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Page 8A-KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD-Tuesday. October 7, 1980
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Stout Paints Ferguson
Alan Stout, director of Schiele Nature Museum
in Gastonia and a resident of Canterbury Road, has
been painting nearly all his life but has particularly
‘enjoyed painting water color portraits of Col.
Patrick Ferguson and Virginia Salter, which now
hang at McDonald’s Restaurant in Kings Moun-
Local history buffs will enjoy the paintings
especially since Ferguson and Virginia’s story is
featured in “Then Conquer We Must,” the outdoor
drama which plays through Wednesday at KM Na-
"tional Military Park Amphitheatre.
Stout was commissioned by a collector in
Chicago, Ill. to do the paintings, along with Paul
Sims, a free lance artist from Gastonia.
The six original paintings by the two artists have
never been used before and are unique. Stout said
his water color portraits of Ferguson and Virginia
Salter required a lot of research. One of the oil pain-
tings show the British Colonel in full dress, the
COLONIAL DRESS ON DISPLAY - Mrs. Ellen Hicks Hill, former-
ly of Gastonia and mother of Mrs. Barbara Hill Stroupe of Cher-
ryville, formerly of Kings Mountain, is pictured in an elegant
dress from the early 1900's. Mrs. Hill died in 1952. Mr. and Mrs.
L.S. Stroupe have displayed the dress at Mint Museum of Art
on Shamrock Drive in Charlotte, where numerous elegant
dresses from the era are on display.
Cleveland County Memorial
Library will begin story hours
for the general public on Tues-
day, Oct. 7 from 3:30 to 4:30.
There will be a story hour every
Tuesday at the same time
throughout the school year.
Children age three or above are
invited to come and join in the
fun. There will be stories, songs,
games and films.
other is of his lover, the red headed Virginia, and
the third is a winter snow scene of the grave site.
Stout actually painted the winter scene in the snow
at the Park. He depicts Virginia as about 26 years
old, a plain looking girl in regular trailclothes, a col-
onial chemise, apron and weskit. Two days before
the Kings Mounain battle, historians say she peeled
potatoes for the troop to eat, grabbed a horse and
ran after Ferguson with the mountain men chasing.
According to legend, Stout says that only two of the
mountain men had respect enough to bury her.
Stout features Ferguson at 32 years old, five feet
nine and approximately 160 pounds with auburn
hair. He is in full British dress and over his arm is
draped a crazy quilt overcoat which was handmade
by Virginia. The tip of his sword is broken off, rem-
nant of a battle. Stout said that the two paintings
are the first full-length portraits of the pair.
Stout has painted professionally since 1965 and
has exhibited in all 50 states.
GOOD EARTH CLUB
Good Earth Garden Club will
meet Wed., Oct. 15th, at 7:30
p.m. in the Conference Room of
First Federal Savings & Loan
Assn. on West Mountain St. for
a program by the Home Life
Department of which Mrs. Jan
Sabetti is chairman.
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