Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance oj The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
FTY-FIFTH YEAR NO. 2
WAYNESVILLE, N. O, THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 1939
$1.50 IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY
Xiry Awards G. C.
Bryson $z,&uu m
Civil Damage Suit
Ljge Zeb. V. Nettles, Asheville,
presides Over January Term,
Scene Of Murder And Suicide
udeer Bryson, who received in-
ies to a foot while attending a sale
the Asheville Livestock yards in
flieville, was given a judgment of
1500 in damages, by the jury late
kterday afternoon. J. Walter
ynes, of Asheville, attorney lor the
fendants, gave notice of an appeal.
jThe case, which has attracted con-
lerable attention since it was given
knistrial in the September term of
brt, as to certain issues in the case,
s brought up in the January civil
Ira of superior court, which conven
on Monday, with Judge Zeb V
ttles, of Asheville, presiding.
fThe calendar contains thirty-six
fees, nine of which had been disposed
yesterday afternoon when adjourn-
nt of court lor the day was made.
In the case of the First National
Ink versus T. C. Noland, Cora Hipps
W. H. McCracken, the plaintiif
given a judgment of $4,000
liinst the defendants.
n the case of Caldwell versus Car
involving automobile injuries
plaintiff was given a verdict of
JThe following divorces were grant
W .M. Cooper from Catherine
loper, both of isuncombe county;
rothy Gaddis from Ray Gaddis;
lima Embler from P. J. Embler:
iniel K, Edwards from Ethel White
Iwards; Estella McNabb from Rob
MeNabb (colored); and Wiley A.
iland from Phifer Noland.
irst National Has
,uooa average lear
ins Made During Year; Offi-
ers And Directors Re-Elected
By Stockholders A
tockholders of the First Nat
lik here heard reports of 1938 bus
ts, which revealed that the nast
r had been a good average year,
inai approximately S10.000 had
n added to the undivided nrofits in
a ition to paying the usual six per
resent at the meeting were renre-
Itatives of 347 shares of the 500
res of stock. The board of direc
5 were re-elected.
"he cashier's report showed the
ital to be $50,000; a surplus of
000 ; undivided profits of $50,
51; a reserve of $12,531.60: and
losits of $739,418.88. Present de
ns are about $20,000 more than at
same period last year
he directors are J. R. Boyd, D.
ves Noland. J. TT W T. M
MvJ. W, Ray, and J. T. Noland.
I he discount committee is compos-
OI X,. JN. Davis. J. W. Rnv anA Tt
pves Noland. The examinino. .m.
tee is composed of L. N. Davis, J.
".v, ana j. t. Noland.
K. Bovd is nrooi'rlnv,- r T
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WPA Approves Gity
Water System Job
No Funds Available At Present,
But Believe There Will Be
vice president, J. H. Way cash-
ad the result is one of the
you've ever readl Don't mist
this exciting new story about
the U. S. forest service.
By HAROLD C. WIRE
City officials were elated yesterdav
over the news from Senator Robert R.
Reynolds that a PWA request from
the town of Waynesville for funds for
improving the water system had been
approvedbut the Public Works Ad
ministration were out of funds, but a
pending new appopriation would
probably be made at an early date.
Waynesville voters voted last Sep
tember for about $65,000 in bonds for
this work, with the understanding
that PWA funds would be sought.
Dance To Be Held
The Roosevelt Square Dance, which
will be held in the Waynesville Ar
mory on Saturday night, the 14th, is
being greatly anticipated in the town
and surrounding territory.
Music will be furnished by the
Pisgah Ramblers, with many attrac
tive special features. The figures
will be called by local experts.
A large number of tickets have been
sold in advance. Chairmen are serv
ing under Bill Prevost, county chair
man, and under Claude Medford, j
chairman of the Waynesville dance,
The photograph above was taken shortly after Greenville,
S. C, police broke down a door in a boarding house and discovered
the murdered body of Lena Joe Ferguson Shaw, 17-year-old bride
jf Joheph C. Shaw, Jr., 30, who committed suicide after firing a
pistol into the temple of the former 'Waynesville girl. Blood stains
can be seen on the bed clothing, where the young girl was slain.
An officer can be seen looking over the room, while in the foreground
is the undertaker's stretcher.
At the left is Mrs. Shaw, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Ferguson, and granddaughter of Mrs. Dave Penland and of Mr.
and Mrs. Ceasar Ferguson, all of this county.
Photos by Greenville Piedmont
Tomorrow Will Be A Bay Of
Suspense for Many ; Friday 13
Cupid Coming Out
Of The Depression
Cupid, as far as the records
show in the office handling mar
riage licenses, has to hi8 credit
? for 1938, 584 fatal shots, which
resulted in 292 marriages. Not
all of these 684 persons resided
in Haywood county, but for the na
tives who went elsewhere for their
marriage bonds, there was a well
balanced number who came from
other sections here, so it was
about an even break for the local
Cupid's business is picking up
considerably. In the year 1937
there were 265 marriage licenses
sold, showing a gain of 47 for
1938, over the year before.
Mr. Francis, register of deeds,
attributes this gain to an im
proved economic situation, with
still brighter days ahead, rather
than to sentimental reasons, as
he contends, that the pocket book
has a powerful effect on romance.
Work On Sewer Line
Moving. At Fast Pace
Those in charge of construction
vork on the sewer line from Hazel-
wood to a point past Lake Junaluska,
said this week that With a "fair
break" in weather, that the project
vould be completed by July first first.
The contract calls for 300 days
from November 4th. The Crew of
men and heavy machinery are making
good progress around the eastern
shore of the lake with the line.
By Dan Tompkins
Written for The Mountaineer".
Although they may not have real
ized it at the time, any hopes that the
members of the House of Representa
tives from the far 1 Southwestern
counties may have had of major com
mittee chairmanships or extra good
committee appointments were dissi
pated when Bill Fenner, of Nash,
withdrew his name from the ballot
ing for the Speakership in the Dem
ocratic caucus and asked his sup
porters to vote for Libby ;Ward.
Fenner is passionately pro-eastern.
In the 1935 session he was largely
responsible for the defeat of the meas
ure that would have reapportioned the
membership of the House, according
to population, as is required by the
Constitution, and thereby transferred
the balance of power from the East
to the West, where the population is
and where the votes are cast.
Now the East, due to Mr. Fenner's
move in the recent caucus, is in the
saddle and riding hard. Mr. Fenner
has had a great deal to do with the
appointment of committees, keen ob
servers assert. For instance, Repre
sentative Larry Burgin, of Hender
son was in line for the committeeship
of agriculture in the House. In fact,
it is generally believed that his name
had already been so written down;
when something happened to upset
the apple cart, and the post went to
Mr. Eagle, from Edgecombe county.
That . something that happened is
generally believed to be Bill Fenner.
At any rate it gives Edgecombe the
heads of thej committee on agricul
ture m both the Senate and the House.
Mr. Burgin was made chairman of the
committee on public welfare, at the
last moment, and drew a long list
of other important assignments.
(Continued on page 12)
Are-you superstitious about Friday,
the 13th T Do you have a complex
about Fridays or about the number
13, or a "double complex" about both ?
For the most fatal day of the year
as far as many are concerned will be
tomorrow Friday the 13th.
Or perhaps you belong to the group
who feel that both Friday and 13 are
lucky days. You would have
trouble in convincing Corinne Wag
enfeld, Carmen Plott, and Ida Lou
Gibson, young daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Bob Gibson. They were born
on Friday the 13th, and contend that
the combination means good luck.
One of the oldest beliefs is that it
is unlucky to start a garment or any
piece of work on Friday, for fear it
will never be finished.
Wives of officials in Washington
have repeatedly shown a disinclina
tion to attend parties where there were
13 guests or otherwise connected with
the fatal number.
It is said that Childs restaurant
has banned numerals on their uni
formed feminine workers as there was
so much objection to the number 13.
But thia antipathy is not confined
to women men have felt the same
way. Victor Hugo and other nota
bles have been so averse to the num
ber that they have refused to sit
down to dinner where there have been
Once, the story goes, a French Cab
inet officer was entertaining for An
drew Mellon and he discovered there
were 13 guests and hurriedly sum
moned his wife to sit down at the
stage affair to break the unlucky
charm of 13.
Captain Frank Hawks, aviator, who
(Continued on page 12) -
C. J. REECE
Mr. And Mrs. C. J.
R e e c e Purchase
Massie's Dept. Store
Hugh Massie Sells His Interest
In Department Store To
It was disclosed during the week
that Mr. and Mrs. C, J. Reece have
bought out the interests of W. Hugh
Massie in Massie's Department Store,
one of the leading business firms of
this county. The purchase, it was
learned, included the entire stock and
building, in which the store is located.
Prior to the transfer this week, Mr.
and Mrs. Reece owned a half interest
in the firm.
Mr, Reece, who is a native of this
county, has assumed management of
the business. He is well known
throughout this section. He has been
connected with Massie's Department
store mr ine past iour years. rior
to this association, Mr. Reece repre
sented the Jefferson Standard Live
Insurance Company in Haywood coun
ty. He is an active member of the
Masoftic LoJge and is a Shriner. ,
' Mrs. Reece, who before her mar
riage was Miss Nora Massie, With
her brother, W, Hugh Massie, estab
lished, the business in 1928. During
the ten years the firm has experienced
a remarkable growth", having been
enlarged from time to time.
Mr. Massie and Mrs. Reece are the
children of Mrs. T. N. Massie and
the late Thomas N. Massie, the latter,
one of the leading figures in business
of Haywood county for many years.
Mr. Massie established several suc
cessful firms, dealing with varioua
kinds, of merchandise, in this county,
and at the time of his death held con
siderable interests in Waynesville.
Mrs. Reece has had a wide e.xpe
(Continued on page 12)
For Coming Year
67 Car Mortgages Cancelled Here
In One Day ; Real Estate
11. &. Loan Stockholders
To Hold Annual Meeting
The 20th annual stockholders meet
ing of the Haywood Home Building
and Loan Association has been culled
for 7:30 on next Tuesday nifrht, Jan
uary 17, '-RCiiording to S. H. Bushncll,
Directors for the coming year will
be named at this meeting, at which
time a report on the past year's work
will be given.
Present directors are: It. L. Pre
vost, E. J. Hyatt, S. H. Bushnell, J.
R. Boyd, J. W. Ray, L. M. Richeson,
C. N, Allen, W. II. Burgin, and O. II.
The records of tho ffln
Kccister of Deeils. lifco u.
1 ....w MlVflC vx uiie
tax collector, are a pretty fair barome-
-v ux cuuuuions in general in the
community, as well a3 the county.
fin U J 1. .
urc uen oi inas. u. r rancis,
register of deeds, this uuv
large pile of cancelled automohil
contracts. To be exact there were
i7 in the lot renrpsntinn. 7
owners, who had made the last pay
ment. This was a large number in
one day, according to Mr. Francis.
k was interesting to learn that in
the days of an economic Blump, man
ufacturers and salesmen are very
careful about record! riff oil nnnrun.
as they wish protection on payments.
In boom days they do not pay out this
small fee, but take a chance on the fact
that there is plenty of money in the
country and that they will naturally
come in for their share. There were
not near 8o many contracts recorded
in 1938 as in 1937, according to Mr.
This vear navmpnt Vion.. j .
t - - .... vicu uiauu
in a systematic manner, that has met
the approval of both contracting sides,
even if 1938 was nni-. nnnc;,imnj
year of financial high tide.
Tiff.. -n . '. . . "
iur. r rancis also referred to the
substantial gain in real estate trans
fers. While there were instances of
property owners failing to meet pay
ments, there were more cases of re
financing, and with a view to working
out of money difficulties.
Mr. Francis feels that the evidence
of better times in" the general run of
his office is indicative of a good out
look for 1939.
New Rector Takes
Over Duties Grace
The Rev, W. H.-ibert Mayers
Succeeds The Rev. Albert
The Rev. E. Herbert Mayers, na
tive of the West Indies, but many
years a resident of the United States,
has arrived with Mrs. Mayers, to as
sume his duties as rector of Grace
Episcopal church, succeeding the Rev.
Albert New, who resigned some
The Rev. Mayers biintrs to the
church an exceptional preparation and
wealth of experience in various forms
of activities in the Episcopal church.
J wo brothers by name of Drayton
came from England to the West In
dies in the early seventeen hundreds.
One remained in San Barbadoe, and
the other came to Charleston. The Rev.
Mayers is a descendant of the brother
who remained in San Baibiidoes.
lie was sent to school in England
by his parents, 'and hold-; his M. A.
from Durham University.- Shortly
after returning to the West Indies
he became a missionary under the
Society for the Propagation---of the
Gospel, an --organization of the Church
of England. He served in this capac
ity in the scattered islands of the
After several years of this work ho
was sent to Vancouver, where he serv
ed as Chaplain and rector of several
groups. During these years he organ
ized two societies for aid to the blind,
(Continued on page 12)
has certainly won no sympathy for ?''.' -jf' "
himself since his release,"
1 " ' ' -
Do you think ' that Tom Mooney
should have been released from
W. T. Crawford attornev "Not. in
the manner in which he was released.
Now they are makiner a martyr of
him. I have lived in San Francisco,
and I feel that he was guilty."
Grover C. Davis county attorney
"I think he should have been released,
but he has acted the fool ever since."
M. H. Bowles superintendent of
VV aynesville Township Schools "Yes,
from a human standpoint, the testi
mony might have been perjury. But
if he is going to agitate labr con
ditions, already unsettled, I think it
would have been better for the coun
try, for him to have remained in
Robert V. Welch Sheriff of Hay
wood County "If they had sufficient
evidence at the time of his trial to
show that he was guilty he should
have been kept in prison for life. He
Dr. It. P. Walker Presbyterian
minister "My opinion ia that Tom
Mooney was guilty and should have
been punished. I think he has suf
fered enough and I am glad that he
was pardoned. I hope that his re
lease will not make people believe he
was not guilty and that the court
made a mistake; nor lead others to
persistent agitation against the
punishment of criminals of the Mooney
type.". ' '
James W. Killian owner of the
Waynesville Laundry "I believe in
abiding by the decisions of the court.
Mooney was found guilty, so for the
safety of society I think that he should
have been kept in prison."
"He who pitches too high n on'l gel
through his song,"
8 Eli Whitney, Inventor of :
the cotton gin. died. 1825
9 The first shot in the Civil
War was fired, 18ol.
10 the Treaty of Versailles
became ellective, isza
11 Amelia Earharl Putnam
- began her pacific fiicht,
12 Jack London, famous
author, bom, 1876.
15 The New Plymouth col
ony was founded, 1629.
li Disastrous earthquake
visits Jamaica, 1907. !