Custom reconciles us
? Edmund Burke.
72nd Year ? No. 8
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, February 20, 1958
Price 10 Cents
WITH 26 men as members,
Maconlans should be keenly Inter
ested in the activities of the Sylva
unit of National Ouard. Saturday,
the upit is holding open house
"Muster Day" from 1 to 5 pjn.,
and everyone is invited. Why not
take In the event? You'll enjoy
every minute of it.
SEEMS THAT young and old
engaged in some horseplay In the
snow Saturday in downtown
Franklin ? until a mis-aimed orb
of snow knocked out an upper
story window pane. That quieted
things down some; that and the
presence of police.
GOOD thing the state extended
its license deadline. Folks would
have frozen half to death Satur
day while tryln' to loosen the
rusty bolts on old plates and put
the new ones on.
THINGS are really going to be
hopping around here for the next
couple of weeks. The week end
snow caused the cancellation of
several events that will have to
be rescheduled ? or should we say
sandwiched ? with other spending.
THERE seems to be some
grumbling about Nantahala Lake
being designated public trout
water. If you're one of those
really indignant about it, why not
put it in writing?
A BIG ruby for Ed Sullivan
is now available ? thanks to the
generosity of Bruce Bryant. The
Smoky Mountain doggers will de
liver it to The Great Stone Face
when they appear on his tele
vision show March 2.
FOX HUNTING trials were
held down Greensboro way a
while back and. of course, Harley
Stewart, Lem Holland,' and Jesse
Thomas were there to represent
Macon County interests. They
even got on television and the
bad part of that is no one around
here picks up the Greensboro
MORE PFOPLE in Macon Coun
ty bought Ford passenger cars
in 1957 than any other make, ac
cording to figures released by the
automobile industry's statistic
gathering agency. The figures
show that 107 Fords were resgis
tered her during the year, com
pared to 106 for Ford's closest
POLICE CHIEF Sid Carter was
passing his hat the other day for
donations for "the unknown
soldier's mother". He almost got
some, too, before the light dawn
ed on a lot of 'em.
A SALVATION Army band,
thought by most of us to be ex
tinct, played in Franklin Friday
morning. It was from the Southern
Training College In Atlanta, Ga.
TWO YOUNG boys squared a
way at each other on Main Street
one day last week. And what else
would make two young fellows
lambast each other but a young
lady?' Youth is unchanging.
NOT THAT proof is needed, but
a sure sign that Winter has been
here is in the disclosure that
Wayne Harrison's old Jeep failed
to make the grade to Wayah Bald
YOU TV viewers who have been
cussin' Channel 2 out of Atlanta
can wash your mouth out befQre
long and start out fresh. Word up
here has it that Channel 2 is in
creasing the height of its trans
mitting tower and reception should
be improved. The Job will be fin
ished in a couple or three weeks.
Approval Of Local
Rests In Raleigh
Macon County's three-man board
of elections has bean tapped tor
reappointment by the Democrats
Executive Committee here.
The board members are J. Lee
Barnard, chairman, Fred S. Moore,
and Walter Bryson.
Final approval of the three rests
with the state elections board.
The action was taken by the
executive committee in session
Friday morning at the courthouse.
A new registration for the com
ing May primary is expected.
However, this cannot be officially
done until the elections bpard is
approved in Raleigh.
Weimar Jones, editor and for
mer publisher of The Franklin
Press, yesterday (Wednesday; an
nounced his candidacy for the |
nomination as Macon County rep
resentative to the General Assem
bly, subject to the May 31 Demo
cratic primary, j
His announcement put two hats
in the representative ring. James
M. (Jim) Raby, of Route 4, an
nounced last week.
A native of this county and a
widely-known newspaperman, Mr.
Jones returned to his home county
in the fall of 1945, after purchas
ing The Press from the Johnson
heirs. He sold his controlling in
terest in the newspaper last Sep
tember to Bob S. Sloan, a partner
for several years.
A community-wide "World Day
of Prayer" service is scheduled for
tomorrow (Friday) at 7:30 p. m.
at the St. Agnes Episcopal Church
It is being sponsored locally by
the St., Agnes Church, the Frank
lin Methodist Church, and the
Franklin Presbyterian Church.
In charge of arrangements are
Mrs. Ted Reber, chairman, Mrs.
J. Ward Long, and Mrs. W. W.
Appearing on the program will
be the choir from the St. Cyprians
Others who will participate in
clude Mrs. B. L. Sherrill, Mrs.
Carl P. Cabe, Mrs. Grover Jami
son, Jr., Mrs. John Hewlett, Mrs.
Robert J. Korte, Mrs. W. T. Jen
kins, the Rev. John Tucker, the
Rev. S. B. Moss, Mrs. Robert
Standley, Mrs. Arvil Parker, the
Rev. R. R. Standley, Mrs. J. A.
Flanagan, Charles Ledbetter.
The theme of this year's service
is "The Bread of Life".
Persons of all denominations
are Invited to attend the service.
John D. Cogan, father of John
Cogan, of Franklin, died Sunday
in Silver Beach, Va. Mr. and Mrs.
Cogan left here Friday after re
ceiving word he was ill. Services
were held In Washington, N. J.
Are In Bad Shape
Winter weather has Macon County's secondary
highway system in bad shape, but the worst is yet to
come, according to Nelson Waldroop, county high
When the present freeze breaks and the thaw
comes, "we're really going to have our hands full," he
declared this week.
Meanwhile, state highway crews have spent the
past five week ends working on the secondary system
and trying to keep the .school bus routes cleared.
This past week end, they had the added burden of 1
snow and ice on the primary highways.
Mr. Waldroop said funds are available in the divi
sion to put the secondary roads ? about 450 miles of
them ? back in shape.
"Right now it's just a matter of trying to catch
u,p," he explained. "It just takes time."
Excessive rain this winter, coupled with freezing
and thawing, is responsible for damaging the secon
dary roads, the supervisor said. However, he also ob- ,
served he has "seen it just as bad" in some years past, i
Winter Weather Wallops Macon County
Franklin Was Really Snowed Under Saturday Morning
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Henry Wilkie And Kenneth Clark Make A Snowman
II. W. Cabe Walked To Work
Snowball Wars Raged Up And Down Main Street All Day
Two Franklin Boy Scouts
Are Awarded Life Ranks
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Two Boy Scouts were advanced
to Life rank at a court of honor
Friday night In Franklin.
They are Steve Bundy, of Troop
21, and John Crawford, of Troop
1. Life rank Is one step below cov
eted Eagle rank, the highest In
Preceding the honor court for
Troops 1 and 21, more than 225
were on hand In the high school
gymnasium for a covered dish sup
per sponsored by Boy Scouts. Ex
plorers, and Cubs as the closing
feature of their local observance
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 12
Garrison To Speak
At Rotary Meeting
William B. (Bill) Garrison, pres
ident of the Franklin Rotary Club
is one of the speakers on the pro
gram of thl annual district Ro
Lary conference, to be held lr
Hickory today (Thursday* and to
morrow. Mr. Oarrison will address
the conference at the Fridaj
Winter Strikes ?
Snow And Cold
Macon County is still reeling from an arctic up
percut of below-zero temperatures and several inches
of snow thrown by Old Man Winter.
A total of eight inches of snow fell on Franklin
Saturday and Sunday and Manson Stiles, U. S.
weather observer, recorded two days of sub-zero
County schools were still closed yestefday (Wed
nesday) because secondary roads over the county
Frozen water pipes were respon
sible for two fires this week.
Both were started by blow
torches in the hands of men at
tempting to thaw frozen pipes.
The first was about noon Sun
day at the home of the Rev. M. C.
Wyatt on Iotla. Quick action on
the part of Franklin firemen con
fined the blaze to the kitchen and
basement. An estimated $600 dam
age was done to the house. Most
of the furnishings in the house
had been removed by neighbors
by the time the truck arrived.
Monday afternoon about 5:50,
firemen extinguished a blaze at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. George
Massey on Harrison Avenue in
i Franklin. The fire started when
Mr. Massey used a torch to thaw
pipes under the house, firemen
reported. Damage was slight.
Earlier Monday afternoon, a de
fective flue at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Hunter Young on Way
ah Street sent firemen into ac
tion. A blaze in the attic was
quickly extinguished and damage
An 13-months-old baby boy was
j seriously burned Sunday after
noon when he tumbled into an
open fireplace and is still in a
critical condition at Angel Clinic.
The child, Timothy Stewart,
was pulled from the fireplace by
his mother, Mrs. Alvin Stewart,
! who heard him screaming while
i she was 'preparing supper in the
I kitchen. She received burns on
. her hands when she pulled the
child from the fireplace.
Dr. Furman Angel said the child
received burns over about two
thirds of his body and face.
The Stewarts live in Franklin.
MRS. WILSON SUCCUMBS
Mrs. Beulah Scott Conley Wil
son, 74, died yesterday (Wednes
day) at 7:05 a. m. at her home in
the Patton Community. Funeral
services are incomplete.
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This Sunday is "Heart Sunday"
and volunteers will be knocking at
doors for contributions for the
local Heart Fund Campaign. The
drive is being headed by Roy M.
Biddle, Jr. ,
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MRS. MASIIBURN DIES
Mrs. Lassie Eugene Guffey
Mashburn, who would have been
100 years old in June, died Tues
day at 5 p. m. in the Sugarfork
section. Funeral services are set
for today (Thursday) at 11 a. m.
at the Sugarfork Baptist Church.
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The local American Legion held
its annual high school oratorical
contest last (Wednesday) night
with Legionairres Robert C. Car
? penter and Frank Dean in charge.
The winner was not known at
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CENTER WONT OPEN
The Franklin Youth Center will
, not be open tomorrow (Friday)
. night, it has been announced.
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t VISIT POSTPONED
Because of the weather, the
scheduled visit of a Red Cross
Bloodmoblle in Highlands yester
' day (Wednesday) was postponed
until Apfrll 4.
were dangerous for travel.
Frozen water pipes, steaming
auto radiators, and clanging
chains were signs of the weather.
Anti-freeze sales skyrocketed ana
there wasn t a set of chains to be
bought by late Saturday after
noon. Two fires were caused by
Maconians using blow torches to
State highway crews got little
or no sleep. They faced a double
barrel proposition ? trying to keep
the primary roads passable, and
at the same time open up the sec
ondary System so school busses
could start rolling again.
Snow started falling about 3 a.
m. Saturday and Maconians awoke
to find a blanket of several inches
on the ground. The fall continued
most of the day and night. Busi
ness in Franklin ground almost to
a halt. Snowballing was the main
activity in the downtown area
Monday, the mercury skidded
to below zero ? five below in Frank
lin and a shivvery 10 below in
Highlands. Tuesday saw a warm
ing trend start, five below in
Highlands and zero in Franklin.
Yesterday's < Wednesday* low was
four below in Franklin. In High
lands it had warmed te zero.
Unofficially, at least as far as
recent winters go, the weather this
past week broke some records.
The last big cold snap was about
18 years ago (unofficially i . A
check of The Press shows that on
Jan. 26, 1940, it was 17 below zero
in Franklin. Old records Show an
other 17 below was recorded Jan.
In the wake of Saturday's snow
came freezing temperatures.
Ice was almost solid in the Lit
tle Tennessee River above the
bridge in Franklin ? something
that hasn't happened in many,
Bridal Veil Falls, the county's
water wonder on US 64 between
Franklin and Highlands, caked up
and finally halted traffic. A state
bulldozer was dispatched to break
the ice jam Monday and again
Secondary roads in. many sec
tions of the county remained Icy
and dangerous and most vehicles
using them were equipped with
Yesterday (Wednesday) many
Maconians living in the higher
elevations were still walking in
and out from their homes. Con
tinued freezing promised little re
lief from snow still several Inches
thick on tljeir roads and drive
Bueck In Asheville .
School Supt. H. Bueck was in
Asheville February 13 for a meet
ing of school superintendents and
The all-day session dealt with
school buildings for the future,
suitable to meet the growing de
mands on education.
Th? wpfk'n temperature* and rainfall below
are recorded in Franklin by Munmn Stilea.
U. S. weather ofcaerver: In Highlands by
Tudor N. Hail and W. C. Newton. TV A
observers; and at the Coweta Ifjrdroloffie
Laboratory. Readings are for the 2 4- hour
period ending at 8 a.m. of the day Meted.
Wed., Feb. 12 39
Wed.. Feb. 12 44
Wed.. Feb. 12 38
? No record.