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Izz* 1HE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
?he Mountaineer I gPecun?t.
I ? Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park q q
B~YEAK NO. 39 It PAGES * Associated Press ~ WAYNESVILLE, nTc^ MONDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 17, 195I ~ $3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Countto
B QUEEN Joyce Morgan, majorette and
Hrader at Kethel High School, smiles ju?t
facing crowned by Tliad Kure. ramp spokes
Ipid North Carolina secretary of state (sec
und from right) Other convention officials were
A. W. "Fats" Parker (left) and Fred Ferguson,
fccord Crowd At
Ith Ramp Meet
(Sep Picture?Page 3)
By W. C. MEDFORD
Mountaineer Feature Writer
Under ideal weather conditions
the 25th annual (Silver Anniver
sary! Haywood Ramp Convention
was held at Camp Hope Sunday.
Although a large attendance was
expected, the number this year
went heyond predictions, there be
irg 10,201 persons in attendance by
actual count made at the entrance
Members of the State Highway
Patrol estimated the cars at 300.
Alt the parking spaces at the camp
were filled by noon and by 2
o'clock the highway near the camp
entrance was lined for more than
a mile with cars.
Out-of-state cars were from
Alaska. Massachusetts. South Caro
lina. Tennessee and other states
A two-car group of former Hay
woodites. now living in the State
of Washington, were en route to
the convention, but the party was
delayed by rains or road conditions
somewhere in Missouri and failed
! to get here. A telegram of re
grets from the group was read at
the convention, stating that they
would arrive Tuesday.
The dews around Camp Hope in
the Cruso section were "still on
the roses"?and everything when
those in charge of arrangements,
cocks and others began to arrive.
By 10:30 a.m. several hundred peo
ple were on the grounds, and soon
the program had started off in full
The program this year, which was
sponsored in part by the Haywood
Post V.F.W., was perhaps the best
the convention has ever put on
from the standpoint of variety and
excellence. It consisted mostly of
string bands with vocal accompane
ment. also clog and square dancing
by teams from various sections, as
Ed Story and his Melody Moun- !
taineers from WISE, Asheville;
Rile Cathey and his Pigeon River
Ramblers; Bill McElrath and Fid
dling Marcus Martin of Swannanoa;
Taft Crawford with his Blue Ridge
Rifters from Canton; the Sexton;
Family. Del Rio, Tennessee; Water
ville String Band; Bethel High
School Band: Sam Queen's Square
Dancers; Geraldine and Joan '
Mat his. dancing sisters (6 and 7
years old! from Cosby. Tennessee;
| and 5-year-old Susan Marie Pick
ens. singing. Canton.
Secretary of State, Thad Eure,
the convention's annual speaker,
(Sec Ramp?Page 8)
[ louder" will not be used
?ywood county court room
modern public address
has been installed, and
whisper from the witness
n be heard in all parts of
I grand jury reports have
d that officials investigate
iosal and install a public
system Several judges
0 mad:' the suggestion,
nit has two microphones
the judges' bench, and the
II front of the witness
the system has been in
t(' have had much favor
nments." c. C. Francis,
1 of the hoard said.
isley at home
8 Islev, director of the
lusic Department, return
i Sunday from an Ashe
pital. where he underwent
t for pulled muscles in
Garden crops in Haywood Coun
ty apparently have been the harcL
est hit by the cold weather of the
past two weeks. Major crops, how
ever, such as tobacco and corn,
j have not been damaged apprcci
Tom Alexander of Crabtree said
that tomatoes had been the worst
1 hit of his crops. Hay and Alfalfa
i also wore affected, with the pos
i sibility that some alfalfa may not
bloom, he asserted.
Mr. Alexander disclosed that his
| strawberries survived the cold
! spell without harm.
The most noticeable effect of
i the weather, he added, that the
grass stopped growing for a week.
K C. Francis of Ratcliffe Cove
said that some tobacco plants,
beans, potatoes, and tomatoes suf
j fered damage, but termed the ef
j feet "not too bad."
His corn should come on out.
he said, and some of his beans arc
? to be replanted.
Other county farmers were not
concerned about the cold weather,
pointing out that their crops had
not been affected "except for a
; few beans." Their tobacco was not
| damaged, they added.
[ All agreed that the rain Thurs
I day and Friday helped the situa
| tion considerably.
Another of the county's major
crops ? apples ?' apparently
escaped the heavy damage caused
by frost last year in April.
R. V. Leatherwood
Robert Vance Leatherwood. 76.
of VVaynesville, a retired lumber
man. died Saturday in the hospital
here after a brief illness.
He was the son of the late Wil
liam Harrison and Clara Hayes
l eatherwood of Haywood County. -
He was a member of Long's
Chapel Methodist Church at Lake
Junaluska and a former Haywood
County school teacher.
He had been active in recent
years In politics and Woodmen of
the World. His first wile was Mary
Reeves Leatherwood who died in
Surviving are the second wife.
Mrs. Grace Allman Leatherwood;
six daughters. Mrs. Helen Gallienne
and Mrs. Sarah Hamrick of Can
ton, Mrs. Grace Rutledge of At
lanta. Ga.. Mrs. Mary Harrison' of
Waynesvillc. Mrs. Catherine Pen
nington of Knoxville, Tenn , and
(See I/calherwood-r-Page 8)
Lions To Begin Broom
Sale Thursday Night
Lions nearo trip niny niampy
family in a musical program Thurs
day night, and then completed
plans for selling 200 dozen brooms
In the annual broom sale. The
benefit sale begins Thursday night,
and continues through Saturday.
The money derived from the
! nrooms win oe used for continuing
the work of the club with the blind.
Clifford Harrell, chairman of the
convention committee, and Cpl.
I'rltchard Smith, chairman of the
safety committee, are in charge of
ccnduding (he house-to-house sale
of brooms, as well as street sales.
?Mdiness and warm today.
Partly cloudy and not so
1 Waynesville temperature
W by the State Test Farm:
Ma*. Min. Pree.
63 48 .581
51 47 .86!
58 46 ?
jstSale . . .
|hin a few hours after
toall want ad appeared
he Mountaineer, the
ILE?Seinlor Heater, 60,000
'irculatinn tan, oil burner.
41 tank Used 14 months,
half price. See F. G
g*?t Ray s. M 13
he Want Ads of The
toineer ? so efficient,
I)r. Kelley Bennett Tells Kotariuns
Area Must Fight
iFor Equal Share
Natl. Park Funds
"We have been promised every
thing and given nothing." Dr. Kel
ly Bennett, chairman of the N. C.
Park Commission, told Hotarians
here Friday, as he discussed the
"deplorable condition of the Park".
"The Park situation today is
anything but beautiful." he began
"The roads and trails built by
the state, and given to the Nation
al Park Services are rotting down,
and they are doing nothing about
them. We have got to fight?every
one must tight?not by letters or
petitions, but personally, and
through pointed editorials in news
papers, and letters to editors We
'must git our feelings back to
Dr. Bennett ridiculed what he
called the present administra
tion's "false economy program".
He continued, "they are letting
things ruin, and without realizing
it is going to cost more in the
He told of appearing before the
budget commission seeking funds,
and was given just three minutes
He presented 36 large pictures to
illustrate his points that bridges,
trails and roads were in a sad
state of affairs. The officials lis
tined. and said they were sorry,
hut no financial help could be giv
"Then the director of the budget
turned as he started to leave, and
told me that if the North Carolina
side of the Park burned, that funds
could be made available to restore
the bridges and trails."
Dr. Bennett said, "that is their
He said the Park was not getting
the proportionate share of Nation
al Park funds.
"But we can't find out what is!
(See Park?Page 8)
Travel In Pisgah
During Early May
At New High Peak
"Travel in Piseah National
Forest resembled mid-season,"
District Ranger Ted Seely told
The Mountaineer this week.
"Travel in May?until it turn
ed cold?*as just like the middle
of the summer. The first Sun
day of May was one of our
heaviest days. Every available
spot was filled with people on
a picnic," the ranger said.
"We still get the most of our
visitors from upper South Caro
lina. Those people seem to de
light in a weekend in Pisgah,"
(See Picture?Page Hi
Weapons, equipment and train
ing facilities used by Tank Com
pany, 120th Infantry Regiment
Waynesville's National Guard unit,
were shown to 400 visitors at an
open house Saturday afternoon at
the Armory in observance of Arm
ed Forces Day.
Outside the armory, were the
company s three M4A3 medium
j tanks?one ftf which was opened to
I the public's inspection.
Inside the armory, weapons and
j eouipment were displayed in the
drill hall, supply room, day room
and orderly room.
On exhabition were a telescope,
periscope, quadrant, binoculars,
switchboard, field telephone, set of
signal flags, mountain cookset, ob
servation scope, pistols, carbines,
45-caliber submachine guns, 30
calib^r air-cooled machine guns
1 light i, 50-caliber machine guns. 3.5
mm. rocket launcher i bazooka i and
the 2 36 launcher, aiming circle,
model terrain table of foam rubber.
75 mm. shells, overhead projector,
2' 2-ton trucks, model compass,
working models of the carbine and
30-calibor machine guns, map read
ing aids, and other training equip
Visitors to the armory were wel
comed by C'apt. Sam A. Carswell,
company commander. Other offi
cers and non-commissioned offi
cers were on duty to guide guests
East Waynesville School
Plans Reading Contests
Two reading contests for sixth
grade pupils, one for boys and one
for girls, will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday at East Waynesville
School, according to Principal
Boys entered are Bobby Clark
and Ronnie Gribble.
Girls entered are Jane Smathers,
Phyllis Leopard. Sally Balcntine,
Jean Fowler, Mary Ellen Schuler
and JJeth Chambers.
At noon today it appeared that
a record crowd of officials would
j be here for the Municipal League
District meeting, which begins at
Officials from Western North
Carolina towns will gather at the
city hall here, and after a two
hour session, lead by League Offi- j
Cials. the visitors will go 'to JThe
Lodge for dinner, as guests of
About fifty officials are expected
to come here for the session.
Mayor J. H. Way will make the
official address of welcome, and
all Waynesville town officials will :
act as hosts to the visitors.
The Western Region includes the
1 Andrews, Robbinsville. Bryson
City, Franklin, Highlands, Cash
iers, Sylva, Hazelwood. Clyde
Murphy, Canton. Rosman. Brevard.
I Hot Springs, Marshall. Mars Hill, |
Weaverville, Biltmore Forest.
Burnsville, Black Mountain. Hen
dersonville, Saluda, Hayesville,
Dillsboro, Waynesville and Lurel
Ferguson Heads Haywood
Democratic Executive Group
CONGRATULATIONS says Charles B. McCrary, right, as he
turns over the chairmanship of the llaywood rounty Democratic
executive committee to Trunk Ferguson, left, Waynesville attor
ney. Ferguson was elected by the 29-member executive commit
tee Saturday afternoon following the county convention at the
court house. (Mountaineer Photo),
Waynesville Will Be Host
To District Rotary Meet
For Big Season
The auditorium at Lake Juna
lliska is getting a thorough house
cleaning Large air compressors
were utilized in cleansing the high
ceiling and network of steel of
Besides the cleansing, same ad
ditional units are being added to
the public address system in the
Waynesville and community
will be host to about 400 Rotarians
early in October, as the 2H0th Dis
trict Conference is held here.
The exact date will be determin
ed soon, said M R. Williamson,
past district governor, who, with
Dave Kelmet, Issued the invitation
for the rnnfronec to come here.
The group met last tall in Asho
ville, with about 400 attending the
banquet of the two-day meeting.
The 2H0th district embraces all
of the Pidmont and mountain area
of North Carolina, and the upper
part of South Carolina.
Mayor Of Dutch Town
Visiting In Waynesville
-? ? ? '? 1 - ?
Dead In Korea
Sergeant Arnold L. Morgan, 39.
son of Mrs. Wesley Harbin and the |
late Mr. Hufus Morgan of Canton,
reported missing in action in Korea j
Jan. 3. 1951, has been declared dead '
by the Defense Department.
Sgt. Morgan entered the service
in 1941 and had been stationed in
Korea for more than a year when
he was first reported missing.
The body was identified, accord
ing to a message received by bis !
mother from the Defense Depart
ment, in the vicinity of Chong
The bodyWill be returned to the i
United States for funeral services
(see future?Pane 3)
By BOB CONWAY
Mountaineer Staff Writer
Although the rainfall In Hay*
vii od County has been on the heavy
side in recent weeks. County farm- j
ers might be a little slow to com
plain if they could talk to someone
whose land was completely under
water for eight months!
Such a catastrophe befell farm
ers in Holland last year when ;
M ean waters swept over the dikes |
in February and were not brhught
under control until September. I
During that time. 1.800 Dutch peo
ple lost their lives and 50,000
houses were damaged or destroyed.
The sufferings of his people dur
ing the world's worst flood were j
related to us In The Mountaineer i
office last week h.v the burgomaster
(mayor i of a Dutch town of 1,800
inhabitants Bene J. H. Q. Roell
of Haamstede, Holland, who is now
visiting Mrs. J. Newton Dunn of
Haamsted is on the island of
Schouwen Duiveland in the pro
vince of Zeeland in the southwest
ern corner of The Netherlands.
When floodwaters engulfed the is
land. 800 persons were drowned
and another 200 are still missing
A total of $00,000 acres of land
were submerged and it is predicted
by agriculture experts that It will
he seven years before crops can
again he grown on this soil.
During this Hood last year,
thousands of dollars were raised
by Americans for the relief of vic
tims in Holland To express his
people's thanks for this aid from
I he t S. Burgomaster ltoell came
la this country at his own e'xpense
lo say "thank you."
Mr Roell. along with his attrac
livc, dark-haired wife, Maria, land
ed in the L S. on April 19 After
i few days in New York City, they
nihil to Kingston. N Y? a city with
many residents of Dutch ancestry,
alio contributed heavily to Dutch
They have also visited in Phlla
Irlphla and Washington. D. C.
When they leave here on Wed
nesday, they will go to Atlanta.
Sew Orleans. Kerrville. Texas;
"olorado. where a brother of Mrs.
(See Dutch Mayor? Page 3)
Will Be Elected.
Haywood Democrats in their
county convention Saturday heard
a challenging keynote address by
W Ci. Hyers, as he predicted the
election "of a Democratic Congress
in November, "because the Ameri
can people want to clean up this
McCarthy mess - - - it is below the
dignity of the Senate ? i would
stop the investigations."
The convention passed the only
resolution of the day on the pass
ing of Senator Hoey.
A group of delegates were nam
ed to the state convention to he
held in Italeigh, May 20th, and as
the convention adjourned, the 29
member executive committee went
ir.to session and named Frank Fer
guson. Waynesvilte attorney, as
chairman of the committee, suc
ceeding Charles B. McCrary who
had previously announced he had
served long enough-two terms.
Mrs. Mary Robinson, Canton,
was named vice chairman, and
Mrs. Fred Y. Campbell, secretary.
McCrary in opening the conven
tion, said he had worked for the
liest interest of the party, and
made a plea for unity, as he pledg
ed his unqualified support of the
Rev. .James W. Fowler, Jr., gave
the invocation, and following the
reading of the resolution by Ben
Sloan, relative to Senator lloey,
the convention stood in silent tri
bute to his memory.
, All candidates were recognized,
ami then B.vers was named per
The keynoter traced the Demo
cratic history in the state and na
tion, after commending the high
quality of government given by the
commissioners and all other coun
ty officials. He pointed out the
progress of North Carolina under
Democratic leadership for half a
century, and then turned to point
out that the United Nations today
is "but the idea as formulated in
the mind of Woodrow Wilson when
he tried to unite the world with
the League of Nations."
"The Democratic party always
remembers the forgotten man." he
said, as he told of the achieve
ments of the party during the
The speaker hit at the present
administration for not carrying
out their promises, and rated Sen
ator McCarthy as the strongest Re
publican in Washington. Bycrs
pointed out the big drop in farm
prices, and the general increase in
The keynoter went on to predict
the election of Stevenson in 1956
by an overwhelming majority.
The convention named the fol
lowing to the State Convention:
Tom Leatherwood. W. G. Hyors,
Grover Davis. Charles B. McCrary,
Sam Kelley. F. E. Alley, Jr.. Jack
West, John Grasty, I.oranzo Smath- ?
Charles C. Fr_ncis. W. Curtis
Russ, Henry Clayton. William Med
ford, J. H. Howell. Jr.. I.awson Me
haffey, Glenn Brown. Joe Palmer,
Willard Moody, Charles Beali,
Mrs. Fred Campbel. R. N. Johnson,
Joe Tate, Jr., Mrs. Smiley Carver,
Mrs. Ruth Kelley, James W. Fowl
er, Jr., Bill Swift.
Hub Caldwell, Hugh Leather
wood, James W. Killian, John
Carver. Hooper Alexander, Mrs.
Quay Medford. Jarvis Caldwell,
Frank Ferguson, Bruce Brown,
Floyd Miller, Floyd Woody, Bob
Francis, Mrs Edith Alley, Roy
Plott. Henry Gaddy and J. B. Siler.
The resolution as passed, read
"The citisenship of Haywood
(See Democrats?Page 8)
Killed .. ? I 0
(Thta information Ma
piled from Records of
State Highway Patrol.)
HEADING TIIE LIST of Haywood County's rrt
rran school trarhrri la I red NafTord. principal and
much at Crabtrcc-lron Duff School, who has
brrn tear hint for 37 year* since traduatinc with
,'W i ^
honors from Duke I nlvcisity. Mr Is pirturrd
here t.ilkint with Superintendent of Schools
i Mountaineer Photo).