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VOL. LV. NO. 13
-FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 1940
$150 PER YEAR
BEGINS APRIL 2
17 Enumerators To Take
Count In Macon
Three Announce For Commissioner
Examination To Be Held
Enumerators in all the counties
of all states will start to work
next Tuesday morning, ' April 2,
making the decennial count of the
population and checking up on
agriculture .and housing.
, Macon county has been divided
into 17 enumeration areas and it
is thought that the work will be
finished in about " three weeks,
though 30 days are allowed for
Macon county applicants for po
sitions as enumerators have been
taking a two-day training course
which was conducted in Sylva for
Macon and Jackson counties. The
course started Wednesday morn
ing and was concluded today
(Thursday.) Only 14 appeared from
this county ori Wednesday, but it
is understood that several other
applicants reported today.
It was impossible to secure a
list of Macon county enumerators
for this issue, but it is' hoped that
the information will be forthcom
ing by next week.
Work To Begin Soon On
New Asbury Church
The Rev. J. C. Swaim, pastor of
the Macon circuit, reports that
plans for the new Asbury church
building are progressing nicely, and
that cutting of the timber will be
begun by the first of the month.
The' church is receiving from the
Duke endowment for aid in build
ing the church the sum of $1,620
if the church meets the require
ments of the Duke board. The
total cost of the building will be
Mr. Swaim announces that a
special v fifth Sunday service will
be held at the church next Sun
day, March 31, at 11 o'clock. ,
W. R. Cunningham -Buys
W. R. Cunningham has purchas
ed the interest, of his partners, R.
G.. Ray, Lawrence Liner and B.
A. Tucker, in the Farmers Ex
change on Palmer street, and will
continue the business at the same
stand. The Farmers Exchange
handles staple and fancy groceries,
seeds, feed stuff and fertilizers.
HighUndU Baptut Church
Rav. J. G. BaafiakL Pastor
10 a. m. Sunday school.
11 a. m. Sermon.
7 p. m B. T. U.
8 p. m. Sermon.
Highlands Presbytarian Church
Rav. R. B. DuPraa, Pastor
10:15 a. m. Church school.
11 a. m. Worship.
7:30 p. m. Christian Endeavor
Highlands Methodist Church
Rav. J. S. Higgina, Pastor
10 a. m. Worship.
11 a. m. Worship.
3 p. m. Worship.
Church of the Incarnation
Rav. Frank Bloxham, Rector
. No service .Sunday.
MACON THORNTON, 73
DIES IN FLORIDA
Macon Thornton, 73, who has
been a home owner and. summer
resident of Highlands for the past
IS years, died at his home at Or
mond Beach, Fla., on March 21,
after a 10-day illness following a
heart attack on March 11. Mr.
Thornton was a veteran druggist
of Ormond He was elected to the
Florida legislature in 1909, and
Mayor of Ormond for several
years. He was at one time presi
dent 'of the Florida Pharmaceutical
association. He was a Mason,
Shriner and a member of the Epis
Mr. Thornton will be greatly
missed by his many Highlands
OFFICERS ELECTED BY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Professor O. F. Summer was re
elected president of the chamber
of commerce at the annual meeting
held at the school auditorium last
Thursday night. C E. Mitchell wu
U LA U I j
J. C. SORRELLS
Who Announces as a Candidate
For Chairman of the Board
Sunday Night For Rev.
H. S. Williams
At the Franklin Methodist church
on Sunday night at 7:30 a fare
well service will be held to honor
the Rev. H. S. Williams, who has
been appointed by Bishop Clare
Purchell from the Franklin Cir
cuit to the Hillside Street Metho
dist church of Asheville.
Mr. Williams is to be the guest
speaker of the evening. All churches
and denominations of the commun
ity are invited to unite in this
service. The' Baptists and Presby
terians have expressed a desire to
join in a service expressing appre
ciation for the service Mr. Williams
has rendered during his pastorate.
Many people from all the churches'
of the Macon, Louisa, and Frank
lin circuits are expected to attend
the service, for Mr. Williams has
a great many friends here. '
The closing feature of the serv
ice will be a set of lantern slides
showing' sccjfesr'ffdm China. These
pictures will be a preparation for
the Mission school which will be
held on the three following nights.
All the Methodist churches: of
the county are cooperating and
sharing the benefits of this school.
The - text book for study and dis
cussion is, "Methodists United for
Action, written by Dr. John R.
Mott. The public is invited to at
re-elected treasurer. The , former
secretary, Sidney McCarty; refused
re-election and the appointment of
the new secretary to succeed Mr.
McCarty was left in the hands of
the new board of directors, which
is composed of the following busi
ness men : W. W. Edwards, A. R.
Moreland, C. J. Anderson, W. P.
Pierson, Charlie Potts and Sidney
The announcement of the mar
riage of D. N. Picklesimer and
Mrs. Ofa Qna Brown in Reno,
Nevada, March 16 is of interest to
Highlands people, since Mr. Pickle
simer is the eldest son of Mr. and
Mrs. D. C Picklesimer of White
side Cove. '-,,'
After a honeymoon in Washing
ton, Oregon and British Columbia,
Mr. and Mrs. Picklesimer will be
at home in Oakland, Calif.,' where
Mr. Picklesimer has just completed
a new home on Oak Terrace. Mr.
Picklesimer has made his home in
the west for the past L5 years,
and now has interests in the min
ing industry in California, Oregon
P.-T. A. TO MEET
The Parent-Teacher Association
will hold its regular monthly meet
ing at the school next Tuesday
afternoon, April 2. The annual elec
tion of officers will take place at
this time and all members are urg
ed to be present
MRS. STORY ENTERTAINS
WEDNESDAY CARD CLUB
The" Wednesday Card Club was
entertained last week at dessert
bridge by Mrs. H. G. Story at
Hotel Edwards. Jonquils were used
as flower decorations in the private
dining room where the three tables
of players assembled. The dessert
was served at the card tables, each
table holding an Easter egg nest
as a centerpiece. Miss Sara Gilder
won high score prize and Mrs.
Continued oa Paf Six)
FRED W. PALMER
Who Seeks Nomination as a
Member of the Board of
3 IN RACE FOR
J. C. Sorrells, F. C. Conley
And F. W. Palmer
On another page of this issue
will be found the announcements
of three candidates for the board
of county commissioners, one , of
them being in the race for chair
man. . C. Sorrells, of West's Mill,
Cowee township, is the candidate
for chairman of the Iward. Mr.
Sorrells is a native of Buncombe
county, but has, lived in Macori
for the past eight years. He is a
cabinet maker by trade and has for
some time been employed by T VA
on the Hiwassee dam. ' He was
educated in. the' Conklin, - Tenn.
high school and Washington col
lege at Conklin. iHe is prominent
mumty. - ": ' . :""..'
Mr. Sorrells is a partner in the
Potts cabinet shop and undertak
ing business, and plans to move
to Franklin within a short time.
Fred W. Palmer, of Ellijay
township, and Fred C. . Conley, of
Cartoogechaye township, announce
for members of the board. Both
of these men are farmers and
prominent citizens of their com
munities. Both were barn and rais
ed in Macon county, and are fa
miliar with the conditions and needs
in the various: sections.
"Mystery At Midnight"
To Be Presented
A thrilling mystery comedy,
sponsored by the Moose lodge, is
to be presented April 5 and b at
the courthouse auditorium with an
all-star local talent cast Miss Mc
Minn, director, arrived in Frank
lin last week, and work started
immediately on this brand-new,
top-notch play. The . cast, chosen
from outstanding citizens, is well
fitted for the play and proves that
there is a wealth of talent here.
The cast of characters will be an
nounced in . next week's issue of
The Franklin Press.
In addition to the play proper,
which is three acts of fun, laughs,
and spooks; there are three
choruses of singing and dancing
girls who will be chosen from the
high school. Costumes are design
ed especially for "Mystery at
Midnight,' and the songs are orig
inal and full of pep.
In ' connection with the play a
contest is being staged for the
ugliest man in the county. Vote
boxes and pictures with the' names
of the contestants will be placed
in the stores of Franklin. Be sure
to cast your vote. Only one cent
each vote, and a prize goes to the
Rev. H. S. Williams To
Preach Farewell Sermon
The Rev. Harry S. Williams, who
has been transferred to the Hill
side Methodist church in Ashe
ville, will preach his farewell ser
mon on Sunday morning at 11
o'clock at the lotla Methodist
church. The public is invited to at
tend this service.
Box Supper At Holly
Springs Saturday Night
It is announced that there will
be a box supper and cake walk at
the Holly Springs schoolhouse Sat
urday night March 30, for the
benefit of the Holly Springs ath
letic club. String music will be
Everybody U invited to attend.
FRED C. CONLEY
Who Has Entered the Race for
Member of the Board of
World War Veteran Dies
Henry Stiwinter, 44, veteran of
the Wildcat division in the World
War, died Saturday morning about
10 o'clock as he was en route to
Franklin from his home in the
Walnut Creek section, about 12
miles' from Franklin.
Mr. Stiwinter, who had stopped
at Wiley Park's filling station,
about six miles out on the Franklin-Highlands
highway, was getting
back into his car when he suffered
a heart attack. He was rushed to
Angel hospital but died on the way.
He has suffered these attacks
often since he 'was gassed in
France. . .
Mr. Stiwinter was a farmer, and
was a son of George and the late
Mrs. Mary Jane Watson Stiwinter.
He was married to Miss Elza Jen
kins, of Highlands.
Funeral services were conducted
Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at
the ; Stiwinter cemetery- 6n Walnflt
Creek. The Rev. Frank Holland, of
Cullasaja, was in charge. Burial
was in the family cemetery.
Surviving arev the widow and
three children, Ola, Hazel andOdell
Stiwinter; his father, three broth
ers, Charlie, John and Frank Sti
winter, and two sisters, Mrs.
George Gregory and Mrs. Minnie
Leopard, all of Walnut Creek.
Sheriff Slagle Guest Of
Lions Club Monday
On Monday evening at Cagle's
Cafe Sheriff Slagle was a guest of
the Lions Club at the regular din
ner meeting, and acted as judge
while 25 Lions asked each other
questions from a prepared list in
regard to the duties and authority
of the sheriff.
Sheriff Slagle had ' to answer
only half of the questions, which
shows that the Lions . are better
informed than the average citizen.
The Lions learned that the
sheriff is also elected as tax col
lector and treasurer of the coun
ty, that he draws no salary, and
works on a fee basis, and that he
is bonded for $5,000 as sheriff,
$20,000 as tax collector and $20,
000 as treasurer.
Fred Montony reported that six
out of seven children notified to
report ' to the eye specialist had
appeared for examination, which
showed that two had eye trouble
which could not be corrected with
glasses. Glasses were ordered for
Ray Swanson, manager of Zick-
graf Hardwood company, was wel
comed as a new member.
Scout Honor Court To
Be Held Monday Night
Three Scouts are to be awarded
the rank of Star Scout at the
Smoky Mountain District Court of
Honor that is to be held in Frank
lin on Monday night The Scouts
are Oscar Martin, Lacy S tailings,
and Lester .Gregory all members
of troop 1 of Bryson City.
The public is invited to attend
Harry Thomas has requested The
Press to state that he is deeply
grateful for the generous assistance
given him after the destruction of
his home and most of the furnish
ings by fire on March 18. His
friends were very liberal and the
amounts contributed will aid great
ly in refurnishing a new home.
"GONE WITH THE WIND"
HERE MAY 1. 2. 3. 4
Clyde Gailcy, manager of the
Macon Theatre, has announced that
"Gone With the Wind" will be
shown here May I, Z, J, and 4.
Superintendent of Schools Guy
L. Houk has announced that the
annual seventh, grade- examination
for admittance 6" high school will
be held on Saturday, April 13.;.
The examination will be held on
the same day in the three school
districts of the county Franklin,
Highlands and Otter Creek.
All teachers have been notified,
and it is expected that an unusual
ly large number of children will
be on hand for the test. '
LEAVES APR. 1
Pastor Of The Franklin
Circuit Goes To
Rev. Harry S. Williams, pastor
of the Franklin circuit, plans to
leave about April, 1, for his new
charge, the Hillside Street church
in Asheville. His hundreds of Ma
con county triends regret very
much that he is to leave this sec
tion, but rejoice in his promotion.
Mr. Williams comes from a line
of preachers. His father was a
member of the Holston; Tenn.,
conference, and his mother is a
daughter of the Rev. J. W. Leake,
member of the North Georgia con
His brother is a member of the
Holston conference, and ' is : how
associate pastor of Belmont Meth
odist church, Nashville, Tenn. A
sister married the Rev. C. P.
Hardin, who is pastor of the
Brainerd church, Chattanooga,
Mr. Williams was . educated at
Emory and Henry college, Vir
ginia, University of Tennessee and
Emory University, Atlanta. He was
icensed to preach in 1926, and
served supply pastorates while in
college. He was pastor of Wisdom
Memorial church in Chattanooga
and "associate pastor of Highlands
Park church in that city. He join
ed the Holston conference in 1935
and was transferred to the West
ern North Carolina conference in
Mr. Williams' mother, Mrs. L. J.
Williams, who has lived with him
here, will also live with him in
The Rev. Philip L. Green, of the
Asheville district, will succeed Mr.
Williams on the Franklin circuit.
Great Progress Being
Made, On Street Work
The crews on the street build
ing and improvement projects in
Franklin are putting in good time
and making great progress when
ever the weather will permit.
The public , square has been
graded this week and prepared
for paving, and the work on
Church and lotla streets is going
ahead rapidly. In addition, the pro
ject for widening, curbing and gut
tering on Harrison avenue will
soon be under way, with the state
highway department doing the pav
ing. It is hoped that most of the
work can be finished before the
start of the summer season.
As The World Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events ,In State, Nation
and Abf oad.
Last Sunday was the first "white
Easter" that many had ever seen.
Snow fell in Franklin from 6 a. m.
to 4 p. m. Easter falls on the first
Sunday after the first full moon
after the 21st of March, which is
the week of the Jewish passover.
This year it wasr exceptionally
SUNSPOTS va. RADIOS
The greatest magnetic storm ever
recorded occurred on Sunday all
over the United States. Radios went
haywire, -and from noon to 3 p. m.
telegraphic wires were out of order.
Telegraph companies lost -thousands
of dollars and Easter messages
The cause is said to have been
the position of sunspots that caus
ed the earth to be heavily charged
with electric currents that riddle
man-made currents. Such disturb
ances are sometimes connected with
the aurora borealis.
HOUSE RAISES FUNDS FOR
CCC AND NYA FOR
The bouse reversed its v economy
New Books To Be Made
For All Elections
The Macon county board of elec
tion, -consisting of -,K. S. Jbnes,
Frank Potts and A. R.. Higdon,
met at the courthouse last Sat
urday, in accordance with the state
election law. R. S. Jones was re
elected chairman, and ' the t board
adopted a resolution providing for
a new registration for the county.
It has been many years since a
registration was ordered in this
county, and the old books contain
so many names of people who have
died or moved away that it had
become almost impossible to make
a correct list ot voters when an
election was to be held, so it was;
considered best to order a new
There will be three books a
Democratic and a Republican book
for primary elections, and a book
containing the names Of all who
register for general elections. In
dependents will not be allowed to
register in the primary books but
may have their names placed on
the general election list.
: The board of elections will meet
on April 6 for the purpose of ap
pointing registrars and judges of
election and. making other neces
sary arrangements for the conduct
of the primary.
The law requires that registration
books shall be opened on April 27
in the various townships at the
regular polling places at 9 a. m.,
and that they be closed on May
11, Citizens should bear in mind
that this is a new registration for
all the voters in the county, and
every one who expects to vote
should go to his township polling
place between the dates above
mentioned and get his name on the
Interest Continues In
Despite the cold and r'taow,"
surprisingly large attendance was
seen at the Methodist church last
Sunday. The pastor preached about
"Heathenism in the Churches,"
showing how certain doctrines of
barbaric tribes have found their
way into the minds of people to
be accepted as though they came
from the Bible.
The Loyalty Crusade will con
tinue foi five more Sundays. On
next Sunday the topic will be,
"Church Members Who Will Miss
Heaven." Tre Scripture of ef-
position will be Matthew 25 :31-4L
This is to be a Question Sheet
Those who received the ques-;
tion sheets last Sunday are re
quested to answer the questions
and return them to the service next
All Methodists are being urged
to attend this service, and others
are cordially invited to come.
Franklin Band To Meet
The Franklin band will meet for
rehearsal next Wednesday night
April 3, at 7 i30 o'clock, in Agri
cultrual building. Every one inter
ested please come out.
policy Wednesday and added $67,
450,000 to budget recommendations
for the CCC and the NYA for
next year. The increase, the spon
sors said, would insure continu
ance of the 1941 NYA and CCC
programs at their present levels.
HOUSE GROUP APPROVES
PLANE SALES TO ALLIES
The administrations new policy
of releasing late model warplanes
tor export won the general ap
proval of an inquiring house com
mittee Wednesday, and American
airplane manufacturers immediately
prepared to handle prospective al
lied orders totalling $1,000,000,000.
Secretary of War Woodring told
the house military committee that
he had been under no coercion in
connection with the new policy of
permitting Unlimited export of
FINNS CHANGE CABINET
Finland shifted governmental
gears from war to peacetime speed
Wednesday by setting up a new
cabinet devoted to reconstruction
of the nation and its future de
(CaatiMMd oa) Pa. Sis