Oldest North Carolina
Newspaper West of
Affording , Advertisers
of Macon County
VOL. LV, NO. 50
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY. DECEMBER 12. 1940
Nine Clubs Present For
Achievement Day Here
Representing nine of the ten 4-
H clubs in the county, 125 Macon
4-H boys and girls convened in
the basement of the Methodist
church here Mast Saturday to cel
ebrate their annual "Achievement"
Emma Lu Hurst of the Cartooge
chaye club, vice-president of the
county council, presided in . the
absence of the president.
The meeting opened with a wel
come by T. H. .Fagg, assistant
county farm agent, followed by a
skit on patriotism, presented by
the members of the West's Mill
Homo Baautif ication
R. W. Shcffner, extension eco
nomist, farm management, ; made
the principal address of the morn
ing on "Making Our Homes More
Beautiful. He illustrated his lec
tures with moving pictures of home
.beaut if ication projects in Jackson
and other North Carolina counties.
Among other things, Mr. Shoffner
pointed out that a farm home can
be painted for as cheaply as five
dollars by using, burnt motor oil
mixed with lamp black.
Home Beautif ication was adopted
as the chief project for next year
by all the clubs in the county.
Officers of the county 4-H coun
cil for 1941 were elected at a short
business session. Miss Hurst, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. C.
Hurst, was elected president; Le-
roy Koper of the lotla club, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Roper,
was named vice-president; and
. Stella Sue Parker of the Holly
' Springs club, secretary-treasurer.
. After a basket lunch in the base
ment, the 4H club members split
up into two groups, the boys going
ont to A. B. Slagle's for a dairy
cattle judging contest, the girls
remaining behind for a dress re
. view, a canned fruit and vegetable
exhibit, and a handicraft exhibit.
Seventeen girls took part in the
dress revue with the following
winners. Senior dress, Virginia
Burreli of the lotla club, first;
Betty Jane Waldroop of the Car
toogechaye club, second; Junior
dress, Mary Frances Dalrymple of
the Cartoogechaye club, first; and
Jeanette Harrison of the Cartooge
chaye club, second.
More than W jars of fruit and
Vegetables were placed on exhibit
With Carol Lee Koper of the lotla
club taking first prize in the fruit
division, and ' Mary Frances Dal
rymple, second! Mattie Pearl Bry
son of the West's Mill club won
first, prize in vegetables, and Betty
Leatherman of the West's Mill
Betty Jane Waldroop also took
Jirst prize in the handicraft ex
hibits, in which nine articles were
entered, with a hand-woven rug.
In the cattle judging contest, the
Otto club team took first place,
.with Otter Creek second, and Oak
Grove third. Awards for individual
judging went to Hoover Henson of
the Otto club, Hubert Estes of the
Otter Creek club, Eugene Owensby
of the Otter Creek club, Dan West
of the Oak Grove club, Guy Hen
aon of the Otter Creek club, Har
old Welch of the Oak Grove club,
and Harold Holbrooks of the Oak
First prize for. the best record
book went to Kay Gordon Smith,
of the Higdon ville club, son of Mr.
and Mrs. San ford Smith, and sec
ond to Leroy Roper of the lotla
Certificates were awarded to the
club members as follows :
Four year certificates Mary
Alice Ricktnan, Emma Lu Hurst,
Betty Jane Waldroop, Barbara
Hurst, Mattie Pearl Bryson, Kuth
Bryson, Helen Shepherd, Zenna
Pearl Rickman, Marjorie Wykk,
Jessie Baldwin, Virginia RusselL
- Cartoogechaye Quo : Clothing
a. -v i . . m
Mary trances uairympie, Mary
Louise Lenoir, Sally Su Wallace.
Jane . Setser, Jeanette Harrison,
Ada June Kiser, Betty Jane Wal
droop, Mary Edwin Lewis and
Foot! Preservation Mary Fran
ces Dalrymple, Jane Setser, Emma
Lu Hurst, Barbara Hurst, Ada
Su Wallace, Mary Edwin Lewis,
June Kiser, Louise Lenoir, Sally
and Virginia Brookshire.
Otto Club: Clothing Betty Jean
Foster, Blanche Keener, Mary Hel
en Dills, Hortex Moffitt, Dorothy
Keener, and Adelaide Henson.
Food Preservation Mary Helen
Pills, Irene Vinson, Hortex Mof-
Of Local Organizations to
Plan Christmas Tree
Representatives of local Civic and
religious organizations have been
invited to meet with the local post
Of the American Legion in the
Legion hall at 7 p. m. this Friday,
December 13, to make plans for the
annual community Christmas tree.
Plans are being made this year
to avoid, if possible, the duplica
tion of effort on the part of the
individual organizations here in
to wn, and at the same time, reach
more needy families in the county
than in the past. Lack of coordina
tion in other years has often re
sulted in some families receiving
presents from several different or
ganizations while others were com
Letters have been mailed to the
ministers of the several denomina
tions here, the Lions club, the Ro
tary club, the Masonic lodge, and
the county health and welfare de
partments, asking them to send
representatives to the meeting.
Any other interested persons are
also invited to be present. .
"The American Legion will glad
ly cooperate with any and all of
the other organizations of Frank
lin to make Christmas happier for
those who have been less fortun
ate," Commander Gilmer Jones
Customarily, the community Christ
mas tree has been held in the
courthouse auditorium immediately
before Christmas. In. addition, sev
eral of the organizations here have
distributed baskets during the week
COME TO FRANKLIN
Franklin Merchants Are Displaying A Variety
Of New Merchandise For Gifts Suitable
To The Entire Family
FOUR IN JAIL
Wrecked Automobile In
Escape From Scene Of
Tourist Camp Fight
Four Geortriainen, Humphrey
Welch, Bill Welch, Frank McClond
and Green McCloud, are in the
county jail here charged with as
sault with a deadly weapon fol
lowing an affray at York's tourist
camp on Cowee mountain Wednes
Fred York, proprietor of the
camp, received a knife wound in
the chest in the scrap, and was
taken to Angel hospital where doc
tors found that the knife had pen
etrated his left lung. His condi
tion was not considered critical.
Frank McCloud was also charg
ed by the arresting officers, Chief-
of-Police C. D. Baird and Deputy
Sheriff John Dills, with reckless
driving and driving under the in
fluence of intoxicants. The men
gave their address as Clayton, Ga.
According to York, the four men
entered his place of business around
8 p. m. and began disturbing his
other patrons. They had apparent
ly been drinking.
After they had refused to leave,
he attempted to put them out, he
said, whereupon three of them
held him while the fourth. Bill
Welch, subbed him with his pock
The men fled down the mountain
toward Franklin in their Ford auto
mobile until they wrecked it on a
curve five miles from here.
Every advertisement of Christmas goods in this issue is an
invitation to you from Franklin merchants . to buy your gifts
here. Whether you live in town or at a distance you will find
superior shopping advantages worthy of a much larger town.
Here you will find quality and variety.
Franklin is a friendly town. The, business firms and all citizens
wiM give out-of-town customers a hearty welcome arid courteous
Franklin is the year-round trading center of Macon county
and points beyond. The stores carry ample and well selected
stocks at attractive prices.1
Holiday goods in profusion and beauty are now displayed to
answer the yearnings of the kiddies, the wife and all whom you
wish to remember.
We urge you to come to Franklin instead of using gas and
time to go farther and pay more. You will find that the firms
who advertise in The Franklin PresiS and Highlands Maconian
can fill your needs.
Over County Have Netted
$71 To Date
Sale, of tuberculosis seals here
this year have progressed rapidly
since the seals were first offered
to the public December 2.
To date, seal sales over the
county have netted $71, and both
O. F. Summer, chairman of the
county seal campaign, and W. H
Finkyr-Franklin chairman expect
the quota to be exceeded before
the end of the week. Of the coun
ty total, $37 was realized from
sales by Franklin school children
and $34 from sales in - Highlands.
Anyone who has not yet pur
chased their supply of the seals
are asked to get in touch with
either Mr. Finley or Mr. Summer.
Two-thirds of the proceeds of
the sales remains in Macon coun
ty to be used by the county nurse,
Mrs. R. R. Gains, in combating
tuberculosis here. .
. Holly Springs Club: Clothing
Stella Sue Parker, Ruth Ed
wards, Jane McCracken, Dorothy
Corbin, Lucille Kinsland, . Mildred
Deal, Mildred Elliott. Betty El
liott, Betty Elliott and Kathryn
Food Preservation Stella Sue
West's Mill Club: Clothing
Betty Bryson. Ruth Bryson, Helen
Shepherd, Zenna Pearl Rickman,
Lora Alice Cabe, Freda Potts, and
Food Preservation Ruth Bryson
and Mary Alice Rickman.
Franklin Club: Clothing Mary
Alice Rickman, Betty Jane Wal
droop, Barbara Hurst, Myra Slagle,
Fannie Mac- Setser, Mattie Pearl
Bryson, and Virginia BurrelL
Food Preservation Emma Lu
Hurst, and Barbara Hurst. .
lotla Club: Clothing Ruth Poin
dexter, Dessie Mat Fonts, Helen
Duvall, Helen Gibson, Jessie Lee
Downs, and Violet Barnard.
Food Preservation Rath Poin
dexter, Dessie Mae Fouts, Helen
Duvall, Helen Gibson, Jessie Lee
Downs, and Violet Barnard.
Boys receiving certificates were :
Roy Gordon Smith, Billie Parker,
Mallard Gibson, Junior Elliott, Ed
win Conley, Wade Higdon, Leroy
U. i AID TO GREECE
President Roosevelt has prom
ised aid to Greece in war mater
ials to fight the aggressor nation,
Lions Club To Sponsor
Tacky Party And Dance
As their contribution to- the
Christmas fund for needy families
this year, the Franklin Lions club
is giving a combined tacky party
and dance at Panorama Courts
next Tuesday, December 17, begin
ning at 9 p. m.
Arrangements for the dance are
being taken care of by a special
committee, appointed at the Lions'
meeting here Monday night. The
committee will also work in con
junction with other organizations
here in utilizing the proceeds
from the dance.
The program for the tacky party
includes both square and round
dancing and cake walks. Prizes
will be offered, for the cleverest
costume, the most handsome coupla.
and the .ugliest man.
Funeral Services Held
For R. Samuel Hall
Final rites for R. Samuel Hall,
88, well-known farmer of the lotla
section of this county, were held
at the lotla Methodist church
Monday at 3 p. m.
The Rev. Phillip L. Green, pas
tor, conducted the services, assist
ed by the Rev. Lucius Dills, a Bap
tist minister of the Cartoogechaye
section. Burial was in the church
Mr. Hall died at his home late
Snnday night following a four days'
illness. Death was attributed to
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Rob
ert Hall, he was born; in Macon
county in ,1852. He was married
twice, first to Miss Mary Myers,
and later to Miss Fannie Meadows,
who died last ' December. He was
a life-long member, of the lotla
Pallbearers were CM. Dills,
Jack Conley, George Conley. Ar
thur Drake, Earl Cabe, and George
R. L. Hall of Franklin; by two
Leanie Hall of Franklin; by two
daughters, Mrs.- Laura Parrish
Etna, and Mrs. Arthur Pannell,
franklin; and by a number of
Seeks Men Who Did Not
The local draft board is seeking
to locate two men, who after regis
tering on October 16 and giving
Macon .county addresses, have since
disappeared. '. '
They are Norman Gorncil Mc
Clure, who gave his address on
his registration card as Highlands,
and Basil Owen Burnette, who
gave hU address as Nantahala.
Questionnaires mailed to the two
at the above addresses were re
Anyone knowing the present ad
dress of these two men is asked
to communicate with the local
board's offices in the Ashear build
ing here, or notify the men to get
in touch with the board themselves.-
Cards have been mailed to more
than one hundred registrants, stat
ing into what classification the
men have been placed by the
The cards also carry a notice to
the effect that any appeal from
the classification must be made in
five days, and a few of the reg
istrants have mistaken the classi-1
f ication card for an order to re
port immediately, Mrs. G. A. Jones.
clerk to the board, said.
Unless a registrant wishes to
appeal his classification, there is
no reason for him to report to
the board upon the receipt of the
First Volunteers Are
Feted By American
Legion Before Leaving
Junaluska Lodge Elects
Officers For 1941
Officers to serve during 1941
were elected by Junaluska Lodge
145, A. F. and A. M., at the regular
communication here last week.
Tillery Love was named worship
ful master: Ralph West, sen-
tor warden ; H. A. Wilhide, junior
warden; M. D. Billings, treasurer;
and C Gordon Moore, secretary.
The new officers will be installed
at the next meeting of the lodge,
December 17, at which time the
new deacons will also be appointed
and installed. Harley R. Cabe is
Glee Club Concert
A complete program of Christ
mas music, including a. selection
composed by the Rev. Philip Green,
will be presented by the Franklin
Glee club in its first concert next
Wednesday, "December 18, at 8
One feature of the program will
be "Away In A Manger," sung by
children from each of the churches
Carl Higdon Hurt When
Truck Tire Explodes
Carl Higdon, 25, was seriously
injured Monday morning when the
tube of i track tire he was re'
Chicken Theft Charge
Grows Out Of Arrest
For Drunken Driving
After clearing themselves of
charges of aiding and abetting
drunken driving Saturday night.
Lloyd Cunningham, 27, and Simp
son Russell, 20. both of the Coweta
section, were back in jail here this
week booked for stealing chickens.
ine two men were riding in an
automobile, driven by Aden Maple,
Si, of Mountain City, Ga., - and
New York, Saturday night when
they were stopped on the Georgia
highway by State Patrolman Ed
C. Guy and Deputy-Sheriff John
Dills about 10 miles south of
The officers brought the trio to
Franklin where Cunningham and
Russell were released after ques
tioning, and Maple placed in huI
charged with driving while under
the influence of intoxicants.
Sunday morning, Dills discovered
four 'dead chickens in Maple's auto
mobile, which upon investigation
proved to have been stolen from
Mrs. W. L. .Corbin of Otto. Cun
ningham and Russell were arrested
and charged with the crime, along
Russell was released Monday
after posting a $500 bond. All three
men will be' tried at. the April
term of superior court
County Schools Close
For Christmas Dec 20
School children over Macon coun
ty will begin -their Christmas holi
days next Friday, December 20, the
county superintendent's office an
nounce this week.
County schools will resume work
after the holidays on January 6.
pairing burst, driving the rim
against his forehead with sufficient
force to fracture his skull
Higdon, whose home is on Route
3, was taken to Angel hospital
where doctors reported his con
dition at serious.
Macon's first two volunteers to
see service under the draft act,
Carl Paul Mason and William
Langford Welch, left here by bus
at 7:15 a. m. Monday to be in
ducted into the army at Fort
Sunday afternoon, the two men
were feted by the local post of
the American Legion at an infor
mal gathering in the Legion hall,
attended by local draft board of
ficials, city and county officers and
Gilmer Jones, commandant of the
Legion post, presided over the
meeting, introducing Mayor John
O. Harrison, Erwin W. Long, I
chairman of the draft board, and
I. lorn Bryson, clerk to the board.
all of whom made brief addresses,
Also present were Gus Leach,
chairman of the county board of
commissioners, and Harley Cabbe,
clerk of the superior court.
"Proud To Do You Honor"
. Mayor Harrison struck the key
note to the meeting when he said
"We are proud to come here to
do you two boys honor. We are
proud of your action. Every re
source of our county is behind you
and at your disposal.
Mrs. Gilmer A. Jones presented
Mason and Welch each with a
New Testament, giving by the Leg
Prior to the meeting, the two
men went to the draft board of
fices where they received their
tickets and final instructions. Welch
was placed in charge for the trip
to Fort Bragg.
At Fort Bragg, Mason and
Welch will receive a final exami
nation before being assigned .to the
branch of the service for which
they are judged best fitted, for a
year's training. If either of them
should be rejected by the Army,
Thermon Henry of Route 3. the
alternate appointed by the local
board, will be called.
Both men are farmers from the
Burningtown section of the county. !
Welch, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
W. E. Welch, has nine brothers
and six sisters. He was educated
at Burningtown school but did not
go to high school.
Mason, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
E. R. Mason, comes from a family
of six. He attended school at Tel-lico.
When asked how he felt upon
learning that he would be in the
first contingent of volunteers from
this county, Welch said he was
"kind of glad of it." Mason said
he felt "alright" Before volunteer
ing. Mason was the 522nd man on
the county draft list, and Welch
stood in 1,818th place on the list.
Curbs And Gutters Near
1 Construction of new curbs and
gutters along the recently-widened
business district of Main street
should be . completed by the end
of this week, WPA Superintendent
P. L. Threlkeld predicted Thurs
"With reasonable weather,- we
should be off Main street by the
end of this week, certainly by the
end of next week at the latest,"
The curbing along the street
from the postoffice to Philips
street has been completed, and the
12-inch strip left for telephone
and electric poles and . hydrants
cemented in, so that no earth will
be left exposed when the job is
completed by the state highway
WPA workmen have finished
pouring curbs and gutters on most
of the other side of the street.
They have yet to alter the ramp
leading into lotla .street at the
The widening of the , business
district is being done by the town
in conjunction with the state high
way department. The WPA is
furnishing the labor under the
town-sponsored street improvement
After the WPA has completed
its task, the highway department
will put down gravel over the por
tions of the .street exposed by the
additional width and cover it with
fixing solution. Next spring the
highway department proposes to
treat the length of Main street,
eliminating present stretches of
Chairman Red Cross Roll
Call Reports Quota
Macon Circuit To Hold
Rev. W. L. Hot ohms, superin
tendent of the Waynesville dis
trict will hold the first quarterly
conference of the Macon circuit
at the Mount Zion Methodist
church next Sunday at 3 p. m
Rev. J. C Swaim, pastor, an
nounced this week.
All stewards and officials of
churches in the Macon circuit are
urged to attend.
The Red Cross chapter . of
Highlands again entertained Frank
lin and Macon county roll call
workers at a victory dinner last
Tuesday evening, as the closing
feature of the Red Cross member
Rev. Phillip L. Green, county roll
call chairman, reported the coun
ty's quota of $400 oversubscribed.
On making his report he stated
that this was to be expected in
view A tragic world conditions
and the) appeal the Red Cross
makes to all at this time. The
chairman thanked all the workers
for their cooperation in bringing
Macon's roll call to this victorious
conclusion, especially the chairmen,
Mrs. H, E. Church, for Franklin,
Mrs. Frank H. Potts and W. H.
Cobb, of Highlands. Mrs. Robert R.
Gaines, for the county and Mrs.
J. C Barrington for the Junior
A delicious dinner was served
at the high school by the High
lands PTA, of which Mrs. W. H.
Cobb is president, ably assisted by
Mr. Cobb made a graceful speech
of welcome to the guests, calling
on a number for after dinner
speeches. Franklin people enjoying
the hospitality of Highlands were
Rev. and Mrs. Green, Mrs. Rob
ert R. Gaines. Mrs. Eloisc G.
Franks, Mrs. John Hamer, Mrs.
Pearl L. t Wright, Mrs. Cantey
Johnson, Harley Cabe.
The final report of Chairman
Green is as follows:
Total amount received, $623.41.
Total number memberships, 506.
Franklin, $286.91 ; memberships, 28a
Highlands. $200.50; memberships,
153. Rural, $77.00; memberships, 73.
Junior Red Cross, $59.00.
The following additional member
ships are acknowledged: Anyone
desiring to add to the roll call
may pay membership to Harley
Cabe or Mr. Green.
H. S. Higgins, N. A. Waldroop,
Joe F. Setser. S. T. Stalcup, Chos.
Nolen, G. Lewis. Gilmer Waldroop,
Frank Stiles. G. W. McGee. H. S.
Moore, Lea Hurst, G. L. Jacobs,
J. W. Sherrill, D. J. Jacobs, A.
W. Harris. B. J. Waldroop, S. R.
Jacobs, S. S. Moore, Frank Phil
lips, Lawrence Myers. James Mc
Cafl. B. S. Waldroop. J. L. Hicks,
Don Watson, T. H. Johnson, Roy
T. Womack, Earl Harrison, Lee
Tallent R. L. Porter, Robert Mor
gan, Mrs. E. A. Styles, Horace T.