per year in
VOL. X—NO. 15
HON. 0. MAX GARDNER
COUNTY CLUB TUESDAY
January Meeting Is Held At The Spindale
House With Good Attendance
Spindale. Jan. 18. —The January
tiny ft" the Rutherford County
h:b. which was held at the Spindale
_ise Tuesday noon, was well at
•nded. Sixty-four plates were serv
, : l>v thi ladies of the Spindale Bap
: ~t Church.
At the opening of the business ses
> on. M:'. Charles Haynes made a
, ~port for the committee on the Black
Bear Trail. The trail is being mark
ed through this county, largely
Through the efforts of this commit
tee. Mr. N. C. Harris made a report
for the telephone committee, and
:he Club adopted resolutions rela
rive t" the county telephone system,;
v hich will be forwarded to Mr.
[organ B. Spier.
Mr. James G. K. McClure intro
. .iced Mr. George Evans, of Asheville,
-'.eld representative of the Farmers'
i-Vk-rution. who made a few remarks, j
The following committees were j
: ipointed by the chair: program com
mittee: Messrs. Z. O. Jenkins, chair-J
ian; C. F. Cline, Clyde A. Erwin.
Membership committee: Messrs. F. I.
Barber, chairman, K. S. Tanner, W.;
H Payne. Grievance: Messrs. J. R. j
Moore, chairman, Grover Harrill, S. i
C. Gettys. Nomination [committee:]
Messrs. M. L. Edwards, chairman, S. j
E. Elmore and J. W. Matheny.
Following this Mr. L. B. Morse j
introduced Hon. O. Max Gardner, j
who spoke in part as follows:
"The European farmer thinks in
small areas. He is stolid, conserva
tive, efficient, thrifty and patient
citizen. He knows the science of the
-t-asons and the rewards of intelli
gent labor. He loves the soil with;
a passion almost filial in its devotion, j
He might neglect his family but)
wouldn't ever mistreat or abuse his j
.-acred soil. He naturally nurses his J
land to keep it warm. His growing j
crops seem to bow to him in grateful'
appreciation, because he never al
lows them to go hungry. He knows
little about our vast acreages or
shameful waste or hit-or-miss meth
ods, or modern machinery, but he
i.» a practical chemist when it comes
t"> understanding the food value of
fertilizers. He is an artistic expert in
-"il preparations and a successful
merchant in conserving and market
ing his crops. He would starve if he
practiced the American methods of,
marketing and waste.
"He cultivates a small plat of J
rom three to five acres, and makes a j
iving on it. He expects but little i
and gets it and saves it. He is more j
particular with his twigs than we
re with our forests. He knows noth
ing about waste or idle land. The
European peasant rarely moves from j
the small farm on which he was born,!
: nil this accounts for his deep attach- j
en: to the soil.
''The French Revolution broke up
t..■ large estates of France, and most j
the rural lands in that country |
i e now owned by the small farmers,
■no are the strength, character and
nope of France. Lloyd George and
tne World War, working in combi
nation, have accomplished the same
results in England. The estates of
Great Britain are being rapidly brok
en up and are falling into the own
ership of former tenants. The British
government is aiding in this regen
eration by means of long term loans,
rhis peaceful revolution is one of
the most interesting and amazing ex-!
periments in European sociology and
agricultural economics today. One of
the big reasons for the success of
Cleveland county's agriculture is
that we have no large farms.
"It will probably be a hundred
years before the American farmer
will be compelled to cultivate his
" r, i! with the same intensiveness as
does the European farmer. Ex
perience teaches us that the size of
a farm is generally determined by
he density of the population in
which it is located. The largest
farms are invariably found in those
localities where land is most sparse
[y settled; and the smallest, most
intensely cultivated and productive
farms are found in that territory
where the population is densest. I
; nmk we have a population of 65
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOREST C? ,D RUTHERFOPD COUNTY
AT KIWANIS CLUB
Monday evening's program at the
j Kiwanis club was in celebration of
j the thirteenth anniversary of Ki-
I wanis, with Prof. A. C. Finch in
! charge of the program.
: Dr. G. R. Gillespie also made re
port of his visit to the district trus
| tees' meeting, held at Sedgefield Inn
people to the square mile in North
i Carolina, while Belgium has a popu
lation of around 1100.
; ''ln my judgment, we could pro-
Iduce the present total of farm crops
lof North Carolina on less than half
[the land now in cultivation, if we
were to farm as efficiently, as in
telligently and as intensively as do
the farmers of Belgium, Italy, Eng
land. Holland and Germany. "\Ye
have never been compelled to con- j
centrate. We have too many broad
acres. We have been content to j
scratch the surface, and are still!
resisting that economic law of pro
ducing the same quantity and bet
ter quality on fewer acres.
"Since we have cleared our for
ests, foolishly looking for "new
ground," we do not seem to know
what to do with our "old fields."
We cleared up too much land and
destroyed our forests before we
learned that new ground was un
necessary and was a nuisance. I
saw in Italy land making forty-sev
en bushels of wheat to the acre that
was old land when Christ was born.*
"Nothing reduces the value of a j
tract of land more quickly than to
abandon it. In order to avoid de
preciating our acres, we blindly cul
tivate or pretend to cultivate, pre
tend to prepare and pretend to fer- j
tilize thousands of acres because we j
cannot bear to see it lying out and
appearing to go to ruin.
"It seems to me that one of the I
biggest problems for North Car
olina agriculture is the profitable dis
covery of a use for the idle, waste
and unnecessarily cultivated lands
of the state. Of course it will take
time and multiplied population to
completely solve this problem, but
the growing intelligence of our
people, and the able leadership of
our agricultural authorities, are
making great progress in that di
rection. Only a few years ago 1
North Carolina farmers were rely
ing almost exclusively on cotton and |
tobacco as money crops. It seemed
impossible to interest them in any
other profitable phase of agriculture.
The farmer was not altogether to
blame for this for the simple reason !
that he could not find a ready mark
et except for cotton and tobacco.
"We have not by any means reach
ed an ideal situation, as we still send
out of the state for millions of dol
lars worth of products and by-pro
ducts that we could easily raise at
home; but it is encouraging to note
the growing tendency in Qur state
to utilize our waste and idle lands!
for productive purposes, as reflected ;
in the fact that in the year 1927 we
shipped out of the state, for use in
other states, 425 carloads of hogs,]
in 1926, we shipped only 175 cars
of hogs, 17,110 carloads of produce
—of which 1677 cars were, peaches,
2203 strawberries, 1044 watermel
ons,, 608 cantaloupes, 569 green peas, I
446 lettuce, 748 mixed vegetables,
752 sweet potatoes, 7502 Irish po
tatoes. We also shipped fifty car
i loads of beef cattle. But the great
! est gain came in poultry and hogs.
.In 1926 we shipped a million, eight
! hundred thousand pounds of live poul-
Stry, and in 1927 we shipped to North
j ern and Eastern markets three million
I pounds of poultry. In other words,
; we shipped in 1927 at least a thous-
I and carloads of produce more than
jwe did in 1926.
"This is truly a startling and
revolutionary statement, and every
patriotic North Carolinian should
pledge himself to the further exten
sion and enlargement of this pro
gressive agricultural program for
FOREST CITY. NORTH CAROLINA • JA* f 19. 192S
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The above is the family of Mr.
and Mrs. Amos Bridges, well known
farmer of Ellenboro, Route o. Mrs.
Polly Bridges, mother of Mr. Bridges,
age about 77, sits at the left end of
the front row. Next is Mr. and Mrs.
ON ROUND HILL
Church Takes A New Step
Forward. New Officials
Union Mills, Jan. 17.—With the
completion of the Round Hill Baptist
church, it has taken a new step for
ward. Rev. W. B. Craig, has been
elected pastor temporarily to
fill the vacancy left by the former
pastor, M. L. Lennon, and Prof. W.
E. Sweatt, elected superintendent of
the Sunday school, and the reforma
tion of the Intermediate B. Y. P.
•U. making a total of three B. Y. P.
U.'s in the church. The Sunday
school is growing in attendance each
Sunday, having 172 present last Sun
day, the largest number in the his
tory of the church. We look with
pleasure to the influence of this old
and established church, throughout
Prof. Edward Cole, of the Union
Mills Consolidated Schools, will
speak at the prayer meeting in the
Round Hill Baptist church, Thursday
evening at 7:30 o'clock. Every one
is kindly and cordially invited to be
MRS, FRED SMART
DIES AT HOSPITAL
Forest City Woman Succumbs
to Operation Performed
Three Weeks Ago
Mrs. Fred Smart died at the
Rutherford Hospital Thursday night,
as the result of an operation per
formed three weeks previous. Fun
eral services were held Saturday af
ternoon at four .o'clock from the
First Baptist church, with Dr. W.
A. Ayers in charge of the service.
Interment followed in Cool Springs
Mrs. Smart is survived by her hus
.band, three children, Docia, Clara
and Charles, all of Forest City; six
sister, Mrs. Affie Hughes, Caroleen;
Mrs. Daisy Medford, Shelby; Mrs.
Essie Ellis, Mrs. Betty Curtis of
Shelby; Mrs. Lela Reynolds, of Lin
colnton; Miss Lula Bridges, of Shel
by. Her father, Mr. D. B. Bridges,
of Shelby, also survives, also two
: brothers, Messrs. Pink Bridges, of
I Shelby and Harvey Bridges, of Kings
Mrs. Smart was thirty-eight years
j of age.
the family. There are thirty-six
Bridges. This picture was made
Christmas day at a family reunion
at the Bridges home. There are thir
teen children, eight married and five
single. The youngest is sixteen years
old. There has never been a death in
RE OPEN SOON
Mr. Paul Duncan Will Install
147,000 Capacity Incubator
Here Next Week
Mr. Paul Duncan, operator of the
, Forest City Hatchery which was
I burned two weeks ago, announces
that he has a 47,000 egg-capacity in
cubator on the way from the factory
to Forest City, and that he will re
open the Forest City Hatchery by
Mr. Duncan will locate his hatch
ery in a large brick building direct
ly at the rear of the Farmers Hard
ware Company, which will be conven
j ient and easily accessible to the pub
j c -
I The new plant will be a great im
; provement over the one destroyed
j by fire. The old hatchery, located at
[West End, was equipped with a 10,-
I 000 capacity incubator. The new
plant will have an incubator capable
'of taking care of 47,000 eggs, nearly
j five times as large as the former
j plant. The remainder of the equip
i ment will be installed after placing
i the incubator.
! DIED THURSDAY
Funeral For Mrs. M. L. Clem
mer Held Saturday After-
j Bostic, Jan. 17.—Mrs. Margaret
: J. Cltmmer, aged seventy years, died
jat the Clemmer homestead here
i Thursday night, following an illness
j of paralysis lasting about ten days.
She had been in declining health
about a year.
Funeral services were held at
Bostic Baptist church Saturday af
! ternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. I. D.
j Harrill in charge of t*he service. Bur
! ial was at Concord Baptist church,
! immediately after the funeral serv
Mrs. Clemmer was born October
| 1, 1857. She married the late M. L.
| Clemmer August 9, 1877, and to
j this union were born nine children,
seven of whom are living as fol
llows: Messrs. C. B. Clemmer, Kan
'napolis; C. H., of Claremont, N. C.;
jL. M., of Monroe; Mrs. W. D.
i Browne, of Cherryville, Mrs. E. E.
j Smart, of Bostic; Miss Ned Clemmer,
( of Bostic. Nine grandchildren sur
vive, also one sister, Mrs. S. Smart,
members of the family, including!
sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and j
grand children. All were present |
Christmas day. There are twelve!
grand c hildren in the family. It is I
one of the largest and best known j
families in the county.
' TO GIVE MINSTREL
! SATURDAY NIGHT
.Program to Open at 7:30 and
Will Take Place of An
nual Band Concert
Spindale, Jan. 16.—0n Saturday
| evening, January 21, beginning at
j 7:30 the Spindale Band will pre
sent "The Jubilee Minstrels," a
! musical program in regular negro
j minstrel style. The entire program
j will be accompanied by a seven piece
The preliminary program will open
jat 7:30 with a conceit by the Spin-
I dale Band, which will continue to
J 8 o'clock. Following the band con
; cert the minstrel will be presented
.in regular form with twenty-one
! members, six black face end men, so
[ loists, harmonists, and chorus girls,
j The program will consist of modern
! jazz, to the old time favorites. Jokes,
! clog-dancing fand the chorus girls
1 will each have a special feature act.
The Blue Ridge Serenaders orchestra
will accompany these numbers.
The band program has "been espec
, ially prepared for this number. This
program takes the place of the an
nual band concert, which has been
eagerly anticipated each year since
the" organization of the band.
The characters in the minstrel will
be some of the best in the county.
Notably among them are Messrs. Go
forth and Lindsay who have appeared
here several times in the Community
I Night programs. Many others who
: have assisted in the community pro
t grams will be on the minstrel pro
j gram Saturday evening.
A small admission fee will be
I charged, and the proceeds will go to
; the Spindale Band.
| of Ellenboro; four brothers, Messrs.
j Charles Holobaugh, Winston-Salem;
! Ernest, Tampa, Fla.; Baxter, of
iGastonia; Walter H. of Mt. Holly.
Mrs. Clemmer had been a resident
in Bostic for about forty years and
was loved by all who knew her. All
j during her life she had been a con
i secrated member of the Baptist
j church, and took a leading part in
its- work. She joined the Hickory
! Grove Baptist church in Gaston coun
j ty, in early life. She later moved
: her membership to Concord Baptist
j church where she kept it until the
j organization of the Bostic Baptist
Her husband preceded her to the
grave several years ago.
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SI.OO Per Year in Advance
j CAMPAIGN WILL
j OPEN IN AUGUST
| Stephens Campaign Has Been
Postponed Until Early
During a recent visit of Evange-
I list George T. Stephens, of High
j Point, to Forest City, and after cor.-
| ferences with representative minis
j ters and men, it seems advisable tc
all interests concerned, to postpone
the Rutherford county evangelistic
campaign, for li>2B, until the month
! of August, or early fall, thus avoid
j ing conflict with any pre-arranged
j plans or programs that would inter
j fere with the fullest and heartiest
j co-operation of all churches of all
j denominations in the county.*
Mr. Stephens has endeared himself
j and his methods to all with whoir.
! he has come in contact and his stand
: for whole-hearted co-operation on the
j part of all the churches has seemed,
jto all those with whom he has con
! ferred, to be most commendable and
i the thing greatly to be desired. In
view of these facts and remembering
that the Lord Jesus has said, "He
j who would be great among you, let
j him first be your minister, and he
'who would be chief, let him be your
(servant," the chairman of the con
| templated movement herewith ex
| presses his fullest approval of the
j postponement and assures all c>n
j cerned, that Mr. Stephens and party
j will conduct such campaign at the
| time when fullest co-operation can
j be assured and secured. The general
| committee appointed will please hold
itself in individual readiness to meet
sometime in the summer to perfect
arrangements for the holding of such
a county campaign.
Thanking all those who have so
faithfuUy and ardently supported the
preliminary work in connection wkh
the campaign and counting upon your
continued support for the later iate
Sincerely and fraternally,
GEO. R. GILLESPIE, Chairman.
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CONVERSE GLEE CLUB
COMING FEBRUARY 6
The Forest City Kiwanis Club has
decided to sponsor the Converse Col
lege Glee Club, which is to give a
j concert at the high school auditor
| ium, February G, at 8:00 p. m.
It is reported that Converse Col
-1 i lege has a very splendid music de
' partment and a good program is as
, sured. All muste lovers in Forest
City and surrounding towns and
communities are urged to keep this
date in mind. All those who fail to
> hear this .Glee Club will miss one
of the best attractions in Ruther
All those who like to see beautiful
girls and hear sweet music, plan to
be at the hiyh school auditorium Feb
CENTRAL HIGH VS. COOL
SPRINGS FRIDAY NIGHT
The Central High School basket
ball team of Rutherfordton will meet
the Cool Springs High School basket
ball team on the local court, Friday
evening at 8 o'clock.
This game promises to be of much
interest since both schools have ev
enly matched teams. The score last
Friday night was 26-24 in favor of
Forest City. From indications the
next game will be as good as the
one witnessed last Friday night. Both
teams played a fast, clean game of
' basketball. An evidence of friend
ship an 3 friendly rivalry were man
| ifest throughout the game. All the
lovers of basketball will have an op
portunity to see a good game of
i basketball, Friday night 8:00 p. m.
!at the high school gymnasium at
i Mr. J. C. Harrill has moved his
grocery store back to the Beachboard
building, next door to The Courier.
The many friends of the family
j will be pleased to learn that J. M.,
j little son of Mr. and Mrs. R. W.
i Minish is showing improvement, after
!an illness of pneumonia.
Come in and see our new spring
' lace. Courtney's Ten Cent Store,