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VOL. LU, NO. 35
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, SEPT. 2. 1937
$1.50 PER YEAR
Gipsy Smith To
Be at Tabernacle
Famous Revivalist Will
Conduct Two Weeks
-Gipsy Smith, Jr., an evangelist
who is known' all over ,,the nation
iopi "his powerful presentation of
gospel truths, will conduct a series
of revival services in Franklin at
the Angel tabernacle, beginning
Sunday night, September 12, and
closing September 26.
Several committees are at work
making arrangements for this great
meeting and large crowds from all
over this section are Expected to
Statement From Publicity Chairman
The following statement has been
given out by Kev. W. B. Under
wood, chairman of the publicity
Rev. Gipsy Smith, Jr., is coming
to Franklin for revival meetings at
t,he Angel tabernacle. The meet
ings will begin on Sunday night,
September 12, and continue through
the evening service of Sunday,
Mr. Smith is a minister of in
ternational reputation. He is one
of the sanest evangelists of this
day. His messages are simple and
forceful. He preaches the gospel
without fear or favor and he
preaches it with all the fervdr of
Tell your neighbors about the
nieetings, pray for the minister,
make your plans to attend every
w. b: underwood,
Chm. Publicity Committee.
In Charge . of Telephone
Ben W. Woodruff, of Columbia,
S. G, has arrived in Franklin to
fill the position of manager of the
Western Carolina- Telephone Co.,
succeeding George Johnston, who
has accepted a position with the
Bell Telephone Co., in Atlanta.
Mr. Woodruff comes to his posi
tion in Franklin from the engineer
ing department of the Bell Tele
phone company in 'Columbia, S. C.
He began his work, as manager
September 1. ' ' . !
Mrs. Woodruff will join Mr.
Woodruff shortly and they will oc
cupy the J. Steve Porter house
where Mr. and Mrs. Johnston have
Mr. Johnston and his family plan
to leave Franklin next week.
(Prices listed below ' are subject
to .change without, notice.)
Quoted by Farmers Federation, Inc.
Chickens, heavy breed, hens 12c
Chickens, light weight, lb. .. 9c
Fryers, heavy, lb 16c
Frvjers. light.' lb. 13c
Eggs, doz 25c
Wheat ...v.T... .90
Rye i' : 90c
tfew Potatoes,, No. 1, iwj 60c
Quoted hy Nantahala ' 1 JV
Buttcrfat, lb. ,...,.....
GIPSY SMITH, JR.,
Who Will Conduct a Series pf Re
vival Meetings in Franklin
Beginning Sept. 12
Dr. Willis. A. Parker To
Conduct Work In
M. D. Billings, county superin
tendent of schools, has secured
the services of Dr. Willis A. Park
er, director of extension of West
ern Carolina Teachers' college, to
teach extension courses in Frank
lin during the fall and winter.
Through these "courses teachers
of. Macon county are enabled to ac
complish work for A grade cer
tificates who would not otherwise
Extension courses as provided in
North Carolina are primarily fo,r
teachers and are intended to en
able teachers to study while in
service, and be able to meet the
steadily rising educational require
ments of the state department of
education, which aims to raise the
efficiency of the schools in North
Carolina to a level equal to the
best in the nation.
Hut while intended primarily for
teachers, these courses are of in
terest to studious and thoughtful
persons of the community, and in
many centers arc taken advantage
of by others than teachers. The
subjects taught are oftcti of gen
eral interest, and serve to keep
former college graduates vand oth
ers of general culture abreast of
information not available at the
time of their own educational
preparation. ' s
This is notably true, of the in
struction afforded in the extension
classes provided by Western Caro
lina Teachers' college. Dr. Parker
is a scholar of mature years and
of ' nationwide reputation as both
a student and an effective social
work authority, whose classes in
other Western Carolina communit
ies have-been attended by numbers
of non-teachers, especially in Ashe
ville, Hendcrsonville and Brevard.
Dr, Parker, has explained that
the course to be given in Franklin
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DEAN SISK, 61,
Prominent Attorney Dies
In Hospital After
After an illness of several months,
R. Dean Sisk, 61, died in Angel
hospital Sunday morning at 2
o'clock. He underwent an operation
Tuesday morning. Q
Mr. Sisk was born at Cashiers
in Jackson county, May 2, 1876,
and was the son of the late , Mr.
and Mrs. R. T. Sisk. He, with his
parents, moved to Macon county
when quite young.
He attended the public schools,
also what is now Western Caro
lina Teachers' college, at Cullowhee,
and studied law at the University
of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill.
He was admitted to the bar at
the September term of the supreme
court of North Carolina , in 1897
and has practiced law in Macon
In 1918, Mr. Sisk was elected
Senator of the 33rd district on the
Republican ticket. He was at one
time United States deputy marshal,
and chairman of the Republican
party. At the time of his death he
was a member of the Republican
state executive committee.
For more than . 30 years he has
served the town of Franklin in
some capacity. He had been mayor
of Franklin for a number of years,
on the town board of alderman
several terms and was one of the
members of the present board.
He was president of the Citizens'
Bank of Franklin for several years.
Mr. Sisk had been dean of the
Bar association of Macon county
and was one of the oldest practic
ing attoraeys in Western North
He was trustee and treasurer of
the Franklin 'Golf club and was
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- Dedication John B. Byrne Memorial Tower
Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, N. C.
Monday, September 6, 1937
, 2:00 P. M., at Wayah Bald
Welcome to the Nantahala National Forest
Paul H. Gerrard, Supervisor, Nantahala Na
Solo, "Estralita" Mrs. James Averell, Mrs.
Harry Higgins, Accompanist.
Biographical Sketch of John B. Byrne Rev. H.
V. Lane, Pastor Sf. John's R. C. Church,
Waynesville, N. C.
Dedicatory Address Joseph C. Kircher, Region
al Foresteif, Southern Region, U. S. Forest
Service, Atlanta, Ga.
Unveiling the Plaque Philip Byrne, son of the
late John B. Byrne. . ;
Prayer Rev. J. A. Flanagan Pastor Frankjin
Presbyterian Church. .
' 4:00 P. M. Franklin High School Park y
Baseball Game CCC NC F-23 vs. CCC NC F-20.
7:00 P. M. Franklin, Main Street
Street Dance Mountain Music (Free).
The entire program is sponsored by the Frank
lin Chamber of Commerce and personnel of the
Nantahala National ForestEveryone is invited:
Byrne Tower On
' Wah Bald To
R. DEAN SISK
Prominent Attorney, Who Passed
On Last Sunday
To Be Held Sept. 12
The annual reunion of the Mc
Caha and Tippet families will be
held Sunday, September 12, at the
home of B. G. Hurst, near the
Relatives of both families are
urged to attend this reunion, and
bring basket lunch.
4 ' 'If
Chamber of Commerce,
And Forest Personnel ,
Franklin will play host ' to hund
reds of visitors attending the dedi
cation exercises of the John B.
Byrne. Memorial Tower Labor Day,
Monday, September 6. The tower,
located on Wayah Bald in the
picturesque Nantahala mountains
with an elevation of 5,330 feet,
commands an impressive panorama
of rugged peaks, broad valleys and
vast stretches of timberland. Knit
ted to the rock mass of Wayah
Bald, , the new Byrne Memorial
Tower rises S3' feet above the sum
mit and seems to stand guard over
the vast stretch of rich timberland,
cherished by the late John B.
Byrne, a former supervisor of the
Nantahala national forest
An observation level 24 feet above
ground has .been provided for vis
itors to the tower. From this van
tage point, one may survey, through
large casement windows, the variety
of scenery from every point of the
compass. A door leads from, this
enclosed level to an open, rustic
balcony which encircles the tower.
Here rustic stone benches built in
to the tower offer repose to those
who wish to enjoy the scenery
leisurely. What a variety and ex
panse of scenery is afforded from
the tower! Immediately below and
scrrounding the tower is a solid
mass of azalea, fragrant white to a
rare fragrant scarlet variety with
yellow and flame blending in. Rug
ged, timber-covered peaks close by
accentuate the contrast to the farm
dotted Tennessee valley below.
Lazy clouds drifting in the val
leys below or covering the tops of
the higher mountains . add to the
feeling of height. High mountain
peaks in Tennessee, Georgja and
South Carolina form an irregular
outline against the blue backdrop .
.Serves Fire Loolookit .
Above this public observation
level is the towerman's quarters,
34 feet above ground level. Here
the towerman has equipment nec
essary for fire protection, fire find
ers, haze meter, maps and tele
phone as well as his household
equipment for cooking and sleep
ing. Throughout the fire season, in
the spring and fall, he keeps his
long, lonely vigil for the faint puff
of smoke which often spells the
destruction of vast areas of timber
land and countless number of wild
In dedicating this tower as a
memorial to John Byrne, the U. S.
Forest Seryice has provided not
only a facility for the protection
of the forests which he loved, but
has also made available for the en- -joyment
of the public one of the
outstanding scenic points in West
ern North Carolina.
Joseph C. Kircher, of Atlanta,
regional forester of the Southern
region, U. S. forest service, will de
liver the dedicatory address. Other
speakers on the program will . Jbe
Rev. H. V. Lane, pastor of the St.
John's R. C. church, Waynesville,
Rev. J. A. Flanagan, pastor of the
Franklin Presbyterian, church, and
Paul H. Gerrard, supervisor of the
Nantahala national forest.
Mrs. John B. Byrne, of Colum
bus, Ga., wife of the late John B.
Byrne, will be present, as will quite
a few other members of the family.
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