&e Waynesville Mount
Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Easiern Entrance oj The Great Smokv Mountains National Park
12 Pages Today
WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 1940
$1.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
160,000 Being Spent On Haywood's Rural Roads
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a l o n g iTlirv Tn Fl V PriPP Oil I To Be Honored By Local Masons 244 Meil GiveH Wwk
jlon Vance Weaver, with 22
service in Congress, and
throughout the 11th district
many friends as "Zeb," is
the voters to send him back
ngressi for another term.
ng his Way among- the so-
if the nation, Mr. Weaver
illy claims that his 22 years
igress give him the kind of
-enc that it takes to "put
across and get what the
lack home want." He states
will not make personal is
In the campaign, but feels
.snt that the voters will con
Ijhis service to his district,
Latate and the nation, as well
Democratic arty, and re
.lin!" to bis 'pit,:ii."plce in
an" in political' Washington,
lenority rule ,in the house
Mr. Weaver well earned in
He is generally recog
as one of the ablest lawyers
House. While thousands of
in the 11th district agree
Mr. Weaver's ', claims, there
"ihers all for sending a "new
Jury To Fix Price On
Site For Clyde School
ras definitely learned during
lek that among those who will
e-election in the coming pri
will be Glenn C. Palmer. The
representative of Haywood
y will shortly make his form
louncement. As a freshman
itor in 1939 Mr. Palmer made
ay around the legislature
with discretion.. He spon
constructdve i bills for
ood, and from many sources,
& been urged to enter the
race. . ,. " ' .'
fact the list of Haywood
y candidates is said to be
;ng over-night, though as yet,
rmal announcements have
made. In several instances
are said to be four and five
lates seeking the same office,
he present they are playing
ind go seek with each other,
; to find out whether or not
eported candidate is merely
ng through bis hat," or se- L
f intends to pitch it in the
Three Appraisers Named
By Court To Fix Price On
Eight Acre Tract
Last week the Haywood County
Board of Education filed a peti
tion of condemnation of the eight
acres of land, part of the D. I. L.
Smathers property, owned by Mrs.
Mary Morgan, which they contem
plate buying for the proposed new
Clyde School building, funds for
which were recently approved by
the WPA. ;
The petition grew out of a dis
agreement with the owners of the
property and the board of edu
cation as to the value of the land.
The case was heard on Monday
before W. G. Byers, clerk of the
Superior Court. After failure of
the board and the owners to come
to an agreement Mr. Byers ap
pointed W. P. Harris, of Beaver
dam Township; Frank Wells, of
Pigeon Township ; and Jarvis H.
Allison, of Waynesville, to appraise
the lands at what they consider a
fair and just price.
While the jury of three men are
allowed tert days in which to make
the appraisal, it was thought that
they would take up the matter at
an early date, in order that the
work of the building which has al
ready been delayed, may start.
School authorities are anxious to
get the construction underway so
that it will not interfere with the
regular work of the school.
Application was made to the
WPA for funds with which to erect
a new school building at Clyde in
September, following condemnation
of the present school buildings by
the state engineer of the educa
The .wing of, tfj.e building nh
will contain the 22 class rooms,
will be constructed first, so that
the school activities may suffer as
little . as possible by the building
The other part of the building
will include a home economics, and
vocational department, a cafeteria,
a library, and two offices, will be
added in time. Much of the ma
terial in the old class room building
will be used in the construction ol
the new plant.
The present gymnasium will be
retained, and kept in use, being con
veniently located just across the
street, while the remainder of the
nrp.wnt Kchool buildings will be
Tom Blalock, 48,
To Observe His
For the first time in four years
and the twefth time in his 48 years,
Tom Blalock will today observe a
The question has arisen should
Mr. Blalock do four times as much
celebrating today and receive four
times as many gifts as those cele
brating a birthday each year.
Mr. Blalock is a son of Mrs. W.
D. Blalock and the late W. D.
He is operator of the Big Ridge
Local Bands To
Give Concert On
56-Piece High Band, Arid
44-Piece Elementary Band
To Give Free Concert
eparture from the usual cus
pf selecting an active politi
I some old hand at political
ne,- was made during the
' when Governor Hoey named
den Ramsey, general mana
t the Asheville Citizen-Times,
ynoter at the state conven
rtiich will meet in Raleigh on
the 17th. While Mr. Ramsey
isidered a good Democrat, he
d to have taken no active
personally in politics, but on
ther hand has 'never been
l to scratch a ticket." Those
mow Mr. Ramsey can vouch
tracking good speech that will
p the old war horses and the
colts to a presidential cam
speed. The Western counties
Iso be assured that they will
il represented by this adopt
l from "Old Virginny," when
,amsey raises his voice in the
ntion. Those supposed to be
e inside ring, feel that the
on of Mr. Ramsey is another
' evidence of the Governor's
pt to stay neutral. If he had
i an active
The 56-piece band of the Waynes
ville High School and the 44-piece
elementary band, will give their
first public concert Friday night,
at the high school auditorium, with
Bandmaster L. T. New, Jr., in
There will be no admission charg
es. Neither will there be any offer
ings taken. - : .
The committee jn charge of the
band work in the community, head
ed by L. M. Richeson, chairman, is
anxious to fill the auditorium Fri
"Come out and show by your
presence that you are behind the
children and the school authorities
who are" working hard to provide
a band which is already proving a
credit to the community," Mr.
"You cannot afford to miss this
concert. The band is one of the
community's greatest undertakings, t
and it is hoped that the auditorium
will be filled to capacity Friday
night," he continued.
"You will not only bei furnished
and enjoyable evening of free enter
tainment, but also your presence
will prove your interest in the
Those serving on the committee,
besides Mr. Richeson, are: Hugh
Massie, Claud Allen, T. L. Bram
lett, Geo. A. Brown, Jr., W. A.
Bradley, Bill Prevost, Jack Messer,
M, H. Bowles) and L. T. New, Jr.
Hope For Prompt
Action By REA
Cruso Electric One Of
Smallest Rural Projects In
The U. S.
No definite statement has been
made as to when work will begin
on the proposed extension linee of
the Cruso Mutual Electric Com
pany since the project will have to
go through the usual routine of
study and examination in all de
tails by the various departments
of the Rural Electrification Ad
ministration in Washington. .
Headel by D. L. Pless, president
of the. Crao Electric company, a
graup composed of J. C. Lynn,
county farm agent, Joe Howell,
project superintendent, Chester A,
Cogburn, attorney, and T. L.
Gwyn, took all the plans to Wash
ington last week and Submitted
them to the administration. :
They are asking for an appro
priation of approximately $150,
000 to build the 140 miles of ex
tension lines. They brought the
matter before the legal, engineer
ing and auditing departments of
the Rural. Electrification Adminis
tration, with favorable comments
from each department relative to
their presentation of the proposed
The Cruso project was referred
to in Washington as one of the
smallest rural electric projects in
the United States, but one which
was much needed. The average
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Other Funds Sought
W. T. LEE
CAPTAIN ALDEN HOWELL
Waynesville M ill bestow the veteran medal for fifty years
of continuous service upon Captain Alden Howell and W. T. Ixe here
Friday night. ''.Captain Howell has been a Mason over 66 years, and
Mr. Lee for 52 years.
Captain Howell And W. T. Lee To
Receive 50-Year Masonic Medals
To Buy 20 Bulls
Will Join lL. Case At
Annual Kansas City
J. C. Lynn, county agent, and J.
L. Reitzel, and W. A. Corpening,
assistant county agents, left yes
terday for Kansas City, where they
will join I. L. Ceee, head of the
animal husbandryf of State College,
to' attend the Annual Hereford
Round up sale, and purchase 20
purebred bulls to be placed in
The movement to improve the
cattle industry in Haywood, Coun
ty is being sponsored by the First
. T. 1 1 ,1''
national aann ana xne county
board of commissioners.
According to Mr. Case, this will
be the largest placement of pure
bred bulls at one time in any couri
ty of North Carolina.
Inquiries have been coming in
from the neighboring counties to
the office of the county agent re
garding the possibility of pur
chasing some of the bulls, but it
was learned that the Haywood
County breeders would have the
first chance at the animals.
The sale jn Kansae City, an an
nual affair, is one of the largest
-.'i 1 :4.-J
jiiujevfc u. uBu;uu;..kuihld .. . the COUntry, and over 1,000
subscribers to the mile, while the
Cruso Mutual Extension lines pro
ject averages five to a mile, it
was learned in Washington.
Those interested in putting the
project through seem to feel that
the final surveys will be started
in about six weeks, and that the
project will share' in the fiscal
year's appropriation to the Rural
11th District To
Meet In Brevard
The regular biennial Republican
convention of the 11th Congres
sional district has been called to
be held on Monday, March the 11th,
at 2 o'clock at the court house in
Brevard, according to Alvin T.
Ward, county chairman of Hay
wood. The convention will be held for
the purpose of nominating a can
didate for Congress; for naming
members of the state executive
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The group .will also visit the
Wolfe River Ranch near Memphis,
Tenn. If the desired animals are
not located at the last named place
and in the Kansas City round up,
the party will visit the Lake View
Cattle Ranch at Silver Lake, Ind.
March Schedule Of
Textile Selection Will Be
Demonstration For Month
Miss Mary Margaret Smith,
county home demonstration agent,
has announced "Textile Selections"
as the demonstration topic for the
month Of March in the club meet
ings in the county. .
The schedule for the meetings
for March is as foljows: the Jon
athan Creek club will meet with
Mrs. J. L. Palmer, at 2 o'clock on
Friday, the first; the Beaverdam
club Will meet with Mrs. Paul
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Veteran medals for fifty years of
continuous service in the Masonic
order, will be presented to W. T,
Lee and Captain Alden Howell,
when the Waynesville Lodge, No.
259 A. F. and A. M, meet in reg
ular communication on Friday
night, March 1, at 7:30.
Captnin Alden Howell, who is 0!),
has been a Mason more than 60
years. The medal will be for
warded to a Los Angeles lodge and
presented to him there.
Past Master O. T. Alexander,
will present the medal to Mr, Lee,
wno started- his Masonic career
in June, 1888.
Dr. J. R. McCracken Will address
the group on the' legendr arid ori
gins of Masonary. '
C. B. Hosafiook is secretaryand
in behalf of the program commit
tee, urged full attendance Friday
Farmers To Buy
And Sell Horses
Here On Ninth
An old-time jockey trading sale
day will be held by Haywood Coun
ty horsemen on Saturday, March
9th, at Bramlett s sale stables here,
The morning will be taken up
with horsemen swapping and sell
ing animals in private.
Beginning at two o'clock, those
who wish, may put their stock up
for auction, Medford Leatherwood
will be auctioneer.
There will not be any charges of
any kind, it was said by those
farmers who are promoting the
event. And all those who wish to
buy or sell work stock are invited
"The plan is to get all farmers
who have extra work stock, or
need work stock together at one
time for convenience in trading
and buying. Absolutely no charges
of any kind will be made," a
spokesman for the farmers said
C Of C Secretary
Mm. J " f! T.vTiTi ha returned
politician ne :frn nroanwillo 55 C. . where he'
no doubt, have already been 1 haa been the -uest of relatives. '
(Continued on page 7) 1 :
J. Dale Stentz, secretary of
the Chamber of Commerce for
the past four years, tendered
his resignation to the board of
directors v last night.
The resignation was accept
ed, and will become effective
on March 31st.
J. W! Kiliian, president, said
that no successor had been ap
pointed, and had no statement
to make regarding the resig
nation late last night.
Mr. Kiliian has set next
Wednesday as another meet
ing date for the directors.
Tax Official To
Assist In Making
Returns On 7th
W. R. Palmer, deputy commis
sioner of State Revenue advises
that he will be at the court house
on March 7th for the purpose of
assisting taxpayers in filing income
tax and intangible personal prop
erty tax returns. .
Any. person subject to filing eith
er or both of the state tax returns
must file such returns with the
Department of Revenue on or be
fore March 15, 1940 and pay tax
Any unmarried man or any wo
man, either married or unmarried
having an income of $1,000 or
more during the year 1939, and
any married man having an income
of $2,000 or more must file an
income tax return.
Any person owning on Dec. 31,
1939 intangible personal property;
such as money on hand, postal sav
ings, accounts receivable, notes,
bonds, or other evidences of debt, or
shares of stock of corporations,
must file an intangible tax return.
"Sick Wife" Yam
Gets Man And Girl
Friend In Prison
A man, apparently in great
distress, asked a friend in the
Pigeon section of the county to
lend him his car to take his
sick wife to see the doctor,
around 7 o'clock Tuesday
morning. The ride ended
around 1:30 on Wednesday
morning in a cell of the Hay
wood County jail, for the bor
rower of the car and his girl
friend, who was not his wife.
The owner of the car, is said,
after several hours to have be
come alarmed about his car
and notified the state patrol
men and the police depart
ments of Waynesville and Can
Elmer Downs, of the Way
nesville police force, located
the "borrowed" car and the
"borrower" and his friend
around 1:15 on the Racoon
Creek road, between Francis
and the Ratcliff. Both the
"borrower" and his girl friend
were brought into town and
lodged on the top floor of
the court house, and will be
tried this morning in the mag
istrate's court for "stretching
Work Is Underway
Excavations for the foundation
of the vocational building of the
Bethel school, a WPA project, was
started last week. The total cost
of the construction of the building
will be approximately $30,000,
wim federal funds amounting to
$15,273 and the Havwood Cnunfv
board of Commissioners, sponsors,
Application for the grant was
placed with the WPA officials last
August, and the appropriation was
Plans are to have the building
completed by next September in
time for the opening of the fall
term of the schools. Fifty persons
are employed on the project.
The building Will contain the au
ditorium, the home pponnm anA
Ljndsey M. Gudger, architect, of
Asheville, who has designed the
building, was employed by the
county board of education. Mr.
Gudo-er also desio-ned tha HWni.
woorf, junior high and Crabtrec
Dr. W. E. Gudger
Is Honored By
Dr. Eugene W. Gudger, honora
ry associate in ichthyology, Amer
ican Museum of Natural History,
New York, has recently been elect
ed a corresponding member of the
Zoological Society of London.
The Zoological Society is one of
the leading scientific organizationfi'
in the world. 'Dr. Gudger, native
of Waynesville, has long been rec
ognized as an international author
ity on fishes, and this recent honor
was accorded him because of his
Dr. Gudger was proposed for
membership in this London society
by J. R. Norman, keeper of fishes
in the British Museum of Natural
In a letter to Dr. Gudger Mr.
Norman said in part: "I regard
this election as long overdue, and
a fitting recognition of your val
uable contributions to ichthyolo
gical science. I am delighted to
have been able to play a small part
in bringing this about. May you
enjoy many more years of work,
and may we see many more of
your truly interesting papers in
WPA Farm To Market
Road Improvement Projects
Far Reaching In County
One hundred thousand dollars
of WPA funds are being spent on
farm to market roads in Haywood
County, with an additional $60,000
allocated for the Pigeon road from
Waynesville to Woodrow, employ
ing in all 244 men, according to A.
V. Owen, who is in charge of WPA
road construction in this county.
It was also learned this week
from WPA officials that applica
tions for the improvement of Hay
wood County roads are pending.
If the grants are made, an addi
tional 400 men will be put to work.
The Pigeon highway, 284, is be
ing widened to a 20-foot highway.
One hundred and eight men are
employed on the job. The work
was started on the 8th of Febru
ary. Six inches of crushed stone
are being put on the road, with
asphalt surface treatment. The
five mile project is scheduled for
completion in approximately eight
months. ; Sam Holcombe is fore
man of the work.
The farm to market roads in
clude the following: The Beaver
dam road, a distance of six and
two tenth miles, will be regraded
on North Main street, of Canton to
the Buncombe county line, and the
surface treated from the end of
the present pavement .of North
Main to Newfound street. Forty
eight men are employed on the
job. It is planned to have the work
finished in six months, according
to project supervisor, A. V. Owen,
The project on No. 209, which
started a month ago, runs from
the top of Rush Fork to James'
stoi'e, a distance of one and three
tenth miles. Thirty-eight men "are
employed on the job which is sched
uled for completion in six months.
The grading on the project is well
Panther Creek road, connecting
with 209 in Crabtree and running
to Panther Creek mountain, con
necting with Fines Creek, a dis
tance of five and three-tenth miles,
is also tinder construction.
A widening project on the Love
joy road, on the West Fork of
Pigeon, en route to Cecil, a dis-
(Continued on page 7)
For Radio Work
On Mayor's Tour
J. Dale Stentz rendered valua
ble assistance in handling the
ra"dio programs on the first annual
mayor's tour of Florida recently,
according to J. E. Goad, of Hick
ory, tour director.
Mr. Coad wired The Mountain
eer yesterday, that "The mayor's
tour deeply appreciate valuable
assistance of J. Dale Stentz in
handling the radio programs
throughout the tour, and as assis
tant tour director. Members , of .
the tour extend vote of apnrecia- :
tion through your newspaper to
Waynesville in his behalf. You
are to be congratulated on having
a man of his ability as head of
your Chamber of Commerce."
Others from here makine the
1,200-mile tuor were: Dr. J. R.
McCracken and N. W. Garrett.
They returned home Saturday.
Miss Betsy Lane Quinlan, who
ha3 spent sometime in Miami, is
expected home this week.
7te liJecMtesi Report
H. M. HALL, Official Observer
22 30 25 25
23 31 19 19
24 45 18 35
25 42 32 32
26 34 12 12
27 47 12 39
28 44 33 35
Mean maximum .
Mean minimum .. ..
High for week .
Low for week .,.......
Mean 7:30 a. m.
Below February normal ,
Precipitation for week .
Normal for February
Above February normal ....
frecipitation since Jan. 1st
Normal since Jan. 1st
Deficiency for year
Min 7:30 a. m. Prec
C3 Band Concert By High And Elementary Bands Friday Night--7:30 High Sch