The Journal-Patriot Has Blazed the Trail of Progress In the "State of Wilkes" For Over 43 Years
>rth Wilkesboro has ?
-ading radius of 50 miles
?g 1 ^0,000 people ii
forth western Carolina.
Make North Wilkesboro Your Shopping Center
1C0RD CROWD EXPECTED ON FARMERS DAY
KIWANIANS DISCUSS PROPOSAL
TO COHSOUDATE HIGH SCHOOLS
. OTH. WILKESBORO, WILKESBORO
Proposal to consolidate high
schools of North Wilkesboro and
Wilkesboro Into one central high
school, a topic which has been a
favorite subject for street corner
conversation, was brought to
public attention in meeting of
the North Wilkesboro Kiwanis i
club Friday noon and was re
ceived with much favor.
The program was In charge of
B. Eller, who is superinten
iflSkt of the Wilkes_ county school
system. He conducted a round
table discussion on the subject
of consolidation of the two
rijrschools and a number of en
thusiastic talks were made fav
oring the idea. Speakers includ
ed Dr. E. N. Phillips, J. C. Reins,
Tom Jenrette, Paul Osborne, Dr.
J. H. McNeill, J. B. Williams,
Dr. John T. Wayland and W. D.
It was estimated that the min
imum cost of erecting a high
school plant to house the con
solidated school would be $250,
000. It was pointed out by
speakers that present overcrowd
ed buildings in both towns could
^>e used for elementary schools,
and that the outlay for a central
high school would not be greater
than the cost of needed expan
sion in the two schools. Speakers
also called attention to the fact
that a large school would provide
a more varied curriculum, with
more practical courses included
^Jn the course of study.
Good Citizens Are
Chosen In Schools
Geraldine Gaddy, daughter of
-MJ. and Mrs. W. F. Gaddy, has
been selected as the Good Citizen
from the North Wilkesboro high
school, and Lillie Dean Bryan,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. R.
Bryan, has been selected from
the Wilkesboro school.
This is a project of the Daugh
ters of the American Revolution,
^tech year the contest is open to
senior high school girls who pos
sess the following Qualities: De
pendability, Service, Leadership
and Patriotism. The three out
standing girls with the above
qualities are chosen by the Sen
ior students, then the faculty se
lects one of the three as the
school's good citizen.
The girl chosen, then, makes
?h scrap book of her four years
' of high school, including all her
activities. The book is sent in to
the D. A. R. Good Citizenship
Chairman and judged. The a
wards are given at the State
Convention, which is attended by
all the Good Citizens of the
State. The girl winning in the
state goes to Washington where
her book is again judged in the
Square Dance On
Saturday Night At
V. F. W. Clubhouse
The first event In the new hall
^ot the V. F. W. clubhouse will be
held on Saturday, October 15.
It will be an old time square
dance and is expected to be one
ef the most enjoyable events of
the fall season in this commuj
Optimist Club Meets
Tomorrow At Noon
The Optimist Club of North
Wilkes bo ro will meet tomorrow
at noon at Hotel Wilkes for its |*
frst meeting in * October. Every '
ember is urged to be present. !
peered Concert At.
vlA sacred concert will be given
at the WilkesboYo Methodist
church Sunday night at eight
o'clock under the direction of
Miss Martha Lou Frazier. A
gUvw* offering will be taken dur
JwSke concert. The public is
cordially invited to attend. A
splendid program has been ar
ranged by Miss Frazier.
In the business session prior to
the program Dr. Henry Landon.
Ill, was inducted into member
ship by J. B. Williams. An excel
lent tribute was made to . Rev.
Watt M. Cooper, who is leaving
to assume pastoral work in
Mecklenburg county, by Cecil
October 28, seven p. m., was
set as date for ladies night.
The report of the nominating
committee was read by J. B.
Carter, presenting the following
nominations: president, Dr. Ern
est N. Phillips; vice president,
James R. Hix; treasurer, T. Ed
gar Story; past president, Wil
liam H. McElwee; directors: Gor
don Finley, Frttnk H. Crow,
Robert S. Gibbs, Ira D. Payne,
John E. Walker, J. Gwyn Gam
bill and Roby R. Church.
John Cashion announced that
the Little Symphony" of Chapel
Hill is expected to be here in the
month of March and that the
oost of their coming will be
$750.00. A matinee will be free
to school children in the after
noon and tickets for the evening
performance will be $2.00 per
person. Tickets will be on sale
for this performance in the next
day or so.
Dr. G. T. Mitchell, chairman
of the Kiwanis Float Committee
announced that plans are under
way for the making of an im
pressive float for Farmers' Dav
Farm Hi-Y Club
For 49-50 Term
By Buddy Tugman
[he North Wilkesboro hi
activities for the 1949-1950
school term. The officers wao
were elected last spring are as
follows: Tommy Ray Johnson,
president; Hiram Cox, vice pres
ident; Clate Duncan, secretary
and treasurer; Bobby Lee Potest,
chaplain; Jim. Moore, program
chairman; Buddy Tugman, re
porter; and Jack Gaddy, sergeant
The purpose of this club is to
create, maintain and extend
throughout the school and com
munity, high standards of Chris
Mr.^ Robert Gibbs, advisor to
the Hi-Y group for several years,
is an efficient leader and an in
The following juniors and sen
iors were voted into the club this
year as new members: George
Johnston, Caroll Yates, Paul Fos
ter, Claudius Absher, Fred Fin
ley, Robert Wells, Tyre Sidden,
Dick Stoker, Gordon Forester,
James Gillean, Wayne Pardue.
Carl Swofford, Johnny Winkler
Richard Wya*, Kyle Eller, Joe
Bller, Douglas Cleary, Richard
The public is cordially invited
to attend the next regular meet
ing on Wednesday, October 12
the hIgh 8ch?ol
building. On the program is a
debate?Resolved; That a person
should go to college in order to
be a success in life. Robert Wells
and Caroll Yates are on the af
firmative and Gordon Forester
and Buddy Tugman are on the
Mrs. R. L. Jones Is
Honored On Birthday
Mrs. R. L. Jones, well known
resident of the Wilkesboro-Oak
woods commnnity, was honored
Friday, the event being in cele
bration of her birthday.
Around fifty relatives gather
ed at the Jones home for the oc
casion, amo#g those present be
ing five sisters of Mrs. Jones, as
follows: Mrs. R. L. Church, of
Elkin, Mrs. Dave Morrison, Mrs.
Tom Felts, Mrs. J. B. Church,
and Mrs. Luther Duncan, all of
Roaring River. One brother, Mr.
Robert Warren, of Elkin, was
The home was beautifully
iecorated with autumn flowers,
tnd a bounteous buffet dinner
iras thoroughly enjoyed by all
Make October 20 a date on
rour calendar. All tips will go to
he Junior Woman's club.
Mrs. L. A. Mauser's
Hardin Frith Holyfield, 80,
died at his home in Rockford at
10:55 a. m. Saturday following
a serious illness of five days. He
had been in declining health a
bout seven years.
Mr. Holyfield was born in Yad
kin county May 27, 1869, a son
of Watson B. and Virginia Fran
ces Turner Holyfield. He moved
to Rockford in 1914 and had
lived there ever since.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs.
Bessie Jones Holyfield; one
daughter, Miss Annie Holyfield
of the home; one brother, W. B.
Holyfield of Rogers, Ark., and
two sisters, Mrs. L. A. Hauser
of North Wilkesboro and Mrs. E.
L. Byrd of Elkin, and a num
ber of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Bervicee will be held
at the Rockford Baptist church
at 2 p. m. Monday. Rev. A. B.
Hayes will officiate. Burial will
be in the church cemetery.
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Little Theatre Play
The Casting Committee of the
Community Little Theatre, Mrs.
Cecil Adamson, Mrs. Dick Bason,
Mrs. Robert Foster, Father Peter
Sheridan, and R. E. Stewart, has
announced the following names
for the forthcoming production
of Emlyn Williams' mystery
drama, "Night Must Fall":
Mrs. Foster, Mrs. R. H. Mc
Neil, Mrs. Cat Moore Carrington,
Mrs. Charles Ziliak, Miss Rebec
ca Raper, Bill Gabriel, Ivey
Moore, and Charlie Wilfong.
Claimed By Death
fer of the late Dr. and Mrs. John
Q. Myers, of Charlotte, died Sun
day night in a hospital in Char
lotte following an extended ill
Funeral service will be held
Tuesday, Ha. m., in Charlotte.
Miss Myers has many relatives
and friends in Wilkes who re
gret to learn of her death.
Benefit Card Party
The Wilkesboro Woman's Club
is sponsoring a benefit card -par
ty at the community house in
Wilkesboro Thursday night, Oct.
13th, at 7:45. Anyone wishing
reservations please call Mrs.
Presley L. Myers, 378-M, or
Mrs. Robert Gambill, 591-J.
Price per table $2.00.
Week Now Being
Effort Being Made to Cor
rect Fire Hazards Dur
ing This Week
Fire Prevention Week is being
observed throughout Wilkes
county under auspices of the
Safety and Fire Prevention com
mittee of the Wilkes Chamber
J. B. Carter is chairman of
the committee and working with
him on Fire Prevention Week
are Thurmond Kenerly, J. Floyd
Woodward, W. C. Grier, C. C.
Faw, Jr., and James M. Ander
Home inspection blanks have
been distributed throughout city
and county schools. Children
are to carry the blanks home and
have them filled out. Home
rooms with the greatest number
of blanks returned will be recog
nized by the committee.
This week five-minute talks
on "Fire Prevention" are being
given daily through Wednesday.
On Saturday the program will
be given by James M. Anderson
and C. C. Faw, Jr.
Civic clubs and other groups
meeting this week are asked to
give special emphasis to the Fire
Beginning this week the fire
department in North Wilkesboro
will make a fire hazard inspec
tion of Industrial, public and
commercial buildings. All citizens
are asked to surrey their own
premises and to remove any fire
Parade Units To
Morning, 9 O'Clock
All unite who are to parti
cipate In the Farmers' Day
parade Thursday are asked to
gather in Wilkesboro at nine
a. m., in order that the pa
rade order may be formed and
the parade can start on time
promptly at ten.
The parade will form on
Wilkesboro's main street from
the federal building west to
, In City Schools
May See Parade
North Wilkesboro schools will
have a longer lunch period
Thursday in order that all chil
dren may view the Farmers' Day
parade, J. Floyd Woodward, sup
erintendent, said today.
Schools will adjourn for lunch
in time for the children to see
the parade, and schools will re
sume work at one o'clock.
SUPPORT THE Y. M C. A.
Farmers' Day Proclamation
WHEREAS the merchants and business
men of North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro wish
to express aax attitude of appreciation and good
will to their neighbors and customers of Wilkes
WHEREAS the Wilkes Chamber of Com
merce has arranged an appropriate program in
honor of our farmers who constitute a large
portion of our trade area, now,
THEREFORE, I, R. T. McNiel, Mayor of
North Wilkesboro, and I, W. E. Smithey, Mayor
of Wilkesboro, do hereby designate October IS,
1949, as Wilkes Farmers' Day.
We join the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce
in issuing a cordial and sincere 'invitation to all
our farmers and other friends to be our guests
on Farmers' Day.
R. T. McNIEL,
Mayor, North Wilkesboro,
W. E. SMITHEY,
-FARMER'S DAY ON
THURSDAY. OCT. 13
1MM A.M. PARAIE
Moves from Wilkesboro by Memorial Park to 5th
Street, 5th to B Street, on B Street to 10th Street,
on 10th to D Street, on D to 9th Street (bands con
tinue on 9th to Yadkin Valley parking lot).
11:00 A.M BAND CONCERT
Yadkin Valley Motor Company lot, 9th and C Streets.
11:30 A. M... CONTEST & PRIZES
Merchandise presented to contest winners and to
those present when tickets bearing their names are
12:30 P. M. .. LUNCH PERIOD
You are invited to visit local stores.
2:00 P. M STRING BAND
Music and Entertainment on Ninth Street. Also
Merchandise gifts to ticket holders.
2:30 P. M. AGRICULTURE AWARDS
L. Y. Ballentine, State Commissioner of Agriculture,
to present awards donated by Wilkes Chamber^ of
Commerce to winners of farm projects.
3:00.. CROWNING BEAUTY QUEEN
3:15 P. M. SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT
By Joe King and "Brandywine."
3:45 P, M. .. MOUNTAIN MUSIC
More prizes to lucky ticket holders. ^
LIQUOR EVIL WILL BE TOPIC
AT PASTORS CONFERENCE HERE
Wilkes County Baptist Pastors'
Conference will convene at Reins
Sturdlvant chapel Monday, Oc
tober 17, 7:15 p. m.
Rev. Glenn Huffman will open
the conference with devotional.
J. C. McNeill, of Champion, will
discuss "How far should a pastor
go in the fight against liquor and
other evils In his pastorate?".
Ray Parsons will discuss "What
'steps should the church take in
cooperation with the pastor a
gainst intoxicating beverages and
other evils in the community?"
Rev. W. N. Brookshire," pastor
of Wilkesboro Baptist church,
will deliver a sermon on the top
ic, "What the Bible Says About
8trong Drink." Pastors and lay
men from all churches are invit
100-UNIT PARADE, CONCERT,
CONTESTS, PRIZES, BEAUTY
QUEEN, AWARDS, AMUSEMENT
One Side Parking
On 3 Blocks Here
Police Chief J. E. Walker said
today that parking on three con
gested blocks is being limited to
one side of the streetB in the in
terest of safety.
On E street no parking will
be allowed on the south side
between 4th and 5th streets. On
E street between 4 th and 3rd
no parking will be allowed on
the north side.
No parking will be permitted
on the east side ol Ninth street
between D and E streets.
At Lions Meeting
Three members of the Wood
lawn Scout troop, which is spon
sored by the North Wilkesboro
Lions club, entertained the Li
ons club with an excellent pro
gram Friday evening.
Shoun Kerbaugh was in
charge of the program and he
presented Donnie Lambert and
Edward Church, who gave sever
al numbers as vocalists and with
guitars. Sherrlll Johnson demon
strated his skill with the piano
by playing two numbers. The
program was well received by
In the business session Dr. J.
H. Sowder was inducted into the
club and was presented his but
ton by District Governor Paul'
Cashion. Mr, Cashion reported'
on visiting many of the clubs in
the western part of the state,
saying that he found the clubs
active and progressing. J. H.
Whicker, Jr., who accompanied
th? district governor on a num
ber of visits, also made good re
Harry Summers was the guest
of Paul Cashion at the meeting
Edward Bell, in charge of the
white cane sales, asked all mem
bers to make their reports by
time of the next meeting.
Coble Will Give
Purebred Calf On
As a special added gift to
some farmer on Farmers' Day
Thursday, October 13, Coble
Dairy Products company will
give a purebred Guernsey calf.
The calf, from excellent stock
and registered, will be carried
during the parade on the Coble
Following the parade the float
will be parked in North Wilkes
boro and farmers will be given
an opportunity to win the calf.
Cvery farmer will be invited to
place his name in a box for draw
ing for the calf.
The only restrictions to giving
away the calf are that the per
son receiving it must be a farm
er, and there is a stipulation
that the calf is not to be sold
for beef within a period of two
years. In the event the person
who receives the calf wants to
sell it, it must be sold to a farm
er who will keep it, or the
Coble company will get first op
portunity to buy.
Demand for farm products re
mains relatively high, although
declining tendencies in various
segments of the economy point
toward some furftier weakening
from the record level of last
year. This and the large 194 9
crops in prospect are likely to
result in a slight further de
cline in the level of farm pro
duct prices during the next few
months. The aggregate volume
| of all crops on July 1 was indicat
ed at 131 per cent of the 1923
32 average, second only to the
record volume of 137 per cent
harvested in 1948.
^cnoort Y. M. C. A
Best Program In History Of
Farmers' Day Event Is
Planned For 13th
One of the largest crowds ev
er to gather in the Wilkesboros
is expected for the annual Farm
ers' Day celebration Thursday,
A full day's program of enter
taining events has been arranged
by the Trade Promotion commit
tee of the Wilkes Chamber of
Commerce, sponsor of the anual
event to honor and entertain the
farmers of Wilkes and adjoining
Already both towns have been
gaily decorated in patriotic col
ors for the big celebration, when
people leave \their duties for a
day and gather for a day of relax
ation and hilarity.
The day'a festivities will get
under way with a mammoth pa
rade, which will form in Wilkes
boro at 9:00 and at ten a. m. be
gin the march to North Wilkes
boro, entering the latter metrop
olis by way of Memorial Park.
Last year there were 82 units in
the parade, and the number this
year may rise to 100 or more.
First unit will me motorcycle
riders, followed by mounted
horseman and cars bearing coun
ty, town and agricultural offic
ials. Three or more bands will
march in the parade, including
North Wilkeaboro, Statesville,
and Boone high school bands.
Latest calculations revealed that
there may be 20 or more beauti
ful floats and varied other units.
Prizes will be given the most out
standing entries in the parade by
farmers, and the entire parade
will be judged.
! The float entered in the pa
rade by the committee will carry
the nine most beau'iful high
school seniors, one from each
school in the county, and the
high school beauty queen to be
crowned in the afternoon will be
selected from the girls on the
queen's float. Another unit of
much interest will be the Nat
ional Guard field artillery bat
tery here with full equipment.
Following the parade the par
ticipating bands will render a
half-hour concert at the corner of
Ninth and C streets, where a
program of fun and contests will
round out the morning activities.
Merchandise prizes will be given
m^ny winners in the contests,
and there will be other prizes
given from tickets now being dis
tributed without costs or obliga
tion. Merchants have the tickets
for the asking.
A period of mountain music
will open the afternoon program
from a stage on Ninth street near
the intersection with Main street.
Mayor R. T. McNiel will welcome
the people and greetings will be
extended by Richard Johnston,
president of the Wilkes Chamber
of Commerce. W. K. Sturdivant,
chairman of the Chamber's agri
cultural committee, will present
L. Y. Ballentine, North Carolina
commissioner of agriculture, who
will present awards given by the
Chamber of Commerce In a num
ber of projects.
Roland Potter will report on
selection of the high school beau
ty queen and Gilbert Bare, Trade
Promotion chairman, will present
the newly crowned queen with
many gifts from merchants.
Joe King and "Brandwine",
from Winston-Salem, will put on
the afternoon program feature?
a hilarious act which always pro
vokes much merriment. Mountain
music will close the program.
Farmers Day chairman is Roby
R. Church and Major Roy W.
Forehand is parade chairman.
Farmers will have the "key to
the city" for the Farmers' Day
celebration. Police Chief J. E.
Walker has anounced that park
ing will be free and motorists
may ignore parking meters on
Cricket and Fairplalns Home
Demonstration clubs will help
feed the visitors, selling food and
refreshments from booths on
The total volume of agricul
tural production for sale and
consumption in farm homes in
1949 will probably be 38 per
cent above the 1935-89 average.