The Waynesville Mountaineer
Things happened thick and fast in
he political field in Haywood this
pas- week, as eleven candidates tossed
their hats into the ring for the June
primary, thus bringing the total to
More activity was shown in the
commissioners race this week as four
announced. This wis just one ahead
of the sheriff's race, however, as three
rank's were added to that column.
Two are already out for representa
tive, anu wie iniiu ftiuiuuiuru ivi icfe-
i.:er of deeds. Thus far only one i6
ut for board of education.
Tin' order in which the announce
ments were made this week were as
j. L. Walker, for sheriff.
K.-T. Boyd, for commissioner from
district number four.
W. T. Lee, for representative.
J. F. Cabe, for representative.
W. W, Haynes, for commissioner,
from district number one.
T. R. -Moore, for commissioner, from
district number two.
E. H. Rickman, for commissioner,
from district number two.
John Best, for member of board of
Plott, for sheriff.
J. K. Boyd
Welch, for sheriff.
Jr., for register of deeds
t since March, 19o5, has there
turn as much discussion of the law
which Representative J. T. Bailey
passed in the legislature making sev
eral changes in the manner in which
county commissioners are to be elect
ed, us is now being heard in every
'gathering, where county politics are
mentioned.. : .''..
In order to give some of the out
standing points of that law we have
prepared the following brief notes:
The county is to have seven com.
misKioners elected, ine chairman be
;ng named by the board at their first
The county is divided into five dis
tricts, and each district is numbered as
District number one-r-composed of
Iieaverdam and Clyde Townships, with
two members to be elected from this
District number two-composod of
East Fork, Cecil and Pigeon Town
ships, with one member coming from
District number three composed of
Waynesville and Ivy Hill Townships,
with two members coming from thi
District number four- composed of
Jonathan Creek, White Oak and Cat
aioochce, with one member.
District number five composed of
Fines Creek, Crabtree and Iron Duff,
with one member.
A candidate must reside in the dis
trict at least a year prior to election.
And if an elected man should move
out of the district from which he was
elected, the executive committee shall
till the vacancy before the general
election n November.
The ballot will contain the names of
the .candidates 'by district, and will
also indicate the number of candidates
to be voted on from each dtetirct.
In going back to this week's list of
candidates, there are quite a few in
teresting facts. :
- While J. L. Walker has long been
closely connected with political af-f'ijr-S
he has never held office, and
this year is out to stage a hard fight
tor the office of sheriff.
R. T. Boyd ha served as a member
f the board of commissioners, and
a,s the first to announce as a candi
date in the commissioner's race.
T . .... .
'"-"kr in a political campaign is
hot a new experience to W. T. Lee,
who is a candidate- for the legislature.
Mr. Tee served as chairman of the
corporal;,,,, commission many years,
and is Well known over the state as
as in Haywood.
F.Cabe is not entering his first
patical battle, as he is better known
Sheriff Cabe," as he served in
capacity for six years. Before
P was for fi wars lenntv rev.
"ue collector 'in this district under
,ne Wilson administration.
H From down at Clyde, comes W. W.
?vj?s' as a candidate for election to
ne board of commissioners from dis
trict number one. This is Mr. Haynes'
Ihl T to t0Sfi his hat into the
f,f 5' e said he only did so because
V1 constant persuasion by his friends.
T- R. Moore, also seeking a place
"n!ionef, Comes from district
offieK v- He haS neVer held 8n
' fH nas served for many years I
' vviinnued on back page) .
in?hrSf,oIi?'win ash prices were be
r4a0J d3y by the FarmerS
CSTnS' heavy" breed hens a"d
Chi t S' Pund 15c
"HKens, light weight, pound.... 15c
""'imts, pound U
Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
VOL. XLVIII NO. 15
Haywood Hospital Gets
$11,022.00 From Duke
Total Of $7.-5.7;n Contributed To
Local Institution By Duke
In Eight Years
The trustees of (the May wood
county Hospital received this week a
check for $11,022.00 from the Duke
Endownment for payment of charity
work done by the hospital for 1J1K5. "
The check received this week brings
the total the local institution has re
ceived from the Duke Endowment
during the past eigh years to $73,
731.00. Of this amount, $5bKl:).00
was in payment for chairity work done
in the hospital. $!12 was for ma.
tornity ward equipment, and $111,000
for the Nurses Home and equipment
for the home.
The records for the past eight years
that the hospital has Ih'OH in oper
ation to m;!."), inclusive shows
that fi.yi'f) patients have been admit
ted and that they received a total of
XiUTl! days of care. Besides this
number , 2, !"(:.! "out patients" have
received treatment for minor acci
bents, etc., the report showed. An
"out patient" is one that is not act
ually admitted to the hospital.
The total cost of doing this work
was $21,'i,012.ri.'i. To take ,are of this
item, the hospital has received from
patients $143,U1S..'U ; from Duke En
dowment $Mi.Sl!).(K) and from other
sources $3, -155.88,
The remainder of the cost of -operation
came out of faxes. The above
receipts and expenditures, however,
do not include capital, expenditures,
such as bom! payments, additions,
equipment, etc., for which the major
part of the hospital tax goes.
The board of trustees of the int-ti-
J. M. Long,
H. Sm at hers
Rufus Siler. chairman,
George F, Plott, Pr, .1.
all of Waynesville, .1. 11.
and Fred D. Podon, of
Murray F. Ferguson, of
Hampton is superintend-
Funeral For Mrs.
John A. Ferguson
Held At Dellwood
Funeral services for Mrs. John A.
Ferguson, 78, who died at -12:25
o clock Monday morning at her home
at Dellwood, were conducted on Tues
day morning at the Dellwood Metho
dist church. Rev H. D. Jossup, .pastor"
of the church, officated. Interment
was in the Dellwood cemetery.
Pallbearers were the grandsons of
Mrs, Ferguson, as follows: Ray Fer
guson, Arthur Woody, laylor Fer
guson, all of Dellwood, Ernest Setzer.
of Canton,. Fred - Ferguson, of Raleigh,
and Ralph huykendall, of Whittier.
Mrs. Ferguson. was before her niar
iage to the late John A. Ferguson
on rob. zz, 1877, Miss Sara Ann
Owen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rob
ert L. Owen. She was highly re-.
petted and much loved in her com
munity, where for years she had been
one of the leaders in welfare and
She is survived by the following
children: Mrs. F, L.' Woody. R. M.
Ferguson, and J. E, -Ferguson, all
Haywood county; t li. Ferguson,
Bridgeton, N. J., and Mrs. H
Moody, of Whittier,
Chas. Kay Proposes
Adopt City Plan
Charles E. Ray discussed in detail
at last Friday's Rotary meeting the
he?d of a city plan for this commu
nity, pointing out that if a plan were
not adopted soon that Waynesville
would have to follow the expensive
method just completed by A-sheville
in making changes necessary on some
of the main business streets.
Mr. Ray also pointed out that "all
growing towns, such ag Waynesville,
need to adopt zoning methods." This
he said, would assure those interested
in making large investments in either
nronertv or buildings that undesira
ble buildings or establishments would
not be placed too near.
"Those who will outline the plan
ning must nave a vision oi tne iu-
ture needs of the community, and
work to attain the best there ig pos
sible," the speaker said,
Mr. Ray told of how thousands of
dollars had just been spent by Ashe
ville because of the lack of a town
plan back in the years when Asheville
was the game size as w aynesviiie.
Frank Barber, of Asheville, was
present, and joined in the discussion,
pointing out . that the starting of a
definite plan at this time would prove
On Thursday night, 13 members of
the local club attended an inter-city
meeting in Sylva.
Mr. Sammy Bushneil, of the State
Highway commission, with headquar
ter in Boone, spent the week-end
with his parents .
Over $20,000 Paid
County In Taxes In
Past Thirty Days
During the past thirty days, more
than $20,000 was collected by V. II.
Mt'Crackon, county tax collector ami
supervisor, according to the official
report made to the commissioners here
About six thousand dollars of this
amount wa.s for years other than
1 !';!.", the report showed.
$71.27 was collected on 1H2S taxes;
$74.55 for 1!20; $2t!4.12 for HMO;
$SS0.-1! for llKSl; $1,212. US for PJ32;
.l,!17S.;i2 for 1 !.'!;.!, ami $1,11,'). SO for
Collections for current faxe,s
amounted to $11, 573. It!.
Mountaineer Writer Visits
Storm-Stricken A rea of Get.
Editor's Note "'.'nolo Abe," .col
umnist of: The Mountaineer, joined
several others Tuesday, and visited
the tornado stricken area in and near
Gainesville, Ga. Below 'In' gives a
gripping word-picture- of what took
d u rs
iv. (Wednesday ) about, fifteen
after visiting Gainesville, Ga.,
1 feel as if I had been the victim of
one eiitil inuou.s, horrible nightmare
in whi. b the scene of death and des
t met ion was over changing. For what
wa.s once a prosperous town of (en
thousand , souls, the metropolis and
county-seat of Hall county, Georgia
and cultured 'college' community is
today mostly a' mass of ruins.
I want to say in the out-sot that
mere words (ill paper seem to beg
gar (lescri nt ion ; therefore'-! shall only
attempt to give you an idea of the
enormity, the power and (lest ru five
forv-e of this four-minute tornado
that swept -through Gainesville Mon
day morning about 8 :.'!() o'clock. To
see the picture as it is the awful los.s
of human life, and property dainngi
mounting into the millions . , the
homeless . . the rescue ami relief
work now going on amidst the wreck
and ruin of a once beautiful town, one
must see it. for himself.
The tornado swept a lane at I cast
throe-quarters of a mile wide through
t he b'lsiness port ion. of the town, com
prising the blO'ks between Spring
street, Ufa in. East, Broad and many
other business istreets, extending
back !o include practically all the east
side residential section as well' .'is
most of the south and north-east
Property loss yesterday afternoon
was' estimated'- at $7,(II)II,(XI0. The
numlwr of homes destroyed was plac
ed at" fioO; however these figures, like
the list of fatalities, are constantly
being revised upward. The known
dead when our 'party reached Gaines
ville at 2 P. M. yesterday was lb'4;
hut (luring the two and a half hours
we were there three more bodies wer
recovered, two of them being alive,
and one- woman's head which . had
ieen severed f rom the body, was found
in a cow pasture on the out skirts of
Aside from the appalling loss of
property, the scenes of human suffer,
ing and grief arc most heart-breaking.
Mothers and fathers could be seen
standing where their humble homes
had once been, maybe a child or two
with them, picking up a few belong
ings . . maybe it was a pot, a dish
or some article of clothing some,
thing that they could identify as their
"IT WAS AM. WE HAD'"
One woman stood on the empty floor
of her house the rest was all swept
away, just a few broken pieces of
furniture being left in one corner cov
ered by trash, tree limbs and other
Me MELTING POT
TOM KAIXFrt. Farmer and
Automobile Salesman "Wheat Is
lookini; pretty gM(l on Jonathan's
're'k this year- better than I
thought It would. Most in-ople
sow wlieat m ato to make a
gKtI crop. . . .It oiijrht . to be hi
the prMind not later than the l.llli
of iH tolM-r. and I find it profitable ;
to how lesedowi In tlie Wheat."
JoffN BKST. Farmer, Crab
tree "CuxmI, joung lidrse , sto-k
now are 'hich as the moon'i . .1
don't renioiiiler of ever seeing
them any higher."
The editor of the Melting Pot
has learned that good mares are
now fwlllng at around $250 when
they do sell, horses at a little less.
WAYNESVILLE, X. C, THURSDAY. APKIL 9, 19.56
Heavy Rain Storm
Hit Vicinity Early
What is believed to have been the
hardest downpour of rain to fall here
in many years fell shortly after mid
night .Monday morning, the rain was
accompanied by sharp lightning and
The lightning knocked out the main
switch of the town lights, and on two
other occasions during au hotrr burned
out a fuse on other linef, according to
Hugh Clark, superintendent of the
light department, who worked all
during the storm restoring service.
The official rainfall on last Thurs
day was set at 1.08 inches, while the
rain of Sunday night and Monday
morning was 2.12 inches.
The creeks were out of their banks,
and Sholton Branch wa.s said to have
been the highest in the memory of
some (f the townV older citizens.
A far as could be learned, the high
winds of the storm did little damage.
Jonathan Cnek at eight oV lock
Monday morning was up to the banks.
At several places between here and
Sylva. slides had partially blocked
the highways. In two places Tuesday
niglu only one-way lanes were open
"Father and mother were taken out
here,'' tdio said, "mother with one eye
knocked, out and father unconscious.. .
they are in (he hospital now . . we
hope t hey will live." Then, clasping a
few little trinklet.s to her breast and
with a child's toy in the other hand,
she looked around, . "It was all we
bail," she said and began- weeping.
The mother and child had escaped by
being '.a way from home.
The ba.seinent of the First .Mctho-dii-t
church, and some rear rooms '.of
the Presbyterian church- - both out of
the worst stricken area - and t wo or
three other places, were turned into
morgues. The .Methodist basement
was -used for the. burned Victims.
We visited two of these morgues,
in vhi;b more than a 'dozen bodies
were still waiting for identification,
and here were the most g.tnsonie
sights I have ever behold.
Just before-we .left', the. Georgia Na
tional Guards had held a brief ma-s
funeral for four or five of the lire
victims, that were burned and charred
beyond recognition. Two bodies, had
been identified one, that, of aman
taken from a hardware store, had
been mostly identified by his watch
and glasses found by his side,
OTHERS STII I, MISSING
We were, fold that other persons
were still -missing.' One family they
thought bad 'been entirely wiped out,
but two children were still missing.
One grief-stricken woman , hunted for
her father. She re(iiesf(d the guards
to untie the. strips, and remove the
cloth from the head of one body .-which
had not. been-identified .
"It's no use to take if. off." the
guard told her, ''the head is just' a
ilack mass -crushed into a pulp."
THE NEED IS GREAT
The Red Cross, Salvation Army, C.
( . i . ooys, vv. r. A ., three companies
of fhe (Georgia -National Guard.s, state
highway forces, as well a.s detaeh
menls of . fiolicemen, firemen,, under
takers, doctors and n'ursfs from At
lanta, Macon, Athens, Cornelia and
other Georgia towns are all on duty
but. still the forces are inadcMuaf'c
ind the need for workers, food, cloth
:ng and supplies is great.
Food, cols, bed clothing and olhe:
upplies had begun to arrive by trucks
hut it vas being snatched up as fast
as it arrived.
It was estimated at Red Crosp head
quarters that around .1,500 people had
been left homeless, and that at least
.100 of this number were wounded and
receiving treatment. So, you can get
some idea of the great need under
such conditions in Gainesville today,
just a hundred and twenty-five or thir
ty miles southwest of u.s . on the At
lanta highway. .
Rev, II. W. Baucom , chairman of
the local Red Cross chapter, received
a wire -yesterday that the quota for
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A. If. SPARKS. Awst. Manager
fiarber Orehard -"I have cut into
buds in dilTerent sections or the
orchard and examined pretty
carefully, and it looks like now
that 'about titt i-r rem Hie ai
Il In our '-nrcfiurd are killeI."
M.WVOOH GltAHI; "I have
Mi'ii worse destruction in the ar-strk-ken
area of France also
rrea tor loss of 'life; lint I never
thoucht that I would live to sect
It in this country like what I
witnessed at Gainesville, Georgia.
1 1 C M
j. Lj. if lassie ooon 1 o Begin
Work On Three Buildings
League To Meet On
The fifth monthly meeting of the
Community Safety league will 1h
held in the dining room of the Meth
odist church on 1 uivday evening,
April 14, at seven o'clock, with Mrs.
John .M Queen acting as toastmis
tress of the evening.
The program will be in charge of
the Women of t he community, ami the
following will make short talks: Mrs.
C. V. Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Joe Tate, Mrs.
Carroll Bell. Mrs. S. P. Gay, .Miss
Margaret. Smitl and Mlrs. Jack
A singing contest will be staged
between the East Waynesville school
and the Hazelwood school, with the
winner receiving tickets to the Park
I he Community Safety I.eagu
organized here about live month.
under the direction of Oscar 1.. Briggs.
The purpose being to aciptaint the
citizens of the .ommunity of some of
the phases of the work which the
officials are endeavoring to carry Out .
and most especially those pertaining
to the safety of the citizen and their
A marked increase in attendance
has been ..noted al each "meet jug.
Dave Harris Named
Organizer Of Young
Democrats In Slate
Dave Harris, of Canton, was named
by Miss Hessie- Phoenix, president of
the Young Democratic Clubs in North
Carolina, as organizer of clubs in -111
count icsof the s1 ate, during a confer
ence in Raleigh last week
Mr, Harris is president, of I lie Hay
wood County Young Democrats, and
has been most active in the county
mil state activities ivf the organization
for a number of years. '
In the Eastern narl
J. T. Gteshnni, Jr., of
The coe-unizing of flic elubs in the
10 counties which Mr. Harris will
have; will take about one-thinl of his
time. At 'present he will devote most
of h.i.s time in (lie counties along (he
Vii-ginia line, a- no organizations' are
act ive in t hem.
The: Raleit'h- News arid Observer
sa id aboii) M r. Ha rris :
ill I lie u e-l, where Kepi
are co miic.b in ev
lice thai' they
not only arc' .eon but o sonic counties
win ejections-. Da Vo I la iris has an
oi ganizat inii t:i'k'.of a difl'on nf kind
from Mr. ; i c- Iimii. Tin-to Vouni'
Dcniocrat.s ,-iud O'd- Deino.-rats well
know that .the -election j hi Novem
ber; and: the vi.liiig isn't i.M'i- after
the silinilier oriniai ic-- as -on c folks
down Mast have conic to think.
"A native of: Moirtgon'iery county,
lie was graduated from Wake 1-WoM
ollege in 1!C!5 and hung nut. hie
shingle in . Haywood - count;,', later
forming a res poind hie 'connect ion .with
the Champion Fibre . -'ompatiy.' ." For
activity in the party, lie wa. 'i ward
ed the .presidency of t.he lla-.w-ood
Young Demo- ratic Clubs oigauiza
tion, which is regarded a- one of the
most active in the state, lie direct.
od the Jackson Day dinners
Mrs. Jean Dillon
Work In Graham Co.
Mrs. Jean Dillon, supervisor of
public health nursing service, of the
health unit, of which Haywood county
i a part, spent Wednesday and Thurs
day in Robbinsvjlle, Topoco, and other
points in uraham county, with Miss
Maude Shope, the nurse assigned to
Graham, in organizing the work in
that section. Graham tountv has re
cently become a part of this health
A meeting of the county board of
health was also held with the assist
ant health officer, Dr, Q. M. Lei by.
Miss Shope and Mrs. Jean Dillon, to
outline plans for the immediate work
of the health department of Graham
county, and also to arrange for head
quarters in the county seat.
Plan To Organize
Tennis Club Here
Tentative plans have been made for
the organization of a tennis club for
this community. A number of players
have discussed the matter and pres
ent plans are to complete the organ
ization within the next few weeks
in order that the courts and necessary
equipment can be bought.
G. F, Gebo, at Massie Furniture
Company, is temporary chairman of
$1.00 IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY
C T n
New Main Street Store, An
Apartment House And Ke
modelinj; Of VVayncwood
Work will begin immeiiately on
three building projects, it was leartitd
yesterday from J. H. Miusne. One
of the projects will Im' a in store
building on Main treot, and the
other two will ho immvwments tA
Dirt is expected to bepin "to fly"
within the next few days. Mr. Massie
said, when workmen start m the build
ing that will lx next to The Park
Theatre, on Main street. The building
will be twenty feet wide, and will bo
about l'JO feet deep.
In connection with the building,
a stairway to the offices over t he lobby
of the theatre will bo built.
Mr. Massie said workmen will be
gin also in remodeling the build
ing formerly occupied by the
Waynewood Theatre. 'flue " build
ing will be divided by a liar
tit ion. and two store rooms, or offices
will le made. A new front will Iv
put in, as well as elevating the floor.
The third building improvement to
soon get underway by Mr. Mastdo is
the large hou e on Brainier avenue,
now occupied by C. B. Atkinson. This
building will tie developed into an
apartment house. The apartments
w ill be separate from each 'other, Mr.
M a.ssie sa id.
He-did not disclose 1 be amount that
would ho 'involved in the three building
projects, but intimated that. -jt ''Would
be a "considerable amount."
While Mr. Massie does not own the
Waynewood Theatre budding, he bus
a Ica.se on it for about' thirty months.
It was learned that several, applica
tions -have already been received by
him for rental of the new building
that will be erected next to the l'ark
Last Rites Held For
Miss Redmond Sun.
I'-ast rites were 'held on Sunday
afternoon at -one o'clock at the Salem
church- at Fletcher, in Henderson
County, for M ks Susan Jane Red
mond, 7H, 'who died here on Friday
'night at !l:.'i( o'clock at the home of
lii'r nephew, Oliver R. Redmond, on
A adeiny street. Services were con
ducted by the Rev. Kcrstino, pastor
of the cburcli.
Mis.s Redmond, who liad .lived -all
her. life af Fletcher, came to Waynes
ville iiboul four months ago to re
cide wil b her nephew.
Pallbearer.s were Nelson Redmond,
Ray Rymcr. Jep Whit.aker, Clarence
Wbitake;', Raymond Redmond, and
James Redmond, all of Fletcher.
Mary Stent Wins
Mary Slentz .won first honors in the
recitation contest held Tuesday, at the
local high school, and. as a res-ult, Will
represent tbU district in the annual
cou.rrtyiire-.et to be held at Finest 'reek-
Nine, other ((inte.star!ts,coa he( by
Mrs. Kellell f the high school facui
ty, participated in '.'this annual affair,
and were as follows:"' Virginia Kel
ii'tt, F't-ancis Allison, Margaret Sway n
gim, Lena Wyatt, Sara Ann Cars-Vll,
;raee Dean Leather-wood, Francis
Turner, Louise Russell, and Miriam
To Hold A Dance
' Mason Swearingen, nresidont of
the Youihg Democratic club of Way
nesville, announced yesterday that a
square dance would be held at the
Masonic Temple on next Monday
evening, at which time the vouno-
Democrats throughout the n.it.inn will
honor . Thomas Jefferson, the father
Mr. Swearingen said that he ex
pected at least sixty' to attend-': tho
At 10:30 that evenine- Prsidnt
Roosevelt will address a fathering of
20.000 jn Baltimore, and the address
will be broadcast to ptW;ne- n
over tne country similar to the
. n ....,.7, alk.
mar. win De held here.
The Weather !
Max. . Min.
58 : 21
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