FOR ICTORY NESVILLE BUT CNIIXD ST1TXS BONOS STALtPS Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park $1.75 In Adrance In Hmjweed and Jacksm Countiea WAYNESVILLE, N. C THURSDAY, JULY 16, 1942 rZirttTH YEAR mu. iww rages xv WAY HE x1 1 1 ii ii ii maj ii lay ii i vj in . in . irn III I I VI 11 II I I XI II 1 II 1 VI II A II A II 1J WW i w ii v m u m a. v ii - - " -- n n r? nnn n n n n JjlTop to IFSve ' WfiDDDDS sddii ;b(' Venire Jury To Hear Kidnapping Case liner Enlarges Mill nits In Fines Creek several Pieces of Equip ment Added Besides rmne i? Mill; Employs 275 Men. ..." 'Mi VInr k modern planing mm tailed by the urace the Fines oreeK 1 .. .' . t T inn. nnnwr hntv, Harry " " , h manager announced this week. the firm is now ; operating iv r . ?1i .1 AiMiilav ti.- band mui a , cutting 4U.UUU leet oliuiuuh to, ana empioyn'8 n, with about 20 111 oc einyjujrcu .L new unit of the company. tactically all of the lumber cut the firm is shipped irom L,ase tlluska. . . -,'.. k. mills are now working on Lcial orders that go into defense pen. U11 83,000-acre tract la being t ud the mills are confining Uir operations to hardwooos ex- tahrelv. u ntw boiler, edger and larger Irrkw have been installed in the M mill, in order to take ears of i increased orders, and economy rettine heavier timbers.'-,; The fill ire working 55 hours a week, June Post Office Receipts Show Increase Over 1942 Receipts for the month of June of this year at the Way nesville post office show an in crease of $599.24 over those of last year it was learned from J. Harden Howell, post master. Receipts for the quarter of the months of April, May and June, for 1941 show an increase of $1,254.42 over that of 1941, said Mr. Howell. The increase is reported to be due to larger sales of air mail stamps and the increase of mail going to the men in the service. iegistratiori Of I 1 IT 1 1 lotor venicies Itarts Today All owners and operators of (ses, motor boats, ambulances. ixis, trucks and any other motor nicies other than passenger cars ill be required to register with rationing board beginning this oming at 9 o'clock and lasting rough Saturday noon. Hoars fur registration have been for 9 to 5 o'clock on Thursday fd Friday and from 9 : to 12:00 clock on Saturday. Owners will need their state mo- r vehicle registration cards and r be required to know their Heage and gasoline used in the fMh of June. All filling station operators will pter on the morning of July p, in order to pet their inven- ff7 ready for selling gasoline, ,30 Tons Of Rubber For Scrap Here Haywood contributed 60 tons ln"a? rubber during the na-non-wnde- drive, according to ' "wvey made this week by "-J. Campbell, co-chairman . salvage drive in Hay- J Ca"ipbell was gratified HavlTPH?se' anl felt that if had responded feffc.J1 - accordance "een accomDlish- Aid To Be Given In Filling Out Extra Gas Forms All persona needing csaistance in funngi out their application blanks for supplementary gasoline coupons, can receive this aid at the rationing board on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Volunteers who will help in this work are urged to call Jack Mes ser or the rationing board and give in their name. Oxford Singing Class To Appear The famous singing class of the Oxford Orphanage, which has of ten entertained hundreds here, will give a concert at the Masonic Temple on Wednesday, July 22, at eight o'clock. The committee in charge of bringing this group to Waynes ville is composed of R. A. Gaddis, F, C. Compton, and S. E. Connat Frank Burnett To Face Charges On Two Counts Today Charged With Kidnaping and Criminal Assaulting Girl From Pigeon Section. A special venire of 50 was or dered yesterday by Judge F. Don ald Phillips, from which a jury will be drawn to hear the ease to day of Frank Burnett, who is charged with criminal assault and kidnaping. The July term of criminal cour) convened here on Monday morning and it was thought yesterday would continue throughout the week. - Burnett, a native of this coun ty, was arrested on June 13th, in Brevard by the chief or ponce there, and was brought to the county jail here. He is alleged to have taken a young teen-age girl from her home in the Pigeon section and forced her to go with him to Brevard. Yesterday character witnesses were heard in the case of Brown- low Conard, who is charged with dynamiting fish and setting fire to the woods on the Waynesville watershed. Conard is expected to be sentenced on Friday. He plead ed guiltv of dynarjiting the fish, but denied the charge of setting -w-.'vtnne on page 12) Sugar Bonus Of Two Additional Pounds Is Granted The local rationing board has been advised that after July 10th, food rationing stamp Number 7, is good for a bonus of two pounds of su gar, effective until August 22. Stamps number five and six are also good for two pounds . of sugar each. Stamp number five remains effective until July 25th, and number six will be good from July 26 to Au gust 22nd, Condition Critical Dies Of Injuries - x 4 ' . . . . . LAWRENCE KERLEY, chief of the Waynesville fire department, remains in a critical condition at the Haywood County Hospital, suf fering from burns and shock, re ceived early Tuesday morning at the explosion of a gasoline tank at the bulk-plant of the Standard Oil Company. This picture was made of Chief Kerley in his fireman's Uniform as he posed for a picture to illustrate a series of articles published in Mn newspaper, "They Work While We Sleep." That is what he was doing when injured 4-H Club Groups Going For Week Encampment Between 50 and 60 members of Haywood's seven 4-H clubs will attend the annual camp at Swan nanoa for a week, beginning Mon day. Howard Clapp, county agent, Wayne Franklin, assistant, and Miss Mary Margaret Smith, home demonstration agent, will accom pany the group. Four Others Remain In A Critical Condition F r o m Tuesday's Fire Citizens of the community were startled from their sleep shortly after three o'clock Tuesday morning by the deafen ing roar of an explosion that shook buildings within a two- mile radius, followed by a skyline suddenly canopied, witn eaping flames, quickly added to the chaos was the alarming wail of the siren, and screams of injured. A storage tank at the Standard Oil Company bulk plant on ualer sireei siarieu leanHig, u mmn u" manner, the fumes became ignited and caused the explosion, which has brought death to live Waynesville citizens, and four others are in a critical condition at the Haywood County Hospital, suffering from burns and shock. The accident was the most tragic and disastrous m point of loss of property and life ever to occur in this com- munity. Since early Tuesday morning me enure popula tion has been under its pall of gloom, hourly awaiting news from the bedsides of those who suffered injuries. Four Members Of Caldwell Family Buried On Tuesday Funeral sorv'cea were conducted at 4 o'clock Tui'sdoy afternoon at Greenhill .cemetery for Andy Cald well, 57, his wife, Mrs. Caldwell, 40, their son, Jarvis, 14, and young daughter, !l, all victims of the ac- W. L. HARDIN, JR., prominent civic leader and business man of th immunity, died early last niirht in the Haywood County Hos inl f mm burns received at the Standard Oil plant, of which' he was manager and commission agent. .'. Hardin Took An Active Interest In Community Life Held Several Important Places In' Community; Work Among Blind Was Outstanding. Vn1tr Lmiriston Hardin, Jr., 44 died Wednesday night in the Hay wood County Hospital at 8:40 (.'clock from wounds and injuries received from an explosion of s'.omge tank at the distributing plant of the Standard Oil Company shortly after 3:00 o'clock Tuesday morning. Mr: Hardin, nrominent in the THE DEAD W. L. Hardin. Jr.. 44, commie- sion agent for Standard Oil Com pany. Died Wednesday nigm ai 8:40 o'clock. Andy Caldwell, 57, employee of the town. Died at 7:30 Tuesday morning. Mrs. Leona Caldwell, 40. wife of Mr. Caldwell, died instantly. Jarvia Caldwell, 14, son of the Cald wells, died instantly. Bettv Caldwell. . daughter of the Caldwells, died liwUntly-j THE INJUKfci) Lawrence L. Kerley, chief of Waynesville's fire department, in critical condition, suffering from burns and shock. Thomas DeWitt Taylor, truck driver, of Spartanburg, burns and shock, remains in serious condition. Frfd Walk up, truck driver, of Spartanburg, burns and shock, in a critical condition. W. C. Fincher, employee of town of Waynesville, in fair condition. The getting one away in safety. other exploded. Mr. Hardin discovered one of the storage tanka at the plant was leaking,-and after calling an of ficial of the company in Asheville, scene, realising the danger ol spill ing gasoline. Mr. Hardin, Chief Kerley and the two truck drivers were at the scene when the stor age tank exploded. Tt was about thirty minutes after the first explosion, when the 4,000 gallon transport tankti f tught fire and went ' off M deafening blast. Those near the scene, at the time of the second explosion, said it re sembled a burning fuse of a giant fire cracker, o r escaping steam from a locamotive. As the hissing l?rew louder, many realized what was about to take place. Then a ear-splitting burst, the mass of gasoline shot hundreds of feet into the air, and seemingly spread over a large area, creating a noise like a low moaning siren, as it fell. cident on early 1 uesday morning. ,ifv (if th ' community for s(.Veral The Rev, R. E. McHl ain, r?etor years was born in Favetteville, on of Grace Episcopal church, officiat- (Continued on page 12) Auirust 24; 1898. He was the son of Mr and Mrs V. L. Hardin, of When the horizontal storage tank xtdoded. the end cut itself clean of the tank, and landed 50 feet away oh the Paul Walker prop- Second Annual "Hog Eye" Rifle Attracts More Than 200 Persons Around 200 persons attended the second annual shooting match held at. Cataloochee Ranch on Wednes day, despite the rationing of tires and gasoline. They started ar riving at 8 o'clock in the morning and continued throughout the morning. Some came ' on horse back, others on muleback, in cars and a few walked to the ranch. Forty-two persons competed in pother communities, Much Interest Is Shown In Series Of County-Wide Baptist Revivals Pastors of the 17 Baptist churches in Haywood that are par ticipating in the - county-wide re vival will hold their second of a series of pastor's conferences at the First Baptist church this af ternoon at 2:30 to discuss further EDITORIAL An Expensive Gamble During the period of gasoline rationing, some peo nave been prone to store quantities of the highly ammable fuel in their homes, places of business and This fact was recently proven when an inspection made here by some town officials. This community should realize after Tuesday Ring's terrible holocaust, that exploding gasoline n do untold damage to life and property; ext tain!y no citizen would for the sake of a few gallons, want an explosion on their property fallon; you have had it in mind to store up a few extra 3, it. ITvn 1 A i 1 " 1 niAf:. 4-Vi.Yinr i , - "u"'u ue me wise uiing, me uamu i"""! American way, to forget it, and keep all your gaso 6 tank of your car. . The lives of your family and friends are worth much take such a chance. plans for the remaining days of the meetings. Reports are that much interest is being shown in all the revivals. and a number of conversions are expected during the coming days. The revivals are being sponsored by the State Mission Board of the North Carolina Baptist Convention. The visiting pastors in all the churches are from out of the coun ty, and are being paid by the State Mission Board. Rev. Mr. Canipe Is Drawing Good Crowds At Revival Strong spiritual messages that are void of sensationalism, are being brought to increasing congre gations of the First Baptist church by Rev. J. C. Canipe, of Boone, in the progress of county-wide re vivals being staged by the State Mission Board. Rev. H. G. Hammett, pastor of the church, anticipates that the church will be filled to capacity every night at eight o'clock from now through Sunday, and there is a possibility that the revival will (Contmned on page 12) Wavnesville. His father has been erty. 1 ne remainder oi ine tK secretary to Congressman Zel.ulon . shot 150 feet forward and struck V Weav r for many years. a glancing blow on the 4,000-gallon Mr Hardin was educated in the park transport truck. The tank local schools and has resided in 'lifted itself up and went over a Wavnesville since he was around i row f coal cars across the double ten ' years of age. I track, to land 250 feet from its Aft r irraduatinif from school , abutment, one of which was knock ed down. the matches, with the following winners: in the oldest group, those here he went to Atlanta, where ior .:.... r n..,.i fnnr L'purs ht whh sepretarv to tne uver siaij, ji-ii, n.u,i, "-- - ' . . . a nnn tnnnrl wood, won first place and was given late Francis Willis, prominent " " . . . r" the hind ouarter of the 1.000 pound , business leader of that city, , ."L t JS Ieturning to waynesville tie was "-. r (Continuea on page 12) j place. Firemen were successful in steer, which was divided and given I (Continued on page 12) Several people , received cuts and bruises, when througs started running as the second explosion went off. One woman suffered a fractured rib, a bruised leg and cut knee, while still another had to have several stiches to close a wound she received when knocked down by the rushing crowd. The second explosion sent hun dreds .scurrying for shelter. In the Turbyfill yard, which was a popular gathering place for peo ple from Waynesville proper, a young woman stumbled over a chopping block, skinned both knees, (Continued on page 7) General View Of Area Damaged By Explosion Tuesday Morning III! v A il 1 V - This photograph was made from the back of the C. M. Dicus residence and shows the area damaged by the two explosions at the Stand ard Oil bulk plant here Tuesday morning. "A" is burning oil that was stored in the warehouse. The white flame can be seen leaping from the upright tank on the left. "B" is the remains of the transport track, which was loaded with 4,000 gallons of gasoline and exploded thirty minutes after the tank "C" was blown across the street, the c al car and the double railroad track. The tank (C) was a twin tank to the horizontal tank and was about where the letter "A" is when it exploded. "D" is the ruins of the Caldwell home, where three died. "X" is where the Paul Walker home was blown ;down and burned. A), vegetation for hundreds of feet was as brown yesterday as if it were midwinter. t

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