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SIXTEEN PAGES THIS WEEK
me Waynesville Mountaineer
Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
WAYNESVILLE. N. C. 'THURSDAY, .SEPTEMBER H. 11K57
$1.50 IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY
; .1 fJ L! Celebration On
Labor Day Termed
n.: Onnn! "Howling Success"
J This Winter
Haywood Man Is Noted Inventor
itizens Warm In Praise Of
Committee's Work; Want
Will lie Keady nnm
A Week, Said
,tl.rs are scheduled to com-
toy U "",
t hcat:r.g system m wr
.jhcrt within the next week.
w thutv room, the lobby and
tlwm will be heated by the new
.'.jstttn. and the hotel will re
own all winter, under the man
fflt of Q. M. Kipp, a brother-in-4
W; V. Phillips, owner,
and Mrs. Phillips plan to re
tc Black Mountain just as soon
;e neaiuii; ,
'ave the operation of the hotel
ijwe briik boiler room has been
lit the ar of the hotel, and will
the boiler that generates the
5 for the system.
s is the first winter that the
Gordon has ever remained open,
us said. The business done this
ei winter will determine to a
degree the plans for the future.
rida Man Sold
n This Community
of the most enthusiastic visitors.
If season, is H. A. Rowley, adver-
t manager of the Daytona Sun-
i, who is spending two weeks
uid is accompanied by Mrs.
!tj and son..
Rowley predicts this immediate
u the center of tourist activi-
athe mountains, saying: "You
everything to attract summer
n, and once they find out what
hive there won't be any trouble
Is was the first visit to this
pin country by Mr. Rowley, but
uni to come again.
lone Service Hit
Jy Electrical Storm
i' electrical storm late Sunday
f Mi, put a number of telephones
commission, and blew fuses on
storm came suddenly about 5
'chimney at the home of R. Q.
wken was struck.
phones in the East Waynes
Won suffered the greatest
Set For Friday
" Grace Crocker will present in
"itriday afternoon at 5 o'clock
Fim Baptist church the follow.
Stacy Wilburn, Richard
Ruby Frances Brown, Betty
V Ruth Burgin, Phil Medford,
1 Morgan, and Josephine Holtz-
wephine Holtzclaw. the bril-
pianist, of Richmond, will
'I'm two nnmhfrs '
3 Bobbie Jean Truesdale will
jroup of songs.
;s cordially invited.
The first Labor Day celebration
staged by this community was a
Citizens were warm in their praise
of the work of the celebration com-
i mittees, headed by Bill Chambers, ul
Hazelwood, and are asking for a rep
etition of the celebration next year,
i Led by the prize-winning band of
Spruce Pine, the parade from the Ho
j tel Gordon to the Hazelwood ball park
began the day's festivities. The band
was followed in the parade by three
uniformed troops of Boy Scouts, and
one troop of Girl Scouts. Clowns,
bicycle brigade, horses, buggies,
marchers and automobiles made up
the remainder (if the parade.
Arriving at the ball park the band
entertained the huge crowd with sev
After the band concert, the Hazel
wood Manufacturers defeated the Bre
vard Tanners in a semi-professional
baseball game, C-0, before 2,500 per
sons. Robert Putnam and Andy Wyatt
were stars of the game; both were
In the afternoon a series of short
athletic events kept the huge crowd
interested until time for the Softball
game between the professional men of
Hazelwood and Waynesville. Joe
Way, a Boy Scout, won the first con
test, a shoe race, and Jack Smith won
the second event, a hundred yard dash.
Mrs. Dorothy Hill won the rolling
pin throwing contest for married wom
en and Evelyn Davis won the girls'
cracker and whistle race.
The Unagusta Manufacturing Com
pany's tug-o-war team "out-tugged"
both the Royle-Pilkington Tapestry
Mill and the J unaluska Tannery to win
Betty Jo Noland won. the show race
for girls, and John Hill caught the
greased pig. In the softball game, the
professional men of Hazelwood defeat
ed the "busy" men of Waynesville
After the athletic contests, the,
crowd which numbered nearly three
. , . , . , i ' v
thousand enjoyed one inousana iree
watermelons, and at 8:30, nearly two
thousand gathered on the street in
Hazelwood and enjoyed an old time
" ji&K' AW JVS a-4
My JSftL ;kvW
Work Started On
New Laundry. To
Be Readv Nov. 15
New Huildiny: Will He Const ruct
ed Of Concrete and Hrick.
Liner Has Contract
' l'tioto by Homer Davis.
Calvin F. Christopher, of P.ethel, inventor of computing scales
and numerous other items which are now in use in eVeiy part ol
the giobe. is simwn with Mrs. Christopher ami a few of f.is many
inventions. At the extreme right is a picture of the ditch-digging
machine he sv!d the French govern nnnt dur.ng the. war.
Scores Of Useful Items
Invented By Haywood Man
Officers Chase CCC
Boy For Breaking
Calvin F. Christopher Has (iiven
I'p Work, Although Shop Is
Filled With Unfinished
W(rkmen started Tuesday morning-(
digging for the 'foundation of the ;
new Waynesville Laundry on the site
where the old building was destroyed
by fire early in August. i
Jerry Liner, contractor, plans to
have the brick and concrete building
completed, and turned over to J. W.
Kilhan, owner by November 1 5th. i.
Mr. Killian said yesterday that con- '
tracts have been made for all new
equipment for the laundry.
The new building will be 50 by 110
feet, while an "L" from the main
building will be Ml by ,'!(' feet,
A Concrete mill race will also be i
constructed and water-power used to
operate the laundry, The present wa
ter wheel will be used as jt was not )
damaged beyond being thrown out of ,
line by the (ire.
Mr. Killian said that the new build
ing and modern machinery will rep
resent an investment of approximately ,
When 152,519 Visit
ed Park Past Mo.
Visited At Lake
Kusiness Was .W, Above That
Of Last Year. 1:5 Con
By W. C. Medford
Vis The Subject Of
"ere and There'
Hilda Way Gwyn
f-en usually write about
4Sri'ons, the love-lorn, and
'Old problems, but
is different-nd most
Sl of second section
V. M. Grasty, 71,
Taken By Death
Funeral services were held on Mon
day at the Poe Mills Baptist church
in Greenville, for V. M. Grasty, 71, of
Piedmont, S. C, former citizen of
Haywobd county. Burial was in the
Pleasant Mt. cemetery of Greenville.
Mr. Grasty 's death was due to in
juries he received in an automobile ac
cident, on August the 15th in Green
ville.. v-'' .
Mr. Grasty had resided for the past
five years in Piedmont, and prior to
that time had lived in Greenville for
several years. He was a native of this
county, and was the son of the late
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grasty, of
He is survived by his wife one
daughter, of Piedmont, and two
daughters living in Greenville, and
one son, also of Greenville. Two sis
ters and three brothers also survive
as follows: Mrs. Nettie McElroy and
Mrs. Pink Edwards,' of Waynesville,
Oscar Grasty, of Maggie, Robert and
John Grasty, both of Waynesville.
William Anderson, of Alabama,
a member of the CCC camp sta
tioned at Cataloochee, led local
officers a merry chase last Sat
urday, after he is alleged to have
broken the thermometer on the
First National bank building on
Anderson, it was said, broke the
glass on the thermometer, and
then ran up Main street followed
by officer Norman Caldwell and
several men and boys who saw the
The CCC member ran past Bur
gin's Department Store, on Main
street, and turned down the hill
on the opposite side of the street..
Seeing that he would be caught
if he continued his course, he
crossed the street, and ran back
toward Main street directly by the
store. Hoyle Handcock, a candi
date for Waynesville's football
team, forced Anderson into the
building, where he was quickly
captured by the pursuers. ,
Bus Driver Rams
Into Oil Truck To
Save 23 Passengers
O. A. Yount, Oil Truck Driver,
Has Narrow Escape In Col
lision Near Lake
O. A. Yount truck driver of The
Texas Company, narrowly escaped
injury early Friday night, when a bus
belonging to the Smoky Mountain
Stages, Inc., rammed his truck from
the rear, turning the truck over on
Highway No. 19 about a mile east
of Lake Junaluska.
Mr, Yount was bruised and suffered
from shock. He remained in bed
until Tuesday, and was able to be at
the plant again.
The bus driver reported that his
brakes failed as he started down the
hill w hich 'ends in a sharp curve, and
failing to get his bus into second
gear, he decided it was better to ram
the back of the oil truck rather than
Judge A. M. Stack, a distinguished attempt to make the sharp curve with
jurist, of the superior Court of this ' 23 passengers aboard,
state, passed away at his home in ; The truck was turned on its side,
Monroe last Thursday. He was buried and was badly damaged. The gasoline
there the following day. -:'; compartments were empty, but about
He served on the bench on Monday, ! two cases of :1 was lost, it was re-
and was taken to the hospital Tuesday ported from the orlice ol ihe Jexas
Judge Stack Passes i
After Short Illness
for an operation Judge Stack has
suffered from stomach trouble for
The well known jurist held court
in Haywood many times, and is re
membered by a large number of
Mrs. J. J. Burney and two children,
of Wilmington, who have spent sev
eral weeks with the former's tister,
Mrs. J. P. Dicus, returned this week
to their home.
Mrs. P. L. Turbyfill had as her
guests over the week-end, Mrs. G. N.
Henson and Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Hen
son, Jr., and baby of Spindale.
As far as could be learned, none of
the 23 passengers were injured.
The bus came to a stop after
hitting the truck, although it was
The driver of the bus explained that
his brakes wre working just a few
minutes before he started down the
hill, as he had stopped for a pas
Mrs. Maud Rinaldi left on Tues
day for Orlando, Fla., where she will
make her home with her sister. Miss
Rinaldi has made many friends dur.
ing her residence here, who will re
gret to learn of her leaving town.
No man in Haywood county, perhaps
in all Western North Carolina, With
the record of accomplishments of
Calvin Christopher has had such little
recognition,' This is a broad state-'
ment, to be sure, but if you will fol
low me in this sketch of a most pro
lific inventor I think you will agree.
Calvin F. Christopher who is he?
Whwe do8 he live? And what is bin
outstanding invention ? 1 dare say
that not more than one adult person
out of twenty-five in Haywood coun
ty know even this much about the
Our elderly inventor ne is now 79,
having suffered a light stroke two or
three years ago, has had to give up his
work. He was able, however, to show
us through his shop and through all
the accummulation of maps, blue
prints, patents, photographs and com
pleted models of his inventions, rang
ing all the way from the cow-tether
to improved computing scales.
His First Patent
Mr, Christopher is of Dutch de
scent, having come to this county at
the age of three, with his parents,
from Pittsburgh, Pa. At the age of
eighteen he entered the service of the
Southern Railway on the Murphy
branch, as brakeman. When he was
only twenty years old, he invented the
Automatic Railway Switch. This was
used at Asheville for a while in the
nineties, and also on street car lines
in one or two Other cities The use
of this device, however, was not al
together successful and was abandon
ed. Mr. Christopher m !d this, his
first patent, for $3,500.
Then followed the Cow -tot her, a de
vice for grazing cows. It could be
moved from place to place- and'; per
mitted .the cow to graz out the dis
tance of the rope, autojn;," ically wind
ing itself up as the K neared the
Automatic Railway itch,
'..Patent -Churn. Gear, '' be attached
to the ordinary wood churn. This
churn was manufa ' d at Knox
ville, tried out and found to be a
success, but the s; of them was
never pushed, Mr. -Christopher stated
.Monkey Wrench. Thi
on the principle of the Stilson, - but
was never patented.
Compressed Brick Machine.
Collapsible Automobile Rim, manu
factured at Louisville in 1894. A few
of these were sold, but the idea was
found not to be very practicable. .
Ditch-digging or Excavating Ma
chine. This was one of Mr. Chris
topher's early Inventions. The pat
ent, for which he received several
thousands dollars, was bought out
right by a company of French con
tractors and was controlled by them.
The machine was used extensively by
France in the World War for digging
ditches and trenches.
The Computing Scale
Xow we come to Calvin F. Chris
topher's outstanding invention, that
of the Computing Scale. : This is a
nationally recognized major inven
tion. Yet, how many people living
in this county, when they see their
groceries and other things they buy
Almost 10,0(10 Persons Entered
Park In One Day. Tennessee
And Ohio Lead
(Special to The Mountaineer.)
The popularity of Great Smoky
Mountains National Park is ever in-,
Monthly travel records again tumb
led in the park when the unprecedent
ed total of 152,619 persons visited the
park in 43,596 vehicles during the
month of August, the greatest number
of people to ever visit the park in
any one month.
July, 1937, represented the previous
high monthly figure, but August ex
ceeded it by an increase of 15 per
cent. Actual travel for August, 1937,
represents a 21 per cent increase over
estimated travel for August, 1930.
Greatest travel for any one day in
the month was on August 15, when i
9,779 persons visited the park in 2,525
For the current travel year (October
1, in.'ifi, to September 3(1, 1937), 041,
337 persons have already visited the
park as of August 31, against 508,239
for the period last year, or an increase
of 24 per cent. Travel for the cur
rent travel year is estimated to ex
ceed 725,000 as compared with 002,222
for the past travel year.
Visitors from 47 states, the District
of Columbia, the Canal Zone, two pro
vinces of Canada, Ontario and Quebec,
Cuba, Panama, Japan, and Germany
were counted, with 50 per cent of the
visitors being from other than the
States of North Carolina and Ten
Tennessee led all states in number
of visitors, with 53,002 recorded, Ohio,
second, with 22,104, North Carolina,
third, with 14,144, Indiana, fourth,
with 8,001, and then in order, Illinois
Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida.
Included in these totals are 327 cars
carrying 2,275 passengers from nearly
every state in the Union and the Dis
trict of Columbia, as well as the Canal
Zone, two provinces of Canada,' On
tario ' and Quebec, Cuba, Panama,
Japan and Germany.
The season that closed on August
the 29th of the Southern Methodist
Assembly, at Lake Junaluska, was
marked by an increase of 50 per cent
in attendance over last year. It has
been estimated by those in authority
that approximately It), (Kit) persons
were on the grounds during the sum
mer. There was a total of 13 different
organized groups, including the Duke
Summer School, which met on the
grounds this year. These various
conferences brought thousands of per
sons to Lake Junaluska and this sec
tion of the state.
The program was featured by out
standing speakers from the Metho
dist Episcopal Church, South, other
denominations over the country, and
prominent speakers of national recog
The season was -officially opened by
Josephus Daniels, ambassador to Mex
ico. It was officially closed by Bishop
Paul 15. Kern, when he preached both
morning and evening in the auditorium
on August the 29th.
The outlook according to thoso in
charge for the coming year gives
promise of a still greater increase
both in interest in this church owned
property, and in general attendance.
Trustees of the assembly are: Bish
op Paul B. Kern, Dr. W. F. Few, and
Dr. W. A. Lambeth. Mr. James At
kins, Jr., is property manager, and
J. M. Ormond, of Duke University, in
Grades Of County
For 40 Years Re
views The Past
-'Yes, when we first came here forty
years ago, the Main street of your
town: was a valley of mud when it
rained, and there was not a foot of
paved street in Waynesville," said Mr.
Joseph J. Glcason, of Savannah, who
with Mrs. Glcason has spent the past
two months here as iruests at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Withers.
"In those days," continued Mr.
Gleason, "No one arrived by way of
your Main street in' a motor car, but
they all came by the Southern Rail
way and were met at the station y a
carriage or a surrey, and driven to
On their initial visit here the Glea
sons stayed with Mrs. Emma Willis,
who for many years ran a popular
guest house here, famous for its good
food, which Mrs. Glcason claims
her husband never' failed to appre
ciate. ...-.While the Gleasons have not been as
constant in their visits here, year in
and year out, as their tow risw-onian,
Mrs. Adelaide Chesnut, with a record
of around thirfy-five. years, to her
credit, they have spent many summers
herey and hope to return again.
Mr. Gleason is a hanker being an
official of the Citizens Southern Na
tional Bank of Savannah.
A semi-annual report on dairies
wrench was .supplying milk in Haywood county was
announced this week in accordance
with grade specifications of the l S.
Public Health Service Code.
'Requirement in general deal with
equipment, the construction of build
ings and method of handling ar.d dis
tribution.; Samples are collected monthly by
the milk inspector and analysis made
at the health department laboratory
as a lurther check on the sanitary
quality in determining grades.
Retail milk grades which became
effective September 1st 1937, were
reported as follows: Grade A raw dis
tributors J. E. Henderson, J. F.
Mann, H. A. Osborne, M. H. Silvers,
W. J. Smathers, all of Canton, and W.
F. Swift, Waynesville. Grade A, pas
teurized, Pet Dairy Products Co.,
I". S. Ilepa II mem -of -rii dk are
Wa ncville 'mim 'mi ie sialion
H. M, HALL, Observer
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-(Continued On Back Page)-
Miss Mary Medford has returned to
her work at Cecil's Business College,
after visiting her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. W.-C. Medford, at their home on
I East street.
Mean for week..:
Highest for week ..
Lowest for week ..
Total precipitation .. . 0.00
Same Period Last Year
No maximum temperature available
for last year.
Mean minimum .. 57
Lowest for week, 1936 50
Total precipitation . ........1.48
Total precipitation to date 1930 43.25
Total precipitation to date, 1937 39.25
Deficiency for 1937 ......4.00