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VOL. XXXV, No. 66
SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1920. Published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Afternoons
By mall, per year
Carrier, per year
(In advance)
(In advance)
The Markets.
Cotton, pe rpound ....__ 18c
Cotton Seed, per bu._.’-- 48c
Warmer Tuesday.
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Partly cloudy, cooler In ex
treme west portion, and showers
and cooler on coast tonight. Tues
day fair and warmer.
Gray Veterans
Here Going To
Charlotte Meet
Local Civic Clubs To Furnish Bus
Transportation Tuesday And
Something like a score of Con
federate veterans, their wives and
widows are expected to leave Cleve
land county by way of Shelby
Tuesday and Wednesday to attend
the reunion of veterans in Char
lotte this week.
Veterans who are able to make
* the trip together with their wives
and widows Will have their round
trip fares paid by bus to Charlotte
by the Daughters of the Confeder
acy, the Woman's club, the Kiwanis
and Rotary clubs and other civic
organizations of Shelby. A repre
sentative committee from these
clubs stated today that veterans,
wives, and widows who apply at
the bus depot here will be given
tickets for the round trip and In
cases where veterans are so feeble
that they will need attendants the
lares of the attendants will be paid.
' However, the civic clubs do not ex
pect to defray the transportation
of other members of the families cf
It Is suggested by the committee
that those who plan to attend catch
the early morning bus shortly aft
er 7 o'clock here Tuesday morning
or Wednesday morning.
Hoey Speaker For
Reunion Memorial
Address Honoring Jefferson Davis.
Highlights Of Reunion
Hon. Clyde R. Hoey will be the
chief speaker at the exercises open
ing event being the program honor
ing Jefferson Davis, president of
the Confederacy, on the 121*t an
n.versary of his birth.
Other highlights of convention
week in Charlotte follow:
Tuesday night, 8 o'clock, in Ar
mory auditorium, formal opening of
it uni on, with Governor Max Gard
ner and Senator Pat Harrison
among the speakers.
Wednesday night, in Armory aud
itorium, Sons of Confederate Vet
erans will meet in afternoon, veter
ans will hold brief session.
Wednesday night at 8 o’clock the
historical pageant, the Rise and
Fall of the Confederacy will be pre
stnted, after which there will be a
joint session of all organizations
for tha observance of memorial
Thursday luncheon for delegates
to Confederate memorial associa
Friday morning, 11 o’clock, par
ade of veterans and associated or
Mercury Drops 30
Degrees Here From
Friday Until Today
Mid-Snmmer Heat Replaced By
Cold Drizzle Today. Mertury
Flops To 58.
An unusual change in the weather
took place in Shelby in the two-day
period from Friday until this morn
ing, and early today topcoats and
winter wraps had replaced electric
fan* and the coatless attires of Fri
day and Saturday.
Friday saw the mercury in the
Ebeltoft thermometer climb to the
highest peak of the year, 88 degrees,
but early this morning it had flop
ped down 30 points and was regis
tering a cool 58. The August heat
of Saturday afternoon first began
to ease off with a heavy shower of
rain late in the afternoon, and a
cold drizzle which set in early to
day completely transformed the
Gold Reunion To
Be Held June 9th
There will be a reunion and
family dinner of the Gold families
and their friends and relatives at
the W. F. Gold spring near Double
fjhoaJs at the home where Jno. M.
Gold now lives, on Sunday June
9 It will be an all day gathering
and everybody is invited to be pres
ent with baskets of dinner.
Legion Meeting.
A meeting of the Warren Hoyle
post of the American legion will be
% held in tho court house here Tues
day night at 8 o’clock. All ex-serv
ice men in the section are urged
to attend.
School Finals End
With Gardner Talk,
His Son Is Honored
Ralph Gardner Gets Washburn
Cup And Mae Ellen McBrayer
Coveted Eskridge Cup.
The largest commencement crowd
ever to attend school finals In
Shelby packed the Central school
auditorium and swarmed about the
campus here Friday night for the
graduating exercises, the awardin';
ol diplomas and honors, and the
address to the graduates by Gover
nor O. Max Gardner.
The addres sof the governor was
naturally the highlight of thy
evening in that he personally pre
sented the 67 young graduates witn
their diplomas, but ranking close
to the outstanding event of the
evening was the awarding of the
two high honors of the school, the
Washburn cup for the best all
rround boy to Governor and Mrs.
Gardner's second son, Ralph, presi
dent of the graduating class; the
Eskridge cup for the best all
around girl to Miss Mae Ellen Mc
Brayer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs
V/. G. McBrayer; and the tokens of
appreciation and gifts tendered to
the retiring superintendent, I. C.
(Continued on page eight.)
578 Graduates In
Shelby High Under
Tutelage Of Griffin
Largest Class In 1926, Smallest In
19:6. Eleventh Grade
In 1917.
Five hundred and seventy-eight
boys and girls have graduated at
the Sheiby high school since Supt.
I. C. Gritfin took charge of the
local schools, the class graduating
last wsek, the last one under Mr.
Criffin, being the third largest.
The largest graduating class wa
in 1926 when 80 boys and girls fin
ished and the smallest was in 1916.
10 years before, when 17 finished.
2 here were no graduates in 1917,
that being the year when the elev
enth grade was added.
The graduates by years during
the 13 years the schools have been
headed by Supt. Griffin follow, a
. oteworthy feature being that near
ly two-thirds of all the students
enrolling in high school graduated,
Governor’s Pride
Ralph Gardner, above, second
son of Governor and Mrs. O. Max
Gardner, was Friday night awarded
the Washburn cup for being the
outstanding boy in scholarship, con
duct and athletics in the Shelby
High graduating class. The young
ster’s father was on the stage when
the surprised youngster received his
award amid the cheers of his
schoolmates and his mother was
one of the touched spectators. (Star
Photo by Ellis Studio, Shelby.)
Three Plowing Days
During Three Months
The main reason that Cleveland
county cotton farmers have been
and are behind in their planting is
that there was far too much rainy
weather during the early spring
when ground breaking was in order.
One farmer who keeps close t.ab or.
the weather says that during the
first three months of the year there
were only three perfect plowing
days, or one per month.
• More City News On Page Eight.)
Gold Heads School Board;
Andrews Principal Again,
Teacher Vacancies Filled
New School Board Organizes At
Saturday Meeting. Name Cox
The first official announcements
of the new Shelby school board,
made Saturday, stated that Dr.
Tom B. Gold had been elected
chairman of the board, and that
Prof. Columbus Andrews had been
reelected principal of Central high
It had been anticipated for some
t<me that Prof. Andrews would
likely return as principal, but the
oificial announcement was not
made until the board held its first
formal session.
Other officers of the new board in
additon to Dr. Gold as chaiiman as
named were Mr. H. Clay Cox, sec
retary, and Mr. Thad C. Ford,
Name Committee.
The two important, committees of
the board were named as follows:
Thad Fora and L. P. Holland,
building committee; Roger Laugh
ridge and H Clay Cox. teachers
At the meeting of the board the
10 or 12 vacancies in the faculty of
the city school system were filled
along with the prlncipalship but due
to the fact that Capt. B. L. Smith,
the new superintendent, desires to
make some changes in the teach
mg arrangement the complete list
of teachers for next year is not to
be announced, it was said until the
board holds a. conference with him early date.
Gardner Tells
Graduates They
Must Want To
Just Wanting To Succeed In Life
Not Such An Easy Task,
Governor Says.
Sixty-seven young graduates of
Shelby high school were told Fri
day night by Governor Gardner
that their success in life depended
quite a bit upon how much they
wanted to succeed.
"Some ol you." he said, "may be
thinking that it is a comfortable
gospel I am preaching for all, of
course, want to succeed. But by
wanting to I mean that you must
want to enough to give up and
sacrifice many easy things. If you
want to, you can. But it is hard—
so hard that some of you. unless
you arc a most remarkable das',
will not be interested enough; you
will not want to enough
The speech by the governor to the
graduating class of his home town,
of which his son was president, fol
Certainly the major part of a
commencement address should b:
directed especially to the graduate
—to the young people sitting here
on the rostrum who tonight have
reached an important milestone in
their careers.
In thinking of what I should hk'1
most to say to you young people
who for four years have worked
and played and hoped—and perhaps
sometimes despaired—but who to
night have arrived in that you have
achieved a goal which you set for
yourselves, I have decided that I
should like to examine with you the
measure of success and achievement
which, in the planning of your
whole life, you might reasonably
hope to attain to. And as we ex
omine it, I am sure that I shall
want to give you some adv*ce. It is
a habit that we older people have
—that of giving advice to young
people. I myself like to do it. I do
not think it does much harm, eith
er, provided you will take it and
examino it critically and give it the
weight which it merits, and nc
What is the measure of success
that it is possible for you—for each
of you—to achieve? When you look
about you at grown-ups. at old pe
ple, or at middle aged people, you
are bound to say in your own heart,
as you think of this person or that
or the other, “he has been unusual
ly successful,” or “she has certain
ly made a success of her life,'' or
"he has been only fairly success
ful,” or "but Mr. So-an-so, poor
fellow7, has certainly made a fail
ure—he has been so unsuccessful.”
I say that most of you let such
ideas play through your mind, and
I Imagine you let your fancy play
most with the people whose lives
measured by your standards you
would count as being successful.
Have you, any of you, ever un
<Continued On Page Eight)
Tax Listing Time
Extended Ten Days
Big Percentage Of Property In
Shelby And County Not Listed
At Closing Date.
It was announced today by Mr. W
K Newton, county tax supervisor,
that the time limit for listing tax
able property in the county had been
extended to June 10, or 10 days
more than the original preiod.
At the end of the May 31 limit
Friday quite a big percentage of the
property in the county and in Shel
by had not been listed. With the
listing time extended for 10 days
citizens are urged to get busy and
list their property as the penalty
for failure to list Is $50.
School Tax To Be
Slashed In County
This Year, Is Said
Here’s a bit of news that
should be interesting to nearly
every citizen of Cleveland coun
ty—in fact, to every citizen who
pays taxes:
The county-wide school tax
rate will be reduced this year.
Just how much is not known as
yet, but it was definitely stated
by County Manager A. E. Cline
I and School Superintendent J.
H. Grigg today that there
| would be a slash in the school
I rate due to the *82,506.17 the
county is to receive for six
| months schools from thr stair
equalization fund.
The new school budget, pre
pared by Supt. Grigg, is today
the major part, of the business
being taken up by the com
missioners and the board of
education. If the two boards
okay the budget it will then be
possible to tell how much reduc
tion there will be in school
Lindy Flees on Secret Honeymoon
Mrs. Charles Augustus Lindbergh, left, the former Anne
Spencer Morrow, has achieved the goal which was the secret
ambition of more girls in America than any other. She is the
wife of Colonel Charles Augustus Lindbergh. Their sudden
wedding at Englewood, N. J, with none of the pomp and cere
mony which was expected to attend it, was skilfully planned by
Lindy and was over before the announcement was given put by
Ambassador Dwight Morrow.
UnttroaUonal Mitiml)
South Carolina Folks Not
Enthused Over 18 Highway
Cherokee County Will Hardly Build
Bridge Over River To Get
New Road.
Gaffney, June 3.—While Cherokee
county officials have not made any
public statement on the matter, the
Impression seems to be gaining
ground that Cherokee is not par
ticularly anxious to Invest any big
sum of money in constructing a
new highway to meet the proposed
hard surfaced No. 18 which is to be
built south from Shelby to the state
line. It is understood the view on
the pan of some local officials is
to the effect that two reasonably
good highways now connect the two
towns, and that when the road
leading west from the Stasy ferry
bridge over Broad river by Dravo
dam is improved there will be little
need of building a new route.
If the South Carolina highway
department should decide to make
tin agreement with North Carolina
for meeting at some point on the
line, that would be a matter with
which Cherokee county officials
would have nothing to do, more
than likely.
North Carolina authorities have
proposed three possible routes for a
road. One of these would necessi
tate a bridge over Broad river in
Cleveland county, but either of the
other two would call for__a bridge
In Cherokee county territory. It is
said. The Tarheels are reported to
insist strongly on the adoption of
the second or third surveys, rather
than the first. Cherokee county of
ficials certainly would not approve
of placing the cost of the construc
tion of another bridge on the tax
payers of this county, espetially in
view of the fact that a new bridge
has already been planned for the
National Htghway between Gaffney
and Blacksburg to cost in the neigh
borhood of $100,000.
Citizens residing in the territory
between Gaffney and Shelby are
greatly interested in the routing of
the proposed highway. The North
Carolina authorities have been with
holding their decision pending the
results of efforts to reach an under
standing with South Carolina and
Cherokee county officials, it is un
derstood, but unless the state high
way department is offering encour
agement it appears that North
Carolina might as well proceed.
Engineer Gives
Survey Figures
For Highway 18
Two Miln Farther By Earl, He
Say*. Travel Distance Is
One Mile.
Following the wide controv
ersy In this county over the
location of new highway 18
south from Shelby and with
the hope of getting the figures
correct The Star early today
wired John W. Waldrop, chief
highway engineer at Raleigh,
for the mileage shown by the
Mr. Waldrops wire in reply said:
‘Construction distance of survey
via Earl to South Carolina line is
nine and two-tenths miles. Con
struction distance of line via Zoar
church (the direct route) Is seven
and two-tenths miles. Difference in
travel distance from court house to
South Carolina line is one mile in
favor of Zoar church route. John
D. Waldrop, state highway engi
In Friday’s paper The Star gave
unofficial figures on the survey
routing from Shelby to Gaffney, the
figures reading unintentionally from
Shelby to the line. Later there was
some discussion as to whether or
rot the figures were correct for the
full distance to Gaffney. The Star
merely gave the reported mileage as
a matter of information, and later
an attempt was made to secure
from the surveying engineers the
correct figures. Engineer Noell. with
district headquarters at Marion,
told The Star in a telephone mes
sage that it was 15 1-2 miles from
Shelby to Gaffney by the direct
survey, just one-half mile more
than a direct shoot. Figures on the
other survey he did not have at
hand, and suggested that The Star
wire Raleigh. This was done, but
the chief engineer's reply, as may
be noted above, gave only the fig
ures to the line. The present route
used from Shelby to Gaffney, how
ever, Engineer Noell declared was 22
miles and a fraction of ft mile.
Mr. and Mrs, Julian Thompson
spent the week-end in Orangeburg.
School Board High In Praise
Of Retiring School Leader
The following resolutions signed
by the Shelby city school board
were read Friday night at the grad
uation exercises at the city school j
in appreciation of the services dur
ing 13 years of the retiring super
intendent. Prof. I C Griffin:
Whereas, Prof. I. C. Griffin has
tendered his resignation as Super
intendent of the City Schools of
Shelby, after having served in said
capacity for a period of 13 years;
and whereas, under Iris administra
tion the schools have grown from a
very small to a very large system
both from the standpoint of build
IngS and equipment and in in
creased enrollment of pupils; and
whereas said school has been con
ducted in such manner as to pro
mote good feeling and co-opcration
among the citizenship of this City,
and to promote high scholarship
among the students, and the spirit
of loyalty among the students
themselves in athletics, In class
work, and in all other phases of
school life; and whereas, he has
been aggressive and active in pro
moting the school life but at the
same time has never attempted to
tContinued On Page Eight;
New City Officials
Sworn In Saturday;
No Changes Made Yet
Siren Didn’t Blow
Saturday; Some Are
Late For Noon Meal
Before Mayor McMurry en
tered office a report about town
stated that tie intended to stop
sounding the fire .siren at the
noon hour each day and pres
sumably the report was pretty
well founded for .Saturday all
local citizens who awaited the
siren to set theirs watches or
to drive home for dinner never
did set their watches or get any
dinner, lor the siren did not
At the fire department, where
the siren batton Is located, it
was said that one of the first
orders passed along was to let
the .drcn stand until there is a
Finals At Graham
School In Shelby
Hugh Teeler Wins Webb Declama
tion Medal. Other Cnps
Awarded There.
Hugh Peeler was the winner of the
Carl Webb declamation meda’ at
the Graham school In the closing
exercises of the seventh grade which
were presided over by Lula Moore
Thompson, the class president. An
nie Ruth Dellinger was the winner
of the B. T. Palls medal for the
reading contest.
Awards given the school as a
whole at the exercises Included The
Cleveland Star cup for the spelling
contest In the elementary schools
of the city and the Kiwanis athletic
cup for high honors in the city
wide track meet.
The nine students swarded per
fect attendance certificates were:
First grade—Sara Mundy Hamrick,
Mary Margaret 8ilvers. Second
grade—Vera Lee Hamrick. Dora Mc
Swain, Mary Glenn. Third grade—
Lenlth Hamrick. Fourth grade —
Ray McSwain. Louise Kiser. Sixth
grade—Edna Earle Origg.
Taxpayers In Big
Rush Saturday To
Avoid The Auction
Sale Of Property For Unpaid Taxes
Underway Here This After
noon Began At One.
Belated Cleveland county tax
payers swarmed into the office of
Sheriff Allen here Saturday to pay
their 1928 taxes together with the
advertising penalty so as to avoid
having their property sold at the tax
auction which began at the court
house this afternoon at 1 o’clock
in pursuance of the law regarding
unpaid taxes.
Approximately three-score people
visited the office of the sheriff Sat
urday for the purpose of paying
their taxes but when the books were
closed preparatory to the sale to
day more than $10,000 in taxes was
, unpaid.
Morrison To Build
Postoffice Boxes
The contract for the building of
the 300 new boxes at the Shelby
postoffice was let Saturday to C. A.
Morrison ds Son. Shelby contractors,
or. a bid of $1,631. There were six
bidders coming from Virginia, In
diania. New York and this state,
the highest bid going to $2,400.
There are now 535 boxes at the local
office and the government is pay
ing for the 300 new boxes.
Webb And Glover
Handle Golf Club
Beginning June 1, Pete Webb and
Ed Glover took charge of the up
keep of the Cleveland Springs golf
club succeeding Quinn McCombs,
who had been club professional
since W. H. Lyle left the local club
to become pro at the Spartanburg
country club. Young Webb, who Is
the Junior Carolinas golf champ,
has charge of the club shop, while
Glover, who has been with the club
for some time, has charge of the
upkeep of the course, it is announc
ed by club officials.
Couple Is Married
Here On Saturday
Fields B. Toney, of Lawndale, and
Maude Alice Gantt, of Fallston.
were married Saturday afternoon
at 2 o'clock by Squire Sylvanus
Gardner at his Shelby residence, i
Employ** Under Dorsey. Adminis
tration Rrturn To Work. Get 30
Days Notice.
Shelby’s city government has been
operating since 8 o'clock Saturday
morning under the new city regime
with Mr. 8. A. McMurry as mayor,
all officials being sworn In at that
hour by Magistrate T. C. Eskridge.
Mayor McMurry and the four al
dermen—John F. Schenck, jr., Ab
Jackson, Z. J. Thompson and P. M.
Washburn—were sworn in by 8quire
Eskridge while the chiefs of the va
rious departments were later sworn
in by Mayor McMurry. Quite an
audience was present for the early
morning Inauguration, the retiring
mayor, Mr. w. N. Dorsey, being
among those present to express his
best wishes to the new officials.
Still Are Silent.
Although the new administration
has been in charge for two days
citizens are still at loss to knew
Just what changes, if any, will be
made on the city payroll. Hereto
fore some of the observers haya
been able to get enough Inside in
formation to start a few rumors,
but not so on this occasion, and If
the new mayor and hia board know
what changes are going to be made
It is a pretty sure thing that no one
else knows.
Meet Monday Night
..It was announced at the City Had
Saturday that the first official
meeting of the mayor and his ooun
cii would be held at the City HaU
Monday night and it la presumed
that the slate of employes to remain
and go will be made up at the
Saturday morning all employee
under the Dorsey administration re
turned to work to awkit further or
ders, doing so upon the request
made of them on Friday afternoon
by Mayor McMurry.
Get SO Doji Notice.
"If any changes axe made,” May
or McMurry said Saturday, “in de
partment heads those who are re
lieved will be given 30 days notice
once we decide what we are going
to do.”
The silence maintained for over
a month on the part of the new of
ficials has the town speculating as
never before. Who will be police
chief. Who will be fire chief? Who
will be city clerk? are some of the
questions being hurled about, and
all answers are nothing but guesses
Major opinion about the town
seems to be that Police Chief Mc
Bride Poston stands a good chance
of being retained due to the fact
that his record since going In as
acting chief has met with wide ap
proval In the city. However, at the
same time other views have it that
one or two former chiefs may suc
ceed him, while still another view
Is that the new chief may be a
man who has never served as chief
Perhaps there win be definite in
formation tomorrow, and perhaps
Clerk Culbreth To
Resign End Of June
Files Resignation Today With Mayor
And Aldermen. Considers
Several Offers.
Mr. Fred P. Culbreth for two
years city clerk and treasurer
filed today his resignation with
the mayor and aldermen for
their consideration at their first
official meeting tonight.
The resignation filed states
that he will resign on Jane SO,
provided the auditor now work*
ing on the clerk’s books has
completed his audit by that
As yet Mr. Culbreth says that
he has not definitely decided
what he will do after June 30,
but ut present he has several
offera under consideration, one
being a position with an audit
ing firm.
City officials who retired last
Saturday were high in their
praise of the efficient methods
employed by him in the city of
fice and in taking care ef and
collecting the taxes, and Mr.
Hoyle, the auditor completing
the audit of the old administra
tion, told the oM board at their
last meeting that in Ms experi
ence he had never encountered
a better kept set ef city bosks.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Allen and MR
and Mrs. W. Y. Crowder spent Suns
day in Charlotte. Mr. and Mrd
Crowder will visit their daughter!
Mrs. B. L Green and Mrs. Mail
Francis Uns week.

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