hi? The Waynesville Mountaineer 15?
1* Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eaatern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park * bl> tarnovcr- ^
t^p^N:5T80 TIT AGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. t\, MONDAY AFTERNOON. SEPT. 26, 1955 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
hurt Order Blocks County Home Farm Sale
I,per Mufflers Cause
Arrests On Weekend;
irs Start Campaign
patrolmen arrested 48
rer the weekend here
improper mufflers on
,-er* issued to the 48
court. The court can
giim fine of $10 or up
and costs, the patrol
men. according to Cpl.
ni'.h, inaugurated the
Hjer section 20-128,
e laws, which reads as
of noise, smoke,
? cut-outs regulated?
? shall drive a motor
highway unless such
ie is equipped with a
nod working order and
operation to prevent
unusual noise, annoy
nd smoke screens."
be unlawful to use
st-out" on any motor
i a highway,"
Ue and HaielWood
staging a similar
tried in Waynesvllle's
I this afternoon,
had several complaints
ince," Cpl. Smith said,
out to clear the high
wood of these improp
' he pointed out. "The
ill continue, and all
r at work enforcing
this violation," he ex
th said one recent
i when the operator of
racing his motor at a
.the request of some
and the result was a
sited after the mptor
iyear-old driver ran
I onto the Racoon
iirned over six times,
his car, and narrow
after this incident,"
said, "that we must
compaign against the
ufflers, and we shall
lis campaign. Those
?ch mufflers on their
uld see that they are
once, or be ready to
wrt" he pointed out.
?ne. commissioner of
Apartment of Labor,
x the weekend. He ad
?oup of the Local 277
*r Workers Union at
Saturday, at the annu
ls. Crane spent the
morning for their re
Raleigh, slopping en
tral branch offices of
I leatherwood. district
?ions district 31A. will
Canton Lions Club
Pm. ?t Glenells, Can
It Club showed a profit
I tor use in promoting
P* Canton Band. Each
tmbers averaged 7 1/2
I rides during Labor
(Jte report said, where
annual project of the
J* cloudiness and
"tUt tain again in the
r and cool.
*d tty the State Test
Ma*. Min. Pr.
I " " I
r - * 6t ,4s
cases; heard by Judge Moore in
the civil term of Superior Court j
the latter part of la.st week and
Judgment against Walter Me- '
haffey in an accident case, ordered
to pay S500 each in damages to
Hester Woody, Harrison Caldwell 1
and Murphy Rathbone
rdnmT"1 of $>-300 against the
h?lr r s n r ?? ?l Sylva '? be
half of Allen D. Casey.
Lena Jenkins vs. joe Smathers !
and Inez Smathers ? plaintiffs
case and defendant's counter claim !
nonsuited and dismissed Court '
costs charged to plaintiff.
Frankie Jo Daves Robinson vs. 1
Clyde M. Robinson Plaintiff a
warded alimony of $60 monthly. '
State vs. John Rigdon, Jr. cierk
?'i authorizf,<l to refund ,
51.280 to defendant, which had
been paid by the defendant in pay
ments of $10 weekly, as ordered
during the February , 1953 term of
Superior Court on a charge of
forcible trespass. Defendant asked
to use the money to purchase a
A similar order was authorized
by the court in the case of the
State vs. James Robert Browning.
Sixty-one Haywood County men
were assigned draft classifications
at a recent meeting of Selective
Service Board 45.
Class 1-A (Available for induc
tion?William Ray Clontz, Carl
Class X-C (Inducted) ? Robert
Crage Spurling. Jr., Charles Edwin
PMnf' ^W'n Neal Grast>. Ernest
Phillips, Jack Lee Bishop, Law
rence Junior Thomason, Glenn
Browning. Darold Crawford
George Marion Edwards. Marvin
Eugene Jones, Kenneth Grover
I arks, Grover Charles Swayngim,
Class 1-C (Enlisted) ? William
Ben Terrell, Melvin Bron Morgan.
J. L. Brown, Richard Carlton Wil
son, Joseph Cecil Mason, Jr..
Gerald Worth Owen, Arnold
Class 1-C (Reserve) ? Kenneth
Allison Deaver, Jack Douglas
MUner, James Howard West, Arlen
ISflf0" Duckett. Edwin Palmer Rat
cliff, Kyle Davis Grasty, Forrest
Messer, Charles William Phillips
Joe Jerry Mull. James Cleveland
Caldwell, William Homer Owen
Jr., Harley Estus Wright, Jr., Mark
Class 1-C (Discharged)?Carlson
Class 2-A (Occupational defer
ment)?Hugh Kirkpatrick Terrell,
(Bee Draft Board?page 6> s
COMPLETING PLANS for the seventh annual
Pigeon Valley Fair next week was this group at
Bethel High School Tuesday (left to right); Mrs.
Bill Swift, superintendent of the catalogue com
mittee; C. C. Poindexter. superintendent of the
publicity committee; M. C. Nix, fair superin
tendent, and Miss Lois Ruckner. superintendent
of the FHA division. The fair will start Wednes
day night with a community religious service
and end Sunday with a community sing. Fair
exhibits will be open to the public Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday nights.
(Mountaineer Photo) j
Five-Day Pigeon Valley Fair Program
Opens Wednesday Night At Bethel
Five Haywood Lions Clubs
Considering An Eye Clinic
In Grid Contest
Mrs. John H. Payne. 322 East
Marshall St., Waynesville, won
The Mountaineer's first football
contest of the season and $15
first-prize money with a perfect
score on forecasting the outcome
of 12 football games.
This is believed to be the first
perfect score ever made in the
annual Mountaineer contest.
Six entrants missed only one
game, while 17 others missed
The games that caused the
most misses by contestants con
cerned Maryland's win over
UCLA and Mississippi State's
upset of Tennessee.
Tuscola Garden Club
Will Meet Wednesday
The Tuscola Garden Club will i
hold its first fall meeting at the
home of Mrs. Paul McElroy, Sr.,
at Lake Junaluska, Wednesday af
ternoon at 12:45 o'clock. Mrs
Everett McElroy will be co-host
Mrs. Kenneth Stahl will pre- ;
1 1 ? *?V ' 1 1 ' 1 i
i Officials and chairmen of sight
[conservation committees of Hay
i wood's five Lions Clubs approved
installation of $1,500 in equipment
i for a sight clinic at the Haywood
; Health Department here.
The five Lions Clubs of the
county would finance the cost of
the equipment, with the staff of
I he State Blind Commission. Ashe
[ villc, doing the work, without cost
I io the patients.
The decision was reached at a
zone meeting held Thursday night
at Bethel, with Bill Shull, Canton,
zone chairman, in charge. The
Bethel club, together with the
president, secretary and chairman
o'f the sight conservation committee
of each of the clubs attended. The
principal speaker was Arnold
Hyde, of the State Blind Commis
sion, and Mrs. Elba Kearney, physi
[ cal restoration nurse of the Com
Tentative plans are for the clinic
to be conducted once a month.
The Health Department staff, to
gether with teachers of the schools
would screen the students and send
those to the clinic that it was felt
needed an examination. These
agencies would work with Miss
Tauline Williams, welfare blind
commission agent here.
At present four to six clinics are
held each year in the county. The
reports showed that last year 257
examinations were given, 23 were
medical cases and 16 surgical
The plan will be presented lo
each club for formal'action, and
(See Lions Club?page 5)
TIic annual Pigeon Valley Fail
will be a five-iUay event this year,
It waif decided by the board of di
rectors, as they completed plans
for the program.
The fair will be held at the
Bethel school, as in the past, and
will start Wednesday, Sept. 28 and
continue through Sunday, Oct. 2.
when a community singing will be
The five-day event will begin
with a religious service on Wed
Judging of exhibits will be
Thursday night, and open Friday
A folk festival will be staged
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
The day time program will in
clude a pet and livestock show on
Friday morning, a football game
between Bethel Demons and the
Hendersonville Bearcats during
A horse show will be featured
A queen for the fair will be
1 named during the folk festival
event Jhursday night.
Officials of the fair organization
said today they expected the larg
est and best fair in the history of
M. C. Nix, vocational agricul
ture teacher at Bethel high school,
^will serve as fair manager.
1 Carl.vle Sheffield will serve as
Directors from the six I'igeon
I Valley communities are as follows:
Delmar Reed, Stamey Cove; Mrs.
Henry Garner, West Pigeon: 1-. H.
1 Sherill, East Pigeon; Mrs Cecil
Moody, Center Pigeon; L. C.
Moody, Cecil; Dick Alexander,
Fair superintendents will be: E.
B. Rickman, crops; Mrs. C. 5. Ter
i rell, woman's department; Mrs.
(See Bethel Fair?pagr 3)
fudge Zeb Nettles
Signs Order To
Stop Farm Sale
Summons in a court restraining
^rdcr were served here today on
he county commissioners which
sill prevent them from offering
ihe 140-acre Haywood County
Home Farm for sale at auction on '
The restraining order, signed by
Judge Zeb V. Nettles, of Ashe
ville, judge of the Superior Courts
of North Carolina, sets out that
the commissioners, as defendants,
are ordered to appear before Judge
Dan K. Moore, of Sylva. at the
courthouse here on Saturday. Oc
tober 8th, 9 30 a.m. and "show
cause, if any, why the order shall
not be continued until the final
Eight plaintiffs are named In
the order, acting "on behalf of
themselves and others, citizens and
taxpayers of Haywood county."
The plaintiffs named in the order
are: J. H. Allison, former county
commissioner; D. J. Noland. also
a former commissioner; Turner
Cathery. former assistant county
agent, and now principal of the
Pennsylvania Avenue School, Can
ton; Mrs. Lou Singleton, civic
leader of Bethel; Ernest Rogers,
of Clyde; Mrs. Carl Edwards, also
of Bethel; M. V. Jenkins. White
Oak farmer; and M. H. Caldwell,
retired Jonathan farmer-dairyman.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs are
R. E. Sentelle and W. Roy Francis.
The three county commissioners
are defendants in the case, F. C.
Green, F. W. Woody and Frank R.
The first paragraph of the order
sets out that the defendants "are
I hereby restrained and enjoined
from any further proceedings per
taining to the sale of the County
Farm and County Home for the
aged and infirm, until further
ordersfrom the court."
- A MOO bond was posted bf the
plaintiffs in the case.
The action climaxed a contro
versial issue here in Haywood
since the commissioners announced
some time ago they planned to sell
the property, inasmuch as the
county home Is no longer used,
since all the folks from the home
are now in licensed nursing homes.
Soon after the announcement of
the intention to sell the 140-acre
farm at auction, about 87 copies of
a petition were put into circula
tion. The bill of camplaint attach
ed to the restraining order cites
that about 3,000 signatures were
put on the petitions.
The commissioners granted a
public hearing after the petitions
were circulated, and announced
that a tract of about 35 acres be
tween the Pigeon River and High
way 110 would be retained by the
county and not offered for sale.
Some of the citizens from Bethel
had asked that some of the prop
erty be retained for a future site
lor a high school.
The sale date was originally set
for Sept. 17, but was changed to
Oct. 1, because the corn crop pre
vented surveyors from completing
the mapping and plotting of the
The inauguration of the county
home and farm for Haywood was
authorized in a special act of the
Legislature in 1907. Tfie com
missioners at that time purchased
the 140-acre tract and built the
brick county home.
Several additions were made to
the building. In 1953 a fire dam
(See County Home?page 6>
EVERETT McELROV. chief of Lake Junaluska. points to a high
way covered with frogs early Saturday night. The photograph does,
not show the thousands of frogs already killed by the constant
stream of cars over the highway at the Lake. (Mountaineer Photol.
Two-Slate Delegation To
Seek Park Improvement^
Willian Medford, chairman of
the N. C. Park Commission, will
lead a North Carolina delegation
to Washington Wednesday to con
fer with an assiy'^it secretary of
the Interior in charge of National
Parks. The North Carolina dele
gation will be joined in Washing
ton by a similar group from the
Tenqessee Park Commission.
The conference is a follow-up of
the meeting of the two-state
groups and Park officials in Gat
The civic leaders of the two
states will urge a 5-point develop
1. Additional camp ground de
velopment in both North Carolina
2. Improvement of the highway
from Ravensford to Newfound
Gap. The present highway is too
steep, too narrow, curves too
sharp, and the pavement is badly
3 Also the improvement of the
Little River Road in Tennessee. I
4. Construction of a pioneer life
museum at Ravcnsford and a Na
tural History museum at park
5. Urge the need for additional ;
naturalists and rangers for Park, i
The conference is set for 10 a.m. 1
Thursday. Those Park Commission 1
members planning to ? go from
North Carolina besides Chairman
Medford, are Frank Brown, Cul
lowhee; Robert I. Pressley, Ashe
villo; John Archer. Franklin, and
perhaps Dr. Kelly Bennett, form
er chairman and a State Repre
sentative. Chairman Medford is a
On Friday Chairman Medford
gave the address of welcome in be
half of North Carolina to the Na
tional Park superintendents and
rangers now in session at Fontana.
He attended the session there con
sulting with officials on matters j
about the Great Smokies
Last Rites Held Sunday
For Senator W. Smathers
Former United States Senator
William H. Smathers of New Jer
sey, a native of Waynesville, didd
in an Ashcville hospital early Sat
urday morning. He was 64 He had
suffered a cerebral hemorrhage
and was hospitalized last Monday.
His home was in Waynesville.
Smathers was elected to the U.S.
Senate in 1936, having defeated the
old-guard Republican incumbent.
Senator W. Warren Barbour.
The former United Slates Sen
ator was the son of the late Or and
Mrs. B. F. Smathers of Waynes
ville. He was an uncle of Senator
George Smathers, Florida Demo
crat. and was a member of one of
North Carolina'* oldest families.
He went to New Jersey in 1912
to practice law, but never lost his
slow way of talking and walking
that was his Southern heritage. He
(See Sen. Smathers?page 6>
Buchanan To Confer On
Haywood Highway Projects
Commissioner Harry Buchanan
of the 14th Highway District, was
in Canton today holding confer
ences on several county road proj
ects. He said the details were
tentative, and he was getting in
formation to take to Raleigh Wed
nesday In preparation for the reg
ular commission meeting on Thurs
day and Friday.
Commissioner Buchanan said he
understood the engineers were
at>oul finished with their survey
t>f the viaduct In Canton. He was to
check on that detail later today.
The highway officials said he
planned to devote much of his
time in Raleigh from Wednesday
tc Sunday discussing the Pigeon
River Road project with Chairman
A. H. Graham and engineers of
"I am going to see what can
be done to expedite that proj
ect. which i consider so vital
to all Western North Carolina,"
Commissioner Buchanan said the
work of the survey from Balsam to
Sylva on 19A-23 was in fine shape.
He said the survey from Balsam to
the Lake had heen held up for the
time being because of lack of
"1 thought at one time we could ;
get some special financial aid on \
this particular survey, but have
now found that it will be entirely
a state project," he said. "And
there is not any money for that
particular survey at the moment,
but I hope it can be started before
Commissioner Buchanan will re
main in Raleigh through Monday,
as he has been requested by Gov
ernor Hodges to serve on the State
Tourist Commission, a now state
agency that is Just being organized
to promote the tourist business
throughout the state.
Lake Junaluska Frogs
Swarm Onto High way
To Start Closing
Wednesday At 12
The Waynesville postoffice i
will start closing at noon -each I
Wednesday, starting this week.
Postmaster fcnos Boyd announc
The closing will affec. j?
poatoffire's stamp and parcel
post window, and the money or
der window. It will have no af
fect on mall delivery to city and j
rural routes and on the putting
up of mail in postolTice hoses. |
Mr. Boyd said that a number
of postoffices throughout the
country now observe noon clos
ing on Wednesdays.
Two Cars j
Mr. and Mrs. Peary Ravan of
| Willford, S. C? were brought to
! Haywood County Hospital Sunday
j morning after their ear ran off the
highway on Soeo Gap a mile west
of the Haywood County line and
overturned 150 feet down the
mountain. The accident occurred at
8:45 a.m. in a heavy fog and rain.
Fifteen minutes later, Bobby
Shook of Route 1, Sylva. skidded
off the same curve and landed
atop the Ravan vehicle after side
swiping a car driven by John Tate j
of South Pittsburgh, Pa.
Some 45 minutes later, Charlie
Jones of Canton, a Haywood Coun
ty deputy sheriff, applied the
brakes of his car in an attempt to
a\oid hitting the Tate car and
overturned on the highway.
Only the Ravans were Injured,
suffering cuts and bruises.
Total damage to the lour cars
was estimated at $2,500.
As drizzling rain began ubout h
p.m. Saturday, thousands upon
thousands of little bullfrogs leil
the shallow waters of Lake Junu
luska and covered the highway
from Richland Creek bridge to the
West Entrance Gate of the Assem
At. one point where the highway
is near the shore of the Lake, the
pavement was about an inch deep
. in the inaxhcd frogs that had been
: killed by the heavy traffic.
Tbe frogs came out of the L*k"
I vaterg and on_ tin w; m j?.,>
! went, where thousands met instant'
death under the wheels of traffic
Chief of Police Everett McKiroy
, said he 'had never seen such a
thing at the Lake. He .said he had
noticed several frogs on the high
way at once, hut never in such
The roudway Inter the Lake
pioutids from the West Gate also
had a number of frogs on it, hut
not as many had been killed be
cause of the lighter traffic.
The highway at first glance look
ed like it was covered with leaves,
from the overhead bridge to Camp
Adventure to the Richland Creek
bridge, the highway had a grey ap
pearance. as the entire surface was
covered with dead frogs.
A Mountaineer reporter went
to the scene to make a picture,
and it was like driving over about
an inch of mushy snow. The odor
was as if hundreds of fish had
been mashed against the pavement
A number of motorists stopped
in view the unusual sight, but not
many stepped out into the frog
The reporter, after making tin*
picture, had to remove his shoes
before going home, and give the
boots a grtod de-frogging.
A Canton man "stubbed ' him
self with his own knife during a
fight in the Rhodarmer Covb sec
tion over the weekend.
Sheriff Fred Campbell said that
Clifford Rryson. carrying an open
knife in his rear pocket, was cut
as he fell backwards when knock
ed down by Johnny Ray Messcr.
The sheriff reported that Bry
son had warned Messer to stay
away from the former's estranged
wife, and that the two started
<See Canton Man?page 3>
(1954 ? 2)
(1954 ? 33)
(This Information com
piled from records el
Stats l|l(hway Patrol.)