hrffatt MERRY anil 3Wf iglflaniB JHaroniatt PROGRESSIVE - LIBERAL INDEPENDENT CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS VOL. XLIX, NO. SI FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY. DEC. 20. 1934 $L5t PER YEAR MERRY Win ptffi WATER SUPPLY PLAN OUTLINED CostofNewSystemPlaced At $65,375 by Engineers (This is th first of a series Of articles to bo published in The Press-Mecxmian tt Tiling public improvement contem plated under the proposed $91, 80 PWA bond issue upon which the people of Franklin will vote on January 22.) Back in 1929 the board of alder men of the Town of Franklin authorized the engineering firm of Harwood Beebe company, of Spar tanburg, S. C, to make a survey of the town's present and future needs for water and to submit plans and estimates of proposed improvements. In October of that year the engineers submitted their report, recommending abandonment of the well system then (and still) in use and proposing the construc tion of a new system drawing wat er from Cartoogechaye Creek and storing it, after a fitlration pro cess, in a 200,000-gal Ion tank on Angel Hill near the Franklin golf course. The engineers also submitted rec ommendations and estmates for in stalling new and larger water mains leading into town. In this article we are concerned only with that part of the report of the engi neers dealing with the source of water, pumping, filtrating and stor age. This phase of the 1929 re port is the basis of the proposed water supply improvements now; under consideration. Proposed im provements in the water distribu tion system and sewage disposal facilities will be discussed in later articles. After making another survey of the community's water needs last year to prepare an application to be filed iky the town for a PWA grant and' loan, the Harwood Beebe company repeated the same recom mendations contained in the 1929 report for a water supply system and presented revised estimates of the cost. Coat of Plant The new water supply and filtra tion plant, including storage tank, the engineers estimated, would cost $65,375, and extensions to the water mains designed to render better service, to present consumers and to afford service for many not now having water service, would cost $23,631. Findings of the engineers re garding Franklin's water needs, pres ent and future, and their plans for improvement of the supply sys tem are set forth in the following excerpt from their report: In accordance with our agreement and your instructions we have made an investigation of your water sup ply system relative to its present and future needs. Our findings and recommendations are submitted herewith, together with preliminary plans and estimates of the propos ed improvements. Scope of Investigation.: Our investigations have covered a study of the topographic maps of the U. S. Geological Survey of this section, the data contained in the engineering report of Mees & Mees on your water supply, dated October 1927, the record maps of the water distribution system by J. B. McCrary Company and the conditions on the ground. In this connection we wish to say that we find the report by Mees & Mees, Engineers, very complete and thor ough in its scope. We have checked, in a general way, the date of the Mees & Mees report as to present supply, in'' (Continued on Page Eight) The Macon county emergency re lief office Will be closed for the Christmas holidays Monday, Tues day and Wednesday 'Messiah' To Be Presented by , Local Choral Group The musk lovers of the commun ity are anticipating with pleasure the rendition of Handel's "Messiah" by the Franklin choral society on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 23, 'at the vesper hour, 5 p. m., in the Frank lin Methodist church. The choir has been augmented by a number of voices, and several solos not given last year, have been included. James Porter and the choral society have, been faithfully re hearsing this most famous of all Oratorios. The public is invited to attend the presentation. This is the third year the Frank lin choral group has rendered a Christmas program. No admission charges are made at their presen tations, but plate offerings are tak en to purchase musk for the so ciety. The oratorio this year will open with a piano and organ overture with Miss Edwina Dairy m pie at the piano and Mr. Porter at the organ. The soloists will be: Sopranos, Mrs. Frank Blpxham, Miss Mar garet McGuire; altos, Mrs. C. C Herbert, Jr., Mrs. Harold Sloan; tenor, Robert Wallace; bass, Dr. Charles Sohns. Choruses to be given are en titled: "The Glory of the Lord, "O, Thou that Tellest Good Tid ings," "For unto Us a Child Is Born," "Glory to God," and then, in closing, the Hallelujah chorus with the choir standing. Mr. James Porter is organist and director. Funeral services for Mrs. George Carpenter, 58, were held at the Franklin Baptist church Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. They were conducted by the Rev. Eugene R. Eller, pastor, assisted by the Rev J. A. Flanagan, pastor of the Pres byteriah church, the Rev. C. C Herbert, pastor of the Franklin Methodist church, and the Rev. A. S. Solesbee, of Iotla. Mrs. Carpenter died at her home on Iotla street. Friday morning gt four o'clock after an illness of more than three years. Despite her great suffering, she bore her afflictions with great patience. As death approached Mrs. Carpenter, it was reported, sang, "How Beau tiful Heaven Must Be," one of her favorite hymns, . , This hymn also was sung as a solo by Mrs. R. M. Hudson at the funeral service. The deceased is survived by her husband, four sons, Edgar, of Hig donville; George, Jr., of Valdese; Wiley and Britt, of Franklin; one daughter, Mrs. J. Frank Johnson, of Winston-Salem; seven grand children; four sisters,- Mrs. Laura McCall, Dillard, Ga.; Mrs. William Justice, Franklin Route 2; Mrs. Bascom Long, Franklin Route 2; and Mrs. S. L. Cabe, Toccoa, Ga.; and two brothers, Evan Talley and Jonas Talley, both of Highlands. Jyk laVvV ml lm W Jl vv hA mWkmmmr W WW. 1 n&Vfl FARMERS CO-OP PLAN OUTLINED Movement Started To Get TVAC Cannery for Franklin Q LITTLE town of Bethlehem "How still we see thee lie; Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light; The hope and fears of all the years Are met in thee to-night. How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is given So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heaven No ear may hear his coming, But in tfiis world of sin, Where meek souls will receive him, still The dear Christ enters in. Bishop Phillips Brooks. $150,000 Allotted for Work On Highway to Br y son City 2 Christmas Services To Be Held at St. Agnes Among the Christmas services at St. -Agnes Episcopal church, to which everyone is invited, will be an evening service at 7:30 p. m. Sunday when many of the old Christmas carols will be sung by the congregation. Then, in accor dance with an ancient custom of the church, there will be candle light communion service starting at 11:30 o'clock Monday night. At this service a short address will be given by the rector, the Rev. FYank Bloxham. BURNS FATAL TO M.F. JONES Martin F. Jones, 75, well known retired mail carrier, died at 2 o'clock Wednesday morning from burns received early Tuesday morn ing when his home on Bonny Crest caught fire. Mr. Jones, who has been in feeble health for several years, was be-1 lieved to have been overcome by smoke and to have fallen' into the fire. About 3 o'clock in the morn-j ing his wife, who was sleeping in; an adjoining room, heard him cry out. Rushing into the room, she found the woodwork around the fireplace ablaze. Mr. Jones had fallen into the flames and his cloth ing had caught fire. With the aid of a daughter she managed to pulli Mr. Jones from the fire and to! extinguish the blaze ; but Mr. Jones had been so badly burned that lit-j tie hope was held for his recovery. It was not learned exactly how the fire started, but it is thought a box of kindling had become ig nited from a fire left in an open grate. Funeral arrangements had not been announced Wednesday night. Mr. Jones, a native of Buncombe county, came to Franklin when he was 20 years-old. He later served five years in the army at Nbrfolk, Va., returning afterwards to Frank lin. For seventeen and a half years he was mail carrier on Route 1 out of Franklin. He was retired on a pension in 1924. He was a member of the Baptist church and the Junior Order of United Ameri can Mechanics. Surviving Mr. Jones are his wid ow, nee Lydia Henry, arid five daughters, Mrs. Joe Palmer, Mrs. Hal Waldroop, Miss Ella Jones, Mrs. Lewis Mielke and Mrs. Lucy Cunningham ; and two sons, George and Frank. The state highway and public works commission has allotted $150,000 for starting work on the i elocation of state highway No. 286 between Franklin and Bryson City, according to a news story "manating from Bryson City. Frank W. Miller, of Waynesville, a mem ber of the commission, and Byron S. Marsh, highway engineer, were quoted as authority for the an nouncement. Franklin and Macon county of ficials have been notified in a let ter from Raleigh that the highway commission has placed No. 286 on its construction program, but the amount set aside for the work was not specified and it was not said when work would be started. Construction of the road, Mr. Miller was quoted as saying, will be let to contract after plans and specifications have been completed and approved by the federal bu reau of public roads in Washing ton. It will be a federal aid pro ject. Field work in connection with dans for the road, Mr. Miller said, has been finished but it will be necessary to complete specifications and may work in the highway of fices. Two contracts will be let, the highway commissioner stated, one for grading a section of the pro posed new road in Macon county nd one for grading another link n Swain county. When the grad ing is completed contracts are to be let for hard-surfacing the high way. The new route, as contemplated ;n preliminary plans, will leave highway No. 10 about two miles west of Bryson City, turn south and then go up Alarka creek and cross the mountains, joining the present highway No. 286 in the vicinity of West's Mill in this coun tv. The new route, it was said, will reduce the length of the road five or six miles. A movement looking toward establishment in Franklin of a co operative farm marketing organiza tion and cannery under the Ten nessee Valley Associated Coopera tives was launched at a meeting of Macon county farmers in the court house Wednesday afternoon. The plan of organization for the co operative marketing group and means of obtaining the cannery were outlined by John E. Barr, of Waynesville, cannery supervisor of the TVAC. The plan was given an enthus iastic reception by more than 200 farmers and business men attend ing the meeting. After a thorough discussion of the proposed organ ization by Mr. Barr and others, F. S. Sloan, county farm agent, called for an expression of senti ment He requested those interest ed in the plan to raise their hands and the right hand of nearly every man in the house was lifted in approval. '. Following the meeting Mr. Sloan stated that after Christmas he would launch a series of commun ity meetings throughout the coun ty at which the cooperative idea and cannery proposal would be discussed more in detail. Interested farmers will then be given an op portunity to join tifate cooperative organization. 200 Member Needed If a cooperative group is to be organized in Macon county to func tion next year and a cannery established, Mr. Barr said it will be necessary to obtain 200 mem bers, each of whom must subscribe $10 in participating stock, by Feb ruary 1. A total of $5,000 capital must be raised to make establish ment of the cannery possible, it was stated. This capital 'may be raised by the sale of two kinds of stock $10 participating shares, which can be purchased only by growers of produce, and $25 pre ferred shares, which will bear six per cent interest and may be bought by anyone. TVAC Supplies Capital Working capital for canneries is supplied local co-op groups by the TVAC. Under the TVAC plan, the co operative furnishes the member grower with seed and the grower agrees to dispose of his crop from this seed through the cooperative, which first endeavors to sell the produce in the open market. Sur plus crops for which advantageous sales cannot be found in the open market will be canned and the can ned goods later sold by the co operative. An advance price will be paid by the cooperative to pro ducers and the producers will par ticipate also in profits of the or ganization. The prices to be paid in advance on various crops are to be determined at a meeting the latter part of January of represen tatives of various co-op groups as sociated with the TVAC, Mr. Barr stated. Water Eaeentkl Three things are essential to the establishment of a cannery in Franklin or anywhere else, Mr. Barr emphasized. These are: Rail road facilities, a plentiful supply of water and the wholehearted co operation of farmers. He said a cannery such as con templated would require 30,000 to 40,000 gallons of water a day when in full operation. Some of those who heard this statement remarked that it was all the more imperative that Franklin vote bonds for con struction of a new water supply system, as the present water sup ply is already overtaxed.