Ihe Waynesyille Mountaineer
j 1??? Published Twice-A-\\eek In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ? ? Lj
_____ NQ 10? lg pAGES Associated Press" ~~ WAYNESVILLE, N. C.. THURSDAY AFTERNOON, DEC. 27. 1956 *3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties ~
Despite the heavy national and
state traffic death toll from 4 p.m.
Frida> until midnight Tuesday,
Haywood County came through the
Christmas holidays with a fairly
good record with only three ac
cidents reported ? none involving
Patrolman W. R. Wooten report
ed two road mishaps, one Saturday
night and one Sunday night. Sat
urday night's accident occurred on
Dix Creek Road at 7:30 when a
1964 ?V_/nobile, driven by Vin
cent l^kjblance. 42. of Canton, ran
off thj^iyad into Pigeon River,
I irdinj. upright on the wheels af
ter turning completely over. The
water was about waist deep, the
patrolman said, and had the car
landed on *he top, the driver would
have been unable to free himself.
Damages to the car were esti
mated at $400, but Glanoe was un
hurt. No charges were made, Woot
en saia. utance was traveling along
on a narrow dirt road when the
The second accident took place
at 7 p.m. Sunday near Singleton's
Grocery on the Cruso Road, and
involved a 1954 Chevrolet owned
and operated by MLss Marie Jew
ell Evans, 24. of Route 2, Canton.
Miss Evans, he said, stated she
met a car on a curve, was blinded
by the lights in the rain, hit the
sholder of the road and skidded.
She swerved to the left side .hit a
rock in the bank, then swerved
right, hitting the bank again. Es
timated damage to the car was
$300. but the driver was unhurt,
and no charges were listed against
Patrolman Harold Dayton report
ed the third accident which took
place at 12:30 a.m. Christmas, at
DellWood. This involved a 1950
Chevrolet being operated by Rob
ert Dewey Stepp of Aliens Creek.
The car traveling along U.S. 19 ran
off the left side of the road, throw
ing the driver out. The mishap re
sulted in damages to the car, which
belonged to Stepp's father, of about
$300, but neither the driver nor
the two occupants were injured.
Mrs. Stepp and Vaughn Smith were
in the car at the time.
Patrolman Dayton and Sheriff
Campbell who investigated the mis
hap, cited Stepp for driving drunk,
and a hearing has been set for Sat
urday at 2 p.m. before Justice of
the Peace J. J. Ferguson.
While this safety record was set
in this area, other sections were
not so fortunate. In the state as a
whole the holiday toll was listed
at 31 highway fatalities, and the
lives of 852 in the nation were
claimed by accidental and violent
deaths during the holiday period
which ended Christmas at mid
Throughout Western North Caro
lina Counties served by Troop E.
State Highway Patrol, highways
were relatively safe ovey the long
Christmas week end. The area list
ed butane dead, and 23 injured
(Sill Accidents?Page 3)
HAijp ALLEY IN HOSPITAL
Hayes Alley, Waynesville attor
ney. is a patient in Moore Gener
al Hospital where he has been re
ceiving treatment for the past
NEAR COMPLETION is the new home of the
Farmers Exchange on the Asheville road, owned
and operateu Ltj C. D, "Shorty" Ketner. The new
buildins will provile 4,000 square feet of space
for the firm, which deals in seeds, fertilizer, in
sectlrides, light hardware, and other items for
the farm. Thr old building now occupied by
farmers Exchange will be torn down and Uie
spare used as a display lot by the Haywood Monu
ment Co. (Mountaineer Photo.)
Most Employees Will Get
Holiday New Years Day!
New Year's Day. Tuesday. Janu
ary 1. will be a holiday for most
workers in the Waynesville area
1 with stores, industrial plants, and
most offices scheduled to be closed 1
' for the day.
Retail stores in the area will be
.closed Tuesday, but will be open
jail day Wednesday, January 2
Stores will resume their Wednes-t
day-noon closings starting Janu
Employes of the Wellco Shoe
Corp, are scheduled for a two-day
holiday next Monday and Tuesday,
[but the plant will work the follow
ing Saturday, January 5, to make
up 'the extra day. Other industrial
plants?including the Dayton Rub
ber Co.. Unagusta, A C. Lawrence. 1
and Koyle-l'ilkington. will be clos
ed only on New Year's Day.
Offices in the Haywood County
courthouse will be closed both next
Monday and Tuesday, according to
F C. Green, chairman of county
commissioners. Scheduled to be
closed on Tuesday are the Haywood
County Public Library, Haywood | >
County Health Center. Welfare De- 1
partment. and the Employment Of-!
Offices of the Town of Waynes- j'
ville Will be open New Year's Day, I
Town Manager G. C. Ferguson said
Postoffices and banks in both !
Waynesville and Hazelwood also |
will be closed on Tuesday.
County Building-Permit Act
i ii.. ii i ' -I ? " ? 1 TTllr 'niillt \ ? Prvnimii'. i.\nnr.- ?
a ??? v > WUIilliOOIUU^f O Ul V
! giving serious consideration to
asking Representative Charles B.
McCrary to consider passing a
county building permit law in the
The board feels that such a,law
would enable the tax supervisor to
get a lot of new homes on the tax
' books sooner, as well as general
improvements made to property
: in the county.
The four towns in the county al
ready have ordinances covering
building permits, which enables
the tax listers to immediately get
on the books properties which
need to be registered for taxation.
The proposal being considered
by the commissioners would sot
up the permits in the Register of
Deeds office, and they would be
issued without charge.
Faraday Green, chairman, said
the matter would be discussed in i
detail by the Board and Rep. 11c-:
Crary between now and the con-:
vening of the Legislature in Feb- j
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Green have
returned to their home on Green )
View Drive after spending a short
time at Delray Beach. Fla.
$500 In Diamonds
The thought of having to stay in
the hospital over Christmas was
not a very cheerful thought for
Mrs. Annie Beasley, of Clyde.
Route one, last Monday.
But she took tire news gracious
ly, and just before noon, there
came more news, -that made the
time fly more quickly, and cheer-1
fully. Mrs. Beasley was winner of
$500 in diamonds from Kurt Gans.
The event was staged by the I
jewelry firm prior to Christmas, j
and the winners were announced |
at 11 a.m. Monday, when repre
sentatives of the three communi-1
ties ? Mayor J. H. Way, Way nes-!
ville, Mayor Lawrence Davis.
Hazelwood. and J. W. Fowler, Jr..
Lake Junaluska, pulled the name- j
of winners from the box.
Mrs. Beasley is taking treatment
at the Hospital, and her physi'Un
says she can go home in another
day or so.
Mrs. Irving Leatherwood got,
$300 in diamonds as second place ,
winner and Mrs. W. N. Thomas.
$200 for the third place.
Fire Causes $200
Damage At Grocery
Waynesville firemen made a
run at 11:30 a.m. today to the.
Smoky Mountain Grocery, where
a fire started from an overheated
flue above the ceiling on the first
Fire Chief Felix Stovall estimat
ed damage at $200. and said that
firemen were on the scene a half
The damage was covered by in
Spotlight On Local Hospital
For 1957 'Baby Derby'
A hospital seems like an unlikely
place to hold a derby, but the first
baby to be born at Haywood Coun
ty Hospital after midnight Mon
day, December 31, will win The
Mountaineer's 1957 Baby Derby
and prizes from eight local busi
Last year the winner was Jimmy
Holland, son of Mr. and Mrs.
James Holland of Canton, who ar
rived at 3:14 a.m. Sunday, Jan
uary 1, 1956.
The lucky 1957 winner will re
| ceive these prizes:
A bottle sterilizer from Smith's
Drug Store; a baby ear seat from
the Firestone Store; free tran
sportation home for the baby and
his mother in Crawford's ambul
ance; a bassinette from Belk-Hqd
son: 30 quarts of Biltmore Gold
Medal homogenized milk; Holmes
and Edward toy with juvenile
silverplate from Kurt Cans, Jewel
ers; a gallon of Spred Satin paint
and a pure bristle brush, from
Haywood Builders Supply Co., and
year's subscription to The Moun
(See First Baby?Page 3>
COWARD REMAINS IN
T. Marion Coward remains in a
fair condition at the Haywood
County Hospital where he has
been a* patient for several weeks.
Tbe 99-year-old Spring Creek
, farmer underw ent an appendect
omy several weeks ago.
Mostly cloudy and mild with a
little light rain or drizzle today.
Friday, cloudy and mild.
Official Waynesville tempera
ture as reported by the State Test
Date Max. Min. Pr.
Dec. 20 81 44
Dec. 21 ... 67 56 .04
Dec. 22 . 61 51 .59
Dec. 23 64 52 .46
Dec. 24 ? 65 51
Dec 25 42 27 .02
Dec 26 ... 41 10
Work Now Under Way Here
On Elevated Rail Trestle
(See picture. Page 1, Sec. 2>
Concrete work on an elevated
< railway trestle, which will permit
tire simultaneous unloading of four
freight cats, will be finished next
week on the property of the Beady
Mix Concrete Co.. near the Rec
reation Center grounds.
After the concrete construction
t.s completed, the Southern Rail
, way Co. w ill begin work on the
trestle, ties, and track for the unit
| The installation, which will be the
; only one of its kind in this area, is
expected to be in operation by
February. It will have 11 eom
| partments in all. '
I _ Howard Page, plant manager for
Heady Mix Concrete Co.. said that
the new trestle will be available
for rent by the public, and should
prove especially useful in unload
ing coal for the schools and hospi
tals. lime for farm supply houses,
and sand and other building ma
terials for contractors.
Scales also will be available at
ttic* site for the weighing of the .
contents of railway cars, he added, j
Mr. Page estin He* that the pro
ject will cost Ready Mix Concrete j
(See Trestle?Page 3)
Late Spurt Sends Christmas Buying
Up Higher Than '55, Survey Shows
Bank deposits, and confidential |
reports from merchants in several I
lines of business, indicated that !
Chris*mas business here was on a
par with last year, and several in-1
stances much better.
Jonathan H Woody, president
of The First National Bank, at j
noon said, the total deposits of the |
hank were the largest for this per- .
iod than at any time in the 52 '
years of the institution.
"Businessmen and farmers seem
happier," the bank executive said.
"For the majority of firms, busi
ness this year showed an increase
over last year. The deposits from
Christmas business is indicative of:
the business trend here of continu
ing good," he explained,
A. 1) Harrison, president of the
Merchants Association, said the I
sudden spurt in the last lour days i
of the holiday shopping season
brought the volume of business
up to last sear's total, and in in
stances put it ahead of the 1955
Merchants attributed some of
the "slow" shopping ;it first due
to the unseasonably warm weath
er?which had a marked affect up
on clothing sales ? and also that
many farmers waited until just be
fore Christmas to sell their bur
icy. due to the dry spell in early
Several merchants told The
Mountaineer today that their firms
set new records for sales during
the holidays. One or two said the
best day in their history was last
Saturday, while others said Mon
day sales were tops.
Most of the business firms to
day were preparing ? for their *?
nual after-Christmas sales, while
others were engaged in taking in
The Post Office and Express
Company had heavy business dur
ing the holidays, with more fruit
being shipped in from Florida thar
ever before, it was pointed out.
ART SHKPARU'S RESTAURANT on North Main
St.. iVaynesville, will have 300 more souare feet
ol lloor space when this additional room, to he
nailed "The Kmbers," is completed sometime in
February. The new unit will specialize in steaks,
and will seat 90 people. (Mountaineer Photoi.
Here Last Month
Seven highwuv projects were
completed in Haywood during No
vember. a-sording to Commis- !
sinner Marry Ituchanan of the 14th ?
in Haywood, the following two
14 to 16-foot wide roads and their
lengths were graded and oaved
vith traiTic-hound macadam: Dutch
, Cove Extenion. 0.43 mile; thv
Crawford Hoad. 1.4 miles. Other
reads, 14 feet wide, were strength
ened with additional stone as fol
lows; Incinerator Road, 0.5 mile.
Hyatt Creek Circle, 0.2 mile:
I. ?urel Drive. 0.5 mile: Stamey ,
Cove Road, 0 5 mile; ar.d V\ orlcy
Cove Road. 0.2 mil ?.
Shepard's Have $10,000
Expansion Program Started
worK is mow under way on a
5111.000 addition to Shephard's
liestaurant 011 North Main St.. to
iv colled "The Embers."
The new room will measure 40
b,V 50 feet and will .seat 00 people
Ti e outside walls will be of cinder
block, covered by spruce. On the
inside, the walls will combine,
spruce, ceramic brick, and scenic
w.iUpapei, Like, the rest of the
restaurant, the new room will be
The interior apopintments will
include wagon-wheel chandeliers,
wall to wall carpeting, spun glass
drapes, and black upholstering
Own,-I Art Shepard said that
"The Embers" will feature steaks,
and will offer such cooking fa
cilities as infra-red cooking, open
heart It broiler, and rotisserics.
The construction work is being
dene by John Blayiock of Hazel
vood. The architect is Jim Gilson
of Memphis, and the interior deco
rator. Harry Glacer. also of Mem
The new room is expected to be
oucncd in February.
To Return Cards
AH burley producers who sold
tobacco produced this year must re
turn their marketing cards to the
ASC within 15 days after the close
of the markets next month. A. \V
Ferguson. ASC county office man
ager, reminded farmers today.
Failure to return cards to the
ASC office within 15 days may sub
ject farmers to a reduction of their
1957 allotment, Mr Fergu-on said
He added that the markets will
close about the middle part of
$438 To Student
Loan Fund Plan
Holarians added $438 lo their
student loan fund Friday, a.s inch
viduals made contributions to t'le
There are now three student-; in
college on loans granted by the
club. The special committee an
nounccd they have s< vera! app!na
tions for loans fl am sHiuents here
The project Was s'ari"d last ycai.
and present indications are thai
the program will continue to grow
as more and more contributions
The home of Charles Cody with
all the furnishings was destroyed i
in an early evening blaze Wednes
day. The six-room dwelling located
near the North Canton Baptist |
Church burned to the ground while
neighbors who rushed to the scene
could only stand by.
The Clyde Fire Department an
swered the call about 8 o'clock but
the building had already collapsed
when they reached the scene.
Cody was living alone in the
frame building, and was away
from home a! the time. Two
neighbor boys were the first to dis
cover the blaze, and gave the alarm.!
W. B. Lee, another neighbor, sight
ed Ihe blaze about the sajne time.
(See Fire Levels?Page 3)
Heart Disease Death Rate
In Haywood Higher Than
State Or National Average
i Special to The Mountaineer! <
NEW YORK Why is the death
?ate from coronary heart disease
uglier among residents of Hay
rood County than among other
>eo|ile in the United States? Why
s there a big variation in rates
n various parts of the country? I
Vhat lias geography got to do with
Such differences were recently
letectcd and reported bv the U.S.
'Ublic Health Service after a study |
if vital statistics reports from all!
Heart disease, the leading cause
>f death in the United States, is
cspohstble for 38.5 percent of all ,
ieaths among Haywood County
?esidents. the new report shows.
The percentage is above that in
he nation, as a whole, here some
17 8 percent of the -mortality is
charged to heart disease. In the
State of North Carolina it is 34.0
Across the country, great differ
?nccs are noted in the ravages of
he diseases, which poses a greal
?r threat to life than do cancer and
ill accidents combined. New
(See Heart Disease?Page Si
D. It. NOLAM) IMPKOVING
I). Reeves Noland, who has been
i patient in the Memorial Mission
Hospital for several weeks, con-)
inues to improve.
WTHS Class Gets
Painting Of Edison
An oil painting of inventor '
Thomas A. Edison has been given j
to Mrs. Y. K. Burgess' biology class V
at Waynesville Township High i
School, and has been framed by
Mrs. Burgess. j
The picture was contributed by c
Thomas A. Edison, Inc. ' t
ASC Taking Applications
For New Burley Allotments
i ne naywooa uour.ry /\r>u on ice (
is now accepting applications for
new hurley tobacco allotments for
1957, A. W. Ferguson, office manag
er announced today.
To be eligible for a new tobacco
allotment. Mr. Ferguson .said, d
farmer must jjieet these require- '
1. Applicant must have had two
years experience out of the past '
I five years in producing burley to
bacco on a farm with an allotment.
2. Applicant must own farm.
3 Applicant must live on farm. 11
I 4 Applicant must be in charge 11
of farming operations on hi.s prop
5. Applicant must derive 50 per i |
cent of his income during 1957
from his farm. , (
6. Applicant must not own or I
ape rate any other farm with a bur- (
ley tobacco allotment. ?
All applications for new allot-'
ments mi"' be submitted to the
ASC office by February 1, 1957.
Mr. Ferguson said that six per
sons applied for new allotments ?
for the 1956 crop, but none was |
found eligible. t
2 Assistant Tax Supervisors Named
To Get All
Two assistant tax supervisors
i have been named by the Board ol
i Commissioners to assist in tax list
ing and tax valuation for the next
John R. Hipps. Waynesville, and
| Vaughn Bycrs, Canton, have been
named to work with the listers and
Bryan Medford .tax supervisor, in
ij getting all property properly 11st
! ed on the books.
Faraday C. Green, chairman of'
the board, said it is apparent that
there are some places that need a j
revaluation placed on them for;
taxes: some new homes that have
; just been built, and some former
' farm property which is now desig
nated as residential property.
The chairman cited the County j
Home property which was sold in ,
? lots for homes, as well as several j
i other former farms in the county.!
11 "All thpse things need adjust-'
ing, and for that reason we named
Mr. Hipps and Mr. Bvers to assist
our Tax Supervisors, Bryan Med
ford, and the listers in getting the
hooks brought up-to-date," Chair
man Green said.
"We are determined, as far as
humanly possible, to get every
thing on the books, in a just and
equable manner," the chairman
The tax listers will begin Jan
uary 2 listing all property in the
county, and the law requires that
a penally be imposed on those fail
in" to list durin" the month of
The listers are: Clyde, Spurgeon
Bvers: Crabtree. Mrs. Bob Fisher;
Cecil, Mrs. Clyde Caldwell; Cata
loochee. Mack Caldwell; East Fork,
Bryan Heatherly; Fines Creek.
Mrs. Carl Rogers; Iron Duff, V.
. Ivy Hill, Albert Siler; Jonathan
Creek, Mrs. Fred Allison; Pigeon.
Mrs. David Edwards; White Oak.
Mrs. Francis Teague; Waynesville,
Mrs. Ruth Kelly and Mrs. Bob
Williams; Beaverdam. Vaughn By
ers. Marie Smathers and Fred Wil
Patrol Urges Drivers Sign,
Obey Traffic Safety Pledge
The four Haywood County of
ficers of the State Highway I'atrol e
urge.d county drivers today to sign s
and return Governor Hodges' safe
driving pledge, and then obey tts v
resolutions all through the year j
of 19'>7.' >
The pledge, reads:
I hereby resolve that I will do
all in my power to:
1 Share the road with others
and drive with consideration and '
2 Be a defensive driver, seek
ing beforehand to determine acci
dent-making situations, even of an
other's making and avoid them.
3. Observe the letter and spirit
of traffic laws and regulations.
The safe-driving pledge was
sent to North Carolina drivers in
the envelope containing 1957 li
cense renewal cards, mailed re
cently from Raleigh.
In a message to the state's driv
MKS. PREVOST IN HOSPITAL
Mrs. Ralph Prevost is a patient
at Mission Memorial Hospital
where she is receiving treatment
for a broken arm received in a fall.
r, Governor Hodges made this
"Last year North Carolina ad
enced from 15th in state rank
(See Patrol?Page 3)
(1955 ? 3)
Injured .... 100
(1955 ? 86)
(1955 ? 187)
Loss ... $67,080
(1955 ? $84,479)
(This information vomplle4
from records of State High