Was Carolina’s Fastest Grow
ing Town 1920-1925 By U. S.
Is The Leading Paper of
Shelby and The State’s Fertile
VOL. XXXIV, No. 83
THE CLEVELAND STAR, SHELBY, N. C.
MONDAY. JULY 12, 1926. Published Monday.
Wednesday and Friday
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Big Gathering Enjoys Day
At Fallston’s Celebration
Oratory, Contests And Amusements Marked One Of Countv’s
Biggest Events. A ‘ Tiny Tim" t omes in Victorious
For Plaudits Of Thousands.
A crowd variously estimated at
from three to six thousand gathered
at the Independence day celebration ■
a Fallston Saturday, listening to two ;
Cleveland orators in patriotic address
es and looked-on or took part in a day
of contests and amusements without a
mishap. The Star would estimate the
crowd at 4,500. At its height the at
tendance perhaps ireached 5,000—t
record* which was predicted and ex
pected for they came from not only
all parts of Cleveland but from five
adjoining counties. It was the great
est celebration ever held outside ot
Shelby and Kings Mountain, but Falls
ton is ideally located to draw from
four counties and in this day of au
tPmbbiles and good roads they were
there, braving a sweltering heat at a
leisure season, for farmers, all bur.
prv for an opportunity to observe the ,
150th anniversary of American inde- '
rondence in some concrete form
Bunting and flags were displayed an 1
the business houses of thriving Falls
ton closed their doo^s, proving that
patriotism and not commercialism tn
' nired them to hold this great gather
ing. ' I
A Tiny Tim Win*.
Colus Williams a hoy in his teens
ami erinnM from infancy, hoppea
c'vav with honors in th-> honning race.
He threw his crutches aside and m
competition with a dozen or so boys
about his age. this hapnv vnuth won
i* a contest and as he did. the cheers
of thousands went uo from the side
Im-s, There were manv other contest-.:
and forms of amusement but when
1he crowd saw Colus Williams, the
one-legged boy. the Tiny Tim of Falls
t--n. win a prize and conor. they r
( iced all the more. Colus had a hart
start in life but for once a victory -
had come and it nleased the crowd.,
fnlus fell from a chair when an infant.' j
his foot • was burned in a scorching
fire and the burn never headel until
a specialist amuplated his leer. In.
spite of his adversity. Colus was a
hopr»- youth and it was his dav when j
the ‘hoppiner contest” was held. He
had gone through life hopniner on or.
foot and therefore had a decided edge
on his more fortunate fellows.
His crippled condition had fitted
him for just such a contest and th -
thousands, who looked on the various
< 'infests, rejoiced more in his success
than in anv other, for it was Coin-, j
the child of misfortune that had wort.
(.irl Introduced Orators.
The thousands gathered earlv and,
the procession was formed for the pa
rade down the Shelby road. In front
rode the men on horse-back. then came
the Cliffside renown band, leading
the motor vehicles, manv of which
"ere beautifully decorated floats and
cars. It was an inspiring sight to se
ttle parade, fully a mile long, stead
ily moving to Fallston to tbe tune ot
marshal music and amid the colors
of the Stars and Strings. Mrs. Robert
nine was awarded the prize for the
best decorated automobile. When the
rroeession disbanded. as many as
could gathered in the beautiful new
school building where two young la
dies—girls in their teens, introduced
two of North Carolina’s most gifted
orators—Clyde Hoey and Max Gard
ner. These speakers who have been
introduced to hundreds of audiences
throughout North Carolina, had never
such an introduction before and they
were swept from their feet as Thelma
Hoyle and Elva Baker stood with
perfect ease and grace and presented
the speakers in such ingenius words.
Mr. Gardner, who spoke first, devot
ed his subject to the “Whv the Fourth
of. duly’.' recalling the religious and
political freedom on which our gov
ernment is founded, the dangers that
confronted Jefferson and others who
signed the Declaration, for their act
was considered an act of treason by
England, the weak colonies were buck
iog the strongest nation on earth and
H Jefferson and his colleagues had
failed to carry out their plan of free
dom they would have met death and
the new country would not have been
brought into existence.
-Mr. Hoey took up where Mr. Gard
ner had left off and devoted 20 min*
'*tc., to a uiscussion of the growth t>i
"ur nation, how favored it has been
in the eye’s of the King of Kings, Its
great wealth, vast resources and the
heart and spirit of the people who
have made it possible for America to
become the richest and strongest of
h °r the amusement and entertain
ment of the thousands who had gath
mod for the celebration, the good peo
ple of Fallston had planned a number
"f interesting contests. Charlie Brid
ges proved the fastest pie eater; Shu
(Continued On Pa^e Four)
Few City Auto Tags
Selling To Motorists
Shelby officers may this week make
life hard for the majority of Shelby
motorists - to date only about 400 city
auto license plates hu\e been pur
chased by auto owners of the city, ac
cording to a report from the city of
1 he date of. the old city tags has
already expired and officers hint that
plenty of time has been given for the
purchase of the city tags.
The city tags bring in a bit of re
venue to the city treasury, but fines
from all those who have not purchas
ed their tags would very near pave a
One of the recent candidates for
solicitor is father of twins and nat
urally his finances are low at this
time, hence he asks The Star to wait
thirty days on him for the payment
of his campaign advertising account.
V paper that won't wait for an account
where twins have come to the family,
has no heart. Long live the twins if
the bill waits longer than 30 days.
The Star has never had twins. Trou
ble and worries come in doublets and
triplets sometimes, hence it is possi
ble to understand and sympathise
with the other fellow in predicaments
like-the erstwhile candidate for soli
citor is in right now. He writes “I
do not know whether you have ever
experienced a financial jam, hut the
disruption of my practice by moving
to__ in the winter, together with
the loss i f time and expense incident
to my campaign, the advent of twin
boys—-have you ever had twin boys?
th° general cussedness of the Coolidge
prosperity and other things have!
drawn my attention sharply to the!
fact that I shall have to liquidate!
some of assets on an adverse market j
to sat'sfy my most insist obligation.”!
And he is the father of twin boys.
Name one Woodrow and the other
Wilson, run on the Democratic ticket
for solicitor next time and the coun
try will be behind the proud father.
Such a man can’t be kept down. He
is bound to Succeed. God bless the
twins. Father may have been defeat
ed hut the eagles of victory have
Perched upon his banner which more
than compense for the defeat in the
primary. Political preferment is noth
ing compared to the fatherhood of
LOHIGEII SCHOOL BK
CHEWING COM COIN
North Carolina's Chewing Gum Bill
Would Operate Rural Schools for
Two Extra Months
Chapel Hill.—The amount North
Carolina spends fur chewing gum
during the year would run rural
schools of the state l'or two months,
according to an article in the current
issue of tlie University News Letter,
the amount being one-tenth as much
as the state spends on teachers’ sal
aries for all its public schools.
"In other words,” continues the ar
ticle, "if we shoul stop chewing gum
and apply the money to public educa
tion we could have an eight months
rural school term with almost no ad
ditional tax. Rut very likely we will
keep on chewing gum and do without
; the eight-months school for a few
1 more years, being too poor to afford
"The factory value of chewing gum
I manufactured in the United States
last year was nearly 48 million dol
lars. The retail value, or rather price,
S was considerably in excess of that
amount. A conservative statement
J W(,uld be that the average person
j spent at least sixty cents per year
j for chewing gum. Assuming that
I North Carolina consumed her quota,
I she spent about a million, seven hun
j (tied thousand dollars for chewing
Mr and Mrs. Mack R. McConnell
I returned over the week-end from
! their honeymoon. The McConnells dur
! ino- the summer will make their home
m the I. C. Griffin residence on South
■ Washington street. Mrs. McConnell
! before her recent marriage was Miss
Fave Ford, of Clover. S. C.. and a
j member of the Charlotte high school
Whew! What Heat—
—Get The Blankets
A historic weather chart for
Shelby over one week-end: Linen
suits and palm leaf fants for
Shelby’s almost unbearable heat,
and a scurry for blankets with the
cool snap of Sunday night.
Saturday, Shelby and section
experienced one of the hottest
days of the year. The thermome
ter during the last hot spell
might have registered more, but
never before during the year was
the heat so persistent. During the
day Saturday many thermome
ters crept far beyond the 100
mark, while the conservative
weather gauge at Elebtoft’s gave
up a full 100. An idea as to the
penetrating qualities of the heat
was gained in the sheriff’s office
at the court house, said to be one
of the coolest spots in town.
There the mercury dallied arotind
00 in the shade.
Following several showers of
Saturday night, dodging moth
balls became the favorite pastime
of Sunday evening as hundreds
of Shelbyites ransacked closets
and wardrobes for last winter's
Or so Setms the Sentiment of the
Methodists of The Shelby
District in Meet.
Shelby delegates to the recent con
ference of the Shelby Methodist dls- [
trict held at Cherryvil’.e brought back
disconcerting news to the curbstone
cowboys and others who annually look 1
forward to the coming of the ‘new
There’ll be a few faculty members
with boyish bobs and mannish garb j
over the Shelby district in the years
to come—that is if the Methodists o'
the district see to the carrying out m
The Methodists, mind you, did not
say it just that way in their meeting,
but it is so that the impression is re
The view is taken from a resolution
said to havo been' passed by the con
ference urging more cooperation be
tween parents and school boards m
securing “more mature” teachers. The
resolution continued, it is said, In
asking that more courtesy be shown
the teachers in that they have so
much to do with the molding of the
young life and should he properly wel
comed, invited out and otherwise made
to feel at home wherever they may be
But in the line suggesting “more
mature teachers” can be seen some
what the sentiment oft expressed h\
old-timers In not feeling any too
friendly to “school marms” with “boy
In other words, the resolution may
have as one of its aims the often at
tacked “flapper”—that unperturbed
bit of humanity that makes America
gasp with surprise, and even admira
tion, and goes on its wav nonchalantly
and annaretly caring little what othn
int* uuuurs muunu siyies are
The men apparently are casting
more admiring glances.
So, why should the snrightly mite
with ihe boyish bob, rolled hose and
artistic coloring worry about what
the rest of the world says?
Yet, even flanpers grow un—that
is grow older, though they may not
admit it—and eventually they leave
school to be “school marms.”
The resolution annarontlv upholds
a moral right !« nsUng more mature
toerhers. hut tbo flnrmm-s. old ana
voung. will ask «’hv should th<w dre=s
mor" mature, Reine able to tell moth
er from daughter now->-davs is 'x
to«;V—god if they are mature, why
sho’dd they looV mat”i-o *
The d"" of the ol '-time r./»hr,o(
who sweat the floors with he?
trailing dress wore ni'urt.npv snorm
e(es and stnek her oencil in the wind
ing knot of be- hair, is gone forpuer.
an informing flaDoer --avp. Modern
school teachers ere just amature, hit
look different.. if nossihl".
And on th“ other hand, there Is a
very commendahie side to thA snggw«
tion. The real flanner would hardlv
make a nerfect trainer for the you*h
of the Shelby district.
Local Necrro Freed
A* Murder Suspect
“Doc” Finley, aged negro man well
known on the streets of Shelby, was
released from the county jail Friday
night by local officers after Spartan
burg, S- C., county officers failed to
identify him as the negro wanted there
Finley was taken up Friday because
he closely resembled th edeseription
of George Hunter, wanted in South
Carolina for murder.
Wire Received Here From Asheville
\hout Mm There 'Vhn Does Not
Remember His Fast
Do you know W. H. Wilson?
He’s North Carolina's latest “mys
tery man" and some time in his past
has visited Shelby, and links that
come back to his memory have to do
with Slielby arid Kings Mountain.
Over the week-end Mayor A. P.
Weathers received a letter from the
Mission of the Good Samarium at
Asheville telling of a man there b>
'.hat name who had lost his memory,
but was supposed to have relatives or
know someone in this section.
Investigation by officers here fail
ed to reveal anyone related to the
man, whose name is given as W. H.
Wilson, and no one seems to remem
ber ever seeing him here.
The letter stated that shortly aftex
trri\ ing at. Asheville June 24, the
man drew checks for $400 on the First
National bank of Shelby, and later
checks for $25 and $10. The checks,
the letter continued, were returned by
•he local hank stating that there were
•o funds to that account. Other in
formation in the letter was to the ef
fect that the mysterious man knew
W. W. Ormand, who was said to live
near here, and also that after he es
caped from the state hospital that he
■Hopped in Kings Mountain and Shel
So far, no ono seems to remember
'the fellow on latest inquiry stated
that his name was Carlisle Moore
A dispatch from Asheville says:
Asheville has a man of mystery In-,
telligent, well dressed, and apparent
ly normal in every way. he is unable
to tell who he is, where he is from, or
why he is here.
The young man first caught the at
tention of local physicians when he
wandered into one of the hospitals
■ here a few weeks ago and seated him
self. When questioned he was unable
to give his njme or explain his
presence. He was kept that night, and
\ ;while efforts were being made the
following day to identi% him he wan
! dered off as quietly as he had ap
peared. Nearly three week*.- latsr he
1 was found wandering on the streets
I by a man who conducted him to a
local institution where an examination
He gave his name as W, H. Wilson,
but could not remember where his
! home had been. Finally he stated that
he had a brother and sister living at
Dunn, and declared they had placed
him in the state hospital in Raleigh.
Investigation showed that the ho.-pital
'authorities had no record of such a
case. He has told those interested
that he is a member of the W. O. \V.
lodge and a member of the Calybiatt
Springs Bapt;st church. He says that
his wife is dead and that before her
marriage she was Miss Mary Huff
man, of Newberry, S. C. He says
that his little girl is with her aunt,
Mrs. T. W. Mewhorn. of Raleigh, R
F. D. Subsequently he has given his
name as Will am Johnson, son of the
late J. P. Johnson, of Goldsboro, and
that he has a brother. Wallace John
son, at Wallace.
Telegrams sent to friends and ac
quaintances he has named by the au
thorities here have brought no repl>
nor have letters to the mayors of sev
eral North Carolina town that he
mentioned brought replies tending to
clear up the mystery of his identity.
The last name to which he has laid
•1a:m is Carlyle Moorefield, af South
Boston. Va. Those who may know this
man are requested to communicate
with box 311, Asheville, the postof
fice address of the organization that
has taken his case in charge .
To Pave Streets Of
South Shelby First
Grading Starts on St25,000 Street
Improvement Project in Shelby
Work Will Move Fast.
Grading work started last week in
South Shelby, the first to be done on
the new $125,000 paving project. The
width of the street in South Shelby
which has been under much discussion
will be the same as S. LaFayette
St.,—32 feet—with which a connec
tion is made. At present the grading
is being done just south of South
ern tracks. As soon as the South
Shelby street is paved the Ely Con
struction company which has the eon
tract for the asohah street work, will
move to West Graham street where
several blocks of paving will be done.
Z. B. Weathers and sons who have
the contract for concrete alley ways,
will not begin work just yet^as it is
thought that the city rook quarry will
not be able to furnish sufficient stone
for both construction companies to
operate at the same time.
Mr. R. L. Wilson spent the week end
in Catawba with his parents, Rev and
Mrs. B. Wilson.
Thomas Jefferson’s Old Gig}
.nil* in int* mu in wnirn i uuniap *rrin*rm»n mhu* iu riiuauripuui iium
liii* fcnmf in MontleeHo. Vo., currying the Declaration of Independence.}
li win taken to Washlnglnn w here It was viewed by President Ooolldg*
before being taken to the Sesitul Centennial at Philadelphia.
Shelby Hears Many Reports
Of Events Never Recorded
Sets New Record
Camp Glenn, Morehead City,
July 10.—Two records were es
tablished on the rifle range yes
terday morning that would have
got themselves more extensive
notice but for the overshadow
ing events which followed them.
Captain C. H. Burnett of the
Wilmington company was up
for his credit as an expert rifle
man. He had only 99 shots left
and he needed exactly 99 points
to qualify him. He scored 99
shots and made it.
Lieutenant H. C. Long, of the
Shelby company was out for
similar honors on the range. He
went to the pits on the rapid
fire tests and out of 2.r>0 shots
he scored 238 bull’s eyes. This
performance is believed to have
upset all existing tamp records
and provided marksmen some
thing to talk about for some
time to come. Otherwise the day
wa« a normal day.
Mrs. Walker Buried
At Sandy Plains Church
Wife of D. J. S. Walker Had Been
Afflicted for a Quarter of a
Century. Five Children.
Mrs. Fannie Walker, wife of D. J. S.
Walker was buried Saturday at 3 p.
m. at Sandy Plains Baptist churcti
where she had been a member since
girlhood. Mrs. Walker had been at j
flicted for 25 years, 20 years of which j
time she had been blind. About ten'
days before her death she sustained
a fall and her condition was critical ■
until the end came Friday afternoon j
at the age of 69 years. The fpneralj
was conducted by Rev. G. P. Aber- ,
nethy. her pastor, assisted by Rev J.;
D. Bridges and Rev. Rush Padgett.
During her long affliction the mem- !
bers of the family were most tender j
in their ministrations and the large
crowd and beautiful floral tribute j
proved the esteem ill which she was i
Mrs. Walker is survived by her hus- j
band and five children, A. B. Walker,|
Mrs. Martin, C. C. Walker, Rev. F. j
Guy Walker pastor of the Baptist j
church at Lylesville, Mrs. Alvin Wril-'
Hams, together with 16 grand chil
At Cleveland July 16
A meeting has been arranged for
ill Presbyterian pastors and their
wives to gather at Cleveland Springs
Monday July 16th for, relaxation, re
creation and fellowship. Rev. G. R.
Gillespie, of Forest City, superintend
ent of home missions in this presby
ter yhas arranged for the meeting in
order that the pastors and their
wives might become better acquaint
ed with each other. There are a num
ber of young ministers in the Presby
tery and the meeting is held largely
to introduce them to the other minis
ters. Quite a few elders have also
been invited. The Kings Mountain
Presbytery embraces the five coun
ties of Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland,
Polk and Rutherford and p large
gsvfchering is expected. Mr. Gillespie
says they will gather at 4 o’clock in
the afternoon, bring picnic dinner and
remain at the Springs until about 8
o’clock at night. No formal program
will be held.
Miss Mary Fay Penninger of Sha
ron, S. C., is visiting Mr. and Mrs. J.
Recent Report of Drowning at Campi
Glenn Recalls ()th?r Similar
Reports of I’ast.
Where do unfounded reports have
A survey of by-gone newspapei
history in Shelby and Cleveland
county shows that numerous sensa
tional reports have been broadcasted
as true over the county, only to be
traced down and found false.
One was experienced during the
past week, when the report becam*
current over the town and county
that a county boy, member of Com
pany K, had been drowned at More
head City, where the Shelby infantry
men are in annual summer encamp
ment at Camp Glenn. Traced to Mors
head City the report was branded ns
Where did it start?
That it took considerable imaglna- j
tion is conceded by all who have dis
cussed it. In two days of travel about
! town the report was told as a certain
| ty even to the name of the boy who
Shortly after hearing the report The
Star questioned both the telephone
and telegraph offices here and lears,
that no such message had been rw_
ceived. Yet it was told often about
Shelby and numerous parents were
almost in a frenzy fearing that the
one drowned might be their boy.
Early Friday morning, before The
Star was published denying the report,
it was told on the court square that
the ho«ly had arrived.
In discussing the matter there has i
been considerable criticism of those
who started the report. General sen
timent is that the originator should
be severely punished but the trouble
with that solution is that the best de
tective living could hardly trace down
the origin of the report.
Other Similar Reports.
Just how much anguish has been
caused in Shelby and over the county
by the report and similaf reports ts <
not known, but like reports in the
past are recalled.
John Wells, veteran roldier, recalls
two similar happenings of Spanish
American war days.
One member of the Shelby com
pany in Cuba, a son of William Lai
timore, was taken sick after the ar
rival there and was properly taken
care of following the usual army cus
toms. While in Shelby and over the
county the report was spread that
the youth had been left by the side '
of the road to shift for himself and
had been picked up by some natives
who were treating him. The report
continued to be carried over the coun
ty until a cablegram was sent to ;
Shelby by the Late Junius Gardner,
ranking officer, saying that the sol
dier was being given the best of treat
nient and had not been forsaken. Yet
until this cablegram arrived imagine
the anguish of the young soldier's
relatives and friends.
Shortly after the first report there
came another saying that Mr. Wells
had shot and killed another membei
of the company. Such was the worrv
of the father of the youth reported
killed that it is recalled that he walk
ed to Shelby bare-headed to get the
straight of the report. Not until an
other cablegram was sent by Colonel
Gardner was the report killed.
And so they go!
A report once started easily gains
momentum and added information.
The latest report about the drowning
is thought to have been added to
many of the times it was passed
along. One of the first angles of the
report heard was that someone had
been drowned. Later a name of the one
drowned was added.
It is hinted about that officers
might like to question the one Who
started the report if that person will
come forward and make himself
From Car Toll
Throe Patients at Shelby Hospital
Suffering from Fractured Skulls.
Young Eskridge Hurt.
Charles L. Eskridge, State college
student and so nof Mr. and Mrs. Chas.
L. Eskridge, received a fracture ot
the skull Sunday evening when he
fell from a car to the pavement on
North La Fayette street—and young
Eskridge's entrance in the Shelby hos
pital increased the fractured skull list
According to information, Eskridge
was riding on the rear end of a cur
down “skeeter” driven by James Gard
ner, son of O. Max Gardner, The ca*
was stopped at the traffic sign be
tween the Baptist church and the Ba
ber home, and when it started th«
sudden lurch forward threw the youth
from his seat, his head striking tho
pavement. Information from the hos
pital Monday morning was to the ef
feot that he was doing nicely and that
surgeons were encouraged by his con
dition. He was in a semi-conscious
state for some time after the acci
dent, it is said.
Palmer Paxton, of Shelby R-6, who
has been in the hospital since July 3,
with a fractured skull is getting along
satisfactorily according to hospital
officials. Paxton wad struck on the
head with a shovel while at work on
the highway near Hoppers bridge. Of
ficers since that time have been on
the lookout for Mun Childers, who is
alleged to have wielded the shovel.
Master Glenn Short, of the Shelby
mill village, is the third patient sui
fering from a fractured skull. The
young fellow fell from a high porch
on July 3, fracturing his skull on the
impact of striking the ground.
Mrs. Margaret Anderson, said to be
of Charlotte, was taken to the hos
pital about noon Sunday, suffering
from bruises as the result of an auto
wreck south of Shelby in the vicinity
of Zoar church. The car in which she
was riding is said to have turned over
but further details of the wreck could
not be learned. She is not thought to
be seriously hurt.
During Court Term
Criminal Docket of Court Term
Has Few Important Cases. Will
Be of Short Duration.
Charlie Bumgardner, young Kings
Mountain man, formally charged with
shooting his wife, will be given a
hearing during the Superior court
term which convenes here July 26,
according to the preliminary docket.
It will be remembered that Mrs.
Bumgardner died of a gun-shot
wotfml said to have been accidentally
inflicted. However, the shooting and
its details will be investigated by the
Otherwise the criminal docket of
the coining term promises to be a
tame affair and should last only
about two or three days. George P.
Webb, veteran court clerk, believes
two days will clear up the criminal
cases unless several more come up
from Recorder Mull’s court.
Judge Henry P. Lane, it is under
stood will preside over the term,
which has but few cases of general
public interest on the docket. t /
Former Service Men r
Back From Morehead
Sheriff Hugh Logan, Squire T.
Cling Eskridge, Capt. J. Frank Rob
erts and Mr. Chas. Roberts returned
Friday night from Camp Glenn, More
head City, where they have been
spending a week as the guests of
Company K, Shelby military com
pany in annual encampment at Camp
Sheriff Logan and Capt. Roberts
are former captains of the company
while in years gone by Charlie Rob
erts was firfet lieutenant of the com
pany and later a captain during the
World War. The fifth living captain
of the company, O. Max Gardner, was
invited down but was unable to at
The party enjoyed some excellent
fishing while there and also reported
that Company K. under the direction
of Capt. McSwain and Lieuts. Aug
tell and Long was making a ftan
Boyer Returns From
Trip Of Investigation
Rev. H. K. Boyer, pastor of the
First Methodist church of Shelby, ar
rived home Friday from Memphis,
Tenn., where he spent several days
making an investigation and taking
affidavits in the interest of Rev.
Ashley Chappell, of Asheville, whom
he is to defend at the Statesville trial