KEY CITY OF THE MOUNTAINS
FRANKLIN, N. C, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1925
NUMBER THIRTY SEVEN.
Closes Trade Last Friday
Night -Also Buys Electric
Stores of the Local Light
Last Friday night at a call meeting
of the town board ' the deal for the
purchase cf the electric lines of the
Franklin1 Light & Power company was
closed. The company accepted the
offer of eleven thousand four hundred
and Some odd collars, the sum fixed
by the appraiser as just and reason
able. The purchase price includes all
'the fixtures now on hrnd in the stor?
ro?ni of the local lem.pary, amouat-
ing to approximately $1,400. ' t
The purchase of these lines will
expedite the use of current from the
municipal dam as it will only be nec
essary to switch from one power
source to another when the new dam
' Mayor Hay Here
Mr. Roy Hay, mayor of Thomas
ville, Ga., and Mr. P. C. Searcy, vice
president of the Bank of Thomasville,
were visitors to Franklin last Wednes
day. While here these gentlemen
visited the site of the power dam' arid
were greatly impressed with the fact
that a town of Frnklin's size had the
courage to undertake a prefect of this
magnitude. They were also delighted
with Franklin's scenery ;rd climate
and expressed' the opinion hat the
future prosperity of this section is
Farmers Federation Robbed
On the night of September 2nd
someone; entered the store of the
Farmers Federation in Franklin and
relieved the cash .drawer of ten or
twelve dollars. The thief entered
through a back window and left by
means of the side door of the back
room. This robbery occurred on the
same, night that the Iotla post office
was robbed, the theory being that
the same person or persons committed
both offenses. It is not known
whether the robbers took anything
but money from the federation.
Colored District Conference
The district confidence of the col
ored Methodist church for the west
ern district of North Carolina was
held at the colored Methodist church
of Franklin beginning on Tuesday of
last week and ending last Sunday.
Rev. Julc Love, the local pastor, was
in charge of the arrangements. Pre
siding Elder Slade of Hickory preach
ed some very fine sermons during the
Last Monday the "county commis
sioners appropriated $400.00 to co
operate with the state and natiional
governments in fighting fires on the
lands privately owned in the county.
Individual land owners are also co
operating by paying one cent per acre
each year for protection1 of their pri
vate holdings. The appropriation of
tye' .county commissioners seems to'
hve the almost unanimouss approval
ol the citiz.ens of the county.
,The land ownerss of the coumy
have reached the conclusion in nearly
all instances that a forest fire is their
greatest commercial enemy. The
forest pr0dtctvof the county bring
in to the landowners approximately
$200,000.00 : per year. Within a few
years good roadsViU penetrate every
section of the county thus facilitating
the marking of forest products.' If the
timber is "permitted to be burned each
year these roads will lose some of
their value. "; -: .
Last Sunday Rev. E. J. Pipes preach
ed to the convicts at their camp five
miles below Franklin. Immediately
after tire preaching sonic of the con
victs hs.d Quite a incus. Gr.c man was
carved .considerably, hy his fellow
convicts..' It is not known what
caused the dispute. Probably some,
knotty.- -question of the scriptures, 1 .
GOOD PROGRESS ON BRYSON
CITY AND DILLSBORO ROADS
Good progress is being made on
the Bryson City road. Within a few
days the macadam, in Macon county
will connect with that of Swain. The
men now engaged in the lpwcr end
oi the county will then movv" to Frank
lin and begin construction toward
Iotla bridge. The macadam . from
Etna to Iotla bridge is going down
fast, the convicts now working about
a mile below the bridge.
The Wilson Construction Company
is now concreting the highway from
the foot of the Cowee mountains to
ward Franklin.' The concrete is laid
from the foot of the mountain to the
point where the road from the dam
ssite connects with the Ingliway.
Mr. Wilson estimates that this road
will be finished to Frnkllin by the
middle of October. If wether condi
tions still remain favorable after this
link is completed work will start on
the mountain section of this highway;
Three States to Cooperate on
Plan Meeting Featured
By Choice of State Cam
. i r vfment whlcn has for. i'f p't
pose the stablishment of i n;it'cu:t'
pa'k in the Great Smoky Motsii'aiiu
of "cstsn Norht Car i'.ni and F.ast-e-n
1 t ressee waf. , ausc:Qufly
launched jtsVerdayat ;h statewide
meeting held by rep!; tentative o1
various hie organiivinr.s of the st.tc
h? E?t(cry Park.Hoel.
The meeting was featured by the
l-crfciion of a state campaign corr.
aii:teo e"nd the present t't iVk
Commissior appointed by the, Inst
.'esMon of the State Legisr.!u:e, ts
consti t.i a holding co nmittec, t:;c
r. embers of which will be, i!ic n u
..oiators of an organ' i.l!c,i : ct
known as The Great -'mil; M inn
A campaign committee was ap
pointed to consist of Plato D. Ebbs,
of Asheville ; D. M. Buck, of Bald
Mountain; Dan Tompkins, of Sylva;
Charles A. Webb, of Asheville; Dr.
D. R. Bryson, of Bryson City ; T. S.
Rollins, of Asheville, and Eugene
Adams, of Asheville.
Decision was also reached to make
F. Roger Miller, manager of the Ashe
ville Chamber of Commerce, executive
secretary o fthe campaign committee,
with Horace Kephart, of Bryson City,
field secretary. The loal Chamber of
Commerce wilt serve . as campaign
It was recommended that the State
Commission aid in promoting public
ity. It was also decided to send Sen
ator .Mark Squires, of Lenoir, chair
man of the State Park Commission,
who presided at the meeting yester
day, Mr. fibbs and pr. E. C. Qrobks,
of Raleigh, president of the N. C. State
College and a member of the Park
Commission, as delegates to the
national park meeting to be held at
Richmond, Va., on September 9, with
the . authority to enter into any ' nec
essary financial arrangement "with
yirginia and Tennesjsee.-r-Asheville
MAJOR McCLATCHEY HERE.
- Major Dv Fv McClatchey, Secretary
to the Georgia Senate and special
agent to the Firt .Vice-President of
the Southern Bell Telephone Com
pany, Mrs. McClatchey and child spent
some time in Frankllin last Wednes
day. Major McClatchey had not been
to( Franklin for 10 years and was as
tounded at the great developments
that have taken place 'since his 'for
mer visit. He expressed a' determi
nation' to return to Franklin in the
near future with the viiew to look
ing over the real estate situation here.
F ARM ELECTRIC
Iotla Community Gets Busy
And Is Building Power
Line Families, Churches
and School Interested.
The progressive citizens of Iotla
valley, have taken drugery by the
hprns and are giving this well known
gentlemen the fight of his life,
Opportunity beckoned just once and
the good folks of Iotla-grabbed it.
They ' are building an electric igh
lin from the Mica mine . at Iotla
bridge up the valley as far as the
home- of Mr. W. T. Fouts.
The Press was unable to learn what
method of persuasion the excellent
ladies of Iotla used on their respective
husbands. Suffice it to say that the
method was, exceedingly effective.
Said husbands are now in the woods
wielding axes of various sizes and
kinds cutting poles for a light and
power line which is destined to re
lieve their good wives of an immense
amount of drugery. Perhaps kind
wife painted for good husband a
v'sion of the future wherein friend
husband was shown touching a button
nad lo and behond a pile of stove
wood appeared before his eyes. Or
mayhap, the vision eluded a pict'.t.t
of Mr. Man sitting in the shade of a
tree reading from the Franklin Press
about the great prosperity of Macon
county while an electric motor filled
his -silo, ground hi? torn anHHd many.
Other odd jobs about the farm.
, At any ratejthe line is now in course
of consti uction and many Iotla farm
houses will be lighted by'October 15th.
Mrs. loila h about through with smel
ly oil lamp-'. i.eg power for th; sew
ing machine will soon be out of fash
ion in this beaut:ful valley. In ihe
near future daughter will , be abfe to
curl her hair to the queens taste and
then the young gentry will no doubt
join the asociation of Benedicts re
cently organized by Bynum Downes.
Perhaps daughter will not mind push
ing a vacuum cleaner where she. now
L objects to wielding abroom. 1
Yes, folks, Iotla is on. the right
track. At least ten families are to be
supplied with lights as are the two
churches, High school and dormitory.
Fire hazzards about the farm houses
will be greatly lessened.
The farmers themselves will fur
nish the poles and do all the work.
Their cash outlay for wire, cross arms
and insulators will not mount to more
than $250.00 per mile for a three line
system. Of course the wiring and
equipment in each house will be an
additional charge. But , altogether the
cost will be relatively small.
The following named men will put
lights in their houses and have power
available for farm use : Messrs. Bennett,-
W. G. Gibson, W. L. Ramsey,
lbert Ramsey, Wade Mpqdy, By
num Downs, W. T. Tippett, C. F.
Mooay, , W. T. Fouts aud perhaps
, Highlands and Scaly ,
Reports from Highlands and Scaly
indicate that that "section of the coun
ty is entering on one of the most ex
tensive land boojms in its .history.
rion'dV people z.nd hien from other
states of the south are daily arriving
at -Holland aiul ..'nvesting heavily
in that ,lv"t;tftil r.'.iv'imi, r,f Macon
comity. A big development .company
ha taken options ii 200 acres of land
between Scaly and Mud Creek falls
and are planning c:;te:i;"vv rmprove-m-Mits,
It is the inienir'on cf this com
pany to develop j.owcr r.t the Mud
Creek and al.c at tht falls on
Middle Creek am', to stj-iplv Clayton.
Mountain City. Kabon Gap. ?nd Dil
hrd with electric power nid also to
furnish power for their c?n develop
, School Opens
The Franklin High and Graded
schools opened last Monday with a
record attendance. Rev. A. J.. Smitli
r,ead -a. lesson from the scripture and
prayer was offered by Rev. J. Q. Wal
lace, Mr. Gus Leach, our own lova
ble Gus, .though up in his thirties,
made his first public speech when he
introduced, the new superintendent,
Prof. A. L. B.ramlett. In an admirable
talk Prof. Bramlett then outlined his
plans for the school for the coming
year. According to those who were
fortunate enough to hear him, Prof.
Bramlctt's policies- and' ideas appear
sound and constructive.
. Mrs. W. B. McGuire, in behalf of
the Parent-Teachers association, then
cordially invited the members of the
association to meet all the new teach
ers at the auditorium, Friday .at 3 :30.
Mrs. Mahaffey then made one of
her characteristically entertaining
talks which all present seemed to en
joy. After the exercises the remainder of
the day was ' devoted principally to
Since Monday the pupils and teac.h
ers'have been hard at woTk and all in
dications point to a. very successful
Begin Power House Super
structure 15th To Set the
Wheels and Generators
a: J...... -
Franklin's big municipal power dam
is fast approaching completion. Based
on the assumption of continued good
weather, the wheels and generators
will be set in place sometime next
week. Masons will start' building the
power house superstructure on Sept.
15th., Mr. Easton estimates that this
superstructure will be completed by
the end of the present month. Mr.
Easton also states that he will begin
filling the lake on September 23rd, and
he estimates that even with the, pres
ent . low waters the lake will fill in
six days. .
Therefore- by: the end of September
Franklin's great lake will have be
come a reality. It will require some
two or three weeks to make all con
nections and to test the machinery.
Consequently the citizens may expect
power at any time on or after Oc
tober IStth. -
J. J. MANN COUNTY WARDEN
J. J.Mann has been appointed Coun
tyFire Warden, a position recently
created by the County Commissioners
whenhey agreed to cooperate with
the statf and national governments in
preventing and fighting fires on the
privately owned lands of the county.
When the fire prevention and . fire'
fighting organization t's completed
there will be distrject fire wardens in
(ach township. ' Mr. George Moffitt
has been appointed district fire ward
en for Cajtoogechaye and Mr. , Jjm.
Farrish for Burningtown. The coun
ty and district fire wardens will have
oc:hority to arrest persons touting
the Jaws .i a?r.st forest fires. '
Rev; P. W. Tucker, presiding elder
of the" Waynes vi He District, will hold
the fourth' quarterly conference for
the local "Mcthpdfs.t'' church tonight
(Thursday) at 3 o'clock. Friday at
11 A. M. and Sunday at 11 A. M. he
will ypreach at Asbury church near
Otto. Saturday, at If A. M. and Sun
day? at 3 IV M, he. will preach, at
Bethel church. He will preach "at the
Franklin Methodist church Sunday
nigh.t- at 8 .o'efock. .'The public. is in
vited to attend all these services'.
The many friends of Mr. J, C
Wright in Western North Carolina
will regret to learn that he is danger
ously ill at. his home in Franklin. The
('actors hold, slight hqps for his re
covery. - . .
Macon County Progressive
Club plans Big Banquet
Mr. Hollombn Will Speak
Mr. James A. Hollomon, editorial
writer of the Atlanta Constitution,
will arrive at Franklin today as: the
guest of honor of the Macon County
Progressive Club. Mr. Holoman is
widely known in the. south as an ad
vocate of good roads.
The entertainment will be in the
form of a banquet to which all those
who .contributed to the fund on the
occasion of the recent celelbration af
The place at which the banquet is to
be held has not yet been announced,
the tabernacle are cordially invitedi
Mr. Holloman will address those
present on the Atlanta-Franklin-Asheville
highway. He is 'much in
terested in this road as the shortest
and most scenic route between At
lanta and Asheville. Several prom-'
inent men of Atlanta will accompany
Mr. Holloman to Franklin. A dele
gation of distinguished citizens of
Asheville will also attend as welt as
prominent men from t;owns between
the two cities.
It is expected that the impetus given '
the Atlanta-Franklin-Asheville High
way 'by this meeting will be far reach
ing in its effects. Franklin wiy ,in-,
deed be fortunate and honored te
have such distinguished men presen4
on this auspicious occasion.
The following have Leer, bound
over to Superior Court on charges of
violating'' the r'rohrl it.'cn law: Roy
Keener. S. H. I.yle, fr., and Ray
Staudfield. A woman vho gave her
name aA? Sanders was also bound over
on charge of d'i unkennels. A case
against 1.5. C. Munday for violating
the prohibition law was continued till
September 15th. . '
Mr. Samuel T. C Franks, a promin
ent citizen of Cartoogechaye; died at
his home Tuesday night of heart fail
ure. Mr. Franks had been seriously
ill for two or three months ,and while
his death was not unexpected yet it
was a great shock to his neighbors
Photographers of the U. S. Depart
ment of Agriculture will arrive here.
Saturday to take pictures of various
agricultural scenes in the county. Put
the ribbons on old bossy and have her
Mr. J. W. Goodman, district agent, .
State College Extension Service, ar
rived at Franklin Tuesday and wilt
'. - a t.i. iL:
throughout the county to assist in
organizing farmers clubs. .
Rev. R. R Harris. Head Master
of Chtist School at Arden, and Mrs.
Harris visited Kev. and Mrs. fmps .
urst oi tne weetc. Kev. narns nas.
. ... .
ir.ivrli-fl cxtfnivplv fiver thn wsfcrn
part of the state and claims that tjiere i
is no section so ber.uriful as Macon
Mr. Pul Carpenter U ft Monday ,for
Je'Tcr.cqn City.' Tettn., whore he will '
agi-'in cmer i.arsonct .-.cwLian eouege. ;
Mrs. J. R. Price and niece, Adelaide
Crowcll, left for their homes in Albs- 1
marie ifid High Point las week after
siHindirg si'x weeks with Mr. and Mrs.
W- K Curtis. '..,, ':;
Mr... luirriian Walker and family and..,
Mr. lohn , Kliodes returned to their '
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home at Kuthen'ordto lust Friday .
after spending a week visiting Mr.
Walker's sht'er. Mr.?. J. J. Kiser.
Mr. Kd Passrnore, the sage of Ui'
Nantahala, has packed his hand )u '
ud . pulled out t$r, Oreiron. lui -will .
le. via!)- r.iissed oi the Nanlfiala.