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VOL. LVII, NO. 5
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 1942
$1.50 PER YEAR
ON ALL FRONTS
Brief Paragraphs on New
At Home and Abroad
On Land, Sea, Air
President Roosevelt has revealed
that perhaps ten American
peditionary forces afe operating on
various war fronts. This followed
the news that an AEF had landed
in Northern Ireland, which is part
of the British Empire.
U. S. and Great Britain have
agreed to pool their munitions and
shipping to make "most expediti
ous use of raw materials to clinch
defeat of the axis.
At least 110 seamen have lost
their lives on ships sunk off the
Atlantic coast by submarines since
January 14. At least 10 vessels
have been attacked.
The President's budget of $56
billion has been passed to give th
U. S. the greatest navy, the great
est army and the greatest air
force the world has ever seen.
All Latin-American countries ex
cept Chili, Equador and Argentine
have broken off relations with the
Axis, following the Pan American
conference where the U. S. was
represented by Sumner Welles.
The report of Pearl Harbor
places blame on Admiral Kimmel
and Gen. Short, who have been
relieved of their commands and
whose ranks have been reduced.
Also there is blame attached to
the war department. The irsvesti
gation is continuing.
The Russians continue to take
back territory in the bitter winter
and to drive -the Nazis out in
spite of fresh German resistance.
Jap Columns press closer to
Singapore where Indian, Austrail
ian and British troops are massed
American Flying Fortresses are
leading an allied drivr to "annihilate
a Jap invasion in the Straits of
Macasser adding to the 31 Jap
anese ships and transports.
Gen. MacArfhur's forces on Ba
taan are having a lull in their
battle against the teeming forces
of the enemy.
The British have again struck
a smashing blow to the axis troops
in Libya with air forces reinforced
with American-made planes.
In Greece famine conditions are
so great that 2,000 persons died
in Athens alone in on day.
Jackson Co. Bank
At the annual stockholders' meet
ihg of the Jackson County Bank,
held in Sylva last week, all direc
tors and officers were reelected.
The directors are: S. W. Enloe,
E. L. McKee, R. W. Harris, E. P.
Stillwell, T. A. Cox, J. C. Allison,
W. H. Snyder, and R. L. Ariail.
The officers are: S. W. Enloe,
president; R. L. Ariail, executive
vice-president and assistant secre
tary; E. L. McKee, vice-president;
R. W. Harris, vice-president; T. A.
Cox, secretary; W. J. Fisher cash
ier, and W. W. Bryson, assistant
Mr. Ariail said that the bank had
a very satisfactory year in 1941. He
said that deposits increased about
$150,000 and stood at $1,403,719.39
on December 31. Total assets on
that date were $1,501,451.76, he
The bank maintains a branch at
Franklin Post Office Sells
Motor Vehicle Stamps
T. W. Porter, postmaster erf
Franklin, has announced that the
post office has for sale motor
vehicle stamps which are required
of all car owners who plan to
drive their cars after February 1,
The stamp is required to be put
on all motor vehicles in use and
will cost $2.09. It expires June 30,
Mr. Porter stated that the own
er of Hie vehicle is required to
purchase the stamp at the nearest
post office, and that all first, sec
ond, third, and fourth class post
offices would carry an adequate
supply at all times.
WITH REV. C. F. ROGERS
The Macon County Baptist Pas
tor's Conference will meet Monday
at 10.30 a m. with Rev. C F.
Rogers, in his home.
Lunch will be served at noon by
the ladies. A BUe study on "The
Holy Spirit" will follow the lunch
Farmers' Scrap Iron
Nets $476 For Red Cross
The Exteneion workers in the
county agent's office wish to
thank every one who had a
part in the scrap iron cam
paign. This material was sold
Monday afternoor, January 26,
to an Asheville firm for $476,
all of which has been turned
over to the Red Cross.
There will be continued de
mands made upon the Red
Cross. With this in mind, we
will continue to receive scrap
iron at the Agricultural build
ing. We feel sure that there are
many who still have this ma
terial, but did not have the op
portunity or the means to get
it assembled at the Agricultural
The workers for the Red
Cross have a man-size task
They should be commended for
what they have done. The
County Agent office and the
farmers of the county, are
glad to have a part in the
Places "of registration of men be
tween 20 and 45 years will be an
nounced by the local draft board
in next week's paper.
Hears Pres. Bridgers Of
Smoky Mountain Tours
At its luncheon last week the
Franklin Rotary Club had as its
guests Lem. S. Bridgers, presi
dent of the Smoky Mount aain
Tours and Otis B. Price, assistant
general passenger agent of the
Southern Railway System, who
motored over from Asheville for
Mr. Bridgers showed movies of
scenery in this section, especially
of the Smoky Mountains Park,
and stated that a large part .of the
overnight tourists traveling by the
Tours through this section would
be diverted to Franklin who had
previously spent the night at Bry
Mrs. Bridgers accompanied Mr
Bridgers on the trip, spending the
day with Mrs. H. H. Hirsch at
the Franklin Terrace Hotel.
Invites Others To Attend
John H. Harris, landscape spe
cialist of State College, will give
an illustrated lecture to Franklin
Garden Club and home beaut if ica
tion leaders of home demonstra
tion clubs Wednesday, February
4 at 7 :30 P. M. in the Agricultural
building. Mr. Harris' subject will
be the means of beautifying the
Mrs. T. W. Angel, Jr, president
of the garden club, urges all mem
bers to be present and invites
other interested persons.
In cooperation with this program,
Mrs. Leonard Myers, county chair
man of the home beautificafion
leaders, urges . all leaders of this
phase of work in the home dem
onstration clubs to be present.
This lecture will serve as a t rally
ing school for home beautification
leaders Mrs. Myers states.
Mr. Harris has worked in Ma
con county fo rthe past two years
giving suggestions and sketching
plans for planting the home
grounds of home demonstration
club members and other farm
homes. In this landscaping, Mr.
Harris recommends, in the major
ity of cases, the use of native
shrubs that grow well in place
of nursery shrubbery. He also
recommends a special mixture of
seeds for lawns; in the mountain
The illustrated lecture that Mr.
Harris will give to the Garden
Club includes slides of homes in
North Carolina that have been im
proved through recommended home
JUDGE CLARK SON
DIES IN CHARLOTTE
Judge Heriot Clarkson, 78, as
sociate justice of the N. C. Su
preme court, died suddenly of a
heart attack at the home of his
son, Francis Clarkson, in Char
lotte on Tuesday, January 27. The
funeral was held at St. Peter's
church, Charlotte on Wednesday.
Judge and Mrs. Clarkson have vis
ited Franklin, where he was in
terested in placing historical mark
ers for the State Historical So
Elected To Fill Unexpired
Term of M. D. Billings
On Bank Board
The Board of Directors of the
Bank of Franklin last week elect
ed Fred Arnold to fill the unex
pired term of the late M. D. Bill
ings as director. Mark L. Dowdle
was elected vice-president.
At the stockholders meeting held
immediately before the death of
Mr. Billings all directors and of
ficers were re-elected as follows :
Dr. Wiley A. Rogers, president
and director; M. D. Billings, vice
president and director; Henry W.
Cabe, cashier and director; C. F.
Moody, chairman of the board of
directors. Other directors are M.
L. Dowdle, R. S. Jones and Grover
Boys Complete Building
Rent Farm And Raise
Stock And Poultry
The Franklin Future Farmers
moved recently to their new build
ing, which was put up by the
boys themselves with the aid of
a defense class. The materials
used in the building were obtained
from two old school houses that
were taken down and moved by the
boys. Materials such as nails and
other fixtures were purchased by
the boys. Money was raised by
cutting wood and selling it and
many other ways that the boys
did not have to spend cash out
of their own pockets.
The new building is 70 feet
long and 24 feet wide. The class
room is 24 feet by 30 feet. The
shop is 24 feet by 40 feet. The
building is now being painted by
the students. A blacksmith shop
will be started in the near future.
The construction work is under
the supervision of Nat Phillips,
who is the wood-working instruc
tor. The Ibuildnig was put up
without cash cost to the county.
The boys are learning to take
what materials that are available
and doing a good job.
The vocational department has
obtained about $1,500 worth of
equipment through the defense
classes, which will be put in the
shop when the defense classes are
over. When the shops are com
pleted, Mr. Whitmire is going to
urge farmers to come at tneir
spare time and repair their farm
machinery. He points out that the
time has come when new farm
machinery will be hard to ob
tain and new parts will be very
difficult to get.
Summary of Activities
The following is a summary of
activities that the Franklin Chap
ter is now doing or will do during
1. Purchase 4,000 baby chicks
2. Make thirty lamp brooders.
3. Invest $300.00 in saving
4. Build black-smith shop.
5. Build shower house for ath
6. Fatten five hogs as a chapter
7. Fatten five baby beeves as
8. Raise 7 A corn, 2 A pota
toes, 4 A oats, 4 A Lespedeza for
hay and 4 A Lespedeza for seed.
Through the cooperation of the
Bank of Franklin the Chapter has
purchased five feeder calves and
five pigs. These animals are kept
at the school house and are cared
for by the students as part of
their class work. A registered
black Poland China sow is kept
the school as property of the
In addition to having the ani
mals, the boys have rented a 33
acre farm and will cultivate it ac
cording to improved practices. The
farm will be used as an arsenal
for good seed.
Money that is made will be used
to equip the building or make
The student leaders this year
are: Hunter Anderson, president;
Bob Waldroop, vice - president;
Robert Parker, secretary; Sam
Ramsey, treasurer; Sam Gibson,
reporter; Lester Carpenter, coope
ration; Paul Holbrooks, leader
ship; Mericus McCoy, earnings and
savings; Marshall Fouts, conduct
of meetings; Robert Parker, schol
arship; Homer McCoy, recreation;
and Mr, Whitmire, adviser.
Trophy awarded the Nantahala
Power and Light Company by the
Western Carolina Safety Council
for highest safety record in 1941
BY POWER CO.
Safety Council Rewards
Nantahala Co. For
The Nantahala Power and Light
company has received the 1941
trophy that is presented each year
by the Western Carolina Safety
Council for the least number of
lost-time accidents occurring on
the company's operations, based on
Practically all industries in west
ern North Carolina are represented
on this council, the purpose of
which is to reduce industrial ac
cidents. The award is made each
month according to reports sent
to the Council.
The trophy, which is on display
in the window ot the Nantahala
Power and Light company's of-1
fices, is a winged figure of bronze
holding aloft a lighted torch,
mounted on a bakelite base, the
whole being nearly three feet in
The 1941 record engraved on the
trophy shows that the Nantahala
company won the award for seven
of the 12 months. Other winners
were Wood Turners, three months,
and Southern Dairies, one month.
The trophy is held by the winner
as long as its record is sustained.
Considering the hazardous and ex
tensive nature of the Power com
pany's daily operations, the above
represents a remarkable record.
John Archer, Claude Bolton and
H. E. Church attended the pre
sentation ceremony at the annual
meeting of the council in Asheville
held on January 13 at the Biltmore
high school, and accepted the
award in behalf of the company.
Needed For Victory Drive
For Soldiers and Sailors
So far the response has been
slow to last week's appeal to the
county for books foT our men in
military service, it was learned
today. The books that have come
in have been from only a small
number of people, said Mrs. Neel
Johnston, in the office of super
intendent of education at the
In last week's, issue J. E. S.
Tborpe, chairman, made an appeal
to the people of Franklin, High
lands and the entire county to
help in this work, for the boys in
camps and at posts here and
abroad. The kinds of books needed
were listed and all were asked to
share in this work. The national
goal is 10,000,000 books. If this
goal is to be reached every com
munity must do its best.
Mr. Thorpe has offered to send
for any books that cannot be de
livered. Miss Lassie Kelly is as
sisting Mr. Thorpe and will be
glad to call and get books if
notified by phone or in person.
Lespedeza Seed Should
Be Bought Now
Practically every farmer in
Macon county realizes the
value of lespedeza as a soil im
proving crop. Macon county
farmers probably sow more les
pedeza than any other west
ern county, according to S.
W. Mendenhall, farm agent.
The lespedeza crop last year
was cut short because of ex
treme weather conditions. The
weather was dry during the
growing season and wet at the
time the seed is usually harv
ested. The time is drawing near
when lespedeza should be seed
ed. There will be an increased
demand for lespedeza seed to
furnish hay for an enlarged
dairy program. Farmers who
are wise will buy their les
pedeza seed now because all
information would indicate that
there will be a considerable ad
vance in price warns Mr. Men
denhall. Seed can still be saved
from Korean lespedeza by pan,
combine or threshing machine.
Arrangements should be made
to secure what seed you will
For Local School Stressed
At P.-T. A. Meeting
Mrs. John Wasilik, president of
the Franklin P. T. A., at the meet
ing last week, appointed a commit
tee composed of Mrs.R. S. Jones,
Mrs. T. D. Bryson, Jr., and W. H
Finley, principal, to find out how
many seats were needed to accom
modate the pupils of the school.
At a previous meeting a com
mittee had reported the inadequate
seating capacity and reported it to
the school board. The present com
mittee will report to the county
commissioners at their meeting on
February 2, its findings so that
mis condition can oe corrected.
Another committee, composed of
Mrs. Lola Barrington, Mrs. L. B:
LPhillips, and Mrs. Zeb W. Conlev,
was asked to see about the stove
for the lunch room and, if pos
sible, to arrange for a larger one
in order to be able to cook a great
er variety of food for the child
ren s lunches.
The principal speaker was the
Rev. Mr. Morgan. He used "Paths
to Maturity" for his topic. He
stressed the point: First, confi
dence for children ; sensitiveness
to the best in life, and fellowship.
Helen Franks, Lucille Calloway
and Jessie Barnard, accompanied
by Virginia Bryant entertained the
meeting with a vocal selection, "Au
Claire de la Lune."
The next meeting will be held
in the evening so that fathers can
attend. This will be on Monday,
Otto C. C. C.
Camp Will Be Engaged
In Defense Work
Despite the fact that many en
rollees are leaving the Corps to
join the armed forces of the coun
try or to enter industry, the Pres
ident favors continuation of the
OCC. They in such numbers as
necessity requires. In the drastic
cut in the number of camps from
1500 to 860 since July 1, 1941, the
Otto camp has been one of the
surviving camps. This speaks well
for the rating of the work and
management of the camp here.
By spring it is likely that all
camps will be actively engaged in
some phase of National Defense
work; forest protection, home de
fense, Army reservations installa
tions, soil conservation and the like.
Every facility of the Corps will be
made available in the expansion
of its National Defense efforts
which have already reached large
Indications now are that greater
emphasis will be placed on the
training program which gives young
men a special opportunity for pre
paration for some occupation. The
National Defense courses in the
OCC camps have helped thousands
of enroilees to secure employment.
National Defense courses in Auto
Mechanics, Carpentry, Electricity
and Welding, directed by vocation
al instructor Whitmire of the
of the Franklin high school, are be
ing offered to the enroilees at
Members of the classes who have
done well in these courses will be
assisted in getting jobs. In addi
tion to the academic and vocation
al training offered locally in the
camp, some enroilees receive fur
ther training at special schools in
Mm Ewnltni NnM
The work project which has been
County Red Cross Chapter
Has Raised $1,570,
Chairman Cabe has announced
that Macon's quota of $1500 for
the chapter's share of the mini
mum war fund of $50,000,000 has
reached the amount of $1570.65,
with the addition of $476 received
from the farmers of the county
from the sale of scrap iron.
Mr. Cabe has issued a statement
thanking all who have helped so
loyally and faithfully, especially
Sam Mendenhall and assistants for
sponsoring the project of collect
ing scrap iron.
"Mr. Mendenhall has convinced
the farmers and all of us that by
cooperation much can be accomp
lished. The check for $476 is suf
ficient proof that the farmers are
behind him all his undertakings
because they know he is on the
job to help them," said Mr. Cabe.
He stated that the chapter would
not stop here but go on actively
to raise war funds.
The following contributions are
State Highway employees $52.10;
Franklin Methodist Sunday School
$15.50; Mrs. J, E. S. Thorpe $15;
Mountain Laurel Patrol Girl
Scouts and Mrs. Wasilick $8;
Newmans Chapel $5.01. Those giv
ing $5 contributions: Mr. and
Mrs. A. G. Cagle, G. L. Houk, J.
E. Perry, J. S.' Cqnley, Harley R.
Cabe, A. B. Slagle, S. & L. Store,
Joseph Ashear, Mrs. Eloise G.
Franks, R. L. Bryson, Macon Co.
Supply, Dr. Frank Killian, Mrs.
Eva Cunningham, Roy F. Cun
ningham, L. H. Page, Bill Wal
droop, Route 1, Mrs. Carl Slagle.
Hoi: Springs community, ,$4.30;
Oak Dale, $3.35: Franklin Presby
terian Church, $3.08; Gus Bald
win, $2; J. H. Stockton, Jim
Mann, $2; Jack Sanders, $2. - -
One dollar contributions: Mrs.
John Fox, Raleigh; Laura Wal
droop, C. S. Brown, Miss Bolick.
Jean Moore Burrell, Lester Con
ley, Horace Bryson, L. M. Patton,
Clyde Gailey, E. W. Lone. Swaf-
ford's Market, Ralph Womack,
Carl Dalton, Grace Conlev. Leon
Sloan, Tom Fagg, Geo. Mashburn.
John Lyle Palmer, Mrs. Jim Pal
mer, Harold Williamson Mrs.
Hugh Leach, Mrs. Lola Howard,
Miss Annie Bailey, Frank Tallent.
Mr. OMohundro's community
Donations $25, Bryant Furn. Co.
$10. Five Dollar contributions:
Macon Furn. Co. Blumenthal.
Western Auto Store, Fred Arn
old, Reeves Hardware Co, Mr. and
Mrs. A. G. Cagle. Dr. Ben Grant.
Duncan Motor Co., Cagle's Cafe,
iv. Cunningham & Co., Mrs. H.
Waldroop, Franklin Hardwood
Two dollar contributions: Ri-id
Womack, Farmers Federation. On
dollar cc.itributions : Grover Jami
son, me tavern. N. P. Norton
Paul Carpenter, Ervin Patton.
Fontana Will Need
Homes For Workmen
Carl Jamison, who is planning to
run a bus to Bryson. City for the
benefit of workers on Fontana
dam, visited the employment of
fices of TVA at Bryson City on
Monday. Mr. Jamison stated that
Mr. Rogers, personnel director, in
formed him that his office had
not yet received anything definite
out of the Knoxville office, con
cerning transportation, but that the
running of a private bus line to
connect with the railroad going to
Fontana seemed to offer a solu
tion to the problem.
Mr. Rogers stated that barracks
would be built near the dam site
for 1,400 men and a trailer camp
established for 250 families. This
will not begin to accommodate the
families and workers that will be
employed and the capacity of Bry
son City and vicinity is not large
enough, it is understood. The rail
road extending from Bryson City
to the Fontana copper mine will
be extended to the dam site, it was
stated, and a shuttle train will be
run to transport workmen.
especially valuable to this section
has been road building and im
provement, trail building, forest im
provement, telephone line construc
tion, and fire towers, furnishing
information about soil erosion,
weather conditions, rainfall and the
conrtol of forest fires Much of
this information is secured for the
Government, making the work pro
ject of this camp more essential
than the projects in many other