Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
FIFTY-THIRD YEAR NO 48
WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1937
$1.50 IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY
nh Mouse Addition Started
(AITS M. WAYNICK
Political news in North Carolina
this past week was at' a low ebb, ex
cept for the talk of the person Gov
ernorHoey would appoint to fill the
post made vacant by the resignation of
Capus M. Waynick, who wiii return
M The High Point Enterprise as
editor of the paper. He was editor
of The Enterprise when he was
named chairman of the State High
way Commission, succeeding E. B.
Wade Lucas, political writer of
Raleigh, in The Charlotte Observer,
bad the following on Mr. Wayhick's
; -'Governor Clyde Koark Hoey is al
most tempted, 1 hear, to put a class
ified advertisement in the papers
reading something like this:
Wanted: A man who is capaDie oi
discharging the necessary duties in
cident to giving the State a goou
job as director of the State Divisidn
of Purchase and Contract; salary
Jti,G0O a year; tenure of office, to Jan
uary, 1941, at least.
This is not to say Governor Hoey
it, however, shopping around for a
man to fill the shoes of Capus Miller
Waynick, who 'has resigned the pur
chase and contract post, effective De
cember 15, but it is to say that His
Excellency, the Governor, is going to
to take his own sweet time in filling
the Waynick vacancy and don't make
any mistake about it.
Purchasing Agent Waynick is re
turning to his first love the paste
pots and tripod and the joys and sor
rows of being a newspaper editor.
He is to resume editorship of the
Hiph Point Enterprise after four rath
er turbulent years in Raleigh as a
politico. His first headaches in the
State's Capital City began in I'-Al
hcn he was named to fill a vacancy
for oik of the. Guilford county House
seats as the result of a death of one
of the nominees. He acquitted him
self with credit 4n other words, he
made a very good freshman repre
sentative insofar as freshman ment
ors of the House of Representatives
Due to on infected gum, President
Roosevelt cut short his fishing trip
" Southern waters last week to re
turn to Washington for treatment.
In describing some of the highlights
? the triPi The United States News,
d the following, in part:
The holiday had started out prom
isingly enough. Up the gangplank
ted marched Mr. Jackson, Mr. Hop
kins and Mr, Ickes, each with his
own buying portfolio. The contents
w the leather cases were more than
enough to orrnmt fho Pr&nl'c nt.
From Mr. Jackson, the President
as able to get a comprehensive view
fU tax revision program and the
rt of the Federal Government's
from Mr. Hopkins, there undoubt
0 v came without any mincing of
Pit, ' 3 Presentation of the unem
ment situation and its hearing on
federal relief policies,
t'r,'m -Mr- Ickes, there presumably
Ss ..e an analysis of housing; private,
J r('a to the Presidential mes
t, tht0 ( hgress; public, as it related
It 6 m"w federal slum-clearance,
fUi;ir'E" to newspaper men was
Ickes that Messrs- Hopkins and
Wici. rme"time opponents on relief
shaf , '! .Ptners in mal-de-mer,
Pr!? e same cabin aboard the
iJentV,?ihIlhted versin of the "Pres
jj 8 ' would show that:
(V lS met a Miami by James M.
ith M ran f President in 1920
"te. r Koosvelt as his running
Drhlnp trough Miami, President
Continued on back page)
Deficit Of C. Of
C. Will Be Paid
Board Of Directors Elected At
Annual Meeting Here Last
Concerted effort on the part of the
drectors of the W aynesville Chambw
of Commerce, in session Tuesday
night, assured President L.N, Davis
that the organization would be out i
debt by January first. Makers ax
unpaid pledges will be contacted tfci
A nominating committee from the
board of directors will make sugu
tions next Thursday night as to pr
ident of the organization lor the on
A small, but enthusiastic crowd
attended the annual meeting lasi
Thursday night, and heard detailec
reports of the work for the past year.
The following were elected as directors
for the coming year: L. N. Davis,
Charles E. Kay, Jr., W. H. Massie,
M. I). Watkins, Ben Colkitt, M. li.
Bowles, Troy Wyche, E. J. Hyatt, E.
L. Withers, L. M. Kicheson, li-o-Prevost,
and S. P. Cay.
Wm. Green Still
In Serious Condi
tion After Wreck
Three Injured When Freight
Train Hacked Into Car Of
William Green, who was injured
last Thursday, when tne car which he
was driving in company with his wife,
and Tom Leathrwood, was complain
ly demolished, in West Canton,
is reported by hospital attaches, to be
in a critical condition, with littl
hope for his life. .Mrs. Green Is said
to be improving.
Mr and .Mrs. Green, who live near
the Medford Farm and Tom Leather
wood wore en route to Canton last
Thursday night about seven o'clock,
where the two men expected to play
basketball. They were crossing the
side track in West Canton, when a
freight train backed into theni.
It was nesessary to take the cai
apart in order to extricate -Mr.
Green's body. He suffered a crushed
skiill, a broken ami and his body Was
bruised practically" all over.
Mrs. Green ' had two teeth knocked
out, .-several others loosened and it'
ccived a number of "bruise about her
body. She was unco-usciou's. lor some
time. , Both she and tier -husband
were rushed to the Hay wood County
Mr. Leathcrwood was cut about
the face and hands, but his. injuries
were slight enough to be ..treated
Mr. Green, who was employed-b'
the Champion Paper and Fibre Com
nanv. is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Jesse Green, the former a prominent
farmer of the Clyde section.
$45,500 In County
rntv ta- collections for the month
of November amounted to $45,.'362.66,
according to a report made to the
Haywood "''county board of commis
sioners by W. H. McCracken, tax
collector on Monday of this week.
The report shows that $43,536.16
of this was 1H37 taxes. The collec
tion of 1H36 taxes amounted to 51,044.
07, the reiK.rt showeol.
Penalties for last month amounted
to $220.12, while discounts on 1937
taxes i an to S224.25; ..',
Taxts were collected as far back
as H'27. A ?!-40 tax bill carried a
penalty of i?2,07. : -. . j
J. W. Ray Named
At . recent meeting of the' town
board of aldermen, J. W iiford Kay
was appointed to nil. the vacancy on
the board. , .
Mr. Kav, one of the leading busi
ness men 'of Western North Carolina,
senior member of the firm of C. K.
Ray's Sons, was for 18 months a
member of the county board of com
One Of W. N. Cs Largest Trees
ju Or -
M . . it'
r-, v it !j
v yrXK-. , B -l,';ll..
This in ;i ik'ture of th 175-foot poplar tree on Reems t'reek. liefore
it w.ik recently t ut ihw n. The tree measured 3 1! feet In ciiciiinfeiHiiee a:
'lie ground. It i extimated that It was abmit l.t'00 years old.
Part Of Large Tree Placed In
Smoky Mountains Park Museum
Actual Count Of
Is 21,677 In Nov.
This Is A 29 Per Cent Decrease
Over Last Year's 19.56 Esti
mate For November
During November, 21,ti77 persons
visited Great Smoky Mountains National-
Park, in 7,268 vehicles (Actual
count). This tigurf iepiesenj,i f 2V
per cent decrease over the ePtlmated
travel for November, lit.'itl. The esti
mate for last November was merely
too hijrh; ho detinito decrease 111 travel
has been noted.
Yisitois from -Iti states, the District
of Columbia,, the Canal Zone, two pro
vii'iees of Canada, Ontario atal tjui -.bee,
and (ierma.iy and Mexico wire
counted, with ;4 per cent of trie visi
tors beiriK from other than the Stairs
of North Carolina and Teiinessi r.
A jricatcr rmniber (if states was
represented than, during last -'November,
and the percentage of visitors
from states- other than North Caro
lina and Temie.-see was higher.
Greatest travel for. any -one. day in
the tii. nt h was recorded on Sunday,
November 7, when the total of 4, 'Hi:',
persons in 1, IKS vehicles visted the
Ohio and Illinois maintained a sub
stantial lead in number of visitors
over all other states except the local
states of Tennessee and North Caro
lina. 100 License Tags
Have Been Sold
Late yesterday afternoon, about 100
license tags had been sold at the
Chamber of Commerce office.
J. Dale Stentz, secretary, said that
there had not been a rush for the
1938 tags to date, but that indica
tions were that within the next few
weeks sales . would be heavier, and
that motorists would try to avoid the
last minute' rush.
60th Wedding Anniversary
Observed By Mr. And Mrs.
R. Q. McCrctcken On Sunday
An outstanding affair was the opm
house held by Mr and Mrs. Kobert y.
McCrackc-n at their residence on Main
street on Sunday afternoon, in obser
vance of their sixtieth wedding anni
versary. While the hours had been
set from 3 to 5 o'clock hosts ol
friends and relatives continued to call
until late in the evening offering the
couple felicitations on the unusual cel
For the occasion the house was .ar
ranged, in quantities of flowers in
shades of red and yellow, which had
been sent by friends. The house was
lighted throughout by red candles.
Receiving with Mr. and Mrs. Mc
Cracken in the left living room, was
Some trees like the giant sequoias
and redwoods of California are said
to be the largest and oldest living
things on the globe The .sequoia
has been known to reach a height oT
300 feet and naturalists claim that
one in California was more than one
thousand years old at Oie birth of
This story, however, has to do with
trees with Which wo are more fa
miliar the poplar, and particularly
one which grew on the headwaters of
Heems Creek in Huneonibo county,
where it stood until the past summer.
It was commonly known as the Heems
feek poplar,. sometime as the Stike
eather poplar, because it stood on
the property of J. (;. Stikeleather.
The following history d the .tree
was given to H. ('. llburn, park
technician, by Mr. Stikeleather:
The tree was 36 feet in. cireunifer:
ence at the ground and was 175 feet
in blight. Many persons think: it
was probably the largest poplar that
ever grew in this section, and pro
fessors from Johns Hopkins anil Har
vard who saw it placed its age at
around 1,0(10 years. Hut Mr. W'ilhurn, i
who uses the "ring " iiu i bod in de
termining .the age of a tree- does not
concur in this opinion, his estimate
bring about 3.ri() years. Kach ring
found in the stump -'of a tree means
one year's growth, the sum total of
rings denoting the age of the tree.
It is said that this giant poplar,
which had been hollow for toomo time,
affording standing room, inside for 42
Mr. Wilburn got a sample out from
the tree last summer to place in the 1
park museum; this sample is now
stored at Smokemont pending the es- i
tablishment of the permanent muse-j
um. This cut, taken from the tree j
49 feet above the base in order to get
where the log Was sound, was 15 feet j
and 9 inches in circumference.
The park technician stated that he!
had heard of a poplar that grew on
Jlazcl Creek'- jp. Swain county , that
was probably larger than the one on
Reems Creek. It was cut some fif
teen or twenty years ago by the
Hitter Lumber Cov He also believes
there are poplars still standing in
.park area which are probably as
large as the Keems Creek giant.
the Iatter's sister, Mrs. Pinkncy L.
Turbyfill, who was the only person
present who had attended the wed
ding sixty years. Mrs. McCracken
was gowned in black lace, with a
corsage of gardenias.
The children and their husbands re
ceived itr the various rooms, which
were thrown en suite for the after
noon, as follows: Mr. and Mrs. G. C.
Plott, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dungan,
of Elizabethton, Tenn., Mr. and Mrs.
Ed Isenhour, of Charlotte, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert L. Coin, Mr. and Mrs.
Grady Rogers, and Mrs. Kate Morris.
One son, Mr. Roy McCracken, of Or
lando, Fla., was unable to be present.
During the first hour, the following
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26 Bed Rooms, 2 Large
Dining Rooms Included
In Three-Story Wing
$25.00 At Opening
Sales In Asheville
Prices Are Itetter Than Were
Anticipated l$efore Market
Opened. 250,000 Pounds
An unofficial estimate made last
night by Lawson Jordan,, president of
the Asheville tobacco .)oarl id' trade,
was that the opening day prices
were $25.00 and better. This was
based on the sales of a quarter of a
million pounds, it was said.
"No ticket were turned, and the
growers seemed satisfied, " Mr. Jor
"Asheville prices seem better than
prices on any other hurley market
at this time" he' continued. "With
two warehouses, we are able to give
farmers' one-day service
held every day in the
Saturday and Sunday."
The prices yes'terunv
as sab s are.
than had been anticipated.
Mr. Jordan said the top juice ' ".s
40 cents, and the lowest was thru
Mercury Drops To
Zero Here Tuesday
Highest For The Week Is
This Is Coldest Weather Re
corded In Two Years
The temperature took a tumble
here Tuesday as the otHrial ther
mometer registered .ero, for not only
the lowest year, but the iovveM read
ing in two years, according to weath
er observer, Hair.vM. Hall.
The lowest last year was 12.
The highest foi- the-. "Week" was 53,
and that was last ..Thursday. On
Tuesday the highest recorded tor the
day was 17.
The detailed olhcial ii poi i tor trie
week is as follows:
Dec Max. Min. 1'iec.
2 53 21. Vs. inch snow
:i. '''' - 34 : '-. . 13 .' -..-,;"''.'. "'-.'..-
4 50 : 13
5 4 1 2H trace snow
6 4 1 1 f) trace snow;
7 ";-. . 18 ii trace s;.cw
H 32 ' . 2K
Snow K ported in water content.
Mean for week .
Lowest for week
Highest for week
Snowfall in inches
Precipitation for week
: . 28
Same Period Last Year, 1936
. ... 27
Mean minimum v. '., ... :..
Mean for week
Lowest for week
H i g h e s t f o r v.- e e k ............. .
Precipitation for week . .
Total 1936 Prec. to Dec. 8 . ..
Total 1937 Prec. to Dec. 8 . . ,.
Deficiency for 1937 from 1936
Farm Lands Will
Be Sold Tuesday
The 750-acre M. J. McCracken place
on Crabtree, will be 'sold at auction
next Tuesday, by the Gossett Realty
In an advertisement in today's pa
per, announcement is made that a
free barbecue dinner will be served.
The farm has been divided into
small tiacts, and easy terms will be
NO FIRE DAMAGE
No damage was reported from the
fire at the home of R. L. Lee last
Thursday morning. The roof caught
near the chimney but was discover
ed and the fire department put out the
blaze before any damage was done.
Mr. And Mrs. J. M.
Long Plan Exten
Contracts Call For Huilding To
I5e Completed By April First.
Foundations Are Laid
The foundation of the thirty-six-rooin
addition to the Waynesville
Country Club house, which Mr. and
Mrs James M. Long, owners are
building, has leached the stage where
a good idea may be gained of the
handsome new structure, which will
be completed by April the hist,' ami
will represent, at a conservative es
timate, an expenditure of approxi
The new building is h-ing erected
on the west side of the emb house
facing the golf course, a few feet
from the large steps" that lead to the
course from the driveway on the left.
It will be semi-circular in shape and
of rustic ''English architecture, anil
will be in perfect keeping with the
original club house.
The basement is being constructed
of stone, and will contain tne lobby,
which will be in the center of the
half circle, opening into the cocktail
lounge, the pro's shop, 'garage, stor
age rooms, and servants quarters.
The first Hour, as well as the sec
I ond wil be- constructed in rustic ef
fect with an antique weathered
' finish. It will contain a lobby, in the
'center of the building. (in either
side of a large fireplace, there Will .be?.
doors opening to the dining l oom,
and in cases of entertaining the two
may be thrown into one large room.
From the timing room are the pan--!
t l ies and kitchen, and a private din
Mug ..room., -tin . either side of the lobby
Mini 'two "corridors with l 1 rooms on
either side, eleven in all on the first. '
The second floor will contain tif
1 teen lied loom, linen tinsels, and stor
'' rooms. Each bill room, in the
rhuilding will have, a n iviite hath am! .
a spaCKius closet, with each an out
ride iooiii, commanding in every di
rection a good view of the mountains,
j The walls of the building will be
finished in popular knotty pine, with
an specially planni d scalloped mold
ing. The furniture lor the building
w ill be hand-made and tles-igni-tl to har
monize with the misi.c Knlisn ar
chitecture Lindsey M. Ginlger, of- Asheville
is the architect f the iu'W building,
am) Jerry Liner, of the Junaluska
Supply Company;,, contractor.
It is understood that the new wing,
is the beginning of an extensive plan
of development, which Mr. anil Mrs.
Long intend to carry out in the next
Sometime ago they purchased the
Belle Meade swimming pool and bath,
near the club house, and both will be
run ' .under their supervision next
season. A program of landscaping
on a large scale for the entire prop
erty is also under consideration, and
will be undertaken in the near fu
ture, according to the owners.
Mr. and Mrs. Long bought the Way
nesville Golf course, a part of the
Belle Meade real .estate development,
seven years ago. Since that time they
have spent thousands of dollars on
the course and expect to continue
In 1934 they erected the club house
with its twelve bed rooms, which has
been a popular addition, and the de
mand has been so great for more ac
commodations that Mrand Mrs. Long
are now adding the new wing.
- The Waynesville Golf course, which
is the center of interest for the sum
mer visitors who remain any length
of time in town, and which annually
attracts many, who otherwise would
spend their vacations in other re
sorts, has done more to advertise
Waynesville, and help to continue its
popularity as a resort than any other
one attraction in this section. The
proposed plans of Mr. and Mrs. Long
will be received with enthusiasm by;
all the citizens in the area.