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Volume II No. 1
News Items In and
Around Forest City
* Cotton was selling on the local mar
ket Wednesday, at 32c.
Rev. H. C. Sisk will begin a tent
meeting in Spartanburg Saturday.
Miss Mae King has accepted a posi
tion in the Cliffside graded school.
Mrs. W. W. Hicks, of Georgetown,
£ Ga., is visiting relatives in this county.
Efird's is offering some extra good
values this week. Read their big ad
. in this paper.
L. B. Reid, who is now with the
Hamrick Mills at Gaffney, spent the
week-end in Forest City.
I*4 Bronson Proctor, who has been in
* Summerville, S. C., for the past sever
al weeks, is at home again.
The Forest City Building and Loan
Association has an advertisement in
this issue which is worth reading.
Mr. Calvin Padgett, former Forest
City citizen now conducting a hotel at
was a visitor here Monday.
Miss Nell Padgett, student at Limes
tone College, Gaffney, ;pent the week
end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.
The Betterment League will meet in
the Red Cross hall next Friday even
ing at 7:30, and a full attendance is
£ The Fordson demonstration held near
Ellenboro on September 30, was inter
esting and successful. Between 300
and 400 people were present.
W. O. Huntley, who came here as
I vmanager of the Efird store several
J. weeks ago, opened a new store for tnat
company in Spartanburg Saturday.
The annual fall opening sale of the
Forest City Bargain Store began this
morning. Read advertisement on last
" * ige of this paper and see list of un
f usual bargains.
Rev. H. A. Henderson and his bride
of two weeks have moved in the Frank
*"\S ttlemyre residence on Broadway and
/frill make this their home. We wish
for them many years of happiness.
J. Fell Babington, editor of the Shel
by News, spent a day in Forest City
week. He was impressed with the
growth of our town and also tells us
that Shelby is growing fast.
Rev. H. C. Sick and H. A. Hender
son returned Sunday night from Ches
ter, S. C., where they have been hold
ing a tent meeting. They report a good
meeting and many souls turned to
Pastor K. L. Whittington will preach
at the Forest City Presbyterian church
next Sunday morning at 11 o'clock from
text, "For Me to Live is Christ."
8 p. m. the text will be "And to Die
There will be a meeting of the county
chapter of the Red Cross Saturday,
October 11, at 3 p. m., at Rutherford
ton in the court house. Every branch
in the county is urged to be represent
ed at this 'meeting.
new switchboard has just been in
stalled in the local telephone central
office and will help subscribers to get
better service. The telephone company
'has had many unpleasant things to con-"
Aend with lately, but is doing its best
"to give good service.
C. E. Mason, of Philadelphia, who
will be one of the largest stockholders
in Forest City's new yarn mill, spent a
! night last week with Mr. J. F. Alex
, ander here. Plans for the new mill are
Siing along smoothly. They will manu
eture the finest yarns.
Rev. and Mrs. S. N. Watson have
been made very happy this week to
have with them their three sons.
Charles Watson, who has been with
the American Army in France for the
past two years, has been discharged
from the.service and is now at home,
fte was a member of the First Division
and received a citation for bravery-
T. S. Watson is here from Elloree, S.
C., and Max, the "ladiesman" of the
family, who is engaged in civilian capa
city for Uncle Sam at Camp Jackson,
S. C., is also here.
W. Daniel has an ad in this
paper which will interest , those who
want to make their dollars do full duty.
FOREST CITY COURIER
Fair Price Committee
The fair price committee of Ruther
ford county met last week and recom
mended the following as fair prices for
Flour, $6 to $6.75 per 100 lbs.; lard,
30c per pound; salt meats, 30-32"cents;
coffee, standard loose, 35c, best grade,
50c; Irish potatoes, 60c per peck; sweet
potatoes, 35-40 c per peck; eggs, 40-45 c;
butter, 40c; full cream cheese, 45c;
steaks, 25-30 c; roast beef, 20-25 c; stew
beef, 18-20 c, and pork, 30-35 c.
It was decided to urge people to shop
about when they go to buy, if they
think that they are being charged ex
cessive prices for commodities.
Forest City Local Items
Speak a good word for your home
paper when you can.
B. F. Hicks is attending the reunion
of Confederate soldiers in Atlanta this
If it's nice stationery you want the
Reinhardt Drug Co. can please you.
Big line of various styles.
The Sandy Run Association is in ses
sion at Shiloh church. Many Forest
City people are in attendance.
Real estate in Forest City is chang
ing hands so fast you can't tell today
who will own your property tomorrow.
Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Turner, of Spar
tanburg, spent the week-end at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. McDaniel.
Don't forget the community fairs.
Watkins, Thursday, October 9th;
Union Mills, October 10th; Mt. Pleasant
After preaching service at the Bap
tist church Sunday morning Pastor
Watson baptized three new members
into the cnurch.
Forest City is undoubtedly on the
biggest and most substantial boom in
its history and the boom seems to
gather momentum each day. This is
the fastest growing town in Western
Many friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. P.
Leister were delighted to see them in
Forest City Sunday. They have been
living at Greer, S. C.. since leaving
Forest City, but the company Mr.
Leister is with has transferred him to
Seneca, ;S. C., giving him a nice pro
Foundation work has begun on the
new wholesale store building of C. C.
Moore next to the bank building and
Mr. Moore expects to have it ready
for occupancy about the first of the
year. The building will be 80x80 feet,
two stories, handsome and modern in
The Woman's Missionary Society of
the Baptist church will meet at the
church at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon.
Miss Cleo Young, a returned missionary
from Africa, will make a talk, telling of
the work in the foreign field. All of
the ladies of the church are invited to
J. R. (Frank) Lewis, a Rutherford
county boy who served with the Cana
dian army in the recent world war, will
give a talk in the Forest City school
auditorium next Tuesday night at 8:30
o'clock. His subject will be "Observa
tion, Competition and Education," and
he will relate some of his experiences
in the war. There will be no admission
charge and everybody is invited.
Gudger Edwards has leased the build
ing now occupied by the Coca-Cola
Bottling Works and expects to open up
a first class restaurant as soon as the
building is vacated, which will be about
December Ist. He will have the inside
of the building worked over, putting in
up-to-date fixtures and making the
place inviting to both ladies and gentle
men. A competent restaurant man
will be in charge.
Ralph Bingham, the first number of
the lyceum course at Rutherfordton,
will appear at the school auditorium
there on Thursday night, October 16,
instead of the 13th, as was first an
nounced. Ralph Bingham is a humorist
of national reputation and will no doubt
draw a full house. Rutherfordton has a
splendid lyceum course for this season,
which should attract a good number of
Forest City people.
Be sure to mention that you saw the
advertisement in The Courier. It will
FOREST CITY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1919
REPORT OF THE CONDITION OF
THE FARMERS BANK & TRUST COMPANY
AT FOREST CITY, CAROLEEN AND LATTIMORE
In the State of North Carolina, at the close of business, Sept. 12, 1919.
Loans and Discounts _• $813,850.09
Demand Loans 67 238.90
Overdrafts, secured I_II.II 6,567.42
United States Bonds and Liberty Bonds I 129'650!00
Banking Houses, Furniture and Fixtures, 22,86L72
Cash in vault and net amounts due from Banks, Bankers & Trust Co's. 53,051.18
Cash Items held over 24 hours 283.41
Checks for Clearing 475! 67
Liquidating Acct. First State Bank, Bostic, N. C. 5,791.21
Rutherford County Bonds 9,200.00
Capital Stock paid in $ 75,000.00
Surplus Fund 35,000.00
Undivided Profits, less current expenses and taxes paid 7,567.81
Notes and Bills Rediscounted 25,000.00
Bills Payable secured by Liberty Bonds 122,500.00
Bills Payable 125,000.00
Deposits subject to check $378,691.95
Time Certificates of Deposit 249,605.68
Savings Deposits 7,924.88
Cashier's Checks outstanding 3,912.37
Due to State Banks, Bankers and Trust Companies 41,480.10 681,614.98
United States Bond Acct 30,000.00
Liquidating Acct. First State Bank, Bostic, N. C 7,286.81
State of North Carolina, County of Rutherford. Sept. 12, 1919.
I, J. H. Thomas, Cashier of the above named Bank, do solemnly swear that
the above statement is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
J. H. Thomas, Cashier.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 12th day of Sept., 1919.
Gudger W. Edwards, Notary Public.
My commission expires Janary 29, 1920.
Correct—Attest: J. F. Alexander, G. P. Reid, T. R. Padgett, Directors.
| HELLO, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY!
Getting good wages aren't you? Yes, I know ycu are, and
g your wages slip away from you and you get discouraged. Well,
J you have lots of company, but many of them are letting me use
m a big stick which teaches them how I roll small amounts up to
jj large amounts. Take it from me, good wages won t last always.
| There is going to be hard times ahead. Better get in with the
jj new bunch on November 8, 1919, and be prepared for the rainy
■ day, which is surely coming. Remember the date —
1 NOVEMBER 8, 1919
| which is the opening date of the new series, and any time you
a want to quit, you can get your money back with a liberal share |
§ of the compound interest I will have rolled up for you.
In anticipation of seeing you on November 8, I am,
Your friend, „ j
I Forest 6itu Builflino & Loan Association |
I W.J Davis, Secretary and Treasurer |
[ Winter Is On The Way |
And With Its Coming You Will Need
We have everything in Home Furniture —
Parlor Suites, Bed Room Suites, Dining Tables,
Kitchen Cabinets, Oil Stoves, etc.
| Don't wait till it's too late to buy your
MATTRESSES for they are going to be higher
after the present stock is gone.
We sell on easy terms. Come to see us
and let us explain our easy payment plan.
| p/VDCtn &. KING Forest City |
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Gov. Bickett Tells Why
He Pardoned Elbert Sisk
A pardon was granted September 23
by Governor Bickett to Elbert Sisk, of
Forest City, serving a ten-year sentence
for murder in the second degree. He
had served two years of the term and
previous to the trial had spent six
months in jail. Sisk killed James Green
in Forest City. The following reasons
were given by the governor for grant
ing the pardon:
' 'Elbert Sisk was convicted of murder
in the second degree at the October
term, 1917, of the superior court of
Rutherford county. He was in jail in
Rutherford county from May until Oc
tober preceding his trial. He has now
been in the penitentiary about two
years, making in all two and a half
"It seems that the homicide was
committed in the heat of blood without
premeditation. The prisoner has a wife
and four children, and this is the first
time that he has ever been indicted.
Up to the time of this unfortunate af
fair he conducted himself as an honest,
industrious, law-abiding citizen. Eleven
of the jurors who convicted him peti
tioned for his pardon, and the twelfth
juror could not be seen as he is still in
military service of the United States.
The sheriff, register of deeds, the clerk
of the superior court, the county treas
urer, the county attorney, the recorder,
and practically every county and town
official, both of Rutherfordton and For
est City, join in the petition. The pe
tition is also"Signed by practically ev
ery business man in Forest City where
the crime was committed, and by a
large number of representative farmers
who live in that vieinity. All of these
cetfify that in their opinion this young
man has been sufficiently punished, and
it would be better for him and for the
community for him to be pardoned than
to be kept longer in prison. Public
sentiment seems to be universal, as the
petition has been widely circulated and
there is absolutely no protest of any
"For the above reasons a conditional
pardon is granted."
I take this method of thanking the
good citizens of Forest City and
Rutherford county for their kind y
interest shown in signing the peti
tion for the release of the above
mentioned young man
REV. H. C. SISK.
I wish to-thank the good people of
Forest City and Rutherford county
for the as-istance and co-operation
and for the respect shown m v father,
Rev. H. C. Sisk, in my behalf, who
succeeded in obtaining fir me' a
pardon from our Honorable Governor.
Futhermore, I wish to thank the
gentlemen of the Southern Power
Company and the state officials who
greatly aided me in securing my.
I am now engaged in the barber
trade at Joshua McMurray's Shop
and solicit your patronage
ELBERT E. SISK.
Held Here Sunday
The singing convention held here
Sunday afternoon was enjoyed by a
large crowd. Splendid music was
rendered and the convention was
re-organized . Prof. W. E. Owens,
of Caroleen, was elected president
and W. J. Davis, of Forest City,
wus named secretary
The Caroleen, High Shoals, Cliff
side and Forest City choirs render
ed some fine tnusic. Several solos,
duetts and quartetts were rendered
to the delight of the large audience.
After the good singing by the
choirs had been enjoyed for awhile,
Prof. W. B. Blanton directed for a
few minutes, some real congrega
tional singing, which will be a
feature with future conventions.
The next meeting will be held
with the High Shoals church on the
first Sunday in December.
The people of Forest City enjoyed
having this convention meet with
us and we hope to be entertained
again soon with the splendid music
of these visiting choirs, and to have
these good people with us.
Where There's a Baby On
Farm Keep Rat-Snap
Rats are on most farms. Once
they get inside the house—look out.
Rats kill infants—bitin? them is not
unusual. Nursing bottles attract
rats. Break a cake of RAT-SNAP
and throw it around. It will surely
rid you of rats and mice. Three
sizes, 25c 50c, SI.OO. Sold and
guaranteed by Long Drug t 0., Rein
hardt Drug Co., Moss Grocery Co.
$1.50 a Year, iif Advance
Betterment League Car
nival Was Great Success
The Betterment League carnival held
last Saturday on the square in Forest
City was a great success, financially
and otherwise. Never have we seen a
finer spirit of co-operation than was
shown on this occasion by men, women
and children, young and old. Every
body was pulling for Forest City, and
we were more firmly convinced than
ever that this is one of the best towns
The school children put on a minstrel
that netted s6l for the evening. They
gave three performances, each one full
of "pep," and they deserve a lot of
credit for the success of the carnival.
Miss Cleo Young's display of African
curios was very interesting.
Five booths were arranged at which
were sold chicken, all kinds of salads,
sandwiches, soda water, candy, ice
cream, cake, etc. All of the eats were
donated by the good people of Forest
City and everybody who was called on
responded with a fine spirit. The eats
sold at these booths could not be dupli
cated for the same price anywhere—
and it was for a good cause, too.
The carnival netted about SIBO.
The Betterment League wishes to
thank every one who donated to this
occasion and those who worked so faith
fully to make it a success.
Owners of Horn's Store
Buy Mcßrayer Building
The owners of Horn's Cash Store
have bought the three story build
ing of Dr, T. C. Mcßrayer on the
square, the deal being closed Sat
urday. The building is now occu
pied by the Forest City Bargain
Store and the Jones Grocery Co.
The new owners take charge of the
building November 15th, and will
remodel the building, throwing the
first floor into i ne room and putting
in new front. Thny will move their
stocit of goods from the present
location to the new store, and ex
pect to occupy the building about
Mr. Schwartzman, of the Forest
City Bargain Store, will have some
announcement within the next few
weeks with regard to his new loca
West End Locals
Messrs. Beacher and Jones Smart,
of Rutherfordton, spent Sunday
here and at Poorest Citv.
This community regrets to lose
Mrs. T. L. Cole and family, who are
soon to move to Cliffside.
Mr, J. M. Tate, of Forest City,
has purchased the house and lot
belonging to Mr. W. L Monteith,
and will move there soon Mr.
Monteith has bought a home on
Cherry Mountain street in Forest
J. M. Hughey is at Cornelius, N.
C., this week singing for a revival
Rev. Mr. Bryant, of
preached at Pleasant Grove church
Sunday at 11 o'clock, filling the
regular appointment of the pastor,
in his absence.
The National Cil Co's. station will
soon be ready to serve the public.
Mr. Claude Gross left October Ist
to enter the State University.
The Literary Society of Pleasant
Grove school have ordered a state
traveling library and are expecting
to derive great good from its use in
our community and school.
Mrs John Grose, of Charlotte, is
spending several days with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Wil
This week—October 6 11—is set
aside as state-wide clean-up week.
It should be observed by every
family in Forest City. The city
council will send the garbage wagon
around on Friday. Pile trash where
the wagon can get to it and they
will haul it off.
Along Forest City Route 2
Oct. 6. —It is very dry just now
and a good rain will be appreciated.
Messrs. Claude Miller and Oscar
Price, of Spartanburg, attended the
birthday dinner at Mr. D. T. Mc-
Mrs. Lane McDaniel and Misses
Cleo and Sudie Yonng spent Thurs
day eveniog with Mrs. J.J. Hardin,
j . Misses Nan and Ada Hardin, OUie
Mae Womack, and Mr. James Har
din were at the birthday dinner at
Mr. McArthur's Sunday.
Mr. Loss Mooije visited Mr. P. H ,
Hardin Sunday afternoon
Mrs. Ralph Green spent the past
week with her father. Mrs. W. E.