Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance oj The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
JpfyFOURTH YEAR NO. 51
WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1938
$1.50 IN ADVANCE IN COUNTI
20 Families Face Dreary
Christmas Unless Helped
Sixteen Cases Disposed Of Dur
ing Past Week By Those
Wanting To Help Needy
Of the li3t of 36 needy cases to
hich the public was asked to lend
t helping hand to Santa Claus in the
fcgt issue of The Mountaineer, 10
have been taken by various individ
ato and organizations. There are still
remain 20 families who will have little
Christmas cheer unleBs some un
Xnown friend champions their cause.
The following is a list of the 20
owes yet to be cared for:
4 Father in bed Tenant farmer,
no cash income. Has high blood pres
ure, and mother has arrested tuber
culosis, 6 children, 2 girls, 16, 8
(whooping cough,) 4 boys, 17, 13, (bad
lonsils) 11, 8, (whooping cough). Live
about 20 miles out on mountain place,
walk Vt miles off main road.
9 Father drinks Poor provider,
lives in two room shack near Waynes
rille. 10 children, 8 at home, 2 girls
16 (heart trouble, in bed most of the
time), 20 (unmarried and has illegiti
mate child, 2 years expectant mother
at present) 5 boys, 13, 11, 9, 5, 2.
13 Factory worker. Out of work.
Wife and 10 children girls, 18, 10,
15, 11, 7, months, boys, 14, 9, 8, 5 and
14 Father World War veteran, no
regular income. Now in veterans hos
pital; wife and 7 children, 2 girls, 1(5,
124 boys, 8, 7, 3 and baby 11 moths.
15 Father out of work. Wife, and
7 children; girls, 13, 9, boys( 1(5, 15,
11. 7, 1.
17 Father killed on railroad.
Mother married again and deserted
children, now wards of juvenile court.
3 children, boys 11, 4, girls 6. Live
6 miles from Waynesville.
18 Father World War veteran.
Tuberculosis, service connection not
established, mother in poor health,
receives (15 per month for dependent
children. 32 girls, 13 (just over
pneumonia), 3, boy, 10.
19 Father's wgges inadequate
Wife and 8 children, 2 boys, 17, 4 (i
girls, 16, 13, 11, 8, 6, 4 months.
'20 Father drinks. Abuses family,
mother drinks, 5 children, 3 girls 15,
14, 13, 2, boys 10, 9.
21 Father WPA worker. Wife, 5
children, monther-in-law, 66 3 girls,
15, 14, 12, 8 8 boys 17, 11, 9, 6, 4
3 and 8 months.
22-Father WPA worker. Wife, 10
children, mother-in-law 66 years old.
Girls, 16, 14, 12, boys 17, 11, 9, 6, 4. 3
and 8 months.
23 Father disabled to work. Wife
3 children, 2 girls 12, 8 months, and
1 boy JO.
24 -Father bedfast. Wife, 7 chil
dren, 6 girls, 20, (ulcerated stomach),
I", 13, 9, 6, 3, 1, boy 18, works on
27 Father operated on for appen
dicitis and stomach ulcer, unemploya
ble, wife epeleptic, 4 children, girl, 1. 3
bys: 7, 5, 3.
28 Husband unemployable Doub
le herina, wife expectant mother, son
2, deaf and dumb, son 18 deaf and
himb,: daughter, 16, 14, deaf and dumb,
daughters 5. 8, 6, 2.
' 2!) - Father in hospital, operation.
No income, former WPA worker; wife
5 children, boys 14, 12, 9, 5, 3.
31 Father WPA worker. Wife, 4
children, boys 11, 5, 3, 6 months, live
in shack with no windows, 15 miles
from Waynesville, walk 2 miles from
34 Father WPA worker. Wife 2
'bilitren, boys 5, 4 months, motber-in-,
crippled, unable to work away
from home as a wage earner, with two
'bildroT,, 1 girl, 16, 1 boy 7.
35 Father in bed with tuberculosis.
Mother employed, 3 children, 2 boys.
-19. .2, and 1 girl, 6.
The Special Christmas edi
tion of The Mountaineer will
be mailed to all subscribers.
All subscribers in Haywood
County should have their copy
''' noon on Friday.
Special pictures, special
P'-i-ms, timely articles, full of
human interest, will be featur
ed in the edition.
The paper will go to press
at noon Thursday.
Santa Will Be Here
Until Christmas Eve
Santa Claus is spending; full
time on the streets, and in the
stores of the community this
week, meeting and erecting good
boys and Rirls before his annual
visit to their homes on Christ
Last Saturday more than 2,000
children visited him at his in loo
here, and received candy.
Santa announced yesterday that
he would be on the streets and
in the stores from about nine
until five every day, and will be
glad to take lists and sugges
tions until the last minute.
On Christmas Eve
Will Be Held At Welch Memorial
Hall At 5 O'clock by Federal
Music Project. Public
The Waynesville Junior Communi
ty Choral Club, n community activity,
under the Federal Music project, will
present a twilight service at 5:li!
o'clock on the afternoon 'of Christ
mas Eve in the Welch Memorial Sun
day school, building of the Baptisi
The National Federal Music 'pro
ject supervisor in Washington, hiis
asked that this twilight' service be
observed in every state in the Union,
and it is interesting to note that all
over the country at this hour the
choral groups like the local one, will
be singing the carols known and
loved so many years, with "peace on
earth good will to men," an the theme.
The Naval observatory 'advises that
the sun will set at 4:51 on Christ
mas Eve, and at twilight that day
there will not be a minute when some
where in this country voices will not
be heard singing carols.
The public is invited to attend, and
a special .invitation is extended other
Federal projects. The service will not
be long and it gives promise of un
usual interest to those who can step
aside for a brief moment at the twi
light hour to join in the worship of
the "King of Peace."
There will be ancient English,
French, Russian, and Italian carols,
as well as other Christmas, music, by
the choral club and the band, featur
ing talented young soloists. Miss
Grace. Crocker, head of the music pro
ject, will be in charge.
Letters To Santa
Received By Paper
More than one thousand letters to
Santa Claus have been poured into
The Mountaineer office, and printers,
iiroof-readers and all have been literal
ly covered up with them, but every
effort will be made to publish every
A number are being published this
week, and all the -remainder will be
carried in the paper that will be is
sued Friday morning. So if your
letter isn't in today's paper, don't
worry, it will be in the issue Friday.
Dog Owners Keeping
Dogs Up This Week
Dog owners are heeding the warning
of the rabies mrarrantine which was
placed on the county last week by the
State Department ot Agriculture, ana
ft was otiite noticeable this week, in
all sections of the county that there
were but few stray dogs on the streets
and along the roads.
One official said yesterday that the
dog owners of the county show a
spirit' of co-operation and ot wiuing
nnas to hell) stamp out the spread of
rabies which has been on a rampage
in Haywood for several montns.
is estimated that something like
$2,500 in stock has been disposed of
because of being bitten by dogs with
rabies, and something like $2,000 has
been spent for vaccine to give the
100 people taking the rabies treat
ment.. LICENSE REVOKED
Arthur Lee B&rnett, of Canton,
lost his drivers license this past
week, after being convicted of driv
57 Haywood Burley
Growers Vote For
Tobacco Quata Plan
Haywood Led All ounties Favor
ing Retention Of Present
A larger percentage of Haywood
Burley Tobacco growers favored the
continuance of the national marketing
quota for burley tobacco for the mark
eting year, beginning October 1, 1939,
that in any large tobacco growing
county in North Carolina.
Of the 1,097 votes cast, M0 favored
the quota plan, while 4G.S voted against
the plan, and four votes were unopen
ed and challenged.
The percentage of voters favoring
the plan amounted to 67.6 per cent.
A majority of 66.6 per cent was neces
sary to carry the election.
Three communities in the county
carried by over 66.6 per cent they
were Iron Duff, White Oak and Jona
Iron Puff led with a SL'.H per cent;
White Oak with W9.K per cent, and
Jonathan Creek had ti7.7 per cent.
This percentage includes only the
votes cast in the respective communi
ties. Several voters from these three
townships voted in other townships and
these thnt did not get credit for their
Early sales in Asheville yesterday
were slijrhxly lower than they had
been this year, averaging $17.01.
Mr. and Mrs.T.
Wires For Copies
It was not until R. V. Erk start
ed basking in the sun at Melborne,
Fla that he realized that he gone
away on his annual vacation
without having The Mountaineer
forwarded to his temporary ad
dress, but in order to keep up with
t!he .community, he wired The
Mountaineer yesterday to for
ward his copy to the Florida re
sort So this morning, his copy is on
the way to the sunny clime, wnue
we begin anew, behind artificial
snow-flakes, on our annual Christ
mas edition, which will go to
press Thursday shortly after
J. A. Turpin Now
Owns Taxi Stand
Lunch Room Here
J. A. Turpin, for many years in
business here, and recently of Sylva,
has bought the Taxi Stand Lunch
Room, and is again in the cafe busi
ness, in the town where he started in
the business in 1904.
Mr. Turpin was the first w hite man
to own a lunch room in Waynesville.
For the past eight years he has been
in Sylva, and owned a cafe there be
sides being chief of police.
He recalled here yesterday that
when he first started in the cafe busi
ness that the customary order of the
day was a half dozen. eggs 'and a cup
of coffee, for which he received twenty
Do we put enough stress on the
spiritual significance of Christmas
Martha Mock "No. We are so
busy with the material side of Christ
mas that we sometimes lose sight of
its. true- meaning." :
Mrs. F. II. Marley "The spiritual
significance is inherent in each of
us, but in this era of having 'some
thing different.' there is so much that
does not pertain to spiritual signifi
cance of Christmas, to fill our tim"
and thoughts at this season."
.Mrs. George A. Kunze "No, too
manv of us leave Christ out of Christmas:'-
Mrs. W. L. Hardin, Jr - "No. We
are prone to stress the material rath
er than the spiritual side of Christ
mas. In the story of the first Christ
mas we find the Wise Men not only
presenting gifts, but worshipping as
well. Wre do likewise with gifts, but
we often fail to remember the spirit
Killian And Rickman
Will Fill Vacancies Caused By
Resignation Of Rnfus Siler
And Dr. Smathers
L. M. Killian and E. B. Rickman
were appointed as trustees of the Hay
wood County Hospital Board at the
regular meeting of the County Board
of Commissioners held on Monday.
They were appointed to fill the vacan
cies on the board caused by the resig
nation of Rufus Siler, and Dr. John
Both Mr. Siler and Mr. Smathers
were members of the original Hos
pital Board, which was appointed
twelve years ago, and bought the
site and built the present buildings
occupied by the Hospital.
Bonds were presented and accepted
by the commissioners Monday from
the following otlicials, W. G. Byers,
clerk of the Superior Court, $10,000;
H. V. Welch, Sheriff, $5,000; Chas.
C. Francis, register of deeds, $f,000;
George Buchanan, constable of Way
nesville Township, $1,000; Ken
Browning, constable of Cecil Town
A plan was presented to the board
from the tax supervisor aild the coun
ty auditor whereby the two depart
ments could work out their accounts
on a dew system. The plan had been
fortiHllatod at the request f. the
board at their last meeting.
Mr; and 'Mr. Thomas L. Green will
observe ' their 'golden . wedding .anni
versary '-.on -Friday, December the 2!trd,
at the home of Mr. and Mrs, L. O.
Ferguson," on the Crabtree road
There have been no formal invita
tions issued, but the friends of Un
couple are asked to call informally
between the hours of two and eiht
o'clock. Cordial interest is centered in
the announcement, as both Mr. and
Mrs. Green have niuiiy friends and
are natives of this section and have
spent most of their lives in this
Mr. and Mrs. Croon were married
on December 2.'!rd, 188K at Clyde with
the Rev. J. M. Haynes olliciating. The
greater : part of their married life
has been spent in Waynesville.
Mrs. Green was before her mar
riage Miss Doretta Jane Rogers,
daughter of Jackson J. and Amanda
Stillwell Rogers, both natives of this
section. Mrs. Rogers on her paternal
side is a descendant of Hugh Rogers,
Revolutionary hero, of Haywood
Mr. Green is the son of T. M. and
Louisa Shook Green and is a direct
'descendant ' of Jacob , Shook, one of
the loading pioneer citizens of Hay
wood county, who came here in 1788.
While Jacob Shook lived here in one
place he resided in three counties, first
this county was part of Burke, then
Buncombe, anil later Maywood. Mr.
Green received his early education in
the Clyde schools, graduating from
the Clyde Academy, He later studied
law at the University of North Caro
lina and was admitted to the bar
Sept .ember, 1895. Before ho completed
his law course he taught a few terms
in the county .schools.
Mr. Green has been prominently
(Continued on page 12)
ual significance of the:'-anniversary .an. I
neglect the individual worship due
the Heavenly Father for His most
priceless gift to us the Christ Child."
vJ. R. Morgan--"God is a Spirit and
they that worship Him must worship
Him in Spirit and truth." Early
Christians chose December 25th. as a
day on which to celebrate the birth
of Christ, the Son of God. : To the
Christian then Christmas should not
loose its spiritual significance. But
alas! We as a Christian people treat
the day as the heathen holiday form
erly'' celebrated. '.about. that date. We
forget that it is a day to remember
and worship in spirit the Christ
Child, and have commercialized the
day. (as we have in some instances
God's House), In our zeal to com
mercialize this Holy day and to mako
it a day for much that debauches and
degrades and for selfish pleasure and
for the service of the devil, we even
leave "Christ" out of the name arid
write and speak of the day as X-mas"
instead of "Christmas." Shame on
us as Christians!
91 Of County Taxes For
1937 Have Been Collected
Stores Will Stay
Open On Evenings
The stores of the community
will remain open Wednesday
night until evcn o'clock, and
then -on Thursday and l-Yiday
nighta they will stay open until
nine, and on Saturday until ten
o'clock, it was announced by the
merchant's division of the Cham
ber of Commerce here yesterday.
Many extra clerks have been
added in various stores, and
every preparation has been made
to care for the shoppers during
the next four days.
Comes From Press
Half Of Itooklel Devoted To Pic
tures. Four Thousand Copies
A thirty-two page illustrated book
let lias just come from the press, in
which the Complete history of the
Haywood County Hospital for the past
ten years is told in an interesting
and entertaining style.
Half of the booklet is devoted to
scenes made at the institution, ami
the last few pages contain a concise
and self-eplainatory review of the
finances of the institution for i lie pus!
'Die hospital .opened to l!ie public
ten years ago lust January, but some
time has been required to collect all
data, and compile the auditor's report
to the present' time.
Tho book was edited by Hilda Way
Gwyn, and the printing was done by
The front cover of the book, is a
close-up view of the front of the hos
pital, and the two center jmges are
devoted to a side view of the building,
and said to be the best picture ever
published of the institution. The
cover is printed on an India tinted
heavy 'enamel paper, and the inside
pages on a heavy white enamel.
.distribution is going forward rapid
ly, and the four thousand copies will
bo given out as fast as time will per
mit, it was said yesterday by A. I'.
Lodbetter, business manager of the
Immediately after Christmas, a con
densed story from the booklet will bt
published in this newspaper.
Pensions Paid To
Wi do ws & Veterans
War Between States
A Total Of !? ,;:!0.WI In' Cheeks
Received In Semi-Anntpal
'Thursday morning .marked another
roll call of the v.tcr.ms of (he War
Between the States,, when the semi
annual pensions were paid from the
oflice of V. G. Byers. clerk of the
court. Four veterans received checks
of $12.50', - while Iwerily 'i'h! widows
were the recipients of their semi
annual checks of $150.(10.--'
W. L. Massii' was the only hero in
gray to walk into Mr. Byers office
and receive his check in person,
Alden Howell, now in 'his. '07th year,
is living with his daughter, Mrs. Jack
Johnson, at her home in Los Angeles.
Daniel Levi Mathis, resident of this
county, was too focbl" to come to the
court, house. J. M. Wood, Who now
lives in Jackson county, was brought
here in a car, but was pot strong
enough to get out ami go in the court
house. Mr. Byers went out to his car
and transacted the necessary business
- (Continued on page 6) ; ' .-'' . . .;.
Women Will Do Less
Along with the jokes as old as :
those told 'on mothcrs-inrlaw and
others, goes the one about Wo
men being constant talkers -which
always brings to mind, that today,
women will ilo less talking than on
any day in the year this happens
to be the year's shortest day, and
also the SoDth day, and probably
something else, but we don't know
what, other than it is Wednesday,
Almost $318,000 tolletted Dur
ing Past Year. Officials Pleas
ed With Report
An auditor's report tiled with the
board of commissioners-here Monday
revealed that ninety-one per cent of
the H:17 tax levey of Haywood county
has been collected.
The report, presented by county
auditor, T. J. Cathey, wuh prepared
by T. Troy Wyche, shows that as or
November .'!0th, that the net levy for
l!hi7, after deducting releases and
errors nmounted to $.'!29,!):M.K7. Of
this amount, $2;9,24.07 has been
collected by W. H. McCracken, tax
collector and tax supervisor, and his
"This record bespeaks great credit
to the efficiency of Mr. McCracken
and his co-workers," Mr. Cathey
In addition to the foregoing $17,
8(i7.!l.'t was collected on delinquent
times during (he period since the pre
vious sett lenient. in October, i:i,!7
The reports also shows that in addi
tion to the !t per rent, unpaid on l!) i7
taxes there are outstanding Unpaid
tax sale certificates for the years
l'.'l!7 to !!,'((! inclusive in the amount
id1 $!7',.r75.:i4; howu'ver tins figure
is subject to reduction on account of
errors and releases due to double
lh tings, etc. This is a creditable
showing as compared with the .."port
of .l..ne :;0, P.i.'iti -which .'-.bowed out
standing at that tune $:! 1H-.0 1 1 70 m
Will Have Annual
Xmas Tree Friday
The official of the Kngland-Walton
Leather Company, of Har.clwood, will
have their annual ChnstniaH tree,
that is provided each year for the em
ployees, at ::I0 o'clock on Friday
night. The tree will be placed near
the office of the factory.
A towering forty foot hemlock i.
being put in readiness for the even'..
It will be lighted by 150 bulbs of 4't
killowutts and in different colors, anil
will be decorated in do;'.en,s of "yard
A band stand js being erected near
the tree, which will be occupied bf
the. high school band, which will play
the Christmas carols.
Fight hundred Cln i;;! mas bags of
candy, conlaiiuiil- 400 oounds of candy
four hundred pounds of (Hits, and
1.1.00 oranges are beiiK prepared for
distribution among the employees,
who receive a hag for thetiiHelves and
one for each .child in their family
L. M. Richeson, spuerinlcndent of
the plant, assisted by the other offi
cials, will be in charge of the pro
grain. The Itcv. O. C. Landrum, jms
tor of tlie 1 1;, .el wood I'resby teria
( hiircli, v. ill i-.i i.'i.ci ti l hri. f devo
W. Crawl ord I leads
Haywood Bar Croup
Walter Ciaw ford -.was naioi'il prosi .
dirit of the Haywoorl ("fi'lnty Bar
Ah.sociaton at the annual uu-cting nere
lust Tlnirsd.-iy. Mr. .--Crawford sue
reed- .;.:n T, Ward.
rflwifi- lla.viii s, of '. n!.-'i, was re
let !; ! secretary of ! he jisisociatiort'
At p resell t. there lire fourte.-'n iretu
l)i i s i.i' the Hay wood Bar.
License Tas Are
Moving Fast Here
Motorits are buying Vig.-; faster
then they did last year, according li
ft "check, with the Chamber of Com
merce office here yesterday, at w h. h
time J. Dale Stent, ecretaiy, an
nounced that sales- were far ahead of
last year, with 50 to 7." t-ig-i l-eir,;
The o!ii e w ill reinain opcri Sati'-"-d:.y,;liLit
-wilt lie ciosed all day Mo"
day, it was said. : !?' boors a :
rroiii. t.ine until five. '
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