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71at YEAlT NO 28 18 PAGES Associated Press ~~ WAYNESVILLE, NyC., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 5, 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
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FIVE WAYNESVILLE FAMILIES were felt
homeless shortly after noon Wednesday when
flames engulfed the property on Smathers St.
owned by the heirs of the late Jim Ewart ("Jim
Canadian"). Cause of the fire was unknown and
damage was not estimated. (Mountaineer Photo).
Five Families On Smathers St. Left
Homeless After Fire Wednesday
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A fire of undetermined origin
destroyed two homes on Smath
ers St. and partially burned two
others shortly after noon Wednes
day. The property was occupied by
members of five families, who
were not identified.
Thirteen Waynesville firemen,
assisted by several on-the-spot vol
unteers, were on trie scene from
12:30 until 6:30, attempting to
curb the spread of the fire and to
guard fuel tanks on the opposite
side of Richland Creek from
Flremen satd that ? flffge quan
tity of old boxes, excelsior, tires,
and other junk caused the proper
ty to burn quickly. It was owned
by heirs of the late Jim Ewart and
was not insured.
Two hoses were played on the
fire from across Richland Creek,
two others were used from Smath
WTHS To Offer
Class For Adults
An adult sewing class for begin
ners will be offered by the Home
Economics Department of Waynes
ville High School, starting Wed
nesday, April 11, according to
Mrs. John Nesbitt, instructor.
Mrs. Nesbitt said the course will
last a total of 12 hours, and the
class will be limited to 12 mem
The first session Wednesday will
be devoted to arranging a class
Woman interested in the class
are asked to call Mrs. Nesbitt at
GL 6-8308 after I p.m.
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Heavy Travel For
"Travel should be excellent in ]
this area this season," John Par- j
ris, director of public relations of 1
"Unto These Hills" and president
of W.N.C. Highlanders told The
Parris has Just made a study of
travel for the past season in
Florida, and predicts this will be
a banner travel year for Western
As for the prospeqts of another
good year at Cherokee's drama.
Parris said that he did not know
what to expect with two dramas
being put into produtcion at Gat
linburg this summer.
'World Methodist Day'
Observance Being Planned
Methodist pastors in the South
east are being asked if they are
interested in having their church
participate in a "World Methodist
Day" observance next September,
featuring a visiting speaker from
Numerous reuests are being re
ceived for guest speakers from a
mong the host of notablos around
the world w'ho are delegates to the
Ninth World Methodist Confer
ence at Lake Junaluska, August
27 - September 12.
The program committee Is pre
pared to schedule speakers for a
"World Methodist Day" in south
eastern cities and towns that can
be reached easily by train, plane
pr car from Lake Junaluska.
Sunday, September 9, is the
tentative date of the observance,
according to Dr. Elmer T. Clark,
secretary of the World Methodist
"We are prepared to assign out
standing Methodist personages
from other lands to each cooper
ating town or city," Dr. Clark
said. "These leaders will be avail
able as preachers in the churches
for afternoon or evening union,
city-wide Methodist rallies."* ,
Dr. Clark said that the host
churches wil lbe ejected to ar
range for the transportation and
entertainment of the speakers and
pay them a reasonable honoraria.
He explained that the fees will be
of great help to the overseas dele
gates in defraying their heavy
travel costs to the United States.
A basket collection at the rally
should be sufficient in most casgs,
Pastors and district superin
tendents interested in more infor
mation are invited to write Dr.
Clark at Lake Junaluska.
Sfet Monday Night
The Haywood County Highland
ers will hold theirs regular
monthly meeting Monday, April 9,
at 7:30 p.m.
The meeting will be held at the
Courthouse, with L. E. DeVous in
Mrs. Wilma Sease left Wednes
day for a week's vacation where
shefwill visit her sister in Washing
j ton. D. C.
To Install Officers
New officers will be installed by
the Waynesyille. Tpast masters',
Club meeting Monday, April 9, at
7:15 p.m. at Spaldon's Restaurant.
A. H. Hunt will assume the
presidency. Homer Justice Is ex
ecutive vice president and Jack
Noland, educational vice president.
Secretary-treasurer is John Thom
as and John Reeves is sergeant at
The invocation will be given by
A1 MarsrhaJI and instructions by
Clifford Harrell. Toastmaster will
be Virgil Smith.
Speakers include Jack Snyder,
Ted Stackpole, Homer Justice and
William Medford. ^valuators are
Jack Dickerson, Charles Vnder
wood, Jerry Rogers and John
Others taking part on the pro
gram include Raymond Ellis, table
topics; John Thomas, table topics
evaluator; Jack Noland, grammar
ian; . and Jack Felmet, master
For New Building
An additional $1,000 has been
pledged since Monday toward the
<75,000 building fund of Grace
Episcopal Church, according to
the rector, the Rev. James Y. Perry,
Jr. This brings the total to more
The campaign began on Palm
Sunday, and it is hoped that the
goal will be reached by the end
of the week.
Actual construction is expected
to get under way in the fall.
Hereford Dispersal Sale
Set At Arden Saturday
A dispersal *ale of polled and
horned Herefords will be held at
Graceland Farms, Arden, by own
er M. O. Galloway at 10 ajn. Sat
Mr. Galloway formerly resided
Approximately 200 head will be
offered for sale ? including 14
PAKT1. T UOW7
Continued mild, partly cloudy.
Possible showers Friday. Official
Waynesville temperature as re
ported by the State Test Farm:
Date Max. Mia. Pr.
April 2 69 47 .17
April 3 77 48
April 4 75 58 .35
New Soil Bank Proposal
Involves Burley Growers
A new proposal to pay burley
tobacco farmers for not planting
part of their allotment is now be
ing studied in connection with the
administration's "soil bank" pro
gram. according to Harry Lee
Caldwell, state master of the
North Carolina Grange, who spoke
to a combined meeting- of the
Fines Creek and Crabtree Granges
Mr. Caldwell said that the pro
posal is now under consideration
by House and Senate committees
studying the soil bank plan.
The speaker expressed hi* belief
I that the soil bank program would
afford farmers only temporary re
lief and would not offer a long
range solution to the present na
tional farm problem.
He estimated that the soil bank
program would cost the U. S. a
billion and a half dollars, and said
he felt this amount of money could
be spent more effectively for high
Mr. Caldwell pdlated out that
I both the state and national
Granges favor a rigid price-sup
J. T. Winn, equipment manager
in the Charlotte office of the Long
Lines Department of the American
Telephone and Telegraph Corp.,
who visited electronics classes at
Waynesvlile High this week, said
that experience gained by stu
dents here will prove valuable if I
they enter the steadily growing I
field of electronics.
Mr. Winn came to Waynesville I
to interview from 10 to 15 elec
tronics students ? including those |
in both the high school and adult
courses ? for employment with
AT&T at Charlotte, Greensboro,
and Greenville, S. C.
The official said that those in
terviewed were given tests and
successful applicants will be invit
ed to Charlotte to discuss employ
ment with the telephone firm.
Those employed would be engag
ed in the maintenance of long-dis
tance telephone and television
One WTHS electrpnic graduate,
Frank Bomgarner, already is work
ing for AT&T in Charlotte.
Mr. Winn said that there is a
heavy demand for trained and ex
perienced electronics men and
added that the present supply is
not adequate to All the demand.
While here, the telephone . of
ficial discussed with instructor Y.
F. Burgess possible changes in the
Waynesvlile High course to more
closely fit the instruction with the
present needs of the communica
At present, Waynesville is the
only high school in the state of
fering a course in industrial elec
Trip To Europe
Mrs. R. Gordon Hudson, owner
of lhe Parkway Knoll on Depot St.
In Waynexville, returned last week
on the Queen Mary from a 12-na
tion motoreoach tour of Europe?
visiting Britain, Holland, Luxem
bourg. Belgium. Germany, Switzer
land, Lichenstein, Austria, Italy.
France, Monaco, Spain and Gibral
In traveling through Europe,
which suffered its most severe win
ter in recent history, Mrs. Hudson
and others were stranded several
times by deep snow in the Alps and
at Brenner Pas#. While abroad,
Mrs. Hudson had an audience with
Pope Pius in Rome, and saw the
Queen Mother in London and Gen
eralissimo Franco in Spain.
Mr. and Mrs. Hudson will reopen
the Parkway Knoll for the 18th sea
son on June 15.
Sales tax collections in Haywood
j County during February this year
| exceeded those for February. 1955
by a total of $3,625 85. according
I to figures cited in "The Retailer",
published by the North Carolina
Collections this February were
$33,396.14 in comparison with a
total of $29,770.29 for the same
month last year.
During January, 1956, collec
tions amounted to $55,849.75.
E. R. Rawson
Elmer R. Rawson of Burlington
will become the new manager of
Southern Bell Telephone Co. ex
changes in Waynesville and Can
ton. it has been announced.
He will succeed C. T. McCuis
ton. who has been appointed state
directory sales manager In the
company's North Carolina head
quarters in Charlotte.
Prior to going to Burlington last
year, Mr. Rawson was office man
ager in Asheville. A graduate of
the University of Mississippi, he
i joined Southern Bell in 1948 as
commercial representative at
Laurel. Miss. He was later man
ager at Brookhaven. Miss., before
going to Asheville In 1953.
The new Waynesville manager
served as a bomber pilot in the
Army Air Force during World War
II flying 19 missions over Ger
many He was discharged as a
first lieutenant in 1945. He Is
married, has one daughter, and
is a member of the Baptist Church.
County Home Land Brings $107,346
At Public Auction Sale Wednesday
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W. L. Teague
After being blocked several
times by lawsuits, the sale of the
county home farm finally was car
ried out Wednesday, when the 140
acre tract of land in Pigeon Town
ship brought a total of $107,346.35.
The sale attracted more than 500
people and lasted from 9:30 until
No bids were received for the
farm as a whole, so Lie property
was sold in small tracts and lots.
The county home itself was pur
chased for $16,600 by Mr. and Mrs.
W. L. Teague. who 6p rate the
Teague Rest Home here.
Another leading purchaser yes
terday was W. R. Francis, Waynes
vtlle attorney, who figured in prop
erty purchases totaling $13,135.
Mr. Francis and his wife bought
sis lots for $3,120; Mr. Francis and
Henry Davis bought nine for a to
tal of $4,515, and Mr. Francis and
his brother, C. C. Francis, bought
12 for a total of $15,400.
Jessie Reckman purchased six
lots for a total of $8,500, and
Judge I. M Anderson of Florida
bought three for $7,092 Lester
(See County Home?Page 6)
Built At Clyde On
A new restaurant, to be called
the Mulberry Restaurant, is now
being constructed on the four-lane
highway in Clyde by Devoe Med
furd. owner of the Clyde Phar
When completed in about six
weeks, the new establishment will
be operated by persons experi
enced in the restaurant business,
The building will have a seating
capacity of 60 or more In booths
and at the counter. Both exterior
and interior walls will be of rustic
brick, and the floors will be tiled.
The resturant will serve break
fast, lunch, and dinner, and will
specialize in "home cooking" ?
including homemade pies. Curb
service will be a specialty.
Mr. Medford said that business
hours have not been set, but said
that the restaurant will open early
ln the morning and close late at
Mr. Medford added that the
new restaurant will be designed to
serve all of Western North Caro
THE LAST CHAPTER in the controversy over
sale of the county home farm was unfolded Wed
nesday as thr choice 140-acre tract on Highway
110 was sold for a total of S107.346.35. The county
homr itself was sold for $16,600 to >1r. and Mrs.
I.ee Teacup, who operate the Teacup Rent Home
on Walnut St. in Waynesville. More than 500
people in some 200 cars attended the sale, which
lasted most of the day. (Other photos on Pace 1,
Section 2. (Mountaineer Photo).
At District Meet
With 131 members present, Hay
wood County club women won the
gavel for the largest attendance at
District III meeting held in the
Calvary Episcopal Church. Fletch
er, on Wednesday. April 4. Mrs.
W. 1). Ketner, president, was Jn
charge of the nutting with Mrs.
Henry Garner 1)f Bethel serving
Officers elected to serve during
1957 arc Mrs. E. H, Mackey,
Transylvania county, president;
Mrs. S. Mj Garren, Henderson,
1st viceHjresidcnt; Mrs. Henry
Garner, Haywood. 2nd vice-presi
dent; Mrs Arthur Whitmire,
Transylvania, secretary; Mrs. L. F.
Saltz, Henderson, treasurer; Mrs.
Paul Robinson, Haywood, histor
ian. These were installed into of
fice by Miss Mary Harris, District
Featured speaker was Miss Iris
Davenport, Woman's Editor for the
Farm and Ranch Magazine. Nash
ville, Tenn., who spoke on "You
The morning welcome was ex
tended by the Kev. Mark Jenkins,
rector of the church, with Mrs.
George Frady, Haywood county,
responding. Greetings were
brought by E. E. McBride, Hender
son County Board of Commission
ers; D. W. Bennett, Henderson
County Farm Agent and Mrs.
Ralph ProfTit of Ball Creek, 1st
vice-president for the N. C. Fed
eration of Home Demonstration
Group singing was led by Mrs.
J. Edgar Burndt, Haywood coun
ty, with special music by Clyde
Jackson and Mrs. John Sinclair at
Henderson county and by the Flat
Rock High School Glee Club.
Mrs. R. J. Fowler, president of
Haywood County Council, present
ed the county Home Demonstra
tion report, while Leona Davis of
Saunook gave the 4-H report.
Recommendations for the Dis
trict Program were given by Mrs.
Paul Robinson of Beaverdam.
Serving on the Courtesy com
mittee was Mrs. Jimmie Williams
of Waynesvilie; on the Nominating
Committee, Mrs. Steve Plemmons
of Saunook and on the Registra
tion, Mrs. V. E. Wilson, Jr. of
Morning Star and Mrs. Hugh No
(See Haywood Women?Page 6)
? ELMEk K. kAWSON
Planned For Next Term
Soil conservation education will
b'- included in the Haywood Coun
ty school curriculum next Sep
tember. according to an agreement
reached Tuesday morning at a
meeting at the courthouse between i
school official and Soil Conserva
tion District supervisors.
Lists will be made up of ma
terials to be ordered from the
state. When received, the litera
ture will be used in conjunction
with other subjects. In the upper
grades, conservation education will
be made a part of resource-use
classes, and probably will be taught
in reading classes in the lower
Approximately 150 pieces of soil
conservation literature are now in
use in Waynesville area schools.
At the meeting Tuesday were
Lawrence B. Leatherwood, super
intendent of schools. Mrs. M. G.
Stamey and Mrs. Carl Ratcliffe,
supervisors; Van C. Wells and D.
J. Boyd, soil supervisors; T. W.
Bridges, district conservationist;
Virgil L. Holloway, county farm
agent, and Roy H. Beck, soil con
L. B. Leatherwood
To Attend Special
Ltwrellce B. Lestheiwood. sup
erintendent of Haywood County
schools, is one of six superin
tendents in North Carolina who
have been invited to attend a two
day conference in "Improving
Training Programs for Adminis
trators". to be held at Raleigh
April 30-May 1.
Six superintendents and six prin
eials from the state's public schools
will attend the conference, which
is sponsored by the project ad
visory committee of the Coordi
nated Statewide Study of Educa
Add $13,200 Locally
(Special to the Mountaineer
NEW YORK To what extent
wilt the proposed bill to increase
postal rates, now before Congress,
affect people in Waynesville, if ap
In round figures. local residents
and business concerns would have
to spend an additional $13,200 a
The measure, proposed by Post
master General Arthur Summer
field and presented to Congress by
President Eisenhower, seeks to
cope to some extent with the con
tinuing annual deficit of the Post
Office Department by upping mail
rafcs more than $406 million a year.
About $311 million of this would
be increases in first class mail
First class rates would rise to
four cents an ounce from the pres
ent three cents. Air mail would also
go up one cent, to seven cents.
There would be an increase of 30
per cent, divided over two years,
in rates for books, magazines, news
papers and other second class mail.
Third class rates would go up 29
per cent. The overall average rise
would be 17 per cent.
In Waynesville, in the past fiscal
year. $76,800 was spent for stamps
and other postal services, accord
ing to the Post Office Department's
(See Proposed Postal?Page <>
McConley P. Ford Named
Fire Chief At Thickety
MiConley P. Ford was named
chief of the newly formed rural
fire department in the Thickety
community at a meeting of direc
tors Monday night.
The board of dlrytors selected
a week previously, completed their
organization Monday night also.
Harley Wright was named chairman
of the board, with J. Hack Clark,
vice chairman; and Mrs. Robert
Officers of the Department nam
ed to sorv<> wjth Ford, were T. J.
Fletcher, assistant chief, and H. E.
Wright. Jr.. captain. A group of
some 20 firemen will be selected
later, to take special training, to
gether with the above named offi
cers. in Are fighting.
Jim Bailey met with the group
again and further explained the
workings of the organisation, plans j
for securing a charter and fori
drafting the by-laws. ?... |
^lyde Plans Program
3f Summer Recreation
A benefit dinner will be held at
Clyde High School Friday night,
April 13, to raise funds for the
summer recreation program which
wiH be sponsored by five churches
in the community.
The dinner wll be served in the
school safeteria from 5 until 8
p.m. Tickets will be 50 cents for
students and $1 for adults.
A program of suqimer recrea
tion ? including Softball, volley
ball, and possibly tennis ? will
start on the Clyde High athletic
field in June and continue for 10
weeks Hours will be from 3 p.m.
Sponsoring churches which have
already pledged their support to
the program are Wesleyan Meth
odist, Central Methodist, Clyde
Baptist, Woodland Baptist, and
Fincher's Chapel. Business firms
(See Clyde Plans?Page ?>
"They'll drink anything." said
an officer as he brought in a
man. about 50. who appeared to
be in a state of shock.
"Just as I got to him. he pull
ed out a can of Solox, and took
a big drink out of the can. It
was enough to burn him up,"
the officer continued.
On the can. in red letters, were
the words poison, dangerous,
etc., if taken internally can
cause blindness followed by I
Mr_ and Mrs. K. P. Akin and
son Bob, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl
Gillis and children Patty and Paul,
of Clyde, are leaving Friday for
a weekend visit with Mrs. Akin's
brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and
Mrs. Roy Taylor of Rocky Mount,
and Mrs. Gillis' brothcr-ln-law and
sister, S/Sgt. and Mrs. C. A.
Reincrt at Cherry Point.
Injured ? ?: I 28
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Loss . ?. $21,639
am ? si5,079)
from records *f Stat. HlcV