iE?| The W^ynesyille Mountaineer ! i
1^ a Published Twice-A-Week In The Coupty Seat of Haywood County At T he Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ^
71st YEAR NO. 12 16 PAGES Associated Press " WAYNESVILLE. N. C.. THURSDAY AFTERNOON, FEB. 9. 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
Court Nears Finish
Of Criminal Cases
DR. N. F. LANCASTER
Dr. S. F. Lancaster announced
this morning that he had purchas
ed a large farm in the Mills River
section of Henderson county. He
expects to move in the near future
?about four to six weeks. He plans
to establish an office in the home,
and do a limited practice.
The change is being made upon
advice of his physician. Dr. Lan
caster suffered a heart attack about
two years ago.
Dr. Lancaster came here in
July 1932 from the Mission Hos
pital, Asheville. He opened an of
fice with the late Dr. J. F. Abel.
In February 1942 he entered the
Army, and served in the Medical
Corps until February 1946. He held
the rank of Lieutenant - Colonel
when he received his honorable dis
Besides his practice, he held for
a time the office of temporary
Health Officer here in Haywood, is
now a member of the Board of
Health, and active In the Haywood
Medical Society. He has served
as surgeon for Southern Railway
since coming to Waynesvllle.
He has just sold his Jackson
County cattle farm, and will move
his herd of registered Herefords
to the newly acquired Mills River
Dr. Jack Davis who has shared
offices with Dr. Lancaster for the
past two years, will continue in
the same quarters, it was announc
Dr. and Mrs. Lancaster now live
at Hillside Terrace, and will be
joined in June at Mills River by
their son, Robert, who is a fresh
man at the Citadel, Charleston.
To Come Up
Indications at noon today were
that the criminal term of the Feb
ruary mixed term of Superior
court would end sometime Friday,
with Judge J. Will Pless, Marion,
As of noon today, 122 cases had
been cleared from the docket since
court convened Monday morning.
The civil calendar for the two
week mixed term will begin Mon
day morning, with the docket con
taining about nine cases, in addi
tion to any divorce cases which
might be called.
The three cases on the motion
docket, set for Monday, are cases
growing out of car wrecks, as well
as several of the cases on the trial
docket. Another case involves a
'Civil cases include:
J. Richard Sales vs. John B.
Clifford Stamey vs. Deroy Ford
s (See Court?Page 2)
Pathos, tragedy, and sometimes
humor unfolds in the routine of
the courtroom procedures during
a term of criminal court.
This term which began Monday
morning is no different from all
Many of the same folk in the
courtroom. Some there from cur
iosity. some on business, and oth
ers because it Is a habit to attend
Many witnesses have a sudden
lapse of memory when questioned,
and others want to talk more than
So goes the scene of the court
grinding out justice to those who
come to the bar.
Judge Pless takes his time in
seeing that a defendant under
(See Court Briefs?Page 8)
Maggie Club Hears Talks
On CDP, Little League
At their meeting Wednesday
night, the Maggie Kiwanis Club
heard talks by Bob Tippett, as
sistant farm agent, on the CDP or
ganizations in the county, and
Boyce Powers of Hazelwood on the
Little League baseball program.
Maggie Kiwanis members are
currently considering the estab
lishment of a CDP at Maggie and
sponsorship of a team in the Moun
taineer Little League.
Engineer Completes Brief
/\ unci ci uaa-accnuu survey 01
industrial heating plants in the
Waynesville area, made in connec
tion with the town's smoke-abate
ment program, was completed
Tuesday by A. L. Kicwit of Cin
cinnati, director of engineering
for the Coal Producers Commit
tee for Smoke Abatement.
Accompanied by Ben Sloan, Sr.,
in charge of smoke-abatement
work here, Mr. Kiewit started his
survey Monday. During that time
he visited the Haywood County
Hospital, the courthouse, two laun
dries, and one industrial plant.
In discussing his findings, Mr.
Kiewit said that Waynesville has
more of a problem than towns in
flat country because the mountains
here reduce the velocity of winds
which carry off smoke and fumes
from heating equipment.
He explained that the smoke
problem is aggravated in Ameri
can cities today because of (1)
(See Smoke?Page I)
Cloudy and mild with occasional
rain today. Friday, partly cloudy
and moderately cold.
Official Waynesville temperature
as reported by the State Test Farm:
Date Ma*. Min. Pr.
Feb. 6 SO 50 1.02
" 7 55 26 .02
" 8 64 25
The Junaluska Wayside Restau
rant is now under the management
of Mr. and Mrs. David Riley of
Waynesville and is open for three
meals seven days a week.
The Wayside Restaurant will
specialize in steaks, seafood, coun
try ham, homemade pies, and busi
ness lunches, and will offer curb
Mr. Riley formerly was route
supervisor in this area for the
Biitmorc Dairy Co.
S. E. Connatser is owner of the
building in which the restaurant is
FLOW OF WATER oter the spillway at the Lake
Junaluska dam the early part of the week was
especially heavy after several days of steady rain
in this area. This photo was taken at 8:36 a.m.
Tuesday as the morning sun lit up the churning
waters below the dam and a mist rose up from
the lake in the background.
(Mountaineer i'lioto by Conn ay).
Livestock Specialists Urge Increase
Of Sheep On Haywood County Farms
4 Blue' Just Likes To
Run?from Road Work
James H. Blur ? almost the
shade of midnight?a prisoner at
State Prison Camp, Haselwood?
must have rabbit blood in his
veins. Every so often he runs
from prison guards, only to be
The 28-year-old Negro has
spent eight of the past ten years
behind bars, and the other two
were when he was out as an es
Tuesday Blue was before
Judge Piess on a charge of es
caping from a work gang in
Fines Creek on January 18. He
was recaptured three days later.
For this three days of freedom.
Blue must serve from one to
three additional years on the
road besides losing his grade
and good behavior time.
The first time Blue broke and
ran from a prison guard was
while on a gang in Cumberland
county. Blue was cutting brush
on a road bank when he came
fare to face with a big snake.
Blue doesn't like snakes, so he
dropped his bush are and ran
for the tall timbers away from
Judge Piess told Blue he did
not blame him from getting away
from the snake, but that he
should have quickly returned.
Blue was later caught and sent
to the llazelwood Camp.
In January he darted up a
path through a thicket while
working on the road, and was
at liberty for three days.
Blue got into trouble by break
ing into a store and stealing
$230. He (ot 5 to 7 years for the
offense. and by the time he geta
out. he will hare served about 10
years, on a basis of about $23 a
year for his labor.
"Now Blue, you had better stop
running:, and start behaving, or
you'll be in prison for a long:,
lone time. Just remember that
in the long run tHr law is smart
er than you, and while you might
stay at liberty for a while, soon
er or later you'll get caught."
Judge Pless told the defendant.
Blue twisted his prison cap,
looked up at the judge, and said:
"I knows that now, sir."
To Two Alarms
Waynesville firemen have made
two runs in the past three days?
one on Highway 19A-23 to Mack
Beasley's fruit stand and the oth
er to the residence of Fred Smith j
off Pigeon Street.
A blaze, which started from a
defective flue, caused considerable
damage to walls and floor and
furnishings at the two-room Smith
Mr. Smith's mother, an invalid,
had to be carried to safety, when
the fire broke out, at 3:30 p.m.
Firemen arrived on the scene at
Mr. Beasley's fruit stand near the
lake too late to save the frame
structure Tuesday afternoon.
Cause of the fire was unknown.
Mr. Beasley said he lost most of
his possessions in the fire, includ
ing a bed and a quantity of cloth
Four Highway Projects In
Haywood Finished In Ian.
During January, the State High
way Commission finished 16.3 miles
of road work in the 14th Highway
Division, Commission Harry Buch
anan reported today. Four projects
were in Haywood.
In Haywood County, State high
way maintenance force* strength
ened the following 14-foot wide
county roads, and their lengths,
with additional stone: Green Hill
Road. 0.3 mile; Buckeye Cove, 0.2
mile; Dicks Creek ,0.2 mile; and
Mingus Ridge. 0.2 mile.
C. Wl Lee is Division Engineer;
Paul J. Dupre is Assistant Divi
sion Engineer. Headquarters for
the division are in Sylva. Haywood,
Henderson, Polk. Transylvania,
Cherokee. Clay, Graham, Jackson,
Macon and Swain compose the 14th
division. E H. Webb la district en
gineer at Hendersomdlle; E. L.
Curtis is district engineer at Bry
A. V. Allen, animal husbandry
specialist at N. C, State College
and speaker at the county's annual
livestock school Wednesday, said
Haywood County farmers might do
well to have a ewe sheep for every
head of beef cattle now on their
He stated that the long-range
outlook for lamb and wool prices
is good and that careful manage
ment and use of recommended
practices in raising sheep will re
turn farmers a good profit.
In respect to beef cattle. Mr. Al
len pointed out the need for bet
ter bulls and said that calves
which grade "good" and "choice" at
feeder-calf sales usually come from
herds with good sires.
He recommended that farmers
start in August to cut out from
their herd poor calves and cows
which do not produce good calves.
He also emphasized that it is
more important now than ever that
beef producers have good animals
and do a thorough job in all
phases of the beef program in or
der to make a satisfactory profit.
Mr. Allen also disclosed that the
Extension Service and Agriculture
Department are planning to obtain
more Western cross-bred ewes for
North Carolina farmers.
?He said that some are available
now, but at mostly premium prices.
Others, at lower prices, should ar
rive in the state in May or June,
| lie added.
John Christian, meat specialist
(See Livestock?Page 8)
Parents Urged To Have
Children Get Polio Shots
A three to four month test of a
one-way traffic plan lor several
down-town Canton streets has
been inaugurated by town officials.
The action of the Canton board
followed a report on Tuesday of
two Asheville traffic experts who
made a study of conditions in Can
ton. The recommendations were
made by Carl B. Hyatt, Jr., di
rector of Safety, and Lieutenant
Truelove, of the police depart
The recommendations for one
way traffic involves portions of
Main. Academy, and the entirety
of Cabe and Depot Streets.
The report was as follows:
"In an effort to speed the flow
of traffic, it appears that Main
Street could be made a one-way
street from the intersection of
Adams and going east to the front
of the Town Hall. If this should be
done, there are two other changes
that should be made to tie in with
this one-way system The street
running in front of the Southern
Railroad Depot (Depot Street)
should be made one-way west
bound from Main Street to Acad
emy. and Academy Street should
be made one-way from that point
to Park Street. Cabe Street could
be made one-way or left as it is
at the present time.
"Trucks from the Champion
Paper and Fibre Company that
might be headed east could either
I go up over the overpass (Bridge
I Streett and into Church Street, or
'preferably in front of the Depot
out Academy into Park Street.
Their entrance into the hihgway
at this point would be simpler, and
you would eliminate the conges
tions starting at the intersection
of Main Street and Park Street.
For World Prayer
Day By Churches
The World Day of Prayer obser
vance this year will be held in the
First Methodist Church, Friday,
February 17, at 7:80 p.m.
This will be an interdenamina
tional service of churches in
Waynesville, Hazelwood, and Lake
It is a day Christians around
the world unite in a common
service of prayer and praise. Ser
vices begin on the Tonga Islands,
where Queen Salote leads her sub
jects in prayer, and continues
throughout the day, closing with
the observance on St. Lawrence
Island, Alaska. The service is
planned and promoted by the
United Church Women and the
same program is used round the
The purpose of the service is:
"I. To unite all Christians in a
bond of prayer, to give individ
uals an opportunity to share in a
fellowship of prayer with others
-around the world, and to witness
their belief that prayer has the
power to bring the hearts of men
into conformity with God's will,
2. In the United States to make
an offering for interdenomination
al missions projects." The offer
ing is divided between projects of
the Division of Foreign Missions
and the Division of Home Missions
of the National Council of Church
(See World Prayer?Page S)
SUMTER LOWRY. a summer
resident, has announced he is a
candidate for governor of Flori
(Photo courtesy Tampa Times).
DOWN IN FLORIDA
Sumter L, Lowry of Tampa,
Kla.i a summer resident of the
Waynesvllle area, has announced
his candidacy for governor of the
Sunshine State, seeking the post
now held by Governor James Col
Mr. Lowry is president of the
Balsam Mountains Land Co.,
which owns the Walker Road real
estate development at Saunook.
In announcing his candidacy,
Mr. Lowry asserted his approval
of the continuation of segregation
in Florida, commenting: "It is
not inevitable or necessary that
white and colored children be
mixed in the public schools, and
when I am elected governor of
Florida, they wil lnot be."
He also assailed the other three
candidates for governor for taking
a "defensive" position on the seg
Lowry served in World War 1
and was divisional commander of
the 31st Division in Pacific fight
ing in World War II. Later he
commanded the 51st National
Guard division. lie retired from
service as a lieutenant general.
He is a director of the Gulf
Life Insurance Co., and has inter
ests in other Florida enterprises.
Humane Society Will
Elect Officers Monday
The meeting of the Haywood
County Humane Association will
be held Monday night, 8 p.m., at
the L. N. Davis office. Main St.
Mrs. R. R. Campbell, president,
said the principal business will be
the election of officers.
Haywood County doctors have
expressed their disappointment at
the comparatively small number of
children in the county who have
received Salk polio shots.
At the February meeting of the
Haywood County Medical Society
Tuesday night, it was estimated
only 3.100 Individuals have had
the shots, whereas some 18,000 are
eligible for them.
Dr. James Fender, ehairmon of
the medical society's polio commit
tee, pointed out: "The vaccine is
available to all, rich or poor, and
every means possible must be
used to influence Haywood people
to have the vaccine."
Dr. Fender expressed a belief
that not the lack of money, but the
lack of knowledge explained the
"deplorable" state of the polio '
immunization program in Haywood
He did not slate, however, what
has been done in an effort to ac
quaint the public with the need
for the polio shots.
The doctors reaffirmed that no
child who comes in for polio shots
will be turned down by any doctor
in the county. For patients who
cannot pay for the shots, doctors
will give vaccine free of charge.
In turn, doctors who give the shots
without charge will receive vaccine
from the Haywood County Health
The doctors said that "In the in
terest of public health," the Salk
vaccine should be given under
supervision of a physician.
The Haywood doctors advise (1)
that all Individuals between the
ages of six months and 20 years
should have shots. TJ) that chil
dren who had the first shot last
spring and the second shot last
fall, should have their third shot
this May, (3) that children who got
their first and second shots at
school last fall should have their
third shot In May, and (4) that all
individuals who have not yet had
the vaccine should start now to
| receive the best possible protec
tion against polio since vaccine
cannot be started during the polio
Polio vaccine alsq will be given
at the Haywood County Health De
partment free of charge each Wed
nesday from 8:30 a.m. until 12, and
from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
The Health Department has
(See Polio Srota?Page 81
Scheduled February 16
,A training school on land judg
ing for Haywood County vocation
al agriculture teachers and stu
dents interested in forming a
land-judging team will be con
ducted Thursday by Jack King,
soil scientist for the Soil Conser
The school will start at 2 p.m at
the REA building and then go on
to the Mountain Experiment Sta
tion for field training
STEERING COMMITTEE for the "Finer Caro
lina" prorram at Haartwood this year is made op
of (left to right) Mayor Lawrence Darts, A. F.
Ledbetter, chairman; Mrs, Clyde Fisher, Carl
RatrlifTe, and C. N. Allen. Separate project* will
be adopted later bp the Haselwood Boosters,
PTA, Lions Club, and Boooterettes,
Alexanders Give $2,500
Memorial To The Library
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Alexander,
of Cataloochee Ranch, have made a
contribution of $2,500 toward the
construction of the new library
building in Waynesville in memory
of their son, George, who died De
cember 23. .
The trustees of the library have
decided, as a memorial to George
Alexander, to name the children's
room of the new library, "Tbe
George Alexander Memorial Chil
The Alexanders had requested
that no flowers be sent to the fu
neral. Many of their friends, how
ever, have asked them what they
would like to have done with the
funds that they would normally
have used in sending flowers. The
parents said that it is their wish
that contributions be made toward
completing, furnishing and equip
ping the Children's Room.
"Our present estimates are that
it will take $12,000 to $15,000 to
complete and equip this room,"
J. H. Howell, chairman of the
Board of Trustees said.
"If, as a friend of George Alex
ander, you desire to make a con
tribution in honor of his memory,
please send It to:
William Medford, Treasurer,
Haywood County Public Library,"
Mr. Howell said.
''AH contributions will be great
ly appreciated by both the Alex
anders and the library," he con
"The library couid also use
children's books to be placed in
this room when it Is completed."
it was pointed out by the chair
(IMS ? ?)
Injured .... 12
(1?SS ? 7)
U?H ? 19)
Loss ... $9,230
(1IU ? $8,699)
(This information compiled
from records mi State High