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VOL. LXII? NO. zo
FRANKLIN, N. C.. THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1947
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LOCAL SOFTBAU
LEAGUE HEADED
BY MENDENHALL
Season To Open May 19;
Two Double-headers
Planned Weekly
Sam Mendenhall was elected
president of the Franklin Soft
ball league, with BlU Crawford
as assistant, for the year 1947
by a committee consisting of
the Softball managers of each
team, who met at the Invitation
of the Lions club to organize
the softball league for the sea
son.
Proposed teams and the?.'
managers are Burrell Motoi
Company, C. W. Mooney; Amer
ican Legion and V. F. W., man
agers not yet selected; Nanta
haLa Power and Light Company,
Fred Vaughn; Franklin Rotary,
John Archer; Oilers, (Slack's),
Jack Allred; Zickgraf Hardwood
Company, Herman Teems.
May 19 was set as opening
date and two double-header
games are to be played each
week ? Wednesdays and Fridays
? for a period of 12 weeks.
The following rules were
agreed upon by the committee,
of managers i
1. The teams may obtain the
services of any person they de
sire, regardless of the organiza
tion he belongs to.
2. The games are to start
promptly at 8 p. m. If any team
is not ready at that time, the
gaime will be played but the
tardy team will forfeit It.
3. Any team may pick up as
many as two players from the
stands in case it does not have
sufficient number of players,
but they may not belong to an
other team. If it is necessary
to get more than two players
from the stands, the game will
be considered a forfeit game,
such practice for the lighting
expense.
6. If any game is called off
due to rain, the game will not
be played until the end of the
season. , ,
7. The umpires for each game
will be selected before each
game by the managers of
each team and Mr. Mendenhall.
50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
The name selected last Fri
day for the U. C. V. camp was
the name of a brave officer who
fell at his post of duty, at the
head of his company. Charles
L. Robinson was an officer of
Co. H, 16th N. C. regiment. He
was commissioned 2nd Lieuten
ant May 14, 1861, from Macon
county, wounded June 26, 1862,
at Mechanicsville, and killed
May 3, 1863, at Chancellorsvllle.
Thursday morning Judge
Brown called the foreman ot
the grand jury Into the court
room and instructed him to call
to the attention of the county
commissioners the filthy condi
tion of the courtroom and to
take steps to have it cleaned
up and repairs^; to have tne
floor scoured; the walls white
washed; and have matting up
in the bar and aisles.
25 YEARS AGO
The commencement exercises
of the Iotla High school will be
held on May 18-20. The operet
I ta, "The Pennant" which has
been prepared by the students
of the high school, will be an
unusual feature of program, as
an entertalqritent of this kind
has never byOre been presented
at Iotla. The speakers In recita
tion contest Friday evening are
as follows: Guy Bennett, Nellie
Buckner, Oda Nina Ray, Laura
Jacobs, Maud Keener, Nina Ray,
Bessie Swafford, and Hallie Tlp
pett.
10 YEARS AGO
The annual association meet
ing of the Woman's Missionary
Union will meet with the Cowee
Baptist church on Thursday,
May 20. Speakers for the day
will be Dr. Harvey Clarke, mis
sionary to Japan, and Rev. J. C.
Pipes, missionary of Western
North Carolina. Mrs. Edna Har
ris, state secretary of WMU,
and Mrs. J. B. Morgan, superin
tendent of AshevUle division ot
W. M. V? will also be present.
HONOR STUDENTS
HAZEL ROBINSON
Valedictorian
FREDRICK CORBIN
Salutatorian
Hazel Robinson, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Hi C. Robinson, of
Franklin, Route 1, .will deliver
the valedictory address at Fri
day night's Franklin High school
graduation exercises. Her four
year average grade was 95.9.
Fredrick Corbin, who will give
the salutatory, has a four-year
average of 94.6. He is the 9on
of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Oorbin, of
Cullasaja.
SCH00LF1NALS
SETFORFRJDAY
Graduation Exercises To
Be Held At 7:30
At Auditorium
The more than three score
members of the graduating class
of the Franklin High school will
be presented their diplomas by
County Supt. O. L. Houk in ex
ercises in the school auditorium
at 7:30 o'clock tomorrow (Fri
day) night.
The valedictory and saluta
tory addresses ? by Hazel Rob
inson and Fredrick Corbin, re
spectfully, the presentation of
awards by Principal George H.
School Will Continue
Througlh Next Tuesday
Friday night will mark the
close of the Franklin school
commencement, but it isn't
the end <of school for non
seniors. Examinations will
be held all day Monday,
and students will report at
the school Tuesday at 2 p.
m. to receive their report
cards.
Hill, and special musical num
bers will be other features of
the program.
The mathematics award will
go to Furman Corbin; that In
agriculture to Hayes Gregory;
home economics, Virginia Brook
shlre; citizenship, Mary Frances
Dalrymple; social science, How
ard Horsley; English, Marjorle
Constance; athletics, Howard
Penland; science, Mac Duncan;
and commercial, Imogene
Moses. A special certificate for
perfect attendance will go to
Elizabeth DeHart. And a $100
award has been offered by Dr.
Furman Angel to the student in
the entire school making the
highest general average for the
year, but the student selected
has not been announced.
A musical feature of the pro
gram will be a girls' chorus, di
rected by Mrs. Helen Manning,
which will sing "Nepolttan
Nights".
Commencement activities
? Owtinud On Jhtf Elf bt
IS ENLARGING
FACILITIES AT
AIRPORT HERE
Zickgraf Buys Interest Of
Meyer; Field Being
Raised, Extended
The following statement, ex
plaining the work now under
way at the Franklin airport,
was made this week by the
owner:
Much interest has been ar
roused by the vast amount of
v/ork that is being done at the
Franklin Airport. Oscar A.
Meyer, Jr., who for the past
three years has been operating
the Myer Flying service at the
Franklin Airport, recently sold
his interest to Grant L. Zick
graf, whose intentions are the
enlarging of the present facili
ties, and offering to the town
jf Franklin, and the surround
ing territory, a modern airport
and training facilities.
For the past three weeks, a
large crew of bulldozers, road
patrol, trucks and men have
been busy raising the level of
the present landing field some
18 inches, and extending to a
field 2,800 feet and a new taxi
strip on the east side of the
field, some 50 feet in width, in
addition to the main landing
strip. The main runway is be
ing so constructed and drained
that at all times most any size
planes can . be accommodated in
any type of weather.
A repair shop or nangar nas
been erected containing some
2,000 square feet of floor space
with concrete floors so that any
plane landing here can be serv
iced and repaired on the spot.
Mr. Zickgraf states that he
has leased the flying field to
Mr. Robert A Cooper, who for
the past three years has been
operating the Meyer Flying serv
ice at this field.
Mr. Cooper, during the past
war was an army primary in
structor and is a licensed pilot
and instructor under the Civil
Aeronautics administration, hav
ing had his license and been ac
tively engaged in flying and in
structions since 1935. During Mr.
Cooper's time at the local air
port, some twenty-four enthu
siasts have received their in
structions and learned to fly.
At this time there are 15 air
planes based at this airport,
many of them privately owned
by business men of Franklin
and the surrounding commun
ities.
Mr. Cooper states that he is
busy constructing, in connec
tion with the office, lounges
and built in lockers for his stu
dents. In the office will be maps
and bulletin boards giving
weather data and other inform
ation to the flying public.
There will always be someone
on duty to give the general pub
lic information as to flying
schedules and connections with
the commercial air lines in other
cities.
Upon the completion of the
work now in progress, the local
airport will receive a "Govern
ment Non-Schedule Air Carrier
Certificate".
About June 1, a "GI" train
ing program will begin. This
program, which is for the ben
efit of veterans, will enable
them to secure private pilots
license, covering between eight
and fourteen weeks of instruc
? Continued on Pafe Eight
Elect Gaines
As President
Of Lions Club
Robert R. (Bob) Gaines was
elected president of the Frank
lin Lions club at Monday night's
regular meeting. Mr. Oaines suc
ceeds Mac Whitaker. He and
the other new officers will start
their one-year terms next
month.
Other officers elected are:
W. V. Swan, first vice-presi
dent; John Kusterer, second
vice-president; Dr. O. B. Wood
ward, third vice-president; E. L.
Hyde, secretary; Orover Jami
son, Jr., treasurer; and Pritch
srd Smith, Jr., tall twister; and
D. Q. (Red) "Stewart, Lion
tamer.
Claude Bolton, J. Ward Long,
and C. N. (Joe) Dowdle were
elected as directors.
Lawrence Simmons and Clar
ence Cooke were admitted as
new member*.
M aeon's Mayors
T. W. ANGEL, JR.
JAMES O. BEALE
Above are the men chosen in last week's elections to head
the municipal governments in Macon County's two towns dur
ing the next two years. Mr. Angel, who defeated two opponents
to win his second term as major of Franklin, started his new
term at an organization meeting of the new board of aldermen
Wednesday night. Mr. Beale, GI, led a field of four candidates
to beoome mayor of Highlands.
ALLOT $10,000
MORE TOFOREST
Plan Changes In Wayah
Tower, Will Be Open
Year Around
An additional $10,000 has
been allotted to the Nantahala
National forest for expenditure
during May and June, as a part
of the forest's post-war rehabili
tation program, it was announc
ed this week by Supervisor E.
W. Renshaw.
A phase of the program of
special interest to the public is
the plan for alterations to the
tower atop Wayah Bald. The
tower is to be abandoned as a
fire lookout station, and will be
maintained for the benefit of
the public.
The program calls for con
struction of a stone stairway on
the outside of the tower, with a
platform at the top. The tower,
which will be reduced from 24
to 18 feet in height, will be
open to the public the year
around.
Approximately $6,000 of the
new fund will be spent on the
forest telephone lines, fire look-;
out towers, wardens' residences,
etc., while the other $4,000 will
be used for repairs and refurn
ishing of facilities at Arrowood
Glade and Cliffside recreation
areas, construction of new pic
nic tables, and similar work.
The program is a continua
tion of that begun last fall, fol
lowing the slackening of main
tenance inevitable during the
war years, forest officials ex
plained.
Bishop Purcell
Will Dedicate Iotla
Church May 25
Bishop Clare Purcell will ded
icate the Iotla Methodist church
in services at 11 a. m. Sunday,
May 25, it has been announced
by the pastor, the Rev. D. P.
Grant.
Also taking part in the spe
cial service will be Dr. Walter
B West, Methodist district su
perintendent.
The church, which cost ap
proximately $8,000, was complet
ed in 1945, and now the debt
has been lifted.
New pews recently were In
stalled, and the floors are be
ing sanded in preparation for
the dedicatory service.
The general public is invited
to attend the service.
Water Line
Work To Start Monday
On Depot Street
The laying of approximately
22,000 feet of water line in
Franklin will start Monday, It
was said this week by J. M.
Richards, Jr., Harwood Beebe
engineer in charge of the
town's water-sewer-street im
provement program.
The first line to be laid will
be the 6-lnch main on Depot
street.
Since completion of the 6ewer
project about three weeks ago,
workmen have been building
curbs and gutters ' on East
Franklin street and at the In
tersection of Wayah and Phll
Up? streets, Mr. Richards (aid.
Freeze
Damages Beans, Potatoes,
Apples, Grapes
The freeze the latter part of
last week did considerable dam
age in this county, with beans
and potatoes hardest hit among
vegetables.
Beans were almost a total
loss, but a warm rain should
bring out the potatoes, County
Agent S. W. Mendenhall said.
The yield on the earliest pota
toes, however, probably will be
cut in half, he said.
The yield of early apples
probably will be reduced a
fourth, Mr. Mendenhall said re
ports Indicate, but late apples
seem to have been little hurt.
The grape crop was cut by
about half.
I No small graiji damage has
j been reported.
I '
F. Fc A. Team
Is Winner Of
District Meet
The parliamentary proced
ure team of the Franklin chap
ter, Future Farmers of America,
took first place in the district
competition in Statesville last
Saturday, and thereby won the
right to compete in the state
contest in Raleigh this summer.
Members of the team are
Hayes Gregory, Lewis Penland,
Hoyt Bryson, Bobby Tippett, and
George Crawford. E. J. Whit
mire, vocational agriculture
teacher in the Franklin school,
is chapter adviser and coached
the team.
The group already had taken
first place in a regional contest.
In Raleigh, the boys will com
pete with winning teams from
the other four districts in the
State.
Lewis Penland, who earlier
had won first place in a region
al public speaking contest, took
third place in the district public
speaking contest at Statesville.
At last week's meeting of the
Rotary club, the boys presented
a demonstration of how they
use their knowledge of their
parliamentary procedure in their
club meetings, and Lewis Pen
land gave his talk, on "A Farm
Minded People."
Frank Jamison Buys,
Will Operate Cafe
Purchase of Rodney's cafe,
situated on the northeast side
of the Courthouse square, by
Frank Jamison from T. L. Stan
field was announced this week.
Mr. Jamison, new owner, an
nounced that he has remodeled
the kitchen and that he plans
to open for business Saturday.
This Month's General
Clinic Set For May 30
This month's county health
department general clinic, usu
ally held on the fourth Friday,
will be held Instead on the fifth
Friday, May 30, It has been an
nounced.
The clinic Is set for 10 a. m.
In the health department of
fice in th? Ashear building.
ORGANIZATION
MEETING HELD
BY NEW BOARD
Surrell Vice Mayor ; W ater,
Parking Discussed; Buy
Garbage Cans
Franklin's new board of alder
men, at a two-hour organiza
tion meeting Wednesday night,
elected W. C. Burrell, one ol
the six aldermen, as mayor pro
tem, reappointed R. S. Jones as
town attorney, reemployed the
fire chief, the city plumber, and
the two street cleaners, and de
ferred action on the selection of
a town clerk and two police
men and on the naming of an
electrical inspector.
The board also discussed:
The water supply, and the
possibility of digging an addi
tional well.
The parking problem, and the
suggestion that parking meters
be installed.
And produce peddling On this
topic, it was suggested that an
arrangement be worked out with
the county for use of the coun
ty's lot between Main and
Church streets for a produce
row.
The board voted, upon motion
of L. B. Phillips, seconded by
W. C. Burrell, to buy 10 gar
bage containers, with the swing
ing-type tops;' to be placed in
the business section to provide
the public a place to drop pap
ers, banana peels, etc. These
containers, unavailable during
the wai, have only recently
come back on the market.
Committees Named
Mayor T. W Angel, Jr., ap
pointed regular committees as
fbllows:
Street committee: L. B. Phil
lips, chairman, Erwin Patton,
and E. J. Whitmire.
Water committee: W. C. Bur
rell, chairman, T. H. Fagg, and
Russell Cabe.
Budget committee: Mr Whit
mire, chairman, Mr. Burrell, and
Mr. Fagg.
A special committee ? Mr.
Fagg, chairman, Mr. Whitmire,
and Mr. Patton ? was named to
confer with the county com
missioners on use of the coun
ty's lot for a produce row. The
?proposal grew out of the dis
cussion of the parking problem.
4 rue Applications -
The board received four ap
plications for the position of
town clerk. The applicants are
E. W. Long, the present clerk,
who seeks reappointment at the
present salary of $200 per
month; Frank I. Murray; Mrs.
Mary Louise Sherrill; and Prank
Leach, who offered to work for
$95 a month, but specified his
hours. On motion of Mr. Phil
lips, seconded by Mr. Burrell,
action was deferred until the
first regular meeting, June 2.
The only applicants for the
two police positions were the
incurfibents, C. D. Baird and T.
W. Phillips, each of whom ap
plied at the present salaries,
$200 each. Action was deferred.
The town in recent months has
had no electrical inspector, and
it was decided to defer action
on this item of business also.
Reemployed
A. C. Tysinger was reemploy
ed as fire chief at a salary of
$20 per month, and as build
ing inspector, for which he re
ceives no remuneration from
the town. W. G. Hall was re
employed as town plumber
under the present arrangement
? $75 per month for reading
meters, checking water pumps,
and collecting delinquent water
bills, and $1.25 per hour for
work on meters, etc. And Lester
Thomas and James Thomas
toe re reemployed as street
cleaners at their present salar
ies of $115 and $110 per month,
respectively.
Mayor Angel pointed out that
the town has outgrown its pres
ent water supply, and that
some action must be taken In
the near future to provide more
water. In recent weeks, he said,
there have been complaints
from users that there is little
water pressure, and it has been
necessary to halt the washing
of cars by local garages.
Problems Discussed
Mr. Phillips suggested as an
immediate remedy that the
pumps at the town's three wells
be checked for efficiency. As
leng-term measures purchase of
a watershed or construction of
a filter plant were discussed,
with the suggestion offered
that, meanwhile, it may be nec
? Continued On rift Eifht
    

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