OL. XII —No. 24.
SERVICE FOR M.
Large Number Present at Sec
ond Annual Birthday Din
ner Honoring Martin
The second memorial birthday pic
nic honoring Mr. Martin Haiill wa>
held Sunday at the home of Mrs.
Charles A. Ford, who is a granu
daughter, and who lives at the old
Harrill homestead. Mr. Harrill, in
whose honor the dinner was given,
died December 31, 1914.
Relatives from a number of places
•i North Carolina were present, also
a number from South Carolina.
At one o'clock the dinner was serv
ri in the yard, where a row of tab
les were placed, and a most bounti
ful supply of food was spread. The
tables were covered with a white
cloth and baskets filled with early
.-pring flowers made a pretty scene,
around which the guests gathered.
Rev. W. A. Ayers invoked the bless
ing after which interesting talks
were made by Rev. Z. D., Harrill, of
Ellenboro; Dr. W. C. Bostic, Sr., and
Rev. W. A. Ayers, of Forest City;
and Mr. B. Arp Lowrance, of Char
lotte, who is a grandson of the late
About 100 descendants and invit
guests were present. The out-of-
town guests were Mr. and Mrs. B.
Arp Lowrance and children, Mr. and
Mrs. J. 0. Williamson and children
and Master Billy Williamson, Mr.
McKinley Harrill, of Charlotte, Mrs.
T. W. Barrett, Mrs. S. E». Wylie.
Miss Eloise Wylie, Mrs. W. H.
Ferguson and Mr. and Mrs. John B.
Harrill, of Chester, S. C., Mr., and
Mrs. Geo. H. Harrill, of Rock Hill,
S. C., Rev. Z. D. Harrill and Mr.
Garrett Edwards, of Ellenboro, Mrs.
J. R. Gamble and Misses Mary,
Betty and Jamie Gamble, of Hick
ory Grove, S. C.
Due }o th,e th'oughtfulness of
Mrs. Ford a picture of Mr. Martin
Harrill and his wife, Mrs. Viana
Harrill was placed on the front porch
that all who came might see the
picture of their ancestors.
B. & L. STOCKHOLDERS
HOLD INTERESTING MEETING
A largely attended and enthusias
tic meeting of the stockholders of
president; new directors, G., V. Frye,
the Forest City Building and Loan
Association was held at the City Hall
Wednesday, March 12th.
New officers were elected as fol
lows: R. L. Reinhardt, re-elected as
president; W. L. Brown, re-elected
as secretary-treasurer; G. F. Brad
ley and W. S. Moss re-elected as vice
[presidents; new directors, G. V. Frye
John T. Pcole and H. Francis Little
Mr. J. A. Dennis resigned as
'Sector after a service of two years.
Other directors were re-elected.
An amendment to the by-laws was
to include nine directors in
stead of seven, as in the past.
!he secretary's report was read
and approved. It was most gratify
to all concerned that the earn
]ngs of last year were found to go
~ve- l above six per cent and that the
'"iripany had enjoyed a most success-
J • year. Elsewhere in this issue
Will be found an interesting editor
ial from the Charlotte News on the
successful operation of building and
-oan associations and their value to
ne community in which they operate.
seems that not only the local com
pany, but those elsewhere had a
m °st successful year, (
T 0 STOCK STREAMS OF
COUNTY WITH BASS
Rutherfordton, Mar. 18.—Mr. W.
Hardin, county game and forest
harden, went to Marion Wednesday
ar -'l returned with a large number
bass with which to stock a pri
'•ato fishing pool on his farm north
Rutherfordton, and for several
earns in the county. Mr. Hardin
that individuals may secure
-**n for private lakes by applying to
J- S. Hargett, of Raleigh.
FOREST ClfY COURIER
FOREST CITY—"ONE OP THE TEN BEST PLANNED AND MOST BEAUTIPtM CITIES i: gEU. S. A." U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AG? I CULTURE SURVEY.
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOREST RUTHERFORD COUNTY
An engineer on the Pennsylvania Main Line put on the brakes too suddenly with this curious result.
Rutherford County Club
To Meet Next Friday
OBSERVES SEVENTY i
! THIRD BIRTHDAYj
I . !
Mr. Frank Byers, Progressive•
Ellenboro Citizen, Honor
! Ed Last Sunday on i
i Birthday. |
' Ellenboro, Mar. 18.—Mr. Frank]
| Byers of Ellenboro celebrated his j
|73rd birthday Sunday when his child-'
iren and friends gathered at the By-'
j ers home here to do honor to the '
I occasion. He is widely known in bothj
! Rutherford and Cleveland counties
and has many friends. His life his
, tory and splendid service to his
friends place him in a unique posi-.
j tion among the ones of the present j
' age. He has maintained a reputation !
! for loyalty and good citizenship,
i He remembers Ellenboro when it j
was a mere country cross-road; when j
i the principal industry of the people j
I was spinning and weaving, and the j
,"home spun fabrics" were most fash-,
. ionable, when the only means of j
| transportation were wagons and ox ]
! carts; electricity was unknown and |
j the best lighting facilities were I
' candles and torches,,
j Mr. Byers was the first resident
■of Ellenboro, and being a contractor!
' built most of the houses, including
,the Seaboard depot and the Pied
| mont House. He owned and operat
ed the first cotton gin and saw mill
ihere. He also helped in the construc
tion of the Seaboard road from Shel
!by to Rutherfordton. He is a prom
(inent member of Oak Grove Metho
dist church, and has lived in this
i community all of his life. Mr. By
ers' children are: Mesdames Tom
Wiggins, of Kenton, Okla., J. \V.
Griffin of Forest City; Will Math
i eney, of Washington, D. C.; L. C
Stover, of Washington, D. C. Messrs
I Chas. Byers, of Standard Oil Com
• pany, Charlotte; Bert Byers, of
j Shelby; Misses Kansas Byers, of
■Philadelphia; Minnie Byers, of Wash
ington, D. Q ( ; Clden Hamrick, of El
i lenboro. One sister, Mrs. Nan Blan
| ton, of Charlotte.
IN CHARGE MONDAY
Chas. C. Blanton Declines to
Act and Eastern Carolina
Man to Act as Liqui
Courier readers evidently think it
high time this newspaper was giving
some authentic news on the banking
situation, but despite our most stren
uous efforts we have been unable to
find out anything of any importance,
except that it was given out here
Wednesday morning that Mr. Chas.
C. Blanton had definitely decided not
to act as liquidating agent for the
However, The Courier was told
that an agent had been decided upon
and that he would take charge of
the affairs of the banks on next Mon
day. We could not learn the name of
this man, but it was said, on what we
consider good authority, that the
(man was from the Eastern part of
the state and well known in state
banking circles. It is also taken for
granted that the agent will have
quarters at the Union Trust Co.
It is also understood that the pen
cil copy of the bank examiners is
still in the hands of the firm mak
ing the typewritten copies and not
ready as yet to be filed, but will be
in a short time.
FOREST CITY. NORTH CAROLINA fTHURSDA®© 20, 1930.
| Program of Particular Interest
j Will be Given for Farm
j ers—Meeting at Spin
. | c
! Spindale, Mar. 18.—The March
• meeting of the Rutherford County
j Club will be held at the Spindale
j House Friday, at 1:00 p. m. The
, luncheon will be prepared and serv
:ed by the girls of Miss Laura Ho
j ward's Home Demonstration Clubs
I and will be the first 50c luncheon
| served under the new ruling of the
; Walter Haynes, of Asheville, will
: be the principal speaker. Mr. Hay
j nes is one of Buncombe county's
[best known and most progressive
■ farmers, and is also a dairyman,
! lawyer and a good speaker.
j The program will be of particular
i interest to the farmers and there
I will be one or more men from out
fof the county to address the club
jon diversified farming in the county
|in line with Gov. Gardner's stress
ing of the importance of this sub
jject, particularly now with the pricV
iof cotton below cost of production.
! At the last meeting of the Club
jit was voted to urge as many as
i possible who cannot arrange to eat
I their luncheon with the club to come
immediately after the luncheon and
hear the speakers and join in the
i discussion, and arrangements will be
' made to take care of all that can
'come. It is further urged that each
member try and bring one or more
farmers with him to this meeting.
THE PIRATE'S DAUGHTER.
Regardless of whether you like
pirates, you will want to meet the
pirate's daughter in the musical come
dy "The Pirate's Daughter" to be
presented at the high school audi
torium on Friday night, March 28.
Full of pretty songs, clever lines,
"snappy" choruses, and picturesque
settings, the operetta will be enter
taining from the time the curtain
rises until it ""rings down." Seventy
five students take part, nineteen of
whom are listed among the major
cast. The costumes are both modern
American and Dutch, each type
blending in an appropriate setting.
The operetta is being directed by
Mrs. Glickman, assisted by Miss Jen
nie Aiken, who is directing the dances
and Miss Johnnie King, who is di
recting the dramatics. Under the
capable leadership of this trio of
workers, "The Pirate's Daughter"
on Friday night, March 28 is bound
Don't miss seeing "The Pirate's
Daughter". Watch for the entire
cast of characters and synopsis of
the comedy in next week's issue of
The proceeds will be used to pay
the expenses of the Girl's and Boys'
Glee Club when they enter the state
contest at Gastonia.
SERIES MATURE MARCH 22
It will be of interest to many to
know that our 38th series mature
March 22. With the maturity of this
series, we will cancel thirteen thou
sand, eight hundred dollars in mort
gages and pay to members four
thousand dollars. You who are en
titled to receive this will present
certificates, if holding any, for can
Forest City Building & Loan
R. R. REYNOLDS TO
SPEAK TUESDAY IN
Asheville Orator to Address
County Merchants Protec
tive League—May Form
Rutheifordton, Mar. 18.—Hon.
Robert, R. Reynolds, attorney and
well known orator of Asheville, will
make an address at the courthouse in
Rutherfordton at 7:30 p., m., next
Tuesday, March 25, when there will
be a meeting of Merchants' Protec
tive League of Rutherford county
which will be open to the general
public without any admission charg
es. Mr. Reynolds is attacking the
foreign owned chain stores and has
made many notable speeches through
out the state during the last six or
seven When the Mountain
City orator spoke at Hendersonville
recently the hall, large as it was,
could not accommodate all who came
to hear him and over three hundred
people had to be turned away from
,Son. Robert R. Reynolds consent
ed to speak of his great
personal friendship with the chairman
of the temporary board of directors
of the Merchants' Protective Lea
gue of Rutherford county, Morris
Littman. The other officials of the
local league are B. D. Wilson, presi
dent; J. H. Burwell, secretary and
as directors, M. Li Edwards, K. E.
Simpson, W. C. Ellis of Spindale;
J. T. Harris, Tommie Jones, B. C.
Horn, C. O. Ridings, all of Forest
City; Z. O. Jenkins of Cliffside; Carl
Higgins of Caroleen; F. B. Edwards
of Henrietta; C. F. Ward of Avon
dale; E. N. Washburn of Bostic and
Washburn; J. S. Harris of Harris;
B. B. Logan of Logan; Grady WTith
row of Hollis; H. F. Killian of Un
, ion Mills and J. R 1 Morris of Chim
j S. P. Burton, President of the
Buncombe County Merchants' Pro
tective League, will accompany Mr.
Reynolds to Rutherfordton and may
speak a few words. The meeting is
not intended to be a lengthy one and
at its conclusion it is very probable
that a permanent organization will
be formed and officials and directors
It will be remembered that the
first meeting of the Merchants' Pro
tective League of Rutherford coun
ty was held Monday night, February
3, in the courthouse; owing to the
closing of six banks in the next two
days, February 4 and 5, action has
been delayed, but it is felt now that
the present time is excellent for th' 2
merchants to get together and to co
CHILD'S ARM BROKEN.
. Sillus Michalove, little son of Mr.
and Mrsv Jack Michalove, suffered
a fracture of his right arm last Sun
day when a swing turned with him,
throwing him to the floor. The little
fellow was swinging with a little
Cousin when the accident happened.
His arm was broken between the
elbow and shoulder. He has been
getting along nicely and should soon
Hat special: We have one lot of
ladies' spring hats, worth up to $4.95
selling in this sale at SI.OO each.
Don't fail to see the bargains. For
est City Shop. Allie Mae Jen
State and county fishing license
sold by Farmers Hardware Co.
Chimney Rock Has
$60,000 Fire Sunday
Nine Buildings Destroyed by Wind-Whipped
Blaze—Origin of Fire Unknown—
bmall Amount of Insurance.
A series of revival services will
begin at the local Presbyterian church
Sunday, March 30, and will continue
through April 6. Preaching will be
held every night at 7:45. Rev. I. S.
McElroy, Jr., pastor of the Ruther
fordton Presbyterian church, a form
er missionary to Japan, and well
known to many in Forest City, will
preach daily. Good gospel singing
will be a feature of each service.
Prayer service will be held every
morning at ten o'clock. All are cor
dially invited to attend these services
ALLEGED GAS THIEF
CAUGHT IN GAFFNEY
Former Forest City Boy Gets
90 Days in Gaffney Court
on Three Charges.
Gaffney, S. C., Mar. 18.—An alleg
ed gasoline thief, captured Sunday
night after a hot chase lasting an hour
or more, was sentenced in record
er's court here Monday to pay fines
totaling $64.,50 or to serve 90 days
in the roads. He gave his name as
George Bennick, of Forest City, N.
C. Three charges were lodged against
him, stealing gasoline, reckless driv-
ing and having in possesssion con
traband liquor. He denied the charg-
The chase began on Race street
in front of the home of E. C.
McArthur, of the McArthur-Wood
Chevrolet Company, when Joe Mc-
Arthur discovered someone si--
phoning gasoline from the tank
of his automobile, which was
parked in front of the house,
about 7:30 o'clock. The thief had
backed his own car up to Mr.
Mc Arthur's, and was drawing the
gas into a can. Seeing what was
going on, Mr. McArthur ran out.
The man jumped into his coupe,
in which a girl was seated, and
drove away towards Limestone
College but turned to the left at
the Central school corner.
J Mr. MeArthur got into nis own
car find drove around the block,
| meeting the coupe at the inter-
I section of Petty and Montgomery
! streets. The coupe turned north
| with Mr. McArthur following al-
I most at its side to prevent the
' man from getting into a side
! street. The two cars after cir
! culating around, finally reached
j East Frederick street where Mr.
t McArthur bumped the other car
! as it slowed down near the office
lof Carroll & Byers Company.
The coupe stopped, and the man
j began saying something about be
! ing hit. Mr. McArthur started
! calling for a policeman. The
| other man dashed away again.
He was finally located in the
yard of the Victor Cotton Oil
, Company, where he had hidden,
! but managed to make his escape
again. While Mr. McArthur was
finding a policeman, the chase
was taken up by William Austell,
Steedly Cook, and some others?..
Bennick was finally overhauled
on the Shelby road north of the
Stacy Ferry bridge over Broad
river. He returned to Gaffney
without resistance, but stoutly de
nied that he knew anything of the
attempted gas theft. —Gaffney Ledg-,
MR. GEO. H. BLANTON
TO HANDLE COTTON SEED j
Mr. Geo. H. Blanton informs The
Courier that he will receive a carload
of pedigreed Wilson Big 801 l cot
ton seed from Arkansas this week.
This seed is said to be of very su
perior quality. Mr. Blanton is well
qualified as a judge of cotton seed,
having been a successful grower for
a number of years.
1 6 Pages
SI.OO Per Year in Advance
i Chimney Rock, Mar. 18.—Half
the town of Chimney Rock Monday
was in ashes, following- the most dis
astrous blaze in the town's history
Sunday night and early Monday,
which destroyed nine buildings.
Estimating the loss Monday busi
ness men of the town placed the
damage at $60,000 or more. The to
tal insurance carried on the nine
buildings burned amounted to only
about $6,000. The insurance rate
here is very high, it was explained
Starts At 11:30.
The fire started at 11:30 o'clock
Suftday night in Oscar Shytle's cafe,
snd a strong west wind fanned the
fire and soon half the town was in
flames. Calls for aid were sent to
and Asheville fire departments, and
the latter responded, but when the
combination truck from the Bilt
more station, in charge of Assistant
Fire Chief J. C. Fitzgerald, arrived
the last building had caved in. A
shift in the wind was given credit
for saving that part of the town
The fire raged for about an hour
and a half.
No one was hurt.
Nine Buildings Burn.
The buildings destroyed with the
estimated loss, follows:
G. W. Logan inn, $15,000 to S2O
- . •» * _ ■
Miller Hardware building, furnish
ed but unoccupied, $6,000.
Shytle's cafe, $5,000.
Mclntyre's garage, $3,000.,
An office building, furnished but
not occupied, the property of a Dr.
Hord, of King's Mountain, $4,000.
Tar Heel Inn, owned by M. L. Ed
A vacant office building owned by
Mr. Edwards, $3,500.
Carolina Home, owned by Mrs. J.
A small residence on the nortn
side of the highway, SSOO. Aii i
other buildings burned were on the
south side of the highway.
Other losses included one of SGOO
suffered by the Bell Telephone com
pany to poles, wires, etc. J. M.
Flack also reported damages of sso'?
to his power plant.
Guests in the boarding houses
escaped unhurt, but many of them,
it was said, lost their personal ef
When the fire was discovered,
Shytle's cafe was a mass of flame?.
While the cause of the fire had
not been definitely determined
Monday, the general belief was that
it was due to a defective flue in the
Volunteers valiantly fought the
L fire as best they could with buckets,
j but their efforts were unavailing in
j the face of the strong wind which
rapidly carried the flames from one
building to another.
Chimney Rock does not have fire
fighting equipment, and the insur
ance rate on buildings is almost pro
hibitive, which accounts for the
small amount of insurance carried.
LEE MOSS REINHARDT
RECOVERING AT HOSPITAL
Lee Moss Reinhardt, who was ser
iously injured when struck by a car
in front of the high school build
ing on March 6, is doing as well as
could be expected and showing grad
ual improvement at the Rutherford
Hospital. He is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. R. L. Reinhardt and one of For
est City's finest young lads. Hun
dreds of friends all over the county
have closely followed the course of
his recovery and all are much grati
fied that the young man is now
thought to be out of danger and well
on the road to recovery. It is now
expected that he will be able to re
turn to his home here next Sunday.