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BONDS - STA!.?S
Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, JULY 23, 1942
$1.75 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
ruck Driver Died
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0 oaiyagc x lain
Lh Of Transport Truck
River Brought Toll To Six
km Tuesday's Blast V
().J0 Wednesday Night)
L edition of Lawrence L.
!.,, thief of the fire depart
of Waynesville, who was
usy injured in the accident
octurred at ine duik pini m
Standard Oil Company here
mtfk remains critical, it was
Id last nisht from hospital
fred Walkup, truck driver, of
runburg, was reported to
K tondition of W. G Fincher,
love of the Town or Waynes-
who was injured at the same
was reported to be about the
Valuable Papers And Money
In Plant Safe Burned To A
Crisp By Heat
The Standard Oil Company is
salvaging the equipment at their
bulk distributing plant here on
Railroad street, which wa.damaged
by an explosion early Tuesday
morning of last week.
The large tank which were rip
ped apart, are being cut up prepar
atory to being hauled off. Many
gallons of fuel oil, which did not
ignite during the hours when tie
plant was burning have been re
moved to another storage center.
Yesterday it was impossible to
contact officials of the company
who could make a statement as to
the future plans as to whether or
not the plant . would be rebuilt
Unofficially, there was some
doubt expressed as' to the avail
ability of materials under the exist
ing circumstance to rebuild at this
In the meantime the Customers
here are being serviced from Ashe
ville. The plant here supplied sta
tions in WayBMviHe, Lake Juna
luska, Sunburst, Fines Creek, Jon
athan Creek, and to the Jackson
county line on the Balsam road,
i The transport company has also
salvaged the chasis and other
parts of their truck that was at
the plant at the time of tbe acci
dent-i-,-:- 'r,;"-,. .v' ' 0
Everything at the plant was
damaged. JSven the papers in the
safe, which was built into a con
crete wall were ither scorched or
burned and in some cases to a
black crisp. The afe contained
the records of the company and
. Kerley was called to the
plant of the Standard 0"
Ipany around 3 o'clock Tues-
moming of last week Dy the
W. L. Hardin, Jr., com mis
agent, asking him to come to
slant at once as one of the
ks had sprung a leak.
r. Kerley left the city hall
Mutely, using a town car.
til arrival at the plant, he re
let! the gravity of the situation
t the time of the explosion, it
thought by Robt. Hugh Clark,
ktant fire chief, who arrived
M afte?, that Kerley was near
at the plant when the ac-
Int occurred. .
rley ran to the home of Gilbert
vn, a distance of about 400
k with his clothing in flames.
Reeves rushed him to the
pood County Hospital where
has since been a natient.
ft. Walkup, was one of the two Personal papers of the late W. L.
sport drivers at the plant when
explosion took place.
Ir. Fincher, an employee of the
In, lived near the plant, and had
red down to give assistance
In the blast occurred.
pver Died Saturday
nomas DeWitt Taylor, 27, of
rtanburg, oil truck driver, who
wed burns when a gasoline
TO tank exploded at the bulk
M the Standard Oil Compa-
ew jersey here, early
mornine. dipd at -1fi
rk Saturday morning in the
pood County Hospital.
i la'r was the sixth ner-
die as a result of th .
N. His condition was critical
P the time he was taken to the
pi Jor treatment. .
Pr. Taylor, who died nf hnrn
7uk Was a native of Nichols,
aun OI Mr avr1 T
The safe was burglar proof, but
not absolutely fire proof it was
learned from one of the men who
was present at the time it was
The safe fell to the floor of the
office during the fire and it was
necessary to get a wrecker to pull
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was employed by the
,A1., fvjvvA MJT Lilt
oiemr Transportation, com-
Ji oi bastnnia u; i
nf f - ilia nutK was
tour to deliver gasoline at
piant here dnrimr tfc ;u
N the Pvnl.-Z " " ""'
K l!e had brought in had
"T uea and he had expected
!trt on his rt, i.
Fhen the PvnW .
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Last Rites Held
For W. L. Hardin,
Jr., Last Friday .
Last rites were held at 4 o'clock
Friday afternoon at Grace Episco
pal Church for Walter Lauriston
Hardin, Jr., 43, who died at the
Haywood County Hospital at 8 : 40
Wednesday night from shock and
burns received from an explosion
of a storage tank at the distribut
Takes Over Newspaper Route
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Although blind, Fred Vaughn has taken over the duties of de
livering The Mountaineer in Hazelwood every Thursday to more than
two hundred customers, and with the aid of his Seeing-Eye dog,
"Dixie" is making his rounds with apparent ease.
Mr, Vaughn plans to use all the money made from the sale of
his papers to make the monthly payments on "Dixie." Those who
have carried the papers in Hazelwood heretofore, have credited custo
mers for several weeks at a time, but Mr. Vaughn is not trying to
keep a route book, and would prefer that all sales be cash. He plans
to be at the upper factory every Thursday at noon, and the lower fac
tory at quitting time, which will enable a lot of people to get their
papers at those times. Photo by Sherrill's Studio..
2 Defendants Draw
Long Term Sentence
State Test Farm
A committee headed by W. Kerr
insr nlant of the Standard Oil Com- Scott, state commissioner of ag-
pany shortly after 3 o'clock here riculture and other officials, spent
Tuesday morning. luesaay in ine couniy. ine pur
The Rev. R. E. MacBlain, rector
of the churchi of which Mr. Hardin
was a member, officiated. Burial
was in Greenhill cemetery, with
the Waynesville Masonic Lodge in
charge of the services at the grave.
Serving as active pallbearers
were: Dr. S. P. Gay, Felix Stovall,,
Clayton Walker, Grayden Fergu
son, Jonathan Woody, J. P. Dicus,
and Dill Howell.
Honorary pallbearers included:
J. W. Boyd, Everett Camp, J. L.
Carwille, Paul Davis, Henry Davis,
John Foster, Jack Felmet, Howard
Hyatt, W. B. Jones, C. D. Jones, J.
W. KUlian, F E. Massie, Harry
fa of th m 8 e.mand foi , Prevost, Roy H. Parkman, James S.
Queen, Wayne E. Rogers, A. T.
Ward, C. E. Weatherby, Chas.
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fthM, ftl0untaneer last
'oaion' that ws oi ine
ofthV a,led awav to all
tp even fi! cPapers was holl
itZ r of this week.
tddit;llndav 8eral hun-
fted. al cP'es had to be
t Liner Prit;n
ported to Th'
ition r,t .
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Mrs. Liner nndsr.
k ar, C' ?Petion durinp-
ua been critically m.
pose of the visit was to make a
tour of inspection of farms m
this area in view of selecting the
site for a mountain experiment
station or test farm.
The station, Which is to be lo
cated at some point in Western
North Carolina, will be under the
supervision of the state depart
ment of agriculture and will in
the main experiment with beef cat
tle and sheep, it was learned from
the county farm agent's office.
No information was given as to
the possible choice of the proposed
experiment station, but the mem
bers of the committee spoke highly
of the many advantages the farms
of this immediate area had to
offer for such work.
In company with Mr. Scott were:
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17 Baptist Churches In County Report
Substantial Progress During Revivals
Progress was reported from
each of the 17 participating Hay
wood Baptist churches in the county-wide
revival which has been
conducted in the churches during
the past ten days.
A few churches held a weeks
meeting, closing last Sunday, while
most continued through last night,
and several will go through Sun
day, according to Rev. Frank
Leatherwood, moderator of the
Haywood Baptist Association
representatives of the 17 churches
here Monday, Rev. Mr. Leather
wood reported an excellent spirit of
fellowship, and an unusual spirit
All churches reported some gains
in membership, mostly by conver
sions. Some churches reported as
many as 20 additions. Several of
the churches were just beginning
to stress this phase of the revival
on Monday night, it was reported.
The revivals were held under
I the supervision of the State Mis
The joint minimum sentences of
Frank Burnett and Walter Haley,
(colored), who were tried in the
July term of Superior court here
last week before Judge F. Donald
Phillips, totaled 67 years in state's
Burnett was held on two
charges, kidnaping and assault
with intent to rape. He pleaded
guilty of the first charge and was
Cannery Plans to Pack
600,000 Lbs. Beans
Open Fall Term
On August 3rd
The schools of Fines Creek, Crab
trte and the Bethel district, the
latter including Cruso, Cecil,
Spring Hill and Bethel are sched
uled to open for the fall term on
Monday, August 3rd, it was learn
ed yesterday from Jack Messer,
county superintendent of educa
tion. Between now and the opening
day there are still some teacher
vacancies to be filled, as a num
ber of those elected have gone into
The Waynesville township schools
will begin the 1942-43 session on
Monday, August 31st, according
to Mr. Messer.
Scheduled to Leave
Here Friday, 31st
The following sixty-seven men
are scheduled to leave this area on
Friday, 81st, for induction at Fort
Jackson, according to the local
They make up the largest group
yet to leave the Waynesville area
under the selective draft service.
Under the hew ruling the govern
ment is asking that no farewell
ceremonies take place . when they
leave on Friday as, they go to camp
for an examination that was form
erly made locally and in some
cases there is doubt about wheth
er or not the men will be accept
ed for active service.
More Than 100 People
Working Day And Night
To Pack Largest Crop In
More than 100 people , are work
ing day and night at the Haywood
County Mutual Cannery at Hazel
wood, and indications yesterday
were that 600,000 pounds' of beans
would be canned this season, ac
cording to John E. Barr, general
manager of the Land O' the Sky
The cannery is due to begin
canning blackberries this week, and
reports from the rural sections
show that there is a good crop
this year. The cannery, in an ad
vertisement this week, is offer
ing 21 cents a gallon, which is six
pounds, for good firm and ripe
The cannery will be working on
beans, in addition to berries, for
the next two or three weeks, Mr.
Barr said. A pack of 20,000 cases
is expected for the season, which
will break all former records for
the local cannery.
The cannery received 49,600
pounds of beans Tuesday. Grow
ers started hauling them in early
in' the morning, and continued
until well after dark. The grounds
of the cannery were covered with
huge piles of bagged beans, and
by ten o'clck Wednesday morning
the pile had dwindled to a mere
Sometime early in August the
cannery will ack yrilow tomato
Juice fur the Farme Federation.
The tomatoes are being grown in
Henderson and Buncombe counties
and will be trucked here for canning...'-
Red tomatoes are expected to
Th mti .ni.j in i.. : ' Degm coming nere auring the nexts
an opportunity to return .home V9' and will be canned for
for a two weeks furlough and on the trade oi the cannerv
their second departure a program i Bill Peake is manager of the
will be sponsored by one or more cannery again this season,
patriotic and civic groups.
The hour set for the special buses i VVn1?tns1 Cnlsin
to leave here on Friday, 31st, is i " al 1JU1IU k?llca
at 11:10. Prior to departure the
men will assemble in the draft of
fice on the third floor of the court
house for instruction's.
In the group leaving will be
five volunteers, Derry Medford,
Sylvester Dock Mull, John Kelly,
and Ben Howell Kirkpatrick.
Others are: Robert Hall, Hurley
Goodwin Brown, Clarence Jones
Hyatt, Walter Houston Plemmons,
Floyd Wilson Davis, Johnnie Max
Fish, Carter Thomas Boone, John
Boone Reeves, Robert Lee Under
wood, Eugene Henry, Thomas
Stnngfield Franklin, James Zeb
In Haywood Are
The war bond drive in Haywood
was progressing satisfactorily for
the first half of the month, accord
ing, to Charlie Ray, county chair
man last night. All indications
were that the quota of $63,800
would be reached.
Mr. Ray announced that a sup
per meeting of those in charge of
the drive in the county, would be
Program Is Reason
Valuation Rises $200,000
For New Total Of $23,200,
000. Old Rate Was $1.57
The tax rate of Haywood county
for , the year 1942-43 has been set
at $1.45 per $100 property valu
ation, which is 12 cents less than
that of last year which was $1.57,
it was learned this week from T. J.
Cathey, county auditor.
The 1942-43 budget appropria
tion of $481,667.38 approved by
county commissioners, is less than
that of last year due to two rea
sons, according to Mr. Cathey.
This is the first time in a num
ber of years that there has not
been a school building program in
the county amounting anywhere
from $35,000 to $86,000.
The second reason pointed out
by the county auditor is that tax
able valuation is now up to $23,
200,000 which automatically low
ers the rate in proportion. This
is $200,000 more than last year.
The county had ah appropriation
or an expenditure last year of
$607,606.90 which meant an ex
penditure of $42,3000 per month
or about $1,410 per day. Of this
amount the county debt service
The county debt service, out
standing as of June 30, 1942, is
$1,268634.94. Of this amount
$62,600 for sinking fund bonds
and there is now1 on deposit
$66,730.08 to apply on these bonds,
it was learned from Mr, Cathey.
The largest fund' set aside is
that of the debt service at $96,765,
with the Haywood County Hospital
coming second with $70,660.
Other funds in total budget re
General fund, $37,600,
Special fund, $12,890.
Poor fund, $16,1600. "
Building fund, $7,882.67. '
Penalty fund, $i0O0.
Capital outlay, $5,431.46.
Old age assistance, $16,675.
Aid to dependent children, $5,
756.25. Welfare department, $13,600.
The school fund was divided as
Current expenses, $38,756.68.
Capital outlay, $17,154.60.
Debt service, $115,572.82;
Canton charter district, $23,423.
t,nCle.fi M Lake Logan Tuesday at
Bramlett, Arthur Haze Frankljn,
Lloyd George Jones, Grady Reeves
Noland, Arthur White.
Joseph Harold Sisk. Woodrow
Wilson Underwood, Willis Shelton,
sentenced from 20 to 30 years and lf,red CIark Arrington, Wallace
on the latter count was given from i 5od?rlck Rinson, Charles Roy
meeting of pastors and ' (Continued on page 7)
10 to 15 year in prison. The sec
ond sentence is not to startuntil
the completion of the first.
Haley was given from 37 to 40
years in state's prison for burg
lary and larceny. It was brought
out in the trial that he had enter
ed the home of John Norris on the
night of July 4th; when all the
members of the family were asleep.
Brownlow Conard, charged with
setting fire to the woods on the
Waynesville watershed and dyna
miting fish in the streams, was
given 60 days on each count,
The case of Myrtle Cullins and
her sister, Catherine Lenoir, (col
ored), charged with the murder
of their father, Oscar Lenoir, was
continued to the next term of crim
inal court. The case has been on
the docket since November, 1941.
Owen Garrett, charged with in
voluntary manslaughter, was plac
ed on probation for two years.
Other cases disposed of included:
Fred Price, for bastardy, was given
a six months sentence; Howard
Warren, for driving drunk, was
sentenced to 90 days on the roads;
Buster Carey, (colored), for lar
ceny of automobile, from three to
five years on the roads.
Lena Mehaffey for keeping a
disorderly house, was given six
months suspended sentence on good
behavior for two years; Nannie B.
Mull charged with forgery was
sentenced to six months.
Kirk Turpin, for violation of the
prohibition law, was given 30 days;
VVison lEwart, for larceny and
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Frady, Robert Daniel Fisher. Wil
liam Wayne Wright, Glenn Green,
John Gordon Reeves, John Henry
Parker, Rufus Haskell Davis,
James Robert Wyatt, Robert E.
Lee Parton, John Riley Wyatt,
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Haywood Club Members
Enjoying Annual Camp
There are 42 4-H club members
from the 7 Haywood county clubs
spending this week at the annual
summer camp at Swannanoa.
There are 155 in camp from
Haywood, Buncombe, and McDow
ell counties. Howard Clapp coun
ty agent and Wayne Franklin,
assistant, and Miss Mary Marga
six-thirty. About 25 people are
expected to attend, with about half
from Canton and the others from
A general discussion will be had
of future drives and continued
sales in the county. . For the past
two months, Haywood has exceed
ed the quota,
Mr. Ray was particularly anx
ious that those who were respon
sible for inaugurating the 10 per
cent payroll deduction plan in the
industries of the county attend
this meeting Tuesday.
Officers Of Livestock
Show To Meet Tonight
All officers of the Haywood
County Livestock show have been
called to meet tonight at the court
house at 8:30 by Claude T, Francis,
Important matters relating to the
show will be discussed and acted
ret Smith, home ' demonstration uoon. Mr. Francis said.'" in lircinc
agent, accompanied the group, that every member be present.
Barber Putting New Roof On Storage
House; Was Destroyed By $2,800 Blaze
Work is expected (to start soon
in replacing the roof on the re
frigerated storage apple house at
Barber's Orchard which was des
troyed by fire several weeks ago,
according to R. N. Barber, Jr.,
The fire burned the roof of heavy
timbers and sheet iron from the 31
by 105 foot stone building after
sparks from defective wiring had
ignited the woodwork.. :
The loss was placed at about
$2,800, and was not covered by in
surance, Mr. Barber said. It so
happened that it was the only build
ing on the orchard grounds not
covered, and it was believed to have
been practically fireproof.
A roof of cork and asphalt will
be used, and a flat type roof will
replace the V-type.
The building is used for storing
approximately 30,000 bushels of
apples during the harvesting seas
on. The building had Just a few
empty crates in it at the time of
Last Rites Held
Friday For Rev.
E. K. Whidden
Funeral services were held at
3:00 o'clock on Friday afternoon
at Shady Grove Methodist church
for Rev. E. K. Whidden, 74, re
tired Methodist minister, who died
at 6:20 Thursday morning at the
home of his son in Dellwood.
Rev. W. L. Hutchins, superin
tendent of the Waynesville district,
and the Rev. Robbins, of Lake
Junaluska, officiated. Burial was
in the church cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were:
James Teague, W, Pless Boyd, Rob
ert W. Howell, Glenn A. Boyd,
Albert Jones, and Edmond Jones.
Rev. Whidden, a native of Flor
ida, had been residing in this sec
tion for the past 19 years, and
had served a number of charges in
the Methodist church prior to his
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Stella Norton Whidden; one son,
Wilbur Whidden ; two daughters,
Mrs. h. M. Owens, of Waynesville,
route 2, and Mrs. D. R. Morrison,
of Montgomery, Ala.; five brothers;
seven sisters; 19 grandchildren and
six great grandchildren.
REA Will Hold
Annual Meeting In
Clyde, Aug. 17th
The annual meeting of the Cruso
Mutual .Electric Membership Cor
poration has been set for August
17th, at 10:30 at the Clvde hich
school building, it was learned
here this week from James C.
The annual reports and the
election of officers for the coming
year will feature the meeting.
The nominating committee has
named the following from which
the officers and directors will h
chosen: Ira Cogburn, East Fork; L.
a. Lmvis, jecil; Mrs. E. B. Rick
man, Pigeon: Carter Osborne.
Clyde; W. P. Harris, Beaverdam;
F. A. Justice. Crabtree: Rov R.
Meuioru, iron Duff; Chas. B. Mc
Crary, Fines Creek; and Thomas
Alexander, of Jonathan Creek and
The law requires that the list
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