North Carolina Newspapers

Volume No. 4
January, 1943 Number 1
Gardens For All Planned
In Foreign Service
Earl Garren, now a gun captain
a transport in the Pacific, re-
^ently spent six days of a 15-day
^rtough with his parents, Mr. and
C. C. Garren of Brevard,
^oute 1. When he landed in San
^ran-cisco, Calif., it was his first
on land in three months. Earl
''^as in a convoy during the battle
the Solomon Islands last Noviem-
when the aircraft carrier Wasp
and he helped rescue some of
the survivors. Earl was formerly
Ecusta Inspector and volunteer-
for service on Dec. 27th, 1941.
^^wlers Win Stamps,
Ilians Are Announced
tinder the new bowling arrange-
started the evening of January
nineteen bowlers came out,
^*^aljing up four teams. On this first
^'^ening, prizes of 50 cent war stamps
, ^re given for high'' single game and
i set. Both prizes went to Wal-
g ^ Straus for his high game of 212
20h. January
there were again enough play
Present to make up four teams.
Filkins won the 50 cent war
for high single game with a
of 192 and K. McCurry won a
l^^ilar prize for high set of 509.
^^iftber four team composed of the
t^Ve two players, Walter Straus, Joe
and Howard Schmidt won 90
i in defense stamps for the high
pins for the evening,
is believed that the number of
^ Mers will increase from week to
for all bowlers are invited to
^^Ucipate. Matches will take place
Wednesday evening at 7:30.
Blood tests will be given all em-
^jjoyees, with the exception of
hose who were checked between
^Ptember 1, 1942 and January
.» 1943. Your department head
notify you when you are to
®Port for your test.
Otis Marshall
Christmas Presents
And Programs Given
Following their established policy,
the Companies headed by Mr. Harry
Straus, gave Christmas presents to
all of their employees this year.
These presents consisted in all
cases, of as much money as was giv
en last year, plus a surgical insur
ance policy. While these were being
given out Mr. Straus was in confer
ence with government officials, ask
ing permission to give a larger
amount. This permission was grant
ed, and a few days later, practically
all employees received a second pres
ent. This was even a bigger surprise
than the first and was really welcom
ed with open arms.
The first presents were passed out
in conjunction with musical pro
grams which were given in the Cafe
teria by the Ecusta Band and Chorus.
A program was given for each
group of employees as they went off
duty and required five performances.
These started at 8:00 A. M. Wednes
day, December 23rd and ended at
8:00 A. M. the following morning.
8:00 A. M. was rather early for the
band to be tuned up and the chorus
in full voice, but they showed them
selves to be good troupers by being
on the stand at the appointed time.
Too much credit cannot be given
to them, their officers and their di
rector, Mr. John Eversman, for a
beautiful and impressive program. It
consisted of Christmas music by the
band and carols sung by the chorus.
The only solo was by Miss Marie
Sprinkle of the Chemical Laboratory
who sang “Silent Night” over the
“mike” and did a nice job of it. Mid-
way of the program Mr. Bennett de
livered a 5 minute Christmas mes
sage over the microphone, while
music could be heard in the back
ground. We believe it made every
one stop and think.
The fact that many persons came
back to hear three programs and
some four is something that every
one who contributed to the programs
should be proud of.
After this, the whole audience sang
a chorus of “Silent Night” and start
ed leaving. As they filed out all
doors at once, their department heads
were waiting to hand their presents
to them.
The Photographer?
So many people have asked the
same question that a credit line
seems in order for Ralph Erskine
who is responsible for the four win
ter scenes in the center section of
our December Echo. Ralph has spent
a great deal of time with his hobby
and some of his work has been ac
cepted by such leading magazines as
Printers’ Ink.
It is becoming increasingly diffi
cult to secure pictures for the
ECHO, yet we know that pictures
have wide public appeal. Send your
pictures to the ECHO editor and
they will be returned to you within
two weeks.
You Need A Victory
Garden In ’43 Because:
1. War demands more food—for
home use, for our fighting men, and
for our allies.
2. The government will take an
even larger part of commercially
canned foods in 1943 than in 1942.
3. Meat will be rationed. This ^ill
require use of more vegetables for
a balanced diet.
4. Certain foods will be scarcer and
prices higher.
5. If you do not grow your own
food in 1943, your family may not
be properly fed.
Cafeteria Supplies
Because of priority and ration reg
ulations and present market condi
tions, we are finding it increasingly
difficult to obtain certain supplies
and foodstuffs for the cafeteria. On
some items we are able to obtain
only 50% of the quantities ordered
to meet normal needs and sometimes
it is necessary to do a great deal of
shopping around to locate a dealer
who has any supply, at all, of ma
terials required.
If at times you find that the caf
eteria, canteen and lunch wagon are
short of supplies like wooden spoons,
wooden forks, paper cups, coffee,
eggs, or if they do not serve the
meats that you prefer as often as
you like, please be patient with the
operators because everything possi
ble is being done to obtain the neces
sary supplies. Any shortages that
may exist are entirely beyond the
control of the cafeteria manage
Mr. Straus Re-Elected
Head Of Hospital
At the annual meeting of the board
of trustees of the Transylvania com
munity hospital our president, Mr.
H. H. Straus, was re-elected Chair
man of the Board of Trustees. Wil
liam Jordan was re-elected secre
tary. Mr. R. F. Bennett was also
elected to the hospital board at a
Chamber of Commerce meeting sev
eral weeks^ ago.
Due to the congestion of all cir
cuits we are asking that you make
as few long distance calls as possi
ble. If it is necessary to place long
distance calls, do not use your tele
phone or leave it until you receive
some report from the operator. If
you place a call, complete it as soon
as possible so that other business
may be transacted on that same cir
cuit. Your indifference in this re
gard may prevent urgent calls from
being completed. Your cooperation
will be appreciated.
Contributions to "Echo”
Due Feb. 17th
Circolation date Feb. 24th
Company Agrees To
Help By Furnishing
Land, Details Given
As a result of a meetng of 25 rep
resentatives of leading industries,
clubs, and schools of Transylvania
County in the office of the county
farm agent on January 16, the follow
ing notice was placed on the bulletin
This is to call your attention to the
severe shortage of food that faces all
of us this year. It is expected that
ten million dollars worth of food will
be shipped out of the United States
No tin cans will be available for
civilian food this year, etc., etc.
Consequently, those of us who stay
at home will either raise our own
food or do without. It is no longer
a case of what is cheaper or what
we would rather do, it is a case of
necessity if we are to provide for our
families as usual.
Mr. Straus realizes all of the fore
going and wishes to make it possible
for all of us to have a Victory Gar
den. If any employee does not have
ground for a garden at home it is
expected that one will be furnished
to him here at the mill. A tool house
will be provided so that a man can
check his garden tools and ride the
bus home.
An agricultural committee will be
formed for the purpose of keeping in
touch with the needs of the garden
ers and passing out necessary infor
mation from the “County Victory
Food Committee.” It is possible that
they will later consider prizes to be
awarded in connection with the gar
In order that everyone gets his
garden planted on time, it is neces
sary that we know as soon as possible
how much land is required, and ar-
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May Use Ecusta Buses
For Inter-Urban Run
Plans are now being made under
the sponsorship of the Brevard Cham
ber of Commerce to establish an in-
ter-urban bus system in Transylvania
county. The owners of the buses
that haul Ecusta employees said their
buses are idle a good deal of the
time and that they would be glad to
use them for regular scheduled trips.
It is believed the chances of get
ting this service installed are good
since the demand is great as a result
of the gasoline restrictions.
Infantile Drive Is On
In several places throughout Ecus
ta are deposit boxes for the Infan
tile Paralysis drive. Mr. Straus has
stated his intention to match em
ployee contributions. Your donation
to this nation-wide drive will be
greatly appreciated, and half of the
funds will remain in the county to
provide treatment for polio victims.
The county quota is $360.

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