A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
ESTABLISHED 1896. MARION, N. C., THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 1916. VOL. XX—NO. 24
Cooking Class Begin Worl at Ma
rion Mill School—Stroudtown
The Marion Cotton Mill teach
ers, Misses Mary McKoy, Mattie
Hicks and Annie Gibson, have
purchased the equipment for their
cooking class, which will begin
work this week. It may interest
other schools that anticipate doing
this work to know that an indi
vidual equipment sufficient for
twelve girls may be purchased for
the sum of $4.85. On Thursday
afternoon of this week these same
teachers will observe a demonstra
tion cooking lesson given by the
Domestic Science class of the Ma
rion Graded School under Mrs.
The Olinchfield School, under
the leadership of Miss Mamie
Stacy, with Misses Olivia Patton
and Effie Hicks as assistants, is
doing splendid work. This school
has only been in operation since
January. The boys and girls have
a right to be proud of their new
building and the work in progress,
and they seem to be.
The Tomato Club girls of the
•county should begin their planning
now for the biggest and best crop
•of tomatoes that has ever been
raised in McDowell county. Miss
Harris will endeavor to find some
arrangement by which the girls
jan make a ready sale of their to-
imatoes this year. The teachers of
the schools in the county will do
much if they urge the girls to join
a Tomato club and make their own
spending money. Miss Maude
Harris, supervisor, will be out
among the different schools this
week and next re-organizing the
Canning Clubs and other industrial
work of the schools.
Nebo High School,' which has
been suspended for three weeks,
will resume work February 16th,
and it is hoped that all students
will promptly return at that time.
The length of the school term will
be the same as it would have been
had not this interruption occurred.
Friday, January 28, marked the
•close at Stroudtown of one of the
most successful schools ever con
ducted in the county. This was a
continuous school for seven months
with a maximum attendance of 120.
No stopping for “fodder” there.
The following were neither absent
nor tardy during the session: Hel-
«n Frisbie, Mabel Hawkins, Ethel
Early, Zilpah Frisbie, Reid Hild,
George Turner, Hessie Early and
Jessie Bowman. This is the spirit
that wins. Keep it up and win in
the school of life. The patrons
have shown their appreciation of
the faithful work of the teachers,
Misses Brogden, Elliott and Mc-
Curry by asking them to return
another year. Stroudtown has
further shown interest in better
education by asking Miss Elliott
to conduct a two months subscrip
tion school. An attendance of 35
Contestants in the Booster Store
contest may secure 2,000 votes for
every dollar paid on subscription
to The Progress. Get busy. Ask
your friends for votes on renewal
Corn Meeting—Prizes Offered.
Thursiay, February 17, a corn
meeting will be held at the court
house in Marion. Mr. E. S. Mill-
saps of Statesville and other prom
inent men will be present and will
speak on selection of good seed
corn, growing the crop and other
subjects of interest. The follow
ing enterprising business men have
contributed ^oods as prizes for
good, well selected corn: Gaston
& Trte $2.50, P. A. Reid & Co.
$2.25, Price Hardware Co. $2.50,
J. D. Blanton $—, J. H. L. Miller
Clothing Co. $2.00, The Peerless
Store, Marion Bargain House, Red
Iron Racket and T. M. Hemphill
The following prizes will be
given to men: Best ten ears pro
lific corn, first prize, $2.00; second
prize, $1.00; third prize, 50c. For
large type single ear variety, first
prize $2.00, second prize, $1.00;
third prize, 50c. The same prizes
will be given to boys, making
twelve prizes in all. No prize will
be given if exhibit is not worthy.
Somebody will win.
Corn is the leading crop of Mc
Dowell, but there is a great short
age of really first class, well bred
seed. This meeting will afford an
opportunity to learn more of the
principles underlying the proper
selection ef seed corn and growing
the crop. The meeting begins at
Winners of prizes will receive
due bill good for so much mer
^runing and Spraying Demonstra
tion Next Saturday.
Mr. B. Szymoniak of the the
State Department of Agriculture,
Raleigh, will conduct a pruning
and spraying demonstration at
Gilkey and Winborne’s orchard
near Marion on Saturday, Febru
ary 12. This spraying will be the
dormant or winter spraying and
will be followed by others later in
the season. A good set of prun
ing tools and a sprayer will be
seen in actual use. It is expected
that a large number of interested
people will be present as fruit
growing is certain to play a large
part in the future development of
McDowell county. And why? Be
cause an orchard on hillside land
can be so handled that practically
no water will run off and that form
of agriculture will succeed best
that saves the soil.
All should be present at th&
demonstration at 10:45 sharp, as
Mr. Szymoniak will arrive on
train No. 22 and leave on an early
For many years farmers have
been broadcasting clover seed in
the mud or on the snow early in
Spring. This left the freezing and
thawing to work the seed into the
soil and give it a start. The method
has become more and more unsatis
factory and many seedings have
failed. Now we have a new type
of seed drills which enable us to
put the clover seed on the grain-
fields in April. The grain is not
injured, and we are far surer of a
“catch” of clover. These seed
drills with disk attachments give a
great improvement over the old
plan of broadcasting on frozen
ground.—The Rural New-Yorker.
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Harmony Grove, Feb. 6.—J, B. Law-
ing was in Marion last week attending,
Misses Iowa Sigmon and Hattie Tay
lor spent the week-end with homefolks
S. A. Bowman and son, James, were
in Marion Saturday on business.
Ferman Simmons made a business
trip to Nebo last Friday.
Kenneth Hensley made a business
trip to Glenwood one day last week.
Services were conducted here Sunday
by Rev. Fletcher Simmons, who is in
school at Round Hill.
A crowd of young people enjoyed a
singing at Joe Holland’s Saturday night.
Dallas Rowe has returned to Virginia,
where he is engaged in bridge work.
James Pyatt of Nebo spent Sunday
with Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Anderson.
Alexander Crawley and son, Ed, were
in Marion on business last Friday.
Will Brown of Nebo spent a few dayn
last week with his father, D. C. Brown.
C. B. Morgan made a business trip to
Marion last Wednesday.
J. N. Pruett of Kaiser, spent last week
with his father-in-law, J, B. Lawing.
Miss Blandina Morgan spent last week
with her aunt, Mrs. Ada Ellington, near
The school here is progressing nicely.
The teachers and papils are very busy
preparing for the closing exercises which
will be held Friday night, Feb. 18. A
good entertainment is expected and
eyerybody is cordially invited to attend.
Ashford, Feb. 7.—Mrs. John Swingle
has returned to her home at Johnson
City, Tenn., after spending a few days
with relatives here.
Mrs. Maggie McCall spent Friday and
Saturday in Asheville.
J. C. Conley and son, Dixon, made a
business trip to Burke county the latter
part of last week.
Miss Ethel Wilson has returned home
from Old Fort where she has been teach
Mrs. Ellen Dockery is visiting her
mother, Mrs. M. M. Conley.
Mrs. Claude Langhridge of Bostic
visited her mother, Mrs. James Brown,
one day last week.
Mrs. Bruce Lewis spent Saturday and
Sunday in Salisbury.
Clarence Wiseman of Linville Falls
made a business trip to Ashford last
Miss Louise Brown of Woodlawn visit
ed homefolks Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs. Robert Stamey spent Sunday
with Mrs. Sam Brown.
John Wiseman of Linville Falls spent
Sunday at Ashford.
Mr. and Mrs. Mack Lonon made a
short trip to Altapass last Sunday.
Glenwood, Feb. 7.—Mrs. A. C. Gar-
din has returned home from Cliffside,
where she spent several days with her
daughter, Mrs. D. J. Hunt.
T. W. Brackett of Landrum, S. C.,
was in Glenwood last week on business.
Misses Lou Morris and Ella Grant of
Sugar Hill spent the week-end with
relatives in Glenwood.
Mrs. A. L. Bright is visiting her sis
ter, Mrs. Hattie Keeter, in Marion.
Misses Maude Carson and Mildred
Wilson were shopping in Marion Satur
Mrs. George Williams of Old Fort
spent last week with her parents.
Mr A. P. Poteat went to Richmond,
Va., last week on business.
Miss Bessie Rayburn, who has been
in school at Cullowhee Institute, was
called home on account of the illness of
Mrs. L. E. Poteat was shopping in
Jake Epley spent the week end at
Frank Mode had the misfortune re
cently to lose a fine milk cow.
Mrs. John Byrd is very ill.
Rey. B. M. Ridenhour of Marion de
livered an excellent sermon at the Bap
tist church Sunday.
Thompson’s Fork, Feb. 6.—Fletcher
Simmons of Round Bail yisited home
folks hereJii^nrday and Sunday.
Dallas Rowe left Tuesday for Parmers-
ville, N. C.S where he will be engas;ed
Ralph Tate, Fred and Donald Har
grave of Nebo visited Clayton Janes
Marion Simmons made a bosiness trip
to Marion one day last week.
Mrs. Mattie Tate visited relatives at
Nebo one day last week.
Quite a number of the people of
Thompson’s Fork attended the singing
at the home of .Toseph Holland Saturday
M. L. Kaylor, who has been on the
sick list for some time, is improving.
D. C Brown and son, Vanulas, of
Glenwood, were here a few days last
week makim? improvements on his farm.
C. F. I)ixon made a businees trip to
Bridgewater one day last week.
Nebo, Feb. 6.—Miss Pearl Padgett is
on the sick list but we hope her a speedy
G. D. Taylor and Gaither Janes made
a business trip to Dysartsville last Fri
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lawing of Har
mony Grove were in Nebo Sunday.
Ernest Beach made a business trip to
Morganton last Monday.
Faye Padgett of North Cove spent
Saturday and Sunday with homefolks
W. G. Hunter has gone to Chapel
Hill on business.
Ennis Lawing and Kenneth Hensley
of Harmony Grove made a pleasure
trip to Nebo Sunday.
Mrs. J. F. Bailey has gone to Black
Mountain to visit her daughter, Mrs. J.
Carlyle, Feb. 7.—Mrs. S. N. Gray is
visiting relatives in Morganton this
Mrs- J. W. Edwards has been very ill
the past week.
Tom Edwards is visiting friends in
Miss Zoda McCall is visiting relatives
J. G. Janes has secured a contract for
furnishing the Union Tanning Company
with a large amount of chestnut wood.
Vein Mountain, Feb. 7.—J. Fr Law
ing & Company of Rutherfordton have
located their camps near this place for
the purpose of doing ditching work on
the Southern railway.
Southern freight train No. 68 was
wrecked near the 198 mile post recently.
The tract was badly torn up and con
siderable damage done to several cars.
On January 28th our school observed
“Mother’s Day.” Quite a number of
mothers were in attendance and enjoy
ed a splendid program which was well
render^ by the pupils. Following the
program delicious refreshments were
served to pupils and visitors. The re
freshments were given by the teacher.
Miss Maggie Goforth, as a token of her
appreciation of the friendship shown
her by friends of the school, both stu
dents and parents. The school has been
fortunate in maintaining a sewing class
during the entire session and much and
lasting good has been accomplished
along this line. The class has made
marked improvement in sewing. A nice
quilt made by this class has been for
warded to the Thomasville Orphanage.
Miss Maggie Goforth has just closed
a very successful school of seven months
here and Miss Mamie Goforth a like
term in district No. 2. The parents and
students of these two districts are high
ly elated over the splendid work done
by these young ladies and the people
are of one accord in requestipg that
they be returned next session. The
Misses Goforth have returned to their
home at Dysartsville.
The entire community was saddened
Friday morning on learning of the
death of Mrs. John L. Arrowood which
occurred Thursday night, following a
long illness. Besides a husband and
seven children, Mrs, Arrowood leaves a
father, four sisters and eight brothers
to mourn her departure. Interment was
made in the family graveyard Satur
day. A large crowd of friends and rela
tives attended the funeral.
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
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Items Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
According to the census taken
July 1, .1914;, the population of
Asheville and Raleigh was reckon
ed at 20,000, while the same census
gave Newbern 10,300,
The North Carolina Peace So
ciety will hold its annual conven
tion in Durham in March. Henry
Ford and W. J. Bryan will prob
ably be invited to speak.
Dr. Charles E. Brewer was form
ally inaugurated as president of
Meredith College on last Thursday
morning in the presidence of Mer
edith College students, alumnae
and friends, and the heads of col
leges and leaders in education of
this and other States.
The Newton Enterprise relates
that a yellow pine tree was cut in
in Catawba county the other day
that measured 39 inches across the
stump, cutting eight 12-foot logs
and making 1,156 feet of good
lumber. A poplar tree cut in the
same county measured five feet
six inches across the stump, cut
nine 4-foot logs, and made about
2,000 feet of lumber.
Court adjourned last Friday and
Judge Justice returned to his home
in Rutherfordton Friday afternoon.
The jury in the case of Jack Stepp
vs Union Tanning Company re
turned a verdict in favor of the
plaintiff for $200. In the case of
Jackson vs Southern Railway Com
pany the jury returned a verdict
in favor of the plaintiff for $10.00.
The case of J. D. Finley vs Tenn.
& N. C. Railway Company resulted
in a mistrial, instead of verdict for
defendant as stated last week. In
the case of Mrs. A. O. Von Eber-
hard vs J. R. Murphy, the former
retains possession of her property
and she is required to pay Mr.
Murphy the sum of $125.
Other cases were disposed of as
follows: R. W. Huskins vs South
ern Railway Company, non-suit.
Holston Corporation vs McKinney,
compromised. Jas. A. McKinney
vs Southern Railway Company,
compromised, defendant to pay
cost. Robert Turner vs Southern
Railway Company, non-suit.
The Fundamentals of School.
After all ''the tumult and the
shouting” about improved methods,
better laws, text books of a higher
grade and all the other things about
which we talk ourselves hoarse,
the real school consists of the teach
er and the pupils. Boys and girls
and teachers—all other things are
elaborations and accessories. The
money that is spent in getting a
good teacher is spent in the best
way, for if the teacher is poor the
school is Door, no matter what else
may be in the way of equipment,
and the promotion of all side shows
that usually accompany the scheme
of giving children an education.
If there is any merit in the
groundhog’s prognostications we
take it that winter is over and that
we can now get ready to farm and
garden. Wednesday was the little
animal’s day and it is certain that,
in this section at any rate, he did
not have an opportunity to see his
shadow. It was cloudy and rainy