ON THE INSIDE ?
It's this banquet that all stu
dents wait for. For a full page
of pictures on Franklin High's
banquet Saturday night at Cul
lasaja School, turn Inside.
74th Year ? No. 17
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, April 23, 1959
Price K) Cents
LOCAL POLITICKING, which
hain't reached the luke warm
stage since the campaign of
Franklin's "kissln' mayor", the late
R. M. Dill aid, could take some
lessons from Franklin High.
They've really been at it picking
students to run the town Friday.
WITH SPRING nudging us,
seems to be about time for this
column to start hollering about
getting the streets washed and
the town spruced up for the tour
STILL THINK the power com
paay should get some kind of
citation for rain making.
NICE TO learn that our Smoky
Mountain Cloggers are hitting
tbe trail once again. The wonder
ful publicity they brought us by
being on the Ed Sullivan show
last year is still paying off.
coald very well be the answer to
that industry "to employ men"
that everyone here talks about
needing. At least it's worth the
effort to see if we can't land
something' that will bring the
"boys home" from Michigan.
MAY 17 is still the target date
for the change to dial telephones
in Franklin. Work is proceeding on
WOULDN'T YOU say that Ma
coma ns are grabbing a lion's
share of honors lately? Every time
ure turn around someone has done
THE NEW grass on the main
runway at the Franklin Airport
is making the best of the rainy
weather and is really coming up
A FLY-IN from Georgia is com
ing up next month, so we hear.
Owning to dig for rubies. Richard
Parker, of Andrews, is handling
FRANKLIN. Dillard, and Clay
ton are erasing the state line and
are hoping to form an organization
to promote the mountains. How's
that for pulling together?
LYMAN LEDBETTER is open
ins a cafe in the Reid building
in Hast Franklin. Fellow asked
him the other day if it'd be a
drive-in. "I don't care how they
s?et here." declared Mr. L, "just
ao they stop and eat with me."
LOOKS LIKE the way to stop
traffic is to put up those colored
Hags or balloons. The latest to
adopt this psychology are the
Tastee-Freez and Gas for Less on
WON'T BE long now before
M*bool is out and all the boys will
be thinking . about Little League
aad Babe Ruth ball. These are
?worthwhile programs and Macon
County should make every effort
%o nee that they're continued.
DON'T FORGET that Macon
tone a beautification program
uader way. This doesn't mean you
have to eat your chewing gum
or candy wrappers, but it would
itelp matters if you'd see that
tkey get to the trash cans and
ri?t on the street.
SURE WOULD be nice if the
Saturday weather would let up
kme enough to let them prepare
the site for the new youth center.
?Ju?t about every scheduled work
ing has been rained out.
FOLKS OUT Cullasaja way are
flopping mad. Vandals have all
tiut uprooted their beautiful pic
nic area: brick cooking places
torn up and the registration box
A LOCAL student. Miss Patricia
Tatham. is a member, of the Bre
vard College Glee Club, which
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 4
Seven men are in the running
for Franklin's six alderman seats
In the biennial non-partisan elec
tion set (or May 5.
Five of the seven are incum
bents. Mayor W. C. Burrell is un
opposed for another term.
New candidates are Frank L.
Henry, Jr., and Herman Dean.
The five Incumbents are A. G.
Cagh. Dr. J. W. Kahn, William
(Bill) Bryant, E. C. Shook, and
Prelo Dryman. Incumbent alder
man Frank Martin is not seeking
Mr. Cagle is seeking his fifth
term as an alderman. With the
exception of Mr. Dryman, the
other incumbents are after second
terms on the board. Mr. Dryman
was appointed last year to serve
the unexpired term of H. H.
Registration books will remain
open the rest of this week at the
town office. Challenge day will
The filing deadline was last
Youth will have a hand in
government here tomorrow (Fri
Having been elected to offices
in hot political campaigns at
Franklin High School, students
will take over the reins of town
government, filling all posts from
mayor to police chief.
A two-party system (Tar Heels
and Mountaineers) has been wag
ing political war for tlfe past two
weeks and the walls at the high
school are plastered with cam
Results of yesterday's election,
however, were not available at
The experiment in elections and
government is being sponsored
by the Franklin Rotary Club.
Any problems you'd like to air
with Congressman David M. Hall?
Today (Thursday) is the day
to do it.* The congressman's
district office manager, Mrs.
Edith P. Alley, will be at the
courthouse from 9:30 to 5 to talk
over 12th district matters with
A number of women also will
have "dutch" lunch with Mis.
Alley at Kelly's Tea Room be
tween 12 and 1.
She will go to Highlands to
morrow for talks with constitu
Macon's chief deputy sheriff,
who was slighted in Rep. James
M. Raby's recent bill that would
increase the salaries of county
officials, has been vindicated.
Last Thursday, Rep. Raby had
the bill amended to fix the
deputy's salary at $3,300. It is
now $2,700. The bill has passed
The deputy was the only one
who failed to benefit In the
original bill, which was intro
duced in the House April 6.
so AayA "MR. MACONIAN"
Well sir, in recommendin' a new courthouse, the
grand jury puts me in mind of the ol* "second
verse, same as the first" song we used to sing when
we were kids.
Of course, the grand juries have got to report
somethin' when they make an inspection, so we
can't fault 'em there. But, they've been hollerin'
about a new courthouse now for more than a
quarter of a century. That's a heap of "second
verse, same as the first" and offhand I'd say the
county fathers are tone deaf to the song.
And I thank you.
Through the efforts of the above Shriners, a club for this
area is being organized. They are (JL to R) A. C. Tysinger, of
Franklin, who is temporary chairman, Julian W. Helms, of
Charlotte, recorder, Frank Bridges, president of the Brevard
club, S. Casper Chandler, of Charlotte, recorder emeritus,
Henry Henderson, of Brevard, .ambassador, and J. Ward Long,
of Franklin, temporary secretary.
Groundwork for a Shriners
Club embracing eight towns In
this area was laid Friday night
at a meeting of 30 Shriners at
Slagle Memorial Building.
An organizational meeting
has been called for May n5 at
Slagle Memorial. Imitations
have been extended to Shriners
in Sylva, Bryson City, Andrews,
Robbinsville, Cherokee, Murphy,
Highlands, and Franklin to at
A. C. Tysinger and J. Ward
Long, both of Franklin, are
serving as temporary chairman
and secretary, respectively, un
til regular officers are elected.
The new club will hold
monthly meetings here.
Mr. Tysinger says there are
72 Shriners in the eight towns,
21 of them from Franklin.
Study Group Stops
Here Saturday For
Lunch And Tour
Representing 11 states, a 26
person delegation stopped here
Saturday while on a study tour
of Western North Carolina and
Tennessee sponsored by the
Huckleberry Mountain Workshop
They lunched at Kelly's Tea
Room, and then visited Jim
Brinkman's gem shop, where they
were given souvenir key chains
with polished native stones.
New York Bound
Miss Margaret Davis, winner of
Franklin High's United Nations
speaking contest, and her advisor,
Mrs. Ellen Ledbetter, will leave
Sunday for New York City and a
visit to the U. N.
The trip was Miss Davis' prize
for winning the contest. The ex
penses of the trip are being cover
ed by the Franklin P.-T.A.
They will leave from Greens
boro on a special bus chartered
for U.N. contest winners from
over the state, and expect to re
turn home Thursday.
About 200 are expected next
Wednesday. April 29, at Cullasaja
School for the annual home dem
onstration Spring federation and
This year's theme will be
"Springtime of Fashions ".
Mrs. Florence S. Shcrrill. coun
ty home economics agent, invites
the public to attend.
Club women entering costumes
are asked to register at the school
at 9:30 a.m. Judging and modeling
will be held from 10 to 11:30.
The regular show will begin at
AN OLD STORY ?
New Courthouse Asked
By Jury Once Again
Picking up an old cry voiced by
grand Juries for more than a
quarter of a century, the grand
jury of the April term of Super
ior Court recommends construction
of a new courthouse.
But. until something is done,
the Jury suggests additional fire^
proof storage In the courthousb
offices. This is another recom
mendation that has been sounded
STILL IN SESSION
Superior Court still was in
session (yesterday) Wednesday
at press time.
Judge Frank Huskins was
hearing both criminal and civil
Dispositions will appear in
next week's PRESS.
for many years by juries.
The current report, filed last
week after an inspection of
facilities, notes that the tax col
lector's office has no storage ar
rangements, except for current
Jurymen found the county jail
and prison camp in good con
dition. The committee visiting the
school superintendent's office re
ported It in Rood condition, all
records audited, but cited a need
for more office space.
Members of tlie grand Jury
were Bill Bryson, foreman. Prio
leau Shope. Ted OillesjJie. Charles
W. Nolan, Haskell Afvey, Erwin
Patton, Leslie Young, Tom Alley,
S. T. Trammel], Jack Cansler.
George R. Pattillo, B. C. Holt,
Joe Wright, Jess Norton, Roy
Washburn, J. D. Burnette, Edgar
Tippett, and Glenn Holt.
Gets Work Done
Although the men got a little
wet, Nantahala Power and Light
Company finally got the line
maintenance work it lws been
planning for several weeKs done
Intermittent rain didn't stop
the men from tackling the job
this time. They had been trying
to do the work since February
but the weather . interferred each
FACE OF A CENTENARIAN
Meet "Uncle Billy" McCoy. He's 100 years old and that clear
he's puffin* on is but one of many delights in his life. For a
glimpse into the daily life of Macon County's oldest citizen, turn
to the front pate of the second section.
Indictments charging five local
men in the alleged February 10
beating of a union official in
Franklin were dropped last week
by the grand jury.
Jurymen, after bearing evidence
presented by 16 witnesses, includ
ing S.B.I. Agent P. R. Kitchen,
failed to return true bills of indict
ments against the five, Norman
Seay, Ernie Sanders, Gene Hus
cusson, Gene Mash burn, and
The men were charged with
assault with intent to commit
bodily harm. The complaint was
lodged by Robert D. Beame, of
Greensboro, a representative of
the American Federation of Hos
Mr. Beame charged he was
taken from a motel room, beaten,
and forced to leave town by a
group of men. He was here In the
Interest of union organisation at
Franklin Hosiery Plant.
The union official was one of
the 16 witnesses appearing befoie
the grand .jury.
Remarking that he was inter
ested only in violations of criminal
law. not in any dispute between
the hosiery workers union and
the local plant, Solicitor Glenn
Brown said. "As far as I know,
this ends the matter as far as
any violation of state law is con
IS PLANT GUILTY?
To Open Monday
Has Franklin Hosiery Company
denied employes their rights under
tile Taft-Hartley law?
The answer to this question Is
what the National Labor Rela
tions Board will be seeking here
Monday when it opens a hearing
into charges made by the Anlerl
can Federation of Hosiery Work
In a telephone interview earlier
In the* month, James R. Webster,
of Winston-Salem. chief law offi
cer, said the hearing will last
from two to four days. It will be
held at the courthouse.
The hearing will deal only with
the A.F.H.W. charges of Taft
Hartley violations on the part of
the local hosiery plant. It will not
go Into the alleged beating of
union official Robert D. Beame.
since this was a criminal law
matter and was handled as such
llist week during Superior Court
by the grand jury (see related
story on this page).
It is understood that the
charges of discrimination and
interference with rights of em
ployes were lodged by A.F.H.W.
following the discharge of some
workers at the plant earlier in
A trial examiner from Washing
ton, D. C.. will conduct the hear
Event To Honor
Franklin High's top honor
students In all classes will be
honored next Thursday night,
April 30. by the Rotary Club.
Quest speaker at the banquet,
which the Rotarlans plan to
make an annual affair, will be
Roy Armstrong, a former Uni
versity of North Carolina of
ficial, who now is executive
secretary of the John Motley
Forty students ? 10 with the
highest scholastic ratings from
each of the four classes? will
be honored guests of the Ro
tarlans. who feel that excel
lence In scholarship Is being
under-emphasized, not only In
many schools but also In the
The guest speaker will be In
troduced by W. W. (Bill I Sloan.
A native of Spencer, Mr. Arm
strong was graduated in 1926
from U. N. C. He taught two
years In Greensboro Public
"Schools before returning to the
university to study law for two
years ( 1928-30 1.
In 1930 he accepted the posi
tion of director of pre-college
SEE NO. 3, PAGE 4 (
ON 'OPERATION BOOTSTRAP' ?
School Children Tapped
For Delivery Of Books
Tomorrow <Friday>, Western
North Carolina's school children
will oarry into their homes the
story of "Operation Bootstrap",
the 12-county project seeking to
publicize the area for industry
Each child in the cooperating
counties will be handed an
"Operation Bootstrap" booklet on
leaving school. The child's In
structions are simple: Ask Mom
Franklin Mayor W, C. BurrHI
this week inked his slgnaturr
on an "Operation Bootstrap"
proclamation, setting aside May
1-2 as "Operation Bootstrap
Bays" in thi* area.
and Dad to read it. for it explains
in detail the objectives of. the
Macon County's participation is
being directed by Sam Gibson and
J P. Brady, who were appointed
to the re?ional board by last year's
chamber of commerce. The coi
chairmen ask that anyone inter
ested in helping with ' Operation
Boot-strap" here get* in touch with
them immediately. They will need
about 200 volunteers to 1 handle
collections and work on road
It is highly appropriate that
W N.C.'s school children should
carry the message of "Operation
Bootstrap' , for they are the ones
who some day will reap the bene
fits as Job holders, according to
the sponsor of "Operation Boot*
strap", the W.NC. Industrial De
velopment Corporation. The main
purpose of the project is to pub
Jicize the mountain area as an
"industrial paradise", with the
ultimate objective of locating new
industries over the area. The
corporation proposes to raise
$100,000 on "Operation Bootstrap
Days" May 1-2 to finance a travel
ing trailer exhibit that will show
in tere-sted industrialists what
Western North Carolina has to
Rich person in Western North
Carolina is asked to contribute
33 cents toward achieving this
And so tomorrow, when th?
school children take 75.000 book
lets into the homes they'll be
helping to create jobs for them
selves in the future. ,
Macan County's famed square
dance team, the Smoky Moun
tain doggers, are dancing the
celebrity trail again thisi month.
Monday night in Savannah,
Oa , the young dancers will per
form for those attending the
Southern Rotary Convention.
Trielr appearance will tie in
with the governor's boll at
Hotel Oglethorpe and will be
Robert Cox, the talent scout
who sent the team to nation
wide fame on the Ed Sullivan
show in March. 1958, will fly
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 4
O^e of the most unusual district
meetings in the history of the
North Carolina Junior Chamber
of Commerce will take place "down
the road a piece" from here to
morrow (Friday) night.
About 100 Jaycees from Western
North Carolina 'District 1), and
a host of special guests, will in
vade nearby Georgia for a meet
That's right, Georgia!
Almost secretly, in fear of being
ostracized by North Carolina Jay
cees. for the past year members
of the Franklin Jaycees have been
holding monthly "eating meet
ings" at the Dillard House, in
Dillard, Ga., where the bill of
fare is all-you-can-eat, with country
ham and fried chicken being
In fact, and again in near
secrecy. North Carolina's Jaycee
President. Marvin Koonce, Jr., of
flaleigh. was spirited recently
across the state line for one of
these meals he'd' been hearing
about down east and had come to
Instead of chastising the Frank
lin club for deserting the Tar
Heel State, between slabs of
country ham and fists full of
fried chicken. President Koonce
swore his allegiance to the State
of Georgia and vowed that the
rest of North Carolina must learn
of the unusual over-the-line trips
being made by Franklin.
And so tomorrow. Jaycees from
Saluda i^est will doff their hats
as they pass through here on their
way to Dillard. Ga.. for a unique
out-of-the-state district meeting.
Attending as a special guest of
the/Franklin c lub will be Georgia':,
.<? tale president. Jeff Davis. De
en t nr. Ga . and a large delegation
of Georgia Jaycees.
Since it's election time in North
Carolina Jaycee circles, candidates
from all over the Tar Heel State
will be on hand for some politick
As a door prize, the Franklin
Jaycees are offering a cut and
polished ruby from the Cowe?
Ruby Mines. They'll toss In a
country ham and many other
prizes as well.
The we?k'? temperatures and rainfall below
are r?-r?Frd.?i in Franklin by Miin-wm Stile*.
U. S. weather ohervitr: In Highland* by
Tudor N. Hull and W. C. Newton . TV A
ob*ervein; and *t the Coweta Hydrolo?ric
laboratory. Reading* are for the 24-hour
pfriod > ndintr at M a.m. of the day li?t*d.
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