■)L. XII—No. 22.
I HOLD MEETING
H>ect to Form Organization
■or Protection —Meet A-
Bgain Saturday Night.
Hk Examiners to Make Pre
liminary Report to Clerk
Superior Court Next
Hie called meeting of the deposi
| of the Farmers Bank & Trust
I held at the Kiwanis Hall last
Brsday night, attracted such a
K crowd that the room would not
B the half of them, in consequent
Bhich it was moved that the crowd
■to the High school building so
■ t the mammoth crowd could be ac
■ Conservative estimates of the
Kv-d at the school building give the
Hal at well over five hundred. The
He ting was opened by Mayor V. T.
Hivis. who explained that he had
Ben requested to open the proceed-
Bg* and then turned the meeting
Ber to Dr. A. B. Holland. The Doc
■r then took the floor and in an in
■rcsting talk explained the purpose
K the meeting, the main object .of
■hich was to form an organization
■>r the purpose of looking after the
Interests of the depositors of the de
ftnet bank and, if agreeable to those
llterestedfi employ one or more law
■ers to represent the depositors.
I Attorney 0. J. Mooneyham waV
■ected chairman of the meeting and
Besided in a most satisfactory man-
Br. He made a talk in which he ex-
B&med some of the banking laws
Hplying in the case of a bank go
me into the hands of receivers. H*
Hs followed by Attorney B. T
Hies, who also went into the matter
H explaining the laws in the case.
■After these talks a committee of
■e was appointed to perfect the
■ganization and to call anothei
■eeting of depositors. Attorney B
I. Jones was made chairman of this
■jommittee; other members lof th
■>mmittee are: Dr. A. B. Holland
E) . Geo. P. Reid, J. B. Grose anc
ft. H. Hewitt. This committee has
■B'led another meeting of the depos
■ors to be held at the Forest Citj
■igh school building, Saturday nigh
It 7 o'clock. Another large crowd i;
Ixpected to be out at this time anc
I permanent organization will b
■ffected and other matters disposer
I At the meeting Thursday night, r
lommittee was appointed to wail
pon Mr. J. H. Thomas, former of
cer of the bank, requesting him tc
efer his visit to Florida until aftei
he bank examiners had made theli
eport. This committee was composer
f Mayor V. T. Davis, chairman; J.
-• Butler and C. E. Alcock. Mr
Thomas has a letter in this paper er
?laining why he left at the time
[et tor his going.
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>ank Examiners to Make Preliminary
Hank examiners .have completed
.encil reports on their examination
if the six closed banks in the coun
and will, according to Mr. W. S.
•'Oursey, head examiner, make pre
liminary report to the Clerk of Su
lci ior court on next Monday, March
0. However, full report cannot bo
made until the work of the exam
-1101 s has been typed and gotten in
|ue form. This work will be done at
charlotte and it will be about three
peeks before this final report is
One copy will be filed with the
of Court, one copy with the
iquidating agents, The Union Trust
-°«» and one copy filed with the state
•anking department. When the state
ment is filed with the Clerk of Court
* v U be open for the inspection of
Ik ' public and any one desiring to
ook over the papers will have the
J ght to do so.
[ The Literary Department of the
Oman's Club will meet Thursday
ifternoon (today) at o'clock,
. the home of Mrs. fearriss.
members are urgent** be Present.
FOREST CITY COURIER
FOREST CITY—"ONE OF THE TEN BEST PLANNED AND MOST BEAUTIFUpjciTIES IN THE U. S. A." U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SURVEY.
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William Howard Taft, ex-president
'of the United States and former
! chief justice of the United States
j Supreme court is critically ill, and
'death is just a matter of a few days
itr hours. He has been in failing
health for some months.
18. B. HIGGINS
i DIES OF INJURIES
Former Rutherford County
Man Ran Over by Truck
in Roanoke Rapids.
j Roanoke Rapids, Mar. s.—f uneral
si-rvices "ltftHß. *B. iHggfris, aged 50,
' a son of A. C. Higgins. of Bostic,
N. C., was held February 18, from
the Roanoke Rapids church, and in
terment followed in the local ceme
I Mr. Higgins died Sunday, Febru
ary 16, of injuries received when he
I was struck by a truck while riding a
j bicycle Saturday evening. Accord—
.' ing to reports Mr. Higgins was re
i turning to his home from his work
on a bicycle. A large truck, driven
•by a negro, struck the bicycle,'knock
ing Mr. Higgins from the vehicle and
ran over him. He was rushed to a
I hospital where he died Sunday. The
, negro was later arrested,
j Mr. Higgins is survived by his
widow and two children, a Mrs. Free
i man and son, Curtis Higgins. His
I father, A. C. Higgins, of Bostic, sur-
I vives also two brothers, C. C. Hig
gins, Caroleen; I. S. Higgins, Spar
itanburg; two half brothers, M. A.
! and B. L. Higgins, of Bostic; and
j five hajf sisters, as Hollows: Mrs.
; H. M. McGaha, of Greensboro; Mrs.
T. S. Bolic, Newton; Mrs. J. \V.
' Jenks, Apex; Mrs. Howard, Hollifield;
and Mrs. Gilmer Philbeck, of Bostic.
A number of Rutherford county
and friends of the deceased
j attended the funeral services.
Mr. Higgins was a native of Ruth
erford county. He had been living in !
Roanoke Rapids about 26 years.
CAROLEEN BRANCH j
Union Trust Company Opened
Caroleen Branch Saturday
Caroleen, Mar. s.—The Caroleen
Branch of the Union Trust Company
opened here Saturday morning for
business in the formerly!
used by the now defunct Farmers |
Bank & Trust Company.
Mr. W. L. Hicks is cashier of the
branch, and Mr. M. G. Goforth ii
bookkeeper. Mr. Eskridge was pres
ent Saturday morning at the open
ing and gave each customer a hearty
A large number called during th«»
day, and a number of deposits were
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOREST CITY AND RUTHERFORD COUNTY
FOREST CITY, NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 1
STATEMENT OF !
MR. J. H. THOMAS
| Former Official of Farmers
Bank & Trust Co. Leaves
Message Upon Departure
Mr. J. H. Thomas, former official
jof the Farmers Bank & Trust Co.,
| was waited upon by a committee
jfrom the meeting of depositors held
jat the High School building last
; Thursday night with request from
that body that he defer his departure
to Florida until after report of the
bank examiners had been filed.
1 Upon the eve of his departure,
Mr. Thomas filed for publication
, the following statement, giving his
reasons for not complying with the
' request of the committee:
• sje :Jc ❖
Forest City, N. C., Feb. 28, 1.930.
| —For the past year I have been in
very bad health and the last of No
vember I completely broke down and
have been in the house continuously
i since that time. Dr. Frederick M.
; Haynes, of Winston-Salem, medical
; director of a Life Insurance Com
| pany in which I am insured, came
to see me on December 10th, and
! said that I must stay in bed for six
months at least. I have been exam
ined by four other doctors and they
all agree that, is the only thing that
j will do me any good. Examination
> was made by two doctors this week
j and they advise that if I expect to
get better I will have to go to Flori
:da for a month two.
! I have Bright's disease, enlarge
ment of the heart, myodarditis, and
, blood pressure running from 245
down to 235. The doctors say that I
must have absolute quiet if I am
ever to improve. And on advice of
i these doctors I ai» going to Daytona
Beach, Florida, and take my family.
I The closing of the Farmers Bank
& Trust Company was a terrible
' shock to me. I had worked with it
and had helped build it up from n
• small beginning for nearly twenty
years, and to see it all come down
at once was a shock almost more than
I could stand. I appreciate the co
\ operation and the help that I have
had from everybody, and if there "is
any way on earth that I can be of
service to the depositors I stand ready
to do whatever I can. I have been
severely criticised in a great many
cases, but I hold no malice towards
' anyone, for I realize that it is a
hard thing for people to have their
money tied up.
My aim in life has been to build
( up the Farmers Bank & Trust Com-
I pany, and at the same time to help
build up the people and the commu
,nity. During these twenty years I
have never let an opportunity pass
that tended in that direction.
This bank's money is loaned large
ly to the people of Rutherford coun
, ty, and I believe in Rutherford
! county and its people and that they
; will pay back the money that they
i have borrowed and that the deposi
tors will get every cent of the mon
|ey they have in the bank. The bank
has five hundred thousand dollars in
' capital and surplus to take care of
| I believe that the liquidation of
J the Farmers Bank and Trust Co.
! will be handled better by Mr. C. C.
j Blanton and his organization than
I any other way it could be liquidated.
I believe that if you will co-operate
with Mr. Blanton that he will co
operate with you, and that the whole
thing will come out better than it
may now seem possible.
I expect to make my home in
Forest City as long as I live, and
appreciate the friendship that has
been displayed to me by a great
many people du(ring the last few
weeks, and I will always be ready
to use my best efforts in behalf of
this section and its people.
J. H. THOMAS.
A meeting of the depositors of the
Farmers Bank will be held in the
high school auditorium, Forest. City,
on Saturday evening at 7 o'clock.
Please all come.
HOLD FUNERAL * 31
FATHER, AGE/I B,
AND SON A& 60
John Kennedy and M. B. Ken
nedy Die Few Hours A
For Father and Son.
Avondale, Mar. 4.—A father and
son, both prominent citizens, died at
their respective homes near Avondale
Wednesday night and Thursday
morning, within twelve hours of each
John Kennedy, aged 88, died at his
residence one mile from Avondale
Wednesday night about one o'clock.
He had been in ill health about two
years but during the past two months
and been desperately ill, and his
death while a shock to the commu
nity, was not unexpected. He was of
a prominent family, and a highly res.
pected citizen. He was a Confederate
veteran, serving four years in Com
pany I, 34th North Carolina Volun
jteers as a private under Capt. Jame?
O. Simmons. Following the war he
returned to Rutherford county where
he engaged in farming. He lived an
examplary life and his influence ha?
been felt over a wide area. He was a
member of the High Shoals Baptist
church, where he moved his member
ship over forty years ago. He haci
been a consistent christian during
this time and attended regularly tc
all church activities.
| He is survived by his widow, Mrs
Ruthie Kennedy, one daughter, Mrs,
C. M. Holland, of the Ferry com
munity, and two step-sons, Elijah
Mjatheny, of Forest City and George
Matheny, of Union Mills. One broth
er,, Kennedy,- of Georgia, alsa
survives.* "• '
Pall bearers ior Mr. Kenndy wert
jail grandsons, as follows: Messrs
| Summie Holland, Odus Holland, Ro.v
j Holland, Dewey Holland, C. M. 110 l
j land and Eugene Holland.
j Within a few hours after his fath
i er's death, Mr. Moses B. Kennedy
aged sixty, died, at his home neai
Henrietta. He had been ill only a
bout six weeks. He was one of tlu :
county's most prominent citizens
and had been a member of the Hen
lietta Baptist church about thirtj
years, and was a deacon in thai
church at the time of his death. He
i was a general merchant, and wa:
J widely known for his generous deal
i ing. He was a member of the Jr. 0
U. A. M. Members of that order were
| pall bearers at his funeral and were
jas follows: Messrs. T. B. Weese
1 Herbert McDaniel, J. B. Mahaffee
W. R. Piercy, J. S. Clayton and Ro?,
He is survived by his widow, Mrs
Josie Kennedy, and the following
! children: 'jVlfcssrfj. Hoyt and Alvir
Kennedy, Spindale; M. B. Kennedy
Henrietta; Miss Virginia Kennedy
Henrietta; and Mrs. John Dobbins
of the Ferry community. One sister,
Mrs. C. M. Holland, of the Ferry
community survives, also two hall
brother, Elijah Matheny, of Forest
City and George Matheny, of Union
Both father and son had extensiv
business interests and also had a
large interest in the Cliffside Mill.
A double funeral service for father
and son was held at High Shoals
Baptist church Friday afternoon at
2:30 o'clock. The ministers in charge
of the funeral were Rev. J. A. Brock
pastor of the Caroleen Baptist
thurch; Rev. D. G. Washburn, Rev.
W. T. Tate, of Pacolet, S. C.; Rev.
I. N. Kimbrough, pastor of the Mt
More than a thousand people were
present to pay their last respects to
the couple. The church was filled to
its capacity, and many could not ga : n
entrance, but stood outside. Each
minister paid a tribute to the de
ceased and spolce of their great in
fluence on the community. The choii
sweetly sang the favorite songs of
the father * and son which were
'Abide With Me," "Safe in the Arms
of Jesus," "Does Jesus Care,"
'When the Roll is Called up Yond
er," "No night There," and "'Rock
She Busts Bronchos ' [
rAv>:v: : #&£i:- • v
Miss Grace Runyon of Cheyenne,
VV'yo., who has been acclaimed the
world's champion woman rough
DEATH CLAIMS MR.
WAKE A. BARNES
Funeral Services Held Sunday
Afternoon at Golden Valley
Methodist Church for
Bostic, R-3, Mar. 3.—Funeral ser
vices were held at Golden Yallej
Methodist church Sunday evening ai
2 o'clock for the late Wake A. Barnes
who died at his home on Saturda>
evening at 7 o'clock after many year:
of illness, being helpless for si?
years. But he bore all his suffering
with patience until the end.
Rev. Maritin Gold, pastor of Firsl
Broacf Baptist chnfch, officiated. TJw
deceased was 66 years, three months
and six days of age. About elever
years ago he was married to Mist
Emma Bowder, of Virginia, having
been married twice before.
Mr. Barnes joined the First Broad
Baptist church ten years ago an
lived a christian life.
The pall bearers were: Messrs Bern
Rollis, Creed Fortune, Bob Rollins
Roy Fortune, Dock Crow and RusV
There were many lovely flowers
They were carried by Misses Nann:
Melton, Eva Propes, Lucy Fortune
Mrs. Creed Fortune, Mrs. Cle Rol
lins, Mrs. M. O. Mauney, Mrs. Ro;\
Fortune and Miss Ranie Blanken
ship. The mound of earth was madi
beautiful with lovely flowers.
The deceased leaves to mourn hi:
departure his widow, Mrs. W. A
Barnes and one sister, Mrs. Ida Hull c
Lincolnton, besides many friends.
He will be greatly missed especial
ly in the home. Interment, was mad*
in Golden Valley cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mauney o
Spindale, spent the week-end witl
Mr. Roosevelt Hunt spent Thurs
day night at the home of Mr. an
Mrs. Dan Melton.
Miss Muriel Hunt, of Cliffside, wa*
the week-end guest of her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Edly Hunt.
Mrs. Julia Early is very sick, we
are sorry to note.
Mr. J. D. Houser and family went
to see their little grand daughter,
Virginia Beaty, of Spindale, Sunday
who is very ill.
:>f Ages." Messrs Will and Ed Husky
?ang two special selections, accom
panied by Mrs. Bate Morehead a(
The caskets were banked with a
profusion of beautiful flowers which
vere sent by friends and relatives
is a last mark of respect and es
;eem. These flowers were borne by
Hisses Elizabeth Smith, Edith Hol
and, Pauline Harrill, Pauline Holli
ield, Mary Lou West, Annie Sue
tiser, Mrs. Vance Wilkins and Mrs.
r. L. Hames. The bodies were taken
rom the church to the cemetery
vhere they were interred with ap
iropriate but simple rites. The flow
srs were divided and placed on the
jraves of father and son.
SI.OO Per Year in Advanci
TWO NEW SWEET
Farmers Federation Will Open
New Potato Curing Houses
at Spindale and Union
Mills This Fall.
Rutherfordton, Mar. s.—The Farm
ers Federation will have two new
sweet potato curing houses open for
this fall season, one at the ware
house in Spindale and the other in
Union Mills; This will give the Fed
eration three warehouses, the other
being in Forest City, with a total
capacity of from 20,000 to 25,000
bushels. The Federation hopes to
have enough potatoes stored this
iall to be able to make carlot ship
Where a farmer has 100 bushels
|of sweet potatoes on hand now to
|be marketed he has SIOO or moro
jto be applied on his fertilizer bill,
j The Federation help the grower to
I market his potatoes. When the pota
toes are well graded in the field, it
saves regrading when sold, thus fcav
;ing much valuable time and money.
| The Federation urges each farm
er to plant one or more acres in
: potatoes this season. They are
easier raised than cotton and mean
1 much more per acre. Mr. Ezra Rob
erts raised 665 bushels per acre* of
| sweet potatoes last fall. Can you
| equal that in cotton? At $1 per
bushel, which you can be practically
'assured for your potatoes, you would
have to raise five good bales of cot
! ton on the same acre to equal that.
; This cannot be done. Potatoes are
'sf prurer crop -than cotton,'for th'ey" "
have a more stable market and the
yield is much greater.
Good seed and the right kind of
fertilizers are must essential in rais
ing potatoes. When potatoes are
cured in a specially built curing
house they sell much easier for they
are sweet and in big demand. When
you store your potatoes in a Feder
ation warehouse you are sure of the
Federation's help in marketing them
and that they will be well cared lo- •
Farmers should not be discourat;
(1 because last fail was most unusual
and there was so much rain that it
was next to impossible to "Dig" po
tatoes. This will likely not happen
; again in many years.
Grow at least one acre of potatoes
for commercial purposes, and have •
! a pay day in the spring when it
most needed. Potatoes will do that
for you if you will only let them. ..
Ellenboro, March. 3.—The voca
tional agricultural students of the
Ellenboro school got real agricultur
al training under the supervision of
their teacher recently when they
terraced twelve acres of land lor
two farmers in the community. The
jobs were done in connection with
their agricultural training, and cur
ing their 90 minute class periods.
Before going on the field trip*
the boys were taught the principle?
and rules for terracing in the class
room, and then on field trips they put
their knowledge to practice.
Vocational agriculture in the high
school aims at teaching information
when their is a need for it, and lays
much stress on learning by doing. •
Change In Star Mail
Route Effective 17
The change in the star mail route
'rom Rutherfordton to Gaffney, which
-vas scheduled to take place March
Ist, has been postponed until March
17. At that time the present Gaffney
Rutherfordton star route will b?
changed to run from Spartanburg to*
Rutherfordton, and a change made in
Mr. H. B. Jolley was the success
*ul bidder for carrying mail on thfs
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