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71st YEAR NO 15 12 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON, FEB. 20, 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
State Phone Head
Will Address Civic
Meeting Thursday |
J. S. STONE, manager of South
ern Bell for North Carolina, will
address the annual Chamber of
Commerce Banquet here Thurs
day evening at the WTHS cafe
Boy Cut In
Back As He
A i7-year-old Bethel boy was cut
twice about; the back when he re
fused to ride with four young men,
shortly after 11 p.m. Friday night.
The four were arrested and put in
Roy Pitts, 17, was walking along
the highway With two 14-year-old
companions, when the four young
men offered them a ride. The trio
refused the ride and kept on
walking. The quartet In the car
returned, and two jumped out and
started to chase the three. The two
young boys escaped through the
woods, and as Pitts darted up a
steep bank, one of the four slash
ed him twice on the back. He re
ceived treatment at the hosp;tal,
' where 14 stitches were taken, and
he returned home.
Sheriff Fred Campbell and Cpl.
Pritchard Smith arrested the four
about two hours later at Lake Lo
gan, and lodged them in jail,
where they remained this morning.
At a hearing, bond was set at
$500 each by Justice of Peace
Johnny Ferguson. Jenkins and
Bryson have been released under
Greenville, S. C., officers have
been In touch with the Sheriff,
saying two of the men were want
ed in 'Federal court there. Sher
iff Campbel was to confer witH the
South Carolina officials later to
(See Boy Cut?Page 6)
Two Held On
Charges Of -
Two 20-year-old men are being
held in the Haywood county jail,
without bond, charged with rape
and assault of a 16-yea. '.'old Hemp
hill girl, according to Sheriff
The two detenuauu were given
a hearirfg Saturday before Justice
of Peace J. J. Ferguson and bound
over to superior court. The de
fendants are shown on the war
rant as being Floyd Stevenson and
The warrant shows that the al
leged crime took place the after
noon of February 15th in the
Jonathan Creek - Cove Creek area.
The arrest of the defendants was
made by the sheriff's department
on the 19th, the day the warrant
was issued. ,
I The I
Clearing and colder this after
noon and tonight. Tuesday, part
ly cloudy and colder.
Official Waynesvtlle tempera
ture as reported by the State Test
Date Max. Min. Pr.
Feb. 16 ? 58 40 .06
Feb. 17 61 40 1.20
Feb 18 66 39 .35
Feb. 19 68 36 .08
Plans are moving forward for
what is expected to be the largest
Chamber of Commerce banquet
ever held here.
The annual civic dinner will be
held Thursday night, 7 p.m. at the
An unusual program has been ar
ranged, including some music that
"is different?yet so lovely for a
dinner," according to Ned J. Tuck
er, executive vice president of the
organization, and chairman of the
Besides the entertainment, there
are several other "unusuals" on
tap, which cannot be announced un
til the night of the dinner, Tucker
Tucker was elusive in his state- -
nient, adding, "it is so good you ?
would hardly believe I was telling
the truth if I divulged it ahead of
time?which I cannot, because of "
several angles," ?
The speaker will be J. S. Stone,
manager of Southern Bell for
Stone is rated as an entertaining '
He joined Southern Bell in ,
Louisville in 1929, in construction,
and later as installer-repairman in _
Owensboro. Five years later he be
came plant manager at Paducah, I
Ky., and remained there until
1937, when he went to Winchester,
Ky., in the same capacity. In 1942
he was named plant manager at |
Asheville, and in 1943 became Mi- I
ami's plant manager.
Three year* later he went tp At- -
lanta 4s district plant manager and
became Georgia plant manager a (
year later. Six years later he be- .
came general p^ant manager in the f
company headquarters in Atlanta,
and in 1954 w-s named general
manager for North Carolina, a post
he still holds.
Richard Bradley, president, said
that all civic clubs would attend the
banquet, with a number counting
the dinner as their regular meet
ing for the week.
Tucker said the menu would be
served by Mrs.> Rufus Siler, and
would be a typical southern roast
beef dinner. ^ <
Tickets are available at the town ?
hall, Charlie's Place and from i
directors of the organization. "
Chairmen's Meeting Set
A meeting of all Democratic pre
cinct chairmen in Haywood Coun
ty has been called by Frank D.
Ferguson, Jr., chairman of the
Democratic Executive Committee,
at Glenelle's in Canton Tuesday
A dinner will be served at 7 p.m..
after which a business session will
PATSY MASON OF CLYDE was crowned Bas
ketball Queen at the Haywood County tourna
ment Saturday night after being selected by a
panel of judges from Asheville. Other candidates
are (left to right) Mary Kay Phillips of Bethel,
Barbara Smith of Crabtree-Iron fun, Margaret
Rogers of Fines Creek. Bertha Willis of Canton,
and Arbadella Turner of Waynesville.
Buchanan Tells Club Rural
Roads Terrible; All Money
For Maintenance Is Spent
Rotarians heard an optimistic
report relative to pending Con
gressional* highway legislation and '
an equally pessimistic report on
the status of state funds for main
tenance, as Harry E. Buchanan,
14th division highway commission
er addressed them Friday.
Commissioner Buchanan said
that until January 15th rural roads
in the 14th division "had never
"Then came the rains, the freeze,
snow, thaw, and more rains, result
ing in almost no roads in some
places," he explained.
"The result is a bad state of af
fairs, as we have about half enough
money for maintenance of county
"The state should change the
formula for setting up funds for
maintenance or else double the ap
propriation for county roads." the
highway executive explained.
Since all highway equipment is
placed on a rental basis in each
district, Commissioner Buchanan
said all heavy equipment had been
Stored to stop the rental, and a
number of maintenance men dis
charged, because of lack of funds.
The commissioner pointed out
that the main highways were built
better than the county roads, and
needed less maintenance. The ru
ral roads built about five years ago
are now beginning to "crack up"
and will take a lot of repairing
from here on out," he said.
Increased labor costs, together
with materials and equipment, has
caused the maintenance funds to
dwindle far below the actual needs
of the division.
Commissioner Buchanan said the
maintenance cost in the 14th divi
sion was the highest in the state.
The formula now used for set
ting up maintenance funds is based
upon are^ population, road mlle
(See Buchanan?Page 6)
rwo Loans, Total $650,000,
Granted By Stale To REA
Did Tags Gone,
Cpl. Pritchard Smith said that
there had not boon any arrests
made of motorins with 1955
The 1955 tats expired last
Wednesday at midnight.
"We have not |^en an ?" ta*
on the highway to date," the
officer said at noon today.
Seven Added To
of C. Board ?
Seven directors, all representing
local clubs or agencies, have been
idded to the board of the Chamber
Richard Bradley, president, an
nounced the following new board
W. L. Turner, Lions Club;
Charles Way, Rotary; Elmer Hen
Jrxi, Jaycees; Roger Ammons.
Kiwanis; Hollis Chase, Hazelwood
Lions; Rudolph Carswell, Boosters
Club; and James Kirkpatrick,
Two loans, totalling jo.>0,000,
have been granted to the Haywood
Electric Membership Corp. of
Waynesville by the North Carolina
Rural Electrification Authority
Board of Raleigh.
One loan for $600,000 was made
to provide system improvements
and membership extensions. An
other for $50,000 was earmarked
for installation loans.
Other major loans were made
ay the state board to REA organi
zations in Asheboro and Sanford.
R. C. Sheffield, manager of
Haywood Electric Membership
Corp., said that system improve
ments to be made with the $600,
000 loan include those in transmis
sion lines and substations. Part of
the loan also will be used to ex
tend the corporation's member
ship, which now numbers approxi
Funds from the $50,000 loan
will be used by the REA to grant
loans to members for the purchase
Mr. Sheffield said that the loans
also must be approved by the fed
East Waynesville PTA
Plans Banquet Tuesday
The East Waynesville PTA will
hold a Founders' Day banquet at
8:15 p.m. Tuesday in the school
The Rev. Don Payne, pastor of
Long's Chapel Methodist Church,
will speak on PTA progress
through the years.
Johnson Named President
Of Rotary For Next Year
John N. Johnson was elected
president of the Waynesville
Rotary Club for the coming fis
cal year, which begins July 1.
Johnson will succeed James L.
Kilpatriclc, who will serve as vice
president for the coming year.
Charles Way was re-elected sec
retary-treasurer, a post he has
held for the past two years.
The board of directors for the
year inclnde: Kilpatriek, C. G.
Thompson, Earl Brcndall, J. W.
Fowler, Jr., Charles Way, W. H.
Prevost, and tf. P. McCarroll.
Johnson has served as president
of the Chamber of Commerce,
headed polio and Boy Scout drives,
and served in various other civic
JOHN N. JOHNSON
Scout Hiking Trail
Set Up To Tennessee
The Boy Scouts of America I
have established a special hiking
award in memory of Francis As
bury, pioneer circuit ? riding
preacher and first American
bishop of the Methodist Church.
The "Asbury Trail Award" will
be conferred upon F.xpiorer
Scouts who hike the old Cataloo
chee trace between Lake Juna
luaka and Cosby, Tenn.
First biased by Cherokee In
dians, the 35-mile path traverses
ruared wilderness within the
Great Smoky Mountains Nation
al Park. Portions of the old trail
now coincide with North Caro
lina Highway 234 and Tennessee
The new award consists of a
gold-plated medal and a certifi
cate. In addition to hiking the
trail. Scouts seeking the pedal
will be required to do certain
reading in the life of Asbury.
The bishop's journal reeords that
he crossed the uncharteded Ap
palachians more than 64 times
while traveling 274,406 miles and
preaching 16.404 times between
1771 and 1816.
The reading assignments have
been prepared by the Association
of Methodist Historical Societies,
which has its headquarters here,
it was announced by the Rev. Dr.
Elmer Tj Clark, secretary. He
' said the Methodist Historical So
ciety of the Western North Caro
lina Conference has Joined with
the Boy Scout organisation in
sponsoring the project.
The award will be administer
ed by the Daniel Boone Council
of the Boy Scouts of America
under the direction of A. W. Al
Dr. Gudger, Internationally
Famous Scientist, Interred
Dr. Eugene W. Gudger, lnterna
:ionally-known ichthyologist and
bibliographer and honorary cura
tor emeritus of the American Mu
seum of Natural History, died in
a nursing home here Sunday fol
lowing a lingering illness. He was
A world authority on fishes, he
was editor of the American Mu
seum of Natural History's Index
Volume of the Bibliography of
Fishes and also edited the \yidely
acclalmed Bashford Dean Memo
rial Volume on fishes.
Dr. Gudger, a native of Hay
wood County, devoted almost his
entire adult life to the study of
fishes, but did not see the ocean
until he yvas 36.
He was a fellow of the American
Assn. for the Advancement of
Science and the New York Zool
ogical Sosiety and was a life mem
ber of the Museum of Natural
History. In addition, he wap a
member of the Society of Ameri
can Naturalists, American Society
of Zoologists, American Society of
Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
History of Science Society, Salmon
and Trout Assn. of Great Britain
and the North Carolina Academy
of Science. He was an honorary
member of the Zoological Society
" it. n a. 1 ll.i a. _ ?L
ne was ine nisi wicuusk iu uw
lerve and write about the strange
nreeding habits of the pike fish,
tie also was an expert in whales.
Dr. Gudger was educated at
Emory and Henry, the University
of Nashville, and Johns Hopkins
University, where he earned his
He was a teacher at the now
defunct Asheville'Female College
and in the Little Rock, Ark., high
school, and was for 14 years head
of the science department of the
Women's College of the University
of ,North Carolina at Greensboro.
Survivors include a brother, Da
vid S Gudger of Waynesville, and
three nieces, Mys. Christopher C.
Crittenden of Raleigh, Mrs. George
Seaborn of Portsmouth,^ Va., and
Miss Betsey Lane Quinlan of
Funeral services were held this
afternoon in the chapel of Garrett
Funeral Home here. Adm. W. N.
Thomas, retired Chief of Navy
Chaplains, officiated and burial
was in Green Hill Cemetery.
(See Dr. Gudger?Page <)
The annual Haywood County ap
ple growers' school will be held
Wednesday In the courtroom from
10 a m. until noon, according to
County Agent Virgil L. Holloway.
Principal speakers will be Mel
vin H. Kolbe, extension horticul
turist, and Howard Garris, pathol
ogist, both from N. C. State Col
Among subjects to be discussed
will be orchard management, dis
ease control, fertilization, and the
outlook for the apple market this
A question-and-answer session
also will be held to enable or
chardmen to obtain advice on
their individual problems.
Mr. Holloway said that prospects
for a bumper crop of apples this
year is bright ? barring another
DRIVE-IN THEATRE REOPENS
The Smoky Mountain Drlve-ln
Theatre reopened Saturday night
after having been closed for several
weeks, according to J. E. Massie,
Shows will begin nightly at 7
DR. EUGENE W. GUDGER. in
ternationally noted scientist, was
buried here this afternoon.
Two teen-age boys were Injured
in two of six weekend traffic acci
dents in Haywood County, investi
gated by the State Highway Patrol.
Reeves Carver, 19. of Lake
Junaluska. suffered a broken left
elbow and was admitted to Hay
wood County Hospital when the
car in which he was riding, driven
by Thomas Leon Henry, 17, of
Waynesville, ran off the pavement
on old U. S. 19 in West Canton
and struck a parked car.
Damage to Henry's car, 1948
Ford, and the parked car, owned
by W. D. Prcssley of Canton, was
estimated at $100 each, according
to Patrolman W. R. Woolen, the
Kenneth Edward Bradley, 18.
Route 2, Waynesville, suffered
(See 6 Accidents?Page 6)
To Discuss '56
The Merchants Association will
hold its annual membership din
ner meeting at 7 o'clock tonight
at Spaldon's Restaurant to discuss
plans for this year.
The business session will include
a report on 1955 by Frank Moore,
immediate past president of the
Merchants Association, and a dis
cussion on solicitations,
A. D. Harrison, association presi
dent, will preside.
Extensive Damage Wrought
By Wind, Electrical Storms
Telephone repairmen have
worked around the clock since
noon Friday, trying to restore ser
vice to some 1,500 telephones put
out of order by Friday's electrical
storm, followed by the high winds
and more lightning that night.
Power crews cleared up the light
damages to their lines in a few
C. T. McCulston, general man
ager for Southern Bell here said
this morning that lightning burn
ed the lead sleeve covering off a
cable on the Dellwood road and
for a time put 1.500 phones out
of commission. The hard rains
knocked other phones out In town
Sunday by letting water in damag
The area served by the Dellwood
cable Included Dellwood, Maggie,
Jonathan Creek, Fines Creek,
Iron Duff and Lake Junaluska.
The Lovejoy and Cruso areas of
the Canton system suffered from
I falling limbs and lightning, but
'were soon cleared.
McCuiston said the office was
still getting calls this morning of
scattered cases of trouble. Most
of it, he explained was from wet
cables, or a fallen limb across the
Special crews were brought in
to help repair the cables and re
store service, the manager said.
Roy WVight, manager of Caro
lina Power and Light Company,
called crewmen out at 4 a.m. Sat
urday and by noon had all services
restored. A two-phase line on
Dellwood road went out, cused by
lightning, and the street lights of
Hazelwood were hit by falling
limbs, and a tree on Grimball
Drive hit a line.
"We got out mighty light,"
, Wright said. "We had a lot of
trimming done last year, and it
paid off during the storm Friday
night.'' Wright said the Canton
and Asheville areas suffered front
falling limbs and1 trees.
G. C. Ferguson, town manager,
said damage to Waynesvllle power
lines was light. Trees blew across
the lines on Daisey Avenue, Bal
sam Drive, and Boyd Avenue.
Power was restored soon after
crews cut away the trees.
"We consider ourselves lucky
not to have been hit harder," Fer
DAR Contest Is
Set For Tuesday
The annual declamation contest,
sponsored by the Dorcas Bell Love
Chapter, Daughters of the Ameri
can Revolution, for boys in the
Waynesville Township High School
has been set for Tuesday at 9:45
M. H. Bowles, superintendent
(See DAR Contest?Page 6)
Pigeon - Canton Anti - Trash
Campaign Proving Effective
Mayor Bruce Nanney of Canton
told members of the West Pigeon
CDP last week at Bethel School
that "great progress" is being
made in cleaning up the accumu
lated trash which has been dump
ed into the Pigeon River and along
the highway between Canton and
He added that wayside signs of
fering a reward for information
leadjng to the arrest and convic
tion of persons dumping trash
has served as a deterrent to new
dumping since the Town of Can
ton and the Pigeon CDP joined
in posting $100 in reward money.
Mayor Nanney also reported
that a marked increase has been
noted in the truck loads of gar
bage received at the Canton in
Principal speaker at the West
Pigeon CDP meeting Thursday
night was Morris L. McGough, ex
ecutive secretary of the Asheville
Agricultural Development Coun
cil, who spoke on the Western
North Carolina community de
velopment program movement and
showed slides of improvements ?
including community houses and
picnic areas ? made by various
A meeting of West Pigeon CDP
committee chairmen will be held
Thursday, March 1, to discuss ac
tivities for this year.
Clyde Building - Loan Ups
Dividend Rate To 31 Pet.
Authorization for the increase of
the Clyde Buildinf and Loan As
sociation's dividend rate from 3V?
to 3V4 per cent was given at a
meeting of the organization's offi
cers and directors at Clyde last
The building ami loan officials
also voted to change the associa
tion's annual dividend period from
June 30 - December 31 to March
31 . September 30. and authorized
payment of a three-month dividend
payment Marcn si ot mis year.
Officials explained that the
dividend period was changed ot
simplify making end-of-the-year re
The Clyde Building and Loan As
sociation now has two methods of
buying association shares: the full
paid plan ($100 a share) and the
optional share method (any
amount from*$l up).
Officers of the Clyde Building
(See Clyde B * L?Page 6)
(IMS ? ?)
Injured .... 17
(1S55 ? 7)
(IMS _ 261
1955 _ $16,284)
(This Information compiled
from records of State