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74th Year ? No. 45
Franklin, N. C., Thur?d?y, November 5, 1959
Price 10 Cent
BRIGHT and sunny days
make you think Fall is behav
ing like it should. Sure has
been an unusual season, hasn't
HALLOWE'EN pranksters real
ly put the soap on windows in
the downtown area. Too bad
some of that soap, mixed with
water, couldn't spill over and
clean up Hie dirty streets.
PERRY'S DRUG Store is get
ting a face lifting ? new, mod
ern glass front. Also, new in
side lighting has been installed.
TWO OFFICIALS of The Bank
of Franklin, Frank B. Duncan
and T. W. Angel, Jr., are back
from Miami, Fla., where they
attended a big bankers con
ED COATES, at The Norman
die Restaurant, treated Coach
Dick Stott and his Panthers
and a few special guests to a
steak dinner Wednesday night
of last week. Tuesday night he
did the same for the cheer
leaders, wno have yelled the
team to victory after victory
and have consoled them in de
THE UNITED NATION'S chil
dren's program, UNICEF, spent
Hallowe'en in several commun
ities. The young people of the
communities, instead of playing
pranks, collected money for
UNICKF. At Holly Springs they
got $30; Carson children col
lected $10; Cowee, $16; and
AFTER SOME nice fall days,
the weather started closing in
again Wednesday morning and
smoke curled from chimneys.*
SINCE THE portable skating
rink closed for the season, busi
ness talk from a variety of
quarters has centered on con
struction of a permanent rink.
Is it just talk?
,ST. AGNES church women
have some beautiful items in
their Christmas bazaar ? most
of them handmade.
WHAT WE need is a stiff
wind some night to take care
of those leaves piling up on the
lawns. Such a wind ideally
should carry them as far as
the Little Tennessee.
DONT FORGET that the
Bloodmobile will be In High
lands tomorrow (Friday) from
2 to 6 p. m. at the Methodist
church. They want 125 donors.
LITTLE SYMPHONY member
ships are on sale. Buy yours
See No. 1, Page Ten
SUNDAY AFTERNOON, several young Maco mails were busy grooming their fat calves for
he show and sale. With their calves are <L to R) Spike Maddox, Ai Slagle, Tommy Fouts, and
? lyd? Downs, Jr. In the background are Ken Perry, assistant agricultural agent, and Billy ?raw
ord. (Staff Photo)
MACONIAN RECOVERING -
By PETE ELLIS
Special To THK PRKSS
WJNSTON-SALKM. Nov. 4? Mrs. J. C. Shepherd,
41-year-old mother of 10 children, of Franklin, Route
4, was reported in '"good condition" today following
a delicate operation on her heart yesterday at Bap
Mrs. Shepherd, the former Miss Myrtle Holder!,
since birth has suffered what physicians called an
arterial septal defect ? an opening , or hole in the par
titlon between the left and
right auricle of her heart.
She apparently was unaware
of her congenital defect until
about five years ago. More seri
ous symptoms of a heart dis
order showed up when she was
carrying her 10th child ? Marvin
Dean, now three years old.
Physicians said she suffered
cardiac failure during that
had not her condition been de
tected when it was. She was
treated some five years ago by
her family doctor and about a
year ago began making trips to
Baptist Hospital for examina
After some months of treat
ment and preparation, Mrs.
Shepherd underwent the four
hour surgery yesterday. The op
eration was done by two sur
geons working as a team with
See No. 2. Page Ten
Tuesday night at the high
school cafeteria, the. Smoky
Mountain Boy Scout District plans
t<fc hold its annual "appreciation
dinner" for parents and other
adults who have helped promote
Scouting in the past year.
Slated to start at 6:30, the din
ner also will be highlighted by the
installation of district 'Officers,
?who were elected at the district's
annual business meeting in Oc
tober. Boyd Sossamon, of Sylva,
is the present district chairman.
Each Scout unit in the district
is handling its own food and
table decoration arrangements.
Invitations have been extended
to unit leaders, unit committed
men, parents, district Scouters.
nnd their wives.
EPISCOPAL WOMEN PLAN CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Mrs. Ted Reber, chairman, is shown with some of the many hand-made items the women of
St. Acnes Episcopal Church are offering at their Christmas bazaar this year, which will be ope/i
today (Thursday) and tomorrow at the rectory on Church .Street. A luncheon is slated today
from 11 to 2:Jl
Macon County calves won 19
blue robbins and five reds Tues
day afternoon at the W.N.C. Fat
Results of yesterday's sale were
rot known at press time. How
ever. a large number of business
men were on hand at the Horse
and Hound Pavilion near Enka to
support the local animals.
Macon entries also won first
place in the best county group of
three calves and second place in
the county group of five. Calves
were shown in the best group of
three by Tommy Fouts, Wayne
Gregory, and Jimmy Taylor. These
three animals, plus two owned by
Genevieve Whitmire and A1 Slagle.
made up the group of five.
In addition. Tommy Fouts" calf
topped the medium heavyweight
group: Jimmy Taylor's was second
In the medium weight and
Genevieve Whitmire's was third:
David Cabe's was third in the
lightweight group and Roger Tal
ley, Jimmy Williams, and Gail
Proffltt placed fourth, fifth, and
Blue ribbon calves were owned
by Johnny Taylor, Jimmy Taylor,
Tommy Fouts, Billy Crawford.
Roger Talley, Wayne Gregory,
Steve Whitmire, Gail Proffltt,
Elizabeth Ann Amnions, Jimmy
Williams. David Cabe, Spike Mad
dox, Douglas Peek, Ted Bingham.
Sue Crawford, Genevieve Whit
mire, A1 Slagle, Richard Alex
ander, and Reagan Ammons.
Red ribbons went to Tex Cor
bin. Jim Nolen. Johnny Cabe,
Bobby Bell, and Clyde Downs, Jr.
A calf from Henderson County
was grand champion and one from
Haywood was reserve.
DRIVE OPENING SET -
Little Symphony ,
Coming March 9
March 9 Is the date set for
concerts here by the North
Carolina Little Symphony.
Selection of this date, and
other business dealing with the
local membership campaign to
raise money for the Little Sym
phony, featured a ?kick off"
meeting of the local chapter of
Term Of Court
Jurors for the December term
of Superior Court here have been
Judge George B Patton will pre- '
fide at the term when it opens
Names of jurors were drawn
Monday during the regular session
of the board of county commis- !
First week jurors will be Hillard
Solesbee, Route 1: Frank Sellers,
Route 4; L. C. Billingsley. High
lands; Edward Coates. Franklin:
Lyman Sweatman, Route 1;
Aaron Miller, Route 1; Harley
"/ounce, Nantahala; Patrick T.
Rogers, Route 1; Edwin C. Hall.
Franklin; John Robert Anderson.
Route 1; E; B. Roane, Route 1;
Clarence Vanhook. Route 2; J. P.
Bryson, Route 4; Cline Evans.
Aquone; Dean Davis. Route 1.
Dillard, Ga.; Fred Nichols, Route
1; Frank Gibson, Route 4; Ted
Vinson, Scaly; Herman Teem.
Franklin; Gllne Holland. Route 1.
Dillard, Oa.; John T. Hurst, Route
4; Floyd Potts, Route 2; Will Mc
Clure, Route 1; Charles Stiles,
Route 2; Roy Kinsland, Route 4;
Charles Davison, Franklin; Pratt
Dalton, Route 4; Frank Browning,
Route 3; Edwin Bradley. Route 4;
Austin Raby, Route 3; Austin
Mashburn, Route 4; Paul Shuler,
Route 4; Clyde Pennington,
Franklin; Doyle Long. Route 1.
Dillard. Ga.; H. P. Robertson.
Route 1. Dillard. Ga.; and Howard
Picked for duty the second week
are Roby Roper, Franklin: Clyde
Morgan. Nantahala; Merltt Fouts.
Route 3; Harold McClure, Route
2: Fred McGaha. Route 4;' Frank
Poindexter, Franklin; Elbert Car
penter, Route 2; Jess T. Tyler.
Route 4; Wade Holbrooks. Route
1 ; Boyd Collier, Route 1 ; Joe
Clark, Franklin; Frank Crane,
Highlands; Don L. Henderson.
Route 5; Steve Duvall. R:ute 3:
Frank C Fox, Route 5; David J
Carpenter, Route 1: Carey Ancel, ?
Route 5: and John Hyatt. Route 2.
Mrs. H. W. Cabe is recovering
from surgery which ' h " nrtderwert
at Memorial Miss'-" 'T>.i>t'il iir
Asheville Friday of last week.
the North Carolina Symphony
Society at the Methodist church
A concentrated two-week
membership drive to raise $985
is slated' to open next week
under the leadership of Mrs, H.
Bueck, chapter president.
A C. McAllister, Little Sym
phony tour manager, was here
Sunday and Monday helping
Mrs. Bueck reports plans rail
for i free matinee concert for"
school children, as well as the
regular concert at night.
To push ticket sales and of
fer information about the Lit
tle Symphony, volunteers will
staff a display table in front
af Belk's Department Store dur
ing the two-week drive, she said
Membership available are: $1
[or students: $3 for a single
membership; $5 for couples; $10
for active; $25 for donor; and
$100 for patron.
Judges of the '59 W.N.C. Rural
Community Development Contest
will tour prize-winning Iotla com
munity next Thursday, November
12, from 2:45 to 4:30. it has been
The area judges are Miss Eliza
beth Parham, of Asheville, home
economist with Carolina Power
and Light Company; Horace Isen
hower, of Raleigh, director of the
Farmers Home Administration :
and Horace Godfrey, of Raleigh,
administrative officer of Agricul
tural Stabllzation and Conserva
Six Of Nine
Macon County voters wont
aton-; with the rest of the state,
in the O<*iober 27 election, in
approving six of t'le nine pro
posed bond Issues, but turned
thumbs down on one that car
The proposed bonds for arm
ories and ,for historical sites
lost, in the state as well as
here Those for state ports won
a r)im margin in the state, but
f: Jed to carry in this county.
The majorities against, in this
courtty, were: Armories, 20; his
torical sites, 65: and ports. 25
The largest Macon majorities
for bonds favored those for
An election table, showing
precinct figure* for and against
the nine bond issue*, appears
inside this week's issue. The
results are official.
mental institutions, educational
institutions, and blind rehabili
tation, in that order.
The total vote cast jn this
county was 578 ? apparently the
smallest on record. That's Un
official figure, announced fol
lowing the official canvas ;
Thursday morning by the Ma
con Board of Elections? J. L"r
Barnard, chairman, A W
(Wint) Perry, and Donald b
The voting was far from con
SEE NO. 4, PAGE 10
FIRST MEETING HERE -
Lawmakers To Air
Problems Of Area
The first in a series of month
ly public meeings, aimed at
bringing the state government
in Raleigh to the people of this
extreme western tip of North
Carolina, will be held in the
Macon county courthouse later
The topic of the Franklin
session is expected to be high
ways, and J. Melville Brough
ton. Highway Commission chair
man, has been invited The
date, still unset, was left open
to suit his convenience.
The meetings, to rotate
among five counties of this 33rd
state senatorial district, Is
sponsored by the district's leg
islators ? State Senator Frank
W. Forsyth, of Murphy, and
the representatives from dis
trict's five counties
It Is proposed, Senator For
syth explained, to bring the
head of some state agency to
the district each month, so he
can see and talk with the peo
ple, and can see first-hand,
the conditions and the prob
lems of this airea. Such ex
changes of views and of infor
mation, the legislators believe,
will eliminate much misunder
On the subject of highways,
the Senator said it is hoped
Chairman Broughton will tell
tlie people about the commls?
s ion's plans, for both the pres
ent and the future.
Other matters of special in
trrest to the i oup Include:
wildlife, welfare, industries, and
the proposed Nantahala-Duke
The organization of the leg
islative iirou ), completed at a
meeting in Andrews a fortnight
ago, grew oht of a previous
meeting in Bryson City, called
by Swain County's Representa
tive C. Ri Crawford. The idea
for the meetings Is Mr. Craw
ford's. Mr. Forsyth told THE
PRESS this week.
At Andrews, Senator Forsyth
was named chairman, and Rep.
Leonard Lloyd, of Graham
County, was chosen secretary.
The other legislators in the
group are Reps. James M (Jimi
Raby, of Macon County, Mrs.
G, W Cover, of Cherokee, and
Tom J. Herbert, of Clay.
In' view of the cut in welfare
checks. Senator Forsyth said,
members of the group are par
ticularly interested in that sub
ject. He added that, during the
last session of the General As
sembly, the Senate was promis
ed no cuts would be made in
welfare checks; that, if funds
were insufficient, the governor
would make up the difference
out of the contingency and em
ergency fund "But now the at
torney general has held the
governor can't legally do that.
As the senator representing
this area, Mr. Forsyth said he
had written the N C. Utilities
SEE NO 3, PAGE 4
HE'S PAIN TING IT RED
With h's brush and red paint, United Fund chairman Earl
Adams paints in sonic more "temperature" on the U.F. ther
mometer ,111 Franklin while his publicity chairman, Charles Led
better, holds the lauVler. The I'.F. campaign went over $7,000 this
week in Its climb to a Koal of $12,034. Only one week remains in
the all-out l'.F. effort and Mr. Adams urges everyone to make
a contribution at once. (Staff Photo)
NOT ENOUGH MONEY ?
Welfare Aid Being
Cut This Month
About 36 Maconlans aren't go
ing to be too happy with the
checks they'll receive the middle
of this month.
They are those who draw Aid
to the Permanently and Totally
Disabled through the welfare de
Their November checks will
averane about $2 less than usuol
II. Itueck, of Franklin, last
week wis reelected to his third
one -year term as president of
the \V. N. ( . Associated ( Dm -
muni ties. In audition to the
elect inn of officers, the 11
county- organization adopte:! a
five-point program to rcvit ilize
itse'f. One point was -opening
the membership to inc!u.le the
area's Junior Chambers of fom
merre in an effort to enlist new
blood and hew members. The
meeting, attended by some 75,
including < ongressman David
M. Hal' and Brooks Hays, for
mer Arkansas rongressman, was
held at Fontana Monday of last
A DUCKY SPUD IS SPIED
A big Irish potato that has alt thr earmarks of a dork is on
display at THK PRESS. ?Grown by Vernon Holland, of Route S.
the tuber is shaped like a duck's body, has a head like a duck,
and even has what, with a little imagination, might be taken
for a web foot. It weighs one pound, 14 ounce*. (Staff Photo)
because the legislature (ailed to
appropriate enough money last
year to carry the state through
on Its committments.
Unless something Is done about
this shortage of funds, some 300
more Maconlans who draw Oid
Age Assistance will face reductions
In their monthly checks beginning
In January, according to Mrs.
John Crawford, superintendent of
the Macon County Department of
All A.P.T.D. and O.A.A. recipi
ents are receiving this notice with
'heir checks this month:
"The reduction in your check is
bpcau.se North Carolina has not put
up enough money to continue the
amount you have been receiving.
Macon County Is not responsible
for this reduction. We regret the
situation very much, but there
is nothing wc can do as it applies
all -over North Carolina."
Mrs. Crawford said her depart
ment lias been ordered u. cut
A.P.T.D. payments tiom 80 to 75
pel cent of need, which, when
computed on the basis of 100 per
rent need, is a cut . of 6.25 per
The ordered January reduction
in 0,A A. grants will be from
!!t to 80 per cent of need ? or
5 8 per rent on monthly checks.
The superintendent said recipi
(nts lirve received an average of
$35 a month in assistance. This,
rattin.i 'hey will receive from $2
to S5 less, depending upon the size
of their grant.
Reminded of a ground swell
of sentiment over the state to ap
propriRt" more money. Mrs. Craw
ford said A.P.T.D. receipients will
still receive reductions in Novem
SEE NO. 5. PAGE 10
'I lie Weather
Th?- wv??)r* ffmiw't-Ht nr.-H nnd rainfall below
III. m-oo riled in Krnnklin by Mnnw Stilea, '
' leather oWrvw; in TTikrhlnnds hjr (
Tudor N. Hall and W. C. N.wtoa. TV A
Ob wrvf.?; and at tho row-t* Ilydrolo?rie ,
Laboratory. Readings are for the 24-hour '
Period ending ?t n , m. nf the day listed.
Wed., 28th 59 31
Thursday 56 42
Friday 62 50
Saturday 76 55
Sunday 70 47
Monday 67 41
Tuesday 65 27
Wednesday .... 41
Wed., 28th 60 28
Thursday 58 39
Friday 60 43
Saturday, 61 55
Sunday 74 45
Monday 70 45
Tuesday 67 25
Wednesday 65 40
Saturday 68 52
Sunday 61 50
Monday 60 48
Tuesday 54 28
? no record.