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> t*a. Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
tjTEAR NO. 93 14 PAGES Associated Press , WAYNESVILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON. NOV. 16, 1953 $3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties 1
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IEON RIVER Is getting smaller and smaller, as the extensive
?ght continues. This picture made from the bridge across the
tt at Clyde, at noon last Friday, shows just a small stream
the left bank, with a sandbar island in the cepter, even with
ids, which shows the island has been above water several
months. The How of the water is slow, and sluggish. The Clyde
school is in the background. In numerous plana, one can go
across Pigeon between Clyde and Crabtree cn rocks jutting high
above the slow moving water. Other pictures of low streams on
page one of the second section. (Mountaineer Photo).
53 Drought Worse In
istory Of County, The
ecords Survey Shows
?/ I I
By W. C. MEDFORD
Mountaineer Feature Writer
Yes, this present drought, both
as to duration and severity, has al
ready surpassed the one in '25?
that much is conceded by all. But
the former drought probably had
its bearing on the present one, be
cause streams gnd springs never j
did again get back to their pre
1925 level. . .. _ . J
There is much speculation as to;
the cause of it all. ~ But if the
scientists do not know?and hesi
tate to venture a guess, how on
earth is the layman to know? But
one saying, pretty commonly
heard, that the cause of so much
dry weather arises from the cut
ting out of so much timber?that
as a cause just simply doesn't
stand up. Because no more wood
lands are being cleared up of late
years; and the droughts are coming
of late years in the thickly forested
areas, like Western North Caro
(See Drought?Page 2)
? officers were elected at a
r meeting of the Hazelwood
trs Club Thursday night at
Richard N. Barber, Jr.,
made president succeeding
1 "Blue" Robinson, who pre
Robinson will be vice presi
or the coming year,
er officers elected were Roy
it, secretary; G. C. Summer-1
treasurer; and the following
of directors: Paul Bryson,
' Wyatt. and George Bischoff. j
A. Brodley, member of the |
of Trustees of the Haywood
T Hospital, was presented as
Ml speaker by Dr. R. Stuart.
son Mr. Bradley explained '
(See Boosters?Pace 2) n
Tobacco marketing cards for the !
1953-54 market season are now
available at the Haywood County
PMA office, A. W. Ferguson, PMA
manager, announced today.
These cards are used to keep a
permanent sales record of all to
bacco sold on the markets, Mr.
Tobacco cards are classified in
two ways: within allotment, and
excess, Mr. Ferguson said. Within
allotment cards are given to all
farmers entitled to sell their to
bacco without penalty. "Excess"
cards are given to growers who
have raised tobacco without an al
lotment or in excess of their allot
iient ,the PMA manager added.
>ecial Programs Set For
now Your Bank' Week
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/ National Bank of Way
* ?od the First State Bank
wood will observe "Know
owk Week as proclaimed by
f Lmstead to acquaint the
,er bank employees
liv nsunny. smoky and warm.
*in .enCrally fair WlUl IittIe
J e(J by the State Test Farm
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s and the "various services they rcnd
! er in the community.
Proclamations have'been issued
by Mayor J. H. Way of Waynes
ville and Mayor Lawrence Davis of
Hazelwood, urging citizens to visit
banking institutions during this
week "so that there may be a
better understanding of the ser
vices rendered by banks to the pub
lict, and the contributions which
our banks are making to the free
economy system of America."
As a part of its special program,
the First National Bank will invite
12 residents of the four townships
in this area to work in the bank to
become acquainted with its opera
On Thursday, four men from the
townships will work along with
regular employees as "kibitzers" of
the bank's program. On Friday
four women will serve at the bank,
and on Saturday, four high school
students will be given that oppor
Refreshments of coffee, hot
chocolate, and doughnuts slso will
be served on Friday at the First
Carelessness Again Main
Cause 01 4 Forest Fires
In County Over Weekend
At East Fork
A dog shot on Little East Fork
last Tuesday night by Robert Pace
was found to be rabid after an ex
amination in the state laboratory
at Raleigh. County Dog Warden
Ernest Chambers said today.
Mr. Chambers was called Thurs
day to destroy the mate of the rab
id dog and a number of others in
the area which were believed bit
teh 1# the diseased animal, owned
by Jack Frady.
This was the county's sixth case
of rabies. Other cases at Allen's
Creek, Camp Branch, Saunook,
Pigeon, and the Ninevah section of
Wayqesville brought about the
quarantining of all dogs in the
county and the employment of Mr.
Chambers as dog warden by the
Mr. Chambers also reported that
a cat owned by Frady London of
Hyatt Creek was destroyed because
it was believed rabid. Its body was
taken to the office of Dr. A. R.
Riegg. where it may be shipped
on to Raleigh for further examina
Dr, Riegg is now conducting a
series of clinics in the county to
vaccinate all dogs, as required by
state law for areas under quaran
tine for rabies.
Devotes Page To
Page forty-four of the November
issue of The Southern Bell News,
Is devoted to the new facilities of
the firm here in Waynesville. The
page contains four pictures, and a
general story about the dial system,
and its value to the community.
A part of the story is preprint of
an editorial which appeared In The
Mountaineer at the time the dial
system was put into use.here last
Four forest fires have been
brought under control in Haywood
County in the past 24 hours, ac
cording to Dewey Franklin, ftrt
warden in the Chambers Mountain
Firetower near Clyde.
No fires were reported out
control at noon Monday- although
Franklin stated that visibility from
smoke in the tinder dry forests wis
down to little more than ofie mile
to the south and perhaps five miles
to the north. On a good clear day.
visibility is between 20 and 30
miles from the firetower.
Six men were needed to fight a
fire in which a large acreage was
destroyed around Stevenson Creek
in White Oak Sunday. It was final
ly brought under control by the
group lead by District Warden
Houghland at 4:30 a.m. Monday
after a 13-hour battle.
Three other fires in the Campbell
Creek Section of Maggie had all
been surrounded Sunday night and
were being "mopped up" Monday
morning. 'Largest acreage destroy
ed was well over 100 acres at
About 7 or 8 acres were lost on
the Cataloochee Ranch Road about
three miles from Tom Alexander's
Ranch Sunday when a fire was sup
posedly wilfully set. This was
lightly timbered land.
The alertness of rangers prevent
ed disaster when another fire was
caught and put out within two
hours along the road toward the
head of Campbell's Creek. This
was judged to be set accidentally
by a careless motorist who dropped
a match or cigarette out of a car
The fact that close to 3 acres
were burned off in so short a time
in this last fire should be ample
warning to woods walkers and
motorists to redouble precautions
against these tragic losses and to
take note of the governor's recent
proclamation closing all, forests.
The order bans fishing, hunting and
trapping and the building of camp
fires, or. burning trash within 500
feet of woodland in state-owned or
private forests. National forests
are also closed except for thsough
travel and logging operations.
Parkway Travel Shows
Increase Of 16.4 Pet.
Nearly 4,000,000 people have
visited the Blue Ridge Parkway
this year ? an increase of 16.4
per cent above last year ? accord
ing to an announcement from
Parkway headquarters at Roanoke,
Officials estimate that between
300.000 and 400.000 more people
will visit the Parkway this year
before it closes.
This years visitors' generally
were better behaved, less Inclined
to violations and less liable to
have accidents, Parkway officials
report. With half a million more
visitors in 1953, records show 23
fewer court cases and the accident
total reduced by 12.
Parkway vftitors came from
nearly two dozen foreign countries
and from nearly every state.
As usual the states along the
Eastern seaboard sent the bulk of
visitors, but Ohio and Illinois were
close on their heels.
North Carolina led all states
with Tar Heels accounting for one
third of the almost four million
visitors. This is a 17 per cent in
crease in North Carolina visitors
over the same period in 1952. , I
Tobacco-Home Arts Show
To Open Here Tomorrow
Tobacco Festival Program
Tuesday, 10 a.m.?judging of tobacco exhibits and
home demonstration booth starts.
(Public not admitted).
Tuesday, 1:30-7 p.tft.?armory open to the public.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.?address by William D. Poe and an
nouncement of awards.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.?armory exhibits open.
Thursday, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.?exhibits to be removed.
Haywood Burley Expected
To Bring Higher Prices,
Clyde Man Wins
Earl Roifrs of Clyde?with
only one intss?won The Moun
taineer's weekly football contest
award of $15. Only South Caro
lina's upset of Wert Virginia kept
Mr. Rogers from achieving a per
Seven other persons also miss
ed only one game, but Mr. Rogers
guessed the combined score of
the Waynesvllle-Mars Hill game
Sixty-one persons missed only
two games, while 70 missed only
Schools To See
> Puppeteer Shows
On Oral Hygiene
Eighteen shows stressing oral
hygiene will be given in Haywood
t County schools this week and next
Monday by the "Little Jack" pup
| peteer troupe from the States
1 Health Department,
The schedule include*:
Monday?Clyde, Crabtree and
Fines Creek; Tuesday?Rock Hill,
' Maggie, and Lake Junaluska; Wed
1 nesday ? Hazelwood, Central Ele
mentary, and East Waynesville;
I Thursday?Patton. North Canton
and Pensylvania Avenue; Friday ?
| Reaverdam, Morning Star, and Rey
1 nolds, and Monday (Nov. 23) ?
Bethel, Cruso and Cecil,
i Puppeteers are Ruth Hincks and
1 Barbara Byrd.
Slightly higher prices probably
will be paid to Haywood burley
tobacco growers this winter. Hay
wood County agricultural officials
Tobacco companies are advising
producers to expect a better mar
ket. according to A. W. Ferguson,
manager of the county PMA office.
Support prices will average about
4d.3 cents, he added.
Steve Cassell. assistant county
agent, said that* prices will be
about the same or somewhat high
er than in 1952-53.
This year's crop in Haywood
County is off a half million pounds
or about 20 per cent from last
year. Mr. Ferguson said. He attrib
uted this decrease to the summer
drought and a 10-per cent reduc
tion in acreage allotments.
The PMA manager estimated
that the crop this year woul^ be
about 1.900,000 pounds and would
bring approximately one million
Officii* disagreed somewhat on
the percentage of Haywood tobac
co sold on Tennessee markets, but
they placed the figure at between
15 and 20 per cent.
Champion Gives $500
For Clyde Fire Truck
The Clyde Fire Department's
campaign to raise money for a new
fire truck got a boost last week
when the Champion Paper and
Flbte Co. contributed $500 to the
The check was presented hy
Bruce Morford, director of indus
trial and community relations at
Champion, to Fire Chief Larry
ANOTHER RECORD In Candyroasters, Is the 00-pounder, grown
by Mrs. John Kvatt, at Dell wood. This one is lit pounds heavier
than the previous one reported, and grown by John Kerley. Mrs.
Hyatt got the seeds from her mother, Mrs. Ernest Moody. The
seeds were planted near a spring, and the vine on which this one
grew, went through a fence, and the candyroaster grew end down,
with just a small part touching the ground. Shown here with
the large candyroaster is Mr. Hyatt, who said he fertilised the
plant with tobacco stalks. Mrs. Hyatt's crop consisted of about
120 candyroasters, but this one was the only one on the vine.
Three others of the crop were almost as large. The candyroaster
Is on display, a'.ong with the other two, at the Mountaineer ofTise.
WILLIAM O. POE, associated
editor of Progressive Farmer |
magazine will be the principal
speaker at a Tobacco and Home
Arts Exhibition program at the !
courthouse Tuesday night.
5 Pet. Drop
In U.S. Farm
A drop of 5 per cent in farm
prices for 1954 as compared with
only a 2 per cent drop in farm
operating costs next year was pre
aicted by a North Carolina State
College farm economist at an agri
cultural outlook meeting last
Thursday night at the courthouse.
Dr. D. D. Brown, of the Farm
Management Department at State
L College, also forecast "relatively
! stable ' conditions for agriculture
' next year-^nv'injiTi"tr>*lor yboot
t On the controversial question uf
beef cattle prices. Dr. Brown said
j that prices in 1954 Will "firm up"
and probably increase slightly next
Taking issue with some persons
on the subject, the agricultural
economist contended that the drop
; in beef cattle prices paid to pro
ducers has been largely reflected
In retail prices.
He said that market prices for
beef have been off one half and
retail prices off a quarter, explain
ing that the reason retail prices
cannot match the decrease in farm
(See Farm Outlook?Page 2)
1.9 Miles Roads
Paved In County
During Last Month
Commissioner Harry Buchanan of
Hendersonville today said 12.87
miles of road improvements were
completed in the Fourteenth High
way Division during October.
The Fourteenth, with headquart
ers in Sylva. is composed of Chero
kee. Clay, Graham. Haywood. Hen
derson, Jackson. Macon, Swain, and
Transylvania counties. G. G. Page
is division engineer.
In Haywood County, two 12-foot l.
wide county roads were graded and
surfaced with traffic-bound ma
cadam; Smathers Hoad for 0.1 mile;
and Little Creek Road for 1.8 miles.
Poe To Speak;
To Be Announced
Haywood County'* seventh an
nual Tobacco and Home Art* Exhi
bition will open to the public at
130 p.m. Tuesday at the Waynes
ville Armory, when tobacco exhib
its and home demonstration booths
uill be displayed. Exhibits will be
judged at 10 a.m. and ribbons
awarded by tobacco specialists and
The armory will remain open
until 7 p.m. tomorrow night, when
the festival scene will shift to the
courthouse where the audience will
hear an address by William D. Poe,
associate editor of "Progressive
Farmer" magazine. Announce
ment of various awards, including
those of Ave communities in the
annual CDP competition, and spec
ial music by Waynesville. Canton,
and Bethel high school choruses
will conclude the program.
No special events are scheduled
for Wednesday, but the armory will
be open from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
so that the public can view the ex?
hibits. Displays are to be removed
before 10 a.m. Thursday.
The principal speaker, Mr. Poe,
is a native of Raleigh. He was
born in the capital city December
16, 1915, the son of Dr. Clarence
Poe and Alice Aycock Poe.
He majored in agricultural eco
nomics at North Carolina State Col
lege and later in creative writing
at. the University of North Caro
lina during the period of 1933-38.
He married Rosalie Richardson of
New Bern in 1941. They have two
children?Jean Hunter and William
Mr. Poe is the manager of Long
view Farm, and a member of the
Baptist Church, Kappa Alpha fra
ternity. Haietah Kbrant* Chib. *
Grange. Farnf- Bureau, and Farm
This year, five communities will
??eceive CDP awards instead of only
"hree as in the past. Judging of
home (jemonstration exhibits also
will be changed?with blue, red
and white ribbons to be awarded
instead of designating the winners
A special contest will also be
held for posters by high school art
students. The posters are to be
put in local store windows at 9 a.
m. Tuesday for judging at 10 a.m.
Other special events will include
an exhibit of home demonstration
(See Tobacco Festival?Page 2)
Back In Operation
Repairs to the furnace boiler at
the Waynesville Armory were com
pleted last week after receipt of a
needed part, First Sgt. James R.
Robinson, administration assistant
of the local National Guard unit
Repairs to the boiler, which
cracked two weeks ago, were de
layed by the necessity of having to
order a piece of equipment not ob
^ The Jaycees" weekly square
dance was cancelled last Saturday
night because of the furnace be
ing out of operation.
Second Meeting Scheduled
To Aid The Handicapped
Handicapped persons in the Way- 1
nesville area are invited to a sec- <
ond meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednes- 1
day in the commissioners room at :
the courthouse to lay further plans
for finding suitable work for those j
unemployed because of physical
At the first meeting attended by j
the handicapped, held October 4.
it was decided that one of the
major needs of the community is
to establish a gift shop to sell the
various articles produced by the
A number of handicapped per
sons already are making various
saleable articles and a number of
others at the meeting express their
willingness to learn productive
In addition to a gift shop, a
handicraft plant and a general re
pair shop are being considered by
the Waynesville "Employ the Han
The committee, at a series of
meetings in, October, laid the
groundwork for an active program j
to aid the handicapped in the coun-1
ty. The program was launched
during National "Hire the Handi
capped" Week, but has continued
since that time.
At the last meeting, handicapped
individuals brought a number of
(See Handicapped?Page 2)
Killed ...; 4
(This Information eoe
piled from Records ?I
State Highway Patrol.)