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THE PRESS Jrom cover to
75th Year ? No. 20
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, May 19, 1960
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Price 10 Cents
ON AN official visit here last
week, Horace D. Godfrey, state
A B.C. administrative officer, com
mented that the Macon office was
among the best in the state.
AND THE "clang" of the park
ing meter violations boxes is heard
along the street . . .
THOSE SUNburns are beginning
to show up all over town. Some
come from the beaches of Georgia,
Florida, and South Carolina while
others are backyard-ers.
I, ON D ALTON was hard at work
Monday painting the radiators
white in the post office building.
That's a sure sign of spring.
A wmTE weather balloon was
found last Thursday by Bruce
Hedden, in the Patton commun
ity. If it had been found a couple
of days later, it. could have been
that missing satellite balloon that
failed to go into orbit.
SURE YOU can be sure warm
weather is here. They're opening
the swimming pool Saturday at.
the Franklin Lodge and Golf
AREN'T those new plans for a
Macon County courthouse pretty.
How wonderful it would be to
wake up some morning and find
that building gracing the town.
FRANKLIN and the ruby mines
have been getting some good
shakes recently in national pub
YOU CAN expect the political
caldron to really begin boiling
between now and the May 28 pri
mary. Candidates will be pouring
into town to garner last-minute
support. If you don't want your
babies kissed, keep em off the
THE SPECIAL edition being
planned by THE PRESS tor
Franklin Hosiery's birthday cele
bration is making up as one of the
best ever produced by the news
paper. You'll want to save your
THE CANCER drive is nearing
its quota and Mrs. Lester Conley,
chapter president, urges everyone
to get their donations in to her
as soon as possible so " she can
close the drive.
SEEMS LIKE right now, with
the sun shining^ would be a choice
time to put that street patching
machine of the town's into action.
Franklin's chapter of Future
Farmers of America made an im
pressive showing at the District
Five F.F.A. awards program Sat
urday in Asheville.
The local chapter placed first
in cooperative activities and chap
ter contests and second in parlia
District Five embraces chapters
in the 25 western counties.
JAYCEES: First and third
Mondays, 6:30 p. m., Cagle's
Restaurant on US 23-441 south.
ROTARY: Every Thursday, 7
p. m., Slagle Memorial Building.
LIONS: Second and fourth
Mondays, 7 p. m., Slagle Me
morial Building. /
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.
V. F. W. Auxiliary: Second
Monday nights, 8 p. m., at post
AMERCIAN LEGION: Third
Tuesday, 7:30 *>. m., Slagle Me
BUSINESS AND PROFESSION
AL WOMEN'S CUB: Fourth
Thursday at 7 p.m.
baseball game. 2:30 pjn , Frank
lin diamond on US 23-441 south.
Tuesday: Nantahala High com
mencement. 7 :30 p.m.. school audi
Macon Loses In Census, Franklin Gains
THE DAY* IS APPROACHING FOR SENIORS
Franklin High's '60 graduating class is inarching in preparation for commencement exercises
the last of this month. Leading this practice march Saturday are the class mascots, Sonja Seay
and Ronnie Henson. (Staff Photo)
Commencement exercises at
Nantahala. High School are set
for Monday, May 23, at 7:30
p. m. in the school auditorium
with 18 seniors graduating.
Graduating seniors for 1960
are Sandra Baldwin, Glenda
Sue Douthit, Wanda Ferguson,
Edna Sue McMahan, Anna Sue
May, Wanda Sue owenby, Caro
lyn Passmore, Myrtle Sue. Pass
more, Shirley Waters, Tod
Bateman, Guy Grant, Newton
Jones, Gerald Morgan, Tal
madge Owenby, Bobby Rowland,
Harold Rowland, Stanley
Shields, and Junior Solesbee.
Mascots for this year are
Kathy Wishon and Shawn
Franklin's baseball team, with
a 3-0 record, is definitely the one
to beat in the Tii-County League
Sunday in Hayesville, Norman
Seay pitched a two-hitter to spark
the locals to a 10 to 1 victory over
Hayesville. The Sunday before
that. Franklin clobbered Robbins
ville in a road game, 14 to 5.
In the Hayesville-Franklin game.
Norman Seay and Ken Raby led
in the hitting department with
four for five and three%or three,
respectively. Relief pitching by
JerrySutton carried the team
through in the Robbinsville game
and Seay and Raby each got
three for four at bat.
This coming Sunday on the
Franklin diamond at 2:30, the
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 8
. The mystery of the Texas
horned toad (PRESS, May 12 ?
ambling along thousands of
miles out of its bailiwick has
Thanks go to Mrs. Gordon
Seems the F arresters
brought two of the critters
back from a visit in Okla
homa last year. Oine died
from starvation and the oth
er escaped from captivity.
The family assumed it had
You can imagine their sur
prise when they say the
toad's picture in last week's
newspaper, very / much alive
'That's the real mystery,"
Mrs. .Forrester says, "finding
out how it survived the wint
The Forrester's young sen,
Geff, is now negotiating with
Mrs. Frank Martin's biology
clas.s at Franklin High to re
cover his lost pet.
Op an House
Franklin Hosiery Company
will celebrate its fifth anniver
sary with an "Employee Recog
nition Day" later this month.
Plant Superintendent S. A
Bundy announced this " week j
that an "open house" program |
As a "Happy Birthday" to
Franklin Hosiery Company's
fifth anniversary celebration,
THE PRESS Is now preparing
a special eight-page section
featuring stories and pictures
, ii'f the personnel and opera
! tions at the local plant. This
edition will he published along
with the regular newspaper
May 26. Advertisers are ad
vised that the deadline for
submitting copy for this edi
tion is tomorrow (Friday).
j will be held in recognition of
i Plant employes and their
| families, special guests on that
SEE NO 3. PAGE 8
DR. FURR REMEMBERS FIGHT -
Marine War Hero Visits Outfit
CAMP LEJEUNE, N. C? May 10
? - Dr.. Walter E. Furr, a World
War I Marine who won the Navy
Crots and Distinguished Service
Cress while serving with the 6tb
Marines, visited his old Regi
mental Headquarters at Camp Le
jeune May 6. (
Welcomed aboard by Lt. Col P.
I. Olson, executive officer, 6th
Marines, D; Furr was accom
panied by his son-in-law, Dr.
Thomas B. Reed, of Jacksonville,
It was In June of 1917 when
Pvt. Walter E. Purr began drilling
on the sands of Parris Island and
today, 43 years later, he is still
drilling. But. t'day there is a
Now he is Dr. Walter E Furr:
a practicing dentist in Franklin,
and the only drilling he dees is
I WAS THERE ? Dr. Walter E. Furr (right) tells M. Col. P. I. Olson, executive officer, 6th
Marines, of his experiences with the 6th Marines in World War I, during his recent visit to the
6th Regiment Headquarters at Camp Lejeune. The painting hangs in Col. Olson's office and de- j
picts Marine Gen. W. C. Neville decorating the 6th Marines- Colors with the Crolx-de-guerre at
Leutesdorf, Germany In 1919. Dr. .Purr, now a practicing dentist In Franklin, was present when
the unit received the honors. (Official USMC Photo i <
ABOUT 70 PRESENT -
Aired At Meet
Some 70 interested citizens
turned out Tuesday night at j
East Franklin School for a
public water meeting to clean
tip any questions concerning
the June 4 special water bond
election in Franklin.
There were plenty of ques
tions and the answers offered
by Russell McCoy, representing
municipal engineers Harwood
Beebee, and Frank Hill, district
engineer for the State Board of
Health, served to clear up many
cloudy issues surrounding
Franklins water situation.
These points were aired:
Harwood-Beebee is an engi
neering firm, not a contractor.
Their estimates were prepared
at the request of the town on
a percentage fee of the total
job and the actual project
would be let to contract by the
town to independent outfits,
not Harwood-Beebee. Mr. McCoy
said Harwood-tieebee actually
would profit more from a
watershed project because of
its higher cost, but selected the
Cartoogechaye Creek filtering
plant project for "reasons of
economy and supply."
Cai'toogechaye Creek i.s con- |
sidered an unprotected water- |
shed by engineers, just as I
Rough Fork would be unless a '
protected watershed could be
maintained Harwood - B e e b e e
estimates an unprotected water
i.od on Rough Fork would cost
at least S585.000, while the Car
toogechaye Creek estimate, sup
plying a million gallons daily
if needed, can be built for $350,
The district engineer for the
State Board of Health. Mr Hill,
;aid the filtering plant propos
ed by Harwood-Beebee is the
type used by 95 per cent of the
town' and cities in North Caro
lina. A watershed could supply
water for less cost, he admit
ted, but he said citizens must
face the possibility of no hunt
ing and fishing or camping in
such watershed and strict con
trots, if a suitable shed Could
be located. Also, he noted the
possible loss of water to prop
erty holders within the water
shed area and, in answer to a
question, said a forest fire could |
on defective teeth.
"America had been in the war
about two months when I volun
teered for the Marines at Flunk
lin, N. C." said Dr. Purr, while
reminiscing in Col. Olson's office. ?
The doctor went through "l>;ot" i
train inK at Parris^Island and then '
was sent to Quantico before
shipping out to Fiance with the
Dr. Furr served with the 84th j
Company. 3rd Battalion. 6th
Marines and first saw action in
the "quiet " sector of the trenches
He explained that the sector
was Called "quiet" because there
was a minimum of troop move
ments. but a maximum of harrass
ing action by German planes and
"I'll never forget those first days
under fire I don't guess any
fighting man does." recalled the
doctor. "That German artillery
fired around the clock and when
we quit hearing the whistle of
incoming mail we knew it was
time to bury your faces in the
Mont Blanc, Meuse-Argonne
Belleau Wood. and Soissons are
hallowed names in Marine tra
dition and well-remembered by I)i
Furr. Glancin? at these and other
names commemorating Marine vie
toxics that encircled the bulk
hca' of Col. Olson's offiee,' Dr
Furr recalled that it wa^.on "the
Scissons front ifi July of 1918
when he captured seven Germans
and was later awarded the Dis
tinguished Service Cross aud the
Navy Cross for his action.
The former Marine proudly
commented that his DSC citation
was signed by Army Gen. John J
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cause serious problems on a j
watershed. Taking these points
into consideration, he said the
engineers who propose the Car
toogechaye Creek filtering proj
ect decided that an "adequate j
flow to meet present needs and
future expansion is available at
Cartoogectiaye Creek." He fur
ther said the ' state requires
chiorinatlon of all surface water.
The annual operating costs
for the Cartoogechaye Creek
plant would run from $15,000 to
$18,000 and it could be operated
by one full-time man. Pumping
costs (electricity i would run
about $3,000. The town present
ly Is paying $7,000 a year to
pump water from wells into
the system .
Franklin Hosiery Company
will give the land for the filter
ing plant along Cartoogechaye
Creek, If it is found suitable by
the engineers, according to Dr.
J. W. Kahn, alderman.
Dr. Kahn brought out that
the board of aldermen had de
cided tiiat a tax rate of $2 10
would enable the town to meet
the obligation of financing a
new water plant. He had made
this statement prior in a let
ter to THE PKESS
In discussing the Rough Fork
watershed proposal, a Wayah
Valley resident. Ed M. McN'i'lv.
produced T.V.A rainfall figures]
considerably lower than rain-;
fall figures for Coweeta He al
so said 2.". residents of Wayah
Valley would be directly involv
ed in a loss of water If a water- .
shed was utilised. He hlni' d |
that most ot them would lie j
opposed to such a plan
County Count Is 14,847;
Townspeople Number 2,143
1 'rcliminary figures of the l'WiO Census reveals a
population loss lor Macon County, lint an increase
The founts lias 1.327 less people than it did in
1950; that is. the population has dropped from 16,174
Franklin,.' on the other hand, picked up 16eS during,
the 10 year period, with an increase from 1,975 per
sons in I'M) to-2.143.
Dan S. ludd. of Asheville, district supervisor of the
new census, said in all probability both the town and
I'ounis will pick up a few more in number before the
The county Democratic execu
tive committee has a new chair
man in' Franklin's F J. Whitmire.
A widely-known contractor, he
was elected Saturday ni^ht to sue
reed Jess Shope, of Route 1. who
has served as chairman for 10
Miss I ? ie Kelly, of Fraeklin.
wih elecled. first vie ?< haii man.
while the retiring chairman. Mr.
Shope. was named second viee
Clyde West was appointed i ele
vate to the. state I) mocraiie r > n
veitioii i ' i llal 'it'h 1 'lav '< Thir
riay ?. -
tvr it of 11m' con: ty 14 p-e
?.net were represented ' the
''/?? n nieetii "
SIN(iIN<; * AT* (tl)AY
A ingiiitf will fo.> ? h Id- a: tii
\ V : i ? y Gap Bap: i t Church Sat:
a; nipht. May 'J!. I> "i:Hiin ?
at 7 :0 The public -ar ?'l singers.
:V* mi 'ted
WINNERS ARE LISTED
19 4-H Girls Corr p "c
In Dairy Foggs Ev a
Nineteen t?ii Is ? ompeted 'in ,
county 4 H I>;i F< Demon.;
strati-Mi and V< 4 table tKe Cdii
test at the " Agricultural 15uiUiir?
Sponsored by fraritahah C '?
eiy, the annual event is In If I t"
teach the' food va!.u?- of milk
to encourage its use
Individual: blue ribbon. ..Hue
Crawford. East Franklin club
".Strawberry Mai low": red nbb.iw
Glenda I?ee, Franklin club, 1 a :?
on Milk SherberV"
Teams: first-year Kills, pun- ?
ribbon, Carolyn Mosea aiid Doro
thy Ilikdon. Higdpinille club
"OranKe Cu turd"; red ribbon*
Debbie Rogers and Gloria Hope
Cartoo?echaye club, "Purple C u
Milk Drink"; and Sue Berry..
Janie *.! : wii, and Ma; v Sony i
H.KJoii/iJle el..'),; nt Pudci
iiik". wi.it>- . bh'jn. i W.il
lace and fc\.*!vn .'ohr. t< n, Ca ;
tooRechaye club. H.u.ma Milk :
Shake"; and Sue and Gail Cab |
Clark's Chapel club. "Cot la
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A DAIRY F()OI>S team of Carolyn Moses (left) and Dorothy
llijctlon. of HiRdonvill'e club, took first-year honors in the county
4-H Dairy Foods Demonstration and Vejetable Use Contest here.
Their tasty winner was "Oranne Custard". (Staff Photo)
said a few people could have
been missed by the census tak
? rs, but not many".
Mr Judd explained that the
lack of, Industrial development
in the western area probably
accounts for the decrease In
county population and he said
it is a general thing over most
of Western North Carolina.
He also said students, service-,
men, and those working out of
the state are not included in
the county ? ligure. Macon has
a higtf student population and
a large number of men work
in the automobile factories in
Michigan While maintaining
Census takers discovered that
the size of families is decreas
ing lr re. Although many new
homes h ive been built in the
last, 10 years, most of them are
Occupied by a couple or a
couple with only one or two
children Ten years ago, the
family unit was much larger.
To Havo Road
Re-side n Is of the La.ke Em
ory Road are a determined
They've joined forces to
raise S'100 to assure the re
location and paving of their
gravel road and the project
is now virtually assured,
localise of some fecferal
strings ait'iihcd to money
i? or;r 'mux if far the project,
the si could not purchase
right-nf-wav. The road calls
for only slight relocation,
thev report, .1 f?w feet here
and there to widen it.
At a Couple of meetings last
week, residents of the Lake
I mory section found only one
man opposed .to the road. He
refused to sign the right-of
way agreement. Then, he de
eded to go along if the state
would meet some of his per
son. il requirements. The state
engineers were called in and"
they agreed to grant his
Hut, when it came time to
sign the right-o.-wav agree
ment the man, who doesn't
own an automobile, decided
he'd have to have $600 in
The state officials washed
their hands of the entire
Finally, in a last-ditch
move to obtain their road,
about 25 I.ake Emory resi
dents went to the bank amd
floated a S600 loan to pay the
man off lie has now signed1
the right-of-way agreement
and has been promised his
as socn as the project is
Thf rainfall below
h>? M-corri'-d in Franklin by Miinjton Stiles,
r S. weather olxn-rv'T ; in Highlands by
I\j(Jor N. Hall and W C. NVwton. TV A
r\.?m: and at the CowMa Hydrolotfle
Laboratory. Readings are for the 24-hour
i?n| ending at 8 a.m. of the day lifted.
High Low Rain
VV?d . May 11 57 39 00
Thursday 48 42 .28
Friday 62 32 00
Saturday 73 29 00
Sundav 84 37 00
Monday * 84 43 00
Tuesday 89 50i 00
Wednesday 51 00
Wed., May 11' 65 37 00
Thursday 54 *1 trice
Friday 48 29 .16
Saturday 61 29 00
Sunday 72 37 80
Monday 81 43 00
Tuesday 82 50 80
Wednesday 87 51 00