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longer in an hour than
others can in a week.
? William Dean Howells.
73rd Year ? No. 11
Franklin, N. C, Thursday, March 13, 1958
Price 10 Cents
BURLINGTON Industries de
serves a vote of thanks for helping
the Smoky Mountain doggers
meet New York City on their re
cent trip there. The doners are
still talking about the wonderful
hospitality and lunch at Sardi's.
FACES SEEN at the Motorama
show in Ashenrille Saturday night
included Frank Ramsey, Jr.. L C.
Howard. Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Horsley. Also on hand were Dr.
a. R. McSween, president of the
Franklin Chamber of Commerce,
and Roy M. Biddle, Jr., who drove
some doggers over and back. Dr.
MoSween officially thanked Bet
ty Johnson for her plug for Frank
lin on the Sullivan show.
MERCHANTS are saying the re
cent "Dollar Days" promotion was
a life-saver. The merchant com
mittee's next trade promotion
probably wilt be a "Hog Wild
"COACH" Katherine O'Neil
was carried off the basketball
floor Friday night for mastermind
ing the defeat of the senior girls
by the Franklin High faculty. Her
Leo Dorocher-type march on the
student officials proved to be re
markable strategy for she scared
the boys half out of their wits.
FRANKLIN IS going to miss R.
E. McKelvey, who is moving to
Raleigh to take a job with the
state utilities commission. His en
ergy and enthusiasm, particular
ly in the field of Boy Scout work,
will be hard to replace.
HAVE YOU entered a slogan in
the Franklin Chamber of Com
merce's contest? If not. Just Jot
down a catchy phrase of not more
than 10 words that boosts Frank
lin and its attractions and mail
it to the chamber's executive sec
retary, Mrs. Lasca E. Horsley.
SEVERAL HAVE expressed
amazement, and some have poked
fun at a small newspaper like
The Press having correspondents
in the big cities. They are refer
ring, of course, to last week's story
on the Cloggers. written by O. T.
Brady. However. The Press not
only has someone ready to take
over a story in New York, it also
can, at a moments notice, alert
men in Washington, D. C? Chi
cago, 111., Miami, Fla., Dallas.
Tex., and Los Angeles, Calif., just
to mention a few. Wherever Ma
conians roam, the Press'U cover
AFTER THE unsuccessful
launching of Explorer II last
week, everyone is humming,
"Where Oh Where Has Our Satel
THE STREETS are getting dirt
ier by the day. Reminds folks of
a boy's face a couple of weeks
after he's been investigating the
A GOOD MANY merchants are
beginning to spruce things up for
the coming of Spring, which, on
the calendar, is a week from to
AN AMBITIOUS, but vital pro
gram of tourist promotion is be
ing planned this season by the
chamber of commerce. Business
men should plan now to attend the
chamber's annaal banquet on the
21st as an indication of their sup
Red Water Project
Slated For April
"Operation Red Water" is scheduled for April 12
13 in Franklin and for a 24-hour period residents will
be without drinking water, except what they draw
from mains in advance. '
Within the 24-hour period, town officials plan to
introduce into the system a concentration of chlorine
to kill an iron bacteria deposit in the old mains and
Laboratory tests conducted by the State Board
of Health indicate the "red water" problem troubling
some of the town's water customers is due, at least
in part, to a buildup of iron bacteria through the
Customers will be asked to draw enough water to
njeet their needs for drinking and cooking for the
24-hour period. Details of the proposed procedure
for "Operation Red Water" will be announced later.
OFFICIAL IS SPEAKER ?
Gilmer Henry Is Awarded
Player Trophy By V.F.W.
Approximately 90 persons heard
a discussion of football officiating
and saw Gilmer Henry presented
the "outstanding Franklin foot
ball player" award last Thursday
The speaker for the occasion,
the banquet given annually by
the Franklin Rotary Club honor
ing P.H.S. footballers, was James
W. (Jim) Gray, Charlotte busi
nessman whose hobby is officiat
ing at football games.
Young Henry, a senior, was se
lected for the honor by his team
mates. The trophy, given each year
by the local post of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars, goes to the
player chosen as outstanding in
sportsmanship, value to the team,
and general player excellence. The
recipient is the son of Joe Henry.
The presentation was made by
John G. (Speck) Murray, VJF.W.
commander, who was present as
a guest of the Rotarians.
In past years, coaches have been
the guest speakers at these foot
ball banquets. This year. It was
decided to vary the program with
a discussion of the problems and
experiences of an official; and
Mr. Gray's amusing experiences,
told in his slow drawl, kept the
some 50 boys and 40 Rotarians,
laughing much of the time.
In the serious part of his talk,
he raised and answered some of
the questions about officiating he
says he often is asked:
How much are officials paid
for their services?
The usual schedule, he said, is
See No. 1, Fm? Ten
IN BOND SALES ?
Cabe Is Honored For Mark
Set By County Last Year
For selling 142 per cent of this the entire state in total sales, per
county's U. S. bond quota in 1957, centage-wise.
H. W. Cabe, Macon County bond
chairman, was honored at Satur
day night's annual banquet of
Group 10, N. C. Bankers Associa
tion, at the George Vanderbiit
Hotel in Asheville.
Mr. Cabe was one of three
chairmen presented certificates of
The others are W. j. Fisher,
Jackson County, whose sales were
112 per cent of the year's quota;
and Bill Jackson, Cherokee Coun
ty, 101 per cent.
Others from Franklin attend
ing the meeting were Frank B.
Duncan, president of the Bank of
Franklin, of which Mr. Cabe is
cashier; Elmon Teague, a director;
Robert C. (Bob) Carpenter, assis
tant cashier; and Bobby Joe Cor
Under Mr. Cabe's leadership in
'57. Maeon County was second in
... Is Honored
V. F. W. WOMEN MAKE CANCER BANDAGES
As a project, the V. F. W. Auxiliary is making cancer bandages. Tuesday night of last week
members folded 16 dozen and the week before 12 doaen. Pictured are (L to R) Mrs. Vic Perry,
who to In charge of the project, Mrs. Edwin T. Williams, and Mrs. T. H. Fan. The auxiliary will
make fcandagea for any organization that wants to purchse the material, according to Mrs. Perry.
Macon Farmers May
Through A. S. C.
Macon County farmers are Invit
ed to share In $51,842 that has
been allocated the Agricultural
Stabilization and Conservation
committee for needed conserva
Miss Mildred Corbin, A. S. C. of
fice manager, this week explain
ed that Macon farmers will share
one half the coct of establishing
those practices on any and all
farms here during 1958. This
means $103,000 will be spent for
She estimates that about 80
per cent of the farmers in the
county are participating in A.S.C.
programs. Should the 20 per cent
not participating decide to take
part, giving Macon 100 per cent,
the $51,642 will be increased next
year, she said.
Practices on which A.S.C. will
share the cost includes establish
ment of permanent pasture or
meadow and materials required,
lime, fertilizer, and seed; forest
tree planting to retard erosion;
tile or open ditch drainage to
drain land too wet to permit veg
etative growth; and application of
lime and fertilizer to improve per
manent. pasture or hay land or
The cost share will be advanc
ed on purchase orders of lime,
seed, fertilizer, and drain tile at
the farmer's request.
Miss Corbin added that "con
servation is essential to all people,
in all walks of life. Through soil
and water conservation we and
our future generations are assur
ed an adequate supply of food
and fibres at reasonable prices."
And Harper Head
O. EL S. Chapter
Mrs. Eula D. Carpenter and W.
Lacy Harper have been elected
worthy matron and worthy patron
of Nequassa Chapter No. 43, Order
of the Eastern Star.
An open installation for the
new officers is set for March 20
at 8 p. m. at the Masonic Temple
on Church Street.
Others elected at a meeting last
Thursday night were Mrs. Ruby
M. Harper, associate matron;
James L. Hauser, associate patron ;
Mrs. Nobia G. Murray, secretary;
Mrs. Josephine B. Long, treasur
er; Mrs. Merle P. Dryman, con
ductress; and Mrs. Lucille H. Phil
lips, associate conductress.
C. A. P. Coming
Franklin squadron of Civil Air
Patrol is in line for a unit cita
tion for its participation in recent
air searches for missing aircraft.
Lt. Col. Earl T. Freeman, of
Asheville, commander of Group
IV, C.A.P., this week said he is
recommending a citation for the
local squadron and also individual
citations for 1st Lts. Bob Phillips
and Steven A. McConnell. The
two pilots logged more hours than
any others in Group IV during
last month's search for a missing
twin-engine Navy plane.
Lt, Col. Freeman said the unit
citation is being made for Frank
lin squardon's participation in the
three-state search for the Shaw
airplane in November and also for
the search for the Navy plane.
Franklin was headquarters for the
Thanks to the cupid-playing of
Ed Sullivan, the Tar Heel song
stress, Betty Johnson, and Macon
County's Smoky Mountain dog
gers were together again Saturday
They entertained in Asheville
at the Motorama, an area show
ing of new automobiles, at City
Miss Johnson renewed friend
ships with the Cloggers back
stage and they chatted about their
March 2 appearance on the Sulli
van show in New York City.
The Cloggers put on two shows
at the Motorama. one at 8 and
another at 10.
Saturday night was proclaim
ed "Franklin and W. N. C. Night"
at the autti show.
Politics Roars To Front;
Patton Seeking Judgeship
After a rather slow start, pol
itics roared to the front in Macon
County this past week with the
announcement that native son
George B. Patton is resigning as
attorney general of the state in a
bid to return to the bench.
In county races, two more hats
dropped into the sheriff's race:
the first into the county com
missioners' circle; and the present
three-man board of education filed
for renomlnation in a body.
With the announcement Satur
day that he would not seek re
election, Superior Court Judge 1
Dan K. Moore, of Sylva, paved the i
way for an announcement by At- i
torney General Patton that he is
resigning and will be a candidate i
in the May 31 Democratic prl
mary to succeed Judge Moore as
resident judge of the 30th Judicial 1
? This immediately threw the
Judgeship Into a two-man race,
since Thad D. Bryson, Jr.. solic
itor .of the 20th Solid torial Dis
trict (same counties as the 30th
Judicial District), had announced
OPEN HOUSE PLANNED ?
Several Events Are Slated
For Library Celebration
A local celebration of National
Library Week (March 16-22) is
being whipped into shape under
the chairmanship of Miss Nora
Activities planned during the_
1. Sunday, the 16th, an upen
house will be held from 2 to 4
p. m. at the Franklin Library by
the Franklin Woman's Club.
2. Monday, the 17th, an original
skit, "Agenda for Julie", by Frank
lin High students Ann Pennington
and Sherry Whelan will be pre
sented before the P.-T. A. The skit
emphasizes the importance and
opportunities offered in the fiel>
of library science.
3. A radio broadcast of "Agenda
for Julie" is slated some time dur
ing the week.
4. Thursday, the 20th, a radio
panel discussion is programmed
for 4-4:30 p. m. on WFSC on
"How the Libraries of Macon
County Are Serving the People".
Miss Lassie Kelly will be moder
ator. Ob the panel will be Mrs.
Mamie Scroggs, Franklin High li
brarian, Mrs. Nobia Murray,
Franklin librarian, Mrs. Beth Ouf
fey, elementary school supervisor.
Mrs. C. T. Bryson, and the Rev.
S. B. Moss. |
Assisting Miss Moody with ar
rangements are Mrs. Scroggs, Mrs
Guffey, Mrs. A. A. Siler, Miss
Kelly, and Mr. Moss.
This is the first year a national
library week has been celebrated.
The theme is "Wake Up and
Sheriff J. Harry Thomas has
his radio-equipped automobile
back and the teen-ager who swip
ed it after sawing out of the Ma
con County jail is in the custody
of federal authorities.
The youth, who has now been
identified as Melvin Robert Steele,
19, of Atlanta, Oa? was arrested
Tuesday of last week by a city
officers and was lodged in jail
while officers ran a check on him.
He was unable to produce any per
sonal identification or papers for
motor scooter he was riding at
the time of his arrest. Some time
during the night, he sawed
through the main door of the jail
cell block with hacksaw blades he
had concealed on his person. He
somehow managed to start the
sheriff's car. which was parked
in the driveway of the jail.
An alarm was broadcast and
the missing car was located aban
doned in Knoxvllle. Tenn. It was
Later, the boy was caught in
Richmond, Ky , and turned over
to federal officers on charges of
Sheriff Thomas said his office
has received information that
Steele stole four automobiles and
the scooter in his flight. The boy
also has a criminal record and
has served time in a reformatory
and In prison, he said.
Dance Team Caller Showed
Medicine A Thing Or Two
For 16-year-old Tommy Hunt, dancing with the Smoky Moun
tain doggers is something of a personal triumph.
At one point in his young lite, doctors said he would never walk
again, much less dance at the tremendous pace he sets as caller
for the dance team.
Tommy was a victim of legg perthes, a disease that softens
leg bones. His right leg was useless and wasn't much bigger than
a water pipe, according to his mother, Mrs. Arma Lee Hunt. He
spent five weeks at the Asheville Orthopedic Hospital.
From the age of eight to eleven, he used a crutch; and not in
the accepted manner either! Playmates recall that he was ex
tremely agile and was able to play ball and even hop fences.
Then, when he decided he was going to walk again, he did just
Probably the most surprised and pleased at Tommy's recovery
was the Asheville doctor who had been treating him.
And of all the telegrams Tommy received last week in New
York City after the Sullivan show, the one he prizes the most
was from the doctor, who incidentally doesn't know that his
former patient also is on the Franklin High football squad.
Tar Heel singer Betty Johnson shows culler Tommv Hunt
her "little blue man" backstage at the Motorama In AaherUle
Saturday night, Where the Smoky Mountain doggers and MIm
Johnson performed. (Staff Photo)
his intentions of seeking the nom
ination. He previously had filed
(or renomination as solicitor.
Attorney General Patton resign
ed as special Superior Court judge
In 1956 to take the Raleigh }ob.
Solicitor Bryson maintained an
office in Franklin from 1939 un
til last December.
Two For Sheriff
Franklin Policeman C. D. Baird
and Coburn Holden. a feed and
hatching egg dealer, both an
nounced this week as candidates
for the Democratic nomination as
sheriff. Neither had paid a filing
fee yesterday (Wednesday) morn
ing. Officer Baird is a former po
lice chief and is a native of the
county. Mr. Holden, who was
bom In neighboring Swain Coun
ty. has lived here 22 years. Sher
iff J. Harry Thomas previously
announced he will seek reelection.
First One In
First one to announce for the
Democratic nomination to the
three-man board of county com
missioners is Olen Robinson.
Franklin taxi driver. He has not
filed as yet.
As A Body
As a body, the present board
of education paid filing fees of ($5
each) Tuesday to J. Lee Barnard,
chairman of the elections board.
They are Erwin Patton, C. C. Sut
ton, and George Gibson.
Weimar Jones, who recently an
nounced his candidacy in the leg
islative race, also paid his filing
fee ($18) last week.
Arrangements for the annual
membership banquet of the Frank
lin Chamber of Commerce on
March 21 are under way, accord
ing to S. A. Bundy, who is in
Advance tickets will soon be
available for the banquet, which
is expected to draw more than
200 members and their wives.
Guest speaker will be Jeff B
Wilson, of Raleigh, editor *f Tar
Heel Wheels, a general interest
magazine published by trucking
interests in the state.
Also on the agenda are presenta
tion of a $5,500 budget for 1958.
and a membership vote on the
proposed construction of a new
information booth. ? ' , ?
Toastmaster will be Verlon
Swafford, immediate past presi
dent of the chamber. The new
president. Dr. G. R. McSween,
The banquet will be held in the
high school cafeteria.
Assisting Mr. Bundy with ar
rangements are Vic Perry and Er
A change of offices have been
announced by the state driver's
license examiner in Franklin.
Examiner R. V. Hooper has
moved from the clerk's office in
the county courthouse to the town
hall on West Main. He is in Frank
lin every Wednesday and Thurs
day from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m.
Mr. Hooper said the change was
made so license applicants could
be processed more rapidly because
of ample waiting and parking
space at the town hall.
The Week's temperature and rainfall below
are recorded in Franklin by Manson Stilts,
IT. S. weather observer; in Highlands by
Tudor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV A
observers ; and at the Coweta tfydrolojric
Laboratory. Readings nre for the 24-hour
period ending at 8 a.m. of the day listed.
* No record.