KEY CITY OF THE MOUNTA1M
pRANKLIN, N. C, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1926.
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Macon is Third County in
State to Install Bookkeep-
ing Records State Man
Here to Supervise System.
Many farmers in this county have
v decided to find out the why and
wherefore of .farming. In other, words
they want to ascertain what they
have made or lost in the year 1926.
' With this end in view the farmers
mentioned below, with the advice and
assistance of an expert from Raleigh,
have installed a system of farm ac
counts. This system was fully de
scribed in the Press a few issues
back. Every cent received and ex
pended will be accounted for so that
at the. end of the year each farmer
who has installed this system will
know just how he, stands as a result
of the year's work.
Macon was the third county in the
state to receive state aid in helping
the farmers to a better understanding
ia keeping records of th6 farm. This
result was brought about by the un
tiring efforts of County Agent Ar
rendale aided and assisted by Mr.
James .Gray. State representative
Lippard will be here for one year to
help the farmers to properly keep
The following named farmers hare
already installed the prescribed sys
tem of farm accounting:
J. H. McDowell and C. H. Norton.
Tryphosa; Ed. Bradley, Otto; E. N!
Keener, W. C. Ledbetter, J. S. Gray.
J. S. Rogers, Arthur Kimzey, Sam
Vanhook, Ben Vanhook, Otto Mc
Clure, C. C. Cabe, M. L. Angel and
Alex Angel, Route two; E. V. Am
nions and R. D. Brcndle,. Route four ;
Tom Tallent, John Keener and P. M.
Bryson, Cullasaja; J. J. Corbin, Elli
jay. Several other farmers of the coun
ty have expressed the-ir intentions to
take up this system of accounting
in the near future.
Carolina Mountains Realty
Corporation Buys Tract
on Burningtown Boys'
Mr. T. L.Gwyn, president of the
f Carolina Mountains Realty Corpora
, tion, was in Franklin last Friday and
while here bought, through Mr. M. p.
Billings, local real estate agent, be
tween 200 and 250 acres of land at the
mouth of Burningtown creek, 12 miles
below. Franklin. This tract fronts
three-fourths of a mile on the Little
Tennessee and one mile on the east,
bank of ' Burningtown creek.
The entire boundary is heavily
wooded and well located for develop
nrent purposes. While, the plans of
the new owners were not publicly an
nounced, it is understood that they
intend to build a boys' camp on the
lands recently acquired by them. The
' Press knows of no location more de
sirable for this purpose. Burning
town creek is one, of the few. creeks
in the .county that rarely becomes
muddy. The government owns most
of the lands on the headwaters of
this creek. The cleared lands along
the Burningtown constitute a very
small percentage of the whole. While
the creek contains some rainbow and
brook trout, the, Carolina Mountains
Realty Corporation have in mind
stocking this stream with" rainbow
trout and bass.
Onteora Estates Buys
J. J. Kiser Lands
Mr. W. D. Almazoy and , Miss So
phie Albert, joint owners of the On
teora Estates, closed the deal last
Saturday for the remaining portion,
excepting three acres, of the J. J.
Kiser farm, five mies weslt of Frank
lin on Highway No. 28. The purchase
of this land practically rounds out the
boundaries of the Onteora Estates,
which now include about 2500 acres,
This tract contained 43 acres and was
for a consideration of $8,650. i
The holdings of Mr. Almazov and
Miss Albert ,-are located in a rugged
section of the county. Work on this
; development is continuing day by day;
Preparations are abouj: completed for
'''beginning work on the dam.
Mr. Stikeleather and Mr.
Byrd Make Stirring Ad
dresses Total of $3,550
Subscribed at Meeting.
At the park meeting held at the
court house last Friday afternoon.
Col. H. G. Robertson, state senator
from this district, presided. In in
troducing Mr. Stikeleather, the sena
tor stated that Macon county owes a
debt of gratitude to the commissioner
for our excellent system of roals. In
reply to the introduction Mr.' Stike
leather gave most of the credit for
Macon's highway system to the
county itself, stating that in his of
ficial capacity he had only cooper
ated with a progressive county which
had supplied more than half a million
dollars for its highways.
In connection with the park cam
paign, Mr. Stikeleather stated that
he is sure Macon county does not
want the benefits of the park with
out helping to attain it. The park is
to be located in the most beautiful
section east of the Mississippi. Lit
erally thousands of tourists, accord
ing to the speaker, .will wend their
way to the Smokies after the park is
established. Mr. Stikeleather stressed
the strategic position of Franklin and
Macon county as the southern gate
way to the park. In this connection
he said that' Franklin is far better
located to attract visitors to the park
than many towns situated nearer the
"The acquisition of the park will
automatically increase land values in
Macon county," stated the commis
sioner "many 'fold over the amount
that the county is asked to subscribe.'"
The thousands of tourists who will
make Franklin and Macon county
headquarters while visiting the. park
will leave a golden stream of cash in
their wake. The farmers will be pro
vided with a market for all their farm
Mr. Stikeleather referred to the ac
quisition of the park area as a spirit
ual and religious step that should not
be neglected. To preserve a portion
of God's eternal mountains for pres
ent and future generations to enjoy
is, according to the speaker, a press
ing and important duty devolving up
on the citizens in this section of the
state. The speaker placed Contribu
tions to the park on a par with con
tributions to the church,'
, Referring again to Macon county's
roads Mr. Stikeleather said that we
should put Our excellent system of
highways to the greatest possible
use by making them the means by
which thousands of tired and weary
people may visit the park.
Mr. Byrd was then introduced and
referred to the campaign in other
counties. Most of the counties in the
western part of the state have sub
scribed their quotas.
The subscription list was then pass
ed and a total of $3,550 was subscribed
at the meeting.
A grand total of about $6,000 is
now subscribed in Macon county.
ROAD TO BRYSON
CITY TO BE OILED
District Engineer Says That
Bryson City R.ad Will be
Reshaped and Oiled Be
tween May and July.
While in Franklin last Friday, Mr.
J. G. Walker stated that the road be
tween Franklin and Bryson City will
be reshaped and oiled and that he in
tends to have this work done in May
and June. It will be remembered that
stone was placed on this road, last
summer and fall. But for this work,
the road would have been utterly
impassable during the present winter.
The oiling process will include a con
siderable portion of sand. With this
road rounded and oiled the tourists
will have an excellent route to the
proposed Smoky Mountains park
area. No doubt ..thousands will visit
this area, even ; before the' park is es
tablished. Most' of the tourists from
; the section of the Country south of
.Franklin will come through here on
.their way to the site of the proposed
park. - ; -
Florida Men Buy Downs
Property 2l2 Miles From
Town. Improvements and
Florida Colony Planned.
Through the J. II. Stockton Realty
company, Mr. Gene Johnson of Day
tona,' acting as trustee for a Florida
syndicate, closed the deal on Febru
ary 10 for the Wilfred Downs farm
consisting of 95 acres on Highway
No. 28 about, 2 1-2 miles from Frank
lin in the direction of Highlands.
This farm has a good frontage on the
highway and the terrain is such as to
provide an ideal site for development
purposes. Magnificent mountain views
may be had from various locations
on this farm.
While detailed plans of the syndi
cate have not been announced, it is
understood that the new owners plan
extensive improvements with the end
in view- of establishing a Florida
colony on this beautiful tract. Mr.
Johnson is no stranger to the citizens
of Franklin and Macon county, hav
ing made several other investments
in this county. He is a thorough be
liever in this section of North Caro
lina and great things are expected as
a result of Mr. Johnson's activtes
WORK TO BEGIN
ON NO. 28APRIL 1
Mr. Stikeleather and Mr,
-Walker in Franklin Last
Friday, Bring Good News
Concerning Highway 28.
Both Mr. J. G. Stikeleather, 'high
way -commissioner for the ninth dis
trict, and his chief engineer, Mr. J. G
Walker, were. in .Franklin last Friday
to attend the rally in connection with
the national park campaign in Macon
In an interview with a Press repre
sentative, Mr., Stikeleather and Mr.
Walker took occasion to assure the
people of Macon county that worl
will begin on Highway No. 28 just a?
soon as weather conditions will per
mitprobably around April 1st. In
explanation of why the convicts were
taken from Macon and placed at work
on a quarry in a nearby county, Mr
Walker stated, and correctly so, thai
any effort to work on No. 28 at this
season of. the year would have been
a waste of money. However, plans
arc now ready for putting 100 con
victs to work between Franklin and
Highlands and a like number between
Franklin and Hayesville around Apri'
first. The camp at the foot of the
Nantahalas will be completed and an
other camp built in the vicinty of
Gneiss. Consideration is also being
given to the advisability of puttinp
two steam shovels to work on No. 28
in Macon county.
When asked about No. 10 acros?
the Balsams, Mr. Walker stated thai
the old road will be placed in excel
lent condition for use as a detour
while concrete work goes forward
between Sylva and Waynesville.
The road between Franklin anc"
Dillsboro is expected to be completed
by the first of July. News from Geor
gia indicates that a good detour wii'
be available through Rabun and Ha
bersham counties in that state. Con
sequently the entire Atlanta-Frank-lin-Asheville
highway will be avail
able to tourists during the coming
Franklin to be Tax
Free Town is Plan
Did you ever hear of a tax-free
What a remarkable selling talk a
salesman could put into his kit that
as a starter I .'..'
Yet the fact remains that this is not
an idle dream, but really an objective
And this is just whai Franklin, in
Macon county proposes to be a tax
How will they ever do it ?
Well,' the answer lies in their nat
ural resources: Principally, in their
vast water power recently harnessed
by construction of a municipal darn
While much of this p6wer has already
been' sold, the supply is so abundant
that they are still able to offer more
for commercial purposes. It. is hoped
thereby to secure revenues sufficient
for all municipal needs. Ashvil!e
FRANKLIN ANOTHER OF THE MANY
CHARMING RESORT TOWNS IN STATE
New Hydro-Electric Plant, Forming the Center of the
Beautiful Lake Emory Development Furnishes Suffi
cient Water Power for Extensive Manufacturing and
Development Projects Great Fruit Growing Center.
Western North Carolina .contains,
perhaps, the grandest scenic effects
in the entire Appalachain , Range.
Here rise peaks to a height of 6,500
feet, from the summits of which one
sees flung before his eyes a pano
rama of serried mountain ranges
leaping waterfalls, sombre valleys
rushing rivers, which, for sheer
beauty, is equalled nowhere else in
Franklin, on the headwaters of the
Little Tennessee river, the terminal
point of the Tallulah Falls railway
just 136 miles northeast of Atlanta
is situated in the very heart of this
Franklin is on the Asheville-Frank-lin-Atlanta
highway, one of the scen
ic highways of the south, lying thru
the picturesque mountains of north
Georgia and western North Carolina
Not only is this highway the most
beautiful from a scenic standpoint
but it is the shortest possible motor
route from Atlanta to Asheville, and
the only route through the incom
parable mountains of North Georgia
and Western North Carolina that will
be open for motor travel for a period
of several years.
Franklin has a summer climate that
is unsurpassed in the south; tvery
night is cool and there arc no mos
quitoes. , .
Franklin has 800 population; paved
streets; 4 1-4 miles of concrete side
walks; electric light and power plant
municipally owned waterworks; mod
ern steam laundry; bakery; ice man
To the tourist Franklin offers :
Five tourist hotels; two commercial
hotels ; numerous boarding houses.
Sporty nine-hole goW course; ten
nis; swimming, horseback riding;
Muskellunge,-- bass, rainbow and
brook trout fishing.
Up to date moving picture theater
with radio receiving set.
Mountain climbing and camping
Cullasaja Falls, Burningtown Falls;
Wayah Bald (5,400 feet altitude),
Cherokee Indian reservation. Nanta
hala National Forest (with many
miles of scenic trails for horseback
riders), are all within short distances
and may be reached by auto.. These
drives offer many superb and inspir
Macon County Resource
The principal resources of Macon
county, developed and undeveloped
are agriculture, trucking, horticulture
stock raising, lumbering, mining and
The tourist business in Franklin
for the past few years has overtaxed
the accommodations. Preparations
arc now under way to materially in
crease our hotel capacity, for another
season, and the Franklin Lakes De
velopment is pushing a project for
the building of a hotel and golf links
and cottages on the shores of Lake
Emory. Couple, this with the fact
that the Asheville-Atlanta highway
and the Detroit-Miami highway each
pass through Franklin and Macon
county, and consider also that Macon
county contains some of the grandest
and most inspiring scenic effects "ir
the entire Appalachian range, and it
is easily seen that Franklin is destin
ed to become one of the foremost all-year-round
re'sorts of the . south.
The most valuable asset of this
county, - and of all western North
Carolina, is its wholesome healthful
ness, affording the greatest degree of
all-year human comfort.
Nantahala National Forest
Franklin is official headquarters for
the Nantahala National Forest, 104,
157 acres of which, valued at $600,000
lie in Macon county.
All kinds of livestock may be
ranged in this forest in season on pay
ment of a nominal fee.
Mines and mineral interest may be
leased by reputable parties on a gross
output royalty basis of from 2 to 8
Standing timber and timber prod
ucts are sold in the Nantahala forest
to the public at reasonable figures.
However, all timber operations must
be conducted tinier. Forest Service
regulations and supervision. ; '
The Forest Service is steadily im
proving this forest. Roads, trails
telephone lines, and permanent camps
are being built, and recreational fea
tures developed. The Nantahala Na
tional Forest is open to the pubile the
year round fof recreational purposes
Along the numerous streams of Ma
con county arc thousands of acres of
rich valleys and bottom lands. Than
this there is no better soil in the
world for growing corn, beans, po
tatoes, hay, peas, clover, and all
truck crops. With intensive farming
100 bushels of corn per acre and over
can be produced in all parts of the
county. The average on good bot
tom land, properly cultivataed, is 50
to 100 bushels per acre; the average
on good upland, 40 to 75 bushels per
Good meadow lanl averages 2 tons
of hay to the acre.
The average yield in turnips is 500
bushels per acre. One man produced
1,100 bushels of turnips on one acre.
Turnips make a fine winter food for
On good wheat land 30 bushels can
be produced per acre.
This is an industry in which Ma
con county offers an unusual and ex
ceptional opportunity. On account, of
our climate and altitude truck crops
such as snap beans, lettuce, tomatoes
cucumbers, etc., come to their great
est production during the months ot
June, July and August just at the
season when the Florida, South Geor
gia, Alabama and Louisiana truck
farms are parched by the extreme
summer heat. This assures us a
ready and convenient southern mar
ket a market where the prices are
high and the demand for fresh, high
class truck remains steadily in excess
of the supply.
Macon county is ideally situated
for stock raising. Iiecause of tac
mild winters that permit grazing
throughout the year, beef production
is developing rapidly here, as. well as '
in other counties of this section. The
rich mountain coves and tablelands
furnish luxuriant grazing the entire
year, while the protection afforded by
the coves is sufficient shelter for the
animals during the winter months;
Beef-cattle raising is a fast-growing
industry in Macon county. Each year
thousands of dollars worth of beef
cattle are being shipped to the mar
kets. Pure-bred strains are being im
trodeced in all sections, and much in
terest is being . manifested in the
breeding of heavies, bigger-bodied
Sheep thrive in Macon county and
all other counties of Western North
Carolina. . The high, well-drained
elevations are well watered and pro
duce abundant pastures, making ideal
conditions for profitable sheep pro-,
duction. The climate is especially
adapted to the production of the fin
est wool. The woolen industries of
the state, and south gie preference
to Western North Carolina wool be
cause of its quality and freedom from
foreign matter. The common sheep
diseases of the more southern and
western ranges are practically ' un
known in this locality.
The higher and rougher lands, too
steep for profitable beef production,
are largely used for sheep as they
furnish graziig, and the higher alti
tudes are favorable to the sheep and
Hogs and Goats
Hogs and goats can be ranged ki
the mountains the entire year...
This section is ideal for hog raising.
Pure bred Durocs, Berkshires, aa
other strains, are rapidly taking the
place of the old-fashio led . "razor
backs" throughout the county. The
business is growing fast, and k rap
idly becoming one of our most profit
Goat raising in the mountains of
Western North Carolina is the only
10 per cent profit industry we know
pf. Goats turned on the range, arc
self-sustaining the entire year, re
quire no attention, and under the pro
visions of the sheep and dog control
law the county must pay the owner
full price for all animals killed by
-.' Poultry, labor and investmen con
sidered, is the most profitable of all
farm livestock. The poultry farmer
in. Macon county has every advantage
to be desired gently sloping landis,
pure water, splendid climate and a .
market unexcelled. The climate makes'
it possible to have green feed for the
hens every day in the year, to hoe
the flocks in inexpensive buildings,
and to get the chicks and eggs on the