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74th Year ? No. 13
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, March 26, 1959
Price 10 Cent*
THAT'S A snappy new sign
The Bank of Franklin has erected
over its door. "Coffee" Hall wel
comed that job because of the
nearness of the coffee urn across
A. VIRUS struck in some of the
schools last week. Franklin High
was hardest hit by "the bugs",
with about 150 absent Wednesday.
Supt. H. Bueck says none of the
other school got this kind of
treatment from the mysterious
MISS SALLY Kesler, who at
tended the three-day'Spring meet
ing of the Southern Highland
Handicraft Guild in Asheville last
week, was "walking on air" when
she came home. Seems the Nonah
Craft Center and two local in
dividuals, Mrs. Rex Andrus and
S. R. Simpson, were accepted as
members of the guild; the center
for weaving, silk screening, and
piintitv : Mrs: Andrus for weav
ing; r.r.d Mr. Simpson for wood
THEY'LL HAVE a working Sat
urday at Franklin Memorial Park,
?which, like everything else, is
showing the scars of winter. Every
one is asked to donate a little
time to this worth-while project
and Meandering is advised that
they'll have handles to fit all size
KENNETH GRASTY, husband
of the former Miss Shirley Led
ford, of Franklin, has been named
manager of the Winn-Dixie Food
Store in Elizabethton, Tenn. He
once was meat manager of the
local Winn-Dixie store, leaving in
1953 to go to Asheville.
THE ADULT choir of the First
Baptist Church participated in a
state choir festival Saturday at
Wake Forest College. Considered
one of the best, the choir is under
the direction of Mrs. C. E. Henry.
BRUSH AND trash fires have
been giving the Franklin volunteer
firemen fits for the past couple
of weeks. The "capper" came
Wednesday afternoon of last week,
however. Fire got out of hand at
the town dump and spread to
SATURDAY'S incident at the
youth center was unfortunate.
However, it . has been handled
sensibly, and firmly enough to
serve notice that future Incidents
will not be tolerated.
THAT TRIP to Washington and
New York planned by the home
demonstration women had to be
postponed until later in the year.
Mrs. Florence Sherrill will have
some more information later.
DO YOU own a plot at Wood
lawn Cemetery? Some owners have
suggested that it would be very
fitting to remove some of the
ravages of winter at the cemetery
before Easer flowers are placed
Sunday. The caretaker's duties do
not extend to a general cleaning,
so it is up to the owners to have
the job done.'
BRUCE BRYANT is getting
ready to move Macon County
Supply's furniture department
intOj the store on Town Square
just vacated by Bryant Funeral
Home and Bryant Furniture
.ABOUT THAT old well that was
uncovered by a motor grader at
the old Ridgecrest School. Not
as much a mystery as we were
led to believe. A lot of people
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 12
AO Sctt^S 'MR. MACONIAN"
Being a feller somewhat "sot in my ways" I like
tradition. Seems to me that the Master sunrise serv
ice and Gilmer Jones' camp, "High Haven", on
Wayah Bald, were just made for each other. But,
they've decided that it's too hard to get to the
camp and have moved the service to the Franklin
High football stadium.
Gue.?s a body can worship hii Lord anywhere,
but it seenis to me that you're a little bit closer to
Him on the top of a mountain.
The road to Christianity hasn't been easy, so the
preachers tell us, and I'd say the difficulty we
faced in trying to reach the Jones camp Master
morning just gave the day a little deeper meaning.
And I thank you.
SURVEYING the location for the proposed youth center at
Franklin Memorial' Park are <L to It) I)r. G. It. McSween, presi
dent of the youth center association, George Slagle (at transit),
and Allan Brooks, chairman of the building committee.
HAVE YOU GIVEN? ?
Mark Center Campaign
A challenge, a big materials
donation, and several cash gifts
put Franklin's campaign to raise
money and materials for a youth
center on the home stretch this
In fact, if the weather permits,
actual construction will begin
within the next two weeks. Allan
Brooks and George Slagle staked
out the center's location at Frank
lin Memorial Park early Tuesday
Meanwhile, donations of cash,
materials, and labor keep coming
in, according to Robert E. <Bob>
In a letter to THE PRESS this
week, Dr. Furman Angel chal
lenged nine others to match his
$50 donation for the center.
If the doctor s challenge is met,
Dr. O. R. McSween, president of
the youth center association, said
construction can begin almost im
"That $500 will give us enough
cash on hand to pour the con
crete floor," he said. "The people
have been more than generous
in donating materials . . . what
we need now is enough cash to
get the work started."
Tuesday morning, in a call from
Atlanta. Ga.. Irving C. Hitchcock.
a Franklin summer resident, do
nated 10 windows for the center.
The wholesale value of these is
well over $200.
From St. Petersburg, Fla., Mr.
and Mrs. George M. Brewer sent
$10, explaining in a letter to Mr.
Carpenter that "Last summer we
spent two glorious weeks in and
around Franklin ... we like
Franklin and the countryside a
round it so much that we plan to
buy a little summer home . . .!
Roger McCutcheon sent $20;
Grant Zickgraf, $25 and an offer
tq finish some of the lumber; Sam
Wood, $5; George Slagle, $20;
Ralph Womack. 20 concrete
blocks; Sally Moore Bible Class
of the Franklin Methodist Church,
$12; and Mrs. Olga Notel. $10.
Labor for most of the construc
tion has been pledged by local
contractors. Frank W. Nolen is
donating his time to do the elec
trical work; Harold O. Welch will
do the plumbing; and Jack Dar
nell will furnish the labor and
mixer to pour the footings for the
"Many people plannnig to do
nate may have forgotten, so we
urge them to hurry and contact
Mr. Carpenter so the work can
Start," Dr. McSween declared
TAYLOR TO PREACH ?
Sunrise Service Slated
Easter At Ball Field
Franklin High's football stadium
will be the scene Easter morniny
?of a sunrise service sponsored
by the Franklin Ministerial As
Plans for an Easter breakfast
in the school cafeteria have been
cancelled, according to the Rev.
?onn K. Langfitt, because the
church group wanting to hold it
felt it jcould not clear the $20
rental on the cafeteria.
The Rev. C. T. Taylor, mission
ary of the Macon Baptist Associ
ation. will preach at the service.
'The program will start at 5:30.
and the sunrise will be shortly
before 7 o'clock.
R. M. Biddle, Jr., director of the
Franklin High chorus, will have
charge of special music. Also par
ticipating on the program will be
the Rev. R. R. Standley. the Rev.
John Tucker, the Rev. Robert E.
Early, and Mr. Langfitt.
In years past, this service has
been held on Wayah Bald. Last
year, at the last minute, it was
cancelled because of bad weather.
The ministerial association decided
to hold it in town this year.
Two morning worship services
will be held Easter Sunday at
the First Baptist Church in Frank
lin, according to the Rev. R. R.
Standley. The first will be at 8:30.
urior to Sunday school, and the
second following Sunday school
at the regular 11 o'clock hour.
An Eastetr service will be held
at 9 a m Easter at St. John's
Episcopal Church . on Cartooge
chaye and will include the cele
bration of Holy Communion. The
regular 4 p.m. service also will
Easter morning will mark the
first service in the new Patton
Methodist Church. Also, the four
churches of the circuit. Patton.
Asbury, Mulberry, and Union will
hold a sunrise service at 6:30 on
the lawn at the Asbury church.
The Rev. Earl T. Crowe will
BOARD TO MEET
The board meeting of the Frank
lin Garden Club will be held Mon
day at 2 o'clock at the FYanklln
Methodist church It is called to
the attention of the members
that the place for the meeting
has been changed from the Pres
byterian church. i
To Open 18th;
Franklin's nonpartisan biennial
election Is set for May 5.
Filing deadline (or candidates
is April 18.
Registration books will be open
April 18 through April 25: on the
18th and 25th from 9 ajn. to 9
p.m., and all other days from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meeting in special session Mon
day night to plan for the election,
aldermen named Mrs. Jo Ann Cor
bin as registrar end Mrs, Velma
Cortley and Mrs. Elizabeth Mc
Collum as judges.
A mayor and six aldermen will
be elected for two-year terms. '
Prompted by a rash of brush
fires, the Town of Franklin arid
File Chief A. C. Tysinger have
issued a joint order requiring
residents to obtain burning, per
mits and also notify adjoining
land owners of their plaris for
Permits may be obtained from
the fire department.
In addition, no fires may be
started in town until after 4 p.m ,
where there is no wind. Chief
Tysinger said the department
must insist that someone be pres
ent at all times when burning is
Pointing to the 13 fires the de
partment has been called to ex
tinguish since the first of the
month, the chief declared, "There
?will be no exceptions."
Seven of the fires were inside
the city limits, and six outside.
Chief Tysinger estimates that its
coSts $50 each time the truck
leaves the fire house on a call,
which means the 13 brush fires
have run up a $550 bill.
He also urged county residents
to contact the county ranger, J.
Fred Bryson, before starting any
DAVID ENLOE and Ann Maddux (above) were. chosen "King
and Queen of 4-11" in a penny-a-vote run test in the schools.
They rode in the annual ! - 21 parade Saturday afternocin. Win
ning floats were Cartootreehaye, first; lotla, sorc.mf; and Holly
Springs, third. In the junior division. East Franklin and Carson
tied, t Staff Photo >
AT SLAGLE MEMORIAL ?
Awards Made Saturday
To 4-H' eis, Leaders
OuUUnuing 4-11 clubbers and
two -o" t'.ieir leaders were hon
ored Saturday night as a fea
ture 01 the annual "4-H
Held at Slagle Memorial, the
event saw fie awarding of 57
awards to 4-H'ers for work dur
ing 1951! ; the presentation of
roses to Mrs. Vernon Bryson, of
Cullasaja, and Mrs. J. P. Cun
ningham, of Carson, for out
standing contributions as lead
ers; and the recognition of
Spike Maddox, of Cartooge
chaye community club, and
Miss Elizabeth Ann Ammons,
of Holly Springs community
club, as the outstanding boy
and girl in '58. Spike and Eliza
beth Ann each received Sav
ings Bonds, compliments of The
Bank of Franklin.
Serving as master of cere
monies was Robert Enloe, presi
dent of the Cartoogechaye sen
ior club The welcome was giv
en by Sue Crawford, of the
East Franklin Club. Mrs. Ted
Blairif presented the devotion
al, "How Wide is the- Cross".
Special music was by Linda
Ledford, Ji:ne Wells, and Mar
Presentations of awards to
individual club members were
handled by the extension
agents in charge of 4-H, Mrs.
Jessie D. Cube and Kenneth
Perry. Following are the recipi
ents and the fields in which
they earned their awards:
Achievement: Brenda Cun
ningham, Patsy Corbin, Pat
Henry, and Eugene Dean.
Boy's Agricultural : Michael
Canning: Lois Calloway.
Frances Taylor, Pauline Curtis,
and Patsy Corbin.
Clothing: Patsy Corbin, Jo
Ann Corbin, Suzanne Cunning
ham, and Claudetta McCoy.
Dairy: Robert Enloe, Charlie
Enloe. and David Enloe.
Dairy Foods Demonstration :
Elizabeth Ann Ammons, Jackie
Cabe, and Ofenda Lee.
Electric: Martha Blaine, Ros
anne Cabe, Wanda Bailey, Har
ris Elmore, and John Kahler.
Food Preparation : Peggy
Dills, Patsy Stiles, Carol Ann
SEE NO. 2. PAQE 12
QUEENIE' SHINES -
Got A Firebug
If the Macon Prison Camp's
bloodhound, "Queenie", is a
little smut she's got a right
"Queenie" caught herself a
Juvenile firebug, who set eight
forest fires Friday in the
Scaly section of North Caro
lina and Georgia.
Rangers requested the lady
bloodhound's services after
battling small blazes from
about 10:30 a. m. to 2 p. m.
inside a radius of about two
and a half miles.
"Queenie" put her nosf to
the ground and led ihem
right to 16-year-old Calvin
Talley at the home of his
sister, Mrs. .Sarry Brown, at
Calvin confessed to setting
the fires with a penny box
of matches. He told County
Ranger J. Fred Bryson he
"had teen down and out
lately . . . otherwise I don't
know why I set them."
The youth was turned over
to G e o r g I a authorities.
"Queenie" and her handler,
guard Earl Mason, went kick
to the prison camp, satisfied
with their afternoon accom
Ranger Bryson said none of
the fires set by the youth
was serious. The four in
North Carolina burned over
about two-tenths of an acre,
while the fcur in Georgia
consumed about three-quar
ters of an acre. The first one
was set about 200 yards from
the home of fire warden W.
F. Bjllingsley at Scaly.
The Tally boy's parents live
in Georgia, the ranger said,
but have a Scaly address.
Earl Mason And "Queenie"
One Of 8
A Macon County 4-H girl has
been selected as one of eight in
North Carolina to be Interviewed
as a possible delegate to the
National 4-H Club Conference In
Washington. D. C., in June.
This honor goes to Miss Brenda
Cunningham, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. J. P. Cunningham, of Car
She will report to N C. State
College for her interview April 1
Brenda Just recently was named
to the "teen board" of a national
Macon's designated trout waters
so far have received 2.600 rain
bow and brown trout, and about.
8.000 more will be stocked in
streams and lakes before trout
season opens April 4. according
to Wildlife Protector Charles Bor
Officials of the fish division of
the N. C Wildlife Resources Com
mission report trout being stocked
are heavier than last year.
Protector Boring cautions fisher
men to observe the 7 a.m. starting
time opening day. After openlnR
day. fishing will be allowed around
the clock, he said.
At Town Park
An all-day working is sot Sat
urday at Franklin Memorial Park
to prepare the grounds and
facilities (or the season.
Plans for the working were mado
Saturday night at a meeting of
the Franklin Community Club at
the Agricultural Building. Allan
Brooks, president, requests any
one who can spare th? time to
spend all or part of the day at
SPEED WILL SPEAK -
About 200 are expected to be
on hand tomorrow ? Friday* night
to hear Major C. A. Speed, of
Raleigfi. director of highway
safety for the State Department
of Motor Vehicles, address the
annual membership meeting of the
Franklin Chamber of Commerce.
The supper meeting is set for
7 o'clock in. the high school cafe
President J. C. Jacobs, in urg
ing a big turn-out to hear Major
Speed, said a number of out of
Count.v guests have been> invited
As a feature of the pro1: ram!
Mr. Jacbos will; outline the cham
ber's plans for' f>9. as well :?s
officially open the anninvl fund
r ?> in'". campa.1: n.
Major' Speed be?nn h'is career
in' law cnlorctmenl, in 10:5."). only
six years after the highway patrol
A wan suit has been drawn by
the Franklin Youth Center As-'
Foeiation. charging a 1 .1 year-old
boy. with striking and injuring
Larry Dryman; at the youth cen
ter Saturday night. "
Larry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Prelo
Dryman. received a laceration of
the head and was treated :it. a
hospital following the incident.
The Juvenile, whose name was
The youlli renter will be open
every Friday from 7:30 to 10
p.m.. now that the basketball
season in over. Miss Jean Phil
lips, a Western Carolina Col
lege student, will be recreational
not disclosed because of his age.
is said to have struck youn? Drv
man with a hand-carved club. He
then walked out of the youth cen
ter with a companion and disap
peared. The chape rones. B L. Mc
Olamery and Mrs. Esther Cunn
ingham. were unaware that any
thinR had happened until the in
jured boy showed them the cut
on his head. Witnesses said young
Dry man did nothing to provoke
With the issuance of the war
rant. the case was turned over
to the Juvenile Judge. Mrs. Kate
To prevent a recurrence, the
president of the youth center as
sociation, Dr. O. R. McSween. said
membership cards to the center
will be issued immediately and
only those showing them will be
admitted. Guests will be required
to register, he said. As an added
precaution, the parking lot be
hind the town hall, where the
center is located, will be checked
at fiequent intervals for loiterers.
SI NDAV SING
The fifth Sunday sing will be
held at the courthouse beginnin".
at 10 a n. . with Carter Benson in
charge All singers and the public
Weimar Jones has been elect
ed president of the Franklin
Rotary (Tub. An installation of
new officers will be held July
1, the beginning of the chib's
fiscal year. Named to serve with
Mr. Jones are Robert C. (Bob)
Carpenter, retiring president,
who automatically becomes
vIce-presWent; Wayne Profitt,
secretary-treasurer; and Allan
Brooks. W. I,. Nothstein, K. J.
Whitmire, aind W. W. (Bill)
Sloan, directors, The election
featured last Thursday night's
meeting of the club at Slagle
was formally organized.
He was stationed first in Ruther
fordton. where he remained from
1935 to 1943. He was granted a
leave of absence in 1933 and sub
sequently volunteered for services
in the United States Army. He
was assigned to the Army's Crim
inal Investigation Division and
served on foreign duty (Prance
and Germany) until his discharge
in 1946 Major Speed rejoined the
highway patrol the same year and
was assigned to Smithfield as a
He had been in Smithfield three
years when in May. 1949. he was
promoted to captain and trans
1 erred to Fayetteyille as command
ing officer of Troop B
Spmetime later the veteran pa
trol officer was reassigned as com
n.andi:.;; officer of Troop E, with
headquarters in Asheville. He re
mained m that station until Jan
uary. 1954.' when he was summon
ed to Raleigh by Motor Vehicles
Commissioner Edward Scheldt,
promoted to major, and appointed
director of highway safety.
Ma jor Speed was born August
13. 1913 in Granville county and
was educated in the public schools
of Oxford. He is married to the
former Miss Virginia Wall, a na
tive of Mecklenburg county, and
they have three children, two
daughters and a son.
At Van Raalte;
W K iKeni Hooker, for the
past 10 years foreman-fixer at the
Van Raalte Hosiery Plant here,
has resigned to accept a position
with Donald Adcox in Henderson
Mr. Adcox Is owner of the Ada
Company, which specializes in the
manufacture of hand and power
loom rugs and carpets, ladies hand
baits, and woven specialities.
Mr Hooker first worked for Van
Raalte In Blue Ridge. On , prior
to World War II'. He served with
the US Navy during the war and
worked for T.V.A. In Norris, Tenn ,
before coming to Franklin In
Mr. Hooker, with his wife and
two daughters, Susan and Cindy,
will move to Hendersonvllle Mon
day of next week. They have one
other daughter. Miss Judy Hook
er. who Is a student at Western
Carolina College, Cullowhee.
Early t To Present
Program To Club
The Rev. . and Mrs. Robert E.
Early will present the program.
"My Father's World", at Tuesday
night's meeting of the Macon
County Methodist Men's Club. E.
O Crawford, the president, has
The dinner meeting will be held
at Carson Community Center at
7 o'clock, and members are in
vited to bring their wives or other
In the Early's program, already
presented to a number of groups,
nature . photographs in color,
music, and poetry are intertwined.
The March meeting of the
Methodist Men was postponed
from the usual fourth Tuesday,
on account of pre-Easter services
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