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Kings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
Kings Mountain, N. C.t Thursday, April I, 1954
PRICE FIVE CENTS
A total of 988 Kings Moun
tain motorists had purchased
1954 city auto license stickers
through Wednesday at noon,
according to report of Joe Hen
drick, city clerk. Sixty- nine of
the total was purchased this
week, he said.
No fire alarms were answer
ed this ipast week toy the Fire
Department according to C. D.
Ware, Fireman. A total of 10
calls were answered this past
month, Mr. Ware said, with
five of the total outside of the
The city has filed an appeal
from a North Carolina Utilities
Commission allowing it to sell
natural gas only inside the
city limits. The city seeks to
sell natural gas to customers
adjacent to the city limits, as
well as to other nearby custo
mers. The Utilities Commis
sion ruled that .Public Service
Company of North Carolina
had the authority to sell out
side the city limits.
To Build Clinic
Mr Craig Jones, general sur
geon at Kings Mountain and Shel
by hospitals, will build a clinic
In Kings Mountain- within the
near future, he announced this
Dr. Jones has purchased from
thte Daniel A. Fulton heirs a lot
on West King street, near Kings
Mountain hospital, fronting 120
feet on West King street and mea
suring 257 feet deep.
The - transaction was handled
by B. D. Ratterree, Kings Moun
tain realtor. Thte lot adjoins the
Tim Hofd residence and was con
veyed by Mrs. W. R. Everhart,
Mrs. E. B. Olive, Mrs. A. L. All
ran, Mrs. W. C. Putnam, Mrs. G.
L. McDanlel and Mrs. C. L. Ful
Dr. Jones said he had not yet
retained an architect, but that he
hoped to begin construction of a
modern building In the coming
Red Cross Drive
Over 53,800 Short
Kings Mountain's Annual Red
Cross fund drive ? which official
ly ended on Wednesday ? was
nearly two- thirds short of the
goal, according to reports avail
B. S. Neill, Sr., fund drive trea
surer, rte ported only $1,585,13
turned in at noon Wednesday,
some $3,834 short of the goal of
H. D. (Snooks) McDanlel, Red
Cross chapter publicity chairman,
said yesterday that chairmen
have reported additional funds
which, along with whnt has been
turned in, increases th? gifts to
approximately $2?00. Nelsler
Mills, Inc., has donated $500 not
included in the treasurer's report,
he added. .
Committee chairmen and drive
officials are extorting a last*
minute effort to reach the goal,
Mr. McDanlel said, and all solici
tations are being urged te turn
fei their reports immediately.
Soap Box Hopefuls
Sol Charlotte Trip
1 Boys who are Interested in
participating In the Charlotte
Soap' Box DeUby race this, year
are reminded of the field trip to
the Charlotte workshop Satur
Charles Dixon, chairman of
here, said that fcoys
hi making the trip
* at Victory Chevrolet
jMfcT Saturday morning at 9 o'
Participants will visit the
\tt> study methods of
of Soap Box racers.
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Special to the Herald
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. ? Fu
neral services for Karl M. Leute,
59, president of Lithium Corpor
ation of America and Mangan
ese Chemicals Corporation, were
held in Minneapolis Monday.
Mr. Leute had died on March
24, while vacationing in Phoe
nix, Ariz. . - .?> . ...
Mr. Leute was a pioneer In the
field of cftiemical engineering in
Minnesota and developed the
first commercial production of
He organized the Electro -Man
ganese Corporation in 1987 and
founded the Lithium Corporation
of America in 1942. Headquarters
are in Minneapolis, Minn.
The firm is now a world lead
er In production of Lithium light
metal compounds for commerci
al use. Early this month the
firm announced a seven-million
dollar plant expansion at Besse
mer City, N. C.
The expansion, Leute had
said, was necessitated by a 1,000
per cent increase in consumption
of Lithium since 1946.
Mr. Leute organized the Man
ganese Chemicals. Corporation in
1950 and pioneered the produc
tion of manganese from low
grade deposits In northern Min
He is survived by his wife,
Mayme; a daughter, Mrs. Rome
Rlebeth, Minneapolis; two
grandchildren, and a sister, Mra.
William Winterton, ; Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan Cjina^. ? ^ ft
M?\ Uute's successor as pres
ident of the Lithium Corporation
of America is Herbert W. Rogers,
secretary and general counsel.
At a luncheon meeting of the
Bible In the Schools Committee,
held Tuesday at the Central
school cafeteria, Miss Margaret
Stem was commended for her
work during the past school year
and unanimously recommended
for re-election as teacher of Bi
ble in the Kings Mountain Pub
Rev. P. D. Patrick, pastor of
First Presto yterlan church, was
elected to his fifteenth term as
chairman of the Bible Commit
Miss Stem presented a report
of her teaching and associated
activities for the school yeAr and
made recommendations for next
year's program. With classes in
the sixth and <*eventh grades of
East, West, and Central "schools,
and additional classes in Cen
tral High School, Miss Stem tea
ches approximately 400 pupils.
. Twenty representatives of lp
cal churches and other support
ing organizations also heard the
report of the treasurer for the
current year and made plans for
the coming year's work.
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Tolleson
moved over the weekend to
Charlotte, where they are re
siding at 2014 belvedere Ave
nue. The Tollesons lived here
on Crescent Hill Road.
Reductions in excl&e taxes tak
ing effect Thursday will mtean
numerous savingn on many Items
and Kings Mountain area citizens
will share in them to more or less
All in all, the excise tax reduc
tion bill, signed by the President
Wednesday, removes an estimat
ed $999 million from the nation's
tax bill. v
Here are the major changes:
Fufa j ? 20 to 10 per cent.
Jewelry ? ? 20 to 10 per dent.
Luggage, Including handbags?
20 to 10 per cent.
Toilet preparations ? 20 to 10
Long distance telephone ser
vice ? 25 to 10 per cent.
Local telephone service ? 15 to
10 per cent.
Generally, excise tax cuts
were expected to be passed to
the customer, with the one pos
sible Exception the tax on movie
admissions. Local managers of
motion picture houses were un
decided Wednesday morning
what policy they would adopt.
One drive- In manager, on Tues
day night, still doubted that the
reduction bill, eliminating the
20 pfercent tax on admissions of
a hall-dollar and under, would
Domestic telegraph, cable and
radio messages. ? 15 to 10 t?er
Leased wire teletypewriter or
talking circuit special servlcte ?
25 to 10 per cent.
Passenger fares on trains,
planes and buses ? 15 to 10 per
cent (Purchasers of tickets be
fore April 1 for use after that
date can get refund from issuter.)*
Safe deposit boxes ? 20 to 10
Household appliances including
refrigerators, stoves, fans, water
heaters, flat Irons, air heaters,
electric blanktets, grills, toasters,
broilerp, mixers, juicers, food
chopper*;, and grinders, clothes
<4rtar%~ d^umkUfiers, dishwa ah
rr s, floor polishers, waxers, man
gles, garbage disposals, power
lawn mowers, home frefezers, and
electric door chimes ? 10 to 5
The bill carries a "floor
stocks" amendment which per
mits distributors, to get tax re
funds on appliances they hold
Thursday; they will be relmburs
fed for the 5 per cent tax reduc
tion by the manufacturer, who in
turn will get a refund from the
Sporting goods ? 15 to 10 per
Electric light bulbs and tubes ?
20 to 10 per cent. Distributors al
so will get "floor stocks" refunds
Fountain pens, mechanical pen
cils and ball point ptens ? 15 to
10 per cent.
Cameras, lenses and films ? 20
to 10 per cent.
Tickets to movies, professional
baseball games and other amuse
ments but not 'n eluding horse and
dog races and night clubs ? 20 to
10 per cent on tickets costing 51
dents or more; tax eliminated on
tickets co 8 ting 50 cents or less.
(Purchasers of tickets before
April 1 for use after that date en
titled to refund from issuer.)
Tickets to college athletic
events in regular season ? 20
per oent tax eliminated.
Tickets to nonprofit museums
and planetarium* ? 20 per cent
Civic theater amateur perfor
mances ? 20 per cent tax Elimi
Matches ? present two cents
per 1,000 tax modified so that it
can not exceed 10 per cent of
Kiwanis Club To Sustain Fanners
Thursday Night With One- Wan Band
Kings Mountain Kiwanis club
will hold ita annual Farmer's
Night banquet Thursday night,
with Panhandle Pete, the onte-man
band, as the feature attraction.
In addition, It wrs ruuiouioed
by Arnold Klser, duJnnan ti the
Farmer's Night committee, local
talent will also take part on the
Panhandle Pete, from Asheville,
waa a feature attraction of last
yfeufs Kiwanis club ladles' night
Almost all area fanners have
been invited to the annual Kiwa
nis event, and Mr, Klser said he
anticipated from 75 to 100 farmer
The banqnot wm be held at Ma
sonic Dining Rail at 6:4?.
Othbr members of the Farmer's
Night committee are O. A. Brid
ges, M. A. Enloe, J. E. Anthony,
Jr., and Lawrwv* Patrick.
King* Mountain's dog quaran
tine has been lifted effective to
day, according to Chief Hugh A.
The ban had been in effect sin
ce March 1 because of several re
ported cases of rabid dogs.
Chief Logap said that approx
imately 88 dogs were destroyed
during this period.
H0SP1 /AL GRANTS
Grants of $530 to. Kings
Mountain Hoepltal and $6,750
to Shelby hospital were among
total grants of $8M,17f to hos
pitals and other related inatl
tutlona by the Duke Founda
tion. Announcement of tbe
grants was made Tuesday.
_____ ? Shown abOTe an four candidates for
Democratic nominations to count* elective offices, subject to the
May 29 primary' Top row, left to right, is Sheriff J. Haywood Allen,
and County Commissioner Hasel B. Bumgardner Bottom row, left to
right, are C. B. Cash, Shelby lawyer, who seeks the nomination for
judge of recorder's court, and Coroner J. OUie Harris. Allen, Bum*
gardner and Harris seek re-nomination and re-election.
Kiser May Offer
Coronor J. Ollie Harris, Kings
Mountain mortician, announced .
Wednesday he would seek re- 1
nomination in the May 29 Demo
Meantime, county p o 1 it i c s
warmed slightly during the past
week, as the deadline for filing
notice o I candidacy neared and
as other aspirants, including in
cumbents and new faces, threw'
their hats into the ring.
Major local rumor of thte week
Was that L. Arnold Klser, Kings
Mountain industrialist, would op
pose Hazel B. Bumgardner, Kings
Mountain farmer, for the District
2 county commissioner nomina
tion. Mr. Bumgardner Is the in
cumbent and has announced that
he would seek his second full
Mr. Klser acknowledged that
he is considering making the race
and said he would pfrobably make
a decision within the next week.
HV considered making the race
against Mr. Bumgardner two
years ago, but decided against It.
Otherwise, one county commis
sioner has opposition. B. P. Jen
kins, Sr., the District 4 Incumbent,
is being opposed by John D.
White. Both formally filed for
the office on Monday. All other
county commissioner incumbent*
havfe also filed for re-nomlnation.
They are Zeb V. Cline, present
chairman, District 1; F. L. Rol
lins, District 3; and Knox Sarratt,
Another contest loomed for
judge of county recorder's court
a Shelby lawyer, 6. B. Cash, filing
lor the office now held by Ruebeti
Another contest is expected to
developed for the office of eounty
Continued On Pa0i Woe
i ? - ?
Will Sing Here
The 11 o'clock morning service
at Central Methodist church oh
Sunday will feature a concert by
the Greensboro College glete club
The piMWMB will conslRt of
three section*, the first contain
In* awijfer to the virgin, "Laodl
AfU Vergine lfaria", toy Verdi; *1
Continued On Paem Bight
No April Fool, Tax
Penalty To Advance
No fooling, the penalty on
unpaid 1953 tax bills advances '
This means that April Fool's
Day is the final day to pay 1953
tax bills at a penalty of only
two percent. The added tariff
goes to 2.5 percent on Friday.
City Tax Supervisor Clarence i
Carpenter, reminding of the jn- )
crease, said 86 percent of the j
1953 levy had been paid at noon ;
Thursday At 3
Funeral rites for John R. (Jake)
Yelton, 35, who died at 4:30 Wed
nesday morning at Oteen Vet- I
erans hospital, will be held
Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock
at First Baptist church.
The body will lie in state from
2:30. The services will be con
ducted 'by Rev. H. Gordon Week
ley and by Rev. Boyce Huffstet
ler, pastor of El Bethel Metho
dist church. Interment will be
made at Oakland Cemetery,
Gaffney, S. C.
Mr. Yelton, former manager of
the Queen City Bus Terminal,
had been ill for the past four
He was a member of El Bethel
Methodist church, a native of
Cherokee County, S. C., and a
veteran of World War II. He ser
ved as a corporal with Co. A,
7th Armored Replacement bat
talion. He was in the army from
May 1941 to October 1945.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe
H. Yelton, survive, along with a
brother, Grady C. Yelton, and
three sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Har
mon, Charlotte, Mrs. L. W. Car
penter, Bessemer City, Mrs. I. C.
Davis, Kings Mountain.
Pallbearers will be James
Leigh, i Lawrence Burton, Howard
Smith, Rom Alexander, Paul By
ers and John George.
In Memory Of Child
. ?in i ?! ? ? ? %
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Klncaid
hare presented ihrubbery to
Mountain Rett Cemetery in me
mory of their granddaughter, La
ura Margaret Klncaid. S. R. So
fafer, superintendent, said the
shrubbery tras placed across, the
drive, near the child's grave.
Mr. Saber also said that a <20
gift to be used for thrubbery ha*
also been presented to the oeme
! tery by a young lady who wishbs
(to remain anonymous.
Kings Mountain Hospital '53
lOperations $9,965 In Black
Thirty-two Democrats gathered
for the first regular meeting of
the Number 4 Township Young
Democrats club Tuesday night,
elected Mrs. Pete McDaniel third
vlcte-president, and heard an ad
dress by Basil Whitener, Gastonia
lawyer and solicitor of the 14th
Mr. Whitener, long active in
Democratic politics in the state
and by self-admission a grammar
school A1 Smith man, made an
old-fashioned political speech in
which he laughed at the Republi
can party for its division among
itstelf, and criticized its "trickle
down" philosophy as represented
by its taxing policy.
Mr. Whitener noted, however,
that the Democratic party will be
unsuccessful if it is content to
merely sell a label.
"However, wte're not selling a
label, but a program of govern
ment which will advance demo
cracy all over the globe, at home
and abroad," he added.
Among Mr. Whltener's Jibes at*
the Republican party ? which, he
said, straying Democrats arte lea
ving at a rapid rate ? included a
statement that Vice-President
Nixon, a Duke law school class
mate, was at that time an ardent
New Dealer. He chargcd that Sec
retary of Agriculture Btenson is
probably the most Christian gen
tleman in Washington but knows
the least about what he's trying
He charged that the foreign
situation is just as bad as it was,
and labeled Secretary of State
Dulles "a modern-day Gulliver".
' Prior to thte Whitener address,
the group formally adopted a
constitution, inserting the third
vice-presidency and electing Mrs.
McDaniel to the position.
Jack White, president, served
as toastmaster, also got in a few
digs at the GOP, and prestented
several candidates for Democra
tic nominations, including C. B.
Cash, candidate for Judge of re
corder's court, and Robert Cox
and Gus Huffstetler, two of three
candidates for No. 4 township
Two building permits totaling
$2,400 were issued here by Build
ing Inspector J. W. Webster,
through March 31.
Mrs. Florence Cline obtained
a permit March 25 to build an
additional room to her residence
on Linwood road at an estimated
cost of $400.
On Mdrch 29, a permit was Is
sued to John Cheshire to build
an addition to a garage to be
used as an apartment at an es
timated cost of $2,000.
Net receipts from the city's
parking meters for the wdek
ending Wednesday at noon
were $144. it as reporteu 'by
Joe Hendrick, city clerk.
REVIVAL SPEAKER ? Rev. Tom
S. Lawrence, pastor of Cllffslde
First Baptist church will conduct
revival services at Bethlehem i
Baptist church beginning Sun
Revival services begin in the
Bethlehem Baptist church, Sun
day night, at 7:30 and will con
tinue through Sunday, April 11.
The Reverend Tom S. Lawre
nce, pastor of the First Baptist
church, Cliffside, will be the visit
i ing preacher. Services will be held
each night through the week at
The pastor, Rev. R. E. Robbins,
| will direct the congregational
Board To Meet
Regular monthly meeting of
the city board of commissioners
is scheduled for 8 o'clock Thurs
day evening at City Hall.
Agenda for the meeting was
not known Wednesday by City
Clerk Joe Hendrick, who said
Mayor Glfee A. Bridges was in Ra
leigh conferring with Local Gov
jernment officials on bond issues
and other related city business.
One projected Item of business
is the requested re-zoning of the
lot at thfe Corner of Battleground
avenue and Falls street.
Another meeting of the com
j missioners is scheduled for Mon
I day to open bids on the David
son branch dam-building project. j
At A HP Church
I Garrison Goforth, W. L. Mc
! Mackin and Martin Harmon were
; installed four-year terms as dea
cons of Boyce Memorial ARP
church at Sunday services.
Following the. morning ser
vices, the board of deacons orga
nized for the coming year elect
ing Hoyle Mabry chairman, suc
ceeding Wendell Phifer, and Mar
[tin Harmon secretary, succeeding
I John Cheshire.
Trustees Reje ;t East School Bids
As Too High; Total Was S63.797
Kings Mountain's school board
met Monday night at Central
school and rejected all bids on
the East Elementary school build
Bids Were opented by the board
on last Friday afternoon and the
low bidders on the project were:
General construction ? Frank
D. McCall, Drexel, $46,000.
Heating ? Taylor O. Johnson,
Plumbing ? Jones Plumbing
Co., Shelby. $G,357.
Electrical ? Hoke Electric Co.,
Kings Mountain, $3,874.
The low bids totaled $63,797 for
the project. Addition of the archi
tect's fee of five percent of the
bid would peg the total cost of
the project at $66,986.85. J. L.
Beam, Jr., of Cherryvilhe, la the
All members of the board were
present at the. meeting Monday.
The bids were rejected, accord
ing to Trustee Fred W. i'lonk, be
cause the board they were
too high. Also, through an over
sight by Mir. Beam, the bids were
not submitted to show the altera.
tior.s costs and the new construc
tion costs seperately. Thfe board
had asked that bids be made both
seperately and Including the re- ,
modeling of the present structure ?
and the new four-room building.
The board Instructed Mr. Bleam
to ask for new bids on the project.
He hopes to open new bids on
April 9, it is understood.
Ten firms submitted bids on
the general construction last Fri
day, ranging from Mr. McCall's
low of $46,000 to $63,470. Seth
Construction Co., of Llncolnton,
bid $47,697 and C. T. Bennett Con
struction Co. bid $47,800.
Seven firms bid for thte plumb
ing contract, ranging from Mr. I
Jones' low of $6,357 to $10,320. |
Ben T. Goforth was second low at
$6,390 and Floyd Green of Shelby
Six firms bid on the heating
contract, ranging from Mr. John
son's low of $7,566 to $10,953.
Southern Piping A Engineering
Co., of Charlotte, bid $8,400 and
Cach Plumbing A Heating Co.,
of Gastonla, was third at $9,465.
The electrical work bids ranged
from Mr. Hoke's low of $3374 to
$5340 with four bidders, Canipe
Electric Co.. of Shelby, bid $4,500
an4 Roberta Electric Co., of Dal
las, was third low bidder at $8^55.
Kings Mountain hospital ope
rated in the black for the year
ending 1953 by $0,965, exclusive
of grants from goverhment and
charitable agencies, according to
the audit report of Gteorge C.
Scott Company, certified public
With additional income from
state funds and charitable agen
cies the hospital showed a profit
of $20,675.35. . ? ?
"Hiis compares with a general
operating loss for Cleveland
County hospitals, which includes
both Shelby and Kings Mountain
plants, of $14,968.72. Grants from
government and charitable agen
cies changed the red figure to
The Shelby hospital loss was
attributable, Administrator Ro
bert Moser said, to a heavy load
of charity patients.
Kings Mountain hospital, at
the end of the year, showed as?
sets of $404,344.85, with the plant
listed at $361,996.22. Other as
sets included cash in bank at $14,
453.52, net accounts receivable at
$19,683.84, and a building and e
quipment fund of $6,006.44.
During the year the major '
plant addition was the nurse's
Figures Included In the audit
showed that Kings Mountain hos
pital gave 8,075 days of care to
patitents, discharged 1,681 pa
tients, for an average patient load
per day of 22.12 or an occupancy
rate of 61.45 percent.
Each patient stayed in the hos
pital an average of 4.8 days, at
a cost to the hospital of $14.22 per
Kings Mountain hospital gave
523 days of charity care.
Total income of the Kings
Mountain institution during the
ytear was $140,417.58, less if i 5,614.
11 in allowances for charity and
discounts. Major Income source
was room and board, which total
ed $65,672.50, followed by drugs
and dressings totaling $28,772.91,
and laboratory fees totaling $13;
City, county, and state govern
ments contributed $8,487.50 to the
hospital, while voluntary contri
butions totaled $1,962.25. The can
teen returned $260.60 to tlte hos
Operating expenses of $114,
838.47 included $11,557.51 for ad
ministration; $20, 326.26 for die
tary costs; and $38,940.70 for nur
sing service and education. L.aun
dry service cost the hospital $4,
361.25 and utilities cost $4,937.
Pharmaceuticals represented an
outlay of $8,385.99, while house
keeping cost $3,264.26.
Low 29 By-Pass
Low bids on the Highway 29
by- pass around Kings Mountain
totaled $376,683.83, according to
report of the State Highway St
Public Works commission, whlcfli
opened the bids Tuesday.
Members of the commission
will meet In Raleigh April 1 to
considter the bids.
The bids covered grading, struc*
tures and house-moving on the
7.21 miles from a point 3.3. mile*
north of the South Carolina line
on present If. S. 29, to a point
adjac?nt to U, S. 29 and 74 east
of Kings Mountain.
Hie low bids were: grading*
Gilbert Engineering Co., Statte*
vii.., $194,866.08; structures,
Crowder Construction Co., Char
lotte, $163,542.73; moving build'
ings, Bare Bros, and Miller, West
The U. S. 29 project was among
24 projects on which low bids
Bev. D W Digh
To Lead Revival
Rev. D. W. Digh of Shelby will
conduct a revival at Second Bap
tist churdh beginning Sunday
^with services to continue throuv
gh the following Sunday night.
Services each evening are It
7:30, and the public is Invited to
attend, Rev. B. F. Austin, pastor
of the church, said in making the