NINTH YEAR NO.
rocal Merchants Set
24-Hour Holiday At
Axis Powers Collapse
..; horp Fridav nieht. the
nf the commun
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pnring tne dushicss raiun
IAf supper meeting eiu t
(laples Francis Massis was elect-
Id president, su-.-ccuiug
It.r The group nameu . 11.
jtjf Burgin as secretary-trea-
The merchants also set nunuay
IOlirS l'T t'C tesoii, aim uii-usncu
itlrgth new OPA rules and regu-
Ijton-. (.rover 1. uavis, memoir
,f th.' pn -e panel Doaru nere.
to briefly letore tne association.
The stores of th" community wi
Iain open on Wednesday after
noon c f Pecemhor 22, and clos
,rery ni'ht of Christmas week at
sixtNci't nil Crristmas Eve, whe
f rlosimr t:me will be seven
iVock No holiday will be ob-
Irved by the merchants on New
The association will meet again
libout the first of March, and voted
meet every two months for reg- :
iilsr meeting, with special call
meetings at the discretion of the
dlicers of the association.
Mr. Davis, during his discus-
IBon 01 urA regulations, poinieu
nit that the merchants of the com
aunitv have cooperated with the
I teal board in every way, and that
none nf the retailers here have
'ten reported to the district OPA
lice for violations.
"The OPA rules and regulations
ire povernment orders, and will
ke enforced. You may expect OPA
checkers at any time. The board
lere wants to help in every way,
Iind shall continue to cooperate
with the merchants. -
"There have been some com-
mints, but all complaints have
I ken found in favor of the mer
"I urge every merchant to keep
I den records, and keep them ready
lor inspection at any time," Mr.
E. J. HyatL, one of the oldest
I Bryants in point of service here,
iketoh d brief v i'.. . r. jit.k of Wi.
laerchantile bus-'ness in the com-
'unity, POintlnff out that he
taight tne first coal truck in 1918
I id delivered thp first load of
11 it to thp -omp nf Mr And
IHrs. Grover C. Davis.
President Masie named C, 3.
iReece, Charlie Ray and Hugh Mas
m as a comm;ttee to study OPA
I epilations on wearing apparel
"id" shoes, while a similar commit-
Ik of grocerymen is made up of
I V- Allen. B. H. Balentine and
l h I? : -
Those attending the meeting in-
BUdpn: H P tt-.11 -i xt a 11 i
Woll r M Allon
J'ph Summerrow,' J. w! Boyd!
1 1, P. Martin T r r V T
PH. Huph Ulaooio W M Via
Craie, Mrs. Stanley Brad-P-
H. S. Ward.
Charlie Woodard, J. L. Edwards,
E- Masie, Mrs. J. W. Fields,
r, Mrs. W. A. Bradley. Mrs. R.
tD . "'"""J I
ourg-in, R. L. Burgin, Charles
naientine, W. H. Burgin, L.
-McAlanev. J. W Tfillian W
Curtis Russ. '
J'iss Ruth Ccffey, Miss Helene
Mrs. Myrtle S. Jones. W.
Kradley, E. H. Balentine, C. J.
"we. Paul Anderson, Leon Henry,
rt Hall, Mrs. Robert Pearce,
a. Pearce, Miss Lou Silver.
' "ar ip Rq f n r.jj.
enrv r. n '
It p vuver j. juavis,
lassie, and Mrs. Lillian A.
At Camp Fanning, Tex.
Col. Wilfred Jackson, who was
jwmerly head of the Farm Secur
tj ffce here, and who was in the
,ctj ' Reserves and was call:d to
, ve duty over two vpars aco.
'in.w at Camo Fannin, Texas.
tali n T 18 serving as a rsat
n Commander at Camp Fan
lidin he and his family are re-
" .vit:r. i py.
Col j y JacKson, daughter 01
and Mrs. Jackson, expects to
. e Cadet Nurse course in Dal
p. - t ai iir n t-i o r n n a Tin
"",or high football team in Tvler
SEAMAN ROBINSON HERE
, , b,nsn w spending a nine
indMVerWith his Prents, Mr.
Hir, "mes Robinson. Seaman
ho i hls Mother. Charles,
8 stationed in England.
Published In The County Seat Of
50 12 Pages
Missis In Action
PVT. ERNKST M. MESSER
Pvt. Ernest Messer
Since November 20
Private Ernest M. Messer, son
of Mrs. Bock'e Messr, of C ve
Creek, is reported missing, accord
ing to a message rrceiv.d ths
TV. " "'s age
i ii um me nujuiiim uenerai reau as
"The Secretary of War desires
me to express his d ep regret that
your son, Private iErnest M. Mes
ser, has been reported missing in
action since the 20th of November,
in Italy. If further details or oth"r
information ar: received you will
be promptly notified."
, Private Messer en?-ed the ser
vice ii March of fhis year and was
inducted at Fort Jackson and from
there sent to Camp tVrrs. From
Wolters h.2 was transferred to
Greenville, Pa., and then oversea,
where he first served in Nnrth .
Africa, prior tQ bein transferred
to combat duty ;n Italy.
The last communication from him
was a letter to his wif , the forme
Miss Clursa Moodv. dauehfer of
Mr. and Mrs. Jess Moody, of Way
nesville, route 2, which was dated
Private Messer Was attached to
the medical corps. Prior to enter
ing the servic: he was engaged in
farming operations in the Cove
Creek section of the county.
Red Cross To
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In Nurses Aides
The local Haywood Chapter of
the American Red Cross has been
authorized by nat:onal headquar
ters to organize and train a class
in volunteer nurses aides, accord- i
chairman of the committee.
inn iu mis- v x'- i
This is an eighty-hour course and
will be taught by Mrs. Evelyn
Abel Osborne, superintendent of
the Havwood County Hospital, at
the hosnital. The classes will
start sometime in January, the date '
lo he announced later.
The cla-s will b" limited to 20
recruits. Those wishing to volun- i
teer their servi"es for the work ;
are asked to contact either Mrs. j
W. H. F. Mi'lar, phone 267-J, or j
call in persbn at the Red Cross :
office on the second floor of the
court house on Fridav afternoon
from 1:30 to 4:30 o'clock.
coming next week. J
Elaborate plans are being jjj
made to ha'-e a complete
CVitr-as edition in every s
detail for next week. Lots ,w
cf special features, pic
tures and news w;Il fea- 1
ture this I"rtre edition.
Man" advertisers have. sU
already rcser -ed siace f r f v?
teir pnnu?l Christmas (gf
message. Ca'I 137 for your 'JS
face in this unusual edi- W
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Haywood County At The
WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1943 (One Day Nearer Victory)
Head New Merchant Association
FRANCIS MASSIE, president
' wiyiH' v i ' 1 e - Hazelwood Mer
Billy Richeson And
Don Swayngim Get
Eagle Scout Awards
local REA Unit
To Change Name
After January 1
Organization Will Be The
Haywood Electric Company,
Serving Eight Counties.
After Janunry first, the Cruso
Electric Membership Corporation
"'II he known ns The Havwood
Electric Corporation, according to
J. C. Monre, sunerin'rnd -nt in
charge of operations here,
The local Rural Electrification
'omranv h;s a'so had additioral
4eirr;tory igvei and now includes
the counftei of Haywood, Bun
combe, Tran-ylvania, Jackson,
Swain, Macon, Cherokee and Clay.
Rating From State
Penree's Bakeiy here has again
received a sanitary rating of 100
. , r rpnt from 'he state Inspector.
The same grade was received by
the bakery about a year ago when
they moved to larger quarters.
This pat summer, the bakery
moved acres the street to even
larger quarters and added much
new cquii ment. T' e present plant
was built accnrd'ng to specifica
tions nrovi led by the state board,
and the 103 per cent sanitary rat
ing has been maintained continu
ous'y. The bakery is owned and oper
ated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert B.
Church To Feature
Appropriate Christmas services
will be held at the Presbyterian
c'"urch on Sunday, according to an
annruncem nt m"de by th? pastor,
the R"v. Malcolm R. Williamson.
At the morning hour of worship
the service wUl be featured by ap
propriate Chris'mas anthems by
the chorus choir under the direction
of Charles Isley, with Miss Doro-
th:a Wells at the organ. The
nastor will have as his sermon i
subject, "On To Bethlehem."
Sunday evening a Christmas pag
eant will be presented by the Young
People of the ch -rch and the chorus
choir. B autiful songs and an
thems will feature this service as
the colorful characters enact again
the Bethlehem scene.
In December Call
Report For Duty
Five of th? seven reservists
u-Hpr the selective service system
left yesterday, reporting to Fort
. ackson. In the group were: Ulenn
TVce, LloyI L. Arlington, Alfred
Philiins, John A. Harrell and Her-,
man A. Free
Trldman G. Trantham is sched
n'ei to le-ive tomorrow. Lyle A.
VrJand will report on Monday, the
20th. Both men will go to Fort
Jackson and fr-m "there be sent
to tracing centers. '
Eastern Entrance Of The
C. N. ALL'-N is vice president
rf the new Merchants Association
Large Number of Awards
Are Ma'le To Haywood
Billy Richeson and Donald
Swavngim were promoted to the
rsrk of Eigle Scouts her? Monday
nirht at the monthlv court of honor
of the Il'iywood District of Boy
Scou's. One of the largest crowds
to attend a court of honor meeting
was on hand.
The badges for the two E'iglo
Pcnuts were present d to the scouts'
mothers, M. H. Bowles and Rev.
T. II. Parris making the awards.
Of the 149 people present, 82
were scouts. Bethel troop won
both the advanc ment and atten
dance awards for having the larg
est percentage up for promotion,
and having the most members of
their troop and friends present.
Dr. S. P. Gay was in charge of
the program, and Scout Bob Gibson
led the audi nee in singing Ameri
ca. The tenderfoot awards were
made by F. V. Smith, assistant
Scout executive of the Daniel
Boone council, while W. P. White
sides made th: awards for the sec
ond class scouts.
R. E, LsillUps, of Canton, awarded
the first class awards, and B. E.
Colkitt, district commissioner, gave
the merit badges.
Wm. Coman, Jr., of Canton, was
awarded the life scout award by
The invocation was given by Rev.
G. B. Culbertson.
The following awards were
For Tenderfoot Scout: Jimmy
Debord of Canton, troop 1; Bobby
Miller and Joe Howard Brookshire
of Canton, troop 4; D.ryl Davis
and Archie Lee Early, of Hazel
wood, troop 5; Billy Abbott, Hardy
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Mrs. Lee Ferguson
Buried At Fines
Creek On Saturday
Kuneral servi-es were conducted
at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon at
the F'nes Creek Baptist church for
Mrs. Le" Ferguson, who died at 6
o'clock Thursday evening at the
'Tavwvid County Hospital. Rev.
Pink McCracken officiated, assist
pd by the pastor of the church, the
Rev. Dennis. Burial was in the
Servine as pallbearers were:
Frank Kirkpatrick, Jack Allison,
Paul Ferg'i-on, Mark Ferguson,
Hugh McCra"ken, J. J. Ferguson,
Grady Ferguson and Bill Fergu
son. Granddauoditers and nieces were
in charge of the flowers.
Mrs. Ferguson was a native of
Haywood county, the daughter of
the late Mr. and Mrs. Steve Red
mond. She was the widow of the
late l ee Ferguson, for years one
of the leading farmers and stock
men of the county, who also served
for several terms as a member of
the county bard of commissioners.
Surviving are thrre sons, Grov
er Fr!ruson of Fines Creek, Shook
Ferguson, of Jonathan Creek, and
rucnara rerfii'nn, ot nun.
Oa.; fi'-e da- ghtors, Mrs. Carl
"reen and Mr. Faraday Green, of
Fines' Creek. Mrs. Crawford Mc
cracken, of Waynesville, Mrs. Jule
Boyd and Mrs. Fred Allison, of
Tonafhan Cr-ek; three sisters, Mrs.
Rufus Pe-I-n-l, Mrs. Silas Mc
Cracken and Mrs. Grover Rogers,
all of Haywcod county.
Great Smoky Mountains
Placed In Class 1-A
During This Week
Thirty-four men were placed in
I Class 1-A during the week by the
local draft board serving the Way
nesville area of the county.
In the group were the following:
Robert G. Davis, Fred E. Davis,
Jr., Robert C. Kellett, Homer E.
Kirkpatrick, Hugh Arthur' Phil
lips, Crady Allen Downs, James
Bushnell Neal, Glenn Boyd Fergu
son, Fred Reuben Moody, Howard
James Clark, Vinson Woodrow W.
Leatherwood, Benjamin Johnston
Sloan, James Ira "Marcus, John
Herman Rathbone, Jesse Junior
Moody, Walter James Hawkins,
Howard Billiard Sumney, Ran
dolph McDonald, Lee Lewis, Willie
Ervin Mehaffey, Roger Manson
Clarence Caldwell, Ned Hyatt
Medford. James William Guy,
Moody. Clifford McCracken Har
re'l, William Lafayette Balentine,
Leon Waid Henry, Elmer William
Sutton, Harrv Lee Crawford,
Thomas Harmon Rogers, Jr., Sam
i'l Vnvno Knight, Lawrence Wil
liam McClin c and Glenn Ray Whit
ner. Placed in cla s 1-A (II) were'
'lownrl Fred Gohrband and Edwin
Class 2-A : Charlie Noone Med
ford. Class 2-B: Paul Galloway, Thom
as Cl ffo-d R'ch, Charles T. Paint
er and Orville C. James.
rlass 3-D: Jacob Emanuel Le
noir. Class 1-C: Charles Mitchell Gar
rison; Class 1-C (R): Stirling
Class 4-A: Fran Swanger.
Class 4-F: Ed Nichols, Roy El
lis Fdwards. Sidney Rector, Rob
ert Boone Brown, Billy Marion
''Vrguson and Vern Eugene Pow
ers. Funeral Services
Held Monday For
Last rites were held at the P'iraii
Methodist church Monday after
noon at 3 o'clock for Miss Eugenln
Mrtin, 18. daue-hter of Mr. and
Mrs. O. R. Martin, who died in a
Morgnnton hospital at 2 p. m.
nturdny of pneumonia. Rev. J.
Clay Madison, pastor of the church,
"ffHated, a-sist"! by Dr. Eugene
Coltrane, president of Brevard
Col'ce. Buriul was in Greenhill
Serv'njr as pallbearers were: Dr.
N. M. Medford, Fred Marcus, Clar
ence Phi'Iips, Zeb W. Curtis, L.
M. Killian and Col. J. Harden
Miss Martin, had illness not pre
vented, would have been a member
of the sophomore class at Brevard
College this year. She was a
graduate of the Waynesville town
ship high school and had complet
ed one year at Brevard College.
She was a leader in campus acti
vities at Brevard and had been
outstanding in the local high
school. She was a member of the
First Methodist church where she
was active in the work of the
Young People's department.
The granddaughter of the late
Mr. and Mrs. Pinkney L. Turbyfill,
Miss Martin is survived by her
narents. two sisters, Mrs. William
M. Fowler, of Raleigh, and Miss
Louire Martin, of Waynesville.
A large number of out-of-town
friends and relatives attended the
funeral including the following:
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Fowler, of
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Benefit Movie To
Be Given; Toy Is
There will be a picture show at
the Park Theatre on Friday after
noon at 4:00 o'clock, for the bene
fit of the Woman's Club. The pic
ture will be a comedy, "The Gov
Each chid that would ordinarily
pay an eleven-cent admission fee
will be welcomed free by bringing
with them a new toy or an old
toy in good condition. These toys
will be used at the annual Com
munity Club Christmas tree to be
held at the court house December
Ccmmunitv Christmas Tree For Needy
To Be Held In Court Rcom On Friday
The annual community Christ
mas trep. sponsored by the Wo
man's Club here will be given on
Christmas Eve in the court mom
of the court house, at three o'clock,
it was a-'nounied this week.
A special program will be g'ven
before the usual gifts of toys,
nuts, fruit and candies are given
75 In Advance In
OPA Officials Give A
Stern Warning To All
Retailers About Law
On Local Board
W. HUGH MASSiE, owner of
The Toggery, was named member
nf the local pii e panel board, as
head of the apparel division.
W. A. nRADHEYv Hire-W-eed
merchant, is a new member of the
local pri-p ranel board, heading
the food division of the group.
Price Borrd To
Meet Every Other
T. J. Cathey, chairman of the
war price board here, announc- d
yesterday the addition of two new
members, W. Hugh Massie and W.
A. Bradlev, both well known local
Mr. Cathey also announced that
the board would meet very other
Wednesday afternoon, and invited
any merchant with problems to
come before the board at such time.
The first mrefing will be 6n th
23rd, )ie announced.
Other members of the board are
Grover C. Davis, and L. N. Davis.
Mr. Massie will head the apparel
group, and Mr. Bradley will specia
lize on food regulations.
Starts Friday, 17
All schools in the Waynesvill"
district and throughout Haywood
county will close at 2:30 on Friday
for the Christmas vacations, it wa
announced yesterday by M. H.
Bowles, acting county superinten
dent of education. School will start
airain on Monday, 27th.
Mr. Bowles pointed out that due
to the fuel situation and the fact
that each year it was necessary to
close school from a few days to
sometimes two weeks, it had been
thought best to shorten the usual
length of th; Christmas vacations
in anticipation of what might hap
pen. Mr. Bowles also stated that the
school authorities were anxious to
have school close as early as pos
sible in the spring so that the stu
dents could be released for work
on the farms.
IN ASHEVILLE HOSPITAL
Mrs. L. C. Harbeck is a patient
at tha Mission Hospital in Ashe
v'lh, suffering from a broken leg.
Mrs. Harbeck has recovered suffi
ciently to receive company.
to the needv ch'Mren.
Rev. Clav Madi'-on will be in
charge of the program, and Rev.
Malcolm W;H'arr..-,on will read:
Th Christ Ch-ld."
Snec:a' musi" for the event will
furnished by th? bard and glee
cl"h f the h:e'' sch"l. under the
direction of Charles Isley.
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fw to live ftfV
Haywood and Jackson Counties
Some Local Firms Have
- Been Checked and Found
Violating Some OPA
Regardless what an article costs,
it car.not be sold for more than th
price it was offered for sale in
March, 1942," C. M. Simpson, pric
analysis of durable goods told
local merchants Tuesday night,
after h; cited he had made an in
spection of five business places on
Main Street in "the afternoon and
fourd all Sve violating the Price
Mr. Sim-son warned that "the
period of education, and brgging
merchants and t'o-p who render
services to get within the law is
over. We are new checking up
with investigators. Enforcem:nt
is coming," he said sternly.
"What you pi id for nn article
does not enter into the price con
trol. Vh"n in doubt, be sure to
i"'t an oflicinl ruling by calling
Miss Kirkpatric' at telephon; 65,"
the OPA official urged.
Also appearing on the three
hour discussion with Mr. Simpson
was Galen J. Bennett, Price Panel
Cordinator, of Charlotte, and Doug
las Goff, specialist in auto acces
sori:s, also of the Charlotte office.
Mr. Simpson pointed out that
fines totaling $350,000 had been
imposed upon violators of the price
regulations in this district during
1943. "Many more cases are com
ing up, and some heavy fines are
now pending," he said.
"It is just as much a violation
to pay more now for the same
goods than was paid in March,
1942," he said in answer to ques
tions from local merchants who
pointed out instances where their
costs had risen.
"Don't accept such goods, or be
in a position to stand th? pernltie
for violations," he warned again.
"Mr.' Simpson said further: "If
you did not handle the same article
in March, 1942, then you must get
the ceiling price from a competitor
in a similar class and size of busi
ness, and use his price as your
selling price after getting permis
sion to handle such an article from
the district OPA office. If you
gave special discounts in March,
1042, yru may continue to give
those same discounts now as then.
There arc relatively few n w arti
cles on the market many have
been chanoreoT, but basicly they are
the same. When in doubt as to what
to sell an article for, just call your
board and they will find out. Pro
visions have been made for making;
allowances, but don't put higher
prices on merchandise until autho
rized by th: board," he continued.
The matter of dealers handling
second hand merchandise came in
for much discussion, to which the
official pointed out that an article
in good useable condition could be
sold for sev:nty-five per cent of
the orginal selling price; if not in
best of condition, then only 33 per
cent of the original price. As to
antique furniture, he said it must
be at least 75 years old, and ample
proof of being genuine antique be
fore a higher price than the above
percentages could b: used.
"We have just had 28 investiga
tors added to the Charlotte force,
and these are in the field, and wen
th y enter a place of business that
is not complying with the 'price
regulations, it is just that busi
ness man's judgment day,'' he
In pointing out thj penalties for
conviction for violation, the official
said there were three ways:
First, to sign an agreement to
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Work has begun on remodeling
the front of the McCrack n build
ing on Main Street here. The
building was recently purchased by
Joe E. Rose, and last week the
front of the building was declared
unsaf; by the city building in
spector. Mr. Rose said he expected
have the new front repaired within
the next thirty days.
RETURNS TO CA MP
Pfc. William C. Mehaffey has re
turned to Camp at Camp Pend
lenton, Va., after spending a tew
days with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Fr.ank MehaTey. of Waynes
ville. route 2. Pf;. MeharTev enter
ed the service in May, 19-43, and
was first stationed at Camn Me
Quaid?, Calif., then was transfer
red from teie to h's present lo
cation. He is with the coast artillery.
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