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73 Year ? No. 23
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, June 5, 1958
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Democrats Renominate All Incumbents In Primary
SEVERAL CANDIDATES won
dered why The Press failed to run
their pictures in the political story
last week, especially after saying
we would. Well, growing pains are
still in our limbs and we just
didn't have enough room for 'em.
or several correspondent columns.
However, you folks, see us through
this and we promise to be the
"Best Weekly Newspaper In North
JUST A REMINDER that killing
is still going on along the state's
highways. As of May 26, 345 met
death on the highway, as com
pared with 382 for the same period
WHEN THE VOTES were really
piling in for W. E. (Gene) Bald
win and Wiley Brown at the count
out Saturday night , some wag
commented that both grocerymen
could "raise their prices" and get
away with it on the strength of
A SURE SIGN of a change in
the seasons is youthful "cowboys
(and girls)" totin' water pistols.
MACON'S NEW search and res
cue outfit met its first assignment
Sunday with flying colors. Congra
A NUMBER OF people say they
still haven't adjusted to the eight
column pages of The Press. One.
fellow says, it wears him out
spreading his arms. And everyone
is reminded that you can now line
two garbage cans with each page
instead of only one. Viva la
THE RESIGNATION of Clark
Walker as assistant county agent
is announced this week. He'll be
missed, especially by the 4-H club
bers with whom he has worked for
more than a year and a half.
Clark will be taking a bit of Ma
con County with him when he
leaves. While here he married a
Macon County girl and they just
recently received mention in Ma
con's Newest Citizens.
FAIR PLANS MADE -
Mrs. Bryson New
Fourteen Macon County stu
dents were among the 204 who
received diplomas in the 69th
annual commencement cere
monies at Western Carolina
College Monday, June 2.
These students, with their
major subjects, are listed be
Mrs. Betty Jeanne Henson
Taylor, of Franklin, received the
bachelor of arts degree with a
major in French.
The bachelor of science de
gree was conferred upon the
following: Earl Forrest Baty, of
Highlands, business administra
tion; Billie Sherrill Huggins, of
Route 3, business administra
tion; Melvin R. Penland, of
Route 3, business administra
Those receiving the degree of
bachelor of science in education
were Mrs. Sue Williams Bald
win, of Franklin, chemlstery;
Thurman Lewis Blaine, of
Franklin, business education
and social science; Charles Lee
Cabe, of Otto, grammar grade;
R: L. Cunningham, of Route 4,
science and chemistry; D. L.
Huggins, of Route 3, grammar
grade; William Joseph Kins
land, of Franklin, chemistry;
Miss Patricia Louisa Phillips, of
Franklin, social science; Miss
Norma Jean Welch, music and
Spanish. Miss Welch was gradu
ated with honors.
The degree of master of arts
in education was awarded" to
Mrs. Virginia G. Baimvell and
Mrs. Lois Irene Keener.
BROTHERS ARRESTED ?
Federal Agents Discover
Big Still Operation Here
A & T. T. agents swooped down
on the Coweta section here over
the week end and discovered what
they described as the most com
plete still operation uncovered in
this area in years.
Their bag data:
Game: J. R. Bell and Robert
Bell, brothers of the Coweta sec
tion, who were found on. the site.
They have posted bonds of $500
FOUND ONE, TOO
Sheriff J. Harry Thomas re
ported Mrs. Floyd Shuler and
her daughter, Renena Kate,
found a 35-gallon still Wednes
day of last week in the Mouse
Mountain section on Jim Deal
Branch. It was destroyed by the
for appearance in U. S. District
Court in Bryson City. A warrant
also is being held for Sam Cun
ningham. in connection with the
illegal distilling operation.
Whiskey: 308 gallons.
Transportation: A 58 Mercury
sedan and Jeep truck.
Agents also reported the arrest
of Mrs. Leah Hastings. They said
she had 75 gallons of liquor in her
home in the Coweta section. She
was cited to a hearing before Com
missioner C. C. Carson, of Bryson
The vehicles were impounded
and are now in Asheville.
Agents said the still was housed
under a large shed and that water
for its operation was piped for a
half mile 'hrough a hose.
Mrs. Leona Sadler, music
leader of the Cullasaja Hoime
Demonstration Club, has been
announced as the winner of a
scholarship to attend the fifth
Annual State Music Workshop
at Brevard College.
The workshop, sponsored by
the State Home Demonstration
Music Committee, is scheduled
for June 22-27.
Mrs. Sadler was a member of
the now inactive home demon
stration chorus here and is ac
tive in other club activities.
Mrs. C. T. Bryson, of Cullasaja,
is the new president of the Ma
con Home Demonstration County
Named to serve with her for
two-year terms at a council meet
ing last Thursday afternoon were
Mrs. Curt Wilson, of Highlands,
vice-president; Mrs. Zeb Conley,
of Franklin, secretary; and Mrs.
Jacob Vogel, of Carson, treasurer.
A report on the state citizen
ship and United Nations day pro
gram held early in May in Ral
eigh was given by Mrs. J. M. Mad
dox, of Cartoogechaye club. Mrs.
Maddox described the parade of
flags representing member nations
of the United Nations. The 82
flags were made by club women
over the state and as each was
presented a club woman appeared
in costume native to the country.
Mrs. Maddox presented the flag
of Egypt and she wore an Egypt
ian costume designed and made
by the women of the Cartooge
Reports On Fair
Mrs. EVa Cunningham, presi
dent of the Franklin club., report
ed on a meeting she attended in
the interest of the local county
fair. The session was held May 23
at East Franklin School and she
was named as chairman of a com
mittee to arrange a recreation
program and talent show the first
two nights of the fair, August 21
and 22. Mrs. Cunningham also ex
plained tentative plans for hold
ing a barbecue supper one night
to raise funds to support the an
nual fair. Details of this are now
being worked out.
The devotional was given by
Mrs. S. B. Moss.
August 28 is the next date for
the council meeting.
4-H Dress Revue
East Franklin School will be
the scene tomorrow (Friday) aft
ernoon of the annual Macon
County 4-H Dress Revue.
Scheduled to begin at 2 o'clock,
the show is open to the public and
will feature 4-H girls modeling
clothes they have made.
Judges will be Mrs. Betty Stiles,
assistant home agent in Jackson
County, and Mrs. J. H. Fisher, of
The grand senior winner will
represent the county in district
competition in Asheville July 9.
She also will receive a check for
$15 from Belk's Department Store
Other stores providing prizes are
People's Department Store, The
Quality Shop. Macon Bargain
Store, and J. B. Pendergrass.
Two County 4-H'ers
At Fontana Meeting
Brenda Cunningham, of Carson,
and Douglas Teague, of Prentiss,
are representing Macon County
at the Regional Resource Develop
ment Conference for senior 4-H
club members at Fontara.
The conference opened yester
day (Wednesday! and will close
Miss Nora Moody accompanied
them as 4-H leader.
BALL LEAGUES OPEN PLAY HERE SATURDAY
Spectators turned out Saturday afternoon at the East Franklin diamond for the opening of
the Little League amd Babe Ruth League seasons. In opening play, the Little League Wildcats
downed the Thunderbirds, 8 to 1, while the Babe Ruth Rexallites handed the Yardbirds a 4 to 2
defeat. In action Monday afternoon, the Little League Jaybirds defeated the Reddys, 14 to 1, and
the Babe Ruth Corvettes chalked up an II to 8 victory over the Cardinals. (Staff Photoi
THEY'RE MAKING THE VOTE OFFICIAL
Election officials from over the county met Tuesday morning at the courthouse with J. Lee
Barnard (left, foreground), elections board chairman, to conduct an official tally of Satur
day's primary vote. A tabulation of the official vote in Macon County may be found on Page 12
of this issue. (Staff Photo)
County Agent T. H. Fagg has
announced the resignation of
Clark Walker as assistant county
Mr. Walker, who joined the
county agent's staff in August.
1956. submitted his resignation,
effective Sunday (June 1 > , because
of the illness of his father.
He plans to leave the last of
this week or the first of next for
Old Fort, where he will take over
the operation of his father's large
dairy farm. Mr. Walker also will
teach science next fall in the high
While here, Mr. Walker was
married to Miss Jewel Alice Angel.
They recently had their first child.
A floating log and an overload
ed boat teamed early Sunday
morning in the tragic drowning
of two visitors boating on Nanta
The victims of the accident
were identified as Miss Allie Mae
Rice, 16, of Oteen, and Maurice
Ellis, 36, a building contractor, of
Asheville, Route 6.
Quick action on the part of
two teenagers from Burningtown
saved the lives of two others in
the boat, which capsized after
striking a log about 300 yards out
from Sam Passmore's boat dock
The teenagers, Lee Swafford,
14, and Charles Cochran, 18. row
ed to where the boat had capsiz
ed and rescued Miss Mitch Size
more, 21, of Asheville, and Her
bert Melton, 28. of Black Moun
tain. The boys almost succeeded
in saving MissiRice and Mr. Ellis.
But, an oar exterided by the boys
was wrenched free by Mr. Ellis,
who was trying to support Miss
Rice, and the two sank out of
When word of the tragedy
reached Franklin, the newly-or
ganized Macon Search and Rescue
Squadron, commanded by Frank
Plyler, was mobilized, along with
Explorer Scouts of Troop 21.
Members - of ' the rescue squad
ron and other volunteers, includ
ing a skin diver; J. E. Hibberts.
a TVA employe! of Murphy, search
ed for the bodies in water about
65 feet deep.
Grappling hooks finally locat
ed Miss Rice's body about 11:15.
In the boat were Frank Jones. A
C. Tysinger, John Bulgin, and
Mr. Ellis' body was found in al
most the same spot about 3:10 by
Bob Phillips. Frank Plyler. and
Sheriff J. Harry Thomas.
Watching the drama unfold
from shore were about 1.500 spec
ulators. including Mrs. Mary Alice
Watford. 23. of Oteen , and Roland
B Auteen. 28. of Black Mountain,
members of the ill-fated boating
party, who stayed ashore.
Sheriff Thomas said the alumin
um beat in which the four were
riding "definitely was overload
t ed". It was a 12-footer tnade for
two passengers, he said.
The boat had no air tanks and
sank immediately. Witnesses said
the boat, powered by a small cut
board. was on a straight course
when it struck the log and over
Sheriff Thomas was high in
SEE NO. I, PAGE 12
Pay For School
R. M. BiiTdJe, Jr., is going to
school this week ? and he's be
ing paid, too!
He's attending the special
Travel Host School operating
in Waynesville under the
sponsorship of the Travel
Council of North Carolina.
Mr. Biddle has been hired
by the Franklin Chamber of
Commerce to attend the ses
sions and then set up a spe
cial school for local business
men who meet the traveling
public. The object of the
school will be to acquaint
them with new techniques in
meeting and serving tourists.
Dr. G. R. McSween, cham
ber president, said Mr. Biddle
was hired because it was felt
few businessmen would have
attendenf the Waynesville
Dies In Truck
Carl Edward Farmer. 36, Ma
'?on native and independent truck
er, was killed in a wreck near
Kokomo. Ind? Monday night
about 10 o'clock when his steel
loaded tractor-trailer rig smashed
into the back of another loaded
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
James Fanner, of Franklin, Route
Funeral services are slated today
i Thursday i at 2 p. m. at the
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Bryant Funeral Home is in
Camp Down East
Three members of the Franklin
chapter of Future Homemakers of
America are at camp at White
Lake this week.
They are Misses Elizabeth Ann
Ammons, president. Betty Hawks,
and Anita Cabe. They left Mon
day and were accompanied by
their advitor. Mrs. Carolyn Cog
Frivilege taxes for 1958-59 are
now due in Franklin, and begin
ning today (Thursday policemen
will start collecting.
Town Clerk C. O. Ramsey
pointed out that a new law passed
last year allows charging a I pen
alty for non-payment
In regular session Monday ;r,ig:it
the board of aldcini^r. :
Authorized sale of the old town
34-inch water line to the town
playground now being developed
below Slagle Memorial hill.
Instructed Water Supt. Herman
Childers to prepare a daily Sched
ule of his activities so he can be
located at any time.
Gave the budget committee. H.
H. Gnuse, Jr., A. G. Cagle, and J
Frank Martin, the green light in
preparing a budget for 1958-59.
Referred a request for a salary
increase from policemen C. D.
Baird, Nelson Ledford. and Homer
Cochran to the budget committee.
Authorized the sale of old town
garbage truck and the 1939 Ford
coupe that was confiscated from
a Georgia bootlegger last year and
turned over to the town by court
Okayed the extension of a two
inch water line from Maple Street
to the Graves and Bundy prop
Authorized Mayor W. C. Barrel!
to investigate the possibility of
obtaining the old Mundy lot in
town for a parking lot.
40 TO CAMP
About 40 children from ? this
county plan to attend the 4-H
camp. Camp Schaub. near Waynes
ville, the week of June 16-21. ac
cording to the county agent's of
VETERANS TO MEET
Veterans of World War 1 of
U. S. A., Barracks No. 906, will
meet tomorrow (Friday) night
at the courthouse at 7:30.
The second Sunday sing will
be held at the Watauga Bap
tist Church June 8, as a fea
ture of the church's regular
homecoming service. Singing
will start at 2 p. m. All singers
are invited to attend.
Patton Wins Judge Race;
Shuford Defeats Rollman
In the heaviest, vote since the 1950 Democratic
primary, Macon County Democrats handed all in
cumbents renominations. V
State Hep. G. Li Houk'. Sheriff J. Harry Thomas,
\\~. K. (Gene) Baldwin, chairman of the board of
county commissioners. Commissioners Wiley Brown
and John Roane, all bested party opposition. Other
incumbents were unopposed on the ticket.
Only one Democrat contest is han<jin<* fire. In the
representative race. Mr. Houk, with 1.217 votes, did
Vote At 93
Lrnest C. Rankin last Satur
day cast his ' maiden vote" ? at
Mr. Rankin spent most of his
adult lile in Washington, D. C\,
where residents are not permit
ted to vote. By the time he re
tired and returned to Franklin,
his boyhood home, he has lost
interest in politics.
Saturuiy, though, he went to
the Agricultural Building to vote
in the Democratic primary elec
tion. the lirst time he'd ever
Nor he was not the only non
agenarian voting there. Another
was Mrs. Lec <Aunt Carrie
Crawford, a'so 03. For hei,
though, i. \v: s rut a ? n cx
*>C: ieircc : e 1jq ? til
* her I'j'e.
Ir a-I: >? ' -? " ?** " -y
voters remained in automobiles
at the front of the building, and
the registrar. E. A. Stiles,
brought them their ballots.
>Ir. Rankin, who returned to
Franklin in 1933, was examiner
of U. S. marshals' offices, the
-country-over when he retired.
Hew officers of the American
Legion Auxiliary were installed
Monday night at Slagle Memor
They are Mrs. Bill Horsley,
president; Mrs. Roane Bradley,
vice-president; Mrs. Horner
Stockton, secretary; Mrs. Lon
Dalton. treasurer; Mrs. Zeb
Conley, historian; and Mrs. E.
G. Crawford, chaplain.
The installing officer was
Mrs Gilmer A. Jones.
Gold Star Mothers, who are
members of the auxiliary, were
honored at the meeting and
A covered dish supper was
served to auxiliary members
and their husbands.
The swimming pool at Ar
rowood will open for the season
Saturday, according to Wayah
Ranger W L. Nothstein.
He said the opening was de
layed this season pending ar
rival of a treated lumber to re
build the diving platform.
The ranger also said the pool
has been cleared of rocks in
the wading section and new
sand has been spread on the
No charge is made at the pool.
SWAN IS AWARDED EAGLE SCOUT RANK
Mrs. Mabel Swan is shown pinning the Eagle badge on her son, Bobby, while John Edwards,
?who made the presentation to the Scout, watches. The awarding of the Eagle rank to Bobby fea
tured a court of honor in Franklin last week. (Staff Photo)
not get a majority over the sec
ond place candidate. James M
1 Jimi Raby, with 909. Yesterday
Wednesday i, Mr. Raby said he
still had not reached a decision
about calling a second primary.
H; has until the 9th to decide.
Running a poor third was Weimar
Jones, editor of The Press, who
polled 862 votes.
On the Republican ticket in the
primary, only two contests took
place. J. C. Crisp, with 321, top
pea Bulen Peek's 210 for his par
ty's nomination as sheriff. Bill
Higcion, 427. and Ernest M. Dills,
305! won the two county commis
.-.:6uev nominations. The third
man in this race, H. S. Talley, re
. t-.ved 252 votes. "
111 the race for jud?e of Super
ij: C -.urt in the 30th Judicial Dis
trict. ?.iacon County threw its
c erwhglming support behind its
" wc.'.te son, former attorney gen
George B. Patton, who won
the race in the seven-county dis
trict by some 1,500 votes over So
licitor Thad D. Bryson, Jr. In the
local race. "Judge" Patton receiv
ed 2.540 votes, while Mr. Bryson
polled only 459.
Congressman George A. Shu
ford. in the most active race on
the Democrat ticket, emerged vic
torious over four other candidates
in the 12th Congressional District.
Waynesville industrialist Heinz
Rollman, who spent more than
$40,000 on his campaign, was In
.second place. The Macon vote: Mr.
Shuford. 1,503; Mr. Rollman, 1,
17?: Sanford Brown, 167; Arch
Wallace. 72; and B. M. Middle
Voting here totaled 2.999. In
1950. the year of the Frank Gra
ham-Willis Smith fight, the totai
was over 3,100.
Behind the pitching of tfci
Seay brothers, Roger and Normar
and the hitting of Vic Teague and
Hugh Dowdle. the Franklin All
Stars defeated Cashiers 11 to 1
Sunday afternoon on the local
This Sunday the All-Stars will
so to Cashiers for a return game
at 2 :30 pjn.
The Franklin team is playing
on its new diamond on US 23-441.
just beyond Franklin Hosiery Com
Grady Corbin, player-manager,
this week said. "With the Babe
Ruth League and Little League
now in full swing, it is necessary
for everyone to support the All
Stars so boys aging out of Babe
Ruth play can still continue their
Anyone interested in joining the
All-Stars may telephone Mr. Cor
bin at Franklin 638.
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