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LIBERAL INDEPENDENT
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Lions Club Alto Will]
Grade, Grata Lot Oa
Main Street
A resolution, accepting the in
vitation of the trustees of the
blagle Memorial property to de
velop a recreation center on
property surrounding the Me
morial building, was adopted by
the Lions club at Its meeting
Monday night.
The decision was reached aft
er considerable discussion as to
whether the club could continue
its plans to develop the county
lot on Main street or create a
recreation center on the Me
morial property.
Prior to adoption of the pro
posal calling for the develop
ment of the Memorial recrea
tion center, a motion was pass
ed that the Lions club continue
work on the county lot, to the
extent that it be graded and
grass sown there.
It was brought to the atten
tion of the club that Grant
Zickgraf had offered the club
the use of a bulldozer in the
project of developing the coun
ty property and that A. B. Siagle
had offered similar equipment
in the development of the rec
reation center at the Memorial
building.
General discussion Indicated
that the club would complete
the work on the county lot as
soon as possible, and that the
development of the Memorial
property would be taken up as a
long-term project.
In the general discussion,
those favoring the development
of the Memorial property point
ed out that it would be a per
manent proposition; while mem
bers favoring the de
. of the eeontp lot
ing started a development there,
the club should complete it
A rummage sale, previously
announced, will be held on
Rankin square Saturday morn
ing, beginning at 10 o'clock. B.
L. McGlamery will be the auc
tioneer, and funds raised by this
sale will be used for the de
velopment of the two proposed
recreational areas.
Do You
Remember . . . ?
(Looking backward through
the files of The Press)
58 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Mr. and Mrs. Kope Eliu, J.
F. Ray, E. K. Cunningham 'and
J. A. Munday visited Ashevllle
last week. . . . We learn that R.
B. Shelton began a revival at
Mt. Zlon on the 5th Sunday of
last month and that the Rev.
Frank Slier has been doing the
preaching and up to last Satur
day there had been 47 profes
sions. . . . Miss Nannie Trotter
and her brother, John, left yes
terday morning on a visit to At
lanta- Miss Nannie will visit
friends at Mayesvllie and other
places before returning.
28 TEARS AGO
A deal Of considerable in
terest to local businesses
circles was effected during the
last few days, when Mr. C. W.
Hames purchased the Interest of
Lewis B. Angel in the firm of
W. T. Moore and company, one
of Franklin's leading general
merchandise and grocery stores.
Mr. Hames Is well known to our
people, having lived here for
many years before going to At
lanta to engage in the hotel
business.
10 YEARS AGO
At the meeting for the re
organisation of the Parent
Teacher Association for Frank
lin and vicinity, held at the
courthouse last Friday, the fol
lowing officers were elected:
Mrs. Carl Slagle, president; Mrs.
J. A. Flanagan, vloe-president;
Mrs. H. E. Church, secretary;
Mrs. L. H. Page, treasurer. . . .
The marriage of Miss Margaret
Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
David A. Hall, of Sylva. and
Charles Norman Dowdle, son of
Mr. and' Mrs. M. L. Dowdle, of
Franklin was solemnised Satur
day at 1:10 in the flylva Mftfe
941ft ohureh,
Sales Of Extract Wood
Total $480,000 Yearly
Here, Figures Re^ittl
Pointtqg out that the Cham
Fibre company and the
corporation buy about 40,
000 units of chestnut extract
wood each year In Macon coun
ty, bringing In a yearly lhcome
of about (480,000, John Waslllk,
ranger for the Wayah district
of the Nantahala National for
est, this week stressed the Im
portance of protecting wood
lands from fire.
Moat of this wood comes from
the gpvenunent land lying In
the Wayah district and is
bought by the two companies at
a price of $12 per unit. A unit,
he explained, consists of ISO
cubic feet, as compared with
128 feet In the standard cord,
the usual unit for measuring
wood.
So far this year, there have
been seven fires on the Wayah
Legion Armistice
Supper Is First
* Meal At Memorial
Party members of the
Franklin American Legion
pwt fathered Tuesday night
at the Slagie Memorial build
ing tor an impromptu Arm
istice day sapper.
The delicious chicken din
ner was the first meal senr
ed in the Mamrlal build
ing by the caretaker and his
wife, Mr. and Mrs. Van
The meeting was attend
ed by veterans from both
.wan.
Red Cross To ,
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Demonstrations and reports of
work done in two projects spon
sored by the Macon County
chapter of the American Red
Cross during the past year are
scheduled as features of the
organization's annual dinner,
which is to be held at 7 p. m.
tonight (Thursday) at the Slagle
Memorial.
Carl Ty singer, local fire chief,
will give a demohstration of
first aid and accident preven
tion instruction, according to
present plans. Mr. Tyslnger is
one of the graduates of an in
structor's course in this field
offered here this fall with Ellis
D. Fysal, field representative of
the national Red Cross, as in
structor.
Nell Mooney, graduate of bust
summer's Red Cross swimming
instructor's class, will make a
report an Uu swimming and
water safety program conducted
here last summer under the
auspices of the local Red Cross
chapter.
Officers for* the coming year
will be elected at this meeting,
to which all members of the
Red Croat have been Invited.
Every person who contributed
to the Red Cross last year is a
member, It was pointed out.
P. T. A. To Hear
Speakers From W. C.TVC.
At Monday's Meeting
Quest speakers at the No
vember meeting of the Frank
lin Parent-Teacher association,
set for 7:30 o'clock Monday
night at the school, will be
Miss Fannie Goodman and Miss
Benton, both of the faculty of
Western Carolina Teachers col
lege, Cullowhee.
The subjects of their talks
have not been announced. The
national P. T. A. topic for No
vember, however, Is "Know Your
Schools", and National Book
Week falls in November, so It
is anticipated that their talks
will deal with one or both of
these phases of public educa
tion.
FLORIDA RATES HIGHER
Report* from Florida are
that Florida resort Interests be
lieve the boom will last through
this winter; that hotels will
have excellent business; that
tony places an planning to raise
ratM m mucb m M J*r <Uy in
/Mttirr ?>* iwnwrr
district which hav*
a total of 208 acres,
to the district' ranger.
111k said that this can
of $1,000 In Umber,
straying the young
slowing down the growth of
older trees.
When asked about
for the safe burning of
and debris, the ranger <
that the safest time to
after a good rain. "Pick a <
afternoon? preferably after 4 p.
m. when the wind Is not Mow
ing," he added. "It's alw&yg a
good Idea to notify your neigh
bors or the state fire warden
and rangers when you paan to
burn. Plow several furrows,
rake a line, around the ana you
plan to burn to prevent Ore
from getting out. Haw tools
with which to fight the fire
and stay with it until It's out."
NX SYMPHONY
DRIVE PLANNED
Sloan Heads Committee;
Concerts Scheduled
Here In March
W. W. Sloan, Franktta Jptf
ness man, has been apfftote d
Macon County chairman W the
North Carolina Symphony, ?nd
announced this week that the
1947 campaign for mnmhwiMu
in the Symphony Society will
open here November M.
The Symphony Orchestra,
which delighted audiences here
last year and the year before,
is tentatively scheduled t0 ?P
setters? =2? art
given in the afternoon for
school children.
This county's membership
quota Is the same as last year,
<750.
The work of the symphony is
considered essentially education
al, and four types of member
ship are open, to suit the de
sires and pocketbooks of those
who wish to forward this move
ment for better music in North
Carolina, as well as to obtain
admission to the concert here.
The regular membership is $2;
an active membership is $5; a
donor membership, $25; and a
patron membership, $100. Any
one of these memberships ad
mits the member to any con
cert the orchestra gives In North
Carolina. Since the orchestra
usually plays In a number of
Western North Carolina com
munities, this makes.lt possible
for Macon County" members
who wish to do so to attend
more than one concert, without
additional charge.
Since its reorganization in
1939, the orchestra ? the first or
chestra In the nation to receive
state support ? has been ac
claimed by hundreds of thou
sands of persons. In the 115
concerts it gave last year, the
group played to 50,000 adults
and 100,000 children. ,
"The enthusiastic response of
the Macon County children who
attended the free chlldrens'
concerts last year and the year
before", Mr. Sloan pointed out,
"indicates how quick children
are to appreciate good music,
when they are given the oppor
tunity to hear It,"
Mr. Sloan will announce
members of his committee,
workers, and detailed plans for
the campaign next week, he
said.
FRIDAY NIGHTS
GRID CLASH DUE
TODRAW CROWD
Local Eleven Will Meet
Andrews In Benefit
Game Here
Oiven good weather, a crowd
of between 1,000 and 1,500 per
sons is expected to turn out foi
the specially scheduled football
game here tomorrow ( Friday >
night between the Frankiir.
Panthers and Andrews hi
The kickolf Is scheduled for
7:30 o'clock at the Franklin
school athletic field.
'.'The game was arranged as i
[benefit affair. Half the net pro
ceeds from admissions will g<.
to the Franklin Parent-Teach
er association for its work,
while the other half will be
turned, over to the school atti
letle association, which has hax.
heavy expenses this season
especially in purchasing nev
equipment.
Representatives of the P. T.
A. also 'vrill have hot dogs, pop I
com, and cold drinks on sale,
as a supplementary fund raising
project.
Faced With the need of some
place (or the sale of these items,
the P. T. A. committee decided
to build .jl permanent booth, to
be available for similar conces
slon in the future. The booth is
being constructed on the west
%lde 0M1 shower house. Mem
ben of *. J. Whltei ire's voca
tional agriculture class agreed
to do th? work, and lumber was
donated by the Zlckgraf Hard
wood coaopany.
The Franklin eleven, with a
record of four wins, one tie,
and only one defeat, is one of
the strongest the school has
had in yawn, but It la under
stood thaf Andrews also has a
good teal*, aad a hard-fowght
in..- ? '-e
announced- Franklin's probable
starting lineup as follows:
Quarterback, Flanagan or
Harmon; fullback, Cabe; halves,
Mason and Gregory; center, Mc
Connell; guards, Brown and
Leopard; tackles, Mooney and
Stewart; and ends. Angel and
Moses.
ArrangeoKnts for the game
were made with school author
ities by the P. T. ? budget
committee, headed by W. E.
Hunnlcutt. Other members of
the committee are Mrs. 8. H.
Lyle, Jr., R. S. Jones, John M.
Archer, Jr., and Mrs. Clinton
Johnson.
For Friday night's concessions,
Mrs. George A. L. Cook, Jr., is
in charge of preparing the hot
dogs; Mrs. Marion Perce, get
ting and preparing the popcorn;
Mrs. D. A. Stewart the soft
drinks; and Mrs. Sam Alexander
It responsible for lining up a
?Continued on Page Six
Dr. Matthews
Heads Local Infantile
Paralysis Chapter
Dr. William A. Matthews, of
Highlands, has been elected
chairman of the Macon County
chapter of the National Foun
dation for Infantile Paralysis,
it was announced this week. Dr.
Matthews succeeds Mrs. Jose
phine D. Oalnes, who resigned
The Macon County chapter
plans to send delegates to a
district Infantile paralysis meet
ing In Asheville next Monday,
but the persons to represent the
local chapter have not yet bean
selected.
October Unusually Warm
And Wet, Records Reveal
Last month was exceptionally
warm and wet for October, a
comparison with a 10-year aver
age at the Coweeta Experiment
al FOrest.
A total of 8.02 inches of rain
fall during the month was re
corded at the weather station In
the headquarters area of the
forest, while at some of the
higher elevations more than IS
inches of rain fell. This com
pares with an average, over the
10-year period 1937-1944, of 3.01
inches.
The average temperature last
month was 60 degrees, which
was 4.4 degrees above the 10
fMI ftvirtf*
The coldest day in October
was the 31st, when a low of
30 degrees was recorded, but
that was five degrees above the
10-year average for the last day
of October. October 26, when a
high of 80 was recorded, was
the warmest day In the month.
This was four degrees above the
10-year average for October 20.
The only October during the
past decade that wu wetter
was In 1037. In that year, a
total of 8.57 Inches of preclpla
tloa was noted. The driest Oc
tober on record was In 1038,
whan only .11 of an inch of
rain toll during the entln
menth.
Franklin Collects
98.99 Per Cent Of
Its 1946 Tax Levy
Tax collections of the
Town of Franklin for the
IMS tax year represent
98.09 per cent of the total
levy, E. W. bone, town
clerk, announced this week.
This betters by 3.64 per
cent the record reported by
Brevard, which occasioned a
commendation editorial in
The Abbeville Citizen Mon
day.
Franklin's lutal levy for
1946 was S17.1S1.91, Mr.
Long said, and tax collec
tions to date amount to
$16, 8*5.05. That is 98.09 per
cent, plus ? just under 98.1.
NEW VETERANS'
CLASS PLANNED
i
Will Give Farm Training;
Applicants Should
-File Names N<ow
A new farm training class for
veterans of World War 2 will |
start here January 1, It was |
announced this week by E. J.
Whltmlre, who beads the on
the-job farm training program
in Macon County. Since last
year, regulations governing this
training have been made much
more strict, Mr. Whltmlre said.
Veterans who wish to enroll
should see the teacher of agri
culture at the Agricultural build
ing Saturday morning, Mr.
Whltmlre said, emphasizing that
the names of all those who wish
to start their training in Janu
ary should be filed with him by |
not later than November 19.
At present, more than a hun
dred Macon County veterans are |
taking the training. Approxi
mately 10 have completed the I
.course, and about 20 more will
finish their training during I
Mr. Whltmlre said, aJtOBi TJ-pwIi
^ent are <ntlUftd.to theTnB Aw* |
years' training.
Veterans attend classes, which
are held In the Agricultural
building, once a week. The
schedule of classes held will be
changed, starting next year,
from two each week to four, to
accommodate the various
groups in training.
Pointing out that a trainee
must devote his full time to
farming, Mr. Whltmlre remark
ed that In the past "it has been
the practice of some veterans to
make all the necessary prom
ises in order to get on the pro
gram, and then to forget those
promises when the sun gets hot
and the weeds begin to grow"
He added that a number of
North Carolina veterans have
been convicted of fraud during
the past year, for drawing sub
sistence money to farm and
then taking other jobs on the |
side.
The new class, Mr. Whltmlre
pointed out, will operate under
Public Law 377, which sets
forth requirements much strict
er than those in effect in the
past. These requirements, he
added, can be changed only by
an act of congress.
Among them, he listed the |
following:
1. A veteran must have com
plete control of the farm on
? Continued on Page Six
3 Who Kidnapped Crum {
Given 20 Years Each a
The three escaped convicts 1
who figured In a kidnapping t
November 2 that ended with re- I
lease of their victim In Macon
County, entered pleas of guilty I
in U. 8. district court in Ashe
ville Monday and were sentenc
ed to 20 years each by Judge E.
Yates Webb. The victim was C.
W. Crum, crippled Buncombe
filling station operator. The
three, who escaped from the
prison ward at the state sana
torium at Sanatorium, are: Bal
lard Martin, of Newton, James
A. Stephenson, of Belmont, and
Odell Holder, of Greensboro.
They were under treatment for
tuberculosis at the sanatorium
when they made their escape.
Gregorys' New Baby 'U
Eleventh Born To Hum
Mr. and Mrs. George W.
Gregory, of Gneiss, have an
nounced the birth of a daugh
ter, Callle Evelyn Gregory, Oc
tober 13. The baby I* the
eleventh child born to Mr. and
Mr?, Oreiory,
RAPER, QUEEN
TO APPEAR AT
PROGRAM HERE
Benefit Square Dance
Planned Nov. 21
At Memorial
Two of the best known fig
ires in Western North Carolina
[oik music and dancing wul be
>n hand for the benent square
lance to be held at the single
Memorial Friday night of next
veek.
They are "Smiling Red" Rap
:r, vocalist, perhaps the must,
xipular individual entertainer
;ver to appear on the program
>f the Mountain Dance anu bom
'estival held annually in Aslie
rille, and Sam Queen, caller for
he Soco Gap square oam-c
earn. It was one of Mr. Queen's
lance teams that appeared, sev
eral years ago, before the King
ind Queen ot England in a pei
ormance at the White House.
Features of the evening's en
ertalnment, in addition to the
qua re dancing, will be a box
upper, cake walk, and selec
ion of the prettiest girl and
igliest man present.
The affair, set to start at 8
>. m . Is sponsored by the
iYanklin Rotary and Lions clubs
o raise funds to complete the
urnlshlag of the Blagie Me
aorlal.
Appearing on the evening's
urogram with Mr. Queen and
dr. Raper will be such well
mown hillbilly talent as George
Earthing, director of the North
Carolina Farm Bureau band;
>ick Farthing, guitarist, who
oured the world with USO
roop shows and with the Farm
iureau band; "Doc" Furman
Jorbin, widely known ban joist;
ind the Carpenter brothers?
ack, pianist; Sd. Jr., mando^i
it, who Is a member ot file
Visitors
? rom Latin America
Visit Coweeta
J. Albert Torres, of Costa
Uca, and Edmundo Resslnl, of
lucre, Bolivia, both agronom
its, spent several days of last
reek at the Coweeta Experl
nental Forest as part of a one
ear study In the United States
inder the auspices of the M. S.
)epartment of agriculture.
These men are studying for
stry practices here with a view
d learning both the practical
nd scientific methods of forest
management and administration
iracticed in this country. Their
raining is not only In observa
ion but in actually helping in ,
he work.
At Coweeta the men were
hown around the experimental
xea and then were given as
lgnments in computing lnten
iity to rainfall and average
laily streamflow to get an und
rstanding of the successive
teps Involved in measurements
if this kind.
The visit of the Latin Amer
cans resulted in their obtain
ng a better understanding of
J. 8. watershed management,
,nd in the Coweeta staff's get
lng a better Insight Into the
orestry problems in Costa Rica
ind Bolivia, forest officials
tald.
Mr. Torres and Mr. Resslnl
eft Friday for Ashevllle. Later -
hey will spend a month on the
>lsgah National Forest. ,,
Press Features
Appear This Week
In New Positions
A rearrangement places
several features that appear
regularly In The Press In
new positions this week.
The editorial Is on page >
? the second page of the
second section.
Highlands news appears
on the front of the second
section.
The ever-popular want ad
column will be found on
page 5, and in succeeding
1? mss .will appear on the
?est to the last page *t t y
first section, or on the y
to the last page in the /
when there Is only nf
ti0JU usual, the far
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