FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1923
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BIG MICA PLANT
TO 0P1 SOON
Process of Wet. Grinding
Perfected and Patented
Will Make Available New
Uses for Ground Mica.
Within 50 days one of-the biggest
mica grinding plants in the South will
be in operation on the railroad just
above the station at Franklin. This
jdant has been built by the Franklin
Mineral Products company under the
'..supervision of John Davenport as gen
eral manager. Mr. Davenport came
to Franklin two or three years ago
.and opened, an old mica mine on
Cowee creek and built a large plant
there which has been in operation for
sometime for the separation of. Mica
and kaolin. The mica mined con
sisted mostly of scrap mica which
has been shipped- and sold to grinding
plants' elsewhere. . Soon alter the
plant at the mine was completed Mr.jJ1'" policies -and standards, the plan
Davenport began a scries of experi
ments here and elsewhere to develop
a process of water grinding mica
whLch would be useful in the special
field of foundry work. These ex
periments have resulted in perfecting
a process that is ideally suited to
foundry facings and other foundry
uses. The process has been patented
and developed to the extent of pro
ducing mica 200 mesh or finer. Mr.
.Davenport states that foundry facings
are made of 75 per ' cent of water
omulVrniciifHl "25 'ftrxiut,
. Mica when ground by the new process
patented by Mr. Davenport prevents
the - passage of moisture when ap
plied to facings made in foundries.
It also prevents molten iron from
jpassuig through into molding sand.
The new process, states Mr. Daven
port, differs from other water grind
ings in four respects, namely: Grind
ing, classification, drying and grading.
An entirely new method for grinding
the mica has been perfected. The
flotation process is used in classifying
the ground product while the bulk of
the grading is done in the same man
ner. After the mica is steam dried
.. bolting silk is used in checking the
' grades and in further grading if
necessary. Mr. Davenport spent 18
months in perfecting the novel process
with the object in view of getting the
mica absolutely clear of foreign sub
stances, such as sand, and to make the
. mica light as possible. A cubic foot
of mica when treated in the manner
stated will weigh only nine or ten
pounds. This lightness gives best
possible spread when applied to sur
faces. Mr. Davenport who is a mining
engineer with degrees from the Colo-i
' rado School of Mines and Harvard,
states that at present there is, an
over-abundance of both dry and wet
mica grinding plants in the United
States. Consequently under ordinary
methods it would not have been worth
while to build a plant of this kind at
Franklin. However, he contends that
Jus uew process will make available fur
ther uses of mica in this country.
Mica treated by the new process is
expected to come into competition
with flake graphite from India and
Ceylon crystaline graphite.
Mr. Davenport states that the mica
found in Macon county is ideal for
the new uses which his patented
process will make available.
The .plant at Franklin is a large one
. and is intended as only one unit in a
series of four. The unit soon to be
put in operation consists of a ware
house and a boiler room 187x30 feet,
grading room 100x30 feet, drying
plant 50x20 feet, classification room
two stories in height and 100x30 feet,
grinding room 40x30 feet and receiv
ing room for raw material 40x20 feet.
The buildings are all connected and
made in the shape of a T. " Solid
refuse will be dumped on low ground
between the river and the plant. A
. pump capable of pumping 250 gallons
per minute will be placed in the river
as a source of the large water supply
that Will be necessary . to run the
plant. The plant at the mine cost
in the neighborhood of $50,000 and the
oue unit of the plant at Franklin
"now nearing completion will require
an expenditure of the same amount.
Mr. Davenport's mine . is now produce
ing 250 tons' of scrap-lriica per month.
In addition to this amount he ex
pects to buy mica from small scrap
mines located in various parts of the
Miss Essie King of Andrews and
David C. Ledford of Cartoogechayc
were married August 3rd.
FORD NOW HAS
J. S. Conley Gets Details of
New Finance Plan of
Ford Motor Co.
Mr. J. S. Conley of the Joines
Motor & Tractor company, local Ford
dealers, returned yesterday from At
lanta where he received details of the
new Ford finance plan.
The new finance plan - will be
operated by the Universal Credit com
pany, an affiliated specialized, organ
ization controlled by the Ford Motor
company and operating solely for
the purpose of iinancing Ford pro
ducts on a "time" basis. The branch
office serving this territory is located
at Atlanta, on the sixth floor, 101
Marietta Street Building, Atlanta.
This is. of special interest to pros
pective purchasers of Ford products
on a "time" basis. Under this au
thorized finance plan, Ford customers
will have a finance service available
which is sound and in keeping with
is nation-wide in scope and for the
exclusive use of Ford dealers.
It is another step of the Ford or
ganization in reducing costs by con
trolling operations from the mine to
the consumer. The cost of this serv
ice will be lower than any hereto
fore available to Ford customers on
a national basis, and automatically
reduces the price of Ford cars pur
chased on a "time" payment basis.
It is a further expression of the
established Ford policy of giving out-
tandingvaties2 and- complete- service
The plan also contemplates the pur
chase by Universal Credit company
of sound and adequate fire-and theft
insurance, protecting the joint in
terests of the purchaser, the dealer
and the company in the car.
The purchaser receives a policy of
standard form insurance providing
protection for one year. Such policies
are issued by the Home Insurance
company of New York, the . largest
fire insurance company in the United
States. The policies provide, for set
tlement ' based on the actual cash
value, of the car at time of loss.'
1LAM IMS YfcAK
Franklin Hi Has Much Good
Material Boys Taking
Great Interest in Team
The Franklin High school term
begins Monday, September 3.
The call of the Gridiron rings in
the ears of every boy that feels that
he is old enough and has reached the
hundred-pound mark and upward.
At the beginning of last school term
football was little thought of in the
Town of Franklin, and in fact several
Western North Carolina towns had
not started: the rough and tumble
game. The players of Franklin foot
ball team last year as a whole were
beginners, but they put out an extra
effort to convince the people that
attended the games that .they really
could play football and under the
good coaching of Coach Kesler arul
by the aid . of three or four other
men, namely i Prof. G, L. Houk, Coun
ty Agent Lylcs Harris, Dick Jones
and tlilmrr Crawford. -
There were not many boys out . at
the beginning ', of last season because
Franklin High had never had a foot
ball, team, and nrmy of the boys that
would have made excellent' players
had they come out and been interested
in the game, but this season there are
much brighter hopes because those
tads-just named Iiavc4eci4-cauragcd
during the successful season last year.
This year these stalwart boys are
coming out and "plunge", the old line
and carry the ball 'over, the 'goal
line . for Franklin High.
The ' business .'men and other out
siders encouraged us last year by
helping us buy 'our equipment, and
we. in return, tried to show them
that' .we -'appreciated 'it by playing the
This year we want plenty of boys
out for daily practice and encourage
ment from the outsiders as well as
from the school, (jive us these things
and watch Franklin High come
through with an even more successful
season than last vcar.
Box Supper at Skeenah
School House Sept. 15
There will be a box supper at the
Skeenah school house Saturday night,
September 15th. Everybody invited.
LOWER RATES IF
PLANT IS SOLD
Citizens of Franklin to Save
Around $400 Per Year
Current If Voters Approve
A call at the office of C. T. Blaine
indicates that the voters of Franklin
arc not registering as quickly as had
been inticipated. It will be recalled
that the. contract with the Jupollo
Public Service corporation calls for a
reduction in lighting rates from twelve
to ten cents. The power, pumping and
commercial rates are also to be re
duced. It is estimated that these
reductions will save the . citizens jf i
j FYanklin ...between . three .. hundred and
four hundred dollars per year. As
the date for the election gets nearer
Mr. Blaine states that he expects
a- great increase in the number of
those registering. In this connection
the city attorney again announces that
n ina iriritu if tit retrial prfrl vntf-i !
and not a majority of those voting
will be necessary to carry the elec
tion. Any man or woman who reg
isters and then remains away from
the polls will, in effect, be a vote
against the sale of the plant.
A letter from Mr. Mead dated at
Cleveland, Ohio, on August 30, states
that he has three or four companies
interested in locating at Franklin and
that one of these companies with
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timers in v Franklin' fear that those
who l have suitable industrial sites will
demand unreasonable prices foflheir
property and thus drive prospective
investors to other towns. Others
who have lived here- for a number
of years seem to think that Franklin's
previous experiences along this line
will hold down the prices of indus
trial sites to reasonable figures. - In
this connection it will be remembered
that one big enterprise some years
ago was absolutely driven away from
Franklin because of the outrageous
price demanded for a suitable site.
IM PETPAIP Ctf-inP bere Monday with an enrollment of
I1M lJH.r4il jnUfiim ; the hiuh school and 302 in
Perry-Jones Chevrolet In
stalls Complete New
Equipment Said to be 98
Per Cent Efficient.
An expert from the Chevrolet .Mo
tor company spent all last week in
Franklin installing new equipment in
the repair shop of the Perry-Jones
Chevrolet company. The. shop has
been completely rearranged and now
presents a business like .'appearance.
An overhead trolley for the haudl'iv
of motors will be installed in a few
days as part of ' the equipment. . Now
tools of all kinds are now in use.
Chas. Perry states that his shop is
now prepared to do any kind of re
pair job an the minimum of time.
The local lodge of the Woodmen of
the World : will .'stage a .play, The
Ranchman, , at , the auditorium of the
school house at H p. m. September
7th. They have presented this play
at several places in the county .during
the past few weeks and large crowds
have attended From all accounts
it's a Wow. The funds derived from
the nlav will be used for a uoou
jjusrpose, The admission- charge is
15 and 25.
J. . W.. -Street with his trusty six
gun, with which he - is sid to have
killed several Indians 'oil the plains
of the yest takes the part of The
Ranches. R. C. Gab'rtls ' who plays
the part of Jim Buckley, foreman oi
the- ranch,' becomes exceedingly rest
less on- mornings ' when no rustlers
show 'Up to be killed before break
fast. Others who take part in the
play are: Mrs. R. C. Gabrels, the
Ranchman's daughter; Ben C'aruthers,
owner, of Biirside Ranch, John W.
Edwards; Mrs. Stevens, of New York,
Nellie Maude Womack; Archie Stev
ens, her son, Paul Womack; Nan
James, cousin of Mary 'Weston, Fan
nie Kate Womack; Long Shot Burt,
the sheriff, E. F. Anderson; Shorty
Stubbs.foreman Burside, Ralph Par
rish; Jennie Lawrence, shorty's sweet
heart, Elizabeth Womack; Biff Walk
er, a cowboy, Selman Street; Sykes,
the saloon keeper, Fred Kimsey; Pete,
the negro servant, Ralph Penland.
FOR AID FOR R. R.
States Danger of Losing
Road Agents Requested
to Work for Business
"The present outlook for the Tal
lulah Falls Railway is, not encourag
ing. General business conditions in
the entire territory from which the
railway derives its support are not
"Continued operation of this railway
is vitally important to the public
which ' it serves.' Its enforced aban
donment, on account of insufficient
traffic, would be a real calamity U
our mountain section.'
"We 'feel assured that you are per
sonally, interested in the continued
successful operation of the Tallu!ah
Falls Railway.. We desire that you
manifest this interest by actively so
liciting business tor it freight, pass
enger and express business. Convince
your merchants that the perpetuation
of. the railway is' indispensable to
them. If operatic n is continued, suf
ficient transportation must be sold
to pay operating costs. Transporta
tion is all the railway has to sell
all it can sell.
"Help by keeping down costs. You
can do this in many Ways. Avoid
waste. Examine carefully each item
of material removed from track, tres-.
ties and equipment to see if it cannot
be used again. If -you have - any
sskscs t i of ? w y i- k in lea s c .'...offer
ideas, leu us wnat you nave Deen
able to do or can do toward keeping
this railway going, j .
"Kindly consider tins letter as a
personal appeal. Take the matter
home to yourself. Give it serious
thought. Let us hear from you.
J. F. CRAY, Receiver."
The Macon county high -school and
the Franklin graded schol opened
the graded school. The enrollment is
j not yet complete and quite a number
of additional students are expected to
enroll within the next few days.. This
is one, of the largest enrollments in
the history of the schools of this
town. For the past few years the
growth of both schools has been
remarkable. It is believed that no
other town of Franklin's size in the
western part of the state can boast
of. such a large number of students
in its high school.
Last Friday . 79 pupils from tin
country schools took , the examination
to enter the Macon county high
school. Of this number 29 passed the
lest. The names of those who were
successful ' follow:
Mary Duvall,- John Aiken. Grace
Berry, Gusta Owenby, Douglas Ran
dolph. Sylva Iiyrd. Ruby Corbin, Em
ma lane Sanders. Harry Cunningham.
Kltn'cr Childers, Ruby J'daijie, Emma
Tustice, Bessie Ashe, Helen Mason.
Virginia Roane. Parly Kanaday, El
wood Cabc, Carlos Rogers, Gerard
Hcnson. Robert Sanders. Pauline
Gree-n. Ethel Mason. Jvobert Morgan.
Fred MeCoimelJ, Garth Cunningham.'
George Stewart, Elzie Cochran, Eld a
Ledford, Carey Cabe.
A jury in 'superior court lat vi
acquitted i W. P. Martin who y
char-ued" with " "killing his simHn-taw.Tw'Trl
Marshal l.aney,. a few.- wetks
Martin claimed sell-defense. 1 h-
ing was the result of a family
in which Eaney- was - said t
been drunk. The. scene of tin -ing
was' on Btiriiingtown. .
y RETURNS HOME
Mrs. E. C. Kingsberrv and hr
daughter, Miss Emily, left' Tuesday
for their home, in Atlanta. Mrs.
Kingsberry's mother, Mrs. Coleman,
who h:s been visiting her daughter
for a week or two also returned with
Mr:. Kingsbcrry. They made the
trip- with 'Mr. ' Kingsberrv who spent
the week end at Brush creek camp.
Miss TCmily will' leave , shortly . for
Yale University to study play writing.
She is quite talented in this respect,
having won two prizes for the best
plays at . Agnes Scott last year.
Jesse Oliver Induces Small
Son to Pull Trigger That
Ends Father's Life Oliv
er Highly Respected.
Probably the greatest tragedy in .
the history of the county occurred
here last Sunday morning when a
small son of Jesse Oliver was per
suaded to pull the trigger of a shot
gun that ended 'Oliver's life. For. the'"
past several years Oliver was fore
man of the YVcctcrn Electric shops
at Franklin. His si-riees .ended with
this company a few months ago when 'if
the shops were removed to Chicago,
ill. A short time after losing his
position with the Western J-llelric
company the . deceased was stricken
with paralysis and up until the time
of his death had been unable to sup
port his family consisting of wife and
seven children.- Mr. Oliver was known
to have brooded considerably over
his helpless condition and Sunday
morning he placed a shot gun against
his temple. Being paralyzed and con
sequently unable to pull the trigger
he asked his small sou to do so "to
see if the gun was in working order."
The lady never dreaming that the gun
was loaded, complied with his fath
er's request. The shot resulted in
instant death. The boy, since the fa
tal occurrence, has been inconsolable.
Since Oliver, gave the best years
ill . ins . iat -,iu- nv ' ! ,.
... . t .
organization vvilT give the nelyHfam
ily a pension. A movement with this
end - in - view lis now on foot among
the many friends of the deceased.
Oliver's " record with the Western
Electric company was an excellent one
in every respect. He was an honest,
hardworking man and was highly hon
ored and respected by hundreds of
friends throughout . the county.
The remains were interred at Iotla
cemetery Tuesday with honors of the
Junior Order. Rev, A. S. Solesbce
preached the funeral oration being as
sisted by Dr. Lee of the FYanklin
Baptist church. A wilderness of flow
ers testified to the love of hundreds
of friends and acquaintances.
The deceased is survived by his
widow and the following named chil
dren; ! lithel May, James Henry, Hel
en Amelia, Frances Elizabeth,, D. T.,
Virginia Valentine, and MaUie- Will.
Many Candidates for Com
missioner and Register of
Deeds Two for Sheriff,
Two for Representative.
After a wrangle lasting several
months the -Democratic party has de
cided to hold a primary on Septem
ber Hth. C. L. Ingram and A. B.
Slagle are in the race for sheriff,
J. A. Porter and Dr. W. A. Rogers
tor representative, while the' follow-.
ing named candidates will run for
register of deeds: J. M. Brabson, H.
J. Hurst, W, G. 'Mallonee, Jim Raby
and Albert .Ramsey.."-. Fr county com
missioner the following named citizens -have
announced: . V. I). Barnard,
Roy Drymati, J. A. Parrish, E. 'O. ...
Rickman, Milford Russell, Arthur
Waldroop, John Thomas, John H.
Dalton, J. O. Harris"!i.
'. A cc .nling l' report-' on the streets
' 'Frankliir nianvi 'publicans'-- arc
!i I leinocratic.
primary to - place m nomination men
who r.-m be .most easily defeated by
Republican nv.ni'inoe'' m the- general
election in - Nov cmhvr.
The names of C. W. Dovvdle and
Lawrence Ramsey appear on . the tick et
as members of the county' board,
of -education. '
According to news 'dispatches frortiv
Raleigh J. J. Mann has been ap
pointed full-time game warden of Ma-'
con county. Mr. Mann is also fire
warden. In support of tire protec
tion in. the' forests the cnunty ap
propriates $-100. per year. Since this
appropriation has been in effect it
is estimated that the fire organization
in Macon county has saved practically
20 times its cost.