, County Offers
VOL. XII —No. 19.
Busily Going Over Books of
Batiks Closed Last Week
A Statement Possible
Business Men Making Game
Stand and Hope for Early
Return to Normal
When a reporter called upon Mr.
W. S. Coursey, head of the bank ex
aminers going over the books of six
of Rutherford county banks closed
last week, he stated Wednesday
morning that no statement could be
made by him because they had not
gone into the work sufficiently to
be enabled to make any report on
condition of any of the banks. He
hopes that complete reports can be
made next week.
Therefore, this newspaper has no
authoritative information to give
out. Of course, there have been
rumors, surmises and gossip a plenty
flying around and one man's guess
seems as good as another's. The gen
eral opinion is that not only the stock
holders, but depositors as well, will
suffer a loss. This can only be de
termined definitely when report is
made on the actual condition of
the banks affected. ,
Also there is rumor of a new bank
at Rutherforaton and also at For
est City. It is a well known fact that
strong pressure is being brought to
bear on Mr. Chas. Blanton, of Shel
by, to establish a new bank at For
est City. Friends are also urging
Mr. M. W. Harris to open a bank in
The closing of the banks last week
came as a stunning blow to the coun
ty at large, but it is remarkable the
spirit which is being shown and the
recuperative power developed by the
many business interests in the con
tinuance of business in an almost
normal manner. They are deeply
grounded in their faith in our coun
ty and are "carrying on" in a splen
A spirit to be commended is beir.g
displayed in the manner in which
the public responding to the prac
tice f no. inly trading at home, but
also paying the home debt first.
Business men and others will greatly
relieve the present situation by con
tinuing this practice until we some
what recover from last week's stag
County Funds Safe.
Rumors becoming current that
county funds were jeopardized. The
Courier has received the following
statement from County Attorney,
E. T. Jones:
Mr. B. T. Jones, county attorney,
states that all county funds deposit
ed in the banks of Rutherford coun
ry, which .have closed their door*-,
re safe. These deposits, according
to Mr. Jor*s are covered by ample
surety bonds and other securities.
The amount on deposit in these banks
is not definitely known at present,
he states, but when the auditors
complete their checking up of the
banks a statement of the total amount
of funds on deposit will be rendered
the county. This statement will be
furnished to the surety companies,
who will pay dollar for dollar for
the deposits. The insurance compan
ies will then acquire th# right to the
deposits now held in the county's
name, and will collect the pefrbent
age due them when the final settle
ment is made.
It is not known just how long it
will be before the county will secure
the money for the deposits now in
the banks. It will possibly be another
week before the auditors complete
their work, and ft will necessarily
take some little time to prepare the
statements and collect from the
Mr. Jones has personally investi
gated all surety bonds covering the
county's deposits and the securities
owned by the county and states that
they are perfectly sound.
In the meantime the county will
attempt to carry on its affairs, and
operate the schools and public works
without curtailment, says Mr. Jones.
FOREST CITY COURIER
FOREST CITY "ONE OP THE TEN BEST PLANNED AND MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN THE U. S. A." U. S. DEPAKTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SURVEY.
RECORD CROWDS !
Large Tabernacle Taxed to
Capacity Each Night Last
Cliffside, Feb. 11. —The Stephens
tabernacle meetings are having rec
ord crowds now during the pleasant
weather and moonlight nights. Dur
ing the past week the tabernacle was
taxed to its capacity several time?.
There were three services on last
Sunday, and all were largely attend
ed. The meetings on Sunday night
are usually drawing the largest
j Many delegations from the sur
! rounding community visited the tab
j ernacle, during the past week. On
| last Wednesday night, Trinity and
! Camp Creek churches sent lai'ge
j delegations and Avondale Baptist
i and Methodist Sunday schools were
; present in a large delegation. On the
•same night the Boiling Springs Ju
jnior College Ministerial students and
■ Glee Club, were present. On Thurs
day. night, February 6, delegations
! from Forest City and Floyd's Creek
! were present. On Saturday night,
i February Bth, Henrietta sent the
| banner delegation of the meetings,
i so far, of from 400 to 500 members.
j On Sunday night in receiving the
| reports of the attendance of the
i various, churches Mt. Pleasant Bap
| tist church, (Cleveland county) re
j ceived the banner for attendance of
j over 100 per cent of the enrollment.
There were no services on Mon
day night, as it was rest night at tab
i ernacle, as usual.
On Tuesday night, a section will
be reserved for the colored people,
and a special sermon will be deliv
ered for the occasion. The special
music will be rendered by the col
ored choir and quartette.
DR. DANIELS COMING.
Dr. Daniels, of Clemson College,
S. C., will be the speaker at the Ki
wanis Club next Monday evening.
It will be ladies' night and a large
crowd is expected.
, The county owns some securities
i which will be liquidated as soon as
possible, and it is believed that these
will tide the county over the emer
* * *
Schools Will Not Close Until
Will the schools of Cool Springs
Township close before the regular
time in May? is a question which has
been asked by many. Let this ques
tion be settled by answering no, and
excuse the slang expression "We don't
mean maby". The teachers of Cool
Springs Township are "true blue"
and they will pi-ove it by their loy
alty to the communities which they
serve. Of course they will be incon
venienced as well as the citizens of
the township and maybe more.
However, the teachers are willing to
teach without pay at present in or
der for the school to continue for the
benefit of the children which they
teach. If a teacher was teaching on
ly for the money received a different
answer might be given to the ques
tion. It is the policy of the school
committee to elect teachers who are
in the profession for more reasons
than the- pecuniary remuneration.
The patrons will now have an op
portunity to test the teachers as they
have 'not ; been ! tested before. Any
teacher who would grumble, fail to
do her best on account of local con
ditions, is not worthy of the name
The salaries of the teachers will
be paid as soon as possible. The
county superintendent will make
j available the pay for the teachers
las soon as possible. The county at
torney states that the funds are safe
.but tied up at the present time. 'All
the teachers of the county can count
on the county superintendent to cut
the strings as rapidly as possible.
The only thing for the teachers to
do is to carry on the work and make
this the best session of the Ruther
ford county schools.
J. W. EAKES.
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOREST CITY AND RUTHERFORD COUNTY
FOREST CITY, NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1930~
Lowrance Estate Wins Verdict
Against Town of Forest
City—Number of Other
Cases Heard Last
Kutherfordton, Feb. 10.—T 'n e
February term of superior court for
trial of civil cases convened here
last Monday with Judge J. M. Ogles
Among the outstanding cases was
that of the estate of Katie Lowrance
against the town of Forest. City, in
which a verdict, in favor of the plain
tiff was given. The estate asked for
SIO,OOO damages against the town
of Forest City due to sewerage dis
posal unit. The .trial lasted two days
and was hard fought, A verdict was
returned Thursday and the estate
was awarded $2,500, and additional
SSOO if the sewerage disposal unit
is not removed to a new location
before January 1, 1932.
Clyde Hoey, of Shelby and Quinn,
Hamrick and Harris, of Rutherford
ton, represented the estate, while C.
O. Ridings, M. L. Edwards and W.
C. Mcßorie appeared for the defense.
Three divorces were granted: Hat
tie Bradley against John Bradley;
Jeanette Berry against Fred W.
ARE WE RUINED?
Closing- six banks in any community is necessarily a severe
shock to every interest. The deposited money in the banks was
the life blood of trade, agriculture and industry. Closing the
banks necessarily ties up deposits for such time as is required to
liquidate. Liquidating requires that all of the loans of the banks
be paid off or refinanced at other institutions, and closing the
banks of itself makes more difficult the payment of the loans,
for tieing up business due to the inavailibility of deposit capital'
weakens everybody and renders more difficult payment of notes;
it can be likened to a severe loss of blood by the human body.
Without a transfusion it takes a long time for the human body
to restore its own blood and regain its former strength. There is
no transfusion available in the financial situation. We have got
to pull ourselves out of the hole. It cannot be done by any out
side agency. It is our own problem.
It is said that France after the Franco-German war was the
worst impoverished people in the world's history. The resulting
war debt was appalling and seemed beyond the power of any
people to repay. But the French faced the situation with a grim
detei mination to rid themselves of the German yoke, and within
an unbelievably short space of time, by hard work, frugality and
saving, thru the purchase of government bonds by the entire
population of France from the poorest farmer to the richest
banker, the war debt was paid off, France was rid of the Ger
man army, and in working out their problem they became the
most thrifty and solidly prosperous people in all history to that
In effect we have a war debt to pay. But think of the dif
ference between our situation and that of France after a lost
war! The things we have to be thankful for!
We have in our county over three and one half millions of
dollars of annual payrolls being paid to our working people at
the rate of over seventy thousand dollars a week. We have our
annual cash farming income of around two millions of dollars.
And more than all of this we have the unmeasured powers and
resources of our thirty-five thousand God fearing, honest, intelli
gent, and hard working native people.
To turn to only one hopeful outlook, it is estimated that
every year now three millions of dollars are sent out of Ruther
ford county for foodstuff, feedstuff and fertilizers! Allow one
million dollars of this for items which we will admit cannot be
produced in the county. We have a possible two million dollars
of food and feed stuffs, wheat for flour, hogs and cattle for
meats, with manure to supplement imported fertilizers, milk and
butter, vegetables fresh and canned, poultry and eggs, fruit,
nuts and preserves, which we can produce ourselves and keep
the money at home! We have the ideal situation of a large wage
earning population surrounded by a rich farming people; wage
earners to make goods to ship out bringing money into the coun
ty, and farmers to raise the food to feed the wage earners and
themselves, and thereby keep at home the wages earned, and
reducing the amount of money to be sent out of the county.
By careful and intelligent study of our economic situation
and resources, and by diligent development of our possibilities,
through thrift, frugality, and hard work, we may convert our
calamity into a blessing. It is easily possible under such circum
stances that our saving every year from money kept at home
might more than equal the total deposit of all the closed banks
today! It all depends upon us ourselves, and how we go at it.
We can do it. Nobody can do it for us!
Are we ruined? No! A thousand times no! X.Y.Z.
(The Courier appreciates the above communication from one
of Rutherford county's most substantial, patriotic and progres
sive business men. It is timely and to the point and offers great
hope in a time of distress. We'll say we're not ruined! Rutherford
county is too rich and progressive to let our temporary financial
embarrassment halt the march of progress. Have faith and WORK,
and you will be astonished at how quickly we overcome our pres
ent financial difficulties.—Ed.)/
Berry; Mamie Potter against J. R
In the .case of D. M. Rosenbaum
'against R. P. Robertson the plaintiff
' recovered $2,005.00 with interest
(from June 11, 1923.
Other cases heard last week 'in
clude the following:
Mills Yc-lton vs. Belle Gettys Duck
ctt, compromise. Defendant to pay
plaintiff sum of $250 and defendant
to pay costs of action.
J. I. Grose vs. W. A. Harrill and
others, consent judgment?.
H. M. White vs. Dr. W. C. Bostic.
Consent judgment. Each party to pay
cost incident to defending or prose
cuting his case.
Julia Roark, Adm., vs. W. C. Ellis.
Compromise. Plaintiff recovers $75.-
00 from defendant.
M. C. Bradley by his next friend,
F. M. Bradley, vs C. F. Shuman, W.
A. Cruse and N. M. Smith. For al
leged injury. Plaintiff recovers sum
of $200.00 and defendant to pay
cost of action.
Columbus Littlejohn and wife vs.
Wright Grose and wife and G. H.
Morris and wife, action to clear title
to certain lands. Court orders title
As The Courier goes to press the
jury is out on the case of Walker
against the Clinchfield Co. This case
was called Monday and has occupied
Court will likely continue through
RUTHERFORD WOMAN IS
ON STAFF OF MAGAZINE
Rutherfordton, Feb. 11. Miss
Margaret Justice, who was recently
appointed to the staff of the Nation
al Geographic Magazine, in Wash
ington, D. C., and is now in New
Orleans on special assignment, is a
daughter of the late Rev. T. B. Jus
tice of Rutherfordton and Mrs. Jus
tice, the latter now residing in Wash
ington, D. C.
DEATH CLAIMS MRS.
Forest City Woman, Aged 61,
Succumbs to High Blood
Mrs. Amanda Alice James, aged
61, died here Sunday after a short
illness. She had been suffering from
high blood pressure for sometime,
but had been critically ill only a
Funeral services were held Mon
day afternoon at the First Metho
dist church, Forest City, with her
pastor, Rev. M. F. Moores in charge
of the service. Interment was in
the Cool Springs cemetery.
Mrs. James is survived by four
children, three sons and one daugh
ter, as follows: Horace James, Atlan
ta, Ga.; Newton and Clarence
James, Forest City and Mrs. Maggie
Porter, Forest City. Three brothers
and three sisters also survive. They
are Andrew Henderson, Landrum,
S. C.; J. P. Henderson and T. H.
Henderson, of Pacolet, S. C.; Mrs.
Lillie Grant and Mrs. Nannie Gib
son, of Pacolet, S. C., and Mrs. Emily
James, of Bell, Fla.
Pall bearers were Messrs D. N.
Grant, J. H. Gibson, Jessie James,
John James, Bud James, and Albert
Grant. Flower bearers were Mrs. D.
U. Smart, Mrs. L. M. Morrow, Mrs.
Delia Koone, Misses Huldah Free
man, Marie Grant, Lizzie Ridings,
Edna Gibson and Carrie Fowler.
Mrs. James was a consistent mem
ber of the Methodist church, and had
been a member of the First Metho
dist church here for seven years.
SPINDALE TEXTILE CLUB
HOLDS MEETING MONDAY
i Spindale, Feb. 11.—The Spindale
Textile Club held a luncheon meet
ing at the Spindale House Monday
i at noon, which was attended by ap
proximately sixty overseers of the
Spindale mills. The meeting was call
ed by Messrs. Tanner and Elmore.
In talks made by these men, and
others, it was urged that the over
seers watch carefully the condition
of the employees of the Spindale
group of mills in order to detect
any cases of actual need which
• might develop. Overseers were warn
ed against employing additional help
at this time. Officials of the mills
intimated that the Spindale group of
mills will continue to operate during
the period of depression at a sacrifice
if necessary, in order to give em
ployment to the people now working
in the mills.
T. T. LONG RE-APPOINTED
CAPT AIN, RESERVE CORPS I
Mr. T. T. Long, local postmaster,
has been re-appointed as a captain
in the reserve corps, United States
Army, quartermaster corps, for a
term of five yeai*s from March 3,
1930. Mr. Long retired from active
service in the U. S. Army oji Novem
ber 16, 1926, and was appointed a
Mr. Long has been serving as
postmaster here for the past year,
and has made an enviable record in
MR. N. M. PONDER FOR
Mr. N. M. Ponder, of Spindale, an
nounces his candidacy for county
commissioner in this week's issue of
The Courier. Mr. Ponder is very much
interest in the county and its af
fairs. Mr. Ponder will be remember
ed as prosecuting two suits against
the present board of commissioners
SI.OO Per Year in Advance
OF LATE INTEREST
Community Woman's Club Entertain
eJ—Lions Club Has Interest
Henrietta, Feb. 12.—The Commu
nity Woman's Club was most de
lightfully entertained on last Thurs
day afternoon at the spacious home
of Mrs. J. F. Timmerman in Caro
leen, with ]\Srs. Timmerman, Mrs.
W. B. Phillips, Mrs. C. M. Harrill
and Mrs. J. F. Whistnant as hostess
es. The topic of the program for the
month was "Three Women Writers
of the South". Carefully prepared
papers were especially enjoyed on
the following women writers: Mar
garet J. Preston, poet; paper by Mrs.
Harry Robertson; a reading "Mich
ael's MalLet" by this poet was given
by Mrs. C. M. Harrill; a paper on
Mary Johnson, novelist, given by
Mrs. W. M. Lovelace.* The club par
liamentarian Mrs. Robt. Neal, read
a paper on the "Rules of Order,"
which proved most instructive to the
| club members.
Additional guests for the after
noon were: Mrs. L. B. Harrill, Mrs.
Morgan Bodie, Mrs. A. W. Lynch,
Mrs. Rhinehardt, Mrs. Jack Shuford,
and Miss Pearl Neal. A special guest
was Miss Dorothy Riley of Little
Rock, Ark., who is accompanying the
j Stephens party as pianist. During
the business session of the club a
| splendid report was given by the
Child Welfare chairman, Mrs. T. C.
Lovelace telling of the activities of
the department in making and dis
tributing obstetrical packages to the
doctors to assist them in caring for
the welfare of some of the mill wo-,
men in the four communities. Mrs.
Henry Jenkins, chairman of the ways
and means committee for January
reported splendid results from the
sale of extract. Plans from the Feb
ruary group had not been complet
ed in this direction. At the conclu
sion of the program a delicious sal
ad course was served by the hostess
es. The next club meeting will be at
the home of Mrs. H. M. Owens in
Avondale. - ~ > -
Mr. George Stephens, Mr. Powell
Lee, and Miss Dorothy Riley were
honor guests at the meeting of the
Lion's Club in Cliffside on Thursday
at noon. At this time two new mem
bers were welcomed into the club:
Dr. T. C. Lovelace of Henrietta and
Mr. Andy Love of Cliffside. Addi
tional guests were: Dr. Stephens, of
the University of N. C., Mr. John
Watkins and Clarence Hames,
Broadus Roach, who were introduced,
by 0. J. Mooneyham.
! A most tempting and appetizing
, dinner was served to the club by
J Mrs. Harry Robertson and h£r class
jes in domestic science of the Cliff
| side High school. At one o'clock the
. program was turned over to Mr
j Stephens and party and several piano
j given by Miss Riley ant).
I vocal solos by Mr. Lee were thorough
|ly enjoyed. A short talk from Mr.
J Stephens on the opportunities an i
needs of real service club.s in all
communities was outlined; and strik
; ing illustrations were given showing
the splendid results to be realized
from this phase of men's club work*.
S. J. Asbury, Jr., president of the
club thanked Mr. Stephens for his
earnest remarks and assured him of
the club's co-operation in his work
at services. . ..
Miss Mary Whitesides of Pacolet,
S. C., was the guests of Miss Lucille
WaH over the week-end.
Prof; W. M. Loveiace of Harris,
who has been sick for the past week
is reported to -be improving.
The Women's Missionary Society
of the Methodist church in Henriet
ta met with Mrs. S. J. Asbury, Jr.,
on Monday afternoon with a large
number of members present. Mrs.
P. 0. Hand presided and a splendid;
program was given on social service
The Baptist Women's Missionary
society met Monday afternoon with
Mrs. T. C. Lovelace. This society has
recently been re-organized and all the
old members are ufged to attend. In
the future the meetings will be held
in the evenings.