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FOR WHAT ?
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PRESS keep the inside page?
of this newspaper alive with
news about your friends and
neighbors Read the inside
pages from top to bottom and
you'll know Macon County.
74th Year ? No. 3
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, January 15, 1959
Price 10 Cents
H. A. (CHUB) WUhide, meter
reader for N.PAL, reports seeing
Tom Dooley hanging from a tree
on the Buck Creek Road. Appar
ently the work of some boys with
a keen sense of humor, the
"corpse" even has an epitaph:
"In Memory of Tom Dooley".
LOOKS LIKE someone would
start an ice skating rink in High
lands. The interest showti in the
lakes when they freeze should in
dicate this would be a profitable
HAVE YOU seen those snazzy
new perpendicular blinds that
have been installed in The Bank
IN WASHINGTON last Wednes
day for Rep. David M. Hall's
swearing in were, among others,
his sisters. Mrs. C. N. Dowdle, of
Franklin, and Miss Lela Moore
Hall, of Lillington, formerly of
THAT TEETH-chipper section
*of sunken pavement on Main
Street has been filled. There's
still one, however, on Phillips near
the jail that needs attention.
JUST FOB the record, Cowee's
community organization erected
a Christmas scene. Some might
have received the impression that
Iotla's was the only one since it
was pictured in a recent issue of
GROVEB ENGLISH and some
of the fellows working at Whit
mire's rock crusher near Gneiss
tell of seeing an albino crow. He's
white except for his head. It, ac
cording to Mr. English, Is "cold
A 'KILLER YEAR' Is in the
making. From January 1-5, 22
persons died in traffic deaths
over the state, according to the
Department of Motor Vehicles.
This compares with only 10 for
the same period in '58.
MACONIANS can't say Winter
hasn't -dumped its full bag of
weather on them this year. Time
was when it just turned cold and
stayed that way until Spring. Now
it means an overcoat one day,
raincoat the next; and then shirt
sleeves before moving to sweaters.
GLENN ROBINSON and some
of the other cab drivers, for want
of something to do last week,
chipped the ice from around the
water fountain on the square.
SURE ARE a lot of "lflcal" faces
arriving in town in autos with
Michigan license plates.
BOB DANIEL, a Toccoa, Ga.,
gem cutter well known in these
parts, is setting up a rock shop
at the motel on Cowee Mountain
this season. This will be a wel
come addition and 'one that will
stimulate tourist activity.
OH! THOSE tax deadlines
coming up! Makes a body wish
he didn't make enough to have
to file, doesn't it?
Mrs. Heinz Rollman, of Way
nesville, will instruct a leaders'
training course for women of
the Nantahala Girl Scout Coun
cil in Franklin.
Her first .session will be the
25th, from 2 to 5 p. m., at the
Methodist church. Other plan
ned sessions will be announced
'59 Farm Outlook
Reviewed By Agent
By T. H. FAGG
At the beginning of the year,
most businesses take an Inventory
and more or lets look into the
next year and try to analyze just
what the outlook (or their partic
ular business will be.
Then they plan their business
accordingly, to best meet con
ditions as they exist.
Farming also Is a business. In
fact, It probably is the most un
predictable business or under tak
ing one will find anywhere. There
are so many factors that can
change the outcome of a farmers
operation, such as weather, in
sects, disease, supply and demand,
prices, that farming can be con
sidered at times quite a gamble.
Therefore, it is very important
that farmers study their opera
tions and the outlook of their
particular enterprises for the
coming year and adjust their
operations to coincide with these
In the following paragraphs I
would like to discuss briefly the
outlook of some of the farming
enterprises that are most import
ant to our Macon County farmers.
These facts are the results of
the thinking of UJ5. 'and state
Poultry brings In our largest
gross income of any (arming
operation in the county. The out
look In this field for 1959 is for
lower prices. Hatching eggs, our
main poultry operation, will be
lower in price. This is due to the
fact that approximately six mil
lion more pullet chicks were put
into broiler supply flocks than
at this time last year, whcih will
greatly increase the supply of
The commercial egg picture is
about the same as hatching eggs,
prices down with supply of eggs
up. It is estimated that there
are 10-14% more commercial birds
on farms than one year ago. Also,
an 8% increase in production
per bird is expected for 1959 over
Broiler production is expected
to expand enough in North Caro>
lina to mean a higher total in
come, but prices will be down,
which will mean a lower income
per bird. The. reason for lower
broiler prices is more competition
from greater pork suppffifs; rhrrnf
broilers on the farm and going
to market, and lower chick and
feed costs, which make up 80%
of the cost of broiler production.
Part of tliis lower cost of pro
duction will be passed on to the
consumer as lower prices, which
means a lower price to the farmer.
The dairy situation and out
look for 1959 is expected to be
fairly stable with not much
change from 1958. This enterprize
provides one of our larger farm
incomes in Macon County. The
hnmber of Grade A farms has de
creased in North Carolina slightly
since 1958, but the cows-per-farm
has increased and production-pei
cow is also on the Increase. It
is expected that both production
and sale of Grade A milk will be
up around 5% in 1959 with a
blend price of around six dollars
per hundred to the farmer being
A BIG YAWN FOR 1959
Macon County's lint baby of the new year, Calvin Ra;
Worley, fives a big yawn of indifference while sitting it out witl
bis mother, Mrs. Talford Eugene Worley, of Route 2. Calvin Ra
arrived at Angel Hospital on the 7th. (Staff Photo)
The prices farmers will receive
for beef cattle in 1959 are ex
pected to remain at about the
same level as 1958. There are ap
proximately two million more cat
tle on farms in the United States
than at this time last year and
cattle numbers are expectd to
continue to Increase through 1959.
The profit margin of cattle bought
as feeders and sold in the fall
is expected to be much smaller in
1959 than in 1958 due to the high
price paid for feeder calves. The
farmer with a cow and calf pro
gram Is the man who will realize
a nice profit in the beef business.
Hog prices are expected to be
weaker than in 1958. Prices will
reach a seasonal peak in early
July and trend downward in the
fall months. Hog numbers are
expected to increase greatly dur
ing 1959. This will tend to depress
prices. Even with this build-up
in numbers, several factors point
to a profitable year in hog pro
duction; the Increases in demand
for pork coming from population
increase, high beef prices, and an
abundant feed supply.
Numbers of sheep on the farm
are up 3% over 1958. Predictions
are that numbers will continue
to increase during 1959. There
is a strong demand for replace
ment lambs. Lamb prices are ex
pected to average about the same
as 1958, with wool being higher.
Supplies on hand of burley to
bacco are down about 1.5% and
domestic use is up slightly, but
exports are off about 9%. The
price should remain about the
same in 1959 as 1958.
Grain crops, of which corn is
our daily concern, are abundant
at present. North Carolina had a
32% larger production than last
year. The tr. S. production is up
6%. This large crop naturally
means lower prices. '
Predictions indicate there will
be adequate supplies of hay at
reasonable prices. The outlook on
fruits and vegetables indicates an
increase in the price of apples
over 1958. Spring potatoes will be
lower but a higher price can be
^eSpectCiTTfr! ? rrilT' potatoes, other
vegetables show a lower price for
spring production, with little'
change being indicated for sum
Forest products prices for 1959
are expected to remain about the
same as in 1958. Construction is
expected to increase, with the
demand for pulp wood to be good.
Predictions are that fertilizer
consumption will increase with
prices remaining stable. Interest
rates, taxes, and cost of hired
labor are expected to increase
slightly. It is expected that there
will be about a,. 5% Increase in
prices the farmer has to pay for
goods and services he receives in
BAKE SALE SET
The St. Agnes Episcopal Auxili
ary's monthly bake sale is set
for tomorrow (Friday) morning at
The Children's Shop in Franklin.
To Mark Otto's
P.-T. A. Meeting
Two persons will be featured
on tonight's (Thursday) Otto
P.-T. A. program at 7:50.
Neil Dickerson, personnel
manager of Rafcun Mills, will
show films on local industry.
Miss Margaret Davis, who re
cently won Franklin High's
United Nations speaking con
test, will give her winning
Mrs. Nancy Taylor's filth
grade will give wie~ devotional.
And Two Men
A bootleg car carrying 30 Ral
Ions of non-tax paid whiskey was
banced here Saturday by Patrol
man W C. Leming,
Arrested were the driver. Hoyt
Junior Lance, of Gainesville.- Ga
Route 4, and Richmond Herbert
. Rogers, of Charlotte. They were
i in a '54 Ford.
The patrolman charged them
with transporting whiskey.
Thousands From South Carolina And
Georgia Invade Highlands To Skate
Ice skaters numbering In the
thousands zipped and zinged back
and forth over ev#ry available
patch of ice in the Highlands area
over the week end.
It was a frantic week end ?
frantic because warming tempera
tures threatened to spoil the ice
in Western North Carolina's "Sun
Valley. They used skates, tubs
sleds ? just about anything to
skid along on.
Beginners whacked their hip
pockets at frequent intervals on
the ice. Those with more ability
whirled and swirled.
"Wanning fires" dotted the
shore line of the lakes. Skates
were borrowed back and forth.
At least a thousand skaters
hailed from Georgia and South
It is estimated that about 2,000
were on the lakes- Sunday after
Lack of parking space for the
heavy influx of automobiles kept
the highway patrol and the
sheriffs department moving to
keep side roads and intersections
And Highlands, a resort town
that hibernates in winter Jumped
back to life, at least for a while.
Merchants renting skates did land
PRESS CAMERA VISITS
The 'Sun Valley' Of W. N. C.
The week end filled the lakes around 'Highlands' with skaters.
C. E. (Red) Henry, of Franklin, pulls Mary Frances Mc
Glamery In a lid on the ice.
Dr. J. H Fisher, of Franklin,
used a sled to amuse his daugh
Marvih Dean, of.Deinorcst, (la., Ro He 1. jji v?-s his wife, Bonnie, a hand with
her skates (foreground), while VViHard l.iilhi, of Cornelia, perforins a similar
i chore for his- spouse, Pat.
In '58 Highest
Largely because of postage
increases last August, business
at the Franklin Post Office
soared to an all-tlrae high dur
ing '58, according to Postmaster
For the calendar year ending
December 31, office revenues
totaled $45,967.44, as compared
with $43,887.70 In 1957?
Franklin became a first class
post office in July of '58. The
new postal increases went Into
effect August 1.
For the fiscal quarter ending
January 9, offic.e receipts came
to $15,277.13. This compares
with $1S,536!28 for the same
period the year before.
A comparison of revenue fig
ures over the years reflects the
steady growth of the office. In
1948, receipts were $23,217.65.
By 1954 they had grown to $34,
STATISTICS GIVEN ?
Births Outnumber Deaths
Three To One In County
By three to one, births out
numbered deaths In Macon
County during '58.
A ?heck at the register of
deed's office reveals 323 births
and only 122 deaths.
July was the biggest month
for new babies, with 37 enter
ing the world. A tabulation of
the other months follows: Jan
uary, 16; February, 32; March,
32; April, 10; May, 30; June, 34;
August, 28; September, 29; Oc
tober, 24; November, 27; and
The highest percentages of
babies were born to fathers en
gaged in farm and textiles.
Sixty-three were born to fath
ers whose main source of in
come was farming, while tex
tiles claimed 39.
Deaths for any given month
ranged from six to 13, but
? when broken down into quarters
were about even for the entire
year. They were tabulated as
follows: 1st quarter (January,
February, February, March), 28;
2nd quarter. (April, May, June),
33; 3rd quarter. (July, August,
September), 27 j 4 th quarter.
(October, Noveftiber, December),
Deaths were recorded by
months this way: January, 7;
February, 13; March, 8; April,
13; May, 10;?June, 10; Jnly, 8;
August, 13; September, 6; Oc
tober, 13; November, 10; and
The register ,of deeds office
also handed out 91 marriage
licenses in '58.
TO ROTARY CLUB ?
Ashevil!-* Lawyer Explains
Committee's Court Cures
The problems of the improve
ment of the administration of
justice iir North Carolina and
ths solutions >ir/gested by the
so-called Bell committee were
oatlined by FiancLs J. Heazel,
AsheviHp lawyer- and number
-it the committee, at lost
Thursday night's Kranklin Ro
tary Club meeting.
Tlv committee, which has
been ?t work for the past three
$ea is, was made up of 15 law
yers and 12 laymen, FraJnklin's
Ji.-lin M. Archer, Jr., having
been one -of tile lat ter group.
At. the request of Governor
Hodges, Mr Iieazel explain' d,
the (?'"up sought the answers
to three ^questions:
Is the system of courts we
have in Jthe state adequate'' If
it is not adequate, where does
it fail? and What .j-hould be
A "Mother's March on Polio '
s scheduled for Tuesday night
in Franklin for the annual March
of Dimes campaign.
It will be coordinated by. thr
Franklin Junior Woman's Cliib.
with assistance from members of
the V.F.W Auxiliary.
Franklin residents wanting to
make a contribution are asked to
leavij their porch light burning
as a signal
Club members will meet at 7
o'clock to plan the march and
they will be^in canvassing the
town at 7:30 Headquarters for,
the march will be the Agricultural
A social meeting of rh > woman's
c'ub will be held at the Agricul
tural Building after the march,
with Mrs Jo Ann Corbin and
Mrs. Lois Oljvt r as hostesses.
Payments 'if '58 taxes t:> the
county are "coming in fast",
according to Tax Supervisor
As of December 23. $139.572 45
had been collected.
Mr. Senson this week said Ills
office Is sending statements to
all tax payers. beginning with
the Highlands township Tax
payers In all townships shouid
receive statements by the last
of February, he added.
The tax supervisor also em
phasized that' '58 taxes were
due' October 1. 1958. and he
urged "ta* payers to settle their
accounts before penalties for
delinquent taxes are imposed.
done to make it adequate?
Properly speaking, Mr. Heazel
said the state provides only two
courts, the supreme court and
the superior courts. Below those
are 12 different types of infer
ior county and city courts, whose
varied costs, finances, proced
ures and jurisdictions "aie a
jungle of confusion". These in
ferior courts, he added, have no
administrative head, no fiscal
contnol "even though they
handle millions of dollars of
other ' people's money as well
as their own", no centralized
purchasing agency, and no sys
tem of reporting Information
which would establish their ef
ficiency or inefficiency.
It Is chiefly in these 1,457
"separate, autonomous courts",
where most citizens have their
only experience with our ad
ministration of Justice", that
the committee feels a major
i 8KE NO I. PAGE U
C'itv mail delivery will
start February 7 in Frank
That was the ? official
word vcstet'dav (Wednes
day) from the postal in
stallations manager of the
Atlanta, (ia.. office.
Postmaster Zeb Mead
ows urged all Franklin
residents to have house
numbers tip and mail
boxes installed so the
change, can be made with
a minimum of trouble.
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