North Carolina Newspapers

Tragedy Averted By
German War Bride
Mrs. Ford a native of
_ Germany who now lives In Green
Mountain, made a heroic rescue
last Thursday when she saved S.
C. Hughes of Green Mtn., and her
husband from drowning. The inci
dent occurred about 12 noon Thu
rsday in Cane River, about a mile
north-west of Huntdale in Yan
cey County, where Hughes, his
wife and children, and Mr. and
Mrs. Wallace, also of Qreen Mtn.,
had gone on a pcnic.
Hughes and Wallace had been
swimming for about 20 minutes
when Hughes swam into the
deeper water and was caught in
the undertow of a whirl-pool. In
' The Presbyterian Church pic
nic, which was to have been held
on Water Tower hill last Tuesday
night, had to be held in the chur-
ch on- account of the cold damp
weather. Nevertheless there was
quite a good turn-out, with plenty
of'ood and jollity, and a program
At the WometlV Association
meeting last Thursday evening in
Mrs. Lena Tilsoq’s home Mrs. G.
A. Bradshaw led in a fine pro.
gram that the large attendance of
' ladles found very inspiring.
Rev. Warren S. Reeve, minister,
plans that the service at 11:00
o’clock on Sunday morning, the
26th, will be especially for the
school teachers of the congrega
tion. Mr. Reeve’s sermon subject
will be “The Teacher’s High
The Rev. aqd Mrs. barren Si.
Reeve gre apetyUftff (Th«rs
jiay) at with old colleag
ues of the Japan mission field,
the Rev. and Mrs. Harry H. Bryan,
Dr. Bryan, no wminister of the
Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church
Os Huntington, W. Va., is the son
pf a vesy bejpved minister of Bir
mingham, Ala., long known affect
ionately as ‘Brother Bryan”. -
Dr. Bryan also had a part \n
the of Peter Marshall
and js mentjqoet! ip the b B°H.
“A Man Called Peter’*.
Presbyterians Sponsor Family Os
Refugees From Europe
The Burnsville Presbyterian
Church has assumed the sponsor
ship for Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Horvath and their two-year rid
son, Siegfried, who are expecttd
to arrive here sometime within
the not too distant future. Mr.
Horvath, 30 years of age and a
native of Hungary, was for; a
time a politics) prisoner untij hig
pspapp iqto Austria. Ppr the past
five years op more, he hap "Jived
in refugee centers in Germany.
Mrs. Horvath is a native of Hau
sen in the Aar region of Germany,
but hft* more recently been m
Wiesbaden where she had some
employment in Industry. Both Mr.
and Mrs. Horvath were brought
up in the Lutheran Church.'
The Presbyterian Church here
will be responsible for getting
these people from New York after
their transatlantic voyage and for
providing housing and employ
Wallace’s attempt to help, he too
was caught in the undertow and
went down.
Mrs. Wallace, who is an experi
enced swimmer, went into the
water fully clothed and was able
to hold her husband above the
water while he brought. Hughes
up for the 4th or sth time. Wal
lace carried him to the river bank,
where he attempted to give arti
ficial respiration to the uncon
scious man. <
John Hendrix of Asheville, an
honor grade prisoner and one of
a 15-man squad of prisoners from
Yancey Prison Camp who were
working on the road above the
river, heard the cries for help and
rushed to the scene. Hendrix gave
Hughes artificial respiration for
about 40 minutes before he re
i gained consciousness. Thomas
Tipton, State Highway foreman
who works the 15-man squad of
prisoners, also gave assistance.
After he regained consciousness,
Hughes was able to walk to his
car, and later in the afternoon,
was brought to the Yancey Hospi
tal here for treatment. He was dis
charged from the hospital Friday
morning and was reported by the
doctor to be In good condition.
Mrs. Wallace, who made the
heroic rescue, grew up in Ger
many near the Rhine River where
she learned to be an expert swim
mer. She and Mr. Wallace were
married in Germany in 1954, while
he was serving a tour of duty
with the U. S. Army. Mrs. Wallace
came to the States with her Am
erican husband about a year ago,
and since that time, they hqve
made their ppnpe in Green Mtn.,
community pear BqrnsvUle.
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Thp Be(| Chiropractic Cljni<f qt
11 Wajnip §t., in Spruce Piths,
will be closed for one week be-'
ginning Aug. 27 to allow r. Bell
to take special seminar courses in
the healing grts in Virginia.
The clinic will open its door-s
with the usual office hours Mon
day, September Brd.
ment for them. Mr. Horvath has
had traihing and experience as an
electro-welder, and his wife has
worked as a domestic. Although
they do not as yet speak English,
they appear to be bright, resource
ful people who will soon adapt
themselves to American life and
quickly become able to speak find
understand our language.
The young people of the church
here are feeling a special, interest
in the Horvath's and are endea
voring to raise funds toward get
, ting this family established. Cqn
i tribptiong of household equipment,
i furniture and foodstuffs as well
. as monwy will be appreciated.
■ It is estimated that there, are
two million people In the : .world
s today who are refugees. It is
t gratifying that Burnsville can
r have this little part in the solving
f of one of the world's most criti
- cal needs.
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In accordance with previously
approved plans, the Wildlife Re
sources Commission has completed
stocking of 8,540 trout averaging
2 inches in length, in feeder
streams to designated trout wat
ers in Yancey County. These fish
were produced at the State Fish
Hatchery located near Pineola,
according to G. W. Woodruff,
Hatchery superintendent. District
Game and Fish Protectory M. B.
Higgins directed the release of
the fish and solicited assistance
from members of the local wild
life club and other interested
The Wildlife Resources Com
mission points out that the coop
erative effort of all those interest
ed in the State’s fish and game
resources will be required to bring
about better fishing, the favorite
outdoor recreation of so many
“Carousel” Brings Playhouse Season
To Triumphant Conclusion
By Hope Bailey
Everytime the curtain has gone
up on one of the Parkway Play
house productions this season, it
has been obvious that Gordon
Bennett, his staff and students
had created another miracle; and
the most miraculous presentation
yet was the famed Rodgers and
Hammerstein musical “Carousel”,
directed by Mr. Bennett himself,
and magnificently staged last
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Since Parkway Playhouse audi
ences are accustomed to seeing
stimulating dramatic productions
on the Playhouse stage, it was not
a surprise that “Carousel’ 1 was a
specta c M|ar success. The surpris
ing element, it seems to me, is
that Mr. Bennett staged this mas
sive production after only four
days rehearsal time for most of
the leading rules and was ready
on opening night with a more than
competent performance, bringing*
the season to a triumphant con
All the performing arts were
united in “Carousel” by accom
plished young singers whose por
traits of character were winning
fyid genuine, by colorful ballet
numbers which were integrated
with the central theme, and by the
abundance of enchanting music
that soared from the orchestra pit.
Everyone concerned with the
play seemed to accept the occasion
as an artistic challenge. Dave
Clements as Bill Bigelow, a caro
usel barker, gave a manly perfor
mance in the part of the central
character, and his combination
surliness and kindliness was per
fect. Mr. elements 1 fine baritone
voice filled the theatre as he sang
Mr. Rogers’ songs with gkill and
conviction—the most outstanding
being his “Soliloquy” and '"The
Highest J\>dge of All”, He played
and sang his role with a genial in
dependence that created the right
relationship between the environ
ment and himself.
Ab Julie Jordan, the heroine of
the story, Joyce Albret’s portrayal
behind the footlights was inspired,
and good use was made of her
accomplished vocal talent in such
songs as “If I Loved You” and the
wistful “What’s The Use of
derin”’. Miss Albrect’s acting was
ideal, mode&t without being timid,
and ' had an incandescence that
illuminated the theatre. Her per
formance was profoundly moving
and touched the hearts of every*
one in the audience,
Beverly Morrill was excellent
as Carrie Piperidge. Her perform
ance was fresh and entertaining!
and her slightly impish portrayal
and her lilting singing voice ac
counted for many of the pleasant
episodes in “Carousel”. As Enoch
Snow, Ted Morrill’s characteriza
i tlon was thoroughly enjoyable. He
i captured the spirit of the music
: and dialogue of his role with per
fection, and the melodic richness
of his vpice made e genuine
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Tipton Family
Gets Together
Mr. and Mlrs. J. J. Tipton and
family, of Butler, Pa., Mr. and
Mrs. ‘CJrady Tipton and family of
Marion, N G n Mr. and Mrs. L. A.
White of Washington, D. C., Mir.
and Mrs. D. E. Hall and sOn-in
iaw and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
Chas. Deveau, of Boston, Mass.,
have been, the recent visitors of
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Banks, Sr.,
and other relatives in the county.
This was the first family -gath
ering which included the 8 sur
viving children of the late Mr.
and Mrs. William Nelson Tipton
since the beginning of World
War I. They include in addition
to the two sons and three daugh
ters mentioned above, Mrs. Sue
Coffey, Mrs. Claude Honeycutt
and Mrs. J. J. Nowicki.
Mr. Tipton was a descendant of
one of Yancey county’s pioneer
families. j.
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contribution tp this wonderful
'■ musical.
Joan Sena gpgs another one of
the accomplished young singers
who helped bftg this great storv
to life. As Jfljltie Fowler, Julie
Jordan’s aunt, Miss Sena’s perfor
mance could npt have been im
proved upon. It was a highly per
sonal performahae, from her in
person to each person who was
sitting out front. She sang the
fambus “June Is Bustin’ Out All
Over” with imagination and vital
ity; and her performance was cli
maxed hi perceptive and
beautiful* “You’ll NiSver Walk
Alone" which she sang with emo
tion that seemed to come from
the heart,
A notable performance was giv
en by Vince Marcley as Jigger
Cragln, Billy’s, thief friend with a
glib tongue. Marcley played and
sang hs role convincingly. Leslie
I Waugh as Louise, the daughter
who is born to Julie, after Billy’s
death, gave a beautiful perform
ance; and Lila Richards as Mrs.
Mullin gave a fine portrayal.
Ed Anderson as the Starkeeper
who grants Billy a day back on
earth to see his daughter gradu
ate from high school, and Robert
Gwaltney as the Heavenly Friend
who accompanies Billy back to
earth, both gave excellent charac
terizations in roles that required
real ability.
Fine performances were given
by the many others in the huge
castj among them Robert Allen,
a local boy; who Played the part
of Enooh Snow Jp. like a trooper;
and Marietta Atkins, a local girl,
contributed her talent to the violin
section of the orchestra, whioh
was under the capable direction
of Richard Graoe,
To a theatregoer sitting out
front with no knowledge of back
stage problems, It seemed to me
that Gerald Honaker was one of
the hardest workers in the produc
tion. Everyone in the cast had the
pleasure of acting in a different
stage set for each scene, nine in
all, which Honaker had designed
for the bountiful musical. He sol
ved the scenic problem in away
that was beyond routine illustra
rtion. And Leslie Waugh, as well as
acting and dancing in the perfor
mance, had the cast wearing de
lightful costumes from the 1800%.
According to Mr. Bennett, the
Playhouse had the biggest number
ot students and the largest audi
ence attendance this season than
ever before. Unquestionably, It has
ben th* moat successful season,
Mr. Bennett said, from, both the
1 theatre and art standpoint. Next
1 summer, he plans to continue and
I enlarge on the Children’s Theatre
and the Arts and Crafts program
• which are offered as community
1 services; and he is planning a
! schedule that will bring “as good
■ if not better plays next summer*’,
1 to add to their already glowing
* reputation.
The most important task of
soil testing is to determine accur
ately the available plunt nutrients
in the soil and What steps must
be taken to realize maximum pro
fit by correct application of lime
and fertilizer, says E. L. Dilling
ham County Agent of Yancey
“Farmers in Yancey County
know the importance of fertilizing
for high yields,” Dillingham said.
"They are interested in getting
the highest return per dollar
spent on lime and fertilizer. High
returns can be obtained only by
selecting the right grade and am
ount of fertil%er to apply to a
crop on a certain soil.
“The first step, in selecting the
proper grade and amount of fer
■ tilizer is to determine the lime
and fertilizer needs of the soil.
Only through soil testing is it
possible for the farmer to obtain
information about the- status of
certain plant nutrients in the soil
And soil testing may also deter
mine whether a certain soil is ad
apted to a certain crop.” J
Soil testing is a free service-pro
vided farmers in this state. Soil
samples should be sent to the
Soil Testing Division, State De
partment of Agriculture, Raleigh,
North Carolina. There are usually
two or more kindq of soil in each
field, and they may differ widely
in their N-P-K needs. They should
therefore, be sampled separately
and carefully. n
Dillingham urges all farmers to
have their soil tested now in order
that they, may realize the greatest
return possible from the money
they invest in lime and fertilizer.
Samples mailed now can be ana
lyzed and recommendations made
to the farmer in plenty of time to
make needed purchases of lime
and fertilizer.
“Bur remember,** Dillingham
cautioned, “the Soil Testing Di
vision is swamped with late com
ers every spring. So be an early
bird—get your, samples in now
and the results will come back to
you when you need them.”
Hospital Report
The Yancey Hospital reports
three births and twelve other ad
missions during the past week.
The births include a son, Randy
Charles, born Aug. 16, to Mr. and
Mrs. Whrd C. Wilson of Rt. 1;
a son, not yet named, born Aug.
19, to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sheppard
of Rt. 1; and a son, not yet named,
born Aug. 20, to Mr. and Mrs.
•Kelly Penland of Rt. 8.
The following people were ad
mitted to the hospital this week:]
Nell Beaver and Maude Ray of j
Burnsville; Edward Dean Styles
and Edith Silver of Rt. 1; Jerry
Gillespie and Dwayne Smith of
Rt. 2; Joan Mathla end E. C. Mc-
Intosh of Rt. 3; Aletha Autrey of
Penaaeola; S. C. Hughes k.f Green
Mtn.; and James Pittman and
Ray Pittman of Spruce Pine.
SFC Daniel C. Nowicki, a mem
ber of "G” Co., 74th RCT, has re
ceived a Letter of Commendation
from Col. L. M. Wilson, Com
manding Officer of the NCO Aca
demy at Ft. Dix, N. J., for his
achievements in a recent claa*
there. - ;
SFC Nowicki, son of Mr, and ,
Mrs. J. J. Nowicki of Burnsville, ]
Rt. 3, who Is now stationed at j
Camp Drum for the summer tra- j
' ining of National Guardaraen and <
Reservists, graduated with hon
ors from the academy. He placed
second In hts class. |
In forwarding thi letter to Ser
geant Nowlc’;!, Col. Julian H.
Martin, regimental Commanding
Officer, added praise: “It. ls with
pride and pleasure that-1 am for
warding the attached Letter of
Commendattion Col. Wilson’s
letter was prompted hy your note
worthy achievement in graduating
second from the recent clals at
Fort Uto —1 wish to convey my
sincere appreciation''to you for
.such an outstanding performance.
Your achievement re fleets favor-1
ably upon yourself and our \ or
ganization.” 'i .
Students Leave After
Successful Season Here
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By Vince Mardey
The final curtain has descended
for another year at the Parkway
Playhouse. It seems unbelievable
that six of the most productive
weeks in Playhouse history have
ended. Six short weeks ago stud
ents and staff from all over the
country descended on the tranquil
town of Burnsville, to turn it in
to a proving grounds for young
July 9th the starting gun sound
ed and from then on it was a
match race between directors, cast,
costumer, set designer and all in
volved in making that particular
week’s production the very best.
The outcome? A dead heat.
First production was SABRINA
FAIR. Guest director Ed Downes
of Miami molded ,it into a fine
production that insured the audi
ence of seeing one of the best
shows of the season.
STALTG 17 followed ahd diffi
culties insued. George Crocker,
scheduled director, was taken ill
at the last moment and was ca
pably replaced by Gerald Honaker,
set designer for the Playhouse.
Honaker directed the show from
Ins past experience and also from
first hand knowledge of PW life
since he was a prisoner-of-war
during World War 11. In show
business a change like this could
have meant a “jinx”. It was a
“jinx” alrightf—attendance whs
up 74% and box office increased
72% over 1955. This kind of “jinx"
Gordon Bennett, Director of the
Playhouse, could afford more of.
Hilmar Sellee, experienced dir
ector in. both this country and
England, was called in to direct
the third production, Shake
speare’s AS YOU LIKE IT* and
we did like it. Guest star for AS
YOU LIKE IT was W. C. “Mutt”
Burton, columnist for the Greens
boro Daily News, who manages to
squeeze at least one appearance at
the theatre during his yearly ar
gosy. (
Feeling well once again, George
The Jacks Creek Community
and Home Demonstration Clubs
held their annual joint family
picnic on the grounds of the Bor
ing Crapel Methodist Church,
Friday evening, August 17th with
approximately 60 in attendance.
Liated among the guests were
Assistant Farm Agent and Mrs.
Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Dameron
lof Soil Conservation, Mrs. Fred
Trimmer and daughter of Arling
ton, Va., and Mr. Tom Byrd of.
New York.
After a short business session,'
a very bountiful meal was served,
by the members of the Home De
monstration clubs.
The next meeting of the Com
munity Club will be held Septem
ber 10th at the Ed Hunter Fish
Pond in the form ,of a weiner
“The Man in the Gray Flannel
Suit,” which will be shown tonite
and Friday at the Yancey TTieatre,
has that indefinable quality that
touches a chord of understanding
in all who *vlew It on the Cinema-
Scope screen. While it is a pic
ture about a man in a gray flan
nel suit, a fairly universal figure
In mid-twentieth century Ameri
ca, it is also about tii£ Rath fam
ily, the Impact of World War 11,
big business, and the broadcasting
industry an intriguing combina
tion of sttvry elements.
Thia engrossing picture bears
the stamp of quality that only a
producer of the stature of Darryl
F. Zanuck could give it and brings.
Sloan Wilson's novel which won
critical acclaim and is still on the
best-seller lists, to life on the
3creen with deep dramatic pene-
I I ration.
Crocker directed the fourth offing,
THE CRADLE SONG, and a real
niee job he did, too, in bringing
the touching tale to the Playhouse
The finale j>f the season ? Well,
what would be more appropriate
than a musical—not just any mus
ical, but Richard Rodgers’ and
Oscar Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL.
This wonderful folk story had all
the life, bounce, laugh, love, dance
and song that was possible. CAR
OUSEL was the largest .production
ever to be presented. at the Play
house and Bennett will have to go
some before he tops it, but top It
he will. ,' „
So now Ed Madden, “straw
boss” at the Playhouse is hard at
work with his crews. Where it
was once raking, clipping and
painting, getting the Playhouse in
shape, it’s now storing, wrapping
and shipping. Lesley Waugh, cos
tumer, has put away the last cos*
, tume—the last hat, the last shoe.
Les Martin, electrician, is putting
away the lights, wires and fuses
to be preserved till next year. »All
the students are pit. hing in to
“ring” down the curtain, pack it
in moth balls and tuck it away
till next year.
“Next year” is the wotd . now.
Not next week as it has been.
Next year when more students,
additional directors and staff will
once again descend upon Burns
ville and make it and each addi
tional year bigger and better than
the one preceding.
The University of Miami may
not know it, but it has one of the
finest groups of publie relations,
publicity and talented personali
ties-the likes of which it could
never get from any advertising
agency on Madison Avfe., New
Next year plans have tentatively
been started; and from this view
ers glance, it looks like a tremen
dous season ahead. Two shows
l have been chosen by Director
Bennett. One is, in my opinion,
the most hilarious show ever to
go on stage. It is MISTER ROB
ERTS. For the musical, It’s a toss
up between Rodgers* and Hammer
stein’s OKLAHOMA or Jerome
Kearns, SHOW BOAT. With one
of these shows, how can next sea
son miss being bigger Vthan this
year? It appears tljat Ahe Park
way Playhouse has no saturation
point—it just grows and grows
with every passing season.
So, till next year, so-long to
Burnsville, adious to the Saturday
night barbecues, hasta manana to
the mountains, and a special good
(bye to the people of Burnsville *
and Yancey County for making
this season the biggest and most
f successful ,ln Playhouse history,
' and for making the Parkway Play
house what it is today—the best
theatre of its kihd in the country.
By Cameron F. Mcßae
Deaths from drowning increase
greatly with hot : weather, flere
are a few of the rules for water
1. Don’t swim alone, or just af
ter a meal, or during a thunder
2. Before diving, make sure the
water is deep enough and has no
hidden rocks or stumps just under
the surface.
s- 3. Keep constant watch over
small children near the water.
Remember that drowning can take
place even in just a few inches
of water. ” . 1 7'\.~
The above is the first in what
is hoped will be a series of brief
safety messages, to appear every
week in this newspaper and the
other newspapers of the district
With the control of contagious*
diseases through public health
measures, the toll of deaths and
come relatively higher. Almost
‘to fmm

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