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I Jt VOL. XXVI NO.9 HENDERSONVILLE, N. C. THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 1919 PRICE FIVE CENT - ' II I ..HI n i ii- ,.. Success of Big Business Achieved by Fair Dealing, Gcod Nerve and Hard Work.A Remarkable Story of Business Growth. Some of the most interesting stories are the true ones, and not infrequent ly the lif story of a business shows courage and nerve well worthy of "honorable mention" in the history of term. A case in point is the busl- i iie whose name heads this column. In September 1906, Mr. H. Patter son came to .Hendersonville from Krr.cky, where he had two mercan tile businesses. He started business i:i a filial! way hcie, opening a dry gooi. store in ft ilcrr space 20 by 75. ilr IV.ltersoii conducted the busi ness, while Mr. Patterson devoted hl3 time to the tv.o stores in Kentucky and cne which in the meantime he h:-;d opened at Brevard. The little business standi off well enough, but 1 ' 3f ' J 8 J illness in the famfly end the demands of the other stores brought troubles, and in September of 1907, the "panic year." an assignment was necessary, lie creditors, however were satisfied with the payment made, and another start was made at Third and Main streets This venture was so well on the way to succes.that Mr. Patterson jras enabled to pay up every cent or the indebtedness left after the assign ment, the creditors thus being paid in full. However, the payment of these kv debts was a heavy load and to lay in more sioc u wv w r Tne lender unexpectedly de-j niande3 payment In full, and a saie: - ; 4A' .3 1 i o1 i trv , y . iJC t ti if Bv s 'mt'C - -, f-. vr-r-vS 'T's V;:,?; vVr-;- x'A?-;; -- - . 0 1 4y.!,-.. -f: r of the entire stock was forced. The proceeds of the sale met the obliga tion, but Mr. Patterson had to. start ail over again, with nothing to show for hi $ bard work, and practically iioUiiijg with which to make another start i JXVuiMo to. .float anolher mercantile venture, he opened a pressing club in the old Toms Building where the Citi zens Bank now stands. To help him he had no one but Mrs . Patterson and a sister, and he himself had the work to do j he did it by getting on the job af-five o'clock in the 'morning and staying on it until far- into the nijjht. Good work, however, brought its re ward in increased business, and the pressing club, with better equipment, j..55J5a was moved Into larger quarters where Dotson's Harness Shop is now locat ed. After a time the profits of the business made it possible to put in a small line of men's clothing. Again the story was one of hard work and slow but steady growth, and another move to larger quarters was made, the business being moved rto !;alf of the Staton Rock Building on Main Street, and by 1913 contin ued growth demanded the entire building. A. year or two more, and I: became evident that even this was feut January 1917 a contract was made wltn j. jvi. uuager ior me erection oi J . V9 a really modern department store building at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street, the very cen tre of the town's business life. Woilc was started on t!ie new building In April, and the contract called for ccon.plet.'on by July, but war condi tions delayed the actual completion un til January of 1918, when the business wa-i ii'ioved into its present home. '"he business as it stands today is a, splendid Monument to good nerve, 'iard work, r.i-i fair dealinsg and final suci-ess has V cn wrung from repeat (d diaster. Ore of the largest mer cantile businesses in this section of the state, it is housed in quarters that would do credit to the retail district of any city in the country. The store now employs fifteen people regularly, and adeb many more at busy reasons. The two floors 54 by 108 feet, as well as the large mezzanine floor, are tax ed to their capacity by the demands of the business, and arrangements are now being made to convert the large hall on the second floor into a stock room. Many thousands of dollars are invested in the handsome furniture and equipment, mahogany and plate glass ait everywhere, while overhead h modern cash trolley connecting the cashier's desk with every part of the store is kept busy handling its load or money. While the stock of goods lite rally includes every item of clothins which can be wanted for man, woman or child, from the top of the head to the sole of the foot; nothing is omit ted. The atmosphere of the whole es tablishment is one of prosperity ana growth; of success; of good business. And it is deserved. This sketch gives but an outline of the difficulties "which haTO been met and overcome in the building up of this establishment. The rsult Is one which has been achieved by hard work and unfailing nerve, by close attention to every feature of the business,, and by unvarying fair treat ment of the patrons of the store. In addition to achieving business success Mr. Patterson has written his name plainly as one of the most gene rous and public spirited citizens of the town. In outright' gifts for different charitable purposes over $500 was ex pended last year, and Mr. Patterson's name appears unfailingly opposite a generous subscription in even" move- t r P : 4 y A v 1, LOCAL BASKET BALL GIRLS DEFEAT ASHEVILLE GIRLS In the game of basketball last Wed nesday afternoon the local girls de feated the Asheville team by a score of 17 to 6. Miss Gertrude Smith was the star player although the whole team played well. Miss Lucy Bomar umpired the game and Mr. Wilson of Asheville was. the referee. This was their line-up: HMlle (17) ; Asheville (6) Gertrude Smith Weaver Forward Caldwell .....Vanneman Forward K. Smith... Hawthorne Center Leverett.... Jordan Guard McCall Lowe Guard The local team served coffee and sandwiches. TRACTOR DEMONSTRATION ON BARKER PLACE. A demonstration of the Fordsoii Tractor is being given by the Rhodes Auto Company out on the Barker Place, where one of the powerful lit tle machines is putting a big field In apple pie order in the fastest time ever made in Henderson County. R. K. Stepp, who is a pretty good autho rity on farm work, says that he has never seen, a better job of plowing, and it is done at the rate of from eight to ten acres a day, the whole outfit being handled by one man, who had had less than half a day's experience in handling the tractor before starting in on this field. A big double-disc harrow is also used, and after both machines have been put over the ground it look's like somebody's pet garden. Parties interested in seeing the demonstration are invited to ge: in touch with Mr. F. S. Wetmur. CALL FOR MASS MEETING. A petition having been filed with me by a number of democrats asking that I, as Chairman of the Democratic Executive committee, call a mass meeting of the democrats of Hender sonville and Henderson County to con sider the situation created by the re fusal and failure of the appointees to serve on the road commission, I here by call a mass meeting of the demo crats of Hendersonville and Hender son County to meet at the CourC House in : Hendersonville on Satur day the 29th of March, 1919, at 12 o'clock, M. E. W. EWBANK, Pnntv nhafrmaaV OVERLAND CARS SELLING FAST The Overland market has waked up all of a sudden since F. S. Wetmur EMrkT-irfa Rfiveral davs I . . : . " ..'stimulants, and for a time showed ago and got m toucn wun auaim , again. The Rhodes Auto Company, of which he is manager, has sold three Overland "Nineties" in the last few days, the purchasers being E. A. Wohlford, E. R. Pinckney and A. L. Gurley. From present prospects the company is going to have more diffi culty In getting enough new cars than in finding purchasers for them, the "Ninety" model being especially popu lar. - -i-!uhf Pv't. Luther Brookshire, who has been in service overseas, came home Tuesday. ment for the benefit of Henderson vilt. He believes in the town, and hH faith is backed by works and hard cash. J n;- 7-. .i-f -,. ViWf..". J. 3IACK RHODES HEADS CITY TICKET. Wins Mayoralty Nomination 182 to 12i. lYilkins, Edwards and Shepherd to Run for City Council Henderson, vine's Biggest Democratic Conven tion Fails to Develop Expected Bli-terness-Prospects Good of Twist ing Radical TaUs In May. The Democratic City Convention held at the City Hall Monday night re sulted in the nomination of J. Mack Rhodes for Mayor and John T. Wil kins, Raymond L. Edwards and Thom as Shepherd for aldermen. The convention, which was by far the largest gathering of city democrats ever held in Hendersonville was cal led to order by City Chairman C. E. Brooks, and T. L. Durham was un animously . elected chairman. C. S. Fullbright, Charles Morrow and C. N. Wrenshall were appointed tellers. C. E. Brooks was placed in nomina tion for mayor by E. W. Ewbanii, end J. Mack Rhodes was nominated by John T. Wilkins, Mr. Brooks nomi nation being seconded by McD. Ray and that of Mr. Rhodes by W. A. Keith. The votes were tallied as they were cast into the hat, this tally show ing a total of 257. The. count of the votes for two candidates showed Rhodes 132, Brooks 124, these two figures totalling 256, or a discrepancy of only one vote from the first checlc. Four ballots bearing the names or candidates for alderman were thrown out, the tally showing that these had been cast by error along with votes for mayor. For alderman, John T Wilkins waa nominated by W. A. Keith, Raymond L. Edwards by W. H. Bangs, . and Thomas Shepherd by Sam T. Hodges. There being no further nominations it was moved by E. W. Ewbank tha: these nominations be made unanimous by a rising vote, and every man in the hall earned to his feet. None of them sat down again, and the announcement of Chairman Durham that these gen tlemen tiad been duly chosen as the party's candidates was lost in the noise and shuffle of a going crowd. v Although the closeness of the con test between the mayoralty candidates promised a bitter fight in the conven tion, the bitterness failcu to develop, and although each side worked hard up to the last minute and neglected no possible chance of winning, when the convention came to order, and the test came, the whole conduct of the meeting was marked by a noticeable spirit of fairness and a willingness on all sides to do the right thing and abide by the result. There was an al- most complete absence of the mis piacea sarcasm wmcn o uuu staito trouble, no votes were challenged, ana there was no question of the honesty and correctness of the count. One member of the convention had brough: to the meeting a trifle more than his share of party patriotism and other some mciinauon iu ume aigo w -" proceedings without the formality or rising and securing recognition from the chairman, but was finally dis suaded from such a course by the not very subtle hints of nearby fellow members. ! A noticeable feature of the conven tion was the number of Republican rail-birds who watched the proceed ings with keen interest. A census of the peanut gallery taken Monday night would have made a pretty com- nlete issue of "Who's Who in the Realms of Republicanism" for Hen- dersonville. J. Mack Rhodes the newly chosen nominee to head the city Democratic ticket is a Henderson County man, having been born in the Mills River section and educated at Oak Ridge Institute. He was connected with the old Bank of Hendersonville for four years, being cashier of that concern when it was consolidated in 1907. with the Commercial Bank, and being made cashier of the resulting First National Bank. He held this office until 1912, when the First National was consoli dated with ' the Wanteska Trust & Banking Company, resulting In the formation of the. present Institution, the First Bank & Trust Company, ol which he has been cashier from the Hm it started business. His business record is an enviable one, a clean rec- years of active ord of over sixteen yv - and successrui wors in yuaiwuxio heavy responsibility, while on tne personal side he can bring to the May election a strength which should .put 6th COMPANY BOYS RETURN. The former members of the 6th Co , National Guard, who belonged to the 7th and 8th Anti-Aircraft Batteries, were discharged at Camp Lee, Va., KMarch 24th, and have reached Hender sonville. The names of the 7th Bat tery are: 1st Sergeant Herschel H. Allison Mess Sergeant Allen W. Hawkins Mess Sergeant William M. Pender Mess Sergeant Ernest E. Russell Corporal Chester R. Glenn Corporal Guy P. Jordan Corporal Albert V. Edwards Corporal Lawrence L."Burgin Mechanic William J. Reese Wagoner John J. Henderson Wagoner Grover L. Shipman Cook Frank M. Huggins Private 1st Class Frank M. Bly Daniel B. Huggins William H. Ladson Ezekiel W. McCall Paul J. Johnson J. Manning Morris. -8th Battery . Sergeant Roy S. Marr Corporal Emmett Lott ! Private 1st Class Horace H. Case. All these were stationed at Fort Caswell for training and left the states for France, June 10, 1918 and landed at Brest, France, June 19, 1918. They were stationed at Fort De, Stains, near Paris for training with the French Anti-Aircraft defences. They went to the front on August, 23, 1918 and served with the 7th French Army and the first American Army until the armistice was signed. February 23, 1919 they sailed on the U. S. S. "Mongolia" from St. Nazaire France and landed at Hoboken, N. J., on March 7; and were sent to Comp Merritt, N. J. From there they went to Camp Lee, Va. - These batteries were on the front and none were injured. On the re turn vpyagea large number were sea sick. The Red Cross, Y. M. C. A., and other organizations were exceed ingly kind and helpful at all times. Too much can not be said about the good they are doing. PERSONALS W. A. Smith received a wire from his son, First Lieutenant Walter B. Smith, that he landed on Tuesday at -Hoboken, N. J. He is In charge of a detachment for Chattanooga, Tenn., and will spend his 10 day's furlougli . at home soon. :o: ""m Will Twyford Is on the transport which expects to land In Charleston, S. C, on Saturday. He sent his sis ter, Septima, a pair of wooden shoes from northern France which may be aen in the window of the book store.' :o: There was a meeting at Mrs. L. M. Colt's on Monday afternoon of the chairmen of the Woman's Club Com mittees w'io were trying to perfect their plans for entertaining the state federation of Clubs in June, .jwfif ::- -Bii ' Miss Evelyn Lee, from Waynesville spoke at the Woman's Club yesterday ' afternoon on "Clean-up-Week." Miss Lee is visiting and speaking to clubs under the direction of Mr. Young, 'of Raleigh who is chairmari of Fire Pre- ventIon Work. :o: Rev. Raymond Browning returned : from Aurora Monday evening where he has been conducting a meeting of several week's. Rev. Mr. Browning goes to Nashville, N. C.f,this week to begin a meeting. :o: The Philathea and Baraca classes of the East t Hendersonville Baptist Church had charge of the Wednesday evening prayer service. There was an interesting talk by Lawrence Pace and . good music from the choir. " Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Bradley's daugh ter, Miss Martha, near Saluda, was ac cidentally shot by her small brother last Sunday evening. "The ball went into her hip. She is reported as get ting along all right. The old story of the unloaded pistol has been repeated. Getting .and Giving. f What makes the Dead sea dead? Because It Is all the time receiving, anything. V. LV xlDS out any jjfoody. Hendersonville still further over on the Democratic side of the books.