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THE CLEVELAND STAR
SHELBY, N. C.
MONDAY, NOV. 12, 1928.
Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons carr^pe/year S 2S giw
Cotton Shelby spot ..19<
Cotton Seed .61!6c
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Fair tonight and Tuesday.
Somewhat warmer i east and cen
tral portions tonight.
Steamer Is Sinking.
A message ov-r the l)ow-Jones
market wires this morning stated
that at 11:20 the Steamship Vest
tras, en route to Kio from New
Vork, sent an SOS call saying that
they were going to take to the life
boats at any moment. The Vest
tras is carrying 200 passengers and a
crew of 60.
Big IF rtment Store Of National
Chi To (live I'p Local Field
On January 1.
Fu nal announcement is made
loda that Gilmers department
ston is removing from Shelby.
The statement ct the corpora
tion's intention to abondon this
local field, comes through the
local store manager, W. G. Gab
The reason assigned for the move.
Is that the lease Is expiring, and !
the managers will not renew it.
Thus the hews becomes authora
tive, which has had the status of a :
rumor in Shelby for several weeks.
Decision was reached by the Gil-'
mers managers to remove from the |
city soon after the collapse of a |
part of their building, with a con- j
sequent heavy loss And the news
has since filtered through the city |
as street gossip nut was not con- !
It seems that the managers con- j
aider they have had hard luck in !
Shelby; have not got the breaks, j
speaking in sport parlance.
Of the local force it is expected j
the manager, Mr. Gabriel, will be ,
transferred to another fields, as will j
A fH. Galloway, the advertising j
Gilmers came to Shelby nine
years ago; since which time they
have oeev.pied a position as one of
the leading department stores of the
Cleveland county district.
The managers are preparing a big
removal sale, which will be opened
Saturday, in anticipation of which
the store will be closed Thursday
The removal is expected to take
place at the end of the year.
Invite Baptist State Convention To
Meet In Shelby Next
The Baptists of North Carolina
may hold their annual convention
here next year.
Dr. Zeno Wall, First Baptist pas
tor. said before leaving today for
the Baptist convention at High
Point that the local church. the
ministerial association, and the two
civic clubs together with the people
of the city would extend an invita
tion to the High Point convention
to meet here next year. By that
time the new church will be com
plete and the city will be in fine
shape to entertain the big Baptist
Fifteen years ago the state Bap
tist convention met here.
Accompanying Dr. Wall were Mr
Horace Easom, Rev, J. W. Suttle,
Rev. G. P. Abernethy, and Rev. Mr
Waldrop and others. Including Bap
Gold And Company
In Final Game Of
Season Here Friday
Shelby Highs Tackle Forest City
For Gridiron Curtain
The 1928 edition of the Shelby
highs makes it last appearance here
Friday when Casey Morris' fast
moving eleven takes the strong For
est City outfit.
It will be the last time local grid
fans will get the opportunity to see
the fast Shelby backfield In action
as It is now formed. In recent
games Capt. Gold, Zeno Wall,
Bridges, Washburn and Ab Esk
ridge have established a reputa
tion for running up big scores and
since Forest City has had one of its
best seasons it may be that Morris’
hard-driving backs will have quite
a job cut out for them. It will al
so be the last appearlnce on the
local lot of Bigyloe Singleton, All
atafb guard, last year, and several
other sensors, such as Gardner
> attimore. and n*b‘»r«.
FI STORES Hi
DEPOT BROKEN III
Thieves Raid Two Drug Stores, Two
Groceries, And Other
Shelby's crime wave took on new
and increased proportions some time
Friday night when five stores and
the Southern depot were entered
and several of stores looted.
Stores in which the burglars se
cured loot were Quinn’s and
Stephenson's drug store, Oscar Pal- !
mer’s grocery, and the Acorn de
partment store. Major Hopper’s
grocery was entered but nothing
taken, it is said.
Attempted entrance was made at
Pender's, Kelly Clothing company,
and other firms.
li "The Shadow,’ who has been
burglarizing Shelby homes, has in
cluded business firms in his roun
ups, then lie must have a gang
working with him. according to
Entrance at nearly every point
Friday night was made at back
doors, where wooden panels, or the
glass in the doors were broken out.
Approximately 5350 worth ol
clothing, and perhaps more, was
taken from the Acorn stores, a new
firm here. Seven dollars and sixty
cents was taken from the cash reg
ister at Quinn's, and about $7 from
Stephenson's register. Five dollars
in hickles and dimes was missing
from Palmer grocery register. At
the Southern passenger station of
fice it was said that some tickets
might have been taken, but this
could not be definitely determined.
Shrewdness • as shown by the
burglars in the stores when cash
registers were tooted as watches,
odd coins, and other articles in the
registers, which might be identified,
were not touched. Other than the
big lot of clothing taken from the
Acorn, store there is little by which
the loot may be identified.
Just what time of night the series
or robberies was staged cannot be
determined. Apparently the burg
lars swarmed back alleys and at
tempted to get in the stores as they
came to them.
Town lip In Air.
With the store robberies coming
cn the heels of a burglary scare in
the residential sections and one or
two hold-ups, citizens of Shelby
are light much disturbed and ex
tra precaution is being taken to
prevent entrances , at both stores
and residences. .
Business Firms Buy
Close In Residences
Shelby's business section is grad
ually expanding as is evidenced by
the fact that this week two busi
ness hrms have purchased close-In
residences to be used as future
homes. The Moore Agency for the
Security Life and Trust company
have purchased the L. E. Ligon
residence on N, Morgan street and
this residence has been converted
into an office for the insurance
agency. Geo. and Durham Moore
are the purchasers.
The Shelby Supply company own
ed by Fred and Gerald Morgan and
Bynum Crow have purchased the
Ex-Sheriff W. D. Lackey residence
on N. LaFayette street from Chas.
S. Young. They will retain the
home in its present state for the
present, but may build thereon a
business house for the Shelby Sup
ply company in the future.
P. O. S. of A. To Have
Big State Meeting
Members of the Patriotic Order
Sons of. America in Shelby and
Cleveland county will on Wednes
day night, November 14. a big rally
of the middle district of the order
at the court house in Statesville
Judge Albert W. Johnson, of Penn
sylvania, national president, will be
the principal speaker, while prac
tically all of the state officers of the
organization will oe present.
Officials of the order here and in
the county urge every member to
attend if possible as it will be one
of the biggest meetings of the or
der ever held in the state.
Legion Meeting On
Here Tuesday Night
A meeting of the American Le
gion will be held Tuesday night at
7:30 o'clock in the county court
rouse here, it is announced by At*
:prney W. S. Beam.
All ex-service men in Shelby and
,he county are urged to attend the
nesting, at which se al import
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Memorial Erected To County’s Dead.
This Is the beautiful bronze memorial tablet erected on the west side of the court house to the 31 who !
were killed cr died in service in the World War. Little Miss Pearl Weathers standing beside the tablet, pull
ed aside the l!. 8. flag that veiled it before the services. She represented the school children whose contribu
tions of pennies, nickles and dimes through The Star had much to do with making the memorial tablet possible.
< -1 , Photo by Ellis
10 Years Ago
Parade Here Carried Kaiser Pla
card On Hearse At Front.
Ten years ago yesterday—Remem
What happened here, and “over
Perhaps the greatest event in his
tory—anyway, the greatest those
living today can recall, or will ever
It v.as about 3 o'clock Monday
morning, November 11, 1918, that
the telephone girls in the Shelby
exchange began to press their call
buttons and joyfully spread their
story of the Armistice signing. A
story that sent the town wild.
Just a few minutes later, not more
than an hour or so after the sign
ing itself, Shelby' was filled with
the clamor of a celebrating people.
•'Over there,” many leagues across
the sea, In trenches filled with suf
fering, death and desolation, sev
eral hundred Cleveland county boys
heard the word in an entirely dif
ferent manner. Some were in the
front lines trenches, waiting for a
word that could have been entirely
different from that they heard, for
in the zig-zagging front lines the
message usually heard sent them
piling over the top through barbed
wire entanglements and shell holes
to face shower after shower of ma
chine gun fire and deathly T. N. T,
In every known form. But this word
they heard — “Peace” — brought
peace, and home!
Big Parade Here.
In Shelby proper the real cele
bration did not get going good un
til about 8:30 in the morning, when
from the countryside roundabout,
proud parents, wives, brothers and
sisters began pouring into the town.
The streets were filled with jost
ling, excited, happy, crying people.
Whistles shrieked, bells rang, horns
tooted, tin pans rattled, guns fired.
In less time than it takes to tell a
big celebration parade was formed.
At the head of the parade were
two motor hearses which had been
busy for weeks nauling away the
dead of the destructive “flu epi
demic.” One of the hearses at tlv.
forefront of the joyous parade bore
a placard of Kaiser Bill, and the
Dther a placard of his son, the
Crown Prince. In behind the
hearses came people riding, walking,
runnnins, shouting Hundvrds of
school children for once played
They joined the parade early and
remained for a greater part of the
day. On and on abont^the town the
parade moved. Finally it wended its
way out what is now highway 20 to
Kings Mountain arid back again.
Very little business Was carried on
in Shelby 10 years "ago today.
And oyer there..*, goodly portion
of the 600 Cleveland county boys
who answered their country’s call
slowly began to get ready for the
trip back home. Thirty-one never
came back to their own knowledge.
A part of the number of the heroic
dead were shipped back from train
ing camps, and the others were
taken from their first sleeping place
in Flanders field to rest again in
the soil of the homeland and the
All that was just 10 years ago yes
Coming Home From
Turkey For Turkey
Harold Griffin is coining home
from Turkey to eat Christ ias tur
key with his parents Mr. and Mrs.
I. C Griffin on S. Washington
street. For two years he has been
living in Greece and Turkey w'here
he has been connected with a to
bacco concern of America, selling its
products in those countries. He
leaves today from Samsoun, Turkey
for Constatinople over the Black
Sea. By train he travels to Paris
and takes a traos-Atlantic trip
from the French coast to the Unit
ed States. The journey will con
sume about three weeks, placing him
in Shelby the first week in Decem
m,000 Suit Filed
In Building Crash
In Which Six Died
p-rf«'te Of Clyde Carpenter, Of Casar. Sues
Four Individuals And Town Of Shelby.
Is First Suit To Be Filed.
Memories of Shelby’s worst
disaster, the building crash of
August 28 in which six were
kl'led, came back today when an
envelope was filed in the office
of A. M. Hamrick, superior court
The envelope contained the com
plaint of the Clyde Carpenter estate
in which suit is brought against
four individuals and the town of
Shelby for the death of Carpenter,
young farmer of the Casar sectioa.
Carpenter had been to the First
National bank on business when
the building toppled upon him and
crushed him to death on tire side
The defendants in the suit
brought by Mrs. Carpetner, for her
and her three children, are named
as follows: “John S. McKnight, Tom
Webb, Cicero Lutz, E. A. RUdasill
and the town of She'by.” .
In the complaint M- "n aht is set
I under which excavation work was
! being carried on. Webb and Lutz
! are named as the contractors doing
> the work: E. A. Rudasill as the city
building inspector, and the town of
Shelby as responsible for the build*
j tng inspection.
Throughout the lengthy com
plaint, which sets forth many
angles and sidelights of the disas
ter, negligence is charged to all
those named as defendants in the
complaint with the allegations di
rected by paragraphs to the various
The Carpenter suit, which will
attract the interest of this entire
section, was filed by former Solici
tor Ft. L. Huffman, of Morganton
and Asheville, who is acting as at
torney for the Carpenter estate.
There is a likelihood, it is said,
that the big suit may be tried at
the special term of superior court
convening h"re on, November 19,
28,537 Bales Of
Cotton Ginned In
County To Nov. 1
In a report made to The
Star today Miles II. Ware,
government ginning agent
stated that up to November
1, 28,537 bales of cotton had
been ginned in Cleveland
This figure compares with
32,524 bales ginned up to the
same date last year, 1927.
Local cotton men after
hearing the report stated that
in their opinion the total gin
ning would hardly reach last
year's record figure, but
would likely hit about 45,000
bales. Some differed in that
they declared quite a bit of
cotton picked during the past
two weeks had not been gin
ned as the farmers were too
busy picking to get it all in to
JITTENDJHNCE FOR *
GIVEN JIT 2,445
Fifty-Seven Out Of High School
Make Honor Roll While
The average attendance in the
Shelby public schools now' is only
about 200 students less than the to
tal enrollment for the year. The
enrollment figures, issued by the
superintendent’s office, show 2,680
enrolled with an attendance of 2,
Forty-seven students outside of
the high school made the honor roll
during the second month. In the
second month there were 150 fail
ures in the school system, this re
port including the high school
with 96 failures.
Attendance figures follow:
School Enroll. Av. Attd
Totals .. 2,721 2.450
The Honor Roll.
The honor roll for the second
month in the high school follows:
Eleven-A—Alice Andrews, Martha
Eskridge, Dorothy King.
Tenth-A—Mary Faye Dellinger,
Marietta Hoyle, Mildred McKinney
Ninth-A-1 — Elizabeth Blanton,
Frances Carver, Matilda Jenks. Alice
Goode King, Milla Putnam, Sara
Thompson, Orni Lee White, William
Ninth B-2—William Jones, Sam
Fifth grade—Jeff Connor, Edwin
Hamrick, Hill Hudson, jr,, Elizabeth
Dodd, Anna Lutz, Sallile Mullinax,
Sixth grade—Forest. Moss, Charles
Phillbeck, Margaret Thompson, Ed
na Earl Grigg.
Fourth grade—Earl Hamrick, An
na Beth Jones. Sara Bess Led
ford, Jeanette Post, Bettte Smart,
John Mull, jr.
Fifth grade—Mary Wells, Ray
mond Lowery, Edward Morrison,
Paul Wellmon, Katherine Wellmon,
Sixth grade—Veva Armour, Ellen
Ford, Helen Jean Jordan, Kather
ine McMurray, Louise Jones.
Seventh grade—Colbert MeKnight,
Margaret Ford, Dorothy Leonard,
Cornelia Sparks, Lucille Whisnant.
Sixth grade—Margaret Louis Mc
Neely, Esther Ann Quinn. Mary Lil
lian Speck, Sarah White.
Fourth grade—Mary Davis, Eve
lyn Gardner, Mary Lee Wiggins,
Fifth grade—D. C. Black, Ernest j
Greenway, Riley Taylor, Annie Day- !
berry, Katie Lou Easley, Evelyn i
Teele, Ruby Taylor.
Seventh grade—-John Fair, Gar- j
land Lazenby, Harland Pruitt.
Business Here Is
About Best Going
Mr. W. P. Ingram, of Ingram
Liles, has returned to Shelby from
a business trip to his old home at
Morven. Mr. Ingram says Cleve
land county seems to be about all
there is to it in the matter of busi
ness, that his old home county has
drawn more or less a blank In a
'cotton crop, and the same fact ap
plies to other sections through
Unveil Tablet Here
For Dead Of World
War; Cox Is Speaker
Beautiful Tablet Honoring Cleveland Boys
Who Went West Unveiled With Ceremo
nies Here Saturday.
Man Enters Wrong
Home, Gets Nabbed
As House Burglar
Burglary Scare On N. Washington
Devolves Itself Into Drunk
A burglary scare on North Wash
ington street last night devolved it
self into a drunken man's plight,
according to officers here today.
Last night a call came to the po
lice station from the two-story
residence at the corner of /North
Washington and Suttle streets,
where G. W. Morehead and Mr.
Clark, Seaboard operator live.
According to the call a burglar
had been caught in the house and
locked in the room. When officers
arrived the man, said to be Everett
Spangler, was found on the floor in
one room of the house either asleep
or drunk, and perhaps both, it was
Occupants of the house stated
that he wandered about the rooms
some time before piling down in the
room where he wras locked in. Al
though first impression was that
! ti^e house burglar, who has been
terrifying the tow'n, had been
caught, the idea was later scouted
by those who were of the opinion
that Spangler, who lives in that
section of town, was just Inebriated
to the extent that he entered the
wrong house and piled down to sleep
He will be given a hearing before
Judge John Mull Friday of this
week, it is understood.
Veteran Section Foreman Dies Aft'
er Short Illness. Funeral
Mr. John Mauney, respected El
lenboro citizen, died at his home
there Sunday morning about 3
o’clock following a brief illness.
Funeral services were conducted
at Oak Grove this afternoon at 2
The deceased, who is survived by
a wife and two children, has for ;
many years been section foreman
for the Southern railway. His son,
Corbitt, 'is section foreman now at
Blacksburg. The daughter surviving
is Mrs, Coren Stockton.
Lyon Surratt, 57-year-old colored
r'-'n, ' "-p. lived m: the Ves Cline
place in the Philadelphia church
sccv.cn, is in the Shelby hospital in
serious condition today as the re
sult of being shot in the abdomen
Sunday night by his stepson, Frank
The young negro Is said to have
been drinking when he fired upon
his stepfather with a .38 calibre pis
Bob Kendrick and other officers
searched the section Sundav night
lor Dixon, but today he was still
free having fled after the shooting.
Trundle In Georgia
Buggy Pays Up Bet
An election bet was paid in Shel
by amidst the shoppers, Saturday.
F. O. Hopper rolled J. B. Williams
in a wheelbarrow troth the Jackson
store on south LaFayette street to
Thackston's store, at Eastside, a
distance of about a mile.
In the wake of the barrow, was a
donkey. representing the Demo
cracy. Mr. D. B. Pritchard bought
cigars for the party, and speeded
them on their way as they left the
Jackson store. amidst a whoop,
which greeted the conveyance over
most of the route.
Methodist Week Of
Prayer This Week
This is the week of prayer for the
Central Methodist church congrega
tion and-two meetings will be held
at the church, one Tuesday alter
noon at 3:30 and another V.’cdnes
Tears dimmed the eyes of many
here Saturday when the beautiful
bronze tablet was unveiled with the
names of the 31 boys from Cleveland
who died or were killed in the World
War. Ten years had elapsed, yet
recollections went vividly back to
those trying days of 1917 and 1918
when bugles were sounding, feet
were tramping and guns were fir
ing in the greatest conflict in all
history. ' ' ,
The bronze tablet containing the
names of those who died in Service
was unveiling on the west portico
of the court house. It is the first
permanent recognition that has
been made of the “soldier boys” and
after a tribute to tne soldiers and
especially the war mothers who suf
fered heartaches by Attorney D. Z.
Newton, former chairman of the
draft board, little Miss Pearl Weath
ers, 6 years old, representing the
school children, puiled a string
which drew aside the large Ameri
can flag hiding the tablet. Then
the tablet was revealed as the high
school band playing “Star Sprangl
ed Banner." Heads were uncover
ed and tears dimmed the eyes of
many as they looked upon the
names of the deceased soldiers on
permanent bronze with a large
American eagle in the top of the
pannel and the following worjgjpf
the War President Woodrow Wilson
beneath." In a righteous cause they
have won immortal glory and have
nobly served their nation in serving
Roll Of Honor.
With Editor Lee B. Weathers in
charge of the program, a beautiful
prayed was offered by Dr. Zeno
Wall, former chaplain in the World
War, and Mr. Newton in the course
of his dedication speech read the
names of the 31 deceased comrades:
Harvey N. Allen. Wm. Barrett,
John Garver, E. O. Cabiness, Cal
vin Cook, Ira A. Crabtree, Broadus
V. Doty; Robert P. Falls, Otto D.
Green. 6eo. W. Hastings, Frank
Hayes, Warren F. Hoyle. Butler
Hord. Roy Latthnore, C. A. McCraw,
B. C. McSwain, G. B. McEntire,
Reid Morris, Lawson J. Owens, Ed
Price, Wm. Parker (col.), Summey
Powell, J. H. Ratteree, S. J. Randall,
Forrest A. Rippy, R. O. Rhyne,.Jos
eph W. Runyans. Joseph L. Spang
ler, O. Pratt Street, Wm. B Weath
ers, Fred Weathers.
War Parents. ....
Turning to the reserved seat sec
tion where gold star- mothers sat
with fathers of the deceased 'sol
diers, Mr. Newton said it was be
cause of these parents who reared
manly, patriotic sons that- the war
was won in such a brief.period aft
er America entered.
The tablet was accepted for the
county by A. E. Cline, chairman, of
the board of county commissioners
who also thanked The Star for talk
ing the lead in raising the money
through its columns in order that
the names of the war dead might
be preserved for generation* to
come. Most of the contributions
were made by children in the pub
lic schools of the county and the
$323 tablet represented the sacri
fice of pennies, nickles and dimes
which they gave. OX course this
was augmented some by contribu
tions as large as $5 by adults who
wished to preserve their memory.
Salute And Tape.
The customary mmary nonors
accorded dead comrades were given
by a platoon of soldiers from. Com
pany K under command of Capt.
Peyton McSwain. After the firing
of a volley of three shots, taps was
sounded by the company’s buglar
and the band struck up a march.
The weather was bleak ar.d cold
.somewhat like the weather tnat pre
vailed in France when the boys over
there heard that the Armistice was
signed and hostilities would cease
at 11 o'clock, so the outdoor pro
gram was brief.
Predicts fcpd Of War.
Col. Albert Cox, former command
er of the American Legion and one
oi the state's leaders during the
World War, was the principal speak
er for the occasion. He was intro
t duced in the Court House by Com
mander Mike Austell of the Warren
! F. Hoyle Post who again thanked
the contributors for the memorial
tablet and spoke in highest praise of
Col. Cox as a soldier and citizen.
"It is but fitting that we should
observe Armistice Day as a holiday,
"declared Col. Cox "for we hope
to make that the conclusion of war
for all time. President Wilson tried
to prevent the conflict, out when
i we were forced in, the men tespond
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