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OPEN RED CROSS
FIRST AU) CLASS
Nine Are Being Trained
As Instructors In
2- Week Course
Nine persons made application
to take the Red Cross instruct
ors' first aid course, which be
gan Monday nighr under the
direction 'of Ellis D. Fysal, reg
ional field representative for the
American Red Cross.
The purpose of .the course,
which is being sponsored by the
local Red Cross, Is to quality
instructors in first aid, who will
in turn teach first aid through
out the community, according,
to Mrs. Mary Jo Sloan, execu
tive secretary of the local
chapter.
Those taking the course are
Miss Anne Ray, W. O. Craw
ford, Bob Sloan, Eb Bullock,
Gordon Moore, Carl Tysinger,
Bill Swan, Mac Whltaker, and
Bill Blaine.
Mr. Fysal in discussing the
course, said the general purposes
of first aid are being covered
In the lectures. He listed these
as the prevention of accidents
by making people safety con- :
scious, training people to do the
right thing at the right time,
prevention of added injury or
danger, and ways to provide
proper transportation, if it is
necessary.
Classes will be held Monday
through Friday for -the next two
weeks at the Slagle memorial
building from 7:00 p. m. until
10 p. m. Anyone who is inter
ested In first aid is invited to
attend the classes.
Mrs. Vanhook's
Funeral Conducted At
Clark's Chapel
Funeral services were held '
for Mrs. Martha Vanhook Mon- 1
day at 11 a. m. at the Clark'3
Chapel Methodist church.
Mrs. Vanhook died at the age 1
of 69 at her home in the Pren- 1
tiss community, Saturday after- |
noun, following an illness of six 1
months. 1
Services were conducted by the !
Rev. D. P. Grant, the Rev. V.- N. 1
Allen, and the Rev. V. C. Ramey. 1
Burial followed in the church
cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ned Dowdle,
J. D. Dowdle, Russell Vanhook, <
Sam Bryson, John Bryson and '
Ray Bryson.
Surviving are her mother,
Mrs. John T. Bryson of Culla- (
saja; two daughters, Mrs. Van i
Deaver o'f Canton and Miss Kate !
Vanhook of Prentiss; two sons, 1
Harve and Lex Vanhook of i
Prentiss; eight brothers, Wil- i
liam, Charles B? Sam, and J. E. i
Bryson of Cullasaja; J. B. Bry- ?
son of Whittier, T. M. Bryson of
Raleigh, George E. Bryson of >
Sedro Woolley, Wash., and Joe
Bryson of Terrebonne, Ore. ]
Arrangements were handled :
by the Bryant funeral home.
Pipe Organ
For First Baptist Church ,
Is En Route Here
The electric pipe organ re- i
cently bought by the First Bap
tist church has been shipped
from Pittsburgh, and Is expect? ,
ed here this week.
The organ, a Wurlltzer, cost 1 ,
approximately $3,700
It will be installed as soon as
possible after its arrival, church I
officials said.
Veteran Accidentally
Fires Gun, Wounds Self
Frank Solesbee, 24-year old
World War II veteran, was
wounded in the left side when
a pistol he was cleaning was ac
cidental discharged last Wed
nesday night. The gun, which
belonged to Solesbee, was a .25
calibre Gormah automatic, which
he had brought home as a war
souvenir. Following the incident,
which occurred in the victim's
apartment in the McCoy build
ing, he was admitted to Angel
hospital the same hlght, and
discharged Friday.
Plan Communion Service
At St. Agnes On Monday
A celebration of the Holy
Communion will be held at St.
Agnes Episcopal church on St.
Michael and All Angels Day,
Monday, September 29, at 7:30
a. n?. " .
J. Lee Barnard, Sr., Is ser
iously 111 at his home on tbe
Murphy road.
12 Business Lots
Bring Total Of
$12,450 At Sale
The dozen business lots
just east of the post office,
sold at auction last Friday,
brought a total of $12,450,
it was announced after the
sale.
The tots, facing on Main
street, Palmer street, and
Patton avenue ? a new street
cut between Main and
Palmer ? brought an aver .ge
of slightly more than $45
per front foot, the highest
price having been '$130 a
foot for one of the four
Main street lots, R. A. Pat'
ton, of the Home Realty and
Auctton company, said.
The real estate, property
of Woodrow Reeves, was sold
to seven different bidders.
Cunningham
Is Freed In
Lynch Cas?
Joe Cunningham, former Ma
con county resident, was re
leased last Wednesday after a
Warren county grand jury fail
ed to find a true bill of indict
ment against Cunningham and
A. W. Edwards, elderly jailer,
who had been held in connec
tion with the abduction of God
win (Buddy >. Push, 22-year old
Negro, from the jail at Jackson.
Governor R. Gregg Cherry,
who interested himself in the
case six weeks ago when a
Northampton county grand jury
failed to return true bills, de
clared that the case Would re
main open. In a statement is
sued shortly after he learned of
the action of the Warren coun
ty grand jury, Governor Cherry
said . . we know that a crime
was committed by forcibly tak
ing a prisoner from a lawful
jail. Until the persons who com
mitted this offense are brought
before a trial jury, the case can
never be closed. . . ."
The same Northampton coun
ty jury which failed to bring
charges against Cunningham
and six others also returned not
a true bill in the case in which
Bush was charged with rape.
Plan Auction
Sale Of Used Articles For
Cemetery Fund
Plans for an auction sale Sat
urday, October 11, of second
hand articles of all kinds, as a
benefit for the fund being
raised to clean up the cemetery
it the Franklin Methodist
:hurch, were announced this
week.
The cemetery, since it is one
3f the oldest in this part 01
the country, is a spot of great
historical value? the graves of
Negro slaves, as well as many
Macon County men killed in tlje
Civil War are there. And there
probably are persons in every
state in thev Union who have
kin buried there; few of the
alder families in this county, of
whatever denomination, but are
represented among the dead in
the old churchyard.
Persons throughout the coun
ty who have useful, but unused,
articles of furniture, farm uten
sils, clothing, or anything else
of real value are asked to con
tribute such items for the sale.
Canned fruit, also, will be ac1
ceptable, it was said.
The sale will be held at Roy
Cunningham's warehouse, next
to his store, the use of which
he has donated. There articles
contributed will be under lock
and key until time for the sale.
Persons who will contribute
things to be sold are asked to
bring them to Mr. Cunning
ham's warehouse. Those who are
unable to hring them are re
quested to wHte ? or telephone
Mrs. Reby S. Tessier. Persons
who wish to make' cash contri
butions to the fund are re
quested to forward checks to
Miss Harriette Kinnebrew.
The cemetery project, on
which considerable progress al
ready has been made, is under
the direction of Gilmer A. Jones,
who Is giving his time.
The program calls for pro
vision, In the budget of the
church, for the cemetery's up
keep In future.
MRS. BLAINE IMPROVING
Mrs. W. J. Blaine, who was
seriously Injured In a motor bike
accident two weeks ago, has suf
ficiently recovered to return to
bar borne from the Hospital.
Food 20 Per Cent Cheaper
Here Than In U. S. Cities
Food prices in Franklin are
i appreciably lower than in major
U. S. cities, with the greatest
difference showing up in the
| cost of meats.
This is shown by a compar
ison of price figures gathered in
an Associated Press survey last
week in 13 key cities with those
in effect here on the same date.
Detailed studies of eight items
?eggs, bread, milk, bacon, pork
chops, round steak, butter, and
canned tomatoes (No. 2 cam ?
revealed that seven of these
eight items are cheaper here,
with Franklin buyers getting
their food for 20 per cent less,
on the average, than city con
sumers.
Among the eight Items, the
one exception is milk, which re
tails in Franklin stores for 21
cents per quart, while the AP
survey average is 20 cents, with
prices ranging from 17 cents in
Denver and Minneapolis to 22
cents in Atlanta.
While Franklin housewives
undoubtedly complain about the
high cost of meat, it is here
that they have the greatest ad
vantage over their city sisters.
Round steak, on the survey date,
retailed locally for an average
of 60 cents ner pound and pork
chops retailed - at the local
markets for 69 cents. In the
cities surveyed, round steak
prices ranged from 79 to 99
cents per pound, with the aver
age price being 86 cents, and
pork chops ranged from 69 to
93 cents, the price average be
ing 80 cents And city persons
who like bacon paid an aver
age of 84 cents for it, as com
pared with 79 cents here.
There was one cent difference
in the price of a loaf of bread,
local merchants charged 13
cents, as compared with a city
average of 14 cents.
Local consumers also are bet
ter off than city buyers in when
they need butter and eggs. By
buying country butter, Franklin
consumers could save as much
as 40, cents per ponud, since
local country butter was selling
lor 50 cents, as compared with ;
90 cents per pound for cream- ;
try butter ? usually the only j
kind obtainable in cities ? in the
cities surveyed. Creamery but
ter, however, sells locally for 03
cents.
The survey showed an aver
age price of 74 cents for eggs,
as compared with 63 cents per
dozen here.
There was a two-cent differ
ence in the price of No. 2 cans
of tomatoes, the Franklin aver
age being 14 cents and that in i
the cities, 16.
Two Foreign Countries
Represented At Forest
Fire School Held Here
Representatives from two for
eign countries, three national
forests, and three states were
among the 47 persons who gath
ered at Wilson Lick for the
three-day fire school conducted
this week by officials of the
Nantahal^ National forest.
A. W. Lyon, of Santiago, Chile,
and Julius L. Haubam, repre
sentative of the department of
agriculture for the state of Rio
Grande do Sul, in Brazil, both
of whom are in this area to
study forestry methods used in
the Nantahala National forest,
were among the interested par
ticipants in the fire school.
The meeting opened Monday
morning with a talk by H. C.
Eriksson, assistant supervisor of
the Nantahala Rational forest,
who was in active charge of the
school, giving the objectives of
the three-day training program.
Practically every phase of the
fire fighting problem was cov
ered in the three days of in
tensive lectures and demonstra
tions.
Veterans of many fire sea
sons, such as Rangers John
Wasilik and George Arfderson
and Forrester W. L. Nothstein,
made informative talks and
demonstrations concerning the
latest methods an4 equipment ;
used in fire fighting.
Particular stress was placed
on the value of power pupips
in mopping up operations on the
fire line. Part of Tuesday morn
ing's program was taken up by
a demonstration of a pump of
this type. The pump, an Ed
wards model, which may be car
ried by one man, is capable of
pumping more than 40 gallons
per minute, and will throw a
sizable stream of water more
than 200 feet vertically. Ranger
Anderson, of the Cherokee Na
tional forest, who conducted the
demonstrations on the use of
such pumps, pointed out that
many dollars of taxpayers' mo
ney can be saved by the use of
this equipment where water is
available. Every ranger station
.is provided with this equipment.
For those who spent the nights
"on the Bald" musical enter
tainment artd movies were pro- '
j vided in the evenings.
I Those in attendance, in addi
tion to the foreign visitors, were :
Harley Martin, of Hayesville,
Victor Denton, of Robbinsville,
J. L. Goodman, of Robbinsville,
and Roscoe Spivey, of Franklin,
Wayne Ayers, of Robbinsville,
and Charles Pettit, of Sylva, of
the N C. State forest service;
John W. Robinson, of Ashevills,
of the TVA; and the following
from the U. S. forest service:
W. H. Fischer. J. W. Cooper.
Gaylord Knight, and William
Fox, of Atlanta; H. C. Eriksson,
W. L. Nothstein, W. L. Lane,
R. E. Lee. John Wasilik, E. W.
1 Shope, W. R. Gibson. Allan
Brooks, Charles Salmon, Grady
Waldroop, A. R. Kinney, and
George Scott, of Franklin; John
J. Olson and Elbert C. Wilkey,
of Andrews; R. C. Radford, L
C. Loudermilk, Mack L. Gee, and
George Anderson, of Murphy;
R. E. Breedlove, of Needmore;
Harve Rose, of Unaka; B. H.
Phillips, of Hayesville; Thomas
Pilkey, of Stecoah, Hillis Clark
and Eckel Rowland, of Aquone;
Max Ladd and Harold Long, of
Marble; James Waldroop, of
Prentiss; G. F. Grimshawe, of
Sapphire; Lester P. Schapp, of
Walhalla, S. C; and R. C. i
Nicholson, of Clayton, Ga.
Macon Youth Enrolled In j
Widely Scattered Schools
Dozens of young men and
women from Macon County this
month entered colleges in this
rnd a number of other states.
For many, it is a return to
school after the summer vaca
tion, but a number are just be
ginning their college work. A
considerable proportion of those
taking advanced education are
veterans who are taking ad
vantage of the O. I. Bill of
Rights educational provision.
Among those at the Univer
sity of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill are Miss Merrily Brooks,
Miss Frances Furr, Miss Bar
bara Stockton, James L. Hug
gins, Clell Bryant, Rufus Pan
nell, T. W. Angel, III, and Lewis
Fatton.
Attending N. C. State college
at Raleigh are Tom Setser,
Hayes Gregory, Andrew Patton,
and Bill Cochran.
Miss Annie Sue Conley and
Mlsa Maxlne Dean are among
those at Meredith college, Ral
eigh.
At Woman's college of the
University, Greensboro, are
Misses Louise Pendergrass, Bet
ty Callahan, and. Carolyn Long.
Miss Iva Dell Norton, Bill
Gregory, Frank Murray, Jr.,
John Gibson Murray, Jack An
gel, and Dick Angel are attend
ing Western Carolina Teachers
college, Cullowhee.
lowhee.
Keith Gregory is at the Uni
versity of Nebraska, Howard
Horsley at Wake Forest college;
Miss Elizabeth Waslllk at the
College of New Rochelle, New
Rochelle, N. Y., Miss Dorothy
Ray at Columbia University,
New York, Miss Dorothy Morri
son at New York university, and
John Waslllk, in, has an as
, slstantshlp at Catholic univer
sity, Washington, D. C , where
I he la studying for his M. A. de
I gree
| Mlaa Ruth West, of Westls
Mill, 1< enrolled at Converse
looilege, Spartanburg, 8. C.
Falling Tree Jams
Auto Horn At 2 a. m.
In Highlands Area
I - ? . ? ? .
The talking typewriter ap
pears to have an equal in
the talking automobile,
especially an automobile in
distress, as shown when
residents in the Satulah
mountain section, near
Highlands, were awakened
about 2 o'clock Sunday
morning by the incessant
blowing of an automobile
horn.
On investigating, W. H.
Cobb and Craig Craftin
found that the big tree in
the corner of the Vot at
Mrs. Shorter Rankin's sum
mer home had toppled over,
apparently without wind or
warning,' snapped power and
telephone lines, and crash
through the roof of the
garage, smashiAg the car
top and jamming the horn.
Aid To Blind
'White Can V
Drive's Aim
The "White Cane" sale and
membership enrollment drive is
in progress this week, accord
ing to R R. Gaines, president
of the Franklin Hons club. The
purpose of the drive is to raise
funds for the Lions' program of
aid to the blind and conserva
tion of sight, Mr. Gaines ex
plained. Features of the sight
conservation program are free
examinations, eye glasses and
eye operations for under-privi
leged children.
He added that one-third of all
money raised will be spent in
Macon County.
The North Carolina State As
sociation for the Blind, which
was created by the Lions club
of the state, has annually spon
sored this sale of "white canes ,
with the proceeds being used to
promote the work.
Clyde Gailey is serving as
local chairman of the "white
cane" sale and membership en
rollment, announced that Lions
club members, assisted by Lion
esses and local friends of the
blind, will conduct an active
drive here through this week.
I Buttons will be sold directly to
the general public for nominal
1 contributions; there is no limit
to the amount that may be
contributed, from 10 cents up.
In addition to the sale of
"white cane" buttons, member
ships in the state association for
an annual fee of $1 will be
sought, v
Any person desiring to con
tribute to this cause may do so
through any member of the
Franklin Lions club.
YOUTH DROWNS
IN RIVER HERE
Wade ' Holland, 17-year old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Kerma Hol
land of Franklin, was drowned
In the Little Tennessee river
last Friday afternoon about 6
p. m. ,
The incident occurred when
young Holland, accompanied by
Bernard Dills and Dover Miller,
decided to go swimming in the
river at a point just below the
home of Wiley Elliot.
Dills and Miller warned Hol
land that the water was deep
there, but he told them he could
swim a little. He entered the
; water, and when he reached
a point where it was about 15
feet in depth, he was seen to
struggle. Although they made
several efforts, his companions
were unable to bring the boy to
shore. ? , ?
-The body remained in the
water for nearly an hour be
fore being brought to shore
Artificial respiration failed to
revive him.
Funeral services were held at
the Buck Creek Baptist church
Monday at 11 a. m., with the
Rev Frank Reld officiating. In
terment followed in the church
cemetery.
Pallbearers were D. M. Rog
ers, Luther Rogers, Stanley Til
son, Glenn Tilson, Rass Wood,
' and Dan Houston.
I Arrangements were under the
direction of the Bryant ' funeral
LEGION AUXILIARY
I The American Legion auxiliary
will -meet next Tuesday nighl
at 8 o'clock with Mrs. Joe Set
cer. All members are urged tc
be present, since this Is th<
first meeting ot the auxlUary'i
1 new year.
WHITE CROSSES,
BOARDREMOVED
Plans Far Permanent
War Memorial Will
Be Discussed
The small white memorial
crosses and the honor roll board,
which have stood on Rankin
Square for several years, have
recently been removed by the
organizations under whose spon
sorship they were erected
The memorial crosses were
first used by the American Leg
ion Auxiliary on Memorial day,
1940, in a service commemorat
ing those who gave their lives
in World War 1. They were used
in successive Memorial Day
services until January 1, 1944 at
which time the Franklin Lions
club sponsored the erection of
an honor roll board which car
lied the names of the men serv
ing in World War II. The board
was erected by a committee
composed of Ernest Hyde and
Mac Whitaker. At this time the
auxiliary had new crosses made
in memory of the deceased of
World Wars I and II and erect
ed them in front of the honor
| roll board creating a miniature
i cemetery. This memorial plot
has been maintained by the
ladies of the auxiliary and
members and friends of the
! families of those in whose mem
ory the crosses were erected.
The project as a whole has
received a great deal of favor
able comment from local people
and visitors alike.
Both the crosses and the
board were made of wood and
deterioration of the material
was cited as the cause of their
being- removed.
Plans for replacing the crosses
with a permanent memorial of
some type will be discussed at
the auxiliary meeting Tuesday
night and a committee from the
Lions club is considering the
erection of a plaque of some
.type to replace th^ board.
Members of the families of
those for whom crosses were
erected are urged to contact
j members of the Auxiliary if
they have any suggestions con
l cerning their replacement with
a more permanent memorial, ac
cording to Mrs. A. R. Higdon,
chairman of the Auxiliary cross
committee. Mrs. Higdon has
served on this committee since
its beginning seven years ago
and she made the first crosses
In 1940. The late Mrs. J. c.
Harrington was the other mem
ber of the original committee.
Mrs. Higdon, in discussing the
I crosses, said that she wished to
, announce that the potted plants
i and vases which were on the
square when the crosses were
taken up are now stored in the
Veterans office in the court
house and that they will be
kept there for 30 days to give
owners an opportunity to pick
them up.
Mrs. Higdon added that she
wished to thank Mr. and Mrs.
Lon Dalton for the many hours
of work they have done through
the years ip helping to keep the
Plot cleaned off and the
crosses repaired. Ben Harrison
| for ? making and painting the
crosses, A. R. Higdon for furn
ishing the material, and Kay
Montague and Charlie Mash
burn for helping with the care
ol the plot.
At present the crosses are
stored in the warehouse of the
Franklin Hardware company.
Milk Price
Her* To Be Boosted To
21 Cents
The retail pricfe of milk here
will be increased from 20 to 21
cents per quart, effective Oc
tober 1, it was announced this
week by the Addington Dairy
farm and the Nantahala Cream
ery company.
The Increase was made nec
essary, it was explained, by the
rising cost of feeds.
The Nantahala Creamery
company, which buys consider
able milk from farmers, whole
sale, increased the price paid to
producers by 30 cents per 100
pounds September X, due to the
farmers' increased cost of pro
( duction, officials explained.
Mi?? Barr To Be Here,
Give Handicraft Wcrk'
' Miss Frances Barr, of Char
to**. t* here this winter
? with her uncle, the Rev. A
? M?rgan' working m the
old Nonah section of Cartooge
fhayf; "er work will be especial
ly with handicrafts. ^
    

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