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THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
Published In The County Seat Of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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SIXTY-FIRST YEAR No. 32 16 Pages
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WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1946
$2.00 in Advance in Haywood and Jackson Counties
6t primary, (,ie
f 01 .,,, iwiiioencd
Lirket P'otcd and
Ccn IVat be would
jl SIX u -""-"
of Judge Guy Wcav-
Lville. as 'tu'
lr Congress ,
0f the couiiu
v the State board on
U Republicans get
rention on nu'i"
iricf, sums up i m-
jitical events lor .-
,en, spokesman for
Lt tlii? group would
county ticket on rn-
:, mtvlma at tne
Miniftov nialit of this
lattdidatcs were named:
ipbell, uf ivy Hiu, js a
of Wayncsville, i; a
clerk of court.
sucnt 30 months
recent discharge, has
line to fanning ana
Before entering ser-
emnloved lor live
f Champion Paper and
also a recently dis-
is a member ol
at the meeting
Medford. a vete-
ar I, and present
; fur rp-Herlion.
alsn announced thev
provide any opposition
Mcttlurd, veteran ol
11, who recently an
a candidate for state
in said yesterday, "The
bf a full ticket will be
John M. Queen, now
his 15lh year as soli-
ig been elected four
The Mountaineer yes
he would not seek re-
lis time, commenting
the people of the
f been good to me, and
all they have done. I
January first before mv
f , and 16 years is long
'nor to this, Mr. Queen
iio statement as to his
pointing out "there's
pne " By that, the vct-
p meant he had until
to file if he eared In
board of elections arc
Raleigh this week-end
(an, ol Wayncsville, a
the board, leaves inH
he meeting, at which
ward of elections will
h'icf here k ih:,t
Mt board, if not all
lamed Saturday. The
d is composed of Gudg--anton,
wd, Wayncsville, scere
'orace Sentelle, Clyde
'he Republican mem-
vard Saturday night
of Uie district
5e Guy Weaver, Ashc
""diditc for Con-
12th district. Judge
r uj, mown-
orrncr state chair.
was iuitikh u-i.
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Na,n manage, Duf.
1af , . '"" nian, Sim
fcthn, uu"amg the
J"" young people.
iav m "-''"""eans will
fit A? 30th-at the
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m by Glenn Boyd!
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Will find tx.
6 very Sunday."
Larger Water Line To Reservoir
Candidates For Congress
ZEBULON WEAVER, a member MONROE REDDEN, active in
of Congress for 28 years, is seeking civic and political affairs, is seek-re-clection.
ing the post.
SEE POLITICAL FRONTS
County Tax Record Is
Broken, 92 Percent Of
1945 Taxes Are Paid
Will Talk To
The Lions committee on Com
munity Betterment, under the
chairmanship of Lion Paul Davis,
will present Heinz Rollman, of the
Wcllco Shoe Corporation, in a
travel talk on Europe. Mr. Roll
man will discuss the economic and
social trends of Europe as com
pared with those of this country.
Having spent most of his life in
the European countries, Mr. Roll
man is well qualified to speak with
interest and authority on the sub
At the last minute it was neces
sary to change the program as
previously announced. The Civic
Improvement and Community Bet
terment committees are swapping
dates due to the inability of the
former to secure the speaker.
All members are urged to attend
and boost the attendance percent
age of their teams. The hour is
7 o'clock, tonight, at the Maples.
Col. J. Harden Howell, command
er of the Second North Carolina
Regiment and Lt Col. M. H. Bowles
executive officer, attended the
meeting of the advisory board of
the State Guard which was held
in Raleigh during the week.
Plans were completed at the
meeting for the summer camp of
the State Guard which is scheduled
to be held in Wrightsville Beach
from July 4 to July 14.
General Van Metts, commander
of the State Guard, stressed the
fact at the meeting that the State
Guard was as vital now as during
the war and he urged that all units
be present at the summer camp.
To Meet Next Week
The Haywood County Board of
Equalization and Review, which is
composed of the county board of
commissioners will meet on Mon
day, March 18, and continue
through Friday, faarch 22, at the
courthouse for the purpose of ex
amining and reviewing the tax list
of each township for the current
By virtue of his office, Earl Fer
guson, county tax collector, will
serve as clerk of the board.
This is the only time the com
missioners, according to the law
have the authority to change the
valuation of real estate, In com
"Ninety-two per cent of the
1945 taxes have already been
collected and we have until
October lut to collect the re
maining 8 per cent," said Earl
Ferguson, Haywood county tax
collector, yesterday In discuss
ing the early payments.
"Never has such a thing
happened In Haywood county
before. People have the money
this year, and they want to get
their taxes behind them," he
"The penalty of one per cent
went on February first and
then two per cent on March
st, but through Tuesday of this
week, March 12th, So many had
paid that we will have a small
amount of penalties to collect
for this year," he said.
"I think I am serving as tax
collector at a fine time, with
no worries. I often think of
those who served in the de
pressions, when people just
didn't have the money to pay
with, for you know there have
been times in Haywood county
when money was so hard to
get that folks could not make
their payments on time," Mr.
Tickets Go On
Sale Today For
Tickets will go on sale here to
day for the concert to be given in
the high school auditorium on
March 28th by the North Carolina
Symphony Orchestra, it was an
nounced yesterday by Mrs. Hugh
A. Love, county chairman of the
The tickets will be sold at The
Book Store, in The Mountaineer
building. The price for admission
is one dollar, plus 20 cents fed
The orchestra will give a special
concert on the afternoon of the
28th for the high school students.
pliance with the Machinery act of
Property owners may present
their claims from the various town
ships on the following dates: J 4
Monday, March 18 Ivy Hill;
Jonathan Creek, WhUe Oak and
Tuesday, March 19 -Fines Creek,
Crabtree, and Iron Duff townships.
Wednesday, March 20 Pigeon,
East Fork, and Cecil.
Thursday, March 21 Waynes
Friday, March 22 Beaverdam
and Clyde. '
' H. I' '
To Build A New,
8,700 Feet Of
10-Inch Line To
On Project; Additional
A contract is scheduled to be
let soon by the Town of Wayncs
ville for installing 8,700 feet of
10-inch cast iron pipe from a point
on Allen's Creek to the city reser
voir as the first step towards in
creasing the water supply here.
Engineers were here last week
making the final survey for the
project which will co6t about $311,
000, it has been estimated, accord
ing to G .C. Ferguson, town man
ager. The 10-lnch line would run par
allel to the present 8-inch line.
Later the 10-inch line will be ex
tended further up the creek.
The new line will take care of
the increase in water consumption
here, which now exceeds 600,000
gallons daily for nine months a
year, and in the summer the de
mand is far above that figure.
One of the town reservoirs holds
a million gallons and the other
holds 275,000 gallons. The two
lines will feed into both reser
voirs, it was explained.
Tentative plans are to build an
other filtering plant near the in
take to supplement the work of
the plant now in operation at the
Mr. Ferguson said the work
would be done this spring and
early summer, provided no diffi
culty is encountered in getting the
cast iron pipe.
For Last Two
Weeks In March
The March schedule for the
Home Demonstration clubs of the
county for the last two weeks in
the month is as follows, according
to an announcement made by the
home agents, Miss Mary Margaret
Smith and Miss Helen Smith.
Ratcliff Cove club at 2:00 o'clock
with Mrs. R. C. Francis on Mon
day, the 18th; Home Demonstration
County Council at 2:30 o'clock in
the County Home Agents' office in
the court house on Tuesday, the
19th; Bethel club with Mrs. Bert
Cagle on Wednesday afternoon, the
20th at 2:00 o'clock.
Beaverdam club with Mrs. Roy
Robinson at 2:00 o'clock on Wed
nesday, the 20th; Maggie club with
Mrs. Jack Campbell at 2:00 o'clock
on Thursday, the 21st; Junaluska
club with Miss Elizabeth Glosser
at 2:00 o'clock on Friday after
noon, the 22nd.
Clothing leaders school will be
held in the Home Agents' office on
Monday, the 25th; Clyde club will
be with Mrs. Fred Noland on Tues
day morning at 10:30, on the 26th;
Jones Cove club with Mrs. Linden
Smathers at 2:00 o'clock on Tues
day, the 26th; Cecil club with Mrs.
Thomas Erwin on Wednesday, the
27th at 2:00 o'clock; West Canton
club at the Patton school at 2:00
o'clock on Thuisday, the 28th.
J. W. Killian attended the meet
ing of the North Carolina Laun
dryman's and Dry Cleaners Asso
ciation in Raleigh last week. The
attendance was the largest in the
history of the organization, with
many of the nation's leading au
thorities in the field on the pro
gram. Leon Killian attended the con
vention of the North Carolina Ice
Manufacturer's Association at the
Dr. Ellen Winston
To Speak At Rotary
Dr. kllen Winston, state welfare
commissioner, will be the speaker
at the Waynesville Rotary Club at
the luncheon meeting on Friday,
15th. at the Maples, at 1:00 o'clock.
Dr. Winston is making a trip in
this 'area, visiting the various
REV. S. R. CROCKETT, pastor
of the Hazelwood Presbyterian
church for the past four years,
is president of the Hazelwood
Boosters club, only civic club of
the town. He was pastor of the
Wayncsville Presbyterian church
from 1920 to 1929, and has always
taken an active part in civic af
fairs. The Boosters club will meet
tonight at 7:00 o'clock in the dining
room of the Hazelwood church.
Many Because Of
Highway patrolmen operat
ing in Haywood, reported yes
terday that they were averag
ing stopping at least ten
motorists each night because
of improper lights.
"The majority of the vehicles
stopped do not have proper
tail lights," Patrolman O. R.
Roberts said. "It is a good idea
to check all lights before driv
ing at night," he continued.
The patrol plans to have a
night checking station in the
near future and check lights
of every vehicle passing the
station. The date and the loca
tion of the station was not
Weather Fails To
Spring weather slid a little be
hind that of last week, as the mer
cury slid down past the freezing
point on three of the seven days,
according to the official weather
report compiled by the State Test
During the week, more than two
and a quarter inches of rain fall.
DATE Max. Min. Rainfall
March 6 67 44
March 7 64 55 .21
March 8 60 52 1.96
March 9 56 33 .12
March 10 49 22
March 11 52 29
March 12 61 23
Red Cross Behind The
Quota More Than $700
Of the quota of $2,700 assigned
to the Haywood Chapter of the
American Red Cross, only $2,000
has been raised in the annual drive,
according to Major H. L. Baugh
man, chairman of the campaign,
who is urging that all contributions
be brought in during the week.
The advanced donations made by
the business men in the community
with Joe Rose and Grady Ferguson
in charge have been completed,
but other committees have not fin
ished their solicitations.
Chairmen who are still working
on their part in the campaign in
clude, Miss Mary Margaret Smith
who has been in charge of the
rural contributions; Mrs. Whitencr
Prevost who has been making a
house to house drive; J. Aaron Pre
vost, who is in charge of the indus
trial donations; and M. H. Bowles
who has been making the drive in
Rev, M. R. Williamson, president
T. Rowley Pless,
88, Passes Away
At Cruso Home
Life-Long Resident Of
Haywood, Was Known
Far and Wide As
Expert Bear Hunter
Last rites will be conducted at
1 1 o'clock this morning at the home
in the East Fork section of the
county for Thos. Rowley Pless, 88,
well known Haywood county citi
zen who died at his home Wednes
day morning at 6:30 following a
long illness. Officiating at the serv
ice will be Rev. W. H. Pless, Rev.
Oder Burnette and Rev. Thomas
Erwin. Burial will be in the Gwyn
Taking part in the service will
be the Bethel Masonic lodge of
which he was a member. He was
also a member of the Cruso Meth
odist church in which he was ac
tive for many years.
Grandsons will be active pall
bearers and granddaughters will
be in charge of the flowers.
The body will be taken from the
Wells Funeral Home in Canton
late Wednesday afternoon.
He is survived by his widow,
Mrs. Ella P. Pless, and four sons,
Nelson, Lulner, Rex and Dewey,
and three daughters, Mrs. Nettie
Kuykendall, Mrs. Clyde Clark, of
Haywood county, and Mrs. Ncalie
Osborne, of Asheville.
There are also three step-children,
Molney Pressley, Mrs. Dorha
Buress, and Mrs. Clyde Crawford.
Also 33 grandchildren, 36 great
grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Wells Funeral Home of Canton
will be in charge of the arrange
ments. Friday Last
Day For Filing
Have you filed your income tax
with the government? If not, this
is a reminder that tomorrow is the
deadline the last day.
Headaches will soon be over for
those who have labored over their
income tax blanks. After figuring
and trying to trim down and yet
get by, most people will heave a
sigh of relief at the passing of
March 15, that day which has
loomed on the calendar with the
same agony it did the year before.
Damaged By Fire
The residence of Mrs. Alice Jack
son on Daisey avenue was consid
erably damaged by fire Tuesday
night, according to the local fire
The fire was said to have origi
nated in a bedroom on the second
floor of the residence, and all the
furnishings on the room were com
pletely destroyed before the fire
The city fire department was
called out around 9:00 o'clock p. m.
of the chapter, is making a special
appeal to all committee chairmen
and workers to meet the goal set
for the chapter.
Mr. Williamson also pointed out
the fine work that was being done
by the Ipcal chapter and the con
tinued need for the services of the
Red Cross. He also stressed the
fact that discharges of men in
,the armed forces had recently
dropped off, which meant that there
would be little decrease in calls
upon the local chapter for help
and assistance to the men overseas
and their families at home.
St. John's school contributed
$62.70 to the Red Cross drive con
ducted during the first week of
The detailed contributions were:
Senior high school, $2.35; Junior
high school, $9.48; third to fifth
grades, $855; first and second
grades, $9.12, kindergarten, $7.00;
Contract Let For Lake
Dell wood Road; Projects
To Surface 3 Areas Ready
Within a few weeks, much highway construction will be
under way in Haywood county, with new highways being
built, and extensive repairs and improvements are being made
to others, The Mountaineer learned yesterday from J. C.
Walker, division engineer of the State Highway Department.
Within 20 days, work is scheduled to start on the 4..r6 mile
section of the new highway from Lake Junaluska to Dellwood.
The new road starts near the Connatser home on highway
19-23, and crosses the Southern Railway tracks on a 150-foot
reinforced concrete span and then around the southern end
of Lake Junaluska, on to a point near the school, and con
necting with the present Dellwood road (highway 281) near
the present back entrance to the Lake.
These "are the highway pro
jects scheduled to get under
way at an early date in Hay
New highway from Lake
Junaluska to Dellwood, to
cost about $25,000 for the
4..r(i miles, including bridges.
Surfacing the highway
from Soco Gap to Cherokee,
to start at once, and be com
pleted in 2 or 3 months.
Resurfacing Main Street
with sheet asphalt, schedul
ed to start late spring or
Widen and resurface High
way 19-23 from Hazelwood to
Balsam. Increase width two
feet, surface with asphalt.
Scheduled to start late spring
or curly summer.
lames A. Gwyn
James A. Gwyn, who with Mrs.
Gwyn arrived in town last week
from Wilmington, Del., has retired
as manager of the research division
of the Public Relations department,
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and
His retirement became effective
on February 28, which is the sec
ond in a career of 30 years with the
company. He joined the Arlington
Company, now the Du Pont Plas
tics department, as a sales execu
tive in 1914, and was subsequently
assistant treasurer of the Arling
Mr. Gwyn was a special execu
tive assistant to the general man
ager of the plastics department
when he first retired in June, 1941.
Recalled to active service in No
vember, 1942, he entered the Pub
lic Relations department, ultimate
ly heading the research division.
Mr. Gwyn attended Ravenscroft
school, Aslieville. and was grad
uated from the University of North
Carolina. Two years later he re
ceived his law degree from the
same university and was admitted
to the North Carolina Bar.
Before joining the Arlington
Company, he was successively prin
cipal of Asheville city schools, a
teacher at Bingham Military school,
Asheville and editor of law publi
cations for publishers In North
port, L. I., and New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. Gwyn are occupy
ing their home, the former Hardin
residence on the golf course. They
were extended a number of courte
sies from the company prior to
their return to Waynesville. Mrs.
Gwyn is the daughter of the tate
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Lee, of Waynes
ville. No Available
Men For March
Tuesday of this week was
the day for Draftees from the
Waynesville area of Haywood
county to be sent to an induc
tion center for the March
quota, but the call was un
answered, due to the fact that
there were no men available
in class 1-A with the necessary
It is the first time since the
selective service system was
inaugurated in 1940 that this
.area has failed to answer the
call for the armed forces. Dur
ing the first nine months the
calls were made up of volun
teers and since then each
month a group has been sent.
The highway follows to some ex
tent the present route of the high
way to Dellwood. The pavement
will be 20 feet wide, with a 30-foot
graded section from ditch to ditch.
Bids on the project were received
Tuesday by the commission in Ha
leigh, and the low bidder on the
roadway work was Subcr and Com
pany, of Whitmire, S. C, with a bid
of $147,620.30. The low bidder for
structures was the firm of A. S.
Wllkstrom of Boundbrook, N. J.,
Soco Gap-Cherokee Section
Machinery is now being moved
to the job for surfacing the 14
miles from Soco Gap to Cherokee.
This contract was awarded some
months ago, but bad weather hns
not permitted more than filling in
holes, and getting ready for ac
tual surfacing. This project will
take about two or three months,
Mr. Walker estimated.
Main Street Project Ready
Engineers were here Tuesday
measuring Main street from the
Hotel Gordon to the cemetery en
trance for a project which calls for
a new surface of sheet asphalt,
which will replace the mixed rock
and tar surface put down several
This work is scheduled to get
under way during late spring or
early summer, Mr. Walker said.
The new surface will be far supe
rior to the present surface, and
should stand up for many years.
Hazelwood to Balsam Highway
Also scheduled for an early sum
mer project, is the widening and
resurfacing of the five miles of
highway between Hazelwood and
Balsam. The width will be in
creased from 18 to 20 feet. Mr.
Walker said, and surfaced with
Mr. Walker would make no esti
mate as to the time that would
be required for this job, due to
the acuta shortage of machinery
"We have only received four
trucks in this district, and have
worn out many more than that
number," he said. We have nu
merous applications for truck driv
trucks," he continued. "I have on
trucks, he continued. "I have on
file, enough applications from vet
erans to drive 2,000 trucks, but
no one to load them."
The 20-foot highway between
Hazelwood and Balsam would make
it a standard width highway.
Service Now Open
An announcement is being made
today of the establishment of the
Haywood Electric Service at Hazel
wood, doing a general line of new
building installations, repairs and
The firm is owned and operated
by Houston Swanger, Kimberly
"Red" Parham and Bill Prevost.
OF THE STATE
OF THE NATION
The Mountaineer is making a
special effort to cover the
political news this year, giv
ing in detail the events of
everything that happens.
"Along Political Fronts" cov
ers Haywood, and the district,
as no other newspaper is
From1 Raleigh we have a spe
cial writer, Thompson preen
wood, giving the happenings
along the state fronts, and on
the editorial page each week,
we have a special Washington
column, covering that field.
Keep up with the political
news through THE MOUNTAINEER.