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when the Southern Railway was
extended through the area. It is
on the mainline of the Southern
Railway, and US 74, US 29—
“Main Street of the South”. In
terstate 85 bypass is one mile
away. Besides railway, bus and
truck service, a privately-own
ed airport is only four blocks
from the center of town.
Situated 978 feet above sea
level, the town has an average
climate of 60 degrees F., and is
blessed with abundant natural
resources in the area.
Industry is predominently tex
tiles. Both combed and carded
yarns, stretch nylon yarn,
novelty fabrics, novelties, nar-
row fabrics (tapes), men’s
hosiery, and knit sweaters are
manufactured. Other major in
dustries are the mining of lime
stone for roadbuilding, mica,
and lithium ores. The town is a
virtual center of the Lincoln-
ton, N. C.-Gaffney, S. C. mineral
belt which contains the largest
proved lithium ore deposits in
the Western Hemisphere.
Agriculture is of increasing
importance to the area. Farming
has shifted from one-crop cot-
ton-raising to more consistent
cash crops, such as poultry-rais
ing and dairying. Some cotton,
corn, small grain, vegetables and
fruits are produced.
Town A Shopping Center
More than 200 commercial es
tablishments representing al
most every type of retailing of
fer goods and services to area
Kings Mountain is a city of
beautiful well - maintained
homes, with a high percentage
of home ownership. Three resi
dential areas have been de
veloped in the past ten years.
They are unmarred by business
The city government is a
mayor-council form. There are
five ward commissioners and a
mayor elected by city-wide vote.
Public institutions include the
Kings Mountain Hospital, a ful
ly-accredited 50-bed facility; and
the Jacob S. Mauney Memorial
Library, a gift to the city from
the Jacob S. Mauney family.
Among communications facili
ties are the Kings Mountain
Herald, outstanding weekly
newspaper; WKMT, a 1,000-watt
radio station, and a modern tele
The city operates six educa
tional plants, two of which are
of modern-type construction. A
faculty of some 80 teachers, and
a staff of administrative and
supervisory personnel afford a
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People and Places
Mrs. Lane Creasman, receptionist and PBX operator, Mr.
Creasman and daughter Debbie spent eight days on a tour of
Florida in June. Main stops were at Daytona Beach, West Palm
Beach, and Hope Sound, where they visited relatives. Motorboat-
ing and fishing were included in their schedule. From Miami, the
Creasmans came home by the east coast of the Sunshine State.
R. L. Tompkins, purchasing agent, and Mrs. Tompkins of Main
Office vacationed at Seaside Inn, Daytona Beach, Fla., a few days
in late June and early July.
Sp/5 Wilburn E. Belt, Mrs. Belt and their daughter, Billie Jean,
have returned to Fort Riley, Kan., after spending several days in
Gastonia. Here, they visited the families of Mrs. Belt’s brothers,
Thomas Grant, Time Study; and J. L. B. Grant, Twisting (syn
thetics). The Belts—with the Thomas Grant family—^spent June
15-21 at Camp Firestone. Mr. Belt, in army service more than 13
years, is with Headquarters Co., 1st Engineering Battalion at Fort
Riley. Before his present assignment, he and his family spent three
years in Germany.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Davis, with Mr. and Mrs. Buford Ware of
Kings Mountain returned home in early July after having spent
a week in Perryville, Mo. There, they visited the Davis’ son, Harold,
his wife and her parents. Young Mr. Davis is an insurance broker
in the southeast Missouri community some 30 miles north of Cape
Girardeau. His father is a clerk in the Firestone Recreation Center.
Jerry, son of Frank Sparrow of grounds maintenance, and
Mrs. Sparrow, is spending the summer working for a food process
ing plant at Arlington, Wis. Jerry attended Warren-Wilson College
at Swannanoa, N. C. for the past two years. He plans to return
from Wisconsin in August, before entering East Tennessee State
Teachers College at Johnson City in September.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Martin with daughters Katherine and
Mariana spent June 28 to July 4 vacationing at Kure Beach, near
Southport, N. C. Mr. Martin, of the Superintendent’s office, did some
deepsea fishing in the Atlantic.
DECISIVE GROUND —At the Battleground
Museum Mrs. Felix Johnson of Winding shows
son Terry some features of a bas-relief map of
the Kings Mountain Battlefield.
LAST LETTER—In museum. Essie Foster of
Spooling reads copy of last letter from Capt. De-
Peyster (second in command of British at Kings
Mountain) to Lord Cornwallis.
stable and progressive school
The town has two municipal
ly-owned and maintained swim
ming pools, an athletic stadium,
and picnic area. At the Kings
Mountain Country Club is a
nine-hole golf course. Lake
Montonia Club is a popular sum
mer recreation spot.
Adjacent to the Kings Moun
tain Military Park is South
Carolina State Park. It is widely
visited during summers by
campers, swimmers and picnick
Nationally-affiliated civic or
ganizations are the Lions, Ki-
wanis, and Rotary clubs and the
Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Others include a Masonic Order,
Order of Eastern Star, Loyal
Order of Moose, the American
Legion, Veterans of Foreign
Wars, the Kings Mountain
Woman’s Club, and Junior
Colonel Frederick Hambright
Chapter, Daughters of the
American Revolution, honors the
name of one of the colonial com
manders at the Battle of Kings
A number of garden clubs
combine their efforts through
the town’s Garden Council for
beautification of “The Historical
Joyce Keever (left), and Teresa Chastain were
honorary hostesses. Their dress was in keeping
with the people of the North Pacific state.
Teresa's father, Henry Chastain, works in Card
ing; her mother is in Weaving (SYC). Joyce's
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Keever.
Hawaiian Day Theme
Of Variety Garden
America’s upcoming 50th state furnished a
theme for the June session of Firestone Variety
Garden Club, meeting in the Recreation Center.
In commemoration of Hawaiian Day, June H»
the club prepared flower arrangements with the
Pacific Islands flavor, and colorful paper leis
for those in attendance.
Refreshments had a native touch, in keeping
with the territory which has been scheduled to
become the newest member of the United States.
Served were Hawaiian punch, creams, and small
portions of tropical fruits artistically arranged
on fresh pineapple shells.
Hawaiian Day memorializes the birthday of
Kamehameha I—founder of the dynasty of that
name—who conquered Oahu, Mauai, and Kaui
islands early in the 19th century and united them
with the original kingdom of Hawaii. He was
known for numerous social reforms, and arrang
ed for the coming of American missionaries who
later accomplished great educational reforms.
Kamehameha I created the original govern-
ment of his island kingdom and permitted the
beginning of trade with foreign nations.
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Rosevelt Rainey, cotton office, spent several days in New York
City recently. He visited a sister there, and had a look at some of
the familiar sights of the city.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Wellman vacationed in Philadelphia, Pa.,
in late June and early July. While there, they stopped for a visit
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Meeks spent several days recently visiting
a son, Ben Meeks^ at High Point, N. C.
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