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. 50.
WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY. DECEMBER 17, 19.56
$1.00 IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY
Fines Creek, Wins
Trade At Home Prize
Large Number Of Essays Enter
ed In Contest Staged By
Chamber Of Commerce
Miss Louise Messer, a student of
Fine Creek high school, won the first
prize of ?8 in cash, offered by the
merchant's division of the Chamber of
Commerce, for the best essay from
:i high school student on the subject,
Why it is good business to try at
Richard Turpin, student of the
Waynesville Township hijrh school,
had the best essay from the school,
while Christine Rogers, of Clyde, sub
mitted the best 'from the Clyde school.
Jessie Edwards, of Bethel, won first
prize from there. F.ach of these win
r.ers will receive a check for three
The first prize of 5 offered to the
lust essay from an elementary school
, ; tuicrit went to Bill Toy, of Lake
.lunalufka. The second prize of .rv0
a!-o went to a Junaluska student,
Jack Bramlett had the second best
from Fines Creek; Jack Modf'ord, the
second best from Clyde, Mildred Har
grove, second from Bethel,, and Cath
erine Martin was second in the Way
J. Dale Stentz, secretary of the
Chamber of Commerce, said yesterday
Miat the three judges went over the
letters carefully, and had quite a task,
as a large number were submitted.
"It took considerable time and effort
to select the best," he said. "They
were all good letters, and the Cham
ber of Commerce congratulates the
winners, and thanks all those who
The essay contest was part of the
"Try at Home First Campaign," which
was staged by the'. merchant's' division
of the Chamber of Commerce here for
the past few weekf!.
The winning essays will be publish
ed next week.
Is Commander Of
Spanish War Vets
. At the regular meeting of the Hugh
A. Love Camp, No. 12, department of
Notth Carolina United Spanish Amer
ica n War veterans, last Friday, the
following officers were elected to serve
for the coming year:
Commander, Thos. Stringlield, Sen
ior Vice Commander, C. A. Mooney,
Junior Vice Commander,, R. Claude
Jones. Adjutant, John Shook, Quar
termaster, J. B. Hoyle, Trustee, J. E.
Boyd, Jr., Patriotic Instrueton, J. M.
Curtis, Historian, J. B. Hoyle, Sur
geon, Thos. Stringfield, Chaplain, J. D.
Justice, Officer of the Dav, Mack
White, Officer of the Guard, John
l'lott, Sergeant Major, C. F. Shook,
Quartermaster Sergeant, J. R. Boyd,
Jr., Senior Color Sergeant, John D.
Wright, Junior Color Sergeant, O. J.
Jenkins Chief Musician, Joe Schenck.
N. C. Legislature
Bill And Adjourns
The special session of the North
Carolina legislature adjourned pine
me Wednesday at noon, after having
passed in record time, and without
any controversy, the unemployment
insurance bill which brings North
Carolina under the list of states to
participate in the federal government
social security program.
Copies of the bill will be certified
and sent to Washington at once. Not
a single vote was fast against the
measure in either the house or the
( While things went along without
iiitch" in this special session, mem
herp of both houses have made it
plain that such will not be the case
when the regular session convenes
early in January.
IN NORTH WILKESBORO
M. D. Watkins, of Watkins Chev
rolet Company, spent yesterday in
North Wilkesboro on business.
The following cash prices were be
ing paid Wednesday by the Farmers
Chickens, heavy weight hens .10e
Chickens, fryers .. . . . . ...10c
Eggs, dozen . . . . . . .32c
Corn, bushel .''". ......... .''. . . . .75:
Wheat, bushel .'. J1.00
Be Published Early
In order that the subscribers
may pet their paper before Christ
mas, The Mountaineer will be pub
lished next Tuesday afternoon
instead of on Wednesday. All
readers will then get their paper
by noon Wednesday.
Those having news items, and
advertisers, are asked to get their
material to this office not latter
than ten o'clock Tuesday morning.
Set For 7 O'clock
1 The first Christmas 'community
I sing" ever held in Waynesville is
i -rlu'dulcd for Sunday night. Dccem
j her 20th. at 7 o'clock at the 1'aik
1 Mr. Massif is providing th
! 1 e for this oeeasion and it
,lieveM that the entire seating
ta pa. -
. r.y w.ll be ill led.
The rtit.re evening will be given to
community singing, in other word.-
every person there will be expected to
do his or her part to make the evening
one long (o be rcmemberel.
No admission will he charged, all
seats will be free.
Till' words of the songs t bo used
are ' being printed through the cour
tesy of The Mountaineer and you will
be supplied with these at the door as
you pass in,
J. I tale Stentz will he in charge and
will lead (lie singing. Mrs. J. Hale
Stentz will be at the piano.
This evening of Christ mas songs
is being sponsored jointly by the
Waynesville .Chamber of Commerce
and the Woman's Club. It is suggest
ed that you come early.
Ledbetter Is Not
Seeking State Job
The correspondent from Raleigh,
of (he Asheville ('if izen-Tiines, was
a bit mixed on information regarding
certain ones seeking office .under the
new state . administration from this
section of the state.
It stated that Mr. Arthur Ledbetter.
business manager of the Haywood
County Hospital, had -applied for the
position now held by Oral Vales,. of
Haywood county in the weights and
measures section of the department of
Mr. Ledbetter in a statement to this
paper says he has not ".applied for the
office and does not intend to do so.
Police Make l(i
Arrests For Dec.
A check-up yesterday of the police
records showed that up to Wednesday
noon, -Id people had been arrested by j
city policemen since , the first of De-1
comber. The majority of these .were
for being drunk,- or transporting I
About four gallon were captured
at two sources during the week by
Policemen Button arid Cochrane. One
car was stopped, and a house on
Smathors street raided.
Singing Croup To
Meet In Canton
The Fast Haywood Singing conven
tion will meet Sunday afternoon, De
cember 20th, at two o'clock, according
t0 II. A. ''Williams, chairman. The
meeting .will be held at the Weslyn
Methodist church, on Newfound street
AIL singers and lovers of music are
invited to attend.
ROTARIANS MEET WITH
OTHER W. N, C. CLUBS
The Sylva Rotary Club was hosts
Tuesday night to all Rotary Clubs
west . vf Asheville, at - an inter-city
Several from the Waynesville club
attended the Sylva meeting.' This,
however, will not take the place of the
regular meeting Friday, at 12:30.
CAPT. A. HOWELL HEARD FROM
Capt. Ahien How-ell, Sr., who has
been making his home in Los Angeles,
Calif., for the past several years, wag
heard from this week.
W, G. Byers, clerk of the court, re
ceived a letter from him this week,
stating that he was "in good health
and enjoying life." Capt.. Howell is
96 years old, and is the oldest pen
sioner on the local list, Mr, Byens
stated. ":" ;'."', . '.'
IT ALWAYS PAYS TO
Will Seek $743,000
From President For
A an outgrowth of a meeting of
representatives from Tennessee and
Western North Carolina in Knoxville
last Friday, pians are underway to
contact President Roosevelt at an
early date in an effort to get an ap
proval of an appropriation for $743,
000. IS with which to buy about 34,000
acres in the park.
The acquisition of the 31.000 acre
is necessary before the full required
amount will he met and the park taken
yver by the Federal Government and
The Chamber of Commerce was rep-re.-enled
at the meeting by the sec
retary. .1. Hale Stent.. L. N. Davis,
and W. L. Lampkin. Several from
Asheville attended the meeting, but
no other North Carolina towns were
Formal organization was made at
the meeting, and Kawley (Yumbli-,
of Chattanooga, was named chairman,
and Chas. A. .Webb;, of Asheville,
The executive committee is compos
ed of seven members, two fiom Chat
tanooga. twv from Knoxville, two !
from Asheville, and J. Dale S.ent.. of
Mr. Stentz reported that two mem
bers were named to make plans 'for
eontactng the president as soon as he.
retains from his South American trip, I
and if for any reason the two states
failed to get the neceessary money
from the president, a bill will be intro
duced in the coming session of con
gress to appropriate the amount.
it was the opinion of Mr. Steiitv.,
that the new orgaiiizat ion. would not
stop until tlio money was in. and,
the .'il.Ol.MI a res bought. And the park
turned oer to the Federal Govern
ment. "The dot crminaf ion with which t he
group from both statiy went to work,
convinced me 'that- the objective of
finding $7 13. 000 for-, buying the re
maining land will be a success," Mr.
Stentz said. '..'..
Tin' group was also encouraged by
the the statement' 'made by M ', Roose
velt after his trip through the park
Civil War Veterans
And Widows' Receive
Only four veterans of the War Be
tween the States, and eleven of their
widow- vVi'.od the ollice of W. (1.
Hyers on Tuesday and received their
semi-annual checks, Others sent
members of their families or friends.
As t heir usual custom the Haywood
Chapter of the Daughter,, of the Con
federacy served a lunch for them and
nave a Christmas package to each, and
packages to those not attending. Mrs.
John M., Queen, Mrs. L. M. Killiah,
and .Mrs. James It. Boyd, Jr., had
charge' of the arrangements of the
there are only eight names left, now
on the county -pension roll: of veterans,
W'. L. Massic. Daniel Levi Ma this,
James K. Swavngim, H. M. Wood, J.
B. Wyat.t, John Hoyle.. It. T. Under
wood, and Alden Howell, who now
lives in Los Angeles, Calif. They re
ceive .semi-annually; $182.50, with the
exception of John Hoyle, 'of Canton,
who is blind and receives a special
There are thirteen widows in what
is known as the second clasx. They
re.cidve $150 .semi-annually, and are
as follow's:' Mrs. Susan Trull, Mrs.
Merritt Tratttham. Mrs. Mattie l'lott,
Mrs. Ella Mull, Mrs. Addie Massey,
Mrs. Mary MacFayden, Mrs. Matti
Littlefiold, Mrs. Fallen Fowler, Mrs.
Amanda Cook, Mrs. Susan liurgin,
Mrs. 10. E. Boyd, and M rs. J. W. Blan
ton, '. -
In the first class, are grouped the
younger widows, who received $50
semi-annually. Receiving pensions in
Haywood are: Mrs. M. L. Birohfield,
Mrs. Barthaney Cabe, Mrs. Cordelia
Clark, Mrs. Laura Curtis, Mrs; W. R.
Ferguson, Mrs. M. C, Hoglen, Mrs.
Martha Hoyle, Mrs. L. Y." Jolly, Mrs.
Rachel M. Lewis, Mrs. Jane Robin
son, Mrs. Jessie T, Roger, Mrs. M.
A. Ferguson, Mrs. $allie Trull, Mrs.
Martha Wrhite, Mrs. Artie Arrington,,
Mrs. S. C. Chambers, Mrs. Martha M.
Jones, Mrs. C. E. Mann, and Mre, N.
Caldwell Child Is
Injured By Auto
Junior Caldwell, age four, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caldwell, who
live on the Dellwood Road, was knock
ed down on the highway near his home
around 2:30 o'clock on Sunday after
noon. He was taken to the Haywood Coun
ty Hospital where he is now a pa
tient. One leg was injured and he
suffered several cuts on the face.
J. J. Ferguson To
Succeed Noland In
County Tax Office
On last Friday the county board of
commissioners had a call meeting for
the purpose of accepting the resigna
tion of Andy Grady Noland, assis
tant tax oollee-cor, and electing his
successor. J. J. Ferguson was elected
to succeed Mr. Noland.
Mr. Ferguson will take over his
new duties as assistant to W. H. Mc
Cracken, tax collector ami tax super
visor, sometime during the next week.
Mr. Noland' has served the county
in this capacity for the past ten
yuars. It was not learned what work
Mr. No' ami would take up, following
The board ordered that two index
Inioks for the office of the icgister of
deeds, one for the marriage licenses
and one for the vital statistics be
bought, to complete the indexing
system' started in this office: The
purchase was f-o be made pivyided the
Wl'A continued the present project,
asking nothing of the county but the
books and the cards.
.1. R. Boyd and Jamo- At kin, ap
peared bet ore' the board in behalf of
the Duke Summer School, of Lake
Junaluska. and asked for an appro
piiation of $200 for a louche" I raining
support of the school, wln.h was
Will Be Heard On
Streets Here Daily
.Beginning Friday noon of this week,
'here will be inaugurated another new
Christmas feature for this community-Christmas
music will till the air
each dav at twelve ami live.
The Christina Vongs will be braid
through extra large loud speakers
being erected at the Lurk Theatre by
.1. K. Massic. The music will be heard
for several bio .-ks from ,e theater.
J, Dah- Stentz, of the" Chamber -of
Commerce, will be in charge of tuis
new Christmas feature.
Listen for the 'music each day from
Friday until Cliri.-t.iuas, at noon and
Sports eilifoi's of the Asheville Citizen-Times
placed two Waynesville
players on the all-western prep higi
Carrett, Reeves was named at qua:
teiback and: Lagg Sawyer was placed
at guard. .
Den Dryson landed, a da e on the
M'cond team al tackle,' and Vount. was
named fullback on the third team.
('athey was given honoi-ilile men
tion at end, and Hyrd at 'center,
Asheville high placed live men on
the team, with I! I in- Kidgo got.fi ng one,
AshcviHi ..'School - .'.one,, and Christ
Fown Being ('leaned
Up For Hollidays
T. L. Rramlett, member of the hoard
of aldermen, and chairman of the
street department, has a crew of men
at work t.hi week cleaning up lots
and streets before the Christmas hol
idays, Mr. Rramlett,. said, the work would
continue until. Christmas, an it was
his purpose to have the town "spic and
span" for the holidays.
Schools Close For
The schools of the ounty will cloce
Friday for a two-weeks holiday. The
second half of the year's work will
begin on January fourth, it was learn
ed from school officials.
MISS TURNER HONORKI)
AT HREVARI) COLLEGE
Miss Mary Anne Turner, daughter
of Mr. and, Mrs. P. D. Turner, of
Waynesville, wajj chrasen chief mar
shall for the fall form nmmoneimonf
Which was held at Brevard College on
uecemner tne 7tn. i he selection of
mafshalls was based on scholarship.
Miss Turner, who made a plendid
record in the local high school, was
awarded the scholarship to Brevard
College offered by the District Wo
man's Missionary Societies of the
GONE TO BOSTON
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Ru-iell left Tues
day for several' weeks' visit with rela
tives at Boston, Mass., and various
Local Stores Will
Remain Open Nights
A group of merchants decided
this week that they would remain
open next week, beginning with
Tuesday night. On Tuesday and
Wednesday nights the stores will
remain open until nine o'clock.
Thursday night they will re
main open until ten o'clock, it was
Prices Being Paid
For Bur le Crop
There has been a rush of tobacco
from tins county sin., e the market I
opened on lVicmhei 'Jth. Most Hay
wood fa: merit. are filing at Asheville;
but some are trucking their tobacco
to Mo i rit-tow n an, I other Tennessee
markets. The wood, however, is bring
inc. record prices rega idles- of uheic
h'olKiwing are a few sales leportcd
to The Mountaineer' there are doubt
les many others ju-t as cood:
1'itik Host, C:yde, Kiute I, 7 grades,
J! t(, ,MI cents icr pound.
lloha:t lloelan. Cove ('reek, (il-1
pounds, (who, e crop) an avrage of
ol) cent s per pound.
K. D. Medford, .Waynesville, Route
1 acre, $o.i() (approximately.)
Albeit .1. McCrackcn, Waynesville,
Route 1, one half aero, nearly $100.
Ben Wright, of White Oak who is
working with the Carolina Warehouse
in Asheville, called The Mountaineer,
to report that, oil Tuesday, a total of
75.N5U pounds sold fur an average of
$.'IS.IO. This amount wa sold In two
Helping Boys And
(iirls In County
fifty boys and girls are employed
in Haywood eounly ,y the llayvood
unit of the .National You'll ndmini
t rat ion, m the various activities
thioughout the county, according to
.Mrs. Janies R. Boyd, Jr., who is su-
i iervisoi'. lie project is sponsoreU
by the county board of education.
Tlie projects, include community de
velopment, sc hool beaut it'ication and
A lai go 'number of g 1 1, are employ.
I'd in the tin it-h rooms ,f the county
schools, and are gaining useful ex
an i in the preparation and si'iv
ing of meals. Another group L work
ing in Wl'A oflices, both in' Waynes
ville and Canton.. Ol hoi's are employ,
ed as typists and olli.e a-si-lants. A
number are working in nuist ry schools
and t he public' libra ; y.
The boys ale eniph yi d at the differ
ent schools over the enmity, ill beaut i
fying and improving the school
grounds. They have repaired 'old wa
ter mains, built new one-; placed sand
an, grave) in the school roads, built
fences around jilay grounds, helped
with building -cement walk-, and
planted native shrubbery.
The purpose of the oi ga nizat Inn is
ifi give 'employment to boy- and gills
who would' otherwise lie idle. The
work also goes to those who need the
wages which arc paid, but the prin
cipal purpose, said Mis. Uoyd, is that
"we are trying to gel them to real
ize that there is a definite -place for
them in the life of the community a:;
test Being Staged
.Mrs. S. I'. ' Cay,, president' of the
. woman s I lul, announces that the or
ganization will hold a" outside Christ
mas Home Decoration contest. First
and fecond prizes' will be awarded the
two entries scoring according to the
judges, the most points.
Mrs. Cay also calls attention to the
Community Christmas tree which is
sponsored each year by the club for
the underprivilwlged children of the
town. As usual the distribution of
gifts from the tree, . will be held on
Christmas Day at 4 r'clo: k with a
brief program of Christmas carols.
Third Series Of Ieclures
Will lie Given Tonight
The third in a series of lectures on
the Ten Commandments, will be given
tonight at 7:30 o'clock at St. John's
Catholic Chapel. The Rev. Father
S. ott, O. F. M.. of St. Authon's church
of Asheville, will be the speaker- H13
subject will be "Religion as an Obli
A special uiusical program will be
presented by the WTaynesville Choral
Club under the direction of Evander
Preston. The public is cordially in
vited to attend. v
HO ME F I
Canton Boy Kills
Self When Turned
Down By Girl
Houston W right, 21, Fired Shot
Into Hrain When (Jirl Re
fused To Marry Him
When his sweetheart of two years
refused to marry him, Houston
Wright, 21, Canton youth, walked out
of the girl's home early Sunday morn
ing, bid her parents good-bye, and
placed a pistol to his temple, fired a
tdiol into his brain, which caused his
death about 4 o'clock Sunday after
noon at the Haywood County Hospital.
Young Wrijfht had spent the night
at the home of the girl whom he had
asked to be his bride. When she re
fused, according to ollicors, J. W. Rat
ion and lien Cochrane, the boy got a
pint" of liquor, and after drinking
that, went about fifty feel from the
house and shot himself. Another boy
was with him at the time that Wright
tired the fatal shot.
Just before leaving the bouse,
Wiight v said to have told the par
ents of the girl: "I am going to be
gone a long time before 1 come hark."
W illi these parting words be f;red the
only a"t ridge from bis cheap, old
fashioned gun into his head, just a hove,
t be right car.
The gun is ()f such an old make that
it had to be adjusted after each
The local policemen wen' on the
scene within live minutes after the
shot was tired, ami a . rompuniod the
boy to live hospital after placing him
in an ambulance.
Last Rites Held For
Mrs. I). P. Pressley,
l''un.e:'al services were held M.onduy
afternoon for Mrs. D. 1'. I'ro.ssloy, 5l),
who passed away Sunday, December
Kith, at the HiltmOre Hospital, in
Asheville, from heart troublo.-
The service,) were held at the .Ieth-odi-t
ehiirch here, with Dr. K. S.
Truesdale and the lev. (ieorge W
lleiiuan, in charge. Burial wa.s made
at (Ireeil Hill cemetery.
Mrs, I'rcssley was born in Asheville,
and was the oldest daughter of the
late T. F. Hall, of Liverpool, Hngland.
She moved to Waynesville 17 years
She is survived by her husband and
one daughter, Mrs, Clara Ivey, of
Jacksonville; al.si) two nisters, .Mi's.
Lstelle Jacksvon and Mrs. M. M. Jack
son, of Asheville, and one brother,
V. W. Hail, also of Asheville.
I'allbi aieiV; were; Hugh Massie, K.
I W Ol...... r II fi,,,,.. l.'..n.lt,
L ine) Aid lure, and O. II. Slielton.
Briggs Has Toys
For Poor Children
Oscar L. Briggs announced yester
day that he had toys on halid for
every under pi iviledged child within
the city limits. If, will he necessary
for the. parent-- of the children to .see
Mr. Briggs at the lire station between
tiow- and (.'bristnias in order to get
Fireworks Not To Be
Shot On Main Street
Police yesterday issued a warning
against shooting fireworks On Main
street. They stated that till caught
shooting fireworks would be arrested.
To date, several have been arrested,
and a number warned. From now on.
it was paid, all will be arrested, and
no further warnings isused.
Wreath Given By
Father IL V. Lane
Father Howerd r. Ijine has given
a beautiful evergreen wreath to the
town, which has been placed on Main
street near the post office. This
wreath is given in the memory of the
first Christmas asking that the Christ
Child bless the homes and individ
uals of this community.
Wednesday 53 21
Thursday fiO 3t
Friday 57 32
Saturday 43 . j 11;
Sunday 52 22
Monday , 45 . 15
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