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VOL. 60 NO. 11
Kings Mountain. N. C.. Friday. March 18. 1949
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Building permits were issued at
City Hall during the past week to
B. J. Myers, on Monday, for con
struction of a new dwelling near
York road, $2,000; to W. M. Gantt,
on Monday, for construction of a
Jtew three-room dwelling on Chest
nut street, SI, 250; and to J. R. Da
vis on March 9, for remodeling J.
A. Fisher establishment, $500.
TO ATTEND CONCERT
Members of the Kings Moun
tain school band will go by bus
to Charlotte. Friday night where
they will attend a joint concert
by the Lenqir high school and
University of North Carolina
b%nds, it was announced this week
by Director Joe Heddon,
B LA LOCK RITES
Funeral services for Miss Eliz
abeth Isabel Blalock, 81, resident
of Bethlehem community, who
died early Thursday afternoon,
will be held Saturday at ? p. m.
at Bethlehem Baptist church.
Dr. Charles Armstrong, of Salis
bury, immediate past - president
of Kiwanis International, was to
address members of the Kings
Mountain club at their annual
Charter Night meeting Thursday
evening at 6:30 at the Woman's
Club. It was to be a Ladies Night
Funeral Is Held
For Mi. Walkei J
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Tuner* 1 rites tor Samuel . Har/i-,
won Walker, 75,' father of Mrs. H. O.
Williams of Kings Mountain and
brother of J. A. Walker of. Kings
Mountafn, were held Tuesday after
noon at 2 o'clock at Main Street Me
thodist church in Gastonia, with in
terment following at Mountain **est
The rites were conducted by Rev.
E. H. Blackard, pastor of the church.
Mr. Walker was a native of Gas
ton county, a son of the late Mr. and
Mrs. J. Wesley Walker. He was born
March 6, 1873, and went to Gastonia
in 1890 where he was connected with
a harness firm. He became associa
ted with Goodyear Shoe Repairing
company in 1919, and x established
his own concern, Firestone Shoe
Shop, in 1934.
He had been in ill health for A
number of years, out had been seri
ously ill only for several days prior
to his death early Monday morning.
. Other survivors are two sons, Pete
Walker, GaAtonia, and H. H. Walker,
LOs Angeles, Calif., ? daughter, Mrs.
4. V. Tarleton, Gastonia, a sister,
Airs. Jake Ford, Lincolnton, and ftve
Active pallbearers were Fred Moss
George Ware, (Russell Shelton,
Clarke Starnes, Paul and Arthur
W. Earle Myers
In Phi Bote Kappa
DAVIDSON ? Davidson College's
Gamma ohapter of Phi Beta Kappa,
national scholarship' fraternity, an
nounced tod~y that twelve Davidson
students, eleven seniors and one ju
nior, have been elected to member
ship in that organization.
Among the 12 is W. Earle Myers,
a senior, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. W.
Myers, of Kings Mountain.
Phi Beta Kappa is the prize scho
lastic fraternity and In' order to be
eligible a student must have an av
erage of 92 or above for a three-year
period. No more* than twelve and
one-half percent of the senior class
can be selected in any ope year.
Imperial To Be
Cloted Next Week
The Imperial Theatre will be c.os
?d next week, Manager Austell Pay
sour announced yesterday, to make
extensive renovations. . V r
Mr. Paysout said the theatre Is
installing a new floor in the main
I auditorium, new carpets, and a new,
modern heating plant. The building
will also be repainted throughout,
* If the work to completed, the thee .
kre will re-open on Saturday, March
26. Otherwise, it win not re-open un
til Monday, March 28.
Z. F. Craniord
/Funeral serviced for Zim Frank,
Hn Crantord, 69, general manager or
crafispun Yarns, inc., and for 25
Ff ^,he ^eun^a> aftern^? a:
El Bethel Methodist church.
'"'ie rites were conducted by Rev.
A. Bingham, the pastor, assisted
y Rev. R. M. Hauss, and interment
was made at Fairview cemetery, in
Albeiharie. Members of the Stanly
county Masonic order administered
Masonic buriai rites.
Mr. Cranford, who came to Kings
Mountain as superintendent of the
Cora and Dilling Mills in 1925, suc
cumbed about 2;30 Monday morn
ing, following a heart attack suffer
ed at 10 o'clock Sunday night. He
had been in apparent good .health
?and his death came as a shock to r
the community. He had made a visit '
to relatives in Albemarle on Satur- 1
cay and had attended church, as!
was his custom, on Sunday.
Mr. Cranford first began work in'
a cotton mill at Norwood, N. e. as
as Weeper. He later worked at Ca
peisie in Montgomery county, and
at Randleman, before joining Wis
cassett Mills, of Albemarle as as
sistant superintendent. H<? came to
Kings Mountain from Fendelton
Manufacturing company, at Pen
dleton, S. C. Mr. Cranford continued
as superintendent of the Cora mill,
after its sale to Textile* Inc., and
became general manager of the
Plant when it was sold to Scranton
Lace Company and became Crafts
pun Yarns, Inc.
He served El Bethel church as
steward and Sunday school superin
tendent, was a Mason, and second
ylce- president o/ the Home Buildlnir
>nd Loan association.
- A son of the late i. B. and Mary
l^wU Cranford, he was a native of
Montgomery county. His first vyife.
th? former . Mia* Daisy Huneycutt,
died in IW7.
of PearlH arbor, T. H., Marvin Cran
ford, Syleauga, Ala., J. C. Cranford,
of California, Wi I lard Cranford San
Antonio, Tex.; and Carol Cranford
with the navy in New York; three
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Miss Frances Summers of Kings
Mountain, a Salem College, Win
ston-Salem, voice major, will give
her graduating recital at 8:30 p. m
Tuesday, March 22, in Memorial
??1I. She is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank R. Summers.
A mezzo-soprano, Miss Summers
jvill present a varied program. The
first group consists of classic num
bers: "Prepare Thyself, Zion (Christ
mas Oratorio)" and "Bist Due Bel
Mi/' by Bach; "Ah! Spietato" by
Hand?l; and "Presto, Presto Io M'
Innamoro" by Mazzaferrata.
? A group of German lieder fol
lows: "Der Nussbaum" toy Schu
mann; "Wrgebliches Standchen" by
Brahms; "Mon<tnacht" and "Wid
mung" by Schumann.
The aria chosen for her recital by
Miss Summers comes next on the
"Aria: Omio Fernando
(La Favorlta)" by Donizetti.
The group of French songs Inclu
ded in her program follows: <'Il re
gardaK mon bouquet <Le Roi et le
Fermier)" by Monsigny; "Les Trois
Prieres" toy Paladllhe; and "Les
Papillons" by Chausson.
Miss Summers will Close her reci
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BANQUET SPEAKER ? W. L. Hal
be rstodt, above, will speak at the
annual Farmer's Night banquet of
the Kings Mountain Lions club, to
be held at the Woman's Club Tues
day night at 7:30.
Lions To Fete
An anticipated crowd of 200 Lions
and their Farmer guests will attend
the annual Farmer's Night banquet
of the Kings Mountain Lions club
Tuesday night, it was announced
yesterday by Holland Dixon, chair
man of the club committee on ar
The banquet, one of the high spots
of the Lions year, will be held at the
Woman's Club at 7:30, with W. L.
Halberstadt, of Charlotte, the fea
Mr, Halberstadt is owner of Sha
ron Memorial Park and Mausoleum
tn Charlotte, and a former college
president. A native of Indian, Mr.
Halberstadt attended Cent.al col
lege in Missouri, later took post
graduate work at the University of
Missouri^ynd served as president of
Howard Payne college, a Methodist
school , in 10a8t31. Per ?tar past 2ft
years he has been building mausol
eums all over the. nation, and is a
former president of the National
Mr. Halberstadt is at present chair
man of the Charlotte Park? and
ftecreation commission. Widely tra
veled in Europe, Africa, and Asia
Mr. Halberstadt spent two months
In Europe last fall.
"We are looking forward to anoth
er fine Farmer's Night banquet." Mr.
?Other, members of the committed
on arangements are Toby W' liams,
Edwin Moore, Hazel Bun .dner,
Craig Falls, and Gene Patterson.
Bed Cross Drive
The current Red Cross Fund cam
paign appeared to be iaging this
week, in spite of reports from sev
eral colored groups showing com
pletion of quotas.
Total receipts Thursday morning,
as reported by Mrs. J. N. Gamble,
executive secretary of the Kings
Mountain chapter, were $2,942.33 ?
slightly less than half Of the $6,
While returns were incomplete.
Red Cross officials expressed con
cern over the progress of the drive.
"The Red Cross Is more in need
of funds now, than In the pajt few
years," Drive Chairman George H.
Mauney said yesterday. "Majority
of the quota for this year will be re
tained here and used for welfare
work in Number 4 township. A
(Cont'd on page eight)
North Caiolina Little Symphony
To Ptof Concerts Here Thursday
The Little Symphony of the North
Carolina Symphony orchestra re
turns to Kings Mountain for its an
nual visit next Thursday, which fea
ture a public concert in the evening
and a special free children's con
cert in the afternoon.
The evening concert will begin at
8:190, while the afternoon conecrt
will begin at 2 o'clock. Both con
certo will be presented a) fhe Cen
tral school auditorium.
The orchestra, under the direction
of Dr. Benjamin Swalin, has an
nounced a varied program for the
evening concert "from Bach to Bar
The first part of the prog cam wUl
include Bach's "Adagio, from Tocca
ta in C Major," Schubert's "Sympho
ny No. 3 In B Flat Major," and Wag
ner'a "flirted Idyll." ?
Following intermission, the pro
gram will continue with Glasou- i
nov's "Concert Waltz," Barlow's
"The Winter's Passed," featuring
Miss Bethe Sears as soloist, De Fall's
"Spanish Dance," Satle's "Gymno
pedles, No. 1," Grieg's "Heart
Wounds" and Strauss' overture to
"THe Gypsy Baron:*" *
One feature of the afternoon pro
gram for achool children, which us
ually take* the form of a musical
clinic, will be the playing of a com
position, "Nocturne," written by a
16-year-old school girl, Julia Des
hlna, ? Junior in Greensboro's Curry
Appearance of the North Carolina
Symphoap here is made possible by
the rtiamberstklpa of the Kings Moun
tain -Symphony Society, of which
Mrs. Paul Mauney is president.
"We are looking forward to aitoth- 1
er fine wnowt," Mrs. -Mauney said,
"and I wifh to' urge all members of
thv organization to make plana to
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Post In Ward 4 *
Paul Ledford, well-known vv'ard '
4 citizen, became the first candidate
to enter the sprihg political Wars!
when he filed his candidacy for
Ward I commissioner with City
Clerk S. A. Crouse.
Mr. Ledford, who works at Pau
line Mill, was a candidate for the
Ward 4 post in 1945, losing to W. M.
Gantt by a vote of 201 to 197.
Mr. Ledford paid his five dollars
filing fee two days afjer announce
ment by \\ ard 4 Commissioner John
H. Moss that he would not seek re
election. ? .
(Otherwise, political talk was be
coming somewhat more prevalent,
though no concrete announcements
were made. ?
Known to be Interested in running
for major were George W. Allen and
p. D. Saunders. Mentioned as a pos
sible candidate for mayor was form
er Mayor J. E. Herndon. who held
the post for two terms a decade ago.
Mr. Herndon. , himself, was non
committal when questioned con
cerning his possible ca'ndidacy.
However, he did not close the door
on the possibility.
Most political observers were
working on the assumption that the
present mayor and members of the
city board, with the exception ?i'
Mr. Moss, would offer for re-elecjion.
Mrs. Ransom Dies
Of Heart Attack
Final rites for Mr*. Bryte Baker
Ranson, well-known former citizen
of Kings Mountain, were held at the
Lutheran church in Charlotte last
Saturday afternoon, with burial ta
KJU* in? the Charlotte. cUi'
Mrs. Ransom died of a heart at
tack in a Charlotte hospital Thurs
day night, March 10. She had been
hospitalized for five weeks receiving
treatment for a heart ailment, but
her condition was not regarded as
critical, and she had been expecting
to leave the hospita! soon.
Mrs. Ransom was a niece of the
late Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Baker and
lived with them during nr^ost of her
childhood. She later taught school
?Uere, serving as high school princi
pal in IMS when school wan con
ducted over some downtown store
buildings.' During the thirties, she
was principal of two schools in High
Point, and later took graduate work
in sociology at the University of
North Carolina. For several .years
she had been execurive secretary of
the Charlotte Traveler's Aid.
A native of Fallston, she was the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ba
ker. H?r husband, R. E. Ransom,
died two years ago.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs.
William Abernathy, Chapel Hill,
and Mrs. Bryte Baker Hall, Wash
ington, D. C., three brothers, Blainat
Baker of Fallston, Dr. Morris Baker,
of Camden, N. J., and Dr. Banks Ba
ker, dt Philadelphia, Pa., and (wo
sisters, Mrs. B. B. Miller, of JUt. Ul?
la, and another sister, the former
Miss Bertie Lee Baker, whose mar
ried name was not available here.
Club Meet Monday
A meeting to formally organize
an athletic boosters club, to be
known as the Mountaineer Club, is
scheduled to be held Monday at
7:30 p. m. at City Hall. with all per
sons interested urged to attend ac
cording to announcement by club
Membership sale^ have been und
er way for several weeks and or
ganizers report much interest in the
plans of the new organization. Sim
ilar clubs in other cities have been
highly successful In creatlnga bet
ter athletic spirit and increased at
tendance at athletic contests,
i Prijmary objettives of the new
club during it's first year it to
raise funds to send the high school
football team to Camp Cherokee for
a week's training trip before school
Initial business will be adoption
of a constitution and possible elec
tion of officers or temporary leaders.
Directors of tlje Kings Mountain
Country Club ^ill hold a dinner
meeting at the clubhouse Friday ,
night at f o'clock, according ' to
announcement by George W.
Mauney, assistant secretary.
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Lions Second Annual
Talent Show Friday
EVANGELIST ? Dr. Louis S. Gain
es. of Fayette villa, will be guest
evangelist at the First Baptist chur
ch next week. Services will be held
both morning and evening begin
ning on Sunday.
Dr. Louis S. Gaines, pastor of Fay
etteviile's First Baptist church, will
be he principal speaker at a
week's series of services at First
Baptist church, beginning Sunday.
Services will be held both morn
ing and, evening, according to an
nouncement by the pastor, Rev. L. C.
Pinnix. Morning services will be
held at lu o'clock and evening ser
vices at 7:30.
In addition tp sermons by Dr.
Gaines, special music and junior
choir work will be conducted by Q.
L. Fry of Hickory.
The Kings Mountain church's re
lOO belnjf* xmducted ??mi?ha^w?ur
lyb y the Kings Mountain, and two
other Baptist associations.
The public is invited to attend the
Funeral rites for Mrs. Martha Ken
nedy Huffstickler, 83, who died at
her home Wednesday afternoon at
3 o'clock, were held Thursday after
noon at Boyce Memorial ARP chur
ch, with the pastor, Rev. W. L. Press
ly, assisted by Rev. W. F. Munroe,
officiating. Interment was made at
Mountain Rest cemetery
Mrs. Huffstickler, widow of Al
bert L. Huffstickler who died in Sep
tember 1947, succumbed following a
Surviving are a von Robert Huff
stlckler, of Gastonia, four daughters
Mrs. Bertie Murphy and Mrs. Min
nie Bridges, both of Kings Moun
tain, Mrs. Nell Smith, Mayo, S. C.,
and Mrs. Sudie Barrett, of Charlotte,
and a sister, Mrs. Ellen 6reene, of
Kings Mountain. Also surviving are
27 grandchildren and 30 great
Prior to the funeral rites at 3:00
o'clock yesterday, the body lay in
siate at the church for an hour.
Parking meter receipts for the
45th week of operations, which
ended at noon Wednesday, totaled
$141.74 according to a report from
the office of S. A. Crouse. city
Big Entry List
For Talent Show
A full evening's onwtain mont
program wUl bo the order of bus*
i in***" Friday njgh:, as :he Kmgs
Mountain Lwin ciub presents its
Second Annual .Taieri: Show,
to students of Kings Mountain area
Mos! Invent rej>orr of Gene Timms,
entries committee chairman, showed
. thai 2*> Individual acts ?? including
noth solo and group work ? would
be presented, ranging from singing
and music to recitations, imitations.
The programw ill include both hu
morous and .serious acts.
There is also scheduled an audi
ence participation stunt, in the form
of a cake jyalk. Three cakes, one
t- pounds and tw0 of four pounds
each, await the winners.
For the contestants, various cash
pmes are offered, and Dellin?er'?
Jewel Shop is offering a trophy for
| the most outstanding individual
performance. As an added attrac
tion, last year's winner, Deivin Huff
stetler, will present his A1 JoU?n
type version of "Mammy". Tht?act
will not be considered in the oem
All the prizes ate being dispta^ed
Store* wMndow o f Griffin's Drug
Admission for the event is 30-eetHs
for adult*.' 60 cents for children..
Dan Huffstetler is chairman ?t.the
?vent, while Bill Osborne is public"
rett. Palmer Huffsfetler, Joyce Love
lace, Gerald Lovelace. Mel ha Tlndal]
and Nan Jean Gantt, Bobby Wilson
and Dan and Dean BlackweM, Billy
Briggs. Boyce Huffstetler. Richard
Coin*. Panricla Anne Short and
Leth, Marie Walker. Jean Hartsoe,
Bobby zanders and Sidney Bond,
tart Morgan, Boh Lawing. J. B.
Weaver, and Bobby Martin, Charles
and Henry Foster. Dickey Woodward
and Floyd Gregory. Larry Colltn?,
Charles Blanton and Billy Gene A
mos. Evelyn Cline. Dorothy Fulton,
Sue Bridges and Mildred Roper, An
nie Ruth Bishop, Linda Hartsoe,
Jack Moss and Billie Sue Mitchum,
and Dotty Smith.
Pastors Ask Free
The public was asked by the
Kings Mountain Ministerial asso
ciation this week to avoid schedul
ing of meetings and other secular
gatherings on Wednesday evenings.
The association, in meeting Mon
day at the Lutheran church.po lnted
out that Wednesday evening had
long been considered a "church
"We are sure it is though tlessneas
on the part of many who do this
planning," a statement from the
association read. "The life of the in
dividual grows busier with each
day. Tension mounts In the tempo of
living. That is all the more reason
we 9hould pause and let our minds
be stayed on God."
Most churches hold mid-week ser
vices on Wednesday evening.
"Career Day" Program Scheduled
At High School; Speakers Listed
High school students will be of
fered a unique program on Tuesday
when the local high school holds its
first "Career Day."
Feature of the day's activities will
t>e open forums conducted by some
13 local and visiting persons. The
general aim is to acquaint the *tu
<knts with what they may expect
In several fields of endeavor.
A student will be allowed to
choose three jobs in which he
thinks he might be Interested and
wtfl attend the sessions on these
three. In addition, two general as
semblies will.be held during the
day for & general resume of the full
Miss Lula Mae Teague, director
Of Christian Education of the Wrst
Baptist church, will discuss Christ
Ian education work.
Miss Margaret Goforth, Centra!
elementary teachef, and Miss Mary
Uden De Priest, Shelby teacher, will
M.-... ,, , ' - ? - --??*4
J. Lee Settlemyre, Kings Mountain
artist, will lead the forum on art,
while Ben Jenkins, county agent,
will discuss farming
Joe Hedden, high school band di
rector, will lead the forum on mu
sic, and Mr*. O. W. Myers will dis
cuss retail selling.
Health and physical education vo
cations will be discussed by Mr*.
Hill Carpenter and Everette Carlton
members of the local faculty, and
telephone office work will be out
lined by Mrs. Lillie Dunkel, chler
employment officer of the Southern
Bell Charlotte office. _
Nursing will be outlined by Mtss
Joyce MedHn, supervisor of nurses
at Gaston Memorial hospital, and
Miss Je'Anne Griffin will lead the
forums on radio work. Holt McPher
?on, managing editor of the Shelby
1 Daily Star, will discuss Journalism,
(Cont'd on page eight)