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Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, January 14, 1954
City Limits 7.206
Trading Aim 15.000
(IMS Ration Ibad Ftgaiw)
PRICE FIVE CENTS
_ TAG sales
+i!rI1C? t^2. city auto license
io* 1954 have Ibeen sold
? totol ^^aS.t week( making
" S J.?-', ?}$ auto "censes
f his year> accord
ci^ET* of *? ?"?
Vr.?r^tT0N DTC home
v"y Commissioner W. S. Ful
^ j?'88 to arrive home
>Vednesd?y afternoon follow
eUiy at D"1"
hospital, Durham, for treat
tTon 1 0t an asthmatlc condi
*.fI?einen answered three
2rtthfo^?!$ ^st week' ac
cording to Ted Gamfole, fire
man. Thursday evening a grass
fire was extinguished at the
?J W. K. Mauney, Jr..
and Saturday afternoon, two
other grass fires were exting
uished, one at the residence of
' I;il-?,rper,ner' the other In a
vacant lot on Shelby road.
t??I?pre2entatlve ffom the In
win h? .?evenu?, Department
will be here at City Hall Feb
ruary 12 to aid area citizens in
iim g4. tax" returns- He
will be i in Shelby at the Rev
Hai *??* the Posto?ice
]T ^ ^"m fl-'To until
22?l!ipink Unt11 'March 15.
v here are from 9:30 until
*?ou p. m.
_ kiwanis program
?rtSjfeft Hamrlck, Jr., Shelby
H^g^c leader and businessman,
? ilfP^^^^her. of the.
? ^ rren of Dimes
campaign. The .program w*s
arranged ty fchatles fleisler.
_ i*i?0OET TEAM
uJiln ?uff8teUer and John H.
l^wis have been named as co- -
chairmen in change of arrnng-/
ing a program for the annual
*anqu?t, ? the Kings Moun
tain Merchants association.
noiw scheduled for February l
at Masonic Dining Hal], it
was announced this week.
*y. T< pJott' Kings Mountain
'I-fLni ~ announced that
he will attend the national
housing convention in 'Chicago
January ^17-22 and that he will
, a'W go to Minneapolis, Minn.,
the main Offices Ji the
Lithium Coijx, of America . He
expects to return February 1.
Dr. John W. Harbison and Dr
Avery W. McMurry, Shelby sur
geons, announced they woijld o
pen on Monday an office in
-urgeoiu said they h*e
rented and are renovating the
basement apartment of - the
Geoj^e W. Alien home at 401 E.
wl11 *** patients
aLSSI y appo'ltment on
??th are meirtbers of the a*.
. . r 1)001 KHigs Moun
hospital and Shelby hospi
Gaston Hoad Job
Cash On Barrel,
W. G. Grantham, city commis
sioncr in charge of streets, de
nle? *?at ^e cltj- has done any
unauthorised or Illegal road
_ Crantham acknowledged
a charge appearing in a Herald
i\euto the editor last week in
StniC?. nHe^Mayor Garlan'd E.
Still suggested that the citv was
working out-of-city roads IS?
pePP J* questionable repute.
Mr. Grantham said the job he
the former mayor re
renred to was one completed in
December for which the city re
ffiwf ?" December 18 $43856
rrorfi a man who lives In Gaston
the city limits.
Mr. Grantham said the citv
i?. for the Use of its road
machine at $12.50 per hour, for
$3.50 per hour, and for
itl?^LVnd truck orators
P** houi each.
"This was according to a on>
v'ouf'y adopted policy by this
administration to do fee-bass
wortc when the macWner^ and
^?TcSaSllat"e'" Mr' <=?""
"We would be glad to do the
Howtvpr ^i1 or anyone else.
S"no',?''deo.J?T' te"aef "
Bank To Install
First National Bank will unvteil
sometime this month a "walk
up" window to enable patrons to
ash checks and obtain change
Spoilt entering the maid lobby,
XoSEKi* ^?ats for
WrEX#*?* k Justification In
looking forward to the year 1964
j?,* i no# ^ our country
and its leadters". ^
iishert P|^SiKentiir?POrt Wa* Pub*
annSl ^ bank'8 ??y-third
distrtbuted just prior to Tues
holderTwh* of stock
tnr, tv.ii ? *?#** ?? direc
iKuS%5X the fitockholdbrs'
Sffi?' lrector1' ^-elected all
L rt tiieJ>ank Dr
MauiJl ? ?? A- bridges, W. K.
STO M Mauney, B. S.
neu|. ?. M. Neisler P R ??nm
,?d M. A. Wm Sun"
? ? u- s- NrtU, executive vice
nrMM*"!' ** fauney, vice
president; L. e. Abbott vi?*.
DrMUMteJp' ?' ' b,nk *lK>ul<' <*
with ti* MMoSrS ??%
p.!.' ? 1^|our.cf*> to maintain the
economic welfare and foster thp
wWch^flL?1 the fcrea
which >tf funds are derived The
J32S2?" f?f ^1? P?,,cy ^" hee"
^ ?rea? of the
J>a?Ks business and certainlv has
?5L5? influence on the economic
progress of the area we serve."
. *^8umaifi reported that the
Si?? oh#cWn? accJurS
and ?0 saving* accounts for peo
or *n <*?
vunvcrnim xne Wllll-up win
dow, President Summers said,
"We hope to unveil another First
National convenience sometime
In January. A "walk-up" window
wfll be Installed which will ten
able patrons to cash checks and
make change .Without having to
enter the lobby. This will be ee
? ii t nil V ? m> Ira mm - n mm * -- mm m ^ Sa- S? ?
The bank closed 1953 with as
sets of $4,274,596.65.
Roperts Ave Invited
On Air Rifle Damage
I Cithens having "air rifle"
' trouble are being asked k|
Mayor Olst A. Bridges *?' re- .
port tW- dill Jealties Jfl
Name Jack White
At Rally Here
Jack White, Kings Mountain
attorney and judge of city recor- 1
der*8 court, was elected chairman
of Number 4 Township Young
Democrats at an organization
barbecue last Friday night.
Other officers elected by ac
clamation along with Mr. Whltte
were: Bob Cox, vice-chairman;
Harold Phillips, second vice
chairman; Clavon Kelly, secre
tary; and George Thomasson,
K. C. Morrison made the re
port of the nominating commit
tee, which also included David
Saunders, and it was unanimous
ly accepted by the estimated 85
The group heard a short ad
dress by Horacfe Kornegay, state
Young Democratic president, and
voted to hold regular dinner meet
ings on fifth Tuesdays.
Chairman White explained the
purpose of the organization is to
"build a better community by not
limlncr thp Rpnnhllpans get fleet.
Short remarks were made by
State Rep. B. T. Falls, Jr., and
by Senator Robert Morgan, and
numerous county officials were
recognized, Including Corpnor Ol
Ue Harris, Clerk of Court E. A. i
Houser, Auditor Max Hamrlek,
Sheriff Haywood Allen, and
glster of Deeds Dan Moore.
President Kornegay said the
state organization hoped to hold
at least three state-wide rallies
during the year and hoped to
bring Adlal Stevenson, 1952
Democratic presidential candi
date, to North Carolina for one
Chairman White appointed
George Thomasson to head a
constitution committee, named
Harold Phillips program chair
man, W, K. Mauney, Jr., mem
befship chairman, and Martin
Haxmort, publicity chairman.
Mayor Glee A. Bridges, in a
personal letter to Kings Moun
tain citizens also carrying the en
dorsement of all city commis
sioners, asked a favorable vote
on the three proposed bond is
sues ?t Saturday's election.
In the letter, We outlined the
need for the 9000,000 expenditures
and promised that "every dollar
you vote will be accounted for
and spent as economically and
wisely as possible.
Text of tM? letter follows:
"This coming Saturday, Janu
ary 16th, your Mayor and City
Council urgently request that you
go to the polls and exercise the
one privilege you have by voting
the Issue as you see it Your vote
will determine whether you want
the City to go forward or back
"The first issue is a water bond
vote which we feel Is a must. We
have ]ust gone through a hectic
season. Your Mayor and Council
have spent many hours trying to
KMp water flowing Into thfe city
laka. At the present the lake la
just holding its own. Still about
7 feet low. If ytm vote favorable
(for this Issue then we will endea
vor to get water from othter sour
ces so that our supply will be ade
quate as well as inviing /w
er industries who may desire to
move to Kings Mountain.
"The second issue Is a sewer
bond vote. The Mc&ill septic tank
much overloaded and must be
enlarged. Numerous families are
idthont sewer. We promise to
^IV# sewer first to thosP who haVr
Waited the longest, where at all
ive these geroan
B g(XHl nelgfh
this issue fo
dan enjoy thdm
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HPhlrtl. ^jrtnot^ least^ Is the fv-<|
LOST LIVES W- CpL Silly
above, and Pfc. Ralph J. Whet
stlne, or* pmwntd to be dtod
by the Department of tbe Army,
according to meaaages received
by their families this week. The
two Kings Mountain men hare
been missing in action in Korea
for three years. They entered the
The Department of the Army
has notified two Kings Mountain
area families thai their sons, re
ported missing in action in Ko- j
rea, are "presumed to be dead."
Cpl. Billy Owen and Pfc. Ralph
J. Whetstlne enlisted in the .
Army together at Fort Jackson.
S. C. December 17, 1950. Both
havte been reported missing lor
over three years, members of
their families said Monday morn
In a letter dated December 31
to Mrs. Emmie Owen Benfleid,
resident of Gar.tt street here, the
Department of the Army said
that Cpl. Billy Owen, 22, report
ed missing in action in Korea
since July 27, 1950, waa "believed
to he dead." ? ;
-Cpl. Owen was stationed on
Okinawa before his unit waa sent
to Korea. A letter dated July 15,
1950, was the last communication
Mrs. Benlield had from her son.
A telegram from the War De
partment received January 2 by
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Whetstlne,
resident of Lackey street Hi
verified that Ralph J. Whetstlne,
23, reported mleeing in action In
Korea since December 2, 1950,
was "btttvod to be dead."
Pfc. Whetstlne waa stationed
In California before his unit, the
Second Infantry Division, waa
sent to Korea. Gene Whetstlne,
brother of the Klnga Mountain
sol/?!^r said he received a letter
In November of 1980, a month
before Pic. Whetstlne %ras Re
ported missing In action.
Both soldiers attended Kings
Mountain high school before en
tering the service. . ,
Pfc. Whtotetlne is4i brother of
Gene, Johnny, Henry, a Ad Fktfd
Whetstlne, all o? Kings Mountain
and Mrs. J. R. Van Dyke, Mr*.
Howard Leigh. Miae Mnrjorte
Whetstlne, and Mrs. John Hand.
aU of Kings Mountain. - ,
Cpl. Owen is a brother of C. j
H. Owen of Klnga Mountain.
RvjyjOv ' > ?" " ? *"? ' ' .4 '
?J Wei 1 1 ^ H^llender^nd Gene
added to the
At 3 O'clock
Funeral services for Mrs. Cora
Dllling Hunter, 81, Kings Moun
tain native and daughter of a
pioneer citizen and founder of
the city, will be held Saturday
afternoon, at 3 o'clock at Boyce
Memorial ARP church.
The rites will be conducted by
Rev. W. L. Pressly, the pastor,
and by Rev. P. D. Patrick, pastor
of First Presbyterian church. In
terment will be made in Moun
tain Rest cemetery.
Mrs. Hunter succumbed at thte
home of her daughter, Mrs.
Frank Thompson, of Tampa, Fla.,
Monday morning at 6 o'clock. She
had been in ill health for several
years and death was attributed to
a complication of illnesses.
Born in Kings Mountain in Oc- j
tober 1872, Mrs. Hunter was the j
daughter of the late Capt. Freno
Dllling, textile pioneer and lead
ing citizen, and his wife Sara
Falls Dilling. Mrs. Hunter was a
citizen of Kings Mountain for the
greater part of her life. She took
a prominent part In tho civic life
of the community and was quitfe
active in the work of Boyce Me
morial ARP church. At her death,
she was a member of the Tampa
First Presbyterian church.
Mrs Hunter left Kings Moun
tain in 1935 and had lived in Tarn
pa for the past 11 years. She last
had visited in Kings Mountain in
1948. Mrs. Hunter resided for
many years at the home on N.
Piedmont avenue now owned by
Mr. and Mrs. U. W. Myers, whlrh
they purchased from Mrs. Hunter
Several years ago. -
Surviving, in addition to her
daughter, Mrs. Nina Hunter
Thompson, is one granddaughter,
Mis^ Anne Thompson, of Wash
ington, D. C.
*. King* Mountain ? artea pieces
and nephews of Mrs. Hunter are
Mrs. B. W. Gillespie, Charles C.
Dllling, Percy F. Dllling, Mrs. Joe
Grimes, Mrs. Buck Hardin, of
Shelby, and Mrs. R. A. Jackson,
of Clover, S. C.
In Kings Mountain, the Thomp
son family will be at the home of
Mrs. W. S. Dilling, Mrs. Hunter's
The body is expected to arrive
here Friday morning and will be
at Harris Funeral Home until
the funeral rites on Saturday.
Four Are Elected
To Lutheran Board
Four members were elected to
the church council at a congrega*
tional mefetlng of St. Matthew's
Lutheran church on Sunday.
Those elected were Dr. R. N.
Baker, Ray Cline, Dan Finger,
and Dr. W. L. Mauney.
W. K. Mauney, Sr., wac elected
as the church's delegate to an
nual meeting of Synod, and F. R.
Summers was elected alternate.
Aubrey Mauney, Kings Moun
tain textile manufacturer, spoke
to meirtbers of the Cameron, S.
C., Lutheran church on Tuesday
Mr. Mauney told of his recent
trip to South American mission
fields of the church.
Ma and Mrs. Mauney were
fuests of the pastor, Rev. W. H.
tender, formerly of Kings
In Busy Session
FIRE CHIEF? J. Pat Tignor. well
known barber and veteran mem
ber of the city's volunteer fire
department was appointed city
lire chief by the board of city
commissioners last Thursday. He
succeeds the late Grady W. King.
Injured In Wreck
Dr. W. P. Gerberding, pastor
of St. Matthew's Lutheran
church, was painfully injured
Monday afternoon,, when his
Dodge auto was struck broadside
by another auto at the intersec
tion of King and Gaston streets.
The other car was driven .by
liynwnM. "Parker, Sr., ofSbefby;
a Negro minister.
? Investigating officers reported
6oth vehicles badly damaged and
Dr. Gerberding was reported
improving satisfactorily by Kings
Mountain hospital officials Wed
nesday. A second set of X-rays
revealed he had sustained several
broken ribs. In addition he suf
fered painful bruises of the hip
Rev. Parker was not hospitaliz
The accident occurred about
11:30 Monday morning, and the
wreck report showed both vehi
cles proceeding at slow speed.
Auto Value Drop
May Cut listings
City and county tax listing was
continuing at a brisk pace Wed
However, Clarence Carpenter,
city tax lister, said the consider
able drop in automobile valua
tions during the past year would
have a tendency to offset new
property valuations added.
Autos are listed bjr the dealers
wholesale "blue book".
. Many, many more persons will
have i o list before the Job is done,
and again the listing officials, Mr.
Carpenter, and Conrad Hughes,
are urging Immediate attention
to the listing chore. "It's already
too late to list early," they noted.
"Soon long lines and waits will
be the order of the day."
1^ MDtawW? Underway;
"Operation Roadblock Scheduled
' King* Mountain's annual ap
peal for dime* to fight polio got
into full aWim *Ms week, with
pm Eastern Star to operate a
downtown booth on Saturday and
the Jaycees to cbnduct "Opefa
tlon Roadblock" on Sunday after
atthfiTr Thomasson, Kings
Mountain attorney, and Charles
Nelaler, local cotton warehouse
man, are serving as co-chairmen
for the March of Dimes drive.
Motorists will be Invited to
make donations at a roadblock
At East King street and Cleviv
land avenule Sunday afternoon.
Jayceea will he Working In con
function With law enforcement of
ficers on the project, Which net
tad *500 tot th# drive last year. 1
Dimes deposited in the ritv's
parting meters wlU go to the
r*mp?Hfn against infantile para
lysis. Stickers have be*tl posted
on the muter*, which give no
parking time for dimes.
n * Hie Jtmkrr W'l.
Mian's dub will ronriuct a "Mo
ther's March on Polio" on next
Thursday (January 21). Mrs.
Denver King wlU fete in charge of
pfroject, which will be con
ducted between 7 and 8 p, m. with
the start to be signalled by blow- ,
Ing of mill whistles. Persons may (
also Phone No. 720 during the
time of the march and someone !
will be sent for their contribu
?Hush Hamrick, Jr., of Shelby, I
la to talk to the Kiyranis club on
Thursday about the fight against
polio. Mrs. Roberta Wylie, of
Gastonia Orthopedic hospital,
spoke to the Lions club last I
Thursday night. \ -
Meantime, the eight commit
ters announced last week have
been at Work but no pitellminary
reports have befctj turned In,
Chairman Thomasson said.
"We Hope everyone will dig
deeply into their pockets tnr
funds far-fh!t worthy cana*. We
must meat our goal of 15.000", hte
'mtL - . ,V '
Board Approves |
Plan To Employ
The city 'board of commission
ers held a busy, though largely
routine session last Thursday.
In principal actions, it ap
proved the recommendation of
the volunteer fire department by
appointing J. Pat Tignor chief,
and named other department of
ficers s-iggested by the Firemen,
authorized employment of Q Ne
gro policeman at $40 per week,
and accepted tentatively the low
bid of Burns and Spangler, of
Shelby, for curb-and-gutter and
sidewalk installations from Wat
terSi^istreet to Kings Mountain
hospitair-PheHow trtrfwas $18,
701.20, more than $2,000 under
the next lowest bidder. The bid
was approved by the board, sub
ject to approval toy the State
Highway and Public Works Com
mission, which is defraying the
cost of the curb-and-gutter work.
The fire department met with
the commissioners and Mayor
Bridges invited the firemen to
back their new chief or "get out."
Chief Tignor succeeds the late
Grady W. Kinc.
Tne board also appMVM tflc'
ommendation of the firemen, as
presented by Neal Crissom, for a
$300 expenditure for uniforms,
but delayed for study other rec
ommendations advanced by the
firemen to raise the pay scale of
the regular firemen to equal that
of the policemen, to relieve the
regular firemen of general Jani
torial duties, and to leave the
fire department car in the hands
of the fire department.
In other actions the city:'
1) Agreed to accept deeds to
streets in the realty development
of Mrs. C. F. Stowe on Cherry
2) Authorized the city clerk to
handle the books and funds of
the city parks and recreation
3) Approved a contract with R
S. Dickson & Company, of Char
lotte, for certain work in connec
tion with the city's efforts to ob
tain natural gas.
4) Tabled the request of Ted
Ledford for a loading zone in
front of his Battleground avenue
5) Tabled request of R. C.
Ganttr outside city limits power
customer, for relief from the 20
percent differential charged non
6) Authorized contract with
Neal and Jasper Rice for pur
chase of scrap salvage from city
dump for $25 per month.
.7) Accepted street-paving pe
titions for a portion of West
Ridge street, provided the peti
tlons are In order; for Mauney
avenue, provided all sewer taps
must be made before paving
work begins; and for Oriental
avenue, from the Sadie Loop
west, provided the petition is in
8) Voted to purchase a chlorl
nator for the water plant from
Wallace A Tlernaw, of Charlotte,
for $1,829. It was the lone bid.
9) Discussed without action
the acceptance of a deed for
Sims street. City Attorney J. R.
Davis explained that only about
35 feet would be available, and
?Mayor Bridges objected that the
city is not allowed to accept less
than 40 feet as a street.
10) Took no action on a re
quest from Helen's Beauty Shop
for two-hour parking meters in
front of her business establish
ment on Piedmont avenue.
11) Adopted ? standardized
?ewer tap and ordered complian
ce by all plumbers operating in
12) Approved provisionally a
recommendation of City Clerk
Jbe Hendrlek to separate the city
clerk'* office and the utilities
department business office. Mr
H end rick was instructed to report
hja plans to the board.
13) Discussed 'without actfon a
complaint which Commissioner
Harold Phillips said he was
passing on ??ncefhh*g hourly
rated employees. Mr. Phillip*)
fald several employees Were
complaining qf loss of pay due
to cut 1A the work, week.
' - ' - ?
rrr* heads lodge
Rufus Eugene Fite, Kings
Mountain shoe repairman, has
been elected recently matter of
Gaston Lodge 263, A. P, * a.
, >'M., at Dallss.
Voting To Decide
Kings Mountain citizens will
go to the polls Saturday to de
termine whether the city shall
borrow up to $600,000 for public
improvements, and whether the
city shall be authorized to collect
a five-cent tax for operating a
While the prediction Is for a
light vote, based on past bond
election totals, city officials are
urging a large turnotjt.
Mayor Glee A. Bridges said
Wednesday he would be dissatis
fied with a light vote, even If It
is preponderantly in favor of the
issues. "It still wouldn't be Indi
cative of what the people think
about it, or want, if only a small
number of voters take the trou
ble of voicing their opinions.'*
Mayor Bridges commented.
The citizens will answer "yes"
|or "no" to four questions as fol
Bond Election Facts
Day of election: Saturday,
Eligible voters: all register
ed citizens of Kings Mountain.
Questions: to determine whe
ther city shall issue up to $600,
000 in bonds, and whether the
city shall be authorized to levy .
a tax of five cents per $100
valuation for recreational op
Polls open: 6:30 a. m.
Polls close: 6:30 p. m.
Voting places: the city's five
ward voting places.
1) Shall thle city issue $250,
000 in bonds for iipprovlng the
2) Shall the city issue $200,000
in bonds for making Improve
ments to the sewage disposal sys
3) Shall the city Issue $150,000
In bonds for use In building re
4) Shall the city be authorized
to lbvy an annual tax, up to five
cents per $J0Q valuation, for ope
rating a recreational system arid
Mayor Bridges estimates that
the bonds, if issued, would mean
about 35 cents to 40 cents per
$100 valuation on the tax rate,
predicating his estimate on thte
issuance of 30-year bonds.
Citizens may vote "yes" or
"no" on any of the questions. It
is possible to approve one, and
D oppose thf others, or vice vc> ,
taa. Each question will stand on
The voting will bte conducted
at the five city voting precinct^
between the hours of 6:30 a. tqal
and 6:30 p. m. .
Following are the polling pla
ces and election officials: x \
Ward 1 at City Hall fire sta
tlon, C. L. Black, registrar, M. 1*
Harmon, and Mrs. Lloyd Houser,
. Ward 2 at City Hall courtroom,
Mrs. H. R. Parton, registrar, Mrs,
|L. C. Parsons and S. A. Crouae,
Ward 3 at Phtenlx Store, Mrs.
Ruth Bowers, registrar, H. R
Murray and Rochel Connor,
Ward 4 at Kings Mountain
Manufacturing Company club
room, Paul Ledford,' registrar, E.
O. White and George White,
Judges. ' -I
Ward 5 at Victory Chevrolet
Company, Mrs. J. T. McGinn Is,
Jr., registrar, J. C. Keller and W.
D. Weaver, judges.
Annual meeting of stockhold
ers of Lake Montonla Club, Inc.
was held at City Hall courtroom
Tuesday at 8 p. m? with a heated
debate on the club's rulies and
regulations the highlight of the
Around 25 stockholders were
present and most of them Joined
in the rules debate, which lasted !
ovter an hour and one^alf hut
resulted In no formal action being
Mew. officers for the coming
Kiar were elected, with Dorus C.
cSwalri of Gastonia being nam
ed to the nresidpncy succeeding
Howard Whlsnant, also of Gas
tonia. Mr. McSwain is a forrrter
president of the club.
Other officers elected were Dr.
f> R. Lewis, re-elected to the vkse
nresidencv h> a close contest wtth
\Tioid- Kiser; Harrv E, Page,
"'wii"! secretary - treasurer, and
Bill Todd, of Gastonia. eiec^cd
- secr*>tnrv - treawtwr
On Pag* Bight