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Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance oj The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
SEVENTH YEAR NO. 52 Twelve Pages
$1.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Countiea
WAYNESVILLE, N. C THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1941
lous Statistician Sees
Lc For Farmers Dnr-
p-rw-asts Declining Bnsl-
.v ness . "
Tdlaaa .Tun 1r
ion ram, j.f ----
Las World War II lasts, tne
fi g . production will contin
in national income oi
I fnr 1 942. thus bringing it
195 billions compareu wim
ions in 1940 and $86 billions
l. In forecasting this na-
iincnme lor X mu wauig
jtcount probable increases in
and wages, inese ngures
mean that more goods will
Luced: in fact 1942 will show
! .' lit- -
ne in tne real ewra i
krtunately, the increase in the
al production will be jn tne
L industries. Nmeteen-for-
will show considerable de
li the non-defense industries
tell for my friend Odium and
to talk about smiting oyer
acturers of lawn mowers to
battle tanks. To a certain
this will be done in 1942
freat many non-defense con
will suffer if the war contin.
through 1942. Washington
lie that with Japan, Germany
jaly, fighting us we may need
cent of the wage workers
country on defense works
Hitler is eliminated. This
very high to me as Great
i now has 'less than 30 per
ingaged in defense industries.
Ill Bombing 'Win the War?
$t readers, whether employ-
wage workers, should pri
I be interested in whether
I War II will continue in its
Bt fury through 1942. If it
o continue, this is good news
lose engaged In the defense
tries, and bad new for those
ire in certain non-defense in
ks. If the war is to end dur
42, then the reverse is true,
ft, we would then see some
mi io many readers, even
helpful !to others. There.
f let's bravely face the facts
answer the question, "Will
I 'War II icontinue through
would be impossible to lick
f by an army of invasion
December, 31, 1942. Most
ers are not very hopeful about
greets of bombing. They be
iiwminueo on page v) -
de Woman Had
kht Injuries In
f. Minnie Smith, of Clyde,
pnjured last Friday on the
yille-Oteen highway when the
n which she was riding col
with a machine said to have
driven br C. L. Erfev. of
jRoad, and in turn was struck
Jsecond vehicle coming in the
fie direction driven by Hiss
pick-up truck was driven
fin Beasley, of Clyde, Mrs.
was not seriously hurt and,
taken to a hospital for treat-
was shortly discharged-
Jools In County
.V Term Monday
I schools in the Haywood
system which closed on De
F the 19th, for the Christ
jMidays, will open for the
Jt term on Monday, January
Fording to an announcement
f Messer, county superinten
F schools. -
ools in the county system in
line districts of Waynesville,
'-raotree, Fines Creek and
. "oirou mai me anron
. which closed on the 19th,
f ' resume work on Monday,
iJ D- Rogers Is
sman In Territory
D. Rogers has arrived
f aynesville and assumed du-
general salesman of the
ille field for Standard Oil
ny. of New Jersey. Mr.
P succeeds W. R. Porter, who
stationed at Mt Airy.
t"d Mrs. Porter and family
Jj1 on Boundary avenue. Mr.
T M "rtive in the Amer
rn "d Lions Club here.
, "ynesville territory, in
u counties from here to
Today For Prayers
The First Methodist church
and the First Baptist church
will be heated and left open to
the public today in compliance
with the proclamation of the
President that January 1, 1942,
be set aside "as a day of
prayer", of asking forgiveness
for our shortcomings of the
past, of consecration to the
tasks of the present, and of
asking God's help in the days
to come. -
There will be no service held
at either church, but every one
is urged to stop in and make a
quiet prayer sometime during
the day in recognition of the
For This County
The nomination of two tire ra
tioning boards for Haywood coun
ty, one for the Waynesville area
and another for Canton, were an
nounced this week by Jonathan
Woody, chairman of the County
Council of Defense.
"The .nominations were made by
George A. Brown, Jr., chairman
of the county board of commission.
en, Hugh Leatherwood, clerk of
the .Superior court, and Jonathan
Woody, chairman of Defense Coun
cil. The appointments will be
made by Governor J, M. Broujrh-
Dan Watkins has 'been nominat
ed for the Waynesville board with
Dill Howell and R. N. Barber, Jr.
as 'Other members. j-
Chas. Xing has been nominated
for chairman of the Canton board
with fay. Hipps and Howl Way-
lock as other committee members.
These boards, when officially
sworn in, will have the power to
enforce their, decisions regarding
the sale Of new tires and tubes ac
cording to priority ratings.
Mr. Woody pointed out that 75
per cent of the world's supply of
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Farmers Urged To
Machinery At Once
Hflvwood conntv farmers are
urged to repair their farm ma
chinery as soon as possible by the
county farm agents. Any part that
they think will be needed during
the next year in producing a rop
shmild Ko bought or an order
should be placed with the machin
ery dealer at once.
It has been nointed out that it is
imnortant that this be done at
once, so that dealers in farm ma
chinery can anticipate these needs
and get parts which will be nee
pssarv for the farmer to produce
his nart in the great "Food for
Soco Gap Dance
Team Fills Ten-
Day Fla. Program
Tho Snin fiah dance team and
string band will return Friday
fmm Fort Lauderdale. Fla.. where
they filled a ten-day engagement
at the newly opened amusement
Thirteen made the trip, headed
by Sam Queen, general manager.
The group included 8 dancers, 4
musicians and a ballad singer.
Mr. Queen contacted several
amusement centers irt Florida for
Red Cross Drive
For War Relief
Funds Starts 6th
Haywood Chapter Is Asked
To Raise $1,500 For tjie
A meeting of all the presidents
if the civic and patriotic organi
ations of the community and the
anous committees appointed for
the- drive to raise $1,500 for emer
gency war relief for the Red Cross
is scheduled to be held on Monday
night at 7 o'clock in the court
house. The meeting is being called by
the Rev. Malcolm Williamson and
the Rev, R. E. McBlain, co-chairm-meu
for the campaign for funds,
Last minute details will be work
ed out for the drive which starts
early Tuesday morning, the 6th,
and which will continue until the
quota, recently assigned the local
Red Cross chapter is reached.
The following appeal in a tele
gram to H. G. Hammett, chairman
of the Haywood chapter, was re
ceived during the week:
The bombing of Pearl Harbor,
Honolulu, Manila, the invasion of
the Philippines, submarine attacks
(Continued on back page)
T. C. Davis Heads
T. C. Davis, of Iron Duff town
ship, was elected president of the
Haywood county defense planning
board at a meeting held at the
courthouse on Wednesday the 24th,
Others who will serve with Mr,
Davis are as follows: vice-presi
dent, W. Pless Boyd, of Jonathan
township: treasurer, Mrs. Carl
Medford, Waynesville township:
secretary, W. A. Corpening, Hay
wood farm agent.
It was brought out at this
meeting that Haywood county was
broken idown into eighty-three
neighborhoods with five hundred
sixty elected leaders.
During the meeting Jonathan
Woody, president of the First Na
tlonal Hank .discussed the value
of buying, government saving bonds
m helping win the war.
Jlav. 'H."G. Hammett, pastor of
the First Baptist church, talked on
"Religion and National Defense".
He also brought out how "Food
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Claimed fey Death
N aJ -J
a. w. Mclaughlin, well
known lumberman and contractor,
died at his home1 on December 24.
A. W. McLaughlin,
Funeral services for A. W. Mc
Laughlin, 64, were held at the
First Baptist church here Friday
afternoon at 3 o'clock, with the
Rev. H. G, Hammett, pastor, in
Mr. McLaughlin; former super
intendent of the Sunciest Lumber
Company, and general construc
tion superintendent, passed away
at his home here at 8 o'clock Wed
nesday morning following a heart
Members of the local Masonic
Order of which he was an active
member, had charge of the services
at the grave, and served as honor
ary pallbearers, j
Active pallbearers were J. I.
Green, W. L. Hardin, Sr., J. F.
McClure, W. A, Bradley, Ray Par
sons and C B.'Hosaflook.
Mr. McLaughlin was in charge
of moving the plant of the Sun
crest Lumber Company from Sun
burst to Weyn Ville, including the
constructiov iiijlh railroad.,; He
remained with the lumber com'
pany until It suspended operations
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Set Up In County
During the past two weeks meet-,
ings have been held in each town-!
ship in the county, working with'
the farmers and farm women in,
planning a program to meet emer
gencies which may arise.
Agricultural leaders in ; each
township were called together, and
the communities were broken down
into neighborhoods. .
At the township meetings, where
all the farm men and women were
asked to attend, neighborhood ag
ricultural leaders were elected for
each neighborhood within the com
munity and then three officers for
the entire community were elect
ed. The three officers elected will
represent the community on the
county defense planning board
along with the agricultural work
At these community meetings
the purpose of the organisation
was discussed and the part that
agriculture will play in the defense
program. Three campaigns were
discussed of which the neighbor
hood leaders; are to be called on
to conduct, namely: scrap iron,
steel,; repairing farm machinery,
and more work on the Tood for
Collection Of Taxes
In County Sets New
Record For Year
Judge Allen Gwyn
To Preside Over
Court Next Week
The January term of Superior
court will convene here on Monday,
the 6th, with Judge Allen H. Gwyn,
of Reidsville, presiding.
A large number of divorce cases
are scheduled for trial during the
term, with around 30 other cases
on the docket.
Serving on the jury for the first
week will be John B. Medford,
Waynesville; R; M, Waddell, Way
nesville; Robt. A. Justice, Fines
Creek ; Vinson Morrow, Jonathan ;
Perry Cook, Beaverdam ; T. G-
Sorrells, Beaverdam; J. M. Cathey,
Pigeon; C. H. McCracken, Crab
(Continued on page 3)
In New Year
Last night a special watch-night
service was held at the Waynesville
Presbyterian church, beginning at
11:30 o'clock and continued until
midnight, conducted by the pas
tor, the Rev Malcolm R. William
All those present formed a line
promptly at midnight and rang the
church bell, not only to welcome
the New Year in. but aa an tx
pression of loyalty and faith In God
and their country.
The service was in keeping with
the proclamation of the President
urging,, all Christian people to
pray for the United States as it
enters upon the yeir 1942.
Sergeant Bobbie Sloay ef Fort
Jackson, spent the Christmas noU
days here with his family.
On Dime Board
The dime board. Sponsored by
the Lions Club, got about $335
during the holidays, it was reported
Members of the club used some
of the money in providing for
Chrismas cheer for needy families
and the balance of the money will
be used by the club in their work
with the blind.
Sergeant Rogers Is
Optimistic; Now Sta
tioned At Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Hub Rogers re
cently received word from their
son Serceant Lannes F. Rogers.
who is stationed in the Canal
Zone, that he was safe and well.
Sergeant Rogers said: "I am as
Safe here as any place I know, ii
not safer. We'll wipe the Japs
out in no time."
W. P. Whitesides To
Address Masonic Lodge
At Meeting Friday
W. P. Whitesides. of Sonoma
will address the Waynes
ville Lodge No. 259 A. F. and A. M.
at the regular communication on
Fridav nieht to be held in the Ma
sonic Temple at 7:30 o'clock.
W. L. Hardin win address the
npwlv elected officers at this first
meeting of the New Year. The
members are cordially invited to
Canton Man Takes Own Life After
Killing Wife; Leaves 3 Children
Cheer To 600
The Salvation Army sponsored
six different Christmas trees in the
county during this season and did
not complete the program until the
Tuesday after Christmas, accord
inir to Adjutant Cecil Brown.
The territory included in this
effort embraced seven communities
with over six hundred individuals
listed as receiving Christmas
cheer, which included gifts, cloth
Ing, food, candy and fruit
The response to the appeal for
this Christmas fund was almost
double that of last year, according
to the Army workers. The Christ
mas kettle netted $93.23 for the
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SnMiW Fnrrps Note For $50: Lands In
Jail Alter Trying To uutrun onerm
He was only 18 years of age. A
soldier in. the army home for
Christmas from camp. No doubt
the Yuletide festivities had been
more expensive than he had count
ed on and he had yielded to the
At any rate there he was being
given a preliminary hearing be
fore Magistrate Frank Ferguson
Tuesday afternoon on a very se
rious charge a stupid thing he
had done for he might have
known if he had thought that he
would get caught.
He had forged the name of a
well known citizen on a note or
$50.00. At the bank the clerk at
window had recognized that the
signature was not that of the name
He called an official, who told the
boy he was Sorry but that he Would
have to turn him over to the sher
iff. The boy escaped en route,
but the sheriff was notified.
Later in the day the soldier ap
peared at a taxi stand near the
bank. The sheriff saw him and told
him he had a warrant of his arrest.
The boy started running, with
Sheriff Welch after him, but the
latter proved no match for the
young stripling with his army
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Mrs. Dee Clark Awaits
News From Her Son
Stationed At Manila
Mrs. Dee Clark is anxiously
awaiting some communication from
her son, Dallas Ray Clark, who is
stationed on the U. S. S. Houston
Clark is first class machinist
mate on board the Houston and
enlisted in the U. S. Navy in
1931, having to his credit ten years
Joe Davis Is Making
Fine Scholastic Record
At State University
Joe Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Grover C. Davis, who is a student
at the University of North Caro
lina, is spending the Christmas
holidays here with his parents.
Young Davis, who is a member
of the junior class at the univer
sity, is making an outstanding
scholastic record. During the fall
term he made the "A" honor roll.
A double funeral service was held
at the Calvary Baptist church in
Canton on Tuesday afternoon for
J. E. Hardin, 30, and his wife, Mrs
Elizabeth Williams Hardin, 29.
HardinThe Rev. W. B. Sprinkle,
pastor of the church, officiated, as
sisted by the ReV. C. H.Green.
Burial was in Arnon Plains.
Mrsi Hardin's death, which oc
curred at her home Sunday morn
ing, was due to shotgun wounds,
at first thought inflicted by her
husband, who fled the scene be
fore neighbors found her in the
kitchen of her home.
It was reported by officers in
vestigating the case, that the
son, Jimmie was playing in the
yard and that his father called
and told him to go to the neighbors
and tell them that his mother was
ill, and the father then left the
house. The child followed instruc
tions and returned with the neigh
bors to find the mother dead.
The body of Mr. Hardin was
found Monday afternoon atop
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Heads Esso Club'
Of 7 Counties
Irving I. Leatherwood was elect
ed president of the Esso Boosters
Clubh and W. L. Hardin, Jr., was
re-elected secretary, at the recent
meeting of representatives of all
counties from here to Murphy, at
the Jarrett Springs Hotel in Dills-boro.
Mr. Leatherwood is an Esso deal
er here, and Mr. Hardin is com
mission agent for the Standard
Oil Company of New Jersey.
Among the speakers of the meet-
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Last Rites Held
For Mrs. Robeson
.Fuuneral services for Mrs. Ed
ward J. Robeson, 71, who died
Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock,
were held at 11 o'clock Tuesday
morning at the First Methodist
church. The pastor, the Rev. J
Clay Madison, officiated, assisted
by the Rev. J. G. Huggin, Jr., pas
tor of Trinity Methodist church,
Durham, a former pastor of the
Waynesville Methodist church,
Burial was in Green Hill cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers
were W. S. Swift, Hugh Massie,
J. C. Patrick, Dr. N. M. Medford,
William Shoolbred, and M, H
Honorary pallbearers were :
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Here On Monday
On Monday night the Waynes'
ville Lodge No. 259, A. F. and
A. M. were horits to a district meet
ing for the purpose of installing
the newly elected officers in the
The following officers were In
stalled by C. B. Hosaflook, district
deputy grand master, assisted by
Edwin Fincher, secretary of the
Clyde Lodge; W. A. Abel, Way
nesville Lodge; W. T. Hawkins,
Pigeon River Lodge; Hugh Ter
rell, Clyde Lodge; and J. E. Jus'
tice, of Sonoma Lodge,
E. II. Balentine, retiring mas'
ter, was presented a past master
Jewel. W. A. Abel, master-elect,
was presented a handsome Masonic
chart. C. B. Hosaflook, D. D. G. M.,
was presented a certified lecture
certificate, who on October 24th,
went before the board of custo
dians of the Grand Lodge of North
Carolina and passed the examina
tion which entitled him to this
About Five Percent of 1940
Taxes Remain Uncollected;
60 of 1941 Taxes Paid.
The tax collections for 1940 in
Haywood county were the highest
ever on record for a similar period,
according to the annual routine
audit recently completed by W.
Bowden Henderson, C P. A, lor
the county board of commissioners.
There was a total of ninety-four
and two-tenths per cent of the
taxes for 1940 collected, which is
the largest per cent ever recorded
by any previous tax collector in
To date 60 per cent of the 1941
taxes are paid in, which is an on
The collection of delinquent
taxeg has also been good during
the past year.
The report submitted by Mr.
Henderson further showed that the
records and accounts in the office
of Tax Collector J. Earl Fergu
son, were in excellent condition.
Listing Of 1942
Taxes Starts In
Beginning todi'y tho listing of
taxes in Haywood county will start
and continue throughout the month
according to Earl Ferguson, coun
ty tax supervisor.
All county taxes, real and per
sonal property must be listed dur
ing the month. Violators will be
subject to fines, Mr. Ferguson
All male persons between the
ages of 21 and 60 are required to
list their polls during the tame
The townships with their respec
tive listers are as follows: Beaver
dam, rs. James Henderson, Jr.;
Cecil. Ned Moody; Clyde, Mrs. Clif
ford Brown; .Crabtree, Clinton Mc
Elroy; , Cataloochee, Ed White;
East Fork, Ken Bumette.
Fines Creek, Gauley Rogers;
Ivy Hill, Mark V. Howell; Iron
Duff, Horace Bryson; Jonathan
Creek, Grady Howell; Pigeon, Gay
Bumette; Waynesville, J. S. Black
and D. A. Howell; White Oak, Mrs.
W. H. Williams.
At Naval Station
Clarence Stillwell, of ' Hazelwood,
who recently completed his recruit
training at the Norfolk Naval
Training Station, has been chosen
for active sea duty, the public re
lations office has announced.
Stillwell, son of W. Stillwell, of
Hazelwood, enlisted in the navy
at the recruiting station in Raleigh.
Gift Of Friends
An oil portrait of Felix E. Alley,
of Waynesville, judge of the Si
perior court( was unveiled in the
court room on Saturday afternoon,
with a large number of friends
present for the ceremony.
The life sized portrait was paint
ed by a well known artist in Chi
cago from a photograph of the
judge. It came as a gift from
members of the Haywood County
Bar Association, county officials
and warm friends of the promi
T. L. Green, president of the
Haywood County Bar Association,
' (Continued on back page)
Miss Mary Michal:
Funeral services were held at
3:30 p. m. Friday at Westmore
land Funeral Home in Marion, for
Miss Mary Moffett Michal, 79,
who died Wedneday morning in a
The Rev. Raymond E. MacBlain,
rector of Grace .Episcopal church,
of Waynesville. officiated. Burial
James Leatnerwood leaves lues-"was in the Michal-McDowell plot
Joins Air Corps
day for Charlotte, where he will
join the army air corps as a flying
He is the son of Rev. and Mrs.
Frank H. Leatherwood, and a grad
uate of the local high school, and
has also attended Wake Forest
and Mars Hill colleges.
Mrs. R. E. McBlain Taken
To Biltmore Hospital
Mrs. Raymond E. MacBlain,
wife c the Rev. Raymond E. Mac
Blain, rector of Grace Episcopal
church, was taken to Biltmore Hos
pital for treatment on Sunday.
Mrs. MacBlain has not 'been well
for several weeks and has been
confined to her home here.
Haywood's First White Baby To Get
Many Nice Gifts From Business Firms
Many nice gifts will be show
ered upon the first white baby born
in 1942 to Haywood parents.
Business firms of Waynesville
are offering a variety of gifts to
the baby Vhose parents bring in a
statement from the physician and
birth certificate before Monday
Details of the will be found else
where in this newspaper.
C. E. Ray's Sons will give a
dozen diapers; Belk-Hudson will
give a nice dress; The Food Store
six cans of baby food; Sherrill's
Studio, a photograph of the baby;
Pet Dairy Products Company 15
quarts of pasteurized milk; the
Waynesville Laundry a dollar's
worth of cleaning and pressing, and
The Mountaineer will give the par
ents a year's subscription.
Watch next week's paper for
the winner of these gifts.
in St. Francis Churchyard in Ruth
erfordton. Miss Michal was born in Ruther-
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$8,000 Worth Of
Notes and mortgages totaling
approximately $8,000 were burned
Sunday morning during a special
service at the First Baptist church
here, in which laymen . and Rev.
H. W. Baucom, former pastor, as
sisted the Rev. H. G. Hammett,
' T. L. Green gave a history of
the church, and pointed out "the
growth' of the church during its
1 18 years of organization.
J. R. Morgan, chairman of the
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