Wbt iffanfclin If tU
3%* IfaWanfoi JRacouian
71st Year ? No. 3
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, January 19, 1956
? Presa St^n Photo
WORKMEN AWE SHOWN pouring the foundation for the new county library on Phillips Street
be; veen the couii y ii . ( building at right) and the new Tippett Building. Miss Lassie Kelly, chair -
ma.i of the lilirarj o.mmlttee, this week said a concerted drive to raise funds for the new building
is plar.:ied at an catly date.
'Mothers' March On Polio'
Tonight - Turn Lights On
When the fire siren sounds to
night 'Thursday), turn your
porch light on.
The siren will signal the begin
ning of a concerted "Mothers'
March on Polio" and the burning
porch light will indicate a home
wants to contribute.
With the wailing of the siren
promptly at 7:30, members of the
Franklin Junior Woman's Club
will spearhead the march.
Miss I.illian Jones, club presi
dent, said it is planned u> use a
"saturation method" of collection,
with teams canvassing sections
of the town almost simultaneously.
A club social is planned preceed
ing the drive at the home of
Mrs. Barbara Ledford, with Miss
Jones and Mrs. Fred S&lain as
MAKE HONOR ROLL
Five Macon County students
were among the 56 making the
"Alpha" honor roll at Western
Carolina College. Cullowhee, for
the fall quarter. They are Miss
Ruby Joan Cabe and Nicholas
Bennett Koepp-Baker, both o'
Highlands, and Misses Julia Moody
and Nancy Carol Ramsey, and
Wiley Smith, all of Franklin.
TELEPHONE in hand. Barney
I ce Mavm. months-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. < hr^nre . I Shorty*
Mason, of franklin, is trying to
span the wur.M an ' Mtak to Ins
KTandmothrr in t cimany. He
wants to thank ??or lor the elothes
lie is wearing, whim are what well
dressed little bo\s over there wear.
The outfit includes coat fjoppet),
leather pants (lederhoscn or sep
plhoseni, suspenders (hosentrag
or), hat (srpplhut), and ealf socks
' wadenstrumpfe). Carved deer
horn ornaments are on the suspen
ders and coat. Mrs. Mason is a
native (ierman. She met her hus
band while he was serving with
the army there in 1951 and she
came here in 1953.
Gurganus To Speak
At Franklin Event
Edgar (Red) Gurganus. presi
dent of the N. C. Junior Chamber
of Commerce, has been obtained
as guest speaker for the Franklin
Jaycees' annual banquet honoring
"Macon County's Young Man of
Arrangements for the event on
February 3 are now being worked
out, according to the club presi
dent, C. Banks Finger.
Mr. Gurganus, a Williamston
attorney, plans to spend the week
of February 2-8 in the western
area and will be the guest of
the local Jaycees at least two
flights, during his visit.
Meanwhile. Jaycee C. Jack
Ragan urges all civic clubs, rural
communities, and individuals to
turn in nominations for the young
man award. At the banquet, the
Jaycees will present the winner
with a Distinguished Service A
ward Key for his outstanding ser
vice to the community during
the past year < 1955 > . Any young
man*-not over the age of 36 is
eligible for the award. Mr Ragan
emphasized that a nominee does
not have to be a Jaycee.
A Jaycee "Boss of the Year"
award also will be made at the
banquet. Club members are nom
inating their employers for this
As a means of bettering school
facilities, a committee of the
Franklin P. T. A. suggests asking
the county commissioners to raise
the tax rate.
This is the essence of a report
presented to the P. T. A. Monday
night by H. H. Gnuse. chairman
of the committee recently appoint
ed to study school needs.
Following the business session.
Mrs. Beth Guffey, elementary sup
ervisor, spoke on "The Handi
capped Child." She later turned
the program over to Miss Esther
Seay, special education teacher in
the elementary schools, for a talk
on handicapped children receiv
ing instruction in the county.
The devotional was given by
the Rev. A. Rufus Morgan
President B. L. McGlamery pre
Despite Near Critical
Situation, Gnuse Sees
No Power Curtailment
Although water reserves are
nearing the "critical" stage at
Nantahala Power and Light
Company dams, no curtailment
of power Is anticipated In this
area at present, according to a
company vice-president, H. H.
Meanwhile, the company is
talcing precautionary measures
to conserve the small reserve
of water at the Nantahala and
Thorpe power dams until the
reservoirs start filling.
Mr. Gnuse said both dams
are operating only a few hours
each day. -
On the basis of round-the
clock operation, he estimated
that Nantahala's 1154 feet of
usable storage would be ex
hausted in about three days and
Thorpe's foot and a half in a
However, he said by running
shorter hours "we are about
holding our own" and that un
less a prolonged dry spell oc
curs the situation Should im
"We are confident that it will
break before long," the vice
Mr. Gnuse said the low
stream flow this January is the
"worst since I've been here."
At present, it is lower than
it was 1 p January, 1954.
"And 1954 was the worst year
we experienced," he said.
He also noted that it Is un
usual to experience a drought
at this time of the year. Nor
mally, the reser >irs are filling
during Janu\ry . .
Most of the southeast, how
ever is facing the same pro
blem and Mr. Gnuse said the
outlook is a "critical power
shortage" unless the rainy sea
son begins soon.
A farm and home electric
school for 4-H members Is
scheduled Saturday morning at
9 o'clock at the Agricultural
E. S. Coates, of Raleigh, spe
cialist in agricultural engineer
ing, will be on hand to assist
in organizing a farm and home
electric club in the county if
enough interest is shown by the
members. Several monthly
meetings are now being plan
ned to assist them with electric
projects, according to Mrs. Jes
sie D. Cabe, 4-H assistant agent.
Also expected to attend the
Saturday session is G. L. Car
ter, district 4-H leader, also of
Power Company Adds
358 New Customers
In the five-county area it server,
Nantahala Power and Light Com
pany added 358 new customers
This figure includes both resi
dential and commercial customers,
according to W W. i Bill > Sloan,
director of rural service and per
The power company, which has
home offices in Franklin, serves
Macon. Jackson. Swain. Cherokee,
and Graham. ^
JUDGE PATTON SAYS ?
Freedom Dangers 'Within'
The dangers to American free
dom "from without are small
compared to the dangers from
within", Judge George B. Patton
told the Franklin Rotary Club at
its weekly meeting last Thursday
evening at the Staple Memorial
Judge Patton cited two major
"dangers from within":
1. Under a democratic form oi
government, he said, "the main
cog. the pivot around which the
whole thing revolves, is the in
dividual. Its strength lies in his
character, and in his opportun
ities to make his convictions felt
Today the indiviuual is caught
"in the squeeze" between big busi
ness. on one hand, and big gov
crnment. on the other.
2. Out of the controversy amon;
the authors of our Constitution
over whether this should be ;i
limited monarchy or a democracy,
he said, a compromise was work
ed out. giving us three separate
and distinct phases of government
? the administrative, the legisla
tive. and the judicial ? with a
sharp "line of demarcation" drawn
between them. There has been a
growing tendency, the Franklin
superior court judge said, for one
branch to "step over into anoth
er's pasture". He cited the Su
preme Court's segregation decis
ions as "a shining' example" of
the break down of the division of
powers and the historic system
of "cheeks and balances". He cie
scribed the segregation decisions as
'a red flag flaunted in the face
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 8
? Pr??* Who
COLD NOSES ? These automobiles almost appear to be huddling for warmth during Monday's
snowy taste of winter. Flurries piled up snow on parked cars and in some sections covered the
All Four Outlets
Grade A Marks
Ratings of "Grade A" have
been given the four distributors
selling retail milk In Macon
County, according to Sanitarian
H. T. Collins.
They are Addington Dairy
Farm, Nantahala Creamery,
Southern Dairies, and Pet Dair
The sanitarian also reported
that 37 producer dairy farms
here were given "Grade A"
ratings for the semi-annual
More Than 30 Teachers
Take Special Course
More than 30 county teacheis
and several from nearby Georgia
are enrolled in Dr. Herbert Koepp
Baker's course here on special
His instruction if offered by
Western Carolina College as an
off-campus course. He is here each
Wednesday evening from 6:30 to
9:30 at Franklin High.
The lecture series deals with
exceptional children and their
Democrats Meet Called
A county-wide meeting of the
Young Democrats Club has been
called for Saturday, January 28.
at the Courthouse, it has been
Election of officers will feature
the meeting, which is set for 2
SING ON SUNDAY
The fourth Sunday sing will
be held at the Burningtown
Baptist Church Sunday, begin
ning at 1:30 p m.. it has been
announced by Lon Thompson,
Neck With Sno
Field For Camp
A large field near the state
highway maintenance shed is
now being transformed into a
recreation field for the Macon
Prison Camp nearby.
The project is another phase
in the camp's new rehabilita
tion program since it changed
to an institution for youthful
first offenders, according to
Supt. John E. Cutshall.
About five acres are being
graded and cleared for the
When the project is complet
ed. the superintendent said the
camp will have facilities for
baseball, tennis, softball, bask
etball, volley ball, handball
boxing, shuffleboard, and track!
It will be used only on week
ends and holidays by the camp,
Mr. Cutshall also said that
he has received permission from
the state to allow prison teams
to play local teams, provided
the games are played in the
daytime on the prison field.
Board To Meet
Of Cowee School
Members of the board of edu
cation and Supt. Holland Mc
Swain plan to meet with patrons
of the Cowee School tonight
i Thursday i to discuss the needs
of the school.
The meeting is set for 7:30.
This will'be the first of a num
ber of meetings set by the board
with patrons over the county be
fore M icon's final school building
relocation of $152,027.87 is divided
among the schools.
es On Macon ?
>w And Cold
Winter blew its cold breath
down Macon County's neck this
The temperature stayed below
freezing in both Franklin and
Highlands at night, but pushed to
the 40's and 50's in the day.
Franklin had a low of 8 Saturday,
while Highlands recorded 12.
Hundreds of skaters from South
Carolina and Georgia poured Into
Highlands over the weekend to
glide over its many frozen lakes.
A Greenville. S. C. TV station
Monday evening featured a movie
of skatin',' in the resort town.
Monday brought the first real
snow of the ;>ea.->on to the county.
Flurries began in early moraine,
and, as the mercury rose, snow
started sticking to the ground.
Parked automobiles were soon
covered. However, a high temper
ature of 49 in the afternoon dis
couraged the falling of more.
It was "clear as a bell" yester
day i Wednesday* morning.
During December, state high
way maintenance forces did 4.05
miles of road work in this county,
according to a report from the
office of the division commission
er. Harry E Buchanan.
Graded, drained, and surfaced
with traffic-bound macadam were
the following 12-foot wide county
roads, and their lengths: Welch
Road. 04 mile; Wilson Road. I
mile: and Holt Road. 0.55 mile.
The surfaces of four other roads
were strenathened with traffic
bound macadam. They are Mc
Clure Mill Road. 0.4 mile; Erins
Creek Road. 0.4 mile; Holly
Sprin? Church Road. 0.J mile;
and I nan Cabe Road. 1 mile.
BENEFIT DANCE SLATED
A square dance will be held at
Otto School January 27 at 8 p. m..
i or the benefit of the polio drive.
it has t in announced.
Ov^r Your Shoulder
KFMF.MHKK this old lookout tower on lop of Albert Moun
tain? It burned some 25 years ago and wa^ replaced by a more
modern ore. Hanger Tom Alexander is standing at left. The man
who manned the lookout during the fire season, Dan Sweatman.
is at right.
oln*rv? ! ;
- '' mi>?-raturoH and rainfall, a*
I i >i n k I in by Mansnn Stiles,
i, ? iilist-rviT ; in Highland* by
II rid W. <\ Newton. TV A
.<1 :u thu Coweta Hydrolt??ic
High Low Rain
Wed.. Jan 11 53 31
Thursday 51 30
Friday 50 21
Saturday 56 08
Sunday 57 13
Monday 49 25 .03
Tuesday 49 11
High Low Rain
44 24 _
11 55 27
* trace of snow