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VOL, LIV. NO. 7
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1939
$1.50 PER YEAR
Was Well Known Resident
,Of West's Mill
Mrs. , Jennie Morrison McGaha,
73, widely known resident of the
West's Mill section, died at 3:30
o'clock Thursday afternoon at her
. Mrs. McGaha suffered a stroke
of paralysis at 12:30 o'clock Satur
day afternoon. She was the daugh
ter of the late Joseph and Marga
ret Bryson Morrison and was born
on February 6, 1866. She and her
twin brother, James M. Morrison,
observed their 73rd birthday with a
dinner at -her home on Sunday,
February 5. -She
married the late W. A. Mc
Gaha on January 14, 1886, and they
. celebrated their golden wedding
anniversary in 1936. Mr. McGaha
died on June 17, 1937. Mrs. Mc
Gaha" joined Cowee Baptist church
when .she was a girl. She had
made her home in the Cowee sec
tion all her life.
Funeral services were conducted
at 2 o'clock this (Thursday) after
noon at Cowee Baptist church. The
' Rev.' R. F. Mayberry, pastor, offi
ciated. He was assisted by the Rev.
Harry S. Williams, pastor of the
Franklin circuit. Burial was in the
Pallbearers were Robert Rick
man, Derald Queen, William Rick
man, Frank Roper, Joe Rickman
and Arthur Shepherd.
Mrs. McGaha is survived by three
children, F.-Pierce McGaha, of Se
attle, Wash., and Alaska; J. Fred
McGaha, of West's Mill, and Mrs.
Lester S. Conley, of Franklin;
four grandchildren; three brothers,
James M. Morrison, of Etna; Ed
Morrison, of Darby, Mont., and
Samuel Morrison, of. Marietta, Ga.
P.-T. A. To Observe
Founders' Day will be celebrated
at the regular meeting of the
Franklin Parent-Teachers Associa
tion which will be held at the
schoolhouse on ' Monday afternoon,
February 20, at 3 o'clock.
An interesting program will in
clude an address on Founders' Day
by J. R. Wells, principal, and vocal
solos by Mrs, Frank Bloxham.
The opening hymn will be "Amer
ica the Beautiful," and the Rev. I.
L. Roberts will conduct the devo
tional exercises. Refreshments will
be ' served at the close of the
The president, Mrs. John Wasi
lik, Jr., and treasurer, Mrs. L. H.
Page, earnestly request the prompt
payment, of the 25 cents annual
dues, as the membership is de
termined by the number who have
paid, and all want to see an in
crease in this year's enrollment.
The ministers of the several
churches of Franklin and the coun
ty met last week and organized a
. Ministers' Association. This, asso
ciation includes the pastors of all
denominations and its aim is to
promote better cooperation between
all of the different denominations
?.nd to unify the churches in the
county in' an effort to encourage
and promote finer Christian living
throughout the county. The Rev. C.
F, Rogers of the Franklin Baptist
church was elected president; the
Rev. J. A. Flanagan, vice-president;
and the Rev. H. S. Williams, of the
Franklin Methodist circuit, secre
tary. . t,
Mrs. S. H. Lyle To '
Operate Trimont Inn
Trimont Inn will be operated this
year by the owner, Mrs. S. H.Lylc,
who is having extensive improve
ments and redecorating done.
Mrs. S; H. Lyle, Jr., will have .ac
tive management of the Inn, wh;ich
will be opened to the public ea&rly
in the leason. '
J. C. Henderson
Passes At Cullasa ja On
John Calhoun Henderson, 86, well
known resident of the Cullasaja
section died Wednesday morning at
his home following an illness of
four months. Death was attributed
to heart trouble.
Mr. Henderson, who was born
March 11, 1852, was the son of the
late Canada and Polly Henderson.
He had lived in Macon county all
his life. He was a member of Pine
Grove Baptist church. He married
Miss Catherine Russell in 1882. She
died several years ago.
Funeral services were conducted
at Sugarfork Baptist church at 1
o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon,
conducted by the Rev. J. I. Vinson
and the Rev. J.. A. Flanagan. .In
terment was . in the church ceme
tery. Surviving are two daughters, Miss
Nettie Henderson, of Cullasaja, and
Mrs. Arleecy Duell, of Norfolk,
Va. ; four sons, C. W. and T. T.
Henderson, of Cullasaja; Warren
Henderson, of Gneiss, and William
Henderson, of Washington, D. C. ;
11 grandchildren and six great
Citizens Ask Standing
Indian Reserve Be
The following petition is being
circulated . and is being signed by
citizens who wish, to cooperate
with the United States forest ser
vice and North Carolina department
of coiservation and development in
their - joint program for the re
stocking of the Nantahala national'
forest with game end fish :
"To the United States Forest Ser
vice and North Carolina Depart
ment of Conservation and De
"The undersigned, all being citi
zens and freeholders of Macon
county, North Carolina, respectfully
request that the Standing Indian
game refuge and the Wayah game
refuge both be maintained. We fur
ther request that the United States,
forest service and the North Caro
lina department of conservation and
development work toward the end
of later consolidating these two ref
uses into one large refuge to ex
tend from the Georgia line on the
south along the'Nantahala range to
the Swain county line on the
The petitions are in the hands of
W. T. Moore, Hortori Williams, J.
E. Perry, T. W. Angel, Jr., and J.
This action is prompted by the
circulating of a petition, presented
February 6 at the meeting of the
county commissioners, and signed
Jby some 400 citizens to the effect
that the upper Nantahala is unfit
for raising deer, and requesting
that the Standing Indian game ref
uge be abandoned.
Three letters from citizens in
the Standing Indian vicinity have
been published in The Press on
January 19 and February 2, ex
pressing the desire that the Stand
ing Indian game refuge be aban
doned so that stock may be grazed
Jesse James Feature
At Macon Theatre
Darryle F. Zanuck's production
of "Jesse James," spectacular drama
of the nation's most famous out
law, and 'the turbulent events of his
time, will be shown at the Macon
Theatre at 11 p. m. next Tuesday,
February 21, and on Wednesday
and Thursday, February 22 and 23
at 3:30, 7 and 9 p. m. This is one
of the most talked-of pictures of
recent time and is in technicolor.
Funds Allotted By WPA
To Improve High School
That Franklin will have a real
baseball field for the coming season
seems now assured.
An allotment of approximately
$4,000 for the improvement of the
high school athletic field has been
approved by WPA authorities, and
the work is. to be pushed forward
as rapidly as possible. .
The project is sponsored jointly
by Macon county, the. town of
Franklin and WPA. The money is
to be disbursed through the office
of the county commissioner?, and
WPA labor will be used.
A large sewer' main will be laid
in the ditch across the field and
the ditch covered over. The hill is
to be graded down to enlarge the
field and to provide space for
seats. The baseball diamond will be
changed around so that it will not
interfere with the football goal
posts, and other improvements are
planned to make this field as good
as can be found anywhere in this
Work was scheduled to start
Tuesday morning, but the heavy
rains made it impossible for" the
men to work. Jt is expected, how
ever that a large crew will be at
work every day when the weather
permits until the job is finished.
World Day Of Prayer
To Be Observed
The World Day of Prayer will
be observed by the Franklin
churches ff with a union service
sponsored by the women's mission
ary societies of the Baptist, Meth
odist, Episcopal and Presbyterian
churches on Friday afternoon, Feb
ruary 24, at 3 o'clock.
The program will be shared by
the various churches, which will be
part of a world-wide prayer service
encircling the globe on the first
Friday in Lent.
.A World FdkAvsliip of Prayer
The following is quoted from one
of the folders entitled "The Church,
a World Fellowship":
'The first Friday in Lent is rap
idly coming tp symbolize for the
Christian women of the world the
spiritual unity of Christ's Church.
In many different languages, in
heat and in cold, in tiny country
communities and great cities, (in
small chapels and immense cathed
rals, on this day we become con
scious of one another as the body
of our Lord, joined together in
prayer. From widely separated
places voices speak of this unity."
Christian missions throughout the
world, in every country, will ob
serve the day with prayers for
better interracial and international
understanding and for world peace.
The offering at the meeting in
Franklin will be devoted to work
among needy children under the
direction of the "National Commit
tee of Church Women representing
the evangelical churches of the
United States. .
Mrs. R. A. Anderson
Passes February 12
Mrs. R. A. Anderson,: 75, died on
Sunday, February 12, of pneu
monia. Mrs. Anderson, before her mar
riage to R. A. Anderson in April,
1913, was Miss Grace Evelyn Goer,
and was born Algust 27, 1864. She
joined the Cartoogechaye Baptist
rhiirrn earlv in life and remained
a devout Christian until her death.
She was loved and esteemed by an
who knew her. f
Mrs. Anderson is survived by one
niece, Mrs., Dave Guffey, and one
nc&hew, Judson Williams, . both of
Franklin, and many other relatives.
Funeral services were held at
Maiden, Chapel on Monday, Febru
ary 13, condlcted by the Rev. G.
G. Goer. Interment was in the
For Colored Community
House Draws Crowd
Rally Day for the proposed com
munity building drew a large crowd
of the colored citizens that filled
the Chapel school Sunday after
noon. The occasion was the presenta
tion of the land, for the site of the
building which is to be constructed
by NYA. The special speaker in
vited for the occasion was the Rev.
D. E. Thompson, of -Waynesville,
who congratulated the assembly on
their response , to the leadership of
H. R. Kemp, superintendent of the
In his stirring , address, he ap
pealed to his race to raise their
standards through education and
good citizenship, stating that the
interest and friendship of their
white neighbors always stood ready
to give aid. The speaker outlined
the part played by the Negro in
the building of the nation and in
the World War, urging the faithful:
continuance of this honorable rec
ord, v .
The Rev. E. Johnson McKay
read the scripture lesson and in
troduced jhe speaker. ,
In the absence of the Rev. Frank
Bloxham, Mrs. J. W. C. Johnson
made the presentation address on
behalf of the Episcopal church's
donation of a lot adjoining the
Chapel school for the community
house. A speech of acceptance and
appreciation was made by Super
Mrs. Margaret Ordway, supervis
or of NYA, announced that the
logs were being" cut and other ar
rangements made to begin work at
once, and congratulated the people
for their cooperation.
Superintendent Kemp announced
that classes in adult education
would begin February 21 and con
tinue on Tuesday and Thursday
nights for the benefit of all who
desired to take the courses offer
ed by the school faculty, who are
giving their services without pay.
A program of music was render
ed by the pupils of the school with
the singing of the Negro national
anthem by all as the closing hymn.
F. K. Davis, teacher of the seven
th and eighth grades, and others,
assisted in the arrangements for
An offering of $65.00 almost com
pleted the sum of $300 that is' be
ing raised towards the building.
Mrs. Elizabeth Glenn To
Deliver Address At
"The South Faces Facts," is the
topic of the address to be given
hv Mrs. Elizabeth L. Glenn, orom-
inent attorney of Asheville, before
the Qouncu of Social Agencies on
Notices have been sent to all
organizations and churches affili
ated with the Council announcing
the meeting in the American Leg
Dinner will be served at 6:30
o'clock bv the business women's
group of the Presbyterian church,
and all who expect to be present
for dinner are asked to notify Miss
Josephine Dixon, chairman of the
program committee, Mrs. fc-Ioise U.
Franks or Mrs. J. W. C. Johnson.
All interested friends are cordial
ly invited to attend the special pro
gram, which will begin at 8 o'clock,
to Tiear Mrs. Glenn's address.
Music will be a part of the pro
gram, including negro spirituals
sung by a group of students from
Officers for the coming , year
will be elected at this meeting.
Two Local Acts Approved;
Teachers Go After
Two of Representative George B.
Patton's local bills have been pass
ed by both houses since last wee.
The first, passed on Wednesday,
February 8, repeals the act of 1937
establishing a board of jury com
missioners for Macon county. This
means that juries will hereafter be
drawn by the county commissioners,
as was the custom before the 1937
act was passed. 1
The second bill increases the
term of the register of deeds to
four years, and was passed Wed
nesday of this week.
The bill to remove the 15-cent
Wit on meals for prisoners in jail,
and leaving the matter to the dis
cretion of the commissioners, was
passed by the house .Thursday, Feb
ruary 9, and has been sent to the
senate for concurrence.
The local bill to prohibit the use
of absentee ballots in primary and
general elections in Macon county
will probably be held in committee,
together with similar bills from
several other counties, until action
is taken on statewide measures con
cerning the absentee ballot law.
In case no statewide act is passed,
the bills for Macon and some other
counties will no doubt be enacted.
Teachers Ask Consideration
Teachers of the Franklin and
Macon county schools and the
county association of teachers have
been ' sending letters -arid telegrams
to members of the assembly in
both houses urging support of Gov
ernor Hoey's educational plans
which provide for a twelfth grade
in high schools, salary increases
and retirement pay for teachers.
North Carolina is one of the six
lagging states having no twelfth
grade in the high schools, and alt
who are interested in education feel
that the Assembly should . correct
this deficiency, even if it means
curtailing appropriations elsewhere.
In view of the tremendous pres
sure being brought to bear by ed
ucational interests, it is thought
that the appropriations committee
may make an upward revision of
school allotments, but if the com
mittee fails in this- respect, there is.
sure to be a hot fight made for the
increases when the appropriation
bill comes before the house.
The finance committee up to
Wednesday had pared tax receipts
estimates for the next two years to
a point where the proposed budget
would show a deficit of $1,770,000,
but much of this will no doubt be
made up by the tapping of further
sources of revenue before the com
mittee reports the finished bill for.
Pattons Spend Week-End
With Home Folks
Representative and Mrs. George '
B. Patton came in from Raleigh
Friday . and spent the week-end
with home folks in Macon county.
Mr. and Mrs. Patton are taking
a prominent part in social and leg
islative affairs in the state capital,
and this, was their first trip home
since the Assembly convened in
Macon Ministers To
Preach On Temperance
The ministers who are members
of the Franklin Ministers Associa
tion will bring messages on temper- i
ance on Sunday, February 19.
Feeling that one of our most
pressing problems is that of general
temperance in living, the Macon
county ministers have selected
temperance for the first of the sub
jects they shall from time to time
present in unison from their pul
pits. It is hoped that many of the
people from this section will avail
themselves of the privilege of. at
tending one of the churches and
hearing one of these messages.