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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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64th YEAR NO. 74 8 PAGES
Officers Are Looking For
Bear Traps In This Area;
8 Bears Claimed Trapped
tin tit in d Hauuiuil 1
Labor Looks At Its Year
officers are hunting Haywood
County's hills for bear traps and
This was reported last weekend
by Deputy State Game Warden W.
H. Harkins of Canton.
itnirinc aid rpnnrts have been
) Ileii aiiio - -1
,.rH at the rDi.,d that at least eight bears
to v,., traDned illegally alone
U the metal the eastem edge of the National
bound. e park this summer and that Park
fever to the rangers, game wardens, and county ;
,iS head if officers have found approximately i
in he turned haf a dozen baited traps steel j
took out SDring pcn type, or dead tall.
These have been either confiscated
or destroyed. !
Rear traoDing. he pointed out. is
illegal anywhere, any time in North
Carolina, and violations carry
The rangers are particularly con
cerned about trapping in the Na
tional Hark and along the Blue
Ridge Parkway right of way.
Earlier this summer, one man
was fined $300 and placed under
a suspended prison sentence after
being caught baiting a bear trap
in the Park near Smokemont.
Recently, one bear was killed in
the Park, and taken outside and
National Park Hanger Cliff
Senile of the Waynesville district,
who is aiding in the campaign
1 aeainst the illegal trapping, ad-
r ' i
las the i
U and solv-
L across the
knt, he came
fine at the
Lrinlendents trapping some
herintenaeiu artdpd. however he didn't
Lr the high-1 r ,;7 " ,
"There is quit? a lot of
Tom Alexander, owner of
Cataloochce Ranch, last Tuesday
expressed regret over the res
ignation of Josh Home, Kooky
Mount publisher, from the State
Board of Conservation and De
velopment. "I certainly regret it," he said.
"but under the circumstances
don't blame him.
"The state has lost an extreme
ly valuable man."
Mr. Alexander himself re
signed from the board early last
month following the argument
that arose between the Governor
and the agency over the hand
ling of the state advertising con
tract. After learning of Mr. Home's
resignation, which was con
firmed Monday night by the
Governor, Mr. Alexander sent
the Rocky Mount newspaperman
a telegram expressing his regret
over Mr. Home's leaving the
agency he had served nearly 16
He told him he knew how
much it hurt him to take the
action, but that it was under
standable in view of the conditions.
toward 3 uuai al Liixa luilc ui iiiu ytsai.
. ,,j weitiier me meai nor me nines
of the high-
ln0W he was
are any good at this period," he
No arrests have been made,
Harkins said, since the Smokemont
talc Highway , i t 1
off the high -1 -Anfl MOPOTn
nt out, MCJJS;'
fie bear wus
urt last weak
hes E. Bamar Haywood County U. S. Savings
Mm after he Bonds Chairman J. E. Massio re-
Jr found It ported today the county topped its
had been hit Opportunity Drive goal with the
ll reported to- purchase of $134,995.50.
in good con- After the returns were counted
k slight bump following the close of the drive on
lor the experi- juiy 16, it was found that Haywood
fcs driving the citizens had purchased $1,995.50
fc relief. After more than tne Quota which had
parked the been set for the county.
to see what Haywood was one of the state's
lomar patched 1 81 counties to go over the top and
bath, and de- help the state as a whole top Us
fcs, he's look- quota of $12,000,000 by more than
wants an af- $1,751,000.
fehild. Other reports indicated the nat
ional quota of $1,040,000,000 for
Series E bond sales also was ex-
the firemen Tn matino his reoort. Mr. Massie
when they Laid the ODDortunity Drive has
lunded funny. Bjven narticular impetus to the
Fitzgerald payroll savings plan whereby em-
ty waste of pi0yees arrange for part of their
happy about waBes iQ be invested in savings
several rea- bonds.
it any fire, PYnressrrl the thanks and
lant, the lady annreciatton of the county savings
'hen she was hnnrts committee to the county's
business and industrial firms.
civic organizations, and private
citizens who helped make the drive
Soldier Killed In
White Oak Section
As Car Turns Over
Cpl. Maynard R. Cooper, 23, of
St. Augustine, Fla., was killed Sat
urday at 6 p.m. in an automobile
accident on a county road five miles
southeast t of JHigBway2P. Mk ne
White Oak section. State Highway
Patrolman Jeff May reported.
Cooper apparently lost control of
his machine, which struck tne
right shoulder of the road and top
pled over an embankment, landing
50 feet away at the edge of a
Two passengers, Pfc. Paul E.
Tvlondizzi, 24, of Asheville, and Pfc.
Don K. Gray, 21, of Tennessee, re
ceived bruises and lacerations.
J. Frank Pate. Haywood County
coroner, said Cooper died of a
crushed neck and that an inquest
,rn.iM not hp necessary.
Cooper was the son of Mr, ana
Mrs. Charles Cooper ot St. Aug
ustine, Fla., and was attached to
the 316th Troop Carrier Wing at
(See Soldier Killed Page 8)
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Truman elected on AnH-Tdft4kir11ey platform
Phillip Murray diaiH comunists at CIO contention
Boardapproves 4(Hwut uiork for rdiliuay unions
CIO leaves WFTU
k . Union dives up lari-Hdnity i
& for this year after senate vote.
Fact finding planaccepted in
Expansion Of School
FacUities AtBethei And
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Business Suspends For
Labor Day; Big Crowds
Attend Canton Programs
Dies At Home
no the man
the fire him-
;ets of water
the alarm, the
ipt call would
thief said the
Sotten all the
fty bright to
Cnt. sinpp chn
jly toast burn-
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s"au as thPir
Mr. and Mr
P St. Alhanc
To Meet Wednesday
Tic,.,i;nH rmmtv's Orade A milk
producers will meet at 8 p. m. Wed
nesday at the Haywood County
Court House to discuss their prob-
In charge of the meeting, held by
the Haywood County Milk pro
ducers Association, will be James
Kirkpatrick, Association presiaem.
Gerald W. Colkitt. 52, a former
resident of Waynesville, died at
his hometin Wilmington, N. C,
Funeral services were conducted
in Wilmington Wednesday.
Mr. Colkitt was. for a number of
vonr associated with Royle-Pil-
kinRton Company at Hazelwood. He
went to Wilmington in 1941 to ac
cept a position witn me miming-.
Ion Shipbuilding company.
Surviving are the widow and
two daughturs. Miss Geraldyn Col
kitt a student at Woman's College
of the University of North Carolina
in Greensboro, and Mrs. Sankey
Blanton of Chapel Hill; one grand
daughter; one brother, Ben Col
i.;k f wavnesville: and one sister,
t.. npri'riiflp Warrell of Hicks-
IV 1 L B. V v .
ville. Long Island.
Ben Colkitt and his son, Bobby
Colkitt, left Tuesday to attend the
U. S. Representative Monroe
Redden of Hendersonville declared
Thursday nieht that American bil
lions are being spent in Europe
now so that American blood and
many billions more won't be spent
Reminding the 85 members and
guests of the Soco Gap Road Boost
ers Club al Moony s iinhim rami
that this was the tenth annivers
ary of Hitler's invasion of Poland.
the western North Carolina con
"I expect to go down the line
for that type of foreign policy."
Billions are being spent, he con
tinued, "because our (World War
III ally has turned out to be worse
than any enemy we had during the
ii.. afld,.l "The hardest vole I
ever cast was when I was called
on to vote for billions to be sent
to Europe to stop the march of the
nation that has turned out to be
Democracy's deadliest foe.''
Explaining I he 81st Congress"
action in voting the huge appio
nrialion. he said the decision was
made after some of the world's out
standing military and government
leaders testified before the House
military affairs committee.
The testimony of every investi
(Sce Rep. Redden Page 8)
Control Is Up
Whether a flood control system
is built for the Pigeon River is in
the hands of Haywood Couniy
II S Reo Monroe Redden, m
Haywood for an address last Thurs
day, said, in reply to a question that
in effect it would be up to Un
people to ask for it.
A TV A engineer earlier this sum
mer also said the same thin in
other words. He pointed out thai
the TVA cannot initiate flood con
trol programs itself, but can mere
i makp recommendations for
them. If the citizens want Hood
control, he added, they should
first ask Congress for it.
ever, that many considerations
must be taken into account: for
instance, whether the cost of such
w,,t involvina as it does
multi - million - dollar installations
and the flooding of farm land,
would justify the savings and oth
er benefits it would bring in short,
whether the cost in land and money
would be worth it.
All Haywood County business,
except restaurant and police busi
ness, came to a standstill today as
men. women and children observ
ed the traditional Labor Day holi
day. II was the first day off of the
new school year also for the coun
ty's more than 6.000 students who
resumed their summer play brief
ly before returning to books and
Police, sheriff's deputies, and
(See Business Page 8t
Varied Experiences Had
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On is nnn-Mile lnp 10
Alaska By H. S. Ward Jr.
H. S, Ward, Jr., gave Rotanans
an interesting account 'of his 15,-000-mile
trip to Alaska this sum
mer. He arrived home last Mon
day, after being on the road since
June 27, with a group of 14 other
high school seniors, and a leader.
.The trip took the group iron,
the burning sands of a South Da
kota desert, to the glaciers and
frozen north of Alaska.
Thoii. pvno.tpnres included al
most everything from killing a
bear, to. a 2,000-mile trip by boat,
and some plane trips. , Their
Hungry Bears Coming
01 Park Killina Cattle
Gaston Woman Is
Killed When Car
Leaves Soco Road
Mrs. Nellie Marr Grant, 40, of
Gastoiiia was instantly killed in
an automobile crash Saturday af
ternoon on U. S. Highway 19 in the
Soco Gap section about six miles
east of Cherokee.
Officers said her husband, Ed
Grant, driver of the car. sufTered
fractured ribs and nose, and Miss
Pauline Saunders of Franklin, a
passenger, received lacerations and
j The car struck a slick place in
the highway while rounding a
curve and Grant lost control in at
tempting to apply the brakes, offi
cers reported. The car plunged
down an embankment at the right
side of the highway.
Coroner H. S. Dills of Jackson
County empaneled a jury which
termed the death accidental.
Mrs. Grant was formerly of
iiHvwood County officers are
cracking down on illegal squirrel
hunters, game officials warned tms
Deputy Game Warden W. H.
Harkins said complaints have been
rpppived from farmers throughout
the county that some hunters have
lipen iunming the gun on the squir
rel season and have been invading
He reminded sportsmen that the
snuirrel season will not open un
til October 1.
Hunting before that will cos
u . K. tin nVpraPp S17.75 in
flnps and court assessments pro
M,i,.rt It s his first offense. If he's
hpen convicted of the same viola
li l.f.... thn nniu tlPS Will De
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I-. Massie of Waynesviue
.......ci,!,,,,! nf ihp Havwood County
Wild Life Club, reported at int.
same time that farmers irom every
section of the county have been
complaining about this out-of-sea-
son squirrel shooting.
One farmer, he said, told him he
counted 40 shots fired in the wood
land on his property one day, mat
he had heard firing also tne aay
before and the next morning.
"The sportsmen who stick by the
rules and wait for the season to
open." Mr. Massie declared, "are
disgusted with these poachers and
"It's gelling so that they feel
it's not much use to have a license
and comply with the regulations
when these poachers are killing off
the game long before the season
But, he indicated, things will be
rough' for the violators.
"Under the laws of the State
Game Commission," he pointed out,
"every law enforcement officer in
iho rmiiilv is a game protector
whose duty is to prosecute poachers."
That means, he said, that every
sheriff s officer, state highway pa
trolman, constable, and policeman
in the county not only the game
warden and deputy wardens are
authorized to enforce the game
laws and prosecute offenders.
He added I hat officers are in
every section of the county ready
to enforce these laws.
"And we want to get before
the public the fact that the squir
rel season does not open until Oc
County School Board
Has Plans For Addi
Need More Money
Havwood school officials are
w orifino nn a Drocram that will
relieve conjesled school conditions
in the Waynesville and Bethel
A S400.000 science and cafeteria
building for the Waynesville high
school has been approved as far
as plans and specifications are con
cerned, according lo jacK messer.
Plans are also being completed
for a 20-room addition to the
Bethel plant, in addition to a 6-
room and auditorium building for
Springhill, also in the Bethel dis
trict, he said.
"The trouble is. we have pro
jects that will cost a million and
a half dollars and only have about
$366,000 with which to do the
work," Mr. Messer said.
Haywood county is getting $530,
000 from the state school bond pro
gram, and the appropriation made
by the legislature Of this sum.
31 per cent goes to Canton, leav
ing the remainder of the county
MV. Messer did not say just when
he expected the projects would
get underway in either district.
Both districts have consistently
had an increased enrollment
through the years, and the crowd
ed conditions in the schools have
gone beyond what anyone expected
Schools In Waynesville
And Bethel Crowded
Wavnesville High School and
Bethel Elementary School could
use three more teachers each and
more space to put them in.
Haywood County bchoois super
intendent Jack Messer said today
Wavnesville High was allotted 18
teachers last school year on the
basis of 541 registered pupus.
Bethel was allotted the same
number on the basis of 568 grade
school students registered.
But 656 students had enrolled
in Waynesville High School by
Monday for the new school term,
(See Schools Jammed Page 8)
..li.. ,,,r,tpH as mechanica
troumtfs iiuu,,v , .,
breakdowns became almost a daily
occurrence, especially on u.e . in
roads of northern anau-.
Young Ward explained he went
on the trip to get in f.
fishing, and from hU descr.pt ion
of some experiences on Canadian
lakes, he got what he went after
On one lake, we caught a trout
on every cast-it really got tire
some after a while." At another
favorite spot, the fish were vrom
4 to 12 pounds each, and game
(See Ward Paee ",
Bear troubles have been light
this summer for the Duluth, Minn.,
citizens, compared to those of Hay
wood farmers living on the edge
of the Smoky Mountains National
The people living in Duluth sub
urbs recently had to build "cafe
terias'" outside the city limits to
keen hungrv bears from private
I garbage cans.
But in Haywood, cattlemen im
port, the bears have proven much
tnore costly. .
The hungry animals, aepnveu
of their natural source of food
when the early spring frosts killed
berries and nuts, have been kill
ing valuable cattle.
Tom Alexander, owner of Cata
loochee Ranch, reported last week
that the starving bears killed at
least two of his calves, possibly
Last vpar. he said, the animals
killed nearly $1,000 worth of his
cattle and a neighbor lost a full
This summer. Mr. Alexander add
ed, there are more bear than ever,
and have become dangerous to
humans. Recently, he said, he had
i i tuoi a hpar had chased a
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young girl at the Smokemont camp
In addition to the losses in siock.,
the cattlemen are also losing time
through the necessity of patrol
ling their pastures to protect their
cattle from the marauders.
One factor handicapping the ef
forts of the cattlemen to guard
against the raids is the federal law
applying to hunting in the Nation
The bears, he said, come out of
the park at night, kill the cattle,
j (See Hungry rri . tc
Scouts To Hold
Court Of Honor
The Bov Scouts of the Pigeon
River Distrirt, Daniel Boone Coun
cil, will hold their Court of Honor
at 8 p.m. today at the Haywood
County Court House.
Awards will be presented to
Scouts of Bethel. Crabtree. Canton,
Waynesville, Hazelwood. Aliens
Creek, and' Clyde.
Presiding will be D. W. Randolph
of Canton, district Scout Advance
The Pigeon River District Com
mittee members will hold their
regular business meeting after
Court, with District Chairman Bill
County-Wide Field Day
Is Set For Saturday 17;
Big Program Arranged
The Haywood County Board of
Education this week designated
Mrs. Lucy Tate Jones and Mrs.
Alice P. Brown, veteran Waynes
ville teachers, as county high
' The action of the board was an
nounced Tuesday by County
Schools Superintendent Jack Messer.
Mrs. Jones taught mathematics
at Waynesville Township High
School for many years and Mrs.
Brown saw a long period ot serv
ice on the faculty of Waynesville
Junior High School.
Mr. Messer said the two super
visors are to assist other teachers
in the county syttem in classroom
problems relating to instruction,
supply of materials, and testing
ronductine examinations to meas
ure intelligence, achievement, and
He explained the supervisors
were aamed to the positions in
accordance with a state provision
which has allotted a total of 325
special teachers in the state's pub
The first county-wide Community
Development Program Field Day
will be held September 17 to de
termine the county's individual and
community team champions.
The plans were made Friday
night by the six-member recreation
committee for the Field Day.
Competing In the games and
contests will be the winners in each
of the six divisions comprising the
organized communities of the coun
ty: White Oak, East Pigeon, Upper
Crabtree, SaunooK, iniCKeiy, ana
the winner of the Rateliffe Cove-
Lake Junaluska Field Day to be de
Only three communities, how
ever, will have teams competing
for the boys' and girls' county soft-
They will be the survivors of
next Saturday's playoffs among
White Ook, East Pigeon, Saunook,
Upper Crabtree, Thickety, and the
Rateliffe Cove-L a k e Junaluska
The division representatives were
determined in the series of inter
(See Field Day Page 8)
Injured .... 38
(Tbii Information com
piled from Records of
SUtt Highway Patrol).