The Waynesville Mountaineer !
^ 1 q Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ^ c
_____ NQ 86 16 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C\, MONDAY AFTERNOON, OCT. 15, 1?56 S3.5Q In Arivan? In Haywnrwl i~vT~n
Major Area Roads Due For Completion By '59
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Pigeon River Vital To Area Travel
? Associated Press)
There "^"Tfery reason to believe
the number of visitors to the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park
will increase faster in the years
ahead than in the past.
That opinion was voiced last
week by James S. Burch, engineer
of statistics and planning for the
North Carolina Highway Commis
sion, following a conference in
Raleigh. Representatives of the
Park, Tennessee and North Caro
lina and the U. S. Bureau of Pub
lic Roads attended the conference.
(The interstate conference be
tween North Carolina and Tenn
essee representatives with offi
cials of the Great Smoky Moun
tains National Park and the U. S.
Bureau of Public Roads was
inaugurated several years ago
by the N. C. National Park. Park
way, and Forest Development
Commission, under the chair
manship of Senator William
Medford of Waynesville?Ed.).
The Great Smoky Park has for
years attracted more tourists an
nually than any ol the nation's
national parks, and Burch said,
' there is every reason to believe
Park attendance will not only con
tinue to increase but will increase
at a faster rate than ever before,"
v hen highway developments now
planned are completed.
The major factor in the increase
will be the construction of the
f'igeon River route through the
(See Pigeon Road?Page 8>
A total of 127 pints of blood
were contributed by employees of
tile Dayton Hubber Co. here Thurs
day during a visit of the American
IU d Cross Bloodmobile from Ashe
ville Regional Center.
This figure represents the most
blood donated in the Waynesville
area during the past war.
New members of the "Gallon
Club" here are Edward Glavich, Jr.,
iMrs. Thelma Trull, and Charlie
Arrington, all of Waynesville, and
Mrs. Maggie M. Smith of Hazel
wood?all employees of the Rubber
Mrs. Ben Colkitt served as chair
man of the Red Cross Gray Ladies.
I who ^fi^ted in the Bloodmobile
nperat^B. Mrs. Boyd Owen was
co-chairman. Chairman of the
blood donor program in the Wayt
nesville area is Dr. Heyward Smith
The visit of the Bloodmobile*
here last week was sponsored by
the Dayton Rubber Co.
Haywood County's commercial
egg producers will meet at 7:30
p.m. Wednesday in the county a
gent's office at the courthouse to
discuss the formation of a pro
County Agent Virgil L. Hollo
way said the association would set
up an organization to handle egg
He estimated that there are 30
producers of commercial eggs in
Generally fair and mild today
Official Wa.vnesville tempera
ture as recorded by the State Test
Date Max. Min. Pr.
Oct. 11 67 37
Oct. 12 .... 68 38
deft, is _ n ti
Oct. 14 75 33
ERECTION OF STEELWORK for the new llazel
wood Baptist Church on Main Street is process
ing rapidly. Construction was at this stage the
afternoon of October 11. (Mountaineer Photo).
Local Businessmen To Study
Operating Cost Reduction
Analysis and reduction of busi
ness operating costs will be studied
b.v Waynesville businessmen at a
cost clinic to be conducted here
tonight and tomorrow night.
The Business Cost Clinic is be
ing offered by the Department of
Distributive Education of the North
Carolina Department of Public In
| struction. The course is being
sponsored by the Merchants Asso
ciation Division of the Waynes
ville Chamber of Commerce with
the Waynesville Public Schools
A. D. Harrison, president of the
Merchants Association, is organiz
ing the class of businessmen in
i preparation for the Clinic which
i will he held in the Ladies Parlor of
the First Baptist Church. Each
! meeting will last two hours begin
j ning at 7:00 each night.
Harrison advised all who are in
I terested to contact the Chamber
' (See Businessmen?Page 8)
New Park Road
Commissioner Ilarry E. Buch
anan in commenting on the pro
posal of a road linking llein
tooga and Cataloochce ramp
grounds through the Eastern end
of the Park, said:
"That is a logical road, and
would open up some beautiful
country in the Park. \lt would
be a natural link with the Pigeon
River road, and 1 hope our Tar
lleel delegation in Congress
pushes the project as fast as
feasible. It would be a great
project for this entire mountain
Wainwright Emory of the Bal
sam Manor Apartments, Waynes
ville, won the third Mountaineer
football contest of 1956 with a
perfect score in 10 games. He
will receive $15 in cash.
One other contestant ? Bill
Ingram, lineman on the Clyde
High football team ? also had a
perfect score, but Emory was one
point closer on the combined score
of the Waynesville-Enka game
here Friday night.
Six contestants missed only one
game, and 35 missed only two.
CD Advisory Council
To Meet October 23
The Advisory Council on Civil
Defense will meet Tuesday night.
October 23, at the " Town Hall
instead of Tuesday of this week,
according to James H. Howell, Jr.,
YVaynesville's civil defense di
J. R. Morgan, town attorney,
will speak at the meeting on the
legal aspects of civil defense.
Now Available For
Haywood County voters have !
been reminded by John Carver,
chairman of the board of elections,
i that absentee ballots can be ob
tained at the elections office in the
, courthouse until sunset November
Persons who expdtt to be out of I
the county on election day. or who ?
are ill 'Wild cannot go to polling
places are eligible to obtain ab
sentee ballots. Individuals who
become ill after November 3 may
i get ballots by presenting a doc
Hours for the elections office at
the courthouse are from 9 until
I 12 noon and from 1 until 5 p.m.
Registration books i? the coun
ty's 29 precincts opened Saturday
and will remain open on Saturdays
until sunset. October 27.
Travel On Parkway Shows
Increase Of 55 Per Cent
According to figures just released by Sam P. Weems, Superin
tendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway, travel continues to increase on
this scenic highway.
Last September. 434,365 people traveled the Parkway. Com
pared with the September figure ot 513,214, this is an increase of
The travel for 1955 through September was 3,470.871. Com
pared with the same period of 1956, 4,009.559. this is an increase
Travel in this District, which reaches from Wagon Road Gap
to Mount Mitchell, has increased 55 this year over 1955.
On Parking Lot
Haywood County's first commun
ily auction, held last Saturday
morning on the courthouse parkinc
lot here, brought a total of $475.51.
in sales, according to Ned J. Tuck
er, executive vice president of the
Waynesville Chamber of Com
The commission made on the
auction, $26.09, will go into the
Waynesville Recreation Fund.
Among items sold at the first
Jeep truck. $150; suite of furni
ture, $275; shotgun. S8.50; cross
cut saw. $5 25; electric motor. $7;
coal and wood heater, $3.50; auto
jack, $4.75; electric heater. $3.50;
house jack, and a number of arti
cles of wearing apparel.
x in trcr uuit'i IIUIIIS W fit* pui up
for sale, but high bids were de
clined by the sellers. They were
a Jeep station wagon, saddle, and
The auctioneer here Saturday
was Phillip Cronkhite, manager of
Farmers Market at Hendersonville.
Mr. Tucker called the first auc
tion "fine as a beginning" and dis
closed that the second auction will
be held this Saturday at 10 a.m.
on the courthouse parking lot.
. All persons who wish to have
things sold at the auction are ask
ed to notify the Chamber of Com
merce by Wednesday so that a
story can be written on the arti
cles to be offered.
The Chamber of Commerce and
Recreation Commission are spon
soring the auction to give Haywood
County residents an opportunity
to sell farm equipment, livestock.
(See Auction?Page 81
J. H. Howell Resigns As
County Library Chairman
J. Harden Howell, chairman of
the hoard of trustees of the Hay
wood county Library for the past
12 years has resigned.
Chairman Howell told the other
fi\o members of the board that he
did not have the time to devote to
the affairs of the Library. which
has shown phenomial growth under
his administration. The circulation
has gone to more than 100,000
The County Comissoners have
named Tom Alexander as a member
of the board which now includes:
Senator William Medford, Glenn
C. Palmer, .lames Kilpatrick. Mrs.
T. L. Gwyn, Fred Doutt, and
The board will meet Monday,
November 22. and formally name
(See J. II. Howell?Page ft)
J. H. HOWELL. SR.
3 Hurt In
Three persons were injured in
two of six accidents investigated
by the State Highway Patrol dur
ing the weekend. Damages in the
six accidents totaled $1,965.
A Charlotte family, en route in
their trailer to the residence of
Ranger Mark Hannah in the
Great Smoky Mountains National
Park, had an unexpected meeting
Thursday afternoon with the rang
er's daughter ? resulting in a
collision that caused damages of
.. .. I
rugnway i -auoimaii iiaroui ua.v-'
ton reported that Dr. and Mrs.
George Armstrong and their chil
dren, driving a 1953 Plymouth sta
tion wagon towing a trailer, met
a 1950 Chevrolet, driven by Miss
Joyce Evelyn Hannah, on a sharp
curve on the Cove Creek Moun
No oive was injured, hut dam
ages ol $250 were caused to the
Armstrong station wagon, and
$150 to the Hannah car.
No charges were made.
James Herbert Smith, 72. retir
ed postmaster from Converse, Ga.,
, and his bride of one month. Mrs.
Clora Mosely Smith. 54, were hos
pitalized as the result of a col
lision at the western town limits
of Clyde at 5:55 p.m. Friday.
I'atrohiuyi Dayton said that
Smith lost control of his 1956
Mercury, causing it to careen in
to the center strip of the four
(See Wrecks?Page 8)
: Band Wins
Waynesville Township High
School's 75-piece marching band
won a Division 1 rating in Class A
at the Southeastern High School
Hand Festival at Bristol. Va.-Tenn
Saturday night. according to
Charles L. Isley, director of music
The Waynesville band was given
one of the top ratings in the festi
val?97.9 points out of a possible
100. Last year the band's rating
was 95-2. I
Fifty-five bansd with a total of
5.000 musicians participated in the
annual festival held Saturday after
neon and night at the Bristol, Tenn.
stadium. States represented by
the bands were Virginia. Tenness
ee. North Carolina, Florida. Geor
gia, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
An estimated crowd of 20,000^
saw a parade oy the bands through
the Bristol business section.
Other North Carolina bands at
the festival were Reynolds oi
Winston-Salem, which won a Divis
ion 2 rating in Class A, and Lex
ington. which was entered in Class
The Waynesville band left here
at 9 a.m. Saturday, stayed over
night in private homes in the area,
and returned here Sunday after
FEW PEOPLE WOULD GUESS, hut Robert Chapman, shown here
where he works at the Cities Service tilling station at llaxelwood.
suffered frostbite while serving with the Armv in Korea, necessitat
ing the amputation of both his legs below the knee.
Loss Of Both Legs Does
Not Stop Bob Chapman
By BOB conwav
lii JO-degree-bclow-zero weath
i*r in Korea In December, 1950,
Army Staff Sgt. Robert Chap
man of llazelwood suffered
severe frostbite on his feet and
lees after wading an icy river
while fighting the Chinese Com
Sent back to thi^ country to
the Arinv hospital in Rattle
Creek. Mich., the sergeant later
bad to undergo the amputation
of both legs five niches below
the knee. In all. he had seven
operations before leaving the
Todav, you might expect to
find him at home in a wheel
chair. But you won't ? because
he doesn't own one. Instead
you'll find him doing a day's
work each day in a iob that re
quires him to be on his feet most
of the time?at the Cities Ser
vice filling station on Brown
Although he wears two arti
ficial limbs, Bob gets about very
well and says: "I can do any
thing I want to do."
lie has been working at ser
vice stations for the past two
years and has been at his pres
ent location three months.
lie also leads a normal home
life, lie is married to the form
er Juanita (iilliland. and the
couple live with their three
children on the Ninevah road.
Before his misfortune in
Korea, Bob served in the Army
for 10 years?including duty in
the Philippines and other Pa
cific combat areas during World
War II. lie was stationed in
japan with the 7th Division
when the Korean conflict broke
out Before entering services,
he worked for the KEA for two
Today, Bob Chapman offers
convincing proof that physical
handicaps are no bar to happi
ness?and further that it defi
nitely pays to hire the handi
Much of thr second section of
today's issue is devoted to Na
tional Oil Week. Like so many
other things. oil is taken for
irranted by the average person,
with little or no thought given
to the work being done to im
prove petroleum products.
The advertisements and read
ing matter about oil will be of
Will Be Organized
\ Haywood County chapter of .
' Teen-Agers for Stevenson" Will '
be organized at Democratic Party i
headquarters in the old Haywood ;
I furniture Store building on Main,
j Street at 4 p.m. today.
Loranzo Smathersv chairman of
the Haywood County Democratic I
Executive Committee, will be in |
charge of the meeting.
Mr. Smathers explained that the 1
teen-agers will join in the solici- j
tat ion of funds for the "Dollars for |
Democrats" campaign 111 Haywood
Make Two Runs
A section of roof over the fin
ishing room of the Unugustu Furn
| iture Company's Plant No. 1 was
observed smoking at 1:30 p.m. Fri- '
day and an alarm was turned in i
at Ha/.el wood, but plant workers 1
i tore off the roofing involved and j
Hazelwood firemen found the situ-j
j ation under control on arrival.
Waynesville firemen made two
(See Firemen?Pate 81
It Gets Hot In Atlanta,
So Leave P. O. Pens Alone
Are people in the Waynesville area more honest than persons
in some other towns?
Actually, this item doesn't prove anything, but it is a fact that
the Waynesville postoliice has had better luck in keeping its new
ballpoint pens than some other W'NC postoffices.
Asheville, Canton, and Morganton postmasters have reported
the theft of pens from their lobbies, but the four pens placed two
weeks ago in the Waynesville postoffice are still intact.
At Canton, six pens were placed in the lobby in the middle of
the week and on Saturday night all were taken ?along with the
chains fixing them to the desks.
Postmaster Enoa Boyd said that the pens, marked "U. S. Gov
ernment Property", are of little value to anyone and cannot be re
filled by anyone except a postal employee.
He added a word of caution ? pointing out that theft or de
struction of government property is punishable by fine or imprison
ment after a bearing before a U. S. commissioner.
.? ? ?.
By W. C. RUSS
The next three years should see
the greatest highway construction
era in Haywoodis history. This fact
was ascertained by Chairman A.
H. Graham, and 14th District Com
missioner Harry E. Buchanan, of
the State Highway Commission, as
they discussed the program for this
The two highway officials now
see the completion of the Pigeon
River Road from the State line to
Clyde within three years.
Commissioner Buchanan told
The Mountaineer he believes a
contract for a 6-mile link can be
awarded by January 1. and the
second and last link within a few
months. Plans for one link are
ready, and the other nearing com
In 1958-59, Chairman Graham
said he ieels that contracts will be
awarded for grading, paving and
I structures on U. S. 19A-23 from a
point just this side of Balsam Gap
; to the intersection of U.S. 19-276.
near the Lake. This link of high
way is seen essential to handle the
extra traffic which will flow
through here from the Pigeon
River Road. Tralfic from the mid
west over the Pigeon River Road
would use the by-pass in going to
Atlanta and points South.
The by-pass around Waynesville.
according to Commissioner Buch
anan. will start at a point near the
<See Area Roads?Page 8)
The directors of the Chamber
of Commerce have written Con
gressman George A. Shuford. and
Senator W. Kerr Scott, thanking
them for their Interest in the
proposal of a 7-mile linking road
from Heintooga to Cataloochee
Both members of Congress re
cently went on the grounds of the
proposed road, and said they
favored the project, and would
work for getting the highway
through the Eastern end of the
Park when they returned to Wash
j ington in January.
The two North Carolinians were
impressed with the beauty of the
area, and expressed themselves as
being anzious to get the road
through the section in order that
(See Civic Group?Page 8)
On Honor Roll
Of United Fund
Eight names are on the first
honor roll listed by the United
Fund organization in the Waynes
ville area as having 80 per cent
or more of their employees con
tributing to the fund.
They are: Charlie's Place, First
National Bank, Haywood Electric
Membership Corp., Haywood
County Hospital, Automatic Heat
ing Co., courthouse employees, and
Crabtree-Iron Duff School.
The United Fund campaign now
has raised $10,000 ? aproximately
a third of its goal, and the drive
will continue until the quota of
$31,000 is attained, UF officials
Killed ... 11 4
(1953 ? 2)
Injured ?.. ^ 88
(1955 ? 82)
(1955 ? 153)
Loss ?. .*$52,975
(1955 ? $?4.?3?)
(This Information n?Urd
from roeoria of SUto High