FOR Wayne ICTORY SYILL TAIN BUT UNITED STARS BONDS - STA!.?S Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park - r,,T-u vpap NO. 30 Twelve Pages WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, JULY 23, 1942 $1.75 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties Tt-Ell""1" Ym We eiffl 'HE MOUN n deduced $1M ayw(DJ Wiree Explosion ruck Driver Died aturday, Standard L CnTirniVA PI 0 oaiyagc x lain Victims Rem 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 lightly improved. K tondition of W. G Fincher, love of the Town or Waynes- who was injured at the same was reported to be about the r, 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 here. ' Unofficially, there was some doubt expressed as' to the avail ability of materials under the exist ing circumstance to rebuild at this time. , 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. Year-Old Truck 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 Hardin, Jr. 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 opened. The safe fell to the floor of the office during the fire and it was necessary to get a wrecker to pull (Continued on page 7) fk He 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 . 'Continued on page 7) irOOfotra nnioo ne n m Last 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 I 1 yf,v ::;; :m fey 7r1- ' I" I 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 Havwood Sites Inspected For 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. (Continued on page 7) Week 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 Vs i t Liner Prit;n ported to Th' y Improved ition r,t . PatlPnf in 41 tiiiru improved Bl?ht 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: (Continued on page 7) 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 At a representatives of the 17 churches here Monday, Rev. Mr. Leather wood reported an excellent spirit of fellowship, and an unusual spirit of interest. 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 County Schools 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 other work. The Waynesville township schools will begin the 1942-43 session on Monday, August 31st, according to Mr. Messer. Sixty-Seven Men 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 draft board. 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 History 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 Association. ' .i 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 berries, ; 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 dribble. 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 Satisfactory 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 Curtailment Of School Building 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 took $230,786.10. 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 quirements are: 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 follows; Current expenses, $38,756.68. Capital outlay, $17,154.60. Debt service, $115,572.82; Canton charter district, $23,423. t, 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 (Continued on page 7) 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, - (Continued on page 7) 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 Waynesville, 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, president. 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., general manager. 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 the fire. 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 retirement. 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. Moore, superintendent. 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 Maggie. The law requires that the list - (Continued on page 7) lh

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