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71st YEAR NO. 40 20 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 17, 1956 |3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
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$50,000 Will Be Sought For Recreation Center
The May Term of Superior
Court adjourned Wednesday with
about three-fourths of the trial
docket disposed of. Judge J. Will
Pless of Marion was presiding
Divorces were granted in the
following cases: Hobert Gibson vs.
Mabel Gibson. Beulah C. Paxton
vs. Wallace Paxton. Effie C. Led
ford vs. Riley Ledford. Sue C. Bry
son vs. Grady Bryson, Fagg T.
Sawyer vs. Georgia B. Sawyer.
In other cases judgments were
entered as follows: Beulah Shelton
by next friend James Shelton vs.
Patton Ledford and Mable Led
ford?plaintiff awarded $2290.
James Shelton vs. Patton Led
ford and Mable Ledford?plaintiff
, awarded $200.
Elizabeth Shelton vs. Patton Led
ford and Mable Ledford?plaintiff ?
R. N. Barber, Jr., J. E. Massie, '
T. G. Massie, F. E. Massie, C. J. <
Reece and A. T. Ward vs. N. Ct
State Highway and Public Works
Commission ? remanded to Clerk I
of Superior Court.
Francis Crowder, administratrix
of Bobby Jean Crowder. deceased,
vs. Dewey Forrest Bryson and Fred
Rhodes, Jr. (two cases)?plaintiff
awarded $1900 from each defend
Eula Jo Stamey by next friend
Clifford Stamey vs. DeRoy Ford
and wife Dorothy Smith Ford?
plaintiff awarded $790.
(See Court?Page 3)
A special health conference,
sponsored by the Haywood Coun
ty Health Department In cooper- I
ation with the County Medical So
ciety, the State Board of Health
and Home Demonstration Clubs of
the county, will be held at the
County Health Center Tuesday,
beginning at 9 a.m.
Representatives of the State
Board of Health and the County
Medical Society are expected to
attend, and discuss with health
leaders of the various Home Dem
onstration Clubs, plans for con
ducting health surveys in the fight
Volunteer workers from these
organizations have been assisting
in the chest X-ray program in the
county, and they will be called up
on when the units are again set up.
All registrars of Haywood Coun
ty's 29 precincts will be at their
posts Saturday for Challenge Day.
It is on this day that any voter may
challenge the registration of any
other person. Challenge Day hours
will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ac
cording to John M. Carver, chair
man of the Board of Elections. '
The Democratic primary will be
held on Saturday, May 26.
AN EYESORE Is this wrecked car, which has set for an unknown
length of time in a field just a half block off Main St in Waynes
ville's business section. The current cleanup drive is the first step
in a permanent beautification program here. (Mountaineer Photo).
(See other picture and story?Page 6).
Business and civic leaders of
Maggie Valley will meet at the
school-Tuesday, May 22, at 8 p.m.
to elect a board of directors for
the new Maggie Valley Chamber
A group of citizens of the val
ley met last Tuesday night and
discussed the general program for
the new organization, the budget
and the organizational set-up.
The board of directors to be
elected will represent the various
interests of the valley, a spokes
man said this morning. The board
will elect a president, vice presi
dent and secretary-treasurer soon
lifter the meeting Tuesday night.
Carl Henry is the temporary
president; Hoxie Griswald is vice
president and Ross Caldwell,
treasurer. An office has been
established in the building next
to the Plott Grill.
Numbers 1 In 16
Over 65 Years Old
One person in about sixteen
in Haywood County is 65 years
old or over, according to a re
cent University of North Caro
lina News Letter. The exact
figure is 6.1 per cent, based on
the 1950 census.
In this Haywood stands in
about the same bracket as its
neighboring counties. Jackson
County's proportion is an even
7 per cent; Buncombe's, 7.1;
Henderson averages a little old
er with 8.6 per cent at least 65;
and Transylvania has a larger
percentage of younger people,
with an over-65 percentage of
The survey points out that
with such forces as better Inedi
cal care, public health measures
and better nutrition, more peo
ple are living to riper years. On
an average, it states, one fifth
of ail the men who now reach
65 years of age will live to be
85 years of age; one half of the
65-year-old women will reach 86
and one fifth will reach 88 years.
April Employment In Area
Shows A Marked Increase
New Water Line
To Lake Finished
The construction of 1 6-inch
water line out Dellwood Road to
Lake Junaluska and ifito the As
sembly grounds has been complet
This gives Lake Junaluska two
water itiains from Waynesvllle and
assures a constant water supply in
the case of a break in either main.
The new line also provides more
water pressure to the Assembly
The project cost over $12,000 and
was paid for by the Town, the As
sembly and property owners on
the Dellwood Road between
Waynesvllle and the Lake.
A sharp gain in employment ii
the Waynesville area during th?
month of April was reported Tues
day by Miss Debrayda Fisher, man
ager of the local office of the Em
ployment Security Commission.
At the same time, however, Mis:
Fisher said, claims for unemploy
ment compensation last montt
were double those of severa
The ESC office manager said thai
72 persons were employed in thii
area during April alone, in con
trast to the first three monthi
when "very little" hiring was done
She explained that some hirinf
is now being done in rubber good;
and textile plants, and added tha'
the former particularly need:
young women of the approximati
height and weight of 3-5 and 125
Miss Fisher said that 119 person
were referred to job openings. an<
60 were given various aptitude an<
She reported that the Waynes
ville ESC office processed 224 nev
claims for unemployment compen
sation and had 897 weekly claim,
during the month.
Miss Fisher disclosed that hei
office now has 460 job application!
in the "current" file. She pointe<
out, however, that this figure doe
(See Employment?Page 3)
In 2? Days
A total of 898 polio shots wen
given to Haywood County student!
during the first two and a hal:
days of inoculation clinics con
ducted this week by the Healtl
Department and the Medical So
The final figure la expected t<
approach <(he 1,500 mark since fou
schedules were still to be hel<
as the first report was made ? to
day at Bethel school; at 9 a.m. Fri
(See Polio Page I)
TVA Group Will Visit
Jule Boyd Farm Tuesday
Agricultural experts from 20
states will tour TVA demonstra
tion farms and projects In West
ern North Carolina Monday and
Tuesday ? including a trip to the
Jule Boyd beef cattle farm at
W. M. Landess of the TV A s di
vision of agricultural relations an
nounced yesterday that 100 land
grant college administrators, coun
ty agents, and TVA specialists al
so will visit the Parker Branch
watershed project near Asheville,
the Louis Roper dairy farm In
Henderson County, the Dillard
Stiles dairy farm in Cherokee
County; and the Holly Springs
community in Macon County.
The North Carolina portion of
the tour begins officially Monday
at 8:30 a.m. in the George Vander
bllt assembly room, Asheville.
There, Dr. L. G. Allbaugh, di
rector of agricultural relations,
TVA, will describe the TVA agri
cultural activities; W. B. Cpllins,
district agent for the Sta'e Col
lege Agricultural Extension Ser
vice, will speak on, "The Influence
of Test-Demonstration on North
Carolina Agriculture"; and Dr. A.
J. Coutu. State College agricultur
al economist, will discuss the
Parker Branch project.
tSee TVA?Page J)
Fair and a little wanner today.
Friday partly cloudy and warmer.
Official Wayneaville temperature
as reported by the State Test Farm:
Date Max. Min. Ft.
May 14 84 58
M 15 83 56 "...
May 16 77 52
Various Groups Studying Plans For
Recreational Program This Summ er
Further study of a recreation
center was made at a series of
meetings this week, with several
groups now at work on various
phases of study and research for
the proposed program.
Highlighting the study program
was the conference here with Ralph..
Andrews, chairman of the State
Recreation Commission, who came
here and consulted with a group
on a general program. Chairman
Andrews was warm in his praise of
the 17-acre site which was acquired
last week. The new survey by a
civil engineer revealed the site had
17 acres, although it was previous
ly announced as being about 16
"I see real good potentials for
developing the site into a very fine
recerational center, and you have
an excellent proposed program un
der study," Chairman Andrews
From a map of the site, Mr.
Andrews pointed out the best
places for the proposed pool, rec
reational building, parking lots,
and other features of a modern
The recreational building should
be on the edge of the site, he said,
and suggested a multi-purpose con-,
crete area for skating, tennis and
other net games. He said the con
crete platform could be poured
and utilized now and used as the
floor of the recreational building
He suggested the tot lot be near
the entrance, and protected from
the heavy flow of traffic. All park
ing would be close to faculties. He
said 200 cars could be parked on
(See Recreation?Page 3)
"Roadeo" driving contests for
Haywood County high school stu
dents were scheduled today and
Friday at WaynesvlUe and Bethel,
The roadeo at Waynesville
Township High School today will
be for students of WaynesvUle,
Crabtree-Iron Duff, and Fines
1 Creek high schools. The time for
the contest here had not yet been
set at the noon news deadline to
3 Friday at 1 p.m. on the paved
area* in front of the Bethel gym
5 nasium, students from Bethel, Can
? ton, and Clyde will compete in the
1 contest designed to test skill and
5 reaction times of drivers,
t Contestants in the two roadeo
s events must have driver's licenses
s -and must furnish their own ve
s Winners of the two contests at
i Waynesville and Bethel will meet
1 later to determine county cham
The roadeos are conducted by
v the State Highway Patrol under
_ sponsorship of the Haywood Coun
, ty Traffic Safety Council, accord
ing to C. tC- Poindexter of Bethel,
MAP OF HORSE SHOW SITE is studied by the
executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce
and Ralph Andrews, chairman of the State Rec
reation Commission. Chairman Andrews said the
site was well suited for a fine recerational cen
ter. Seated, left to right: Ned Tucker, executive
vice president Chamber of Commerce, Mr. An
drews; R. L. Bradley, president; standing. H. M.
Dulin and C. G. Thompson, members of the board.
No Ramp Meet
Next Year, Maybe
This year's ramps will hare to
remain on tasted, apparently, as
far as the annual Ramp Con
vention is concerned. Convention
officials have been unable to
find a sponsor and a location for
the event, which had been tenta
tively scheduled for Sunday.
Plans are already be In* made
to make the 1957 convention the
"Merest of all time," accordlnr
to Bill Palintr, lone-time advo
cate of birrer and better ramp
conventions. He states that let
ters have been received from all
over the country Inquirinr when
the convention was to be held or
reerettlne that this, the 28th
meetinr. had to be canceled.
Thb first organizational meeting
of the reorganized Haywood Coun
ty Apple Producers Association
will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
at the East Waynesvllle School
cafeteria, according to H. J. Single
tary, association president.
Mr. Singletary announced: "At
this meeting we will approve our
by-laws, and plan the year's ad
vertising and promotional work.
Since we had no crop last year,
apples from other areas are com
ing into this?and to compete wit,h
this, we must do a lot of adver
Mr. Singletary invited all per
sons interested in the county's
apple industry to attend the meet
Lake Policies Explained I
Program At WTHS
Graduation exercises at Waynes
\ille Township High School will
be held May 26-29, according to
Carleton E. Weatherby, school
The Rev. Calvin Thielman, pas
tor of the Waynesvllle Presby
terian Church, will deliver the
baccalaureate sermon in the school
auditorium, Sunday night. May 27.
Presentation of diplomas and
class orations will be on the pro
gram for Monday night. May 28.
Junior high school commence
ment and presentation of certifi
cates will be held Tuesday morn
ing, May 29.
The high school seniors will
hold their annual banquet at
Mount Valley Inn, Saturday night.
Workmen are expected to com
plete the widening of Montgomery
Street from Church to Miller with
in a week or ten days, according
to G. C. Ferguson, town manager.
This is one of two street-widen
ing projects now under construc
tion. Work began several weeks
ago on widening Church Street
from Montgomery to Haywood?
194 feet long?by building a rock
wall 8 feet high. Work on the 20
foot flll-in will begin immediately,
J. W. Fowler, Jr., superintend
ent of Lske Junaluska, this morn
ing was warm in his praise of the
steps taken here for a proposed
receration center. At the same
time, Supt. Fowler set out the
policies under which the Lake pool
The pool at the Lake has stead
ily grown in popularity, and with
increasing attendance at the Lake,
the point was made that at times
the Lake pool might not have the
capacity to accommodate those
other than registered guests at the
Supt. Fowler's formal statement
this mornirig was as follows:
"Lake Junaluska Assembly
wishes to congratulate the citizens
of this community upon their splen
did plans for the early establish
ment of adequate recerational fa
"It is apparent that there is a
great need for additional play
ground and swimming pool equip
ment in this area.
"The Assembly is the private
property of the Southeastern Jur
(See Lake Junaluska?Page 3)
From Fall Aboard Ship
Harry F. Kerley, son of
Mrs. Edna Kerley of Dolan Road,
Waynesville, has been taken off
the critical list and is reported im
proving from an injury suffered
from aboard the Navy ship, U.S.S.
Kerlay, a graduate of St. John's
High School, fell from one deck to
another while unloading supplies
aboard ship. When first injured,
he was visited for several days by
his brother, Warrant Officer Wil
liam G. Kerley.
Kerley is now recuperating at
the naval hospital at Newport, R. I
Winter Hurries Back
After 5-Day Summer
Thermometers are jumping off
the wall lately la an attempt to
keep op with the temperature
change* around here. Aa far as
summer la concerned. It looks
sadly like the Red Queen's jam In
"Alice in Wonderful." "jam yeo
terday and jam tomorrow" (and
naturally no jam today).
After what was described in
polite language as a "late
spring," the weatherman last
weekend took a notion to plunge
everybody into midsummer. High
temperatures Friday through
Tuesday were 84 and M?but this
morning the thermometer was
tblrtrinf up from a frosty 36?
The youngsters who a few days
ago started lying out in the baefc
yard to catch np on their over
due suntans are now covered
with cooee pimples.
The old folks hope that the
chance In the moon ? tonight's
the first quarter ? will brine a
chance In the weather, but most
folks feel that the weather's
chancing too frequently anyhow.
So It's "Brrr" to "Whew" and
back to "Brrr" again, and be sure
to keep the chilblain liniment
right handy beside the sunburn
bix Highway Projects in
Haywood Finished In April
Six highway projects were com
pleted in Haywood during April,
according to a report of the State
Highway Commission. Commission
er Harry E. Buchanan of Hender
sonvllie listed the six Haywood
projects as follows:
The following county roads and
their lengths, varying in width
from 12 to 16 feet, were strength
ened with additional stone: Mar
tin Creek Road, 0.1 mile; Messer
Road; 0.2 mile; Medfordi Farm
Road. 0.2 mile; Beech Gap Road.
0.4 mile; Wllkena Creek Road. 0.S
mile; and Hemphill Road. 0.3 mile.
With division headquarters in
Sylva, the Fourteenth is composed
of Haywood, Henderson, Polk,
Transylvania, Cherokee, Clay, Gra
ham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain
Counties. An experienced engineer,
C. W. Lee, Is Division Engineer.
Paul DuPre Is Assistant Division
Engineer. The Fourteenth is sub
divided into two maintenance dis
tricts. E. H. Webb is District Engin
eer at Hendersonvilel for Haywood,
Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania
Counties, E. L. Curtis is District
Engineer at Bryson City for Cher
okee, Clay. Graham, Jackson, Ma
con, and Swain Counties,
Of Jane 11
A six-man committee today com
pleted plans for a week's campaign
here to sell $50,000 In stock for
the proposed Recreation Center.
Jonathan Woody, chairman, an
nounced five co-chairmen for the
campaign which will be the week
of June 11. The co-chairmen are:
Harry Whisenhunt, Charlie Wood
ard, Richard Barber, John Hllden
biddle, and Elmer Hendrix.
Plans were also made for estab
lishing headquarters for the cam
paign in the J. E. Massie build
ing, next to the Park Theatre,
where a corps of volunteer work
ers will work.
Woody said about 240 workers
would be enlisted in the commun
ity-wide drive, and that all six
men on the committee have agreed
to devote their entire time for
the campaign week in selling
shares of stock at $10 each for the
Recreation Center. The first $18.
000 will be used for the paying
for the land, Woody said, and then
a modern swimming pool.
Another committee is at work
on construction details of the pool
Woody said every family in the
area will be contacted and offered
an opportunity to buy stock In the
Recreation Development Corpora
tion. One phase of the program
completed this morning was In ad
dition to making all sales during
the week of June 11, that the
shares would be paid for by Aug
Kver, wtoaa* ww ??
much enthusiasm on the program,
and we are confident that the pub
lic will respond readily in the pur
chase of shares when the campaign
opens June 11," Woody continued.
Joe Davis has been named
treasurer for the commission, and
work is going forward of getting
By Girl, 5|,
While her mother started for a
store to get her a nickel pack of
chewing gum, a 5V?-year-old Clyde
girl started the family car and
caused it to crash against a tele
phone pole, resulting in damage in
excess of $300.
Mrs. S. L. Rogers said that she
left her daughter, Belinda, sitting
in the front seat of their 1954
Buick to go get some chewing gum
for the little girl, about 3:15 p.m.
Although the key was taken out.
the car was left in reverse gear
and could be started by stepping
on the starter on the floorboard.
When the girl started the car Into
motion, it shot backward across
Main St. and crashed into a tele
phone pole near the Larry Cagle
residence. The vehicle had been
| parked on Depot St. near the Hay
wood County Bank.
Mrs. Rogers said that when the
car started moving, Belinda lay
down in the seat and thus saved
herself from possible Injury.
Damaged in the accident were
the car's windshield, fender, and
| tie rods.
Mr. and Mrs. WUloughby Cox
of Florida, summer residents of
WaynesviUe, are spending this
month at the Country Club.
(1955 ? 1)
Injured .... 35
(1955 ? 39)
(lSSft ? 65)
(1955 ? 929,139)
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