Artngc for December 1959
Wb* HjiflW anb^ JHacotnatt
ON THE INSIDE ?
Staff correspondents of THE
PRESS keep the inside pages
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.
75th Year ? No. 2
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, January 14, 1960
Price 10 Cent
THE LATEST Issue of the fly
In* magazine, AOPA PILOT, has
a familiar face on the front. A
?well-known Franklin summer resi
dent and cruise master of two
"PUots Ruby Rendezvous" here,
Vernoa Burt, is standing on the
?wing of his new Piper Comanche.
The photo was taken by another
Macon County booster, aviation
?writer-photographer Hans Groen
SPRING ALMOST made a tri
umphal return to the mountains
Sunday, Convertible tops flipped
back, sl go-cart slid around a rough
course in East Franklin, and
everyone went riding.
A NASHVILLE, Kansas, school
principal, Vernon D. Stenzel, has
succumbed to the Paul Swafford's
recent advertisement on spending
a vacation in Macon County. He's
a rockhound and tells Mr. S he
and his family will remain here
next summer as long- as the rocks
hold out. If that's his gauge for
Staying, he'd better move here
because Cowee Valley alone has
120 different minerals and gem
THE TOWN put the water treat
ment to the streets again Monday
morning. A couple more sweeps
and the streets won't be hud to
THE BENCHES around the out
side of the county courthouse were
filled with "sunners" Monday morn
filled with "sunners" Monday
morning when spring gave all
signs of having arrived. "Uncle
, John" Justice was shaking hands
up and down the street.
ANT ONE notice that beautiful
blue and purple haze covering the
mountains in the late pjn. Satur
day? That's why the Blue Ridge
Mountains are called blue.
SOME SPRUCING up paint, in
anOcipatkm of spring, is going
on the walls at Belk's and the
t store has put up its new peach
MARCH OF DIMES mailers
have gone out. Don't forget to
send In your contribution at once
so your dollars can be put to
work on polio, arthritis, and birth
THOSE OF you unfamiliar with
the excellent work of the Chil
? dren's Home Society in Greens
boro will find the January 19 pro
gram at the Methodist church an
enlightening thing. Check the
date on your calendar.
< FRANKLIN is one of the places
featared iri the "Where Do You
Think Vou Are?" quiz appearing
in the January 16 issue of THE
. SATURDAY EVENING POST. The
quiz uses portions of maps to aid
in guessing. Iotla, a portion of
Wosner Bald, and part of Cartooge
chaye can be identified, as well
AS A GIFT in memory of his
mother, Mrs. G. A. Jones, Weimar
Jones has presented the Franklin
Library with bourid copies of THE
FRANKLIN PRESS covering a 10
FIRST OF the year Inventory
projects appear to be in the home
stretch In stores along the main
drag. Most merchants agree that
SEE NO. 1. PAGE 12
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A mail election has selected
five directors for '60 In the Frank
lin Chamber of Commerce and a
new president is scheduled to be
elected t^iis month to succeed
J. C. Jacobs^ . ' V
The n^fc, directors are B. L.
McGlamery, Bryant McClure, W.
W. Reeves, Bob S. Sloan, and
Bill Garrison. The first two, Mr.
McGlamert and Mr. McClure, will
serve two-year terms by virtue of
having reibelved the highest num
ber of votfcs. The rest were elected
for one yea*.
Rounding out the ^even-man
board of directors are two hold
overs from last year's board, J. C.
Jacobs atld T. Y. Angel.
A meeting is scheduled for Jan
uary 21 to elect a president for
'60 and to map chamber plans
for the tOming tourist season.
Under the bv-laws of the chamber,
the president comes from the
membersmp of' the board of direc
A general membership banquet
will be held later in the year and
will feature the presentation of
an opentttOB budget and the ap
pearance of an outof -county
More Than One
Telephone A Day
Installed In '59
More than a new telephone a
day was installed in Macon
County during 1959, according
to Western Carolina Telephone
Through the Franklin ex
change alone, service was pro
vided 333 new customers. High
lands added 149 more for a total
The year '59 also saw the
Franklin exchange converted to
dial system. This was accom
plished in May and was the final
step in a 10-year expansion pro
gram undertaken by the com
pany in the western area. A
$60,000 building to house offices
and dial equipment also was
opened in Franklin just prior to
The Womans Society of Chris
tian Service and the Wesleyan
Service Guild of the Franklin.
Methodist Church will hold their
annual covered dish supper to
night (Thursday) at 6:30 at the
church. Mrs. J. L. Fesperman will
be guest speaker.
Ao sayi MR. MACONIAN"
Two most important things ? important to the
future growth of Franklin and Macon County ?
took place this week.
One was the election of chamber of commerce
directors in Franklin; the other the big step to
ward a real county fair with exhibit halls.
Five capable, energetic, and progressive business
men were elected by the chamber membership. But,
effectiveness during the coming year is limited by
the cooperation they will receive from the people.
Full cooperation means ne<v tourist and industrial
horizons will brought into sharp focus; poor co
t w ration . . . well, that's easy to figure!
i s business of building a county fair is as am
ir 'is a project ever undertaken in this count'
B it can be done; done, that is, if the people arc
?? * to lend their support unselfishly.
And I thank you,
' Ml Maconian
LOST TO CULLOWHEE ?
Franklin Cagers Lose
One, Win Two Others
Franklin High's lads and lassies
won two out of three clashes this
past week and are ready to take
on Highlands here tomorrow (Fri
day) night and Olenville there
Both Franklin teams lost to
Cullowhee here Friday night, but
registered wins over Rabun Coun
ty here Saturday and Webster
Cullowhee girls downed the
locals by a scant point, 58 to 57,
but the boys ended up on the
short end of an 84 to 68 score.
Franklin girls toppled Rabun
County 80 to 33 and the boys won
50 to 22. Webster girls fell to
Franklin 100 to 29 and the boys
racked up 66 points to Webster's
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FRANKLIN? RABUN COUNTY
RABUN COUNTY, GA. (33) F
? Crunkleton 16. Vickers 9, Wel
born 10, Stroud; G ? Henry, Hall,
FRANKLIN (80) F ? Cabe 20,
Stockton 14. Lenoir 19. Carpenter
12. Myers 5, Leatherman 10, Du
vall; O ? Cole, Sheffield, Hous
ton, Bowman, Ledford, Fox.
Half time: 46-20, Franklin.
RABUN COUNTY, OA. (22) ?
Donaldson 14, Carnes 3. Singleton
2, Keller 1, Payne 1; Blaii 1, Mc
FRANKLIN (50) ? Pearson S,
Duvall fl, Higdon 17. Bafrd 3,
FrankB^ 2, Cabe, Justice 3.
Hughe^^Jryson, Corbin 4. Simp
Halftime: 25-5, Franklin.
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CULLOWHEE (58) F ? Mitch
ell 37, Owen 19, Sorrells 2; O ?
Taylor, Renfro, M. Bishop, R.
FRANKLIN (57) F ? Cabe 11,
Stockton 30, Lenoir 8, Carpenter
8; G ? Cole"! Sheffield, Houston,
Halftime: 25-20, Cullowhee.
CULLOWHEE (84) ? Hooper
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 12
AT FIRST CHURCH ?
Baptist Training Union
School Is Scheduled
A central training school will
be held the week ot January 18-22
at the First Baptist Church under
the sponsorship of the executive
committee of the Macon Baptist
Association's Training Union or
The Rev. C. T. Taylor, field
worker for the association, this
week said all Training Union
members of the county churches
are invited to attend the classes,
which will start nightly at 7:30.
The following courses in leader
ship and methods are being offer
1 "Building a Church Training
Program", taught by the Rev.
Lewis Howard, pastor of the Holly
Springs Baptist Church; "Baptist
Young People's Administration",
Jack Powell: "The Intermediate
Leadership Manual", Mrs. Ed
Brogden; "The Baptist Inter
mediate Union Manual", Mrs. Mil
dred Williamson; "The Junior
Leadership Manual". Mrs. Robert
Club To Hear
Mrf Annie Hawkins, of Ashe
ville, a case worker with the Chil
dren's Home Society of Greens
boro, will be guest speaker Tues
day night, January 18, at a meet
ing of the Franklin Junior Wom
She will show slides and discuss
adoptipns and foster parents. The
Children's Home Society is a club
The meeting, to which the pub
lic is invited, will be held at 7:30
in the basement of the Methodist
R. Standley ; "The Baptist Junior
Union Manual No, 1", Mrs. C. T.
Taylor; "The Baptist Junior Union
Manual No. 2", Miss " Barbara
Roper; and "The Nursery, Begin
ner, and Primary Leadership
Manual", Miss Marie Jennings.
Postal receipts at the Franklin
Post Office soared more than
$7,000 in 1959 over the previous
Postmaster Zeb Meadows this
week gave the '59 total as $53.
253.79, as oompared with $45,
967.44 for '58.
The calendar year Just past was
a significant one for the Frank
itft office for it marked the be
Rinhing of city mall delivery and
the hiring of two additional car
riers-to handle the change. This
took place last February. The year
'59 also saw the . establishment of
another round-trip star route be
tween Franklin and Sylva. giving
the office two such dally trips in
stead of one.
Christmas '59 wasn't particular
ly rushing when compared with
past years, the postmaster re
called. It was about the same as
in '58, a season considered sub
par on the basis of pieces of mail
going through the office.
License tag sales are lagging
a bit behind last year's, according
to Verlon Swafford, manager of
the local branch office of Carolina
Motor Club, where the state's '60 '
plates went on sale January 2. ,
As of Monday at closing time,
477 auto tags had been sold, as
compared with 510 for the same ,
period a year ago. Truck tag sales
were the same, 191.
Mr. Swafford said some delay
is being caused by the failure of
motorists to sign the back of their
registration card before presenting
it for a new tag. He said It Is not
necessary for this to be signed In
front of the office personnel, as
some think, and that a lot of time
would be saved if it was done be
fore coming to the office for a
February 15 Is the deadline for
purchasing new tags.
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P.-T. A. SPEAKER
Dr. C. D. Killian, head of the
Department of Mutation at
Western Carolina College, will
be guest speaker Monday night
at a meeting of the Franklin
P.-T. A. at 7:30 in the high
school cafeteria. Dr. Killian re
cently was appointed by Gov.
Luther Hodges as chairman of
a committee to formulate plains
for an educational program for
gifted children in North Caro
TAX LISTING IS UNDER WAY IN COUNTY
John Kusterer, of Franklin, has his January "must" out of the way. He's listed his taxes
and, by his own admission, is now figuring out hew to raise the money to pay them. Anyway,
tax listing is going on oyer the county during January. A schedule of listing appears elsewhere
in this issue. (Staff Photo)
Monday, January 18, Is the last
day for submitting nominations
for the "Macon County Young
Man of the Year" award.
Bill Zlckgraf. chairman of the
Jaycee-sponsored project, this week
said he had received several nom
ination* and expects to get more
before the deadline.
Any young man between the
age of 21 and 36 is eligible to be
nominated for his contributions
to the community in 1959. He need
not belong to the Jaycees, Mr.
The winner, who will be reveal
'd and honored at a special awards
aanquet here January 25 ^ will re
?cive a Distinguished Service
Award key. Guest speaker at the
banquet, set for Slagle Memorial
Building, will be the state Jaycee
president. A1 Harrison, of Win
Also to be honored at the ban
quet is the county's "Outstanding
Young Farmer". Nominations for
liii saward may be mailed to
Jaycee Jim Williamson.
PASTOR S MEETING
The monthly meeting of the
Macon Baptist Pastors' Conference
will be held with the First Bap
tist Church, Franklin. Monday
morning, January 18, at 10:30.
Rev. J. H. Propst. Jr., pastor of
the First Baptist Church, High
lands, will be in charge. After a
short business session, Mrs. Frank
Shope, county nurse, is Uf speak
to the group.
TWO STILLS DESTROYED BY SHERIFF'S RAIDERS
Last Thursday, between Highlands and l?ill ?rd. in the Slick Rock Branch section on the
south side of Middle Creek, Sheriff J. Ilarrv Thomas and hts deputies destroyed two illegal dis
tilleries. The l)i?(nt was a steam bc,4ler outfit. It had turned out two or three runs, the sheriff
estimated. Another still, a conventional copper pot type, was located about three quarters of a
mile from the steam outfit and probably had been in operation for about two yean. The offic
ers poured out about 1,800 gallons of mash and confiscated 17 cases of empty half-gallon Jars.
Pictured on the site of the steam unit are (t> to It) Deputy Van Crazier, Sheriff Thomas, and
Deputy Newell Pendergrass, who is holding a bag cf dynamite used to blow up the big still.
(Osne's Studio Photo)
PARKER NEW CHAIRMAN -
New officers for 1960 were elected Monday night by the Ma
con County Fair Association and a definite step was taken to
ward building' exhibit halls on the county-owned property on
US 23-441 south.,
Cecil Ptirker, of C.artoogechaye, was elected chairman of the
association. Serving with him are Fred Hannah, of Patton com
munity, vice-chairman; Jerry Sutton, of Clark's Chapel, secre
tary; and Mrs. Grace Tatham, of Cowee, treasurer.
Macon County's '60 county fair was tentatively-set toward the
last of September. The final decision rests with the signing of
a carnival to provide entertain- ? ?
merit for fair-goers.
Two special committees were
appointed at the meeting to be
gin work on buildings for the
fair ground on land donated
recently by the county at the
old county home property. A
building committee, presently
charged with visiting the coun
ty home property and selecting
suitable building sites, is com
posed of Wayne Proffitt, chair
man, Charlie Sutton, Bill Hig
d'in, Fred Hannah, Judd Tal
lent, and Woodrow Gibson. A
ways and means committee to
decide on methods of raising
money for fair buildings is
made up of the presidents of'
the 10 active rural communities
and Gilmer Henson, Elmon
Teague, J. S Gray, Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Bradley, Verlon
Swafford, Wiley Clark, and Mr.
and Mrs. Oran Ray.
As a means of raising money
for the building fund, the idea
of awarding ribbons Instead of
prize money at the fair for the
next few years was discussed.
Although the group favors this
proposal, It wants the approval
and understanding of the fair
exhibitors before making a def
A financial report presented
by Miss Marie Jennings, treas
urer, listed $672 32 on hand.
The meeting was held at the
Franklin P.-TA. made #270 with
its benefit Sunday dinner in the
high school cafeteria, It has been
J. C. Jacobs. Franklin business
man and a member of the First
Baptist Church, attended the
January meeting of North Caro
lina Baptist State Convention's
general board in Raleigh, Janu
ary 11-12. Mr. Jacobs was elected
as a general board member at the
annual meeting of the state con
vention last November.
BlIEC'K AT MEET
School Supt. H Bueck was In
Ashevllle Tuesday for a school
planning meeting, one of a series
being held In the state under the
sponsorship of the School Plann
ing Department of the State De
partment of Public' Instruction.
Thi Saturday he will be in Ra
leltih for a meennc oi 1116 NO.
Education Association federal re
Ritter Lumber Company's mill|
in nearby Mountain City. Ga., is
contemplating a move for a better|
timber supply, not because of the
proposed abandonment of the Tal-fl
lulah Falls Railway.
This was, the word yesterday
i Wednesday i from J. W. Stanley J
Ritter's division superintendent^
in answer to rumors that the millT
was leaving because of the raltfl
"I wish you'd straighten
out for us." Mr. Stanley told '
PRESS. "I've had several
He said it is possible that
Mountain City mill, which
been in operation since 1961, *
be moved in the next eight
10 months to a better supply i
The new location has not
picked, he added.
The Ritter operation Is one
several small industries along
line using the freight services
the Tallulah Palls.
Th*/w#?k't tpfnpemtuma and rainfall L
a rr recorded in Franklin by Manaor. StiW
U. 8. whither iihMrvtr; in Highlands L_
Tudor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV >9
r?bwy?m: "nd at th? Coweta
Laboratory Readtnga ara for the Tt li niM
period andintr at 8 a.m. of the da j liatcdH
Wed , 6th 42 34 1 <
Thursday 48 3g "Jd
Friday 55 22 ofl
Saturday 59 18 '??
Sunday 61 27
Monday 7g 37 Xjta
Tuesday 56 31 ofl
Wednesday 59 o9
Wed., 8th 40 33 lol
Thursday 44 35
PrWay 49 20
Saturday 55 30
Sunday 60 21
Monday 62 40 0J_
Tuesday 66 32 tracfa
Wednesday 61 48 ofl
Wed., 6th 44 32
Thursday 46 36
?day 48 30
Saturday 60 25
Sunday 54 ?
Monday 5^ ^
Tuesday 50 35
Wednesday * a
* no record.