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' _ ' Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At T he Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ? ?
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71.1 YEAR jfiTis 16 PAGES Associated PreuWAYNESVILLE, N. C., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 1, 1956 ( $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
WORK IS PROGRESSING on the 400 foot ex
tension to the West Wlnr at The Dayton Rubber
Company. Excavation is under way on the second
section to be constructed. The foundation is com
pleted on the extreme end as shown in the pic
Dayton Rubber Expansion
Is Being Pushed Rapidly
As * part of the new expansion
program at The payton Rubber
Company, an additional 48.000
square feet of production space
will soon be available for use.
The west wing extension, sched
uled at present to be the largest
of the several areas of expansion, is
expected to be completed by mid
summer1. At that time, moving
crews will begin, relocating some 1
of the present equipment in the*!
new structure. Additional equip
ment will be installed as it arrives
from the several equipment build
To provide additional working
space far the maintenance work
ers, an additional 4,000 square
feet has been built joining the
present machine shop. This space
was provided due to the increase
- numbers of manufacturing ma
A new Carrier unit, a major
piece of refrigeration equipment
used in Foam Rubber products
manufacture, is to be placed in
operation this week. Vast refri
geration facilities are required
even in the cool mountain climate.
Recently a six and one-half ton
transformer was placed at the Way
nesville plant to convert voltage
from 480 volts to 4,160 volts re
quired to operate a 1,250 horse
power piotor which drives the new
Carrier unit. This motor is be
lieved to be one of the largest in
this area on the Carolina Power ?
and Light Company line.
The new boiler and boiler house,
to provide steam needed for in
crcased production, was recently ?
plaped in operation. The growth
of The Dayton Rubber Company
can measured by the stacks. '
Many J>eople will remember as 1
they appeared in the order of one. 1
two. three, and four at the present '
On Saturday morning of last <
week, office personnel moved into i
the modern office building, which i
has just been completed. r
Old Bank Vault
Wall Like Flint
If you ever plan to break into
a bank vault allow yourself
plenty of time.
Homer Justice, owner of the
former Citizens Bank Building,
in taking out the old bank vault,
found it took workmen 17 hours
to cut a three by four foot hole
through a 27-incb wall of rein
forced steel and concrete.
Aif even larger hole is being
cut in front of the vault for
window space for the front part
of the office.
Workmen using jack hammers
are hopeful that this task will
not take too long. The wall is
only 18 inches thick there, and
only has two sets of reinforced
One workman said:
"This stuff is harder than
CDP Officials To Discuss
'56 Program Monday Night
A county-wide meeting of Com
munity Development Program offi
cials will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Monday at the courthouse to dis
cuss four phases of the 19S6 CDP
Slated for discussion: *fl) sum
mer community tours and picnics,
12) the annual CDP basketball
tournament, to be played in March,
(3> garbage disposal, and (4) rural
Asked to come to the meeting
Monday night are county CDP
officials and directors, community
chairmen, recreation chairmen, and
community coaches and players.
To prepare plans for the 1950
CDP program, county chairman
R. C. Sheffield named community
tour, garbage disposal, and rural
fire protection comrrfittees this
The tour commgtee is headed
by R. C. Francis of Ratcliffe Cove
and includes C. L. Allen of Allen's
Creek, Mrs. Roy Robinson of
Thickety, Jarvis Caldwell of Iron
(See CDP.qpage 8)
Haywood Furniture Firm
Adding New Front ToStore
Work has started on making a
tew front on the old Citizens Bank
Building. ngw occupied by Hay- i
vood Furniture Company, with I
fomer Justice, owner.
A modern front has been design
ed for the building, including large
>!ate glass windows. The columns
n the front will be entirely re
noved. Justice explained.
A protective temporary wall has
been erected on the inside of the
store, and Justice announced busi
ness will continue as usual.
The owner said about four weeks
will be required tq build the new
Front. He said the old front should
be torn out within a week's time?
with favorable weather conditions.
The present front is constructed
nf while limestone
An outside entrance will still be
maintained to the second floor of
Justice bought the building
several months ago. and moved his
furniture stock into the new loca
tion from down the street.
FRED SAFFORD, principal of
Crabtree-lron Duff School, was
pttwitMl a Ufe membership in
the National Education Asporta
tion this week at a meeting of the
Haywood County unit of the
North Carolina Rdneation Asso
ciation. (Mountaineer Photoi
$2,000Pledged As Chamber
Membership Drive Opens :
With only two days gone in the
Chamber of Commerce's 1956 mem
bership drive, more than $2,000
already has been pledged, Ned J.
Tucker, executive vice president
of the Chamber said today.
Mr. Tucker said that the annual
Chamber of Commerce banquet
last week left a good taste with a
lot of people and added that mem
bership solicitors "have been get
ting a good reception everywhere
they've been and.several have re
rcported a respftise of 100 per
cent in pledges made."
At the drive got under way Tues
day morning, following a success
ful kickoff breakfast, special em
phasis was placed on getting new
memberships from Arms and indi
viduals who have never before be
longed to the Chamber.
This year, for the Arst time,
membership drives of the Chamber
and the Merchants Association are
being combined into a single drive.
It is hoped. Mr. Tucker said, the
major portion of the membeiship
drive?except for contacting own
ers of summer businesses will be
completed before the next meet
ing of the Chamber of Commerce
boArd of directors on Tuesday.
Dr. and Mrs. N. M. Medford and
Mrs. Medford's mother. Mrs. E. V.
Owenby, have returned to then
home on the Soco Gao Road af
1 ter 'pending a month in Florida
v FAIR A WARMER
Sunny and warmer today. Fri
day, considerable cloudiness and
little change in temperature.
Official Waynesviiie temperature
ds reported by the State Test Farm.
Date Max. Min. Free.
Feb 27 50 84 .25
Feb. 28 57 33 .08
Feb n . 45 20 ?
Directors of the United Fund
here, in session Tuesday night,
worked out details for submitting
to the National Polio Foundation
the first payment of the $8,000 in
cluded in the 1956 budget for polio.
The treasurer. J. B. Siler. was
instructed to mail a check for $5,
500 immediately, add the balance
of $2,500 within a short time.
The board also went on record
authorizing payment of $200 for
Red Cross national relief, caused
by the recent floods in several
parts of the nation. Provision was
made for an additional $235 later.
Several reports were presented,
which showed that payments of
pledges were coming in fine.
Dr. J. E. Fender, chairman, pre
New state restaurant regulations,
which go into effect in North Caro
lina March 19, were discussed at a
meeting of 23 health officers and
sanitarians representing 18 West
ern North Carolina counties and
three N. C. health districts at the
Health Center Wednesday. The
group had lunch at Spaldon's at
Speakers on the program were
John Andrews, ?Mcf of the sani -
tation section, sanitary engineering
division. State Board of Health:
J. S. Cahady. district sanitarian of
Fayetteville. and William A. Broad
way. district sanitarian of Ashe
Among provisions set out in the
new law are:
The area in restaurants (any
eating place) must be sufficient for
Doors and windows must be ef
fectively screened, or effective fly
repellent fans installed.
Proper exhaust system installed
Privies ore outlawed, except In
rare instances where it is impos
sible to have other facilities.
The water supply must be ade
quate and safe.
Cooking utensils must be clean
(See Restaurant, page 8 )
Heart Attack -
Is Fatal To
Edgar Denton Browning. 41.
head of the maintenance depart
ment and the golf shop of the Way
nesville Country Club, died of a
heart attack last night about 8
o'clock, en route to the hospital
Browning had been connected
with the Country Club for a num
ber of years with'the exception of
a period during World War II when
he was employed with Dayton
He was educated in the Way
nesville schools and was a membef
of the WaynesAlle Masonic Lodge,
AF and AM 259, a member of the
Waynesville Chapter, No. 165,
Order of the Eastern Star, and the
Hazelwood Presbyterian Church.
He was a son of Edgar Browning
of Waynesville, Route 1, and the <
late Mrs. Mary Buchanan Brown
Funeral services will be held
Friday at 3 p.m. in the Hazelwood
Presbyterian Church with the pas
lor, the Rev. William H. Marquis,
officiating. Burial will be in Green
(See Browning page ?>
March Comes In
Like A Lamb'
Sunny skies and wanner tem
peratures today were a welcome
forerunner' of spring?with the
official first day only three weeks
There was only one drawback
for those who contemplate this
day with superstition. March is
the Windy Month and if the
First Day is "quiet as a lamb,"
the month must "go oat like a
Hon." And there are those who
remember the Big Freese last
Meeting Set Tuesday To Curb Highway Racing;
Stiffer Fines Proposed To Avert New Tragedies
A MASS OF WRECKAGE is all that remains of
this 1947 Ford, driven by Dale Gilllland, which
was demolished Monday evening after running
off the highway at Saunook, knocking down a
telephone pole, and plunging Into a creek.
1 Was A Kac Until
Last Monday Night...
By EDGAR 'TOBY1 RAY
As Told To
W. Curtis Russ
I was delighted at belne among
the ranks of hot-rod racers?
that is until 30 seconds after
5:58 on last Monday afternoon.
Then it was that my racing
I love cars. I delight In hear
ing the hum of a well-tuned
motor. 1 enjoy the feel of the
fast pick-up. the quick get-away.
,J.aiways like to drive., and felt
I had as good a car as any on
For anyone to dispute this,
made me unhappy, and I was
ready to prove my position.
Monday morning I was told
that my car was not as fast as
another. We agreed to drive
it out, and see.
We started. It was about
dark. In a split second?
The race is not finished?now
it is a race of healing, recupera
tion, and bark to normal for two
others who liked racing.
I am not any longer a racer.
I saw a twisted, wrecked car
atop my brother and a friend
in the raging cold waters of a
I saw strong men lift the car.
and take the two helpless bodies
30 feet up a steep bank.
I saw the flashing lights of
the arriving ambulance, heard
the siren as the vehicle sped
the injured boys to a hospital.
All was silent as the wail of
that ambulance headed for the
hospital. Just thr rushing cold
water of the creek was all that
could be heard.
High in the branch of a tree
over the creek hung a coat of one
of the victims. The sleeves
waved in the chill twilight air,
as If to wave good-bye.
I looked the other way?the
way the ambulance had gone.
An understanding patrolman,
whom I had heard talk about
safety, eamp over and started to
talk. I told what I knew?all
that I knew.
I told the truth.
' Then came the wrecker, and
more and more people gathered.
With the wrecked car pulled
out of thr creek, and traffic back
to normal, I went with the pa
trolman to thr hospital.
I stood outside the emergency
operating room door.
.. My brother was hurt ? badly
He was In pain?then be be
Time dragged?almost stood
It seemed that t&e door would
never open and let me have the
facts as to his condition.
I tried to drink water. It
sermed dry. or something.
My parents came in. My
mother was In tears; my father's
face was drawn and showing
great anxiety, while Sisters sob
bed at hearing the mons emerge
from the emergency room.
Friends steed around, bot
could only offer comfort.
The patrolman stepped from
the emergency room.
I drew close to hear what he
would have to say.
The officer rubbed his throat.
He opened his jacket?he hesi
tated?then In a lew voice ex
plained that it might be a frac
Then nurses came out, follow
ed by the doctor.
They rolled the patient?my
brother?out. One look at his
face was enough.
No doubt about It, he was
That's about all there is to
say right now, except won't you
join an ex-ihcer in prayer for
those who have been hurt? .
I hope a lot of fellows will
join my ranks?an ex-racer. I
want to live unhurt, and I know
that racing Is np way to try to
achieve that goal.
Was The Wettest
In Last 12 Years
This February ? with rainfall
totaling 7.81 Inches?has been the
wettest February in 12 years, ac
cording to precipitation records at
the Mountain Experiment Station.
The average rainfall in this area
See Rain, page 8)
(Other pictures page 1, section 2)
Two Waynesville teen-agers were
reported from their hospital rooms
today by physicians as recovering
nicely from painful injuries sus
tained Monday about 6 p.m. when
their 1947 Ford left Highway 19-A
and crashed 30 feet below In Rich
Dale GUliland. 16. was treated at
Mission Hospital, Asheville. He un
derwent an operation Tuesday at
w'hlch time a pin was inserted In
his right thigh, whieh was broken
in the wreck. His left kneecap was
also punctured. His condition was
reported as good today and the at
tending physician said he felt the
young man could be released from
the hospital in about 10 days.
David Richard Ray, 13, a pas
senger in the wrecked car, suffered
severe lacerations of 'he scalp,
multiple concussions, and a slightly
lacerated ear. There were mul
tiple bruises over the body, the
hospital report showed. Hq .is ex
pected to be able to leave the hos
pital in three or four more days.
Cpl. Pritchard Smith, investigat
ing officer, said the car, driven by
GilHIand, was racing with a Chev
rolet driven by Edgar L. Ray, 16,
a brother of Richarl Ray. A pas
senger in the car driven by Ray was
said by the officer to have been
Stuart Ronnie James, 15. Neither
of the boj# in the Chevrolet were
hurt as it skidded around on the
Cpl. Smith said a woman and her
12-year-old daughter were almost
| (See Two Boys Hurt, page 8)
Public sentiment today was
aroused to such an extent that a
mass meeting has been called for
Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the court
house to discuss a plan of high
way safety, aimed at curbing rac
ing on the highways, which was
blamed for an accident at Saunook
Monday evening which resulted in
| painful injuries to two teen-agcd
A committee of 14 met today and
completed plans for the program,
which will begin with a member
of the State Highway Patrol speak
ing at each county high school dur
ing the day, and will be climaxed
by the mass meeting at the court
house Tuesday night.
State Commissioner of Motor Ve
hicles Edward Scheidt. in RaleigfT,
told the group by phone: "I think
it a very excellent idea, and I am
behind' your plans. This office will
work with the group, and provide
any personnel possible ot help curb
racing on the highway."
Commissioner Scheidt said that
he is now working on plans for pre
senting to the next Legislature a
proposal to make racing on the
highway a felony instead of a mis
demeanor as the law is at present.
The commissioner went on to
say that racing is about as serious
a matter as the patrol has to han
dle, and for that reason stiffer fines
are being proposed to help curb
what the commissioner described
as "flagrant and intentional thing".
The commissioner said he held a
hearing in his office today uid re
I fused to restore a driver's license
to a young man accuosd of racing.
"We are out to Combat this thing
with all we have," the head of the
Lt. Johnson, a forceful speaker,
and another member of the Patrol,
will be the speakers in Haywood
This morning Chief of Police Ot -
ville Noland pointed oat that al
most all races are staged after
midnight. The officers said they are
(See Safety Meeting, page 8)
Leap Year Gets
One Baby Boy
Leap year trapped only one
baby In the Haywood County
Hospital this year. A son, Stoart
Carlton, was born February 29.
to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith of
He will have a long wait of
four years for his first official
birthday?bat no doubt he will
have a big celebration each year
anyway. He Is the first boy in
a family of four children!
Robinson Named Chairman
Of WNC Safety Council
Arnold Robinson. assistant per
sonnel manager of the Dayton
Rubber Company, has been elect
ed chairman of the Western North
Carolina Safety Council for 1996.
Hazel Ramsey, assistant safety
supervisor at Champion Paper and
Fibre Company, was elected vice
chairman. Bill Shufford, person
nell director, Gorham Manufac
turing Co., Asneville was elected
secretary-treasurer and H. H.
Pressley, Coca-Cola Bottling Co.,
Asheville, program chairman.
Robinson Joined the personnel
office at The Dayton Rubber Com
pany in his present position in
January, 1995. He was employed
on the advertising staff ?! the
Sanford Daily Herald. ffffAford,
prior to coming to the Waynesvllle
plant and worked for a time on
the Catawba News-Enterprise In
(See Robinson page S)
The Law On Racing
Persons guilty of racing on streets or highways of North
Carolina are subject to a fine, prison sentence, or both, according
to the law passed in the last session of the legislature.
The law 120-143-3) entitled "Unlawful racing on streets and
highways," reads: "It shall be unlawful for any person to operate
a motor vehicle on a street or highway in a race with another
motor vehicle unless such a race is approved in advance by and
is conducted pursuant to rules and regulations prescribed by the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
<B> Any person violating any of the provisions of this section
shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of
not less than fifty dollars ($90.00) or by imprisonment for not
more than two years, or by both such fine and imprisonment in
the discretion of the court."
PRESIDENT EISENHOWER an
nounced Wednesday that he will
run for a second term if wanted
by the Republican Party and the
(195 J ? ?)
Injured .... 21
(1955 ? 1)
(1955 ? 27)
1955 ? 519.799)
(This information compiled
from records of Stat. Hixh