. All great art is the
expression ot man's de
light in (.od's work,
not his own. ?
? John Kuskin.
72nd Year ? No. 33
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, August, 15, 1957
Price 1') Cent?
Sloan Buys Franklin Press;
Jones To Remain As Editor
Bob S. Sloan, a partner in
The Franklin Press since 1949,
has purchased Weimar Jones'
controlling interest in the news
paper and is now sole owner.
Mr Jones will continue as ed
itor and will have "full con
trol" of the editorial policies of
the newspaper, according to the
No staff changes are planned.
The purchase price in the
transaction, which was closed
Friday of last week, was not
In addition to his duties as
editor. Mr. Jones plans to de
vote more time to other writ
ing. He returned to his native
county nearly 12 years ago
(Sept 19451 from Asheville
an 1 purchased The Press from
Wi'.Iiam S. Johnson and the
estate of Mrs. J. W. C. John
son, At that time the news
paper averaged ^>ix pages and
wa staffed fcv four full-time
employes. In 1949 Mr. Sloan
bought in as a partner and
toe : over as business manager.
H? a graduate of the Uni
versity of' Noith Carolina and
a ? eteran of World War II.
S:uce. 1949, the newspaper's
cii elation has risen more than
50 ::er ceiit It today Is averag
A . T. U. Protest
Circulating locally this week
Is petition protesting the dis
cor'inuance of the federal al
coh iiic and tobacco tax unit
with headquarters in Bryson
Sheriff J Harry Thomas,
whose department receives as
sistance from A.T.U. agents in
running down illegal whiskey>
manufacturers, feels the dis
continuance of the nearby unit
will "result in a serious im
pairment of law enforcement in
the western area".
The .officer said it is propos
ed to close the Bryson City of
fice. Local assistance would
then come from the Asheville
Will Set Up
HIGHLANDS ? The bloodmobile,
from the Asheville regional Red
Cross Bloodmobile Center, will
pay its first visit to Highlands
Friday of next week.
It will be at the Highlands
Methodist Church from 2 to 6 p.
m. that day (August 23>. accord
ing to Louis E. Potts, Highlands
Red Cross bloodmobile chairman
The Red Cross is seeking 125
donors of blood, and Mr. Potts
appealed for cooperation of the
people of the entire Highlands
Cashiers area, since, he said, per
sons of the whole section use the
Highlands Community Hospital
ing 14-16 pages a week and has
a full-time staff of 10.
The Press is the oldest busi
ness under its original name in
In announcing the purchase,
Mr. Sloan said he plans to
"continue the publication of the
newspaper in the traditions
established by Mr. Jones" and
. . to make it grow with the
Franklin's highway patrolman
Pfc. H. T. Ferguson, is one of two
patrolmen credited with the aires;
of two Burke County men wanteci
for armed robbery, breaking and
entering, and automobile larceny
Pfc. Ferguson and a Jacksor
County patrolman, J, L. Beal, ar
rested the two near Balsam on
Aug. 6 following; a routine check.
The officers, in Pfc. Ferguson's
patrol car, were reporting for dut;
at a truck weighing station ii
Haywood County when they spot
The Burke men have been Men
tified as Robert Moore, 23, a sol
dier absent without leave from
Fort Sill, Okla., and Herbert Eu
gene Martin, also 23. both of Hi'
debran. Following their arrest, tho
two implicated a third man. Pvt
Thad Roberts. 23. of Hickory
Route 3, in break-ins and armei'
robbery of a curb market in Ce
Pfc, Ferguson said they foun<'
a .38 pistol and a .22 rifle ant'
ammunition in the suspects' car
along with a quantity of merchan
The officer said Martin hat'
served time at the Macon Count."
Prison Camp. He has a dishonor
able discharge from the U. S.
Army because of a forgery convic
"They just didn't look right.''
Pfc. Ferguson declared in explain
ing why he and the other officer
decided to check the men.
Franklin Ard Sylva
Solit Game; Brevard
Team Coming Saturday
The Franklin and Sylva Little
League All-Stars split a double
header here Saturday.
Franklin won the first same 11
to 10 and Sylva blacked the locals
8 to 0 in the second.
In another post-season game
this Saturday, an alWstar team of
Little Leaguers from Brevard will
play Franklin at the East Frank
lin field beginning at 3 p. m.
Three Franklin Scouts
Ir tiated Into Order
Three Franklin Boy Scouts,
Fred Bulgin, Johnny Crawford,
and Doug Vinson, were at Camp
Daniel Boone last week end
where they underwent the "or
deal" of their initiation into
the Order of the Arrow, Scout
A HOUND DOO AND COONSKIN cap set thU oldtlmer apart
front some of the more gaudily dressed at "Hillbilly Day". The
T-model on whose running board he's sitting made the trip to
Highlands from South Carolina.
VVh 'e the Franklin barn burned fiercely, firemen used their limited water supply to t'ou-e
outlvai. lings nearby to keep them from catchin ' vo. \e,\- ceiuer in the '? tckgrouiul of the pic
ture-': fireman Jimmy McCollum, who had K? we. him? . ,'juii severp.l times when his fire coal
stained mok ng from the intense heat. In the fa ;i?tr \ s fireman Ueid AVumack.
Franklin Barn Destroyed
By Fire Friday Afternoon
Fire completely destroyed a
double-barn packed with hay
Friday afternoon on the Holly
Springs farm of J. R. Franklin.
The farmer estimated his loss
at more than $5,000 and said
there wasn't "a drop" of in
surance on the building. "It's
just a complete loss," he declar
Mr. Franklin said about 500
bales of last year's hay were in
the big barn, along with this
year's unbaled crop. He also
lost two pigs to the blaze.
The fire, first detected about
1:15, had gained too much
headway when volunteer fire
men from Franklin arrived
about 1:35, so they channeled
their efforts to saving a large
corn crib nearby and other out
Heat from the burning barn
was very intense, probably be
cause of the large quantity of
Ac t.h#?v fniicht t.n t.hp
fire from spreading to the corn
crib, several firemen, their
backs to the burning barn,
doused themselves at intervals
t.o keep from catching fire.
Mr. Franklin said he believed
the fire was caused by defective
HIGHLANDS ? "Hillbilly Day"
ended with a square dance in the
town's Main Street Wednesday
night of last week and the crown
ing of a "Country Squire". Tudor
N. Hall, and "Highlands Belle".
Mrs. S. L. Ridley, both of High
The junior squire was Butch
Beck and the junior belle was
Patricia Ann Edwards, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Edwards.
Butch is the son of Mrs. James
Raymond Cleaveland. who
was In charge of the "Hillbilly
Day" program, said several thou
sand people attended the day-long
Individual contests of skill,
held In the morning, were won by
W. T. Burrell. of Pendleton. S C.,
hog calling: Bill Frady, of Wal
halla, 8. C.. greasy pig; and Eu
gene Houston, of Highlands, best
Jim Lowe, of Highlands, won
the prize for the best float In the
afternoon parade and Mr. and
Mrs. E. R. Kirkland. Highlands
summer residents, took the prize
for best group in the parade.
Clan To Gather
The Slagle-Crawfoj'ri reunion
will l>e held Sunday at the 3!a<?ie
Memorial Building in Franklin,
reunion president Edwin T. Wil
liams said this week.
Masons And O. E. S.
Set Supper Tonight
Masons and members of the
Order of the Eastern Star and
their families will hold a covered
dish supper at the Masonic Tem
ple in Franklin tonight < Thurs
day) at 6:30.
The worthy matron, Mrs. Nat
Phillips, . asks each family to
bring a covered dish.
A singing is planned Saturday
night at 8 o'clock at the Gillespie
Chapel Church on Jones Creek in
the Upper Cartoogechaye section.
All singers and the public are in
An unusual stone, a star sap
phire with a ruby inside, was
found by a visiting ruby hunter
this week at the Shuler mine in
The hunter is a ?'repeater" to
the ruby mines, L. N. Shilling, of
Panama City, Fla. He and his
family returned home yesterday
(Wednesday) after spending a
week here. They also spent a
week ruby hunting here last
The sapphire-ruby weighed
about 22 carats.
Strains oT mountain m-Jsic frcr.'
a variety of instruments ard th
thump of clogging feet will echo
from the Franklin High stadium
tonight < ThursdAy i as th*> fifth
annual Macon County Folk Festi
val opens lor a three-night rur
"under the stars".
The mountain music jhows will
get under way nightly at 8 o'clock
under the sponsorship of th<
Registrations by string bands
dance teams, and individual en
tertainers yesterday indicate th:
year s festival is going to t? the
"biggest and best yet", according
to L. B. Oran. festival chairman
Dance teams signed incluf'e th
"Otto Clo-'gtrs". a local group that
has acquired an enviab'.e reputa
tion at other fairs and festivals
and on television.
Bo. ribbons and cash prizes
aie to be awarded the winners of
the festival in a wire variety of
competitive events, Mr Oran said.
?Only those with Macon County
ties are eligible to compete for
prizes However, as in years past,
groups and entertainers from
other counties are invited to per
form and will be assigned spots
on the program
A regular performer from oul
of-coiinty has been Cebe Cope, of
Jackson County, and the old fid
r'ler is expecfd to b3 on hand
again this vear
Elimination-- will be run .tonieh'
and tomorrow and the festival
lirals will .be featured Saturday.
The Jaycee-: " have been busy
each evening this w.ek' building o
new dance platform a' the sta
Chamber To Survey Members
About Building New Booth
Franklin Chamber of Com
merce wiil .s.-ek th? approval of
its membership far construction
of new and modern information
booth on JTo'vvn Square.
In session last Thursday
night, chamber - directors ap
proved a plan by President
Virion Fjwaffo'-d to sound out
th-> fcellr.-.s members before
continuing with the project.
? r h^member' i;' 'o be sent a
'.cM ?outUnins booth construe - ?
tir.i 'pi-.-ns. F'.c!os?d will be a
hall' it ,o r.d stamped envelope so
th'T '? -member can vote for or
'against the booth
Sine.1 no finds -ire available
in the chamber's budget this
year for the booth, each mem
ber will be asked to contribute
either money or materials.
Estimates place the cost of
buiidin? the booth between $1,
800 and $2,000
Both county and town offi
cials already have given the
chamber permission to build the
booth on the square facing
Preliminary plans call for the
booth to be about 12 by 15 feet,
one story with a flat roof, and
of block construction with a
Baptists Name Highlands
Minister As Moderator
The Rev. L. Eugene Walter,
pastor at Highlands, was chos
en moderator for 1957-58 at the
N'acon Baptist Association's
54th annual meeting last week.
Mrs. John Campbell, member
of the Iotla church and secre
tary at Franklin High School,
was elected president at the
closing session at Cowee church
Friday afternoon She succeeds
Mrs. Jeter Higdon.
Mr. Walter, who follows the
Rev. M. C. Wyatt as moderator,
has as his vice-moderator, the
Rev. Clyde Rhinehart, Cowee
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 10
NO ITEM ON THE AGENDA took precedence over the one for noon time last week as the Ma
con Baptist Association held Its annual meeting. Noon time was eating time. This picture was
taken Friday at the closing session, held at the Cowee church. From left to right are Mrs. Ed
Brogden. of the host church; the Rev. C. T. Taylor, of Franklin, associa.tional missionary; l.awson
Allen, vice- president of Gardner-Webb College; and Dwight Wilhelm. public relations assistant
at Mars Hill CoUege. Mr. Allen and Mr. Wilhelm spoke at the meeting.
leneer of either Roman brick
or crab orchard stone.
In other actions, the directors
passed a resolution thanking
Rate Teagvii . for his vwork in
making frames for th? church
schedules, which have been dis
tributed to motor courts and
other tourist places for the con
venience of visitors. This project
was handled for the chamber
by director S A. Bundy
Discussion . also centered on
complaints that local businesses,
particularly drug stores, close
too early during the tourist
season. It has been pointed out
that visitors have a hard time
locating toilet articles and other
items and that newspapers
can't be purchased late at
night. This complaint was turn
ed over to the merchants com
mittee for study.
Request To Pay
More For Water
Burlington Industries' Frank
lin Hosiery Company has accept
ed an informal request from the
town board of aldermen to pay
more for its water.
At the same time. Supt. Steph
en A. Bundy said the local plant
doesn't plan to expand any at
all during the coming 12 months.
In . fact, we've still got some
empty room in our new addition.''
He made the comment, he said, to
assure the town that the hosiery
firm would not need any more
water than it is now using.
Mr Bundy said his company
was agreeing to an Increase in
cost on all the water it uses be
yond 250.000 gallons a month?
the portion on which it was given
a special rate as an inducement
to come here. It now pays the reg
ular rates on the first quarter
milljon gallons and on all over
:hat the cost has been 10 cents a
Under Burlington's agreement
,o pay 25 per cent more on that
portion, the rate would increase
SEE NO. 4, PAGE 10
t*he temperatures and rainfall below
ii?- ?ecorded in Franklin by Manwn Stiles.
J. S. weather observer: in Highlands by
r?idor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV A
?ht*ervers ; and nt the Coweta Hydrologic
laboratory. Readings are for the 24-hour
>fi ? io?l ending at 8 a.m. of ttu^day listed.
High Low Rain
'BACK TO SCHOOL' - - - - SHOP FRANKLIN FIRST
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