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Tke Kings Monntain Herald
A weekly newspaper devoted to th< promotion of the general welfare and published
for the enlightenment, entertainment and benefit of the cltleens of Kings Mountain
and Its vicinity, published every Thursday by the Herald Publishing House.
Entered as seoond class matter at the postofflre at Kings Mountain, N. C, under Act
o t Congress of March 3, 1873
M art In Harmoa Editor-Publisher
Charles T. Carpenter, Jr Sporta, Circulation, News
Mrs. Thomas Meacham Bookkeeping, News
Eugene Matthews Horace Walker Dwvld Weathers Ivan Weaver"
Charles Miller Paul Jackson
(?Member of Armed Porces)
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TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE
Hear the word, of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabit
ants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of Ood in the land. Ho sea \:1.
New Drama Season
"The Sword of Gideoii" opens tonight,
as the Kings Mountain Little Theatre,
Inc., a small non-profit group of interest
ed citizens, launches for the fourth time
a historical outdoor pageant commemo
rating the Battle of Kings Mountain.
At the first season, it is conceivable
that the group was guided greatly by en
thusiasm and less on knowledge of the
great task involved in presenting a 90
cast show. Ordinarily, such spirit would
have beeh heavily tempered by the first
experience, perhaps to the point of mak
ing the drama presentation a one-season
But not for the Kings Mountain Little
Banking their experience, the mem
bers have moved ahead on their plan
toward making a summer outdoor pa
geant at the Military Park amphitheatre
a permanent annual summer attraction,
developing the long-dormant inherent
connection between Kings Mountain, the
Hty, and Kings Mountain, the historic
shrine where Ferguson met his end,
dooming the British to eventual defeat
at Guilford Courthouse arid Yorktown
and assuring for the struggling colonies
a chance to live, breathe and grow in
The contribution to the cultural and
civic development of the area being
made by the hard working, unselfish
members of the Little Theatre and by
their aides from surrounding communi
ties, deserves not only the applause and
appreciation of all citizens, but their
monetary support too, in the form of
ticket purchases for the 1954 showing.
The 1954 season will feature an edited
script, a largely new cast, improved stag
ing and lighting, and new costumes. It
will be well worth the price of admission.
Our best wishes to the sponsors for a
fine run, capacity crowds, and good
Each year since enactment of the Po
well Bill finds checks for street work
coming to the cities and reminds that
the Bill, which provided the gas tax re
bate to municipalities, was a fair and
workable division of the monies. Prior
to the time, cities were faced with a huge
street- maintenance bill, yet obtained no
funds (other than for state highways
through their borders) from the great
consumption of gasoline. Kings Moun
tains share is. not great, in comparison
with many other cities, but $28,652, the
amount received via the Powell Bill last
year, figures to approximately 30 cents
on the city tax rate. Assuming the city
earmarked the same amount of funds
for streets expenditure, the city tax rate,
without the Powell Bill funds, would be
$2 rather than the prevailing $1.70.
Otir congratulations to the city board
of school trustees in employing a base
ball specialist tor coaching duties. It has
been many years since the conference
championship team of 1935, coached by
W. J. Fulkerson, and the subsequent
championship team of 1041 in the Ervin
Smart era, and it's time for Kings Moun
tain high school to return to the higher
echelons of performance in the national
pastime. Of course, a few victories will
make the turnstiles click and quickly re
pay the added investment in coaching.
When is a debt not a debt? The answer
. customarily is when a federal govern
ment official is doing the talking. Latest
in this fallacy filled group is Secretary
of the Treasury Humphrey who wants
Congress to declare tax anticipation
notes not a debt. This is comparable to
a man getting an advance against his
pay, due next week, or end-of- month. He
may not owe it, but the payroll clerk
makes short work 01 deducting the ad
vance when the next checR Is drawn. It
is strange indeed to hear such a fallaci
ous suggestion from one of the biggest
business men in the "Business Man's
Cabinet". It is inconceivable that Mr,
Humphrey handled the financing prob
lems of the huge Hanna Company, which
he formerly headed, in that manner. The
bankers would have thrown him out,
and quite justifiably.
Two Connty Proposals
Reaction in the Kings Mountain area
to the statement by Rep. B. T. Falls, Jr.,
that he will introduce legislation to
change the method of nominating coun
ty commissioners frOm district-wide
basis has beer adverse.
Kings Mountain area people, remem
bering the seasons of political drought,
when the area was not represented in
Shelby, have enjoyed the district set up
which was arranged in 1951. While Mr.
Falls does not propose to eliminate the
districts, he does propose to make the
system much more subject to political
maneuvering by the county-seat com
munity, which, Indeed, has a large bulge
on the vote total. In the recent primary,
six Shelby precincts cast 4,143 votes for
sheriff, while the remainder of the coun
ty cast 5,528 votes.
Shelby folk might counter with t|te
contention that their population bulge
means they should not be restricted to
voting for one commissioner. However,
it does not follow they should name all
The Falls proposal has over-shadowed
the suggestion of the Shelby Daily Star
that the county commissioners consider
the advisability of adopting the county
manager form of governm'ent. The Star
made especial point to note that its sug
gestion was not one of criticism of the
operations of the county, but thought it
possible full-time managing at the
top of the administrative operations
would result in both more progressive
government and in operating economies.
In view of the sometimes bitter ex
perience with city manager government
in Kings Mountain, it is reasonable to
assume that the county manager propo
sal will not elicit a great amount of sup
port here. Logically, the county manag
er or city manager arrangement should
operate wonderfully, but it has not been
Kings Mountain's, experience. The rea
son, of course, is that politics is not a
logical science. Methods effective one
year are disastrous the next, and vice
versa. And government is intertwined
with politics. From the standpoint of the
historical difficulties here, where de
partment heads usually found it difficult
? either Justifiably or otherwise ? to.
work with the successive managers and
customarily took their troubles directly
to the elected commissioners, the county
result would likely bo worse, in view of
the fact that the great number of county
department chiefs are elected to specific
terms of office and therefore much more
independent of the board of commission'
ers than city top men.
Perhaps out of the two proposals an
effective compromise could be arrived
at to the pleasure of all segments of the
county. ? '
Granting the Star's contention that
th<? county needs a full-time head man
(the chairman of the county board of
commissioners who now is paid $350 per
annum for his services cannot be expect
ed to spend a full year at the court
house), an arrangement whereby the
county would nominate and elect a paid
chairman and vice-chairman, both coun
ty-wide, and retain the present district
set-up with one-district voting on the
five commissioners should serve to satis
fy the several dissident groups and kill
all the birds with one stone.
It would increase the county board
to seven members, would .provide the
"manager" who would have the direct
responsibility of doing a good job or face
the penalty of voter censure at the next
election, and it would mean every voter
got a whack at a near- majority of the
board. Yet such a system would retain
the district set-up carved along the lines
of the federal and state House of Repre
sentatives. The system's executive re
sponsibility would be similar to both the
Shelby and Kings Mountain municipal
systems. Of course, the chairmanship
should pay a sufficient stipend to attract
an able manager.
A cordial welcome to new pastors who
have accepted calls for duty here, Rev.
T. A. Lineberger, who will serve Mace
donia Baptist church,, and Rev. H. B.
Alexander, who will serve the Oak
Grove Baptist church.
TEARS AGO Items of news about Kings Mountain area people and events
THIS WEEK taken from the 1944 files of the Kings Mountain Herald.
J. H. Patterson of Lynchburg,
Va., has assumed duties here as
assistant manager of the Gaston
la district for Metropolitan Life
Social and Personal
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Loftln art
spending their vacation this week
In Newport News, Virginia.
Mrs. Bryan Hord, Miss Mary
Beth Hord. and Mrs. Joe Hord ex
pect to leave, Sunday for a stay
at Ocean Drive Beach.
9y Martin Harmon
Ingredient*: bite of news,
wisdom, Humor, and comment.
Dir actions: Take weekly, if
. possible, but avoid
White the aatual idea, plan*
ning and work began sometime
before, I suppose it could be
said that Lake Montonla, Inc.,
the popi^Jar summer play
ground shared by Kings Moun
taineers and Gastonians, for
mally passed Its twenty-eighth
anniversary on June 30.
This piece of history bfecame
avaUable because of the willing
ness of Mrs. J. C. Williams to
part with the July 8, 1926, copy
of the Kings Mountain Herald,
which, on the earlier day of
1926 had been labeled for her
father. J. F. Allison. The iabfel
is still stuck to the yellowing
newsprint. The paper actually
came to the medicinal hand via
Mrs. O. P. Lewis, who had re
membered the appeal of this
department to local folk for
copies of thfe Herald prior to
November 1913 and during the
The issue of July 8, 1926,
features the June 30 lot-draw
ing for Lake Montonla sites and
lists each partaker in the lot
tery with his lot number. It
would be interesting to. know
how many of the lots originally
drawn are still held by those
drawing, who, then-Editor G. G.
Page notes in his "Fool Col
umn", waited with bated
breathe as "little Louisa Car
penter" extracted the seated
drug envelopes from a tobacco
can. Some were happy and
others less happy, Mr. Page
noted, and there was some
swapping done tfefore the as
semblage broke up. Majority of
the original owners of Lake
Montonla lots appear to have
oeen Kings Mountain folk,
which would lead to the guess '
that the appeal of Lake Mon
tonla to Gastonians resulted
from the opening of U. S. High
way 74 to Gastonia in 1936.
Names of lot-drawers un
familiar to this department are
F Armstrong, J. L. Adams,
J. L. Blair, C. M. Boyd, S. R,
Clinton. W. E. Gibson, V. G.
^r- C. Highsmith (whom
Mr Page noted was a "pulle
kin' or dentist), A. S. Karesh,
Mrs. Emma Merrick, B. F. Nor
ris, Jr., C. B. Partin, Mrs. Pea
cock, James Sloan, D. L.
Struthcrs, C. L. Spencer, C. S.
Thomson, and Arch Wakefield.
Mrs. Ltewis said she understood
that Mrs. Peacock became in
terested in the development
while vacationing from Florida
at the Mountain View Hotel and
added she thought the lot (No.
71) is still held by a daughter
of the latt? visitor.
? _ m-m
Mr. Page wrote that his lot,
jvo. 41, had some nice neigh
bors Paul Neisler and his
brother , the-late Hugh Neisler,
E. W Griffin. Dr. Highsmith
and another pullekin" Dr L
P. Baker, while just over the
hill was Dr j. E. Anthony. The
latle J. O. Plonk, who had pro
vklotl the tract for the lake de
velopment drew 19 iots, the
only person drawing more than
one. It was noted however, one
j stockholder only got one vote
I in Montonia business, no mat
tier how many lots he held,
Sharing lead billing jn. the
July 8, 1926, Herald, was the
second primary of that year, in
which A. M. Hamrick had de
feated George Washburn for
clerk of court and Spurgeon
Spurling, of Lenoir, had defeat
ed Sam Ervln. Jr., of Morgan
ton, for district solicitor. Mr.
Spurling was solicitor until his
death, 20-plus years later, , if
I'm not mistaken, and, of
course, the loser didn't let a de?
feat get him down. He was sub
sequently Judge Ervin and is
now Senator Ervin, North
Carolina's Junior U. S. senator,
A. graph on the front page
was headlined "Autos Still
Climbing Hill of Death", which
would be apropos 28 years lat
ter, and' another travel note,
clipped from the Cherryville
Eagle, noted that some das
tardly fellows had strewn at
le*st dOO nails and tacks on the
Cherryville-Shelby Road. Also,
the lone Herald auto advertise
ment of that isstfe featured new
low prices (at $1006 FOB De
troit plus government tax) on
the Hudson Coach, being vend
ed by I. Ben Goforth. Standard
equipment Included front and
rear bumpers, automatic wir.d
?Weld cleaner, rear view mir
ror. transmission Jock, radiator
shutters, moto- meter, combina
tlon stop and tall light. Indeed,
the auto has come a long way,
but I must check with Mr. Go
forth on the definition of a
A good portion of the
Herald's second page of that
week gave excerpts from
Black's History of the First
Baptist church. It was noted
that thte church >vas organized
in 1890 by Rev. M. P. Matheny,
who died in Tlexarkana, Texas,
1918. The copy also gave credit
to St Matthew's Lutheran
church as the oldest in Kings
Mountain and still in 18S6 the
' ky T?ii K ?x
Viewpoints of Other Editors
SECRET FROM WHOM
Early laat February ? more
than five months ago ? the Unit
ed States expelled two Russian
official* from this country. They
were charged with "espionage
and Improper activities". A third
was texpelled May 29.
But these actions of the State
Department v, ere kept secret un
til last week. The explanation giv
en for the secrecy was that, by
keeping the matter secret, it was
hoped we could prevent the So
viets from retaliating. That is to
say, the State Department hoped
the Soviet government wouldn't
learn we'd expfeiied their officials
unless the Russians read it in
American newspapers f
The news dispatch failed to say
whether the State Department of
fered thte explanation with a
Be that as it may, any intelli
gent person can see that this sec
recy about government activities
makes just about as much sense
as secrecy about the people's bus
iness usually does. Any Intelligent
person Is pretty Ukeiy to reach
the conclusion that the real rea
son for the Department's secrecy
was to Weep the people of this
country in ignorance of what it
was doing. It finally made the an
nouncement only when the So
viets expelled some of our offi
cials from Russia, and there had
to be an explanation for that.
This nation is being led into an
international situation without
its peopife knowing by what steps
It is being led, or where those
steps may take us. The people
are being kept in ignorance,
though it is they who must pay,
in dollars and in lives; for any
mistakes that are made in Wash
Thte tendency to tell the people
nothing that can be kept from
them may be more pronounced in"
the Eisenhower administratipn,
but it did not by any means origi
nate with it. It is a tendency that
is wrong, which ever party is in
power. And it is a tendency that
will be changed only if the peo
ple demand that it be changed.?
Franklin Press. ?
PREPARED FOR LIVING
The fine work being done with
the young people of the county
by the farm and home agents
through the 4-H clubs was demon
strated recently when at least two
of the local civic clubs were pri
vileged to enjoy programs given
by a group of 4-H members.
Last week, some of these same
young folks, in addition to several
others, made a very creditable
showing at the district contest
held near Newton,
In presenting these programs,
the young people revealed poise,
ability, and a wholesomfeness that
certainly renewed the faith of an
older generation in the future of
The 4-H club work trains young
people for living, and it gives
them something which they do
not get anywhere else.
We should like to commend
Miss Betty Watson and her assis
tant, Mrs. Peggy Hill, the home
agents, and Vernon Huneycutt
and his assistant, Ray Kiser, the !
farm agents, for the fine, work
which they are doing with the
young pteopto in the 4-H clubs of
the county. ? Btemtfg Nets* 4
WHAT'S A PENNY ?
The alleged story out of Waco,
Neb., is about an alleged filling
station operator who dropped a
penny here and there around his
? I.,. ? ? -i "?
only church boasting a pipe or-.
fltlk .? aj;- ; , I i . ..V :/'?
Lake Montonia has come a
long way since 1936, St Matt
hew's Lutheran has built a
handsome dtw church, and
autos don't succumb to tackltla
as they once did. I enjoyed very
muck the look backward Into
city history and I am depositing
the edltfon with others In the
file for thoae of missing year*.
?: . . . ' ,j- '-V r*e ' , v.- -.Vv
THE GOCfD NEW DAYS
The "good old days" are sup
pose to have been around 1910.
The prices of commodities at that
time are loitever being cited in
nostalgic comparisons of the cost
o< living. However, there has been
a real gain for the working man
that belles the "good old days."
That gain is job opportunity.
There are more and better jobs.
Thfe Census Bureau, in an an
alysis of how jobs have changed
in the last lour decadeq, passes
along this information.
White collar workers. have in
creased from 21 to 37 percent.
Farm workers have dropped
from 31 to 12 percent
Foremen and skilled workers
have gone up from 12 to 14 per
Semi-skilled workers have gone
up from 15 to 28 percent.
Common laborers have drop
ped from 14 to 6 percent.
Servants have dropped from 7
to only 3 percent- ? Dothan ( AiaJ
"I LIKE IT"
A general feeling about tobacco
is expressed in these famous
lines by Graham Lee Hemming
"Tobacco is a dirty weed:
I like it.
It satisfies no normal need:
I like It.
It makes you thin, it makes
It takes the hair right off your
t It's the worst darn stuff I've
I like it." ? Chapel HiU
? ? ? ? ????'
plaqe to siee the results. Older
folks bent over and picked them
up. Youngsters didn't bother ?
i sometimes they even kicked the
coins in disgust.
It's easier to believe the Reac
tion than the story. But assuming
both are true, the explanation Is
simple. Yougsters ? and we as
sume that Includes those from
seven tb 13 ? have been reared
in a different rtmosphere. A pen
ny-saved-ls-a-penny-earaed is no
longer written on blackboards.
It Isn't trilked at home. The talk
is: "Might as-well spend it, or the
government will get it." And
what's a penny?
Very little ? except those same
youngsters will have to pay for
the profligacy of the period when
they were young.
Some day they will go to work
and look back In the lusty past
and realizte why the old folks bent
over. ? Dallas Newn
wnd*r 1?. Pays ?xpontei
up to 19000.. Two yor
*o?*r aolky $10, MMd
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