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New Illustrated Feature
Starting ThU Week
73rd Year ? No. 37
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, September 11, 1958
Price 10 Cents
. WORD GOING around has It
that the difference between gos
sip and news Is whether you hear
it or tell It.
A NATION ALLY known young
pianist will appear In recital to
night (Thursday) at Hoey Audi
torium on the campus of Western
Carolina College. And, as usual,
a large number of Maconlans Is
expected to attend Alfred Mouled
ous' concert, which is being spon
sored by the Sylva High band
It starts at 8 o'clock.
AN ANONYMOUS donor has
given the Franklin Junior Wom
an's Club a gift of $200 for its
shoes for needy school children
project. A person that generous
shouldn't be anonymous. A lot of
people would like to shake his
A DISAPPOINTING crowd turn
ed out Friday night for the back
to-college dance in Franklin. One
chagrined lass commented, "They
're more interested in complain
ing about not having something
to do than doing something."
IF YOU'RE smelling something.
It's probably the "body" of the
'58 tourist season killed by Labor
THE FRANKLIN Indian Mound,
largest In North Carolina. Is a
bout ready for its winter haircut.
CITIZENS OF Jackson County
seem to be having the same
trouble as Macon in trying to
keep some kind of bus service
going. Queen City is trying to
take away the 4:45 pjn. daily
from Sylva to Waynesville and
the Jacksonltes are up in arrps.
A STRONG TV signal will be
coming this way before long from
WFBC-TV down Greenville, S. C.
way. They're putting a new tower
in operation the 15th of this
PLANS ARE NOW under way,
and they include many Macon
ians, to dedicate the new Balsam
Sylva highway the 30th of this
month. The ribbon-cutting is set
for 11:30 a.m. on the new Willets
Bridge and members of the State
Highway Commission, who will
be holding their fall meeting in
Waynesville, will be on hand for
Descendants of Maj. William
H. Higdon will gather for their
62nd observance of his birthday
at his old homeplace at Higdon
Ville, on Ellijay Creek, Sunday.
Starting in 1896. the family
gathered for Maj. Higdon's birth
day. and since his d ath in 1903
' has met for an ai.aual reunion
and dinner on thf anniversary.
P.-T. A. MEETING
Franklin P.-T. A. will hold its
first meeting of the new school
year Monday night at 7:30 in
the high school cafeteria. It will
be a "get acquainted" party for
new teachers and parents.
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The Junior class at Frankln
High is conducting its annual
magazine sale September 10-24 to
raise money for the junior-senior
banquet. , ,
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HIGHLANDS P.-T. A.
A meeting of the Highlands
P.-T. A. has been called for Mon
day night at 7:30.
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MACON COUNTY Airport is being readied for the coming "Pilots Ruby Rendezvous" week
end after next. The ?Urk area on the field is a section that has been cleared of weeds and burn
ed to provide more parking space for the 75- 100 airplanes expected for the three-day event.
FLY-IN DATE IS NEARING -
Who Will Win
'MiSs Ruby* Title?
Who will be crowned "Miss
About 15 Macon County beau
ties will be adding to this mystery
week end after next when pilots
of the Florida Air Pilots Associ
ation fly here for their "Pilots
Th6 beauty contest to select
"Miss Ruby Fly-In" will feature
a special old timey "Mountain
Hoe-down" being staged Jointly
by the Jaycees and the Junior
Who Will It Be?
Woman's Club for the pilots and
their families. Miss Harriet Mur
ray Is in charge of the beauty
Plans call for the Florida flyers
to start arriving at the Macon
County Airport the 19th. The
"Mountain Hoe-down" is set for
the night of the 20th on the west
side of the courthouse. During
the day. the visitors will be
special guests at the Cowee Ruby
A rain date for the "Pilots
Ruby Rendezvous" is Sept. 26-27
28. according to an announce
ment appearing in this month's
issue of AOPA Pilot, a national
Meanwhile, plans to accommo
date the 75-100 airplanes and their
passengers are being pushed co
operatively by the Franklin Cham
ber of Commerce and the Macor.
County Airport Association. The
Jaycees also are llnirlg up the
many features of the "Mountain
Dr. O. R. McSween, chamber
president, has appointed the fol
lowing committee chairmen to
handle arrangements: S. A. Bun
dy. welcoming ceremonies; J. P.
Brady, entertainment; Mrs. Lasca
E. Horsley, transportation; Mar
shall Pettis, accommodations: and
Prank Plyler, airport arrange
Mayor W. C. Burrell and other
civic leaders also are being in
vited to. turn out at the airport
on the 19th as members of an
official welcoming party.
In addition to the beauty con
test. the "Mountain Hoe-down"
Saturday night will be highlight
ed by many old mountain con
tests, including sack races, slip
per kicking contests, and three
legged races. Prizes will be award
ed the winners.
All musicians and entertainers,
especially those who performed
at the recent Macon County Polk
Festival, are invited to participate
in the musical features of the
Exhibition square dance teams
also will perform for the visitors,
and free square dancing for the
general public is planned.
Work on the airport runways
is continuing in preparation for
the fly-in. A "pan" is being used
to fill low spots in the main run
way and sections bordering the
auxiliary and main runways have
been cleared of high grass to pro
vide more parking space for air
A traffic control system of
lights is being worked out by Mr.
Plyler and other pilots and the
tower at the main hanger will be
manned at all times to assist
pilots in landing and taking off.
Local pilots and their planes will
be available to lead in airplanes
unfamiliar with the approaches
to the airport. Provisions also are
being made to provide all grades
of gasoline. Traffic control on
the ground will be handled by
volunteers from the ranks of local
pilots, Mr. Plyler said this wS?k.
GUILD BAKE SALE
The Wesleyan Service Guild of
the Franklin Methodist Church
will hold a bazaar and bake sale
at the Nantahala Power and
Light Company building Friday
and Saturday, Sept. 19-20.
MOTOR BLAZE BESTS 'BIG BETSY'
Franklin'! krfMt producing well, "Big Beta r", w.is knocked out of action Monday night
about rapper time when her pump motor oicrhe a ted and caught fire. Abort, Fire Chief A. C. Ty
slnger (left) and Jim McCollBm are pumping an extingutsher solution on the smouldering motor.
The loss of the well's output will be negligible, since storage tanks are fulL (Staff Photo)
'59 A. S. C.
Monday, September 15, is the
opening day for signing up for
the 1959 Conservation Reserve
phase of the Soil Bank, accord
ing to Max Parrish, chairman of
the county A.S.C. committee.
The A.S.C. office !n the Agricul
tural Building opens ?t 8 a.m.
Mr. Parrish said the first step
for the farmer interested in the
program is to stop by the office
and request that annual rental
payment rates be established for
his farm. At the same time, the
farmer should bring with him
information to be used by the
county A.S.C. committee in estab
lishing rates for his farm. Mr.
Parrish said the main facts need
ed are acreages and yields of the
three principal crops on the farm
for the past two years and
acreages for other land use on
Conservation Reserve is the
only Soil Bank program planned
for ,1959. Under this program,
farmers retire land from general
crops for up to 10 years and de
vote the reserved acreage to land,
water, or wildlife conservation
practices. The federal govern
ment makes an annual rental
payment for the land and will
also share in the cost of estab
lishing the conservation practices.
$19 Per Acre
Average rental payment rate
for Conservation Reserve land in
Macon County in the 1959 pro
gram is $19 per acre per year.
Maximum payment rates will be
higher for the most productive
farms and lower for less pro
ductive farms, Mr. Parrish ex
The sign-up period will end
September 30 and all requests
for establishing farm rates must
be received by that date, accord
ing to Mr. Parrish.
Texas Is a land of tall tales
and horned toads.
And this yarn is a tall (but
true) tale about a Texas horned
A Maconian. Mrs. Jack Keet
er, of Austin (where else but
in Texas?), brought a horned
toad to the grandchildren of the
Dewey Corbln's. She thourht it
would make a fine pet.
First off, the toad caused
some anxious moments when it
buried in the sand in its box
one night. They figured* he'd
Then, as if sensing their
anxiety, the horned toad did
escape. A search failed to turn
up a trace of the critter and
the children gave him up for
That was back in June.
Ust week while picking
beans, Mrs. CorMn nearly had
her wits scared out of her when
she looked down at the ground
and discovered a pair of eyes
Yep. It was that Texas toad,
alive and fat and sassy.
He's back in his box again,
content after his travels to bury
himself In the spnd and live
with his memories.
The Rev. Arvil Swafford ' has
accepted the pastorate of the
Marble Baptist Church In Chero
He formerly served the Rldge
crest and Watauga churches In
Be Held Here
By giving up just six cold
drinks or a pack and a half of
cigarettes, Maconlans can play
a major role in obtaining new
industry for their county and for
Western North Carolina.
That's the theme being used by
the new W.N.C. Industrial De
velopment Corporation, a non
profit organization that has ac
cepted the challenge of raising
$100,000 to promote the area as
an "industrial paradise" and to
malce industrialists aware of the
many advantages to be found
Twelve western counties. Macon
included, are joining forces to
back this large fund-raising cam
paign, which is being designated
as "Operation Bootstrap".
Figured on the basis of 33 cents
per person ithe cost of six drinks
or a pack and a half of cigar
ettes*. Macon County, with an
estimated population of 17,000.
will have an "Operation Boot
strap" quota of $5,610.
Sam Oibson and J. P. Brady, of
Franklin, are the county directors
to the industrial corporation and
will spearhead the local drive to
raise the quota.
The directors this week said
they are mapping i county-wide
publicity campaign through news
paper and radio channels to take
" 'Operation Bootstrap' to the
people and give them the oppor
tunity to understand our ob
jectives and to help us pull the
area up by its bootstraps by pro
viding a larger industrial pay
A special booklet explaining
the entire program, with special
emphasis on the .fact that "Op
eration Bootstrap" is "no a one
county project, but one that is
regional and will eventually help
every man. woman, and child to
a higher standard of living", is
now being printed.
The corporation directors plan
to distribute the booklets through
the schools in advance of "Oper
ation Bootstrap Day".
Mr. Gibson and Mr. Brady also
will meet soon (with county of
ficials and civic leaders to enlist
their help with the undertaking.
Job For All
"This is not a one- or two-mar.
job." they declared. "It is one
that demands the participation
of everyone interested in Western
North Carolina and its growth.
Thirty-three cents is little enough
to ask for a brighter future for
our children and their children."
Dies In Tryon
Graves Taylor, part owner of
Radio Station WFSC in Franklin,
died Sunday at noon in a Tryon
Mr. Taylor. 50. suffered a heart
attack Friday and had been hos
A frequent visitor here since
the station went on the air last
year. Mr. Taylor was a veteran
of World War II. He worked in
Cleveland. Ohio, as a writer,
broadcaster, and public relations
man before moving to Tryon in
Funeral services were conduct
ed yesterday i Wednesday) morn
ing In Tryon.
Pleasant Hill Plans
Homecoming and decoration
day will be observed Sunday at
the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
The Rev. Thad Dowdle. Jr., will
preach at the morning worship
Picnic lunch <vill be spread at
noon. Following lunch, those at
tending will visit the cemetery
and decorate the graves. The
regular program will then be re
sumed at the church.
3,654 ARE ATTENDING
Is Lower Than
Total enrollment in the
3,654, according to Supt. f
Of this figure, 962 are a
2.769 elementary school.
The total is slightly less
ning of the 19.37-58 school
were enrolled. However, l>
year, attendance was up to
High school enrollment
Highlands; 69 at Nantahal
Elementary figures run
East Franklin, 383; Ctillas;
wee, 235'; Otto, 233; Carto
Nantahala. 168; Highlands,
Detour Sign . . . But Not Ours
NOT OURS, THOUGH!
Well Imagine That! Those
Detour Signs Are Back
Those harbirtgeW; of highway
progress, detour signs, once again
have talcen root at Macon County
However, detour-weary Macon
ians can take heart in the knowl
edge that the latest outcropping
has no direct bearing on the
county's highway situation.
The detour belongs to Jackson
Coui^y, where construction has
started on the relocation of US
441-19A between Dillsboro and
This county's connection in the
project is the rerouting of traffic
6Ver NC 28 and U$ lp to Bryson
City and Cherokee. Under normal
circumstances, motorists from
here heading for Cherokee or
Bryson City follow US 441-19A
Information received here has
the 8.55-mile Dillsboro-Gateway
section closed to all but locai
traftic. And. "local traffic" has
been defined by highway officials
as those living within the area
Maconians are all too familiar
with the yellow and black detour
signs. Up until recently, they havt
dotted the local highways since
the early '50's.
TAKE OFFICE OCT. 6 ?
Pastor, Heads Ministers
The Rev. Donn Langfitt has
been elected president of the
Macon County Ministerial As
sociation for 1958-59.
Pastor of the Franklin Presby
terian Church, he ar.d thos*.'
named to serve with him will take
office at the association's October
as a feature of the monthly meet
ing of the association, which has
a membership of about 40 min
Named to serve with Mr. Lang
fitt were the Rev. C. T. Taylor.
Baptist associational missionary,
vice-president: the Rev. James
Rogers. Cartoogechaye Church of
Ood. secretary-treasurer: and the
Rev. R. R. 8tandley. First Bap
tist Church, tabernacle treasurer
TO ATTEND MEET
H. iBueck. of Franklin, iwill at
tend a Lions committee meeting
in Winston-Salem Saturday to
plan for the promotion of North
Carolina at the 1959 internation
county school svstem is
ittending high school and
tharrit was for the hegin
year when 3,738 children
v the rtid of, the 1957-58
is 796 at Franklin; 84 at
a; and 13 at Chapel (N.e
this way : Franklin, 4()0;
aja, 264; Union, 236; Co
ogechaye, 264; Iotla, 210;
312 1 and Chapel. 54.
Two In 90 s
Two of Macon County's few
nonagenarians add^d another
candle to their birthday cakes
At 96, one of the ccmmunity's
bcvt known N< grcsses. "Aunt
Nan'* Rav. rose unassisted from
her chair to greet cajlers drop
ring in to wish her many happy
Mrs. Lee "Aunt Carrie" Craw
ford. who still moves with a
spied many you* ger than her
94 years would find breathtak
ing. bustlid about like her
birthday was just any other
Mrs. Mary Brown,
At Ball Ground
Mrs. Mary Brown, a native of
this county, died Sunday at her
home in Ball Ground, Ga., it
has been learned here.
She was a daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. T. B. Hidgon.
Attending the funeral Monday
afternoon in Ball Ground were
Sam. A. R.. and Major Higdon,
and Mrs. Ellen Smith, all of
Home Ec Group
Sixteen persons, representing
five counties, attended Monday
night's meeting of the Smoky
Mountain Home Economics As
sociation at Kelly's Inn in
Two members of the Frank
lin Garden Club presented the
program. Mrs. Sam Wlnkleblack
reported on fall garden prac
tices, and Mrs. B. L. McOlam
ery gave a demonstration on
Members from Macon, Jack
son, Swain, Oraham, and Hay
wood were present.
Plans for the coming year
were made by the association.
TJie Wesleyan Service Oulld of
the Franklin Methodist Church
will hold Its monthly meeting
at the church tonight (Thursday)
at 8 o'clock.
Hostesses will be Mrs. Margaret
Tyslnger. Mrs; Florence Sherrlll.
and Mrs. Genevieve Barnard.
State Highway Say*
T wo More County
An estimated $24.868 90 will be
spent improving the Windy Gap
Road, according to an announce
ment from the State Highway
Work already has started on
this county project. It involves
regrading. draining, and applying
course aggregate base course and
bituminous surface treatment to
The completion date will be
about October 15.
Two other county projects also
have been listed for completion
on or before June 30. 1959. One
involves putting a bituminous
surface treatment to 0.6 mile of
Sloan Street in East Franklin.
The other is grading, draining,
and putting a base course to 1.1
miles of Henry Road on Little
It is estimated work on these
roads will cost $14,868.60.
Panthers Meet ^
After a week's breathing spell.
Franklin High's Panthers meet
Clayton (Ga.) High tomorrow
(Friday) night at 8 o'clock on
the local gridiron.
This non-conterence clash will
be the second game of the sea
son for the Panthers, who had
an open date last Friday night.
Freshmen filled in the foot
ball thrills Monday night in a
game here with Murphy, winn
ing 20 to 12.
Volunteers planning to assist
with the Franklin religious can
vass the afternoon of the 21st
will gather for briefing and
"snack supper" Sunday after
noon at 5:30 in the Fellowship
Hall of the First Baptist
About 200 men, women, and
high school students will be
needed to conduct the survey
between the hours of 2 and 4
on the 21st. Yesterday ( Wed
nesday i this number had not
been reached and ministers re
quested those interested in
helping out to show up at the
Also, the ministers have re- *
quested everyone in Franklin
to remain at home during the
canvass hours so an accurate
tabulation can be made.
Four chu-ches ? BaptUt, Meth
odist. Presbyterian, and Epis
copal ? .are cooperating in the
The Rev R. R. Standley,
Baptist pastor, is chairman.
Plans Reunioh Here
Sunday, Sept. 21
The Anderson family will hold
its 6_nd annual reunion Sunday.
September 21. at the home ol Mr.
and Mrs. Lyman Leubeuer near
the Louisa Chapel Mtthoaist
All friends and relatives of the
clan are invited to attend and
bring a picnic lunch.
This is one of the oldest or
ganized reunions in Macon Coun
For the past four Wednes
days, an "inquirer's class" has
been held at the St. Agnes
Episcopal Church by the Rev.
John W. Tucker.
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tbaarvora: and at the Coweta Ihitrologli
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