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SYLVA, N. C., ? Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1945
$1.50 A Year in Jackson And Swain Counties ? 5c Copy
Sylva Is Automobile Trade Center Of This Area
Early Construction On S. C. Section
Highway 107 Looks Gloomy; Officials
Promise Funds Of 2nd Post-War Year
Mr. McKee Has Corres
pondence With Highway
And Forestry Officials
There has been considerable con
cern in Jackson county recently
over the South Carolina section of
Highway No. "107 which has an
unimproved link of around 15
miles from the State line toward
Walhalla, S. C. This being one of
the important tourist feeder high->
ways from the South through Syl
va into the Smoky Mountain
region, it has been of much con
? cern to local people since North
Carolina has completed its road
to the South Carolina line with
the promise from South Carolina
Highway officials that they meet
cur road with a new improved
highway. They failed to have the
road built and now that the war
is over interest is again at high
peak over the situation. Former
District Highway Commissioner E.
L. McKee has taken considerable
interest in the matter, since it was
while he watte commissioner that
South CarolinV^omised to build
the road. He has written
the road officials in Columbia and
the Forestry people relative to
getting this work started with the
result that they only promise
> something in the second post-war
year. A letter form Mr. McKee to
The Herald including some of his
replies from the Highway Com
missioner and Regional Forester
are published herewith:
Sylva, N. C.
September 15, 1945
Editor Sylva Herald
Sylva, N. C.
I quote from a letter from Chief
Highway Commissioner of South
Carolina under date of August 30
referring to uncompleted section
of highway No. 107 on South Car
olina. The quotation is as follows:
"It is our present plan to con
struct this road as one of our post
war projects* using Forest funds.
I doubt very much if we shall be
able to get it under contract dur
ing the first post-war year, but it
is possible that we could include it
in the second year. I am very
anxious to get this section of road
completed, since it will form a
much-needed connection in the
State Highway System, and to this
end I shall do everything I can
toward getting it under way as
early as practicable."
Mr. McKee has also had a letter
from the Regional Forester of At
lanta with reference to Forest
funds available for the South Car
olina highways, which we quote in
part: "Reference is made to your
letter of September 6 to Forest
Supervisor Riebold at Columbia,
a copy of which was sent to this
office. Congress has authorized
the appropriation of funds for con
struction of forest highways for
each of the three post-war years.
The apportionment to the State of j
South Carolina for the first post- |
war year which is available for j
construction is approximately
$104,000. It is assumed that the !
amount which will be apportioned
? ' for each <?of the succeeding two
post-war years will be approxi
mately the same. As result of dis
cussions with the State Highway
Commission and the Public Roads j
Administration, it has been agreed
that the money for the second
post-war year will* be spent in
the improvement of the Turn
pike Read from Oconee State Park
to the North Carolina State line.
The state has agreed to match the
y Forest Highway funds, which
would make a total of approxi
mately $210,000 available for this
JOSEPH C. KIRCHER,
OPA Says Gasoline
To Cost Less in East
Gasoline and fuel oil will cost
less retail in the eastern sea
board area effective at once it
was disclosed yesterday by War
Price and Rationing Boards.
The reduction in retail gasoline
ceilings will be 1.2 cents a gal
lon throughout the 17 states with
the following exceptions: In Florida
east of thg/Appalachicola River and
Georgia, where the reduction will
be 6-10 of a cent a gallon.
The reductions represent, in
general, the increases in ceilings
granted during the war period to
help defray the extra cost of trans
porting petroleum products toe the
eastern area, when normal tanker
transportion had to be abandoned.
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As far as President Htrry 8. Tro*
mail Is concerned, the war is ?vet
and the tasks of peaoe now have
his priority. The fan thai was on
his desk has been replaced with a
model of a plow.
GRAZING CROPS GIVE
CHEAPER HOG GAINS
Grazing pigs on soybeans brough
average gains of almost one-half
pound per day this summer and
the cheapest possible gains for On
slow County growers, according to
County Agent Charlie C. Clark,
Jr., of the State College Extension
J. H. Gillette placed 25 pigs on
fccres of soybeans on July 23 at his
Silverdale Farm. They weighted
83 pounds a piece when placed on
the grazing and thirty-six days
later their averge weight was 99
1-2 pounds. They received only a
small amount of corn each day and
a mineral suoDlement.
Raymond Oldljam near Swans
boro placed forty-seven pigs on
soybeans at an average weight of
38 pounds per head and their av
erage gain was .45 pounds per
head per day. They received thre
fourths of a pound of a grain ra
tion per day, consisting of one
half oats and one-half corn.
"Both of these farmers are well
pleased with the gains obtained by
grazing soybeans and they plan to
increase their grazing crops in the
future, both for winter and for
summer," Clark said.
Many hog growers throughout
the Coastal-Plain are now planting
supllemental grazing crops of small
grains and legumes for fail and
winter grazing to cut down on the
amount of labor needed in raising
hogs and also fro the production
of cheaper gains.
Both Gillette and Oldham wrtl
reweigh their hogs the latter part
of this month to determine the
long-time value of grazing.
Dehydrated and dried vegetables I
differ greatly in keeping quality,
according to the scientists. The
best "keepers" proved to be de
hydrated corn and ?weet potatoes.
NEW STEEL BRIDGE
OVER SCOTTS CREEK
North Carolina Highway and the
Town of Sylva began last week
on a new steel bridge crossing at
the Builders Supply and Lumber
Company in East Sylva over Scotts
Creek. The bridge is to accom
modate 15 tons and will be 18 in
wideth. This construction will con-,
nect the new state highway number
19 from Asheville to Sylva, which
will be gravel treated and will be
Linished with hard surface, with
number 107 Cullowhee Highway.
This work will be completed by the
first of the year.
ARMY LOOKING FOR
HITLER IN JAPAN
Rumors that Hitler may be hid
ing among 3,000-old ' Germans
gathered in Japan, has caused
Army sleuths to give all Germans
the once over in case Hitler may
be among them. Many Japanese
say that after Germany's surrender
that Hitler debarked at night from
a U-boat in lower Tokyo bay and
taken over back roads to a remote
To Florida Property
By Last Week's Storm
The tropical hurricane, which
blew itself out in central North
Carolina Monday, left a wide path
of destruction in Florida with a
r total property damage loss of
$6,000,000. The Navy
(Blimp base at the Richmond Naval
Air Station near Miami suffered
heavy loss from the wind and fire
which followed. Charleston, S. C.,
had heavy wind and high tides
which flooded streets near the
water front. North Carolina felt
the result of the storm with heavy
rains over most of the state. Rivers
in Eastern North Carolina are now
overflowing inundating farm land
highways in that section.
Seventy million Americans have
put more than $16,000,000,000 into
family security through life in
surance since Pearl Harbor, ac
cording to the Institute of Life
Insurance. These are anti-infla
tionary dollars definitely removed
from the competitive market.
The first training program for
4-H neighborhood leaders to assist
in club work was held recently at
Camp Millstone by the State Col
lege Extension Service.
War Chiefs Honored by France
2\ i u American officers of five-star rank are shown wearing theli
nvw decorations after they had received the Grand Cross of the Legloa
of Honor of France from Gen. Charles de Gaulle. Left to right are: Adm
William D. Leahy; Gen. George C. Marshall; Adm. Ernest King and Gen
II. II. Arnold. General de Gaulle conferred the honors in Washington.
Cullowhee PTA Has
Meeting On Wednesday
Cullowhee. ? The initial meeting
of the Cullowhee Parent Teachers
association will be held Wednes
day afternoon at 4 o'clock in the
cafeteria of the McKee Trainnig
School, Mrs. McMurray Richey
Miss Geneva Turpin, program
chairman, will discuss what the
Teacher Expects From the Parent.
Mrs. Taylor Hampton will speak
on topic, What the Parent Expects
From the Teacher.
Miss Nellie Bond and Miss Edyth
Walker will be hostesses.
PRESIDENT MEN'S -
Cullowhee ? At a meeting of the
Men's House Government at West
ern Carolina Teachers College on
Monday" evening the fol
lowing officers were elected:
Lynwood H. Halliburton of Ham
let, President; Warren Barnes of
Robbinsville, vice-president; Den
nis Franklin of Marshall, secretary;
and Brown Griffin of Henderson
Councilmen chosen were Chas.
Cotter of Cullowhee, Koy Mack
Langb ridge of Marion, William
Willett of Waynesville, Harry
Jaynes of Waynesville, George
Seals of Whittier, Eugene Wal
droup of Hayesville, Roy Fergu
son of Pineville, and Tom Rea of
Advisor for the men is Professor
MRS. JOHN GUNNING
HAM PASSES AT HOME
Mrs. Esther Sawyer Cunning
ham, 69, died at her home Tues
day evening at 11:15 O'clock fol
lowing a long illness. She was
the widow of the late John T. Cun
nigham. She had lived in Swain
County until about 15 years ago
when they moved to Sylva and
with her husband, was engaged
in the mercantile business, which
she continued after his death.
Mrs. Cunningham joined the Al
mond Baptist church early in life
and had taken a leading part in all
part church activities until ill
health 'kept her from doing so.
She is survivied by three sons,
Floyd and Glenn of Bryson City
rind Tom of Sylva; and two daugh
ters, Misses Bertha and Margaret
of Sylva; one brother, James Saw- i
yer of Greer, S. C.; one sister,
Mrs. M. L. Jenkins of Young Har
ris, Ga., and live grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held
Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock
at the Sylva Baptist church. Buri
al will be in the Keener cemetery.
Two Jackson County
Men Help Man Oldest
Battleship In The Fleet
The battleship, USS ARKAN
SAS, celebrated her 33rd anniver
sary on Sept. 17, 1945, still active
as one of the outstanding fighting
ships of the war. This oldest
battleship of the Fleet, took part
in operations at Iwo Jima and her
guns knocked out numerous shore
installations at Okinawa. Engage
ments in the Philippines, many
Atlantic crossings, and participa
tion in actions at Cherbourg and
southern France attest to the bril
liant record of "the grand old lady
of the sea."
Jackson county may claim two
of the men aboard which help to
man' this ship. They are Clarence
B. Cagle, S. 2-c, of Grepns Creek
and George W. Brown, S. 2-c, of
This it one of the many beautiful acenee to be found in The Great
Smoky Mountaina National Park near Sylva. The aoft raya of aun
light falling through the danaa folage of the magnificient old treea
with tha murmur of the daahing atream, lurea one into forgetfulneaa
of tha everyday hum drum over the benoh or deak. Thouaanda of
viattora come to 8ylva eaoh year and drive on into tha park for ita
ALMOST ALL POPULAR MODEL CARS AND
TRUCKS SOLD THRU AGENCIES LOCATED HERE
Sylva And Dillsboro
Methodists To Hold
The Fourth Quarterly Confer
ence and a church conference for
the Sylva and Dillsboro Methodist
churches will be held at a supper
meeting in the Allison Building at
7 o'clock, Monday, Sept. 24.
Dr. Walter B. West, District Su
perintendent, will preside at the
Quarterly Conference. The stew
ards, the trustees and all church
officials for the new year will be
Every adult member of both
churches is invited. There will be
a 5 Ot* charge to cover expenses of
Pfc. Walter O. Cogdill
Arrives At Miami
Still dazed, but very happy bver
the unexpectedly swift ending of
the war, more Carolina combat
veterans arrived at Air Transport
Command Miami Army Air Field
after a sea -spanning trip of more
than 7300 miles.
From here most of the veterans
begin their journey home on fur
loughs anticpating early separa
tion from the service.
Included in this group is Pfc.
Walter O. Cogdill, veteran of
i thiTty-one months overseas service
I and holder of six battle stars.
Discoverer of DDT
Dr. Paol Mailer, who with Dr.
Paul Laager, now In the United
State*, fave DDT, the miracle In
secticide, to the world* He anerti
that by proper methods all insects
can be controlled.
Savannah P. T. A. Has
First Meeting For The
School Term of 45-46
The Savannah P. T. A. had its
first meeting Thursday, Sept. 13,
for the school term of 1945 and
1946. The following officers were
elected to serve for the year: Pres
ident, Mrs. R. O. Higdon, Vice
President, Mrs. Jane Brogden, Sec
retary, Hicks Wilson, Treasurer,
Mrs. Woodrow Deitz.
The committees appointed were:
Program, Mrs. M. B. Madison,
Chairman, Mrs. Roger Dillard, Mrs.
Hoyle Deitz. Hospitality, Mrs.
Clinton Robertson, Chairman, Mrs.
Norman Holland, Mrs. Guy Sut
ton, Mrs. Robert Fisher, Mrs.
Alexander. Membership, Mrs.
Bragg Allison, Chairman, Mrs.
Sue Bryson, Publicity, Miss Elise
The club made plans for the"
coming year and a vote was passed
to buy new books for the first
T. Cpl. Ralph J. Conner
Given Honorable Discharge
T. Cpl. Ralph J. Conner, son of
Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Conner, is
home after spending nearly four
years in the service, thirty-one
months of which was spent in the
Burma and India theatre. Cpl.
Conner landed in New York after
twenty-eight days on boat. He
received his honorable discharge
at Fort Bragg, N. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Conner have a
younger son also in the service,.
Joe of the U. S. Navy stationed in 1
Charleston, S. C.
Stock Rooms Are Well
Supplied With Parts And
Accessories And Good
Sylva is known as the automo
bile center of Western North Caro
lina west of Asheville with a num
ber of local firms handling the va
rious makes of popular model cars
and trucks. The following cars are
sold by the local dealers: Dodge
and Ploymouth, and Dodge trucks,
Chevrolet, cars and trucks, Olds
mobile, Buick and Pontiac, Chrys
ler, and Ford cars and trucks. All
of these dealers have large and
complete stocks of repair parts and
accessories along with exceptionally
well equipped repair departments
maned by expert repairmen. Few
cities, with much greater popula-'
Ition than Sylva, can offer the au
tomobile owner more in repair and
accessories than can be found here.
Sylva is outstanding in another
phase of automobile services and
that is several well equipped tire
recapping shops. The recapping
shops are prepared to handle all
sizes of car and truck casings.
| As we look forward with Sylva
and Jackson county into the post
war future we find our automobile
people leading the way in expan
sion and preparation for taking
care of the new business that will
come when plenty of new cars and
trucks are again available to the
In connection with automobile
and truck transportation comes
the demand for more and better
farm power machinery. Sylva
dealers for International and other
makes of tractors and form equip* k
ment are preparing to takfe care ?
of the demand for this type of
equipment just as soon as it is
available in quantity. Some of the
dealers report the sale of a few
new trucks and tractors already
with many orders for others on
file. . , v
The fact that these agencies are
located here draws a large volume
of business from the surrounding
territory which is another reason
for the bright post-war outlook for
Parsonage To Be Dedicated
At Tuckaseegee Sept. 30th
The dedication of the Parsonage
of the Tuckaseegee Baptist church
will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, be
ginning at 10 A. M. and lasting
through an afternoon session.
The following program will be
10:30 Sunday school.
11,20 Devotion, Rev. Edgar Wil
lix, Prayer, Rev. T. F. Deitz, Spe
11,50 Sermon, Rev. W. N. Cook.
? 1:30 Song service.?
1:45 Recognition of pastors.
2:10 Progress of the church, D.
2:20 Old Christian Harmony
The songs through out the ser
vice will be taken from the old
Christian Harmony Song Book.
Rev. Edgar Willix is pastor of
W. H. Hooper, S. C. 2-c
Aboard U. S. S. Levy * ?
ON THE USS LEVY IN THE
PACIFIC? W. H. Hooper, ship's
cook, third class, Cowarts, N. C.t
is a member of the crew of this
destroyer escort, which participat
ed in the first unconditional sur
render of Jap-held territory to the
United States. ,
The LEVY, her guns ready, play
ed . the role of watch dog in the
lagoon while Old Glory was run
up over Mille Atoll in the Mar
shall Islands. The ceremony was
the climax of a dramatic week for
the ship. She was the first Ameri
can warship to enter an enemy
held lagoon when she picked up
Capt. Masonori Shigan, commander
of the garrison, to sign the sur
render terms of Capt. H. S. Grow,
USNR, of Greenville, Mich., Com- ,
manding Officer of nearby Majuro.
Since she was commissioned in
May, 1943, the LEVY participated
in actions at Truk, Satawan, Pon
ape, Saipan, Guam, the Palaus and
Cogdill Gets Honorable
SEPARATION CENTER, Fort
Bragg, N. C., Jessie B. Cogdill, 23
years old, of Cullowhee, North
Carolina, has been honorably dis
charged from the military service
at Fort Bragg, N. C., after 26
months in the Army Air Forces.
His discharge was effective on
September 7, 1945.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Sam P. Cogdill of Cullowhee.
Joining the Air Forces on Feb
ruary 4, 1943, he trained at Keesler,
Field, Miss., and Harlingen, Tex.,
before going overseas. He was an
Aerial gunner in the European
Theater of Operations.
For his combat service he re?
ceived the Air Medal with two 04k '
leal clusters and the European
Theater ribbon with $lne battle
i tars. . fj||l