FRANKLIN, N. C FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 1926.
.Franklin, Nosth Carolina, Aims To Be A Taxless Town
Mighty Marine Monster is
Making Lake Emory Its
Home Half of Franklin
' Flocked to Lake Shore.
Those who go boating on Lake
Emory are hereby warned of a
mighty sea monster that is lurking
. In the cool depths of this beautiful
lake. According to reports of those
"who have seen this fish people should
. go prepared to" battle for their lives
when invading the realm of this king
of muskies. It seems that Uncle
Coon ' Cochran, who hails from the
Nantahala where fish are no larger
than they ought to be, started the ex
citement. Everybody in the county
knows Uncle Coon. When he gets
started on a turkey yarn his acsuanit
ances make allowances, but hereto
fore he has always betn considered
truthful when telling a fish story
Court week brought Uncle Coon tc
Franklin merely as a spectator, of
course. While here last Sunday hf
-wandered down to the lake "to see,"
as he expressed it, "what makes
Franklin so consarnedly proud of
Lake Emory." But listen to Uncle
Coon orate: "When I got about 20C
yards from the lake I heerd some
thing go slash, slash, slash and I seed
the water jist a-bilin'. I sails down
to this commotion and seed the big
gest fish in the world. When thai
fish blowed the water out of it?
- mouth, it made a regular fountain
five or six feet away. Its top fin was
about. the size of that elephant's -ear
that was in the circus- over to Ashe
Aille. Knowing the people of Frank:
lin consider me the biggest liar in the
monntains, I -wasn't going back tc
town to. Jell what I had seed. So I
ome9 back to town and gets the
. sheriff and Chief Coffey to go back
-with me. They, too, seed the fish and
the sheriff got so excited 1 had to
keep him from shooting the varmint.'
By the time the sheriff and Chief
Coffey arrived on the scene half the
people of Franklin were riding lik
mad to the lake. Bill Moore got up
out of bed to make the trip but at
that time failed to see the fish; How
cver, he was down there at 5 o'clock
Monday morning and saw the fish
rise three times. Bill estimates its
"weight as 75 pounds. Sheriff Ingram,
vith the cares of an official position
on his shoulders admits being very
conservative when he states that the
muskie will weigh between 30 and 40
nminds. More than fifty ot frank;
lin's citizens , who have, hitherto
borne fine reputations claim to have
seen this monster of the deep.
Even Judge John M. Oglesby, who
'is holding court here got the fever
and rushed to the lake to see mis
daddy of all muskies. He remained
in the. vicinity for quite a while but
did not see anything unusual. Such
1eing the case, the good people of
Franklin are wondering just what
liappened Sunday afternoon to make
so many, otherwise reliable citizens
see a marine monster in the placid
waters of Lake Emory.
n: forest fires
Friday, April 23, a telephone - call
came to the Forest Service office at
Franklin notifying the Forest ..Service
of two racing fires in Smith Bridge
township on the waters of Tesenta
reek. One fire burned over a part of
the land of Mann Norton and the
federal government. . amounting to
about 30 acres. But by the active
work of County Warden J. J. Mann
and U. S. Forester Byrd, the fire was
extinguished; guilty party prosecuted
.:, came into court and submitted... Se
verely lectured by Judge Carpenter
paid his penalty, returned home a bet
ter man. ,
The other fire breaking out from
the lands of Mr. B. Vinson .and burn
ed over about four hundred acres ot
timbered land, doing great damag-
to the same. The jesponsible party
eing likewise prosecuted, returning
home sorrewhat a poorer and wiser
The citizens of Macon county will
no longer stand , for the carelessness
and neglect of any one setting out
fire and doing damage to property
and spoiling the beauty of our forests
J. J. MANN,
1 County Warden.
NEW YORK CITIZEN HERE
' Mr. Blanchet. of Blanchet & Com
pany, New York City, spent one day
in Franklin latter part of last week
on business connected with the ,Onte
ora Estates, Inc. Mr, Almazov, joint
owner of these magnificent estates
has also returned to Franklin aftei
an extended visit in the cities of the
north and east in the interest of the
Onteora Estates,, Jnc.
Macon County Receives
First Prize in Campaign
Conducted By League Of
Women Voters of Nation.
Mrs. Sam L. Franks of Franklin
received a telegram last Tuesday no
tifymg her that Macon county had
won first prize, consisting of $100, in
the Every Member an Earner cam:
paign conducted some weeks ago by
the National League of Women Vot
ers. Every member of the two lea
gues in Macon county earned an
equal amount of money in the cam
paigna percentage of which wa?
sent to the National League. The
Macon County League of Women
Voters at Highlands and the Frank
lin League of Women Voters are
both wide-awake organizations and
stand high in the estimation of the
state and national leagues. The win
ning of first prize in the campaign
mentioned., is a distinction of much
importance and one of which the
county feels justly proud.
Mr. Robert Ramsey, his two
daughters, Misses Lola and 1 Jessie
and Miss Lillie Burns of Tellico.
spent the day in Franklin last Friday.
Logansville and Petersburg seem to
have buried the hatchet. It is under
stood that both claim the other is be?
Dt W. H. Higgins is another old
subscriber to The Press, having been
taking the paper for 37 years.
Mr. T. W. Alexander, district state
forester, was here a day or two last
week. He was on his way tOyAshe
ville , from the Smoky mountains
where a forest fire had been burning
for four days. The fire started on
Monday and was not under contro!
until Thursday. There were also sev
eral fires in Macon county last week
until the rain of Thursday night put
them out. ,
Mr. Alexander has resigned from
the state service effective May 1, and
has accepted a position with the
Chimney Rock Mountains, Inc., as
forester. He will have charge of
8000 acres belonging to the company
The tract of land purchased some
time aeo fiom Mr. Norman Barnard
by Mr. T. W. Porter consists of 18 1-2
acres insted of 15 acres as announced
in The Press at the time, of the deal
The price paid was $500 per acre.
The Joines Motor & Tractor com
pany has leased the building now oc
cupied by the City Garage and will
take possession when Mr. Chas. Mor
gan moves his garage into the build
ing now being erected by Mr. W. L
McCoy on Palmer street.
Mr. Harry Ray has returned from
Winterhaven, Fla., and is now at his
home on Route Three,
Mr. George. Addington, a native of
Macon county,- but who has been
living elsewhere for 42 years, has re
turned and will probably remain here
during the summer at the home of his
brother, Mr. Jake Addington, on the
Georgia road. The people of the
county are glad to have this extend
ed visit from Mr. Addington.
"Mr. Lawson Rogers of Route two
visited town Friday, and while here
was busy shaking hands with his
. Mr. J. D. McCoy, one of the most
successful merchants on the Culla-
saja, was a pleasant visitor to town
Mrs. W. F. Curtis, is again up after
a " spell " of sickness lasting about
three weeks. ;
Mr. Rumby Ray, has returned tc
Akron, Ohio, where he has accepted
a good position.
The excitement of the seniors at
the Franklin high school is growing
apace as the date for the publication
of the annual grows near. This an
nual is going to be a credit to th
senior class and will set a mark thai
future classes will have to work hard
hard to equal.
Mr. David Campbell of Abingdon
Va., is visiting his daughter, Mrs. R
F. Culbertson, who has suffered a re
lapse from a recent illness ' and if
again rather seriously ill. Mr. Camp
bell is a very pleasant gentleman anr'
one to whom the people of Franklin
have taken much pleasure in extend
ing a hearty welcome.
Mr. Sam Angel who has been liv
ing at Gastonia for some time was in
Franklin last week making arrange
ments to move back to his native
county. He exacts to be here per
manently within a month or two
Macon county is glad to welcome the
jeturn of this1 native son.'
DAM WILL GIVE
ENOUGH P0 VER
FOR THIS PLAN
Sale Of Excess Electricity
Will Pay Off, Entire
IN THREE YEARS
WILL RUN TOWN
n ' - r i . 4
d i g iseveiopments Are
Going On At Lake
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Under the above headlines in its is
sue of Sunday, April 25, The Ashe
vil!e Citizen printed the following ar
ticle concerning Franklin. For the
benefit of our readers who do not
take The Citizen, the article is re
printed in The Press. The Citizen is
deeply interested in the development
of all Wentern North Carolina and is
ever ready to use space liberally in
the advancement of this section.
The article in The Citizen was il
lustrated with eigrt photographic
views of Franklin and vicinity.
FRANKLIN; N. C, April 4-How
would you like to live in a town with
all modem conveniences, health giv
ing climate and scenic wonders, with
no tax to pay?
Such a town is within the borders
of Western North Carolina and when
the present program is consummated
not more that four years from now.
a tax free town will be a reality.
This year will see a cutting down of
taxes and as the calendar is turned
taxes will be further trimmed.
The town of. Franklin, county seat
of Macon county, has gone into the
power- business as a municipal enter
prise, and herein lies the reason for
the tax advertisement.
' With the cutting down and ulti
mate cessation of taxation for cur
rent expenses, the town also offers
an abundance of hydro-electric power
at reasonable rates. It has labor a
plenty-of the best kind, pure Anglo-
aaxon, ,a railroad and paved high
ways. It has needed a press agent
for some time and now that Major
S. A. Harris has taken up the pen
and is ably supported by others and
North Carolina s publicity in general
is considered certain to receive many
industries and hundreds of new citi
zens, in the immediate future.
Dam Cost $300,000
At a cost of approximately $300,000
the town recently completed a. dam
across the Little Tennessee River,
three miles from the city, and erect
ed a power plant which is now pro
dusing 1,500 horse power. Another
power unit generating 750 horsepow
er is possible and will be installed
when the demand for power makes
such a step necessary.
Enough power, says The Franklin
Press, has already been sold to prac
tirally pay the interest on the bonds
and the town has a surplus of 800
horsepower for sale.
When all available power is dis
posed of the plant will pay the inter
est on the bonds, set aside a sinking
fund to retire the bonds when due
and pay all expenses so as to make
Franklin a tax free town.
Additional Income j
Not only that, but when all surplus
power is sold the town will have an
additional income of several thousand
dollars annually for use in extending
In addition to the financial element
and the providing of adequate pow
er for the town, the project has fur
nished seven . miles of boating, th
gamest of fish, and has made possible
the development of over 2,000 acres,
adjoining, into fine residential sites.
Shore land is . owned by The Lake
Emory company, the Mountain Lakes
Estates, Inc., and a number of other
concerns and individuals, and , much
real estate activity has been noted in
the past few days.
LAKE EMORY POPULAR PLACE
The new 225 acre lake, just on the
edge of Franklin, offering fishing
boating, swimming, and ideal home
sites, is receiving the attention of all
visitors to Franklin and is the boast
of old time citizens.
Lake Emory was formed when
Franklin constructed a " large , dam
across the Little Tennesee River and
real estate operations, begun around
the shore, have extended on all sides,
and given a great impetus to business
in general for the county seat of Ma
con. v Dam at Full Hi!
The dam at full head eddies the
waters of the Little Tennessee River
for five miles above the dam. The
waters of two tributaries, Rabbit
Creek and Cullasaja- river, are eddied
for some distance, and therefore sev
en miles of boating are offered.
The muskellunge; the gamest of all
fresh water fish, is found in this lake,
and nowhere else in the South is this
game fish found in such quantities.
Franklin is a historical place and
until today an Indian mound is the
first peculiar sight to greet -the visit
or. This town has produced many
great men, statesmen, educators, sci
entists, and figures conspicousiy in
the history of North Carolina. While
the historical significance of the city
is not forgotten the citizens, are liv
ing in the present, for the present
and future. They are proud of four
fine churches with large member
ships and it's public library. The
town has the Masonic, Odd Fellows
Pythians and Junior orders.
The schools are as good as are
found anywhere and are constantly
Some facts and figures regarding
the town are as follows: t
The altitude ranges, from 2,140 feet
at the river, to 2,250 feet at the court
house in the center of town.
Two banks have combined resourc
es of $673,001.
Three wholesale grocery houses.
A Building and Loan Association.
Alert Board of Trade.
Ice manufacturing plant.
Municipal water works and sewer
Good weekly newspaper with mod
ern job printing plant.
Volunteer fire department. Motor
chemical truck, hose and ladder wag
ons. Moving picture theatre. 4
Nine hole municipal golf course.
Improved public camp ground.
Locally owned, country-wide tele
phone system, connecting with South
ern Bell long distance service. -- i
Modern bakery. Four restaurants
Dairy, making two deliveries daily
Brick yard, modern machinery.
Bottling plant. . ,,
Highest class retail merchantile Es
tablishments, supply houses, garages j
and every kind of concern necessary
to meet all needs of citizens.
The assessed valuation is $l,155,07o.
State vs. John Brittain, carrying
concealed weapons. $50 and cost.
State vs. Rose Henson and Nell
Caroenter. statutory. 12 months in
jail. Sentence suspended on. condition
that defendants leave the state and
State vs. Bessie Mashburn, affray
State vs. Lawrence McCall, whis
key. 12 months in tail. Sentence sus
oended on condition of good behavioi
for two years and that defendant
get job and support family.
State vs. Jim Guest, whiskey, $1!
fine and cost and six months in jail
Jail sentence suspended on two yean
State vs. Paul Cheek, whiskey, six
months on road.
State vs. W. A. Houston, whiskey
$10 and cost. Koad sentence sus-
State vs. Jack Farley, whiskey, six
month road sentence.
State vs. Jack Farley, carrying con
cealed weapons, four months on road
making 10 months in all.
State vs. Burton Sutton, whiskey
$100 and cost. Road sentence of six
State vs. Joe Bell, whiskey, If
months on road. .
State vs. Clarence Smith, whiske
18 months on road. .
Three cases against Allen Dills
sentence not passed at time of going
Carl Neal, whiskey, $10 and cost.
Six months suspended sentence on
Frank Coward and Don Wilke, af
fray, $10 and cost each.
Joe Shaltz, whiskey, $15 and cost
six months road sentence suspended.
Ed Kinsland and John Cox, $10 arid
cost for Kinsland, cost for Cox.
Rufus Bates, drunk, $10 and cost.
John Burleson, carrying concealed
weapons, $50 and cost.
Tom Carpenter, two' cases simph
assault, $10 and cost.
Ella Angel, simple assault, $10 and
Bill Webb, damage to highway
Koshoe Schleyer Co., vs. Hurst and
Trotter, favor defendants.
Security Finance Co., vs. E. Moze
ley. favor defendant.
Walraven Co.. vs. General Mic;&
Clay Co. Favor defendant, . "
Farmers' Federation vs. Mica Prod
ucts Co. Favor plaintiff.
J. N. Logan vs. County Commis
sioners, 'favor plaintiff for $20.
Octa Quesenbury, Herman Dean
Macon County Supply Co.; G. N. Bui
gin and Franklin Hardware Co., all
against Costello Bros., favor plain
tiffs in each case. . v
Finds Conditions at the Jail
Very Unsatisfactory Va
rious Improvements Rec
ommended at Courthouse.
April Term of Superior Court, 1936.
Judge J. M. Oglesby, presiding.
We the grand jury have visited and
carefully inspected the public build
ings and institutions of the county
and report as follows: (
We find that the jail is neither
clean nor sanitary and that the size
and construction of the building is
such that it is not practical to keep
it decent and healthful for a large
number of prisoners. That the floor
of the largest room was unswept and
the towels very dirty, which may
have been because of the large num
ber of prisoners, nineteen that had oc
cupied the jail the night before. Elev
en men slept in one room, and during
the night were shut off from toilet
conveniences and were without cham
bers or any necessary conveniences.
According to the prisoners the men
and women use the same toilets at
present. Ventilitation is very insuffi
cient and the air is foul and oppres
sive. Long accumulation of film on
the windows makes the light dim and
the seeing unsatisfactory. Ventila
tion would be improved if th$ win
dows opened at the top as well as at
the bottom. Coat racks should be
placed on the walls.
The back wall of the prison has
about a square foot of damage in the
bricks and several inches deep and
should be repaired at once. The
brick wall over the back door is
breaking down and needs immediate
repair. The back porch is severa!
feet above the ground and is without
steps and the front porch is rotten
The kitchen floor is breaking through
jn several places.
The county needs and should, as
soon as possible, build a new, better
and more commodious courthouse
The accumulatidn , of records and
the necessary furniture, especially in
the office of the Register of Deeds, if
so great that few people can occupy
it at once with any comfort.
We recommend that the seats in
the gentlemen's toilet be inclosed
and have hinged doors." .
The ladies' rest room should be fur
nished with more chairs and the ad
joining toilet should have more re
liable supply of water, and a broken
pipe should be repaired.
Our committee that inspected the
county home report three male and
six female inmates. They find the
general conditions of the inmat'
good ; also the food, clothes and beds
good, and that the toilet conveniences
sanitation and general treatment are
The house needs repainting, two
rooms, need reflooring and an eaves
trough' on upper side, and lower
porch and upper side of house need
repairs. The home needs a new barn
and smoke house.
Respectfully submitted. .
B. M. ANGEL Foreman.
Home Coming and
Mothers' Day Combined!
Rev. J. O. Fry. .pastor at Louisa
Chapel announces a great home
coming and mothers' day combined at
Louisa Chapel on bunday. May 9.
Preparations are now under way to
make this the greatest dav in the
history of that community. The edi
tor is acquainted with many of the
citizens of that section and knows
their reputation for hospitality. Those
who go may expect to be royally en--
tertained. Everybody is invited to
come and brine well filled baskets.
as there will be dinner on the grounds
Kev. W. L. Matney of Canton, dis
trict superintendent of the Ashevifle
district, will preach the home coming
sermon at 11 a. m. Rev. B. C Reavis
of Franklin will preach the Mothers'
Day sermon at 3 d m.. while Rev. D.
H. Dennis of Montezuma, N. C will
preach that bunday night.
Un baturdav before the second
Sunday the quarterly conference con
venes at the same church
FRANKLIN VISITED BY AUTO
Mr. Glenn W. Briggs, representing
Automobile Blue Books, Inc., of New
York, was a visitor to Franklin last
Friday getting data on the autopio-
bile routes in this section. This firm
publishes maps and logs of the vari
ous automobile roads in the country.
Mr. Briggs had never heard of the
short route from Ashcville to Atlan
ta by way of Franklin. He will hare
this route noted on future maps.
Mr. Briggs was accompanied by his
wife. . -: ' .