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City Limits (1940 Census) 6,574
Immediate Trading Area IS, 000
(1945 Ration Board Figures)
VOL. 60 NO. 40
Kings Mountain. N. C.. Friday, October 7. 1949
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Five Kings Mountain students
were among the 205 Davidson
.freshmen pledging social fratern
ities last w?ek, according to an
nouncement by the college news
bureau. Pledging Beta Theta Pi
were H. L. Ruth, Jr., and G. *E.
Still, Jr., and pledging Sigma Phi
Epsilon were C. H. Mauney, Wil
liam Herndon and G. H. Warllck.
Members of Otis. >$. Green Post
155, Amefocan Legion, will hold
their regular monthly meeting
Monday night at 7:30 at City Hall,
according to announcement by the
post adjutant, David J. Delevie.
ADMIRAL TO SPEAK
Rear Admiral Ellis M. Zacha
i rias, U9N (retried), will address
members of the Cleveland County
Executives club ait a dinner meet
ing at Gardner Memorial at Boil
ing Springs on Friday evening
October 14. He will discuss "Se
cret Missioiis: Past and Future Se
curity." Reservations for dinner
should be in the hands of Secre
tary W. M. Mlcklin, Box 122, Shel
by, not later than October 13.
Regular meeting of the Kings
Mountain Lions club will be held
Tuesday night at 7 o'clock at the
Woman's Club. The program will
be devoted to "Lions Education,"
according to announcement by H.
L. Ruth, program chairman.
? CREDITOR'S MEETING
First meeting of creditors of
Kings Mountain Narrow Fabrics,
Inc. .which filed petition In bank
ropwy m ae'iKembei 24, .win i?
heid Friday at 1 p. m. at Mscklen- .
burg county courthouse In the
county recorder'* courtroom.
crrr board meeting
Regular October meeting of the
city board of commissioners is
scheduled for next Wednesday af
ternoon at 3:30 at City Hall. Only
routine -business is so far listed on
the agenda, according to City Clerk
5. A. Grouse.
Parking meter receipts tor the
-week which ended Wednesday
totaled 9149.01 according to a re
port from the office of S. A.
Crouse, city clerk.
A stated communication of Fair
view Lodge ?Q. 3?, a. k I A. M.
will be *?eH;i*onday night Oct.
10, at 7:30^ \ "-.
- : ? ?<?? ?
Basil Whitener, solicitor of the
Ittth judicial district, addressed
members of the Kings Mountain Stu
ulor Chamber of Comraereeat their
meeting at the Woman'* Club Tues
Mr. Whitener, who has been prom
inently mentioned as a candidate!
for 11th district Con great man la next
spring's primary, made a strictly
| non-political speech, confining his
? / remarks to work of the Jaycee or
Mr. Whitener Is a former state I
president of the Jaycees and Is very j
active In both the Gastonia club and j
the state organization.
He praised the Ifoycee organiza
tion as the beat for the development j
of leadership qualities in young
New Florist Firm
Opens For Business
Mis. W. C. Lindsay announced'
this waak qpaningof Llndsay'^Floy
ist, new Kings Mountain flower
firm, at W2 East .King street, the
building formerly housing Cash
Mrs. Lindsay, who haa moved here I
from 'Lebanon, MlstswW MR
the busindH . ^ ^.r
?oth are graduates of The Gladys
'Turner Floral School, of Si, Louis,
Missouri, she said.
Her husband, W C. Lindsay, \*
employed in 3heHjy with the C h I
Construction Company the ns ?
' wnity lives off "East King street.
i The opening announcement ssid
the firm sfduldi
At Horse Show
The sixth annual Kin>?s Mountain
horse show, co-sponsored this year
by the Kings Mountain Lions and
K J wan is. clubs, was reeled off at
City Stadium Wednesday afternoon
and night, with Mary Jo Cloninger
I the young York exhibitor, repeating
her triumph of last year.
Miss Cloninger, showing most of
hre prize horseflesh herself, captur
ed no less than seven blue ribbons
and about $200 in prize money. Six
of the winnens she showed herself,
while Miles Wright showed her
Magnolia Honeyboy to place first
in the five-gaited stake. Miss Clon- 1
inger was a crowd favorite, too, and
( was cheered on all her appearances. |
Though rain clouds were threaten
ing throughout the day, they failed i
to open until the evening show and
then only for a few minutes.
The crowd was slim for the after- !
noon performance, but was much |
better for the evening show. J
The competition was fast, and
Judge O. T. Fowler had a hard time
or it in a /lumber of classes, several !
times finding himself forced to or
der continuance of the class for two.
or more horses. This was particular- j
ly true in the amateur five-gaited i
stake, which featured a large field '
of excellent horses..
One of the best features of the
show, both from the exhibitor's and !
spectator's standpoints, was the
musical accompaniment of Jimmy
Richardson, of Shelbyville, Tenn.
Young. Mr, Richardson played a
Mamond organ and managed the f
proper tempos for the particular
events. The appearance of Mr. Rich
ardson was a last -minute addition
to the show arrangements. 'Jules
Whitten, of Gastonia, was master
of ceremonies, Stewart Delllnger, of
Stanley, ringmaster. and Dfr. Jaoob
Mauney, of Klr.gs Mountain, veter
fjpfcly accident of the show result
ed in no datftage to rider or horse,
though It might have meen worse.
Horace Leitzey, Bock Hill profes
sional, took a turn around the ring
too fast after driving Dashing Ode to
the blue ribbon in the roadster
stake. His roadster turned over and
L?ttzey waa dragged along the
ground for several seconds before
getting a foto loose. But he got up
grinning and. without injury.
Byron Keet'er captured two rib
bons, placing third with King 'O
The Mountain in the Junior Walking
Horse class, and taking first place
in the amateur walking horse stake
with his Wilson's Junior Allen. Xing
OTTie Mountain is jointly-owned by
H. Tom Pulton and Mr. Keeter.
following the afternoon events,
the exhibitors were guests of the
sponsoring organizations at dinner
at the Kings Mountain Country
Ribbon marshals were Misses Car
olyns , McDanlel, Frances George,
Shirley Arthur and Pat Neisler.
"We are deeply appreciative of
the support given us in presenting
the sixth, annual horse show," Chair
man JiotjUy Harris said. "The exhi
bitors were highly pleased with the
PARR TO RALZIGX
Police Chief N. M. Parr is sche
duled to attend the mlly of state
law enforcement officers at Ral
eigh oh Wednesday. The meeting
has been called by Governor
Scott as a part of his war on boot
X-Ray Unit To Be
Al Phenix Plant
The Cleveland County mobile
X-Ray unit will set up for th?ee
days at the Phenix Mill next Wed
nesday. according to schedi le of
the county health department.
All persons in the area are urg
ed to visit the X-Ray station for
free X-Rays. The X-Ray requires
only a few minutes. Notification is
later made by card to the person
receiving the X-Ray on the results
shown by the pictures.
The X-Ray unit will be at Phe
nix Mill Wednesday, Thursday and
F.iday. October 12. 13. 14.
It will return to Kings Mountan
to th? Mcruney Mill on October
20. 21. and to Bonnie Mill Novem
B. F. Ormand
To Pieach Here
Rev. B. F. Ormand, Jr., of Chad
bourn, will deliver the sermon at
regular morning services at First
Presbyterian church Sunday morn
ing at 11 -o'clock, according to an
nouncement 'by the pastor, Rev. P.
Rev. Mr. Ormand is a well-kown
former citizen of this community.
He is the son the late Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Ormand and a brother of Mrs.
W. B. Thomson, of Kings Mountain.
Tn recent months, the Chadbourn
congregation under the leadership
of Mr. Ormand has Just completed
building of a new church. (For pic
ture of Chadbourn Presbyterian
church, see page three, Seotlon 1.)
"It Is with real pleasure that the
Presbyterian church welcomes home
Rev. B. F. Ormand. He has been most
successful in his ministerial work,
artd we invite all citizens of the com
munity to Join with the memebrs
the Presbyterian church in hear
Bids Am Sought
On UMd Vehicles
"Anyone may bid on the used mo
tor vehicles now being offered for
sale by the cifty," City Engineer Joe 1
Evans pointed out this week.
Mr. Evans said no bids on the used
vehicles ? which includes a 1942
Plymouth passenger car and a 1938
ball-ton Ford truck ? had yet been
received, and he thought it possible
some people might have been und
er the Impression that only dealers
could bid on the used vehicles.
All that Is required is posting of
a cashier's check in the amount of
ten percent of the bid. Bids will be
opened at the City Hall at noon next
Tuesday. They should be .posted
with the city clerk.
Building permit was Issued at
City Hall Wednesday to First
Church of the Nazarene for con
struction of a two- story, 14-room
church building on Cherokee
street, cost $MS>000. Other permits
issued included on Sept. 30,' to
Henry W. McGinnls, garage, $400;
on Sept. 29, to G. E. Herndon, ga
rage, $500; on Sept. 20, to Harry
Page, tool shed, $100; and on
Sept 19, to Mrs. Claude Rhyne, ad
dition of room to residence on
West Mountain street, 0600.
Boles Are Given Fat Floral Fair
Floorer Department Competition
Rules to r entry of flowers In th?
1949 Woman's Ckvb Floral Fair to
be held on October X, were announ
ced this week by ehe committee in
charge of the fair flower division.
Members of the committee in
elude Mrs. H. C. Mayas, Mrs. Byron
Keeter, Mrs. J. E. Herndon, Mrs. M.
A. Ware, Mia. E. H. Crouch, Mrs.
C. t. Carpenter, Br., Mrs. W. 1. Press
ly, Mrs. W. L. Ramseur, Mas. Milton
Fryer, Mis. 3. L, McGllt. All flowers
exhibited become the property of
the Woman's club and will be for
4.. AW flowers and arrangements
mut be in ciut> house B
mnd 10 o'clock on the morning of the
will take pl?oe from
10:30 to S*#<
3. Specimen flowers (perfect
bloom ? mum M WUlA In milk*
on i. ? muat
grow flowers In Division I. "
4. In arrangement classes, materi
from any source. M .
m.iy not %m
unless out of town.
?Division 1? -Horticultural Division.
Section A ? Rows.
Clsss I: Red Roses
(a) Best single specimen red rose.
(to) Best collection red roses.
Class Hi Pink.
(a) Best specimen pink rose.
(b) Best collection pink roses.
Class III: Miscellaneous.
(a) Best single specimen miscel
Section B? Chrysanthemums.
(a) Best collection large white
Class 1: Yellow.
(a) Best collection large yellow
Cb) Best collection small yellow
Class fH: Miscellaneous chrysan
? (a) Best collection large miscel
(h) Best collection small miscel
Section C ? Dahlias.
Clsss V: Pink Dahlias.
(a) Best collection kurge pink Dah
(Cont'd en pafs
H. Y. Ballard
To Head Kiwaitis
Club In 1950
H. ^ . Ballard has been c>l(*c;pd to
serve as president of (he Kings
Mountain Kiwanis club for 19~>0, ac
cording to announcement by the
club's election committee.
Mr. Ballard, superintendent of
Park Yarn Mills, Ls now serving as
vice-president of the club. He will
assume his new office in January
succeeding Byron Keeter.
L. E. Abbott was elected vice-pres
ident of the organization.'
Directors elected include. W. Fai
son Barnes, Glee Edwin Bridges A
mos Dean, Dr. D; F. Hord, Rowel 1
Lane, J. H. Patterson and Rev. L. C.
Serving on the eufcctlon commit
tee w^re past presidents of the club
Including John L. McCiil, chairman,
L. 1,. Benson, W. K. Mauney, Glee A.
Bridges. B. S. Peeler and Harry Page.
Lou Ann Hemdon
Injured In Wreck
Miss Lou Ann Herndon of Kings
Mountain, and Misses Edith and
Harriet Hook of Bessemer City, were
Injured in an auto accident at Hick
ory Saturday night when the auto
mobile in which they were riding
crashed into a Catawba Transit
Miss Herndon and Miss Edith
Hook sustained painful lacerations
and were hospitalized in Hickory at
Richard Baker hospital, but both
have since been discharged and are
The accident resulted from defec
tive brakes on the 1937 Chevrolet
driven by Miss Herndon and own
ed by W. \. Payne, of Kings Moun
tain, police investigation revealed. J
Miss Herndon had driven Miss
Frances Payne to Lenoir-Rhyne col- !
lege for a weekend visit, and the i
wheri the aocident occurred. Accord
ing to Miss Herndon, an approaching !
vehicle prevented passing the .bus, I
and steep banks on the sides of . the j
road forced crashing into the rear of ;
Miss Herndon received a -0-stitch
gash on the forehead and a brain I
concussion, while Miss Edith Hook i
sustained a fractured nose and a
Funeral rites were held Wednes
day at Toccoa, Ga., for Mrs. W, J.
Ounston, mother of Mrs. E. C. Mc
Clain of Kings Mountain.
Mrs. McClain was notified Tues
day of her mother's death at her
heme in Toccoa. She had been in de
clinlng health tor the past year and
had bsen seriously ill for the past
four months. Her death Was not un
The tttes Were conducted at North
cutt Funeral Home In Toccoa, and
burial took place In the family cem
SurvivlM, m addition to Mrs.
McClain;" Jre two sons and three
Th? sseosd doubts hsader toot
ball event sf the Grammar Grade
Athletic Progsom is sehsduled to
be rssled off in City Stadinm on
Saturday aifbt First game is sst
to ?st underway at 7:J0 p. m.
Park-Grace school is cheduled
to face East school in the first
game and Central and West
schools are to tangle in the after
la last Saturday night's open- '
lag double Mnr tek-Gsan gram- I
mar school -Wildcats'* defeated i
Central grammar school "Ballets"
6 to 0 ea a pass Interception run
back by rollback Bobby McrFalU.
and West grammar school** Chev
rolet Hoe OevUs" and Com gram
mar school "Inln Kate" (ought
Rites Held Thursday
For J. B. Thomasson
TO ? REACH" HE RE ? R?r. Ruuell
1 M. Kerr, King* Mountain natir*.
wiU preach at a special series of
Hrricti at Boyce Memorial AHP ]
church beginning Sunday and con
tinuing through October 14. He 1* .
now pastor of the Winnsboeo. S. C., |
A special series of services will be:
gin at Boyce Memorial ARP church
at morning services Sunday, with'
Rev. Russell M. Kerr, pastor of the
| Winnsboro, S. C.. ARP church de
livering the sermons.
The aervice<s will continue through
-Friday, October 14, a* 8 o'clock each
day when the evening service wlH
be at 790,
A native of Kings Mountain, Rev.
Mr. Kerr Is the son of Rev. G. jUs.
Kerr, a former pastor of the Boyce'
He received his theological train
ing at Erskine seminary and Prince
ton seminary, after completing un
dergraduate work at Davidson col
"We feel very fortunate in having
Mr. Kerr come to us for a week of
special services," said Rev. W. h.
Pressly, the pastor. "He is an out
standing young minister and we cor.
dialiy invite all citizens of the com
munity to hear him next week."
Far Messenger Bids
Deadline for filing bids for the po
sition of mall messenger at the I
Kings Mountain post of flee is Sat
urday, Assistant Postmaster George
Herd reminded local citizens this
On Thursday mornirvg three bids
had' been received for the position,
which is granted by contract on low
bid -basis. Charles E. Blalock, who
has held the contract for the past ,
several weeks, resigned effective Oc
Persons interested in tfie position
are required to file bids on special
forms obtainable from the postmas- ,
ter, and they are to be addressed.
"Proposal for Mail Messenger," with
the name of tlie bidder on the out
The bidder will be required to
furnish his own truck, enclosed for
protection of mail matter, and to
carry all mail to and from dispatch
| To Heart Attack
Funeral services for Jor.ah B.
Thomawn. 7fi, citizen of Kings
Mountain for more than 50 year**,
were held Thursday afternoon at
3 o'clock from First Presbyterian
Mr. Thomasson died suddenly of
a heart attack about 5 o'clock Tues
day afternoon at the home of Mr*.
J. E. Lipford, a si9ter-in-law, where
he and Mrs. Thomasson were paying
an afternoon call. Mr. Thomasson
had complained of slight indigestion
and lay down on the couch. When*.
Br. J. E. Anthony arrived to admin
ister treatment, he found Mr. Thom
asson had already passed. He had1
been in apparent good health and ?
his death came as a shock to his
family and the community.
Though In semi-retirement for the
past several years, Mr. Thomasson,
for years a prominent Kings Moun
tain businessman, continued to ser
ve as president of Elmer Lumber
Company and was a vice-president
of the Home Building & Loan Asso
ciation. He served as mayor of Kings
Mountain from 1939-41, was a mem.
ber of the Kiwanis club and an ac
tive Democrat. He was an elder of
the First Presbyterian church, and
served on the building committee of
the present church, structure. For
many years, he had spent the win
ters In Palm Harbor, Fla., return
ing to his East King street home for
the summer months.
p- native of York county, S. C.. he
was th? son of the late James But
ler and Kannle Bryan Thomasson.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Agnes
Kendrick Thomasson, three brothers,
B. M. Thomasson, Greenville, S. C..
J. C. Thomasson, Gastonia, and M.
E. Thomasson, of Carolina Beach*
anfi two sisters, Mrs. W. Y. Abresch,
Gastonia, and Mrs. F. J. Schook, Car
The final rites were conducted by
Rev. P. D. Patrick, pastor of the chur
ch, assisted by Rev. L. C. Pinnix, pas
tor of First Baptist church. Interment
was made in Mountain Rest ceme
Active pallbearers were I. G. Pat
terson, L. Arnold Kiser, B. S. Peeler,
Grady W. King, P. M. NeLsler, Sr.,
and Harry Page. Honorary pallbear
ers were H. D. Hicks, B. S. Neill, J.
O. Plonk, F. R. Summers, deacons
and elders of the Presbyterian chur
ch, and officers and directors of the
Home Building and Loan Assocla*
Grayson's Jewelry is launching
this week a four-week Treasure
Chest promotion, during which time
some lucky persons will obtain for
nothing five handsome prizes, in
cluding two ladies watches, two
men's watches and a diamond ring.
Grayson's is advertising "no
strings attached" and "ever>*>ne a
By dropping in the store, a persoiv
gets a key which may open the
chest, for there is one correct key it*
each 1,000 to be given away. 12
key fails <to open the chest, the per
son may still use the key as a one
dollar credit on any purchase of ten
dollars or more.'
Mountain Men Defeated Ferguson
Detachment IN Yean Ago Today
October 7th is a banner day in
American history, marking as it
does, the anniversary of the Battle
of Rings Mountain, which turned
the tide of victory toward the strug
gling American colonies In their
fight to get free of the British yoke.
Today mark* the 169th anniver
sary of this battle, which, though
inftnltesirrvally small In proportion
and insignificant in material as
compared with modern warfare, was
erred I ted with being the beginning
of die end of, British efforts to put
down the rebellion of the colonies.
The /older on Kings Mountain Na
Mortal Military Park gives the fol
lowing account of the Battle of
"Pushing northeastwardly through
the eold night rain, the (Mountain
eer*) expedition forded Beosd River
at sunriM in the continuing down
" ' ? . ? j -'jj&M1* j
ii -k, *>>"5- i f Jl*,' .?
pour. But by midday on Octobe* 7
th rain had ceased, and as the fron
tiersmen neared Kings Mountain
their scouts confirmed Ferguson'*
position there. Quickly the moun
tain leaders devised a final plan of
attack which was to surround th*
(Idge upon which Ferguson camped
and gradually to close In from al*
"After dismounting and passing
through Hamb right's Gap, some
three-quarters of a mile west of
Kings Mountain, the frontier de
tachments moved rapidly into thetr
pre assigned positions around th*
ridge. Seeking cover in tfie woode*
ravines, the Whigs advanced, and
Campbell and McDowell hurriedly
passed through the gap at the south -
wsstsm end of the ridge, taking
their positions respectively on th?
UCont'd on page eight) . ^