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HE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
Published In The County Seat Of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NO. 51 12 Pages
WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1944 (One Day Nearer Victory)
$1.75 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
st Ever Recorded,
any Events Given
Imber of annual events that
tome traditional in the com
pere sponsored as usual
Lions Club operated tneir
board with unprecedented
realizing over $650.
Woman's club held their
Christmas tree ior tne cnu-
the community, which was
tided. The club had more
b distribute than they nad
due to the generosity of
groups in tne community.
Rotary club gave baskets
lies representing more than
program of Christmas car
Bented by the choral group
high school under the direc
! Chas. Isley, was largely
itraas programs were given
various churches attracting
members of the congrega-
ight Christmas Eve services
so held and well attended,
ping reached the highest
er known in the community,
nts reordered merchandise
times, some of whih was
d to have been received as
Saturday, yet much of it was
) last minute shoppers.
upon shelves in many of
es were completely deplet
tock. her'ff's department reports
he quietest Yulctide seasons
rd. There were around a
ten arrests made, during
ell C, Ensley
id By Hit and
Driver, Dec. 24
1 C. Ensley, 31, son of Mr.
;- W. f . Knsley of Waynes
)o was employed in a ship-
Biunswick, Ga., was ins
iiled vh' n struck by a car
y a hit-and-run driver while
a street near his home on
nrnon of Christmas Eve.
al services were conducted
cott's Cnek Baptist church
fcam on Wednesday after-
3:"0 with the Rev. Mr.
officiating. Burial was in
arers were; George Lewis,
'ones, Russ Sumners, Jim
Grady Woodard and
nley is survived by his
his widow and three small
Hy, Bobby and Kenny, all
iW'ck; a sister, Mrs. Sam
waynesville; three broth
1 V. Ensley of Sylva, Wal
ns,ey of the U. S. Armv,
) V'. Ensley, Tj. S. Navy,
-arret t Funeral Home of
'He was in charge of arms.
1 Men To Be
51 H. Bowles and Captain
Tvm will be two of the
j81? aides to Governor
berry when he is inaugu
January 4th. Both men
e in the State Guard.
es is in charge of the
ailion and Capt Prevost
mt to Col. j. H. Howell,
m. "arge of the second
will be unable to
ilthugh he had been is
Peal invitation to parti
Bowles and Captain Pre
leave here on the third.
' Burr Way, student at
"Wsity, spent Christmas
s Parents, Mr. and Mrs.
In War Bonds
The Waynesville area over
bought war bonds in the sixth
war loan drive by $252,000, ac
cording to a check-up yester
day. Five of the eight town
ships in this area went over
the top with their quota. The
quota for this area was $364,
000. The details of how each
township stood will be found
in the sales themometer on
Tin ,i I. I r Tin i 1 1 r 1 1 1 f 1 11
! Cunningham'g son, Phil,
is spending this week
ood with Her.
Oliver Davis, 98,
Last rites were held on Tuesday
afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Spring
Hill Baptist church for Oliver
Davis, of Canton, 98-year-old Hay
wood county citizen, believed to be
the oldest resident of the county,
who died Sunday afternoon at 3
o'clock in the Haywood County
Hospital. Rev. Thomas Erwin,
pastor, officiated. Burial was in
the church cemetery.
Mr. Davis suffered a broken hip
when he fell on an icy walk in
Canton about two weeks ago and
had been in the hospital since that
Mr. Davis, despite his years, had
led an active life. He appeared
several times a few years ago on
the Saturday night round-up in
Asheville as fiddler and clog danc
er. Mr. Davis is survived by three
daughters, Mrs. Fannie Wooten
and Mrs. Novie Connard, of Hay
wood county, and Mrs. Hester
Lindsey of Turnpike; one son,
Hobert Davis of Haywood county,
28 grandchildren and a number of
Wells F,uneral Home of Canton
was in charge of arrangements.
All Records Broken
By The Post Office
Dr. Baxter Forced
To Give Up Practice
Due To 111 Health
Dr. J. F. Baxter, veternarian, has
been forced to close his offices here
upon the advice of his physician.
He will continue his duties as ath
letic coach for the boys of St. John's ' .
school for the present.
Dr. Baxter came to Waynesville
last February from Snow Hill and
has gained a considerable practice
during the time he has resided
here. He is a member of the Way
nesville Rotary club and has been
active in community affairs.
Dr. Baxter and his wife and two
daughters reside on East Street.
Prior to coming here Dr. Baxter
maintained offices in Kinston, but
lived in Snow Hill.
Pvt. Jl. D. Rogers
Private Robert D. Rogers, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Rogers of
Fines Creek, has been awarded the
Purple H?art for gallantry in ac
tion, according to information re
ceived by his family.
Private Rogers was in France
at the time he was wounded. He
entered jthe service in January of
this year and was inducted at Camp
Croft, From Croft he was sent
to Camp Wheeler, Ga., and then to
Fort George Meade, Md. From the
latter he was sent overseas.
At the time he entered the ser
vice Pvt. Rogers was in the truck
ing business. His wife is making
her home at Lake Junaluska while
he is in the service.
Repairs Being Made
At The Laundry Here
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A new. floor is Deing insianeU
n the Waynesville Laundry Dy J.
W. Killian, owner. The work is
being carried on without a shut
down of the plant. The machines
are moved to one side as the new
floor is placed.
Mrs. Johnny Cuddel-ack, labora
tory technician of the District
Health Department, spent the
Christmas week-end with her
mother, Mrs. Kitchen, in Mills
Quarter Million Pieces
Handled In 18 Days; Reve
nue Far Ahead of 1943.
The post office here handled about
a quarter of a million pieces of
mail from Decemher Oth to the
25th, it was learned from Post
master J. H. Howell yesterday.
The stamping machine registered
110,001 piecis had passed through
during the period, and that did not
include the hundreds of pieces
stamped by hand, packages, or any
This Christmas season broke all
former records in mails, in both
pieces handled and total revenue.
As many packages were receiv
ed Christmas Day and Tuesday as
any day before Christmas, it was
learned. Several times the post
office was loaded to the limit with
Revenue for the omee was $967.13
above the last quarter of 1943,
with sevsn more days business to
The tremendous business was
handled with only one extra helper
this year. All the dispatching was
done by Miss Faustine Howell and
Miss Louise Campbell.
Postmaster Howell was warm in
his praise for the untiring efforts
of every member of the force, and
the manner in which they carried
on their extra duties during the
peak and rush periods. Consider
able night work was done by the
Gifts Await First
Baby Born In 1945
Many valuable gifts await the
first white baby born in Haywood
Seven Waynesville firms have
joined together and are offering the
first baby born in the county next
year these useful gifts, which in
clude: A complete outfit from Belk
Hudson. A low chair from Garrett Fur
niture Store. (
A pair of shoes from Ray s De
15 quarts of pasteurized milk
from Pet Dairy.
Two week's laundry service from
Six cans of Gerber's Baby Food
from The Food Store.
A year's subscription and &b
birth announcements from The
The rules of the contest are pub
lished in the full page in this edi
tion, which also carries details of
the gifts to be given by the various
filThe wiriner will be announced in
the next issue Of The Mountaineer.
Being Taken For
Lockers In Plant
Applications for a locker in the
Farmers Federation frozen food
locker system here will be received
daily on and after Saturday at the
local store of the Federation, by
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Houston, who
have been with the frozen food
division of the organization for
Mr. and Mrs. Houston will dem
onstrate and give all details of the
services and the locker system. The
number of lockers that can be built
are limited, and applications are
expected to come in 'rapidly since
so much interest has been shown
in the project.
Mr. and Mrs. Houston will devote
their entire time in accepting ap
plications and giving information.
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t NC P;s
PVT. JACK WRIGHT, XJ. S.
Army, husband of Mis. Catherine
T. Wright, has been .seriously
wouudud, according to information
received by his wife. The mes
sage stated that he was wounded
in Germany on November 22. Pvt.
Wright entered the service in June,
1943, and at the time he entered
the service .was employed by the
A. C. Lawrence Leather Company.
He had served" with the First Army
for the past year.
Babson Sees Many
Changes In Business
During Coming Year
Tax Listing In
On January First
General Outlook Gives 10
Percent Reduction In
Business, Says Babson.
The Mountaineer again presents
as an annual New Year feature, the
outlook for the coming year by
The tax listers and appraisers Roger W. Babson, noted statisti-
who were named a few weeks agocian 01 the nation.
by the county commissioners to ap
praise and list the taxes for the
county for 1945 will meet this
morning in the office of the county
tax . collector Earl Ferguson, and
receive instructions and supplies to
carry on the listing and revalua
tion -of Haywood property.
The revaluation of property
which the law designates shall tuke
place every four years, is due to
be carried forward this year, as
the last revaluation of property in
the county was made in 1941, ac
eofdlag to George A. Brown, Jr.,
' Th" county tax books will be
opefi.ftd on January 1, and all prop
erty owners are required to get in
to! with the listers in their com-
Private First Class Ililliard Mc
Gaha, 24, son of Mrs. Caldonia
Hannah, of Dellwood, has been re
ported killed in action in Belgium
on Sept. 5, 1944, according to a
message from the War Department.
Pfc. McGahn volunteered in the
U. S. Army on October 3, 1939 and
has visited his, family only one
time since he has been in the ser
vice, which hnppend to fall on the
day of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
He had served almost three years
overseas, landing in England from
North Africa, then to Tunisia,
France and later to Belgium. He
was s; rvip" s a gunner on a tank.
At the time he entered the ser
vice he was engaged in farming in
Surviving are his mother, three
sisters, Mrs. Beatrice White of Mt.
Sterling, Mrs. Glenn Keener of
Arkanias, and Miss Lillian Mc
Gaha of Hazelwood; one brother,
Wilce McGaha, U. S. Army, now
in France; three half brothers, Es
tol, Paul and Doyle Hannah, of
Dellwood; his grandmother, Mrs.
Nancy Barnes of Dellwood, and a
number of other relatives in the
Miss Helen Nicholas, studi nt at
P.erea College, is spending the
Christmas vacation with her par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Nicholas.
Drastic Changes Made
In Rationing Foods
1. A year ago the United States
Babsonchai t Index of the Physical
Volume of Business registered
M8.6; today it registers 138, justi
fying my forecast, of a year ago.
The Canadian Babsonchait Index
of the Physical Volume of Busi
ness registered 200.9 a year ago;
today it registers 197. 1945 will
show a reduction of more than 10
both in United States and Cana
dian business. Furthermore, most
of the following comments apply
to both countries.
2. War production is already be
ing cut back nnd this reduction
will rapidly continue through 1945.
Even those railroads and indus
tries which expect to benefit from
a long war with Japan will be dis
nonointed. .;. The r.;-converst!n of indus
try from war to peace business will
Increase during every month of
1945. Furthermore ,time required
for re-conversion will not be as
great as most people believe.
4. Inventories quoted at their
price values, rather than volumes,
will continue, as a whole, during
1945 about as during 1944. Raw
material piles will be larger, but
manufactured goods will be small
er. 5. Population increases in the
United States during 1945 will be
about 700,000, but the birth of
new babies will fall off somewhat.
RETAIL COMMODITY PRICES
6. Rationing will continue
through the most of 1945. Dur
ing the early part of the year, I
expect to see further restrictions
especially in connection with meats,
canned goods, etc.
7. The retail prices of most
necessities and some luxuries will
be higher during 1945 than at pres
ent. The prices of some of the
luxuries, such as furs, have al
8. Steep prices of goods needed
for peacetime manufacture should
be a little higher, but prices of the
heavy war goods will decline. This
applies to the heavy chemicals.
9. The wholesale prices of raw
material? in general may decline
(Continued on page 10)
OPA, in a drastic and swift i
move, put canned, vegetables back A5 through P5 in book four are
on the rationing list Tuesday morn- j cancelled.
i 1 . n 4AMM
mg; made invaim an sugar -.amp
except No. 34- to date, and added
4 points to creamery butter as they
announced many red and blue
Canned fruits go on the ration
ing list at 12:01 a. m. next Sun
The new point values on canned
vegetables, based on the No. 2 cans,
or those weighing from 18 to '22
ounces, are as follows:
Asparagus 10 points
Green or wax beans .... 10 points
Corn, vacuum pack .... 30 points
Corn 20 points
Peas 20 points
Spinach 10 points
The only food stamps that are
valid between this date and Jan
uary 1, 1945, are: Red Stamps Q5,
R5 and S5; Blue Stamps, X5, Y5,
Z5, A2, B2; Sugar, Stamp 34.
The food stamps which have been
made invalid are as follows:
Red Stamps, A8 through Z8 and
Blue SUmps, A8 through Z8 and
A5 through W5, book four are can
celled. Sugar Stamps, Numbers 30, 31,
32, 33 and 40 and all outstanding
canning sugar certificates issued
by local boards become invalid.
A wire to the local war price and
rationing board yesterday pointed
out that effective December 31, at
12:01, red stamps T, U, V, W, and
X5 become valid, and on January
1, at 12:01 a. m., the following blue
stamps will be valid: C, D, E, F
"All rationing book holders
should remove all cancelled stamps
from book four themselves," the
Charlotte office advised.
The message continued: "The
War Food Administration says
meats, butter and processed foods
will be shorter in the first quarter
than at any time since the war
Pvt. J. H. Jones
Private John H. Jones, son of Mr.
anel Mrs. Lee Roy Jones, of Roan
Mountain, Tenn., and 'husband of
Mrs. Evelyn P. Jones, of Waynes
ville, R.F.D. No. 1, has been miss
ing in action in Germany since No
vember 14, according to a message
from the War Department.
The message read as follows:
"The Secretary of War desires me
to express his deep regret that your
husband, Private John H. Jones,
has been reported missing in ac
tion since fourteen, November in
Germany. If further details or
other information are received yon
will be promptly notified."
250 Attend Program
At Rocky Branch
About 250 people attended the
annual Christmas tree at the Rocky
Branch church last week. Gift
bags were give to all those attend
ing the program.
Those in charge of arrangements
and program included, Derry Nor
man, Mrs. Frank Warlick, Miss
Elizabeth Mitchell, Miss Florence
Wyatt and Mrs. Omie McClure.
Rev. M. C. Wyatt is pastor of