MIRROR OF TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY LIFE
(Name changed from Sylvan Valley News, January 1, 1917.)
BREVARD, NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, FEnUlIAUY 2. 1917.
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Graphic History of
How many of the sons and daughters of Tran
sylvania are familiar with the early history of their
What do you know about the cays when the
Indians roamed over thes-'. hills and terrorized the
whites and the establishment of the dividing: line by
the government in order to avoid racial difficulties?
Whai do you know about the pioneer whites
who found this section had the appearance of a
prairie instead of mountains covered with virgin
What do you know about South Carolina's
refusal to accept the French Broad valley as a gift?
What do you know about the war between
Georgia and North Carolina on Transylvania soil
over the boundary lines of these two States?
What do you'really know about your family tree?
What do you know about the early social and
economic habits of Transylvania people?
What do you know about the early politics of
the county and the reasons why its citizens take
their politics ^^straight?^'
What do you know of the early industrial life of
the county and its agricultural pursuits, its early
development as a haven of rest for tourists?
Do you know anything about the founding of
Brevard, the first court held in the county, the noted
Cognomen and Hoodlum clubs, etc.?
Get It All For $L00
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whereby its readers can get all this information (in
addition to the most important current news of
Transylvania county and a general resume of the
news of the world for the next twelve months) for
only one dollar.
Mr. Ora L. Jones, who for five years edited the
Sylvan Valley News, is preparing this history for
the News. During his residence in this county he
has been collecting this interesting data and much
of it, which is a matt^.r of tradition, will be published
for the first time. Traditional history will be sup
plemented by that from the most authoritative rec
ords and this information will be run in serial form
in the News, beginning with the issue of March 2.
There are many Transylvanians at home and
abroad who should read the News regularly but
who are foregoing this weekly pleasure and to these
we are sending 1,000 sample copies of the News
this week in the hope of securing them as regular
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time in which to make remittance so as to not miss
a single issue of this interesting series of historical
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MOLTZ LiiMBEI! CO. TO
FROOEEO WITH WORK
CONTRACT LET FOR 16
MILES OF TRACK
I E. G. Moltz at Toxaway This
Week Announces Clear Way
K. (^. Moltz. son of .Tcroiiio Molt/
of \Villi.iins])ort, Pa., who jmr
(•hast’d S(n’THl thonsiind acres
fori-sts from tho Toxaway
interests, was at To.\> w’av 1 liis v.iu‘1-
Htul announced that. tli(? no^rotijvtion*
had been cleartHi of all ohstrnl•^ion^
and tha* ground wouM Ix* broket
immediately for a devclopTneii
estimated at. nearly two millioi
Tho Kows has fjivon informatio’
from time to time for the ]>ast yi'a?
about the pro])osed deivel‘>})ments
surveys, ])urchascs of timber tra(“ts
etc., but actual devel('i)n)t*nts havi
been held uj) on accoiint of ri^ht o
ways. All these matters have be«*i
adjusted anti Mr. ^loltz annonnci-
that tlirt will bo broken n‘»t late
tlian Feb. ir» for the (i(‘veloj>m(Ht-
L’(*ntract has been let ft»r tin* la; -
’ntr of the sixte‘n mih* track froi.
'I’uxav.ay to a ])oint near Dobsoi
intiuntain about t>ne and one hal
mil( s from Sa])])birc and two milt:
frt)in Fairfielti Inn. It will be a
•standard trai'i* roail ntit ttj excuvil a
>ur ])t*r cent jrrade at any ]»oint
and will be built of a permanent
natiirif st» as to ]:ermit of develo])
liients in tht‘ way of j)asst‘n:4cr si>r
vii'e and rjiilrt)ail ci)nnectit»ns w’ith
Sylva diiwn thf 'rnt-ka-^ei^iet^ river
or with th(> railroad from (7ei)r^ia
into Franklin in cast* conilition.--
shonld shape themselves to this
Rollinp stork for the rttud is o:c
pected ti> leave Krwin, ()., this
wfek. Three *‘n^int*s, it is un lcr
stood, will In* used on the tracks
when compl: t(‘d.
Th(* bi^ iiand mill will be situated
near the head of the Toxaway lake
bi'd instead of on the Stjuthern
near Tt)xaway station, as formerly
Mr. Mt)lt/unnonnced that .‘>0(1 men
would be wanted for ])eelin^ tan
bark in the s])rin^ and that
men wt»uld be wunti'd to do «?rad-
in^ for the road and erect the shw’
mill. Th(‘ Molt/ Lumlu‘r company
will do its own lo^lrin‘' but wiil
contract for bark and wood. It will
do the loi^f^in*; by overhead skid
ders, somethin': new in lumbering
Wln'n the oj)erations art' in full
blast it is ex]>ected that from ITjO
to ?(>* m»‘n will be em])loyed at the
mill and in the wt)ods rofjularly
and it is estiirated that it will take
rj or more years to cut over the
boundaries owninl by .Mr. Moltz.
What till* future has in store for
Transylvania through the instrn-
mentality of this develojHnent no
man knows for ii certainty, but
those acquainted with the ])lans
and purposes of the ca])italists be
hind the movement and have stud
ied the situation prf'diot that un
dertakings of vast ])roportions and
of threat imi)ortanee to this section
will be the outcome.
THREE AUDITORS ON
THE CITY’S BOOKS
The long talked-of audit of the
town books is taking ])lace. Three
men are on the job. Ralph P.
Marsh of Savannah, Ga., has the
wtirk in charge. He is being assist
ed by Thermas E. Verdery and a
Mr. Johnson of Savannah.
The audit will cover the business
transactions of the tow’n fox* the
])iist four years so as to include its
heavy t*xpenditun*s in the w’ay of
pavinir, etc. It will* require from r>
to ](' days to coin])lete the audit and
upon completion the auditors will
make recommendations as to change
in the nu*thods and .system of book
keeping for the town. •
YOUNG BAPTISTS ORGANIZE
The young people of the Brevard
Baptist church organized the
Young Peoples Baptist Union Mon
The officers are:
President, Prof. .1. C. .Tones.
Vice president, Miss Gladys Gal
Treasurer, Miss Bezie Bracken.
Secretary, Miss Loaise Erwin.
elopments Jire Certain
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Map of XRA^SVL,VA^1A RAIL,ROAD and Connections.
Transylvania Would Greatly
Benefit By Cross County
Highways; Proposed Roads
Transylvania county has a good, newly created Board of Road Commissioners. This board wife
not he able to do much constructive work without additional funds. But road advocates feel opti
mistic over the outlook and while they are considering the question of road funds they should ai&i»
consider the question of roads—the ones to be improved. This will within all reason call for
main highways first.
Real good work is being done on the Jones Gap Road to open it from Brevard to Greenville...
Convicts are working on both ends of this highway.
The Pickens Sentinel tells of consideration the Pickens authorities are giving to the question
building a road to North Carolina and its suggestion that Transylvanians should prepare to meet the«;
at the State line should be favorably received. Two old roads lead from Pickens countj' into Tisap-
sylvania, one by Sassafras Gap, Indian Camp mountain and East Fork or Connestee, and another hy
way of Rosman.
Another important highway would be that across the county by way of Toxaway through Cash
ier’s valley. With this Oconee, Jackson and Macon counties could link up to splendid advantage.
The map herewith, although not giving a sketch of the proposed roads, shows Transylvania asii
the surrounding territory in a way to furnish proof that roads emanating from Brevard into the sia~
rounding counties would be of great advantage.
Highways into the neighboring counties of Henderson and Buncombe and Haywood, the latter
way of Mt. Pisgah, are also receiving consideration.
Pickens To Build Road
We understand that the su])er-
visor and oonimissioners of Pickens
ct'unty are investigating routes
with tin* puri-ose in vie .v of build-
ini? a gocd road across the mt)un
tains to th«^ North ('art)lir.:i, line.
We do nut knt)w just whi*n work
will begin on the road or jnst what
route it will take after it hits the
mountains, but it is practically cer
tain that it will by built at no dis
This v.ill be exceedingly good
news tt) the peojile of the connty,
nniny of whom have seen the need
of such a rivid ft)r some time, and
we bespeak for the su])ervi.e!r and
commissioner^ the co-op»*ration of
the i)eople in this work. Di)n’t get
too impatient and be too reauv to
criticise, but be ready to help if you
ar(; called upon and this road will
certainly be built.
The pt'ople of Transylvania cotin-
ty, N. C., who have been greatly
interested in a good automobile
road across the mountains below
them, should have their road t f•
ficials to get in touch with our road
olliciats and build a good road from
Brevard to Pickens. The Fickens
county officials are now working on
plans for the building of a good
ro:id to the North (’art>lin-^ lij ’'!iii«I coin;ilt‘ted by th(' aurhoiitii-s ^
the North ('arolinians wt>nld pr(»b- Tninsrlvania countv. North
ably like to i*xteni.l it intt> their lina, has been rt ceivetl by the r
state. Such a rcuul wonM not t»nly tlents i)f Brevard with rejoic
b(* a great conveiiien:*e to t)ur own acc-t'Vfling to reports emanatiT^
]»eo}»i(*, but would canst' a great from that ctMiimunity. The Biv-
amount of tourist travel to come: vuidites have been working i.jc
tliru Pit keii.'^, and if summer touri.-^ts ; some timi* to secure the connectMSt
ever get acquainted with Pickens | of tlie Transylvania connty
they will insist u]>on spending a ! and the Jtmes Ga]> road and it r?**-
part of their summers liere. l>e-1 ])ortt d that thi5 North Caroliniaas
sides, it would put us in closer touch ! exi)ei,'t to make Greenville tlus'r
with Wo.stern North Carolina, j chi*, f market citv after the rcxMC.
which would be weil for all. Wo j facilities have been improved,
art! glad, indeed, that our sujiervisor j Many important developmo'Jit^
and commissioners have decided to j rii)W takintr place or are betEt?
build this road. contemplated in Brevard, accordiffis
\ to re])orts, chief of which is
establishment of a tannery wl\>«t
will give employment to a lurop
The Grenville News announces 1 which shoaii
.tu 4. 13 IT- • he the means of gi-eatly increasittf
th«t Roud Ensinour P. F. P;ittoii Lij^ ,,opultttK.n of the town. 1(5
has announced the cessation of road | rumered that there will also be asw
building operations in Greenville i othm* manufacturing enterprise
county until better weather begins, j locate there in a short time,
except for the convict force, w hicH beyig a shoe factory.
On Jones Gap Road
h:is been placed on the Jones Gap
The following is from the Grcen-
Another section will shortly
opened through Brevard to Gpfe*-
ville. when the government ctTWr-
pletes a road from Pisgah Mooateivi
The information that work will to Brevard. This road has bcssi
bo commenced on the Jones Gaj)
road, vehere a top soil road will be
constructed to connect with a road
of similar constraction that is being
l)uili as far as Pisgah from Caad^
and it is reported that the link 5>e-
tween Pisgah and Brevard will be
within the near fatnre.