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VOLUME LXXUL? NO. 50
FOR BEST RESULTS
RHODODENDRON IN BLOOM. ? This pictuie, made Monday by Hugh
Morton at an overlook on the lower slopes of Grandfather Mountain,
shows the red rhododendron in bloom. The flowering comes first
to the lower elevation* and during the month wUl rise to the higher
peaks of Grandfather and other lofty mountains of the Blue Ridge
and the Smokies.
Student registration (or the first
six weeks term at Appalachian
State Teachers College totaled
1,582, according to the office of
Registrar H. R. Eggers. Registra
tion for the term began last week,
and was completed Monday.
Of this number, 590 are graduate
student*. This, too, is a record
graduate student enrollment, re
ports Dr. Cratis Williams, gradu
ate studies director.
Four of seventeen two-week
workshops scheduled this summer
at the college begin Monday, ac
cording to an announcement by Dr.
James E. Stone, summer lessions
director. They are:
Piano, to be directed by Erwin
Freundlich, of Julliard School of
Music, New York.
Reading, Havei ly 0. Moyer, of
State University of New York, di
' Supervision of Student Teachers,
to be directed by Ernest J. Milner,
of Syracuse University, New York.
Art Education, Elizabeth Mack,
rlotte Public Schools, director.
The 37th annual Singing on the
Grandfather Mountain will be held
une 26, it was announced by J.
Features on the all-day event in
lude Arthur Smith and the Cross
oads Quartet, the Harvesters and
le Blue Ridge Quartet.
John Parris of Aabeville will
*ak, and the ltev. Roscoe Green
nd the Rev. A. G. Buchanan will
Located at the base of the Grand
ither Mountain on Highway 221,
vo miles east of Linville, the
nging has been an outstanding
traction each summer in this
ea for many years. First sing
g, or convention as it is some
nes referred to, was held in 1926.
(Continued on page three)
Visitors Help With Work On
Trip To King's X, Folk Center
Virgil Ray Is
Mr. Virgil Ray of Boone has
been commissioned a Kentucky
Colonel by Governor Bert Combs.
The handsome certificate issued
by the Kentucky Governor and
which is highly appreciated by
Mr. Ray is oeing framed and will
hang in his office at ibe Home |
|H. J.Teague i
Dies At 94
Hiram John Teague, Sr., 94 year
old farmer of Blowing Rock, Route
4, died S?turday in Watauga Hos
pital. He had been in declining
health for sometime.
Funeral services were conduct
ed at Blowing Rock Presbyterian
Church by the pastor, the Rev. A.
Blake Brinkerhoff, In an 11:00 a.
m. ceremony. Burial was In the
Blowing Rock City cemetery.
He is survived by the widow,
Mrs. Annie Broyhill Teague; two
daughters, Mrs. L. D. Tester, Blow
ing Rock, Mrs. Frank Church,
Boone; five sons, T. R. Maitland,
Fla , W. H. of Charleston, W. Va.,
Charlie of Hampstead, Md., H. J.,
Jr. and Ben Teague both of Boone;
one sister. Mrs. Nan Underwood,
Linville. There are IS grandchild
ren, approximately 90 great grand
children, IB great, great grand
children and one sixth generation
Nonwhite strike call falls In
Vounty Rescue Squad
Is Being Organized
nitial stops . for the formation i
in emergency and rescue squad
Watauga County were taken
Thursday night, in a meeting
interested persons at Kirk'i
?mporary officers for the new
id, to be know as Watauga
ity Emergency and Rescue
id. Inc., are as follow*: Capt .
V. Watkins; First Lieut- Zeb
k; Sccond Lieut., Fred Mast;
Jim Duncan; Seeratery,
s Marsh; Treasurer, Zeb ?lrk.
. Wptkius said as the squad's
jrary Captain, he wonld com
the organizational work and
the group to a functional
status. Hard and rigorous work
lief ahead for the group, he de
clared, in a complete training pro
iram that will reault In aft effici
ent emergency and rescue aquad.
Present lor the meeting, and
offering advice and encourage
ment to the new group were of
ficers irom the Carter County,
Fonn. emergency And rescue unit.
The new (roup already has an
important piece of equipment in
I station wagon that will Ue equip
ped as an emergency vehicle for
use in rescue work. The station
wagon is ? gift to the new unit
rrom Zeb Kirk, given in memory
of his son John and grandson
JO ANN HARDIN
Jo Ann Hardin
Is Given Degree
j. Jo Ann Hardin, of Boone, grad
uated from the School of Phar
macy at the University of North
Carolina on June 3. Miss Hardin
plans to be an apprentice pharma
cist at Danbury Hospital, seven
miles from her parents' home in
Candlewood Orchards, Brookfield,
J. S.Snyder, 93,
Jacob Smith Snyder, Sr., 93
year old resident of the Beaver
Dam community, died at his borne
last Sunday, following a long per
iod of declining health.
Funeral services were conduct
ed Tuesday at 2:00 p. m. in the
Beaver Dam Baptist Church by
the Rev. J. H. Crisp, .assisted by
the Rev. Carl Wilson. Burial Wis
in the Beaver Dam cemetery.
He is survived by three tons,
Oscar of Knoxville, Tenn., Howard
oi Baltimore, Jacob S. Snyder, Jr.,
Sugar Grove; eight daughters,
Mrs. Ethel Bass, Knoxville, Tenn.,
Mrs. Myrtle Arnold, Neva, Tenn.,
Mrs. Elizabeth Bass, Cleveland,
(Continued on page three)
Good Ad Result
Mr. and Mr*. P. W. Martin of
St. Peterscburg, Fla. have found
suitable living quarters at Blowing
Rock, from an ad inserted lit the
Democrat some time ago.
Mr. Martin came to the Demo
crat to express his appreciation
for the fine oovorage the Demo
crat has. He said he received A>me
30-odd replies not only from Boone
and Blowing Bock but from dif
ferent sections of the county.
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King's X had visitors from a
work camp at Celo, N. C., recently
who helped put tar paper on our
root cellar and did many clean-up
tatks. Local neighbors have been
wot king on ata addition to the
Woods Edge house, and two walls
are now framed. White pines have
been trimmed. The small fruita
patch is thriving and may yield a
couple of dishes of blueberries and
one of raspberries this summer.
The "Rose Fence" has thickened
considerably and may by summer's
end be high enough to turn stray
The Wild Garden's Shooting
Stars, Showy Orchids, Yellow Lady
Slippers, and vaiious rare ferns
have done well this spring.
Botanists at The University of
Maine sent us Twinflower and
Snowbcrry in exchange for a
Climbing Fern and other planta
native to the Appalachian South.
Mr. E. C. Robbing of The Gardens
of The Blue Ridge at Pineola has
been mod generous In helping
King's X with native wild flowers
on a barter basis. Mr. Chase dis
covered a large batch of Climbing
Fern last winter, near Gatlinburg,
Tenn , and gave them to Mr. Rob
bins and other friends.
Mr. Chase made a trip recently,
telling Jack Tales in schools near
New York City, and gave programs
also at Akron University and for
1'he College of Forestry at The
University of Syracuse. He also
visited his two young grandsons
in Chicago and his mother and
.sister in upper New York Statu.
He did several radio programs in
New York and Chicago and made
a television appearance in Syra
cuse. Currently he is scheduled for
engagements in Richmond, Va. He
will also go to a hospital in Rich
mond to have a throat specialiat
examine a growth on his vocal
Visitors to King's X are expected
thia summer from California, Wash
ington, New York, and Chicago?
for work camp activities and con
sultation in Um field of folk songs,
folk tales, country dances, and
other mountain traditions.
Wool Pool Is .
Watauga county farmers sold
19,149 pounds of wool for 911,
104.09 to the Fred Whitaker Com
pany, of Philadelphia, Penn., Sat
urday, according to figures kept
by the county agricultural agent's
Eighteen thousand and three
pound* was graded clear medium
wool and went at the top price of
999.7* per hundred pound*. 390
pounds graded light burry, and
sold at WO 90 cwt, 293 pounds
graded reject and sold for 944.83.
573 pounds of tags brought <11.94
CIVIL CASES BEING TRIED
Stanley Ward Is
25-30 Years In Slaying
Mother Of 10
Is Killed At
Stanley Ward, 47, an odd
jobs worker, was sentenced by
Judge Frank Huskins in Wa
tauga Superior Court Monday
to not less than 25 nor more
than 30 years in the State pen
itentiary in Raleigh, for the
fatal shooting of his wife, the
mother of ten children.
Ward pleaded guilty to second
degree murder in the slaying of
Mrs. Viola Ward, 41, at the home
of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mon
roe Harmon, 18 miles southeast of
Boone, on April 24.
Testifying to the court were
Sheriff E. M. Hodges, Coroner
Richard E. Kelley, SBI Agent C.
E. Whiteman and Mrs. Monroe
Harmon. The defendant did not
According to the testimony of
Mrs. Harmon, her daughter, who
had separated from her husband,
came to the Harmons from the
Ward home in Lenoir. She said
Ward also came to the house and
they spent the night talking. Next
morning, she said, she was with
the two when Ward went out of
the room and returned with a shot
gun which belonged to Mr. Harmon
and which had been hanging on
Mrs. Harmon said that Ward told
his wife, "You have lived long
enough," and fired, the full load
from the 12-guage gun taking ef
fect in her left breast.
Ward had previously been quot
ed as saying the shooting was
accidental, and that he didn't know
the gun was loaded. He had been
a prisoner in the county jail since
After the homicide case was dis
posed of, the court began the trial
of a number of civil cases.
A new Mayor and three mem
bers of the Board of Alderman
will be elected when the Boone
voters go to the polls next Tues
Only the Democrat* have nomi
nated a ticket, and the Republi
can having failed to offer opposi
The Registration books closed
last Saturday. Mrs. Fred Mast is
the Registrar and only a half do
zen new voters were enrolled for
the municipal balloting.
Attorney Wade E. Brown's
name will appear on the ticket
for Mayor. Mayor Howard Cottreil
declined nomination due to pres
sures of personal business, but did
accept nomination for the Board,
on which he has served for many
Others who will serve as Alder
men are Con Yates and Harry M.
Without an opposing ticket, ?
light vota is expected.
Dr. Lawreiicc ,
Goes To Denver
Dr. Ray Lawrence will leave ?or
Denver, Colorado next Saturday,
where he will attend the Ameri
can Optometrists convention.
Dr. Lawrence will be a delegate
to the International Association
of Boards of Examiners in Opto
mcntry while st the convention. He
was recently re elected to a five
year term to the North Carolina
Board ?l Examiners in Optometry.
A daughter, Miss Mary Law
reach will accompany Dr. Law
rence to Denver.
HORN CAST PRACTICE TO BEGlM. ? Thl? picture, taken last year during playing of Horn in the West,
shows Sam Phillips (Bill Farthing), left, and Daniel Boone (Glenn Causey), right, in dramatic scene. Re
written this year, the directors promise a livelier drama than ever beiore. Rehearsals begin Friday,
and the show opens July 1 in Daniel Boone Theatre.? Photo Flowers Photo Shop!
Robert Ellis Named Director
Music F or This Year's Drama
Clean-Up Week Starts
Monday At B. Rock
Mayor R. B. Hardin has pro
claimed the week beginning next ,
Monday, June 19th as Cleanup
and Beautification Week in Blow
The Mayor is moat anxious that
every effort be made by tha resi
dents of the town to have Ihclr
premises cleaned up and beautifi
ed on the even of the beginning of i
he summer tourist season in that
popular mountain top :esort area.
Town trucks will supplement
their regular schedules by special
trips to pick up trash, when tele
phone calla are made to city hall.
Maybr Hardin asks for full co
operation in this effort to have
Blowing Rock more beautiful than
ever for the summer.
George G. F arthing,
County Agent, Dies
North Wilkesboro, June 10?
George Greer Farthing, ?? Wilkes
County agricultural agent, died
Friday near C. C. Alexander's
home north of Rearing River. He
wai found dead by a pawing mot
orist at S:15 p. m. on the load. Ap
parently, he had pulled hii car lo
the aide of the road, stepped out
and fell dead.
Death waa attributed to a sec
ond heart attack. He had suffered
a heart attack two yean ago but
had returned to work following
Aa one of the moat outatanding
agents in the state Mr. Farthing
had been awarded the Distinguish
ed Service Award In 1098.
He waa borh in Watauga Count;
to William J. and Laura G. Farth
ing. He was married to the former
Miss Blanche Bingham.
He waa educated In tie public
school at Sugar Grove In Watauga
County, Berea Academy at Berea,
Ky., and received a B.S. degree
from Berea College in 1932. He
did graduate work at Berea and
had attended a summer school
study at North Carolina State Col
In 193344 he had taught in Cove
Creek High School in Watauga
and from 1914 until 1939 had
served aa vocational agriculture
teacher there. He joined the ex
ternum service in 1989 and waa
aaaiatant county agent in Watauga
for two yura. After a year aa as
sistant agent iu Swain County he
waa county agent of Clay County
for two years followed fay three
years as assistant county agent at
large in 19 TV A counties of west
ern North Carolina.
Worked In Buncombe
He was assistant agent 'or three
years in Buncombe County and
later was field representative :or
the North Carolina Farm bureau
before coming to Wilkes as county
agent in 1901.
He waa a member of the Baptist
church, the Masonic lodge, the
Farm Bureau Grange and Knights
of Pythias Lodge.
In WUkea he waa inatrumental
in the organization of 33 rural
communities, in the formation ef
a telephone cooperative now serv
ing 1,000 patrons in Wilkes and in
the establishment of an agricul
tural center for staging agricul
Mr. Farthing waa president of
the District Association of Exten
sion Agents lb 1096.
He is survived by ihe widow.
Funeral aervicea were conduct
ed at 3 o'clock Sunday at the WU
keaboro Baptiat Church by Rev.
Henry Morgan. Burial waa in
Mountlawn Memorial Park (a
Final Date On .
Juno 30, Mil ia the final date
for which farmers msiy file an ap
plication for ? IMS now farm
wheat allotment Full information
concerning eligibility requlrw
menta la available at the local A8C
office. 'yi . ,
Robert H. Ellis, well-known
choral director of Hickory, will be
the musical director of the out
dor drama Horn in the West, play
director David French has an
nounced. Ellis has already been
working on new music for the
drama, opening for the tenth sea
son on July 1.
A former music director m
Guilford County and in Scotland
Neck, Ellis currently holds duel
positions as choral director of
Hickory High School and the First
Presbyterian Church in Hickory.
Under the guidance of Ellis, the
Hickory High School Chorus has
ROBERT H. ELLIS
become famous for its excellent
performances. The group has en
tered 23 State contests over the
pest four yean and received 21
Ellis has completely re-written
the musical script of the Horn in
the West, adding new mountain
folk music and ballads to the score
which has thrilled thousands dur
ing the past nine >ears. For the
new music, Ellis spent three
months doing research in high
land folk music.
EUis Is a member of the Amer
ican Chort.1 Directors Association,
Vice-president of the choral sec
tion of the North Carolina Musk
Educators Conference, and chair
man of the North Carolina Festi
val Chorus for the post three
years. He has served as adjudica
tor and clinician all over North
Schooled in music
Ellis holds the B. S.
High Point College
degree from Appalachian
Teachers College. ,
Horn director French
that he was delighted