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 29, 1949 VOLUME 54 No. 24
Sain-Brooks Motor Company
Changed to Marion Motors, Inc.
The name of the Sain-Brooks Mo
tor company has been changed to
Marion Motors, Inc., it is announced
by the owners, H. G. Sain and C. L.
Quick. Nothing else is changed, it is
stated. The same friendly and effi
cient service will be maintained, the
The photographs of the men who
wake up the staff appear in a dou
ble page ad in this issue of The Pro
H. G. Sain has been a resident of
Marion for the past eight years,
purchasing the business in 1941. C.
L. Quick has been associated with
Sain since last July. He was form
erly connected with the Ford Motor
Company of the Charlotte district.
Quite a few changes have been
made in the different departments
recently, new fixtures set up and a
new machine installed to assure bet
STATE TO ADD
PENNY TO GAS
TAX JANUARY 1
Raleigh—When North Carolina
adds another penny to its gasoline
tax January 1, the money must be
used exclusively to help pay for
the rural road program.
So ruled Attorney General Har
ry McMullan in a special opinion
handed down recently.
The extra cent tax—which will
raise the state's gas tax to seven
cents a gallon—automatically goes
Into effect the first of the new
It was contingent upon the
$204*,©00,OW> rural roiff bond is
sue approved last Summer.
If the bond issue were approved
—which it was—the gas tax rate
was to automatically go up one
cent January 1.
In .an option prepared for the
revenue department, the highway
commission, and the state treasur
er's office, McMullan said all in
come from the tax increase must be
deposited in a secondary road bond
He pointed out that the fund was
created in a provision of the act
authorizing the $200,000,000 bond
program and that its purpose as
outlined in the act, is to repay tha
principal and interest on the bonds.
The additional one-cent tax is ex
pected to bring the state an extra
HUNG FEE FOR
Raleigh, Dec. 27—Charles E.
Hamilton, Gastonia attorney, today
officially entered the race for the
Democratic nomination for Con
gress in North Carolina's Eleventh
Hamilton paid a filing fee of
$125 to the State Board of elec
tions, and became the first of sev
eral announced candidates to file
for the seat which Rep. A. L. Bul
winkle is vacating.
It was the first filing fee col
lected by the board for next year's
general election when voters of the
state will select two U. S. Senators,
12 Congressmen, an insurance com
missioner, three justices of the
State Supreme Court, 11 Superior
Court judges, 170* members of the
State Legislature and a host of
Hamilton, who is 42, is a practic
ing attorney at Gastonia and a
former clerk of Gaston Superior
Others who have announced their
candidacy for he Democratic nom
ination in the Eleventh District
are: State Rep. Woodrow W. Jones
©f Rutherford, Frank "W. Howell,
superintendent of schools in Yan
cey county, and Nat Hamrick of
Rutherfordton. Others who are con
sidered as possible candidates in
clude Charles Z. Flack of Ruther
fordton, Solicitor Basil Whitener of
Gastonia and Peyton McSwain of
To Start Here
The annual tax listing of all prop
erty for 1950 county taxes will start
in McDowell on January 2 and will
continue through the month. All
property is listed as of January 2.
Tax listers appointed by the com
missioners have been announced as
Bracketts and Glenwood—A. P.
Crooked Creek—Harlow Noblitt.
Dysartsville—C. M. Laughridge.
Higgins—-C. Rex Wilson.
Marion—Mrs. C. W. Davis.
Montsford Cove—Mrs. M. R.
Nebo—L. C. Parks.
North Cove—S. M. Avery.
Old Fort—S. F. Mauney.
Property owners are urged to see
listers in their respective townships
and list property as early as pos
R. P. Morgan Dies
At Glenwood Sunday;
Reid Pinkney Morgan, 70, well
known resident of Glenwood, died
at his residence Sunday evening af-'
ter a brief illness.
Funeral services were conducted
at the Glenwood Church of God by
the Rev. Dock Mclntyre at 1 p. m.
Tuesday. Burial was in Bethel
He is survived by the widow, Mrs.
Laura Lawing Morgan; four sons,
Pink, Claude, Boyd and Robert
Morgan; four daughters, Mrs. Ed
gar Reel and Mrs. Earl Isaacs of
Glenwood and Mrs. Hal Lawing and
Mrs. Wiliard Lawing of Marion;
two sisters, Mrs. Millard Watson of
Rutherford ton, and Mrs. William
Kirkpatrick of Cliff side; a half sis
ter, Mts. Lee Raburn of Glenwood;
26 grandchildren and five great
On CROP Turned In
By The End Of Year
The McDowell County Christian
Rural Overseas Program (CROP),
with S. J. Westmoreland as chair
man, asks that all ministers and
workers who have received dona
tions for CROP to turn in their do
nations by the end of the year.
The cash donations are to be sent
to Rev. C. C. Cross, Baptist min
ister at East Marion; the dona
tions in food and in gram are to be
sent to Grady Walker at the Farm
ers Federation building on West
A communication from the North
Carolina CROP News, dated De
cember 14, quotes Governor Gor
don Browning (Tennessee): "It is
necessary to see the conditions in
Europe to appreciate the need
which religious organizations are
proposing to do through CROP."
Stuart Pratt, former director of
CROP in California, visited Japan
and wrote: "In Tokyo I saw afresh
what It is to work for CROP and to"
be a part of the world's most ef
fective peace program—genuine
Several counties in North Caro
lina have completed their CROP
campaigns, and the report is very
heartening. Here follows a listing
of what some other counties have
Alamance, $313.89; Beaufort,
33,000 pounds of corn:; Catawba,
10,000 pounds of corn, wheat, and
milk; Greene, 62,496 pounds of
corn; Pitt, 123,200 pounds of corn;
Iredell, 26,000 pounds of grain and
$1,000; Mecklenburg, 42 cases of
canned milk, 1,060 pounds of grain,
WILLIAM F. STROUD of Clearwater Manufacturing company, route J
1, Old Fort, was one of three Western North Carolina Ford contest win- '
ners, according to an announcement by C. L. Quick, secretary-treasurer
of Marion Motors, Inc., (formerly Sain-Brooks Motor company.
He received a $50 U. S. Savings Bond. Richard Weill, district repre- ;
sentative of the Ford Motor company, made the presentation. <
Hospital Drive Fund Boosted
To $77,500; Date Is Extended]
The Prize Winners
In The Contest At
Rexall Drug Store
The list of prize winners in the
annual Rexall contest for boys and
girls conducted by the Rexall Cut
Rate Drug store are announced as
Girls' prizes: First prize, radio,
Patsy Rector. 2nd prize, Dy Dee
doll, Becky Epl»;y. 3rd prize, twins
in plaid, Margaret, E. Davis. 4th
prize, Lil lady stove, Harriet Gib
son. 5th prize, nurses set, mary
Steppe. 6th prize", drawing set,
Krist Hasskamp. 7th prize, Junior
venda bank, Amelia Yancey. Grand
prize, Schwinn girls' bicycle, Ann
Boys' prizes: First prize, radio,
Bobby Suttlemyer. 2nd prize, A. C.
Gilbert New Erector set, Jack Hew
itt, Jr., 3rd prize, basket ball, John
ny Nabors. 4th prize, ping pong set,
Lee Reynolds. 5th prize, fielders'
glove, Myles B. Brooks. 6th prize,
cowboy spurs, Howard Copenhaver.
7th prize, softball, Bobby Ledford.
Grand prize, Schwinn boys' bicycle,
$370 By Dime Board
Total contribution to the Dime
Board sponsored by the Kiwanis
club of Marion last week amounted
to $370, it was announced this
week. The collection of dimes was
made for the benefit of underpriv
ileged children. I
The Marion Hospital Building
Fund Drive reached a total of
$77,500 yesterday, including $500
donated last week by the Frances
Marion club, S. R. Cross, fund chair
The drive has been extended un
til January 16, Cross Stated, and a
united effort will be made to reach
the goal of $100,000 by this date.
A special phase of the campaign
developed recently permits an indi
vidual or organization to contribute •
Memorial Gifts for hospital rooms, j
A plaque on the door would be in- j
scribed with appropriate wording, j
For private rooms the amount is;
$2,500 permitting the use of one j
name. A semi-private room, with
two names on the plaque, would re-j
quire a donation of $1,000 and a
ward, using up to five names, $500.
Watch Night Service
Set For The Chapel .
Hill Baptist Church
There will be a watch night ser
vice at the Chapel Hill Baptist
church on Saturday night, New
Year's Eve, from 9 until 12 o'clock.
Reverend Carl McKinney and
Rev. C. C. Parker will preach. Spec-1
ial music will also be rendered dur
ing the service. Everyone is invited
Change In Schedule
Eastbound Train 16
The Southern Railway announces
that effective Sunday, January 1,
eastbound train No. 16, "Asheville
Special," will leave Marion at 4:22|
p. m. instead of 4:37 p. m. j
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
May 1950 be a year of Peace,
Prosperity and Plenty ....
May your joys be many, your
sorrows few . . . May your
cup of blessings overflow . . .
And, in every way; may 1950
be your very happiest year.
Babson's Forecast Of Business
\nd Financial Outlook For '50
1950 IN A NUTSHELL
General Business: Off 5% Automobile Manufactures: Off 15%
National Income: Off 5% B'lding and Construction: Off 7%
Farm Income: Off 15% Natural Gaa: Up 5%
Bituminous Coal: Up 5% Foreign Trade: No Change
Anthracite: Off 5% Airline Passenger Miles: Up 5%
Crude Oil Products: Up 5% Military Activities
Steel Output: Off 5% Including Aircraft: Up 20%
Retail Trade ($ Volume): Off 3% to 10%
Prize Winner® In
The prize winners in the boys and
rirls contest at Tainter's Drug
Store on December 24 are a3 fol
2—Fannie Mae Snipes.
4—Mrs. Lewis Erskine.
7—Mrs. George Waycaster.
8—G. P. Seagle.
12—Mrs. Lon Drake.
rwo Men Are Jailed
3n Robbery Charge
Otis Chase, of Burnsville, and
'has. W. Wise have been lodged in
ail in Elizabethton, Tenn., charged
rith the kidnapping-armed robbery
f Grover Williams of East Marion
ast week, it was stated at the Sher
ff's office yesterday. They will
ight "extradition, it was stated.
Williams said two men tricked
iim into entering their car and
rove to a lonely spot on Houte 26
ear Gillespie Gap where they took
is wallet containing $835 and forc
d him from the car.
tArs. E. C. Cordell
)ies At Old Fort
Mrs. Elizabeth Collis Cordell, 67,
of Old Fort, widow of the late Mel
vin Cordell, died Tuesday night af
ter a brief illness.
Fiineral services will be conduct
ed at Chestnut Grove Baptist
church, near Little Switzerland,
Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock by
Rev. Carl McKinney, assisted by
Rev. Lee Jones, and burial will be
in the Collis cemetery.
She is survived by three brothers
and one sister, Willie T. Collis of
Marion, Walter Collis and Mrs. A.
J. Burnett of Old Fort, Rt. 1, and
Jeff L. Collis of Old Fort.
The remains will remain at Mc
Call's Funeral Home until time of
Farm Income Tax
Law Is Changed
Income tax time soon will roll
around again for the nation's
farmers, reminds C. Brice Rathe
ford, in charge of farm manage
ment extension at State College.
Two important changes in laws
relating to filling returns and pay
ing tax on farm income have been
made during the past year, says
Ratchford. He explains these
changes as follows:
In past years farmers have been
required to file an estimate of
their income by January 15, pay
on the basis of this estimate by the
same date, and make final return
and payment by March 15. They
still will be able to do this for the
current income year. If they pre
fer, however, they may wait until
January 31, making final return
and payment at that time.
Another chiuige is that if the
farmer's business year does not
end on December 31, he may file
his return and pay his tax any
time within 31 days after the close
of his business year, or he may
file an estimate within 15 days
and make the final return and
payment any time within two and
a half months.
The latter change, however, will
not effect most North Carolina
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By ROGER W. BABSON
1. The total volume of business
for 1950 will be less than that of
1949, due primarily to the unfor
tunate labor conflicts. Considering
that the innocent consumer will
be the chief sufferers and will be
obliged to pay the bills, it seems
too bad that labor troubles should
upset the applecart.
2. Even with all the threats*
there will be few wage increases
during 1950. On the other hand,
all labor negotiations take the
minds of both the employees and
the management off their regular
business. However these negotia
tions come out, they result in a loss
from the standpoint of the country
as a whole.
3. There will be fewer strikes in
1950 than in 1949, but there will
not be fewer extended negotia
tions which are very expensive in
4. The Taft-Hartley Law will
continue to stand throughout 1950,
although many schemes for detour
ing his law will be devised.
5. The great drive against the
big companies will be for pensions
and for sick and other benefits.
These- will probably be helpful to*
the wage workers and may aid In
ironing out the business cycle, but
they will be paid for by consumers.
6. It is hoped that all parties
will begin to realize during 1950
that the real road to national pro
gress is through increasing produc
tion and greater efficiency. This
is the bright light we see in the
7. Movements in commodity
prices during 1950 will vary with
different groups of industries and
of products, but altogether there
will be a general lowering during
8. We, therefore, advise going
easy on inventories. 1950 is a time
to get out of debt and stay out
of debt. Speculation in commodi
ties should be discouraged in 1950.
9. We believe that the cost of"
living index has turned down for
the present. The average for 1950
will be less than for 1945.
10. Practically all retail prices
will average less in 1950 than in
1949, notwithstanding the excess
of money mentioned under 27-28
and 29 below.
11.The total farm income for
1950 should be less than that of
1949, which means lower prices on
the average for wheat, corn, pork,
poultry, eggs and certain dairy
products. Farmers should diversify
more in 1950, get out of debt and.
put their surplus money into sav
ings, in prepai-ation for the next
12. The supply of ecrtain can
ned vegetables and fruits (except
citrus) should be greater during
1950 than at the same time during
1949. The prices of these products
should fall off, barring some wea
ther, insect or blight catastrophe.
13. Poultry and dairy products
will especially increase in volunme
during 1950 with prices averaging
less than in ,1949.
14. Farmers will continue to
work to hold present subsidies. It
is popular to criticise the vast a
mount of crops which the Govern
ment own or is making loans on,
but this surplus in storage may be
a great blessing when the next
crop failure or war comes.
15. The Federal budget will be
increased during 1950 over that
16. Over-all Federal Taxes will
not be increased during 1950 and
there may even be some readjust
ments to encourage venture capi
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