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The Kings Mountain Heiald
-tiSgr Established 1889
A weekly newspaper devoted to the promotion of the general welfare and published
for the enlightenment, entertainment and benefit of the citizens of Kings Mountain
and Its vicinity, published every Thursday by the Herald Publishing House.
Entered as second class matter at the postoffW at Kings Mountain, N. C-. under Act
of Congress of March 3, 1873
Martin Harmon Editor- Publisher
Charles T. Carpenter, Jr Sports, Ciicuiatien, News
Mr?- P- Dl Herndon Society
Miss Elizabeth Stewart Advertising; News
Eugene Matthews Horace Walker David Weathers Ivan Weaver*
Charles Miller Paul Jackson
(?Member of Armed Forces)
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TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE
/ will call on the Lord, who ?? worthy to be praised: so shall 1 be delivered from mine enemies.
II Samuel 22:2.
? Schools open Tuesday morning for
the 1953-54 term and it only seems a
comparative moment since the summer
Once upon a time it was popular at
school-opening season to encourage all
parents to see that their children were
enrolled. Now, through the compulsion
and habit of years, the fact of children
attending school is taken for granted.
Only occasionally is there an isolated
case in which a family does not send its
children to school on schedirfe at the age
Schools have become a specialized big
business. Some say too specialized and
too big. but the end product is pretty
good. Most folk with a high school edu
cation gathered in recent years are rea
sonably intelligent people who can learn
trades and skills if they wish.
The point this newspaper would make
is that the schools can and will do a bet
ter job in direct proportion to the co
operation they get from parents of stu
dents. It is human nature for the youth
ful mind to be attracted by the tinsel
glow of fun and frolic and to ignore the
important basics of reading, writing,
ciphering, and the newer additions to the
The instruction is available if the
youngsters will do their part, and pa
rental discipline can have a great effect
on the amount of learning the youngs
Trouble continues to bungeurrall over
Hardly had the guns silenced in Ko
rea, until last week's explosive occur
rences in Iran, where the Associated
Press reported the foreign minister
"torn to pieces" by a mob. A few hours
later, trouble in French Morrocco vied
for the headlines of the day.
Man cannot, it seems, be humane to
ward his brother for any extended
period of time.
While the troubles are not limited to
other nations, and while this nation still
has outbreaks of Ku Klux Klanism, of
race, riots, of. mob violence, the out
breaks are mild in comparison to those
occuring in North Africa, South Africa,
and Southern Europe.
It reminds that, in spite of the vitriolic
content of the 1952 presidential cam
paign there was never any thought but
what the winner, be it Mr. Eisenhower
or Mr. Stevenson, would hold the office
throughout the term. The attacks on the
winner probably would be verbally
lethal, but no more.
The United States, where man's hu
manity to man has at least improved, is
by comparison to other places, a won
derful place in which to live.
Congratulations to W. T. (Ted) Weir
on his election as chairman of the town
ship Republican organization and con
gratulations to the Republicans, too, on
their good .choice. Mr. Weir's lifetime
political, leanings are of the Republican
faith, and he is popular as well on the
other side of the fence because he is a
reasonable man of personal integrity.
He is the son of a former Republican
postmaster who is remembered as one
of the best Kings Mountain postmasters.
Fair time is just around the corner. -
The Bethware Progressive Club is get
ting ready for its sixth annual commu
nity fair, a worthy preliminary to Cleve
land County's main event a week later.
The resignation of Tom S. Henry as
superintendent of public works came as
a surprise to the majority of Kings
Mountain citizens and to some members
of the city board of commissioners. Os
tensibly, Mr. Henry leaves for a good
and sufficient reason, more money.
He is a young man who, during the
three years he has been in Kings Moun
tain has demonstrated a great capacity
for work and a good working knowledge
of the many-faceted phases of city oper
ations. His willingess to work is all the
more noteworthy because the trait is not
always associated with those who hold
similar governmental employment. Mr.
Henry was no desk man, bui a workman
in the field who didn't mind getting his
own hands dirty, as well as those of the
workmen under his foremanship.
There were times during his service
here that Mr. Henry was somewhat of
a stormy petrel on the city scene. He
was not averse to lashing out against
what he considered sloppy work, malin
gering, or insubordination by people un^
der his supervision, no matter whom it
As a result, he was the vortex of an
occasional storm center, but the record
shows that he always rode out the
storm. On at least one occasion, when
the Still administration discharged him
and re-hired him, all within the space of
a half-hour special meeting, the re-em
ployment reason was the Fact that Mr.
Henry could get work done, a fact
recognized by those who disliked him
The Herald wishes Tom Henry well
in Cherryville and also wishes the city
commissioners well in replacing him.
Any city employee can make life hard
for the board of commissioners by poor
work, inefficiency and other faults, but
the superintendent of public works can
make or break an administration. He is
the man who answers the citizens' most
important question: is anything being
returned for our tax bills?
Cameron Morrison, the former Gov
ernor, U. S. Representative and U. S.
Senator who died last week white on a
trip in Canada, was one of North Caro
lina's great citizens and, perhaps, its
His death at the age of 84 completed
an interesting life of service and success
for the man who learned the law busi
ness by reading in an office before the
turn of the century and who went on
to become the first North Carolinian
since Zeb Vance to serve as governor,
senator and representative.
Younger North Carolinians will re
member him primarily for his activity
at the turbulent 1052 Democratic con
vention at Chicago. Mr. Morrison was
firm in his stand for North Carolina's
rights but also firm in his stand that
North Carolina would remain Demo
But older Citizens will remember him
as the first "good roads" Governor. At
Governor Morrison's urgings, on the
thesis that each county seat should be
connected with its neighboring county
seats by a good paved all-weather road,
the state embarked on its first road
building program. Events proved how
right his vision was.
Mr. Morrison was an honorable man
and demonstrated the traits of loyalty,
leadership, and perspicacity that make
a person admired. The facts of his life
earn him an important place in the
A best bow to Mrs>. Clarence L. Jolly,
who has assumed the presidency of the
American Legion Auxiliary.
YEARS AGO Items of news about Kings Mountain area people and events
THIS WEEK taken from the 1943 files of the Kings Mountain Herald.
Kings Mountain's first public
patriotic endeavor to honor men
and women in the Armed Forces
will take place Saturday after
noon at five o'clock when the
Honor Roll Board is to be for
mally dedicated and presented.
Social And Personal
Mrs. James D. Mercer wts the
inspiration for a lovely paii.v on
last Thursday night when Mrs.
Carol Barnes. Misses Annie Lau
rie and Sara Henry Summitt en
tertained in her honor at their
home on Gaston street.
Misa Lila Emily Queen became
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the bride of J. Sloan Wright. Au
jgust 12. at York, S. C.
Pvt. David J. Delevie of Kings
Mountain and Miss Ester Zuger
man of York Road, Philadelphia.
Pa., were married August 14, at
Sarasota, Fla., according to in
formation received here recently.
Plato Herndon, Joe Neisler,
I William and James Herndon. Her
man Mauney, and Frank Sum
I mers have returned from eight
weeks stay at Chimney Rock
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Evans of ,
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Willlamston. N. C. are visiting
Mr. and Mrs. Grady King.
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Elam of
Brunswick. Ga. spent the past
week with Mr. and Mrs. R. F..
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Matthews
and daughters spent the weekend
in Stedman, N. C. On the return
trip they visited Mr. and Mrs. G.
G. Page in Buies Creek. N. C.
Mrs. James D. Mercer left, Sat
urday for Fort Knox, Ky. where
she Joined her husband, Lt. Mer
By Martin Harmon
Ingredient a: bita of net oa.
wisdom, humor, and comme-.t.
Directional Take weekly, if
poaaible, but avoid
As people get older they
usually become more interested
in family history and in family
ties, and many spend great
amounts of time and cash to
ferret out all the facets of kith
This is news to none, of
course, for witness the success
of the Daughters of the Ameri
can Revolution, Mayflower
Daughters, Colonial Dames, ad
infinitum, organizations based
on perpetuating the memory of
ancestors and forebears. In the
DAR, of course, grandpa must
have shouldered musket, or
otherwise served, against the
British. Others have different
Some people trace their folks
back as far as William, the
Conquerer, who took over Eng
land back in i066. 1 wonder how
they can be sure that far back
but I suppose there is a science
to ancestor ? looking as well as
Sometimes, I suspect, the an
cestor business folk are inclin
ed to leave out certain dubious
characters they uncover and to
re-spade 'em right quick, . as
there are those who are look
ing only for blue-tinted blood in
the background. For instance,
I got a tickle recently from the
explosion of a lady who had
been accosted by some of her
across-the-track kin at a funer
al in the family.
"I don't claim it," she ejacu
lated, but kin she was.
There may not be many
specialists in the field who wish
to get the truth, whole truth,
and nothing but the truth, but
I would like to see the results
of some of their efforts-. As
most people who do much read
ing know quite well, biogra
phy's usual failing is reporting
the subject only in laudatory
glow. And none of us Is perfect.
The old saying is "there's al
ways a skeleton in every clo
HI ever do any ancestor
diggin -up work. I shall be In
terested not only in establish
ng the lineage line, but in piec
ing together the characteristics
or the persons. I never saw but
one of my grandparents and
was only four when he died
I am interested in learning of
the others, in determining what
they looked like, what they
liked what they disliked,
whether they chewed tobacco,
or believed in hard work as the
best avenue toward success in
Recently I learned that my
great ? grandfather was bow
legged, and there are two ver
sions as to why. One folk tale
has it that he liked to lead a
team of mules to a wagon with
a lead mule, which he rode.
The other version was that he
broke an ankle early in life
and the broken bone was not
properly re set. The Tatter ver
sion is likely the correct one.
.. il is w'th enjoyment
that I attend the annual family
reunion of the McGills of Gas
ton Incidentally, the McGills
of the Bethany-Hickory Grove
. Smyrna area originate from the
same tree trunk but are a diffe
rent branch. However, the
strain has beeh strained mighty
thin by the present generation
though the original forebears
Speaking of family reunions
reminds that Grady Howard,
the hospital rpanager, reported
his attendance at the McGinnis
reunion at Cherryville, Grady
being an in-law. "There weren't
but three generations there"
Grady notes, "but I've never
seen as many people in my
life. Another generation or
two and they'll have to rent
Yankee Stadium, Grady figures,
This department has made no
effort to count the 1953 total
but I believe the family reunion
trend is growing in this section
Certainly more attention is be
ing given to such gatherings.
Generally speaking. Just about
everyone in Kings Mountain is
kin to everybody else, though,
as the generations pass and the
new arrivals intermarry with
the old ones, the connections
are spread wide apart E^ery
now and again I discover a new *
Speaking of the McGills of -
Gaston clan, Mrs. Earl Carpen
ter says she hasn't missed one
of the 21 official gatherings
fin<? ,f??,an formally organ iz
f*1 193^Neither. she says, '
H?s Mrs. Frank Whiteside#, of
Gastonia, oldest living member
?'*h? cUn- nor Miss Willie Mc
"1 ?"d her mother Mrs J
Boyce McGUJ. There are prob
ably numerous others, for re
union going has a tendency to
grow on one.
In the Instance of last week,
X noted a great number of pret
ty young ladies present who
should certainly qualify as
"kissin' kin". H ^
W llO, ME i? by Robert Osborn
Drivers with at least one year's experience caused
98 per cent of last year'* accidents. Only YOU can pre
vent traffic accidents!
Viewpoints of Other Editors
CLARK'S BIG MIF"
T?ShfUl thinking dies hard.
Tricans who feeI that if
heir leaders had only "wanted"
a decisive victory in Korea they
could easily have had one are
seizing on Gen. Mark Clark's
Press conference remarks last
X Mill"1"" ?/
But General Clark did not mere
ly say that the United Nations
forces could have won a decisive
X u0ry Korea" He said that
this could have been achieved "if
we had massed the means ? ad
ditional ground, sea, and air ? to
m.^tre }S Lthe ,org?tten "If" in
much of the current talk about
PU^ai? er' when General Van
,lrst states that he believed
a successful UN offensive was
?SSSf !" *?rea- UN Corn^nd
officials in Tokyo estimated that
at least v six more United States
divisions (with supporting corps
troops) would be necessary for
such an attempt in addition to
^ha*eY?r strengthening of the
?South Korean forces was possible.
Consider what this wou'd have
meant in the United States: In
,Sfeppod uP draft,
n,,Ki- ? ? or casualties, a
public outcry against heavy, new
larwiT f?r ^ a,r6ady U"P0PU"
beprun to transport
troops and equipment to Korea
o? fu ch a Sca,e w?uld have warn
d the Reds of what was coming
haV? a]lowed them to
trike first at wide-open Allied
COrSt,ons in South Ko IS
tua??' ?? f 0Wn "Privil?Ked sane
u far as Communist air
attacks have been concerned ?
and at ports of entry. Japanese
asSf??d eVt" Sea ,anes hitherto
as tree from harassment as Man
way's arsGnals or Chinese rail
trenif"dous Involvement In
Korea would have weakened A
^! ^an,JCapaC,ties elsewhere fn
(un,ess total mobiliza
and Thi. fcfmpan,ed the action),
and this in turn might well have
encouraged Moscow to exert new
pressures and engage in new ad
,<M?J?reS Europe This know
edge. more than "softness' to
? d communism, accounts for
the European opposition
to enlarging the Korean war It
SfAmeHr81?0 !?l the "Stance
of America a global strategists to
Da l?? ^proportionate a
single fr^nT " Stre"*th t0 a
tn^^mmanders- ,n ?he na
?nVl gS' mU8t 8trlve to pro
fh^ ni^ VrOOPi a"d ^ulpment
a der,?ive military
Jlct<?ry. ? or what they hope will
decisive. Statesmen and their
thin? ?' *taff' in the nature of
things, must calculate the risks
?Tt,T*- and ,he Probab^
suits In every area of strategic
tX7St; 0t the ^ro*t mls
w?^f .1 wa? pressing to
wa^ the Yalu |n 1950 without
tak,nR tato ?ccS
certainty that such an
action would bring the Chinese
,n,? ,he ,n
There are almost bound to be
E2n ?* ?P"*>n??
tween field commanders and the
?n 8WM- But
wnen the former report to th?
public at home 1* would be well
toVh. * PUh,lf to P*y careful heed
to the practical conditions th*?
'"J!? 1? thelr p,cture of the vk^
rSwliu' ^ld hav> Won I*. ? ? .
Christian Seine* Monitor
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North Carolina law requires to
sacco warehousemen to report
their sales and average price*
each month to the State Depart
ment of Agriculture
V '}?$&& * j , ?? ' V '
HOW SLUMS ARE MADE
Laurinburg is a small city and
is not plagued with slums or con
gested living conditions which
plague some of the larger cities.
But fight now it would not be
amiss for Laurinburg to give
some thought to how slums are
made in order to prevent such
conditions here in the future.
Private enterprise, if left en
tirely to itself, does not always
behave in the best public interest.
That is true in the field of rental
housing, and it is true in the Held
of private building and home
ownership sometimes. Building
codes do not seem to take care
of these problems.
Some mistakes in building are |
quite apparent to all. One of
these is the building of houses on
property, or in locations where
no house should ever be built.
Another is building on lots that
are too small which means con
gestion and crowded, unhappy
living conditions. Another is poor,
or shabby construction. Not
everyone can build, or wants a big
house, or a fine house. But a small
house can be well built, and usu
ally at only slightly more cost.
This means the home builder, no
matter how small his house, not
only gets comfort and endurance,
but he has a safe investment.
Houses get old and fall into dis
repair. But they do not get old
as fast, or become obsolete and
undesirable nearly so fast, if they
are well built in the first place,
and are properly located.
Pride and good taste are great
forces in life. They should be al
lowed to operate in the housing
field. People should have homes
which are attractive, comfortable
and durable, and which they are
proud of. ? Laurinburg Exchange
ACCOUNT BIG FAVOR
TO DEBTpR. TOO
Over- extension of credit is of
<en very harmful to a debtor, and
failure to make every effort to
collect from a person who is slow
to pay does not help his financial
status. ? ?< ; ,
The local Chamber of Com
merce Is planning to offer a col
lection service to its members,
and , it has been pointed out that
such a service is almost as valu
able to the person from whom the
collections are made as it is to
the firm for which the collection
is being made.
Insistence of prompt payment
of accounts makes a purchaser
more careful, and he is not In
clined to over-buy when he knows
that he will be required to pay
when the account is due.
A good credit rating is a valu
able asset, and the local organi
zation, in maintaining credit files
and in establishing a collection
service, is helping the Individual
citizen to protect that asset. ?
Stanly Newt & Press
The farmer's share of the con
sumer's food dollar has dropped
to 45 cents.
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W? FIB any Doctors* Pre
scriptions promptly and
accurately at IMNDOblt
prices with th* confidence
of your physician.
THE REX ALL STORE
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SISK FUNERAL HOME
309 E. King St. , Telephone 37
REASONABLE RATES? $2 PER TRIP
in the Kings Mountain area
Free Ambulance Service in Kings Mtn. City Limits
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See for youreett why CAMELS
lead all other
Comes From What Yon Save
?5" ?*??? Y. we Invite yon to tm a
part of each week's earnings and you will be surpris
ed how fast the account will grow.
" ?*??* 5100-00 or Sl.000.00 and wish to
invest this lump sum for a regular cash income von
may do so and dividend check will he mailed outto
you July 1st and December 31st each year. The cur
rent rate is 3 per cent.
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the dollar, free from fluctuation.
wtedtathe 016 inSUred up to $10'0?0^0 when in
BUILDING & LOAN
Corner of Mountain and Cherokee Streets
ratOS MOUNTAIN, N. C.
A. H. Patterson. Secretary & Treasurer
Name your trade-in
price on a new
Tell us how much you want for your
present track in trade on a new Dodge!
We'll do our best to meet your pripe !
Act now! No cost! No obligation!
For a real trade
on a new Dodge truck,
Just decide what your pree
ent truck ia worth. Write
this figure on the "Appraisal
Form" below. Add your
name and address, mail form
to us. We'll do our level beet
to meet your price. If we
can, you've got a reel dealt
If we can't, there is no
obligation! Mail "Appraisal
. Form" today!
I have a "
(?*? phon. In th. Information).
(good, fair, poor)
(year, make, modal) truck, in
? condition. I think it is worth
-in a trade. I understand that
you are not obligated to meet this price, nor am I obUjrated
to accept it.
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