VOL. XII —No. 39.
Three Towns Sell
Sales Subject to Approval of Voters —Spindale,
Rutherfordton and Forest City to Call
Election at an Early Date.
$500,000 BID FOR
Action Taken Thursday After
Joint Meeting of Boards
of Three Towns.
The towns of Rutherfordton and
Spindale Thursday sold theilr muni
cipal power and water plants to the
Southern Public Utilities Company, .
ox Charlotte, a subsidiary of the
Duke Power Company, for $295,000
and $205,000 respectively.
The sales are subject to approval
by the voters of the two towns.
An offer of the Charlotte con
tern of $415,000 for Forest City's
power and water plants was not act
ed upon by the Forest City board,
at that time.
The offers, totalling- $915,000, j
are cash in each case.
They were made at a joint meet-j
ing of the boards of the three towns,
held in Spindal e Thursday afternoon.
The Rutherfordton and Spindale
boards voted iate in the afternoon
to accept the offer for their munici
The boards in these two towns
will call elections shortly at which
the voters will be called upon to
approve" or drsapprof? the saffe
The offers of the Bake subsidiary
exceed by mor e than quarter of a
r illion bids made recently by Sher
ritt and company, a Chicago con- j
Sheritt and company at first
made offers follows: Rutherford
ton, $210,000; Forest City $350,000;
and Spindale, $190,000. Later they
increased these bids by $15,000 each.
But Thursday the Duke concern
made still better bids, and Ruther
foidton and Spindale accepted them.
The competition between the two
concerns, it was said here Friday,
was responsible for the size of the
•bids. In each case, it \was stated, the
price offered is more Ihan the orig
inal cost of the plants. Rutherford
ton's plant, which it is selling for
$295,000, originally .cost the town
Harrill and King Promoting
Biggest Event in the His
tory of the County—
Large Crowd is
If plans now being formulated
ty Harrill and King, live wire real
estate agents of this city, materalize
—and their plans have progressed to
the point where there is no doubt
of th e success of their undertakings
—July Fourth will be celebrated at
the Rutherford County Fair Grounds
on the biggest scale heretofore un*.
dtrtaken in the county. It is to be a
fljemorable occasion with expectations
oi the largest crowds ever assembl
ed to fittingly eelebrate Independence
It seems that nothing has been
overlooked for the big day. The can
didates have been invited to be there
lor a last minute chat with the vot
ers, who are expected to be at the
polls on the following day, Saturday,
July 5, to name the winners in the
second race. A full program, cover
ing every minute of the day from
the opening to the close, appears in
an advertisement elsewhere in this
paper. You should turn to it now and
se e for yourself just what a big day
they have planned for your entertain
ment. In addition the large program,
there will be plenty of good things
FOREST CITY COURIER
FOREST CITY—"ONE OK THE TEN BEST PLANNED AND MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN THE U. S. A." U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SURVEY.
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOR EST CITY AND RUTHERFORD COUNTY
Southern Public Utilities Co. #
Makes Bid—Offer Reduc
tion In Power Rates.
At a meeting of th e Forest City
beard of aldermen, held Tuesday
morning, the city's public utilities
plants were sold to the Southern
Public Utilities Company, a subsid
iary of the Duke Power Company, of
Charlotte, for $415,000. The action
of the board is subject to the appro
val of the voters of the city.
The purchasers made an offer of
$315,000 for the city's electrical
plant, and sloo,ooo* for the water
plant, which was accepted.
The sale, if confirmed by the vot
[ers, will bring about cheaper power
i rate, the company contracting to sup
[ply current at approximately twenty
'per cent under the city's present rate.
A committee consisting of Mayor
V. T. DaVls, and Aldermen G. B. Har
rill and W\ L. Horn will meet with a
similar committee from Spindale and
Rutherfordton within a short time
and complete arrangements for hold
ing an election in the three towns. A
new registration will be called Jor,
istration list. Further
a?, to the time of holding election,
etc., will be given next week.
While Spindale and Rutherford
ton sold their plants last Thursday,
action by the local board was delay
ed pending investigations of propo
sition" "flWpd by other companies.
aiien'ict and Company iirst offer
ed th e city $350,000 for the plants,
and afterwards raised their bid fif
teen thousand dollars.
The Forest City system is con
sidered very desirable property,
with almost unlimited possibilities.
Th e original cost of the plants here
were $221,000. According to a re
cent survey made by an engineering
ccmpany the physical value of Forest
City's utility system is now $212j;000.
MISS YOUNG TO SPEAK AT
WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH
On Sunday morning July 6, Miss
Cleo Young of this city, will hold a
missionary service at the Wesleyan
Methodist church. Miss Young has
spent twenty years in the mission
ary work of the Weslyan Methodist
church. She has spent four terms on
the African field, being a very ef
ficient and much beloved missionary.
While on fu* , lo|',gh Miss ,Young
I travels, giving talks on missions and
I previously on each furlough her
talks have been better and better,
glowing with interest and enthusiasm
for missions. So don't fail to hear
this talk Sunday at 11 a. m.
BANKS WILL CLOSE FOR
HOLIDAY JULY THE 4
The Union Trust Company and
The Industrial Loan and Investment
Bank, of this city, will be closed July
4th. All patrons are requested to
arrange any business they may have
with the banks on July 3.
UNION TRUST COMPANY.
INDUSTRIAL LOAN & IN
to eat and drink provided for those
who do not carry their lunches, free
ice water, rides and shows and enter
tainment of various kinds, thrilling
rirplane stunts, dancing and music,
all kinds of contests, boxing matches
and a glorious display of fire works
at 9 p. m.
If you want to forget dull care
and celebrate the glorious Indepen
dence Day in a patriotic manner,
den't fail to be at the Rutherford
County Fair Grounds on July Fourth.
FOREST CITY NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, JULY 3, 1930.
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The Higgins Sisters will be at Saturday night, and will give a concert in the Cliffside Memorial
building, beginning at 7:45 o'clock! Nor admission fee will be charged. This quartet is much in demand at
concerts and church meetings, and sas |already won national fame, having won the National Music Cup
offered by the Federation of Music jClufcs, in a contest in Boston. These young ladies are from Guilford
county, N. C. From left to right Misses Katherine, Alice, Maiy and Sallie Higgins.
The Higgins Sisters will atrthe Forest City M. E. Church, Wednesday evening, July 2, at 7:30
J. A. WILKIE TO
I SURVEY CITY
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Appointed Commissioner to
Block Off Streets, Number
i Houses, For Free Mail v -
An ordinance has recently been
assed appointing Mr. J. A. Wilkie
ommissioner to survey the city and
lumber the houses and blocks in
forest City, in anticipation of an
>arly inaugural of mail delivery in
A point in center of the square
it the intersection of Cherry Moun
tain street and Main street, directly
n front of the Union Trust Com- (
:any, will be assumed, and all lines
ivill run from that point. The city (
vill be divided into four parts, north, |
ast, west and south, using this point
*s the beginning line between the
tcur major divisions of the city.
Mr. Wilkie will further divide up
he four divisions into blocks, and
kvill have all houses numbered.
Various forces have been at work
within recent months to secure free
mail delivery within the city limits.
There is a possibility that this ob
ject may be realized within the near
future. Among the requirements
which a city must meet before se
curing mail delivery, is the block
ing off of streets and numbering thy
FUNERAL HELD FOR
REV. R. L. DOGCETT
Died Thursday in Union, S. C.
—Funeral Friday at Tan- !
ner's Grove Church.
Rev. Robert Lewis Doggett, aged
62 years, died in hospital in Un
ion, South Carolina, Thursday. He
had been in ill health some time.
Funeral service was held Friday
afternoon at Tanner's Grove Metho
dist church, with Rev. M. F. Moores
and a Spartanburg, S. C., minister
in charge. Interment was in the Tan
ner's Grove cemetery..
Mr. Doggett is survived by two
sons and one daughter: Marvin, and
James Doggett and Margaret. His
wife, a daughter of the late Rev. J.,
B. Carpenter, preceded him to the j
grave about six years ago. One son!
Lewis Doggett, died about one year,
ago when injured in a fall. Three (
sisters survive as follows: Mrs. J->
N, Moon, of Montana, Mrs. E. N. j
Crowder, of Granite, N. C.; and Mrs.
D. P. of Columbia, S. C., and (
NATIONAL CONCERT ARTISTS
; Tfce: first cotton bloom of the sea
son ffias brought to The Courier of
fice Thursday morning, about nine
o'clock, by , Mr. Henry Green, of
that he noticed several blooms in his
cotton fields Thursday, and found
one Wednesday, June 25. He resides
near Alexander, on Mr. L. R, Cof
On Thursday afternoon Mr. John
Millwood, of Forest City, R-l,
.brought The Courier a cotton bloom.
Mr. Millwood resides near Mr. Joe
Doggett, of route one.
Both Mr. Green and Mr. Millwood
have unusually fine fields of cotton
for this time of year.
Mr. J w M. White, of the Oakland
community, Forest City, R-2, brought
a pink cotton bloom to The Courier
office Friday afternoon. This bloom
'had of course appeared Thursday.
Mr. Ji, C. Morrow, of Forest. City,
R-2, also brought in a pink bloom
Friday afternoon. On- Saturday
morning Mr. W. V. Harrill, of near
Providence, Forest City, R-2, brought
a small cotton boll to the office. The j
plant bearing this boll evidently
bloomed several days before. Mr.
Ernest Bowen, of Bostic R-2, also
reported cotton blooms k'st week.
Cotton blooms were also reported
by Mr. Willie Byers, who resides on
the G. P. McDaniel farm near For
est City. Mr. Byers had cotttm blooms
appearing in his field Saturday. Mr.
D,. M. Dalton, of Caroleen,, also re
ported cotton blooms Saturday.
! Mr. G. W. Hardin, Jr., of Forest
City, R-2, brought a cotton bloom to
The Courier office Tuesday morning
that had opened Monday.
Henrietta defeated Cliffside here
Saturday afternoon in a well played
baseball game, Henrietta making
three runs and Cliffside two. W. L.
Pruett only yielded up three hits in
the game), ,
one brother, Horace B. Doggett, of
Mr,. Doggett was a native of Ruth- j
erford county, and was born here
December 28, 1868. He joined the
Tanner's Grove Methodist church
early in life and was licensed to
preach about forty years ago. He was
a member of the Western North Car- (
I clina conference about 28 years,
I after which- he was transferred tc
the South Carolina Conference some j
112 or 14 years ago. He was a mem- (
ber of the Upper South Carolina
] Conference at the time of his death, j
I having been superannuated at the
conference of 1928.
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Seven Candidates Contesting
For Offices of Sheriff and
A second primary will be held next
Saturday in this county. The'primary
will be conducted along: the same
lines as the first primary, which was
the first held in the county under
the regulations of the improved bal
loting act of 1929.
1 Seven candidates are to be voted
cn in the primary Saturday. They
! Sheriff: W. C. Hardin and H. R.
County commissioners: Geo. H.
Blanton, J. P. Jones, A. W. Deck,
|W. G. Harris and Hi. H. Tucker.
K. E. Simpson, fourth highest man
in th e first race, refused to enter a
second primary, thereby causing only
five men to contest for the place.
Three of the five will be nominated.
Considerable interest is being
shown during the final week, and
indications are that the largest vote
polled in many years will result next
The official returns will be receiv
ed by Mr. J. R. Anderson, chairman
cf the county board of elections, at
'the court house, and the figures phon-
Jed to the Rutherford County News
office where they will be placed on
a' large board, as in the election four
ENDS OWN LIFE
Thomas Philbeck, of Near
Hollis, Fires Bullet Into
Body Tuesday After
Hollis, July 2.—Thomas Philbeck, 1
23, son of Craton Philbeck, well
known farmer who lives near the
Rutherford-Cleveland county line,:
between Hollis and Lattimore, shot'
and killed himself with a pistol Tues- j
day afternoon about 5 o'clock.
No caus e for the act is known. He j
went to the field to work and his
family heard the pistol fire., He was
dead when they reached him.
He was a well known young man. j
Surviving are his parents, several,
brothers and sisters. Funeral and
burial will be at Sandy Plains Bap
The Forest City public library will
be closed Saturday, July 5, on ac
count of the election.
I 2 Pages
SI.OO Per Year in Advance
County Convention Held Sat
urday Attended by Large
Rutherfordton, June 30.—The
Rutherford county Democratic con
vention was held here Saturday af
ternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the court
house, with a large number of rep
resentatives present. Despite the fact
that few matters of importance were
brought up at this meeting, interest
was as great as in the county con
vention held two years ago.
The convention was called to or
der by Q. O. Ridings, chairman of
the Rutherford County Executive
I Committee, and on motion O. C. Er
jwin was made temporary chairman
Clarence Griffin and R. E. Price
■temporary secretaries. On motion
! properly seconded 0. C. Erwin was
! made permanent chairman and Clar
jer.ce Griffin permanent secretary. A
' call for convention was read, and the
'roll of precincts called;^
A credential committee consisting
of E. E. HarriM, O. J. Holler, J. D.
Morris, L*, L. Long, and Geo. Big
gerstaff considered the matter of
two sets of delegates from two of
Forest City's Precincts, Nos. 1 and
2. §nd Caroleen.
Attorneys 0. J. Mooneyham and
M. L. Edwards made a plea for par-
,ty harmony and unity, and appealed
jt G all Democrats to forget any dif
ferences that may arise or that they
may have had in the past, and pres
ent a solid front in all undertakings.
| _ Delegates \\c i
j Rutherfordton; C. Ei Tanner, C.
S. Royster, S. 1% Dunagan, M. H.
Jones, W. A. Harrill. Alternates:.
Robert Crison, Owen Stamey, J. R_
Chambers, Ralph Jolley, Mrs. Annie-
Bell Logan. „
J Spindale: 0. A. Harrill, S. K: Yel
ton, Clarence Griffin. Alternates: O-
G. Nanney, J. T. Bland, J. H. Hill.
Green Hill: G. Mj. Flack .Alter
nate, R Ledbetter.
Pleasant Hill: No representation.
Union: N 0 Representation.
Sulphur Springs: W. F. Duncan,
Alternate: R. A. Harris.
Owens: F. T. Thompson: Alternate-
W v W. McKinney.
Haynes: No representation.
Cliffside: Charles McCurry, 0.
Padgett. (No alternate.)
I v Henrietta: John Hyder, R. M.
Smith. Alternate: Dr. T. C. Lovelace,
i Avondale: F\, S. Hall, G. A. Silvers.
Caroleen: C. H. Lockman. Alter
nate: G. C. Hardin,
i Colfax No. 1: Van Harrill, E. E.
Colfax No. 2: C. 8.. Harrill, R. B.
Cool Springs No. 1: G. D. Dalton,
Alternate: Frank Dor.sey.
Cool Springs No. 2 C. 0. Ridings,
R. C. Alexander, V. T. Davis, W. S.
Mess. Alternates: F. T. Davis, Bryan
Harrill, R. L. Reinhardt, J. W.
Cool Springs No. 3: C. C. Moore.
Alternate, A. C. Duncan.
Bostic: Geo. W. Jones, Alternate:
Duncan's Creek: No representa
Golden Valley: No representation.
Logan Store: D. Hicks Long. Al
ternate: A. W. Deck.
Mt. Vernon: No representation.
Camp Creek: No representation
Morgan: L. D. Hemphill. Alter
nate, M. L. Nariney.
Chimney Rock No. 1: Joe Searcy,
.Alternate: J. C. McDaniel.
Chimney Rock No. 2: M. EH, Mil
ler, Alternate.: Z. V. Taylor.
Gilkey: C. F. Cline. Alternate: G.
MT. PLEASANT SCHOOL
TO OPEN MONPAY MORNING
The Mt. Pleasant grammar school
will open its summer session Mon
day morning. Mr. C. Rex Long will
be principal of this school.
Special Cretonne covered pillows,
2Sc each. Stahl's Ten Cent Stores.