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The Franklin press and the Highlands Maconian. (Franklin, N.C.) 1932-1968, April 24, 1952, Image 1

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CIRCULATION LAST WEEK 2722 Year Ago Last Week - 2415 I Wh HigfyUata Miuoman Price 10 Cents VOL. LXVII? NO. 17 FRANKLIN. N. C.. THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 1952 Wins Third Place In Field Day Events F ranklin High School Takes 22 Firsts At Cullowihee Franklin High school was awarded third place In the 1952 High School Field day at Western Carolina Teachers col lege Friday and Saturday ? amassing 22 first places, six seconds, and seven thirds. Another Macon high school, Highlands, although entered only in a few divisions, never theless collected one first place, three seconds, and three thirds. The annual two-day event drew an estimated 1,500 W. N. C. high school students. Franklin High, which placed j second in last year's field day, I was outstanding in the fields of home economics, science, and music. The high school band was awarded second place, first going to Waynesville High. In the home economics divi sion, each school was allowed only three entries and Frank lin's three participants took six first places. Miss Jo Ann Hen derson placed first in the school dress feature, first and second phase; Miss Luetta Browning received first place in the eve ning dress and linen dress events; and Miss Frankabelle Gibson was awarded two firsts In the mother-daughter fea tures. Judging was based on workmanship and modeling. Those receiving first places In the science division were Russell McKelvey, physics; Ray Moses, chemistry; Holland Mc Swain, Jr., biology; and Robert (Bud) Siler, general science. First place also went to the science class exhibit, a plaster relief map of the Coweeta Hy drologic laboratory. William Kinsland received second place in the general science event. In addition to the Fran Id in band winning second place in the music field, Miss Audrey Hays won first place for a so prano solo; Miss Hays and Miss Libby Murray, first place, vocal duet; Miss Hays, Miss Murray, and Miss Norma Jean Welch, first place, vocal trio; and Rich ard Dryman, Miss Murray, Miss Welch, and Miss Becky Murray, first place, mixed quartet. First places also were award ed to the boys' and girls' glee clubs. Second places went to the boys' quartet, the mixed chorus, and to Miss Arm Hays and Miss Murray, for a piano duet, i An alto solo by Miss Betty Jean McCall won third place. In the business education di vision, Miss Clara Jo Waters tied for first place in stenog raphy and Miss Georgia Nell McDonald placed third in book keeping. History tests found Paul Kil lian in first place in current affairs and Paul Sorrellt third in world history. The school SEE NO. 3, PAGE 7 NEW RANGER DISTRICT SET FOR FOREST Will Be Established In June; Change Old Boundaries A new ranger district ? to be named Highlands ? will be estab lished In the Nantahala Na tional forest on June 8, Super visor E. W. Renshaw announced this week. The new district will embrace the southeast portion of Macon County, all of Jackson County, and the part of Transylvania County lying within the Nan tahalas. Highlands has been temporarily selected as head quarters by the district since it is centrally located as to major portion of national for est land and work projects, the supervisor said. Boundaries of the three ex isting ranger districts have been revised, Mr. Renshaw explained. The boundary of the present Wayah district has beerj re located to include the balance of Macon County and that por tion of Swain County south and east of the Nantahala river. The Nantahala district, to be renamed Cheoah, will embrace all of Graham County and that portion of Swain County north and west of the Nantahala river. The Tusquitee district will em SEE NO. 3, PAGE 6 HIGH SCHOOL BANOUETSET FOR SATURDAY A surprise is in stare for those attending the annual Franklin High schbol Junior-Senior ban quet Saturday night at the school cafeteria. When queried this week about the program, those in charge sc pressed any information, ex plaining that "the surprise makes it more fun." This much is known. The Durham Hi-Hatters, an .8-piece orchestra, will play for the dance following the banquet. County School Supt. Holland McSwain, Mrs. Weimar Jones, district P. T. A. director, and members of the county board of education will be special guests. The Hi-Hatters also will play for a dance tomorrow (Fri day) night at 8 o'clock at the East Franklin school under the sponsorship of the Franklin band. H. D. CLUBS TO CELEBRATE NAT ONAL WEE WEDNESDAY Macon County's 20 home dem onstration clubs plan to cele brate National Home Demon stration week (April 27 to May 3) with a Spring Federation at the East Franklin school on Wednesday, Mrs. Ralph Bradley, president of the county H. D. council, announced Friday. Highlight of the celebration, slated for 2 p. m., will be a Spring fashion show, featuring some 75 home demonstration club women modeling clothes they have made. The public is Incited to attend. A musical program will Intro duce to the public for the first time, the newly-organized Ma con County chorus, composed of club women and directed by Mrs. Orval Murray, of Franklin. Narrator at the fashion show will be Mrs. Graham Grind staff, of the Cullasaja club, county clothing leader. Judges will be Mrs. Velma Beam Moore, Clay County home agent, Mrs. Carolyn P. Nail, home econom ics teacher at the Highlands school, and Mrs. T. J. O'Neil, home economics istructor at Franklin High school. The program committee is composed of Mrs. Grlndstaff, Mrs. Jack Cansler, of the Iotla club, Mrs. Robert Bell, of the Mulberry club, and Mrs. D. L. Bradley, of the uaK urove club. Features of the style show will include "Fashions for the Home", "From Sacks to Gar ments", "Fashions for Tots", "Sports Clothes", "Street Clothes", "Best Dresses", Tail ored Coats and Suits", and "Evening Dresses". Last year's spring fashion show, held at the Macon the atre, drew a capacity crowd. Summer Quits As Principal At Highlands O. F. Summer has resigned as principal of the Highlands school, effective at the end of this school year, It was learned yesterday. Mr. Summer, who has served as Highlands principal a total of 21 years, plans to devote his full time to business. His resignation was submitted to the Highlands school com mittee and County Supt. Hol land McSwain. ? alutr rnolo by J. r. Brady At a public ceremony yesterday (Wednesday) morning at the Agricultural building, Ma con County was honored for being one of the top 10 counties in the state in last year's Green Pastures campaign. And 62 farmers, who were responsible for the county's achieve ments, were singularilv honored with special plaques designating their farms as Green Pas ture honor farms. Miss Jo Ann Hopkins, secretary to the register of deeds, is shown above admiring one of the special plaques. Yesterday's ceremony featured a flag raising ceremony and talks by a number of agricultural officials, in addition ta the presentation of plaques. Bennie Queen, Jail Breaker, Is Back Again Jail-breaking Bennie Queen is back behind bars again, ap parently still none the wiser al though he has twice been re- 1 captured in almost the same ' place. Queen, a two-time escapee, ; invariably heads for Detroit, Mich., where a girl friend is re portedly living. The former Ma- ' | con County resident sawed out of the county Jail here Febru- | ary 7 and was picked up by 1 Detroit officers several days later near the home of the re- | ported girl friend. Returned 1 here, the wily jail-breaker was taken to the Waynesville (Hay wood County) jail for safe- 1 keeping. However, March 29, Queen and five other prisoners I broke out of that jail, constitut- 1 ing the first jail break in the SEE NO. 6, PAGE 6 P. T. A. GETS GLIMPSE OF SCHOOLWORK Demonstrations Presented By Home Economics, F. F. A. Pupils Parents and teachers got a glimpse of some of the work being done at the high school here at Monday evening's Franklin P. T. A. meeting, when home economics and vocational agriculture students presented a demonstration program. Thirty-five girls, who are studying sewing under Mrs. T. J. O'Neil, modeled costumes they had made. In most cases, the garments shown were the first the girls had made. A group studying cooking under Mrs. Jessie Lee Cabe pre sented a skit emphasizing bal SEE NO. 5, PAGE 7 Fire Destroys Small Dwelling At Cullasaja Fire gutted a small two-room house in the Cullasaja commun ity, about four miles from Franklin, early Friday after noon as the local fire depart ment fouglft to keep the flames from spreading to near-by resi dences. Origin of the fire was not determined. The loss ? estimated at $3,000 ? was not covered bj insurance, according to Gordor Gibson, owner. Firemen, hampered by the distance involved, were unable to check the blaze and playec the emergency fire truck watei supply on houses near the burn ing structure. Paint was blist ered and shingles melted or Mr. Gibson's home, about 3E feet from the fire. The small house had beer rented by miners for the sea son, the owner said, but no one was in it at the time. Deputy Sheriff Calvin Roland looks over a 25-gallon still found in the Walnut Creek section ami immediately after the sound of swinging axes pronounced its death. The arrow points to the lip of the unit where the copper condenser, a valuable piece of equipment for making whiskey, fit cniirlv The Death Of A Still Is Painless; Trying To Locate The Site Isn't! By J. P. BRAI>Y The death of a still is easy j and painless ? trying to locate ' one is another matter. Ferreting out illegal whiskey stills in the hills of Macon ' County "must be so fascinat ing", remarked a young lady a couple of days ago, in the course of conversation. Advice for this Week: If you think as the young lady does, it Is respectfully suggested that you step back about two paces 1 r and bring the picture into sharper focus. This .reporter, admittedly thinking that still hunting would be a lot of fun recently made three still-hunting junk ets, as a casual observer, with Sheriff J. Harry Thomas and Deputies Newell Pendergrass and Calvin Roland. All three hunts inside of a week, with the result that: Item: A za-gaiion still in the Walnut Creek section died pain lessly, Its 325 gallons of mash trickling sluggishly down the hillside from smashed barrels. Item: Entered the Buck Creek section on a 10-mile still hunt ing expedition with a five pouVid camera and the vigorous ^constitution of ' a young colt. Emierged several hours later with a camera that felt like it weigl:cd in the neighborhood of j five tons, a pair of oh-so sore feet, and a nutshell knowledge of the general topography in | that section of the county, j Item: Plunged back into the Walnut Creek section. Emerged SEE NO. 4. PAGE 6 I 12 Enter In Board Race BLOODMOBILE 1 ! VISIT SLATED FOR NEXT WEEK! Unit Sponsored By VFW; cr Macon's Quota Set r At 150 Pints A Blooctmobile from the reg- s ional American Red Cross blood 5 center in Asheville is scheduled to be in Franklin next Thurs day (May 11 at the Presbyterian church, it has been announced. As in the past, the mobile blood unit's appearance here will be sponsored by the local i Veterans of Foreign Wars post and the post auxiliary. Macon's | quota for the visit has been set I at 150 pints, according to Mrs. i J. Ward Long, secretary of the j local Red Cross chapter. Hours | will be 2 to 7 p. m. Last year the unit in five visits collected a total of 496 pints of life-giving blood from ! Maconians, all earmarked for wounded veterans of the Kore an war. Refreshments will be served donors during the afternoon by ? members of the post auxiliary, 1 itVas said. GRASSROOTS OPERA COMING HERE IN MAY Plan Two Performances Under Sponsorship Of Local NCEA ' j Children as well as adults will ' ' have an opportunity to see Mo | zart's comic opera, "School for ' | Lovers", scheduled for presen ' tation here May 2 by the Grass i Roots Opera company of the N. ? C. Federation of Music clubs. ! | Two performances are plan ned here at the East Franklin i school? one at* 1:30 p. m.. for school children, another at 8 o'clock for adults. The opera company is being sponsored here by the Macon County unit of the N. C. Edu cation association and its ap pearance here will mark the 40th time the opera has been i presented in as many different cities and towns in the state. According to Robert Bird, di- I J rector, the Grasj Roots com- ! | pany is doing for ambitious vo calists what the N. C. Sym | phony is doing for the ambi- I | tious instrumentalists of the state. I Republican Candidates File For Surveyor, Representative With 12 candidates in the unning, including two women, he race for nomination to the ive-man county board of edu cation in the Democratic pri nary May 31 has all the ear narks of becoming a hotly con ested one. Interest locally will center iround the chool board race :ince. only two other places on he party ticket will be filled, hose of representative and :ounty surveyor, neither which s contested. The filing deadline vas Saturday. Filing for nomination to the ichool board were incumbents, L C. Soriells and Charles W. (Jolen, Claude W. Cake, of Otto \llen A. Siler, of Franklin, W 3. Calhoun, of Stiles. Neville 3ryson, of Highlands, Calvin Poland, of Franklin, Charles- A. Tacobs, of Nantahala. John M. \rcher, Jr., of Franklin, James R. Norris, of Dillard, Ga., Route 1, Mrs. Joseph W. Fouts. ot Tranklin, and Mrs. Roy Phil ips, of Highlands. v. Tom Bryson, of Cuiiasaju. Macon's representative to thf? 1951 general assembly, filed Sat - irday after previously annour.c ng his intention of runang igain. Also filing for the house seat was Republican Water Dean, former Macon deputy sheriff. Incumbent Lake ft. Led c. ? filed far reelection to ti?. i :ounty surveyor post. James Denman, of Franklin, was . ; Republican choice to oppose t e incumbent. Selection of a state sena.^r rests with Graham county iit this election year, under p visions of an act of the i. L general assembly calling for ih3 rotation of senators in the 3ird district, which embraces Gra ham, Macon, Swain, Cherok e . and Clay counties. The bill in troduced by the Clay <*-ouniy representative at the 1951 sc.< slor^ Seeking nomination in the Graham senatorial race are R. B. (Jack i Morphew. who rep resented his county for three terms in the state legislature and the 33rd district in the state senate inL 1939. Claude Deyton, and Dr. i. H. Crawford, a former representative. >> Filing locally for the Graham" seat, since the rotation bill ap plies only to Democrats, was Republican E J. 'Ed' Carpen ter, of Franklin, a former prin cipal at Cowee school, naw en gaged in the insurance business. In the education ooard race, both of the incumbents, Mr. SEE NO. 2. PAGE 7 WILL HONOR MACON COUNTY FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY RECORD "Macon County's automobile safety record topped all of j Noirtta Carolina's 99 other coun ! ties from January to September | ( 1950 > of this year, thereby [ earning this county the right | to the title, 'safest connty in the state* Clipped from the December 11, 1950 Issue of The Press, the J above, at the time, called at j tention to the county's almost I phenomenal safety record ? phe nomenal in the sense that in 1 this day and age, few counties J are able to keep death from the J highways. Next month the State High way commission's safety divi sion will acknowledge Macon's achievement. At a ceremony here May 6 I (plans for which will be an- ! nounced later', H. D. (Tarviat Jones, of Raleigh, engineer-di j rector of highway safety in the i state, will present safety awards ' to Macon County and its two I towns, Franklin and Highlands, 1 for the 1950 record. "1 he appearance here of Mr. I i Jones will, in a way, be a pat on the back for the county and its towns. Ordinarily, only the ; larger towns and cities In the state are recognized for out standing highway safety and even then it is the general pol j Icy for a field man with the safety division to make such, presentations. However, the en- - H. T>. (TAR VIA) JONES gineer-director will make the presentations here! This county's 1950 safety recv ord was one of justifiable piidt?. but of even more significamn* is the fact that Macon ataoat went through 1951 wilhcwt * highway fatality. In November of last year, however, a head-on collision be SEE NO. 1, PAGE X

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