73rd Year ? No. 31
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, July 31, 1958
WHO'S BEEN WHERE AND
Staff correspondents of THE
PRESS keep the inside pages
of this newspaper alive with
news about your friencU and
neighbors. Read the inside
pages from top to bottom
and you'll know Macon
Price ID Cent*
TOWN OF Franklin will soon
be advertising for bids (or a new
police car. The old bucket has
seen a string of better days and
just a couple of weeks ago the
drive shaft fell off as Policeman
Homer Cochran started out in
pursuit of a speeder.
METHODIST MINISTERS new
to Macon County might bring
things up to date by dropping
by THE PRESS office and correct
ing the church page. The names
of the old pastors are still being
THE H. BUECKS celebrated
their 32nd wedding anniversary
this month in Banff, Canada.
They were attending the Inter
national Lions Club Convention
in Chicago (July 9-12) and when
the convention closed joined a
train tour group of 36 bound for
the Pacific Northwest. The tour
manager arranged a special an
niversary dinner for the couple,
complete even to music,> flowers,
and gifts. They returned here Sun
SUGGESTION TO mine own
ers at Cowee Valley: Why not
make your surroundings more
convenient for visitors by In
stalling adequate privies and
possibly gravity water showers?
There's a glaring need for some
thing to be done along this
THE STATE Friday patched
up that sunken place* on Town
Hill. It was getting so bad own
ers of the smaller cars were
complaining of being unable to
drive over the rut.
INDICATIONS are that this
year's Macon County Fair Is
going to be the best ever held.
Its steady growth suggests soli
darity and it is sure to eventu
ally develop into a full week of
activity, instead of only three
THE STEADY day-to-day out
pouring of travelers is amazing
tourist operators. Apparently
there are many more moving
through Macon County this
year; probably because the
south end of US 23-441 is no
longer half-laced with detour
THE GEORGIA Mountain Fair
is coming up in nearby Hia
wasse? the week oi August 11
16. Everything is scheduled,
from fiddler's convention, stock
shows, and muzzle-loading rifle
shoot to a flower show. The
entire mountain area is asked
ATTENDANCE AT Monday's
opening of the court term was
light and toward the shank of
the day it dwindled to prac
tically nothing. Must have been
the heat of the day. The court
room was near the boiling
point. The probation officer
suggested the removal of the
pot-bellied stove. He felt it set
up a psychological block to try
ing to stay comfortable.
HATE TO dash cold water on
the summer activities of the
kid?, but schools ' will be keep
ing" in about a month. In line
with this, merchants are plan
ning a "Back to School" trade
REGARDLESS OF the weath
er, be it behaving or acting up,
tho old tinsrs seem to have a
name already selected for It.
CHANGES ANNOUNCED -
Bo .ton And Moan
Receive Promoiio ?
Afc a meeting July 28, the
board of directors of Nantahala
Power and Light Company
elected C. H. Bolton vice-presi
dent and treasurer and W. W.
(Bill) Sloan secretary and a di
rector of the company.
Mr. Bolton succeeds H. H.
Gnuse, Jr., as vice-president
and Mr. Sloan succeeds Mr. Bol
ton as secretary. Mr. Gnuse is
transferring this week to the
Aluminum Company of Amer
ica in Pittsburgh, Pa., as sen
ior power engineer.
In other personnel changes
becoming effective August 1,
Mr. Gnuse is being succeeded
as chief engineer of the local
Alcoa subsidiary by W. T. Walk
er, of Maryville, Tenn., and E.
L. Hyde and J. H. Davis have
been appointed assistants to
the chief engineer.
Mr. Bolton was first employ
ed by Nantahala In 1929, and
with the exception of 15
months' service as chief clerk
of an Alcoa-operated defense
plant in Riverbank, Calif., in
1942-43, has been associated
with the company continuously
since. He was named chief
clerk of the company in 1943
and was promoted to secretary
treasurer in 1947.
Mr. Sloan was first employed
by the company In 1940 as con
struction clerk until entering
military service. He was em
ployed in 1947 as a junior serv
ice engineer, was named direc
tor of rural service in 1949, and
promoted to director of person
nel and safety In 1950.
Mr. Walker, a native of Mary
ville, Tenn., has been an Alcoa
employee since 1937, having
served as civil engineer, assis
tant superintendent and super
intendent of the hydraulic de
partment of the Alcoa 'power
division at Calderwood, Tenn.
Since December, 1954, he has
SEE NO. 1, PAGE U
. . . New Officer
... New Secretary
EVENT HELD SATURDAY ?
Mrs. Simpson, Mrs, Dinnes
Take Flower Show Awards
Mrs. S. R. Simpson and Mrs.
William Dinnes shared top honors
in the Franklin Garden Club's
36th annual flower show Saturday.
Mrs. Simpson, club president,
took sweepstakes honors, while
Mrs. Dinnes became a two-time
winner of the tri-color award in
the arrangements division. A
special merit award and the tri
color ribbon in horticulture wen>.
to Rex Ar.drus
Held ill the high school cafe
teria. the show had i. ' > entries.
Attendance at the one-day event
was 158. many from out-of-state,
according to the registration book
Judges were Miss Louise Ballard,
of Lake Junaluska, Mrs. P. E.
Worthington. of Waynesville, Mrs.
J. F. Pate, of Canton, and Mrs.
I-proi de Caisse, Mrs. John Qu
Boise, and Mrs. H?nry Arch
Nichols, all of Asheville.
Elue rib'.'on winners, many of
them collecting several as indi
cated in the hortculture eiiv v: r
? annua'!. perennials. aaS bien
nials' v ? . f Mrs. Diimes < 2 ? . Mrs.
Frelo Diyn-.sn. Mr-, s. Winkle
black. Mrs. T H. McNish <???, Mrs.
Orover Sthrler 2\ Miss Adelaide
f'r v er, T. : * ?>: kman, Mrs.
John M Archer, Jr. < 4 > . ~.Trs' S
R. Simpson ? !2? ar.d Miss Ross
Re J rib'oons winners included
Mrs. F.. S. Pardom '3 Mrs. S. R,
Simpson 4'. Mr-. T. N
1 3 1. . Miss A'e'a:,:e Brewer '2'
Miss Ev.lyn Ho:5e Dar.ie'.s / 2 > .
Mrs. Jo Long 2'. Mrs'. Prelo Dry
man. Mrs. William Dinnes Miss
Mary F. Cover, and Mrs. Grover
Yellows were won by Mrs. Sam
Winkleblack, Mrs. Prelo Dryman
i honorable mention). Mrs. T. H.
McNish. and Mrs. S. R. Simpson.
Winners in bulbs, corms. rhi
zomes. and tubers were: BLUE?
Miss Laura Jones. Randolph Bul
gin <2>, Mrs. Prelo Dryman. Mrs
William Dinnes. Mrs. S Winkle
black ? 2i. Rex Andrus. Miss Rose
King. Miss Mary F. Cover, Mrs
RFF NO 4. PAGE "
FORESTERS STUDY WORK AT COWETA LABORATORY
About 70 foresters from North and South Ciwl'i la an/I Virginia were at Coweta Hydfrologic
l aboratory t riday for a tour of the 5,600-acre outdoor water research station. The gathering
was the annual summer meeting of the Appala chlin section. Society of America Foresters. Sat
urday the foresters went on hike* in the area. A -ove, theV are learning about a watershed proj
ect on ilie Coweia tour. (Staff Phota*
THREE HOST CHURCHES ?
Macon Baptists To Gather
For Two Days Next Week
"Let Your Light Shine" will be
the theme of the 55th annual
session of the Macon Baptist As
sociation, slated next Thursday
and Friday < August 7-8) at the
Liberty. Wells Cove, and Pren
Featured during the two-day
meeting will be reports on a vari
ety of state Baptist activities, in
addition to local reports, accord
ing to the moderator, the Rev. L.
Liberty church will be host to
the opening session at 9 a.m.
Scheduled to appear on the morn
ing program are the Rev. R. R
Standley. pastor of the First
Will Compete For
For the next three nights ( start
ing tonight, Thursday), the sixth
annual Macon County Folk Festi
val will be held "under the stars"
at the Franklin High stadium.
Nightly performances of the
local mountain talent show are
set for 8 o'clock and they close
when "everyone runs down", ac
cording to a Jaycee spokesman.
Square dance teams, string
musicians, singers, and a host of
other talent will be on hand all
three nights and will compete for
several hundred dollars in prize
money being offered the best acts
by the sponsoring Jaycees.
Exhibition dancing by the fam
ous Smoky Mountain Cloggers
and by the newly-organized Car
son Dance Teata will be extra
Admission will be 25 cents pe:*
person, excluding "carryin'-size"
babies, the Jaycees say.
Only Macon County talent can
comoete for the prize money.
However, entertainers from neigh
boring counties are invited to at
tend and join in the fun. Anyone
wanting to "show out" will be
given a spot on the program.
Expected to show up as always
is Cebe Cope, of Jackson County,
of the western area's remaining
old time fiddlers.
"Back up music" for the dance
teams, buck dancers, and singers
will be provided by the Lunsford
Poberson String Band.
Veteran festival performers now
tuning up for tonight's opening
include "Shorty" Kirkland and
h's banjo with the "sound built
in": Hayes Carver and his home
made banjo, made from a cheese
box. a goundhog hide, and a two
by-four: the Neal Sisters, acrobatic
dancers: Don and Diane Clay,
singers: and Betty and Dorothy
Cowart. Dean Ledford, Carolyn
Myers, Bobby Ray Carver, Wiley
Scott, and Wade Stockton, to
name just a few of the buck
By Forest City
Forest City knocked Frank
lin's Little League All-Stars out
the regional championship play
offs Saturday in Forest City.
The score: 6 to 0.
Franklin carried the banner
of District 1 to Forest City for
the tournament after defeating
A mfrews- Murphy 7 to 3 Wednes
day afternoon of last week, and
trouncing Canton 10 to 3 Friday
? afternoon. The Canton-Franklin
game was rained out Thursday,
as league officials prepared to
douse the playing field with
gasoline and set it afire to dry
the field for playing.
Class Of '28
Franklin High's Class of '28
celebrated its 30th anniversary
here Sunday and set up a reunion
organization to plan for future
Sunday's reunion, held at the
East Franklfn School, was the
first one for members of the class,
many of whom hadn't seen other
However, an annual reunion is
now planned In the future ? one
the fourth Sunday in July.
Officers elected for the year
were Mrs Martha P. 8hields.
president. Mrs. Hazel P. Sutton,
vice-president, and Mrs. Kathleen
C. Stevens, secretary ? treasurer.
Mrs. Shields and Mrs. Sutton
8EE NO. a, PAGE 12
church: Jimmy Hall, membtr of
the host church; Mrs. John Camp
bell. associational clerk: J. C.
Jacobs, chairman of committees
on committees; the Rev. C. T. Tay
lor. associational field worker: the
Rev. John R. Willis. Mount Hope
pastor; Dr. E, L. Spivey .secretary
of state missions of the Baptist
State Convention; Mrs. Hoyt Bry
son. of Cowee church; Mrs. E. W.
Fisher, cf First church: Mrs.
Clauce Roper, of Iotla church;
Dr. M A. Huigins. secretary-treas
ure:' of the state convention: tht
Rev. Clyde Rhinehart. vice moder
ator and Cowee pastor: and the
Rev. Doyle Miller. Holly Springs
paster ar.d missions cammlttee
Miller to Preach
Mr. Miller will deliver the an
nual message to the group at
11:30 His sermon will be preceded
by special music by the Franklin
Editor To Speak
On the afternoon program will
be the Rev. J. A. Kahler. Shortoff
pastor; J. Marse Grant, editor of
Charity and Children; Tom Rick
man. meniber of Cowee church
and Homes for Aging representa
tive; James M. Hayes, general
superintendent of Homes for Ag
ing; the Rev. C. C. Welch. Windy
Gap pastor and Baptist Hospital
representative; Dr. W. K. McKee.
director of denominational rela
tions of Baptist Hospital: Thomas
Pruitt. of Hickory, chairman of
Committee of 25: Mrs. Arvil
Parker, associational treasurer:
Mrs, I. T. Peek, member of First
church and chairman of resolu
tions committee: Fred Corbin.
member of Higdonville church and
associational historian; the Rev
SEE NO. 8, PAGE 12
TOP STATE HONOR -
V.F.W. Auxiliary Recipient
Of ommunity Service Award
Macon County's V. F. W. Auxiliary has won the state's top
award tor community service.
In a surprise presentation here Sunday afternoon at a District
17 meeting, the auxiliary received a community service plaque
from Mrs Gertrude Lowe, of Hendersonville. Until she an
nounced it. local auxiliary members had no Idea the award had
been won by Franklin.
"It took all of us by surprise,"
declared Mrs. Anne Murray,
who also was presented a silver
tray for recently being named
?Auxiliary President of the
Year" for 1958.
Franklin won the first place
award on the basis of the num
ber of projects, the number of
persons benefited by the proj
ects, ?he prompt reporting of |
projects, and the completeness
of projects. Mrs. Marie Earnard
was chairman of the commun
ity service committee during the
winning year. Serving with her
were Mrs Edythe Reeves and 1
Mrs. Pauline Garrison
Some of the projects under
taken by the auxiliary were
cancer i making bandages). Civil
Defense. Americanism, P.-T. A.,
March of Dimes, tuberculosis
X-ray, Christmas Seal sale, as
well as participation by Individ
ual members in other commun
ity service projects. The judg
ing was based on the amount
of work done according to the
size of the auxiliary.
Attending Sunday's district
meeting were about 85 delegates
and members from Ashevllle,
SEE NO. 7, PAGE 12
Rep. Shuford Resigns Post;
Weir Is Likely Successor
PRESS Poll Shows
Ahead Of Others
Unless the western counties
unite on a man, it looks like
J. Weldon Weir for the Demo
cratic nomination for Congress
from this (the 12th) district.
Wednesday, however, there
was evidence that representa
tives of the district's western
counties were trying to get to
gether on a nominee, and the
name of Willim M. Medford, of
Waynesville, was popping up in
While Mr. Weir, Asheville city
manager, yesterday didn't ap
N e\v Ouestions Arise
Kep. George A. Shuford, beset by illness for months, now has
resigned as the Democratic nominee for reelection. Circumstances
surrounding that action, and developments that have followed it,
raise some disturbing questions.
Everybody in this district, surely, sympathizes with Mr. Shu
ford's misfortune in having to reiki cpiish the nomination he had
won ? and applauds the devotion to party the decision suggests.
Neither the public's sympathy nor Mr. ShufortPs high motives,
however, cast light on these questions:
1. As recently as July 8, Mr. Shuford said: "I have no inten
tion of resigning, either before or after the election. The physici
ans assure me I will be fully recovered aoid capable of perform
ing my duties." At that time, Mr. Shuford and his doctors ap
parently had faced and answered the question of whether he
should resign. Vet, less than three weeks later, withi his health
reported steadily improving, he has resigned the nomination!
What ? or who ? changed his mind?
2. With Mr. Shuford continuing to improve aind with the elec
tion mere than three months away, what emergency precipitated
a resignation on a Sunday? And since Mr. Shuford was in Wash
ington when he resigned, how account for the announcement's
being made not there, but in Asheville?
3. Why the rush to nominate Mr. Shuford's successor? We take
it for granted the 20 members of the district Democratic execu
tive committee, who are charged with that responsibility, earn
estly wish to carry out the wishes of the 50,000 Democrats who
cast ballots in the May 31 primary. Can they learn what the
people want in four days? In view of the fact the election is
three months away, the explanation that immediate action is
demanded, so that the ballots can be printed, seems a bit lame.
More to the point, it does not square with information obtained
yesterday from the State Board of Elections: The State Board
requested that the name of the nominee chosein by the com
mittee be transmitted to it by not later than August 15 ? not
August 4. /
4. Why is the man who is to represent the Democrats in this
district in the November general election ? and probably repre
sent all the people of the district in Congress for the next two
years ? to be chosen by secret ballot, in a secret meeting? Those
committee members will be casting ballots on behalf of all the
Democrats in their counties. Aren't those Democratic voters en
titled to know how their representative vote ? and why?
Any one of those questions, alone, might be dismissed. All of
them together ? along with other questions that arose earlier ?
raise serious doubts. Those doubts should be resolved in the
people's minds ? should be resolved before anybody is given the
pear to have the nomination in
the bag, it was clear he had
the solid backing of the influ
ential and powerful Democratic
organization in Buncombe
County, with scattered support ri
elsewhere in the district. n
The 20-member district Dem- p
ocratic executive committee will i]
meet in Bryson City today o
(Thursday! at 2 p. m. to select ii
a nominee, following the reslg- ti
nation Sunday of Rep. George
A. Shuford. Mr. Shuford, who
won re-nominatlon in the May c
31 Democratic primary, resiga
ed as the party's nominee tor t
another term, but announced
he would continue In office to .
the end of his present term
next January. He assigned the F
condition of his health as his
reason for resigning.
The Bryson city meeting is to v
be held only four days after 1
announcement of Mr. Shuford's
In explaining the call for a J
quick meeting, committee Chair- :
man Francis Heazel was quoted
by . The Asheville Citizen as say
ing it was necessary to meet
Thursday to allow time for the
nomination to reach the State e
Board cf Elections in Raleigh by
not later than Monday, August d
4 It was added that the State 1
Board must have the ballots prints r
ed and in the hands of the various 1
county boards of election by not '
later than September 1.
What Board Said
Yesterday The Press questioned '
the board, by long distance,, 5 tele- e
phone, about this regulation^ It '
was given this information:
1 . '
There is no rule about ?hen
a nominee's name must reach *
the State Board, but Raymond 4
C. Maxwell, the board's secre
tary, requested Mr. Heazel to
get the name of the new nom
inee in as early as possible, ai'd
not later than August 15. The
rrascn for that request is that
absentee ballots ? not those to
be cist at the voting booths
? must be printed by September
1, it was explained.
While Mr. Weir is being push
ed by such party leaders in
Buncombe County as Don S.
E'.ir- and Sheriff Laurence E
Brown, a poll of committee
memberi, conducted by The
Dn s.s thK week, indicated that
several of them will go to the
Bryson City meeting with
SEF NO 2. PAGE i2
SEVERAL ATTENDING Sunday's class reunion drove many miles, including (L to R> T. C.
"8?c" Fairish, of Dearborn, Mich., Miss Mary Enloe, of Knoxvllle, Tenn., and Ceorje Carpenter,
of Vatdese. Franklin Hifh's Class of '2? met at East Franklin School. (Staff Photo)
Because Of Health,
Effective Jan. 1
Rep." George A, Shuford, who
"signed Sunday as Democratic ?
orainee for reelection, "is in fine ?
hysical condition ? he's lmprov
lg every day", Philip C. Cocke,
ne of Mr. Shuford's secretaries,
i Washington, told The Press by
The reason Mr. Shuford resign
d as the Democratic nominee for
ongress, Mr. Cocke added, "is
ontained in his statement. When
he boom has been lowered on a
lan, he just isn't fit to campaign
n the mountains". He didn't ex
lain what he meant by the
oom's being lowered.
"The party is entitled to a man
.ho can conduct a vigorous cam
Mr. Shuford has been ill since
<Iay 25, when he was hospitalized
n Asheville, just six days before
he Democratic primary in which
ie won renomination. He is now
,t his Washington home, going
o the Bethesda Naval Hospital
or treatments. The illness result
d in partial paralysis.
The congressman now dictates
ally by telephone to his jsecre
aries, Mr. Cocke, said, but has
tot yet returned to his office.
7he doctors hope he can in the
While he resigned as the party's
lominee for a fourth term, Mr.
ihuford's statement last Sunday
xplained he would remain in pr
ice until the end of his present
erm. next January.
Except for a couple of jud ;?
rnents. Judge J. C. Farthing In .1
finished docketed criminal cast .?
yesterday (Wednesday) and was
hearing civil actions.
The August term of Superior
roj:t opened Monday and is
scheduled to end Friday.
On opening day. Judge Far
thing granted a continuance i 1
the Carl Story case to tl e
December term. Mr. Stcry, *
country music radio-tclevisi :i
personality, who hails from tl .3
county, is charged with fra;
ulently obtaining 87.000 fr* >11
Mrs. Vernon Pruitt, a lo 1
widow, for construction of 1
radio station. He is free on bo
The grand jury completed :ts
work, including an inspect on
of county facilities. Tuesda\
A report of the jury's ftndi 'gs
and a run-down of criminal a*vt -
civil dispositions will appear in
next week's issue of T,WE
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