VOL. XII —No. 17.
STORES OPEN IN
COUNTY THIS WEEK
Formal Inauguration of Sys
tem be Held Friday and Sat
urday—Local Unit Cov
ers Two Counties.
Rutherford and Cleveland house
ves, ever anxious to follow any
ogram designed to offer better ser
•t>. will be given the first opportu-
ity Friday and Saturday to patro
ize one or more of the twenty
ght Quality Service Stores of the
vo counties. Plans calling for the
■ganization were formulated here
several months ago with the result
-hat more than a score of indepen
dent grocery stores in Cleveland and
Rutherford counties joined the Qual
ity Service Group.
Encouraged over the success of
Mmilar organizations throughout five
-tates, officials of the local group
'relieve that local shoppers will find
noteworthy economies through deal
ing with members of the newly form
A meeting of the officials and
members of the Rutherford-Cleve
land unit was held Tuesday evening
n the court house in Rutherfordton
at which time final plans for officially
opening the chain this week-end was
made. \V. C. Ellis, of Spindale, the
group president, presided at the meet
ing. An enthusiastic meeting was
held, and indications point to a suc
cessful opening this week-end. The
principal item of business of this
meeting was the outlining of ths
first week's sale specials. An .adver
tisement elsewhere in this week's is
sue gives a list of these specials, also
the number and names of the stores
comprising the chain.
The Rutherford-Cleveland organi
zation will shortly become a member
of the Quality Service Stores of A
merica, Inc., a national organization
perfected to control certain copy
rights used in the group work.
Officers of the local group are W.
C. Ellis, Spindale, president; X. E.
Simpson, Rutherfordton, vice-presi
dent; R. B. Keeter, Shelby, secretary
treasurer; Charles Boice, Shelby; J.
W. Sanders, Forest City; and J. Cal
Williams, of Rutherfordton as di
"The object of the Q. S. S." says
Mr. Ellis, "is to promote efficiency
in buying, handling and selling of
the products handled by these stores.
To reduce costs and pass this sav
ing on to the customer; to arrange
suitable displays in windows and
inside the stores; to run regular ad
vertising in the newspapers, telling
housekeepers of seasonable offerings,
special price concessions, etc.
"The organization includes a
large number of the oldest and
best-known stores in the two coun
ties, men who have spent years in
catering to the housewives of the
two counties and who know what
our people want and how they want
"The name Quality Service," con
tinued Mr. Ellis, "means just what
it says: Prices must be fair and rea
sonable, but a low priee means noth
ing if quality is sacrificed. Quality
will be at all times maintained. The
stores belonging to this gTOup may
be distinguished by their red paint
ed fronva, and the large window sign
of "Q. S. S. a Naborhood Store."
First to Form.
The first of the Quality Service
groups was formed in Lynchburg
lour years ago, acting as an ad
vertising display grocer group.
Eighteen months later a similar
organization was started in Roan
oke and preliminary work got
under way for a third group of
this kind in Bluefield, W. Va.
Independent grocers were faced
by rapid changes in the food dis
tribution industry, and found in the
policies of the new organization a
method of advertising store arrange
ments and a certain uniformity which
they regard with favor.
Officials of the organization point
l out housewives throughout
FOREST CITY COURIER
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FOREST CITY—"ONE OF THE TEN BEST PLANNED AND MOST BEAIJTBFUL C|T£ES IN THE U. S. A." U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SURVEY
State Primaty Will Be Hdkl Saturday,
June 7; General Election in November
June 7 was the date set by Judge
J. Crawford Biggs of Raleigh, state
chairman of elections, for the next
state primary. The general election
will be held November 4. The nam
ing of county boards of elections will
be made at a meeting pf the state
board in Raleigh Saturday, March
The county units will be compos-
Ambulance Transporting Body
of Gastonia Woman to Ma
con County Collides Near
A hearse transporting the body of
a, Gastonia woman to Macon county
for burial collided early Tuesday
morning with a car near Ellenboro,
resulting* in damage to both vehicles.
The ambulance belongs to Cline
Company, undertakers of Gastonia,
and was carrying the body of Mrs.
McConnell, of Gastonia, to Bethel
church on Sugar Fork River, in Ma
con county, for interment. When
near Ellenboro the hearse collided
with an Essex coach, in which Mrs.
W. A. Harrill and another lady .of
Ellenboro were riding. The hearse
left the highway and ran down an
embankment, breaking the glass in
the windows and doors. A fender was
torn from the Essex coach.
In the hearse with the driver w T as
a son of the deceased woman. All
The ambulance was brought to
Forest City, and later in the day an
other ambulance from Gastonia ar
rived here to take the body on to
Mr. and Mrs. H. 0. Dean, of Erwin,
Tenn., were the week-end guests of
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Burkholder. Mr.
Dean attended the Shriners meeting
in Charlotte while here.
sonnel, and have found it. possible to
make substantial savings through
dealing with member stores of the
Quality Service organization.
Quality Service Stores .of this
group will be painted uniform in
color and will be further identified
by a "Quality Service" sign at the
entrance. Full equipment of window
price tags will be provided for dis
play on regularly priced window
displays on exclusive Quality Ser
vice Store merchandise. All win
dows of member stores will be in
charge of a local representative
Through the Quality Service idea
member stores will be enabled to
carry a complete advertising cam
paign from week to week. Local mer
chants who have been interested in
organizing the Quality Service Stores
here, point out that it was the pur
pose of the stores to offer economies
which would be impossible where
the independent grocery was con
cerned. It is explained, however,
that each of the member stores
would retain its individuality, of
fering its customers the benefits
of charge accounts jand personal
service for which the independent
grocer has been noted.
"The success of the Quality Ser
vice Stores is based upon two fun
damentals of modern merchandising
—better foods and decidedly better
service to the public," a member of
the organization said yesterday.
"Adding these two salient points to
the fact that the public is getting
economic values they have seldom
been offered before, one can see
why the independent grocer iden
tified as a Quality-Service Store
is more than holding his own in
the bitter competition marking to
day's food distribution field."
In Five States.
Quality Service Store organiza
tions throughout the five states in
which branch members are operat
ing welcomed the independent gro-
Stores Are Uniform.
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOREST CITY AND RUTHERFC OUNTY
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FOREST CITY, NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 1!
ed of two Democrats and one Repub
lican. The state body will follow
recommendations made to thenl by
the respective county chairman. All
candidates for the primary must
file their notices not. later than April
J. R. Anderson, is the present
chairman of the Rutherford county
board of elections.
W. G. MAGNESS TO MOVE
PLACE OF BUSINESS
Mr. W. G. Magness will move this
week to the building on the cornor
of Main and Post office street, ad
joining the Bradley Jewelry store.
Dr. W. L. Stallings will also move
his office and jewelry shop into the
same building with Mr. Magness. Mr.
Magness is at present located in the
same block, next to the Southern
FOR FOREST CITY
Hewitt Auto Works Occupies
Handsome New Building
In Government Square.
One of the biggest improvements
in Forest City in recent years is
that which has taken place on Mill
Street within the past few months.
Sidewalks have been laid, the street
paved and two white way posts are
to be placed each side of the street
in the next week or two. One of the
biggest improvements in this section
of the city, however, and one that
is a handsome addition to
City, is the erection of thfe Hariri!
and King building, which has been
occupied by Mr. M. H. Hewitt. This
building has been leased by Mr. He
witt for five years, with the privilege
of ten, and he will conduct business
in this new building under the name
of Hewitt Auto Works, with the He
witt Roller Works in connection.
This building, which is indeed a
handsome structure, is practically
fireproof. It has a roll top, steel
truss roof, and is built of brick, with
the front in white pressed brick. R
has concrete floors with extra large
windows made of steel sashes with
factory ribbed glass. Mr. H. L. Hv
der was the building contractor and
has been highly complimented upon
his good work in erecting this hand
The first floor of this new build
ing is in three sections. It has one
large section where wrecked automo
biles will be rebuilt as soon aS the
necessary equipment arrives, one
small room which will be used for
an office and a fairly large room for
the roller covering shop. It has large
windows all along each side which
furnish plenty of light. This flo r
has a large roller bearing door that
enters into the room used for re
pairing wrecked cars and through
which these cars may be driven.
With a large sloping driveway, the
basement also has a front entrance.
At the foot of the driveway a place
has been built for washing cars. A
large sliding door leads into the
basement, which has reinforced con
crete floors and is absolutely fire
proof. The basement will be used for
storing cars, with a capacity of
twenty-five cars. Mechanical work
and greasing will also be done in the
basement with the auto laundry just
outside the door. Two of the city's
best mechanices. Messrs. T. E. Byrd
and Henry Miller, have rented space
in the basement from Mr. Hewitt and
will fiave charge of the automobile
Following the erection of the new
building and the extensive paving in
front of the postoffice, the town
council changed the name of this
street to Government Square.
Mr. Hewitt moved into his new
building last Friday, and is now get
ting his new enterprise under full
'auto laundry, etc.
ROMINA THEATRE :
IS LEASED Til:
ROLAND G. Hio.
New CQmpany to Operate Five
Theatres in State—Opens
Monday, Feb. 3.
Mr. Roland G. Hill, of Lexington,
N. C., has leased the Romina Thea
tre and p. company is now being
formed to take over the operation
of this handsome show house, which
will open the public next Monday
nigfit, following extensive alterations.
The house will be closed all this
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week while busy workmen put the
finishing touches to the alterations
the new management deems neces
sary the Romina one of the
best as well as handsomest theatres
in the state. The latest improved
sound screen will be installed and
other acoustical improvements made,
carpet will be placed in the
and aisles and on the stairs,
the lobby will be improved and the
frsnt painted as part of the im
Mr. C. C. Whitacre, ' former
| manager -of the O'Dowd Theatre at
, Florence, S. C., local manager of
the theatre, arrived Monday and has
been busy with the improvements on
the Romina. Mr. Whitacre is an ex
perienced theatre man, having been
connected with different houses in
his home town of Tampa, Fla., be
fore going to Florence. He will move
his family here as soon as suitable
residence can be secured. Mr. Hugh
M. Gibbs, chief projectionist, and
who, by the way is one of the be.st
in the state, will remain with the
new mahagement at the Romina.
Mr. G. Hill, lessee of the
Romina, is an experienced theatre
men, having been in the business
th past fifteen years. He operated
t->.. .ively.in South Carolina for
se/feral years before coming" to this
srate. He now controls the follow
ing five theatres in this state:
The Playhouse at Statesville, The
Lexington at Lexington, the Con
cord and Roxie theatres at Concord,
and the Romina at Forest. City.
Backed by this organization and
his connection with the producing
companies enables Mr. Hill to re
cure the best pictures made and he
expects to have nothing but the best,
according to his statement to The
Courier. "My policy is to run three
changes a week, giving the people
of the entire county a chance to see
the best pictures .and will operate
suitable to the community wants,"
stated Mr. Hill, who further stated
that the theatre is to be a commu
nity proposition and will be open to
the churches and schools and other
organizations for a place to hold
their entertainments. "We feel that
we are public servants and are will
ing and anxious to cooperate with
the public," said Mr. Hill in con
cluding the interview.
The price scale will be 10c for
children at all times; 25c for bal
cony and 30c for lower floor for
matinee; night prices will be bal
cony 30c and lower floor 40c. A slight
increase will be made for road
Time of shows: Open matinee at
I p. m., and run continuously until
II p. m., concluding five shows. The
approximate time of beginning each
program will be 1, 3, 5, 7 and 0
The Romina will open Monday
night, February 3, at 7 o'clock un
der new management, at which time
they promise a splendid program.
The Romina Theatre opened in
January, 1929, and has enjoyed H
wide popularity and a good business.
The handsome structure was erect
ed by Mr. Walter H. Haynes, of
Cliffside, and is a credit to the town
The former manager, Mr. C. M.
Hughes, made a host of friends dur
ing his stay in this city.
The Courier feels sure that the
public will back Mr. Hill in his de
sire to give a first class theatre
which will be a credit to the city and
Mr. B. Arp Lowrance, of Charlotte,
spent Sautrday and Sunday here with
his sister, Mrs. Chas. A. Ford.
Great Results From
All Expenses Incident to Campaign Now
Raised—Large Number Attending
Services Each Day
Completed Building Will Rep
resent Investment of Ap
proximately $14,000 —
—Locals and Person
als of Bostic R-3.
Bostic, R-3, Jan. 27.—Mrs. Guy
Dobbins spent the week-end with her
parents, Mr., and Mrs. Amos Bridges,
Mrs. Elbert Dobbins visited her
brother, J. B. Hamrick, near Bostic
The young men of the communi
ty serenaded Mr. and Mrs. Buron
Walker at their new home near Wash
burn's store* Saturday night.
Salem Church nears completion. It
is a handsome edifice costing approx
imately $14,000.00. It has fourteen
Sunday school rooms, a spacious as
sembly room, pastor's study, kitch
enette and modern auditorium.
Electrically lighted, with a Latta-
Martin water system it stands a
memorial to the zeal of past and
After treatment at the Rutherford
ton hospital, Mrs. R. L. Wells con
tinues indisposed at her home.
Friends wish for her a speedy re
Rev. and Mrs. C. H. Padgett visit
ed the latter's sister, Mrs. R. L. Wells
LATE NEWS FROM
Mr. Mikey Toney Critically 111 B
Y. P. U. Social Saturday Night
—Local and Personal
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Bostic, R-3, Jan. 27. —Mr. W.
A. Barnes has been in a bad condi
tion for a long time. Has become
more serious in the last few days
we are sorry to note.
Mr. Mikey Toney is ina critical
condition and the end is expected at
any minute. We are sorry to note
this as he is young and in the bloom
of life and to know him is to love
The B. Y. P. U. of First Broad
Boptist church gave a social at. First
Broad school house on Saturday
night. Many games were played and
several songs were sung. Every one
seemed to enjoy the occasion very
much. Among part of those that were
there were as follows: Misses Ma
lonia, Viola and Louise Gamblj,
Nannie and Mary Melton, Estelle
Jones, Kittie Fortune, Vernia Houser,
Merle, Lois and Ora Hunt, Vonnie
Houser, Cleo and Faulder Towery.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jones, Mr. an 1
Mrs. Spencer Gamble, Messrs Char
les Self, John Blankenship, Fay Qam
ble, D. Houser, Guy Melton, Ralph
Rollins, Roosevelt. Hunt, and Blaine
Jones and others.
Mr. and Mrs. Letcher Rollins and
Miss Hard were the dinner guests
Sunday of Mrs. Rollins parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Zeno Gamble.
Mr. Roosevelt Hunt was the guest
on Thursday night of Messrs Berry
and Ralph Rollins.
Miss Ora Hunt spent a night re
cently with Miss Mary Melton.
Mrs. Paul Jones spent part of last
week with her mother, Mrs. Spratt,
Miss Mary Melton spent Saturday
night with Misses Louise and Geor
The roads of this community are
getting all most impassable in some
places, we are hoping spring will
soon get here and bring with hei
plenty of sunshine and dry weather.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Weathers left
this week on a motor trip to Florida
SI.OO Per Year in Advance
Cliffside, Jan. 28.—One week of
the Stephens tabernacle meeting has
passed and it is now in full swing.
On Sunday night, the tabernacle was
filled to its capacity and there were
at least 3,000 people present for the
most excellent discourse that has
yet been delivered. The immense
crowd was inspiring to the speaker.
On Saturday night, the collection
for the tabernacle and other current
expenses "went over the top" with a
sum amply sufficient to take care of
every thing, and there will be no
further collections taken up during
the remainder of the meetings.
Rev. Stephens announced that in
all of his experience of over twenty
two years in- the evangelistic work,
ClifTside is the first place where he
had preached, tha"t the tabernacle
and all other current expenses were
raised during the first week of the
meetings; so we claim that as a
noteworthy distinction for Cliffside—
another "first" for our town.
At the meeting on Sunday night
there were delegations and repre
sentatives from many places. Among
the most prominent, were Messrs.
Wilson, Ralph Brawley, and Eugene
Edmondson, wife and little girls from
Mooresville, some eighty or ninety
miles away. The testimonials of
Messrs. Brawley and Edmondson be
fore the immense audience, of what
the Stephens tabernacle meetings
had done for them in their town two
years ago, was enough to convince
anybody of the inestimable good
of these meetings to any communi
ty. Mr. Edmondson's little daughter,
only seven years old, sang from the
platform: "I Need Jesus" in a very
touching manner and appropriate, as
it was the song she sang two years
ago at the meeting in her town that
touched her father's heart, and turn
ed him to God.
On Friday night a large delega
tion from Alexander, was present
at the meeting, and a large delega
tion from Rutherfordton, Ellenbo-o
and other places were present on
Tuesday night. •• -at
There were no services on Mon
day night, as that is rest night for
the tabernacle, but there was held
on that night at the Memorial build
ing, and informal reception for the
tabernacle choir, ushers, chairmen of
the various committees, the prayer
meeting captains, etc., and about 200
The meetings are having a telling
effect for good already.
BOILING SPRINGS NEWS
Boiling Springs, Jan. 29. —Mr. and
Mrs. Tom Greene and family visited
Mrs. Greene's brother, Mr. Gary
Moore, who is ill with pneumonia
at the Rutherford Hospital, Sunday
afternoon and reported that Mr.
Moore was better.
Miss Ruth Morrow, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Morrow, is sick
at this writing.
Miss Esther Morrow gave a party
last Saturday night in honor of Miss
Alice Luckadoo, Mattie Whitesides.
Messrs. James Webb and Worth Dan
iel, of Forest City. There was a large
crowd present and all seemed to en
joy the occasion.
Mr. and Mrs. Yates Greene, who
married recently, are spending a
few days with Mr. Greene's sister,
Mrs. Ralph McCraw and Mr. Mc-
Craw, of Gaffney.
Snow began falling Wednesday
morning getting under headway in
the afternoon and Forest City awoke
Thursday morning to view a blanket
of "the beautiful" estimated to be
8 to 10 inches deep on the level.
Traffic is having trouble and schools
were closed until Monday.
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