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^0. 100 22 PAGES ~ Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON, DEC. 5, 1955 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
Igencies of the United
Kyed of receiving the
Eg set for them in the
t j. t. Fender, presi
C organization, said to
ll formal meeting with
? payment of all pledges
Epential," the president
Lnization is backing the
?to raise money for the
ksaster Fund, and they
Eg it with all the assist
Knited Fund group can
Lnal statement of the
L of the fact that the
Ifsnds have been pledged
k amount of money ne
ftpay all agency requests
M in view of the fact
kmaimng amount of the
L United Fund was to be
L Emergency Fund, the
iCommittee of the United
?a) to stop the campaign
Lai funds for the United
H to assist the Citizens'
k now set up to raise a
[Disaster Fund, with all
tbace the United Fund
? ke emphasized that all
p the United Fund must
? full as they come due,
p agencies can receive
Lounts set up for them
Kiln are slated to at
UlMrial conference in
w to t-ar a discus-,
luting industry for your
ndley, president of the
d Commerce, will lead
lion to Raleigh for the
I Also planning to make
rtl be H. P. McCarroll,
of the industrial com
t Tucker, executive vice
of the Chamber of. Corn
el Taylor, Paul Davis,
kference is being spon
1 the commerce and in
?mmittee of the Depart
toservation and Develop
?ywood County men left
Knoxville and induction
"Bed forces. They were:
bnglas Gibbs of Waynes
* Bradley, Jr., Route 2,
?; Billy Joe Bradley of
?nd Gene Phillips of
?J 195 employees of the
furniture Co. filed for
uent compensation here
r being Idled by the
1 destroyed Plant No. 2
Firayda Fisher, manager
JPloyment office here,
"e number is expected
00 by the end of this
"Ployes of Plant No. 1
*y or two longer be
I#IP Fight TB
' Christina! Seals
*7 the State Test Farm.
Ma*. Mia. Pree.
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HAYWOOD COUNTY'S DISASTER FUND will
receive $1,500 from Local 277, United Rubber
Workers Union, at Dayton Rubber Co., in accord
ance with a vote taken by the local's member
ship Saturday afternoon. Here Robert R. Hipps,
president of Local 277, presents a check for $500
to Paul Davis (right), chairman of the Disaster
Fund, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
The union also will contribute $100 a month for
for the next 10 months and longer If the need
still exists. Others in the picture are Dick Brad
ley, Chamber president; Elizabeth Mjtchell and
John H. Messer, secretary and vice president, re
spectively, of the URW local. Absent when this
picture was taken was Florence Drtnnon, treas
urer of the union. (Mountaineer Photo).
Over $3,000. Donated To
Disaster Fund InTwo Days
The Haywood Disaster Fund moved above the $3,085 mark to
day, according to Paul Davis, chairman. The campaign began Fri
The Waynesville Dime Board accounted for $740 Friday and
Saturday, with an additional $275 coming from the Hanelwood dime
The Rubber Worker's Union, at Dayton Rubber Plant, have
Chairman Davis said the dime hoard would operate daily in
Waynesville, and the Hanelwood board tt the weekends.
The Haywood Disaster Fund
campaign was being carried into
every section of the county today,
in an effort to raise a minimum of
$25,000 to be used for distress
cases created by disasters.
The formal program was form
fitted Thursday night, after sever
al groups met at intervals through
out the day and discussed the need
for a county-wide disaster pro
With more than 125 interested
citizens meeting at the courthouse
Thursday night, the machinery for
the program was completed, and
by Friday morning solicitors and
two dime boards were fulfilling
Practically every organization in
the county was represented at the
organizational meeting, with a
number of citizens taking an ac
tive part in the discussion as to
the best method of going about
staging the campaign.
Friday morning the Haywood
Ministerial Association was told of
the plans, and the program was
presented in many of the churches
in the county yesterday.
The disastrous fire at Unagusta
on Wednesday is what prompted
citizens to realize the need for a
disaster fund in the county, and
operated on a county basis.
The dime boards and workers
had just started their assignments
when the fire alarm went off Fri
day morning, and the home of a
family of eight was destroyed, and
all their belongings.
"It is such cases as this, when
(See Disaster Fund?Page 8)
TVA Official To Speak.
At Maggie Wednesday
The Kiwanis Club of Maggie
Valley will co-sponsor a program
with women of the Shady Grove
Methodist Chkrge at the Maggie
School Wednesday, where supper
will be served from 7 until 8 p.m.
Principal speaker will be John
Goddard of the TVA, who will
speak on a flood control survey of
the Jonathan Creek area.
Sam McCrary, Kiwanis presi
dent, is in charge of the meeting,
to which the public is invited.
Couple With Six Children
Made Homeless By Fire
Fire From Jet
Among the many persons who
saw the Unagnsta fire Wednes
day afternoon was one man who
saw the blase from a very high
altitute?Capt. Thomas W. Liner
from the cockpit of his "Saber
Jet fighter plane.
On a Tight with other Jets
from Knoxville to Youngstown,
Capt. Liner saw the huge pall of
black smoke spiralling skyward
from the Haselwood plant Wed
nesday and called his mother,
Mrs. Mary Liner, long distance
on his arrival at Youngstown to
ask where the fire was.
Capt. Liner, a veteran of the
Korean war, is stationed at the
A Christmas Decoration contest
is being sponsored by the Richland
Garden Club in the Waynesville
Hazelwood-Lake Junaluska area.
The contest is open to business
firms for window decoration and to
individuals for outdoor decoration
of residences. A prize of $10.00 will
be awarded to the best decoration
in each group.
Mrs. T. L. Gwyn, chairman of
the contest, announced that judg
ing will take place December 22.
Those who wish to enter must
register by calling Mrs. Gwyn or
a member of her committee. Mrs.
R. H. Stretcher and Mrs. F. G.
DAIRYMEN TO MEET TONIGHT
The Haywood County Milk Pro
ducers Association will meet at
the courthouse at 7:30 p.m. tonight
to discuss a possible request to
the North Carolina Milk Commis
sion for an increase in price paid
by distributors to the farmers.
The Haywood dairymen will
meet at Asheville at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday at the Buncombe Coun
ty courthouse when producers
from that county will petition the
state commission for a price in
A young Waynesville couple and
their six children were made
homeless Friday morning when a
fire swept through their frame
house on Hill Street. All their pos
sessions, except the clothes they
were wearing, were lost in the
blaze which Started from a defec
Left homeless were Mr. and Mrs.
Louis Gibson, anc( their children:
Oscar, 8; Norman, 7; Phyllis, 5;
Dianne, 3; Linda, 17 months, and
Jimmy, six weeks.
After the-fire, the Gibson's mov
ed into a vacant storeroom tem
porarily, but planned to move into
another house this week.
Mr. Gibson was at work at a
sawmill when the fire started in
the living room. Mrs. Gibson had
to get the children to safety and
was unable to save any household
Soon after reports of the fire
were received in town, residents
of this community responded
quickly with donations of food and
clothing for the homeless family.
Mrs. Gibson told the Red Cross
Saturday that she was well sup
plied with clothes for her infant
son, Jimmy, but needed more
clothing for her other five chil
She added that she would also
welcome receiving bed clothes,
and household furnishings, and
JARV1S H. .CALDWELL baa
been elected a ?ember of the
board of director* of the North
Carolina Farm Bureau Federa
| (Bee Jarria Caldwell?Pace 8)
Club Women To Give
Rather Than Receive
Joke writers often pull gars
that women can't keep a secret.
Members of the Waynesville
Business and Professional Wo
men's Club have already Jet out
a secret. It was decided several
weeks ago that each member
would exchange gifts with each
other, Mrs. Rubye Bryson, presi
And believe it or not, each one
already knows what they will re
?not a pretty package in rib
bon and tinsel; not at all.
In fact, there will not be any
package for the members.
Their exchange gift money la
going Into the Haywood Disaster
Fond ? every cent. On top of
that, the cinb treasurer has been
authorised to write a check for
$104 to the fund.
Tea, the BP and W members
already knew what they will get
for Christmas ? a lot of genuine
satisfaction. Their unselfish at
titude will enable someone in
distress to have a brighter out
look on life.
That fe what the BP and W
members want for Christmas,
and their wishes will certainly
Restraining Order On County Farm
Continued By Consent Until January
The temporary restraining order
stopping the sale of the 140-acre
county home farm, has been con
tinued, by consent, to the January
civil term of superior court here.
The decision was reached Satur
day morning, after Judge George
B. Patton, Franklin, heard evidence
for six and a half hours Friday,
and announced he would make his
decision Saturday morning.
The plaintiifs and defendants,
agreed that the issue be continued,
without prejudice, until the Janu
ary term, when the presiding judge
can hear the case on its merits,
as a jury trial was waived, also by
The order signed by Judge Pat
ton, sets out that the judge "make
his findings of fact and conclusions
of law and -enter a judgment based
thereon, which judgment shall have
the same force and effect as a jury
verdict and a-judgment rendered
Also by consent, the restraining
order bond was raised from $1,000
Judge Patton, in a 45-minute
talk to the court Saturday morn
ing, pointed out that the pending
action of the county in seeking
$25,000 damages and cost, would
not be settled even if he ruled on
the matter of the restraining order
"I cannot dismiss that action
and it will save a lot of costs and
time," the Macon jurist advised the
attorneys on "both sides.
Judge Patton told the court Sat
urday morning that he held Hay
wood county up as one of the finest
middle-sized counties in North
Carolina and also one of the best
balanced counties in the state.
"You have what the Master has
given you in the way of soil and
natural resources; and you have
the results of progress that man
"But things like this lawsuit, if
continued, and agitated, will do
more to the deteriment of the
county than anything I know.
"You must remember that De
mocracy is built on faith?faith in
"Fear and suspicion are two of
the things that are wrong with the
"This feeling of distrust, sus
picion, and 'yow-yowing" will re
flect in Haywood county.
"The majority of the people put
in the commissioners. By so do
ing, they put the affairs of the
county in their hands, but that did
not mean there were no restraints.
"I wore out the covers last night
thinking about this case, and think
ing of the many ways this could be
worked out legitimately.
"I am not fooled one bit?I know
both sides are mad and have lost
all sense of reason.
"When this matter first started,
the commissioners and those op
posing the sale of the property
should have gotten together and
agreed to put the question to the
vote of the people. That could
not have hurt anyone.
"Under the law, the board has
a right to sell the property.
"The next best thing other than
a vote, would have been to agree
to sell the property, with the res
triction that the deed could not
be made until it was approved by
the resident judge. And I do not
think there is a finer gentleman
than Judge Dan K. Moore, our
"I have about decided you just
want to 'law.'
"It is apparent that both sides
have heach a point now without
^ (See Court?Page 3)
A FAMILY OF EIGHT was left homeless Friday
morning- after the interior of a home on HUI St.
was left gutted by fire. Fighting the blase here
were Henry Clayton of the Waynesville Fire De
partment (left) and two volunteers?Roy Woods
and Harvey Coward dotaf in window). The fam
ily lost virtually all of its possessions in this fire.
To Confer With
Representative George A. Shu
ford will accompany Henry Gor
don, appraiser for the Small
Business Administration here
Tuesday tor a conference with
officials of the Unagusta Manu
The purpose of the conference,
it was learned, was to discuss
getting a government loan with
which to rebuild* Plant No. 2
which was doaMujiud by fire last <
Rep. Shoford Made the ar
rangements for Mr. Gordon to
come here for the conference to
see if arrangements could not be
made to "rush up" details for fi
nancing the rebuilding of the
burned plant, a Unagusta official
By 2 Wrecks
"Safe Driving Day" in Haywood
County last Thursday was marred
by two accidents on county high
ways. Both were in the Canton
At 6:45 p.m. Thursday a 1951
Chevrolet truck driven by Henry
Henson of Henson Cove was struck
from the rear by a 1955 Chevrolet
sedan owned by the Chesterfield
Mills and driven by Dan S. Prest
wood. Route 1, Leicester, on the
four-lane highway a half mile west
of radio station WWIT. .
Prestwood was charged with
driving drunk by highway Patrol
man V. E. Bryson, who investigat
ed the accident.
The truck was not damaged, but
damage to the passenger car was
estimated at $450.
The second "Safe Driving Day"
accident occurred Just west of the
Haywood - Buncom|>e line when
Raymond L. Wilson of Waynesville
lost control of his 1946 Studebaker
truck on a patch of ice op the
highway, according to Patrolman
The truck was demolished and
damage was estimated at $300.
(See Wreck?Page $)
Balloting Opens To Elect
Soil Conservation Director
Balloting for election of a new
Haywood County Soil Conservation
District supervisor opens today at
11 voting places and will close
Candidates for a three-year
term, nominated by regular pe
tition, are Joe S. Davis of White
Oak and Mrs. Carl Medford of
Lake Junaluska. The winner will
replace Herschell Rogers, whose
> term expires December 31 of thrti
All persons eligible to vote ir
a general election are eligible tc
vote in the Soil Consercation Dis
Other members of the three-man
soil conservation board are Van C.
Wells of West Pigeon and D. J.
Boyd of Jonathan Creek.
Ballot boxes for the voting this
week will be at>
Farmer's Federation in Canton;
Robert Messer's Store at Cecil,
Pigeon Valley Store in Pigeon;
Poston's Store at Cruso, Burgin's
Store at Dellwood, Mark Fergu
son's Store at Fines Creek, Ralph
Boyd's Store at Jonathan Creek,
Sam Ledford's Store at White Oak,
Suttles Store at Clyde, Duckctt's
Store at Crabltree, and the county
farm agent's office at the Haywood
Win Prizes In
James Ferguson and Jerry Fer
guson of Fines Creek won prizes in
the second 'annual WNC Junior
Tobacco Show at Asheville Friday.
James was third with his exhibit
of lugs and fourth in flyings, while
Jerry was third in leaf.
In the contest for burley grad
ing, Waynesville High's team was
fifth. Team members were James
Hannah, Gene McGaha, and Phil
Display crops of the 4-H Club
and FFA members at the show
were sold Saturday morning, start
ing at 10 o'clock. At 12:30 all par
ticipants were guests at a banquet
at Tingle's where show prizes were
. ? I
Main Street Is
; 'Santa Claus
Lane' For Month
Main Street may rightly
! change its name to "Santa Claus
i Lane" (or the month of Decem
> Attractive new electrical dec
orations have been added to the
i usual Christmas lights, resulting1
> in a ray holiday appearance for
? the town.
The new decorations are at
tadhed to the Hgbt posts all
along Main Street and are in
the form of Santa Clauses, red
candies, red bells, candy canes,
The display was bought by the
Merchants Association and erect
ed by the Power and Light de
partment of the Town.
All the lights were turned on
Saturday night, along with the
decorations on the beautiful tree
on the Court House lawn.
By Local Stores
Special Christmas season store
hours have been announced by the
Merchants Association, to begin
The December schedule calls for
slightly different open hours for
businesses and grocery stores and
will enable employees of the stores
as well as other residents of the
community to do their Christmas
shopping during extra hours.
The businesses will remain open
all day each Wednesday before
Qhristmas Day ahd will remain
open until 9 o'clock Friday even
ings, December 9 and 16. Begin
ning on Monday, December 19, and
continuing through Friday, Decem
ber 23, these stores will remain
open until 9 o'clock.
The grocery stores will remain
open on Wednesday afternoons, De
cember 14 and 21, and on Thurs
day and Friday eVenings. December
22 and 23, until 9 o'clock. On Sat
urday, Christmas Eve, the grocery
stores will close at 7 o'clock, the
usual closing time.
Sheriff's Condition 'Good'
After Prison Truck Wreck
Sheriff Fred Y. Campbell of
Haywood County was reported in
good condition today at Memorial
Mission Hospital. Asheville, where
he is recovering from injuries suf
fered when a prison truck In which
he was riding skidded on the ice
and overturned in West Asheville
early Friday morning.
Sheriff Campbell underwent sur
gery Friday after suffering a blow
on the head. He also received a
The driver of .the prison truck,
Joe Otis Qreen, and eight prisoners
also were hurt In the wreck, which
occurred at the intersection of Pat
ton Avenue and the Leicester road.
Green suffered a broken bock and
(See Sheriff Campbell-Page 8)
SHERIFF FRF.D CAMPBELL (|
J (TO DATS)
Killed . ? ? ? 3
<1954 ? 3)
Injured.... 85 .
(1954 ? M>
Loss ? ? $78,920
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