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WAYNES VILLE, N. C, FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 1947
$3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
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: Leaders Map Plans
Gel Haywood Hospital
uded In State Funds
Id county's civic club rop
es laid plans to fight lor
o get the needed cnlargc-
Jic Haywood County Hos-
uded in the state-wide
id program and give the
komniissioncrs more frec-
piancing the hospital's ex-
id maintenance at a mect-
ay night in the supcrin-
education's office at the
Jeeoniincndations to be put
' next meetings of the
ubs and industrial tax
the county in petition
lask Haywood s state legis
sponsor a state-wide bill
By hospitals and health
"necessity"; which would
kty commissioners author-
be bonds for hospital con
work and levy taxes for
Eiaintcnance without a spe
on within the counties.
the bill outlined above
pass, to have local legis-
tonsored to increase the
3 cents taxation rate for
support to a sufficient
o take care of the insti
ixpenses, since the present
ft the state-wide program,
esented the General VVa?
Ion, be supported . in all
but the costly plans to
caching hospital and ex-
ficdical school at Chapel
cy for the medical school
allotted to other phases
ogram, and laws enacted
ood county to participate.
oposal to build a medical
Chapel Hill, which would
a large portion of the
p federal money assigned
lal improvement in North
was attacked bitterly at
ing Monday night.
t. Reeves, representing the
iud, described it as unnec-
fce vacancies exist in hp
iversity and Wake Forest
nd a large portion of the
there are from other
Several other doctors and
faUendine the mpptimr .
latives of the Haywood
JMedical Society and the
ions club, also voiced on-
Jtinued on Page Two)
fire and Battprv rnmn.
n named dealers for the
he of jeeps, station wagons,
""ens and the standard
due in Anril.
Sims, owner of tho tirm
d yesterday that a Un f
lid a station
. bSW11 WC1C
Py at the rnmnanv1
interest has been shown in
ay, and kpvapqi t,
- . DBito nave
J'Hys automobile, due in
1 be of sUndard size, com-
0 otJher six-cylinder cars,
Phed The M,,. u..
fay. Jan. 30 rin,..,
and thunder storms today.
r'ndy, and colder with oc
powers. Lowest tempera
gnt near frinn
Jan. ai ti '
ef. clcarins In fh- .
frlandco,der Friday night
Bishop Paul Garber,
Native Tar Heel,
To Give Address
At Methodist Church
Bishop Paul Garber, resident
bishop uf the Methodist church for
the Geneva, Switzerland area, will
speak Wednesday night, Feb. 5, at
me first Mqtliotiist church at a
Persons of all faiths are extend
ed a cordial invitation to hear
Bishop Garber by Rev. Paul Town
send, pastor of the host church.
"The bishop has been in Europe
for two years," he remarks, "work
ing daily among (he Christian peo
pie of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bel
gium and other war-ravaged areas.
He has a great story to tell of how
the people of Middle Europe are
turning to the Christian faith, and
his story of suffering there will
touch the heart of every one."
A native of North Carolina and
former member of the Western
Carolina conference. Bishop Gar
ber is making an extensive speak
ing 1vy$.pt the south, after wlijch
be will return to Europe. During
the corning week, he will stay with
Dr. Elmer Clark at Lake Junalus-
Damage Of Main Street Blaze Nears $100,000 Mark UmiHire More, Wie
Suffer Heavy Damages
In 3 -Hour Fire Tuesday
Today Is Deadline
For '46 Auto Tags
Today is January 31st.
This is the last day to use a 1940
automobile license in North Car
olina without being subject to a
fine. Get your new tag and have it
displayed properly before mid
night. If you live in Wayncsville,
get your city tag as well.
No Extension On
Tax Listing Given
No extension of time will be
given for listing taxes, it was
learned yesterday from officials
at the court house. Today is the
last day to list for 1946 taxes,
without being subject to a pen
alty, the official pointed.
A large percentage oi proper
ty owners have already listed
their property, it was said.
GAS BURNS NO DAMAGE
A bucket of gasoline turned over
in Ben Noland's Garage, at Hazel
wood, Thursday night about seven
o'clock. The Fire Department an
swered the call. No damage was
done by the blaze.
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This photograph was made shortly after the fire was dicovered in the basement of Garrett Furniture Store on Main street Tuesday
afternoon. The white gaseous smoke pouring from the right of the store is where the disastrous blaze is believed to have started. Firemen
fought the blaze for three hours before bringing it under control. Smoke almost as dense was pouring front the back of the building at the
time this picture was made. TM heat from the fire was just as intense as the 6moke was dense. To make this picture the photographer stood
on the marker on the court bouse lawn. (This is a Mountaineer photo by Ingram, Sky land Studio). t i
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For Summer Term Here
V. D. Controls
The annual meeting of the board
of the District Health department
composed of Haywood, Transylva
nia, Macon, Jackson and Swain
counties and the Cherokee reserva
tion area, which Is served by the
district through the Indian agency,
was held here Wednesday in the
offices of the health department in
the courthouse with George A.
Brown Jr. chairman of the group,
The board endorsed a resolution
(Continued on Page Eight)
Reece Named President
Of Chamber Of Commerce
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C. J. REECE
C. J. Recce was named president
of the Chamber of Commerce by
the new board of directors here
Tuesday night. Mr. Reetfe succeeds
L. E. Sims as head of the organi
zation. M. D. Watkins was named as one
of the vice presidents, and Richard
Barber the other vice president.
James Kilpatrick was named treas
urer, succeeding William Medford,
and Miss S. A. Jones was re-elected
The new board discussed plans
for the coming year, and heard re
ports from the committee that will
go to Washington next Week for
the Park hearing before Secretary
of Interior Krug, a meeting ar
ranged by Representative Monroe
The new board was elected two
weeks ago. ......
To Serve As Girls
The Waynesville Hotel will be
leased to Florida Southern College
as a dormitory to be used during
a five-weeks summer school here,
.starting June 2nd.
Mrs. Grady Boyd, who manages
the Main street hotel under an
agreement with the administrators
of the Woolsey estate, reports that
only "a few minor details" remain
in the way of sub-lelling the hotel
to the college.
E. R. Riedel. dean of men at
the Lakeland, Fla. college, was in
Wayncsville three weeks ago mak
ing arrangements for the school to
begin a summer session here. He
was offered the use of Waynes
ville Township High school class
room facilities, and before leav
ing said that housing space for
non-resident girl students was tho
only thing standing in the way of
starting the school.
A letter was received, written
January 23 by Dean Riedel to
Supt. Jack Messer, stating that "It
seems everything will work out all
right for the summer school in
Waynesville," and quoting tuition,
board and room rates. He also ask
ed that Supt. Messer find out how
many teachers in the Haywood and
Canton school districts would en
roll in the summer school, and
the courses they would want to
When here earlier this month,
Dean Dicdcl talked to Mrs. Boyd
regarding use of the Waynesville
Hotel as a dormitory. Mrs. Boyd
since that lime has discussed it
with the hotel owner's attorney,
William Medford, and the lease
between her and Florida Southern
College is expected to be signed
within a short time.
The college plans to use its own
staff to manage the hotel, and in
crease the bed capacity to hold ap
proximately 75 persons.
The college also desires another
rooming house for use as a boys'
dormitory, but this was not con
sidered a necessity since it is pos
sible to let them room privately.
Enrollment for the summer term
was estimated by Dean Riedel, who
will be in charge here, to include
aobut 125 regular Florida South
ern students the majority of them
girls, and approximately 100 day
students from this area.
Last Rites For
Funeral services will be conuct
ed this afternoon at the Clyde Bap
tist church at 3 o'clock for Horace
N. Sentelle, 73, who died at his
home in Clyde after a long illness.
Rev. R. A. Kelly will officiate and
burial will be in Pleasant Hill
cemetery at Clyde.
Active pallbearers will be Dr.
F. M. Davis, Joe Hargrove, Way
Kinsland, Gudger Bryson, Hugh
Leatherwood, T. H. Haynes, Ray
Cashion and Joyce Warren.
Members of the Masonic Lodges
of Waynesville, Clyde, Canton and
Bethel will conduct the graveside
rites. The body will remain at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Sam
Robinson, Academy street, Canton,
until the hour of the funeral.
For a number of years Mr. Sen
telle was active in public affairs
of Haywood county and was chair
man of the county Republican ex
In his early manhood he served
as postmaster at Clyde and then
entered the newspaper field. His
first paper was a weekly published
at Clyde and he later was asso
ciated with the Waynesville Cour
ier, now The Waynesville Moun
taineer. He also published the
Vindicator-Observer at Canton. He
was at one time business manager
(Continued on Page Eight)
Town Police Arrests
Decline In January
Fourteen arrests have been made
byv local police since January 20,
raising the total figure for the
first 30 days of this month to 36
arrests as compared to 70 during
the month of December.
Eight persons were released on
paying court costs when found
guilty of public drunkenness, and
two were given a suspended sen
tence, to be lifted upon payment of
costs. Three others, on the same
charge, and one charged with
speeding, are to be tried Monday.
Senator William Medford of
Haywood was among tue sponsors
of the bill sent to both the House
and Senate in Raleigh this week to
provide grants-in-aid by the state
for help in construction school
buildings. Representative Dan Tom
kins of Jackson and Senator Bax
ter C. Jones of Swain are other
legislators f.oi.' the western part
of the state sponsoring the meas
ure. The bill would establish a fund
of $10,000,000 for aid to poorer
(Continued on Page Eight)
Losses In Tuesday's Blaze
(These arc conservative estimates, gathered by The Moun
taineer alter consulting with contractors, owners, suppliers, and
Garrett's Stock $60,000.00
Garrett's Building 25,000.00
Burnelle's Cafe (Stock-Fixtures)- 3,500.00
Noland Building (Cafe Building) 3,500.00
Jones' Furniture (Apartment) 60.00
Briggs' Furniture (Apartment) - 400.00
TOTAL LOSS ' - $92,460.00
Smoke began boiling from the basement of Garrett's Furni
ture Store early Tuesday afternoon to signal the beginning of.
a fire that gutted two floors of the store and ate into the
Burnette's Cafe next door for over $92,000 worth of destruc
tion in one1 of the most costly blazes to ever hit the
Waynesville business district.
Is Estimated At
Workers began yesterday morn
ing cleaning out the debris in Bur
nette's Cafe, preparatory to reno
vating the building, which was bad
ly damaged in Tuesday's blaze.
Kstimales were that the building,
which is owned by D. Reeves
Noland, was damaged $3,500 or
more. A like estimate was placed
on stocks and fixtures of the cafe.
The cafe is owned by Mr. and Mrs.
II. W. Burncttc.
Tentative plans are to have the
building renovated so the cafe can
re-open in ten days or two weeks,
provided no difficulty is experi
enced in gelling sufficient mate
rials. Tiie eiil ire ceiling of the cafe,
walls and all windows, both front
and back, will have to be replaced.
The smoke was first discovered in
the cafe, and clue to the heavy duty
suction fan in operation, Mr. No
land said he felt this had a tend
ency to pull the smoke from the
Garrett building. The fan was
shut off soon after the fire was
Fire ate through a connecting
wall into the cafe and burned to
the ceiling of the first floor. "In
four minutes more the blaze would
have been into the second story and
out on the roof," Mr. Noland sur
mised. The lire burned the switch boxes
of the Noland building, and elec
tricians were busy yesterday in
stalling new units.
Some employees of the cafe were
(Continued on Page Eight)
Valiant efforts on the part ot
Waynesville, Canton, Asheville, and
scores of volunteers, kept the fire
from doing further damage. Tor
rents of water were poured on it in
a three-hour-long battle, through
windows, the rear door, and dur
ing the last stages by breaking
openings into the main furniture
store floor to spray the basement
storage room where the fire started.
Biggest loss was the two crowded
floors of furniture, much of it still
crated in the basement, although
a large portion was found to be
salvagablfi and some only damaged,,
,wUr when tb M"w of workeiw
started clearing out the wreckage
Wednesday morning. Noble W. Gar
rett, owner of the furniture store,
started carpenters to tearing down
and rebuilding the damaged portion
of the store, with the stock to he
moved elsewhere and sold.
The fire started in a storage
room at the front left part of the
basement, of unknown origin. Ac
cording to the management, second
hand stoves were stored there,
which would contribute little In
spontaneous combustion. The fur
nace room is on the opposite side
of the basement.
Smoke was first noticed by Mrs.
Hub Burnettc fn the restaurant
next door. She went to their base
ment and saw smoke coining
through the walls separating the
buildings, ran upstairs and sent one
of the waitresses to warn Garretts.
They soon located the smoke, anil
called the fire department about
1:15 p. m.
Chief Clem Fitzgerald brought
(Continued on Page Eight)
Criminal Court To Open
Monday With 122 Cases
A heavy docket is scheduled for
the February term of Haywood
county Superior court which will
convene here on Monday morning,
February 3. with Judge William H.
Bobbitt of Charlotte, presiding, ft
will be the first court in Haywood
in which the newly elected solici
tor, Dan K. Moore, of Sylva, has
appeared in his official capacity.
Solicitor Moore told The Moun
taineer yesterday that he expected
the greater part of the first day to
be taken in naming a grand jury,
and the charge by Judge Bobbitt to
the grand jury which will serve for
There are 97 cases carried over
on the docket and twenty-five new
ones, according to the docket. The
new cases coming up for trial the
first time include:
The State versus Lawrence D.
Brooks, charged with reckless driv
(Continued on Page Eight)
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SOLICITOR DAN MOORE
700 Gallons Water
Per Second Used
On Fire Tuesday
One of the visiting firemen
estimated that at the peak of
the fire fighting Tuesday 70i
gallons of water was beins?
used per second, or 42,000 gal
lons a minute.
Normal pressure on the hy
drants being used is 85 pounds,
when run through the tire
truck pump, this was increas
ed to nearly 200 pounds.
Any person who worried
about using up all the water
in the reservoir may forget i
One of the town workmen went
up to the storage tank during
the fire and opened the inlet
valve to keep it full. When the
fire was over the reservoir was
Record For 1947
In Hay wood
Killed - -Injured
Vehicles Checked 692
(This Information Compiled
From Records of State High