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'SCIENCE FOR YOCI?
New Illustrated Feature
Starting This Week
73rd Year ? No. 38
Franklin, N. C., Thur?d*y, September 18. 1958
Price 10 Cents
City Mail Delivery In Franklin Is Approved
IN SPITE OF cooler weather,
many rockhounds are still visiting
the ruby mines in Cowee Valley.
NORTH CAROLINA'S chief
executive. Gov. Luther H. Hodges,
has found an open date in his
.schedule and has agreed to dedi
cate the new Balsam-Sylva high
way September 29. The ceremony.
to which a number of local of
ticials will be invited, originally
was set for the next day. but wai
changed when the governor found
he could attend.
TEACHERS, from their looks,
seem glad school has started
again. The same, however, can't
be said for many, many students.
SATURDAY NIGHT'S "Moun
tain Hoe-down" is for everyone,
not just the visiting Florida
flyers and their families. There'll
be fun for everyone, so come 011
ANOTHER generous donation
has been received by the Frank
lin Junior Woman's Club for its
project to buy shoes for needy
IF SUNDAY'S briefing on' the
proposed religious canvass this
month in Franklin accomplished
nothing more than amply filling
everyone present with sandwiches,
it was worth it.
WHO WILL BE "Miss Ruby
Fly-in"? Conle on out to the
beauty contest Saturday night on
the east side of he county court
house and find out. There're some1
A POTATO that looks very
much like a duck was brought to
the PRESS office one day last
week by V. C. DeHart, of the
Tellico section. Even the lowly
potato seeks a change.
THE BOYS are catching up
with the girls again. Five boys
were delivered the past week at
THE INDIAN Mound's bangs
need trimmin', if you please.
SURE IS GOOD to see Town
G'.erk C. O. Ramsey up and a
round once again after a stay in
the hospital because of his tick
A MOVE IS afoot for Clayton
<Ga.), Franklin, and Highlands
to pool ideas and money for pro
motion of the mountains, irrespec
tive of state lines and the like.
EVERY TIME the sun goes be
hind a cloud this week, the i\eart
of someone working on the "Pilots
Ruby Rendezvous" skips a beat.
Keep your fingers crossed!
CONGRATULATIONS to the
handful of merchants keepfng
their flower boxes alive with
plants They certainly enhance
FALL COLORS are beginning to
show up in the lower elevations;
some reds, yellows, and browns.
A 'WHAMMY' operated by the
highway patrol in the county over
the week end took a lot of weight
from accelerators and a good bit
of change from some pockets.
Tuesday For Area
A "vacation" is coming up
Tuesday (or Macon's school
Schools will close (or the
day so principals and teach
ers may attend the 36th an
nual convention o 4 the west
ern district N. C. Education
Association in Asheville.
Among those taking part in
the divisional and depart
mental programs of the con
vention will be Mrs. Beth Guf
fey, county elementary super
visor. and Miss Esther Seay.
special class teacher.
Making up the district are
the 14 western counties of
Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay,
Graham, Haywood1, Henderson,
Jackson, McDowell, Macon,
Madison, Polk. Swain, Tran
sylvania, and Yancey.
Principal speaker at the
general session in the morn
ing at Lee H. Edwards High
School will be Lyman Ginger,
N.E.A. junicr past president
and dean of the Department
of Education at the University
H. L. Bryant Is recuperting at
the Baptist Hospital in Winston
Salem, following a serious opera
tion. members of his family said
IOTLA P.-T. A.
Iotla P.-T. A. will meet Mon
day night at 7:30 at the school,
It has been announced.
Florida Flyers Coming To Dig Rubies In Valley
Night In Town
Along about sunup tomorrow
(Friday*, weather cooperating,
eyes will be turned skyward to
the south, watching for the
first of an expected 75-100 air
planes due In from points all
This aerial armada's passen
gers will Invade Macon Coun
ty's now-famed Cowee Ruby
Mines in search of gems In
what is probably one of the
most unique fly-ins ever staged
by an aviation group.
Officially tagged "Pilots Ruby
Rendezvous", the flight is origi
nating In Miami, but is expect
ed to pick up other airplanes
on the way north.
Red Carpet Out
Meanwhile, final preparations
for rolling out the red carpet
of "rubles, recreation, and rest"
for the visitors are being dove
tailed Into a jam-packed three
day program of ruby digging,
sightseeing, and mountain en
Several safety measures ilso
are being coordinated at the
Macon County Airport to handle
the air and ground traffic. This
phase of the operation is com
ing under Frank Plyler and his
Macon Search and Rescue
Squadron. A "unlcom" air
ground system is being installed
in the control tower at the
airport and a light system also
will be utilized to aid landing
and deparing airplanes, accord
In Iht event of bad weather
this week end. the fly-in will be
held next week end. September
ing to Mr. Plyler. Parking of
the planes will be supervised
by members of the squadron.
A "get acquainted" party, un
der the sponsorship of the
chamber of commerce, is set for
Friday night at the Franklin
Lodge and Golf Course. The
owners, Frank B. Duncan and
T. W. Angel, Jr., reopened the
lodge just for the party. Cater
ing has been arranged.
They'll be goin' diggin' at the
ruby mines all day Saturday.
Mine owners are making pfep
arations to place the visiting
fliers and their families in
"Mountain Hoe-down" Hi
jinks being staged in honor of
the visitors will get under way
at 8 o'clock on the west side
of the county courthouse.
The general- public is invited
to participate, according to the
sponsoring organizations, the
Jaycees and the Franklin Jun
ior Woman's Club.
Bingo will be played and
prizes will be awarded for a
wide variety of old timey moun
tain contests at intervals dur
ing the night s festivities. These
contests will range from sack
races, hog calling, and slipper
kicking, to corn shucking and
Mountain music (all enter
tainers are invited to particl
SEE NO. 1, PAGE U
THE MAIN HANGER at the Macon County Airport will be the center of operations for the
"Pilots Ruby Rendezvous" this week end. Florida pilots will bin no trouble knowing they've
reached their designation. Last week the airport association bad "Franklin, N. C." lettered on
the roof. Also, a special air-ground radio set-up will be operated from the control tower (right),
in addition to a light system. (Staff Photo)
In Break-ins '
Arrests have been made by
local officers In connection with
break-Ins at two stores In August.
The sheriff's department report
ed this week that Ray Dehart.
21. and Bryant Hodgins. about
19. both of Route 2. are free on
bond, charged with breaking and
entering and larceny at Parrish's
store at Otto. Dehart is out on
$2,000 bond and Hodgins on $500.
Four youths are free on $500
bonds in connection with break
ins at Swafford's store on the
Bryson City highway. They have
been identified as Daniel Wilson,
19, of Iotla, Donald Dehart. 17.
of Route 2, Eugene Moffitt. 17.
of Route 2. and Donald Bates,
about 20 also of Route 2. They
are charge with breaking and
entering and larceny.
The S.B.I, and local officers
cooperated in the Investigations.
Seriously Hurt, %
Word vesterjay ' Wednesday >
from Hot Springs, Ark., had
Franklin gem cutter Jim Brink
man still in a serious condition,
Mr. Brinkman and his son,
Billy, were injured Wednesday 61
last week in an auto accident near
Hot Springs. A passenger in the
Brinkman station wagon, W. D.
Brown, of Atlanta. Ga., was killed
when the vehicle skidded on rain
slick pavement and smashed into
Mr. Brinkman, who was driving,
had both hips broken and a leg
crushed. He is still receiving
blood transfusions daily and an
appeal for local donors is being
carried by radio station WFSC.
Thirteen-year-old Billy, who suf
fered head injuries, walked Tues
day for the first time since the
accident and is reporting recover
Mr. Brinkman. who operates the
Franklin Gem Shop, was on a
rock buying trip.
Mrs. Brinkman flew to Hot
Springs last Thursday and is still
FIRST IN AREA ?
Bulgin Youth Gets Perfect
Score On Navy Examination
A Franklin youth, John Ran
dolph Bulgln. achieved a perfect
score on his Armed Forces Quali
fication Test when enlisting in
the U. S. Navy this month, some
thing no other enlistee In the six
western counties has ever done,
according to the local recruiting
Lt. Commander W. E. Render,
officer in charge of the Columbia,
S. C? recruiting district, praised
young Bulgln for his achievement
declaring. "Perfect scores are very
rare and your naval career should
certainly be a most rewarding one
for both the Navy and for you."
Randolph, son of Mr. and Mrs.
John A. Bulgln. of Franklin, Is
now taking his recruit training
at the U.S. Naval Training Cen
ter at Oreat Lakes. 111.
Randolph Bulffln Is showii kt
in( congratulated by Lt. Com
mander Render at recruiting
headquarters in Columbia, 8. C.
TO AVOID CONFLICT ?
Towns Religious Canvass
Rescheduled For Sept. 28
To avoid conflict with the
"Pilots Ruby Rendezvous'* this"
week end. Franklin's religious
canvass has been rescheduled
for the afternoon of the 28th.
Local ministers had original
ly planned the survey for Sun
day afternoon, but decided to
change the date because of the
fly-in at the airport.
"We decided it would be ask
ing too much of people to re
main home while all the activ
ity took place at the airport,"
the Rev. Donn Langfitt ex
Meanwhile, planning for the
town-wide canvass continues.
About 75 of a needed 200 vol
unteers showed up Sunday at
the Baptist church for a "snack
supper" and a briefing on how
the religious canvass Is to be
conducted. The Rev. R. R
Standley explained how teams
will go door-to-door between
the hours of 2 and 4 to obtain
the religious information con
tained on special census cards.
Information gathered here
will be used for an independent
sociological study beinj made
state-wide on the religious hab
its of Tar Heels.
CLAYTON IS DEFEATED ?
Phew! Franklin Panthers
Win In Closing Seconds
In a nerve-wracking last minute
surge of power. Franklin HUh's
Panthers pulled their press clip
pings out of the fire here Friday
night by defeating Clayton <Ga.>
High 13 to 7.
With the score notched at 7 to
7. it was anyone's ball game right
up to the dying seconds of the
non-conference scrap. Then, in a
move that brought fans to their
leet screaming. Bobby Poindex
ter threaded his way for 12 yards
and the game-winning touch
Crippled by penalties <90 yards
total i. the Panthers had a tough
time getting started. They drew
first blood in the first quarter
when Bobby Corbin carriec1 .he
ball over after passes set up the
scoring threat. A looping, almost
slow motion kick, finally made it
through the "goal and the Panth
ers were afiead.
Clayton struck back in the
third quarter when Bob Blay
lock scored on a pass from Doyle
Patterson, who then evened up
the game by kicking the extra.
Neither team threatened again
until the Panthers reopened the
game in the closing seconds and
First downs 10 4
Rushing yardage 101 165
Passing yardage 128 24
Passes 12 9 3 3
lasses inteiC by 0 1 .
Punts 4-35 641.4
Fumbles lost 1 2
Yds. penalized 15 90
The annual Leatheraan re
union is set for Sunday at the
hoir.e of Mr. and Mrs. Dock Leath
ern.^ at Huckleberry on Route
Relatives and friends of the
clan are invited to attend and
bring a picnic lunch.
'Xhls will be an all-dajy gather
ing. with talks and special music.
won the game.
Tomorrow ?Fric.ay nisht at 8
o'clock. Franklin will play host
to the Indians of Cherokee in a
conference game. The following
Fat ay. the Panthers will leave
town for the f List t.me t!"is sea
son to meet Hayesvilie.
A native of Brevard. John R.
"Jack" Hudson, Jr., opened a
law office in Franklin this week
In the Burrell Building over
Sossajr.on's Furniture Store. \
A 1958 graduate of the uni
versity of North Carolina School
of Law, he will be in partner
ship with Jack PotU, a Macon
County native who practices in
Brevard. Mr. Potts plans to re
main. in Brevard.
Mr. Hudson, who is single, is
a grandson of the late William
Breese, a former chairman of
the board of trustees at West
ern Carolina College, Cullowhee.
He Is living at Kelly's Inn.
By Lions Club
Monday night, in a concerted
door-to-door campaign, members
of the Franklin Lions Club will
hold their annual "White Cane
Drive", a project to finance work
with the blind.
Prelo J. Dryman, chairman,
this weelc reminded Franklinitea.
'There will be a Lion at your
door to collect for this impoitant
drive. Memberships of $1 will help
the blind in our county. The
money will be used to purchase
glasses for needy school children,
Through the local health and
welfare departments and the
Lions, the following has been ac
complished for the period July
1, 1956-June 30. 1958: 462 eye
examinations; 11 operations; 53
treatments; 229 pairs of glasses.
All of this was done without out
side assistance. The figures are
considerably higher here than in
neighboring counties, it is report
Piior to the establishment of
eye clinics under the sponsorship
of the State Commission for the
Blind. Dr. Frank M. Killian han
dled most of the eye cases in thia
county and he still does a good
Under the Aid to the Blind pro
gram in the county, there are 21
recipients drawing average grants
of $33 monthly, for a tnonthl?
total of $693, and an annual
figure of $3,316. The cost to Ma
con County is $1,188.
Car was reported "stolen"
in Franklin Tuesday after
But, an investigation by Po
liceman Homer Cochran clear
ed the mystery surrounding
the missing vehicle.
Seems .Mrs. Bi'l Zickgraf
emerged from a siore to dis
cover her car missing. She
called the law. Officer Coch
ran arrived. He surveyed the
??scene of the crime" and then
placed a telephone call that
explained the mix-up.
Seems Mrs. Frances Pat
tillo borrower? Clayton Ram
sey's car to take some Frank
lin High lunchroom receipts
to the bank. Mr. Ramsey's
car and Mrs. Zickgnfs are
the same makes and pretty
near the same color. And to
make niatters worse, they
were parked side by side.
See why Mrs. Pattillo drove
the wrong car back to Frank
Babe Ruth League
To Hold Covered
Dish Meal Saturday
The Babe Ruth League will
have a covered dish supper at
the Carson community picnic
area Saturday (September 20 ?
at 5:30 p. m.
Parents of Babe Ruth play
ers are expected to come and
bring a covered dish.
All sponsors, managers, and
league officials are invited. o
Postmaster Says Oct. 18
Is Date Set For Change
City mail delivery will start in Franklin October
IX. according to an announcement received by Post
master Zeb Meadows from his superiors Saturday.
This Unexpected development represents a hi^h
point in community service for the Franklin Lions
Club, 'which has been working toward house delivery
of mail for some eiyht years.
Commenting on the swiftnesg with which the Post
Office Department (an inspector was here only last
P.-T. A. Party
Not All Play
A "set acquainted" party held
Monday night for parents and
new teachers by the FVanklin
P T. A. wasn't all play.
Four decisions were made by
< 1 1 Room count at meetings
will no longer be held. < 2 > the
organization will again sponsor
the World Peace program. < 3 > . $25
was donated to the Future Teach
ers Club scholarship fund, and
1 4 ' a "family dinner" will be held
this year as a fund-raising pro
ject. instead o fa "harvest sale".
New teachers were introduced
and brief talks were made by
Supt. H. Bueck. and principals
Harry C. Corbin and C. K. Olson.
Mrs. Lasca E. Horsley presided.
Music Club Slates
Meeting Sept. 26
A meeting of the Franklin
Music Study Club will be held
Friday, September 26, at
8 p.m. with Mrs. G. A. Jones.
Miss Laura M. Jones will be co
Miss Esther Wallace is in
charge of the program.
The East Ftanklin P.-T. A.,
which meets on thfe fourth
Tuesday night in each month,
has postponed this month's
meeting until the fifth Tuesday
night for this month because
O: a conflict with a teachers
meeting to be held in Asheville
The Rev. J. Doyle Miller, pas
tor of the Holly Springs Bap
tist Church for the past two
years, has resigned to accept
a call t? the Riverside Baptist
Church in Haywood County.
During his two years' pastorate
here, the church gained 29 new
members, accepted plains for a
new building, and has started
raising building funds. Mr. Mill
er is presently serving as presi
dent of the Macon Baptist Pas
tors' Conference and is chair
man of the mnsions committee
f the association.
montm movea, Mr. Meadows
said he personally expected the
change about the first of the
year and possibly later.
"I guess you could say It la
a surprise for all of us," he de
2 New Men
As a result of the change,
two new carriers will be added
to the post office staff. One
will deliver on foot and the
other by truck in the outlying
sections of town.
Mr. Meadows said the Octob
er 18 starting date Is tentative
and Is subject to his office re
ceiving the equipment necessary
to making the change.
However, he added he does
not anticipate any delay.
The postmaster is now pre
paring Instructions for patrons
effected by the change, with re
gard to post office boxes and
What should Frankllnites do
to smooth out the operation?
Put Up Numbers
"The first thing they must do
is make sure their house num
bers are up." Mr. Meadows
Those being served by the
walking carrier (the two routes
will appear In next week's
PRESS' should have numbers
on the front of their house and
should put up a mall receptacle
or have a mall door slot.
Patrons being served by the
mounted carrier will be required
to put up rural-type mail boxes
on the street so he can deliver
from the truck House numbers
may be mounted on the boxes,
the postmaster said. >
"This is just the beginning,"
Mr Meadows declared, "and
we'd appreciate the cooperation
and understanding of everyone
until we get it worked out."
The postmaster was highly
complimentary of the Lions
Club for its work on mail deliv
ery and he noted club members
plan to offer additional assis
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TEEN NIGHT CHANGED
The Franklin Teen-age Asso
ciation has changed its meet
ing night from Friday to Sat
urday night for the winter in
order not to conflict w.th the
footbaU games Friday nights.
Wed ? 10th
Wed, 10 th
SOMEWHERE IN THIS jumble of Franklin and Clayton players is "Bobby "Bull" Corbin making a
Panther touchdown. White jerseyed Panthers identifiable are Tommy Adams (37) and Ronnie Higdon(25).