Ir?| THE W4YNESYILLE MOUNTAINEER
A] q Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ^ ^
71st YEAR NO. 72 16 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, SEPT. 6, 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
Medford Urges Passage Of School Amendment
'See Sample Ballot on Editorial
* Page i
Senator William Medford, in ad
dressing a Haywood audience here
Tuesday night on the school
amendment, urged his listeners to
pass amendment in orde to
"pre4|^^^ the public schools ol
Senator Medford was one of
the seven members of the special
education advisory committee ap
pointed in August, 1955, to work
out a program to submit to the
special session of the General As
sembly last July.
Senator Medford told his audi
ence: "I feel that the public school
amendment and the other three
amendments to be voted on Satur
day are all good."
In speaking of thte Pearsall Plan,
or school amendment, he said: "I
feel that the plan is the only salva- ,
tion for the schools of'North Caro
lina. If Tennessee had had the
plan, they might not have had the
trouble they are now undergoing
at Clinton and nearby coiumu
Representative Jerry Rogers, in
a few brief remarks following Sen
ator Medford's address said, "The ,
(See Senator Medford?Page
Awards Here |
John M. Queen. Waynesville at
torney, will receive a Masonic 50- ]
year veteran's emblem and 21 other
Masons will receive 25-vear cer-I
tificates at a meeting of Waynes
ville Masonic Lodge 259. AF&AM.
at 8 p.m. Friday.
Receiving certificates for 25 J
years of continuous membership in !
the Masonic order will be:
F. M. Howetl. J. I. Green. M. j
H. Gaddis, R. J. Fowler, p. C. j
Farmer. B. H. Burress. C. N. Allen.
V. C. Nobeck, J. A. Gwyn, J. W.
Norwood, VV. A. Bradley, B. W.
West, S. H. Stevenson, Cordell
Russell, C. J. Reece, R. L. Prevost. i
G. F. Plott, D. H. Noland J. F. j
McClure, E. P. Martin, and P. R.
Following the business session, j
an "Old-Timers Night" program j
will be held with Col. James liar- |
din Howell, Sr. as principal speaker.
All Master Masons of this area
are invited to attend the program I
NEWSPAPERMEN from a wide area are covering;
the World Methodist Council at Lake Junaluska.
Here O. B. Fanning, left, of Methodist informa
tion. is conferring with George Dugan, of The
New York Times, and Bob Bell, Jr., church edi
tor of The Nashville Banner, in the special press
rooms at the I,ake. Thousands of words flow out
of the news center daily. (Mountaineer Photo).
World Methodists Having
'Oct* pillUie UII '
Highlights of the coming week
end's programs at the World Meth
odist Conference at Lake Juna
luska promise to be addresses Sun
day morning and Sunday evening
by Bishop Arthur J. Moore of At
lanta apd Dr. W. Edwin Sangster
Bishop Moore will deliver the
sermon at the 11 a m Worship I
Service; and Dr. Sangster will be j
the speaker at the 7:30 p.m. serv I
ice. The latter will be conducted
according to the Order of the I
British Methodist Church by the!
Rev. W. Russell Shearer.
Visitors are still arriving to
register for the meeting, officials
One feature of today's schedule
is the first purely recreational
event planned for visitors. At 2:30
p.m. a trip has been arranged to
the Cherokee Indian Reservation
and the Great Smoky Mountains
National I'ark. A trip to Pisgah
Forest is planned for Saturday. |
At about 11 o'clock each morn- j
(See Methodists?Page 5)
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Escapee Tries To Hide
In Bed Of Poison Ivy
A 24-year-old Canton man who
escaped from a prison work pang
took refuge in a bed of poison I
Ivy as a means to try and hide !
from searching officers?but he
lost, and is back in jail?and
perhaps by now is suffering
from itchy, burning skin caused
by the pojson ivy.
Herman Medford was arrested
Wednesday afternoon by three
deputies and two Canton police
as he lay in the deep bed of
poison near his East Canton j
Medford walked away from the
road gang at the Peachtree Pris
on, Murphy, August 28th.
The thoughts of a gay Labor 1
Day weekend, plus the fear of j
hitting another nest of yellow
jackets as he cleared right-of
way brush, caused the man to |
leave his work as a prisoner. He
was sentenced in Superior Court
here last July.
The similarity of Medford's !
first name ? Herman ? and the
first name of Deputy Vernon
Messer, proved the downfall for
the young man revealing his hid- j
ing place in the Ivy. Had it not
been for that, he might still be
enjoying his freedom, which in
cluded attending the Labor Day
parade and dance.
Wednesday three deputies.
Gene Howell, Vernon Messer
and Charlie Jones, together with
Canton Policemen Joe Smathers
and Hud Thompson, decided to
see if Herman was home.
Deputy Jones, and Policemen
Smathers and Thompson went to
the home, while Howell and Mes
ser took another route walking
down the Southern tracks. They
found tracks up a path, and de
cided to investigate. Messer went
up the path, and Howell up an
other trail. Howell saw some- j
thing move and called out softly:
Deputy Messer did not answer
but a voire from the brush did
Again Deputy Howell called i
out, and for the second time a
voice not Deputy Messer's an
(See Escapee?Page 5)
Election Officials Named
For Saturday's Voting
ThJKt of registrars and judges
for tr? special election September
8 will have but few changes from
that of the June voting, according
to John R. Carver, chairman of
the County Board of Elections.
The polls will be open all day
Saturlay. September 8. between
6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., he said,
and the balloting will be conduct
ed just as though it were a regu
lar general election.
Registrars and judges have been
announced as follows, with the first
name in each precinct that of the
registrar; the second, th^ Demo
(See Election?Page 8)
Dr. Clyde McCall
Of Dentistry Here
Dr. Clyde N MrCall. DDS. for
merly of Forest City, is opening a
(See Dr. McCall?Paffe 7)
IIODGES I'RGES ,VOTE
A telegram from Governor
Luther Hodges "as received
here today hv Sheriff Fred
Fred Campbell and Superintend
ent of Schools Lawrence B.
Leatherwood commending thein
for their part in endorsing
Pearsall Plan proposals in con
nection with North Carolina's
Addressed to "Fred V. Camp
bell. Superintendent," the tele
"Greatly appreciate your fine
job for school and other amend
ments. Need final push to assure
resounding victory Saturday for
program to preserve our schools
and our peace."
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Partly cloudy, warm and humid
with scattered showers today. Fri
day, scattered showers, turning
cooler in the afternoon or early
Official Waynesville tempera
| ture as recorded by the State Test
Date Mas. Min. Pr.
Sept. 3 78 57 .77
Sept. 4 82 61
Sept 3 79 59 .05
Dooly And Associates Donate Large
Lot Adjoining Recreation Center
Lot Next lo
A lot, 200 feet square, right at
the entrance of the Kecication
Center has heen donated to the
Commission by W. I. Dooly, and
associates, it was announced today
by Richard Bradley, president of
The lot is the former Galloway
sawmill site, and was acquired by
Mr. Doolv and his associates from
C- I) Ketner,
Plans are to remove the excess
dirt from the lot b'v early spring,
it Was pointed out this morning.
Bradley said today: "The in
creasing interest in the Recreation
Center; the completion of the pool,
and now the generous gift of Mr.
Dooly and associates, proves that
the people of this area are deter
mined to have the finest Recre
ation Center that it is practical to
When Contacted today, Dooly
had this comment to make:
"We feel that the swimming pool
is but the first step in making the
Recreation Center the focal point
of all worthy Community Activity;!
(See Recreation?Page 7)
10-Year Club To
Hold Dinner 8th
The Dayton Rubber Company
Ten Year Club will hold its third
annual party Saturday at Camp
Hope. Activities will begin at 3:30
p.m. with dinner served at 7:30
p.m. in the main hall
Te be a member of the Ten Year
Club, one must have ten or more
years of service with The Dayton |
Rubber Company. After the 39
new members are initiated this
year, the membership will be over
A full evening of entertainment
has been planned by the entertain
ment committee. Mrs. Lucille Med
ford and Mrs. Fannie Garrett have
arranged for a number of variety
(See Dayton Rubber?Page 5)
Haywood Ranks 56th In U. S.
In Number Of Apple Trees
Haywood County ranks 56th in the United States in the num
ber of apple trees, according to Sinclair Weeks, II. S, Secretary
The record of 1954 is the basis for the study which lists the 100
leading counties in number of trees of all ages. Haywood ranks
69th in the number of bushels of fruit produced.
Henderson County ranked 22nd in number of trees, and 40th
in fruit production.
The record for Haywood showed 89,422 trees and a harvest of
251,635 bushels for 1954.
LABOR DAY QUERN Barbara Patton. and her
court. as they appeared in the 50th annual laibor
Day parade Monday. They were also in the Urn
dersonville parade that afternoon before more
tlyn 30.000 spectators.
OFFICIALLY pretty Pan Parkman. daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Parkman of Waynesville, is a"
lifeguard at the new Recreation Center swimming
pool. Unofficially, Pan also makes a mighty fetch
ing bathing beauty,
Bernard Ferguson, son of Mr,
I and Mr*. Paul Ferguson of Fines
| Creek, has been awarded a $600
! scholarship to N. C, Slate College
by the Chilean Nitrate Co.. ac
cording to an announcement hy
I. R. Harrill of Raleigh, state 4-11
A 1956 graduate of Fines Creek
' High School. Bernard has been at
j tending summer school at State
i lie has been in 4-H Club work
for eight years, has completed 32
projects, was county project win
ner 13 times, district winner twice,
and state winner in tobacco in
1953, when he attended the Na
tional 4-H Club Congress in Chi
Bernard was president of the
4-H County Council in 1955 and
participated in Exchange Club pro
grains with Massachusetts and
At Fines Creek High School, he
I was a member of the Beta Club
and the Monogram C'lub He also
is active in church work and has
served as president of the Baptist
Latest news from the bedside
of Dr., N. F. Lancaster is that he
is resting "comfortably" at Mission
Hospital, Asheville, where he is a
patient, .suffering from a heart at
Mrs, J. C- Patrick of Waynesvillc |
died Wednesday afternoon at 2 1
o'clock in an Asheville hospital
following a long illness. She was !
A teacher in the Science Depart- |
merit of the Waynesvillc Township
High School for 30 years, she had
retired this year. She and her hus
band owned and" operated the
Shamrock Motor Court here.
Mrs. Patrick was the former
Marie Pendergrass, a daughter Of
the late Mr. and Mrs J. It. Pend
ergrass of Franklin. She came to
Waynesvillc in 1923.
She was a graduate of Carson
Newman College. Jefferson City,
(Sec Mrs. Patrick?Page HI
Three Hurt When j
Two Cars Crash |
In East Pigeon
Three persons ? including Sup
erintendent of Schools Lawrence
B I.cathcrwood ? suffered in
juries in a head-on collision of
two cars on U. S. Highway 276
in East pigeon community in front
of Singleton's Grocery.
Leathorwood received facial lac
erations, while his paggenger.
Jack McCracken. a member of the
llaywood County Board of Educa
tion, also suffered cuts on the face
and a dislocated hip. McCracken
was hurt when the force of the im
pact threw his head against the
(Three Wrecks?Page 8)
The swimming pool which open
ed Monday will close Sunday af
ternoon at 5 p.m., Richard Brad
ley, president of the Recreation
Development Commission said to
"We find tt necessary to close,
after a glorious week, sn order
that the contractor can finish
pouring the decks and build the
wading pool," Bradley said.
The fence around the pool is
slated for completion today. About
10 days work will be required to
complete the decks and wading
The pool will be open from 1
to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m.-Sunday,
with lifeguards on duty during
Bradley said about 450 enjoyed
the pool opening day, and large
numbers Tuesday and Wednesday,
even in view of the cooler weather.
No charges have been made for
the pool this year, which was rush
ed to completion for the Labor
Singing Set Sunday
Night At Balsam
There will be a singing al the
Balsam Baptist Church, Sunday
night, 7 p.m.
Louis M. Ensley has announced
that all singers and the public are
(1955 ? 1)
Injured .... 7L
(1955 ? 69)
(1955 ? 133)
Loss ... $43,375
(1955 ? $53.4861
(This information compiled
from reeorde ?? State His*
Five Miles Of Highway 441
To Be Re-Located In Park
Plans fn the Park office call for relocating the first five miles
of I S 441 from Newfound Cup. south, it was learned from Supt.
K.dward L. Hummel, of the National Park Service.
The new highway will leave Newfound Cap and swing to the
right and follow Thomas Ridge towards Cherokee for the five miles,
and then back to the present highway, which will be improved
for the remaining eight miles into Cherokee.
The highway project has top priority in the Park's "Mission
The highway will be two lanes. Supt. Ilummel said. Plans are
to abandon the present road for the last five miles up the mountain
after the new highway is completed.
Be Sure To Votel Polls Open Saturday At 6:30 A.M. And Close At 6:30 P.M.