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71st YEAR NO. 11 12 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESYILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON, FEB. 6. 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
SOLICITOR THAD 0. BRYSON. right, is shown
' handing II. M. Dulin, foreman of the Grand Jury,
part of the bills which the Grand Jury will act
upon for this two-week criminal term of Superior
Court. Nine new members of the Grand Jury were
named today. (Mountaineer Photo).
Dulin Named Foreman Of
Grand Jury; Court Opens
Motorist Drives Up Track,
Almost Meets Locomotive
A motorist got lost on Highway 19-23 in West Canton Sunday
? night about 8 o'clock.
The rain and fog contributed to the confusion, and instead
of turning onto the four-lane highway, the motorist drove up the
Southern Railway tracks for two-tenths of a mile, according to a
report today of Patrolman W. R. Wooten, Investigating officer.
The driver went as far up th? tracks as he could, when has
vehicle became jammed in a switch of the tracks.
In an effort to back out of the "squeeze" in the rails, the
motorist burned out the clutch in his car, and while he was making
a desperate effort to move the car, the roaring Diesel locomotive
pulling a long string of freight cars bore down over the hill from
The locomotive engineer saw the headlights of the car, and
started putting on all the brakes he could, and managed to stop
the screaming train a bare 75 feet from the stuck car.
Several men gathered about the car, and the vehicle was
pushed out of the rail jam after the air was let out of the tires.
The driver seemed unmoved by the narrow escape he had
with the on-coming locomotive, and told Patrolman Wooten;
"They need a flagman at this crossing to show a fellow
where to go."
The patrolman made no reply, but felt that what was needed
more was for poeple who drink l.ot to take the wheel of their ve
hicle and try to drive.
The driver of the car was charged with driving drunk, and
will be given a trial by Judge Ralph Mease in Canton police court
Applications Being Taken
Applications for premeasure
ment of burley tobacco plots on
Haywood County farms are now
being accepted by the ASC office
at the courthouse, according to A.
W. Ferguson, ASC county man
The deadline for applying for
premeasurement is April 1, he
Mr. Ferguson explained that
premeasufement Is not required,
but is offered as a service to bur
ley growers to insure that they do
not intentionally overplant their
allotment and thus lose time and
materials on the surplus.
Premeasurement was made a
vailable to tobacco farmers last
year for the first time since 1941.
Mr. Ferguson said that farmers
applying for premeasurement will
be required to deposit $4 to cover
the cost of the work. The premeas
ured acreage will be accepted as
"official" for all ASC purposes un
less it is later determined that
(1) the crop was not planted with
in the premeasured area; (2) less
than the premeasured area was
planted, or (3) there was an ob
vious error in the premeasure
Mr. Ferguson reminded farmers
that as soon as they receive notice
from the ASC Office of the allot
ted acreage for their tobacco they
should make prompt application
for this premeasurement service.
The time during which this pre
measurement service can be per
formed is very limited, and the
only way a farmer can be sure of
obtaining this service is by mak
ing early application. All farmers
needing premeasurement should
go by the local ASC Office to de
termine when this service will be
available and possibly to make ap
plication for premeasurement at
Checking of all planted burley
acreage, which is mandatory, will
be started by the ASC about the
middle of June.
lUin and cooler tpday. Tuesday,
partly cloudy with little change in
Official Waynesvllle temperature
as reported by the State Test Farm:
DaW Max. Milt. Pr.
Feb. 2 55 30 .80
" 3 55 42 .63
" 4 _ 53 38 .68
" 5 61 40 .06|
For The Term
Nine new members of the Grand
Jury, and a new foreman, H. M.
DuHn. were named this morning
as <fjie Febrnarjr criminal term of
Superior Court convened with
Judge J. Will Pless, Marion, pre
Judge Pless charged the-grand
jury for 35 minutes, before the
court began work on the docket of
some 225 cases.
The new members of the Grand
Jury are: P. M. Chase, Ed Potts.
S. E. Edwards, Logan Grady, Frank
Hannah, Finley Cook, Claude War
ren, Wayne Moore and Fred Sut
ton. The nine members named
last July to the Grand Jury, and
who will serve this term, include:
H. M. Dulin. new foreman; David
Smith, W. B. Hawkins, J. V.
Underwood, Jr., V. V. Parton, Mil
lard Mills, J. Thomas Smalhers,
Floyd Grant and Hugh Hoyle.
In explaining the purpose and
function of the Grand Jury, Judge
Pless reminded the Haywood body
it was their responsibility to fol
low-up on any recommendations
made by prior Grand Juries which
had not been carried out.
Judge Pelss said It had been
called to his attention this morn
ing of the practice of some per
sons dumping garbage in the rural
areas of the county and especially
along the banks of Pigeon River
above the Canton watershed intake.
"Such a practice is a menace to
health, as open garbage is a breed
ing place for disease and mos
"We trust that any person who
knows of anyone dumping garbage
orl in places not so designated,
will call it to the attention of the
officers, and give them the names
of such persons.
"Dumping trash is a violation of
the law, and constitutes a bad situ
ation," the jurist continued.
Judge Pless, in what he termed
"preaching" said It was the wrong
approach for parents to try and
frighten children about the law
The law is something that should
(See Court?Page 6)
Employees of The Dayton Rub
ber Company have contributed
$2,625.25 to the Haywood Disaster
Relief Fund, It was announced to
day by Paul Davis, chairman.
The Fund was created early In
December, after the destruction of
Plant No. 2 of Unagusta in Hazel
A special committee was named,
headed by Rev. James Y. Perry.
Jr., to administer the funds to
those needing assistance.
Chairman Davis said that ap
proximately $6,500 had been con
tributed to the fund as of this date.
Haywood Countians Losing Over $400,000
Annually By Failure To Fill Demand For Eggs J
Says Pigeon Best Route
A double charge of auto theft
and attempted breaking and enter
ing has been placed against a Can
ton man who was apprehended
early Saturday morning after a
manhunt by law-enforcement offi
cers of two counties.
Sheriff Fred Y. Campbell iden
tified the man as Clarence "Choco
late" Smathers, 33, of Canton,
charged with the theft of a }954
Buick from an Asheville service
station Saturday night, and the at
tempted breaking and entering of
the Coffee Shop on the Soco Road
early Sunday morning. |
The sheriff said that he received
a call at 1:30 a.m. Sunday that
someone was trying to break into
the Soco Road business place and
started out to investigate the re
port. On the way out, he met Cpl.
Pritchard H. Smith of the State
Highway Patrol, who accompanied
the sheriff on the case.
On arrival at the Coffee Shop,
the two officers were told by the
owner, Mrs. Ernest Edwards, that
she heard someone trying to break
into her place and screamed, ap
parently frighenting the intruder j
She then called a neighbor, Nor- j
man Bradley, who tqld til* sheriff
and corporal that he saw a man j
boarding an eastbound bus a short
The officers notified Canton po
lice to ste if the wanted indivdual
was still on the bus As it hap
pened, be had gotten off before the
police received the sheriff s report,
but officers later spotted the man
(See 2 Charges?Page 6)
Lions Are Told
The Waynesvllle Lion's Club at
its regular meeting Thursday night
heard two guest speakers discuss
the value of an airport in a com
The speakers were O. L. An
drew, manager of the Greenville,
S. C. Municipal Air Port, and W.
B. Coifc chairman of the Aviation
Division of the Greenville Cham
ber of Commerce.
Andrew discussed the progress
of aviation and noted that 1955
was the first year in history that
air travel exceeded pullman travel.
He explained instrument flying
and landing of commercial planes
and told why planes were able to
land in Greenville when they were
unable to land at other nearby
fields on account of high eleva
tions and bad weather.
Cox displayed two large aerial
photographs of Greenville and
a color film of a Piper Twin
flying from northern United States
to South Africa.
Cox told the Lions to encourage
flying in their community even 'if
(See Lions?Page 6)
Because the road runs along the
Pigeon River, he suggested that it
be called the "Pigeon Gorge" as a
more descriptive name.
Turning to the general subject
of highways, the printing execu
tive asserted that America's sys
tem of roadways is as vital to the
economy of this nation as indus
trial plants enclosed in four walls.
To meet the steadily increasing
flow of traffic on U. S. highways,
constant widening of present high
ways and construction of broad
new highways is necessary, he
Most outstanding among the new
highways, the speaker stated, are
two toll-charge turnpikes in the
east and "freeways" in California.
First of the former, he said, is
the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which
runs 360 miles from Philadelphia
to Pittsburgh, and is joined on the
eastern end by the New Jersey
Turnpike. 130 miles long. Another
new turnpike in Ohio will join the
western end of the Pennsylvania
Turfnpikes have good accident
records (there were no fatalities
along their entire . length last
Fourth of July and Labor Day),
and are spectacular money-makers,
Mr. Stephens said. In its last fi
(See Pigeon River?Page 6)
An Asheville businessman ? George Stephens, owner of
Stephens Press ? told the Waynesville Kiwanis Clpb at its last
meeting that the Pigeon Kiver Head is the most logical route for
a new interstate highway in this region.
"My views correspond with yours and also those of the best
engineering authorities of the state concerning the Pigeon River
Road," he said.
Mr. Stephens pointed out that, as an all-weather route, the
Pigeon Kiver Road might prove instrumental In extending the tour
ist season in the mountain area.
Dr. H. A. Matthews, immediate
past president of the Haywood
County Medical Society, will
speak on "Rural Health" tomor
row at the monthly meeting of the
society at the hospital here, ac
cording to Dr. J. E. Fender, pub
licity chairman of the organization.
Dr. Fender pointed out that the
Medical Society meets here the
first Tuesday of each month at 8
p.m., and asked that persons who
need physicians that day call their
doctors early in the afternoon to
make the necessary arangements.
In an emergency, doctors can
be reached at the hospital on
New officers of the Haywood
County Medical Society for 1956
are Dr. A. H. Smith, president; Dr.
W. R. Hudson, vice president; and
Dr. J. A. Dickerson, secretary
Dr. A. R. Brown was re-elected
as chief of staff at Haywood Coun
ty Hospital. Dr. V. H. Duckett was
named vice chief of stall and Dr. J.
B. Britton, secretary.
The election of officers for the
medical society and hospital staff
was held in early December and
Area Has Almost
2 Inches Of Rain
Almost two inches of rain fell
here from Thursday through
Sunday nifht, aocordinK to the
official weather observer at the
State Test Farm.
To be exact, the official figure
was 1.97 jnches. This did not in
clude the steady downpour of
Sunday night, and this morning.
The annual Haywood County
livestock school will be held
Wednesday at the courthouse, ac
cording to County Agent Virgil L.
Holloway. Hours will be from 10
a.m. until noon. ?
Speakers will be A. V. Allen,
animal husbandry specialist, and
John Christian, meat specialist,
from N. C. State College.
Both beef and* sheep production
will be discussed, including breed
ing. feeding and management
problems, and suggestions will be
made for Increasing income from
A panel of Haywood County
farmers, yet to be named, also
will appear on the program, pre
senting their views and recom
mendations concerning additional
To Give Benefit
The Waynesville Moose Lodge
will sponsor a benefit dance Sat
urday, February 11, at the Waynes
ville Armory to raise money for
needy families In this area. Hours
will be from 9 until 1.
Music for the dance will be pro
vided by the Rhythm Kats of Cul
lowhee. Admission prices will be
$1 per person In advance and $1.25
at the door.
Reservations can be made by
calling GL 6-5422.
? ? ? ?
Governor Luther H. Hodges, in
his home community in Leaksville
[Township, Saturday afternoon,
talked about his work as Gover
nor and announced his future
plans. Speaking to neighbors,
friends and relatives, he spoke in
formally and earnestly about some
of his ideas of the governorship and
and told something of his work on
a few of the difficult problems con
fronting North Carolina.
Hodges told his audience, hun
dreds of whom had worked with
him or for him in his more than
30 years with the local mills, that
hard work was just as essential and
as rewarding in the Governor's
office as when he was office boy,
(See Gov. Hodges?Page 6)
New Date Set For
C. of C. Banquet
Richard Bradley, president of the
Chamber of Commerce, announced
today that the annual Chamber of
Commerce banquet was now set for
A tentative date had been set
earlier, but inability of the speak
er to come at that time necessitat
ed the postponement until the 23rd,
the head of the civic group said.
The banquet will be held at the
WTHS cafeteria, Thursday, Feb. 23.
Hyatt Creek Home
Damaged By Fire
Waynesville firemen saved the
home of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Ross
on Hyatt Creek late Saturday af
ternoon, when a blaze started at
the kitchen flue of the newly
Chief Felix Stovall said the
damage was about $200.
Fireman Clem Fitzgerald, in
checking the records, found that
the last call answered by the de
partment prior to Saturday was
January 4th ? a whole month
without a run for the department.
To Be Sought
Haywnod County farmers could
make $400,000 more annually by
producing enough eggs for county
dealers, who have to rely princi
pally on out-of-county sources at
This fact was brought out re
cently in a survey of the Haywood
County egg market, according to
County Agent Virgil L. tiolloway.
The survey was made last month
by the county agent's staff under
the direction of C. P. Libeau, egg
marketing specialist from N. C.
State College, who has made simi
lar surveys in other North Caro
lina counties and other states.
Mr. Holloway said that the sur
vey showed that an average of
12.000 dozen eggs are sold in Hay
wood County each week, but only
about 10 per cent of this amount
is produced in the county.
Most of the eggs consumed here,
the county agent said, come from
Jackson and Swain counties, Char
lotte. and Asheville.
Mr. Holloway emphasized that
county dealers were unanimous In
their desire to buy their eggs from
Haywood County residents, provid
ed ill the volume of eggs grown
heje is adequate, (2) a constant
supply can be assured, and <3> eggs
are of good quality, size, and uni
He added that some dealers ex
pressed a willingness to pay slight
ly more for Haywood County eggs
, because they would be fresher, not
I having to be shipped lor long dis
i The county agent said there arc
only about 15 or 20 producers of
commercial eggs In Haywood Coun
ty today, and that approximately
300 additional producers would he
needed to fill the present demand
(See Eggs?Page 3)
Loss Is Put
At 12 Acres
Twelce acres of forest and wood
lands were destroyed in seven
fires in Haywood County during
the last six months of 1955, accord
ing to County Fire Warden E. R.
These forest fires, which occur
red during October, November,
and December, were caused by in
cendiary action, by campers and
hunters, and by persons burning
brush, Mr. Caldwell said.
Several more fires occurred dur
ing the drought period in early
January, but statistics on these
have not been completed, the fire
Mr. Caldwell said that the total
of 12 acres destroyed in consider
ably less than the average for the
past five years, and urged the pub
lic to continue to be cautious in
starting fires when forests are dry.
Completion Of Parkway
Now Predicted For 1966
The Blue Kidge Parkway should
be virtually completed by 1966.
under a $27,885,000 Improvement
budget and regular annual appro
priations. Superintendent Sam P.
Weems of Roanoke has disclosed.
The Parkway improvement fund
is part of a 10-year national parks
and parkways program proposed
last week by President Elsenhower.
The President asked Congress to
vote $8,350,000 as a start on the
10-year program of expanding
roads, campgrounds and other fa
cilities for visitors to national parks
and parkways, including the Blue
Ridge Parkway. The money would
be in addition to his budget of $45,
800,000 for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1957.
Wecms said with some 30 miles
of work remaining in Virginia and
about 85 miles of work in North
Carolina, the 10-year improvement
budget, If approved, would be split
roughly on a 75-25 percentage basis
between the two states, with North
Carolina receiving the larger sum.
Kentucky Firm Awarded
Contract On Parkway Link
? By The Associated Press)
Secretary of the Interior McKay
has announced the award of a con
tract for grading and other work
[>n a nearly two-mile section of the
Blue Ridge Parkway in North
The contract?for $359.666?went
to Ralph E. Mills. Co., Inc., Erank
rort, Ky. It covers grading, drain
ing and other work on a section of
the Parkway from Ravensford, to
ward Big Witch Gap.
The project is part of a 4*4 mile
section, the balance of which will
be let soon under separate contract.
On January 27, Macon Construe- '
tion Co. of Franklin was low bid
der at SI .243,440 for construction
of a 2 82-mile link. This will con
(See Parkway?Page ()
In letters to the Senate and
House, Elsenhower said Secre
tary of the Interior McKay had
advised that park facilities were
seriously overtaxed by the l?i
(See -Completion?Pace ft
(1955 ? ?)
Injured . ... 11
(1955 ? 7)
(1955 ? 19)
Loss ... $8,905
(1955 ? $9,699)
(This Information compiled
from record, of State High
Seed Catalogues Are
Here - - Spring Nears
The postman only has to ring
once those days to get quick res
ponse to the home of the garden
It's catalogue time. The pages
of gay and colorful pictures and
descriptions of seeds, shrubs,
trees and varied plantings are
the invitation to spring.
You throw another log on the
lire, start with page one and go
right through the possibilities tor
the not too far distant growing
season. Perhaps you muse about
the big things which can he done
in this year's garden.
The normal tendency is to
check the check book, then sit
down with the order blank and
go to town. The Mrs. is at foil
throttle on the suggestions for
the annuals t? be planted. The
Mr. la all set to make this THE
Jointly they conapire ? on
paper, of course ? to auceumb to
the almost uncontrolled urge to
(See Catalogues?Page S)