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strange. ? Daniel We\
Twelve P; 1
73rd Year ? No. 1
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, January 2, 1958
Price 10 Cents
THE HOUSE THAT BILL BUILT
For Christmas, Bill Hyde, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hyde,
of Franklin, stepped into the kitchen and applied a bit of artis
try to some sugar cubes, gum drops, waf ers, and icing and came
out with a house. He got the idea from a magazine and just
decided to see what he could do with it. That's Bill above with
the finished product.
IN FLORIDA CITY ?
Former Macon Minister
Shoots Family And Self
A former Macon County Metho
dist minister shot his wife, their
two sons, and himself at his home
In St. Petersburg, Fla.
He was identified as the Rev.
Sanford Williams, 40, who served
the Franklin circuit in X939 and
194Q before going to Ashevllle.
St. Petersburg police investigat
ing the case said the shootings
and suicide apparently occurred
Christmas Eve. The bodies were
not discovered until the day after
In addition to the minister,
dead were his wife, the former
Miss Alice Wenslig, 49, of Abbe
ville, and their sons. Ward, 10,
and Eldon, 9.
Officers said Mr. Williams ap
parently was despondent over the
unsuccessful efforts of the Na
tional Retirement Foundation, an
organization for helping older
people, of which he was president.
He is reported to have invested
most of his own savings in the
Originally from Chattanooga,
Tenn., the minister was educated
at Emory and Henry College In
Virginia, the University of Chat
tanooga, the University of Tenen
see, and Emory University. He en
tered the Army as chaplain in
1942 and after the war went to
Kanna polls. In 1950 he became
SEE NO. 1. PAGE 12 ,
HE'S READY TO ROLL
ARE READY >
Because of the New Year's holi
day yesterday (Wednesday), tax
listers over the county delayed
opening their books until today.
They have been instructed to .
list property at 35 per cent of its
value, according to Tax Supervisor
Thomas C. (Tom) Henson. This
figure also was used last year and
the year before.
In conjunction with listing,
farm landowners will be asked to
cooperate in the state's 1958
Township Farm Census, which
supplies data concerning North *
Carolina's agricultural picture.
This census is required by law
and the State Department of Agri
culture and the boards of county
commissioners are charged with
the responsibility of carrying it
out. The information obtained is
held in confidence and is used
only for the purpose of compiling
accurate statistics on land use,
crop acreages, and livestock num
Listers will ask farmers such
questions as total acreage for
each tract over three acres; num
ber of acres from which crops
were harvested In 1957; number
of acres of idle crop land and im
proved pasture; and data on in
dividual crops, cattle, hogs, and
following is the tax listing
schedule for the month, by town
FRANKLIN: Prank I. Murray,
lister ? downstairs at the court
house during the entire month.
MILLSHOALS: Harold Cabe,
lister ? Beeco's home, Jan. 3 and
4; Lee Crawford's service station, -
Jan. 10 and 11; Holly Springs
Community Building, Jan. 17 and
IS; Mountain Grove Church, Jan.
20; Harold Cabe's home. Jan. 21
through Jan. 31, 8 a. m. to 4 p. m.
ELLIJAY: Mrs. Leslie Young,
lister ? Tom Bryson's store, Jan.
3 and 4; Bob Estes' station, Jan.
10 and 11; David Stanfleld's store,
Jan. 17 and 18; Leslie Young's
home, Jan. 23; L. D. Norris' store,
Jan. 24 and 25; Mrs. John Bry
son's home, Jan. 30; Charlie Jones' j
home, Jan. 31 ? 8 a. m. to 4 p. m.
Value At 35% Of
SEE NO. 3. PAGE 13
A donation of 1.600 pennies
this week kicked off the 1958
March of Dimes drive here under
the chairmanship of J. W. (Red)
The donation came from Tommy
and Audrey Roper, children of Mr.
and Mrs. Harvey Roper, of Frank
lin, Route 3, who for the past
several years have saved their
pennies during the year for the
A quota of $3,000 has been set
for the county by Mr. Smith and
the drive will run the entire
month of January.
Coin collectors will be distrib
uted at stores this week, and the
chairman is now preparing to
send out 2,500 letters requesting
donations for the drive.
A "Mother's March on Polio"
will be staged later in the month
by the Franklin Junior Woman's
Club. Several other organizations
and schools are scheduling bene
fits for the drive.
A reorganization meeting for
1958 is scheduled by the Franklin
Chamber of Commerce next
Tuesday night, January 9, accord
ing to Verlon Swafford, the out
New and old directors will meet
at 8 o'clock at the power com
pany building to map a program
for the year.
The newly-elected directors will
officially take over their duties at
the meeting and the retiring di
rectors will step down. The new
directors are S. A. Bundy (re
elected), Erwln Patton, Bob 8.
Sloan, Dr. O. R. McSween (re-elect
ed). and Victor H. Perry. Hold
overs from the outgoing board
are T. W. Angel, Jr., and H. H.
On use, Jr.
A president will be elected by
the directors from their own num
AND A YAPPY, YAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE
Count 'em, there're five Chihuahua pups in that mixing dron of My. and Mrs. Call Sea bock, of Franklin. The mother
bowl and each one is yapping oat a Happy New Tear to all. Chihuahua of the large litter belongs to the Seaboek chll
Kteplsf the pups in line are Gail and Wayne Seaboek, chil- ? dren.
Hit Him . . .
Hare's a case of a battle hit
tin' a fellow, Instead of visa
While walking along the
Franklin-Sjrlva highway Sunday
liight. Weaver Wykle, of Frank
lin, was struck by a beer bottle
tossed from a passing automo
bile. Knocked unconscious, he
was taken by two companions
to Angel Clinic, where it was dis
covered he had a broken shoul
Local officers are attempting
to locate the person who threw
Although Christmas holidays
are still in progress at Franklin
High, the school basketball teams
will open the second half of their
season over the Balsams at Way
nesville High tomorrow (Friday)
Tuesday night, the teams will
again be playing out-of-town
games, this time with Swain High
in Bryson City.
Next Friday (January 10) they
play host to Cullowhee High teams
on the home court.
. It's A Brand, Spanking New Year Ahead; A
Holiday Incidents, Accidents, Reported
A tattered Old Man 1967 ? mut
tering softly under his breath
about sputniks and International
unrest ? quietly tiptoed away
He was immediately replaced
by a brash youngster in a diaper
(No. 1958) who flexed his muscles
and announced he could lick his
weight In satellites.
Meanwhile, Macon County and
its 16,500-plus kindred souls look
ed back on 1957 as a pretty good
year. A lot of water poured under
the bridge and the prospects for
young 1958 appeared bright.
Christmas. 1957, In Macon
County was a pretty quiet affair.
It was a bright sunny day, not
too cold and not too hot and
most Maconlans took the oppor
tunity to spend some quiet hours
with relatives and friends. Holi
day visiting was unusually heavy
(read the News About People In
Law enforcement agencies re
ported a couple of minor acci
dents on the highways. The
Franklin Police Department ex
perienced some firecracker trouble
Christmas Eve. Chief Sid Carter,
who was off duty, was called back
to work about 10 o'clock to help
his officers meet the problem. The
chief said their main concern
was firecrackers being tossed Into
filling stations while gasoline was
being pumped. A couple of youths
were arrested and bound over to
Superior Court and the problem
abated somewhat, Chief Carter
Policeman Homer Cochran re
ported a pick-up truck driven by
Mrs. Trula St. Clair, of Cartooge
chaye, ran into the front of Bob
Ray's Warehouse Christmas Eve
night after its brakes failed. A
passenger, Mrs. Lola Bingham, re
ceived a fracture of the forehead
and a brain concussion, according
to Dr. Furman Angel. Mrs. St.
Clair was uninjured. Damage to
the truck was estimated at $250.
Several blocks had to be replaced
in the warehouse wall.
A two-car wreck occurred about
9:30 a. m. on the 26th at the in
tersection of US 23-441 and US
64 (Highlands road), with two
men receiving injuries.
Chief Carter identified the in
jured as James W. Ouest, 67, of
Franklin, Route 4, driver of one
of the cars, who received a frac
tured collar bone; and Kelsey Mc
Mahan. also of Route 4, a passeng
er in the Ouest car, who was skin
ned and scraped. Both men were
SCOUTS RECEIVE HIGH AWARDS AT SERVICE
Five Boy Scout* of FrankMn, Troop 21, received God and Country award*
unday morning at the Presbyterian church. The God and
l the movement and the occasion marked the first time
mb presented to that many
i the eon lee were Or. J. U
rlet Reenter. In the picture
KMClaa Vinson, Fred Bolftn,
thrown out of the car to the )|
The driver of the other fti|
was Loum Dlllard
about 36, of Routs 5, who '
Chief Carter said the CKiMt 4
was pulling out of US 64
Holbrooks car was traveling .
on US 23-441.
Both drivers haj
tags go on sale
And, the local
Carolina Motor Chi
ford, suggests thatj
chase tags early
February IS deadl ]
Town tags also
the first time in
may be obtained at|
on West Main St
The C. M. C. offl
in the rear of the
A special meeting |
Barracks. Veteram .
1. has been called
(Friday) at 7:30 p.
The VMk'a tranparataraa and rainfall
are recorded In Franklin bf Man ion
U. S. Weather ohaarvar; In Highlands
Tudor N. Hail and W. C. NaUSm. "
ohwrver.; and at th? OvoKa Bri
Laboratory. Read In ca ara (or the ..
period ending at S a.m. at the day I
High Low Rata
Wed., Dec. 25 59 39 M
Thursday ' 50 40 .73
Friday 57 it .00
Saturday 47 38 .00
Sunday 55 30 tra?
Monday 53 16 M
Tuesday 50 II .06/
Wed., DM. 25 53 38
Thursday 40 41
Friday 56 16,