B7M The Waynesville Mountaineer
^ n Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At T he Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park q_ D
71st YEAR NO 16 22 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C., THURSDAY AKMSRNOON, FEB. 23, 1956 ^ $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
Unagusta Plant Ground-Breaking Set Monday
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Modern New Structure
Expected To Be Ready
By The End 01 Year
Formal breaking of ground for a complete new plant
of Unagusta Manufacturing Co. is tentatively set for 11
a.m. Monday, R. L. Prevost, president, announced this af
The modern new structure will replace the plant
which was destroyed by fire on the afternoon of November
30, when Plant No. 2 went up in flames, for Haywood's
worst fire in history. The loss was estimated at $750,000.
Mr. Prevost this afternoon said officials of the com
pany were practically working around the clock to complete
the many, many details necessary for the construction
"We have a number of items still out for bids which,
makes it impossible at this time to determine the cost of
the new strucure. We feel that it will take the rest of 1956
to build the plant," he said.
"We are working as hard as we can on the details,
and hope to announce everything possible in the Monday
afternoon issue of The Mountaineer," the industrialist
Mr. Prevost said the new plant would be built on a
25-acre site, west of the Southern Railway tracks, between
the Smoky Mountains Fertilizer Company and the Welch
barn. This site is part of the Welch farm, and was pur
chased from Mrs. Jule Welch for the new plant site.
No announcement was made today as to plans for
the site of the building which burned.
Set For Monday
The annual Haywood County
poultry school will be held at the
courthouse Monday from 2 until
4 p. m., according to County
Agent Virgil L. Hollo way.
Scheduled to be here as speak
ers at the poultry school are
three specialists from N. C. State
College: C. F. Parrish, who will
discuss the outlook for the pro
duction of broilers, commercial
eggs, and hatching eggs; W. G.
Andrews, who will speak on egg
production and flock management,
and Prof. R. S. Dearstyne, whose
subject will be "Getting Our Birds
To Live", with special emphasis
upon disease control.
All broiler producers, hatching
egg, and commercial egg produc
ers are invited to attend the
Mr. Holloway pointed out that
the school la especially important
this year because "a recent sur
vey has been made in Haywood
County which shows that there
are definite possibilities of in
creasing our commercial egg pro
duction program. The results of
this survey and the possibilities
of commercial egg production will
be discussed. There will also be a
question - and ? answer period at
which time farmers will be given
an opportunity to obtain informa
tion from our specialists in regard
(See Poultry School?Page ?>
Three For County
The Haywood County Demo
cratic Executive committee, com
posed of the 29 precinct chairmen,
nominated three men for the two
posts on the county board of elec
tions, as they met In Canton Tues
The nominees were: Incum
bents W. C. Byers and John Carv
er, together with Jack Woody.
Byers is from Clyde, Carver from
Waynesville and Woody from Can
The nominations will be sent to
the State Board of Elections, who
will formally name two to the
county board. The third member
will be a?Republican. Charles
Hawkins Is the present member of
the board, representing the minor
ity party In Haywood.
The Tuesday meeting was pre
sided over by Frank Ferguson,
chairman. Mrs. Fred Y. Campbell
Dr. Ivan Lee Holt of St. Louis
is the guest of Dr. and Mrs. Elmer
T. Clark at their home at Lake
Haywood Apple Growers
Reorganize, Name Officers
The Haywood County Apple
Growers Association was reorga
nized here Wednesday and officers
were named for the year.
Herbert Singletary of Saunook
was elected president, Robert F.
Francis of Francis Cove vice presi
dent, and Zack Massey of the Dell
wood Road secretary-treasurer.
Directors chosen Included C. D_
Ketner, Richard Barber, Mrs.
Cosby Frady, Robert Boone and
In the near future the directors
will hold a meeting to dlacuu ac
tivities to bo undertaken by the
apple growers this year.
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Injured .... 17
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195S ? 119,384V
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Board Of Education Will
Soon Erect Large Office
And Storage Structure
Lot Back Of
To Be Used
Plans are being drawn for a
two-and-a-half story building for
the Haywood County Board of
Education, on the lot just back of
the court house.
The concrete, brick and steel
structure will be 50 by 80 feet, ac
cording to Lawrence Leatherwood,
county superintendent of educa
The first floor will be level with
the driveway back of the court
house, and will be offices for the
board and county school staff.
The basement and half of the
sub-basement will be devoted to
storage space or school supplies,
storage space for school supplies.
6,000 square feet, according to
Plans of the board are to have
the structure ready for use in
The heat for the new unit will
be supplied by the heating plant
of the court house, and will con
nect with the Education annex
via a tunnel under the driveway
back of the court house.
The board is purchasing some
1,623 square feet of land In order
to "square up their lot" from Mrs.
Henry Francis. The county lot
went back at an angle, and the en
gineers pointed out the loss of
valuable space on that shaped lot,
(See School Board?Page 8>
Two accidents in Haywood Coun
ty during the past several days,
investigated by the State Highway
Patrol, were reported today by the
State Highway Patrol.
The Crabtree road (N. C. 209 at
the intersection with the Riverside
Road) was the scene of a collision
Tuesday between a state prison
truck from Raleigh and another
truck owned by the Louisville Seed
Xhe accident occurred on a
curve on the highway as the prison
truck was going south and the
Kentucky truck north. The prison
truck, which also contained three
Hazelwood Prison Camp inmates as
well as the driver, had been to
Spring Creek to pick up a load of
seed potatoes for use at the prison
Damage to the prison truck was
(See 2 Wrecks?Page 8)
Annual C. ol C. Banquet
Set At WTHS Cafeteria
Early indications today were
that some 300 to 350 people would
be in attendance at the annual
Chamber of Commerce banquet at
the WTHS cafeteria tonight, 7 p.m.
J. S. Stone of Charlotte, gen
eral manager for Southern Bell
Telephone and Telegraph Com
pany, is to be the speaker.
Special music has been arrang
ed, and will be under the direction
of Charles Isley, and Mrs. John
Sinclair. An electronic organ has
been installed and dinner music
will be provided during the meal,
according to Ned J. Tucker, execu
tive vice president of the organiza
tion, and in charge of the banquet.
R. L. Bradley, president, will
preside at the banquet, and C. T. j
McCuiston, local Southern Bell
manager will introduce the speak- ,
Rev. James Y. Perry, Jr., will 1
give the invocation'.
The dinner will be served under 1
the supervision of Mrs. Rufus Sil- i
While no specific announce
ments were made relative to what 1
Mir. Stone would speak about. It i
was hinted that be might demon
strate some telephone techniques
that can be expected in the near
future, as he discusses progress
in the area and development of
President Bradley will present
the board of directors, and a num
ber of special guests from through
out Western North Carolina are
expected for the meeting.
The civic clubs of the commun
ity are to attend the banquet for
their regular weekly meeting.
Set Up In
The first rural Fire Department
to be organized in Haywood Coun
ty has been set up in the Center
Plans for such protection in the
rural area have been under con- 1
sideration for some time, as resi- (
dents of the community felt the ,
need of some method of combat
ting fires, and protecting property ?
The organization has been com- i
pleted with Doyce Cogburn, chair
man; W. M. Farmer, Ed Blalock, i
Albert Foute, W. C. Parham and
W. C. Murray, members. Mrs. 1
Doyce Cogburn has been named ?
aeeretary, while Doyce Cogburn
and W. M. Farmer will serve as
Funds are being solicited, and
it is hoped some equipment can :
be purchased soon, the chairman
The committee is well pleased
with the response given by resi
dents of the area to be served, and
the department will be completed
as soon as possible, with equip
ment being purchased as funds
are made available.
Polio Foundation Refuses
To Use United Fund Money
Money raised for the March of
Dimes through the United Fund
cannot be accepted by the State
group, according to a letter receiv
ed here this week from Robert L.
Jones, state representative, for
Western North Carolina.
The letter from Jones was ad
dressed to Dr. J. E. Fender, presi
dent of the local United Fund.
Jones in his letter, which is pub
lished on the editorial page, ex
plains the policies of the March of
Dimes relative to the United Fund
J. B. Siler, treasurer of the
United Fund here, said he had a
check for $5,500.70 awaiting the
March of Dimes agency, and that
another $2,500 was due the agency
in a short time. The United. Fund
included $8,000 in the budget for
polio. The initial check for
$5,500.70 is about 65 per cent of
the budget total.
A special meeting of the Board
of Directors of the United Fund
has been called for Tuesday night,
8 p.m., in the commissioner's
room. The matter will be present
ed to the board for action at that
Merchants Adopt 15-Point
Program At Annual Dinner
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The Merchants Association
adopted a 15-point program at
their annual meeting Monday
night, as they prepared for what
A. D. Harrison, president, term
ed, "a banner year in making this
community a truly modern shop
The Merchants Association,
which is one of the five divisions
of the Chamber of Commerce
adopted the following program:
1. Will strive for 100 percent
membership and participation by
all eligible businesses
2. Will make new efforts to set
up and approve by-laws for the
3. Will apply for membership in
the North Carolina Merchants
4. Will establish and regulate
store hours and holiday schedules.
3. Will sponsor rural-urban pro
grams to increase store trade:
a. Support special agricultural
projects, dinners, and programs.
b. Support dairy calf show.
c. Support beef cattle show and
d. Support Haywood County
e. Support all organized efforts
to make possible the above events
unltl they become a reality.
8. Will sponsor a rigid solicita
tion and advertising control pro
gram. Will work with other towns
for a uniform program in Hay
wood Coudty. (A secret committee
of 6 Is now checking on all plans.)
7. Will develop a program of
sales promotion events through
out the year.
a. Special sales and trade events
In January and February.
b. Clean-up, fix-up, paint-up
promotion with Clean-Up Week.
(See Merchants?Fare g>
Increasing cloudiness and a lit
tle warmer this afternoon and to
night with occasional light rain
or snow. Friday, scattered light
Official Waynesville . tempera
ture as reported by the State Test
Date Max. Mia. Pr.
Feb. 20 57 36 .68
^ Feb. 21 47 10
Feb. 22 41 23
NEW OFFICE BUILDING at the. Dayton Rubber
Company, constructed to provide an additional
6,000 square feet of office space, will be com
pleted by Monday morning as the first unit in
an expansion program announced last October
by A. L. Kreedlander, president and general man
ager of the Dayton Rubber Company.
(Photo by Arnold Robinson).
New Offices Of Dayton
Rubber Co. Completed
The new office building at The
Dayton Rubber Company ia now
finished and moving into the of
fice will be completed by Monday
morning, February 27. according
to J. H. Hildenbiddle, Jr., gener
al manager of the Waynesville j
This is the first unit completed
in the new expansion program an
nounced last October by A. L.
Freedlander, president and gener
al manager oi The Dayton Rubber
Company. At the same time Mr.
Freedlander announced expansion
for added production facilities
and construction is presently un
derway on these projects.
The new addition will provide
6,0*0 square feet of space and will
release some of the existing office
area for production purposes. The
new walnut paneled lobby will
contain the telephone switch
board and receptionist. The main
entrance to the new office has
been constructed in modern
brushed aluminum framed doors.
In the new area, offices will be
provided for the president and
general manager of The Dayton
Rubber Company; general man
ager of the Waynesville plant; fac
tory manager of the Waynesville
plant and the engineering, pur
chasing, production scheduling and
sales service departments. Cleri
cal workers associated with these
several offices will also move into
the new area.
In addition to the above offices,
a large conference room has been
Final landscaping and seeding
of the lawn remains to be finish
ed and wil be completed as soon
as weather permits.
(See picture pace 1, section Z)
Charles Rogers, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Norval W. Rogers of the Soco
Road and a member of the ninth
grade, won the 48th annual DAR
declamation contest Tuesday
morning. His speech was, "Lin
coln, The Man of God."
' Ben Sloan, Jr., a tenth grade
student, wop second place with
"Webster's Reply to Hayne," and
T. L. Francis, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Harley Francis, a senior, received
honorable mention with "My
Country, My Mother, My God."
The contest, sponsored by the
Dorcas Bell Love Chapter, Daugh
(See Rogers?Page 8)
Bethel High Team Wins
FFA Crop - Judging Contest
(See picture?Pare 1. Sec. J)
The Bethel High FFA chapter
nosed out the Clyde FFA to take
first place in the crop-judging
contest sponsored by the Balsam
Federation ot FFA at Slyva High
School Tuesday afternoon.
Bethel scored 1,650, while Clyde
was a close second with 1.642.
Waynesville was third with 1,538.
Sylva fourth with 1.484, Crabtree
Iron Duff was fifth with 1,446,
Fines Creek was sixth with 1,394,
and GlenvlUe was seventh with
The top Individual scorer was
Ray Jackson of Clyde with 616
points. Eddie Clements of Sylva
was runner-up with 594. The con
test was conduoted by R. J. Peeler,
of Raleigh, executive secretary of
the state FFA.
Members of the winning Bethel
FFA team were Harold Heatherly,
James Pressley, and Richard Hen
son. Alternates were Kenneth
Neal, Bill Garns, and Paul Mann.
As Balsam Federation winner.
Bethel High will compete in the
state finals at Raleigh Juije 28.
, Advisors for the Bethel FFA
chapter are M. C. Nix and B. C.
60-Gallon Still Is
Found; One Arrested
ATU officers captured a 60-gal
lon still in the Hemphill area, and
arrested Manson Owens, 60.
Owens was released under bond
and bound to Federal court after
being given a hearing before Com
missioner James H. Howell.
Two Men Charged
With Assault Are
Released On Bopd
Two young men held on charges
of "rape and assault'' were releas
ed from jail under bond Tuesday.
Bond for Floyd Stevenson was
set at $3,000, and Johnny Henson
at $2,000 by Solicitor Thad D.
Bryson, Jr., after consultation with
the attorney with the prosecution
in the case.
The two were given a hearing
before Justice of Peace Johnny
Ferguson after a 16-year-old girl
told officials of the alleged attack,
which the warrant showed to have
happened February 15th in the
Cove Creek area.
The arrest of the two 20-year-old
men was made by the sheriff's
Cpl. Smith Relays
Blood To Hospital
At 6:40 a.m. today Cpl. Pritchard
H. Smith of the State Highway
Patrol made an emergency run to
Candler to pick up from a Bun
combe County patrolman, a pint
af blood sent from the Asheville
Regional Blood Center of the Red
Cross for use at Haywood County :
The corporal took the blood to
the hospital here, where it was
used to give a transfusion to a
Haywood Veteran Hurt 4 Years
Ago Still Remains Unconscious
tour years ago Tuesday, Clif
ford Green suffered injuries in
a fall while painting in the
Ninevah church. Since that day
he has neither spoken nor mov
ed, and remains a patient at
Moore General Hospital.
Green has been unconscious,
unable to either pat, speak, or
move for the past 48 months.
Monday Green's mother, Mrs.
LOlie Green, visited her san, as
she has done so often daring the
past 4-year perie^. She was ac
companied by friends who have
carried her to the hospital to see
her son through the years.
The unconscious veteran's
mother said: "He. cant talk to
me, but sometimes I feel from
the expression in his eyes that
be knows It is his mother."
Green was a Marine in World
War II, ia now M years old.
He fell from the scaffold and
sirffered a head injury. A half
hour ater being admitted to the
hospital he became unconscious.
He has never regained con
Attending physicians says his
chances of recovering conscious
ness "Is very unlikely."
Doctors said yesterday there
bad not been any change Hi
Green in recent mwrtlu.
Green Buffered severe dam
age to the brain aa a result of
the fall, damage to deep brain
cells. Nenrelogtcal specialist*
sag there is no chance an oper
ation might effect hi* recovery.
The damage la too deep and
Yet, Green Uvea. And aaide
from his completely atrophied
brain, doctors say he la in good
Hia heart and lungs are
strong. His weight la good.
Green la fed through a stom
ach tube ? a diet of proteins,
fats, carbohydrates and vita
mins. He fares well on thia un
natural menu, for doctors said
that during one stretch Green
gained so much weight they had
to cut down his "food."
He often has colds, respira
tory and urinary infections, but
these are controlled by anti
While there appears to be no
chance Green erer will recover,
doctors say he could live to die
from what would normally be
regarded "old age."
Ond doctor who helps care for
Green said he knew of a simi
lar patient who lived for 2<
years In the same condition.
One operation has been per
formed on Green. A clot was re
moved from his brain in an
Asheville hospital not long after
He was sent to the VA hos
(See Veteran?Page ??
Fire Hits Norman Pressley
Twice In Past Three Months
For the second time in less than
90 days, Norman Pressley has suf
fered heavy material losse4 from
fire ? and both fires on a Wed
On November 30 .Pressley's Job
was halted when Unagusta Plant
No. 2 was burned.
Late Wednesday afternoon,
Pressley's home was completely
destroyed by fire, with only a
small amount of meat and two of
his daughter's dresses being saved.
Pressley lived with his 12-year
old daughter. Pearl, in a 6-room
house in the Henson Cove section.
They had been away from home
about 43 minutes when neighbors
discovered the blaze. The Pressleys
were in Clyde visiting Mr. and
Mrs. Ingle, when the fire broke
out. They said no fire was left in
the house, which was owned by
Mrs. Luther Henson.
By the time the Pressleys re
turned to their home it was in
For the present they are stay
ing with relatives in Clyde.