A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
ESTABLISHED 1896. MARION, N. C, THURSDAY, FEB. 17. 1916. VOL. XX—NO. 25
SPRING NORMAL COURSE
Plans for Training Course at Ma
rion, Nebo and Old Fort—
The County Superintendent an
nounces plans for the Sprint; Nor
mal Training Courses for this year.
These courses will be given at
Marion, Nebo, and Old Fort Grad
ed Schools; the work being so ar
ranged as to take the place of the
mid-summer institute which has
been held heretofore in July or
The work at Nebo will begin
March 13th, Miss Harris having
charge of the Primary work. From
April 3rd to April 14th Miss Har
ris will give the same work at the
Old Fort Graded School. From
April 17th to the 28th the Primary
work will be in charge of Miss
Harris at Marion, the same work
being given at all three places.
Prof. I. C. Griffin will offer a
course in ‘'How to Teach Arithme
tic and Geography” at Old Fort
on March 20th to the 30th, at Nebo
April 3rd to 14th, and at Marion
from April iTth to 28th. Prof.
L. L. Hargrave will offer a four
weeks coarse in Arithmetic and
Grammar at Nebo beginning March
20th. Prof. N. F. Steppe will
have charge of a similar course at
Old Fort beginning April 3rd. A
similar course will also be offered
at Marion beginning April l7th.
The County Superintendent will
offer a course consisting largely of
a review in History, also demon
stration lessons in ERstory. This
course will be given at Nebo from
March 20th to 30th, at Old Fort
from April 3rd to 14th; at Marion
April I7th to 28th.
All teachers, prospective teach
ers, and students interested in
school work are urged and earnest
ly requested to take this work at
one or the other of these schools.
Teachers who have attended sum
mer schools at the State Universi
ty, State Normal or other colleges
of reoutable standard and possess
a first grade certificate will not be
required to take this work. All
teachers who complete one or the
other of these normal courses will
be given certificates without ex
aminations, on recommendation of
the Principal or Normal Instructor
in charge, if, in the opinion of the
County Superintendent, the teach
er in question is sufficiently quali
fied. At the close of the Normal
work at Marion, all teachers in
the County will be requested to
attend a general meeting for three
days, at which time Prof. E. E.
Sams, State Supervisor of Teacher
Training, will be present. The
County Superintendent will at this
time have something to say con
cerning the organization of schools,
on report making, and other mat
ters pertaining to routine of school
work for next year.
Jt is earnestly hoped that every
teacher and prospective teacher
will attend one cr the other of
these courses, since it will be to
the advantage of every teacher to
take advantage of this opportuni
ty. With the proper co-operation
of all teachers, it will be possible
to elevate the standard of the
teaching force in McDowell county.
A more detailed announcement
and schedule of recitations will be
The C. C. & O. school boys met
the .Clipchfield school in a base
ball game on the C. C. & O. ball
ground Friday afternoon, Feb. 11.
The score was 7 to 10 in favor of
Clinchfield, The C. C. & O. school
work under Misses Stacy and Lonon
is progressing well. The spirit of
the boys and girls seems excellent
and that in any school' is a valuable
Garden City school stands first
so far in the number of girls en
rolled in the Tomato Club work.
Misses Rena Jimeson, Rebecca
Hennessee, Estelle Patten, Wilma
Grindstaff, Myra Quinn, Ada
Hendley and Willie Austin are
names of the girls in this school
who are going to do their part in
making McDowell county a banner
county in the Tomato Club work.
This school closes in two weeks,
Feb. 25. That an entertainment
on that date is forth coming can
be clearly seen from the work Miss
Houck, Miss Williams and Miss
Biddix are daily doing. Miss
Houck is an enthusiastic leader,
and her leadership is shown by the
fine school spirit of the pupils.
Both the other teachers are doing
their part making the school count.
The Chapel Hill school with
Misses Mary Poteat and Tracy Sig
mon as teachers, may certainly be
help up as an example of a well be
haved school. It is good indeed to
see so earnest and studious a body
as these boys and girls seem to be.
At Greenlee, the primary child
ren, Miss Mary Burgin, teaeher,
show the happy spirit of willing
enthusiastic workers. The ele
mentary room under Miss Patten
is also hard at work, and the large
attendance in the principal’s, Mr.
Ledbetter’s room, attests the faith
fulness of work being done. One
Tomato Club girl. Miss Margaret
McKoy, is enrolled from the Green
lee school, and we hope that there
may be many more.
The Ashford school will close
next Friday^ the 18th, with an en
tertainment Friday night. An at
tractive program will be rendered.
Ad admission of five and ten cents
will be charged to pay for the stage
curtains. An invitation is extend
ed to the public.
Good reports have been received
from Fairview school. The pa
rents, pupils and teacher are all
working with a co-operative spirit
to make this a successful school.
Miss Rosa Houk is an energetic
and enthusiastic worker, and with
the committeemen standing by her,
the school is being brought up to
a high standard. The teacher and
pupils are planning to entertain the
parents of the community some
time before the close of school.
The school will close March 10.
The President a Candidate.
President Wilson yesterday for
mally gave his consent that his
name be used as a candidate for
renomination. In a letter to the
Secretary of State of Ohio the
President stated that he was un
willing to enter a contest for the
nomination but was ready to per
mit the use of his name in the
coming primary in order that the
Democrats of Ohio might make
known their preference.
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Nealsville, Feb, 15.—Mrs. Frank Mode
has returned home from Morganton»
where she visited her daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Parker, of Shel
by, spent the week-end with the latter’s
p&rentb, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Gk)forth.
Mrs. Alice Pyatt and daughter, Miss
Ethel, spent Saturday and Sunday with
relatives in Marion.
Misses Ola England and Mildred Wil
son were shopping in Marion Saturday.
A. P. Poteat made a business trip to
Lynchburg, Va., last week.
Miss Maude Carson spent Saturday
and Sunday at her home near Marion.
Quite a number of young people en
joyed a singing at the home of Mr. and
M.rs. M. E Qoforth Saturday night.
Mrs. Claude Morris and sister. Miss
Thelma England visited relatives in
M organton last week,
Mrs. A. C. Gardin was shopping in
J. H. Rayburn was in Morganton last
w eek on business.
Bev. Fletcher Simmons was a Glen-
wood visitor Sunday.
Ashford, Feb. 15.—Melvin McCall
spent Saturday in Marion.
Miss Estelle Wilson spent the latter
part of last week with homefolks at
Mrs, J. B Lonon made a short trip to
Altapass Saturday evening.
Mrs. Bruce Lewis made a trip to Ma
rion and Greenlee Saturday and Sunday.
John McCall and wife are the proud
parents of a baby girl since last Monday
J. C. Conley «pent Saturdayin Marion.
J. E. Wilson made a business trip to
Marion and Nebo Saturday.
Miss Louise Brown spent the latter
part of last week with homefolks here.
Herbert Franklin of Lin villa Falls
spent Sunday and Monday with friends
at Ashford. Mr. Franklin was on his
way home, after spending several weeks
in Baltimore, Md.
Mrs. Emma McCall is visiting rela
tives at Spruce Pine this week.
Earl Brown and Joe Carpenter spent
Sunday with friends and relatives at
. Miss Mabel Wiseman passed through
Ashford Tuesday enroute to Nebo,
where she enters school again.
Fairview, Feb, 14.—School is progres
sing nicely. An interesting program
was carried out by the Literary Society
Friday afternoon. The subject for de
bate was “Resolved, That Country Life
is More Beneficial than City Life.” The
affirmative won. The subject for de->
bate February 25 is “Jlesolved, That
wheat is easier produced than corn.”
Miss Rosa Houk visited homefolks at
Marion Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Dobson and json,
George, yisited relatives at Old Fort
Misses Dora and Callie Henhley of
Harmony Grove were visitors here last
Edgar Lewis of Marion visited Sam
Holland last week.
Misses Rosa Honk and Jessie Dobson
were recent visitors to Old Fort.
Farmers are beginning to plow.
Several of our folks attended prayer
meeting at Pleasant Hill Sunday.
Marshall Jimerson has moved to the
Owensby place near here.
Thompson’s Fork, Feb. 14.—Camor
and Frank Patton of Patton was here
on business Monday.
A. J. Toney and son, Will, made a
business trip to Marion Friday.
Mrs. M. L. Janes visited her parents
at Sevier the latter part of last week.
Bruce Tate of Nebo visited his grand
mother here one day last week.
Dallas Rowe, who has been engaged
in work at Pamersville, is at home for
J. H. Janes and daughter, Sarah, were
in Marion one day last week,
Mr. and Mrs. Toney of Nebo were
visitors here Saturday and Sunday-.
R. L. Toney and J. L. Simmons, who
are engaged in work near Marion .Tunc-
ti^ visited homefolks Sunday.
F. O. Simmons made a business trip
to Marion during the week.
Woodlawn, Feb. 14.—School will close
in about three weeks. Misses Louise
Brown and Belle Hunter have taught a
Charlie Bames made a business trip
to Johnson City last week.
Ben Wheeler, who has been quite iU
with typhoid fever, is improving.
M. L. Good made a business trip to
Marion last week.
Harve Huskins and family have mov
ed to the band mill.
Miss Louise Brown spent the week
end with homefolks at Ashford.
C. Huskins and son made a busi
ness trip to Marion last week.
Farmers have been making good use
of the fine weather of the past few days.
Hankins, Feb. 14.—Mills Craig visited
relatives in Canton last week.
John Epley has returned to Mascot,
Tenn., after spending some time here
H. M. Bigelow of Praise, Ky., is here
on a pleasure trip.
Fred Bames is on the sick list.
J. J. Lewis has completed and moved
into his new dwelling near Hankins.
The following is the honor roll for
Hankins school: Vir&^il Morgan, Jack
Hemphill, Ben Hemphill, John Bailey,
Pearl Lewis. Hessie Whetstile, Gertrude
i Barnes, Margaret Odom, Annie, Clarence
and Finley Burnett, Belle, Minnie and
Tate Lentz, Patton Odom, Jack Whet
stile, Clara McNeely.
Miss Blanto/i Entertains.
Miss Nelle Blanton was a charm
ing hostess last Thursday nfght HI
an exquisite rose shower luncheon
in honor of Miss Moffitte Sinclair,
the bride of today. After a pro
gressive card game the party was
invited to the dining room, which
looked a veritable fairyland with
the many^ roses and rose colored
lights. The color scheme being
pink, white and buff, the center
piece was made up of a huge pink
crepe rose and who could tell what
mysteries lay beneath its folded
petals? The place cards were white
with oink ribbons, and the favors,
pink rosebuds with centers shaded
to a deep buff, which was found
to be parched almonds. After a
dainty salad course in which the
color scheme was charmingly car
ried out even to details, the rose
centerpiece was presented by Miss
Blanton to the bride, who pulling
the petals of the rose apart, found
gifts from those present. Never
did a rose seem to have so many
inside petals of pink and white.
While the shower was a miscel
laneous one, the majority of the
gifts were dainty lingeries of either
oink or white.
Miss Blanton being being an in
timate friend of the bride, is also
hostess to two of the charming
bridesmaids, guests of honor at the
luncheon. Miss Mary Knox Hen
derson, sister of the groom, and
Miss Margaret Jennings, a friend.
Those enjoying Miss Blanton’s hos
pitality were Misses Misses Mary
Knox Henderson, Margaret Jen
nings, Rena Neal, Elsie House,
Ethel Crawford, Ellen Crawford,
Julia Burton, Eva Keeter, Kathryn
Lassiter, Helen Alford, Nettie
Brogden, Hazel Black, Annie Lit
tle, Jennie Davis, Maude Harris.
Vice President Marshall has let
it be known that he will stand for
renomination if his services are
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
items Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
Another cotton milF, with a capi
tal of $500,000 is to be built in
Gaston county. This will make 66
mills for that county.
The cafe cars attached to trains
Nos. 12 and 15, between Salisbury
and Asheville, have been replaced
by regular dining cars.
The North Carolina Peace So
ciety will hold a meeting in Dur
ham April 1 and President Wilson,
ex-President Taft, Gov. Craig and
others have been invited to speak.
The largest police docket on rec
ord in the history of Asheville was
called in that city a few days ago
when 92 defendants answered to
The commissioners of Forsyth
county have decided to build a hos
pital for the care of tubercular pa
tients of Winston-Salem and For
The Flagler-Gonzalez Cigar Com
pany proposes to- open up a cigar
factory at Hickory March 1 to
.manufacture high-grade hand-made
Ten children of Fletchers and
Fairview, Buncombe county, bit
ten by a rabies-infected dog last
week have gone to Raleigh to be
given the Pasteur treatment for
the purpose of combatting any
pofisi)^ germMf iiie eanioe dis»
ease that may have entered their
Three hundred students of Trin
ity college, virtually three-fourths
of the student body, have formed a
Wilson-Gardner Democratic club
to boost the candidacy of O. Max
Gardner, of Shelby, for lieutenant
governor and to accord hearty en
dorsement to the policies of Presi
Hpn. Thomas D. WarrM^elNiir-
man of the State Demochitic Ex
ecutive Committee, has issued a
call for the committee to meet in
Riileigh Wednesday, March 8. The
committee will fix the time and
place for the State convention and
transact other business of import
ance to the party.
With the view of engaging in a
business enterprise atTryon, N. C.«
i for the present, and later takinfir
up ministerial work. Rev. W. A.
Newell has resigned as president
of Weaver college. His resigna
tion was accepted by the board of
trustees, and at the faculty election
in March it is expected that Rev.
J. R. Walker, the vice-president,
will be placed at the head of the
Republicans Called to Meet.
By order of the Republican Ex
ecutive committee, a meeting of
the Republicans of McDowell
County is hereby called to meet in
Marion on Saturday, Feb. 26, at
12 m., for the purpose of electing
delegates to the State and Congres
sional conventions, and to transact
any other business that may come
before the convention.
The chairman of the several
townships will hold their township
meetings on Friday, Feb. 25. at 3
p. m., for the purpose of electing
delegates to the County conven
By order of the committee,
Thos. McGuire, Sw’jr.