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WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1M4 (One Day Nearer Victory) $1.75 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counttec
National REA HeadlElTrl
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It Conference Here
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tith pracilia. c.wj, .
...rinuf REA Corporations
L .tat nresent for the fourth
& meeting of the North Caro
I State Electrification Managers
Liation opened a two-day ses-
here at iu u wv" J
rtnb. with (jet" iv vivexcuw m
laes Moore, manager oi tne
Uaod Electric Membership
Lmtion is host of the meeting,
Jch will continue through this
Loon and is being attended by
Inter of national REA officials,
lading Harry Slattery, adminis-,
or of the national KtiA in ot.
Lies E. Ray, representing the
Inber of Commerce, extended a
-ome to the visitors, numDenng
lv 100 to which Mr. Viverette,
fce greater part of the meeting
line riven over to a discussion
Iperational problems and post
'esterday afternoon Mr. Slat
i addressed the group giving in
il the history of the REA not
in this state, but throughout
nation. He also toucnea on
great future of REA and what
leans today and what it will
n m tne luuire to rural Amen-
i ftw months before the lede-
rural electrification program
started in 1935, only 9,672
th Carolina farms, or 3.2 per
ill farms m the state, had
nl station electric service. The
hi Electrification Administra-
's latest estimate on June 30,
showed 94,100 farms, or 33.8
cent of the total, were elec-
W 63'i Mrt Rlattery.
fit slope of jpfcstwar -rural
rification in North Carolina
depend to a large extent upon
(Continued on page 8)
To Aid yeterans
til Term Superior
fre On Monday
ft Haywood county civil term
aperiw (ourr is scheduled to
flie here on Monday morning.
18th, with Judge Zeb V. Net
of Ash- vilK-, presiding:.
wn for jm v dutv the first
were L. H. Baldwin, Bea-
p;Vat, Toy, Waynesville; W.
mart. Pigeon; L. M. Kil-ftaynesville-
R. F. Rotrers.
tree; Fred H. Caldwell, Way-
K. 1 Casn, Beaverdam;
V. Poteat, Waynesville; J.
Beaverdam; Fred H. Han-
H- Ferguson, Fines Creek:
P Cathty. Pigeon; John
P. Pigeon; John R. Camnhpll.
I'll; Albert Siler, Ivy Hill;
James, Fines Creek; B. E.
East Fork; .Elmer C. Cham
Clyde; James B. Medford,
"o Leatherwood, Jona
week; John TTnll tt,q-
Creek; J. r Tir. t
an(l Allen Davis. White rnU
m for the second week were:
eaiord. Waynesville; C. C.
, East Fork; L. B. Holts
1 waferdanv T!m Tom
free- T s rJ, t .'
- "nm, ivy mil j
n Jones. Beaverdam;
R. E. SENTELLE has been
named by the governor to head the
work here to aid returning sol
diers get their old jobs back, or
secure new ones.
R. E. Sentelle To
Governor Broughton has named
R. E. Sentelle to head the local
work of getting returning soldiers
established at their old jobs, or
secure new ones, under the special
Yesterday, Mr. Sentelle issued
details of the Dlan
The Selective Trainingfand Ser
vice Act of 1940, as amended, di
rects that a "Personnel:1 Division,"
later changed to "Re-ehiployment
Division" be established to protect
the re-employment rights of vete
rans, and, pursuant to that man
date, the Director of Selective Ser
vice, Lewis B. Hershey, established
the Re-employment Division. This
division is charged with the res
ponsibility of replacing in former
positions, or in aiding in st-curing
new positions for those enlistees
and draftees satisfactorily com
pleting service in the armed forces.
Re-employment rights apply to all
honorably discharged veterans,
male and female, whether inducted,
enlisted, or commissioned, subse
quent to May 1, 1940.
The Re-employment Program has
been and is now being operated
under the decentralized plan; (a)
The National Headquarters of the
Selective Service System prepares
the general plans of work and
makes all decisions in explaining
and interpreting the meaning and
application of the Act; (b) The
State Headquarters of the Selective
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Held In October
Large Number From This
Area Plan To Take In the
Advanced Training In A
Tentative plans now are to have
the camp of instruction for the en
tire State Guard of North Carolina
at Fort Bragg, October 22-29, ac
cording to a recent announcement
by General J. Van B. Metts, adju
tant general of North Carolina.
The camp will be preceded by a
school for officers and certain non
commissioned officers at Fort
Bragg, which will open on October
The annual encampment was
ordered last July, but due to the
prevalance of Polio within the
State these orders were rescinded.
Dr. Reynolds, state health officer,
has advised the adjutant general
that in his judgment the Polio
situation will be sufficiently clear
ed up to permit the camp in Oc
tober. At the training center at Fort
Bragg the officers will be taught
more of the care of troops and bet
ter understanding of how to handle
their troops under all conditions.
The enlisted personnel will learn
the seriousness of active service
and better understand directness
and execution of movements, as
well as how to take care of ones
The local unit and personnel of
the State organization from Way
nesville expect to attend the camp.
Haywood Schools To
Open On Monday, 25
Be Sold On 20th
Killed In Action
Luther Buff, 18,
Seaman First Class,
Killed In Action
th forn statement WttinJHWihiff, seanMfirst class,
i(-r. Crabtree; C. B.
I'uff; Horace King,
Mas r..,.i. ... .
L. Messer, White Oak;
L; PK East Fork: Charlie
let' n" "dlnan reek; Lee
. t "aynesville; Monroe
o Pet Men
bypp t n just been
Rclilbe -terest to
tct r 1 11ls Deen made
nftJlthPet Pant here and
F or Sn ; uc "er.e- and sPend
ina tf,rri, "KVK ,n the South
Wavar,?Ut' former manager
argeIfP1. and later
nnt Jo!nsn City plant,
l0s fnr cnarge of public
Krih, in headquarters ati
Twelve Men Leave
Call On Tuesday
Twelve men left here on Tues
day .morning at 8:45 for induction
at Camp Croft, making up the Sep
tember quota under the selective
service system. Joseph Fisher
Setzer was named leader of the
There wtre seven vblunteers in
the group as follows: Roy How
ard Auberry, Charles Edward Mc
Mahan, Ted Hampton, James Jack
son Edwards, James Allen Hart
sell, James Calvin Messer, trans
ferred from Hilton Village, Va.,
and Joseph Fisher Setzer, transfer
red from Yorktown, Va.
Others were: Bruce Montgomery
Ramsey. William Alton Lowe, Ger
aid Monroe Best, Robert William
Smith and Sam Gaddis.
The twelve men will be placed in
various branches of the service as
they are needed.
son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Buff of
Waynesville, R.F.D. No. 2, is re
ported to have been killed in action
on June 6th, on the day of the in
vasion. Seaman Buff entered the service
on October 28, 1943 and was induct
ed at Camp Croft. He was sent
to Bainbridge, Md., for his boot
training and from there to the
Naval base at Norfolk, Va. From
the latter he was sent to Long
Island. N. , and from there to
Seaman Buff, who was known
to his friends as "Cubby" Buff, was
a graduate oi the Waynesville
Township high school and a mem
ber of the Peachtree church of
Maggie. He was an active member
of seviral clubs and religious organizations.
$50,000 In Real
Estate Sold Here
Real estate sales here Monday
totaled almost $50,000 according
to the records of Penny Brothers.
The Henry Francis farm brought
approximately $;!0,000 and the Ed
Sims property on the highway near
Dayton Rubber brought almost
$15,000. while a number of lots in
the Belle Meade development
This is the third sale held in the
county this summer by the auction
e' s. and b"oue,V their total sales
here up to $116,000.
Several other local sales are
planned, both in farm land and resi
dential lots for October 9th.
SGT. WILLIE L. MESSER,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Messer,
who was first reported missing in
action in France and later reported
killed in action on August 12, ac
cording to a message received by
Sgt. W. L. Messer
In France, Aug. 12
Technical Sgt. Willie L. Messer,
son of Mr. andMrs. Dewey Messer,
who was repojted missing in action
in France oAufust 12, has later
been reported Tfltled in action ac
cording to a message received
Tuesday by his parents.
The wire from the War Depart
ment read as follows; "The Secre
tary of War asks that 1 assure you
of his deep sympathy in the loss of
your son, Technical Sgt. Willie L.
Messer, who was previously report
td missing in action, report now
received states he was killed in ac
tion on August 12, in France. Let
Surviving are the parents, three
sisters, Miss Mattie Mae Messer,
Miss Mildred Messer of Waynes
ville, and Miss Ruth Messer, Cadet
Nurse, Nashville General Hospital,
Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers,
Leonard Messer and Richard Mes
ser, of Waynesville.
Sgt. Messer left here with the
National Guard and has been over
seas since February of this year.
At the time he entered the service
in Sept.. 1940 he was a student at
Western Carolina Teachers College.
Plans Completed For Open
ing, With Teachers To Meet
For Pre-Session Conference.
The opening of the Haywood
county schools which has been post
poned on account of the Polio
situation, are now scheduled to
open for the 1944-45 term on Mon
day, Sept. 25, according to an an
nouncement made this week by M.
H. Bowles, county superintendent
of education. The delay in the
opening was in keeping with the
policy directed throughout the
state by Dr. Carl V. Reynolds, state
There will be a county-wide
teachers meeting held at the audi
torium of the local high school on
Thursday, 22, for the purpose of
discussing school plans for the
coming year. The remainder of the
week, the teachers and principals
will devote to perfecting the orga
nization for accepting students in
their respective schools.
The bus drivers are requested to
meet at 10 o'clock Wednesday
morning at the school garage on
the high school grounds, at which
time they will be given instructions.
Students in all the schools are
expected on the opening day, with
school starting at 9:30 and closing
at6::i0 o'clock. These hours will
prevail for the first week, after
which there may be a change in
the schedule, according to Mr.
An addition has been made to
the list of high school teachers an
nounced last week. Miss Wanda
Lee Hicks, of Bryson City, will
teach in the English department of
the hig'h school, taking the place
formerly held by Miss Hester Ann
Withers, who resigned.
St. John's Will
Also Open On 25th
In conformity with other schools
in this area the opening of St.
John's School has been 'postponed
from September 18 to Monday, Sep
tember 25. Registration will take
place Friday, September 23.
Some Outstanding Cattle
Being Consigned To Third
Annual Sale Here.
Much interest is being shown in
the sale on next Wednesday at the
high school grounds of 66 head of
registered Herefords, from Hay
wood breeders and the Silver Crest
Farm, in Texas.
This is the third annual sale in
the county, and the past sales hav
met with such success that the
erent has now become an annual
occasion in Haywood.
The consignments will consist of
60 females and 6 bulls. The Hay
wood breeders consigning to the
sale include G. J. Able and son.
Way Abel, C. T. Francis and M. O
Jack Turner, owner of the Silver
Crest Farm, Fort Worth, Texas, is
bringing 5 bulls and 44 females
All of these females are two-year
olds, it was pointed out. The cat
tie will arrive this week-end.
In 1942 the average for the sale
was $325. and last year's average
Gut Pettit of Bloomfield, Iowa
will be the auctioneer.
The parts department of Wat
kins Chevrolet Company has been
trebled during the past few weeks.
The expansion was brought by the
fact that it will be some time be
fore new cars are available, and
the demand for parts will be in
creased during the coming months,
according to M- D. Watkins, own
The firm now has one of the
largest bhrlf- department in this
section of the state.
Local State Guard
Two Units In Area
Col. J. Hardin Howell in com
mand of the second North Carolina
Regiment, State Guard and Major
M. H. Bowles, commanding officer
of the Third Battalion of the Sec
ond Regiment, together with mem
bers of their staff and local com
pany officers, visited the unit in
Morganton on Friday and Satur
day, and also attended a confer
ence of the Second Regiment, which
was led by Gen. James W. Jenkins
and Col. J. H- Howell.
While in Morganton Major
Bowles addressed the Morganton
Kiwanis Club on the work of the
On Tuesday night Major Bowles
visited the 38th Company State
Guard, of Asheville.
William O. Styles
Arrives From Overseas
William O. Styles, third class
potty officer, son of Mrs. Bertie
Clnntz of Clyde, has arrived from
several months overseas duty. He
is '-pending a leave with friends
and relatives in the county.
Cpl. Leon Morrow
Corporal Leon Morrow, son o
Mrs. Hester Clark and the late
Hardy Morrow of Hazelwood, has
been awarded the Purple Heart for
bravery under fire. Cpl. Morrow
was reported wounded in France
on August 6, according to infor
mation received by his mother.
The award was sent to his wife
the former Miss Nell Nelson of
Blnckstone, who is residinff in
Cpl. Morrow left here with the
National Guard in September, 1940
and has been stationed at the fol
lowing camps in the order named:
Fort Jackson, Camp Forrest, Tenn.
Cairq) Blanding, Fla., Camp Atter
bury, Ind., and from the latter was
sent to an embarkation port and
overseas. He has been out of the
States since February of this year
400 Calves Sold
At Annual Sale
About 400 caives were entered
in the annual feeder calf sale at the
Clyde Stockyards yesterday. The
calves were graded yesterday
morning by government officials,
and the auction started at two
Prices were satisfactory, but no
average could be had by press time.
Hosts To N. C. Hereford Breeders Next Week
Adds 2 Oak Leaf
Clusters To Medal
Staff Sgt. William W. String
field, son of Dr. and MrB. S. L.
Stringfield of Waynesville, who is
serving as an aerial gunner in a
15th AAF heavy bombardment unit
somewhere in Italy, has added two
oak leaf clusters to his Air Medal
according to information received
from headquarters. Sgt. String-
field was promoted during the
summer from Sergeant to Staff
Sgt. Stringfield is a graduate of
the Waynesville high school in the
class of 1937 and of the Darlington
school of Rome, Ga., and at the
time he entered the service was a
student at the University of North
Carolina. He was inducted at Fort
Bragg and from there received his
training at a number of fields
throughout this country before be
ing sent overseas.
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Rw -raw. ''Mt s .
HOWARD CLAPP, county agent,
C. N. ALLEN, president of the wh0 is working untiringly on the
Haywood Breeders Association. meeting here.
, i JC'V
C. T. FRANCIS, secretary-treasurer
of the local breeder group.
Lt. Rufus Carswell
Wounded May 24,
Wins Purple Heart
Lt. Rufus Carswell, son of Mrs.
Anna Carswell and the late John
Carswell, has been awarded the
Purple Heart for gallantry in ac
tion. Lt. Carswell was wounded
in Italy on May 24. The Purple
Heart was received by his wife,
the former Miss Lily Tate of Haz
elwood, this week.
Lt. Carswell left here with Com
pany H, National Guard unit in
Sept., 1940, and was first stationed
at Fort Jackson, after which he
was sent to Officers Candidate
School, Fort Bennjng, Ga. After
receiving his commission he was
transferred to Camp Breckenridge,
Ky., and then overseas. He has
been out of the States for the past
Before he entered the service he
was employed by Burgin Bros. Lt.
Carswell has three brothers in the
service; Lt. Sam Carswell, now in
the South Pacific; Sgt. Richard
Carswell, serving in France; and
Mark E. Carswell, U. S. !Navy, now
in South Pacific.
Will Be Held At
High School Here
Full and Interesting Pro
gram Planned For At Least
At least 250 Hereford breeders
of the state, and agricultural ex
perts, are expected here next Tues
day for the annual meeting of the
North Carolina Hereford Breeders
While the convention is slated as
a one-day event, most of the mem
bers plan to remain over for the
annual Hereford sale at which time
66 head of registered cattle will b
sold at auction.
The opening session of the con
vention will begin at 10:30 in the
high school auditorium, with J. H.
Doughton of Statesville, president
of the state association, presiding.
An address of welcome will be
given by C- N. Allen, president of
the Haywood breeders group.
The remainder of the morning
session will be devoted to business
of the association, and a general
discussion of current problems. At
one o'clock an old-fashioned bar
becue will be served at the F.F.A.
Hut on the high school grounds.
Immediately after lunch the con
vention Will convene for impor
tant matters and a discussion of
Bang's control by Dr. William A.
Moon, state veterinarian.
A feature of the afternoon will
be to visit some of the outstanding
Haywood Hereford herds, and an
inspection of the 66 cattle which
will go on sale the following day.
The only event on the program
that will be open to the public will
be the square dance at the Hotel
Gordon starting at nine o'clock.
Sam Queen will he in charge and
have his Soco Gap dance team to
give an exhibition lor tne occasion.
Advance reservations have been
made at the Country Club and the
State officers of the aaaocia.tipji.
are; J. H. Daughton, oi statesville,
president; Henry G. Shelton, of
Speed, vice president; and Dr. J.
M. Lynch of Asheville, secretary
Officers of the Haywood associa
tion are; C. N. Allen, president;
Roy Haynes, vice president; C. T.
Francis, secretary-treasurer, with
the following directors in addition
to the three officers; Henry Francis,
M. Pless, J. L- Westmoreland
and M. O. Galloway.
Howard Clapp, county agent,
has invited all county agents of
the state to be present and among
the list of invited guests to be here
will be representatives of the
American Hereford Journal, Eas
tern Breeders Magazine, Southern
Stockman and the American Here
The Chamber of Commerce is
assisting the Haywood breeders as
hosts to the convention and taking
a large part in financing of the en
tertainment features of the meet
Copies of this issue are being
sent to every member of the state
association as well as each of the
100 county agents in the state.
Sgt. Jack Cooley
In Action On Guam
Sgt. Hiawatha (Jack) Cooley,
U. S. Marines, has been wounded
in action on Guam Island, accord-
ng to a message received by his
wife, Mrs. Cooley of Waynesville
and Washington D C- He is now
in a naval hospital in Hawaii.
Sgt. Cooley formerly made his
home here with Mr. and Mrs. W.
G. Byers. He is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. H. C. Cooley of Canton.
Sgt. Cooley volunteered in the
Marines in January of 1943 and
took his boot training on Parris
Island. After completion of boot
training he received further train
ing at the following posts before
he was sent overseas: Fort Royal,
Va., Glynco, Ga., and New River.
He was with the U. S. Marines in
their invasion of the Marshall Is
lands and took part in the combat
of the Marianas.
Mrs. R. H. Plott was hostess to
the annual Moody reunion which
was held at her home on Soco Gap
Road, Sunday, September 10th.
More than a hundred relatives
and friends gathered to pay res
pect to this aged relative the old
est living member of the Reuben
Moody family and to enjoy the
sumptuous lunch served picnie
style on a long table on the lawn.