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A WEEJCLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE lEfcST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUI^.
MARION, N. C, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1916.
VOL. XX—NO. 36
Interesting Lectures by Men of
Reception Tuesday Nighti
The teachers’ institute is still in
proijress in Marion and will con
tinue till the end of this week.
During the past two weeks the
teachers have had the opportunity
of hearing lectures from men of
authority in educational matters.
Last week Mr. L. C. Brogden,
head of the Department of Rural
Supervibion in North Carolina, was
here two days and gave interesting
and inspirational work. The in
stitute was also honored by a visit
from the author of several North
Carolina and Virginia adopted
school books, Mr. Logan D.
Howcdl, who is a former North
Carolinian, but now a teacher in
New York City. In his naive
Southern manner, Mr. Howell told
the teachers what he had found to
be true of North Carolina and
North Carolina teachers as com
pared to Northern people and
This week the State Agricultural
department has sent two represen
tatives to be with us. On Monday
Mr, E. S. Millsaps of Statesville,
interestingly outlined the idea
for a successful rural school with
vocational training for the pupils
that fits them for living. On Tues
day belated trains finally brought
Mr. T. E. Browne, of the faculty
of the Agricultural and Mechanical
College of our state, within our
midst. Mr. Browne is also head
of the Boys’ Corn Club and Ppul-
try Club work of the state. The
work that he gave the teachers
was so thoroughly practical and
so full of vital interest that tho
Mr. Browne spoke over an hour
the institute would gladly have
heard him longer. He showed how
we must get back to the soil and
for our future development be in
timately acquainted with nature in
all her mysteries and wonders.
For twelve weeks this normal
training for the county teachers
has been going on, first at Nebo,
then Old Fort and now Marion
the teachers attending the place
most suitable. McDowell is dis
tinctive in the fact that we have
our corps of resident teachers, and
the County Board of Education and
County Superintendent believe in
training these teachers in order
that they may train McDowell
future citizens for the fullest life
The following enrollment of work
ers shows whether results are ex
pected for another year. At Nebo
for five weeks the enrollment was
22. At Old Fort for the same
length of time, enrollment 19; for
Marion for two weeks, enrollment
of workers 24. Two days of this
week, Monday and Tuesday, have
been general meeting days and the
entire teaching force of McDowell
was requested to attend. Just how
well they met this request of the
County Superintendent is shown
by an enrollment of 57 teachers
on Monday and 60 teachers on
A striking and extremely im
portant feature of the work given
in thfe general session was Supt.
I. C. Griffin’s study and research
work with the teachers of the coun
ty McDowell. We want patriotic
wideawake “bristling with infor
mation about home citizens,” and
in no other way can we get it but
by a study^ knowledge and love of
our own county. During the past
twelve weeks the teachers have
shown a not-to^be mistaken loyal
ty and we look for a good school
year for 1916-17.
Social activities must be a feature
of every successful organization.
All work and no play makes Jack
dull boy.” Realizing this fact
the town of Marion on Tuesday
night gave the McDowell teachers
reception on the wide porch and
spacious lawn of Mr. D. E. Hud
gins’ residence. Guests were met
on the steps by members of the
Woman’s club of the town. On
the side porch Mesdames Jludgins
and Griffin dispensed punch and
wafers; salted peanuts and mints
were also distributed. While so
cial chatter was in full sway, the
Marion band from an upper porch
played many selections, making us
proud of the fact that McDowell
county and Marion could boast of
During the arrival of the guests
fair damsels pinned upon every
person a tag of either blue, green,
yellow or pink. Later in the eve
ning field games were participated
in. These games were managed
by Messrs. J. E. Kanipe and By
ron Conley, One exciting mach
enthusiasm was “A Rainy Day
Race.” The contestants provided
themselves with an umbrella, and
a suit case containing a hat, a rain
coat and rubbers. At a given sig
nal the contestants arrayed them
selves in this attire, and ran for a
given goal, reaching there, these
articles were taken off, returned to
the suit case and with umbrella
closed and suit case in hand the
racers ran back to start anew after
a few moments breath. The fun
was in seeing who got properly at
tired and therefore able to start off
first. There was noisy rooting for
the runners of all the colors. For
the blue, Miss Blanche Houck was
the contestant. For the green,
Mr. Will Landis. For the yellow,
Miss Daintry Graham, and for the
pink, Mr. Berry Hunter. After
due time the greens were declared
winners. Other games were plan
ned, bat it was time for the free
moving picture show, made possi
ble by the generosity of several
men of the town and the picture
man, Mr. Self, so the crowd went
down at 10 o’clock to the Grand to
enjoy the daring escapades of the
“Girl and the Game,” a serial now
in progress on Tuesday nights.
In the afternoon preceding, the
teachers were given an automobile
ride. With thanks to the many
owners of cars in town there were
at least twelve machines at about
4:30 to take the teachers to the
cotton mills and other olaces of
interest. Through the kindness of
Mr. Hugh Little and others many
teachers saw for the first time the
complete workings of the busy
The reception at Mr. Hudgins
was due to the kindness, generosi
ty and hospitality of Mr. and Mrs.
Hudgins, the Marion Board of
Trade, the Woman’s club and the
County Board of Education.
If social and business organiza
tions, town and county workers
work in unison and feel a common
social and business interest, what
may we not expect for the future
generation in McDowell county 1
Card of Thanks.
We wish to thank our many sympa
thetic friends for their extreme kind
ness during our sad bereavement.
C. A. Dale and family.
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Thom])son’s Fork, May 1.—George
Seagle of Marion made a bosineiM trip
to this place Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Toney of Nebo
visited relatives and friends here the
latter part of last week.
Quite a number of the people of this
place attended an ice cream supper at
the home of Mrs. John Jamison at Nebo
Mr. and Mrs. Berry Hensley and child
ren of Chapel Hill were the guests of
Mrs. D. T. Brown Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. William Toney yisited
relatives at Harmony Grove Sunday.
Robert Crawley of Harmony Grove
visited relatives here Sunday.
Mrs. Mattie Tate visited relatives at
Nebo one day last week.
J. H. Hemphill yisited relatives here
Saturday and Sunday.
Yannas Brown of Glenwood was here
on business one day last week.
Guy Brown was in Marion last Fri
Dan Rowe made a business trip to
Marion one day last week.
Floy Williams, who has been attend
ing school at Nebo returned to her home
near Sugar Hill Saturday. She was ac
companied by her aunt, Mrs. Ada Wil
Quite a number of our people attend
ed the commencement exercises at Nebo
Thursday and Friday.
Mrs. M. L. Janes and son, Clayton,
made a business trip to Marion Satur
Dysartville, May 2.—Quite a number
of the Dysartville folks attended Nebo
commencement last week.
Miss Lona Goforth and Crawford
Landis are home from school at Nebo.
W. W. Dysart and daughter, Miss
Minnie, visited friends Lera last week.
“Uncle” William Walker has been
very sick but is much improved.
Will Landis and Frank Upton are at
tending the normal in Marion.
Mrs. Zachariah Davis of Marion died
April 18. The remains were brought
here and interment made in the Metho
dist cemetery. She leaves a husband
She had no children.
L. W. Price made a business trip to
W. H. Taylor and T. B. Landis made
a business trip to Marion Monday.
Prof. J. F. Parker and Misses Maggie
and Mamie Goforth attended the teach
ers’ meeting in Marion Monday and
W. L. Kirksey of Morganton visited
relatives here last week.
U. D. C. District C6nvention.
The First District convention of
the U. p. C. held in Asheville last
Friday was a brilliant success. The
first is dieTmost important U. D. C.
district in Western North Carolina.
There i^ere eighty-five delegates
present when Mrs. J. W. Pless,
the district leader, called the meet
ing to order.* Educational work
was the keynote of this meeting.
It was stated that North Carolina
has more than $60,000 invested in
free scholarships and that the First
district leads North Carolina in
scholarships provided and used.
This district includes Asheville,
Brevard, Hendersonville, Marion,
Dillsboro and Waynesville. The
reports Irom all the chapters were
good. There are only two chil
dren’s chapters in the district and
the John Alexander Fleming Chap
ter, of which Mrs. J. L. C. Bird
is leader, was the only one with
Mrs. James M. Gudger, Jr., ap
pealed to the daughters for funds
to place a memorial window in the
Red Cross building at Washington,
dedicated to the Women of the
Mrs. Pless appointed a commit
tee of three to secure better text
books for school children of the
State. Mrs. Charles Malcolm Platt
is chairman of the committee, with
Mrs. J. Q. Gilkey and Mrs. L. E.
Fisher as associate members.
The delegates were tendered a
delightful luncheon at the Langren
hotel and, after the business ses
sion in the afternoon, a reception
at the home of Mrs. E. B. Glenn,
president of the Asheville chapter.
In the receiving line were Mrs.
E. B. Glenn, Mrs. E. C. Chambers,
Mrs. J. W. Pless, Mrs. Locke
Craig, Mrs. J. M. Gudger, Jr.,
and Mrs. Thos. J. Wooldridge.
The delegates from the Mc
Dowell chapter were Mesdames
Minnie Blanton, A. Blanton, E. B.
Baber, B. G. Carr, J. C. Qilkey,
J. Q. Gilkey, H. H. Tate, G. S.
Kirby, H. F. Little, J. L. B. Bird,
J. E. Neal, J. W. Pless, and Miss
STATE NEWS OPTHEWEEK
Items Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
The Sylvan Valley News, one of
the best weeklies in the State, pab-
lished at Brevard, has been sold by
Ora L. Jones to Noah M. Hollo-
well, the transfer becoming effec
tive May 1. Mr. Jones retains the
job printing end of the business. ^
The new venture will no doubt
prove successful and the boys
should receive a fall share of pros
Maj. W. A. Graham has com
piled a list of figures showing that
Durham is the richest of the coun
ties in taxable property, its pfer-
sonalty of $12,219,858 and its
realty of $13,225,883 naming a to
tal of $25,445,741 against Forsyth’s
close $25,264,679. In land valua
tions Gaston leads with $22.59 an
acre and Durham with $22.19
The commencement at Ruther
ford College embraces May 7-10.
Y. M. C. A. sermon Sunday, May
7, 8 p. m.. Rev. Albert Sherrill of
Rutherfordton; annual concert.
May 8, 8:30; commencement ser
mon 11 a. m.. May 9, Rev. John
F. Kirk, Statesville. Graduating
exercises Wednesday, 10th. Com
mencement address by Rev. R. T.
Vann, D. D., Raleigh, and alumni
address by Rev. W. B. West, Char
Stroudtown, May 2.—Mrs. Jay Jim-
merson died Friday and was buried at
Stroud’s Chapel Sunday. She is sur
vived by her husband, two daughters
and four sons. Rev. Story conducted
the funeral services.
Ben Hawkins spent Sunday in Stroud
Mrs. John Pool has been quite ill for
Miss Hattie Tate of Greenlee is visit
ing relatiyes here.
Martin Curtis is reported very sick.
Mr, and Mrs, Charlie Poteat spent
Sunday with homefolks. ^
Boru, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Earley,
May 1st, a son.
Memorial Day will be celebrated
at the court house May 10th, at
10:30 a. m. The local chapter
U. D. C. most cordially invite all
veterans and those interested to
the exercises. There will be short
talks by members of the local bar,
recitation by Miss Harris, and a
memorial for three veterans who
have “passed over the river” since
last May. At the conclusion of
the program a bountiful dinner
will be served by Ihe daughters to
the veterans. At 2:30 graves
the cemetery will be decorated.
New Registration Not Required for
Coming Primary of June 3.
The registration books for the
appro^hing primary of June 3rd
opened last Thursday morning and
will remain open until sundown of
May 20. A new registration is
not required for the primary. All
voters who were on the books at
the last primary and are not other
wise disqualified will be entitled to
cast a ballot in the coming primary
The registration books will re
ceive their largest accession of new
names during the period between
now and May 20 from the ranks of
young men who have attained their
majority since the last registration.
There is also the inevitable num
ber of new registrations necessary
for those who have moved from
one precinct to another one since
the last registration, as well
those who have registered before
but who have come from other
states and have lived in their pre
cinct the required two years be
fore they are entitled to vote.
The Clinchfield school will give
an entertainment at the Clinchfield
school Saturday night. May 6.
An admission fee of five and ten
cents will be charged.
Death of Mrs. C. A. Dale.
Mrs; C. A. Dale died at her home
on Garden street Sunday afternoon
at 2:30 o’clock, at the age of 68.
Death was due to concussion of the
brain and followed an illness of
only a few hours. Mrs. Dale had
been in unusually good health, and
her sudden passing was a grevious
shock to her family and friends.
The deceased was a loyal and de
voted member of the Methodist
church and had many friends who
will learn of her death with sor
The deceased is survived by her
husband, three sons and three
daughters: Conley Dale of this
place, Lee Dale of Asheville and
Charles Dale of Rock Hill, S. C.;
Mrs. Eva Brown, Mrs. Clarence
Wilcox and Mrs. Robert Shuford
of this place, also one brother, G^
W. Conley of Woodlawn.
The funeral services were held
at the residence Monday afternoon
at 3 o’clock, conducted by her pas
tor, Rev. L. D. Thompson, and
interment followed at Oak Grove
Among relatives and friends at
tending the funeral from a dis
tance were Mr. and Mrs. L. B.
Dale, Mrs. Jack Edwards and Mrs.
R. S. Finley, of Asheville; Mr.
and Mrs. C. M. McCall, of Bilt-
more; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Con*
ley, of Woodlawn, and Charles
Dale, of Rock Hil), S. C.
Agreement on Army Bill.
- A regular standing army of 180,-
000 men at peace strength has prac
tically been decided upon by the
Senate and House conferees. With
the plans for expansion as provid
ed in the Senate bill, this would
produce an army of about 250,000
men in war strength. The Senate
bill fixed the peace strength at