CHEROKEE COUNTY 18,813
COUNTY SEAT 2,500
CLOTHED IN NATURE'S SCENIC
WONDERS IS AN IDEAL
.MURPHY. NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY. APRIL 15, 1918.
L. B. Nichols Is
\NDRKWS ? Cherokee county's i
Democrats will submit to the vot- '
, rs of the 3l>th st tatorial district. ;
consisting of Macon, Clay, Chero- 1
kec. Graham and Swain counties
in the May 29 Democratic primary
the name of L. B. Nichols. Mr. j
Nichols, who is a native of Al- (
leghany county, has lived in An- ,
circws and Cherokee county for
the i?ast twenty-eight years. He
earne here in 1920 where he serv- 1
fd as principal of the local high
school for the next seven years
before going into the mercantile
business, in which he .s now suc
t ? ssfully engaged here.
The Democratic candidate is one
t., the county's most popular resi
. riits. He has served one term
;i chairman of the board of coun
t commissioners. For two terms
has served on the town board
( I aldermen. For the past eight
cars he has been chairman of
the Andrews School board of
rustees. He is a past president
: Andrews Rotary club. For
nvcnty years he has been Sunday
ichool superintendent and an eld
* . of the Presbyterian Church. He
a veteran of War I, having serv
.(I with the 81st (Wildcat) division
!??!? two years.
Mr. Nichols was educated in the
public schools of Alleghany coun
r at Davidson College from
mch he graduated in 1920. at
i universities of North Carolina
! California, and the university
i ! Hesancon. Bensancon. France.
! i 1922 he was married to Miss
( :c Candler of Villa Rica, Ga.
Tli.' Nichols have one child, a son.
/ B. Jr., who after serving for
out three years in World War
It. is now a senior at State Col
t ge, Raleigh.
oiiici uemocratic candidate f
has announced for Senator.
The Cherokee man has one oth
? r qualification for a political
lareer 'which he does not seek*; j
i umcly. he is a fisherman and
portsman of the first rank,
particularly the former, as any
angler who frequents the lakes of '
'his district can testify.
A. L. Thompson
Taken By Death
Archie Lee Thompson. 47, died
! i iday morning at his homo here
..Iter an illness of several weeks.
He was a native of MeMinn
county. Tenn., hut had lived here
lor eight years. He was connected
th the electrical department of
? town during that time.
Funeral services were held Sun
< .1; afternoon at 2 o'clock at
iiia-en Cove church in Clay coun
1 Fownson funeral home was in
Surviving are the widow. Mrs.
i lanche Powers Thompson: one
daughter: three brothers, Sam of
Dallas. Texas. Neil of Morristown.
lenn.. and Ellis of Athens. Tenn :
two sisters. Mrs. Walter Cates of
( rnia. and Mrs. Dorothy
( i;?hell of Athens, Tenn.
Taken At Age 91
Mrs Marv McAUMcr 1 1 mi suck
i 91, one of the oldest residents
m this section of Cherokee coun
1 dud Thursday at the home of
h( r daughter, Mrs. W. W. Winkler
i't the Pesachtree section.
Funeral services were held at
Grape Creek church Saturday
Hi lei noon at 2 o'clock, with the
lev. George W. Wilson and the
lev. Alfred Smith officiating,
iurlal 'was in the church ceme
ery with Townson funeral home
Mrs. Hunsucker had been ar esi
'ent of Cherokee county for more
han 80 years and a member of
he Methodist church for 75 years.
Surviving are the daughter. Mrs
^ mkler; one son. Charlie Hun
ucker of Murphy; a brother, Wes
y McAlld^er of Chattanooga; two
stors, Mrs. Josephine Rice of
ompton Ctlif., and Mrs. Ella
Given Rigid Test
It's no easy feat to become a
member of the State Highway Pa
trol. The record proves it.
Before an applicant is put on
the Patrol force, he is thoroughly
investigated as to character and
reputation, and is made to stand
rigid physical and mental tests.
When the last legislature met
and decided that the problem of
Highway Safety is a solemn duty
of the State, it voted to double the
force of the Patrol, which then
stood at 213. This meant that over
200 new patrolmen would have to
So the Motor Vehicles Depart
ment sent out the word that the
Highway Patrol was accepting ap
plications ? it needed 200 new
men. But not "just anybody"
would be accepted ? first an ap
plicant had to meet these specific
1. Be at least 5 feet 10 inches
2. Weigh at least 160 pounds
3 Be between the ages of 21
4. Have at least a high school
education or the equivalent
5. Must have lived for the pas'
five years in North Carolina
(J. Be able to pass a rigid physi
Maybe you think these prelimi
nary qualifications sound simple.
The result showed they were not.
\ ik* Pjurol received over <>.000 ap
pneaftions from men who wanted
to make the Highway Patrol their
career. Out of this number, not
one was turned away because the
quota had been filled ? but merely
because all but around 250 failed
to meet all the requirements. Of
course, not all these were ruled
out on the above qualifications,
but further investigations showed
they were not suited to become
|?;.i i wiiik'ii.
Upon receipt of an application.
Patrol officials asked each person
in his home town ? from people
other than relatives who could
vouch for his character and repu
tation and good standing in the
community. These letters were
then forwarded to Patrol Head
quarters in Raleigh, where they
were studied throughly. If one let
ter stated that the applicant's
character was not good, he was
immediately rejected. If. however,
his letters showed he was worthy
of becoming a highway patrolman,
his name was given to a Highway
Patrolman in the applicant's area
for further investigation.
This Patrolman then went to
the boy's home town, interviewed
him. talked with citizens in the
town to find out just what sort of
person he was. If the Patrolman
found anything in the boy's past
record to make him unfavorable
? such as a court record, regard
less of how minor ? he was im
mediately ruled out The Patrol
man then reported to Headquart
ers that "I do not recommend so
and-so for the State Highway Pa
if, however, the applicant's
character was found to be beyond
reproach, the Patrolman recom
mended that he be further con
Patrol officials, however, did
not accept the Patrolman's verdict
as the final word. They turned the
investigations over to the Federal
Bureau of Investigation. Finger
prints of all recommended ap
plicants were checked by the FBI
to see if they had had any previ
ous record. This check ruled out
many for it was found that while
some applicants possessed spotless
reputations in their home com
munities, they had been involved
in trouble in military service.
Maybe you think that is the end
cf the story, but it is only the
beginning. After all investigations
were completed, the Patrol sent
out notices to the accepted ap
(Contlnued on page 8)
IN SENATE RACE? L. B Nich
ols- Of Andrews, who has been
drafted by the Democratic party
as a candidate for the State Sen
ate from this district
District Governor Herbert W.
Sanders of Black Mountain was
Euest speaker at Murphy Lions
club Tuesday evening. A zone
meeting was held following the
regular dinner session of the local
club, when matters of business in
the zone were discussed.
State Treasurer Chas. M John
son of Kaleigh and Jonathan
Woody of YVaynesville were guests
Of Frank Forsyth; The Revs, F
M Davis, Paul Meigs and J. Alton
Morris were guests of P. G Ivie:
N Butner of Winston-Salem
was a guest of W. M Davis; and
Richard Mauney of Raleigh was a
guest ol It V. Weaver. The fol
lowing men from llayesville club
'?ire present: Farrell I. Penland
li It Brad-haw. Mark Weaver Ed
I- Curtis. Alvin I. Penland. and
? J.v Wheeler. Dutch Klnlej ,,f
Kryson City also was a visitor
To Be Held
Plans are now being made for
the third annual forestry training
camp lor North Carolina farm
youths to be held at Singletary
1-ake the latter part of August.
This camp is one of the seven
planned in the southern states
sponsored by members of the
southern states s|>onsored by mem
Southern Pulpwood Conservation
The administration of the camp
is under the North Carolina Divi
sion of Forestry* and Parks ol the
Department of Conservation and
Development. The State Extension
Service and the Vocational Agri
culture Department co-operate in
the selection of the boys The
object of these camps is to give
the boys practical training in
forestry which they may take
home with them and actually ap
ply in their own woodlands A
v. ell organized recreational pro
gram is also provided for the
To be eligible, a farm boy must
be at least 18 years old. in good
health and have proved his in
terest in forestry by carrying or.
a project in the woods. Projects
may include such activities as tile
planting ol tree seedlings, forest
fire fighting, or the harvesting of
timber crops. Selection of the
boys is made through the local
county agents and vocational
MEETING IN BREVARD
The following from Cherokee
county attended the meeting of the
Western North Carolina Associat
ed Communities at Brevard col
lege. Brevard. Tuesday: Percy B
Ferebee, president, and Harve
Whitaker, Andrews; C. R. Freed,
Neil Sneed. and Miss Addie Mac
CLUB HAS PICNIC
The Cherokee country club
held its regular meeting last week
in the form of a picnic at 7:30 o'
clock on Friday evening at the
City Park The pionic was well
Haffley Is To
On Tuesday Night
Adequate wiring for electrical
living will be emphasized in the
wiring meeting which the Murphy
Electric Department is conducting
in the City Hall at 7:15 p. m. Tues .
April 20 for electrical and build
ing contractors, electricians, archi
tects. and representatives of home
financing agencies. S. S. Haffley.
TVA wiring specialist, will give
the principal lecture.
"The main purpose of the meet
ing." E. (i. Hughes manager of the
Electric Department, said, "is to
inform members of the building
industry of the importance of in
stalling adequate wiring."
"These men are in a particular
ly good position to explain to the
home owner the necessity of ade
quate wiring for the most efficient
use of his electric appliances,"
Mr. Hughes continued.
It has been stated by engineers
that about 95 percent of the homes
in the country are inadequately
wired for efficient, safe, and con
venient operation of the electric
equipment and lighting already in
use. Homes built twenty years ago
were wired mainly for lights and
used only a few kilowatt-hours of
electricity a month.
Engineers and wiring specialists
advise that the cost of electricity
is so low today that all the labor
saving electric conveniences can
be had at very little increase to
the total cost of operation of the
home's present appliances. At the
same time, they point out thai
this is impossible except in tin
adequately wired home.
Adequately wired homes permit i
the addition of electric equipment
; t any time without the inconveni- ,
(nee and expense of rcwirin.
Plenty of outlets allow for many
lamps and facilitate attractive
furniture arrangements. For a
number of yeaiVs electrical n- 1
custries have stressed the import- '
a nee of adequate wiring in the ;
home for the comfort, convenie- |
rcc. economy , and efficient \ !
which can be obtained from elec- 1
Rev. T. G. Tate
The Rev. T CI. Tate has an- j
trounced as his sermon subject for
Sunday morning at 1 1 o'clock at
the Presbyterian church. "Labor
I . rs Together With God
j Sunday school convenes at 10 j
o'clock, with J. B Gray as super- '
Mr. Tate will preach at 7:30 1
o'clock at Haycsvillc Presbyterian j
CANDIDATE ? Charles Johnson,
state treasurer, who was in this
county Tuesday and Wednesday in
interest of his campaign for
Governor of North Carolina. He
was accompanied here by Richard
Mauney, Murphy man who holds
a position in the treasurer's office
in Raleigh, and Jonathan Woody
At First Baptist
Revival services are in progress
at First Baptist church this week,
with services daily at 10 a. m. and
7:45 p. m. The Rev. Paul Meigs of
Atlanta is doing the preaching,
and the Rev. F. M Davis of Mur
phy leading the singing. Large
crowds have been attending, and
even more are expected during the
remainder of the week.
Sunday services will be as fol
lows: Sunday school at 9:45 a. m.:
morning worship at 11 with ser
mon by Mr Meigs; Training Union
at 7 p. m and evening worship at
FOR U S SEXATOR ? J. M
Broughton of Raleigh. candidate
for U. S. Senator, who visited thi -
county last week contacting Demo
cratic party leaders and other vot
ers of the county.
Clonts Is Putting
Farm Training Into
Practice At Home
Willard Clouts of tin Pcachtrcc .
section of Cherokee county has J
earned a rating of excellent" on .
the farm training program. Mr. j
Clonts spent more than four years |
in the armed services of the i
United States After being dis
charged. he enrolled in the farm
training class for veterans in the '
Vocational Agriculture Depart- j
men! of Murphy High school in .
February 1947 In addition to at
tending regular classes in scienti- I
fie agriculture each week at night. ;
he has gone on field trips to the 1
North Georgia Experimental Sta- j
tion and elsewhere where he has. .
with the assistance of his instruc
tors. obtained first hand informa
tion on better farm methods and
Mr. Clonts and his aged moth- 1
er, who does the housekeeping,
run their 130 acre farm. Since
coming on the Farm Training pro
gram, Willard has redecorated his
home inside; seeded a lawn; built !
a new 30' x 36' barn with a large
j mow; seeded 3 acres in Lad i no j
I clover and orchard grass, 6 acres '
in lespedeza. 13 acres in corn.
3'j acres in grass hay: cared for
25 fruit trees, 6 stands of bees.
400 New Hampshire hens. 2 cows.
2 heifers and a team, 400 New
Hampshire pullets and 450 While
Leghorn pullets: produced more
than 6.000 dozens of eggs; canned
000 quarts of meats and vegetab
les; grown and slaughtered 3 hogs: j
made a good garden: and has his !
cellar and smokehouse full of [
S,jc1 food In the home he has
made several improvements in
cluding an electric refrigerator
and a new stove. Tie had built his
new home just prior to enterinu
the farm-training program This
is one of the most modern farm
hemes in the county.
Willard has just sown 111* acres
to alfalfa, done some ditching, and
feneing. He plans to install a new
water system, build some new
poultry houses, and make several
other farm improvements this
Mr. Clonts is in the Veterans
On-the-Farm Training class being
I instructed by Kenneth L. West
I and J. F. Smith.
Murphy Is Area
New Scout Council
Areas In South
Floods and windstorms in south j
Georgia and in South Carolina in
the past week brought to a total
39 counties in 8 southeastern
state-, which have been hit by
natural disasters in the past 3
weeks and in which Red Cross
disaster operations are being car
ried on by chapters and. in several
areas of major or widespread
damage, by National Red Cross
In each flood or storm-struck
community local Red Cross chap
ter volunteers were on the job
giving emergency assistance in
evacuation, and helping to supply
food, clothing, shelter, and medi
cal care where needed. Some of
these communities still are in
the emergency stages of the disas
ter. In every case chapters are
following throu >h to help stricken
families aloiv, the road back to
normal living. \o assist in the
rebrilding and repair of homes,
refurnishing of household goods,
replacing of livestock or farm
supplies lost m the disaster, ar
ranging for medical care.
In the past 3 weeks in 8
southeastern statev nearly GOO
families have had homes damag
ed or destroyed, home furnish
ings ruined in tornadoes, floods,
or windstorms Worst hit states
were Alabama where more than
200 families were affected by
tornadoes or windstorms striking
in 13 counties on March 16. March
23. and again on March 26: Geor
gia. where 125 families in 9 coun
ties sustained losses from floods
or windstorms and Mississippi,
where another 100 families in 9
counties suffered damage or com
plete loss of homes. Losses of
varying degree were felt also in
North and South Carolina, Flori
da. Louisiana, and Tennessee.
The following is a summary of
Georgia and South Carolina
disasters occurring in the past
week, and not included in an ear
lier summary sent to all chapter
on March 30:
lirA'lUil A ?
On April 1. right south Georgia
counties .suffered loss from flash
floods and freakish windstorms al
tecting approximately 100 famil
W hen a tornado struck .!? >>up.
(la. in Wayne county April 1 the
local chapter surveyed the damage
and reported 1 killed, 6 injured.
5 homi s destroyed. 8 homes dam
aged. 14 buildings destroyed. IT
buildings damaged. \pproximaleI\
25 families were affected by the
d.saster. and 16 have applied tH
Ked Cross assistance. Staff work
ers were sent to the area to assist
One person was reported killed
l-.y the prankish April Fool tornado
wVich hit Bristol, in Pierce Coun
t\ and 1 person wa> injured.
(V. damage reported b> the
local chapter included 10 homes
destroyed. 8 homes damaged, and
2 other buildings destroyed. A
flash flood added to the emergen
cy in the community and left 65 I
people homeless. The Red Cross |
saw that food, clothing, and shel- j
ter were provided. I
Tornado and flood destruction
also was heavy at Bainbridge. in
Decatur County, where approxi
mately 25 families were affected,
and 16 families were expected to I
see'; rehabilitation assistance.
Damage reported by the local
chapter included 7 homes destroy
ed. 22 homes damaged, and 6
other buildings destroyed. Evacue
es were provided with shelter,
food, and clothing by local volun
teers and staff workers.
Twenty-three homes were dam
aged when the storm cut through
Wa.vcroi-s, and the Ware County
Chspter immediately issued blank
ets and food to the victims. Three
Continued on page 8
f At a meeting Monday of 27
community representatives from
Andrews. Brasstown. Hiwassee
Dam. Murphy. Highlands Frank
lin. Hayesville and Cherokee, Mrs.
Lucy Stroup. Girl Scout commun
ity advisor from Atlanta, com
pleded the organization of the
Nantahala area Girl Scout council.
The council will have the responsi
bility for the development of the
Girl Scout program in Cherokee.
Clay. Macon and Swain counties,
? nd its first headquarters will be
The following officers and board
ol directors for the area were
elected: Presiding officer, Mi's.
Giles Cover, Andrews. Nice-presi
dent. Mrs. Ed Brumby, Murphy,
deputy for Cherokee county: vice
president. Mrs. W. A. Hayes,
Highlands, deputy for Macon coun
ty; vice-president: Mrs. Dan
Gloyne. Cherokee, deputy for
Swain county; vice-president: Mrs.
Farrell Penland. deputy for Clay
county: secretary. Mrs. Henry
Trotter, Andrews; treasurer. Bill
Whitaker. Andrews; registrar. Mrs.
F. V. Taylor. Murphy; chairman of
public relations committee. Mrs.
J B Light. Bryson City; program.
Mrs Sara Lloyd. Murphy: troop
organizer. Miss Mary Ulmer.
Cherokee: Camp. Miss Marion
Jones. Hiwassee. Dam: training.
Mrs. Wayne Holland. Brasstown:
Virginia Hetherington. Murphy:
and finance. Mrs. Robert Weaver,
Refreshments were served by
Mis Robert Alexander and Mrs.
Ben V a uglit. The newly organized
area council is applying for a
charter from the National Girl
Scout organization in New York
city This new organization offi
cially replaces the uncharted
Cherokee county Girl Scout as
sociation under the leadership of
Mrs Harry Miller, the retiring
president under whose leadership
rea development has been start
The next area council meeting
is to be held Saturday. May 29.
. i Highlands at the city library.
On Tuesday. under Mrs.
Stroup > direction, a Murphy town
council for Girl Scouts was organi
zed within the area council for
administration and development ol
J lie local girl scout program which
i< now being carried out in three
Brownie, four intermediate and
< ne senior Girl Scout troops The
c'ate ol the first local l>oard meet
ing will be announced later.
Davis To Preach
The Ro\ F McConnell Davis
will be the -luest minister at the
! irst Methodist church Sunday
morning it 11:00 in the absence of
the pastor he Rev. W B. Penny,
who \vi! deliver the baccalaureate
sermon to the graduating class of
Hayesvi ? high school. Mr. Davis
i> the former pastor of the Cascade
Baptist rhurch of Atlanta. Ga..
..nd is now directing the choir of
the First Baptist church of Mur
phy and is manager of the Regal
hotel Sunda\ school will begin at
9 45 a. m The members of the
Fiivt Methodist church will meet
with the First Baptist church
Youth Fellowship and the Junior
and Intermediate departments of
the M. V. F. will meet at 6:30 p.
m. The Fellowship hour will be
held Wednesday at 7:30 p. m The
pastor will be in charge of this
CI. IB SCHEDULE
The Home Demonstration Club
schedule for the week of April
19-23 is: Tuesday. April 20, Upper
Peaehtree. with Mrs. John Curtis.
1:20 o'clock; Thursday, April 22,
Tomotla, school building, 1:30 o'
clock: Friday, April 23, Murphy
with Mrs. Kathleen Haggard ?.
o'clock; The subject for Uiese
meetings will be "Window Treat