'I i . I j
i 1 ') ' 5
fe i - I - s i
:' itt -:-
. r . m
'J KEY CITY OF THJ2 MOUNTAINS
i,, , j It.,.. .
QT WATMK. INCMAM
MHT WAYM, WCIrtltil'
FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1928
i I 11 I f i V
i r tii
Will Take Over Plant Dec.
15 th Sees Bright Future
For FranklinTo Extend
Lines to Rural Sections.
Mr. R. M. Mead, president of The
Jupollo Public Service company, has
addressed an open letter to hte people
of Macon county and Franklin. The
letter follows,- .
To the People of Franklin and
.Macon -County : '
I came to the mountains of West
ern North Carolina seeking health and
have remained to become a part of
this ' delightful section of the United
States. As, a business man the pos
sibilities for development of this land
of streams and mountains have ap
pealed mightily to me and the com
panies I represent. In my opinion no
part of , this great country of ours
presents finer opportunities for ad
vancement than dqes the western part
of this state. Consequently my com
pany was glad tof the opportunity to
purchase the local power plant, t Only
recently did the people of Andrews
vote to sell the power plant of that
city to the Jupollo Public Service
company. This ' company has in mind
, the acquisition of other plants in this
section of the. state. With the con
summation of other deeals completed
. all plants ;will be hooked together
and -made for-all-practical purposes
one p',,."t. With i ,1onp I hay
4, - Jlt..U
5Fthis"immcdiatc"terruoix" is '"nstvn -twj-
In this connection it may be of
interest to the people of the com
munity to know that, while "not neg
lecting the interests of other towns
' ' concerned, my personal efforts and the
. efforts of the companies I represent
""-"""will he devoted to thcup-building and
advancement of Franklin and the
community in general. Geographical
ly Franklin is located at a strategic
point in the mountains. I see many
opportunities here t'o deVelop this
community not only as concerns in
dustries but from the standpoint of
recreation as well. "
; In no. way do we wish to be con-
sidered as strangers. We are here to
V j become a part of the 'community, pay
our taxes promptly, and otherwise as
1 ' N . sume the obligations of the good cit
izenship apparent on every hand. Our
-.. mission is to serve the public, grow
. with the community and aid in its
, material advancement. We not only
desire, .but seek the co-operation of
all concerned. .
The primary object erf a company
like ours is, of course, to furnish light
and power to the people, but our
obligations do not end here. We shall
ever be ready to help any worthy
cause with financial and moral sup-
We shall assume charge of the local
power plant on December 15. On
that date, also, our big electric dis
play and service store will be opened
in the new post office building. This
store will carry a complete ' line of
electrical appliances. In the rear of
the store will be a service department
where all kinds of appliances can be
repaired. ; -
When my company takes over the
Ir local power piani ine oiuciais in mi?
( j company. will then be ready to discuss
T with the rural population the matter
jA f i;rrK nnH nnwer lines to rural cora-
munities. Such communities may rest
assured that we will be ready to co
operate with them in every way pes
'sible with view to eliminating much
of the drudgery in farm homes. ,
Very truly yours,
; R. M. MEAD, President,
Jupollo Public Service Company.
Joe Tallent, East LaPorte,
Crushed To Death
- i bylva. jnov. . rviLcuimi
T switch a tram car oi iug nuu. v. v.
railway track to another, Joe 1 al
( Fact T.aPnrte. near here.
was crushed to death late Monday!
night when the car jumpeu un inv.
track and ran over him before he
. . ..I 4 . ).. r CO fftV
The accident occurred a short dis-J
tance, above .East LaPorte on one of
the standnrd-gauge railway lines used,
by the Blackwood Lumber company,
of East LaPorte, in transporting logs ,
from the nearby mountains. Tallent .
- had been in the employ of the com-j
Stewart, Henry and Wilkie
Does Good Work
. One of the best games of the season
was played here, last Friday when
Franklin Hi took Cullowhee Norma.1
into camp by a score of 13 to 0.
Cullowhee kicked off and Franklin
by a scries of first downs carried the
ball seventy yards for the first touch
down in the first few minutes of. play.
A triple pass netted thei extra point.
In the third quarter Franklin made,
its second touch down on a fake triple
pass, Henry to Carpenter to Wilkie.
This play completely fooled the Cul
lowhee boys, Wilkie making a fifty
yard run to the goal line. Without
the excellent interference of Red
Stewart this long gain would not
have been possible. But Red was on
the job and" put out of business two
or three Cullowhee men who saw
victory slipping but of their grasp.
A forward pass for the extra point
was grounded. This story would nut
be complete without reference to
Franklin's line. Time after time the
light, Frankliln line . opened up holes
in' the 'heavier Cullowhee line through
which the local backs made big
gains. On the defensive the Franklin
line also did excellent work.
This was the last game of the
season for Franklin and they showed
evidences of CoachKesler's training"
next May among whom-are Stewart
0 1 d Ways Have Proven
Fruitless Realize Impor-
' tance of ChangePlan to
Utilize 83,000 Idle Acres.
Ihinking farmers all over Macon
county have about reached the con
clusion that they must change their
methods in order to meet competition.
They claim that only recently have
the farmers of the mountains come to
a full realization that new methods are
necessary. A majority of the farm
ers of Macon county now appear an
xious to get out of the old ruts with
a view to placing their farms oh a
paying basis. To do so they stat
that they mujt have the services and
advice of the state extension , service.
To lower taxes in this county, there is
some talk pi discharging the county
agent. Should this be done several
farmers who have recently cut loose
from the old methods of farming
have announced their intention to
move out of the county and to .locate
in a county where the benefits of the
extension service are available. How
ever, those closely in touch with the
new board of county commissioners
believe that these men will hesitate to
take a step which will be detrimental
to the farming interests of the county.
Agricultural conditions in Macon coun
ty are Said to be similar to those in
other western , counties. The farmers
as a whole are somewhat discouraged.
Farm leaders throughout the county
say that the only hope for the future
is a complete change of farming meth
ods. They point - out the fact that
there are 83,000 acres in Macon coun
ty lying idle and on which the farm
ers are paying in . taxes each yea"
$63,000. ; Should this acreage be placed
in .pasturage it would support .36,00
beef or dairy cattle or 83,000 sheen
Consequently the farmers arc now
devising ways and means by whi-h
they c?ti utilize as pasturage Ithe idle
acres on "which they are paying taxes
and realizing nothing. The county
agent states that on the utilization of
these idle acres depends the snccc;.'
of the farmers of this county. i
pany for the past four years, accord
ing to members of the train crew who
were with him at the time of the ac
cident. Tallent was in front of the car
trying to" switch it to a side track
when it suddenly lett the rail, mem
bers of the crew said. He tried to
jump out of the path of the moving
car, but made the mistake of jumping
toward the far "instead of in the op-
Burial will take place Wednesday
in Macon county, Tallent's former
home. He is survived by his widow.
Presbyterian School In
Macon County Is In
Need , '
The Maxwell Training school, near
Franklin, which has been operated
under the auaspices of the Asheville
Presbytery for a number of years, will
not be closed as was considered re
cently, it was announced last night
by Rev. Dr. R. F. Campbell, pastor of
the First Presbyterian church.
Seventeen years ago Thomas L.
Slagle and wife, of Macon ..county,
presented to the Asheville Presbytery
a farm of 535 acres, 135 acres of
which was being cultivated, six miles
southwest of Franklin, 'to be used as
a training school for homeless boys.
It was named Maxwell as a memorial
for the son of . Mr. and Mrs. Slagie.
The son died many, years ago.
For 17 years the Asheville Presby
tery has hac charge of the land, but
Dr. Campbell said ias: night that re
cently it seemed that it was more
than the church could carry, togcthe.
with other obligations,, including the
Mountain Orphanage near Black
Mountain. For a time the closing of
the Maxwell school was' considered,
but recently it was d ccid cd t o t ry-te-
materiaF"way in securing f;Cfm"7liiicl
building equipment for the place.
The Presbytery needs capital to
equip the farm and buildings, Dr.
Campbell said. There arc 21 boys at
the Maxwell home at . the present
time. The place is in need of many
things," but "the " Presbytery vffieia1r
do not want to close the home.
shower will be given tomorrow at
the Presbyterian church house fro;
9 o'clock in the morning until (
o'clock in the evening for the benefit
of the Mountai Orphanage and th'
Maxwell Training school. Substantial
gifts arc badly nee'ded, officials said.
OF POWER LINES
Mead Announced Work On
Rural Light and Power
Lines Will Begin First of
Year or Perhaps Sooner.
That the cry of the farmers of Ma
con county who have been pleading
for the past three years for electric
service in their homes is soon to be
answered was indicated in a recent
interview The Press had with Mr. K.
M. Mead, president of The Jupollo
Public Service company. Mr. -Meaf'
stated that his company will begin the
extension of the lines in Macon coun
ty immediately after the first of tin
year or perhaps sooner if the many
details of taking over the local pow
er plant do not prevent. It now ap
pears certain that the transfer of tlv
municipal plant to Mr. Mead's com
pany will take place on December
15th. Hence it is expected that n
delay will occur in the extension of
the power lines to rural communities.
Just which section of the county will
be accommodated first is a matter for
consideration. However, the people up
the Cullasaja and on Ellijay are mak
ing strenuos endeavors to have the
first rural lines built to their re
spective communities. Unless greater
pressure from other communities i
brought to bear the lines -mentioned
will probably be constructed first.
Mr. E. P. Clemens who is coming
to Franklin. as branch manager, under
J. if. Smithy division manager, will
have direct charge of the work on
rural lines, it was announced. Mr.
Clemens has been with the manage
ment of the present Jupollo company
a number of years and is thorough!"
qualified to have charge of the local
plant, said Mr. Mead.
The ladies Missionary' Society will
give a box . supper next . Satnrdav
night. December 1st, at the Bethel
school house. There will be a gues
cake; also a cake walk. .
Proceeds will go to help furnish
the Franklin Circuit parsonage Every
body is cordially invited.
The Jupollo Public, Service
Co. to Take Over Plant
Middle of Dec Clemens
Comes as Manager.
A Press representative recently in
terviewed R. M. Mead, president of
The Jupollo Public Service company,
new owners of the , Franklin power
plant and business, and learned that
the new company will assume charge
of the local plant on December fif
teenth along with -several other plants
in North Carolina and Virginia which
are to be taken over on the Same
date. Mr. Mead stated that the local
plant may be delivered to his u -pany
before the date .specified pro
vided some of the minor details yet
to be .completed can be arranged be
fore that time. Mr. Mead under
stands that there has been some ap
prehension and inquiries as to why
his company has not assumed charge
of the plant at an earlier date. It is
difficult for the average layman to
understand the mass of details to be
arranged in a transaction of this mag
nitude, both by the municipality and
on the -part of any private corpora
tion. In his statement to 'The Press
Mr. Mead explains that his . com
pany, when possible, arranges the con-'
soTidavion in the conrpany . of proper
taken aver"by ':'Vr71(rritm! '
company in North Carolina alone, in
eluding the local plant; amounts to an
investment of $3,390,000. It is also
understood that it is the "intention to
include the Andrews .plant in the
present consolidation. .;.
On assuming charge of the local
plant The Jupollo Public Service, it
was annouanced, will open their big
electric display and service store in
the new post office building. The of
fice of the company will also be lo
cated at the store. The store Will be
fully equipped and ready for the holi
day trade on December 15th. Mr. E.
P. Clemens, at present one of the
higher branch managers of the Mead
company, has been chosen to have
charge of the Franklin Division. Mr.
and Mrs. Clemens will arrive at
Franklin within the next few lays
where they will receive a hearty" wel
coem at the hands of the Franklin
Organize For Better Farm
ing1 and Livestock Meth
odsWill Also Grow Pro
duce For Cannery.
Realizing the need of organization
looking to better farming methods,
cow testing, hog feeding, truck grow
ing and to keeping of records, the
farmers of Ellijay community in this
county, under the supervision of the
county agent, have organized for the
year .1929. The purposes of the or
ganization are two-fold, namely, to
benefit those co-operating and to' pre
sent object lessons to other communi
ties in the county. The farmers of
Ellijay arc among the most prosperous
in the comity. They are wide awake
and backing the county agent almost
to a man. W, R. Higdon and (j.
W. Dowdle will hot only test the milk
from their herds during the next year,
but will keep a complete record of the
cost of production. They will also
feed tchir dairy cows " in accordance
with approved methods. Mr. Dowdle
will also keep an accurate record of
his thoroughbred poultry.
A number of farmers otr Ellijay, in
cluding W. U. Htedon, fi: AV.' Dowdle.
L. A. ' Higdon, Parke- Iligdori and
Cass Higdon, have also agreed to
grow produce for the cannery. Bean,
beets. potatoes, '.tomatoes. tuynip
greens and other things, to the extent
of several acres, Will be, grown and
sold to the cannery..
Quite a few oTT'thc farmers in that
section have ?lso agreed to breed
their sows at the same time and to
feed by approved methods so that n
car of hogs may be placed on the
market when prices arc vtho moil
From time to t'ri -tlv count v, a1","
I.ylcs Harris, will have exocrts f'om
the state, visit the community to con
sult with and advise the members of
OF LAKE EMORY
Public Assured Work Will
be Started in Near Future
Summer Hotel and 18
Hole Golf Course Assured.
In a racent conference ,wilh Mc
R. M. 'Mead, president' of The Jupollo
Public Service company, The Press
was assured that development of the
Lake Emory property along lines
strictly consistent with business possi
bilities will be undertaken in the near
future by Mr. Mead and associated
business interests. , In discussing this
development Mr. Mead stated that a
modern summer hol and an 18-hole
golf course will be constructed on the -property.
The development will also
include other features which will serve
to attract summer people to franklin
in large' numbers, said Mr'. Mead,
though details of the development
along all lines have not been definitely;
determined. While Mr. Mead men
tioned no exact date for beginning,
work on Lake Emory, it is .believed
here that this work will begin in
time to allow for the completion of
the hotel and golf course - by next
summer. Concerning the development
of Lake Emory Mr. Mead stated that
this is only one detail of many sim
ilar projects included in the develop
mcnt plans of his company
was undertaken, but : the slump m
real estate prices but a stop to this,
work. Since?. hen the Lake Emory,
property has remained undeveloped.
Perhaps nowhere else in the Soutljl
can one find a mdre beeautiful body,
of water than Lake Emory. The five ,
hundred acres " surrounding the lake
and included in the Lake Emory,
holdings are ideally feuited to develop
ment purposes. A number of small
streams enter the lake through the
property, laurel and rhododendron .
abound along the lake shores, and
there are any number of wooded
knolls suitable for building sites. The
development of this property will
mean much to Franklin and Macptt
county. ..;' ' . -'.'' i
The .: Press is ; assured of furtKetl
details of this development at an earl
date. . t:' ' ', I .
, . .
West's Mill, Nov. 19, 1928, i
Franklin Press: .
I am asking a favor of our hlgK-
way commissioners to drop back , to
West's Mill and' make us a good road
tao Iotla Bridge. It looks like we are
cut off from everything. No way to
send a message out and if we were
all dying a sick person could not be
taken over this road. It looks like
we help to pay enough taxes on
this end of the road to have a good
one. We arc never overlooked when
it comes to paying taxes and also the
traffic over this road is as much as
over any other. Tons and tons 9!
mica are trucked out and also timber,
and all the citizens want to patronize
our home town. I am proud to say.
Franklin is growing, but the poor
farmers arc taxed until they can't
live. I am wondering if it was this
way in the old times, and 1 wonder
if Noah's ark was taxed. I do not
raise enough on my farm to live on
and I have a good one. All the
young men are leaving- the - farm.
When the old ones arc gone what
will become of the farms? I guess
they will grow up in thistle thorns.
Can't there be something done to keep
the young men at home? Bring in
something to provide employment so
that the young people' 'will stay at
home to improve the county.
We heard a .good sermon last Sun
day by our n w preacher, Mr. Free
man, at Snow Hill. .
Mr. Ncal lryson is very sick. Mrs.
Rryson has returned from, the West
where she visited.- her brothers, Ben
and Frank Mn'.lock.
Mr, W. J. lenkins is 'sick.
Dr. J. L. West and family recently
visited his sister. Mrs. V. A. Brown
ing. at Bry'ij. City.
Mrs! Bob H4vMt and Lawrence My
ers and wife visited. Clyde West Sun
day. Miss Voniii" West went to Frank
lin last Saturday to do some shop
ping. I am 'ilad to. sec Miss Collinc Ray
out again. Mrs. J. L. W.
Bishop J. M Corner will hold ser
vices at the Episcopal ckurch Sun
day, December 2, 192S at 11 a. m. "