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The Waynesville Mountaineer
Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Substantial Gains Hade
During Past Twelve Months
REV. M. L. LEWIS, pastor of the
Hazelwood Baptist church, was
re-elected moderator at the 64th
annual Associational Meet ins
held Tuesday and Wednesday of
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Office To Close
The office of the Haywood Draft
Board No. 45 will close tomorrow,
but members of the board will con
tinue to serve, W. A. Bradley, the
chairman, said today.
The office is going out of oper
ation under a government order
closing all selective service offices
In Western North Carolina except
that at Asheville, which will as
sume the work of the closing units.
George A. Brown, chairman of
the County Board of Commission
ers, announced today at the
same time that an acting veterans
officer who will be named to han
dle veterans' affairs will also reg
ister candidates for induction in
The records of the local board
he moved to Asheville.
64 th Annual Associ
ation Meeting Held
With 800 Attending
More Haywood Baptists gathered
for the two-day session of the sixty-fourth
annual session this week,
and heard encouraging reports
from all phases of the work.
Approximately 800 attended the
three sessions, which started Tues
day at the High Street church in
Canton, then moved to the Beulah
church for the evening service, and
out to the North Canton church tor
the full day Wednesday.
Rev. M. L. Lewis, of Hazelwood,
was re-elected moderator during
the business session.
Substantial gains were reported I
in church membership. Sunday j
School enrollment, as well as the j
Training Union work. The reports .
also showed a marked Increase in j
gifts for the past year. i
The general theme of the asso
ciation was "Bearing Witness".
Miss Daphne Boone, association
al missionary, reported that there
are almost 10,000 Baptists in Hay
wood. A number of leaders of the Bap
tist work in the state attended ses
sions of the Association, and made
brief addresses. Among them in
cluded Rev. Richard K. Young, of
the Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem;
Rev. Mr. Kendall, of Mars
Hill; Rev. Ben Fisher, and Mr.
Reid, of the Baptist Orphanage.
The annual sermon was preached
by Rev. C. L. Bisselt.
Officers elected, in addition to
Rev. Mr. Lewis, included: M. C.
Wyatt. vice-moderator, Mrs, Award
Caddis, clerk, Neal Webbv.treasur
er, R. J5. Sentelle, historian, A. M.
Wyatt,' superintendent of evangel
ism, with Bed Ray and George M
Haffey. associates of evangelism.
Harry Mashburn, director of
brotherhood, M. H. Raby, associ
ate. J. R. Morgan, chairman of
stewardship, and O. F. Burnette,
associate. Rev. H. L. Smith, chair
man executive program committee,
Rev. L. G. Elliott, chorister, and
Mrs. Joe Cathey, pianist.
The Sunday school officers in
clude Fred Fore, superintendent,
10th Annual Haywood REA
Meeting To Open Saturday
Rural homeowners will hear North Carolina REA Chair
man Gwyn Price of Raleigh and will elect officers at the
annual meeting of the Haywood Electric Membership Corpo
The members of the rural electric corporation will open
their tenth, annual meeting at 10 a. m. at the Waynesville
I Gwvn B. Price, chairman ol tnc
ROBERT A. CAMPBELL of
Charlotte arrived here this week
to start work as assistant direc
tor of the Waynesville Township
High School band. The appoint
ment was announced last week
by Band Director Charles Isley.
Mr. Campbell graduated from
Davidson College last spring and
has had experience with the city
symphony orchestras of Char
lotte, Spartanburg, and Charleston.
Two Unhurt As
Two Tennessee men escaped in
jury Tuesday morning when their
1949 convertible ran off the road
and ran up a bank by Highway 19
23 near Lake Junaluska.
City Policeman Jerry Rogers ar
rested the two men later for Dep
uty Sheriff Max Cochran as they
were siiung 111 a laxi un viw ol. i j j directors
Alter the accident, the men naa
gone to Haywood County Hospital
for a checkup and had left in the
Rogers said the two men were
lodged in Jail.
Both, he added, were under the
influence of Intoxicating liquor.
One side of their car was damaged.
3 Men Hurt Enroute
To Fight $25,000
Blaze Near Balsam
North Carolina Rural Electrifica
tion Authority, will be principal
speaker Saturday at the annual
meeting of the Haywood Electric
Mcmbrship Corporation at the
This tenth annlversaiy meeting
will open at 10 a.m.
This wus announced this week by
Iia H. Cogburn, Corporation sec
retary. Scheduled for the meeting are
the adoptions of the Capital Cred
its Plan and the new rate sched
ules affecting every member of the
iii-eanlzatlon. and the election of
Schools Of County All
Set To Open Monday
Ity Board of
bday a work-
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lion of James
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regular JdUR mcuium, oumiiwiiuvuv v..
enlargement, Mrs. Joe oiamey,
superintendent of training, Mrs.
Fred Fore, superintendent of Va-
thero will be no more
meetings of the board, the mem
bers will hold called meetings from
lime to time on registration and
Fill be in the
' floor of the
pt House on
wl! H InvKi.
Man Reported To
Have Been Bitten
A report that could not be offi
cially confirmed gave this story of
a fishing incident in the Sherwood
Forest about two weeks ago:
A young man named Cogburn
from the Cruso section slipped on
a rock while fishing.
When he rose' to his feet he
found a large rattlesnake coiled
around his arm, with it. fangs
sunk into his flesh.
After hp was bitten he rushed
to Canton where he reportedly
was treated by a local physician.
He is said to be under treatment
at a Veterans Administration
Pisgah National Forest District
Raneer W. P. Duncan of Brevard,
when questioned about the report
Tuesday afternoon, said he had in
vestigated but was unable to veri
Mrs. Thomas M. Seawell. of
Winder, Ga., is spending a few
days at Lake Junaluska before
coming to Waynesville for the re
mainder of the season. Mrs. Sea
well and the late Mr. Seawell,
were former residents of Waynesville.
cation Bible School, Miss Esther
Mae Gibson, pianist, C. T. Taylor,
chorister and Jean Delvin, secre- j
The department superintendc nt
are Mrs. W. H. Burgin, cradle roll
Mrs. Hugh Gossett, nursery, Mra.
P. II. Gentry, beginners, Mrs. Bu
ren Metcalf, primary, Mrs. L. L.
Shaver. Junior, Mrs. W. B. Sprin
kle, intermediate. Rev. C. L. Bis
seti, young people. Mrs. C. T.
Francis, adult, and Mrs. Raymond
The training union associational
officers named were: Mrs. Sam
Knight, director; Robert Gaddis,
associational director; Rev. H. L.
Smith, pastor-advisor; Jarvls Brock,
secretary, Grace Erwin, pianist;
with the following group leaders:
Mrs. David Cabe. story hour; Mrs.
Way Mease, junior, Marion T.
Bridges, intermediate; Mrs. Albert
Messer. young people, and Miss
Mary Holtzclaw, adult.
Red Cross To
Aid In Filing
World War II veterans may ob
tain their application forms for Na
tional Service Life Insurance div
idends at the American Red Cross
office in the Haywood County
Mrs. Ethel Hayes Fisher, execu
tive' secretary of the Waynesville
chapter, said today she would help
the veterans fill out the applica
tions. The Veterans Administration has
advised eligible ex-GIs not to mail
their applications for the dividends
until after Monday.
The Haywood American Legion
post also is scheduled to have ap
plication forms available Monday
with a worker on duty to help the
veterans fill them out. Blanks also
will be available at post offices af
The dividend payments will start
goini; out to an estimated 16.000,000
i ir 'iK throughout the nation in
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Roy Moseman To
Open Place Sat.
Roy Moseman is announcing to
day the re-opening of his business
on Main Street next to the Dixie
Mr. Moseman operated a con
fection and newsstand here for 12
years. He closed nis place oi ousi
ness several months ago.
The place has been redecorated,
and completely furnished to meet
his needs, the announcement said.
Six thousand Haywood County
children, tanned by days at the
swimming hole and the fishing
stream, will spend their last days
of summer vacation I his week end.
For Monday means the start of
school days again.
Haywood County's six district
schools will launch the new class
year thai day.
Teachers are getting their last
minute instructions this week in a
serle of meetings throughout the
The pupils of Canton and St.
John's School of Waynesville. how
ever, will have at least one more
week of grace before taking up
their books and pencils again.
The office of Superintendent A.
J. Hutchins announced the canloii
City schools would open for the
new year on Sept. 6
For the first time since early in
the war, Canton High School will
have a manual training department.
A manual training teacher is be
ing sought to take charge of this
The department was closed early
in World War II because of the
Dr Hutchins met with his prin
cipals at Hie hiuh school last Fri
day and will meet with the teachers
at 9 a. m. Sept. 2.
Jack Messer, Haywood schools
superintendent, announced a ser
ies of meetings will be held this
week for teachers at the various
At the same time, he reminded
parents that state law requires chil
dren scheduled to enter schol to
have health certificates showing
they've been inoculated against
smallpox, diphtheria, and whooping
In regard to the minimum flf,'c
requirements for school children.
he pointed out that the state law
Mr. Cogburn explained thut the
Capital Credits Plan will assure
every patron of getting full credit
for any service payments he
makes in excess of the cost of serv
ice to him.
The committee on nominations
will .submit its choices to the mem
bers. Additional nominations may
be made at the meeting, the secre
The members also will hear the
reports of the officers, and will re
ceive copies of the Corporation's
The meeting won't be all busi
For entertainment, there will be
movies, singing by quartets, and
other features. Preceding the meet
ing will be a parade and music by
the Waynesville Township High
(See REA Page 8)
3 Hurt As Car
Two Waynesville firemen and a
companion were injured this morn
ing when their car ran off the
highway as they were rushing to
a blazing house near Balsam Gap.
David Underwood and Alfred
Fowler were treated for painful
bruises and lacerations at the
Haywood County Hospital and re
leased. Wilson Medford, who was rid
ing with them, also was treated
for cuts and released.
City police said the car swerved
off fog-veiled Highway 19A-23 near
the Aliens Creek road intersec
tion and was wrecked when a wheel
struck a manhole cover, sending
the lid crashing Into the underside
of the vehicle.
In addition to his other injuries.
Fowler lost several teeth.
The ear, driven by Underwood
sustained severe damage.
Here On Bike
Tour Of U. S.
Fall From Roof
David Hyatt, owner of the Hyatt
Plumbing Company, is under treat
ment in Mission Hospital at Ashe
ville for a broken collar bone and
broken hip suffered in an 18-foot
fall from a roof Monday afternoon.
Mr. Hyatt was working on the
roof of Mrs. David Cabe's home on
Meadow St., Waynesville, when he
slipped and plunged to the ground
of the yard.
After X-ravs were taken at Hay
wood County Hospital here, he
was rushed to the Asheville hospi
tal for further treatment.
Two months ago, his wue sui
fi.ri.il a crackrd shoulder bone
when she slipped and fell on the
back steps of their home on Wal
APPLE GROWERS TO MEET
Inman Family Reunion
To Be Held Sunday
Thp Inman Family Reunion and
Homecoming Day will be held Sun-.
day at the Inman Memoaisi unurcn jiouse
near Lake Logan.
Jerry Francis, an official of the
Reunion, said in the announcement
today that all relatives and friends
are cordially invited to bring a
basket lunch and spend the day.
There wil be singing and other
eveqts, with the Rev. W. H. Piess
to be a featured speaker.
The Smoky Mountain Apple
Growers Association, headed by
Bob Boone of Francis Cove, presi
dent, will meet at 8 p. m. today
at the Haywood County Court
Bring Fines In
Seven motorists paid sums rang
ing from costs to $200 in fines and
costs in Mayor J. H. Way's court
last Monday afternoon for traffic
Hardest hit financially was one
of three defendants charged wHh
drunk driving. He was taxed with
a $200 fine and costs, in addition
provides a child may start the first j to losing his drivers license lor a
grade if he s six years ot age or ; year
T.aVnr Dav Celebration
To Open At Canton High
will be that age on or before Oc
If the child's sixth birthday is
later than that dale he will have
to wait until the next school year
starts before he can enter.
The Rev. A. F. Rolirbacher. su
perintendent of St. John's School.
(See Schools Page 8)
400 Visit County To See
Results Of Program
staff of the
The Canton Cub Scouts' annual:
Pet Show will open at 2 p.m. at
the Canton High School stadium
Saturday as a preliminary to the
launching of the 43rd annuat u
Day Celebration and Fall Festival.
In charge of the show will be
Harry Matthews, the Scout leader,
C. C. Poindexter, general chair
man of the Celebration, said in his
Mr. Poindexter indicated pros
pects were that youngsters through
out Haywood County were to enter
their pets In the event.
He advised them to file their ap
plications with Mr. Mattnews or
members of the Cub troop.
The annual Champion Old Tim
ers softball game, wltn tne hub
facing the Franks, will be the open
ing feature of the Celebration lt-
S6The Players will range from 43
to 75 years of age.
Reuben B. Robertson, president
of The Champion Paper and Fibre
Company, is rfrCt
starter at first base for the Tulls
...wii., H A Helder, manager of
Champions Canton division
(See Labor Day Pee 8)
Four hundred farmers, farm
leaders, and agricultural scientists
staged an educational invasion of
Havwood County last Tuesday.
Their objective was to learn
something about Haywood County's
Community Development Program,
which has excited interest far be
yond North Carolina's borders.
The visitors toured the Rat
cliffe Cove farms of Claude Francis
and Reeves Noland during their
nirortine the tour was H. W.
Schoffner, western district farm
The group had come here as
part of the Farm and Home Week
program being held 'at Western
Carolina Teachers College.
Guiding them on their visit were
County Agent Wayne Corpening,
Assistant Home Demonstration
Agent Elise DeLozier, Miss Pauline
Gordon. N. C. State College Exten
sion home management specialist;
and John Nesbitt, Waynesville
Township High School agriculture
Among the visitors were a group
of veterans taking agriculture train
ing in Cherokee County, and W. T.
Brown and M. L. Snipes of Jack
son County. i
At the Mountain Test Farm, the
Haywood county agent told them
that the project for developing the
4-H Club camp there had received
pledges for a total of $35,000 to
finance the construction of 20 cab
ins. The group returned late that af
ternoon to Cullowhee to continue
the Farm and Home Week program.
Two others accused of the same
offense were ordered to pay a fine
of $100 and court costs each, be
sides having their licenses revoked.
Two other defendants parted
with $50 and costs on reckless driv
ing counts .wiuie a speeaer was
also assessed that amount.
A prohibition law violation cost
another defendant a $10 fine and
court assessments, and eight
charged with public drunkenness
were ordered to pay court costs.
Sunday will be Homecoming Day
for the members of the Inman
Harry Lacey, 43-year-old Roches
ter, Minn., man. rested in the
Wavnesvllle police station laat
night before resuming his trip to
rovdr the 48 states on a bicycle.
Police Chief Orville Noiana, ne
said, cave him a place to sleep af
ter he arrived here after pumping
over the hills from Asheville.
He had 40 cents in his pocket,
but he said people have been sym
pathetic toward his project.
So far. he's been In 10 states,
and pedalled his way 1,600 miles
since he left East Port, Maine, on
"1 average about 80 miles a day,"
Mr. Lacey said, "and I try to go
around the mountuins rather than
Since he was a school boy, he
always liked to ride bicycles.
Then one day he decided he'd
travel through each of the 48
states that way.
"I figured I'd learn a lot of
things, travelling by bike. And I
have, so tar." he added.
He had $15 when he left Maine
on the first leg of his trip, but do
nations from people in the towns
and cities where he stopped helped
"They have donated up to $3 in
a single day," Mr. Lacey said, "and
I have been averaging about $1 a
He doesn't sleep in police sta
tions all the time, though. When
he can afford it, he spends the
night in an inexpensive hotel.
By the time he finishes his bi
cycle tour, which he believes will
take about a year, he'll have a com
plete photographic record of the
"I take pictures everywhere I
go." he said.
His mother also is supplied with
a weekly journal of his travels. Mr.
Lacey, a bachelor, writes her regu
larly once a week.
Just how many miles he'll travel
in his pilgrimage, he couldn't say.
"I detour around the rough
places." he said, thoughtfully gaz
ing at the mountains on the other
side of the court house, "and that
adds a lot of mileage."
His changes of fresh clothing and
a blanket were wrapped in a neat
bundle on the handle bars of his
It was 8:30 this morning that he
stopped in front of the Mountain
eer office before resuming his trip
The streets were still empty.
(See Cyclist Page 8)
Summer Home of
Dr. Ford Destroyed
Early This Morning
Flames from a blazing auto in a ,
first-floor garage swept through a
summer home near Balsam Gao
early today, leaving the handsome
house in charred ruins.
Dr. and Mrs. Hugh Ford of
Clearwater, Fla., and their two
teen-aged daughters awoke as the
flames were licking at the floor of
one of the girl's bedroom and es
caped in their night clothes.
Meanwhile, two firemen David
Underwood and Alfred Fowler
were injured when their car ran
off the fog shrouded highway near
the Aliens' Creek intersection as
they were hurrying to the blazing
house. They were released from
Haywood County Hospital after
treatment for bruises and lacera
The damage to house and car,
both destroyed, was estimated at
$20,000 to $25,000.
Investigators said Mrs. Ford was
awakened by the odor of smoke
shortly after 6:30 A. M., and im
mediately aroused her family.
Dr. Ford ran into the garage to
drive the blazing car into the open,
but was beaten back by the sear
The flames were out of control
when the family awoke and had en
gulfed the building as Fire Chief
Clem Fitzgerald led the firemen
to the scene.
The house, located on the. road
to' Cabin Flats Just off the Balsam
highway near Balsam Gap, was
completed in August 1947. The
first floor, housing the garage and
playrooms, was of native stone
construction, while the upper story
was of lumber and contained the
The flaming auto sounded the
first alarm. The fire caused a short
circuit that made the horn start
blowing and aroused the family.
The ouly effects saved from the
house were some clothes one of
the girls snatched from a rack as
she was fleeing the blaze.
Another family car, however,
parked outside the house, escaped
The fire chief said the cause of
the blaze In the car that was in
(he first-floor section had not yet
Troy Leatherwood, Jonathan
Creek farmer wounded last Satur
day, was reported in good condition
at Haywood County Hospital to
day. The Sheriff's department said
Leatherwood was shot in the risht
leg with a .22 Caliber rifle at about
noon Saturday by Burlo Carver of
Jonathan Creek on the mountain
above Leatherwood's home.
The report said the shooting
grew out of a long-standing con
troversy over a road.
Carver is charged with assault
with a deadly weapon with intent
He was released from jail yes
terday after posting $5,000 bond.
Laundry Truck Demolished,
Driver Escapes Scratchless
A Waynesville Laundry truck
swerved off the highway in Hazel
wood early this afternoon, crashed
into a pow'er pole, then turned
over on the slope of a steep bank.
The cab was crushed.
But the driver, Fredy Frady,
walked away from the wreck un
injured. He was released from Hay
wood County Hospital after an ex
amination. The impact broke a power line
charged with 11,000 volts, drop
ping it au-oss ,the highway. Man
ager Harry Burleson of the Caro-
TRUCK TURNS OVER
A State Highway Department
truck turned over on the Dellwood.
Road this morning, but no one
was reported injured, police said.
The accident occurred at about
Una Power and Light Company lo
cal officer, reported.
He said workers immediately cut
off the power while the street was
A Waynesville fire truck rushed
to the scene to guard against the
possibility of a blaze from the fal
A huge crowd gathered imme
diately after the wreck, and two
State Highway Patrolmen, four
Waynesville policemen, and the
Hazelwood police chief were re
(See Wreck Page 8)
necord t or
Injured .... 34
(This Information com
piled from Records of
Stat Highway Patrol).