The Waynesville Mountaineer
Polished In The County Seat Of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
YEAK NO. 17 12 Pages
WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY. APRIL 26, 1945 (One Day Nearer Victory)
$2.00 in Advance in Hayw.wd and Jackson Counties
Plant to An
It and Property
t Of Over $50,000
Lt ion of the 400-lockcr
L,d plant for me farmers
L i,r. rnt underway
LrniiiR The plant is be-
next to the present ted
retail store, and will oc-
of the buildings purchas-
all fur the Federation.
nlitniK to house the frozen
iier plant is ucimb imu-
,.,uvalrd in preparation
installation of the vast
I machinery necessary to
,nt of the huilding facing
,. street will be bricked
entrance to the locker
he through the store of
i at inn on the corner of
i and Depot streets.
:;. K McCluro. president
deration, told The Moun
,at (iriEinal plans were to
,ti iirtioii soon after Janu
hnl there had been a de-
celt ing some priorities
trough a governmental
II wasn't that they did
Hie plant constructed, but
Inad of applications
ours delayed the project
Bring promptly," he said.
Haywood Company was
the contract to prepare
ling for the plant. Ben
esirient of the firm, said
take about 60 days to
the job. Another firm
given the contract to in
uuiumcnt and machinery.
of about 20 men will be
Ing the purchase price of
r-rty, the outlay will rep
n investment of about
Mr. McClure said
Ilant Vlyill hn trmrtnrn in
fctail, according to Mert
eezcr locker specialist for
(ration, who was horn
consulting with engineers
factors on pushing the
last as possible.
Itkcrs will have about six
Intinupd on page 6)
her U. of Va.
h To Direct
P Gharrity, M. A., for-
fvtield coach at the Uni-
f Virginia, has been nam-
lootball and baskethall
1st. John s School, accord-
Pt announcement by ath-
ector, Rev. Thomas a
W. Tennev Tlirneini- f
Jiesville Community Rec
fentpr 1, i
r utcn appoini-
wnt football and baskct-
filiarrity visited St .inW
fcently. He will conduct
training camp for St.
"Mors at his mnnlrv 1..h
Jno Lake. Wis., during the
- '"fsusr, atter which he
" ' residence from Sept
May St Wll.c,rlll T
t - inc. ill
nt'nto, Assistant Coach
giving thp athi)o tt
lr"ig workout, and begin
I ' another 6 weeks sum-
biow . ,raining School
Field at tr, r. t .
the ,- , resDyierian
10 of May 7th, ac-
t "v.uineni Dy the
pTRcv. Malcolm R. Wil-
mi. Periods will
. "( curing the
L 7 taught by
I open t0
nned Cnd but are esPe-
aaTy. schol officers and
Ire tiZLS 0U1J "ke
le r: ""r-lves tor teach-
Pes. u 10 laKe
Campaign Starts 1st
G. C. , FERGUSON, town mana
ger, was named as general chair
man of the clean-up, beaut idea
tion program here, which starts
Miss Mildred Phillips, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Phillips, of
Waynesville, who has held a posi
tion with the United States De
partment of State for the past
three years, is serving as one of
the special secretaries to Gerald
Drew .prolocal officer of the Unit
ed Nations Conference which is
being held in San Francisco.
Mr. Drew who was serving in
the foreign office of the State De
partment in Paris, was called hack
to this country especially to serve
as protocal officer of the confer
ence. Miss Phillips, accompanied
Mr. Drew and his other secretary,
Miss Johnston, former private sec
retary to Sumner Welles. They
made the trip by plane with others
who were attending the conference,
arriving ahead of time on Tuesday,
17th. in order to have things in
readiness for the meeting.
There arc to be around 75 sec
retaries and typists employed at
the conference, all of whom were
being taken from various offices
in Washington governmental posts.
Six hundred applied, and from that
number the desired 75 were select
ed on the basis of qualifications.
In a letter to her mother, Miss
Phillips wrote that the pilot of
the plane from Washington to San
Francisco was Major Richmond,
who flew the plane that took Presi
dent Roosevelt and Secretary Stct
tinius on the Yalta trip.
Miss Phillips graduated from'
the local high school in the class
of 1938, as salutatorian. She was
first employed by the NYA here
and later was a clerk with the
Haywood county welfare board.
During the three years she has
been in Washington, she has at
tended Straycr Business College
at night, taking special work to
better equip her for her position
in the State Department.
The office of Mr. Drew has been
assigned to the Fairmont Hotel,
according to Miss Phillips.
Legion To Sponsor
Team From Here
The American Legion is orga
nizing a Junior baseball team, and
invite all boys who are interested
to contact E. W. Tcnney at the
armory immediately, as practice
is due to begin this week.
Any boy born on and after Jan
uary 1, 1928, is eligible to try out
for a berth on the team.
Dr.. Mary Michal has as her
guests this week. Mrs. Robert Hick
erson and Mrs. Elizabeth Rothe, of
If " YJ
p To Glean-Up,
On Local Freezer
School Children Will
Solicit Pledges Of
Business and Residen
tial Sections To Do
A central committee represent
ing every civic organization in the
community, together with officials
of the two towns, have formulated
a detailed and extensive clean up,
beautificat ion and paint -up pro
gram to hcEiu May first and con
tinue for lTi days.
The committee in session 'lues
day night, mimed G. ('. Ferguson,
general chairman .and announced
the following plans:
Every business (inn and resident
in the community and out lying
districts will be contacted by school
children with pledge cards. The
children will be credited with
points indicated on the cards, and
the home room in each school get
ting the most points will get a
half holiday. The room in the area
getting the most points will be
given a picnic on their half holiday
by the committee.
For the residential sections, the
pledge cards will carry the follow
ing things to do and the point
value to the child getting the
Clean oui guttering 20
Trim shrubbery . 1b
Put lime around garbage 15
Wash windows 10
Plant flowers ...... .5
Paint up when possible 10
Cut off weeds 10
Clean my vacant lots 20
The cards for the business dis
tricts will have the following.
Wash fronts of business 10
Renovate signs if needed 10
Install outdoor trash con. 'M)
Clean-up premises 20
Continue program all year HO
The trash trucks of Waynesville
and Hazel wood will pick up all
garbage and trash put on the curb
for them. If the truck fails to
get up the rubbish, a call to the
city hall or police department of
either town will be all that will
be necessary to get the truck on
The towns are putting special
crews to work in cleaning the
streets and some places that need
Among the sponsoring groups,
besides the two towns, are the
Chamber of Commerce. Rotary.
Lions. Boosters. Woman's Clubs,
and the Civic League.
Prisoner of War
Private Charles R. Swayngim.
son of Grover C. Swayngim. Way
nesville, R F.D. No. 2, who was
reported missing in action in
France on January 2 of this year,
was reported a German prisoner
this week, according to informa
tion received by his sister, Mrs.
Mrs. McElroy received a card
from her brother dated January
17. 1945, stating that he was be
ing held as a prisoner of war by
Pvt. Swayngim entered the ser
vice in April, 1942, and since then
has been on two tours of duty out
side the States. He received his
training at the following camps be
fore being sent overseas the first
time: Camp Robinson, Ark., Camp
Gordon, Ga., and Seattle, Wash.,
and from the latter was sent to
the Aleutian Islands.
He was returned to the States
in March, 1944, and after a fur
lough at home was sent to Fort
Jackson and then Camp Campbell.
Ky., and from the latter to the
European theatre in November,
At the time he entered the ser
vice he was employed at the ship
yards in Philadelphia. Pvt. Swayn
gim has five brothers in the service.
And Beautify Your
Heads Bond Drive
W. KOY FRANCIS has accepted
chairmanship of the Seventh War
Loan Drive for Haywood, with the
quota of SiiOO.OOO Mr Francis suc
cesslully directed the sixth drive
Draft Board Puts
27 Men In Class
1-A This Week
Of the (it men reclassified during
the past week by the local draft
board 27 were placed in class 1-A
Joe Davis Smart. Krastus Rath
bone. Spencer Walker, Elmer Da
vid Hendtix. William Dewey Me
haffcy. Joseph Meek Allison.
Yoder Davis Messcr, Glenn Fran
cis Boyd. Marion Lenora Sutton,
Henry Lee Green. Gilbert Turner
Ferguson. Jack Hay Ferguson.
Roy Ellen Arringlnn, Fred Vin
son Sutton, Franklin Thomas Rog
ers. Joint Leslcr Edwards, Ralph
Hicks Tiii lev . Thomas A. Etlisim
Messcr, .lames Wilson (i.iddy.
Cebpas Fraier. Everett l.ce
Moody. HasNcl Ray. Itrowiilow ( 'nii
ard, Thiiinian Evans. Ilobert Long,
and James Robert Davis.
Placed in class I -C 'discharged!
were: Dewanl McElroy and Ray
mond Francis Swayngim.
Placed in class 2 A ( Ft w ere:
.1. intes Vciiin OUT; and Edward
(lass 211 ii were
Messcr and William
James Fiddly Moore, Harry Lee
Masliliiirn. John Wesley Sparks.
Garnet! l.eon Hyall. Lewis Gib
.'.on. Lee Smith. Clarence Hns-.ell
Philbrirk. Arville Aden Caldwell,
and Phil Mcliae Medlord.
('out miied in class 2-A iFi was
Johnny Dee Moore.
Continued in class 2-1! weie:
Fred Mance McDonald. Amos Lee
llaney, James Glenn Norris, Mil
lard Spencer llaney, Russell John
Warren. James Rulus Queen. Gra
ham Robert Beasley. Richard Gar
land Mashlnirn. Vardy Fugate.
Johnnie Kiikpatrick. Dalm.i Eus
lice Smith. Malt Richardson Ket
ner, James Clinton Bracket!, How
ard Wilson Cho.de. Paul Davis
Best and William Vester Walker.
Continued in class 2-B iF was
Lowery Lee Caldwell.
Continued in class 2-C were:
Carl Taft Ferguson. Jr.. William
Harrison Fisher, Robert Wesley
Howell and Len Ralhbone.
In Haywood; Five
"The quielesfr wrck-rnd on
record in Haywood," was the
comment of law enforcement
officers here this week.
Five arrests were made over
the week-end, all charged with
bring drunk. Two arrests
were made here and three in
Officers were surprised at
the few drunks over the week
end, when it was known that
a large quantity of "white
liquor" from Georgia and
Tennessee was brought into
the county. The liquor was
priced from $3 to $4 a pint, it
was learned by investigators.
Heaviest E Quota
Ever Given This
W. Hoy Francis Will
Again Head War Loan
Drive In County After
Of Sixth Drive.
The treasury department
assigned Haywood (lit- largest
bond quota for the Seventh
Loan campaign ever given
The "E" bond quota is $(iO!).l)00.
and all oilier type of bonds and
$I!H .000. making a grand total of
$1100.000 for the campaign.
J. E. Massie. war finance chair
Mian, announced that W. Roy Fran
cis would serve as chairman of
the drive. Mr. Francis served in
the same capacity for the Sixth,
and made an outstanding record.
Sam M. Robinson, of Canton, is
vice chairman of the permanent
war finance conmiillee.
Mr. Massie said yesterday thai
the county committee would meet
within Ihe next low days for final
plans for the campaign.
"This is a large quoin, bill after
being shown an advance proof q
the Haywood county casually list
by The Mountaineer. I feel that
we are going to realize what a
small part we are doing by loan
ing Uncle Sam our money as com
pared with so much many of our
men have given," the chairman
Mr. Francis only agreed to take
(he chairmanship again, saying.
"This is a time lor ail of us to
give of our time, and money to
win victory. I appreciate the
splendid cooperation given me dur
ing Ihe Sixtlt drive, and shall ask
this same undivided interest given
this time, in order thai we may
reach the large epiota given us."
Last Rites Held
For M. S. Ferguson
Funeral services were ((inducted
at Ihe First ltapti:.t church here
at 2:11(1 o'clock Sunday afternoon
lor Melvin S Ferguson, 7(i, well
known Havwod county farmer, of
Ihe Fine.", Creek r.eetion, who died
at his home at (i .'iO o'clock Satur
Rev. J Clay Madison, pastor of
Ihe First Methodist church, assist
ed by Rev. D. A Kelly, pastor of
the First Baptist church of Can
Ion, ollii i.ited. Burial was in the
l ines Creek cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers
were: W. T. Kiikpatrick. Lee Da
vis. W. V. Elliott. R T. Messcr.
Lloyd Kiikpatrick. Z V. Price.
Grover C. Clark, and Claude Wil
liams. Honorary pallbearer; were:
members of the Men's Bible Class
of the First Baptist church of
Waynesville. B. V. Welch, W. II.
Noland. T. L. Branded. J. C. Fer
guson, George Brown. Jr., Charles
C. Francis, A. V. Phillips, Ben Sut
ton, J. R. Boyd. J. R. Boyd. Jr.,
John Boyd, Bryan Medford, Frank
Dr. W. L. Kiikpatrick. Grover
Davis, John Bennett Medford, Sam
Bradley, Dr. Charles Owens. .1 H.
Way, J. T. Noland and J. S. Black.
Mr. Ferguson, a native of Hay
w'od county, is widely connected
in this section. He is the son of
the late Andrew Jackson and
Emaline Rogers Ferguson, of
Fines Creek. He had been in ill
health for the past year, but had
been confined to his bed for only
the past two weeks.
Surviving are one daughter,
Mrs. George Jones, of Canton;
two sons, Grayden C. Ferguson,
city manager, Town of Waynesville.
and J. J. Ferguson, assistant county
tax collector; one brother, Andrew
S. Ferguson, Hazelwood.
Garrett funeral home was in
charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. E. A. Greer and daughter,
Caroline, of Hazelwood, left Sun
day for Charlotte where they will
be the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
H. C. Biggcrs.
Place During First
Canning Sugar Will
Be Issued May 8 - 9
SERGEANT FRANK F. WIL
LIAMS, JR., son of Mr. and Mrs.
F S Williams, of Lake Junaluska.
w ho has been reported missing In
action over Germany since March
17, according to information re
ceived by his mother. Sgt. Williams,
a graduate of the Canton high
school, was employed In Akron,
Ohio at thj.tiw he volunteered
in the servit? He was Inducted
at Camp Croft in May, 1943, and
from (here sent to Keesler Field,
Miss lie trained at a number of
fields in this country and received
his wings from the, gunnery school
at Las Vegas, N. M. He was .sta
tioned in England at the time he
was reported missing in action.
Sgt Williams has two brothers
in the service: Sgt. John J Wil
liams, now in llaly, and Pfe. Larry
L. Williams, who is serving in
27 Men Left Here
Twenly-seven men left here
Wednesday morning making up
the April call under the selective
serviic system from the Waynes
ville area of the county. The group
rrpoited to Fort Bragg and will
be assigned from there to their
prospective training centers.
John Roy Carver was named
leader of the group and David
Russell Hi ley was assistant lead
er Two men were transferred from
oilier hoards as follows: James
Raymond Abernathy. from Blaiis
ville. Ga., and John Robert Fer
guson. Iiom Newport News, Va.
Olheis included: Charles Clin
ton Towles, Henry William Sut
ton. Paul Edward Craig, Roy Ed
wards. William Foy Creen, Claude
lloglen, Earl Reno Franklin, Henry
f ii f us Caldwell, Herbert Junior
Fanning. Paul Ray Clark. Julius
Jones, Clarence William Harrell,
Doyie Sutton, Lawrence Vaughn
Fullbrighl, Charles Ellen Parton
Roy -Ray Morgan. Orville Fish,
Howard Lee Sutton. Winfred James
Hannah, Berlin Columbus Shelton.
Brown Asbery Rhodarmer, and
Howard Louis Brown.
Meet In Pacific
3c. and Sam Tate,
both of Lake Junaluska,
recently 'somewhere in
Pacific." Medford is serving
as radioman aboard an LSM,
and is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
C. G. Medford.
Tate is seaman second class
on an LST, and is the son of
Mrs. Lizzie Tate. The boys
were together for two or three
May 8 and
9th have been desig-
noted as tin
two legist rat ion days
annul,; sugar in the
The schools of the area will he
used, and Ihe hours have been
set trom one through five for the
two dav.s. ,it the following school,:
Fines Creek, Cr.ilitree, Rock Hill.
Maggie. Dell wood. Lake Junaluska,
East Wax in s ille. Central Ele
mentary. Il.ii Iwood. Allen's I 'reek.
Saunook. anil Wax uesv ille colored
It is neeess.u to h ue War
Ration Book No. I for exerx mem
ber of family requesting sugar
for lioine canning as No. 1J spare
Stamp mo, I he attached lo appli
cation. II is important thai von
know how ninny pounds of sugar
used in Hill lor making jams and
jellies and how many pounds x ou
will use in UlITi, also how many
quarts of canned fruit you canned
Willi sugar in lit 14 and how many
will he canned in 1!M5.
It has been pointed out to h
board that canning sugar quota
for this board has been greatly
reduced and fact has been em
phasized I hM sugar issued must
be used at rale ol one pound for
each four quarts of fruit canned
and must not he used ou the table,
for cooking or baking.
Ben T. Ferguson
Cpl. Ben T Ferguson, son of
Mr. and Mrs. It. L, Ferguson, of
Waynesville. R F.D. No. I, has
been reported slightly wounded in
action in Germany ou- April 3, ac
cording to infot iiialion received by
This is Ihe second lime Cpl.
Ferguson has been wounded in
acl ion, for which he has been
awarded the Purple Henri. He al
so holds the Silver Star tor merit
Cpl. Ferguson, a graduate of the
class of 1 9 10 ol the ( i .iblree high
school, entered Ihe service III
March, 1942. He received his
training at Camp Polk, La. Camp
Young. Calif, and Foil Penning.
Ga. From the latter he was sent
to embarkation poll and overseas.
He was In . I .stationed in Fug
laud and has been on ionili.it in
France, Holland, Belgium and Ger
many. Cpl. Ferguson has two brothers
in the service. Pfe. Mas Ferguson,
now in Frame, and Pvt. Joe Fer
guson, stationed al the Norlhitigton
General Hospital in Alabama.
Cpl. Chas. Russell
Wounded In Italy
Cpl Chai li s L. Russell, son of
Mrs. Sallie Russell, of Waynesville.
was wounded in Italy on February
28 and is reported to lie much im
proved. Cpl. Russell r, serving
as a radio operator and gunner on
a B-24 bomber of Hie 15th Ail
Force. Cpl. Russell lias been oversea:;
since November. I9t4. and has
been in the son ice since January.
1943. Before entering the service
he was employed at Lcusta plant
Cpl. Russell has been awarded
Ille Purple Heart and is also en
titled to wear the Mediterranean
theatre ribbon, the Good Conduct
medal, and the Air Medal He is
an alumnus of Wake Forest Col
lege. Rosemary Herman
Honored Al College
Miss Rosemary Herman has just
been named a member of the Cabi
net of the Woman's College Y. W.
C. A., at Greensboro.
Miss Herman is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. E. K. Herman of
2 Weeks In May
87 Haywood Men
Have Been Killed
In World War II
July, 1944, Was Heav
iest Month Of War,
Most Casualties Oc
curring During Euro
Haywood county, which claims
to have the largest number of
volunteer men and women per
capita of any county in the United
States in the armed forces, is pay
ing a tragic price in World War II,
as evidencej in the growing cas
Through April 19 there have
been 319 Haywood men counted
among those killed in action;
missing in action; wounded, or
prisoners of war which means
that out of every 100 Haywood
men i i service eight have been
To those of the staff of The
Moiinta, ieer who handle the news
week in and week out in routine
coverage, the total figures have
leached a staggering number as
realized after the recent compila
tion Days were spent by the staff of
this paper in compiling this In
formation. The li t appears on
page 7 of this issue,
Though sad to contemplate, since
these lists were compiled less than
a week ago, other names have be
come eligible to be added It
will continue to grow as long as
Ihe war lasts. No one knows the
next name to be added and in the
meantime there is the heart break
ing reality on the one hand and
the nerve wracking suspense on
the other to the families and
friends of those in service.
There are around 4,000 men in
service from Haywood county,
with 2,200 reported by the Canton
draft board from that area and
approximately 1,800 from the
The casualty totals show:
:fllrd in action , 87
I. Prisoners of War It
' ' Missing In Action 24
Wounded in Action 187
Last July as the armies of th?
Allied Nations swept through
France on their way to Berlin in
the European theatre and the U.
S. Navy, Marines and soldiers
were fighting the Japs on Saipan
and other islands out in the Pa
cific, marked the largest toll of
any one month.
I" the month of July. 1944. alone
there were af'-ied 37 names to this
list which has brought so much
sadness to haywod county homes.
There were 14 killed in action:
22 wounded and one reported miss
ing in action in the 31 -day period.
Since the fir-' of 1945 the casu
alties have total 50. with 20 kill
ed in action; 25 wounded, 3 miss
ing and 2 prisoners of war.
I These lists bring the war in
Ihe far-flung corners of the earth,
I very ( lose lo Haxwnod county.
I hey bring a realization of the
j tragedy of countries taking up arms
against each (her.
The lists nave been compiled
from the county papers, and yet
since they were compiled it has
I been learned of several that have
' not exer been reported through the
press. I lie tanfies throughout
the county of men in service are
asked to coopertte in reporting
the casualties and also in making
any eorrections that may be found
in the lists given.
The Mountaineer plans to keep
the lists iq -to-dale each week and
this will bi possible only through
the interest and aid of the families
of t he men in servire. .
During the week there have
five calls for the Haywood casualty
lists. The information as found on
page 7 is all that is available from
Mrs. W.H. F.Millar
Mrs. W. H. F. Millar has been
named supervisor of volunteer
workers to maki surveys for the
local war price and rationing
board, it was announced this week.
Representatives of the Charlotte
office were here and held a con
ference with Mrs. Millar rgarding
the work, which will also include
extra clerical assistance in the
office in filling out blanks.
The volunteer workers will make
surveys of all goods to see that
ceiling compliances are being met.
Volunteers are being sought for
this work and should contact Mrs.
Millar to offer their services.
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