71st Year ? No. 47
Franklin, N. C, Wednesday, November 21, 1956
Price 10 Cents
Mrs. Porter . . . Ready For Work
Man's World? Hah!
Putting up 800 biles of hay,
driving a tractor, caring for live
? stock, pulling trucks out of mud
holes, having sole responsibility
for farm and timber lands total
ing 300 acres ? it's a man's job,
isn't it. Maybe so, but a woman
To Mrs. Katherine Bowden Por
ter, of Cowee, there's nothing un
usual about it. She does it because
she has to. Mrs. Porter has relied
on her religion and a will to work
to bring her through a lifetime
"I never worry about what
could happen. Goodness knows, it
I did that I'd be dead. God took
care of yesterday and so far he's
taken care of today. I'll not fret
Mrs. Porter emphasizes that she
doesn't feel she's someone special
because of what she's done. "Other
women must be doing the same
kind of work where needed. I
know there are many who could,
and would, if they had to."
How is it that the ;aanagement
of Hall Farm ? named after the
original settler of the early 1800's
?falls to Mrs. Porter? She has
owned the place since 1938 and
run it since that time. However,
except for a brief period while
a child, she has lived there only
since 1947. Between 1938 and 1947
she lived in Franklin while man
aging Hall Farm.
Mrs, Porter married James B.
Porter, of Old Fort, in 1944 while
he was in the Army Air Corps.
He remained in service for a year
after the war. During that time
she was taking care of the farm.
When Mr. Porter was discharged
he took a job in the construction
industry which required that he
be away from home for long
periods. So, Mrs. Porter continued
With a total of 12 years' mili
tary service behind him, Mr. Por
ter suggested to his wife it would
be to their advantage for him to
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 10
Thumpity-Thump Of Balls
Echoing In FHS Gymnasium
Franklin High's gymnasium is
echoing the thumpity-thump of
basketballs this week as the
coaches go through the weed
ing out process in selecting
?Clayton (Ga.) High will send
Its lads and lassies here on De
cember 1 lor the season opener.
With 55 boys reporting out
for practice, Coach Pat Pattillo
reports he has some good ma
terial to pick from to round out
his squad. Returnees from last
year, who will probably form
the nucleus of the Panther at
tack, include Willard Smith,
Bruce Houston, Mitchell Hous
ton, Gary Clark, and Frank Mc
The coach of the girls' team,
Mrs. Rose Corbin, is building
her team around the abilities
of nine girls who lettered last
year. They are Carolyn Dowdle,
Mavis Gibson, Lucy Henry, Bon
nie Lee, Frances McClure, Mel
ba Moses, Jean Phillips, Jean
Sutton, and Joan Mincey. A
total of 23 firls reported for
practice. Most of them are
freshmen and sophomores.
Franklin is in the eastern di
vision of the Smoky Mountain
Conference and will play teams
from Sylva, Cherokee, Swain,
Cullowhee, Webster, Glenville,
Dec. 1, Clayton, home
Dec. 4, Sylva, away
Dec. 7, Cherokee, home.
Dec. 11, Swain, home
Dec. 14, Cullowhee, away
Dec. 18, Webster, home
Dec. 20, open
Jan. 4, Hayesville, home
Jan. 8, Clayton, away
Jan. 11, Highlands, away
Jan. 15, Glenville, home
Jan. 18, Sylva, home
Jan. 22, Cherokee, away
Jan. 25, Swain, away
Feb. 1, Webster, at Sylva
Feb. 8, Glenville, away.
A HOT MYSTERY ?
Case Of The Apron String
This is the story of the burning apron string.
Sounds like the title of a mystery story, doesn't it? Well, for
a while it was a mystery.
In every printing shop there are quantities of paper ? paper
representing money that easily could go up in smoke in a very
few minutes. In addition, in all but the best regulated print
ing shops, there is likely to be a lot of waste paper, in baskets
and even on the floor ? a prime fire hazard at a place where
people smoke cigarettes. So in all print shops, fire is one of
the great and ever-present fears.
So when there was the smell of something burning at The
Press office last Friday, everybody started looking. It first was
detected by David H. (Zory) Sutton.
Wastebaskets were quickly examined for signs of still-burn
ing cigarettes or matches; there was great sniffing around
electric motors; noses were stuck out the doer to learn if the
odor came from outside.
There seemed to be no fire, anywhere. But something un
deniably was burning.
Then, in the midst of puzzled head -scratching, Mr. Sutton
discovered the fire. An unaccustomed, not to say uncomfort
able, heat, rearward, gave him the signal.
How the end of his printer's apron string, dangling behind
Kim, caught fire remains a mystery.
Bag Data On Deer
2 Kills Reported
Red-capped hunters by the hun
ireds swarmed into Macon Coun
ty in the frostrnipped dawn of
Monday, each in his own way de
termined to bag a deer.
At press time, kill data from the
Wayah and Standing Indian
wildlife management areas was in
complete. However, the "right
signs", coupled with good weath
er, are pointing to one of the best
seasons in recent years.
Standing Indian area was
host to 373 hunters the opening
day. They only bagged 11 bucks
and 11 hogs. Four were bagged
on Wayah. Fifty-four hunters
signed in there for the opening
Wayne Harrison, Afton Weaver,
and Norman Seay made up the
first party to report in Franklin
with a deer. They bagged an eight
point buck weighing 175 pounds
on Harrison Cove in the Burning
town section about 7:15 a. m.
A second kill was made at 8:15
a. m. on Buzzard Knob on Bry
son Branch by J. D. Southard, of
Franklin, Route 1. It was a six
pointer and weighed 150 pounds.
Miss Jones Wins
Miss Margaret Jones, Franklin
High senior, is the winner of the
county-wide Voice of Democracy
She was picked from among five
contestants, who presented five
minute talks on "I Speak for De
mocracy" during an assembly last
Thursday morning in the high
Judges were Verlon Swafford,
Mrs. J. E. Perry, Sr., and Norman
Other contestants in the Jaycee
sponsored speech contest were
Misses Dwain Horsley, Linda
Whelan, Katrina Elmore, and
Miss Jones' winning talk has
been recorded and will be entered
in district competition later this
month in Brevard against other
winners in the western district.
Jaycee W. V. Cox was in chare;
of this year's contest.
Benefit Dance For
Librarv Is Slated
A square dance for the bene
fit of the new Franklin Library
is slated Saturday night at
Slagle Memorial Building.
Sponsor is the North Frank
lin Neighborhood Development
Club. Dancing will begin at 8.
Highway crews all week have been adding the refine
ments of traffic islands, directional arrows on the pave
ment, and mere and larger signs to Franklin's one-way street
system. The above island at the foot of Town Hill simplifies
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the problem of entering the ma.'n street from Riverview
Street. The island separates the lanes at the intersection,
channeling west-bound traffic to the right a.nd leaving the
left lane open for Kiverview traffic (center car) to merge
with east-bornd vehicles coming down Palmer (left).
Ohio House Fire Claims
Lives Of Infant Children
A flash fire in a two~r,oom
house Friday near Ravenna,
Ohio, snuffed cut the lives of
two infant boys belonging to
former residents of Franklin.
Killed by suffocation in the
fire were Verle Dean Vines, nine
months old son of Mrs. Virginia
Vines, and Curtis Lyle O'Shields,
16-months old child of Mrs.
The bodies of the children
have been brought here for
Father of the O'Shields child,
Richard O'Shields, is stationed
with the U. S. Army In Pana
ma. .Mrs. Vines' husband re
portedly abandoned his family
Newspaper reports from Ra
venna say seven other children,
including five from one family,
escaped injury in the fire. A
five-year-old twin girl was re
sponsible for saving the lives
of five of the children by pull
ing and carrying them to safety
from the blazing structure. She
is Donnie Ann Jones, a cousin
of the Vines children. It is re
SEE NO. 4, PAGE 10
Roy Fell Down . . .
On a Monday afternoon six
weeks ago little Roy/ Johnson n nd
two friends hopped off the High
lands school bus and headed down
the long gravel road for home.
They hadn't long been gone
from the highway when, suddenly,
Roy tripped on a rock or some
thing (he never did know what*
and fell face down in the road.
The boys helped him up and the
trio continued their way.
About 20 minutes later when
they arrived home Roy's arms
were swollen. The limbs hung
awkwardly from his shoulders. Mr.
and Mrs. Howard Johnson took
their ten-year-old to Highlands
Community Hospital where the
trouble soon was determined.
Roy had broken both his arms.
The broken bones were set and
heavy casts put around the young
ster's arms. After being at home
for a week, Roy returned to Mrs.
Elaine Norton's fourth (Trade. He
was unable to help himself, so
Cub Scouts fed Roy his lunch.
"It was like Elijah in the wilder
ness," said Mrs. Norton.
At home, the Johnson family
took turns feeding and dressing
him. The boy soon learned to
grasp a pencil in a peculiar way.
holding it between his thumb, a
finger, and the cast. He could
read a book unaided.
Last Thursday night the doctors
decided Nature's work was com
plete. It was time to cut away
the large casts that covered the
There was a hollow sound as
the saw sliced through the plaster
around the right arm. The cast
dropped away. Then the cast from
the other arm.
"I've never seen such dirty arms
in all my life," said Mrs. Johnson.
Freed of the heavy casts. Roy
said: "How light they feel."
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10- Year-Old Roy Gets Some Eatin' Help From Mother
Youth Shoots Dad
After Warning Him
In the pattern of the olden days.
Maconians will celebrate Thanks
giving < Thursday i by attending
church services and gathering
with family and friends for din
ner "with all the trimin's".
Franklin's annual union service
is set for 8 a. m. at the Methodist
Guest minister this year will
be the Rev. M. W. Chapman, pas
tor. of the First Baptist Church.
Jointly sponsored by the Metho
With the exception of the
sheriff's department, county
offices in the courthouse will
close for the holiday.
The county welfare office
in the Nantaha-la Building
also will be closed. The coun
ty health center an River
view Street will close Thurs
day and Friday.
dist, Baptist. Presbyterian, and
Episcopal churches in town, it will
be the only service of the day.
Tonight (Wednesday) at the
Carson Chapel Methodist Church,
a Thanksgiving service will be
conducted at 7:30 by the Rev.
S. B. Moss.
A Thanksgiving day service is
scheduled for 7:30 a. m. at the
St. Frances Catholic Church, ac
cording to Father Healy.
A service is planned at Wells
Grove Baptist Church, beginning
at 7:30 p. m. The public is invit
ed to attend.
A 16-year-old Scaly boy is
free on $1,000 bond following
the shooting of his father last
The sheriff's department has
identified the boy as Lewis
Barnes and quoted him as say
ing he shot his father in self
Meanwhile, the father, Albert
E. (Bert i Barnes, about 45, re
mains in a critical condition at
Highlands Community Hospital.
The shooting occurred about
10 o'clock at the home of the
boy's grandfather, Ray Dryman,
on Hail Ridge Road, where of
ficers said the boy and his
mother fled after being threat
ened by Barnes at their own
Shoots Through Door
Sheriff J. Harry Thomas said
the boy shot a .410 gauge shot
gun blast through the front
door of the Dryman home and
it struck Barnes in the left
Only recently Barnes had
been ordered by Resident Judge
Dan K. Moore to stop bother
ing his family, the sheriff re
The boy gave this account of
the events leading \to the shoot
ing to Deputy Newell Pender
His father came to their
house and threatened his moth
er with a knife. When a neigh
bor knocked at the front door,
Mrs. Barnes got loose and ran
from the house and they went
to the Dryman home. Before
long, Barnes showed up at the
grandfather's carrying a 20
gauge shotgun. The boy shout
ed for him to stop and not
SEE NO. 5. PAGE 10
17,800 Pounds Of Fat Calves
Bring Local Owners $5,607
Eighteen fat calves from Ma
con County, weighing in at 17,
800 pounds, brought their F.F.A.
and 4-H owners $5,607 at last
week's W.N.C. Fat Stock Show
The local animals averaged
31V2 cents a pound. The sale
average was 27 Vx
At the show Tuesday of last
week, the local animals wrap
ped up every event but the
grand championship, which
went to one owned by a Hay
wood County boy. The sale was
held the following day.
The reserve champion, a Her
ford calf owned by Johnny Kll
lian, of the Cartoogechaye sec
tion, brought $430.50 at the sale
for an average of 42 cents a
pound. It was bought by the
N C. Equipment Company..
Several animals were purchas
ed by local businesses and pro
fessional men. One was bought
by Franklin Frozen Foods; Bur
rell Motor Company and Nanta
hala Oil Company Jointly pur
chased one; and Drs. W E.
Furr, E W. Fisher, and O. R.
McSween divided the cost of
A number of other local peo
ple supported the local animals
at the sale. A list of these will
be available the last of the
week, according to Wayne Prof
fitt, vocational teacher who had
charge of the local delegation.
The sale and show were held
at the Horse and Hound Show
Pavilion near Enka.
The week's temi>eratures and rainfall, as
teeorded in Franklin by Manaon Sti .e*.
U. S. weather observer; in Highlaada by
I'udor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV A
nheerver; and at the Cuwela Hydroioffie
High Low Rain
Wed., Nov. 14 70
Wed.. Nov. 14 60