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Let us be silent that
we may hear the whisp
er of God. ? Ralph Wal
72nd Year ? No. 49
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, December 5, 1957
Price 10 Cents
LUNCHEON SATURDAY ?
Keep Your Fingers Crossed
For Cowee In Area Contest
Keep your' fingers crossed for
That's "the word" in Macon
County this week as some 20 lead
ers and boosters of community de
velopment work get ready to at
tend the annual community
awards luncheon of the W. N. C.
Rural Community Development
Program in Asheville.
The luncheon is slated Satur
day noon at City Auditorium and
will be highlighted by the an
nouncement of the winning com
munities in the '57 area contest.
Cowee Community, as winner of
the county development contest
earlier in tfie year, is representing
Macon County in this competition.
County Agent T. H. Fagg has
made arrangements for all presi
dents of participating communi
ties to attend the luncheon. He
also fxpects to have a delegation
of Ccwee citizens present.
The principal speaker at tha
awards event will be Archie K.
Davis, of Winston-Salem, board
chairman of Wachovia Bank and
Trust Company and a leader in
getting the community develop
ment program started in other
areas of North Carolina.
More than $2,000 In cash prizes
are being offered in the area con
test this year.
WEEKLY WAGE $52.41 ?
Second Quarter Employment
Here Is Up 13.8 Per Cent
Average employment for the
second quarter of '57 in Macon
County showed a gain of 13.8 pet
cent over the first quarter.
Figures from the Employment
Security Commission show second
quarter employment was 1,264
with total wages during the peri
od reaching $861,132.
On the basis of these figures.
the average weekly wage for work
ers was $52.41.
State-wide, insured workers in
the second quarter had gross earn
ings totalling $663,250,000, a gain
in wage payments of 3.4 per cent.
The average weekly earning of
the insured worker was $61.67,
representing a $2.11 increase over
the second quarter of 1956.
JUDGING ON DEC 22 ?
Garden Club Will Sponsor
Yule Decorations Contest
Franklin Garden Club has com
pleted plans for its annual Christ
mas lighting and decorations con
As In the past, there will be
two classifications for Judging
and cash awards will be made to
the best display in each.
One will be for public buildings,
business establishments, industri
al buildings, schools, and churches
and another for private resi
dences. Under the latter classifi
cation. decorations may include
door or entrance display, window
decorations, and outdoor scenes,
including lighted trees.
Judging will be the night of
Dec. 22 by a secret panel of
Any residence, business, or in
stitution within one mile of the
city limits is elegible to enter the
Mrs. Harve Bryant, ^Mrs. Gilmer
A. Jones, and Mrs. R. G. Lichten
stein are in charge of the annual
'TWAS A RAW DAY ?
Estimated 5,000 Turn Out
For Yule Parade Saturday
An estimated 5,000 persons
braved a raw and blustery after
noon Saturday for the annual
Christmas parade in Franklin.
The wind blew, the snow too,
and in walked Santa Claus from
the North Pole to help open the
Yuletide season. Met at the air
port by a flock of wide-eyed chil
dren (and shivering parents),
the roly poly gentleman in the
red suit patiently listened to hun
dreds of "wants" and then settled
down on a pony cart for a ride in
the parade. About 50 to 75 chil
dren mobbed him along the parade
route, spurred, no doubt, by the
steady barrage of candy he tossed
from the cart.
Shivering also were the parade
judges, who studied the floats as
they moved along Main and
Palmer before making any de
cisions. Slightly frost-bitten and
thawing over steaming cups of
coffee, Jim Gray and Dick Green,
of the Jackson County Junior
Chamber of Commerce, announ
ced the following winners.
High senior class, first prize ($50) :
Franklin High Beta Club, second
($25); Watauga 4-H Club, third
($15) ; and Iotla Community,
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 5
Business Is Business Is Business . . .
Winford (Wimpy) Gregory should put service in
quotation marks at his Franklin service, station.
A wash job is a wash job at his place/ be it ?auto
mobile or horse.
Mr. Gregory heated a special batch of water Sat
urday morning so Tommy Jenkins (left in picture)
could wash hi.s horse for the Christmas parade.
"Business is business," declared Mr. Gregory (hold
ing said horse).
"I'll stick around until they ,put him on the grease
rack," observed Joe Dowdle. "That should be* some
thing to see."
?Crisp's Studio Photo
The Javan Grays . . . Married 50 Years
Javan Grays Celebrate Anniversary
Thanksgiving Day With Children
Mr. and Mrs. Javan Gray, of
the Hickory Knoll Community,
celebrated a belated Golden Wed
ding anniversary Thanksgiving
day, but it was worth it. They had
all their children with them for
dinner in Franklin and an open
house at their home in the after
The Grays were married Nov. 6.
1907. at the holne of her parents
in the Hickory Knoll community.
She is the former Miss May
SEE NO. 3, PAGE 5
WAS IT COLD? ASK THE GIRLS ON THE WINNING FLOAT
These young girls braved blowing snow and freezing
temperatures Saturday afternoon to ride in the annual
Christmas parade.' Although dressed In evening gowns, they
smiled and waved along the way. But, when It was all over
they decided It was well worth the trouble when the Judges
said their float waa the beat entered. Made by the seniors of
Franklin Hifh, the theme was "What Christmas Means".
ADDITION APPROVED ?
?58 Tax Listers Appointed
Monday By County Board
Tax listers for 1958 were named
by Macon Board of County Com
missioners in session Monday.
By townships, the listers are:
Franklin. Frank I. Murray;
Millshoal. Harold Cabe; EUijay,
Mrs. Leslie Young; Sugarfork.
Troy Holland; Highlands, W. P.
Pierson:. Flats, Earl Cryman;
Smith's Bridge, C. S. Sams; Car
toogechaye. Bob Southard: Nanta
hala, Newell Baldwin; Burning
town, Floyd Ramsey; and Cowee,
The commissioners also approv
ed a request for additional office
space, made by the Agricultural
Stabilization and Conservation
committee. On or before Ju!y 15.
1958, the county agreed to build
an addition of about 16 by 18 feet
off the present A.S.C. oifice in
the Agricultural Building-. The
board secretary, Lake V. Shope.
said he mas informed ttie job
would cost about $1,500. A.S.C. of
ficials ; ay the local office is oper
a'ing under the space minimum
? equired by the government.
Also approved was the jailor's
bill for November in the amount
RUSSIANS ANSWER ?
Radio Station's Telephone
Call Finally Gets Results
Tliat $53 telephone call to tlu>
Kremlin in Moscow. Russia, re
cently made by Radio Station
WFSC's Ed Healy has produced
some answers tb some questions
and also has given him some
stamps to save as souvenirs.
Over the telephone, Mr. Hea'y
had considerable trouble making
himself understood. He could hear
several persons on the line help
ing translate his questions from
English to Russian. He had hoped
to talk directly with the top man.
Khruschev, bat settled for writ
The answers arrived this week
in a letter addressed to Radio
Station LLFSC (In translating,
the W probably ' sounded like
double-Li in Franklir.e, North
The letter was signed by V. A.
Troitskaya, secretary of the So
viet International Geophysical
Here're Mr. Healy's questions
and the answers supplied by the
Question. When does the Sov
iet Union plan to send a hu
man being in space?
Answer: It is difficult to say
when such a launching can take
place because a great deal of
experiments .must be carried out
to ensure sustained safe exist
ence of animal creature in par
ticular cosmos environment and
also a proper method must be
elaborated of safe return back
Question: What is going to be
the next big Russian step in
Answer: There is a big pro
gramme of scientific and tech
nical research with the aid of
man-made satellites. Among
them such complicated projects
as measurements of the earth's
magnetic field, primary cosmic
rays composition, the Sun's cor
puscular radiation and a num
ber of other significant prob
lems of science in the pro
gramme of IGY investigations.
Intensive work is being carried
out in the field of peaceful use
of atomic energy.
Question: When does the So
viet Union plan to launch a
rocket around the Moon?
Answer: In the near future.
Question: Will you continue
launching of satellites during
the remaining part of the In
ternational Geophysical Year?
Answer: It is planned to
launch satellites of different
sizes and weights during the
whole period of the Interna
tional Geophysical Year.
Question: What is your opin
ion of the U. S. A. achievements
in the missile field?
Answer: No doubt the D. S. A.
has gTeat achievements in rock
et field. Soviet scientists be
lieve that the U. S. A. will soon
also have satellites for carrying
out investigations in various
fields of science.
Frankiin 1 earns
Franklin High's lads and
lassies dropped both games to
Waynesville Tuesday night on
the home court in the season
The girls lost 50 to 42. Lucy
Henry was high scorer for
Franklin with 19 points. Loeta
Back was in second place with
17. Franklin was leading four
points at the half, 27 to 23.
Waynesville defeated the
boys in the second game 61
to 40. Center Doug Pearson
was high scorer for Franklin
with 13 points. Waynesville
led at the half 35 to 12.
Tomorrow (Friday) night.
Franklin meets Andrews here.
The first game will start at
Tuesday night, another
home game is on tap with
MISS WILSON ILL
Miss Margaret Wilson, Metho
dist youth worker here, is ill at
her home at Ball Creek and has
been advised that she will prob
ably be unable to return to her
work for several weeks.
Judge Coming Back
Monday To Hear
Judge Francis O. Clarkosn was
hoping to finish cases listed for
trial on the criminal docket yes
terday (Wednesday) and return
to his home in Charlotte for sev
eral days before taking up the
civil docket next Monday morn
A civil case scheduled for trial
today was rescheduled for next
Judge Clarkson and Solicitor
Thad D. Bryson, Jr.. moved rap
idly through a large criminal
docket following the convening of
the Superior Court term Monday
Most of the criminal actions
involved violations of motor ve
hicles laws and only a few re
quired jury trials.
Do You Have
Gotta chair you'U donate to
the Franklin Youth Center?
Then telephone Mrs. Lasca
E. Horsley at Franklin 166-W,
because they're really needed
to accommodate the large
crowds that have been at
tending Friday night gather
ings at the center. Last Fri
day, nearly 100 were on hand
? a number that over-taxed
the 24 chairs now at the cen
The center will be open to
morrow* (Friday) night from
7:30 to 11.
The week's temperature* and rainfall below
are recorded in Lranklin by Man. son Stiles,
U. S. weather observer: ;n Highlands by
Tudor N. Hall and VV. 0. Newton. TVA
observe!*; and at the Coweta liydroloffta
LUboraiory. Headings are tor the 24-hour
period ending at 8 a.m. of the day listed.
High Low Sain
Wed., Nov. 29 58
Wed., Nov. 29 60
* No Record.
THEY MOBBED THE LITTLE MAN IN THE RED SUIT
Everywhere that Santa went, the kids were sure to follow. And they mobbed the little man
in the red suit during Saturday's parade in Franklin, mainly because he towed oat hundreds ef
pieces of candy along the way from his pony-drawn cart. With kids closing ta (above) BUI Fil
ler, who led the cart for Santa, tries to push his way through the mob while Santa tosses an
other handful of candy.