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3 v n Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood Cpunty At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ? _ Q
71st YEAR NO. 17 12 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON, FEB. 27, 1956 63.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
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New Unagusta Plant To Be Larger; More Jobs
In Sight; Five-Year Union Contract Is Signed
A FIVE YEAS CONTRACT was signed today between the Una
gusta Manufacturing Corporation and officers of Local 335 of the
Upholsterers International Union of North America, manifesting
mutual confidence and cooperation between labor and management.
The union was organised at Unagusta in 194L Seated, left to right:
Ned Moody, union committeeman; Frank Troutman, president of
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Local 335; R. L. Prevost, Sr., president of Unagusta; and Ellis
Edwards, recording secretary of Local 335. Standing; Bill Prevost,
executive vice president of Unagusta; Henry Robinson, vice presi
dent, Local 335; Whitener Prevost, vice president, Unagusta; Claude
Hill, Jr., union committeeman; Woodrow Trout man, secretary
treasurer, Local 335, and James Grooms, union committeeman.
Stone Cites Steady, Progressive
Growth Of Area At C. of C. Dinner
Numerous picturs of the Chamber
?f Commerce banquet throughout
section two; pace 4, section one.
The steady growth of Haywood
county was portrayed by reports,
an address and an elaborately
decorated banquet for the annual
Chamber of Commerce dinner here
An Wir of optimism prevailed
throughout the meeting, which in
- eluded a brief statement from R.
L. Prevost as to breaking ground
for the new Unagusta plant Mon
day morning. The dinner attended
by some 300 persons, was readily
acclaimed the best annual banquet
ever staged here.
Joe S. Stone, North Carolina
general manager for Southern Bell
Telephone and Telegraph Co., who
was the principal speaker, cited
this area as "where communica
tions development has kept pace
with outstanding industrial and
Along with the industrial good
news, and other optimistic reports,
tHc Chamber a>1 Commerce bes
towed a special honor upon D.
Reeves Noland for his leadership
and work for the area in the field
of highways. The former highway
commissioner was given a special
plaque by the organization, and a
life-time rpembership in the Cham
ber of Commerce, of which he has
(See Banquet?Page 4
To Be Increased
To $1 Thursday
Starting Thursday, March 1. the
price of haircuts at all barbershops
in Waynesville and at the Carver
Barbershop in Hazel wood will be
increased from 90 cents to one dol
The charge of "flat top" style
haircuts is $1.23.
The price of shaves remains at
STANDING in front of a large
map of Haywood, Joe S. Stone,
general manager of Southern
Bell in North Carolina, address
ed the annual C. of C. banquet
here Thursday night.
Zeb Alley Writes
Story On 'First
Whammy' In U. S.
Zeb Alley, ? native Of Way
nesville, and now an Institute of
Government executive who ia do
ing research for an article on
electronic speed controls turned
up recently what appears to he
the first "whammy."
It happened in Westchester
County, New York in 1M2, Al
Three troopers camouflaged
as tree trunks rooted themselves
near a heavily traveled road. At
the approach of a vehicle the
first "tree trunk" would begin
timing operation and telephone
down to the second officer who
would compute the vehicle's
speed as it passed. If the speed
was excessive be would call to
the third "tree trunk" where
upon a pole was dropped across
the road in the driver's path.
New Restaurant Sanitation
Rules To Be Explained Here
Haywood County will be host
Wednesday to a meeting of health
officers and sanitarians from 16
Western North Carolina counties,
scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at
the Health Center.
Purpose of the meeting will be
to discuss new sanitation regula
tions for North Carolina restau
rants, which will go into effect
Speakers will be John Andrews
of the State Board of Health. Jess
Canady, district sanitarian of Fay
etteville, and Bill Broadway, dis
trict sanitarian of Asheville.
Twenty-flve WNC health officials
are expected to attend the session
Wednesday, which will last until
Representing Haywood County
will be sanitarians Bill Mllner and
Jack Arrington. Other counties to
be represented are Buncombe,
Cherokee, Henderson, McDowell
Jackson, Swain, Macon, Yancey,
Mitchell, Avery, Graham, Tran
sylvania, Madison, and Polk.
Iron Duff CDP
To Meet Wednesday
The Iron Duff CDP will hold its
monthly meeting at the new com
munity house at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
J arris Caldwell, CDP chairman,
will be In charge of the meeting.
Women are asked to bring cook
To Speak Today
At Poultry School
With three specialists from N.
C. State College slated to speak,
the county's annual poultry school
was due to get under way at 2 p.m.
today at the courthouse.
Speakers included Prof. R. S.
Dearstyne, C. F. Farrish, and W.
G. Andrews, .who will discuss the
production of broilers, commercial
eggs and hatching feggs, flock man
agement, disease control, and other
aspects of the poultry business.
County Agent Virgil L. Holloway
pointed out last week that this
year's poultry school is especially
important because an effort is be
ing made to increase the produc
tion of eggs to take advantage of
the sizeable market in Haywood
county which is now being filled
largely by producers in other coun
United Fund Directors
Will Meet Tuesday
A meeting of directors of the
United Fund has been set for Tues
day night at 8 o'clock in the Com
missioner's Room at the Court
Dr. J. E. Fender is chairman.
Mild today with showers. Tues
day. generally fair and a little
Official Waynesville temperature
as reported by the State Test Farm.
Date Max. Mln. Free.
Feb. 23 _. 49 21 ?
Feb. 24 53 36 21
Feb. 29 CI 46 .78
Feb. 26 52 21 -
Cigarettes valued at more than
$1,300 were stolen from the ware
house of the Haywood Grocery Co.,
Depot St., Waynesville sometime
after 9 o'clock Friday night.
Executives of the wholesale firm
said that, as nearly as can be
ascertained, 13Vit cases were taken
by the thieves, who entered the
establishment after forcing two
The theft was not discovered
until after noon Saturday since
the grocery is not open for busi
ness on Saturday mornings.
Chief Orville Noland and Sgt.
Arthur Paul Evans of the Waynes
ville police and SBI Agent P. R.
Kitchen investigated the case and
found that two outside doors had
been forced by a crowbar or simi
lar instrument in much the same
manner as was employed to gain
entrance into the Haywood Grocery
warehouse in another cigarette
theft four years ago.
Officers said that the cigarettes
probably were hauled away in a
car or truck.
The loss was fully insured.
On Soco Gap
Approximately one and a half
inch of snow fell at Soco Gap early
this morning, according to Park
way Ranger Art A. Henderson.
Snow started falling about day
light and turned into rain about
two hours later, the ranger said.
Snow and ice on the mountain
road was blamed by the State
Higfhway Patrol for two accidents
A number of signs were blown
down by the heavy wind storm
which hit here about noon Satur
day. Accompanying the rain was
one of the heaviest rains in many
Moose Will Show
Chamber Film Tonight
"People, Products and Progress,"
a film produced by the U. S. Cham
ber of Commerce, will be shown
at a meeting of the Waynesville
Moose Lodge at 8 p.m. tonight at
the Moose home on Auburn Road.
The public is invited to see the
Ground Broken For Larger And More
Modern Plant In Noon Ceremonies
Three major announce
ments were made shortly
after noon today at the for
mal ground-breaking for the
modern new plant of Una
gusta Manufacturing Corpor
ation. The officials of the
1. A 5-year contract has
been signed with Local 335 of
the Upholsterers Internation
al Union of North America
2. The new plant, to be in j
operation by December 1, will
have twice the production
space as Plant No. 2, which
burned on November 30.
3. An additional line of
fftmiture will be manufactur
ed by the firm, starting with
the 1956 Fall Furniture Show.
These announcements, together
with the actual start of construc
tion of the modern plant on a 25
acre site in Waynesville, Just ac
quired from Mrs. if. C. Welch, gave
an air of optimism here this morn
Minutes after R. L. Prevost, Sr.,
president of the Arm, and Prank
Troutman, president of Local 335,
turned their shovels of dirt for the
new building, huge dirt-moving ma
chines started leveling the site of
13.000 yards of earth. The build
ing will be 600 feet long, 280 feet
deep. About three weeks will be
required to level the site.
The building will be parallel to
the Southern Railway tracks, on
the west side, between the Smoky
Mountains Fertilizer Plant and the
red Welch barn. The new build
ing is about a half-mile from the
site of the burned- unit.
The ground-breaking ceremonies
were attended by many of the 300 i
L'nagusta employees, Haywood, '
Waynesville and Hazelwood offi
cials, and businessmen, together I
with a number of furniture execu- ?
tives from several points in the
Mr. Prevost said the signing of
the 5-year labor contract was proof
of "mutual confidence and cooper
ation between labor and manage- '
'.'Management and labor are de- 1
pendent upon each other, and by
working together, we can achieve '
the goals for which all of us 1
strive," he continued, '
The union was organized at Una- 1
gusta in 1941.
Construction of the plant will be 1
pushed as rapidly as possible, it I
was announced by the president 1
of the Arm. ? '
"The new plant must be in pro- 1
duction by December 1, of this ?
year," the industrialist said.
"We have plans for showing on 1
October 22 an additional line of 1
furniture at the Furniture Show. 1
We are going to add to our line 1
the manufacture of modern and <
traditional dining room furniture.
We also plan to increase our bed- i
"We are happy to announce that 1
we have obtained a nationally i
known furniture designer ? Ed
mond J. Spence, of Boca Botan, ?
"The expansion of our lines will
put us in a position to give em
ployment to more people," Mr.
Bill Prevost, executive vice presi
dent of Unagusta, said a modern
plant would be built by Unagusta, i
with Kegarise Engineering Com- <
pany, Winston Salem, consulting '
engineers and specialists in wood
working plants, as supervisors.
"We will not have a general i
(See Unagusta?Page ?)
Revival Opens Tuesday
At Hazelwood Church
The Rev. Otis Mote of Charlotte i
will conduct revival services for i
the next two weeks at tye Church
of God in Hazelwood, starting
Tuesday and continuing nightly at
The Rev. A. L. Gardln b pastor
of the Hazelwood Church.
GROUND WW broken tUa morning tor the mod
ern new Unaffnota Plant, m R. L. Preroet, Sr.,
president ?f the firm, and Fcank Troatman. presi
dent of Local MS, spaded op the first dirt for the
project. From loft to rirht; BUI Pre root, executive
?ice president of Unegwtft, R. L Preroot, Sr..
Frank Trontman, Whitener Preroot and Ralph
Prevost, both vice pnddrali of Uhaausta. Aaron
Prevost, treasurer of the firm was unable to at
tend. (Mountaineer Photo).
C. of C. Will
The Chamber of Commerce will
naugurate its 1956 membership
lrive Tuesday with a kickoff break
ast in the Pine Room of the
tfWNC Restaurant at 7:30 a.m.,
o be attended by officers and di
?ectors of both the Chamber of
Commerce and the Merchants
This year for the first time the
membership drives of the two or
ganizations will bo combined and
merchants who Join the Chamber
jf Commerce automatically be
some members of the Merchants
Following the breakfast, board
membera will make a "whirlwind"
tour of the area to distribute as
many pledge cards as possible. A
follow-up will be held at a later
This year's Chamber member
ship drive will continue until the
1956 goal of $19,625 is reached.
Last year a total of 189 business
establishments and professional
(See C. of C^-Pase 4)
'Climax' Program '
To Early Climax
For Houston Swanger, Jt. of
Plott Creek the cUmu of "Clim
ax" last Thursday night came 15 (
minutes early. I
While watching the television i
program entitled "Climax" over 1
Charlotte, Mr. Swanger saw the <
story suddenly go off the screen. <
but said he thought the commer- i
cial was coming on. I
However, when the screen re
mained dark for several minutes, I
Mr. Swanger went outside to In
vestigate and soon located the
cause: Thieves had cut a lead-in
wire and walked off with his tele
The aerial, valued at $30, was
located on a hill about 300 yards
from the Swanger house.
The case is being Investigated
by Deputy Sheriff Gene Howell.
Aaron Prevost and his daughter,
Jo, left today for Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., where they will Join Mrs.
Prevost and another daughter,
Dody, for a two weeks' visit with
Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Houghland.
Two Groups Highly Pleased
With The Junaluska Story'
Two local aodienees were highly
pleased over the Weekend as they
slewed the M-mlnute color film,
The Junslusk* Story."
The film was mad# at Lake Juna
luska during the summer season,
and 10 prints of the highly inter
esting picture are booked solidly
from now until July, according to
J. W. Fowler, Jr, superintendent
of the lake.
The audience responses to the
Rim here ever the weekend was so
favorable that the trustees have
ordered three additional prints so
that bookings might be increased,
and the demand for the film more
The picture so*as s all phases of
artlvttles on the Assembly grounds
from worship services, study, vesp
er services, and recreation. A large
number of local people take pro
minent parts in the film.
The photography la outstanding,
and the scenes from the Cherokee
II covering the Shoreline is most
impressive. The story very ap
propriately ends with vesper ser
vices at the foot of the large
lighted cross, as a choir sings.
"The Junaluska Story" will be
a hard picture to match for sheer
beauty and simplicity. As you see
the picture unfold the natural
beauties of the lake, one slips into
Those who have seen the film
have something to remember for
ever; those who have not seen It
should not miss the first oppor
Two women were Injured In two
3t five weekend accidents investi
gated by the State Highway Patrol
and the Haywood County Sheriff s
Department Two of the mishaps
iccurred this morning on the Soco
Gap road where snow and ice
made the pavement dangerously
Mra. Lenora Estes. 39, of R'?b
binsviile suffered a fractured col
lar bone at 9 a.m. today when the
1950 Dodge in which she was rid
ing, driven by her daughter, Mrs.
Gladys Estes Adams, 22. skidded on
a patch of ice and ran off the high
way, overturning twice down a
Patrolman Harold Dayton, the
investigating officer, said Mrs.
Estes was taken to the Aston Park
Hospital in Asheville. Mrs. Adams
was net hurt.
Damage to the car was estim
ated at $400.
Patrolman Dayton said that the
Adams accident led to another one
when Frederick C. Robie, 4*. of
Cherokee, driving a 1958 Volks
(See t Hurt?Page 4)
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