DEDICATED TO MACON
County and tlio Welfare
of its Good People
Olilest North Carolina Newspnpcr
West of Ashoville
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VOLUME XLVI, No. 31
FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, JULY 23, 1931
$1.50 PER YEAR
f MEETING HERE
First County B. Y. P. U.
Convention Is Big
REV. MR. IVEY HEARD
State Secretary Delivers
The First Annual 15. Y. T. U.
convention of the Macon associa
tion was held at the Franklin Bap
tist church last Friday. A large
crowd representing all the sections
of Macon county, attended. ' Dele
gations from' six churches, includ
ing Highlands, Ellijay, Hipdonville,
Ridgecrest, Iotla and Franklin,
were present. The principal speak
er of the day was the state B. Y.
P. U. secretary, the Rey. James A.
Ivey, of Raleigh. The ladies of
the Franklin Baptist church served
dinner to the delegates without
charge, and a watermelon feast
was enjoyed by all after the ses
sions were over for the day. Rev.
Mr. Ivey stayed pver and preached
at night at the church. Although
this was not ort the program, quite
a large crowd was present, and
he delivered another splendid mes
sage. Johnnie Roger Preside
Johnnie Rogers, the Macon as
sdciational president, called the as
sembly to order' 10 a. m., and a
brief devotional" exercise was led
by Miss Edwina DaTrymple on the
topic, "Be Ye Doers of the Word
and Not Hearers Only." This de
votional service was followed by
the regular, business of the associa
tion. A nominating committee was
appointed by the 'president to pre
sent names of officers for election
to the various offices for the com
ing year. This committee consisted
of the Rev. 'A. S. 'Solesbee, Miss
Jtate Moore, and Miss Ina Henry.
Brief talks .on the work of the as
sociation were given by Johnnie
Rogers; Mrs'. A, W. Pierson, of
Highlands; William Crawford, of
Ellijay; the Rev. W. L. Bradley,
of Etna; the Rev.' A. S. Solesbee,
of Franklin; and Rev. Mr. Daniels,
of Highlands. These were follow
ed by brief remarks by Rev. Mr.
A duet was sung by the Misses
Jarvis Ledford. ,and Georgia Dady,
and . prayer by the Rev., W. T.
Potts, of Highlands. Mr.;.-Roy C.
Dady, of Franklin,-gave a sliort ad
dress on "The Highest Expression
of Christian Living." Mr. Dady
stressed the fact that since a dis
ciple is a part of the Trinity by
virtue of the gift of the Holy Spir
it through Jesus Christ, it should
fire every soul to spurn every, evil
and seek to discover his highest
and best expression of Christian
service. He closed with quotations
from the 14th chapter, of the Gospel
of John, assuring his listeners that
if they lived up to. their highest
"knowledge- of truth there was no
need to fear.
His message- brought home to
his. listeners what Christianity
meant in their lives. The assembly
was dismissed by Rev. Mr. Daniels
and the delegates and friends re
paired to the basement, of the
church, where dinner was served
in cafeteria style.
At 2 o'clock , the people reas
sembled in the auditorium of Un
church and brief devotional exer
cises were led by Mr. William
Crawford', of Ellijay. He took for
the basis of his remarks the 12th
chapter of Romans and what he
said was timely and instructive'.
A very interesting feature of ihe
afternoon program was a play by
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THEV'S Or-JE OUTFIT DftT
nuub UOE GOOD
BUSINESS IrsJ MaktV
Times an oat's the
Beans Bring Good Prices
But Crop Is Too Small,
Says Macon, Ga., Buyer
Macon County's bean crop is
moving in full swing; but, accord
ing to the principal buyer W.
L. Richardson, of Macon, Ga.,
the supply is insufficient.
"1 could easily handle twice as
many beans as I am-getting," Mr.
Richardson told The Franklin Press
yesterday. "The beans are of good
quality but there arc not enough
So far the price has held up
well. Mr. .Richardson has been
paying . $1.25. per 32-pound bushel.
He estimated that since he came
here about three weeks ago lie had
bought approximately-50,tKK) pounds
of beans, or more than ' 1,5(KI
bushels, paying for them in cash
Mr. Richardson is the only pro
duce buyer , who 1 ins set up a
Junior Order Convention
At Highlands Big Success
Family Gathers From Far
And Near; Memorial
With many kinsmen present,
some of them from distant points,
the annual reunion of the Craw
ford family was held at the Black
place Sunday, July 12. It was re
ported to have been one of the
best reunions the family had ever
Among the members of the clan
from outsjdc Macon county who
were present were Mrs. Myrtle
Rogers, of Colorado; J. M. Craw
ford, known as "Uncle Johnny" or
"Grandpa," and son, of Union, S:
C; and Col. T. M. Crawford, of
Blue Ridge, Ga.
"Uncle Johnny" Crawford, though
more than 100 years old, seemed to
have enjoyed the occasion more
than anyone else -'present, lie said
he always loves to come back to
the mountains in which he hunted
and fished years ago. lie attribut
ed his longevity, largely to the
vigorous start his early life in the
mountains gave him.
The morning hours were occupied-
in social talk and in the
afternoon a short exercise was
held tinder the spreading oak trees.
Prayer was offered by Mr. Wake
field of Andrews. R. F.. Crawford
introduced Dr. N. N. Roger, of
Shooting Creek, a. lifelong friend
of the Crawford family, who paid
in . well chosen words a great
tribute to "Uncle Johnny" Craw
ford's life and character.
Appropriate memorial services
for .members of the family who
had died during the past year al
so were held (hiring the afternoon
with Col. T. M. Crawford, of Blue
Ridge, Ga., 'presiding. The -speaker
spoke in beautiful language of
his. deceased relatives. Those in
whose memory the memorial si r
vices were held were Mr. Lee
Crawford, of Franklin; Dr. J. W.
Crawford, of Cornelia, Ga., and Mr.
Weldon Rogers" of F.aglc, Col.
Born to Mr. and .Mrs. William
A. Allgary, Wednesday, at their
home on Bonny Crest, a .9-pound
son. Mother and child are rcr
ported to be doing nicely.
TO CLEAN GRAVEYARD
An appeal has been- issued for
all interested to help' clean off the
Bethel graveyard Monday, July 27
Hundreds Frolic Nightly
On B. & B, Riding Devices
Hundreds' of people are flocking
to Franklin nightly to frolic on the
II. aud i?. Hides, a series of five
amusement devices which are be
ing operated under the auspicies
of the "Macon County chapter, of
the American Red Cross "on the lot
back of 'the postoffiee. Twenty
'per cent of the gross receipts
go to the Red Cross!'
Of all the rides the two stand
bys, the Ferris wheel, or Big F.li,
the merry-go-round, are drawing
the biggest crowds. Other rides
include a Barrel-of-Fun, Tilt-Whirl
and Chairplane. ' '
definite place of business, lie lias
established himself, in the rear of
the old-Farmers'- Federation build
ing now occupied by H. I . West's
general merchandise store. .
Seveial oilier buyers .have been,
operating in the county, traveling
from farm to farm in trucks. There
is no way of checking up on how
much they have paid out for the
stringless greenpods. ,
Mr. Richardson, who has been
coming to Franklin each summer
for three years, likes the quality of
Macon county produce and says
he would like to establish a regu
lar bean market here.
"1 can handle all the beans
brought to me," he commented.
"Of course 1 can't say what the
price will be. The market decides
that, but I'll 'buy them at some
Ball Game and Dancing
The J. 0. U. A. M. rally held
here last Thursday was in every
way a most decided success. Hun
dreds of Juniors with their fani
ilies and friends were welcomed.
Six counties and thirteen lodges
The addresses rendered in the
school .auditorium were very in
teresting and much appreciated by
the audience. The songs by the
Dallon boys were also enjoyed.
The baseball game between High
lands and Sylva, held in the after
noon came -out' 11 ot 12 in favor
The square dance given for the
visitors that evening was one . of
the gayest of the season. About
two hundred people were present
at one time or another during the
evening and thirty couples (lanced
the third set.
S. C. PREACHER
The meeting at Morrison Pres
byterian church is in progress dur
ing this week, with the Rev. B. S.
Hodges, Jr., pastor of the Bates-burg-Leesville
in South Carolina, doing the
preaching. The attendance has
been very fine, 'and a" splendid
spirit has prevailed." throughout the
meeting. Rich spiritual messages
are being brought each night .by
the 'speaker The pubic is cordial
ly invited to attend all of the ser
vices, which are being held each
night at X:15 o'clock, continuing
through next Sunday evening.
C. C. Poindexter Joins
Asheville Law Firm
C. C. Poindexter, well known
young Macon county attorney, has
gone to Asheville, where he will
be associated with the law .partner
ship of Cathcy and -McKinney,
with offices in the Gates build
ing. Mr. Poindexter, though living in
Asheville. will coach tin- Weaver
College football team at Weaver
ville this year. For several years
past he has -been on the coaching
staff at the University of North
Carolina, at Chapel Hill. "I'oindy,"
as he was known among.; his fel
low students, was tine of the best
football players and; finest a1!
around -athletes the University lips
had in recent years.
The rides attract as many grown
ups as 'children. Staid business
men and fanners step -'down from
their dignity and become youngst
ers again, as llu-V go up and oei
on the big wheel, spin merrily
around on the uicrry-gorround or
sail' dizzily through the air on the
chair-plane.-.' Hut- few-. 'seem to be
daring enough to try the -Barrel -of-Ftin
; -this is something new and
too oininous '. in .-appearance. Hut
those who entered its black yawn
ing mouth say that: it is mon
thrilling than', any ot " the" devices
and full deserves its name.
J. T. Bryson Now 81;
Never Had Doctor
J. T. Bryton celebrated hit
61 t birthday anniversary Mon
day at hi home in the Sugar
Fork section. A nfumber of
friend and relative were pres
ent. Mr. Bryson has never had the
services of a physician during
his 81 years. He Has never
been seriously ill. He attributes
his longevity to temperance in
all things. His wife will be 81
years old in December. They
were married 57 years ago.
PLAN TO PRINT
V. N. CJUSTORY
Subscriptions Are Sought
For Dr. Sondley's
A committee of public-spirited
residents of Asheville is planning
to publish as soon as possible Dr.
Foster Alexander Sondley's "His
tory of Buncombe County," which
despite the title is as wide in
its scope as Western North Caro
lina. A. communication from the com
mittee states that Dr. Sondley's
work is such as valuable contribu
tion to the records of this section
that it should "find a place in every
office, school and home." To in
sure publication, however, it will
be necessary to obtain 3(X) paid
Comprises 1,000 Pages
"The history,'' according to the
etter sent out by the publication
committee, "w'ill be in two volumes,
bound in genuine Persian Moroc
co,' or imitation Morocco, and coin
prising l,(X)fl pages. The price for
the Morocco is $10.(X), or $7.50 for
"The Asheville chamber of com
merce is custodian for these sub
scriptions. Please make out your
check or post office order to it
and mail your reply direct to it.
The money as received will be de
posited -hi a special ftind which
cannot be used until it has reach
ed an amount sufficient to com
plete' the publication. Should the
fund be insufficient within a reas
onable time, all moneys received
will be returned to the subscribers.
"The committee relies upon the
justifiaWOXjiridc you will take in
seeing the heroic achievements of
your forebears recorded, and upon
the value of the publication to our
people and to the generations fol
lowing us, for a speedy and hearty
response to this appeal."
The publication committee is
headed by William J. Cocke, of
Asheville, as chairman; W. B. Wil
liamson, Asheville, vice chairman,
and Mrs. James (i. Stikeleather,
In giving to his work the title,
"The History of Buncombe Coun
and in dedicating it to the
"Buncombe County Historical As
sociation," Doctor Soiidley had in
mind the County of Buncombe
when x it embraced virtually all ot
the territory in the state lying
west of the crest of the Blue
Ridge. Thus, the history of our
whole-mountain region is its. scope,
the hardships of the early settlers
its romance, the development of
this beautiful Land of the Sky its
theme, and the place of Our people
in tin- life of the state and nation
iis ' inspiration. Indeed, the work
is so Wide in its scope that Un
title, "The History of Western
North Carolna" would be too re
strictive. Able Scholar
Widely- known as . one of the
greatest scholars and jurists that
our state has produced, Doctor
Soiidley labored patiently and earn
estly for . fifty years at the' task
of collecting the vast amount of
data which is vividly unfolded to
us for our asking in these two
vlnmes. The life and thought of
our vigorous people, 'and the trends
of our culture and characteristics
are portrayed in an unparalleled
and skillful manner, and in a bril
liant and colorful style. His king
iloin of knowledge, our heritage,
comes to us as from the intellect
of a bold and, stormy statesman
The imaginative sweep of the his
tory in its interpretation of our
political and religious life presents
conclusions that take the reader
by storm, and compel him to con
sider, the work' one to be periodic
ally referred to for thrill, enjoyment
and 'inspiration, x ' x x In
fact, the work at once reveals Doc
tor. Sondley as a historian, extra
ordinary because of the imagina
tive sweep of his intellect; as a
master of our language, unusual
(Continued on page six)
Holding Services Twice
a Day at Watauga
HERE FOR 2 WEEKS
Is Director Moody Bible
C. ... Putinan, a director of the
Moody Bible Institute of Chicago,
began a two-weeks revival meeting
at the Watauga Baptist church
last Sunday. Services are being
held twice a day, one in the' morn
ing at 11 o'clock and another at
8 o'clock in the evening.
Mr. Putman describes himself as
a former banker and business man
but now a traveling Bible teacher
and evangelist. lie visited this
county last year ami will be re
membered by many who heard him
as a forceful preacher.
While conducting the meeting at
Watauga Baptist church, Mr.' Put
nam and asister who accompanies
him on his tours of the country'
are , staying at the home of R. D.
Mr. Putnam's life has been one
of unusual interest. Following is
an account' of it taken from a
bulletin issued by the Moody Bible
"Mr. C. E. Putnam, a' successful
Kansas business man, has disposed
of his business, invested most of
his fortune in Christian work, and
is now devoting his full time to
Bible leading as a member of tin
field staff of the Extension ' de
partment. Once agnostic, a reader
of Robert fi. lngersoll and other
infidel writers, but unsatisfied by
their conclusions, he made a pains
taking investigation of the Bible,
wan nviwed of its " truth, and be
came a Christian believer. For
years he often rose as early as 4
o'clock in the morning to search
the Scriptures, and ; thus through
the years, with refreshed body and
invigorating niind, lie acquired . an
unusual mastery of the sacred writ
ings. Meanwhile he prospered in
business, and became active in the
Presbyterian church, of which he
is a member; also in local, county
and state. Sunday-school 'work and
in the Y. M. C. A.
"lie has developed a chronologi
cal chart which establishes, ap
parently, beyond question,, the ac
curacy of the Mosaic record, bring
ing new confirmation to the au
thority .and 'inerrancy. of the Scrip
tures. He also-' prepared, a chart
showing with clearness and in de
tail the dispensational epochs into
which the Bible divides lime.
Moreover, he is the author of a
number of booklets 'on fundamental
Bible doctrines, and on modern
cults and delusions, ,
"Mr. Putnam's lectures have
won the approbation, of eminent
Bible teachers, and engage the
close interest of popular audiences,
business men being particularly at
tracted. On the platform he is Unclear-thinking,
level --headed busi
ness man, giving out with "en
thusiasm and clearness truth (lis
cohered in years of prayerful,
earnest study. His messages sound
the evangt listis note and the un
converted are frequently reached."
Laughing Around the World
With IRVIN s. COBB
It's a Good Thing He Wasn't a Giraffe
By IRVIN S. COBB
tx 1 A gymnasium no evening- a man was taking: a shower. Some one
noticed a large and jagged scar on the back of his neck. On account
of its peculiar location they all wondered how it had come about Finally
one ot the men made so bold as to inrjuire about it. "Say, Jim," he
asked, "how in the world did you get that wicked looking wound on
the back of your neck?"
"Oh that!" said Jim, "why, I bit myself."
"Bit yourself?" asked the man, "Gee, how in tlie world can a man
bite himself on the back of his own neck?"
"WeU," said Jim, "I'm a wrestler, and the other night I was on
the mat with a professional. .He threw me down and got some kind
of a hold on me and started twisting. Honestly I was in terrible agony,
and mad clear through. Well, all of a sudden I see a neck in front of
me and I dug my teeth in it, and by gosh wasn't I surprised when I
found out it was my own neck."
(AnurHran Mm 1J
6 Macon Schools
By State Board
Siler Family Reunion
To Be Held August 6
. The Siler family reunion,
which has been an annual event
in the family, now spread out
over many states, since the days
when four Siler brothers first
settled in Macon County, will
be held this year 'on Thursday,
August 6, at Camp Nikwasi.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilmer Jonen will
entettain the clan at this re
union. Last year about 200
members of the family and it
various branches Attended the
reunion, many of them coming
from distant statec. An equally
large crowd is expected thii
Funeral Held Monday at
Mary Alvia (iibson, 12-year-old
daughter o Mr. and Mrs. Walter
(iibson, of (Ik- Iotla section, died
asl Sunday morning at X o'clock
at the I -y If hospital alte r an illness
of one week.
The funeral serv ici-s . were -"ii
ducted at lire loila Baptist ehuvc'i
Motidav at 10 o'clock, bv tln
Rev. V S. Solesbee, of o;,. '.he
.Rev. I . . ('. McCoy, of Etna, and
the Rev. J. A. Flanagan, pastor
of the Franklin- Presbyterian
The pallbearers were: Crawford
Daltou, Joel Dallon, Rogers Dal
lon, L.Mnan Dallon, 'Frank Rey
nolds and Vance I lolbrooks.
Alvia was a leader in her Sun
beam band and showed a radiant
light and happiness to all whom
she came in contact with, She
scattered l"V e and joy along her
pathway. She was I In pride and
joy of her parents, brothers and
sisters, teachers and schoolmates.
Alvia will .be-missed at lo'-nii- and
in t lit- conuuunily. Her life was
a beautiful example for her main
friends to follow.
She leaves a father and mother,
three bfolliers, Frank, (leor.'e and
Paul and two sisters, Mrs. Claude
Ruper and I.vda 'Iibson.
REV. MR. JACOBS
HAS MEETING AT
the Rev. A. W. Jacobs, m' Cul.la
saja, is eonducliim a 'r-i r'acted
meeting at Salem s-liool Iioiim1
Serv ices ai e held each ni'-ht .'.a'
early, candlelight, later. . Rev. Mr.
Jacobs said, dav meetings, also will
be ' conducted.
this .meeting, is an outgrowth of
informal services' Mr. '-Jacobs h,v;
been holding in the living room of
his home for a small group . . of
men working on Highway No. 2
He extends a cordial; invitation to
persons of all d i, : . .on--,
especially pastors, of otln- church
cs, to attend the meeting ai Salem
Franklin Schools Gain
3 New Teachers
COUNTY LOSES FOUR
School Opening Dates
To Be Announced at
Six Macon county schools, all of
tin in nne or two-teacher institu
tions, have been ordered consolidat
ed vvilli other, schools by the Slate
Hoard of l;(iialiat ion, i( was an
nounced Ihis .week by M. I). Hil
lings, county sir -rintemK nt. Con
Milidalioiis ordered are as follows:
llclliel with I'lanklin ; Horse
Cove with Highlands; Clear Creek
vvilli Highlands; Academy with Ot
to; Lower tesenta vviih I'pper tes
eiita and Ol'to; Owehby vvilli Otter
Critk, I'airview or Camp Branch.
Four Fewer Teacher
One hundred and nine teachers
have been alloied to the schools
of the county, inclusive of 1'iaiiklin
and Highlands. Last v ear there
were 11. 1
Instructions of die l-'apialiatiou
board to Mr. Hillings call for two
additional teachers in the Frank
lin ' hi' h school, making a total
i one additional teacher
in the primary grades, making a
total of lh Highlands will have
three high school teachers and five
elementary grade teachers, the
same as last year.
Mr. Hillings' budget for the Ma
con County schools has not yet
been 'approved by the slate nu- '
ihorities ami, pending-' this, he is
unable to announce definite dates
for the opening of the schools.
Names of ihe teachers -to be cin
plvid for the HtfL-M Sf-ssion will
be announced later.
Lit of Allotment
The following list shows how
the ti ac -hers have been alloted to
ihe various schools of the county
for-llie approaching session: .
Franklin, 12 high school teachers,
II elementary- teachers; Iotla, 3;
Olive Hill, f; I'atlon's, 2; Clark's
hapi I, 1 ; I nion, ..
' Skeeiiah, 3; Holly Springs, 2;
Watauga, 1 ; Cold Mine, 1.
Highlands, 3 high school teacher-.,
5 i I ei 1 1 e 1 1 1 a r y teachers; Horse."
Cove, transferred to Highlands;
Clear Creek, Iraiisfereil to High
lands; Scaly, 2; Mulberry,, 2;
cadeniv, '' transferred to Otto;.
Hickory Knoll, 2; Lower Tesenta,'
transferred lo Upper tesenta and
( It to 'pper Tesenta, 1.
Covvecla, 1 ; Otto. 3; Slagle, -l;i'
Allison-Walls, 2; Rainbow Springs,
2; Afiioiie, 2; Otter Creek, 3;
Ovvcuby, transferred to- Otter
Creek,.' Fain icw 'or Camp Hranrli.
Hi cchcr, 2; Kyle, 2; l-'airviiW, I;
Camp Hranch, 1 Oakd.ile, 2 ; Hurn
inglovvn, 2; Morgan, 1; Tellico, 1;
( ak '.love, 2; West's Mill, 2;
! ibeitv, 2; llarmoiiy, 1; Rosn
( reek, 1;-Chapel's, (colored) 3.
By WILL ROGERS
yOU hear all kinds of tales about
.things . -that -are supposed to
hannen fin t.ho movi Tot. Moat of
them never happen, of course. But
xncy re pood atmosphere, just Wie
the Ford Jokes used to.be.
' Thev tell nhnnt n Khnotinrr rpptia
. - ..
th at some director was rehearsing.
He was a great guy to have every
thing realistic, -Uio way he thought
1 "THOUGHT vr
things really are. Tut he hardlv
ever pot anything right, because he
didn't know, somehow, what things
really look like. -
Well, the actor hut was to do
the shooting- pniVrl his pistol and
fired, and the other fellow toppled
over on his facb.
"Terrible!" yells the director.
"Don't that ma:i know nothing
iihout how a guy falls when he's
idiot? I -never fr-on anything so
dumb, (let up -and do that over
aiciiin, the. way fe'lows really do it
tt'lV '1 A1 -'.' e --1,'oL"
"Ho r.r-i'l gvt 'up." says . the
r.hco'for. "1 dono for. (rot and, shot
wi t'.'.'hd vv'th a loaded pun!"
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