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NES\ ILLh, N. THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 29, 1954 77^71 ?
* " Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
1)0-Acre Soco Gap Development Under Way
A new 800-acre summer residence
area ? at an average elevation of
more than 4.000 feet?is now be
ing developed on Soco Gap by the
Davey Tree Expert Company of
When fully developed, the moun
tain-top area will provide summer
dwellings for approximately 1,000
people. In addition to 263 private
residences planned, a number of
business buildings are also to be
constructed?including a motel,
service station, craft shop and res
Hugh Birkner, vice president of
the Ohio firm, told The Mountain
eer by long-distance telephone
Tuesday that surveyors Will start
staking off building sites in the
near future. Construction of busi
ness buildings will get under way
either this fall or in the spring,
Residential sites, Mr. Birkner ex
plained, will average from approxi
mately three-quarters of an acre to
15 acres?many at elevations from
4.200 to 4,400 feet. These parcels
will be sold both in Ohio and by
agents in Western North Carolina.
Homes built on this land will
have "exquisite views of the Smoky
Mountains," he asserted.
Work on the Davey property on
Soco Gap has been going on for
about a year, Mr. Birkner said .
including grading on the ground
where the business buildings are to
I be constructed and the laying out
of an access road. Additional miles
of roads will connect residences
when the area Is completed
J. R. Morgan of Waynesville. at
torney fbr the Davey Company, dis
closed that the business building
portion of the development will
have a frontage of about 630 feet
along the south side of the high
way, approximately 1.000 feet west
of Soco Gap. The land is bounded
on the east by the Blue Ridge
Parkway and on the west by the
Qualla Indian Reservation.
Mr. Morgan explained that the
land was purchased by James G.
D.yvey in the early 1920's. Later
when the Parkway was built, some
1.400 acres were taken over by the
National Park Service by right of
eminent domain, the attorney ad
A strip of land on the north side
of the highway has been conveyed
by the Davey firm to the Ferguson
and Deitz Company of Sylva.
Architect for the Davey interests
is R. A. Wilhelm of Gatlinburg.
By Sylva Firm
Harry Ferguson of the Ferguson
and Dictz Company of Sylva told
The Mountaineer this morning
that his firm's plans for developing
a strip of land on the north side
ot the highway just west of Soto
Gap have not been completed, but
disclosed that a 20 to 25-unit motet;
service station, and craft shop prols
ahly will be constructed on the
Building is expected to start
next spring, he added. Some grad
ing has already been done on the
The property is bounded by the
Oualla Indian Reservation and the
Blue Ridge Parkway.
Dewey McRay has returned
home after spending a week in El
Paso, Texas, with Cprporal and '
Mrs. Hugh B. Hall, Jr. He also
visited various places of interest
in Mexico and New Mexico.
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%>st Offices Show Big Gains Over Last Year
Knesville Business Up
Hazel wood 16 Pet.
at the Waynesville
for the first six months
showed an increase of
Hent over the first six
I last year, according to
' from Postmaster Enos
tary gain is $2,092.82.
R^^Kt six months in 1954
I gross business of $34,
^^^?compared with $32,178.
first six months of 1953.
^^^?ter Boyd said the in
due to a general in
[^^^K>usiness. and that every
^^?t reflected a proportion
for the first half of
-^^^Htmaster also pointed out
^^^?trs were mailing more
season than last: "This
^?or a larger sale of two- j
K)s. and reflects in out- ,
volume," he said.
^fe54 visitor is writing
using more two-cent
far than last year," he
a^^^Kiness done by the post
considered one of the
t biBiess barometers in the
The Hazelwood post ofTiee shows
a gain of 16 per cent in business
for the first six months of this year
over the same period of last year,
according to a report this morn
ing of Postmaster Thurman Smith.
The Hazelwood office, a first
class office, had a net gain of $4.
629.81 for the six month period
over 1953. The total receipts for
January to June of this year
amounted to $34,219.49, as com
pared with $29,589.68 for the same
months last year.
The gain was general in every
department, the postmaster point
The total money orders issued
the first six months of this year
were about $14,000 above the same
period of 1953. the report shows.
This year money orders totaled
$100,290.90. while last year's first
six months amounted to $86,173.90.
Indications are that this gain in
gross business at the Hazelwood
ofTice is greater than any in West
ern North Carolina.
hrjee Accidents Reported;
Jar Overturns Atop Soco
Three accidents have been in
vestigated by the State Highway
Patrol in the last two days. None
| resulted in serious injuries.
One collision on U. S. 10 near
the Gale Haven Motor Court at
4:50 p. m. Wednesday involved a
1954 Chevrolet driven by Howard
Allen Peters, Jr., of Mechanics
burg, 111., and a 1954 Ford station
wagon driven by Mrs. Hazel Kuth
Linton of Route 2, Abernathy,
State Patrolman Harold Dayton
reported that the accident occur
red when Mrs. Linton's vehicle
struck the rear of the Peters car
as the latter slowed down in a line
Damage to the Chevrolet was
estimated at $75. and to the Ford
At 6 p.m. yesterday, Gerald
Jackson Stepp of Route 2, Canton,
driving two miles north of the
Salvation Army Mission at Max
Patch, lost control of his 1941
Buick, which ran off the pave
ment and struck several large sap
lings. Damage was estimated at
The investigation of this acei- j
dent is being continued by Patrol- 1
man Dayton and Sheriff Fred Y. i
An Asheville man, Clarence
Newell Gilbert 45. escaped serious
(See 3 Wrecks?Page 6)
Work To Start
Next Week On
Construction of a "whiteway"
system on the new four-lane high
way at Clyde will start next week,
it was reported today by commit
teemen of the town's "Finer Caro
The lighting system will be made
up of 14 lights stretching through
the town along the new roadway.
Equipment and materials are be
ing contributed by the Carolina
Power and Light Co., sponsors of
the "Finer Carolina" program. The
lights will be mounted on poles al
ready being used to support elec
"Islands" in the new highway at
Clyde were completed this week
* driving in Hazel
d do well to keep an
signs designating the
Police Roy Stephens
irning today that those
p the speed laws would
elves in police court,
ve worked out plans
ing speeders, and we
10 enforce the laws and
ors into court."
rning. Chief Stephens
tie only warning that
nty Men I
issiflcations for 74 Hay-|
ity men were announced
by Selective Service
at the courthouse. They
A (available for induc
a Belles James; Herman
is; James Thomas Nel
es Gorden Reagan; Don
(e Fowler; Eddie Lee
cuce Doyle Smith: Jim
rd Denton; James A.
William Eugene Main
?s K. Sanford; Michael
Richard Radford Guy;
'bertson Taliaferro; Har
?C (inducted) ? Robert
Medford; Shufford Gar
si J. C. Smith; Roy Wil
ord; David Bobby Revis;
lart Grasty; William How
ck; Ray Johnson; John
lay; David Edwin Terrill;
?C (enlisted)?James Wil
phill; David Weaver Mil
??ain Francis Crawford:
Draft Board?Page 6)
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ally lair and quite warm
>1 Wajmesville temperature
piled by the State Test
Max. Min. Pr.
85 59 .12
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Plans Made For $100,000 Lake Youth Center
? Picture, Pa'- 1, sec. 2)
Bv O. B. CANNING
Major steps toward the realiza
tion of a new $100,000 youth center
at the l.ake .Junaluska Methodist
Vssemblv will be taken this week
end. climaxed by the annual ob
servance of "Junaluska Sunday."
1 rustees of the assembly, sum
nier program headquarters of the
Methodist Church in nine south
eastern states, are expected to dis
cuss building plans at their semi
annual meeting Friday and Satur
day. The group will ai o map high
lights of the 1955 and i95G pro
Edwin L. Jones. Charlotte, is
president of the 45-member board.
Other officers are Bishop Costen J.
Harrell. Charlotte, vice president;
Or Edgar H. Nease. Salem, secre
tary. the Rev. J w. Fowler. Jr
assembly superintendent and treas
urer. and Dr. George E. Clary Sr
Bishop Harrell will preach at the
? See i outh Center?Page 6)
Group To Meet
Hip IfajMood County Employ
!.4 '^"Handicapped Com
mittee will mPct nox( Thuraday
at 4 p.m. in the Park Commission
oiiice. according to Mrs. Doyle D.
The meeting is open to all per
sons interested in aiding the handi
capped, Mrs. Alley said.
^ he committee is currently spon
soring a women's handbag manu
facturing project in a shop on
t hurch St.. where mountain hand
looms are utilized.
Dan Wilbanks Died
Today In Tampa, Fla.
Word has been received here of
the unexpected death of Dan Wil
banks in a Tampa. Fla., hospital
this morning at 4 o'clock. Mr. Wil
banks was the brother of Dr. J. D.
; Wi'banks, who has a summer home
It is expected that funeral serv
ices will be held in Alexandria
Dr Wilbanks was 1? Tampa at
he time of his brother's death.
W M. Cobb, a nephew, of Waynes
si he, will go to Alabama for tne
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Lights Not To Be
Used After Dark
l nless your bicycle is equip
ped with a headlight and a re
flcctor on the bark, you had
better stay off the streets of
Hazel Wood at nl-rht. This stern
i warning came from Chief of
Police Roy Stephens, who point
I ed out he was taking cyclists in
to court, and indicting the par
ents of children.
l ines of $10 and cost can be
imposed under the ordinance.
Chief Stephens said.
"I am afraid some child will
get hurt or killed while riding
a bicycle at night without prop
er lights." the ehief commented.
SWITCH THROWN to turn on the lights along the highway at
Maggie was done as a large crowd looked on Wednesday after
noon. Left to right: A. C. Sutton, industrial power sales engineer
of Carolina Power and Light Company, Claude Medford, member
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of the committee, J. C. Ma. iliant. th<-? cine switch, v hair man. Ko?
Wright, manager of the Hazelwood office of the power firm, Carl
Henry, also a member of the committee, and J. Rex Brown, of
Carolina I'ower, commercial sales. (Mountaineer Photo).
Set August 4
| A "shootin' match" where the
guns are considerably older than
the marksmen is set for Wednes
day. August 4. at the 16th annual
I Cataloochee Beef hoot. Ancient
muzzleloading rifles are being oil
ed with respectful hands in pre
paration for the event at Mile
High Cataloochee Ranch perched
on Fie Top Mountain in the heart
of the Great Smokies.
And somewhere a handsome
steer is being fattened ? he is
the "beef" which becomes the prize
for the marksmen.
Although the contest gets under
way about 9 a.m. and lasts until
about 3:30 p.m., spectators and
contestants begin arriving as soon
as the road is light enough to
travel. Both enjoy the fiddlin' and
banjo-piekin' heard between
rounds, the picnic lunches, and the
elaborate preparations for the
meet. Lead must be melted, bul
lets poured and powder charges
carefully measured (sometimes in
a hollow bear's toothh
Cataloochee Ranch is reached by
a three-mile gravel road connect
ing with US 19 between Waynes
ville and Soco Gap.
Katcliffc Cove Pullet
Sporting Three Legs
In the modern tradition of car
rying a "spare", a pullet on the
Tom Robinson farm in Ratcliffc
Cove sports three legs, according
to its owner.
The fowl, a two-week old White
Rock, "is doing as well as the
others.4' Mr. Robinson asserts.
Pool At Lake Proving To
Be Popular Recreation
More than 8,000 swimmers have
ooolcd-off in the new pool at Lake
Junaluska. a report from there to
day showed. The pool opened June
12. and since then has been heav
ily patronized, ome days the 100
by 125 foot pool, is almost filled '
A huge pump keeps the water '
circulating and through the clori- (
natinf machine, while two niixil- i
iary pumps are used for changing
the water, at the rate of 1,000 gal
lons ppr minute.
The water In the pool is cheeked
daily, and engineers of the State
Board of Health here Tuesday
were gratified at the consistent re
ports which the pool has acquir
The pool is 11 feet deep at the
diving end. The pool is operated
every day except Sunday.
Patrons Like New
Post Office Hours
Postmaster Enos Boyd said that
a number of patrons had ex
pressed interest and appreciation
for keeping the post office lobby
open 24 hours daily.
The new hours went into ef
fect Monday night, and observa
tions show that a number of pa- i
trons use the facilities at all
The lobby has been being
closed around ten o'clock.
Mrs. Thomas Crayton Norris. 56,
owner and operator of The Maples. ?
died Wednesday morning in an ]
Arden nursing home after a brief ;
Mrs. Norris was the former Miss
Irene Jones, daughter of the late
John L. and Roberta Frances Jones 1
of Haywood county. She had been I
operator of The Maples for twenty
years and was a member of the
Free Methodist Church here. Her
husband died two years ago
The funeral service will be held i
in the Free Methodist Church. Fiji- ]
day at 2 p.m. The Rev. Paul O. j
Elder, Sr., and the Rev. Paul O i
(See Mrs Norris?Page (i) i
'Mountain Top Gathering'
Is Sunday At Max Patch
i no imn annual singing and
mountain top gathering of the Sal
vation Army Mountain Mission
near Max Patch will he held Sun
day. it has been announced by
Major Cecil Brown.-head of the
The Rev. Pete Hicks oi Canton
v ill be the guest speaker on a j
program which will include a num
ber of outstanding Western Caro
lina and East Tennessee vocal
Among the singers will ber
The Sleepy Valley Choir, An
lioch Quartet. Southerland Sisters.
Lawson Quartet. Shelton Family,
Piney Grove Quartet, Coke County
Singers. Hederiek Trio, Sexton
Quartet, Dalton Sisters, Rowland
Trio, Fairview Quartet.
Other singers are invited to par
ticipate on the program. All en
[?rtainers on the program will be
given a free chicken dinner.
The event is open to the public.
Those attending may bring a picnic
lunch or buy "chicken-in-a-basket"
illri other refreshments at conces
sion stands on the grounds.
Woodrow Rowland of Hazelwood
a ill act as chairman of this year's
Mrs. John Ashbaek and son,
John Ashbaek. of Durang. Colo
rado and Mrs. Leon Halls of
Vlancos, Colorado, arc visiting Mr
ind Mrs. Manson Mcdford and
ither relatives in the county. The
visitors are nieces of Mr. Medl'ord.
More (han a mile of Maggie Val
ley is a bright spot at night, since
the 16 street lights have been turn
The formal throwing of the
switch was made Wednesday after
noon, when J. C. Marchant pulled
a switch, as a member of the com
mittee who worked up the project.
There are 16 lights along the
highway, and they will burn every
night from dark to daylight. The
405-watt bulbs arc in a special
scaled reflector, and hang ovei the
Citizens along the route raised
the money to pay for the currcnh
at the rate of over $500 per year.
At the time the switch was thrown.
Claude Medford, acting treasurer,
handed a check for a year's power
till to a representative of Carolina
I'ower and Light Company.
"We never saw such enthusiasm,
and cooperation on any project as
this one," said Marchant. "In fact,
it was 99 per cent perfect."
Boss Caldwell said today that
tralTic slowed down upon getting
into the lighted district, "It just
seems to call for slower speed,"
Carl Henry, also a member of
the committee, said that citizens in
the-upper end of the valley are
interested in extending the light
ing service there, and commented:
Within a year I expect to see the
entire valley lighted, from one end
to the other."
Mary Jo Battle of Andrews and
Carol Jean Plott of Marietta, Ga.
are visiting their grandmother,
Mrs. G. C. Plott.
Hazel wood Tax Rate To
Remain Same, At $1.65
The Hazclwood tax rate will re
main $1.6.5. according to the bud
get adopted by town officials lot j
the coming fiscal year.
The total budget requirements
as set out in the budget amount;
to $46,789. with $21,760 being rais- ?
ed by taxes, and $25,029 from |
sources other than taxation.
This year's budget shows Uiat
70 cents, the same as the last three
years, goes for general fund, while
the street fund is set at 60 cents,
which is 20 cents below that of
last year. The debt service goes
up 20 centN?from 15 to 35 rents,
making the total tax rate the same
as prior years.
This year's general fund calls
for $18,076, while $7,655 Is set
aside for streets, and $15,313 for
water, and $5,745 for debt service.
Hazelwood has an estimated val
uation of $1,537,000, and the bud
get show* a poll tax Of $200.
Haywood Baptists Purchase
House For Home And Office
An 8-room brick house and four
acres of land on the Jones Cove
Hoad has been purchased by the
Haywood Baptist Association, as
headquarters and a home for the
Hev. Elmer Green, missionary
for the association, will move in
to the home on Monday, and will
establish his office there. The
property was bought from Taylor
Sutton for $16,000.
Authorization for the purchase
of the home was made last August
at the .Ui-ociatiuuaJ aoctiu^.
Rev. T. ?. Krwin is chairman of
the executive committee, who waa
charged with securing a home for
the Associations! Worker. The
building committee who spent
much time in looking over several
pieces of property, was composed
of Rev. W. N. Rcccc, Canton!
David Franklin, Clyde; and Rev. |
(Jay Chambers, Bethel.
The trustees foi" /te property is
1 composed oi Frank Kirkpatrick,
j Waynesvilk ; Glenn D. Brown,
1 el; tie am] W- .M. ULy. <