The Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 18??-1974, April 01, 1954, Image 1
I Population City Limit* 7.206 Trading Axer ..15,000 (IMS Bottoo Board Flguxw) VOL. 64 NO. 13 Established 1889 Kings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper 16 Pages Today Kings Mountain, N. C.t Thursday, April I, 1954 . A ?? 4 Sixty-Third Year PRICE FIVE CENTS Lithium President Leute Succumbed Local News Bulletins TAG SALES 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 ALARMS 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 city limits. APPEAL DECISION 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. lones 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 'week. 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 ton. Dr. Jones said he had not yet retained an architect, but that he hoped to begin construction of a modern building In the coming summer. 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 able yesterday. 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 $5,420. 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 days Charles Dixon, chairman of here, said that fcoys hi making the trip * at Victory Chevrolet jMfcT Saturday morning at 9 o' ! clock. Participants will visit the \tt> study methods of of Soap Box racers. fcfiia'frlfiii fi"'' if i M : J It Bites Conducted Monday; Rogers Named Successor Special to the Herald ? from the Minneapolis Star 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 electrolytic manganese. 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 nesota. 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. Bible-In-School Committee Met 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 lic schools. Rev. P. D. Patrick, pastor of First Presto yterlan church, was elected to his fifteenth term as chairman of the Bible Commit tee. >. 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. TO CHAMLOTTS 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. Federal Excise Tax Slashes Now Effective 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 degree. 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 per cent 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 become law. Domestic telegraph, cable and radio messages. ? 15 to 10 t?er cent. Leased wire teletypewriter or talking circuit special servlcte ? 25 to 10 per cent. Travel Fares 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 percent. 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 per cent 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 government. Sporting goods ? 15 to 10 per oent. Electric light bulbs and tubes ? 20 to 10 per cent. Distributors al so will get "floor stocks" refunds on these. Fountain pens, mechanical pen cils and ball point ptens ? 15 to 10 per cent. Cameras, lenses and films ? 20 to 10 per cent. Amusements 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 tax eliminated. Civic theater amateur perfor mances ? 20 per cent tax Elimi nated. Matches ? present two cents per 1,000 tax modified so that it can not exceed 10 per cent of manufacturer's price. 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 entertainment program. Panhandle Pete, from Asheville, waa a feature attraction of last yfeufs Kiwanis club ladles' night event. Almost all area fanners have been invited to the annual Kiwa nis event, and Mr, Klser said he anticipated from 75 to 100 farmer guests. 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. Dog Quarantine Lifted Today King* Mountain's dog quaran tine has been lifted effective to day, according to Chief Hugh A. Logan, Jr. 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 for Commissioner Harris Seeking Re-nomination; Others Announce! Coronor J. Ollie Harris, Kings Mountain mortician, announced . Wednesday he would seek re- 1 nomination in the May 29 Demo cratic primary. 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 term. 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, District 5. Another contest loomed for judge of county recorder's court a Shelby lawyer, 6. B. Cash, filing lor the office now held by Ruebeti l2lam. Another contest is expected to developed for the office of eounty Continued On Pa0i Woe i ? - ? College Singers 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 of 40 Kings Mocotatti. 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 ' Friday. 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 ; Wednesday. Yelton Funeral 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 years. 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. Shrubbery Presented 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 Township YDC Hears Whitener Thump GOP 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 judicial district. 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 to do. 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 constable. Buildinq Permits Totaled $2,400 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. METER RECEIPTS 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 day. Bethlehem Sets Spring Revival 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 7:30. The pastor, Rev. R. E. Robbins, | will direct the congregational singing. Board To Meet Thnisday Night 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 Deocons Installed 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 ing "project 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, Shelby. $7,516. 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 architect ?? 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 bid $7,000. 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. ? ? Giants Boosted "Piofit" Figure To $20,675.35 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 accountants. 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 profit, $40,474.37. 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 home. 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 day. 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; 066.50. 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 pital. 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 Bids $376,683 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 Jefferson, $18,275. The U. S. 29 project was among 24 projects on which low bids totaled $3,680,192.21. 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 announcement.