Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance oj The Great Smokv Mountains National Park
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WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 1940
$1.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
yr n at T c
i DONNAHOE, of Ashe
thas announced as a can
Wor Congress - from the
ll district. . Mr. Donnahoe
opponents Zebulon Wea
"imbent), Sam M. Cathey,
"Ule, Democrats, and Rob
ot Jarrett, of DSlsboro,
Haywood candidates this
ped the list to eleven, af
j.et week just before E as-
week brought forth an
kits from R. T. Boyd, for
. a as a 'member of the
j'j commissioners $ Clarence
' former member of the
i seeking another term,
link Ferguson, Jr., is the
i announce as candidate
Jeentative, and G. M. Fish
h d candidate to 'eiiojr,' the
f deeds race.
Boyd, conservative, practi
Jiuccessful farmer, has an
his candidacy for re-elec-the
county board of corn
's. Mr. Boyd has served
m on the board of county
'oners, and is familiar
phases of the county gov
! He is what is generally
I'l a "middle roader" in the
politics and in conducting
irs of the county. He
-o new move nor accepts
fon the "spur of the mo
(Be has to be shown that
iway is better than the old
Je will change either his
- or his attitude toward
fairs. But once he is con-
1 1 stays by his decisions.
ct that once a person be--nocculated"
with the "pub-
germ" it seems hard for
t! be satisfied outside the
, is being evidenced this
.the entry of Clarence Med
ne race for county commis
Mr. Medford served on the
it county commissioners in
and has bejen active in
politics for years. He lived
Lesville for about 15 years,
jbeen residing in Canton
12. At present he is as
uperintendent of water in
(of Cantom. The Medfords,
fer the county," are gener
ksidered to be a pretty
bunch, and if his folks
I' him he should make an
face for other contestants.
t : -
f Ferguson, Jr., known
put the county as "Young
- who has taught in the
"Schools for the past 12
ie last four in the junior
id in August of 39 wa3
. to the North Carolina bar,
( represent Haywood Coun
e next General Assembly.
to leave the schoolroom
r and hang out his shin
iractice law. . A graduate
a. student at heart, he
informed and has a lot of
f determination. If he can
the voters of Haywood
Wth the ease with which he
upline a c?ss of unruly
i will have a smooth run-npaign.
Ordered For County
New Law Makes It Manda- -
tory For Voters To Desig-1 lliIlCl t Und otlll
nate Party Affiliations
Fish, of Clyde, who has
)fore offered himself as a
e for any public office, has
to leave the sidelines and
into the thick of the polit
t. He has watched with
er t for many years the
f"--' " of the great game
1 in Haywood, and
- At the meeting held here on Sat
urday of the County Board of Elec
tions it was decided to have a new
registration in Haywood rather
than have a re-listing of the voters.
By haying a complete registration
of the voters, it was pointed out,
the county would be saved at least
one thousand dollars.
C. Gudger Bryson, Democrat,
was elected chairman of the board
on Saturday and Virge McClure,
Republican, was elected secretary.
John R. Hipps, Democrat, is the
"Every person who intends to
vote in Haywood County will be
required to register, and we want
to urge everybody eligible in the
county to vote in 1940 to register,"
said Mr. Bryson yesterday to a
representative of The Mountaineer.
"There will be no place for the
independent voter to vote in Hay
wood County. All voters will have
to-confine their voting to one party
Or the other," continued Mr. Bry
The meeting was held here on
Saturday according to the law in
the office of the clerk of the court.
At this time the clerk delivered
the books, poll books, election laws
and old registration and poll books
for the years 1936 and 1938 to the
chairman of the board.
On April 6th the county board
of elections will meet in the court
house for the purpose of appoint
ing registrars for the twenty-two
voting precincts in the county and
judges of the election, and for mak
ing other necessary arrangements
for the conduct of the primary.
The registration books will be
opened by -. the registrars at the
polling places at 9 a. m. on Sat
urday, April 27, and on the two
Saturdays following, May 4th and
lit h. A person contacting th'e reg
istrar during the week will be al
lowed to register, but the registrar
will be required by law to be at
the voting precinct in which he has
been assigned from 9 a. m. until
sundown only on the throe days
The local board attended the
meeting held in Asheville on Mon
day, at which time W. A. Lucas,
chairman of the State Board of
Elections, presided and pointed out
the new regulations governing the
coming primary and the general
Among the changes discussed
were the following: The date of the
primary is changed from the first
Saturday in June to the last Sat
urday in May, with the date set
this year on May 25th.
No absentee voting of any kind
will be allowed in the Democratic
: No markers will be permitted
but any person unable because of
physical incapacity to mark a bal
lot may receive help from a near
relative, from a chosen voter from
his precinct who has not previously
helped anyone else mark a ballot,
or from the judges and registrar.
In cases where the voter is hot
physically disabled he or she may
still receive help from a near rela
The pay of the election officials
has been increased from $3 to $4
for judges and from $3 to $5 for
registrars for each day they serve,
The filing fee for all county (or
township offices) where fees are
collected as a basis for pay shall be
$5 if the fees collected the previous
year amounted to $500 or less and
if the fees amount to more than
$500, the filing fee shall be one per
cent of the total fee collected.
Short Of $1,800
Goal About $346
Committee To Make Wind
Up Tuesday Night On
Contributions came in rather
slowly during the past week to
wards the $1,800 campaign to uni
form the band and to retain the di
rector for four months during the
Actual contributions amounted
to $28.25. But added to this is
four dollars from last week, which
was an error in reporting Richard
Rogers as having given $1, when
it should have read $5. Including
this $4 error in compilling, the
total for the week was $32.25,
which leaves the fund $346,25
short of the $1,800 goal. '
Those giving this week were:
Richard Rogers (additional) $ 4.00
Mrs. Bonner Ray .....
Mrs. H. L. MacFadyen ..
Mrs, Will Medford
Mrs. W. T. Crawford ....
Bill Chambers ..
J. R. McClure ............
Eagle Five and Ten ......
Ben Colkitt ...............
Previously acknowledged $1,421.60
Total to date ...$ 1,453.76
The band committee will meet
next Tuesday night and make the
final check-up on the campaign at
that time. Contributions will be
received until that date, it was
announced. The committee plans
to publish the omplete list of con-
Ltributors in weeks-newspaper.
1 on page 8)
Lake Dam Being
To Give Program
Before Two Clubs
The Rotary and Lions Clubs will
hold a joint meeting tonight at
seven o'clock at the Welch Sunday
School building, to hear seven
Chinese engineers tell of road
building in China.
The engineers, in this county
to study study mountain road
building, will also show pictures
of similar work in their native
The joint meeing will take the
place of both regular weekly meet
ings of the clubs.
Special guests at the meeting
will be Col. W. I. Lee, who is in
charge of the Parkway location and
construction in this district.
Ben Cotterell, locating engineer
for the Parkway, James Davidson
and Howard Gourband associates,
Arthur Connell, landscape engin
eer of the Park Service, and Dave
Noland, project superintendent
of Cataloochee CCC camp.
J. S. Hopkins is president of the
Lions Club and Ben Colkitt pres
ident of the Rotary group.
Lake Junaluska has been drain
ed in ordp-r that workmen can
check over the dam, which was , seats will be provided for the choir.
Is Made Larger
Approximately 1,000 additional
square feet of floor space is being
added to the auditorium of the
First Baptist church this week.
Workmen have removed the par
tition which formerly divided the
auditorium, from the Sunday School
rooms, and have elevated the floor
and installed comfortable seats.
The choir loft has been changed
to the left side of the rostrum and
the pulpit moved over several feet,
until it is now in the center of the
enlarged auditorium. Twenty-four
rebuilt last spring, and to put on
another coating of waterproofing.
While the lake is drained, con
siderable cleaning of the lake bed
will be done, it was learned.
Miss Squires, District
Assumes Her Duties
Miss Margaret Squires, who has
been . appointed supervisor of
nursing in the district health de
partment, arrived this week and
has taken over her duties.
Miss Squires is making her
home at the Hotel Gordon.
Large congregations prompted
the officials of the church to make
the chance. : .
Since the installation of a cen
tral steam heating plant the new
floor plans will help in giving a
more desired ventilation of the au
ditorium, both in summer and win
CALLED TO OXFORD
Rev. and Mrs. J. S. Hopkins and
family left Tuesday morning for
Oxford, where they were called
on account of the serious illness
of the latter's father. They ex
pect to return Friday, pending his
Main Street Landmark Corninir Down
Li a i
Leaves Main Street
For 58 years Mrs. Mark Felmet
haH lived on Main Street, taking
boarders. This week she moved to
her new bungalow-' on Walnut
Street, away from the noise and
lights Photo by PatHy (Iwyn.
Workmen are tearing down this week one of the oldest and.
last of the landmarks on Main Street. This picture of the Felmet
House was made the day workmen started tearing it away. The
property was recently bought by Dewey Stovall, but he has not
made public his plans. Photo by Patay Gwyn.
Resided In Same
House For Over
Mrs. Felmet Leaves Noise
And Lights Of Main Street
For Quieter Place
Back in 1882 Mrs. Lula McElroy
Felmet and her husband, the late
Mark Felmet, moved into a small
two room house on Main street.
Last Thursday, Mrs. Felmet moved
out of a 14-room house, two rooms
of which were the original ones
she first occupied fifty-eight years
Mrs. Felmet has seen many
changes come and go in the town.
She has seen a red clay lane on
which horses could hardly trael
in rainy weather turn into a paved
street, and from a County high
way become U. S, 19, on which un
dreamed of traffic now travels.
New buildings have gone up, and
Main street of 1940 with its neon
signs and its glaring lights from
which she moved last week is a
stranger to that village street of
1882 over which hung complete
darkness when night came on.
There was no newspaper in the
village then, and only by word of
mouth did the news get about lo
cally, A few persons took the
Asheville Weekly News.
For more than fifty years Mrs.
Felmet ran a boarding house ad
ding from time to time to her
residence. For years it was the
stopping place for the judges and
lawyers attending court here.
Many of the older business and
professional men coming to Way
nesville have lived at the Felmet
It was the favorite rendesvous
for the country people, who came
to town for the day. In those
early years there were no cafes,
no tea rooms, and Mrs. Felmet
would find her dining room packed
"The country people always
liked my pot roasts better than
anything I ever served them. I
guess they used to eat more pork
in the country then," said Mrs.
"It was quite a job for us to
feed fifty people at one meal back
in those early days when I first
started taking boarders. But we
often had that many on court
week days," she continued.
Mrs, Felmet is the daughter of
the late Mr. and Mrs. David Mc
Elroy, and granddaughter of
Wayne and Emeline Howell Battle,
who had one of the first hotels in
Waynesville, the old Battle House,
the site of which is now occupied
by the Hotel Waynesville. Wayne
Battle was the Son of , William
Battle, said to be the first white
child born in Waynesville.
Mrs. Felmet took with her the
old dinner bell that has summoned
hundreds of guests to her table.
(Continued on page 8)
Snow Kept Many
An Easter Hat
At Home Sunday
Many Easter bonnet was kept
indoors Sunday, as a four-meh
snow fell and dawn about 11
It was the first white Easter
ever recalled in this section, and
also one of the coldest, accoraing
to the older residents.
Following on the heels of the
snow storm, the mercury tumbled
to 16 Monday morning.
Despite the snow, and and cold,
the churches of the community
were well filled for the morning
Officers For Cominjr Year
Will He Eleded At
Merchants of Waynesville, Ha
zelwood and Lake Junaluska will
hold their annual meeting on Mon
day evening, at the Hotel Gordon,
at seven o'clock.
New .'officers for the coming
year Will be elected, according to
d'resident N. W. Garrett.
George A. Kunze, health officer,
will make a report on the proposed
jat extermination campaign for
President Garrett has named W.
H. Burgin, J. C. Galusha and L.
E. Hudson as a committee on arrangements.
Soco Dance Team
Will Appear In
Famous Local Dance Team
Has Engagement To Dance
At Carnegie Hall
The Soco Square Dance Dance
team has an engagement to appear
at Carnegie Music Hall, in Pitts
burgh, under the auspices of the
In-AndMAbout Pittsburgh Music
Dr. Jacob Evanson, eminent
educator, who is president of the
club, recently visited Waynesville
and saw the team perform. He
visited the homes of many of the
dancers and collected data on the
local background of this type of
An attractive 12-page folder
containing numerous newspaper
accounts of successful perform
ances of the group, has been put
out by the sponsoring organiza
tion. Scats on the first floor of the
hall will sell as high as $2.00,
while the lowest price in the gal
lery will be 75 cents.
About ten musicians and singers
wiUacxompany the team accord
ing to Sam Queen, caller. Basoom
Lunsford, Asheville attorney, and
an authority on mountain folk
lore, is in charge of the arrange
ments. Mr. Queen' does not have his list
of dancers complete. He is also
uncertain as to the means of con
veyance of the group, which Us
ually travel by bus.
The gills will wear dresses fash
ioned after the same pattern, and
tho boys will dance in dark panls,
white shirts, dauk ties and white
Jerry Rogers Is
Jerry Rogers, well known in
Haywood County, was named po
liceman of Hazelwood by the board
of aldermen Tuesday night. Mr.
Rogers will assume his new duties
immediately, it was announced.
The new policeman was formerly
on the Canton police force. He is
a native of Clyde, and has been
active in the Young Democratic
organizations in this section of
the state. He replaces Ed McClure.
Mrs. Mary ; Kirkpatrick Jones
and small son have returned from
a trip to Florida.
Workers Will Begin Taking 1940
Census Next Tuesday Morning
The 1940 census will get under
way in Haywood County Tuesday
morning, with probably 20 enum
erators in the field.
Letters have been received by
20 Haywood people asking " that
they attend the two-day school in
Asheville on Friday and Saturday
of this week. At which time all
details of taking the census, in
cluding the housing and agricul
tural census, will be explained and
The final appointment of the
enumerators will not be known
until after the examinations, it
was explained from the Asheville
Efforts to get the list of those
who will take the two-day school
ing was without avail, in that
"some last minute changes might
be made" it was explained from
the census office yesterday after
noon. The work will continue through
the month of April.
It was pointed out that there is
a possibility of the state having
two more congressmen, after the
final compilation of the census is
Drain Pipes Being
Put In On East
. Delayed one day because of
weather, the contractors have made
.satisfactory progress in East
Waynesville in widening the road
to 36 feet, plus a 5-foot sidewalk.
A steam shovel is now digging
the ditch for the 42-inch drain pipe,
which will empty into Shelton
Linemen have been busy for
the past few days moving telephone
lines and cables to new poles.
Fifteen feet of the new addition
will on the right side of the road,
and three on the left. The creek
will be piped from the top of the
hill to Shelton Branch, crossing
under the highway in front of
Cathey Wins Cup
In Corn Contest
Haywood County Adult Corn
Club Held Annual Banquet
On Monday Night
John H. Allen was elected pres
ident of the Haywood County Adult
Corn club, composed of demonstra
tion farmers and sponsored by the
Haywood Mutual Soil Conservation
and Land Use Association, Inc., at
it$ annual banquet, which was held
on Monday night in the Welch
Memorial building of the Baptist
Other officers chosen to serve
with Mr. Allen were: vice presi
dent D. J. Boyd; secretary, Sam
Ferguson, and treasurer, T. W.
T. Weaver Cathey, of the Pig
eon township was announced as
winner in the corn club contest of
1939, having grown 116.3 bushels
of corn to the acre. Mr. Cathey
was presented a silver cup for this
honor, and since this is the second
year he has won this distinction
he automatically gets to keep the
The presentation of the award
was made by Sam Ferguson, of
Fines Creek township, who is
secretary of the Haywood County
Mutual Soil Conservation and Land
Running Mr. Cathey a close race,
and making Second place in the
contest was, John H. Allen, who
grew 113.1 bushels per acre and
received for this a prize of 2.00.
Third place in the contest was
won by L. A. Cogburn, of Cruso,
who grew 107.3 bushels per acre,
and also received a prize of $2.00.
Others growing high yields
were Walker Brown, of Pigeon,
with 102.53 bushels to the acre;
John T. Rogers, of Crabtree, mak
ing 93.8; W. L. Messer, of White
Oak, growing 90; Sam Ferguson,
of Fines Creek, making 68; Geo.
E. Plott, of Waynesville, 96 bushels
to the acr. ; ;
Twenty-eight persons attend the
banquet over which Mr. John H.
Allen presided. Members of the
club made talks on -how they grew
their prize acres of coin, which
brought forth '.discussions relative
to the method used in growing high
yields obtained by some of the con
testants. Several visitors also
The following were in charge of
the program: John II. Allen, D. J.
Boyd, Geo. E. Piott, and T. W.
Those attending were: Wilfred
Jackson, farm security supervisor,
J. W. Killian, president of the
Chamber of Commerce, N. W. Gar
rett, president- of the merchants
division; J. C. Brown, D. Frank
Baird, Geo. A. Brown, Jr., R. T.
Boyd, Frank M. Davis, T. W. Cath
ey, Tom Rainer, Claud Miller, J.
F. Rogers, John Rogers, W. C.
Kinsland, Walker Brown, Harri
son HensOn, Lowe Allen, Jim Page,
Sam Ferguson, N. C. James, D. J.
Boyd, Eck Cathey, Geo. E. Plott,
J. II. Allen, Glenn C, Palmer, W.
A. Corpening and J. L. Reitzel,
assistant county agents, and J. C.
Lynn, county agent.
Of Services Held
By Dr. G. F. Bell
Interest in the revival services
being held this week at the Presby
terian church by Dr. G. F. Bell, of
Black Mountain, continues to grow
as evidepced by the increase in
the daily congregations.
The meeting will continue
throughout the week, closing Sun
day night. The pastor, the Kev.
K. P. Walker, has announced the
following topics for the remain
At the 7:30 o'clock service to
night, Dr. Bell will
"Christian Allegiance." On Friday
I morning ai iv o clock his subject
j will be "The Spirit-filled Life." In
the evening of the same day he
will speak on "Spiritual Prepared
ness." On Saturday morning he will ad
dress the children and younger
people on "Building a Life." In
the evening he will talk on "The
At the regular Tuesday morning
chapel hour at the high school Dr.
Bell addressed the students.
Local Bank Buys
Town of Waynesville refunding
bonds amounting to $26,000 were
sold in Raleigh on Tuesday of this
week before the local government
The bonds were purchased by
the First National Bank of Way
nesville. They were bid off at
par. The first $6,000 maturities
were bid at par with interest at
five and three quarters.
The balance of $20,000 were sold
with interest at 6 per cent.
7Ae lAedlte deposit
H. M. HALL, Official Observer
Max Min 7:30 a. m. Pree
58 28 29
66 29 46
52 27 29
43 26 28
35 16 17
32 15 16
50 16 ; 43
25 35 16 17 0.23
Mean maximum ,.43.7
Mean minimum ................. .22.4
Mean for week ..:.,....33.0
High for week 58.0
Low for week ............ . lS-O
Mean 7:30 a. m. 29.7
Precipitation for week .....0.28
j Precipitation for March ......2.50"
Below March mormal L90
i Precipitation since Jan. 1st 10.10
I Deficiency for year ..J2.09"