The Franklin press and the Highlands Maconian. (Franklin, N.C.) 1932-1968, August 09, 1951, Image 1
? ? ???? i I^ iTil ??? 1 66TH YEAR Oldest Weekly Paper In Western North Carolina 8ft* IfoWanb* Baconian Clli-JLATION A Year A ;o Last Week 2413 I as.t Week ------ 2522 VOL. LXVI? NO. 32 FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 1951 FOURTEEN PAGES Town To Ask For Well Bids Authorizes Committee To Negotiate For New Site Moving to ease Franklin's shortage as soon as possible, the board of aldermen Monday night authorized Town Attor ney R. S. Jones to advertise for well digging bids. The water committee also was empowered to negotiate for a well site. Alderman J. C. Jacobs, a member of the three-man water committee, told the board that two state geologists and the district health engineer, on a visit here last week, recom mended three possible sites for a new well. One site, according to Mr. Jacobs, is on property owned by E. J. Whitmire In East Franklin, and the other two are on land owned by Elbert Angel. The alderman said the three sites were approved by the ge ologists and the health engi neer. Providing additional storage tanks was discussed briefly. Ac tion was deferred pending the sinking of a new well. A delegation of Franklin taxi drivers appeared before the board to ask what privileges they are entitled to receive under the -town's privilege tax and recommended that the board enforce one-hour parking on town square and the areas around the county court house. Mayor Robert M. Dillard was authorized to study the parking problem with Highway Patrol man C. M. Byrd and report his findings to the board. Harve L. Bryant, owner of the offices occupied by the town, indicated that he would like to have the town offices vacated if town officials could find other quarters. Other matters coming before the board and action taken in cluded paving Phillips street, scraping Dowdle street, and lo cating and blocking out Wilson street, all turned over to the street committee for study; ap proved paying expenses of the fire chief and one assistant to the N. C. State Fireman's con vention, not to exceed $120; re leased John Jamison from an $800 tax valuation, erroneously charged; authorized the mayor to write the Smoky Mountain stages to inquire about the pos sibility of a bus station in Franklin; approved a $25 a month raise for Water Superin tendent Herman Childers; or dered the day and night police to alternate shifts monthly, be ginning Wednesday; authorized the day policeman to hire some one to repaint the white traffic lines in the downtown district; and authorized the purchase of four garbage cans to be placed on the Main street. State Safety Official To Test Prospective School Bus Drivers An official from the N. C. Department of Motor Vehicles, highway safety division, will ar rive here August 30 to Instruct and test prospective school bus drtvers and give certificates to those qualifying, Holland Mc Swain, county school superin tendent, announced this week. Testing will not apply to Ma con County school bus drivers who already hold certificates, the superintendent said. The official, C. W. Angel, will receive applicants at the bus garage at Franklin High school. BRYSONS TO MEET The annual Bryson family re union will be held Sunday, Aug ust 26, at the Cowee Baptist church, Thad D. Bryson, Jr., president, announced this week. Club Will Stage Benefit Party For Flood Relief A benefit bridge and canasta party, proceeds of which will be turned over to the Red Cross for the Mid-West flood relief fund, will be staged by the Franklin Junior Woman's club August 17 at 8 p. m. at the Agricultural building, Mrs. Toim Jenkins, president, announced this week. Tickets will be sold by club members and may also be ob tained at Frances' shop and Angel's Drug store. Two Boy Scouts Will Receive Eagle Rank At Court Tonight Two Franklin Boy Scouts will receive scouting's highest hon or ? the Eagle Scout rank ? at the Smoky Mountain district court of honor tonight (Thurs day) at the Franklin Methodist church. They are Pen Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ed wards, and Herbert McKelvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Mc Kelvey. Although a Scout is only re quired to earn 21 merit badges for the Eagle rank, McKelvey, 14, and Edwards, 15, long ago passed the 21-badge mark and are now having a badge contest among themselves. To date McKelvey is leading his troop-mate with 45 badges. Edwards has 38. Both of the Scouts are outstanding members of the local troop and, accord ing to scout officials, have been almost indispensable in the Cub Scout movement here. McKelvey joined the troop in April, 1949, and Is now a senior patrol leader and deputy senior | crew leader of the Explorer post No. 2. Joining the Scouts in Febru- [ ary, 1948, Edwards has worked his way up to the position of junior assistant scout master of the troop and senior crew lead er of the explorer post. The Eagle awards will be made by John D. Alsup, troop committeeman, and badges will be pinned on the Scouts by their moUiers. WANTS FOREST SERVICE ROAD TOBEHIGHWAY Commissioners Request Action From State Officials Letters requesting that the Nantahala National Forest serv ice road from U. S. 64 to the Kyle school be made a forest highway were mailed to high way officials this week by the board of county commissioners. Should the road be approved as a forest highway it would be eligible for federal aid funds for construction and mainte nence, it was pointed out. The road, unpaved for ap proximately 17 miles, is the only direct road leading to Kyle, Aquone, and Flats, and is heav ily traveled by tourists. A delegation from Nantahala, made up of Weimer Cochran, J. R. Shields, and Warren G. Deyermond, Monday requested the board to take action on the matter. The road is also heavily traveled by residents of the Nantahala community although it is not the only road leading to that community. Letters were sent to L. Dale Thrash, of Asheville, 10th high way division commissioner, and to E. L. Hooper, district engi neer of the bureau of public SEE NO. 2, PAGE 8 LEAVE ANSWER TO SYMPHONY UP TO PUBLIC Committee Outlines Plan For Underwriting As Only Solution Shall Macon County have the concerts of the N. C. Little Symphony orchestra again this season? A local Symphony committee has decided to leave the answer to that question to the people of the county, and specifically to leaders in Franklin, High lands, and the county. The committee outlined a plan by which the orchestra can be brought here, if people want the concerts, and commit tee members expressed the view that there is no point in ar ranging for the concerts unless people do want them. The Symphony group has come to Franklin each year since 1946, to give a free chil dren's concert in the afternoon, and a concert for adults in the evening. It has been financed in the past by membership campaigns. Memberships, which admit the holders to the eve ning concert here and to any other concert given in the state, and which in the past have financed the free concerts for children, are $2 and up. The difficulty in the past has been that it was necessary to raise enough money, months in advance, to assure the quota ? so that Franklin could be on the orchestra's itinerary. And while the money usually has been raised and the concerts have been well attended, in no SEE NO. 4. PAGE 8 Van Raalters Get $8,658 As Cost Of Living Bonus During July employees at the Van Raalte plant here received $8,658.02 above their weekly wages as a cost of living bonus, according to Norman Blaine, of fice manager. A breakdown of the figure shows that each employee re ceived approximately 15 cents more on the hour for the quart er. Similar bonuses have been paid Van Raalters each quarter since 1946, amounts varying with the cost of living and sen iority, the manager said. In effect, Mr. Blaine said, the extra payment means that em ployees have received a five cent per hour increase In wages since the lirst of January, in addition to a 10 cent hourly increase granted In October, 1950. He also said the company has announced another wage divi dend payment for October this year. Mars Hill President To Address Week-Long Baptist Youth Revival A week-long youth revival series will begin Sunday eve ning at 8 o'clock at the First Baptist church with Dr. Hoyt Blackwell, president of Mars Hill college, as guest speaker. Services will begin each night at 8 o'clock. Dr. Black well's theme for the series, will be "lhe Light of the World is Jesus". Curtain On Annual Flower Show To Go Up Saturday Afternoon The curtain will go up on the annual flower show, sponsored by the Franklin Garden club, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Agricultural building, and the public may view exhibits until 9 o'clock that night. Committeemen pointed out out that the show is a county wide affair and invited all resi dents of Macon County to enter exhibits. All entries must be registered at the Agricultural building between 9 and 11 o'clock the day of the show. Specified arrangements will be Judged on the 0 basis of flowers and accessories, they said, and all other entries will be judged by the flower only. Ribbons will be awarded to win ners In the various classifica tions. classification, will be at the Agricultural building the morn ing of the ihow to assist with classifying exhibits. Classifications are as follows: Dahlias, largest and finest of one variety; Dahlias, best dis play of mixed variety; Zinnias, large; Zinnias, small; Roses; Yellow flowers; Gladioli, mixed; Gladioli, one color; Snapdrag on; Marigolds; modern arrange ment; arrangement of fruits and vegetables; mixed flowers; corsages; wild flowers; African Violets; potted plants; dish gardens; shadow boxes; Tuber ous Begonia; artistic arrange ment; and Asters, miniature ar rangement, children's arrange ment, and miscellaneous ar rangement. Flower show committeemen are Mrs. B. L. McGlamery, Mrs. Angel, Mrs. W. E. Furr, Miss Willis, Mrs. Zeb Conley, Mrs. W. L. Nothstein, Mrs. Roy Geo ghegan, Mrs. Ernest Fisher, Mrs. Harve Bryant, Mrs- F. M. Killlart, Mrs. J. L. West III. and Mrs. Prelo Dryman. Half Dozen Octogenarians At Reunion Nobody, perhaps, enjoyed last week's 100th Siler "Family Meeting" more than the half do\cn alert, spry octogenarians present. The six women pictured above have a combined age of 516 years. Seated, left to right, are Mrs. Hattie R. Moore, ?0, of Richmond, Va., Mrs. Harriette Bryson Knight, 88, who thought nothing of driving from her home in Asheville to attend the reunion, and Mrs. George A. Jones, of Franklin, who will be 89 this month. Standing are Mrs. J. S. Sloan, 85, Mrs. Myra Allman, 87, and Mrs. Lee Crawford, 87, all o" Franklin. Two other octogenarians, who frequently attend the reunions but were unable to be present this year, are Mrs. Henry Slagle, of this county, and Mrs. Margaret Siler, of Cleveland, Ohio. 100TH MEETING HELD BY SILERS Kin Here From 16 States For Reunion; Nearly 300 Attend Members of the SiW family, some 300 strong, gathered last Thursday at the old home of Jesse R. Siler ? "the house-at the-foot-of-the-hlll" ? for their 100th reunion. The "family meeting", as it is called by members of the Siler connection, has been held with out a break for 99 years. This year's session was the 100th, by virtue of the fact that, many years ago, the date was changed from New Year's day to the first Thursday in August, and that year two meetings were held. Present for the centennial meeting were persons from 16 states ? ranging from southern California to New York, and from Idaho to Florida ? and one from Tokyo, Japan. hte reunion is of descendants of four sons and four daughters of Weimar Siler, and this year's meeting place was the home of one of the four sons, who were among the first settlers of Ma con County. Incorporated in the present home ? now the home of Mrs. George A. Jones and her son and daughter-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Jones, who played hosts to the gathering are the walls of an Indian cabin which was on the site when Jesse R. Siler and his wife came to Macon from Buncombe coun ty, 130 years ago. The morning was spent in re newal of old friendships, dis cussion of family history and incidents, and remarking on what a long time? almost a century in years, many centur ies in change ? it has been since that first meeting was held, nine years before the outbreak of the Civil War. The minutes of all the 100 meetings have been kept, and the records show that that first gathering of four brothers and their families was held at SEE NO. 1, PAGE 10 O'Mohundro Has Heart Attack, Seriously 111 A. B. O'Mohundro Is serious ly ill at Elkln, where he suffer ed a heart attack last week. Mrs. O'Mohundro, who was call ed to Elkln by his Illness, Is still with him. Mr. O'Mohundro, for merly In business In Franklin, Is resident State Highway com mission engineer at Elkln. Staff /'hoi-' by J. /'. Hri/ily OLDEST AND NEWEST ? Above are the oldest and youngest members present at last week's 100th reunion of the Siler fam ily. Mrs. George A. Jones, who will be 89 August 25, is shown holding her great-great-nephew, George Chambless Kinnebrew, four-months old son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Kinnebrew, of Birmingham, Ala. The meeting was held at Mrs. Jones' home, the old Jesse Siler house, a part of which was standing as an In dian cabin when Mr. Siler first occupied it 130 years ago. Deyermond Appointed Nantahala Principal Warren G. Deyermond this week was appointed principal of the Nantahala (District 2) school district, succeeding Frederick II. McClure, resign ed. Mr. Deyermond, appointed by district committeemen and approved by the board of edu cation, was a teacher and coach at Nantahala High last year. Mr. McClure, of Walnut, was appointed to the post in May succeeding Carl N. Moses, resigned. Holland McSwain, county school superintendent, said Mr. McClure gave no rea son for his resignation other than regretting being unable to take over the position. Cpl. C. W. Webb Slightly Wounded In The Korean War Cpl. Charles W. Webb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allie Webb, of Franklin, was slightly wounded in action in Korea July 27 by an exploring mortar shell, ac cording to information received by his parents. The 22-year-old soldier, a Franklin High graduate, enter ed service in October, 1950, and has been in the front lines since landing in Japan In April. Prior to joining the army he was era | ployed at the Van Raalte plant 1 here. WANTS TO BUY SCHOOL LAND AT HIGHLAND] 3oartl Sets Opening Date For Macon County i. c'-o'U Th" r o M'y hoard of educa ion Monday v.? the Town of Highlands 20 days to raise $10, 100 it the to,:n wishes to pur ?ha e the old Highlands school ro-erty, after turning down the own's original p.oposition. "he H'gh'ands board of alder Tien offered to buy the prop erty or IlO.OCO on terms of $5, 100 down and 01, 000 yearly, with h ? :-i ll*f;e of prepayment. However, the offer was re 3Cte l by the board "because ve will need all th<> money we can scrape together to open and merate the new schools this year." The board announced that Macon County schools will open September 5 and close May 23, 1952, providing no time is lost because of adverse weather. Terms outlined by the school jaid tor the purchase of the i h-iinH- p op?rty include a a h transaction aid a clause tio'i'a* n:- Hint the property ?annot be re o'd. Phon'd th-j d<"il >?o through, the Highlands del nation said the land would be used for a city park. If Highlands agrees to buy the property final approval of the school board'; action will rest with the board of county commissioners. An act of the 1951 legislature leaves final ap proval of the sale of county property with the commission ers. Approved during the meeting was the sale of the old Watau ga and Union school properties. The Watauga property was sold to th ? V/atair a Pantist church NO 3 PAGE 8 Farm 1 our Stop", \re Announced By County A?ent f'o \s lo be made on the an nua! Mr> -on Conntv farm tour, which sets under way promptly a' 9 a. m. Wednesday, have been lnnounred by county Agent S. ?V M n:!enhrll. who will con dcji t 'lie dav-!ong tour. Good poultry practices will be studied on Unr.-y Pangles' farm in tli? River Bend community, including a brooder house, range Mire- 'alino pasture, laying house, and an egg storage unit. a mteh blasting demonstra tion will be given on Tom Cabe's fnrm in the Cat Creek community. Approximately 2,000 u tu rl? will be shot at one !in>o. Mr. Mendenhail said. Prmf that worn-out scald can be converted to a green farm with alfalfa, ladino clover, and o cha d grass w 11 be seen at Wallace Morgan's farm In the Bethel community and Paul . mitli's farm in the Riverside community. Future Farmers of America and 4-H beat calve: and artifi -iarv sired doiry calves will be exhibited at the vocational ag ricultural building. Between stops the county agent plans to point out things of interest like alfalfa, ladino pasture, corn, and land that has been reclaimed by planting trees. Dinner will be served at the Iotla Baptist church by mem bers of the Iotla and Burning town home demonstration clubs. Everyone is invited to go on the tour and transportation will be provided for those who do not own automobiles, the coun ty agent said. Last year's tour drew a rec ord-breaking crowd estimated at 450. and some 75 automobiles made up the motorcade. The Weather Temperatures and precipitation for tfce past seven days, and the low temperature yesterday, as recorded at the Coweeta Ex periment station. High Low Pet. Wednesday 88 65 Thursday 89 58 Friday 86 63 Saturday 87 58 Sunday 80 54 Monday 80 58 Tuesday 90 58 trace Wednesday 58 Franklin Rainfall (A ? recorded br Minwe SH1?? hi TV \ I Rainfall for the week, Wed nesday to Wednesday, none. -?