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SKETCHES By J. C. R. WELCOME, EDITORS! Gentlemen of the “Fourth Estate,” accompanied by their women folks, paper and equipment salesmen, are gathering over at Banner Elk today for the Sixty-second Annual Conven tion of the North Carolina Press As sociation . . . and Edgar Tufts, whose managerial genius has fairly hewn an empire from the wilderness, is putting on a "show” that'll knock the scribes colder’n a mackerel . . . for this boy Tufts knows his colleges, he knows his hospitals, his orphan ages, his game birds, his game fish, his potatoes . . . and he knows how to entertain! An invitation to visit Banner Elk was a blessing to the editors ... a blessing that will last ... for those who dwell in the atmosphere of printers ink and type lice need in spiration . . . gobs of it . . . and the transformation which has occurred during a few short years in this mountain village is enough, within itself, to provide material for a thousand-page volume. A junior college, where hundreds of moun tain boys and girls are trained for the duties of life ... a sixty-bed hospital, described as the largest in rural America ... a orphanage where scores of God’s unfortunates are reared into useful man and womanhood . . . varied industries to attract unborn genius in youth ... a hundred and one glorious enterprises . . . all the culmination j of a dream dreamed ’way back yon- j derby a poor Presbyterian mission- ' ary . . . the daddy of the man who j heads the Edgar Tufts Memorial Association today. But the setting of Banner Elk is the thing that gets ’em going! To the north the pinnacles of Beech Moun tain rear themselves into the clouds . . . fifty-five hundred and some feet. To the south old Grandfather, most ancient formation on the American continent, lifts his head to an altitude of near six thousand ... his sides fairly covered with fragrant groves of balsam and rhododendron. And the Sugar Mountain and Hanging Rock Mountain stand in between like gi gantic sentinels. Skirting the village Elk River, clear as crystal, tumbles in a never-ending cataract as it races toward the Tennessee. Beautiful! Gorgeous! Sublime! - • •*— •* * • Another bessing of no small im port was dished out to the journal ists when they selected Banner Elk as their 1934 convention site . . . it gave them opportunity to tra verse Watauga County as they journey to and from the neighbor ing village! They are permitted to let their vision ramble at will over thousands of acres of growing I spuds and cabbage and corn . . . harbingers of a returning prosper ity. Thousands of cattle and sheep on thousands of emerald hills bear testimony to the diligent labors of an industrious people; modem schools and churches lend spiritual and educational atmosphere to the I rugged scenery . . . yes, it’s a bless- j ing . . . and we’re mighty glad our ] brothers in the craft from away i down in the cotton and nicotine belt got a passing glimpse of the very best county in Northwest Carolina. ** * * The editors will have as their guest tonight Senator Bob Reynolds, our one and only Bob . . . tomorrow Judge John Parker and Undersecre tary of Commerce John Dickinson . . . and it’s the Sketch Man’s sincere wish that they, along with the breth ren, will cast their cares and worries into the hell-box of oblivion, take a good long inhale of mountain air or something, and cut up! Incidentally, that’s just what we intend to do as soon as we finish this column of ba loney! This afternoon a car bearing one of North Carolina’s foremost pub lishers rolled along Boone’s main drag, en route to Banner Elk . . . and as he passed the printshop a one-legged troubadour strummed a battered banjo from his perch on a fire-plug. And to the tune of “John ny and Frankie” he sang this little ditty: “There's bright lights on Broadway, There’s sunshine in Dixie, But there’s moonshine in them North Ca’lina hills!” “THE HANDWRITING” From The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket Island’s hundred and thir teen year old newspaper, we garner a breezy article, headed “Handwrit ing on the Wall,” which fills the hole, as printers say, and provides amuse ment for those who watch and wait. Here it is: F. D. R.—1932 N. R. A.—1933 T. A. X.—1934 S. O. 5.—1935 G. O. P.—1936 Mr. and Mrs. Guy H. West and small daughter, Jimmy, returned to their home in Clarksburg, W. Va., Sunday, after a visit of two weeks with Mrs. West’s parents, Rev. and Mrs. W. L. Trivett. Watauga democrat __ An Independent Weekly Newspaper—Established in the Year Eighteen Eighty-Eigl VOLUME XLVI, NUMBER 2 New York.—Max Baer, the new heavyweight champion of the world, greets his mother when she arrives from the West to heip him celebrate his victory over Primo Camera. A. S. T. C. SUMMER SCHOOL LARGEST IN ENTIRE STATE Student Body of Near Nine Hundred Represents Nine States and One 1 Foreign Country. Auxiliary School j Being Conducted at Dobson. Wa tauga Leads With 110 Students; j Ashe Has Fifty-four. j Appalachian State Teachers College j has the largest enrollment of public j school teachers assembled anywhere j in North Carolina for its first sum mer term, according to announcement | made this week by Dean J. D. Ran ■ kin. Nine states and one foreign coun | try are represented: Florida, Georgia, ; Kentucky, New York, Norht Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Iraq, Asia. Eight hundred and eight students are enrolled in the summer school at Boone and 87 in the auxiliary school being conducted at Dobson, making a grand total of 985. In these combined student bodies, seventy-one North Carolina counties and twenty-four counties in other states are repre sented. Ninety-three colleges and uni versities are represented, sixty of the students already hold Blachelor de grees ahiTtwo have Master degrees. These students are completing their educational requirements for Class A certificates, or for principal’s certif icates. Watauga County leads in enroll ment with 110 students, Ashe follow ing with 54, and Iredell with 45. Those registering from Watauga are: Watauga Students Boone: Jack Allred, Ella Austin, Sam Austin, Wendell Ballou, Morris Barnett, Mrs. Gladys Bingham, Mary Lee Bingham, Ruth Blair, Della Irene Clark, Mrs. R. L. Clay, Ollie Jean Coffey, Betty Collins, Mack Cowles, Mrs. Mack Cowles, Carl Dennies, Mrs. Zeb Dixson, Zeb Dixson, Edwin Dougherty, Eunice Dawson, Homer Eggers, A. L. Eggers, Roy Ellison, (Continued on Page 8) Two Lincolnton Women Injured in Car Accident Two young Lincolnton women re ceived serious injuries when the au tomobile in which they were riding skidded and overturned on the Blow ing Rock Road, five miles from Boone, Monday morning. Miss Ethel Hoover, a student at the summer school of Appalachian State Teachers College here, suffered a fractured leg. Miss Frances Ruth, who was visiting Miss Hoover over the week-end, suffered a broken pel vis bone. The driver of the car, John Bingle, of Lincolnton, was not in jured. The two young women received treatment at the Hagaman Clinic here and then were taken in an am bulance to a hopital in Lincolnton. Democratic Meeting To Be Held Monday An organization meeting of the Young Democratic Club of Watauga County will be held in the courthouse next Monday evneing at 8 o’clock, according to an announcement made Wednesday by Jim Rivers, chairman of the organization. The purpose of the meeting is to elect officers and to name delegates to the State Con vention of Young Democratic Clubs in Asheville July 27, 28, 29. Senator Robert R. Reynolds has been extended an invitation to ad dress the meeting, and Mr. Rivers believes it £s entirely possible that he may have opportunity to accept. Incidentally, the chairman requests a large attendance. MRS. KING DIES IN TEXAS A telegram received by Mr. R. R. Hodges on Saturday told of the death in Paris, Texas, of his niece, Mrs. Howard King. Mrs. King prior to marriage was Miss Olla Hodges, a daughter of the late Colonel Jake Hodges, former resident of Watauga County. BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, JULY 12, 1934 RECORD YIELDS BRING SMILES TO COUNTY FARMERS Most Favorable Season in Years Brings Figures on Potato Crop to Near a Million Bushels. Seed Being Produced Under TVA Supervision Will Bring Added Income. Kraut Industry Takes Care of Cabbage. The most favorable growing season known in Watauga County for many years has wreathed local farmers’ faces with smiles, and those who lean to mathematical speculation have been so bold as to predict a yield of Irish potatoes of from eight hundred thousand to one million bushels, with cabbage, beans and other mountain truck crops thriving in bounteous pro portion. A fine open spring season enabled the farmers to seed their soil with a minimum of hindrance from the ele ments, which rewarded their labors by the witholding of late killing frosts which have wrought such damage in late years. Unlike any summer which can readily be recalled, almost daily showers have interspersed the hot sunshiny periods, and so rapid has been the growth of vegetation, par • ticularly potato vines, that many far ( mers have been forced to forego a final hoeing, because of the overlap ping of a jungle-like growth. Those who have “sampled” hills of potatoes report in many instances that the tubers are now as large as at digging time last year, and a no ticeable absence of twos and threes is reported. An 800,000-bushel yield is regarded in most quarters as a con servative estimate. Certified Seed In addition to the usual market crop of the table variety of spuds, a good many farmers in Watauga have gone in this year for the production of certified seed, under the direct supervision of the Tennessee Valley Authority. One thousand five hundred bushels of choice Maine-grown seed were planted in Watauga and Avery j counties, the vines are being sprayed and cared for in accordance with Government specifications, and one inspector has already visited the fields. He was unable to find fault with methods employed or with the rank growth of the foliage. The op*, portunity which is opened to Watau ga farmers for increased income through the production of certified seed is strikingly shown by the fact that the seed planted in these select patches cost growers $2.35 per bush el f. o. b. Johnson City, Tenn. At that time the regular market on ta ble potatoes was SI.OO and less in some instances. Other Crops Flourish Likewise, cabbage, beans and oth er crops by which is gauged the pros perity of Watauga County people, have responded in prolific style to the kind treatment of Mother Nature and bumper crops are undoubtedly in the offing. The local kraut factory has about twice as much acreage of cabbage under contract this year as ever before, and encouragement is found in information that this year’s output is already sold, and that there has been nq kraut available at the factory since about the first of the year. More cattle and sheep are to be found in Watauga than in many years and the market, while still short, is much better than last year. With brightened prospects as to improved market conditions, Watau gans generally believe that this year will mark the sharpest economic up turn ever known in a similar period of time. Game Farm at Banner Elk Promising Project One of the interesting places to visit at Banner Elk is the game bird farm of the Lees-Mcßae College, where Edgar Tufts has aroused the envy of other such enterprises throughout the country in that he has actually succeeded well in the rearing of the ruffed grouse. So well has the producton of this favorite and wary bird progressed that plans are visual ized for the setting aside of 700 acres of mountain land for a grouse ref uge. Eggs were originally secured from the slopes of the Grandfather Mountain and hatched in an incuba tor. Mallard ducks, quail, ring-neck pheasant and wild turkey are being grown in abundance at the game farm and many of these birds are sold over the nation as breeders. Mr. Tufts has always been keenly Inter ested in wild life, and this latest ven ture of the versatile educator is the fulfillment of his long-time desire to restock the mountains with game birds. It is said, however, that several years will be required to obtain a suf ficiently large breeding stock before any birds may be released into the forest an I field. Mr. Walter W. Sutton, publisher of the Greensboro Patriot, accompa nied by Mrs. Sutton, were guests at the Daniel Boone Hotel over the week end. Reynolds Speaks As Press Meet Opens At Banner Elk Near one hundred editors and publishers, with their ladies, passed through Boone Wednesday en route to Banner Elk, where Edgar Tufts is playing host to the journalists at the sixty-second annual conven tion of the North Carolina Press Association. Pinnacle Inn, popular summer hostelry of Lees-Mcßae College, is convention headquarters, and the organization program has been supplemented with a number of suggestions by Mr. Tufts for pleasant and informative glimpses of the mountain scenery there about. The convention, which comes to a close Friday morning, opens on Wednesday evening, when, follow ing a welcome address by Mr. Tufts, the Tennessee Valley Devel opment will be discussed by Mr. W. S. SturdevanT, director of informa tion for the T. V. A. Hon. Robert R. Reynolds, United States Senator, will follow with one of his inimitable addresses, and the high spot on Thursday’s program will be the address by Hon. John J. Parker, Judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Parker, who is known as a master ful speaker, will discuss the pro posed new State Constitution. Thursday afternoon will be given NEW BREEDERS AT STATE HATCHERY Smathers Restocks Pools After Van dals Destroy Hundreds of Fish. Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout Used. Reward for Prowlers. Hundreds of trout, big ones of the rainbow, brown and speckled species, were placed in the breeding pools at Rutherwood Fish Hatchery last Sat urday by Manager Charles E. Smath ery, and will replace those killed re cently when night prowlers diverted the water from the rearing pools. Mr. Smathers secured his new stock from the Marmon Hatchery at Pineola and from the State Hatchery at Roaring Gap, and states that despite the hard k luok of recent weeks, he is now in a position to proceed with the hatchery as if nothing had happened, and with a minimum of delay. Mr. Smathers incidentally makes known the fact that SSO has been of fered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who turned the water from the hatchery pools and destroyed the trout. Health Clinic Will Begin Next Tuesday A second child health clinic will begin Tuesday, the 17th, at the Dem onstration School building in Boone, and will be conducted by Drs. J. B. Hagaman and H. B. Perry. Assisting Dr. Hagaman will be Dr. Baughman of Elizabethton, Tenn., and the same low rates will apply to tonsil and ade noid operations. Eyes will be exam ined and glasses fitted at cost. Oth er arrangements are the same as pre viously announced. Miss Theodosia Watson, director of relief, says she will be able to assist in defraying the expense of a limit ed number of operations for children whose families are on relief rolls, and anyone knowing of children needing such medical aid will please notify Miss Watson at once. The case will be looked into and such steps taken as seem advisable. Junior Order Council To Install Officers Daniel Boone Council No. 129, Jr. O. U. A. M., will install officers for the new term at its regular meeting Monday night, July 23rd. The officers who will be installed are: Clyde R. Greene, past co.n cilor; Ralph G. Greene, councilor; O. J. Harmon, vice-councilor; Russell D. Hodges, financial secretary; B. Kelly Osborne, treasurer; Linney Walker, recording secretary; Dallas Shoe make, assistant recording secretary; Finley Shore, conductor; Vilas Mo retz, warden; James Carter, inside sentinel; Tom Shore, outside sentinel; C. H. Blackburn, trustee. LAMBS BRING GOOD PRICE Mr. M. J. Williams of Lovill tells The Democrat that he recently sold 11 lambs, weighing 1040 pounds, for seven cents per pound. A number weighing less than 80 pounds were kept on the farm. A neighbor, Clyde Danner, sold four at the same scales which weighed 380 pounds and brought the same price. In both in stances the sheep were sold on the farm where produced, and Mr. Wil liams, states that considerable “drift” was thus saved. Messrs. Clifford Norris and Clint Norris, of West Virginia, spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Norris in Boohe. over to recreation, and in the eve ning the program is to be featured by an address by Dr. John Dickin son, Assistant Secretary of Com ■ SENATOR 808 REYNOLDS merce. Dr. Dickinson, a former law partner of William G. McAdoo, is said to be scheduled for a place in the regular President’s Cabinet in (Continued on Page 8) COOK IS NAMED AS FARM SUPERVISOR Says There Is Plenty of Time to Pro duce Vegetables, and Will Co-oper ate in Giving Information. Seeds at County Relief Offices. Mr. Newton Cook has been appoint-, ed as County Farm Supervisor by the Emergency Relief Administration to succeed L. M. Farthing, who died last week. Mr. Cook insists on peo ple of Watauga County growing later crops of vegetables, and has given the following statement to the press: “There is still plenty of time for! the people of Watauga County to plant fall gardens. The opportunity is open to overyone to grow an abun dant supply of vegetables for fall and winter use. Many early crops, such as onions and peas, have already been harvested. This ground can be pre pared and planted again, or other ground prepared. The main rush of the crop season is past, giving ample time for the planting and cultivation of these crops. “It is not too late to grow such vegetables as beets, carrots, beans,! peas, mustard, turnips and many oth er similar crops. These crops give | added variety to the table during fall I and winter months. Any surplus may be canned or stored for future use. The people of this section have never yet fully realized the necessity of a fall garden, or the success with which it may be grown. Once tried, it will become an important part of the gar den program. Mr. Cook will be glad to co-oper ate with any family in need of help in growing a late crop of vegetables. There is still a supply of suitable seeds available at the Relief Office. Anyone interested should see about them at once. Local Park to Be Developed by Legion At a meeting of Watauga Post, American Legion, last Friday night, it was decided to build a cottage in Legion Park to house a park mana ger, and plans were laid with pro moters of the county singing and oth er public-spirited citizens for devel opment of the park into a county wide social center. The erection of a community building with seating capacity of not less than 1,000 was discussed. Mr. Leonard Wilson has been se lected as county-.wide chairman, to solicit funds and materials for this building. Record Sale of Cars Reported for June More Chevrolet automobiles were sold during the month of June than at any time in the history of the W. R. Chevrolet Company, Mr. W. R. Winkler, president of the concern, told The Democrat Monday. Seven teen new units were delivered to their owners during the thirty-day period, and the preference for the new Chev rolet is said to be widespread through out this section. In addition to the new cars, Mr. Winkler states that his concern disposed of 23 used cars during June. IMPROVE SCHOOL GROUNDS A project which would lead to the improvement of many rural school grounds in Watauga is being contem plated by the local relief administra tion, and Miss Theodosia Watson asks that those interested call at her office for a discussion of their par ticular problems. $1.50 PER Y.cAK DiiOSITORS TO H ARE ALIKE IN jPENING BANK Federal Authorities Do Not Allow Discrimination and $40,000 Will Be l Distributed. Watauga Bank Meets ! All State Requirements and Federal ! Examiners Now Going Over the Records. Remarkable Progress. The Watauga County Bank has met every requirement of the State Bank ing Department, according to a state ment issued by officials Tuesday. However, when the affairs of the bank were referred to Washington in connection with the granting of de posit insurance, it was asked that all depositors, both time and checking, be treated exactly alike; that check ing deposits must be put on the same basis as time certificates. The state ment continues: “The $40,000 now available in cash in the bank belongs to all of the de positors—checking and time, and in due course will be distributed, togeth er with other collections that will be made from time to time. “Mr. C. G. Armfield, a grandson of the late Judge Armfield of States ville, and Mr. R. Vance Brown, rep resenting the Federal authorities, to gether with Mr. John G. Allen, rep resenting the State authorities, have been in Boone for the past week mak ing a complete examination of the bank for the purpose of deposit in surance recommendations. I “The bank has made remarkable progress toward the goal of increased liquidity during the past few months. All of its indebtedness has been paid; notes have been renewed and brought into current condition, and in many instances materially curtailed; con siderable relief has been afforded through the two Federal Loaning agencies—the Federal Land Bank at Columbia and the Home Owners Loan Corporation at Salisbury, and the physical appearance of the banking quarters has undergone complete ren ovation. “The 100% co-operation in meet ing the last condition imposed by the I Washinugton authorities, that all de positors be treated alike, both time and checking, is meeting with in stant and abundant success. In fact, everyone recognizes this as the fair est possible arrangement. Mr. Allen Optimistic Mr. John G. Allen, of the State Banking Department, who through his friendship to this section has ta ken a deep personal interest in the affairs of the Watauga County Bank, (Continued on Page 8) Home Loans Now Go Through Greensboro Wade E. Brown, Watauga County attorney for the Home Owners Loan Corporation, states that he has re cently been advised that local loans will henceforth be handled through the offices of the Greensboro dis trict, and asks that people of Wa tauga take note of this change. For merly Watauga County loans were handled through the offices of the Asheville district. Rev. Levi Greene Hurt In Automobile Crash Rev. Levi Greene, popular Baptist minister of the Deep Gap section, was injured Sunday when the car he was driving left the Blowing Rock road near the power dam, and crashed into a building. Mr. Greene received treatment at Dr. Hagaman’s office, and was taken to Wilkes Hospital, where it was found that his condition was not necessarily serious, and he was returned to his home Tuesday. The automobile in which the min ister was riding was said to have been almost demolished and the porch of the building considerably damaged. He was en route from Caldwell Coun ty to Hopkins when the accident oc curred. Only One Case Is Heard by Recorder Only one case was heard in Judge John H. Bingham’s court Tuesday, that in which one John Speck, Char lotte, was charged with driving an automobile while intoxicated. Defen dant was fined SSO and cost and driv ing license was revoked for a period of 90 days. This constitutes one of the lightest dockets in Recorders Court for many months and Judge Bingham is firm in his belief that the crime wave is gradually receding, in so far as Wa tauga is concerned. BIG WHEAT CROP The Democrat is in receipt of an appreciated personal letter from Hr. J. P. Todd, forj . resident of this county, who htrs. f'ed at Lancaster, Wash., for iyears. Mr. Todd calls attention t. .he fact that har vest is just beginning in his section, says that wheat is good and that an eleven-million-bushel yield is predict ed for Whitman County.