VOL. XXXVI, No. 151
SHELBY, N. C. WEQNESD’Y, DEC. 17, 1930
Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons.
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LA TE NEWS
Cotton, per lb. _8*'j to 9c
Cotton Seed, per bu._ Sic
Rain And Snow.
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Snow in* central and west
portions and rain or snow in extreme
east tonight and probably Thursday
morning. Slowly rising temperature
In interior tonight and Thursday. . j
Get “Rumor Bugs.”
Raleigh, Dec. 16.—Superior Court |
Judges II. Hoyle Sink, in Raleigh,
pnd Cameron McRae, in Asheville,
today promised grand jury investi
gation pf loose talk derogatory to
banks as the result of a "run” yes
terday on the Commercial National
bank here. The “run” here was
greatly over-balanced by additional
deposits but the false reports cir
culated caused city officials here to
take action and promise arrests.
For Term Here
On January 5
Number of Important Matters To
Be Tried During January
At a special meeting of the coun
ty board of comrhisrloners held here
this week jurors were elected for the
January term of superior court.
Tire term convenes on Monday,
January 5, and it is the belief here
now that Judge J. H. Clement will
preside. If so, it will be Judge Cle
ment’s first term of court in Shel
by. Solicitor Spurgeon Spurling, re
elected in the last election, will
Jurors named were:
, Miles Woods, J. L. Hamrick, A. G.
Whisnant, Howard H Moore, J. S.
Roberts, B. Bettis, P. C. Barrett* G.
G. Boone, R. C. Baker, D, J. Keet
er, Hugh Williams, Rastus B. Dixon,
D. W. Carpenter, John B. Porter,
Irvin A. Lutz. L. S. Kendrick, B. R.
Dellinger, J. L. Putnam, P. B. Mc
Murry, Ben L. Roberts. C. Rush
G. H. Hamrick. Lee Jenkins. L. C.
Greene, S. M. Greene, J. Wayne
McMurry, C. T. Stanley,, G. M. Ed
wards, C, R. Turner, J. F. Yoder,
Clyde Cornwell, Sam Grigg, Clem
Martin, Ambrose Crotts, David
Bank At Waco
Money Tied Up In Another Closed
Bank. Hope To IlaTe No
The Bank of Waco, In eastern
Cleveland county, a small financial
institution, was closed yesterday
evening, after a meeting or officials,
because some of the bank’s money
was tied up in one 01 the closed
Gaston county bank,:, used by the
Waco bank as a depository or clear
Mr. A. C. Beam, Waco cashier,
said this morning that other than
having money in the closed Gaston
bank the Waco bant, was in good
There had not been a single with
drawal, he said, before the bank di
rectors decided to close in order to
protect all patrons and stockholders.
If the Waco bank can secure what
money it has in the other bank when
matters are liquidated there it is be
lieved that 100 cents can be paid on
The resources of the bank at the
time of the last statement were
Sill,338.26. The capital is $5,000 and
the surplus $4,000. Mr A. W, Black
is president and Mr. Beam cashier.
Mr*. Darwin Earl,
Young Mother, Dies
Daugther of Mr. and Mrs. Green
Blanton Buried At New Hope
Mrs. Darwin Earl, mother of a
two weeks old son, died Monday
morning at 9 o'clock at her home
one mile west of Earl, following a
brief illness from a complication of
troubles. Mrs. Earl before her mar
riage 18 months ago was a Miss
Blanton and a popular and attrac
tive member of the younger set of
that community. She joined the
New Hope Baptist church at the age
of 12 years and was a faithful
She is survived by her bereaved
husband, a two weeks old infant,
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Green
Blanton, seven brothers, Jake, Ed,
Carl, Kenyon, Andrew, Cleton and
•Hudson Blanton, four sisters. Mrs.
Irwin Guffey* Misses Isabel, Lorene,
and Ida Blanton.
Interment was in tire cemetery at
New Hope Tuesday afternoon at 2
o'clock Rev. G. P Abernetliy and
Rev. J \V. Davis conducted the
Record Snowfall Halts Activity In This Section
No One Injured
“Tin Can”, Garage
Depth of 14 Inches Is Record For
Score of Years. Little
A heavy tnow which blanket
ed the two Carolina* last night
and today covered Shelby and
surrounding section under 14
inches of snow, which is a record
snowfall in this area for more
than a-score of years.
Less traffic was moving in
business and residential Shelby and
along the highways out of the ctiy
uf> until noon today than in any
half day in 10 years.
Buildings Cave In.
The snowfall, which measured
from 13 to 15 inches in level places
where there were no drifts, averag
ing 14 inches, placed such a weight
on two Shelby buildings that they
caved in early this morning. One
whs the "tin can” gymnasium at
the Shelby high school, and the
other a tin storage building and
auto paint shop at the rear of the
Hawkins garage on South LaFay
When the roof gave way at the
high school gymnasium the pres
sure sent the walls hurtling out
ward, and the building, according to
those Who fought their way through
snow drifts to the scene, was near a
Cars Are Smashed.
The shed behind the Hawkins
garage, said to be owned by the
Babers and McClurds, was filled
with used automobiles owned by.}
Jack Crawford, former Chevrolet
dealer and M. E. White’s auto paint
shop. Prom 10 to 15 of the cars were
damaged by the falling weight of
snow and the roof; -Borne- were con
siderably damaged, while only the
tops of others were damaged to any
extent A negro employe was, in the I
building when it fell, but was ex-'
tricated by members of the Hawkins
force without being injured. Mr.
White estimated his paint shop
damage at $200 with no Insurance.
Traffic At Standstill.
About one out of 20 automobiles in!
Shelby were moving today. The!
[only cars out were those which had!
roads shovelled out from garages to
pavement and were then equipped
with chains so that they might tra
vel along the slippery and snow
Traffic in and out of Shelby along
the several highways was practical
ly at a standstill. With highway
forces at work, buses and other
traffic was moving Slowly between
Shelby and Charlotte, but there was
little travel west any farther than
(CONTtNUEU ON PAGE TWELVE. I
By Heavy Snow
City Schools Did Not Open Today.
Closed For Holidays. County
Thanks to the big snow storm
nearly 3,000 Shelby school children
began their Christmas holidays to
day instead of waiting until Friday.
With traffic tied up by heavy
snowdrifts and teachers and pupils
facing a problem in reaching the
various buildings this morning. Supt.
«. L. Smith announced that the
holidays would be inaugurated to
day. Teachers and pupils were noti
fied early this morning that they
need not report today.
The schedule had called for the
vacation to start Friday, December
19, and continue until Thursday,
January X. The city schools, forced
to close earlier than planned, may
not re-open until the set date on
the first of the year. If it is decided
to open earlier announcement will
Out In The County.
All the county schools were also
scheduled to close down Friday and
re-open on Monday, December 29,
but 8upt. J. H. Grigg was not sure
today that the schools would be able
to maintain their work until Friday
afternoon due to the snow.
“If highway officials clear the
highways as they did last year, the
buses will be able to run and school
work will go on out in the county,"
Mr. Grigg said this morning.
“As it is'now,” he continued, "no
definite announcement can be made.
It depends upon highway condition:
and matters to be determined by in
Pioneer Business Man Dies
The above is a photograph made some years ago of Mr.
. C. Miller, pioneer textile and business man of Shelby,
ho was buried here this afternoon. Mr. Miller was one of
the central figures in the building of present day Shelby and
active in welfare and church work.
A. C. Miller, Retired Capitalist
And Churchman, Buried Today;
WasLoyalAnd Generous Leader
Sunday School Supt., Chnrch Offi
cial and Deaf School Trustee
For Thirty Tears.
Audrey C. Miller, pioneer tex
tile* manufacturer, prominent
churchman, wealthy retired bus
iness man and generous friend
to the poor and discouraged, is
being buried this afternoon at
2 o’clock from the Shelby Pres
byterian church which he loved
and served as Sunday school
superintendent and elder for
about 30 years.
Mr. Miller died at 6:35 Tuesday
morning in the Shelby hospital
where he had been a patient for
several days, undergoing a serious
abdominal operation for air intesti
nal trouble. Mr. Miller had been sici
for two weeks when an operation
was found imperative. At an early
morning hour he underwent a seri
ous operation, but his advanced age
of 82 years, made it impossible for
him to survive the serious trouble, i
Many Pay Tribute.
As his body lay at his home on
S. Washington street, hundreds of
people called to pay a tribute to this
saintly man and his princely life. Me
was born in the Sharon community,
the son of Dr, W. j. T. Miller, an
excellent physician, a public spirited
and benevolent man Who served in
the house of commons, 6tate sen
ate and state convention of 1861.
Loyal To All.
Possessing many of the fine traits
of his father, Mr. Miller was a pub
lic spirited, generous and kindly
man whose frugal and thrift life
enabled him to accumulate a com
fortable fortune. This he shared
with others, never turning a deaf
ear to the poor and needy. He lov
ed a gobd joke, possessed a keen
sense of humor and was loyal to the
last degree to his friends, his church
and the causes he had faith in.
First Job $50 a Year.
Mr. Miller's first job was as clerk
for the firm of Jenkins and Ruda
sill for the dimunitive salary of $50
a year. Later he clerked for Ful
lenwider, Wells and Webb for $200
a year. His first venture for him
self was as a partner with the late
Maj. S. J. Green. For 20 years he
was in the cotton mill business,
owning the Belmont w’ith B. Blan
ton and Rush Oates where he built
a chapel for his employees and aid
ed them In every possible way.
Prominent In Church.
For 30 years he was superintend
ent of the Presbyterian church Sun
day school and was its active head
until five years ago When he relin
guished the head because of his de
fective hearing. His Interest in the
church and Sunday school, however,
never waned. For an equal number
of years he served as deacon and
elder of this church and was one of
the largest contributors.
For nearly thirty years he served
on the board of trustees of the ^tate
school for the deaf at Morgantor
of which Dr E. McK Goodwin t.;
. t^qgflLwp XZI&ktJXgk'i.lt/
Miss Hendrick Heads
Old Clothing Depot
— - ♦— 'j
Hundreds Of Garments Being Dis
tributed To Needy. More Used
Do you have any old or discarded
clothing which you are willing to
contribute to the needy of the town
and county? If so, call Miss Fran
ces Hendrick, telephone No. 255 and
an errand boy will oe sent for the
package when It Is ready. Many
bundles have been promised and
Boy Scouts were to collect them,
but the Scout boys have been un
able to make all the calls. Addition
al help has been put on.
Scores Are Helped.
Hundreds of garments have been
distributed from the clothing divis
ion of the welfare department, re
cently opened in the basement of
the Weathers-Blanton building un
der the Betty-Jeon- Beauty shop. A
thousand or more garments have
been contributed by merchants and
housewives and these garments are
distributed from the clothes depot
on order of the welfare department
or any minister, after an investiga
tion of the cases has been made and
Miss Frances Hendrick, daughter
of Mr. Roche! Hendrick has kindly
consented to take charge of the de
pot which is kept open from 10 to
12 a. m. and from 2 to 5 p. m. Ladies
of the variousdubs and churches of
the city have volunteered their ser
vices to help in the operation of the
depot and contributions have been
generous on the part of individuals
With the county in the throes of
a cold wave and snowr, there Is much
suffering and this department is
distributing as fast as possible. Al
ready scores of under-clad women
and children have been fitted up
for the winter.
Call Phone No. 355 and say you
have a contribution. A messenger
will be sent for it.
Firemen Respond To
Two Alarms Tuesday
City firemen were called out twice
yesterday to homes where chimneys
or flues had started small blazes.
The first call was to the C. B.
Suttle residence In the Cleveland
Springs Estates where the wall had
caught from the chimney. The sec
ond call was to the Virgil Hamrick
home below the Lily mill village,
the blaze originating there, it is said,
from a flue. The damage was not
great at either blaze.
Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Stowe of Gas
tonia spent Sunday with Mrs. E. W.
Wilson on Graham street.
fOTHER LOCAL NEWS WILL HE
!'OV\n ON PAGE 11. THIS IS
More Store Loot
Second Note Give*
f)rr»se*. Shoes, Hosiery. Tie* And
Other Goods Found In Wom
County and city officers art
gradually rounding up the foods
stolen from two Shelby store* In
two big robberies some weeks
ago. Monday evening and night
Sheriff Irvin Allen and Police
Chief McBride Poston found a
quantity of the 3. C. Penney
and Lily Mill store goods In the
home of Mr*. Della Parker, near
Mrs. Parker to said to be the
mother of Ernest Stewart, one of
the four men held In Jail here In
connection with the two robberies.
She lives near the Enka village,
west of Asheville.
Revealed By Note.
The second butch of stolen goods
w»s revealed by a note written by
one of the prisoners In the county
jail just as was the cache of goods
recovered last Saturday when offi
cers secured a note Stewart had
Written to his wife. That time she
was warned to move the loot from
the home of her father, Marion Ab
sher, between Kings Mountain and
Bessemer City. Officers by Intercept
ing the note visited the Abeher
home and found the goods In a
trunk. A Usher was placed under a
$500 bond on the charge of receiv
ing stolen goods.
The neat day officers In some
manner got hold of another <note
which was written, presumably, to
warn some one to move tbe loot
stored at the home of Mrs. Parker
negr Asheville. The two officers left
fo| Asheville early Monday, but did
not locate the residence for several
Tltt' WfiWWpf floods Included
quite a collection of dresses, shoes,
sweaters, hosiery and other cloth
ing. The two largest assortments,
however, were ties and hosiery. The
goods were stored in a large bag
which also came from the Penney
While searching the home offi
cers also located goods and articles
thought to have been taken in other
robberies In this section of the state.
Mrs. Parker was not arrested and
brought here. She admitted, It Is
said, that several of the fellows In
jail here were In the party which
brought the loot to her home.
Mr. Kendaill Cablet
Arrival In China
Mrs. Henry F. Kendall received a
cablegram this morning announcing
the safe arrival In Shanghai, China,
of her son, Henry Kendall, who sail
ed from Seattle. Washington. He left
Shelby nearly three weeks ago to go
to China to take a responsible po
sition in the foreign office of Dlbrell
Brothers Tobacco Co- and will be
gone a year or more.
Worth $53 Per
Acre In 1929
(M, U. DINNAGAN, SUr N»w» Bnr»»«.)
Rslclgh. Dec. 17.—North Caro
lina's total valuation of real «*•
tato In 1929 was $2,090,414,000.
Including land acreage valnrd
at $934,829,000 and town and
city lots valued at $1,020,077,000, j
according to the last report of
the state hoard of assessment.
The average valuation of land
per acre In the state is $31.84. the
highest being In O as ton county,
$210.81, and the lowest In Dare,
$8.97, while the town lot* average
the highest In price In Caldwell
county, $3,379.09, Rnd the lowest In
Jonee county, $342.51. Tire state
average for town lots is $1,920.18.
Mecklenburg leads In total value
of town lots, with $123,947,308. while
Currituck Is listed as having no
town lots, Guilford hhs the highest
total of land acreage, with $26,938,
370 while Tyrrell has the lowest
total valuation, $1,547,087.
In This County.
Cleveland county, the report
shows, had a total real estate val
uation Of *28,285,000, Of Which *16.
370.000 was in land, valued at an
average of *53.42 ah acre, and *7.
345.000 in town lots, average value
of which was *1,63307 a lot. The
county had *4,570,000 la manufac
turing establishments outside of
city and town corporation limits
and nothing listed in value of min
eral, Umber or water power sites in
This County Leads
Robeson In Cotton
Over 12,000 Bales
Jfthoston <• TtHwT*3,0#* Bale* Be
The complete ginning report for
all North Carolina, up December 1,
shows that Cleveland county is 13,
075 bales ahead of the second cot
ton county, Robeson. Johnston
county takes third place, 23,000 bales
The fire leading counties and
their ginning this year and last to
Dec. 1, follow:
County 1930 1929
Cleveland , _ 59,123 47,496
Robeson. 47,048 37.125
Johnston . 35,718 33,593
Harnett__ 29,418 28.482
Halifax. 28,696 23,892
The ginning in neighboring coun
ties to December 1 was as follows:
Catawba 15,041, Gaston 12,625, Lin
coln 17,861, Rutherford 19,788.
It will be noticed that Cleveland
has ginned more than any of three
neighboring counties and almost as
much as the four neighboring coun
ties which produce cotton. The
Rutherford crop, over 4.000 bales
ahead of last year, promises to be
one of the best in the history of the
Assessors Named For
Relief Store Opens
In South Shelby
Ed Moorehead In Charge For Pres- j
rnt. School and Mill I/end Help, j
Tlie Sunday school of the Second j
Baptist church will hold its annual
Clirtstmas entertainment on Wed
nesday night, December 34. This will
consist of two plays which will be
given by the young people of the
Church under the direction of Rev.
W. T. Brown. In addition to this a
white gift program will be render
ed when each department will bring
articles of food and clothing to be
distributed among the needy fami
lies of the community.
Keller Store Opened.
The ta^k erf administering relief to
needy families In South Shelby has
been found to be so great that a va
cant store room lias been obtained
which will serve as headquarters for
tills work in the future. This Is lo
cated next to the South Shelby Shoe
shop and the use of It has been do
nated by the Consolidated Textile
corporation. Further announcement
will be made as to the time when
this room will be ready to open. Any
person having food or clothing to
donate are requested to call phone
568 and a Boy Scout will call. Scout
master Kd Moorehead has already
collected a considerable amount of
provisions and clothing. This work
is temporarily In charge of Mr.
Moorehead and Rev. L. L. Jessup.
The South Shelby school under the
direction of Mias Selma Webb and
her splendid faculty are also ren
dering a great service In relieving
suffering In this section. An urgent
plea Is made to every citizen of
Souths Shelby to co-operate In this
worit which is growing more Impera
tive every day.
Father And Son
Feast At Ellenboro
(Special To The Star.)
Ellenboro. Dec. 16.—The fathers of
the agricultural students In the El
lenboro school are to be given a
real treat Wednesday evening at the
expense of their son when the boys
plan to banquet their fathers in
their annual Father-son banquet.
In addition to the boys and their
fathers several special Invited guests
have been gtvpn Invitations to the
present to address the group.
Old tltpe string music Is to be ren
dered during the Jamboree for the
entertainment of the boys and their
SWEEZY SWORN' IN AS
CONSTABLE FOR NO. 9
Mr. Tom Sweesy was sworn In as
constable for No. 9 township and the
proper bond was filed at a special
meeting of the county commission
ers held In Shelby this week.
Will Santa Hear The Prayers Of These?
Prosj.. - is now are that on Christ
mas Eve, as dusk settles before the
long-awaited coming of Santa
Claus, there will be in and about
Shelby mans' such scenes as that
! pictured above. There may be many
!homes that Santa may never get to
hereabout, with necessities of life
not to mention a toy or two, or a
bit of candy. for those empty
stockings Many little feet will be
cold, many little bodies not warm,
and many homes without heat and
food, unless you. and others like you,
help make it Christmas for them.
As you go about your final Yule
tide preparations, take time to tdl
lect up the discarded clothing about
your home, some fo^—potatoes,
canned goods, fruits, Anything—and
leave your contribution at the Char
ity Shop in the basement under the
Betty-Jean beauty shop. If you
haven’t time to deliver your own
telephone 255, tell them what you
have and a Boy Scout will call for
it. Let's make it Christmas for
ever>‘c-.ie as much as possible. Those
children in the picture above must
know that t.h*we is a 8anta. Is ther®?
Work Will Begin
Tu Supervisor All Set To Start
Property Revaluation Early
More than three docen men
will on January I start work on
the task of re»amctsing all prop
erty In Cleveland comity aa is
required by the revaluation law.
Tax Supervisor R. L. Weathers
named to direct the work, has al
ready appointed his assessors In
every town except No. 4, and this
will be done immediately.
A meeting of the assessor* already
appointed has' been held and the
supervisor together with County
Managers A. E. Cline discussed the
wqrk with the appraisers.
Another meeting will be held on
Tuesday. January 6, at which the
blanks and final instructions will be
Issued and the actual work will be
Assessors have been named for the
No. i—J. A. M,cCraw, J. D. Ellis,
and T. P. Wood.
No. 2—W. C. Hamrick, D. B. Har
ris, and D. D. Dodd.
No. 3—A. A. Bettis, J. C. Lowry,
and Byron Davis.
No, 5—M. P. Ham Ison, J. P. Moss
and H. B. Rhyne.
No. 6 (outside)—8. S. Maune
Coy McSwaln, and D. M. Cline.
No. 6 (Shelby)—8. A. Washburr.
L. P. McBrayer and J. T. Webb.
No. 7—B. W. McBrayer, P. Bate
Blanton, and J. O. Lattlmore.
No. 8—Ben p. Jenkins, George M
Oold, E. M. Baker.
No. MX s. Beam, George L.
Cornwell, and C. R. Dixon.
No. 10—M. •JP*" Oarrtt. Cicero c.
Palis, and TOm Propst.
No. 11—A. A. Horton, A. E. El
more and A. R. McNeely.
Judges To Bar
New Senator, Judge Parker, Judge
Webb, Justice Clarkson,
II all the dignitaries of the legal
fraternity attend that are invited,
Shelby will be visited next Tuesday
evening, when the Cleveland Coun
ty Bar association holds its annual
banquet, by some of North Caro
lina’s most prominent citizens.
The banquet is to be held at the
Hotel Charles and Attorney W. 8.
Beam is in charge of the arrange
ments. Attorney Robert L. Ryburn
dean of the Shelby bar, is thq presi
dent of the association.
Among the dignitaries and prom
inent jurists Invited are the follow
ing: Senator Cameron Morlson,
Judge John J. Parker, of the Cir
cuit Court of appeals; Federal Judge
E. Yates Webb, Justice Heriot Clark
son, of the North Carolina supreme
court; Judge-elect Wilson War lick,
of Newton; Superior Court Judge
A. L. Qulckel, of Lincolnton, and
Solicitor Spurgeon Spurling.
With this array of talent on
hands the barristers of Cleveland
are expecting a big occasion. For
the last couple years the bar ban
quets have attracted more interest
than customary among those of the
legal fraternity, and now the annual
meetings are among the banquet
events of the year hereabouts.
Baptist Church Lends
Help to Many Needy
One hundred people a week have
been helped with clothing by the
First Baptist church during the past
[few weeks, according to the pastor,
| Dr. Zeno Wall. Dr. Wall and his or
ganisation is collecting and distri
buting clothes to needy families and
the response has been very gratify
ing. The names of the families help
ed are turned over to the county
welfare department so as to avoid
‘ We are co-ordinating the reilef
work as much as possible,” says Dr.
Wall, "yet the situation is such that
there is plenty of service for all. No
needy will be surfeited with charit;
even if all churches, clubs and
organizations throughout the coun
ty ear:'}’ on the good work.”