The Waynesville Mountaineer
Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance , of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
FIFTY-SECOND YEAR NO. 49.
WAYNESVILLE, N. C. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1936
$1.00 IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY
New Officials Now In
Charge of County Affairs
A. Lowe Named Chairman Of
Haywood county's new officer took
the oath of office early Monday morn
ing, and immediately assumed the du
ties of their respective offices.
The commissioners went into ex
ecutive session for the purpose of
electing a chairman. The board of
seven, named J. A. Lowe, former sher
iff of the county, as chairman. Mr.
..owe had been mentioned for the post
in political circles ever since the June
The commissioners renamed Wil
liam Hannah as county attorney. No
other appointments were made Ijy the
board. They reviewed the work of
several departments, ajid conferred at
length with Mrs. J. Dale Stent?, su
perintendent of the welfare depart
ment. They ended their long session
hy drawing a jury for the January
term of civil court. They will proba
bly meet again before their regular
third Monday meeting, but no defi
nite dates have been set.
The opening of court was delayed
Monday morning, in order that the
400 people in the court room could
hear the address by governor-elect
Clyde R. Hoey to the incoming officers
in the 100 counties. Judge Felix E.
Alley administered the oath of office
to Sheriff R. V. Welch immediately
after the broadcast of Mr. Hoey.
W. G. Byers, clerk of court, gave
the oath to C. C. Francis, register of
deeds, and J. R. Westmoreland, coro
ner, before the audience of about 400.
Many congratulations were offered
to the new officer as they twk up
their new work.
Before Mr. Francis had time to take
off his hat in the register of deeds
office, a colored bridegroom applied
for a marriage license.
The new board of commissioners is
composed of: J. A. Lowe, Glenn C.
Palmer, Ralph Moore, Clarence C.
Medford, Jarvis H. Allison, R. T.
Boyd, and G. C. Rogers.
Mrs. G. A. Melton, 78,
Buried Sunday P. M.
Funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon for Mrs. G. A. Melton, 78,
who passed away early Saturday
morning of a heart attack, at the
home of her daughter, Mrs, Robert
Williams. Mrs. .Melton had been con
fined to her bed for about three weeks.
The services were held at the Rat
cliff Cove Baptist church, with Rev.
Thos. Erwin in charge and assisted
by Rev. A. V. Joyner, Rev. A. C.
Arrington and Rev.P. C. Hicks.
Mrs. Melton was born in Jackson
county. At the age of 13 she joined
the church, and was a faithful mem
ber Until she became seriously ill three
She is survived by the following:
Mrs. Will Hooper, Mrs. Joe Mills,
John Melton, all of Jackson county,
and Sylvester Melton, of Asheville,
Mrs. Pink Sisk, Mrs. Lane Arrington,
Sam Melton, and Mrs. Robert Wil
liams, of Waynesville.
Active pallbearers were grandsons
Of the deceased: George Sisk, Rufus
Melton, Virgel Hooper, Homer Sisk,
ade Mills, and Mark Melton.
Teachers Of County
To Meet Saturday
The teachers of the county will
meet Saturday,: at 9:30 at the Way
nesville Central Elementary school
for their regular December confer
ences The conference will deal with health
and social studies. The devotional
will be led by Dr. R. P. Walker, and
other speakers will include J. C.
Brown, vocational instructor at the
Waynesville Township High School,
and a discussion by C. F. Owen on
teaching geography and history of
Haywood County in the schools.
At eleven o'clock, Miss Josephine
Daniels, of the State Board of Health,
will address the teachers.
RETURN FROM NEW YORK
Mrs. Mary Saumenig, Miss Kath
erine Ray, and Mr. Clyde Ray, Jr.,
have returned from New York, where
they went a month ago, expecting to
sail from there on a world cruise, but
owing to the maritime strike were
unable to carry out their plans at this
The following cash prices were be
ing paid Wednesday by the Farmers
Chickens, heavy weight hens .10c
Chickens, fryers - V. ....... ..10c
Eggs, dozen . ................ . .33c
Com, bushel ?5
Wheat, bushel . $1.00
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J. EDWARD ALLEN
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Meet Here Dee. 15
For Mystic Feast
Two hundred Masons from Bun
combe, Haywood and other Western
North Carolina counties are expected
to assemble at the Waynesville Ma
sonic Temple next Tuesday night, De
cember loth, for the beautiful cere
mony of the .Mystic Feast of the
(Triangle to be observed in honor of
J. Edward Allen, of Warrenton, Grand
Commander of Knights Templar of
North Carolina and Junior Warden
of the Grand Lodge A. F. and A. M.;
this meeting being of especial interest
to all Masons sin. e it will mai k the
first time this impressive ceremony
ha been given by any lodge in the
western part of the state.
While the district assembly is held
under the auspices of the Knights
Templar of the ninth division consist
ing of Cyiene Commandery No. 9 of
Asheville and Waynesville Command
ery No. 31, all Master Masons arc
invited to attend according to an an
nouncement of Divisional Commander,
T. Troy Wyche, and large delegations
are expected f mm all the lodges in
the Western North Carolina district.
The Grand Commander in addition to
being a Grand Lodge officer is the for
eign correspondent for all the state
Masonic bodies, is an author, of sev
eral texts on Masonic subjects and
last summer acted as a special rop
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In Park Increased
23? Over Nov. 1935
Estimated travel to Great Smoky
Mountains National Park for Novem
ber of this year, was 30,510. A traffic
count taken at one of the six entrances
to the park resulted in a count Of
8,685 automobiles carrying 2f.45
people. Estimating 'that 20 per tent
additional people came into the park
at the five other entran es, a total
travel figure of 30,546 is estimated,
an increase of 23.9 over November,
ly.'io. :'-' .: '
Automobiles from 3 ) states, the
District of Columbia, Cana 3a, Eng
land and Cuba were counted, with 319'r
of visitors being from states other
than Tennessee and North Carolina.
Boone Infant Buried
Celia Alderige Bowie, 2-months-oM
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde
Boone, of Hyatt's Creek, was buried at
Green Hill cemetery on Monday af
ternoon. Rev. A. C Arrington conducted the
services at the home. This wag the
only child of the family. Death came
Judge Alley Speaker At
Elks Memorial Service
Judge Felix E. Alley made the
principal address at the Memorial
Day program of the Elks Lodge, of
Asheville, which was held at the First
Baptist church at 3 o'clock on Sunday
afternoon. He was introduced by
state senator A. Hall Johnson.
PALMER IS IMPROVING
W. Riley Palmer, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Glenn C. Palmer, of Crabtree,
is improving at State College, where
he is a student, after having under
gone an operation for appendicitis.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Haynes will
leave today for a visit of several
weeks in Florida. i
Will Be Staged
Sunday, Dec. 20
J. Dale Stentz is completing
final details this week for an old
fashioned "Community Sing,"
which will be staged at the Park
Theatre on Sunday evening, De
cember 20, from seven to eight
I hi istmas songs will be ued
exe'usdvely, . and the entile au
dience will sing. While memlwrs
o the choirs of the town will be
in the audience, no special solo
work or group selections will be
There will be no admission
.barges. Further details will be
announced in next week's paper.
'1 ho regular candle lighting ser
vice to be given by the Choral
( 'ub will iie held at live o'clock at
the Methodist church on Sunday.
December . 20. The two services
wijl not conflict.
Sentenced 10 to 15
Years For Murder
Roy 1 Years Old Sentenced For
Slaving Father Near Clyde
Donald Henderson, 1 li-year-old boy
of near Canton, was sentenced Monday
morning by Judge Feiix E. Alley, to
serve fi 0111 10 to 15 -years in the state
prison at Raleigh, for the fatal
shooting of his father, last August.
Young'--' Henderson,. 'through his at
torney, entered a plea of guilty of
manslaughter,. .Friday afternoon.
Judge Alley heard the evidence and
paescd sentence Monday morning.
In passing sentence Judge Alley
said that, there were entirely too many
family killings in North Carolina.
"Family killings are getting to be too
common, and something must, be done
to stop them."
The state's evidence showed that W.
C. Henderson was killed while be slept
under an apple tree on August Kith,
in his yard near Clyde, The bullets
were found in the ground under the
Inidy, after having passed through the
man's head. '
Further evidence showed that the
boys' father had been drinking heav
ily, and had frequently abused his
Minor Cases Being
Cleared From Court
Two Major Cases Disposed Of,
Number Smaller Cases
With both major cases scheduled
for this term of criminal court out of
the way, 'the first of this week was
given over . to clearing the docket of
small minor rases, with Judge Felix
K. Alloy presiding.
Amiing the eases and sentences',
passed on during the last week in
clude, the following:
C I i ff Ga 1 d w c 1 1 , gu i ! t.y o f a ss a u 1 1 w i th
deadly weapon, was given six months
on the road.
Claude MftElrath, Fred Oosnell,
Ruth Patt erson, -and A vie Arrington,
charged with larceny, were each given
12 years in the state prison.
Joe Hoyle, in whose truck Mrs. Cora
S mat hers was killed last August while
he was driving, was let off with the
costs and good behavior.
In the case of L. A. Young, charged
with the violation of the prohibition
law, judgment wa3 continued.
J. T. Brooks, age 17, guilty of as
sault with deadly weapon, was charg
ed to stay with Lester Smathers, on
his farm and to obey orders and di
rections of Mr. Smathers for two
Ben Holder, charged with abandon
ment! is to pay costs of action and
make bond for $200 for h's appear
ance at the February term of court.
Glenn Christopher, driving while
drunk, was ordered to pay costs of
action and a fine of $25 and pay the
sum of $50 to Mrs. James Caldwell.
Dewey Ross, charged with assault,
was let off with the costs of the ac
tion and a fine of $25.00.
Connie Muse, driving while drunk,
and assault with deadly weapon, or-,
dered to pay costs of the action and
the sum of $100 to Mr. George Ball.
Frank Wyatt, for violation vf the
prohibition law, to, nay costs and be
of good behavior for a period of five
Mrs. Kenneth Ferguson
Will Be With Smith's Drug
Mrs. Krtnneth Ferguson will as
sume her duties this week-end at
Smith's Cut Rate Drug Store, Where
she will have charge of the toilet
goods department. .
An extra lar?e stock has been put
in by the manager of the store, and
also much additional space given over
to this department.:
J. F. Cabe Leaves
For Special Ses
sion of Legislature
General Assembly Called Into
Special Session To Act On
Representative J. F. Cale left yes
terday for Raleigh, where he will at
tend the special session of the legis
lature called by Gov. Khringhaus.
which will open this morning.
Notice of the extra session was io
ceived by Representative Gabe Satur
day afternoon in a telegram from
the governor after a meeting' with the
coun.il of state adoped a resolution
alvi.-ing the session in order to rush
through social security legislation to
conform with the federal law wnich
goes into effect January first.
Representative Cabe said that he
would make his headquavieis- at tin
Sir Walter Raleigh while in i! ileigh,
and that he could In1 contacted tiu-re.
Me felt confident that the special .ses
sion would itdjnuru before Christmas.
Before leaving, he said he faor d
the state following the plan of the
feier.il goveniiiunt in adopting tlic
social security act. lie does hot ex
pect any trouble in the act being
Undei the social security act, states
vvhi.h have failed to comply with un
employment insurance provisions by
I he' January 1 deadline,' stand to hise
insurance Ivenetits. Estimates have
fixed North Carolina's share 'of the
benefits of upwards of $2,000,000.
The regular legislative session will
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Police Use Their New
Car In Getting 177
Gallons O f Liquor
' Since gelling their new l'JUT h'onl
the Waynesville police departiuent has
been giiing. places --- in fact , they have
already' caught, three liquor cars
which contained 177 gallons of liquor.
I The fines and cost going a long ways
towards the cost ol t'he car.
Saturday morning (he police' caught
A. H;. Henderson, of West Asheville,
on the Asheville road near the hos
pital, with 31 gallons. He was ur: est
ed by Policemen Cuchran, Bryson and
Phillips. The Asheville man ivns
lined $41).60, and his car held hy Mayo,
J. H. Way in Monday's court.
On Saturday night Richard P. Rus
sell, of Canton, was caught just be
low the cemetery, lie had 16 gallons.
He paid a similar fine, and bis car is
lia- ly Wednesday morning 'two ears
we're.' chased. . on Brainier Avenue by
polkenieii l'liillipti ami Bryson. : The
cars- sepHvated and th police chased
one nr Iwyoid Canton, and overtook
a lilM'5 V-H which nmtained 130 gal
lons. The liquor , was'., in' 12 Ill-gallon
kegs, and in two fi-gallon cans. The
entire catch of the past few days was
pouied out Wednesday afternoon.
It was learned Wednesday morning
that certain sections of colored town
have loiiked on the new police car a
n "silent tlash" as compared' with: the
older model, car which was uned for
so long and could be heard quite a
distance wh'n the police approached
Aged Officer Gets
Still After Excit
ing Raid At Cruso
T. R. I'lesS HO-vi'Hl'-rdd deniltv ulior.
iff, together with (it hers, made a raid
last Thursday on a high mountain
near Cruso, and captured a still and
destroyed several barrels .f beer,
The officers f'nind the still on Wed
nesday, and not finding anyone there,
waited until the next day, hoping to
capture the operators. While waiting
near the trail, three men came by.
Sheriff Pless leaped out at them, and
ordered them to stop, but instead, the
men. fled over steep cliffs, dropping a
shot gun, their hats, and a bag of
food in the trail.
Officers failed to find the men after
an hour's search, but fear they must
have gotten crippled in their leap over
the rocky cliffs,
Beside,, the hats, gun and food, a
pocketknife with the initials "A. C,"
carved on the handle. Mr. Pless is
holding all articles and says he is
willing for the owners to come to his
home and claim them.
In all his experiences, Mr. Plesp said
this raid was the most exciting of all.
DO YOUR PART TO BRING
A drive will be inaugurated the
first of next week by the Woman's
Club to solicit funds to defray the
expenses of the Community Christ
mas tree, which they sponsor each
year, for the underpriviledged chil
dren of the town. Be ready to con
tribute to this worthy fund.
City Being Extensively
Decorated For Christmas
HAMR ET SPEAKER
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W. W. Card Will Ad
Dress Duke Alumni
Here Friday Night
The annual banquet held by the
JDuUe Alumni Association of Hay
wood county will be staged on Friday
night at. 7:IK o'clock in the banquet
hall or the Methodist chinch, with
Fred Safford, president of the group,
as master of ( cremunios.
The principal address of the even
ing will bo by "Cnp" W. W. Card, di
rector of phyi-ical education of Duke
LinversM y, who wile talk on "Look
ing to the Centennial' in 1 ;KH." He will
bring a message regarding the aims
anil purposes of the institution and
the. various: phases of its growth and
development at, this vitally important
period if its history. He will be in
troduced by C. E. Wealherby.
In addition to the addres of ' the
evening there will be a number of
other interesting features, including
the election of oflicei s for the ensuing
year, and some musical numbers by
Miss Bobbie Jean Truosdalo.
The 'dinner here will he one of many
to be held in North: Carolina and other
states in commonmrntion of the
twelfth anniversary of the creation
of the )uke Endowment, making po-
mole lluke . University, (in lecember
the 11, 1 12 1. .At. -least'- two dinners
will Im' held in count t ies outside of
the United States..
Mill Exchange Will
Be Opened Within
Few Weeks In Town
in k is moving forwaiv) rapidly
on the additional building next to the
Cherokee A'lto Company., for housing
the new feed mill equipment which
Karl Ferguson plans to install within
the next week or so.
Besides, the -feed, mill equipment, the
front of the building will be devoted
to a riew concern, -known as the Mill
F.xchange. The firm will buy wheat
and corn, and' will, also have Cor sale
at all times products of the Jonathan
Roller Mills. :
"Our 'idea of establishing 'quarters,
in,. 'Waynesville is that we may serve
our 'customers- better,", Miv Fergusnn
said. "When we open within a few
weeks, our customers will not have to
go to the mill on Jonathan Creek, but
can deal direct at the Mill Exchange.
The feed mill will be electric
throughout, he said, and will' be hous
ed in a building about 20 by .0 feet.
The Jonathan Roller Mill is one of
the few mills in the state which grinds
buckwheat and rye.
The mill has been operated by R.
M. Ferguson and Earl Ferguson for
several years. They first bought it
15 years ago, R. M. F'erguson's es
tate is interested in the mill and also
the Mill Exchange.
Local Masons Elect
Officers For 1937
Wayriesville Lodge Xo. 259, A. Fj
and A. M. held their annual election
of officers on Friday night, Decernber
4th. The new officers will be installed
on Friday night, December 28th.
The following were elected:
W. J. Campbell, worshipful master.
R. H. Cibson, senior warden.
L. N. Davis, junior warden.
L. M. Black, treasurer.
C. B. Hosaflook, secretary.
F. E. Burgess, senipr deacon.
: E. H. Ballentine, junior deacon.
W. D. Smith, penior steward.
W. P. Cambell, junior steward.
S. A. Bradley, tyler.
MEMBER OF CI,( 15
Miss Abbie Fay Ifenry was recently
named a member of the botany club
of the Woman's College of the Uni
versity of North Carolina, at Greens
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Colored Lights and Evergreens
15ein: IMaced On liincipal
By the end of this week, the prin
cipal street. in Waynesville will re
semble fairyland. With the hundreds
of colored lights, several hundred
yards of evergreen -rope, and Wreaths
that will hi' suspended overhead.
Workmen have been going at a fev
eiish pace since the first f the week
stringing over 'MH colored lights over
Main st rect,' Church ytre't. and at the
depot. Besides (he light, over ;(!)(
yards of evergreen rope, about six
inches in diameter, is being suspended
over the strands ()f colored lights, and
from each polo from which lights are
suspended, there will be a live foot
tiee attached ju.-t above the while
Besides all of that, Oscar Briggs,
plans to have three large evergreen
wreaths with lights, placed at th'ee
intersections, together with the large
four-foot wreath which Father How
ard V. Lane always donates towards
the city's decorations.
The town board of aide-men at their
meeting last 'Thursday night, heard
members of the Chamber of Commerce
outline plans for decorating the
streets, and ihe ity Iward donated
$100 towards the fund anil provided
men to do the work. The task of
suspending the lights was turned over
to Robert Hugh Clark, who is in
charge of the city's light department.
The details were worked out by Mr.
Clark and Mr. Stentz, of -the Cham
ber of Commerce, and others.
The' first string of lights are in front
of -The' -Mountaineer olllce, and hang
from every light pole to the post office.
Other siring are on Church street,
and down at the depot.
It was learned-. yesterday .that- the
Woman's Club will soon erect their
annual Christmas tree on the side
walk it: the court house and have it
lighted each night.
Extra transformers had to be erect
ed to take care of the -heavy load
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David Stentz and k
Thelma Clark Win
Havid Stentz and Ethel Caldwell
won first places in the high school
declamation contest this week. In
the elementary tonfest, Marion Green
and Thelma (Mark fere declared win
ners. The two from the elementary
group will compete tonight at Fines,
(..'reek in the county content.
Joe Johnson, winner of second place
for boys, and Ethel Caldwell will go
to Mars Hill to compete in the dis
tiict contest. David Stentz will com
pete in the county high school contest
on December 17th.
Other winners in the ntests were,
high school: Joe Davie;, third; Virginia
Kellett, .second, who will also compete
in the county contest, and Francis
Winners of second and third places
in the elementary contests were:
Virgil Smith and Dorothy Riehet-on.
It took four days to complete the high
school contest, and the elementary
was finished yesterday morning.
In the high school group 8 buys en
tered, and 22 girls.
Booster Club To
Tonight, the Booster Club, of Ha
zelwood Will entertain with a supper
party in the. Town Hall, with the
members of i-ne Missionary Society of
the Baptist church, of Hazelwood,
serving the supper.
Special guests of the occasion' ''will
be the wivet;, friends, and teachers of
the Hazelwood school. Dr. R. Stuart
Robei son will be toast master.
The program will be made up of
many attractive features, centering
.Series Of Talks Will lie
Continued At St. John's
Rev. Father Federal, of St. Marga
ret MaryV Catholic Church, Swanna
noa, will give the second in a series
of talks on the Ten Commandments
on Thursday night at 7:30. The title
of his talk will be "Conscience."
Miss Mildred Crawford will sing as
a solo "O Come, O Come Emmanuei.
Mrs. Elizabeth Delay will be at the
organ. All are invited bo attend these