JJY CARL GOERCH
Wooden Indians and
Other Things of the
Past Recalled This
M i s p e 1 1 i n g Age
The lther day I was in Charlotte
and, on one of the side streets
of that metropolis, observed an old
fashioned drug store window. You
know the kind I mean; a fat red
bottle on one side of the front
door and an equally fat green bot
tle on the other. It was the' first
time I'd seen that kind of a lay
out in six or seven years. And
yet, the time was when no drug
store considered itself a drug, store
unless those bottles were promi
There used to be a number of
other popular signs that have pass
ed out of the picture completely
and about which the younger gen
eration knows absolutely nothing.
For instance, there was the fierce
looking, wooden Indian chief who
used to stand in front of eVery
reputable cigar store. The last
one of those I saw was atop one
of the tobacco warehouses in Wil
son. Somebody had lugged it up
there and had fastened it to, the
roof of the building.
Then there was the old horse
that used to stand out on the side
walk in front of wagon stores and
harness repair shops. Usually he
was a white horse, and in the
summertime he always wore net
ting to protect his wooden sides
from the flics.
Every time I drive on the high
ways of the state and come across
a filling station or road house
which spells sandwiches as it ought
to be spelt instead of "sandwitches"
I feel like giving three cheers.
A party of us, driving from Winston-Salem
to Racligh not long ago,
counted 26 signs which persisted
an using the "t."
The General Assembly of the.
Presbyterian church, in session last
week, came out very strongly in
opposition to the teaching of birth
Well, let's see. Without birth con
trol, the population of our country
-is bound? to iiicrcase -more rapidly
than with birth control. If the
population of our country increases,
then the population of our state
also will increase. If the popula
tion of our state increases, then it
will be necessary to have more
members in our state legislature
If we have more members, then
there will be moe chance for dis
agreement and inability to arrive
at a decision on important topics.
But that's enough. I believe I'm
in favor of birth control.
The farmers are hard at work.
They arc to be seen everywhere,
busily engaged in cultivating their
crops and hoping to make some
money out of their year's work. A
mighty slim hope, so far as cotton
and tobacco are concerned.
In my day and time I have heard
:any number of . doctors, lawyers,
merchants and bankers brag about
their activities on the farm in their
younger days. I've never plowed a
furrow in all my life. I couldn't
harness up a mule if my life de
pended on it. Unless I'm sadly
mistaken, I never have seen any
tobacco seed-or cotton seed in all
my existence. I don't know one
piece of farm machinery from an
other and I have absolutely no
knowledge of how a single crop
The only thing I'm good at, when
it comes to farming, is giving ad
vice. Judge Arthur Mayo, down in
Washington, my home town, is
seventy-four years old. He has
lived for many years within three
.blocks of our local theatre, but has
never seen a motion picture in all
.;his life. And that ain't all, either.
Jle says he never expects to. scr
New Wholesale Firm
A new wholesale grocery com
pany "has. been established in
Franklin by Sam L. Frank.
The new concern, which will be
known as the Macon Grocery
company, has its office and
storeroom in the Franks build
ing on Main street.
Fred Higdon, formerly con
nected with the Carolina Pro
vision company, will be asso
ciated with Mr. Franks as sales
men and isictant manager.
Mr, Flanks already has in
stalled thousands of dojlars of
groceries.- He said the new
company would doal exclusively
on a wholesale basis and would
direct its activities principally
toward serving the retail mer
chants of ths county.
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VOLUME XLVI, No. 24
Former Franklin Girl Win
Success as Hat Designer;
Sails for Paris To Study
Miss Jean Cunningham
For Movie Stars
Miss jean Cunningham, better
known here as Anna Jean, daugh
ter of Mrs. C. C. Cunnmcham
and the late Mr. Cunningham,
sailed from New York on Mon
day, May 18, for. Paris, style
center of the world, where she
will spend several months de
Miss" Cunningham is manager
of the Madeline Hat Shop in
M. Louis, one of the lamest mil
linery Concerns in thf ronntrv
She began her work nine vears
ago with Wanamakcrs in Phila
delphia. After a few months
there she went to St. Louis,
where her talent in desicniner was
quickly appreciated. She was
made manager, buyer and de
signer of the Madeline Hat Shop,
which caters to an exclusive clien
telle. Miss Cunningham soon became
one of the most popular hat de
signers in the country. She has
designed hats for a number of
motion picture stars and actresses
on the ligitimate stage.
During the , past ' winter the
former Franklin girl broadcast a
talk on hats and stvles over a
large New York rdio station ev
ery Friday night.
While in Paris Miss Cunning
ham will study under some of thp
leading stylists of the world.
After her return to the United
States in the late summer she is!
expected to come to Franklin for
a visit with her mother and rel
atives. Miss Cunningham went to New
MACON FARM CENSUS
(Special to. The
WASHINGTON, D. C, June 3.
the director of the census, gives some of the results of the ,1930 farm
cenafus for Macon County, N. C,
1920 for selected items. The 1930
(1930 census taken April 1 and
FARM ACREAGE AND VALUES
Number of farms
Acreage of all land in farms........
Average acres per farm
Value of Land and buildings ... .
Dwellings alone . . ,
Value of implements and machinery..
Av. val. land and buildings per farm
Av. val. land and buildings per acre
Horses , ', .,'
Milk cows .'
Corn harvested for grain . .
Potatoes (Irish or white) ,
Sweet potatoes and yams .
Corn harvested for grain . .
Potatoes (Irish or white) ,
Sweet potatoes and yams
3 Stills Within 10 Days
Macon county's liauor output has
been considerably diminished as the
result of the activities of Sheriff
A. 13. Slagle during the last 10
days. During thajt period he has
;aptured three stills and dumped
hundreds of gallons of beer mash.
Tuesday midnight the sheriff, ac
companied by Tom Lambert and
Derrel Ashe, special deputies, cap
tured a 40-gallon copper distilling
outfit- in the Oak Grove section,
they dumped out three or four
hundred gallons of mash. In one
jf the barrels they reported find
ing a dead ground hog.
A crude still made out of two
washtubs was captured by the shcr
ff on Rabbit's creek about three
miles from Franklin Sunday morn
ing. No liquor was found arid
only about 100 gallons of beer.
Later the sheriff arrested R. L.
. ' r
York from St. Louis by airplane to
catch her boat. She sailed on the
The following statement, issued by
with comparative data for 192S and
figures are preliminary and subject
,W' ( j
" A i
1922 and 1920 censuses, January 1)
. . Bu.
Fish,- on whose property the still
was found. Fish was released, on
bond of $500,
The same morning Sheriff Slagle
arrested Dewey Guffey, who broke
jail here in October, 1929, . while
awaiting trial on a charge of trans
porting liquor.) Guffey, whose home
is in the Holly Springs section,,
was surprised and captured while
attending the singing convention
at Holly Springs Baptist' church.
The sheriff had gone there in
search of Fish.
Early Sunday morning, a week
ago, Sheriff Slagle captured a
35-gallon copper still on the head
waters of Ellijay creek in the
Goshen section. He also found
nine half-gallon jars of whisky and
700 gallons of .beer mash. The
sheriff laid in wait in an old barn
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FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 1931
Rev. Norvin C. Duncan, of
IS STRONG PREACHER
Will Serve Episcopal
Churches Here and
The Rev. Norvin C. Duncan, rec
tor of the Episcopal church at
Cooleeme, N. C, near Salisbury,
has accepted a call to the joint
rectorate of . St. Agnes church,
Franklin, and the Church of the
Incarnation at Highlands.
Rev. Mr. Duncan is expected to
bring his family to Franklin June
16 or 17. They will make their
home in the rectory next to St
The Cooleeme minister visited
Franklin and Highlands on April
29 and 30, holding services for
both congregations, who are deep
ly gratified that he has accepted
charge of the work of the Epis
copal church in Macon county
There has been no resident Epis
copal minister in this county since
the Rev. Mr. Pipes left several
years ago to assume the rectorate
of a large church in Golden, Colo.
The Rev. Mr. Deal served this
congregation for many years, build
ing St. Agnes church and several
other mission churches in this sec
tion. Leaves Big Congregation
T''e Rev. Mr. Duncan is giving
up a large congregation in Coo
leeme to accept the Franklin and
Highlands charges. Members of
the latter congregations feel that
they are extremely fortunate in ob
taining his services. His abilities
as a preacher and constructive
Christian leader have been out
standing in the communities he has
served. He is well known both in
the diocese of Western North Car
olina, in which he served for some
time as rector of the church at
Morganton. In Cooleeme he has!
had a position of leadership in the
civic affairs of the community as
well as in the church.
TO HOLD REUNION
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
For the past several years the
Gibsons of Macon and adjoining
counties and states have had what
is known as the Gibson reunion,
wherein the ties of the Gibson
forefathers are revived, and old
acquaintance renewed. This year
Sunday, June 14, at "Uncle" Tom
Gibson's home on Iotla, who is
one of the older members of the
Gibson family each member of
the Gibsons and all connected with
the family in anyway are expected
to be there with a full basket.
This is also the celebration of the
birthday of "Aunt" Bettsy Jane
(Gibson) Grant, who is now 91
years of age.
The Highlands Bank has been
repainted a silver gray shade.
Messrs Grover Edwards and Lewis
Rice did the painting,
Meeting Is Called
To Plan for Pageant
Plans for Macon county's par
ticipation in the Western North
Carolina pageant to be held the
evening of June 24 as part of
Asheville's annual Rhododen
dron Festival will be discussed
at a meeting to be held in the
county courthouse at 8 p. m.
Wednesday, June 11. This will
be the third time that Franklin
and Macon county have joined
in the celebration.
Mrs. Helen Macon and Roy
C. Dady will have charge of
preparing the Franklin group,
which will represent a pioneer
episode in the pageant. About
100 -persons will be needed from
this county and all those in
terested in taking part in the
pageant are asked to attend the
meeting at the courthouse.
Miss Edith Russell and Mr.
Harrington, who will direct the
pageant, were here Monday and
Tuesday to confer with Mrs.
Macon and Mr. Dady.
Plans also are being consider
ed for entering a Macon coun
ty float m the Rhododendron
parade to be held the morning
of June 24.
These boys are lucky because each of them has been given a pure
bred Poland China pig by the Franklin Rotary club. The pigs ought
to consider themselves lucky because, under the terms of agreement
between the boys and the Rotarians, the pigs are assuted of a lifetime
of at least 30 months and perhaps much longer. At the top, left to
right, Roger Dalton, Don Henderson, Sexton Vinson and Ralph Angel,
all members of the local chapter of Young Tar Heel Farmers. Each
is shown with his own sow pig. The boy at the extreme right is hold
ing a registered boar to which the
Sexton Vinson, president of the
County. Lower right: Ralph Angel, who recently won the title of
champion rat catcher of the county.
4 Macon Farm
Fine Pigs by Rotary Club
R. F.HENRY, SR.,
Funeral Held For Well
Known Watauga Res
Funeral services were held at 3
o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the.
Watauga Baptist church fr R. K.
Henry, Sr., better known as "luirm"
Henry, who dropped dead about
3 (clock Monday afternoon at his
home in the Watauga section. Mr.
Henry had been in ill health since
he suffered a stroke of paralysis
several months ago, but recently
he had shown signs of definite im
provement and his. 'death was ;i
shock to his relatives and friends.
Mr. Henry's wife died several
years ago. He leaves two sons.
John Henry, of Franklin, and
Frank Henry, of Brevard'."
The funeral services were con
ducted by the Rev.. Alvin Solesbee
Burial was in the Watauga l'ajisl
church cemetery. '
Mr. Henry, who "was 76 years old,
was widely known throughout the
county and leaves many friends to
mourn his death.
Work on Horse Cove
Road Now Completed
According to oiie of the men
who aided in the recent work
which has been done on tlie Horse
Cove road, that road is the best
and smoothest now leading. 'out of
Highlands. Work which was be
gun about two months ago was
completed at noon Saturday.
Cantey Johnson Cleared
W. Cantey Johnson, brother of
Blackburn W. Johnson, publisher
of 'The Franklin I'ress, was exon
erated at an inquest held -Wednesday
' morning of any blame" in the
death of I). C. Trice, 45, of Lex
ington County, South Carolina, who
was fatally injured when struck
by Johnson's automobile Tuesday
Sheriff H. .(.'.'Oswald of U-xiirg-ton
county -.informed The-. I'ress
over long distance telephone last
night that the accident was entire
ly accidental and unavoidable . on
Cantey Johnson's part. Johnson was
detained overnight in Lexington,
the county seat, pending the in
quest, which, Sheriff Oswald in
dicated, was conducted as a matter
of formality. The driver was clear
ed of all blame and permitted to
leave immediately after the inquest.
sow pigs must be bred. Lower le-ft:
Young Tar Heel Farmers of Macon
Registered Sows Expected
To Increase to 500
In 5 Years
Thanks to the Franklin Rotary
club, each of four Macon county
farm boys, all members of ihe local
chapter' of Young Tar Heel Farm
ers and the vocational agriculture
class of the Franklin high school,
is the proud possessor of a fine
pure bred-registered I'oland China
Under the conditions of an agree
ment made' by the boys with the
Rotary club, they are to bleed
their pigs to a pure bred boar
which was bought from the same
stock as the sow pigs and placed
in the care of Albert Ramsey, well
known farmer of Route 3. From
the first two litters each of . the
boys has promised to give to the
Rotary club two pigs and out of
each succeeding litter, within .30
months, one pig.
The Rotary .club .plans to give
the pigs returned by the boys to
other. .young fanners. It is esti
mated that, by the end of tin 30
months period there vvil be at
least 64 pure bred I'oland China
pigs in the county. In five vears,
it is estimated, there will be in
the neighborhood of 5(XI pigs from
Ltecky Boys -
The boys - 'who were entrusted
Willi Hie ivoiary cuius pig inve.si .
merit follow :
Sexton Vinson, president of
Macon chapter of the Young
Heel Farmers, who lives in
lower end of the .count V near
( ieorgia line.s
Ralph Angel,, of Route' 2, .cham
pion rat-catcJier of ilie county.
Don Henderson, of Cullasaja. ,
Roger halton, who lives on the
In accepting the pigs from tin
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in Auto Crash
Sheriff Oswald said Price, who
had been riding" oh the left rear
fender. of a car in front of John
son's, jumped from '.the . machine
when it stopped in front of his
(Price's) home into the path of
the oncoming automobile. John
son, who was driving a new car,
swerved to the side of the road
and appli.ed his brakes, it was re
ported, in . an effort to ..keep from
hitting Price, but the accident was
After the accident Johnson stop
ped his machine as quickly as pos
sible and rendered what assistance
Mr. Johnson, a civil . engineer,
came to Franklin several weeks
ago to visit his mother, Mrs. J.
W. Cantey Johnson. He had been
employed by the Virginia Public
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Oldest North Carolina Newspaper
West of Asheville
$1.50 PER YEAR
TO BE REDUCED
Billings Says New Act
Paves Way for 21
LAW IS "EXPLAINED
Number of Teachers in
County Likely To
The Macl.eaii school law enacted
at the recent session of the Gen
eral Assembly will make possible
a reduction of 21 cents in the
taxes levied in Macon county for
the'. support of schools, according
to M, ). ',illiii"s, who several
mouths ago was reelected to his
thirteenth term as county superin
tendent of schools. It is very
likelv, Mr. Hillings informed The
Press, that the new actBwill neces
sitate a 'decrease m the number
of leathers in the county through
school consolidations. It also is
probable, he adthd, that some
salaries will have to be reduced.
The reduction in school taxes is
made - possible by the state as
suming the 'current expenses of
the public schools for six months,
local taxes .will have to be levied
to take care of certain' costs above
Miss Kelly Loses Her
Place on State Board
During the rush of the clos
ing days of the North Carolina
General Assembly Miss Eliza
beth Kelly, of Franklin, long
recognized as one of the state'
leading educational authorities,
was replaced as a member of
the Slate Equalization Board
by J. E. Coeburn, Brysom City
business man. Mr. Coeburn's
appointment to the board was
sent to the Senate by Governor
O. Max Gardner shortly befora
final adjournment of the legis
lature and, along with other ap
pointments, was confirmed with
Miss Kelly was very much
surprised at the action. She
said she had not been notified
by the governor of any inten
tion of chancing the board's
membership. She had represent
ed the western part of the state
on the board for several years.
A delegation came here from
Marion to offer her their sup
port if she saw fit to contest
her displacement. She indicated,
however, that there was nothing
she coold do about it. '
current expenses and to defray
expenses for all above six months
that schools operate. '
Consolidations Loom - -
"The county school board," Mr.
Hillings said, "is required to pre
pare a map showing the location
il schools in 'the county. When
ever possible, from the . standpoint
of economy, schools Will be con
solidated or discontinued."
The. superintendent said the. board
woul diiieet within a ft w weeks to
comply with the provisions of the
Macl. can bill. This meeting can
not be held, he explained, until the
local school autohorities have re
ceived complete instructions and
the proper blank', forms from the
Stale F.qualixation board, which is
.scheduled to meet in Raleigh this
' "There were 110 white teachers
in Macon county last term, Mr. .
niHiiii.'s continued. "I'nder . the
new act, it is very probable that
this number will hi' decreased, but
this cannot be definitely stated.
Some Salaries .Cut
"Teachers' salaries may or may
not be decreased 10 per cent. . The
law stales that no reduction shall
be .made, until .all other economies
shall have been effected by the
State ' Board of F.qualixation. But
the new law docs cut the salaries
of teachers who will teach this
year in some of the one and two
teacher schools in the county. If
a One-teacher school last term
had an average daily attendance of
22 or under and it is not practical
to consolidate it with some other
school, because of distance or con
dition of roads, the teacher in that
school will receive 25 per cent
less than the salary schedule. In
schools ' where the average daily
attendance ''last year was over 35
aiid under 45, ..two teachers may be
employed at a salary reduction of
15 per cent. ;
"It has not been , definitely de
cided when schools will begin this
year, but most of the short terra
schools are likely to open around
the middle of July if the State
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