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FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1928
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FOR NOMINAL SUT.1 FOREST SERVICE
WILL LEASE SITE OVER A MILE HIGH
150 Miles of Government
Trails - Scenery Unsur
passed Good Fishing
Government Invites You.
"High-high-high-high-up in the hills,
just a'watchin' the clouds roll by !"
Do the words of a last winter's pop
ular song at all express your idea
of the way to enjoy a summer vaca
tion? Or sevcrarsuchacati6hs?lf
"soTconsider Wine " Springs Bald inrihe
heart of the Nantahalas.
From the 5,500 feet summit of this
majestic peak there unfolds before the
eye a mountain panorama not ex
celled in the entire Appalachian moun
tain system. The Blue Ridge for fifty
tniles of its length; the Cowee, Nan
tahala, and Tusquitee Ranges, the
Snowbirds and much of the Great
Smokies fall within the .picture, with
the entire upper Tennessee Valley
as the sparkling central jewel, in
its highland setting. Close up, the
, scenic , effects are varied and beau
tiful. In azalea blossom time the
mountain tops are giant flower beds
filled with these gorgeous blossoms.
In the lower, more moist sections,
the laurel and the rhododendron in
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southeast slope, the forest service ad-.
ministeriag Nantahala National Forest
has made available for occupancy and
development - by the lessees twenty
summer home sites. High above the
merchantable timber line the beauty
of this unusual summer home area
can and will be preserved absolutely
inviolate without sacrifice ot any ot
the principles of good forest manage
:.. Radiating from the area forest ser
vice trails lead in many directions,
all of them through regions of great
"beauty. The crest of Wine Spring
is but three-quarters ot a mue, ana
an entire summer could be spent
with a different locality for each
day's exploration. Down the moun
tain one finds excellent fishing in the
. How to Get There
. Wine Spring Bald h 17 miles from
Franklin, IS. Ut. almost aue wesi.
From Franklin these summer home
Sites are reached by traversing five
triiles of North Carolina State High
way No. 28, ten miles of the newly
improved forest service nquone--iSlagle
road, and two miles offspur
road on the mountain. Franklin is the
. nearest railroad point. The National
Forest telephone system runs through
the area, maintaining constant touch
with outside points as well as with
the various forest service stations.
The nearest mail delivery is at a
point on an R. F. D. route about
ten miles from the area. The season
of occupancy would normally extend
through June, July, and August.
Timber and Construction Materials
The timber on the area is virgin,
but at this elevation almost entirely
unmerchantable. Red oak, white oak,
chestnut oak, and chestnut are the
principal species. Immediately north
and northwest of the area the timber
stand changes to almost pure birch.
There is ample shade, but the trees
as a rule are very old and are low
The permittee will find it most
economical to construct the necessary
improvements on his building lot with
lumber from sawmills at the foot of
-tha - mounfain or . .hauled out from
Franklin. The timber on the area
would hardly do for the" purposes of
- log-building construction, ' -1 -
No standard plans for buildings will
be prescribed, but each permittee will
be required to submit plans for
contemplated structures to the forest
supervisor for approval before con
struction beerins. One requirement will
be that such buildings shall be painted
or stained to harmonize with the sur
roundings; The whole purpose of
the forest service in Its simple build
ing requirements will be to guard
against marring unnecessarily the
beauty of the nautral . landscape.
Water and Fencing'
The twenty lots immediately avail
able lie. in two blocks of ten each,
one block designated as the 'Turkey
Stomp" group, and the other the
"Mountain Crest" group. The lots
average 80 by 120 feet. Water for
domestic ' purposes will be obtained
"from two springs, both lying at the
lower edge of the area, one directly
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4-H PICNIC ON
Five Hundred 4-H C 1 u b
Members in Macon Ex
pected to Attend Plans
Well Advanced. -
Five hundred 4-H club members,
the entire enrollment in Macon1 coun
ty ,are expected to come to Franklin
on July 4 to participate in the 4-H
club picnic' to be held here on that
date. All business concerns of the
town are asked to have open house
on that date to receive 4-H club
members as visitors apart from any
business transaction. Rotary club
members will be asked to ' escort
groups of the boys and girls to the
banks of the town to instruct them
as to how accounts are kept. The
office of the county agent and of The
Franklin Press will be onen to proline
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the school house on the hill immedi
ately south of town, and will march
from there to the center of town,
around the" square,-and then will as
semble in the court house where a
short program will be held for their
instruction. A few of the state lead
ers in 4-H club .work will be present.
Among these will be L. R. Harrll,
state 4i-H leader, and Dr. I. O. Shaw,
state extension director.
Following the adjournment from the
court house, the club members will
assemble on the square to .have a
group picture made. Mr. McKay,
Cullasaja photographer, has promised
to make the picture.
All ; club members will bring their
own lunches for the picnic which will
be held on the hill back of the can
nery if the grounds can be obtained
for the purpose. A definite announce
ment as to this will be made later.
Aside from (escorting the 4-H boys
and girls to vthe banks, Rotary club
representatives will take groups to
The Franklin Press of ice, to the can
nery, and to, the creamery where the
boys and girls will be instructed as
to how printing is done, how the can
nery operates, and how butter fat is
handled at the creamery. It is fur
thermore planned to escort groups to
court house offices where the dutk-s
of county-'officers will be explained.
In the afternoon, and continuing
until dark',- a moving picture show
of about ten reels will be showing at
the Idle Hour theatre to which .4-11
club members will be admitted at
the special price of 10 cents. In ad
dition .athletic contests will prob
ably be put on in the afternoon,
with prizes for winners of each event.
Rotary club members will be the
guests of the 4-H members at., the
picnic, and the two clubs are expect
ed to co-operate to make the event:
of the day enjoyable for all.
JOINT HOSTESSES AT BRIDGE
Mrs. T. W .Angel, Jr., and Miss
Mattie-Angel 'j-were joint hostesses
Friday afternoon at Mrs. Angel's
apartment. 1 he living room and sun
parlor were beautifully decorated-wrth
red roses. The prize ior the top
score was won by Mrs. W. A. Rogers,
Mrs. G. L. Crawford cutting consola
tion. Following the games a salad
course was served. Those playing
bridge were:- Mrs. W. A. Rogers,
Mrs. Sam L. Franks, Mrs. D. I). Rice,
Mrs. Dick Hudson, Mrs. Emory Hun
nicutt, Mrs. G. L. Crawford, Mrs.
George Johnston, Mrs. Gaston Curtis.
Mrs. Roy Cunningham, Mrs. C. W.
Hames, Mrs: Claude Russell, Mrs.
Grady Siler, Mrs. G. L. Houk, Mrs.
Zeb Angel, Mrs. M. L; Dowdle, Mrs.
Rimmer, Mrs. Natt, Macon, Mrs. G.
A. Jones, Mrs.. Fred Higdon, Mrs.
H. Valentine, Mrs. S. A. Harris, Mrs.
T. B, Willis, Mrs. Davenport, Mrs.
Newman, Miss Mary Willis, Miss
Katherine Hiinnicutt, Miss Helen
Burch .Miss Kate Higdon. Miss Cor
nelia Cunningham. Miss Daisy Siler,
Miss Ora Sue Hunnicutt and Miss
Annie Will Siler.
Athens Business College
Planning to Have Class at
Franklin Pres. R. E. Car
ter Here Seeking Location.
Plans for the establismmcnt of a
branch of the Athens Business college
at Franklin are" being formed here
this week -by- R.- E.-Carter, -president
oflne college. ThTtranch, if locate!!
here, will be under the auspices)?
the Athens Business college, Mr.
'Carter stated. Scholarships in the
Franklin branch will be good in the
college at Athc'ns, and diplomas will
be issued from there.
In case the branch is located here,
it is expected that a number of stu
dents will be enrolled from adjoining
counties who will find it possible to
remain at home and attend the ses
sions here if they so desire. Courses
in bookkecpine. short hand, typewrit
ing, grammar, spelling, " arithmetic,
rapid calculation, and business law
will be among those that will be
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cure 'these courses at a minimum fee,
due to the fact that they will be at
or - near home. . r
A number of Graduates - of - thp- Ath
ens' Business college have come from
.Franklin. . Hugh Leach, county audi
tor, is a graduate. Others from
Franklin include : Emorv Hunnimft
Addie Barnard, Mrs. Myrtle Nichols,
tenth Anderson, Mrs. Clara Fuller,
Avery Cunningham and George Pa
tillo. One or two of thp!i liav not
yet completed the full course for
which they enrolled.
Mr. Carter has found that sent
iment in Franklin favors the estab
lishment of the college. He has been
negotiating for the lease of the Ma
sonic hall in which to hold classes,
and has the endorsement of the lead
ing Masons. County Superintendent
M. D, Billings and G. L .Houk, sup
erintendent of. the local high school,
have endorsed the oronosition. The
chamber of commerce, through Mrs.
earce, has given its approval.
The school. Mr. Carter statpH mmII
open July 1, if quarters can be se
cured where the school will have
room for classes and if a cnf f'f'ont
number of nunils are secured TW
Press for next week will carry def
inite information as' to what action
is taken during the week.
PRESS JYPE JALKS
A BUSINESS BOOSTING BULLETIN FOR
COMBATING MAIL-ORDER COMPETITION
THE FRANKLIN PRESS
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Bringing in Customers and Promoting Sales
Merchandise well displayed in your windows will bring in cus
tomers from the street. Merchandise well displayed in your home
newspaper will bring in customers from every section of your trade
territory. This has been proven over and over again by the big,
J-Tzzx .irLJ ot tne country.
Big. Successful merchants, invarloklv ...I ! .t
. i i . " ' whw realize me
great purching power of their trade territory, and who go after
this . businesrjust. as persistently as the. mail-order houses by pre
senting interesting merchandise offerings regularly through the local
The great majority of these merchants have a certain appropria
tion or fixed amount to invest in this sales promotion work each
year. The big city stores invest from 5 per cent to 7 per cent of
the previous years gross sales in their promotion work or advertising.
V T essful merchant of the smaller cities and towns invest
from 3 to 4 per cent of the previous year's gross sales in presenting
their merchandise offerings regularly to the people of their community.
This method of regulating advertising expenditures has absolute
ly proven itself and is bound to produce an increase in sales each
year with any merchant who adopts it.
The increase doesn't necessarily show the first week or the first
month after the advertising starts, but it does show and show hie
ilrZ dver.,n been carried regularly and persistently
throughout the entire year.
' u thi! 3 P.r CenV r ,4 per cent were 'Pent " one time it
would not produce the desired results, but continued over the entire
year-very day or every other day or every week, it is the surest,
promo" ,peed,e,t meth0f world for bringing in customer, and
In Lowest Per Capita Cost
of Instruction Teacher
Scholarship is Average.
That Macon county's high school
located at Franklin is the most eco
nomically administered of any hich
school in the state is made plain by
State School Facts, a pamphlet pub
crintendentjf public instruction. The
figures released cover the year 1926-2-7
show, that the high school at
Franklin with a monthly cost per
pupil of $4.18 has the lowest per
capita cost of any school in the. state.
The stac average is $8.22 while Vance
county with a monthly cost of $13.10
per pupil has the highest per
capita cost. With an average of
31 students per teacher as compared
with a state average of 19.2 Macon
county also leads the state with the
highest average humber of pupils per
In the year 1926-27 there were four
teen counties in the state.- with . high
V.:.:.. iVV- 1Wi . lk4.-'
con county: Since that time the
qualifications of teachers in the local
school have been raised to the extent
that this county will now rank among
the first fourteen counties in the state
in so far as teacher scholarship is
That student scholarship is not
sacrificed on the altar of expense in
this county is indicated by the fact
that such scholarship in the year
1926-27 was the average of the entire
From the view point of expense the
state superintendent seems to use Ma
con countv as a model to be followed
by other counties. In his summary
in the May 15 issue of State School
racts tne superintendent says: Un
the basis of results ohtained it
would seem economical to establish
larger administrative units in the rural
svstems. and tn rpniiirc mnre nnnile
, . r
in average attendance for each teach
er employed, .bach or the schools
now has a principal, so by enlarging
and consolidating existing units no
increase is necessarv at this noint
and considerably, reduction in per
capita cost could be affected."
THE FRANKLIN PRESS.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Murray
Hosts to 150 Members
of Pioneer Family
One hundred and fifty members of
the Gibson family, descendants.. of
Rev Samuel -Gibson,-pioneer-Baptist
minister-in Macen-,- Swain, - and Jack
son counties, assembled at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Frank .Murray.. of
this city last Sunday to celebrate the
birthday of Mrs. lielsy. Jane Grant,
the oldest member of the family now
living. Aunt Betsy Jane is the daugh
ter of John Gibson, and the grand
daughter of Rev. Samuel Gibson, who
preached in the bounds of the old,
Tuckaseegce association during the
early days of this association. Among
the living children of John Gibson
are: Betsy Jane Grant, Palestine
Leatherman, Margaret Carter, Eliza
Ann' DeHart, Fannie Dillard, Nancy
Garden, and Thomas and Hayes Gib
son. Visitors were present at the
dinner from three - states.-- The -de
Murray and his home" was open to'
a great gathering. The Gibson family
is noted for the health and hardiness
oLits. members. There-is one . family I
in " which ' there has hardly been a
death in a generation, and no deaths
until recently. .
Rev. Samuel Gibson, the pioneer
preacher, was born about the year
1796 and died in 1878. He fought in
the War of 1812, being fife major in
a regiment. He removed to Haywood
county before the year 181. His son,
John, was born in 1819. Rev., Samuel
sawed out the lumber for his firs
house with a whip saw. He later re
moved to bhoal Creek, where six of
his children were born. The lator
children were born in Macon county.
Kev. samuei was an industrious
worker and a liberal sunoorter of
his family. His , corn and potatoes
were worked bv his own hand. H-
always carried an extra hoe to the
field, so that, if any of his parish
oners came by to visit him, he could
say to him, "I always work while I
talk. There is a hoe. heln me with
this row of corn." He had to make
a living for his family while he
preached the cosoel to the earlv spi-
tlers. He was not ashamed of work.
He carried a heavy burden. He had
a lame familv to sunnort. Up re
ceived little for his ministerial labors.
One member of the family remembers
that .he received a nair of socks from
a member, at Shoal Creek.
Rev. Samuel was alwavs rpadv tn
heln the fellow that was in troiihip
and down and out. One, day while
carrvinir the irons for an- old saw
mill, he came across 'a cripple on his
way. He picked up the cripple on
his back and carried him and the
saw mill irons to the top of the
mountain. He found aid for the crip
ple and and thushclpcd his fellow
nun in trouble. , ;
Times were hanl in the mountains
in those days. There were no cement
roads. There were only little trails.
There is a Sam Gibson Trail, and a
Sam Gibson Ridge named after him.
ITe preached the gospel to the In
dians and early white settlers. 1 He
doubtless uavr aid to tho firct
fionartesnvlTO-xarpe into theterritory
irom. ucorgia . aeentury,ago ,
Rev. Samuel Gibson had a colorful,
as well - as a hrd ca -f. He was
the son of a Miss Brc- n, who mar
ried his father. His fvst wife was
a Miss Black. His second wife wns
a Miss White. He saw many Blue
Mondays. And his career included
many red letter days, when he travel
led fortv miles on foot and preached
at night. He preached to red men,
white men. and black men. He walk
ed along the green aisles of the for
ests, and tramnled th rprl
give the good news of salvation to
men whose hearts were black with
sin. The green eye of envy was never
cast at him. No one envied his hard
lot. His feet were doubtless often
purple with bruises. But his tipart
w?s white with innocence.
Members of the fifth generation of
the Gibson family were present at
Mr. Murray's home feast. Viz. James
Cleveland and Tohn Robert Cone, sons
of Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Cope, and
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