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BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, IM7
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On November 1 all recreational
area* and concession operation!
on the Parkway are closed for the
Closing of the recreational area
facilities includes all picnic areas,
tent and trailer camping areas,
comfort stations and all water
Closing of concession operations
includes all gas stations,
snack bars, coffee and sandwich
shops, lodging, souvenir shops,
craft center and the Sharp Top
bus which are on the Parkway.
Basic necessities of travel, aa
gasoline, food, and lodging, are
available within reaaonable distance
of the Parkway at all major
Parkway Motor Moid .
With the first snow or the icing
of the pavement two sections of
the Parkway are closed, gated, and
locked until April IS. The first is
in Virginia, between Route U. S.
501 at the James River and Route
U. S. 460 near Roanoke (mile 64
to mile 108). The second is in
North Carolina, from the Ht. Mitchell
road at Black Mt. Gap to
Route U. S. 70 to Oteen (mile 359
Elsewhere, all or part of the
Parkway motor road is temporarily
closed when ice or snow cover
any part of the pavement between
major highway intersections; sections
are re-opened when the hazardous
conditions no longer exist.
Please therefore inform the inquiring
visitors that when snow,
ace, or fog are present or indicated
they should avoid the Parkawy,
use State routes.
1 Ut V-V»l»V»«k II11VIMHIIIVU HUVMk
road and weather conditions on
the Parkway, call your local representative
of the Blue Ridge
Parkway District Ranger Rosa
Reeve*. Phone Wilkesboro Exchange
Washington, D. C.—James C.
Rivers, for the last six years director
of the Internal Revenue Service's
public information division,
is leaving to become managing
director of Tax Executives Institute,
It was 'discloced at the same
time that the institute's headquarters,
now in New York, will
be moved to Washington at 1111
E street N. W. on January 1. The
organization is composed of heads
of tax departments of corporations
that pay about $12 billion a
year in Federal and State taxea.
Mr. Rivers, of Boone, N. C., a
former newspaperman, has been
in Government about 21 years,
most of the tune as an information
officer for Treaaury Department
agencies. He and Mrs. Rivers
will continue to maintain their
home at 9813 Augusta drive,
The Tax Executives Inatitute is
headed by Walter N. Norris, general
auditor of the Great Northern
Railroad, St Paul.
Appalachian State Teachers college
held it* Fall Convocation on
Friday, November 1, and the occasion
was one of impressive dignity
and solemnity, as the new
board of trustees was sworn into
office by Mayor Gordon H. Winkler
Speaker for this occasion, which
was attended by faculty, students,
Wade Brown Is
Mr. Wade E. Brown, local attorney,
moved his offices into his
newly-constructed building at 221
West King Street Tuesday.
The vacated building at 309
West King, was sold by Mr. Brown
to the Boone National Farm Loan
Association, an affiliate of the
Federal Land Bank of Columbia.
Mr. John Hollar, manager of the
association, states that the Land
Bank offices will be moved to the
new location about the 15th. Mr.
Hollar's ofifces had been in the
Watauga Savings & Loan Association
Mr. Brown's new building is onestory,
constructed along Colonial
lines, and the interior is finished
in Philippine mahogany paneling.
Reception rooms, secretary's room,
a private office and library have
been provided, in addition to storage
and furnace rooms.
Mr. Brown graduated from Wake
Forest College in June 1031, and
opened his law office in the old
Blackburn hotel building in July
of that year. He has had offices
in Town Hall, Critcher Hotel, Watauga
Bank Building, and the old
courthouse, before building his
first office building, which he occupied
for 19 years.
Motel operator! of northwest
North Carolina have banded together
and organized the Grandfather
Mountain Area Motel Association
for the "mutual good of
these businesses and the traveling
The group elected Harry G. Robbins
of Blowing Bock aa its first
president, together with a complete
slate of officers owning motels
In thia section of the State.
Others named to office include
Spencer Robbins. Blowing Rock,
vice-president; Harold Ticknor,
Deep Gap. secretary; Ferris Baumgarner,
Boone, treasurer; and Mr*.
Elizabeth Millpr, Jefferson, recording
The organization will embrace
eight northwest counties: Surry,
Ashe, Wilkes, Avery, Alleghany,
Watauga, Caldwell, and Mitchell.
A spokesman for the official body
said thia week that efforts wiU be
concentrated in the near future
toward getting all motel operators
in tfce eight-county ares affiliated
with the association. ^ i.,.
Immediately following a membership
drive, one director and
one alternate director will be selected
from each of the participating
counties to serve with the five
executive officers aa the board of
Three committees have been
named and have already begun
work. The committee chairmen
are Baumgarner, finance; Spencer
Robbins, membership; and Harold
Rice, advertiaing and publicity.
object of the asaociation, as
stated in the by-laws adopted at
the organizational meeting, is: "To
encourage and to foster the interests
of its member* and those of
the motel, motor court, tourist
court, and other similar businesses
generally for the mutual good of
these businesses and the traveling
public; for the promotion and development
of the northwest corner
of North Carotin* and to do whatever
la suitable and necessary to
attain these ends so long as such
actions are recognized aa proper
and lawftil objectives far a trade
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COLLEGE TRUSTEES. OFFICIALS—Front row, left to right. Dr.
W. H. Plemmoni, President; Mrs. J. E. BroyhiU, Lenoir; William J.
Conrad, Winston-Salem; D. Barnard Dougherty, vice-president and
comptroller; second row: Dr. J. D. Rankin, President-Emeritus; W.
R. Winkler, Boone; Dr. J. B. Hagaman, Jr., Boone; George Cora,
Shelby; third row! B. C. Brock, Mockiville; L. A. Dysart, Lenoir;
John Frank, Mount Airy; C. Wation Brame, North Wilkeaboro; Kidd
Brewer, Kaleigh; and E. C. Lackey, Winaton-Salem.—Photo AV
College Board Of Trustees Takes
Oath Of Office From The Mayor
and many guests, was Paul A.
Johnston, director of the department
of administration of North
Mr. Johnston spoke on "what I
believe to be the most compelling
necessities of our times—namely,
that America produce more leaders
of excellence in every field of
activity, including science, industry,
government, etc., and of equal
importance that all the citizens of
our country be educated to a point
where each is equipped not only to
make the most productive use of
hi* ability in connection with his j
individual profession or occupation,
but also to bring an intelli- ]
gent judgment to the pressing pub-j
lie decisions of his community, his
State, his Nation, and indeed of,
Mr. Johnston pointed out that
from one-fourth to one-third of
the valedictorians who graduate
each year from high schools in!
North Carolina do not enter college.
This he termed "a tragic
waste." Another fact often emphasized,
he said, is that many
students who are without the capacity
for higher education are enrolled
in many of our colleges only
to drop out within a short time.
We must not, according to Mr.
Johnston, conclude that merely
preventing the enrollment of unqualified
students will insure the
enrollment of qualified students.
There is a great deal more to the
problem than that, he said. "Let's
face the fact," Mr. Johnston continued,
"that we must not only provide
space and facilities in our
colleges and universities which will
accommodate our brightest high
school graduates ... we mutt also,
in those cases where such is necessary,
provide in one way or another
the financial assistance—or even
full financial aupport—for the complete
education of all our qualified
high school graduates." This we
must do, he says, in spite ef the
Named To Head
Seal Sale Drive
Lyle B. Cook, Acting Pout muter,
was named chairman of the
1067 Christina* Seal Sale in Watauga
The annual campaign to raise
funds to fight tuberculosis will be
carried on by the 8,000 tuberculosis
associations throughout the
United States from November
"19th through December.
"Great progreaa against Tuberculosis
haa been made In the first
half cent!!"- of the Christmaa Seal
Sale." Mr. Cook declared. "But
there is a big lob ahead to bring
thyVdiaease under control. TB
strikes 100.000 Americans every
year. We must all ahare in the
fight to protect ouV homes from
Contributions to the Tuberculosis
Association pay for: Free chest
x-ray clinics, clothing snd medication
for tuberculosis patients, education
of the public against, the
The goal for Watauga county is
12,000, and each citizen is urged
to contribute to this worthy cause.
fact that enrollment! and expenses
at the state institutions are rising
steadily. In answer to the question.
"Can we afford, if necessary, to
furnish full financial support of
all qualified high school graduates
in order to insure their enrollment
in college?" Mr. Johnston countered
with the question, "Can we afford
The speaker quoted figures showing
one group of seventh grade
students numbering 73,631 in 1947.
By the time this same group of
students had reached the twelfth
grade the number had dropped to
30,698. Of this number, 15,980 enrolled
as freshmen in college, but
b ythe time they were seniors,
only 6,406 were still in college—
approximately one-tWelfth of the
number who were in the seventh
grade. He quoted also comparable
figures for American and for Russian
students as to requirements in
the sciences and in mathematics.
"In view of these figures," he said,
"those of us who are concerned
for the defense of thif Nation ought
not to rest easy."
Mr. Johnston concluded by laying,
"By mentioning here these
several problems connected with
education, I have not attempted
to place the responsibility (or the
solving of these problems. It seems
probable, however, that those who
train our teachers have at least
as much, if not more responsibility
in this area than anybody else. 1
can say, therefore, to this audience,
which is so closely concerned with
the affairs of this great institution
devoted primarily to the training
of teachers, yours it a high responsibility
indeed. I know you will
bring to it the very best that ii
Mr. Jonston conveyed a message
from Governor Luther Hodges to
the members of the board of trustees
for the occasion.
The members of the board ol
trustees who were introduced to
the audience and installed are ai
follows: C. Watson Brame, oil distributor
of North Wilkesboro;
. Kidd Brewer, insurance man and
bakery owner of Raleigh; B. C.
j Brock, attorney of Mockaville; Mrs.
' J. Ed Broyhiil, civic and social
, leader of Lenoir; William J. Conrad,
vice president of R. J. Reynolds
Tobacco Company of Winston-Salem;
George Corn, owner of
Shelby Concrete Products, Inc., of
Shelby; L. A. Dyaart, president of
Union National Bank of Lenoir;
John Prank, president of North
Carolina Granite Corporation of
Mount Airy; Dr. J. B. Hagmaan,
Jr., physician of Boone; E. G. Lackey,
secretary-treasurer of Pilot
Freight Carriers, Inc., of Winatoo(Continued
on page two)
Dean Haden Hodges, 32, of
Boone, died Monday. November 4,
in Baptist Hospital at WinstonSalem,
where he had been a patient
for about five days.
Death was said to be due to
a complication of respiratory ailments.
Mr. Hodges had been in the radio
and television repair business in
i Boone for a number of years until
ill health forced him to dispose of
his shop in the early fall. He was
active in Junior Chamber of Commerce
work and other civic affairs.
Funeral services were scheduled
to be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday,
! November 6, at the Advent ChrisI
tian Church in Boone, conducted
by the Rev. George Arthur, the
Rev. E. F. Troutman, and the Rev.
C. A. Foss, with burial to follow
in Mountlawn cemetery.
He is survived by his widow,
Mrs. Ruby Smith Hodges; his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Hodges
of Boone; a sister, Mrs. W. D.
Baxter of Atlanta, Ga.; and three
half-sisters, Mrs. James Carter and
Mrs. Russell Maltha, both of Boone,
and Mrs. Ruby Turner of Fayetteville.
Given Fair Awards
Several Watauga county exhibitors
took premium honors during
(he North Carolina State Fair and
took home a largo portion of the
more than $50,000 awarded.
Winners from Watauga were:
Field crops—Shipley Farms, VUm,
Hybrid com Funk G91. G85A
G512W, Woods V36, all seconds;
hybrid corn US 13. US282, third.
Council Henson. Vilas, hybrid
corn U813, W. Va 1181. firsts;
Open variety rye, first, L. A. Henson,
hydrid corn U81). W. Va.
1103. open variety rye. seconds;
open pollens ted white corn, third.
Horace Greer, Rt. 1,'Boone, hybrid
corn, W. Va. 1103, open variety rye.
Horticulture—Horace Greer, Rt.
1, Boone, open variety sweet potatoes,
first; Irish potatoes, two
thirds, one fourth. Mrs. Lonnie
Henson, Vilas, Mray display Irish
potatoes, first. L. A Henson, VUaa,,
Kennebeck. Irish potatoes, first;
9-tray display Irish potatoes, Stquoyla
Irish Potatoes, open variety
Irish potatoes, all second. Council
Henson, Vilaa, Sequoyta Iriah Potatoes,
first; Kennebeck potatoes,
second; Irish potatoes, two thirds.
Livestock (Hoistein dairy cattle)
—Appalachian Dairy, Boone, bull
calf, junior yearling bull, cow in
milk, five year cAw, dairy herd,
all second; twothirds; one fourth,
two fifths, two sixths, on seventh,
one eighth, one eleventh, one
Swine l Hampshire) — Shipley
Farms. Vilas, three ewe lamba,
get of sir*, seconds; one fovrth,
one fifth, two sixths, one eighth,
Kdd I.. Pnaaaell, Rt 2. Banner
Elk, won two firsts in the handicrafts
division with wood carving,
one second In Jewwtry and one
second in flat wood carving.
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1249 Students Are
Stricken With Flu
1 I ; V., 'I'iih
Influenza and kindred ailment!
are still keeping nearly a third
of Watauga county's children away
frdm school, while the situation
at Appalachian State Teachers
College, where about 10 per cent
of the student body had been afflicted.
ia definitely improved, according
to official information gathered
by the Democrat Tuesday.
County Superintendent of
Schools Guy W. Angell, says that
1240 students in the high and elementary
schools of the county were
out of class according to his latest
survey, or 31 per cent of the student
population of 4011.
At Parkway School the percentage
of abaences is greatest, there
being 90 per cent away from school
there, for a total of 254 At Cove
Creek Elementary 42 per Cent or
102 students were away from
classes, while at Cove Creek High
53 were away. The ailments had
visited the high school earlier,
and the students had largely recovered
there before the elementary
group was stricken.
The situation at the other schools
At Bethel 88 or 27 per cent were
Mabel had an abaence liat of
108 or 38 per cent.
At Valle Cruel* 83 or 27 per
cent wer* at home.
Blowing Rock had 117 or 24 per
Green Valley reported 81 abaence*
or 23 per cent.
Appalachian High School had
118 abaent or 24 per cent.
Appalachian Elementary School
198 or 34 per cent.
Not All Are III
Mr. Angell point* out, however,
that not all the abaence* are (Jue
to illnei*. Normal abaence* run
close to ten per cent, he added.
Few teacher* have been atricken,
Mr. Angell aaid.
College Condition Better
At Appalachian State Teacher*
College, where normally abaencea
are almoat negligible, the condition*
have Improved. About 200 or
roughly ten per cent, failed to meet
claue* at the peak of the diaeaae
last Thuraday, but Dean D. 1.
Whltener believe* the institution is
now "over the hump" as regard*
Dr. Whitener aaya that most of
the freshmen are back in their
claases and that h^ feel*.very optimistic
about the situation. The
first-year students, he says, were
atricken first. He believe* that the
action of the college in having provided
influenza vaccination* well
ahead la largely reaponalble for the
relatively low number of (tudenta
to become ill. The Dean *aya the
fine work of Mrs Zeb Shook, college
nurse, and the aplendid cooperation
of the itudents in following
preventive measure*, hava
also helped ImmMsurably.
Among the early precautions
taken, beside* vaccinatiena, included
the closing of the swimming
poll at the college.
Health Department advlcea indicate
that the illnesaea include
common Influenza, poailbly some
of,the Asian variety, and the common
2 Cents Here
Another reduction of 2 cent*
per gallon on most brand* of gasoline
w»» ported at Boone and
Watauga County tenrice itationa
Tuesday. The latest price drop
left regular gat at 22.0 and premium
at 29 9
This represent* at total alaah in
gas price* of to cent* per gallon
aince the state > newest prioe war
reached Watauga County on September
1*. Prices at that time
stood at/32.0 and 33 #.
Distributors expressed the opto
ion that prices would go even lower,
probably to the lt.> level
reached last August when a similar
wave of reductions spread ever
the atate. No indication is seen of
an early return to "pre-war"
levels, one distributor for a major
"AN APPLE a day will keep the Doctor away!"—Not so in thU eaae,
ai the heavily loaded winter apple tree atandi in the back of Dr. Hadley
Wilson's office building on King Street. Although (tripped of ita leaves
by the froats and autumn weather, the tree haa enough apples on
it to put all the doctora' in Boone out of busineaa for awhile if the
old adage is true. It is a picture of natural beauty aa the red apples
stand out against a background of sky.—Photo by Joe C. Minor.
At Fall Convocation
When Appalachian State Teacher*
college held lta Fall Convocation
last Friday, one of the apecial
gueata for. the occaaion was the
Honorable J. Kemp Doughton of
Sparta, Speaker of the Houie of
Repreaentatives of the laat General
Aaaembly of North Carolina.
Mr. Doughton read and presented
to the college a very beautiful
framed scroll which paid tribute
to the late Dr. B. B. Dougherty.
The scroll had been hand-printed
and framed by James M. White,
the executive director of the North
Carolina Aaaoeiatlon of Railroads,
a personal friend of Dr. Dougherty
and an artist in his own right. The
scroll waa prepared from a resolution
which waj paaaed in tribute
to Dr. Dougherty by the last General
Aaaembly. It was done, Mr.
Doughton said, "to eulogize the
great service of Dr. Dougherty,
one of the greateat educators any
of us have ever known," and he
presented it, he said, "with pride. '
thanksgiving, and humility."
Dr. W. H. Plemmons, president
of Appalachian, accepted the acroll
on behalf of the college, and atated
that it would be hung in a prominent
and fitting place on the campua,
for all to aee and appreciate.
The acroll reads ai follows:
"Resolution of the North Carolina
"Whereas, Dr. Blanford Barnard
Dougherty has recently died at
the age of eighty-five; and
"Whereas, in the death of Dr.
Dougherty, patron, longtime President,
and one of the founders of
Appalachian State Teachers College,
the State of North Carolina
has suffered the loss of a courageous,
sincere, and far-sighted educator
and public servant; and
"Whereas, among his many accomplishments
and public services
during bis long and useful life, he
served as County Superintendent
of Watauga County Schools from
IMC to 1910, as President of Appalachian
StaW Teachers College
from IMS until bis retirement a
short time before hia death, and
for a long number of years was
a member of the State Board of
"Whera&s, from the date of the
founding of Appalachian State
Teachers college in 1903 until the
day of his death, this native North
, Carolinian labored early and late.
in aeaaon and out, in the interests
I of Anoalachian State Teachers col*
W » m *J»«IBBUP w
"Where*!, the General Assembly
of North Carolina wishea to mfcke
record of its appreciation of hte
life and accomplishments and of its
(Continued on page two)
Coy Church Is
Mr. Coy N. Church of Route 1,
Purlear, has moved to Boone and
succeeded Artie Walsh, deceased,
as manager of Smithey's Store.
Mr. Church has been in the employ
of the Smithey chain for three
and a half years, and was in the
clothing department of the Goodwill
Store in North Wilkesboro
prior to coming to Boone.
Mr. and Mrs. Church have established
residence in the apartment
adjoining the store building.
They have one aon, who is aerving
with the Navy and is presently in
Open House For
Blue Ridge Motor* has announced
pUni for an "open house" event
to be held all day Friday of thia
week in connection with the first
showing of (he Otdsmobile line of
cars tot IMS.
Refreshments will be served I
a small gift presented to all
qrs, said Tom S. Wii
tor of the dealership on I
Road, in inviting the
drop in and
Lionel Ward. Veterans Service
Officer for Watauga County, urges
all business place* to display the
United States flag in front of their
establishments in observance of
Veterans Day. Monday, November
National headquarters of the
American Legion is also asking
that all church bells, fire sirens,
and factory whistle* be sounded
for ten seconds beginning at exactly
11 a. m. on November 11, Mr.