CHEROKEE COUNTY 18,813
COUNTY SEAT 2.50*
The mtionu roiwotnoii rot intmiik Munsit
VOLUME 58 ? NUMBER 29.
MURPHY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1948.
TEN PAGES THIS WEEK
On Next Tuesday
With boys' and girls' teams $
participating from twelve schools, '
the Western N. C. Conference
basketball tournament gets under
way here in the high school gym
Tuesday. February 10, at 1 o'
clock. The final games will be j
played Friday The winners will
meet the winners of the Blue
Ridge Conference in the district
tournament at Cullowhee a week '
A number of trophies will be !
pwarded at the final game, includ- |
ing trophies for boys in Class A i
and B and for the girls' confer- i
ence champions. Also a trophy j
will be given to the boy and girl
showing the best sportmanship at
the annual event.
The tournament was held in An
drews last year with Murphy boys
and Hiwassee Dam the winners.
The schedule for the opening
Tuesday Feb. 10
1 p. m., girls, Stecoah vs Bryson
2 p. m . girls. Franklin vs Cul
3 p. m., boys. Cherokee vs An
4 p. m.. girls, Murphy vs Chero
7 p. m , boys, Stecoah vs Nanta
h p. m., girls, Hiwassee Dam vs
9 p. nr. boys. Robbinsville vs
Wednesday Feb. 11
1 p. m. girLs, winner (Hiwassee
Dam vs Sylva) vs Robbinsvilie;
2 p. m., girls, winner (Cherokee
vs Murphy) vs Nantahala;
3 p. m.. boys, Murphy vs Franklin;
4 p. m, girls, winner iCullowhee
vs Franklin) vs Hayesville;
p. m.. boys Sylva vs Franklin
7 p. m., boys, winner (Cherokee vs
Andrews) vs winner < Robbins
vilie vs Cul lowlier', * ?
T, p. m., girls, winner (Stecoah vs
Bryson City) vs Andrews;
f? p. m., boys. Hayesville vs Hiwas- i
Thursday Feb. 112, Semi-finals I
7 p. m., girls;
6 p. m., boys;
P p. m., boys. , |
Friday Feb. 13, Finals
7 p. m , girls;
8 p. m . elass B boys;
9 p. m., class A boys.
The spring fire season opened
for Cherokee County February 1.
The county fire warden. E. S.
Burnette, urges that everyone put
forth every effort to halt fire de
struction this season. He says the
support of the people has been
commendable in the past, but
hopes Cherokee county can make
even better record this spring.
Burning permits may be secur
ed from the following people:
Ranger Anderson. Murphy. Mau
ney Bldg.; Ranger Olson. An
drews. Bank Bldg : V. S. Love.
Andrews; Allen Brendle. Wenutty;
Posey Garrett, Patrick; Clayton |
Stiles, Suit; Lester Forrister. Sun- >
ny Point; Lee Coker, Brasstown;
Vaughn Ricks, Murphy; County I
Agent's office, courthouse: E. S. !
Burnette, county warden.
Alfred Smith, former athletic
toach in Murphy high school and
more recently athletic coach in
Andrews high school, has accepted
a position with the Veterans Farm
training program, with headquart
ers at Murphy high school.
Dr. George Plonk, chairman of
the Murphy committee for the
polio campaign, announces that
the drive has been continued here
until Tuesday, February 10, when
all workers will be expected to
turn in their reports.
According to W. T. Teas, county
chairman, it is expected that by
the 10th the county's quota of
$1800 will have been reached.
To Two Funds
The Cherokee Country club has
donated $25 for school lunches
for pupils and $25 for the polio
At a call meeting Tuesday even
ing, plans were made for a Valen
tine dinner to be held at Duke's
lodge on February 14.
The Rev. W B Penny, of Mur
phy. co-chairman of the overseas
relief drive in Cherokee county,
held a meeting of representatives
from local organizations Monday
night at 7:30. Plans were made for
the collecting of materials re
quested in the "Fill the Ship with
Friendship" drive which will be
conducted February 15-22.
The Churches are giving their
full support to the drive which is
being sponsored by the N. C
Council of Churches.
Materials to be collected in the
coming drive is clothings of all
kinds and for all ages. It was
emphasized that clothing and
shoes should be tied in pairs.
High on the list of needed materi
als are quilts, blankets, and sheets
for bedding. Many other needed
items will also be gathered.
Lloyd Hendrix was appointed
chairman for the Murphy district
of Cherokee county, and will ar
range for the coming drive
through County Schools and
Churches. W. M Fain was elect
ed chairman of the transporta
tion committee Mayor Neil Sneed
is chairman of the collecting com
mittee. and Felix B. Inglis was
elected secretary of the drive.
The following representatives
were present for the meeting:
Rev W. B. Penny. Lloyd \V. Hend
rix, Cherokee Dept. of Education:
Mayor Neil Sneed, Town of Mur- 1
phy; W. D. King and D. E. Sig
mon, American Legion; Duke D.
Whitley. W. M Fain, and Harve
Elkins. Lions club: Felix B. Ing
lis. Boy Scouts; C. G. White,
First Baptist church: Sister Vir
ginia Hetherington and Mrs. B. ,
W. Whitfield. Episcopal church.
The Rev. W B. Penny, pastor
of the First Methodist church, will
preach Sunday morning at 11 o'
clock on "Andrew, the Man of
Decision", and Sunday evening at
7:30 o'clock on "The Trial of
Ezekiel". Sunday school begins at
9:45 a m. and Youth Fellowship
at 6.30 o'clock. The Fellowship
Hour will be held Wednesday
evening at 7:30 o'clock, the sub
ject under discussion being "The
Epistle of James", chapter 2.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Gray were
in Atlanta Friday and Saturday.
The Scout Citizen at Work i
..m MS HOME
I ...IN HIS NATION
...IN HIS WORLD
More than 2.000,000 members of the Boy Scouts of America
will observe Boy Scout Week, Feb. 6th to 12th, marking the 38th
anniversary of the organization. This year Boy Scouts are empha
sizing conservation of food and natural resources, planting gardens
safety and fire prevention, home repairs and personal health check
up. Scouting promotes world peace through World Jamborees anc
practical help among 4'i nations with 4.409,780 members. Througl
its World Friendship Fund of voluntary gifts the Boy Scouts o
America helps Scouts overseas to rebuild their units. So far. mort
than 3,000 tons of equipment have been shipped. Above is tin
official poster marking the Scout birthday.
' V V
Boys Scout At
Court Of Honor
Ninety-six people attended the
Boy Scout Court of Honor of the
Nantahala District at John C.
Campbell Folk school Tuesday
evening. This was considered a
Murphy Scouts came home with
the attendance plaque, having won
it with an attendance of 24.
Awards were presented as fol
To Be Built
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Beaver of
Akron. Ohio, recently purchased
a site in Andrews for the erection
of a modern tourist court. They
plan to have a number of cabins
epen by the first of April This
should be good news for the peo
ple of Andrews as it is about the
( illy town in Western North Caro
lina that does not have one or
more courts. The property was
! purchased from Howard Watkins
i cf Lexington Park. Maryland.
! through the Sam VV. Jones Realty
M/Sgt. Ken R Coon of the U.
| S Army recruiting service will be
: in Andrews in Capt. Frank Swan's
I office located in the bank build
j ing, every Thursday morning to
, jissist men interested in enlisting
I in the Army.
lows: Merit badges, by William
Soderquist. Kobbinsvillc: Billy
Penny, music, reading: John
j Shepherd, wood carving, reading,
, home repairs; and Harold Ashe,
j home repairs and safety; a 1 1
, from Murphy.
First class, by the Rev. J. C.
I Lime, Andrews: Billy Penny,
Second class, by the Rev. W. B.
Penny. Murphy: George Pullium,
Earl Nelson. Andrews; Cline Pat
ton" Gene Rose. Mack Orr, Rob
binsville; Ray Sims, Richard De
weese, Bobby Penny. Murphy.
Tenderfoot, by Avery Means of
the Daniel Boone Council, Ashe
ville: Joseph Hawks. Billy Joe
| Weeks. Andrews; Buddy Joe Cab
| lc, Robbinsville: J o e McCoy
Jones, Jesse Beaver. Perlie E.
Johnson. Jr.. Loy N. Williamson.
; Oscar J. West. Jimmie M. West,
| Jack Dillard Reid. Ray Morrow.
; Hiwassee Dam; and Robert W.
I Bingham. Murphy.
Following the court of honor.
I a district meeting was held with
, James Osborne. Hiwassee Dam.
j district chairman. in charge.
| Twenty men attended.
Members of the Murphy troop
( are: Tommy Alexander. W. A.
Sherrill. Jr.. Richard L. Deweese,
J. Harold West. Ray Simms. John
A. Shepherd, Ralph L. Isenhour,
Billy Penny, Bobby Penny. Harold
B. Ashe. Larance E. Posey, Frank
('. Crawford. Henry E. Reed. John
W. Brandon. John Hensley, Roger
Mulkey. Leon Gee, Jack Dockery.
Jack Deweese, George W Barton.
School Children Givn New Lease On Life
Through Gifts Of Clothing And Services
Many children in Murphy
schools have been aided through
the efforts of the welfare com
mittee of Murphy Parent-Teachers
association in recent weeks.
* lothing and services donated by
business firms and individuals in
town have been distributed to
children in order to get them in
school or assist in keeping them
>n school. The welfare committee
stresses the fact that none of the
clothing has been given on a
charitablc basis, but only in cases
! where parents have had inisfor
| tunes or other circumstances that
make it impossible to provide ade
I cjuate clothing for their children.
I Several youngsters have been tak
' en to town and outfitted and given
hair cuts going back to their class
rooms with a new lease on life.
Through the welfare committee
! and the truant officer. Miss Emily
j Sword, many cases have been
found where children do not have
sufficient clothing to keep them
warm. Because of this, the Chero
kee Masonic Lodge, of which J. H.
Duncan is master, voted at a meet
ing Monday night to solicit cloth
ing and furnish it to these famil
ies. The welfare committee also
will continue to collect clothing
that local people can give for
| An appeal is made to the public
to give their discarded clothing
through the Masonic lodge or the
welfare committee of the P T. A
if it is meant for loeal use. In
that way, it can be placed where
it is most needed. This is no1
meant to interfere with the over
seas relief drive that gets undei
' way on February 15.
The P. T. A. welfare committe<
is composed of the following: Mrs
j Cloe Moore, chairman; Mrs. Harrj
Miller, Mrs. H. Bueck, Mrs Myror
Jensen, Mrs. E. C Vandiver, ant
Mrs. Cecil Montieth.
Man Dies Of Suffocation;
Another Narrowly Escapes
To Start Class
Classes in carpentry, woodwork- j
ing and cabinet making are now
available to veterans under the
vocational training program, at j
Murphy high school. Those in- (
terested in enrolling in such clas- |
ses should file application with (
Supt. H. Bueck. Cabinet making j
will be taught by Wendell Lovin- (
Final Rites For !
Ray Johnson Are :
Being Held Today '
Ray Johnson. 46, died Tuesday
afternoon at 4 o'clock at a local
hospital, following a few days' ill
Funeral services were held at
2 o'clock this afternoon, fThurs- (
day) at Townson funeral chapel.
The Rev. Ralph Taylor, pas*.or of ,
First Methodist church of Albe
marle and former pastor of Mur
phy First Methodist church, of
ficiated. Burial was in Sunset
Active pallbearers were: Abe
Hembree, Bill Gentry. Toby Fain.
Harvey Akin, Dr. Harry Miller,
and Fred Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers were'
Frank Ashe. Lowery Gentry.
Lawrence Ledford. Charley Wise.
J. D. Burch, C. W. Savage. Vick
Hubbard, H. E. Dickey. E. E. Sti
les, Bob Allen, Ross Lovingood.
Sheridan Stiles. W. S. Dickey. F.
E. Dickey. Ben Posey. Allen Ram
sey. Bill Brandon. Marshall Ram
sey, H. M. Wells. Roy Wells,
Frank Crawford. Vincent Stiles.
Calvin Stiles. Dr J. R. Bell. C.
L. Dobbs. H. G Elkins, Claude
King. Jim Green. Howard Moody.
E. L. Townson. Hayes Dockcry.
and Bailey Meroney.
Born and reared in Cherokee
county, Ray was a familiar figure
around the Dickey hotel where he
worked for Mrs. Thelma Dickey
Phipps when she operated that
hotel, and later he came with her
to the Regal hotel working for
her while she was there. He was
employed at the Regal at the
time of his death.
Gets Nice Profit
On Hybrid Corn
Cherokee County 4-H club boys
and girls are showing their fath
ers and neighbors how to make a
profit in farming The results of
following the best practices in
growing crops and livestock have
shown up in superior animals and
outstanding crop yields. The eco
nomy of production shows up in
record books accurately kept by
the club members.
Typical of the 4-H club project
records is the one kept by Jimmy
Anderson of the Ranger 4-H club
Jimmy rented one acre of land
from his father on the condition
that his father furnish the fertiliz
er and Jimmy would furnish the
seed and labor and get one-third
of the crop.
Jimmy planted the high-yield
ing hybrid U. S. 282 seed and
used eight wagon loads of manure.
1.000 lbs of 4-10-6 fertilizer, and
150 lbs of nitrate of soda. His
production costs, including cost of
seed, fertilizers, manure and la
bor. amounted to $72.30.
He produced 110 bushels of
corn, which he conservatively
| valued at $2 per bushel or $220
I on the acre. This leaves a profit
on the acre of $147.70.
The monthly Tri-State singing
? convention will be held in the
* Murphy school auditorium Satur
day night, February 7. beginning
* at 8 o'clock. All singers from
. Cherokee county and adjoining
t counties of Georgia and Tennes
l see are invited. Lee Pless of Cop
i perhill will be in charge of this
Miss Bryan To
Here February 7
Miss Rose Elwood Bryan. Ex
tension Economist in Food Con
servation and Marketing, will
meet with the Cherokee County
Crafters on Saturday morning.
February 7, at 10 o'clock to dis
cuss and demonstrate Crafts
Selection and preparation of a
Handicraft exhibit for the South
ern Agricultural workers associa
tion meeting in Washington, Feb
ruary 11-14 will be a part ol the
meeting Craft members are ask
?d to bring samples of their
Brother Of Rev.
J. A. Morris Dies
The Rev. J. Alton Morris, pastor
of First Baptist church. Murphy,
was called Sunday to the bedside
of his brother. Clell Morris of
Hartwell. Ga.. who died Monday
morning in an Anderson, S. C..
hospital. Death resulted from a
stroke of paralysis.
In the pastor's absence Sunday
evening, the Rev F. M. Davis,
manager of Regal hotel, preached
at the Baptist church.
The funeral of Mr. Morris was
held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'
clock in the new Mt Olivet church
which the deceased had been tak
ing the leadership in building.
Those from here who attended
the funeral were: The Rev. and
Mrs. J Alton Morris, Mrs. R. D.
Chandler, Misses Addie Mae
Cooke. Sally Morris, and Ann
Is Set For 15th
The Cherokee County Ministeri
al association met in its regular
monthly session Monday at 12:30
at Terrace hotel in Andrews.
At this meeting definite plans
were agreed upon as to carrying I
out the "Fill A Ship With Friend- .
ship" Overseas Relief Drive for .
Cherokee county. This drive is to
be launched during the week of
February 15-22. The Ministerial
association adopted this program
and is sponsoring it wholehearted
ly. The Rev. C. C. Washam of
Andrews is co-chairman with the
Rev. W. B. Penny of Murphy. Mr.
Washam is organizing the An
drews section of the county,
while Mr. Penny is in charge of
the rest of the county.
The Ministerial association also
went on record as endorsing and
putting on in the churches rep
resented by the Association.
"Commitment Day", which is
Sunday. February 15. Commit
ment Day is the day set apart by
the churches when the members
will be called upon to pledge
themselves in writing to tally
abstain from the use of alcohol
Services will be held at Presby
1 terian church Sunday morning at
j 11 o'clock by a student from Co
, hunbia seminary. Decatur. Ga.
Joseph M. Hoffman of Ashe
ille, operator of Hoffman's soda
ihop there, died at a tourist cabin
lere Wednesday morning of "suf
ocation from lack of oxygen",
iccording to a cornner's jury ver
lict. Gerald D. Mayhew of Mon
reat. manager of the American
Jptical company in Asheville,
vho came to Murphy with Hoff
nan. barely escaped death in the
At an inquest held Thursday
norning (today) in the sheriff's
iffice before Coroner Harry Mil
er, the coroner's jury rendered
verdict of "suffocation from
ack of oxygen". The following
estimony was given:
Joe Higdon, sanitarian for the
rherokee-Clay-Graham health de
>artment, stated that around ten
? clock Wednesday morning he
l/ent to the cabin at Murphy Mot
>r Court where he had left his
riends the night before. He heard
rtayhew groaning and went in to
ind him on the floor near the
window and Hoffman on a bed
n the adjoining room. He said
hat on examination of Hoffman
le could not feel any pulse nor
lear him breathing, that he
melled fumes and opened the
loors. and then went to the office
>f the court to call a physician,
ligdon stated that on Tuesday
light he went with the men to
he court and that he and May
lew went into the office to rent
? room and that Mayhew register
ed. He said that he told E. L.
Shields, owner, that he knew how
o operate the gas heaters in the
?ooms, and it was not necessary
for him to go to the cabin with
hem. He said that he stayed with
the men about an hour and then
Mayhew took him home. He said
that Hoffman had had about two
irinks and that he had a cold and
kvas lying down on the bed when
Dr. B. W Whitfield stated he
was called to the scene and that
he gave Mayhew oxygen and later
had him taken to his hospital
where he was treated and re
mained overnight. He gave Hoff
man artificial respiration, but
could not revive him. He said that
it appeared it had been sometime
since Hoffman had breathed,
when he saw him. Hoffman was
fully dressed, he said. He stated
that it was his opinion Hoffman
died of suffocation because of
lack of oxygen.
Mayhew said that after he took
Higdon home he went to his
room and went to bed and did
not go to Hoffman's room nor see
liim. He said the first thing he
remembered was when the oxygen
tent hit his head. He said he
lived in Jackson. Miss., for two
years and used gas in his home
and that he did not pay any at
tention to the gas heaters at the
cabin as he had never had any
trouble with it. < Mayhew was
released from the hospital Thurs
day and planned to return home.)
Mrs. E. L. Shields, manager of
the tourist court, said that Hig
don came to the office and told
her that something was wrong
with his friends, and that while
he was calling a physician she
and her sister. Mrs. J. A. Beaver,
went to the cabin She said that
Hoffman was warm and that she
tried to revive him. She put
blankets on Mayhew, and did
Continued on page 8
Through the Old Age assistance
, program in Cherokee county, ad- 1
| ministered through the county
| welfare department. 401 persons
received last year $71,4000, or an
I average of a little less than $17
j per month, states Mrs. Laura
Freeman, welfare superintendent.
| Of the total $71,400 $62,700 was
paid by the state and federal
governments and $8,700 by the
county. The national average for
Old Age assistance is $26.
A total of $42,840 was paid to
85 families for aid to dependent
children. Of that amount $38,280
was paid by the federal and state
governments and $4,560 by the
Thirteen blind or partially blind
received an average of $24 per
month through Aid to the Blind
General relief and other finan
cial assistance was given to 17
Individual children receiving
services include the following: In
parents' homes, 23; with other ^
relatives, six; in boarding home,
one; In adoptive home, two; In
free foster home, three; in school
for physically handicapped, three.