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VOL 64 NO. 8
Kings Mount RELIABLE Newspaper
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Kint,j Mountain, N. C., Thursday, February 25, 1954 Sixty-Third Year
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Bond Money Plans
Listed By Mayor
Members of Fairview Lodge
339, A. F. & A. M., will confer
the second degree at a school
of instruction to toe held Mon
day at 7:30 p. m. at Cleveland
Lodge 202, In Shelby. All mem
bers are Invited to attend.
Two Shelby citizens, Mai
Spangler, Sr., and Virgil Wea
thers, will present a musical
program at the Thursday night
meeting of the Kings Moun
tain Kiwanis club, to be held
at Masonic Dining Hall at
Family Night will 4je obser
ved at First Presbyterian chur
ch Wednesday evening with
supper to be served at 7 o'
clock. After the meal, a film,
"America For Me" will 'be
shown. Rev. P. D. Patrick, the
church pastor, made the an
Lenten services (begin at St.
Matthew's Lutheran church,
Wednesday, March 3, with
Communion service. There will
be special services every Wed
nesday at 7:30 for 7 weeks in
'observance of the Lenten Sea
son, the pastor, Dr. W. SP.
Gerberding has announced.
D. C. MADNET .
D. C- Mavmey. Kings Moun
tain citiwm receiving treat
ment at Charlotte (Memorial
hospital, was reported Impro
ving Tuesday. However, mem
bers of his family said he
would remain a patient at the
Charlotte hospital for another
A total of 869 Kings Moun
tain motorists had purchased
1954 city auto license stickers
through Wednesday at noon,
according to report of Joe Hen
drick, city clerk. Twenty-five
of the total were purchased
this week, he said.
RAINWATER CLOSES [
Rainwater Furniture compa
ny vacated its Mountain street
(building and closed its doors
at the close of business Satur
day. The building Is owned by
Dr. D. M. Morrison. A Rainwa*
ter employee said notification
of the plan to close the Kings
Mountain store was not receiv
ed until Saturday.
Mayor Glee A. Bridges gave a
round - figure report on plans of
his administration for the expen
diture of $600,000 in borrowed
money for public Improvements
in an address before the Kings
Mountain Lions club Tuesday
night. v ?
Mayor Bridges (emphasized the
fact that the figures are tentative
and that final apportionment
would be determined by engineer
ing reports, now being prepared
by VV. K. Dickson, of Charlotte.
The Mayor also stated that he
and the board would welcome
suggestions and criticisms from
anyone "since one man nor 3ix
men know it all". Members of the
board of commissioners were
guests at the meeting, with all
present except Commissioner T.
Of the $250,000 water bond is
sue, Mr. Bridges said it would re
quire $125,000 to $150,000 to In
crease the capacity of the Deal
street filter plant, which, he said,
has been operating round-the
clock for steveral years.
The city is seeking to increase
its water source, he added, and
said there seemed to be three pos
sibilities 1) going to Buffalo
Creek which would rtequlre all the
$250,000 and was therefore not
feasible, 2) impounding in a
new, added reservoir water from
the two streams already flowing
into the, city lakfe, 3) building a
secondary 60-foot dam on the
Davidson creek at an estimated
cost of $20,000 to $25,000.
The remainder of the water
bond funds will boused to take
water to "the oldest unserved set
tlements first, where number of
houses are sufficient", the Mayor
Of the $200,000 sewer bond
money, $100,000 to $150,000 will
be used to expand the disposal
facilities of the McGIll- septic
tank, With the remainder to be
used to install sewer mains and
lines on the same "oldest settle
ment first" policy as will be fol
lowed on the water line exten
sions, Mayor Bridges declared.
Listing the recreation plant lm
proVements from the $150,000 ap
proved by the voters as "my pet
project", Mayor Bridges said it
was anticipated that the city will
build two swimming pools, one
for white cltiziens at a cost1 of
$100,000, and one for Negro citi
zens at a cost of $50,000. The Ma- ?
yor said the division of funds
would approximate the popula
tion division of the two races.
On the matter of sites for the
white swimming pool, Mayor
Bridges said, "We are not decid
ed, but we're working in har
Mayor Bridges said he prefer
red to utilize the city -owned pro
perty at the old water works on
Cherryvllle Road. Others, he not
ed, prefer the more centrally lo
cated 24-acre Burlington Mill site
between Parker street and the
Bessemer City Road. He said the
Continued On Page Bight
Lewis Cathey and His Or
chestra will furnish music for
a Spring Frolic at Kings .
Mountain Country Club on the
evening of March 6, it was an
nounced ttiis week by Mrs,
Ertle Powers, chairman of the
club night event. : '
The Kings Mountain Opti
mist club will meet at Corner
Cafe Thursday night at 6:30,
according to announcement by
Tommy Owens, secretary. The
SheBby OpUmlst club will con
duct the program.
TAX PENALTY JUMPS
Penalty on unpaid 1953 city
and county tax (bills increases
? to two percent on March 2, up
one percent on the penalty at
taching to unpaid 1953 tax ac
counts paid through Monday,
March 1. ' I
Net receipts from the city's
; parking meters for the week
ending Wednesday at noon
were $143.84, Joe Hendrick, o < ?
the city clerk's of fice, reported.
Featured By Firm
Home building A Loan Associ
ation Is announcing this week a
new service for prospective home
builders, the "House-of-the Mon
th" feature. : '"X fC
The national service provides
illustrations of house plans for
which blueprints may be secur
ed through the local firm.
"We invite all prospective
home builders to visit us and in
epect the many plans available
through our new service," A. H.
Patterson, secretary ? treasurer
. of the firm, said.
who is serving fits president this year, was named
vice-president and Mrs. Helen Black Baker, right,
was elected secretary-treasurer. The new officers
ana three delegates from the Chapter will repre
sent the group at the annucd NCEA convention in
Raleigh in March. (Photo by Hubert Carlisle.)
NEW OFFICERS OF TEACHERS GROUP ? Miss
Helen Logan, center above, was elected president
of the Kings Mountain Chapter, North Carolina
Education Association, for the school term 1554-55
at a meeting of the group held at Central school
last Thursday afternoon. L Ben Gofoith, Jr., left.
Set Foi Friday
Friday is - ra'bies vaccination
clinic day in Kings Mountain.
? Dr. J. -P_Mauney^ county veLer^
inarian, will conduct the clinic
on the- following schedule:
City Hall, 1:30-3:00.
West End School, 3 to 3:30.
East End School, 3:30-4:00.
Harmon's Store, Shelby road,
9:30-10:15 a. m.
Lail's Store, 1G:30-It:0a. ..
McSwain Service Station, 11:00
Herman Cash Store,. 11 :15-11 :30.
Garrison Goforth's, 11:30
Blalock's Park Inn, 11:45-12
"Not a single case of rabies
has been reported in either Num
ber 4 or Number 5 Townships
since the new rabies law went
into effect," Dr. J. P. Mauney,
veterinarian, said this week.
Only two cases of rabies were
reported in the county last year,
Dr. Mauney reported. ?
Regular vaccination fee for
dogs is two dollars but while the
clinic is in operation the fee will
only be one dollar. All dogs four
months or older must be vacci
nated each year, Dr. Mauney
pointed otit, and the clinicx is
held threfe months annually.
Fee for dog vaccination after
May l will be two dollars plus a
penalty, he continued.
Carver Blanton, county dog
warden, reported that 1,900 dogs,
majority oi them not wanted and
unclaimed, had "been destroyed
in -the last two years.
Dr. Mauney has asked the co
operation of *11 dog owners in
keeping the record set by the two
townships by having their dogs
vaccinated, and Hugh A. Logan,
Jr., tfhief of police, urges all city
residents to have their dogs vac
cinated and avoid penalty.
Win Over Shelby Friday Will Assure
Mountaineer QolntToomey Spot
? vi v.- "? * V *t% r . ?' ' ? . '?V v '? * '
Kings Mountain high school's
boys basketball team, in a down
tothe-wire battle for a spot in
the WNCHSAA tournament
Which sets underway in Btates
vlll? Monday, meets Shelby here
at Central gym Friday night in
the finale of the regular season
The Mountaineers took over
the loop lead and clndhed ? tie
for second place at Belmont
Tuesday night with a 44 31 vic
tory over the Red Raiders. Ru
therford ton - Spin dale routed
Llncolnton 78-50 to take over
Seond and send the Wolves into
ird place. >
Only two leams from the loop,
the South Group, Western AA
Cqnference, are to ?<!vance to the
WNCHSAA event ? and they art
scheduled to face each other in
(be first round of the tourna
ment, at 4:45 or 8:46 on Monday,
in an unusual tournament pair
Rutherfordton ? Spindale Is at
Belmont Friday and "Llncolnton
scraps Cherryville at Cherryville
A victory over arch-rival Shel
by will cinch first place ft Kings
Mountain. A loss combined with
a win by the other pair will send
the Mountaineer* into a tie with
Llncolnton for second place, with
the playoff set fot Saturday 1
night in that event.
Coach Don Parker's quint trail
ed Shelby for moat of the game
in the first meeting of the two
schools at Shelby Community
Center but recovered to win by
38-32. The other two teams In the
battle also own wins over their
Friday opponents ? Uncointon
defeated Cherryvllle 60-36 In
January and R.-S. took Belmont
06-46 last December.
Kings Mountain now has a re
cord of 13 wins and two losses.
The Parker-men handed Lin
colnton (12-3) two of It's three
losses and split with R.-S. >(12-2),
While dropping a Contest to Cliff
side (50-47) in a big upset.
Monday night's winner at Sta
tesville will meet the winner of
the North Croup first round
game for the Western Conference
championship > on Wednesday
night, with the Champ to repre
sent the loop In the tournament
finals Saturday night*
Hickory is on tap in the North
group with Newton - Conover
and Taylonrville involved In an
other close finish. i ...
The Mountaineers lookedjrag
ged at Belmont Tuesday es the
Belmont girls won an exciting o
Contimtf* Oh Page Might
Drawings To End
Final drawing of Ihfe Merchants
Association treasure chest pro
motion will be held Thursday at
3:30 p. m. in front of Cooper's,
with the jackpot at $430.
Minpie Pace won the drawing
last Thursday, getting $21 in
frado rertlflealoa ?
The Appreciation Day promo
tion has been conducted by a num
ber of Kings Mountain merchants
for the past several months.
Trio Aie Fined
What started as an affraty be
tween Ray Alexander and Bill
Beatty at Horseshoe Grill Sunday
morning, ended In a "free-for-all",
with painful injuries to two city
policeman and suspended sen- j
tences for three Kings Mountain
The injured policemen were Of
ficers P. A. Hawkins and B. P. j
Cooke, third defendant was Joe ]
Lee Harrison. "?
On counts of participating in I
an affray, assault with deadly
Weapon, and resisting arrest, Ray !
Alexander was sentenced to ten j
months on the roads, sentence j
suspended on condition that he
pay fines of $85, costs 'of court',
and be of good behavior for 18
pill Beatty, charged with af
fray, public drunkenness, and Il
legal possession of tax paid whis
key. was given a 4-months road
sentence, 'fuupended on condition
that he pay costs of court, and
be of good behavior for five mon
ths. After* Beatty's conviction.
Judge White sentenced the cjeften
dant to an active sentence of 90
days on the road, but remanded
the sentence to the lighter terms
after recession of court.
On counts of interfering with
officers and simple assault, Judge
White sentenced Joe Lete Harri
son to nine months on the roads,
suspended on condition that he
pay fines of $75, costs 'of court,
and be of good behavior for one
According to testimony of Gar
land Still, owner of Horseshoe
Grill, Alexander arjd Beatty were
ordered from his establishment
Sunday around 5:30 a. m. for
fighting. After they were ordered
out, Harrison returned stating
that the defendants were ?t!U
fighting and requested th% police
be called. Still further testified
he complied with the request, not
wanting trouble at his place of
business. Mr. Still added that lie
Joined in the fight aftter being
deputized by officers.
Officer P. A. Hawkins testified
that he and Officer B. P. Cooke,
who answered the call, found the
bloodstained Alexander behind
the Grill, with Bteatty coming
down .the street also blood*
stained. On cross . examination
of Lawyers James West and
George Thomasson, Hawkins stat
ed th? flghi first started between
Alexander and himself whten the
defendant restated umt Later,
Hawkins testified, after officers
had placed handcuffs on Alexan
der, Harrison, who was seated In
the patrol car, jumped oat and bfe
gan to scuffle with Cooke. Then,
according to Hawkins, the fight
begin again, with Still being de
putized by officers and assisting
in bringing" the men under nv
Officer B. P. Cooke corroborate
Continued On Pag* Bight
Frank Cox, veteran Kings
Mountain postofflce employee,
was awarded the 25-year Mason
ic service pin at the meeting in
Greenville, S. C. Saturday night
of Judson Lodge 319, A. F. & A.
Mr. Cox became affiliated with
Judson lodge in September 1928.
Mf. Cox was among four mem
bers of the lodge presented the
25-year pin by Carl Campbell,
master of Dunean. S. C., Lodge.
A Kings Mountain citizen for
the past two decades, Mr. Cox
is beginning his sixteenth year
as an employee of the Kings
Mountain postoffloe. He now ser
ves as postal money order clerk.
Bad Check Writer
Charles H. Padgett, one time
auto dealer In Shelby, was ar
rested at the Horseshoe Grill
Monday afternoon by Officers P.
R. Saunders and W. G. Ellison on
a fugitive warrant Issued by
?Sheriff Haywood Allen. *
According to Chief Logan, Pad
gett. wanted In Blacksburg, S. C,
on a worthless check charge, call- 1
ed from the Horseshoe Grill to
Inquire If the police department
held a warrant for his arrest. By
tracing the call, Logan said, he
was able to ideate Padgett and to1
make the arrest.
After the arrest was made, Pad
Sitt was turned over to the shar
- According to Jim Osborne of
the sheriffs department their of
fice has been contacted by Michi
gan authorities, and asked that
Padgett be held for them on vio
lation of parole..
No Further Cases
0! Parrot Fever
Dr. Z. P. Mitchell, county heal
th officer, said Wednesday morn
lag~~there have been no furthop
indlcatlons of parrot fever in
Kings Mountain during the past
week but that laboratory reports
on the previous suspicious cases
have not yet been received.
Dr. Mitchell again expressed
hope that the suspicions of parrot
fever would, prove false.
Parrot fever is a disease of psit
tacine birds (parrots and para
keets) also found in humrfns.
Suspicion of the existence of the
disease in Kings Mountain arose
when a suspected case in Tennes
see was traced to a bird obtained
from Kings Mountain.
Dr. Mitchell said that the North
Carolina State Board of Health
is pressing the federal laboratory
to "hurry" Its report.
"We recognize the difficulties
facing both breeders and owners
of family pets and we hope they'll
sit tight until the reports are re
ceived. It is possible our suspi
cions will be proved groundless,"
Dr. Mitchell said.
Attention of the public and of
medical men was called to thte
possibility of existence of the di
sease in order that it might not
be mistaken for "flu" or other
similar ailments, health authori
Pin Given Cox
Red Cross Campaign Begins
On Monday; Goal Is $5,420
Urge City Use
Of BurMil Site
Another petition ? carrying the
names of 384. persons ? was fil
ed at .City Hall this week sup
porting the Burlington Mills Cor
poration tract between Parker
street and Bessemer City Road
for a city recreation plant.
"Tillman Pearson, who cireu
la ted a previous supportig pe
tition among adjacent and near
by .property owners, also circula
ted this petition which reads:
"We, the undersigned taxpay
ers and voters, would appreciate
very much if the Recreation
Board. Mayor, and City Council
men would approve the Burling
ton Mill property for a recreation
center and playground. We feel
this would be an ideal site*."
Previously 14 nearby "and ad
jacent property owners had filed
a petition with the city asking
that the BurMil site not be used
for- a city recreation plant.
Burlington Mills Corporation,
which originally offered to give
the tract on agreement to cer
tain restrictions and covenants,
had indicated recently it will of
fer the city the site at a reason
Signing ;he petition were Clay
ton R. Hope, Eulala C. Manning,
Rev. R. L. Chaney, Mrs. R. L.
Chanev James HnffstlMrW W
E. Goins, Ola Goins, John Cha
ney, W. G. Rippy, Jr., W. G. Rip
py, Sr., Pauline Rippy, J. P. Har
ris, Charlie Wood, Pearlie Harris,
Mrs. E. Bridges, Wlllard Martin,
Jane Martin, Beulah Hudson, Ray
Hudson, Eunice Robbs, Buford
Robbs, J. F. Cunningham. Jettie
Cunningham, Harold R. Falls, Sr.,
Mae Sanders, Martha Sanders, R
P. Pruitt, Maudle M. Roberts, Ed
na Phillips, Ozelle Brooks, Viola
Stone, Robert Eamey, Mrs. Ro
bert Earney, Tom Ross, Estelle
Ross, Carroll Cranford, Rev. H.
S. Scruggs, Loretta Wells, Wyona
Pearson, Katherine Stewart, Ja
nice Martin, Elbert Martin, Jack
Weteks, Burmon Bryant, Eveline
Bryant, Stella Foster, Cora Bar
nett, Kate Smith, Georgia Foster,
Mr. and Mrs. G R. Hoyle, G, C.
I. W. Ledford, J. Lee Roberts,
Cont. 'On Page 6, Sec. ?
Mrs. Morrow's Aunt
Dies In Columbia
FuneraT rites for Mrs. Leila
Summey Dennts, 68, an aunt of
Mrs. George Morrow, of Kings
Mountalp, were held Tuesday at
St. Luke's Lutheran church, Co
lumbia, S. C., with 'burial follow
ing in Columbia's Elmwood cem
Mrs. Dennis died Monday fol
lowing a cornaiy thrombosis suf
fered three days earlier. She was
a native of Gaston county, the
daughter of the late - Harriett
?Metcalf and Jacob A. Summey..
Surviving are her husband, JE.
T. Dennis, and several nephews
REVIVALISTS ? Rev. and Mrs.
Earl Gardner, above, oi Muncie,
Indiana, will conduct a revival
series at First Church of the Na
zarene beginning Wednesday,
March 3. and continuing through
March 14. Services are at 7 o'
clock each evening, and the pub
lic is invited to attend.
Again Show Drop
! Unemployment claims "busi
ness" was'off at the Kings Moun
tain branch of the North Carolina
employment service last week
and will be lower this week,
Franklin ? Wan1, ? inan.igrr, ? said
Jobless pay claims dropped to
481 for the week ending Friday,
February 19, and should be near
the 400 figure for the week end
ing February 26, Mr. Ware told
"Thft -situation is definitely Met
ter," Mr. Ware stated, adding
that several managers of textile
firms had reported improved or
ders for their goods.
Jobless pay claims for the pre
vious week (ending on February
12) totaled 510. Initial claims for
unemployment pay also dropped
last week. This figure was 56.
Mr. Ware said "business" was
better in the Job order field, the
function of the employment ser
vice in filling' employer job
Mr. Ware said the employment
service now lists no spot points,
| plants where there are more than
20 layoffs and where the employ
ment service makes regular visits
to .accept claims for unemploy
World Prayer Day
To Be Observed
Kings Mountain's annual
World Day of Prayer service will
be held on Friday, March 5, at
Centra! Methodist church at 12
o'clock noon, according to an
nouncement this week by the
Kings Mountain Council of
Church women whi ft sponsors
Mrs. Robert Neil I Is In charge
of a program. Mrs P. E. Hen
drioks, publicity chairman, made
Sale-Driving Demonstration Set
For High School Tuesday Morning
Students of Kings Mountain
high school will participate in a
series of driving tests as part of
a safety demonstration Tuesday
morning at 10:30 in front of the
high school on Ridge street, ac
cording to Joint announcement
this week by Rowell Lane, high
school principal, and Hugh A. Lo
gan, Jr., chief of police.
The exhibition, which Is open
to the public, will be the first de
monstration of 1U kind here in 15
years and is sponsored by thte
Kings Mountain Police Depart
Wen?l Morris, safety engineer
r the Farm Bureau Insurance
Companfts, will conduct the safe*
ty program, and Chief Logan, two
high school students, and a facul
ty member will act as drivers for
the four testa.
Prior to the demonstration, a
movie on "Safety" will be shown
to the public In the auditorium.
A 1984 Pontlac will be used for
the demonstration, Chief Logan
Mid, with the automobile equip
ped with threfe 38-caliber revol
vers mounted on the front bump
er. The revolvers, he explained
ftre yellow paint bullets, and a
red light mounted on the radia
tor will signal the driver to stop.
At that Instant, he continued, <he
first of the revolvers will auto
matically fire into the pavement.
When the driver's foc/t hits the
brake, the second round is dis
charged and the third goes when
the car comes to a complete stop,
"The distance between the first
two paint spa's win show the dri
ver's "reaction distance", the dis
tance traveled between the time
an 'emergency' arises and the
brakes are applied. The second
and third paint spots measure the
distance required to stop the car
after the brakes have been hit,"
Mr. Logan concluded.
"A driver says he could stop
on a thin dime, we want to see
just how thin that dime is," the
Tests will be conducted at 20,
30, and 40 miles per hour.
The Farm Bureau Insurance
Companies have presented, the
safety program before students of
more than 3,600 high schools and
colleges In 13 states as part of a
long-range traffic safety project.
Resident, of Ridge street are
being requested by tht police de
partment not to park their cars
on the street where the demon
stration Is to be given.
Classes are to be dismissed for
the program, and the public is
Invited to attend the demonstra
W. K. Mauney, Jr.,
For Red Cross
Annual appeal for funds for
tho Red Cross i.s scheduled to be-,
pin in Kings Mountain on Mon
day- with a goal of $5,-120 and
with W. K. Mauney, Jr., as chair
man of the fund-raising organi
If D (Snooks ) Mf'Dnniel, pub
licity- chairman, made the an
nouncement and said that- the
Kings Mountain chapter will re
tain $3,110 of the quota, with
$500 <)f 'the .balance to go to the
Charlotte blood center.
The drive failed of reaching
the goal last year and seriously
hampered operations of the
Kings Mountain chapter, Mr.
"We must double our efforts to
reach the quota this ye?ar. The
quota is set up as a minimum
for operations and anything
short of it eliminates son o of the
good work that the Red Cross
does in Kings Mountain. Every
one is urged- to remember to
make his gift this year," he con
A 25- member. organization will
set out at the task of collecting
gifts from firms and individuals.
The Kings Mountain Chapter,
Order of the Eastern Star, will
conduct a house-to-house drive,
details to be given later, Mr. Mc
Danlel afco announced.
Foote May Hike
I PHILADELPHIA ?Foot? Min- 1
eral Co. shareholders will be ask.
fed to increase the authorized
shares of $2.50 par common stock
to orte million from 500,000 at the
annual meeting April 22.
Of the authorized shares, 276,- .
088 are outstanding and an addi
tional 43,217 shares are reserved
for conversion of debentures at a
current conversion price of $45.84
a share, according to H. C. Meyer,
chairman. That leaves 180,695
shares unissued and unreserved.
"As the shareholders know,
these unissued shares are avail
able for the employes' stock bon
us plan. An adequate number of
authorized shares would also be
available to finance the continued
growth of the company; or if it
seems advisable for stock divid
ends or a stock split," Mr. Meyer
stated in a letter recommending
the directors' plan to stockhold
Shareholders of record Febru
ary 15 will be entitled to vote on
Foote Mineral produces lithium
ores and chemicals and a variety
of other rare metallic items used
in the electronics and atomic pow
er field. '*"? *?%%}
Met On Monday
Bobby Bridges, of Bridges Au
to Parts, was named a director
of the Kings Mountain Mer
chants association Monday
night. He will fill the one-year i
unexpired term of John O. Plonk.
Other actions of the board of
directors at a supper meeting
Monday, included approval of
the appointment of two standing
.committees of the association toy
President John H. Lewis.
They include :
Trade promotion ? Paul Walk
er, chairman, Martin Harmon, J.
C. Bridges, Hubert McGinnis, and
Christmas opening committee
? ? Sam Collins, chairman, Fred
; ink. Ross Alexander, Yates
The group also discussed with
out action expansion of its cre
dit reporting files and service ?'}
and possible reconsideration of
the association's holiday sched
ule. Action on holiday schedules
was postponed until the March
L. E. Abbott, co-chairman of
the Kings Mountain appeal for
the Cleveland County chapter
of the American Heart Associ
ation, said Wednesday that do
nations to the fund total $175.
He s4id he was gratified at the
response and hoped that addi
tional funds will be received
. to attain a total of $350 to