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fel The Waynesville Mountaineer eit
B ~D Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrant Of Th r ? c a. w OU' b*4"* dUa?re"W'.
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? * WAYNESVILLE. N. C? THURSDAY AKTEKNOON, FEB. 11. 1?;,? ~S2Tl a l~ Z ~~Q
. ?, $3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Countiei
4- 1 "
County Wide Industrial Labor Survey Begins
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Wciynesville Fire Losses Set New Low Record
fire losses for 1953
t in many years, a
eeords has just re- <
?emen answered 50
iwn, and the total
15. Of this total,
ounted for in two
of Gaither Thomp
loss of $3,000 and
storage house was
i loss. Other losses
burning flues, and
s and heaters,
answered 12 calls
, and the losses for
s amounted to $83.
n these losses was
Trailways bus on
i, Burgin's Dairy,
and a barn,
of the alarms sent
13 were for fires
6 at merchantile
I grass and brush
? cars or machinery.
heavy month for
). while June and
ded only one each,
. _ 1
:ord is believed to
lowest fire loss in
town witfc a valua
a half millions,
is fire chief; Ben
. and the drivers
ierald and James
department has 20
Williamson, a Way
senior, has been rec
ntnea^B bv the district commit
interview with the
^Bie University of North
one of the John Mot
^^Head Foundation scholar
^B\ras interviewed a week
? district committee, after
^ftn approved by the coun
? Co to Chapel Hill early
^^^Hor the interview with the
Ai>out IK Morehead
are awarded eat h year.
M^Blucd at about $1,250 per
?*s Leg Late
j^^^KYcil Conard. 0. of
^^^Bered the loss of his left
p in Wednesday when
f fcflBeneath the wheels of a
Railway freight train
MEMBERS OF THE 'GALCON CU B' (persons who have contrib
uted a Kallon of blood to the Red Cross Bloodmobile) met at the
llazclwood Presbyterian Church when the Bloodmobile set up
operations there Wednesday afternoon. Receiving a "Gallon Club"
? mm " ?
pin from Mrs. B. E. Colkitt of Balsam Road u Joe Boone of
Waynesville. Ilavtnc a cup of coffee are Mrs. Violet Moore of East
St., Waynesville; Jerry Rogers of Hazelwood, and Have Hyatt of
Walnut St., Waynesville.
The scheduled two weeks of a
mixed term of Superior Court ad
journed early Wednesday, with
Judge Hoyle Sink, presiding
The jury was dismissed shortly
before noon Tuesday, after Solic
itor Thad D. Bryson, Jr. announc
ed the continuation of the case of j
llolace Sutton, charged with the '
death of Elsmer Ball, in January.
Solicitor Bryson had said on
Monday that the case would be
called Tuesday morning, hut an
nounced Tuesday that he needed
additional time to check on some
vidence. The case of Joe Parks."
charged with the death of Wood
row Leatherwood. in Iron Duff,
last November, was also continued
until the July term of court.
Judge Sink is slated to come
back here in May for a term of
Several motions were heard by
Judge Sink Wednesday morning
just before court adjourned.
Twenty-five defendants forfeit
ed S3.050 in cash bonds, according
to the records of J. B. Siler. clerk
of court This money goes into the
(See Court?Page 8)
Apparently there were no wit
nesses to the accident, but Police
Chief Hoy Stephens of Hazelwood
: said that the boy probably tried to
hop a ride on the train. He had
been playing near the tracks with
several other boys before the train
passed through Hazelwood.
Crewmen of the train were not
even aware of the mishap and did
not learn what happened until their
arrival at Asheville. The train was '
en route to Asheville from Bryson
Bobby Cecil, the son of Mrs.
\orvella Conard of Hichland St.,
I Hazelwood, was treated by Dr.
Stuart Roberson and first taken
to Haywood County Hospital. and
later to Mission Hospital in Ashe
Chief Stephens accompanied the
boy and Dr Roberson to the hos
pital. His condition has been re
ported as "fair."
22-Light Whiteway Along
Main Street Is Completed
Pardon us. but there is an
other bright spot in town ?
?the new, all time record of
< ireulation of The Mountaineer.
Today's issue sets an all-time
high for the number of paid sub
The circulation list has been
steadily growing through the
. To those scores of new sub
scribers who have recently
started taking the paper, the
publishers want to welcome you
to the group of some 4,500 fami
lies of readers. *
In Savings Bonds
Haywood citizens invested over
$109,213 in U. S. Savings Bonds
during January, according to an |
official report just made by the
The state had a total of $4,819.
870 during the month, which put
Haywood far ahead of the average
for the state.
J E. Massie is county chairman
for the sale of bonds. The totals
included the sale of both E and H
It does not take a professional
economist to realize that things
are brighter ? at night ? along
Waynesville's Main Street.
Shortly before seven Tuesdaj
night, the modern mercury-vapor
lighted whiteway was turned on,
and made the entire six-block long
street resemble early twilight.
The 22 specially designed lights,
on steeJ poles, are served by a
single strand wire atop of the
Today members of the electrical
department were removing the old
type bulb street lights, and wiring
According to Walter Mehaffey,
superintendent of the light depart
ment. plans are to remove all re
maining wooden poles sometime
next week. He and his crew must
stop to read meters for several
Mehaffey said fhat just as soon '
as the weather was warm enough
the present rd steel poles would
be painted battleship grey.
Some motorists have found that
the mercury-vapor lights make the
color of motor vehicles take on a
different hue. One owner of a red
truck was reported to have "lost"
his truck after the lights came on
the first night. He passed what he
thought was a brown truck several
times looking for his red one.
Mr. Ferguson said the engineers
i guaranteed that a newspaper could
be read at any spot on Main Street
with the lights turned on. The test
was made Tuesday night, and their
appraisal o' 'he system was cor
I The project cost about $15,000
Construction Of New Store
For Dixie Starts Monday
A new Dixie Home Store will be
built on the old Garrett property,
hounded by Haywood. Miller and
Montgomery Streets, former site
of the Massie Funeral Home. The
homestead wa* torn down a few
Construction will start Monday
on the large super-market building
to be surrounded by large areas of
paved parking snace. The con
tract was let by R. H Longstreet
and Associates, architects, at the
,)ixie Home Store home ofTices in
Greenville. S. C.
The Dillard Construction Com
pany of Sylva won the contract and
expects to complete construction
in aobut 90 days.
The property, which is about 180
feet square, is registered in the
name of Calvin Houghland of Nash
ville. Tc*n Owners are renting
both the land ahd building to the
Dixie Home Stores.
Credit For Only
86 Pints Blood
Eighty-six pints of blood were !
donated when the Red Cross
Bloodniohile visited Hazelwood
Wednesday. Most donations were
made by employees, especially wo
men. of Wellco Shoe Corp.
The amount of blood taken in
was 3!) pints under the day's quota
of 123. Some fifteen people who
offered blood had to be refused
because of previous illnesses like
malaria. jaundice, etc. Haywood
County Hospital has announced
that people in this community use i
metre than 700 pints of Red Cross
blood a year.
Rudolph Cat-swell and Johnnie
Edwards, co-chairman of the local
blood program for the1 Red Cross,
issued this joint statement:
"Perhaps the many hundreds of
others in this community who
either cannot or will not give blood
can at least contribute to the Red
Cross fund campaign which begins
March 1. it would be their way ol
showing appreciation of the fact
that free live-saving blood is avail
able to them at all times in our
Haywood County Hospital Their
gift of either blood or money is
like an insurance policy?the peo
ple of Haywood are the beneficiar
Group Meets Monday
The Democratic executive com'
mittee will meet Monday to nomi
nate three members for the coun
ty board of elections. The nomina
tions wilt be sent to the State
Democratic Executive committee
for approval and recommendation
to the State Board of Elections
Bank's 'Walkup Window'
To Operate Until 4 P.M.
The First National Rank of.
Waynesville will "extend" its
hanking hours from 1 until 4 p ni
dally I except Wednesday* with
the installation of a "walkup win
dow" on the corner of the build
ing at Main and Depot streets.
Rank President Jonathan H.
Woody said that the equipment Is
being installed to accommodate
the public in facilitating its bank
; ing and also to eliminate a dan
gerous spot where several people
have fallen. Two women have
broken their arms in tumbles
\ . ?
Mr. Woody added that the walk
up window was designed hy the
architectural firm, Six Associates
of Ashevtlle. and is being installed
tiy the Diebold Safe Co.
When completed, the unit will
be the onlv one of Its kind wesl
of Charlotte. One of its main feat
urea will be the utilization of but
Mr. Woody explained that th<
walkup window will not be opei
during regular banking hours, bit
only from 1 until 4 p. m.
Early Indications Point
To Interesting Political
Campaign Here This Spring
McCrary To Get
Charles B. .MrOrarv will soon
be sporting a bif llrnairralir tie.
lie is to get the tie with the
Democratic emblem because he
as chairman n? the Haywood
Democrats, met the uuota for
the Jefferson-Jaekson Day din
ner?seven tickets at $50 each.
McCrary says he plans to
pass it Ground among the 28
members of the county execu
tive committee to wear.
Twenty-five Haywood County
men were sent to Knoxvllle this
week for Induction into the armed
duress, according to an announce
pieht by Way Mease, chairman of
the county selective service hoard
Melvin McDonald Khinchart of
Bethel. J. T Hall of Cove Creek.
Thomas Albert Caldwell of Mag
gie. James Wilson Shipman of
l.ake Logan. John Lewis Saunders
of Allen's Creek, David Lewis
l'resnell of Cove Creek. Billy Joe
Wells of Canton. Lowery Odell
Ferguson, Jr. of Crabtree, Louis
Fdwin Gates, Jr. of Canton. James
Boy Moody of Dellwood. Thomas
William Alexander, Jr. of Cata
loochee. Fred B. Calhoun. Jr, of
Waynesville, J M Crawford of
Waynesville, James Carroll Bur
gess. Richard Camden Smilh of
Waynesville. Charles Caldwell. Jr.
of Dellwood. Robert Lloyd Mills
of Waynesville; Claude E Greene
of Hazclwood. Perry James Cald
well of Waterville. Bobby Thomas
1'arton of Jonathan Creek. James
David Mitchell of Waynesville,
Franklin D. Rich of Maggie. Hobby
Francis Rogers of Fines Creek,
Carroll Virgil Medford of Beaver
dam. and Carl William Ward of
The draft board also sent 23
other men for pre-induetion phy
Tourist Group To
Publish Big New
Booklet In Spring
The deadline for participating
in the 1954 Tourist Booklet is Feb
ruary 15th, according to L. F. Dc
1 Vous, president of the Haywood
I County Highlanders.
Mr. DeVous said that there
would be 15,000 copies of the new
booklet published and distributed
throughout the eastern seaboard
Several major changes are plan
ned for this new booklet, includ
ing a map of the immediate area
and showing the location of every
participating member "This, w?
feel, will be of particular benefit
to the visitors and of materia
I value to the members," he said.
By W ri-RTIS RUSS
Editor The Mountaineer
The subject of politic* is already
becoming one of the main topics j
of conversation And rightly so.'
because 1954 is a big election year
in Haywood with ten county olfi->
ics to fill, besides some district
state and township offices.
The campaign looms as an ex
citing one for some races, while
others are taking it lor granteld
that there will he little or no op
position for some offices.
There is a possibility that the
commissioners race might bring
forth the most candidates Several
have been mentioned as possible
candidates, for both members of
1 he board and chairman
Many potential candidates have
been sending out "feelers" and test
ing out their possibilities against
the sounding board of public senti
ment Of course every would-be
candidate will not follow through
and tile for the office with which
his name Is often linked There are
others who have already reached
it decision but are waiting until
they formally life for the office
to make their formal announce
Haywood will take more than
usual interest in the race for U.
S. Senate. Although there are
three candidates already out for the
post, it is -easy to see that Hay
wood voters will talk and discuss
hut two -former Governor Scott
and Senator Alton Lennon.
For Congress there is likely to
be just one candidate. Representa
tive George \ Shuford He has
already filed and is seeking re
election With Richard Queen, a
local man. hi* secretary, and Shu
ford's interest jrt Haywood, it is
easy to see right now that he will
get a big vote here in May.
The action of tlit* Democrats hi
deciding to continue the plan of
alternating' every other lerm w ith
Henderson in naming the State
Senator, means that the nominee
will come from Haywood this May.
Two names are being linked with
that post, but neither have made a
formal statement Often the rumor
mill gives out wrong names at this
(See Polities?Page H)
HARRY ROBINSON SHOWS
Harry 'Blue Robinson, who has
been in ? critical condition since
undergoing surgery al Mercy Hos
pital in Charlotte# last week, was
| reported to be showing slight im
< hamber of C ommerce indux.ria?
;rSr:,in,^ ??r1 ,o
tk V market here
The information i, vital in i?
plants a" n<'U or "Landed fl
1 I'U|K according In w Bradlev ^
chariman of the committee " ^
Ten thousand blanks are being
listiibuted throughout Haywood in
order to get information from every
Person who would be available for
an industrial job.
h.:Th,is 'h/ ,lrst <hing we must
have, said Mr Bradley ax he point
ed to a letter from a firm who was
nterested in establishing a plant
.n this area. The first question in
the letter was "h?w much skilled
and unskilled labor is available?"
Mr. Bradley said that a broad
uuess could be made, but that in
dustrialists that are out to spend
thousands upon thousands of dol
lars do not go upon "guesses" for
tnelr answers. They must have the
acts, and that is ihc reason for
The blanks are being distributed
through the Community Develop
ment officers, through the schools
>n Wayncsvilie. Clyde, Ha/.elwood
and Canton. Other blanks can be
secured at the Chamber of Com
merce. Employment Office. County
Agent s Office, or Farmers Coope
rative on Depot Street.
A rouv of the blank is being
published on page one of the
second section of today's paper,
and this blank can be used. The
same consideration will he given
(See Survey?Page 81
Roger Walker was elected presi
dent of the Waynesville- Little
hea( re at the group's organiza
tional meeting at the courthouse
I Wednesday night.
Also chosen were Walter Baer
mann executive vice president;
Miss Jackie Sue Messer. secretary;
Mrs ( arrle Hannah, treasurer; and
Boh Conway, public relations di
After a discussion of the orga
nization's aims. Mr Walker named
a six-member committee to draw
up temporary by-laws and a con- '
stitulion and and consider nomi
nees for the board of directors
Appointed to the committee were
Ray f'lelness. chairman: Charles
Underwood. Mrs Fred Campbell.
Mrs; J. H Smathers. dr.. and Mrs.
Joe Liner. This committee will
meet tonight at the home of Mrs.
Smathers on Fairview Road at 7
P m. The next general meeting of
!he Little Thealre group will be
March 3 at the court house.
Annual Membership Drive
Starts For Local C. of C.
Over 300 letters and statements
are being mailrd 1oda>* In poten
tial Chamber of Commerce mem
bers for the new year. The letter
explains the budget of $9,440 (For
the organization, and the member
ship dues at $24 each Some firms
are being allocated one member
ship. and others up to ten
The big end of the 1954 budget
this year will be for the industrial
' committee, with $3,000 allocated
for this project.
The next largest item Is $2,930
! for the secretary's salary, and $900
; for public ity and advertisiftg. and
$730 for additional new highway
Office supplies, pamphlets are
set at $500. with a miscellaneous
! item of another $500. The janitor
service is $200. with telephone.
$150, banquet $100. and lights and
Johnny Johnson, president, an
nounced that Paul Davis was in
charge of the finance program of
the organization, and was anxious
to get the membership back as
soon as iwssiblo.
President Johnson named an
agriculture committee, composed ol
i H. M Dulin, C. G Thompson
i Wayne Kranklin. and Richard
Barber. The banquet committee l?
headed by Dr. Bovd Owen, assisted
by Clayton Walker and A. P. Led
Tire direetors on Tuesday night
heard various reports from several
committees, which caused Presi
dent Johnson to comment: "It ap
pears that some constructive work
is under way. and that we have
some committees that are going
right to work on their 1954 pro
Is this afternoon, turning
th possible snow flurries
Friday, rloudy and colder
?d by the State Test Farm.
Max. Mln. Prec.
45 14 ?
61 35 ?
" " -
Killed ... i 0
(ThU Information com
piled from Record* of
State Highway Patrol.)