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Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
65th YEAR NO. 33 8 PAGES Associated Press and United Press News WAYNESVILLE, N. C, MONDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 24, 1950
$3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jack3on Couctiei
ti,e May amf
l ?BlckCamp Gap. Judg
K he saw last Sunday
Lrfpd a steady stream of
'r.f.rk Camp Gap .11
jyd,y-and left, loaded
F,. ,i.imc of traffic to
tributes to the wide-
f'kiiritv the Kamp vuu-
$770,000 To Be Spent Expanding Haywood Electric Membership Lines
Bulk Of R
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u, the night irom mi !.
Civic IMeetin: Intee
" Projects Suggest
Carl Goerch Makes
Number Timely Sug
gestions For Area In
Pi whispered, "just like
r . . . . 1 1. it I
U light duid.
tl.lderlv aunt, lust com-
"" ..... ...ht tho
a movie v-.
I. md snorted:
lucky young people are so
have SO JK11C ciav w .
bum- day. W"V
wife finally was siruca. uy
lrom his conscience.
ft she goes out every morn-
iMph school, ne museu,
Hear little pointed neaa uan uoercn, editor of The state
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tone and wnen cue magauiie, iaoi rriuay uigm ue
K late In the auernoon, ciarea tne western area has got to
her weary frame up tne establish more tourist accommoda
hat does she do?" tlons to get the fullest possible
n vnu what she does, ne value from the Cherokee drama In
W with rising indigna- particular and the heavy volume of
It has to wash the wean- summer visitors In general.
its. Then she has to wasn H(J made hig mag before the
h dishes. Then she has to n.riw asn npnnl who attpnifod
W" . . a. til w - -B-w-r-w - -
frper for the tnree oi us. the annual Chamber of Commerce
msed a momeni to wrusn ban(juet , tne Hazelwood School
ittic tear irom cafeteria and a radio audience.
taring ms snomucrs, c ..If this thing (the Cherokee
clean pair ot overaua anu pageant project) is not handled
the big stack of dishes m . .. he;warned.. referring to
the current shortage of tourist fa
cilities, "the drama Is liable to
backfire and become the most ad
verse advertising Western North
Carolina ever had
"I believe," he continued, "that
Western North Carolina has miss
ed the boat where accommodations
for tourists are concerned
Strongly recommending the
establishment of a place in West
irom a brief trip out of era North Carolina similar t
felt that a cup of coffee uatnnDurg. Tennessee, ne aeci.r-
a good idea. r we vaiiey oeiween ooco
,kavc, i. nntnf hreak- and Lake JunaiusKa is me
. . th. - hnH noerf. mace for anomer uauinoui k.
Ull M.C OVW.i. MV ..v-k-fc. i r , ... . I
to be heated Mr. Goerch made me Danqueia
iin. ri,rfHiiv t. ..rtii principal address after being pre-
ie on under the pot. and snted by the Chamber with a
lout the business of blow- piaque miaia wimwu
l t.. i- native wood and snapea in ine
iirif uoc in me ucuiuuiu - :
itanntiiM to be handy. outline oi tne state oi nonn w
tilnutes later, wife, husband lina-
350 People Attend
Annual Banquet For
Most Colorful Event
h hour later, panting from
mistomed exertion, he
I washed and dried the
Jm coffee pot, and placed
1p electric stove.
be climbed back into his
suit, took a last look a-
leeline the old cigarette
D ... i
make sure they were all
Jd then left for his office..
Night after the family .ft-
lild simultaneously started
thing was burning, they a-
nd it didn't smell like cof-
fian went out into the kitch-
rived too late, though.
N-hot grill had melted
Mom of the empty cof
tie had forgotten he so
washed and dried.
P of Waynesville uses a
I anaesthetic as its means
N of dogs unclaimed 72
7 "ley are put lit the new
31 Physician assured con-
mens todav fhat fh
f Putting an linuisnlol
. " Ml. UI1VI.U
"Mth is by chlnrnfnrmlno
lli death comp nfto, ih
Hes the vapors for only
'"e method of disooRal
H Waynesville npnnlp m.
'""tern ovpi. k .it..
hw the dogs were put
hoiif.1 v 111 Put1,c are
llmed hv 1
Hi. i 7 tf uwucia
P DV ltlloro. j
.l . lca persons ai
V1 Wai t IT1B t.o..
t . c
ri rvi inv
L"iued warm j -
f'erm .u aues-
i - "lowers and hirnlnir
Ma. Min. RalnfaU
W. Curtis Russ, editor of the
Mountaineer and a director of the
Chamber, presented the plaque on
behalf of his organization in his
Introduction of Mr. Goerch to the
banquet guests and Radio Station
WHCC'a listening audience.
The magazine editor, w;hose ad
dress was spiced with humorous
anecdotes illustrating his remarKs,
And 1 hope they run the guy
out of the county who wants w
change the name of Maggie."
His recommendations regaramg
the development of the Maggie
section was just one of several ne
made in regard to the development
of this area to catch a greater vol
ume of tourist business. ;
Tn rpfprpnre to the drama liseu,
he suggested the establishment of
a "tent village" to accommodate the
visitors overnight right on the fair
grounds, and that the Cherokees
appear in native costume anu v.
tribal dances for the visitors.
In presenting this Idea, ne De
clared: .. . . . ,.
"There isn't time to build noie
or tourist courts of stone, brick or
frame construction. But mere
time to build (this) other type of
"ThPSP tents, of course, wouiu
h hptter If they were in the form
of Indian tepees. But if they can
not be obtained, then I'm sure
tents could be purchased as Army
(See Goercn rage
Younger Set Has
v Today's "Younger Set" is writ
ten by two students Carolyn Say-
er, of Waynesville hign, ana neien
Ferguson of Crabtree-Iron Duff
Both columns are packed with
news of interest to all students, and
hpransp nf the 'time value, both
columns are being published today
A capacity attendance of 350 on
Friday enjoyed what officials term
ed "The best Chamber of Conv
merce banquet ever staged here."
Every available - seat at the
Hazelwood school dining room was
taken, and some 50 persons want
ed tickets at the last minute after
the supply had been exhausted
The colorful event, climaxed by
a stirring address by Carl Goerch,
editor-publisher of The State mag
azlne, left everyone thinking about
the undeveloped possibilities in
this area. . ' ,
The entire program went as
scheduled, without the slightest
variation, and the wide variety of
entertainment kept the huge crowd
interested throughout the program
James L. Kllpatrlck, president
was master of ceremonies and
Charles E. Ray Introduced the
guests, . ; ,
W. Curtis Russ Presented the
speaker and fn so doing, gave him
a large . piaque . w iniawi wooa,
shaped like North Carolina, with
the Inscription: "Carl Goerch, a
loyal and consistent booster of
Western North Carolina, present
ed by the Waynesville Chamber of
Mrs. Goerch was given a basket
of Haywood apples, as a gift from
the Haywood Apple Growers As
Among the visitors attending the
meeting, were: Felix Plckelsimer,
Sylva Chamber of Comerce; P. M.
Canak, secretary Hendersonvllle
Chamber of Commerce, Beekman
Huger, Champion Paper and Fibre
Co.; Julian B. Stepp, Carolina Pow
er and Light Company, Francis J.
Heazel, past president Asheville
Chamber of Commerce; Mayor
Kelly Bennett, Bryson City; Mr.
and Mrs. Tom Ferguson, Bryson
City, the latter president of the
Chamber of Commerce; Mr, and
Mrs. Robert White, acting super
intendent of the Park, Gatlinburg;
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sink, Cherokee;
Mr and Mrs. Ross Caldwell, Chero
kee: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jennings
Cherokee; Mrs. Molly Arneech,
Cherokee, and Harry Buchanan,
During the dinner Teddy Mar
tin's orchestra furnished music,
followed by several numbers by
the Cherokee Indian quartette
The flowers were furnished by
Waynesville Florist for the occa
sion, and the meal Was served by
Mrs. Rufus Slier, and members of
the high school Home Economics
Harry Buchanan Cites
Value Of Cherokee
Drama To This
Harrv Buchanan, president of
the Cherokee Historical Associa
tlon, told Chamber of Commerce
banquet audience Friday night that
"people will know they're In Norm
Carolina" before the Cherokee in
dlan drama Is over this summer.
His remarks referred to the dif
ficulty many visitors over their
tional Park exnress over their
knowing when they're In the Ten
nessee side and when they're in
He told the nearly 400 people
at the annual Chamber event In
the Hazelwood School Cafeteria
1 1 '
One Milled, Two
urt In Mane
WILLIAM L. BALENTINE who
was instantly killed when his
plane crashed here late Sunday
afternoon. Two others wifVi him
suffered slight injuries.
Approximately 300 pastors and
that though the drama funds are lay delegates will hold the 1950
still about $20,000 snort of wnai is " n.riiciio
needed, "the Drama will go on i" meeung inursaay ai rrauK-
Dr. C. N. Clark of Wayneavllle,
the church's district superinten'
July 1 regardless."
Touching on the available tourist
otlnna In tht BrPA he
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ii.. hn fhnnoh mnrp are aem, in nig announcemeni wunjr.
iuu.vu I 1 . . . . , I
Sau no WOUia conveno tot scmiuu
at 9 a. m. at Franklin's first
Attending the annual gathering
witl bclrpreserrtatl v(s of the" it
pastoral charges and the 78 church
es In the district jurisdiction which
covers seven western countiea.
Also scheduled to appear' are
reorescntatives of the Wostern
North Carolina Methodist Con
ference boards of education, mis-
Fatal Piano ?
The tragic story of the death
of William J,. BalenUne In the
flaming wreckage of his plane
yeaterday afternoon treated
deep Interest throughout North
and South Carolina.
Late Mil morning, the Green
wood, S. C, Index-Journal, and
the United Preta off lee at Char
lotte both phoned the Mountain
eer for full details of the ao
The Greenwood paper covert
Wart Shoalt, where Mr, Balen
Une was raised.
The VP was aeeklng more de
tails for a story for Its trunk wire,
which rocs to Its newspaper cus
tomers throughout the nation.
needed, "Waynesville seems to be
building a town from Waynesville
Discussing the progress of, the
plans' loir the" premiere" -,'bf .T the
drama. "Unto These Hills." Mr.
Buchanan reported that the amphi
theater, which will seat an audi
ence of 2,700 people, Is now 80 per
cent complete, that an access road
to U will be completed in time
m . .
ror me opening. ' ; kh.rhnnH .nH (h. rhurrh's
Rehearsals for members of the
cast will start June 1. "'
Referring to the script, he ex
plained that the play opens with
the arrival of DcSoto and his Span
lsh soldiers to Western North Car
olina in their search for gold, and
touches the principal points in the
colorful, often tragic, history of
the Cherokee nation.
So far, he added, discussing the
fund-raising drive, all of the money
has been raised in the counties
comprising the western 12th Con
gressional District, and "not one
dime" has been raised outside of
His address was one of the prln
cipal features of the annual ban
Sonoma Lodge To
Sonoma Lodge No. 472, A.F.&
A.M. will be hosts to an Oyster
Supper for, the Past Masters Club
and the West Gate Club on Friday
nicht. Aoril 26th. at 7:30 p. m. in
the Bethel High School Cafeteria
A very interesting program has
been arranged, with , a spelling
match between the two Clubs. All
Past Masters and members of the
West Gate Club are cordially in
vited to attend.
Officers are: E. G. Stamey, presi
dent and C. B. Hosallook, secretary,
Past Masters' Club; and L. H,
Cagle, president and Jack Sentelle
secretaryv West Gage Club.
schools of the area
The principal business of the
meeting will be the consideration
of the official regular reports from
the Methodist institutions of the
MR. NOLAND IN HOSPITAL
W. H. Noland, who Is a patient
at Mission Hospital, Asheville, Is
reported to be resting comfortably.
Schedule Set For
The schedule for the middle of
this week for the annual Haywood
County rabies clinics was announc
ed today as follows: .... .
Canto n Wednesday, Myer's
Cash Grocery. 3:30 p.m.; Rollins
Grocery. Highland Park, 4:30 p.m.;
Nina's Grill, 6 p.m.
Thickety Thursday. James
Smith farm, 3:30 P. M.l William
son's Grocery, 4;30 P. M.; Clark's
and Bryson's Grocery, Flbrevllle,
5:30 P. M.
For Efforts To
, The forester who was lost for 12
hours on the Waynesville Water
shed last week expressed his feel
ing in this way toward those who
pressed the search for him: '
"I WM a stranger, and yet It
made no difference to them.
"They looked for me anyway."
The forester, Wolodymyr Kolodlj,
was marking timber on the water
shed when, he took wrong turn
in the dense underbrush and lost
When he was reported missing,
Town Manager Grayden Ferguson
and Police Chief Orvllle Noland
organized the search that con
tinued until well after midnight.
Kolodij found his own way out,
nowever, reaching town at 3 a.m.
half a day and 18 brush-tangled
miles after he had first started
"I want to express thanks," he
said in his statement to the Moun
taineer, "to Mr. Ferguson, the po
lice and the other men who search
ed for me.
"I say this not only for myself
but also for my wife and our three
"Though I am a stranger here,
(See Forester Page 8
Top Honors At
By winning a rating of "Super
ior" in grade six in the state band
contest in Greensboro Friday night,
the Waynesville high school 58
plece concert band automatically
won a return engagement to the
same event next AprlI.L
Waynesville Band Entering
Lions Contest In Charlotte
The Waynesville miUtary, or marching band, of 75 pieces,
ire slated to participate In the annual contest of the Lions State
Convention in Charlotte In June.
The Wayesvtlte Club is sponsoring the trip of the band. This
Is the first time the local band has ever entered the Lions State
The local band, playing in the
highest grade in the state grade
six won the rating of superior
along with Lenoir, and Greensboro.
The other entries in the same
grade were High Point and Winston-Salem,
' Waynesvllle's 56 pieces won the
same high rating as did the 70
pieces from Lenoir, and the 96
pieces from Greensboro,
In the 1949 contest the Waynes
ville band won a rating of excel
lent In grade five.
This year the band was in a
higher grade and won an even
higher rating, "which means a lot
of ground has been covered," said
Charles Isley, director of the band.
The band received the news of
their rating in a similar manner to
the citizens of this community
with a lusty welcome, mixed with
cheering and tears of joy. '
Special recognition is expected
to be given the successful conquer
ers at the chapel program Tuesday
Robert Massle, cometist, and
J. D. Stanley, tuba, received
ratings of excellent in the solo
contests on Thursday. Both
boys are juniors, and this was
their first entry, In a state con
test. Mr. Isley predicted both
would rate higher next year.
The soloists were accompanied
on the piano by Jimmy Gallo
way. . ..
The French horn quartette
won a rating of superior. The
quartette is composed of Betty
Noland, Dorothy Caldwell,
Nancy Leatherwood and Bar
M. II. Bowles, superintendent,
Bald that the band committee
was "short 17 cents" of the $400
goal needed to send the band
and chorus to the state contest.
The two groups gave a concert
to raise the money, and the tick
et sale, , together with special
cash gifts left a 17-cent deficit.
There were 3 members of the
local chorus who joined with 500
others in the special musical festi
val on Wednesday in Greensboro,
Mrs. W. E. Carter, of Lake Juna-
luska, chaperoned the chorus, while
Mrs. W. H. Burgin was chaperone
for the band members.
- Mr. Isley went down with the
chorus, and remained ' throughout
the festival, directing the band in
the contest on Friday. He was also
elected president of the State
Choral Directors organization dur
ing the business session which was
Robert Campbell, assistant di
rector, went down Wednesday, ac
companying the soloists from here,
who participated in the contests on
Thursday. Re remained until
after the band contest Friday,
Saturday afternoon, a large
group of citizens went to Lake
Junaluska to greet the returning
musicians. The special bus was
met by officers at the Buncombe
line, and escorted into town, and
all traffic on Main Street was
halted as the parade went through,
with sirens and horns wide open.
The happy group went out
through Hazelwood, and on to the
high school, where parents, and
well-wishers met the group for a
joyous welcome home. Again,
(See Band Page 8)
William L. Batentine burned to
death before the eyes of his young
er brother late yesterday afternoon
when his small plane crashed and
burst Into flames at the edge of the
Jack Kelly and Paul Franklin,
who weie riding with him, escaped
with minor injuries when they
were thro'vn out of the plane as
it hit tha ground Just beyond the
south end of the landing strip.
Charles BalenUne, the victim's
brother, was bringing his own
plane In fur a landing when he
saw the crash.
In an effort to land as close to
the scene as possible, he nearly
crashed himself. He escaped in-
Jury, however, and the damage to
his craft was limited to one of the
Kelly and Franklin, both 19-year-
old Waynesville boys, were released
from Haywood County Hospital af.
tor being treated for lacerations.
Kelly sustained a gash on his
chin and one leg, and lost several
teeth. Franklin was treated for
forehead laceration and also suf
fered a bruised hip. " "
Franklin told a newsman the
plane went Into a steep climb to
avpld. the barbcd-wlre fence' near
the end of the runway. .
We weren't up more than 250
feet," he said, "then the plane hit
a windpocket and nosed over.
When we hit the ground, the
safety belt holding Jack and I In
the back seat broke, the door flew
open, and we were thrown out
"The plane must have started
burning right after we hit.
"We ran back to try to help Bill
as soon as we got to our feet. He
said. 'Get back, get back.'
'Then the gas In the tanks shot
up and we couldn't get to him,"
Mr. Balentine died without
sound, apparently trapped in the
wreckage of the plane's controls
one of his legs broken.
Within seconds, many peopl
had reached the scene, but the
searing heat from the roaring
flames beat back the rescuers..
Less than three minutes after it
struck the ground, the plane was a
smoking skeleton of charred met
al. The men who went to the plane
after the flames subsided found
Mr, Balentine s hands clutching at
a piece of frame as though death
had come as he was making a final
desperate effort to pull himself
The three men had taken off
from the strip just a few hours af
ter Mr. Balentine had attended a
party to celebrate his coming
He would have been 35 years old
Dr. J. Frank Pate of Canton,
Haywood County Coroner,' said
after examining the body last night
that there was no need for an in
Mr. Balentine, a native of Ware
Shoals, S. C , had served through
World War II. He worked for the
A. C. Lawrence Leather Company
of Hazelwood and also operated the
Shell Service Station on .Main
Street."".' r '""'' :' "' '
He had been a pilot for the last
(See Balentine Page 8)
Rural Electrification workers are
already busy on the Haywood Elec
trical Membership's (667,000 ex
Contracts will be let in about
60 days on the construction of the
REA organization's new headquart
ers here. ''
The remaining $100,000 of the
total federal loan announced last
Thursday will be retoaned to mem- -
bers for the Installation of plumb
ing and the purchase of electrical
appliances In accordance with the
policy inagurated about a year ago. .
These details were reported by
Corporation Manager R. C. Shef
field of Waynesville this moaning
In reply to questions concerning
the details of the loan which was
announced last Thursday by U. S.
Senator Frank P. Graham.
The $670,000 will build 285 miles
of new lines to serve 885 new cus
tomers in the six counties under
Corporation jurisdiction, for build
ing the hew headquarters, which
will be located near the Waynes
ville Drive-In Theatre; for re-phas
ing the remaining main lines. In
cluding the installation of voltage r
regulators and sectionallzing equip
ment; to Increase the. capacity of
Most of the work. Mr. Sheffield
said, would be done in Hay wood
county, which is the Coop's largest
county and contains approximately
40 per cent of the total 3,800 con
sumers the organization now serves.
When the expansion job Is com
pleted within the next 12 months,
he added, there will be facilities
. ... i.
ufTM-ieni tn me -rarfi. nt in im '
mediate present and the anticipated
new customers of the near future.
' He declared that the improved
system would be able to handle
a total 6,500 members nearly
double the number now on the
Besides Hay wood, tne co-op aiso
serves rural consumers of Bun
combe, Jackson, Transylvania and
Macon counties, and Raburn coun
"Haywood county Is now 95 per
cent electrified," Mr. Sheffield
"When these new facilities are
completed, Haywood county will
be 99 per cent electrified."
The other counties are now run
ning up to about 85 per cent In
this respect, he added.
Taps for the new lines are now
being staked out by REA work
crews, he continued, explaining
that no contracts for this work are
to be let.
The work started this week.
In regard to the new headquart
ers building, he added, work will
start as soon as the final plans are
approved by the officials here and
by the national office at Washing
ton. The structure will be erected,
under the supervision ,of the
Southern Engineering Company of
Atlanta. Ga., the architect.
In charge of the engineering
work on the entire expansion pro
ject is B. O. Vannort Engineers,'
Inc.. of Charlotte. ;
Up to the time the new loan was
announced last week, the Haywood
REA had received a total of $1,
371,000 from the federal agency
during the local eo-op's ten years
of existence to build its current
lines for 4,200 consumers.
Malcolm Williamson, Jr., 16-year-old
Waynesville Township High
School junior, is the new cham
pion of the Haywood county speech
contest sponsored by the Knights
of Pythias Lodge. ,
Young Williamson was judged
the best speaker in the county con
test staged at Canton on Friday
night..' . ': ; V "
By overcoming his first big
hurdle, the Waynesville boy ad
vanced as a contender for district,
state and national honors.
He succeeded another Waynes
ville student, Miss Mozelle Liner,
who last year gained the state
finals. . S.1 .. v-'i.--' ...
Donald Dunham has returned to
wtxnpuvtlla frnm . Florida and. . i&.
making preparation for the open
ing of the Dunham House for next
Injured .... 10
(This information com
f piled from Records of
" States Highway Patrol)