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VOL. XII —No. 25.
£ E. Smart Elected President
at Organization Meeting
Monday Evening—Will
Hold Conference at
Rutherfordton, Mai% 20. - At a
meeting held here in Superintendent
Clyde A. Erwin's office Monday •
evening plans were made for the tix
th annual Rutherford County Older
Boys' Conference, and E. E. Smart
of Bostic, was elected .president.
Other officers elected include David j
Lindsay, of Spindale, vice-president;
Prof R. W. Eaves, Spindale, cor
responding secretary; Rev. W. A.
Barber, Spindale, recording secre
tary; G. B. Howard, Spindale, treas
urer. The chairman of the various
committees, as elected Monday night,
follow: Clyde A. Erwin, Rutherford
ton, publicity; Prof. J., W. Eakes,
Forest City, finance; F. W. Jarvis,
Rutherfordton, reception: C. A. Den
son, Cliffside, athletics; G. A Wil
liams, Spindale, entertainment.
Tho time for holding, the sixth
Older Boys Conference was set for
April 11, 12 and 13th. and will be
held at the Spindale House, Spindale.
B. D, Wilson presided as tempor
ary chairman. Thirty men were pres
ent, representing the communities
of Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest
City, Bostic, Union Mills and Cliffside
G. B. Howard read the financial
reports of the past conferences and
stated that each conference had cost
on an average of $150.00.
The meeting was opened for sug
gestions .for speakers, and several
individu&is of prominence were sug
gested to the secretary as suitable
men to address the conference.
The opening session of the con
ference will be held Friday after
noon, April 11, followed by a ban
quet Friday evening. Sessions will
be held Saturday morning, Saturday
afternoon and evening of April 12,
and will conclude with the Sunday
afternoon session of April 13.
Fifteenth Federal Census Be
gins April 2—"Nose Count
ers" In Rutherford An
The fifteenth federal census will
ot taken in April, beginning April
2, and the people of Cool Springs
township will be quizzed by R. K.
Holiifield, R. W. Carswell, Joe P.
Hardin, L. G. Blanton and Terry
Smart. Cool Springs township has
five enumerators, the largest number
of any of the fourteen townships.
The names of the census enumer
ators in Rutherford county were made
public Tuesday. They are as follows:
Chimney Rock, Mrs. H. C. Keeter.
Green Hill, Ben Hampton.
Union, John A., Smith.
Sulphur Springs, George Cole.
Rutherfordton, C. E. Shytle, Dud
ley Crawford, Mrs. T. R. Flack.
Logans Store, Joe. J. Melton and
Cool Springs, R. K. Hollifield, R
Carswell, Joe P. Hardin, L. G.
Blanton and Terry Smart,
Colfax, Terry Smart and Mtes
Zennie Allen.
High Shoals: Mrs. Rose E. Smith.
Flay H. Scruggs, J. B. Robinson and
B. B. Smart.
Duncans Creek, Learidis Mode.
Golden Valley: D. G. Melton.
Camp Creek: Miller Watson..,
Gilkey: Fred Keeter.
Morgan: Maude Stott.
The above enumerators will begin
iheir work of "counting noses" on
Wednesday, April 2, and will have
thirty days in which to complete their
Dahlia bulbs, assorted colors,
Courtney's Ten Cent Store.
Kaye Don, of England, will try to break all records for speed on wheels with this curious car at Daytona
Beach, Florida. ;
Addresses Mass Meeting Un
der Auspices of Rutherford
County Protective Lea
gue—Other Speakers
Rutherfordton, Mar. 26.—"Last
year ninety-five corporations in the
United States made over 50 per
cent of all profits made in the na
tion," said Robert, R. Reynolds,
prominent lawyer and speaker of
Asheville, in addressing several hun
dred people at the courthouse here
Tuesday evening. "The chain store
systems are becoming highly mono
polized, and as a result over 500,-
000 citizens were forced out of em
ployment last year," said the speak
Mr. Reynolds was presented by
R. B. Price. In his opening remarks
he stated that he w;as unalterably
opposed to the moneyed interests,
and had been since boyhood days,
and had been an enemy to powerful
-corporations since casting his first
ballot. ""The country is fast becom
ing the property of the few," said
Mr* Reynolds "and we are approach
ing a time when all of the property
jof the nation will be centered in a
i few Individuals, who will enslave the
j boys and girls of our country. This
'is evidenced by the growing tenden
cy to create chains of grocery stores,
! drug stores, shoe stores, filling Sra-
I tions and other chain enterprises,
j Once they have a monopoly on anv
| certain business or commodity they
' will he in a place to dictate to the
[consumers or anyone else." Tie
speaker then presented the financial
side, .and showed how each dollar otf
profit made by the chain systems
left tie community, and appealed to
those present to patronize home mer
chants. To the independent merchants
|he gave a word of advice, and warn
• ed them that if they wished to corn
i j>ete with the present chain store
J groceries they must clean up, feature
i their goods in attractive window dis-
I plays; use advertising space freely
'and tell the community what they
had for sale. "You cannot sell dia
monds for #1.0.0 each,,, "said Mr.
Reynolds, "unless you let the peo
ple know that you have them for
sale. The newspaper is the best mo
idium available for this purpose, and
you should take full advantage of
it. Feature certain articles regularly
and let your customers know it, and
you will sell them. "The chain stores
spend millions of dollars annually in
employing experts to study their ad
vertising needs. If that phase of
work is so profitable to them it will
be profitable to you."
B. D. Wilson, acting president of
the Rutherford County Protective
League., presided at the meeting. Fol
lowing Mr. Reynolds' address Mr.
Price presented Attorney Charles A.
McCrea, of Asheville, who spoke
briefly. Major Wallace B. Stone, of
Asheville, candidate for Congress in
the 10th Congressional district, was
also presented and emphasized som#
of Mr. Reynolds remarks.
Mr. E. W. Brandon, Jr., of Shreve
port, La., a representative of "Old
Man" Henderson, of Station KWKH,
was present. After the close of the
speaking Mr. Wilson called a short
business session, which was attended
by a nurrfber of the county merchants.
Mr. Brandon presented the subject
of the organization of the Merchants
Minute Men of America, an inde
pendent organization sponsored by
Henderson. Action on this matter
was deferred until a later date.
its 3
C. E. U. To Meet Here
The Rutherford-Polk County
Christian Endeavor Union will hold
its quarterly meeting at the Presby
terian church here Friday evening,
April 4th, beginning at 5:30 o'clock.
A fellowship supper will be served at
5:30, and all members are urged to
bring baskets. At 7:30 Rev. I. S.
McElroy, Jr., pastor of the Ruther
fordton Presbyterian church, will ad
dress the meeting. All Unions in both
Rutherford and Polk are urged to
have representatives present.
Funeral Will be Held Today
(Thursday) at Mt. Vern
on Baptiiit Church.
Mrs. Memory Freeman died Tues
day night at 9 oVlock in a Rock
Hill, S, C., hospital, according to
reports reaching here Wednesday.
The funeral will be held today
(Thursday) at Mt. Vernon Baptist
church, and interment will follow in
the Mt. Vemon cemetery.
The body left Rock Hill Wednes
day at 12 o'clock, and was brought
;to the home of Mr. Freeman's par
| ents, Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Freeman,
iin Forest City-
Mrs. Freeman was the wife of Mr.
; Memory Freeman, formerly of For
-1 est City, but now manager of the
A&P store in Rock Hill. Mr. Freeman
'was formerly employed by the local
'A&P store. Before her marriage
Mrs. Freeman was Miss Emily Holli
| field, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
; Monroe Hollrfield, of Caroleen. She
j was formerly a teacher in the Car
' oleen elementary school and was a
j teacher there at the time of her mar
i riage. They have been making Rock
1 Hill their home for about two years.
Mrs. Freeman gave birth Tuesday
| morning to a son, which survives.
| Her husband and parents also sur
:County Medical Society
To Meet April Ist
The Rutherford County Medical
| Society will meet at the Rutherfoid
j Hospital Tuesday, April Ist at 4 p.
i m., according to %n announcement
[by I>r. W. C. Bostic, the secretary.
] Invitation is extejided to the den
jtal profession of Rutherford county
{to meet in joint session with the
j County Board of Health,
j Dr. H. H. Briggs, of Asheville,i
will be present and deliver a paper
to the physicians and dentists of this (
section and you will miss a treat if
you are not present.
Dr. Briggs has a national reputa
tion and is a pleasing speaker. You
are urged to be on hand if possible.
"The Pirate's Daughter", a musi
cal comedy in three acts, will be giv
en at the high school auditorium Fri- ]
day evening, beginning at 8 o'clock.»
The play is based upon a legend of (
old Holland in 1624. The costumes!
have been designed by Miss Johnnie
King, who is directing the dramatics,
and they blend in the settings of
American and Dutch character. Mrs. .
Glickman has well-trained students j
working under her supervision, and j
Miss Jennie Aiken has charge of the
dancing, which is an important part i
of the comedy. i'
The proceeds from the play will be 
used to defray the expenses of
girls and boys glee clubs when they 1
enter the state musical contest. p
I *
Cebe Lynch, Fatally Wound
ed by Officer WKo Goes to
Arrest Him for Shoot
ing of Son.
! \
| Columbus, Mar. 25 —Cebe Lynch
j 45-year-old farmer of the Cooper's
! Creek section of Polk County, was
• t fatally wounded Sunday afternoon
about 4 o'clock by J. M. Melton,
! constable of the township, when
Lynch resisted arrest on charges of
j shooting his son Melton Lynch, 20.
(The wounded youth is in the Ruther
iford hospital in a serious condition
' from a bullet wound in the abdomen
\ said to have been inflicted by his
I father.
A coroner's jury impaneled Sunday
by Coroner Earle Gi*ady found that
"the officer shot in the defense of
Jiis life and while in the official dis
charge of his duties as a peace offi
cer of the State of North Carolina.'*
j According to evidence submitted
at the hearing Sunday afternoon by
!W. M. Beensdale, Will Corn, and S.
I 7
K. McMu|ray, witnesses of the shpot
, ing; tfte 'tfftfcer Was en route
•{home of Lynch to investigate re
- j ports that the elder man had shot
t his son in an argument. Melton
, i met Lynch on the highway leading
• i from his home and commanded him
II to halt and surrender to arrest.
i, Lynch is alleged to have reached to
. ' his pocket, secured his pistol and
: I fired twice at the officer. The officer
■jwitnesses said, pulled his pistol and
. i fired one shot at Lynch, the bullet
ii striking him in the head.
■; Fires Again.
l After being shot, witnesses testi
■jfied, the man steadied himself and
:} fired two additional shots at the
.'.officer but missed Melton He then
■ fell to the ground and died in a
short while. Melton reported the
. jshooting to Sheriff S. B. Westbrook
; : and surrendered but was released by
I the coroner's jury.
Details of the argument between
'! father and son were meager at the
; sheriff's office. Deputies stated they
j understood the fight, between the
I two occurred about 50 yards from
[the Lynch home. Other witnesses
(claimed the elder Lynch was under
.'the influence of liquor,
i Funeral services for Mr. Lynch
jwere held Tuesday.
' As The Courier goes to press the
j condition of young Lynch is some
j-what improved, according to hospi
!tal authorities, and he is expected
»to recover unless complications set
1 K
Cool Springs Wins
First Game 15-3
| In the opening game of the sea
son, Forest City High defeated El
■ lenboro here Friday, 15 to 3, in a
game which featured the heavy hit-
Sting of the locals, which was led
,by V. Whitlock and R. Hamrick,
with 3 hits each.
] Ellenboro was unable to hit the
'deliveries of T. Blanton who pitch
ed excellent ball.
| Capt. R. Blanton played a very
good game, while Allen starred for
the visitors*,
The prospects for,this year's team
are very good.
| Mr. C. Gaston Hill left last Fri
day for Ridgeville, S. C., where he
, will visit his son, Rev., J. W. P. Hill,
i While gone Mr. Hill also expects to
! visit the famous Magnolia Gardens,
Charleston, and other points of in- j
terest. He will return home this j
I week.
County Ginning
Report For 1929
Rutherford county ginned 23,313
bales of cotton in 1929, as compared
with 17,821 in 1928, according to
an announcement made by the De
partment of Commerce through the j
Bureau of Census this week. Polk
ginned 5,524 as compared with 3,-
965 bales in 1928, and Cleveland
ginned 64,237 in 1929 as compared
with 53,921 in 1928; making that
county the champion cotton county
of North Carolina. The state ginned
766,787 bales in 1929 against 869,-
248 in 1928.
The pleasing fact about the in
crease of number of bales in Ruth- j
erford and Cleveland, is that the
acreage was practically the same as!
1928. The production of cotton per
acre in both counties was increased
approximately 30 percent over that
of 1928, and indications point to a
still smaller acreage in 1930, but a
larger production of cotton per acre.
i j ■
• Dodge Car and Thirty-Five
Gallons of Liquor Taken
by Officers Monday on
Highway No. 20.
A Dodge coupe, from Atlanta, Ga.,
and about thirty-five gallons of
whiskey were confiscated by County
Traffic Officer Garrett Edwards Mon
[ day afternoon on Highway No. 20
near Concord. The driver of the car
escaped. An extra tank . had been
[ provided behind tKe seat of the car
to carry the whiskey and had it not
' j been for the sharp eyes of Officer
' j Edwards the car would have passed
■ | on, with no one the wiser. Mr. Ed
'Jwar(js( seeing the car coming, noticed
Mtln at*"Tf'tras-.rrd'rgg -rather iieavilyv as
" j though it was carrying a heavy .10-.ul
!of some kind.
I !
Taking a chance'of the car noc
' j carrying whiskey, Mr. Edwards halt
-1 jed it. Almost before he could say a
'| word the driver of the car jumped
]; out and began running. Lifting up
1 j the seat, the extra tank was seen,
j'and a chase for the rum-runner was
I begun. The driver made good his es
cape, however.
I Mr. Edwards was accompanied by
i Austin Price, of the local police
I i department, and deputy sheriff Cal
| vin Hardin, of Rutherfordton. The
* I
, j car was brought to Forest City and
i Later carried to Rultherfordjton. It
, j was the most completely furnished
.; rum-runner's car ever captured by
r county officers., A tank with a capa
'city of forty gallons had been placed
( ! in back of the seat. It had a spigot
„! on it and was prepared to serve the
r liquor either in glasses or bottles.
, All that, was lacking was the famed
1 "brass rail."
I j
i Funeral Held Friday at Boil
ing Springs For Green
Hill Man.
Rutherfordton, R-3, Mar. 24. —
I William Thomas Hawkins, 69, died
I at his home near Green Hill Thurs- :
! day after a short illness. Funeral j
| services were held at Boiling Springs,
j Friday with Rev. E. P. White in,
| charge, assisted by Rev. L. N. Epley,,
|of Forest City. Interment was in the j
i Boiling Springs cemetery.
! j
Mr. Hawkins is survived by his j
widow and the following children:
Mrg., Lee Hipp, Gastonia; Mrs. Ben
nie Patterson, Clover, S. C.; Mrs.
Plato Daniel, Forest City; Mrs.
Bynum Bowen, Rutherfordton; Len- j
nie Hawkins, Forest City; and Geo.)
H. Hawkins, of Ft. Bragg.
Four ty'otjhers and three sisters
survive also.
Mr. Hawkins was a prominent
farmer and citizen, and was member
of Green Hill Baptist church. Neph
ews of the deceased acted as pall
bearers while nieces were the flower
Beautiful lot of scarfs for ladies,
Courtney's Ten Cent Store.
1 6 Pages
SI.OO Per Year in Advance
Well Known Williamston Man
Selected to Liquidate Ruth
ford County Banks—
Took Charge Monday.
Chief State Bank Examiner John
Mitchell, of Raleigh, announced Sat
urday that Dr. John D. Biggs, of
Williamston, had been appointed
liquidating agent for the Rutherford
I County Bank and Trust Co., Ruther
fordton; Farmers Bank and Trust
Co., Forest City; and the Chimney
Rock Trust Co., which banks and
their branches were closed February
4. 1
Dr Biggs will be assisted by Mr.
M. E. Herndon, of Kings Mountain,
and Mr. Homer Culbreth, of Gas
tonia. Mr. Herndon will be in charge
|at Forest City and Dr. Biggs and Mr.
Culbreth will be in charge at Ruth
erfordton and Chimney Rock. These
J gentlemen arrived in the county
land took charge of their duties last
'Monday, their first action being that
!of notifying the different stockhold
jers of the various banks to come for
| ward and" pay assessments of one
| hundred dollars per share on their
| stock by April first. It was stated
j that they had not as yet received
• the reports of the bank examiners
; \vho went over the books of the var
ious banks after their closing, as
i the reports had not as yet been fin
i shed by the firm typing them in Char
lotte, but that they expected to have
these full reports in hand at an
yearly date and will be of record in
.the clerk of court's office. '
i Since the closing of the banks
I speculation has heeu rife as to. the
1 ~coftditit)n~ of * Ifatftcs' ahif
• many anxious ones are wondering
| what they will pay on the dollar. It
seems to be the general opinion in
Forest City that the Farmers Bank
will pay from 50c to 00c on the dol
lar, but, of course, nothing definite
1 is known as to what it will pay. •
i The most gratifying, as well as
surprising feature of the situation
in this county since the closing of
the banks has been the optimism of
the people and the surprising way
in which business has held up under
the strain. Many are prone to sug
gest that business in general will be
better in the countv, and more stab
ilized, within the noxt few months
than in the past when there was an
; unrest on account of the unstable
.banking conditions.
Dr. Biggs, who comes to liquidate
! the banks, is a banker of much ex
perience and a former president of
i the North Carolina Bankers' Asso
ciation. He recently sold his bank
to the Branch Banking and Trust
Co., of Wilson.
Mr. Chas C. Blanton. well known
banker of Shelby, was first appoint
ed as liquidating agent for the banks
but declined to accept the post on
i account of pressure of his large
business affairs.
Mr. John W. Dalton has returned
'to his home from the hospital and
! last reports from him was that he
| was doing as well as could be ex
pected, although he suffered severe
ly at times. His many friends are
'hoping for a rapid recovery.
Mr. Wilkie Meares, efficient and
popular clerk in the local postoffice,
was operated upon for appendicitis
at the Rutherford Hospital last Fri
day. He was quite sick for several
days following the operation, but at
last reports was showing improve
ment and his friends are hopeful that
he will make rapid recovery and
soon be back at his duties.
Lee Moss Reinhardt, popular local
lad who was severely injured in an
automobile accident several weeks
ago, has made sufficient recovery to
be moved to his home here and is
improving nicely.
Three shipments consisting of 240
head of hogs will be made from
Cumberland county in April, re
ports the county agent.

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