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71st YEAR NO. 18 12 PAGES Associated Press * WAYNESVILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON. MARCH 5, 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
House In Cecil Area
The first instance in history of
a house in Haywood County being
destroyed by a tornado was re
ported to The Mountaineer Sat
urday by. Mrs. Alfred Johnson of
Cecil community, who said that a
"twister" last Monday night de
stroyed an unoccupied summer
dwelling and four buildings or} her
? husband's property on McClure
The house, located two and a
half miles from Mr. Johnson's
grocery store on the Lake Logan
Road, was lifted from its founda
tion, twisted around, and hurled
against a tree by the force of the
wind. Of frame construction with
brick siding, it was used by the
Johnsons as a weekend retreat in
The same twister that demolish
ed the house also destroyed a
smokehouse, chicken house, crib
and tool house, bowled over 20
beehives, and blew a bedspread
and towel from the house into the
top of a tree a quarter of a mile
The property damage was not
noticed until Thursday when a boy
in the neighborhood ? Ralph
Grooms, passed by the house and
found it demolished.
Mrs. Johnson said there were
two storms in the Cecil area last
Monday night and added that she
was not sure just when the twister
passed through that section.
J. Edgar Burnette, who lives
only seven-tenths of a mile from
the damaged buildings, said he
was awakened during the night by
a roar which sounded like a large
airplane flying low over the roof
tops, and believes now that it was
the tornado he "heard
Mrs. Johnson estimated the
damage at $2,000 and said that the
property was not insured.
To Speak At
Two dairy specialists from N. C.
State College ? F. R. Farnham
and George Hyatt ? will be here
Tuesday night to conduct the an
nual county dairy school at the
courthouse, starting at 7:30 p.m.
. The specialists will discuss the
new bulk-tank delivery method,
feeding dairy cows for maximum
production, and growing replace
County Agent Virgil L. Hollo
way urged all dairymen in the
county to attend Tuesday night's
meeting?especially to hear about
the bulk tanks whoch are coming
into use rapidly on dairy farms.
Mr. Holloway said last week
that the two major problems of
Haywood dairymen are: (1) high
er producing cows, and (2) grow
ing silage and hay at home.
To Receive Safe
Four from the Waynesville office
of Southern Bell. Telephone and
Telegraph Company will receive
safety awards, because of their ex
cellent driving records. The awards
will be sent to C. T. McCuiston.
manager, for the formal awarding.
The men to get the awards, in
clude: Jim Chambers, plant fpre
man, 14 years safety record; John
E. Posey, installer, 12 year safety
record; W. A. Green, installer, 4
year safety record and J. P. Auglin.
three years of safe driving.
The awards are pocket cards
which the drivers carry at all
Sunny and mild today. Tuesday,
partly cloudy with scattered show
Official Waynesvllle temperature
as reported by the State Test Farm:
Date Max. Mln. Free.
Mar. 1 : 50 20 ?
Mar. 2 .57" 35 .15
Mar. 3 55 32 .38
Mar. 4 61 20 .01
C. F. Nichols
C. F. NICHOLS
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C. F. Nichols, Waynesville, has
been named chief engineer of the
Enka plant, according to an an
nouncement just made by officials
of American Enka Corporation.
Walter M. Gaston, of Enka, has
been named assistant director of
engineering and rayon staple proj
In his ncy position Mr. Gaston
replaces A. A. Lahna, who recently
resigned from the Company. Mr.
Nichols, who previously was plan
ning engineer in the general en
gineering department, fills the
vacancy created by Mr. Gaston's
prbmotion. A successor to Mr.
Nichols as planning engineer has
not yet been appointed.
Mr. Nichols is a native of
Waynesville. After graduating
from Waynesville High School and
Brevard College, he obtained his
B. S. Degree in cnemical engin
eering at North Carolina State
College. Since coming to Enka in
1946, he has been involved in a
wide variety of engineering activi
ties which have qualified him for
his. new position. Mr. Nichols was
an ordnance specialist holding the
rank of lieutenant in the Navy
during World War II. He also is
married and has one son.
Sale Of Dogwoods
Set At Hazelwood
The Hazelwood Boosterettes will
conduct their second sale of dog
wood trees this Friday and Satur
day, it has been announced.
Persons who desire to purchase
the dogwood trees are asked to call
Mrs. Frank Worthington, Mrs. Paul
Bryson, and Mrs. C. N. Allen.
The trees can be seen at the
Hazelwood Service Station or the
The sale and planting of dog
wood trees was one of the major
projects undertaken by the Hazel
wood "Finer Carolina'* organiza
tion last year resulting in the town
receiving honorable mention and a
$100 prize in the annual contest
sponsored by the Carolina Power
and Light Co.
For Enlarging Of
G. H. Bishop of Asheville has
been awarded a contract by the
State for enlarging, deepening, and
straightening Raccoon Creek to
provide better drainage where it
runs through the Mountairt Experi
ment Station and the farm of John
Morrow at RatclifTe Cove.
Work on the project will start
(See Contract?Page I)
Gudger Duckett, Canton, was
named chairman, of the Haywood
Republican executive committee,
as the precinct chairmen met here
Saturday afternoon. Duckett,suc
ceeds Elmer "Red" Miller, who
has held the post for the past four
The precinct chairmen named
Miss Janice Smathers, Clyde, as
Delegates to the district conven
tion which meets Friday in Hen
dersonville, and delegates to the
State Convention were also named.
The district convention convenes
at 10 a.m. Friday, and a good rep
presentation from Haywood are
expected to attend.
Three persons were injured in
two of four traffic accidents in
vestigated during the weekend by
the State Highway Patrol.
Mir. and Mrs. Carroll Howard
Carver of Thickety were hurt in
the town of Clyde on old U. S. 19
23 at 5:15 p.m. Sunday when the
1949 Chevrolet pickup truck driv
en by Mr. Carver struck a parked
car and overturned in the street.
Mr. Carver suffered lacerations
on his nose and knee and bruises,
while Mrs. Carver also sustained
a cut on her kn^e. Their two chil
dren, riding with them, escaped
The parked car, a 1941 Chevro
let coupe, belonged to Clyde may
or Gerald Fish and was parked in
front of his home. Damage to it
was estimated at $100 and to the
truck at $125.
Mr. Qarver told Patrolman V. E.
Bryson that he took his eye off the
road momentarily to speak to his
daughter, and struck the parked
car before he could stop his truck.
The Lake Logan road near Led
better's store was the scene of a
three-vehicle accident at 10:30 a.
m. >aiuraay involving a l?4H ue
Soto driven by Ben C. Fugate, 66,
Route 2, Waynesville; a 1951 Chev
rolet truck driven by Charles Lee
Connor,, 26, Route 1. Waynesville,
and an Esso gasoline truck driven
by John Thomas West, 24, of the
Hominy section of Canton.
Patrolman Bryson said that Fu
gate, g&ng toward Lake Logan,
made a left urn in the path of
Conner's truck to enter a private
driveway. The force of the col
lision knocked the passenger car
against the gasoline truck, driving
behind Fugate. 0
Fugate suffered a cut over his
left eye and bruises and was
charged with failure to yield the
right of way. Damage to his car
was estimated at ttOO, to the Con
ner truck at $75, and to the Esso
truck at $60.
David Medford, 20, of Clyde lost
control of his 1949 Ford in the
Thompson Cove section of Clyde
Thursday afternoon, causing the
vehicle to run off the road and
strike an embankment, according
to Patrolman W. R. Wooten.
Damage was estimated at $125.
Julia Marcia Williamson of
Thickety, 21, and her companion,
Betty Jones of the Hyder Moun
tain road, escaped injury at 11:30
p.m. Friday when the 1952 Ford
pickup truck in which they were
riding, driven by Miss Williamson,
overturned on a curve on the
Medford Farm road near the home
of Otis Cole.
Damage was estimated at $250
by the investigating officer, Pa
Patrolman Relays Blood
Patrolman V. E. Bryson of the
State Highway Patrol made two
trips Sunday from the Buncombe
Haywood line to the hospital here
to relay blood from the Asheville
Regional Center of the Red Cross.
One run was at 11 a.m. and the
other at 1:30 p.m.
Haywood County Had 13,905
Vehicles Registered In. '55
Haywood County had a total of
13.905 motor vehicles registered
durirg 1955. according to figures
disclosed this week by the North
Carolina Department of Motor Ve
With this total. Haywood County
ranked second among counties west
of Asheville in the number of ve
hicles registered. Henderson Coun
ty was first with 14.048.
Buncombe was first in the moun
tain region with 47,558.
Mecklenburg County (Charlotte)'
leads the state's 100 counties with
09,839 motor vehicles registered. At
the bottom of the list is Tyrrell
County with 1,220.
Totals reported (or neighboring
Western North Carolina counties
Jackson, 5,317; Madison, 5,127;
Swain, 2,425, and Transylvania,
CARSON C. FOARD
The firm of T. S. Morrison-Foard.
Inc., will open for business at the
Depot on Saturday. March 10, it
was announced today by Carson
C. Foard, co-owner and general
manager in charge. The address
is 405 Depot Street.
The firm will deal in a general
line of hardware, farm equipment,
tractors, seeds, feeds and tools,
Mr. Foard said. The Allis-Chalm
ers line of tractors and farm equip
ment will be featured by the com
Mr. Foard said construction of
a 35 by 75 foot extension to the
building had 1t>een completed, and
renovation of the 'other building
has been finished. The new unit
of the building will be used as a
tractor shop, and for machines re
pairing, he announced.
The parent firm, T. S. Morrison,
Asheville, has been in business for
65 years, Mr. Foard said, and has
considered for some time the open
ing of a store here.
For the past 14 years Mr. Foard
lias been with Biltmore Dairies,
and was manager when he resigned
to open the firm here. Prior \o
going with Biltmore "Walrles he
was with the Milk Control Board
of Health of Raleigh. He was there
ne ana mrs. roara nave iwo
daughters, 13 and 17 years of age.
They plan to move here right after
the current school year.
Mr. Foard said that Neal Leath
erwood would be affiliated with
the firm in sales. Leatherwood is
from Jonathan Creek. Jim Mills
will be in charge of the shop, and
Douglas Worsham will be parts
Here assisting in getting ready
for the opening is Wm. L. Varne,
district manager for the Allis
Mr. Foard is a graduate of the
University of North Carolina and
a native of Statesville. His hobby
is collecting rocks of the area.
He is a member of the Southern
Appalachian Mineral Society.
This past weekend was among
the heaviest of 1956 for the police
here. They arrested three for
speeding, one for breaking and
entering, and five on charges of
Mrs. West WiU
MBS. JACK WEST
Mrs. Jack West of RatclifTe Cove
will leave Wednesday to attend a
meeting of'the Democratic Execu
tive Committee at the state capitol
in Raleigh at 3 p.m. Thursday.
The executive committee is ex
pected to set dates for state, coun
ty, and precinct Democratic con
While in Raleigh. Mrs. West will
nominate an executive committee
man to take the place of the late
Tom Leatberwood.who died In
Plans for the new Board of Edu
cation building, just back of the
courthouse will be ready In about
a week. Lawrence Leatherwood,
county superintendent said today.
The new building will have office
space, and storage spare for the
board and school supplies. About
6,000 square feet of storage space
will be provided In the new struc
Funds for erecting the building
will be from the sale of the Old
Central Elementary school, which
sold at auction for $67,000.
Leatherwood said the work of
converting the old gym at Clyde
into shop rooms should be com
pleted in about three weeks.
Two other projects, the addi
tion to the Cruso school, and the
new Pigeon Street school have
been delayed because of the bad
weather, he pointed out.
In 3 Weeks
In the past three weeks a total
of 370 polio vaccine shots have
been given at the Haywood Coun
ty Health Center, according to
Mrs.' Quitye Bryson, public health
nurse and acting head of the
Of this number, 332 were first
doses and the remainder second
and third doees.
Children who took their first
polio shot recently, should have
their second shot within four to six
weeks, Mrs. Boson said. Third
Shots are given from seven to nine
months after the second.
Polio inoculations are given free
of charge at the Health Center
each Wednesday during regular
immunization clinics. Eligible for
shots are children from the ages
of six months through 19 years,
and -expectant mothers. The vac-'
cine will continue to be adminis
tered until June when the "polio
season" starts. ,
Polio shots also are available
from physicians, who charge $10
for the series of three if privately
purchased vaccine is used, but
make no charge if government vac
cine is utilized.
The Health Center now has on
hand approximately 600 cc's of
Salk polio vaccine, Mrs. Bryson
said, and additional stocks are ex
pected to be sent by the State
Board of Health by mid-April.
In May, physician members of
the Haywood County Medical So
ciety and Health Department
nurses will conduct clinics in coun
ty schools to give the final polio
shot to children who have had
their first two immunizations.
Polio clinics also were held in
county schools last spring and this
To Discuss '56
Director! of the Haywood Coun
ty Apple Growers Association will
meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday In the
county agent's office to discuss the
organization's by-laws and consti
tution and plans for 1956 activi
Among projects considered by
the apple growers this year are a
fall apple show, advertising Hay
wood County apples, and curbing
damage from cedar rust.
Officers of the Apple Growers
Association for 1956 are: Herb
Singlet* ry, president; Robert F.
Francis, vice president; Zack
Directors are C. D. Ketner,
Richard Barber, Robert Boone, Mrs.
Cosby Frady, and Ira Cogburn.
MRS. LEE IMPROVING
Mrs. William I. Lee was reported
in "good condition" this morning
at the Haywood County Hospital
where she has been a patient for
seeral days. She became ill while
teaching her class in the third
grade at Central Elementary
Officers, Citizens Ready To Work Out
Safety Program Here Tuesday Night
LT." H. C. JOHNSON
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SGT. E. W. JONES
CPL. PRITCHARD SMITH
SGT. T. A. SANDLIN
Lions Will Seek To Raise
$1,000 For WTHS Band Trip
John Harris, landscaping specia
list from N. C. State College, will
conduct a county-wide meeting on
landscaping at the courthouse
Wednesday from 9:30 until 4 p.m.
?with time out for lunch.
A group of farm men and women
have been invited to attend the
meeting, which will deal with the
selection of the proper shrubbery
for growth in Haywood County,
planting, spacing, fertilization, and
care of shrubbery.
Mr. Harris will return here in
two weeks, at which time he will
visit several Haywood County
farms to give specific advice on
Shrubbery in Haywood County
was hard hit by the March freeze
last year, but County Agent Virgil
L. Holloway said that most of the
growth has recovered.
On C. of C. Campaign
Encouraging reports from all
teams of the Chamber of Com
merce membership committees
continued to come in. according to
Ned J. Tucker, executive vice
president of the organization.
The campaign began last Tues
day, with the budget set at
Waynesville Lions voted Thurs
day night to raise $1,000 towards
sending the WTHS band to the
International Lions Convention in
Miami June 27-30.
The State organization is appro
priating $1,000 to the fund, and ac
cording to Charles Isley, director
of the band, the $2,000 will pay for
all travel, with each band member
paying for meals and board, which
would be about $40 each.
M. T. Bridges was named chair
man of the committee to raise
the local fund. He said several
projects were in mind, including
a band concert, and other phases
of entertainment. '
E. M. Williams of the Clineh
fleld Coal Company, discussed the
approaching atomic age and its
possible effect on industry when
the new agency is used for gener
ating heat for power.
Two new members were taken
into the club: George Williamson,
Mrs* John Hildenbiddle is visit
I ing relatives in Iowa.
Set For 8 At
Interest In the highway safety
mass meeting set for Tuesday
night is reaching a high peak.
The meeting is set for 8 p.m. at
the courthouse, with Lt. H. C.
Johnson of the State Highway Pa
trol the speaker. Assisting with
the meeting will be three other
patrolmen of the area: Sgt. T. A.
Sandiin, Bryson City; Sgt. E. W.
Jones, Ashevllle, and Cpl. Pritch
ard Smith, Waynesville.
The meeting is being Pushed by
the ?Civic and Professional Divis
ion of the Chamber of Commerce,
with C. T. McCulston, chairman,
with scores of others in the coun
ty participating, including the
Ministerial Association, all law
enforcement officers, school au
thorities, several PTA' groups, and
Plans for the meeting were
worked out when a group of of
ficers, school officials, civic lead
ers, ministers and representatives
oi the press and radio met and
"decided something had to be done
to curb speeding and racing on
the highways." v
Many of Haywood's ministers
yesterday stressed from their pul
pits the Importance of attending
the meeting. The ministers are
actively behind the movement to"
curb racing aDd speeding on the
streets and highways.
The radio stations of tiie coun
ty, as well as newspapers of the
area have been publicizing the
mnDlirirt one) +U?. ? i * ?
lOWMMg, U"U 111C UCt'U lur 1111"
Lt. Johnson here over the
weekend said "public sentiment is
certainly against this menace on
our highways. The citizens of Hay
wood county are to be congratulat
ed for their actions, and their feel
ings in this matter of protecting
those who walk and ride on the
highways and streets."
Edward Scheldt, commissioner
of Motor Vehicles of North Caro
lina, wasalso warm in his praise
of the pVogram which has come to
a peak since the wreck of two cars
on Highway No. 19-A last Monday
night. The patrol report showed
both cars were engaged in a race
down the highway, starting at
Balsam. One car was demolished
and the two passengers were pain
The four patrolmen will speak
to some 2,200 high school students
of the county Tuesday morning.
The patrolmen will present each
student with a duplicate safety
pledge card. The student will keep
one of the cards with their driver's
licenses, and the other card goes
into the files of the Highway Pa
The pledge card reads: "A Safe
ty Pledge ? I hereby pledge that
I will, to the best of my ability,
abide by atl highway safety rules,
as a pedestrian or an an operator
of a motor vehicle."
The speaking schedule is as
(See Mass Meeting?Page II
Three Teen-Agers Cited
For Midnight Speeding
Three teen-agers were cited to Police Court on charges of
speeding on Waynesvllle streets shortly after midnight Saturday.
Chief Orville Noland said the police cited three young men, all
high school students, to court, after the trio drove at excessive
speeds through the residential section of the Maple Street area.
Chief Noland said that in addition to the speeding, the cars
going ta a high rate of speed, and turning corners Sharp, woke up '
many residents in the section.
The three will be tried by Mayor J. H. Way.
December Tax Collections
In Haywood Up $8,436.38
The brakes on a parked taxi ,
gave way and crashed into a win- |
dow of City Barber Shop, Sunday ;
night, according to Chief Orvllle ,
Noland. The window was about |
three by six feet. . (
The accident was listed as ac
HARRISON IN NEW YORK
A. D. Harrison, owner of Sto
vail's 5c and 10c Store, left yester
day for a week's buying trip in \
New York. He will attend the |
American Toy Fair and place ord
ers for the 1056 holiday season.
Harrison is president of the
Merchants Association here. !
Sales tax collections In Haywood
County during December, 1955 ex
ceeded those tor December, 1954
by more than $8,000, according to
figures cited in the January issue
of "The Retailer," published by
the North Carolina Merchants As
Collections for December, 1955
were reported at $40,923.58, in
contrast to $32,489.20 for Decem
For the month of November,
1955, collections were higher than
those in December ? totaling
December collections In Hay
wood County exceeded those In
Henderson County by more than
<1955 ? ?)
Injured ?.. ? 24
(1955 ? 9)
<1955 _ 29)
<1955 ? $11,359)
(Th)s Information compiled
from records sf Stats Ddh