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THE MARION PROGRESS
A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF MARION AND McDOWELL COUNTY ESTABLISHED 1896 MARION, N. C., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1949 VOLUME 54—No. 23 Symbolically, the traditional Christmas celebration combines the customs of many lands and peoples, not all of which are rooted in Christian beliefs. The Yule Log was part of celebrating the Winter Solstice in Scandinavia, during which an enormous log was ceremoniously burned. Hospital Building Fund Drive Post Office On The Boom Last Monday The Marion Post Office hit an all-time high last Monday selling 44,370 stamps ranging in denomi nation from one-half cent to $1.00. This included 35,300 two cent stamps. The canceling machine at the main office ran letters and cards totaling 29,295. This does not in clude mail dispatched from the three stations which do their own canceling. Receipts for funds Monday were $1,042.03. The Air Mail parcels were mount ing heavily also, especially those traveling to the West Coast. Truck Plunges Into Lake Tahoma A truck with three passengers plunged into Lake Tahoma last Wednesday night and all escaped without injuries, Sheriff C. M. Pool said. The Sheriff said he was told the right wheel locked as the truck made a turn and the truck plung ed over the embankment. Passen gers were Mr. and Mrs. McKinney Loftis and Mrs. Loftis' sister. Gouge To Preach At Woodlawn Baptist Rev. Sam Gouge will preach at Woodlawn Baptist church Sunday morning at the 11 o'clock service, it is announced. Sunday school will be held at 10:30 a. m. There will be a Christmas tree program for the children of the community Saturday night at sev en o'clock in the church Kiwanians Present Charter To Marion High Key Club Walker Passes At Dysartsville Anderson Calvin Walker, 54, died suddenly at his home in the Dysartsville section at 12 p. m. Saturday. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Martha Bradley Walker; two sons, A. C. Jr., of the U. S. Navy, who lias been in Japan for the past two years, and Homer Lee Walker of Groton, Conn.; one daughter, Mrs. Joseph Cannarilla, New Brittain, Conn.; his father and moth«r, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Walker, Old Fort; three brothers, Edward, Old Fort, Jerry, route 4, Marion, and J. H. Walker of Nebo; three sisters, Mrs. Mildred McAfee, route 4, Marion, Mrs. Fred Knowlton, Old Tort, Miss Mabel Walker, Old Fort, and four grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were in complete Wednesday, At the regular meeting of the Larion Kiwanis Club held on Tues ay of this week, President Roy (avis presented the charter for the ewly organized Marion High ■chool Key Club. Donnie Godfrey, resident of the Key Club, accept d the charter. He was also pre ented with a president's pin as personal gift from President Da is. The club at the local high school i the 53rd Key Club to be estab shed in the Carolina's District of awanis International since 1945. t is the second club to bte formed i McDowell county, the first hav lg been chartered several months go at Nebo High School. Kiwanian E. L. Carter, faculty dvisor, introduced the members f the Key Club. Key Clubber Al ert Hale of High Point, Lieuten nt-Governor of the Carolina's Dis rict, made a most interesting talk f the work in this organization. (Continued on last page) The Marion Fire Department gave the Marion Hospital Building Fund Drive a sharp boost this week with a contribution of $1,000. Net proceeds from the Slabtown Con vention presented by colored wo men singers of local churches to taled $62.20. S. R. Cross, fund chairman, said yesterday the total amount to date was approximately $65,000 toward the $100,000 goal. Other donations include Clear water Finishing company of Old Fort $2,500; United Rayon com pany $500. Lesser contributions amounted to approximately $500 from individuals and the Old Fort Telephone company has pledged 100 per cent. A special phase of the campaign developed recently permits an in- j dividual or organization to contri bute Memorial Gifts for hospital rooms. A plaque on the door would be inscribed with appropriate j wording. For private rooms the a- j mount is $2,500 permitting the use of one name. A semi-private room, (Continued on page 6) Marion Women Are Honored By State Paper The North Carolina Clubwomen, magazine of the North Carolina Federated Womans Clubs has as its cover design for the December is sue a picture of Mrs. Wade H. Britt, of Marion, third vice presi dent of the North Carolina Feder ation of Womans Clubs and Direc tor of the Junior Clubs of the State. The December issue is devoted almost entirely to the Junior clubs and carries an inspiring message from Mrs. Britt to the clubs under her direction. In addjtion to Mrs. Britt's mes sage the issue carries a report by Miss Pat Nesbitt, Marion club re porter, on the activities of the lo cal club and a picture of Mrs. P. r. Hollis, president of the Marion Junior Womans Club with a resume af her community activities. Kiwanis Club Will Sponsor Dime Board The Kiwanis club w: 1 sponsor its annual Dime Board on the street Thursday, Friday and Satur day of this week from 10 a. m. until 6 p. m., it is announced. The committee in charge of ar rangements this year is competed of W. G. Wiatt, chairman; Wayne Suttle, J. M. Snoddy, S. J. West moreland, H. L. Tyler and Barron Caldwell. Members of the Club will take turns supervising the collection of dimes for the benefit of under privileged children. A report of the work done by the Underprivileged Child Com mittee during 1949 lists the fol lowing projects. Had eyes examined and furnish (Continuei on last page) Holidays Closings Announced Practically all business firms of Marion will observe Monday and Tuesday, December 26 and 27 as Christmas holidays. A poll was con ducted last week by the Marion Merchants association to determine the wishes of local merchants and in favor of re main in g cIomS^ot the two days. Motor companies, however, an nounced later that they will reop en Tuesday morning as usual. Marion City Schools closed Fri (Continued on last page) County Breeder* Elect Officers S. L. Homewood was reelected chairman of the McDowell County Artificial Breeders Association at a meeting of the directors held in the court house last Saturday. Clyde Gilliam was reelected se cretary^ treasurer and Paul L. Nave, assistant secretary-treasur er. There was a round table discuss ion of the program. FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. TREVFRTON HELD HERE MONDAY Mrs. Amy Ward Sellers Ti-ever ton, died Friday at the residence on Morgan street after an extend ed illness. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 11 a. m., in St. John's Episcopal church with the Rev. A. . P. Mack, rector, officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery here. Surviving are the husband; three sons, William Montgomery Trever ton of Marlboro, N*. J., Ward R. Treverton of Denver, Colo., and Edward C. Treverton of Wrangell, Alaska; three grand children; two sisters, Mrs. J. E. Williams of Car lisle, Pa., and Mrs. Ida L. Haines of Bay City, Mich.; one brother, E. B. Sellers of Carlisle. Mrs. Traverton was born in Pittsburgh, Po., a daughter of F. B. and Martha Porter Sellers. She svas educated at Dickinson College in Carlisle. She was interested in ' child welfare work and organized ; i society known as "The Children's . Friend" in Carlisle and served as ^ its first president. Shortly after her marriage she moved with her husband to Old Fore in 1906. She was a charter , member and first president of the Old Fort Woman's Club. In 1928 she moved to Marion. She was an active member of the episcopal church and of the Mar- 1 ion Study Club for years. Christmas Day Church Services Roger W. Babson BABSON'S OUTLOOK WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE PROGRESS Roger W. Babson's Business and Financial Outlook For 1950 will ap pear in The Marion Progress, De cember 29. Mr. Babson—a pioneer in the field of business and financial sta tistics—enjoys a truly remarkable record for accuracy in his Annual Forecasts. His score for 1949 was 80% correct. On December 29, 1948 Mr. Bab son predicted. That the total volume of busi ness for 1949 will be less than that (Continued on last page) Total $1407. This Week Contributions to the tuberculo sis Christmas Seal Sale total $1,407, according to a report yesterday by Mrs. Edna Earle Stancell, chair man. "We are well pleased with the progress of the campaign thus far," she said, "but urge an early re sponse from all who have not con tributed" Blood mobile Visit . \ Set For December 31 The Bloodmobile will visit the Prison Camp on December 31, Rev. M. O. Owens, program chair man, announced this week. This visit is in the interest of providing a surplus for the holidays. Prison ers who contribute will be given a holiday from work. Christmas program, White Gift services and other observances were held in Marion churches last Sun day. The schedule of services for Christmas Day have been announc ed as follows: FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Sunday School will be omitted. A morning Worship Service at 11 o'clock will feature Christmas mu sic and the pastor will bring a Christmas message. ST. MATTHEW'S LUTHERAN St. Matthew's Lutheran church will have a service at 11 a. m. Christmas Day. The choir will ren der "0 Rejoice Ye Christians Loudly," by Hammers chmidt-Key mann, and "To Shepherds As They Watched By Night," by Wolder Luther. Rev. Charles Frenzel, pastor, will use as his sermon subject, "The Great Festival of Christmas." FIRST METHODIST A special Christmas Worship Service, combining both Sunday School and the Morning Worship Service, will be held at the First Methodist church on Sunday, De cember 25th. The service will start (Continued on last page) PMA COMMITTEE IS ELECTED 1 LAST THURSDAY Forty of the county's farmers were elected by their neighbors last Thursday to serve as Community Production And Marketing Admin istration Committeemen for the coming year. Each of the county's eight agri cultural c^wununlms' alib' " selected a delegate to represent them in the ■ county convention held on Friday ^ - in PMA Office in the Courtnouse ? ' at which the County PMA Com mittee was chosen. These are the men who will be responsible during the 1950 year for the local administration of such Federal farm programs as Ag ricultural Conservation, price sup ports, acreage allotments, and mar keting quotas. Eighteen of the new committee men and alternates have never served as a PMA Committeeman before. The balance were either re-elected or had served during some previous period. W. E. Morgan, of Glenwood, will again head the McDowell County Production And Marketing Admin istration Committee during the coming year. Morgan was elected chairman of the county committee of three members and two alternates at the county convention for community delegates held Monday at 1:00 p. m. in the Courthouse. Vice-chairman of the committee is W. S. Haynes of Route 2, Mar ion; W. J. Porter of route 1, Old (Continued on last page) Glenwood Methodist Church To Have Christmas Service READ THE ADS AND TRY TO WIN A MOVIE PASS Each week from now until Christmas The Marion Progress ind the Marion Theatre will award jasses each week to two adults liv ng within the city limits, two liv ng outside the city limits, one to i student over 12 years of age and >ne to a child under 12. Anyone is eligible to try for ;hese passes except employees of ["he progress and members of their 'amilies. Here's all you have to do. Read the biographical sketch be ow and decide what man in his (Continued on page ten) I Christmas will be observed by the Glenwood Methodist church when the Methodist Youth tFellow ship presents the Christmas candle light service, "Immanuel — God With Us", by the Reverend J. Har old Gwynne, on Saturday evening, December 24, 1049, at 7:00 p. m. Th worship service composed of scripture and hymns, is divided in. five parts. Each of the parts, "His Word of Prophecy," "His Angel Messengers," "His Only Begotten Son," "His Supernatural Signs," and "Abiding Spirit," is built a round the central theme, "God—* With Us", and carried out by the use of the Christmas scripture tak en from Isaiah, St. Matthew and St. Luke, and will be read by Ja mes Haney. The hymns to be used are centered around the scripture reading and are sung by the M. Y. F. choir. Special music will be "0 Holy Night,' sung by Mary (Continued or last page) k V .-' .•%.