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Franklin, N. G? Thursday, March 27, 1958
Price 10 Cents
MAIN STREET *
ROLFE NEILL, Charlotte Ob
server bureau man in , Oastonia
and former Franklin Press report
er. was a bit miffed at being omit
ted from the list of Press corre
spondents over the world. And, If
he's a bit bullish in his insistence
for recognition, or in bis writing,
there's a reason. His wife and the
police called him home from work
l6st weqk. Rather inappropriately,
a couple of bulls had taken up
residence on his front lawn.
LAST WEEK'S picture of the
"orphans" looking for some organ
ization to sponsor them as a
Brownie troop may have helped
some. A new troop has been taken
under wing by the Wesleyan Serv
ice Guild of the Franklin Metho
dist Church. There are more "or
phans", though, who need "adopt
ing" as troops. NeSt!
JIM LEE, writer-photographer
with the N. C. Wildlife Resources
Commission, was in this area last
Thursday gathering some material
on the unusual shortia. He plans
an article about the plant soon in
Wildlife in North Carolina, the
N.C.WJl.C. publication, of which
he is associate editor.
DON'T END up thirsty April
12-13. Those are the dates Frank
lin's water system will be inactive
while a chlorine concentrate is
used to kill iron bacteria in the
FRANKLIN'S streets need clean
ing and the Indian Mound is
about due its Spring haircut!
SOME OF those slogans sub
mitted to the Franklin Chamber
of Commerce were real humding
ers. But, more people should have
taken an interest in the contest,
which after all, boosted the town
and its attractions.
THERE ARE some holes in the
pavement in Franklin suitable for
the burial of small animals, gar
bage, or what have you. They
aren't very easy on tires, how
ever, and it's possible for those of
you who drive those little foreign
cars to completely disappear in
some of them.
IT APPEARS more than likely
that it'll never stop raining here.
Citizens are advised to keep walk
ing rapidly to stave off mildew.
A NUMBER from here absorbed
some of the intellectual atmos
phere on the campus of Western
Carolina College Monday night
when poet-humorist Ogden Nash
appeared on the lyceum program.
Mr. Nash observed his fame seems
to rest on his famous couplet,
"Candy's dandy, but liquor's
quicker", and he's convinced! it'll
probably be on his tombstone.
THE WAY some drivers "dig
off" from the stop lights, one'd
think they owned a tire recapping
THE SINCLAIR station at the
intersection of US 23-441 and US
64 west is getting the Spring
THOSE SMALL, knots of men
along Main Street are the direct
result of an election year. And
that goes for a lot of handshak
ing and backslapplng, too.
MY, MY what a dirty face the
Town of Franklin has!
TO YOU Franklin residents who
neglected to purchase town license
tags, here's a tip. The town fath
ers and the town attorney are
getting ready to bite! ? a hunk out
of your wallet, that is.
BAKE SALES, although good
money raisers, don't contribute
much to the improvement of male
figures. Just look at the "pouches"
walking down Main Street if you
don't believe it.
WHAT BUSINESS needs more
than a "shot in the arm" is some
pretty weather. Most merchants
seem to think things would be
line if shoppers didn't have to
dig their way out of the mud and
then row to town.
The Rev. Roy Moore, pastor
of the Mt. Sinai Assembly of Ood
Church, has been elected presi
dent of the mens fellowship of the
His election came during a coun
cil meeting of the western section
of Assemblies of Ood in Asheville
Tuesday of last week.
ALLTOP IS COMING
Lee All top, field representative
for Social Security, has announced
he will be in Franklin Easter Mon
day (April 7) and Tuesday at the
Agricultural Building, as ache
On Wayah Bald
Plans are now under way for
holding the Xlth annual sunrise
service atop mile-high Wayah
It will be held at "High Ha
ven", the camp of Mr. and Mrs.
Gilmer A. Jones.
Under a ratation plan used
by local ministers, the Rev. R.
R. Standley, pastor of the First
Baptist Church, will deliver this
year's Easter message.
Additional information, in
cluding the. time of the sunrise,
will he ready by next week, ac
cording to the Rev. 8. B. Moss,
who Is in charge of arrange
Slated April 4
An Easter cantata, ''Christ,
the Risen Lord", is scheduled
for April 4 at 8 p. m. at the
Franklin Presbyterian Church
by the adult, youth, and jun
Soloists will be Miss Esther
Wallace, Miss Sarah Smart, Mrs.
Julian Maddox, Dick Slagle, and
Willard Bell. Mrs. Margaret
Cooper will be organist.
In addition to the cantata,
special numbers on the program
will be "Consider the Lilies",
"Calvary", "I Know That My
Redeemer Liveth", and "The
LATE BULLETIN ?
No Toll For The Parkway
The Franklin Press learned at presstiine that Fred
A. Seaton, Secretary of the Interior, had informed
Congressman George A. Shuford there will be no toll
charged on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Congressman Shuford has headed a North Caro
lina delegation fighting the decision by the Depart
ment of Interior to start charging for the use of the
FOR 1957-59 WORK ?
$288,800 Allocation Made
For Secondary Roads Here
Macon County has been allo
cated $288,800 for secondary
road improvements during the
1957-59 biennium, according to
an announcement from High
way Director W. P. Babcock in
For 1957-58, the county will
receive $95,300 and the remain
der, $193,500, is being set up
for work during 1958-59.
County allocations are made
on the basis of need.
In a report from Cameron W.
Lee, assistant highway director,
the first of the month, the fol
lowing conditions existed in
"Primary highways are in
good shape with the exception
of the road between Pranklln
and the Georgia line; it is
showing some major breaks and
will require major surfacing
LIVES IN ANDREWS ?
Former Macon County Youth
Wins Top ALCOA Award
John R. Slagle, Jr< son of, Mr.
and Mrs. John R. Slagle, of An
drews, formerly of Nantahala, has
been awarded a $2,000 scholar
ship by. the Alcoa Foundation, It
was announced this week by Wil
liam O. Crawford, chairman of
the Nantahala Power and Light
Company scholarship selection
"Bob", a senior at Andrews
High School, was selected as a
winner from a group of 27 sons
and daughters of Alcoa's employes
at Nantahala Power and Light
Company, with headquarters in
Franklin, and Carolina Aluminum
Company at Badin. Four of the
contestants for the scholarship are
children of Nantahala Power and
Light Company employes, accord
ing to Mr. Crawford. All of the
candidates for the scholarship, he
said, had previously met the schol
astic, moral, and leadership qual
ifications and had been chosen
to take the college entrance ex
amination by their respective se
lection committees. The final de
cision of the committee was great
ly Influenced by the score made
on the competitive examination
by young Slagle, the local chair
The Alcoa Foundation Scholar
ship program was Inaugurated in
the fall of 1953 for children of
Alcoa employes. Now in its fifth
year, there are 156 Alcoa Founda
tion Scholarships in effect
throughout the nation, at an an
nual cost of $78,000.
Young Slagle has established an
outstanding record at Andrews
High School. He is vice-president
of the senior class, editor of his
1958 high school annual, a mem
ber of the vaislty basketball
squad, a column editor for the
school paper, and president of the
Latin Club. In church activities,
he is presently serving as assist
ant Sunday school teacher and as
president of his youth fellowship
group. He has been very active
in 4-H club work, having served as
club president for six years and
county council president one year.
He plans to enter Stetson Univer
sity this fall and has chosen Eng
lish as his major field of study.
Other contestants from this
area competing for this 1958
Scholarship award were Miss
Patricia Hedden, Franklin; Roger
Gibson, Bryson City; and Thomas
E: Norton, Jr., Tuckasegee.
Members of the selection com
mittee, in addition to Mr. Craw
ford, are Harry C. Corbin, Frank
lin; Stanley W. Black, Bryson
City; R. M. Alnsley, Cullowhee; J.
Smith Howell, Robbinsville; and
L. B. Nichols, Andrews.
Mr. Slagle, father of this year's
scholarship recipient, has been
employed by Nantahala Power
and Light Company, subsidiary
company of Alcoa,, for 17 '/i years
years and is presently a shift fore
man at the company's Nantahala
Slagle . . . Scholarship Winner
this summer. The paved county
roads are generally In good
shape. Some of the major roads,
however, show quite a number
of breaks. The unpaved county
roads are in yery, very poor
Mr. Lee said the road condi
tions in the 10 mountainous
counties in the southwestern
pocket of the state were caused
by extreme cold weather and
snow, followed by the sudden
thawing and warm weather.
HIGHLANDS? A quota of 100
pints of blood has been set for
the April 4 visit of the Blood
The unit from the Red Cross
regional blood center in Ashe
ville will be at the Methodist
church from 2 to 6 p. m.
Louis (Bud) Potts is in charge
of arrangements locally.
A visit of the Bloodmobile in
February was cancelled because
of bad weather.
Highlands is the only town
in Macon County now partici
pating in the A.R.C. blood pro
A slate of candidates to op
pose Democrats in the general
election in the fall will be se
lected tomorrow (Friday) night
by the county Republican party.
The election year convention
is set for 7:30 at the county
courthouse. Bryant McClure,
county party chairman, will
The fifth Sunday sing is
scheduled for the county court
house this coming Sunday, be
ginning at 10 a. m. All singers
and the public are invited.
SLOGAN WINNER, CHAMBER PRESIDENT, AND SPEAKER
Dr. G. R- McSween (center), president of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce is shown pre
senting a $15 check to Miss Jereline McDowell, winner of the chamber's slogan contest. At right
is Jeff B. Wilson, magazine editor, who was gnest speaker at the chamber's annual membership
banquet Friday night in the high school cafeteria. (Staff Photo)
AT CHAMBER BANQUET ?
Magazine Editor Pledges
Support In Boosting Area
Jeff B. Wilson, editor of Tar
Heel Wheels, has pledged the sup
port of his general interest maga
zine with a circulation of some
60,000 in helping Macon County
publicize its many attractions.
Speaking hero Friday night be
fore the annual membership ban
quet of the Franklin Chamber of
Commerce, the ed.tor and well
known trucking official promised
to "spread the wo. a" about Frank
lin's new slogan, "Franklin ? A
Ruby On Ihf Finger Of The
Smokies", and told his audience
he already had made arrange
ments to carry a story and pic
tures on the Cowee Ruby Mines
in an early issue. He also noted
that Tar Heel Wheels carried a
story about Don Smith's jams and
jellies business in the February is
At a brief business session prior
to the IntrodueUcyi o I tte guest
speaker by Bob S. Sloan, the
chamber president. Dr. Q. R. Mc
Sween presented two items of busi
8 EE NO. 2, PAGE 10
THE POLITICAL PICTURE ?
Ray Running For Sheriff;
Patton Resigns His Post
Another candidate pitched
his hat into the county sher
iff's race this week as the fil
ing deadline for the May Dem
ocratic primary moved closer.
Robert (Bob) Olenn Ray, Jr.,
who Is in the fertilizer, feed,
and country ham business in
Franklin, paid his filing fee
HISTORY IS RECALLED ?
Legend Says Ellijay Church
Site Was Once Gaming Place
By MRS. LESLIE YOUNG
The first Ellljay Missionary Bap
tist Church, as near as can be de
termined, was formed in the late
1880's or 1890's and met in an old
school building that stood on
what is known as the John T.
Some of the present members re
call hearing their parents say
that Bard Angel was one of the
Sunday school teachers of this
On Same Hill
These old members decided to
build a church and it was started
in 1893, on the same hill where
ANOTHER IN SERIES
This article is one In a series
, of church histories that will
appear from time to time for
the next two or three years In
the Ellijay church now stands.
Alex Moore, of Franklin, remem
bers that he and the late Charlie
Mlncey cut some of the first tim
ber for the building.
Legend says that the hill on
which the church was erected
once was a gathering place for
the young men of that time to
drank and gamble around huge
Across the valley, on another
hillside, a mother, Mrs. William
Young, could see the campflres and
knew her sons probably were in
the group. It was her request that,
at her death, she be buried on
that spot so that no more drink
ing or gambling would occur there.
She hoped someday a church
would stand there.
Mrs. Young died In her fifties
in 1892 and was Duriea on uie
hillside she had chosen.
Started In 18?3
The land where she lies was
then owned by her brother, A. J.
Moore (affectionately known in
the county as "Captain Jack">
who donated it to be used for a
See No. 1, Page Ten
with J. Lee Barnard, chairman
of the elections board.
Mr. Ray, a resident of the
Iotla community and Navy vet
eran, was the only one to an
nounce lor any office this week.
He is married and has two chil
Attorney General George B.
Patton officially resigned Tues
day in Raleigh to enter the pri
mary race for Superior Court
judge of the 30th Judicial Dis
trict. He announced his inten
tions two weeks ago.
The filing of Mr. Ray for
Sheriff puts three names in the
Democratic* pot? Sheriff J. Har
ry Thomas, the Incumbent, and
C. D. Baird, Franklin police
man, are the other two.
Filing deadline for county of
fices is April 19.
Brown Is In
Glenn W. Brown, Waynesville
See No., 3, Pa?e Ten
CARL STORY CHARGED
Country music star Carl Story
has been served with a warrant
in Knoxville, Tenn., charging him
witt; fraud and false pretense.
It was drawn by Mrs. Vernon
Pruitt, of Franklin, who alleges
he obtained $10,000 from her for
construction of a radio station
Mr. Story has posted bond and
a preliminary hearing has been set
for April 21 before Justice of the
Peace Sam J. Murray.
WHO SAID SPRING?
If Spring officially arrived last
Thursday, nobody noticed it for
the heavy snow flurries that con
tinued on through most of Friday.
About an inch fell in Highlands
and nearly two inches in the Nan
Only a light fall was recorded
? No record
Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church