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7Sth Year ? No. 16
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, April 21, 1960
Price 10 Cents
MRS. WILSON'S little boy Al
fred, has a new one to tell.
Wliile he was out of "the hole''
last Friday, the Randolph Bul
?i?B went inside to use his tele
phone. Alfred returned, failed
to notice the couple way back
there, locked- the front door,
and left for parts unknown. Mr.
Bnlgin climbed over the tran
som to get help.
WHAT DO you think of busi
ness now, merchants? You
couldnt stir 'em with a stick
over the week end. Sure was a
welcome change over the small
number of shoppers in town
during the bad weather.
EAGLES are flying out at the
Franklin Golf Course as the ,
warm weather brings 'em out i
to the links. Hobe Collins got |
an eagle on Number 1 and Win- j
ton Perry got one on Number '
8. It's old stuff to Hobe, how
ever. He got one on the same
hole last year.
TWIN BROTHERS, Dillard and
Hilliard Frazier, of the Clark's
Chapel section, celebrated their
73rd birthdays the 13th and
their families had a party for
them Sunday. Look for a fea
ture article on these two In a
STILL HAVE your N. C. Sym
phony membership handy? Well,
you may use it to hear the full
symphony when it appears
Tuesday, April 26, at City Aud
itorium in Asheville. The time
is 8 p. m.
SPRING JUST can't seem to
make up its mind. A lot of peo
ple pulled out sweaters and
jackets Tuesday when the tem
perature took a nose dive. There
was even a light frost early in i
the a. m.
"FROM THE Mountains to the
sea" is the theme of the all
new State Highway color maps
for 1960. The map shows Inter
state routes in green, US routes
in red. and N. C numbered
routes in . black, against a
white background, it is chock
full of color pictures from all
over the Tar Heel state.
COURT OPENING Monday I
brought 'em to town, as usual.
It was like a bee hive around
the front door of the court
A FELLOW was in town the
other night in the interest of ,
forming a new civic club. .
Franklin needs another club i
like a hole in the water tank! |
Some have two meetings to at- |
tend every night now.
WH/VT COULD have been
more perfect than the weather j
Easter? Maybe all that winter
was worth it after all.
DID YOU see tfiat, "No Vac- |
aiicy" sign out on one of the
motels Tuesday night? Turn de J
dum, tourist season is arriving. .
YOU'LL HAVE a dandy time i
Friday night if you'll attend
the benefit show at East Frank
lin for the local baseball .team.
Musical talent "from all over
the area is turning out to help j
MRS. BERT Perry, Litterbug j
chairman for the garden club, j
passes along this item from the
USDA Employee News Bulletin: !
"It's hard to understand a per- j
son who travels miles to ad- |
mire scenery, then litters it j
i 1 i
i doing? |
JAYCEES: First and third
Mondays, 6:30 p. m., Cagle's
Restaurant on US 23-441 south.
ROTARY: Every Thursday, f
p. m., Slagle Memorial Building.
LIONS: Second and fourth
Mondays, 7 p. m., Slagle Me
JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB:,
Fourth Monday, 7:30 p. m, Ag
V. F. W. : Second and fourth
Wednesdays, 8 p. m., V. F. W.
Post Home on Palmer Street.
AMERCIAN LEGION: Third
Tuesday, 7:30 p. m., Slagle Me
1 Friday: Musical talent show.
East Franklin School. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Charter presentation,
Business and Professional Wom
en's Club, high school cafeteria,
ERNEST ROSS, of Marion, is shown addressing a meeting
of district school officials her* Wednesday night of last week.
Seated is Erwin Pattern, of Franklin, district presidant of the
State School Board Association. (Staff Pfiotoi
DISTRICT MEETING HERE -
To Use Power
A 91 -year-old Maconian,
is "completely lost In Frank
And it's little wonder. It's
been more than half a cen
tury since he was here last.
When he left here In 1908,
.Franklin was a small moun
tain village with dirt streets,
board sidewalks, and hitching
posts, so it's really no wonder
that he's "lost" in today's
modern, thriving city-to-be.
Mr. Stiles lived in the Burn
ingtcwn section and was mar
ried to Miss Elizabeth Vir
ginia Burnett, of West's Mill,
in 1890. Since leaving here,
he's been fin 27 different
states, ihe District of Cohim- i
bia, and Canada and has en
gaged in a variety of en
deavors, including, farming,
mining, and restaurant work.
He is now living in Dearborn,
Still very active, the nona
genarian is here trying to lo
cate some of his relatives. So
far he's been unsuccessful.
A former McDowell County
school board member and state
legislator, speaking at a district
meeting of the State School
Board Association here Wednes
day night of last week, chal
lenged school boards to exer
cise their rights more freely
and set standards in their in
dividual counties above the
minimum standards set by the
"Local boards have more
rights than we realize,'' Earnest
Ross declared, "and they can
set standards above the min
imum if they desire."
100 Are Here
About 100 school board men,
superintendents, supervisors, and
principals from Waynesville
west heard Mr. Ross stress the
importance of service as the
key to a better educational sys
tem in North Carolina.
"The court of public opinion
is the highest court in the
land." the speaker said. "You
and I will set the kind, the
quantity, and the quality of ed
ucation which we demand."
He said all the blame or the
cr-dit. should not fall on the
General Assembly because "the
SEE NO. I, PAGE 8
ARRIVES THIS WEEK ?
Franklin High's Yearbook
Dedicated To Mrs. Cabe
Franklin High's 1960 yearbook.
The Laurel Leaf, is dedicated, to
Mrs. Henry W. Cabe
Tile yearbooks arrived from th..
printers this week and students ;
are busy autographing between
In the ced.ication to Mis! Cabe.
the yearbook staff says: "For
more than two decades Mrs.
Henry W Cabe has given e-ner
ously of her time and talent, per
forming at every occasion where
her up vices were needed. Her
musidfil contribution has become
so much a part of our commence
mrnt program that the many. 1
many .graduates who have march
ed to the music of Aida will a)
wayx remember graduation air!
Mrs. Cabe synonymously . .
Mj\s. Anne P. Biddle Is the year
book advisor. Staff members are
Miss Barbara Duncan, editor-in
chief; Mis# Alice Bradley, senimj
editor; Miss Anne Dean, junior
editor; Miss Emma Jean Hogan,
sophomore editor; Max Gladwell,
freshman editor; Miss Linda Mor
row, assistant editor; Butch
Angell, circulation manager; Ar
thur Hayes, activities editor;
Douglas Slagle, advertising man
ager;. Miss Linda Shops, assistant
advertising manager; Dcuglas
Baird. copy editor; Miss Patsy
Corbin, featu.es editor; and Doug
las Pearson, sports editor
The Laurel Leaf has several new
features this year, including two
full color pictures.
MAX GLADWELL, freshman editor, and Miss Barbara Dan
can, editor-in-chief, are shown autographing the '60 editions of
the Laurel Leif, Franklin High's yearbook. (Sta/f Photo i
PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY' -
Opens On Monday
The April term of Superior
Court, which opened here Monday
with Judge J. Will Pless presid
ing, is "proceeding normally", , ac
cording to Mrs. Kate M Wrinn.
clerk of courf#
Approximately 200 cases had
been heard by Tuesday afternoon
and had either received dis
positions, been continued, or the
defendants were called and failed
to appear, according to the clerk's
District Solicitor Glenn W.
Brown has 11 iuvy trials scheduled
and he has already tried two of
thc.'e. "It looks now like court will
last into next week," Mr. Brown
About 300 cases Were scheduled
for tliis term and the majority
of cases heard already this week
involved traffic violations, accord
ing to the record.
IN OPENING CHARGE ?
'Law Day' Is Explained
By Judge To Jury
Judge J. Will Pless took oc
casion to explain the upcoming
"Law Day' In his charge to the
18-member grand Jury at the
opening session of the April
term of Superior Court here
"The law Is not to be feared,
but loved". Judge Pless told the
jurors. He explained that law
js for the protection of every
man's rights and said that, "the
chaos that would result If we
didn't have law is inconceiv
"The observance of law Day'
In two weeks is meant to make
people realize that law Is like
Robert Lee (June) Austin, local
Negro charged with the shootin1!
of Elwood Greenwood on April 9,
was freed In Superior Court here
Tuesday when Judge J. Will Pless
ruled that the state failed to show
sufficient evidence of guilt.
Austin entered a plea of nolo
contendere to a charge, of man
slaughter and did not testify in
his own defense. In a case like
this, it is up to the state's prose
cutors to prove the defendant
District Solicitor Glenn W. ;
Brown and Robert Leatherwood,
of Bryson City, a private prosecu- 1
tor employed by the Greenwood
family, produced witnesses to the
shooting and law officers to pre
sent the story to the court.
The state's witnesses Included
Sheriff J. Hairy Thomas, Deputy
Newell Pendergrass, P. R. Kitchen.
S.B.I. Agent, eight-year-old Keith
Hall, Au-stin's step-grandson.
Austin's wife, Greenwood's wife,
and Coroner John Kusterer.
Solicitor Brown had young
Keith Hall take the stand and
tell the whole story to which ho
was an eyewitness.
Austin is Keith Hall's step
grandfather and Greenwood was
his real grandfather. Keith's
grandmother is married to Austin
Young Keith's story, and those
of the other witnesses, centered
around a card game, drinking, a
quarrel in which' Greenwood pro
duced a knife, Greenwood leaving
and then returning, to receive the
fatal shot from a .22 rifle wielded
Judge Pless ruled that the f?sti
mony failed to show that Austin
was guilty of anything more than
self defense in protecting himself,
his home, and his family.
New Club Sets
Miss Margaret Johnst'm. of i
Albemarle, state president of i
Business and Professional Worn- !
ep's Clubs, will be guest speak- !
er here Saturday ,night at the
charter' presentation banquet
for the Franklin chapter.
Set to begin at 7 o'clock, the
banquet will be held in the high
school cafeteria with Mrs.
Frank i; Henry, Jr. president
of the local chapter, presiding.
Mrs. Henry and officers serv
ing with her will be officially
installed by Miss Sanchez Mott.
of Black Mountain, president of
A welcome address will be
given by W W Reeves, presi
dent of the Franklin chamber
Mrs. MerCediz Leatherwood,
president of the Bryson City
club, will present the gavel to
the local club
The Invocation will be by, the
Rev. R. R. Staridley, pastor of
the First Baptist Church. Din
ner music will be played at the
organ by Mrs. Tom Collier
SPECIAL EDUCATION OPEN HOUSE' HELD
Students at the Special Education School here showed visitors through their classrooms and
exhibited many of their projects at an "open hoibse" for the public last Friday. In the back
ground, one of the teachers, Mrs. Evelyn Bryson, shows a visitor a student's workbook. Principal
C. K. Olson said that "open house" was a success, and "that all the visitors seemed ln?|m? ml
with the children's work." (Staff Photo)
air we're accustomed to ? we'd
be lost without It," he pointed
"And the courts have to take
action because the law isn't
worth anything unles it is en
forced," tie said.
Judge Pless, of Marlon, resi
dent Judge of the 29th Judicial
District, also pointed out to the
grand Jury that it is their duty
to inspect county properties, In
cluding the schools, Jail, and
courthouse and report their
Judge Pless explained to the
grand jury members what was
required of them and outlined
the purposes and background
of the grand jury system.
He said the grand Jury duty
would only take about three
days for this term of court,
which Is set for a two-week
Grand jury members for this
term are, AJbert Ramsey, Jr.,
foreman, Lawrence Long, C. E.
Brogden, Claude Roper, W. T.
Jenkens, J. Woodrow Teague,
George T. Stiles, George Bry
son, John Cogan, Harold Speed,
Jim Thompson, Clay Compton,
Edward "Sheffield, Paul Hol
brook, E&rl Cabe, Frank Mar
tin, John Smith, and Ervtn
Ernest N. Kirkman has been
named manager of Belk's Depart
ment Store In Franklin, succeed
ing Troupe H. Callahan, who has
been head of the local store since
Belk's came here some 15 years
The new manager has been
with the Belk's organization since
1938 and for the past five years
has served as assistant manager
of Belk's In Waynesvllle. He plans
to move his wife and daughter
here at the close of school.
In Waynesvllle, Mr. Klrman
was vice-president of the Mer
chants Association. He is a Meth
odist and a former Klwanlan.
Mr. Callahan resigned as Belk's
manager, effective April 1, and
has purchased the Macon Bargain
Store on Palmer Street from Sam
Gibson and Hall Callahan. He is
reopening the store with a com
plete stork of new merchandise
at an early date.
MRS. COVER SPEAKS ?
Mrs, Bundy Installed
As Garden Club President
Mrs. Stephen A Bundy was
installed as president at the
annual sprinc luncheon of the
Franklin Garden Club Monday
in the .social hall of the First
The room and tables were
decorated with spring flowers
and miniature hats. Mrs. E. S.
Purdom, Mrs. Allan Brooks, and
Mrs./ P L. McGlamer'jv were in
rharge of decorations.
Misses Nancy and Helen Coch
ran presented a program of
mvsic under the direction of
Mrs. Margaret Cooper
Mrs H. Bueck introduced the
guest speaker, Mrs Giles W
Coyer, of Andrews, Cherokee
County's representative to the
Other officers installed by
Mrs. David Ling, of Waynesvillc,
who is director of District One,
were Mrs. John Bulgin, vice
president; Mrs. T. H McNish,
recording secretary; Mrs. T. D
Jones, treasurer; and Mrs Rob
ert E. Early, corresponding sec
Mrs. l.ing also spoke, briefly
about the state* convention of
garden clubs, which will be
held in Asheville at the. Grove
Park Inn next week: The club
voted to send Mrs. .Bundy^as '<
delegate. Several otlier .mem
bers also plan to attend.
A meetfng of the program
planning committee was an
nounced to be held at the
homs of Mrs. Bueck at 3 p m
Friday, April 22.
The following committee
chin men were announced by
the new president: program.
Mrs. Bueck; Junior garden club,
Mr?.. B L. McOlamery and Mrs
T V. Angel, 'Jr.; beautlflcation,
Mr ;. E. S. Purdom; horticulture,
Mm. S. W. Wlnkleblack; ways
ard means, Mrs. Gilmer Jone.s,
therapy, Mrs. A. B. Slagle; pub
licity, Mrs McGlamery'; mem
bership. Mrs Allan Brooks; con
servation. Miss Laura M. Jones;
National gardener, Mis 7.eb
Conley; ? scrapbook and his tor
Ian, Mrs J H. Stockton; awards,
Mrs J Ward l.ong; legislative
Mrs. Carl Slagle; Jitterbug. Mrs
W I Nothsteln; and flower
show. Mrs. Prelo Dryman aiid
Mr' William Dinnes
H'iste .sex for the May me-l
in" will be Mrs Purdom, Mrs
Mcril'imery, and Mrs Bulgin
.-'ixiytwo members and- guests
we: ?' present. Mrs S If Simp
is the retiring president
KKANKUN'S GARDKK CLUB members hearil Mrs. Giles W. Cover, (right) of Andrews,, Cher
okee County's representative to the General Assembly last session, speak at the annual spring
luncheon Monday at the Methodist church. Officers of the club shown are (left to right) Mrs.
John Bulfin, new vice-president, Mrs. I>avtd LUig, of WaynesvUle. district director. Mrs. S. R.
Simpson, retiring president, and Mrs. Stephen A. liundy, new president for this year.
(Staif i'hotp) |
COX AND MRS. COOK -
In House Race
Two newcomers to the Macon
County political scene, one Demo
crat and one Republican, tiled
for japresentatlve before Uie noon
dearulne last Friday, April 15.
Lee Barnard, chairman of the
county board of elections, revealed
that the two new candidates are
Mrs. W. N. Cook, who filed as a
Republican, and William A. 'Bill'
Cox. who will enter the Demo
cratic primary against Incumbent
James M. ( Jlmi Raby.
Mrs. Cook, who is known as
"Nelly" to most Macon County
pecple, Is a widow, having been
married twice, and both husbands
She is the former Miss Nelly'
Cleveland, of Highlands. Her first
Forest fir? danper is "criti
cal" and w ill stay that way .
until Mwe have a heavy 'gen
eral rain," Way ah District
llanger W. I- Noth tein said
yesterday < Wednesday ) .
r?Hunately, no fires have
I broken ?;ut in Macon County
as yet. However, the situation
could change at a moments
notice, the ranger warned, in
j requesting the cooperation of
On May 5
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mc :on holds each ir. nth in th< '
divi ion. to u ii mVy problem
| husband was Henry D. West.
After his death she married W.
Mrs. Cook served as postmaster
at Highlands for 12 years, from
1923 to 1935. She has been living
In Franklin since 1935 and she
and her first husband. Mr. West,
owned and operated a store on
Main Street for 12 years.
Her second husband, Mr. Cook,
was a Baptist mkiister. She is now
a member of the First Baptist
Church and served as -superln
tendent of the Woman's Mission
ary Union for seven years
She has had eight years experi
ence teaching school In Macon.
Jackson, and other counties in
North Carolina In the summers
she worked ut a bank in Bridge
Bill Cox is an accountant in
Franklin and has lived here since
A native of Detroit, Mich., Mr.
Cox is married to the former Miss
Dorothy Houston, of this county
They have four girls and live in
the Palmer sub division.
Mr. and tylrs. Cox lived here far
i while after their marriage in
1946 and in 194.7 left for the west
! coast where he went into the ac
counting business in Lo^ Angeles.
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Show Set For
A musical talent show to raise
money to operate the Franklin
Baseball Team during the '60 sea
son is set tomorrow < Friday ?
night at East Franklin School.
TVe two-hour sfcov: will begin
;i t 7 :jo with Edwin P. Healy.
manager Of radio station WFSC.
as master f ceremonies
J'rocceds from the show will be
' 1 si d to buy uniforms and equip
n< nt, for the ball club, which opens
is sea. oh soon in the Tri-Counfcy
All entertainers are invited to
turn out -for tomorrow night's
Hn v.. . k'? ii and rainfall below
i ' i in KrnnKlin by M minor. Stile*.
?: S w.,ifh??r olj?<-'rvfr: ' in Highlands by
j'l'l'.r N Hull an. I W C N.-wton, TV A
?I' ? i \ ? i ? : ; n?l c th?* I'oweta Hydrolo?ric
? I - ? ? ? ? ' ? .Rrjnlini.'* are for th?? 24-hour
?? ni*l ?ml nft it ?< n.m. of the day linted.
Hish Low Rain
Wed 13 th
? no record.