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(ONE DAY NEARER VICTORY) THURSDAY,
THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
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THE WAYNESVILLE PRINTING CO.
Main Street phone 137
Waynesville, North Carolina
The County Seat of Haywood County
W. CURTIS RUSS . ..........Editor
Mrs. Hilda WAY GWYN Associate Editor
W. Curtis Russ and Marion T. Bridges, Publishers
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1942
(ONE DAY NEARER VICTORY)
The record of Haywood County men in
the present world-wide conflict, while con
sidered with pride and deep satisfaction,
should not surprise those familiar with local
In every war in which this country has
been engaged Haywood County men have
come through with flying colors. Born of
an independent heritage they have stood
for freedom always, and have never feared
to defend their principles.
The county was settled by heroes of the
American Revolution. They handed down
to their descendants a spirit of courage and
loyalty that has been manifested through
succeeding generations. Personal liberty
they hold dear, and for their country they
are willing to pay the supreme sacrifice.
Back in 1812 Haywood County had 145
men in the service in that conflict, with two
majors and one lieutenant. The population
was not very large at that early date and
those 145 must have made quite a vacancy
in the county. In the Mexican war a com
pany, while never called into active duty,
was organized here.
In that tragic era in our nation when
brother drew gun again brother, more than
1,000 Haywood boys wore the uniform of
In the Spanish-American war Company
"H" had the distinction of carrying the first
United States flag through the streets of
In the World War I 863 men from Hay
wood County joined the service, and in that
list were many ranking officers who made
history that will ever shine upon its pages
with honor and national glory.
Now in this hour of need in our country
and in the world our Haywood men are mak
ing a record that the nation can again review
with pride. Added to the bravery of the
men who go is the fine spirit with which
their wives and mothers stand on the side
lines and send them away.
We read during the week that the War
Department had disclosed that 18,967 civil-,
ians with no previous experience as mili-,
tary officers had received army commissions
during the 60 days beginning June 1.
Representative Faddis of Pennsylvania, a
member of the Military Affairs Committee,
who sponsored the recent legislation requir
ing the armed service to make periodic re
ports on civilian commissions, stated that
he was "surprised the list isn't bigger."
"They've probably commissioned every
movie actor who can stand up by himself,"
he declared. "It's hard to find anybody be
low a brigadier general."
We were relieved to learn that out of the
large number at least 10,000 were doctors
and other members of the medical profes
sion who were commissioned in the medical
reserve. A number, we understand, were
appointed for administrative duties that did
not require military training.
Of these groups we have no disapproval
to voice, but a commission that is merely a
political plum given to a man who is to be
a leader of our armed forces we dare not
trust ourselves to write. Too much of this
kind of reward to untrained men will not
help the morale of the American public and
will do still greater harm to the buck private
who "has gone through the mill" to learn
to be a soldier.
ITS STILL THERE, ADOLF!
1 A recent magazine carried an interesting:
article on "People we could do "without in
this country." While it was personal m its.
selection, the thought came to us as we read
it that there are certain characteristics we
often find in people in a community that we
wish there might be some way to cure
You find persons with these characteristics,
everywhere, we feel sure, not only here but
-all over the country. They do not mean
to be i disloyal to the United States or to
their government, but their conversations
are so filled with taunting criticism that they
sound like Nazi converts.
You see the person who knows ; just how
this war should be carried on. To hear them
expound the subject, you would think it ad
visable to recall MacArthur from his post
and send him by the next plane to take his
place. ' -' .
We admit that there have been some mis
takes, and grave ones, made that will cost us
life and money in this country, but on the
whole America is speeding up on war effort
in such a manner that we are all keenly
aware that everything possible is going to
be drafted for service in some form before
peace once again reigns.
We could well do without anyone today
who is at cross purposes, either by criticism
or lack of cooperation, for lending both
spiritual and materia aid to whining- this
. war. V
HERE and THERE
HILDA WAY GWYN
L. J. Taber, past master of the National
Grange, predicts that during this year a
75 per cent decrease in mileage on rural
highways will be noted. Fruits, vegetables
and other perishables will not reach markets
either on time or in the great abundance
as in the past,
Numbers of deliveries which we have
taken for granted are going to be stopped.
In addition labor will not be able to get to
and-from the farms as in days gone by,
which will be another serious problem.
Farmers are going to be faced with trans
portation problems that unless some sub
stitute is provided for rubber they cannot
In view of the importance of the produc
tion of the farmer in the current situation
it gives food for serious consideration. As
the figures on the first wartime harvest come
in,, it is evident that the American farmer
has gone over the top in answering the ap
peal for food.
We hear in our own county that peak
crops are ready to be harvested, and a Visit
to the office of the rationing board will re
veal that there are not enough tires to go
round. We cannot but feel that a substitute
will be offered for rubber.
In Haywood County perhaps we have a
right to be more encouraged than other
sections, for we have a man who is work
ing hard to perfect a wooden tire that will
temporarily take the place of the rubber
We have been hearing for some
time that Mr. Bridges . . veteran
linotype operator on The Moun
taineer . . . was going to retire
from his work . . . but none of
us would take him seriously . . .
in fact as we listened to him talk
of "quitting" . , . we smiled to
ourselves . . at the very absurd
ity of such a thing . . . we well re
call the first time the editor men
tioned it to us . . . for afterward
he looked at us hopefully . ..... as
much as to say . . . "do you really
think he will quit?" ... It is hard
to realize that Mr- Bridges has
been at his job for 52 years . . .
and still has as much pep and
spirit ... as he displays on any
work day . . .
Where Skill Outranks
Officers in the New Women's Naval Re
serve will merit a salute of respect from the
The 'Waves" will not be chosen because
they look well in blue. If they're blonde
and beautiful, that's fine, but it is not a
requirement. Brains plus training and ex
perience come first. The girls are being
chosen for big jobs men's jobs. They will
receive the same pay, and they will have to
earn it. "
For the first contingent of girls in blue,
the Navy will draw upon the highest fem
inine technical skill, women with a knowledge
of aeronautical, electrical, mechanical, or
The Navy wants girls who can hold their
own in the fields of meteorology, metallurgy,
electronics, architecture and astronomy, li
censed radio operators, lexicographers, statis
ticians, and experts in many branches of
research. ':' r '"
At the. time of World War One, it would
have been difficult to find more than twenty
five women in these highly technical fields.
Today they may be found in nearly all of
them. The fact that the Navy calls for
"Waves" trained in these professions is in
itself a tribute. If it succeeds in obtaining
the quota, it will mark a significant mile
stone in the progress of women. Christian
But we were all wrong . . . from
the editor down . . . he really meant
it ... for on last Thursday Tom
Bridges . . who has seen editors
come and go . . . who has seen
the paper change hands time after
time as well as name . . . who has
seen it a paying proposition to its
owners . . . who has seen it run
ning at a loss . . , who has stood
by it in stormy weather . . as
well as fair . . . signed off for
good . '.' perhaps one reason
none of us believed him was be
cause we just didn't see how the
place could run without him . . .
he has become an ''institution"
with The Waynesville Mountaineer
. . . But, as he himself expressed
it when we talked to him later
in the week, after he had officially
resigned . . .
"Well, if a fellow is ever going
to quit work its time after 50
years of hard labor to stop and
have a rest . . I think it's a
good thing for a person to stop
work before he is knocked out,
so he can have time to do some
of the things he has been wanting
to do for a long while and just
couldn't get around to . . . now
you take next spring , . . I am
going to buy myself some fishing
licenses '. . . and I expect to use
them when I get good and ready
. . . if it's Monday morning . ,
and I want to go ... and even on
a Wednesday . . . which for fifty
two years has been the worst day
of the week for me, I can go
fishing next spring."
to teach myself how to operate a
linotvne machine . . . with no one
at hand who knew even as much
as I did about the thine . . now
you might not think that was much
of a job ... but you just try it
. . . if you don't agree with me .
Thirty-four years ago . . , he tack
led this proposition . . the editor
. .-. at that time G. C. Bnggs
had bought a linotype machine
and hired an operator . . . but he
and the operator fell out . . . bo
Mr. Bridges had to fall in and
see what he could do . . . eventually
the machine came to be known as
"Old Maude" . . . and was so
called until a year ago when a
new one took "her" place . .
and then after he recalled the story
his eyes had a far away look .
as he added . . . "but that new one
. . here last week was working
mighty good . , . and we wondered
if in his retirement his fingers
from sheer force of habit . .
wouldn't have an urge to strike
those letters once again on a
linotype machine . . ?! . we1 can't
help but feel that some day when
things go all hay-wire in the shop
. . . and we are short of hand3
. . hell get wind of it . . . and
drop around . . . and take his old
chair in front of his machine .
and ''start her up" . . .
By W. CURTIS RUSS
Bits of this, that and the other
picked up here, there and yonder,
, ' , 1
One of the most
in the comm,,. . 4Utlfnl
....Ultll v fiL.
the grounds of tv, !
The combination J-
garden and a marker 1
er tribute to th. lll
Plant now ; fi,. ' If
the nation n X. N
timelv comhin0t, " wautil
The grounds are ken, l
McClurf. A k
In view of the urgent need for ' direction that the flow?,!'
. . j n;.i. was starts ti , I'J
war xnaustry worKers ao you mm - ne flas f ,
.. . . tu. larire v Howr, tu.
that voluntary rmuHwun - ue center t
. .i . . i j i t garden. nnH n a
service 8nouia oe 8ioppeu unu i i.vm - - .-.a uowers .,
.... i,- a mass of r-oin tl '
now on au recruiimy vv - ine
by the selective system? . I grass over the entire S
' l'""V " "I!uer the welU
Mrs. W. L. Balentine "No, I ; f p!e f further proof
liallll I Will It fit IT.. . -
",c" l,n so mnr.1,.1
that not evon 4i
think those who wish to volunteer!
should continue to have the privil
Robert Boone "In some ways
it might be best, but I believe that
a volunteer makes the better sol
L- M. "Rich
a bouquet from the 1
. " w me men in
vice now has 22 nam,, .J"
more will probably be'addj
is a large framed Klass Z
-iKe eagle on ton,
.... -wa icuers underneatk
W. Clarke Medford"! think the
situation is such that anybody " on ton,
rnpv wisn. i j! - i.
so iar. an nm i. .'
n r n iiroiii. ciiwie vium pei'sonne o.. i
could not do without the selective i that none Wl11 ever appear a
think that men should
be allowed to volunteer,"
Jimmy Neal "I don't think the
privilege of volunteering for ser
vice should ever be stopped in this
W. T. Crawford "Everybody
should have the privilege of volun
teering if they, wish to do so."
The names on thp
include: James Davis r,
Carver, James Rose. Jon.
ris, Carter Shook. Hurt..
Wm. Rathbone, Jack Rabb, Bj
ouiauiers, naiph Tate, 1
Swanger, Kermit .Murray
Carswell, James Hyatt,
Scruggs, James Robinson,
iooney, ciay Uunavant
R. M. Fie "If a person wants
to volunteer I think he should be
allowed to do so. In fact I think
it would be better if the whole
army could be made up of volun
teers for they make the best fight
Paul Martin "No, I think it
should be left open to every man
to do as he pleases. If he prefers
to volunteer before he is drafted
he should have that privilege."
Linwood Grahl "No, in my
opinion the voluntary army is
much better than the drafted
army. They have a better fight
ing spirit. One was forced to go
and the other went : of his own
accord. The volunteer makes the
better soldier." ..
"Of course these first few
months I guess IH be pretty busy
. . . you see she (pointing to his
wife) . . . has got a lot of things
she has been saving up for me to
do ... and I have been promising
to do so long . . . that I'm not going
to have any excuse any more .
Ill just have to make good my
promises ... but you just wait
til I get caught up on her work
. . . and then I'm going to do just
as I please . ." which sounds
very alluring to the rest of us
still going strong in the rountine
of our work . . .
Germany has lifted the ban on nude bath
ing. That's one place where they can say,
"I haven't a thing to wear,'! and really mean
We are going to miss Mr. Bridges
from The Mountaineer office . . .
he has been our encyclopedia of
local history, and our authority of
initials and names . . . everybody
connected with The Mountaineer
has taken advantage of his mem
ory .. . which is nine times out
of ten correct . . . just let some
thing come up locally that no one
is Quite certain about . . . some
happening a few years back . ,
and he is -sure to remember not
only the story but all the details
. . . and for the initials of people
. . . he's a wizard . . maybe his
keeping up that mailing list of The
Mountaineer for fifty odd yean
developed this talent . . . We bet
there is no person in the commun
ity, outside of the tax collector
and the compiler of the telephone
directory who could tell you more
accurately everybody's initials in
town ... than Tom Bridges . . .
Tom Bridges, native born moun
taineer, has the independence char.
acteristic of our people . . . as the
expression goes . . "he is behold
en to no man". , . , he has met
1 if e's honest obi igations honestl y
. he has expected no more of
Others than he was willing to do
himself . . . and his loyalty to
those for whom he has worked
. would put a labor union agita
tor to shame v . when he signed
off he took our best wishes with
him . .'.'for good luck , . . the
rest of the way . . , we hope he
will have a fine time doing as he
pleases . . . and he has earned
his rest . . by services Well
T. G. Massie ''I think that
Americans should always be allow
ed to volunteer. I know from ex
perience that you feel different
when you volunteer."
Miller Family Will Hold
Reunion On Sept. 6th
The annual reunion of the Miller
family will be held at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller oh
Spring Creek on Sunday, Septemb
er 6th. All the members of the
family and friends are invited to
Mr. and Mrs. William Munday
Fowler, of Raleigh, announce the
birth of a son, William Munday
Fowler, Jr., at Rex Hospital on
August 28th. Mrs. Fowler is the
former Miss Catherine Martin,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. R.
Martin, of Waynesville.
Labor Day program is ready,
with full day of celebrating.
Haywood County Fair Associa
tion is dissolved, and directors de
cide to suspend organization.
General H. B, Ferguson de
scribes the work of the Mississippi
The third of a series of street
dances will be held here on Fri
Increased enrollment is record
ed in district schools with a short
age of books.
Local stores are urged to close
for Labor Day program.
WPA grants in state amount to
over one million.
Thirty-eight boys report for
football practice this year and Carl
Ratcliff will be assistant coach to
C. E. Weatherby.
Judge has unique record as
summer visitor for he is spending
THE OLD HOME TOWN
Nichols, and f.j
jjcouLnui nowers are nut
only things that are raised if
tannery. The men are proul
their record for investing in of
ana the company is 100 per ceoj
the payroll deduction plan
vesting 10 percent of their
in bonds every pay day, . Fo
fine record, the treasury i
ment has given the company
flag to fly underneath the
Along with the beautiful mJ
and nowers, the men enjoy
shqwers and hew lockers
have been installed. The ii
of this new building resemble!
Y at a large college. Plentj
hot and cold water, plenty of
and light, and steel locked
The erection of the high
and the strict rules for entj
the gate, gives the whole plaJ
air of biggness, but not so
what the entire community i
ike to see it expand many,
times its present sizes. Plaati
the Tannery add much to a
munity- Such plants make a
munity a. better place to m
Charlie Grennell, the
grapher at the Lake, reperi
creased sales of scenes ton
above Drevious years. Of
scenes of Lake Junaluska lea
others, then comes Charlie i
nificent view taken at fiel
Gan. : Charlie specializes
ting clouds in his scenic pitf
and some of the views .maki
take a rieen breath while ?
in some of the wonders of H
There is something aboui
brisk weather that makes N
to be alive . . . and to be 4
DtiB of the
trt nrnvo it is bv INVtS11!
war bonds and stamps!
To the question . . what do yon
recall as the hardest, work you
ever had to do for The Mountaineer
. . . his answer was . . . "Trying
r V (DARN A ToulqTuN IIPONB TXWIi1
his 40t'h summer here.
Courthouse flood lights M
UnyntxA anrh Tlieht
Final plans for Labor um
pleted, Waynesville and 1
join Canton at ;wn n
are ready to open on
un visitors are Pml
remain in town to attend the
Chairman B. J
that Soco Gap roaa
ed this iaii. ... j
Josephus Daniels wf speM
at educational ecrue
Ellis Wens, 01 '-;.
leg while fating
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