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? A-oc1ated PreSS \VAVNESV1LLE. N. C.. MONDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 19, 1954 iT^iTFTT ~ - D
,n AtJvaiice In Haywood and Jacka/in
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bard Buys Sims Property For Health Center
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h/a? MedfordAppointed County Tax Supervisor
itt- :' r ~
Hlord, Democratic nom
I collector, was named
Hthe unexpired term of
Hri Br.vson Hines, who
^?ective July 26th.
Hi gave her resignation
Hd of commissioners.
H she was resigning in
Bin her husband. Dr.
Hs. in Akron.
Hissioners accepted the
I and named Medford
Hicxpired term. Details
Bine "check-out" audit
Bleted by that time, the
Bias worked in that ca
B supervisor previously.
Bs is secretary-treasurer
Bood County Milk Pro
Bialion; member of ihe
? Phi. the Woman's Club
?join Dr. Hines. who is
B City Hospital. Akron.
Bs said: "I'm glad Mr.
? to succeed me?I rer- j
is appointment, and am
organ of Fairview was 1
sident of the Haywood
reford Breeders Asso
? iiitcutig letsi wueK at
ted were: J. T. Powell
vice president: and Roy
irs named for two years
[. F. Lancaster of Way
d Dr. J. L. Reeves of
lirectors for one year
arkins of Morning Star
P. Cline of Canton,
p also voted to have its
reford farm tour on
On that tour, the or
will again be the guests
ertson of Fairview com
> sponsored and several
be awarded. Complete
the event will be an
so decided to admit ali
the county who breed
using purebred Here
as active, non-payin l
Davis, assistant farm a
fned here today after I
* at N. C. State College, j
chool. he studied cours
nsion teaching methods |
ive information media. '
i Of County NCEA Unit
:s School Opening Date
to criticism concerning
23 opening of Haywood
ools, Perry Plemmons,
f the county unit of the
'lina Educational Asso
' last week that the date
mended by a teachers'
Passed at the close of
(hat the resolution was
an NCEA meeting and
tC(l by the county Board
?unny and sultry Mon
csday with widely scat- ]
noon and early night
by the State Test Farm
Mas. Min. Free. I
89 65 ?
85 67 ? |
85 62 .01 |
? 80 CO ?'
of Education. A similar resolu
tion was also passed by the Hay
wood County Schoolmasters Club,
Mr. Plcmmons said that the date
cf August 23 was selected in order
to get county students out of school
before the first of June. Because
of the fact that Haywood is strong
ly rural, he explained, students art
needed to work on farms.
The early date also was selected
so that the closing of school would
not be extended into June in the
pvnnf (hut vnmn HitiPflkP pnirli'inif
should occur during the school I
term, Mr. Plcmmons said.
He pointed out that county
schools must get in 180 school days
during the term, exclusive of holi
days. Because of the local pro
grams. especially at Canton. Labor
Day will be observed as a holiday,
Mr. Plemmons. who is principal
at Fines Creek School, asserted that
August 23 is oply one or two days
ahead of previous opienfng dates in
He also termed as "unnecessary,"
an editorial by The Mountaineer
last Thursday, criticizing the open
ing of county schools two weeks
before Labor Day.
BRYAN MEDFORD was named
Tax Collector today to fill the
unexpired term of Mrs. .Mildred
II. Hines. who resigned, to join
her husband in Akron.
From S. Kirsch
Announcement si being made
today that A. Edward Harnik, of
Hot Springs, Ark., had purchased
Esskay Gallieries on Main Street
Harnik owns and operates Ed
wards Galleries, Inc., in Hot
Springs. It is an institution 45
The sale of the firm was made
by Samuel Kirsch. owner of Es
skay Galleries. The announcement
said that sales would continue
twice daily?10:30 a.m. and 7:30
The second week of the July
term of court convened this morn
ins with a number of non-support
and other like cases claiming tlie
attention of the court this morn
ing. Judge Walter F,. Johnston, Jr.,
is presiding, and Solicitor Thad
D, Bryson, Jr., is the prosecutor.
Court is expected to continue !
throughout the week, as a large j
number of cases remain on the |
The board of commissioners in j
| session today, went on record '
j commending Judge Johnston for j
the manner in which he is expedit
1 ing the court, and for the large
number of cases cleared from the ;
Two murder cases took from last '
Wednesday morning, until live j
o'clock Saturday afternoon.
In addition to the two murder ,
cases, the court passed sentence
on the following:
Billy Brown, assault with a
deadly weapon, 6 months on the
Dolphus Treadway, larceny, 2 to
3 years in prison.
Fred Page, Jr., no operator's
Kaymond Sniper assault with a
deadly weapon. 12 months of work
i around the court house.
I Jurors for the second week are:
Aurelia Seaman of Beaverdam, |
John L. Huff of Waynesville, James
R. Plott, Jr. of Ivy Hill, O. A. Hol-j
combe of East Fork, Levi S. Mor
(See Court?Page 6)
Jury Acquits Joe Parks
In Slaying Of Leatherwood
Two Road Projects
Competed In June
Two road projects were com- '
pleted last month in Haywood
county, according to Harry 1
Buchanan, commissioner of the ,
14th Highway Division.
In Haywood, two county roads,
and their lengths, were regraded
to a 24-foot width and then |
paved, 14 feet wide, with traffic- ,
bound macadam: Walker Road,
0.6 mile: and Rich Cove exten
sion. 0.5 mile. NC 284 was |
strengthened for 2.5 miles from
In the district, a total of 26.00 |
miles of roads were completed.
Robert Massic returned last
night from Tyndall Air Force
Base. Florida where he has been
in training for the past four weeks
with the Air Force ROTC.
.loe A. Parks. Iron Duff farmer,
was acquitted of the murder of
VVoodrow Leatherwood on Decem
ber 8 by a jury late Saturday af
ternoon after deliberation of one
hour and 50 minutes.
The state had asked for a find
ing of second-degree murder.
Parks, aged 62. was charged
with the shooting of Leatherwood.
a crane operator at the Champion
Paper and Fibre plant at Canton,
near Parks' mill at the intersec
tion of Iron Duff road and Hill
Parks was on the stand in his
defense from 11:10 Friday morning
until 2:40 that afternoon.
He testified that Leatherwood
drove up to him and, after ex
changing a few words of greeting,
asked: "1 hear you have been talk
ing about me."
Parks said he denied the state
ment, but said that Leatherwood
became angry, started slapping on
the side of the car and threatened
to kill him and his son, R. L.
Parks "when I see him."
At that. Parks said, he fled to
wards his mill pleading: "Oh Lord,
please don't kill me." Entering
the building, he obtained a revolv
er. which he said he had been us
ing to kill rats. Leatherwood threw
rocks at him as he emerged, he
Parks claimed that he fired the
first shot low "to let him know I
had a gun." He admitted firing
only two others, although the
state contended that four were
One shot struck the left door
of Lcathcrwood's car, another
punctured the left front tire and
two struck Leatherwood.
Parks explained that "I thought
he aimed to kill me. 11 he had got
ten ahold of me, he would have
(See Parks?Page 6)
QUEEN of the VFW Festival is Barbara Jean lligiitower. 1?, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph llightowcr of Canton. The queen gradu
ated from Canton this spring.
(Photo for The Mountaineer bv Frances Deaton).
900 Young People
Coming To Lake
Fall Off Truck
Johnny Morgan. 18. the young- j
est member of the Clyde Fire De
, partment was hospitalized Thurs- j
j day night when he fell off the fire ;
'truck during a practice run on i
| the Cathey Cove road.
He suffered a broken right arm
| and numerous abrasions of the
1 face, hands, and knees. He was
taken to Haywood County Hos-'
pital and treated by Dr. J. L. i
Reeves of Canton.
Morgan blamed a cramp in his
arm for his fall off the truck. He
told other members of the fire de
partment that when he felt a
cramp in his left hand, he attempt
ed to grab a railing on the fire
truck with his right hand, but
missed the railing and caught hold
i of a fire hose, which unrolled. 1
throwing him off the truck.
Another fireman on the rear of
the truck, Dewey Mann, saw Mor
gan's plight and attempted to
grab him. but caught only his
shirt, which tore in two.
He was taken to the hospital by |
Fire Chief Larry Cagie and James '
Nearly 900 delegates from nine
southeastern states wil come here
Wednesday, July 21, for a Metho
dist Youth Convocation to run
through July 26.
The group will include 670 high |
school and college age boys and i
girls, and 210 church leaders and |
.idult workers with youth. They
will represent the 330.000 members |
of the Methodist Youth Fellow- j
ship in 12.000 churches in Ala
baba. Mississippi, Georgia. Flori
da. Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia,
North and South Carolina.
Also in attendance will be per
sons from Africa. India. ? Cuba,
Philippines and other countries.
The convocation is sponsored by
the Southeastern Jurisdiction as
a feature of Methodism's national
"youth emphasis" program. The
church is campaigning for 500,000
new youth members by 1956.
Bishop John Wesley Lord, Bos
ton, Mass., is chairman of the
churchwide youth emphasis. He
will be the daily keynote speaker,
giving four addresses on the convo
cation theme: "Christ Above AH."
Other platform speakers will in
clude Senator John Sparkman of
Alabama, the Rev. Murray Dick
son, iplnsionary to Bolivia; Jame
son Jones of Nashville. Vanderbilt
student and former president of
(See 900 Young People?Page 6)
Grand Jury Asks Study Be Made For
Setting Up Lower Court In County
The Grand Jury, in a report to
the court Thursday, made a recom
mendation "that a study be made
which will lead to the establish
ment of an inferior court of such
a tjpe as necessary to process all
cases involving misdemeanors.
The Orand Jury, through their
foreman Ernest B Metwer, said:
"We are not in a position to make
specific and concrete recommenda
tions as to the exact set-up that
will relieve this situation."
The Grand Jury in their report
pointed out the need of sev
eral repairs about the jail. One
of the recommendations was re-1
pair of the shower In the women's I
quarters which "we were informed
has been out of order for three
The complete report reads as
To His Honor Walter E. John
ston. Jr., Judge, Presiding and
holding the July Term 1954. Super
1 lof Court of Haywood County,
Wc, the Grand Jury, heroin sub
mit our findings in accordance
with His Honor's instructions. Wc
have carefully considered all bills
of indictment that have been pre
sented to us and in each case have
examined all neeessary, and in
(See Grand Jnry?Page ?>
1,025-Foot Tunnel On
Pigeon River Road Bored
I To Pigeon River
Road Is Started
j Work has been started on the
road in Fines Creek, at the
school, leading to the mouth of
Fines Creek, preparatory to
early spring paving.
The road will connect w ith the
Pigeon River Road which is now
F. L. Hutchinson, resident en
gineer, said that about 70,000
yards of excavating would be
necessary on the project.
The Gray Ladies reached their
goal of $600 for maintaining the
Blood Bank program in this county
for another year.
The group of volunteer women
operated two dime boards in the
community Friday and Saturday?
in Waynesville and Hazelwood ?
and raised the quota of for
the cost of operating the Blood
Bank and keeping this community
a parly of the program.
Mrs. Felix Stovall. chairman of
the Gray Ladies, said: "we arc
uwpi,r cippicviauvf ui iiU' Lu^pnus 1
of the public to the appeal. While
the project means a lot of hard
work for us, it is nothing as com
pared with the relief of human
suffering and prolonging life."
The Gray Ladies made two pub
lice contacts besides the dime
hoards ? one group visited the
courtroom, and Judge Johnston,
from the bench, told of the merits
of the blood bank, and permitted
the ladies to pass collection boxes
among the court group.
About the same time. Mrs. Sto
vall and Jonathan Woody went to
the Waynesville Art Gallery and
raised an additional $60 from the
Several weeks ago, it appeared
that the community would be with
out the services of the bloodbank
unless $600 was raised to meet the
travel expenses of the bloodmo
bile into the area. The Gray Lad
ies realizing the importance of the
Illood Bank, set out to keep the
program going, by agreeing to raise
the money. And this was their
goal, which was accomplished.
The Bloodroobile unit will be
here late in August.
Total Of $125
Jimmy Ensloy, 23. of Clyde, was
lined a total of $125. given a sus
pended 90-day jail centence for one
year, and his driver's license re
voked for one year on four sepa
rate traffic violations charged by
Police Judge Larry Cagle at Clyde
Ensley was charged by the Slate'
Highway Patrol with driving drunk,
speeding, reckless driving, and
destroying private property. He
was cited last Tuesday night after
his car knocked down six boxwood
trees in the yard of Mrs. Ncal Carr
and then overturned twice in the
yard of Thomas M. Bonner.
About 2 30 last Friday, a blast j
j of dynamite opened a hole on the i
I upper end of the 1,025-foot tun-]
nel on the Pigeon River Road,
which meant the project has been
Several of the tunnel workmen
i crawled through the hole, for the
honor of being the first through
The work ol boring the tunnel i
through all rock in the mountain, j
and at a 2'sj per cent grade, and a I
five degree curve, began last fall. |
No one has been injured on the j
project, and according to F. L. '
Hutchinson, resident engineer, j
the contractor has used extreme
precaution for the protection of
Engineer Hutchinson said that
about two more days will be neces
j sary to coinplet^- the tunnel, and
; remove the remainder of the rock,
i and fix up the archway.
The tunnel is 24 feet high from
i the floor to the ceiling, and 34
j Several weeks will be required
for smoothing up and finishing
the floor of the tunnel, it was ex
Engineer Hutchinson said that
the 6,4-mile project, costing about
$1,400 (KM), is 85 percent complet
i ed. The link, first of the Pigeon
River Road, begins at the North
i Carolina-Tennessee line, near Wal
' ters Power Plant.
"The contractor has thn^e
shovels on the project now, and
is making progress in eating into
the rock and dirt along the road
way." Engineer Hutchinson said.
An acre of ground on Highway
19-A and 23?the L. E. Sims prop
erty?was ordered b\ the board of
commissioners today to be bought
for the County Health Center.
The site, where the horse show
was held last year, faces 150 feet
on the highway and extends back
This was one of seven sites look
ed over in the county by the
special committee composed of
North Carolina Medical Care rep
resentatives, the board of Commis
sioners and Health Department.
The purchase price was $3,500.
Chairman C. C. Francis said that
the property was valued at $5,500,
and that Mr. Sims made a con
cession of $2,000 because of the
nature of the project. Had it been
a commercial project, the site
would have cost $5,500, the chair
man pointed out.
The board took action about
noon today on the matter, and
hopes are that construction can
get underway at an early date on
the $00,000 building. The building
will be financed by the county
| 130 per cent) and by state and
federal agencies (70 per cent).
Jarvis Allison, commissioner,
made the motion, it was seconded
| by Frank M. Davis, and as the
i second was made, Chairman
i Francis declared, "The vote is.
i The commissioners voted to ap
! propriate funds for the health
, center several weeks after a mass
! meeting in the spring to deter
' mine sentiments of county resi
dents on the matter. At that time
j the project was approved by vir
I tually all spokesmen of civic
? groups at the meeting.
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Annual Community Tours
Begin In County Tuesday
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Eight To State
4-H Club Week
Eight Haywood County 4-H Club
members-?six boys and two girls
?are in Katcigh this week at
tending State 4-H Club Week at
Representing the county as a
four-man livestock judging team
are Neal Kelly of Bethel, Jack W.
Felmet of Katcliffc Cove, Edwin
Bryson of Crabtroe-Iron Duff, and
Verlin Edwards of Maggie.
Other boys are Billy Best of Up
per Crabtree, a talent contest en
trant. and Bernard Ferguson of
j Fines Creek, tfcS9 state 4-H tobac
Girls are Frances Emma Yates
! of Iron Duff, representating the
1 county as senior winner in the re
cent dress revue, and Gail Mc
| dure of Saunook.
Tuesday will mark the first of
the annual Community tours here
in Haywood. The schedule, starl
ing Tuesday with Francis Cove go
ing to Iron Duff, will continue un
til Saturday, Sept. 4th.
Activities will include Softball
! games-, both boys and girls; grout)
| singing, quartettes, solos and trios;
I horse shoe pitching, men, women,
j and boys and girls under 16.
; Guessing games for everyone;
softball throw, for all groups,
chocolate pie eating contest, with
two contestants per community.
For boys and girls under 10. a
bubble gum blowing contest, no
limit as to number of contestants,
and a blindfold contest, limited to
two contestants per communitv
The complete schedule of com
munity tours are as follows:
July 20, Tuesday?Francis Cove
at Iron Dulf.
July 21, Wednesday ? South
Clyde at Morning Star.
August 2, Monday ? 'Thicket
(See Annual Tours?Page 6)
Reservations Fall Short,
Farm Tour Is Cancelled
Haywood county's annual farm
tour has been cancelled, according
10 County Agent Wayne L. Frank
lin. because only 25 reservations
were received by noon Saturday,
set previously as the deadline.
The minimum necessary to make
the tour was 85?representing two
busloads of people.
Till' tour was scheduled lo pass
through Georgia and Florida and
would have left here this weekend.
A majority of persons on last year's
tour through the Midwest voted
this year to \i;it 6eorgia and i
This year's tour, if taken, would
have bepn the county's 12th annual
one. In the past, only World War
11 forced its cancellation.
Asked to explain why, the tour
was not supported. Mr. Frankltti!
?aid that as far as he could deter-1
mine "people are afraid of the
weather" In the two Southern
He had announced earlier, how
ever. that both the buses and room
accommodations were to have been
Actually temperatures In the
Southern states have been below
those in the Midwest through which
last year's tour passed. The high
in that region has been 120 at Fort
Mr. Franklin and assistant agent
Joe K. Davis spent Several days
earlier this year in touring the
proposed route and making ar
rangements for the tour.
The county agent declined com
ment on whether the tour will bo
resumed next year.
Killed .... 1
' (This Information com
piled from Records of
State Highway Patrol.)