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PHOGJltiSSl YE . LIBERA L '- 'INDEPENDENT
VOL. LIV, NO. 12
FRANKLIN. N. C. THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1939
$1.50 PER YEAR
Directors To Be Elected
At Session In
. ASHEVILLE, March 22. Four
teen regular directors and three
directors-at-large are to be elected
at the annual meeting of stock
holders of the Farmers Federation
called for Saturday, March 25, in
the Buncombe county courthouse.
The meeting is scheduled to open
at 10:30 o'clock with an address of
welcome by Holmes Bry.s.on, Ashe
A'ille's mayor, followed by the an-
. nual address of the president, James
jG. K. McClure, and reports by de-
. partmental heads of the , farm co
operative. Those submitting reports
will include Guy M. Sales, general
manager; S. C, Clapp, formerly
head of the Mountain Experiment
Station at Swannanoa, who is now
in charge of the federation's seed
department ; Paul A. Raper, director
of poultry department; Harry
j.olha, in charge of the. forest pro
ducts department; H. H. Compton,
head of the implement department;
the Rev. Dumont Clarke, director
of the religious department and
. leader" of. the Lord's Acre move
ment; and Blackburn W. Johnson,
editor of the Farmers Federation
, News. .
Each of the 12 counties where
the federation is organized is out
lined to two directors serving over
lapping terms of two.' years and, in
addition, there are seven directors-at-large
on the co-op's board. Two
directors are to be named from
TrdwelTo,unty, a ' new "unit, and
two also are to be selected to rep
resent Burke county, as one of the
directors from that county has re
signed on account of ill health.
Notices of the annual stockhold
ers' meeting and blank proxies have
been sent to all stockholders. Those
unable to attend . are requested to
give their proxies to stockholders
who can represent them.
Patronage dividends will be, dis
tributed at the meeting to patrons
from Buncombe" and Henderson
counties. These dividends are in
the form of stock certificates, or
letters of credit to apply on stock
shares, and are in addition to the
regular semi-annual .stock dividends
paid in cash. Patrons dividends for
other counties already have been
distributed at county meetings of
stockholders and by mail.
In view of the increasing inter
est in the work of the cooperative
and its expansion into Caldwell
county federation officials antici
pate a large attendance at Satur
day's meeting. Attendance at county
meetings of stockholders during the
past two months has indicated a
more vital and widespread interest
in the organization than at any
lime since its organization in 1920.
Music will be supplied at Saturr
day's meeting by the federation's
string trio. Lunch will be served
at noon by the ladies of Oak For
est church. .
The new board of directors will
meet in the afternoon at the co
op's central offices on ' Roberts
street to organize and elect Officers.
S. S. Convention To
Meet At Holly Springs
Macon Baptist Sunday School
convention will meet with Holly
Springs Baptist church ' Sunday,
March 26, at 2:30 o'clock.
The program for the meeting is
as follows :
Devotional Mrs. Lola Barring
Roll Call, Report from Churches
Business .session. V
Consideration of Vacation Bible
School How to organize, conduct
the school, and benefits derived
from it Rev. C. F. Rogers, of
Franklin, will illustrate with charts.
Benediction. - . , , . . .
C. H. Fouts
Passes Friday At Home
In Iotla Section
C. Hamilton Fouts, 63, died at
his home on Franklin Route 3, last
Friday morning at 11:45 o'clock
after an illness of several months.
Death was due to heart trouble
Mr. Fouts, a well-known farmer,'
was the son of the late John and
Rebecca Ray Fouts, of the Iotla
community. He was born and rear
ed in this county and was a mem
ber of the Iotla Baptist church.
On December 2(, 1897, he married
Mrs. Rosa Downs, of Macon county.
Funeral services were held at the
Iotla Baptist church Saturday after
noon at 3 o'clock with the Rev. R.
F. Mayberry, pastor, officiating. In
terment was in the Fouts family
cemetery on Iotla.
The pallbearers were : W. T. Tip
pett, Jess Tallent, E. E. Ward,
James H. Swafford, D. M. Rowland
and Will Childers.
Surviving are his widow; nine
children, Mrs. Earl Smith, of Ashe
ville; Miss Laura Mae Fouts, of
Franklin Route 3; Lofton, of Lex
ington; Cyrus H., of Kipling; Bu
ford, Blanton, Vance and Robert,
of Detroit, Mich., and Roy, of
Franklin Route 3, and three broth
ers, D. Clingman and H. Cicero, of
Franklin Route 3, and Noah Fouts,
Pictures Being. Shown In
All Schools Of
- A series oL educational and en
tertaining motion pictures is being
shown in all the schools of Macon
county by officials of the Nantahala
national forest. The series contains
five pictures entitled as follows:
1. Forest Fires or Game (sound).
2. The Tree of Life (2 reels
sound.) 3. The Forest and Health (sound.)
4. Winter Wonderland (sound).
5. Unburned Woodlands (silent).
The pictures -have already been
shown at Rainbow Springs, Slagle,
Watauga, Oak Ridge, Holly Springs,
Mountain Grove, Ellijay, Higdon
ville, Upper Tesenta, Lower Tesenta
and Otto. The exhibitions will con
tinue as follows:
Friday, March 24 10a.m., Clark's
Chapel. 1 :30 p. m., Hickory Knoll.
7:30 p. m., Academy.
Monday, March 27 10 a. ni.,
Scaly. 1:30 p. m., Mulberry. 7:30
p. m., Mt. View.
Tuesday, March 281:30 p. m.,
Allison-Watts. 7:30 p. m., Maple
Wednesday, March 2910 a. m.,
Union. 1 :30 p. m. .Mashburn Branch.
7:30 p. m., Salem.
Thursday, March 3010 a. m.,
Walnut Creek. 1 :30 p. m., Buck
Creek. 7:30 p. m., Pine Grove.
Friday, March 31 10 a. m., Gold
mine. 1 :30 p. m., Highlands. 7 :30
p. m., Chapel (Franklin colored).
Monday, April 3 10 a. m., Burri
ingtown. 1 :30 p. m., Oakdale. 7 :30
p. m., Olive Hill.
Tuesday, April 4 10 a. m., Har
mony. 1 :30 p. m., Liberty. 7 :30 p.
in., Cowee. -
Wednesday, April 51:30 p .mi.,
Oak Grove. 7 :30 p. m., Iotla.
Thursday, April 6 10 a. m., Aquone.
1 :30 p. m., Otter Creek. 7:30 p. m.,
Friday, April 7 10 a. m., Beech
ertown. 1 :30 p. m., Camp Branch.
7:30 p. ni.," Fair View.
The annex to Cagle's. restaurant
has been opened and presents a
very attractive appearance. Tables
and booths are .conveniently ar
ranged and the restaurant is now
prepared to cater to large or small
dinner parties and tourist groups.
DOGS IN APRIL
Ralph D. West Announces
Schedule Under State
.Vaccination of dogs for rabies in
Macon county will start on Mon
day, April 3, and will be in charge
of R. L). West, rabies inspector for
the county. -
Dr. West states that the work
done during the past year has 'been
almost one hundred per cent . ef
fective in the prevention of rabies.
The following schedule has been
prepared which will serve the con
silience of all dog owners:
April 3 Oak Dale, 9 a. m.. Burn
ingtown, 1 p. m.
April 4 Morgans, 9 a. m. Tel
lico, 1 p. m.
April 5 Rose Creek, 9 a. m.
Harmony. 1 p. m .
April 6 Liberty, 9 a. m. Cowee,
I p. in.
April 7 Oak Grove, 9 a. m.
Clark's Chapel, 1 p. m.
April 10 Hickory Knoll, 9 a. m.
Lower Tesenta, 1 p. m. Upper Tes
enta, 3 p. m.
April 11 Otto, 1 p. m.
April 12 Union, 9 a. m. Academy,
1 p. m.
'April 13 Coweta, 9 a. m. Mul
berry, 1 p. m.
April 14 Iotla, 9 a. m. Olive Hill,
1 p. m.
April 17 Pattoas, 9 a. m.- Colored
school, 1 p. m. Skeenah, 3 p. m.
April 18 Aquone, 9 a. Kyle,
April 19 Otter Creek, 9 a. m.
Camp" Branch", 1 p". ni'." '
April 20 Fairview, 9 a. m. Beech
er, 1 p. m.
April 21 Highlands, 9 a. m. Scaly,
1 p. m.
April 24 Shortoff, 9 a. m. Horse
Cove, 1 p. m.
April 25 Broadway, 9 a. ra Clear
Creek,-1 p. m. Flats Mt., 3 p.m.
April 26 Slagle, 1 p. m.
April 27 Allison-Watts, 9 a. m.
Rainbow Springs, 1 p. m.
April 28 Watauga, 9 a. m. Oak
Ridge, 1 p. m.
May 1 Holly Springs, 9 a. m.
Mountain Grove, 1 p. m.
May 29 Mashburn Branch, 9 a.
m. Cullasaja, 1 p. m.
May 3 Walnut Creek, 9 a. m.
Buck Creek, 1 p. m.
May 4 Higdonville, 9 a. m, Elli
jay, 1 p. m. .
May 5 Pine Grove, 9 a. m. Gold
Mine, 1 p. m.
Jn Franklin on the Farmers. Fed
eration lot each Saturday, beginning
April 8 until Saturday, May 6, from
10 a.- m. until 3 p. m.
Provisions of State Law
Following is the state law for the
prevention of rabies which was rati
fied and became effective on March
An Act to Prevent Rabies in the
State of North Carolina.
Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the
owner of every dog to have same
vaccinated each year by a Rabies
Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the
county health officer to appoint and
designate a rabies inspector to car
ry out the provisions of this law.
Preference shall always be given to
Sec. 4. The vaccination of all dogs
.shall begin each year on April 1
Continued on Page Six) '
Current Turned On
The power was turned on the
Cartoogechaye extension of the
lines of the Nantahala Power &
Light company last week. This ex
tension furnishes current, to 21
families and two churches, in that
community, and it is understood
that several more families expect
to connect with the line in the
All those who are being served
by this neAv extension are very en
thusiastic about the service.
Students Will Take Test
The seventh grade students
throughout the county will take the
high school entrance examinations
Saturday, March 25", at the Frank
lin high school at 9:30 o'clock in
Kach year these examinations are
given to seventh grade students to
judge whether or not they are pre
pared to undertake high school
work. The promotion, of the .stu
dents will depend largely on the
score which they will make on this
Most of the county schools have
closed and the grammar and high
schools of Franklin and Highlands
are expected to finish their work on
April 21 and 28 respectively.
Largest Ever Adopted In
The General Assembly passed
Wednesday and ordered ratified in
to law the largest budget in the
state's history $155,019,821 for the
next biennium. .
Among other items the bill car
ries $25U,000 for pay increases for
school teachers and $200,000 for
continuing the free textbook pro
gram in elementary schools. It also
carries additional funds for many
of the 'state departments and in
stitutions. Revised revenue estimates
indicate that the receipts during the
next two years will enable the
state to operate without a deficit.
The lawmakers also passed Wed
nesday a bill prohibiting absentee
voting in primaries and strength
ing regulations for general elec
tions. The house passed and sent
to the senate an election reform
bill to require the revision of all
poll books and the re-listing of all
voters before 1940. This bill is ex
pected to pass the senate practic
ally as written.
April 1 has been set as the date
for adjournment and calendar com
mittees have been appointed to
consider all new bills in order to
expedite the work of both houses.
It is expected that few new mea
sures will be placed on the calen
dars during the remaining days of
School Play To Be
The junior-senior play, "Heart
Trouble," which has been . in pro
cess of production for the past five
weeks will be given Saturday night
at the high school auditorium at
8 p. m.
For the past week, the cast has
been practicing at night .under the
direction of Miss Sophie Albert.
About $70 has been spent on stage
equipment, curtains, and lights.
Those in . the cast are i Dorothy
Lee Morrison as Mrs. Morrison, an
American mother overly interested
in her daughter's social welfare ;
Eugene Furr as Fred Morrison, the
husband and father; Virginia Tes
sier as Laura Morrison, the socially-ambitious
daughter ; Doris Corbin
as her younger sister, the Cinderel
la of the household ; Harry Higgins
as Junior Morrison who is just be
ginning to have' dates; Dorothy
Sloan as Lenore Appleby, Junior's
young sweetheart; George Patton
as Tommy Caler, the good old
country boy who is in love with
Laura; J. Q.' Cunningham as Mr.
Tyler, the golf professional who
beats Tommy Caler's time; Lillian
Jones as Mrs. Tyler; and Wilson
Ledford as Mr. Appleby, the town's
Admission will be 15 and 25
cents, and a large crowd is ex'
pected to attend,
PLAN FOR NEW
Buildings For Franklin
i And Highlands
M. D. Billings, county superin
tendent of schools, has made public
the following letter from Repre
sentative Zebulon Weaver, in con
nection with efforts to secure funds ,
for new school buildings in Frank
lin and Highlands: ,
Washington, D. C.
February 17, 1939.
Prof. M. D. Billings, 1
Franklin, N. C.
Your letter of the 11th, with fur
ther reference to the application .
for PWA allotment for the school
buildings at Highlands and Frank
lin, has been received.
In the early fall I had several
matters of this kind up with the
Administration, and found that the
allotment to North Carolina had all
been allocated, and the only possi
bility of further allocations to in
dividual projects, would be in the
event that some of those already
made should, for some reason, not
be used. I am asking the Depart
ment further about this today, and
will let you know just , what the
situation may be at this time.
In the event of failure to secure
these funds, I might suggest that
you make application for WPA
projects. A similar situation arose
in Buncombe County, and failing to
secure Public Works Administra
tion funds, they have a WPA application-pending.
I will let you hear from me fur
ther within a few days.
(Signed) Zebulon Weaver.
More than a year ago C. F.
Credle was sent to Macon county
by the state department of educa- L
tion at Mr. Billings' request to re
port .the need for these school
buildings. His findings reported
that new buildings were badly
needed. The plans were prepared
by S. Grant Alexander, architect,
of Asheville ' and submitted with
application for a grant and loan to .
the District PWA office in At
lanta in June, 1938. This was ap
proved in October and forwarded
to the Washington office, which
informed Mr. Billings that if funds
were available there was .still a
chance of securing the grant When
nothing more was heard, Mr. Bill
ings appealed to Mr. Weaver, who
took the matter ;up actively.
Application with plans have been
filed with" the Area WPA office,
which has advised that the esti
mated cost can be considerably re
duced by the use of native stone
for both schools. Gwynn Denton,
supervisor, has assured Mr. Bill
ings that there is a good prospect
that the application will be approv
Plaas for the school in Franklin
call for a one story building of 14
class rooms and an auditorium to
seat over 1000 people; the High-'
lands school plans are for a two
story building for 12 class rooms.
Mr. Credle was in Franklin last
week when he assured Mr. Billings
of the state department's assistance
The . following figures from a
recent issue of the University of
North Carolina's News Letter show
Macon county's total debt in 1937
to be one-fourth of assessed valu
ations, the latter amounting to $5,
550,521, and the debt to. $1,337,650.
Mr. Billings calls attention to the
fact that of this amount the school
indebtedness at present is as fol
lows: County bonds for school build
Amount due state school building
These figures show the school
debt to be 1-32 of the county debt.
. Even during depression times the
county has never defaulted in obli
gations to the State building fund.