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VOL. LVI, NO. 27
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, JULY 3. 1941
$1.50 per Year
Asbury Methodist Church
Franklin Will Celebrate
July Fourth In Big Way
Dedication Services To Be
Held July 6th
All Asked To Aid Fund
For State's Gift Of
Dr. Ed Angel, Macon county
' chairman of the Old North State
Fund for the British-American
. Ambulance. Corps' ' is asking every
citizen to have a share, in this
The huge amphibian "mercy
plane" that the Old North State
Fund is preparing to purchase to
send to Britain to use as an ambu
lance has toured many of the cities
and tow,ns of the state and . has
been inspected by thousands. It has
been returned to New York where
complete ambulance and hospital
equipment will be installed at once
and the ship rushed to England
to begin rescue work of planes
downed at sea, carrying injured
soldiers to medical centers and aid
ing injured civilians in bomb raids.'
The Suite's Gift To Britain
To meet this dire . need of the
British people, who are fighting
our battle as truly as their own,
the people of North Carolina are
raising $75,000 for the gift ,of one
such plane to the sorely pressed
people of : England. Governor
. Broughton is heading the . com
mittee. It is the hope of the com
mittee that North Carolina will
' be the first state to deliver an
airplane ambulance as a gift from
its citizens. .
Many such planes are needed in
modern warfare, to save lives that
would otherwise perish. Surely,
every person enjoying safety here
will want to help these wings of
mercy over to war-torn Britain
It is hoped that the other . states
will do likewise.
Bishop Purcell To
Preach Here Sun. Evening
Bishop Clare Purcell will remain
after , the, dedication of Asbury
the Franklin Methodist church on
Sunday evening at 8 o'clock. The
Rev. W. L. Hutchins, district sup
erintendent, will also take I paK in
this service, as announced by the
pastor, Dr. J. L. Stokes, II.
W. N. Sloan Receives
Regular Army Com.
W. N. Sloan, Jr., Second Lieu-,
tenant of Franklin, in reserve, has
received a commission as a Sec
ond Lieutenant in the regular
army. Lieut. Sloan is one of five
reserve , of f icers at Fort Bragg to
be given a commission in the reg
ular army under the Thomason
Act. He i with the Quartermaster
division of the army.
. Lieut. Sloan is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. W. N. Sloan of Franklin
and Atlanta, Ga. His brother, G.
B. Sloan holds a commission as
captain in the regular army.
Two Macon Soldiers
Sent To Florida Bases
News has come from the War
Department that Samuel G. Car
ver has been assigned to the 67th
Bomb Squadren, MacDill Field,
Florida; and that Robert L. Dal
ton U assigned to the 42nd Air
Base Squadren, Tallahassee Air
Base, Tallahassee, Florida. Both
these young men are from Macon
Macon Has Increase In
Traffic Fatalities V
Macon county reported three
traffic fatalities during the first
five months of this year, accord
ing to a five-months' summary
released this week by the High
way Safety Division.
This number represented an in
crease in comparison with the
number killed in Macon county
during the same period last year
when one person was killed.
Traffic fatalities for the state
as a whole totaled 448 persons for
the five-months' period, this grim
toll running nearly 49 per cent
v ahead of the 301 persons killed in
North Carolina the first five
" months of last year.
There has been a constant up
ward trend in traffic deaths in
this state since last August, with
the result that we are now run
ning nearly 50 per cent above
last year in the number of per
sons killed in street and highway
accidents," stated Ronald Hocutt,
director of Highway Safety Divi
sion. This trend can be stopped, and
careless motorists and pedestrians
must make up their minds that it
shall be stopped. This carnage is
unnecessary. And it U preventable.
Let's it" .
The dedication services of the
new Asbury church will . begin
Sunday, July 6, at. 11 o'clock. Rev.
J. C. Swaim, pastor of the- church,
will preside at the ceremony. He
will be assisted by Rev. W. L.
Hutchins, .superintendent of the
Bishop Clare Purcell, bishop of
The Methodist church, who is the
principal speaker of the day, will
deliver the dedication sermon.
The program for the 1 1 o'clock
service will be as follows:
Processional : Hymn, "All Hail
the Power of Jesus' Name",
Apostles' Creed, cdngregation.
Prayer, Rev. W. L. Hutchins.
Second Lesson, Rev. J. L. Stdkes.
Offertory, music by Rev. and Mrs.
P. L. Green.
Welcome and announcements,
Rev. J. C. Swaim.
Presentation of Windows, Rev,
Hymn, "The Church's One Foun
Introduction of Speaker, Rev. W,
Dedicatory Sermon, Bishop Clare
Purcell. ,- "
1. Presentation by trustees.
2. Response by minister and peo
ple. ' -
3. Prayer of Dedication.
Hymn, "O For a Thousand
. Luncheon will be served on the
grounds following the morning
Dr. E.. J. Coltrane,' of Brevard
college, will speak on the after
noon program which will begin at
The following have been named
as trustees of the new church:
Mrs. Gordie Stewart, E. M. Keen
er, and J. M. Cabe.
Ry. -Swaim harappo'nted these
committees to aid with the cere
mony Decoration, Mrs. Blanche Par
rish, Mrs. Leonard Myers, and
Mrs. Fred Slagle; lunch, Mrs.
Claude Bradley, Mrs. Hazel Nor
ton, Mrs, L. M. Henson; parking,
Robert Stewart; tables, Leonard
Myers, ushers. Misses Lotis Brad
ley, Bernice Cabe, Margaret' Cor-
bin, Edith Cunningham, Ruth Nor
ton, and Roberta Henson.
Over 500 guests are' expected to
be present at the dedication. Ar
rangements have been made to
accomodate the overflow crowd in
the auditorium of the new Otto
.school building where a loud
speaker will be installed to carry
Etta Whitehead, Age 71
Dies At Home
The body of Mrs. Etta White
head, 71, who died at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Zeb W. Con-
ley, here at 4 o'clock Saturday
morning, was taken to her old
home place at Rocky Mount, on
Saturday afternoon. .
Mrs. Whitehead; who had been
with her daughter here for jtthe
past month, was taken critically
ill on Friday night, although for
several months she had been ill.
Death was caused from heart ail
ment and complications,
She was a daughter of the late
Mr. and Mrs. William C Fields.
She was born in Wayne county
on March 8, 1870. She was a mem
ber of the Methodist church and
during her many visits to Franklin
always attended the F. S. Johnston
Bible class of the Franklin Meth
Surviving are three daughters.
Mrs. Zeb W. Conley, of Franklin;
Mrs. W. B. Sanders, of Rocky
Mount and Mrs. C. B. Harrison,
of Rocky Mount ; two brothers,
Joe "Fields and W. C Fields, both
of Norfolk, Va., and seven grand
Funeral services were held at the
Winterville Methodist church on
Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. In
ternment was in the church ceme-
Allen Siler Obtains
Allen Siler. son of Mrs. .F. L.
Siler of Franklin, was appointed
assistant division engineer for the
North Carolina State Highway Di
vision. He assumed his duties July
1. and his family will move to
Asheville this week to take up
Mr. Siler was formerly district
engineer for the highway depart
meot with offices in Sylvs.
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New Church Building to
9:00 A. M.
50 YARD DASH (Boys) V
First Prize 5 quarts of oil Western Auto Store..
Second Prize 4 Macon Theatre tickets 'Macon Theater.
50 YARD DASH (Girls) ,
First Prize One pair slacks E. K. Cunningham & Company.
Second Prize $1.00 in trade Roy Cunningham peed & Grocery
First Prize $3.00 in trade Cagle's Cafe.
Second Prize $2.00 in trade Cagle's Cafe.
TRICYCLE RACE (Boys)
First Prize One first baseman's mitt i S & L Store.
Second' Prize One Franklin Press subscription.
TRICYCLE RACE (Girls)
First Prize One compact Perry's Drug Store.
EGG RACE (Girls and Ladies)
First Prize One electric toaster Nantahala Power & Light Co.
Second Prize $1.00 in trade City Market.
THREE LEG RACE (Boys)
" .. .' First Prize $2.00 in trade Baldwin & Liner Market.
1 Second Prize $1.50 in trade Macon County Supply Co.
THREE LEG RACE (Girls)
First Prize $1.00 in trade Jess' Shop; $1.00 in trade Jo's Shop.
Second Prize One Prize Polly's; One cleaning and pressing City
THREE LEG RACE (Men over 40) - ' . '
First .Prize 5 gallons of .gas. Cunningham Service Station;.
S Quarts of. oil Womack's Service Station.
Second Prize Wash arjd grease), job Pattern's . Service Station.
ROLLING PIN THROWING CONTEST (Ladies) 1
First Prize $2.00 in trade Cagle's Cafe. , -Second
Prize $1.00 in trade Angel's Drug Store.
Third Prize One meal The Tavern Lunch Room.
HORSE SHOE PITCHING CONTEST (To be held throughout the
. First Prize $5.00 Meal ticket Dixie Grill. ;
Prize $5.00 Cash Reeves Hardware Co,
WATERMELON GRAB" .
Prize All the'mellons you grab. ,
2:00 P. M.
BASEBALL GAME. j
Franklin All Stars vs. Walhalla, First game.
3:15 P. M.
GREASY PIG CHASE
Prize The pig given by Lee Poindexter.
First Prize $3.00 trade Cagle's Cafe.
SECOND -PRIZE 5 Gallons gas-City Garage.
SECOND BASEBALL GAME
4:00 P. M.
BROADCAST PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT'S SPEECH
Following the speech the group will join in saying the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.
THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and
the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with liberty
and justice for all
Will he Closed Friday And
Saturday, July 4, 5
The Bank of Franklin will be
closed on both Friday, July 4,and
Saturday, July 5, according to an
announcement made by Henry W.
Cabe cashief. Mr. Cabe states
that the governor has declared a
bank holiday on Saturday as well
as the Fourth of July for all bank
ing institutions of the state.
Mrs. Addie Holland
Taken By Death June 15
Mrs. Addie Holland, 73, widow
of the late J, H. Holland of Culla
saja, died at her home Sunday
morning, June 15. She is survived
by two children, the Rev. W. Hol
land and Mrs. Walter Watkins,
four brothers and two grand
children. Funeral services were conducted
by her pastor, Rev. Frank Reid,
assisted by Rev. Davis and D. E.
Many friends and relatives at
tended the funeral services which
were conducted at the -Sugarfork
be Dedicated at Otto July 6
FOURTH OF JULY
Effective July 1
New regulations in regard to the
sale of wines in North . Carolina
go into effect on July 1, under
the law passed by the 1941 legis
lature. Beginning on that date,
fortified wines may legally be sold
only in the 26counties in the state
that have ABC stores, and there'
only under strict ABC regulation..
The new wine law absolutely
forbids the sale of "fortified"
wines (those of more than 14 per
cent alcoholic content) in the 74
legally dry counties. Macon county
comes under this new law.
Last Rites Held For
Funeral services were held for
Harvey Sanders, the infant son of
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sanders" at
2 o'clock June 30, at the Pleas
ant Hill Baptist church with the
Rev. Lester Ledford officiating.
Interment was in the church cem
etery. The pallbearers were Benbow
Dills, Spurgeon Ledford, and Dan
Mason. The flower girls were Re
becca Ledford, Birdie Crawford,
Julia Mason, and Dottie Hastings.
The town of Franklin will
hold a bond election on, Tues
day, July 8. The two bond is
sues to be' voted upon are a
$1,000.00 ordinance for sidewalk
improvement and a $9,000.00
ordinance for street improve
ment. All citizens of the town of
Franklin wishing to vote, must
be registered in the town reg
istration book. The book will
be open in the town of Frank
lin office on Saturday, July 5.
AH voters are urged to make
certain, that they have registered.
94 Youths Register
For Army July 1st
According . to a statement re
leased by the Macon County Selec
tive Service Board 94 men were
registered through the local of
fice here on July 1 in, the sec
ond nation-wide registration. There
were - 89 whites and five necrocs.
Of these 15 men have permanent
residence elsewhre than in Macon
county "but. registered through the
local board. "
Fine Attendance At
Fifth Singing Convention
Before an audience1 of between
five and seven, hundred people the
Fifth Sunday Singing Convention
had one of their most successful
meetings of the year in the Ma
con county courthouse, Sunday,'
The program consisted of sing
ing by 12 different choirs and
quartets and group singing. Three
states and seven counties were
J. M, Raby, president of the
convention, stated that, it .was an
"extraordinary meeting with the
choirs and quartets: acquitting them
selves in fine fashion."
At the business session it was
unariimousy approved to . hold the
convention on the next fourth
Sunday rather than the' fifth in
order that Macon county singers
might cooperate with ' Jackson
county in a district- meeting to be
held there on the next fifth Sun
day, Carlton Davis Injured
In Highway Accident
Carlton Davis, 24, truck driver
for the Franklin Hardware com;
pany here, was painfully,- although
not seriously injured, on Friday
afternoon, when he was struck by
an unidentified car' and driver on
highway No. 23 near Dillsboro.
Reluming to Franklin, Mr. Davis
saw the car coming at what he
termed " a high rate of speed and,
attempeted to pull the truck to'
the side of the road, but was struck
by the car'-and he was thrown
from the truck unto the pavement,
rendering him unconscious for sev
eral minutes and injuring his head,
shoulder and . hip. The truck was
hit with Asuch force that it was
completely turned around in the
Mr. Davis was reported by at
tending physicians to be getting
along nicely Saturday.
Dr. F. E. Verdon's
Brother Dies In N. J.
Friends of Dr. Franklin E. Ver
don will regret to learn of the
death of his brother, Dr. Alex
ander J. Verdon, 34, of Hoboken,
N. J., following an abdominal op
eration and illness of two weeks.
The funeral was held in Hoboken
on Monday, June 23. Dr. Verdon
was constantly at the bedside of
his brother during his entire ill
ness, and gave him two blood
The deceased was police phy
sician of Hoboken Borough. He is
survived by his widow, one son,
eight months old; his mother, one
sister and five brothers.
In . a letter received by a friend
in Franklin, Mrs. Verdon expresses
appreciation of many messages
from friends, and states that Dr.
Verdon will temporarily take over
the practise of his brother.
The U. S. Department of Com
merce has ceased publication of
statistical information on exports
of American farm produce and
will -keep such information secret
because of the war. .
Patriotic Rally to Feature
Oath Of Allegiance
"All that is needed to complete
plans for a glorious Fourth is the
crowd that is expected", says W.
C. Newton, chairman of the Fourth
of. July Celebration Committee.
The morning celebration will be
taken up with a program featuring
games, races and original contests
with loads of prizes, highlighted
by a greasy pole climbing contest.
with a cash prize ; of five dollars.
To start the afternoon program
there will be a double-header base
ball game between the fast climb-,
ing Franklin All Stars and the
strong Walhalla club with the add
ed attraction of a greasy ' pig
chase and a bicycle race.
To climax the program there will
be a broadcast of President Roose
velt's speech at 4 p. m. on the
public square which will be fol-.
lowed by the assembled crowd
joining in a pledge of allegiance
to our Flag.
The committee has taken steps
to erect a . permanent iron flag
pole and American flag on the
Negro Killed In Auto
Wreck On Highlands
Road; Driver Held
William B. Porter, negro, was
killed instantly in an auto wreck
which occurred near the Dugout
on the Highlands road Saturday
night. ' . !
The driver of the car, Arlexie
Gray, is being held in the Macon
County jail on a charge of wreck
less driving pending further inves
tigation of the case.
Mr. Porter's home was in At
lanta, Ga., but he was employed,
during the .summer months by the
Highlands Country Club. The body
was taken to Atlanta, by the Han
ley Funeral Home.
Franklin Takes Opener
From Sylva 4 To 3
Behind , the excellent pitching of
Dan "Fog Ball" Reynolds and
sparkling infield play which pro
duced three double plays, the!
Franklin All Stars defeated the
strong Sylva team 4 to 3 in the
opening game of a double header,
Reynolds allowed seven hits and
struck out eight men.
Franklin collected eight hits with
Gentry, who ot three hits: in four
trips to the plate, being the lead
In the second game Sylva came
back to win a wild affair by the
score of 17 to 11. Sumner, who
pitched the-first game, pitched the
second also for Sylva giving up
13 hits while English, Gentry and
Newton were on the mound for
Franklin allowing 14 hits.
By splitting the double header
Franklin remained in third place
in the Tri-State League.
On July 4 Franklin will go out
of the league to play the strong
Walhalla, S. C. cubs.
The All Stars will play a double
header at Andrews Sunday with
the local club there.
Allen Whitted Injured
Fatally By Auto
Allen Whitted, 45, of Candler,
brother of . Mrs. , Gus Cagle of
Franklin, was struck by a car
while walking on the Pisgah high
way Saturday night and fatally
injured. Mr. Whitted died Sunday
afternoon in an Asheville hospital.
W. T. Crawford, Waynesville
attorney and driver of the car
which struck Mr. Whitted has
been absolved of all blame.
Funeral services were held at
the Church of God on the Pisgah
highway and interment was in the
Piney Mountain cemetery.
Surviving are the widow, one
son, five brothers and six sisters.
Mrs. Cagle went to Asheville
Monday to attend the funeral.
Army Deserter Caught
By Local Police
Jack Jacobs, formerly of Frank
lin, was arrested by Chief of
Police C D. Baird, Tuesday morn
ing, July 1 and turned over to
Army officials. Jacobs was charg
ed with desertion from the U. S.
Army. He will be taken to Camp
Jackson, S. C, and will face his
charges before a military court