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71at YEAR NO. 39 12 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 14, 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
Day Will Honor
REUBEN B. ROBERTSON
Reuben B. Robertson, president
and chairman of the board of
Champion Paper and Fibre Com
pany, will be honored at the 43rd
Hay wood County Day at Lake Jun
aluska, Sunday, June 10th.
Mr. Robertson will be the speak
er for the annual Haywood gath
ering, as special recognition is giv
en the Carolina Division of Cham
pion on their 50th anniversary at
The special Haywood County
Day committee completed details
for the occasion, and J. W. Fow
ler, Jr., superintendent of Lake
Junaluska, announced that the an
nual picnic would begin at one
o'clock, and the program in the
auditorium would start at 2:30. A
one hour program is planned in
Haywood industrialists will be
special invited guests and will be
given places on the platform with
Supt. Fowler said today that he
expected this to be the largest
Haywood County Day gathering in
The hour for the annual program
has been changed from the morn
ing to afternoon at the request of
the Haywood Ministerial Associa
tion. All Haywood churches will
have their morning services as usu
al, with hundreds expected to at
tend the afternoon program at the
The committee acted on the re
quest of the Haywood ministers in
malting the change, and all minis
ters pledged their support to the
program at the new hour.
The general committee is com
posed of C. A. Conine, James W-.
Fowler, Virgil Holloway, Branlon
Hodges, William Medford. Kin Mc
Neil, J. E. Williamson, Bruce Nan
ney, D Reeves Noland, Guy Rob
erts, Beekman Huger, W. C. Russ.
William Shull, N. J. Tucker, and
Jonathan H. Woody.
Wins Award In
Bruce Ensley, a member of the
Bethel High chapter of Future
Farmers of America, has been nam
ed second-place winner in the WNC
district timber stand improvement
contest for 1055-56, sponsored by
the Champion Paper and Fibre Co.
As runner-up. Bruce will receive
a prize of $50. The first-place con
test, Jerry Whitmire of Trans
vania County, will get $100 and the
thlrdoplace winner, Johnny Allen
of Macon County $25.
Fred Whitfield, district exten
sion forester, said that the annual
contest starts in the fall and tim
ber stands are judged about May 1.
This year, boys from six WNC
counties entered the event.
Two Men Uninjured As
Plane Crashes On Soco
The pilot and an observer walked
away uninjured Saturday as a light
plane crashed in the Soco section
on the old Black Camp Gap Road.
The plane was demolished.
Members of the Haywood Squad
ron of the Civil Air Patrol took
charge of the wreckage, guarding
it from Saturday afternoon through
Sunday* when it was removed to
The plane was taking part in the
three-day search and rescue mis
sion maheuver conducted annually
by the North Carolina Wing of the
C.A.P.. and was operating out of
As soon as the two men in the
plane had reported the crash, Lt.
Raymond Caldwell of the Haywood
Squadron posted a guard of cadets
on the ship. When its removal was
authorised by the Civil Aeronautics
Administration, the owner gave it
Caldwell expressed thanks to the
to the squadron for salvage. Lt.
Highway Patrol for their coopera
tion in getting the wreckage from
the mountain to Waynesville.
Pilot of the plane was said to
have been Joseph H. Byrum, Jr.,
of Farmville. The Ship was a two
By its participation in the three
day maneuvers, the Haywood
Squadron won a superior rating
from the U. S. Air Force. Squad
ron commander is Lt. Charles Mc
Darris. Other officers are Lt.
Charles Balentine, Lt. Caldwell, Lt.
(See Two Uninjured?Page ?)
The May civil term of Superior
court resumed this morning after
a week's recess, with Judge J. Will
Pless of Marion presiding.
To be heard or completed today
were the following motions: Her
schel Owen vs. K. E. Browning; Ray
Owens B.N.F., Minnie Owens vs. I?.
E. Browning; R. N. Barber et al, vs.
N. C. State Highway and Public
Works Commission; Mary Ruth
Jenkins, administratrix of D. C.
Jenkins, deceased, vs. N. C. Depart
ment of Motor Vehicles.
On today's trial calendar were
two cases: Lyle W. Coffey T/A
Coffey Motors vs. Ben Messer and
Lela Messer and J. E. Rush vs.
(See Court?Page 6)
Mostly sunny and unseasonably
warm today and Tuesday with a
chance of late afternoon thunder
Official Waynesvllle temperature
as reported by the State Test ?arm:
Date Max. Mia. Pr.
, May 10 80 47
" 11 83 47
" 12 84 51
" 13 84 55
HAZELWOOD SCHOOL will soon have a new
$3,500 concrete play area under a "Finer Caro
lina" project sponsored by the Hazelwood PTA.
Paul Bryson of Hair I wood started work last week
on the paved play area, whk'h will measure 110
by 120 feet. (Mountaineer Photo).
To Study Rural
A special committee from the
Chamber of Commerce has been
named to work with the County
committee on a proposed rural
garbage disposal plan.
Several meetings pertaining to
the sanitary fill have been held
in the past, and a county-wide
committee was appointed last
spring to study the problem, but
no definite action has been taken.
At the ' Chamber of Commerce
meeting the growing need of a
system to take care of garbage
in rural areas, as well as the waste
from somp of the industrial plants,
was pointed out. *
Committee chairman is C. G.
Thompson. He will be assisted by
Hollis Chase, James Kirkpatrick,
Virgil Holloway, Lawrence Davis
and G. C. Ferguson.
Haywood County high school
students will participate in a
"roadeo" this week under Joint
sponsorship of the schools, the
State Highway patrol, and police
in the four towhs.
One event will be held at Way
nesvllle Township High School for
students from WTHS, Crabtree-'
Iron Duff, and Fines Creek. The
(See Boadeo?Page 6)
Maggie C of C
Business people of Maggie Valley
will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at
the school to elect the nine-mem
ber board of directors of the new
ly organized Maggie Valley Cham
ber of Commerce. The board will
then name a president, vice presi
dent and treasurer, as well as a
full-time office executive secretary.
Serving in the interim are Pari
Henry, president; Hoxie Griswald.
vice president and Ross Caldwell,
The office, located in the build
ing next to the Plott Grill, is ex
pected to service as a clearing
house for valley attractions.
Dave Felmet Is Appointed
Dave Felmet, Waynesville insur
ance agent, has been named co
chairman of the area cleanup cam
paign which starts today and con
tinues through the month of May.
The other co-chairman, Mrs. A.
R. Riegg, past president of the
Waynesville Council of Garden
Clubs, was appointed last week.
Mrs. R. H. Stretcher, new presi
dent of Council of Garden Clubs,
will be in charge of the cahipaign
for the sponsoring organization.
Mrs. Walter Baermann is publicity
chairman for the event.
Plans are now being considered
for a special Cleanup Day on Wed
nesday, May 23, when individuals
and organizations will be asked to
clean up their own property and to
be responsible for certain other
It also planned to assign each
member of the area's four garden
dubs to be responsible for the
street on wnicn tney live.
The Merchants Association has
agreed to arrange for the cleaning
of Main St.
Wajgiesville, Hazelwood, and
vicinity will be divided into zones
and participating organizations in
thfe cleanup drive will work in cer
Ratcliffe Cove CDP Starts
Garbage Disposal Program
The Ratcliffe Cove CDP initlat- j
ed a permanent ayitem of garbage
disposal in the community Satur
day morning when a converted
army truck made Its rounds of a
number of homes in the area.
The truck will be in operation
again next Saturday and then will
make runs each two weeks to the
homes of Ratcliffe Cove commun
ity, who wish to have theU garbage
picked up regularly. A fee of 50
cents is charged for the service.
Persons In the area who desire
to have stops made at their homes
are asked to contact Zimmery
Messer, who is chairman of the
garbage-disposal program, which is
believed to be the first of its kind
in Haywood County.
The Ratcliffe Cove CDP also is
working on a beautification and
madhank seeding project
Work started Friday on a new
$3,500 playground project at Hazel
wood School, sponsored by the
PTA as a project In the town's
Finer Carolina program.
Friday and Saturday, bulldozers
and trucks worked over the ground
behind the school for a 110-by-120
foot concrete play area for both
school and community use.
The concrete portion will be used
to set up two full-sized basketball
courts, two full-sized tennis courts,
and a Volleyball court. When not
being used for these sports, the
area can be used for roller skating
and may also be used for ice skat
ing-in the wintertime if curbs are '
added. This fesfti^e^T now being <
Planned later are shuffleboard
and the erection of lights to per
mit use of the playground at night.
Supervisor of the playground
will be Rock Powers, who was re
cently named manager of the Little
League baseball program in Hazel
In addition to the concrete play
area now under construction, the
3V4-acre playground at Hazelwood
school also has $1,100 worth of
equipment?including a merry-go
round for 50 children, a loop-o
ball, two climbing gyms, two hori
zontal bars, and one slide. Other
playground equipment will be add
Carl Ratcliffe. Hazelwood princi
pal, said that the PTA is raising
all its money for the playground
construction by various PTA pro
jects. He said the organization al
ready has more than $1,000 and has
another $1,000 in prospect.
In addition to sponsoring recre
ation, the Hazelwood PTA is also
promoting safety as a Finer Caro
Members of the Haywood County
Board of Education will meet with
the county commissioners today to
discuss new estimates on the cost
of constructing an administration
building for the Board of Education -
on Branner Ave. behind the court
Bids on the building were first
opened last Tuesday, but the totals
submitted exceeded the funds
avauaDie ny more man
Lawrence B. Leatherwood, super
intendent of county schools, said
the board had hoped to erect the
building for $60,000, but four bids
on the project 'totaled $85,547.50.
After the announcement of the
bids Tuesday morning, the board
(See Educatioit?Page <)
Goal Is Reached
The Riverside Baptist Church is
expected to be free of debt by the
end of the Church'year, June 30,
following a special meeting at
which $1500 was given in pledges
and cash. About $18,000 has been
raised during the two-year build
The meeting climaxed a ten
day building fund drive at the
church. An honor guest was form
er pastor Thomas Erwin, under
whose leadership the building pro
gram was launched.
Special services are planned to
mark the paying off of the debt,
but no date has thus far been set.
Park Group In
The North Carolina Park Com
mission held their quarterly meet
ing here today, with various com
Chairman William Medford said
several projects were discussed,
and the reports of the committees
came up fqr discussion.
The meeting adjourned with the
luncheon this afternoon.
Recreation Corporation Authorized
A formal movement to form a
Recreation Development Corpora
tion for this area got underway
Friday night, when a group of
civic, business and professional
leaders discussed a recreation
A motion passed unanimously
authorizing immediate applica
tion for a charter for a $50,000
straightlin* corporation, and set
ting up a board of directors.
Another motion named Jonathan
H. Woody as chairman of raising
money for payment of the 16-acre
tract of land, bought Thursday
from the Haywood Horse Show As- ,
sociatlon. Inc., and also for con
struction of a pool and other rec
reational facilities in the property.
A general planning committee
will meet tonight, 8 p.m. in the L.
N. Davis lounge, and discuss furth
er organizational plans and details
of the new corporation.
Ralph Andrews, chairman of
the State Recreation Commission
is due here Tuesday or Wednes
day to consult with leaders as to
the development of the property
into a recreational center.
The executive committee of the
Chamber of Commerce, who work
ed out details for the purchase of
the property, was named to "carry
on" until the corporation charter
was received, and a board of di
rerctors and officers elected. The -
committee is composed of R. L.
Bradley, Ned Tucker, C. G.
Thompson, and Harvey M. Ilulin.
Many leaders were warm in
their praise of the action of the
executive committee for acquir
ing the property.
Heinz Rollman said, "this is the
most realistic approach of any plan
presented here thus far. In fact, it
appears to be the only plan that is
along the right track."
Jonathan Woody said in sub
stance that if the community does
not proceed immediately and
raise the money for the property
($18,000) .it will be apparent that
the citizens are not interested in
a recreational program.
W. I. Dooley telt the money
could be raised, and the project
started at once. It was Mr. Dooley
who made the motion for organiz
ing a corporation.
J. W. Ray suggested that the
(See Recreation?Page 8)
Snowball For Teacher
Brings West Carolina
Just because it wasn't an ap
ple they took to the teacher,
three Waynesville and Hazelwood
boys hare made news that has
traveled across the whole con
Dick Hoyle of Hazelwood and
Jimmy Whitman and Don Cal
houn of Waynesville, who com
mute to school each day, saw that
they were coins to be late for
their early-morninc classes at
Western Carolina CoUece. Mo ap
ples were handy (It was mid
April) but there was plenty of
snow; so the enterpristnc youths
"apple-polished" the teacher with
a snowball a foot thick. (The
heavy snow on the hichway be
tween Waynesville and Cuilo
whee was the cause of their
The snowball snowballed.
Their professor. Julian Hirt, told
the tale of their novel alibi. The
story went out on the Associated
Press wires. Now letters and
clippings have been received
from places as far distant as
Merced and Los Angeles, Calif.,
from alumni and friends of the
college who have seen the story
in their local papers or heard it
on their radios.
Haywood County has long been
proud of its apples; now it can
start bragging about bigger and
better snowballs. i
GARBAGE COLLECTION was ftarted Saturday
In the RatclilTe Cove community, under sponsor
ship of the CDP. Makinx the first rounds of the
community were (left to rlcht) Charles Massie and
Joe Green and Zimmery Meoaer. past president
of the Rateliffe Core CDP. Dovelopment
of a ijnttm of (trkm iHnml In rural areas Is
one of the major coals af the county Commun
ity Development Program organisation for 19M.
Democrats Name Smathers
At Meeting, Hear Senator
Medlord, Pick Delegates
New Democratic Chairman
Meeting Saturday afternoon the
Haywood Democratic convention
named new officers and a slate of
delegates to the State convention
in Raleigh May 19. State Senator
William Medford was the keynote
Loraftzo Smathers was elected
chairman, replacing Frank D. Fer
guson, Jr., who announced pre
viously that he was not seeking
reelection. Mrs. Raymond Caldwell
was named vice chairman, in place
of Mrs. Mary Robinson; and Mrs.
Fred Campbell was reelected sec
Using as his theme a quotation
from Abraham Lincoln: "If we
could first know where we are and
whither we arh tending, we could
best choose what to do and how to
do it." Senator Medford made a
strong plea that voters choose the
Democratic party to guide the na
tion in the position of world lead
ership into which it has been
thrust. He said, in part:
"At the clase of the World War
America was thrown into a posi
tion of leadership in the world. Wo
were not prepared psychologically
for this leadership ? we didn't
want it ? but we couldn't shirk
the responsibility; it was one of
those things that come of being a
leader in the free world. We had
to make an effort to maintain
peace In the world.
"The world is actually in two
armed camps, one led by America
and one led by Russia. It is diffi
cult to know what to do in these
(See Democrats?Page 6)
Here's one instance where "no
news is Rood news."
Cpl. Pritchard Smith of the
State Highway Patrol said today
that the four patrolmen in Hay
wood County have not investi
gated a single accident in the
"I believe that's a record,"
the corporal added.
Over 8000 Cars Checked
As Auto Inspection Ends
With well over half the county's
14,000 automobiles inspected dur
ing the past week's Safety-Check
campaign, officials of the Haywood
Traffic Safety Committee expressed
themselves as well pleased with
the interest of the car-owning pub
lic. During the six days In which
the lanes were open, 7,127 cars
were inspected, 4,311 in the Way
nesville and Hazelwood lanes and
3,816 in Canton.
At the same time Waynesville
Police Chief O. L. Noland. coordi
nator for his area, commented with
amusement that drivers were ap
parently more concerned about the
safety of their cars than about
picking up the prizes which were
drawn at the end of each day. In
this section only two men, Philip
Bennett of Hazelwood and J. L.
Edwards of Pet Dairy, have so far
claimed their prizes. Even the
week's grand prize of 60 gallons of
Phillips 66 gasoline remains to be
Holders of lucky stubs in the
Waynesville area may call at the
Police Station. Winners from the
Waynesville-Hazelwood lanes are
the following: 446107, 446070.
446017, 204904, 696737. 696572.
821,382, 578708?and the grand
prize winner, 821249.
Numbers drawn in Canton are
the following: 954172, 954098,
954424, 697106. 954136, 697qi2,
954186, 697026, 157482, 157480.
157146, 157380, 196393, 157404.
157449, 157156, 157389, 704370.
827975, 827792, 704185, 704178,
March Sales Tax
Total Up $8,000
Over March, 1955
Sales tax collections In Hay
wood County for the month of
March, 1956 were ahead of those
for March of last year by nearly
$8,000, according to figures re
ported in "The Retailer," pub
lished by the North Carolina
Collections for March this year
were $35,504.70, as compared
with only $27,838.14 for March,
The total for February waa put
Visit The Mountaineer
Sixteen members of the Waynes
ville High elcctrdnlcs class visited
The Mountaineer last week to see
the part that electricity and elec
tronics plays in the modern print
ing and pifblishing business.
The group was headed by Y. F.
Burgess, electronics instructor at
(1955 ? 1)
Injured .... 32
(19S5 ? 21)
(1?SS ? SI)
(1955 ? $17,304)
(Thlo Information compiled
from reeordO of State High