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VOL. XXXIV, No. 12
“Covers Cleveland Completely.”
SHELBY, N. C. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 1926. Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday
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WASHINGTON REALTOR BUYS BIG PLOT NEAR CLEVELAND SPRINGS PROPERTY
56 Lots Near
I.oca) Realty Traders Getting Spring,
time Fever. Large Individual
With a lingering bit of snow on
the hillsides, local real estate is irk
ing on a springtime activity. Sales
announced Tuesday night added a
ti ne of real estate trading that specks
v c-'l of the realty business in Shelby
and around the Cleveland Springs re
sort development during the spring
The sale announced definitely Wed
nesday marks the biggest lot transfer
of vacant property outside of the city
limits in recent months with the ex
ecution of the purchase of the Cleve
land Springs company and Mr. Mar
shall, the Florida developer—that is
with an individual buyer.
Property purchased Tuesday by Mr.
Phillip G. Affleck alone included 56 j
lets with a frontage of 25 feet each, j
or 14 100 foot front lots on Highway]
20 and the Elizabeth road, which runs j
through the development. Mr. Affleck
is of Washington, D. C.. and repre-'
st nts the Affleck Investment company ■
of that city. The sales were hand'ed :
through his local representative, Will;
C. Harris, Shelby realtor.
The lots purchased included a lit-!
tie over 700 front feet on each road j
belonging to Garnett M. Cox and Renn
Drum, and 400 front feet on each ,
road belonging to Lee B. Weathers1
and Renn Drum The plot is just be
yond the log caTTu belonging to the
Shelby Real estate company and runs
east to the wooded strip on towards!
the fair grounds and at the extreme
limit of the Cleveland Springs prop
erty to the east on the Elizabeth!
read. The property is not far from
lhc old Cleveland Springs line and
about an equal distance from the site
< f the proposed new golf club house.
The first development work at the
resort, it is understood, will staid on .
the Elizabeth road section, which too;
Affleck property fronts on one side,1
fronting on the paved highway on
the other side.
No announcement has been made'by
Mr. Affleck or representative as to]
how the plot will be handled as the
trade has just been completed. Mr
Affleck, who arrived in town over the
week-end and about the time Mr.
Marshall came, has been stopping af
Cleveland Springs hotel, but left
Wednesday for Hendersonville, Ashe
ville, Black Mountain and other west
ern points. He plans, it is said, to re
turn to Shelby at an early date.
Realty trades about Shelby have ]
1 een holding up for some time, most ]
property owners waiting to see just j
low things turned out at the resort.]
The fact that the Washington realtor |
came into town about the same time '
as Mr. Marshall and that he is exne-1
lienced in the realty game in his city
and Florida has started general trad
ing about the town. It is understood
that Mr .Marshall is now going over
final plans here and that work on the
development will begin in the near
future. In view of which considerable
trading by local and outside interests
is expected in the coming weeks be
fore spring, when the market beg,ns
active operation. Little trading other
than individual lots has been going m
since the sale of the hotel to Florida
financiers, and the fact that a prom
inent outside dealer sees enough in
the future of the resort to buy 56 lot?
adjoining the resort property natural
ly has added considerable “pep” to
the local outlook. And the trade com
ing in January makes the stove-league
experts wonder just how things will
move in real trading weather.
Geo. Washburn New
With Best Furniture,
It was announced Wednesday '.hat'
-Jr. George Washburn, for some time
connected wtih the Washburn Oil
company, has accepted a position with
the John M. Best Furniture company,
which recently n^oved into modern
show rooms in the new Royster
Mr. Best, proprietor of the firm,
and Mr.Washburn will leave Tluirs
<h.y for High Point, where they will
attend the furniture exposition fer
two days. While there they expect to
add considerably to the Best stock.
—’Wicker Coming—AH local Ma
sons and visiting Masons arc urged to
attend the meeting in the Masonic
h dge rooms, Friday night of this week
11 which itme W. C. Wicker, Masonic
educational secretary of this district
"'ll make an address. Mr. Wicker is
rn interesting talker and vhat he will
have to tell tho Masons will be woith
New French Ambassador Arrives
Mr. anil Mrs Henri nereriger ore shown on their arrival I
Berengef succeeds Emile Daeschner as French ambassador to
Salary And Wage Commission
Under Fire At State Capital
(By ' 1. L. Shipman, Star Correspon
Raleigh, Jan.'.25.—The rapidly in
creasing . disturbance over the func
tioning of the salary ami wage com
mission, the meeting of the state ug
1 [cultural society, report of a state
deficit and the fight on school fire in
surance rates were among the out
standing matters of interest in ad
ministration circles during the week.
In addition many other matters en
gaged attention of the Capital city
residents during the week.
The criticism of the salary and
wage commission, which became
; tronger during the.-week with the
coming of Lee’s birthday, a holiday
which the commission declared shoal i
not be observed unless or.e day was
taken from the annual vacation of
each employe observing it, was ans
wered on Sunday with a statement by
Hoyle Sink, secretary of the commis
sion in which Mr. Sink charged there
was an organized propaganda to dis
count the work of the commission and
that members of the legislature were
being approached by certain bodies
with a view to having the commission
legislated out of existence at the
t ext legislature. Mr. Sink, in a long
statement defended the actions of the 1
commission. On Saturday the com-!
mission made it public that salary in
creases of approximately fifty thou-!
rand dollars had been granted begin
ning this mouth, but against this set
the fact that the commission had abol
ished offices and reduced salaries to
the total of about $2U,O0O in October
and approximately the same amount
had been saved the state by the vol
untary discontinuance' of certain jobs
by department heads before the com
mission got to work but in anticipa
tion of the commission’swork. The sal
ary increases allowed were defended
by Mr. Sink on the ground they
were defended by Mr. Sink on the
ground they were chiefly for employes
• 1 the highway commission where not
a single increase had been granted in
a year. I
Representative W. \V. Neal of‘Mc
Dowell county, a member of the leg
islature creating the commission, was
among those attacking it in the past
work. Mr. Neal asserted the commis
sion was taking unto itself powers
which the legislature had not intend
ed. The North Carolina society of en
gineers also joined the ranks of those
opposing the commission when it re
quested that greater consideration be
shown for technically trained men.
The report of a deficit in the gen
eral fund of the state as of January
1st, closing the first six months of
the fiscal administration of Governor
McLean was explained by the execu
tive with the statement of large dis
bursements and meager collections.
Mr. McLean said he expected to
change the deficit of S800.000 to a sur
plus by the end of a full fiscal year
as the income and other collections
coming due shortly would swell the
Stacey Wade, insurance commission
rr served notice after a meeting with
the Southeastern underwriters that
lie would oppose the 26 per cent 'in
crease in school fire insurance raies
in N. C.. which the underwriters body
has ordered effective. Mr. Wade
branded the action as “high handed”
and contrary to the law.
Fair Not Likely.
With the prospect of no fair this
year, the agricultural society at a
meeting elected W. A. Hart of Tar
- ct'-.ntmued on l age I'oui i
But Thsre’s That
When you visit the Shelby post
jlfice go in by the front door.
About a year ago Mr. B. B. Byers
paid the institution a visit, and went
n by the back door, fell and broke his
Last Sunday Moses Taub, who hauls
Uncle Samuel’s mail pouches back and
ft rth to the depots, went out of that
same back door, fell and turned his
inkle. The jolt put him in bed, where
>e is still suffering from the effects
jf the mishap.
M STUDENTS 1
The total enrollment of the South
Shelby school at present is 460. Of
this number 21S are boys and 213
gitls. The percentage of attendance at
the close of the fourth month was 91
per cent. There were 59 tardies dur
ing the past month. The average daily
attendance at the close of the fourth
month was 422.
Thirty new pupils have entered
since the Christmas holidays.
67 on Honor Roll.
There were 67 pupils in the South
Shelby school who were on the hon
r.i roll during the past month. Each
month the names of the pupils of the
61 h, 7th and 8th grades only will be
published in The Star. The following
is the honor roll for the fourth month:
Sixth grade—Helen Anthony, Eli
sabeth Blanton, Fldith Blanton, Lena
Hamrick, Evelyn Short.
7th grade—-Lottie May Mauney,
Ruby Lucile Blanton.
8th grade—Ola Lee Glp.scoe, Helen
During the past week Rev. Rush
Padget and Rev. A. S. Raper, conduct
ed our devotional exercises for us. The
messages which they brought to the .
pupils were helpful.
Misses Minnie Warliek and Adeline :
Bostick had charge oi our chapel ex- '
prclses last Tuesday and Friday.
These two chapel programs were
greatly enjoyed by all. The children i
who took part showed that they were
Mr. Wilbur Green one of our 7th ■
grade boys who is ill with pneumonia i
is recovering. We are sorry to hear
oi his illness.
Mrs. Ransom Casstevens teacher of
the fifth grade was not able to teach
for a day and a half on account of ill
ness. Mrs. Nash and Mrs. Charlie i
Barms substituted for her.
Miss Howie our teacimr of public''
school music is teaching the follov ing
new songs to the primary grades:
' The Muffin Man,” “The Little Fid
dler” “The Hunting Morn” and “Hay -
making Song.” These songs are found
in our revv sor.g book, “The Song
Hour.” We like our new book.
The pupils of the sixth grade are
memorizing “Lincoln’s Gettysburg
Address.” Every one should know by
heart this peerless address and should
seek to appreciate its wonderful pow- >
er. The address is now lettered on
bionze tablets and placed in public
buildings throughout the country.
The boys and girls are very much
interested now in basket-ball. Mr.
Blanton who has charge of athletics
is organizing basket ball teams.
Most Unique Suit <>n Court Record
is Filed. Claimed That Wild Faxes
Destroyed 200 Chickens.
Can a man be made to pay for the
damages caused bv wild foxes turn
d loose by h'm? rtr (an it be proven
‘hot p. number of Brer foxes running
■vild killed certain chickens;?
The two questions should cause
■■(ime debate among the hunters of
the county, and will a! so cause some
■iincursion in court as a suit based
■i-nrund the two questions has been
Tuesday Horace V unedv. acting]
no aciornsy for V,’, H. Warli k. of1
Vo. r> township, fTod a complaint |
with Recorder John P. Mull alleging i
‘hat five or six foxes were turned j
loose by O. V. War lick of Vo. ft. and
'hat since that time 200 chickens he-]
longing to the plaintiff have been
killed- that i* is the information the
plaintiff has that the foxes were re
sponsible for the missing chickens,
nrd in view thereof damages to the
-•xtent of S200 are asked, one dollar
for each missing chicken.
While it is most unique suit ever
to lace Recorder Mull he says. The
solution, he adds, from a survey of
the complaint will require ail the wjs
ciom of a Solomon judge and then
some- There iR nothing to cut into.
The foxes, unless th»re are some
mighty good dogs in the county,
canrot be brought into court to te.-ti.
fy, and the chickens are now nil. So
The plaintiff claims that he is in
formed, believes arc! avers that the
diaapnearance of the chickens was
brought about by the foxes, and fur
ther adds that the defendant knew,
or should have known*, that the fox
es would prove destructive.
No character attacks or anything
out of the wav is in the suit, it is
understood, and both parties are well ;
known and respected in the county, j
However, the oddness of the sub !
will attract considerable attention, it !
is believed. The case will not come j
up for sometime.
The Complaint Itself
The complaint verbatim as filed
“That during the year 192o the de
fendant purchased and turned loose
icar the plaintiff's residence five or
six wild foxes and that at the time
of racing said foxes the defendant,
knew, or should have known, that
the aforesaid foxes would damage
and destroy the property of the plain
“That shortly after tlve time raid
foxes were released by the defend
ant near the plaintiff’s residence the
plaintiffs chickens began to disap
pear and this plaintiff is informed 1
relieves and aver that said chick
ens were killed and destroyed by the !
foxes which the defendant released, j
and that up to this time at least 200 I
sbicltens belong to he plaintiff,
have been killed and destroyed by the ;
foxes of the defendant.
“That the value of aforesaid chick- ,
was §1 each,"
Shelby Laundry to
The Shelby Steam laundry, owned1
;nd operated by F. R. Sanders, lias
eased the building next door to the
lorth and is preparing materially tc
>xpand the business. i
Mr. Sanders states that his business
las grown until it was necessary to
idd new quarters. A lease on the ad
joining property was made, the two
louses connected, which will give the
■nterprise practically a hundred per
rent. increase in floor space.
“I consider that the growth of Shel
ly is reflected in the growth of this
jusiness,” Mr. Sanders said. He added
:hat he will add new machinery and
lew equipment at once to take care
■f the trade increase. The lease was
r.ade with Attorney B. T. Falls, who
iwns the property taken over by the
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I i V must be a stage: freak in-,
c.dii is, gueer :.s meiodramn, oc
cur as time grinds away.
I rani; Hefner, well known
about Shelby, born seme 52
years ago. Tl Itimcn year.-; prior to
H at t.rne 1 is hal.f-sl.-t .‘r, now
Mrs. Kilrn Oaka, was born. Tiiey
saw' each other for the first time
•Mrs. Oaks’ fat h r was killed in
the Oi'il win. Her mot hr r then
married Cary Heftier, lather of
Frank Hefner and too family
moved to O'evehiud Milks, th s
county, v.hcre Frank was born.
Frank’s father died in 1 >.*02, yet
hie mother and the mother of Mrs
Oaks, lived until It) HI and her two
chM *ren raver saw each othei
until this month.
Mr. Hefner, who has just re
turned to Shelby, has been on re
cent visit to the western section
of the state. Yv idle there he decid
ed to visit the half-sister, whose
mother was his mother, and
whom be had never seen. Mis.
Oaks lives near Klk Park and
about two miles from the Tenn
essee line, having lived in that
section all her life, while her half
brother has spent most of hi.s 52
years in this section, having liv
ed in Shelby 23 years.
Mr. Hefner says that he had
often heard of his half-sister and
especially through his mother,
who talked of her daughter, but
the recent visit offered the first
opportunity of seeing tier.
Wootten and Hamrick
to Furniture Show
Paul R. Wuotton, manager of Gil.
mer’s and Lee Hamrick, head of the
furniture department of the store,
left Wednesday morning for High
Point to attend the furniture exposi
They will make the trip by motor,
and expect to be gone three or four
Mr. Wooten gave out the informa
tion before leaving Shelby that he
and Mr. Hamrick purposed to buy at
least ten car loads of furniture while
at tiie exposition to fill in and pep
up the Gilmer furniture deart meat.
A deal was closed in Shelby Wed
nesday morning, whereby the Royster
interests, including Dr. S. S. Royster
and his two sons, H. R. Royster and
D. W. Royster, took over the distri
bution of the Gulf Refining company’s
products in this territory.
The purchase of the big agency
was made from R. B. Gantt.
Dr. Royster told The Star Wednes
day afternoon, following the consum
mation of the deal that the transfer
represented a monetary transaction
This is the. first venture of the sort
ever entered into by the Royster
“What led you into such a depar
ture ?” Dr. Royster was asked.
“I consider the business growing
and desirable,” he replied.
He told The Star that his plans for
the development of the business in
cluded the erection of a big tanknge
station in Shelby, with a main storage
tank of at least one hundred and fif
ty thousand gallons. And in addition
to this central supply there will he
supplementary tanks, several of them,
of sixteen thousand gallons capacity.
The company will be known as The
Royster Oil company, and the terri
tory taken over for distribution in
cludes two full counties, Cleveland
and Rutherford and parts of Lincoln
“We will distribute from Gastonia
to Rutherfordton,” said Dr. Royster
They will hanndle the new No-rox
feas of the Gulf Refining company,
among other products of the Gulf out
put. It is claimed for this gas that
it generates no carbon, and knows no
It may not interest Henry. *>ut "’■=>
know an old man who can pla^- well
on what the hoys call a “juice harp,”
Well balanced ration Highbrow
Florida Developer Tells
Local Golfers Of Plans
Cotton Crop Moves
to 36,808 Bales
For This County
< 1 K'lui.l c. unit's c (tan crop
Kill reach lhi* 37.000-bale
n* irh I nr 1925, hut according to
‘ho i i s! sinning report for the
c'tu-'.y it i, only 192 hales short
of fh&i amiunt,
I •'« • «h'> pr ‘dieted that the
I 12.> crop it Hi II be short 10,000
hales ini»> non clip their guess in
t«« f>r<] mcko it .'>,000 bales.
The crop tot T for 1025, which
iv; - the highest record ever es
tabl hed in the county, was
h-rMlv oier 42,000 bales. The
latest ginning report for 1925 as
announc'd to day is only a little
over 5,000 bales short of the 192-1
In other words the cron to date.
| according to ginning figures is
sued 1;y Miles H. Ware, special
agent, is only 3,000 and some
hales behind the report of the
1924 crop. However, the crop this
year was early.
Thirty.ilx thousand eight hun
dred and eight bales had been gin
ned up until January 16, this
year, as compared with 40,563
hales ginned up to January 16.
; Monday afternoon Durham Moore
' drove Mrs. Moore down town to shop.
jThey live, Mr. and Mrs. Moore, on
j West Marion street. It was a plea
! sant afternoon, the sun came out af
; ter the snowfall, and Mrs. Moore
was in no hurry to return home.
She stayed down town perhaps two
hours and a half, which ordinarily
would be neither here nor there. But
in this case her length of absence
has a distinct bearing on our yarn.
, Toward iate afternoon Mrs. Moore
joined her husband and they start
I od home ward. It was. we will repent
i very pleasant out-of-doors; the air
I liad a winter tang, and the new fall
en mow on the trees was beautiful.'
i Decidedly there was no hurry.
! The young Moore child had been
left next door with neighbors, with
Mrs. L. S. Friday. Moore drove his
car up to the curb in front of Mrs.
Friday’s. Mrs. Moore got out, and he
continued on into his own drive-way.
As ho drove up by his house he
saw a light in the sitting room. He
saw the flicker of the blaze against
the wall, that rose and fell and made
shadows. “We must have left a pret
ty hefty fire in the grate ” he
thought to him self, as he got out of
his car. taking his time, in the chunk
of the afternoon.
When he opened the front door he
smelled smoke. As he got into the
front room he smelled more smoke.
And it did not smell like grate
smoke; it smelled like burning wood.
And that is exactly what it was. The
horse was afire.
The flames were leaping and
crackling playfully in the middle of
the living room, and had g,.l. s., far
along toward a genuine conflagra
tion that already the plastering over
head was heated and falling.
Moore summed his presence of
mind instead of the fire department.
He remembered a garden hose was
on the front porch, and a spigot in
the brick. He quiCkiy got the hose
and attached it. and turned on Uie
water. When the neighbors came,
attracted by the sight of smoko is
suing from the door, and of Moore
stepping the ligt fantastic about the
scene, the fire was out.
A gaping hole was in the floor: a
chair was burned; one of Mrs.
Moore’s gowns that was thrown over
the back of the chair, and the ceiling
had a hole in it.
Now we come to the real pith of
our narrative which involves three
The first is, If Moore had been
fifteen minutes, ten minutes, or per
haps even five minutes later he would
have lost his house.
If all the doors in house had not
been closed, shutting off all draft,
he would have lost it, and lastly, if—
The garden hose had not been on
the front porch, where a garden hose]
commonly has no right to be after a1
snowstorm, the home would have been
t Moore's friends say he believes
Providence handed him a white
Cleveland Spring* Golf C lub Elects
Officers and Discusses New
jTalking to a group of the mem
bers of the Cleveland Springs Gtl£
flub at Cleveland Springs hotel Tues
day evening, Mr. Alfred P. Marshall,
Florida realtor who is to develop
the Cleveland Springs resort, advo
cated a chamber of commerce for
Shelby and told members of the club
of his plans regarding the proposed
i 8-hole course, which he will build
here instead of the present course, and
which should be one of the best golf
meccas in Western Carolina.
• Eskridge Re-elected.
At a business meeting of the golf
club held in the hotel parlor Char.. L.
Eskridge was re-elected president of
the club by a unanimous vote of mem
bers present and R. T. LeGrand was
likewise re-elected vice-president. Mr.
Jean Schenck, secretary of the club
during the past year, asked to be re
lieved of his duties and Dr. A. Pitt
Beam was named secretary and treas
mer. A new’ board of directors wrs
named as follows: J. F. Jenkins, Wil
lis McMurry, J. F. Roberts, George
Moore, Oliver S. Anthony, Earl Ham
rick, and Renn Drum. The membership
committee for 1926 as named was coni
posed of C. L. Eskridge, O. Max
Gardner and Odus M. Mull.
Following the election it was de
cided to retain W. H. Lyle as club pro
fessional and a vote of thanks for his
services during the past year was
A membership drive for old and
new members will be staged before the
spring golfing season opens up and
it is hoped to get back in the club all
old members and quite a number of
new members. The membership cam
paign will be broadened to take in
nearby towns and cities from which
numerous golfers visit the local links.
A fixed membership fee was decided
upon and will be adhered to, applying
to all persons alike and giving spe
cial privileges to none. Golfers not
holding the regular club membership
must puy green fees and such fats
must be paid for guests, the guest
cards being abolished. Thirty-five of
those present joined for another year
immediately after the meeting. Among
the new members joining was Phil
lip G. Affleck, prominent Washing
ton realtor, who is here on a business
Good for New Course.
Chib officials and Mr. Marshall
assured the meeting that all old mem
bers would he carried on as members
of the new club when the course and
resort is enlarged this spring. The ad
vantage of this was pointed out in
that for the new 18-hole course and
club house the entrance fee will be
considerably larger than that of the
present club and members getting in
now will save considerable in the en
In the proposed development, ac
cording: to Mr. Marshall, the golf
play will not be interfered with. The
present nine holes will continue in
use until the nine holes on the north
side of Highway fro. 20 are complete.
Play will then shift to the new nine
while another course is built on the
hotel side of the highway. Then with
18 holes in operation a new club house
will be erected near the residence of
John Wi Doggett. Mr. Marshall as
sured club members that the present
system of operating the course would
go on and that in the new development
he would try to give golfers in this
section one of the best courses in this
territory and an equally good club
house, and that in course of time prom
inent golfers would be brought here
and the game greately stimulated.
Start Work Soon.
Asked about what time work would
begin on the development? Mr. Mar
shall stated that he would promise no
definite date, but that his company
was losing money all the time the
property was being held off the mar
ket and that development work and
sales campaigns would begin in the
near future. His developements have
been held up and delayed in Florida
bv embargos aud other handicaps
and fearing mi or handicaps, he stal
ed, he would not like to set a definite
date until he was positive that the
work could be carried out at that
time. As early as possible, however,
he assured those present that he
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