Paint Up Your Home
Plant and Beautify
To Make Your Town
Clean. Healthy and
VOL. LVI, NO. 17
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 1941
$1.50 PER YEAR
Gov. Broughton Appoints
State H i g h w a y Board
Prince Of Henderson Is
Chairman; Ferebee Of
Andrews 10th Dist.
(iovernor Broughton last Friday
appointed Lawrence B. Prince, of
Hendersonville, lawyer and mem
ber of the .state board of elections,
as chairman of the state highway
and public works commission; and
set Friday, May 2, as the date for
the organization meeting in Ral
At the same time the governor
announced the appointment of the
other ten highway commissioners.
Baxter C. Jones of Bryson City
was named to succeed Prince on
the state board of elections.
Percy B. Ferebee of Andrews; is
appointed to this district to suc
ceed E; L. McKee of Sylva. He
is a, native of. Elizabeth City, and
is engaged in banking, manufact
uring and other enterprises in
Andrews. He was formerly con
nected with the U. S. Forest serv
Prince succeeds acting Commis
sioner D. B. McCrary, reappointed
6th district commissioner. McCrary
became acting chairman when the
late chairman, Frank Dunlop took
a leave of absence the first of the
Member Of Commission
Members of the highway com
First division Carroll Wilson of
Second division Edward G. Flan
agan of Greenville.
Third division Dr. Guy Vernon
Gooding of Kenansville.
Fourth division T. Boddie Ward
of Wilson, incumbent.
Fifth division George W. Kane
of Roxboro. .
Sixth division D. B. M cCrary of
Asheborp, incumbent acting chair
Seventh division Thomaj; R.
Wolfe of Albemarle, incumbent.
Eighth division Virgil D. Guire
of Lenoir. .
Ninth division T. Max . Watson
f Forest Cftyrmcumbent. '" - r--
Tenth division Percy B. Ferebee
Hears Agricultural Expert
A good attendance of represen
tatives of federal, state and county
organizations was present at the
meeting of the Macon county
Council, of Defense that met in
the Methodist church basement
rooms last Monday morning.
W. H. Pierce, of the Bureau of
Agricultural Economics of State
college, Raleigh, gave an instructive
and inspiring talk concerning
methods of promoting increase in
horn gardening and canning. He
called the Defense organization "a
clearing house of ideas for the
A permanent set up was com
pleted with Gus Leach continuing
as chairman, Mrs. Eloise G. Frainks
as vice-chairman and Mrs. Flor
ence S. Sherrill as secretary.
Attend Rotary Meeting
In Camden, S. C.
Charles Melichar, newly elected
president of the Franklin Rotary
Club, Guy Houk and Dr. Jim Per
ry left Sunday morning to attend
the district Rotary convention in
Camden, S. C. They returned
Tuesday afternoon. ' -
To Be April 28
Notiice occur elsewhere, given
by Lester L. Arnold, tax super
visor, that April 28 is the day ap
pointed by the Macon county
Board of Equalization and Review
, for hearings from taxpayers in
respect to the valuation of their
froperty and the property of
Baptist Sunday School
The Macon County Baptist Sun
day School convention will meet on
Sunday afternoon, April 17, at 2
o'clock at the Holly Springs Bap
The program will open With a
congregational song, foJlowed by
the devotional given by Mrs. Her
bert A. McGlamery. after which
reports will be made by the various
Miss Mattie Pearl Bryson. of
Cowee, will make talk on "Sun
day School Loyalty." The prin
cipal message of the afternoon will
be tnadc by the Rev. G. W. Davis,
pastor of the Cowee Baptist church.
All Baptist Sunday schools in
the county are urged to send, a
large delegation of member.
The Red Cross production'
, committee is badly in need oi
garment cutters, and Mrs,
James E. Perry, chairman, urges
that women will volunteer for
this work. Also she announces
that many garments are cut,
and need to be called for at
once. The .urgent need for Red
Cross garments, which are be
ing .sient to war sufferers in
Britain and Greece daily, is'
greater now than ever before,
and the committee wishes to
return the finished articles as
promptly as possible.
Mrs. Perry also announces
that a new shipment of wool
has been received and is ready
for distribution -to knitters.
The Red Crass rooms in St.
Agnes rectory are open on
Thursdays and Saturdays.
E. W. Hamm
Is New Member Of Staff
Of Franklin Press
E. W. Hamm of Memphis, Tenn.,
arrived Tuesday to become a mem
ber of the staff of The Franklin
Press and Highlands Maconian.
Mr. Hamm is a native of Lex
ington, Ky., and has been in the
newspaper business practically all
his life. He has filled important
positions, on both daily and week
ly newspapers, having had wide
experience as a news and editorial-
writer. The Press is fortunate
to secure his services, and is as
sured that Mr. Hamm will be de
voted to the best interests of the
community as well as a distinct
addition to the paper.
Funeral Rites For
Doc T. Liner
Funeral services for Doc T.
Liner, 56, were held on Tuesday
afternoon at J o'clock at the Pat
ton Chapel Methodist church, with
the Rev. J. C. Swaim, pastor, in
charge of the services. Interment
was in the church cemetery.
. Mr. Liner, who had been ill for
11 days, was taken to the Angel
Clinic Thursday where he was
found to be critically ill with blood
poisoning caused from a splinter
in his hand. He died -on Monday
at 12:30 o'clock.
A farmer of the Cartoogechaye
community, Mr. Liner,: was a na
tive of Haywood county. He was a
son of the late Thomas . and Al
berta Turpin Liner and was borrt
on March 23, 1885. With hi par
ents, he moved to Macon county
when he was a boy. On March 9,
1912, he was married. to Miss Nina
Patton', of Cartoogechaye.
The pallbearers were J. M: Roane
and Billy Roane, of Enka; Thom
as Henson, Joel Dalton, Lawrence
B. Liner and Sam Gibson, Jr.
Surviving are the widow, and
two children, Mrs. Terrell Par
rish, of Franklin Route 3,' and
James Liner of Franklin Route 1;
two brothers, Robert L. Liner, of
Franklin Route 3 and John Liner,
of Schalis, Wash., and five sisters,
Mrs. George Henson. of Franklin
Route 2; Mrs. W. H. Roane, of
Enka; Mrs. Garrison Nichols, of
Waynesville; Mrs. D. C. Stockton
of Franklin Route 2 and Mrs.
John Young of Schalis, Wash.
Modern Equipment Added
To Take Care Of
Paul Carpenter, owner of the
Economy Cleaners, has announced
that the laundry, which he is add
ing to his business, wijl open next
Monday. The combined busines5
will be konwn as "The Franklin
Laundry and Dry Cleaners."
Mr. Carpenter states that, he has
installed the best modern machin
ery, with capacity to accomodate
the laundry needs of Franklin and
vicinity. For four years he hat
operated a successful dry cleaning
business in the Stewart building
on the square behind the Frank
lin Press office. The adjoining
store space has been leased to take
care of the laundry department.
Mr. Webb, of Asheville, who has
been with Minico's for a "number
of year, will have charge of the
'washing department. He is a laun
dry operator with 19 years exper
ience. Mrs. Triplett, also expert on
her work, will have charge of the
shirt unit and will have experienced
ironers to assist her.
Houk and Summer
Re-elected? Co wee School
At the meeting of the board of
education Saturday night, Guy L.
Houk was re-elected superintendent
of Macon county schools, He lias
served for the past two years in
O. . F. Summer, principal of the
Highlands school, was also re
elected at this meeting. The meet
ing announced that the list, of all
Macon county teachers will be an
nounced during the next few days.
W. H.' Finlcy, principal of the
Franklin school, was re-elected last
Cowe School Site Confirmed
The site of the new consolidated
school for Cowee township was
confirmed by the new board. The
restraining order issued several
weeks ago sought by a group of
citizen. of the township who de-
sired to place the building on an
other site, and on which a volun
tary non-suit was taken by the
plaintiffs, turned the decision over
to the new board.
Modern School Building
AH obstacles liave been removed
now to the building of the new
school on the site of the CCC
camp at West's Mill on Highway
28, and work is expected to begin
soon. The site contains nearly
seven acres of land, much of it
already graded, with ample room
for playgrounds and also some
wooded land. The building is esti
mated to cost $2,000, which will
be built with WPA funds, the
county sponsoring the project for
approximately one-third of this
The building is designed to be
modern throughout, with Central
heating, sanitary plumbing, a large
auditorium and eight class rooms
for the accomodation of 320 pupils.
The exterior will be built of native
Saturday Night Rioters'
Hearing May 5
(?. D. Baird, chief of police, made
four arrests last Saturday night,
April 19, when a recurrence of the
trouble of the Saturday night pre
vious, threatened. On the night of
April 12, two of the mob of white
boys that tried to run the negroes
out of town were arrested , on a
drunkeness and disorderly conduct
charge; Howard Moses, who was J
released on bond given by Ins
father, W. M. Moses and Harlic
Houston, for whom Oscar . Dills
gave bond.. They are. from the
Pine Grove section. Warrants are
out for several more. Hearing will
be in the mayor's court Monday,
May 5.- '-. . " - ;" .
According to Chief Baird, who
was looking out for the return
of some of the boys to town last
Saturday night, the trouble started
two weeks before when Wilburm
McDowell of. Ell i jay, who w's in
toxicated, was incited by compan
ions to attack Graham Love, pur
suing his duties as porter in front
of the Bryson hotel. Love, who, it
is said, was an innocent bystand
er, defended himself, and in the
fight which resulted, McDowell
was knocked down.
A group of about eight con
gregated across the street from
the hotel last Saturday after dark
and chased Love in the hotel.
While arresting two of these, Chief
Baird said, another gang of about
15 assembled in front of the court
house and threatened a group of
negroes near the drinking fountain
across the street. These were dis
persed and two more arrested.
Rioters Ar misted
Those locked .up were arrested
o,n the charge of "unlawfully and
wilfully participating in a riot and
aiding and abetting in a riot." .
They were Wilburn McDowell
and Wesley Tyler of Ellijay, for
whom a neighbor, C, Tom Bryson
gave bond; Harold Henry and
Orvel Simmons, who live near
town, bond for the latter being
made by Dr. Furrnan Angel and
John Hauser. On Monday morn
ing Tommy Bates, formerly of
Skeenah, was arrested.
McDowell, 17 years old, who, it
is said, started the trouble by at
tacking Graham Love, is from the
CCC camp at Otto, having been
given leave to go home to help
with the crop. His father, Frank
McDowell, is a tunnel foreman on
the Nantahala project
Wesley Tyler is the Son of Tom
Tyler, for many years superin
tendent of the Sugar Fork church.
Neither boy, it is said, has been
in the hands of the law before.
On ' Tuesday Hays Crisp, who
lives up Walnut .Creek, was arrett
ed and bond was given by Lester
TOWN CLEAN UP
Arthur Pannell Reports
Hauling Tons Of
Arthur Pannell, who directs the
removal of the town's, garbage,', re
ports that Franklin has never be
fore had such a thorough cleaning
up a is being carried on at the
present time. He says "Our clean
up campaign has been a grand
success, When people ask me, why
I am late coming around, I ex
plain that there has been so much
trash to be moved that it is hard
to handle it." , .-
In speaking of the sewage, dis
posal facilities, George Dean, town
clerks .stated that all difficulties
caused by flooding last year had
been overcome, and that the. town
board had acquired several acres
more adjoining land that would
take care of disposal problems for
the next 20 years. He stated that
all state sanitary . requirements
were being strictly met.
Besides the cleaning up and re
moval of trash accumulations, there
is evidence on all streets that
planting and painting' are beauti
fying residence streets. When the
town force is able to cover the
back alleys the town will present
a pleasing appearance.
.The Chamber of Commerce, the
Garden Club- and many business
firms cooperating with the local
authorities in response to the may
If any removal of trash has been
overlooked, a phone call to' the
town office will bring'the truck.
Civil court is in session this
week with Judge Felix E. Alley
The case of Browning vs. Breen
involving land titles occupied most
of the time of the court, and went
to the jury at noon Thursday.
Severe Forest Fire
On The Nantahala Caused
By Carelessness .
By JOHN WASILIK. JR.
District Forest Ranger
Last Tuesday, April 15, a forest
fire was reported by Cowee and
Wayah Bald Lookouts in the Ber
ry Cove. This' fire burned over 50
acres and required many hours of
hard Work before it was controlled
bv 30 CCC enrollees from Camp
Poor judgment and insufficient
help by a local farmer, who burn
ed his brush piles on one of the
driest days of the season was the
cause of this fire.
Not content with that blaze the
brush burner was intent on burn
ing his brush piles, so on Friday,
April 18, he set some more piles
a fire. Again the lookouts spied
the fire and sent in a CCC crew
from Camp F-23, but this time the
brush burner had the .fire under
control so that no help was-needed.
On Saturday, April 18, a third
fire was started from the partly
burned, unguarded brush piles of
the day before and flames leaped
up the ridge to the ConMn knob
accompanied by huge billows of
smoke that could be seen . from
Franklin and surrounding country.
This fire burned over 200 acres
and required hard fighting by 100
men to put it under control.
Ranger Wiese of . the Sumter Na
tional Forest sent in a crew of 15
men. Project Superintendent Jones
of Camp F-23, Otto sent in five
CCC crews-of 15 men each under
foreman Stewart, Setser, Waldroop,
Glance and Siler.
At least 30 farmers who own
land adjacent to the fire .spent
many hours of hard fire fighting
without compensation trying to
saivfc their fences and their timber
This fire caused severe damage to
the standing timber. Several hun
dred cords of chestnut acidwood
was burned up while that which
remains is a charred mass.
The damage to the top soil was
severe burning off the humus down
to the mineral soil. It will take
nature many years to build back
the rich top soil. All game on the
burned area was destroyed and
the cost of fighting this fire will
Since such fires are man-caused
they can be avoided if brush burn
ers will take the. neces.sary pre
cautions shown on the back of
their permits when they burn
brush. They should pick out favor
able weather, usually after a rain,
burn one pile at a time, burn down
hill, clear around each pile, use
small piles, have plenty of help
and use good judgment above all.
Register next Saturday! On
Tuesday, May - , 1941, the
voters of Franklin will go to
the polls to elect a ''mayor and
six aldermen. It is the duty of
every voter within the city of
Franklin to register that he or
she may vote in this election.
Register . Saturday. "
On April. 12, thirteen voters
registered, on April 19, twenty
One voters registered. This is a
very small ratio of those en-'
titled, to vote. Register Satur
day.. ', :-
, This is a non-partisan elec
tion members of both political
parties being candidates-and
no voter should fail to regis
ter. Register Saturday,
Delays Report On 1
Death Of Riddle
Following the death of Clyde
Riddle, foreman on the Nantahala
project from a dynamite explosion
Saturday afternoon, the Macon
county coroner's inquest was con
tinued until more witnesses could
be questioned. The second meet
ing was held at the courthouse in
Franklin Tuesday morning. The
verdict of the jury will be made
Saturday, it was; stated.
Mr. Riddle, 24, of Marshall,
Route 1, was killed instantly about
4 o'clock, near the dam, by a- blast
that had been set at the rock
quarry. Eye witnesses stated that
he either misunderstood the signal
or that it did not work.
Mr. Riddle is survived by his
widow, his mother, Mrs. Hattie
Riddle ; three brothers, Jonah, Noah
and Clement, and two sisters, Mrs.
Richmond Meadows and Miss Zet
ta Riddle, all of Marsliall. Funeral
services were held Sunday after
noon at the Caney Fork Baptist
church in Madison county.
James Elmore, 59
Succumbs To Pneumonia
Final services for James Elmore,
59, were held on Tuesday morn
ing at 11 o'clock, at the Liberty
Baptist church. The Rev. Robert
Williams, pastor officiated, assisted
by the Rev. G. ,W. Davis, pastor
of the Cowee Baptist church and
the Rev. Joseph Bishop, a Macon
county Baptist minister. Burial was
in the church cemetery.
Mr. Elmore died in Angel hos
pital on Monday monning at -8:30
o'clock following a three days ill'
ness due to - influenza and pneu
monia. He was a son of the late
John Thomas . Elmore and Mary
Green Elmore. He was born on
January o, lsfti and' resided in ;
the Leatlverman community until
1928 when he moved to Franklin
where he has lived since,
Mr. Elmore w.orked . for the
Franklin Mineral Products until
1937 when he' retired on account
of ill health. He joined the Liberty
Baptist church in boyhood but lat
er transferred his membership to
the Wells Grove Baptist church.
The pallbearers, all nephews, in
cluded Harry Potts, Floyd Cardon,
Jr., Theodore Elmore, Jack Hen
son, Paul Potts, and ' Dorsey El
more. Surviving are the widow, the
former Miss Callie Lakey, of Etna,
and three children, Mrs. Olin Gra
ham, Clinton and Nelson Elmore,
all of. Franklin ; two brothers, J. B.
Elmore, of West's Mill and Homer
Elmore, o,f Leatherman, and five
.sisters, Mrs. C. T. Truitt, of Etna;
Mrs. Dolly Potts and Mrs. Rob
ert Rickman, of West's Mill; Mrs.
Flovd Cardon, of Svlva and Mrs.
M. D, DeHart, of Lakeland, Fla.
Also two grandchildren.
Funeral Services For
Mrs. Angel Of Ellijay
Funeral services for Mrs. Jane
Elizabeth Angel, 91, were held on
Monday afternoon at the home in
Ellijay township. The Rev. Philip
Green, pastor on the -Franklin
Circuit, was in charge of the serv
ices. Interment was in the Angel
Mrs. Angel died on Sunday night
at .8:30 o'clock following an illness
of three weeks. Death was caused
from pneumonia. She was bom and
raised in the Ellijay community
and had lived her entire life in
Macon county She was a daughter
of the late Washington and Polly
Haze Angel. She married Melvin
Angel who preceded her in death
about 20 years ago.
Surviving are three children,
Brabson Angel, of Franklin, James
J. Angel, of Baker Ore., and Mrs.
M. C Mashbum, of Ellijay, with
whom she lived; one sister, Mrs.
Ode 'Cabe, Five grandchildren and
The pallbearer . were David
Angel. Mafk Norris, Robert Ful
ton, Leonard Home, Ray Dowdle
and .Charles An get
Dr. Hunter To Speak;
Commencement .exercises' of the
Franklin; high,, school will bcuin
Sunday, April 27, with services f
be held i,n the, Macon Theatre' at
8 o'clock. The Baccalaureate ser
mon will be preached by the Rev,
J. L. Stokes II.
The processional march from
"Aida" by Verdi,' will be played
by Mr.s. Henry W. Cabe, who will
direct the music. The invocation
will be said by the Rev. C. F.
Rogers and the scripture lesson
read and prayer offered by the
Rev. A. Rufus Morgan.'
The choral club will sing "Emitte
Spiritum Tumiri" by Schuetky. The
class song, ''God Bless America"
will be sung by the senior class;
The .seniors will march out of the
theatre by the March from "Tann
hauser" by Richard Wagner.
D. Hunter Tp Make Address
The Commencement' address to
the graduating class will be de
livered by Dr. H. T. Hunter, pres
ident of Western Carolina Teach
ers college, and diplomas will be
conferred by Superintendent Guy
L. Houk. W. H. Finley, principal,
will announce the awards.
Katherine Long will deliver the
salutatory and John Wasilik the
valedictory. The presentation . of
the senior gift will be made by
Following is the list of prospec
Mamie Addington, Mary Adding
ton, Frances Ashe, Mary Evelyn,
Angel, ' Gladys Baldwin, Conley
Bradley, Allan Brooks, Jr., Ken'
neth Bryant, Geneva Buchanan,
Arthur Cabe, Don Cabe, Frank
Crisp, Marie Conley, Helen Jo Con
ley, Katherine Conley, H. D. Cor
bin, R. L. Crawford, Henderson
Dean, Christine Dills, Porter Dun
can, Mona Lee Edwards, Tva Lee
Frady, Doris Fouts, Keith Gregory,
Ruby Gregory, Felix Hall, Kathryn
Ann Huggins, T. L. Jamison, Edith
Kirnsey, Louise Kinsland, Claude
Leatherman, William Lcdford, Vir
ginia Lenoir, Kathryn Long, Bob
McClure, J. R. McCracken, Ella
Moore, Louise Murray, Andy Pat
ton, Lewis Patton, Dorothy Pen
land, Virginia Tcnland, Helen
Potts Higdon, Dorothy Reid, Mat
tie Faye 'Rogers, Blake Roland,
tie Faye Rogers, Blake Rowland,
Pauline Rowland, Jennie Scott,
Edna Shepherd, Richard Sloan,
John Smith, Evelyn Sondheimer,
George . Tessier, John Wasilik,
Pauline Wild, Earl Vonncc, Vir
ginia Zachary, Edith Miller and
Mary Evelyn Moore.
Not Apt To Up Tax Rate
George Dean, town clerk, in ex
plaining details concerning the
proposed bond election, said Mon
day, "The voting on. May 6 will
be in the nature of a referendum.
If the people are in fax or of com
plctiing the present street improve
ment and paving other streets the
bond election will be called. So far,
all whom I have heard have ex
pressed themselves in favor of it."
Both Mayor Harrison and Mr.
Dean expressed themselves as
doubtful that the raising of the
necessary amount over a period of
20 years would increase the tax
rate at all. "The rate at present
is only 95 cents," Mr. Dean said,
"and in view of the fact that the
town has recently retired $32,000
worth of 6 per cent bonds and the
rate on the proposed bonds being
4 per cent, the financing of the
work through a WPA grant would
be all to the town's advantage.
Speaking of present finances he
stated further that the town now
has nearly enough in the sinking
fund to pay off tenn bonds.
The project under a WPA grant
asks only 25 per cent sponsorship
from the town, Which would be
covered by the amount of $10,000.
Part of this amount the town al-.
ready owns in its quarry, rock
crusher, three trucks, concrete
mixer, air compressor and drill,
which WPA uses on a rental basis,
and furnishes all labor and small
A detailed statement of street
improvement was given in the April
10 issue of this paper.
Rummage Sale Saturday
The Mary Allman Missionary so
ciety will hold a rummage sale
on Saturday. April 26, on Main
street in front of the tennis courts,
pext to T. C Blaine's store.