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VOL. LII, NO. 41
FRANKLIN, N. O, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1937
$1.50 PER YEAR
Dies After Accident In
Thomas M. Rickman, 49, oldest
- son pi John E. Rickman, ot frank
lin, was fatally injured .early bun
day morning at the plant of the
Champion ibre company in Can
ton where he was employed. He
died in an Asheville hospital 1U
hours alter he was injured.
Chester Ingle, 3u, empioye in the
same department, was critically in
jured at the same time. The two
men operated a wood chipper, and
had stopped to change knives on
the machine when a fellow work
man threw the wrong switch and
started the chipper. Before it could
be stopped both men were hurt by
the .revolving parts of the machine.
The switch that controls the ma
chine on which the two men were
working is about 15 feet from the
clipper, and the workman who ac
cidentally threw the switch had
been" sent to the control board to
throw another switch.
Mr. Rickman had been employed
at the Canton plant for the past
17 years. He is survived ty nis
father, John E.vRickmarl, of Frank
lin; his' widow and four sons, John
C, arence, Carroll and Thomas
Rickman, Jr.;. four , sisters, Mrs.
, LLndon Cabe, of Green Creek; Mrs.
Verlin Buchanan, of Gay; Mrs.
Tohn Guf f ey. of Leatherman, and
Mrs.'; Roy Gibson, of Franklin ; two
. brothers, Sloan Rickman, ot titz
, gerald, Ga., and James E. Rickman,
of SWashtngton, v and ; one- grand?
daughter, - -, . " v . '
, Mr. Rickman was born and rear
ed in Macon county and spent his
earlv life here. He joined the Lib
erty Baptist church when a young
man and later moved his member
ship to the West Canton Baptist
church, where he remained a con
Funeral services were conducted
at West Canton Baptist -church at
11 o'clock Tuesday morning. Rev.
P. C. Hicks, pastor was in charge,
assisted by Rev. Frank Leather
wood, of Haywood county.
The body of Mr. Rickman was
brought to Franklin for burial after
the funeral service in Canton and
the service at the grave was con
ducted by the ministers above nam
ed with prayer by Rev. W. B.
Underwood, pastor of the Frank
Girl Scouts Met
Troop No. 1' of the Franklin
Girl Scouts held their Court of
Honor on Friday afternoon at 4:30
in the basement of the Methodist
church. Miss Pauline Powers, troop
captain, invested six tenderfoot
scouts including: Mary Frances
Page, Betty Horsley, Inez Craw
ford, Emogene Landrum, Sallie Lou
Moore, Barbara Stockton.
Merit badges were awarded to
four scouts of second class rank
Sara CoViley, Lane Porter, Dorothy
Sloan and Virginia Tessier. .
Following the business session the
guests were served refreshments by
members of the troop.
(Prices listed below; are subject
to change without notice.)
Quoted by Farmer Federation, lac.
Chickens, heavy breed, hens 12c
Chickens, light weight, lb. .. 9c
Fryers, heavy, lb. ........... 16c
Fryers, light, ,1b. .....14c
Eggs, doz. . 25c
New Potatoes, No, 1, bu. .. 60c
Quoted W ,NanUhal Creamery
Butterfat, lb. 31c
Will Be .Observed Sunday
At M. . Church
Next Sunday will be the last
Sunday before the Western North
Carolina Annual Conference of the
Methodist church meets in Ashe
ville, and the Franklin Methodist
church will observe Loyalty Day.
This observance of Loyalty Day
will be . the climax to a special
emphasis which, this church has
made for the past few weeks, in an
effort to complete the work ot
the closing year and lay plans for
the new church year which begins
Sunday morning the pastor, the
Rev. C. C. Herbert, Jr., will preach.
Sunday afternoon, between the
hours of two and five, the members
of the board of stewards will be at
the church. All the members of the
church are urged to come to the
church during this time and make
their pledges to the budget for the
new conference year. At five o'clock
in the afternoon there, will be held
a brief vesper service, which will
be the final church service of this
conference year. At this service Mr.
Herbert ' will use for his subject,
"The Unification of Methodism."
Executives and Writers
Short Stay .
,.v Travel , executives and writers
from all parts of the United States
stopped in Franklin for a short
time Tuesday morning and were
welcomed by Mayor George B.
Patton in a short talk at Kelly's
Tea. Room, where they gathered to
inspect a display of forest, mineral
and other products of Macon county.
Illustrated folders describing
Franklin and booklets giving infor
mation concerning the Nantahala
national forest, were distributed
among the tourists, ihese folue.s
and booklets were enclosed in large
envelopes which were stamped and
ready for mailing, so that the tour
ists could send them to their home
addresses and would not be bur
dened with them on the trip.
Orangeade bottled by the Nanta
hala creamery was served to the
entire party through the courtesy
of Sheriff A. B. Slagle, owner of
The party went from Franklin
to Highlands and on to High Hamp
ton Inn for lunch. They then pro
ceeded "to Brevard and on to Hend
ersonville where they spent Tues
day nighU .
Five days " in all were spent by
the travel executives in Western
North Carolina, and they are now
touring the eastern part of the
Howard Mashburn, 7,
Dies In Hospital
Howard Edgar Mashburn, 7 years
old, died . in Angel hospital Wed
nesday morning at 7 o'clock from
an infection of the bone in his right
leg. '.; ;
Howard was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Grady Mashburn, of the El
lijay township, and had been in
school up to his sudden sickness
five weeks ago.
Funeral services were held at the
Ellijay Baptist church Thursday
morning at 10 o'clock. The Rev.
W. B. Underwood, pastor of the
Franklin Baptist church, was in
charge of the funeral.
Surviving are his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Grady (Mashburn; two
brothers, David and Furman, and
three sisters, Mildred, Nina and
Rosalee. . -
Mrs. M. D. Lee, of - Indianapolis,
Ind., arrived here Saturday for a
two weeks' visit, with her son." M.
B. Lee, at the home of Mrs. T.J,
Johnston, on Harrison avenue.
THE RED CEDAR
OF DIXIE HALL
Interesting Story Told
At U. D. C. Meeting
The Macon county chapter of the
United Daughters of the Confed
eracy met Monday afternoon at the
home of Mrs. Lester S. Conley, on
Harrison avenue for their regular
monthly business and social meet
ing. There were 13 members and
invited guests present.
" The business session of the meet
ing was presided over by the presi
dent, Mrs. Carl S. Slagle. Plans
were made for, the members to
hold their annual picnic at Ar
rowood Glade on Wednesday, Oc
The following officers were elec-;
ted for the ensuing year: President,
Mrs. Carl S. Slagle; vice-president,
Miss Elizabeth Slagle; recording
secretary, Miss Lily Kankin; treas
urer, Mrs. A. B. Slagle; registar,
Mrs. Lester S. Conley; historian,
Mrs. Sam L. Rogers; chaplain,
Mrs. T. J. Johnston; reporter, Mrs.
Lester. S. Conley.
A very interesting program was
given by Mrs. Z.eb W. Conley, who
gave a review of the book from
Christ in the Camps," by J. W.
Jones, a Confederate chaplain. Miss
iily Rankin read a most interesting
paper on the "Origin of Dixie."
A paper was read by Mrs. A.
L. McLean, which was contributeu
by Jule S. Robinson on the red
cedar that stands in the yard of
Dixie Hall, the Robinson's old
Rome place and which Mrr Robin
son now occupies.
There stands today at the south
east corner of "Dixie Hall" (known
tor several decads as the Robinson
home on Main street) a red cedar,
which came from the field where
the second battle of Manassas was
fought in 1862.
Captain Julius T. Siler, who built
Dixie Hall and finished it in 1860,
answered his Southland's call to her
sons in the early 60's and was
among the first to leave , Macon
county for the scene of action. Mr.
Siler was wounded in the second
Dattle of Manassas and after a
sojourn in the- field hospital, was
ready to start for his home in the
Carolina hills. As he was ' riding
across the battlefield one ' of his
men said, "Captain Siler, here is
one of the prettiest red cedars I've
ever seen, let me tie it to the back
of your saddle and take it home
with you." Mr. Siler said, "No, I'm
going home and have no use to
bother with it, and besides it
wouldn't live." The man replied,
"Well Captain Siler, it won't hurt
anything to try it, and if it should
live, your wife and children will
always prize it, both from an his
torical and sentimental standpoint."
Captain Siler smiled at the young
man's earnestness and said, "Well,
tie it to my saddle, but it will die
before .1 get home." .
The tree didn't, die, but Captain
Siler did in the next few years,
afteV the famous second battle of
Three quarters of a century have
passed since the. little red cedar
was taken from the blood-stained
soil of Old Virginia and brought
to its new home, in the Western
Carolina hills. !
Today it stands on guard, a silent
sentinel at the corner of Dixie
Hall, at the corner which was Cap
tain and Mrs. Siler's bedroom.
Kissed by the snow and frosts
of many a winter, it stands boldly
and proudly, on guard, day and
night, that no harm shall come to
its beloved Dixie Hall.
The visitors present for the meet
ing were Miss Maggie Moore, of
Sylva, a member of the W. A.
Enloe chapter; Mrs. H. E. Church,
Mrs. Frank Higdon and Mrs. J.
W. Cantey Johnson.
The next' meeting will be held
with Mrs. Carl S. Slagle, on the
second Monday in November.
Passes At Her Home On
Mrs. W. M. Swafford, 57, died
at her home on Iotla Tuesday
night about 7 ' o'clock following a
month's illness. She was a daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Craw
ford, of Watauga, and was a mem
ber of the Iotla Baptist church.
Funeral services were held at the
Iotla Baptist church Wednesday
afternoon, conducted by the pastor,
Rev. R. F. Mayberry. Burial was
in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Swafford is survived by her
husband, one son, Arvil ; one grand
daughter, of Iotla ; her parents, one
sister, Mrs. Jim Swafford, and two
brothers, Harley and Lester Craw
ford, of Burningtown.
Prominent Citizen Dies
At Norton Saturday ;
A. J. Newman, 72, died at his
home at Norton last Saturday aft
ernoon, October 9, at 1 :20 after an
illness of about three weeks. He
had been very active, even work
ing in the fields, .until he suffered
a heart attack which caused his
The funeral services were held
on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock
at Newman Chapel on Mulberry
and. burial was ,in,4hec cemetery
there. The Rev. J. A. Brendle, a
former pastor, conducted the serv
ices. John Holt had charge of the
music and songs that were used
during the . service, and special
songs were sung by Ruth Newman
and Jack Tidwell, grandchildren of
The pallbearers were Marvin
Howard, John Howard, Carl How
ard, Warren Castle, Harley Car
penter and Mr. Pitts.
Mr. Newman was born near
Hendersonville, and spent his early
life there. He later moved to
Greenville, S. C, where he lived
for seven years, but in 1914 he re
turned to North Carolina and open
ed a store at Norton, which he
conducted .until 1930.
Mr. Newman was a very active
church member in his community
and when a Baptist church was
proposed, he gave the land for' the
new building. Upon the completion
of the. new church, the congrega
tion named it Newman Chapel as a
token of their love and respect for
him. His last request was that he
be buried in the cemetary near the
Surviving Mr. Newman are his
widow, the former Lena Wagner,
of Hendersonville ; six daughters,
Mrs. , Myrtle Turner, of Green
ville, S. C. ; Mrs. Louise Tidwell,
of Rock Hill, S. C; Mrs. Estelle
Padgett, of Lowell, Mrs. Inez Bun
ton, of Shelby; Mrs. Clara Henson,
of Charleston, S. C, and Miss Mon
tee Newman, of Chicago, -111. ; five
sons, Lola, of Charleston, S. G;
Don, of Chicago, 111,; Roy, of And
erson, S. C; Paul, of the U. S. N,
stationed now in New York City,
and Perry, of Sarasota, Fta. ; one
sister, Mrs. Susan Bagwell, of
Hendersonville, and several grand
children. Macon-Swain Singing
Convention October 24
The Macon-Swain county semi
annual singing convention will meet
with the Oak Grove Baptist church,
near highway No. 286, on October
24 (the fourth Sunday), it has been
announced by Theron Slagle and
J. B. Smiley, county chairmen.
All singing classes, quartets,, duets
and soloists of Macon, Swain and
adjoining counties are invited to at
tend and bring basket lunch. The
singing will begin at 10 a. m., and
dinner will be served on the ground,
Impressive Services Held
Sunday Evening At
M. E. Church
A most impressive service was
held at the Franklin Methodist
church last Sunday evening in hon
or of those who have been mem
bers of that church for SO vears
and more. The records, show that
there are 15 such members living,
and of these IS there were 13
present for the service.
The hymns used in the service
were favorites of these 50-vear
members. Mrs. W. N. Allman, who .
has been a member of this church
for ,70 years, named as her favor
ite hymn "Jesus, Lover of My
Soul." Dr. and Mrs. Frank T.
Smith, each of whom has been a
member of the Franklin church
for more than 50 years; named "A
Chartre . to Keen I Have" . as fheir
favorite. Three sisters. Mrs-Georee
Jones, Mrs. Lee Crawford, and Mrs.
E. R. Kennebrew. each of whom
has been a member for more than
a half-century, named as their fav
orite hymn, "How Firm a Foun
dation." A favorite number, "O
Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go,"
was sung as a vocal solo by Mrs.
C. C. Herbert, Jr.
The pastor of the church, the
Rev. C. C. Herbert, Jr., was in .
charge of the service. The Rev.
O. E. Croy, pastor of the Macon
circuit, led' the prayer. Dr. W. E.
Furr, superintendent of the church 1
school, was introduced, and in most
impressive words he- presented to ?
each of the 50-year members a
Certificate of Honor, appropriately
worded as a token of affection and
esteem on the part of the mem
bership, and signed by the officials
of the church.
At Dr. Furr's direction a red rose
was pinned on each of the honor
ed members by the members of the '
choir. Relatives of the two 50-year
members who were unable to be
present received the certificates "
and the roses on their behalf.
J. S. Conley made a brief but
eloquent address of appreciation to
the honored members in which he
emphasized the help and blessing
which their lives render to the
younger , members of the church. '
An opportunity was given for the
50-year members to speak. Mrs,
George A. Jones and John Q. Har- ,
rison, in fitting words, expressed
their appreciation for the honor
conferred .upon them, and the joy
and strength which the Christian
life has meant to them.
Mr. Herbert used as the basis
for his sermon St. Paul's letter to
Philemon. He pointed out that the
honor members shared with the
great apostle who called himself
'Paul the i Aged" three attitudes:
Paul found, in spite of the hard
ships and tribulations of his life,
his help and strength in Christ;
though an aged man and a prison
er, Paul took advantage of the op- '
portunity .to be of service to a
younger man who needed his help;
Paul faced the future with hope
and confidence. The preacher paid
tribute to the honored members
and expressed to them 'the love
and honor and gratitude, in which
the membership holds them.
Of ,the 15 members of the Frank
lin Methodist church who have
been members of that church for
50 years and more, the following
13 were present at the service :
Mrs. W. N. Allman, Dr. Frank T.
Smith, Mrs. Frank, T. Smith, Mrs.
George A. Jones, Mrs. E. R. Ken
nebrew, Mrs, Lee Crawford, Mrs.
Myra Allman, Mrs. J. J. Conley,
Mrs. Mamie A. Rogers, Mr. John
O. Harrison, Mrs. kary Lyle Wal
droop, Mrs. S. H. Lyle, and J. S.
Robinson. The two who could not
be present were represented Mrs.
J. jT. Moore by her daughter-in-law,
Mrs. W. T. Moore, and Mrs.
Ilena Myers by her daughter, Mrs,
Ella Myers Conley,