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THE W AYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
- - Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance oj The Great Smokv Mountains National Park
NO. 10 Twelve Pages
W AYNESVILLE, N. C THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 1942
$1.75 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
ess Than Half Of
ow Live On Farms
With Unde Sam
Haywood a rural county?
, than half of the county's
u people live on farms, in
only 15,357 live on farms, and
1st half of those are under 21
s of age.
ie percentage of farm popula-
ranks Haywooa as iutu iu
state of 100 counties.
King back to the original
tion, Haywood is very definite-
rural county, aitnougn oniy
er cent oi i iminuauvu
farm. The state average la 48
I first glance the picture might
little misleading, but here in
ood, there are many people
give their work as industrial,
in addition, operate a small
, Their income is supplement-
the sale of farm produce, or
east, they supply their needs
the farm and garden.
lie Haywood Republicans have
Saturday afternoon at 8 o'clock
the date of a county-wide con-
ion, it was announced yester-
by Alvin H. Ward, chairman.
li Friday, preceding the county
ention, precinct conventions
been called throughout the
ity to meet at 4 o'clock for elec.
;, , - . t-
Ch nrpcmct ia enfitlo1 i aloof
(delegate and one alternate each
every fifty votes cast in the
inct for the Republican guber
rial candidate in the last elec-
r, Ward is urging a large at
lance at the convention here
All Haywood schools will remain
closed until Monday, Jack Messer,
county superintendent of educa
tion announced yesterday.
All schools will resume regular
schedule Monday morning.
. The schools closed last Monday
afternoon, when the snow began
falling harder. :
Tires and Tubes
Nine Out Of Fourteen Mak-
ing Applications Received
Of the fourteen individuals and
firms applying for tires and tubes
during the week, nine were grant
ed their applications, according to
Dan Watkins, chairman of the ra
tioning board for this area.
Those receiving their requests
were as follows: L. C. Stevens,
minister, applying for obsolete
tire, was granted one pass tire;
I. B. MaGaha, miner, waa granted
two light truck tires; Pet Dairy,
mull hauler, was granted one truck
recapped tire; L. E. Simma, recap
ffX. w. gWnf,4 750, pounds re
cap r.. ber for trucks only; A. F.
Rohrbacher, on a prior order, was
granted one new pass car.
The Grace Lumber Company,
lumber haulers, making seven ap
plications, were granted three
tubes and one tire out of the num
ber, and on the other three appli
cations failed to give sufficient in
formation, according to the board.
lurch Attendance Expected To
now Increase Next Sunday
tost all pastors of the churches church-goers, and large attendance
icipating in the Go-To- Church
paign were well pleased with
response on last Sundav which
Iked the openimr of the 9-week
fme congregations had a third
than usual, while others did
snow such a larce cain. This
f workers have renewed their
IS in contacting nmsnwt.ivp
B I 1
is : expected tnrougnout iiaywooa
Due to roads, some mail from
rural sections was delayed, and
reports from several of the 20
churches are missing this week.
The churches reporting, showed a
total attendance at church services
to be 2,048, while Sunday school
attendance at the 10 reporting"
churches was 1,374
Keep Same Officers
FIRST LIEUTENANT JOHN
L. REITZEL reports for active
duty at Camp Wheeler today after
serving Haywood as assistant coun
ty agent since the summer of 1938.
For Duty Today
At Camp Wheeler
The last of Haywood's three
1941 county agents will report for
active military service today,
Sometime this morning, a tall
black haired young man will walk
into the commanding officers quar
ters at Camp Wheeler, near Macon,
Ga and standing erect, will say:
First Lieutenant John L, Reitzel
reporting for duty, sir." .
Lieutenant Reitzel, like his two
associates in the county agent's
office last year, has been a reserve
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Post Office Has
In 1942 Business
Post office employees were all
smiles this week. "
Not because of the snow, and de
layed mails, and the thousand and
one questions this brought about,
but the final figures on business
for January and February had
And these figures showed an in
crease of $878.58 for the first two
months of the year over the same
two months last year.
At that rate, should the same
average of increase be maintained
throughout the year, the Waynes
ville post office would be up to
the point of getting a rating of
first class, and that is what every
one would like.
Postmaster J. H. Howell had no
explanation for the sharp increase,
but was mighty pleased, anyway.
Jim Jones Dies
Last rites were conducted at the
residence at 3 o'clock Tuesday af
ternoon for James Tomilson Jones,
41, who died suddenly around 6:00
o'clock Sunday morning at his home
on East street. The Rev. J. Clay
Madison, pastor, assisted by. the
Rev. H. G. Hammett, pastor of the
First Baptist church, officiated
Burial was in Green Hill cemetery
Serving as pallbearers were
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ft Methodist, Waynesville
t Methodist, Canton
p Baptist . ,
it Baptist, Waynesville
elwood Baptist .....
ton Central Methodist
H-ood Methodist . . .
t Baptist, Canton . . .
he theme which all preachers
use Sunday moraine- is "Re-
f;nce .Unto Life". John the
'ft used this theme as he
ined m the lone aeo in the
f mess of Judea. It is an old
Fe but a most timelv one. We
ild all TJHUSP fcrt mnairlor what
Ftance is. It isn't sorrow, it
remorse; but it is a comDlete
'"g away from sin. A concise
""on is as follows? "Renen-
F onto life is a saving grace
whereby a sinner out of a true
sense of his sin and apprehension
of the mercy of God in Christ
Jesus doth with grief and hatred of
his sin turn from it unto God with
full purpose of an endeavor after
An appropriate text is " . . . the
kingdom of God is at hand; repent
ye and believe the gospel.' These
words were spoken by Christ and
are recorded in Mark 1:15.
1,348 Auto Tax
Stamps Sold At
Local Post Office
Haywood motorists have added
$2,817.32 to Uncle Sam's bank
account through the purchase of
the special automobile tax, which
was in the form of the well known
The Waynesville post office sold
1,348 of the stamps which went
oft sale February 28th. Now per
sons who owned a car prior to
March first will have to write the
department of revenue at Greens
boro for instructions.
All persons,, buying a car after
March first can get a $1.67 stamp
at the post office. This will pay
the tax to July first.
Live All Over US,
"l didn't know that Haywood
county folks were scattered over
the entire United States until re
quests for birth certificates start
ed coming Into this office," said
Chas. C. Francis this week as he
and Mrs. W. L. McCracken worked
out from a pile of "rush orders."
Mr. Francis states that the of
fice of the register of " deeds has
supplied hundreds of 'certificates
in every state In the Li.ion since
defense . jobs started. Up to that
time those seeking certificates were
mostly for old age pensidns and a
comparatively small number.
The records in the court house
only date back to 1913, and per
sons wishing certificates prior to
that date are required to furnish
a number of affidavits.
"Now you take automobile con
tracts, they are a thing of the past,
but the birth certificates are tak
ing their place," concluded Mr.
A. J. McCracken was re-elected
president of the demonstration
farmers of the Haywood County
Mutual Soil Conservation and
Land Use Association at the an
nual meeting held here Saturday.
Others re-elected to serve with
Mr. MoCracken were: vice presi
dent, J. R. Westmoreland; treasur
er, C R. Liner, and secretary,
Oder F. Burnett
In opening the meeting, Mr. Mc
Cracken welcomed those present
and spoke briefly of the work and
progress being made in the county.
He was followed by a demonstra
tion of "Let's Eat for Health," giv.
en by Howard Chambers and Jessie
Bryson, of the Crabtree 4-H club.
A highlight of the program was
the presentation of plaques of na
tive wood given as certificates of
achievement to six firms and indi
viduals in recognition of their
work in furthering . agricultural
development in Haywood county.
The awards were made by How
ard R. Clapp, county farm agent,
to the following: Dean Schaub, of
the State Extension Service; W.
Curtis Rues, editor of The Waynes
ville Mountaineer; First National
Bank; and to Lt. J. C. Lynn, and Lt
Wayne Corpening, former , Hay-
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High Winds Monday Night Caused
12-Foot Drifts In Some Sections
Haywood county is expected to go back on regular rou
tine today, after a two-day interruption by a 16-inch blanket
of snow which was the heaviest since March, 1936.
General opinions expressed yesterday, was that this
snow was worse than the one in 1936, in that this one was
so damp, and made driving and walking harder. Drifts were
The high winds Monday night sent the snow into drifts
in many sections to ten and twelve feet. The average depth
of the snow over the county was about 16 inches. Some
sections reported 18, and others as high as 22, while at Cata
loochee Ranch the snowfall was measured at 30 inches, with
drifts 12 feet deep.
All forms of business were hampered Monday and Tues
day. The snow began falling early Monday morning, anu
continued until noon Tuesday.
Crews went to work immediately in clearing streets,
highways and sidewalks. By Tuesday afternoon all main
highways were open, and sidewalks up town had been cleared.
Last Rites Held
Frank C. Massie
Son Of Mr. and Mrs. James
E. Massie Victim Of Auto
Last rites were hJd' 1 outer day
afternoon at 8:30 at the Metho
dist church in Sylva for Frank C.
Massie, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs.
James E. Massie, Of Waynesville,
who died instantly around 6
o'clock Sunday morning from in
juries received in an automobile
The Rev. R. G. Tuttle, pastor of
the church in Sylva, of which Mr.
Massie was a member, assisted by
the Rev. J. Clay Madison, pastor
of the First Methodist church of
Waynesville, officiated. Burial was
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Fines Creek Road Still
Blocked By Deep Drifts
Deep drifts still blocked the
road to Fines Creek yesterday at
noon. Highway No. 209 was open
about a mile beyond Glenn Pal
mer's on Crabtree, according to
Coman Francis, mail carrier from
Clyde. The Riverside road was
open about a mile, and all the rest
of the roads on the route were
Mr. Francis was unable to make
any part of his route Tuesday,
Highway forces expect to have
all roads fairly well open by today,
Stock Of Overshoes and
Boots Sold Mighty Fast
Teachers and Students
Of Haywood Schools Are
Buying Bonds and Stamps
Evidence continues to come in
regarding the patriotism of Hay
wood county folks, as shown in
number of men volunteering and
sales of defense stamps and bonds.
Teachers and pupils of the Bethel
school have, bought to date a total
of $1,093 of defense stamps and
The Clyde school faculty and
students have purchased a total of
$711.85, it was learned yesterday
from the office of the county super
intendent of education.
County Leads State
lii Gathering Scrap
High School Boys
Physical examinations of around
70 out of the 99 boys in the junior
and senior classes of the high
school were completed last week
according to the county health de
partment, under which the work
is being done. '
The majority of the boys were
in good physical condition, it is
reported. The defects included in
the main part defective teeth, dis
eased tonsils, and flat feet.
The examinations, which are
being made in a nation wide pro
gram of all boys in last two years
of high school, will be completed
After the examinations, which
have been very thorough, are fin
ished, reports will be sent to all
the parents in order that they
may co-operate , with the health
authorities in remedying the de
Haywood led the state in gather
ing scrap materials for national
That was the news several weeks
That is still the news, according
to the Extension Farm News, of
ficial publication of State College.
So far, 50 million pounds have
been gathered in the state -Haywood
is credited with one million
Hoke county was second with
900,000 pounds, and Wayne county
had 614,000 pounds.
Haywood leads again.
Haywood is .definitely in the
fight against the Japs.
Say Can You Ski
f 18 the subjeft covered today
D. Hyatt in his brand new
column, written about people
know, and doinir thinm ma
f and probahlv ton timi
& H Today and Every Day
TVA Using 1 f 000 Copies Of The
Mountaineer For Educational Work
Comments on the two-page lay
out published last week in The
Mountaineer, giving a review of
agricultural achievements in Hay
wood during 1941 have continued to
pour into this office.
The latest was an order for
i nnn of the layout, with
the front and back pages, from the
The copies will be distributed
by TVA into all counties in the
several states in the valley, and
will also be used in educational
work, it was said.
The Mountaineer has been used
before by that branch of the gov
ernment. Some of the pages have
been photographed and used by
Aericultnral Relations Department , lecturers of TVA fa -making talks
f tva in Knoxviiie. 1" " V "
Miss Winnie Kirkpatrick
Appointed Clerk To
Tire Rationing Board
Miss Winnie Kirkpatrick, who
was formerly employed in the of
fice' of Dr. N. F. Lancaster, who
is now a captain in the medical
corps of the U. S. Army, has been
appointed clerk-stenographer to
the local tire rationing board. .
Miss Kirkpatrick will be with
the board for its duration, accord
ing to Dan Watkins, chairman.
Anyone wishing to make applica
tion for tires is asked to make them
with Miss Kirkpatrick in the
board office which is located in the
commissioners room in the court
house. Office hours of Saturday
6, with the exception of Saturday
which will be from 9 to 1 o'clock.
Only Routine Matters
Mark First Monday Meet
Of County Commissioners
Routine matters marked the
greater part of the "first Monday
of the month" session held this
week by the County commissioners.
Several persons were seeking
aid through the welfare depart
ment and their cases were brought
before the board.
30 Inches Fell During
3-Day Gale at Cataloochee
"We'll be marooned for another
ten days. We had 30 inches or
snow, and arms in me ruaa are
ten and twelve feet deep," Tom
Alexander, owner-manager of Cat
aloochee Ranch, told The Moun
taineer Wednesday morning.
Ten days ago that section had
a 12-inch snow, and very little had
melted when the 30-incher fell.
The Alexanders have not been able
to get off the mountain since the
Five pack horses were sent down
the mountain yesterday morning
to meet a supply truck and get pro
visions and coal.
"We will break through the
drifts with the horses, and pack
them lightly for the return trip.
We have got to have coal in order
Merchants reduced their stocks
of overshoes, boots and galoshes to
almost nothing. Some said they
only had broken sizes leit, jjiners i ouf lumbing a4 bsat, . .
reported huge stocks move dufHjf t .i
Our provisions are getting low,
ing the first two days of the weak,
"We have sold every customer
something," said one merchant.
"They buy some kind of footwear,
even if it is opposite to what they
wanted," he continued,
"Oh, man, what I could I do
with a half carload of good sizes
in galoshes," another said.
Snowballers Toss One
Through Store Window
Swish! Slam! Bang! Ouch!
and another snowball battle
was on right in the middle of Main
and another plate glass win
dow had gone the way of all glass
A group of boys throwing snow
balls let one hard one get away.
It missed the mark of some one's
ear, and crashed into the plate
glass window of the store occupied
by the Waynesville Art Gallery in
the summer. The building is own
ed by Hugh Massie. The loss was
placed at over $75.
A number of boys were question
ed, but police were unable to pin
the offense on any single boy.
"111. remember this snow a long
time," said Mr. Massie. .
and we are out of smokes, and that
hurts," Mr. Alexander said.
The Fie Top section had a gala
for three days, and the snow piled
The mercury dropped to 18 Wed
nesday morning, but by noon was
up to 87, "The clouds look like
more snow, however," Mr. Alex
"TVioao 1A anA 19 tnnt Aritla will
fbe here for months unless we get
some long warm rains," he concluded.
This Storm Worse Than
Similar Snow In 1936
"Definitely worse than the snow
of 1936," was the comment of C.
W. Minett, mail carrier on Way
nesville route one, after he re
turned from his trip Tuesday.
I encountered drifts that came
to the top of my radiator. Driv
ing . was terrible. I lost a tire
chain, got stuck, broke an oil line,
and was only able to get over about
half my route. The roads had
not been cleared in many places on
my route. The depth of the snow
on my route appeared to be be
tween 16 and 18 inches," he said.
"It was about as hard a drive
as I ever made," he concluded.
Telephone Calls Show
A Sharp Increase
No telephone lines were down in
this immediate vicinity, and only
a very few phones were put out of
order by the storm, it was learned
Calls were heavy on both the
local and long distance boards Mon
day and Tuesday, but much lighter
Many lines east of Asheville
were down Monday and Tuesday,
but were being repaired rapidly
1,569 Bus Students Of Waynesville
Area Arrived Home Safely Monday
Through blinding snow, with a
stop every mile or so to clean the
arinHahioMn the drivers of the 11
busses of the WaynesvilJe school
district made the regular runs
carrying the 1,669 students who
ride to school home in safety long
Realizing that it might be a
problem, with the deepening snow
to get the students home safely,
M. H. Bowles, district superinten
dent, dismissed school at 1:30 Mon
Together with Jack Messer,
county superintendent, Mr. Bowles unloaded.
drove his car behind the busses
going the longest distances, seeing
personally that each child arrived
home in safety.
In the Maggie section the bus
ran into a ditch within walking
distance of the homes of the last
students to leave the bus. Here
it is said the wind was blowing
a gale at the rate of 30 miles and
the snow fell in thick sheets.
The Francis Cove bus also ran
off the hierhwav near its last ston.
'and the Band Mill bus left the
ro1 er all students had been
Mail Carrier Finds Deep
Drifts On Ilis Route
Wayne Rogers, mail carrier on
Waynesville route two, was seven
hours late getting home Tuesday,
after covering 66 of the 69 miles
of his route.
"I back-tracked, and covered all
but three miles, and 10 and 12 foot
drifts on Coleman mountain block
ed me between Jonathan Creek and
"I was the first car through on
most of my route, and only saW""
one moving car from the time I
left Waynesville until I got to the
main highway at Clyde. Plenty
Mr. Rogers was stuck four hours
in one place.
The mail carriers from Cata
loochee and White Oak failed to
get through Tuesday and make
connection with Mr. Rogers at
Drifts Pile High In
The Bethel Section
Sweeping winds made drifts in
road on Canton route two, after
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News Years Ago
is the new feature on the edi
torial page this week. Taken from
our files five and ten years ago,
you 11 be interested in seeing again