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DEDICATED TO MACON
County and the Welfare
of it Good People
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Oldevt North Carolina Newspaper
West of Asheville
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VOL. XLVI, No; 34
FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 1931
$1.50 PER YEAR
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Equalization Board Is
Slow in Acting on
Billings Uncertain As To
Exact Date For
Delay of the State Board of
Equalization in acting on a budget
proposed for the Macon county
school system by Superintendent
M. D. Billings has brought abot
a situation the county has not ex
. pcrienced in a number of years.
It has been customary for the
rural schools of this county to
open early in July but, lacking
, confirmation of his budget plan,
Mr. Billings has been unable as
" yet to open any of the schools in
. the county or even to set a
definite date for their openng.
Mr. Billings said this week that
he will announce ' the opening date
for all schools as soon as pos
sible after he has received ap
proval of his budget from the
state board. Teachers already have
been named for Highlands, with
one exception, and for most of
the rural schools in the county.
, Following is an incomplete .list
of the schools, listed by town
ships, and their teachers:
" Iotla: Mrs. A. L. Ramsey, Mrs.
Claud Roper, Mrs. Ned Teague.
Olive Hill: S. J. Smith.
' Pattons : Mrs. Ze Norton, Mrs.
1 CJark's Chapel: Mrs.. L. T. Sloan.
'Union: Miss Amanda Slagle,' Mrs.
Theo. Kiser, Mrs. Bradley,
j Maple Springs: J. L. Sanders,
.Miss Minnie Sanders, Miss Eliza
I Holly Springs: Miss Lovicia
Justice, Miss Ammons.
. Watauga: J. B. Brendle.
i Oak Ridge: E. A. Snyder, Mrs.
. V C. Higdoa.
; Mt. Grove: V. I. Ramey.
'' Ellijay: William Crawford.
Higdonvillt: E. J. Carpenter,
Miss Maynie Moses.
' Salem: S. A. Bryson, Miss
Mashburns Branch: Miss Ruby
Pine Grove: T. T. Love, Mrs.
T. T. Love.
J Walnut Creek: Miss Kate Moore.
Buck Creek: Miss Myrtle Vin
son, ' Gold Mine: Miss Louise Hen
'derson. ' . - Highlands
) O. F. Summer, F. C. Hentz, Mrs.
Jfi. W. Pierson, Mrs. Jack Hall,
Hiss Beatrice Mozeley, Miss Ber
itha Williams, Miss Amy Hender
son. (One high school teacher yet
to be employed.)
i . Flat
' Scaly: E. N. Evans, Miss Mae
' Mulberry: Mrs. Norton, Miss
Hickory Knoll : Miss Joyce Jac
obs. Mrs. Fred Arnold.
Upper Tesenta: Miss Gladys
V' Mountain View : Miss Bess Nor
fOtto: Mrs. Pearl Corbin, Miss
' Vcva Howard, Miss McDowell
i Slagle : " G. W. Stepp, Miss Nan
'dy Justice, Miss Alice Cunning
ham, Miss Glee Garner.
'AlHson-Watts: Miss Carolyn
Nolen, .Miss Kate Reece.
y Rainbow Springs: Miss Muriel
Bulgin, Miss Eva Smith.
Aqjone: Mss Martha Cunning
"liam. Miss Annie Laurie Shelds.
i.' Otter Creek: Miss Grace Car
penter, Miss Onnie Cabe.
IBeecher: T. G. Dean.
fKyle: Miss Dora Lee Garner,
Miss Hazel Penland.
j Fair View: Miss Fleta Mason,
.'Oak Dale: Miss Nora Moody,
Miss Joyce Rogers. ' .
i Burningtown : Miss Lolita Dean,
Miss Frances Parrish.
Morgans: Miss Ruth By rd.
jTellico: Miss Ramsey.
I . " Cowee
'Oak Grove: J. J. Mann, Mrs.
Elsie W. Franks.
West's Mill: Miss Mary Elmore,
Miss Vonnie west.
Liberty: Miss Selma Henson, D.
, C. McCoy.
. Harmony : Xliss Ina Henry.
Rose Creek : liss Mattie Vhv
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Picnic Is Big
"Approximately 80 farmers, to
gether with members of the Frank
lin Rotary club, made a tour of
about ten outstanding farms in
various sections of the county Wed
nesday, comparing crop conditions
and studying various planting pro
The tour was organized by Fred
S. Sloan, county farm xdemonstra
tion agent, and the Franklin Ro
tary club for the purpose, of bring
ing the farmers and Rotarians in
closer contact and to study . the
latest methods of agricultural pro
duction. At noon the farmers and ro
tarians enjoyed a bountiful picnic
dinner at the home of C. W. Hen
derson near Gneiss, The picnic was
served by the ladies of the com
munity and the proceeds given to
the new Pine Grove Baptist church,
now under construction. Nearly
Says Silers of
Not German Ancestry
The Bryson family reunion will
be held this year at the home of
Mrs. James L. Bryson at West's
Mill on the fourth Sonday of this
month, which falls on Aughst 23.
Judge T. D. Bryson, of the law
school faculty of Duke University,
Durham, has been invited to ad
dress the clan. Professor Hunter,
of Cullowhee, also has been asked
to be present and speak.
Everyone connected with the
Bryson family is cordially invited
to attend the reunion and bring
a well filled basket. A special
musical program has been ar
ranged. MEETING TO BE
HELD SOON AT
Beginning Sunday morning, Aug
ust 16, a special series of services
will be held at the Slagle Memorial
Presbyterian churqh with the Rev.
W. B. S. Chandler, pastor of the
First Presbyterian church, of Mon
roe, N. C, in charge. Mr. Chan
dler is a preacher of unusual abil
ity, the pastor of one of the strong
Presbyterian churches of Mecklen
burg Presbytery, and " a man of
attractive personality. Everyone is
given a cordial invitation to be
present for all of the services for
the week, August 16-23.
TO BE HELD ON
- SUNDAY NIGHT
Next Sunday morning at 11
o'clock the Rev. G. Clifton Ervin
will preach at the Methohdist
church on the theme, "Living on
Substitutes." The choir will render
special music. At 8 o'clock in the
evening there will be a union ser
vice at the Episcopal church. The
Rev. Norvin C. Duncan will preach
at this service. The following Sun
day evening there will be a union
service at the Methodist cnurch
with Rev. Mr. Ervin preaching.
The Methodist church school will
meet at 9 :45 a. m.
Convention of Baptists
The 28th annual session of the
Macon County Baptist association
was held at Pleasant Hill Baptist
church August 6 and 7. More
than 500 persons were present on
the) opening day and nearly as
many on the next. All were boun
teously fed at a huge picnic table
laden With good things to eat furn
ished by members of the Pleasant
The next session of the associa
tion will be held at Pine Grove
Baptist church on August 4 and
5, 1932., ' .
Among thote who addressed the
association were the Rev. J. A.
$60 was raised, a large part of it
in voluntary donations given be
sides the nominal charge made for
John W. Goodman, district farm
agent, made the principal speech.
He urged his hearers to "farm to
live at home." He also pointed
out the importance of preventing
One of the features of the farm
tour was inspection of four pure
bred Poland China pigs given to
Macon county farm boys by the
Franklin Rotary club, which is
sponsoring a problem it hopes will
result in improving the swine stock
of the county.
Farmers who joined in the tour
expressed the opinion that it was
Guy L. Houk, president of Frank
lin Rotary club, said the club hopes
to make the farm tour an annual
Walter Siler Speaks At
Contrary to general belief, the
Silers arc of French not German
descent, according to Walter Sil
er, assistant state attorney general,
who came here from Raleigh last
Thursday to address the annual
family reunion of the Macon coun
Mr. Siler is ... from Siler City,
Chatham county, but he and the
Silers of this county are descend
ed from a common ancestor Plack
aird Siler, who came to this coun
try as a stowaway in 1741. Al
though Plackaird Siler came to
America from Germany, he was of
French stock, Mr. Siler said.
Came a Stowaway
He hurriedly left Germany for
political reasons, hiding aboard a
vessel bound for America. He took
with him into his hiding place
aboard ship an old-fashioned can
Several days out at sea he be
came so hungry that he, went on
board and revealed himself. An
Englishman who was aboard be
came interested in him and kept
him out of the brig by paying his
passage for the remainders of the
journey. Later, after arriving in
the new country, young Siler show
ed his appreciation to the friendly
Englishman by eloping with his
daughter. He moved South and
settled in North Carolina. The
original Siler settlers of this sec
tion were his sons.
. Lantern Exhibited
Walter Siler brought with him to
the annual family reunion here last
week the old lantern which Plack
aird Siler brought with him from
Germany an heirloom highly
treasured by the family.
About 150 members of the Siler
family and related lines, together
with 14 visitors, attended this year's
reunion which was the 82nd held
by the fanjily. The reunion was
held at Camp Nikwasi with Mr. and
Mrs. Gilmer A. Jones and Miss
Laura Jones entertaining.
The ; next reunion is to be held
the first Thursday in August, 1932,
at the home, of James Gray, Gray
storie Farm, on Cullasaja.
Dr. Wiley A. Rogers has been
employed by the County Board of
Commissioners to vaccinate school
children this year.
McMillan, of the Thomasville Or
phanagS; tfie Rev. J. M. Page, of
Raleigh, representing Dr. Madrry,
state ""secretary of missions; and
G. G. Page, of Raleigh, represent
ing the Biblical Recorder.
A collection was taken for the
benefit of the Rev. J. B. Stallcup.
of Franklin, who has been serious
Officers were reelected as fol
Rev. A. S. Solesbee, moderator ;
H. D. Dean,, vice moderator; R
M, Ledford, clerk; J. R'. Pender
grass, historian; Rev. A. S. Soles
beer assistant bistorian. E. V. Am
OH AUGUST 24
Special Term Is To Be
CALENDARS H E A V Y
Harding To Preside At
Regular Term This
Thv regular summer term of Ma
con superior court will convene
Monday, August 24, with Judge
Harding presiding. This term will
be for two weeks and both civil
and criminal cases will be tried. A
special term of court has been
ordered by the governor, beginning
Monday, September 14. Tins' term
also will 'be- for two weeks and
only civil cases will be tried. Heavy
calendars have been outlined for
both sessions. Judge Cameron Mc
Rae will preside over the special
term in September.
The jury list for the August
term already has been published
in The Press. Following is -a list
of jurors summoned to serve, at
the September term :
F. S. Moore, Gneiss; F. L. Tal
lent, Route 3; D. P. Cabe, Otto;
W. P. Peek, Cullasaja; J. W. Hen
derson, Route 1 ; Harley Smith,
Tellico; C D. Edwards, Walter
Gibson. W. A. Southards, Gneiss;
E. G. Cruze, Rainbow Springs; L.
F. Sctscr, Route 1; W. S. Roper,
Route 1; John T. Henry, Ellijay;
J. E. Wyman, City; J. C. Sanders,
Prentiss; Lon Campbell, 'City; J.
M. Stewman, Cullasaja; J. W. Mor
gan, Route 4 ; Chas. A. Rogers,
Route 3; B. A. Baldwin, Kyle; Zcb
McClure, Route 2; E. M. Moore,
Prentiss; John .Baldwin, Route 3;
C. D. Kinsland, Route 4; John
Cope, Kyle; J. H. Fulton, Gneiss;
W. B. Bennett, Iotla; J. B. Pen
dergrass, City; H. G. Cabe, Route
4; D. A. Hall, Etna; J. N. Cloer,
Route 2 W. R. Gibson, Leather
man; Z. V. Shields, Flatls; Oscar
Mason, Iotla; J. N. Houston, Iotla;
P. C. Calloway, Highlands.
The Macon County Chapter of
the United Daughters of the Con
federacy is planning to make the
benefit bridge to be given at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Hig
don on Saturday evening, August
15, the largest and most brilliant
event of the summer season,
Handsome prizes have been con
tributed by the business organiza
tions of Franklin. Among these
are : a box of dusting powder,
Perry's Drug store; table numbers,
E. K. Cunningham and compary;
carton of electric light bulbs, J.
Homer Bowles; silk socks, Joseph
Ashear; chicken dinner, Sctt Grif
fin hotel; pitcher, Sanders' Store;
car wash, Steve Porter of Stand
ard Oil company; finger wave,
Pearl Burleson ; chiffon handker
chief, Jess' and Mary's shop; chick
en dinner, Arnolds' cafe; fliwer
basket, S. & L. Ten Cent stor?,
bushel of peaches, Hawkins; shin,
Polly's; floor mop, Bryant l-urni-ture
company; hair cut, Mrs. Mun-
day; Kelly's Tea room, chicken
dinner; cigars. Angel's Drug store;
beads, Mrs. W. J. Zachary; pyrex
baking dish, Leach Rrothers; sack
of Snow White flour, S. L, Franks;
rne dozen fruit jars, Harold, Sloan;
safety razor," Franklin Hardware;
five quarts oil, Roy Carpenter; car
ton of cigarettes. A&P: t)vre bak.
ing dish, Jlacon County Supply
company; vase, Callahan's 5 and
10 Cent store ; two jars Heinz
mince meat, Cecil Pendergrass;
chicken dinner, Franklin Hotel a id
Reservations have been made by
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OPENS STORE IN
M. Blumenthal, formerly of
Royston, Ga., has established a
ready-to-wear and general dry
goods store in the McCoy building,
occupying the space previously used
by Angel's Drug store.
Mr. Blumenthal said he had
heard for a nurrbcr of years-that
Franklin was a good town in which
to live and do business and, so,
when he decided to leave Royston
he chose Franklin for his new
Expense to County
The county board of cuiumu
ionert at iu regular monthly
meeting last week paid out $37.
08 for sheep and chicken's killed
by outlaw dogt.
Each month the board it called
upon to appropriate money in
varying turns for animals, prin
cipally sheep, killed by dogs.
Payments are made from the
dog tax fund. ' The balance left
in this fund after all claims
have been settled goes to the
Claims allotted this month
Claims alotted this month
were to W. A. Pendergrass of
Nantahala, $32.00 for 8 sheep;
Furman Hall of Burningtown,
$2.00 for two chickens; E. B.
Stamey Franklin, $3.08 for 11
Well Known Franklin
Woman Dies After
Mrs. Grover Jamison,' 51, died at
her home on Palmer street Wed
nesday at 11:45 o'clock, alter" aii
illness of five months. Funeral
services will be held at the Frank
lin Baptist church, of which she
had been a faithful member for the
last 25 years, Thursday afternoon
at 2 o'clock by the Rev. A. S.
Solesbee, of Iotla, and the Rev. J.
A. Flanagan, pastor of the Frank
lin Presbyterian church.
Mrs. Jamison, was formerly Miss
Mary Brown. She was a woman
highly respected by ail who knew
her one the community, will sorely
miss. She is survived by her hus
band and six children, Eloise, Ed
na, Grover, Jr., Frank, John and
T. L.; one sister, Mrs. George
Owenby, of Franklin; three broth
ers, Garlaad and Will Brown, of
Lyman, Wash., and George Brown
of Franklin; and a step-mother,
Mrs. Harriett Brown, of Franklin,
besides a number of neices and
ST. AGNES GUILD
TO GIVE BAZAAR
The members of St. Agnes Guild
of the EpiscopaJ church will hold
their annual bazaar at the resi
dence of Mrs. Thomas J. Johns
ton on -Thursday, August 20, be
ginning at 11 o'clock. Besides fancy
work, aprons and oilier' ineftil
articles, homemade cakes will be
sold and refreshments served
throughout the aftenmon. The
public is cordially invited to attend.
Grady Cowart Jailed
On Bad Check Charge
Grady Cowart, of Clay county, isi
m the Macon couaiy i;ui on a
bad cheek charge brought by Angel
Cowart, it is alleged, gave the
hospital a check on a bank in
which he did not have an account.
When he failed to make it good
a warrant was sworn out for his
arrest. He was brought to Frank
lin and placed in jail Wednesday
by Deputy Sheriff George Mai-,
Highlands Woman Gives
CHAPEL HILL, Aug. 12 lir.
W. C. Coker, Kenan professor of
botany, has announced the gift to
the University of a splendid set of
74 paintings and a number of un
finished drawings and paintings of
southern flowers, the work of Miss
Marie Huger, of Highlands.
The gift was made last week
while Dr. Coker was visiting at
Highlands, the artist's home.
The collection shows almost as
many different varieties of flowers
as there-are pictures, there being
only one or two duplications.
Trilliums, orchids, azaleas, the
yellow jessamine, gentians, wild
violets, blue bells, the columbine,
the ancmoii" the shortia, wild lilies,
and the rhododendron' are among
the better known flowers in the
Miss Huger painted from grow
ing specimens found in the South
ern mountains while she was study
ins botany on her own initiative.
New Project Lei
State Now in Charge
Of County Road
Headquarters for This
The maintenance department of
the Slate Highway commission,
which took over supervision "of all
county roads on July 1, has already
entered upon its task in the Fifth
)islrict, Division E, wheh embraces
The work in this county has been
placid in charge ol lour nun, each
having an asistant. Besides this
crew . there is a group of work-
nrii which will be moved abom
the county to assist the men reg
ularly assigned to each county ter
Souio Road Not Mapped
Roy I'leinmons, field man con
nected with the Fifth District,
headquarters of which are located
at Andrews, has paid several visits
ty Macon county to organize the
maintenance work of the Highway
commission. On a trip here Tues
day he urac il that all county roads
not appearing on the official map
of the county be reported im
mediately, lie explained that the
more road mileage a county has,
the greater will be its share in
funds set aside for maintenance
purposes. This county's -map now
shows 440 miles of county roads,
but it is known that there are .a
number of public roads in various
sections of the county which have
not been put on the map but which,
nevertheless,; should be receiving
maintenance from the state.
The district -.maintenance office
should not be confused with the
construction office located in
Franklin. The local organization
is concerned only with the con
struction of new roads.
Reports of dangerous road con
ditions, broken bridges, or com
plaints, should be made to the
district office at Andrews.
The following statement given to
The Press by Mr. Plemnions lists
the nanus of the four road main
tenance supervisors iu this county
together with the areas to which
they have bi.n assigned:
"For the information of the peo
ple in -.Macon county, we are pub
lishing below, the names of the
men who are in charge of the
county roads in the various sec
tions of this county.
"G. W. McGee, Franklin-Has
charge ol all county roads west
ot route io. c?i anu norm oi me
road from Franklin to the Macon
Cherokee county line toward An
drewV. "Arthur Waldroop, Franklin Has
charge of all county roads south
uf the load from Franklin to the
Mac n ' hen kee county line to
ward ' "licws and route No. 28
from V nlslin to Gneiss, and west
of route No. 2K5 from the Georgia
(Continucd on page six)
J f All
A number were made around her
home at Highlands, but as many
more were done at Farm Hill, S.
C, Waynesville, Flat Rock, Mount
Eagle, Tenn., Melbourne, Fla., Se
wanee, Tenn., Sapphire, and Wythc
ville, Va: .
The- collection has been charac
terized as splendid by those who
have swn it on exhibit 'in the
botany library here.
Miss Huger comes of family of
artists. Her niece, Miss Charjottc
hlliott, ol Highlands, s the great
granddaughter of Stephen Elliott,
whose two-volume work on the
botany of South Carlina and Geor
gia, published in 1821, still remains
the classic on that subject, and
who is generally regarded as hav
ing been the most famous of all
southern students of flowering
Her nephew, Huger Elliott, is a
famous artist and director of edu
cational work at the Metropolitan
museum of art in New York.
Gap To Be
START WORK SOON
P a v i n g of Approaches
To New Bridge
As one surfacing project on
Highway No. 28 in Macon county
is nearing completion work on an
other is about to start. A contract
for the surfacing of the link on
No. 2H from . Rainbow Springs to
Glade Gap, a distance of six miles,
has been awarded to the R. G.
Lassiter Contracting company.
Work is expected to start on this
new project in the near future, ac
cording to W. A. McNeil, resident
engineer of the State Highway
Commission. Early iu the- summer
Mr. McNeil made a survey on
No. 28 contemplating surfacing of
the road from Franklin west to
Twin Churches, but the Highway
Commission has decided first to
surface between Rainbow Springs
and Glade Gap. This was made
necessary because the money for
the work comes from federal aid
alloted to the Forest Service and
the federal authorities stipulated
that none of this money should be
used outside of the Nantahala Na
More Surfacing Likely
It is thought very likely that the
Highway Commission will begin the
surfacng of No. 28 from Franklin
toward Rainbow Springs shortly
after it has completed the surfac
ing of No. 28 from Gneiss to High
lands, but aj ycfthcre has been no
official statement from the road
body to this effect.
Only about four miles of the
road between Gneiss and Highlands
remains to be surfaced, and prep
arations are now being made to
move the rock crusher from its
present location to Highlands. This
move will be made iu order to
avoid long hauls of stone up the
Bridge Nearing Finish
Work is now under way on the
last span of the bridge over the
Little Tennessee river and paving
of the approaches is well under
way. The bridge project and the
surfacing below Gneiss are both
expected to be finished in the
A detour paralleling the highway
has been opened to accommodate.
traffic while the approaches to the
bridge are being paved.
Plan AM-Pay Meet
The Union Missionary society of
Cartoogechaye cordially inw.es ull
the ladies of all -the missionary so-
cieties, ladies aides, guilds an I aux-
iliares of Macon county to :n all
day meeting to be held at Afax-
well school, Tuesday, August 18.
Each lady is 'requested ' to hi ing
few sandwiches for lflhch. Also
Will Rogers Picks
A Story For
By WILL ROGERS
CCOTCH Btoriea are about wore
out. First off I could never eee
why there were bo many of them,
because if Scotchmen did tell alt
those Btories they wouldn't have no
time Jto be ro all-fired thrifty.
but here s one that makes both
sense and is purty good besides.
Sandy Gow was walking down a
street and bumped into an old
friend of his.
"Sandy," said his friend, "when
is Mary McDougal goin' to let you
marry her?" i
"It s Terra uncertain, mon," said
Sandy, "Some fool sent her a big
box of stationery with her name
engraved on it and she won't get
married 'til it's all used op."
"And." added Sandy, "she writes
verra few letters account of th