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The W aynesv ille Mountaineer
Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ? jJj
68th YEAR NO. 72 . 30 PAGES Assoc iatedPress WAYNESV11.LE. N. C., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, SEPT. 3, 1953 $3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
? MAIV BOOTS" GUNN
|tMB invited to appear as
0 vocalist on the Arthur
gglfleusioii show from WBT,
pt,nc _ thus he co mini;
petvilir's first television art
Sto will sing Friday, Sep
11, at 8:30 p.m.
tot Gunn received the invita
, tfitr making a hit when she
tocast as guest vocalist with
tor Smith and his Cracker
I Orchestra over Radio Sta
I WBT .Monday of this week,
loots' is well-known in this
ion. having been featured on
too WHC'C in Waynesville as
j, Asheville, Black Moun
, He: (iersonville. and Brevard,
is famous for her interpreta
u( .Mexican Joe" and "Frankie
Johnnie'' and also brings ap
se with her rendition of "Five
;Two Eyes of Blue",
is Gunn is the daughter of Mr.
Mr-. R. C. Gunn and is a stu
at St. John's High School,
is also a music student at St.
ft and is a member of the
; of Grace Episcopal Church.
jist When Hit By
rpret Wyatt, 14 - year - old
Kville High Student, had a
c escape Wednesday when
ns hit by a truck and broke
rm as she was thrown a
l a curb.
I accident occurred about
p.m on Balsam St., Hazel
near its intersection with
St., in front of the Hazel- j
Presbyterian Church. Ac- !
uied by two school friends, I
Wyatt ran alone from be- I
a school bus into the path.
CMC light truck drlveif'Tjy't
is Boone Franklin, of Allen's i
Margaret was knocked down !
hroun against the curb,
Bg ber left wrist,
iklin took the girl to the
tod County hospital where
i examined, and the arm
i was taken home by Patrol
irolotis Dayton, who investi
the case, together with
?d Police Chief, Roy Stev
laret is the daughter of Mr.
re Steve Wyatt, of Hyatt's
?"d is in the eighth grade
charges are being filed a
ihe truck driver who had
I lor the school bus and was
#ng very slowly when he
! girl. She had not been a
fer on the bus.
) fine Each
-young men who decided to
! thc straight section of
V 284 through Jonathan
2 ra? track have $400
' today than when they
??ir racing project.
m decided to stage a race
ne the merits of their
'ook careful pains to see
Patrolman was nearby.
I pPor' g?t to the patrol,
t Pritchard Smith went to
tn^t 'ong ail four were
a warrant, and hailed
l. *here Mayor J. H. Way
tof? costs t0 a Plea
Ways of getting
thou- h ttley can Prose
; ' haVng t" be on the
-*hen? 'S g0ing to be
he'her we are right there
* now Ti ?aid' "We are
tin im. 0 get others-and
g wto court/*
w win V cloudy an<l con*
Ifrnoo" T[hJUiy of a
?>Re m , undershowc.,(i.
m e Test Farm,
k a"- M,n- Ralnfall
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Most people have to be baptized,
get married or die to have a
special church service arranged
for them. But 15-year-old Neil
Kelly of Bethel had that honor
during his recent trip to Massa
chusetts with the 4-H Club.
Neil, a member of the Bethel
Methodist Church, has a perfect
ten-year record for Sunday School
attendance and hoped to bring back
a signed statement of his atten
dance at Sunday School in Massa
chusetts to maintain the perfect
But in Housatonic, Mass., it is
the custom to discontinue Sunday
School for the summer months.
When informed of the circumstanc
es, the pastor of the Methodist
Church there arranged a special
session of Sunday School with sev
eral other young people of the
church. Neil was then given prop
er certification of his attendance
and managed to keep the 10-year
r^cprd in tact. We consider that
hohesyio-joodness good will.
Water And Light
Bills Must Be
Citizens who are behind in
their water and light bills are be
ing warned today that they must
pay at least one-third plus the
current bill, by the tenth of each
of the next three months or serv
ice will be discontinued.
. The board of aldermen took
drastic action Thursday and is
sued an ordinance that all light
and water bills must be kept cur
Officials said that this action
was necessary, because some cus
tomers were behind and were not
reducing their indebtedness.
By Draft Board
Mail addressed to the following
registrants has been returned to
the Selective Service Office, Any
one knowing the present address of
these registrants, please contact
the Local Selective Service Office:
Cassius Green, Paul Bruce
Pressley, Charles Goodson, Wiley
Carroll Gibson, David Hugh Mas-!
sie, Billy Dan Wilson, James Rich- :
ard Gaddy, Charles Junior Rath
bone, Bobby Jennings Hardin, and
Thomas Leroy Gibson.
Transport Turns On
Side In Sharp Curve
A transport trailer turned over
on its side in "Dead Man's Curve"
on highway 19-23, Just below Bon
A-Venture Cemetery Wednesday
night. No injuries were reported
by the highway patrol.
For Labor Day
Haywood County is all set to
celebrate Labor Day with most ac
tivities centered in Canton. The
47th Annual Labor Day Program
will be held there.
Business throughout the county
will be suspended for the day. in
cluding all schools which will be
closed. Most of the football
coaches, however, plan "practice
as usual" for their teams.
The Mountaineer will be publish
ed as usual but will go to press at
9:30 Monday morning in order to
give the stall a partial holiday.
The Wayncsville bands will per
form in two Western Carolina pa
rades on Monday.
At eleven o'clock, 120 pieces of
the Waynesville band will march
in the Canton Labor Day parade.
Then the two bands, the junior and
military, will board buses and go
to Hendersonville for lunch, and
march in the Apple Harvest Fes
tival parade there.
Charles Isley. director, said that
there would be 40 pieces in the
Junior Band, and 60 pieces in the
military band. Robert A. Campbell,
assistant director, will be in charge
of one group.
Labor Day will be a holiday for
the court house offices, according
to C. C. Francis, chairman.
The commissioners will v hold
their scheduled ftrst Monday meet
ing on Tuesday, Mr. Francis said.
The sheriff's office will be the
only oice open from noon Satur
day until Tuesday morning.
In Canton some extra pre-Labor
Day specialties have been planned
to prepare the way for the big day.
The Labor Day queen will be
selected during a colorful cere
mony scheduled for Canton High
School stadium Saturday at 7:30
p.m. The queen will receive a
special $200 scholarship to Brenau
College. Gainesville. Ga., along with
other gifts. All other contest en
tries will receive special recogni
A coronation ball, booked for
(See Labor Day?Page 3)
Hearing Set For
Speeder Who May
Have Had A Bear
Park Rangers have set a hearing
for three o'clock Friday, for the
man they chased from Newfound
Gap to Maggie Sunday, in the be
lief that he had a Park bear in his
After the Park Rangers get
through with the Bryson City man.
Patrolman H. Dayton wants a few
words with the defendant, as the
patrolman has a warrant charging
the man with driving drunk, reck
less driving, no drivers license, and
driving in excess of 75 miles an
The Rangers became suspicious
of the car, and gave chase from
Newfound Gap to Maggie, where
Patrolman Dayton joined in. About
that time the Rangers gave out of
gas and the patrolman continued
The car wrecked on Jonathans
Creek when it hit a pick-up truck.
There were no injuries.
Two men grabbed bags and es
caped through a cornfield, while
the driver remained in the car.
In the trunk of the car were
papers with blood on them, and a
bloody butcher knife. Officers
believe the men had killed a Park
No matter what the Rangers find,
it looks like the driver has enough
charges in the warrant held by
Patrolman Dayton. The defen
dant is a former deputy sheriff of
County Calves Make Good
Showing At Dairy Show
The District Junior Dairy Show
was a great success Wednesday.
There were approximately one
hundred dairy calves in the show
from Haywood, Yancey, McDowell.
Henderson, Polk, and Buncombe
The 4-H and F.F.A. members
and their families were treated to
a picnic supper Tuesday. Septem
ber 1. There were approximately
two hundred present for this out-!
Judges were Dr. Ray Murley.
Dairy Department, North Carolina
State College, and George Hobson.
County Agent, Mecklenburg Coun
The show was judged by the
Danish System. There were six
caive* from Haywood County, '
which placed as follows:
James Leatherwood, Maggie ? 1
James Leatherwood, Maggie ? 1
Estellena Robinson, Thickety?
1 Guernsey?-White Ribbon.
Howard Robinson, Thickety?1
Douglas Green, East Pigeon?1
Jersey ? Blue Ribbon.
Frances E. Yates, Iron Duff ? 1
"There is certainly more room
for improvement in the dairy calf
interest here in Haywood County,
i' believe that next year Haywood |
will have more calves and they will
do a better job of growing these
heifers," said Cecil Wells, Assist
ant County Agent
STEVE CASSEL, the new assist
ant county agent, who assumed
his duties on Tuesday. Mr. Cassel
was formerly with TV A and has
been in Haywood on many occa
sions in connection with farm
Floyd Plemmons, a service sta
tion operator, has lifted the hood
to many a car, but this week he
had a new experience at his job
at the Rigfins-Leatherwood Gulf
Station, at the Lake.
As he lifted the hood of a car,
a frisky monkey Jumped out,
Plemmons, in telling his story
to Deputy Eugene Howell, ad
mitted "I did some jumping too.
1 went back into the station."
There he calmly asked the
owner: "Was 1 supposed to raise
the hood of your car?"
The owner looked puzzled, and
said :"I know of no reason why
you should not. Why?"
"When I did a monkey Jumped
out. There he Is now."
The owner of the car was dum
i founded. He did not own a mon
key. and did not know there was
a monkey within miles of his
About that time someone came
by and said that three monkeys ^
from a zoo In the Maggie Valley
had escaped. The owner of the
car said he and family had spent
the night at a motel not too far
from the >00, and surmised that
the monkey crawled up under
the hood of his car to hide.
The animal was captured and
returned to the 100.
Sells For $93,985
The 1,555-acre Sunburst Ranch
was sold by Penny Brothers Satur
day for $93,985, according to Rob
ert Richardson, advertising man for
the auctioneering firm.
J. T. Powell bought the timber,
farm and grassland, while Jack
Hipps purchased the modern rock
The timbcrlands brought from
$32.50 to $40 per acre.
Mr. and Mrs. John Moore have
returned from Hayesville where
they spent two weeks with the
former's mother, Mrs. Claude
Moore, who is ill.
2 Teen-Age Boys Confess
To Making 7 Break-Ins
Two trm-iie boys confessed
to the seven break-ins dor ins the
past two weeks, as they surren
dered to police about noon today.
Chief Orville Noland said the
boys had agreed to show officers
where they had hidden the loot
taken from the four business
firms and three schools. One boy
is 14, the other 16.
Police are closing in their drag
net on two teen-age white boys who
they feel are guilty of seven rob
beries here within the past two
weeks. One boy is 14, the other 16.
The police have recovered ? a
sizeable amount of loot, and got to
within a few yards of the defend
ants in a merry chase on a moun
tainside Wednesday afternoon. ,
Chief Orville Noland said'this
morning that the two 1 local boys
are known, and that Policeman Ray
Whitner was within a few yards of
the boys Wednesday, when they
darted into the dense undergrowth
on the mountain.
Chief Noland said that a bicycle,
taken from the Styles home on
Brown avenue had been recovered
in the home of one of the boys. And t
from a tree-house near the Sul
phur Springs property, the police '
found belts, T-shirts, pants, boots,
lights owned by the Band, and oth- :
er goods missing from places
which had been entered in recent
The la?t place to be entered was i
Ray's Department Store, where a
window was smashed. About $40 i
of Ray's merchandise has been re
covered, the police said.
Chief Noland listed the places i
entered as: Tom Lc^e's Service Sta- i
tion; Walker Service Station; Band
building, High School office; Cen- i
(See Teen-Age?Page 4)
After All It Is
An Honest Town
Who ran deny but what this
is an honest town?
Wednesday night when the
Open Air Curb Market on Main
Street closed, they failed to take
in a half bushef of Golden De
licious apples. The apples were
left right on the sidewalk.
Thursday morning when the
market opened, the apples were
still there, and from all appear
ances, not a single one was
Rabid Dog On Aliens Creek
Bites 4 Children; 6 Others
Affected; Quarantine Made
On That Section For
Next 21 Days By
Ten residents of Aliens Creek
section began taking treatment to
day for rabies, after four were bit
ten. and six others handled a dog
which died Tuesday from rabies.
Health authorities are still mak
ing an investigation to determine
whether any others were bitten, or
came in contact with the dog.
At the same time. Dr. N. F.
Lancaster, county health officer,
placed a quarantine on the area
including all of the section in Al
iens Creek within Waynesvillc, up
Camp Branch, and the Country
Club area. The quarantine said.
"All residents of the above men
tioned area are notified to keep
their dogs and cats in Jlosc con
finement for 21 days, and should
report any strangeness in animals
to a veterinarian.
"Any animals bitter, by the rabid
dog should be destroyed immediate
ly unless it was vaccinated at least
three weeks before being bitten,
in which case it should be kept up
for go days and observed closely.
The quarantine is in effect from
today until the 23th of this month,"
the official order said.
The four people bitten were:
Charles Carver, age 4.
Douglas Mull, ag? 5.
Polly Curtis, age 3.
Michael D. Carver, age 6.
Tbe six who had been in con
tact with the rabid dog, and will
also undergo treatment include:
Mrs. Charles Curtis.
Terry Curtis, age 7.
Bonnie Curtis ,age 11.
Harold I ne Curtis, age 5.
Douglas Carver, age 3.
Miss Maxine Heagan.
The health office inspectors.
Jack Arrington and Bill Milner,
were continuing their investigation
of the area at noon.
They were working in an effort
to find anyone who might have
been around the rabid dog, and
were taking up all dogs known to
have been bitten by the dog over
the week-end. They were also
working with the dog catcher,
Montgomery Queen, picking up all
stray dogs In the area.
The health officials described the
dog which died of rabies as "a
mixed breed, part bulldog. Brown,
Hrendle Plott type, white spot on
face about size of golf ball, tail
lipped with white. Was seen Sat
urday and Sunday on Putnam and
Shepherd Streets, up Aliens Creek,
along Camp Branch, and in the
Country Club section. Dog died
Tuesday, and head was sent off,
and a state report showed it died
Persons bitten, or coming in
contact with the dog will take shot
treatments for 14 to 21 days, de
pending upon place on body bitten.
Health officials said:
"Any person having been bitten ;
by the recent rabid animal should
report to their doctor immediately
as rabies is 100 per cent fatal if
contracted. Always, as a first aid
precaution, wash all animal bites
immediately and thoroughly for 15
to 20 minutes with a strong, warm,
A rabies clinic will be held Sat
urday, September 5, from 10 a.m.
until 12 noon at the Aliens Creek
School House. All citizens owning
(See Rabies?Page 3)
Here Is Criticaj
The water situation tn Waynes
viile today was termed as "critical"
l>y G. C. Ferguson, town manager.
He said that it was essential that
every patron being served by the
Waynesville system ? including
tiiose of Hazelwood and Lake Juna
iuska?conserve every drop possi
ble, in an effort to "get by" until
we have some rain.
"if the citizens fail to put on
a conservation program of their
own. we will be forced to take
drastic steps to see that use of
water is curtailed throughout the
community. We do not want to
go to that point if we can avert
it," he explained.
The town manager explained
that the continued dry weather had
reduced the flow of the streams on
the 9,000-acre watershed, and the
head pressure was reduced to the
point that water was not flowing
into the system fast enough to take
care of the demand.
All street fountains have been I
Vut off. and all water used foi- i
washing streets is being pumped
from the creek into the street tank
wagon, and none is being taken
from the town rpservoir for this
Mr. Ferguson said that it would
be next May before the new fli
ttering plant is complete. At that
time we will have an adequate
supply of water at ail times.
"The matter now stands with
the customer. If they conserve
until the supply Is replenished, we
will be able to get by without
harsh restrictions. Unless they do
respond, we will be forced to limit
the use of water to human con
sumption," he emphasized.
? ? >.
JOE N. TATE, JR., wan elected
new president last week of the
Haywood County Young Demo
crats Club, succeeding Walter
Clark of Canton. Tate has long
been active in campaigns and
affairs of the Democratic Party
and other civic matters. For Ave
years he has worked as a fefd
and seed inspector for the N. C.
State Agriculture Department
and was formerly connected with
the Waynesoille Peed and Seed
Company. A graduate of Way
nesville High School, he attend
ed Western Carolina Teacher's
College in Cullowhee. Tate Is a
member of the JVaytirsvllle First
Baptist Church, Liona Club. Ma
sonic Lodge and American Le
gion. He lives with his wife and
2 children on Beech St., Haael
Methods Oi Getting New
Industry Told At Forum
By The Light Of
Officers are still trying to flg
urc out what fury September
On the first day, ten people
were placed in Jail on charges of
This was higher than the aver- |
The cause of it all?that's what
the officers would like to know.
A Pennsylvania industrialist,
whose company has a plant in
operation at Asheville and is now
building one at Boone, was the
principal speaker at the Industrial
Development Forum held in Bry
son City Wednesday night. A
number from here attended.
O. J. Greenway, vice president,
International Resistance Co.. with
headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa.,
was the principal speaker.
The forum was mother in a
series of ten being held by the
State Board of Conservation and
Development in various parts of
North Carolina In an effort to speed
plans for bringing more industries
into the State. The forum was
held primarily for residents of
Cherokee. Graham, Clay, Macon,
Swain, Jacksop. Transylvania, Hay
wood and Polk counties.
Director Ben E. Douglas of the
Department of Conservation and
Development was in charge of ar
Other speakers included: Lieu
tenant Governor Luther H. Hodges,
State Treasurer Edwin M. Gill,
John Paul Lucas, public relations
(See Industry?Page 6)
lack Chapman Is Chairman
County's Ag-Art Project
Jack Chapman wag elected chair
man of the steering committee re
cently named by the commission
ers to work with them in getting
plans and construction started on
the agricultural and home arts
buildings and grounds. The county
recently purchased a 20-acre tract
for the project half-way between
here and Lake Junaluska.
Richard N. Barber. Jr., was nam
ed vice chairman, and Mrs. W. D.
Ketner, secretary, with B. F. Nes
bitt, assistant, and Roy Haynes,
Way Jke^anklin, county agent,
preser/ \o\nap to the group, and
outlinJ Vi suggestions as had
been f ^AKxtension Workers
of Sti ^^jjVas to the location
of cattle show
The committee decided to visit
similar projects in Winston-Salem,
Statesville and Valdosta, Ga.
After their trip, the committee
plans to consult with experts of
State College for blue prints. It
was pointed out that there are
home art buildings in Charlotte,
Shelby that might be visited be
fore actual plans are drawn.
Tentative plans call for a sale
and show barn and ring, together
with a building suitable for the
home demonstration club women, I
and meetings in general.
The committee is Just making a 1
thorough study of the project, and
will try to make it serviceable,
educational and for recreation, it
I K. T. MESSER, 77. lone - time
public official, passed away Mon
day afternoon following a linger
ing illness. Funeral services were
i held Wednesday.
For R. T. Messer
Funeral services were held yes
terday afternoon in the.First Bap
tist Church for R. T. Messer, form
er member of Hie Haywood Coum1
Board of Education, who died Mofi
day in the Haywood County hos
pital after a long illness.
The Rev. Malcolm Williamson,
pastor of the Waynesville Presby
terian Church, officiated and in
terment was in Green Hill Ceme
Active pallbearers were Carleton
Weatherby, M. H. Bowles, Claude
Allen, James Noland, J. J. Fergu
son. and Lawrence Leatherwood.
Honorary pallbearers were Carl
Ratcliffe, J. B, Slier, Fred Camp
bell, Roy Francis, Bryan Medford,
John Boyd, Estes Arrington, O. S.
Rhymer, James Moore, John Gras
ty, D. J. Noland, E. A. Williamson,
E. K. Herman, J W. Killlan, H. C.
Wilburn, J. C. Patrick. Henry Da
vis, Dr. N. F. Lancaster, Dr. J. E.
Fender, Dr. Robert Turner, M. T.
Bridges, W. Curtis Russ, Jesse
James, Jonathan Woody, W. I.
Dooley, Judge F. E. Alley, J. H.
Way, J. R. Morgan, Jule Noland,
Jim Boyd. Grady Ferguson, Jack
Messer, Frank Leatherwood, John
M. Queen. Grover C. Davis. Robert
Welch, and Dr. Boyd Owen.
Mr. Messer was the son of Frank
lin B. and Jennie Noland Messer,
early settlers of Haywood County,
and spent his entire life here.
He served as education board
chairman for eighteen years and
was a town alderman for three
terms. He was formerly engaged
in the wholesale grocery business
and was active in community af
Messer was a deacon of the First
Surviving are the widow. Mrs.
Herma Jarrett Messer; two sons.
Earl E. Messer of Ashevirie. and
W. C. Messer of St. Louis. Mo.; a
daughter, Mrs. E. E. Boone of
Waynesville; Ave grandchildren and
Arrangements were under the
direction of Crawford Funeral
(This Information com
piled from Records ad
State Highway FatroL)