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THE ALLEGHANY TIMES
DEVOTED TO THE CIVIC, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF ALLEGHANY AND BORDERING COUNTIES
SPARTA ALLEGH ANY COUNTY, N. C., THURSDAY, AUGUST 17,1933’
THE ALLEGHANY TIMES
$1,00 PER YEAR
CASH IN ADVANCE
ALLEGHANY 52 TEACHERS
Number of Elementary
Teachers Decrease 5.
The State School Commission has
made an allotment of teachers for Al
leghany County for the next school
year. The number of high school
teachers for the county was incrased
by one and the number of elementary
teachers was decreased by five.
The allotment by districts is as fol
High School Elemen. Total
District. No. 1—5 20 25
District No. 2—4 10 14
District No. 3—0 8 8
District No. 4—0 5 5
9 43 52
Five teachers were allotted to the
four colored schools in the county.
Teachers for the other schools will
be announced by Th Times just as
soon as they are elected by the Dis
GLADE CREEK TEACHERS
ELECTED BY NEW COM.
The committee of Glade Creek
School District No. 3 met at Little
Pine School on Saturday, August 12,
and organized, electing H. G. Greene,
chairman, and A. T. Evans, Scretary.
At this meeting the teachers for the
schools in the district were elected as
Vox—Mrs. Ida Edwards Crouse.
Blevins X Roads—Claude Crouse.
Hooker—T, R. Franklin.
Rich Hill—Mrs. Leila Greene Wa
gonr and Letcher M. Gnry.
Dividing Ridge—Mrs, Geneva Ble
Little Pine—Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Two ball games are scheduled
for next Saturday afternoon.
Laurel Springs meets Scottville
at Laurel Springs in a double
Sparta will play Grassy Creek
in a double-header there.
Games are scheduled for 3:80
A. F. Reeves Appointed
Member Local School Board
Mr. Eugene Transou, who had
been appointed a member of the
Sparta District School Committee,
declind to accept the appointment,
owing to the fact that his business
engagemnts would not permit him
to devote th requisite tim neces
sary to the performance of his du
ties as a committeeman. The Board
of Education met in special session
Monday and appointed Mr. A. F.
Reeves to serve in his place.
Relief Garden Seed
Ready For Distribution
The winter garden seed for relief
families are now here ready for dis
tribution. Those who have not obtain
ed turnip seed are asked to call by
the relief office and get them. These
seeds were bought by the Alleghany
County Relief Office for distribution
to relief families.
A very small amount of relief work
will be dene from now on due to the
lack of funds and the price pr day
required for relief work. No families
will receive more than two days
work a week, and men with small
families will get only one day’s work
a week. Several people on the relief
list have been able to secure jobs in
factories and in other places and can
get work every day at good wages.
We suggest that every fellow on re
lief try to get work, if he possibly
can. C. A. MILES.
Last Sunday the children of Mr.
and Mrs. S. C. Richardson met at
their home in Sparta for a family re
union and dinner. Those present were:
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Irwin and chil
dren, of Sparta; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn
Richardson and children, of Bel Air,
Md.; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Richard
son, of Sparta; Mr. and Mrs. Odell
Richardson and son, of Sylva, N. C.;
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Richardson
Misses Ruby and Maude Richardson
Messrs. Woodrow and Arza Richard
In the evening a watermellon feasl
was enjoyed by all the family.
Senior Class 1933 Glade Valley High School
The Glade Valley High School will
open Tuesday, September 5 with the
following faculty in charge.
Rev. C. W. Ervin, principal and
teacher of English and Bible; Prof.
W. Clay Thompson, Science and
History; Miss Annie Belle Corry,
French and Mathematics; Miss Mar
garet Dowdle, Home Economics; Mrs.
Ellen Guerrant, Music and Dean of
girls; Mrs. E. B. Eldridge, Matron
and E. B. Eldridge, Superintendent
The regular fees have been reduced
on some items and as usual the
school is offering to worthy boys and
girls the self-help plan. With this
help a student is enabled to attend
with a very small outlay of money.
The school runs a book exchange sys
tem and text books are furnished for
only a small rental fee.
The school has recently had a do
nation of over one hundred, reference
i and other books, and the well equip
1 ped library now has over twenty-five
hundred volumes of well selected ref
erence, fiction and classical reading
material. The students have daily ac
cess to the library as regulated study
periods are arranged for each class.
The school has a well equipped
I Sewing Department with trained
teacher and girls desiring to take this
course will receive credit toward gra
duation and no extra fee is charged
for work done in this department.
In addition to regular high school
work pupils receive training in Glee
C ub, public speaking, debating, dra
matics and music. Those interested
are given special training in Chris
tian leadership as the programs of
the Christian Endeavor Society are
planned and conducted by the stu
dents under the direction of a facul
ty member. All these extras give the
graduates additional preparation for
their future work in college of chosen
vocations of life.
AT WHITE TOP
Mrs. Roosevelt Awards Prizes
Grayson county was distinctly hon
ored Saturday by the attendance of
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt at the
Whitetop Music Festival. Mrs. Roose
velt arrived at the scene of the fes
tival about 2 o’clock and remained
until near 5 o’clock. She traveled to
Whitetop from Abingdon, where her
train arrived, over a trail that hei
father often traveled forty years ago
when he had business interests in
Following her arrival, Mrs. Roose
velt and the others in her party were
taken straight to the summit of
Whitetop where they enjoyed the
view. She was then conducted to the
pavilion where contestants from Vir
ginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and
North Carolina vied for honors in
ballad singing, instrumental music
and in folk dances.
A steady stream of cars crept up
the narrow roads leading to the sum
mit of Whitetop from early morning.
Many of the roads were tied up with
traffic as autoists of a score of states
struggel to see Mrs. Roosevelt. It
was estimated that more than 5000
cars were admitted to the grounds.
To those in her party, Mrs. Roose
velt talked freely of her childhood
memories of her father.
Straight into the sound of the fid
dled tunes she went then, her smile
instantly reflecting the spontaneous
gaiety of the unusual scene— the
Whitetop Mountain folks festival.
She expressed her pleasure at being
to participate in the celebratinn and
later, after the decisions of the
judges had been announced by John
Powell, noted Virginia composer, she
congratulated the winners and pre
sented the awards.
She was cheered by all types of
persons—mountain folks and college
professors; girl campers in sports
slacks and overalls, both white and
negro conservation corps workers.
To the cheering thousands under
Whitetop pavilion between spirituals
Mrs, Roosevelt spoke briefly.
“To the people who live here I
want to say a special word of gra
titude,” she said. “They have given
me the feeling that they remember
affectionately my father, whom I
John Powell, in presenting Mrs.
Roosevelt just before she awarded
the prizes to contestants, said, “the
great proof of the importance and
significance of this great musical
heritage of our people is in the fact
that Mrs. Roosevelt should come.”
On her way down the mountain,
Mrs. Roosevelt paused to visit a ne
gro conservation camp.
Prize winners in the final contests
Ballads: First, Horton Barker, Chil
howie; second, Mrs. Texas Gladden,
Roanoke county; honorable mention
Mrs. Nancy Baldwin, Whitetop.
Fiddle: First, (tie) R. D. Minnick
Lynchburg; Frank Blevins, Marion
second, Jesse Johnson, Wolf Pen, W
Banjo: Jack Reedy, Marion; se
Fort Chisrtel Woman
Dies FromTaking Poison
cond, Karl Cruise, Candull, Tenn.
Bands: First, Jack Reedy and the
Blevins boys and the Wolford band,
Marion, (tie): second, Virginia boys,
Square dance, Bob Mast and Cruise
Clog dance: First and second prizes
divided between Jack Reedy, Marion;
E. S. Marshall, W. T. Spencer, Rug
Folk hymns: First W. E. Alderman
and son; second, Cruise family.
A special prize was awarded to the
old harpe singers, of Nashville, Tenn.
John Powell presented a special
prize to Abner Keese, of Altavista,
in appreciation of his singing of bal
W. E. Alderman and son, Ilo, who
won first prize of $10 in the folk
humn contest, are residents of Galax
and also sang at the Massanetta
Springs sacred festival recently. The
first song sung by Mr. Alderman and
son at both contests was “Wondrous
R. E. Jones, also of Galax, while
he did not enter the contests, played
“Captain With the Whiskers," an
old Revolutionary tune, on the violin
which he played on at the recent
Galax “Good-Will Month” event.
Among the distinguished guests at
the folk festival were: Mrs. Percy
McKaye, author of folk drama; John
Powell, Richmond, pianist; Mrs. J.A.
Jardine, president of the National
Federation of Music Clubs; Mrs. Phy
lis Fergus Hoyt, Chicago composer;
Sherwood Anderson, author; Louis
Gruenberg, composer; Richard Crane,
Westover; Russell Phillips, biogra
pher; Thatcher Hoyt, Chicago; Mary
Cummings Eudy, Louisville poet;
Jean Thomas, founder American
Folk Music Society; Arthur Kyle Da
vis, national folk music authority;
Dr. George Pullen Jackson, a leading
folk hymn recorder and author; Mar
tha Beckwith, Poughkeepsie, N. Y.;
Atlanta Composer; Mrs. E. J. Ottway
Port Huron, Mich., composer and for
mer president of the National Fedra
tion of Music clubs; George C. Peery,
Democratic nominee for governor of
Virginia, and Richard Halliburton,
The first Reeves Reunion will be
held in the Transou grove at Sparta
on Sunday, August 27, at 10 A. M.
All members of the Reeves family,
relativs, and persons connected by
marriage are invited to attend and
bring baskets for lunch. There will
be several speeches after lunch. It
is expected that Governor Doughton,
Congressman Doughton, Judge Ogles
I by, Judge Padgette, and Prof. Cheek
will make short talks at the gather
SPECIAL SERVICE AT
METHODIST CHURCH SUNDAY
Rev. W. L. Sherrill, beloved secre
tary of the Western North Carolina
conference, will preach at the Metho
odist church Sunday at 11 A. M. Let's
give him a good crowd and hear a
No Motive Assigned For Act,
Mrs. Dean Bryant, who lived
near Fort C'hiswell in Wythe
County, died Monday from the
results of drinking carbolic acid.
No motive has been assigned for
the act. Her husband has been
dead for some time, and she lived
with an only daughter on the
farm. This daughter was mar
ried on Sunday before her death.
She seemed very much grieved
at having to part from the girl.
Funeral services were held at
11 A. M., Wednesday, at Bridle
FARMERS TO TOUR
COUNTY AUGUST 23
Farm Leaders To Discuss
Many farmers will be interested in
a farm tour of the County sponsored
by County Agent W. B. Collins. Pro
minent farm men from Raleigh will
accompany the group and discuss va
rious farm problems. The purpose of
the tour is to acquaint farmers with
improved methods of farming in Al
leghany County. Following is an out
line of the tour furnished The Times
by Mr. Collins:
“You are invited to join a farm
tour of the County on Wednesday,
“Mr. H. R. Niswonger, and Mr. F.
R. Farnham, of Raleigh, will be with
us on the tour.
“The tour will start at the farm of
Edd Wawthorne, on the Independence
road at 9:00 o'clock. At this farm we
will inspect a field of certified seed )
potatoes, Lespedeza demonstrations, ,
and other crops of interest, and Mr. I
Niswonger will make a talk on cer
tified seed Irish potatoes.
"There are a number of fine demon
strations of Lespedeza growing in
pastures and being grown for soil im
provement that will be visited during
the day. Also good fields of corn,
cabbage and truck crops will be visit
“Some of the farms where turkeys
and chickens are being raised in
brooders will be visited.
“There is a trench silo being con
structed on the farm of the County
(Agent. This'farm will be visited and
the construction and value of the
trench silo will be discussed by Mr.
F. R. Farnham.
“We believe that the trench silo
will be an economical means of win
tering c.ittle in this county and a
large number of farmers should be
interested in learning how they
should be built and how they should
“Please join us on Wednesday, Au
gust 23 at 9:00 and see what other
farmers are doing. Bring your lunch.
W. B. COLLINS.”
Mr. Hall Patterson and Miss Katie
Collins, both of Wytheville, Va., were |
married by Rev. C. W. Russell here
Named By Board
All Alleghany Schools To
Open Sept. 4th.
The Sparta District School Com
mittee met for the purpose of or
ganizing' and electing teachers. Mr.
A. F. Reeves was named chairman
and Dr. T. R. Burgiss, Secretary.
The committee then named th
teachers for the Sparta school, but
did not elect the teachers for the
other schools in the district. Teach
ers for other schools in the Sparta
District will be elected at a later
meeting of the committeemen.
Teachers for Sparta School are
Principal, Charles R. Roe; High
School: Mrs. Chas. R. Roe, Mrs. Ida
J. Warren, Mrs. Clyde H. Collins,
Herbert Estep; Agriculture Teach
er, F. H. Jackson.
Elementary Teachrs: 1st. grade,
Miss Clyde Higgins; 2nd. grade,
Mrs. Bessie McMillan; 3rd. grade,
Mrs. D. C. Bledsoe; 4th. grade, Mrs.
A. V. Choate; 5th. grade, Miss
Grace Crouse; 6th. grade, Burton
McCann; 7th. grade, Miss Mabel
All Schools in Alleghany County
will open September 4th.
Sunday School Convention
At Glade Valley Sept. 3
Officers of the Alleghany County
Sunday School Association announce
the Annual County Sunday School
Convention which will be held in the
Glade Valley Presbyterian Church on
Sunday, September 3. The convention
will begin at 9:45 in the morning
and continue throughout the day
with dinner served at the church.
The convention is inter-denomina
tional and workers from all the Sun
day Schools of the County are invit
?d to participate in the convention,
making it a day of Christian fellow
ship and helpfulness.
Helping in the Convention will be
Ftev. Shuford Peeler, General Secre
tary of the North Carolina Sunday
School Association. Outstanding Sun
day School workers wil also address
In charge of the arrangements are
3. Glenn Nichols and E. B. Eldridge,
the president and secretary of the
Aleghany County Sunday School As
sociation. These officers request the
cooperation of all the pastors and
Sunday School Superintendents of
the County in the effort to make the
convention one of the best of its
kind ever held in the county.
The officers announce that again
this year a pennant will be given the
Sunday School having the largest at
tendance based on miles traveled. It
is expected that there will be much
friendly competition for the bannci
among the schools of the county.
Grassy Creek Boy Largest
forest Worker In C. C. C.
Washington, Aug. 14—James H.
Scott, a 19-year-old boy who is seven
feet three inches tall and weighs 275
and sisters picking on him, so he left
pounds, grew tired of his big brothers
borne and joined the Civilian Conser
Captain W. E. Corkill commanding
the conservation camp at Marion, N.
C., in a report today to Robert Fech
ner, director of conservation work,
claimed Scott was the largest forest
worker in any camp in the country.
The director’s attention was called
to him when an application came for
a pair of 17 1-2 triple “E” shoes,
trousers 44 by 44 and an 8 1-2 size
Corkell reported in response to
Fechner’s questions that Scott requir
ed two cots for sleeping, one from
the waist up and one from the waist
His reach from finger tip to finger
tipis seven feet nine three-fourths
inches and his hands, measuring
around the palm 11-2 inches, are too
large for ready-made gloves.
His nick-name is “Big Boy” and
he tells those who inquire why he
joined the conservation corps:
“Because my big brothers *and sis
ters imposed upon me.”
His home is in North Carolina near
Mouth of Wilson, Va.
Unknown Person Shoots
Mr. C. R. McCann, of Cherrylane,
had the misfortune of getting his
muls shot by a party or parties un
known while the mules were grazing
in the pasture Wednesday afternoon
of last week. The mules were not
killed, but latest repots are that
they will not recover. No motive
has been assigned for the shooting.
NELSON CHILD KILLED
IN HIGHWAY TRAGEDY
ence TO BE HELD
IN SPARTA SEPT. 2
Teachers Requested To At
A meeting of special interest to
teachers and board members will be
held in the Sparta High School Build
ing on Saturday, September 2, at 10
A. M. A number of things relative to
the opening of the County Schools
will be discussed, and pertinent facts
in the new school law will be brought
to the attention of the teachers.Talks
wall be made by various county offi
cials and members of the local school
boards. It is hoped that all the teach
ers of the County and interested pa
trons of the schools will avail them
selves of this opportunity to get ac
quainted with the aims and objectives
of the school system under State
control. A complete program of the
meeting is given below:
Sparta High School
Saturday, Sept. 2, at 10:00 A. M.
Devotional Exercises—Rev. J. L. Un
Educational Situation in the County
—Some Achievements and Objec
tives..Supt. Jno. M. Cheek.
Report on Conference of Elementary
and High School Principals which
was held at Boone G. Glenn Nichols
Organization of the Library
L. K. Halsey.
Health Program.Chas. R. Roe
Short Talks by the Members of the
Allied Forces of Education as Fol
D. C. Duncan, M. E. Reeves, Eu
gene Transou, District No.l.
W. F. Parsons..District No.2
A. T. Evans . .District No. 3
D .L. L. Long ..District No. 4
County Agent Activities
Welfare Department.Claud Miles
Health Department Betty Fowler
Organization of School Masters’ Club
and Alleghany County Teachers’
Registration of Teachers in atten
All teachers in Alleghany County
are requested to attend this meeting
and the public is cordially invited to
JNO. M. CHEEK,
County Supt. of Schools.”
Arnold Jones Scout
master for Alleghany
O. Arnold Jones, of Scottville, has|
been appointed Scoutmaster for Spar
ta. Plans are being made for a meet
ing in Sparta on Wednesday evening
of next week for the purpose of or
ganizing a troop of Scouts. It is hop
2d that parents will cooperate in the
endeavor to get the work of scout
ing organized in the County.
Mr. Jones is well qualified for scout
work. He has attended Scout confer
ences, had charge of Scouts on trips
from time to time, and has demon
strated his ability before Scout exe
cutives. He has had considerable ex
perience in dealing with boys of the
Accident Pronounced Un
The six-year-old child of Zeke
Nelson was instantly killed Sun
day afternoon about two miles
north of South Fork River when
it ran across the highway direct
ly in front of a car driven by Dr.
B. C. Waddell, of Grassy Creek.
The child was knocked down and
its skull crushed. Death was in
The child was on the side of
the highway in company with
several other children. Dr. Wad
dell was driving toward Grassy
Creek at a slow rate of sped. It
is not known whether the child
saw the car, but when the ma
chine was almost opposite the
group the child suddenly dashed
in front of it. Dr. Waddell stop
ped the car befor it had passed
over the body.
The child was carried to
Wilkes County for burial Mon-,
No blame has been attached to
Dr. Waddell, as he is known to
be a careful driver. The acci
dent, it seems, was unavoidable.
Dr. Waddell is reported to be
confined to his bed from shock
and grief over the tragedy.
CAR STOLEN ON MAIN
STREET HERE THURSDAY
Abandoned Car Located At
Davidson College Friday.
Some person or persons, identity
unknown, took Mr. T. E. Donnelly’s
car from in front of the Jay Hardin
Store last Thursday afternoon and
abandoned it after a wreck at David
son College. Mr. Donnelly parked the
car, a 1931 Chevrolet coupe, in front
of the store on Main street and left
the switch keys in the lock. While
he was in the store, someone drove
it off toward Independence. When
the theft was discovered, local offi
cers investigated and drove to Inde
pendence and called officers in all
nearby towns, giving the description
of the car.
Later developments brought out
the fact that the thief or thieves
turned the car at the Mthodist church
and headed back through town. At
Elkin a filling station operator put
four gallons of gas in the car, and '
the occupant drove off without pay
ing for it.
Friday Mr. Walter Irwin received
a telephone call from officers at Da
vidson College, stating that a car of
the description of the stolen car had
been wrecked and abandoned there,
Mr. Irwin and Mr. Donnelly drove
down and found the care not serious
ly damaged. About $150 worth of
sample Remington pocket knives had
been taken from the car.
Officers have descriptions and oth
er data which they believe will soon
lead to the apprehension of the thief.
Alleghany Agicultural Fair
To Be Held In Sparta, OcF
PRESTON Me. COX
Mr. Preston Me. Cox, age 72, of
Independence, Died Saturday, August
12, and was buried in the family
cemetery Sunday. Rev. Evans con
ducted the funeral services in the
presence of a large crowd. Many
beautiful flowers besopke the love
and esteem felt by the relatives and
friends of this good man.
He is usrvived by three sisters,
three half sisters, one half brother,
two sons, Prof. Camett B. Cox and
Muncey E. Cox, one daughter, Leota
Cox, and two grandchildren. He has
many relatives in Alleghany and
The flower girls were: Mary Ennis
Osborne, Susie Osborne, Blossom
Reeves, Beulah Murray, Ruby Mur
ray, Mattie Rose Murray, Pearl Mur
ray, and Evelyn Osborne.
Roscoe Osborne, Baze Osborne, Wal
Pallbearers were: Murray Osborne,
Honorary pallbearers were: Joe
Cox, Emett Cox, Summett Cornett,
Hilery Reeves, Judge Padgette, and
Citizens Requested to Coop
erate With Fair Officials
At a meeting in the Register’s Of
fice Tuesday night members of the
County Fair Association voted to
hold the Alleghany County Agricul
tural Fair during the first week in
October. A number of business men
not present had previously signified
the Fair officials.
their intention of cooperating with
The fair will have the same types
of exhibits as last year, with prizes
for the best exhibit in each depart
ment. The first day of the Fair will
consist of entering and judging ex
hibits. The second day will be de
voted t > races, contests, and ball
games. There will also be programs
People of the County are requested
to cooperate with the Fair officials
in making this one of,the best Fairs
ever held in the County. Farmers
are asked to make preparations for
entering something in the exhibits.
The same officials as last year will
conduct the Fair. They are as fol
lows: W. B. Collins, President; J.
E. Joines, Vice-President; F. H. Jack
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