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Special Services Set
In Tranklin And
Tomorrow (Friday i Macon
County will bow its head and
join the rest of the tree world
in prayer for a lasting peace
and good will among men.
Special "World Day of Pray
er" services are planned both
in Franklin and Highlands.
By proclamation Tuesday,
Mayor W. C. Burrell, of Frank
lin, designated Friday as "World
Day of Prayer", officially plac
ing the people of this county
among millions throughout the
?world seeking the answer to
peace through prayer for guid
The women jof all Franklin
churches have made arrange
ments for a service at the Pres
byterian Church at 3:30 p. m.
Tlie program will include pray
er and -special selections by a
choir composed of men and
?women of -all 'denominations. A
film, "World Day of Prayer",
will be shown by Mrs. Florence
8. Sherrill, county home demon
stration agent.
A 'service for the Highlands
community will be held at the
"Episcopal Church of the In
carnation at "3:15 o'clock. Rep
resentatives from women's
groups ot the < cooperating
ChurChee -met Sunday afternoon
and planned the service, which
is sponsored annually by the
-women's societies of the various
churches. Each participating
church -will be represented on
the program, which will in
clude special music, both in
strumental and vocal.
School children will observe
"> a minute of silent prayer dur
ing the day.
13 County
Men Put In
1-A Class
Thirteen registrants were clas
sified 1-A, available for mili
tary service, at a meeting of
the local selective service board
last Thursday.
The board took action on a
total of 47 registrants, accord
ing to Mrs. Gilmer A. Jones,
Placed in 1-A were Wendell
Waldroop, Alfred R. Higdon, Jr.,
Odell J. Bolick, Daniel F. Moore,
Geprge M. Webb, John M. Webb,
George D. McCall, Jr., James
M. Haney, Davis S. Moses,
Frank H. Garner, Leonard G.
Bates, John C. Henderson, and
Don Ledford.
Draft-age high school stu
dents (1-S-H) constituted the
largest group acted upon by
the board. Men put in this
classification lricluded Freder
ick L Stewart, Sidney L. Mc
carty, in. Bobby K. Moore,
Jack G. Hoglen, Lester R.
Young, Maxwell G. Jones,
Charles H. McCall, Eldridge
Bateman, Charles E. Tallent,
Thomas W. Dalrymple, Prank
Mc. Crane, Richard Mashburn,
Charles R. Stewart, and Otis
G. Stl winter.
Other classifications includ
ed 1-C (reserve) James P.
Woo ten and Harley M. Stew
art; 1-C (inducted) William L
McCall; 1-C (discharged)
George L. Blaine, Ray N. Cabe,
Paul W. Price, and J. W. Rank
in; 3-A (deferred because of
dependents) Edward Pranks,
James R. Pouts, Lewis C. Mc
Call, and Loyde Hooper; 2-C
(deferred because of employ
ment in agriculture) Neville H.
McCoy; 4-F (physically, mental
ly, or morally unfit for duty)
Clyde J. Slmonds, Roy D. And
erson, and Carl D. Guffey; 5-A
'registrant over the age of li
ability, 26 years) Charles Ross
' Keener, Harold E. Speed, Char
les A. Ledford, James D. Keen
er, and Sam Shuler.
The name of Lester Reid, Jr.,
was inadvertently omitted from
the list of Macon County men
sent to Knoxville, Tenn., for
induction into the army on Feb
ruary 10. Mr. Reid volunteered
for induction.
A meeting of the Iotla Par
ent-Teacher Association is plan
ned Monday evening at the
school at 7:30 o'clock, accord
ing to Paul Swafford, presi
5 Commerce
Direct prs
Are Named
H. W. Cabe, Verlon Swafford,
\ftctor Perry, J. S. Conley, and
William Katenbrink are the new
members of the seven-man
board of directors of the Frank
lin Chamber of Commerce.
They were chosen in a mail
election from a field of 10 men
nominated by a committee ap
pointed by President E. W. Ren
shaw to put the 1953 election |
machinery in motion.
Mr. Renshaw and Oscar Led
ford round out the seven-man
board. Both are serving the
second year of two-year terms.
Others in the "board race
were Wiley Brown, Holland Mc
Swain, Reid Womack, R. R.
Gaines, and Lee Wood.
New officers of the commerce
body will be elected from among
ithe members of the board.
W. M. (Officer Succumbs
At 32; Rites Held
0n 'Friday
William 'Marshall (Marsh)
Officer, former Franklin police
oTficer and well-known resident'
here, died -at 11:45 a. m. last1
Thursday at his home. He was
Mr. "Officer, \who was a native
of Cookville, Tenn., had been
ill for about four weeks.
Fimeral services were con
ducted Friday at 2 p. m. at the
Franklin Methodist Church by
the Rev. C. "E. Murray, pastor.
Burial -was in Woodlawn Ceme
Barn December S3., 1870, Mr.
Officer was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. William Officer. In 1910
he was married to the former
Miss Hannie (Donley, of Frank
lin. He served on the local po
lice force for 11 years. He also
worked as a carpenter and was
at one time a guard for the
Georgia Power and Light Com
, pany.
He is survived by his wife;
a daughter, Mrs. R. L. Jones,
of Franklin; a brother, Robert
Officer, of Cookville, Tenn.; and
three grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were
D. A. (Rad* Stewart. Terrell
Hoilman, Sam J. Murray, Floyd
Welch. J. Harry Thomas, and
Richard H. Slagle.
Bryant Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.
Kusterer Unsuccessful
For Morehead Grant
To College
Jack Kusterer, Franklin High
School senior, was among the
scores of unsuccessful appli
cants for Morehead scholar
ships at the University of North
Carolina, according to an an
nouncement made this week.
Mr. Kusterer, this county's
nominee for one of the $1,250
a-year scholarships to the
Chapel Hill institution, appear
ed before the district More
head district committee in
Asheville January 21, along with i
nominees from 17 other moun- :
tain counties.
The names of six students
recommended by that commit
tee were announced from Chap- i
el Hill this week. These six i
finalists, together with 29 from j
other sections of the state, will i
appear before a state commit- i
tee, , which will select the stu- ,
dents to receive Morehead ;
Though not a winner, the 1
Franklin youth apparently im- i
pressed the district committee. '
He received a letter this week ;
from D. Hiden Ramsey, district
committee chairman, congratu- 1
lating him on the impression i
j he made.
He also received a letter from
Roy Armstrong, director of ad- I
missions at Chapel Hill, con- 1
gratulating him on the show- 1
ing he made and calling atten- s
j tion to other scholarships avail- 1
able. Mr. Armstrong's letter ]
read, in part, as follows: i
"I wish it had been possible 1
for you to hear the reports i
made to us by the members of (
the John Motley Morehead 1
scholarship district committee. .
, , . You made an Impression on <
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 10 (
? Staff Photo by J. P. Brady
Macon County's "Totbk, Mjui of the Year", Dr. George R. McSween (center) is all smiles
over receiving the awnl as he talks ?nr the "biggest surprise and honor" of his life with visit
ing Jayoee officiate. M left is Gone Ochsenreiter of Asheville, who was guest speaker here Mon
day night at the anniversary banquet of the local Jaycees. At right is D wight Beaty, of Waynes
ville, vioe-fnsMat of the first Jaycee district, who presented the award to Dr. McSween at the
banquet, ?hidi was attended by some 60 Jaycees, their wives, and special guests.
Sylva Doctor
Appointed To
Health Post
Dr. Leo C. McCampbell, of
Sylva, part-time health officer
for Macon, Jackson, and Swain
counties' since January, has
been appointed to an acting
full-time status. '
Action on his appointment
was taken at a meeting of the
district health board Monday
night. Members of the board
from this county are W. E.
(Gene) Baldwin, W. C. Burrell,
both of Franklin, and Dr. C. E.
Mitchell, of Highlands.
Dr. McCampbell, who has
been practicing in Sylva for the
past year and a half as an as
sociate of Dr. P. E. DeWees, is
a graduate of Purdue Univer
sity and the University of Cin
The health officer will be
given a permanent full-time ap
pointment when he completes
the state merit system exami
nations, members of the district
board said.
Macon Has High
Attendance At
Girl Scout Meet
Girl Scouts and Scout leaders
from Macon County were tops
in attendance at the winter
rally of the Nantahala area
Saturday afternoon in Chero
Fifty of the 125 attending the
rally were from this county. In
cluded were seven from Frank
lin, Troop 4, 19 from Franklin,
Troop 29 (Negro), and 24 from
Nantahala, Troop 31.
Leaders accompanying the
Scouts were the Rev. A. Rufus
Morgan, Miss Lillian Jones, Mrs.
Gilmer A. - Jones, Mrs. G. L.
Hlnes, and Mrs. Emma England.
Plans for the area summer
camporee, slated August 12 at
the Smokemont picnic area,
marked a meeting of represen
tatives from each troop in the
area, which embraces Macon,
Jackson, and Swain counties,
and the Cherokee troop.
A dinner meeting of the area
Doard is scheduled to be held
at Cagle's Cafe here next
Thursday evening (February 26)
at 7 o'clock.
Plan Panel Discussion
At East Franklin P.T.A.
A panel discussion will mark
the meeting of the East Frank
In Parent-Teacher Association
Monday night at 7:30 at the
ichool, Mrs. Ernest Hyde, pres
dent, has announced. Taking
>art In the discussion, featur
ng brotherhood, will be the
Ftev. M. W. Chapman. Baptist
3 as tor, Mrs. Viola Lenoir, of the
Chapel (Negro) P. T. A., and
tflss Patty Lou Phillips and
lack Kusterer, high school stu
dents. Mrs. Weimar Jones U In
:harge of the program.
Receives Special Award
At Jaycee Banquet
Here Monday
Dr. George R. McSween, 27
year-old chiropractor and ac
tive civic leader, is Macon
County's "Young Man of the
The unanimious choice of
local civic organizations, who
made nominations for the hon
or, Dr. McSween Monday night
received a Distinguished Service
Award key from the Franklin
Junior Chamber of Commerce
for outstanding contribution to
his community during 1952.
Announcement of the award
recipient came as a feature of
a Jaycee anniversary banquet at
Slagle Memorial Building. The
key was presented to Dr. Mc
Sween by Dwight Beaty, of
Waynesville, vice-president of
the first Jaycee district.
The award came as a com
plete surprise to the young
doctor, who in effect planned
his own banquet. When his fel
low Jaycees learned he was be
ing nominated for the honor,
they put him on the program
committee for the banquet to
throw him off guard and still
have an excuse for placing him
at the banquet head table.
Although a comparative new
comer to Franklin, the "Young
Man of the Year" has inte
grated himself firmly into com
munity life through his en
thusiastic work with the Boy
Scouts, his church, and various
civic ventures.
Me came nere with his fam
ily ? two at that time, now
three ? in April, 1951, fresh out
of internship at Lincoln Chiro
practic College in Indianapolis,
Ind., and immediately threw
himself into the stream of ac
Here are just a few of the
things that placed him in front
for the honor:
Assistant Scout master, su
perintendent and teacher of the
youth division of the Franklin
Methodist Church Sunday
School, steward of the church,
counselor of the intermediate
Methodist Youth Fellowship,
secretary - treasurer of the
Methodist Men's Club. Rotarian,
and member of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars post.
Sandwiched in between all of
this, he manages to find time
for playing on the Franklin
all-star basketball and baseball
teams and to turn out furni
ture for his home, in his base
ment workshop.
Behind him stands his World
War II record as an air force
crewman who spent three
months in a German prisoner
of-war camp.
Although bom in Appalachia.
Va., Dr. McSween spent most
of his life In Asheville and is
a confirmed "mountain boy".
His ambition: "TO live and
die in Franklin".
Highlands Men
Move To Form
Jaycee Chapter
Highlands is well on its way
to having a chapter of the Jun
ior Chamber of Commerce.
After meeting with Jaycee
officials Tuesday in the town
office, some 25 Highlands men
named temporary officers and
got things under way for re
j questing a charter at a state
Jaycee quarterly board meeting
in Durham over the week-end.
Sid Carter was elected tem
porary president; the Rev. Rob
i ert Hart, secretary; and Earl
Young, treasurer. Permanent
officers will be picked when
[ the organization is chartered.
Bill Snow, of Asheville, state
' Jaycee extension chairmanf. and
I Dwight Baty, of Waynesville,
] vice-president of the first dis
' trict, traced th.e history of the
'jaycee movement in this.coun-j
try and abroad and assisted
with organizational procedure.
! Several members of the
! Franklin Jaycees. sponsor of the
I Highlands club, attended the
| meeting.
Highlands Pastor Will
Take Pastorate Of
Andrews Church
The Rev. John C. Corbitt re
signed as pastor of the High
lands Baptist Church following
last Sunday morning's worship
service, to accept a call to the
First Baptist Church in An
drews. The resignation will be
come effective March 19.
Mr. Corbitt has been pastor
of the Highlands church for
the past 19 months. He is a
native of Southern Illinois and
was graduated from the Univer
sity of Illinois and Southwest
ern Seminary, Fort Worth, Tex.
Mrs. Corbitt is the former Miss
Gretchen ' Johnson and has
served as associational mission
ary in various associations in
North Carolina. Mr and Mrs.
Corbitt have two children,
Nathan, two years old, and
Alzada, one year.
The regular meeting of the
Otto Parent-Teacher Associa
tion, scheduled for tonight
(Thursdayi, has been postpon
ed until next Thursday evening^
February 26, it has been an
nounced. A Founders' Day pro
gram by eighth graders will
feature the meeting.
The fourth Sunday sing of
the northern division of the
Macon County Singing Conven
tion is scheduled for 1:30 p. m
at the Telllco Baptist Church.
It has been announced.
Storm Cuts Macon
Off From Outside
Young Macon Native
Dies Of Injuries
In Oregon
Funeral services for Clyde
Morton, 21-year-old Macon
bounty native, who died Febru
ary 9 of injuries received the
previous day in a highway ac
cident in Roseburg, Oreg., will
be conducted today (Thursday)
at 11 a. m. at the Bethel Meth
odist Church.
The officiating ministers will
be the Rev. J. D. Pyatt, the
Rev. C. E. Murray, and the Rev.
D. P. Grant. The body will re
main at Bryant Funeral Home
until the funeral hour.
A mechanic, Mr. Norton had
been working on the coast for
the past several months. Born
December 19, 1931, he was the
son of James P. and Mrs. Mary
Brendle Norton, and he received
his education in the county
schools. He was a member of
the Bethel Methodist Church
and on September 6, 1951, he
was married to Miss Irene
Hurst, of this county, in Wal
halla, S. C.
Mr. Norton is survived by his
wife and small son, Billy; his
parents; two brothers, James
(Pat) Norton, Jr., of Franklin,
and Kenneth Norton, of De
troit, Mich.; and two sisters,
Mrs. Mary Sue Phillips and Miss
Catherine Norton, both ol
Pallbearers will be Halen ar.d
Harvey Roane, Mickey Wal
droop, Jack Nichols. Hershel
Keener, and Kenneth Neal.
Will Open On March 1 ;
County Quota Set
At $3,575
March 1 will open the annual
Red Cross fund drive in this
county under the leadership oi
C. Banks Finger, of Franklin.
Macon's quota is S3.575.
Campaign supplies are now
being distributed throughout
the county by Mrs. Elizabeth
McCollum. secretary of the local
Red Cross chapter.
Persons who will assist with
this year's drive include Weaver
Shope. the Rev. C. E. Murray
Mrs. J. Ward Long, Mrs. George
Kinney, Mrs. Florence S. Sher
rill, and Mrs. Mae Shope.
Marshall Reece will head the
drive in Highlands.
Will Continue Try For
Tourney Crown In
Bryson Friday
The Franklin High lads made
the grade in the opening shot
of the Smoky Mountain Con
ference eastern division cage
tourney in Bryson City last Fri
day night by blocking out Web
ster 65 to 366.
Tonight (Thursday* the lads
face the second test in tourna
ment play when they take on
Robbinsville in the Swain High
gymnasium at 6 o'clock.
Pre-tournament dopsters are
passing the word that Franklin
and Cullowhee will wind up
fighting in the finals Saturday
night for the division crown.
Tommy Raby bucketed 25
points In the Webster tilt to
pave the way fdr the one-side
The "un" on the Franklin
lassies' title of undefeated has
been dropped. In a game last
Thursday night in Clyde, the
girls took a 51 to 48 spanking
to drop out of the undefeated
ranks. The boys rolled along to
a 59 to 42 win.
Mr. and Mrs. John Crawford
and children, of Atlanta, Oa.,
spent the week-end with her
grandmother, Mrs. Myra All
Power, Communications,
And Traffic Tied-Up
By Snow
A driving snow storm paralyz
ed power, communications, and
traffic in Macon Saturday night,
and for a brief period the coun
ty was shut off from the rest
of the world.
The snow, compounded in
weight by 1.56 inches of rain
during the night, knocked out
power and -telephone lines
throughout the county and
brought traffic to a standstill.
Crew,s of the Nantahala Pow
er and light . Company and
| Western Carolina Telephone
Company are still mopping up
Reported lightning accom
panying Saturday night's
snowstorm ? a rare phe
nomenon, if it had occurred ?
was not lightning at all. The
lightning-like flashes, electric
line repairmen reported, were
created when a light line,
weighted down by snow, sagA
ged, and then, when the sm?
fell off, whipped bade up
ward and struck another line.
' the damage ? the worst in the
I history of the two companies.
' The storm picture:
Power and telephone lines
and poles sagged and snapped
under the weight of the ex
> tremely wet snow, which rang
i ed from four inches in some
i sections of the county to nine
, in the Highlands area.
Late traffic choked the high
. ways. State highway snowplows
? shuttled back and forth over
main arteries all day Sunday,
but many rural roads were im
passable without cbairo Moo
day. .
i oeverai scnoois rauea 10 open
Monday ? busses were unabie to
negotiate rural roads and pow
er was off in some buildings.
"We've never had any thing
like it", was the comment of R.
E. McKelvey. general manager
of W.C.T.C.
For a brief while Saturday
nieht. Mr. McKelvey said, all
telephone toll lines in the coun
ty were shorted-out by the
storm and at one "time or an
other all rural lines were out of
t order.
; Service probabl.y will no? be
restored to all customers oefore
the week-end. he said, explain
ing that crews are concentrat
. ing on putting the main toll
lines back into operation.
Franklin was hit harder than
I Highlands because of the rain
that followed the heavy snow
fall, the manager said. He esti
| mated that from 175 to 200 of
Franklin's 850 customers were
; without service following the
Distribution line damage was
the worst suffered by the Nan
1 tahala Power and Light com
pany since its beginning in the
late 20's, according to John M.
Archer. Jr.. president.
Power company crews worked
around the clock Saturday and
Sunday to restore power in the ; y
I rural areas.
Mr. Archer said the Georgia
highway area took the worst
beating, with no power from
old ice plant at Cartoogechaye
Creek to the state line.
Yesterday (Wednesday > serv
ice had been virtually restored
in the county, but Mr. Archer
said repairs and replacement o(
lines would be going on for
several weeks.
Highlands, Cowee, Iotla, and
Cullasaja schools shut down
Monday, but were open again
Snow began falling shortly
before 7 o'clock Saturday night.
By midnight, stalled automo
biles crammed the highway*
leading out of Franklin as late
movie-goers and visitors at
tempted to make it home.
Telephone company crews
managed to open a circuit to
Sylva about 4 a. m. Sunday and
another Sunday night to Cor
The Weather
High Low Rain
Wednesday 53 39 1.11
Thursday 54 35 84
Friday 47 30
Saturday 54 17 traM
Sunday 44 32 *5-5?
Monday 55 19 _
Tuesday 49 . 14
*4 Inches of snow, 1.56 rain.

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