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Kings Mountain's Reliable Newspaper
VOL 77 No. 34
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, August 25, 1966
PRICE TEN CENTS
oard Would Enroll Out-of-District Pupils Legally
PURPLE HEART PRESENTATION — Mrs. Gerald Lee receives
for her son Pvt. Christopher E. Brooks the posthumously award
ed Purple Heart certificate from Moyor John Henry Moss. (Pho
to courtesy Shelby Daily Star).
The mother of Pvt. Christo-
I pher E. Brooks, Kings Moun-
i tain's first fatadity in the ac
tion in Viet Nam, was presented
her son’s Purple Heart tnedal
Major Tlobert Crittenden, of
' Davidson, presented the Purple
. . I Heart medal to Mrs. Gerald Lee.
Also present were Mr. Lee.r Pvt.
Brooks’ sister. Miss Betty
Brooks, and his grandparents
Mr. and Mi*s. Roy Phillip®.
Mayor John Henry Moss pre
sided at the cereii ony and read
the Purple Heart citation. It
stated the award was made for
Pvt. Brooks death in June from
wounds received in action in
Viet Nam. It was also noted
that the Purple Heart is the old-
jcst award given by the armed
forces of the United States, the
first award having been present
ed by General George Washing
ton in Newburgh, N. Y., in 1782.
Accompanying Major Critten
den from Davidson was Major
Harold Fraley. Representing
Kings Mountain service orgaill-
.lations were Commander Marlon
Di.xon, Frank B. Glass Post,
Veterans of Foreign Wars:.Com
mander Clhiton Jolly, Otis D.
Green Post, American Cegion;
and Mrs. Ida Long, A).nerican
On Releases ^
By MARTIN HARMON
The Kings Mountain district
board of education unanimously
reiterated at a special meeting
wednesuay morning its willing
ness to assign out-ox-district pu
pils to Kings Mountain scnoois,
uSj with one exception, the uas-
ton county board of education
remained adamant to continued
requests of East Kings Mountain
citizens residing in Gaston coun
ty to release tneir children.
The exception was for Bill and
Jacob Bridges, sons of Mr. and
Mrs. Ben h. nridges, who live on
the Long Creek Church road. ^vlx.
Bridges’ physician wrote the
Gaston board that Mr. Bridges is
seriously ill and that the decli
nation of the Gaston board to
release his children was deleteri
ous to his condition.
In its resolution the Kings
Mountain board also authorized
the seating, but not the enroll
ment, of out-of-district students
through September 2. Gaston
Schools will open Monday.
On Monday night, the board i ^ gta:>s uum a
also met, discussing the prob- Vvoinans ciuo
1cm at length. There was hope! sueei, lan-
a court order might be issued
Donkey Ball r
Tuesday Night iC. llUS^nC
At City Stadium , -
By EUZABETH S’TEWART
City police and county oxXicers
are uivei^cigating a lasn of tneiis
and oreaK-ms m me ivijUn-
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GRADUATE — Mrs. Jean Har
lowe DeHart was graduated
cum laude Friday from West
ern Carolina college at Cullo-
Mrs. Jean Harlowe DeHart,
niece of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Ar-
rowood of Kings Mountain, re
ceived her in English and
French Friday night from West
ern Carolina college in Cullo-
Mrs. DeHart was graduated
cum laude. She will teach French
in tile Brysan City scliools this
fall. Her husband is a student at
Western Carolina college.
At Western Carolina, Mrs. De
Hart was listed in “Who’s Who j Rev. Curtis Bundy, pastor of
In American Colleges and Uni
versities’’ and was on the staff
of •‘Tlic Catamount”. She wa.s
(also active in the Frencii and
l\ir.s. DeHart made her home
with the Arrowoods here.
Dr. Zeno Wall
Dr. Zeno Wall, pastor emeritus
of Shelby’s First Baptist church
and father af Mrs. J. Ollie Har
ris of King.s Mountain, was rec
ognized and honored in observ
ance of his 69th year in the min
istry and his 84th birthday at
Dr. Joseph T. McClain, pastofr
of the church, paid tribute to
Dr. Wall who servcal the church
actively as minister for 23 years
from 1925 to 1948.
Dr. Wall entered the iriinistry
in 1906. Called to First Baptist
in 1925, the church had 600 mem
bers when he arrived and at his
retirement the membrship total
Active fnr many years after
his retirement, he was superin
tendent of the Baptist Children’s
Home for two and one-half years
and then became a supply pas
tor. After his 70th birthday he
necame pastor of Elizabeth Bap
Oakview Baptist church, said
the invocation and benediction.
Graveside funeral rites for
James William O’Farrell, 64,
were hold Wednesday at 4 p.m.
from Mountain Rest cemetery
with Dr. Paul Ausley offictetintg.
Mr. O’Farrell died TliJesday
moming at 5:45 in the Kings
A native of Kings Moujitain,
he was the son of the late Oscar
Cameron and Harriett Brbwn
O’Farrell, Ho was a me.T..ber of
First Presbyterian diurch.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs.
Hayne S. Bifckmcr, of Kings
Mountain, and Miss Katherine
O'Farrell of Washington, jj. C.
Tuesday which would solve the
plight of the East Kings Moun
tain residents at least. It was
not. The board had voted, if the
court order were not granted, to
request a joint conference with
the Gaston board.
The resolution of Wednesday
morning, as recorded in the min
“RESOLVED that the Kings
Mountain .City Board of Educa
tion will assign out-of-district
students to Kings Mountain
Schoaia- pl.ovidcd they obtain
legal authority lor enrollment.
“FURTHER, that the Board
authwizes children desiring to
attend the Kings Mountain
Schools to be seated until the
end of the day, Friday, Septem
ber 2, 1966 but not enrolled un
less legal authority for enroll-
j ment is secured.
“Upon motion of B. H. Harry
seconded by Mrs. Lena W. Mc
Gill, this resolution was adopted
by unanimous vote, all members
present and voting.”
It was estimated up to 70 Gas
ton students might be involved.
Meantime, the East Kings Moun
tain group, Roy Lynn, chairman,
has retained Henry Whitesides,
Gastonia attorney, to represent
their interests and to draw an
election petition to the Gaston
board of elections for annexation
to the Kings Mountain district.
Should such an election prove
successful, the annexation would
become effective next July 1.
A July 28 opinion of the North
Carolina attorney general sus
tains the statute whereby writ
ten permission for release must
be obtained before out-of-dis
trict students can be enrolled.
Addressed to Scliools Attorney
J. R. Davis, it reads:
“As discussed in our telephone
conversation of this morning,
the dty of Kings Mountain has
recently extended its corporate
limits, nie school pupils present
ly residing in this extended area
are assigned to the Gaston Coun
ty School District. You asked to
be advised as to whether, be
cause the corporate limits of the
City have b^n extended, tlie
pupils included in the extension
Oontinited On Page 8
la reingerator after
Breaking a paatocK ana sat
down at a taoie m the dming
room area to a rneai ox ice
citam, caKe and suawoernea.
Thiid break-m vas I't-poned
two noiurs later at 9 a.m. ny a.
F. Maner. A tinef or th.eves
gained entry to the B. F. Maner
insurance Agency on S. Bame-
pround Avenue by breaking a
glass from the side door, i lOm
a desk cash drawer, approxi
mately 1^5—4^ 1^ inissing.
SherJIf’s. Deputy Jhn Non.ran
of uawndale said tiiree oxticei s
from the sheriff’s deparUnenl,
including Sheriff Haywood Al
len and Chief Deputy Q^rge
Allen—took bloodhounds to the
scene of the armed robbery at
1:35 «-m. Wedriesday, following
the robber’s trail out York road
on 1-85 Just outside the city lim
its. Th^ theorize the robber was
picked up in a oar.
W. A. Reel, manager of Reel’s
Gulf Station at the York Road
1-85 intersectiion, told officers
the Negro bandit was in his ear
ly 20’s, was wearing blue-gray
workclothes and was alone. He
said the bandit held him at gun
point and demanded “give me all
the money you have.” He also
lifted Reel’s wallet frot.n his
back trouser pocket as he held
the weapon to his back.
Reel’s Gulf Station, which
opened here Jlune 16, is open all
night and the manager was re
portedly waiting for an attend
ant to pick up the night bank
deposit, according to investigat
ing officers. Reel leases the local
station from Royster Oil Com
pany of Shelby. He also owns
Reel’s Esso Service Station in
City Police Officers L. P. 'Beat-
tie and Jackie D. Barrett said
the hungry thieves broke tlie
looks on four upstairs filing cabi
nets in the Woman’s club. Glass
in the side door was removed
but was unbroken. They theorize
the culprits were looking for
Wrappings tfrom their supper
• from the refrigerator were scat
tered on the table, said Beattie.
PRESIDENT — Chatles L.
Alexander. Kings Mountain
postmaster, has been elected
president of the state branch
of the Notional League of
Postmasters for the coming
C. L Alexander
Kings Mountain Postmaster
Charles L. Alexancicr lias been
elected president of the North
Carolina Branch of the National
League of Postmasters.
He succeeds Grover Postmas
ter Fain Hambright as president.
The new officers w'Ore 'hamed
at the branch’s conventlin last
-week at Carolina Beach.
Other officers include exeou-
tive vice president Allen Jobe,
postmaster at Forrest City; vice
presidents, Glenn Payseur of
Bessemer City: Bob Montague of
Newport: O. C. Tew of Md-eans-
ville and Audrey Cashatt of Ran-
Mr. Alexander is a Kings
Mountain native. He and his
wife, the former Ruby Moss, and
their two children, Reg and Cyn
thia, live on Country Club road.
They are active in Kings Moun
tain’s First Baptist church.
R*S Central And East Bntheiford
Rated 'Teams To Beat" By Bates
Bentha Baumgardner, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. B. T. fiaum-
gardner of 5050 Midpincs, Kdngs
Mountain, is one of 39 persons
list church, Shelby, where lie re- who received degrees from Mats
Jails he went to ser/e for five
Sund^a and rernlained for more
rlian live years. A fire had des
troyed the church building and
/during his ministxy at Elizabeth,
Uian iii250,000 was cion®U'UclecL
Hill College at the close of the
A 1962 gradiuate of ‘Kings
Mountain high school, Ittiss
..... .J -v Baumgardner received a Whe-
S new sanctuary valued at mt®^ dor of Arts degree AVlth tt'Ulajoir
By MARTIN HARMON
Acknowledging Kings Moun
tain high school (grid men will
tackle one of its toughest-ever
schedules. Coach. Bill Bales ex-
pres/ses optimism his Mountain
eers will compile a better record
than the three win, seven loss
record lof 1965.
Meantime, in a prospects run
down for the Cions club, he la
beled Rutherford-.Spindale Cen
tral “stiXHtgcst in the confer
ence”, Nekt in line he considers
East Rutherfoi-d. defending
clisnhpions, with most of last
year*® regulars i-etuming.
Shelby’s big “if”, he quoted
Coach ■Gerald Allen, is depth-
Coach Allen declared his first
team '“as good eleven men as
I’ve ever had.”
Belmont can be tough. Bates
adds, on any night due to the
passing of the Garrett to Tate
“"nnWiiaitiion. tobeied tops in Uie
Out of conference opponents
.'find hotnasville tops, followed
by Bessemer City, rated tops in
the Little Six, and Concord, pre
sently re-building and with the
third head coach in three .years.
As for the Mountaineers, Bates
smiles when he talks abo'Jt his
heavy, experienced line and la
bels Charles Carroll “an all-con
The crying towel comes out on
the backfield wingback, which
'Bates consider® the hardest
backfietld chore, weakest slot.
He is hoping for some help in
reserve depth from J-V gradu
ates Bill Cornwell, Eddie Black
and Wayne Mtdlinax.
He preceded his xnindown by
declaring “desire and confidence
imperatwe In fielding a winning
team and from all directions, the
team; the coaches, the students
body end Uw wtwle cotumumiy,”
On Opening Day
Kings Mountain schools open
ed Wednesday for 'a half-day se.s-
sion, with first full-day sched
ules of the 1966-67 term schedul
ed for Thursday.
Full pupil count for the 10-
plant system was not available
late Wednesday, but high school
attendance was 1061.
Wednesday was the fii^ day
of operation of a lone disti'ict
high schoiol, consolidation of
Compart, formerly an all-Nogro
high school, having bet*n effect
ed since last spring, and the
first day of integrated faculties
in a regular school term
Pupil xiesegregation was ef
fected during the 1965-66 tenn,
but faculties were desegregated
only administratively and for in-
At West school several stu
dents unassigned there appear-
ed but were not enrolled due to
At the high school, opening
day was regarded by one teacher
“as smooth as I’ve seen an open
School opening had been com
plicated administratively by ef
forts of out-of-district students,
who pr eviously 'attended Kings
Mountain schools, to 1) gain re
lease Ji'cIti Gaston county board
of education, and 2) to <^tain
admittance in Kings Mountain
John 'Butler Plonk, with throe
children in Kings Mountain
schools, moved from his resi
dence lan the cast side of the
Cherr.vvllle road in the Gaston
distrirt, to the residence of his
father on the St. Luke’s road in
the Kings Mountain district
The iLlions and the Jaycees will
sponsor a donkey baseball game
Tuesday night at 7:30 at City
Stadium with proceeds to go to
a. civic or charitable project.
The Optimist Club will also
join in the game but its job will
be to handle the concession
Ralph Godfrey of OKlahma
will furnish the donkeys -and
public address system. In a donk
ey baseball gaire, all fielders,
with the exception of the pitchi
er and catcher, ride a donkey.
The batter hits the ball, gets
on a donkey and circle's the
base?, while at the same time
someone is running alongside
with a “hot stick’’ attempting to
i make the donkey throw the rid
The fielder either has to catch
the ball while -n the donkey, o"
ride to the ball, get d'f the ani
mal and throw the runner out.
Fred Witheins will serve as
serving as committee chairman
for the Lions.
Earns “Qoc" Brand
Jeff Mauney, ti'ainer for the
Kings Mountain high school
foottiall team, is getting the
nickname “Doc” and Co-ach
Bill Bates thinks he deserves
Speaking at the Lions club
Tuesday night. Coach Bates
inquii-ed of Dr. Gcn-ge Plonk
if four weeks -were not par for
the course for mending of a
dislocated knee. Dr. Plonk re
plied, “Sometimes longer.”
Coach Bates predicted that
Bert Smith, a guard wdio dis
located his knee in last Friday
morning’s practice, w.xiuld be
read.'/ for duty by Monday and
credits the quick return to his
Tnairier Mauney immediately
placed the injured knee in an
ice pack, has followed up with
whirlpool treatments and mas
sage. Bates said there was no
swelling of the injured knee.
For the past two years,
young Mauney has accorpani-
ed the coaches to clinics, where
trainer clinics are also held.
'Bates reports that his train
er’s ambition is to someday
own a “Doc” legitimately, as
does his father Dr. W. L Mau
Died Friday |
Oi Emphysema '
Funeral rites for Charles Eu
gene Neisler, Jr., 71, Kings Moun
tain industrialist, were held
Wednesday at 11 a.m. from First
Presbyterian church of which he
was a member.
Dr Paul K. Au.sley officiated
at the final rites, and interment
was in Mountain Rest cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers
were Charles A. Neisler, Henry
Neisler, Hunter Neisler. Jr., Hugh
Neisler, Robert Neisler, Paul
Neisler, Jr., and Harold Richard
HunnicUtt, Jr., all nephews of
In lieu of flowers the family
lias designated memorials to
Barium Springs Orphanage and
Boys' Home at Lake Waccamaw.
Mr. Noisier succumbed Friday
afternoon at 1:30 (EST) in a
Lincoln, Nebraska hospital,
where he was admitted ..everal
wt'cks ago after becoming ill
during a vacation trip to C.xnada
and the Far West w'ith hi,-, wife
and his sister and brotlier-iii-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Page. Death
was attributed to emphesema.
He was a former city com.ris-
sionor and member of the county
hospital board of triustees.
braska hospital, where he was
admitted several weeks ago after
becoming ill during a vacation
trip to Canada and thp Far West
with his wife and his sister and
brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
A native of Gaston County,
SUCCUMBS — Charles Eugene
Neisler, Jr., succumbed Fridor-
Funeral rites were held Wed
Here On Monday
John Shalleross, of Smithfield,
republican candidate for United
States Senator, visited in Kings
Mr. Shalleross, an electrical |
Edward H. Smith.
To Enter Float
Shannon - Duplex, Ltd., is the
first firm to enter a float in the
Battle Anniversary parade on
Mayor John Henry Moss, ex of
ficio chairman of the 186th an
niversary celebration, said he
had been informed by Shannon’s
Alfred Tucker that the float will
be entered and that employees
are being asked to supply sug
gestions concerning the float.
Mayor Moss also said Citizens
Band Radio of Kings Mountain,
son of the late Charles Eugene
Neisler, Sr., and Ida Pauline
Mauney Neisler. He attended
Davidson college and served in
tile Navy during World War I.
Former president of Neisler
Mills of Kings Mountain, he was
president of Neisler Brothers, Inc.
ot Kings Mountain, Long Shoals
Cotton Mills in Lincolnton and
Neisler Brothers Company of
Florida. He was an elder in First
Presbyterian church, a Mason, a
Shriner, a charter member of the
Kings Mountain Kiwanis club
and a member of American
Legion Post 155.
He was twice married. His first
wife, the former Myrtle Baker
died in 1933 in an automobile
He is survived by his second
wife, the former Lucille Terry of
Charlotte: a son, Charles Eugene
Neisler, III, of Kings Mountain;
:im>cT. was uen,;; u.iiuuucjru | brothers, Paul M. Neisler,
to King.s Mountain citizens Kings Mountain, Joe A.
Neisler, Sr., of Lake Waccamaw,
, of which Mr. Tucker is president
born January lo, 1895, he^was aj 30-member organization,
will direct the parade.
Accompanying Jhe candidate I and Hunter R. Neisler, Sr., of
RiKiuests for school re-assign
ments will be considered next
week by the board of educa
tion, SKiperlntendent B. N.
Barnes said Wednesday The
boaid deferred action on three
requeata Monday n'iglit.
was )iis daughter Joan Shall-
cro.ss, soon to enter Wake Forest
(ollege as a freshman.
Shalleross is 46 and a native
Hilton Head, S. C.; and three sis
ters, Mrs. Harold R. Hunnicutt,
Sr., Mrs. Harry E. Page, both of
Kings Mountain, and Mrs. W, F.
Brewer of Paris, France.
Prize Awards Await Top Salesmen
Of Mountaineer Days Buttons
Efforts to obtain a speaker of
national prominence are well
underway, he added.
He had conversed by telephone
vzith U. S. Senator B. Everett Jor
dan, chairman of the committee,
on Tuesday. The Senator report
ed members of the North and
South Carolina delegations en
listing their support.
Mountaineer Days buttons,
commemniorating the 186th an
niversary of the Battle of Kings
Mountain are on sale.
J. Lee Roberts, chairman of
the button sale, announced this
week prize awards await bath in
dividuals, clubs, civic and serv
ice arganizations qualifying as
Individuals can win a first
prize of $50, second of $25, and
third of $10.
Club prizes arc the sa|-rc.
Price the button is $1.
Chairman Roberts reported
Robert Lee (Chick) Walker as
purchaser of the first button.
Persons or clubs wishing to
compete for the awards 'are invit
ed to c.mtaet Mr. Roberts at his
office, lit S. Piedmont avenue,
Dr. Martlia Plonk has return
ed to Corvallis, Oregon where
she is a member of the faculty
of Oregon State College after
spending the summer with her
parents, Mr. and Mr®. R. L.
Plonk. She was accompanied to
Corvallis by her uncle, William :
Kings Mountain boaixi of edu
cation Monday night employed
six faculty members, still needs
eleven for permanent duty.
School opened Wednesday
moi'ning with only two actual
vacancies in special education
for the teachable retarded. Blut
nine faculty positions were filled
by teachers not available for the
full term, Superintendent B. N.
Elected Monday night were
Marvin Elmer McGill, Kings
Mountain, 7th grade Central;
Miss Donna R. Dotson, )Black
Mountain, high school English;
Hugh W. Putnam, Cherryville,
high school biology; Miss Della
Jaggers, Charlotte, principal re
liever for Davidson and Coxn-
pact; Mrs. .Frances D. Cqupland,
Charlotte, 1st grade at West;
and Mrs. Irma Drum, Shelby,
high school xrathematics.
WINS MASTERS' DEGREE —
Bill Briggs, Kings Mountain
native and son of Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Briggs, received his mas
ter's degree in summer com
mencement exercises ot West
ern Carolina college last week
end. Mr. Briggs ie deon of stu-
deals at Pfsiffec cellsge*
Kiwanis To Hear
William H. Williamson, III,
general partner of Reynolds A
Company, stock brokers, of Char-
lotte, will ge guest speaker at
Thursday’s Kiwanis club meet
ing at 6:45 p.m. at the Woman’s
Another member of the firm,
Mrs. Devere R. Smith, of Kings
Mountain, who assisted R. S.
Lennon in arranging the pro
gram, will also be a guesL
Mr. Lennon will present Mr.
Williamson who will use the
Mr. Williamson is a member
of the New York Stock Exchange.
He has served as vice-president
and director of Southern Golf As
sociation astd as chairman of the
baseball committee ot the Char
lotte Chamber ot Coxuioerce.