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VOL. LVI; NO. 12
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 1941
$150 PER YEAR
Gus Leach Elected Ch'm
To Increase Food
Steps were taken to form a per
manent county council for National
Defense at a meeting. .held. Wed
nesday night in the Farm Security
office iii the Leach building.
Gus Leach, chairman of county
commissioners, was elected to
serve as chairman and the follow
ing executive committee was ap
pointed by him;1 Sam Mendenhall,
Mrs. Florence Sherrill, E. J. Whit
mire, B. W, Justice, Miss Ethel
Hurst. The purpose of this com
mittee is to assist the chairman
in putting into operation an ac
tive program to forward the de
mands for national defense in Ma
con county. The office of chair
man wa.t defined as coordinator of
existing agencies and civic groups
whose cooperation would be sought.
Sam Mendenhall, county farm
; agent,, presided at the meeting. In
a brief opening address he refer
red to this meeting as feeing a
follow-up of the general meeting
held recently in the court house,
and further impressed the need for
raising and conserving more food
by all the people in the county, as
a mark of good citizenship and
patriotism., He referred to the large
percentage of drafted men who
have been rejected on account of
physical defects. He called on the
group to give leadership in creat-'
ihg a desire on the part of their;
clients to produce all food needed
for home consumption, reminding
them that the first need in na
tional defense is a well-fed people.
A general discussion was held
on practical ways to encourage the
planting Of gardens and methods
for neighborhood and cooperative
canning to preserve food surpluses
of farm and home.
The meeting was attended by
leaders and officials of county and
government groups, as follows: Gus
Leach, B. W. Justice, Carl SJagle,
Albert L. Ramsey, Sam Menden
hall, Harley Stewart, Henry Cabe(
E. J. Whitmire, W. H. Finley, T.
W. Fagg, Miss Mary E. Doyle,
Mrs. John Hamer, S. R. Griffin,
Jr., Mrs. Eloise Franks, Mrs.
Margaret Ordway, Mrs. Florence
Sherrill, P L. Threlkcld, Fred
Sloan, Miss Ethel Hurst.
Enlisting cooperation of other
groups and formulating plans for
action were immediate objectives
agreed upon, and the meeting ad
journed to meet on call of the
Announced By Dr. Haller
At this time of the year the
Macon County Health Department
is preparing to hold pre-school and
infant clinics in communities: that
are. interested in this service.
A physical examination will be
given to all children that are plan
ning to enter school next fall and
the diphtheris inoculation will be
available for babies and young
children from six months to six
years of age.
Community leaders and teachers
desiring to hold these clinics are
requested to notify the health de
partment at once.
DR. E. N. HALLER,.
Health Physician for Macon County
Zone Missionary Meeting
At Methodist Church
The Waynesville District mission
ary institute will meet at the
Franklin Methodist church on
Sunday afternoon, March 23, from
2:30 to 4:30 o'clock. This meeting
includes the Franklin-Sylva aorles,
comprising the churches of Macon,
Swain and Jackson counties.
The Rev. A P. Ratlcdge. of the
Sylva zone, will preside. Mr. Rat
ledge was formerly pastor ot the
Franklin -church. Dr. J.'L. Stokes
II . will represent the Franklin
The Rev. J. C. Swaim will con
duct the opening worship, after
which Mrs F. E. Branson , will
present the Women's Work. Pre
sentation of children's work ' will
be made by Mrs. W. L. Hutchins;
Golden Cross, Rev. J. C Gentry;
Benevolent Dollar by Rev. P. L.
Green; District Missionary Ad
vances by Rev. W. L, Hutchins ;
Missionary Cultivation, Rev. J. L.
Stokes H; Evangelism, Rev. J.
G. Huggin, Jr.
Rev. W. L. Hutchins of Waynes
ville district superintendent, who
will attend this institute, will also
preach at the morntnfr service of
the Franklin church. Rev. W. R.
Kelly, district missionary secre
tary, will also attend the meeting.
The choral society will furnish
music ' '.
And Changes In Macon's
March 26 Quota
The local draft board announces
two volunteers received during the
past week, Sam William Frady of
Cullasaja who is an under-age' vol
unteer, and Roy Lee Lewis of
Several changes in the list of
volunteers that will leave March
26 for Fort Bragg 'have been
made. Th,e following is the revised
list : . Thomas Louis ' Crunkleton,
ton, Highlands ; Gernell Lee
Woods, Route 2, Franklin; Wil
liam Conley, Route' "2, Franklin;
Kenneth Tillman Cruse, Star Route,
Prentiss;' George Bobby Waldroop,
Prentiss; Kenneth Ansel Dowdlc,
Route 1, Franklin ; Carl Greene,
Highlands; Joseph Percy Shope,
Otto; Woodrow Thomas Holland,
Cullasaja; Patrick Theodore Rog
ers, Highlands; Sam .William
E. ' W. Long, chairman of the
Macon county board, states that
additional volunteers will be wel
comed. : V
C. Lewis Saunders
Killed In Accident
The body of C. Lewis Saunders,
24, who was killed last Saturday
' night in an automobile accident.
in St. Joseph, Mo., arrived here
last Tuesday evening.
i Mr. Saunders was the- son of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Saunders
of the Bethel community. For the
' past year he had been employed
, in Iowa and Missouri as driller,
: powder man and assistant quarry
foreman by the Concrete Materials
and Construction company of
Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Funeral services were held on
Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock
at the Bethel Methodist church.
The Rev. Philip L. Green, pastor,
officiated. Burial was in the
The pallbearers were Boice Hall,
George Scott, Paul Love, Herman
Talley, Lester Arnold and Leonard
" Surviving are his: parents,' two
sisters, Mrs. Nat Phillips and Miss
Edna Saunders, of Franklin; and
three brothers, Robert Saunders,
of Franklin and Wilmington, and
Frank and Fred Saunders, of
State Forester Urges
Billows of smok&curlitig through
the air are an indication to some
folks that spring is approaching
that brush and leaves are being
burned. But to foresters, the smoke
is a signal that the worst forest
fire period of the year has ar
rived. W. J. Barker, assistant exten
sion forester of N C. State col
lege, says that more disastrous
forest fires occur in late March
and April than in any other
months. He suggests that the fre
quent newspaper stories telHng of
vast -damage -from forest fires be a
warning to farmers and the gen
eral public to be careful.
"Farmers who burn off hedge
rows and ditch banks not only
endanger nearby woodlands,''
Barker said, "but they also destroy
wildlife which are dependent upon
the brush for cover during the
periods of sparse vegetation."
' The forester said that a recent
five-year period found an average
of 4,077 fires in North Carolina
annually destroying 436,112 acres
of timberland, valued at $778,322.
The burning of so-called deims
ranked- third as a cause of these
Careless smokers caused 292 per
cent of the fires, incendiarism
caused 23.9 per cent, debris burn
ers 19.8 per cent, campers 10.5 per
cent, railroads 2.6 per cent, lumber
ing 2.3 per cent, unknown 1.5 per
cent, lightning .9 per cent, and
miscellaneous 92 per cent
Barker urged that forest fire
wardens be notified immediately
when a brush fire gets out of con
trol. He also warned against unre
stricted back-firing to control con
flagrations. This practice, when not proper
ly supervised, frequently adds to
the toll of the Fire," the extension
I have had more trouble with
myself -than with any other man
I hive ever ir DwhjhtL. Moody.
Baptist S. S, Convention
Sunday, March 23
The Macon County Baptist
Sunday School convention will meet
on Sunday afternoon, March 23, at
2:30 o'clock at the Rose Creek
Baptist church, it has been an
nounced by Paul Swafford, presi
dent of the convention.
The program will open with a
hymn by the congregation, -followed
by devotions led by Paul Cap
penter, of Franklin. Following the
reports given by the various Sun
day schools in the county, the Rev.
Robert W. Williams, pastor of the
Oak Grove Baptist church, will
give a talk on "Daily Vacation
The principal message will be
given by the Rev. C. O. Brook
shire of this tfounty.
All churches in the; county are
urged to send a large representation.
Fatal Accident To
Mrs. W. A. Poindexter
News has' been received by Lee
Talleat of Franklin Route 3, of the
death of his sister, Mrs. William
A Poindexter, who died from head
injuries received in an automobile
accident in Mount Vernnn, Wash.,
recently. ; ..
The deceased was fatally injured
when a tire blew out on the car
in which was traveling, throwing
her in the path of another car.
She had resided in Mount Vernon
for the past 25 years.
Mrs. Poindexter, the former Miss
Kitty Tallcnt and a native of Ma
con county was,' the daughter of
the late Logan and Ama'hda Tal
lent, of the Iotla community. She
waii married to William A. Poin
dexter, also a native of this coun
Funeral services were held at
the First Methodist church in
Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Har
ry Gardner, pastor, officiating.
Burial was in the Mount Vernon
Surviving are her husband, one
son, Glen, of Seattle, Wash., and
one daughter, Miss Edna Poin
dexter, of Mount Vernon, Wash.,
and 'two grandchildren. Also three
brothers, Lee, Jess and Ell Tal
lent. all' of Franklin Route 3; two
sisters, Mr?. Clifford Hood, of
Charleston, S. C, and Miss Callie
Tallent, of Sylva.
BLIZZARD IN NORTHWEST
Death toll from high winds and
bitter cold in North Dakota and
Minnesota over the week-end
mounted to 80. The blizzard spread
over a wide area reaching the East
As The World Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events In State. Nation
Germans have intensified bomb
ing 61 British cities, blasting Lon
don last night in the heaviest raid
of the vear. causing uncounted
death in the .city's most populous.
- l 1- Ai.1 I 1
areas. More man ,uuu nave w-ui
killed by German bombs since
September. K. A. F. has made dev
astating raids on German cities.
Churchill warned that a Nazi
submarine was in V. S. waters.
Heavy casualties are reported in
the Albanian battle front as Italian
ranks were mowed down in a futile
seven-day offensive in the Tepe
leni area. j
Yugo-slavia's position remains
uncertain although Germany an
nounces that this country will sign
up with the axis on March 26.
The nation is reported massing an
army of 1,250,000 along the Bul
Greek sources say that 500,000
troops will be thrown in the Bat
tle of the Balkans as Germany
draws up a striking force of 600,
000 to 700,000 on the Bulgarian-
Rumanian border, with a reportea
100,000 Of a planned 300,000 Brit
ish army in Greece, with British
supplies and American-made bomb
ers on the ground. .,
Positions arcmd Cheren, strong
est defensive' area in Eritrea, have
fallen to the British, defended by
35,000 Italians, who lost heavily in
The encircling of Addis Ababa
appears certain as the British push
to new objectives in Eritrea and
Ethiopia with an army of many
races assembled on the various
battle fronts.' ,
BERLIN , '
Adolph Hitler declared in a
speech last Sunday followfhg Pres
ident'! radio talk, tbaU"No power
Mrs. John Wasilik
Elected President Of PTA
Of Franklin School
Mrs. John Wasilik Jr., was
elected president of the Franklin
Parent-Teachers Association at the
meeting Monday afternoon, to suc
ceed Mrs. Fred Slagic whose two
year term is completed. Mrs. Rich
ard S. Jones was: elected to succeed
Mrs. Alfred Higdon whose term
also expired this year. Mrs. Thad
D. Bryson was re-elected secre
tary and Mrs. Gus Leach treas
urer. Mrs. Haughton Williams was
elected to succeed Mrs, L. H. Page
The program was devoted to a
round table discussion led by Mrs.
Lola P. Barrington on "The Prob
lems of the -Elementary Teachers."
The urgent need for , necessary
equipment for the Franklin school
elementary grades was. noted; poor
lighting of the lower grade rooms
and the health problem was; also
discussed. The teachers appealed
to parents to keep their children
home when they are not well, 'as
there have , been, an unusual num
ber of pupils who have become
sick in. school this winter, and
there is no room or other facili
ty at the school to take care of
emergency cases of illness that
are constantly occurring. Mrs.
Ramsey reported that ; the tables
around which the 4th grale chil
dren work in her room were in
bad condition and needed repair
ing. A letter was read from Dr. E.
N. Haller,' county, health officer,
in regard to the pre-school clinics.
The following committee was ap
pointed to cooperate' with Miss
Alma Kce, county health nurse, in
bringing to the clinics all children
who will enter school for the first
time next fall: W. H. Finley, Mrs.
Elizabeth Guffey and Miss Amy
Henderson. i (
Miss Helen Mooro entertained
the meeting with one of her lovely-
solos accompanied by Miss
Dorbhty Plonk. Rev. Mr. Davis of
the Baptist circuit, led the. devo
Singing Convention At
Pine Groye Church
The Southern 1 (ivision of (he
Macon county singing convention
will meef at Pine Grove Baptist
church Sunday, March 23, at 1:30
Everybody interested in singing
is invited to come and be with us.
O. C. Corbin, President
and no support coming from any
part of the world can change the
outcome of this battle.' England
Seven U. S. warships carried 2,
000 seamen and officers into this
port yesterday, where they were
given ail unprecedented ovation b
government officials and -citizens.
It ispredicted that 500,000 Austra
lians would greet the U. S. fleet
during the three-day stay. A'sim?
ilar fleet is visiting New Zealand.
These are called routine maneuvers.
FRANK GRAHAM ON
President Roosevelt' has named
Dr. Frank Graham, president of
the University of North Carolina,
on the U. S. Mediation Board of
11 members, appointed Wednesday.
Clarence A. Dykstra, president of
the University of Wisconsin and
national selective service director
is appointed chairman. Three mem
iers represent the public, four
members represent labor and four
represent employers. The board
will mediate strikes in the inter
est of national defense.
U. S. AND CANADA
An agreement to start the long
delayed St. Lawrence seaway and
power project, subject to approval
of U. S. congress and Canadian
parliament was signed today by
U. S. and Canada in what Presi
dent Roosevelt called a vital ' joint
ROOSEVELT ON CRUISE
President Roosevelt left Wash
ington by train yesterday for a
10-day cruise on the yacht Po
tomac which he will board at
Port Everglades, Fla. With him
will be Secretary o! Interior Ickes,
Attorney General Jackson, Harry
I-. HrAikins. Steohen D. Early and
I others of the White House staff.
Returns From Assembly;
, Bills Passed
' Dr. W. A. Rogers, Macon coun
ty's representative in the General
Assembly, returned home Sunday
after adjournment Saturday night
at 10 o'clock.
The 1941 Assembly had a short-cr-tlian-usual
session of 58 legis
lative days, with few records set
as far as unusual legislation and
quantity of bills was. concerned,
although the appropriations bill
calls for . the largest expenditures
in the state's history.
Bills which Dr. Rogers sponsored
and were enacted into law are as
A statewide measure, H.B.315.
which amended the law. 'requiring
vaccinations of dogs for rabies
which required that the vaccine he
kept in a safe place by the local
health' department. This law re
quires that all dogs be vaccinated
once a year, and that a veterina
rian be appointed to do the work
by the' district health officer, the
local health board and the county
H.B, t72 was passed giving au
thority to the chairman of the
highway comi'iiission to equalizt'
and increase pay of state highway
employes,' especially guards and
H.B. 25, abolishing tax penalties
in Macon county.
H.B. 727, authorizing the clerk
of superior court of Macon county
to add 20 cents to all civil and
criminal court costs as a f ee . for
making statistical reports to the
state department of justice.. The
clerk is to retain the fee.
H.B. 131 to. appropriate $30,000
for mineral research in several
western counties' , was introduced
jointly with the representatives of
those counties and passed by the
House, but was reported unfavor
ably by the Senate committee. '
Among important measures pass
ed during the last days of the As
sembly were the 12th grade law.
the law reapportioning representa
tives among the counties, the law
calling for submission of a con
stitutional amendment on reorgani
zation of the state board of edu
cation, and the bill restricting the
sale of fortified wines. The liquor
referendum bill met an unfavor
able report at the hands of the
finance, committee and an attempt
to bring a minority report out on
to the floor of the House was un
successful. Dog poisoning and ticket-scalping
were made unlawful, and mail or
der purchases are now subject to
the use tax.
Macon County Baptist
The, Macon County Baptist Union
meeting will beheld with the Pine
Grove Baptist ch'urch Sunday,
March 30. The program is as fol
lows i .
9 :45 Sunday school.
10:30 Devotional, Kev. R. F.
,.,10:45 The Teaching Work -f-tf
e Church", Paul Swafford.
11:05 Round Table Discussion on
the above subject.
11:15 The Training Work of the
Church. Miss Christine Browning.
11:35 Round Table Discussion on
the above subject.
11 :45 The Church Expressing
Itself Through Missions, Mrs.Sam
Gibson and Mrs. Jeter Higdon.
12 :05j Round Table Discussion on
the above subject.
1:30 The Church Supporting
the Ministry, Kev. C. F. Rogers.
2:00 Round Table Discussion on
the above subject.
. 2:30 Business and Adjournment.
Robert Williams, Moderator.
Jud&in Smith, Clerk.
Walter Campbell of Iotla
Passes Wednesday Night
Walter Campbell, q2, a well
known farmer of the Iotla com
munity, died at his home on Wed
nesday night at 8 o'clock follow
ing an illness of nine hours. Death
was the result' of a heart attack
and complications. .
Mr. Campbell was the son of the
late Charlie and Cornelius Byrd
Campbell. He was born in 1878 in
the Iotla section, where he lived
all his life. He was a member of
the Iotla Methodist church. In
1905 he was married to Miss Ella
Poindexter, of Iotla. .
Funeral services were held at
the Iotla Methodist church on
Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
The Rev. Philip L. Green, pastor,
officiated. Burial was in the church
Surviving are, the widow and
three vsons, Harold, of Charlotte,
Coleman and Frederick, of Frank
lin Route 3, and two grandchildren.
TRAPS 22 MEN
Rescued Without Casualty
By Crew Of Dam
A caYc-in 'which 'cloned the' tunnel-of.
the Nantahala 'dam ' project
last Sunday evening trapped 21
men for 11 hours before they .were
rescued about 4 o'clock .Monday
afternoon. Thc.-.'nien .. .were em
ployees of the Utah, Construction
company, engaged in the construc
tion of the "hydro-electric dam for
the Nantahala Power and Light
The , tunnel was closed b;- an
avalanche of earth and stone that,
fell about 40 feet from the en
trance. The men were reported to
hae remained calm -'during' the.
long hours in spite of the danger
they faced from the backing . tip
of water in the tunnel,' which
would have drowned the men in
a few -more hours' 'Foreman . Kay '
! Attempts to build a fire made
breathing difficult so that the cold
and dampness could not be re-.
livved. The telephone connection
wae broken and the air shaft par
tially .damaged. However, the elec
tric power connection ' from the
outside was in. perfect working
order so' thai, the imprisoned men
had light while their rescuers
worked frantically to liberate them.
Those trapped were : Kay Dixon,
foreman; Larry Bittely, Frank
Brooks, Wilburne Moore, Paul
Padgett, John Bradshaw, Dugan .
West, Roy Garrett, B. Smiley,
Eckell Kowland, Troy Crothers,
Ked Ramsey, Gar West,' Bunny
Kowland, Carl 'Flouqui'st, Latham
Pulliam, Willard Hanney, Sam
Crisp, Jake Cabe, Sonny Moore,
E. B. Ruswell and Neville Wiggins.
No casualties were reported.
J. M. Ledford
Julius Madison Ledford, 59,
prominent merchant of Cartooge
chaye and widely known citizen of
Macon county, died suddenly from
a heart attack on Wednesday
morning about 10 o'clock. He had
been in ill health for the past 10
Mr. Ledford had gone to Wal
lace Mountain about five miles
from his . home where his son,
Clyde Ledford, was cutting saw
logs. He picked up an axe, then
dropped it and fell over dead. Rob
ert Penland and Rufus Collier were
also present at the time.
Mr. Ledford had operated a
general merchandise store on Car--toogechaye
for the past 17 years. :
He was the son of Sarah Ledford
and the late Melvjn Ledford, of
the Prentiss section.
Funeral .services will be livid;. on
Friday ' morning at 11 o'clock at
the Union Methodist church. The
Rev. J. C. Swaim, pastor, will of
ficate. Burial will be in the church
The pallbearers will be Gordoir
Ledford, ' Frank Shope, Kenneth
Ledford, Quince Shope, Harold
Ledford and Je'5s Shope.
Surviving arc his wife, the form
er Miss Florence Blaine and five
children ; three sons, Clyde Led
ford and Cecil Ledford, of Frank
lin Route 1, and David Ledford,
of Rainbow Springs; two daugh
ters, Mrs. Margaret Bovd, juf
Abbeville, S. C. and Mrs.' Rich-'
ard Shope, of Prentiss, his mother,
Mr.?. Sarah Ledford and two
brothers, Ransom Ledford and
Zimmery Ledford all of Prentiss.
Barbara McCall, 7,
Victim Of Pneumonia
Barbara Sue McCalI, .seven-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wil
bum McCall died at their home
near the Franklin depot on Thurs
day morning about 9 o'clock, fol
lowing an illness of 18 days. Death ,
was caused from pneumonia and
Funeral services will be held on
Friday afternoon at 2 'clock at
the Sugarfork Baptist church. The
Rev. Lester Sorrells wilt officiate.
Burial will be in th-e church ceme
tery. Surviving are the parents and
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Mack
Files For Election
. John Harrison, the present may
or, is the only candidate who has,
so far, filed for the coming elec
tion of town officials. This elec
tion will be held on May 6, and
the dead line for filin? for anv of
I the offices is April 5.