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(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
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
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
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
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
James Porter and the choral
society have, been faithfully re
hearsing this most famous of all
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
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.
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Movement Started To Get
TVAC Cannery for
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.
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
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
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
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.

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