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" ?~ ?n^Adv,,,crf^y-w^--,r^ .
-inference of tourist estab
t operators in 10 Western
Carolina counties Wednes
?j,t and travel experts
bat the operators follow up
fS extensive advertising
! |,.v taking steps to keep
here longer and to bring
Kk in other years,
e conference held on the
of Western Carolina Col
etter accommodations and
i improved customer-man
; relations were suggested
i a harvest of tourist dol
meeting Wednesday will be
d up later by local training
i for employees of tourist
shments, according to O. A.
of the Western North Caro
ighlanders. Inc., one of the
ring groups at the confer
of the major speakers was
I'hitaker, manager of the
tourist Bureau, who said:
te your guest to the moun
eel that he is a very impor
trson?which he is, because
ipending dollars with you?
uwill reap a harvest of tour
lars a hundred times fold
he spends with you." Whit
idreds of thousands of dol
t spent annually by the State
th Carolina and individual
shments in Western North
1a. such as the Asheville
ler of Commerce, the Chero
stoncal Association and Fon
illage. to draw tourists into
wintains. but unless the in
il operators of the tourist in
s do a selling job on the
hese hundreds of thousands
lars in out-of-state advertis
(See Tourist?Page 8)
first three months of 1954
produced the heaviest rain
the Waynesville area in the
ix years, it was disclosed to
? Misj Bernice Harrell, sec
and records clerk at the
ain Experiment Station,
heavy rains the last sev
lays brought the total for
to 6.96 inches. The figure
fcruary was 2.12 inches, and
nuary 9 07 inches ? a total
15 inches for the first three
nner-up" to this figure wras
?* three months of 1952.
the precipitation total was
inches. Last year, the rain
Kaled 12.90 inches during
T. February, and March,
year's average at the test
has been 46.33 inches, and
irst three-months average
inches. Miss Harrell report
THS Class Of #54
1 Be Saluted Sunday
I last in i. scries of programs.
It to the Class of '54." will i
fcented by students of Way-1
ft High School over station i
I from 2 30 until 3 p m. j
I previous weeks, students 1
I Bethel, Crabtree-Iron Duft,
ICrtsk. Canton, Reynolds.
p have presented similar
l?s- honoring their graduat
IWaynesville high school
l*st will ire In the form of
P and spoken tributes to
Pior class, and to the vari
pPartments at Waynesville
?School. Laurie Hannah will
I master of ceremonies, and
r0* the studnet partici
| pants. Jimmy Frady, president of
the senior class, will tell the his
tory of the graduating class, fol
lowed by a musical tribute to the
seniors. "Through The Years," a
solo by Carol Webb.
Tributes to various school de
partments will follow, and among
those paying the tributes will be
Eileen Gerringer, Linda Welch,
Tom Cogdill. Barbara Fortner,
Carol Ech.elbarger, Jack Swanger,
Gladys Underwood, Kyleen Camp
bell. Henry Wilson and Doris Ann
Muse will sing solos, with Barbara
Jean Davis as accompanist.
The entire group will take part
in a sketch depicting a typical day
at Waynesville High, and will sing
f ,n() roM today with possl
F' "*t tonight. Slowly rls
J1*1 temperature aa reported
I v'?te Test Farm',
f Max. Min. Free.
|2 m 34 ?
I f ? 74 58 ?
I31 72 51 1 38
Balsam Folks Pitch In
To Build New Postoffice
Balsam's post office was burned
to the ground by fire the morning
of March 22nd.
So you probably couldn't have
blamed the residents of the area
too much if they had sat around
for awhile bemoaning their fate.
However, instead of complain
ing. the Balsam folks decided to
do something about their loss and
began work on a new post office
building four days after the blaze
George Knight, proprietor of a
general store near the old post
ofice. donated a piece of property
and some concrete blocks and
ahout 25 or 30 neighbors pitchend
in to build a 24-by-24 foot struc
ture. If the weatherman will co
operate. It will he completed with
in a week or two.
Mr. Knight praised the Balsam
"I've never seen such spirit;
i everybody wants to contribute."
So it looks like Postmaster Louis
Fnsley will he bark in business be
NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS of District 3 of the State Federa
tion of Home Demonstration Clubs were congratulated by the
state president, Mrs. Charles Graham of Davidson County (left)
yesterday during a district meeting at the First Methodist Church
and Camp Schaub. District officers are Mrs. Mack Rogers of lien
derson County, presdent; Mrs, W. I). Ketner of Haywood County,
first vice president; Mrs. Robert Gillespie of Henderson County,
secretary .and Mrs. E. H. Maekey of Transylvania County, his
torian. Absent when this picture was taken were Mrs. Joe Norman
of llaywood County, treasurer. (Mountaineer Photo).
From Pack 3
Cub Scout awards were present
ed to 14 members of Pack 3 of
Waynesville and Hazelwood by
Cubmaster Virgil Smith at a meet
ing Tuesday night at the First
Awards made were:
Den 1 iMrs. Boyd Owen, den
mother)?Bill Owen. Wolf; Doug
Worsham. Wolf; Freddy Whisen
hunt. Bear; Steve Milner, Bear;
and Mike Berry, Bobcat.
Den 2 (Mrs. Woody Lee and Mrs.
Chester LaFountaine. den moth
ers??Jimmy Lee, arrow points for
55 electives; Chester LaFountaine,
arrow points for 35 electives.
Den 3 (Mrs. Dick Border, den
mother) ? Jimmy Medford. Wolf
and one arrow point, and Jimmy
Smith. Wolf and one arrowpoint.
Den 5 (Mrs. Leo Buckner, den
mother)?Bill Cobb: Wolf: Bobby
Buckner, Wolf; Jimmy Woodard.
Wolf; Tony Hardwick. Bobcat and;
Wolf, and Larry Leatherwood.
Thomas Speed. Boy Scout dis
trict counselor, attended the meet
ing to present the pack's Cub Scout
charter and registration cards to
the cubmaster. assistant cubmaster.
and den mothers.
A display of handicrafts made |
by pack members also was featured
at the meeting, which was attend
ed by about 100 Cub Scouts and i
Cubmaster Smith asked that
boys wishing to join the Cub
Scouts contact him at his office in
the Masonic Temple or at his
Glcnna Kay Harris, age 5, young
est child of Mr. and Mrs. M. G. 1
Harris, of Retreat near Canton,
received first and second degree
burns over most of her back Tues
day afternoon when playing with
matches in the yard of her home.
Wind caused the pre-sehool i
girl s clothing to catch fire. The j
mother rushed to her aid smoth
ered the flames. Mrs. Harris was
superficially burned on the hands.
Glenna Fay received first aid
| treatment from Dr. Heyward
Smith at Haywood County Hospit
al but was able to be taken home
again. Dr. Smith states that she
is progressing nicely and will
probably need no hospitalization.
The new federal excise tax bill
"ill provide savings to all Hay
wood county telephone subscribers
in bills dated on or after April 1,
f . T. McCuiston. local manager of
the Southern Bell Telephone Com
pany, said today.
I he new law reduces federal ex
cise tax rates on telephone service
to ten per cent. The lower tax
rates, however, will not apply to
any balance due from a previous
1 he old rates, set by Congress
during World War II. were 25 per
cent on long distance calls of 25
cents or more and 15 per cent on
local telephone service and long
distance calls of less than 25 cents
The reduction means a 60 per cent
decrease in the tax rate on most
long distance calls and a 33 1/c
per cent cut in the tax rate on local
service and on long distance calls
of less than 25 cents.
For example, Mr. McCuiston
pointed out, a residence subscriber
paying $4 a month for local service
and $2 for long distance calls has
been paying under the old rates
$1.10 extra on federal excise taxes.
Unedr the new tax rates, he will
save 50 cents a month or $6 a year.
A small business concern, Mr.
McCuiston continued, making $100
worth of long distance calls a
month has been paying $25 federal
tax each month on long distance
calls Of this $300-a-year tax bill,
that firm will save $180. It also
will save 1/3 of its tax bill on local
In 1953 Southern Bell customers
In the nine states served by the
company, paid $71,168,342 in fed
(See Excise Tax?Page 8)
400 Home Club Members
Hear State President
Charlotte Do Not
Have Street Taxes
There are two towns in North
Carolina that do not have street
assessments. One of them is
Waynesville. The other, Char
That information was learned
by G. C. Ferguson, town man
ager as he attended the City
Manager's Conference of the
State in Greensboro recently.
Under the plan used here,
four miles of streets were paved
last year. Most of it was done
through use of the Powell Rill
Just what paving will he done
this year has not been determin
ed, Mr. Ferguson said.
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey R Whitaker
of Waynesville announce the birth
of a daughter. Jane Leigh, on Tues
day, March 23, at Memorial Mis
sion Hospital. Ashevllle.
Mrs. Charles Graham, president
of the North Carolina Federation
ot Home Demonstration Clubs, ad
dressed some 400 club women fron.
Transylvania, Henderson and Hay
wood counties at the annual spring
meeting of District 3 here Wednes
Mrs, Graham told the home
demonstration club members. "You
are important in your home, you
are important in your club, in your
community, in whatever capacity
i you find yourself it is ours to
J take the lead." she said, "to take
advantage of the opportunity and
privilege ot being hbitic demonstra
The morning session was held at
the First Methodist Church and
luncheon and the afternoon session
: were at Camp Schaub, Miss Mary
| Cornwcll. Haywood County Home
I Agent, planned the meeting with
I Haywood's clubs.
I Featured on the day's program
! were the home demonstration wom
en. themselves leaders who had
! attended the Seventh Triennial
Conference of the Associated Coun
ty Women of the World in Toronto,
the National Home Demonstration
Council Meeting in Boston. and
(See llomp Clubs?Page 8>
Along Political Fronts
Cecil McKnight of Crabtree, a j
veteran of six years service in the
Army during and after World War
II, has announced his candidacy i
for constable of Crabtree Town- j
Mr. McKnight, w ho has resided j
in Haywood County for six years,
will start work for the Allison
Construction Co. in April. Last
year he worked for the state on
highway construction projects.
He is married to the former
Susie Ferguson of Crabtree. They
have two children.
Democrats To Charlotte
Haywood will be well represent
cd al the Democratic Rally In
Charlotte Friday, when Adlai
Stevenson, is scheduled to make
the address of the occasion.
About eight or ten from Hay
wood are slated to attend the
Brown Seeking Post
In Fines Creek
John A. Brown of Fines Creek
announced his candidacy lor con
stable of Fines Creek Township
Mr. Brown, a native of Haywood
County, is engaged in farming
and periodically works in sa^v
mills in the Fines Creek area.
Ife is married and has five chil
WB< 2^ 4 ? y ?
AUDI T THAT TIME U thr trout ftxhlnc *ra?on
In thr mountain utrranu of thU arra. Tbr above
uill br typical of what will br >ern on arorrn of
* IHSBkAu Wl ^ ^ "m. .
Mrfann Monday when the 1954 fishing season
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House In A Si
42 In Retail Sales
llaywood rounty ranks 42nd in 1
the state in retail sales, accord- 1
ing to a statement recently pub- '
lUlied in the University of North v
Carolina News Letter.
The tabulation shows sales in
llayuood for the period from
July 1, 1952 to June 30. 1953 as
,$21 K11,000. This is a per capita
sales average of $579.60. The J
state total was $3,060,632,000. ,
with a per capita sales average
Mecklenburg led the state,
with Camden in last place. Bun
combe was 10th, Cherokee 13,
Henderson 19. Transylvania 65.
Jackson 69, Macon 74, Swain 77.
Is Bound Over
To Superior Court*
Alvin C. Mansfield, an escaped
nnvict who was captured by High
way Patrolman Harold Dayton last
weekend after a 90-mile-an-hour
base on the highway, was bound
iver to the July term of Superior
'ourt this morning after a hearing
before Justice of the Peace J. J.
He Is being held in the county
jail without bond on charges of:
Auto larceny, speeding, reckless
driving, failure to stop for an of
ficer's siren, and driving after his
licence wag revoked. J
Mansfield was finally overhaul
ed bv Dayton after a Chase that
covered 16 miles.
Scout Troop 18
Boy Scout Troop It. sponsored I
by the Waynesville Kiwanis Club.,
will bold a reorganizational meet-!
ing at 7 p.m. Friday in its new
Scout Hut in City Park, between
Eas1 and Howell streets, according
to Scoutmaster Andy Moody.
All boys 12 years of age or old
er who desire to become Boy
Scouts have been urged to attend
John C. Klopp is chairman of the
Kiwanis' Boy Scout committee.
Dies In Asheville
Funeral services were held Tues
day in the chapel of Dunn and
Williams Funeral Home, Ashe
ville for Theodore P. Mitchell, 82,
formerly of Waynesville, who died
Sunday in an Asheville nursing
The Rev. J. B. Crice officiated
and burial was in Green Hill
Pallhearrse wre T. G. Moseley,
John B. Parker, H. W. Brooks,
Charles D. Parker. Sr., J. ?. Ca
hill, and George B. Costun.
Mr. Mitchell was a retired sales
man. He had resided in Asheville
for a number of years.
Surviving are two sisters. Mrs.
Nannie M. Smathers and Miss
Minnie Mitchell; and a nephew,
William E. Smathers, all of Ashe
> To Build J
Laymen and the pastor from .
he Hazel wood Seventh-Day Ad
'entist church are joining this
veekend with over 100 other lay- i
nen from churches throughout ,
he Carolina Conference at a spot
lear Fletcher. N. C. to build a
louse in one day for a family, in ,
vhich the lather has been strick
>n with cancer.
In answer to an appeal that has
leen sent the churches in the
Carolina Conference from head
iuarters in Charlotte, carpenters,
plumbers, electricians, and paint
is from churches in North and
South Carolina are uniting to con
struct this home tor J. A. Neff as
ail act or good will.
Nefft who is a lafthful member
ol the church, was diagnosed by
doctors four months ago to have
a malignancy for which they give
no hope. He has a wife and three
children, two girls Kuth Ann 15,
Hose Mary 12, and one boy -
Johnny 8 Both parents- and chil
dren are anxious to live where the
ehildi en can attend a christian
school The two girls plan later
to train as nurses.
A lot was recently obtained one
mile south of Mountain Sanitarium i
and Hospital, Fletcher, on the |
Howard (Jap road in order that '
these desires might be realized.
Mountain Sanitarium provides
christian education facilities and
offers nurses training.
However, because of the many
doctor bills the past few months.
Neff is unable to provide a home
for his family. The Skyline Dorcas
Federation,, under the leadership
of Mrs. A. A. Pearson, wife of one
of the ? ttoi . ,t M ?uuiaiu gaol
?ortuni.eJeiif tv> work and with the
help of the local societies making
, up the federation, secured the nec
essary materials t o build the
The conference has alerted its
church mrnbers to be on hand this
weekend and some 125 men are
expected to bo ready to start work
on the house by 7 30 that morn
ing. M. B. Klliston, Conference
Dorcas and Good Will leader.
Charlotte, said. Food will be pro
vided all workers by the ladies of
the Skyline Federation. Plans are
to move the Neff family Into the
completed home that night
W. C. Russ Attending
Press Photo Course
W.Curtis Buss, edlttor of The
Mountaineer, is attending the
Southern Short Course in Press!
Photography at Chapel llill. Spe
cialists from national publications
are teaching the courses.
Others from Haywood attending
include Jimmy Deaton, and Frank
Miller, of Champion Paper and
Fibre Company, members of The
Sinclair Oil Dealers
Meet At Spa 1 don's
Sinclair Oil C'o. dealers in West
ern North Carolina met Tuesday
at Spaldon's Restaurant for a
sales and promotional conference,
with the Allison and Duncan Co. of
W'aynesville acting as host
following their meeting here,
the leaders Went on to Sylva for a
demonstration of lubrication
methods for newer model cars.
Load Of Calls
The switchover to complete in
ter-county telephone dialing at 10
o'clock last night went off smooth
ly, but telephone facilities today
were strained as Haywood resi
dents took advantage of the drop
ping of toll charges to call their
friends and relatives in another ex
C. T. McCuiston. county manager
for Southern Bell Telephone, said
that "We are experiencing extreme
busy conditions?which we expect
to subside within a few days when
the novelty wears off."
No complaints have been receiv
ed by the telephone office regard
ing the new service, Mr. McCuis
ton said, adding: "People realize
that the lines will be kept busy for
The first official call made be
tween Canton and Waynesville
came when J. Bruce Morford. pres
ident of the Canton-Bethel-Clyde
Chamber of Commerce, called
John Johnson, president of the
luska Chamber last night.
With the changeover. Haywood
County became the first county in
Western North Carolina served by
Southern Bell to have complete
Inter-county toll-free dialing serv
The new service has been hailed
i as a major step toward binding the
(See Telephone?Page 8)
Red Cross Below
The Red Cross drive has been
extended one week at the request
of three key divisions-?industry,
residential and rural, it was an
nounced Monday hy E A. William
son and Miss Louise Ballard, co
chairmen of the fund campaign.
Only SI.800 of the $5,000 goal .
has been handed in so far, Wil
liamson said. although this repre
sents in most cases almost 100 per
i cent of goals set up for those di
visions which have completed their
share of the drive.
The colored population of Way
nesville and lla/.elwood made a
record, showing under the chair
manship of Mrs. Elsie Osborne with
| contributions totaling $83.00. This
is more than 150 per cent of their
The business and professional
collections are complete and made
"good showings" according to Wil
liamson. although final reports are
<Ser Red Cross?Page 8>
22 Burley Marketing
Cards Not Turned In
Thirty-two Haywood county
farmers still have not turned in
their tobacco marketing cards and
Ihus have not received their allot
iments for 1954. it was announced
today by A. W, Ferguson, county
The allotments will be cancelled
unless the marketing cards are
turned in in the near future, Mr.
Harrell Named President
Of New Toastmasters Club'
Clifford Harrell was elected
president of the newly formed
Waynesvillo Toastmasters Club at
a meeting Monday night at the
Other officers named were:
Joe Jack Atkins, vice president:
Joe Tate, Jr.. secretary-treasurer;
end Steve Cassell. sergeant-at-arms
Jerry Rogers was named chair
man of the program committee,
which also includes A1 Hunt and
Pay Ellis. The membership com
mittee Is made up of Homer Jus
tice, Ftgy Pleiness and John Nes
IJick Bradley and Tom Passmore
were selected to work with Mr.
Cassell In selecting a permanent
The organization, established ;
with the aim of giving its members
practice in the art of public speak
ing. will meet at 7 p m. on the
second and fourth Mondays of each
month. The group is sponsored
by the Canton Tnastmasters Club
The Waynesville club now num
bers 15 members; the limit is 30, as
set by Tostmasters International.
The next meeting will be at The
Maples on Walnut St.
Killed .... 0
(Thin information com
piled from Record* of
State Highway Patrol.)