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Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ?ij_ ^
12 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON, DEC. 19, 1955 |3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackaon Counties
I Highways Responsible
9 Weekend Accidents
iways caused a series of
, Haywood County Sun
day, bringing a warn
slowly and with caution
? which have been made
I bv cold-weather condi
ite Highway Patrol and
i county towns warned
a watch constantly for
bally at night and in the
dded that isolated patch
may be encountered al
highways may be clear
hill and U. S. 19-23 east
incombe County line was
s of most of the wrecks?
those involving a High
ol cruiser and a Canton
n driving his own car.
5 a ml Sunday State Pa
V. F Bryson was called
home to investigate an
on the Asheville road
[ patrolman drove down
till, he saw two wrecked
the road ahead and at a
same time felt his cruiser
to skid to the left. He
might the vehicle out of
ird skid and then turned
be right w here he stopped
iby going into the bank
|ht e of the road. The
?ally came to rest after
ompletely around, head
in Bryson reported that
irom Jjittipg^ll|e ro%i-j
i comparatively light, Taut
t was able to proceed on
bis cruised was struck by
Hmobile, driven by Mor
nll of Cruso, who lost con
is c?r at about the same
r driver was injured, but
icle sustained damages of
?ftident was later investi
? Patrol Cpl. Pritchard-H.
feo dispatched Patrolman
?ooten to the accident to
Patrolman Bryson was en
? the time of his accident.
?200 feet from this accident
I wreck occurred on Can
linvolving a Canton patrol
P Dixon of Newfound St.,
? Henry J.
fratrolman, going east in
Idown Canton hill,, saw a
I stalled and slowed up
? he could be of assistance,
frd, his car hit a patch of
Ided into the Mercury and
frinst a guard rail on the
?k* highway. Dixon was
I from his car, receiving
?bruises and abrasions, but
fry was not hurt seriously,
?dent was investigated by
i5 a m. Sunday, Matthew
frn. 37. Route 2, Bryson
Burning home from Wash
P C., lost control of his
fr 9 Wrecks?Page I)
frurday evening, December
? 11:15 p.m., to 12:05 a.m.,
Pe of carols and candle
frill be held in the main
P1 of the Hazelwood
Pnal Christmas carols will
fry the Chancel Choir and
fron. The beautiful Christ1
fr will be read in a setting
free and candlelight. The
frill close with a candle
frervice of dedication with
Pe of the congregation
* cloudiness ?nd aome
wr today, Tuesday, fair
cloudy and cold.
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School Fund Gets $11,298
From Fines In Nov. Court
A check for $11,298.35 went into the school fund, as J. B. Siler,
Clerk of Superior Court, passed over a check representing fines
and forfeitures collected in the recent two-week term of court.
This was one of the biggest courts in the county's history, with
abou 325 cases being cleared from the docket, which carried some
100 ases when the term began.
Judge Dan K. Moore was the presiding judge and Thad D.
Bryson, Jr., the solicitor.
Mr. Siler said that a previous court had over $12,000 in fines,
but that was because of several unusually large fines imposed. Many
of the fines in the November term were small, and a number of
$31.25 cash bonds were confiscated where defendants put them up
for a charge of speeding.
Approval Of Two School
Projects Sought By Two
Haywood Officials Today
Two school building projects
were presented to the State Plan
ning Commisison today in Raleigh
by J. R. Caldwell, chairman and
Lawrence Leatherwood, superin
tendent of the Haywood Board.
THe two Haywood school officials
are asking ' for formal approval
for expanding the CrUso school
plant to include a cafeteria, kitch
en and new heating plant. They
are also asking for approval of
tentative plans for a new $80,000
to $85,000 building for the Pigeon
Street school of Negroes.
Funds Tor both projects would
come from the $216,705 allotment
recently received by the county
from the $50 million in state funds.
Supt. Leatherwood said he ex
pected it would be some time in
January before formal action would
be taken on the two requests which
are being made today. The State
Board has to act on such matters,
and will not meet again until Jan
Open Until 9
Retail stores in YVaynesville
and Hazel wood ? with the ex.
ception of grocery stores and
Ray's Department Store ? will
be open each night this week
until 9 p.uk. through Friday for
On Christmas Eve, Saturday,
grocery stores will be open un
til 7 p.m.. while other retail
stores will close at 6 p.m.
Food stores will join with other
business establishments on
Thursday and Friday nights in
staying open until 9 p.m.
Ray's Department Store will
be open until 9 p.m. on Thurs
day and Friday nights only, and
will close at 6 o'clock Saturday.
Rotary Establishes $1,000
Student Loan Fund In Area
A $1,000 student loan fund has
been established by the Rotary
Club here, for the benefit of high
school students needing financial
assistance to enter college.
The fund has been a project of
the club for the past several
Friday James Kilpatrick, presi
dent, announced that a committee
would study the mechanics of the
fund and be the administering
body for the club.
The committee is composed of
Dr. John Penny, W. I. Dooly, and
Several members of the organi
zation have made pledges to yje
fund in addition to the $1,000 put
up by the club.
A Canton Home
Canton firemen extinguished a
fire in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Reno. North Main. Canton,
about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The blaze
was thought to have started in a
chimney in the basement, firemen
The house was partly burned.
No estimate of damage had been
made as of noon today, firemen
Many Asking For
Bikes And Guns,
"I've never had so many re
quests for bicycles and suns in
all my life," said Santa this
mornins. as he walked up and
down Main Street.
"If I set to fill all the orders
for bicycles, there'll be a lot of
folks rid ins nest Sunday. I nev
er heard of so many wantins
suns?every little fellow I see,
just about want* a sun.
"I'll do the best I can to
please them, but I see risht now
it is s?ins to take a lot of bi
cycles and suns for llaywood
county." the man dressed in the
red suit said.
Driver's License Office
To Be Closed Dec. 26
The driver-examining office at
the courthouse will be closed next
Monday, December 26. according
to Tom Lentz, license examiner.
The office at Sylva also will be
closed this Friday.
Salvation Army Planning
Annual Christmas Program
Needy families living in the areas
of the county served by the Salva- 1
tion Army, who desire Christmas
cheer baskets, should submit their .
names to the Haywood County (
Welfare Department. Major Cecil 1
Brown of the Citadel at Max Patch 1
announced today. '
The Salvation Army gets all the
names on its list from the Welfare '
Department. Major Brown added. '
She explained that some needy I
persons have dropped their names *
in the Salvation Army's kettle ? 1
often as late as Christmas Eve ?
asking for gift baskets. '
Despite being snowbound last
week, Savation Army workers at
Wax Patch wrapped more than 900
packages for their Christmas cheer
program, which is financed by
contributions in Waynesville each
Saturday and money dropped into
he street kettles during the holl
Once again the Salvatior. Army
vill have Christmas trees and par
ies at six mountain churches in
:he northern portion of the county
-at Max Patch, Little Creek. Shel
on Laurel, Timber Ridge, Sleepy
Valley and Bonny Hill, Major
R. C. STANLEY
Finishes New Invention
Eight Haywood county citizens,
interested in the second injunction
suit restraining the county com
missioners from sellng the 140
acre county home farm, have sign
ed an additional $1,500 in the case.
Previously six others signed a bond
for $1,000 prior to the hearing
held several weeks ago.
Judge George B. Patton, of
Franklin, in hearing the case, set
the bond for the plaintiffs at $2,
500. The case is scheduled to come
up before Judge Will Pless on
Those signing the $1,500 bond in
the clerk's office this week were:
F. M. Beddingfield, Daisey Bed
dingfield, Jack Allison, Eula Alli
son, D. R. Singleton, Catherine
Singleton, T. E. Shook, and Odell
The file on the case in the clerk's
office is already four inches thick?
rated as one of the thickest on
record. Included in the file are a
number of newspapers listed as
"exhibits" by the defendants.
The last restraining order stop
ping the sale of the farm was serv
ed on the defendants a few hours
before the sale was scheduled to
get under way on November 9th.
A two - and - a - half day hearing
was held before Judge Patton, and
upon his recommendation, both
sides agreed to have the case
heard in the January civil term,
when both the restraining order,
and the suit for recovery of $25,
000 damages and costs by the coun
ty will be consolidated into one
A device that has promise of
revolutionizing the method of
handling bed patients in hospitals
is a Mobile Patient Handling Ap
paratus invented and perfected by
R. C. Stanley, a local man, and
Numerous surgeons, head
nurses, hospital administrators and
others in hospital work have, after
viewing the working model, ac
claimed the new device as the first
real step toward solvinp several
age-old problems in hospitals, the
It is variously estimated that the
device can reduce the manual la
bor of handling bed patients by
more than 75 per cent, affecting
a savings of thousands of dollars
a year for any hospital, to say
nothing of nurses' backs.
The unit is a simple mobile
crane with a projecting arm, a
lifting mechanism, a "stretcher
lift", and a stretcher which is the
heart of the invention. The stretch
er is a rectangular sheet, com
parable to rubberized fabric, and
fitted with straps for lifting. It is
placed on the bed under the bed
sheet, and replaces the convention
al rubber sheet, becoming a part
of the permanent bed covering. It
is then always in position for lift
ing or turning the patient.
Stanley says that with his mo
bile lifting unit, any one person
may lift any patient, regardless of
size or weight, from bed or else
where, and transport him safely
and comportably to any other
place in one move, and deposit
him gently at the new location.
This without physical effort on the
part of the attendant, and with
out danger of desrupting delicate
surgery, or other treatment just
undergone. The stretcher, when
in use, becomes cradlelike in
shape, eliminating all possibility
of a patient falling from it.
The inventor pointed out that a
large percentage of patients ar
rive at hospitals by ambulance,
and that a large percentage of
these are suffering from accidental
injuries, and are in a state of
(See Stanley?Page 6)
Western Carolina and East Ten.
nessee burley tobacco markets
will start their Christmas recess
Wednesday, and will be closed un
til January 3, it has been announc
At Asheville the average drop
ped from $57.89 Thursday to
Deliveries to the markets were
light as the Christmas holiday
MICHAEL ROGERS, son of Mr.
and Mrs. S. L. Rogers of Clyde,
will receive the coveted Eagle
Scout award at a Pigeon River
Council court of honor at the
Clyde Central Methodist Church
tonight. Michael is a sophomore
at Clyde High and a member of
* the varsity basketball squad.
Fifty-five visually handicapped
residents of Haywood County ?
the largest number ever ? were
honored by the Ave Lions Clubs of
the county at the sixth annual
Christinas party Sunday afternoon
at the Bethel School cafeteria.
During the party. Beacon blan
kets and large fruit baskets were
given to the handicapped present.
Toys also were given to the chil
Special gifts of a cashmere
sweater and a stole were presented
to Miss Pauline Williams, case
worker for the blind.
Dr Boyd Owen, member of the
Waynesville Lions Club and the
master of ceremonies at the party,
opened the program by describing
the room and its decorations for
the guests. %
The Rev. J. W. Fowler, Jr., super
intendent of the Lake Junaluska >
Assembly, conducted a period of
devotionals and led group singing
of hymns and Christmas carols.
Other music was presented by Gor
don Woody, blind musician, at the
piano and accordion; the Webb
Family Trio, and the Sam Queen i
Also on the program was Mrs.
W. E. Carter of Lake Junaluska.
who gave a reading, "The Birds' (
Red Cabe of the Cantor. Lions ,
Cluh was geneNt) chairman for the i
party, assisted by the chairmen of <
the Sight Conservation Committees I
of the other Lions Clubs in
Waynesville, JTazelwood. Clyde, i
and Pigeon Va'lley. Wives of the j
Lions members also assisted in the
serving of refreshments. i
Visually handicapped persons at J
the party were provided transpor- '
tation to and from the party by the I
Increase In Wages Made
By Dayton Rubber Co.
The Dayton Rubber Company today announced
through John Hildenhiddle. general manager, that an in
crease in wage scale of 12 cents an hour has been granted
to all incentive employees. All hourly rated employees,
Mr. Hildenhiddle said, have been granted an increase of
11 cents an hour.
The new wage rates became effective December 18
at 11 p.m.
Out On Thursday
The annual Christmas greet
ings edition of The Mountaineer
will be published Thursday.
The edition promises to be col
orful, and filled with interesting
pictures, articles and features for
the holidays. There will also be
special artistic greetings from
business firms and individuals.
The Mountaineer will not pub
lish an issue the 26th due to the
holiday for all businesses. The
regular schedule will be resumed
Funds are now being solicited
for the colored children's Christ
mas tree, which is to be held
Christmas night at the colored
Methodist Church on Pigeon St.,
starting at 7 p.m.
The Rev. J. M. Vickers, Metho
dist pastor, said contributions for
the Christmas tree program will
be welcomed. Checks can be made
payable either to him or Jones
Temple Methodist Church.
Donations of fruit and nuts al
so are being sought for the chil
dren, Rev. Vickers added.
Thursday Issue To Feature
Special Christmas Service
A special Christmas Service, prepared by five ministers of
Waynesville. will be one of the on usual featuers of the Thursday
edition of The Mountaineer. '
The service will consist of two special prayers, the invocation,
benediction and a special Christinas message on peace.
The five parts of the service are being prepared especially for
The Mountaineer's first published Christmas Service.
The service will be of special Interest to the readers of this
newspaper, and will be carried on page one Thursday.
I ' .
Miss M. Johnston,
Miss Margart Johnston, librarian of the Haywood County Library
since February 1944. has tendered her resignation to the board of
trustess. The resignation becomes effective February 1.
Miss Johnston will become head of the Rockingham County Li
brary, with headquarters in Leaksville, with five or more branches,
plus two bookmobiles.
rne Buckingham County Library
is much larger than the Haywood
program, with more staff, including
a trained assistant, more branches,
and a considerable larger circula
tion of books.
Miss Johnston plans to take a
45-day rest between leaving the
post she has held here for 11
years until she assumes her new
position in Leaksville. She gave
her resignation to the board here
Friday. J. H. Howell is chairman
of the board.
This morning. Miss Johnston
with mixed emotions, said it has
been a difficult decision to reach,
and she has spent many hours of
prayerful meditation on the mat
ter. The new post is a much
larger position, and offers a larger
opportunity, it was learned.
Miss Johnston, a native of Me
bane, came here from Fayetteville
in 1944. At that time the library
had an annual circulation of 11.
111. She came here to inaugurate
a county library system, adding the
bookmobile, and different depart
ments to the library. Last year
the library had a circulation of
books of over 102.000.
The library now has a Aim and
record department; presents com
plete programs for children, has
sponsored the American Heritage
Society for the past three years.
Miss Johnston has been active
in civic affairs of the county, and
has served as president of the
B&PW Club, and is now second
vice president of the state organi
zation. She has worked closely
with the Home Demonstration
Subs of the county, and >as a
unty-wlde reading program going
in the clubs.
She has served on various com
mittees. and worked on many proj
ects and the past year has devot
ed a lot of time to the proposed
plans of the new library on the
Ferguson property at the corner
of Haywood Street and Boyd Ave
nue which was deeded to the li
brary about a year ago by two
daughters of the late W. B. Fergu
son?Mrs. Watson and Mrs. Blay
To Be Made
Outstanding 4-H Club members
will be honored tonight at Hazel
wood School at the annual 4-H
Achievement Day program, start
ing at 7 p.m.
Prlncfpal speaker will be G. L.
Carter, district 4-H Club agent.
Medals will be presented to club
members and certificates to out
standing clubs. A short talent pro
gram also will be held.
Following the program in the
auditorium, refreshments will be
served and a recreational hour
conducted, featuring the music of
the Cataloochee String Band.
Parents of 4-H Club members
and other interested persons are
invited to the event.
In the past several years Ach
ievement Day was held in con
junction with the Tobacco Festi
val, but 4-H Club members voted
this year to hold the program
Small Farms Predominate
Within Haywood County
Census figures on Haywood
County farms, cited at the meet
ing of the new Farm Advisory
Commission here last week, show
ed that small farms predominate
within the county.
It was also pointed out that
Haywood County is first in West
ern North Carolina and sixth in
the entire state in the value of
farm land and buildings.
A fact sheet entitled "Flfeures :
From Latest Census Summaries
for Haywood County", which was
distributed to advisory commission
members, included these statistics:
Haywood County contains 2,784
farms, averaging 59.8 acres in size
and 8.1 acres of harvested crop
The average value of land and
buildings in the county is $12,940
?or an average of $233.34 per acre.
In the county, 659 farms con
tain less than 10 acres, 763 are
from 10 to 29 acres, 389 are from
30 to 49 acres, 256 are from 50 to
69 acres, 231 are from 70 to 99,
and 175 are from 100 to 139.
Twenty-five farms contain from
500 to 999 acres, four have more
than 1,000 acres.
A total of 1,993 farmers are full
owners of the land on which they
work, 392 are part owners, and
398 are tenants.
A total of 1,075 county farms
report using hired labor, for
which farm owners paid a total of
1398,000 in one year.
During the year 1950, the latest
year for which such figures are
available, all farm products sold
In Haywaod County brought a total
Field crops (including hurley
.obaccoi brought f 1,550,000; vege
ables $48,835, fruits and nuts
1317,601, dairy products $424,320,
joultry and poultry products,
1310,792, livestock (beef, sheep,
ind swine) $1,010,478, and forest
It Is now estimated that there
ire 333 upright silos and 78
rench or pit silos In tbe county.
MISS MARGARET JOHNSTON
Resigns ss Librarian
Highway engineers are nearing
the completion of the "economic
suiVef" ot the Pigeon River <?>' '(y
French Itroad routes for the pro
posed interstate highway linking
Western North Carolina and East
ern Tennessee, The Mountaineer
The "economic surcey" was call
ed for several months ago by the
officials of the Bureau of Public
The requested information is
highly technical and involves such
factors as grades, terrain, soil
composition, and many other simi
It is understood that Tennessee
highway officials have completed
their part of the "economic sur
vey" since their link of the pro
posed roads were much shorter,
and through more level territory
than the two routes on the North
Carolina side. The surveys of both
states wll be submitted together.
Linda Gibson Is
Now A Patient
In Hospital Here
Little 16-month-old Linda Gib
son, suffering from an enlarged
heart, returned early Sunday from
Bowman-Gray Hospital, Winston
Salem, and was entered in the
Haywood County Hospital, suffer
ing from a cold.
Due to her heart condition. Linda
was placed under an oxygen lent,
to ease her breathing.
Linda is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Louis Gibson, who lost their
home about two weeks ago by fire.
The parents and six children were
found new living quarters.
Linaa is 10 undergo special
medical treatment for four months,
?r.d then return to Winston-Salem
for further check;ups. The doc
tors said that at the age of 20
months and the four-month medi
cal treatment they could tell more
about her condition.
Killed .... 3
(1954 ? 3)
(1354 ? 49)
Loss ?. $82,470
(This Informs ttoa com
piled from roeocda of
State Highway PatroU