North Carolina Newspapers

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VOL. L, NO. 42
Officials of Building &
Loan Sponsor Cam
paign In Schools
With view to "educating the
young people of Macon county as
to the meaning and necessity of
Building and Loan associations," a
contest was launched this week in
the Franklin graded school by of
ficers of the Macon bounty Build
ing and Loan association. Cash
awards will be made to the classes,
or rooms, of the school which sell
the greatest number of shares in
the association by November 2.
The amount of the awards will
depend on the total number of
shares sold. If 200 shares are
turned in, there will be two prizes,
one of $10 and one of $5, while if
1,000 shares are sold by the school
children there will be 10 prizes
ranging from $5 to $80 and total
ing $200.
It was explained that the contest
is being sponsored, not by the as
sociation itself, but by some of its
officials who have agreed to put up
the prizes, which, it was added,
"are far in excess of any profit
that the building and loan might
hope to make from the savings ac
counts started in this way."
The classes winning the prizes
are expected to use the money for
improvement of their class rooms.
Sew Need pf Thrift
Commenting on the campaign,
M. D. Billings, county superinten
dent of schools said:
"It occurs to me that to follow
the Building and Loan plan of
systematic saving would' have a
strong tendency to promote the
idea of thrift among those who
are connected with it. I know of
nothing more important ' to be
taught to young people. I might
go far enough to say that any
effort exerted toward the education
of our younger folks is practically
wasted if they are turned out of
school with improvident ideas and
without the knowledge of how to
take care of at least a part of the
money that will necessarily go
through their hands."
Established m 1922
The Macon County Building and
Loan association was established
in 1922 and, according to infor
mation made public by officials of
the Organization, it has financed
the building, repairing or purchase
of approximately 125 homes, all in
this) county. The association, it
was stated, has never suffered a
loss on a loan, not even during
the depression, and has always paid
dividends. Six per cent per an
num is paid on installment shares
and five and a half per cent on
full paid shares. The association
has resorted to foreclosure to
protect itself on loans only five
times and in each instance the
property was sold without loss to
the association.
To Close Camp
Men at F-9, Near Frank
lin, To Be Transferred
Camp NC F-9 of the Civilian
Conservation Corp is sjoon to
be abandoned, it was learned
this week. This camp, situated
on the Georgia highway near
the Cozad Roller Mill, wsj the
first CCC unit established in
Macon county1.
Orders are expected any day,
it was learned, for the trans
fer of men now at F-9 to oth
er camps, and the damp is ex
pected to be dismantled before
November 1.
Rumors of the likelihood that
the camp would be discontinued
were circulated in Franklin last
week. They were confirmed
Wednesday by Capttain Strick
land after a trip to Fort Mc
Pherson, Ga.
This newspaper is cooperating with 2,000 other
newspapers in making this nation-wide poll.
Do you favor the re-election of
Or, do you favor the nomination, by the Democratic party, of some
Democrat other than President Roosevelt?
Do you favor the election of a Republican?
(yw) (no)
If you are in favor of a Republican, whom do you wish nominated?
Or, if you favor the organization of a third party, whom would
you want this new party to nominate?
sign his name. Vote now and mail
Organization of Farmers
Federation Now Under Way
HIGHLANDS, N. C, Oct. 1.
Funeral services for John Quincy
Pierson, 56, prominent Highlands
business man and civic leader, who
died at 2 a. m. Saturday after an
illness of several days, were held
at the home at 3 o'clock Sunday
The funeral was conducted by
the Rev. C. R. McCarty, pastor of
the Highlands Presbyterian church,
and the Rev. S. H. Hilliard, of
Sylva. Masonic rites were ob
served at the grave in the High
lands cemetery with Dr. C. Z. Can
dler, of Sylva, district deputy
grand master, officiating.
Pallbearers were W. H. Cobb,
F. H. Potts, F. A. Edwards, J. R.
Phillips, Guy Paul and W. W.
Edwards, all fellow Masons.
Mr. Pierson was born March 25,
1879, a son of Jeremiah and Emma
Adams Pierson, in Jackson county.
He came to Highlands in 1888.
For a number of years Mr. Pier
son was a surveyor, but later de
voted most of his time to his real
estate and insurance business. He
was president of the former High
lands Bank and held a number of
public offices. He was elected may
or of Highlands at the age of 22,
the youngest mayor the town has
ever had. He also served as a
school committeeman, a member of
the town board, and as tax collec
tor and as secretary and treasurer
of the Town of Highlands.
Surviving Mr. Pierson are his
widow, who before her marriage
was Miss Lillie Moore, of Frank
lin; two sons, William Porter
Pierson and John Chester Pierson,
of Highlands; two daughters, Mrs.
Joe W. Reese, Jr., of Highlands,
and Mrs. Furman F. Merrill, of
Bryson City; a sister, Mrs. W. S.
Davis, and a brother, S. Porter
Pierson, both of Highlands.
President Roosevelt?
the ballot to this newspaper.
Much Enthusiasm Shown
By Farmers at Meet
ing Saturday
Organization of a Macon county
branch of the Farmers Federation,
Inc., got under way this week fol
lowing an enthusiastic meeting of
more than 200 farmers in the
courthouse Saturday afternoon,
when officials of the organization
explained its purposes, activities
and plan of organization.
When, at the close of the meet
ing Saturday, Vance Browning, a
field representative of the federa
tion, asked those present who fa
vored the formation of a federa
tion in this county to raise their
hands, there was an almost unani
mous response.
Mr. Browning, state senator
from this district, presided over
the meeting and made the opening
"I confidently believe," he re
marked, "that the formation of a
federation here will mark the dawn
of a new day for the farmers of
this county."
The plan of organization was ex
plained" by George M. Stephens,
editor of the Farmers Federation
News and hearty endorsements of
the federation's services were giv
en by Burgin A. Patton, of Ashe
ville, a member of the federation
since it was organized in 1920 and
now a member of its board of
directors ; by Milas Parker, a mem
ber of the federation in Jackson
county; Allan Coggins, of Bee
Tree, Buncombe county, also a
charter member of the federation
and a director.
R. Church Crowell, vice president
of the federation, also spoke, an
nouncing that he would visit farm
ers of the county this week solicit
ing members. Mr. Crowell, The
Press-Maconian learned, began his
work on Monday and was meeting
with encouraging results. The aim
of the federation is to obtain at
least 400 members in this county,
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Roosevelt Leads
In Straw Voting;
23 States Report
F. D Favored by Overwhelming Majority of Read
ers of The Press-Maconian; National Returns
Indicate Hot Contest in 1936
Readers of The Press-Maconian
are overwhelmingly in favor of re
election of Franklin D. Roosevelt
as president, judging by returns to
date in "Our Next President" Poll.
This newspaper is cooperating with
more than 2,000 others throughout
the country in conducting the
straw vote with view to determin
ing whom the people want to run
for president next year and upon
what ticket.
Returns to The Press-Maconian
during the past week totaled 112.
Of that number 102 favored the
reelection of Roosevelt, 2 wanted
Al Smith for president, and 8
favored Republican candidates. Half
of the Republican votes were for
Borah and half for Hoover.
The grand total of votes receiv
ed from readers of this newspaper
since the poll started is 290, of
which 236 are for the reelection of
Roosevelt, giving him a percentage
of 81.
The 52 Republican votes to date
are divided as follows : Borah,
16; Knox, 20; Hoover, 4; Theo
dore Roosevelt, 4; Ogden L. Mills,
4; others, 4.
Those who have not voted are
urged to do so at once. A ballot
will be found elsewhere in this
paper. Clip it out, mark it and
mail or bring it to our office. You
need not sign your name. Blank
ballots also have been placed in
the offices of the register of deeds,
the clerk of court and the sheriff
in the county courthouse, and a
ballot box in which to place votes
will be found in our office. Vote
National Returns
Indicate Hot Battle
By John Thomas Wilson
(Special to The Preas-Macxmian)
NEW YORK, Oct. 16.-The nation-wide
poll on "Our Next Presi
dent" is fast reaching peak pro
portions. Thousands of ballots are
now pouring into national head
quarters each week, with the politi
cal fortune of favorite candidates
daily swinging this way and that.
It is yet too early to attempt to
accurately define the exact trend
of the political mind of the nation
wide voter. One fact, however,
stands out in bold relief. That is
that indications are the 1936 poli
tical race will be one of the most
For For Other All Rep. , . rtv
(STATE) J Roosevelt Democrats Choices Qhoices
ALABAMA 197 61 21
COLORADO 81 37 11
FLORIDA 135 65 47 16
GEORGIA 61 94 76
ILLINOIS 172 27 60 7
INDIANA 624 152 29
IOWA 121 53 67 12
KANSAS I 77 441
KENTUCKY 309 27 31 17
MASS 52 55 3
MICHIGAN 361 40 263 6
MINNESOTA ... 273 539
MISSOURI 364 43 370 15
NEW JERSEY ..390 56 450 73
NEW YORK .... 97 324 23
N. CAROLINA ..291 16 79
N. DAKOTA 67 117 27
OHIO 97 146 11
OKLAHOMA .... 123 39 79 14
TEXAS 153 41 29
VIRGINIA 676 93 546 21
Miscellaneous.... 48
TOTALS 4,940 673 4,340 285
desperately exciting national cam
paigns this generation has known.
A total of 10,238 ballots from 23
states have been received and tabu
lated at national headquarters at
the end of the second week of bal
loting. Those favoring the renomination
of President Roosevelt are 4,940.
Those favoring the nomination of
some Democrat other than Presi
dent Roosevelt, total 673. Those
opposed to the present administra
tion and favoring a Republican
President are 4,340. While those
who favored a third party candi
date are 285.
Summed up. the total national
Democratic ballots at the end of
the second week of balloting are
5,613; the total national Republican
ballots are 4,340; and for the. Third
Party choices, 285.
Close Race Indicated
Taking into account that the
"solid South" is usually conceded
to be Democratic . . . and thus
eliminating the totals of 7 of the
23 states, from which ballots have
thus far been received, the basis
for the conclusion is reached that
the 1936 race will be a' most ex
citing political battle.
The total national ballots receiv
ed thus far from the "solid South"
states of Alabama, Florida, Geor
gia, North Carolina, Oklahoma and
Virginia, total 1,638 votes. The to
tal national Republican votes from
these same Southern states total
The Roosevelt national vote, to
date, of 4,940, less the 1,638 South
ern state vote, totals 3,302.
The Republican national vote of
4,340, less the 887 Southern state
vote for the same states, totals
The closeness of the above fig
ures indicate the national trend, as
applying to Eastern and Mid
Western states thus far reporting,
which gives ground upon which po
litical observers reach an early
conclusion that 1936 is going to be
very politically "hot."
The state by state tabulation of
the nation-wide balloting, presented
herewith, furnishes most interest
ing figures for the undisturbed pe
rusal of Mr. Voter. It must be
admitted that inconsistencies show
both ways, in the tabulation of
ballots from the 23 states. These
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