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PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL INDEPENDENT
VOL. LV, NO. 4
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY; JANUARY b, 1940
$1.50 PER YEAR,
LIONS SPONSOR I JT- 7 The New Macon Theatre unnop fimnrRW
In Hands Of Experienced
Performances Sunday To
Go To Fund For
' Aiding Blind1
'The opening of the new Maw
Theatre' wiill he in the hands of
the .Lions Club, as the sptnsor of
a benefit performance, on Sunday,
afternoon, anil eveninu, January 28.
At the meeting of the Lions'
Moiday evening, 'Garland Tomlin,
of the -. Rabuil Amusement com
pany, lessees of the theatre, prof
fered the use of the building on
Sunday, the day before their -'open
ing picture, to the Lions to raise
funds for aiding he "blind and
those with Door vision. Cooperat
ing with the state commission for
the, blind, all Lions. Clubs have
adopted this cause as" -a special ob
jective. With the permission" of '.the town
board, the Lions are taking ad
vantage of this opportunity , to raise
funds for immediate needs in Ala
con county; chiefly for glasses for
school 'children unable to do their
work, who,s.e names are' already in
the lists of the welfare department,
The .management of the theatre
makes clear thai it is not ' their
'.intention now, or in the future, to
.open, the theatre on Sundays for
commercial showing of films. , The
use by the Lions of the new
theatre 'marks their desire to ex
tend the use of their fine build-
.' ing for community benefit when
ever possible, ine aiiuiiorium i
available during morning hours and
other times not in use, for civic
or benefit gatherings.
The feature thai lia,s been se
cured oh. this short notice is new
by thai droll favorite of the ra
dio Charley McCarthy, entitled
"Charley McCarthy, Detective" ; of
course 'supported by Bergen and
' others. News reels, a musical fea
ture, and a Wall Disney Tcchni
color cartoon will complete the pro
gram. The hours for showing will
be 2 p. in., 8:45 p. in. and 10 p. m.
The hours have been arra'nged so
that they will not conflict with
any church services'
The new Macon Theatre will be
in the hands of an experienced
personnel, which promises ef
The lessees of the building are
Garland Tomlin and L. J. Duncan,
forming the firm under the name
of the Rabun Amusement company.
Garland Tomlin is well known m
l-'rankhn, having married Miss
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Snow Caused Local
Schools To Close
After 'being retarded one weeK
in reopening .schools after the
Christinas holidays, it seems' that
lour days will be lost again this
week due to heavy snow. Although
it . is just as hard to make a cor
rect prediction in this matter as
it is to predict the future weather
conditions, it seems that it will
be Monday Jjefore schools in
'l-'rankhn , will reopen.
Patrons who live in the town or
near the school are sometimes uri-
"ahle jo understand why scnool
docs not open sooner after it
snows. The high school is made
up of students who live over' a
wide area. Most of these high
school students' are transported by
buses from rural areas. Many of
the bus. routes arc covered by
snow and ice after all streets and
important highways are safe. Due
to the danger of accidents by the
rural buses, all bus drivers have
been instructed to wait until their
routes are free from snow and ice.
Although school is getting some
what behind its schedule, no Sat
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there" .re . only eight months of
school, school can finish its sched
ule without ' work on Saturday by
a very reasonable date in May. As
a matter of fact, the North Caro
lina school machinery act prohibits
school on Saturday unless a state
of emergency is declared by the
local school committee.
Margaret Ingrain, daughter of the
late Sheriff Ingram and Mrs. In
gram. Born in Demorest, Ga., M r.
fomlin has lived for. many years
in Ckiyton, where for eight 'years
he was local manager of the Geor
gia Power company. For five years
he has been in the motion picture
business associated With Mr. Dun
can of West Point, Ga., owner of
a number of chain theatres. The
firm operates the Rabun Theatre
in Clayton, Ga.
Clyde Gailey, the popular local
manager, and Mrs. Gailey, have
made a place for themselves in
the community. Mr. Gailey has
proven his ability to successfully
carry on the growing business..
Howard Duncan, son of L. I.
Duncan, is now assistant manager.
Mr. and Mrs. Duncan came to
Franklin from West Point, Ga.,
about five months ago.
Hoyt Ledford has been the ef
ficient operator for a decade, al
most since the beginning of movies
Miss Johnnie Nix holds the po
sition of box office cashier.
A high standard of pictures has
been sustained by this manage
ment, which . books a large pra-
portion of new and first class pro
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Architect's Drawing Showing the Front of the Beautiful New' Playhouse Which Will Open
. i . . . Sunday . Afternoon' .
TALK TO LIONS
James Penland And Judge
Sam Cathey Tell Of
Work For Blind
For Finnish Relief
Two contributions have been re
ceived for the Finnish relief fund.
L. H. Page left $2.00 at The Press
office and James L. Averell came
around with $1.00. It is understood
tliit tlhtT mn triltu t tittr tton
j . i
nunc ana sent in direct.
Miss Hester Conley
Dies In State Hospital
News was received here Mon
day morning of the death of Miss
Hester Conley, daughter of W. L.
Conley and the late Mrs. Conley,
which occurred in the State hos
pital in Morganton on Sunday aft
ernoon, where she -has been a pa
tient for several years.
Miss Conley is survived by her
father, one sister and three broth
cr. ' ' .'..',
No Basketball At High
School This Year
Although the high school faculty
includes very capable basketball
coaches for "both boys and girls.
there will not be any basketball
at the school this year due to the
fact that there is no gymnasium.
The destruction by fire of the
high school gym last November
shattered the hopes of the student
body, the local fans and the boys
and girls who would have been on
the teams. They had hoped for a
successful season because there are
a number of boys and girls in
school who have had good exper
iencc during past years.
Although the high school audit
oriuin had been used for basket'
ball last year, the county board of
education, who has final respon
sibility of all school property in
the county, deemed it unwise to
use it for that purpose' any more.
A regulation to prohibit its use
for athletics was passed by the
board. It' was pointed out that the
auditorium is already used to over
capacity because of all the other
regular school activities. In addi
tion to other objections, the use
of the auditorium . for basketball
would require the daily removal of
chairs and other school equipment.
This, it was feared, would cause
a great damage to school property
which could not be afforded.
The student body h&s shown a
very commendable attitude toward
the school this year. Among other
things, every home room in the
hieh school building, hat partici
pated in raising funds which have
played a part in getting all rooms
in the building painted. As a re
ward for this excellent school
spirit among the student body, it
is hoped that a new and better
school gymn will soon replace the
one that was burned. Plans for
this new building are now under
On Monday, January 22, the
Franklin Lions Club crowded . into
Cagle's Cafe and after dinner heard
-two blind guests tell about eye
sight coaservation and progress
being made to alleviate the prob
lem in the state. . - '
The guests were Lion Jim Pen-
land, of Haycsville, president of
the Hayesville' and Robbinsville
Telephone company, who introduced
Judge Sam Cathey of the Ashe-
ville city police court and presi
dent of the North Carolina State
Blind commission. Both men are
Judge Cathey told some surpris
ing facts about North Carolina
That it was one of the last states
in the; union to form a state blind
commission, but good progress has
been made in the last 10 years. A
census of the blind shows there
are over 2,000 in the state, and
90,000 people need glasses to cor
rect defective eyesight. One-third
of these are financially unable to
buy the glasses and it is people
such as these that the Lions Clubs
throughout te state have been help
ing. lie also mentioned that North
Carolina is attempting to pass a
law to prevent the sale of fire
works! to children, for the commis
sion has found that over one-fourth
of the . blindness in the state has
been from this cause.
In order to raise money for the
Franklin Lions club to go forward
with their sight conservation and
other programs, several auto plate
signs saying "Franklin, 1940" were
distributed to each member to be
sold for $1 each to Franklin citi
zens. Any one wanting a Franklin
plate is urged to contact Joe
Dowdle or any Lion with his quota
of plates unsold.
Elmer Crawford, junior case
worker for the state welfare de
partment, was welcomed as a new
Entertainments Will Be
Given In County '
Several entertainments are sched-,
uled within 'the next- few days in
Franklin and Highlands for the
benefit of the Infantile Paralysis
Lester L. Arnold, chairman for
Macon county,, announces that a
square dance will be given in the
agricultural buildiftg1n ' Franklin
Saturday night,, and 'Miss Lassie
Kelly, chairman for Franklin, stated
that she plans to give a bunco
party on Tuesday night, January
30. Both of these entertainments,
of" 'course, are contingent upon
Jack Potts, chairman for High
lands, .states that there will be a
dance at Helen's Barn Saturday
night, and that a movie, "Indian
apolis Speedway," will be shown
at the Highlands School Theatre
on Tuesday, January 30, for the
benefit of the fund. A combination
keno and bridge party is also
planned, the date to be announced
Mr. Potts has interested the stu--
dent council at the Highlands
school in the sale of "Fight (Infan
tile Paralysis" buttons.
Infantile Paralysis , Sunday will
be observed in he Highlands
churches to aid the campaign.
1 he inclement weather has great
ly hampered the drive this year,
but it is hoped that enough funds
may be obtained to equal last
year s record.
Dividend Of 12 Per Cent
Declared; Surplus .
Bookmobile Protect Is
Sponsored By WPA
In the schedule of the book
mobile which appeared in The
tress last week we failed to state
that this splendid project was
sponsored by WPA, and since the
omission has been called to our
ttention, we gladly make the cor
NO GIRL SCQUT ,
There will be no meeting of the
Girl Scouts until after school re
opens, it has been announced by.
Mrs. Charles Melichar, director of
the local troop.
As The World Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events In State, Nation
NAZI TRAFFIC FROM U. 5.
Britain has rejected U. S. pro
tests against interference with the
mails by disclosing evidence of
"organized traffic in contraband on
a considerable scale" between
Nazi sympathizers in the U. S.
KEEP BACK SOVIETS
The Finns continue to inflict
heavy losses on repulsed Red Army
units trying to break through to
the relief of marooned Soviet di
visions on flank of Mannerheira
line. Red bombers iwarra over Fin.
land, bombing . and machine-gunning
An unusual number of ships of
both neutrals and beliggerents are
reported sunk with heavy loss of
life during the past week.
A NEW COLD "WAVE
A new cold wave is reported
moving over a cold-weary nation,
still in the grip of- the heaviest
snow for some years. Tuesday's
isnow fall in this section was
seven inches followed by more
zero temperatures. . .
(CoBtbMd m Pr Tn)
At the annual meeting recently
held by the stockholders of the
Bank of Franklin, all directors
were reelected, and at a meeting
of rjirector.s held Wednesday of
last week the officers were also
reelected for another year.
The officers and directors are as
W. A. Rogers, president: M. D,
Billings, vice-president; H. . W.
Cabe, cashier; L. B. Liner, assis
Director, C. F. Moody, chair
man; M. L. Dowdle, H. W. Cabe,
W. A, Rogers, M. D. Billings,
Grover Jamison, K. S. Jones.
Ine banks Business during 1939
was exceptionally good, and the re
port made by H. W. Cabe, cashier,
to the stockholders showed the
bank to be in splendid condition.
The deposits at the end of 1939
totaled $290,000 as against $248,000
in 1938, an increase of $42,000.
Total resources at the close of
business December 30.. 1939. were
$364,000, compared with $323,000 in
1938, showing a gain of $1,000.
Loans to customers increased
from $79,000 in 1938 to $114,000
The bank earned during 1939
22 per cent on the common stock,
and a cash dividend of 12 per
cent was declared, the remainder
being passed to surplus.
When the bank was reorganized
during the depression it was neces
sary to issue $20,000 in preferred
stock which was taken by the Re
construction Finance Corporation
in exchange for funds advanced.
artd with the provision that it was
to be retired as business justified.
The last of this preferred stock
was retired during 1939, and the
surplus was increased from $20,500
The statement published by the
bank as of December 30, 1939,
show the institution to be in
splendid condition, and the state
ment : cprrfpares favorably with;, the
reports' made y other : banks
throughout the state.
Macon People Attend
Lord's Acre Anniversary
-Rev.' and Mrs. J, A. Flanagan,
Mm. Henry Slagle; Rev. R. F.
Mayberry, and Mrs. J. W. C. John
son attended the 10th annivessary
of the Lord's Acre movement cel
ebrated last Saturday by a meet
ing held in the First Baptist church
in Asheyille. Rural church mem
bers -and pastors from the coun
ties where the Farmers Federation
has -sponsored this work attended.
The Rev. Dumont Clarke, who
directs the religious department of
the - Federaiu3nv.pr'sihi4 at the
meeting, which was addressed by
President Hoyt Blackwell, of Mars
Hill Junior college and James G.
K. McClure,. president of the Farm
er Federation. Many reports of
churches that have successfully fol
lowed the Lofti's Acre " plan were
made to the gathering.
IN EVERY WAY
frlas Seating Capacity Of
55 Lrected By
W. C. Burrell
Franklin's new Macon theatre,
a playhouse thai" would do credit
to( any ; city, will open its doors to
the public for the first ''trine newt
Sunday afternoon. The nian-aucmcnt
has donated the new building for
the use oL the Lions Club at this
time. A committee of Lions will
have charge of three benefit per
formances in the. afternoon and
evening. ,v ,
the Monday matinee and evening
picture will he a premiere showing
of "The Shop Around the Corner",
a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produc
tion, starring James Stewart, -who
is fres.h from his triumph in '.'Mr.
Smith Goes' to Washington"; Mar
garet Sullavan and Frank Morgan,
The theatre was fortunate to se
cure "The Shop Around the Corn
er", one of the latest film re
leases, and rated by critics as
splendid , and. ''one film th.at he--;
longs on everybody's
Work on the buildine has been'
carried on day and night since
Christmas except when the tem
perature was too low, arid now
last minute touches are being .
made so that the building may be
m readiness although not entirely
finished in some details to ar-
commodate the first performance
on schedule time-
The new, theatre 'with a seatinu
capacity of 575, representing an
investment of aDnroxiniatelv .
000, has been erected by VV. C'.
Burrell, and leased by the Rabun
Amusement company, which has
operated the Macon Theatre in" its
present location for the past three
years. The company is owned by
Garland Tomlin of Clayton, Ga.,
and Franklin, and L. J. Duncan of
West Point, Ga. Other theatres
operated by them are located in
Clayton and West Point. Clyde
Gailey is the local manager in
charge of the theatre.
Modern in every detail, with
furnishings and equipment of the
latest design and comfort, this
beautiful building was planned and
decorated by Norman F. Stam
baugh, architect, of Atlanta. Ga.
The building is constructed of tile
and hrick on -reinforced steel, the
interior decorated in striking col
oring in modernistic design. The
walls are "built of insulating ma
terial that also assures eood acous
tics. The installation of the sound
projection equipment is of the lat
est and most improved quality.
Electric equipment and fixtures are
also of ' the latest design in mod- -ern
lighting systems, including spot
lights of different colors controlled
from the projection room. No ex
pense has been spared to furnish
the best technical equipment for
perfect showing of films.
lhe building is equipped with a
modern heating system of the
blower type, and air conditioned.
1 he seats are the best obtainable
for luxurious comfort, in the lat
est design, upholstered in velour,
ine stage is built to provide for
stage, shows, with footlights, scen
ery tracks and lighting effects.
The series of curtains of velvet
(Continued on Page Tea)
First Semester Honor
Roll, Franklin School
Following is the lienor roll of
Franklin school for the first se
mester: Second grade Betty Jean Wil
hide, Edith Plemmons, Curley Gene
Third grade Betty Williams,
Mary Alice Archer, Berger Hall,
Grady Green, Charles Baldwin,
Carol Gene Moore, Elizabeth Anne
Phillips, Marie Jennings, Janet
Cochran. ' 1 '
Fourth grade Howard Horsley.
Fifth -grade Mack Duncan, Vir
ginia Lee Porter, Ruth Moore.
Sixth grade Frances Furr, Anne
Flanagan, Shirley Welch, Carolyn
Long, Wilma Roberts.
Eighth grade Vic Perry. Charles
Fulton, Sol Sanders, Nat Macon.
Mary. Frances Page. Barbara
Stockton, Clell Bryant.
Ninth grade Elsie BrendelL Vir
ginia Bryant, Emogene Landrum,
Tenth grade John Wasilik.
leventh grade Osca Ledford.
Otela Bryson. Henry Cabe.
Post graduates Edith Cabe.
Eduh Reeves, Mildred Roper. Zeb