A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
ESTABLISHED 1896. MARION, N. C., THURSDAY, JAN. 6, 1916. VOL. XX—NO. 19
SOCIAL AFFAIRS OF WEEK
New Year’s Dance—Rook Club and
Camp Fire Girls Entertained
—Aid Society Organized.
Miss Sara Troatman entertained
tbe Camp Fire Girls at her home
on Morgan street Monday even
ing. A solo was rendered by Miss
Mary Griffin. Games were played
and interesting stories were told
by “Nantahala”, guardian, after
which refreshments were served.
Mrs. Wenchel and Mrs. Gray
son entertained the Rook Club last
Thursday afternoon most pleasant
ly. After an hour and a half spent
in playing the game, the^ hostesses
served a delicious salad course fol
lowed by ices and cakes. Mrs. Ed
gar McCall was elected president of
club with Miss Joyce Decker as
secretary. Miss Agnes Phifer, of
Charlotte, was a guest of the club.
A most enjoyable party was
given the children of the primary
department of the Methodist church
by their teachers last Friday after
noon at the Marianna Hotel. Misses
Barnard and Phifer led in the
games and story-telling, after
which cakes, lemonade and candies
were served the little guests. Near
ly fifty little people were present
to enjoy the occasion.
The ladies of Carson’s Chapel
Methodist church organized a La-
lies Aid Society last Saturday af
ternoon. The following officers
were elected: Mrs. Simpson,
president; Miss Maude Elliott,
vice-president; Miss Lennie Curtis,
treasurer, Miss Delia Gibbs, treas
urer. The next meeting will be
held with Mrs. L. A. Chapman on
Saturday afternoon, January 15.
Twenty ladies have already joined
the society and an invitation is ex
tended to all the ladies of the com
munity to attend the meetings and
A New Year’s Eve dance was
given by Will Pless at Viewpoint,
the home of his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. J. W. Pless. The guests had
arrived by nine-thirty, and from
then until midnight dancing was
enjoyed. As the clock struck
twelve, the guests lined up, the
ladies on one side and the gentle
men on the -other. Resolutions
were handed the young men, the
ladies being given duplicates. By
matching the resolutions, partners
were selected for the delicious re
freshments then served in the din
ing room. Afterwards the danc
ing was continued, and wj^en good-
nights had been said it was after
The floral decorations of the
house were enhanced by the beauty
of the costumes worn by the young
ladies. It was a card dance, and
favors were distributed among the
The out-of-town guests were:
Misses Edna Harris and Louise
Justice of Rutherford ton, Miss
Ruth Smith of Hendersonville; and
Mr. Frank Mills of Rutherfordton.
Villa a Fugitive.
Conditions in Mexico continue
to go Carranza’s way. Villa’s ad-
iierents continue to desert him be
cause of his failing fortunes and
at last account he was a fugitive,
with a small band cf picked fol-
lowers around him.
McDowell Loses Faithful Servant.
Miss Maud Barnard, who for
three years has had charge of the
primary and industrial work in
the McDowell county schools, left
Tuesday for Raleigh to take up
work with the B. F. Johnson Pub
lishing Company. Her new work
will be chiefly that of traveling
and demonstrating books for this
company throughout North Caro
McDc/well County loses in Miss
Barnard one of the most useful
and faithful servants in educational
work in this part of the State.
Miss Barnard has won for herself
a state and Dation-wide reputation
since comiog to McDowell, and
there has never been any one con
nected with the school system in
this county who has done any more
for the advancement of education.
Her work with the Sewing, Cook
ing and^Coro Clubs has made Mct
Dowell county famous throughout
North Carolina. Every girl and
boy in the county should feel a
distinct loss in her resignation.
It is to be hoped, however, that
McDowell county will, at a future
time, have Miss Barnard back in
the same work in which she has
been engaged, since it is her pur
pose to return to supervision work
at tbe close of her contract with
the B. F. Johnson Publishing Co.
And it is safe to say that no woman
in North Carolina would be more
welcome back into the borders of
this county than Miss Barnard.
Board of Trade Nt)tes.
The directors of the Board of
Trade were in session last Tuesday
night and considered the following
matters as reported by the Secre
1. Outside parties have made a
definite proposition to invest $100,-
000 or more in a cotton mill, pro
vided the citizens of Marion sub
scribe $50,000. The parties mak
ing this offer are known to many
of our business men to be thorough
2. A party in West Virginia
wishes to establish an up-to-date
brick plant in Marion, provided
50% of the capital can be raised in
Marion. Parties wishing to invest
in such a plant should communicate
with the Board of Trade at once;
also parties having suitable sites
for such a plftnt should communi
cate with the Board of Trade.
3. A large spoke and handle
factory in Missouri desires to come
to Marion, provided some local
capital can be raised,
4. A party in New York State
desires to buy a small tract of land
with some timber on it, with a
view of converting it into a stock
There is no doubt but that the
Board of Trade has success in in
teresting numerous investors in
the many advantages Marion has
to offer but experience has proved
that it is necessary.tq secure some
local capital in order to bring such
industries here. ^ Now if any citi
zen has any caj^ital to invest, or
can do any thing to bring about the
establishment of such industries,
he should communicate with the
Board of Trade at once.
Preliminary arrangements were
made at this meeting for the an
nual meeting to be held on Feb
ruary 15. It is hoped that arrange
ments can be made to have a man
of high reputation address tbe
members on this occasion.
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Woodlawn, Jan. 8.—J. B. Ward is
having a modern sized dwelling honse
put up on his farm in the upper end of
the cove. B. M. Denny is contractor.
J. C. Tate spent New Year’s day with
homexolks near Marion.
The inclement weather for the past
month has has stopped the farmers from
their fall and winter breaking for next
The Presbyteriam Sunday school at
Sevier gave a Christmas tree the night
before Christmas, which proved to be a
very enjoyable occasion-
The work on the new Baptist church
is progressing nicely.
Born, to Mr, and Mrs. S. W. Brown,
December 26th, a daughter.
The approaches to the new bridge
across Armstrong, near Woodlawn, have
been recently put in. This bridge is a
great convenience to the community
and a structure that all good road loyers
are proud of.
Finley Green has a modern sized barn
under way of construction on the^reen-
Miss Anna Brinkley, who has been
teaching in Mitchell county, is at home
to spend the winter.
A. N. Dale and family spent the holi
days with friends and relatives near
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hicks are spend
ing a few days with home folks. Mr.
Hi iks hag been employed at Clear Creek,
Va., for the past two months.
Miss Louise Brown spent the holidays
with homefolks at Ashford.
Miss Bell Hunter spent the holidays
with friends and relatives at Nebo. *
Come along, correspondents, and let’s
make 1916 a red letter year for The
Progress. Let us do our part.
Dysartsville, Jan. 3.—The holiday
season passed quietly though seemingly
pleasant at Dysartsville. A good num
ber of social affairs were participated
in by the younger set.
James Goforth, who has been at
Woodlawn for some time, spent Christ
mas with homefolks.
Mr. and Mrs. James Laughridge and
children of Marion are visiting relatives
Misses Maggie and Mary Kirksey
visited relatives in Morganton last week.
Misses Evelyn Gettys and Dottie Dy-
sart of Bridgewater visited friends here
the latter part of the week.
J Sam Upton of Spencer paid a short
visit to homefolks and friends here dur
ing the holidays.
Clyde Satterwhite, a former Dysart-
ville boy, but now employed in work
near Charlotte, spent a few days with
relatives and friends here last week.
J. F. Parker spent part of the holiday
week with homefolks near Old Fort.
John Cooper had the misfortune to
get his house and its contents burned
Mrs. Jas. Gibson and little son of
Old Fort are visiting at the home of,
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Parker.
The Christmas entertainment given
by Dysartsville High SchoDl on the ©ve
ning of Dec. 23rd, was a great success
financtally as \i^ell as socially. The pro
gram was well rendered, showing much
talent and careful training. It was eu
joj'^ed by a good sized, appreciative
The Dysartsville boys and girls home
from school for the holidays have re
turned: Miss Lona Goforth and Craw
ford Landis to Nebo, and Lawrence
Cowan to Union Mills.
Nebo, Jan. 3.—Rev- Bradshaw closed
a very successful meeting here Sunday
night. Each service was well attended
considering the weather. We feel that
Nebo has been much benefitted by the
many good sermons that were preached
by Mr. Bradshaw while he was here.
.^mong the teachers who spent the
holidays with homefolks were: Misses
Iowa, Cheley and Tracy Sigmon, Hattie
Taylor, Estelle Wilflon, Faye Padgett
aLd Belle Hunter and Messrs. Tom
Stacy and Berry Hunter, and among the
coUege students were Misses Maggie
Taylor and Ruth Hunter and Eyerett
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Hemphill spent a
few days last week with relatives near
F. N. Sigmon of Pasco, Wash., is visit
ing his uncle, M. C. Sigmon.
Nebo High School has reopened for
the spring term and several new stu
dents have already been enrolled.
Mrs. D. R. Archer, of Greensboro,
spent the holidays with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hunter.
J. L. Mann and family of Clarksburg,
W. Va., spent part of the Christmas
holidays with his brother. Rev. M. W.
Mann, at Nebo. Mr. Mann is a real
estate dealer of Clarksburg, and is also
manager of the Monticello Automobile
& Garage Co. of that place.
Old Fort, Dec. 30.—There were two
weddings here during the holidays. On
Thursday evening, the 23rd, Mr. Jesse
Lackey and Miss Edna Hogan were
united in marriage at the residence of
George Lackey. The ceremony was
performed by Esq. J. C. Sandlin and
was witnessed by a number of friends.
Early Christmas morning P. A. Gilli
land and Rosa Lee Gibson, daughter of
J. H. Gibson, were quietly married at
the bride’s home, Rev, J. P. Bennett
The Bethlehem school clc^ed on the
24th. The pupils were given a treat by
their teacher, Miss Effie Cannon.
Old Fort, Dec. 31.—On Christmas day
at 1 o’clock Miss Maggie Sue Hensley,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Hensley,
became the bride of Mr. Vernon W.
Moore, of the Piedmont Directory Co.,
Rev. J. P. Bennett officiating. The
wedding was a quiet home affair at the
bride’s home about li miles southwest
of Old Fort. A few relatives and friends
were present. Following the ceremony
a sumptuous dinner was served. After
spending a few days with homefolks
Mr. and Mrs. Moore will visit relatives
in Knoxville, Tenn.
Eugene Beach has rented his home
southwest of town to John Patton and
has moved to a farm nine miles south
A wedding of interest to the peo
ple of this county took place in
Asheville on the evening of De
cember 27th, at the Langren hotel,
when Miss Cora Lou Butt of this
place and Mr. Bruce H. Lewis of
Scotland Neck, N. C., were united
in marriage. Dr. Calvin B. Waller,
pastor of the first Baptist church,
performing the ceremony.
Miss Butt needs no introduction
to the people of McDowell county
where she has for the past few
years proven invaluable service in
our corps of teachers.
Mr. Lewis, formerly a traveling
salesman, but now principal of the
graded school at Liberty, N. C., is
a young man of sterling qualities
and high aspirations.
After spending a few days in
Asheville, Mr, and Mrs. Lewis
will go to Liberty where he will
resume his work.
Many friends join in wishing
them' many years of health, pros-
l^rity and happiness.
Dysartsville, Jan. 1.—Mr. H.
Clarence Haire of Iredell county
Miss Dessie Ellington of Dysarts
ville were joined in wedlock at the
home of J. R. Denton on Decem
ber 22, Rev. Mr. Denton officiat
ing. The wedding was a quiet
affair, those present being J. W.
Jarrett and E. P. Denton. Im
mediately after the ceremony and
congratulations, the happy couple
left for Statesville via Marion.
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
Grace Smith, a Surry county De
gress, alleged to be 120 years old,
died a few days ago.
Lagrippe is epidemic in many
Northern and Western cities and
there are so many deaths the sitna-
tion is serious.
Will Domel of the Flat Creek
section of Buncombe county was
shot and killed Saturday when a
gun held by Elbert Weaver was
Willis K. King, supposed to be
Wake county’s oldest eitizen, died
Monday at his home near Raleigh,
at the age of 103. Until last week
he had been in almost perfect
A baby boy, apparently but a .
few weeks old, was found on the
steps of H. G. Lippard’s home at
Woodleaf, Rowan county, Sunday
night. No clue except a strange
woman was seen in the neighbor
John L. Sparks committed sui
cide at Ellenboro, Rutherford coun
ty, Christmas morning, by shoot
ing himself through the head with
a pistol he had borrowed from a
negro. He told the negro he want
ed the pistol to go hunting. Cause
of the deed unknown. Sparks was
37 years old and is survived by his
wife and a son.
Library Adds New Books,
The following list of- new books
has been placed upon the shelves
of the Ladies Library: The Tur
moil, by Booth Tarkington; Mich
ael O’Halboran, by Gene S. Por
ter; The Rainbow Trail, ZaneGrey;
The Foolish Virgin, Thos. Dixon;
Angela’s Business, Henry S. Har
rison; The County Citizens, Corra
Harris; The Freelanders, John
Galsworthy; Saturday’s Child,
Kathleen Norris; Heart of the
Sunset, Rex Beach; House of Hap
piness, Kate L. Bosher; The Plow
Woman, Eleabor Gates; T. Tem-
barom, Frances H. Burnett; Betty
Zane, Zane Grey; A Man and His
The library is open every Wed
nesday and Saturday afternoon,
from three to five o’clock.
County School Board Meets.
The County Board of Education
was in regular session Mondi^,
and transacted chiefly routine busi
ness, there being no matters of
special importance to come before
the Board. The regular appor
tionments of the various schools
of the county were made and will
be made public this month. The
per teacher apportionment this
year will be $32.50, a slight in
crease over last year.
It was ordered that $1,500.00 be
appropriated for building new
The following committeemen
were appointed to fill vacancies
made since the last meeting: J.
H. Owenby, Dome; M. M. Elliott,
Stone Mountain; W. C. Nesbit,
Flat Creek; W. J. Bowman, Nebo.
Al. Ringling, 66 years old, and
one of the Ringling Bros., circus
owners, died Saturday at Baraboo,
Wis., the winter quarters of the