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VOL. L, NO. 23
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1935
$130 PER YEAR
Few Changes in Personnel;
School Opening Dates
There will be few changes in the
teaching personnel of Macon coun
ty's public schools for the 1935-36
session, according to a list of
teachers announced Tuesday by M.
D. Billings, county superintendent
of schools. The list was approved
at the regular monthly meeting of
' the county board of education Mon
day. Mr. Billings said he had request
ed the state board of education to
allot two additional teachers to the
Franklin school, one more for the
Highlands school' and one more for
Chapel school (colored); but had
not been notified whether his re
quest would be granted.
Rural schools of the county will
open the first Monday in August,
Mr. Billings said, while the con
solidated schools in Franklin and
Highlands will commence the new
session on the first Monday in
Following is the list of teachers
as announced by the county super
Franklin High school : G. L.
Houk, principal; Miss Jennie Gil
lam, Mrs. B. W. Johnson, Mrs.
Helen Macon, Mrs. Eloise G.
Franks, Paul Carpenter, Miss Flor
ence Stallcup, Miss Irma Seagle,
Miss Helen Burch, Mrs, .Leona
Lefler. (Vacancy to be filled.)
Elementary: Mrs. Kathleen Hud
son, Mrs. Pearl Hunter, Miss May
burl Moody, Miss Helen Patton,
Miss Elizabeth Cabe, Mrs. Joyce
Cagle, Mrs. Olive B. Eaton, Mrs.
Elsie W. Franks, Miss Elizabeth
Deal, Miss Katherine Porter, Miss
Iotla Robert Wallace, Mrs. J. C.
Horsley, Mrs. Nina Tippett McCoy.
Olive Hill Miss Mattie Wilks.
Patton's Miss Katherine Am
nions, Miss Kate Reece.
Clark's Chapel Miss Mary
Strain, Miss Mary Jacobs.
Union Mrs. Tabor, Miss Bess
Cunningham, Mrs. Lucy C. Brad
ley. Maple Springs Elmer Crawford,
Miss Nancy Justice, Miss Minnie
Holly Springs Miss Eunice Cun
ningham, Miss Gladys Brock.
Watauga Mrs. Lola Kiser, Mrs.
Oak Ridge C. S. Tilley, Mrs.
Mountain Grove Virgil Ramey.
Ellijay Miss Mary Elmore.
Higdonville E. J. Carpenter, Miss
Salem Sanford Smith, Miss
Mashburn Branch Sam A. firy
Pine Grove T. T. Love. Miss
Walnut Creek Miss Grace Wilk
es. Buck Creek Carl D. Moses.
Gold Mine Mrs. Myrtle F.
' Highlands High school: O. F.
Summer, principal ; F. C. Hentz,
Miss Kate Moore. Elementary:
Miss Mfuriel Bulgin, Miss Beatrice
Mozeley, Miss Ethel Calloway,
Miss Eva Potts, Miss Edwina Dal
rymple, Miss Vonnie West.
Scaly Miss Grace Carpenter,
Miss Merle Peek.
Mulberry Mrs. Pearl Corbin,
Miss Nina Howard.
Academy Miss Bess Norton.
Hickory Knoll Glen Patton, Miss
Onnie Lee Cabe.
Lowers Tesenta Miss Blanche
Upper Tesenta Miss Gladys Pan
nell. Mountain View Mrs. L. T. Sloan.
Otto Mrs. Lola P. Barrington,
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Prefers Masonry To Job
As Police Chief
Elected chief of police by the
new board of aldermen a few
weeks ago, Claude Russell was
scheduled to assume his duties on
June 1, succeeding R. F. Henry.
But as the time drew hear for
him to stick a gun in his hip
pocket, put a badge on his shirt
and start his daily vigil on the
public square, Mr. Russell began
cogitating upon the munificent sal
ary of $75 a month which had been
Mr. Russell is a first class brick
mason one of the best in this sec
tion of the country, so they say.
And first class masons can com
mand a dollar an hour. The long
er Mr. Russell cogitated, the better
he thought of the advantages and
opportunities of his trade. What,
with a hundred thousand dollar
federal building going ,up and
much other construction work in
the offing, the chances of getting
ahead by slinging mortar and bricks
looked better than padding the
So, late Friday, Mr. Russell in
formed the town authorities he
preferred to stick to his old trade.
Now, instead of Mr. Russell, C.
D. Baird, a youngish fellow but
one who looks like he can wield
the authority, is Franklin's chief
of police. Baird had been elected
night officer, and upon the resig
nation of Mr. Russell he was
promoted to the day beat. Marsh
all Officer, an experienced hand,
was then named to keep the peace
in the wee small hours.-
Rev. Mr. Huggin Conduct
ing Special Services at
Large and growing congregations
are attending the series of special
services at the Franklin Methodist
church, and the sermons which are
being preached by the Rev. James
G. Huggin, Jr., are developing an
increasing interest in those who
The week of services began on
last Sunday morning, when Dr. C.
C. Herbert, of Sumter, S. C, fath
er of the pastor of the Franklin
Methodist church, brought a force
ful message to a splendid congrega
tion. Dr. Herbert's subject was
"The Secret of Christian Living,"
and his sermon was based on St.
Paul's testimony in the third chap
ter of Philippians.
Mr. Huggin,, who preached1 his
first sermon in the series on Mon
day night, charmed his hearers with
his eloquent and earnest message.
In introducing Mr. Huggin, the
Rev. Mr. Herbert, pastor of the
church, called attention to the fact
that the series of special services
lies in the ten days between As
cension Day and Pentecost, and
that the services will come to a
close on the Day of Pentecost,
The organizations sponsoring the
attendance at the services have
been doing excellent work, and the
large congregations indicate a se
rious interest in the meeting.
Running at the same time as the
series of preaching services is the
second and last week of the Va
cation Church school in the Metho
dist church. The school will close
on Friday, June 7, and that even
ing the congregation will have an
opportunity to see the handwork
which the children have made dur
ing the vacation school.
The series of services will come
to a close on Sunday night. Mr.
Huggin will preach each night this
week through Saturday night, and
also on Sunday morning at 11 and
Sunday night at 8. Everyone is
welcomed to air the services.
Golf Course and Amuse
ment Center Deeded
Back To Company
Franklin's board of aldermen ac
quitted itself Monday night of all
responsibility in connection with
the municipal golf course and rec
reation center, voting to transfer
the property back to the Franklin
Recreational company, incorporated.
The transfer was completed Tues
day when, for a nominal considera
tion, the town gave the recreational
company a conditional quit claim
deed to the property containing
provisions requiring continued op
eration of the golf course and
swimming pool, the latter built with
CWA funds, until December, 1943.
The Franklin Recreational com
pany was organized and chartered
in the fall of 1933. J. E. Perry
was elected president of the com
pany and J. S. Porter secretary
and treasurer. The company then
purchased the golf course property,
including the Camp Nikwasi site
and buildings, from Miss Laura
Jones, assuming responsibility for
a mortgage against the property,
consisting of approximately 90 acres
two miles south of Franklin.
At the time public improvements
were being undertaken with PWA
funds. To make the Franklin golf
course eligible for improvements,
the recreational association con
veyed the property to the Town of
Franklin under a conditional quit
claim deed far id years. Work was
then undertaken oh a large con
crete swimming pool and on im
provement of the golf course.
At first the plan was to lease
the property to the recreational
association, which would operate it
without profit during the ten-year
period. A few months later, how
ever, PWA authorities threatened
to discontinue work on the swim
ming pool unless the town assum
ed responsibility for its operation.
The set-up was then changed so
as to provide for supervision and
operation of the swimming pool and
golf course by a committee ap
pointed by the board of aldermen.
Dual Control Unsatisfactory
This arrangement has proved un
satisfactory, both for the board of
aldermen and the recreational com
pany, and things recently have been
approaching the point where only
three alternatives were open: (1)
For the town to buy the property
outright and assume full responsi
bility. (2) For the town to turn
the property back to the recrea
tional company. (3) To discontinue
operation of the golf course and
Although the town has had nomi
nal title to the property, it has
never invested a dollar in it and,
before opening of the golf course
and swimming pool this spring,
stockholders of the recreational
company found it necessary to ad
vance operating capital, upon which
they had no guarantee of return.
Mr. Perry, R. D. Sisk and G. L.
Houk appeared before the board at
its regular meeting Monday night
and offered, in behalf of the rec
reational company, to assume full
responsibility for the operation of
the property if the town gave the
company a quit claim deed.
Some objection was voiced at
first, but when.T. W. Angel, Sr.,
a member of the board, suggested
that if this offer were not accept
ed the town should levy a suf
ficient tax to guarantee operation
of the golf course , and swimming
pool, there was a noticeable change
of sentiment. The proposal then
was accepted to return the proper
ty to the recreational company with
the conditions that it should con
tinue to operate it as a recreational
center until expiration of the orig
inal quit claim deed given to the
town in December, 1933.
Mrs. Eloise Franks Named
To Succeed Miss
Meeting in joint session Monday,
the county commissioners and board
of education accepted the resig
nation of Miss Rachel Davis as
county welfare superintendent and
elected Mrs. Eloise Franks to suc
ceed her, effective July 1.
Miss Davis resigned the position
to devote her full time to activities
of the emergency reliejf administra
tion, under which she holds the
position of county administrator.
For the past two years she has
held both jobs.
Mrs. Franks, who will have an J Billings, who as county supennten
office in the courthouse, will .be i dent oi schools'is also secretary of
on part time duty, it was stated.
Her salary has not been set. For
merly, the position, has carried a
salary of $60 a month.
Commissioners Vote $500
For. Forest Fire Work
The Macon county commission
ers voted Tuesday to renew for
two years their contract with the
state department of conservation
and development providing for co
operative state and county forest
fire prevention and control. The
board appropriated $500 for its
share of the expense for the en
Thorpe Reports $516.56
For Lobbying Expenses
J. E. S. Thorpe, official of the
Nantahala Power and Light com
pany, which operates the Franklin
hvHrn-plprtrir nlant rpnnrtfH Mfin
day to the secretary of state that!
he had received $516.56 from the
company as expense money in con
nection with his activities as a lob
byist during the recent session of
the legislature, according to press
dispatches from Raleigh. The law
requires lobyists and their em
ployers to file reports of fees and
Funeral Services Held
For T. N, Snyder
Funeral services for T. N. Sny
der, 79, who died at his home on
Watauga on Thursday, May 30,
were held at the Watauga Baptist
church Friday, with the Rev.
George Cloer officiating.
Mr. Snyder was a native of
Jackson county, having moved to
Macon county about 40 years ago
He had been an, invalid for four
years. His death was caused by a
stroke of paralysis. He was a
member of the Oak Ridge Baptist
church and also a deacon in the
Mr. Snyder is survived by two
sons, E. A. Snyder and J. L. Sny
der, and two daughters, Mrs. T.
C. Sanders and Miss Lula Snyder,
all of Franklin Route 4; three
I brothers, H. R. Snyder, of Dills
boro, R. G. Snyder, of Willets, and
j Henry M. Snyder, of Old Fort;
1 and two sisters, Mrs. Elbert Ens-
j ley, of Gastonia, and Mrs. William
Fisher, of Cottage Grove, Ore..
Since I've been back in Europe,
I am more than ever convinced
that the American girl is the most
beautiful thing in creation. Mau
County Board Votes $1,500
The county commissioners voted
Tuesday to accept a proposal made
by the state board of health for
inauguration July 1 of a five-year
public health program in Macon
county. In accepting, the commis
sioners voted an appropriation of
$1,500 a year, to which will be add
ed $3,700 from other sources: By
this action Macon becomes a part
of a public health district along
with Jackson, Swain and Haywood
counties, and will enjoy the full
time services of a public health
nurse and sanitary inspector under
the supervision of a district health
officer and assistant, and will re
ceive its prorata share of the time
of a district public health dentist.
The proposal was outlined to the
commissioners Monday by M. D.
the county board of health. Mr.
Billings heartily endorsed the plan,
pointing out that the benefits to
be derived should be of inestimable
value and that they could be ob
tained for a very small additional
outlay. He explained that the
county already spends $900 to $1,200
a year for vaccination work and
that, by increasing this appropria
tion to $1,500, the county could ob
tain state and federal aid making
possible a much broader public
Emphasizing the need for public
health work, Mr. Billings said in
vestigations among school children
had revealed that 90 per oent of
them were suffering from physical
defects. Public health work, he
ventured, would accomplish much to
correct this situation.
J. E. Lancaster, district relief ad
ministrator, told the board that ac
ceptance of the proposal would
pave the way for the expenditure
of S20'000 or more in rchef funds
on sanitary projects in the county
such as the construction of modern
The set-up of the district health
department, an outline of its ac
tivities and the conditions under
which Macon county will become
a part of the district are setforth
in the following statement submit
ted ,by the state board of health:
STATEMENT OF CONDITIONS
UNDER WHICH FULL-TIME
HEALTH SERVICE MAY BE
CARRIED OUT IN MACON
COUNTY BY INCLUDING IT
IN A DISTRICT HEALTH DE
PARTMENT. It is proposed that Macon coun
ty join with Haywood, Jackson
and Swain counties, making a four
county district health department.
It will be necessary for the board
of commissioners in Macon county
to make available suitable office
space, including appropriate office
furniture, in the county-seat town,
rent free, for use as headquarters
of the personnel of the health de
partment in the county. All of the
records and reports pertaining to
the conduct of the health work in
the county will be lodged in the
There will be provided the ser
vices of a trained public health
nurse and a sanitary inspector in
Macon county. In addition to this,
there will be at least two district
health officers in the four-county
district, and Macon county will re
ceive their pro-rata part of the
services of such health officers.
There will be established a den
tal program for the entire district,
(Continued on Paige Eight)