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71st YEAR NO. 6 16 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESYILLE, N. C., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JAN. 19, 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
Local Posloffice Reports
Slight Drop In Receipts
A decrease in gross receipts of
$589.24 at the Waynesville post
office during 1955 was reported to
day by Postmaster Enos Boyd.
Receipts for 1955 were listed at
$75,995.81 as compared with $76,
585.05 in 1954.
Mr. Boyd attributed the slight
decrease to a drop in industrial
mailings. However, he said, the
flow of both Incoming and outgo
ing mail at the postoffice was up
somewhat from the previous year,
including an increase of from 3 to
4 per cent in stamp sales.
Money order sales at the Way
nesville postoffice were down
nearly 3 per cent during 1955 ?
from $413,648.59 to $403,250.63 ?
a decrease of $10,397.96. Mr. Boyd
Money order sales are not count
ed in postal receipts since money
orders represent funds going out
of the, town, he explained.
Waynesville police made a total
of 844 arrests during 1955, Chief
of Police Orville Noland reported
Of that number, 578 persons
were charged with public drunken
ness. Forty-one also were charged
with being drunk and disorderly,
and 13 we.re cited for being drunk
and resisting arrest.
In traffic violations, reckless
driving led the list with 52 cases,
speeding was second with 37, and
driving drunk and driving without
an operator's license tied for third
with 20 each.
Other traffic arrests included:
Improper or broken muffler, 12;
driving drunk after license revok
ed, 7; driving after license revok
Other general charges were:
Assault. 6; affray, 17; passing bad
Checks, 2; forgery, 3; trespassing
on town watershed, 4; carrying
concealed weapons. 4; violating the
prohibition law, 7; transporting
whiskey, 6; breaking and entering,
7; larceny, 1; vagrancy, 1.
A total of $17,279.75 was collect
ed in police court, of which amount
$7,523.50 was in fines and $9,
756.25 was in court costs. All fines
go into the county's school fund,
while court costs go into the town's
The Waynesville Police Depart
ment now has a police chief, a ser
geant, and six patrolmen.
The stockholders of the Hay
wood Home Building and Loan
Association re-elected all the
board of directors at the annual
The board will meet Monday
aight and formally elect officers
for the year.
At the stockholders meeting. L.
N. Davis, secretary-treasurer gave
a review of the business for the
past year, which he termed as the
best in the 36 years of the insti
tution. The assets are now over
Davis also gave an optimistic
outlook for 1956, and told of the
recent action of the board in step
ping up the rate of interest on
dividends to 3Vi> per cent.
R. L. Prevost, president, follow
ed Davis with general comments
of optimism, and the steady
growth of the organization, which
has more than doubled the as
sets since 1951.
The directors re-elected includ
ed: R. L. Prevost, C. N. Allen, L.
N. Davis, W. A. Bradley, J. W.
Boyd, W. H. Burgin. L. M. Killian.
J. W. Ray, C. J Reece, and A. T.
Fourteenth Highway Division En
gineer Cameron W. Lee has an
nounced that the field survey has
been finished and tentative plans
for the re-location of US 19A-23,
Sylva to Balsam, have been com
pleted and the plans sent to Ra
leigh for approval or change by the
State Highway Commission.
Mr. Lee said that the plans are
expected to be given final approval
in time for letting of contracts for
work to begin on the Sylva to
Willets section of the road by this
summer. Funds have been made
available for the Sylva to Willets
section. Funds are yet to be allo
cated for the Willets to Balsam
The proposed location for the
new highway will provide for a 22
(See Balsam Road?Page 8)
Clyde Building-Loan Makes
$300,000 Gain In Assets
The Clyde Building and Loan As
sociation's profits during 1955
showed an increase In assets of
approximately $300,000 from 1954,
Mrs. Lois Rogers reported today.
In the last five years since 1950.
the Clyde Building and Loan has
increased its assets $977,204.41.
Mrs. Rogers disclosed.
At the annual meeting of Build
ing and Loan stockholders at Clyde
Tuesday night ? attended by 18
persons ? directors and officers
were elected for 1956.
Grover C. Haynes was again
named president, while Glenn D.
Brown was chosen vice president to
replace C. R. Francis, who died in
Mrs. Rogers was reelected sec
retary-treasurer and Mrs. Virginia
P. Corzine was named assistant
Other directors returned to of
fice were: Milton Brown, R. C.
Cannon, E. W. Free, Carlton A.
Corzine. J. Sam Jackson. Devoe
Medford, and John H. Stamey.
The law firm of Morgan, Ward,
and Brown of Waynesville was re
appointed to serve as attorneys for
the Building and Loan.
Town Of Clyde
Reports No Fire
Losses For 1955
The Town of Clyde passed
through 1#55 without any loss from
fires. Fire Chief Larry Cagle an
Last year the Clyde Fire Depart
ment made three runs inside the
town limits and 11 outside, the
Damage in fires outside the town
totalled $36,585 during 1955, Chief
The department also had five
false alarms last year, he added.
Snow, sleet or freezing rain to
day turning to snow tonight with
an accumulation of from 2 to 4
inches. Friday, partly cloudy, cold,
with snow flurries.
Official Waynesville temperature
as reported by the State Test Farm:
Date Max. Mia. Pr.
Jan 16 44 24 ,02<snowt
" 17 43 12
" 18 61 19 .02
SILVER SENTINELS on Soco Gap last Friday
were these evergreen trees a short distance olT
the Blue Ridge Parkway link, some 150 yards
west of the Haywood-Jackson County line. While
Haywood County's highlands were bedecked in
their finest winter finery last week,' the other
side of Soco Gap towards Cherokee was com
pletely clear and free of the picturesque rime.
(Blue Ridge Photo by Conway)
Blue Ridge Parkway Again This
Year Will Be Free Of Toll Charges
The Blue Kidge Parkway will
be free of tolls again this year, ac
cording to an announcement by
Rep. George A. Shuford of Ashe
In a telegram to t he Mountain
eer Tuesday morning the 12th dis
trict congressman stated: "I was
informed this afternoon <Monday)
by Chairman Mike Klrwan (D
Ohio) that his appropriations sub
committee s recommendation that
a toll not be charged this year for
the use of the Blue Ridge Park
way had been accepted by the De
partment of Interior.
"This is certainly good news for
Western North Carolina and I re
joice with you over this favorable 1
Rep. Kirwan said that Park Ser
vice had asked for tolls this year,
but assured Rep. Shuford that the
sub-committee would not permit
In January, 1955, the National
Park Service had announced that
tolls would be charged beginning
May 1, 1955, under a regulation
issued in 1942.
A storm of protest arose in
North Carolina and Virginia. As a
result, on April 19, 1955, Secretary
of the Interior McKay announced
the Park Service had abandoned
toll plans for 1955.
The following day, April 20,
1955, the Interior Department in
formed the House Appropriations
Committee that the tolls would not
go into effect as planned.
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Fowler have
returned to their home here fol
lowing a month's vacation in Flori
$5,315,624 Is Requested
For Completion Of Parkway
Congress was asked to appropri
ate $5,315,624 to complete con
struction work on the Blue Ridge
The request was part of Presi
dent Eisenhower's budget recom
mendations for the National Park
Service, foreseeing additional mil
lions for park visitors and asking
an increase in funds of almost 13V4
Also included in recommenda
tions for parkway work was $1,
006,894 for the Foothills (Tennes
see*; $100,000, Chesapeak & Ohio
Canal; $1,200,272, Colonial; $1,
835,554, George Washington Mem
orial; and $4,041,656, Natchez
Blue Ridge Parkway work would
include final paving of an 18-mile
gap between U. S. 60 and the
James River in Virginia: Construc
tion of a six-mile link near Deep
Gap in North Carolina, and com
pletion of the Ravensford unit of
the parkway south of Wolf Laurel,
which was halted in 1941.
The Foothills Parkway calls for
completion of grading in the Gat
linburg vicinity and surface treat
ment of the northbound lane to
Park construction requests total
ling $5,200,000 were down from
the previous fiscal year by $225,
000, but in all other categories the
requests were for increases. The
President asked $11,480,000 for
(See $5,315,624 Needed?Page 8)
Will Meet Here
A meeting of the Haywood Coun
ty 4-H Exchange Club, originally
scheduled for last Saturday, was
postponed until this Saturday be
cause of "the lack of a majority at-,
tendance," it was announced.
The meeting in the county court
room will be held at 2:30 p.m. this
Members of the Exchange Club
are scheduled to elect new officers
and discuss plans for entering 4-H
'ers from Weld County, Colorado
Rev. 'Kay' Allen
Will Head CDP
At Aliens Creek
The Rev. C. L. Allen was elect
ed president of the Aliens Creek
CDP at a meeting Tuesday night.
Bill Hembree was chosen vice
chairman and Rufus Siler treasur
Mr. and Mrs. Millard Mills and
Arline Duckett were named as
managers for the Aliens Creek
CDP basketball games this winter.
After the business meeting was
completed, the Mutt Tate quartet
presented several songs and re
freshments were served later.
Barber Named Director
By N.C. Apple Growers
R. N. Barber of Wayneaville was
elected as a director of the North
Carolina Apple Growers Associa
tion at the organization's second
annual meeting at Asheville, which
Mr. Barber, manager of Barber
Orchards at Saunook,. qerved as
vice president of the Apple Grow
ers Association last year.
At the meeting Monday, Everett
Lutz of Shelby was elected presi
dent of the association, succeeding
William Dalton of Hendersonvllle,
who becomes a director.
R. fe. Phillip of Bakersville was
named vice president and Ben
Blair of Taylorsville was chosen as
the third director.
Approximately 100 association
members took part in discussion of
methods for improving apple
production and new procedures in
harvesting, grading and storage.
Featured speakers included A.
(See Barber Named?Page ?) 1
K. N. BARBER, JR. I
10 Haywood Roads Were
Improved During December
A total of 42 20 miles of road improvements were com
pleted in the 14th Highway Division during December, Commissioner
Harry Buchanan said today.
In Haywood County, the following 10 county roads, varying
in width from 14 to 16 feet, were graded and surfaced with' traffic
bound macadam by highway forces: Crimes Gap Road. 0.3 mile;
Davis Road Extension. 0.4 mile; Muse Road Extension. 0.3 mile;
Stockton Road, 0.2 mile; Underwood Road. 0.3 mile; and Wood
Road, 0.2 mile. Additional stone was used to strengthen the surface
of the following county roads, varying in width from 12 to 16 feet,
and their lengths: Chambers Mountain Road, 0.5 mile; Campbell
Creek Road. 0.4 mile; Star Ridge Road, 0.5 mile; and Rogers Cove
Road, 0.8 mile.
Division headquarters are.In Sylva, and the 14th Division is
composed of Haywood. Henderson, Folk. Transylvania, Cherokee,
Clay. Graham. Jackson. Macon and Swain counties. C. W. Lee is
division engineer: Paul J. Dupre is assistant division engineer.
Bob Gash is district engineer at Hendersonville; and E. L. Curtis
is district engineer at Bryson City.
In Henderson County, State forces graded to 20 feet and sur
faced with traffic-bound macadam, 14 feet wide, the John Ward
Road for 0.5 mile. The following 14-foot wide county roads, and their
lengths, were strengthened with additional stone: Brannon Road. 0 7
mile; Sanders Mail Route, 1.4 miles; Stewart Road, 0.5 mile;
Etowah Brick Yard. 0.3 mile; Rock Creek, 0.2 mile; Lamb Mountain
Road, 0.8 mile; and Howard Gap Road. 0.8 mile.
In Polk County. State highway forces strengthened the fol
lowing 14-foot wide county roads, and their lengths, with additional
stone: Lower Landrum. 0.7 mile; Collinsville, 0.5 mile. Pear Orch
ard, 1.1 miles; Hunt Club, two miles, Huston Road, 1.5 miles; and
R. Bradley Road. 0.5 mile.
In Transylvania. State forces regraded the Old Toxaway
Road from 12 to 24 feet and surfaced, 14 feet wide, with traffic
bound macadam for two miles.
10,000 Copies Of
Ten thousand copies of an
eight-page tabloid pictorial news
paper has been published and
distributed by Lake Junaluska
Assembly for the 1956 program.
The copies have been sent
throughout the nine Southeast
The paper gives the complete
program, starting May 21. and
continuing through September
18. Several major conferences,
including one national and two
world-wide meetings during the
(Special to The Mountaineer)
NEW YORK?How much does it
cost residents of Haywood County
per year to operate their cars? It
is a question that owners ask them
selves often, especially when their
insurance bills come due. Few of
them really know.
Figures produced by the Ameri
can Automobile Association show
that a car in the popular price
range, driven less than 18.000 miles
a \ear. costs $602 in fixed charges
and 3 5 cents additional for every
Applying this average to Hay
wood County, where last year's
registration showed 8.500 passen
ger cars in use. gives 33 100,000
as the annual operating expendi
ture. Per car, it is $952.
This is based on local drivers
travelling 10.000 miles a year
which is average. There is little
variation in this respect between
(See Car Mileage?Page 8> -
At Canton Ups
An increase of its dividend rate
from 3 to 3Mi per cent was an
nounceri this week by the Canton
Building and Loan Association.
With total assets listed at well
over $4 million, reported at the
annual meeting, stockholders felt
the profits and earnings of the
Association warrant the dividend
The increased dividend will be
effective for the period begin
ning October 15, and will continue
so long as business conditions will
permit, the stockholders announc
Th? Canton Building and Loan
Association was formed and chart
ered in 1909.
At the annual stockholders
meeting Tuesday, the following
officers were elected:
J. Letch Worley, president; Al
bert B Robinson, vice president;
Roy H. Patton, executive vice
president; John E. Morgan, secre
tary-treasurer; Mrs. Boyd Med
ford, assistant treasurer, and Mrs.
Ray Wilson, assistant secretary.
Haywood Dental Society
Formed With 10 Members
County dentists met at The
Lodge Monday night to organize a
Haywood County Dental Society
as a study group.
Dr. Frank Hendricks of Waynes
ville was elected president of the
new group. Dr. Carey Wells, Jr. of
Canton was named vice president
and Dr. Phil Medford of Waynes
Other charter members of the
Dental Society are' Dr. A. P. Cline,
Sr , Dr. A. P. Cline, Jr., Dr. A. W.
Bottoms. Dr. Carey Wells, Sr., Dr.
Warren Kitts, Dr. John Penney,
and Dr. j. E. Hair.
The Dental Society will meet
the third Monday in each month
with various members in charge of
Six Boys At
The hearing for six teen-age
boys in Clyde, charged with prop
erty damage caused by rolling
heavy tires and throwing rocks,
has been postponed until Saturday
at 2 p.m. before Police Judge
Larry H. Cagle.
The postponement was made at
the request of State Highway
Patrolman W. R. Wooten, who had
to testify in civil court here Tues
day when the Clyde hearing was
It was reported by the patrol
man that two parked cars on Mul
berry St. were damaged by ti/es
rolled down Mulberry St.
Mrs. Queen To Attend
Mrs. Sam Queen, superintendent
of the Haywood County Welfare
Department, will leave Sunday to
attend a two-day workshop at
Raleigh on the supervision of
boarding homes for adults.
After the workshop, Mrs. Queen
will remain in Raleigh to attend
a meeting of the personnel and
merit system committee of the
Welfare Superintendents Associa
Huger Is Elected Ofiicial
Of New N.C. Travel Council
W. Bookman Huger, Champion
Paper and Fibre Company execu
tive, was elected as one of three
vice presidents of the newly or
ganiztd North Carolina Travel
Council at a meeting Monday at
Mr. Huger la also president of
Western North Carolina Associat
Named as president of the
Travel Council was E. L. Wash
burn of Rocky Mount, former
president of the U. S. 301 As
Other vice presidents chosen
were Aycock Brown of Manteo,
manager of the Dare County Tour
ist Bureau, and T. E. Pickard, Jr.,
of Charlotte, vice president of the
Carolina Motor Club.
James M. White of Raleigh, ex
ecutive secretary of the State Rail
road Association, was elected sec
(See Huger Elected?Page I)
W. BEEKMAN HUG EH
Civil Court Term Adjourned
After Two-Week Session
Tht> January civil term of Hay
wood County Superior Court end
ed about 6 p.m. Wednesday with
the hearing of three damage suits
filed in connection with an automo
bile accident last June.
Judge J. Will Pless has been the
presiding Judge since the court
convened January 9,
A jury on Tuesday returned a
verdict of $1,500 in favor of Joe
Browning against the Weissinger
Lumber Company. The defendant
gave notice of an appeal, and Judge
Pless granted the defendants 60
days in which to perfect their ap
Browning was asking for $4,725
as the outgrowth of ownership of
some 50.000 feet of chestnut logs
involved in a logging deal with
the firm. The case took all of Mon
day and part of Tuesday. It was
the first jury trial of the two-week
Shortly before noon Tuesday the
court took up the case of Alex Mar
tin vs. Dr. R. H. Stretcher, rela
tive to a lease of the Waynesville
Bowling Center. Dr. Stretcher
claimed the lease was broken July
1. 1955. when Martin failed to show
that 20.000 games had been bowled
since July 1. 1954. The lease called
for payments on the games bowled,
and were on a sliding scale. Mar
tin claimed over 18.300 games
bowled, and that Dr. Stretcher re
fused payment for the 1.700 games
needed to reach the lease agree
ment. The place was locked in
July, and Martin, it was alleged,
entered the building through a
window and reopened the Alley.
Martin was seeking $5,500 dam
ages, while Dr. Stretcher had a
counter suit for $2,800.
A compromise was reached, with
Dr. Stretcher paying $200. and each
party paying for the cost of wit
nesses summoned, and the court
costs. Dr. Stretcher was awarded
the Bowling Alley, as the 2-year
lease was termed cancelled as of
July 1. 1955.
A settlement was also reached
between MrS. Quay Medford and
(See Court?Page 81
N. C. Park Group
To Meet Here At
10 On Monday
The N. C. Park. Parkway and
Forest Development Commission
will , hold their regular quarterly
meeting here Monday, 10 a.m.
William Medford, Waynesville, is
chairman, and the meeting will be
held in the Commission's offices on
the second floor of the Masonic
Mrs. Milliard Atkins, secretary,
said the agenda called for routine
matters to come before the board.
Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Gans have
returned from a vacation in Flori
da. They also attended a gift and
china show in Atlanta.
New Drive-In Mail Box
To Be Installed Here Soon
The Waynesville postoffice will
install a drive-in mailbox in the
near future. Postmaster Enos Boyd
The new drive-in box will per
mit postal patrons to deposit mail
without leaving their car, and will
also bring mail into the postoffice
quicker beeause less mail will bo
left in outlying boxes, Mr. Boyd
The drive-in box will be install
ed as soon as the necessary equip
ment is received from the U. S.
Post Office Department, the post
master pointed out.
Mr. Boyd also announced that
Waynesville's 22 mail boxes will
be painted red, white, and blue in
accord with the policy of the Post
Office department to make mail
boxes more attractive and easier
to see -than those painted in olive
Four boxes already have been
painted and the others will get
their coats of red, white, and blue
in the next six weeks, the post
U. S. Mail trucks and "highway
postoffices" also will be painted
in the nation's colors, he said.
(1955 ? ?)
Injured ? ? ? ? 3
(1955 ? 5)
(1955 ? It)
(This Information compiled
from record* of State High