THE STAR’S REVIEW.
Yes, Horatio, there were divoces
bark in yc olden days. A divorce
was granted at the first term of
court in this county the record
shows. An interesting account of
the first Cleveland county court
may be found in this issue. See it
vou recognize any of the jurors.
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Shelby High school students made
a fine record in the recent state
wide Latin contest according to a
belated announcement from Chapel
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Still another 50-year married
couple is reported in The Star to
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Superior court is in session here
today SO years and 10 days after
the first court ever held in the
county. Watch The Star this week
for complete court news.
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Shelby lost a game to Charlotte
here Saturday. Sport fans will
find an account of the game on
There are several more questionj
hi around Our Town today. Can
you answer them?
The president of State college
addressed members of the Hoey
and Gardner Bible classes at the
First Baptist church here yester
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A Cleveland county man, alleged
to be a yegg broke jail Sunday in
Charlotte, says a news item.
Another candidate for alderman
today. What’s wrong with activity
in the mayoralty race?
TO MEN'S CLASSES
Joint Meeting Of Men’s Bible
( lasses Of First Baptist And
Central Methodist Churches.
A crowd packed the church audi
torium of the First Baptist church
Sunday morning at the Sunday
school hour, when the pens strong
Bible classes of the First Bantist
taught by Max Gardner and of the
Central Methodist church taught
by Clyde R. Hoey, heard Dr. E. C
Brooks, president of N. C. State
College, Raleigh. It was one of the
largest gatherings of Christian
men interested in Bible study that
has assembled here, for each class
has a membership of from two to
three hundred and added to this
were many visitors and ladies.
Dr. Brooks complimented the
“spirit” of Shelby which he de
clared to be its best asset and is j
illustrated by the unity of its!
leaders in political, business, indus- j
trial and religious matters. Dr.
Brooks took for his subject a quo
tation from Tennyson’s Locksley
Hall, “Through the ages one in
creasing purpose runs. And the
thought of men is widened in the
process of the sun.” Briefly Dr.
Brooks traced the development in !
thought and ideas that have been
brought about by changed con
ditions. What was thought right
years ago, is considered wrong to
day and the thoughts of men have
so widened that no mind can com
prehend all. This development has
not only come in religion, law,
medicine, but it has come in gov
ernment. A few decades ago the
purpose of government was to pro
tect property, but as the thoughts
of men have widened, the present
conception of government has
shifted from property to humanity.
Society sets certain standards to
which men must measure up to in
all of the professions and in pub
lic office and at this point Dr.
Brooks touched on county govern
ment of which he has made a spe
cial study. He would have the an
tiquated methods abandoned and
more modern and satisfactory sys
tems applied, s f Lems that are uni
form throughout the state in order
that business principles might 1
applied that will measure up to
standards set b\r society. Because
of limited time, Dr. Brooks was
unable to finish his discussion, but
the thought running through his re
marks was a prayer, “Teach no to
know the right and I will do it.”
With the Methodist men’s class
present the attendance of the First
Baptist Sunday school was boosted
to over 1,000. A mission program
"as rendered at the close of the
Sunday School hour.
Kings Mt. Hurler
Turns In No-Hit
And No-Run Game
Kings Mountain, Mar. 25.—Doc
Ledford, premier southpaw hurler
of the Kings Mountain high team,
turned in a no-hit, no-run per
formance today, the first of the
season. He shut Boiling Springs
out by 5 to 0.
Ford, Kings Mountain, got
ihree hits out of five trips, and
f alls, also of the local team, got
two out of three.
i O"0 vi l:.e irjx,ii5 wk;’ the I
boa J.> s toe rvciiiC an nice j
pieces is ::iio'.vii above. ’i bo young .
lady is Xi;,s Jo.1.1 Fair.".eld, and
this picture was taken at Cslboa ;
Miss Mary Roberts, severly
injured when she fell from a :
moving car on the Fallston
road, is slightly better accord
ing to reports early this after
noon from the Shelby hospital
where she is a patient.
A complete examination of
her injuries were made last
week ar.d several fractures of
facial bones, including the nose,
were found, it is said. How
ever, unofficial reports are that
no serious injury of the spine
was located, such an injury be
ing feared somewhat it is said.
The young girl still remains
in a semi-stupor and is only
partly conscious at times. Her
face and head is badly swollen
and she is considerably bruis
Geo. Hoyle Joins
Frank In Business
George A . Hoyle, well known in
business circles in Shelby where he
has been in the mercantile business
for many years, has purchased a
half interest with his brother Frank
L. Hoyle in insurance and risks of
all kinds. Together they have pur.
chased the fire insurance business
of Rev. C. J. Woodson and combin
ed it with the agencies held by Mr
Frank Hoyle who bought out A. C.
Miller some years ago when Mr.
Hoyle quit the office of clerk of
superior court. They begin busi
ness as Frank L. and George A.
Hoyle the first of April1 in Tooms
over the Shelby and Cleveland
County Building and Loan asso
ciation where Mr. Frank L. Hoyle
has been conducting an insurance
business for a number of years.
With the companies represented by
Mr. Woodson and those represented
by Mr. Hoyle, the new firm has
some of the strongest companies in
America, handling fire, health, cas
ualty and public liability insurance.
Heavy To Operate
Rooms At Arcade
The Arcade rooming house, in the
Arcade building of the Hamricks
on East Marion street, is now being
operated by Mr. Earl Lybrand, bel
ter known as “Heavy” the propie
tor of the cafe of the same name.
Mr. Lybrand announces that the
Arcade will cater to regular room
ers and tourist travel and that
all of the 20 rooms will be prepar
ed completely for occupancy. In ad
dition to continuing the operation
of the rooming house he will also
continue the operation of the big
Arcade dining room.
Mr. C. L. Eskridge left Shelby!
Monday afternoon for Newberry,
S. C., on a business trip. At New
berry Mr. Eskridge will join his
brother, Mr. L. G. Eskridge. Later
the Shelby Ford genius will visit
Charleston, and look around gen-i
erally over the sights of his neigh
County’s First Divotcee
Charged With Retailing
At Next Term Of Court
One Of First Cases Disposed Of In This
County Was Divorce. First Court In
1851. Judges, Jurors, Sheriff
Back in the infancy of Cleveland
county folks were much like they
are today. They loved, fought,
drank a little, and got into debt
just as they do nowadays.
The first court records of the
county prove it.
The first court ever held in Clev
eland county, after the county wa;
established was on March 8, 1841
at Squire William Weathers place,
northwest of Shelby, and incident
ally a lot of gossip must have beer,
created by court cases in those
days just as they are in these—for
the woman granted the first di
vorce in this county was charge!
with retailing without license at
the next term of court.
That the world changes very lit
tle in its fundamental events is
shown by the old court record,
which is remarkably well preserv
ed and written clearly. The elder
ly folks who worry about the “car
rying on” of the present youth
should remember that 86 years,
ag ■ petting parties were not known
but still the extreme equivalent of
such parties brought several boys
and girls into court on such charges!
An Early Divorce.
One of the first cases on record
was a divorce. It came up for trial
at the first court, but as the erring
husband failed to show up it was
continued until the next term, A1
year later the complaining wife;
came in the court and petitioned:
for a divorce saying that “the do-1
fendant is a drunkard and a
spendthrift and has definitely
abandoned his wife and family and
failed to provide for them, and
that said conditions have existed for
a period of six months.”
A jury found that all the issues
in the petition were correct and the
divorce decree was granted. It read
like this: “It is ordered, adjudged
and decree by the cjurt that plain
tiff be divorced from the bad and
board of her husband, and that she
may hereafter sue and be sued with
out joining the name of her hus-:
band, and have and hold all prop
erty which she may hereafter ac-,
quire or receive by decent device or,
bequest or otherwise free from the!
power and control or aebts of her \
husband, and subject to her own,
control and such rules as govern tha
property of a single woman.”
BacK &ne came.
The decree apparently pleased |
the divorced woman but no doubt
she found it hard to provide fcr the.
family after divorcing her husband,'
for at the next term of court, in
1843, the divorced woman but noj
doubt she found it hard to provide |
for the family after divorcing her j
husband, for at the next term of j
court, in 1843, the divorcee wa.si
charged with retailing, or selling
liquor without license, it is pre
sumed. However, the case ended in
a mistrial by the jury and no fur
ther record of the county’s first di
vorce is to be found in the book.
At the same term another wife
secured a divorce on the muchly
used, present day grounds of adul
tery. On the same docket the err
ing husband and his paramour were
charged with adultery, but the man
failed to show up although his
mistress did. By the coming of the
next court in 1843 the bondsmen of
the divorced husband had brought
him back to the county and on the
adultery charges he was fined $50 ,
and the woman in the case $10.
A good percentage of the cases j
listed contained adultery and other,
free-living charges—the world isn t
growing bad so fast—but the aver- |
age fine recorded was $25 and a ;
good behavior bond to show that;
the man and woman had not been (
living together again. Usually the!
records reveal the womun was not
Debts and Affrays.
The civil calendar and the crim
inal docket were apparently taken
up together and the cases disposed
of alike. The charges for the most!
part concerned debts, affrays, andj
The first case ever listed forj
trial in the county was that of a
debt. The defendant, the record
says, admitted the debt and the
court order was that he pay the
plaintiff the sum of $236.78, of the
amount $120 being the principal.
The second case was also a debt
case, while the third was a crimin
al charge preferred by the state,
but the nature of the charge is not
recorded, the fine being $10 and the
Moved to Shelby.
The second court was held in
Shelby, the minute book says,, in an
old log house. Old timers here say‘
that during the term of court large
crowds attended and one day the
floor of the court room fell through.
An incident of the falling floor was
that one hig fellow shouted with!
an oath as the floor fell “Court has
broke , now.’” Older residents say
that he was tried for court con
tempt, and the records show that .1
man of the same name was tried :
at that term for “contempt of court’ j
and ‘riot’ but he was found not
guilty and the county was liable
for the costs. Another defendant at
the same term was given a day i:i
jail for contempt of court, but the
nature of the charge is not reveal
Maiiley First Judge.
At the first term of court ever
held in the county Judge Matthias
E. Manley presided. C. C. Durham
was the first clerk of court and
the minutes were recorded by him.
Charles Blanton was the first high
sheriff and Jacob Collins was set
down in one place as a deputy sher
iff. John L. Bailey Was the judge
presiding at the term in 1812 in
Shelby, according to the record.
G. B. Palmer was the foreman of
the county’s first grand jury and
the following men were members of
the jury: Willis McKinney, Nathan
Hamrick jr.. Sanford Hughes, Pe
ter Lewis, Willis Putnam, Thomas
J. Lackey, Willfam Wellmon, Wil
liam McSwain, John Nolan, Adam
Towery, A. G. Harrill, Daniel Horn,
Thomas Dickson, Mapes Black, Bar
nabas Tules, James McEntirc, and
The first jury venire of the coun
ty was as follows: Gil lam Price,
Christopher Stroup, David McBray
er, William Putnam, James Altum,
David Collins, David Carpenter,
Tynatious McDaniel, Alpeus Hous
er, Joshua Bcadley, Jacob G. Maun
ey, Jacob Giffins, James Hamrick,
Green Hamoright and William
Gardner. —R. D.
HIKE HIGH HONRS
Local C.irl An-1 Boy Take Second
And Third Honors In State
Chapel Hill.—The Wilson b'gh
school, represented by Harper
Barnes, won first prize in the third
annual high school Latin contest
held over the state recently under
the auspices of the Extension Di
vision and Latin department of
the University of North Carolina,
tt is announced. Judges for the
contest were Prof. George Howe, i
G. A. Harrer, S. G. Sanders ar.d
M. H. Griffin of the Latin de
Wilson will be presented with a
trophy cup by the University Ex
Thirty-two schools took part in
First honorable mention went
to Roxboro high school, ' repres
ented by William D. Merritt, jr.
Shelby high school, represented
by Maude Rollins, won second hon
orable mention, while third hon
orablc mention also went to Sind- j
by, represented by Milan Bridges, j
Fourth honorable mention was
won by Roxboro represented by i
Edwin Long, jr.
Roxboro had the highest aver- :
age for the three papers submit-!
ted in the contest./
In addition, the following I
schools sent in at least one paper
the grade of which was Do or bet
ter: Asheville, Charlotte, Concord,
Dr. Gold Enters
Dr. G. M. Gold, well known
South Shelby physician announced
this morning that he had yielded to
the urgency of friends and would
become a candidate for alderman
in ward three since John Schenek
jr., has declined to run again. This
is the first contest that has devel
oped for alderman in the spring
election of city officials, Mr. Sam
Morrison having declared a few
weeks ago that he is a candidate.
Dr. Gold is one of the most in
floential citizens of South Shelbr
and a man of mature judgment
with a host of followers. It is nh
first entry in politics.
It is not much trouble to poison
cutworms as a little poisoned and
sweetened bran will do the work.
Locals Outhit Visitors Hut Kick .
Hull About Field. Weather
Better for Football
Loose playing by the outfield
lost a game for Shelby High here'
Saturday when Charlotte adminis- j
tered :t 14 to 9 defeat on the <
The game was played on the j
Ella park and the roughness of th?
field together with the cool weath- \
er aided both teams in making er
rors with the result that a poor !
game the some 1,000 and more
spectators was offered.
Wood, small southpaw hurler for
Charlotte, worked out a creditable
game after the first frame when
Shelby drove in five runs on five
hits and an error. On the other
hand Casey Morris called all four
of his pitchers to the mound,
Cline the first to handle the
mound duties performing as well
as any. Several pitiful errors by
the Shelby outfield however were
responsible for exactly half of the
Charlotte runs although all the
Shelby hurlers were hit hard at
Luts, starting the game in left,
dropped a couple that let in sev
eral runs. Harris stumbled and
dropped one to let in another and
a bobble or so by Bridges contri
bute to several more runs.
The brilliant fielding of Lee,
Shelby short, and the hitting of
Gillespie were features for the
locals, while Mason, Charlotte
firstsacker, performed well in the
field and with Henderson and
Cribble led the Charlotte hitting.
Gillespie drove out four hits and
scored two of the Shelby runs.
Tommy Kerr played a nice game
at second but was not up to his
old form of getting on the major
ity of his trips to the plate.
Shelby outhit the visiting team
and on runs earned led by one
Charlotte scored four to start
off the game then Shelby hit
around in their half for five hits.
In the fourth, sixth and seventh
frame the Shelby defense already
weakening tottered to extent of
permitting six more Charlotte
runs. Two of Gillespie’s hits were
doubles while Spark drove out a
double and turned it into a homer
on several bad throws.
With the team back on the city
park, which is being renovated, the
errors of Saturday will not like
ly show up again and if ihe local
hurling staff can come through n
very good season is in prospect.
The Shelby infield, all veterans
from last year, looks even better
than a year ago. The entire team
can hit is tiie opinion of fans aft
er witnessing two games here.
AB. R. H. O. A.
Wilkie, ss __ _6 2
Mason, lb __ __5 3
Hinson, rf _--4 3
Gribble. cf __— 5 3
Shelby, If___5 1
2 1 2
2 12 1
2 2 0
2 1 0
Wood, p _4 0 0 0 1
_1 1 0 1
_0 0 0 0
Shore, 3b _4 0 1 1
_5 1 0 4
Totals — - _42 14 10 29
T ee, ss
AB. R. H.O. A.
__5 2 1 1
,.:.b 2 4
Harris, cf_5 0 1
Anthony, 3b .
Sparks, rf ___5 1 1
Lutz, If -- __
Whisnant, p _
10 0 0
10 0 0
_„4 0 0 14
Totals_ 44 9 11 27 9
Errors—Wilkie 2. Sharpe 2, An-:
:>n, 2, Lutz 2, Bridges 2.
Home runs. Gribble. Three-base
is, Mason, Scott, Gillespie. Two
se hits, Mson, Shore, Cline. Uin
Married 59 Years
Names of Cleveland county
couples who have been married 50
years or longer continue to be re
ported to this office.
The ,latest half century couples
is Mr. and Mis' T. H. Poteet, who
live on Route 3—but Mr. and Mrs.
Poteet have been married longer
than 50 years. To be exact they
will have been married 59 years
in the coming May.
Mrs. Poteet before marriage
ivas Mary Foster,
The demand for good dairy cows
■ontinues. Tarheel dairymen will
and added profit from their herds
>y growing out the best heifers.
That Million Dollar Libel Suit i
Aaron Sapiro. organiser of a nuia>r of farm co-operative orgniit
rations, is suing Henry Ford tor a mii.ion dollars in Detroit federal
court, charging Ford, through his newspaper, the Dearborn Inde
pendent. libeled hint Sapiro•cited articles accusing him <* !>■ lu*
parv of a ■ conspiracy of J->»* 'v controi the world’s food markets.'’
A!m>co iltfl to rtthti ai» t'eurfeu ' B-d defense »tio»u-v, and
i .)• A v ;,.vk it<M *o ... i . _ , . of . - * \ t'ap.c..'.
.; 'ii..' end ft. o
TO SMITH TICKET
! Anyway Supposition Has That
Trend. May Be Possible
Raleigh.—Is there a possibility
that Josephus Daniels, former sec
retary of the navy ami editor of
the “Old Reliable,” could be a
candidate for vice-president on the
A1 Smith ticket?
Interesting rumors to that idea
are playing about Raleigh. The
Raleigh Times enumerates three
reasons for believing that such is
likely. The Times in an editorial
speaking of the Smith leaning
“One is a recent failure to de
nounce as anarchists in accord
ance with the Bryan ultimatum all
who suggests n lack of virtue in
the Volstead act.
“Another is the advocacy of the
abolition of the two-thirds rule in
the Democratic convention.
“Another is a care restraint in
applause of the Anti-Saloon lea
gue. of which he once was state
president, and a significant ab
sence from the recent meeting at
which Tom Heflin denounced the
Catholic religion. This position
has been diluted onlv by a faint
criticism of the abolition of the
presidential nrimarv and an in
dorsement of Heflin’s platitude
that ‘wet’ money could not buy up
North Carolina ‘dry morals.’’
The Durham Herald points the
suggestion even more broadly, in
its analysis of what Mr. Daniels
told the women:
“The McAdoo followers can find
little comfort in the Daniels sug
gestion. Too many of the objec
tions set forth by the former sec
retary of the navy fit Mr. Mc
Adoo. While some of his objec
tions to fit Smith. a careful
weighing of ihe qualifications set
forth by Mr. Daniels will show a
slight preference . to Smith as
against McAdoo. One question
asked by Daniels is significant. In
telling of the qualifications that
the party’s candidate should have,
he emphatically declared that the
nominee should he the comnosile
of Tilden, Cleveland and Wilson,
and then he asked: ‘Is there any;
significance in the fact that all'
three went from the gubernatorial I
chair to the presidency?’ That isj
significant in view of the fact;
that Smith, Ritchie. Dohaney and j
McLean are governors, while Mc
Adoo, Walsh, Meredith and Reed1
and Daniels himself are not.
“Perhaps there’s nothing to j
the suggestion, but we are glad :
that it is at last in the open air and
no longer clouded by cigar smoke j
in hotel lobbies. It is clear, how-1
jver, that the Daniels shirt is no j
longer splitting for McAdoo and it)
is certain that whoever is the
SHELBY YEGG IN
BREAK ON SUNDAY
Brady Barren, of King* Mountain',
l*irks Lock of Mecklenburg
Rural Station and Departs.
Charlotte, Mar. 28.—Brady Bar
rett, 22, described by police as a
notorious safe-cracker of Kings
Mountain arrested here Saturday
made a daylight escape from the
Macklenburg rural police joil early
Picking the lock to his cell door
with a flat piece of metal, Barrett
is believed to have walked to free
dom from a window in the base
ment where the cells are located.
His absence was discovered at
lunch hour, when chief Vic Fesper
man found the door flung open
and the cell empty.
How Barrett walked to freedom
after escaping from the barred-ce'l
could not be explained by police.
Mrs. E. J. Killian, day desk ser
geant, went on duty after the es
cape. She had been ill recently and
did not come to work at her usual
Chief Fesperman was not at head
quarters when the escape was made
and he was unable to say who was
on duty. It was not believed that
Barrett walked through the police
station when he escaped, but in
stead climbed front a basement
window. The basement is a half
story above ground and the win
dows are even with the ground.
The lock picked by Barrett is cov
ered with a heavy coat of steel and
was considered burglar proof. There
was one witness to the escape, an
unidentified drunken negro who oc
cupied a cell in the row opposite
No information could be ob
tained from the negro, who remem
bers only that Barrett left his cell.
Barrett was arrested by Rural
Policemen R. R. Hr.zelwood and J.
E. Irvine. He is wanted in Spartan
burg, S. C., for robbing a postof
fice at Arlington near that city. He
escaped jail, following his arrest
there, authorities reported.
Several charges, ranging from
carrying concealed weapons to safe
cracking, are held against the
youth. Shelby police declare he is
wanted at that place on a store
There were 13,274 club women
and girls in North Carolina last
summer who canned 040,210
quarts of vegetables, fruits and
meats for use during the past win
nominee, no Democratic candidate
for viee-president will have even
a mortician’s chance to (occupy the
White House unless he is the tall
—however ambitious a one—of an
A1 Smith kite.
“We wonder. Mr. Daniels
knows. But will he tell?”
Pleadings in Elizabeth School Case
Heard During Lull. McElroy
There is considerable - activity
about the county court house today
with the spring grind of Superior
The court convened this morning
with Judge P. A. McElroy presid
ing und Spurgeon Spurling, native
of Cleveland, prosecuting here for
the first time since being elected
solicitor to succeed R. L. Huffman.
B. G. Logan, of the Kings Moun
tain section, is foreman of the
grand jury and Deputy Gus Jolley
is the officer in charge, while De
puty Jerry Runyans is court offi
Early in the morning session the
court took a run over the docket
labelling the cases for trial and
those to be continued as well as
disposing of several good behuvior
matters. During a lull pleadings
and briefs in the Elizabeth school
matter were presented. The argu
ments and other details of the suit
will be taken up later by Judge
McElroy so as not to interfere with
the criminal grind. The afternoon
session of the court saw the grind
getting down to active disposition
of cases with the grand jury re
turning true bilLs
Generally speaking it was a very
busy day about the court house.
While the big court held sway up
stairs County Recorder Mull, tern*
porarily routed from the big court
room, was holding forth in tho.
clerk’s office below, and by the
number of defendants and the large
gallery of spectators he was hav
ing a very interesting court of his
Smallpox Cases In
Mild Epidemic, However, Doctors
Say. “Flu” and Tonailitip
The sick list of Shelby and Clev
eland county has mounted quite a
bit during: the past week, it is
learned. The usual spring attacks of
“flu” are to be found over the
town and county, and there are nu
merous cases of tonsilitis, doctors
say. In addition to these annual
complaints there are quite a num
ber of smallpox cases in various _
sections of the county.
There is no smallpox scare on as
usually follows in the near wake of
such an epidemic, but it is learned
| that a few cases are scattered over
practically every section of the
county and in the various manu
facturing centers of Shelby are
several cases. One odctor speaking
of the smallpox today said that it
was not the severe epidemic, but a
rather mild run. Of course, there
are several severe cases, but the
general run is only a light touch
of the dreaded disfiguring disease.
Highs Play Away
From Home This
Week; 3 Games
Take Cherryville, Belmont Abbey,
and Forest City. Fifty-fifty
Season so Far.
The Shelby Highs, opening a baso
ball season somewhat erratically,
played three games away from
home this week, it is announced by
Alex George, manager and what
not of baseball activities at the
The first game is this afternoon
with Cherryville at Cherryville,
while on Wednesday the Highs jour
ney up to Forest City for a tilt. On
Tursday Coach Morris will take his
team to Belmont Abbey for a fray
with the young Catholic athletes.
Next week several return james
will be played here and fans have
the idea that the wc>ather then wiil
be more suitable.
To date Shelby has a fifty-fifty
rating in games played. In other
words, they are just* as good as any
team they have met, but not any
better. Four games have been
played, two with Kings Mountain
and the count stands even, Shelby
winning one and losing one with
Mr. Pink Suttle Is
Dead In Asheville
Mr. and Mrs. Sim McMurry went
Saturday to Asheville to attend tho
funeral of Mr. Pink Suttle who died
there on Friday. He was born and
reared in Shelby, the son of the late
Dob Suttle. In Young manhood ho
moved to Asheville where h® has
since lived. Deceased has a number
of relatives in Shelby, being a
nephew of D. B. F. Suttle and a
cousin of C. B. Suttle, sr.