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71st YEAR NO. 3 8 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON, JAN. 9. 1956 |3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
Junaluska Extends Program Season 3 Weeks
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County Farm Suits Began Today In Civil Court \
Judge Pless and the four law
yers in the County Home Farm
case were still in conference at 3
Unofficial reports were that
there was little likelihood of the
ca?e getting started with testi
mony later today.
About 50 witnesses have been
summoned to appear in the case.
The dual suits over the sale of
the 140-acre county home farm be
gan in civil court this morning be
fore Judge Will Pless.
Judge Pless called for a confer
ence of the four lawyers in the case
at 10:55 and the five spent an hour
and a half in the judge's chambers
discussing the case. Judge Pless ex
plained,that he could learn more in
an hour's time in conference with
the lawyers than he could in sev
eral hours of testimony after start
ing the case.
This ease Is by consent, not a
The first 55 minutes of court this
morning was spent in checking the
docket, in which six cases were
continued and 9 are left open of
the original 36 on the docket.
Two divorces were granted this
morning, prior to the calling of the
county home farm ckse.
The attendance at court this
morning was far less than expected.
A large number in attendance
were summoned as witnesses in
The 108 plaintiffs who filed a
complaint and got an injunction
stopping the sale of the county
home farm hope to get the re
straining order made permanent,
while the commissioners, as de
fendants. are asking for dissolution
of the order, and have filed a $25,
000 damage suit, plus costs against
the plaintiffs for stopping the sale.
MONDAY, JANUARY 9
Joe Browning vs. E. L. Weis
singer, Weissinger Lumber Co.
Ray Haynes et al. vs. Board of
Commissioners for Haywood Coun
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10
Jack Redmond vs. Grover C.
Olson Ledford vs. Arthur C.
J. B. Maiden, Allied Roofing Co.
vs. Tom J. Frazier and Ruth Fraz
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY II
R. L. Parks vs. Sue L. Parks.
Dovie Randolph vs. N. C. State
Hy. & PWC.
Dovie Randolph & W. W. Cairnes
vs.N. C. State Hy. & PWC.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
Jerry Liner, Junaluska Supply
(See Court?Page 8)
Officers To Be
The newly elected board, and
1955 board of directors of the
Chamber of Commerce will meet
Tuesday night and organize fyr the
The directors will name a presi
dent, vice president, secretary,
treasurer abd an executive vice
Richard Bradley is president.
Ten new directors were recently
elected?two from each of the Ave
divisions. Five directors were car
ried over from the last board, and
eight members will be appointed,
representing various organizations
in the community.
Suhnday and cold today. Tues
day, fair with sluwly rising tem
OfTitial Waynesville temperature
as reported by the State Test Farm:
Date Max. Mln. Pr.
Jan. 5 59 14
" 6 65 17
- 7 48 - 24
? 8 32 15
Steps in the manufacture of
electric light bulbs were explained
at a meeting of the Waynesvllle
Lions Club Thursday night by M. J.
Hamner, retired executive of the
General Electric Corp.
The speaker pointed out that
parts for GE light bulbs are made
in several different plants and then
assembled at the firm's Cleveland
Mr. Hamner, a former Cleveland
resident, now lives at Balsam.
During the month of December,
Waynesville Lions sold 504 fruit
cakes for a profit of $521, which
will go into the club's sight-con
The Lions also outfitted 120
needy school children in clothing
and shoes before Christmas with
$1,200 granted to the club by the
On Theft Charge
Wiley Moore, 40, former night
clerk at the LeFaine Hotel, has
been bound over to Superior Court
by Justice of the Peace J. J. Fer
guson on a charge of theft of $115
from the hotel the night of Novem
ber 8. Bond was set at $500.
Of the $115 that Moore is ac
cused of stealing. $101.72 belonged
to Frank Williams, an employee
of the Open Air Curb Market a
cross the street from the LeFaine
and a resident of the hotel.
Moore was picked up by sheriff's
deputies on the Balsam Road in
He later told the officers that
he has been in Florida for the past
Moves Offices To
The Carolina Mutual Insurance
and Real Estate Co. has moved its
offices from 110 Main St., Waynes
ville, to larger quarters at 283 Main
St., in the building formerly oc
cupied by the Food Store.
Established in 1945. -Carolina
Mutual in 1946 built the building
on Main St. now occupied by the
Rayette Beauty Shop, where tfie
business remained until 1952, when
a move was made to 110 Main St.
The firm is now being managed
by Miss Pearl Leslie Johnson, who
recently purchased the business
from her father. R. N. Johnson. Mr.
Johnson is still connected with the
Arm on a part-time basis.
After the Food Store vacated its
former site on Main St., the build
ing was partitioned and one side
was occupied on the first of Decem
ber by Roy Moseman. blind mer
fSee Carolina Mutual?Page 8)
Hazelwood Postal Receipts
Down Due To New Ruling
Because of a new postal regula
tion restricting the size and weight
of parcels from one first-class post
office to another flrst-class post
office, total receipts at the Hazel
wood postoffice during 1955 were
down $13,156.01 from 1954. accord
ing to Postmaster Thurman Smith.,
Receipts for the year just past
were $58,263.34, in comparison with
$71,419.35 during 1954.
Money order business at Hazel
wood, however, showed an Increase
of from $193,855.42 for 1954 to
$202,853.04 for 1955, the postmaster
Mr. Smith added that the Hazel
wood postoffice sent out 8,427 bags
of parcel post from July 1, 1955 to
December 28, 1955. During the pe
riod from December 1 to Decem
ber 23 this year, 2.014 bags went
The peak of the Christmas rush
was reached at Hazelwood on Mon
day, December 19 when approx
imately 8,500 pieces ,of mails were
cancelled during the day.
Year For '55
A record business year at the
Canton post off ice during 1955 has
been reported by Postmaster C. W.
Stamp sales during the year to
talled $60,123.58 as compared with
$58,744.71 for 1954?a gain of $1,
During the month of December
alone, 185,800 2-cent stamps were
sold, which shows an increase over
the same period a year ago of 5,
000. Stamps of the 3-cent denomin
ation were 50.100, or 5.100 more
than the same period of 1954.
Money orders issued during the
year Just ended totalled $622,740.51
?an increase of $6,379.13 over the
1954 figure. Total fees on money
orders written amounted to $7,
November sales tax collections in
Haywood County this year exceed
ed those for November, 1954, by a
total of $7,436.16. according to fig
ures in "The Retailer," published
by the North Carolina Merchants
Collections this November were
$43,089.27 as comparel with $35,
653.08 for the same month in 1954.
In October, 1955, collections of
$54,168.81 were listed by "The Re
4-H'ers Get Records
Hazelwood 4-H Club members
received their project record book
and health-improvement records at
the organization's January meeting
The records were distributed by
Cecil Brown, assistant farm agent
in charge of boys 4-H work, and
Jean Childers, assistant home a
gent in charge of girls 4-H work.
Tennessee Is Again Leader
In Visitation To Smokies
Tennessee visitors to the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park
again led all other states in park
visitation during 1955 with a total
of 48 per cent, according to figures
released by the National Park
North Carolina was second with
It.4 per cent and Georgia third
with 6.3 per cent.
A Northern state?Ohio?edged
out nearby South Carolina for
fourth place by one percentage
point?4.4 to 4.3 per cent.
Other top states on the visitation
list to the Great Smokies during
Michigan : 2.6%
Florida - 2.2%
Forty-eight per cent of visitors
to the Pacfcht 1955 entered from
the GatlinburiT"eTrtrance, while 33
entered from Oconaluftee on the
North Carolina side. Another 13
per cent entered at Townsend,
It was reported last week that
total attendance in the Great
Smoky Mountain National Park set
another new record last year with
2 581,477 visitors as compared to
2 526,879 for 1954
The peak in attendance in 1955
was reached during the month of
July when 008.610 persons throng
ed into the park?setting an all
time record for a single month.
The low for 1955 was last Febru
ary when only 35,273 visited the
park. _ _
L. B. George, Jr.
Ten-year-old LeRoy Brunson
George, Jr., of Canton, Route 1,
lost his battle for life against a
rare heart condition. He died Fri
day at Vanderbilt Hospital, Nash
ville, Tennessee following a major
The youngster's parents, the Rev.
and Mrs. LeRoy B. George, took
him to Nashville last Tuesday i?
the hope that the operation would
help the failing heart.
Dr. Hugh Matthews, the family
physician who accompanied the
Methodist minister and his wife,
said the boy had been growing
steadily worse and could not have
lived over a year or two without
"I'm certain the family would
do it again if they had the chance,"
he said, adding that the operation,
though serious, was not rare. He
said about 10 doctors participated
in the surgery.
They discovered the heart was
too badly damaged to permit it to
be restored, the family doctor said.
Matthews said young George
was born with two heart defects?
coorcation of the aorta, or a stric
ture of the big vessel leading from
the heart, and openings in parti
tions of chambers around the
heart Neither is unusual, he ad
ded, but the combination is rare.
Memorial services for the child
were held at the Scarritt College
Chapel at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Funeral services will be conduct
ed Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Me
morial Chapel at Lake Junaluska
The Rev. Frank Smathers, Dr
Elmer T. Clark, the Rev. L. E
Wiggins, and the Rev. Carlock
Hawk will officiate.
Pallbearers will be James Ed
wards. Turner Vance, W. W. Tran
tham, Harley Wright, Dr. H. A.
Matthews. John Taylor. Phillip
Edwards, Ronald Free, Eddie Cabe
and Terry Swain. I
Honorary pallbearers will be
members of the Haywood County ,
The body has been taken to the
home at Lake Junaluska where it
will remain until it is taker to
the chapel to lie in state 30 min
utes prior to the service.
Surviving in addition to the par
ents, arc the maternal grandmoth
er, Mrs. E. E. Dacus of Rock Hill.
The family suggests that those
who wish may make contributions
to Dr. Elmer Clark for the estab
lishment of a memorial to youth
in the Methodist World Council
program, instead of sending flow
ers. The memorial would be es
tablished at the children's build
ing at Lake Junaluska. Dr. Clark
is secretary of the Methodist World
Arrangements are under the di
rection of Wells Funeral Home,
Increased In '55
Births showed a decrease and
deaths an increase in Haywood
County during 1855 as compared
with 1954, according to figures list
ed by Miss Dot Whisenhunt, rec
ords clerk at the Health Center.
Births last year, however, ex
ceeded deaths by a total of 611.
Births for 1955 declined 44 from
the 1954 figure of 888 to 844.
Deaths increased 34 from 199 in
1954 to 233 in 1955
A total of 10 stillbirths last year
also was reported.
Four weekend traffic accidents
in Haywood County were reported
today by the State Highway Patrol.
None involved injuries.
Paul Baxter Moore of Route 2.
Canton, driving on old U. S. 19
at the Medford Farm at 12:30 a.m.
Saturday, lost control of his 1950
Ford on a curve, causing the ve
hicle to skid and overturn off the
left of the highway.
Moore was charged by Cpl. Prit
chard H. Smith with reckless driv
ing and driving without an oper
ator's license. Damage to his car
was estimated at $100. ?
At 1:50 p.m. Saturday on the
Lake Logan road, a mile from
Bethel, a 1950 Chevrolet, driven
by Barbara Woody, of Route 3,
Canton, ran into the rear end of a
1950 Chevrolet pickup truck driv
en by Eugene Reece, also of Route
Neece told Patrolman Harold
Dayton that he stopped his truck
to pick up a rug he had dropped.
Miss Woody was charged with
following too closely.
Damage was estimated at $75 to
the passenger car and at $5 to the
A collision at 11:15 p.m Saturday
in front of Saunook School on
Highway 19A-23 involved a 1951
Chevrolet pickup, driven by Daniel
W. Blanton of Balsam, and a 1949
Plymouth driven by ^esse Howell,
Jr. of Sylva.
Patrolman Dayton reported that
Daniel pulled out of a side road
and turned left into the path of
Howell's car. The former was
charged with failure to yield the
right of way.
Damage to the truck was set at
j $75 and to the passenger car at
A 1953 Chevrolet, driven by Paul
Thomas Grogan of Cruso, collided
with a work bus driven by Bobby
Lee Heatherly of Cruso on High
way 276 at the intersection of the
Hunger Creek road at 7:40 a.m. to
Grogan was charged with fail
ure to stop at the stop sign.
Damage to the passenger car
was set at $300 and to the bus at
Six men who volunteered for
the draft left here today for Knox
ville and induction into the armed
William Moody, Jr., and Paul
Thomas Mehaffey of Maggie,
Franklin Kirkpatrick of Candler,
formerly of Canton: Clint Mull of
Aliens Creek, James Eugene Cagle
of Route 2, Waynesville. and
George Willard Cogdill of Balsam.
After the d'-parturc of the draf
tees, a meeting of Selective Ser
vice Board 43 was held at the
At Fines Creek
A community meeting will be
held at the Fines Creek School at
7:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss ln
creasihg farm, income in Fines
Creek community with additional
The meeting will be sponsored
by the Fines Creek Graage and
the Fines Creek CDP.
Speakers will be: Charles Pugh,
farm management specialist from
N. C. State College, who will dis
cuss long-range outlooks on vari
ous farm commodities; Virgil L.
Holloway, county farm agent, and
Albert Ramsey, assistant agent.
To be discussed will be sheep,
small fruits, Turkish tobacco, or
chards, and other enterprises.
Haywood 10th In State I
In Farm Numbers Gain i
Haywood County ranks first in '
Western North Carolina and 10th .
among the state s 100 counties in
the percentage of increase ot de- '
crease in the number of farms in '
the state from 1950 through 1954 ,
according to figures published in ,
the latest issue of the University
of North Carolina News Letter.
.hF'1os!3 ^Ued Were ,aken from
the 1954 Census of Agriculture.
For the four-year period. Hay- ;
County had "n average of 2,
818 farms?an increase of 1 2 per '
cent. F i
Only 18 of the state's counties
had gains. Person County led with ,
a.091 farms?an increase of 26 2
per cent. On the bottom of the
list of the 100 counties was Gaston
County with 1.762 farms _ a de
crease of 27.4.
Buncombe County, with 4.303
farms and an increase of 0 9 per
cent, was tied for 11th place with
Bertie County. Madison County
was 14th with 3.482 farms and an
increase of 0.7 per cent. Transyl
vania was 74th with 968 farms and
a decrease of 11.4 per cent, while
, f"f*r4on County was 86th with
1.998 farms and a decrease of 16 5
Concerning the decrease in the
number of farms, the News Letter
'There is nothing to be alarmed
about in the decline of farms in
North Carolina. We are finally fol
?w'n? 'he national trend. In the
United States the number of farms
reached an approximate peak about
1910 and remained rather constant
for the next 25 years.
The decline in farms set in af
ter 1935, at which time the Census
reported 6.812.350 farms. The num
ber of farms had declined to 5,382 -
162 in 1950. The total for 1955 has
not been reported. Preliminary re
ports are out for about 30 states
nearly all of which show fewer'
farms in 1954 than in 1950.
North Carolina has experienced
a loss of from 288,508 farms in
April 1950 to 267.906 farms in No
vember 1954. This means a loss of
20,002 farms, or slightly under 5
farms per year for the four and
one half year period.
"While there has been a steady
decline of farms in the United
States, and in almost every state
during the last 20 years or so
North Carolina has shown in
creases. In fact, North Carolina is
the only state in the Union that
of farms from
1950 *nd *r?m 1945 t0
The 1920 Census reported 269
l.?L "T" in North Carolina; the
i?.W Census reported 288,508
farms. The 1954 report of 267,906
is almost identical with the 1920
number During this same period,
he nation lost more than one mil
lion farms, representing a decline
of some 20 per cent in number of
,?,Th"e 'here wa? a decline in the
total number of farms, there was
an increase of about 2,000 in the
number of farmers cultivating from
to 9 acres. There was a decrease
in all other brackets up to 200
acres of cultivated land per farm.
e was an increase of 209 farm
ers cultivating more than 200 acres
each. This again is following the
Boosters Meet Thursday
The Haze I wood Boosters Club
will hold their regular meeting at
7 p.m. Thursday at the Hazelwood
Book Check ?
Thirty - four Haywood County !
unit test demonstration farmers <
will have their 1955 record books (
checked today and tomorrow at the f
courthouse by representatives of t
N. C. State College and the TVA.
Submitting their records are /
demonstration farmers R. H. e
Boone, D. J Boyd, Jule Boyd, (
Porter A. Broyles, T. D. Brummitt, (
J. E. Burnett, W. J. Campbell, ,
Prank Christopher, Harper Eaven- ,
son, Charles W. Edwards, Buford \
Ferguson, Paul W. Ferguson. Hugh
Francis. R. C. Francis, Clyde Gor
rell. Leland A Garnett, J. Sam 1
Jackson. James Kirkpatrick, John '
H. Kirkpatrick, Guy Medford, F. L. '
Leopard, William Osborne, D. D.
Reid. Roy A. Robinson, Cassius '
Rogers, Mark Scott, George H. '
Smathers, L. M. Sherrill, Frank '
Sorrells, Van C. Wells, O. L. Yates, '
C. L. Allen, Joe Davis, Cash Med
ford. J. L. Rhodarmer, Luther <
Smathers. and Ellis Wells. I
Examiners are Charles Pugh, 1
farm management and marketing '
specialist from N. C. State College; '
Roy Isley, TVA assistant agent for <
Swain, Macon, and Jackson coun- '
ties, and W. 14. Anderson, TVA
assistant agent for Yancey, Mitch- <
ell, McDowell, Ashe, and Avery
Records submitted by the test
demonstration farmers are used by
county and state extension agents
in formulating North Carolina agri
cultural programs and recommend
The 34 farmers also give dem
onstrations of recommended prac- 1
tlces in their individual communi- '
For keeping records and giving '
demonstrations, the farmers are 1
given TVA fertilizer at reduced
Named last month to participate 1
in the 1956 test demonstration
program were Herbert J. Singie
tary. Pink and Bob Francis, Hillary
and Bill Medford, Way Abel, and
Scheduled to leave the program
this year are R. C. Francis, Clyde
Gorrell. and William Osborne.
Assisting in the test demonstra
tion program in the county are as
sistant farm agents Albert Ramsey
and Eugene McCall.
Ray Ellis, Charles Underwood,
and Clifford Harrell will be the
speakers at a meeting of the
Waynesville Toastmasters Club at
7 p.m. Monday at Spaldon's Res
Al Marshall will be toastmaster.
Walter Francis will give the invo
cation, and Homer Justice will is
sue the instructions.
Jack Felmet will be table topics
master, Wayne Rogers will be table 1
topics evaluator, Robert Hall will
be grammarian, and John Reeves
Evaluators for the Individual
talks will be Virgil Smith, Ted
Stackpole. and Al Hunt.
Canton Lions Finish Busy,
Profitable 6 - Month Program
Senator William ? Medford will
address the Canton Lions Tuesday
night as they meet at Glenelle's
for their flrst meeting of the year.
The club, in a review of activ
ities of 1009, showed the comple
tion of over 100 projects.
C. A. Smith is president of the
club, and listed flrst among the ac
complishments was six months of
Other accomplishments include:
continued sponsorship of the Can
ton high school band; raising funds
on Labor Da/; broom sale netting
$570; conducting annual camp for
handicapped boys and girls from
State School for Blind, in coopera
tion with Champion YMCA; fur
nished chairman of Finer Caro
lina program; netted over $400
from sale of light bulbs for work
with blind; pledged $250 to sup
port Haywood Clinic for the Blind.
At the last meeting the club'
auctioned off the 4-H baby beef re
cently bought by the organization.
The sale netted $49
It was announced that a group of
boys from Asheville School, under
the direction of Sol Cohen will pre
sent the program for the last meet
ing in January. k _
Advance reservations, and the
>utstanding program for Lake Jun
? luska this season caused J. W.
fowler, Jr., superintendent, to pre
lict this morning, "the best and
liggest year in the Lake's 43-year
More than 30,000 visited the
_,ake during 1955, and Supt. Fowt
sr felt today that this all-time
?ecord would be shattered during
1956. when the season will be three
o four weeks longer.
The program at the Lake begins
Hay 31 this year, with a national
?onference of the Women's Divis
on of Christian Service and Dcle
Eates attending from all parts of
The program calendar of the
Assembly is packed with confer
ences until September 18th when
he world-wide Women's Division
if the Board of Missions meet. This
?onference is expected to bring in
several hundred delegates from
iround the globe.
Motel reservations are coming
in fast, and Sunday School groups
ire fast taking Camp Adventure
for a week or two week period.
The Jurisdictional Conference
will be held July 11-15, and will
iring in about 3,000 delegates,
supt. Fowler said. This confer
Mice covers nine Southern States.
In August the popular Candler
-amp Meeting will bring to the
Lake platform Dr. Billy Graham
md Dr. William E. Sangster, of
London, the latter often spoken
if as the "Billy Graham of Eur
ipe." Both have been at the
Lake on previous programs.
In Sept amber this World Metho
dist Council sarin meet for a 12-day
session, bringing members and
delegates from all parts of the
Supt. Fowler said that the com
pletion of the $250,000 Lambuth
Inn addition would be ready in
(See Junaluska?Page 8)
The Haywood 4-H Club county
council will hold its January meet
ing at the courthouse Saturday at
10 a.m. with president Bernard
Ferguson of Fines Creek in charge.
Slated for discussion are vari
ous 4-H activities such as summer
camps, exchange trips, radio pro
grams, and plans for National 4-H
Club Week, to be held in March.
After the meeting of the coun
ty council, the 4-H Exchange Club
will meet to elect officers and to
discuss plans for entertaining a
group of 4-H membres from Weld
County, Colo., this summer. The
Haywood exchange group visited
Colorado last summer.
Vote To Continue
Waynesville area merchants
participating in the Golden Harvest
trade promotion voted last week to
continue the program for three
more months and changed the date
of the weekly awards from 4 p.m.
Tuesday to 3 p.m. Saturday, in
front of the courthouse.
Next awards will be made on Sat
urday, January 14, from a total
fund of $714.
The Golden Harvest program is
being supported here by 35 mer
(1955 ? ?)
(1953 ? ?)
Loss ... $3,305
(This information compiled
from records of State High