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VOLUME 58. NO. 34 |2.W a Year in Alleghany County SPARTA, NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1947
Effort Made To
See If County
State And Federal Govern
ment Will Put Up Most
Of The Money
A special Alleghany county
medical center committee is now
conducting a survey to determine
if there is sufficient interest in
this county to apply for a small
“medical center” or a large “med
ical center” with a number of
It is believed that the county
can obtain a hospital with most
Of the expense being paid by the
state and federal governmentsi U
there is a need here and if the
people want it.
Since there is no hospital ui
the county, the committee points
out that the need definitely exists
and states that a hospital can be
obtained if Alleghany county peo
ple will put up one-seventh of
This week the committee, com
posed of Dr. C. A. Thompson,
Kemp Doughton and C. W. Ervin,
sent out a letter to a large num
ber of leading citzens in the
town and county to determine
The letter asks these questions:
Do the people of Alleghany
county want a hospital? .
Would they contribute $10,000
to build a $70,000 hospital?
Would you be willing to give
$1.25 msmltarr of your
The bi . ,
state and federal governments
(Continued on *>age 4)
Many Ladies To
Around 80 Alleghany Women
Plan To Go To Boone
On June 4
Approximately 80 Alleghany
county ladies are expected to at
tend the district federation meet
ing of the home demonstration
club women to be held at Boone,
June 4. The meeting will begin
at 10:30 o'clock at the Boone Bap
tist church and Mrs. Ward Ray,
of Ashe county, district presi
dent, will be in charge of the
Counties represented in addi
tion to Alleghany will be Ashe,
Avery, Alexander, Watauga,
Wilkes and Caldwell. Brief re
ports will be heard from the pres
idents of the various county units
showing the progress achieved for
the past year as the presenta
tion of plans for the coming year.
Mrs. Isom Wagoner, home
agent, stated that two Parkway
buses had been chartered for the
trip and would leave Sparta at
8:80 a. m. and return at 5:30 p.
m. Those who have not made
plans to go should contact her at
Alleghany was hostess to the
district women here last year.
Mrs. Wagoner Stated that she
hoped a large number of the club
women would attend this year
in order that they might be eligi
ble for the attendance award.
Miss Fields’ Car
Is Damaged Here
A 1937 Dodge, owned by Miss
Clyde Fields, whiph was parked
off the pavement of U. S. High
way No. 221, in front of the
Sparta Baptist church, Tuesday
night, was hit by R. L. Wagoner,
of Sparta, as he passed -irr '
a >41 Chevrolet
Wagoner was reported id be a
New Ford Sedan To
Be Given Away At
Horse Show Arrives
The late Muncey Steadham
who endowed Oxford Orphan
age and In whose honor a me*
morial service is being given
by Sparta Lodge No. 423.
To lienor Steadham
At A Memorial Service
Here On Jane S
A memorial service honoring
the late Muncey Steadham will
be held at the Sparta Lodge No.
423 on Thursday, June 5 when
A. D. Leon Gray, superintendent
of the Oxford Orphanage will be
the principal speaker.
Mr. Steadham, well known Al
leghany county farmer in the Elk
Creek section, left his estate val
ued at $40,000 to the Oxford or
phanage, it was revealed in his
t will. Mr. Steadham, who was
unmarried, died at the age of 74,
' leaving all but a small portion of
his estate to the orphanage.
He was an active member of
the Sparta Lodge and well known
and beloved throughout the
county, where he lived his entire
AH masons of the county and
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HERE EACH THURSDAY
U. S. Army recruiters Sgts.
Earl Triplett and Milton De
Luca will be at the Sparta Post
office each Thursday afternoon
I from one until five o’clock.
Anyone desiring to see them,
.may contact them there.
Sale Of Tickets Going Fine.
Plan To Publish
The 1947 Ford tudor sedan that
will be given away the last night
of the Sparta Lions club horse
show has arrived and is now on
display at the Choate Motor com
pany, Robert J. Randolph, chair
man of the ticket committee, an
He said the sale of tickets to
the horse show is progressing
splendidly and emphasized that
individuals are priviliged to pur
chase as many tickets as they de
sire and that attendance is not
necessary to win the new car.
The Cost per ticket is only $1.00.
Solicitors will'make the rounds
ki neighboring counties and cities.
to publish a horse show cata
logue. Material is being prepared
and the advertising committee,
composed of Kern Wagoner,
chairman. Joe Bill Reed, Roy El
lison and <Dr. N. D. Fan, will sell
ads the first of the week. The
Sadline for advertising in the
talogue is next Thursday at
which time all.copy must be giv
en to the printer.
- Tam Greene, general chairgjfMi
announced that a meeting oi9
horse show committees wilfSl
held Friday at 7:30 o’clock^l
the Choate Motor company.
The horse show will be held
hese on June 20 and 21 and there
will be a record number of en
tries, promoters state.
President Roy Ellison an
nounced that the next regular
meeting of the Lions club will
be held on June 3.
$168 Raised In
Just Short Of County’s Quota.
List Of Contributors
A total of $168.52 has been
raised towards the quota of
$225.00 in the cancer control drive
sponsored by the Sparta Wom
an’s club under the chairmanship
of Mrs. R. Floyd Crouse, club
Mrs. Crouse stated that she ap
preciated the cooperation made
by the citizens of Sparta as well
as schools and the civic organiza
tion of the town.
Contributions made include
Sparta high school, $37.71; Piney
Creek high school, $24.75; Lit
tle Pine, $14.57; Rich Hill, $8.63;
Whitehead school, $7.00; Osborne
Memorial church, $6.00.
Alleghany N e w s, Smithey’s
(Continued on-Page 4)
are now well underway
Applications For More Fish In
County Streams Are Made Here
eing made by
llife club to
more fish to
Applications are beii
the Alleghany Wildli
state hatcheries for
stock streams in this cc
A committee, composed u.
Black, chairman, R. C.
and Alton Thompson, was ap
pointed by President Glenn Nich
ols at a fish fry meeting of the
club held last Saturday night at
the community building.
R. F. Crouse, member
state board of conservat
development and D. T.
every member was asked to se
cure at U$tM one new member
within the next few weeks’ time.
Short ,talka“ were made dur
ing the meeting by Paul Swan
son, Robert Fender, Paul Miles.
Dr. T. R. Burgiss and D. T. Bry
VFW Will Meet
Thursday, May 29
The regular meeting of the
Albert Lewis Post of the Veterans
pf Foreign Wars- will be held
Thursday, May 29, at the
Oaks Motor Company,
J. Murray, poet commander
annoutjced this week.
for arranging a^perma
of building a place for the
■<» > 'li-a'fitffe'fnir'
Alleghany Girls Graduate From School Of Nursing
Three Allegheny county girls are among the graduates of the Martin Memorial Hos
pital School of Nursjng and received their diplomas at the graduation exercises May
g-12. They are, reading from left to right, front row: Lucy Gray Hill, Thomasville;
arjorie Ruth Brooks, Glade Valley; Reva Mae Snoddy, Mt. Airy; Viola Audrey Mc
Millan, Cana, Va.pNannie Andrews Jolly, Sparta; Nellie Sue Childress, Mount Airy;
June Iris Culler, Brim, Va.; back rosy: Gra e Virginia Anderson, Galax, Va.; Vivian
Mae Hemrick, State Road; Nellie Annie McMillan, Cana, Va.; Jancie Juanita Cheek,
‘son; Jennie Ethelene Beasley, Pilot Moun
Wade Hoppers and
made in the
Makes 21st One. Number Of
Arrests Made And
The sheriff and his deputies
made another raid on an Alle
ghany still in the Cherry Lane
township last Friday night, de
stroying a 40-gallon _
This makes the total number of
stills destroyed in the county by
Sheriff Richardson 21 and the
approximately number of gal
lons of beer destroyed as 21,000.
Only 200 gallons of beer were
destroyed at the still in the Brush
Creek section hv Sheriff Richard
county last week
Hamrick, of Petersburg, W. Va.,
who was arrested by Deputy Hop
pers last Wednesday night for
driving with improper equip
ment. In a hearing before Jus
tice Nichols, he was fined $10
William Lane, of Crumpler, ar
rested Saturday for public drunk
enness, was fined $10 and costs
at a hearing before Justice B. F.
Charlie Poe, of Sparta, was re
leased following being aiwn a
years, after being
day on a public arunaenness
Elwin Harris and Hurley Wil
(Continued on Page 4)
Two Cafes Here
Are Open Again
Sparta’s two cafes, the bus sta
tion ahd Smithey’s cafe, have
both been reopened after having
been closed for repairs since
The bus station cafe reopened
on Saturday after having install
ed a new three unit sink, accord
ing to the new ruling. Some
Be Held At Sparta
And At Piney Creek
Awards Are Made
At Sparta School
Uptie Andrews Receives
Valedictory Prizes. Others
Awards for outstanding scho
I lastic work as well as for recog
| nition in school athletics, wer^
i made by Ray H. Walker, prin
cipal of Sparta high school, at
the class night program held at
the Baptist church Tuesday night.
Uptie Andrews was awarded
the valedictory medal and also
a $25 award, given by Daisy Belk
I Doughton, daughter of Mrs.
I Horton Doughton, for having the
highest scholastic average for
four years of high school. She
was also presented the Reader's
I Carol Richardson was given a
I $10 cash award for being the
(Continued on Page 4) j
Richie To Speak Here And
Whittington At Piney
Final commencement exercises i
will be held tonight at 8 o’clock
in the Sparta Baptist church for
the Sparta high school graduates
and Friday night at 8 o’clock
in the auditorium for the Piney
Rev. Ralph Richie, pastor of
the Elkin Presbyterian church,
Will deliver the commencement
address here tonight. Diplomas
will be delivered to the 46 mem
bers of the graduating class.
Tomorrow night Rev. W. T.
Whittington, pastor of the Bap
tist church at Damascus, will
make the literary address at
Piney Creek and Miss Fields, sup
erintendent, will award the di
This Sunday at 11 o’clock the
baccalaureate sermon will be de
livered by Rev. William C. Crum
(Continued on Page 4) j
Around $200,000 Raised For
Glade Valley, Drive Gmtinues
Approximately two-thirds of
I the $300,000 campaign for funds
to construct new buildings at
Glade Valley school have been
raised here and throughout the
Orange and Winston-Salem Pres
byteries, it was learned this
Of this amount, around $3,000
has been raised in Alleghany
county and it is hoped that this
amount will be increased to at
The drive will continue through
this month, and solicitors jare
busy all over the territory.
Paul Ingle, of High Point, is
chairman of the drive for the
Orange Presbytery and Tully D.
Blair, of Winston-Salem, head
the campaign in the Winston
All persons in the county are
urged to contribute to this fund
that will be used to erect an ad
ministration and dor mi
Mt. Zion Church
To Hhve Revival
tories for boys and girls.
The citizens of this county are
proud of Glade Valley school and
appreciate the fine interest shown
itr it by all of the Presbyterians
in this sectipn.
The school is 37 years old and
many local students have grad
uated from it
E. B. Eldridge, head of the
school, said he was pleased with
the progress of the campaign.
Tax Rate Is Set
At $1.45; Needs
Of Schools Cited
Slight Increases Made Fee
School Upkeep And Agn%
After hearing members of the
county boat'd of education
other public spirited citizens
stress the urgent school building
needs here and in Alleghany, the
county board - of commissioners
agreed last Thursday morning to
continue the special 50 cents levy
for new school buildings and to
increase the sehool service and
upkeep fund during the next tit'
It is estimated that the 50 cents
levy will bring in about $33,00*
for the school building fund dur
ing the year 1947-48, which starts
July 1, and that die upkeep in
come will total around $6,500.
Realizing that additional build
ings must be constructed hers
and in the county, the commis
sioners put on a 50 cents 1evy
last July and it has produced
around $20,000 during this fiscal
By continuing the levy this
year, the county will not have
enough money to carry out an
extensive construction program.
The school building needs are
estimated at around $300,000.
The only way pie county could
obtain this much money is
through borrowing or another
Thb county’s , total debt now
rnqgMMs to oz«y about $105,00*
another issue for sehool pur
The county’s tox rate for the
1*47-48 fiscal year was set all
$1.45, an increase of 10 cents over
the current year.
The three specific increases in
the levy are: agricultural in
struction and county agents from
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Mrs. Fields Died
In Alabama Sal*
Beloved; Woman Was Bona
And Beared Here; Surviv
ed By Mis. Parks
Mrs. Frank P. Fields, a native
of Sparta and a resident of this
county for a number of year*,
died at her home in Gainesville,
Ala., last Saturday.
She had been in declining
health for the past six months
and death was not unexpected.
Before her marriage, Mrs.
Fields was Flora Carson, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Car*
son, of Sparta. She and her fam
ily lived at Elk Creek a number
of years and moved to Alabama
about 25 years ago.
She was an outstanding wom
an and mother pnd was much be
loved by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband,
six sons, one daughter and two
Joe Fields, of Independence,
Va., is one of her sons and the
other five live in Alabama. Mrs.
Willis Wilson, of Staunton, Va,
is the surviving daughter and her
two sisters are Mrs. Henry
Spaugh, Winston-Salem, and Mrs.
Ellen Parks, Sparta.
C. R. Roe Named
N. C, E. A. Pres.
C. R. Roe was named presi
dent at the Alleghany county ot
the N. c: E. A. at the county*
wide teacher’s meeting held here
last Thursday. Mr. Roe succeed
ed Roy Ellison who has served
in that capacity tor the past