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MACON COUNTY S 4-H
Clubs have elected officers
for the new year. Who are
they? See Page 5.
73rd Year ? No. 43
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, October 23, 1958
Price 10 Cents
SAM GRIFFIN, who divides his
time between here and Ohio,
brought a huge sugar beet by the
office last week as an example
of what Ohio can -do.
DOES THE shoe fit here? Mac
McGough. -manager of the Ashe
ville Agricultural Development
Council, notes in his monthly
newsletter: "Very noticeably scat
tered over the area are some bed
raggled community entrance signs
and mailboxes of communities
that worked on these projects in
the past ? but have not kept them
up ... Is your community putting
its 'best face forward, or one that
is faded out. and battered?' A
fresh paint job. etc. is usually u
fairly easy project to get organiz
ed, but what a difference it
SHOULDN'T BE long now be
fore Western Carolina Telephone
Company announces 1959 plans
for installing the dial system in
Franklin. The company's new
building is nearing completion and
it will house the dial equipment.
THINK ADVERTISING doesn't
pay? Then you very obviously
failed to see the mob of women
plowing in and out of the old
Farmers Federation building Fri
day to get in on that shoe sale.
Brother, what a mob!
SEEMS THAT the only really
startling change in some of the
new cars is a higher price.
NEW CARS are about all folks
are talking about this week along
the main stem. Chevy made its
debut last Thursday, and Ford
followed Friday. A lot of shoe
leather was expended Saturday by
Maconlans plying back and forth
between Conley's and Burrell's.
IT JUST took a couple ol rain
squalls this week to start the fall
colors on their way to leaf piles
and eventual smoke.
ARE YOU one of those who has
neglected to register? The priv
iledge of voting isn't worth much
if it isn't exercised. Is it?
HULA HOOPS continue to be
the No. 1 exercise all over the
county. Could it be that the kids
(8 months to 108 years are prac
ticing for the hula hoop contest
November 1 at Franklin High?
HALLOWE'EN is coming the
31st (Friday week). Here's hoping
the children celebrate with as
much dignity as they have in the
past, remembering that you can
have fun without being destruc
WON'T SOMEONE take a weed
cutter to the sideburns on North
Carolina's largest Indian Mound.
It's a disgrace to have a shaggy
attraction like that.
DON'T LOOK up! One of those
bricks on the courthouse chimney
on the west side may clobber you
right between the eyes.
Does It Again!
Macon County's Arroin lle<T
den has done it again!
For the fourth straight,
year, his corn has copped first
place at the N. C. State Fair
A Route 1 farmer, Mr. Hed
den exhibit!! Funks G-134.
W. O. W. Meeting
A meeting to reactivate a
Woodmen of the World <W.O.W>
organization here is set for to
night i Thursday i at 7:30 at the
V. F. W. building on Palmer
All old members are asked to
attend, bringing with them a
prospect for membership.
Virfil Hollows?, of Haywood County, and Miss Jean Childera,
of Watauga County, are shown studying scrapbooka submitted
by Macon organized communities. The two picked the 195R win
ner* of the county rurml development contest. (Staff Photo)
TWELVE-TEAK-OLD Beth Ormond, of Highlands and Ingle
wood, Calif., was uninjured Saturday about noon after a harrow
ing drop in an automobile into Cullasaja Gorge. Beth's mother,
Mrs. Nancy Ormond, and her aunt, Mrs. Sarah Hines Bailey, got
out of the car to take pictures of Cullasaja Falls. Mrs. Bailey,
the driver, said she put the pmergency brake on, but left the
motor running because the car was hard to start. They'd no
more than looked at the falls when the car with Beth inside
rolled about 150 feet down into the gorge. Beth said she jumped
into the front seat and tried to put the brakes on with her
hand. The car slammed into a tree finally, doing extensive dam
age to the front end. In the top picture, the photographer was
half way down into the gorge and shot back toward the high
way, where some children may be seen pointing. In the center
picture, the photographer was in the same position, but he shot
into the gorge toward the automobile (circle). The bottom pic
ture shows the smashed car against a tree. (Staff Photos)
BANQUET IS 30TH ?
Prize Money Is Waiting
For Winners Of Contest
About $950 is waiting to be
claimed by organized rural
communities in Macon County.
But, plans are now under way
to do the claiming on full
stomachs October 30 at the an
nual awards dinner honoring
the top communities in the Ma
con County Rural Community
Development Contest. The $950
constitutes a tentative prize
schedule for the contest.
Judging already has taken
place and the winners have
been selected. However, they
will not be announced until the
awards dinner. Miss Jean Chil
ders, home agent of Watauga
County, and Virgil Holloway,
county agent in Haywood, spent
Wednesday and Thursday of
last week touring the 11 par- i
ticipating communities and i
studying scrapbooks of com- :
munity activities during the ]
Prize Schedule ]
A tentative prize schedule, as
announced by C inty Agent T. I
H. Fagg, awards $200 to the 1
first place community, $150 to '
the second, and $100 to the ]
third. In addition, 10 incentive i
prizes of $50 each Will be given.
The incentive prizes are as fol- I
lows: best Job to increase in- ]
come; best accomplishments in ]
youth activities; best home food
supply; best community beauti
fication; best programs, com
munity participation in activ- t
ities, and attendance at meet- (
ings; best balanced agricultural (
program; most outstanding ,
community project; best 4-H ,
garden; bfest health program;
and most activities accomplish
ed in religious activities.
To Honor Farmers ?
As a feature of the awards "
banquet, the Franklin Junior I
Chamber of Commerce will an- s
nounce and honor Macon Coun- (
SEE NO. 4, PAGE 12 C
Meeting in convention Tuesday
morning in Franklin, community
AS.C. delegates reelected Max
Parrish, of Otto, as chairman , of
the county A.S.C. committee.
Milton Fouts, of Route 3 was
elected vice-chariman; Siler Slagle.
of Route 1. regular member: E"i
Bradley, of Route 3. first alter
nate: and Verlon Poindexter, of
Route 3, second alternate.
.This committee is responsible
for the day-to-day operations of
the county A.S.C. office, under
the direction of the state A.S.C.
committee and the administrative
officer. H. D. Godfrey.
The new officers Will take office
To Speak Here
William Cobb, of Morganton,
state chairman of the Republican
party will be the principal speak
er here next Wednesday night,
October 29, at a party rally at
The rally will open at 7:30. The
county chairman, Bryant McClure,
urges a good turn-out for the
speaker and invites all interested
persons to attend.
To Swain Rally
A motorcade of Macon County
Democrats will leave from the
county courthouse at noon next
Thursday, October 30, for Bryson
City and a 12th congressional dis
Jess Shope. county chairman,
said a number of Democrats are
planning to make the trip.
The rally, which is expected to
attract a number of government
officials, including Gov. Luther
H. Hodges, will be held at Swain
High School, beginning at 1
Registrations for the general
election November 4 "picked up
some" last Saturday, according to
J. Lee Barnard, chairman of the
The coming Saturday is the last
day the books will be open. Chal
lenge day will be November 1.
A verdict of accidental death
was ruled by a coroner's jury
here Monday afternoon in the
Saturday death of Elsie Buchan
an, 54, of Jackson County, by a
local squirrel hunter.
Mr. Buchanan was struck by a
shotgun blast fired by Alfred Mc
Kinney Holland, who was squirrel
hunting with Arley Henderson.
The accident occurred near Cul
lowhee Gap at the upper end of
the Ellijay community, according
to investigating officers.
It is theorized that Mr. Buch
anan, farmer and truck driver,
was digging for ginseng in some
heavy undergrowth near the
hunters. He was wearing a gray
hat, which Mr. Holland mistook
for a squirrel when he saw it
moving. He was about 60 to 70
feet away when he fired.
The hunters rushed the wounded
man to the hospital in Franklin,
but he was dead on arrival. Shot
From the 16-guage shotgun struck
him in the head and back.
Mr. Holland was treated at the
hospital for shock.
Members of the jury empaneled
oy Coroner John Kusterer were
W. T. Jenkins, Paul Smith. Edwin
r. Williams, Kenyon Hyde. Roy
Pendergrass, and Andy Lee Kow
The investigation of the shoot
ng was conducted by Sheriff J.
Barry Thomas and Deputy Newell
WINDY GAP SING
The fourth Sunday singing will
>e held this Sunday at the Windy
3ap Baptist church at 1:45 p.m.,
t has been announced by the
:lng president. Lon Thompson All
lingers and the' public are invited.
MRS. TALLENT DIES
Mrs. Minnie Safiders Tallent, j
16. of Route 1. died at 10:45 pm. ?
ruesday. Funeral services are set >
or today 'Thursday) at 2:30 p.m. I
it the Pleasant Hill Baptist
Church. Potts Funeral Home Is In (
Principal Harry C. Corbin is shown crowning Miss Frances
Alexander "Homecoming Queon" during the half at the Franklin
Swain game. Smiling prettily from the background is the runner
up, Miss Betty Cloer. (Staff Photo)
Larry Brooks (12) in the foreground prepares to more Into
the area of action as a Swain High ball carrier is brought
down by Panther Robert Wallace (30). Others in' the pile-up are
Elliott (16), Pearson (20), and Angel (32). Staff P l?o to)
SCORE: 32 TO 27 ?
Panthers Lose Homecoming;)
Frances Alexander Is Queen
A homecoming crowd of about
2,000 filled Franklin High sta
dium last Friday night to
the Panthers battle the Swain
High Maroons in a game that
produced some thrilling foot
ball for both sides.
Fihal score: Swain High, 32;
Franklin High, 27.
In swallowing the defeat, the
Panthers took heart in the
knowledge that a Macon Coun
ty boy had been instrumental
in their downfall. The big gun,
offensively and defensively, on
the Swain High squad was Jess
Corbin, a swivel-hipped and
speedy back, who made about
80 per cent of Swain's tackles
and chalked up two touch
downs, one an 80-yard kickoff
return. Jess is the son of Fur
man Corbin, a Maoonian now
living in Bryson City.
Coach Dick Stott uncovered
some future talent on his squad
by letting freshman Jimmy Wil
liams pass for three of the four
touchdowns ? to Bobby "Pondy"
Polndexter for two, and Doug
Pearson for another. The passes
to Polndexter were for 17 and
40 yards, while the one to Pear
son was for 15. Seay powered
over from the one for the
fourth score. Kiser made. three
of his' four kicks.
As a feature of the half. Miss
Frances Alexander was crowned
Homecoming Queen" by Prin
cipal Harry C Corbin. Runner
up was Miss Betty Cloer. In the
queen's court were Nancy Siler,
SEE NO. 1. PAGE 12
WATCHING MRS. EMORY cut her cake are some of her children. <L to R) Mrs. Olan J.
;abe, Jess Emory, Mrs. Lassie J. ilogers, and' Ji n Emory.
QUOTA ABOUT $10,000 -
November 10 Set
For United Fund
Monday, November 10, has
been designated as 'kick-off
day" for the Franklin area
United Fund, according to the
Rev. Donn Langfitt, chairman.
Budget procedures have been
completed, following sessions
with participating agencies last
Friday night, and Mr. Langfitt
said a tentative budget of about
$10,000 is being considered.
A breakdown of this amount
going to participating organiza
tions will be ready for publica
tion next week, he said.
Mr Langfitt said three organ
izations have decided not to af
filiate with United Fund Fund
this year? American Cancer So
ciety, Crippled Children, and
Heart Fund. He quoted the local
representative of the three as
saying "the national policy of
our organizations prohibit our
Following Friday night's meet
ing at the town hall, the execu
tive committee of United Fund
issued th'_- following statement
of policy: "The United Fund
feels that this one drive, repre
sentative of the community giv
ing, will . erve ever a thousand
youth in thi > county, will /sup
port the greater part of the
recreational ventures of this
community, will allow a greater
ease in netting up emergency
relief to this county in the event
of disaster, and will cut ex
cessive costs of operation to all
organizations involved If for no
other reason, we feel that the
United Fund is needed in this
area: ti e f train on several In
dividuals called upon by every
agency to raise money, the cost
of multiple campaigns reaching
the same people, the conven
ience of giving one time to one
goal with one gift ? all of this
make the United Fund a worth
while project for the Franklin
BY CLUB WOMEN ?
Meeting Set Here The 29th
A seven-county Citizenship
Readers Training School for home
^Semonstration club women is
stated to be held in Franklin
next Wednesday, October 29.
The program will open at 10
a.m at the Franklin Methodist
Church. Presiding at the mornins
session will be Mrs. W. D. Ketner,
of Waynesville, a member of the
state citizenship committee. In
the afternoon. Mrs. Cecil Parker.,
Macon County citizenship chair
man. will preside. Both women a It
tended the National Citizenship
Conference in Washington, D. C?
last year and the training school
is the result of their efforts.
Club women from Haywood.
Jackson, Clay. Swain. Cherokee,
Graham, and Macon are expected
to attend, according to Mrs. Flor
ence S. SherrUl, county home
Mrs. Theta Barnard, of Clay
County, who also took in the na
tional conference, will take part
on the program.
The program will include the
Rev. Claude Young, of the First.
Methodist Church in Hayejv.lle.
who will give the devotional:
Weimar Jones, editor ol THE
PRESS, who will speak on "Citi
zenship as a Newspaper Editor
SEE IT": Mrs H. G. Rogers,
club member of Haywood, who
will discuss "International Rela
tions"; and Mrs. Lillian Buchan
an, of Western Carolina College,
who will speak on "Being an In
Mrs. SherrUl, on behalf of Ma
con County club women, invites
the public to attend the meeting.
IN RED SWEATER -
Mrs. Emory Has
Mrs. Elizabeth Emory makes
her own bed and cleans up her
She also makes rugs and
quilts for amusement.
Furthermore, she frequently
may be seen seated in a chair,
riding on a trailer on the back
of a tractor
Too, she's applied for her ab
sentee ballot to vote ( 'Father
was a straight Democrat and a
Baptist . "i in the coming elec
tion because she never has neg
lected this privilege.
So what makes Mrs. Elizabeth
Emory dilferent from anyone
That's easy. She's 99 years
Tuesday she marked this
milestone (She was born Oct.
21, 1859i quietly at the home
of her son, Jim Emory, in the
However, things weren't so
quiet Sunday at the Emory
home when members of her
family and friends surprised
her with a party and cake
hardly large enough to hold 100
candles lone to grow on>.
In a bright red sweater, a
'-'requested gift" from her chil?
dien, sht tolerated a photog
rapher who called to take her
pictu'e. As soon as he had fired
the flash she asked. "Are you
finished with me now?" .
Mrs. Emory's favorite past
time is listening to the radio.
"She listens to everything
that comes, good or bad," de
clares her daughter-in-law. And
while she listens she quilts or
Five of her seven children
were there Sunday to help her
SEE NO. 6, PAGE 12
Fire destroyed an unoccupied
frame house owned by Henry
Hayes on Roller Mill Road about
4 o'clock Tuesday morning.
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