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VOL. 63 NO. 34
Kings Mountain, N. C.( Thursday, August 20, 1953
. Sixty-Third Year
PRICE FIVE CENTS
A total of $168.60 was collec
ted from the city's parking me
ters Wednesday morning, ac
cording to ? report from the
city treasurer's office.
LUTHER LEAGUE PARTY
Members of the Luther Lea
gue of St. Matthew's Lutheran
church will entertain college
students and teachers going
away for the school year at a
social on Tuesday evening at
7:30 at the church, it was an
nounced this week.
NO COURT MONDAY
Judge Jack ?. White will tbe
on vocation and there will toe
no sessions of city recorder's
court next week, according to
y announcement toy Clarence
Carpenter, court clerk. Mr. Car
penter said court would con
vene on schedule August 31.
The Cleveland County selec
tive service board is seeking
to learn the whereabouts of
James Sotaman, a Kings
Mountain area registrant, who
failed to report in answer to a
recent summons toy the board.
Mrs. Bill Page, teacher of
Home Economics at Central
school, is attending the North
Carolina Vocational Home E
conomlcs Teacher's conference
in session this week at State
College in Raleigh.
Dr. W. P, Geitoerdlng, pastor
of St. Matthew's Lutheran
church, will preach at special
homecoming services to toe
held at St. Male's Lutheran
shurch in Crouse Thursday ev
ening at 7:30- St. Mark's chur
ch is the mother smttfch to the
St. Matthew's church here.
Sunday night's Union service
for five city congregations will
be held at Resurrection Luther
an church with Rev. P. L. Shore,
Jr., pastor of Central Metho
dist church to deliver the mes
sage at 8 o'clock.
AT ROCKY MOUNT
Miss Peggy Mauney, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Autorey
IMauney, has Joined the facul
ty of the West Edgecomb Vo
cational school in Rocky
Mount as Home Economomlcs
Cleveland County mobile X
Ray Unit will toe in Kings
Mountain in front of Belk's De
partment Store Tuesday, Au
gust 25 from 9-12 and 1-4. An
nouncement was made toy
unit officials Wednesday
Puller McGlll, service station
operator, suffered an acute at
tack of phlebitis Sunday and
Is confined to his home here.
His condition, was reported as
City firemen answered two
fire alarms this week. They
extinguished a crass fire off
S. Cherokee street Friday at
2 p. m. and put out ablaze in
a box car on Battleground av
enue Monday morning albout
2:15 a. m. No damages were re
Burley B. Davis, of Cowpens,
S, C., a recent graduate or
Clemson College, has joined
the office staff at Fhenix
Plant, Burlington Mills, Inc.
Ma. Davis assumed his duties
as apprentice on Monday. He
< Is residing at. the home of Mrs.
A search of Lake Moultrie,
S. C, was Tesumed this week
when a door and bits of fusel
age, found in the lake Sunday,
were identified as being from
the plane of Dr. Hairy G. Set*
tie, missing Fort Mill, S. C,
physician. Mrs. S. M. Hughes
of Rings Mountain Is a sister
of the missing man.
master's degree from Univer
sity of Mwyla will (address
members of the Kings Moon
tain Lions dub %t their N|u
tat meeting Tuesday night at
7 o'clock at Masonic Dining
HalL Mr. Bumgardner is a
specialist In poultry manage
ird n?*r, Jni mt
t redolent of a
W eir As Chairman
. - " " 1' '? ? S; ? :
Woman's Club Gives
Dinner On Sunday
The International Relations De
partment o? the Woman's Club
will serve dinner at the club on
Sunday beginning shortly after
noon, according to announcement
this week by Mrs. J) K. Willis,
Turkey and ham dinners will
be served at $1.25 for adults, and
75 cents for children to all who
make reservations in advance.
Tickets are now on sale. Price
of the dinner includes ice cream
for dessert. Homemade cakes and
pies will also be available at ex
tra charge. .
Proceeds from the dinner will
be used to support the projects
of the .department, Mrs. Willis
said. Currently the department
is befriending a Japanese woman
needing aid and examining ways
and means of promoting welfare
of teen agers, she added.
At a special meeting last Fri
day night, the city (board of
commissioners voted to purchase
a Gallon motor grader from Nor
th Carolina Equipment Compa
ny, of Charlotte, at price of $10,
The bids on the equipment
had been received eight days
previously, but action had 'been
deferred while members of the
board examined a used machine
In routine actions, the board
ordered the paving of several
Streets, majority of which had
been previously approved. The
Morris street, from Cansler to
Gaston street, from Parker to
Goiorth street, from King to
Goforth street, from Gold to
Gold street, from Sims to Juni
Landing street, from East End
of Landing to Sims sfr ^et.
Landing street, Landing ex
tension, Sims to Juniper street.
The board voted to seal coat
the following streets:
City street, from Waco Road
to Walker street.
South "Railroad avenue exten
Church street, from On wood
avenue to end of street.
All (members of the board were
present and all decisions were
Church To Hear
Special music will toe furbish
ed toy Ernest and Miles Mauney,
duo-concert pianists, and (Mrs.
Miles Mauney, violin soloist, at
the Sunday morning church ser
vice at St. Matthew's Lutheran
Mrs. Mauney will play a vio
lin solo and will toe accompanied
(by her husband. Ernest Mauney
is to direct the choir.
The three concert artists begin
a six-month tour In Octotoer that
will take them before audiences
throughout the East. They are
to appear In 40 concerts.
The service is to be broadcast
over Radio Station WKMT,
MOSS AVEOTT HERE
Miss Alice Averitt, of Wil
mington, arrived Monday to
resume her duties as teaching
consultant In Kings Mountain
I. Worth Silver
Is Under Attach
By Elizabeth Stewart
Twenty-one area Republicans
met at the Morrison Building
Monday night, elected a three
man committee to map out plans
for the forwarding of the Repub
lican faith in Number 4 township
Grover and Bethware precincts
and discussed the appointment of
a committee to "scout out and
select a man for county Republi- 1
W. T. (Ted) Weir, local gro
cer, was elected chairman to head J
the organization and other com
mittee precinct leaders elected
were Grady Howard. Charles
gander, and W. A. Williams.
The group made no secret of I
Its desire to depose J. Worth Sil
ver, of Shelby, as Republican
county chtj-man, a position held
by Mr. Sliver for many years.
Discussion included suggestions I
that other county Republicans be
contacted in an effort to replace I
Mr. Silver and to revitalize the
The GOP meeting, first reor
ganization effort of the Republi
can party in Kings Mountain in
a score of years, was called last
week for Monday night for the
purpose of appointing committee
men and to launch a reorganlza- 1
Uon campaign In Kings Mountain
Beth wire, Grover and adjoining
communities of Number 4 Town
W. A. WJlllams acted as tem
porary chairman and conducted
committee elections. All decisions
were unanimous. " ' pi
Mr. Williams, who stated the
purpose of the reorganization ef
fort, told the group assembled
that one of "our basic needs is
for a two party system but one
"In which a person can stand up !
for what he believes In."
"Over 800 Kings Mountain folks
voted the straight Republican tic
ket in the last election", he adued
"Good men should be the theme
of the Republican organization",
he added. :
Expressed opinion at the meet
ing seemed to center on an orga
nization movement of the party
throughout the township and
Working together, meeting reg
ularly, planned procedures and
increased attendance at commit- f
tee and group meetings, party
members said would heighten in
terest in the Republican cause.
"We need a county chairman
bad," was one of the themes set
forth by several Republicans pre
sent and still another remarked
that the present chairman Is a
"stumbling blodk to the whole
One speaker present told
the assembly that county Repub
lican leaders had furr.lshed the
group with a list of Republicans
to contact for support. Upon visit
lng in ? the various communities
and townships they said they
found that only two of the mem
bers listed in Waco were living."
Dan Huffstetler stated during
the meeting that "not many Re.
publicans, on tbn social and home
level, hold top positions in county
"Under the Republican admin
istration there's never been a
war, another person at the meet
"If we get organized and go
to work, the Republican party
will come back in North Caro
lina," he added.
Recording an4 corresponding
secretaries named to a commit
tee to handle publicity and litera
ture were Mack Murray, Eliza
^ Continued On Page Bight
Prison Camp Trusty Senster Geddie
Unapprehended After Stroll (HI lob
A Negro prisoner evidently
made good an escape from a
county work crew near Kings
Mountain Cotton Oil Co. Tuesday
Clyde Poston, superintendent of
the state prison camp at Shelby,
said yesterday that no trace of
the prisoner had been found.
The Negro. Senster Geddie of
Washington, D. C., a trusty, slip
ped away from the work crew
about 9 a, m. and bloodhounds
were at the scene about an hour
later. . ,
I Mr. Poston and another Negro
trusty were working a dog south
of the escape point shortly before
II a. m. wWn J. V. Press ley, an
employee of Community Imple
ment * Supply Co. Informed them
he had seen a Negro walking
south along the edge of G rover
road about 9 a. m. He was dress
ed in a trusty uniform. Mr. Press
ly reported, and "looked Just like
he was taking a stroll".
Further work doWn the, road i
with the dog resulted in no pick
up of ithe eacappe's trail.
Superintendent Poston , said
that he didn't know what <3eddte
waa sentenced to the road for or
where sentence was passed. He
also said he didn't remember
how long the prisoner had been ,
.t a* on*.
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MAYOR RECEIVES SAFETY CITATION ? Mayor Glee A. Bridges,
left, is shown above receiving a citation commending the city for its
1952 record in recording no pedestrian deaths within the city limits.
The presentation, made by Lee Smith, of the Carolina Motor Club,
took place at the recent traffic safety meeting of the Kings Moun
tain Lions club.
For Annual Fair
Annual sponsors and exhibitors I
barbecue sponsored by officials
or the Bethware Community Fair
will be held at Bethware school
on Wednesday at 6 p. m.
Premium list and rules and reg
ulations booklet for the sixth an
nual fair, scheduled at Bethware
school September 16, 17, 18 and
19, will be released at the event. I
Tickets, priced at $1.50, are
now on sale. Persons wishing to
purchase tickets may contact
John Rudisill at Bethware school. I
Boyd Harrelson is president of
the 1953 fair officers. Myers Ham
bright is manager and Mrs F C I
Ware and Will Watterson, assis
Other officers are Mr. Rudisill,
secretary - treasurer; Mrs. Lamar
Herndon, assistant secretary; M.J
C. Po? ton, superintendent of I
grounds; Leonard Gamble, assis
tant superintendent of grounds
In charge of parking; and Dale
Volbracht, assistant superinten
dent of grounds in charge of tic- I
Department directors and as
Agriculture ? J. VV. Ware, di
rector , and Willis Harmon, Char
les Goforth, Joe Craver and La
mar Herndon, assistants.
Horticultural ? Cameron
Ware, director, and Wayne L.
Ware, Jr., Frank Ware and Ed
win Moore, assistants.
Farm and machinery ? Lewis
ITovis, director, and Lyman
Champion, Walter Garrett and
Holland Dixon, assistants.
Mrs. F . C. Ware is director of
the women's department and Mrs
Hal Morris and Mrs. Clay Poston
Women's department chairmen
and assistants are:
. Continued On Page Eight i
Three New Courses
Ottered At School
> King* Mountain high school
will offer three additional elec
tive courses to high school stu
dents this year, Principal Rowell
Lane announced this week.
A new guidance course, which
has been highly recommended by
the stat* department of public
Instruction will be offered to nin
th grade students, he said,
A course In general business
and business English will be of
fered to the 10th. 11th and 12th
grade students, and a course in
solid geometry will also be offer
td senior students, he report
Mr. Lane said that he will be
In his of free dally from 9 a. m. to
!> p. m. and all high school stu
dents Interested In, any ol the
courses named are U'?ed to visit
his office and not# their choices.
Sot For Sunday
All city electrical power will
be cat off, weather permitting,
from S to 7 o- m. and from 2
to 4 p. m. Sunday, according
to announcement by Hunter
Allen, electrical superlntas<
Mr. Allen said the cut-off la
required in order to cut in the
new line being constructed
from the sub-station to the
city system by Bryant Electric
& Repair Company, of Gaston
ia. The new line will divide the
city's power load.
Funera) rites for Otis B. Smith,
28, instantly killed when struck
by lightening Sunday afternoon,
were held at Patterson Springs
Baptist church Tuesday afternoon
at 4 o'clock, with interment fol
lowing in the church cemetery.
S***ith, a Purple Heart veteran
6f World War II, was holding the
threeye&r-old son of Lester Bul
lock in his arms pwhen struck by
the bolt near the Bullock home
at 2:15 Sunday afternoon. Though
the victim was killed instantly,
the child fell to the ground un
harmed. Smith was standing near
a tree with his foot on a plow
stock. The Bullock home is near
Moss Esso So i vice.
Son of John F. Smith, of the
Oak Grove community, and the
late Ella White Smith, he r?slricd
at the home of a sister, Mrs. Ar
z|e. Roberts. He wa? a native of
South Carolina, born March 10,
1935. He served in Italy in World
War II as a private in the 551st
infantry, and he was severely
wounded in action.
Also surviving are three bro
thers, Glenn W. Smith and John
Sidney Smith, both of Kings
Mountain, and Benny L. Smith, of
Pallbearers were members of
Otis D. Green Post 155, American
Pallbearers were Charles E.
Warlick, John Gladden, Ross
Alexander, F. R. McCurdy, Sam
Collins and James Bennett, all
members of Otis D. Green Post
155, American Legion.
H C. S troupe Buys
R. C. 8 troupe has purchased
the Piedmont Beauty Shop
building on North Piedmont av
enue from O. Dl MCDanlel, It
learned this week.
Mr. gfroupe operate* a barber
?hop near the North Piedmont
avenue ? "Railroad avenue In
tersection and plans to move his
business to .the new location , It
Consideration of the sal? was
. k v t ,
T om Henry Resigns Position
As City Public Works Chief
Joy Theatre is to install cine
mascope, the new motion picture
projection process developed by
20th Century Fox, in the near
S. E. Tutor, manager of the
theatre, said that a new, wide
screen needed for the new pro
jection is on order and delivery
has been promised by. October i.
New projector lenses and stere
ophonic sound equipment are also
on order for the new process. The
new equipment is to be installed
as soon as possible after arrival,
Mr. Tutor said.
"This new achievement in mo
tion picture presentation makes
the audience feel they are part
of the picture," Mr. Tutor said.
"The Joy Theatre will be among
the first in the Stewart & Everett
circuit to get cinemascope and
alSo among the first in the state,"
The new screen will cover the
entire front wall of the theatre
and win be slightly two times big
ger than the present screen. The
new presentation process will al
so show three dimensional mo
vies, with the aid of viewing
Cinemascope was first intro
duced in New York this summer
and officials of the Stewart &
Everett chain viewed the process
in Atlanta recently, Mr. Tutor
The city board of commission
ers will hold a special (meeting
Thursday night at 8 o'clock.
Among the principal Items on
the agenda will be discussion on
naming a successor to Tom Hen
ry, superintendent of public
works, Mayor Glee A. Bridges
said. He added that he had sev
eral applications for the position
and was planning to Interview
some persons concerning the po
sition yesterday afternoon.
The board i9 also to receive
bids on painting the inside of
the city water tank, and to re
ceive bids again, if any, on a
used motorcycle the city wishes
to sell. The ctty previously re
fused a 'bid of $400 for the mo
torcycle formerly used by the
Bids On School
To Be Opened
Bids on construction of a new
six-room Negro elementary
ichool building will be opened at
2 p. m. Tuesday at Central school
according to J. L. Beam, Jr.,
Cherryville architect, who is
handling the Job for the Kings
Mountain school board.
Mr. Beam said he expects eight
or 9 general contract bids on the
project. He> said that 30 sets of
plans were out to prospective bid
ders Wednesday morning.
School officials announced sev
err*', weeks ago that the site of
the new building had been cleared
of construction to begin but that
tlie entire 12 or 13 acre site has
not been fully cleared.
The new site is some few hun
dred feet west of the present
Davidson school building and has
been designed to accommodate fu
ture expansion of Negro school
Mr. Beam has estimated the
cost of the six-room building and
heating plant at $65,000.
AUXILIARY PRESIDENT ? Mrs.
Clarence L. Jolly, above, will be
installed as president of the Otis
D. Green Post 155, American Le
gion Auxiliary on Thursday
night. Formal installation of
1953-54 officers of the group will
be conducted by Mrs. Warren
Neill, district president, at a
meeting at the home of Mrs. G.
W. Allen at 8 p. m. Mrs. Jolly
will succeed Mrs. Merle Beatty.
Members of the Kings Moun
tain Lions club will conduct a col
lection of old clothing Sunday
afternoon, beginning at 2 o'clock.
It will be the club's first effort
of the current season to collect
an "inventory" for its Second An
nual Fall Rummage salcf, sche
duled for October.
After the clothing collection,
the clothes will be cleaned and
otherwise put In best condition
possible for the sale.
All citizens are being asked to
place old clothes on the doorstep
Sunday. Should a bundle acciden
tally not be*plcked up, the missed
giver is asked to notify Dan Huff
stetler, at phone 59, or J. W. Web
ster, at phone 25, who will make
arrangements to pick up the bun
Co-Chairmen Huffstetler and
Webster said this week, "We had
a most successful project last
year and we hope this year's vyill
be even better. The Rummage
sale is an ideal time for persons
to clear their closets of no-longer
needed items, and Is also bene
ficial to bargain hunters who pur
chase the garments."
All types of clothing is desired,
it was pointed out, for men, wo
men. boys, and girls, and Includ
ing shoes, dresses, pants, shirts,
ties, skirts, blouses, handbags,
hats, and related Items.
Rid To $8,547
B. D. Ratterree, Kings Moun
tain realtor, has again raised the
bid on the T. N. Harmon estate
property at the corner of Battle
ground avenue and Falls street.
Mr. Ratterree's bid is now
$8,547, raising by five percent
the previous $8,140 of M, L. Har
As required by law. the proper
ty is being re-advertised for re
sale, and the re sale will be con
ducted at the . site on Saturday,
September 5, with the bidding
starting at the Ratterree bid.
It will be the fifth time the pro
perty has been auctioned. High
bid at the first sale was $6,300.
Qiama; 1023 Attended This Year
The curtain rang down for the
last time In 1953 on "The Sword
of Gideon" Saturday night, com
pleting the thlrci season for a
commemorative drama of the
Battle of Kings Mountain.
During the four -weekend 11
performance run, which began
July. 23, the drama played. to 4,
023 persons. Business Manager
Sam StaUlngs reported. One sche
duled performance was cancelled
by rain at curtain time.
Mr. Stalling! said that the final
weekend's performances attract
ed the largest crowds, with Sat
urday's crowd the largest of the
season, 0 ?- vv-'V'. ''-i'Vv
He added that he was not in
position to speak for the Kings
Mountain Little Theatre, which
sponsors and produces the drama,
but added the opinion that plans
would be laid shortly for again
producing a drama at the amphi
theatre of Kings Mountain Na
tional Military Park in 1954.
An informal party for the cast
and production staff was held at
Kings Mountain Country Club
?The show drew critical acclaim
from many reviewers and attract
ed visitors from distant cities and
Thomas S.. Henry, the city's
superintendent of public works,
has resigned that position, effec
tive September 14.
Mr. Henry stated in His letter
of resignation , tendered to the
board last Friday night that he
is accepting a position in another
Mayor Glee A. Bridges said Mr.
Hdnry had told hinv privately that
he was accepting a similar posi
tion with the Town of Cherryville
at a salary of $5,200, which is
$1,300 more than he was receiving
as superintendent of public works
The hoard accepted the resigna
tion unanimously and asked Mr.
Henry to stay on the job as long
as ho practicably could, or until
he could help i successor ass ;me
the duties of the position. In con
nection with the request, the
board voted to pay Mr. Henry
for any vacation time due him
at the time he severed his con
nections'with the city.
Mr. Henry came here two
years ago for double duty as the
operator of a ditch-digging ma
chine the city was purchasing,
and as a mechanic at the city'*
then-new garage. He was later
named assistant superintendent
of public works and was promot
ed to the top position on the re
tirement of L. C. Parsons last
Mayor Bridges said the board
of commissioners regretted to
sec Mr. Henry leave.
in his letter of resignation, Mr.
Henry wrote the board;
"As I have decided to accept a
position with another municipali
ty, I respectfully tender my re
signation as Superintendent of
Public Works for the City oC
Kings Mountain to be effective a?
of Monday, September 14, 1953.
During this time I wish to take
part of my vacation.
"I wish to take this opportunity
to thank you for your 100 percent
cooperation since you have been
in office. It has been a great plea
sure to serve under you and I am
sure that with your fine spirits.
Intelligence, and cooperation a
mong yourselves, you shall go
far in making Kings lyiountain
a place in which its fine citizens
can be proud.
"I wish to thank the employees
of the City and especially those
of whom worked under me for
their initiative and cooperation.
"I also wish to thank the many
citizens for their cooperation that
was needed on many occasions."
74 May Open
In Two Weeks
U. S. Highway 74 between
Kings Mountain and Gastonia
should be open to traffic around
September 1, barring weather in
terference or other unforseen ' .
difficulty, District Engineer L. B.
Peok said Wednesday.
Mr. Peck said the new four
lane boulevard would not be
completely ready by that time, -
but that two lanes should be
ready for traffic. Highway 74
traffic between the two cities is
now being detoured via Besse
Majority of the construction
work on the west or Kings
Mountain side is completed,
though some patching work la
being done on the old two- lane
strip near Gamble hill. On the
East or Gastonia end, the old
two-lane strip Is being torn up,
the steep grade leveled and a
new two- lane strip installed.
Construction on the new strip
was begun three years ago.
Fatal To Bolt Child
Funeral services for Ricky
Dean Bolt, 15-months-old son of
Howard and Lois Blackwell Bolt,
of Second Avenue, were held
Monday afternoon at the home
on Second Avenue, with inter
ment following in New Hope
cemetery at Earl.
Rev. Floyd Holler conducted
The child died at 4:25 Sunday
morning at Kings Mountain hos
pital, where he had been receiv- ,<
ing treatment for spinal meningl
t is. He had been ill three days.
Surviving in addition to the pa
rents are two sisters, Patricia
Ann and Linda Sue Bolt.