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LIBERAL INDEPENDENT
PROGRESSIVE
VOL. L, NO. 22
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1935
$150 PER YEAR
MACON TO SEND
400 TO ATTEND
ERE EXERCISES
John Emory, 76, To Take
Part in Speaking
Contest
A delegation of nearly 400 stu
dents and teachers of emergency
relief classes in Macon county is
expected to attend district ERE
commencement exercises in Ashe
ville Saturday. The group will meet
at 6 o'clock Saturday morning at
the courthouse, where school buses
and private automobiles will be as
sembled to provide transportation.
At Canton the Macon county dele
gation will be met by group from
other .counties and. a motorcade
will be formed before proceeding
to Asheville.
ERE classes which have been
under way for several months in
nearly all sections of the county
closed today. A total of 1,079
white boys and girls, men and
women, and 75 negroes have been
enrolled in the classes. Instruc
tions has been furnished by 28
white teachers and one negro!
teacher.
121 To Get Certificates
One hundred and twenty-one of
the students, it was announced at
the county ERE office, are to re
ceive diplomas at the exercises in
Asheville.
Qne of the features of the com
mencement program will be a
speaking contest, in which this
county will be represented by John
Emory, 76-year-old resident of the
Burningtown community. Mr. Em
ory was the winner in a county
elimination contest held in the
courthouse Saturday afternoon. The
other" contestants, who had won
community contests held previous
ly, were Elbert Gibson, of High
lands, and Marshall Burnett -of
Scaly. The judges were M. D.
Billings, county superintendent of
schools; Harley R. Cabe, clerk of
court; and C. T. Bryson, register
of deeds. The subject upon which
the contestants had been asked to
speeak was: "What the ERE Has
Done for Me."
Now He Cm Road
Mr. Emory, possessed of a simple
eloquence, told the audience that
until three months ago he could
neither read nor write.
"But now, he added, 1 can sign
my name, write a little and enjoy
reading my Bible."
Barbecue
To Be Held Saturday at
Camp Nikwasi
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Valentine,
who have taken over the operation
of the Franklin goM course and
Camp Nikwasi for the summer, have
announced that they will give a
barbecue and dance at the camp at
7 :30 o'clock Saturday night.
The Valentines have been operat
ing the golf course, swimming pool
and tennis fourts for several weeks,
but Camp Nikwasi will not be for
mally opened until Saturday. Ad
mission will be charged fothe
barbecue, but the dance will be
free.
Since taking charge of the recre
ational center, Mr. Valentine has
made a number of improvements.
The golf course has been w6rked
over and mowed, the tennis courts
scraped and rolled and the swim
ming pool cleaned and filled. Al
though the weather has been cool,
a number of bathers have been
using the pool. A score or more
of sports lovers can be found at
the recreational center almost any
afternoon, golfing, swimming or
playing tennis: With the coming
of summer much larger crowds are
expected.
Young at 80
Mrs, Mann Says Work Isj
Cure for Old Age
Work is the means of staying
young, according to Mrs. S. M.
Mann, of Tiger, Ga.
When Mrs. Mann, formerly a
resident of this county, visited The
Franklin Press office Wednesday
to renew her subscription for the
28th year the editor was surprised
to learn that she was 80 years old.
She didn't look a day over 60.
"Yes, 1 am 80 years old," she
commented. "When I reached 60
I thought I was old and when I
was 70 I thought I was very, very
old.. But now that I am 80 I am
growing young again. When the
banks failed several years ago I
lost so much I had to go back to
work again. And working has made
me feel younger."
Mrs. Mann first subscribed to
The Franklin Press on May 30
Memorial Day in 1907. Each year
since then, with one exception
when her husband was dying she
has personally renewed her sub
scription, either on May 29 or 30.
"I couldn't get along without
The Press," she commented Wed
nesday. "I look for it every week.
It's just like a letter from home."
MICA COMPANY
Tfl MOVE PLANT
Rice Confirms Reports of
Abandoning Macon
Mine and Mitt
Reports that the Southern Mica
company planned to abandon its
mica mine and grinding plant four
miles north of Franklin on highway
286 and establish a new plant at
Johnson City, Tenn., were confirm
ed this week by D. D. Rice, presi
dent and manager of the company.
Mr. Rice said the . mine had been
exhausted and that it would be im
practical and uneconomical to haul
mica from other mines to the pres
ent plant and then, after the min
eral had been processed, to haul
it to the railroad in Franklin. He
added that he had considered mov
ing the plant to a site on the rail
road in Franklin but, after study
ing the matter, had decided this
would be inadvisable on account of
uncertainty of continued operation
of the Tallulah Falls railroad.
Mr. Rice recently visited John
son City, which is about 60-odd
miles from the mica producing area
around Spruce Pine, N. G, and
inspected prospective plant sites,
investigated freight rates, electric
power rates and other factors. Af
ter a careful examination of con
ditions there and here, he stated,
he decided to discontinue the Ma
con county plant during the sum
mer or early fall.
Mr. Rice plans to remove his
familv to Tohnson Citv. His fath
er. Tohn E. Rice, has not announc-
ed whether he will continue his
residence here.
The Southern Mica company has
been operating the mine and mill
at the Iotla bridge for the past 12
years. It specializes in dry ground
mica, used in various wall and roof
surfacing preparations, in the man
ufacture of rubber, insulation ma
terials and a number of other in
dustrial products. It has been one
of the county's largest industrial
enterprises, has maintained a con
siderable payroll and has been one
of the largest shippers of the Tal
lulah Falls railroad.
Ray Moves Law Office
To Ashear Building
J. Frank Ray, Macon county rep
resentative in the general assem
bly and a member of the local bar,
has moved his office from the
Pendergrass building to the Ashear
building.
Attractions of
As Summer
Franklin received some valuable
publicity in the "Summer Vacation
Edition" of the Albany (Ga.) Her
ald issued on May 23. The attrac
tions of this community as a sum
mer resort are described in an ar
ticle by John Davis, business man
ager of the newspaper, who spends
his vacation each summer at The
Franklin Terrace.
The article reviews a number of
motor trips from Albany, listing
Franklin as a favored destination
in the mountains.
"If one loves the mountains, the
harmonies of their colorings and
the symmetries of their contours,"
Mr. Davis writes, "a drive to
Franklin, N. C, a distance of 326
miles, takes one into the heart of
one of the most beautiful mountain
sections in 'The Land of the Sky,'
PraUe Climate
"For many years Franklin has
been a favorite mountain resort
with many Albany people, not only
on account of its beautiful setting,
and its delightful summer climate,
hut because of its charming and
Highlands Man Arrested
After Fatal Auto Crash
2 NEW CAMPS
Work
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Coweta
Work is well under way on two
new CCC camps in Macon county
one at -West's Mill, which is
nearing completion, and one at the
Coweta Experiment station on which
construction was started last week.
This will bring the number of
CCC camps in the county to five,
and when enrollment for the new
camps is completed there will be
approximately 1,000 men in the five
camps. Camps already established
are F-9 at Franklin, F-19 in Horse
Cove, near Highlands, and F-10 at
Aquone.
Enrollment of men under the en
larged CCC quota is to start June
15 and continue through August.
The enrollees are expected to ar
rive at the two new camps in this
county about the first of July.
It was announced at the offices
of the Nantahala National Forest
this week that Camp F-12 on Buck
Creek, just across the Macon coun
ty line in Clay county, would be
reestablished on account of new
forest work in that vicinity.
Local Labor
Being Used on Franklin
Federal Building
Work on Franklin's $100,000 fed
eral building, which will house the
postoffice and the headquarters of
the Nantahala National Forest, was
progressing rapidly this week under
the supervision of W. S. Galhmore
Operations on the project got
under way Thursday of last week
and today excavation work had
been completed and preparations
were being made to commence
pouring concrete for the founda-
ttons. Ten men were at work on
i the job, all of them employed lo-
cally with the exception of a pipe
fitter.
Mr. Gallimore said local labor,
both common and skilled, would be
used as far as possible.
The building contract was award
ed to L. B. Gallimore, contractor
of Greensboro, N. C. He is the
son of W. S. Gallimore, who is
supervision the job here.
Mr. Gallimore said he expected
to complete the building by Jan
uary 1.
Franklin
Resort Praised
inexpensive hotel, the Franklin
Terrace, operated by the Willises
who have so many friends in this
city.
"Using Franklin as a base, there
are scores of easy trips over fine
ly paved roads that wind through
some of the grandest mountain
scenery of America. Asheville is
only 72 miles away. Highlands is
but a short drive. Beyond High
lands is the drive through Cashier's
Valley to High Hampton. For
scenic beauty I place this drive at
the head of the list of any that I
have ever enjoyed.
"There is an important Indian
Reservation within easy driving
distance of Franklin. Here the
government maintains a well
equipped school for Indians and
one will find a visit to this reserva
tion both interesting and informa
tive. New Smokie
"For those who are interested in
the government's new park projects,
the Great Smokie Mountains Na
tional Park affords a delightful one
(Continued on Page Eight)
Paul Jones, 18, Is Dead;
Ernest Crunkleton
Under Bond
Ernest Crunkleton, of Highlands,
a forest service employe, was ar
rested by Sheriff A. B. Slagle
Tuesday afternoon at the CCC camp
at Topton on a technical charge
of murder growing out of the fatal
injury of Paul Jones, 18, in an
automobile collision near his home
at Kyle Saturday afternoon.
Crunkleton was released under
$500 bond pending a magistrate's
hearing in Franklin at 2 p. m
Monday, June 10.
The collision occurred on a curve
in the Nantahala forest road near
Kyle. Crunkleton, unaccompanied,
was driving one car. Jones was
driving another machine and with
him were his brother, Wayne Jones,
and Eckel Roland. Wayne was
slightly injured, but Roland and
Crunkleton were uninjured.
Paul Jones was brought to Angel
hospital in Franklin unconscious.
It was found that his skull was
fractured. He died at 11 :45 o'clock
Monday night
Funeral services were held Wed
nesday afternoon at the Briar town
Baptist church with the Rev. Phil
lip Passmore officiating.
Surviving young Jones are his
father, John W. Jones, two broth
ers, Wayne and Ralph, of Kyle;
and five sisters, Mrs. James Cole
man, of Bessemer City, N. C. ; Mrs.
Harrison Hicks and Miss Grace
Jones, of Charleston, W. Va.; and
Mrs. Ralph Wood and Miss Ora
Jones, of Kyle.
Weimar Steuman
Reported Recovering
Weimar Steuman, of the Watauga
section, whose back was reported
broken in a fall in a mica mine
two weeks ago, was reported this
week to be recovering as well as
could be expected. He is in a
hospital at Sylva.
Stewards of Franklin
Circuit To Meet
R. L. Poindexter, charge lay
leader of the Franklin circuit, has
called a meeting of the stewards of
the charge for 2 o'clock Saturday
afternoon at the home of the pas
tor, the Rev. B. W. Lefler. Mr.
Poindexter said important matters
were to be discussed and he urged
that all stewards of the charge attend.
EXPANSION OF
PUBLIC HEALTH
WORKPROPOSED
County Offered $3,700 if
It Will Put Up
$1,500
A proposal that ; Macon county
put up $1,500 a year, to which will
be added $3,700 from other sources,
for expansion of its public health
activities, will be laid before the
county commissioners at their reg
ular monthly meeting next Mon
day. The plan was outlined Wed
nesday at a meeting of the county
board of health by Dr. Carl V.
Reynolds, secretary of the state
board of health.
If the proposal is accepted, the
county will be given the benefit of
a full time county nurse, a full
time sanitary inspector, 12 to 20
weeks public school dental service
each year, countywide vaccinations
for typhoid fever, small pox and
other communicable diseases, all
under the supervision of a district
health officer and an assistant who
will serve three other counties in
addition to Macon.
District Proposed
Haywood, Jackson and Swain
counties are now receiving public
health service of this scope. It is
proposed that Macon join with them
in forming a four-county public
health district. To take advantage
of the offer, the county is required
to appropriate $1,500 a year and
supply office space free of charge
for county public health headquar
ters. If this proposal is accepted, Dr.
Reynolds told the county board of
health, the state will add $1,200 to
the county's appropriation and the
Tennessee Valley Authority or the
United States Public Health Ser
vice will supply an additional $2,500,
making available a total sum of
$5,200 for the county's public health
program.
Members of the county board of
health are Ed B. Byrd, who as
chairman of the county commis
sioners is also chairman of the
board of health; M. D. Billings,
secretary; Mayor George Patton of
Franklin, Dr. N. G. Williams, Dr.
H. T. Horsley and Dr. J. L. West.
In addition to Dr. Reynolds, two
other state public health officials
appeared before the county board
of health Wednesday in the inter
est of the proposed expansion of
the county's public health program.
They were Dr. R. E. Fox, director
of county health work, and Mn
Floyd, district sanitary inspector.
Favor Proposal
The proposal outlined at the
meeting of the county board of
health will be transmitted Monday
to the county commissioners by
Mr. Billings. It will be up to the
commissioners to decide upon the
appropriation of the requisite $1,500
a year.
After Wednesday's meeting Mr.
Billings and Mr. Byrd expressed
opinions that the county sorely
needed a broader public health ser
vice and that the proposal submit
ted by the state board was "too
good to turn down."
Mr. Byrd pointed out that ac
ceptance of the offer would entail
an additional outlay by the county
of only $600, explaining that the
county is already obligated to ap
propriate about $900 a year for vac
cination work.
Mr. Billings said acceptance of
the offer would pave the way for
expenditure of approximately $20,
000 in relief funds on various sani
tation projects in the county, in
cluding modernization of privies.
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