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Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
YEAR NO. 17 Twelve Pages
WAYNESVILLE, N, C THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 1942
$1.75 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
FiimtbsS Fires dti
iv 11 vv iJiN u rftBi itjitjuoj
Me Of War Bonds
nd Stamps To Be
ashed In Haywood
i irtf;viti rinsed
khe board oi
filing' books iasi oomxU,
oon, it was found that only
...u u V.oM in the
.ace3 woum ."- -Qft..
hit of H places w
Ihe race tor state eiiow
r there is a candidate from
sville and one Irom-uanwn,
ch place. J. T. Bauey ana
b C. Davis are seeKing uks
,tinn for state senate.
f Westmoreland, of Canton,
tngfor re-election as coroner
test opposea Dy . .
Id, ol Wf ynesville.
reeister of deeds, C. C.
:is and Bryan Medford are
the district, John M. Queen
r.g opposed by Baxter C,
of Bryson City, for the post
icitor of this district
only Democratic race for
ble is in Beaverdam , town
with W. H. Scrftt,. (iordon
, Floyd T. Plemmons and
Burnett all seeking nomiiia-
r.ocrats filing, and without
ition, are: ".
nn C. Palmer, representative.
H. Leatherwood, clerk of court.
Ferguson, tax collector.
IV. Welch, sheriff.
'fge A. Brown, Jr., chair-
hoard of commissioners and
(Continued on page 12)
L.' T l
Vi April 28
pt Registration Slated
r Wholesalers and Re-
ilers; Consumers Later.
poup of rationing board mem-
ana school authorities from
Mid county were among those
I IB Western North Carolina
Pes who attended a meeting
Ineville. on Mondav for in.
wns regarding the sugar ra-
system which will g0 into
some time in Mav
P registration for sugar
?will be held on April 28
' "om 9 a. m. to S n m This
fation is for all wholesalers.
p, institutional, (jails, hos-
itontmued on page 71 -
93rd Year, Dies
Home Of Son
feral: servir-oi ,
P Friday -afternoon at the
"T Jarnw t tt j J
it . viuuerwooa,
,ed at the v,a, '
ki l:r,A " ." Ui ",s son
rtt ...... . "cv-
hZr.0 ' Fi"t Bap-
L ,." . vniciated,
To 65 Will
pter On 27th
Tation Za or tne fourth
and T3" the "elective
n nTrir Priding
'ervi iabllity for mili
)f ery lfr .the istra
d Stff. T,e Cltlz of the
arid 65. lween.the ages
S'll ere born
fau pZ"1 1877,. and on
(Contin! ore not registered
on pt(re 7)
Campaign Committees Are
Named For Work Which
Starts Monday; Woody
and Ray Head Drive.
As the nation-wide campaign
gets underway Monday, to enlist
the purchase of war saving bonds
and stamps, every man, woman and
child in Haywood will be contacted
to do their part, it was announced
last night by Jonathan Woody,
chairman of the war savings com
mittee in Haywood, and Charles
Ray, county chairman for this
Mr. Ray named committees yes
terday to carry on the campaign,
and said: "Every citizen will be
offered an opportunity to help
beat Hitler and the Japs. We
urge you to get ready to make your
savings support the soldiers, sail
ors and marines who are fighting
to protect your home here in Hay
wood." "The purchase of war paving
bonds and stamps is not a dona
tion, but an investment at a liberal
rate of interest for your present
and future welfare," Mr. Ray said.
The President and Secretary
Morgenthau have stressed the re
ularly employed industrial worker
as the foundation of the war
savings campaign, through volun
tary payroll deductions. For that
reason," Mr. said, "the most im
portant group is made tip of rep
re(inttivei of Haywood county
industries, as follows:
Aaron Prevost, chairman, j. E.
Shields, vice chairman, L. M. Rich-
(Continued on page 12) - -
Made Fine Showing
At Wilson Sale
The five head of Haywood Here
ford cattle which were shown in
the North Carolina Hereford
Breeders Association show : and
sale last Friday in Wilson, brought
a total of $1,445 to their owners.
More than 1,000 persons attend
ed the show and sale including
Governor Broughton and former
Governor McKelvie, of Nebraska,
who spoke at the banquet held the
night after the show with around
100 in attendance.
With only 35 head shown, Hay
wood county with five entries,
coupled with the fact that the in-
(Continued on page 12)
Joseph C. Byers
Funeral services were conducted
at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday after
noon at the Clyde Baptist church
for Joseph Cansler Byers, 84,
prominent resident Of Haywood
county, who died Monday at his
home at Clyde following a brief
The Rev. T. II. Parris, pastor
of the church, officiated, assisted
by the Rev. R. P. McCracken, a
former pastor of the Clyde church,
of which Mr. Byers had been a
member for many years. Burial
was in Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Members of the board of dea-
(Continued on page 7)
3rd Draft Receive
The local draft board has re
ceived their supplies of the ' new
occupational questionnaires that
will be filled out by the nine hun
dred men who registered under
the third registration. They plan
to mail the blanks this week.
The occupational questionnaire,
which is entirely different from
the regular draft questionnaire
will be sent first to all men who
registered on Feb 16, ages from
20 to 44 not previously registered.
After the information on that
group has been compiled, the ques
tionnaires will be sent to all other
draft registrants not in the armed
service, including the men be
tween 45 and 64 who will register
on April 27.
When this information is com
plete the occupational status of
every man in the United States
between the ages of 20 and 64 will
be on file.
The following men constitute
the local registants' advisory
board and any registrant wishing
assistance in filling out the ques
tionaire which is being mailed this
(Continued on page 7)
Expect Huge Crowd
At C. Of C. Supper
Tonight At Armory
John Evans Now
Chief Of Police
John Evans, of Clyde, was sworn
into office by Mayor Clyde Fisher,
as chief of police of Hazelwood,
Mr. Evans began his duties
Thursday and fills the vacancy
made by the resignation of Jerry
Rojrers a few weeks ago,
Chief Evans, who was born and
reared in the Jonathan Creek sec
tion of Haywood county, resigned
as chief of police in Clyde to ac
cept the office here Before going
to Clyde seven years ago he had
served on the Waynesville police
Mr. and Mrs. Evans plan to move
to Hazelwood soon.
Tunnel On Parkway,
Will Be 340 Feet Long
State Guard To
The full company of the Way
nesville State Guard unit will
participate in the parade and oth
er activities Tuesday in Raleigh,
as the capitol observes its sesqui
centennial. Major J. H. Howell, commander
Of the 8th Battalion, announced
yesterday that several companies
from this section of the state will
participate in the Raleigh celebra
tion. ; .
The Waynesville unit, under the
command of Captain W. A. Brad
ley, will leave via a special bus
Monday night, and take part in
the parade Tuesday morning. The
men are due back in Waynesville
early Wednesday morning. Sever
al courtesies have been planned
for the men.
A final drill will be held Fri
day night, and Captain Bradley
announced it was compulsory for
all members to be present.
The Rev. Malcolm R. William
son, pastor of the local Presbyter
ian church, was elected moderator
of the Asheville, Presbytery at the
92nd semi-annual session of the
group which was . held in the
Weaverville Presbyterian church
Rev. Williamson was elected
moderator upon nomination of Rev.
George B. Hammond, of Canton.
Ministers and elders representing
23 Presbyterian churches in eleven
counties in Western North Caro
lina were present for the session
55 Men Now At Work On
Project, Which Wifl Take
All Summer To Complete.
Work on the third and last tun
nel on the 7 -mile link of the
Parkway from Soco Gap to Big
Witch Gap got underway this week,
Workmen for Lowdermilk Broth-
ers, contractors for the project,
pushed through the second tunnel
last Friday, and are expected to
complete the "timbering up" this
Week. The tunnel is 310 feet long,
and was difficult to construct, in
that the loose dirt and rock caused
several breaks in the walls.
The third tunnel will be the
largest of the three, being 340
The first was through almost
solid rock and was 287 feet long.
The contractors plan to push
this last tunnel to completion as
soon as possible, and plans are
also underway to put crushed
stone on the road in the near fu
About 55 men are now at work,
and more are being added ejry
week. Indications are that the
project will continue through the
The contract for the 1M -mile
link is costing approximately 750,
Glenn Boyd Re-elected
County AAA Chairman
Glenn A. Boyd, of route 2, Way
nesville, was re-elected chairman
of the Haywood couny committee to
supervise the 1942 AAA program.
Sam Ferguson, of route 1, Clyde,
was re-elected vice chairman, Char,
lie R. Liner, of route 2, Waynes
ville, a member, J. R. Mason Mor
row, of route 2, Waynesville, first
alternate, and Order F. Burnett, of
Cruso, second alternate.
AH those elected to membership
in the county and in the various
townships will be asked to serve
for the duration of the war, ac
cording to Howard Clapp, county
Members of the township com
mittees are as follows, with the
first named on the list to serve as
chairman: the second vice chair
man; the third as a member; the
fourth as first alternate; and the
fifth as second alternate.
Beaverdam, A-l.V James B.
Hipps, Haywood Chapman, W. P.
Harris, T. R. Robinson and George
Sutton; A-2, J. L. Westmoreland,
C. C. Evans, Albert Sharp, C. H.
Fish, and Luther Smathers; A-3,
E. Judson Pinner; Billy Smathers,
Thomas Mann, Turner S. Smathers,
and Taylor Rhodarmer.
Cecil, (re-elected), J. E. Bur-
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To Close May 1;
The Waynesville district schools
will close on Friday, May 1, ac
cording to M. II. Bowles, district
superintendent, after one of the
most successful years in the his
tory of the schools.
More than one hundred grad
uates are expected to receive their
diplomas on Monday night, May
4th, 'the final event of the com
mencement program. Mrs. E, L.
McKee, of Sylva, former state sen
ator , and candidate for represcnt
tive will deliver the the annual lit
erary address. Mr. Bowles will
present the diplomas.
Final examinations will be held
next week, starting tfn Monday
and continuing through Thursday.
School buses will run an hour later
on Friday, May ' 1, in order that
(Continued on page 7)
Due to the increasing number of
applications being sent into the lo
cal rationing board, only the names
of those granting articles applied
for will be published in the future,
it was announced by the board
Applications granted included
the following: J. T. Conard, Cove
(Continued on page 7)
Annual Event Will Get
Underway At 8;00 O'clock;
Buffet Supper Will Be
Indications last night were that
a record-breaking attendance
would be had at the annual Cham
ber of Commerce supper meeting
tonight at the Armory, starting
at eight o'clock.
The committee in charge of the
buffet supper have prepared a
bountiful "spread'' for the occasion,
and the program committee, headed
by Jonathan Woody, said in re
gards to the program, "short,
snappy, and to the point."
The annual drive for funds will
be climaxed today, and workers
so far have met with "good re
sponse" according to Paul Davis,
president of the organization.
Tickets for the meeting tonight
are being given free to all con
tributors to the organization.
Those failing to get tickets in
that way can buy them at fifty
Jonathan Woody will serve as
master of ceremonies, and the
general program for 1942 will be
explained by the president.
Starting at ten o'clock, the meet
ing will listen to a nation-wide
30-minute broadcast which will in
augurate the new drive for the
purchase of more war stamps and
bonds, in which this community
will co-operate. More details ap
pear elesewhere on this page.
A special square dance will fol
low the program, it was said.
The Chamber of Commerce is out
to raise a budget of $3,080 this
The committee designated to ar
range the meal for the annual
dinner is: C. A. George, Charlie
Woodard, Felix Stovall, and R. B.
The program committee for the
dinner meeting, is Jonathan Woody,
M. H. Bowles and W. S. Prevost.
Pascal Is Going
To Army Soon
The fourth member of the coun
ty agent's office to enter military
service, leaves today.
Dwight L. Pascal, assistant
county agent since November,
leaves for a week at his home in
Pafts, Tenn., and will then go into
active service. He is volunteer
ing, and hopes to get in the quar
During his stay here, he has been
active in civic and religious affairs
of the community and county.
Haywood Masons Are
Attending State Meet
A number of Haywood county
Masons are attending the annual
communication of the Grand Lodge
of Masons of North Carolina,
which is in session this week in
Amnno trti nnmW Brs Dr J
R. McCracken, past master, who J haffey reported that he thought
2L5r.OOO Acres Along A
75-Mile Front Burning
Forests To A Crisp
Fires Raffed On Three Sides of Haywood Last Night;
Still Out Of Control Total Damage, Will Bring
On Worst Fire In History Of County, Fire War
" ; dens Say. :'
Devastating forest fires were raging on three sides of
Hay wood last night, along a 75-mile front, with more than
15,000 acres already burned to a crisp, and the roaring flames
far from being under control.
For 50 miles in the Pisgah National Forest, in Haywood
and Transylvania counties, the fire raged. According to
fire wardens, this will be the worst in the county's history.
Hundreds of men from all nearby areas are on the 75
mile front, battling flames, some of which are said to have
leaped 50 feet in the powder dry forests. Fire fighters were
holding their own in some areas, although new fires were
constantly breaking out in unprotected spots.
Fire in the Pisgah National Forest broke out about
three o'clock Sunday afternoon on the Big East Fork of
the Pigeon River, That day some 197 fishermen had taken
advantage of the first open day on the stream and had been
checked in by G. C. Plott, county game and fish warden,
who said yesterday that he saw the first smoke, and it
looked like it was coming from a chimney.
"In less than 10 minutes, it appeared to have covered
two miles, it spread with such rapidity," he said.
At that time there were still some 75 persons in the
area where the fire was gaining alarming headway. As the
raging inferno closed in around them, the fishermen had to
take to the river and by keeping under the water as much
possible, kept from being burned by names tnai iaPPeu
So intense was the neat that; leaves floating on the icy
waters caught fire and vanished in smoke. .
The stillness of the scenic area was soon broken by the
roar and crackling fires that swept everything in their path
clean to the ground, laying waste with one grand sweep the
scenic areas that were being preserved for generations to
Fire fighters from the Waynes
ville watershed in town for food
last night, told The Mountameer
they expected to have thefire jn
that area under control by this
On Tuesday morning around 11
o clock a fire was reported n
Snaggy Ridge, on the town ater
shed, apprximately five miles from
Bradford Mehaffey, an employe
of the town, and a crew of 18 men
left shortly after the report was
sent in by Will Wilson, caretaker
at the watershed.
The men fought hard for around
twelve hours before the fire was
under control. Before it was put
out it had spread from Snaggy
Ridge across to Deep Gap, almost
to the Deep Ridge mine.
Again on Wednesday noon Wil
son, caretaker, reported another
fire on the Roberson Ridge on the
watershed. Mehaffey and.the same
crew that had worked the night
before left and late last night Me-
is; representing the Waynesville
Lodge; C. B. . Hosaflook, district
deputy grand master of the 41st
Masonic district; J. E. Justice,
master of Sonoma Lodge, W. T.
Hawkins, master of Pigeon River
Lodge, H. E. Terrell, master of
the fire was under control
It was reported that there was
no serious damage from the fire
on the watershed as the better
part of the acreage had been burn
ed over two or three years ago
and there were no large trees in
Fire On Tlott's Creek
Reported Under Control
The second fire to start yes
terday afternoon, was on
Plott's Creek, and last night
was under control, according to
Thad O. Chafin, on whose
property the greater part of
the fire was burning.
Townspeople showed much
interest in this blaze, as the
billows of smoke and flames
could be seen from here.
R. K. Caldwell, county fire
warden, and a crew of men
were called to the scene and
remained until late last night,
Mr, Caldwell was later joined
by J. H. Beech, county smoke
, chaser, and another party of
There was no estimate made
last night of either the acreage
or damage suffered.
17,000 Spruce Trees
Planted Just Saturday
On last Saturday a planting
project of 17,000 spruce in Sher
wood Forest was completed, which
in the years to come would have
been one of the show places in
Churches Will Feature
Family Day On Sunday
The county-wide nine weeks Go-
To-Church campaign will be cli
maxed on Sunday morning with a
Family Day at church, when all
families are asked to attend their
church in one group. The text
of the sermon for all participating
churches will be "The Head of the
Locally, a union service of all
the churches in the community
will be held at the First Metho
dist church on Sunday evening at
8:00 o clock, at which time Dr.
C. Grier Davis, pastor of the First
Presbyterian church of Asheville,
will deliver the sermon.
The pastors of the First Bap
tist, the Presbyterian, Methodist,
and Grace Episcopal churches, will
also have a part in the union
service. i :
Believe Fire Will Ruin
Everything On Beech Gap
The Beech Gap Road, which has
been one of the most popular and
scenic drives in this section, will
be a wilderness of waste, accord
ing to some of the fire fighters,
who felt late last night that the
fire would devastate the entire
area from the checking station at
the entrance to Sherwood Forest
up to the Devil's Courthouse. .
Fishermen Use Soaked
Sweaters For Protection
One fisherman who was caught
in the forest on Sunday afternoon
Members, visitors in town and who had taken his young son with
the public in general are invited jhim, had to wade down the stream
to attend the union service on. to get out of the area. To protect
Sunday night. Dr. Davis is one .the young boy from the falling
of the leading ministers in this
section of the state and is a force
The ministers of the churches
throughout the county participat
ing in the campaign to revive in
terest in church attendance have
been much gratified over the in
crease in their congregations and
feel that interest in church atten
dance will continue.
timbers along the stream he had to
continually 'dampen a sweater and
keep over the boy's head.
Some Fishermen Suffer
Burns In Escaping
It was reported that practice
every fisherman who left the
after the fire started , went ,
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