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WHO'S BEEN WHERE AND
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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. 7
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, February 12, 1959
Price 10 Cents
DON'T THROW away your old
Franklin city tags. Mrs. Frank I.
Murray wants them for the li
brary. She says they make perfect
book ends when bent.
POLICE OFFICERS are getting
ready to sally forth with warrants
against "forgetful" motorists who
have forgotten to pay parking
tickets. Seems quite a number
have suffered a memory lapse.
JUST TO SET the record
straight, that teeth-chlpper across
from the jail isn't the fault of the
town. The county dug the ditch
that has settled, so forward your
dental bills to the proper author
MISS BEULAH Zachary, pro
ducer of the Kukla, Fran, and
Ollie TV show and also "Beulah
Witch" of the show, was killed in
the prop-jet airplane crash last
week in New York City. A native
of Brevard, she was the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Woods Zachary,
former residents of Franklin.
MRS. FRANK Martin's biology
class at Franklin High is watch
ing closely the habits of between
100 and 150 praying mantises
that have hatched. The "mama"
mantis was found by Teddy Clark
in his Christmas tree. The brood
feeds on raw meat.
A LOT OF folks like our new
inside "dressing" ? pictures of
PRESS correspondents in their
A NEW airplane arrived in_
Franklin last week. Jim Conley
brought in a Super Cruiser from
Valdosta, Ga. Police Chief Sid
Carter flew him down.
"THE PATTON TWINS", Mrs.
Ted Blaine and Mrs. Harley Stew
art, were in town Saturday selling
vanilla for their church building
fund. Did a pretty good job, too.
MORE AND MORE motorists
are discovering the convenience of
parking in the lots behind the
business district. Saves paying for
a parking ticket in case you over
stay your planned time shopping
ANYONE WHO hasn't seen
Washington or New York should
jump at the chance to join the
trip being sponsored by the home
demonstration women. On a regu
lra trip, a person's lodging alone
would cost as much as the entire
price of their tour. Several men
are wanting to make the trip, so
don't you men shy away from.thls
chance because you think it's just
for women. On second thought,
what would be wrong with being
the only male?
Off And Runnin'
House-to-house mail service
started fairly smoothly in Frank
The carriers, John Cunningham
and Tom McKay, are dropping
into routine of their routes with
play-offs will get under way (?
Monday in the Franklin High n
.S chool officials have mo in
formation now on pairings for
the play-offs, which will run
through the 21st.
Franklin's girls are in sec- tl
end place in division play. w
Eastern division basketball ^
A TRIP TO
To Go In March;
Interested In a trip to Washing
ton and New York City, with a
top-drawer tour of the latter's
United Nations headquarters?
If about 30 Maconlans are
willing, the trip will be sponsored
the third week in March (16th
through 21st) by the county's
home demonstration clubs.
The cost? $66.25 for a package
trip that covers everything but
According to Mrs. Florence Si.
Sherrill, home economics agent,
Macon County is the only county
in the state planning a tour this
year. At present, she has 12 firm
reservations for the trip. To assure
it, however, she must have at
least 30 signed up by the 28th
of the month.
She emphasized this week that
anyone is Invited to take the trip,
not just home demonstration club
"We (club women) are just
sponsoring the trip, anyone is in
vited to join the tour."
Here's what the $66.25 pack
age rate covers:
Round-trip rail fare, Asheville
New York. >
Round-trip bus, Franklin-Ashe
Handling of baggage from
train to bus, and bus to train,
in Asheville, New York, and
Transfer to pier and return
(in New York) for Circle Tour.
Transfer from hotel (in New
York) to United Nations build
ing and return.
Transfer from station (in
New York) to hotel and return.
Special four-hour sightseeing
tour in New York, with admis
Lodging in New York, two
Transfer from station (In
Washington) to hotel and re
Special all-day sightseeing
tour In Washington, with admis
Lodging in Washington, one
Anyone interested in more de
tails may get in touch with
Mrs. Sherrill at the Agricultural
Macon County has two "repre
entatives" in Raleigh.
Twelve-year-old Bobby Dalton,
tep. James . M. (Jim) Raby's
randson, has landed a job as a
age in the House of Representa- .
Bobby is in Mrs. Nina T. Mc
oy's seventh grade at East Frank
The Franklin Youth Center in
ie basement of the town hall
ill be open Friday night at 7:30.
AO iClljS "MR. MACON! AN
All these newspaper fellers seem to he (loin'
some unnecessary hollerin* about life and death
In big black type they report that there was a
heap more bornin than dyin'. It don't appear to me
that that's much to be hootin' about, mainly be
cause the whole object of the game is to do more
livin' than the other. And I'd bet a pretty there's 1
been more livin' than dyin' for a long time. So why
all the ruckus?
And I thank you.
Truck away Shirley Fox And Her Owner
SHE'S A CHAMPION ?
'Shirl' Is A Gal Who
Got What She Wanted
A perky 13-inch Beagle gal
with a good voice and an ex
ceptionally sensitive nose has
brought a "first" home to Ma
In an American Kennel Club
licensed field trial this month
in Durham, Truckaway Shirley
Fox (that's her name, honest)
won a second place and with it
met the requirements of an
American Kennel Club field
champion. She's the first from
Macon County to do it.
Which explains why "Shirl's"
owner, Beagle raiser Coburn
Holden, of Franklin ,is pride
fully minus a few shirt buttons.
Since birth May 16, 1956,
"Shirl" has been tracking to
ward stardom. Although almost
too young to run, she copped
first place in a field trial at
Galax, Va., in late 1957. Since
this impressive beginning, she's
competed agaii."t some of the
best registered Beagles the U.S.
has to offer and in one trial
had con^petition from 37 states.
Following her first victory in
Virginia, she took reserve hon
ors Nov. 14, 1957, in Gainesville,
Ga. Because of her youth, Mr.
Holden brought her back to
Franklin and for the next year
practiced her in the art of
Figuring "Shirl" was now
ready to make her bid for great
ness, he started her on the field
trial circuit in November, 1958.
When he was unable to handle
her at a trial, he hired a
A.K.C. requirements for a
field champion are three first
places and 120 trial points, ac
cumulated by the positions an
animal places in trials. From
November to last week's trial,
"Shirl" collected three firsts, 10
licensed A.K.C. ribbons for 133
points, and won two derby rib
bons, one a blue.
Here's her championship pro
gress: Oct. 13-16, 1957, first at
Galax, Va.; Nov 14, 1957, re
serve at Gainesville, Ga.; Nov.
1, 1958, fourth at Newton, N. C.;
Nov. 6, 1958, first at Oakboro,
N. C.; Nov. 27, 1958, first at
Rembert, S. C.; Dec. 4, 1958,
third at Simpsonville S. C.;
Dec. 11, 1958, reserve or fifth at
Easley, S. C.; Dec. 15, 1958,
second at Graming, S. C.;
Jan. 3, 1959, third at Macon,
Ga.; Feb. 2, 1959, second at Dur
"Shirl" has been much too
busy in th past to think of
romance. But now, what with
retirement as a field champion
. . . well!
Patrolman's Back, But
His Car Didn't Make It
Pfc. H. T. Ferguson went to
Raleigh Friday to pick up his
new '59 highway patrol car.
Neither the patrol car nor the
patrolman made it back as
The unmarked patrol car be
came a candidate for the junk
yard, a total loss.
Though bruised and battered,
Pfc. Ferguson is glad to just be
alive and he's even more con
vinced that seat belts in auto
mobiles saves live3.
The sequence of events started
Friday night in Catawba Coun
ty. Pfc. Ferguson was driving
west, toward home, on US 64.
Suddenly, a truck heading east
on the winding stretch of road
went oulrof control, rode the
shoulder ?for about 200 feet,
then crossed and smashed head
on into the patrol car.
"I saw him coming but could
n't do anything: about it/' the
patrolman recalls. "I was slow
ing down to stop when I got hit
. . . the impact knocked my
car back four feet."
Both vehicles were total losses.
From the firewall forward, the
patrol car was a twisted mass
of metal and the engine was
Pfc. Ferguson was not serious
ly injured, although first reports
said he received a fractured leg
or ankle and a concussion.
He received several cuts and
bruises about the body.
Seat belts are standard equip
ment in patrol oars. Pfc. Fergu
son is sure he owes his life to
"If I hadn't had the belt
fastened, they would have buried
The officer was brought from
SEE NO. 1. PAGE 8
SPEAKING CONTEST WINNERS
Miss Jane Long (left) was winner and Miss Jo Ann Curtis
was runner-up in the Franklin High competition or the 22nd
>uinual National High School Oratorical Contest sponsored by
the American Legion. Also participating in the contest Monday
morning were Mimes Barbara Jean Cunningham and Clara Cabe
ind Doug Slagle. Judges were .School Supt. H. Bueck, Bill llors
ley, and J. P. Brady. Misa Long will compete now In the district
competition. (Staff Photo)
A meeting of Macon County
stockholders of Farmers Federa
tion has been called for Tuesday,
February 17, to approve or dis
approve sale of the Federation's
business to the Farmers Coopera
tive Exchange (F.C.X.) of Ra
Holders of both preferred and
common stock are urged to attend
the meeting at the Franklin Fed
eration store at 10:30 a.m.
James McClure Clarke, of Ashe
ville. Federation president, will be
on hand to discuss the details of
?the proposed sale, which already
has been approved by the Feder
ation board of directors.
Should the sale be approved by
the stockholders at a meeting in
Asheville February 26. the F.C.X.
will take over the operation of the
Federation's stores and other
facilities in Western North Caro
lina on March 1. Preferred stock
j holders in the Federation will re
ceive 10-year four (4) per cent
F.C.X. debentures in exchange
for their stock and holders of
common stock will get four 1 4 >
per cent F.C.X. preferred Mock
after all liabilities of the cooper
ative are paid.
Mr. Clarke said increasing
difficulty in operating the freezer
locker business and the poultry
business of the Federation had
made it advisable for the Federa
tion to consolidate With a larger
farm cooperative organization.
With vertical integration and in
creasing sizes of all businesses it
is hard for a small cooperative
to offer adequate services for its
patrons, he explained.
The Farmers Cooperative Ex
change operates 66 retail farm
cooperative stores in North and
South Carolina. It also owns a
large feed mill and an Interest In
two other feed mills, a fertilizer
mill, and an insecticide manu
facturing plant. Sales of the
F.C.X. In the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1958, totalled more than
$50,000,000 The Federation has
23 outlets in Western North Caro
lina. If the sale is approved,
F.C.X. will offer similar services
as the Farmers Federation has
In the past.
An official proclamation by
Mayor W. C. Burrell sets tomorrow
(Friday) as "World Day of
Prayer" in Franklin.
A special service under the
sponsorship of the Episcopal.
Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyter
ian churches is slated for 8 p.m.
at the Methodist church. Par
ticipating will be the wives of the
church pastors, Mrs. Jack Tucker,
Mrs Robert E. Early, Mrs. R. R.
Standley, and Mrs. Donn K. Lang
The Methodist pastor, the Rev.
R. E. Early, will give the invoca
tion. Dr. A. Rufus Morgan, Epis
copal minister, will give the bene
diction. R. M. Biddle, Jr . will
have charge of the music.
An invitation is extended to the
public to attend.
Joe W. Bowers' '49 Chevy
and a mule met on US 64 ea.it
early Monday night.
The mule lost.
Mr. Bowers', although shaken,
was not hurt. His car, however,
battered practically, beyond re
And Patrolman W. C. Iteming
wasn't too happy about having
to clear the dead mule from the
"I don't think I'll he able to
finish supper," he said.
The Rev. and Mrs. Jack Tucker
ind Dr A Rufus Morgan spent
rom Wednesday through Satur
lay of- last week in Oatlinburg,
I'enn., where they attended the
innual meeting of the Council of
he Southern Mountains This
Council Is made up of a group
>f persons interested In the eco
lomic, educational, industrial and
eligious growth throughout the
HERE'S A CALF BORN WITH FIVE LEGS
The Fred Cunningham's, of the Georgia road, have a five-legged calf. It was born Monday.
The fifth leg is on the animal's left hind leg an u is complete even to a hoof (see inset). Shown
with the calf is the Cunningham's four-year-oltf scwi, Milton. (Staff Photo)
DR. M SWEEN IS PRESIDENT -
Teen Group Plana Center;
New Officers Are Named
Sparkled by plans to con
struct a youth center at an
early date, the Franklin Youth
Center Association girded itself
for action Sunday afternoon at
a special meeting.
An election of new officers
was held, preliminary building
plans were submitted and ten
tatively approved, and several 1
committees were appointed, in
cluding one to handle financ
ing construction of a center.
Dr. O. R. McSween was elect
ed president of the association
for '59. Named to serve with
him were John Bulgin, vice
president; Mrs. T. H. Fagg, sec
retary-treasurer; and B. L. Mc
?lamery and the Rev. Robert
IN FRANKLIN TUESDAY ?
Union Organizer Charges
He Was Beaten, Kidnapped
From his hospital bed In
Chattanooga, Tenn., a labor
union organizer Tuesday night
charged he hiad been beaten,
kidnapped, and escorted out of
Franklin that morning
He was identified in an As
sociated Press story released
Wednesday morning from Chat
tanooga as Robert Dixon
Beanie, 53, of Greensboro, a
representative of the American
Federation of Hosiery Workers.
Mr. Beame had been here
several days attempting to start
union organization activity at
Franklin Hosiery Plant on the
outskirts of town.
Put In Car
Among other things, he has
charged that four men entered
his motel room (The Town*
Tuesday morning, forcibly
dressed him, put him in hLs
car, and ordered him to follow
fiem out, of town.
(What took place at the
motel has not been clearly
established. If the union or
ganizer was kidnapped from
hi* room, it falls within fed
eral jurisdiction, and is not
.a local matter. It Ls umfer
stood, however, that four car
loads of men escorted Mr.
Beame out l\S 23-441 toward
Jackson County and that he
broke out of the line of traf
fic, turned around, and driwc
to the county courthouse.)
At the courthouse. Mr. Beame
SEE NO. 2, PAGE ft
DO WE NEED UNIONS IN MACON COUNTY?
This newspaper feels that the answer is "No".
Now that we have- industry to some degree in Macon Coun
ty, the question of unionism will come up ever so often. The
appearance of a labor organizer here is an example.
This newspaper hopes that the following considerations,
among others, will be given due and careful thought in our
1 Many of the conditions which made the rise of unions
possible have either been eliminated or porrested by law.
People are not now forced to band together to obtain either
a decent wage or decent working conditions. Today they are
guaranteed by law.
2 Before a' person advocates the forming of a union here
they should consider carefully the economic and employment
conditions In the areas that are heavily unionized as com
pared to conditions here. It is in these unionized areas that
unemployment Is the biggest problem. Could it be that over
use of unions to force wages up has in some cases i driven the
industry out of business, thereby creating unemployment or
more automation and partial employment?
3. On a national scale today, the danger seems to He in the
fact that the union leaders, rather than industrial leaders,
may be able to become too dominating a factor in our ec
onomic world. Recent events Indicate that many of them will
sell out their membership for their own benefit.
4. Macon County, today, does not need unions, but force is
not the best way to solve the problem.
BOB SLOAN, Publisher
E Early, directors.
Tentative building plans were
presented by Allan Brooks. He
proposed construction of a 30
by 50 foot building of concrete
blocks. Additions to the center
could be made later when more
funds are available, he explain
Mr Brooks estimated that $3,
200 could build this type of
building. This does not Include
a heating system.
Site for the proposed build
ing is the Franklin Memorial
Park off West Main Street. Mr.
Brooks said his committee had
studied the site and found
there is ample room for future
expansion, as well as adequate
parking space. It was pointed
out there would be no legal dif
ficulties in locating a center
there since A A. Slier, in do
nating the land for the park,
favored construction of a teen
ctnter some day:
The Rev Donn K Langfltf
was nam; d by Dr. MeSween to
head a fund-raising committee
lor the building. Mrs. Lester
Henderson was appointed head
of a chaperon committee to
provide supervision at teen
gatherings at the present cen
ter in the basement of the
Thirty-three persons showed
up for Sunday's called meeting
at the teen center.
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