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Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Ilaywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
65th YEAR NO. 7 12 PAGES Associated Press and United Press News
WAYNESVILLE, N. C, MONDAY AFTERNOON, JAN. 23, 1950 $3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
..n growing champion,
eorn 141 14 hush-
10 Rural Road.
acre cosi u"
u". nnst him V
G corn on the nine other
V t V t
and, im .71 -.7
for the -ammonium
.s side dressing. He
at the recora yi"
41 . Mumttf title
Lnmical one generally.
his otner .V7
land OUUea aown
he estimates it as about
tn tne acre
. - I .In
xt year, ne nones w
Whether or not
he same rich bottom land
Ld him to tne uue u
btoW. wire v" "
ni he the best ior irow
The next, maybe hill
Kth best. You can't
Lf rfpnends on the grow.
ions, how mucn rain we
mmDete in the 1948
r" ... -A.j
But he got Mieresiea iu
the 1949 compeuuon
attended the Corn Club
E Collins, the State Ex
gronomist, talked about
last year at the banquet,"
explains, "and he made
, sn simple. I decided
h corn contest."
r . . . .
t-indoal speaker ai iasi
n eht s uorn vmu uau-
rir Colilns again. A few
Lter after the specialist
Uiams received the tropny
ng the Haywood County
azelwood To Get New Post
Elected To Head lQO-Bushel Club
I In A Name?
lal Claude Rogers of Cen-
fcientary has a problem
balls a pupil's name in one
asses. He aoesn i une iu
btudent by his last name.
formal: somehow. But
calls for "Billy" two stu-
liswer. wnen ne says,
two more are apt to
hen he wants Joe, he gets
locations. Even when he
je Jack to answer. .. In this
is there are two Joe Jacks, I
, and one plain Joe. There
jtwo Richards, two Betty's,
a Jeans, a brace of Flor
as, and a couple of Patsy
m two Jimmy's and- two
lu wonder," asks Mr. Reg
s' teachers are referred to
t minded or why they
medy the situation he sug-
It it would be a good Idea
ft some new names.
Prevost To Start
Work In Few Days;
Give More Room
These men were elected as principal officers for 1950 of the Hay
wood County 100-Bushel Corn Club last Thursday night at the
organization's annual banquet. Left to right, front row, are W. A
Medford of Waynesville, the new president, and George Stamey
of Pigeon, vice-president. Standing,' left to right ,are A. J. McCrack-
en, secretary, and D. J. Boyd, treasurer. (Photo by Ingram's Studio.),
'J . i ' "l X ' ' K '
W. A. Medford Elected "
County Corn Club Head
urrlll, 31-year-old Marine
Meran. started work here
Jo boost the State Highway
rength of Haywood coua
a native of Jacksonville
Jw county, was assigned
r he rejoined the Patrol
ren three vears dutv with
ft before Pearl Harbor In
eueville and Lumberton
f Hoke county.
mree weeks after the
fk atttk, he resigned from
oi and enlisted in the Ma
il buck private, i
'hat, he went through the
fighting in the South Pa
rting with the first Allied
against the Japs.
days after lpment
t, the First Marine Divls-
f Guadalcanal, he waded
f'th his line regiment at
Elcn oecame one of the
spots in the bitter 'Canal
tnat he saw action as a
pant commanding a rifle
F e jungle fighting on
t"6ld, IVlUnrta nH Rmln
f'u camp nnf r.c ,11
. . " - iour
Without a wniinrf
;;1945 when he got his
e Patrolman -Par a -
Williams To Get
N, C. Corn : Award
DwightjWilliams, Haywood coun
ty's corn;' growing expert, will rbe
presented the award as 1949 state
champion at Raleigh on Thursday
Williams' yield of 141.34 bushels
to the acre topped all .other state
producers in the annual corn contest,-.-'
Dr.: E. R, Collins, N.. C. .State
College ' agronomist, will present
the - award- at a meeting of the
North Carolina Crop Improvement
Association at State College.
Williams, accompanied by As
sistant County Agent Herb Single
tary, Wade Francis, Waynesville
Township High School Senior 4-H
president from Ratcliffe Cove, and
David Noland, will leave Wednes
day for Raleigh.
Francis qualified for the coun
ty's 100-Bushel Corn Club himself
hv crowing a fraction over loo
bushels to the acre last year.
K January 23 - Partly
It tJ " " ine sian ot
1 - farm).
I la Max. Min. Pcpt,
2i r- i
Queen To Give
To Polio Drive
The proceeds from Saturday
night's square dance will be'donat
ed to the 1950 March of Dimes in
the Waynesville area, Sam Queen
Sr.i the director of the dance, saw-
today. ;. - '
The dance Is scheduled to start
at 9 p. m., and will be held in the
Felix Stovall, director ot me
Waynesville area campaign, saw
he had been informed that the
Town of Waynesville was giving
the use of the Armory free for
(See Queen Page b)
W. A. Medford of Waynesville
was elected president of the Hay
wood County 100-Bushel Corn
Club Friday night at the organiza
tion's annual banquet at the East
Waynesville School. '
Approximately 65' members of
the Club, representing the county's
finest corn growers, elected Mr.
Medford and the other officers for
1950- bv acclamation after their
names were submitted by a nom
Mr. Medford succeeds J. F. Rog
ers as president of the organiza
tion. - -' .
George Stamey of Pigeon was
elected vice-president, succeeding
Frank Davis of Iron Duff, A. J.
McCracken was named secretary,
replacing G. C. Palmer, Jr., of
Clyde; and.D. J. Boyd was chosen
as treasurer, succeeding Sam Ferguson.
The annual event honored the
farmers who had raised 100 bush
els or more per acre of land, and
this occasion had a special flavor.
Jonathan Woody, president of
the First National Bank of Waynes
ville, presented Dwight Williams of
Waynesville the gold trophy sym
bolic of the club championship.
"But the trophy unofficially also
is symbolic of the state champion
ship, for Williams early this year
had been Judged the winner of the
1949 state corn contest with a yield
of 141.34 bushels from a single
acre of his rich bottom land.
Haywood County also had the
third best corn grower in the state
at the banquet last night. Oral
Yates of Iron Duff last year pro
duced 137.28 bushels from one
acre of his farm.
Though the ranking of third Is
unofficial, only one other contest
ant in the state was higher than
Yates when the final tally was
taken. An Easterner was runnerup
to the state .champion with 139
The awards of the trophy and
the certificates to each member of
(See Medford Page 6)
Construction of a modern post
office building in Hazelwood is
slated to get underway at an early
Congressman Monroe M. Redden
told The Mountaineer from Wash
ington this morning that the cons
structian- of the new post office
had been awarded to R. L. Prevost,
The plans are now being blue
printed, and work Is scheduled to
begin soon, Mr, Prevost told this
newspaper. The new building will
be of brick, and will afford about
twice the space as is now provided
for the Hazelwood post office.
The new building will be erect
ed at the corner of Main and Rich
land streets. The building will face
25 feet on Main Street, and ex
tend back 60 feet on Richland
street. The lot is now used as part
of a parking lot. The interior calls
for 1,508 square feet of floor space.
Mr. Prevost said this morning
that "with a good break in the
weather, we should have the build
ing completed within two months."
The post office department will
compeltely refurnish the office, and
additional patron's boxes will be
added to what are how available at
the post office. .
The new office wfll have ample
driveway for loading and unload
ing mail through a rear enrtance
and also have adequate parking
space for patrons. Separate toilet
facilities for men and women will
also be provided.
It was learned that Congressman
Redden -has been conferring with
the Post Office departmeiinifncnnf
for several months to obtain more
adequate and comfortable quarters
for the Hazelwood office.
Thurman Smith is postmaster of
the Hazelwood office.
To Improve Safety
Of 2 Danger Spots
Highway engineers have started
work on plans to eliminate the haz
ards at the intersection of two
roads with Highway No. 19-A and
23 just east of Waynesville, it was
learned today from Commissioner
L. Dale Thrash.
"We have checked the Ratcliffe
Cove, and Francis Farm road ent
rances Into the main highway, and
something will be done soon to cor
rect the hazards which now exist,"
Commissioner Thrash told The
The curve of the highway, and
intersection of the Ratcliffe Cove
road is considered as one of the
most dangerous places in this area.
Since 1940, there have been five
killed on the curve, and several
bad collisions which have resulted
in heavy property damage.
Recently the Chamber of Com
merce passed a resolution asking
that something be done to make
the intersection safer.
Commissioner Thrash also point
ed out in the open meeting at the
rural road hearing this morning
that something would be done to
improve the approach of the
Francis Farm Road into the high
way. The two dangerous intersec
tions are about a half mile apart,
both on the same side of the high
way. -' - -". - ' v '.v
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Massie and
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ray returned
to their homes Sunday after a
week's visit in Florida.
Pre-Colored Qleo Gets Nod
Over Unmixed Variety
Do you prefer colored margarine or tint your own?
A recent Mountaineer survey of the local stores showed that more
shoppers buy the pre-colored margarine than the other kind.
A chain store here reported that the average sale of white and
pre-colored margarine was about two to one fn favor of the pre-colored
Another store said that their sales were about 50-50, while a large
chain store,' which carries only the colored margarine reported that
they did not have many calls for the white margarine at all. Not even
one call a week.
A smaller grocery store reported that they sold more of the pre-
colored margarine. Ten to one, or maybe more.
There has been a debate whether or not a Federal tax should stay
on such margarine. Many Congressmen want such tax removed, while
others from the butter-making states say the tax should stay on.
Huge Crowd Attends
Rural Road Program
Here This Morning
Haywood citizens this morning formally approved 12
miles of rural road for immediate paving in ten sections of
the county. The meeting attracted about 500 citizens, and
the court room was almost filled to capacity.
The initial statement by L. Dale Thrash, highway com
missioner of the 10th district, that "this is your money, and
we want to spend it building the rural roads you want. This
is your program we are merely trying to handle the tech
nical details," was the keynote of the meeting.
So harmonious was the meeting, that the large throng
gave a rising vote of thanks to Commissioner Thrash, and
Division Engineer Z. V. Stewart, and James L, Knight, main
tainance engineer of the division, for their attitude and co
operation. v,-r, - --im '
The entire program was well prepared, and for 2 hours
and 15 minutes, the three highway officials gave information,
and answered questions about rural roads in Haywood.
The program approved for let-
Army Secretary Gordon . Gray
(above) of Winston-Salem, has
been recommended for the presi
dency of the Greater University
of North Carolina. Gov. Kerr
Scott, said Saturday that a nom
inating committee seeking a new
president for the university re
ported that Gray should be of
fered the post. Secretary Gray
is an alumnus of the university,
He Is also publisher of the Winston-Salem
Journal and Sentin
el (AP Wlrephoto). -
The Mountaineer received
three awards in the three semi
weekly divisions of the North
Carolina Press Association an
nual contest for 1949.
This newspaper won first place
for the best editorials in the
eml-wcckly division, and sec
ond place for general news cov
erage, and also second place for
features. . .
The first place award was a
larg-e walnut placque, with
gold plato on the front. The
second place awards were large
The judging for the 1949 con
test was done by professors In
the Journalism Department of
Emory University, and covered
(See Awards- Page 6)
Farmers Advised To Get
Back To Basic Fertility
Hazelwood's New $7,500
City Hall Almost Ready
The new $7,500 Hazelwood city
hall is expected to be completed
within about two weeks, it was
learned from town officials this
The new structure, on Brown
Avenue, is 25 feet by 46 feet, and
will have offices for the water de
partment, tax department, police
department, and mayor's court.
The brick, cinder block and con
crete building, will replace the
smaller building used for some
time by the town as a city hall.
The work schedule calls for the
roof to be completed this week,
and pouring of the concrete floors
Young Democrats Plan
Series Of Precinct Meetings
The precinct meetings being held
through this month and next month
by the Haywood County Young
Democratic Club will continue
The next session is scheduled
for Saturday at Fines Creek School.
The Crabtree and Iron Duff pre
cincts will hold their meeting Feb
ruary 4 at Crabtree-Iron Duff
Cruso, East Fork, and Cecil will
meet February 11 at Bethel School.
On February 14 there will be a
meeting at Jonathan Creek School
for the Jonathan Creek, Maggie,
Cataloochee and Mt. Sterling pre
(See Democrats Page 6)
Dr. R. E. Collins, N. C. State Col
lege Extension agronomist advised
Haywood County farmers Thursday
night to "get back to basic fertil
In the principal address at the
annual banquet of the Haywood
County 100-Bushel Corn Club, he
advised his audience to use lime
and phosphate, to make conditions
right for growing legumes. These
in turn fix nitrogen from the air
in the soil, making oenditions
right for the growth of corn.
He warned the corn growers,
who were honored at the banquet
for their record,' against overfer
tillzation, and underlined the im
portance of getting back to rota
tion t6 prepare for high yields.
Dr. Collins, paying tribute to
the record of 1949 State Champion
Dwight Williams, of Waynesville
declared that Williams" mark of
141.34 bushels could not be topped
anywhere in the United States.
Referring to the reports of 200
(See Corn Club Page 6)
Horticulture School Leaders
George D Jones, N. C. State College Extension entomologist, (left)
and H. R. Niswonger, Extension horticulture specialist, will lecture
here during the two-day Horticulture School for orchardlsts of
Haywood and the other! Western North Carolina counties. The
school will open at 9:30 ajn. Tuesday at the Court House. i
To Get 25,000
The town of Waynesville next
month will start work to replace
the trees that had been cleared
from part of Us watershed years
Town Manager G. C. Ferguson
said today the town officials have
applied to the Tennessee Valley
Authority for 25,000 white pine
seedlings for this reforesting job,
He added the plants were expect
ed to arrive here within the next
The seedlings, distributed under
the TVA program, will be planted
in old fields along the entrance to
the watershed in February and
Waynesville Area Polio
Drive Gains Momentum
The March of Dimes drive in the
Waynesville area picked up mo
mentum the latter part of last
week with donations gradually
growing in volume.
Felix Stovall, area March of
Dimes director, reminded the citi
zens this morning, however, that
there is still a long way to go yet
to the local goal of $7,500.
This is half the county's quota.
Last Thursday night's basketball
double-header contributed better
than $100 toward the drive. The
players on the three Waynesville
teams the Lions Club, Junior
Chamber of Commerce and Under
wood's Supply helped things out
by paying their way Into the gym,
and the officials donated .their
The Dime Board swung Into .ac
tion Saturday morning, with mem
bers of the Waynesville Rotary
Club which is sponsoring the cam
paign in this area, and the Busi
ness and Professional Women's
Club manning It.
Early reports indicated the pub
lic response was good.
Saturday night, the . drive will
get another substantial boost from
one of Sam Queen's popular square
Mr. Queen Said the proceeds
from the dance at the Armory will
be donated to the March of Dimes.
His benefit dance last year netted
$60, which went to the drive.
The popular Soco Gap String
Band, familiar institution at the
far-famed Queen dances, will play
without pay, donating their serv
ices to the cause, and the Town
of Waynesville Is eliminating its
usual rental fee for the use of the
hail. ..' ..:
. Elsewhere, in Waynesville and
throughout the county, other bene
fit events are being planned or
will be held soon.
Collections also are being made
(See Polio Page 6) I
ting In February or March, Includ
ed the following projects:
Crabtree mountain. 1 mile in
length, and 12 feet wide.
Flbervllle road, .5 mile, and a 16-
foot road. i
River road, 1.8 miles, and a 16
foot road. .
Lake Logan, 3.3 miles, and a 18
Aliens Creek, 1.3 miles, and also
a 16-foot road. ,
Hyatt Creek road, .7 miles, and
a 16-foot road.
Plott Creek road, 1.1 'miles, and
a 16-foot road. '
Eagles Nest road, .4 mile, and a
Howell Mill road, .9 mile, and
a 12-foot road.
, Fines Creek, 1 mile, and a 16-
foot toad. ' ' 1 . .
Engineer's estimates are that it ' "
will require some 37,800 tons of
crushed stone for this 12 miles of
road In the ten areas.
Commissioner Thrash cited the
fact that Haywood had a reputation
of being one of the most progres
sive counties In the state, and then
said, "I think there are several
reasons for this, one, is that there
is not a political boss in the county,
and I hope you keep it that way.
And second, I believe the fact that
so many women take an interest
in civic matters has helped bring
this situation about." .
Commissioner Thrash made it
clear that he was not going to
take machinery from mud roads
to help prepare roads for paving.
"It might take a little longer this
way, but I cannot sacrifice the
work on the mud roads for the new
paved ones. Neither can I see the
wisdom of buying too much heavy
machinery for this program, and
have the machines idle in a few
The citizens of Haywood were
told to continue working through
their township committeemen.
Sometime back, Commissioner
Thrash named 13 township com
mittees of 3 men each, to survey
and make recommendations for the
rural road paving program. It wa3
the recommendations of the com-
Imittees that were adopted this
mere are some o aaamunai
miles of rural roads that will be
let In the second phase of the pro
gram, but since there remains some
grading, and curves to straighten,
the highway engineers reported
that these projects were not quite
Commissioner Thrash made it
plain that a delay in acquiring a
right-of-way for some new loca
tions would delay rural road pro-
The regulation calls for a mini
mum of 60 feet for a right-of-way,
with the paved road In the center
(See Roads Page 3)
Injured ... 5
(This information com
piled from Records of
State Highway Patrol),