A few of us would rather
be right than be president.
Most of as would rather be
wrong than be quiet.
Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
C5th YEAR NO. 2 16 PAGES
..Kor Sr.. covers a large
I travels, and a short time
is in Texas. He often re-
j,e Mountaineer wuu
tnrials. or unusual news-
Wh he finds on his trips.
be ran cru v
er of Texas which car-
ory comparable .to.-the
Camber of Commerce
Anyway, this story in
,s, s We are sure It did
-T and it is being passed
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occupies all of the con
orth America except a
l set aside for the United
fcnda and Mexico. Texas
d on the north by a or
on the east by all of the
Lcept the Pacific, on the
the Gulf of Mexico ana
hierlca, and on the west
bcific Ocean and the rest
orld. Underneath Texas
le at this writing been
t in Upton County, only
Ltorso for oil, and up in
'exas has Guadalupe Peak
above sea level, the high-
n the United States east
lockies. .' .. :
is so big that the people
isville call the Dallas peo
ankees.' It is farther from
to Texarkana than it is
licago to New York, and
ia is closer to Milwaukee
than it is to El Paso. The
states with Texas left out
lok like a three-legged
hief occupation of the peo-
txas is to try to keep from
111 the money in the world,
hat the wealth' of Texas
E 539 between 1900 and
one time Texas was so
not even the law of gravl
jas obeyed, and the chief
If the Texans was Indians
leans, but now it is crop
and oil production. It is
iiful in Texas that out in
a horned frog lived 30
lealed in a cornerstone
food, air or water.
lis are so proud of the
lar State that they cannot
night. If a Texan's head
be opened the map of the
tuld be found on his brain.
Id 'Texas' is of Indian origin
Ins 'Friends,' and the" Texas
re that way yet unless you
fclam at their State. Down
ing ranch the front gate
riles from the front oorch
owner is thinking of mov-
house back so as not to be
by passing automobiles.
exas landlords have whole
In ranges on their ranches,-
lexan has 40 miles of nav
wer on his farm. If the
fon of cultivated land in
ere the same as in Illinois,
W of Texas crops .would
. . . - '
rat of the other 47 states
d- If all the oeoDle of the
piaies were to move to Tex
pi would be no more densely
;d than is Masachusetts.
ias land enough to supply
nan, woman and child in
fie world with a tract 20x
V and have enough left
r all the jritilw n tkn
J) march around five abreast.
move the Texas corn crop
take a string of box cars
than the distance between
p and San Francisco. If
iwiu tons of sulphur mined
ps annually wm-p in tin.
Us Satanic MaieKtv thv
Nve his fuel problem. If
f COllon crown In Tovoo
I A VAUU
F'ea and built into a stair.
would reach to tha Poot-iv
W the 485,339.998 barrels
produced in Texas In in.
Ne into gasoline: it.wnnM
"cu-mown make of lieht
rough eternity. If all the
I Texas were one hog, he
FS the Panama Canal in
K2d.,one 8runt- " all the
p Sidelights Page 8)
Associated Press and United Press News WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JAN. 5, 1950 $3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
1959 E'larch OI Bimes
M Set M $15,000
Haywood County's quota for the
1950 March of Dimes drive was set
Monday at $15,000.
Officials of the Waynesvllle and
Canton areas for the National
Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
accepted this quota at a western
regional meeting with Dr. Ralph
MacDonald, the North Carolina
The 1950 national campaign for
the aid of polio victims will open
January 15 and continue through
Locally, however, it will open
January 14, a Saturday.
Attending the meeting were
Waynesvllle Area Chairman David
Hyatt Waynesville March of Dimes
Campaign Director Felix Stovall,
Canton Area Chairman Bcekman
Huger, and Canton Area Campaign
Director Edwin Haynes.
The area officials agreed to split
the quota, with each section of the
county to raise $7,500.
, The county s quota for 1950 is
$2,000 higher .than the 1949 goal,
which Haywood surpassed by a
W aynesvilie area officials met
Tuesday afternoon with County
Schools Superintendent Jack Mes
ser and Rotary Club President
Jonathan Woody to work out the
(See Polio Quota Page 8) ;
For Clyde To
' By BOB MEDFORD .
Clyde town officials and fire
chiefs from surrounding towns
will meet tomorrow night with the
members of the Clyde Lions Club
to discuss a proposal to buy a
modern fire truck and Are equip
The dinner session will open at
p. m. at the Clyde High School
Scheduled to attend the meeting
are Clyde Mayor Vanar Haynes
and the town aldermen, Waynes
ville Fire Chief Clem Fitzgerald
and the chief of the Enka Fire De
partment; and other municipal and
fire officials. "
The proposal to establish a mod
ern fire prevention installation for
the town of Clyde was advanced
several weeks before Christmas.
Winner To Be
The winner of the first year of
the Haywood County Community
Development Program will be
crowned late this month.
This was announced today by
Turner Ca they, , assistant . county
agent in charge of- the comprehen
sive community improvement pro
The crown will mean an award
oft $500 for the community which
the judges decide made the great
est" improvements since the Pro'
gram was launched last winter.
Cathey said each of the 23 or
ganlzed communities taking part in
the competition are to file their
survey sheets by January 15.
The final check is scheduled
to start January 23 when two
N. C. State College" Extension
Service specialists, accompanied by
county extension workers and com
munity representatives will tour
each community to study improve
The State College officials who
will make this survey are T. K,
Jones, farm management special
ist, and Miss Mary Emma Lee
home management specialist.
, The extensive program to 1m
prove the farms and homes of
every community and to increase
farm, income through the develop
ment of sound, balanced enter
prises was launched a year ago at
a mass meeting here.
The first ' community had or
ganized for the Program by late
February, and the 23 communities
in the County had completed their
job of organizing by the latter
part of May.
First Baby Of 1950 And Mother
? . ..
The winner of the Mountaineer's Baby Derby as the first Haywood
County baby of 1950 is Herman Harold Rathbone,. shown with his
mother, Mrs. Troy Beauford Rathbone of Hemphill a few hours af
ter he was born, Herman Harold was brought into the world at
5:09 A.M. New Year's day at Haywood County Hospital. The Rath
bones have one other child, a boy, 19-months-old Troy Beauford, Jr. '
(Photo by Joe Davis)
Officer Says Teen-Agers
County's Best Drivers
Waynesville Police Report For 1949 Reveals
niies Quo w
Judge Nellies Iq Open
Civil Court ESere i Monday
Iron Duff To
Officers For 1950
By MRS. ROY B. MEDFORD
the residents of Iron Duff will
install their new Community De
velopment Program officers when
they meet at 7:00 p. m. tonight at
iAt a-recent meeting it was voted
that the community would sponsor
the 4-H Club work. Mr. and Mrs.
O. L. Yates were elected to serve
as the 4-H leaders. - v
Coye Creek To
For New Year
By VERA REEVES
The election of the Cove Creek
Community Development Program
officers will be held at a meeting
January 13, at 7:30 p. m.
Everyone is urged, by Vinson
Morrow, chairman, to attend the
2 Escape Injury
As Car Plunges
Down Step Bank
A sedan skidded on the slick
pavement a mile west of the Bun
combe County line Tuesday morn
ing, plunged off the road, turned
over and crashed into a tree 25
feet down the 60-foot bank.
Out of the wreckage crawled
Mrs. Eugene . Wilson, ' 22-year-old
Canton housewife, and her 19-year-old
Neither was hurt.
' State Highway Patrol Corporal
John L. Carpenter, who investigat
ed the accidents with Patrolman
Wooten," .'reported , the details 'ol
the accident. '
He quoted the boy as saying the
car, driven by Mrs. Wilson, went
out of control on the wet high
way on a sharp curve as they were
traveling toward Canton.
The damage to the car was es
timated at $400.
' The best drivers in Haywood
County are the people who have
been abused over the rest of the
country as being the worst.
They are teen-agers and women.
State" Highway Patrol Corporal
John L. Carpenter declared today
that the teen-agers of Haywood
are the best of all.
The officer who praised the
ladles requested that his name be
"The men would climb all over
me," he protested.
Magazine and newspaper stories
over the last year have charged
the teen-ager with being "murder
er of the highway," or a "killer In
traffic". ' . '
As for lady drivers, comedians
men comcdiansof bourse have
been- using them in jokes about
traffic ever since Ptthicanthropus
Erectus first discovered that rid
ing a horse was better than walk
After reviewing the traffic ac
cident record for 1949, Corporal
Carpenter declared that Haywood
County drivers were better than
(See Gybd Drivers Pase 8)
Judge Zeb V. Nettles of Ashe
vllle will convene a two-week Jan
uary civil term of Haywood Su
perior Court at 10 a, m. Monday.
The day-by-day court docket
shows these cases are coming up
January 9 Smith, Administrator
vs. Gibbons; Medford vs. Burrell,
et al; Tennessee Roofing Company
vs. Gibson, et al; Sellers vs. Sta
nley, ct atrHarvey vs. Hemphill.
January 10 Sutton vs. Caldwell;
Phillips vs. Pptts, et al; Muse vs.
January 11 Epstein vs. Under
wood; Wright vs. Arrlngton;' Stiles
vs. Crowder; Pressley vs. Galloway;
Lunsford vs. Lunsford.
January 12 Reece vs. Scott;
Mitchell vs. Smith Drug Co.; Swain
vs. Motor Lines. ; ,
January 13 Silvers vs. Gallo
way, et al; Reed vs. Matney, .'
January 16 Strable vs. Medford;
In Re Marlon W. Allen, Deceased;
McCracken, et al vs. McCracken,
et al. . . -v
January 17 Davis, B.N.F. Vs.
Casey; Livingstone vs. Livingstone.
Motion Docket Welch vs.
Welch; Blaylock vs. Boyd; Begnl
vThe Jury list:
Dave Millwood and John A.
Plott, Waynesville; G. W. Wright.
White Oak; Silas Nichols, Waynes
vllle; J. O. Hopkins, Cataloochee;
Mrs. Wllma RhoJarmer, Clyde;
Homer Dolsbn, Beayerdam; R. L.
Snyder, : Beavwdanv Grover C
Ferguson; Fines Creek; Mrs. WY IT.
Sharp, East Fork;
Nathan M. Walkef, Clyde; F. A.
Crawford, Clyde; W. C. Welch,
Iron Duff; Lloyd Shelton, Ivy
(See CourtPage 8)
BACK FROM NEW YORK
Mr. and Mrs. .W. Curtis Russ
and daughter, Marguerite, return
ed Tuesday from a week's stay in
New York, While there Mr. Russ
conferred with several newspaper
specialists on different phases of
the publishing business.
Excuse To Run Out Of
s In Haywood County
ancient alibi of "nmrtiw
iEvas" ls becoming very hard
StlfVPV last J
Pfweek, State High-
P. January s Cloudy,
fi wavno.,..,i. 4. . :
.forded by the staff of
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63 55 ;
way Patrolmen found that Hay
wood County has 115 service sta
Furthermore, they found out
that these stations had better than
100,000 gallons of gasoline on hand
about the last of the year and
about a half-dozen of them had
sold out of gas at the time.
This interesting Information was
gathered in the course of their
survey made in conection with
the state's new one-cent per gal
lon gasoline tax.
North Carolina citizens last sum
mer approved the tax, which Just
went into effect, when they ap
proved the $200,000,000 bond issue
for imorovine rural roads.
That 100.000 - plus gallon stock
pile doesn't represent all that the
stations usually carry, either.
Some of them, for instance were
"down to" 50 or 100 or 400 gallons,
but usually have much more than
that when the oil companies re
plenish their stocks.
State Highway Patrol Corporal
John L. Carpenter, one of the four
(See Plenty Gas Paw 8)
Saunook Tq Elect
1950 Officers At
By MRS. CHARLES SPARKS
The Saunook Community De
velopment Organization will meet
Friday night at 7:30 at the Saunook
School to elect officers for 1950.
R. N. Barber, Jr., the commun
ity chairman, urges everyone to
attend the meeting.
UNDERGOES OPERATION '
J. C. Patrick is getting along
nicely following an operation on
Monday at the Haywood County
December 49 Was Best
Month For Cupid Here
"Will you love me in December as you did in May?"
the man asked in the familiar song.
For Haywood county ladies, at least, the answer is;
"Yes, in fact more so."
The report shows that 25 marriage licenses were
issued to couples in December more than twice the
number that were issued during the traditional wed
ding month of June. 1
In June, the office issued 10 such licenses to com
As a matter of fact, the report shows that couples
liked the idea of marrying in two other months better
. than they did in June.
During October, for instance, 19 marriage licenses
were issued, and only one less than that were given to
couples in November.
In all, the register of deeds issued 150 licenses dur
Singing Event To
Be Held Jan. 15
The annual Polio Benefit Sing
ing1 Convention!, conducted by
the Rev. Kay Allen and W. T.
Queen, will be held at 2 p. m.,
January 15 at the Haywood
County Court House.
That Is the same day the 1950
March of Dimes . campaign la
scheduled to open officially.
Singers, from soloists to large
choruses, from everywhere and
anywhere are Invited to attend
this benefit event, which last year
raised 1300 for polio victims.
As in the nast, there will be
no flat admission price, but the
spectators and participants will
contribute whatever they want
AU the money from this sing
ing event will be given directly
to the March of Dimes officials
The sponsors explained that
there won't be any expenses
administrative or otherwise to
deduct 'from the gross receipts.
Work Has Started On Historical Edition
The Mountaineer Seeking Old Photos
For-Big '50 Years of Progress' Edition
DR. STANLEY A. HARRIS ,
former national officer ; of the
Boy Scouts of America, will be
the principal 'speaker at the 29th
annual Sc outers Convention
scheduled for Monday in Ashe
vllle's Central Methodist Church.
Scouters To Hold
Convention Ian. 9
' The 29th annual ScouTeTs Con
ventton will open Monday In the
Central Methodise Church In Ashe.
Vllle. - -;.-
Dr. Stanley A. Harris, f former
national officer of the Boy Scouts
of America, will make the princi
pal address. ; - ;" - ',
The afternoon sessions will open
at 2 o'clock for scouts concerned
with the Advancement program,
health and safety, finance, organi
zation and extension, leadership
training, camping, and for Scout
A. W. Allen, Scout executive of
the Daniel Boone Council, will in
stall the council officers for the
new years, and the presentations
will be made of the Silver Beaver
award and the Scoutmaster's Key.
All .Scout officials and their
wives, find all friends of Scouting
are invited to attend.
Although Town Is
Larger Than Last
Year, Arrests Fewer
Waynesvllle policemen during
1949 made 871 arrests 219 more
than they made the year "before.
But, said Chief of Police Orville
Noland today in releasing the an
nual report for publication, this
does not mean that Waynesvllle has
any more crime than it did In
He called the number ot 1949
arrests "too many" but at the same
time pointed out that the increase
in the total over the previous year "
simply reflected the expansion of
The rise In the number of ar
rests was roughly in proportion to
the growth of population or even
less In proportion.
The town now Includes two new
areas that it did not have in 1948.
Law violations that formerly were
under county jurisdiction before
those sections were annexed are
now charged to the town.
. Actually, the report indicated,
Waynesvllle and Its new areas had
fewer felonies the more serious
type of crime than it had in 1948.
Of the 871 arrests made, 629
were for public drunkenness, 54
for driving drunk, and 32 for reck
In 1948, policemen made 501 ar
rests for public drunkenness, and
fewer for drunken driving and
The rise in the number of ar
rests for drunk and reckless driv
ing also reflects the increase in
the size of the town and the cor
responding Increase in auto and
truck registration, the police chi'ef
(See Police Page 8)
C. F. Kirkpatrick today an
nounced he resumed active man
agement of his LeFaine Hotel on
Main Street on the first of the year.
He also announced that he plan
ned to make improvements in the
hotel and make a downward ad
justment of the rates.
. For the last two years, E. N.
Newman had operated the LeFaine
on a lease from the owner.
Mr, Kirkpatrick said the im
provements would consist in re
furnishing and redecorating the
Mr. Newman is now in Florida
operating a hotel he leased there.
. The whole state now knows that
Dwight Williams of Waynesville is
North Carolina's 1949 corn-growing
Another example of the wide
publicity Haywood County is get
ting came this week from Frank
Jeter, director of the publications
division, North Carolina State Col
lege Agricultural Extenson Service,
In one morning's mail, County
Agent Wayne Corpening found a
fat letter from Jeter.
It contained 30 press clippings,
all telling the story of Williams be
ing declared winner of the state's
corn-growing championship for
The clippings showed the story
was published in every one of the
state's major daily newspapers
and many of the weeklies and
The story was published in news
papers from Elizabeth City on the
northeast coast to the mountains.
The number of clippings repre
sented only part of all the news
papers that published the story of
the Haywood man's growing 141.34
bushels of corn per acre.
Incidentally. Williams 1 s co
owner with Mark Galloway of that
prize-winning Hereford bull whose
picture was published throughout
the South last month.
County Road Accidents
Kill 8, Injure 42 In 1949
Members of The Mountaineer
staff today started work on a
special supplement which will
review the outstanding develop
ments in the nation and in Hay
wood county over , the last 50
This special supplement com
memorating a half century, of
progress will appear in a Feb
ruary edition, of The Mountain
eer in the" form of a tabloid.
In connection with this pub
lication, The Mountaineer is
seeking clear photographs taken
in the county at the turn of the
century about 1905 or earlier.
The owners of the photos that
are used in the special supple
ment will receive full credit and
The Mountaineer will return .all
The Mountaineer also is seek
ing information from all persons
who are familiar with conditions
that existed In the county at the
turn of the century.
We would like to have these
people write their own observa
tions on the progress that has
been made in Haywood during
that period of 50 years com
paring conditions that exist now
with those that existed when the
20th century was born.
If they do not have the time
to write of these observations
personally, they may come to
1,488 Pages Last Year
Subscribers to The Mountaineer got more pages
during 1949 than any year since the paper was establish
ed bp years ago. ' . ; '
The 103 issues published last year contain 1,488
pages, which makes a book over three and a half inches
thick, when the papers are opened out.
. The 1949 editions carried 122 more pages than 1948,
which was the record year to that time.
In 1949, The Mountaineer published 11,904 columns.
Last year also was the record year for circulation
for the paper, as' a 65-year record was broken. "'r.
The Mountaineer office and give
the information to a 'reporter.
The folks who saw and aided
in the development of this coun
ty in its early years The Moun
taineer considers invaluable as
sources of history and Informa
tion. One of the major objectives
in the publication of this special
supplement is to make it a per
manent record of the progress
the nation and Haywood coun
ty made during the first 50 years
of this century.
The front cover will be printed
in two colors-blaok on a gold
background, the gold being the
traditional ' symbol of a 50th
The members of the advertis
ing, mechanical, and editorial
staffs are now working on their
special assignments to make this
supplement another memorable
landmark in The Mountaineer's
efforts to record the progressive
history of Haywood county.
Eight people lost their lives in
traffic accidents in Haywood
County during 1949 one more
than the death toll of 1948.
Forty-two other persons were in
jured last year also, reports from
the State Highway Patrol office
However, the injury list for last
year was brighter than the one
for the year before, when 48 peo
ple were hurt.
The 1949 death toll was the same
as that for 1947 but the list of in
jured was much smaller than the
one for that year.
In 1947, traffic accidenla In
jured 51 people.
The New Year on the highways
got off to a sad start in Haywood,
however, when a 17-year-old Can
ton boy was injured in Clyde.
This accident happened only
about three hours after 1950 was
After looking over the 1949 rec
ord, State Highway Patrol Cor
poral John L.; Carpenter compli
mented the motorists of the coun
ty but at the same time warned
them that there can be no letup
in caution on the highways.
(See Accidents Page 8)
In Hay wood
Injured . . 1
(This information com
piled from Records of
, State Highway Patrol).