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"N0.1q2 28 PAGES Associated PresT WAYNESYILLE. N. C., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, DEC. 23, 1954 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
B THEIR BIT to help the Salvation Army's
cheer program are Ronald Hendrix
Bttr Herman, dropping coins in the kettle
maintained by l,t. Doris GrfRory ol (lie Salvation
Army Citadel at Max Patch.
Many Years Ago
By \V. CLARK MEDFORD
(Author of Uncle Abe,
, Haywood History, etc.)
Note: The Editor has called foi
another annual Christmas message,
story, or what have you? So we i
have responded?with our eighth
I or ninth of these annual messages.
That we may all be benefitted to
| gethcr is our purpose and desire.
i The Spirit of Christmas Past
It is 1890?64 years ago. The
writer, then a lad of eight, is
"down on the farm." He is dress
ed in home-spun (probably hand-j
me-downst, brass-toed "Christmas j
shoes" ? bushy hair and freck
les. The brass toes could be called
Christmas shoes alright, because |
we didn't usually get them until |
just before then?after that tobac- j
co had been marketed, having had j
to go barefooted in the meantime.
Also this lad of the "Gay '90's" was
outfitted with a pocket full of |
marbles or "jack rocks." strings,
a sling shot and probably a mum
Since it is nearing the night be
fore Christmas, of course, I was
better behaved, also "smarter"
than usual?for Santa Claus only
came to see "good little boys and
Only those of you who can look
back to those days know just how
"bright" our Christ mases were.
But we had the spirit then all the
same. Certainly it could not have
been because of our expecting ony
bountiful Christmas; it could
(See Medford?Page 6)
No Paper Will
The next issue of The Moun
taineer will be published Thurs
day, December 30. There will not
be a paper on Monday, Decem
In order to publish a paper on
the 27th, it would mean some of
the staff working on Christmas
and Sunday, and the decision
was against that plan.
The Mountaineer office will be
closed from Thursday afternoon,
until Tuesday morning.
Given Frank Lane
At Georgia Tech
Frank Frost Lane, senior of
Georgia Tech, was among the 23 to
be elected to the Phi Kappa Phi,
national honor society. Senior stu
dents are chosen for membership
on the basis of scholarship, leader
ship and character.
Lane is a student in aeronautical
engineering, and has been elected
to Tau Beta Pi; Phi Kappa Sigma,
and Sigma Gamma Tau.
In addition, he is active in Sig
ma Uu Fraternity Phi, Eta Sigma,
Briaerean Society, Co-Op Club, In
stitute of Aeronautical Sciences.
Lane graduated from St. John's
High School, and is the son of Lt.
Col. and Mrs. Ramyond C. Lane,
LV HOSPITAL ?
Bcrnice Smathers is improving
after undergoing foot surgery at
Memorial Mission Hospital. Ashe
ville. She expects to return home
I Haywood County hi^h
^kaiors ? Bob Hooper and
Hprs of Waynesville and
BStamey of Bethel ? were
Monday afternoon by
?tv committee for award
BMorehead Scholarship to
of North Carolina,
committee were W. J.
Bd Ferguson, Ralph Pre
Felmet, Dr. Thomas
B and Mrs. Charles Ray.
^fcessful county applicant
^Blarship will appear lat
? > district board at Ashe
? J T1
iunny and warmer today.
attly cloudy and a little
1,1 by the State Teat Farm.
Max. Mln. Snow
2B 20 11V
Canton Area Distributing
$3,500 Worth Of Food
More than $3,500 worth of food I
baskets for Christmas are to be dis
tributed in the Canton area today
from the Champion YMCA, it has
The Champion YMCA has been
teeming with activities the past
week as food baskets were being
assembled. A highlight of the
program will lie the distribution
of gifts and clothing Christmas
Members of the Christmas cheer
food basket committee arc handl
in" the prorrnm made possible by |
? a ?
| contributions of hundreds of Cham
, pion employes during the past
| Frank Smathcrs and Gladson
Haynlc, co-chairmen of the pro
gram, said today that each of the
330 baskets scheduled for delivery
carried a value in excess of $10.50.
Charles Hawkins is secretary
treasurer of the event.
Baskets will contain a supply of
food, fruits, nuts and candies, mem
bers of the committer said.
Volunteer workers will deliver
(See Canton Cheer?Pare <0
Survey Shows Local Christmas Business Good;
Shopping Started Early Here, Came Steadily
For once it appears that Way
nesvillc area residents have act
ually heeded the pleas of mer
chants to "shop early" and have
completed their Christmas buying
well ahead of the December 24th
As a result, Christmas business
in Waynesville, Hazel wood, and
Lake Junaluska retail stores has
been steady and without the
usual last-minute rushes.
Although no figures are avail
able, it also appears that Christ
mas retail receipts in this area
will be among the highest in the
?ast several years.
On a national scale, indications
are that Christmas, 1954 may set
a new record in retail business.
Some business establishments
sold out of Christmas stocks and
had to reorder hurriedly. Others
dipped into merchandise which
was to have been used next year.
Local business leaders agree that
holiday trade this year reached a
new high in competition and that
added emphasis on promotion has
With larger and more diversified
stocks this Christmas, Waynesville
^as become more of a regional
shopping center ? especially f?r
other towns to the west of here
This year, stores remained open
four nights for Christmas business
in comparison to three last year.
One popular newcomer to the
electrical appliance list are tele
vision sets, which have sold well
here in the past several months.
Christmas tree business also has
Some business leaders pointed
to the several "sources" of addi
tional cash turned loose in the
area, such as Christmas Sevings,
bonuses, the retirement refund of
Champion, and the annual receipts
of burlev tobacco.
Present signs point to good busi
ness during the early part of 1955.
Man Of Year
D. W. Colvard, dean of the
School of Agriculture at N. C.
State College, was selected by the
Progressiva Farmer Magazine for
its 1954 North Carolina "Man of
the Year" Award. Associate Editor
W. C. LaRue announced.
Colvard, a native of Ashe Coun
ty and former head of the Moun
tain Experiment Station at Way
nesville, was cited "using all his
grass-roots experience, excellent
training, administrative know
how and likeable personality to
increase the college's already in
valuable service to farm people."
Colvard was named to his pres
ent post in 1952, at the age of 40.
making him one of the country's
youngest deans of agriculture. He
was advanced from head of the
college's department of animal
industry when J. H. Hilton re
signed to become president of
Iowa State College.
According to Progressive Far
mer, under Colvard's leadership
the school's tobacco research pro
(See D. W. Colvard?Page 6).
Killed . ? ? ? 3
Injured ?... 70
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state glftanr MnLi
Many industrial and office
workers will enjoy a three-or four
day Christmas holiday, starting
on Friday, it has been announced.
Retail stores in the Waynesville
area, however, will be closed only
on Christmas Day, but will reopen
on Monday. The stores will also be
open on New Year's Day.
Courthouse offices will be closed
for four days? Friday through
Monday, while the Town of Way
nesville will close its office at
noon Friday and reopen on Mon
i day morning.
Banks will be closed both
Saturday and Monday, while the
Haywood County Public Library
will close for four days starting
on the 24th.
Postoffices in Waynesville and
Hazelwood will be closed on
Christmai Day and again on New
Haywood County public schools
started a two-week vacation last '
Friday and will resume classes on
January 4. St. John's parochial
school dismissed its students on
The industrial schedule includes: _
Champion Paper and Fibre: >
plant closes down operations at
5 p.m. Friday and reopens again at
7 a.m.' Sunday.
Dayton Rubber: plant closes at
8 p.m. Friday and opens again at
11 p.m. Sunday.
Wellco Shoe: to be closed for
three days, starting Friday.
A. C. Lawrence to shut down
Saturday and Sunday.
Unagusta: to shut down Thurs
day afternoon, reopen Monday.
Royle and Pilkington: closes at
noon Friday and resumes opera
tions at 7 a.m. Monday.
Bob Conway left today to spend
Christmas with his family in Ash
IT HAPPENS EVERY VfcAK, so postal employers
Herman Francis. Mrs. Kenneth Parrott and James
Fie make the best of it as they work to sort a
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heavy load of mail just arrived at the Wavnes
Lloyd Jones Hit
In Leg While On
Rabbit Hunt Tues.
Lloyd J o n e s suffered skin
wounds in the leg as five shot hit
him while rabbit hunting Tues
Jones, and his brother-in-law,
Frank Arringtor., were hunting
below the home of Henry Miller,
Reservoir Road, when the accident
Jones was carried to the Hay
wood County Hospital and treated
for the slight wounds.
Those who produce The Mountaineer, twice each week,
together with those who deliver the paper to your door, or
your dealers, and the various community reporters, take
this occasion to extend greetings of the season to each of
our many readers. We are happy to serve you throughout
the year, and today's issue, marks a new high record in
circulation, with more than 4,500 copies being published
}<o from each of us, go our best wishes.
Charles Bridges Gary Evans Charlie Miller
Marion T. Bridges Mrs. F. G. Frazier Ted Rogers
Mrs. Larry Cagle Esther Mae Gibson W. Curtis Russ
Cordell Chambers Grover Golden Furman Stinnett
Ben Church Grover Golden, Jr. Mrs. Henry Tuttle
Rob Conway Bill McF.lroy Robert II. Winchester
Fred Edwards W. C. Medford Oliver Yount
Sammy Lane George Williamson Maurice Stiles
Mountaineer Community Reporters
Mrs. J. Edgar Burnette Mrs. Kyle I.indsry Mrs. George F. Worle.v
Mrs. Sam Ferguson Mrs. Julia MeClure Mrs. J. G. Williamson
Mrs. Millard Ferguson Mrs. J. W. Johnson Mrs. Mark Swaim
Clyde Pharmacy llazelwood Bus Station Felix Stovall
Ralph Mease, Jr. Charlie Buchanan Gunn's Corner
The Soda Shop llazelwood Pharmacy Waynesyille Bus Sta.
Junaluska Supply Vance Muse Roy's News Stand
llazelwood Pharmary Grasty's Store Dan's Drug Store
Community Market Jones' Market Convenient Comer
Knight's Store Charlie's Place Jimmy's Drive-In
Guy Queen's Grocery Hospital Jones' News Stand
On Yule Menu
If you should happen to find
yourself in the county cooler on
Christmas Day, you'll get a
break in the vittles department
j at least.
Here's what inhabitants of the
bastille are due to have for
their Yuletide fare:
Chicken, mashed potatoes and
gravy, green beans, slaw, peach,
es. a dessert, coffee, fruit, and
If it's all the same to you.
however. Sheriff Fred Campbell
would prefer that you have your
dinner at home this Christmas.
Built At Grace
The public is showing much in
terest in the colorful Christmas
scene at the Grace Episcopal
church, which depicts a stained
The scene is built of special
cellophane, with the white church
as a background. Spotlights are
used on the scene at night, which
shows up for some distance.
The project was built and in
stalled by the Youth League, with
Milburn Ballance, counselor, and
Dan Cross president.
The colorful scene of the Ma
donna and Child, is 15 feet high,
and six feet wide.
Rev. James Y. Perry, rector of
I the church, said plans are to keep
the scene lighted for about a |
week after Christmas.
Two traffic accidents have been
investigated by the State Highway
Patrol during the Jast several
days. One man suffered minor in
juries in one mishap at Saunook.
One driver received minor in
juries and was charged with three
traffic violations as the result of
an accident on Highway 19-A-23,
just east of Barber's Orchards at
5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to
Cpl. Pritchard H. Smith of the
State Highway Patrol.
The corporal reported that
James A. Hartsell of Hazelwood,
! driving a 1949 Mercury, struck the
rear end of a 1948 Plymouth taxi
cab being driven by Cass Lee Con
stant of Balsam. When struck, the
cab traveled about 40 yards and
then plunged over an embankment
but did not overturn. Its driver
was not injured.
Hartsell. now stationed at Fort
Knox, suffered lacerations of the
i chin and was charged with driv
ing under the influence of alcohol,
t reckless driving, and driving with
out an operator's license.
Damage to both cars was esti
mated at between $300 and $400.
Cpl. Smith was assisted in the
investigation by Sheriff Fred
Another accident at 11:40 a.m. in
N. C. 284 at Cove Creek concern
ed a 1952 Chevrolet taxi driven by I
Ned Caldwell and a 1949 Ford
driven by Mrs. Ama Lee Long
Messer of Cove Creek.
Patrolman Harold Dayton re
ported that the two cars collided
headon on a curve near the old
mill in that section,
Damage was estimated at $150 j
to the taxi and at $250 to the Ford. I
Americans' Moral Fiber
Is Breaking, Tucker Says
The moral fiber of the Ameri
man people is currently undergo
ing a serious breakdown, accord
ing to Ned Tucker, principal
speaker at a Kiwanis Club Christ
mas party Tuesday night at Spal
Mr. Tucker, Dell wood poultry
man and newly elected director of
the Chamber of Commerce, also
told the Waynesville Klwanians
that 'family life Ih America is
Me said that the family clrclw is
being broken by "poor home life
and too many outside activities."
The speaker also charged that
Americans are losing their sense
of values and strength of char
acter and. too often, arc adopting
an "I'll get by" attitude.
Wrongdoing today, Mr. Tucker
said, ranges all the way from
cheating on school examinations
to embezzling funds and from
"fixing" parking tickets to In
fluence peddling In Washington,
i (See Tucker?Paxe H> ?