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^jlEAR NO. 1 20 PAGES Associated Press' WAYNESVILLE, N. C., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JAN. 11, $;u?U In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Countiea
tirvey For New Industries To Start
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mdreds Favor Building TV Tower On Pisgah'
Led by a resolution of the direc
rs ot the 1 (timber of Commerce,
B1VB all walks of life were
is weeklurging the erection of a
V towaaou Mount Pisgah.
HundNds of names were being
|riMHhinn> in circulation both
^^^Hin Canton. Civic clubs
ire eMb' sing the proposed erec
television tower atop
ie MHfoot mountain in the
nitb^Bcorncr of Haywood.
Thg^Holutions. and petitions
creJ^Bipted by the hearing
^^^^fbecn ordered o.v the Na
Service on February
?council chamber in the
Asheville. The hearing
^^^^?at 10 o'clock. 1. V. West,
I ^^B. regional attorney
^^^Hment of Agriculture, will
I^^^Hie hearing on the loca
?^^^?television tower on Mt.
ChJtjjflM Britt, president of the
?m a FCC grant to put
teletd^Bi station in Asheville on
lantU^B. told The Mountaineer
at .^^?l construction on the
eJcct^fculd have gotten under
>y U^Lcck had not a hearing
'en 3M" ?n "le matter.
M^j^Ht said that "every hurdle
ke <V could go right along,
ho oppocltloR wu expresg
JB Forest Serv ice against
Bower on ton of Pisgah.
mp the FCC approval; the
B"vu'e had gum pcrmi?
B> certain" regulations,
?had met; the civil aero
Hmmlsslon had approved
Bt. and engineers had
the ideal spot in all
^Bo serve the section with
mr nt oil
^Bicre has been opposition
fthe Forest Service has
hearing on the matter
^Bed plans, according to
^B| to go up Pisgah Creek
^^?Creek. about three miles
and there erect a
Br house right at the foot
^^B This house would con
? $175,000 to $200,000
Belevision equipment, he
^Bnsmitter house would
o^^Bipartments for the en
duty. From the trans
the plan Is to have an
Mine t?i <,w gauge railway with
m?torB car tor engineers to
e to the top of Pisgah
I cor. The steel tower
0 feet high, with the
op Tentative plans are
observation tower ap
50 feet high for the
if the public.
leers tell us that with
top of Pisgah that we
nary TV coverage over
"ding from Charlotte,
inson City, Knoxville,
1 into Northern Geor
1 be one of the five
towers in the nation
other TV towers on
iks owned by the Na
Service," Britt point
that Mt. Pisgah is as
' the tower can bo
to FCC regulations,
iith slowly rising torn4
jday, tonight and Fri
iccasional rain mixed
ng rain and sleot this
ind first part of to
Is and sidewalks and
cts may become ice
mes this afternoon and
it. Lowest temperature
r 28 degrees; highest
?mperatures as record
ate Test Farm:
i*h Low Prct.
55 25 3.5' snow
The farm home of Mr. and Mrs.
\V eleh Messer and their teen-age
daughter. Doris, at Upper Crabtree '
was burned to the ground by fire
which broke out about 9:45 last
night front a defective flue in an '
According to reports, the 'resi
dence. built by Mr. Messer's father
more than 50 years ago. was not ,
insured. The family was able to
save only a dinette set. cedar chest,
and hams from a smokehouse which
was also destroyed by the blaze.
The fire was discovered by a
member of hte family who opened
a closet door downstairs to find
hoi coals dropping through the
ceiling from the closet upstairs
v here the flames broke out.
Kire Chief Felix Stovall, of
WaynesviUe said that he and his
men answered a call from the
Messer's at 9:45 and made the
long run to the residence which is
approximately 11 miles from Wav
nesvillc and about two miles east
cf Crabtree-Iron Duff School.
Firemen were on the scene until
midnight Chief Stovall added.
Although the house was an old
one, it had been remodeled and was
equipped with modern fixtures and
furnishings It's value was esti- j
mated unofficially as between $8,
CUO and $tUX)0
One Crabtree resident asserted >
that less than 25 per cent of Hay
wood County's farm homes are in
sured against fire.
Bond Issue Of
A $500,000 issue of Haywood
County school building* bonds was
sold by the Local Government
Commission in Raleigh this week
at a 2.7455 per cent interest rate.
A syndicate bought the bonds
| which have an average maturity
of 14.52 years. The buyers were
R. C. Dickson & Co. of Raleigh
and Charlotte, Branch Banking &
Trust Co. of Wilson, J. Lee Peeler
& Co.. Inc. of Durham, Vance Se
curities Corp. of Greensboro, and
R. S, Hays & Co. of Durham.
The Wachovia Bank & Trust Co.
of Winston-Salem bought a $175.
000 Town of Rockingham water
hond issue at 2.7060 per cent in
terest. The issue has a 13.01 years
I average maturity.
Equitable Securities Corp. of
Nashville, Tenn., and Greensboro
bought a $65,000 Cleveland County
school bond issue at 1.9197 per
cent. It has an average maturity
Of seven years.
Boosters To Hear Of
"Finer Carolina" At
"A Finer Carolina'' will be the
topic discussed tonight as the
Hazclwoorl Boosters Club hold
their January dinner meeting at
the Presbyterian church, starting
at seven o'clock.
Roy S. Wright is in charge of
the program, and Julian Stepp.
district manager of Carolina Pow
er and Light Company will be the
Richard Barber is president of
COACHES AM) CO-CAPTAINS of the Waynes
ville Mountaineers, honored last night by the Jay
cees for their undefeated season and winning of
the Blue Ridge Conference championship were
(front r?w).eoarh,rs Carle ton E. Weatherby, Bill
Swift, and Brure Jaynrs. and co-raptalns Jimmy
Frady and Tom Cogdili.
Jimmy Frady Named 'Most Valuable';
I Mary Sue Morgan Is 'Mountaineer Queen'
Other pictures of banquet on
pages one, four and six of the
More than 250 persons throng
ed into the Hazelwood School
- cafeteria last night to attend the
Jayeees' banquet honoring the
1953 Blue Ridge Champion Way
nesville Mountaineers, their three
coaches, and the school's cheer-1
Among the many events present
ed were the awarding of a plaque
to Jimmy Frad.v. guard and co- j
captain, named by a vote of his
teammates as the squad's "most ;
valuable" player, and the intro-!
duction of Mary Sue Morgan as
the "Mountaineer Queen."
Trophies awarded included one
signifying the championship of <he
Blue Ridge Conference, presented
by Bud Treadway of the Asheville
j Army Store, and the Asheville
Times cup for the "Coach of the
I Year", presented to Coach Weath
I erby by A1 Geremonte, Times
I sports editor.
Varsity football letters were giv- j
Tom Cogdill, Jimmy Frady, Tom
my Nichols. J. W. Stevens, John
Calhoun. Harold McClure. Joe
Aldridge, Bill Grahl, Hoy Press
ley, Joe Sparks, Jack Swanger. [
Hay Rouser, Roy Callahan, Paul
Hightowor, Jimmy Grasty, Jimmy'
Gaddis, Dewey Gaddis. Dwane
J Roberson. George Mitchell. John
(See Jimmy Frady?Page 81
Sing Program For
Polio Campaign To
Be Held Sunday
I The annuel benefit polio sing
ing, will be held at the court
' house at two o'clock Sundav.
A large number of singers
from throughout the area will
participate, and another record
attendance is expected.
A silver offering will be taken
and all proceeds will be turned
over to the annual polio cam
Those in charge of the pro
gram include Rev. Kay Allen, W.
T. Queen, and Ray Parker.
Miss Sallie McCracken
In Thomasville Hospital;
An Orphanage Official
Miss Sallie McCracken, a native
of Haywood, and official of the
Baptist Orphanage in Thomasville
since 1896. is a patient at the Mem
orial Hospital, in Thomasville.
Reports from Thomasville are
that she had not been feeling well
for several days, and her physician
thought best that she enter the hos
pital for observation and treatment
of a condition which has affected
one side of her body.
"Miss Sallie" as she is known to
hundreds of people throughout the
state, will observe her birthday on
Mrs. C. H. Hinkley
New Town Clerk
Mrs. C. H. Hinkley has been
named town clerk by the board
of aldermen. Mrs. Ilinkley suc
ceeds Mrs. V 1). Harrison, who
resigned because of her health.
Mrs. Hinkley was assistant
Mrs. Donald Morrow has been
named as assistant clerk to assist
By Mrs. Bryson,
Mrs. W. Ratcliffe
The Smart Shop is the name of
the new firm, which is owned by
Mrs. Howell Bryson and Mrs. Will
Ratcliffe, and will operate on Main
Street. The two owners have pur
chased the firm formerly owned
and operated by Mrs. Dewey Hy
The new owners said they will
continue to carry a beautiful line
of ladies' dresses, blouses, acces
sories. coals and an array of gifts
The firm is at 10!) Main Street
and will feature many nationally
known brands of merchandise. I
For Weekend Disclosed
A weekend tax listing schedule
for a number of county communi
was released today by Mrs. Mildred
Hryson. tax collector and supervis
The schedule includes:
Jonathan Creek ? Cove Creek
Mill. Friday and Saturday.
Crabtree?Taft Ferguson Store.
Ivy Hill?Griswold's residence.
White Oak?Community House!
I East Fork?Foston's Store. Fri
Fines Creek ? (Panther Creek>
Election building at Panther Creek.
Cecil?Messer's Store, Saturday.
Center Pigeon?Burnctle's Store.
Iron DulT?Vance Jolley's resi
Other tax listers will be at their
Mrs. Bryson reported that tax
listing throughout the county is
proceeding well, and is half finish
ed in some communities.
Merchants To Hold Annual
Meeting On Monday Night
The annual election of officers
of the Merchants Association will
he held Monday night, 7:30, il was
announced today by Joe Cline,
Ballots containing the names ot
lfi nominees for a place on the
board of directors have been mail
ed members. The members have
until five o'clock Monday to return
their ballots to the Chamber of
Commerce office. From the list of
16 nominees, there will be five
elected. These five, together with
five directors who served this past
year will compose the board of
A nominating committee will
make a report at the meeting rela
tive to president, vice president
and treasurer. The secretary of the
Chamber of Commerce serves the
organization as secretary. The
nominating committee is: H P.
McCarroll, Bill Cobb and Harry
This year's officers include, be
sides Cline as president.; Francis
Massie. vice-president, and Frank
Moore, treasurer. Mrs. Marley Is
The ballots which were mailed
yesterd|ay contain the following
names: Charlie nalentine, A. I).
Harrison. Roy Parkman. Frank
Penland. Frank Underwood. H. P.
McCarroll. Spaldon Underwood,
John Smith. Kurt Clans. R I. Mc
Kittrick. Hye Sheptowltch. Paul
Martin. Horace flreen. Ernest Ed
wards, and Dave Falmet.
Mercury Goes 2 Below Zero I
On 2 Consecutive Mornings:
For two consecutive mornings,
the official thermometer tempera
lure slid down to two below zero
here, for the coldest weather in
The official weather observer at
the State Test Farm, said the read
ing was two below zero on Tuesdat
and Wednesday mornings.
This morning's reading was 14'a
The official snowfall of Monday
was registered at 3'a inches by the
Tuesday was the coldest day of
Ihe season, with the mercury fail
ing to get above the freezing point
From a low of two below, the high
est for Tuesday was 31. Wednesday
was better, with the mercury ris
ing from the two below of the early
morning to 40 during the day.
Along with the cold weather
came the usual number of inci
dents, such as stalled cars, frozen
pipes, and slick roads.
The cold weather snapped a high
tension wire in Hazelwood shorth
before midnight Tuesday, and in
falling, the wire burned out others
Workers were out until four o'clock
but got service restored by two
o'clock Wednesday morning.
Skaters were enjoying the two
inch coat of ice on the upper part
of Lake Junaluska The main part
of the Lake remains open. The
skaters were limited because of
the few pairs of ice skates in the
About ten o'clock, litis morning |
the predicted rain and sleet began.
Mrs. Thomas Stringfield. wife of
a prominent retired Waynesville
physician, died this morning in an
Ashevilel nursing home after a
Mrs. Stringfield was the former
Miss Mary Elizabeth Moore, daugh
ter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Syden
ham Moore of Birmingham, Ala.
She had lived in Waynesville since
her marriage (o Dr. Stringfield
December 26. 1905. She was a
of the First Methodist Church.
Mrs. Stringfield devoted her life
to her husband and children and
was known for her many kind
nesses to her neighbors and
Funeral services will be held at
the residence on Walnut Street
Friday afternoon at three o'clock
The Hev. Earl H. Brendall. pastor
o flhe First Methodist Church,
and the Rev. Edgar H. Goold, rec
tor of Grace Episcopal Church, will
Serving as pallbearers will be
i Dr. Thomas Stringfield. I)r. James
K Stringfield. Ben Sloan. Charles
McDarris, Charles Ray and Temple-i
Interment will be in Green Hill
J Mrs, Stringfield is survived by
her husbaryi. Dr. Stringfield; three
daughters. Mr*. John Allen of Bur
lington, Vt.( Mrs. Carl Hill of Row
land, Tenn., and Mrs Giydon Hat
ched of Portsmouth, Va.; one son,
Sydenham Stringfield: five grand
(hildren; and one sister, Mrs. Sydie
Ray of Waynesville.
Arrangements are under the di
rection of Crawford Funeral Home.
1IF. \I>S WORK of Retting an in- I
dustrial surve\ under way here
is VV. V. Bradley, chairman of the
Chamber of Commerce Industrial
The dime board will begin opera
tion Friday morning at 8 30 for
the first of right days this month,
us part of the campaign to raise
funds for the annual March of
Another dime hoard will be in
operation at Jfazelwood. according
to Led Weill, chairman of that
phase of the campaign.
Dive Felmet. general chairman,
srid that all chairmen of -various!
projects would get their campaign
under way next week, with this
area concentrating on the last two
weeks of .lanuary for raising funds
in litis chmmunity.
Similar activities are under way
in the Canton area, where Walter
Clark and Voder Clark are spear^
heading the campaign.
Ground Is Broken
For Canton Sc hool
Grou n d-breaking ceremonies
were held recently at the site of
the new junior high school in Can
Ion. being constructed near Canton
Shcool board members, superin
tendents. principals, lown ofTicials
and others participated in the
\\ illis Kirkpatrick. chairman of
the 'school board, moved the first
School Masters Club
Will Meet At Clyde
The School Masters (lub of Hay
wood County will hold its regular
six-weeks meeting Monday night at
Clyde School ?with F. F. Roper,
agriculture teacher at Clyde, in
charge of the program.
The principal speaker will be Mr
Holland, head of the dramatics de
partment at Mars Hill College. A
meal will be served by students
jn Mrs Margaret Davidson's home
economies classes at Clyde School.
Two-Way Radios Added To
More Town Departments
F.ngineers were today completing
i the work of Installing two-way
mobile police radios on the small
fire truck, and the truck of the
town electrical department.
This gives the town four motor
\ chicles with two-way police radio
plus the equipment in the head
quarters of the department.
Also being added to the police
department Is a walkie-talkie out
fit which the police can use when
away from their cor and on a chase
or working on a case.
G. C. Ferguson, town manager,
said the hoard of aldermen felt
the need of the additional equip
ment. "So often the fire truck an
swers a call and finds the need for
additional equipment and with a
ladio on the truck, the call can he
put right into the police station.
The same thing is true of the elec
trical department crewjs. Often
they are across town on a project
when an emergency arises, and the
us*1 of tlie police radio will enable
the off foe to, make contact immedi
ately.' Mr. Ferguson said.
The police have found the need
of a walkie-talkie system on num
erous occasions This is the only
piece of equipment that has not yet
The cost of the new equipment
was about $1,400. Mr. Ferguson ex
The police department now has
two cars equipped with mobile re
ceiving and sending radio sets.
Plan To Get
In Area Goal
The directors of the Chamber of
"emjnerce inauKurated their l!?.r)4
program by "going all out for new
At the first meeting of the year.
>n Tuesday night, the 25-mcmber
loard. with Johnny Johnson, presi
lent, presiding, voted an addition
il $500 to be put into the industrial
Fund, making it now about $1,300.
W. A. Bradley, chairman of the
industrial committee, announced
plans of a survey for complete
information for prospects of new
"We plan to begin immediately
making a complete study of the
area as to possible sites, labor sup
ply available, and everything an
industrialist would want to know
from the weather report for the
year tf> the cost of utilities, and
the purity of the water supply."
The directors assured Mr. Brad
ley they ft*t his plan "was a wise
move, and that he and the other
members of the industrial com
mittee?H. 1'. McCarroll and L.
N. Davis?would move with rapid
The industrial committee plan
to confer with state and regional
industrial leaders, and perhaps
get out a folder presenting all the
industrial facts about the area.
"We have already found that we
need the information a survey will
reveal," Mr. Bradley said, and "we
might find it better to put all the
facts in a folder, and have it so we
can present it to prospects."
President Johnson said tentative
plans are to begin the annual
membership drive at once. Paul
Davis was named chairman of the
The promotion and goodwill
commit! je, composed of Charles
Kay, Jonathan Woody and Paul
. Hyatt, announced through Mr; Ray
that they were ready to proceed
with their program for 1954
The advertising and publicity
committee, composed of W Curtis
Kuss. chairman and Hyp Shepto
witch and Kenneth Fry e, were
asked to investigate the wisdom of
additional highway signs one on
No. 276 and another in 19-A.
The prospects of having at least
three conventions coming to this
community between now and July
Fourth were reported by mem
bers. None are definite, hut all
practically assured, it was ex
plained. One convention would be
a group of professional men,
from three stales in this immedi
ate section; another would he
business men from four states, and
the third would be a group of a
bout 250 professional men and wo
men of North Carolina.
It was announced that the Jan
uary meeting of the Western
North Carolina Associated Com
munities would be held here this
month, and all sessions Would be
open to the board of directors.
(>() Pints Of Blood
Contributed In Canton
Sixty pints of blood wore con
tributed by Canton area residents
Wednesday to the Bloodmohile.
which made an emergency trip to
Canton in an attempt to meet the
critical shortage of blood in thi.
Fifteen who came to contribute
i blood were unable to give, hecau-e
they had made a donation in De
i cember. and a few others were ex
i eluded because of health reason
j One new member. Louis E.
'Gates, Sr., was added to the
Gallon Club, and Claude Hamp
ton gave his eighth pint, which
I makes htm eligible for the One
Gallon Club membership.
Mr and Mrs. Kurt Cans and
Linzie Hollifield. manager of Gan
Jewelers, are leaving Sunda* for
Atlanta to attend the Jewelry and
I Gift Show.
Killed . 0
(This Information com
piled from Records of
? State Highway Patrol.)