way system has been enhanced by
the construction of more than two
score bridges and several hundred
Relief laborers in North Carolina
have been afforded 58,605,198 man
hours of employment on work pro
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GEO. W. COAN, Jr.
In Charge of All WPA Activities
In North Carolina
Mayer, Five Commission
ers To Be Selected
Tuesday, May 4
The town of Highlands will hold
an election for a mayor and five
commissioners on1 Tuesday, May 4,
and a red hot campaign seems to
be in the making.
There are two candidates for
mayor, J. C. Mell and W. S. Davis,
and 11 candidates for the five
places as commissioner," as follows:
M. A. Pierson, L. W. Rice, D. W.
Wiley, G. W. Wilson, S. A. Wilson,
W. A. Hays, G. I). Edwards, H. S.
Talley, W. H. Cobb, J. E. Rideout
and G. W. Marett.
At the last election, held in 1935,
there was only one ticket in the
field, as was the case in Franklin,
but this year things are different
decidedly different and there seems
to be plenty of fun in store for
both candidates and voters.
To Be Held
A' clinic for the purpose of ex
amining - children who will enter
school for the first time next fall
will be held at the Macon county
health office in the Higdon build
ing, Franklin, on Thursday, April
22, 1937, between 9:30 and 11:30
a. m., according jto Dr. Harry Mill
er, assistant district health officer.
Parents, if possible, should ac
company their children; they are
also invited to bring younger chil
dren over six months of age for
This .clinic is being 'held in the
office of the health department,
because the principal of the Frank
lin school informed us that no room
was available in the school. .
The health department was de
lighted with the attendance at the
pre-school clinic held at Highlands
on April 12.
These clinics are held for the
purpose of examining the pre
school child in order to ' discover
any correctable physical defects
which might interfere with the
child's progress in school.
For Trout Opens Today;
The trout fishing season in North
Carolina opens today '(Thursday)
and fish are said to be plentiful
in most of the streams.
A rush for licenses is looked for
and they may ,be obtained at any
of. the following places:
Franklin, Macon County Supply
Co. and Leach Bros.; Highlands,
Highlands Hardware Co.; Scaly, J.
D. Burnett; Rainbow Springs, Mrs,
Frank Phillips; Nantahala No. 1,
Luther Jacobs ; Nantahala No. 2,
Meetings Held This Week
By Various Groups ;
Organization .of an active chamb
er' of commerce, which has been
under- discussion in the business
circles of Franklin for some time,
now seems to be a certainty.
Meetings have been held this
week by various groups of business
and professional people of the town
and directors have been chosen to
represent them in forming and car
rying on the organization.
The plan adopted was to divide
the several interests of the town
into four groups hotels, utilities,
petroleum products dealers and
merchants and to have one direct
or each for the first three groups
and three directors for the mer
chants, the seven directors to elect
one of their number as president,
and the directorate to have full
authority to organize and carry on
the work of the commerce body.
The following have been chosen
by the various groups:
Hotels, ' Miss Lassie Kelly, of
Kelly's Tea Room.
Utilities, John Archer of the
Nantahala Power & Light Co.
Professional, not yet selected.
Petroleum Products Dealers, John
Cunningham, of Cunningham's Ser
Merchants, T. W. Angel, Jr., of
Xngel's Drug Store; A. R. Higdon,
of the Franklin Hardware Co., and
J. E. Perry, of Perry's Drug Store.
At a meeting held in the direc
tors' room of the Bank of Frank
lin Tuesday morning, Major Car
mack, manager of the Franklin
Lodge and Golf club, told the as
sembled business men that he had
talked to thousands of people in
Florida during the past winter who
stated that they intended cominT
to North Carolina this summer, aii'l
he stressed the need of an organi-
'rntisln wViirVl nrilllH IntAfPct cntnA ff
these people in coming to Franklin. -A
meeting of directors of the
chamber of commerce will be held
one night this week and it is
thought that organization can be
perfected so that full advantage
can be taken of the opportunities
promised for the coming season.
At Arrowood Glade
The construction of 12 trout
rearing pools at Arrowood Glade
recreational area, on the Nantahala
national forest has been completed.
The capacity of these pools is ap
proximately 200,000 fish. The -object
of the rearing pools is to hold
fingerling trout until they are large
enough to take care of themselves
in ' streams. Ordinarily, the fish are
placed in the streams when they
are about six' inches long. Fish of
this size have a better chance to
survive than do fish put in streams
directly from the hatching trays.
On April 13, - the forest service
received the first consignment of
trout from the U. S. bureau of
fisheries. The consignment consist
ed of 25,000 rainbow trout and 35,
000 brook trout. Additional fish are
expected and plans are being made
to care for over 100,000 fish this
season for planting in streams next
Northern Division Singers
To Meet Sunday
j,nc rress is requestea to an
nounce that the northern division
of the Macon county singing con
vention will meet with the Oak
Grove Baptist church next Sunday,
April 18, at 1 :30 p. m.
All singers and those interested
in singing are invited to attend.
Some quarters from out of the
county are expected.
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