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|yk\K NO. 1 12 PAGES Associated Press NVAYNKSVII.LK, N. MONDAY UTEKNOON. JAM ARY 3, 1955 *3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
?ening of Fines Creek
be delayed indefinitely
the virtual impassa
three-mile stretch of
e Lower Fines Creek
ivrence B. Leatherwood
'Leatherwood said lie has
the State Highway Depart
for its assistance, and that the
ling of the school depends
? action that the department
to permit the passage of the
I buses over the road, which
v under construction.
' school superintendent ex
?d that the closing of the
I was recommended by a rep
atlve of the transportation
m of the State Board of Edu- ;
? Louis W. Alexander, who
ving to pull or push three
buses through this deep mud
lire twice a day will ruin
in a very short time,
seetns to me that if many j
on tbL road are not grave 1
raediately. you*will have no
alternative than to remove
ree Wses from the road al- j
emergency situation exists
s around half of the children
es Creek School will he af
Leatherwood said that ap
kately 175 students in the
Oak, Panther Creek and
fcctions ride the three
bases over the Lower Fines
^^Hhan half ol' Haywood's
Hcrop. valued at a million
Hb dollars, has been market
Btrding to County Ageut
I 1?S4 crop, he said, was of
quality, graded well and was
od weight, averaging about
pounds to the acre, the high
erage recorded in the county
le damage was caused by
ht during the summer, but
:tions where possible, irriga
ystems were set up to relieve
ondithm and increase the
j eottn' agent was optimistic
ie coming year, despite indi
is of low incomes in some
S of the farm program, es
lly in the poultry industry,
a, he said, was not exceeded
ow much increase before mid
ins are being formed, he said,
unch a good Community Do-1
ment Program in every sec-1
of the county this year A
al meeting of officers, direc-i
and I community representa
WUllfcc held in the near fu
to deride on definite steps in
Ice H. Carver of Jonathan
e been hired as police
the Town of Clyde, ac
0 an announcement by
pecs Charles F. Canning.
|?ed to devote more time
fver served in Korea for
and for the same length
s a policeman in Hazel
1 Mrs. Carver and infant
take their homo in Clyde.
Icloudy and cooler Monday, i
j^Mincreasing cloudiness and
Bi occasional rain.
^Hed by the State Test Farm:
Max. Min. Prec.
?L- 64 28 .08
? 58 21 .01
?...J 56 40 ? I
- 59 32 ? I
CHARLES EDWARD SMATHERS tries mighty hard to smile for
the camera, to show he is proud of being horn in llaywood. He
arrived at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, at the Haywood County Hospital,
and was two hours old when he obligingly posed for this picture.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smathers. Hall Top Road.
KOCKKy NELSON TL'CKEK, of Canton, demonstrated his ability
to fling his fists around as he lay on his mother's arm?Mrs. Troy
David Turker, Jr.. of Canton. Roekey has two little brothers at
home, and apparently fel( he would have to he prepared to meet
all "on-eomers". Km key arrived at 9:25 Saturday morning at the
Haywood County Hospital. (Monutaineer Photo).
Three soldiers from Ft. Bragg,
wanted on a variety of charges by
both military and civil authorities,
v ere picked up here in a stolen
car at 10:30 p m. Thursday by the
State Highway Patrol.
Patrolman W. R.-Woolen identi
fied the trio, riding in a 1950 Chev
rolet convertible, stolen from the
Ft. Bragg military reservation, as
Dulon Dove of Bladcnboro, N. C..
Duford Denver, also of Bladenboro.
and Leigh Roderick Baker, of
Dove was charged by the patrol
with car theft, breaking and entcr
; ;ng a business establishment near
Nashville, Tenn.. carrying a cori
! cealed weapon, and driving with
out an operator's license.
He also was charged by the mili
tary with being AWOL and violat
ing restritcion to the post and the
State Highway Patrol in the Ra
leigh area for speeding 85 miles
Vonr. reckless driving, and
driving without an operator's li
ce, sc. tie also has been investigat
ed by the SBI on another charge
of car theft.
Dove's companions were cited on
counts of aiding and abetting car
theft, aiding and abetting breaking
and entering, and being AWOL.
1 be patrol here turned over the
three servicemen to the FBI.
They were apprehended on U. S.
19, just east of Dellvvood.
Five York Rite
The Waynesville York Rite
Bodies were host to all other Hay
wood County York Rite Bodies in
a joint installation service, with
Past Grand High Priest Chas. C.
Ricker, of Ashcville, in charge. He
was assisted by T. L. Green, also
of Asheville, Past High Priest.
The following officers for the
five groups were installed:
Canton Chapter 87. Royal Arch
Masons ? W. S. Edwards, high
priest; J. G. Mills, king: V. S. Ivey,
scribe; J. Ben Patton, treasurer;
P. B. York, secretary; E. Ben Rose,
captain of the host.
Mark Swaim. principal sojourn
er; Jack Allison, Royal Arch cap
tain; Ray M. Burnette, master of
3rd veil; W, If, Henson, master of
2nd veil; Oliver M. Hamlctt, mus
ter of 1st veil; Joe Powell, sentinel
and W. T. Hawkins, chaplain.
VVaynesvillo Chapter No. 69,
Royal Arch Masons?J. L. Car
wile, high priest; R. E. Allison.
(See Masons?Page 5)
Paper Weighed 26
Pounds Last Year
The 101 issues of The Moun
taineer during 1954 averaged 16
| pages each, according to a final
I check-up by the business office
The total number of pases for
the year amounted to 1.664, mak
ing a combined thickness of
about six inches.
The total weight of the papers
for each subscriber last year was
over 26 pounds. In order to pro
vide newspapers for all our sub
scribers, more than 117.000
pounds of newsprint went
through the big newspaper press.
To print the 1,164 pages, about
2,500 pounds of ink was used.
The annual polio singing, which
! has proven so popular in the past.!
i will be held Sunday afternoon at
I the court house. The program
will begin at two o'clock.
This is also the date for the reg
ular quarterly singing convention,
and all agencies are cooperating in
an effort to raise a substantial sum |
for the March of Dimes,
The combined program is ex-1
pected to attract a record attend
ance. as in the past, when even '
standing room was at a premium.
Last year $300 was raised by
Floyd Baldwin, of Lake Juna
luska. is president of the Haywood
convention, and Woodrow Row
land, of Saunook is secretary.
Rev. C. L. Allen and Tom i
Queen are cooperating with the (
Convention officials for the polio j
All singers, and singing groups
are invited to attend and take part
in the program.
Work On Stock Pens
Under Way At Clyde
Livestock pens along the South
ern Railway tracks at Clyde are
! now being torn down, but will be
replaced with new facilities, it has
The new unit will have six pens
and two loading chutes.
Also being demolished but not
scheduled for replacement is the
Southern's freight depot at Clyde.
Stork Little Late
Arriving On First
The stork was a little late arriv
ing in Haywood this year?in fact,
the big bird was over nine hours
late, as Haywood's first baby?
Hockey Nelson Tucker, arrived at
9:25 a.m. Husky, chubby Rockey
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Toy
David Tucker, Jr.. of Canton.
The new arrival is the couple's
third boy, and the mother had her
hopes set on a daughter, but beam
ed with pride as 3-hour-old and
7-pound. U-ounce Rockey swung
hi* fists around in his basinette
beside her bed.
Hockey's grandmother named
him. lie has two brothers, one
three years old and the other 19
Rockey and his parents received
many gifts from Canton merchants
through a program of WWIT. A
recording was made, and Rockey
obliged by giving out several lusty
cries, perhaps of joy, during the
Hockey's father is janitor at the
main office of Champion Paper and
At 11:30 Charles Edward Smath
ers. also a third child, was born to
Mr. and Mrs. Charles-Smathers, of
Hall Top Road. WaynesvUle.
Mr. and Mrs. Smathers have two
Charles Edward, just slightly
more than two hours old when his
picture was made, took the flash of
the camera as a matter of fact,
rammed his fist into his mouth and
waited patiently tor the second
picture to be made.
Mr. Smathers is a floor finisher.
The gifts of the Wayncsville
merchants were presented to the
parents of Charles Edward.
Gifts to be presented will in
Thirty quarts of homogenized
milk from Biltmore Dairy, baby
car seat from the Firestone Store,
sterling cup and spoon from Reli
able Jeweler, $10 trade certificate
from Bclk-Hudson, bottle sterilizer
from Smith's Drug Store, free
transportation home for the baby
and his mother in Crawford's am
bulance, two-weeks dry cleaning
service by the Waynesville Laun
dry, $3 savings account at the
First State Bank in Hazelwood,
free subscription to The Mountain
eer, and one gallon of paint from
Haywood Builders Supply Co.
Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Barber and
young son, Larry, left yesterday for
their home in Ipswich, Mass. after
spending the holidays with Mrs.
Barber's parnts, Mr. and Mrs. J. 11.
A number of Haywood County j
orchardmen are expected to attend
the North Carolina Apple Grow
ers Convention and Short Course at
the George Vanderbilt Hotel Thurs
day and Friday.
County Agent Virgil L. Holloway
said that both state and national
specialists will be at the conven
tion to discuss the latest informa
tion on all phases of apple growing.
Registration will open at 8:30
a.m. Thursday at the George Van
derbilt. while the first assembly of
the apple growers will begin at
10:30 a.m. At a banquet Thursday
evening at 6:30, the principal
speaker will be K. C. "Bob" Francis
of Ratcliflfe Cove, the county's not
R. N. Barber. Jr. of the Barber
Orchards at Saunook is vice presi
dent of the North Carolina Apple
Church Had Year
Of Steady Growth j
The First Baptist church made
: a number of substantial gains dur
l ing 1954. according to the report
j of Rev. T. E. Rohinett, pastor., in
a brief statement to the congrega
tion on Sunday morning.
The service marked the begin
ning of the second year for the
The report showed 440 in Sun
day School yesterday, with an aver
age attendance of 401 for 1954. The
church had 83 additions during the
year?50 by letter, and 33 by bap
A total of $50,900 was contribut
ed through the church for the
year, which represented about $7.
j 600 more than the 1954 budget of
i $43,392.50. Of this total amount,
the church gave $12,353 to mis
During the year the church ap
plied $16,064 to the retirement of
debt, which leaves a total inbedted
ness now of $59,700. This includes
the remainder of the debt on the
recently purchased 67-foot Main
Street lot adjoining the church,
which will be used for parking
Five Dairies Selling
Grade-A Milk Here
Five dairies are now selling
1 Grade-A milk in Haywood County,
j it was announced today by Health
Department sahitarian Bill Milncr.
The dairies are Pet, Biltroore,
| Skyline, Scaltcst, and Ferguson
Bowles Discusses Problems
U.S. Schools Face Today
The problems of education in
the United States today were dis
cussed by M. H. Bowles, superin
tendent of Wayncsvillc district
schools, at a meeting of the Lions
Club Thursday night a* Spaldon's.
Concerning the criticism that
American public schools aro? not
teaching students the things they
ought to know. Mr. Bowles assert
ed he believes the schools are do
ing the best they can in view of
the handicaps under which they
Major problems, he said, are a ,
shortage of teacher'?, overcrowding
and inadequate facilities.
In comparing the public schools
with private institutions, he point
ed out, it must be remembered that
public schools have students in all
the 1Q ranges, whereas the private
schools usually have mentally
Private schools, too. are far less
crowded and can give students
more individual attention, he add
Touching on the question of seg
regation and noting that several
Southern states are considering
(See Bowles?Page !?)
,v soi?Jicr? w?y8
CoU 1 i?cer 2
If you get irritated at times*
because your copy of The Moun
taineer gets divided into two or
three sections by your family,
consider the plight of Pvt James
R. Parton of H'aynesville, who
often has his paper divided into
20 or more pieces.
The local serviceman explains
that when the time comes for
mail call at Fort Jackson, some
25 Haywood County men in Par
ton's company keep a sharp
lookout for a colored WTapper,
which identifies the contents as
a ropy of The Mountaineer.
Anxious to get the news from
home and unwilling to wait until
eaeh man ean read the entire
paper, the young soldiers solve
the problem by giving each in
dividual a page apiece.
Sometimes the paper gets re
assembled, sometimes not. But
even when it does, it's somewhat
the worse for heavy wear.
(MORAL: Subscribe to The
Mountaineer so that your serv
iceman can have his own paper.)
Representative Rogers To
Finish Details Of Rural Police
Bill After More Investigation
Haywood's two members of the
General Assembly have gone to
Kaleigh for perhaps one of the
toughest assignments of Tar Heel
lawmakers in many years. State
Senator William Medford left this
morning, and Representative Jerry
Rogers left Sunday.
The 1955 Assembly will convene
Wednesday, and at 12:30 will hear
Governor Hodges give his report
of the state, in which he plans to
point out the need for raising an
additional 50 million dollars for
the next two years in order for
the state to maintain its present
standard of progress.
Representative Rogers asid he
is continuing bis study of the pro
posal to put additional full-time
deputies under the direction of the
sheriff's office, and have all mem
bers of the department on a salary,
with all fees going into the county
He is comparing figures obtain
ed from Henderson and Rutherford
counties on a similar program, and
said just before leaving: "From
what I can learn, it is the only
practical course for Haywood.
While I do not have the bill in the
final form, I have it pretty well in
mind as to what I feel is urgently
When asked what other tentative
legislation he ha$ in mind. Rep
resentative Rogers said: "I am
checking with other counties on
modern county government pro
grams, which mean efficiency. 1
believe that is of vital importance
to us at this time to keep up with
c-ificicnt methods of carrying on
| our county government and courts.
There might be some changes we
1 find in that study which will be
worthy of making a change for the
better here in Haywood. As for
; the inferior court as recommended
by the Grand Jury, 1 am for this,
and feel it will be installed by the
i commissioners ? they have that
I jurisdiction. It certainly is need
Senator Medford said he was
working through the representa
[ fives of the five counties in the
district?Haywood, Jackson, Polk.
Transylvania and flenderson. He
has served in two previous sessions
of the State Senate, and indica
tions today were that lif would be
placed high on Senate committees.
(See Legislators?Page 5)
To Meet Tuesday
Adults interested in taking an
electronics course will meet Tues
day night at the high school science
I building, and hear full details of
j the proposed course.
The course is part of the state
adult education program, and is
i being started here in the electron
ics department of high school, with
I Yates Burgess, instructor.
The course will be divided into
j four parts, with 250 hours of class
i work for each unit. Tentative
I plans are to meet twice a week for
! two hours per session.
The special committee in charge
I of the program includes: M. H.
i Bowles, chairman; Fred Martin, of
| Martin Electric Company; Law
rence Lcatherwood, county super
intendent of education; J. W. Kil
lian. Jack McCracken. members
hoard of education; and Norman
Grant, of Martin Electric Com
The first course, Bowles said,
will stress the fundamentals of
The cost of the course to the in
dividual will be 25 cents pec hour
to cover costs of materials and
16 ASC Practices Offered
To Farmers For 1955
Ten agricultural coservation (
practices will be available to Hay
wood County farmers during 1955, ;
according to Floyd Fisher, chair
man of the ASC county commit
The practices arc:
1. Initial establishment of per- i
manent pasture or hay on land not 1
suitable for cultivation.
2. lEstablishmcnt of pasture of
hay in crop rotation. I
3. Lime on cropland devoted to
legumes In 1955 or 1956. <
4. Forest tree planting. I
5. Improving permanent pas
lure or hay. Soil test required.
6. Farm ponds for livestock
and/or irrigation water.
7. Open Ditch drainage.
8. Tile drainage.
9. Winter cover crops.
10. Establishment of year round
cover to protect cropland In 1955.
Practice must be started by April
Explaining the ASC program
briefly. Mr. Fisher commented:
"The basic purpose of the Agi- j
cultural Conservation Program is1
to aid in achieving necessary con- I
(See Sixteen ASC?Page 5) '
Farm Forecast Good,
But There's An If
l - i
The new year of 1955 should be
a good one for Haywood County
farmers, but there's an "if' con
nected with the favorable fore
casts made by county agricultural
Because of higher costs for what
the farmer uses, and lower prices
for what he produceS?due largely
to surplues and overproduction
?farmers will have to produce ef
ficiently to realize a satisfactory
margin of profit in 1955.
Virgil L. Holldway. county farm
agent, asserts that Haywood Coun
ty farmers can increase their in
come from W) to 25 per cent by (1)
better buying of seed, fertilizers,
feed, breeding stock, etc., (2)
more efficient management and
(3? following recommended agri
Mr. Hollow ay also stated:
"During the past year, farm in
come in Haywood Coupnty drop
ped slightly from the average of
the past three years, but the de
crease is not serious and is noth
ing to be alarmed about.
"This decrease was due, in part,
to a drop in building aand con
struction and steel production,
which affects agriculture. In 1955,
however, it appears there will be
a high rate of employment and a
tremendous use of steel.
"Farm prices for products pro
duced in Haywood County will be
about the same as in 1954. Pros
pects for a few special enter
prises. such as sheep, fruits and
vegetables and strawberries, are
brighter for 1955.
"It looks like a prosperous year
for farmers in 1955."
(See Farm Forecast?Page 5)
The Bills Remain
The last reminders of the
Christmas season disappeared
j from the local scene as town
| crews removed colored lights
from Waynesville's Main Street
and the yard of the courthouse
I yesterday and today.
Although the Christmas holi
days have passed into history,
I the bills linger on.
In Waynesville Sunday, the J
bright sunshine sent the mercury
up to 59 until the day appeared
more like early April instead of
As a project in Clyde's "Finer
Carolina" program one commun
ity sign has been erected at the |
town's eastern entrance and an
j other is to be put up soon on the
| western outskirts.
Provided by the Clyde Lions
j Club, the signs read: "Clyde: A
' Friendly Town, Elevation 2.539
' Feet." It also notes "Suitable In
I dustry Invited" and lists the
meeting date ot the Clyde Lions j
I Clubs 'second and fourth Fridays
; at the Central Methodist Churche
I ? -
Clothing Closet Plans
Second Porchlight Drive
A second porchligtit drive for
badly needed clothing for children
will be conducted in the Waynes-'
ville area at 7:30 p m. Tuesday,
January It. it has been annouced i
by Mrs. Roger Walker, president ot
the Community Clothing Closet.
The drive will be made, Mrs. i
Walker said, because underprivi
leged children are being turned
; away daily because the Clothing
Closet has distributed all the wear-1
ables it has collected.
Although sohciators in the porch-1
light drive will accept adults' cloth-'
ing, tho greatest need is for chil
i drcn's items, Mrs. Walker pointed;
Also needed are monetary con
tributions to purchase articles
which are not donated, she added.
A large part of the Clothing Clos
et's previous stock was collected
on November 30 during a porch
light drive by the Wayncsville Ki
wanis Club and during a Decem
ber 17 "White Christmas1' program
at Canton High School.
The Clothing Closet now main
tains a distribution center on the
third floor of the courthouse?open
from 0:30 a.m. until 12:30 on Wed
nesdays and Saturdays.
Killed .... 0
Loss.. ? $850
(Thin Information com
piled from records of
State Hichwajr Patrol.)
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