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Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance oj The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sixteen Pages WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1941
$1.50 In Advance in Haywood and Jackson Countta
mpaign Starts 16
F n.. T 1 i - i n r t An.
Imeree Bee 1,1 '
Les Of Single Budget
i, a wonderful place to
: xrincr it.
Id we are going ,
our peoP'e muc
frby staging a Community
,et Campaign, starting
May lor rre,uk'
y Chamber of Commerce
Lei this weeK.
inching. 19 tar-reac
... made plans to touch
Lse of comirlunity life in
w taken the three groups
L the community tourists,
la! and agricultural aivi-
U mapped their program
equally to eacn wiuioui.
tial to either.
Irogram takes in all events
L senarate divisions have
Cdand now these have been
into one general program,
lh one budget. v. :
ofore the industrial group
ire or less been the sponsor
,abor Day program, and the
carried on with the nve-
Lw, while the tourists di-
fcaw to the community aa
r . .. t
Ig sua recreational ieamres,
the unified budget plan
igram, all divisions will par-
eaually in each phase oi
heral activities. President
explained that under the
he community will be knit
loeether, bring about a bet-
kstanding, and at less cost
ider the "separate system"
las been used here in the
plan is that e'frvthtog
t8 money will be lumjHtd
budget, and one canvass
efficient to care for all the
of community-wide pro-
udget calls for promoting
tock show in the fall; for
bity advertising, support of
school band, entertainment
Dental and Masonic con-
and general Labor Day
operation of the Chamber
herce office, sponsorship of
rnament, representation on
Flonda, and maintenance
immunity center and host-
ptitinued on page 8)
Claimed by Death
More Men Are
Bed to Complete
H State Guard
lain Howell High In
p Carolina State Guard
!li only four men to meet
h-ni number of fifty, ac-
10 Lap win J. Harden
While more than the
p number have volunteer-
Pmoer could not pass the
Kk with the local state
one of the most encour
'& satisfactory I have ever
rilling men," said Cantain
yesterday in speakinir of
fnnel and general improve
Fwpanv meets ennh Tuna-
ft in the Armory for drill
auctions, and ncrm-rHno-
m Howell are takinc- their
ft very seriously.
for the group have
Ka ana are expected to
fiformg are nlSo aviwtml
far future. They are to
CLYDE H. RAY, was buried
here Tuesday afternoon. He had
been in ill health for some time.
Clyde H. Ray, Local
Civic Leader Dies
Was Identified With Affairs
Here For More Thaii Fifty
Last rites were conducted at 2
o'clock on Tuesday afternoon at
the residence here for Clyde H. Ray,
76, prominent civic and business
leader, who died at his home on
Sunday afternoon at four o'clock.
The Rev. R. E. MacBlain, rector
of Grace Episcopal ehurch officiated.
Buml was in Green Hill cemetery. "
Out of respect to his passing all
business firms were closed during
the hour of his funeral on Tuesday,
and on Monday afternoon the civil
court in session this week adjourn
ed as a courtesy to Mr. Ray and
to the late Frank W. Miller, also
a well know civic leader.
Serving as active pallbearers
were: Dr. N. M. Medford, W. T.
(Continued on page 8) -
First Day In Court
Scene In Reno, Nev.
A casual visitor dropping
into the court, room here on
Monday morning on the first
day of the May term of civil
court might have been misled
into thinking they were in
Reno, Nevada, instead of Way
nesville, North Carolina.
In less than two hours, elev
en divorces, all parties resi
dents of Haywood county, were
Court house attaches and a
number of lawyers stated that
the "like of such" had never
been known in this vicinity be
fore. There have been eleven
divorces granted during one
term of court, but never eleven
in one day.
an overseas cap in
COior, with whIM, thav
V Wack shoes, black ties,
I shlrts. On the should
J uniforms will be a red
F the letters "N. C. S. G.,"
d Mrs. Atkinson
fe Kelly Bean
ce On Boyd Ave.
Mrs. C. K AtTr;o
the Kelly Bean residence
Z - Tyaremak-
fn on 1,. '
- vuc jiouse ana
'ney plan to occupy the
fin of june.
J ha returned from
Meeting Of Red
Cross Chapter Is
Set For Monday
Election Of Officers And
Annual Report Will Be
A special meeting of the local
chapter of the American Red Cross
is being called for Monday night,
the 12th in the court house at 8
o'clock by L. N. Davis, president.
The purpose of the meeting are
to elect officers present the
annual reports of the various
groups and officers and also the
urgent calls that are being made
on all Red Cross chapters at this
There are approximately 700
paid up members of the Haywood
chapter of the Red Cross and pres
ident Davis is urging $ large at
tendance at the meeting on Mon
All quotas made upon tne cnap
ter from national headquarters
during the past year and a large
amount of local work has been
accomplished, all of which will be
presented in the annual reports to
be given at the meeting,
J. R. Morgan Tells
Lions Of Growth Of
Town Since 1910
J. R. Morgan, local attorney, was
the guest speaker on Thursday
nighf of the Lions Club at their
regular supper meeting.
Mr. Morgan discussed The
Growth of Waynesville" during the
twist thirtv-five years. He told
of the many improvements in the
streets, in the water system, in
the extensive building program and
the vast change in the appearance
of Main street.
Tap dance numbers were pre
sented by Evelyn Craig and Mary
Ellen Boone, with Miss EVa Leath
erwood serving as accompanist.
Announcement was made during
the evening that four children had
Aaheville during the
week for eye treatment of their
All Evidence In
On Fincher Case
May Term Of Civil Court
Which Convened Monday
May Last Through Friday
Despite a light docket it was
thought yesterday afternoon by
court attaches that the May term
of civil court which convened here
Monday would last through Friday.
Judge Zeb Nettles, of Asheville,
is presiding, having made an ex
change with Judge Frank M. Arm
strong, of Monroe, who was sched
uled to prisde.
The outstanding cose on the dock
et is the suit for $15,000 which T.
J. Fincher, of Lake Junaluska, is
bringing against the Smoky Moun
tain Stages, Inc., and the Old
North State Breweries, Inc. The
fight is between the breweries and
the bus company as to which
party was negligent.
The case grew out of injuries
received by Mr. Fincher to his
elbow while riding on a bus of
the Smoky Mountain Stages, Inc.,
in Jnly f JP39. ;
1 ' The bj, according tfftesttmony
in which Mr. Fincher was riding,
collided with a delivery truck be
longing to the Old North State
Breweries. The evidence brought
out the fact that Mr. Fincher's left
elbow projected from the window
sill of the bus at the time of the
accident and was injured by a mir
ror on the truck which was deliv
After the Occident, the testimony
further showed that Mr. Fincher
was taken to Sylva, about two
miles distant and was given treat-1
ment for his injuries.
All evidence for all contesting
parties was in when court apjourn
ed yesterday, the testimony having
taken tfp Tuesday and Wednesday.
On opening morning of the court
eleven divorces were tried and
granted. Upon resolution of W.
T. Crawford, the court adjourned
for the afternoon session in re
spect to the passing of two well
known local citizens, Frank W.
(Continued on page 8)
Clerk of Court
HUGH LEATHER WOOD was
Diiiied clerk of court hen to suc-
oed V. G. Bvers. The appointment
vas made by Judge Felix E. Alley,
rr i nA fnr'-ri . -
The exterior of the store of W,
A. Bradley, Hazelwood, has been
completely renovated, by adding
a coating of cement to the brick.
. Plans are to block off the coat
ing and give the building the ap
pearance of being built of lime
W. G. BYERS was forced by ill
health to retire as clerk of court,
after serving Haywood County for
loven years in that capacity.
Post Of Clerk Of
Hugh Leatherwood Appoint
ed By Judge F. E. Alley To
Fill Unexpired Term
Hugh Leatherwood took over his
duties as clerk of the Superior
Court of Haywood County Monday
morning, having been appointed
by Judge F. E. Alley to fill the
unexpired term of W. G. Byers,
who resigned from the post on
April the 25th., due to ill health.
Mr. Leatherwood has been pro
minently identified with polities in
the county and the state for the
past ten years. He was with the
State Highway Commission from
1931 to 1937. In the latter year he
was appointed assistant Seargeant
of Arms in the North Carolina
In July, 1937 he was appointed
State Gasoline and Oil Inspector
with the State Department of Revenue.-
From this position he resigned
during the past week to accept the
office, of .Clerk of the : Superior
Court of Haywood County made
(Continued on page 8)
Shoe Company To
Train 30 Women,
Starting June 1
Sixty Others Will Be Em
ployed When Plant Opens
For Production About
Thirty women will begin train
ing on June first on special ma
chines which will be used in the
Wellco Shoe Corporation.
Officers of the company were here
last week, and completed plans for
installing a battery of machines
in the vocational building at the
high school where the machines
will put into use Until the plant of
the Dayton Rubber Manufacturing
Company is completed on July 15th.
At that time, the machines will be
moved into the department now
being specially built for the shoe
company, and the company will
start production of shoes.
The 45-days of training of the
30 women is a measure to save
time when the plant is opened, of
ficials pointed out.
When the plant is in operation,
about sixty additional girls will
The company has all the appli
cations needed for those who will
take the training course, it was
said. No applications ore being
received until nearer the time for
the plant to open.
Construction of the plant near
Hazelwood has been moving along
satisfactory, it was pointed out,
and will be ready for occupancy by
the date set July 15th.
Cruso REA Lines
Will Be Extended
To Jackson County
A survey of approximately 30
miles in the Caney Fork section
of Jackson county Is getting un
derway under the Supervision of
the Cruso Electric Membership
Corporation, which will bring in
about 20C new subscribers in the
Other lines are also under Con
sideration that will extend Jnto
other counties which will be' an
nounced at a later date, according
to James Moore, superintendent
of the company,
George O. Moore, chief REA
auditor of region number one, ex
tending from Maine through North
Carolina, is spending several days
here this week working with the
Chas. Besner, field auditor from
the REA administration in Wash
ington, is spending two or three
New Owners of Hotel
Gordon Start Work
FRANK W. MILLER, prominent
in civic affairs, passed away-last
Last Rites Held
For F. W. Miller
Local Civic Leader
Was Former Member Of
State Highway And Public
Frank W. Miller, 68, well known
citizen of this section and a former
member of the State Highway and
Public Works commission, died last
Friday at 5 o'clock in the morning
at the Haywood County Hospital
following an illness of several
Funeral services were conducted
at the First Methodist church at 3
o'clock on Sunday afternoon. The
Rev, J. G. Huggih, Jr., pastor of
the church and Dr. W. L. Hutchins,
superintendent of the Waynesville
district of the Western Carolina
conferi-nce- ofliciatetl. Burial was
in Green Hill cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers
were: Frank Jacocks, and H. G.
Starkey, of Canton, Byron Marsh,
of Bryson City, J. H. Howell,
Charles Ray, Arthur Connell, W
G. GarriHon, Jr., of Enka, and W
Honorary pallbearers included:
General Renovation Pro
gram Started By New Own
ers From West Palm Beach
The owners of the Hotel Gordon
have arrived, and work has already
Started on the general improve
ment program, which calls for
renovation, and the addition of
some furniture and carpets.
The 60-room hotel was bought
from Mrs. L. E. Phillips, of Black
Mountain by Mr. and Mrs. L. S.
Gaulden and G. L. Martin, all of
West Palm Beach.
Mr. Martin will be manager of
the hotel. Since his arrival here
Monday he has been in consulta
tion with plumbers, painters, paper
hangers and others regarding the
renovation of the building. Work
has already started in some de
partments. Mrs. Gaulden will arrive today,
while Mr. Gaulden is expected soon.
Mr. and Mrs. Quinby Kipp have
managed the hotel for the past
The new owners said there would
be no changes in the management
of the dining room, which is under
the supervision of Mr. and Mrs.
Mr, and Mrs. Gaulden own and
operate the Alhambra Hotel in
West Palm Beach, and Mr. Martin
has been manager for them for the
past five years. Mr. Martin does
not have on interest in the Florida
hotel, but does own an interest in
weeks here assisting the company. George II. Ward, Asheville, Dr. Tom
Application has been made to
the government for a 125,000 plum
ing and wiring loan. This amount
when granted will be made In
5,OO0 installments. Plans are to
start the plumbing program in
the near future.
Donald Dunham Arrives
From Florida For
Summer Season Here
Donald Dunham, owner and man
ager of the Dunham House, dodu
lar summer hotel here, has arrived
for the season and will open his
place in the near future.
Mr. Dunham spent the winter in
St. Petersburg, where he was as
sociated in the management of a
hotel. While the Florida season
was not quite up to former years
according to Mr. Dunham, he feels
hopeful of a good season here.
Way, Fisher, Bailey, Smathers
Elected Mayors County Towns
The four towns in Haywood
county elected municipal officials
on Tuesday in non-partisan con
tests witn j. a. way, jr- re
elected as mayor of Waynesville;
Clyde Fisher, as mayor of Hazel
wood; Walter G. Smathers, re
elected mayor of Clyde; and J. T.
Bailey, mayor of Canton.
The local election is reported by
political leaders to have been one
of the "mildest" ever held in the
town. There were approximately
1,200 registered, but only 735 ex
ercised their privilege of the bal
lot. The incumbent board of alder
men, T. L. Bramlett, Hugh Massie,
and L. M. Killian were re-elected.
They were opposed by R. R. Camp
bell and J. C. Patrick.
The vote was as follows: J. H.
Way, Jr., 645; L. M. Killian,
607; T. L. Bramlett, 635; Hugh
Massie, 626; R. R. Campbell, 210;
J. C. Patrick, 221.
There were 469 votes cast in
Hazelwood with Fisher coming up
against three opponents. The vote
for mayor was as follows: Fisher,
182; John Blalock, 150; Dewey
Hyatt, 44; and Sam Knight, 88.
Hazelwood aldermen elected
were; R. L. Prevost, 265; Carl
Swanger, 254; and Grady Smith,
250. They defeated; L. M. Riche
son, 166; W. T, Queen, 160, and
Clarence Scruggs, 148.
Mayor Wralter Smathers, of
Clyde, defeated Glenn Brown with
a vote of 140 to 126. the closest
mayor's race in the county. Larry
Cagle, unopposed for police court
judge, received 194 votes.
The three incumbent aldermen
in Clyde were re-elected as fol
lows: Gearald Fish, 144; Charles
Mooney, 163; and Thomas Rogers,
133. They defeated Jeter Hawkins,
30; Claude Jones, 126; Bruce Sel
lers, 105; and Howard Shook, 100.
J- T. Bailey, of Canton, polled
945 votes for mayor to 702 vot
of bis opponent, J. Paul Murray,
Clyde R. Hoey, Jr., A. B. Robin
son, and Roy H. Patton won in the
aldermen race. They were opposed
by Floyd (Flossie) Deweese, and
Fred N. Pressley.
The vote was as follows: Hoey,
1,471; Robinson, 1,269: Patton.
902; Pressley, Deweese, 408; Press
Carl M. Blaylock, unopposed for
judge of police court received 1,347
In the contest for solicitor of
police court in Canton, T. A. Clark,
incumbent, received 1,195 votes
as compared to 370 of his opponent
Stringfield, Jefferson Reeves, L. M.
Killian, J. Wilford Ray, Geo. A
(Continued on page 8)
Claude T. Francfe Is Re
Elected As President To
Promote Show - '
Interest ran high in the meet
ing on Saturday afternoon at the
Court house of 60 or more of the
leading farmers and business men
of the county held for the purpose
of electing officers and formulating
plans for the second annual like
stock show which will ; take
place on September the 19th and
Claude T. Francis was re-elected
president of the grouup. Others
who will serve with Mr. Francis
include; first vice president, Jarvis
L. Palmer; second vice president,
W. A, Bradley ; third vice president,
(in charge of women's depart
ment), Mrs. Paul Hyatt, of Bethel;
secretary W, A. Medford, Jr.; and
treasurer, J. R. Boyd.
The Waynesville Chamber of
Commerce will sponsor the show.
The group on Saturday voted
unanimously to ask some financial
assistance from the county board
The officers will meet in the
near future with the county farm
agents and appoint three directors
in each township in the county
who will work with them for the
staging of the show.
The group voted to include the
handicrafts of the women in the
show this year. This department
will be sponsored by the home dem
onstration clubs of the county but
any woman residing in Haywood
county whether in the rural sections
or in town is eligible to enter her
work in the exhibits.
A large number of cash prizes
with a substantial increase over
the amount of the show of last
year will no doubt stimulate in
terest with the exhibitors.
Rer. M. R, Williamson And
Family Arrived From Chat
tanooga During1 Week
The Rev. Malcolm Russell Wil
liamson, who was called last month
to the pastorate of the Waynes
ville Presbyterian church arrived
during the week and delivered his
first sermon on last Sunday morning.
The Rev. Mr, Williamson is a
native of Lancaster, S. C, and
comes here from the Signal Moun
tain Presbyterian church of Chat
tanooga. He is a graduate of the Presby
terian College of South Carolina
and of the Columbia Theological
Seminary, now located; in Atlanta..
He served first as assistant
pastor in the Independent Presby
terian church, of Savannah, Ga
From there he was called to Grif
fin, Ga where he was pastor for
From Griffin he went to Signal
Mountain church where he has
served as pastor for 11 years. Ho
came to the local Presbyterian
church some weeks ago and filled
the pulpit one Sunday morning, fol
lowing which he was called here
by the congregation.
Rev. Mr, Williamson and his
wife and three young sons, Mal
colm, Jr., age seven.JStanley, age
five, arid George, age two,, are oc
cupying the manse on Walnut
Rev. Mr. Williamson enters his
pastorate here with keen interest
in his work both in the church and
in the community.
The church here has been with
out a pastor since December, when
the Rev. R. P. Walker resigned,
accepting a call to a church near
CCC Camp Will
Be Hosts Friday
Friday will be observed as "Get
Acqainted Day" at CCC Camp No.
415 at Cataloochee.
Business and professional men
of the county have been invited to
have a meal with the camp in the
afternoon and inspect some of the
projects which have been underway
The camp has about 110 men,
and is equipped to handle 200.
E. K. Herman Recovering
After Serious Operation
E. K. Herman, -who is a pa
tient in Mt. Alto Hospital, Wash
ington, D. C, is reported to be im
proving following a serious opera
ation on his throat. Mrs. Herman,
who has been spending sometime
with her husband, has returned
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