The Waynesville Mountaineer
UNCLE ABE SEZ . . .
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sick is to be do-splted.
Published Twice-A-Week In The County Scat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
64th YEAR NO. 39 8 PAGES Associated Press and United Press News WAYNESVILLE, N. C, MONDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 16, 1949 $3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties'
Robert C. Francis Heads
County Organization On
Cited For Lake
Fishermen who plan to try
their luck in Lake Junaluska
were warned this morning of
three regulations, now In affect:
No fishing is allowed on Sun
day, or after eight at night, and
all fishermen must have permits.
These . regulations were an
nounced by Max Cochran, spe
cial officer in charge. Permits
are 40 cents a day, or $5 per
season. The permits are avail
able from Officer Cochran.
A series of meetings for this
uwk in connection with the Com
munity Development Program and
other matters was announced to
day as follows:
Monday. 7:30 p.m. Smoky
Mountain Apple Growers Associi-
tion. at County Court House;
7:30 p.m. East Pigeon Com
munity at Will Kuykendall's.
7:30 p.m. Cruso at Cruso
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Dutch Cove,
for organization of Community De
velopment Program, at Morning
7:30 p.m. West Pigeon at Pigeon
Thursday W. A. Stephens, N.
C. State College extension bee
specialist, will spend the day in
the county. He may be contacted
through County Agent Wayne
Fridav. 7:30 D.m. Saunook Com-
Aliens Creek To
The citizens of Aliens Creek will
hold a mass meeting at the school
The announcement was made
yesterday by R. L. Hendricks,
chairman of the special committee
recently named to get facts regard
ing the proposed annexation of the
area with either one of the two
The meeting originally schedul
ed for last Monday night was cur
tailed, due to a revival then in
progress at the church.
Athletic Director Roy Clogston
of North Carolina State College
will address members of the State
College Alumni Club of Haywood
County at their regular meeting at
7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Towne
House in Waynesville.
Allan Nelms of the State Col
lege Wolfpack Club also will speak.
Wayne Corpening, who is hand
ling arrangements for the meeting,
also said that movies on football
and basketball also will be shown
if the group wants to see them.
To Meet Tonight
Memhpre nf ttin fimnlr
tain Apple Growers Association
will discuss their problems and
possible solutions to them when
they meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight at
lit- T1 . . - -
naywooa uounty court House
rarm Program Meeting
Teamwork and cooDeration be'
tween rural people and town peo
ple will make the Haywood County
Community Development Program
This vns the keynote spokesmen
f every aspect of county life
sounded to 150 people at the county-wide
Program dinner meeting
at the Towne House Friday night.
The meeting climaxed the exten.
5,ve job that began last winter of
organizing every community to ful
"'I the most ambitious undertak
ng ever launched in this county
to improve every phase of home,
farm. and business life. On the
The organization of Havwood
County's Community Development
urogram was completed Fridav
night on a keynote of optimism,
determination and cooperation.
Approximately 150 people rep
resenting a complete cross section
of the county elected the .govern
ing officials and executive board
at a dinner meeting at the Towne
House sponsored by Haywood
county's civic clubs.
For their general chairman.
these representatives of everv
phase of county life selected gen
ial, popular R. C. Francis, huskv.
sixfoot. Ratcliffe Cove oroeram
leader who is recognized as one
of Haywood's agricultural leaders.
They also elected another com
munity leader and successful farm
er for their vice-chairman, K. O.
Carswell. of Thickety Road, chair
man of the Thickety program.
Charles Duckett, leader of the
Fines Creek program, was elected
secretary. For treasurer, the citi
zens picked Mrs. W. D. Ketner, of
Jonathan Creek, president of the
county Home Demonstration Coun
cil. The job of reporting the news
of Haywood's most extensive and
ambitious undertaking went to a
young veteran newspaperwoman
and Clyde school teacher, Miss Lu
cille Cathey, former staff writer for
the Greensboro Daily News.
To the county Executive Com
mittee, they elected. Dr. A. P.
Cline of Canton, Mrsf! Paul Hyatt,
also of Canton, Larry Cagle of
Clyde, Jonathan Woody, Waynes
ville banker, Mrs. W. A. Bradley of
Hazelwood, Mrs. Bill Cobb of Way
nesville, Dick Barber of Saunook,
prominent apple producer; Mrs.
Marshall Kirkpatrick of Crabtree,
Mrs. Marvin Leatherwood of Jona
than Creek, Mrs. Welch Singleton
of Bethel, Fred Mann of Thickety,
jfoWilliam Osborne of, Clyde, to
make this board living, balanced
pic'ture'-of Haywood county.
These officers, nominated before
the meeting by a special committee,
were elected by unanimous appli
cation. The elections thus climaxed the
job of organizing the county, com
munity by community, that started
early in February under the direc
tion of County Agent Corpening
and his staff.
On the nominating committee
that selected these candidates for
the county's approval were, Mrs.
T. L. Gwyn, who served as chair
man: Mrs. C. T. Francis, Paul Fer
guson, Charles Liner, Fred Alli
son, Mrs. Otis Cole, Mrs. weicn
Singleton, Mrs. Troy Leatherwood,
(See Francis rage )
Francis Cove Folk
To Meet On May 18
By Mrs. William Hollingsworth
Francis Cove residents will hold
their next Community Develop
ment Program meeting at 8 p. m.
Wednesday, at the Francis Cove
At a Recreation Committee meet
ing at the home of the chairman,
the members drew plans to have a
box supper at 7:30 p. m. Friday.
They also decided to arrange to
have the quartet appear at this
Those present included Mrs.
Richard Boone, Paul Franklin,
Jimmy Sisk, and Betty Franklin.
Chamber Of Commerce
Directors To Meet
The board of directors of the
Chamber of Commerce will meet
Tuesday night at 7:30, it was an
nounced yesterday by James L.
This is the regular monthly meet
ing of the board.
economic level, the success of this
program would effect a peneci
balance in agriculture and industry-Each
speaker indicated the part
each phase has to play in the Pro
gram as a whole, each underlined,
by direct statement or otherwise,
what it will take to make this ex
tensive and intensive enterprise
In some of the messages were
nr cunnnrt of the proposed
state-wide road building and school
bond issues. The predominant
statements, however, hit directly at
(See Teamwork Page 8)
Pvt. Joseph B. Underwood is be
lieved to be the first soldier from
the Waynesville area to die in
action in World War II. His body
will arrive here Thursday for fin
al rites. The 19-year-old infantry
man was killed September 13,
1945. while fighting Nazi troops
Body of War Vet
To Be Returned
The body of Pvt. Joseph B. Un
derwood, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. C. Underwood of Waynesville,
Route 1. will arrive in Asheville
Thursday, and will be taken to
Crawford f uneral Home, waynes
ville. where it will remain until
the hour of funeral services.
Pvt. Underwood who was the
first known casualty in Germany
from this area, was serving with
the infantry when he was killed
on September 13, 1945. He entered
the service in June, 1943 and re
ceived training at Fort McClellan
and Fort George Meade before go
The funeral will be held at Rat
cliffe Cove Baptist Church, Friday,
at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Balo Rog
ers and the Rev. Elmer Green of
ficiating, interment will -twCrato-ford
Memorial Park where full
military services will be conducted
by the American Legion and Vet
erans of Foreign Wars. The Rev.
R. L. Young, chaplain of the Le
gion, will officiate at the grave
side. Pallbearers will be Dewey Ford,
Charles Balentine, Jack Rabb,
Herbert Tate, and Clyde Buchfteld.
Members of the Auxiliary of Veter
ans of Foreign Wars will be in
charge of the flowers.
Surviving in addition to the par
ents are one brother. Howell Un
derwood of Waynesville; two sis
ters, Mrs. John Webb of Waynes
ville, and Miss Lucille Underwood
of tlie home; and the paternal
grandmother, Mrs. Laura Under
wood of Waynesville, Route 1.
Chairman W. A. Bradley of Hay
wood County Local Selective Serv
ice Board No. 45, today announced
the board was interested in learn
ing the present addresses of the
Robert Leroy Hord. Hoy Frank
Reece. Dennis Uay Franklin. Ray
Graham West, Clinton William
Pruett, William Arthur Franklin,
Lawrence Fullbright, Joe Putnam,
Roy Herbert Anthony, Robert De
los McCall. Seldon Eugene Shel
ton. Clyde John Buckner, William
Frank Ford, Jack Johnson Rhine-
hart, Wilburn Virgil Massie, Wil
liam Anderson Trull, Paul Doug
las Haney, and Roy Allen Waters.
He explained it is necessary to
know these addresses so that the
board can send draft question
naires in accordance with the law.
"There are a lot of rumors float
ing around about the two bond is
sues to be voted on June fourth
that should be cleared up," Repre
sentative Grover C. Davis said this
"It is easy to see how this mat
ter could be confused, due to the
lengthy discussions which took
place in the recent session of the
Legislature," he continued.
At the request of The Mountain
eer, Mr. Davis this morning gave
the following facts about the two
bond issues as they will affect Hay
"The largest of the two bond is
Osborne Heads Haywood
Group Seeking Better
N. C. Schools And Roads
H. Arthur Osborne was named
chairman of the Haywood unit of
the Better Schools and Roads, Inc.,
at a meeting here Saturday morn
ing, as a complete organization was
set up to promote the approval of
the two proposed bond issues to be
voted June fourth.
A representative group from all
sections of the county attended the
meeting, and made plans for "get
ting the .true facts" to every voter
in the county.
Among those speaking in behalf
of the program included Rep. Grov
er C. Davis, D. Reeves Noland,
Jonathan Woody, Jack Messer, A.
J. Hutchins, Mrs. W. A. Hyatt,
Bryan Medford, Tom Alexander,
T. L. Gwyn and J. G. K. McClure,
The county organization is head
ed by Mr. Osborne, and his co
workers are: Mrs. Troy Leather
wood, chairman of the women's di
vision, and Mrs. Paul Hyatt, Mrs.
Henry Francis, Mrs. Willis Kirk
patrick, Miss Gladys Hcnson, Mrs.
Will Hyatt, Mrs. T. L. Gwyn, Mrs.
Henry Garner. '
Also, Leonard Westmoreland,
Charles B. McCrary, D. Reeves
Noland, Tom Alexander, Bryan
Medford, Larry Justice, Mack
Caldwell, and Van Wells.
The speakers committee is head
ed by Jonathan Woody, Jack Mes
ser, D. Reeves Noland and A. J.
Attending the meeting was J.
Dale Thrash, district highway com
missioner. D. Reeves Noland told the group
that, "If we expect industry to ex
pand in Haywood, we must have
more and better roads out where
the workers live."
"This program is the most 1m
portant thing that has come to
Western North Carolina our roads
are ready for surfacing, since the
program of putting on crushed
kUwa, last year," Mr. Noland said
that Commissioner Thrash will give
this district a square deal, and
paid high tribute to the new com
Jonathan Woody termed the pro
gram as the people's program and
not that of an individual. "This
is not a political issue it is an
issue of progress for the rural
people and the school system of
our state. I am for the program,
and am willing to take any criti
cism anyone has to offer me for
taking a stand for progress."
Mr. Woody continued by saying,
"if the farmers don't turn out in
large numbers and vote for this
program it simply means they will
stay in the mud."
A. J. Hutchins, of Canton, point
ed out that "either North Carolina
will approve these two bond issues
on June fourth, or both matters
can be forgotten for 25 years, as
no other leader will bring these
(See Osborne Page 8)
At Bethel School
The first of a series of meetings
to be held throughout Haywood in
connection with the Better School
and Road Program will be held at
the Bethel school, Wednesday night
at eight o'clock.
Larry Justice, of Bethel, is in
charge of making arrangements,
together with H. A. Osborne, coun
ty chairman, and other members
of the committee.
Four speakers will explain the
different angles of the program.
They will include Jack Messer,
Jonathan Woody, A. J. Hutchins
and D, Reeves Noland.
sues is the road bonds. The pro
posal is to issue $200,000,000 in
bonds for construction of second
ary, and farm-to-market roads in
"The bill designates the amount
each county will get. Haywood
county's share is $1,892,000. That
much must be spent on secondary
roads in this county, as prescribed
by law. No one, or any group can
change that figure.
"In order to help finance the
new road program, an additional
tax of one cent a gallon will be put
on gasoline. This new tax would
(See Davis Pare 8)
H. ARTHUR OSBORNE
To Be Host
Waynesville will be host on Fri
day night U the 25 members of
the House Public Lands Committee,
together with their official party.
The 25 Congressmen are coming
down on Thursday from Washing
ton, and on Friday will leave Ashe
ville early to make a tour of the
Park, returning here for dinner at
the Country Club that night.
Details of the trip are being ar
ranged in Washington by Rep.
Monroe M. Redden, a member of
the committees'; -( --
Plans for the hearing on Satur
day ,Jn Asheville, together with the
touf of the Park, are being headed
by the N. C. Park Commission, of
which Charles Ray is chairman, in
co-operation with the Western
Carolina Associated Communities,
and the Chambers of Commerce In
the area. '
Mr. Ray said this morning that
about 100 people will make up the
official party, including the Con
gressmen. A group of Tennessee
officials are to take part in, the
tour as well as attend the hearing
at ten o'clock Saturday morning.
Mr. Ray is slated to make the
initial presentation of the group
(See Park Pate 8)
The Rev. C. H. Green has re
signed as pastor of the West Can
ton Baptist Church.
He accepted the position eight
The announcement of his resig
nation said Mr. Green would en
gage in evangelism.
Since he became pastor, the
West Canton church's membership
nearly doubled, with more than 600
persons now enrolled.
Canton C of C
W. J. Stone is the new president
of the Canton Chamber of Com
merce. He was elected at the annual
banquet the night of May 6 to
succeed Frank Newman. '
Blood Program Starts
Tomorrow In Waynesville
The Waynlesvllle area's Blood
Program starts tomorrow at 10 a.
m., when up to 75 volunteers will
appear at the basement of the Way
nesville Presbyterian church to of
fer their blood.
Doctors, nurses, technicians and
volunteer workers will set up cots
and other equipment to handle the
The American Red Cross Blood
mobile will pay its first visit to
Waynesville tomorrow also, and
will be on hand to take the dona
tions of one pint of blood each
from the donors to the Asheville
Regional Blood Center.
Donor Recruitment Chairman
Wayne Corpening has designated
persons in each of the surround
ing communities to have their vol
unteers at the church tomorrow at
$60,000 Suit Is
Being Heard In
Civil Court Here
Cannery Here Is
Wanting 300 Tons
The cannery wants 300 tons
of blackberries that is 600,000
Not only is O. P. Crews, owner,
looking for the 300 tons at black
berries, hut he wants 1,200 tons
of arecn beans, yes 240,00
Indications are that there will
be a rood crop of blackberries,
as well as Rood price. With a
little effort, many a fat pocket
book can result from "a little
Hurt Sunday In
Mary Hall, 8, was painfully, but
not seriously hurt, in an unavoid
able automobile accident, shortly
after noon Sunday.
Patrolman Jeff May investigated
the accident, and said that Mary
jumped from a truck at the inter
section of the Jones Cove road and
Highway 19-23. She ran back of the
truck, and into the back of a car
driven by Lloyd Irvin Bowers, of
Porthsmouth, Va. The license tag
on the back of the car cut her
forehead, and she suffered other
bruises and cuts.
Patrolman May said Bowers
ditched his oar, stopped a passer
by, and hurried the child to the
hospital for treatment.
The child was returning home
from church when the accident oc
curred,- She M'as with her grand
father. L. M. Hall. She is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie
Hall of Jones Cove.
Two colts were wounded last
week by shotgun blasts.
T. N. Leatherwood, Cove Creek
farmer, reported today he found
his one-year-old horses lying in
his pasture last Friday, suffering
from wounds in their legs.
He declared he is offering a $50
reward for information leading to
the arrest and conviction of who
ever was responsible, and that he
was reporting the case to the
One of the colts, he said, is not
expected to live.
Mr. Leatherwood said the shoot
ing occurred some time between
May 9 and May 12.
Of World Wars
To Meet Here
The Waynesville Chapter,
tarv Order of World Wars,
wlll hold a dinner meeting at Patrick's
Restaurant at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Capt. William G. Westbrook, Jr.,
of the Asheville chapter. Reserve
Officers Association, will be the
principal speaker. The Waynesville
chapter commander, Col. James
Hardin Howell. Sr.. will preside.
All former officers of the Army,
Navy, Marines and Air Forces are
Six donors will be accepted every
The volunteers will report to
Betsy Lane Quinlan, volunteer ser
vice chairman, when they reach
Iron Duff Group To
Give Box Supper 19th
There will be a box supper at
the Crabtree-Iron Duff high school
This event is being sponsored by
the recreation committee of the
Community Development program,
to raise funds for the center for
which plans have been made,
Medford Leatherwood will auct
ion off the boxes. The public is in
vited to attend.
John E. Sentelle,
Plaintiff, Brings Case
Trial of a $60,000 law suit was
slated to begin at two o'clock this
afternoon as the May term of civil
court convened after the noon re
cess. Judge John Clement is pre
siding. ' John E. Sentelle is bringing suit
against five men and asking for
damages totaling $60,000.
Over two hours was taken this
morning selecting a jury to hear
the case. A number of the regular
jurors were excused, and the court
officials picked 12 of the special
venire of 50 men who had been
called into court for possible jury
Guy Weaver, attorney for Mr.
Sentelle. took more than an hour
to examine, and get 12 men in the
box. Then Grover C. Davis, one of
the attorneys for the five defend
ants, took some 45 minutes, with
the remainder of the two hours and
fifteen minutes devoted to cross
examining jurors, and reading the
Mr. Sentelle set fortli in Ins
complaint that he was arrested
and lodged in jail on November 2.
1946, when he attempted to make
an address at a Democratic Rally
being held in the court room. He
names in the suit: C. E. Brown,
chairman of the Democratic Execu
tive Committee; R. V. Welch, sher
iff; Orville Noland, chief of police
of Waynesville; Guy Messer, a
member of the police force, and
R. E. Sentelle. the plaintiff's broth
er. The plaintiff is asking for $50.
000 compensatory damages, and
$10,000 punitive damages.
' The defendant,' tn ' answering
the charges, said in open court
through attorney W. Roy Francis.
"The charges are untrue, and are
hereby denied." They further stat -ed
that the plaintiff was arrested
for disturbing a public meeting.
Mr. Sentelle, about 80 years of
age, is deaf, and Judge Clement
ordered that the oath be typed so
the witness could read it before
taking the stand. It was understood
that Mr. Weaver, and Miss Pearl
Leslie Johnson, other attorney for
Mr. Sentelle, had typed questions
to ask their client when he went
on the stand.
Other attorneys for the defend
ants include Morgan and Ward.
The court room was about half
filled this morning as the case got
A Haywood Superior Civil Court
jury last Thursday returned a
judgment of $1,220 in favor of W.
L. Patton. Waynesville structural
steel contractor, who had filed suit
against the Bowers Construction
Company of Raleigh.
The suit arose in connection with
a contract to build a bridge at
The next day, the jury ordered
a $1,440 judgment for Kelly
Scruggs, Canton Negro, for the ex
penses he and his wife incurred in
taking care of the child of Odell
Gibson and his wife, another Can
ton Negro couple, for nine years.
The testimony was that the Gib
sons put their child under the
Scruggs' care when she was 11
About six months ago. the child
was ordered returned to her par
ents after a habeas corpus hearing
in another western North Carolina
superior court. Scruggs then filed
suit for recovery of expenses.
The Scruggs-Gibson hearing clos
ed the first week of the two-week
civil term with Judge John Clem
A non-suit was ordered in the
case of Carver vs Leatherwood. the
hearing on the suit of Shackelton
(See Court Page 8)
Injured . . 16
(This Information com
piled from Records of
State Highway Patrol).