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73rd Year ? No. 29
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, July 17, 1958
Price 10 Cents
THEY'RE SUN bathing all over
the place; that is, when the sun
shines, which isn't very often. A
female sunbather was even spot
ted on the wide expanse of lawn
between Main Street and Angel
Hospital. Too far away for identi
GOVERNOR Luther H. Hodges
has proclaimed August as "See
North Carolina'' month and the
travel council of the state is spon
soring the event to acquaint Tar
Heels with the state's coasHo
mountains vacationlands and to
stimulate in-state travel.
WATCH OUT, folks! As could
be expected, some worthless Bur
ma rubies have found their way
into Macon County. So don't be
fooled. They're not our authentic
Cowee Valley rubies and the gravel
in your driveway is worth more.
MOST ARE inclined to com
plain a little about the rain, but
they'll close off by observing "we
sure need it".
TOURISTS SEEM to really be
on the move these days, most of
them heading for Cherokee and
vicinity. Reports received here
have the Parkway packed with '
vehicles over the week ends.
BECAUSE OF the weather, the
Franklin Chamber of Commerce
has been holding off on its "Wel
come to Franklin" project. How
ever. weather permitting, chamber
officials will conduct a trial run
on a major highway today 'Thurs
day ) .
MORE THAN 35 people from
here so far have taken in the
Craftsmans Fair in Asheville this
week. And, many more are expect
ed to attend this unusual show
that features mountain handi
A TEAM WITH support stands
a lot better chance of winning. If
you have to use "grandma's fu
neral" once again, by all means
make some excuse to show up for
the Little League play-offs here
Two bishops will be on hand
Sunday morning for the dedication
of the Highlands Methodist
Bishop Noland B. Harmon, re
siding bishop of the Charlotte
area, will be present to dedicate
the new church, while Bishop
Coston J. Harrell, of Decatur. Ga?
will preach the dedicatory sermon.
The presentation of the church
for dedication will be made by
John Wesley Edwards, chairman
of the board of trustees. Lyman
Picklesimer. a trustee, will place
Smathers To Help
The Rev. F. C. Smathers, VVay
nesville district superintendent,
also will take part in the service.
Special music will be under the
direction of Robert G. Ramsey and
Mrs. Robert C. Balfour. Jr.. guest
Lunch will be served at noon
on the lawn.
Pastors To Speak
Featured speakers at the after
noon portion of the service will
be the Rev. R. T. Houts, Jr., of
Murphy, and the Rev. Robert E.
Early, of Franklin, pastors of the
SEE NO. I, PAGE 6
THREE GAMES SLATED -
Little League T earns
Franklin will he host to the western division Little
League play-offs July 21-22-23 on the Fast Franklin
One game is scheduled each day, starting at 5
o'clock. Teams competing in the All-Star playoffs in
clude Franklin, Sylva, Canton, Hazelwood, and An
On the 21st, Sylva will meet Andrews-Murphy ; on
the 22nd, Frankiin will take on the winner of that
game; and on the 23rd, the winner of the game on
the 22nd will plav the winner of the Canton-Hazel
The division winner will advance to district com
petition in Forest City.
Sam Higdon, local Little League president, is tour
nament director and is handling arrangements. The
East Franklin playing field also is heing improved.
Boys playing for the local Little League All-Stars
were selected from the four regular teams. They are
Robert Dalton, Hugh Franklin, Jess Corbin, Jr., Jim
rav Taylor, Donald, Woody Fisher, Wildcats; James
\V, Simpson, Larry RoSs Cloer, Larrv Gene Young,
Gerald Holland, and Ho'ward Johnson, Reddvs ; Rea
gan Amnions and Robbie Gibson, Thunderbird.s ; and
Arland Fvitt and Gene Angel, Jaybirds.
Team managers are Grady Corbin and F. J. Car
QUEEN IS CROWNED
Miss Margaret Johnson, who was selected as "Miss Franklin"
Saturday night, is being crowned above by last year's beauty con
test winner. Miss Nancy Sutton. (Staff Photo)
MISS JOHNSON WINS ?
Belated Fourth Celebration
Sees Enthusiasm Undimmed
Franklin held a belated Fourth
of July celebration Saurday night
with all the enthusiasm of the reg
ular observance, minus the rain
that forced the postponement
more than a week before.
A beauty contest between 13
beauties saw Miss Margaret John
son win the "Miss Franklin" title
after three elimination events.
Miss Johnson. 19, is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson,
of Cartoogechaye community. She
was sponsored by The Fashion
Runners-up in the beauty event
were Misses Joanne Burrell, spon
sored by The Twin's Shop, and
Laura Mae Cabe, sponsored by
The MaCon Theatre.
Special exhibitions by the fa
mous Smoky Mountain Cloggers.
of Otto, and a new square dance
SEE NO. 2. PAGE U
MEET AT PARK
The North Franklin community
development club will meet Satur
day night at 6:30 at the Franklin
Memorial Park, weather permit
ting. A covered dish supper will
THEY'RE HEADING FOR THE ISLAND OR GUAM
Mro. R. L McGaha and her two children, Billy and Annie Lee, yesterday (Wednesday)
a boarded the General Gaffney In San Francisco, Calif., for Guam to Join M/Sft. McGaha, a
U. S. Army engineer. A copy of thla week's FRANKLIN PRESS Is betaf airmailed to M/Sgt.
MoGaha and will arrive well In advance of hj family. (Staff Photo)
CAUSED BY GROWTH ?
Macon County's Tax Value
Up Three-Quarter Million
The 1958 value of Macon
County property, as listed tor
taxes, Is three-quarters of a
million dollars more than it
was a year ago.
That increase comes on the
heels of zooming growth over
a long period.
The total today is half-as
much-again as it was 10 years
ago. It's three times as much
as it was 20 years ago.
The 1958 tax valuation figure
is $17,739,816 (subject to possible
minor revisions in the vahie of
one or two properties).
That compares with $16,987,
Babe Ruth Team
T o Compete In
Macon's Babe Ruth All-Stars
will play Asheville, in Asheville,
Monday night at 8 o'clock.
Should the locals win, they'll
meet the winner of the Asheville
Brevard game on the 22nd.
The All-Stars are Ronnie Mason
and Doyle McCracken, Corvettes;
Larry Franklin, Doug Baird, and
Ronnie Higdon, Rexallites; Jimmy
Williams, Bobby Corbin, and
Tommy Kiser, Yardbirds; and
Clarence Seay, Cardinals.
Tommy Raby is the manager.
Jurors are now being called for
duty during the July-August term
of Superior Court, which opens
here the 28th with Judge J. G.
Farthing, of Lenoir, presiding.
Only 36 jurors were drawn this
time, since the term is a one-week
mixed session, instead of two
Picked for jury duty are James
C. Myers, Route 4; H. H. Plem
mons, Franklin; J. D. Burnette,
Highlands; George Stanfield,
Route 5; James Crawford, High
lands; B. L. McGlamery, Frank
lin; J. p. Bryson, Route 4; Henry
J. ivlashburn, Route 1; John Gib
son Murray, Franklin; Pritchard
Russell, Route 5; Fred J. Corbin,
Route 5; John L. Cunningham,
Route 2; Carl Donaldson. Route
2; Gilmer Setser, Route 1; Rob
ert R. Gaines, Franklin; William
N. Dalrymple, Route 1; Robert J
Parrish, Route 3; Arrowood Lee,
Route 2; Lex Vanhook, Route 2;
Frank Curtis, Dillard, Ga.. Route
1; J. A. Hodges. Highlands: Sam
my Bryson, Route 5; Clarence Eu
gene Paul, Highlands; Roy Mash
burn, Franklin; C. W. Parrish,
Route 3; Dewey Hopper, High
lands; Fred Dehart, Route 2; C.
A. Gibson, Route 3; C. A. Williams,
Route 4; Sam R. McCall. High
lands; Frank Roper, Route 4;
Robert L. Ledbetter, Route 2;
Lawson Snyder, Route 4; P. N.
Moses, Route 5 : Carl E. Bateman,
Nantahala; and Freeman . Hast
ings, Route 2.
"Choice. Choice is the word", a
favorite expression of David Rob
ert (Bob) Davis has been stilled
The well-known barber and real
estate salesman died at his home
in Franklin Monday morning at
the age of 70. He had been ill
for 10 months.
Funeral services for Mr. Davis,
a Jackson County native, were
held the following afternoon at
the Franklin Methodist Church,
of which he was a member. Offi
ciating were the Rev. Robert E
Early and the Rev. S. B. Moss.
Burial was in Woodlawn Ceme
Surviving are his wife. Mrs.
Mary Patton Davis, a son, Charles
H. Davis, of Hartwell, Ga? a
daughter, Mrs. W. D. Gunnin, of
the home, and tw r sisters. Mrs.
J. R. Bryson, of Cullowhee. and
Mrs. Roy Well, of Murphy.
Bryant Funeral Home was in
Ready To Sign
Attention entertainers! It's
about folk festival time again.
Matter of fact, July 31. August
1 and 2 are the dates for the an
Square dance teams, country
'musicians, and b?her entertainers
are asked to register immediately
with any Jaycee so an advance
program can be arranged.
As In the past, the festival will
be held "under the stars" at the
Franklin High stadium.
408 last year, a gain of $752,336.
The biggest factor in the
year's increase is attributed by
Thomas A. (Tom. I Henson, tax
collector, is construction of new
homes, other items that help
account for it, he said, are new
businesses, new automobiles
(replacing old ones), and "dis
coveries". He estimates that
property, most of it personal,
valued at $75,000 has been put
on the tax books for the first
time this year.
In terms of tax receipts, the
additional valuation, it is esti
mated, will bring in an extra
$12,000, at the county's new rate
of $1.60 for each $100 valuation.
The total valuation figure is
misleading in estimating the ac
tual value of property in this
county. Since taxpayers are sup
posed to list their property at
only 30 per cent of Its sale
value, the dollars-and-cents
worth of taxable property in
this county probably Is well In
excess of 60 million dollars.
The tax valuations put on
properties of some of the coun
ty's largest taxpayers follow:
Nantahala Power and Light
Company, $5,155,695. That's an
increase of $41,7951 over last
Franklin Hosiery Plant (Burl
ington Industries I, $250,162, an
increase over 1957 of $12,462
Southern Railway, $170,776,
the same as last year.
Van Raalte, $144,800, a de
crease of $4,050.
The Bank of Franklin, $75,000,
the same as last year.
Tallulah Falls Railway, $20,
425, the same as last year. (The
TalluLah Falls line, long in . re
ceivership, has paid no county
taxes in many years, i
Utility corporation tax valua
tions have to be approved by
the State Board of Assessment,
and the 1958 figure for the
Western Carolina Telephone
Company has not yet been re
ceived from Raleigh. That com
pany's properties in this county
last year were valued for taxes
Macon County's Veterans of
Foreign Wars pqst and auxiliary
will be hosts to a district meeting
Officials of both groups are now
at work planning for the event,
which will attract 75-80 members
from posts and auxiliaries in
Ashevilte. Hendersonville. Brevard
Canton, and Hayesville These
towns, and Franklin, comprise
the 17th V. F. W. District.
A supper will be served follow
ing the individual meetings of the
two groups at 2 p. m. Mrs. Anne
Murray. Mrs. Margaret Dowdle.
and Miss Elizabeth Meadows are
in charge of planning the meal
Mrs. James E. Perry, Sr.. and Mrs.
James E. Perry. Jr.. are in charge
of flower arrangements.
All activities will center at the
post home on Palmer Street in
A highlight of the auxiliary
meeting will be the presentation
of engraved silver trays to Mrs.
Anne Murray, of Franklin, and
Mrs. Gertrude Lowe, of Hender
sonville. Mrs. Murray, immediate
past president of the local auxili
ary, recently was named "Auxili
ary President of the Year" in the
district, and Mrs. Lowe was. "Dis
trict President of the year". These
awards will be presented by Mrs.
Elsie Smith, of Cannon, the pres
ent district president. Both Mrs.
Murray and Mrs. Lowe competed
with 22 other districts in the state
for th(s honor.
H cw About Eating
Picnic Lunch Sunday?
The Sallie Moore Sunday School
Class of the Franklin Methodist
Church will serve a picnic plate
in the church dining room imme
diately following the church serv
ices Sunday morning. July 20.
Plates will be $1 for adults and
50c for children under 12.
The public Is invited.
Series In Franklin
"Excellent crowds" have been
attending Macon County's inter
denominational evangelistic series,
which opened July 6 with Don
Austin, of High Point, as guest
The closing service will be to
morrow (Friday) night at 8
Mr. Austin formerly was associ
ated with Billy Graham.
MONEY-RAISING PLANS DISCLOSED -
Planning For County Fair
In August Is Under Way
Are At Work
"Southern Melodies" will be the
theme of the 26th annual flower
show slated July 26 under the
sponsorship of the Franklin Gar
Set for the Franklin High cafe
teria, the show will feature ar
rangements. annuals, biennials,
perennials. dahlias, gladiolus,
roses, potted plants, and a non
There is no entry fee and any
one in the county is eligible to
enter exhibits, according to Mrs.
Prelo Dry man. chairman, and
Mrs. E. S. Purdom, co-chairman.
The show will be open to the
public from 2 to 9:30 p. m. Win
ning entries will receive ribbons.
A sweepstakes winner will be se
lected under a point system
Committees working on the
Schedule: Mrs. J. Ward Long.
Mrs. B. L. McQlamery. Mrs. S. M.
Winkleblack. and Mrs. E. S. Pur- 1
Entry Clerks: Mrs. J. E. Perry.
Jr., Mrs. Steve Bundy. Mrs. T. M
McNtsh, Mrs. Grant Zickgraf, and
Mrs. R. G. Lichtenstein.
Classifications : .( arrangements >
Mrs. J. M. Archer, Jr., Mrs. A. R.
Higdon. Mrs. William Dinnes, and
Mrs. Zeb Conley: (horticulture'
Mrs. S. M. Winkleblack. Mrs. Her
man Dean. Mrs. Thomas Jones,
and Mrs. Lester Conley ; 'potted
plants' Miss Rose King. Mrs. B.
B Scott. Mrs. Charles Gldney.
and Miss Gladys Sellers.
Staging and Properties: Mrs.
Allan Brooks. Miss Evelyn Hope
Daniels. Mrs. Prelo Dryman. Mrs
E. S. Purdom. Mrs. B. L. McGlam
ery, Mrs J. Ward Long, and Mrs
S. M. Winkleblack.
Junior Division: Mrs. T. W.
Angel, Jr., and Mrs. W. L. Noth
Hospitality: Mrs. Jason Hailey.
Mrs. W. A. Rogers. Mrs. E. C.
Kingsbery. Mrs. J. E. S. Thorpe.
Mrs. W. W. Sloan. Sr.. and .Miss,
Publicity: Mrs. R, G. Lichten
Judges: Mrs. Horner Stockton.
Awards: Mrs. Harve Bryant.
Clerks: Mrs. W. E Furr. Mrs.
John Bulgin. Mrs. Gilmer Jones,
and Miss Adelaide Brewer.
The P. A. (Andy Robinson
family reunion will be held at the
Slagle Memorial Building Sunday,
All relatives and friends are in
vited to attend and bring a picnic
Camp Sanitary Rating
Eight inspections have seen the
sanitary rating at the Macon
County Prison Camp climb from
a 65.5 to 94. according to Supt.
John E. Cutshall.
It's nearly county fair t4me again and extension
service personnel, special committees, and commun
ity groups are hard at work planning for the annual
event August 21-22-23.
A special session of the planning committee was
held one night last week. Thi~ group put emphasis
on the fair catalogue and on some new money-raising
ideas to finance the fair.
"Merchants have heen very cooperative, as usual,"
in supporting the advertising in the catalogue, accord
ing to County Agent T. H. ragg. Copies of the cata
? ? loeue are exoected to be avail
Raleigh-bound this coming Mon
day for "State 4-H Club Week"
will be 12 4-H clubbers and two
leaders, thanks to Christmas
trees and hot dogs
Accompanied by Mrs. Jessie D.
Cabe and Bryan Anders, assistant
agents, those planning to make
the trip are Carroll Watkins.
Brenda Cunningham. Patsy Cor.
bin. Pauline Morgan. George
Wyatt. and Doug Teague. all of
the Franklin club: Joe Morgan, of
Patton: Pat Henry, of Burning
town; Jimmy Teague. of Union.
Carol Arnold, of Cullasaja: and
Dennis Brookshire and Jimmy No
len. of Cartoogechaye.
Caroll Watkins will represent
Macon County in the health page
alnt ar.d Joe Morgan will represent
the western district in the soil
and water conservation demon
Through the sale of Christmas
trees last year and the sale of hot
dogs at last week's Farmers Fed
eration picnic, the 4-H clubbers
raised enough to cover the cost
of their transportation on the trip
While in Raleiah. they will stay
at N. C State College
Leaving here at 4:30 a m , the
group will travel to car to Ashe
ville and from there will go with
the Buncombe delegation on .?
bus. They'll return here on the
The Wesleyan Service Guild of
the Franklin Methodist Church,
at its monthly meeting last
Thursday night, held a memor
ial service honoring its three
members who died during the
The service was conducted
by Mrs. Florence Sherrill. as
sisted by Mrs. Evelyn Pangle,
The three membeTs who were
honored were Mrs Genet M
Thomas, Mrs. Mildred C. Perry,
and Mrs. Elizabeth B. Hearn.
Following the service Mrs.
Sherill and Mrs. Pangle gave
a report on the guild week end
they attended at Lake Junalus
ka in June. Mrs. Sherrill had
been in charge of a similar
service at the Junaluska meet
ing for deceased members in
able well in advance of the fair.
Two money-raising ideas will
be put to use at this year's fair.
In addition to the revenue from
advertising in the catalogue.
A barbecue chicken dinner is
scheduled for the 21st, with the
proceeds earmarked for the fair.
A Raleigh poultry specialist will
be on hand to help prepare the
barbecue and also to demon
strate barbecuing methods.
As' a means of raising more
money, special entertainment is
being prepared for the nights of
the 21st and 22nd. Community
groups are being asked to put
on skits, or provide other en
tertainment. A small admission
will be charged.
Extension officials are meet
ing this month with the com
munity groups to work out the
many details of the county fair,
including the entering of booths
Commenting on the early
dates for the county lair, Mr.
Fagg said the fair planners
'?feel they are the best" be
cause they will not conflict
with the operation of the
The fair Is held on the
grounds at Franklin High
School and most o f the ex
hibits are housed In the gym
nasium. ' ? - V>
At a special meeting Saturday
night in Asheville. the W. N. C.
Press Association tabled a resolu
tion asking for an investigation
of news coverage of Congressman
George A, Shuford's heaith prior
to the May 31 Democratic pri
The resolution stemmed from an
editorial appearing in the July 3
issue of THE FRANKLIN PRESS.
written by Weimar Jones. In the
editorial, Mr. Jones suggested that
"jO.OCO voters were deceived" be
e.u'w papers of thi area had
failed to report that Rep. shuford
suffered a stroke May 25 and the
seriousness oi his iUness was rot
revealed publicly until after the
A 5-2 vote tabled the resolution
after exchanges between Mr
Jones. THE PRESS publisher
Bob S. Sloan and editors of two
Asheville newspapers. Siding with
THE PRESS not to table the reso
lution was the Morganton New >
A Statement To Our Readers
In the past. The Franklin Press has been remiss in its duty to
report the doings of, the condition of health, and other per
tinent information concerning those who represent the people
of Macon County in federal and state assemblies of government;
particularly Is this true concerning those who represent us in
the Congress of the United States.
We have been content to assume that the daily papers which
serve this area would give this matter full andicomplete coverage.
For this we apologize.
Recent events indicate the main daily paper which serves this
area does not place the same importance from a news standpoint
on the health of the congressman who serves our congressional
district as does the management of The Franklin Press.
For example, recently, the executive editor of ithe Asheville
Citizen-Times stated, after repeated questioning, that he did
not feel that it was a matter of grave concern that newspapers
carried no mention of the fact that Cpngressman George Shuford
had been admitted to the hospital until four days after he en
tered the hospital.
The simple fact that the congressman was off the job four
days (the 12th Congressional District has now been without rep
resentation In the House of Representatives for more than si*
weeks i should be of vital Interest to every voter. When It comes
at a time when voters are to choose representation for another
two years, and there are indications that one of the candidates
may not be in good physical health for the coming two years,
this paper feels that added importance should have been attach
ed to it as a news item.
Because of our limited facilities we will not be able to do a com
plete Job, but for the future this newspaper promises to the best
of Its ability to report 1 completely on the voting stand of our
representatives In the federal and state governments. We will
also do our utmost to Inform our readers of any happening
which may have an effect on their ability to serve their con
We feel that our readers want to know, and should know, how
their governmental representatives vote on Issues, and in what
physical condition they are to carry out their duties.
BOB 8. SLOAN,
SARAH PRICE AT CAMP #
Sarah Price, of Franklin, left
for KanUga Camp for Gills at
Hendersonville July 7. The Epis
copal. camp will continue until
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air recorded in Franklin by Man son Stilaa
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Friday " 81 37 .00
Satuiday 79 S3 .18
Sunday 77 60 .17
Monday 80 61 .00
Tuesday 7 53 .OS
Wednesday : 64 .00
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