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VOL. LIV, NO. 29
FRANKLIN, N. C THURSDAY, JULY 20, 1939
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WORK TO START
Survey Will Be Made In
Few Days; Money And
Roy H. Plemmons, district en
gineer for the state highway de
partment, stated to a Press repre
sentative Monday that a survey
will start within the next few
days of Highway 28, formerly 286,
from Franklin to the Iotla bridge,
with a view to widening and
straightening the road.
It is i understood that work ' will
be started on the project soon
after the survey is completed, and
is expected- to be finished within
three or four months
The work will not be done on
contract but will be handled by
the istate highway department
with WPA labor, and specifica
tions call for traffic-bound mac
The highway is now 14 feet
wide, and the width will be ex
, tended to 20 feet and curves elimi
nated wherever possible. The road
has been completed from lotla
bridge to the Swain county line,
and a section is under construc
tion in Swain which it is hoped to
complete before winter.
Local WPA officials state that
plenty of labor can be supplied.
When completed this highway
will furnish a through route from
southern points' to the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park,
and will bring through Franklin
a heavy stream of tourist traffic.
Gifts Of 170 New Books
Received By Library
Gifts of 170 new books were
made last . month to 1 the Public
Library of Franklin, it has been
announced by Mrs. Tom Johnston
who, with Mrs. Frank Murray is
in charge of the library.
The home of the library on the
first floor of the Masonic Hall
has recently ;; been thoroughly
cleaned, new table and desksjiavg
ibeen added and a case for maga
zines. At present, intensive work
is in progress on the filing of
clippings and pamphlets. Also, a
systematic card index of all the
libray's volumes is being prepared'.
A children's corner has recently
been added which, though limited
in numbers of books is in constant
use by the town's youngsters. .
The library, organized first as
a club some 30-odd years ago has
developed rapidly during recent
years. Many gifts of books have
been made from time to time by
public spirited citizens and- visit
ors to Franklin along with some
cash contribution's. It is hoped,
with the continued 'interest of the
town, to enlarge still further as
rapidly as possible, so that the
book needs of different age groups
of children as well as the require
ments of adults may be filled.
The library is now open every
Illustrated Map Made
By George Erwin Patton
Hung on the wall inside the
large window of Angel's Drug store
is a map of Western North Caro
lina that will be of interest not
only to strangers in ' town, but to
The map, made Franklin's
young artist, George Lrwin Patton,
is done in color with enamel fur
niture paint and depicts with car
toon illustrations the chief fea
tures of this section of the coun
try. r .
An accurate map about four feet
square, it covers all of North
Carolina west' of Balsam, includ
ing the Great Smoky Mountains
National , Park. All road are
drawn and painted to tell the
traveler at a glance the type of
road each one is. A chart listing
the mileage to various towns is
one feature, as is a list of "Things
to See While in Franklin."
The map is illustrated through
out with cartoons of amusements
swimming, golfing, hunting, fish
ing; of industries and of people.
One "industry'' of the mountains
' is shown in the picture of an old
man guarding his still with a
gun. Water wheels, animals, trees,
waterfalls all are among the
amusing and well drawn features.
George Patton has been known
in Franklin for some time for his
abilities in drawing and painting.
New Telephones t
Installed This Week
Two new telephones have been
installed on the Georgia road this
week, one for Mrs. Gilmer Jones
and the other for Mrs. Lola P.
Southern Region, U. S. Forest Photo
Two ladies fix the table while another watches the sizzling steaks on the
outdoor stove. The photo was taken at Cliffside.
Mrs. Frank Curtis
Pa;es In Murphy After
Mrs. ' Ailecn Baird Curtis, 55,
died at the home of her daugh
ter, Mrs. Wiley J. Waldroop, in
Murphy Wednesday morning fol
lowing an illness of more than
Mrs. Curtis, who was born in
Asheville, the daughter of the late
Mr. and Mrs. Zebulon Baird,
moved to Franklin when only a
child and spent most of her life
here. She watS married to the late
Frank . Curtis, son of the late
W. A. Curtis.
She joined the Franklin Metho
dist church in early womanhood,
and was a woman of high char
acter, and on who was loved by
all who knew her.
Funeral services were held at
the Franklin Methodist church on
Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.
The Rev. I. L. Roberts, pastor,
was in charge of the services. In
terment was in the Franklin ceme
tery. Pallbearers were: W. T. Moore,
Ben McCollum, George Dean, T.
W. Porter, Sr., Robert Curtis and
T. B. Ashe.
Surviving are five children,
three daughters, Mrs. Wiley J.
Waldroop, of Murphy; Mrs. Sue
McCall, of Asheville, and Mrs.
Ray Orr, ' of Franklin ; two sons,
Hugh Edwin Curtis, of Waynes
ville, and Frank Smith- Curtis, of
Asheville, and five grandchildren;
one sister, Mrs. E. K. Campbell,
of Atlanta, and two brothers,
Adolphus E. Baird, of Chitlenaugo,
N. Y., and Hugh M. Baird, of
As The World Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events In State. Nation
BAPTIST WORLD ALLIANCE
More than 60 nations are repre
sented at, the sixth International
Congress pf the Baptist World
Alliance opening Saturday in At
lanta. The Reverend George W.
Truett, D. D. of Dallas, Texas, a
native of Clay county, is presi
dent and will preside. Over 10,
000 will attend. Religious freedom
and church unity will be two
major subjects considered.
W, W. Neal, chairman of the
North Carolina ' park commission,
said Wednesday he planned to
call on President Roosevelt within
the next few days and attempt to
ascertain when the chief executive
would be able to attend the dedi
cation ceremonies of the Great
Smoky National park.
"All arrangements for the dedi
cation ceremonies have been com
pleted," he said. "We have the
invitations for official guests en
graved and we have only to fill in
A white house secretary said
Wednesday President ' Roosevelt
would have to call a special ses
sion of congress to consider neu
trality law amendments ishould a
crisis develop in Europe after ad
journment of the present session.
The president abandoned any idea
of yetting amendment! at this ft
Hot Meal in a Cool
Easley Boys Win 8 To 6;
Baseball fans got their money'
worth last Sunday afternoon when
the Franklin and Easley, (S. C)
teams staged one of the closest
games ever played on the local
The score was' tied . twice dur
ing the game and the result was
in doubt until the last batter was
retired. Both teams played jam
op ball, and 'the contest was- fast
and hot: The final score was 8
to 6 in favor of the visitors.
Next Sunday afternoon the Bilt
more team will come to Franklin
for a double-header. Biltmore is
rated as one of the best amateur
outfits in Asheville and a large
crowd is expected to be on hand
to watch the fun.
First game will start at 2 oclock.
All County Schools
Will Open On Aug. 31
At a meeting of - the county
board of education held on Tues
day afternoon, it was decided to
open all county and town schools
in the county on Thursday, Aug
The announcement of this ac
tion of the board was made by
Guy L. Houk, superintendent of
sion after a conference with Dem
ocratic and Republican senators
last night and announced his pur
pose to take the matter to the
BLOW TO PEACE HOPES
Press commeni from Paris on
Wednesday said postponement of
neutrality legislation by congress
was "a blow to France and peace
17 MINERS KILLED
AH hope has since been given
up for the nine miners trapped in
a coal mine in Harlan county, Ky.
when 17 ' miners were killed in a
mine blast last Friday. This rais
ed the total dead to 28.
MOVE FOR BANK LOANS
Senator Mead and other officials
said after a white house confer
ence that President Roosevelt had
endorsed legislation intended to
stimulate bank loans to small busi
RE: BLOCK BOOKING
The senate passed, 46 to 28, a
bill to prohibit block booking and
blind selling of motion pictures.
Secretary Morgenthau and Jesse
H. Jones, administrator of the
new federal loan agency, urged
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For Cliffside Celebration Saturday, July 22
ALL CONTESTS TO BEGIN AT
2:00 P. M. AND END AT 4:00 P. M.
Fly Casting Contests:
Casting for distance
Entry to be made on location
South of Beach, on Cliffside Lake
Tree Estimating Contests:
Judge number of trees planted in white
jpine plantation; planted in 1919). .
Area located just nortn oi parking area on
Estimates to be entered with attendant at
Mountain Climbing Contests:
Shortest time to climb from road up trail
to Cliffside Vista. . ' '
Entry to be made where Cliffside Vista
trail leaves road. Time to be recorded at
Cliffside Vista shelter
Separate contests for boys and for girls
Hiking shoes for boys
Hiking shoes for girls '
Horseshoe Pitching Contest:
Entries to be made at courts
Two courts laid out between rain shelter
Prize: $5.00 -Swimming
Free style swim, for boys and for girls
Entries to be made at beach with attendant
Swimming suit for boys
Swimming suit for girls
Any string band team may enter
Entry to be made at amphitheater stage
Bands to play, and best judged in amphi
theater Prize : $5.00 '
All contests will start promptly at 2 p. m.
AH contests will close promptly at 4 p. m.
Prizes wilt be awarded at assembly in amphitheater at 5
p. m. by Master of Ceremonies Guy Houk. .
" Speaking will take place in amphitheater at S p. m.
Free barbecue will be held at barbecue pits just below park
ing lots promptly at 6 p. m.
Free motion pictures will be held in amphitheater at 8 p. m.
Pictures to be shown are a colored film "Recreation on the
Nantahala" and a sound movie, "Trees of Life."
Program closes with showing of motion pictures.
Area will be closed at 10 p. m.
Vacation Bible School
At Morrison Church
The Vacation Bible school, spon
sored by the Franklin and Morri
son Presbyterian churches, is be
ing held at the Morrison Presby
terian church on the Georgia
road with Mr. Hubert Wardlaw,
of Columbia Theological Seminary,
Decatur, Ga., a special worker un
der the Religious Educational Com
mittee of Asheville Presbytery, in
charge of the school. The school
is devoted to the study oi the
Cliffside Opening Saturday
Convention to Meet With
The Macon Baptist Sunday
School convention will meet with
the Highlands Baptist church on
Sunday, July 23, at 2 :30 o'clock
p. m. " .
All Baptist Sunday schools in
the county are urged to send rep
resentatives. Following is the program for
Devotional Mr. Glen Shuler,
Highlands, N. C.
Roll Call and Offering.
Three discussions as" follows.:
First "Evangelism" Rev. J. I.
Vinson, Dillard, Ga.'
Second "Why and How to Win
Young People to Christ" Rev. J.
S. Stanberry, Almond, N. C.
Third "Relationship of Visita
tion to S. S. Work" Rev. C. C.
Welch, Stiles, N. C.
Bible, with periods each day being
given to memorizing the Scrip
tures, Bible study and Bible stor
ies, isinging . of the hymns and
Bible choruses. One period each
day is used for recreation.
Departmental work is being done
in the school wdth Miss Frances
Riddle of Columbia, S. C, in
charge of the primary department,
Mrs. Wilson Smart the junior de
partment, Mr. Hubert Wardlaw the
intermediate department and the
Rev. J. A. Flanagan the young
Celebration Will Be An
Completion of all arrangements
for the opening celebration to be
held at Cliffside Lake on Satur
day, July 22, have been announced
by Charles Melichar, supervisor of
the Nantahala national forest. The
celebration, expected to be the out
standing event of the summer in
Western North Carolina, is being
staged by'. -the' Forest Service and
civic organizations of the towns of
Highlands and Franklin.
The program will open at 2
p. m. with contests to be held be
tween 2 p. m. and 4 p. m. and
the celebration will close with the
showing of colored motion pictures
in the amphitheater at 8 p. m.
Hundreds of visitors are expect
ed at the Lake for the program,
contests and the free supper of
barbecued pork and lamb, Bruns
wick stew and cold drinks: which
will feature the entertainment.
On the program as speaker of
the evening will be Joseph C.
Kircher, 'of Atlanta, . Chief Forest
er of the Southern Region. He
will ibe introduced by Guy L.
Houk, superintendent of Macon
county schools, ajul master of cere
monies for the occasion.
The Cliffside Lake recreation
area, newest and most extensive
development of the forest service
in the Nantahala national forest
ha,s been completed under the sup
ervision of Mr. Melichar and
through the work of the forest
service, civilian conservation corps
and the works progress adminis
tration. Hundreds of nature lovers
have already discovered, and made
use of the facilities for swimming
and picnicking afforded by the
area during the few weeks since
Cliffiside Lake and recreation area
is easy of access. Located off
Franklin and five miles west of
Highlands, it is approached by a
short stretch of graveled forest
service road. A stone marker on
the main highway indicates the
The program will be found else
where on this page.
Fact. About CUffikU
Approximately 15 miles east of
Franklin on U. S. Route 64 and
four miles from Highlands, is locat
ed the newest Nantahala Forest
recreational development Cliffside
At the junction of Route 64 and
the road leading into the area a
stone column bearing a sign points
the way. Following the wide stone
road for approximately a mile one
comes to a two-level parking lot
that fits into the natural setting of
thp clirmlinHinrv Uilli. A t .U- n 1.
ing lot is a trail leading to the reg
istration shelter, and on past to the
picnic shelter where four cooking
units are available for preparing a
picnic lunch. Along the trail are
several picnic tables and fireplaces
as well as attractive stone drink
Farther over is located a bath
house that has been so designed as
to be an interesting feature in the
landscape. This bathhouse provides
places for the checking of clothes,
and adequate dressing room facil
ities as well as showers and toil
ets. From the bathhouse the trail"
leads to the white sand beach.
Here, in the lake, a safety line
has been placed at the five foot
water level and the posts marked
indicating the depth. Beyond the
safety line U the . diving platform
which gives the more active swim
mer a place for diving and other
aquatic pleasures. For the safety
of the swimmers, live saving equip
ment has been placed at strategic
points. A life guard will be in at-
Taking another trail from the
registry shelter one finds the am
phitheater which is located in a
natural cove shaded by towering
oaks and poplars and overlooking
the blue lake. Three hundred and
sixty people can be .seated comfort-
ably in this theater. It is planned
to have Forest Service movies dur
ing the week-ends. ' .
On another point overlooking the
lake is a log shelter centrally lo
cated to the group of picnic tables,
and built to provide protection
from summer showers.
High above the area on the edge
of the stone cliff, from which
comes the name "Cliffside," is a
beautiful overlook ishelter reached
by a well-marked trail that winds
back and forth un th mountain.
From here the Cliffside recrea
tional area spreads out like a gor
geous patchwork quilt, and in the
distance many mountain peaks and
rangei are visible,