By J. C. R.
COLONEL, PINKNEY EP.ASTUS
BALDWIN, resident of the Boone's j
Fork section and the "world's oldest
citizen," was a visitor in town Mon-1
Iutt.v. a iic warded pairiarcft, whose
alleged mind runs to matters of revenue
as applied to government,
stopped by for a session with the
Sketch Man ... he
8 ^tfted his cud to
L . I proper position,
'g* d stuc^ his thumb in a
v m ^ a 11 u s strap, and j
^ | r| Save us the low%
jm 4 down cn political
g J questions. The ColM
onel will celebrate
g XtiSfS#* his two hundred and
U |?p$W: ^ first anniversary on
ftg? % . the day after next
Old Christmas . . .
that's what he says
- . . . and during the
years of his long life, little has missed
those keen brown eyes . . . he's been
1% * among those present as each epoch
of the New World's development took
its place in the pages of history.
K17T COIjONRL. BALDWIN is wor.
ried to a point of distraction. Bob
Doughton. a youngster of 178 years,
is angling after the Governorship . . .
and Pinkney vows that one of such
tender age lacks experience for such
s?n|jui uo.hl onice. rne popular Ninth
District Congressman had better run
for President, said the eagy old duffer.
who .blushingly admits that lie
delivered many speeches in the interest
of Abraham Lincoln's candidacj'
back in 1860 . . . for Farmer Bob's
tax plan is just the tiling this country
needs. The Sketch Man, a little
dull on matters of taxation, injected
a query: "What's Doughton's plan,"
h*= inched. "F?r riiamfii"
cried Colonel Baldwin with great indignation.
. . . "Don't you know nothing?
. . . well, I'll tell you then . . .
Doughton aims to cut every man's
tax three-thirds; and that's accordin'
to Holy Writ. . . . I'll back him any j
time he wants to run for President!"
The wise old gentleman then explained
that should mr. Doughton
cause his views to be written into
law, his, Col. Baldwin's, debt to the
State would be trimmed from $42.50
A FRESH CHEW of "hillside navy"
replaced the impotent wad in the
Baldwin jowl . . . the Colonel spat
nonchalantly at the office stove, and
continue# his observations: . . . "They
tell me Tarn Bowie is hankerin' to
Jto run for Governor; well, I got no objections
. . . side by side we fit together
at Kings Mountain, and no
(braver pi'neer ever shot at a Indian
than Tam . . . Jemmesee, he must be
goin' on a hundercr and eighty-four
. . . yes he's a pow'ful fine young
ROOSEVELT is not so hot up on
Boone's Fork, Colonel Baldwin informed
his listeners, and unless the
Democrats choose a man like Doughton
for their presidential nominee
jivrti. auiiimvi, u !S gninu I
to the White House. "Relief is just
too sca'ce under this 'min'st ration,''
continued the veteran, "and you shore
can't get votes for nothinY* Each
President of the" American Union,
through the Wilson era, was a personal
acquaintance of Baldwin, who
declares that the best-balanced, kindest-hearted,
"sweetest" Chief Executive
this country ever enjoyed was
none other than Andy Jackson.
"There was a shore-nuff soldier and
nresident," opined our visitor, . . . "I
fit with him at the Battle of New
LOCAL POLITICAL matters were
thrust into the historical ruminations
of Colonel Baldwin . . . "What do you
think of Watt Gragg's chances for
Congress ?" a printer inquired . . . and
the whiskers bristled on Pinkney's
chin; . . . "Why, the. idee! . . . he's got
no chance; they tell me he's been aspreadin'
news hereabouts that he'3
oldcr'n me. and it's a rank falsehood
. . . Watt ain't but a hunderd and sixty-three
last bean pickin* time. Anybody
that'll tell a tale like that can't
go to Congress.
THE CROWD which had gathered
around the Colonel melted away, and
the oldster picked up his crooked
staff. "Well, guess I'll go up to the
courthouse and see about gettin' me
a pension" were his parting words as
he hobbled away in that direction.
And Colonel Baldwin SHOULD get a
pension, or many pensions ... he deserves
it or them . . . for every war
in which this nation has been involved
saw tho venerable Pinkney
right in the midst of the carnage . . .
the Revolution, the Indian wars, the
struggle of 1812, the Mexican trouble,
the Civil War in which he "fit"
for both North and South, tne Span- j
ish- American encounter, and the I
more recent unpleasantness across the!
sea. In each of these debacles he
submerged himself ir^ glory ... at
least that's what Colonel Baldwin
SOME FOLKS say the ancient one
is just a little grain tetched in the
haid, others that he's a plain old liar
... as for us, we're forced to admit
that Colonel Plnkney Erastus Baldwin
is "the world's oldest and most
' VOLUME XLVI, NUMBER 37
OF COUNTY-WIDE I
Directors of Civic Enterprise
Employ Archie G. Quails
MEN CHARTER MEMBERS
Prospect Is That Membership Will
Be Doubled By Next Week. Secretary
Outlines Purposes of
Dr. G. K. Moose, local druggist and
civic leader, was named president of
the Watauga Chamber of Commerce
at the organization meeting held at
tiie Daniel Boone Hotel last week, and
a comprehensive plan of action for
the promotion of Boone ancl the county
surrounding, has been formulated.
Wade E. Brown, attorney, was
| named vice-president, Roy Keplar,
f insurer and the board of directors
I employed Archie G. Quails, Boone
lawyer, as secretary. The board inI
eludes the elected officers, Clyde R.
Greene, Charles T. Zimmerman, Jim
Rivers and C. W. Teal, the last three
[ named being also constituted as an
Twenty-six Boone citizens, representative
of as many business enterprises.
became members of the cham- i
ber at the enthusiastic organization ^
session, and since the function of the
organization is to be made countywide,
the number is expected to be
doubled by next week.
Secretary Quails, in outlining the ?
immediate aims of the organization,
e?.i!? attention to the need of the further
advertising of Watauga County
as a resort area, and says that the
following pertinent points relative to
the city and county will be stressed: f
It is the educational center of North- F
west Carolina; famed for its potatoes. 1
cabbage, fine cheese, etc.; ideal cli- b
matic conditions; $80,000 hospital un- a
der construction; splendid scenery and s
points of historic value; the Park-toPark
Highway; Government co-opera- a
tion in projects and county-wide en- w
terprises; co-operation with local au- p
thorities in needed improvements; j
promotion of good will among people v
of county and surrounding vicinities; f
definite advertising program. a
Mr. Quails urges all public spirited ^
citizens to lend their co-operation to ^
the Chamber. Farmers, business and ^
professional men are eligible for 0
membership and a full attendance is j,
especially urged at the meeting to be
held in Boone next Tuesday, the 10th. a
The secretary is devoting all nec- ^
essary time to the carrying out of r
business and correspondence of the
chamber, and especially solicits sug- n
gestions of the people in helping to J
make the organization a motivating
influence in the future development
of this favored section.
Juniors Favor Increase
In Educational Budget
Daniel -Boone -Qounel V Jr. .O. A.
M., unanimously adopted the following
resolution, which calls for a large
increase in North. Carolina's educational
budget, at its regular meeting
last week: t
"Whereas, the 1933 Session of the
General Assembly of North Carolina \
appropriated the sum of $16,000,000 a
per year for the support of an eight ?
months school, and
"Whereas, this inadequate sum has ?
greatly demoralized the public school
system of the State by reduction of
teachers' salaries below a living wage,
which has caused many of our best c
teachers to seek employment in oth- 1
er fields, and by an insufficient *
amount being available for repairs J
on buildings and for transportation, *
"Whereas, the Budget Commission t
has recommended an appropriation of
$18,500,000 per. year, the State Superintendent
of Schools has recommended
$22,000,000 and the Secretary 2
of the State Board of Education $25,- l
000,000, and i
"Whereas, through a study of 1
sources of income for the State made 1
by Representative McDonald it is now 1
certain that sufficient revenue to ma- J
terially increase the appropriation for <
schools can be secured without an un- j
due burden being placed upon any
class of taxpayers, now therefore, 1
"Be it Resolved, that Daniel Boone
Council No. Jr. O. U. A. M., in
regular session assembled, endorse an
appropriation of $22,000,000 per year i
for the public school system and that | <
we urge our Senator. Hon. Daltonjl
Warren, and our Representative, Hon. j]
! Dean Swift, to work for this appro- (
City Registration to
Begin on April 6th j
An election notice carried In The ;
Democrat today calls attention to the !
municipal election which is to be held
on May 7th. The registration books '
will be opened at the City Hall April I
6th, and registration of all qualified '
voters on a new book will be re- ?
Hie election this year will be held
at City Hall, ar.d Mrs. B. F Williams 1
will be registrar. A. O. Stanbury and i
G. H. Winkler will be the judges of I
. .. . ......
ndependent eekly News
The above photo shows the C
and runner-up lo Candler in the
J. Banner, Coach Claud Pyatte
cncc, F. Mast and J. Henson. Th
WES IN WRECK
lember Well - Digging Crew at
Blowing Rock Meets Death on
fho Yonahlossee Road. Max
Manfield, 26 years eld. of Sanord,
whose temporary homo was in
Slowing Rock, met instant death on
Tuesday afternoon when hia neck was
'1 lyavvjit unvt VI Li4<l(;u 111 CV l i <raiv
utomobile accident on the Yonahlosee
<V Ford coach occupied by himself
iid a companion whose name could
ot be learned, was being driven on a
lank lumber road near Grandfather
fountain. The car had skidded, the
oungr man apparently falling ther^rom,
and the fatal injuries occurred
s he was pinned beneath the runnink
oard and the open door. The car
idn'i turn completely over, but tilt*,
d onto its elde. The. other occupant y
f the* machine was not seriously inured.
Mr. Manfield was in the employ of
concern digging a deep well for the j
own of Blowing Rock. His body was i
eturned to Sanford for interment.
['wo Are Sentenced
By Judge Bingham
A man by the name of Nutter, givng
his home as Elizabethton, Tenn.,
vas given the choice of two judgnents
by Judge John H. Bingham in
Recorders Court Tuesday. The defendant,
who was found guilty of
:ransporting 25 gaUons of whiskey,
vas asked to choose between a fine
if $50 and the cost or six months on
he roads. He hadn't made up his
nind late in the afternoon, and was
>eing held in jail.
Grafton Fox of Statesville, charged
vith the larceny of automobile tires
md gasoline, was adjudged guilty and
pven a six-months road sentence.
SPECIAL MEETING OF
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
A special meeting of the Chamber
>f Commerce is called by ITesident
VToose for Thursday evening of this
veek at 7:30, Daniel Boone Hotel, at
vhich time a representative of the
tural Rehabilitation Corporation will
ipeak. The subject is of such paranoun
t importance that a large atendance
is especially urged.
TOWN AND FACULTY GAME
A! team composed of various citi:ens
of the town, including business
eaders, will meet members of the
acuity of Appalachian in a basket
>all game at College Gymnasium on
Triday night at 8 o'clock, and sponsors
urge a full attendance, no adnission
being charged. The annual
went has heretofore been the occasion
for rollicksome fun and it is
WKtu lurwara lo again. j
WORD CROWDS VTEW NEW
CHEVROLET AT LOCAL AGENCY 1
According lo W. R. Winkler of the '
N. R. Chevrolet Company, the largest
:rowds in the history of automobiles j
rave enthusiastically viewed the new
1935 Master DeLuxe Chevrolet. Ev- 1
iryone expressed himself as being
pleased with the new turret type tops
ind the larger, roomier bodies by
risher. The improved Blue Flame Engine
develops 24 per cent more horsetower
at touring speeds than ever before
and the cable controlled all weaher
brakes have been refined until
hey are all that is desired in safety
ind ease of operation.
"Advance orders are piling up ev;ry
day," slates Mr. Winkler, "and we
ire expecting the best year in the
listory of our dealership. Our parts
iepartment is the best in the county
ind our sendee is supreme."
Mr. Winkler states that there will
>e demonstrators at the local agency
it all times and all who have not seen
his wonderful car are invited to come
n for a demonstration.
Ha *- ? **.- 8... SiMHHi HH... _. m
paper?Established in the
ujuivry, north Carolina. ampionship
; Mars Hill Tournament. Front i
O. Combs and II. Isaacs; bad
lis team is believed to be the best
Bowie Will Not Run i
Ashe Solon Tells Friends He j
Has No Such Intention.
TAM C. BOWIE, Ashe County ]
Representative, in telling his friends
that he has no intention of running
for Governor next year. Mr. Bowie i
is at present occupying a strengthened
position in legislative circles,
and his candidacy would have unaouDteniy
met wiui AS increased
following. Rumor has it that Mr.
Bowie may oppose Senator Bob
Reynolds in 1938.
S. T. C. Wins Honors
In Forensic Tournament j
The debaters and orators from Appalachian
State Teachera College
anked high in the tournament of the
South Atlantic Forensic Association,
icld in Hickory, March 7, 8, 9. In the
foiling women's oratorical contest
Miss Mary Williams won first place i
n the State and second place among
he states competing. Her subject
was "Eyes to See." In the young
nen's oratorical contest Mr. Carmon
Stuart won second place among the
?ix states competing, excelled only
>y N. C. State College's representative.
Mr. Stuart's subject was "Since
rive Lean Years."
The Appalachian debators ranked
first among teachers colleges and
;ied with Wake Forest for second j
place in the State.
The young women's affirmative j
:eam, Miss Francis Mull and Miss
Elizabeth Shipman. won three out of
four debates. The young men's affirnative
team, Mr. Carmon Stuart and
Mr. Eugene Byrd, won three out of
The young men's negative team,
Mr. Hay Stike and Mr. Winton Rantin,
won four out of six debates, unil
Uiia time undefeated in two years.
HEALTH PLAY TO BE GIVEN
EN SCHOOLS OF WATAUGA
The Carolina Playmakers, in co
>peration with the Good Tooth Council
for Children. Inc., and Division of
Dral Hygiene of North Carolina State
Board of Health will present "Circus
>r Bust," a puppet P'ay ?y Anna B
Dowse and Lon W. Morrey, D. D. S.,
it Cove Creek High School Tuesday,
March 19. 9 o'clock a. m.; Boono
Demonstration School. 11 o'clock a.
n? and Blowing Rock School at 2
The characters are: Jack Whit?mb,
Joan Whitcomb, Mrs. Whit:omb.
Dr. Carson, Tony the Fruit
Man, a Clown, Mickey Mouse, Milk
Man. The Puppeteers' I/mlsp McGuIre
inn Wiiiiam Long; puppet director.
Catherine McAr.drews. Admission
'ree, school patrons invited.
: Year Eighteen Eighty-E
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1935
mpions of Watauga County
row, left to right: S. Harris.
: row: V. Henson, T. Lawrcver
trained in Watauga.
STONE THROWN IN
PLAY KILLS CHILD
Earl Holler, 8 Years Old, Succumbs.
a Victim of Playful
Antic. Funeral Saturday.
Sari, eight-year-old son of Mr. and
Mrs. R. W. Holler of Lovill, died at
Grace Hospital, Banner Elk, Friday
afternoon rrom a fractured skull, suffered
twenty-four hours earlier, as he
was accidentally struck with a rock
thrown by a 13-year-old brother. The
hoys were playing near the Holler
home, it is said, and were throwing
stones. Earl, it is understood, changed
his position as the brother let go a
missile, with the fatal result. The
elder brother is said to be almost
prostrate with grief over the occurrence.
Funeral services were conducted
Saturday afternoon from the Brushy
Fork Baptist Church by Rev. W. D
Ashley and interment was in a nearby
Surviving are the bereaved parents,
three brothers and five sisters.
Concern Is Operating
Mr. W. H. Gragg, receiver for the
Woodcraft Novelty Company, slates
that business for the local manufacturing
enterprise is improving anc
that by today he will have twentj
men or, the payroll, an average ol
ten having been regularly emploveti
since he was named receiver by the
court six weeks ago.
The demand tor the novelties be
ing produced is said to be growing
and a recent large contract for tin
Daniel Boone Cabin Logs is expectec
to result in the addition of severa
? ??? v- v.n>juvjrv.CHa 1U1 uic llt.M IWU VI
SHERIFF HOWELL MAKES
NUMBER OF BOOZE HAULS
Fifty-five gallons of whiskey, three
automobiles and their drivers have
been the resuH of the diligence of police
and sheriffs officers in apprchanding
rum-runners through the
county, within the past few days. One
defendant has been acquitted, one given
six months, and the other is yel
to be tried.
UK A I. ESTATE DEALS
Real estate transfers in the cit}
The sale of the Vilas Moretz hous<
on Oak Street to Mrs. J. F. Harklc
The purchase by Mr. and Mrs. A1
bert Farthing of the Grady Mast res
idence in Green Heights.
The sale of the A. G. Miller garage
property to the Hodges Tire Company.
UNION SERVICES AT THE
M. E. CHURCH SUNDAY NIGHT
Union services, in which all churches
of the town are asked to join, will
be held at the Methodist Church next
Sunday evening at 7:30, at which time
Dr. J. C. Owen of Raleigh will speak
using as his subject "Temperance.'
Dr. Owen is known as a forceful ora
-1 auu oayuwiy IS lllVlietl LU ilL.U
Adjutant C. W. Teal, of the loca
American Legion Post, again calls at
tention to the joint debate which wil
be staged at Legion Hall Friday eve
ning on the subject: "Resolved, thai
the North Carolina Legislature shoulc
legalize sale of whiskey." All ex
service men, their wives and children
are urged to attend.
Avery County farmers have plant
ed fifty Asiatic chestnut trees as ?
demonstration in growing this blight
resistant variety ir. the mountains ot
Western North Carolina.
$1.50 PER YEAR
STATIONED IN CITY
Twenty-six State Surveyors Are
Now Engaged in Running
FEDERAL ENGINEERS TO
P/il * sviir **r?rnwi * AfAmiA\T
I I UliUW f? MX1U
[ Party Now Engaged Near Deep Gap
and Will Use Boone as k5a.se for
Many Weeks. Portion of Road
Is Ready for Contract.
Twenty-five engineers from the
State Highway and Public Works
Commission took up their abode in
Boone last week, and making this city
their base, are engaged in running
preliminary linos on the scenic highway
through the Blowing Rock section,
connecting the Shenandoah and
Great Smoky Mountains National
At present the engineers are working
between Deep Gap and Glendale
Springs and expect to use Boone as
their base until long after their activities
have passed through Blowing
Rock. Engineer Mclfihley is in charge
of the party, and a crew of fifteen
local men have been employed as axmen
to clear away the brush for the
Federal Engineers Follow
The preliminary surveys, it is stated,
are being followed up by engineers
from the Bureau of Public Roads,
who will be on actual location duty,
and it is expected that several sections
cf the huge Federal project will
have been actually located by midsummer.
Chief locating Engineer Browning,
in Boone a few days ago, staled that
one ten-mile section south of the \ir
ginia line has alreadyoccll located
and is ready to be let to contract. It.
is not believed that there can be anyactual
construction work started untill
CongTess shall have passed the
President's Public Works Appropriation
However, folks in this section of
county are favorably impressed since
engineers are actually on the job in.
' this territory.
Birth Registration Drive
Receives 'Fair' Response
RALEIGH, N. C.?North Carolina
parents are classed as "fair" in their
(responses to the appeal of the Bujreau
of the CeitstlS,' the--State Board
of Health and the -State ERA for a
complete registration of babies born
in the State during the past year,
Or. John R. Hamilton, director of the
Division of Vital Statistics, is informed.
* North Carolinians had reported api
proximately one-third of the number
j >;l OUUlO 1CUMUCU IU1 XVOO Uli UlU ill.-*
r tie cards sent out from Washington
up to the end of last week. Recorded
[ births in 1033 reached 75,422, and ali
ready in 1934 the number has reached
79,350, by which Dr. Hamilton esti
mates that complete recording will
f show at least 80,000 births last year.
| Watauga County parents have rej
ported in the present "Register Your
. Baby" campaign the births of 185
children during the past year, or 42
per cent of the 440 actually recorded
births for the year 1933, up to last
week, as compared with about thirtythree
per cent for the State, Dr. Hamilton
This indicates that fully 50,000 par5
ents in North Carolina have had children
born to them during the past
. year who have not filled in the buff.
colored cards distributed by the Post.
office Department to them from the.
- postoffice from which they recelv.i
mail, said Dr. Hamilton. The children
who have thus been slighted may
have occasion many times in the fut
ture to condemn the parental neglect,
the vital statistics man said.
- The campaign is about to end, but
" there is yet time for parents to secure
these cards from the nearest
" postoffice and get them to Wastington
in time to be counted and checked
at the State Board of Health in Ra\
r.^uini^u I IV /* > .T r.KKM) Xl>
CHARLOTTE OFFICE H. O. L. C.
H. Grady Farthing, preliminary
State appraiser for the Home Own
ers Loan Corporation, wa3 last week
1 transferred from Greensboro to the
Charlotte office, where he will work
! in the appraisal and service denart;
ments. Mr. Farthing recently resigned
as county game warden, and
' has been succeeded in this capacity
by Mr. Edward Mast, of Adams.
AT BETHEL HIGH SCHOOL
The Dramatic Club, under the di!
rcction of Miss Dickson, presented
. their play, "Zippy," before an appreI
ciative auaience here Saturday night.
March 9th. Good weather permitted
t a large crowd, practically every seat
! being taken. The order was most ex
cellont throughout the evening. Pa,
trons, pupils, players, teachers, most
everyone thought so. We want this to
be said of each and every future event
. of this kind.
The next play to be given by the
; Bethel High School will be the annual
Senior play. Work on this will begin
"'soon. Watch for an announcement of
. th.- date of its presentation.