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VOL. LXII? NO. 5
FRANKLIN, N. C., THl'RSDAY, JANUARY 30, 1947
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NEW FARM COOP
TO HOLD MEET
MONDAY^ AT 10
Directors Tc Be Chosen;
Any Macon Farmer May
Become Member
The organization meeting of
the new Macon County Farm
ers Cooperative, Incorporated,
will be held Monday morning
at 10 o'clock at the Agricultural
building.
At the meeting, the old Ma
con County Mutual Soil Con
servation Association, Inc., made
up of demonstration farmers,
will be dissolved, and stockhold
ers in the new cooperative,
which will take its place, will
elect directors. The directors, in
turn, will choose officers of the
grganization.
Membership in the new organ
ization is open to any farmer
in the county, and farmer
membership may be obtained by
buying one or more shares of
common stock at $1 per share.
S. W. Mendenhall, county
agent, announced that the
meeting also will be marked by
discussion of the proposal that
a 100-bushel-to-the-acre corn
club be organized, and- by the
showing of sound motion pic
tures on hay making and poul
try raising.
The meeting, Mr. Mendenhall
said, will be one of the most
important farm gatherings this
year, and every farmer in the
county Is invited to attend.
The new cooperative is de
signed to save local farmers
money on purchases by the co
operative group buying of seed,
fertilizer, machinery, feed, etc.,
and to sell the products of the
farm for the highest price ob
tainable.
The new corporation has an
authorized capital stock of
$100,000, with common and pre
ferred stock. Sixty-seven thou
sand shares of common stock,
to be sold to farmers only, and
33,000 shares of preferred stock,
for sale to the general public,
are available. All shares have a
par value of $1.
Benefit Dance Planned
Friday At Otto School
A benefit dance will be held
at 7:30 p. m. January 31, at
the Otto school, it has been an
nounced. Proceeds will go to
ward raising this county's quota
for the polio fund.
Do You
Remember . . . ?
(Looking backward through
the files of The Press)
50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Collector Sam L. Rogers came
over from Asheville yesterday
and sold 26 head Of fine beef
cattle that averaged 1,210
pounds to the head, making
31,460 pounds.
A petition is being signed
asking the legislature to pass
an act to prohibit the manu
facture or sale of spirituous
liquors within -three miles of
every church and school In Ma
con county.
25 YEARS AGO
The MacDowell Music club
met with Miss Margaret Rogaes
on Wednesday.
The following program was
presented, with Miss Rogers as
leader: *
\f Current events.
2. Comparison of lives of
Balaklrew and Rimsky-Korsak
ov ? Mrs. W. H. Crawford.
3. Piano Solo, "Novelette",
Rimsky-Korsakov ? Mrs. Harry
Hlgglns.
4. Vocal Solo, "Cradle Song,"
Rimsky-Korsakov ? Miss Lynn
Johnston.
The Invited guests were Mrs.
8 L. Franks, Mrs. Mahaffey,
Mrs. J. S. Sloan, Mrs. Q. A.
Jones, Mrs. T. J. Johnston, Mrs.
M. D. Billings, and Mrs. R ,T.
Smith.
10 YEARS AGO '
W C. Burrell, local Chevrolet
automobile dealer, started work
Tuesday grading a site on Oast
Main street, preparatory to
construction of a new garage
and automobile show room. The
property, a double lot between
the Nantahala Inn and the Wat
kins hotel, was recently pur
chased by Mr. Burrell from the
Berry helrt at a price reported
in the neighborhood of $3,000.
FFA Boys
Win District Meet, Enter
State Contest
The seed judging team of the
Franklin Future Farmers, hav
ing won first place in the see<J
judging contest at Clyde Wed
nesday of last week, today
(Thursday) is in Shelby, com
peting in the state contest.
At Clyde,, the Franklin boys,
competing against eight other
teams from this end of the
state, were awarded the banner.
Second place went to the Bethel
team, and third to the group
from Bryson City.
Members of the Franklin team
are Hayes Gregory, George
Crawford, and Foy Dryman.
Gregory and Crawford were the
two boys making the highest
scores.
The team was accompanied
to Shelby today by E. J. Whit
mfre, Jr., vocational agriculture
teacher here.
The contest in Shelby is be
ing held In connection with the
annual meeting there of the
Certified Seed Growers of North
Carolina.
1946 RAINFALL
HERE 56 INCHES
Highest T emperature
Was 91 Degrees,
Lowest 8
Franklin in 1946 had a total
ol 56.57 inches of rainfall, fig
ures compiled by G. L. Houk,
official weather observer here,
show.
Last year is the first complete
year on which official weather
figures were kept here.
Mr. Houk's weather summary
for the year also reveals that
the highest temperature record
ed in 1946 was 91 degrees, on
July 11. The temperature soar
ed above the eighties on only
two other days. It reached 90 on
the eighth of June and again
on August 8.
The lowest temperature last
year was 8 degrees, recorded on
January 2. The mean for the
entire year was 58.3.
The wettest month in 1946
was January, when the precipi
ation totaled 7.68 inches. No
vember, which had a rainfall
of only 2.67 was the driest.
The greatest rainfall in a
single 24-hour period occurred
on February 10, when 326
inches of rain fell.
ftne hundred twenty-three?
almost exactly one-third ? of
the 365 days in the year were
rainy.
The total rainfall by months
follows:
January, 7.68 inches; Febru
ary, 5.29; March, 7.62; April,
4.62; May, 6.88; June, 3.36; July,
4.79; August, 3.29; September,
3.47; October, 284; November,
2.67; and December, 4.06.
Addington
Named Assi&tant Agent
In Forsyth County
Brownlow Addington, of
Franklin, Route 2, recently was
appointed assistant county farm
agent In Forsyth county, and
he and Mrs. Addington and
their young son left Monday for
Winston-Salem.
Mr. Addington Is the fourth
Macon county person In recent
weeks to receive appointments
in the agricultural extension
service.
The others are Miss Marie
Scott, who is now home demon
stration agent in Avery county,
Wayne Franklin, county agent
In Avery, and Miss Barbara
Hurst, who was promoted from
assistant to home demonstra
tion agent in Caldwell county.
Mr Addington attended the
Franklin High school, where he
took vocational training in agri
culture, and was recently grad
uated from N. C. State college,
with a B. S. degree in animal
husbandry, having returned to
school after his discharge from
the armed forces.
Prior to accepting the For
syth county position, Mr. Ad
dington assisted his father, J.
W. Addington, in the operation
of the Addington dairy farm.
J. S. Conley, 111 At
Home Here, Improving
J. 8. Conley, widely known
Franklin business man and civic
leader, who has been seriously
111 at hU home for the put 10
days. Is showing marked Im
provement, members of his fam
ily mM Thursday.
PLAN LECTURES
HERE ON WORLD
UNDERSTANDING
4 Noted Speakers To Be
Brought To Franklin
By Rotary Club
Four lectures on international
understanding and cooperation
will be brougnt to Framuin uus
winter by the Franklin Rotary
club, club officials announced
this week.
The speakers, said to be au
thorities in their fields, were
selected by Rotary International
to deliver ls;tures in communi
ties throughout the country.
The first of the lectures will
be heard here Friday, February
14; the second will come a week
later; the third is scheduled for
February 28; and the fourth
for March 6.
Each speaker will be heard
twice. In the afternoon, he will
address the high school students
for the Franklin school; at 7:30
o'clock in the evening, his lec
ture will be for adults.
Tickets for the evening lec
tures, which are open to the
general public, may be obtained
from any member of the Frank
lin Rotary club.
All eight addresses will be at
the Methodist church. It was
explained that one of the
church auditoriums seemed more
desirable for the purpose than
either the courthouse or the
school, and that the Methodist
church was selected as having
the largest auditorium of the
four churches here.
The general theme of the lec
ture series is "Is Cooperation
Possible?"
The first speaker will be Ger
hart Seger, whose topic will be
"Getting Together in Europe".
Mr. Seger is a former member
of the German Reichstag, who
escaped from a Nazi concentra
tion camp in 1933 and came to
the United States.
"Getting Together in the
Orient" will be the subject of
the second lecture, set for Feb
ruary 21. The speaker will be
W. Leon Godshall, of Bethle
hem, Penn. Dr. Godshall is as
sociate professor of diplomatic
history and international rela
tions at Lehigh university.
Morris H. Coers, who will be
the speaker February 28, served
overseas in World War 2 as a
field director of the American
Red Cross, has traveled exten
sively in Europe and the Near
? Continued on Page Teji
Macon Farms
Change Hands
In Two Deals
C. W. Henderson, widely
known Macon farmer, figured
in two recent farm real estate
deals.
Mr. Henderson sold his farm,
situated in the Gneiss commuh
ity, to Mr. and Mrs. Van Thom
as, and Mr. Henderson then
bought the farm owned by J.
T. McCoy, in the Rabbit Creek
section.
Stamps on the deeds indi
cated that the Henderson farm,
of about 125 acres, sold for ap
proximately $17,000, and that
about $11,000 was involved in
the transfer of the 90-acre Rab
bit Creek farm of Mr. McCoy
to Mr. Henderson.
Mr. Henderson, who is recog
nized as one of the leading
produce growers in the county,
and Mrs. Henderson plan to
move to their new farm at an
early date.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, as a
result of their purchase, plan
to expand their fruit, vegetable,
and produce production, through
which they are well known in
Highlands, especially among the
summer residents.
53 Men F rem This
County Enlisted
In Navy In 1946
Fifty-three young men
from Macon County enlist
ed in the navy during 1946,
it lias been announced by
the navy recruiting station
in Asheville.
Macon stood in ininth
place in total enlistments
among the 15 counties in
the Asheville station's dis
trict. Enlistments fnom Ma
con represents about 8 per
cent of the total of 691
who joined the inavy from
the 15 counties.
In addition to navy en
listments, 15 Macon men
entered the armed services
through selective service.
The local draft board's rec
ords for Uhe year show that
13 registrants were accept
ed by the army, and two by
the navy.
Figures on army enlist
ments are not available.
I
STORE ROBBED
IN HIGHLANDS
$2,000 In Goods, Money,
Fixtures, Taken From
Reeves Hardware
Reeves Hardware store in
Highlands was robbed of mer
chandise fixtures, and money
with a total value estimated at
between $1,500 and $2,000, some
time last Thursday nightl
Entrance was gained by break
ing in the back door, investigat
ing officers, said. They added
that the thieves apparently
wore gloves, since it has proved
impossible to get fingerprints.
A handprint, apparently that
of a woman, was found in dust
on the counter, but no finger
prints were obtained.
The store carried no burglary
insurance, it was said.
Items hauled away included
the cash register, containing
about $70 in cash and $30 in
checks; eight electric heaters;
three electric irons; three hot
?plates; 48 pocketknives; the
store's adding machine; carpen- j
ter tools, including vises, planes, I
levels, and hammers; trouble
lights; pen and pencil sets; and
two radios.
The robbery was discovered
by Manager Henry Whitmire
when he opened the store Fri
day morning. He immediately
notified officers, and an investi
gation was made by Highlands'
police chief, Olin S. Dryman,
State Highway Patrolman
Pritchard Smith, Jr., and Dep
uties Walter Dean and Oscar
Dills of the sheriff's office.
The officers said they sus
pected Percy Webb, serving time
for robbery, who is A. W. O. L.
from the prison camp for the
fourth time. They searched his
house in the North Middle
Creek section, but found none
of the loot. They saw Webb,
however, and gave chase for a
mile, but he outdistanced them.
The robbery is believed to
have occurred in the early
morning hours of Friday, since
Miss Sara Gilders, who lives over
her store nearby, heard noises
at the rear of the Reeves store
about 2 or 3 o'clock Friday
morning, and Fred Edwards,
who lives over his store, in the
same vicinity, reported seeing
a strange stripdown driving
about the town between 11 p. m.
and 3 a. m.
Since the ground was frozen
at the time, the officers said,
it was not possible to find ve
hicle wheel prints at the rear
of the store.
W. E. (Emory) Hunnlcutt, who
has been suffering from an in
fected foot, was able to return
to his home Tuesday, after
several days' treatment at
Angel hospital.
Here's Story Of Horse
That Committed Suicide
This is the story of a horse
that committed suicide.
The story is vouched for by
Lawrence Myers, who lives in
the Bonny Crest section.
About 2 o'clock last Saturday
morning the horse broke out of
his stall in Mr. Myers' barn
His tracks led down by the
Myers home, then to the rail
road. down the railroad to the
DUlsDoro highway, and then to
ward the Little Tennessee river.
Tracking him the next morn
lng, the Myers family found
that he ran down the bank of
the river to the Hays block
plant, where he apparently
jumped Into the river.
At 9 a. m. the body was seen
at the old Jim Ed Angel place,
below the Lake Emory dam,
floating downstream.
The animal was a favorite of
Mr. Myers' son, Lawrence, and
the boy can't understand the
action of his pet.
$40,000 Freezer
Plant To Be Built
Two Franklin
Bills Pending
In Assembly
Representative McGlamery has
introduced bills in the general
assembly which would change
the law relating to the issuance
of bonds by the Town of
Franklin and would permit the
town to employ persons who do
not live inside the corporate
limits.
Under a special local law en
acted several years ago, Frank
lin now may not issue bonds
without approval by a majority j
of the registered voters ? that
is, all who do nqt vote in such
a bond election are counted as
having voted! against the bond
issue.
Mr. McGlamery's bill, pending
in the assembly, would repeal
that act and place Franklin
under the provisions of the gen
eral law of the state, including
the provision requires only a
majority of those voting to au
thorize a bond issue.
The bill was passed by the
house Tuesday and sent to the
senate.
The second McGlamery bill
would permit the Town of
Franklin to employ non-resi
dents of the town as police
men, fire chief, town clerk, etc.
Under the present law, a man
living even a few feet outside
the town limits is ineligible for
these positions. The law requir
ing the mayor and members of
the board of aldermen to be
residents of the town is un
changed.
A similar bill for the Town
of Highlands was introduced by
? Continued on Page Ten
Developments
Show Healthy
Trends Here
Healthy business trends in
Franklin were indicated this
week by three developments:
1. The Franklin Top and Up
holstery Company, owned and
operated by Ray Delong, form
erly of Gainesville, Ga., and
Atlas Supply Company, dealers
in feeds and hardware, an
nounced the opening of new
business as here. The Atlas Sup
ply Company is owned by J. A.
Dillard, of Dillard, Ga., and the
local store will be managed by
P. A. Crunkleton, formerly of
Dillard, Ga. A third firm which
plans to open for business soon
is the Dixie Grill, owned and
operated by Mr. and Mrs. K. F.
Montague. Announcement also
was made tftis week of the or
ganization of the Franklin Froz
en Foods, Inc., to erect and
open a large freezer locker plant
in Franklin.
2. Two long established firms
here ? Franklin Hardware Com
pany and Angel's Drug Store ?
have nearly completed expand
ing their present facilities, in
cluding increasing their present
floor space.
3. Two leading Franklin stores
this week listed in their adver
tisements in The Press articles
for sale which have been scarce
for the past several years, in
dicating easing up of the short
age situation.
Committee Kills
McGlamery Bill
On Haulers' Fees
Representative McGlamery's
bill to exempt private or con
tract haulers, who are residents
of Macon County, from the pro
vision of the state law that
prescribes an additional motor
vehicle license charge for over
loading of trucks, has been un
favorably reported by the house
committee on roads.
This action kills the measure.
The committee also acted ad
versely on a similar measure
Introduced by Rep. H. M. Moore,
of Clay county.
BTU Officers' Council
To Meet Here February 6
The Officers' council of the
Macon County Baptist Training
union will meet at the Frank
lin Baptist church at 7:30 p. m.,
February 6. All officers are ex
pected to be present.
Plan 500 Small Lockers,
Space For Dealers,
Curing Room
Plans for construction of a
commercial freezer locker plant
here were revealed this week
when it was announced that a
new corporation ? Franklin
Frozen Foods, Inc. ? has been
organized.
The incorporators are E. J.
Whitmire, Jr., Charles Siler
Slagle, and Oscar Ledford. The
two latter will be in active
charge of the business
The building and equipment
are expected to involve an in
vestment of $40,000 or more.
Present plans call for the be
ginning of operations next fall,
providing building materials and
enuipment are available
In addition to offering service
and freezer lockers to the aver
age family, the building will
have space for wholesale stor
age of meats, frJits, and vege
tables, for use by merchants,
butchers, and slaughterers, and
a curing room for pork.
The firm also will buy and
sell meat wholesale.
Five hundred freezer lockers
are planned.
Service will include the cut
ting, wrapping, and freezing of
meats; the dressing, cutting, and
freezing of chickens; and the
freezing of fruits.
A two-story building, 40 by
60 feet, is to be erected at a
site yet to be determined. The
structure will be of tile or ce
ment block construction, it wa?
said.
The new corporation, the
charter for which will be filed
with the secretary of state early
next week, has an authorized
capital stock of $100,000.
The three incorporators are
all experienced in the handling
of meats. Mr. Whitmire, a grad
uate of State college, is voca
tional agriculture teacher here
and is widely recognized as an
authority on farming, particu
larly animal husbandry. Mr.
Slagle and Mr. Ledford both
were vocational agriculture stu
dents in the high school here,
and Mr. Slagle taught the
handling of meats at State col
lege for six months, following
his graduation from that insti
tution, while Mr. Ledford has
had several years' experience in
the meat business in retail
markets here.
Presbyterians
Raise $6,485 For Church
Enlargement Project
A total of $6,485 has been
raised to date, in cash and
pledges, for the proposed en
largement and modernizing of
the Franklin Presbyterian
church, according to J. Ward
Long, treasurer. The goal is $10,
000.
The money is to be used for
construction of an educational
annex at the rear of the pres
ent church, installation of a
central heating system, and re
storation of the bell tower and
steeple, struck by lightning
several' years ago.
Mr. Long said contributions
from members of the church
and from business men of the
community who are not mem
bers of the Presbyterian church
are very gratifying.
It is hoped that construction
can get under way this spring.
Alexandria Labor Union
Headed By Macon Native
Hal Roper, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Harley Roper of Franklin,
last week was elected president
of the Central Labor union at
Alexandria, Va., according to
word received here. Mr. Roper,
who has lived at Fairfax, Va.,
for the past 10 years, was born
and reared in Macon County
and attended the Franklin High
school.
The Weather
High Low Prec.
January 23 53 18
January 24 , 60 37
January 25 52 41 .10
January 26 62 41 .14
January 27 64 25
January 28 67 25
January 29 69 34
Rainfall for 7-day period, .24
of an Inch.
Rainfall for year to date, 10.29
I Inches.
    

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