FIRE DOES $2,000
Blaze Saturday Night Destroys
Home of Mr. and Mrs., Guy
Hill, on Broadway.
..proximately $2,000 damage
. caused by fire when the house
nied by Mr. and Mrs. Guy Hill,
n Broadway, was burned Saturday
nYrt. A garage located the rear of
tV: house was also burned, and an ad
j, ing house occupied by John
H. ■rick caught on fire from the
use heat and was damaged, while
iouse on the other side was bad
torched. The five is thought to
:.ve originated from a defective
wi: v. I
."hen the city's two fire trucks
red the entire house was ablaze
was beginning to fall in and all
- could do was keep the fire
:i spreading to the adjoining
of Mr. and Mrs. Hills furniture
destroyed. They carried no in-.
. nee. The house was owned by 1
re D. Horn and was valued at j
peculiar coincidence in refer-;
to the fiie is reported by "a,
t City man who visited the .
ied ruins of the house of Sun-,
; y morning. While looking over the .
ruirs he discovered a small object;
short distance away, and when
a:)i roaehing closer found that it
wa- a Bible, which was only slightly!
urned and scorched. It is thought J
thai the book was protected by some ;
£ : e furniture which was wet from j
steady streams of water played or. j
the fire bv the fire engines. j
Elect Officers j
.A: a regular meeting of Forest;
C it* Commandery, No. 30, Knights j
Tv >lar, held in the lodge rooms j
Friday night, the following of
were elected for the ensuing
Yrl . : j
M. Burkholder, Eminent Con;-'
J. S. Rudisill, Generalissimo.
W. Higgins, Captain General. j
E. Alcock, Senior Warden.
C. C. Erwin, Junior Warden.
. C. S. McCall, Prelate,
ri. E. Biggerstaff, Treasurer.
. J. S. Wood, Recorder.
M. H. Hewitt, Standard Bearer. *
. C. 11. Verner, Sword Bearer, i
F. I. Barber, Warden. i
•I. B. Long, Sentinel.
Funeral Held For
Mrs. C. C. Bridges
.thcrfordton, Feb. 25.—Mrs.
nbus C. Bridges, 71, died at her
r about five miles North of here
.'•lc-r.-iay morning at 0:30 o'clock. She
!-> been in declining health for a
' "a v but was critically ill for only a
lays. She ate lunch with the
y Sunday and was able to go
~ the house Friday,
neral services were held at Mr.
: Baptist church Tuesday after
at 2:30 o'clock with her pas
ne Rev. J. A. Brendell, in charge
"ge crowd attended.
•' leaves her husband, five sons.,
Bridges, Opelika,, Ala., Coran
: : 4'es, Meriwether, S. C.; Guss
.tes, Pelzer, S. C.; Carl Bridges,
home, and Ralph, an adopted
"or. at home and three daughters:
0!a Bowen, and Mrs. Maude
Bigi'erstaff, of near Bostic, and Miss
Ee?s e Bridges, at home. She also
le&v-s one brother, John Blanton
(, i lincolnton, and five sisters, Mrs
Susan Waters, of near Bostic; Mrs.
-tarv Guffey, Mrs. Jonathan Whit
er. and Mrs. Roxanna Nance Spin
and Mrs. Eliza Mills, Rosemary
V C. Mrs. Bridges was a devoted
lutrr.ber of the Baptist church and
n . yed a wide circle of friends and
A meeting of the depositors of the
; armers Bank will be held in the
» T > anis Hall, Forest City, on Thurs
evening (tonight), at 7 o'clock.
1 'tase all come.
FOREST CITY COURIER
FOREST CITY "ONE OF THE TEN BEST PLANNED AND MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN THE P. S. A." U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SIIRVKV
A citizens mass meeting will be
held in the court house at Ruther
fordton, Thursday evening (tonight)
at eight o'clock.
Mr. John A. Goode, of Asheville,
•past president of the Asheville Cham
ber of Commerce, will be present
: and deliver an address on "Econom
jic County and State Government."
•Mr. Goode is an authority on gov
ernment and has made a study of it.
; He will discuss sound economy from
■a view point of a good business man
and loyal citizen. This is a non-par
tisan meeting, and there will be no
! admission charges. All men and wo
men of Rutherford county, who have
Jan interest in good government, are
j urged to attend this meeting.
Funeral 'Held For
Rev. G. W. |iollins
Rev. G. W. Rollins, who was
about 55 years of age, died at 6
o'clock Friday night at his home at
Warsaw, N. C.
Mr. Rollins had been pastor ol'
Baptist churches at Leonard Fork,
near Lincolnton, Globe, Concord,
Benson and Ingold and was at this
time pastor of the Warsaw Baptist
church. He was born at Forest City
and is survived by his wife and two
sons, Glenn and Virgil.
Funeral was held at Warsaw Sun
State patrolman K. B. Mann made j
one arrest Sunday night for drunk
eness He also arrested one-automo
bile driver for improper lights, atid
one for improper license on truck, j
Mr. Ma#n states that no leniency will i
be shown drivers of "one-eyed'' cars .
from now on. All drivers are expect- j
ed to watch carefully their lights,
and if trouble develops, have it fix- i
ed at once. This also applies to tail
Music Club Has
One of the most interesting pro
grams of the year was enjoyed by
the members of the music depart
ment and several guests Friday af
ternoon, February 21st, at the home
of Mrs. T. R. Padgett, with Mesdames
C. A. Petty, L. C. Eddington, and
Mrs. W. C. Bostic, Jr., as joint
The handsome parlors were at
tractively decorated with red carna
tions and ferns.
During the business session Mrs.
F. E. Webb read a letter from Gov
Max Gardner in which he urged the
| clubs throughout the state to contri
bute to the many needs now occas
sioned by the financial difficulties
occuring. At the suggestion of Mrs.
Webb the club voted to dispense with
elaborate refreshments in order that
| the money might be used for othei
; worthy causes.
The program was composed of
selections from the composers whose
birthdays come in Febgaary, and
proved to be a delightful one. The
compositions given were from Men
delssohn, Massenet, Debussy and
At the conclusion of the program
the hostesses served hot tea and
cakes to the members and the fol
lowing guests: Mesdames G. C. Mc-
Daniel, Arthur McDaniel, F. R. Wil
kins, A. C. Duncan and Blanton Big
MR. R. Y. TURNER ILL.
Mr. R. Y. Turner, owner of tho
Model Steam Lautidry of Ruther
fordton, and the Forest City Laun
dry, of Forest City, and operator of
other laundries in this state is criti-
cally ill with pneumonia at his home
in Rutherfordton, as The Courier
goes to press. According to reports
Mr. Turner was taken ill last Thurs
day, and his condition has grown
steadily worse. He is under the con
stant care of physicians and nurses,
and no one except members of his im
mediate family are allowed to see
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOREST CITY AND RUTHERFORD COUNTY
FOREST CITY, NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1930
CLOSE STEPHENS 1
MEETING TONIi 1
Six Weeks Tabernacle
Will Be Concluded Thui "g
day, (Tonight)— Large
Number Converts. *
Cliffside, Feb. 25.—The Stephens
tabernacle meetings, which began
January 19th, will close Thursday
I night, (tonight) and the people re
igret very deeply to see them close.
! If it was left to a vote of the large
I 1 •
' audiences that packed the taber
nacle every night, it would not close
soon, for these meetings will go
down in history as the greatest bless
ing that has ever come to Cliffside,
! and surrounding country.
( Rev. Stephens was in the hospital
,at Charlotte on last Tuesday and
! Wednesday, on account of hoarse
ness and Rev. Jenkins, pastor of the
! Baptist church at Rutherfordton,
' preached a most excellent sermon
on Tuesday night.
1 The Cliffside high school attend
ed in a body on Tuesday night. A
large delegation of several hundred
| from Avondale, attended Wednes
day night, and a delegation equally
as large from Henrietta came on
| Saturday night.
! There were three services on Sun-,
j day. Rev. Powell Lee, the choir
leader, preached a forceful and con
vincing sermon on Sunday morning,
i . The large Bibie class from the
Baptist church at Henrietta attend
|ed the meeting Sunday afternoon.
! The tabernacle was packed on
; Sunday night, and there were about
! one hundred conversions.
| On Tuesday and Wednesday the
. mills at Cliffside and Avondale will
stand, from ten o'clock a. m., to, on 2
; o'clock p. m., and every place of
J business will close during the morn
! ing services.
1 Thad Marks Has
Both Legs Broken
i Mr. Thad Marks, son of Mr. P.
L. Marks, of this city, who is a resi
i dent of Marion, had both legs brok
;en when hit by an auto in Marion
1 last Wednesday night. He was re
j moved to the hospital and when
, visited by his father Sunday was
| found to be doing as well as coulc
i be expected under the circumstances.
1 While his injuries are severe, it L
thought that he will make rapid re
covery, no complications arising.
i Baptists To Meet
j A hundred yeai's ago on March
| 26, 27, the Baptist State Conver.-
j tion of North Carolina was organi
sed with 14 charter members, seven
I ministers and seven laymen, in
1 Greenville, N. C. At that time, ac
cording to Dr. Thomas Meredith and
Dr. Samuel Waite, leaders in the
new organization, there were in
North Carolina around 15,360 Bap
tists all told, Missionary, Anti-mis
! sionary, O-missionary, Free Will,
white and colored, who were group
ed into 272 churches and 14 district
At the session of the Convention
in Shelby last fall it was agreed to
meet in extraordinary session in
| Greenville on Wednesday morning,
1 10 o'clock, March 26 and 27, to cele
, brate in a fitting way the centennial
j anniversary of the organization of
| the convention. It is not expected
Jthat any business will be transacted.
! Only inspirational addresses will be
j made pointing out the growth and
| years and the challenge of the next
( hundred years.
I Dr. William Louis Poteat, Wake
Forest, is the chairman of the spe
cial committee to arrange the pro
' gram, which has been completed.
Many outstanding men of this and
other states are included in the pro
gram. The meetings will be held in
the auditorium of the East Carolina
| Teachers' College. The pastor of the
| Memorial Baptist church, Rev. A.
W. Fleischmann, and his committee
on arrangements are prepared to
take care of the hundreds of dele
' gates and visitors that are expected
' development of : the past hundred
ELLENBORO NOW HAS
j 3rganization Formally Per
• fected Last Friday Even
ing—A. B. Bushong is
Eilenboro, Feb. 24.—A chamber
of Commerce for the town of Eilen
boro was officially organized last
| Friday evening when more than fifty
' progressive citizens of the town and
township were present to bring in
to existence a club for the purpose
of developing the financial, social,
educational and religious interests
of the town and communify. Anoth
er meeting is called for Friday even
| ing, February 28, at. 7:30 p. nr., to
I complete the organization of the
At the close of the meeting the
i following were elected to be the
officers for the year: A. B. Bushong,
president; Professor R. B. Tapp,
j vice-president; Professor Curtis
• Price, secretary-treasurer; M. O.
jHarrill, business manager; Fred II ar-
I rill, publicity manager, and Rev. W.
, C. Rourk, chaplain.
! After further explanations as to
; the purposes of the club, the con
j stitut'ional committee made its re
l port at the very beginning of the
meeting, and a constitution was
formed after suggestions from the
committee. Any male citizen of the
township may be a member of the
j club, and it is the hope to have at
j least half of the membership farm
i ers *
All male citizens are urged to at
tend the next meeting and become
Bank Statement Will
Be Filed Next Week
S to Mr. W. S. poursey,
j head examiner iir charge of the af
j fairs of the banks closed in the coun
try recently, a statement will be filed
: with the Clerk of Court some day
next week, showing the condition of
1 the* banks. Nothing definite for pub
' lication this week.
McGregor To Manage
Rutherfordton, Feb. 25.—Mr. and
: Mrs. T. B. Suiter will give up
I the Isothermal Hotel here as man
j agers about March 15. They came
1 here from Rocky Mount. Mr. Suiter
i first went to Lake Lure where he
J was the successful pianager for two
| seasons. He became manager of the
Isothermal in the fall of 1927 and
| has held high the reputation of this
| well known hostelry. Mr. and Mrs.
Suiter have made many friends here
' and with the traveling public who
| regret to see them leave. Mr. Suiter
will be succeeded by J. T. McGregor
now manager of the Newberry Hotel
at Newberry, S. C. Mr. McGregor was
formerly superintendent of the Flor
ence Mills of Forest City. On account
of ill health he quit the cotton mill
and went into the hotel business and
has made an enviable reputation for
himself at Newberry.
MODEL CHEVROLET CO.
j Some changes have recently been
made in the Model Chevrolet Co.,
| Mr. J. C. Ellen becoming manager.
Mr. H. C. Morris remains with the
[company while Mr. J. C. Powell re
: tires. Mr. Henry C. Carson, of Ruth
| erfordton, is with the new company
as salesman and Mr. J. R. Logan re
j mains as bookkeeper. Mr. G. O.
Goode is head of the shop depart
ment and is one of the county's fin
The company has a large ad in
this issue showing big list of used
cars. They have also received a
shipment of new this
A fire alarm was turned in Wed
nesday at 1:30 o'clock when a grass
fire was discovered on Powell street.
The blaze was soon extinguished,
without any damage.
County Agent, F. E. Patton an
nounces a dairy meeting to be held
in the court house at Rutherfordton.
Thursday, February 27th, which all
farmers and others interested in the
important work are urged to attend,
j To realize the greatest returns
; from cows and suffer a minimum of
loss from diseases, F. R. Farnham
and Dr. A. H. Kerr of the Depart
ment of Agriculture have been ask
ed to be present and discuss the fol
lowing subjects: Grain mixtures, re
. ducing cost of ration, raising calves,
1 contagious abortion and prevention
!of diseases common to ca.ttle.
Time will be given for discussion
to allow everyone to ask questions
on local dairy problems. The meet
ing will begin at ten o'clock.
Joins Associated Press
William J. Davis, reporter of The
Asheville Citizen for the past three
years, left Monday for Atlanta, Ga.,
where he will become associate fea
ture editor of the Southern division
of The Associated 'Press. -Mr. Davis
came to The Citizen from The Hen
Mr. Davis is a native of Ruther
ford County, and formerly worked in
One of the most enjoyable oc-1
casions of the year at the Frist
Baptist church is the annual Sunday j
school teachers and officers banquet,
which will be held tonight (Thurs
day) at 7 o'clock in the social hali
of the church. This banquet is usu
ally held in January but was post
poned this year on account of the
pastor being out of town. ___
Mrs. B. B. Doggett will have
charge of preparing the supper. Mr.
O. C. Turner, associate superinten
dent of the Sunday school, is donat
ing three large turkeys for the ban
quet; Mr. J. W. Eakes, superinten
dent of the adult department, is
furnishing oysters; while Mr. E. E.
Smart, general superintendent of
the Sunday school, is furnishing
This is expected to be a most en
joyable affair and every teacher and
officer in the Sunday school is cor
dially invited and urged to be pres
Here On Business
City detective 'Sam Smith and po
liceman Marshall J. Price, of the
Atlanta, Ga., police department, ar
rived here Wednesday morning and
will return with Henry and Reuben
Dutton and Ralph Brown, who were
captured this week with a stolen auto
near Eilenboro. The officers will also
take the automobile back with them.
The three men were captured in a
stolen tar early Monday moiliing
at Eilenboro by state patrolman IC.
B. Mann and cbunty traffic officer
Garrett Edwards. It is stated that
the three men are escaped convicts,
and are wanted in Georgia on other
Officer M. J. Price is a brother of
Chief Charles R. Price and corporal
A. A. Price.
MOVING BARBER SHOP.
Mr. W. R. Curtis is moving his
barber shop from Depot street to
the storeroom next to Farmers Bank
building on Main street. The room
has been handsomely fitted up and
will prove a fine location. Mr. Curtis
has a four chair shop, splendid bar
bers and will be better prepared to
take care of his growing trade.
Mr. Salem Suber went to Charlot
te this week to consult Dr. Sloan in
regard to his eye which "was hurt
last Monday night in a basketball
game. We are delighted to say that
the injury was not of a serious na
ture and Salem will be home in a
few days after taking treatment.
Si.oo Per Year in Advance
MR. J. C. SCRUGGS
Prominent Forest City Man
Passes After an Illness of
Mr. J. C. Scruggs, aged 59, died
at his home here Sunday night at
ten o'clock after a lingering illness.
He had been in ill health about two
years, but his condition grew worse
about two months ago and terminate
ed'in his death Sunday.
Funeral services were held frem
the First Baptist church here Mon
day afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, and
was in charge Dr. W. A. Ayers.
Several hundred people attended the
services filling* the church to its
capacity. Dr. Ayers delivered an elo
quent funeral discourse, and favor
ite hymns of the deceased were
sung. Interment was in the Cool
Springs cemetery. x
Mr. Scruggs is survived by his
widow and two children, Mrs. W. G.
Blantc-n, Forest City and Mrs. E. C.
I Sanders, of Burlington. Two broth
ers, B. L. Scruggs, of Charlotte,'and
L. D. Scruggs, of Erwin, Tenn., sur
j vive, »!so four sisters, Mesdames
Octavie Scruggs, C. H. Queen, Rob
ert Moore and Ed Martin, all of
Mooresboro. His mother, Mrs. T. D.
Scruggs, of Mooresboro, also survive.
Mr. Scruggs was a member of the
First Baptist church, of Forest City
where he took an active part in the
church's work. He was for a num
ber of years superintendent of the
Sunday school, and was teacher of
the Philathea class. He was also
church clerk for several years.
Mr. Scruggs was a member of the
Knights of Pythias. This order had
charge of the burial ceremony.
Members of the T. E. L. Class,
which is taught by Mrs. Scruggs,
were flower" "BeaTers.
Pall bearers, were Messrs. C. C.
Moore, Joe Harrill, F. T. Davis, H.
B. Doggett, B. A. Stalnaker and G.
Kings Mountain Man
"Taken For A Ride"
When one is "taken for a ride,"
in gang infested Chicago he usu
! ally loses his life, Mr. J. C. Jolley,
of Kings Mountain was more for
tunate. He was "taken for a ride"
Tuesday morning by two young men.
who at the point of a pistol entered
his car and demanded that he drive
them where they wished to go. Help
! less, he directed his course towa»d
| Shelby, came on through that city
, and into Rutherford county. Turn
i ing off at Ellenboro, the party drove
'on toward Henrietta. Leaving there
I on the road to Harris, he ran out of
; gas. The hold-up men then robbed
j him of S3O in money and made
i Iheir escape on foot. Officers were
| notified, but after strenuous search
failed to locate the desperadoes,
j Both were young men. One was
• tall, black hair and dressed in dark
j clothes; the other was low and heavy
j set, of reddish hair and complexion
; and dressed in grey clothing.
Club Seeks Better
The matter of improved telephone
service was taken up at the Kiwanis
Club at its meeting Monday night,
and is a move in the right direction,
for the city and county has been
feeling the effects of poor and in
adequate service for sor.ie time.
The matter was referred to the
Public Affairs Committee, which will
take it up with the Board of Alder
men with the view of getting that
body to request of the company an
CHILD HIT BY CAR.
The small daughter of Mr. C. O.
Blanton, of Broadway street, was
injured last Friday afternoon when
she was hit by a car while crossing
the street. The was rushed to
Dr. A. C. Duncan's office where her
injuries were dressed. At latest re
ports she is resting nicely, and her
condition does not seem to be serious
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