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VOL 64 NO. 17
Kings Monntaiii's RELIABLE Newspaper
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, April 29, 1954
1 0 Pages
I Q Today
PRICE RYE CENTS
~A total of 1,026 Kings Moun
tain motorists had purchased
1934 city auto license stickers
through Wednesday noo^ ac
cording to Grace Carpenter, of
the ctty office. Four of the total
were purchased this past week.
Sam D. Collins, kings Moun
tain businesman, returned late
Saturday from a two-week
cruise with the U. S. Navy re
serve. He left New Orleans on
April 12 and visited Cuiba and
other Carribean points during
the training cruise.
Use of firearms on the David
son Scout camp property is for
bidden, Wiley Blanton, chair
man of the camp committee,
said this week. A number o f
complaints have been receiv
ed, Mr. Blanton said, and ask
ed that practice be stopped.
X H. Arthur, of Superior
Stone Company, was painfully
Injured last Thursday when a
cable fell on his right hand.
Two bones were broken and a
severe gash required 15 stitch
An emergent communication
of Falrvlew Lodge 339 AF &
AM for wortc In the third de
gree is set: for Monday night at
7:30 at Masonic Hall, accord
ing to announcement by Joe
H. McDaniel, secretary.
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Among Kings Mount s In tex
tile executives attending the
te*M16* machinery show at At
lantic City, N. J., this week are
O. C. Kelly, of Craftspun Yarns,
and L. Arnold Kiser and Geor-"
ge H. House r, of Sadie Cotton
A. K. Win get, of American
Eflrd Manufacturing Compa
ny, Albemarle, was elevated to
first vice-president of the A
merican Cotton Manufacturers,
association at the annual
meeting held In New Orleans,
La., last weekend. Mr. Winget
was promoted from second
vice-president. He is the father
of Mrs. W. L. Mauney, of Kings
Mountain. Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Neipler, of Kings Mountain, at
tended the meeting.
Hie Corner Cafe, located a
cross from the post office, clos- '
ed it's doors Monday morning
after being in operation ap
proximately fW<? months. The
cafe was under the manage
ment of Vester Gillespie,
Miss Gussie Huffstetler, who
Is a patient at the Presbyteri
an hospital, Charlotte, was ft*
ported Wednesday to be im
proving. Miss Huffstetler suf
ered a broken leg from a fall
at her home April 17.
'AMIiemer city couple win
sumte management of the Kings
Mountain But Terminal on Mon
day, j|t waa announcad Wmn?
Coach company ltpwOnUttvi, '
Mr. and Mf*. Hickman, who
lotte, and who are fofmer opera -
station, are renting the station
and *111 also operate the Western
Union office, which is located In
the bus station.
May F?lkpiliSp Day
To Be Held May 7
May Fellowship Day, spon
sored annually by the Kings
MoutHai* Council of Church
woman. will be held thia year >
on May 7 at Boyee Memorial
ARP church at 3 o'clock.
?: Mrs. J. A. Cheshire1 Is pro- ;
i?ram chairman and tMfce of
May Fellowship Day la
of the tlirae national ota
vances of church? Wafata of all
dannnlnatiDSMi Mrs. Phillip
Baker ia preskknt ?* the m
To Open Saturday
To Bft On Doty
At Voting Places
Registration books open Satur
day for the first time for the May
29 primary ; election at all the 28
county voting precincts.
Elections Board Chairman J.
W. Osborne, of Shelby, pointed
out that the majority of the vot
ers' .names are already on the
books, but advlsted persons who
have changed residence, become
21 years of age, or who have not
previously registered to visit the
registrars in their particular pre
Mr. Osborne also nbted that 20
ytear-olds who will become 21 by
next November 2, date of the bi
ennial general election, are eligi
ble to register and t? vote in the
May 29 primary.
Kings Mountain area election
officials and polling placfes fol
East Kings Mountain precinct
at City Hall courtroom: Mrs. Nell
Cranford, registrar, Craig Palls
and Joe McDanlel, judges, and
L. M. Pearson and Ted Gamble,
alternates. (Mr. McDanlel told
the Herald he had notified the
elections board he would fete un
able to serve.)
West Kings Mountain at Vic
tory Chevrolet Company: Mrs. J,
H. Arthur, registrar, I. B. Go
forth, Jr., and Mrs. Fred Mc
D*nlel, Jr., judges, and W. A. Wil
liams And B. M. Ormand, alter-'
Bethware at Bethware school: I
fit/ A. Goforth, registrar, Waynte
L. Ware and Myers Hambtlgfct,
judges, J. S. Ware and Leonard
Grover at T. S. Keeter*s Store:
J. B. Ellis, registrar, Miss Ethel
Martin and Mrs. Inez B. Ellis,
judges, B. A. Lail and Mrs. Ja
mes Byers, alternates.
Waco at Waco Woman's Club
house ? George M Murray, reg
istrar, Raven Craft and E. L.
Whitworth, Judges, Frank Har
mon and Mrs. W* D. Beam, alter
nates. "/? f ?
The books will be open on
three consecutive Saturdays, with
Saturday, May 22, set aside as
First Natlonal.Bank sharehold
ers not planning^ to attend the
special meeting on May 10 are be
ing requested to furnish proxies
to bank offlcters, or other shars
* Jfe R. Summers, bank president,
said a number of proxies have al
ready been received. , \
"We'd much rather have the
ehareholders present," Mr. Sum
?mers said, "and " the appeal&V
proxies is merely to those who
The bank shareholders will ap
prove or disapprove a proposal to
reduce the value of the stock to
$10 per share. If approved, ten
shares will be Issued for each
share of the old stock. ,
SPEAKER ? M. O. EJrkpatrlck.
president of King's Business Col
lege, Charlotte/ -will address
members of the Kings Mountain
Kiwanis club at their Thursday
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M. O. Kirkpatrlck, president of
King's Business college, of Char
lotte, will address Kings Moun
tain Kiwanis club, on Thursday.
His topic is "Selecting and Train
ing Competent Personnel."
Mr. Klrkpatrick is a past presi
dent of the Southern Business Ed
uction association, the North
Carolina Association of Business
Schools, and the Charlotte chap
ter of the National Office Man
agement association. *^He is the
national director for Ajrea Four
M NOMA, and a memlW* of the
E*?cutive Board of the N^jonaL
Business -Teeefiers ABSocialCJh.
He is also a charter member of
the Business Education Research
Thte club meets at Masonic Din
ing Hall at 6:45 p, m.
To Get Wanting
mailed from the city tax office
this weekend to citizens delin
quent in paying personal propter
"According to the records in
this office you owe City taxes on
personal property and/or poll tax
for the years
amounting to in
cluding Interest to date.
"The Board has directed that
I proceed by any lawful mteans
to collect this tax. If you do not
Want your property Jevied on
or your wages garnisheed call at
this office at once and pay your
tax ? or come in and make some
satisfactory arrangements about
I Carpenter, city tax col
lector, said taxpayers arts, in ar
rears to a total of $23,000 In per
sonal property taxes.
There were no fire alarms
answered toy the Fire Depart
ment here this past week, ac
cording to C. D. Ware, Fire
The following letters> will be
fgycee Officm&Be Installed
At Ladles IBglit Event On Tuesday
Member pi the Junior Cham
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club'a ninth annual ladles night
banquet Tuesday night at the Ma
sonic hall att:30 p. m. New mem
bers will also be installed.
C- W. Grimes, Charlotte busi
nessman and twice president of
the North Carolina Dry Cleaners
Association, 'Till deliver a humor
ous address as the Wature pf
lames B. (Jlck) Garland, Ol
Gastonla, out going vice-president
of Jaycee District 2, wtt Install
the new olfjcers of .the club and
Claude Loom* of forest
new district vk*1 J
to be installed
Jonas and Clavon Kelly,
On East Project
The' Kings Mountain school
board formally accepted the new
West Elementary school addi
tion, approved low bids, for the
East school building program
and voted to renew all teacher
contracts at a special meeting
Friday at noon at West school.
The East project -calln ?for it
new fouT-room building and al
terations to improve the cafe
teria, the boiler room and the
lighting in the present building. j
Total, of the low bids was $63,447.
The board voted to award the
general contract to Frank D. Mc
Caill, of Drexel, the low bidder at
The heating contract low bid
der was Taylor O. Johnson of
Shelby,- with a bid of $8,216,
with Jones PluriYbing Co. of Shel
by getting the plumbing con
tract at $6,357.
Bids on the- electrical work
were opened at the meeting Fri- I
day. Only two bids were submit- j
ted on April 20, when bids on the
other three phases of work were
Hoke Electric Co. was the low
bidder on the electrical work,
with a bid of $3,874 on the com
plete proposal and a bid to de
duct $1,170 if the board wishes
to supply fixtures for the job.
Other electrical bidders were
Canipe Electric Co., of Shelby,
$4,500 (deduct $1,340) and Rob
erts Electric Co. of Dallas, $5,050
Chairman A. W. Klncaid pre
sided at the meeting and Trus
tees Fred W. Plonk and Mrs. H.
E. Lynch were also present, a
Jong with V. Wu Breeze and Jack
Riviere, Shelby architects, T.
Bridges of Shelby, general con
tractor for the West school pro
ject, J. L. Beam,. Jr., of Cherry
ville, architect for the East pro
ject, and B. N. Barnes, si^perin
The group had lunch in the
school cafeteria , prior to ? the
The West school ' project cost
some $26,700, Including the Ar
chitect's fee. In addition to Gen
eral Contractor Bridges, the work
was done by Hoke Electric Col,
Floyd Greene of Shelby, plumb
ing, and Gastonla Plumbing and ,
Heating Co., heating. Bids were
let on October 22, 1953, and work
was started shortly afterwards.
Men To Pasture
The 1954 straw n<* season will !
catch up with thb iew men who
have already donned the cooler
headgear on Saturday.
| The Kings Mountain Merchants
association officially pronounced
Saturday, May 1, as straw hat
day at a meeting of the board of
directors 1 uesday.
All Kings Mountain department j
stores report good stocks of new
modfel panamas, whh a wide
range of colors, bands, shapes,
and all the sizes. Sailors are a
vallable in a few spots.
Several merchants report good
advance - season sales of straw
hats and anticipate increased
traffic for straw hats this week
end, due both to high summer-like
temperatures and the arrival of
the traditional day Kings Moun
tain men swap hot felts for *ir
conditioned panamas and straws.
Several other dates are also ,
getting mercantile attention. Ba- 1
by week is being observed throu
ghout the nation, with some at
tention from local merchants, and
It is also National Slacks Week,
a reminder to men and boys that
.Jieir winter models art getting
Mother's Day -i* only ten days
and two weekends away, a day,
which finds several stores already
Tnrmrtng- special gifi items In.
Dr.' Wlliam Rice, of the North
Carolina Baptist hospital In Win
ston-Salem, is in Kings Mountain
this week, handling the medical
practice of Dr. Paul E. Hendricks,
who is recuperating from a heart
Dr. Rlet Is observing regular
office hours at the Hendricks cli
nk on Canselr street, from 10 to
12 a. m. and from 3 to 5 p. m.,
| in addition* handling house calls
I other phases of Dr. lien.
( Dr. HendricAs Mid it is Ids
intention to haw is medical doc
tor in hla office until he returns
to regular practice, which he
Mad to ba a matter ef two to
Split 2-1 Vote
The Kings Mountain Optimist
Club wil sponsor publication of
a city directory, it was announc
ed this wfeek by J. Neai Grissom,
Mr. Grissom reported that, the
club has the approval of the Mer
chants association advertising
committee and the endorsement
of the city board of commission
ers and hopes to announce com- 1
piete details on the project in the
The club is contacting an Ashe
vllle firm which specializes in
compiling and publishing city di
rectories. Expense of the publi
cation will be defrayed by the
sale of advertising and the direc
tories will also be on sale to busi.
ness firms and individuals.
It will be Kings Mountain's
first city directory, and is to in
elude the name and address of all
persons residing within the city,
along with their place of employ
ment and other pertinent Infor
mation. Decision on including sur
rounding rural areas awaits full
Information from the directory
firm, Mr. Grissom stated.
"The club feels it will be ren
dering a real civic service in spon
soring a city directory," Mr. Gris
som added. "Many business firms
have expressed the desire for the
service and, in almost all cities,
a city directory is as much used
as a telephone directory."
At Low Interest
The City of Kings Mountain's
$600,000 bond Issue sold for an
average Interest rate of 2.563 per
cent on Tuesday.
Successful bidder for the secu- !
rities was a syndicate which in
cluded R. S. Dickson Company,
Charlotte and Raleigh, Vance Se- '
curlties Corporation, Greensboro;
J. Lee Peler & Company, Dur
ham; McDaniel, Lewis & Cam
pany, Greensboro; and R. S. Hays
& Company, Durham.
City -officials said they were
highly pleased at the result of
the Bale. The bonds. Including
$450,000 water and sewer bonds,
and $150,000 recreation bonds,
have an average maturity of 16.72
years The recreation issue is for
20 years, the water and sewer is
sue tor 30 years.
Elmer Herndon, R. S. Dickson
representative, was in Kings
Mountain Tuesday afternoon and
was offering the bonds for sale
at a varying yield rate, depending
on length of maturity.
The bond IssUe was approved
in a special election on January
The Kings Mountain Optimist
Club is assuming the unofficial
adoption of an East Kings Moun
tain youth, who, for the past year,
has betn th,- unofficial ward of
the police department.
Billy Sanders was "adopted"
by the police department last
year and special projects were
conducted by the department, to
an educational fund for
Ite ymj man: um.m an invalid
father who had been bedridden
for 11 years. Mr. Sanders died a
few months ago.
Proceeds from a benefit mov
ing plctute were placed, in the
Home Building A Loan associa
tion for an educational fund to
be used when the youth completes
I high school.
C. E. Carpenter, a director of
the Optimist club, said the newly
organized civic group would as
.Of "parent" and
wouUJ, anounce soon a money
raising project tor the education
al fund. \
He said M cgwSjgHgi
surrounding area Optimist dubs
will assist witl* the project >
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A *3* OTTM MPCttrti
A total of $153^55 was collec
ted from the city's parking me
ters for the week ending Wed- '
nesday at noon as reported by
Joe McDaniel of the city
clerk's ' >ff ?'
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SING HEBE WEDNESDAY ? The Sunshine Boys, billed as the "na
tion's greatest exponents of gospel singing" will sing in Kings
Mountain next Wednesday night at the Recreation Center on Child
ers street, formerly the Kings Mountain Laundry building. The
songsters, who are recording, radio, television and movie perform
ers. say they- hava sung for more than one million persons during
the past three years. Pictured, left to right, are Freddie Daniels, ten
or, Ace Richmond, baritone, and J. D. Sumner, bass. The pianist is
Ed Wallace, who sings the lead parts. The group was organised 15
years ago and 1s the original quartet.
Book Fund Drive
| Initial reports on the bond fund
driv* lor th? Jacob S. Mauney
Memorial library were sparse
this week, with the reported to
tal of gifts at $204.37 Wednesday
Mrs. David Hamrick, chairman
of the Woman's Club committee
conducting the campaign, said
only a few solicitors had com
pleted their work and turned in
their cash, and she predicted fur
ther that the total would swell
heavily during the weekend.
Numerous members of the Wo
man's Club are waiting until the
weekend to cover their areas, she
added, due to a variety of reasons.
Goal of the campaign is $8,000,
with all the proceeds to be used
to purchase books for the library.
Mrs. Hamrick reminded that
books curently cost about $3.50,
and that the library board has
no funds, other than from public
subscription, to purchase books.
Other members of the drivie
committee are Mrs. John L. Mc
Gill, Mrs. I. G. Patterson, and
Mrs. Phil Shore.
"We feel confident," Mrs. Ham
rick continued, "that the goal will
be reached. The Commlttefc seeks
a minimum of one dollar per per
son for the book fund, a small
amount for a worthy purpose."
She urged that the solicitors
complete their work as quickly
as possible. ?
WINS SCHOLARSHIP ? Alfred
Wright Kings Mountain high
school junior, won first place in
the declamation division of the
Lenolr-Rhyne College Forensic
contest in Hickory Friday, and
was awarded scholarship to
Alfred Wright, Kings Mountain
high school Junior and son of Mr.
and Mrs. Marvin Wright of
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Bethware School Patrons To Vote
Thursday On Split Term Qnestion
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Bethware school district pa
trons will vote Thursday after
noon on whether to abandon the
The voting will be conducted at
Btethware schpol, which means
that .parents who send tnenr cnn
drert to Patterson Grove elemen
tary school will also vote at
Under the rules of the voting,
called by the county board of ed
ucation on petition from patrons,
?t least half of the patronr must
vote if the election la to have any
effect, anil two-thirds of the to
ut mutt favor the abandonment
of the present spilt- term policy
If the policy is to be changed.
J. H. Grigg, county superinten
dent of Mucatlon. said that school
patrons will be allowed one vote
for each child attending Patter
son Grove and Bethware schools,
exclusive ol the 12th grade, It be*
ing assumed that parents of afe
nlors have 90 further, direct In
terest in the matter. Votes wffl
not be allowed parents of child
ren expecting to begin school
next term, he added, noting' that
records axe not available or axe
incomplete on children starting
Cont&nsd G* Pope Pk>#
PROMOTED ? Ck c. ?Or, M
^?manager of Ctaftapu* tffH*
t<yp Of gCWntWUitB Company.
? r?-r?nll v ? lftvatM ItaH
ary 0nd Corn
. In a split 2-1 docision Monday
night, the pity board of commis
sioners passed a resolution to pro
ceed with condemnation of the
Grantham . Lynch - Cox property
for use in the Davidson Creek
Commissioner W. S. Fulton
made the motion and Commis
sioner J. If. Patterson seconded.
They voted "Aye" and Commis
sioner T. J. Ellison voted "no".
Commissioner W. G, Grantham
had left the room and Commis
sioner Harold J. Phillips was ab
Following the condemnation re
solution vote, at which Mr. Elli
son had remarked, "I'm scared of
it," the board voted to apoint B.
D. Ratterrte, Kings Mountain
realtor, as its representative on
an appraisal committee to deter
mine the worth of the property.
Under city' statue, condemna
tion proceedings require appoint
ment of a three-man appraisal
board, with each of the two par
ties to the action naming a re
presentative and with the two
choosing a third man.
W. G. Grantham, one of the *
owners of the property to bte con
demned, said the property-own
ers had named Clyde Nolan, Shel
by realtor as their representative,
and Mr. Ratterree said the two
had agreed to name I. B. Goforth,
Sr., as the third member.
After -report by the appraisal
teal, the property . owners have
a right to appeal the findings to
Cleveland County Superior Court
for Jury trial. However, they must
inform the mayor or one of the
commissioners of their dissatis
faction within 30 days of the no
tice from the appraisal team, and
file their complaint with the clerk
of court within six months from
The statute provides that the
appraisal team shall function
within three days of their oath
City Attorney J. R. Davis said
Wednesday legal complications
have arisen due to the fact the
tract is no longer Jointly and
equally held by the owners. Sor
of it is the property of Mountain
Lake, Inc., some the property of
Haywood E. Lynch, some belongs
to W. G. Grantham, and some be
longs to Mrs. Hettle Cox.
Mr. Grantham said that sur
veys by Charlie Campbell shows
the acreage, including lake, to- ?
tals about 54 acres. Tho area sur
rounding the lake had been sub
divided into lots for re-sale to in
In other actions Monday night
the board: *.
1) Approved sale to Bryan Hord
Continued On Page Five
New Year's Holiday
Kings Mountain retailers arto
generally well - satisfied with
the holiday schedule of the
Kings Mountain Merchants as
sociation, results of a recently
conducted 'information poll j
Twenty store operators re
turned the questionnaire, of 30 j
polled, and vojed only one ma
jor change in the policy, vot- i
ing heavily in favor of eliml- |
nating the New Year's Day holi
day The group also voted \a ad- "
. gat*1 iimljiij
Wednesday hall - holidayf uy ?
Otherwise, the store opera- \
tors prefer to continue holidays
on Easter Monday, Indepen
dence Day, Labor Day, Thanks
giving Day and two days for
As ? result of the poll, the
Merchants association board of
directors voted iTueaday to eli
minate the New Year's Day
Another minor change ap
proved, not included In the poll
but reported by President John
Lewis after conversations with
majority at the retailers, was
Elimination of Wednesday half
, holidays during, weeks in which
full holidays occur.
-Other actions of the board
Tuesday Included Instructions
to President Lewis to investi
fate the possibility of 6 p. m.
aturday closings, and a deci
sion to hold quarterly member
ship meetings; . J