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NORTH CAROLIN A’S LEADING NEWSPAPER OUTSIDE OF THE DAILY FIELD
VOL. XXXIV, No. 69 '
THE CLEVELAND STAR, SHELBY, N. C.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 1926. Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons.
By mail, per year (in advance)—$2.50
By carrier, per year (in advance) $3.00
SECOND PRIMARY NOW CERTAIN FOR COUNTY--- VOTE TOTALS NEAR 6,000
Only Four Votes Separate
High Candidates For Clerk
Official Vole Shows Overman leading Reynolds By 534. Three
Contests To Enter Second
Primary' July 3rd.
A second primary for Cleveland
county on July 3 is now assured by
tabulation of the official vote of the
The official vote, as was expected,
changed very little the standings of
candidates as listed by the posted re
turns of The Star and in no contest
was the vote changed enough to mat
erially alter standings.
Last indications today were to tnn
effect that A. M. Hamrick and George
I). Washburn would oppose each other
in the second primary for the Demo
cratic nomination for clerk of court.
Only four votes, in Hamrick's favor,
separated these candidates in the first
primary, Rollins, the third man, poll
ing 1,186 votes. Ed. W. Dixon, sec
ond man to Sheriff Hugh Logan in the
sheriffs race, although not definite
ly announced is expected to enter the
second primary, while the othe:
race tb be voted upon by Cleveland
county folks will be that between
Sam , Erwin, Jr. and Spurgeon Sparl
ing for Superior court solicitor.
A dispatch from Hickory says that
both men will enter the primary.
One effect of the official Cleveland
county vote was to place C. B. (Pat)
McBrayer in third place in the solid- i
tors race, ranking just behind Sputl
ing and Erwin. Until the official
Cleveland county vote, giving Mc
Brayer, 1,684 votes, was sent in Jce
Murphy, Catawba candidate, ranked
third. Spurling, however, led the
Clevelahd county ticket, McBrayer
second and Erwin a good third over
the other candidates.
The contest between P. Cleveland
Gardner, the nominee, and Chas. A
Burrus, incumbent, was a close one.
The official tabulation reveals that
Gardner won by 98 votes.
Congressman Bulwinkle lacked on
.".8 votes of carrying a 4,000 majority
Commissioners Also Close
By official vote A. E. Cline, IV. W.
Washburn and Sam C. Lattimore are
the nominees for commissioners
George W. Peeler was close behind
Lattimore for third place. 13.129
votes were cast for all the commission
ers, which establishes a majority mark
of 2,686. Lattimore was something
more -than 100 votes over this mark
while Peeler was not quite 100 votes
below the majority mark.
The popularity of Sheriff Dick
Lackey is further exemplified in the
official vote as he polled 5,023 voles,
the highest of any candidate. Mr.
Lackey was a successful candidate f< r
the county school board.
f Interest Ahean
From discussion heard, especially
among the candidates, the second pi i
mary isexpected to bring out a record
number of second-primary voteis in
Cleveland. Hundreds of citizens are
interested in Spurling and Erwin,
and those who predict on the tides
say unhesitatingly that between Wa.-n
burn and Hamrick there will be “some
race,” while interest will be little less
in the "Vote between Logan and Dixon,
should the latter definitely decide to
Tom Cornwall, Marvin Blanton ar.d
Mike L. Borders led the ticket for the
No. 6 Highway commission.
Official Figures Given
The official vote as reported by the
county election board follows:
Register of Deeds: Newton. 3,05b;
Weathers, 2,572; DePriest, 217.
Clerk of Court: Hamrick. 2,315;
Washburn, 2,311; Rollins, 1,186.
Sheriff: Logan, 2,864; Dixon, 1,656;
Commissioners: Cline. 3.458; Wash
bum, 3.286; Lattimore, 2,798: Peeler.
2.589; Patterson, 2,340; McSwain,
Education Board: Lackey. 5,023;
Ridenhour. 4,583; Hord, 4.469; Forney,
4,352: Willis. 4.257; Spake, 2,648.
Recorder: Mull, 3,553; Cline, 1.992
County Solicitor: Gardner, 2,858;
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Representative: Falls, 3,173, Ken
U. S. Senate: Overman, 2,725; Rey
nol is, 2,191.
State Senate; Fulton, 3.006; Mc
Swain, 2,299; Woodson, 382.
Congress; Bulwinkle, 4,307; Dim
No. 6 Commission; Torn Cornwell.
1-549; Marvin Blanton. 1.573; Mike L.
Borders. 1,722; J. W. Wesson. 1.092.
Superior Court Solicitor: Spurl'nv.
1.967; McBrayer. 1,684; Erwin. 1,20-*;
Rudisell, 278; Murphy, 257; Russe-H,
Young; Wives Make Telling Cam
paign for Husbands—Spurlin's
Native County Gives Good
“Vote for my husband" was the
greeting which several young married
ladies gave voters as they approach
ed the polls Saturday, pasing out
printed card3 or advertisements. The^e
young ladies proved themselves fine
campaigners and won many votes for
husband. They had a manner of ap-i
proach that a man can’t assume and j
the two young wives in particular won !
favor that showed up in the returns.!
It is said one of the young matrons
made a house to house canvas in j
Kings Mountain an<j there her hus- j
band's majority gave him the noni- i
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There was apparently little interest
in the election before voting day.
Men and women refused to express an
opinion but they voted and watched '
with eager eye the returns as they :
came in well up into Sunday morning.
Women were interested as well as me n
and half of the telephone calls to The
Star office were from women want- I
ing to know how the election “went.”
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“Our Bob”, meaning Bob Reynolds
of Asheville who opposed Senator
Overman, made a fine race in Cleve
land. The youih of the land sup
ported him because he is young and
Overman is old. Older men would
have favored Revnols and put him
across if he had been Senate calibre.
Senator Overman has been there a
long time and the popular desire is
for a change, but the older heads feel
that if Overman were displaced, he
should be succeeded by a m$m big,
broad and capable enough to keep in.
the Senate long enough to command
Burras who was defeated for solici
tor did not go in much for canvass
ing. He was too cock sure of victoiy.
His opponent worked and work hard
and had a good organization. In pol
itics it is always safest to run like a
scared rabbit and work like defeat
is sure to come without a strenuous
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Spurlin is ar. example of how
loyal Cleveland county people are to
a native son. Although he had mov
ed to Caldwell county, he beat Mc
Braver in his home county. It is
another case like Burrus. McBravcr
did not take his own candidacy ser
ious enough. Spurlin had fhe edge
on his other five opponents because
he had two big counties, Cleveland
and Caldwell, to give him good sup
port. Now the second race lies >e
tween him and Erwin of Burke and
the run-off takes place July 3rd, the
dav before the fourth of July cele
bration at Fallston. The winner
should be invited there to sneak, if
the election returns can be made early
enough to notifv the right fellow.
Sneaking of returns, the board of
elections was still canvassing Tues
day afternoon. When The Star tried
to' get the returns on the more ini
oortant races Saturday night, near
by pr^inct* were mid-night report
ing. With six thousand votes and 40
candidates, it takes time and patience.
There are vote counting machines and
machines, von know are tlways more
accurate than handwork. Let s buy
one and suspend the agony of delay..
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Hamrick and Washburn who are to
make the second race for Clerk of the
Court are rel.Ved hv marriage ard
some of their mutual kin will be in an
embarassine position from now nnt'l
Julv 3rd and perhaps longer. This
second race will he a lively one and
the job is worth having because *ne
clerk serves for four years when he
gets it- There is no fortune in the
nav. hot a -teat deal of consolation
in the fact that you don’t have to go
through the agony of an election
every two years.
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Hugh L-'gan is not a goad campaign
Captain Carl Graalfs, of th3 Hsnn
burgfAnierican liner Westphalia,
who recently rescued! the crew Of the
freighter S. S. Alkaid in mid-ocean.
IT HIT TUESDAY!
Sand}' Plains and Ross Grove dele- i
gallons attended the Wall tent revival i
Tuesday night in large numbers. Han
tlapping led by Dr. Wall greeting the j
visitors as they were asked to stand
so the great congregation under the
large canvas could see how many has
come to the service. Rev. G. P. Aber
nethy offered a beautiful prayer,
couched in choice language after the ;
Sandy Plains, delegation had been j
seated. Following the standing of the ',
Ross Grove congregation, a trio of)
young ladies sang a beautiful and)
touching song and on a hand vote,]
were invited to sing again tonight.
Dr. Wall is pretty well worn by his
strenuous days of the meeting. On
Monday night Rev. Rush Padgett
preached a most effective soul-win
ning sermon. Last night Dr. Wall
preached on “The Three Greatest
Tragedies” which he declared to be
the tragedy of sin, the tragedy"' of the
Saviour on the cross and the tragedy j
of Christians who make no effort to j
save loac souls. His description of the j
Saviour on the cross was a most vivid
and dramatic portrayal of the suffer
ering of the Saviour and men and
women in the large tent leaned for
ward to catch every word as he held j
them in rapt attention. Mr. Pippin j
rendered a beautiful solo while Glc-rn I
Williams gave a trumpet number dm- j
ing the collection taking.
The meeting continues through the ‘
remainder of this week and close.? ;
as scheduled Sunday night.
City Receives New
Auto License Plates
New outo license plates have been I
received by the city and are being is- I
sued to automobile owners at per ]
passenger car. They are seme large;
than last year with the name of Shel
by displayed so it can be seen at a
distance. Each plate is numbered ser
ially and shows the date of license ex
piration, June 31st, 1927. There ait
over a thousand passenger vehicles in
Shelby and the city has more than
this to allow for increase during the
year. This is the second year the city
has resorted to this source of revenue j
and it helps out the city’s finance; I
wonderfully, at the same time dis- j
playing a Shelby tag which is a fire
medium of advertising out of town.
Mrs. S. E. Hoey and daughter. Miss
I Virginia Hoey spent Wednesday in
O. C. Adams, of Gastonia, is the
new face behind the meat counter at
the Piggly Wiggly. Mr. Adams taker
the place of W. J. Gibbs, of Charlotte,
Mr. Ike Griffin, who is a real rs- j
tate agent in Brevard, is spending
several davs in Shelby.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee B. Weathers and.;
two children expect to leave Friday
morning for Danville and Charlottes
ville, Va., to be gone about a week.
Mrs Joe Nash who has been spend
ing a fe wdays here, returns toda" to
Hickory to join her husband.
er, but has made a good sheriff crwlj
the vote which he received Saturday
is something to be proud of. He
lacked only a few votes having a
majority over both of his opponents
and his opponents, Dixon and Weli
mon were strong men with big fol
lowings, either one of which would
have made a good officer. Logan is
popular as his vote shows.
On Fair Week
Cleveland county fair week thin
fall, September 28-Oetobcr 2, is
planned to be one of the biggest
events in the history of the coun
The expectation^ are centered
around the idea of staging a
“Cleveland County Homecoming
Week" that will be felt in every
state of the union and will bring
back home notables and others
who years ago drifted away from
their home county.
Preliminary plans cull for the
return uni partaking in the pro
gram of Tom Dixon, famous play
wright: Plato Durham, Southern
educator; Hatcher Hughes, whose
plays are gripping New York, and
many other sons of Cleveland who
have ascended the ladder of suc
In addition to these native son?
Gov. Angus W. McLean ig still ex
pected to attend.
The fair officials and Chamber
of Commerce workers will an
nounce soon a method by which it
is hoped to bring back every man !
or woman who claims Cleveland
county as home. All letters for
warded from Cleveland county a
month or two before the fair will
urge relatives and friends to come
back for the week.
A slogan to be used the fair j
and Chamber of Commerce will i
be “Bring Them Back To Cle^e- j
land During Homecoming Week.”
Paying Moves At
Added Speed Now |
Paving work on the Westfield road,
first and most beautiful avenue of the
Cleveland Springs Estates, is now
nearinf Highway 20 just opposite the
mineral springs and swimming pool.
The near completion of this street
offers an insight of the estates tc
tourists and passers-by from the high
way. The bed of the paving is cf
crushed stone and winding through
the the wooded hillside the resident
tial street offers one of the most en
ticing views in Shelby.
Opening day at the swimming pool
at Cleveland was highly celebrated
by the youth of Shelby, the pool be
ing well filled with water lovers
throughout the day.
Little Comment On
Prior to the primary of last week
comment on the various races could
hardly be heard. Then Saturday un
usual interest was shown and the
county turned oui to vote.
And apparently having cast the
vote interest ceased. No one seems
riled over the outcome in any race
and joy is not expressed publicly—
everyone seems to merely take that
what is without praise or criticism.
But, take it from some of those
who were candidates the public gen
erally talked a plenty Saturday.
Discovers Mine On
Farm In County
C. C. Borders, who lives on Shelby
R-l about eight miles east of Shelby,
has discovered on his 50-acre farm a
deposit of some type of mineral. The
hard rock substance found in the
mine glitters on inspection, but is not
Mining experts who have seen par
ticles of the mineral term it felspar
or something of similar rock nature.
GAFFNEY CHILDREN GATHER
16,000 EMPTY TIN CANS
Approximately 16,000 empty tin
cans were brought in by Gaffney
children on ihe two “tin can days” ct
the Cherokee county health depart
ment and the city authorities. By far
the larger number were delivered last
Friday afternoon, when the total ran
to approximately 14,000. Brock
man Turner, who brought in 3,200 in
a one-horse wagon, was the winner
of the first prize of $3 cash, and Je!T
Parris, Jr., took second place with
2,004 cans. Several other children
produced around 1.000 each. All in all.
city authorities believe the two “tin
can days” have resulted in the best
clean-up Gaffney has experienced in
manv years, and at a remarkably
small cost. Moving pictures show
tickets w-ere presented all children
bringing in 24 or more can each.
They’re “All the Class*’ at College
* A'.*>vc you pet- t!;- only MO pound graduation claim in Amcrioa^Dorotii)
Dtoion flefti tnd Thelma Porter They air taking C A degree* at Whlt>
«ortb college Spokane. Wash, and form the entire class.
Double Appeal Now In Way
Suit Against Local Church
Minister And Defendant Both Send Appeal To Supreme Court.
Final Decision Will Be
When Rev. C. B. Way filed suit
against the Shelby Methodist Protes
tant church for back salary he start
ed something that seems likely to
continue over a lengthy period.
Late information on the case is that
it will go to Supreme court on a dou
ble barrelled appeal, one by the plain
tiff and one by the defendant—which'
is an oddity in itself.
Another interesting feature about
the case is that it may establish a
precedent on just who should pay the
pastor of a church congregation, and
against whom salary due might be
charged. Since the case originated
various judges and editorial writers
have expressed themselves and now
'with a double appeal to the state's
highest court the discussion promises
to be more interesting.
Attorney B. T. Falls, of Shelby,
was notified this week that the at
torneys for the plaintiff had also
filed an appeal to Supreme court on
the decision of Judge Shaw in ex
empting church members and church
officers from being sued for a pas
Judge Falls some time ago filed a.i
appeal to Supreme court on Judge
Shaw’s decision that left the church
liable to salary claims.
In other words the two appeals ore
extreme opposites: One wants every
connection, church, officers and meir
bers, held responsible for the salary
claims, while the other contents that
no one connected with the local church
should be held responsible.
Just when the appeals will be tak
en up is not known, but it is likely
that the now famous Way case will
continue before the public eye for
some time yet.
Coach Casey Morris
Goes To Alabama
Roy W. Morris, athletic director
of the Shelby High school, left this
week for Tuskagee, Alabama, where
he will manage the Tuskegee base
ball team in an independent Alabama
The season there will extend to
about August 20, it is said, after,
which Coach Morris will return to
Gastonia and later come to Shelby to
start the fall football training.
Auto Found Was
Not H&rrill’s Car |
Reports received here this morning
by the police department indicated
that the automobile of Mr. H. F. Har
rill, stolen Saturday afternoon, had
been found near Kershaw, S. C.
However, a later inquiry revealed that
it was not the Harrill car.
The car found there had been
wrecked, it is said.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D Barnett »>nd lit
tle daughter. Irene, are in Hickory,
where Mr. Barnett is ass’sti"* Rev,
R. C. Campbell in a series of meet
Miss Selma Webb leaves today fer
Chapel Hill where she attends sum
mer school. Miss Webb is principal
| of the South Shelby school.
In Bank Resources
Cleveland county ranks four
teenth among the counties of
North Carolina in bank resources
per inhabitant, according to fig
ures published in the rdvertise
nient of the First National Bank
of Shelby, last issue of T'nj
Star. There was an error in the
first publication which gave
Cleveland only $22.18 per inhabi
tant in the banks, but we glad
ly correct ti\is in justice to the
bank and to the citizens. Cleve
land has $220.18 per inhabitant
This is not what it should be in
a rich county like Cleveland and
the bank is waging an active cam
paign to increase its banking re
sources. The total resources of
the banks of the county * mount to
eight million dollars and they
should be considerably more than
this to come up to the average
which is $558 per inhabitant in
the United States as a whole.
Tract For Meet
Mr. Phillip G. Affleck, prominent
Washington realtor who owns consid
erable holdings about Shelby and
Cleveland Springs, has written here
tendering his big tract of the Wilson
lands adjoining Cleveland Springs
estates to the proposed gathering
there of neighboring luncheon clubs.
Should the meeting and outdoor en
tertainment necessitate more terri
tory the Washington man says that
any part of his proposed lake site may
be used. He also announced that it
was his intention to attend the gath
ering which he endorses as one
method of advancing a section he, as
an outsider, considers one of the most
valuable sections of America.
To Be Distributed
The Chamber of Commerce booklets
have been printed and will be seen
for the first time at the Kiwanis
meeting Thursday night at Cleveland
Springs, according to Secretary J. C.
Newton. Mr. Newton expects 1,001) of
the 15,000 order to arrive tomorrow
morning from the printers and will
have one at each Kiwanis plate Thurs
day night. s
O. M. Suttle has charge of the
Thursday night Kiwanis meeting and
has secured J. F. Ledford to speak
for a few minutes on playgrounds and
amusements. Dr. J. W. Hardison or*
the city beautiful and its health con
dition, Alfred Marshall on how to get
tourists to town, Dr. H. K. Boyer on
what we need spiritually and how to
Mr, J. B. Jones and three children
end Miss Sara Ellen Wray and Har
vey Wray, children of Mr. and Mrs.
A. V. Wray, left Monday for Lynch
burg, Va., to visit relatives.
Mr. J. D. Lineberger and son John
left Tuesday morning for Raleigh on
a business trip.
CITY TO PURCHASE
SECOND FIRE TRUCK
Also Considering the Purchase of a
Street SwSeper. Herman Esk
ridge Elected Fire Chief.
A new fire truck wil) be purchased
by the town of Shelby, it was decided
Tuesday night at a called meeting of
the city fathers to consider matters
pertaining to the work at th^ new
pump station. The city fathers have
thought for a long time that more
fire fighting equipment is needed to
protect property in greater Shelby
and the new truck will be purchase!
as soon as the output of all manufac
turers can be examined thoroughly
to determine which truck is best suit
ed to the needs of the town. Herman
Eskridge was made fire chief and B.
O. Hamrick, vice chief and in all prob
ability the firemen will be thoroughly
I organized. Mr. Eskridge has been a
fireman for a numb* of years and
has attended firemen's conventions
and drills which qualify him tar
effective leadership. The new truck,
when purchased, will be stationed
at the city hall alongside the present
truck. The new trudk will no doubt be
equipped with long ladders to reach
buildings above the second floor.
A former woman mayor, Mrs. Hath*
erine M. Cowan was a caller before
the board last night, offering for
sale a street sweeper, motor driven
which sucks up the dirt and dust
from the street and takes it away in
a container. The city fathers are con
sidering the purchase of a stieet
sweeper End ere looking over what the
manufacturers have to offer. Mr«.
Cowan’* hu«<bond who was editor of
one of the Wilmington papers, was
elected mayor of that large coast
city. He died in office and Mrs.
Cowan served out his unexpired term
of 11 months. Now she is selling ma
chinery for a large manufacturer.
The city fathers are holding up the
purchase of a street sweeper for the
A small tax will be placed upon
I merchants in the business section,
the revenue to be used by the street
cleaning department. The amount of
the tax will be worked eut later. It
will be a small fee for carrying away
waste and trash from the stores. At
present the street cleaning depart
ment is spending $100 a week trying,
to keep the streets of Shelby clean,
but the effort is not satisfactory be
cause many of the merchants and busi
ness men do not place their trash in
boxes and containers and allow it
to blow to the four winds, thus neces
sitating an addition to the street
New Station Talked.
A representative of the Southern
railway was here to confer with the
city fathers with reference to the
new' passenger station which the city
has asked the railroad to build. The
Southern representative argued that
passenger travel is so low that an um
brella would suffice to shelter the
incoming and outgoing passengers at
the Shelby station, but the city ia
asking that the old wooden station
be not repaired,' but replaced by a
nice brick building. While passenger
travel here is low,, the freight re
ceipts are heavy and show a suffi
cient profit for the railroad to build
a new station. The proposed new con
crete bridge over the railroad on Sum
ter street Was discussed, and the city
hopes to have a suitable bridge er
ected there some time this summer, an
the street has been widened and will
be graded and improved.
Marries This Month
Folks who know him knew it wjs
coming. Every Sunday for years he
has been burning as on the Charlotte
road, and when a fellow is in liis
twenties, and regularly heads one way
on a holiday—it doesn’t take a Sher
lock Holmes to dope the result.
His name is Mack R. McConnell.
You doubtless know 'httoi. He’s the
other half of the Piggly-Wiggly. The
young lady is Miss Elsie Faye Ford,
of Clover, South Carolina, known In
Shelby for having visited Mrs. Renn
Drum. She and l|rs. Drum were
classmates together at Winthrop col
lege. Miss Ford lives at Clover, but
teaches at Charlotte, hence McCon
nell’s weekly trek to Mecklenburg.
The happy event is slated for the
latter part of June. And all who
know the couple wish them worlds of