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65th YEAR NO. 1 8 PAGES Associated Press and United Press News WAYNESVILLE, N. C, MONDAY AFTERNOON, JANUARY 2, 1950 $3.00 in Advance In Haywood and JacksoCT
Peace After Corn War
Jsv 1 ;
Governor W. Kerr Scott of North Carolina (left), and Governor
Tuck of Virginia, joke over the two-state corn "war" in which
Virginia won the trophy presented at Richmond. ( AP Photo).
Lake For Large Conference
e manager and the waitresses
Hie cooks, hoyever, were very
ly about the) whole matter.
me 200 underpnvileged chil
shad a happier ihristmas be
I of the, annual Community
jtmas Tree. . ' .
all more than 3)0 grownups
hlldren attended the annual
held ChristmaiEve in the
court room of he Haywood
ly Court House under the
jorship of the Waynesville
rles Isley, dirfctor of the
iesville Tiwnshli High School
and his high school Glee
' gave a concertYof, special
ions, then led ie audience
singing of thi traditional
"mas carols. ;a
gifts which hal been con-
ieo were presentd to the
en, and besides th,se presents
to everyone in tit audience.
Mary Michal, as Wrman of
wenare Cortnittep. to-
xtended thanks U
f and others who W so gen-
u aonaung the rfcterials for
ags and toys, and h the Lions
Rotary dubs whfh donated
was in clirge of the
ping were Mrs. Jhn Queen,
t V. KlrkPatrick.Mra. Noble
win- Jimmy Bring, Mrs.
Williamson, Mrs. J. W. Kil-
rT' J. R. HiDOS, VTr r.rnv.
m Mrs. Charles Ray, Miss
Mrs wui S"? T- L- Bram
S111 Fion,and Miss
Drive Is Set
The annual drive for funds to aid
polio victims will be launched na
tionally January 15, and plans are
being pushed to completion for the
campaign in the Waynesville area.
Dave Hyatt; chairman of the
Waynesville area for the National
Foundation -r For Infantile Paraly-
i-if4oeif vi)VlWnfnJ that FrlixJ
Stovall wit liicrve as director of the
1949 campaign here. . '
He also announced that the Way
nesville Rotary Club again would
sponsor the campaign. ,
Beekman Huger is serving as
chairman of the Canton area and
Edwin Haynes will direct the drive
in that section. ;
Mr. Hyatt said the county's 1949
goal has not yet been revealed but
that he expected it to be announc
ed within the next week.
The complete organizational
structure for the Waynesville area
also will be anijounced later. ,.
For the drive, the Waynesville
area covers the section from the
western town limits of Clyde to
Bethel and Balsam.
The Canton ,area includes, the
communities of Clyde and BetheW
Between them, the Canton . and
Waynesville areas' poured in e
nough contributions to send Hay
wood nearly 50 per cent over its
Soco Road Club
To Study Plans On
New Scout Troop
The members of the Soco Gap
Road Boosters Club on Thursday
night will resume their discussions
concerning the organization of a
Boy Scout troop for the Maggie
area. . . .
The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m,
at. the Maggie School. .,
Club President Fred Campbell
will be in charge of the session.
More than 2,000 Methodists from
eight states want to come to this
community for a 3-day conference
late in June. The matter was
brought to the attention of the
directors of the board of directors
of the Chamber of Commerce here
James t. Kllpatrick, president,
announced that a convention of
adult Sunday school teachers, and
class presidents, wanted to come
to Lake Junaluska for a 3-day con
ference on June 24-27. Adequate
accommodations is the only major
problem confronting the local com
mittee and the Methodist leaders.
Dr. Frank S. Love, superintend
ent i0.j'ke urwlusko. saiJvtlMt
he fe!t tho . hotels a.id boartiiiie
hoities at the Lake could accom
modate about 800, which would
leave 1,200 for the remainder of
the community. ,
A tentative survey revealed that
about 600 could be cared for In
regular boarding houses and tour
ist courts here, with the other 600
having to go into private homes.
"It just means the people will
be called upon to offer their extra
bed rooms for the three days,"
President Kilpatrick said.
"Of course these are paying
guests, and no one is being asked
to contribute to the convention, We
are merely trying to find rooms,
for which the visitors will pay the
regular prices," he continued.
Dr. Love commented on the
convention, from a direct benefit
to the community, by saying: "I
can't imagine a more comprehen
sive program than this. It will
bring delegates from eight or more
Southeastern states, and this one
meeting will be worth more in
advertising to the section than
$10,000 spent through commercial
The Tourist Association are dis
cussing the- convention, and a com
mittee from the Chamber of Com
merce is expected to be named to
coordinate all details.
Funeral services were held Sat
urday afternoon from Asheville's
Central Methodist Church for 71-year-old
James B. (Bat) Smathers,
native of Waynesville and member
of a prominent Haywood County
The eminent Asheville attorney
died Thursday in a hospital at
Charleston, S. C. several weeks
after he was stricken while on
The Rev. E. H. Black, pastor of
the Asheville church, conducted
the services, and burial was in
Lewis Memorial Park.
Mr. Smathers had stopped in
Charleston to see his two brothers.
Dr. H. A- Smothers and Dr. H.
Way Smathers, while on his way to
Florida when he became 111.
For the last 13 years, he had
served as a senior member of the
law firm of Smathers and Wiliam
C. Meeklns in Asheville, and had
been active in church and civic
work throughout most of his life.
For many years he practiced
law in Canton in partnership with
Tom Clark, then with his brother,
Charles C. Smathers, and in the
law firm of Smathers and Sam II.
Robinson until 1927.
After moving to Asheville, Mr.
Smathers went into partnership
with the late Thomas S. Rollins.
Later he joined Judge Thomas
L. Robinson, practicing with him
until Robinson moved to the east
ern part of the state.
Mr .Smothers, born in 1887, was
one of 22 children of Dr. H. A.
Smathers and Sophia Owenby
Smathers. His father died at the
age of 94 in Asheville several years
Mr, Sma-thers started his law
practice following graduation from
Rutherford College and the Wake
Forest College law school.
In church work, he at one time
led the choir of the First Method
1st Church of Canton, and served
as superintendent of its Sunday
School for many years, at one time
teaching a men s Bible class that
had an enrollment of 300 members.
During his distinguished law
career, he served as a member of
the American, North Carolina, and
(See Smathers Page 3)
Pretty Kettle Of Fish
Mrs. Roy Martin, who spent the
holidays at her home here, left
today for Charlotte where she will
visit her son-in-law and daughter,
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Fowler. Mr.
Martin, who was also here for
Christmas returned to Warner
Robbins, Georgia. - -.
2 Jried, . 2 TaceTrial . For
fearing Down CD Signs
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, driner, occasional ' light
22 : .
Last Friday, Community Chair
man Jar'vis Caldwell of Iron Duff
gave the Haywood Superior ( Court
Except for some loose ends
which will be taken care of in
February, that closed the case of
Iron Duff's wrecked community
The money represented the re
ward the citizens of Iron Duff had
offered for informataion leading
to the arrest and conviction of the
persons responsible for tearing
down three community signs last
Ironically, the reward will go
to one of the boys convicted of
-Mr. Caldwell said the youth
gave the testimony which cleared
up the case. . ,
The informant and another
youth pleaded guilty in the No
vember term of Haywood Super
ior Court to charges of destroying
Two others implicated were in
dicted and face trial in the Febru
ary term of court.
The morning after the residents
had erected the new road signs as
a project of their community De
velopment Program, they found
them torn down and damaged,
The aroused citizens through
their chairman immediately noti
fied the sheriff's department.
Within ten days after the signs
had been torn down, sheriff's offi
cers discovered the identity of
two of the youths involved.
The identity of the two others
was revealed in the November
trial, and Judge Dan K. Moore im
mediately directed the Grand Jury
to return true bills of indictment
All four boys are each about 20
years of age. None are Iron Duff
School Bells To
Ring Out Again
There may be worse in the long
run, but the saddest sound of this
physical universe for Haywood
County's 6,000 school children will
come Thursday morning.
That will be the chiming of the
school bells sounding the knell of
the parting Christmas vacation.
County Schools Superintendent
Jack Mcsser says classes for the
New Year will take up shortly after
breakfast where they left off in the
already dim, dead past of 1949 that
has already entered the quiet
stream of history.
The boys and girls will have their
bright memories, however, as they
force their reluctant 6teps toward
desk and teacher.
If sales figures in the town stores
mean anything, the school children
have memories of one of the bright
est Christmases they've ever had.
Then they'll have this thought
to break the gloom, too
Less than five months before
Herman Rathbone Is
Haywood's First 1950 Bab"
Fontana Lake gave up these 16 bass all the law allows to
Wayne Rogers (holding the string) and Delmos Caldwell, both of
Waynesville. The flsh ranged from 12 to 19 inches in length and
one and a halfto four pounds in weight. The men landed three
others of the minimum legal size during the seven hours they
fished in a steady downpour, but threw them back in hopes of
getting something better, Wayne's brother, Max, was the angler
who landed the record-breaking rainbow trout last March from
Glenvjlle Lake. (Staff Photo).
Postal Business Here
Tops Mark For 1948
Power To Be
Cut Off In Some
Areas Jan. 8
Power will be off from 1:30 P.
M. until 4:30 P. M. Sunday for
the people served from Hazel
wood, and in the Lake Junaluska,
and Balsam areas. , .
II. M. Burlson ... manager of tho
Hazelwood office of the Carolina
Power and Light Company, said
in his announcement today that
the Interruption, will not affect
the Waynesville area or the cus
tomers on the Rural Electrifica
tion Authority lines.
He explained that the service
will be Interrupted because of
work being done on the Hazel
wood and Dayton Rubber sub
stations in connection with the
conversion of the Hazelwood
Cantori power line from 22,000
to 66,000 volts.
The cut - off originally was
scheduled for three weeks ago,
but rain forced postponement.
(See Trial Page 3)
Funeral services were held re
cently for the late Mrs. Mar
garet ("Aunt Mag") Mooney
Caldwell of Cataloochee. 'A resi
dent of her community for 57
years, she died December 23. One
of the Mountaineer's charter
readers, she had never'missed an
issue of the paper since it was
first published 65 years ago, :
Youth Hurt As
Mishap Mars 1950
Haywood County's traffic record
for 1950 developed a spot before
the New Year was three hours old.
Ralph Holder, 17-year-old Can
ton boy was Injured early yester
day morning when the can in which
he was riding crashed into an ap
pie tree in Clyde. I
Haywood County Hospital at
tendanls described his condition
late this morning as "good". x .
State Highway Patrolman Bill
Otherwise, the last days of the
old year and the first day of the
New Year were peaceful in Hay
"All quiet" was the report from
State Highway Patrolmen and the
police of Waynesville and neigh
Community festivities, private
parties, and plain old-fashioned
fun ruled throughout . the county
as the Haywood folks saw the New
A report released today by the
Waynesville Post Office indicates
the town's businessmen had a bet
ter year in general and a better
Christmas in particular in 1949
than they did the year before.
Col J. H. Howell, Sr., the post
master said the Post Office's
Christmas business was about
$1,000 better than the 1948 holiday
season. ' ' 7 '" C .
He also said the year's postal
business . through : December 29
alone was ner'y $6,000 above that
of all of 1948.
He said there would be a com
plete report within the next ten
days covering 1949 postal business
as a whole.
By Thursday night, the 1949
postal business had reached $64,
008.82. This figure docs not include
(See Postal Page 3)
A Haywood County farmer who
produced 141.34 bushels of corn
on one acre has been declared
officially North Carolina's champ
ion corn grower for 1949. Dr. E.
R. Collins, in charge of agronomy
extension at State College and
chairman of the State Corn Con-J
test Committee, announced this
The new champion is Dwlcht
Williams, of Waynesville. He will
receive a $100 bond as regional
winner for the mountains and an
other $100 bond as State winner.
He won first place with an acre
of Dixie 17 which was seeded May
6 with 12-inch spacing in 42-inch
The field was fertilized with two
toons of stable manure plus 200
pounds of 7-7-7 at planting and
tow side-dressings of 100 poounds
Dale Gainey, 15-year-old Wayne
County youth, won the Coastal
Plain regional title with a yield of
ine Piedmont wnlner was
Charlie Barbee of Stanly County,
whose yield was 129.2 bushels.
Gainey and 'Barbee will receive
one $100 savings bond each. All
of the prizes are donated by the
North Carolina Foundation Seed
Producers, Inc., and will be pre
sented at a meeting in Raleigh lat
er this month.
First 6 Months
Of Lions' Year
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The Waynesville Hons last
Thursday j night heard how good
they were financially, then heard
how good they were period.
Club President Dick Bradley told
the Lions at their regular weekly
dinner meeting at Patrick's Cafe
teria that during the first six
months of the organizations year,
$4,200.35 poured into the club
treasury from all sources.
Then Waynesville Attorney W.
R. Francis, a member of the Way
nesville Rotary Club, Incidentally,
praised the Lions for their long
record of consistent service to the
Mr. Francis, a former state sen
ator, was the guest speaker at the
- Bradley's financial report cover
ed contributions from the Christ
mas Cheer campaign and other
fund-raising drives thecluhjeon-
ducted during the last six months,
and the receipts the Lions earned
from the five performances of
their annual Minstrel.
In all, the club actually handled
more than $6,000 during the firts
half of its year,
For New Tax
How many filling stations
there in Haywood County?
Ask one of the State Highway
Patrolmen in a day or two.
Since last Thursday, the officers
have been working on the ardu
ous job of checking the gasoline
stocks of every service station in
Corporal John L. Carpenter ex
plained lhat the job is necessary
to give a basis for helping to com
pute the receipts the county will
give on the new one-cent tax on
The one-cent-per-gallon tax is
being levied to help pay for the
State's $200,000,000 rural road
building program. . '
Speculation continued today over
the identity of the "flying cigars"
which persons throughout the
Carolines reported, seeing ; flying
high and fast last week.
An Associated Press dispatch
first noted the mysterious craft
It said the "object was first seen
at Fayettevllle . . . at about 4:30
p. m. Wednesday. Within a half
hour, residents of Hamlet, Ches
terfield and Greenwood, S. C., re
ported sighting it." , .
This would give the thing a
straight trail of about 200 mile?
going southwest across the Caro
Tom Lee pf Waynesville, said
he saw what looked like a wing
less transport plane flying at 3,
000 to 4,000 feet over the town
toward Dellwood Road at about
1:30 p. m. or 2 p. m. Wednesday,
two and a half hours before it was
first reported over Fayetteville.
"I Thought at' first it was a
plane," he reported, "but then I
noted there was no sound of a
motor or an appearance of one,
and that it had no wings.
"Otherwise, the body looked like
the one of a transport plane long
and made of bright metal-like
Mrs. J. R, Plott, Jr., reported she
saw a strange trail of smoke be
tween 4:40 and 4:45 p. m. high
over Plott Balsam.
She said she and her 16-year-old
daughter, Elizabeth Ann, were
in the back yard of their home near
the Mount Valley Inn when they
noticed what they though was an
invisible plane starting to sky
Mrs. Plott said the trail was
describing a huge circle as though
it wefe beginning to write the let
ter "P" ancTthat it was travelling
generally toward Sylva.
"We didn't hear any noise at all.
There was no sound of any plane
(See Strange Craft Page 3)
Son Of Hemphill
Baby Debry Award
The first baby born in Haywcod
County in 1950 was Herman Hr
old Rathbone, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Troy Beauford Rathbone of Hemp
He thus won the Mountaineers'
annual Baby Derby and all the
prizes merchants and businessmen
have contributed. ' ,
The boy weighed eight pounds
and three ounces when he first saw
the light of day yesterday in Hay
wood County Hospital when the
New Year was only five hours and
nine minutes old.
He became the Rathbone's sec
ond child and their second son,
Herman Harold's older brother,
Trpy Beauford, Jr., is 19 months
Attending Haywood County's
first birth of 1950 was Dr. Thomas
Mrs. Rathbone, who is 21 years,
old, Is the former Allie Acuff. .
Mr. Rathbone, a farmer, Is 24.
The county's first baby of the
New Year was born just 23 hours
and 11 minutes after the last baby
of 1949 came into the world. '
The baby who came into the
world as the old year was fading is
Douglas Monroe Hannah, born to
Mr. and Mrs. Bryson Hannah, Cove '
Creek farm couple.
Douglas Monroe became the Han,
nah's seventh child when he was
born at 5:20 p.m. New Year's Eve,
Mrs. Hannah, who is 32, is the
former Lorena Messer,
Mr. Hannah is 39 years old. I
The attending physician was Dr
N. F. Lancaster.
The first baby of 1950 also came
one hour and 41 minutes less than
a year after the first baby of 1949.
The winner of the Mountaineers
1949 Derby was Carolyn Suo Win
chester, born to Mr. and Mrs.
Beecher Winchester of Deliwood
Carolyn Sue was exactly one
yar old at 6:50 a.m. yesterday.
Like the 1949 champion, young
Mr. 1950 will be well supplied for
his first year of life.
For being born before anyone
else this year, Herman Harold will
Fifteen quarts of pasteurized
milk from Pet Dairy;
A complete baby outfit valued at
$14.50 from Belk-Hudson, includ
ing a blanket, handmade dress, a
dozen Birdseye diapers, baby robe,
and a Johnson's gift set;
A sterling silver spoon and fork
from E. J. Lilius, Waynesville
(See First BabyPace 3),
Two-Week Civil Court
Term To Open Monday
A two-week cjvil term of Hay
wood Superior Court will open
here next Monday morning with
Judge Zeb V. Nettles of Asheville
scheduled to preside.
Twenty-five cases are scheduled
for hearing during the course of
Meanwhile, court officers today
announced the list of prospective
jurors for the session.
The day-by-day court docket
shows these cases are coming up
January 9--Smlth, Administrator
vs. Gibbons; Medford vs. Burrell,
et al; Tennessee Roofing Company
vs. Gibson, et al; Sellers vs. Sta
nley, et al; Harvey vs. Hemphill.
January 10 Sutton vs. Caldwell;
Phillips vs. Potts, et al; Muse vs.
January 11 Epstein vs. Under
wood; Wright vg. Alrrington; Stiles
vs. Crowder; Pressley vs. Galloway;
Lunsford vs. Lunsford.
January 12 Reece vs. Scott;
Mitchell vs. Smith Drug Co.; Swain
vs. Motor Lines.
January 13 Silvers vs. Gallo
way, et al; Reed vs. Matney.
January 16 Strable vs. Medford;
In Re Marion W. Allen, Deceased;
McCracken, et al vs. McCracken,
January 17 Davis, B.N.F. vs.
Casey; Livingstone vs. Livingstone.
Motion Docket Welch vs.
Welch; Blaylock vs Boyd; Begni
The jury list:
First week -Dave
Millwood and John f A.
Plott, Waynesville; G. W. Wrfeht,
White Oak; Silas Nichols, Wajes
ville; J. C. Hopkins, Cataloochee;
Mrs. Wilma Rhodarmer, Clyde;
(See Civil Court Page
Starts New Year
- A change in Haywood county's
State Highway Patrql force marked
the opening of the new law en
State Highway Patrolman Bill
Sawyer left yesterday, a few hours
after investigating the year's first
accident, to find a place to live in
Meanwhile, Patrolman Wooten,
previously stationed in Kings
Mountain, reported to Corporal
John L. Carpenter to start learn
ing the Haywood ropes.
Sawyer and Wooten swapped
stations in the transfer that was
announced last month by the cor
Meanwhile, the vacancy left by
the resignation of State Highway
Patrolman Jeff Mays early last
month will remain open until about
the first of March when a replace
ment will be assigned from among
the new-crop of graduates from
the State Highway Patrol School
at Chapel Hill. ' .
" State " Highway Patrolman" " II.
Dayton and Corporal Carpenter
are remaining on duty in Haywood,
giving the county a current force
of three state officers. -
Injured ... 1
(This information com
piled from Recoi ' ;
State Highway r ' -