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PROGRESSIVE . LIBERAL INDEPENDENT
VOL. LV. NO. 51
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, DEC 10, 194
$1.50 PER YEAR
Community Christmas Club
Organized For Macon Co.
To Spread Season's
Cheer Each Year
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A permanent organization, to be
known as the Community Christ
mas Club was formed last Monday
afternoon, at a meeting in the
office of Harley R. Cabe, chair
man or this year's community
Christmas tree. Membership cards
have been printed and the com
mittee representing the various
groups in the county are active
in securing as many memberships
as possible for the Christmas
Cheer fund for trees and baskets,
Churches and organizations are
requested to be responsible for
baskets and to secure names
through the committee. Individuals
and groups who wish to have a
share in this expression of com
munity Christmas spirit may re
ceive -a membership card from the
office of the chairman, Harley K.
Cabe, in the court house.
Legion Called Meeting
Answering the call of the Amer
ican Legion in last week' Frank
lin Press the following represen
tatives of agencies, churches and
organizations met in th office -of
Gilmer A. Jones, .commander of
the local post,, toxplan the annual
Christmas tree : Mr. and Mrs.
Jones, Oscar Bryant, Tom Bryson,
Harley Cabe, Paul Carpenter, W.
H. Finley, Mrs. Eloise G. Franks,
Dr. W. E, . Furr, Mrs. Robert R.
Gaines. Miss Gladys Guf fey, Clyde
Gailey, J. J. Mann, Mrs. J . W. C.
Johnson, Fred Montony, Ray Swan
Mr. Cabe was selected perma
nent chairman arid Miss Guf fey
secretary. The meeting adjourned
to meet Monday afternoon , in the
office of the chairman to complete
arrangements. Two new members
were present, Mrs, Lola Barring
ton and Rev. C. C Welch, and
nine of the previous meeting.
It was unanimously agreed that
for this year and years to come
Christmas tree in each section
of the county would promote a
better community spirit than one
. only in - the town of Franklin.
For the purpose of fostering this
idea, a club was organized by those
present to be known as The Com
munity Christmas Club, member
ship to consist of any person pay
ing a membership fee of $1 or
more. It was also agreed that each
civic and religious organization of
Macon county be asked to select
members to represent them at an
annual meeting, a central commit
tee consisting of one member form
each organization to have full re
sponsibility. The following officers were elect
ed to serve tor the year 1940: j
Harley R. Cabe, chairman; Gladys
Guf fee, secretary; Dr. W. E. Furr,
treasurer. The central committee
appointed to serve this Christmas
is composed of the officers and the
following members; Mrs. Eloise G.
Franks, Paul Carpenter, Clyde
Gailey, J. J. Mann.
This committee will make ar
rangements and raise funds for
trees and also cooperate to send
baskets to families incapacitated
by illness or misfortune. The com
mittee requests that names be sent
in as soon as possible to the
chairman's office in the court house.
The time and place of Christmas
trees is printed elsewhere in this
paper. In some cases the com
munity tree has been combined
with school trees already arranged
for. -The Franklin Christmas tree
will be held on Christmas Eve.
Tuesday afternoon, at the court
house, at 2 p. m. All citizens are
urged to lend their aid in bring
ing children without transportation,
and. in- seeing that none are for
gotten or omitted. Names should be
turned 'in to the chairman, Mr.
Cabe, in the court house.
Baptist Sunday School
Convention December 22
The Macon County Baptist Sun
day School convention will be held
at the Sugar Fork Baptist church
next Sunday, December 22, at
2:15 p.-m, Paul Swafford, presi
dent of the convention, announced
The program will open with a
congregational song, followed by a
devotional period conducted by
Walter Young of Ellijay. A round
table discussion will be held on
Our Sunday Schools in 1941."
Rev. B. F.- Franklin, a Georgia
minister, will make the principal
address of the afternoon. The pub
lic is invited to attend.
Scouts To Meet Monday
Night Instead Of Friday
Franklin Boy Scouts will meet
next Monday night at the Scout
loan instead of Friday night, tbt
Locations And Dates Are
.The places and dates for the
community Christmas trees, which
are being held over the county
this year instead of having one
tree in the courthouse, are as fol
lows: Clark's Chapel, Methodist church.
Christmas Eve night. .
Clark's Chapel, Baptist church,
Christmas Eve night.
Otto school, Friday, December 20.
Hickory Knoll school, Friday,
Tesenta school, Friday, Decem
Coweta school, Friday, December
Goldmine school, Friday, De
cember 20. .,.
Pine Grove school, Friday, De
cember 20. '
Higdonville school. Friday, De
Watauga school, Friday, Decern
Oak Ridge school, Friday,' De
Union school, Friday, December
Maple Spring school, Friday, De
Kyle school, Friday, December
Otter Creek school, Friday, De
Oak Dale school Friday, Decem
ber 20. .
Burningtown school, Friday. De-.
cember 20. '
Lotla school, Friday, December
Cowee school, Friday, December
Slagle school, Friday, December
20. . ''.,
Buck Creek school, Friday, De
Walnut Creek school, Friday,
Scaly school, Friday, , December
Franklin, courthouse, Tuesday
afternoon at 2 p. m.
Harley Cabe. chairman of the
Christmas club which is sponsor
ing the trees, pointed out that
the children are to go to the tree
in their community instead of to
the courthouse in Franklin as in
Funeral Services Held
For Aaron D. Tallent ;
Funeral services for Aaron D.
Tallent, 54, well-known farmer and
miner of the lotla section, were
held at the lotla Baptist church
Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Rev. Georee A. Cloer, pastor oi
the Coweta and Newman s Chapel
Baptist churches, conducted the
services. Interment was in tne
Mr. Tallent died in Angel Clinic
here Monday afternoon after sus
taining a fractured skull while
working in the forest service rock
quarry on Way ah December 5.
He was operated on December 14.
He was born on June 12, 1885,
the son of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Ephriam Tallent On September 14,
1910, he. married Miss Florence
Reeves, also of this county. He
was a member of the Burningtown
Surviving the deceased are his
widow, Mrs. Florence Reeves Tal
lent; five children, Hiram of lotla,
Clyde, a teacher at Rocky Mount;
Darrell. of the United States Navy,
Lois and Howard ; one brother,
Henry Tallent of Route 3; four
sisters, Mrs. Lawrence Roper, Mrs.
James Guyer, Mrs. Hariey Craw
ford, and Mrs. George Willis, all
of Route 3; also his stepmother,
Mrs. Mary Tallent.
The pallbearers were Charlie
Shelton, G. L. Jacobs, Lloyd Tal
lent, Denver Morgan, John Tallent
and Walter Angel.
Red Cross Production
Room Closed Monday
The Red Cross work room in St
Agnes rectory will be closed Mon
day, re-opening the day after
Chrsitmas, Thursday, December 26,
Mrs. J. E, Perry, production chair
man, announced this week. The
work room is regularly open on
Mondays and Thursdays from 2
to 4 p. m.
Anyone wishing to devote a
part of their spare time to sewing
or knitting badly-needed clothing
and supplies for Britian may se
cure the necessary materials from
the work room.
regular meeting time, Scoutmaster
Jimmy Hauser announced this
la addition to a short business
meeting, the Scouts will have their
CbrirtmM pregrsm ties
May the feeling of peace and
contentment, as signified by those
old words, go with each of you
throughout all the days to come.
Silent night! To a few simple hearts waithig quietly for
God's blessing came the message of peace long years ago.
And God's gift to our world at Christmas ' time has
brought peace to lives without number in all the ages since.
Simple preparations are still required for His coming in
peace: the desire and the expectation that He will come,
the removal from life of the things which make us forget
and from the heart of the lust and selfishness and
hatred which would crowd Him out, a constant companion
ship with Him-in prayer and worship and joyful service.
The world warns us today to remember a Rain these
simple needs of longing hearts. In the face of denials of
His peace we 'would prepare a place as silent as Beth
lehem where the message of God's purpose of love and
peacemay come through and abide with us. .
Christmas Services In Franklin Churches
Rev. McMicheal, pastor of the Texarkana Presbyterian church,
Fexarkana, Texas, will deliver a sermon on the Christmas message
at the 11 o'clock service next Sunday morning, and Christmas music
will be used.
The annual candlelight service, which everyone is cordially invited
to attend, will be held in the church Sunday evening at 7:30 o'clock.
"His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful" will be the topic of the
Rev. C. F, Rogers' sermon at the 11 o'clock service Sunday morning.
A special pantomine, "Christmas Lights," will be presented in. the
church auditorium Sunday night at 7.30 o'clock by the Baptist
Training Union under the direction of Mrs. Bill Bryson and Miss
l Frances Ashe.. Taking part in the pantomine will be Marie Dean
as Mary, Harriet Murray as Joy, Esta Mae Childers as Love,
Lucille Reece as Peace, Hilda Shepherd as Salvation, and eight
intermediate pupils as different foreign countries. Miss Verna M.
Green will be the soloist and Miss Helen DeHarL the xeader.
As has been customary for many years, the candlelight festival
service will be held in the church on Christmas Eve night at 11,30
o'clock, by the rector, Rev. A. Rufus Morgan. All members of the
community are cordially invited to come and take part. The service
of Holy Communion will be sung by the congregation, with Hugh
Johnston at the organ.
Evening prayer and sermon by the rector Sunday afternoon at
Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. A. F. Rohrbacker in the
Legion hall Sunday morning at 8 o'clock. No announcement of
services on Christmas day has been made. V.
Rev. J. L. Stokes, II, pastor, has chosen "After Christmas" as the
topic for his sermon at the 11 o'clock service Sunday morning. The
vested choir will sing a special Christmas anthem, 'The Newborn
King," accompanied by Mrs. Henry Cabe at the organ.
Last Rites Conducted
For James A. Ledf ord
Last rites for James A. Ledford,
65, were held at the Burningtown
Baptist church last Tuesday morn
ing at 11 o'clock.
Rev. Robert Williams, pastor of
the Oak Grove Baptist church, of
ficiated. Burial was in the church
Mr. Ledford died at his home in
the Oak Dale community early
Monday morning, following an ill
ness of two months.
A life-long resident of Macon
county, he was born on November
22, 1875, the son of the late Thom
as and Jennie Baldwin Ledford.
He was married to Miss Ada Raby,
also of this county, who survives
Also surviving the deceased are
six children, Lethia, Arnold, Frank.
Sheridan, Iva Jane and Elizabeth,
all of Route 3; and two brothers,
Fred and D. A, also of Route 3.
The pallbearers were Morris
Ledford, Bester Ledford, Herschel
Ledford, Edgar Reeves, Carroll
Rowland, and Lloyd Mason.
Christmas Programs On
The Franklin Circuit
Christmas programs at churches
on the Franklin circuit will be held
as follows, according to the Rev.
Philip L. Green, pastor.
lotla Methodist church, 8 p. ol,
Sunday, December 22. The program
is under the direction of Misses
Elizabeth Meadows, Nora Moody
and Mrs. W. Lawrence Ramsey,
and. is being presented with the
help of the Baptist young people.
An offering will be taken for the
Bethel, 7 p. m, Tuesday, De
cember 24. Program sponsored by
the Sunday School and the Mash
burn Branch school.
Clark's Chapel, 8 p. nx, Tuesday,
December 24. Program sponsored
by the Sunday school, Epworth
League, and dark's Chapel school
By Girl Scouts Ushers In
A full house witnessed the en
tertainment of the Girl Scouts at
the court house on Monday eve
ning, the proceeds netting over
$30 for the remaining indebtedness
on the scout house and . other
' The magic illusion of a glitter
ing stage greeted the eye where j
usually judge and jury, witnesses, 1
lawyers and prisoners assemble in
unadorned bleakness. Magicians of
no mean talent wrought this transr
A delighted audience greeted the
performance as they were willing
ly carried off into the realm of
Santa Claus and all his gay com
pany. "While Mrs. Santa Was
Away", a gay fantasy in musical
comedy, was a credit to the play
ers and directors alike. They trans
ported their audience into a land
of make-believe that brought
laughter and applause again and
again. What more could a band
of players desire to repay them
for hard work and effort?
The manger scene and the sing
ing of carols brought to a beau
tiful and appropriate close this de
lightful Christmas entertainment
Under the 'general direction of
Mrs. Charles Melichar and the
stage direction of Miss Sophie Al
bert, with able help from Miss
Helen Moore, Mrs. Tom Angel,
the scouts put on a performance
that showed talent and promise.
Miss Dorthy Plonk had charge of
the music and Mr. St Clair And
erson the sound effects. Merrily
Brooks was property director and
Mrs. Tom McCollum and Mrs.
Gordon Moore were in charge of
the Brownies pageant.
Pay Tribute To Fathers
At Supper Meeting
Macon Future Farmers brought
one of the most successful years
in the county chapter's history to
a close last Saturday night with
a father-son banquet in the audi
torium of the Franklin school.
President Sam Gibson, Jr., pre
sided over the meeting in the role,
of toastmaster. Approximately 60
Future Farmers, their fathers, and
25 guests were present., ' '
Towst To Father
The banquet got under way with
a brief ceremony in which each of
the chapter's officers outlined his
duties. President Gibson then paid
tribute to the assembled fathers in
a toast in which he said: we
boys would like to form a partner
ship with you, the best friend a
boy ever had." G. F. Gibson re
sponded for the fathers. -
After an invocation by G. L.
Houk, superintendent of schools,
the' guests sat down to a hearty
meal, prepared and served by the
class in home economics under the
direction of Mrs. T. J. O'Neil.
The after-dinner program open
ed with a judging act in which
Grady Garner recognized the in
dividual members of the chapter's
livestock judging team which took
honors in contests at the mountain
experiment .station last August, at
the Western North Carolina fair,
at the State fair in Raleigh, and
placed one member. Hunter And
erson, on the state team that went
to the national finals, in Kansas
Keith Gregory reported on the
projects the Future Farmers are
carrying on in the county. He
stated that the chapter had a total
of 20 acres of barley planted as a
soil protective crop and that the
chapter had six. baby beeves now
which would be ready for livestock
L shows next summer.
Roy Pouts made a short address,
urging the Future Farmers and
their dads to keep their farm
homes and machinery in good con
dition. Guests recognized by E. J. Whit
mire, the chapter's advisor, includ
ed G. L. Houk ; W. H. Firiley,
principal of the Franklin school ;
Gordon Moore', C. T. Bryson and
Jimmy Hauser, members of the
school board : W. C. Newton and
J. C. Hawkins of the high school
faculty; Taylor Maples, agricultural
teacher at Glenville; Sam McGuire,
president of the Glenville Future
Farmers; S. W. Mendenhall, coun
ty farm agent; T. H. Fagg, assis
tant farm agent ; Rev. C. F, Rog
ers, pastor of the Frankin Baptist
church, and Dr. T. J. O'Neil.
Mr. Whitmire concluded the
meeting by thanking the fathers of
the Future Farmers for their co
operation and help. "With your co
operation we'll get results again
this year,' he said.
Officers of the county Futurs
Farmers are. Sam Gibson, Jr., presi
dent, George Gray, vice-president,
Sam Raby, treasurer, and R. L.
Killed In Accident In Grist
The body of Orland S Cabe; 29
year-old farmer of the Otto com
munity, was discovered at the Cabe
grist mill on Middle Creek around
11 o'clock Tuesday morning.
Mr. Cabe had gone to the mill
about an hour earlier to grind
some corn for a neighbor in the
absence of the miller, Youell Brad
ley. Apparently his coat sleeve had
become entangled in a belt, draw
ing him into the machinery. His
body was badly mangled.
He was found by Edwin Brad
ley, small son of Mr. and Mrs.
Clenny Bradley, who was sent to
the mill to investigate when Mr.
Mr. Cabe did not return. An in
quest was deemed unnecessary.
Funeral services were conducted
at the Asbury Methodist church
, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock
, by the Rev. J. C Swaim, pastor.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
! Mr. Cabe, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. James H. Cabe, had lived in
the Otto community all his life.
He was unmarried.
) In addition to his parents, be is
survived by five brothers, Walter,
Ras, Percy, and Owen, all of Otto,
and Tommy Lee of the U, S. Navy,
stationed in Honolulu; and two
sisters, Mrs. Verdie Brown and
Miss Roly Cabe, of Otto.
NEW METHOD IN
Assessors and Tax Listers
Named By County
A new method of re-evaluating
real and: personal property for
county tax listings, to go into ef
fect in January, 1941, when as
sessments for the next four years
are determined, was adopted by the
county board of commissioners here
Under the new plan, two county-
wide assessors were named, as
well as tax listers for each of the
county's 11 townships. After the
lister has made up the township
list, the i two assessors will meet
with - him to form a three-man
board of assessment to appraise
the property in that township. This
method is expected to provide more,
uniform tax assessments for the
county than were gained hereto
fore by appointing individual boards
for each township.
C. Frank Moody and J. Roy
Phillips were the two county as
sessors appointed Tuesday.
T : - listers . for the townships
are ..-ranklin, Ned Teague; Mill
shoat, J. R. Franklin; Ellijay, C.
B. Bryson ; Sugarfork, Ezra Shook ;
Highlands, -Fred Edwards; Mats.
Ray Dryman; Smith Bridge, Hen
ry Shook; Cartopgechaye, John
Roane; Nantahala, J. R. Shields;
Burningtown. J. A. Wild; and
Cowee, W. H. Bryson. ,
The listers and assessors will
meet with Lester Arnold, county
tax supervisor, on Monday, De
cember 30, to receive instructions
and to determine places and dates
for listing taxes in each township.
W. H. Finley Addresses
W- H, Finley, principal of the
Franklin school, was the chief
speaker at the regular monthly
meeting of the Parent-Teachc- as
sociation in the high' school audi
torium here Monday afternoon. Mr.
Finley's topic was "Financing Pub
Mrs. Fred Slagle, president of
the P.-T. A., conducted the busi
ness session. An open discussion
was held on placing flags in the
school rooms, and also on the
feasibility of wiring each individual
room for lights.- No definite action
was taken on the matter.
The program opened with a de
votional period," led by the Rev. ,
Philip L. Green, pastor of the
Franklin circuit, j. J. Mann made
a short address on "Relation of
the Parents to the School."
After a duet, "Star of the East."
sung by Mr. and Mrs. Green, the
group sang Christmas carols, ac
companied by Miss Gloria Reagan.
The elementary teachers were
hostesses for the meeting, serving
fruit cake and tea.
Bowl Of Rice Supper Is
Well Attended, Ch'rm
J. H. Stockton Reports
Franklin added its boost to the
nation-wide campaign to raise funds
for medical supplies for war-strick
en China at the Bowl of Rice sup
per at Kelly's Tea Room last
Sixty-eight guests came to the
supper at which doughnuts were
the -only non-Chinese items on the
menu, otherwise consisting of rice
soup, rice salad, rice pudding and
After supper, a program of enter
tainment was put on under the di
rection of Mrs. Frank Killian and
Mrs. Ben Woodruff. Guests at
tempted to estimate the number of H
grains . of rice in a small jar,
played games, and heard a short
recital by Mr. and Mrs. Woodruff.
Proceeds from the supper and
individual contributions to date,
have netted a sum of $34.14, J. H.
Stockton, chairman of the drive,
Members of the Bowl of Rice
committee would like to see Frank
lin's share in the funds for medical
supplies raised to 50 dollars before
a check is mailed to Colonel
Theodore Roosevelt, chairman of
the American committee for Med,
ical Aid to China. Mr. Stockton
said. Contributions may be left
with Henry Cabe at the bank, with
Mrs. J. W. C Johnson at the
Press office, or with Mr. Stockton.
Franklin Postoffice To
Open 2 Hours Christmas
The parcel post window at the
postoffice here will be open for
two hours at mail time Christmas
day so that late Christmas pack
ages may be called for, Postmaster
Thomas W. Porter stated this