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Published Twice-a-Week In The County Seat Of Haywood County At The Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
WAYNESVILLE, N. C, FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1847
7 .. $3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
G. Hobbins, Jr.
Derby Al 12:05
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tetti, and getting their
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And Wife Are
Parents of First
Child Born in '47
Harry Gurneer Robbins, Jr., ion
of Mr.' and Mrs. Harry Gurneer
Robbins, of Hazelwood, led by
Father Time, started the great
march of the "Infantry" into Hay
wood county for the year 1947.
He put in his arrival with the lusty
cries of a healthy baby five minutes
after the clock had turned the
midnight hour of 12 to usher in
the New Year.
His mother was the former Miss
Wilma Swanger and his father is a
veteran of World War II, having
served for four years in the Engi
neering Corps. After his discharge
the father became associated with
the Haywood Electric Service.
Harry Junior is the first child in
his family as well as the first
Haywood county baby lo be born
in the year 1947.
Infant Robbins did not make as
good time as his predecessor of
1946 who led the procession For
Donald Lee Cooper, son of Seaman
and Mrs. Cecil Cooper of Lake
Junaluska, arrived last year two
minutes after Father Time had
given the signal to change the calendar.
For the luck of being the first
baby born in the county this year
he will receive gifts valued at ap
proximately $50.00 from the fol
Among the prizes oflercd arc: a
complete outfit, by Bcik - Hudson
company; paint for baby's room, by
Builders Supply; six cans baby
food, Bradley's Super Market; heat
ing pad by Rogers Electric com
pany; 15 quarts of pasteurized milk.
by Pet Dairy; a sterling spoon and
fork, by Reliable Jewelers; a baby
photograph album, The Book Store; I
one dollar in merchandise, McKay's
Pharmacy; two week's dry cleaning!
service, by the Waynesville Laun-1
the white liquor makers in Haywood county hills are the above three men, who have been
recQrdlin nabbing illicit stills during recent weeks. Deputies Wade McDaniel and John Kerley, and
ece, Fderal revenue officer for three WNC counties, in the above picture are shown with a 100-
still which they found Dec. 15th in the Maggie section. (Photo by Ingram, Skyiand Studio).
Nets 50 Gal.
"Drying Up" Program
In Haywood County
A fifty gallon still was taken by
Roy Reece, revenue officer, around
4:00 o'clock Monday afternoon on
the farm of Bob Messer, in the
Crabtree section bordering on Bun
combe county, it was learned from
officers of the sheriff's department.
The outfit which shows much
use, was estimated by officers to
have been in use for between eight
and ten years. It's sides are black
ened by many fires, but the copper
of which the entire outfit is made
shows through in many spots on
the "sems," still in first class condition.
"Somebody has made a mint of
money off of that outfit since the
first fire was lighted under it," said
one of the officers as it was on dis
play in the sherurs department in
the court house.
The capture of the still on Mon
day brought the total number
taken by officers during the month
of December up lo six, with sev
eral hundred gallons of corn mash,
which was said to have been
marked for Christmas celebrations.
Deadline For Reports
Is February 15,
Farmers participating in the AAA
conservation program have until
February 15 to file their perform
ance reports for 1946, announces
R. C. Francis, chairman of the
These reports cover the amount
of lime and phosphate used and
winter cover crops planted. At the
same time this report is made, the
farmer may sign his application for
1946 payment, and also make his
1947 farm plan and order the ferti
lizer he plans to use this year.
Reports are being made at the
rate of approximately 40 a day
now, records at the AAA office in
dicate. During December 133 ap
plications for payment were signed
and forwarded to Raleigh. "After
the papers are approved at the
slate office they are sent to the
regional office at Richmond, from
where checks to the individual
farmers are mailed.
Last year Haywood county farm
ers received $22,687.89 in cash pay
ments for their participation in the
ground conservation program. In
addition to this the government
paid the major share of cost for the
lime and phosphate purchased
through the county committee, a
contribution of approximately
Due to the shortage of phosphate
farmers are advised to make their
farm plan and apply for lime and
phosphate as soon as possible. "If
orders are placed early." explains
H. D. Duiin, secretary, "there is a
good chance of getting all the lime.
But prospects for phosphate are
not too good."
Last year of the 52 carloads of
phosphate requested in the county,
12 cars were not delivered. The
committee plans to see that the
farmers who were left out because
of this non-delivery last year will
get their supply first this spring.
Many orders have been placed
already for 1947 in addition to
those on hand that were not filled
Car Involved In Recent Accident
Cpl. E. W. Jones, left above, and Patrolman O. R. Roberts are shown examinine the 194K Siudehnkpr sPHan
which hit two Clyde youths Friday, Dec. 13, on the main highway in West Canton. A m pii.nin,,, v hnarmo
of the case was scheduled for Thursday, but was postponed because the young men still were in the hos
pital: junior Clyde uark, with a crushed leg, and James C. Mathis w ith a broken I high. The car was
driven Dy waller u. rnunps, a Marion insurance man. Evidence indicated that (he two who were injured
had walked in front of the car while crossing the highway. (This is a Mountaineer uhoio hv Ingram skv.
Fire In Canton
The general store of Morrow and
Allen Rowe, on the Pisgah drive,
Canton was destroyed by fire
which was dicovered about 6:30
o'clock Monday night. The build
ing owned by Taylor Rhodamer,
also was a total loss. The loss of
the- fire was estimated at approx
Members of the Canton Fire De
partment answered a call to the
fire, but the building was practical
ly destroyed by the time they ar
rived at the scene which is outside
the town limits. '
Forest Fires Damage
Three Haywood Areas
The worst forest fire in Haywood
county during 1946 occurred
Christmas day in lower Jonathan
Creek. reDorts the county fire
warden. R, E. Caldwell. Approxi
mately 100 acres of cutover forest
land burned in the fire, covering
several different properties.
On the same day another fire
destroyed between 35 and 40 acres
of woodlands in lower Crabtree.
The warden was notified of this
warmtr becoming fire and got a crew of men in time
to gel n under control Deiore u
did further damage.
Then two days later another fire
started in the Big East Fork sec
tion. However, it was sighted early
by the game protector, W. B. Pos
ton, who took a fire-fighting crew
and extinguished the blaze before
it burned more than two acres of
This brought the total number
of forset fires during the year to
13, one more than in 1945. "Dur
ing the time I have ben fire war
den, since 1941, this is the first
year there has been a fire on
Christmas day," added Mr. Cald
The fire in Jonathan Creek is
said to have started when a colored
hunter flipped a match, after light
ing a clgarct. into some pine
needles. The hunters and residents
fought the fire but it was never
stopped until it finished burning
the patch of woods.
Evidence of a campflre, probably
left unattended by some hunters,
was thought to have been the
cause of the fire in the Crabtree
section. A careless hunter also is
believed to have started the fire
in the East Fork area. !
L. A. Miller
Mr. Miller Died
Enroute From Lenoir,
Was In Plumbing
Funeral services were hold at
the First Methodist church at 2:00
o'clock Thursday afternoon for
Lewis Arthur Miller, 79, former
Waynesville business man, who was
stricken last Saturday night at the
home of his son, Carl Miller, in
Lenoir, and died enroute to a hos
pital near Morganton, on Monday
Rev. Oder Burnett officiated, and
was assisted by Rev. Paul Town
send, pastor of the church. Burial
was in Green Hill cemetery.
Grandsons served as pallbearers
as follows: Earl Thomason, Marvin
Thomason, Paul Young, L. A.
Young, Jack Quackenbush and
Honorary pallbearers were: Sam
Freeman, Robert V. Welch, John
Boyd, John Coble, J. Harden How
ell and Oliver Shelton.
Mr. Miller was a native of the
Pigeon section of the county and
was the son of Wesley and Nan
Burnett Miller. From 1898 to 1942
he operated a plumbing shop here.
He had been residing with his son
near Lenoir for the past two years.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs.
Mary R. Mehaffey Miller; two sons,
Carl A. Miller, of the Yadkin
River section, near Lenoir and
W. K. Miller, of Waynesville; four
daughters, Mrs. Bessie Briggs, Mrs.
Sam Freeman, and Mrs. L. A.
Dykes, all of Waynesville, and Mrs.
Grace Quackenbush, of Asheville;
two brothers, Tom Miller and
Henry Miller, both of Waynesville;
one sister, Mrs. W. C. York, of
Canton, Route 2; and fourteen
The Crawford Funeral hdine was
in charge of the arrangements.
Outgoing . Package!,
More Than . Double
During One Of
Biggest Rush Periods
Mail during the Christmas period
was much heavier this year than
last, according to records at the
Waynesville post office.
During the period Dec. 16-31 a
total of 111,799 pieces of mail were
run through the canceling machine,
as compared to 89,537 pieces in the
same period last year. Packages
more than doubled, jumping from
4,059 in 1945 to 9,992 this year.
From December 6 through the
28th there were 86,850 one and
one-half cent stamps (for greeting
cards) sold, reports Postmaster J.
One of their biggest difficulties
during the holiday rush period,
stales the postmaster, was in at
tempting to deliver cards addressed
to young children. Mail to chil
dren should be marked in care of
their parents, advises Mr. Howell.
Other than the outgoing mail
which is accounted for in office
records, there was a correspond
ingly large increase of mail coming
in from outside areas.
During the entire past year pos
tal receipts in Waynesville were
Highway Accidents Take
More Than One Life Per
Month During Last Yoar
Fifteen Killedv ..
New Year Greeted I 165 injured On
Here By Rainfall
Wet weather greeted the New
Year's arrival in Haywood county
and kept most of the celebrations
inside. A 1.75 inch rainfall came
during Tuesday and Wednesday,
the larger portion (1.08 inch)
falling the latter day.
A watch service was held at
the Presbyterian church lo wel
come 1947, and many of the
young people attended a dance
at the Hazelwood school. There
were no disorderly noisemakcrs
as Father Time notched another
year gone by, for neither the
town police nor members of the
sheriff's department made an ar
rest Tuesday night.
Ration Stamp No. 53
Now Is Good for Sugar
Stamp No. 53 became valid for
five pounds of sugar on January 1.
This stamp will be good until April
30, according to the office of temp
Spare stamps 9 and 10 are no
longer good, although No. 51 is
still being accepted. An increase
in the ration of sugar is expected
in 1947, but the supply from pro
ducing areas has not yet been determined.
Owners Of New
Papers for incorporation have
been filed with the secretary of
state, Thad Eurc, by Patrick's Cafe
teria, Inc., of Waynesville. The
firm will have authorized stock of
$100,000, and the incorporators are
J. C. Patrick, Marie P. Patrick, and
George Patrick, all of Waynesville.
George Patrick is general manager,
and J .C. Patrick is treasurer.
The owners of the firm recently
purchased WWNC Cafe from C. A.
George, and will take over the
business on March first, and con
vert it into a modern cafeteria.
About 30 days will be required to
install the new equipment through
out, and renovate the building.
Congress Opens Today
In National Capital
During Year 1946
An average of more than one
person a month lost their lives in
Haywood county accidents during
1946, and 14 per month were in
jured. The record for the year, as kept
by the Slate Highway Patrol, show
ed 15 persons killed and 165 in
jured on the highways in the
county. This record docs not ac
count for many minor accidents in
which injuries were not serious
enough lo cause hospitalization.
Death came in persons of both
sexes in all aue groups. The cir
cumstances and pl iers of accidents
were many, langii't; from pedes
trians lul while u. ilking, bicycle
and motorcycle riders colliding
with ollici vehicles, ordinary
smash-ups, and cars getting out of
control, running off the road and
There has not been a serious ac-
pulpitl vim-i I hi' l:ii l of link f'hrit;!-
mas hnlu!a period, one of the C'vcie-
bright spots in an otherwise gloomy
picture Despite the two-day pe
riod of r liny weather around New
Year's usually a danger period on
the highways - no accidents had
been reported as The Mountaineer
went to press.
The con nl 's l)o "score of high
way deaths and injuries, therefore,
is zero for 1947. All drivers are
urged to keep il that way the re
mainder of the year.
Several Cases Settled
Out Of Court
Of One Week Term
Many of the cases scheduled for
trial in the January civil term of
Superior court in Haywood county
have reached settlement out of
court, which has increased the ex
pectation that those remaining on
the docket will be finished the first
Judge William H. Boblutt, of
Charlotte, will preside at the court,
which opens Monday.
One of the most important cases
Is listed on the motion docket, in
which a point of law is to be set
tled and the case is not presented
to a jury. Mrs. Hick Leatherwood
has an act yon in this group in
which she is suing Smoky Moun
tain Stages for $50,000 damages,
an outgrowth of the accident in
Waynesville Oct, 5 resulting in the
death of her 'husband, Vinson
Five damage suits had been filed
following another auto acicdent, on
Aug. 17 near the Buncombe county
line. All had been docketed for
this term of court, but were set
tled privately and the suits drop
ped. There are 10 cases scheduled for
trial today, Including one in which
Mrs. Helen Matthews Is asking
$6,000 damages and a restraining
order on the Wood Art company
to keep the latter from selling its
Uncontested divorce cases . will
be heard at the.jcsnvenience of the
court. One action listed on the
court calendar involves the adop
tion of a baby.
Twenty-five men were selected
for the jury list to serve during
the first week, and 18 names drawn
to .rvc the second week by the
Draft Boards List
Twenty-one young men who
reached their 18th birthday din
ing December registered with the
Haywood county draft boards, eight
from the Waynesville area, and 13
Those who registered with local
board No. were Wiliam Talmjo
Kuykcndull and Ted Rooseve.i
Trammell of Waynesville, Ralph
Joel Arrington, Charles Pink
Francis, and William Carl High
lower of Rt. 1, Waynesville; Charles
Lcnwood Grasty, Rt. 2, Waynes
ville; Herbert Cecil Fore, Hazel
wood; and Jack Lowe, Rt. I,
END OF HOSTILITIES
WASHINGTON December 31st
was set by President Truman as
the end of hostilities of World War
IL .The proclamation ends many
of the executive war powers, and
six months afterwards (July 1)
numerous federal excise taxes will
automatically revert to April 1943
levels unless Congress passes new
The nation's 80th congress con
venes in Washington today with
many knotty legislative problems
to be faced. Taxes will be a major
item coming up, as will consolida
tion of the armed forces and a re
vision of federal labor laws.
Republicans outnumber Demo
crats in both houses of the legists- under a bill passed last summer
lure, and will have major contreTtqommittee' chairmanships, revert-
over law-making during the next,
two years at least. One of the first
actions the GOP will take la Jo
challenge the right of Senator
Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi xo
return to the senate. ; t
A final strategy meeting was
held Thursday when the Republi
cans would decide whether to chal
lenge Bilbo before he take' hi
oath of office (when 30 Democrats
and 29 Republican senators could floor leader.
vote) when a majority vote would
keep him out, or try to oust Bil
bo after he had been seated, re
quiring a two-thirds vote.
The congress will be "stream-! are liable to the stale poll tax, $2
Tax Listers Start
Job On Wednesday
Tax listers in the Haywood coun
ty townships reported to the Court
House for listing papers and in
structions Tuesday, and began the
annual job of determining the tax
able real estate and personal pro
perly the following day. '
Lists are to be completed by the
end of January and turned in the
first of the following month.
All men 21 to 50 years of age
lined" with a reorganization of
committees, cutting out many of
the groups whose work overlapped
ing to the new majority party,
have been selected in recent ses
sions with Senators Vandenberg
to preside over the senate. Wherry
as majority whip, and White as
floor leader. Senator Taft is head
of the GOP policy committee. Rep.
Halleck is expected to be placed in
control of the lo wen house while
the Democrats plan tip drft Rep.
isam Kayburn of Texats toj beMheir
annually. Kx-serviccmen who for
the past few years have been ex
empt from this tax now are sup
posed lo pay it, states J. S. Black,
tax lister for Waynesville,
The 1947 tax listers are C. E.
Williams. Bcaverdam; J. Mack
Caldwell, Cataloochee; Jerry Fran
cis, Cecil; C. T. N'oland, Crabtree;
C. F. Francis, Clyde; Ken Burnett,
East Fork; Frances Rogers, Fines
Creek; J. Manson Medford, Iron
Duff; Mrs. Jack Campbell, Ivy
Hill; Fred Allison, Jonathan
Creek; Gay Burnett, Pigeon; J. S.
Black, Waynesville; and Walt
Wright, White Oak.
Registering with local board No.
2 were Alvin Carroll Donaldson.
Edward Dewey McDonald, Wilev
Carroll Gibson, Lindy Adelhert
McGowan, and James R. B. Gibson
of Canton; George Coleman. Jr.
and Floyd William Murry,' Rt. I,
Canton; Guy Lewis Cooke andnj
James Harold Cook, Rt. 2, Gantjd
Lewis Frank Sorrclls, Jr., yjf 3,
Canton: Elmer Clyde Limber Mil
lard Ricl Medford. ancVJharlc'i
La Verne Rush, Clyde. ,
Aiinougn mere n,u been no.
statement reaching Hie local boaia
hat January is included in the
"draft holiday,';-'"' no quotas have
been set for , -this month so it is
presumed tlfcit no one will be call
ed up foaervlce.
ptw YORK (AP) New Year's
yas ushered in with one of the
'gayest and most expensive cele
brations on record at the leading
American cities. A cold wave cov
ered most of the country.
Record For 1947
Killed - - 0
(This Information Compiled
From Records of State Uifh