KEr Cltif OF THE MOUNTAIN
FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1926
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C OF C DIRECTORS
Gus Leach Resigns Steve
Porter Chosen in His
Re-election of the board of direc
tors which has served since the body
was created last summer featuredthe
.general meeting of the members ' of
the Franklin Chamber of Commerce
lield Monday afternoon of last week,
Gus Leach, reflected, ' offered his
resignation, and, on his motion, J. S.
Porter was elected in his place.
At the meeting of the board Mon-
. lay night, the old officers were re
elected :' Henry G. Robertson, presi
dent; W: N. Sloan, treasurer ; and
"Weimar Jones, secretary. The com
mittee appointments,, alsd,' were un
changed, J. S. Porter becoming chair
man of' the advertising committee,
formerly beaded by . Mr, Leach. -
In calling the ; meeting V to. : ordfer,
President, Robertson spoke briefly,
stressing the . necessity for a, cham
ber of commerce, and reviewing the
history of the organization, -v ' '
Mr. Robertson ' told something" of
ihe publicity Franklin has received
in 'recent months through the organi
zation's efforts, and informed the
meeting that the board of directors
las met each Monday night, with
a single exception. The organization
lias accomplished much, he said;
many desirable things "could not be
; reached," largely on account ol lack
i of funds. Among the latter, he men
tioned road signs. v
One of the best things done by
the organization recently, he said,
was the tour to Asheville on Decem
ber 7, 'which was suggested by Gil
oner , A. Jones. It should be repeated,
'.Mr. Robertson suggested, and he ex
' pressed, the opinion that a v similar
trip 'to Atlanta would be a gpod
- idea. '. ' :: 1
. "The Chamber of Commerce can
... tint fail' Ihn wrnrlr-' ripcnin mncr crn
on,'- he; decluared, in concluding his
The -treasurer's report, made by W,
N. Sloan, treasurer of the organiza
tion, showed a balance of $7.52 in the
treasurer, with all but one on two
small bills caul.
When the question of ' election of
directors ' arose, there ' were several
motions to re-elect the board, but
the motion of W. N. Sloan that each
member write the names of seven
candidates on a ballot, was put, and
carried. Mr. Leach asked to be re
lieved, but was re-elected. He then
resigned, Mr. Porter being chosen in
"his place. Expressions of . regret at
Mr, Leach's resignations were voiced
tor. the entire body by Gilmer. A
, , ;
0. E. Kimsey suggested that ? the
rganization stage another supper at
any aate, ana me maiier was
ef erred fithe entertainment com
heaHed "A. H. Hiedon. i
: F. Y. McCracken reported that his
rvwnmiu-ee on aericulture was - work
intr with County Agent J. V. .'Arren
j. -dale, and asked the co-operation of
farmers and townspeople alike.
v. Major S, A. Harris moved thatythe
Organization go, on record as endors
ing, the work or Mr. Arrenoaie,. ana
:as favoling his retention. After con
siderable discussion, two resolutions
were substituted for Major Harris
motion', one endorsing the work of
Mr. Arrettdale as county agent, anc
one to the effect that the organiza
tion1 favors continuation of the of
fice of county agent; 1 .
Gilmer A. Jones, then offered" the
following resolution : ' , :
"Rtsolved, that there be'incorpo
rated in the by-laws a provision pro
bibiting. the chamber of commerce as
a body,, or its board of 'directors,
from passing any resolution either
commending, endorsing or .. condemn
ing any individual ; for f any; act, or
acts performed by him, other than in
connection with the chamber ot , com
merce." - V - ' . . .
The resolution was adopted, and
was unanimously ; affirmed by the
board ot directors at that ; body
meetine Monday nieht. .
Following conclusion of the bust
ncss of the meeting. Gilmer A. Jones
brought up the subject of; a war
memorial for this county. He pointed
out that 1 a considerable sum , had
been raised for this purpose, and
never expended on account of
lisagreement as to, the form . the
memorial . should " take. -Mr.
Jones' suggestion,' made, ' be
' said,- simply for the members of the
organization, as individuals, to con
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sider, was that an open air audito
rium be constructed, each ' column to
bear the name of one of Macon coun
ty's war dead.1.' v
The treasurer's report follows i
Total receipts, " ; ... ... r $948.31
Balance' on hand 7.52
Expenditures: . . ' ' .
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Secretary's Salary ............ 386.25
Printing folders,' stationery, etc. 138.44
Large road signs 110.19
A. F. A. road celebration . . . 140.31
First C of C dinner V. . 56.75
Office furniture ...I 35.55
Office rent 20.00
Postage and miscellaneous , . . . ( 53.30
Out On Bail
Omar Williamson, captured Tues
day of lastNweek by Chief of Police
R. M., and jailed on a liquor charge,
Thursday was released on $300 bond.
Advertising keeps old customers,
SMA WILL USE
Giant Hemlock From Field
Of Manassas Will Be
Used As Christmas Tree
By Descendants Of Those
Who Fought In That
It's roots soaked in blood, a tiny
emlock switch quivered 'neath the
roar of artillery at Manassas, more
than 60 years ago. Thursday night,'
tanding upon North Carolina soil, it .
will play the reading role in another
drama, a comedy this time. .
For, gaily streamed with multi-cok
ored Christmas1 lights, its towering
height will look down upon the smiles !
of happy children. A giant grown, it .
will serve Franklin Bov Scouts as .
their Christmas tree this thriving old .
hemlock that gives promise of seeing
many another decade's history enacted .
beneath its wide-spread branches.
Decorated as befits a Christmas
tree with such a history, around its
mighty trunk will be stored the yule-
tide gifts, gifts gathered by the Boy
Scouts for the community's young
sters, especially the needy.
The .celebration Thursday night will
be unique, perhaps, in addition, is
the glamor of romance, cast by the
stirring history of the-, hardy old
Uprooted from the Virginia ficM.
,on which north and south tw.
tied, it was brought here by a
doctor, in his saddlebags, was
and grew to great proportions, to play
its part in a Christmas festivity here
The old hemlock stands in the yard
of the Munday hotel here, once the
home of the late Dr. J, B. Lyle.
Chosen as Macon county s represen
tative in the State legislature during
the Civil War,. Dr, Lyle made the
trip to Raleigh on horseback, there
being no railroads in this end of the
state at ,that time.
The second battle bf Manassas was
fought while the legislature was in
session, and Dr. Lyl? concluded that
on his return, he w&uld ride b-
Virginia battle field, ' '
the Macon county col
Confederate Army, an
news of the home-court
While visiting the ar
requested Captain W. J
in command of this
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District Meeting Convenes
At Franklin January 14 to
15-First Meeting Held in
District in Seven Years.
From two hundred to 500 members
of the Junior Order of. United Ameri
can Mechanics are expected to gather
in Franklin Januuary l4 andl5th for
a district 'meeting. .The district is
composed of extreme sotithvest North
Carolina Cherokee, Clay Xiraham,
Swain, Jackson, and Macon unties.
The local lodge, Cullasaja CotintftrNd.
15a.will.be host Jo the gathormg.
Among the. State of fibers expected
are Statev Councilor C.k W. Snyder, of
Winston-Salem,, and State Secretary
Sam F. Vance", of Kernersville.
A feature of the assembly will be
a public address by Mr. Snyder at
the Macon comty courthouse on
the first day of the metting.
The district l as 12 councils, two.
in Cherokee, tvo in Jackson, and
eight in Macon" county. There are no
councils in either Graham, - Clay, or
Swain.',,- y .; . ,;.
The meeting in' January " will be
the first district meeting held "m
seven years, the last one having met
with nigdonville council, this county,
in 1920. ; '
The business sessions ,of the order
are expected to be held on the after
noon of 'the fourteenth, immediately
following the address ot, Mr. Snyder;
the same evening, and on the morn
ing and afternoon of the fifteenth.
The sessions will be featured, it is
stated, ,by committee and other re
ports and general discussion of the
work of the district.
;The district meeting was brought to
Franklin! largely through the efforts
of Cullaiaja council and of District
Deputy Sam Murray, bf Franklin,
officers of the local cotntil say.
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