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The refuge from pes
simism is the good men
and women at any time
existing in the world,?
they keep faith and hap
? John Townsend Trowbridge
72nd Year ? No. 5
Franklin, N. C, Thursday, January 31, 1957
Price 10 Cents
FRIDAY IN ASHEVILLE ?
Local Delegation Expected
To Ask Better Bus Service
A demand for better bus serv
ice Is expected to be made by a
local delegation tomorrow (Fri
day) in Asheville at a special
hearing called to probe a move
by Queen City Trallways to drop
a bus from the local schedule.
The hour for the meeting has
been changed from 10 a. m. to
2:30 p. m. It will be held at the
Buncombe County Courthouse.
Mayor W. C. Burrell and Ver
Ion Swafford, president of the
Franklin Chamber of Commerce,
will head the delegation.
The hearing was called by the
State Utilities Commission last
week when it learned of an un
publlcized move by the bus
company to change schedules in
Franklin and in other areas. It
was proposed to drop the early
morning bus from here to Ashe
FAMILIAR CANS ?
They'll Be Disappearing Soon
iuuk stainless steel miuc cans
that have become an accepted part
of rural Macon County will grad
ually start disappearing from the
They're giving way to the more
modern tank storage and delivery
system which is being adopted by
the large retail milk outlets.
Twenty-eight local milk produc
ers for Southern Dairies in Ashe
ville are now awaiting the arrival
of stainless steel storage tanks for
their dairies. Also on order are
two 1,500-gallon tank trucks that
will pick up the milk at the local
dairies and deliver it to Asheville.
County Agent T. H. Fagg this
week said the shift from cans to
tanks is to be made "as soon as
possible after Feb. X".
Once the tanks are installed,
milk cans on the roadside will be
things of the past for the 28
Southern Dairies producers.
However, others in the county,
who supply Nantahala Creamery,
? local retail concern, will con
tinue to use cans for the time be
ing. according to Mr. Fagg. But
it will be only a matter of time
before these producers also
change to the tank system. The
creamery's largest supplier. Sla
gle Dairy on Cartoogechaye. al
ready has in use a large dairy
storage tank and is sending its
milk to the processing plant in
Franklin in a tank truck.
Installation of the storage
His Lapel . . .
Spring was heralded this
week as the Rev. A. Rufus
M?g?n, who always has ?
fresh flower in the button
hole of his clerical coat, wore
a sprig of "breath of spring".
Although the calendar says
winter's end is still seven
weeks away, Mr. Morgan
found the "breath of spring"
starab flowering near St. John's
Chapel, on Cartoogechaye. He
says this fragrant bush is a
daughter of the honeysuckle
t antes is a Dig investment ror the
28 Southern Dairies producers, but
one the county agent, fgels will re
pay them through "production of
a much better quality of milk . . .
and by providing a more accurate
weights and measures system."
The Investment will be better
than $2,000 for each producer, the
agent said. The tanks will range
in size from 150 to 800 gallons.
Is Buying- Trucks
The two tank trucks for trans
porting the milk to Asheville have
been ordered by Elbert Anderson.
Jr., of the Longview section. Und
er the new system, he will pick up
milk at each farm every other
day, as an independent business
Those who are installing tanks
include Ned Teague, Woodrow
Teague. George Doster, Lester
Southards, Charles Sutton, Ardel
Cabe, Theo Siler, Herman Talley,
Edwin T. Bradley. W. C. Burrell,
Ed Setser, Laddie Crawford, Park
er Brothers, Bill Byrd, Arron
Hedden. Enloe Brothers, George
R. Pattillo, Jake Deal, Prank Cabe,
Bob McClure, J. S. Gray, Bryant
McClure. Gilmer Henson. J. B.
Henson. Garland Bateman, Wood
row Gibson, Bill and Wade Hig
don, and Leonard Swanson.
M. Y. F. Sub-District
Will Meet Monday
The Macon County Methodist ]
Youth Fellowship sub-district
will meet Monday at 7:30 p. m.
at Mt. Zion Methodist Church.
It is to be the second in a
series of meetings on the five
program areas set up by the
United Christian Youth Move- <
ment. Miss Mysa Crawford, sub
district chairman of Christian ^
witness, will direct the program, j
'Election Month' s
Ending For Clubs *
"Election month" Is drawing to c
a close this week for the county's (
home demonstration clubs.
A list of the new 1957 club of- c
ficers will be available for publi- t
cation next week, according to 1
Mrs. Florence S. Sherrill, home s
Exceptional Children ?
They* re Her Job. . .
Here's a teacher with an excep
tional job. She works with excep
Meet Miss Esther Seay and her
160 students. They are exception
al children because of handicaps
in speech or leading, or both.
These are children who can be
helped but whose regular class
room teachers don't have the time
to give them the painstaking in
dividual attention required to
overcome the handicaps.
Miss Seay is one of two special
teachers employed in Macon Coun
ty to help these pupils.
"Oh, please", pleaded Miss Seay,
"let's not talk about me. Tell
them what we're doing and what
we want to do."
The student comes to Miss Seay
by either teacher or parent refer
ral. Once It is established what
help the student needs, work be
Cause of the handicap might be
physical, emotional, or mental. '
In The Hall
At most of the schools, Miss
Seay has no classroom for her
work. She and the student sit in
the hall. "The students and teach
ers are very understanding about
our lack of space and are extra i
careful not to be noisy In the area
where we're working." '
If you had looked over Miss I
Seay's shoulder as she worked at j
Bast Franklin School one day re- i
oently you might have wondered t
where her materials were.
Mflstly. her tools are personal
ones ? exhaustive patience, friend
liness toward the student to win
his confidence and thereby inspire
confidence in himself and the pro
fessional ability to spot his diffi
culties ar.d steer him out of them.
For instance, consider Tommy
Tommy's having trouble with his
sounds. For weeks. Miss Seay has
been establishing the basic sounds.
She tells them to him and he re
peats them to her. Then, Miss Seay
shows him pictures whose words
have that basic sound.
After the basics have been cov
ered. Tommy goes on to combina
"Say 'f''. Tommy. Say T. Say
'flower'." Endlessly, the teacher
repeats and gradually Tommy per
fects the sounds.
Although the state suggests that
80 pupils Is all that one teacher
can handle in such a program as
this. Miss Seay is working with
"Why?" she was asked.
"I know it's a little harder and
it takes longer to see them all but
I don't believe we should turn any
one away," Miss Seay answers
She tries to get to each pupil at
least every two weeks. "Of course."
she says, "It's better to work with
a child each day. We can't do that.
io It takes more time to achieve
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 10
YEAR WAS '56
Savings For Year
Up 12 Per Cent For
Building And Loan
Organized in 1922, the Macon
County Building and Loan As
sociation completed the best
year in its history in 1956.
Savings were up by 12 per
cent over 1955 and loans in
creased by about the same
amount, R. S. Jones, secretary
treasurer of the association,
said this week.
An audit of the association's
books was completed at the end
of last week and the auditors
reported everything in good
shape, Mr. Jones said.
Asked if the current so-called
"tight money" situation in the
United States has sent more
people to the building and loan
for money ? banks have raised
their rates ? Mr. Jones said it
has not. The association's rate
of interest on loans is six per
cent and has been that for sev
(Henry W. Cabe, cashier of
the Bank of Franklin, said yes
terday that the bank here is
now charging six per cent in
terest on all Its real estate
loans. Although a person using
the G. I. Bill for a home loan
gets money at a lour and a
half per cent Interest rate ?
backed by a government guar
antee to the lending agency ?
Mr. Cabe said the bank is no
longer making a. I. loans, be
cause of the low rate.)
Does the building and loan
have any money on hand now
for loans? Mr. Jones was asked.
"Our financial statement shows
we had only $16,000 as of Dec.
31," he answered. "We've always
SEE NO. 4, PAGE 10
To Conduct Local
Session Is Slated
One Of A Series
A livestock school for local
'armers is to be conducted by
i Raleigh extension service
pecialist Monday afternoon at
he Agricultural Building.
Set to start at 2 o'clock, the
ession will be featured by dis
:usslons on production, feeding,
tnd management of sheep, beef
attie, and swine, according to
bounty Agent T. H. Fagg.
It is one of a series of spe
ial planning meetings slated
>etween extension officials and
ocal farmers this year. Ses
ions with poultry and tobacco
armers already have been held. <
?F<m?m tuff Phot*
Mins Seay Helps A Pupil
DEFEAT CULLOWHEE ?
Franklin High Girls Stretch
Winning Streak To 17 Games
In defeating Cullowhee Tues
day night, Franklin girls' bask
etball team ran its undefeated
conference record to 11 games.
The girls have a season's rec
ord of 15 undefeated matches.
They won two post-season
games last year, to push their
record to a total of 17 straight
Friday night, Franklin plays
Webster at Sylva and Tuesday
meets Highlands here.
Lucy Henry got 33 points
against Cullowhee as Franklin
won, 66-56. The Cullowhee boys
whipped the local team, 67-40.
Bruce Houston was high (or
Franklin with 14 and Willard
Smith got 13.
On Friday of last week, the
Franklin girls got a scare from
Bryson City but maintained
their perfect record with a 43
40 victory. .Mavis Gibson had
The Franklin boys lost, 52-40,
to Bryson. Smith's 11 points
First string players Mitchell
Houston and Dean Long have
been dropped from the boys'
basketball team for "academic
reasons", according to Franklin
High Principal Harry Corbin.
Newspaper Wins Editorial
And News Coverage Awards
ine rranKiin fress is winner of
two state newspaper awards for
Both awards were second places,
one in news coverage and the
other in editorial page excellence.
Presentation of awards to the
.state's daily, semi-weekly and
weekly newspapers came as a high
light of the annual midwinter in
stitute of the North Carolina Press
Association held Thursday. Friday,
and Saturday at the University of
North Carolina and Duke Univer
Representing The Press at the
institute were Mr. and Mrs. Weim
ar Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Bob S.
Sloan, and Mr. and Mrs. J. P.
At IU Best
Of The Press' editorial page, the
"The Franklin Press is personal
journalism at its best. Its easy-go
ing conversational st: le masks an
intellectual depth oi rare quality.
Clearly, its editorials are written
in the formula proposed by the
late William Allen White? 'briefly
and bravely by a wise, kind-heart
ed man . . . never forgetting to be
merry the while for, after all, tie
liar and the cheat and the pander
er are smaller offenders than the
"The Franklin Press reflects
community interests perhaps as
closely as any small town news
paper in the state. It is of, by. and
for Franklin. There is a creative
give and take on the editorial page
that illustrates this kinship of
the spirit beautifully . .
In awarding second place among
the state's weeklies to The Press
In news coverage, the judges com
"The Franklin Press had some
of the sprightliest writings in the
bunch. It kept the stories short,
but covered the news. The Press
seemed alert to news breaks and
followups. It had some readable
features. The general coverage was
good . .
Although it failed to place'
among the award winners in pho
tographic competition. The Press
"In the weeklies group, I'd like
to commend among the non-win
ners, The Madison Messenger and
The Franklin Press, for havipg
very attractive and well executed
front pages photographically.
Their pictures show that their
photographers have been exposed
to some of the advanced tech
niques of photography . . ."
OPENS FEB. 4 ?
Troops To Celebrate Week
Macon County Boy Scouts will
have a week all their own, be
ginning Monday, Feb. 4, as "Na
tional Boy Scout Week" is cele
A display, wearing of the
Scout uniform, a covered dish
Bupper, a parade, and church
attendance are Included in the
A camping scene on Rankin
Square will be erected by the
3ub, Boy, and Explorer Scouts
it the county.
All boys who are members of
>ne of the three Scouting n c-p
groups are invited, with their s
families, to a covered dish sup
per at Franklin High School t
cafeteria next Thursday, Feb. 7, j
at 7 p. m. t
A parade is scheduled for
Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3 p. m. and \
it is hoped the Franklin High f
School band will march. t
On Sunday, Feb. 10, Franklin 1
Troop 1 will attend the Metho- o
dist church morning service 'j
and Troop 21 will go to the *
Presbyterian Church. Cub Scouts b
will go to the church of their
During the week, all Scout 5
members will wear their uni
Besides the two troops in le
Franklin, there are Scouting f(
organizations at Carson, Union, tl
Highlands. Otto, Liberty, and
Holly Springs. P
In its annual report," the p
Daniel Boone Council, of which
Macon County is a part, listed
bhree new units chartered in fi
:he county during 1956. These o:
were Cub Pack 6, at Highlands; e(
Explorer Post 2, at Franklin;
?nd Troop 18, at Otto. IV
Shaft Still Dry
At 418 Feet; Seek
Site For Another
Franklin has abandoned i
"dry hole" well at the 418-fo<
mark and Mayor W. C. Burre
and his aldermen are now por
derlng other sites to sink
Digging at the present sit
near the Burlington Industri<
plant, however, is to continue 1
the 450-foot depth at no cost (
the town while a new site
Meeting with the mayor an
aldermen Tuesday night, W. j
Martin, representing the Vil
ginia Well and Machinery Coir
pany, asked the town to accei
32 more feet of digging "on us
to ease the feeling of some th?
water might be found at thj
On His Mind . . .
Looks like 10-year-old James
H. Taylor is going to carry
some extra weight with him
for the rest of his life.
Jimmy, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Taylor, of the Holly
Springs community, has a .22
calibre slug lodged at the base
of his skull as the result of
an accident Saturday after
noon near his home.
Dr. Edgar Angel says the
slug is at. an "inaccessible
point" and must remain
where it is. However, the doc
tor feels Jimmy will suffer
"no ill effects" from the pres
ence of the bullet.
The boy is reported to have
been struck by a ricocheting
shot fired by some boys hunt
Jimmy was released from
the hospital Tuesday.
For Public Use
A bulletin board has beer
erected in downtown Franklin
>y The Franklin Press as a
lervice to the public.
The board is mounted on th?
ront of the county courthouse
ust to the right of the en
In announcing the service,
Veimar Jones, editor, said items
or the board will be confined
0 brief announcements, includ
ng deaths, the times and places
f funerals, and other timely
^formation of general interest,
to commercial advertising will
e used, he emphasized.
Use of the board will enable
"he Press to keep the public in
armed about happenings be
ween weekly issues of the
aper. Details about the an
ouncements made on the bul
:tin board will appear in the
allowing issue of The Press,
le editor explained.
red West Receives
degree From College
Fred West arrived home Friday
om the University of South Car
lina. Columbia, where he receiv
1 his A. B, degree last Thursday.
He had as his week end guest
[iss Mary Haskell, of Columbia
Sl'RVKY SHOWS ?
Highlands Also Experiencing
Problems With Water Supply
(EDITORS NOTE: This is
the third and last of a series of
articles reporting the results of
a Franklin Press survey of the
public water supply situations
in eight Western North Carolina
Like some of its Western North
Carolina neighbors. Highlands has
Highlands, which brags about
being the highest incorporated
town in Eastern America <4.1 lb
feet>. is being penalized for it:
No more land higher than the
town itself is available for water
shed expansion. That part which
lie:, at a greater altitude already'
is oeing used for th.s purpose.
The population of Highlands is
eight or ten times greater in the
simmer than dutinit the winter.
It's .luring this peak population
I hat water shortages occur.
In 955, the town hiied the saipe
firm employed by Fi ankliri ? Har
w.n'u Beebe Company, of Spu.'.au
ouik. S. C. ? a :t! asked it to look
over the Highlands water situation
and come up Attn a plan.
The water engineers suggested
Highlands put a ,filter plant and
pumping station on Big Creek,.,
three-fourths of a mile northwest
of the town limits. Not only is a
plant recommended, but a revamp
in* of the town's whole wate'
system is suggested by Harwood
Total cost to Highlands would
be $250,000. with $100,000 of that
amount going for the work on Big
? Big Creek is what is known
as "surface water ", as contrasted
with wells and gravity flow,
gravity flow usually meaning
SEE NO. 1. PAOE 14
depth. He estimated the gift of
32 feet would mean about three
more days of work.
It was Mr. Martin's personal
t3 recommendation that the well
3t be abandoned and a new site
i- Under terms of the contract,
a the -dry hole'' has cost the
? town $2,779.70. The well con
e cern's bid was $6.65 a foot.
;g Although expressing the opin
io ion that if it was his own well,
0 he would continue digging deep
'i_s er. Mayor Burrell noted that
"we are gambling with the
j the town's money'1 and he
j? thought it advisable to abandon
. the project and seek another
l" The mayor and others met
with Sanitarian H. T. Collin3
' yesterday < Wednesday i morning
to pick other possible sites that
_ will meet with the approval of
m the State Department of Public
A motion by Alderman J. L.
West gave the official touch to
abandoning the "dry hole".
However, his motion did not re
1 ceive a second for more than
half an hour while talk totter
ed back and forth between
more digging or a new well site.
Alderman Prelo J. Dryman
finally seconded the motion and
aldermen voted unanimously to
stop work immediately.
Mr. Martin then made his of
fer to dig free to the 450-foot
"We couldn't ask for any
more than that," Mayor Burrell
declared. "That'll help ease our
minds that water is five feet
below where we stopped."
Assuming that the "dry hole"
will be abandoned, work on a
new well will begin immediate
The urgency for supplying
more water by this spring was
sounded by Mayor Burrell sev
eral times during the meeting.
A new well will only maintain
the present water system while
repairs are made on the town's
largest producing well near
Friendship Tabernacle, he ex
i Mayor Burreil said it is "most
i important" to put a new well
i in operation as soon as possible
so these repairs can be mad?.
( This is the second time in
? Franklin's history that a "dry
hole" has been sunk in a
search for water. Many years
ago a shaft was taken to a
depth of more than 700 feet at
a site near Lee Tippett's on
Dr. Kahn Heads
Dr Joseph W. Kahn, staff
physician at Angel Hospital, has
been elected president of the
Macon County Medical Society
He succeeds Dr. Furman
Angel as head of the local so
Named to serve with Dr.
Kahn during the year Is Dr. C.
H Moseley. secretary-treasurer.
A vice-president was not elected
by the society.
Dr. Edgar Angel was elected
as delegate to the state medical
meeting in May. Dr. E. W. Fish
er was picked as alternate.
The week'p temperature.* and rainfall below
i' ? rwordfd in Franklin by Mnnwn Stiles.
L\ S. weather observer: in Highlands by
Tudor N. Hall it.. I W. C. Newton. TV A
ohaerver*: un<l at th?* Coweta IFydrolotfir
Lalioratorv. Rending are for the 24-hour
period ending at a.m. of the day listed.
Hieh Low Ra'n
Wed.. Jan. 23 65 38 .41
Thursday 46 32
Friday 45 32
Saturday 47 33
Sunday 58 43
Monday 64 54
Tuesday 70 52
Wed.. Jan 23 58 46 3.35
Thursday 39 60 .00
FYiday 50 28 .39
Saturday 49 33 trace
Sunday 56 44 .21
Monday 63 53 .03
Tuesday 62 46 .78
Wednesday 44 .49
Wed Jan. 23 51 50
Thursday 47 33
Friday 47 32
Saturday 47 38
Sunday 58 43
Monday 65 53
Tuesday 69 51