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12.60 A Year In Madison ft Adjoining 0u Willi
$4.00 A Tsar Outside These Oountle.
MARSHALL, N. C, THUWPAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1963 10 PBR OOPY
Harvest Round-Up To Be Held Here Next Week
Work Continues Here On
Tomato Market Plant
To Be One Of Best Facilities
In State; Near
The Madison County Develop
ment Board, Inc., has agreed to
assist the Madison County Toma
to Co-operative, Inc., in develop
ing one of the largest tomato
marketing facilities in Western
North Carolina. During the past
month they have had a bulldozer
developing the site near the Mar
They are now processing a loan
application to construct a build
ing 80 ft. wide and 200 ft. long
complete with cooler space, office
area, rest rooms and an adequate
floor space for two large grading
machines. These facilities could
handle 6,000 tons of tomatoes and
some other vegetable during the
According to an article in the
Farmers DIGEST, a tomato may
have been the apple that Kve pre
sumably lured Adam into eating.
Through the centuries many peo
ple have thought that the toma
to was the "love apple" descend
ed from the "tree of good and
evil in the garden of Eden." Fur
thermore many people thought
tomatoes were poisonous. The
tomatoes introduced in England in
1596 from South America were
grown as ornamental plants but
by 1812 citizens of New Orleans
were buying them and. they bad
become fairly popular by 1886.
Today the tomato rank as one of
the most important vegetable
The average size tomato
throughout the country weighs 3
ounces. It has 6 trim, contains
19 calories, 94 water, 8.6
sugar. Contrary to the belief of
most people, the tomato is a per
ennial and would grow year after
year from the same root system
if it had adequate protection from
cold weather, diseases and in
sects. From the background of the to
mato we can readly see that it
has come long ways as a food
crop. The cultural practices and
marketing practices of tomatoes
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State Baptist Convention
Makes Important Decisions
Vote To Abolish Capital
Punishment; Ford Is
The Rev. Howard J. Ford, 51, of
Wilmington, was elected president
of the Baptist State Convention
Wednesday of last week in a run
off race against the Rev. George
E. Simons of Wadesboro.
The Rev. Mr. Ford, pastor of
the Winter Park Baptist Church
for the past year, succeeds the
Rev. Nane Starnes of Asheville.
The election climaxed the sec
ond day of the convention's three
day session which ended Thurs
day at noon.
Dr. Carl Bates of Charlotte was
elected first vice president; Wil
liam A. Mitchener. lav leader of
Oxford, was elected second vice
A plan to allow tome non-Baptists
to serve on the Wake For
eat College Board of Trustees was
defeated despite a strong plea by
college officials and other support-
Although it received 1,628 vote
for to 1,106 against, a compromise
proposal failed to gain a required
two-third majority by a margin
of only 194.
The Rev. Mr. Starnes offered
(Continued To Page 12-A
MARSHALL FF A
WINS TOP LAND
The Marshall FFA won top
honors at the Blue Ridge Federa
tion Land Judging Contest, held
at North Buncombe High School,
on November 14.
Representing the Marshall Chap
ter were Clarence Davis, Tony
Graham, Everette Mace, Raymond
Norton, and Mr. Jack C. Cole, Ad
visor. Clarence Davis was high iieorer
in the contest.
Mars Hill placed second and
East Yancey, third.
Eleven teams from Madison,
Buncombe, and Yancey counties
Marshall FFA will represent
the Blue Ridge Federation in the
State Land Judging Contest to
be held next spring.
PAYS FOR BUS
The Marshall Boosters Club
met in the home economics de
partment of th.e school, Monday
night wm 22 members present.
During the business session,
Jim Story, president, appointed a
Ways and Means Committee com
posed of Mrs. Geneva James,
chairman; Mrs. Robert Davis and
Mrs. Hattie Ella Nix. This com
mittee will explore all feasible
methods of raising money with en
tertainments and other projects
for the club.
Clive Whitt, principal, explain
ed the recent purchase of an ad
ditional activity bus for the school
and the repair and painting on
the old activity bus.
Members voted unanimously to
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East Yancey, 1963 Appalachian
Conference football champions,
and Spruce Pine dominated the
22-player All-Conference team se
lected by coaches of the confer
ence at a recent meeting.
Six players were picked from
each of the aforementioned clubs.
Cranberry, Bakersville and Mars
Hill landed three apiece while
Marshall contributed two and
Cane River and Crossnore a play
Making the team from Madison
County were: Backs: Bob Wood
and Charles Tolley, Mars Hill:
Tommy Nix, Marshall. End: Rich-
aid Allen, Mam Hill. Tackle:
Ralph Baldwin, Marshall.
Honorable Mention: Backs:
Carter, Mars Hill and Ralph Cand.
ler, Marshall. End: Hunter, Mars
Hill. Tackle: Ammon, Man Hill.
Guards: Ralph Loving, Marshall;
Holland and Edwards, Mars Hill.
Center, Wills, Mars Hill.
COPIES THIS WEEK
Purpose Is To Acquaint
NON-SUBSCRIBERS WITH PAPER
"HARVEST ROUND-UP" ALSO ANNOUNCED
FOR NEXT WEEK
In order to acquaint everyone in Madison County
with The News-Record, this issue is being sent to all
non-subscribers as well as subscribers.
IF YOU ARE NOT A SUBSCRIBER
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS
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Farm Bureau Expects Big
Year; County Unit Active
HOME ON RED 1
Families Lose AH Household
Possessions, Clothes ;
Five citizens of Marshall RFD
1, in the Laurel Fork section of
Bailey Branch, barely escaped
from their burning home about
2:30 o'clock Tuesday morning as
flames quickly engulfed the one
story, four-room frame house. The
house, owned by Oliver W. Fergu
son, was completely destroyed.
Occupants of the house were
Manson Howard and son, Alfred,
18, and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbum Led
ford and two-year-old daughter.
Mrs. Ledford is a daughter of Mr.
Howard. They were tenant farm
ers on Mr. Ferguson's farm.
According to members of the
family, the fire was discovered
about 2:30 o'clock and the flames
spread so swiftly that they were
forced to jump out windows to
All their household possessions,
including clothes, were burned.
"It happened so fast we were
barely able to save ourselves,"
one member told a reporter of this
The house which was destroyed
is a well-known residence in that
section, having been occupied by
many families, including the Fer
gusons. It was the birthplace of
Romeo Ferguson, well-known taxi
driver of Marshall.
Cause of fire was undetermined
but it is thought that it origi
nated from faulty wires since
there was no fire in the house.
The Marshall volunteer fire de
partment answered the call but
the boose had caved in when
There was no insurance on the
structure. Mr. Ferguson said. '
4-TON TREE VANISHES
Detorit, Mich.-A four ton tree
had to be moved to make way for
an expressway and the Detorit
Department of Public Works plan,
ned to set the tree on the lawn In
front of D. P. W. headquarter,
to be used as a Christmas tree.
However, it disappeared before
they could haul it away.
Resolutions Concerning REA
Paaalt If Ifbunty
"We are lokoing forward to a
big Farm Bateau year," stated
in reviewing actionj inken at the
recent annual North Carolina
Farm Bureau meeting in Durahm.
Roberts, who attended the mid
November convention with a three
member delegation from Madison
County, said the many sound pol
icies develoned in Durham "should
give Farm Bureau particularly
sound footmsr during the new
Roberts said the meeting's suc
cess could be attributed mainly to
"intense interest and action at
the grassroots level" prior to the
state-wide meeting. It is esti
mated that county Farm Bureaus
flooded the convention with five
times more recommendations than
had ever before been received.
"This is the way to keep the
Farm Bureau program with the
people, where it belongs," Rob
The following is the Farm Bu
reau State-wide resolution. The
resolution was originated in the
Madison County Farm Bureau::
We will continue to support and
defend the principles of REA.
We encourage and support Leg
islation that would prevent need
less duplication of electric serv
ice facilities in any area.
We support a tax study of rur
We continue to favor the pres
ent capital system.
We recommend that elective
membership corporations remain
under the North Carolina rural
We recommend that the sale of
REA cooperatives be left to the
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Anyone wishing to aid the
families of Manson Howard,
his son, Alfred. 18, and Mr . and
Mrs. Wilburn Ledford and two-year-old
(laughter, who lost
their home early Tuesday
faw fat the Laurel Fork
of Marshall RID 1, may
their coWtribatloM of
and other household netesslHes
Merchants Offering Many
The four churches of Marshall
will join in a union Thanksgiving
service to be held in the Presby
terian Church next Wednesday
night at 7:30 o'clock.
The Reverend Robert H. Bruhn,
of Asheville, interim supply pas
tor of the Marshall Baptist
Church, will bring the Thanks
The music will be furnished by
the Presbyterian Church.
The public is invited.
Paper To Go To
Press Early Next
Week, If Possible
The News-Record is scheduled
to go to press on Wednesday in
stead of Thursday next week so
Chat employees can enjoy Thanks-1
from the erind."
r - o j
After getting out such a huge
paper this week, however, if you
fail to get an issue next week,
don't be aJermed. -We're .pooped!
All news reporters and adver
tisers are asked to get their copy
in early next week, please.
HEARD IN WC
The Utilities Commission neara
testimony Thursday regarding the
-Value of the plant of the Western
Carolina Telephone Co., as a hear
ing on the company's application
for a rate increase continued.
J. D. Russell of Milwaukee,
Wis., an official of the American.
Appraisal Co., told the commis
sion he directed the making of
an appraisal of Western Caroli
na's plant. He testified that a
fair value of the company's prop
erty as of last May 31 would be
The company is asking for
rates somewhat higher than those
it put into effect under bond more
than a year ago and which it is
still charging. The company
serves 11 mountain communities
from its headquarters in Weaver -ville.
Much of the day was spent in
Cross-examining M. J. Smith, ex
ecutive vice president of the Union
National Bank at Charlotte who
took the stand Wednesday as a
He testified that assuming a
fair value of the company's planb
was $6,242,641, it would need to
earn a return of 7.58 per cent on
this investment in order to At
tract the capital it needs for ex
pansion. However, this portion of
the testimony was stricken from
the record by Commission Chair
man Harry Westcott on an ob
jection by Kent Barns, a lawyer
for those fighting the increase.
Westcott overrated Bums' mo
tion to strike oat Smith's entire
Don't try to blame a tree or
telephone pole for an automobile
uttlmli nsHlmr has cm lost a
case in court
Contests To Highlight
Fun, Shopping Event
Events To Start Here On Tuesday And Will End On
Saturday; Thousands Expected To Attend;
Big Gospel Sing Friday Night
Never before in Marshall's history has there ever
been such a promotion as "HARVEST ROUND-UP" which
will begin next Tuesday morning and continue through
Everything from a parade on opening day to a "Nan-nv-TTnnt"
nn Snturfl.lv nicrrit will offer 17.000 people in
Madison County the biggest, most exciting week in the
Such contests as the Rocking Chair, Greasy Pole,
Needle in a Haystack, Pioneer Princess, Horshoe Pitch
ing, Turkey Grabbing, Greasy Pig and various other con
tests will keep things rippin' and rarin' through all next
A big Gospel Sing Friday night in the school auditori
um should give music-lovers an eventful night of enter
tainment and then on Saturday night .... boy, oh boy,
a "Nanny-Hoot" in the gymnasium.
Throughout these pages you will find streamers an-
nouncing me various uuiikesia
20 "Front" Pages
In This Issue ! ! !
This is the first time in history
that The News-Record has pub
lished 20 "Front" Pages in a
single issue. You will notice the
nftMnotBNewBrRecord at the
top of every page.
A crasy idea? Well yes, but
after seeing some of the odd do
hickies around the courthouse
we decided to be odd, too.
In fact, this issue is the second
largest issue ever published in
Money is a boomerang and any
country is prosperous as long as
lots of it is on the loose.
Married couples buy so many
labor-saving devices that they both
have to work to pay for them.
Free Parking During
Harvest Round-Up Here
TO STAY OPEN
Practically all Marshall stores
will remain open next Friday
night, November 29, until 8:80
o'clock to cooperate with the pub
lic during Harvest Round-Up.
Those not able to do their shop
ping during the day are given
this opportunity to shop at night
Practically all businesses and
agencies will be dosed all day
i i i ,,.
Rev. Chas. D. Davit
Named To Christian
The Reverend Charles D. Davis
of Mars HW. was named teat week
to tfa Chrsitian Life uowmiwee
of the Baptist State Convention
daring a meeting of the conven-
f inn at Wihninston.
Mr. Davis is paster of thai Come on to Marsnau, pars r
Mars Hill Baptist Church. sod enjoy the fan.
Strange things will
Some will scare you while others
will fascinate you. You must come
to Marshall Tuesday and get in
at the start. YouH be back every
Will someone be shot from the
giant sling-shot on the courthouse
lawn? Who will rock the longest
to earn top prize and who will be
runner-up? A thousand questions
and ydlT',wiirant to be here to
learn the answers. r
In addition to the fun end en
tertainment, Marshall merchants
are offering astounding bargains
throughout the week. You just
won't believe some of them unless
you read the advertisements in
this issue of The News-Record.
The Marshall Merchants Asso
ciation has had fin cooperation
from town officials and the pub
lic in general. The rest is up to
YOU. You simply can't afford
to miss all the goings-on.
Join the thousands of people
who will be in Marshall. Forget
your troubles and have a happy
and profitable Thanksgiving week
right here in Marshall.
Meters Will Be Capped;
Legion Lot Leased By
Town; Other Spots
Mayor Clarence Nix and Alder
men Caney Ramsey Jr., Delmar
Payne and J. C. Dodson are co
operating with the Merchants As
sociation in offering the public
FREE PARKING during Harvest
Round-Up Days here next week.
Parking meters will be cspped
and drivers may park FREE for
Mot only the meters on Main
Street and other streets will be
FREE out the American Legion
parking lot has been teased by
Town for free parking.
or, does not include
of spaces. 'Their spaces
naturally be reserved.
Other parking spate are being
made ready and the "early bird
gets the best parking spot"
Employers and employees are
asked to please park "off-street"
during next week's event to
leave spaces for the trading pub
lic It is hoped els they will
park on the Island ok soma other ,
"off street" place.
Policemen will assist motorists
In parking during the event.