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VOL. LX1MNO. 31
FRANKLIN. N. C\. THURSDAY, JULY SI. 1947
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27 4-H GIRLS
BOYS SPENDING
WEEK AT CAMP
Farm Youngsters Go To
Recreation Center
By Truck
Twenty-seven young Macon
County 4-H club members left
Monday morning to spend this
week at the Swannanoa. 4-H
camp.
They were accompanied by
Don Allison, assistant county
agent, and Miss Fannie Mae
Sherrill, secretary to the county
home demonstration agent. They
will return home Saturday.
The week will be spent by
these (arm boys and girls In a
program designed to provide
wholesome recreation and give
them training in all phases of
4-H club work.
Those on the camp are:
Charley Horn, Joe Moses, Vir
ginia Moses, Roberta Snyder,
Wayne Stewart, Laura Belle
Brendle, Nancey Ramsey, Wayne
Harrison, Fred Deal, Clara Gib
son, Eula Oibson, Jlmmle Ayers,
Nancy Lee Cabe, Evelyn Ray,
Billy Teague, Victor Teague,
I June Teague, Ann Teague, Eu
gene Teague, Johnny Henderson, j
Max Henderson, Barbara Orlb- j
ble, Phyllss Moses, Frank Alll- 1
son, Mary Frances Allen, Doris
Gribble, and Carol Grlbble. I
They made the trip to camp
in a truck driven by Fred Ed
wards of Franklin, Route 3. j
Radio-Like
Toll Equipment Put In
By Phone Firm
A new long distance telephone
system, just installed by the
Western Carolina Telephone
company between Sylva and '
Cashiers, is the first system of
its type put in use in the South- 1
east, and one of the first in the
United States, according to R. i '
E. McKelvey, general manager ,
of the company.
Mr. McKelvey explained that
this equipment, known as M-l- 1
A, Is similar to radio, but uses
wire to carry sound; making It
possible to carry on six con- J
versations over two wires. In
the past, only one conversation
at a time has been possible
over two wires.
The company hopes In the fu
ture that It will prove possible
to serve rural communities with
this type of equipment, Mr. Mc
Kelvey added.
Do You
Remember . . . ?
(Looking backward through
the files of The Prem)
5# TEARS AGO THIS WEEK
There was a wedding In
Franklin Thursday. It took place
on the corner of the square
next to Rev. J. R. Pendergrass
store. E. W. Fowler and Vlena
Cloer stood up under the locust
tree and Rev. Pendergrass did
the rest. They caime to town
from opposite directions, " but
went away together, all one ?*
It were.
We learn that Mr. J. W. Jones,
of Atlanta, Oa., an expert in
mining, has discovered gold on
lauds belonging to Col. John
Ingram three miles from High
lands. The prospect is very
good.
25 YEARS AGO
Word has been received by the
family of Mr. Le? Crawford,
cashier of the Bank of Frank
lin, that his son, Gilmer Craw
ford, has passed all entrance
tests and has been admitted as
a midshipman at the United
States Naval academy at An
napolis, Md.
On Wednesday, the following
directors were elected by the
stockholders of the Lake Emory
company: Lee Crawford, presi
dent; J. 8. Trotter, vice-presi
dent; E. 8. Hunnlcutt, secretary;
Logan A. Allen, treasurer.
1* YEARS AGO
The Jolnes Motor Sales com
pany, Franklin Ford dealers, an
nounce this week their removal
from the McCoy building on
Main street to the quarters for- j
merly occupied by the Burrell
Motor company on Palmer street
Old Paper Shows Taxes
For Mill Shoal Township
Totaled $50.67 In 1847
One hundred years ago, $5l).67
was the total amount of taxes
levied In MUlshoal township, ac
cording to a tax list, dated
1848, recently found In the, old
Charley Dowdle home by work
ment of the Nolen and Harrison
clectrical firm.
The collector of these taxes
was Henry Brendle, who had 1
been deputized for the job by
E. Dowdle, sheriff of the county 1
at that time.
There were 63 persons on the
list and the total land valua
tion amounted to $9,187. Poll tax
was 65 cents per person and
was paid for four Negroes, be
sides the whites.
Largest tax payer in the town
ship was Sammuel Reed, who
paid taxes on 779 acres of land
which was valued at $1,005 and
poll tax (or one Negro.
The smallest sum paid was
lyi cents, by Elrich Keener, who
owned 99 acres of land valued
at $5.
Among the names listed are
many which sound familiar to- |
day Some of these are: John
Ammons, Henry Brendle, Logan
Berry, John Corbin, William
Deal, William Elmore, Joshua
Franks, William Holbrooks, Dewey i
Mashburn, Samuel Roper, John |
Setser, John Strain, and John
Young. |
This tax list was found with
other documents between the
ceiling and the weatherboard
ing of the Dowdle house when
clectric wiring was being in
stalled.
J. W. ROPER. 62.
TAKENBYDEATH
Was Authority On Mica;
Funeral Held Here
Tuesday Morning
James W. Roper. 62, recog
nized as an authority on mica
processing, died Monday morn
ing at 4 o'clock at Angel hos
pital. Mr. Roper had been ill
lor about three months, and
underwent an operation a few
days before his death.
A native of Macon County, Mr.
Roper had spent most of his
life here.
During World War I and the
early twenties, he was manager
of a mica processing plant
here, owned and operated by the
Western Electric company.
Funeral services were held at
the Bryant funeral home Tues
day at 11 a. m. and burial fol
lowed in the Franklin cemetery.
The Rev. D. P. Grant conducted
the service. Pallbearers were Ly
man Higdon, W. T. Moore, Lee
Tippett, Ralph Cunningham,
Harry Patton, and T. W. Klser.
Mr. Roper is survived -by his
widow and one daughter, Miss
Mildred Roper, of Franklin; two
brothers, Harley Roper, of
Franklin, and Lon Roper, of i
Franklin, Route 2; and two sis- '
ters, Mrs. Alex Sprinkles and
Mrs. Commodore Tilley, both of I
Franklin.
Farm Folk
To Go To Raleigh By Bus
August 25
Macon County farm men and
women will leave from the Agri
cultural building by bus at 7
a. m. Monday, August 25, for
Raleigh to attend the annual
Farm and Home week program
at N. C. State college.
The Joint program offered
during the week will Include
addresses by General D wight D.
Elsenhower, Thomas J. Pearsall,
speaker on the North Carolina
house of representatives. Dr. L.
D. Baver, T. B. Hutchinson, and
specialists from the North Caro
lina State college and the ex
periment station.
S. W. Mendenhall, county
farm agent, who is making ar
rangements for the trip, said if
the bus Is fully loaded, the cost
of the round trip fare should
not exceed $5 and that the reg
istration fee, which includes a
room at State college, is $2.
Meals may be obtained at the
college cafeteria. All persons go
ing, he said, should take two
sheets, a blanket, pillow, and
towels. The bus will return to
Franklin late Friday afternoon,
August 29.
All persons who plan to make
this trip should register at the
county agent's office as soon as
possible, In order that proper
reservations may be made.
Two Movies To Be Shown
At Legion Meet Saturday
A particularly Interesting pro
gram Is planned (or Saturday
night's meeting of the American
Legion, at the Slagle Memorial,
according to Paul Nave, com
mander. A 19-mlnute film re
cording the events of D-day and
a color movie, "North Carolina,
Variety Vacatlonland", will be
the chief features of the pro
gram. Refreshments will be
served. All veterans, as well as
Legionnaires, are Invited to at
tend the mettlng, which will
start at a o'clock.
Parker Declines
Burlington Call;
Will Remain Hers
The Rev. Charles E. Park
er, pastor of the First Bap
tist church here, has declin
ed a call to the Hocutt Me
morial Baptist church in
Burlington, a larger ohurch
than that here.
He announced his decision
to his congregation here at
the morning service last
Sunday.
Mr. Parker, who came to
Franklin from the post as
Chaplain of the Baptist hos
pital at Winston-Salem, has
been active in community
projects, as well as church
affairs, during the approxi
mately 18 months he has
been here.
Power Firm
Provides Group Insurance
For Employes
A group insurance plan for
employes of the Nantahala
Power and Light company was
placed in effect last Thursday,
according to a statement by
J. E. S. Thorpe, company presi
dent.
The plan, paid for entirely by
the company, includes the fol
lowing benefits for employes: !
A life insurance policy, accident
and sickness disability insur
ance, hospitalization and sur
gical operation benefits.
Instructions and complete in
formation concerning the plan,
as it effects both hourly rated
and salaried employes, will be
distributed in booklets in the
near future.
At present the plan includes
only active employes, but the
company, in the near luture,
will present an additional pro
gram whereby an employe, if he
wishes, may buy hospital and
surgical benefits insurance for
his family, provided 75 per cent
of the employes agree to parti
cipate, Mr. Thorpe said. He add
ed, that Insurance for the em
ployes' families will be paid for
entirely by the employes,
through payroll deductions.
Silers Will Hold
Their 96tlh Annual
Reunion Thursday i
The 96th reunion of the Slier
family will be held next Thurs<
day with Mr. and Mrs. Gilmer
L. Crawford, at their home just
outside the Franklin city limits
on the Murphy highway.
Mrs. Lee Crawford, Miss Cal
leene Crawford, and Mrs. W A.
Rousseau will assist in enter
taining.
The annual "Family Meeting"
of the Sllers usually draws rela
tives from many states, who
time their vacation trips to
Franklin so as to be here on
the traditional first Thursday in
August.
Baptist Pastors Will
Meet Here On Monday
The Macon County Baptist
Pastors' conference will be held
at the First Baptist church in
Franklin next Monday. The
meeting will begin at 10 a. mr
This will be the last meeting
before the annual association
meeting and there will be a dis
cussion of the association work.
CUB SCOUTS TO MEET
The Franklin Cub Scout pack
will meet Sunday afternoon at
4; so o'clock at the Methodist
church,
MACON BAPTISTS
WILL HOLD 44TH
MEET AUG. 7-8
Association To Convene
Tuesday Morning At
Gcwee Church
The Macon County Baptist
Association will hold its 44th
annual session at the Cowee
Baptist church, on the Bryson
City highway, August 7 and 8.
Forty Macon Baptist churches
are expected to have representa
tives at this meeting.
After the opening song serv
ice and devotional at 10 o'clock
Thursday morning, there win
be election o( oliicers (or the
coming year at 10:30 o'clock.
This will be followed by the
doctrinal sermon by the Rev.
*i. K. Marchbanks.
Highlight of the afternoon
program will be an address by
X. G. Greer, superintendent of
the Baptist orphanage, at 1:30
o'clock. This address will be de
livered in conjunction with a
report on orphanage work by
Verlon Swafford.
Other items on the agenda
for Thursday aiternoon are a
report on Christian education
by Paul Carpenter, followed by
an address by a representative
of the state council on Chris
tian education; a report on
Christian literature by the Rev.
W. L. Sorrells, followed by an
address by a representative of
the Bibical Recorder; an ad
dress by a representative of the
state convention, and a talk on
"Tithing" by the Rev. Charles
E. Parker.
Thursday evening at 8:30, an
interesting and informative pro
gram will be offered in the
presentation of a motion pic
ture film, "Romance of a Cen
tury."
The program for Friday morn
ing will consist of a devotional
by the Rev. J. I. Vinson, a re
port on hospital work by Dr.
Thorn. Carter, an address by a
representative of the Baptist
hospital at Winston-Salem,
talks on ministerial relief ana
world relief by the Rev. Gordon
Scruggs, a missionary report by
? Continued On Page Eight
Van Raalte's
Labor Policy
Is Outlined
The methods employed by the
Van Raalte company in its
management-labor relationships
were discussed by T. J. Griflis,
the firm's Southern personnel
manager, in a talk at Wednes
day night's Rotary club meet
ing.
one of the 10 Van Raalte
plants is in East Franklin.
The company, he said, uses a
series of tests and interviews in
an effort to employ persons ad- j
apted to the work, and once
they are employed, It seeks to
keep them contented and hap- .
py in their work.
None of the firm's plants is |
unionized, and Mr. Qrlffls ex
plained that the Van Raalte
company tries to give Its em
ployes more than any union
could obtain for them.
During her training period, Mr.
Grlffis said, a worker Is paid 40
cents per hour, with a wage in
centive offered for increased
production. Even during the
training period, he added, she
may go on a piece work basis
if her production shows she
would earn more that way.
A trained employe is paid en
tirety on a piece work basis, and,
after a year's experience, he
said, the average pay will be $28
or $30 per week, with expert |
operators earning more than
that.
In case it becomes necessary
to trahsfer a worker from one
task to another, Mr. Orlffls said,
she is guaranteed a minimum
of 90 per cent of her earnings
on the previous task. Provision
also is made for pay in case of
loss of time due to a machine
break-down.
Among benefits offered em
ployes, he cited the mutual aid
associations operated in all Van
Raalte plants. The association
offers, on a voluntary basis, al
most every type of Insurance,
he explaned, 80 per cent of the
cost of which is paid by the
company. The associations are
managed by a board of direc
tors, made up of employes, with
a company official serving In an
'advisory capacity,
MACON M. WILLIAMS
Mr. Williams, of Lenoir, who
is governor of the 194th Rotary
district, will pay official visits
next week to the Highlands and
Franklin clubs. He will be with
the Highlands Rotarians at their
meeting Tuesday night, and will
attend the Franklin club's meet
ing Wednesday night. 1
DRIVE FOR FLY
CONTROL BEGUN
Spraying To Be Resumed '
When New DDT Supply
Is Received
A fly control campaign was
begun here last week, when em
ployes of the Town of Franklin
began spraying with a DDT so
lution.
The spraying has been tempo
rarily halted, due to the fact
that the small quantity of five
per cent DDT spray furnished
by the State Board of Health
has been exhausted, but the
work will be resumed as soon as
a shipment, expected momen
tarily, large enough to complete
the project is received.
Six homes and outbuildings
and the Pentand brothers barn
were sprayed before the small
supply brought here by State
Board of Health officials was
used.
M. H. Carpenter, who has
been employed by the town to
do the spraying, said that as
soon as the new shipment ar
rives he plans to complete the
job on Palmer street, then work
the residential sections in the
following order: Georgia road
section, Murphy road and vicin
ity, Bid well and adjoining streets.
White Oak street and surround
ing territory, East Franklin and
Bonny Crest, and Wayah street
and vicinity. Upon completion
of the residential sections, Mr.
Carpenter plans then to work in
the business section.
The campaign, which is under
the joint auspices of the State
Board of Health and the town,
is free and available to all citi
zens. It is planned to spray
every chicken house, cow stall,
barn, and at the rear of all
business buildings in Franklin
ir. a drive to eliminate flies.
Health officials say that the
spray is harmless to humans
and animals, and Mayor T. W.
Angel, Jr., has requested the co
operation of all citizens.
Miami Minister To Fill
Pulpit At First Baptist
Dr. C. H. Bolton, pastor of
Riverside Baptist church, Miami,
Fla., will deliver the sermon at
the 11 o'clock service at the
Franklin Baptist church Sun- i
day.
F ranklin
SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Results
Friday, July 25: ?
Oilers 28; Zickgraf 19.
NP & L Co. 9; Rotary 8.
Monday, July 28: ?
Rotary 18; Veterans 13.
Oilers 20; Burrell 14.
Coming Gaines
Friday, August 1: ?
NP & L Co. vs. Zickgraf.
Veterans vs. Burrell.
Monday, August 4:?
Oilers vs. Rotary.
Burrell vs. Zickgraf.
Standing*
W L
.Rotary 9 2
NP & L CO 8 3
.Veterans 7 6
Burrell # 7
Oiler* 3 9
Zickgraf 3 8
PROPOSES UNIT
OF NATIONAL
GUARD HERE
Col. Hardiee Outlines
Benefits, Procedure
At Lions Meeting
Organization of a national
guard unit in Franklin was pro
posed by Col. David L Hardiee,
a survivor of the Uataan death
march and a regular army ot
ficer assigned to the North Car
olina national guard, in an ad
dress at Monday night's meet
ing of the Lions club.
*Col. Hardiee explained the ad
vantages to be derived by a
community from establishment
of a guard unit and the pro
cedure to be followed in setting
up such a unit.
A company consisting of from
70 to 100 men, he said, would
mean a payroll of between $28,
000 and $40,000 a year,
To form a unit in Franklin,
cooperation between the federal,
state and local governments Is
necessary, according to the
speaker. The personnel of the
local company would be paid,
uniformed, and equipped by the
federal government. The respon
sibility of furnishing an armory,
drill ground and of recruiting
men is left to the city, county,
and state governments. This
state contributes $50 per month
toward the maintenance of a
unit.
Minimum Requirements
Col. Hardiee pointed out that
the chief responsibility of the
town and county would be
furnishing a building to serve as
m armory. Minimum require
ments for such a building are
that the building be built ol
brick or stone, contain * stor
age room at least 15 by 18 feet
with barred windows, a small
supply room with lockers and
showers and an assembly room
for drill purposes. It is a so de
sired that there be a lighted
field for drill purposes, but the
speaker pointed out that in
many cases school
ind athletic fields are used for
"MSS
that a community of this size
would support a unit
10 to 100 men. Such a unit re
tires an administrative force
>f one commanding officer,
;aptain in rank, two lieutenants
md one company first sergeant
ind enlisted personnel, and
would be made up of men 18 to
)5 years In age.
Explains Training Program
Training program for the
company would consist ?f **
drill periods each year and two
weeks summer camp. Regular
irmy pay would be given lor
time spent In camp, while pr
vates would receive
the company commander $5
sach drill period.
One other advantage P?1"te{|
out by the colonel was that, if
the community unit were well
established here, there was
strong likelihood that the fed
eral government would erect a
more permanent building which
could be used for many other
civic functions.
In order to organize a com
pany, it is necessary for toe
mayor to appoint a com?",tf*
who would select officers for the
company. These officers would
be sent to Raleigh for examina
tion by state national guard of
ficials. Upon their approval.
Ihese men would return to the
community and enlist at least 30
men and ask that the unit be
Inspected so that federal funds
for the payroll might be au
thorized. , .
No action was taken at the
meeting, at which the Lions
had a number of guests repre
senting other oragnizations
In opening his address, Col.
Hardiee, veteran of two wars,
stressed the contributions of the
national guard during the last
war. He quoted Gen Jacob L.
Devers commanding officer in
charge' of the army ground
forces, as saying that 18 nation
al guard divisions were In com
bat during World War a. and
Col. Hardiee made the applica
tion personal by remarking that
existence of the national guard
shortened appreciably the 34
months he was In a Japanese
prison camp.
Mr. and Mrs. George T. Lynch
and daughter, Cynthia, of As
toria, Ore., were guests of Mrs.
Lynch's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
W. T. FouU, of Franklin, Rout#
S, lwt week.
    

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