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FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1928
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Interesting Items From Ma
con s Beautiful Mountain
' The editor of The Press was right,
when several weeks ago, he remark
ed that interesting things must be
happening in Highlands. Nothing
startling or sensational, however; only
. widg-awake activity in churches, school
and civic organizations.
At the golf course the fairways
and greens for nine holes are ready
for seeding and the building of the
clubhouse is also going forward as
In the town, there is likewise some
building in progress and ground being
broken for: more. An adidtion to the
public library has just been completed.
Also a wing added to King's Inn,
which will about double the capacity
of this popular summer hostelry.
The Macon County League of Wom-
' cn Voters met at the home of Mrs.
"H. P. P. Thompson on Wednesday,
January 25, with sixteen members
present, notwithstanding the inclemen
cy of the weather. Miss Albertina
Staub, our president, gave a most in
teresting account of the League con
vention which met in Greensboro on
January 12 and 13. One really has
to attend one of these conventions
to fully realize how many fine women
there are in the elague; and our
. own women are not behind when it
comes to real interest in the questions
conditions in general. After a dis
cussion of the different . legislative
tills to be taken up by the,leaegue,
Mrs. Thompson served us with, de
licious refreshments and we came
away feeling we had not only learned
a lot of interesting things, but had
also had a very enjoyable social atter-
WILL PAVE TO
Professor G. L. Houk, principal of
Franklin schools announced here Tues
day that he has secured sufficient
appropriations to pave the school
house street from Porter street to the
top of the hill. At its meeting Mon
day night the town board appropriated
for this purpose the sum of $125.00
The remainder of the necesary funds
came from other sources. The fact
that this street is to be paved will- be
good .news to every parent in Franklin
and to the parents of children coming
from the country in school busses.
The unpaved condition of the main
artery to the school building has long
been a source of danger to the school
It is stated that the work of paving
the street in question will begin in the
near future and that it will be com
pleted within a period of 30, days from
the date of this issue of The Press.
There seems to be some indication
of improvement in the method of
farming in this section ; Mr. Weaver
Carter is plowing with a tractor,
which is an improvement over the
old-time method, viz: an ox and a
A number of the farmers have en
gaged Mr. Carter to do. their plowing
when the weather. admits. The sound
of the machine can be heard from
early down until midnight. It is
thought that when spring makes its
advent he will plow all night.
A few weeks previous, there was
an article in The Press with such
an inference, that, if the good gentle
men would prepare. some flower beds
for the old lady and girls the farm
homes would be more attractive. That
is a .splendid idea"; if I can get dad
to make those flower beds.
Mr. Robert Terrell Bryson of De
troit Michigan, is greeting friends in
Macon county. He seems- to be so
enthused that he forgets and tells
his friends that it is a "boy," Betty
Bernicc, born January 28.
; Mr. T. M. Rickman made a busi
ness trip to Gastonia, recently.
Miss Zula Bryson, of Winston
Salem, is visiting at the home of
Mr J. P. Bryson at West's Mill.
- Mrs. Grady Reno and two sons,
Eugene and Junior, v are visiting Mrs.
Reno's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C.
The Franklin Mineral Products
company is producing quite a lot of
nice scrap mica. '
A great number 'of jthe 'folks in
this community ae attacked with
colds, grippe, flu, and pneumonia.
Mr. W. J. Jenkins is reported as
Mountain School Flourishe
Through Atlantan's Efforts
George W. Hogsed, Who
Left Macon County 37
Years Ago Died at Bel
George W. : Hogsed, who : was a
former citizen of Macon county, leav
ing here for the west 37 years ago,
died at his home at Belgrade, Mon
tana, January J6,Thedeceasedwas
an uncle of Mrs. John Thomas of
Franklin . and was . highly respected
and honored in his adopted state. In
its issue of January 19th the Belgrade
Journal has the following to say :
After a lpng and lingering illness
of more than a month, George W.
Hogsed, one of the most cherished
citizens of Belgrade, , passed over the
dark river Monday morning, January
16 at 9:20. Mr. Hogsed had been a
resident of Belgrade for 28 years.
He was born in Franklin, N. C, April
3, 1853, and was past 74 years at the
time of his death. He had been a
member of the Southern Methodist
church at Three Forks, and later with
the same church at Belgrade, , and for
many years was teacher in the Sunday
school, until the property of the
church here passed to other owner &
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he was Past Master.,
It can truly be said of George Hog
sed, that he practiced the principles
of justice, loved mercy and walked
uprightly before all men; and that no
man has ever lived in Belgrade more
universally esteemed and respected.
He conscientiously observed his du
ties, responsibilities and obligations to
all men, rather than the rights and
wrongs to himself. ,
He followed the practice of contrac
tor and builder, and many monuments
of his handiwork remain, both in the
country and town. By his labor he'rate the women of the Eastern btar
accumulated some residence property
in Belgrade, and a good home for
himself and wife in their declining
years. He never had taken aught
from ' any one, that he did not earn
by creative labor.
George Hogsed was a great lover
of Montana, and was a real fisherman,
and at each recurring season made
his way to the mountain streams,
where he enjoyed the sport of impal
ing" the speckled trout on the hook
and line. He was truly an apostle of
Izaak Walton. '
He is survived by his wife, one son,
W. R. Hogsed, of Browning, Mon
tana, and one daughter, Mrs. Fred
Waterman, of Hardin, Montana, all
of whom were with him during his
illness and death.
The funeral, was held yesterday at
10:30 a. m., in the Baptist church
in Belgrade at which a host of friend
were present, and many beautiful
floral tributes were placed about the
bier by friends.
Services were conducted by Rev.
Wayne A. Dalton, both the discourse
and scripture reading were very ap
propriate and comforting.
The pallbearers were Lee Frank,
Geo. Aiken, Marvin Ferney, Jean
Penwell, Ray Angel, Ed Stephenson.
The . singers were Jess Robinson,
A. L. Olson, Parker Stone and A.
Lawrence Dean, Belgrade's male quar
tete, and Jess Robinson also sang the
solo numbers. '
He was laid to rest in the Boze
man cemetery by his Masonic broth
ers of Belgrade lodge No. 63 A. F.
& A. M., using the beautiful ritual
istic rites of the order.
Thus passes another grand old
man, who nobly answered the last
challenge of the Grand Master of all.
Peace to his ashes.
P, T. A. Meeting
February meeting of Parent-Teacher
association met February 3 at the
home of Mrs. Tom Johnston with
Mrs. Fred . Slagle, Mrs. F. Y. Mc
Cracken and Mrs; Johnston join hos
tesses. After the business meeting an in
teresting program, led by Mrs. W.
B. McGuire on subject "Undernourish
ed Children," was carried out. Sever
al of the members participated in
the program bringing out important
facts about under-weight and tubercu
lar children, proper nutrition, good
diets, etc. 7
The attendance was unusually good
and much interest was shown in the
interesting and instructive program.
Next meeting will be held the first
Friday in March at the school build-in:?.
Highland, N. G, Institution
Made Possible By Local
Largely through the efforts of the
public schools of Atlanta and the con
tributions of the local Junior Red
Cross chapter, a little school in the
Blue Ridge mountains of North Caro
lina has survived for more than six
years, and today is making great
tsrides along educational lines.
This is revealed in a letter just made
public by Willis A. Sutton, superin
tendent of schools, from Miss Mar
garet Harry, of Highlands, "N. C, to
Miss Emily. Harrison, of this city. ,
Miss Harrison visited the rural
sections around Highlands in the au
tumn of 1921 and, wilhM iss" Harry,
observed the needs of the rural moun
tain children for school facilities.
Miss Harrison was impressed and re
turned to Atlanta and placed the mat
ter before Atlanta school teachers and
officials of the Junor Red Cross.
"As a result of your efforts," Miss
Harry writes Miss Harrison, "I may
live to see my best dream realized.
The Atlanta people have proven the
backbone of my undertakings up here.
I cannot begin to enumerate the won
derful things they do for us; and
when I look back over the pathway
of my labors I see the Atlanta teach
ers and the Atlanta Junior Red Cross
building the foundation upon which
I stand today." Atlanta Constitution.
Ye shades of Webster ! What's
coming next? Just go to the court
house at 8 P. M. on February 11th
and find out. The whole gamut will
be run from b-aba to m-com-pre-hen
si-bil-i-ty. Sure. It's ah old time
spelling bee and Webster's blue-back
spelling book of generations past will
be used. What? Didnt know there
was a blue-back in existance? You're
wrong. Mrs. Bill Moore has one,
but whether she or her grandmother
used it she refuses to say. At any
are putting on mis snow to get money
to finish paying for their piano. The
admission charge will be only 10 cents
In the olden days when children got
"as far as baker" they were going some
and the beginners looked up to them
with much respect, but when a student
learned to spell such words as incom-
prehensibiliy, he or she was a little
'tin god. Dr. Lyle who will . "give
out" the words is well versed in the
old blue-back. . Big, little, old and
young are invited to take part in this
spelling bee. Logan Allen and Theo
dore Munday have been trying to bor
row Mrs. Moore's blue-back. They
claim she is REVIEWING the book
herself and refuses to lend it. Sam
Franks who knows the old book from
kiver to kiver is expected to win the
prize. He will auction off six cakes
each cake made by a fairy queen of
Franklin. Gaston Curtis and Roy
Cunningham are bemoaning the fact
that their wives refuse to permit them
to bid on these cakes. Gilmer Craw
ford is also on pins and needles while
young Emory Hunnicutt states that he
will not even be permitted to go. Re
gardless of these absences the house
will be full to see and take part in
the show of the ages.
Maxwell School News
Mr. H. A. Osborne, of Canton, and
Mrs. Quinlan, of Way nesvillc, visited
the school last week. They remarked
that some decided improvements had
been made. We are planning to build
a new, large study hall before an
other year. . Many other improvements
are in sight.
' Mrs. Quinlan said that she was go:
ing to send her subscription to The
Press since we have started writing
the news of the school fotj the paper.
Miss Zela Nix has returned from
' Saturday County Agent Harris was
present at the monthly meeting of the
4-H club. He, had dinner with us
then helped us to get better organized
in the club. We are getting interested
in a baseball team in connection with
the club. The work in the cuub is
progressing nicely. Some of the plots
are already plowed; the pigs are
bought and are under.' the care of
the boys taking this work; the hot
bed is almost completed. Every boy
is planning for a garden.
The production of eggs is Meadijy
The boys have almost finished a
machine shed for the machinery on
the -place. This work is under tKe
supervision of Mr. Watkins. . All ma
chinery on a farm should be well
cared for during the idle period by
being under shelter.
STOP RAIDS ON
BIG ROBIN ROOST
Conservation Work of Local
Sportsmen and Business
Men in N. C. Aided by U.
5. Game Warden.
"Your prompt action in assisting
United States Game Warden Birsch
to stop the illegal killing of robins at
the roost near Asheboro, N. C, has
probably saved the lives of many
thousands of the valuable birds."
Letters to this effect, recently written
by W. C. Henderson, associate cheif
of the Biological Survey, United States
Department of Agriculture, to a num
ber, of sportsmen and business men of
Randolph- County, North Carolina. c
corded what is tq-be - hoped will - be
the end of robin killing in that section
For many years that part of the
State had h'ad its tales of vast hordes
of robins that in former days used
cedar thickets in the vicinity for a tem
porary roosting, place. . But the vis
tations apparently had ceased long ago
with the breaking of the roost by
night raiders, who had . indulged in
wholesale killing of the birds. In
January of this year, however, for
reasons satisfactory to the birds but
unknown to man,, robins again sought
the former attractions of these thickets
and began to re-stablish the roost in
the shubbery for a distance of 3 or 4
miles along both sides( of a stream
flowing between mountain ridges'. So
dense was the flight of the birds that
January"- aULuutuu-mn- v-,
women, and children to the part of the
main highway at the southern end of
the roost to viewthe spectacle.
About a quarter to five therobins
would begin to arrive, and in -five
minutes the air would be filled with
them. As for as the eye could see,
robins seemed to be droping out of
the heavens, to be lost in the cedar
thickets, and it would be more than
half an hour before any lessening
could be noted in the arrivals. ' The
flight cloud was described by Witness
as being apparently more than 15
square miles in extent, a mile wide,
moving for half an hour, at 30 miles
an hour. The numbers of the robins
at the roost must have run well into
Not all the people attracted by the
spectacle were curious sight-seers,
coming merely to gaze and wonder.
Some thoughtlessly, and others 'prob
ably answering the age-old Call to
hunt and kill, repeated the raids' of
former years, beginning anew the de
struction of the famoust roost, and in
two nights want only slaughtered hun
dreds of the birds. ' When the earlier
roost was broken up the robins were
not protected by Federal law . and in
ternational treaty. Today the robins
are receiving rigid . protection in both
the United States 'and Canada in ac
cordance with the terms of tlic treaty
protecting migratory birds. Possibly
many of the raiders were ignorant of
the changed legal status of the birds,
and others did not know that, they
were killing actual friends ; of man.
At any rate, the raids continued until
local sportsmen and other friends of
the birds brought the wholesale kill
ings to the attention of the county
game warden and of a member of the
State game commission. These of
ficials called in United Statces' Game
Warden W. L. Birsch, of the Biologi
cal Survey, and several sports.rfin and
business men of Ashboro who had
been active in trying to break up the
raids and who one night had stopped
40 or more men from molesting the
On his arrival Warden Birsch found
the killing already under control
through the prompt measures taken
by local residents. He concurred in
the recommendation made that no
legal action be taken looking toward
prosecution of the raiders. So thor-,
oughly aroused have the people been
by the wholesale killings that public
sentiment is now strongly against any
further molestation of the robins or
disturbance of their roost. The
action thus tdkcn for' the protection
of the roost has scrv,ed to betcr in
form the public regarding the legal
protection of the robins, and has
made it very unlikely that there will
be any repetetion of the raids, or any
necessity to hale the offenders before
the Federal Court.
Park, Inc. Meet
The directors of Trimont Pack. Inc.,
met at the office of Col!' H. C. Robert
son Mondav of this week. The di
rectors decided to .call a meeting of
the stockholders on February 25th at
which time there will be important
business to transact.
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Aviation Fuel from Tank at
Boiling Field Was Select
ed for TripMotor Ran
Perfectly Despite Extreme
That America's ambassador of good
will, Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, chose
"Standard" Aviation Gasoline for his
non-stop flight from Washington, D.
C, to Mexico City is in itself a
tribute to the quality of the. product. ' -Then-wasn'iatime-Jotake
.a jchance. .
For while thistrip was perhapsnot"
as spectacular nor as long as the
historic flight across the Atlantic, it
put a severe test on the quality of
the .motor fuel; because of the ex- r ,v
tremc range of temperature encounter
ed during the 26 consecutive hours of
When Colonel Lindbergh took off ;
from Boiling Field, Washington the
next morning he was flying through
the .balmy, tropical atmosphere of the
Gulf Coast a few hours later in the
rarif ield cold over Mexico's .. high
mountain ranges and again in the
tropical warmth that surrounds Mexi
co City. Obviously it was impossible
during the flight to make any carbu
retor adjustments to meet these vary-
Whirlwind Motor, during the entire
trip is a matter of common knowl- .
ColoneT" Lindbergh started from
Washington with 365 gallons of
"Standard" Aviation Gasoline. When
he landed at Valbuena Field in Mexi
co City, after covering approximately.
2,000 miles, there were still more
than 65 gallons' in the tanks, or
enough for six or seven hours in the
air. . -
The Standard Oil company of New
Jersey is proud to have been entrust
ed with the 'responsibility of supplying
the fuel for this internationally im
portant flight; prouder still of the.
flawless performance of its product.
"Standard" Aviation Gasoline.
The gasoline used by Colonel Lind
bergh was not specially refined for
this particular flight, but was taken
directly from the fuel supply tanks ,
at Boiling Field, Washington. Inci
dentally this airport, which is owned
and operated by the U. S. Govern
ment, fuels its planes with the regu
lar run of "Standard" Aviation Gaso
line. Tellico Locals
The farmers of this section are hop- ,
ing for pretty weather so they can begin
farming. It looks al the present time
that most all the wheat crops are
Mr. R. L. Porter and Mr. Frank
Moody were in this section Monday .
Mr. John Cook has been making
several trips to Dr. Fields at Mount
Airy, Ga for treatment of cancer on
Mr. Floyd Ramsey was the guest ofv '
Mr. Joe Smith's Sunday.
Rev. Jud Smith filled his regular
appointment at Tellico church Satur
day and Sunday.
Mr. Willie Owenby who has been
working at, Fontana is visiting home
folks. ' s
Mr. and Mrs. Jess Rowland arc
visiting Mrs. Rowland's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. M. C. Anderson.
Mr. Jeff Cabc is having to let-his
big. hoss set in the shed on th ac
count of the bad roans.
The young people of t';is community
arc planning on startii: . up a B. Y.
P, U. Let's all hope for a success.
Miss Lola Ramsey ' ho has been
going to school at l' anklin is at
home with the mcascls.
The roads are so bad that there is
not niuch lumber being hauled from
the bead of the creek to the last
Mr. Elbert Byrd who had an ope
ration at Angel's Hospital for blood
poison left Monday for South Caro
lina. The Sunday School at Tellico has"
getting along fine but as soon as
spring opens up we think, we' will
have more attendance. ,
New Automobile Agency
Mr. Jake Ledbetter has accepted
the local agency for Whippet and
Willys-Knight cars. Mr. Ledbetter
states that he will have an announce
ment for the public in the near fu