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?^|The Waynesville Mountaineer sin
Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park u ju?Q
fEAH PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVULLB, N. THURSDAY AFTERNOON. MAY It*. 1955 $3.60 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
cision On Pigeon
>er Road Is Near
bfor $1,600 were award
Ivy Company, Inc.,
^ Town of Canton in the
lit growing out of street
damages within a week
il term of Superior Court
t court is near the end
?week term, with J'tdge
ek a jury awarded Floyd
mages for $2,500 against
if Canton as a result of
totet project. The Town
has given notice of ap
t Woody case.
te Parker was awarded
tlement of a case against
rt Fire Insurance Com
iit of the David Under
lie against the Liberty
arch, a settlement was
?ring the trial, whereby
is of the church agreed
!5 The trustees are A. i
t, Horace Messer and S.
i of Frank S. Leather
and James W. Leather
settled over ownership
if M. V. Jenkins against
|$t Iron Company was a
Ire was granted Johnnie
p and Carrie Nell Mes
Hhtreup anoLPaul O.
Hapected to adjourn
I Curtis, t hree-y ear-old
?plain and Mrs. Charles
I Waynesvtlle. Route 1.
bed Monday when he
?I Siebentisch Canal in
?krmany, according to
b received by relatives
ft was playing with an
?eighboi - child and a
bwgster when the accl- 1
bed, it was reported,
?ttl has tK'cn stationed
? tor two years. Mrs.
I their three children
? in April, 195*.
* family is being trans- :
he States, bringing the 1
y home. The estimated
?rival, according to in
received by the Red
Iter here, is May 25.
1 in addition to the par
two brothers, Charles
Ronald Stuart; the pa
?dmother, Mrs. Mary j
Route 1. Waynesville:
|aternal grandfather, i
rirer. of Waynesville, j
tfrangements will be
011 arrival of the body.
I At Clyde
Psh Auto Fire
?*men made ? a run at
porning to the Thomp
P?d where an automo
? by James Jenkins had
? from defective wiring.
Ptins, who lives in
? Cove, was on his way
? ?be Champion plant in
P^Se to his car, a 1949
? *as estimated at $100.
P* home of Ott Ford.
?^Wly and mild with
? thuiidershowers today
phnesvUle temperature 1
the State Test Farm.
? Ma*. Min. Prec.
? 60 54 24
? 70 52 23
I 75 47 .24
By W. CURTIS RUSS
Editor The Mountaineer
Indications this morning were
that the State Highway Commis
sion could reach a decision on the
route of the interstate highway
from Western North Carolina to
Eastern Tennessee about June
The Mountaineer learned from
a reliable source that the present
schedule would permit the decis- ;
ion being reached about that date.
When the hearing was held in I
Asheville April 18 on the two pro
posed routes, those favoring the ,
French Broad route requested ,
that the Commission withhold a ;
decision until a report could be
made by T. M. Howerton, engin
eer of Asheville, one of those ,
from Asheville advocating the
French Broad route.
Chairman A. H. Graham prom
ised to held uo the decision until >
Howerton could get his. maps and
proposals for the French Broad
route to Raleigh.
The Howerton maps and report *
are due in Raleigh this weekend.
The Commission's engineers would
have about 10 days in which to
study Howerton's maps and make
their report and decision on the
proposals made by the private en- '
gineer of Asheville."
Howerton contends that the west
side of the French Broad is the
logical route for the interstate
road, while highway engineers
turned thumbs down on the route
as being- impractical and too ex
pensive to construct. But- at the 1
insistence of a delegation from
Madison and Asheville, the Com
mission agreed to review Hower
ton's proposals before making the
At the April 18th hearing, W. H.
Rogers. Jr., chief engineer, and
R. Getty Browning, chief locating
engineer, termed the Pigeon Riv
er Route the only logical route for
the interstate highway.
With Howerton's reports In ?
hand, the engineers will have ten
days to study them, and then
sometime "about" June first, the
decision will be announced, pro
vided the present timetable is
Sheriff Fred Campbell said to
day he had named June Setzer as
a deputy, under the terms of the
recent law passed in the General
Assembly authorizing the sheriff
to name three deputies.
Sheriff Campbell said that Gene
Howell who has been with the of- j
flee for some time is included un
der the terms of the new law. The
third man. to be named from Beav
erdam. will be announced soon,
the Sheriff said.
Deputy Setzer has served as
deputy under Sheriff Campbell
prior to this.
The new law becomes effective
fJuly first, so Sheriff Campbell j
said he was paying the salaries of
the two deputies himself until that
time. On Juyl first, the sheriff's ;
office goes on a salary basis, with
all fees going to the county.
Bookmobile To .Cease
Operation For 2 Weeks
The Haywood County Bookmo
bile will not be in operation for
two weeks beginning May 23, ac
cording to an announcement by
Mrs. Frances Jones, Bookmobile j
Mrs. Jones will be on vacation
duriqg the first we^k and will work i
' on records at the library from May !
30 until June 4.
The Bookmdbile will resume op
; eration on June 6.
ASSEMBLY LINE METHODS were utilized here
to keep ears and trucks rolling through the safe
ty inspection check lane on Boundary St.. which
was manned by a police officer, highway patrol
man, two mechanics, and several driver training
students from Wa.vnesville High School, who jack
ed up vehicles and served as checkers.
? (Mountaineer Photo).
866 Vehicles Checked In Waynesville
And Hazelwood; 757 Pass Inspection
Rep. Rogers Sees
Kep. Jerry Rogers told The
Mountaineer today that it now
looks like the General Assembly
might adjourn about May 25 or
"The committee named from
both Houses to work out a solu
tion on the matter of new taxes
should be able to report within
a few days, and then the formal j
approval of their recommenda
tion will not take lone. The talk 1
making the rounds In the legisla
tive halls right now is that it
looks like next Wednesday or
Thursday, for the adjournment."
This term of the General As
sembly is one of the longest
since 1931. In 1931 the adjourn
ment was May 27, having start
ed January 7. In 1933 the session
was from January 4 until May 15.
The 1955 Legislature convened
The home of Mrs. J. B. Mash-r
burn behind the Ciine-Bradley
hardware store at Five Points in
Hazelwood was destroyed by fire
about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according
to Fire Chief George Bischoff of :
Forced to flee when the blaze
started were Mrs Mashburn. her
daughter-in-law, Mrs. Donnie Nar
more. and Mrs. Narmore's two sons,
Gene and Earl.
Mrs. Mashburn awakened first I
and then roused the other three
occupants of the one-story frame |
Chief Bischoff reported that the
fire started in a bedroom, but said ?
the cause was unknown. He estim
ated the loss at $2,000. Neither the
house nor any of the furnishings
Groups in Hazelwood, Aliens
Creek, and Ratcliffe Cove are now
taking up money to aid the home
less family, the fire chief said. .j
(The fire was not reported to The
Mountaineer until after presstime
A total of 866 cars went through
creek lanes in Waynesville and
Hazelwood during the first two and
a half days of the current vehicle
inspection in Haywood County.
This figure was as of 1 p.m. today.
Of the -total. 757 vehicles were
approved and their drivers given I
safety inspection stickers. Driv
ers of cars found defective were
informed of the defects and urged
to have repairs made. Many driv- 1
ers did and brought their cars
back fdr a second check.
Rain hampered the operations
at the check lanes on the lower
part of Boundary St. in Waynes
ville both Tuesday and Wednesday .
The first day, 425 cars w?re in
spected, the second day, 3ld.
This morning on Beech St. In
Hazelwood, 122 cars were checked.
Manning the checking statibns
are Waynesville and Ha/elwood
police, state highway patrolmen,
mechanics from Howell, Parkway,
Taylor. Watkins, Waynesville Mot
or Sales. Potts, and Br.vson and
Harrell garages, and driver train
ing students from Waynesville
Township High School.
Police Chief Orville Noland of
Waynesville said that 26 prizes are
being offered in connection with
the inspection program which will
continue Friday and Saturday on
Vehicles in the Canton area are
being checked on Penland St.
Pvt. Samuel Cham bens
Reported A Little Better
Pvt. Samuel Chambers. 19. was ;
reported a little better at the
Moore General Hospital, where he
has been since receiving serious
head injuries in an automobile
accident near Lake Logan. May
Pvt. Chambers, home just a few
hours from Ft. Jackson, went off
a 200-foot embankment in a car.
Attending physicians say he has
a blood clot on the brain. No
operation is contemplated. He re
mains unconscious the major part
of the time.
Death To Rattler
An annoyed rattlesnake with
14 rattles went out swinging in
the middle of a road at Bethel.
The snake apparently came
down from the Pisgah range. It
was coiled and striking from
time to time at passing vehicles.
Finally Jerry Autman drove
his farm tractor over the rat
A bill was Introduced in the
General Assembly Wednesday by
Rep. Jerry Rogers, upon request,
which would give the Haywood
county commissioners authoriza
tion to sell the county home and
The bill provides that the pro
ceeds from the sale of the farm
would be applied to the debt ser
vice fund of the county.
The bill tvas sent to the House
committee on towns, cities and
The county home farm, at
Bethel, consists of 135 acres, plus
the large building used for many
years as a county home, as well as
some barns. v
Early this year, those staying at
the home were transferred to
licensed nursing homes in the
area, as an economic move on the
part of. the commissioners, upon
recommendation of welfare agen
cies, as a means of better provid
ing for those staying at the. home.
Conservative estimates made by
some here this morning was that
the farm and home would bring
something like $100,000 or more.
The county acquired the farm
200 Music Students To Be
Heard In WTHS Concert
More than two hundred students
of the WaynesvHle High School
will participate in the commence
! ment concert to be presented by
i the music department Friday night
, at 8 o'clock in the school audi
The program, to be presented
under the direction of Charles Isley
and Robert Campbell, will include j
selections by the orchestra, the
Junior. Military and Concert
Bands, and the Mixed Chorus.
Of spdtial interest during thej
concert will be the presentation
of special music awards. These
will include the John Phillip Sousa
award which will go to the out
standing senior band student and
the AMon Award which will go to
an outstanding senior student in
either band or chorus. Certificates
will be given to the outstanding
performer in each of the music
groups, the juniors will receive
letters and the senior will receive
Members of the senior class will:
be admitted to the concert free
There are 50 members of the
orchestra This is the group that
recently played before a group of
Southern Music Teachers in New
Orleans. The junior band has 40
pieces while the chorus is com
posed of 50 voices. The military
band has 40 pieces, and the con
cert band is made up of 45 pieces!
The concluding number on the
program will be by the concert
(See Concert?Page I)
$101,831 Spent In County
On ASC Program In 1954
A total of $101,831.53 was spent .
during 1954 by the Haywood Coun- I
tv Agriculture Stabilization and
Conservation organization to assist I
farmers in improving their tand. <
according to the annual ASC re
port issued here last keek. J
Of that amount, $82,891.72 was
spent on various agricultural prac- I <
tices and the remainder, $18,939.81,| <
for administration of the ASC pro- 1
The program In Haywood Coun- j
ty. it was pointed out, "attacks soil ! I
and water problems down where J l
they start, on the Individual farms <
of the nation. <
"It is a program whereby farm- ! i
ers and government work in part- t
nershlp to save and Improve the i
nation's soil resources The pro
gram encourages farmers to furth- j i
er a definite conservation program i
for every farm on the basis of the
'most needed' practices first." <
A report on the various prac- <
tices approved by ASC included: i
Practice No. 1?During the year, i
288 county farmers seeded 907 i
ceres ip permanent pasture, for
which the ASC paid $18,845 in
issistance for the purchase of lime.
Fertilizer, and seed.
Practice No. 2- ? Ninety-four
Farmers seeded 306 acres of per
ennial legumes and grass, of which
\SC shared the cost, totaling
Practice No. 3?Fourteen farm: ?
?rs treated 77 acres of cropland I
ivith lime to permit the use of.
legumes and grasses, with the ASC
Practice No. 6?-A total of 432
rarmers rcseeded 1.649 acres, rep
esenting an - initial improvement
>f an established permanent grass j
>r grass and legume cover for soil
md watershed protection. ASC
>aid a total of $23,383 for this
Practice No. 13?Seven farmers
.vere given $482 to install 4.917
cet of drain tile.
Practice No. 14?Ninty-five farm
ers seeded 306 acres for the initial
-stablishment of winter annual le
gumes or ryegrass on cropland for
winter protection from erosion, for
vhich the ASC paid $1,000
Practire No 18?For the estab
(See ASC Program?Page 6)
Baccalaureate Programs Set
Sunday At Six Schools
200 Doctors From 5 States <
Expected To Attend Second ?
Annual Assembly In June >
Lon Chambers, 75,
Died Today Of
Lou L. Chamber*. 75-year-old
Bethel farmer, died shortly after
reaching the hospital this morn
ing from a self-inflicted shotgun
Deputy Carl Setzer, investigat
ing officer, said that Chambers, in
ill health, had placed a 20-gauge
shotgun under his left ribs, near
the belt, and pulled the trigger as
he stood in the yard of his home
in the Rocky Branch section near
Bethel this morning about 8
Members of the family and
neighbors said Chambers had been
in ill health for some time and
they felt this was the cause of his
shooting himself, the dtputy sher
iff said. ?
Chambers was rushed by neigh
bors to the hospital where he died
while receiving treatment.
Survivors include the wife. Mrs.
Bessie Singleton Chambers; two
sons, Elton Chambers of Asheville
(See l.on Chambers?Page 3>
A total of 14.17 persons visited
seven homes in Haywood Comity
Tuesday afternoon in which open
house was held in observance of
National Home Demonstration Club
Miss Mary Corn well, home agent,
said that attendance averaged in
excess of 200 at each of the seven
homes. She termed the program
"the most successful endeavor of
this type our clubs have ever at
tempted. Much interest was shown
all the way through."
The open house sessions were
held at the homes of:
Mrs. Harold Hanson iMcKimmon
C'lubi at Canton; Mrs. John Mor
gan iCanton Homemakers> in the
Bethel section: Mrs. J. L. Single
ton iBethel Club' at Bethel: Mrs.
Jack McCracken <Bethel Clubi at
Bethel .Mrs. Will RatclilTe Ulat
clifTe Cove Clubi at RatclifTe Cove:
Mrs. Will Medford 'Lake Junatua
ka Club> at Waynesville, and Mrs
Reeves Noland i Ratcliffe Cove
Clubi at Lake Junaluska.
The committee in charge of the
open house program was rnude up
of Mrs. H. O. Champion of Way
nesville. chairman; Mrs. Rankin
Ferguson of the Lakeside Club.
Mrs. Clifton Terrell of Bethel. Mrs.
liasque Warren of Clyde, and Mrs.
Paul Hyatt of the McKimmon Club.
| Department Heads
All departments of Hazelwood
have been re-named. It was an
nounced by Mayor Lawrence Davis
Roy Stevens is the chief of
police: George Bischoff is chief of
the fire department. Gene Wyatt
is tax collector and office man
ager, while Rudolph Carsweil is
Mark Smith is night fireman,
and Jerry Crawford is in charge
of the street and water depart
ments of the town.
Tentative indications arc that <
200 doctors from five states will i
be here for the second annual ;
Mountaintop Assembly, which will
hold a two-da\ meeting here June ,
Dr Stuart Koberson, general
chairman, said there is much in- <
terest being manifested by the doc
tors in North and South Carolina,
Georgia, Florida and "Tennessee
over the meeting Last year's as
sembly was so successful that
plans were made for an even
broader program this year.
The Assembly is sponsored by
the Haywood County Academy of
General Practice. The two morn
ing sessions will be devoted to the
meetings featuring nationally
known speakers, and the afternoon
turned over to recreation.
The first evening the group will
visit the drama at Cherokee.
A special program is being ar
ranged for the wives of the
Scheduled to appear on the pro
gram are Dr. Heath Denton Bum
gardncr, of Temple University; Dr
Courtland Davis. Jr., professor at
Bowman Gray School of Medicine.
Winston-Salem; Dr. W M, Nichol
son. professor of the -Duke School
of Medicine. Durham and Dr. John
Bender, secretary-treasurer of the
North Carolina Academy of Gen
eral Practice, Winston-Salem.
A number of pieces of local
literature is being mailed to the
list of doctors in the five states a
bout the area and the Assembly.
Registration will be handled by
the Chamber of Commerce. The
headquarters will again be the
A total of. $2,588.45 was paid
for 145 lambs sold Monday at the
county's first lamb pool of 1955
at the Clyde stockyards.
Sixty-seven "choice"' I a 111 h s
brought a total of $1,335 or an av
erage of 22 1/4 cents a pound.
Sixty "good" lamhs brought
$1,001.38 or an average of 20 1/4
cents a pound.
Eighteen .^nimals graded "med
ium" were sold for $234 or an av
erage of 17 cents a pound.
Consignors were Kenneth Best,
Or. Frank Killian and Paul Kil
lian of Macon County, M. B. Rog
ers, Mrs. Welch Singleton. J. N.
Powell, Jarvis Cantphell. ,loe Dav
is, L. M. Cabe, Gilmer Jones of
Macon County. Hilliary Medford,
R. F. Rogers and Mrs. Fred Rice.
3 Trees Cut
At Old School
Three trees on the grounds of
the old Central Elementary School
on Haywood St.. have been cut
down by town crews with the per
mission of the Haywood County
Board of Education.
Lawrence H. Leatherwood. sup
erintendent of schools, said he
gave permission for the cutting of
the trees on the recommendation
of Walter Mehaffey, head of the
town's electrical department.
The school executive explained
that Mr. Mehaffey informed him
that the trees threatened damage
to town power lines on Boyd Ave.
and were a potential menace to
passers-by ?? especially during a
storm. ? I
107 Graduates ,
Baccalaureate services will be
teld Sunday lor all of Haywood
bounty's 407 graduating seniors
except at Canton High School,
where the program is set for May
Haeca laureate programs will
dart at B p.m. Sunday at Waynes
ville. Bethel, and Clyde high
schools, at Crablree-Iron Duff at
2:30 p.m., at Fines Creek at 11
a.m.. and at Keynolds at 4 p.m.
iPictures and list of graduates
on Page 1. Section 2.i
The sermon will be delivered at
B p.m. in he WTHS auditorium by
the Rev. Earl H. Brendall, pastor
of the First Methodist Church, on
the subject. "Enjoy Life and Be
The invocation and the benedic
tion will be pronounced by the Rev.
James Y. Perry, pastor of Grace
Musical numbers will include:
The processional. "Onward
Christian Soldiers," and the reces
sional. "God Of Our Fathers," both
by Margaret Jean Connatser: the
congregational hymn, "Lead On,
Oh King Eternal"; and "I Walk
With God" by the WTHS chorus.
(Pictures and list of graduates
on Page 1. Section 3.)
The baccalaureate sermon will
be delivered by the Rev. Kenneth
C. Crouse. pastor of the Morning
Star Methodist Charge.
Also on the program, which be
gins at 8 p.m. Sunday, are:
Invocation by the Rev. L. B.
George, pastor of the BethelMeth
odist Church, scripture by the Rev.
Henry Hope of the Bethel Presby
(See Schools?Page 6)
Jimmy Best and Peggy Sue
Greene were declared winners in
the boys and girls divisions of the
declamation and recitation contest
for students at Crabtree-Iron Duff
lfiRh School, held Tuesday night
during a meeting of the PTA.
Boyd Fisher was second and
George Kirkpa trick third among
Martha Ann Caldwell was sec
ond and Jea'n Crawford and Bar
bara Crawford tied for third among
the girls. ,
Judges were Mrs. Frank Brown
of Central Elementary School,
Waynesville: Miss Bcrnice McEI
hannon and Mr*. P. T. Phoenix of
Bethel School. The contest was co
sponsored by the Beta Club and
the Crabtree-Iron Duff PTA.
J. E. Chambers Is
James ?. Chambers. 49. of Clyde,
was reported today to be resting
better, and improving, following
serious injuries sustained about
R a.m Sunday morning in a car
Chambers, driving alone, is be
lieved by officers to have gone to
sleep, and his car left Highway
19-23 near the Haywood-Buncombe
line and landed in a creelc 30 feet
below the road. ,
Chambers suffered a mashed
lung, compound fracture of the left
leg. and a broken jaw. He is a
patient in Mission Hospital. Ashe
(This Information com
piled from records ol
State Highway Patrol.)
Chest X-Ray Unit Moves
To Clyde For Three Days
The state's mobile X-ray unit
moved to Clyde today where it will
be in operation through Saturday.
Next week, one unit wilt be at
Canton from Tuesday through June
11 (excepting Sunday and Monday)
near the Canton postofflce. and j
another unit will be at the court
house parking lot in Waynesvillc
from lliursday through the 11th.
Hours are from II a.m.* until 3.
The total of persons who have
received the X-rays was 1.412 at 1
the close of the day Wednesday.
A total of 740 visited the rolling 1
lab at ilazelwood last Friday and
Saturday. Another .672 were ex
amined Tuesday and Wednesday at
the Dayton Rubber Co. plant.
County Home Demonstration
Club women are assisting in opera
tions of the mobile units.
The X-rays/are given free to all
persons 19 years of age or older,
but younger children can have
them made by obtaining permis
sion from their family physician ?
or the Health Department. i