VOL. LV, NO. 46
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 1940
$1.50 PER YEAR
Macon County To Furnish 86
Draftees By Next June 30th
Questionaires Mailed To
- Eighty-six of Macon county's
1,932 registrants will be called into
the armed forces of the nation for
a year's training before July 1,
1941, it was announced in Raleigh
last week. J
Macon's quota was determined
on the basis of registration here
as compared with : registration in
the other 99 counties of the state,
and is designated for the period
from November 28, 1940, through
June 30, 1941. '
Questionaires have already been
mailed out by the county draft
board to the 20 registrants here
who volunteered for immediate
service. In the order in which they
volunteered, they are: "V
Weldon Alex Hall, (colored),
Weefs Mill; Charles Urban Roper,
Route 3; Oran J. Cunningham,
Route 3, Asheville; William Lang
ford Welch, Route 3; Carl Paul
Mason, Route 3; Evert G. Mason,
Route 3; Cover ' Raby. Route 3;
John Sherman Welch, Franklin;
Harry Woody, Route 3; William
Henry Sprinkle, Franklin; Barnette
Howell Glidewell, Dillard, Route . 1 ;
Thurmon Henry, Route 3; Oscar
Erastus Chastain, Highlands; rrea
Goldman Jenkins, Etna; William
Victor Queen, Etna; Charlie Zeb
Vanhook, Route 2; Lewis Frank
lin Vanhook, Route 2; Luther "E.
Bingham, Route 2; Jesse Bryson
Bates, Route 2; ' and James Ed
ward Curtis, Dillard Route i.
The questionaires, which will
form the basis for classifying reg
istrants, will be mailed out at a
steady rate so that the classifica
tion list will always be ahead of
the conscription calls.
In order to assist registrants in
filling out the questionaire, the
following advisory board was ap
pointed, consisting of men over tne
county who will give their services
free to any registrant who needs
G. L. Houk, chairman; Harley
K Cabe. R. S. Jones, Lester " L.
.Arnold, Frank Potts, Frank Cook,
T: E. Cabe. L. C. Steppe, Carl U.
Moses. M. D. Billings, C. N. West,
C. T. Bryson, J. H. Stickton and
T. D. Bryson.
OrHpr numbers for all regis
trantc were oosted in the Ashear
sdav. The order
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number which determines the se
quence in which registrants will
be called, are posted opposite the
serial numbers, which are in chro
According to the quota an
nouncement from Raleigh, three
North Carolina counties, New Han
dover, Haywood and Hoke, will not
have to furnish any conscripts be
cause so many of their men are
already in the Army, Navy or Na
Franklin county has the dis
tinction of having the smallest draft
quota one man. Mecklenburg has
the largest quota, 717 men; Forsyth
is nextWkh 629, Wake with 526,
Buncombj? with 523 and Guildford
GofaintMM Still Accepted
The local draft board stressed
that it was still accepting applica
tions from registrants wishing to
volunteer for training immediately.
Offices of the board are located in
th Ashear building.
New Ford Agency
Will Be Opened Here By
Frank Duncan Saturday
Duncan Motor company, new
Ford agency here located on
Palmer street near the Main street
intersection will have its formal
opening Saturday, November 16.
Handling a complete line of
Ford automobiles and trucks as
vveli as used cars and Ford
replacement parts, Duncan Motor
company . will be under the man
agement of Frank Duncan, for
merly of Reece-Hampton Motor
company, Sylva. The new agency
will operate in conjunction with
Reece Motor company, Andrews,
and Reece-Hampton Motor com
pany, Sylva. .
Mr. Duncan announced this week
that he had secured the services
of Frank Reece as sales manager.
A Franklin resident, Mr. Reece
was also formerly employed by
Keece-Hampton Motor company.
Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are mak
ing their home in the Angel apart
ment on Main street
For First 100 Draftees
In Macon County
Following are the order numbers
for the first 100 Macon county
registrants, as released by the local
draft board. The Press intends to
publish a number of names each
week until the entire list has been
1. Zero Theodore Webb.
2. Tommy Deitz.
3. William " Harley Rogers.
, 4. Troy Roscoe Shook.
5. James . Gordon McCollum.
6. Zeb Erwin Childers.
7. Rolan Guffie.
8. Bruce Coffey.
9. Milford Phillip Kell.
10. Henry Verco Sanders.
11. Ned Calvin Cowart.
12. Myron John Long.
13. Clint Hurmon Wilson.
14. Samuel Harley Guest.
15. Harve L. Bateman.
16.. Norman Carneil M-cClure,.
17. Frank Robert Cowart.
18. William Lyle Bradliey.
19. T. A. Clark.
20. Coburn George Holden.
21. George Lewis Raby.
22. Henry Edd Vinson. '
23. Kenneth James Neal.
24. Virgil H. Tallent.
25. Carl 'Edwin Ledford.
26. Charlie Columbus Bowers
27. Robert Hall Mason.
28. Charles Avery , Clouse.
29. Leonard Lonza Morgan.
30. Charlie Fender.
31. Fred Leslie Nichols.
32. John Dee Tippett.
33. Daniel Alexander Stewart,
34. Charles; Worley DeHart.
35. William Doyle Long.
36. James Oscar Hamilton.
37. Corman Caroll Kilpatrick.
38. Venice Alexander Ramey.
39. Charles Elbin Setser.
40. Jpseph Lee McMahan, Jr.
41. Went Horn Williams.
42. James Lyle West. .
43. Charley Porter Thomas.
44. John Arnold Duvall.
45. Ralph Furman Vinson.
46. Floyd Cranford Ausborn.
47. John Robert Russell.
48. Zeb Clifton Morgan.
49. Johnnie Oscar Johnson.
50. Ellis Carr Rickman.
51. Walter Lee Roper.
52. William Sheridan Gibby.
53. Harvey Londos Martin.
54. Willie Lee McDonald.
55. Howard Burton Cochran.
56. ' Fred Wilson Queen.
57. Charles John Phillips.
58. James Everett Henson.
59. Don Lee Shuler.
60. John David Carpenter.
61. Basil Owen Burnett
62. James Britt May.
63. Floyd B. Bradley.
64. Delius Boyd CoEgins.
65. Ezra Clarence Shook.
66. David Grayson . Higdon. '
67. Thomas Louie Crunkleton.
68. Robert Furman Anderson.
- 69. Guy Edward Clouse.
70. Jessie William 'Thomas.
71. Troy; Clifton Passmore.
72. Johny Mell Cabe.
73. John Beulin Tilsan.
74. Charles Lester Campbell.
75. Manley Cleophas Watkins.
76. Paul Thomas Ledford.
77. John Robert Nolen.
78. Wood row Wilson Gibson.
79. Ralph Vernon Angel.
80. Thomas Wilson.
81. Paul John Dajrymple.
82. Charlie Elbert Battles.
83. Adam James Dills.
84. Claude Jefferson Boone.
85. Vernal Hilard Wyatt.
86. John Boyd Long.
87. William ClauSe' May.
88. Frank Early Collins.
89. Stanley Willi Tilson.
90. Dalton Ordway Burnette.
91. John Edwari Alexander.
92. Jesse Paul Shuler.
93. Dorsey MatVoCk.
94. Kyle TheodorVyWatts.
95. James Thomai lcClur.
96. Walter Edmon Fox.
97. Wiley Lee Battles.
98. Frank Jones.
99. Glenn Benjamin Reeves.
100. Hervey -Joseph Ostiguy.
Mrs. Perry Names
Mrs. James E. Perry, Red Cross
chairman of production, has named
the following committee: Mrs. Fred
Sloan, sewing; Mrs. W. H. Sellers,
knitting; Mrs. John Wasilik, Mrs.
Frank Killian, Mrs. Charles Meli-
char, Mrs. Gus Leach, Mrs. Allen
Brooks, Mrs. Emory Hunnicutt,
Mrs. W. A. Rogers.
Mrs. Perry states that she ex
pects the early arrival of the first
assignment of materials from head
quarters, which will consist of gar
ments for men, women and chil
dren and knitted articles.
As Flames Raged
Tak'en at' the height' of the fire, this picture illustrates the intensity
of the flames which virtually destroyed ..the - Bank of Franklin'', building,
here Saturday night. Firemen battling the conflagration can be seen
on the roof of the Bryson Hotel and in the .street below.
ROLL CALL TO
Dr. Bellingrath Speaks At
Dinner For Workers
The annual get-to-gether dinner
of Red Cross Roll Call workers
and officers at the Legion hall on
Tuesday evening was attended by
about 35 from Franklin, Highlands
and the county.
The chairman, Harley Cabe,
greeted the gathering and referred
to this roll call as. one that would
appeal for members to help a war
stricken world, and that he was as
sured that the Macon county chap
ter would more' than meet the
quota of $300 requested. He quoted
the national field representative
who visited Franklin recently as
praising the chapter for its ex
cellent record. Mr. Cabe reported
that the special appeal for war re
lief made in the early Jail was
answered with nearly $600 from
sence of Rev. Philip
account of illness,
Robert L. Gaines took his
place and -gave helpful instructions
to the workers. Mrs. H. E. Church,
chairman of the Franklin work
ers announced that they were
ready to begin the canvass Thurs
day, November 14, and had been
supplied with all materials.
Mrs. Gaines presided as toast-
mistress, making happy . introduc
tions of' officers who gave brief
account of their work..
Mrs. Eloise G. Franks' introduc
ed the speaker, the Rev. George
F. Bellingrath, president of Rabun
Gap-Nachoochee School, who fur
ther fortified the workers for their
task. His address was spontaneous
and entertaining, filled with anec
dote and reminiscence from one
well qualified to speak to the sub
ject of "The Joy of Giving."
Rev. A. Rufus Morgan gave the
invocation and asked the blessing,
and Rev. J. S. Higgins of High
lands pronounced the benediction.
Mrs. Green sang "God Bless Amer
ica" and Miss Moore of the Frank
lin school faculty, sang "Rose of
Picardy!" The program was opened
With the singing of . America, Mrs.
Harry Higgins at the piano.
Reports of work were made by
Mrs. Potts of Highlands; Mrs.
Franks, county welfare work; Mrs.
Barrington, Junior Red Cross; Mrs.
James Perry on the newly organ
ized produrtion work, and Dt'.
Furr on the home service work
that is becoming a most important
part of every branch's local work,
on account of the men called to
Junior Red Cross
In reporting the Junior Red
Crosi roll call, Mrs. Barrington
cited the eagerness of the' children
to make their gifts for the suffer
ing children in the war-torn coun
tries, and of their hand work-boxes,
folders, poster and caps for gifts,
as well as their nickels and pen
nies. The speaker ' stated that the
Junior Red Cross gave $200,000 last
year which was largely expended
for alleviation of suffering among
children in Great Britain, Poland,
Finland. "The children are adding
to the '3-Rs' the 4th 'R' of respon
sibility, through the Junior Red
Cross," Mrs. Barrington said.
A delicious dinner was served by
the Business Women's club of the
American farmers are bringing
to a close another year of abundant
production, with cash income esti
mated to be the second largest
since 1929, reports the U. S. Bu
reau of Agricultural Economists.
In the af
In Bank Building
Last Rites For Thomas
C. Bryson Are Conducted
At Cowee Baptist Church
Last rites for Thomas Clin'g
man (T, C.) Bryson, 89, retired
farmer of the West's Mill section,
were conducted at the Cowee Bap
tist church Friday afternoon at 3
The Rev. W. L. Bradley of
Etna, .life-long friend of the de
ceased, officiated, assisted by the
Rev. N. E. Holden, pastor of the
Liberty Baptist church. Interment
was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Bryson died at 1:30 a. m
Friday at the home of his son,
Carr Bryson of West's Mills, with
whom he had been making his
home for several years. He had
been in a critical condition since
suffering a stroke of ajwplexy iw
weeks ago. ,-.:,'
He was born in' the West's Mill
section on March 1, 1851, the son
of the late James Bryson and
Emeline Shepherd Bryson. He was
married to Miss Mary Morrison
of this county, who died shortly
atter their union. Later he mar
ried Miss Eva Israel of Buncombe
county, who also preceded him in
For a number of years, Mr. Bry
son was clerk of the Tuckaseegee
Baptist association. When the Ma
con county association was organiz
ed later, he became its first mod'
erator, a position he held for sev
eral terms. He was also clerk of
the association, and was clerk of
the Cowee Baptist church for more
than 50 years. He also served on
the county board of education.
. Active pallbearers were C. Tom
Bryson, Clyde N. West. Oscar
Rickman, J. P. Bryson, Thomas M.
Rickman and Will Riqkman.
Surviving are nine children, Mrs.
Andrew E. Edwards, of Ellijay, Ga.,
by the first marriage; Frank H.
Bryson and Lyle J. Bryson, both
of -Darringfbn, Wash.; Jesse T.
Bryson, of Three , Forks, Mont.;
Mrs. ' Annie . Pressley, of, Canton;
Mrs. Grace Scruggs, of Waynes-v-ille
Route 1; Mrs. Carl Rogers,
of Bryson City Route 1 ; Carr Bry
son and Thad C. Bryson of West's
Mill; two brothers, R. L. Bryson.
6f Franklin, and Jud Bryson,' of
Canandaigua,. N. Y. Also 26 grand
children and ... fivei great-grandchildren.
In Red Cross Roll Call
Named By Mrs. Gaines
Mrs. Robert R. Gaines, chair
man of county workers in the
Red Cross roll call announces the
following workers and requests that
they call at the office of .the health
department in the Ashear building
to secure their supplies.
Nantahala, W. W. Sloan, Mes
dames Donald B. Gordon, McCall,
McRae Whitaker, -Morrison.
Aquone, Mrs. D. F. Howard.
West's Mill, -Mrs. W. E. Allen,
Mrs. Clyde West.
Scaly, Mrs. J. D. Burnette.
Watauga and Holly Springs,
Mrs. Jeter Higdori.
Otto and Coweta, Mrs.iJlanche
Kyle and vicinity, Miss Lolita
Cullasaja, Mrs. : Wylie Clark,
Mrs. Fred Bryson.
Buck Creek and vicinity, Miss
Iotla, T. T. Love, Mrs. Jake
Burnington, Mrs. Robert Par
rish. Cartoogecfcaye,' Mrs. Henry
Slagle, Mrs. Joe Setser.
Patton settlement, Mrs. Leona
Prentiss, Mrs. Gay Teague.
The Franklin Press office will
receive Red Cross roll call mcm-
Bank Of Franklin Building
Destroyed By Fire Sunday
Firms And Offices
"Basiness as usual" was the
order of the day this week for
most of the Franklin firms for
merly situated in the Bank of
Franklin building which was de
stroyed by Sunday. 1 .
Bank Opens In Theatre Building
With the help of a tractor,
Bankers Henry Cabe, L. B. Liner
and Grover Jamison, jr., hauled a
small safe and the safety deposit
vault to the Bank's new location
in the Macon Theatre building.
Fixtures that escaped burning' were
set up and ledgers put in order
for the. re-opening Wednesday
morning. The day's business was
reported the largest done by the
bank in some months, with the ad
dition of two new out-of-town ac
counts. Assistant Cashier Liner says
they expect no interruption of the
bank's business on account . of the
Town Office In Ashear Building
The Town Office was opened
in room 120 of the Ashear build
ing by Town Clerk George Dean
with little inconvenience since all
of the town records, including tax
receipts and water bills, survived
the fire safely in fireproof safe and
The Macon County Building and
Loan is located in room 119 and
the law offices of Jones and Jones
in room 112.
The Macon County Supply will
move into the old theatre location
in the Leach building as soon as
necessary changes are made , for
the accomodaton of ther hardware
stock. In ' the meantime they are
doing business in their warehouse
behind the turned building.
Sanders' Store will open with a
new stock of goods in a section
of the New Five and Ten Store.
Forest Ranger John Wasilik, Jr.
is temporarily operating offices for
the Wayah district in the Nanta
hala National Forest headquarters
in the postoffice building.
Fred Sloan, district farm agent,
is located in the Agricultural build
ing. M. D. Billings has established
his real estate office over Oagle's
Cafe. The plans of G. L. Houk and
George Patton for the re-location
of their law offices are as yet in
The owners of the destroyed
building, the IBank of Franklin and
Harve Bryant, state that they have
not , yet decided on plans for re
Press Circulation Is
Increased, Audit Shows
Results of an audit made several
weeks ago . show that the circula
tion of The Franklin Press and
Highlands Maconian has been in
creased substantially during the
The ' audit, made by C. L.
Bridges of the firm of Dahlberg
and company,' certified public ac
counts, Charlotte, gives The Press
an average gross distribution of
1,802 as' compared with an audited
circulation of 1,773 at this time last
As a member of the Circulation
Audit . Bureau of the North Caro
lina Press Association, The Press
each year submits to an audit of
its circulation books in order to
be able to furnish advertisers with
an accurate account of it coverage
of Macon and surrounding counties.
Cartoogechaye Man Loses
Hand In Corn Shredder
Fred Conley, farmer of the up
per Cartoogechaye section, lost his
left hand last Friday afternoon as
a result of catching it in a corn
shredder which he was operating
at the time.
He 'is the son of Mrs. J. J.
Conley of Franklin.
He was taken to Angel hospital
where, his hand was amputated
about three inches above the wrist.
Mr. Conley was wearing gloves
while feeding the -machine, and it
is thought that the glove became
entangled in the mechanism, draw
ing his hand into the shredder.
berships from those who may be
omitted for any reason in the
canvass by regular workers. Mem
berships will be acknowledged in
the next issues of this newspaper.
Meets With WPA
Superintendents of Welfare of
six counties met Wednesday in the
Macon county weli-c of ices to
Six Fire Departments Are
Summoned To Help
A $75,000 fire of ' undetermined
origin, which threatened at"' times,
to spread to the entire downtown
business district, completely gutted
the Bank of Franklin building on
Main street here late Sunday
Only the tenacious efforts of the
Franklin: volunteer fire .dejKir.tmcnt'
prevented the flames spreading to
the Bryson and Mnnday hotels on
either side. Both buildings were
actually ablaze oil several occa
The fire, which apparently start
ed "on- the .second floor of the 33
year-old concrete , block . .'building ..
and had gained considerable head
way before it was discovered, was
reported by employees of the Bry
son hotel around 5:30 p. in. The
blaze . had already broken through
the roof before the prompt ar
rival of the fire department.
Near By Town Send Help
Hurried calls to all cities with
in a 00 mile radius brought fire
departments frorii Bryson City,
Sylva, Waynesville, Clayton and
Cornelia,. Ga., to the scene. The
flames were finally brought under
control with their aid after five
hdurs of steady work.
Two Franklin firemen, Dick
Conley and Roy Pendergrass, were
treated for minor injuries at Angel
hospital Sunday night and released.
Conley suffered a fractured bone
in his foot and Pendergra,ss was
cut .by flying glass.
Authorities held two theories as
to the probable cause of the fire,'
that the fire was either set by a
carelessly-dropped cigarette or from
Store proprietors and office
holders were able to save relative
ly little before the flames drove
them out of the building. Some of
the furnishings from the Bank of
Franklin were saved, several re
frigerators and a stock of guns
from the Macon County Supply
were removed, and Ranger John
Wasilik managed to get the timber
scale hooks and a few of the rec
ords from the district ranger's of-
fice on the second floor.
Several thousand people drawn
from all parts of the county and
neighboring towns witnessed the
Sanders' store was a complete
loss, partially covered by insur-;
ance. The Macon County Supply
was heavily damaged, while the
Bank of Franklin lost $2,000 in fix
tures. ' .
Fireproof safes and files played
a large part in lessening the dam
ages in the offices on the second
floor which .was practically de
stroyed. Libraries and fixtures in
the law offices of George Patton,
assistant state attorney general;
Guy L. Houk, county attorney, and
Jones and Jones were consumed.
The Macon County Building and
Loan office lost all correspondence
files, but .sa'ved some . valuable rec
ords. The offices of Dr. Lyle West,
local dentist; M. D. Billings, and
Fred Sloan, district farm agent,
were total losses. The district for
est rangers 'office suffered $500
Town Records Safe
"All valuable town records are
.safe", said George Dean, town
clerk, "thanks to fireproof filing
cabinets and the town safe." These
contained all tax records, ledgers,
water accounts and correspondence
files. The charred exterior of
these taken out Of the ruins where
destruction was complete, enclosed
contents in perfect condition that
showed no traces of fire or heat
The only loss to the town wefe
office furniture and supplies, on "
which there was no insurance.
The- buildig itself was worth
approximately $20,000, covered to
a large extent by insurance.
B6th hotels on either side were
badly damaged by fire and water.
Swafford's Market and other les
sees in the Ashear building suffer
ed losses from removal.
discuss changed policies and plans
of WPA work. Miss Victoria Bell,
field work supervisor of the State
Board of Charities and Public Wel
fare attended the meeting, also
Mrs. Mary Goforth of Charlotte,
area social work supervisor of
WPA and Miss Emma Leeman,
On Friday, November 15, Mr.
Flowers, district field representa
tive will direct another meeting
with the welfare department