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In State Magazine
Editor's Note The following
article was published in The State,
of Raleigh recently. The article
was written by Carl Goerch. editor,
. who spent some time in Haywood.
Approximately the same thing was
broadcast over several radio sta
tions by Mr. Goerch on his weekly
By Carl Goerch
In one of our radio programs
a week or two ago, we asked the
question : "What town in North
Carolina has the same name as a
city in China?
The answer, of course, is Can
ton. A lot of people are under the im
pression that there's some kind of a
tie-up or connection in the names
of Canton, N. C, and Canton.
China, but there isn't so. Sam
Robinson told us the story when
we were up there last week.
The place used to be known as
the "Ford of the Pigeon". When
a postofflce was established at that
point it was given the name of
Pigeon River. In 1881 the rail
road reached the place and from
then on it began to show signs of
real growth. The name, Pigeon
River, was changed to Buford in
honor of the president of the rail
road company. Somehow or other,
If you want a safe anti-freexe
that won't go stale on you, try
Sinclair Hi-Quality anti-freeze.
If your old battery is on the
verge of a breakdown, why not
start the winter right with a
new Exide battery.
No need to be cold when you
drive. Let us install a big
Arvin heater and drive in com
fort CHECK TIRES
You need Goodyear tires more
than ever now that slippery
weather is just around the cor
ner. Better re-tire now.
SDauldon Underwood, Owner
Phone 9170 Main Street
though, people didn't seem to par
ticularly care for that name, so
in 1889, when the town was incor
porated, the old name of Pigeon
River was taken back again.
In the early '90's, a ajeel bridge
was built across the river. It still
stands and is in daily use. Since
its construction, approximately half
a century ago, it has never been
reinforced, While the building, of
the bridge was in progress, the
folks of Pigeon River began talking
again about changing the name
of the place. Several names were
suggested. A group of men were
sitting on some of the steel that
was being used in erecting the
bridge. Mr. C. L. Mingus happen
ed to observe that the steel had
been shipped from Canton, Ohio.
"Tell you what lets' do," he sug
gested. "Let's call the place Can
ton." The others liked the idea. A bill
was introduced in the Legislature
the following year and the name
was made legal.
Biggest thing about Canton is
the plant of the Champion Paper
& Fibre Company. It's one of the
biggest industrial enterprises in
North Carolina. The company em
ploys more than 1,500 persons, owns
around 140.000 acres of land and
obtains additional timber from 5,
000,000 acres of independently
owned forests, . It maintains a
continuous program of reforesta
tion to insure against a shortage
of raw material.
As a general thing, when visitors
lp in the western part of the state
?et within five or six miles of Can
ton, they start sniffing. After the
first few sniffs they invariably
isk: "What in the world is that
particular smell T" The answer, of
course, is that it's the paper mill.
Ask any of the residents of Can.
ton about the odor, however, and
chances are they'll look at yon
vith a blank expression and say:
It's a live town: one of the most
irosperous in the state.
Four miles beyond Canton is
the village of Clyde, from which
point a considerable number of
beef cattle, are shipped. They've
just completed a new school build
ing there that's a dandy,
Clyde used to have among its
residents a man by the name of
Manse Cagle; one of the most
picturesque characters in the west
ern part of North Carolina. Mr.
Cagle was a man of forceful
speech and had the knack of ex
pressing himself in such a man
ner that there was no chance of
misunderstanding him. Here's a
ittle incident that illustrates what
Blucher Ehringhaus was run
ning for Governor. His campaign
harried him up to Haywood county
and eventually brought him to
Clyde. He went into Mr. Cagle's
store and made himself known.
"Yes, sir, Mr. Ehringhaus," said
Manse. "I know all about you and
you can depend on my support."
At that moment a friend entered
the front door of the store. Manse
hollered at him: "Bill, come back
here a minute. ... I want you to
meet Blucher Ehringhaus, the fin
est man God ever slung guts into."
The Undersigned, bavin? Quali
fied as administrator,' e. t. a. of
Ihe estate of Miss Nellie Collins.
deceased, all persons having claims
again said estate are herebv noti
fied to file the same duly verified
with the undersigned, Herbert Col
lins, Clyde,, N. C, on or before
October 30, 1942. or this notice
will be pleaded in bar of recovery
thereon; and all persons indebted
to said estate will make settlement
forthwith. ; ,
Administrator c. t. a. of Estate
of Nellie Collins, Deceased.
No. 1126 Oct. 30-Nov. 6-13-20-27-Dec.
Having qualified as Executrix of
the estate of O. T. Alexander, de-
easedp late of-HaywoodpCoonty,-
North Carolina, this is to notify all
persons having claims against the
estate of said deceased to exhibit
them to the undersigned at Wny
nesville, North Carolina, on or be
fore the 1st day of October, 1942,
or this notice will be pleaded in
bar of their recovery. All persons
indebted to said estate will please
make immediate payment.
This the 1st day of Oct, 1941.
(Mrs) Anna Katherine Alexander,
Executrix of the Estate of O. T.
No. 115 Oct. 9-16-23-30-Nov.
A stock judging team representing N. C. State College ranked second behind Cornell University
re-ently in the Eastern Intercollegiate Livestock J dging Contest held in connection with the annual
Balt!more. Md., Fat' Stock Show. The University of West Virginia won third place and Clemson College
was fourth. - - u ,.,;v. toii- rmrh .T f. PWm. Jr. . of the animal
Mem.ei'S J ne IN. l.'Biaie
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nusDanary department, rrum , n ici.v; unci oic6i - -
Mark Goforth, Jr., of Lenoir; back row, Coach Pierce, J. H. Palmer of Waynesville and B. F. Spencer
of Scranton. The State team ranked first in judging swine, second on sheep. -
Governor Ehringhaus says it's
the most sincere compliment he
ever has had paid him in all his
Next time you are at Clyde, look
to the left and see if you see what
we saw on our trip up there. There's
a whittlers' bench about fifty or
sixty feet from the highway and,
as a general thing, you'll find three
or four elderly gentlemen sitting
on it whittling and chewing to
bacco. The morning we were
there we found Mack Penland,
C. B. Jones and J. C. Byers on the
bench and had a most interesting
alk with them for a few min
utes. A short distance west of Clyde
is the Shook house, the oldest
house in Haywood county. It's a
three-story frame building and
was erected by Jacob Shook, a
Pennsylvania farmer who was
granted the site for his Revolu
tionary services. It is now occu
pied by Mr. John Morgan and
family. Shook entertained Bishop
Francis Asbury here about 1810
and the first Methodist church in
Haywood county was organized
here. The third floor was equipped
for a meeting hall.
Four miles further along the
highway and you come to beautiful
Lake Junaluska with its Metho
dist Assemblyground. This 1,250
acre site, with its 250-acre lake,
is the summer recreational and
educational center of the Metho
dist Episcopal church. The name
honors Chief Junaluska. The
grounds contain over 20 miles of
graded roads, more than 200 sum
mer homes, and 20 public buildings,
including a large open-air auditor
ium with a seating capacity of
4,000. It is one of the loveliest
places in the state.
Speaking of Junaluska: you
know, of course, that he Was a
prominent Indian chief. At the
battle of Horseshoe Bend, March
29, 1814, between Creeks and Fed
eral troops, Junaluska saved the
life of Andrew Jackson. Later
on, when the United States govern
ment in ruthless fashion ordered
the Cherokees to be rounded up and
moved to Oklahoma, Junaluska said
of General Jackson : "If I had
known he would allow us to be
treated so, I would have killed him
at the Horseshoe.
On this removal of the Indians,
a Georgia soldier then, afterwards
a colonel in the Confederate ser
vice, has this to say: "I fought
through Jhe Civil War and have
seen thousands of men shot to
pieces, but the Cherokee removal
was the most cruel work I ever
The Nineteenth Annual Report
of the Bureau of American Eth
nology has this to say concerning
this tragedy in the lives of the
"The history of this Cherokee
removal of 1838, as gleaned by the
author from the lips of the ac
tors in the- tragedy, may well ex
ceed -in weight of grief and pathos
any other passage in American
history. Even the much-song ex
ile of the Arcadians falls far be
hind jt in its sum of death and
misery". .. - t : - .
It must have been a pretty hor
At Waynesville we ran into an
old friend, Jim Stringfield, chief
of the police department and for
half an hour or more we scouted
around town, looking for Professor
W. C. Allen and Charlie Ray. We
finally located the professor, and
we ran up with him at what might
be termed an historic moment. He
was out at the schoolhouse, draw
ing his last salary check. He has
been engaged in school work for
more than fifty years in different
AWWIEKSAtY SALE. EWPS"
Boy On N. C. State
iem ro ouuwn iicic iv.i t -- -
- c;i ciou nf rnnlrlin DaviH Harris of Newell, ana
sections of the state and for a
long time was superintendent of
sfhools in Haywood. But now he's
through, and he plans to take
things easy the rest of his life.
Professor Allen holds a rather
unique distinction. He has written
a history of Halifax county and he
has also written a history of Hay
wood county. A splendid gentle
man in every sense of the word.
Haywood county was formed in
1808 from a part of Buncombe.
Its children are Macon and Jack
son; its grandchildren, Cherokee,
Clay, Swain and Transylvania. It
was named for John Haywood,
who was state treasurer from 1787
to 1827. Used to be that the lit-
tie settlement there was known
as Mount Prospect, but when the
site was selected foe the County
seat the name was changed to
Waynesville. (Named for "Mad
Anthony" Wayne of Revolutionary
Waynesville is quite a Vacation
and health resort. The town is
surrounded by the 5,000- to 6,000
foot peaks of the Balsam and
Smoky Mountains. Colonel Rob
ert Love gave the land for the
public square, courthouse, jail,
cemetery, and several churches.
The region was settled largely by
officers and soldiers who had re
ceived land grants in the years
following the Revolution, The Hay
wood county courthouse is a mod
ern stone building erected in 1932.
On the grounds is a granite boul
der with a pi acque memorializing
the 10 Revolutionary soldiers buried
in the county. On the property
of the old Sulphur Springs Hotel
f 1886) is a marker claiming that
this is the site where the last shot
on land in the War Between the
States was fired on May 10, 1865.
Before we left Raleigh, Louis
Sutton, of the Carolina Power and
Light Company, told us to be sure
and visit Waterville. The com
pany has a big hydro-electric plant
up there. We asked Professor Al
len if he didn't want to ride up
there and he said he'd be glad to.
You start on the road to Soco
Gap and then veer off to the right.
For nine miles you've got a fine
paved road and then for twenty
five miles you travel over the crook-
edest gravel road imaginable.
Some of the grades are unusually
steep, too, but the road Is in good
condition and you won't have any
trouble getting to Waterville.
In 1925 the Carolina Power and
Light Company began the construc
tion of the twenty-mfllion-dollar
plant near the mouth of Big Cat
taloochee Creek. It was finished
in 1930 and has a capacity of fur
nishing more than 100,000 horse
power. The power plant at Water
ville is right up against the Ten
nessee-Carolina line, but the dam,
a wonder in engineering, is at the
mouth of Big Cattaloochee Creek
from which point a tunnel has
been bored through the base of a
mountain for a distance of almost
seven - miles, through which the
tremendous volume of water pours
to the plant at Waterville.
The dam is 700 feet wide and
200 feet high. The tunnel through
Mr. H. D. McDonald, a quick
spoken gentleman, is superinten
dent in charge. There are twenty
or thirty nice looking houses in
Waterville, a fine school, a church,
and a contented people. Waterville
is at the lowest point of elevation
in Haywood county 1,400 feet
above sea-level. The highest point
in the county is the top off Mt.
Guyot on the state line. It is
6,621 feet above sea-level.
By the way; do you have trouble
m remembering elevations of
mountains? Professor Allen told
J. REECE, Owner
us how he remembers the height
of the three tallest mountains in
North Carolina. Mitchell is 6,684
feet. Divide 84 by 2 and you get
42, The height of Clingman's
Dome is 6,642 feet. Now divide
42 by 2 and you get 21. The
height of Mt. Guyot is 6,621.
The Soco Gap section of Hay
wood is .famous for two things
its beautiful scenery and its square
dancing. The Soco Gap dancing
eam is nationally famous. Sam
Queen has put in many long and
weary hours of work in directing
them and takes great pride in the
dancing of his pupils. Rightfully
so, too. '
Dellwood and Maggie are two
other interesting little communi
ties in that section. And one of
the most delightful mountain views
to be seen anywhere is the one you
get passing through Black Camp
Gap and arriving at Heintooga
Overlook. Mount Sterling, Plott
Balsam, Guyot and other lofty
peaks are spread out before you
in an awesome and impressive
spectacle. It's well worth making
the trip out there just to see the
marvelous scenery : from Hein
. On our way back from Water
ville, we paused at one of the sever
al overlooks on the route and were
standing beside the car, admiring
the view, when a man suddenly
came down a pathway from the
side of the mountain. He carried
a rifle on his shoulder.
"Howdy,- gentlemen; howdy 1"
was his greeting.
Professor Allen introduced him'
self and us.
"Glad to meet you; glad to meet
you. I'm 7oe Hunter of the White
"Been out hunting?" asked the
"No; I've just been walking
through the mountains. Got tired
of working, and everything is so
pretty and nice that I just wanted
to go for a walk by myself. Often
do it. It makes me feel better. I
carry this old rifle of mine along
more for company than for any
Returning to Waynesville, we
picked up Charlie Ray and drove
NOTICE OF SALE OF LAND
Under and by virtue of an order
of the Superior Court of Haywood
County, made in the Special Pro
ceeding entitled C. W. Wright, Ad
ministrator of the Estate of Mrs.
Emaline Wright, deceased, and
others ex parte, the undersigned
Commissioner will on the 28th
day of November, 1941, at 11:00
o'clock A. M., at the court house
door in the Town of Waynesville,
North Carolina, offer for sale to
the highest bidder, for cash, the
following described property to
Tract No. 1 : Lying and being
in Beaverdam Township, Haywood
County, North Carolina, and
bounded and more particularly de
scribed as follows: Begins on a
stake, corner of lot 9 and runs E.
116 feet to a stake in the east
boundary line of G. W. Ferguson;
then north 1 degree E. 100 feet to
a stake; thence S. 1 deg. W7 100
feet to the beginning. Being lots
Nos. 9 and 10 of the Dobson Survey
of the G. W, Ferguson lands.
Second Tract: Begins at a stake
on the east side of street S. W.
corner of lot No. 9 and runs E. 116
feet to a stake; then N. 1 deg. E.
10 feet to a stake; thence S. 1 deg.
W. 116 feet to the beginning. Be
ing of lot No. 9 of said survey.
This the 28th day of October,
C. W. WRIGHT,
No. 1127 Oct. 30-Nov. 6-13-20.
out to, Haywood county's newest'
industrial enterprise; a branch of
the Dayton Rubber Manufacturing
Company of Dayton, Ohio. They've
put up a big building there and
will engage shortly in the manu
facture of rubber accessories for
various types of machinery. A
separate division is known as the
Wellco Shoe Corporation, of which
Mr. Leo Weill is president. The
organizers of this latter company,
incidentally, are mostly refugees
from Czechoslovakia, They've al
ready started operations and are
making bedroom slippers.
Hazelwood, in case you don't
know, joins Waynesville on the
west, but it's a separate corpora
tion. Another -interesting indus
trial plant up there is the A. C.
Lawrence Leather Company.' They
turn out shoe soles. Purchasing
their leather in large strips, they
convert it into shoe soles and ship
to all parts of the country; You
ought to see the speed with which
the soles are turned out.
: ,;. Hayvood county has many fer
tile farms within its boundaries
and raises a wide assortment of
crops. The county is also one of
the biggest cattle-producing coun
ties of the state. In addition, it
grows huge quantities of apples.
The Barber Apple Orchard, oper
ated hv R- M. Ttnrhi-
. ' , .
has more than 100,000 trees in .its
orchards. The county also has
several excellent dairies, outstand
ing among them being the Osborne
Dairy Farm near Canton, owned !
jointly by Miss Florence Osborne
and Mr, Arthur Osborne, but oper
ated by the latter.
Haywood has always been a
popular place for vacationists but
of late years these have taken on
n different status from formerlv.
Near Hazelwood and Waynesville
is a large tract of land, small areas
of which are being purchased by
people from other parts of the
country for the purpose of estab
lishing permanent summer homes.
A number of these have already
We've always held the theory
that people up in the mountains
live lnnOY than thaw A M 4-I.a
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eastern part of the state. Pro-
4 ill .
lessor Alien is a nne example In
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years old but as lively and as ac-
wt? aa man j years younger.
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when he finally passed away had
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our readers remember Judge1 W.
T. Lee, who for 25 years was a
member of the old Corporation
commission ana lor 18 of those
25 served as chairman. The Judge
also is more than 80 years old,
but is still' hale and heart. The
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trip to Haywood is that we didn't
mve ume 10 arop in and see him.
He lives a shprt distance from
Another hcinvo .it;,.. it.
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wood county is Judge Felix Alley
who, in addition to being a dis
tinguished jurist is also a writer
of books and ballads. A new book
of hin "Rnnilnni Th,,v.4.. -J 4t.
Musings of a Mountaineer" has
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