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880014 Pre8" WAYNESVILLE, N. C., THURSDAY AFTERNOON IIKP ?> ... -n ?? D C
L- * 1954 ln Adva"ce In Haywood and Jaekann r^nfi^T
tinal Court Term May
)urn This Afternoon
Indications were at the noon re
cess today that the criminal term
of Superior Court may be ad
journed late today because of
Solicitor Thad Bry son's having
trouble with his throat and experi
encing difficulty in speaking.
Judge Walter T. Johnson, Jr.,
I of Winston-Salem had previously
announced that he wanted to hear
all cases of those defendants con
fined in jail.
This morning Charley Rathbone,
j a 61-year-old, crippled tenant
I farmer, was sentenced to 5 to 7
] years on charges of incest. Rath
? bone's 15-year-old daughter was
I in court, and testified with emo
j tion. The charges grew out of the
| flight Rathbone made with his
I daughter to a cave where they liv
j ed for six weeks in order to evade
arrest on charges of not sending
j the girl to school.
I The jury was sent out while a
point of law was discussed, and
during the time the defense en
tered a plea of nolo contendere, j
and the judge pronounced the
Prior to the start of the trial,
the courtroom was cleared of all j
children under 16 years of age.
The jury returned a verdict of i
not guilty against Joyce Mann on j
charges of murder of Jack Case \
last August 11th. The case began
Monday morning, with the last
juror being selected shortly after !
The case went to the jury at four
o'clockTuesday afternoon, and the
verdict was returned at 9:58 Tues
day night. Only a small group of
spectators were on hand when the i
jury filed into the court room. At |
6:35 that evening, the jury return- .
ed and asked Judge Johnston to \
repeat that phase of his charge
which deals with manslaughter.
Mann took the trial and verdict |
calmly, and told a Mountaineer
reporter shortly before the verdict
was returned. "It has been a long,
long time since the jury went out." I
As friends gathered around him.
tears came into Mann's eyes.
Testimony brought out during
the trial showed that Mann and |
Case had been drinking during the j
day, and on one occasion about
noon when Case got his rifle. Tom
Johnson asked Case to discard the
rifle, according to Johnson's testi
mony, and it was thrown in some
bushes, where Johnson found it
and unloaded the weapon.
Later that night. Case came to
(See Court?Page 81
[)R. JACK DAVIS
ack Davis, Waynesville
i. has been elected chair
Ihe Waynesville Tubercu
nmittee for 1955, replac
Frank Hammett in that
officers, re-elected to new
?othy Whisenhunt, secre
iurer. and Mrs. R. R.
, chairman of the annual
s Seai sale, now in prog
ommittee recently sent
i Seals to 2.000 residents
raynesville area to raise
r TB education ahd cor
that man the TB Commit
i and spent those funds
new microscope for the
lepartment's laboratory, I
ay film for chest X-rays i
ialth department recent
id that there have been
rases of tuberculosis in
County this year as com
onlj- 13 during 1953.
han 60 TB patients are
ie jurisdiction of the
partment at present.
IC District CDP Awards
Se Announced Saturday
mutely 20 Haywood
will attend the annual
banquet at the Battery
?I in Asheville Saturday
trict awards in the 1954
forth Carolina CDP con
8est delegation from this
robably will be from
*>n. win net* of the Hay
contest this year. Other
ing communities ? Iron
per Crabtree, Thickety,
Clyde are also expected
communities in 14 WNC
lrc competing for 10
in? district contest this
'?place winner will re
with $300 going to the
and $200 to the third
place entrant. The other seven will
receive $100 each.
Last year. Iron Duff won fifth
in the contest, in 1951 Upper Crab- 1
tree took the top prize in Western
Preceding the noon meeting will
be another session at 10 a.m. at
the Battery Park where plans
will be laid for the 1955 contest.
This meeting will be attended by
Miss Mary Cornwell, county home
agent: Bob Tippett. assistant coun
ty agent; Jack Ray, new chairman j
of the Haywood County CDP, and
j other county officers.
'nS Hnudieflg colder and
V. Friday, partly cloudy
a ?y the State Teat Farm:
Max. Min. Pr.
55 36 .42
52 19 .01
Murals Show j
? . ? I
Seven murals of Haywood scenes
| have been placed in the lobby of j
the First National Bank. The
I murals, in black and white, are I
j five by seven and a half feet each. |
The pictures, in their order are: [
The ranger's station on Catal- j
I oochee: Barber's Orchard, as tak- |
en from Walker Road; the 15th |
green of the Golf Course; Dayton j
'Rubber plant; Lake Junalu.ska; ^'
j Glenn Palmer's Dairy Farm; and
i Cataloochec valley, showing a rail
! fence in the foreground. The
scene is of the well known Nellie
Jonathan Woody, president of
the bank, said that murals of bur- '
ley, beef cattle, and Maggie Valley '
would be placed in the new addi- 1
tion of the bank wihch is now un- '
It was pointed out that the line
of seven murals began with a
Cataloochce scene, and ended with
a scene from the same area. To
this, Woody said with a smile of
deep pride: '
"I'm a true and loyal sAn of j i
good old Cataloochec," i
The pictures were made by R. j
A. Edwards, commercial photo-11
CONTRIBUTORS to the drive for the new Cloth
ing Closet Association, staged Tuesday night by
the Waynesville Kiwanis Club, were -Mrs B. C.
Nave and her daughter, Meredith Ann, 108 Gallo
way St.. Waynesville. Receiving the clothing is
A. I). Harrison. Kiwanis vice president.
? Mountaineer 1'hoto).
The iiazelwood Lions Club?
Haywood's fifth?will get its chart
er in an impressive meeting Fri
day night at the Hazelwood School
Cafeteria. 7:30. Other Lions Clubs
in Haywood are at Waynesville,
Canton. Clyde and Pigeon Valley.
Rev. Earl H. Brendall, pastor of
the First Methodist Church, will
be the principal speaker, with
officials of at least five <4her Lions
Clubs participating in the program,
which is expected to attract about
Joe Cline president of the Way
nesville club, and sponsor of the
new club, will preside, with Charles
Isley leading the group singing.
Rev. John I. Kizer, pastor of the
Hazelwood Baptist Church will
give the invocation. %
Hugh Monteith, of Sylva. Inter
national Lions Counselor, and
former district governor, will serve
Alston Broom. Asheville, dis
trict governor, will present -the
charter to Clyde Fisher, president
of the Hazelwood Club, while Joe
Cline will present the gavel and
gong to the new organization.
Other ofTicers, besides Fisher,
(See Hazelwood Lions?Page 81
Set For Dec.-16
The Wayncsville Township High
School band will present its an
nual Christmas concert on Thurs
day, December 16, it has been an
nounced by Charles F. Isley, direc
tor of music at WTHS.
Advance ticket sales will begin
on Monday. Advance prices will
be SO cents for adults and 25 for
students. At the door tickets will j
be 75 and 35 cents.
Proceeds will go into the school's j
general music account, used to
purchase instruments, music, and
Tags Go On Sale
The sale of 1955 town tags at
Hazelwood went on sale Wednes
day morning. Gene Wyatt, tax col
lector, pointed out that all resi
dents of Hazelwood were required
by an ordinance to have a town
tag. The price remains the same
as last year?$1 each.
McCrucken New Owner
Of Pure Oil Station
Wayne R. McCrfackcn has be- j
pome owner-manager of the Pure
Oil Station next to The Mountain- j
Mr. McCracken was formerly
distributor for the Pure Oil Com- |
Kiwanis Make Collection
For New Clothing Closet
The first community collection
of clothing and shoes for the new
Clothing Closet Association was
made Tuesday night hy the Way
nesville Kiwanis Club.
Club members formed teams and
divided the Wa\ nesvilie - Hazel
wood-Lake Junaluska area into six
| divisins to pick up the Clothing
j from 8:15 until 10 p.m. A. D.
! Harrison, Kiwanik vice president,
J was in charge of the drive.
Persons who were not reached
| or were not home Tuesday night
have been asked to bring their
j clothing to the courthouse or to
j call Mrs. Cicero Hooper to arrange
to have it picked up.
Although rural areas were not
covered in the drive this week,
residents there are also asked to
contribute to the "closet."
Mr. Harrison stressed that the
drive Tuesday night was not the
end. but "only the beginning" and
urged that people continue to con
tribute clothing to keep needy
adults and children warm this
Cliothing collected during the
drive is now being sorted out and
prepared for distribution on the
third floor of the courthouse.
Plans and procedures for distribut
I ing the clothing will be announced
later by the new Clothing Closet
j ? . ' ?
Ducks Cheaper At
Market Than Over
If it's ducks you're wanting,
you had better bo to the market
and buy'sthem, and not try kill
ing them at l.ake Junaluska.
Police Chief Kverette McKlroy
of Lake Junaluska, said several
would-he duck hunters had taken
shots at ducks which are now
swarming at Lake Junaluska.
Chief McLlroy pointed out that
it is a violation of the law to
shoot lire arms on the Assembly
property, and also a violation of
the same laws to hunt ducks
"If you just must have a duck
dinner, better *o to the market
and buy one," the chief warned.
You Can Relax,
Used Green Ink
The Mountaineer's annual
I Christinas gift edition?printed
? Monday in green ink ? nearly
started a parade of readers to
the eye doctors and the medical
A number of subscribers re
ported they thought that their
eyes or lieer had gone bad when
they saw what appeared to be a
One man complained that
green polka dots had replaced
the usual spots before his eyes.
The Mountaineer printed its
last edition in green to herald the
opening of the Yuletide season.
To Open Two
Days Each Week
The Clothing Closet, which, has
j been established here to furnish
clothes for the needy, will be open
each Wednesday and Saturday
morning from 9:30 until 12:30
o'clock, according to an announce
ment by Mrs. Roger Walker, presi
dent of the Clothing Closet Asso
The Closet is located on the
third floor of the court house and
will open for the first time this
Saturday. Most of the clothing to
be distributed was collected in a
special drive by members of the j
Kiwanis Club Tuesday night.
The articles collected have been
classified by Mrs. R. R. Campbell
chairman of the classification com
mittee of the CCA and members
of her groun as follows: Mrs. James
Y. Perry, Mrs. J. J. Ferguson, and
Mrs, J. P. Dicus.
The Clothing Closet will be a
permanent project of the CCA and
contributions of clothing will be
received at all times.
WTHS-Orchestra Can Give
Concert In New Orleans
If $300 More ? Is Raised
The Wayncsville High School
50-picce symphony orchestra is
within $300 of being able to ae?
eept the invitation to play before
college and high school music di
rectors convention in New Orleans
early in February.
The orchestra was issued the in
vitation some weeks ago, and the
parents of the 50 musicians have
underwritten more than $2,500 of
the money for the trip.
There remains, according to
Charles W. Tslev. director, the
definite need of $300 to cover the
cost of transportation for 15 of
the group lie figures transport;!
tion will cost $20 per player and
he ha*, commitments for 35 of the
"We fell it quite an honor to he
invited to play l>cfore such a dis
tinguished group of muiscians,"
The orchestra just begun their
third year under the direction of
Istey. It is the only high school or
chestra in the state west of Char
Groups interested In the orches
tra are expected Jo contribute in
units of $20 to cover costs of
transportation of Uie students.
Two Waynesville women and
i another from Cannon were Injured
in a three-car accident on U. S. 19
and 23 a mile east of Canton at
6:10 p.m. Monday.
State Patrolman W. R. Woo ten
reported that a 1951 Chevrolet
driven by Mrs. Vera Rogers Miller
of Canton, was strUck from the
rear by a 1953 Pontiac driven by
Mis. Neva Smith Pressley of
When struck from the rear, the
Miller car was, in turn, forced in
to the rear of a 1950 Dodge driven
by Ernest S. Brank of Canton, the
I patrolman said.
Mrs. Pressley suffered broken
ribe in the accident, while a pas
senger in her car. Mrs. Lura Mae
Scott, sustained facial cuts when
thrown against the windshield.
Mrs. Miller had cuts about the
legs and feet.
Patrolman Wooten estimated
damage to the Pressley car at $600
and to the Miller car at $400. Dam
age to Brank's vehicle was minor,
j the patrolman added.
The Canton accident swelled the
rapidly mounting total of injuries
in Haywood County traffic mis- j
haps to 66?18 more than the 48
reported this same time last year. J
At Iron Duff
A total of $490 ? representing ;
| a profit of $169?was raised at an j
, auction sale of an FFA baby beef i
conducted by the Iron Duff CDP
at Davis Chapel Methodist Church
Proceeds will go toward Iron
Duff's community building fund.
The CDP plans to erect a 40 x 20
building on property donated by
J. R. Caldwell.
Twenty-eight purchasers ? in
cluding several from other com
munities bought beef cuts from
auctioneer Charlie Woodard.
The calf was grown by Roger
McElroy of Iron Duff, an FFA
member at Crabtree-lron Duff
High School. The animal weighed
| 1030 pounds on foot and dressed
out at 629 pounds.
To Visit Campus
At N.C. State
llomer Sink, assistant county j
agent, will accompany a group ol
five Haywood County high school
students to N. C. State College in i
Raleigh Saturday for the school's
annual "High School Day" pro
The group will include Max
Shepherd of Bethel, George Kirk
Patrick and Roger McElroy of
Crabtree-Iron Duff, and James
Fergusan and Bernard Ferguson of ]
Shepherd is a prospective en- i
gineering student, while the oth
ers?members of the 4-11 and FFA
?are interested in agriculture.
On Saturday night the high
school students will be guests of
the college at a basketball game
in the Coliseum between the N. C.
State Wolfpack and the Temple
Taxes Are Higher
Haywood county was one of the
47 counties in the state which show
ed an increase in sales taxes for Oc- 1
The total sales taxes in the state
for the month showed an increase !
of six percent over last October. '
This year's total for the month was 1
$4.776,535 09. 1
The figures were tabulated by
the N. C. Merchants Association. '
and Thompson Greenwood, execu
tive secretary said: "All aigns point .
to one of the best autumn seasons i
Southern To Close ^
Clyde Freight Depot
The Southern Railway received '
permission from the State Utilities 1
Commission today to discontinue j
its agency at Clyde. -
The railroad will dismantle its
station and erect a booth to handle
less - than - carload freight ship- 4
Will Take Oath Of
Office On Monday
There will be a lot of swearing
in at the court house Monday
morning, as officials take the oath
of office for new terms.
No formal program has been set,
according to C. C. Francis, out
going chairman of the board of
commissioners. He "surmised" that
the oath-taking would begin about
ten o'clock. ,
Those taking the oath for a four
year term includes:
Sheriff Pred Y. Campbell; Reg
ister of Deeds Jule Noland; Clerk
of Court J. B. Siler, and Dr. J.
Frank Pate, coroner, all beginning
their second terms.
Those starting their first term,
are: Chairman of Board of Com
missioners, Faraday Green; mem
bers, Frank Medford and Floyd
Woody; tax collector, Bryan Med
Jerry Rogers will take the oath
The new board of commissioners
succeed: C. C. Francis, chairman,
Frank M. Davis, and Jarvis H. Al
lison. The two members did not
seek re-election. Bryan Medford,
tax collector, was named to suc
ceed Mrs. Mildred H. Bryson af
ter she resigned. Medford was
nominated in the May Democratic
Cline To Head
Joe Clinc of HazelWood was
elected president of the Haywood
county chapter of N. C. State Cot
lege Alumni at the organization's
fall meeting at Spaldon's.
Also named were Nat Fortney,
vice president, and M. R. Whisen
Principal speaker at the meet
ing was H. L. Kamphoefner, dean
of the School of Design at State
College, who discussed the grow
ing campus at the school and out
lined the present building needs
of the institution.
The next meeting of the N. C.
State alumni will be held in the
Canton area in the spring.
Plan 'M' Night
The annual ''M" (Mobilization)
Haywood Baptist Training Union
mass meeting will be held at 7:30
p.m. Monday at the First Baptist
Church in Waynesville, according
to Vaughn Hall, associate director
of the training union.
The Rev. C. D. Bessinger, pastor
of Grace Baptist Church, Asheville,
will be the principal speaker at
the "M" Night meeting.
All the churches in the Haywood
Baptist Association are expected
to be represented to launch the
1955 Training Union promotional
To Meet At Lodge
The Haywood County Highland
ers will hold their regular month
y meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday at
The Lodge, it has been announced.
Presiding will be L. E. DeVous,
DR. ROBERT OWEN is the new
president of the Canton Kiwanis
Club. He was installed at the
Monday night meeting.
Dr. Robert Owen
Is New President
Of Canton Kiwanis
Dr. Robert H. Owen, Canton |
physician, was installed as presi-1
dent ?f the Canton Kiwanis Club
during a Ladies' Night dinner meet
ing at Glenell's in Highland Park
Dr. Owen succeeds Dick McMa-1
hon of the utilities department of
the Champion Paper and Fibre Co.
Other newly elected officers in- |
stalled were Tommy Best, vice
president, and John H. Rhodarmer.
Members of the board .of direc
tors are Sid Watts, Charles B.
Fullam, Woody Robertson, Albert
Burnette. Cecil Pierce, R. T. Lart
ning and Ed Storie.
The agricultural outlook for'
1955 ? with regard to production 1
and prices on major farm commo
dities?will be discussed at a j
county-wide meeting at 3 p.m.
Tuesday at the courthouse.
A team of specialists from N. C.
State College will lead the discus
sion concerning compiled informa
tion on the future outlook for
various agricultural enterprises.
Statistics to be presented have
been gathered by both state and
national agricultural authorities.
Special attention is expected to
be paid to the forecast of the na
tion's livestock markets, where
there is a far greater fluctuation
It has been announced previous
ly that burley tobacco allotments
will be cut next year an average of
10 percent. <
Financial as well as agricultural 1
leaders have been invited to at- '
tend the meeting Tuesday after
noon. 1 ]
Opening - Day Average Sets
Record At Tobacco Markets
A record opening-day average of
(58.89 per hundred pounds of bur
ley was paid Tuesday at Asbeville
markets, where much of Haywood
County's tobacco crop will be sold.
The previous high was $58.72, set
The sale volume?725,800 pounds
?also set a new record for the
\sheville markets For that tobac
co, producers were paid a total of
5427,740,98. Up to $88 was paid
or choice bulT lugs.
At West Jefferson an average of
554.48 was paid for 356.114 pounds.
County Farm Agent .Virgil L.
lolloway said that Haywood's bur
ey crop will probably total about
1,700,000 pounds and bring In ap
This year 1,400 acres of burley
obacco were planted in the county
with a yield of about 1.900
pounds per acre?an increase of
10 per cent above last year.
Killed .... 3
?Oe4 from KmmH. of
State Highway Patrol)