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The Franklin press and the Highlands Maconian. (Franklin, N.C.) 1932-1968, July 12, 1956, Image 7

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A total of 728.8 million quarts of milk was produced In N. C. during 1955. A BALANCE . of skill and . high quality Professional precision In the filling of your doctor's pre scriptions with the finest pharmaceuticals known to medical science. We are in business for your health! Perry's Drug Store Serving Macon County Since 1889 Phone 82 Franklin, N. C. 'Corundum Hill', Like Pot Of Gold (Editor's Note: This article, by John Parris, appeared in a recent issue of the Asheviile Citi zen in his column. Roaming the Mountains.) Some folks chase rainbows all their lives and never discover the fabled pot of gold. Others save their breath and stumble onto a fortune. Then there are those born with infinite patience who wait for the rainbow to come to them. Such a man was Hirman Crisp, a mountain farmer who had gumption enough to recognize the truth that gold is many things. In the summer of 1868, while plowing and hoeing his fields here on Cullasaja Creek in the Macon County hills, he turned up a lot of queer looking stones. They were enough to make a man spit out a few persimmon-like words when his plow-point or hoe blade struck one. But, be that as it may, Crisp took time enough to examine them and recognize in their rain ^ V \Sf?A* Every , ounce of JFG Special coffee is "PREMIUM FlAVOR"coffee ! From all Latin America's derful coffee growing areas, only ? few remote sections supply the choice "Premium Flavor" coffees that go Into JfO Special. SPECIAL The best part of the meat" bow coloring that they were un common, perhaps valuable. So he gathered up a few speci mens and carried them with him the next time he went into Frank lin where he showed them to some folks. They didn't create much inter est. Folks said they were right pretty and let it go at that. Eventually, however, a specimen reached Asheville where It arousea the interest of General Thomas L. Clingman, a former U. S. Senator. Cllngman knew the rock for it was and immediately took the stagecoach for Macon to Investi gate Crisp's find. At Franklin, Clingman hired a horse and rode the seven miles out to the Crisp farm where the farmer guided him about his prop erty. Clingham found that the min eral occurred in the olivine rocks. He dug pits at the base of this hill and also on Ellijay, where he washed out considerable gravel, seeking to locate gems without success. j 4 Naturally, Crisp was anxious to learn the name of the rocks he had discovered in his fields. Cling man told him the true name of the mineral was corundum. Corundum, Clingman explained, was remarkable for its hardness and that in its finer varieties formed a valuable gem-stone. Crisp iurther learned that the transparent varieties were known as ruby and sapphire, while the impure massive forms were known as emery. Also that corundum gems included Oriental topaz. Ori ental emerald, and Oriental ame thyst, the term Oriental being used to distinguish corundum gems from other, softer stones having the same name. In the meantime, Dr. C. D. Smith, a well known authority on minerals, and A. D. Ledford pur chased the property from Crisp. Mining operations were started in 1870 by Colonel C. W. Jenks, of Anderson, S. C? and Corundum Hill was born. There was no market for cor undum and operations came to a halt after two years. Then in 1876, Dr. H. S. Lucas, of Chester, S. C? who a few years earlier had discovered an emery mine in his native state, heard of the corundum property here and figured he was in for some stiff competition in the abrasive busi ness. So Lucus came to Franklin and set out to purchase the property, the negotiations being handled by Kope Elias, a local attorney. When he had obtained the prop erty, Lucas resumed mining op erations as the Hampden Emery and Corundum Company. He mined Corundum Hill for 24 years, selling it in 1900 to the International Abrasive Company, which worked it about a year and then discontinued operations. In 1917, when the United States | became involved in World War I, i it developed that the only supply Mm BOTH WAYS! You're 'way ahead of them all for action when you drive this glamorous go-getter . . . And you're away ahead in value, too? for, believe it or not, you can own this big and brawny beauty for less than you'd have to pay for 43 models of the three small cars! Here's the perfect way to break the small-car habit. Drive it? price it? today! THE CAR SAYS GO AND THE PRICE WON'T STOP YOU I "Pontiac I VIE PONTIAC COMPANY North Main Street Clayton, Georgia This on-the-scene photograph shows the 1956 Ford that wrecked the night of June 28 on US 23-441 south, injuring four young people. Driven by Lawton Jess Taylor, 21, of Clay ton, Ga., who was slightly injured, the automobile went out of control in a curve near Jake Addington's, jumped a creek and smashed head-on into the bank. Victoria Ann Vinson, 15, And Biilie Berte Shope, 11, both of Dillard, Ga? Route 1, are still hospitalized with injuries they received in the accident. The fourth passenger, Thomas Fountain, Jr., was not hospitalized. The driver was charged with speeding and reckless driving. of corundum available was here at Corundum Hill or in Turkey, and Turkey was an enemy coun try. The deposits here, therefore, became of great value to the Unit ed States. It wasn't long until the mines were operating full blast to supply the country's war needs. For two years. Corundum Hill was the nation's only source of supply for corundum, a stone used to manufacture bearings in elec trical apparatus, watch jewels, and abrasives. Large quantities of corundum ?were shipped out of Macon during those two years, being hauled by ox-wagon to Dillsboro, some 25 miles distance, and put on train cars there. (Note: By World War 1, use of ox-wagons here had virtually dis appeared. The two principal ex ports of the county, corundum and mica, were trucked to Dillsboro. Editor). During its years of operation. Corundum Hill produced more than 10.000 tons of corundum which sold at an average of $200 a ton. A crystal of >4ie tone found when Jenks was operating the mines weighed 356 pounds ? the largest specimen ever known. Through the years, crystals of gem quality have turned up, rang ing in value from a few dollars to as much as $5,000. .(Note: A near-perfect crystal, reportedly valued at some $30,000 was found at Corundum Hill by Bard Angel. The crystal is now on display at the Smithsonian In stitute. For reporting the find. Dr. Lucas is said to have offered Mr. Angel $1,500 or a free trip to the West. He took the trip. ? Editor. > Most of the corundum taken from Corundum Hill was in coarse pebble and sand form. It was conveyed from the mine to the mill in troughs filled with running water, sort of like wood flumes used in timber operations here in the mountains years ago. Nobody ever did know for sure how much Crisp got for his prop erty where he made his rainbow find. But he never was one after that to argue that a'body couldn't find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. What he discovered wasn't yel low but it was gold none the less. In fact, those rocks he turned up must have reminded him of the rainbow. For carborundum Is a mineral of the rainbow. This Week With Macon County Agents By MRS. MABEL SVVANN ( Assistant Agent' "During the past three weeks, i we have been eating uncookcd strawberry jam being kept in the refrigerator and food freezer". Thus writes Mary Estelle Doyle, who worked as administrator in the Farm and Home Administra tion office in this district not long ago. She is now home eco nomist for General Electric Appli ances in Raleigh. According to the latest research by the U. S. Department of Agri culture, strawberries, blackber ries, blueberries, and peaches can be conserved in this manner. j As always, use the finest color i and flavor, fully ripe and sound | fruit, sorted and washed. Remove I stems and caps from all berries and peels and pits from peaches. Recipe for uncooked Jam: 3 cups crushed fruit 5 cups sugar 1 package powdered pectin 1 cup water Add sugar to crushed fruit. Mix well. Let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dissolve powdered pectin in water. Bring to boil and boil one minute. Add pectin solution to fruit ana sugar mixture stirring constantly for two minutes. Put into containers. Allow to stand 24-48 hours until jelled. Seal with hot parrafin and cover contents. Store in refrigera tor for a few months and in the food freezer for a year. By the way. have you ever tried using Saran Wrap instead of par rafin on hot jam or jelly. I've tried it and its so much easier and works very well. After you have poured the jam or Jelly into the hot sterile glasses, cover with squares of saran film. Be sure the edges of the glasses have been wiped clean. Pull the saran film down all around the edges as tightly as possible. It is important to seal the glasses while the glasses and pre serves are still hot. for then there will be just enough heat to shrink the film and make it air-tight if you have pulled it tightly enough. Sometimes I use an elastic band if the top of the container is not smooth. Simple though it is. it surely saves time and extra work. ? / -BIG JULY SALE ^ "YOUR STORE" A Wm&il IT'S SMART TO BE T-RIFTY: This Is A Whale Of A Sale With A Big Saving To You. Girls' and Women's MOCCASINS Soft and hard sole leather upper. Assorted colors. 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