Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance oj The Great Smokv Mountains National Park
Sixteen Pages Today
WAYNESVILLE, N. O, THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1940
$1.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
Needs 61 To Have 3
,ut Question, the 1940 candi-
L the most optimistic group
eekers who ever buook a
id sked for a vote.
those wanting to be con-
d to managers of the most
fcminated gubernatorial can-
optimism prevailed in no
In quality, but still, not
with any of them, but wnat
iewed their efforts last night
home stretch today and to-
Heavy Vo te Predicted For Saturday's Primary
tipping" has not come to the
kt as much this campaign
fcer years. Old timers were
(pinion this week, that little
feg would be done "the night
same old timers in the po-
taiae in Haywood predicted
r election" -because there
it little evidences of money
candidates in the county
lave been passing out elec
ts during the past few days,
ny thousands of the cards
ten thrust into the hands of
Jers, with a sincere request,
pat you can for me."
lountv candidate has passed
feral thousand copies of his
In. This is a new proced
a county candidate.
fmly formal speaking ached-
r the week was held last
tat the courthouse, when
Sara Cathey told a good-
Kdience of his desire to rep-
the 11th district in Con-
The speaking started as
ountaineer went ; to press.
having no advance copy
address, it was imposible
is been a hard-fought cam
lb now, and this newspaper
t to find one candidate but
iks forward to 7 p. m. Sat
whether be he high or low
All are looking forward to
earned rest after a hard
ise you are looking for a list
f idates, you will find them
front page of the second
nntil 7:30 Saturdav nieht.
?he Mountaineer will beein
llA a4..u. il .. J t
iciutns Dime aay b voi
le political column bids all a
Close Observers '
Estimate 9,000 Or
More Will Vote
Campaigning As Eventful
Day Draws Nearer
Experienced political observers
here yesterday were of the opinion
that with favorable weather Satur
day, a record vote would be cast
in the Democratic primary. Pre
dictions ranged from 8,500 to
The new registration was un
usually heavy, it was said, although
the election officials have made no
statement as to the actual number
on the books, it was believed there
were at least 13,000 qualified
Increased activity this week on
the part of all the 21 of the county
candidates, together with friends
of the three congressional candi
dates, and the 19 state candidates
is expected to account for a swell
in total votes cast on Saturday
between 7 a. m. and 7 p. m.
The greatest change in the elec
tion laws for this primary, deals
with the old marker system, and
the doing away of absentee ballots.
Reprints of the ballots to be
voted on Saturday, will be found
on the front page of the second
section of this newspaper.
The county board of elections of
Haywood has been making an ef
fort for the past few weeks to
get the voters acquainted with the
drastic changes made by the 1939
Gi''ral Assembly in the use of
markers in primaries.
They have pointed out that the
law must be recognized and strict
ly adhered to in the marking of
the ballots at the primary on Sat
The only voters who may be as
sisted in the marking of their bal
lots are those who cannot read
and those who by reason of physi
cal handicap, such as blindness,
paralysis or other disabling de
fect, are unable to mark their
jn an official opinion, the At
torney General ruled that only
those illiterates registered under
the Grandfather Clause of the
Constitution were entitled to assist
ance by reason of their inability to
When a voter is entitled to as
sistance in the marking of the bal
lot, he must obtain the assistance
from a near relatives, (husband
and wife; parent and child; brother
and sister; or grandparent and
grandchild) but if no such near
relative is present, he may then
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I Revised Count
Shows Town Now
Has 2,939 People
nery To Start
learned from officials that
y wood County Mutual Can-
rated at Hazelwood, would
arming operations in the
S to the lateness of the sea-
'e ODeratinn n,-
Fen delayed at least two
Nh will be the first crop to
'i. predictions are that if
f conditions are favorable, in
t two weeks the vegetable
r Batumi sufncienitlv for
-ed In Auto Wreck
for The Mm,t.;
j -"niura, was
u 10 be Testing vnnrn rn-m-
r.an(1 much improved yes-
I eav V T lnJunes sHe aus-
khn?- 'day nigbt' when an
n which she was rid-
L : f te'ePhone pole. She
C ncut abut the face, and
F on the head, as she was
. "TO the windshield.
ad er hon,e on the Bal-
F. E. Alley, Jr.,
Is Elector From
The 11th District
Number Of Haywood Dem
ocrats Placed On District
P. E. Alley, Jr., was named
elector from the 11th congressional
district in Raleigh last week, when
the district organization was effect
ed, after the state Democratic con
Other Haywood Democrats on
committees, included W. T. Lee
on the state platform committee.
W. G. Byers is a member of the
state executive committee, and
Sam Queen is a member of the
Congressional executive committee.
W. T. Crawford is a member of
the judicial committee, and R. E.
Sentelle is a member of the senato
rial executive committee.
Delegates to the Democratic na
tional convention in Chicago in
July, from this district, include
J, Y. Jordan, Jr., of Buncombe; II.
E. Buchanan, Henderson, J. E. S.
Thorpe, Macon, and T. Max Wat
son, of Rutherford.
DA. R. Officials Dedicate Forest
..... ' . , -t
Former Clerk Of
Well Known Crabtree Farm
er Dies After Linger-
Nathan 'P. Walker, 83, well
known farmer, and member of an
old Haywood County pioneer fam
ily, died at his home in the Crab
tree section Sunday night after a
Last rites were conducted on
Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock
at Parker's Chapel, Methodist
church, with the Rev. W. H. Nease
and the Rev. C. D. Brown officiat
Active pallbearers included the
following grandsons and nephews:
Jean Russell, Fred Medford, Esthel
Walker, Lawrence Jones, Babe
Walker, and Paul Walker.
Mr. Walker was actively inden
tified with the political affairs of
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Mrs. Ferguson Is
Claimed By Death
Wife Of Late James W.
Attorney Of Waynesyille
Mrs. Hester Cooper Ferguson,
formerly of Waynesville, Who has
been residipg in Washington, D. C,
for the past two years, died on
Saturday evening in a hospital in
that city. Funeral services were
conducted here at the First Meth
odist church on Monday afternoon
at 4 O'clock, with the pastor, the
Rev. J. G. Huggin, Jr., officiating.
Burial was in Greenhill cemetery.
Active pallbearers were: W. G.
Byers, W. A. Hyatt, R. L. Lee, W.
T. Crawford, O. H. Shelton, and
M. T. McCracken.
Serving as honorary pallbearers
were: J.R. Boyd, General Harley
B. Ferguson, Frank W. Miller, H.
C. Lindsley, Harry M. Hall, T. L.
Green, E. J. Robeson, W, L. Harr
din, Jr, and W. T. Lee.
Mrs. Ferguson was the widow
of the late James W. Ferguson, eon
of the late Judge G. S. and Sarah
Norwood Ferguson, who was for
many years a prominent attorney
of the Haywood County bar and
solicitor for the 20th judicial dis-
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Assumes Charge Of
Drug Store Here
Dr. O. T. Alexander, for 25 years
a Waynesville druggist, assumed
active charge of the drug .store
bearing his name, the first of this
week. The store is located across
the street from the new commu
nity center on Main street.
Dr. Alexander has associated
with him, another registered drug
gist, Dr. C. E. Davis, who wa at
one time connected with the store
several months ago.
"We are replenishing our stocks,
and will have complete lines in
every department," the new man
Reading, left to right Mrs. W. H. Belk, Charlotte, past stati
regent and past vice president general of the national society;
Mrs. Eugene Davis, Raleigh, vice president general of the national
society; Miss Rosalie Steele, daughter of the state chaplain; Mrs.
Henry M. Robert, Annapolis, Md., president general of the D. A. R.;
Mrs. Joseph H. Silversteen, Brevard, state regent of the D. A. R-.
and Mrs. Hugh McAllister, Wilmington, national chairman of
conservation, who took part last week in the Golden Jubilee of the
dedication of an area to be planted in 60,000 pines in Sherwood
Forest. Thfe distinguished visitors were luncheon guests of the
local D. A. R. chapter at the Gordon hotel following the dedication
ceremonies. I'hoto by Fatty Gwyn.
Uniforms Of High
School Band To
Be Fitted Today
Fifty uniforms for the Waynes
ville Township school band arriv
ed during the week and will be
fitted on fifty of the students this
morning, according to director L.
T. New, Jr.
The uniform has a Royal blue
coat trimmed in gold, with gold
citation shoulder cord, with left
shoulder bearing the name of
Waynesville Township High School
Band. The trousers are tan with
Royal blue stripe and the cap is
of corresponding blue and gold.
Baby Drinks Lye,
Dies In Few Hours
A tragic death occurred on Sat
urday afternoon ' at the Haywood
County., Hospital, when little Bar
bara Ensley, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. W, E. Ensley, of Balsam,
died as the result of having taken
Last Friday her mother had left
snrru milkv lookini? lve in a cup
near a washtub and stepped next except
1 Killed In
Ben Wilson, 34, Died Tues
day Night From Injuries
Receiver In Car Wreck
Ben Wilson, 34,fof the Pigeon
section of the county, was fa
tally injured as a result of the
collision of two cars which occur
red around 9:10 o'clock Tuesday
night in the Highland Park sec
tion of Canton, near the Smathers
Wilson was taken to a Canton
physician, who rushed him to the
Haywood County Hospital, but
died en route here. His death is
said to have been caused by a
skull fracture and chest injuries.
Vinson W. Shipman, 34, was the
driver of the car in which Wilson
was riding and Roy ..William Brown,
24, an employe, of the Champion
Paper and Fibre Company, was
driving the other vehicle,
At a preliminary hearing Tues
day morning in Canton, Shipman
was ordered held under superior,
court bond of $2,000 and Browii
was bound over under bond of $500.
Four, witnesses were heard at the
Brown was said to have been
driving southeast when he decid
ed to make a left turn and gave
the signal. A car, according to
the witnesses, said to have been
driven by William Donaldson, im
mediately behind Brown's ma
chine stopped, but a second car,
said to have been driven by Ship
man, continued on, colliding with
the Brown car, as it started to
make the turn, causing the Ship
man car to turn oyer.
There were no other injuries
that Mrs. Brown , was
Soco Team Will
Appear Twice In
The Coming Week
The Soco Gap Dance Team will
fill two important engagements
next week, on successive nignts,
but 550 miles apart.
On Monday night they will give
an exhibition at the North Wales
Country Club at Warrenton, Va.
This is promoted by Tommy Liter,
for whom the team recently gave
an exhibition at Aiken.
On Tuesday night, the team will
appear on the program of the state
postmasters in session in Asheville.
Amonir those expected at the
Asheville meeting includes James
A. Farley, postmaster general.
Complete Returns Of Primary To
Be Given By The Mountaineer
Following a custom of many
years, The Mountaineer will again
on Saturday night, provide for the
public, the complete returns from
Haywood County of. the primary.
Plans have been completed to
give the returns on a large bulletin
board, which will be suspended in
front of the court house. Large
white printing on the board wll
make it easily read while strong
spot lights will provide ample light. f-
. A pUDlic auuress system win
used in giving out the vote of each
candidate in each precinct, as well
as well as the totals. Peppy band
music will be played in between
announcing the votes.
A special arrangement is being
made to have a radio hook-up to
give state returns as they are broad
cast from all points in the state.
As polls close at 7 p. m., the first
returns are expected to come in
about 7:30. The music will begin
at that time, and continue until
reports do come in.
It is believed, that the majority
of the precincts will be heard from
door for a few minutes. The fifteen
months old baby toddled over to
the tub and reached out her chub
by hands and drank some of the lye.
One of the children screamed to
the mother that the baby had swal
lowed the lye, but as the child did
nut cry out the mother making
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Into Smoky Park
As Result, Effort Will Be
Made To Improve Entrance
Into Soco Gap Highway
A motorcade made up of a party
of 25 civic leaders of Western
North Carolina visited the four
entrances into the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park on Sun
day. The trip was sponsored by the
Western Carolina Advisory com
mittee of the Chamber of Com
merce of which Chas. E. Ray, Jr.,
is chairman and the roads and park
committe of the Chamber of Com
merce of which L. N. Davis is
The group first visited the Cove
Creek; Gap entrance, then . Black
Camp Gap, after a ride through a
portion of the Cherokee Indian
Reservation, Wolf Laurel Cove en
trance, ending the trip witr a
drive through Cherokee to New
It is reported that the Asheville
delegation considered the Black
Camp Gap the most beautiful en
trance visited, and that as a re-
vy "'"" . ' . :, '
All election officers are urged to suit mose on L..e i.
ne or send in complete returns xneir ei i '" r J .f V;
i U l.nll no Qua fnn Tl f f M
as soon as mc v"""-"? v
.1 rtr .J Al.
Plans are to use tne omce oi me
board of education in which to
tabulate and announce the returns.
The Mountaineer will give the
standings of each candidate over the
phone to any one calling 137.
from the Soco Gap highway into
the Park. This would place Ashe
ville within an hour's ride of t.ie
park, it was pointed out.
The party enjoyed a chicken
lunch atop Soco Gap, the cour
tesy of the Waynesville Chamber
treated for shock
Wilson is su'rviv
three small children.
Campaign Started To 'Find'
The Needed 61 To Bring
Total To 3,000 Mark
Waynesville just needs 61, more
people in order to have a population
! of 3,000, according to a new pre
i liminary count of the returns of
ttiA aivtAintVi Anno. id m ,' . 1
viio DiA ii hi it noun, eta givvu uuh
yesterday by Chas. Z. Flack, super
visor of this district.
The count gives Waynesville
credit for 2,930. This is a gain
of about 20 per cent over the 1930
census figures, which were 2,414.
Town officials, headed by Mayor
J. H. Way, Jr,. and the president
of the Chamber of Commerce, join
ed forces yesterday in an effort to
"find" the additional 61.
These two officials, made an ur
gent plea that any person within
the city limits of Waynesville who
had not been counted in the census,
to call at the Chamber of
Commerce or First National Bank,
and leave their name and address,
and an enumerator will call and
get the necessary information.
The same invitation is made to
all residents of Hazelwood. The
preliminary figures for Hazelwood,
were 1,512, or a gain of 22 per cent
over the last census.
"It is a civic duty of every citi
zen of the community to co-operate
in this movement, and let it be
known if there are any who have
not been counted in this census,"
Mr. Killinn said, upon being noti
fied by this newspaper that only
61 more people were needed for a
population of 3,000.
Mayor Way said, "Surely there
are 01 more that we can find. I
urge that every one take it upon
themselves to leave their names at
the Bank or the Chamber of Com
merce for-s-the enumerators. To
have a population of 3,000 in Way
nesville will mean a lot to us. We
would get recognition for many
agencies that are now ignoring us,"
the mayor concluded.
The Bureau of Census believes
that it has employed every possible
means for including all persons in
the lGlh Decennial Census of Popu
lation which has just been taken in
this community. However, in spite
ed by his wife and ff .11 the .are and effort exercised
Red Cross Drive
For War Relief
Goes 'Over Top'
The request from National
headquarters of the American Red
Cross for a quota of f 300 from
the local chapter was met with
with more than one hundred per
cent response according to presi
dent L. N. Davis.
Mr. Davis had in hand the first
of the week $302. He mailed to
headquarters a check for $255, the
remaining 15 per cent being kept
as ordered by headquarters for
local emergency relief work. Mr.
Davis stated that there would be
additional sums added, as a num
ber of persons desiring to contrib
ute had not sent in their money as
yet.. ' ''
Miss Betsy Lane Quinlan was
in charge of the house to house
canvas. The Rev. J. G. Huggin,
Jr., pastor of the First Metho
dist church was in charge of the
Mr. Davis was loud in his praise
yesterday of enthusiastic work on
the part of all those in the drive
and the generosity of the, citi
zens of the community.
Last Friday and Saturday were
set apart for the "Thank Offering"
drive, and the $300 Was raised
during the two days.
Theo. M. McCracken
Will Be Out Today
M. Theo McCracken, candidate
for member of county board o'f
eAmmissioner &sts been cOhvfined to
his home on Hazel street for the
better part of this week. Mr. Mc
Cracken has been kept in by in
jures he sustained in a fall a few
v.eeks ago. He is expected to be
( out again today. '"''
in the conducting of this tremen
dous task within the limited time
provided by law, it is quite possible
that a few persons have inadver
tently been missed.
The Waynesville census enumera
tors, Mrs. Sam Kelly and Mr. Roy
Campbell will make daily calls to
the Chamber of Commerce and will
be pleased to enumerate any who
have inadvertently been missed.
Mrs. Kelly, and Mr .Campbell
expressed themselves as apprecia
tive of the co-operation given them
in the work. Mrs. Kelly said, "I've
never known people to be so nice,
so co-operative. I enjoyed every
minute of it."
Funeral For Wife
Of Sheriff Welch
To Be Held Today
Funeral services will be held this
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the
court house for Mrs. Robert V.
Welch, wife of Sheriff Welch, and
infant son, who died at 2:15
Wednesday morning at the Hay
wood County Hospital. The Rev.
O. C. Newell, pastor of the Dell
wood Methodist church, will offi
ciate. Burial will be in Greenhill
Serving- as active pallbearers
will be: J. R. Hipps, T. Lenoir
Gwynn, Noble Ferguson, W. G.
Byers, James Thomas, and David
Honorary pallbearers will be:
Walter. Ferguson, M. M. Noland.
J. C. Kerley, L. II. Bramlett, John
Boyd, Jack Messer, Tom Cathey,
Weaver McCracken, Homer Cagle,
R. T. Messer, H. A. Osborne, Dr.
Dudley W. Smith, Dr. S. L. String
field, Dr. Thos. Stringfield, Spaul
don Underwood, W. F. Swift, W.
A. Bid'ey, W. A. Hyatt.
R. L. iTrcV0St k. M. Richeson, ,
Hugh Leal herwood, C. G. Bryson, jT
Glenn PalmVr, Lee Ferguson, F. D. '"
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You Haven't Been Counted In The
Every Person In The Community Must Be Counted
Census You Are UiW To Phone 433 At; Once
Leave Your Name At Chamber Of Commerce Important For The Future!