Laat Week ?
gft, -gjiabUnfe* Jftac<mtan
Those who expect to
reap the blessings of
freedom must, like men,
undergo the fatigues of
supporting it. ? Thomas
72nd Year ? No. 52
Franklin, N. C., Monday, December 23, 1957
Price 10 Cents Eighteen Pages
I Yule Candids. . .
(Press Photographerj^H||bn Camera Investigat<
A Kiss For A Teddy Bear
?B* . T"?
Now Here's A Turkey . . .
Christmas Cards Anyone?
So I'm Not A Liberace!
Wrup It Up, PImn Mam!
- HIT BY TRUCK ?
Potts, Accident Victim,
:# Dies From Head Injuries
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The edi
torial appearing in this Issue
concerning the Potts accident
was written and printed prior to
Charles (Charlie) William Potts,
69-year-old Maconian and retired
store clerk, who was critically in
jured Dec, 16 when struck by a
truck in East Franklin, died Sun
day at 7:30 a. m. at Angel Hos
He received head injuries in the
mishap and never regained con
sciousness. the hospital reported.
Mr. Potts was struck as he walk
toward his home by a truck
;iven by Junior Wilcox, 24, of
nklin, Route 1. No charges
lodged against the driver,
neral services will be con
ducted today <Tuescay) at 2 p.
m. at the Frankiin Baptist
Church, of which he was a mem
ber. Officiating will be tne Rev.
Robert Standley, the Rev. Doyle
Miller, and the Rev. William L.
Sorrells. Burial will be in the
Pallbearers will be Lee Poin
dexter, Troy Shook, Homer Mash
burn, Harve Bryant, Kenyon
Hyde, and Thomas H. Johnson.
Mr. Potts was the son of the
late James Henry and Mrs. Susan
Morrison Potts, of this county. He
is survived by a brother, Law
rence, of Franklin, Route 4; a sis
ter, Mrs. Arvil Swafford, of Frank
lin, Route 3; and several nieces
Bryant Funeral Home Is in
charge of arrangements.
On Sale Jan. 2;
jquiring New Plate
Carolina's 1958 licence
|o on sale Thursday week,
rfary 2, but:
*o tags will be sold unless a
buyer produces an
proof of compliance
go on sale
and a half inches wide. A serial
number and the word "Franklin"
are printed on them and motor
ists will be required to aflx them
to the state license.
The town tags will . be sold only
at the town hkll on West Main
and not at the branch office of
Carolina Motor Club (Western
Au^fe Associate Store), where
jfjKe ^jiags may be oDtalned.
BsaMflmin aldermen approved the
in late July, at the
Clerk C. O. Ram
at the time explain
will provide an accu
i To Bq Read
Franklin's new well In the Bon
* ny Crest section produced 22 gal
lons per minute in a 24-hour
pumping test Just completed.
However, the new addition to
I the town's water system probably
will not be hooked into the mains
before late spring, according to
H. H. Onuse, Jr., a member of the
town water committee. He ex
plains there is ample water at
I present to meet demands until
This is the third producing well
financed by the town In the past
* year to boost a diminishing water
I supply. One other shaft was a
time that "Big
sible for rusty water
sections of the
Mr. Onuse said
of the well are planned
that no error was made in
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For Nine- Year Period ?
Retail Sales Up
133 Per Cent Here
I In the past nine-year period, retail sales in Macon
County have increased 133 per cent, according to fig
ures just released by the Department of Tax Re
The period covered is 1947 to 1956 and the figures
include all sales, not just those d>n which a sale tax
f? is collected. ^
In 1946-47, sales here were $3,703,000. In the next
nine years, ending in 1956, they reached $8,628,000,
? an increase of 133 per cent and one that ranked Ma
con County 43rd in the state in per cent increase.
I In 1956, the county ranked 72nd in volume among
the state's 100 counties.
?j For the nine-year period, the heaviest percentage
B gains in retail sales were made by the small counties
I that do not have large cities or shopping centers.
The first 10 counties in percentage gain are Chat
I ham, 393 per cent; Alleghany, 374; Onslow, 362;
f Dare, 354; Yadkin, 322; Wilkes, 267 ; Alexander, 227 ;
I Orange, 226; Mitchell, 220.2; and Avery, 220.
Not one of the above 10 counties has a town with
M a population in excess of 10,000, the tax report shows.
Recent figures released and published in The Press
R several weeks ago, show that gross retail sales in the
? county for the fiscal ytar ending June 30 were more
P than a million dollars over the prior year ? $9,926,651
for 1956-57, as compared with $8,682,943 for 1955-56.
HE WAS CHECKIN' UP ON 'EM
Ol' Santa Claus was in town a couple of days back, giving out candy and checking up on boys
and girls. Helping themselves to some of Santa's goodTies are Nadine West (left) and her sister,
Diaina, and Frank Moffitt and Jimmy Scroggs.
Are Listed Here
Here're some items on the
Christmas activities calendar.
Franklin Garden Club's annual
lighting and decorations contest
was judged last (Monday) night,
but the winners were pot available
The Rev. A. Rufus Morgan will
officiate at Holy Communion
Christmas Day at 11 a. m. at the
St. Agnes Episcopal Church. The
public is invited.
At EUiJay Church
A Christmas program is slated
for Christmas Eve at 7:30 p. m.
at the EUijay Missionary Baptist
A children's service is slated to
morrow (Tuesday) at 5 p. m. at
the St. Agnes Episcopal Church.
The church's midnight service
Christmas Eve will begin at 10:40.
Jfppkilng to the Rev. John Tuck
Tr, minister in charge.
ristmas program will be
:d Tuesday night at 8
k ap the Watauga Baptist
rciCfrwe plays will be given,
ST e/Syd^h for the Christ Child"
Scarlet Ribbon". Gifts
exchange? following the
llic is invited.
died Dec. 8, lsf
The falls he discov^
name, "Angel Falls"
At the Portal meml
tributes were paid the
tive by Col. Warren
Admiral Charles Horne. A memor
ial wreath was presented to his
The services were held on "Kit
ty Hawk Sunday" (December 15).
5 Boy Scouts
To Get Awards
Five Boy Scouts of Franklin,
Troop 21, are scheduled to receive
God and County awards Sunday
at the Franklin Presbyterian
It Is believed this will mark the
first time in the western district
that this many boys from a single
troup have received this high
award in a single ceremony.
The Scouts are Fred Bulgin,
Charles Slagle, Doug Slagle, Den
nis Vinson, and Doug Vinson.
The fifth Sunday singing con
vention will be held at the court
houae Sunday. Dec. 29. from 10
a. m. to 4 p. m. Two hours of the
program will be broadcast over
WF8C. All (insert and the public
are invited to attend.
It's In The Air...
Christmas is in the air.
It's very evident at the Franklin Post Office, where,
although the rush is over, late-starters are still drop
ping Christmas cards in the chutes and mailing pack
It's along Main Street, where men, women, and
children, many of whom put off shopping last week
because of rainy weather, are dafting back and forth
and in and out of stores, their arms filled with pack
It's in the relieved smiles of store owners and man
agers, who thought for a couple of days last week
that weather was going to ruin their Christmas busi
ness. (Most stores now report business is good.)
It's in the eyes of youngsters moving wishfully
through the toy departments, stopping now and then
to caress a much-wanted item.
It's in the feet ^nd on the weary faces of store
clerks ? who are genuinely glad there is onl>? one
more shopping day left before Christmas.
It's in the homes, where trees and bright Christmas
scenes twinkle friendly greetings.
It's in the hearts of everyone working to make sure
a needy family is going to be remembered.
Christmas is everywhere!
NOMINATIONS ASKED ?
Search Is Started Here
For 'Young Man Of Year
search is now under way for
County's "Young Man of
BSBtfaward is made annually by
^HHrenklin Jaycees to some
gPSt man under 36 years of age
the bqptfs of his contributions
to be nomi
to Thomas B.
is not nec
has written letters
to a number of civic and service
groups over the county, requesting
that they nominate someone for
A special banquet is being plan
ned in February honoring the
Winner. It will be highlighted by
an address by the state Jaycee
president. Jack Sharpe, of Kan
napolis. The banquet also will
serve as "bosses' night" and "la
dles' night", the chairman said.
Nominations should be mailed
to Mr. Collier not later than Jan
JpARLY 3 INCH^?
Heavy R(rin Causes Minor
Floodifi^ Bdt No Damage
Heavy^AIns ration from an
incb^and SJjialf to^early three
ini^o^ over Ahe coimty caused
someShinor f l(*4ly?g of rivere ancNj
streaniu^t no damage Ttpnsday
and Friday. x
Under clearing skl^Pbe
Tennessee Rlvu^gacheAJls crest
Friday afteriuVo. rioocme bot
tom land and a po^on of flfc Ma
con County AirpoiT A portion of
the west approach to Phillips
Bridge In Franklin was Inundated,
but traffic continued to use the
The weather was the aftermath
of tornados that lashed several
Franklin was without power for
? short while Friday morning
when wind blew a heavy oak limb
Into wires near Balrd Cove Road.
The limb twisted the wires to
gether and tripped the mam feed
er lioft Into Franklin, according
to Ppwer company officials. The
power lure occurred shortly
(Bter 9 g^lock.
y Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
mjYanklln, a total of 2.70 inches
? Ei* fe"- Coweta Hydrologic
LabfflCfory recorded 2.71 inches.
A 2^8-inch fall was recorded at
Nantahala Dam for a 24-hour peri
od ending about noon Friday.
Many motorists running from
Franklin to East Franklin en
countered a , "lake" Mday morn
ing near Indian Mound Service
Station. A clogged drain was re
Corbin To Graduate
From Kentucky Seminary
Charles M. Corbin, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Fred J. Corbin. of Frank
lin. Route 5, will be graduated
from Southern Baptist Theologic
al Seminary. Loul?Tille, Kj.. at
the winter commencement MM*
else* on January 1*.