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INVESTIGATE MACON COUNTY
HEART OF A MOUNTAIN EMPIRE RIPE FOR DEVELOPMENT
FRANKLIN. N. C, THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 1930
Dr. W. E. Abernethy Named
By Church To Fill
EXPERIENCE IS WIDE
New Minister Has Worked
In Legal, Editorial and
Acting on the recommendations o:
the pulpit committee and the board
of deacons, members of the Frank
lin Baptist church last Sunday, elect
ed Rev. W. E. Abernethy, D. D., of
Ruetherford college, to fill the pulpit
left vacant by the untimely death o
Dr. W. M. Lee, the former pastor,
Dr. Abernethy had temporarily ' acted
as pastor of the Baptist church dur
ing the month preceding his election,
The new Baptist pastor has had
wide experience in religious and ed
ucational work. Born near Morgan
ton in Burke county, he received his
early education at Rutheford col
lege, an institution in his home coun
ty. After graduation he was foi
year editor of the Morganton Herald
one of North Carolina's outstanding
weekly newspapers. For a while, he
also read law, planning to enter the
Later, returning,, to Rutherford col
lege, Dr. Abernethy became profes
sor of Latin and Greek. Later he
was elected president of the college
in which capacity he served for sev
eral years. '
' Entering- the "'Methodist ministry,
Dr. Abernethy held several pastor
ates.-. While at Portsmouth, Va., he
joined the. Baptist demonimatiorj,,and
since then has held pastorates in
Shelby, Reidsville, Charlotte, Greens
boro, and other towns and cities.
, Travel Abroad
In the summer of 1928 he resigned
as pastor of the Leaksville Baptist
church to travel in bible lands. He
recently returned from his travels
abroad, and shortly afterward came
Dr. Abernethy is the father of two
children: Mary Winn, who is teach
Ing at High Point, and Bill, a sopho
more at the University of North
Carolina. Dr. Abernethy's wife has
"been dead for several years.
The . Baptist minister is a member
of a number of fraternal orders, in
cluding the Masonic order, I. O. 0.
F., Knights of Pythias, J. 0. U. A.
M. and Woodmen of the World.
The new pastor is staying at the
Scott Griffin , hotel temporarily. He
has not yet made arrangements for
a permanent residence in Franklin.
Study Club Discusses
Scott's "The Wave"
The Franklin Study Club met
Monday, March 16, with Miss Eliza
beth Kelly. As few members were
present, no business was transacted
by the club.
The book for discussion was "The
.Wave," by Evelyn Scott, a study oi:
the Civil War. Owing to the illness
of Mrs. : C. ; C. Noyes, who was ' to
have led " the discussion, the book
was-- very"' ably reviewed by Miss
;Kelly.; : - ..
The ' club meets next with' Mrs.
;Fred Siler. ' i i
Mrs. Francis M.
The Press is fortunate in hav
ing secured the services of Mrs.
Francis M. Tessier as advertising
manager. Mrs. Tessier assumed
her duties at Th Press office
, on Monday. She is a native . of
Franklin and is well known here.
Mrs. Tessier will be in direct
charge of the advertising depart-,
ment, with authority to close ad
vertising contracts as well as so
licit advertisements. She will
also act as social editor of The
Press, in which capacity she will
be responsible for personal items
and club news.
With the addition of Mrs. Tes
sier to its staff, The Press .is
taking another step to give the
maximum in advertising service
CAROLINA FORESTRY WEEK BEING OBSERVED AS
CONSERVATION AGENCIES DESCRIBE PROBLEMS
BRICK 137 YEARS
OLD IS EXHIBITED
IN SHOW WINDOW
A brick that was made before
the town of Franklin was founded
is on display in Perry's Drug
store this week. It bears the date
1793, making it 137 years old.
The brick was found in a chim
ney of the home of the late L.
C. Holbrooks, near Otto. A new
chimney was planned for the Hoi
brooks' home, and in tearing away
the old one, the aged brick wa3
Before the Holbrooks house was
erected, the brick is said to have
been in a chimney of the George
Wikle old house which stood near
the present Holbrooks' home.
BRYSON TO TAKE
Former Macon Minister Be
Rev. J. A. Bryson,' formerly of
Macon county, and a son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. K. Bryson . of this county,
has resigned as pastor of the First
Baptist church at Windsor, Mo., in
order to become pastor-at-large of
district five (Boone Calloway and
Lamine counties) of the Missouri
Baptist body, according to word re
ceived:' here.' -- ..,-. - .:
Rev. Bryson will make. his. home in
Columbia, a city situated near the
center of Missouri, and the' seat of
the State university. Within a ra
dius of 30 miles of Columbia are lo
cated nine colleges in addition to the
University. The field to which Rev.
Bryson is called covers this territory.
It is- said to be one of the greatest
opportunities which the Baptists of
Missouri have to offer. He will se
cure castors for pastorless churches,
superintend evangelism, do teacher
training work, teach stewardship and
schools of missions.
During the six years that he was
pastor at Windsor, the First Baptist
church, grew steadily under Rev.
Brvson's leadership. The member
ship increased from a little more
than 400 to nearly 600, according to
a report from the board of deacons
Cash Must Accomnanv
All Leflral Advertising
A rule that went into effect last
all requires all individuals firms.
odges, or any other group or organ
ization placing legal advertising, res
olutions of respect, or reading notice:
n the trankhn Press, to pay cash
in advance for such advertisements
or notices. Tiie same rule applies to
persons inserting want ads.
This rule was made necessary bo-
cause of difficulty in collecting for
certain legal advertising, and because
it is undesirable to keep books on
amounts for very small ads and no
tices. No exceptions will be made to
to local advertisers. She will be
at the service of Franklin busi
ness concerns to help in the prep
aration of advertising copy, lay
outs, campaigns. It . will be her
purpose to aid in the building of
business for every concern in
Franklin which desires to co
operate. The editor and publisher of
The Press, Lyles Harris, who is
working on plans for the expan
sion of the newspaper field in
Franklin and in Western North
Carolina,1 has been unable to give
sufficient time to the advertising
department, and for this reason
Mrs. Tessier was employed. She
is also authorized to take orders
for job printing.
PAPER IS ISSUED
BY FOREST MEN
Nantahala Highlights Makes
ITEMS OF INTEREST
Standing Indian Has Big
gest and Best Mica,
t Says Waldroop
Volume 1, . No. 1 of Nantahala
Highlights, a memographed monthly
publication of the Nantahala Nation
al forest, made its appearance this
week. It is devoted exclusively to
forestry news and items of interest
to members of the forestry perso.i-
The following items were clipped
from Highlights :
Harry True, who came to the Nan
tahala' one year ago this February,
on acquisition work, is still at it.
He has with him J. R. Bradley,
transitman, regularly, Frank Shoe,
mnr, nr W rpmibrlv ' Thi
has recently been working down in
eGorgia and South Carolina in which.
territory the jobs are completed.
They tackle North Carolina next.
They made a record on the V. M.
Wilbanks tract recently. On March
7,, they decided to do the job. Mr.
Wilbanks was approached on the
morning of the 8th with- a blank op
tion. He. igned it without much
harangue (it is probable Mr. Wil
banks has gotten rid of thi's neces
sary evil by many days and nights
of previously thinking it over thus
' the usual argument about the price
being too low was in the background
on the morning of the 8th). The
boys dug in, and before sunset , of
the same day the entire tract of 254
acres twas surveyed and the . line
around it painted.
Power on the Nantahala
Up on Wayah creek is headquar
ters for the road crew and its i equip
ment. Construction is now under
way on a new equipment depot,
which will be known as Equipment
Depot No. 2. There is considerable
machinery in the old depot used for
repairing the road trucks, graders,
tractors, etc. Some, of the shop
machinery requires power, and a
project now is under contemplation,
and it is understood is approved by
the District Engineer, to install a
turbine in one of the falls of the
creek. This will be made to turn a
dynamo which will generate enough
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Man In Auto Knocks Out
Woiild-Be Bandit On
E. F. Moffitt, the new service
manager for the Macon Chevrolet
company had an unusual introduction
to Macon county the night he ar
On rounding one of the curves on
the Cowee mountain he discovered
that the roid Was blocked by a coupe
parked across the highway.
On its inner side stood a man
with a gun plainly indicating that
he wished' Mr. Moffitt to stop and
talk. Mr. Moffitt, having his wife
by his side and believing that an
argument would be entirely out of
place at that time, decided not to
observe the order of the man with
By quick calculation he figured
that there was just room between
the inside end of the Ford and the
embankment for his car to pass.
He stepped on the gast and bound
ed ahead. The last glimpse that
Mr. Moffitt had of the intruder . was
that of figure sprawling on the road
way beside his car as the service
manager sped on to his newly adopt
ed town, Franklin.
TAX LISTERS ARE
HERE ON MONDAY
The recently appointed tax list
ers for the townships of Macon
county came to Franklin on Mon
day and received instructions for
doing their work. The tax listers
also secured books and blanks
necessary for preparing their lists.
The listers who came to Frank
lin on Monday are: Elias Am
nions, Millshoal; John J. Corbin,
Ellijay; Mrs. Frank Mashburn,
Sugarfork; T. G. Harbison, High
lands; H. O. Penland, Flats; E.
N. Keener, Smith's Bridge; Earl
Harrison, Cartoogechaye ; J. R.
Wikle, Nantahala; John H. Dean,
Burningtown; Oscar Rickman,
Cowee; W. H. Roane, Franklin,
Joe Angel Is Brought To
Jail; His Still Is
Sheriff C. L. Ingram . brpught Joe
Angel of Mashburn Branch to Frank
lin in an automobile ' last Saturday
free of charge. As an additional part
of the morning's work,, he moved
Angel's place of business to Frank
lin, also free of Charge. Mr. Angel's
business paraphernalia'' is temporarily
stored in the sheriff's office, and
Mr. Angel is receiving free meals and
lodging in the county jail.
A moonshine still made of two
medium size kegs, properly caulked,
and other equipment essential to the
distillery trade were found by Sheriff
Ingram and Deputies R. M.. Coffey
and D.erald Ashe one hundred yards
from Angel's home. A well-worn
trail leading from .the house to the
still was located by the raiding party.
Several gallons of bee,r were poured
out, and about ' fifteen bottles were
found which had contained whiskey.
Angel will be tried at the April
term of superior court.
McDowell Music Club
Meets With Miss Morgan
The McDowell Music club met
Wednesday, March 12, at the home
of Mrs. Frank T. Smith with Miss
Minnie Grace Morgan, hostess. Miss
Eleanor Sloan was leader, and the
following program of Scotch-Irish
music was carried out:
Sundown Helen Hopekirk - Mrs.
W. B. Kesler; Echoes from the
Green. Isle Rockstro Mrs. Gilmer
j Jones and Mrs. Francis Tessier;
Irish Lulaby Quinlan Elizabeth
Dowdle; Irish. Song Lohr Mrs.
The club is indebted to Mrs. .Dick
Hudson and seven little girls from
the . sixth grade 1 for a very interest
ing program on .Stephen i Foster.
Summary Of Dr.
(By C. T. Blaine and Judge John
Dr. W. M. Lee began his work
here on May 13, 1938, coming
from a pastorate at Westminster,
South Carolina. He departed this
life January 30, 1930 and was
buried at Gordon, Georgia, his
old home, on February 1, 1930.
His ministry with us was one
of the most fruitful periods in
the history of the church. He
visited probably three-fourths of
the Baptist churches in the coun
ty in the interest of denomina
tional work, and B. Y. P. U.V
were organized in eight or ten
churches. Our Women's Mission
ary union was revived, many
members added and regular and
, IS PUBLIC NEED
Rehabilitation Of Forests
One Of Big Internal
Wood Products Form Big
Percentage Of Manu
This year the week, of March 16-22
has been designated as Carolina For
est' week. It is a time during which
the North Carolina Forest service,
the Federal Forest service agencies
in the state, and all other forestry
organizations put forth the greatest
possible effort to bring to the public
attention the problems of forest con
servation. Probably no other single happening
in 1927 served to put the question
of forestry and reforestation so
much to the front as did the great
Mississippi flood. This costly dis
aster was thoroughly investigated by
the army engineers and by the For
est service. The recommendations
made included not -only the construc
tion of great engineering works to
control the floods, but also the in
auguration of a great program of.
reforestation arid of forestry prac
tice on the headwaters of the Miss
issippi and its tributaries. Modern
engineers recognize the fact that the
forest can very appreciably reduce
the violence and severity of floods.
This is easily demonstrated by com
paring a stream that flows through
healthy forest land with one that
comes from brush-covered or denud
ed lands. The first if cold, almost
always clear, and quite steady in vol
ume. The second is much warmer,
seldom clear, and is subject to great
variations in volume of flow. After
heavy rains it is a rushing, mud
colored torrent. And so the forest
has a decided influence on stream
Industries Dependent On Forests
"No other of our internal problems
is of greater moment than the re
habilitation of our forests." That is
what President Coolidge said of the '
program for forest conservation.
America's greatest industries are
heavily dependant upon forest prod
ucts in their work. In 1926 twelve
per cent of what the railroads spent
for fuel and supplies went for pur
chase of forest products. Even the
great steel and automobile ' industries
and the mines, are large users of
wood. The paper and pulp industry,
of course, depends almost wholly
upon the forest. And so our forest
resources represent an economic fac
tor of enormous importance.
The United States has 470 million
acres of forest land, unsuited to agri
culture and not needed for other
purposes. Of , this area, 80 million
acres of land is now absolutely idle,
and non-productive. A much larger
area supports ' only second or : third
growth and . is given no care what
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W. M. Lee's
profitable meetings were held.
A work very close to Dr. Lee's
heart was that of banding the
young people together and train
ing them in effective . service for
the Master. Under jiis leadership
the B. Y. P. U. was very active
and the attendance and interest ',
was probably doubled, -there be-
ing from 80 to 100 at many
meetings. There is no question
but that he has left a deep spir-
itual influence on the lives of
our young people that . will bear
fruit in the years to come. In '
November, 1929, a successful $un
dav School Enlargement cam
paign was conducted.
In September, 1928, in the re
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