72nd Year ? No. 47
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, November 21, 1957
Price 10 Cents
TURKEYS ? Sam Gibson toss
ed 'em for the merchants Friday j
and Saturday (left photo), the r
gobblers flew everywhere (top,
right) and the ingenious ones j
caught them v( bottom, right), like
a state highway employ, Joe Brad
ley, who pulled his through a f
window screen. Jess Mason, of (
B. rningtown, shinned up a tele- '
phjfle pole for one, after a little
boy tried and failed.
The "turkey throw" was one of f
several fall and winter promotions i
planned by Franklin merchants. 1
Twenty-seven gobblers were toss- ?'
ed during the two-day stunt. <
ON TWO AREAS ?
Deer Kill Percentage High
Because Of Rough Weather
In spite of (and probably bc
oause of) bad weather on opening
day of the deer season, the kill
average per hunter on the Stand
ing Indian and Wayah manage
ment areas is running a high 10
About 178 hunters braved a raw
and rainy day Monday on Stand
ing Indian to bag a total of 17
deer and four semi-wild hogs. On
Tuesday, about 74 hunters got
eight deer. Last year this area at
tracted 373 hunters the first day
On Wayah, the big date for the
opening day was eight deer and
one wounded hunter (see related
story) for 84 hunters. Tuesday's
?rop of 34 red coated nimrods bag
ged five deer.
Wildlife Protector C. H. Boring
reported a deer weighing approx
imately 233 pounds was killed by
Hayes Holland, of Route 5, on
Wayah Tuesday. Mr. Holland's
buck had eight-points. A Tennes
see hunter bagged one with , 12
points that weighed only about
"That should prove points have
nothing to do with the size of the
animal," the protector declared.
Bruce Crawford, a Franklin
Hosiery Company employe (see
picture above), dropped a 117
pounder about 8 o'clock opening
day on Harrison Cove in Wayah
Another opening day kill was
registered by Nelson Waldroop, of
Carson Community. He got a four
point buck about 8 in the morn
ing near Rainbow Springs.
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A 34-year-old Nantahala man,
C. L. Pendergrass, is recovering
in a local hospital from a gun
shot wound he received Monday
morning when another hunter
mistook him for a deer.
Sheriff J. Harry Thomas said
Mr. Pendergrass was accidentally
shot with a rifle at close range
by Sam Pressley, 58. of Glenville.
The shooting, occured about
7:30 on Robin's Creek, near Way
It was rainy and foggy and Mr.
Pressley is quoted as saying he
saw movement in the dense under
brush and thought he was shoot- j
ing at a deer. i
The 30-30 caliber slug struck the J
Nantahala man in the upper right
arm, breaking the bone, and lodg- I
ed in his chest.
Sheriff Thomas said Mr. Press
ley carried the wounded man
about a mile to the road and help
ed rush him to Angel hospital.
A radio plea for donors raised
an ample supply of blood for the
wounded man. Hospital officials
yesterday (Wednesday) said he
was recovering satisfactorily.
SING AT ROSE CREEK
The fourth Sunday sing will be
held at the Rose Creek Baptist
Church at 1:30 p. m? according
to Lon Thompson, president. All
singers and the public are invited.
Tucker Will Preach
This Year; Schools
["hanksgiving service (Nov. 28) is
?t for the First Baptist Church
it 8 a. m.
Preaching the sermon will be
he Rev. John W. Tucker, pastor
>f St. Agnes Episcopal Church.
Macon's school children will
get a two-day holiday (or
Thanksgiving, according to Supt.
They'll take off Thursday
(Thanksgiving) and Friday, re
suming calsses as scheduled on
Sis topic will be "We Give Thee
Pastors of other churches in
own will assist with the service.
Franklin ministers have extend
>d an invitation to persons of all
len^minations to attend the serv
To Show Film
A color movie, "Upriver To Sar
awak", is to be the main feature
3f a Thanksgiving service next
tVec'nesday night (Nov. 27) at the
3now Hill Methodist Church, ac
;ording to the Rev. Paul Heafner,
pastor. The public is invited to
attend. The service will start at
7 p. m.
Except for two schools in the
system, turkey is on the menu for
school children Wednesday, ac
jording to school officials. Chick
en will be served at the two, how
The Thanksgiving meal will in
clude "all the trimmin's" of the
S. T. Usry, resident highway en
gineer here since the spring of
1952, has been transferred to Hay
food County as resident engineer,
the Job held by F. L. Hutchison,
who recently was elevated to divi
sion engineer. While here, Mr.
Usry supervised construction of
the two US 23-441 projects from
Cowee Gap to the Georgia state
line. The highway office in Frank
lin will remain open for three or
'our months while the paper work
in the Franklin-Georgia job is
A BUCK BITES THE DUST ON OPENING DAY AT WAY AH
Bruce Crawford (right) was among the lucky Monday
morning who bagged deer. He got his two-point 117 -pounder
?boot I o'clock in Harrison Core In Wayah Valley. With him
were his twin brother, Kenneth (left) and Wayne Harrison.
Because of bad weather opening day, the kill percentage per
hunter waa running about 10 per cent on the Standing
Indian and Wajrah management areas.
THE WINNERS ACCEPT THEIR WINNINGS WILLINGLY
William B. Garrison (left), president of the Franklin
Rotary Club is shown presenting checks to the winning com
munities of the county rural development contest. Accepting
(L to R) are Fred Hannah, of Patton Community, second
place; Bill Raby, Cowee Community, first place; and John
Bryson, Cullasaja Community, third place. The presentations
marked an awards banquet Friday night.
HE LOOKED LIKE HIM ?
Both Had Anxious Moments
A couple of men had some anxious moments in Franklin
One, a Georgia insurance man, resembled ? probably too
closely for his own comfort ? the slayer, Frank E. Wetzel,
wanted for the shooting of two North Carolina highway pa
trolmen on Nov. 5.
Eating lunch in a local restaurant, the insurance man sud
denly had a dining companion, Police Chief Sid Carter, who
noted his resemblance to the wanted killed. The chief was
all but sitting in the startled man's lap while he produced
When the man identified himself properly, Chief Carter
apologized for the inconvenience aiuT even shewed him a
picture of the killer. The Georgia man admitted he looked
a lot like him.
Later, at supper, the insurance man returned to the same
restaurant. Unaware that Chief Carter had already checked
him, Sam Gibson took one look at him and decided he'd
found the killer. He sneaked outside and wrote clown the
.man's auto license number. When the Georgia man left the
restaurant, Mr. Gibson followed him uptown, where the man
stopped. Mr. Gibson went to get his wife ("She reads about
all these things,") and she, too, noticed the resemblance to ?
Wetzel. They called Policeman C. D. Baird, who looked him
over and decided he was too short to be the fugitive. The
Gibsons went home.
Monday morning it was Chief Carter's turn to have some
The insurance man had told the chief he was here for a
business call at a local hosiery plant.
However, when Chief Carter called the plant to check the
man's story he was informed the visit had not been made.
Furthermore, the description furnished by the chief did
not fit the man who generally called on the plant from the
Chief Carter started asking himself that awful question:
"Did I have Wetzel right in my hands and let him get
He started checking further. Much to his relief he found
out the man was not Wetzel and really was' an insurance
man from Georgia.
By coincidence, two insurance men with the same last
names call on the plant at intervals. And, the plant had
given the chief the description of the wrong man.
WIN 26-7 ?
Panthers End '57 Season
With Victory Over Swain
By GENE DOWDLE
Franklin High's Panthers slip
ped and slid on a wet field to a
26 to 7 victory Friday night over
the Swain High Maroon Devils to
close their '57 season.
It was the first victory over the
Maroons tor Franklin in six years,
and it threw a damper on Swain
High's "Homecoming Day" festiv
Elated Panthers carried Coach
Dick Stott from the playing field
on their shoulders, accidentally
dropping him once in a mud pud
Gilmer Henry and Gary Clark
were the star Panther backs in
the game. Clark took the ball on
a hand-off from Panther quarter
back Jack Hyde late in the first
quarter and scored from the two
yard line. Henry made the con
The Maroon Devils made their
lone tally early in the second
quarter with quarterback Jackie
Corbin keeping the ball and
sweeping around left end for a 60
yard touchdown. He also made the
Franklin again took possession
of the ball in the third quarter on
downs and in several plays had
the ball in scoring position. Hen
ry took the ball across from the
one. The conversion was good. In
the third quarter Larry Jones re
covered a Swain fumble on about
the 39-yard line. Clark again took
a hand-off from Hyde and streak
ed down the field for 52 yards be
fore being brought' down on the
5-yard line. Henry scored by go
ing over right tackle. The conver
sion was no good.
In the final stanza of the
game. Franklin drove down the
field to about the three and Hen
ry scored and made the conver
Agents Are Recognized ?
Awards At Banquet
PrUe money totaling $950 was
awarded Macon County's best
communities in the 1957 rural
development contest during an
awards banquet Friday night at
Top priza of $200 went to Co
wee Community, while Patton
and Cullasaja received checks
of $150 and $100, respectively,
for second and third places.
Ten incentive prizes of $50
were awarded as follows:
Holly Springs, for the best job
of increasing community in
come and for the best balahced
agricultural program (two a
wards); Cartoogechaye, for the
best accomplishments in youth
activities; Iotla, for the best
home food supply; Carson, for
the best community beautifica
tion; Cowee, best program of
community activities, commun
ity attendance, and outstanding
accomplishments in religious
activities (three awards); Pat
ton, outstanding community
project; Clark's Chapel, best 4
H garden program; and Hig
donville, best health program.
Miss Dwain Horsley, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Horsley,
Tuesday was declared winner of
the county speaking contest,
"Voice of Democracy".
Runners-up were Misses Ann
Pennington and Sherry Whelan.
Miss Horsley will advance to
the district competition in Bre
vard and she and her parents will
be among invited guests attend
ing a banquet there Nov. 26. .
Edwin T. Williams was in
charge of the contest for the
sponsoring organization, the
Franklin Junior Chamber of Com
HERE TO TALK
Congressman George A. Shu
ford will be at the county court
house all day today (Thursday)
to discuss problems with con
stituents. The congressman
from the 12th Congressional
District says he plans to visit
all counties in the district be
tween now and the reopening of
Congress in January.
The' awards were presented by
William B. Garrison, president
of the Franklin Rotary Club.
As a surprise feature of the
awards event. County AgentsT.
H. Fagg and Mrs. Florence -S.
Sherrill, home agent, were
commended for their outstand
ing contributions to the com
munity development program. E.
J. Whitmire told of some of Mr.
Fagg's services and also recog
nized his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
W. G. Fagg, who were brought
here from their home in And
erson, S. C., by members of the
agents staff as a surprise. Mrs.
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 10
It Poured The
Rain Here . . .
A squall line hovering over the
area Sunday and Monday dump
ed from three to nearly four
inches of rain on Macon County.
Rivers and streams jumped
their banks, but high water caus
ed little or no damage.
Coweta Hydrologic Laboratory
recorded 1.72 and 2.04 Inches of
rain Sunday and Monday, respec
tively, for a total of 3.76 inches.
Less rain fell in the Franklin area,
however; 1.23 Sunday and 1.51
Monday, for a total of 2.74.
The squall line was so intense,
tornado warnings were issued for
north Georgia and around the
High Low Rain
The week's temperatures and rainfall below
are recorded in Franklin by Mail son Stiles,
U. S. weather observer; in Highlands by
Tudor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV A
observers; and at the Coweta Hydroloffie
Laboratory. Readings are for the 24-hour
period ending at 8 a.m. of the day listed.
Wed., Nov. 13 57
Wed., Nov. 13 55
LEAVING ON SUNDAY ?
Chapman Invited To Preach
Next Week In Cuba Crusade
The Rev. M. W. Chapman, of
Franklin, is one of- XI Baptist
ministers in the state invited to
preach in the Matanzas Evange
listic Crusade in Cuba the week
of Nov. 25-Dec. 1.
Mr. Chapman will fly Sunday
from Ashevllle to Charlotte, where
he will Join the other ministers
for the flight to Cuba. The group
will remain overnight in Miami,
Fla., and is scheduled to land in
Havana about 9 o'clock Monday
The churches of the Individual
ministers had been requested to
pay the expenses of the trip. Since
Mr. Chapman recently resigned as
pastor of the First Baptist Church
and is not eligible for this assis
tance. friends are sponsoring him
on the Crusade.
Mr. Chapman will preach
through an Interpreter In one of
the Baptist churches of the Mat*
At the end of the Crusade, the
ministers will return to Havana
for a tour of the country- They
will fly back to the State* on