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? ESTIMATED AT $11,000 was caused
Horning by a fire which swept through
H storv of the Ed Potts service station
Hfunaiuska?ignited by a defective flue
upstairs. Obscured by both smoke and an early
morning foe. Fire Chief Felix Stovall was work
ine among the charred embers of the second floor
when this picture was made. (Mountaineer Photo).
ere mailed out j
lty ASC office,
I W. Ferguson.
ices are being
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have not yet
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t were announc
> with .7 of an
of between 122
re entire county,
rith the reduc
n said that any
produces his al
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ping, former po
e, was named to
pector at a meet
board of aider- j
II act as judge at '
nee of the regu
f. Cagle. He will i
ic inspections of
effort to elimin
;es of fire.
^signed as fire
t fall and was re
irmeiv a'so met
ves of the State
sion in regard to
i town on thj new
fter some discus
i decided to erect
the entrances to
the flow of traffic.
ticu To Meet
wood County Agricul
ers Council will hold its
acting at 3:30 p.m. Wed
he REA kitchen,
louncement was made
L. 1 iQlloway, council
end Miss Jean Childers, i
M Jaycees To Name '54's
ptanding Young Man
1 ?* 1954" will be nam
Waynesville Jaycees at
Nation's fourth annual
ed Service Award ban
10 P-m. Friday at Spal
lather ? Showers and I
I turning cooler tonight. |
partly cloudy and cooler. |
I Waynesvllle tempera-!
lorted by the State Test
Max.> Min] Pr.
I .9i 31 .07
I 60 22
I 62 22
I 65 33
The Junior Chamber members
also will select their "Key Man"
for 1954 and will honor two local
business firms for their coopera
tion with the Jaycecs last year.
Principal speaker for the meet
ing will be Joel G. Barham of
Asheville, district manager of the
Life of Virginia Insurance Com
pany and president of the Ashe
ville chapter of the National As
sociation of Life Underwriters.
Theme of the meeting will be
"Service to Humanity ? the Best
Work of Life."
i The county's outstanding young
man is selected by a secret panel
of three disinterested men?none
of whom are Javcees and without
any one of the three knowing who
the other two are.
The judges make their selec
tions of individuals based on their
service as a civic leader and in
their own business or professional
The winner last year was Glenn
W. Brown, voung Waynesville at
<See Jaycees?Page 6)
Loss Estimated At $11,000
In Lake Service Station Fire
Of Savings Bonds
Sales of U. S. Savings Bonds
in Ilaywood County totalled
$50,043.75 during January, it
has been reported by the Greens
boro office of the V. S. Treasury
This figure represents 9 per
cent of the county's quota for
1955, which has been set at
Statewide purchases of savings
bonds last month were up 18
per cent from the total for Jan
The residence of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Hill on the Chambers
Mountain road north of Clyde was
completely destroyed by fire Sat
urday night while the occupants
were away attending church ser
No alarm was turned in and
many Clyde firemen did not learn
of the incident until Sunday. Ac
cording to one report, all of the
neighbors in the immediate vicin
ity were also away from home at
After investigating the case,
firemen expressed the opinion
that it would have been "very dif
ficult" for Clyde's new fire truck
to reach the scene of the blaze be
cause of the narrowness of the
road in that section.
Because of the surrounding hills
and mountains, the fire was visible
only to a few people in the town
of Clyde, but was seen easily by
motorists on the new super-high
way west of Clyde.
A number of Waynesville resi
dents going to the Haywood Coun-1
ty basketball tournament at Clyde j
Saturday night reported sighting
fart of the Hills' four children
are staying with relatives at Crab
tree, while the others are with rela
tives in Henson Cove.
The heaviest, fire loss in the
Waynesville area in the past two
years resulted Friday morning
when a blaze at the Ed Potts Esso
I service station at Lake Junaluska
! caused damage estimated at $11,
The fire started about 8:15 a.m.
i from a defective flue in the sec
1 ond floor of the building and
spread quickly. It had already
1 gained strong headway by the
| time the alarm was turned in ?
bringing Waynesville firemen to
I t"he scene.
Fire Chief Felix Stovall esti
mated damage to tne building at
$4,000 and to equipment and mer
chandise at $7,000.
Owner Ed Potts said that he had
only partial insurance on his place,
but added that he will "definitely
be back in business somewhere" ,
? either in the same building or j
at a new location.
He explained that he had re
cently put in a new shower stall I
in the second floor and used the
space to change clothing and for
storing his stock. Among the mer
. chandise destroyed were 40 tires.
The building is owned by H.
Huff of South Carolina, formerly
Contract To j
Rid Lake Of
A contract has been signed by
officials of Lake Junaluska for re
moving all carp and catfish from
the waters of the 250 acre lake.
Preliminary, work will begin Ityarch
first, with actual netting set for
March 7th, according to James W.
Fowler, Jr., superintendent.
The contract has been let to the
Snowden Company, of Maple, who
will use special nets for seining
the rough fish from the lake. The
game fish, such as bass and bream
will not be removed from the lake
A specialist in fishing with the
contracting firm estimated there
are at least 100,000 pounds of
carp, in the Lake, and perhaps
many times more. The fish taken
from the lake will be shipped a
live* to northern markets in tank
trucks, and there sold on the mar
The program Is being staged
with the cooperation of the State
Wildlife and Resources Commis
The rough fish are harmful to
the propogation of the game fish.
The rough fish have been extreme
ly harmful in late years, although
several thousands of bass finger
lings were put into the lake a few
Much interest is being shown in
the project, and many spectators
are expected to line the shore
when the special work of catching
the rough fish begins.
Mr. Fowler concluded by say-,
ing that the folks of this immedi
ate community and the county as
a whole had been very coopera
tive and that the Lake trustees ]
and management hopel to soon .
have splendid fishing waters for ,
their accommodation and enjoy
"Don't forget," said he, "that '
our aim os to make Lake Juna- 1
luska a fisherman's paradise."
LEON TURNER ENTERS 1
Leon Turner, son of Mr. and
Mrs. W. L. Trj-ner, entered Me- '
morial Mission Hospital in Ashe- 1
ville this afternoon and will under- 1
go surgery tomo.TOw i
Haywood County s 53 Baptist
churches will join forces this
week in conducting the second an
nual series of "Christian Life" re
vivals under sponsorship of the
Haywood County Baptist Associa
Meetings will be held for church
members in five county churches
starting tonight and continuing
through Thursday and for Baptist ,
pastors this week through Friday
at the Clyde Baptist Church.
Theme of the revivals will be "A
United Front For Christ."
Evening services for the Bap
tist membership will be held from
Monday through Saturday, 7:30 un
til 8:45 p.m., at the Fir9t Baptist
Church in Waynesville, the Bar
berville Baptist Church, the Fines
Creek Baptist Church, Calvary
Baptist Church in Canton, and the
Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cruso.
Speakers will be:
E. L. Spivey, state mission sec
retary of the North Carolina Bap
tist Convention, at Waynesville;
the Hev. Guy h. Cain, Hampton
ville, N. C., at the Barberville
Church; J. C. Pipes, assistant pro
motional secretary of the N. C.
Baptist Convention, at the Fines
Creek Church; the Rev. Nane
Starnes, pastor of the West Ashe
ville Baptist Church, at Calvary
Church, and the Rev. Earl Brad
lay, promotional secretary of the
N. C. Baptist Convention, at Mt.
Lunch will be served each day
at the ministers' revival at Clyde
by the following groups.
Monday, women of the North
Canton Church; Tuesday, women
of the Sunny Point Church; Wed
nesday, Dutch Cove Church; i
Thursday. West Canton Church,
and Friday, Spring Hill Church, j
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For WTHS Class !
A 1955 Ford car will be put into
service soon by instructors in a
driver-training course at Waynes
ville High School, it has been an
nounced by M. H. Bowles, super
intendent of Waynesville District
Purchase of the car through the
State Board of Education is being
sponsored here jointly by the
Waynesville Rotary Club and the
Classroom work in driver train
ing at Waynesville Township High
School was started in mid-January
by Miss Bess Francis and Mrs.
Helen Beroza of the WTHS facul
Instruction will be given in the
new dual-control car by Sgt. Paul
Gough and Patrolman Arthur Paul
Evans of the Waynesville Police
Jaycees To Make
On Heart Drive
The Jaycees will meet tonight
to make a check-up on the Heart
Fund campaign they staged Sunday
No reports were available this
morning, as all the eight team
captains had until tonight to check
out with their 20 workers and make
One Jaycee official said: "All
indications are that the campaign
went over fine?we'll know at the
TOURNAMENT QUEEN Polly Kay McElroy of Crabtree-Iron DulT
High School was chosen by a panel of three judges to reign over
the finals of the Haywood County basketball tournament at Clyde 1
Saturday night. Miss McElroy was a first-string guard on the
Crabtree tram this season. (Mountaineer Photo).
Town Asking Bids On New
500-Gallon Fire Truck j
As McElroy Gets
Back Light Bulbs
Chief of Police Everett Mc
Elroy of Cake Junaluska now
sees that things are brighter?
he has the light bulbs in the
large cross at the Lake replaced,
which were stolen several weeks
.-ago. **,. ... ....
Chief McElroy bad f olue to
the theft of the bulbs and started
to work. His consistent work on
the clue brought results, as he
nabbed four teen-agers ? two
boys and two girls.
The young folk paid a stiff
fine, and paid for the missing
"Now that we have that rase
solved, and the lights back. I'm
spending my time checking on
these night parkers around the
Lake." said the chief. "Those
who have had the Lake in mind
as a place to park at night bel
ter look for some other spot,
because I'm going to arrest those
who park on Lake property."
Waged By AA
The work being done by Alco
holics Anonymous was praised
higher by Superior Court Judge i
Dan K. Moore last week in con- j
nection with charges against a
defendant who is an alcoholic.
The judge urged alcoholics to
join AA and termed it a "won
He added that when persons
make up their mind to resist
alcoholism, AA can help.
A chapter of Alcoholics An
onymous was organized here last
year and now meets each Thurs
day night at the Grace Episcopal
Church parish house.
MRS. BRIDGES IN HOSPITAL
Mrs. J. T. Bridges entered the
Haywood County Hospital Saturday
for treatment. She is reported to
be showing improvement.
The Town of Waynesville will
open bids on March 10. at three
o'clock for a new 500-gallon pump
er truck for the fire department.
The new unit will bring the
rolling stock of the Waynesville
Department ui> to three units, and
modernize it in every way, accord
ing to Felix Stovall, fire chief.
The new pumoer will have
1,700 feet of standard hose, two
reels of booster hose, of 300 feet,
plus many other modern pieces of
| fire-fighting equipment.
\ TW. Chevrolet uniLwas bought
about 15' years ago. while the
American LaFrancc truck is much
The new unit is identical to the
one just received a few weeks ago
at Canton. Chief Stovall said it
will probably be July first before
the unit will arrive.
Fred Sheehan To
J. H. Howell, Jr., bought for a
group of local business men, the
Liner-Sheehan Laundry this morn
ing, under a trustee's sale at the
Immediately after the sale, it
was learned that the laundry
would continue to operate without
any curtailment of services, and
that Fred Sheehan would be gen
eral manager In charge.
Sheehan has had 29 years experi
ence in the laundry and dry clean
ing business,. a spokesman said,
and will be in full charge of the
operation and management of the
A school for county farmers on
gardening and commercial vege
table production will be held at
the/ourthouse Thursday, from 9:30
a.m. until 12:30 p.m., according
to Virgil L. Holloway, county
Horticulture specialists from N.
C. State College will be present at
the meeting to discuss the latest in
formation on pole beans, snap
beans, cabbage, sweet corn, toma
toes, and strawberries.
Last year the belief was express
ed here that Haywood County
farmers could add several million
dollars to the county's agricultural
income by increasing their com
mercial vegetable production.
Wayriesville will be far brighter
and bulb snatchers will be far
fewer as the result of a sales cam
paign waged by the Lions Club
here Thursday night.
At that time about 85 Waynes
vtlle Lions toured the town selling
packages of electric light bulbs?
and managed to sell some 8,000 be
fore the drive was over.
The bulbs were dispensed in
packages at regular retail prices.
Proceeds will be used to purchase
land for a home to be erected by
Ihc Lions Club.
Last Friday the Waynesville
Rotary Club was 30 years old?
and on Friday night, will observe
with a banquet, and ladies night?
the golden anniversary of the in
The Rotary Club is the oldest
civic club in the county, and has
a membership of about 50 active
members, Which meet every Fri
day at one o'clock at the Towne
The organization is founded on
Ihe motto: "Service Above Self.
Friday night. Admiral W. N.
rhomas will be tbe speaker, a/id
[he district governor, Mr. and Mrs.
Ernest Ross of Marion, and Rev.
?nd Mr* Malcolm Williamson of
Charlotte, the immediate past dis
trict governor, will be special
guests of the club.
William S. Ray, president, will
preside, while M. H. Bowles will
be master of ceremonies.
The banquet is being prepared
and served by Mrs. Rufus Siler and
the WTHS cafeteria staff. Jack El
wood is general chairman of the
During the week, the Rotarians
around the world are making spe
cial observances of the golden an
niversary of the organization. The
history of the Waynesviile club
will be found on page one of the
second section of'this issue.
* ' w
Might Be Answer
In School Lawsuit
judge Moore Asks
For More Facts
In School Case
By W. CURTIS RUSS
Editor The Mountaineer
The key point In the lawsuit
over ownership of the Central
Elementary School property ap
parently will be found in the 33
year-old records of the Haywood
This was intimated at a hearing
Friday before Judge Dan K. Moore,
as the attorneys for the Town of
Waynesville, and the Haywood
Board of Education, presented ad
ditional facts to Judge Moore in
the lawsuit. This was the second
time Judge Moore has heard at
torneys in the case.
Attorneys for both the defendant
and plaintiff presented several ex
tracts from records taken from
the period of 1922-1924. At the
conclusion of the hour and 20 min
ute hearing. Judge Moore said:
"Find out, from the record,
whose money actually paid off the
bonds on the school at thp time the
county took over (1923)."
"Also find out how the tax funds
were paid," the presiding judge
told the legal staff in the case."
"Vou can agree on the basic
1 facts in the case, and when the ad
ditional information is in hand, I
| can give you my decision in a very
short time. If l make a mistake in
j my decision, there are seven wise
' men in Raleigh (the Supreme
| Court) who w'ill meet in August
i whf are capable of correcting any
| mistake 1 might make in my de
| cision." Judge Moore continued,
j. Thus it-wag iptimated again,
; that. the case will go to the
j Supreme Court for a final decis
ion. The Supreme Court does not
[ meet for the next term until Aug
During the hearing Friday, it
was brought out that the minutes
j of the Waynesville Board of Ald
erman for the period of 1922-1924
had been lost of destroyed. J. R.
Morgan, town attorney, said he un
, derstood the minutes had been
' lost in a fire.
j The arguments in the case were
based on questions of law, and
(See School?Page 6)
David Jones To Take
Exams For West Point
David Jones, son of Mrs. Thomas
| Crymes Jones of West Ashevllle
and the late Mr. Jones, has been
apponted by Representative George
Shufford to take an examination
for entry in the United States
Military Academy at West Point.
Jones is the grandson of Mrs.
Eugenia C. Jones of Waynesville.
He is a senior at Lee H. Edwards
High School where he is a member
of the Latin Club and the Torch
i light Society.
MRS. WHITE IN HOSPITAL
Mrs. E. W. White of the Iron
I Duff Community is a patient in
Memorial Mission Hospital where
she is reported in "good condition"
ROY M. LILES, deputy regional
Scout executive. Atlanta, will be
the principal speaker at a Cath
erine of Scout executives here
tonight, 7:30. at the First Baptist
Scout executives of the Daniel
Boone Council will confer with
members of the Pigeon River Dis
trict on the activities of the oper
ating committees and the commis
sioner staff here tonight. 7:30. The
meeting will be at the First Bap
tist church, with P. G. Kinken. of
Canton, district chairman, presid
Roy M. Liles. deputy regional
Scout executive of Atlanta.* will at
tend and discuss the Scouting pro
gram with the leaders.
A. W. Allen, Scout executive, an
nounced that besides members of
the Pigeon River District, that K.
B. Gardner, of Hendersonville,
council president: Andrew Gennett,
Ashevllle, council vice president,
would attend, along with the fol
lowing council committee chair
M, E. Gambrell. Hendersonville.
camping; W. E Ensor, Cherokee,
training; W. B. Boul. Ashevillc, or
ganization; W. O. Harris, Ashe
ville. health andVafety; Dr. Sam
uel Robinson. Asheville, council
The leaders of the local district
held a meeting last week to discuss
general plans for the coming year.
Haywood County's commission
ers held their third Monday meet
ing of the month at the court
house today, with chairman Fara
d.v Green presiding.
The morning was devoted to
routine business, while the after
noon was set aside for conferences
with county groups on several
'Don't Drive On Left/
Rural Mail Carriers Told
Rural mail carriers in Haywood
County have been informed^of a
recent ruling by the attorney gen
eral of North Carolina, pointing
out that it is a violation of state
law to drive on the left side of the
road in serving rural mail boxes.
The ruling, addressed to a rural
carrier, says 1n part:
"The mere fact that the mail box
which you wish to serve is on the
left side of the highway does not
make it impracticable for you to
drive on the right side of the road.!
Thus, if the highway is of sufficient
width, you may not drive to the
left of the center of the road.
There is no distinction in this re
spect between a paved highway
and a dirt road."
Enos Boyd, Waynesville post-.
master, said that, except in a few j
instances, rural carriers make all'
their deliveries while going in one j
direction and that it would be im
practical for carriers to alter their
routes in order to serve all mail
boxes from the right side.
All boxes are already on the
right side on the main highways,
but not on the secondary roads.
Mr. Boyd explained.
The postmaster asked the coop
eration of the public on the rural
routes and Indicated that persons
witla mailboxes on the left side of
the road may be asked to move
them later. %
(This Information com
piled from records ol
Stale Highway Patrol.)