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VOL. X—No. 38.
"MILE A MINUTE" !
TO BE PRESENTED
Local People Prove Profession- |
als in Various New Lines
in Womans' Club Play
Now who would have thought that
Dick Minish, who has so long excell
ed at banking, would also be a good
train conductor? Well, he is and all
the railroads will be bidding for his
services if they see him in the play
to be given by the Womans' Club, at
the school auditorium here Fxiday
evening, beginning at 8:15 o'clock.
And there is Mikey Hewitt whom
we have all known as a perfectly good
per cent American and here we
find he is as Dutch as they make
them and proud of it—that is if we
believe his jokes in broken English.
Then evidently Joe Hamrick has
been in London for some time, and
has developed a broad English ac
cent. We are afraid he will high hat
csome of the small town folks. And if
you have ever seen Robert Lee Har
rill as a porter—he can juggle bag
gage and accept tips at the same
And there is Mrs. Hague Padgett.
-\Vell, you wait and see what she has
turned out to be. You will never be
lieve it if you don't see it with your
Prof. A. C. Finch is in the
£>*siness now. He could sell ice at the
\Mrth Pole, and radiators at the
All of these people will play in
"Mile a Minute," which is being
sponsored by the local Womans' Club,
and will be presented Friday evening.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
John Foretaker, conductor, Dick
Percival St. George, English tour
ist, Joe Hamrick.
Priscilla Lancaster, Boston School
Ma'am —Mrs. Hague Padgett.
Jacob Pretzelstein, of Ohio —Mikie
H. E. Sellsum, traveling—Prof.
I plank Hayseed, looking for a place
to settle —Bush Doggett.
Carl Loring, Nellie Loring, Newly
weds —Margaret Moores and Henry
i Marie Manhattan, Romantic pas
Jimmy Kidder, News Butch R. C.
Will I. Holdup, Road Agent—Dr.
Porter —Robert Lee Harrill.
i Bridesmaids: Miriam Green, Annie
Lee Biggerstaff, Dorothy Bostic, Lu
nette McMurry, Ethel Moore, Ruth
Pirates: Mildred Moore, Commie
Frye, Ruby Moore, Mildred Moores,
Eleanor Gillespie, Anna Bell Ware,
Catherine Eleanor Meares.
Farmerettes: Agnes Davis, Ethel
Huntley, Dorothy Rudisill, Sarah
». Bridges, Oneida Welch, Mary Jones,
Frances Hollifield, Rosella Gilliam.
College Girls: Ruth Doggett, Mary
Hollifield, Mary Ayers, Ruth Gilles
, pie, Miriam Green.
' CABARET SCENE
Violin Solo—A. M. Glickman.
Butterfly Dance— Frances Dorsey.
\lice Louise Minish, Mary Cath
erine Blanton, Madge Watkins, Tril
D ue t—Virginia Magness and Dor
Skating Dance-— Madge Moore,
Mary Davis, Charles Huntley, Paul
Cigarette Girl —Ruth Dorsey.
Social Dancers: Evelyn Blanton,
Dorothy Bostic, Ethel Moore, Lunette
McMurry, Annie Lee Biggersta ,
Chartie Curlee, Geo. Carpenter,
Francis Little, Charlie Crowell, Wil
JOINT MEETING OF W. M. U.
AND AID SOCIETY WEDNESDAY
The regular joint meeting of the
W. M. U. and Ladies Aid Society
will be held on next Wednesday af
ternoon, July 4, at 3 o'clock at the
church. Refreshments will be served
by the Young Matrons' Circle.
All members are urged to be pres
ent, but if they find it impossible to
attend notify Mrs. Fred Webb bj
Tuesday morning. (
FOREST CITY COURIER
M. E. DORSEY GOES
TO MOBIEE, ALA., TO
Negro in Custody Thought to
Be Murderer of Shelby Po
liceman, Who Was Kill
ed in 1901.
Mr. M. E. Dorsey left Tuesday for
Mobile, Ala., to identify a negro
held there, alleged to be the killer
of chief of Police Shelton Jones, of
Shelby, who was shot twenty-seven
years ago. *
The negro in custody in Mobile
gives his name as James Murphy. He
was arrested sometime ago as the
murderer of Policeman Jones. The
Shelby cop was killed by Jim Lowery,
and it is said that the negro in Mo
bile closely resembles Lowery.
Chief A. L. Richards, of Shelby,
went to Mobile last week to bring the
negro to North Carolina, but attor
neys for the negro are fighting ex
tradition, and it seems to be up to
the Shelby policeman to prove that
Murphy is Lowery.
Mr. M. E. Dorsey, of Forest City,
at one time employed Jim Lowery.
Mr. Dorsey feels confident that if
the negro being .held in Mobile is
Lowery he will recognize him as soon
as he sees him.
In 1901, while attempting to arrest
Jim Lowery chief of police Shelton
Jones was shot and killed. Lowery
escaped, and despite a nation-wide
search, he was never apprehended.
Mr. and Mrs. McClure Noggle and
children have been sperfding some few
days with Mrs. Noggle's mother in
MRS. GEORGE OATES
DIES IN GROVER
Mother of Frank Oates, Ruth
erfordton Banker, Dead—
Funeral at Rutherford
Grover, June 25.—Mrs. George
Oates died at her home here Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock after an ill
ness of several weeks. Mrs. Oates is
survived by her husband Dr. George
Oates of Grover and one son, T. F.
Oates of Rutherfordton. Her other
son Dr. Clyde Oates died at the
Rutherford hospital about a year ago.
Mrs. Oates was the oldest child of
Mrs. Tom Goode of Cleveland coun
ty and is the sister of Mr. Basil
Goode of Shelby.
She is also survived by the follow
ing brothers and sisters, Messrs.
Byrd Goode, of Charlotte, Lee Goode
of Cherokee Falls, Basil Goode of
Shelby, Mesdames T. E. Abernethy
of Cherokee Falls, S. C., Austell Bet
tis of Earl, George Wolfe and Herb
ert Rhyne of near Shelby. A short
service was held Monday morning
from her home in Grover by her pas
tor, Rev. J. T. Dendy, after which
the body was taken to the home of
her son, Mr. T. F. Oates in Ruther
fordton, where the funeral was held
Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock and
interment was in Rutherfordton cem
* CANE CREEK ROAD TO
* BECOME STATE HIGHWAY *
* The Cane Creek Road, Ruth- *
* erfordton to Morganton, will be *
* taken over by the State High
* way Commission August Ist, *
* widened, top soiled and other
* wise improved and made a state *
* highway, according to county *
* commissioner G. E. Morgan. Mr.
* Morgan states that Chairman
* Frank Page, of the State High- * j
* way Commission, gave out the * j
* information Tuesday after a *
* conference with the district *
* This highway branches off of *
* Route 19 at Ruth and goes by
* tiie way of old Westminster *
* school, up Cane Creek to Morg- *
* anton. When completed! this *
* highway will mean a saving of *
* : from fifteen to twenty miles *
* from Morganton to Rutherford- *
! * ton, by eliminating the long *
* journey by the way of Marion. *
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOREST CITY AND RUTHERFORD COUNTY
FOREST CITY. NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1928
Houston, June 27.—Smith and Robinson will be the Dem
ocratic ticket to oppose Hoover and Curtis, according to the
judgment of many well-informed politicians. Just as in Kansas
City only one ballot was needed, so here has the opposition
crumbled and the nominations will be made almost immediate
ly after the roll is called. Just between now and Thursday or
Friday when the nominating process begins, the Democratic
national convention, already colorful and spectacular, will fur
nish some political sensations that may materially affect the
course of the campaign.
The nomination is to be made Thursday at the latest. It
will be preceded by a platform discussion which appears some
what important now, but which will soon be forgotten.
. With a score or more candidates scrambling for a position
before it, the vice presidential spotlight threw spasmodic beams
"Tuesday upon three or four persons, perhaps lingering longest
upon Senator Robinson of Arkansas, the Democratic leader in
LETTERS WITH THREATS SENT
GOOD MOORESBORO CITIZENS
Prominent People There Get
Ugly Toned Letters Writ
ten On Typewriter,
Mailed in Shelby
According to word brought to
Shelby by D. R. Mcßrayer, the
town o& Mooresboro is figuratively
"up in the air" over the receipt
Friday of a dozen or more threat
ened letters. The missives were
addressed to a number of leading
citizens of the little city, according
to Mr. Mcßrayer, including one to
His Honor Mayor Martin, another to
V. B. Lovelace, the town's leading
merchant; T. B. Harris, former
policeman, C. 0. Champion, Luther
Powell and others. And a number of
women are said to have been includ
ed in the list.
The letters, all apparently sent]
out from the same source, were writ
ten, Mr. Mcßrayer said, on good
quality white letter paper, on a
typewriter with a purple ribbon. Mr.
Mcßrayer said he personally saw one
or two of them, and he was given to
understand that while all were word
ed differently, and contained differ
ent sorts of threats, it seemed to be
evident that they were written by
the same individual.
"It is the general impression in
Mooresboro," he said, "that the P® r -i
son guilty of sending the letters liv
ed in the town, and was familiar with
the circumstances of the people he
addressed." He went on to say, how
ever, that the letters were mailed in
Shelby, having been postmarked from
the local office at 8:30 o'clock last
Letters Contained Threats
It is understood some of the let
ters advised the recipients to mend
their ways or leave town; some were
Smith's Nomination Practically Conceded
ALFRED E. SMITH
advised to watch their step very care
fully or trouble would surely come.
One, addressed to a prominent
citizen, advised him, Mr. Mcßrayer
said, that he was told to qtiit talk
ing about A 1 Smith, or an agent of
the Pope would call on him.
This was the only letter, it is said,
that contained reference to the
political campaign. Most of them
were extremely personal in their
Mr. Mcßrayer said he was reliably
told that one letted advised the re
cipient to go straight, that his
every movement was being hourly
The matter, it is said, will be
thoroughly investigated; the likeli
hood being that the postal authori
ties will put a detective to work on
the case, inasmuch as the United
States mails were involved.
Meantime, however, there is no
'clue to the identity of the poison
pen author, or authors, as the case
may be.—Shelby Star.
BENEFIT ROOK PARTY
On Tuesday, June 26th, from four
to six o'clock* a benefit rook party
was given by a committee of music
club members. Eight tables were ar
ranged thix>ughout the lower rooms
and porch. Many flowers and pot
ted plants were attractively arrang
■ed throughout the rooms and the
dining table was spread with Si beau
tiful lace cover, with four low glass
holders holding long yellow tapers.
At the conclusion of the games a
delicious ice course and salted nuts
were served by the committee in
charge, Mrs. E. 0. Thomas, Mrs. R.
C. Alexander and Mrs. R. R. Howes,
assisted by Miss Lilah Padgett.
FIVE KIWANIS i
CLUBS TO MET
AT LAKE LURE
Rutherfordton, Gastonia, Try
on, Shelby and Forest City
Clubs to Celebrate
Fourth of July
On the Fourth of July, next Wed
nesday, the Forest City Kiwanis club
will sponsor a five club joint meet
ing at beautiful Lake Lure. Ruther
fordton, Tryon, Shelby, Gastonia and
Forest City clubs have voted unani
mously for a 100 per cent attend
ance, if possible. Every Kiwanian of,
each of the five clubs will bring their
families and friends and each one
will bring a well filled basket of
good things to eat for his own party.
District Governor Clarence Pugh,
of Elizabeth City and Lieut. Gover
nor G. Lyle Jones, of Asheville, will
be the speakers at the luncheon hour.
Boxing, music and song will be in
terspersed and each club is asked to
furnish stunts for a real, old-time j
celebration of the national holiday.
The meeting will be held on the
campus in the valley near the bot
tomless pools, where tables will be
erected for the luncheon spread.
Signs will point the way for visiting
Kiwanians and on the highway wel
coming the / visiting brethren to
Rutherfordton and Forest City can
not afford to have less than their en- j
tire membership present to welcome |
these visitors and prove to them that
Rutherford county is one of the ban
ner counties of the State, with a
cordial and hospitable welcome for
all. Come on, Kiwanians, 'prove to
the whole district that Rutherford is'
a mighty good place to visit.
OPENS JULY 22
Dr. Zeno Wall and Dr. R. L.
Scarborough to Preach
Plans are under way here for the
coming Scarborough Revival which
' will be held in Forest City July 22
'to August sth. This series of meet
ings will be held for Rutherford
county and the Sandy Run Baptist
These meetings will be held in an
open air tabernacle on the grounds i
of the First Baptist church. Seats
will be provided for more than
three thousand people with stands
for the speaker and choir.
Dr. Zeno Wall, pastor of the
First Baptist church of Shelby, will
begin the series of meetings, d'oing
the preaching from July 22 to 26.
Dr. R. L. Scarborough, President of
the Southwestern Baptist Theologi
cal Seminary, of Fort Worth, Tex
as, will then take charge of the
services and will bring the messages
for the following ten days, bring
ing the meeting to a close August
5. Prof. I. E. Reynolds, teacher of
music in the Baptist Seminary of
Fort Worth will have charge of the
The revival is expected to J?e the
greatest evangelistic campaign ever
held in Rutherford county, as Dr.
Scarborough is one of the outstand
ing Baptist evangelists in the South.
He and Dr. Wall are both speakers
of exceptional ability and will bring
many great messages while they
are in Forest City.
Dr. Scarborough held a meeting
similar to the one to be held in
Forest City at Shelby last year and
there were over one hundred addi
tions made to the First Baptist
church of that place and more than
five hundred made to the various
churches in Cleveland county. .
AUTO RACES AT SHELBY
ON JULY FOURTH
Shelby, N. C., June 26.—Shelby
will celebrate July fourth with a
series of auto races and beauty con
tests at the Cliveland County fair
A big negro ball game between
Charlotte and Shelby will be held at
10:30. The auto races start at 2
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ELIJAH A. MARTIN,
FORMER SHERIFF OF
Sudden Illness Claims Ex-Sher
iff of Rutherford County
at Ellenboro Home.
Ellenboro, June 25.—The entire
county was shocked to hear of the
sudden death of ex-sheriff Elijah A.
Martin, which occured at his home
here Thursday night. Mr. Martin re
tired as usual Thursday evening and
was taken suddenly ill late Thursday
night and died within a short time,
j Funeral services were held Satur
day morning at 11 o'clock at his late
home. The services were in charge of
Rev. J. E. Hipps, his pastor, assist
ed by Rev. M. F. Moores, Forest City;
Rev. O. C. Huston and Rev. Z. D.
Harrill of Ellenboro. Following the
funeral service at the home the body
was carried to Hopewell church
where it was interred in the church
j Pall bearers were Messrs. Hardin
I Lee. Robert, Arch and Joe E. Martin,
Fred Harrill, Edgar Martin, 0. R.
J Coffield. . Flower bearers were Mes
dames M. D. Justice, A. S. Harrill,
Edgar Harrill, G. S. Harrill, Delia
Stockton, Cecil Humpries, Weldon
j Walker, Ed Tanner, John Grose and
I Angus McFarland.
I Mr. Martin, who was 73 years old,
! was born near Ellenboro and lived
, his entire life in Rutherford 1 county.
He was elected sheriff of Rutherford
county in 1900 and served in that
office for four terms, retiring in
1908 in favor of Mr. C. E. Tanner.
After retiring from the sheriff's of
-1 fice he devoted his entire time to
! overseeing his farms in Colfax town
ship, where he was a large land own
er. He also held interests in several
large business enterprises in Ruth
erford county and elsewhere.
' Mr. Martin is survived by his foife,
1 Mrs. Lula Walker Martin; an adopt
ed daughter, who is a niece of Mr.
- Martin, Miss Jessie Martin; two
I brothers, J. S. Martin, Ellenboro; A.
I H. Martin of Mooresboro, and a sis
i j ter, Mrs. Alpha Martin, of Ellenboro.
i 1 Several nephews and nieces also sur
Mr. Martin joined Hopewell Meth
j odist church in boyhood and remain
jed a consistent member of that
church until death.
Forest City, R-2, June 26. The
farmers of this section are very busy
in their crops.
Rev. Z. D. Harrill will fill his reg
ular appointment at Bethany Sunday
morning at 11 o'clock. Also there will
be Sunday school at 10 o'clock. Come
and bring a friend.
There was an interesting B. Y. P.
U. program given Sunday. It was de
cided that the B. Y. P. U. will go on
a picnic to the pump house above
Ruth Friday. The crowd will meet
and start about 4 o'clock.
Miss Ruth Lewis spent the week
end with Misses Ethel and Maude
Miss Blanche Womack, of the
Rutherford Hospital, spent Monday
afternoon with her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lewis and
daughter Nell, visited Mr. and Mrs.
Alton Carroll Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. Harry Lee chil
dren, of Marion, visited Mrs. Mar
low's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave
Greene during the week end.
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Hardin and
family visited relatives near Latti
more Sunday afternoon.
Miss Mary McDade spent the week
end in Forest City with her cousin,
Miss Clara Sue Shytles.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Green and
family, of Forest City, Mr. and Mrs.
Guy Lewis and family and Mrs. Har
rill Lee Marlow and children, of
Marion, were dinner guests Sunday
at Mr. Dave Green's.
Mrs. J. L. Doggett who was oper
ated on at the Rutherford Hospital
several days ago is getting along fine.
Many Forest City folk attended
the opening dance, at the Esmeralda
Pavilion, Saturday night, June 23rd.
All were pleased with the splendid
music rendered by Dunns Asheville
orchestra. Dances will he continued
throughout the season, every Tues
day, Thursday and Saturday night.