A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
MARION, N. C., THURSDAY, APRIL 27. 1916.
VOL. XX—NO. 35
Rev. Harry North to Preach Annual
Sermon—Address Friday by
Hon. R. R. Williams.
The aoDual commeDcemeDt exer>
•cises of Nebo Hi^h School will take
place Thursday and Friday of this
week. Go Thursday moroioj; at
11 a. m. Rev. Harry North, of
Durham, will deliver the annual
sermon. The class day exercises
will take place Thursday afternoon
at 2 o’clock, and Thursday evening
will be devoted to the recitation
and declamation contest. The liter
ary address will be delivered Fri
day morning at 11 o’clock by Hon.
R. R. Williams, of Asheville. On
Friday evening the annual play
will be given.
Following is the program for
this afternoon and tonight:
THURSDAY, 2:00 P. M.
CLASS DAY EXERCISES.
Solo — Polonaise — Miss Pearle
Class History—Fay McGimsey.
Class Poem—Geneva Byrd,
Piano Solo—Eoline Harp—Anna
Class Will—Nelie Gibbs.
Class Song—Written by Anna
THURSDAY, 8:00 P. M.
GnULi’S KECITATION CONTEST.
Zoe Yoder—Polly of the Circus.
Geneva Byrd—Archie Dean.
Ola Wail—Mothei^ Love.
Mattie Hunter-The Sioux Chief’s
Katherine Yoder—Gazelle and
Dorothy Hargrave—Boy’s Bear
boy’s declamation contest.
Bruce Tate—The Chivalry and
Traditions of the South.
Jeter Morgan—Aycock’s Contri
bution to Education.
Dealer Patton—Policy of Crom
William Morgan—Getting the
Crawford Landis—The Training
Camp of the Future.
Registrars and Judges Appointed.
The county board of election—
W. K. M. Gilkey, J. E. Neal and
C. C. Lisenbee—met Saturday and
appointed registrars and judges to
conduct the primary election on
June 3, and the general election
November T, 1916. Following is
the list, the first named in each
instance being registrar and the
second and third judges:
Marion—A. B. Gilkey, W. H.
Hill and W. C. McCall,
Buck Creek—D. A. Snipes, Tom
Patton and Leonard Turner.
Turkey Cove—T. T. Wright,
J. Y. Hicks and W. E. Willis.
North Cove—T. M. Minish, J. P.
Heanessee and William McCall.
Cedar Cove—R. T. Avery, J. E.
Wilson and Melvin McCall.
Nebo—J. F. Wilson, T. W.
Stacy and J. A. Mason.
Higgins—C. B. Morgan, J. H.
Keller and E. S. Brown.
Dysartsville — John G. Pyatt,
T. B. Landis and R. E. Roper.
Bracketts—W. C. Raburn, Geo.
F. Rhom and J. W. Wigg.
Glenwood—Jas. H. Raburn, Jas.
M. Haney and W. B. Pyatt.
Montfords—W M. Wilson, J
F. Morgan and J. C. Crawford.
Crooked Creek—C. L. Lytle
M. T. Davis and W. G. Noblett.
Broad River—James Ledbetter,
T. R. Nanney and A. W. Nesbitt.
Old Fort—F. H. Marley, J. D.
Elliott and William Treverton.
Epworth League Elects Officers.
At the regular April business
meeting of the Epworth League
officers for the next six months
were elected as follows: Miss Sarah
Hudgins, president; Miss Bessie
Tate, vice-president; Mally James,
recording secretary; Grayson Neal,
treasurer; Miss Gertrude Jones,
jorrespondence secretary; Miss
Mary Douglas Gay, superintendent
of devotional paeetings. Miss Ruby
James, superintendent of social
service; Miss Mary Hudgins, su
perintendent of literary meetings;
Miss Lucile Conley, saperintendent
of missionary meetings. Lookout
committee: Misses Edna Tate, Lo-
ma James, Pauline Conley and
Sarah Troutman, Grayson Neal
and Mally James.
The devotional meetings of the
League are held every Sunday
evening at 7:30 in the Sunday
school room of the Methodist
church. The subject for the meet
ing next Sunday evening is “In
fluence,” led by Miss Sarah Hud
gins. The young people are cor
dially invited to attend these meet
Road Engineers Visit Marion.
Mr. E. W. James, chief of the
United States Office of Public
Roads; Mr. W. L. Spoon, senior
government road engineer, and
Mr. W. S. Fallis, State highway
engineer, who are inspecting the
Central Highway through the
State, were here last Thursday
The party arrived about 12 o’clock
and at 1 o’clock these gentlemen
addressed the road commissioners
of McDowell and a number of citi
zens at a meeting at the court
house. Mr. Fallis stated that the
purpose of the meeting was to con
fer with the commissioners with
reference to placing the road
through the county under State
supervision. That is if arrange
ments can be made with counties
covering fifty-one per cent of the
total mileage of the highway to
have the work of maintenance done
under the supervision of govern
ment engineers, two government
engineers will be assigned to super
vise the maintenance. Mr. Fallis
stated, however, that owing to the
condition of two links of the high
way in Burke county it was im
possible for the State highway
commission to make the same prop
osition to McDowell at this time.
^EWS FROM THE COUNTY
irief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Ashford, April 24.—Mr. and Mrs. J.
C. Connelly spent Saturday in Marion.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cranford of Ma
rion spent Saturday and Sunday with
Miss Paye English attended the com
mencement at Bnrnsville last Thursday
and Friday. She returned home Satur
day accompanied by her brother and
two cc»usins who have been in school
Mis» Mamie Wiseman and Beatrice
Brown were in Marion shopping Satur
E. E. English made a business trip to
Miss Louise Crown made'a trip to
Clarence Wiseman of Linville Falls
visited friends and relatives here Satur
John W McCall and wife spent Sun
day at North Cove.
Dewey H. Brown has returned home
from Burnsville, where he has been in
The young people of this community
enjoyed a social Saturday night given
at the home of Joe Wilson.
Farmers are taking advantage of this
pretty weather, and are all busy plant
Rev. S. Simpson will preach at Con
cord next Sunday at eleven o’clock.
Joe Carpenter, foreman of the lime
works at Ashford spent Saturday and
Sunday with homefolks at Altamoiit.
Miss Ethel Wilson left Tuesday for
Marion where she will attend the nor
mal there for a few days.
Mi3s Maud Wiseman passed through
Ashford Tuesday enroute to her home
at Linville Falls, after spending several
days with her mother at ffickory.
Harry Caldwell visited friends at Ash
Mrs. Anna Root of Roanoke is visit
ing her mother, Mrs. M. M. Connelly.
Britt Introduces Bill for Marion
Congressman Britt has intro
duced a bill to appropriate $100,-
000 for a federal building at Marion.
In a letter to Dr. Geo. L White of
this place Mr. Britt says: ‘^You
may say to the people there that
it is my purpose to do my very
best to get a favorable report on
this bill, and I am not without hope
of getting the desired action be
fore the close of the present con
The bill introduced by Mr. Britt,
which has been referred to the
committee on Public Buildings and
Grounds, reads as follows:
""Be it enacted by the Senate and
House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Con
gress assembled. That the Secre
tary of the Treasury be, and he is
hereby, authorized and directed to
‘ procession of automobiles, headed by*;
cause to be purchased a post office oneida band. Miss Myrtle Coo!?er
of Marion, Me-
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning Events of In*
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
Water from the ~bls new dmm ha«
been turned on. at the Granite Fallal
plant and it is now dev^oping 4M
Reports coming from South MiUS^
Camden county, state that consider^
able damage was done there by ^
storm almost cyclonic In yiolenc* ra^
Goldsboro will throw wide open hee
^tes to the North Carolina Baraca!
Association and State Philathea Unionj
which will convene there April 27 tof
North Carolina leads the world witlli
316 cotton mills which consume aibj
nually 902,611 bales of cotton. Nortk
Carolina produces 970,479 bales of cot*
ton per year.
The victorious Graham debatera
when they came home from Chapeli
Hill were met at the station by a longl
and Boyd Harden were driven uptowni
in a machine decorated in their honor*
Members of the Buncombe county;
board of commissioners who hava/
ben away inspecting various methods,
returned enthusiastic over .concretai
paving and Chairman Johnson stated!
that the Asheville to Ridgecrest road,
16 miles in length, will be constructed
site in the city of Marion,
Dowell County, North Carolina,
to cost not exceeding $20,000, and
to erect thereon a suitable build
ing, including fireproof vaults,
heating apparatus, and so forth,
for the use and accommodation of
the United States post office and
other Goverament offices.
See. 2. That the sum of $100,-j Tinder-dry woods all the way from
000 is hereby appropriated for the Kinston to the sea are burning. The
purchase of said site and erection damage in the vicinity of Kinston so
- .J u-ij* J far amounts to some thousands of dol-
of said post office building under, between Kinston and More-
the rules prescribed by law.” head City the loss runs into tetna. ot
— I thousands. PaHs of smoke have hung
Much Damage Done by Forest Fires over some of the towns for several
in McDowell County.
Forest fires have been raging in
Thompson's Fork, April 24.—Mrs. W.
M. Wilson of Sugar Hill is visiting
Miss Mary Ollie Conley, who has been
visiting relatives and friends here for
some time, returned to her honie at Ma
Mrs. M. L. Janes made a business
trip to Marion Saturday.
Vanns Brown and sister, Louise, of
Glenwood weie here one day last week.
Clayton Janes visited his grandparents
near Gibbs Sunday.
Guy Brown attended the commence
ment of Glenwood school the latter part
of last week.
Paul Williams of Sugar Hill is visit
ing his sister here.
Will Cuthbertson made a business
trip to Marion one day last week.
Quite a number of the x>eople of this
community attended the entertainment
at Nebo Friday night.
Villa Again Locnted.
Francisco Villa, slightly wound
ed but not incapacitated, is report
ed to have moved into tbe moun
tainous region northwest of Parral.
This information, which has reach
ed General Funston, according to
dispatches from San Antonio, Tex
as, is from a source that causes him
to regard it as authentic. Villa
was last reported seen at Monoava,
about 85 miles by trail southwest
of Satevo, where the most advanced
of General Pershing’s force were.
General Carranza has asked
Washington for an early reply to
his note of April 12 suggesting
that American troops be recalled
several sections of McDowell coun
ty during the past week. Many
hundreds of acres of timber lands
were burned over, practically all
the trees being killed by tbe flames.
The most serious damage suffered
was in Nebo township, where a
schoolhouse, two churches, a dwell
ing house belongiog to Marion Ed
wards, and about fifty thousand
feet of lumber belonging to the
W. A. Conley estate, were burned.
At this writing it is impossible to
estimate the damage, however a
number of citizens claim that more
than one hundred thousand dollars
worth of property was destroyed.
Just how the fires in the different
sections originated is not known, , j
, ^ . J 4.U c ^ hills to secure |10,000 each for Clliy*
but It IS supposed that the fire Morehead city with which t2|
Charles E. Taylor, president of Wil
mington Savings Bank and Trust Co.,
had one of his hands badly hurt an4'
received a number of bruises and
ward Aitchison, fiish commissioner of
Rhode Island, had one of his legs brofe*
en when Mr. Taylor’s automobllfli
crashed into a tree near Delgado MiUf^
between Wrightsville and Wilmingtoil
The North Carolina Creamery As*
sociation held its regular meeting la
Lincolnton. There are 12 creamerias
in the state, but not ail are represent^
ed. Among the visitors attending ara
J. W. Robin«on, president of Hlckorf
creamery; A. O. Mltchem, buttermakei^
of the Hickory creamery, and Gleofli
Yoder of the Lexington cceamery.
Injuries received when he fell into
a tub of boiling water proved fatal t®!
Charles Albert, son of Mr. and Mn|^
D. D. Brinson of New Bern.
Congressman Hood has introduce^
Woodlawn, April 24.—Mrs. Yancey
is visiting relatives in Fayetteville.
“Uncle Bill” Quinn is reported serious
The forest fires in North Cove town-
ship'^has been raging for several days.
The loss is great. Thousands and thous
ands of dollars worth of timber has been
Jiimes C. Goforth spent Easter with
homefolks at Dysartville.
M;rs. A. L. Dale has been suffering
from a severe attack of rheumatism but
The farmers are getting along fine
planting corn, but rain is badly needed.
which did the largest damage was
caused by a spark from a railroad
engine on the C. C. & O. Railway,
since the fire was first discovered
near Hankins station.
purchase sites for the postofElce build*
The annual Good Roads conventioB^
held under the auspices of the North
Carolina Good Roads Association, will
be held at Wilmington and Wrights
ville, N. C., June 20, 21 and 22. The
board of county commissioners ot
New Hanover county and the chamber
of commerce of Wilmington are mak
ing elaborate arrangements for thla
I convention and it is expected that it
will be the largest and most successful:
ever held Ia
The fourth annual contest of the
High School Debating Union character
ized by President Graham as the big«.
gest contest ever staged in North Car-
Spartanburg is to have its 22nd
annual musical festival May 17,18
and 19, in the Converse College
auditorium. Mr. Edmon Morris
is director of the festival. The
New York Symphony Society Or
chestra of 50 men with Mr. Walter
Damrosch, as conductor, will be
the orchestral attraction.
Dr. F. W. Ihne Dead.
Dr. Frederick W. Ihne died last
Monday at 12:20 a. m. at his home
at Graphiteville in the 81st year
of his age, after suffering nearly a !
year from paralysis. Dr. Ihne was
born in Nestphalia, Germany, stud
ied at Heidelberg and Bonn, and
served a year in the King’s Hus
sars at Bonn. He was for ten
years president of the Polytechnic to an end when the
^ . • 1 * ham High School, representing
Society of Chicago, was a judge at
the World’s Fair, Chicago, 1893-4,
and was honorary member of the
Academy of France. He was a
member of the Lutheran church
and was benevolent to the needy.
Since 1899 he has lived at Graph
iteville, N. C.
The funerar services were
affirmative, defeated Wilson on the
negative of the query; “Resol^fd,
That the United States should adopt
the policy of greatly enlarging its
navy.” The speakers for Graham
were Miss Myrtle Cooper and Boyd
Harden, for Wilson, Wade Gardner
and David Isear. Concentrated and
vitalizing interest from 84 North Car-
i olina counties, 325 high schools and
con-1 interested audiences of 100,000 citl-
zens of the commonwealth centered on
ducted by the Rev. B. S. Lassiter comprehen-
Tuesday afternoon at 4 o clock and
interment made in
near Old Henry.
sive state-wide debate.
Pay your poll tax before May 1.