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The Waynesville Mountaineer
Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance O! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
EIGHT PAGES United Press and Associated Press News
WAYNESYIU.i;, N. C. TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1948
$3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
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06 a resident of
v tar . mea a
Uln,' ut Oeor-nkli-l
Sf Missing Man
Steadings, 24, Buried
Nine days after leaving a note
addressed to a girl named Mary,
I he body of Edgar Vernon Stead
ing, 24-year-old soda jerker and
cafe counter man, floated to the
surface of Lake Junaluska right at
Saturday afternoon, as several
high-powered motor boats churned
the waters of the Lake, the body
of the 24-year-old man rose to the
surface, and tossed about like a
cork, when sighted by John Ewart,
who was standing on the bridge.
Highway Patrolman J. W. Mays
was nearby and gave the news over
his car radio.
Boatmen went to the spot, and
towed the body to shore, and were
met by an ambulance.
Vouhg Steading had left the
note, his wallet and cigarette light
er, with instructions that it be giv
en to a girl by the name of "Mary".
The note scribbled on the back of
an envelope, said: "1 am leaving
this world. Keep these In remem
brance of me."
He then took a taxi and went to
the Lake, but gave no explanation
to the driver, other than to take
him to Junaluska. It was about
12:30 a.m. when the taxi left him.
I After 24 hours, a search was be
'gun, and the bottom of the like
! dragged with special hooks made
Kuland. 92. ile by the Waynesville police and fire
fclph Noland (if departments. The Lake was drained
ay afternoon ut i down about five feet, and due to
;hter. Mrs. Walt-'the fact that there was no definite
assurance the body was in the Lake,
plans were abandoned to dram fur
ther. A group of officers and citi
zens formed a searching party and
combed the woods about Lake
Junaluska, thinking he might have
been In -the woods.-
Max Cochran, chief at Lake Jun
aluska, arranged for a constant
look-out on the Lake for the body.
Boatmen patroled the Lake daily.
as fhifif Pnrhrnn m aint ol niA ft....
tashter "f the ,he first ,at the man , rf ,
the Lake. "Circumstances Jifct led
me to feel that he had jumped off
the dam or the rock cliff under the
cross," he said. The water at both
places is 38 feet deep.
Former employers of Steading
doubted that the body was in the
Lake, when it was first discovered
rd Mr n I? i e s rnlssmE- tie just ma not
Nie Jumihi.ka st'em to be the type fellow who
nil firmer No- i w'uW do 8 thing like that," one
and r T explained.
Branded il- ' Officers here expressed the opin-
tdchiMren. and ",n rna' the ""y would not have
dthilriron; two Mf,a,pcl "''- Sunday or Monday if
hart not been for the churning of
the water by the powerful boat;;
Saturday. General opinions ex
pressed were that the body came
up right near the spot where it
went down. The body was fully
dressed when found. Officers said
that the cold water of the Lake had
resulted in the body being in a
good condition," except for the dis
coloration of the face, ?nd the na
tural swelling caused by being in
water for such a long period.
News of the discovery of the
F 'he hospital body spread fast, and a large num
t ,nd Mrs. Bar- er of people went to the Lake,
P Saturday ' while nthprs visitor! thn Crawford
- Funeral Home.
Jff-V . Funeral services were held Sun-
K6t day afternoon at 4:30 in Crabtree
at the Rock Springs Baptist church.
M 52c to -,5C. i witn burial in the Rock Springs
20-28c I cemetery.
jjc J Rev. Forest Ferguson officiated,
- 10c'"'"1 the fllowinS serving as pall-
i2-"?Rn bearers: Bill Pearson, James Clark
tl.75 to 2 00 I Ralph DiUs. Paul Warren. Bill Kuy
2 9s n ... kpnriall 3nH Pi-mAnrl Qeotpe Hp
700 to 19 oo ls survived by his mother.
00 to 23 50 i ' "
? to 24.50
25 oo to ? !
were held Sun-
o'clock at the
iiurch. with the
and the Rev.
W a pallbearers
k were m charge
bd Carolyn Kay
kid county, w as
3d. IR.'ifi and
in the county, j
member of the
brcli for manv i
.1 R tlipps
In N. C. Apple Festival
MISS JEAN ANN BRADLEY
MISS JACKIE Sl'E MESSER
been chosen to repre-
THE TWO Waynesville young ladies have
sent the Chamber of Commerce and the Smoky Mountain Apple
ers at the N. C. Apple Harvest Festival in Hendersonville this week
Both will enter the beautv contest on Thursday night in Hendersonville.
Draft Machinery Handles
First Registrations Here
uavis ot Way-
and Mrs Mils !
Md two hrol h- i
Poland of Way- i
N under the i
Heavy Storm Hits
Canton Area On
A slashing hail and electrical
storm that damaged crops in
several sections of the county
and knocked the lights out in
Canton for over an hour struck
the Eastern area of Haywood
Monday evening about 7 p.m.
H. C. MofTitt, Canton police
officer, said that high tension
wires on the Fibreville road
outside of Canton were torn
down by the storm. The elec
tric supply to Canton wai com
pletely cut off from 8:13 to 9:20
p.m., after which repair crews
restored the power.
MofTitt also said that the hail
downfall was very heavy
"around town" and that the
tobacco and corn crops were
hit hard in the Beaverdam sec
tion. Probably the section
which was struck most severe
ly by the storm was the Dutch
Cove area, where heavy rain
and hail damaged crops badly.
Canton police reported that
highways and roads in the area
were undamaged by the storm.
j Haywood s selective mtuc-c nia-
ehinery began to move into action
again Monday morning when I he
first of an estimated :i.2(Hl draft -age
young men climbed to the third
floor of the county court house to
registered under the new peace
time draft law.
Mis. Albert Roberts, chief clerk,
and a five-man temporary draft
hoard wire at work Monday, fill
ing out the paper'.'work on the
first group of 25-year-old men
' signing up under the new law.
Assisting in the registration is
Miss Cora Mae Worley of the
Champion Paper & Fibre com
pany's employment office Miss
Worley is experienced in the
handljng of personnel and records,
end: has been "loaned',' to tin"
county for the registration period.
Men will register in the order
of fheir ages. The follow ing sc hed
ule of registration has been announced:
To Have Tvo
! Mis.. Jean Ann lli.ellcy ;ind Miss
Jackie Sue 1Ii",it have been chos
en as "pin.ors lm l:av.(iiid Coun-
jty at II, c. Apple ll.ii vi ., Festival
'which will he hri'l in Henderson
ville September 2 In (i.
I Miss Hradley mII repi .'sent the
Smoky .Mnuiil.ii :i Apple Uiiiuers
Association of H.'iyvicind County
and Miss Mcsmt will represent the
Way iicmIIc Chamber of Com
merce. The i-'.irls will compete in the
Heautv Contest which will lie Held
at the Hendersonville High School
Auditorium on Thursday night.
They wili go over cm Thursday
morning at the nivilalion of the
ttslival sponsors, to select their
costumes for the beauty contest
from the Hendersonville stores.
Miss Mraclley . daughter, of Mr.
and Mi s V A. Hradley, is a gradu
ate of the Waynesville High School
and is a member of the sophomore
class at lli'eiian College.
Miss Messer. daughter of Mr
and Mrs. Jack Messer, also attend
ed the V;iynes ille schools and is
a member of the sophomore class
at Agues Scott College.
The sponsors will be accom
panied to Hendersonville by a
large group of representatives
from the Chamber of Commerce
and the Apple dowers Association,
and ol lie i s.
On Saturday morning the
Waynesville High School Hand will
participate in a parade which will
be a feature of the festival program.
Ar$ Held For
J. Clark Kelly
3 Convicts Hold-Up Truck
Driver, Escape; 2 Caught
6,500 Go Back To School
For 1949 Program
1. Persons horn in the year 11)2;
after August 30. IP'.'2. shall be log
istered on Monday, August HO.
2. Persons born in the
shall be registered on
August :U, or Wednesday. Septem
ber I. 1
.'1. Pel .ons born in the year l!)24
shall he registered on Thursday.
September 2 or Friday, September
4. Persons born in the year '.)2.y
shall be registered on Saturday,
'September 4 or Tuesday. Sepleni
l her 7.
j fe Persons burn in I he year U2i
j shall be registered on W dnesday .
September t( or Thursday. Septem
1 ber 9
6. Persons born in the year 1927 1
shall he registered on Fridac, Sep- ;
tember 10. or Saturday. Seplem- :
ber II. i
7. Persons born in the year l"28j
shall be rgisterecl on Monday.
September K). or Tuesday. Se)tem-
The Haywood county AAA Com
mittee met with vendors and agri
cultural agencies in the county re
cently to discuss and select the
practices to be carried out under
the 1949 ACA program.
A full meeting was present, with
Jeff H. Enloe. district field man.
leading the gathering.
Thp following Dractices were
selected and submitted to the State September If
I teniot r 10.
I O )..,-t,,,.c In the w:n lU'tll
before September til 19110 shall be
Funeral services were he'd yes
terday afternoon at ( 'rawferd
Funeral Home for .1. ( lark Kelly.
(il. who died Saturday niclr at li is,
home here, liev Malcolm William
son, pastor nf the First Presbyleri-
year 192.'! an Cluucli. officiated and inter
Tuesday J "iriil was in Hie Ci awfoid Mei i-
orial I', ek
Pal lln .il i is were Welch Sii'gle
Ion. Fail Mooie, Idlis liiiipilti'.
Clitlon Teiicll, Paul llalt, and
Mi Kelly, a native of Ille Pigeon
section of Haywood County was
the son ol I he laic Mr an f' Mrs.
.lames I Kcliy lie retired .in June
Hi. 194."). afler 211 years of -. -i , ice
uilh the Seaboard An line Itaiiread
al Jacksonville. I'la. lie returned
to Haywood County only a few
moot lis ago.
Surviving hro Hie widow, Airs.
Helen Banks Kelly, one son. Clyde
Kugciic Kelly of Washington. I). C :
two grandchildren: three brothers,
Italph (). Kelly of Waynesville.
Fred B. Kelly of SI Anthony. Ida
ho, and Arfhur Kelly of Hazelwood
THIS WAS a typical school scene Monday as some (i.fiOO Haywood
students turned their backs to their summei vacations and beaded
back to the school room. There was the usual excitement, and interest
of the first day, with the weatherman adding a hit ol uncomfortable
weather, that took both the student s and teac her s minds ofr of fall
or did It?
Messer Looks For Heavy
School Enrollment Here
office for approval:
Liming materials. superphos
phate, potash or basic slag, winter
cover crop, small grains, winter
cover and grazing permanent pas- j
inrn constructing nernianent
e L. n.tr.iino anrf imnmvini! I before September 19 IHliO shal
ItlRCI, llOb Hu .. C9 J
trails to aid in conservation ana "l "sM"
For Labor Day
Kiislniss will suspend hprr for
l abor Day, It was announced
yesterday by Oavr Frlmrt, rrd-
drnt of the MerrhanUi Associa
The di'clsinn was marie several
years ago to clow the stores on
Labor Day, and the practice has
been followed throughout the
Held Sunday For
Wanda Susie Scales. iiiiie- ear
old daughter of Mrs. Ruth Morrow
bt'r 14- . " . " Scates and the late Havninnd
8. Persons horn in the year 1 929 BridgCS IVCUniOIl SulldaV Scales of Hazelwood, died Friday
snail oe registered on vveonesoay.
Thursday. Sep- T)u, :,,,nu., n, jrges reunion will
be held Sunday , September 5th, at
I lav w in ill muuly school children,
excluding I hose in the Heaverdam
area, vveie si In iluled to troupe
bat k lo hooks ,i f i r I class-rooms this
morning .is m hool ollicials looked
lor .in aliov e-i mi ni.il enridlment in
av nes il le .iiid oilier sections
Supei i nl end, nl i if i ducat ion Jack
Mi'sm'i s.uil that he would have no
ilelniile tigiuc mi Hie enrollmeiil
1 1 end ii nl 1 1 the nil of I he week,
lad inilu ,i' ions uiie thai it would
eliiuli aliiive I lie aveiage ill several
.ue.is i, !., i.hiiiIv 'We've beep
living lo ki i p i In i k on those sec
tion .ml Mi Ali s.i i. 'to be sure
lti.il eiovvded iniiiiilions do not rc
siili I in pretty Miie eveivlhing is
going In he under control."
Convict Shot In
Hand As He Held
File On Driver
Working At Crabtree
Kock Quarry Friday
Officers are still on the look-out
for Hobert Clark, escaped colored
convict, who was one of three who
escaped from a rock cpiarry H.mg
Friday morning, holding a truck
driver captive in order lo make
their escape good.
Two of the convicts weir nabbed
Ibe same day, but one is minus a
finger, which was shot ofl while he
held a file to the hack ol I fie neck
of the truck driver, C.u I Hay
I The truck was loading lock i't
the quarry, when the three colored
convicts pushed into the cab of the
truck and held a pointed lib- al Mr.
Ray's hack. Julius lingers, guard,
is said lo have fired at Hie prison
ers, not knowing Mr Hay was in
the cab. Mr. Hay drove die truck
down the highway, and alimil a
mile from the quarry, the convicts
told him if he would dump the
rocks, they would let him out of
the truck unharmed Ile met their
request, and the three ninvirls
drove the truck on up the highway
and at Panthers Creek Cap, run off
the highway down a 20-lonl em
bankment. None of the thiec were
hurl, and they started miming
down the river.
Highway Patrolmen t H Uob
erts, and J. W. Mays went lo .h-;
scene and captured one of the mp-n
by the name of Whiteside, Ho
is the one who lost a linger hv
buckshot fired by the guard A lout
three quarters of a mile away a
Mr Woody nablied another convict
by the name of Sales, another long-
lermer. rveutier ot ttie men Kae
! any resistance w hen they were met
Clark was wearing brow n prison
clothes when he made hi. escape
Two of the convicts had on ch.nns.
but had tiled the unit that kept
them from taking long .Ii p. in two.
Wlulesides was selling a life
; sentence, and fold ofln ei !,,, p, ,t
' had one sister, and ' v. il h a lii
j sentence banging over vmn lie.jd.
and no relatives, why not try lo
Dies At Home
1 1 1 In i l .
- kn 'wri
'his home in I lie He.ivci dam se;te;n
I coin i- -i lie., i puiiiipals and I Saturday morning
oMiei olli(,,.K would be busy all1 Funeral servii es were conducted
week Miao'lleiiing out students' at Heaverdam Hapli.l elunili at 3
loniih .mil schedules Monday was o'clock Sunday afleinuon v it!i the
,in ospoiiallv lushed day as pupils Rev. Vinson Plemiiioii . p.i .ioi j.(l
Hocked back In school tor I lie first the Rev Harrison llciiningli Id of
tune in a In idy clual ( lass-work ficiating Hurial was in the i lunch
in an Asbeville hospital following
an illness of three weeks
Funeral services were concluded
Greenville. S C A number of , al Ibe Hazel wood Presbyterian
sii i due lo begin unt il today
registered on Friday . September 17
or Saturday. September 18
10. Persons who were horn on or
i'd on the
improvement of inaccesible pas
The county committee named
Sarah Fullbright, chief clerk, as
the person to approve AAA forms
(ACP-128) for the committee.
,. come 18, or w it Inn
day they he -,
e dav s t here-
families from this section plan to
A picnic dinner will be spread
at the home of Miss Gertrude
Bridges on the Anderson highway
jusl beyond Greenville.
An interesting program has been I
planned for the innunl occasion.
'o 28.00 :
'o 25.10 i
2 Teen-Agers Go On Wild
Auto Trip Down Highway 19
Two young men from central
North Carolina will long remem
ber a ride they had on Highway No.
19 about 10 o clock Monday morn
ing. The two teen-age boys, were
standing on the side of the high
way not far from Dcllwood, when
a colored man driving a black
Mercury, quickly turned around,
opened the door and offered them
a ride. No sooner had they gotten
Hiderahl than the driver stepped on the
Vr e Eas. and tha nocHU nn the snecd-
ometer swung around to 95 miles
Both the boys began to squirm,
especially after they had caught a
glimpse of a pearl-handled pistol
on the back seat. Between their
chattering teeth, they told the driv
er they would get out at the next
crossing fh colored driver oblig-
ingly let them out, and went on
down the highway just as fast he
The shaking boys caught a ride
into Waynesville and went to the
sheriff's office, when the news was
put on the police radio of the
The younger of the two boys,
John Wells, of Clemmons, and
William Downs, of Salemburg, are
here visiting relatives. Young
Wells was loking for his grandfath
er when he took the fast ride. When
asked by officers if they got the li
cense number, they said, "We're
sorry, sir. We were shaking like
leaves, and that did not occur to
us we were too thankful to get out
of the car."
The two were still visibly shak
en from their fast journey down
Highway 19, as they answered
questions for officers.
You Can't Please All Of Them
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AH, GEE WHIZ
I'M TICKLED PINK
There you have the contrast of the opening of school in Haywood
on Monday some liked it, others were saddened. Anyway, about
6,500 went to school and on the 13th another 3 500 in the Canton area
church on Sunday afternoon with
the Ivev Paul Thrower officiating
Interment was in Green Hill ceine
terv Pallbearers weie l.loyd Putnam.
Hill Mchafiey. Tom Garrett. Hob
Milner. Howard McharTev and
Surviving in addition to the
mother are five brothers. Frank.
Scates of Knoxville. and Raymond.
F-dward. Joe Robert, and Dennis
Sc-atps. all of Hazelw(id: and one
sister. Mrs. Hester Self of Moores
boro. Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Dickson of
Durham, are guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Hugh Massie at their summer
home on the Pigeon Road.
Ii aclli i in
hand in ii
a ga i n
si r i
I e : v.
I I u .1
i pin led thai the
as now (oniplete,
op, dies were on
and that the
lead.v lor work
t: '.v .' hav e adequate
i. nolle an.v crowded
1 1 might dev elop,'
I hv i le i II
I. ., I,' II It - In
Ci''ldltlo!'v V, Ii
s.od Mr Mi s.ci
'I lle the! ol si i .1,1 busses Is 111
good sh.ipe with -17 busses n adv
lo npei.il.. 1 1 u i 1 1 ) g the lirst week.
Ii c ot I lien new v ell l( les
School would liemn at 8.4,i at
Chile Hi'thel and Ciablree. The
Fines ('in k s( hool would open at
8 30 .n il V a v i a--v ! ! I e schools at
Most Inch siliool students regis
tered earlier in August. Seventh
graders registered Monday. Mr
Messer warned again that all par
'Continued on Page Eight)
Grandsons served a- pallbearers
and granddaughters vw i r mi charge
Mr Hall w.i, a native ol Bun
combe county but had resided in
Havwood county for the greater
part of his life He had been active
in the Baptist churches in thr;
communities in which he had re
sided lor the past 50 ear
Surviving are the widow, the for
mer Miss Mattie Wines, five son-.
Francis. Mildred. Alli ed. H-v. mnpd
and Weaver all of Canton five
daughters. Mrs Harle.v Hofnn.son of
Alexander. Mrs David K f'lark.
' Mrs. Lowell l.indsev and Mr-. Fred
, Carver, all of Canton and Mi...- Mel
lie Hall of the home: iH gisni.
children and seven ;; cat-ct and-children
varreii tunerai Home was
charge of the arrangements.
Many Power Bills In Town
Will Be Less This Month
Residents of Waynesville who
have electric water heaters will
note a decrease in their power bill
for August. The bills will be mailed
today, and the rate will be about
$1.40 per heater less than last
month, since the new low rates
went into affect.
per cent In order lo get the full
benefit of the maximum reduction,
a person or firm must use a maxi
mum of electricity The ratio of the
more used, the lower the unit rate
"This is the only thing we have
heard of lately that can be bought
"We have about 110 electric for less. ' Mr. Ferguson said. The j
water heaters in town," G. C. Fer- new rates will mean about $10,000;
guson, town manager said. "They Per year Its- in revenue for the j
will average about $1.40 per month town on the present consumption
less under the new rates." basis, but it is felt that many resi-
The town board announced in dents will now install additional
July a reduction in commercial electrical appliances due, to the
rates of an average nf tnuit 20 lower r'. s j
Injured ... .30
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