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TEN YEARS AGO
The basketball season opened this
week with games with Piedmont Col
? lege, Milligan College, and Brevard
Sylva took two battles from Bryson
City on their court Tuesday evening,
the girls winning easily 27 to 4, and
the boys chalking up a 32 to 25 score.
Decision to erect a new school
building at Webster was reached
Monday by the Jackson County board
of education and county commis
sioners which was held for the pur
pose of hearing a delegation from the
Webster section explain the need of
a new building.
r Dr. Jessie Zachary Moreland has
been elected president of the Ra
leigh Dental Society for the coming
Miss Gladys Picklesimer of Grim
shawes is visiting her sister, Mrs.
Claud Jones, and Mr. Jtfnes.
Miss Virginia Curry of Lynchburg
is .the guest of Mrs. Jimmie Buckner
and her brother, Ed Curry and Mrs.
BY GEORGE S. BENSON
Searcy, * Arkansas
Place to Live
A few weeks ago this column
closed with the statement: "Indus
try must have security of investment
and hope of profit in order to do its
part toward post-war prosperity."
Starting right there, a New York
reader took time to inform me that
Industry .was not alone in needing
security of investment. He present
ed a most astounding set of figures
about personal investments.
The largest single investment
made by most Americans, he de
clares, is in a place to live. Then
ae adds: "Jerry-built houses bring
us more than ten times as much less
,as fire. In the last ten years, fire
losses in the U. S. have been about
three billion dollars while losses re
sulting from poor building construc
tion exceeded 30 billion dollars in the
An Ugly Picture
Imagine Sergeant Joe D'Oaks com
ing home from war. The date of his
wedding is set and home-making is
In order. He pays his only $1,000
down on a $b,uuu house In a syrtrurb
of his home town. The sub-divider
allows him 15 years to pay off the
remaining $4,000 in rent-like pay
ments of $35 a month. They cover
principal, interest and a few small
assessments. A new home has been
Nearly five years pass. Joe Jun
ior is four years old. There have
been a lot of costly repairs, especial
ly when the piano broke through the
living room flpor. The front door no
longer fits its frame. Heating costs
are like robbery. The place is not
worth the $2,000 yet to pay on it and
Joe is ready to quit. The D'Oaks
family enters temporary quarter*
and takes a loss of $3,000 plus. .
The Other $2,000
The house is not paid for. Joe
signed instalment notes before he
novea in. The real estate man dis
counted them to a bank. Does the
bank lose the $2,000? Certainly not;
the loan was insured by the Federal
Housing Administration. Soon the
FHA takes the mortgage and tries
to sell what Joe couldn't endure.
Government's average loss on such
deals exceeds $600 and there are
plenty of them.
As of December 31, 1940, the FHA
had insured 634,023 mortgages. Dur
ing 1941 trouble started developing
in houses built in 1935 and 1936.
Foreclosures (and delinquencies
with expected foreclosures) number
5,456 which is 9.4% of loans insured
in 1935 and 1936., If the same ratio
applies all the way through 1940
when 634,023 loans had been insured,
foreclosures reached 59,598.
The Taxpayer Pays
On the theory that FHA would be
self-sustaining, Congress started it
out in 1936 with about 35 million dol
lars. But the government's loss of
$600 per re-possessed house, figured
on 59,598 houses* exceeds 35% million
dollars. It is not a fantastic figure.
? FHAla annual report says foreclo
sures in 1940 increased 26.4% over
1939. These pre-war figures warn
that post-war safeguards are need
The building industry is enormous.
It affects everybody. When the
building industry prospers, most in
dustries prosper. The riveter's ham
mer and the carpenter's saw mark
the tempo of prosperity. Building
trends affect rents, taxes, social con
ditions and matters of health. Its
very hugeness presents a temptation
to pirates, especially in times ol
acute demand and general prosper
ity. But pirates benefit nobody.
? It is not fair if home-coming fight
ers and war workers, bent on mak
ing homes, waste their savings in
houses that fall apart It is not fair
lor older taxpayers to liquidate notes
that these defrauded young men
must default. The solution is in
sound construction and mortgage
money is the key to better building.
Next week's column will be on the
subject of "Mortgage Money."
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO -
The people of this section will soon
be able to see and hear the best in
talking pictures, as Mr. H. E. Buch
anan has announced that he is in
stalling Vitaphonein in the Lyric
Theater. The theater is closed and the
work has begun and the opening date
with the new equipment is set lor
Monday morning at 12:01 January 20 )
showing the picture, Fox's Movietone
Follies of 1929.
The Murray Radio Co. was winner
of tiie third prize in a contest for the
Cai-olinas for the agency selling the
largest number Majestic radios.
Sylva was in the class C towns. The
prize was a handsome Majestic radio.
The Sylva Supply Co. has sold their
slock of hardware to the Jackson
hardware Co. which will continue
under the same polices and manage
Mrs. W. M. Brown spent last week
in Benton, Tenn., accompying Mr.
Jiuwn back after spending the week
end at home.
Scroop Enloe, Jr., is visiting his
parents at Dillsboro.
VV. A. Enloe Chapter
Of U. D. C. Meets
On January 12th the monthly meet
ing of the W. A. Enloe Chapter of
the United Daughters of Confederacy
met in the Student Union building at
Cullowhe? with David Brown and
Mrs. Hinds hostess. The meeting was
presided over by the President, Mrs.
David Brown who opened the meet
ing by reading a Psalm and leading
the group in praying the Lord's Pray
er. A short business session followed,
the minutes were read and approved.
Mrsj Dee Parker read the names of |
those who are to sponsor the programs
for the following months. For the
month of February, Mrs. S W. Enloe, \
March, Mrs. B. Gray, April, Mrs.
Tom Cox, June, Mrs. P. W. Kineaid.
Mrs. Lillian Buchanan's report on
the book shelf of Southern Literature
eitabiishW in the W. C. T. C. library
b> the Chapter was very gratifying.
Sne also reported a gift from the An
drews U. D. C.
Mrs. Edith Hall sponsored the pro
gram for the afternoon. A beautiful
piano solo was given by Miss Daphne
Goodman, a student at W.C.T.C. The
highlight of the afternoon was an
address, given by Dr. Kiliian, near
ing the anniversary of the birth of
one of the greatest m'en our country
lias ever produced, whose name every
true Southern loves and honors. It
was a Robert E. Lee program. Dr. Kil
lian spoke not only of the greatness
of Robert E. Lee .as a general but of
hit" sterling qualities when it came to
dealing with people and his under
standing and compassion for the un
fortunate. . He also told interesting
things pertaining to his home life.
This pleasing discussion was inter
spiced with electrically played rec
ords representing Lee in conversa
tion with other officers and his sur
ender. Being a subject interesting
to everyone present it was altogether
a very enjoyable occasion. ,
The meeting adjourned to meet in
February with Mrs. S. W. Enloe.
'^During the social hour the hostesses
served a sweet course with coffee.
The fact that seed are high priced
does not necessarily mean that they
are adapted to North Carolina condi
Helping wounded soldiers improve their vision
The women who wouldn't
sit and. wait ,
Deep down inside, every Wac knows the enor
mous satisfaction of being truly nseful at a
time of critical need.
The Wac spirit is a gallant spirit. The spirit
of women wlnr would rather be in the war,
than sittingand waiting for it to end*
The Wac pride is an Honest pride. In a job well
done. In being part of the Army of the U. S.
You really have to hand it to the women of
the WAC . . .
For they symbolise everything that is America*
women's arm y corps
7 For full information about thm Woman's Army Corps, go to your
nearest U. S. Army Recruiting Station . Or mail the coupon below .
WOMEN ACID 20 TO SO ? MAIL THIS COUPON TODAY!
w. *- mmv mcnurri*"* station
P. O. AftHEVILLE, N. C.
i?te;?se Mno m?, without any obligation on my part, tho now illustrated booklet about
the Wac* . . tolling about the thoy do, how thoy live, thoir training, pay, office r
M loot ion. etc.
*TATE? ? PHONE No.
Please tntwerrtlyti" or "no" to each of the following question*;
Are you between
20 and Sfa?
Wave you any
.children under 14?.
Have you had at least
-2 years of high school?.
Stationed In England
Mrs. Elsie Lovedanl has received
word that her husband, Pvt. "Love
dahl, is now stationed somewhere in
England. During his three years ser
j vice in the Army, he served in va
jrious places from Maine to Georgia
:and as far west as Illinois. He was
at Camp Pickett just before sailing
| for overseas duty. He is with the
Monteith Funeral Held
Funeral services for R. E. L. Mon
teith, 75, who lied Sunday at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Mack Ashe, of
Sylva were conducted Tuesday at 1 1
A. M. at the Lovedale Baptist Church
with the Rev. C. V. Brown and th(L
Rev. T. F. Deitz officiating.
Besides Mrs. Ashe, Mr. Monteith is
survived by three daughters, Mrs.
Edgar Hampton of Sylva, Mrs. Dora
CJrecn of Charlotte, and Mrs. James
S. l c Bramlett Home
Samuel Robert Bramlett, S. 1 -c, has
returned to San Francisco, Cal., for
reassignment after spending a thirty
day leave with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Will Bramlett, of Dillsboro. He
has served in the Pacific area for the
past ten months. He joined the Navy
Aug. 9, 1943, taking his boot training
at Bainbridge, Md.
K. Rogers of Robbinsville, eleven
grandchildren, five great grandchil
dren, one brother E. C. Monteith, of
Addie and a sister, Mrs. Ellen Hart,
nf Hammond. Ind. -
Determine fertilize requirements
for 1945 now. Advise your dealer of
your requirements and cooperate by
accepting early delivery' where nec
Cpl. Bruce B. Revis
On B-24 Liberator
AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE LIBER
ATION, ENGLAND, Jan. 15.? Cor
poral Bruce B. Revis of Whittier, N.
C, recently joined the 467th Bomb
Group to fly and fight as an engineer
gunner on one of this group's B-24
Liberator bombers. * -
After completing an operational
training course, Cpl. Revis will be
assigned to fly on borqbing missions to
Germany and enemy-occupied
- Helping him on his coming missions
will oe the experience this Eighth
Air Force group has gamed from dis
patching its heavy bombers on more
than 150 combat missions during the
past eight months.
The 467th Bomb Group is part of
General William E. Kepner's Second
Belore entering the service July 1,
194.3. at Camp Croft, S. C., Cpl. Revis
was a >tudent?at Sylva High School,
Sylva. N. C., graduating just before
donning G. I. khaki. His parents, Mr.
and Mrs. R. L. Revis, live in Whittier.
Organized At Gienville
Girl Scout Troop
A girl scout troop was organized
at the Gienville school Jan. 15, 1945.
The officers elected are as follows:
Leader, Mrs. Elaine. M. Norton; Asst.
Leader, Mrs. F. T. Watsori; President,
Peggy Jean Hooper; Secretary and
Treasurer, Bobbie Nell Moses; Re
porter, Peggy Deane Moody.
The nine charter members are:
Jacqueline Galloway, Doris Moody,
Wanda Green, Peggy Jean Hooper,
Betty Jo. Hooper, Peggy Deane Woody,
Bobbie Nell Moses, Roberta Pruitt
and Janet Holden.
1 (1) In September of 1942, seven-year-old Joseph Medvitz was in Jersey City Medical Center, his
legs and back crippled with infantile paralysis. (Z) A year and a half later, Joe was going to school
again, a normal, active boy once more. Nine months of care at the Medical Center and continuing
physical therapy treatments provided by the National Foundation helped this lad to win over
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