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pages from top to bottom and
you'll know Macon County.
74th Year ? No. 11
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, March 12, 1959
Price 10 Cents
A BEAUTIFUL moth (Cecropia)
hatched out Monday morning in
Mrs. Teague's grade at Union
School and the children are
getting a real thrill out of watch
ing it. It was brought to class
earlier in the year by Hardin
Gribble and the children have
been feeding it.
A READER writes that we're
misspelling Coweta; that it should
have two "e's" instead of one.
Old maps of the area show it
spelled with only one "e". The
use of two is of government doing
when Coweeta Hydrologic Labora
tory was established. But. be that
as it may, we admit we're in gross
error in having it spelled both
ways in the weather report.
J. B. MYERS, sending in his
newspaper renewal from Portland,
Ore., writes "I believe Franklin
will soon be the best town on
Earth." He has reached this con
clusion. he says, from reading
THE PRESS and all that Is going
on, like city mail delivery and the
"USE A HUMOROUS headline,
please," asked Raymond Southard,
PRESS correspondent at Franklin
High, when handing in a story on
the faculty-senior basketball game
set for Friday night. We couldn't
think of a humorous headline, but
we got a lot of laughs out of
visualizing how some of the facul
ty is going to look on the floor
in basketball togs.
FRANKLIN' IS listed as a major
stop in April for the study-tour,
"Spring Comes to the Mountains,"
being sponsored by the Huckle
berry Mountain Workshop of Hen
dersonville. After stops at the
Highlands Biological Station, Dry
Falls, and other points of interest,
the group will have lunch at
Kelly's Tea Room before moving
on to the Joyce Kilmer Forest.
IN ALL OUR bragging about
Franklin High's driver training
program, we've overlooked a
' significant (though unofficial)
statistic. That is, in eight years,
driver training graduates have re
ceived only three moving traffic
A CLIPPING received from an
East Canton, Ohio, newspaper
shows a picture- of Mrs. George
Ledbetter and her infant son,
Steven, who is three and a haif
months old, at a basketball tourna
ment. Mrs. Ledbetter is getting
the best of a box of popcorn, but
the youngster is snuggled in her
arms, apparently not too impress
ed with the game. Steven is the
grandson of Homer Ledbetter,
formerly of this county. The pic
ture cutlines said Steven was by
far the youngest spectator at the
THE LATE C. C. Poindexter, a
Macon native and widely-known
W.N.C. educator and coach, was
honored Saturday night in Enka
with a special commemoratory
program during the intermission
of the first basketball game. A
resolution was presented from
the N. C. High School Athletic
Association hailing his work In
high school sports and a plaque
in memoriam to Mr. Poindexter
also was given by the N.C. H.S.A.A.
F. F. A. Team
Event For 3rd
A first place was won Monday
Jn parliamentary procedure by the
team entered by Franklin Chapter
of Future Farmers of America.
It was the third straight Nanta
hala Federation victory for Frank
lin and the team now advances
to district contest in Asheville
May 1. The contest was held in
Members of the team are John
Killian, president, Bud Shope.
vice-president; Ronald Harper,
secretary, Jim Nolen, Treasurer,
Riley Henry, reporter, Tex Corbin.
sentinel, and Wayne Proffitt, ad
From 9:30 ajn. to 2:30 p.m.
tomorrow (Friday) at Iotla
School. Macon County's annual
P.-T.A. Parent and Family Life
Study Course will be held.
This year's theme is "Better
Health for Our Children" and
several speakers are on the pro
At the morning session, the
speaker will be Miss York Kiker,
food specialist with the State De
partment of Agriculture. Mrs. E.
T. Hyatt, of Canton, district P.
T_A director, also will lead a
group discussion on proficiency
In parent-teacher leadership in
Miss Mary Copeland. of Ashe
ville, western district nursing con
sultant, will speak at the after
A nursery will be operated at
the school during the study course
for the young children of mothers
who could not otherwise attend.
Some 500 people tunned out
Friday night at East Franklin
School to watch the top 4-H talent
in Macon County.
Sponsored by the county 4-H
council, the event cleared $104.
The money will be used to pro
mote 4-H work in the county.
Carson Square Dance Team ? a
local group that is becoming a
familiar sight on TV screens of
the area ? took the grand prize
and will represent Macon County
in district competition in Ashe
ville next month.
A trio, Sharon and Shelia Du
vall and June Wells, won second
place. Martha Wood, of High
lands, was awarded third. The
Duvall girls are members of the
Iotla 4-H Club and June belongs
Highlands club won first place
for the best school talent. Repre
senting the school were Cathy
Carpenter, Linda Chastain, Mar
tha and Margaret Wood, Sandra
Burris, Doyle Calloway, and Ned
dy Bryson. Second place was won
by Nantahala club and third by
Mrs. J. M. Maddox. adult 4-H
leader from Cartoogechaye, was
mistress of ceremonies.
Jo says MR. MACONIAN"
' Hi-ya Neighbors:
Recoil that was a mighty wise move the school
board made last week, in buyin' up. the Crisp prop
erty next to .Franklin High School. Turnin' that
pasture land into a practice ball field will mean the
regular stadium grass will get a chance to grow.
A lot of fellers put a lot of time and money into
plantin' that grass, but with all the practicin' and
regular playin' it just hasn't had a chance to grow.
Also, the. Pony League will have some place now
to hold ball games without having* to rub elbows
with Little League at East Franklin in the summer.
Sure would be nice if tl)c next thing the school 1
"board got us is a band. There, just ain't nothin' like
a hand. Sammy Beck, who had a dillv of a band
here once, used to say that imjsic is the universal
language. The way things are now Franklin's kids
ain't learnin' to do much talking, universal or
And I thank vou.
A CAR BURNS AND FIRE WIPES OUT POULTRYtyAN A SECOND TIME
It was a hot week for Franklin firemen, with burning
cars, gardens, and a chicken house. Friday about 11:30 a. m.,
they rolled out to Bob Gaines Motors to extinguish a car
fire (see picture above), caused when a welding torch ignit
ed the gasoline tank. Saturday they took a long trip down
the Georgia rood to fight a garden fire. Sunday morning.
fire destroyed a chicken house (see picture above) and about
2,800 chickens at T. N. Kirkland's In the Patton community.
It w.as the second chicken house fire for Mr. Kirkland inside
of three months aind "this one has finished me off for good,"
he said. He lost 3,200 chicks in a blaze December 11.
Franklin High's Monogram Club
will sponsor a basketball game
tomoriow (Friday) night at 7:30
between the seniors and the
The game will be held in the
gymnasium and admission will be
25 cents for students and 50 cents
Coaching the female faculty
team will be Mrs. Kathryn O'Neil.
Her squad will be composed of
Mrs. Ellen Ledbetter, Miss Dar
lene Collins. Mrs. Lois Fulton,
Mrs. Rose Corbln. Mrs. Sue Bald
win. Mrs. Anne Biddle. Miss Shir
ley Cloer, Mrs. J. P. Allman, and
Miss Ann Monteith. Coaching the
senior girls is Leota Beck. On her
team are Anne Hall, Helen Setser,
Jean Burrell, Geneva Ledbetter,
Joyce Cabe, Glaudette Leather
man. Barbara Carpenter, and
Holding forth for the male
faculty will be C. K. Olson, Harry
Corbin, Tommy Raby, Dick Stott,
Wilforrt Corbin, L. C. Howard.
Wayne Proffitt, Frank Ramsey,
Charles Walker, and Harris Pryor.
The seniors will be Harold Elliott,
Don Ledford, Larry Brooks, Clay
ton Richardson. Harold Henry,
Bobby Poindexter, Danny Cagle,
and Jack Hyde.
Brief P.-T. A.
A brief half-hour meeting of the
Franklin P.-T.A. has been called
for Monday night in the Franklin
It will begin at 7:30 and ad
journ at 8 o'clock, so those present
can attend the concert in the
gymnasium of the North Dakota
State Agricultural College chorus.
Officers for the new year are
to be nominated at the meeting.
WORLD WAR II VET ?
C. N. (Joe) Dowdle Dies
Of Heart Attack Sunday
Charles N. (Joe) Dowdle, 42,
a Macon County native and man
ager of Dowdle Wholesale Com
pany in Franklin, suffered a
heart attack about 6:45 p.m. Sun
day in his automobile in front
of a local restaurant.
His son, Mark, return ihg from
the restaurant, found his slumped
over. He was dead on arrival at
Angel Hospital; v
Son of Marcus (Mark) L., and
Mrs. Bess Barker Dowdle, Ijp serv
ed in the U.S. Navy during World
War II and was wounded in action
in June, 1945. Mr. Dowdle was
a member of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars and a charter mem
ber of the Franklin Lions Club.
A member of the Franklin
Methodist Church, he was married
to Miss Margaret Moore Hall, of
Sylva. No. 6, 1937. She is a sister
of Congressman David M. Hall.
Funeral services for Mr. Dowdle
were conducted Tuesday after
noon at the Franklin Methodist
Church by the Rev. Robert E.
Early, pastor, and the R.-v. C. E.
Murray, of Oastonia, a former
pastor. Burial was in Woodlawn
Serving . as pallbearers were J
Harry Thomas. D. A. Stewart. C.
C. Sutton, T. W. Angel, Jr.. Zcb :
C. N. Dowdle
Canstei , J. Lee Barnard, Dr. Ed
gar Angel. and T. H. Fagg.
Surviving, in addition to his
wife, son. and parents, are a
ri; i liter. Miss Carolyn Hall
Dowdle. a freshman at Woman's
Qoilt ge in Green- bpro, and a sis*
ter, Mrs, W. E. Willis, of Colum
bia. S. C.
Arrangements were handled by
Bryant Funeral Home.
nana iui iiif annual t-n piuauc
in Franklin thp afternoon of
March 21 have been completed
by the county 4-H council and
school and community clubs are
now selecting kings and queens
and preparing floats.
Also, the county council has an
nounced plans for honoring an
outstanding 4-H adult leader for
contributions to the 4-H move
ment during 1958. Nominations
for this "award are now being re
ceived and should be submitted
to the 4-H extension agents by
Wednesday, March 18
The selected leader is to be
recognized and honored -as a
feature of "Achievement. Night"
at Slagle Memorial Building or.
the 21st. At this time, awards will
be presented to outstanding club
members for work during '58 A! o.
the parade wTnnefs from ~ttnrr
afternoon will be .announced thyn.
Plans, for "Achievement Nip.hr
will be announced Knext week'.
In the parade, which i set for
2 o'clock, will ride the "Kin", ar.o
Queen of 4-H". The couple will
be selected by popularity vote froio
the kings and queens of ? each
Macon clubs also are wo: ki ir
on plans for '.'Liemonst ration Day"
April 4 at East Prankhh School.
AT EAST FRANKLIN SCHOOL -
Classroom TV? Almost . . .
Television hasn't reaehed the
classroom at East Franklin
School, but it s close.
It's in the school auditorium,
as a matter of fact.
East Franklin's 21-lnch TV
set serves a dual purpose, ac
cording: to Principal W. G. Craw
ford. From a purely educational
standpoint, he considers it a
wonderful training aid because,
through strict program selection,
the children are able to see
history being made. For ex
ample, they watched the open
ing of Congress in January ?
an event probably not a single
one will ever see in person. Fre
quently, Mr. Crawford allows
them to view classics, like David
Now to the second purpose.
Visualize, if you ran, a dreary
rainy day. Karty morning and
latte afternoon school bus riders
can't ko outside and run off
the energy that characterizes
those of elementary school age.
So what do they do? Why.
watch television, of course, for
it appears to be the only medi
um capable of rendering the
PLAYING GAME TONIGHT -
In State Tourney
Tonight < Thursday) in Winston
Salem. a basketball team from
little Nantahala High here will
have its greatest hour, win or
For Nantahala. with only a
handful of boys in the whole
school, will carry the District 8
banner into the state Class A
tournament against Jamesville.
winner in District 1.
Nantahala battled its way to the
district championship Saturday
night in Enka by defeating Crab
trce-Iron Duff 63 to 49 Led by
Todd Bateman. a lanky forward
?who bucketed 28 points. Nanta
hala never dropped out of the
lead in the game after Todd
opened the night's scoring with
a layup off the opening tip. The
Macon County team, which lost
only two games during regular
.season play, had a 13 to 6 first
period lead and Iced the game
at the end of the third by com
manding a 33 to 26 lead.
Helping Bateman out under the
basket were Morris Bateman and
THREE ON TEAM
Three Nantahala players
made the all-tournament Class
A team, forwards Todd Bale
man and Charles Owenby and
guard Ken Solesfoee. Bateman
led Class A players in the two
irairfs of district play by scor
ing 51 points.
ELECTED TREASURER -
Goes To Bryant
After waging a successful fight I
to block the sale of Farmers Fed- |
eration to the Farmers Coopera
tive Exchange 1 PCX i , a group of <
sale opponents took over the active ?
management of the Federation
following a' meeting Saturday in
Bruce Bryant, of Franklin, who
actively fought the sale, was
elected treasurer. James M Raby.
of Franklin, was named a di
Another man with Macon Coun
ty ties, Joseph Hlgdon. of Ashe
ville. who organized the fight
against the sale, was elected chief
administrative officer with the
title of vice-president and general
manager. Mr. Higdon. who suc
ceeds James McClure Clarke, re
signed. lost his job with the Fed
eration last year because of dif
ferences with the management
The new Officers hope to work ,
?out the Federation's financial
About 90 percent of the Macon
County stockholders voted against,
the sale of the Federation, it is
Gene Frizzell manager of the
Franklin store, this week said the
local. store, in the past eiulit years,
has made" tfi0.79fi.50'.
OWNED HIGHLANDER ?
James Goods, Publisher,
Dies. Saturday In Hospital
James S. 'Jim > Gnode. publ; 'i
it of THE HlGHr.ANDKIi i:i
Highlands* and an active booster
of West' in North Carolina. ? i ? 1
Saturday at 0 a.m. in an Asheville
Fifty-two years old. Mr Goode
was in excellent spirits 'Ihursday
while attendinK to . some last
minute details of his newspaper,
which is printed jn Franklin. H *
later became ill at his home in
HiKhlands, was taken to High
lands Community Hospital, and
then transferred to the AshevtMe
A native of MorgantOn. he also
published Picturesque Magazine
and was treasurer of the HiKh
lands Chamber of Commerce. He
was a vestryman and secretary
These vxniriK television- viewers are giving a program their complete attention in. ihe l .ast , Franklin auditorium. Matter of laet,
they were not even aware of the photographer. (Stall' Photos)
' f :!i " Hi lilarjf's Episcw.il Church
of the Iruv.rn.ation. Art he in town
affairs 1 i.iee > tailing THE HIGH
I ANDEI! there* last year, he Just
recently was named to the town's
planning committee, Mr. Goode
published 11 newspaper some 25
years ago in Wa.vnesville. He was
the son of the late Dr W. O.
Goode. a Methodist minister of
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