per year in
VOL. X—NO. 18.
"AUNT" NANCY JOHNSON,
91, HAS NARROW ESCAPE
WHEN HOME BURNS
Neighbor, Unable to Rescue Aged Lady, Rushes
for Help—Barely Manages to Crawl From
Burning Building Before Walls Fall In
The Building One of the Oldest in The County—
"Aunt" Nancy Now 111 From Effects of
Burns, Shock and Exposure
Union Mills, Feb. 7.—Last Wednesday night at 10:15
o'clock, the home of Miss ("Aunt") Nancy Johnson was com
pletely destroyed by fire. Not an article of any kind was saved
from the flames. "Aunt" Nancy, ninety-one years of age, and
very feeble, has lived alone for the past many years. She is
not able to tell exactly how the fire started but says it seems to
her as if all the ceiling was in flames over her head at once.
Mr. W. E. Sweatt, who lives about
half mile from "Aunt" Nancy's
homo, was the first to discover and
reach the flames, from the outside.
Hearing: the screams of "Aunt" Nan
cy, within the house with the flames
creeping out of.the crevices of the
large room, he made every effort to
•_ct to "Aunt" Nancy, but failed. In
Wis efforts to break clown the doors
: nd get in the window, Mi-. Sweatt
received a few minor burns. Know
ing he could do nothing alone, he
i ushed away to find help, and on
returning with others he found
"Aunt" Nancy had managed to un
bar the door, and crawled out of the
house and had gotten about twelve
feet when she became exhausted and
Child Dead—Local and
Spindale, Feb. 7. —The Spindale
Athletic Club defeated the Converse,
S. C., cagers here Tuesday night in a
very good game of basketball. The
home boys made a good start ending
the first quarter 14-6 in favor of
Spindale and the half 20-12 in favor
of Spindale. The Converse players
staged a comeback in the third and
fourth quarters and ended the game
two points behind Spindale, the final
count being 43-45.
Berry and Bullington tied for scor
ing honors with 15 points each, while
came next with eight, Yel
ton 4, Grose two, and Walker one.
A. Quinn, lanky center for the vis
itors scored 26 of his team's 43
On Thursday evening Spindale
pi ays at Spartanburg against the
Spartan Y team, and on Friday eve
ning they meet the Converse club
at Spartanburg. The Kings Mountain
Hilltoppers will be in Spindale for a
return game on Saturday evening.
Boiling Springs Athletic Club came
back Thursday evening to defeat the
Spindale cagers 25-27 after suffer
ing defeat a few weeks previous by
a score of 31-38. The pep and snap
of the home team was sadly lacking
Thursday night. Berry and Sherrill
were the high scoremen, while
Thompson and McDonald led tor
Boiling Springs, Bullington's and
Yelton's fast floor work at forward
availed them little as they were un
able to make good the many oppor
tunities they had at the baskets.
The small thirteen months old ba
by of Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt Craw
ford died here Friday evening. It
had been ill with whooping cough
for several days, and this brought
about the child's death. Funeral serv- j
ices were» held Sunday.
MY. and Mrs. H. B. Biggerstaff
left last week for Berea, Ky., where
they will make their home. Mr. Big
gerstaff was until recently connect
ed with the Town of Spindale as
water and light superintendent. The
many friends of this family regret
very much to give them up.
The Citizenship Department of the
Woman's Club will meet on Monday
evening, February l->th, at / :45 in
the Kiwanis Club room. It is uiged
that every member of the Woman's
Club be present as there are matters
of importance- to come up at this
time which w'ill be interesting to
each one. Let's have a lull attendance
on Monday evening.
FOREST CITY COURIER
could go no further. She was very
seriously burned and it is a miracle
how she managed to get out of the
mass of flames with her life.
The house was one of the oldest
in the county, being used for a resi
dence. It was a two room log struc
ture and was built about seventy
years ago. This was the only build
ing standing that was put up when
the town of Union Mills was founded.
The amount of the loss is not ex
actly known, but there was no in
surance carried on the building.
"Aunt" Nancy is living now with rel
atives near Rutherfordton. It is re
ported that she is very ill at the
present from the burns and fever,
due to exposure on Wednesday night.
This is the week in which we are
asked to do our part for the orphans
of the Near East. Every year this ap
peal comes to us and we usually do
This year the campaign is un
der the general supervision of Rev.
G. R. Gillespie, of Forest City, form
erly of Gastonia. Among the many
thing Brother Gillespie can do bet
ter than anybody else, staging a
campaign lor funds for any cause
whatever, and putting it properly be
fore the public, is his forte. For sev
eral weeks he has been laying plans
for this drive and this is the week.
The quota is smaller than it has ever
been in this county and there should
be no great big amount of trouble
in raising it. —Gastonia Gazette.
HUNTLEY & WILKIE TAKE
OAKLAND - PONTIAC AGENCY i
Mr. W. P. T. Mills, representing
the Oakland Motor Car Co., Char
lotte, was here Monday and placed
the agency with Huntley & Wilkie for
the Oakland and Pontfcc cars. The
new agency has opened in the hand
some new brick building just com
pleted on W. Main street, where the
cars can be seen and inspected. This Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Petty and Mev
is a splendid line of cars, a General i dames F. T. Davis and Alia Mae
Motors product that will find immed- ' Davis Ellis spent Sunday afternoon
iate popularity in Rutherford county. ' n Spartanburg.
The agency will also handle all parts ( -
and w"fcouHe, for advetis MR. CALVIN HARRILL
ing of the Oakland and Pontiac, this' riVETI I ACT CD 111 A V
paper having been selected as the I/IIiD LAIJ 1 rilll/Al
best medium in which to promote
sales in this territory
INFANT SON OF MR. AND
MRS. J. D. BROWN DEAD
Alexander Mill, Feb. 7.—Marion,
the eleven months old son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. D. Brown, of this place, died
in Dr. Smith's hospital in Spartaru!
burg Sunday afternoon at 3:45. The!
baby was being treated for trouble in
I the head.
Funeral services were held at the
Alexander Baptist church Monday af
ternoon with Rev. C. C. Matheny in
charge. Interment was in Mt. Pleas
DIES AT GREENVILLE
: Mr. Wallace McDaniel, 20 year old
son of Mr. and Mrs. P. N. McDaniel,
" formerly of this city, died at his
> home in Greenville, S. C., at 7 a. m.
r, Tuesday after a short illness. Tin
i young man was a grandson of Mr. J.
II W. McDaniel, of this place, where
; he made his home until removing to
; • Greenville about one year ago.
s; Funeral services were conducted
> at his late home. Interment took place
?; in Cool Springs cemetery at 2 p. m.
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOREST CITY AND RUTHERFORD COUNTY
NEAR EAST WEEK
FOREST CITY. NORTH CAROLINA FEBRUARY 9, 192^
HERE MAY 26-31.
The Redpath Chautauqua will be
in Forest City for five days, begin
ning May 26th, according to an ann
ouncement made by Rev. G. R.
Gillespie this week. Mr. Gillespie
states that this year's program will
be the best and biggest of any ever
given here before.
MR. A. K. FREEMAN INJURED
; Mr. A. K. Freeman, connected with
! the Clinchfield Coal Storage plant
i at Bostic, was severely injured Tues
day morning. Two men were prizing
1 open a car door when the crowbar
; slipped and struck Mr. Freeman
j across the forehead, cutting a bad
jgash. His wound was dressed by Dr.
i Duncan in Forest City, requiring a
i number of stitches. The accident,
i though painful, is not considered
Spring Term of Superior Court
Disposing of Civil Cases
Rutherfordton, Feb. B.—The
Spring term of Superior court for
trial of civil cases opened here Mon
day morning at 9 o'clock. Judge P.
A. McElroy, of Marshall, is presid
ing. As The Courier goes to press
the docket is being rapidly cleared
and the cases are being tried as
scheduled. Indications are that court
will convene through next week. In
that case, judging by the dispatch
made during the last three days, the
court calendar will be entirely clear
The following cases had been dis
j posed of up to Wednesday morning:
j Corn Littlejohn vs. Littlejohn
; (col.); Pauline Brown vs. Lewis
| Brown and Gustie Bradford vs. Er
j win Bradley, divorces granted.
A. T. Withrow vs. Atlantic Fire
Insurance Company plaintiff recov
A number of suits were non-suit
ed Tuesday, none of them being in
stances in which large sums were in
volved, except the W. J. Cole vs.
Frog Level Gin Co.
In the case of Wm. McKinney vs.
Lloyd and Ada Williamson, in which
a land boundary was in dispute, a
verdict in favor of the plaintiff was
As The Courier goes to press the'
case of Annie Whitesides vs. Will
Owens is being tried. In this case
Anna Whitesides is suing Owens for
SIO,OOO damages for alleged injuries
in an auto accident
Well Known and Aged Citizen
Buried Saturday at Walls
Bostic, R-2, Feb. 6.—Mr. Calvin
Harrill died February 3rd and was'
buried at Walls church Saturday.,
Revs. M. L. Buchanan and Z. D.
Harrill conducted the services. He
was 7!) years and a few days old.
He had thirteen children, seven of
whom are dead. His wife died five
years ago. The children living are:
Dr. L. B. Harrill, of Caroleen; Mrs.
Landrum Lee, of High Point; Mrs.
W. D. * Edwards, of the Hopewell
section; Mrs. Baxter Melton, Mr.
Plato Harrill and Miss Janie Har
rill, of this community. He also
! leaves one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth
Beam, of Forest City. He died at
th • h»me of his daughter, Mrs.
Baxter .Melton where he has made
his home since his home was de
stroyed by fire in September. He
had influenza in December and nev
er fullv recovered. He was a man
that was loved and respected by all
who knew him. We extend our
j heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved
•: CLUB PLEASES
, Delightful Concert Program Is
by Capacity Audience
The Converse College Glee club
gave a delightful concert at the Cool
Springs High School Auditorium on
Monday evening, February Gth. The
concert was sponsored by the Forest
City Kiwanis club and was enthusias
tically received by a large audience.
The program was varied and showed
much talent and excellent training.
The glee club as a whole, was much
above the average college group and
their ensemble singing was splendid.
The director, Glen Stables, is one
of the best known musician in the
South and the club responds perfect
ly to his direction.
The program was divided into two
parts. The first half was a highly
artistic presentation of classical mus
ic and it was a genuine treat to the
music lovers in the audience. The
glee club as a whole sang two groups
of songs, the most popular of which
were "A Song of India" and "'Sleep
M iss Lindy." In the former the blend
ing of the sweet girlish voices was
i a wonderful example of ensemble
: singing. A sextette of the best voices
, in the club sang' the always popular !
Schubert's Serenade. This was one j
jof the most beautiful numbers. A j
violinist, Miss Mary Lou Kirby, play- j
ed two brilliant numbers with all the j
skill and technique and expression!
' of a professional. One of the music
| seniors played two brilliant piano
! solos. These two number were ex
j eellent examples of the very high
| quality of work done at Converse.
| The crowning feature of the first
j half of the program was a group of
; three songs by Mr. Stables. These
I songs, "My Desire," "The Scare
! crow" and "The Great Awakening"
| suited Mr. Stable's magnificent voice
j and he responded to an enthusiastic
encore with Oley Speak's arrange
! ment of, "On the Road to Mandalay."
• The second part of the program
featured some lighter singing and
some very pretty dancing. The first
j numbers, the opening chorus from
j "Artists and Models" was very at
■ tractive, the grouping of the tableau
; of models making an exquisite scene.
: A solo dance by Miss Louise Smith
j was professional in nature. "The
i Black and White Chorus" was as
i pretty and attractive as it could be,
L and "Harlequin and Columbine" by
i! Misses Smith and Wright was an ex
! quisite bit of fantasy. "Nothin' " was
a charming jazz chorus and "Memor
ies" a lovely dance. The audience re-
ceived this half the program most en
thusiastically and every number was
greeted with vociferous applause. The
girls were gracious with encores and
nearly all the number on this half
of the program were repeated.
Before the conceit the club was
entertained at dinner by the Kiwanis
club in the High School Cafeteria.
MRS. JANE PADGETT
Aged Lady of Near Bostic Suc-
sumbs to Paralysis
Bostic, Feb. 7.—Mrs. Jane C.
Padgett, aged 80 years, died at her
home near here Saturday morning
at 7:30 o'clock. She had been sick a
week or longer, suffering from a
stroke of paralysis from which she
Funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock at Mt. Har
mony Baptist church with her pas
tor, Rev. B. M. Hamrick, assisted
I by Revs. K. N. Snipes and W. W.
Rimmer in charge. Interment fol
lowed in Mt. Harmony cemetery.
She is survived by eight children,
as follows: Ben and Bob Padgett,
who live with their mother at the
! home place; J. M. Padgett, of Ashe
jville; J. H., of Sellers, Ala., G. M.
! Padgett, owner of Padgett's Barber
| Shop in Forest City; and A. B. Padg
! ett, of Bostic; the two surviving
! daughters, Misses Zula and Ida, re
t side at the home. A large number
of grandchildren and great grand
children survive, as well as a host
of friends and relatives.
Mrs. Padgett would have been
eighty years of age had she lived
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MRS. EBBIE MARTIN
MRS. EBBIE MARTIN,
AGED 95 YEARS,
One of Rutherford's Oldest
Women Passes After a Few
Mollis, Feb. (s.—Mrs Ebbie Martin,
aged ninety-five years, succumbed
to pneumonia at her home four miles
north of here Thursday. She had
been sick about three weeks.
Funeral services were conducted tount >-
Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Dun- ,
cans Creek church, with Rev. E. T. j MDC CAD AH Wff QHN
Baker in charge. An unusually large I kJzilliifl fi lLiJuli^
number of people were present to j OA P 1 *v
pay their last respects to this aged AutlJ UfeAi/
woman of the hills
Mrs, Martin was one of Rutherford
county's oldest citizens. She was
born May 7, 1832 in the Hollis com
munity and had lived in the house in
which she died for seventy five years.
Her mind was remarkably clear up
to her death. She remembered four
wars in which the United States had
been engaged in and could tell of
the inauguration of more than twen
ty presidents. She well remembers
the institution of slavery. She slept
well and could hear well until a
short time before her death, although
she had been unable to read during
the last four years of her life.
She was married August 2, 1852
to Billy Martin, at the age of twenty
years. He was accidentally killed
about 1874. She is survived by three
children, Miss Mary Jane Martin,
aged 70, who has been iiving with
her mother; Mrs. Mandy M. Rollins
and Mrs. Julius Bridges, of Gastonia.
Eight of her children preceded hei
to the grave. Thirty-eight grand
children and a large number of
great-grandchildren and one great
Mrs. Martin was the oldest of a
family of nineteen children. She is
the last of the family. One brother,
Andy Crowder lived to be 92 years
of age, while all the others lived to
be from 80 to ninety years of age,
with one or two exceptions. Her
parents Mr. and Mrs, Allen Crowder,
lived to an old age.
It is a legend in the Martin fam
ily that Abraham Lincoln was related
to the family. The husband of Mrs.
Martin always claimed to be a half
brother of the Great Emancipator. A
large framed picture of Lincoln
hangs in the Martin home beside that
of Mrs. Ebbie Martin's husband.
Mrs. W. A. Ayers left Sunday af
ternoon for Philadelphia to be with
her daughter, Miss Mary Ayers, who
underwent an operation for eye
trouble Tuesday morning at 10
o'clock. Friends here received mes
sages Wednesday morning that the
operation was over and Miss Mary
was doing very well.
until March 6th. She was married
at an early age to Mr. J. L. Padgett,
who preceeded her to the grave
three years ago. At the age of four
teen she joined the Baptist church
and was a consistent member and was
found regularly in her place at the
church. The large floral offering and
the unusually large attendance at
the funeral attested in a small meas
ure the esteem and love in which
Mrs. Padgett was held in her com
SI.OO Per Year in Advance
COUNTY BOARD OF
EDUCATION HAS A
! BUSY MEETING
Board is Well Within Its Fi
nancial Budget—To Erect
Two New Buildings
' Rutherfordton, Feb. 7. The
j County Board of Education met here
Monday with Plato Gettys, chairman,
! Mrs, Wiseman and W. W. Nanney
! The annual budget was examined
j and if was found that the Board was
t well within its budget for this school
j year, which ends June .*>o. The year
[ will likely be closed with a balance.
Mr. L. Burge Beam, of Salisbury,
j building supervisor for Rowan coun
• ty, has been secured to consult with
the Board of Education on plans for
| the $30,000 schol building to be
1 erected at Ruth this year. At a re
cent meeting of the State Equaliza
tion Board Rutherford County was
| given §50,000; $30,000 to be used
j in the construction of a new build
,! ing at Ruth and $20,000 for the
| building of a school in the Sunshine
| district, provided that district votes
for an eight months term.
: The Board arranged for the re
! lease of taxes on eight and one-half
acres of land belonging to the Mary
I B. Muilen school tor colored, in the
Uree community. -
The standard of teachers certifi
cates will be raised next year, there
by guaranteeing; a more highly train
ed type of teachers for Rutherford
Aged Woman Passes at Home
of Daughter in Alexander
Wilson, aged eighty-four years, died
at the home of her son-in-law, Mr.
J. G. Price here Monday aftei" a
Funeral services were held at Mt.
I'leasant church Tuesday afternoon
with Rev. C. C. Matheny in charge
of the service. Interment was at Mt
She is survived by four daughters,
Mrs. J. G. Price, of Alexander; Mrs.
J. H. Neal, of Caroleen; Mrs. E. L.
Whitesides and Mrs. Kendrick Whit
aker, of Ellenboro, R-2. One son,
John McMahan, died about twenty
years ago. Her husband proceeded
her to the grave about .'SO years ago.
Mrs. Wilson was a good neighbor
and friends and was loved by all who
knew her. She was born December
1 il, 181.'} and was one of the county's
oldest citizens. She was taken ill a
few weeks ago and her death was
DR. VERNER IN NEW QUARTERS
The partnership heretofore exist
ing between Drs. A. C. Duncan and
C. 11. Verner was dissolved by mu
tual agreement Saturday, Dr. Duncan
remaining in his old quarters and Dr.
Verner establishing new quarters in
the Farmers Bank Building.
I)]-. Verner will occupy rooms ->Ol
- and is splendidly equipped. He
will have Mrs. W. P. Chaney as reg
istered nurse, while Miss Merle Put
nam has accepted a position as of
Dr. Verner has been practicing in
this city for over a year and has
ihade many friends in his new home.
WOMAN'S AUXILIARY MEETS
The Woman's Auxiliary of the
Presbyterian Church met Wednesday,
February Ist, at 4:00 p. m. at the
home of Mrs. F. B. Long on Carolina
avenue, with twelve members pres
After the business session and pro
gram, it was decided to change the
day of meeting to the first Tuesday
of each month.
The hostess served a delicious sal
ad course with hot coffee, carrying
out the Valentine idea.
The guests for the afternoon were
Mrs. F. F. Black, Mrs. J. Worth
Morgan and Mrs. John Dalton.
Mr. Clyde Hardin has accepted a
position with J. M. Price & Co.