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City Limits . 7.206
Trading Area 15.000
(1945 Ration Board Ftguroo)
VOL 63 NO. 36
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, September 3, 1953
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Miss Mary Medlln left Tues
day for Newiand, where she
will hold a teaching position
in the Newland high school for
the coming year. Miss Medin
is a recent graduate of Lenoir
Rhyne College. She is a tea
cher of commercial arts.
Ben F. Beam, Kings Moun
tain Life insurance man, en
tered kings Mountain hospital
Sunday morning where he is I
receiving treatment a^d Obser
vation. His condition was re
ported as improved Wednes
Franklin L. W^re, manager
of the Kings Mountain office of
the North Carolina Employ
ment Security commission, at
tended the annual institute for
North Carolina Employment
Security commission employ
ees held at Chapel Hill last
weekend. Theme of the three -
day session which began on
Thursday was 'The Employ
ment Security Commission
and North Carolina's Econo
Members of the Kings Moun
tain Lions club Will hear a
round-up on the forthcoming
high school football season at
their meeting Tuesday night,
as High School Coachcs E. L.
Carlton, Don Parker and John
Charles outline prospects and
plans for the 1953 season. The
club meets at Masonic Hall at
7 o'clock. Program was an
nounced by W. L. Plonk.
Homecoming Day will be Ob
served at Beulah Methodist
church Sunday. A picnic din
ner will be spregdgn the chur
ch grounds following prea
ching services at 11 o'clock.
Special singing will >be featur
ed in the afternoon. All (mem
bers, former members, and
friends are urged to attend.
Harry Cohen, Shelby mer
chant, will address mem/bers
of the Kings Mountain Kiwan
is club at their regular meet
ing Thursday night at "? 45.
Mr. Cohen recently rel .ed
from a three-month trip a
broad. He attended the coro
nation of Queen Elizabeth,
and also visited many Euro
The condition of Highway Pa
trolman Bobby Cioninger, who
was injured in an accident on
Highway 49 near Mt. Pleasant
Saturday morning, was reported
much improved Wednesday.
Patrolman Cioninger, son of
Mr. and Mrs. June Cioninger, of
Kings Mountain, suffered a frac
ture of the upper right thigh
when his patrol car was Xorced
down an embankment while he
was giving chase to a speeding
car bearing a Virginia license.
Patrolman Cioninger, a patient
at Charlotte's Presbyterian hos
pital, is to be transferred to Cab
arrus County hospital at Concord
this weekend, according to Infor
mation received here.
According to reports, the acci
dent occurred when the officer
started to pass a truck. The truck
pulled out about the same time
to pass still another car in the
traffic line and forced the patrol
man to ditch his auto down a 40
foot embankment. Cioninger was
thrown out, but the car turned
over and smashed his right leg.
The patrolman had not been
sufficiently close to the Virginia
car, a blue 1951 Ford driven by a
woman, to get the license number,
Labor Day Spoils
Holiday For Somo
Kings Mountain will obsa r
the Labor Day holiday
quietly, according Is advanc?
.indications, though the Mon
i day holiday will neanatong
Majority of retail tlxuu plan
to dose Monday, a* will all
Ktnas Mountain financial In
' fttttatloriA. Th" postofflce will
ho sloMd ad Will the steto En
ployment Security comznisiiion
office. The City HaU office will
bo dosed, as will almost all
offices In the county court
house at Shelby.
Industrial firm*, Including
the Kings Mountain Herald.
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148; City Total
A total of 2,139 pupils enrolled
in the seven Kings Mountain
school units which opened the
1953-54 term on Tuesday morhing.
| The ligure indicates an increase
j over the 1952-53 first-day. en roll -
I ment at the schools of 148 pupils.
Enrollment at the city's six
units Tuesday was reported by
Superintendent B. N. Barnes at
Mrs. J. C. Nickels, principal of
Park Grace Elementary school of
the county system, reported a
Tuesday enrollment of 202 pupils,
a gain of 27 pupils over the 175
reported on the first day of the
A total of 1,991 pupils enrolled
on opening day last year at the
Opening day enrollment at the
city's six school units showed a
net gain of 121 pupils over the
first-day figures a year ago. The
opening day total compares with
a total at the six units last year
At the end of the first week of
1952-53 term, however, the en
rollment had picked up by 51
The city * schools enrollment
Tuesday by schools was:
High school 368
Davidson high 61
Central Elementary 700
East Elementary 381
West Elementary 272
Davidson Elementary 155
Total enrollment 1,937
Ix\ tbe.cUy ^hools, the unit to
tals for the first day compare as
follows with the 1952-53 opening
High school, a gain of two over
Continued On Page Eight
Peaceful Valley turned un
peaceful Monday night, and
James F. (Bud) Childers, a resi
dent of the community, is a pa
tient in Kings Mountain hospital
as the result.
Mr. Childers received knife
injuries in a fracas which report
edly involved a half-dozen Peace
ful Valley citizens. All were
drinking, officers said they were
told, and Childers received a cut
after one of the party, later iden
tified as Troy Hannah, grabbed
Childers' knife and sampled its
cutting edge on the owner's arm.
Hannah's explanation was
somewhat different, Constable
Paul Byers said. Hannah told
Byers Childers was injured when
he fell off the porch onto a chic
At any rate, Childers doesn't
want to prosecute. He told the
constable that the accident was
"all in fun" and that he knew no
damage was intended.
Only one of the half-dozen
found himself in the clutches of
the law. Furman Boyles Accom
panied Childers by taxi to Kings
Mountain hospital. City Officers
Sanders and Carrigan, who had
heard of the cutting and had fol
lowed the pair to the hospital,
booked Boyles for public drunk
Childers was still hospitalized
on Wednesday and was reported
improving after considerable loss
of blood. Dr. P. G. Padgett is at
tending the wounded man.
PUBLIC WORKS CHIEF ? Em
ory C. Nicholson, o! Gastonin, is
the new city superintendent of
public works .succeeding Tom S.
Henry, who resigned to accept
a similar position in Cherryville.
Mr. Nicholson assumed his du
ties last Thursday.
M/Sgt. Henry Russell Frank
lin, army careerman and a half
brother of T. A. (Bud) McDaniel,
of Kings Mountain, was among
the group of war prisoners re
leased Monday by che Chinese
North Koreans, according to in
formation received here.
Mrs. Franklin, of Boston,
Mass., who lived here several
months during World War II,
telephoned from Boston early
Tuesday morning after hearing
the name of her husband listed
in news broadcasts. Though she
had not yet been formally noti
fied by the army, she said his
name, rating, division and next
of-kin listing left no doubt con
cerning the identity of her hus
Sgt. Franklin had been a priso
ner for almost three years hav
ing been captured by the North
Koreans in October 1950. He was
serving with the Eighth Army,
1st Calvary division, when cap
tured. A veteran of World War
II, including 18 months combat
duty, Sgt. Franklin entered the
service in the late thirties and,
except for one year after World
War II, has been on active duty
with the army.
Mrs. Franklin is the former
Eleanor Chamaue, of Boston.
L The city board of commission
ers will hold their regular Sep
tember meeting Thursday night
at 8 o'clock, with a zoning change
request and action on changing
several street names principal
items of scheduled business.
The board has scheduled the
Thursday night meeting for a
public hearing on request of B.
D. Ratterree to change the zon
ing of a corner lot at Battle
ground avenue and Wells street
to commercial zone.
The street name changes will
precede an effort by the city to
properly name and mark all city
streets. ? >
Otherwise, the agenda lists
principally routine items. Mayor
Glee A, Bridges said, including
monthly reports from department
heads and similar items.
Registration For $72 Million
Bond Elections Begins Saturday
Books win open Saturday lor
the first time for registrations
for the approaching state-wide
txntd i#me elections, scheduled
for October t.
? The registrars will be at the
polling places from 9 a. m. to 6
p. tn. on three successive Satur
days, September 5, 12. 19. Chal
lenge day will be observed on
>foe Mull, county elections
board chairman, pointed out that
all persons now on the books are
registered and the only persons
required to register to vote are
those Who have moved Into the
community since the last election
and those who have moved Into
the community since the last elec
tion, which was the general ele<v
tion of November 1952.
Kings Mountain area regist
rar^ as announced by Mr. Mull,
East Kings Mountain, Mrs. Nell
Crariord, at City Hall,
West Kings Mountain, Mrs. J.
H. Arthur, at Victory Chevrolet
Beth ware, Mrs. H. A. Goforth
at Bethware school.
Grover, J. B. Ellis, at T. S. Kee
Citizens of North Carolina will
determine 1) whether the state
ahall borrow $50 million dollars
for school construction and. 31
whether the state ahall borrow
$22 million dollars for improve
ments to mental institutions.
A Kings Mountain woman has
filed a civil action in Cleveland
Superior Court. to collect $50,000
from a Charlotte man for alleged
breach of promise.
? The action was filed Monday
against L. S. Gattis, Jr., of Char
lotte, by Miss Audry Timms,
through her attorneys, Horn &
West, of Shelby.
In the complaint, the plaintiff
states that upon numerous occa
sions the defendant promised to
marry her and induced her on
this promise to live with him as
man and wife. Plaintiff also
states that she expects to give
birth to an illegitimate child in
November and that she is advised
the birth will have to be by Cea
The plaintiff fuVther contends
that up to the time she began
associating with the defendant
she was a woman of good char
acter and unblemished reputa
tion. Since her association with
the defendant, she alleges that
her name has been dragged
through the mire, and she asks
damages in the amount of $50,
In another action, Miss Timms
seeks judgment of $900 against
L. S. Gattis, Jr., and L. S. Gattis,
Sr., operators of the Children's ;
Shop in Charlotte. She contends
this amount is due her in back
Defendants have .-30 days in
which to file an answer. No an
swer had been filed Wednesday
Kings Mountain city schools
began the 1953-54 term Tuesday
with a full complement of tea-,
chers and with the 1,937 students
enrolled jamming the facilities.
Superintendent B. N. Barnra
Mrs. Donald Deal ?BHKallas
was elected to teach piSJdSF
Miss Margaret Steitf di Dar
lington, S. C., was elected to
John Lewis Porter of Durham,
a June graduate of the Univer
sity of North Carolina, was elect
ed to teach an eighth grade re
placing Walter Johnson who had
resigned. I. B. Goforth, Jr., an
[eighth grade teacher last year,
was transferred to high school
to teach math and science.
Mr. Barnes said that the three
temporary classrooms construct
ed in the auditoriums at East
(one) and West (two) schools
are "acceptable" and- ate reliev
ing the crowded conditions in
The temporary rooms are bing
used untit* building programs at
the two schools are completed.
A new cafeteria addition is to be
! built at West school, releasing
two classrooms, and a rew four
room primary structure is to be
built at East school, also releas
ing two classrooms. Bids on the
two projects have not been asked
but plans are almost complete,
t "We will very likely have to
ask for parents of many students
to cooperate with us in effecting
transfers from one school to a
nother to relieve crowded class
es," Mr. Barnes said.
He noted that 42 students are
enrolled in the fourth grade at
East school and only 27 In the
West fourth grade. In the fifth
grade at West, one teacher has
40 pupils enrolled while at East
school two fifth grade teachers
have only 59 students.
Mr, Barnes also reported elec
tion of Mrs, S. R. Suber, Jr., as
West school treasurer.
Fourth re-sale of the T. N. Har
mon Estate lot at the corner of
Battleground avenue and Falls
street will be conducted Saturday.
The bidding will begin at S8.547,
the current high bid placed by B.
D. Ratterree, Kings Mountain
The property was originally
sold via commissioner's tale last
May, with the several ne-sales
having been necessitated by con
tinued increases of the bid.
Saturday's sale will begin at
10 a. m.
The property is occupied by ?
two-apartment frame dwelling,
and fronts 100 feet on Battle
ground avenue, 105 feet on Chero
kee street and 230 feet on Falls
A total of $174.21 was collec
ted from the city's parking
meters Wednesday morning,
according to a report from Hie
city treasurer's office.
Postal Inspector Approves Route
Extensions To Serve 501 Houses
Jack Martin, 20,
Jack Martin, 20-year-old em
ployee of Craftspun Yarns, Inc.,
was found dead Wednesday morn
ing in the upstairs bedroom of
his father's home in the Tryon
community near Cherryville. Gas
ton County Coronor W. G. Mc
Lean has ruled the death suicide.
The. young Kings .Mountain
man had been dead since Monday
morning, the post-mortem exam
ination established. The suicide
victim was found by his father
with a shotgun wound through
the heart. The gun was the pro
perty of Paul Martin, the boy's
According to report of Coronor
McLean, the boy, who lives with
his mother, Mrs. Ora Martin, on
Fairview street here, had gone
to visit his father over the week
end. The father was away from
home at the established time of
the shooting, and did not discov
er the body until Wednesday mor.
Members of the family were at
a loss to determine the motive
for the suicide.
Funeral rites for the young
man were held Wednesday after
noon from the Church of God,
with the pastor, Rev. Doc Wil
banks officiating. Interment was
made in Mountain Rest cemetery.
Surviving, in addition to his
father and his mother, are a bro
ther, John Martin, Kings Moun
tain, two half-brothers, Bob and
Fred Davis, of Kings Mountain.
and Mrs. Joy Lawson, of Kings
Mountain, and a half-sister, Miss
Mae Davis, of Gastonia.
Funeral rites for Mrs. Rebecca
Rhodes Froneberger, of Gastonia,
wife of a Gastonia dentist and
sister of Mrs. Fred W. Plonk, of
Kings Mountain, were held Wed
nesday afternoon from Gastonia's
Trinity Lutheran church.
Rev. George Lingle officiated
and interment was made in Gas
ton Memorial Park cemetery.
Mrs. Froneberger died at 6:30
Tuesday morning in a Gastonia
hospital following a long Illness.
She had lapsed into a coma three
days prior to her death.
Mrs. Froneberger was a daugh
ter of C. J. Rhodes and the late
Fuller Torrence Rhodes.
She was a native of Lincolnton.
She graduated from Bessemer
City High School, and Woman's
College in Greensboro in the class
She was active in the work of
Holly Trinity Lutheran church of j
which she was a member, serving
as the first president of Women
of the Church. She played a lead
ing part In the organization of
this important women's auxiliary
which coordinates all women's ac
tivities. She served In the Wo
men's Missionary Society of her
church, and was chairman of var
ious circles In the women's auxi
liary. She taught a Sunday school
class, and was president of the
Mary Monroe Bible class. She
was a leader of the Brownie
Troop, and was active In all pha
ses of the general work of her
Mrs. Froneberger taught home
economics at Oakhurst High
School In Mecklenburg county
from 1932 until 1934.
She was a member of the North
Carolina Dental Auxiliary, and
Phi Beta Kappa in College.
?Dr. and Mrs. H. D. Froneber
ger were married In November
1934 in Bessemer Ci'y.
Surviving in addition to her
husband, Dr. H. D. Froneberger,
and Mr*. Plonk, are her father, a
?on, Henry Fronebergef, > Jr.,
three daughters, Becky Dann, Sue
and Roxanna Froneberger, all of
iGastohla, a half-brother, Dr. John
S. Rhodes, of Raleigh, and a sis
ter, Isabel Dofgett, of Forest
Active pallbearers were Hunter
Huss, Frank Suggs, Dr. W. A. An
thony, Dr. John Quickel, Dr.
^ames Moser, and Dr. David Tut
Honorary pallbearers were
members of the church council of
Holy Trinity Lutheran church, the
Gaston County Dental Society,
and the Gastort Ccunty Medical
Here Are City Carrier Route Extensions
Provisionally Approved By Postal Inspector
Following arc the route extehsions for city carrier
which have been approved by the post office depart
to adequate street-marking and house-numbering:
West Lackey 22
Brice * 13
Waco Road 22
North City . 6
Baker ( t *
Street v ? .
Burlington Mil.' a * Loonitex Mills 117
Southern Area 57
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Herald Seeks Copy
Dated Sept. 16, 1943
Wanted ? a copy of the
Kings Mountain Herald dated
September 16, 1943.
This issue is missing from
the file of 1943 issues and the
Herald would like to secure a
copy to bring the complete
year's issues up to date.
Any citizen possessing an is*
sue under that date is reques
ted to contact the Herald at
telephones 167 or 283.
Ten of 43 Cleveland County
men who left Tuesday for Induc
tion into the arnr?r?. services were
Kings Mountain area registrants.
The induction group included
from the area: Paul Montgomery
Chappell, Herbert Albert Hick
man, Rudolph Bridges, Marshall
Logan, William Andrew Mc
Swain, George Cecil I^ooney, Jr.,
Charles Donald Blanton, Jr.,
Glenn Alton Dover and Cornell
The Cleveland County selective
service board has been ordered
to furnish 40 men for pre-tnduc
tlon examinations on September
18, Mrs. Clara Newman, clerk of
the board, said Wednesday. Oc
tober calls have not yet been re
ceived by the bodrd, she added.
Man Dies Horn
After New "Safe"
Highway officials opened the
new lane of U. S. 74 (and 29) be
tween Kings Mountain and Gas
tonia Tuesday afternoon around
4:30 o'clock and about an hour
later a Kings Mountain man was
dead, victim of the first accident
on the new strip.
George Lee Gordon. 53-year old
Negro resident of route one, was
pronounced dead on arrival at
Kings Mountain hospital shortly
before 5:30 p. m. Tuesday.
Another man, who said he was
Lewis Samuel Rochester, 41, of
route orte, Waterloo, S. C? was
hospitalized with painful injuries.
The fatal accident took place
at about 5:15 p. m. at the junction
of Bessemer City road and U. S.
74, some three miles east of Kings
Mountain near the Dr. J. E. An
Gordon was driving a 1942
Chevrolet and was alone at the
time of the accident.
Rochester was riding in a 1939
Cadillac being driven by Clarence
A. Westbrooks, of 1801 Chestnut
Hills drive, Cleveland, Ohio. Mr.
Westbrooks appeare dto be only
slightly injured afrnd was not hos
State Highway Patrolman Paul
Hemphill, of Gastonia, investigat
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Many Practice Good Samaritanism
In Aiding Disillasioned Wax Bride
A large number of Kings Moun
tain citizens and groups of citi
zens have recently collaborated
In an act of Good Samaratanism
which will result soon In the re
patriation of h Kings Mountain
war veteran's Japanese bride.
Mrs. Klmiyo Taguchi Arnold,
31, and heir eight-month old
daughter, took off from Charlotte
Municipal Airport on August 28
on the first leg of a long journey
to Mrs. Arnold'* native land. They
were to have sailed from San
Francisco, Calif., Monday aboard
the American President Lines' SS
Among groups collaborating
were women'# groups of the First
Baptist church, Grace Methodist
church, First Presbyterian church
and the Woman's Club. In addi
tion, the Lutheran church used
its mission service to arrange pas^
sage and to see that Mrs. Arnold,
who spoke only broken English,
was cared for during the watt be
tween San Francisco arrival and
departure dates. F. R. Summers,
bank president, had a hand In
the work by arranging air trans
portation and cheeking on travel
visas. A woman, who prefers to
remain incognito, supplied quar
ters for mother and daughter tor
several days prior to the depar-.
ture. Almost all those mentioned
? and some others ? had a hand
in supplying funds for the trip.
The story of the sad ending of
the international marriage is not
a new one. The Japanese girl
married a Kings Mountain soldier
and, later on, joined him here,
to find many of the rosy pro
mises not borne out and to find
herself resented by the ex-sol
dier's family. The result was a
continuing and worsening home
sickness. Mrs. Arnold and eight
month-old daughter Connie are
destined for Mrs. Arnold's family
home at 5 Part Shirahamacho,
Hakozaki, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Ja
Foi New Route
Cily carrier route expansions
have been provisionally approv
ed by the postoffice department
to serve 501 houses not now re
ceiving city carrier service.
The route extension will in
clude 150 residences in the
Northwest -section of the city,
177 residences in the ('rafts pun
Yarns, Inc., vicinity. 117 residen- ?
<'cs in the Burlington "Mills-Con
iolidated Textiles area, and 57
residences in the southern part
of the city.
Notification of t lie approval
'was received by Postmaster W.
K. Blakely last weekend from
Inspector C. C. Keever, who had
'investigated the postmaster's re
quest for expanded service. Mr.
Keever made his survey on Au
gust 17 and 18.
The extension, when imple
mented, wi-ll require the addition
of one regular employee, the let
ter from Inspector Keever stated.
The, service is. to be inaugurat
ed as quickly as many of the
streets approved have been suit
ably marked and the houses on
them numbered, Mr. Keever con
tinued. " ;
When completely in the city
carrier system, the additional
territory will cover 6.35 miles
and require approximately five
hours and thirty-five minutes to
cover by foot carrier, the inspec
tor's survey shows.
Inspector Keever wrote Post
master Blakely in part:
"3. You will note that the esti
mated street time for the new
extensions will be 5 hours and
35 minutes. The office time nec
essary is estimated at 1 hour and
25 minutes. One hour and thirty
minutes will be required to han
dle the parcel post delivery to
the areas involved. In all, it is
proposed that your dally carrier
hours increased by 84 hours
to handle the proposed exten
sions including parcel post time.
"4,. At the present time, there
are two full time foot routes at
your office and an auxiliary par
cel post route running approxi
mately four to five hours daily.
I.t is proposed that the carrier
complement be increased by one
position. The new foot route will
Continued On Page Eight
Both parents of Mrs. Hilton
Ruth, of Kings Mountain, died
during the past week.
Her mother, Mrs. Emma Kim
brough Meroney. 82, . died late
Friday night at her home in
Mocksvilie after a long illness,
and her father, Charles Flynn
Meroney, Sr., 86, succumbed
Tuesday morning. Mr. Meroney,
who had been ill five days, was
not aware of his wife's death,
members of the family said.
Funeral rites for Mrs. Meroney
were held Sunday afternoon at
Mocksvilie Presbyterian church.
Rey. Paul Richards, the pastor,
conducted the service.
Funeral rites for Mr. Meroney
were held Wednesday afternoon,
with Rev. Mr. Richards officiat
Interment for both was in the
family plot of Joppa cemetery.
Mrs. Meroney was born Sep
tember 6, 1870 In Yadkin County,
daughter of the late Sara Kathe
rine Brown and John Anderson.
Kimbrough. She was a member
of one of Davie county's oldest
families and had been a resident
of Mocksvilie since childhood.
Mr. Meroney was the son of
the late Charles P. and Charity
Burkhead Meroney, of Rowan
County and had also lived at
Mocksvilie since childhood. Born
August 15, 1867, Mr. Meroney was
a retired hardwareman, having
operated his own business,
Mocksvilie Hardware Ca., after
spending 26 years with Odell
Hardware Company, of Greens
Mr. and Mrs. Meroney were
married December 10. 1887.
Survivors. In addition to Mrs,
Ruth, include three sons, J. K.
Meroney, T. F. Meroney, and C.
F. Meroney, Jr., all of Mocksvilie;
four daughters, Mrs. R. S. Mc
Neill, Mocksvilie, Mrs. R. L. Mor
row, Fayetteville, Mrs. Silas Mc
Bee, High Point, and Mrs. Cooper
Edwards, Columbia. S. C., ten
grandchildren and five great
Mrs. Meroney is also survived
by one sister, Mrs. J. M. Downum,