KT Clir OF THE MOUNTAINS
FRANKLIN, N. C, FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1926.
NOW UNDER WAY
Over $4,000 of Quota Sub-
scribed in One Day. Dr.
Bryson and Mr. Byrd Talk
,Due to the inclement weather last
Friday night a comparatively small
number of Franklin's citizens attend
ed the supper at the Hotel Franklin
at which plans were discussed for
raising Macon county's quota of $10,
000 for purchasing the area to be in
cluded in the boundaries of the
Smoky Mountain National ; Park.
State Senator Henry G. Robertson
acted as toastmaster and introduced
' as the .first speaker of the evening
Dr. D. R. Bryson of, Bryson City. Dr.
Bryson dwelt at length upon the ben
efits that a national park in the
Smokies will bring to all this section.
Among these benefits he mentioned
- roads. The authorities at Washing
ton, according' to Dr. Sryson, prac:
tically have' plans completed for the
development of the park area. Three
roads, 50 feet in width will be con
structed across the Smokies from
...-i. l nA o eVtrllnp marl 40
mies in length, and averaging 6,000
feet high will be built along the ridge
of the mountains. Dr. Bryson men
tioned the fact that the Great Smoky
Mountains have always been a bar
rier between the Mississippi valjy
and the Atlantic coastal plains. Tse
roads alone, in thte opinion of Dr.
Bryson, will well r'y the people
of Western North Carolina for all the
contributions made by the counties
in this part of the state.
1 Dr. Bryson has made several trips
to Washington in the interest of the
park; and the officials at Washington,
"including Secretary Work, of the In
terior Department, have also visited
the site of the proposed park and
have pronounced it one of the most
beautiful in the world for park pur
poses. It is estimated that l.OUU.UUU cars
will visit thte park each year and that
this section of thte statae will benefit
to thte extent of $100,000,000 each
year. Dr. Bryson also stated that in
liis opinion land values in Western
North Carolina will double the min
ute Congress passesthe bill author
izing the establishment of the park
At least 2,000,000 tourists will visit
the park each year, and, thus a mar
ket for all fruits, vegetables, milk
butter and eggs that can be produced
will be assured. The publicity al
ready received from park propagan
da is worth more than $1,000,000 the
amount North Carolina and Tennes
see have been requested to raise.
Dr. Bryson mentioned many other
benefits that will result from a na
tional park in the Smokies. .
In introducing. Mr. Thomas Byrd.
associate, director of the park cam
paign m North Carolina, ' Senator
Robertson stated that Southern Rail
way officials have announced that the
Tallulah Falls railway must neces
sarily be extended to Knoxvillc when
the park is established.
Mr. Byrd stated that the park will
be authorized by congress and that
as soon as the campaign for money
3n North Carolina and Tennessee is
brought to a close -a Similar cam
paign will be launched in eastern
America" for the remaining four or
five millions that will be needed to
purchase the park area, i Those in
terested have figured out the value
of all crops, live stock, timber, poul
try and creamery products in West
ern North Caroina. 4 Mr. Byrd stated
that the money received from visitors
to the park will far exceed the
amount received from all thfpabove
mentioned sources, Mr. Byrd also
spoke of the strategic, position of
Franklin with reference to the pro
posed park area and stated that
Franklin is more favorably located
than many towns nearer the park
site. Franklin is on the main trav
eled route from all the southland to
the Smokies. Consequently the vis
itors will come by Franklin and many
will make this town the base while
taking daily trips to the park and to
tne nunareqs or oiner points pi in
terest in this section.
Those subscribing will not be asked
to pay more than 10 or 20 per cent
now. The balance, will be due in one.
two and three vears.
After some discussion the chair-!
man of the park committee in Macon i
HIGHLANDS SETS PACE
Without a single negative vote the
citizens of Highlands, N. C, at a bond
election Monday, authorized a $75,
000 issue for a muniripal hydro-electric
This picturesque little mountain
town is in the Rabun chain of the
Blue Ridge, just north of the Geor
gia line, and is visited each summer
by a large number of Atlantans who
own cottages there.
The point of interest, however
and of even more significance than
of interest is the fact that a bond
election for internal improvements
was carried without a dissenting vote.
It is. safe to say that a few years ago
it would have been difficult to cafr
a bond election there.
It shows the unanimous sentiment
in a state that has1 economically pros
pered and progressed by utilizing
credit as any great and growing
business must and in thus applying
common sense business methods in
government. , '
It shows a popular trend toward
this . sound, sane and' progressive
method of providing and enjoying de
velopments .that can never be se
cured under the old "pay-as-you-go,''
and "die-beforc-you-get-there" meth
ods. Georgia has caught the spirit. The
highway bond election in Gilmer
county the other day was not quite
but almost urfttnimous. There were
only 24 negative votes out of approx
imately 1,800 cast. Atlanta Constitution.
Good Record Made By
League of Women Voters
The Macon County League of
Women Voters feels justly proud of
the record made during the "Every
Member ah' Earner" campaign just
brought- to a successful close. Both
at Highlands and Franklin the re
sponse was remarkable and the
Franklin league trebled its member
ship in one month. . The result of
the contest will be announced in
March, but unless there has been
some technical error of which we
are unaware, we feel that our record
will be hard to surpass.
Members arc reminlid of tho lea
gue tea on the last Thursday' of :;:e
month. The ladies "over the river"
will entertain the league with a tea
at the home i of Mrs. Neville Sloan
in Sloan . Circle. The program will
be.on the first of the state legisla
tive measures sponsored by the lea
gue, the state wide Australian ballot
system. There will be several brief
talks by league members followed
by a short social hour. It is hoped
that all members, will be present.
Macon County League of Women
Voters Give Supper and Dance.
On December 31, 1925, the Macon
County League of Women Voters
gave a supper followed by a dance in
the evening, the object toraisc $25
to send to the convention to be held
in St. Louis next June.
The total receipts were $50.
Every member contributed and the
affair was enjoyed by all.
Mrs. Hines, Mrs. Holt and some of
our college boys 'who were home for
the holidays furnished music during
the supper hour and added much tc
the enjoyment of the occasion.
The league has mapped out a course
of study for the winter and is look
ing forward to some interesting meet
ings. , :.
The league now numbers 28 paid
members and more are expected.
CALIFORNIA MAN, WANTS PRESS
iLong Beach, Calif.
Editor of the Press :
Dear Sir: I am very anxious to
keep in touch with old Macon, and
with the progress she is making in
and around Franklin.
Enclosed, please find money order
and mail Press to the above address.
A happy New Year to the Press,
and its many readers.
C. L. WATKINS.
county, Senator H. G. Robertson, ap
pointed Mr. E. S. Galloway as a com
m'ttee of one to solicit rubscriptions
among the male citizens of Macon
county. Mrs. Sam L. Franks, presi
dent of the local League of Women
Voters, was appointed to canvas the
members of, her organization and
other women of the town and coun
ty. .'.-'.. "
At last reports approximately $4,000
had been subscribed.
Western Electric Co.
Splits Its Business
Announcement that the electrical
supply business of the Western Elec
tric company had been segregated
from the telephone manufacturing
business and incorporated under the
name Graybar Electric company, was
made yesterday. The new company
is capitalized at $15,000,000, all owned
by the Western ! Electric coropanj
and is the world's largest merchan
diser of electric supplies.- It . oper
ates fifty-five distributing houses and
serves more than 35,000 customers.
Physical separation of the supply
and telephone businesses of the West
ern Electric company was carried
out in 1923.
v Officer of Graybar Company.
Frank A. Ketcham, general mana
ger of the Western Electric Supply
Department, becomes executive vice
president of the Graybar Electric
company, George E., Cullinan, gener
al sales manager, becomes vicc-vres-ident
in charge of merchandising- and
accounting. Elmer W. Shepard, gen
eral credit manager of the Western
Electric company, has been made
treasurer, and N. B. Frame, an at
torney in the legal department of the
Western Electric company, has been
made secretary of the Graybar com
pany. The name of the new company is
derived from that of Gray and Barton
the partnership formed between Pro
fessor Elisha Gray and Enos M. Bar
ton in 1869 to manufacture electrical
equipment. The small shop f Gray
& Barton,, which produced telegraph
apparatus, call bokes, fire and burglar
alarms, developed into the Western
Electric company, manufacturers of
most of the world's telephones and
the largest electric distributing or
Started on $400 Capita!!.
A $400 mortgage on his mother's
house enabled Mr. Barton, who was
a telegraph operator, to enter the
partnership. Elisha Gray was a pro
fessor at Obcrlin College whose in
ventions were to be arrxng the firm's
chief assets. Gray & Barton wai re
organized as the Western Electric
Alanufacturing company in 1872. This
became the Western Electric com
pany in 1881, and the following year
began its development as the manu
facturing branch of the Bell Tele
phone system, which position it has
held to the present. In 1924 sals of
the Western Electric Supply Depart
ment atnountcd to $66,X KJ.000.
It is believed that this is the first
instance where a corporation after
such a lapse of time and a period
of such tremendous growth has re-,
verted to its original designation for
a corporate name, The new company
carries on the business of Gray &
Barton as it would have developed
nad not the telephone been invented.
In addition to motors, generators
and other items manufactured by
the Western Electric company the
new company will sell any r;;dio
equipment which the Western Elec
tric may manufacture. New York
Times... . ,..-.'.. '
Citizenship School at
Charlotte, Jan. 20-21
All members of the North Carolina
League., of ..Women Voters and club
women throughout the state are in
vited to attend the citizenship school
'which thei Mecklenburg County Lea
gue of Women Voters will hold at
Charlotte, January 20-21.
There will be three sessions each
day, open to both men and women.
The meeting will be in the assembly
room at the Y. W. C. A. Mrs. Harris
T. Baldwin of Washington, D. C.
will be the principal speaker. She
will speak Thursday afternoon 'on
"The Federal Trade Commission." '
Other distinguished women on the
program will be Mrs. Thomas O'Berry
of Wilmington, chairman of educa
tion in the North Carolina League of
Women Voters, and chairman of cit
izenship in the State Federation of
Women's Clubs, and Mrs. Mary O.
owper of Durham, director of the
southern states in the National Lea
gue. Mrs. Cowper will assist in the
study , of the legislative program
which the league is working for this
those interested in attending
are asked to notify Mrs. J. P. Lind
say, Monroe Rd., Charlotte, N. Q.
MAXWELL SCHOOL NOTES
Friends at Bryson City sent a large
Thanksgiving box of 'overalls, shirts,
underwear and other' small items. A
check for $5.00 was also included.
The boys are all' very proud of the
well equipped bath and wash room
made possible by friends in Hen
dersonvillc and Ashcyille.
There are twenty boys in the Home
Department of the School. Only four
are supported by revives. Sixteen
arc on Scholarship plan. We can
use ten Scholarships to help the ones
who are asking help at once.
We appreciate very much the gift
of $1,000 for drainage. ' For various
reasons we find it advisable to wait
until spring to go on with the work.
A large part of the' farm will be
covered with a green carpet this win
ten, about thirty-five , acres in small
grain, grass, and clover.
Owing to the dry weather our veg
etable crop was almost a failure this
year; this means a shortage of sup
plies, for table use. -
The school work at Maxwell is
progressing nicely. The requirements
for a Recognized High School ar: be
ing met and the outlook seems bright
The Thanksgiving progfam. pre
sented by the Woodrow Wilson Lit
erary Society of M. H. S., was en
joyed very much. Our Mountain
Fix the clock.
New Ford Equipment
on Display This Week
The showroom of the Joints Motor
& Tractor company, local Ford deal
er will be just about the most popu
lar place in the town this week. Ford
National Show. Week, which opened
yesterday and will continue through
next Saturday evening, has brought
cut the greatest exhibit in the history
of the Ford Motor company. Not
only is a full line of improved cars
being shown, but the trim lines of the
various types are enhanced by such
new appointments as top boot and
gypsy curtains, windshield wings and
automatic windshield wiper supplied
by the Ford Motor company. This
special equipment, is being exhibited
for the, first time in Ford Nations.'
Show Week, and should prove mighty
interesting even to those who arc al
ready driving improved Ford cars.
In addition to the cars and special
tics, representative types of Ford ton
trucks and Fordson tractors with
both industrial and agricultural equip
ment will be displayed.
Arrangements for the week's dis
play here were made by the Atlanta
branch of the Ford Motor company
to coincide with exhibits in every
dealer's showroom in the United
States. The purpose of the display
is to give the people of Franklin an
opportunity to become better ac
quanited with the improved Ford
cars. Ford service so thoroughly
covers the city that there is a show
room convenient to practically every
home and the displays will remain
open in the evening to accomodate
those whose day is occupied.
In Ford cars which will be shown
during the National Show week are
incorporated improvements in body
design and construction and chassis
refinements more pronounced than
any made in the history of the Model
T chassis. Although thousands of
these improved cars are in operation
all over the country at the present
toime, there are still rniny persons
who have not had opportunity to
view the entire line and inspect in
c.otail the improvements which have
so greatly increased the popularity c
Ford cars, " . ,
The first impression of the Ford
car? for 1926 is one of incrcfised
tciiuty and smartness. Bodies are
longer and "tower, fenders hang low
over the wheels and closed cars arc
finished in rich Harmonious color
schemes. But beauty is not the only
quality to benefit by the redesigning
Riding comfort has been increased
by' wider, lower seats and greater
kg room. New features of conveni
ence have also been incorporated in
theses new Cars. The gasoline tank
is, now filled from outside the car id
the open types, a dqor at the driver's
left permits entry or exit without
disturbing the front seat passenger.
Both transmission and rear wheel
brakes have been enlarged. . ' ,
Citizens Bank to Expand
Has Had Prosperous Year
and is Preparing for Great
Increase of Business.
As one evidence of the fact that
prosperity has come to Macon coun
ty in earnest, the directors of the
Citizens bank at a meeting held last
Tuesday voted to increase the capi
tal stock of the bank from $14,000 to
$25,000. The year 1925 was exceed
ingly prosperous one for the Citi
zens bank. Looking to the future
the directors found that greater facil
ities were needed for handling the
constantly increasing business of the
bank hence the increase of the cap
ital stock. No trouble, is anticipated
in quickly disposing of the new is
sue of stock.
At this meeting also Mr. W. T.
Moore was elected ' as cashier and
Mr. L. B. Liner as assistant cashier.
Mr. Liner is a native of Macon coun
ty and for the past three years has
been cashier of a bank at Moyac In
the eastern part of the state. Mr.
Liner comes well recommended as
a young man of exceptional ability
in the banking business. He made
good in the eastern part of the state
and only his intense love for his
home county induced him to return
to take part in the great development
.of the county now under way.
Mr. Liner is only one of several
former citizens of the county who
have recently returned to their na
tive county. The Press hears from
various sources of others who are'
to come and the day is not far distant
when most of our 2,000 former citi
zens who are now elsewhere will re
turn to the mountains they love.
Use of Electrical Ranges
Will be Demonstrated
In cooperation with .the town of
Franklin the Nantahala Electric
company will demonstrate at its
place of business on the public square
next Saturday, the use of various
electrical appliances with particular
reference to the use of an electric
cooking range. ,
franklin now has an abundance of
power for sale and those who are in
terested in the use of electricity for
various purposes will do well to at
tend the demonstration Saturday. The
use of eleltricity in the homes of
the nation is increasing at a rapid
rate. For those who live in town it
is well known that electric current
for cooking purposes is cheaper than
wood or coal.
Citizens of Franklin who use the.
greatest possible amount of current
while getting value received for their
expenditure, are, at the same time,
helping the town pay taxes on the
Be sure and attend the demon
stration. Native Citizen Locates Here
Mr. W. N. Sloan, who has been
connected with the forest service as
a surveyor for 14 years has resigned
to take effect the 15th of February,
and will loeatae permanently in
Franklin. While the forest service
loses a valuable man, yet the citizens
of Macon county will be delighted to
learn that Mr. Sloan -will remain
At an early date Mr. Sloan will
open offices in Franklin and will en
gage in all kinds of surveying work.
During his services with the govern
ment Mr. Sloan surveyed a large part
of the land in the Nantahala Na
tional forest in this county and in ad
joining counties. His services were
also in demand in the Pisgah Na
tional forest and in other forests of
the south. His work in Macon coun
ty has made Mr. Sloan acquainted
with the location of property lines
and with the locations of. original
grants. His past experience and fa
miliarity with property lines in Ma
con county will be of great help to
Mr. Sloan in his future work in sub
divisions and similar work connected
with the development of this section.
Mr. Sloan was born and reared in
Franklin and has the complete con
fidence of all citizens of the county.
The Press predicts for him unbound
ed success-in his chosen field. . .