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D Published Twice-AAVeek In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Kntranr nfTh r ,c , 1 M JM iXV
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- t ,Ud 155 WAYNESYiLLE. N, c. THURSDAY afternoon. J an. ?. l?.v, . r ?
? *3'50 ,n Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
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In- County Suit
To Be Appealed
To Supreme Court
Hearings were scheduled to start
this afternoon on one of the most
interesting civil actions to arise
here in a number of years: A suit
between the Town of Waynesville
and Haywood County Hoard of Ed
ucation over the ownership of the
old Central Elementary School
The case will wind up the two- i
week February civil term of Su
perior Court here at the court- j
The county took over the old
Central Elementary building in r
1923 and used it until January 4
1954, when the new building wijts j
opened further south on Haywood
The present controversy arose
following a law passed in 1953 by
the North Carolina General As
sembly which stipulated that when
Haywood County finished using
the building as a school, it would j
pass to the ownership of the Town '
of Waynesville ? to be used for <
recreational purposes. ?/
In accordance with the legisla- ,
ture's action. Clerk of Court J. B. 1
Siler appointed three trustees ? 1
Jonathan H. Woody. Hugh Massfe.
and Mrs. Charles E. Kay ? who t
were to deed the property to the'
town. This they did last August j
Two months later, however, the
Haywood County Board of Educa
tion filed suit to recover ownership
of the building, contending that*
the structure rightfully belongs to
In presenting their suit, county
officials contended that w hen the
county took over the building in
1923, there was a total of $20,000
due on the property and that all
such notes were later paid off.
In an attempt at a compromise,
the three trustees recommended
that the property be sohl and the
proceeds go to the Haywood oouil
ty Public Librarv, which is to be
established at the old Ferguson ?
nnttnlv honrH nf pHnc.'il ion 1
however. asserted that it could hot
legally take such action.
Present indications are that I
whichever side wins, the other |
side will appeal the case to the
North Carolina Supreme Court. I
Cases heard this week havej
A T. Ward. administrator of the ;
estate of David F. Underwood, de- j
ceased, vs. C. If. Leatherwood.' .
trustee of the Masonic Temple
(See Toun-Count>?Pace X>
To Be Here
The American Red Cross Blood- j
mobile will make its first visit to
the Waynesville area on Tuesday.
January 25, under sponsorship of
the Dayton Rubber Co., it has been
Goal of the Bloodmobile next j
Tuesday will be 200 pints, accord-1
ing to Virgil L. Holloway and I
Clyde Fisher, new co-chairmen of
the ARC Blood Bank program here,
who recently replaced Rudolph
Carswell and Johnny Edwards.
The mobile unit will be in oper
ation from 1 until t>' p.m. at the
Hazelwood Presbyterian Church.
Assisting in the program will Be
Red Cross Gray Ladies, headed by
Mrs. Felix Stovall, chairman, and ,
Mrs. Ben Colkitt, co-chairman.
Plans for the Bloodmobile's visit
here were made at a meeting at |
the home of Mrs. IDavid Hyatt,!1
chapter president, last week.
pljB MURRAY of Canton,
wnumrd man of the year
^HLntoii Kiwanis Club, lie
the trophy February
A P. Murray
^t2)^ The Year
Paul Murray, prominent crti
nd B\ic leader of Canton was :
iSm of the year by the
?wanis Club at a meeting .
nHection of Murray was
a group of other out- j
?en on the merits of ex
| fine and unselfish work
nity affairs through the
?Robert H. Owen, presi
1 (i the fact that much
ftd lime has been put in
b* The- CoaUmi Kiwanis 1
pws this honor annually'
will be honored 'by the]
lib at a ladies night pro- [
i 21 at Glenelle's. The.
of the evening Will be
intation of a trophy to
?y, v . ? ???'? !
rrav has three times been
Canton. He is a native
nd County. He is affiliat
louthern Railway and ha^
fc Murray-Barraea Sunday
fess at the First Baptist
|r more than 27 years, and
I numerous other church
b is also a member of the
e fiat man of the year named
he Anton Kiwanis Club was
. Pandexter in 1952 and the
id as A. J. Hutchins for 1953.'
Plommons, principal of
ek School, was cut pain-1
not seriously Monday
when a 14-year-old boy
Parting to paddle retaliat
fing the principal in the
dcr with a pocket knife.
Ident occurred, it was re
'hen Mr. Plcmmons took
ht from a school bus and
I to paddle him in his
lashing the principal, the
away, but returned to
' next day where he was
by Deputy Sheriff Gene
ingster was given a hear
e Juvenile Judge J. B.
is to be sent to Jackson
School at Concord.
^ing cloudiness and cold (
riday, increasing cloudi
slowly rising tcmpcru- 1
chance of rain.
Waynesvllle tempera- i
(?ported by the State Test ,
Max. Mln. Pr. i
50 15 .. ?
47 17 |
43 24 6-V J
Pastor Gets Pleasant
Surprise In A Letter
Nowadays, when unmarked let- >
ters are opened, one can expect j
anything from a bill to a high-pres- '
sure sales letter. But not so in the ]
case of Rev. Edgar Willix, pastor 11
of the Richland Baptist church. j (
As he opened a letter, out tlut i
tered three fifty dollar bills. A note I
attached said the money was for '
the building fund of the church. ;
and the suggestion was made that
10 or 15 members of the church |
each give $10 towards the building j:
fund. , i
The pastor took the good news.!!
and the timely suggestion to thejt
congregation They re ponded and. I
iPt February Oth as the date for
adding mote to the budding fund,
rhrough pledges, and advanced
payments, the congregation has al
ready raised $214 for the February
5th special offering. That means j
lhat $364 will go Into the building
fund, and swell it to almost $2X)00 j
rhc fund was begun less than a
Rev.Mr. Willix, who has been I
pastor of the church for about two
rears, opens all mail now with the
tvishful thinking that there will bo
tome more fifty dollars bills to flul
er out for the building fund of I
iiis church. I
1 ?' %'
DOWNHILL BOUND are Mrs. William S. Kay and her son. Jim
my, of Waynesville, enjoying the sleighing on the Waynesville
Country Club grounds. An accomplished golfer, Mrs. Kay is a
familiar figure on the golf links when the greens are not blanketed
with snow. (Mountaineer Photo).
SNOW SCULPTORS on Brown Ave. in llazelwood Wednesday
morning were this trio composed of Jeannie Davis, .Mary Frances
Hicks, and Kitty Ann McCall. The snow man was actually built
by Woody Caldwell, then Riven these finishing touches by the
three girls. (Mountaineer Photo).
Bur ley Meet j
An important matter to man>
Haywood County farmers ? the
cutting of hurley tobacco produc- I
tion ? will be discussed at a spec- 1
ial meeting sponsored by all coun- '
ty agricultural agencies at 7:30 ?
p.m. Friday at the courthouse. j1
Leading authorities throughout i
the eight-state "Burley Belt" now
agree that reducing the produc-j
tion of burley is a "foregone con
clusion" in order to cut down on
heavy surpluses now on hand.
One proposal aimed at reducing |
the cultivation of burley is to'j
abolish the present regulation
which exempts growers with .7 j
of an acre or less from allotment ;
Proponents of this plan want to
lower the figure of .7 or to do a-i
way with all exemptions.
If (his action should be taken, j
"little growers" in Western North
Carolina and other burley areas
would suffer a loss in income.
County meetings similar to the
one planned here Friday night will
be held throughout the Burley
Belt, to be followed by district
meetings and an interstate confer- '
rnce at Lexington, Ky,
Western Carolina's district meet- j
Ing will be held at Asheville Jan
All burley growers in Haywood
County are urged to attend the
meeting Friday at the courthouse.
Early G. Lec of Asheville, Ki
wanis lieutenant governor, was the
principal speaker at a meeting of [
the Wavnesvllle Kiwanis Club
?Tuesday night celebrating the 40th
anniversary of Kiwanis Interna
Mr. Lee related that Kiwanis;
was \ founded in Detroit in 1915.
received its name of Kiwanis in
1917, adopted its motto. "We j
Build:" in 1920, and adopted the
present title of "Kiwanis Interna
tional" in 1924.
He also pointed out that Kiwanis
is nearing its anniversary goal of
having 4.000 clubs and a quarter
of a million members. >
Charlie Underwood w a s in
charge of the program Tuesday
night President Itye Sheptowitch
presided at the meeting.
Miss Anrve Albright left this
week for Mooresville Where she is
visiting her aunt, Mrs. J. L. Harris.
Snowfall Ranges From
6 To 10 Inches In County
People who have been yearning
for "an old-fashioned snow" here
got their wish Tuesday night and
Wednesday morning when a blan
ket ol the white stuff ranging from
six to ten iiWhes covered Haywood
County atttFs surrounding Western
North Carolina areas.
WaynesvilleV and Hazelwood got
six inches (there was that amount
on the courthouse lawn*, while
from eight to 10 inches were re
ported at such high altitudes as
Soco Gap jand Wagon Road Gap.
Max P:>*>"h. usually the leader
in Haywood (County snowfalls, re
ported only six inches at the Sal
vation Army Citadel.
The heavy snow g.ive county
school children a two-day and pos
sibly a three-da> holiday. (At noon
today it was still undecided
whether schools would he opened
Highways w ere cleared here dur
ing the day Wednesday, but cold
weather turned wet pavements to
ice during the night and driving
was made hazardous.
W, W. Davis, timber cruiser,
said that there was about ten or
more inches of snow on Old Raid
"There has been from one to
I wo inches of snow up there all
winter. 1 worked in two inches of
snow Tuesday, and now I guess
there is about 10 inches uo there.
It will take a warm rain, or a lot
of warm air to melt the snow up
CCA Meeting Postponed
Because Of Weather
A meeting of the Clothing Closet
Association which was set for to
night has been postponed because
of the weather. The meeting was
to have been at 7:30 o'clock in the
commissioners' room at the court
No date has been set for the
meeting. ' ?
, February 1 is the deadline for
submitting copy for the Haywood
County Highlanders' fourth an
nual tourist accommodation
booklet, it has been announced
for Highlander president U E.
This year the tourist organiza
tion will issue a total of 20,000
booklets or 5.000 more than last
year. The booklet 'S becoming
more profitable and popular each
year, Mr. DeVous said, and the
15.000 printed in 1954 did not
satisfy the growing demand.
Tourist inquiries have been
coming in steadily since tne end
of the season last year and all
indications point to another good
season in 1955, Mr. DeVous add
Four accidents ? two involving
hit-and-run drivers have been in-;
vcstigated by the State Highway
Patrol and Waynesville and Can
ton police during the last severalj
Two incidents occurred last
weekend, but details were not re
ported until today.
At 9 p.m. Friday, according to
Cpl. Pritchard 11. Smith and V. E.
Bryson of the Highway Patrol.
Ned Cook of the Hemphill com
munity struck another car near the
(See Hit-Run?Page 8)
$200 Check Trips Up
After successfully passing four
checks in Waynesville for a total
of $02. a Jackson County youtlv
got overconfident this week and at
tempted to pass another for $200.
That led to his downfall.
Sheriff Fred Campbell reported
that Ernest David Cagle, Koute 1.
Sylva, was given a hearing before
Justice of the Peace J. J. Ferguson
this morning on five charges of
He was bound over to Superior
Court and bonds of $500 on each
charge were brdered by Mr. Fer
guson. Unable to make the bond
total of $2,500, Cagle is being held
in the county jail.
The sheriff said that Cagle first
passed a worthless check for $40
on January 14, which was cashed
in a Waynesville supermarket.
He later gave another check for
$40 for a $15 ring at a local jeivel
ry store and got $35 in change.
Other checks were for $11, given
to a Waynesville hotel for rent, and
for $1 at a drug store 1\?re ? in
payment for a bottle of medicine.
Most of the checks contained the
names of James David Rogers or
Robert J. Holden and purported
to be payroll checks ? with the
suspect masquerading as a brick
In actuality, Sheriff Campbell
said, Cagle is only a "guitar pick
Not an accomplished cheek
writer, Cagle wrote the amount ol
$40 in this manner: "Forty dollars
and 40/00" and when he attempt
ed to pass a cheek for $200, spell
ed the amount "Tou Hundred."
Cpl. Pritchard Smith of the
State Highway Patrol said he was
standing near the cash register at
Charlie's Place w-hen Cagle at
tempted to cash his $200 check and
got a brief look at the check
Suspecting that it might be
forged, the corporal asked Wa.vncs
ville policeman Coleman Swanger
and the drive-in's owner, Charlie
Woodard, if they knew the would
be cheek passer, but neither did.
On seeing the two officers, the
youth left hurriedly and got into
a taxi, which headed toward the
Haywood County Hospital.
Acting on a hunch. Smith. Cole
man and Waynesville patrolman
Hay Whitner started to follow the
taxi.' They lost sight of Cagle tem
porarily. but later found him in
the office of the hospital, talking
(See I20? Cheek?Page 81
4.5 Per Cent
Receipts at the Waynesville post
1 office showed an increase cif $3.
: 320.33 or 4.5 per cent during' 1954
' in comparison with 1953. it was
i disclosed Wednesday by Postmast
er Lnos Boyd.
The increase was general in all
departments of the local postoflice.
! Mr. Boyd said
He asserted that "it is believed
that 1954 saw the heaviest flow of
letter and greeting card mail dur
ing the holiday season as cancel
lations exceeded 175,000 foj , the
I fast two weeks of December.''
I The peak day was December 21
! when 23.000 pieces of mail were
, cancelled, he said.
Last year's increase was actually
a little less than shown the pre
vious year. The gain during 1953
was 6.5 per cent over 1952, Mr.
March Of Dimes
Is 'Going Well'
I The Waynesville area's March
of Dimes drive is going well and
i prospects are that the goal of
$7,500 will be attained by the end
of the month, it was disclosed to
day by Mrs Robert 11. Winchester^
publicity chairman of the drive.
The response by the schools and ;
business houses has been especial- j
ly good, she added.
The total obtained thus far can
not be determined because a nutn
1 ber of solicitors have not yet re
i ported their contributions, Mrs.
A number of area events still
remain to be held for the March
Internal Revenue Jobs
Opened To Applicants
The United States Treasury Dc
I partment has announced that it is
accenting applications from men
between the ages of 18 and 35 who
are interested in jobs as internal
Revenue agents. Eligible are col
lege seniors majoring in accopnt
| ing and men who have had actual
experience in accounting.
Information on the posts, which
pay $3,410 a year at the start, can
j be obtained from J. T. Russell at
! the post office.
Haywood Bar In
Lower Court Plan
Out Reasons For
The Haywood County liar Asso- j
ciation is opposed to the proposed j
creation of a lower court in the j
county, for two reasons, according;
to a resolution of the Association.
The Bar Association, in the res
olution pointed out that the crim- j
inal terms of court, scheduled to
be in session during the past two
years for 72 days, actually worked
41 days. The group also said estab
lishment of a lower court would
add unnecessary expenses to the
The third main point ot the reso
lution was that should the court
be established, that a licensed at
torney be named judge, and also
a licensed attorney be named so
The grand jury in two recent re
ports has urged that a lower court
be established. Since a state law
gives the board of commissioners
power to set up such a court, the;
board has had the matter under
consideration for some time, and
has visited other counties in a
course of study of trie operation of
lower courts. The board has not
made any decision on the matter.
Glenn Brown is president of the
Association, and Sydney Truesdale
is secretary. The resolution of the
Bar group is as follows:
In a duly called meeting of the
Haywood County Bar Association
held in the Law Library in the
C- * i '?< ?> y sviUe. X- th
Carolina on January 14. 1955, the
following resoltuions were unani
I mousiy passed:
I 1 THAT WHEREAS, it has
' come to (lie attention of the mem
bers of the Bar that the Board of
I Commissioners is giving serious
consideration to the establishment
of a Court in Haywood County with
I criminal jurisdiction inferior to the
Superior Court, and
WHEREAS, Haywood County
now lias three terms of Superior
Court each year in which to dis
pose of all criminal cases, making
a total of 3G days per year author
WHEREAS, tlie Court officers
have nol been utilizing these 36
days each year in that during the
past two years the Court has only
been in session for 41 days when it
could have been in session for 72
days, thereby enabling the Court
to dispose of all criminal cases
I coming before it in an expedient
WHEREAS, tlie establishment of
(See Hay wood Bar?Page 81
Although the main highways
are in comparatively good shape,
the noor condition of the secon
dary roads has forced the delay
of reopening of county schools
Superintendent of Schools
Laurence Leathern ood announc
ed his decision after conferr
ing with Opl. Pritchard II.
Smith of the State Highway Pa
Mr. Leather wood said that if
the schools attempted to open
Friday, a number of school buses
probably would have to be pulled
out of the mud.
Trip And Exam
Upset Little Suzanne
Little Suzanne Milner is back
home, spffering from an upset
stomach, and the effects of the
long trip to Minneapolis, and the
many tests given her during the
four-day stay at the University of
Her brave parents are heart
broken because the doctors found
there was no known cure for the
heart ailment which little Suzanne
The little black-eyed girl, and
| her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James
, Milner, arrived home about nine
| o'clock Tuesday night after a
I flight in a pressurized cabin plane
' from Minneapolis In Knoxville, and
from there home through snow,
j Suzanne entered the hospital for
examinations, with the thought that
a possible operation might be per
formed in order to eorreet a heart
ailment suffered by the little
bright-eyed girl. Specialists found
that tlie condition ? a thickened
wall about the heart?eould not be
corrected by surgery.
The doctors told the parents,
"We are working on some remark
able things right now. but thus far.
there is no known cure for what lit
tle Suzanne is suffering."
The specialists seemed as sur
prised as the parents at the con
(See Suzanne?Parte 8)
THURMAN GRASTY heads the
committee for the March of
Dmes at Dayton Rubber Com
pany. Grasty and his committee
have set a goal of S3.500 for the
Set $3,500 Goal
For Polio Fund
Dayton Rubber employees plan a
| March of Dimes campaign, with
j Truman Grasty being named
i chairman bv the polio committee
| to head up the drive.
1 Grasty and his committee have
i set a goal ?'' * >00. which Is about
bbuu ' mere Mian was ?c:? ??>.': itetl
' last year. "We expect to meet this
[ quota," Grasty said.
Serving with Grasty on the com
mittee aie John Messer and Bessie
Tucker. Waynesville, Noble Ar
lington, Hazelwood. Lewis Keen
er. Svlva, and Minnie Spencer,
i Clyde and Donna Robeson, Canton,
i Grasty Is from the Hyatt Creek
section, and began work with Day
! ton Rubber in 1942,
Senate Democratic Leader Lyn
don B. Johnson has issued the fol
lowing statement in connection
; with the assignment of Senator
j Sam J. Ervin. Jr. to tlie Armed
; Services, Interstate and Foreign
! Commerce and Government Oper
"Senator Ervin is an outstand
ing lawyer and judge who is a
recognized expert in the problems
of interstate commerce. He has a
distinguished record of service as
a veteran of World War I. 11c has
already demonstrated his ability as
a member of the Government Oper
ations Committee. Two of the larg
est military establishsmcnts in the
world are located in North Caro
"The steering committee is very
pleased and proud to accord recog
nition to Senator Ervin's abilities
and his record by placing him on
these two committees where he can
more effectively serve his state
and his nation," Senator Johnson
Senator Ervin succeeded the
late Senator Clyde R. Hoey in the
United States Senate from North
Carolina. Last November ho was
elected without opposition to Sen
ator Hoey's unexpired term of two
Killed .... 0
(This Information com
piled from records oi
State Highway PatroL)