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Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance oj The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
JlFTY-FIFTH YEAR NO. 1
WAYNESVILLE, Ni, C, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 1939
$1.50 IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY
ing Needed Here;
C. Of C. Head Says
hr Gay And Others Studying
plans And Ways To Get Com
A ioud of civic leaders heard Dr.
S. P. Gay, president of the Chamber
j. Commerce, last night suggest, and
:iree, the acquiring of property and
fcrection of a suitable, community
fcuilding and recreational center lor
I President Gay pointed out that at
the present there is a urgent need for
fuch a building, ana tnat wun wrA
ssistance, the local cost could be held
o a minimum.
A committee headed by President
Cay recently went to Barnardsville,
End there inspected a $15,000 building.
those accompaning Dr. Gay were L.
Ff. Davis, Fred Yearout and J. C.
"A community building large
bnouKh to accommodate gatherings of
E00 or more, aand space to serve
kneals to these crowds, together with
central meeting place for all civic
featherings in the community is
Certainly needed. We lack the prop
er and adequate recreational lacili-
ies for our home folks and summer
Visitors, and it seems to me that
lonev spent on these at this time
kvould be well invested," the new pres-
Numerous citizens have been ap-
iroached on the matter, and the sub
ject has met with a responsive ap-
roval, it was said.
Tentative plans are to call a mass
hieeting when definite plans have been
Completed and submit these to the
itizens of the community, Dr. uay
Burns To Ground
A four room louse oir the Allen's
Creek road belonging to Howard
Vyatt, was practically burned to the
Wround on Sunday night. The house
Ivas unoccupied at the time, and the
pause of the fire has not as yet been
The alarm was given at 7:15 by the
llriver of a car passing by, who dis
covered the blaze.
The Waynesville fire department
was called, but the hose was not even
rut to use, as the flames had spread
ever the entire building ere the fire
The house was located about a
huarter of a mile from the Allen
Creek school house.
According to the driver of the fire
ruck. Lawrence Kerley, more people
Brove to the site of the fire than has
been done in several years, appar-
ntly forgetting the request which
lias been made from time to time by
he fire department asking that only
hose connected with the fire depart
ment answer fire alarms.
Mr. Kerley stated that for one
aiarter of a mile from the Arro
wood filling station at the turn off U.
IS. Highway 19 on the Allen's Creek
oad, cars were parked double, and
Ithat they had difficulty in getting the
fcruck out, and had they wished to
Juse the hose, the -cars On the highway
Jvvould have prevented proper hand
Miss Emily Siler left Monday for
Mreensboro, where she will resume
Pier duties at the Woman's College of
fhe University of North Carolina.
Mrs. A. J. McCracken spent several
lays during the past week with her
sister, Mrs. B. A. Abernathy, at her
home in Hiddenite.
H. M. HALL, Official Observer
Max. Min. 7 :30 a. m. Prec,
40 13 26
42 26 31
48 21 23
46 18 : 20
48 19 25
53 20 20
61 20 45
Mean minumum '
Mean for week
iMean fnr 7. in " "" """
JJiigh for week ....
Uw for week
Precipitation since Jan. 1st IT.
precipitation for year ....... ..
-ciency for year
Total 1938 .....
I County Officials
During the strenuous Tuesday's
session of the Haywood county
board of commissioners which
started early in the morning and
ended after six o'clock in the
afternoon, George A. Brown, Jr.,
chairman of the board, lost his
overcoat. Mr. Brown stated that
there were several letters in the
pockets addressed to him, so any
one who might have taken the
coat through mistake would soon
discover the name of the right
ful owner, This is the second
coat that has disappeared from
the court house during the past
moth. W, G, Byersfi clerk gf the
court, is also minus a good warm
winter coat, which was taken
from the rack in his private office,
For Completion Of
Chronic Cases At Hospital, Under
County Care, Taken To
At the meeting of the board of
county commissioners held on Tues
day, final arrangements were per
fected for the transfer of funds al
located to the Beaverdam schools, to
the Hazelwood school building, now
under construction, for which funds
were lacking to Complete, owing to an
insufficient amount having been put
in the county budget for this pur
The WPA project for the Beaver
dam school had not gone through, and
the Hazelwood school, another WPA
aided project might have been lost,
if this timely action had not been
taken by the board. The figures in
volved in the transaction were not
made public The (construction of
the Hazelwood school will be contin
ued and plans are to complete "the
building in the near future! ' ." ''
Mrs. Joe Ray was engaged " as a
nurse to assist Jack McCracken, su
perintendent of the county home, in
caring for the inmates there. The
plans are to remove the chronic cases
at the Haywood County Hospital to
the county home, which has recently
been heated and a general improve
ment for the comfort of the inmates
has been made.
These patients at one time received
aid from the Duke Endowment Fund,
but after their cases became chronie
regulations regarding giving aid to
they had to be removed from the bene
regulations regarding giving aid to
this type of patients. The cases do
not need medical care, but good homes
Since the quarantine of the county
for rabies, there have been no new
developments in the situation or any
new cases. Mr. Brown, chairman,
stated that those in authority have
received splendid cooperation through
out the county in this matter. The
quarantine will continue, it was stated
until all danger of the epidemic is
A number of road petitions and tax
complaints were heard. A large
number of cases '. wanting financial
assistance were presented. These
cases due to certain circumstances,
do not come under the group that is
receiving aid from the welfare de
partment, and must obtain aid from
the county indigent fund, which is a
Salvation Army Leaders
To Addrecs Bible Class
Captain Cecil Brown and Lt. Col
ton, of the Mountain Division of the
Salvation Army will have, charge of
the services at the regular meeting of
the Citizen's Bible class, which meets
in the town hall each Sunday morning
at 10 o'clock. J. R. Morgan, attorney,
is teacher of the class.
BETHEL COUPLE OBSERVE
Mr. and Mrs. Will Henry observed
their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary
at their home at Bethel on December
the 23rd. They had with them for
the happy occasion their children as
follows: Fannie, Bernita, Burlin,
Edith, June, Pearl, Jack, Billie, and
Mrs. Henry before her marriage was
Miss Nola Browning. She was mar
ried to Mr; Henry at Sunburst on De
cember 23rd, 1913.
Miss Martha McCracken, who is at
tending Cecil's Business College, has
returned to Asheville, after spending
the holidays with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. W. L. McCracken.
GLENN C. PALMER
: $ j ,
,D. L. WARD ,
Chas. E. Ray Jr., On
Charles E. Ray, Jr., has recently
been appointed by W. F. Dowdy, of
New Bern, president of the North
Carolina Merchants Association, as a
member of the committee on govern
mental and public affairs, of the con
vention year of 1938-39.
The function of the committee is
to recommend to the board of direc
tors what the committee considers
should be the attitude and policy of
the association in all matters pertain
ing to legislation, governmental, and
There are sixteen members on the
committee, with J. H. Early, of Win
Mr. Ray, who is more or less rep
resenting air territory west of Ashe
Ville, is requesting merchants who
have definite ideas regarding the pol
icy of the association to get in touch
with him in order that he may pre
sent them at the meeting of the com
What do you consider the most
serious problem" facing the- ;-outh" of
Mack Davis Student at the At
lanta Dental College, Atlanta, Ga.
"The most serious problem facing the
youth of today is how we are to serve
the world with our lives and adjust
our lives to the world."
Thomas Hill Student at Georgia
Tech, Atlanta, Ga. "It is adjusting
themselves to new conditions and de
mands suddenly thrust upon them
when they have to earn a living, to
deal with varied types of people, and
to participate in the different phases
of life in their community."
Martha Way Student at Greens
boro College, Greensboro. 'We are
faced with more responsibility than
our parents, because life is more
complicated and competition keener
for those of real ability. Today one
must be far above the average to
make any mark in life. It is a great
challenge to youth."
Marguerite Murphy Student at
the Women's College of the Univer
sity of North Carolina "Our great
est problem is lack of jobs. AH the
N wx v? 4
CHESTER A. COGBURN
The North Carolina legislature con
vened yesterday at noon, after spend
ing several hours Tuesday night in
caucus naming D. L. Ward, of New
Bern, as speaker of the House. To
day Governor Hoey will deliver his
address to the legislature. Early
predictions already coming from Ral
eigh, were that this session would
stay clear of as many local measures
as possible, and some veterans saw the
possibility of a 60-day session.
Haywood county is represented by
Senator Chester A. Cogburn, of Can
ton, and Representative Glenn
Palmer, of Crabtree.
Each week The Mountaineer vvi
have a special article, written by
Representative Dan Tompkins, of
Jackson county, dealing with the do
ings of the legislature, and most
particularly on matters of most in
terest to Haywood.
Predictions are that committee ap
pointments will be announced by this
week-end enabling the law-makers to
get down to work.
Increase Over '37
Postmaster J. H. Howell gave out
some optimistic figures from the
Waynesville post office for the year
just closed, to The Mountaineer yes
According to Major Howell,; the
total business for 1938 made a gain
over 1937 of $1,435.06. December of
'38 exceeded December of last year by
total Of $232.27.
The stamp sales of last month be
tween the dates of the 19th and the
24th, were $100.24 more than that of
the previous December.
The average cancellation of letters
and cards, made an 8.877 per cent
gain, and the number of bags of parcel
post a 1.57 per cent increase. (
. TVia unlnmn nf infnminrr niHll Hul'-
.. - . n V. in
ing 1938 to the Waynesville post omcL
made a 10 per cent gam over iu.w.
A comparison of the general busi
ness for the past four years, since
1934, showed over 37 per cent gain,
according to Major Howell.
professions are crowded and college
graduates are finding that their four
years of" preparation were fo? "non
Billie Rotha Student at the Wom
en's College of tthe University of
North Carolina "The problem is so
serious that it frightens me. Find
ing a job with some future one you
can start at the bottom and advance
according to your ability."
Robert Love 'Sloan Student at
Duke University "In our modern
work-a-day world, one of the greatest
single problems facing the college
graduate is, in my opinion, this mat
ter of earning one's livelihood. The
expense of our education makes it
imperative for the young graduate to
receive employment, which carries
with it a sufficient salary to make the
original educational investment worth
while. The world, however, flooded
with young graduates in the last two
decades, has most of itg well paying
positions already filled. The young
graduate is faced with the prospect
of groping around a number of years,
looking for a satisfactory job, or tak
ing an inferior one, in the carrying of
which, his specialized training is of
little value to him."
Former Waynesville Girl
Killed By Sick Husband;
Palmer Talks With
C. Of C. Group On
Matters Of County
The executive committee- of the
Chamber of Commerce tendered a
complimentary dinner for Glenn C.
Palmer, Haywood representative, last
Friday night at the Hotel LeFaine,
at which time matters of county-wide
interest were discussed with Mr.
Palmer before he left for Raleigh.
Senator Chester A. Cogburn had
a conflicting engagement with a Tran
sylvania delegation, and was unable to
attend. He had previously discussed
local matters with different civic
Those attending this meeting, in
cluded Mr, Palmer, Chas. E. Ray, Jr.,
R. L. Prevost, Dr. S. P. Gay, M. H.
Bowles, J. Dale Stentz, T. Troy
Wyche, Hugh Massie, and C. N. Allen.
Sale Of License
Tags Are Heavy
Five hundred more license tags
have been sold at the Chamber of
Commerce.. office this year than at the
same date last year, if was revealed
Something over 2,300 tags have
been disposed of through the local
office to date. On last Saturday 555
sales were made as compared with
404 for the same date last year.
"We sold 2,800 last year, but it
looks like it will be far above thi;
figure for this year," J. Dale Stentz,
The sale "yt j-ovu tag.3 were report
ed going satisfactorily.
Heavy sales for all state tags were
reported from all offices, it was said
by Mr. Stentz.
Highway patrolmen started in yes
terday stopping all motorists on the
highway without 19.'$ license plates
on their cars. At the discretion of
the patrolman, such motorists can be
taken before a magistrate and fined
up to $50.
Management Of New
Sinclair Serv. Station
The new $7,000 Sinclair Service
Station on Main street was opened to
the public yesterday, with Spaulding
Underwood as manager.
Mr. Underwood has been manager of
another Main street iUation for a
number of years, and announced that'
the formal opening of the station
rauld be held later, but in the mean
time, every department of the .now
station was in operation.
Paul Young has assumed manage
ment of the Shell station in addition
to his taxi service.
NTew Walks Being
Built On Main St.
The street department crew is
busy this week laying new sidewalks
on Manstreet' where the' walks have
become broken and in bad repair.
The work is being done under the
supervision of Oscar L. Briggs and he
told The Mountaineer yesterday that
every "bad spot on Main street" would
be repaired just as fast as weather
The crew were at work this week
on the broken section in front of the
Shell Service Station.
Several walks on side streets will
be repaired as - soon as the Main
street work is completed, Mr. Briggs
Bring Good Price
Fourteen building lots on Highway
No. 19 and the Allen's Creek road
near Hazelwood, sold for $2,205.50
yesterday at auction, it was announ
ced by T, L. Green, administrator ol
the Rev. T. F. Arrington estate.
The property was bought by R. V.
Welch and R. H. "Dick" West, of
Clyde. It is understood that the prop
erty was bought for investment.
Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Erk have retunv
ed from a ten days stay in Florida.
Later Takes Own Life
Lena Joe Ferguson Shaw, And
Husband Spent Sunday Here;
Died Early Monday
The body of Lena Joe Ferguson
Shaw, seventeen year old bride of
Joseph C. Shaw, Jr., 30, of Green
ville, who was murdered by her hus
band, Monday morning, in their board
ing house room at 605 Buncombe
street, Greenville, S. C, after which
he committed suicide, was brought
here Tuesday for burial, by Massio
Undertakers. Mrs. Shaw was the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Fer
guson, and granddaughter of Mrs
Dave Penland and of Mr. and Mrs.
Ceasar Ferguson, all of this county.
The fatal shooting occurred some
time during the early hours of the
morning, the exact time is unknown.
The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Shaw were
found in their bedroom in the homo
of Mrs. E. O. Dameron, with whom
they had rooms, shortly after 1 o'clock
on Monday afternoon.
According to Mrs. Dameron, the
landlady, the maid was waiting to get
into the Shaws' room to do her daily
cleaning, and when she could get no
response to her knocking became
alarmed. Around 1 o'clock she called
the city police, who broke open the
locked door. The bodies were found
dead in .night clothes on the bed. The
position .of Mrs. Shaw, with her head
at the foot of the bed showed signs
of struggle on her part to defend
Deputy Sheriff Earl Daniel, who
investigated the case for the county,
and the coroner termed the shoo.tir.g
as a clear case of murder and suieide,
resulting as they surmised from
Shaw's brooding over his ill health and
Near the by"' was fimd a nota
that had evidently been written hur
riedly, in which Shaw repeated sev
eral times that he and his wife loved
each other and that this was the only
way they could be together, request
ing that they be buried together in
The shots were not heard by any
one in the house, the landlady ex
plained, due she felt to the unusually
thick walls of the house which had .
been built many years ago. Shaw's
room was on the second floor.
Only two shots wer fired. Botii
bodies being shot above the left eye
with a .32 revolver, and the muzzle
of the gun had been held so close that
powder burns had discolored the skin.
The Shaws were married last No
vember in Waynesville, and had been
living in Greenville since that time.
They had spent New Year's Day with
the bride's relatives here, and had re
turned to Greenville around 9:30 tha
night bil'oiv the final shots. .
Funeral services wore hold for
Shaw- at the home of his- parents, at
Belkin, S. C, about thirty" miles from
Greenville at 4 o'clock on Tuesday
afternoon, the parents not wishing to
comply with his dying request.
Last rites were conducted for Mrs.
Shaw yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock,
at the home of her grandmother, Mrs.
Dave Penland, on the Pigeon road,
with the Rev. Mr. Ely the, pastor
was in the Bethel Methfjdist church
- Ssrvirrgas pallbearers were Sam
Cabe, Bud Blalock, Butch Queen,.
Babe Walker, Frank By rd, and Jack
Farm Credit Group
To Meet Here 11th
The annual meeting of members of
the Waynesville National Farm Loan
Association will be held at 10:00 a.
m. next Wednesday the 11th in the
court house, according to an announce
ment by Thomas A. Cox, president.
An interesting program is being
arranged for the meeting this year,
Mr. Cox said, and a very large at
tendance is expected. As usual com
plete and detailed reports will be made
on the operations of the association
and the members will be made ac
quainted with all of its affairs. In ad
dition there will be a discussion of the
association's part in 'the agricultural
development of the section it serves.
A representative of the Federal
Land Bank of Columbia will attend
Directors of the association, which
serves Haywood county, are Thomas
A. Cox, J. B. Best, Jarvis Allison, W.
A. Moore, and A. Howell.
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