North Carolina Newspapers

    Drink-Crazed Man Shoots Wife, Self
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father not to shoot her (the gtrl.i
Her father was then tn the girl's
room and had the .32 pistol near her
head. Up to that time Denham had
dressed and had been lying down
getting up frequently to take an
other drink. As he came to the bed
side of the girl his wife followed
him and grabbed hold of him to pre
vent him from shooting. The girl
then ran to a window and Jumped
out, running to a neighbor's house
to have the officers called. The old
est boy. Rudolph, was at work and
from that point on no one except
the frightened younger children,
who remained In the house, knows
what happened. The children terri
fied and half asleep can hardly as
eemble the details of the tragedy.
Staggers To Wife's Body.
Denham and hts wife scuffled
about one room and another after
the girl jumped out of the window.
A younger girl attempted lo help
her mother but was shoved away
Then Denham shot his wife, the
bullet entering the left temple, and
causing, it la believed Instant death.
According to the second boy’s story
his father then placed the gun to
his head and shot himself above the
right ear. In his drunken condition
the bullet failed to kill him and he
staggered about the house. As there
were bloodstains on a pillow It Is
believed that he fell across the bed
nnd then got up again before he
shot himself the second time. After
the first shot the second boy grab
bed the gun and hid It but his fa
ther made him get It again. Just
how long It was from the time Den
ham first shot himself until he fir
ed into his head again Is not known.
It could have been no very long per
iod of time, physicians said. The
second bullet, a steel-jacket tore its
way completely through his head.
When officers broke into the house
they found that he had staggered
back near his wife's body and fell
near her side. Brains were ooslng
from the wound where the second
bullet came out and some of the
Immense amount of homebrew and
bay rum he had been drinking had
poured from his mouth after he fell.
Mad At Girt.
The erased father so far as can
be learned had no worthwhile reas
on for becoming enraged at either
his daughter or his wife. Barly In
the night the daughter, realising Ills
drunken condition, would not let
him go out In the yard when he pull
ed out his knife and had threatened
to go out and cut to pieces a boy
who'had walked in the yard. It 1#
believed that this Incident lingered
cm. his drink-benumbed brain and
he decided to get even with the girl.
Ha had been in an ill angry mood all
day but for this one exception his
family had attempted to please him
and grant all requests.
Officer Kendrick poured out sev
eral gallons of homebrew after he
arrived at the house and irom the
statements made by the children it
Is believed that Denham had drunk
several gallons of homebrew and bay
nun since Saturday.
The tragic occurrence came as a
shock to the village In which the
family was popular. Mrs. Denham
had many friends there and Den
ham was considered a good and able
worker when not drinking
The Children.
The names of the children, whose
lives were saddened by their father's
Wild orgy, are as follows: Prances,
17; Rudolph, 16; Monroe, Evelyn,
Thelma, Gene, Claude, Vernell and
Emily, the latter 15 months of age.
Here From Charlotte.
The family came to Shelby from
Charlotte in January of this year.
According to the oldest girl they
have “lived everywhere," but lived
longer in Charlotte, 13 years off and
on, than anywhere else.
Mrs. Denham before marriage was
Miss Gertrude Phillips of Alabama.
Ho near relatives live in this sec
tion and yesterday the young child
ren had only neighbors and friends
in the Ora village to comfort them
Mother Arrives.
l>ast night the mother of Mrs.
Denham, a Mrs. Marion, of Lanett,
Alabama, arrived here, being accom
panied by a brother, Mr. Phillips,
and a sister of the dead woman.
Funearl Saturday.
""After the arrival of these relatives
R was decided to hold the funeral
services for Mrs. Denham at the
Dover Baptist church at 9 o’clock
Saturday morning with interment
following in Sunset cemetery
Has Early Morning
Sermon For Golfers
Draw* Men To Church Who Other
wise Do Not Attend
Charity and Children.
A special church service for the
benefit of golfers is held at West
Plains, New York, every Sunday
morning at 8 o'clock where men are
invited in their play clothes.. The
service lasts 35 minutes. Then the
players are free to go to their games
The regular service at 11 o'clock is
held as usual. This plan. It is said
gets men to church who would not
be there otherwise.
Nephew—‘No, I’ll bet you didnt
either." -
Young Daughter
Relates Details
Of Tragedy Here
him and I Jumped out of bed and
ran to the window and Jumped out.
(The window was seven or eight
feet from the ground and the young
girl hurt her arm in Jumping). I
then ran to Mr. Alvin Shull's house
next door and told them papa was j
going to shoot mamma and me. |
While Mr. Shull was putting on his
clothes we heard the shots. One or
two first, that was when he killed
mamma, then a little later more
shots. We didn't know what hap
pened. Mr. Shull went after the sup
erintendent of the mill and then
after Mr. Starnes. They didn't know
what had happened in the house
and whether to try to go in or not.
Then they called the sheriff and
he sent Deputy Bob Kendrick over.
Then they went in and found mam
ma lying there dea^l and papa lying
close to her. They thought he was
dead too but he wasn't and soon an
ambulance came and carried him to
the hospital.
"That's about all I know about it
myself. My sister—Evelyn—said she
tried to help mamma get the gun
from him but he slapped her and
told her to get away or he would
kill her too. She said he shot him
self after shooting mamma and
then after a little bit shot himself
again. After the first shot he walk
ed from one room to another.
Head Trouble.
“I Just don't know what was
wrong except he was drinking all
that time. Before when he had
been drinking he complained of
something being wrong with his
Future a Blank.
The future was a dismal, puzzling
blank to the young girl who now
must mother eight younger broth
ers and sisters. The oldest boy, Ru
dolph, was working in the mill the
night of the tragedy and was tak
ing the event stoically with little to
say. Not knowing whether her fath
er would live the girl oould say lit
tle about funeral plans or their fu
ture. She was too stunned to think
of such things. Her thoughts seem
ed to be with the mother she loves
and she expressed very little sym
pathy or asked very seldom about
her father. About her at the fu
neral home were several of the lit
tle brothers and sisters, playing
around not realizing the extent of
the dark shadow that had come
into their lives.
All members of the family seem
ed above the average intelligence
and the mother was known as one
of the most intelligent and popular
women of the village. The father,
when not drinking, was considered
a fine worker by his foremen and
was a skilled loom fixer.
Post, Gatty Around
World For Record
Chamberlain and Byrd on every
possible occasion. But besides the
approximately 2,000 who stood In
apparent docility within police lines
by the administration building,
hundreds of others were scattered
among the hangars and along all
sides of the field.
Police Are Powerless.
When the round-the-world plane
Winnie Mae touched the turf, the
crowd broke Into motion, yelling
and whooping. Then it was realized
there were many more than had
been esctlmated. The 150 policemen
on duty were powerless before the
several thousand enthusiastic wit
nesses of the completion of avia
tion’s latest achievement.
As Post and Gatty climbed from
their plane, the mob surged for
ward, and despite *11 efforts of po
lice with night sticks''plapged out
on the field. For a moment Che fliers
found seclusion In an automobile,
but they soon were hauled out ana
carried shoulder high to the admin
istration building.
Wants Information on
Tryon Pact Signers
To Editor of The Star;
1 will appreciate the favor very
much if some of your readers pos
sessing information regarding any
of the following men, who were
signers of the Tryon County asso
ciation, In August, 1775, will get in
touch with me; Thomas, and Abel
Beatty, John Beeman, James Baird,
James Buchanan, the Carpenters
and Dellingers, Richard Waffer,
Robert Hulclip and David Jenkins.
Correspondence Is solicited from
anyone possessing information in
regard to any of the other signers.
I am compiling biographical
sketches of the signers for publica
tion in a pamphlet this fall. I have
been working on this project' for
several years, and will appreciate
• the co-operation of anyone Inter
Clarence Griffin, County His
torian, Rutherford County.
4 Uplndale, N C,
- t - . V ' ' . "
Too Busy lo Wed
Elsie Janis (above), famous state
actress and screen writer, admits
*h® found romance with
Gilbert Wilson, youthful motion
picture actor, but claims she’s too
busy to think of retting married.
However, she wonTt deny she may
wed the lucky actor some day.
Mr. Nat Bowman has returned to
Charlotte to re-enter a hospital for
treatment and Is reported now to
be critically ill. He has been away
from business for several weeks and
It will be several weeks longer before
he Is able to work again.
Log Of Big Plane
That Rounded Globe
(Eastern Standard Time Through
Left Roosevelt Field, N Y., 3:56
a. m.
Artlved Harbor Grace, N. F., 10:48
a. m. (1,132 miles.)
Left Harbor Grace, 2:28 p, m.
'Wednesday, June 24:
Arrived Chester, England, 6.45 a.
m. (2,195 miles.)
Left Chester 8:05 a. m.
Arrived Hanover, Germany, 11:45
a. m. ,4534 miles.)
Left Hanover 1:15 p. m.
Arrived Berlin 2:30 p. m (154
Thursday, June 25:
Left Berlin 1:38 a. m.
Arrived Moscow, Russia, 10 30 a.
m„ <991 miles.)
Left Moscow 10:00 p. m
Friday, June 26:
Arrived Novosibirsk, Siberia, 8.32
a. m. (1,579 miles.)
Arriving Irkutsk, Siberia, 11:55 p.
m, (1,055 miles.)
Saturday. June 27:
Left Irkutsk 2:10 a. m.
Arrived Blagoveschchensk, Siberia
7 a. m. <1,009 miles.)
Left Blagoveshchensk, 9:30 p. m
Sunday, June 28:
Arrived Khabarovsk, Siberia, 130
a, m. (361 miles.)
Monday, June 29:
Left Khabarovsk, 4 a. m,
Arrived Solomon, Alaska, 8:45 p,
m. (2,500 miles.)
Left Solomon, 11:30 p. m.
Tuesday, June 30;
Arrived Fairbanks, Alaska, 2:25 a.
m. (520 miles.)
Left Fairbanks, Alaska, 8:24 a. m.
Arrived Edmonton, Alta., 6:35 p.
m , <1,450 miles.)
Friday, July 1:
5:30 a. m,, left Edmonton.
Arrived Cleveland, 4:15 p„ m. (1.
600 miles.)
Left-Cleveland, 4:44 p. m.
Arrived Roosevelt Field 7:47:30 p.
m. (394 miles.)
Total miles flown (approximated)
Elapsed time 8 days, 15 hours, 51
Flying time: 4 days, 10 hours, 8
15-Cent School Tax
Is Limit On Land
For Every Purpose
Levy Must Cover Collection Costs,
Discounts And Penalties
Raleigh, July 3.—The levy of an
ad valorem tax of 15 cent* on the
♦100 valuation of property for the
support of the six months school
term Is a gross and not a net tax.
Attorney General D. G. Brummitt
has held in a letter to Charles M.
Johnson, director of local govern
In other words, 15 cents is all that
will be levied against the real and
personal property as listed in the
year 1930. The cost of making the
collection and the discounts and
penalties are Included in the 15
cents and will be enforced on the
same basis as applies to other taxes
In the counties. The amount to be
remitted to the state treasurer will
be the amount that the 15-cent levy
produces, less collection costs and
discounts allowed, Mr. Brummitt
To Broadcast Fight
Over Radio Tonighl
Loral Firms To Have Open House
For Patrons And Friends This
Local radio dealers will hold open
house tonight for their friends while
the Schmellng-Strlbllng champion
ship fight is being broadcasted over
W. A. Pendleton announces that
he will be connected up with loud
speaker attachment and hopes to
get clear reception of the fight pro
gram in which the Georgia boy la
attempting to wrest the title from
the German youth.
Rev. John Green
To Start Revival
Kings Mountain, July 2.—The two
weeks revival services which has
been in session at the Central
Methodist church here closed Tues
day night of this week. Rev. James
H. Green, pastor of the Lighthouse
Tabernacle at St. Louis conducted
the services and was assisted by th<v
pastor Rev. John R. Church. Serv
ices were held twice dally and were
attended by the largest number of
people ever to attend a revival at
this church. The doors of the
church are to be opened next Sun
day morning.
Prefers Prison To
Taking Dry Pledge
Gaffney, S. C., July 3 —Sentenced
to the chaingang for violating the
prohibition laws, E. B. Bolin, of
Cherokee county, prefers the roads
to signing a pledge to sell no more
Governor Blackwood suspended
the road sentence on condition that
Bolin pay a fine and sign the
pledge. Yesterday Bolin notified
Conrad Jones, clerk of the county
court that he would surrender and
begin his term. Friends said he re
fused to sign the pledge.
Mr. Ellis Brings In
Three Open Blooms
R. O. Ellis .of the Mount Sinai
community below Shelby, brought
to The Star office this morning
three wide open, white cotton
blooms. He found a bloom in his
field on June 30th but did not re
port it here for the reason that he
has not been in town since. Mr.
Ellis says blooms will be plentiful
from now on.
Jeweler Is A Bean
Raiser Par Excellent
George Alexander, jeweler enjoys
gardening as much as he does
broadcasting on Saturday over his
amplifying system. In his garden he
has two forty foot rows of the Mc
Caslan bean which is a wonder in
yield. It is of the pole variety and
two or thre vines yield a “mess.”
Each bean measures from eight to
ten inches in length. He thinks the
two rows will produce fully ten
bushels before the season is over.
Penny Column
house on Oakland Drive. Lights and
water.. Rent reasonable. 3t 3p
The finest of the se'ason on hand
now. See them. Suttle 'Hatchery.
2t 3c
atory, hot and cold water. Mrs. W.
A. Pendleton. " 2t 3c
Sow now, peas, soy
beans, eow peas, cane
seed. We have these
and other field seed.
D. A. Beam Co. 5t-lc
Sanitary Market
For Saturday, July 4th
1 gallon Pure Apple
Vinegar ______- 30c
(Bring your containers.)
Side Meat, lb. _10c
Thick Fat Back, lb._10c
Sugar, lb.____5c
Van Camp’s Tomato Soup,
4 cans_25c
8-lb. bucket Lard__87c
Toilet Tissue, 4 rolls_25c
1-lb. package Assorted Sun
, shine Biscuits_28c
Perfect Seal Fruit Jar Rub
bers, dozen- 5c
Salmon, tall can, each_10c
Full line fresh fruits and veg
Dressed Friers, lb._30c
Stew Beef, 3 lb._25c
Mixed Sausage, 2 lb._25c
Beef Roast, lb. __ 15c
Croakers. 3 lb. _________ 25c
Trout, 3 lb. __25c
Sanitary Market
Next To Quinn’s Drug Store
South Washington Street
— PHONE 48 —
Governor Sworn by Father
ra* a proud day at Atlanta, Georgia, when Richard B. Russel), Sr.,
K1«« “nwILSf stat« s«Pre™ .Cou*> Kave the oath of office to
his son, Richard B. Russell, Jr., during the inauguration of the latter
iw Governor of Georgia. Russejl, Jr., shown being sworn in by his
lather, is only 33 years old, the second youngest man to hold th#
hifirh executive position.
Postal Men Banquet
Kings Mountain, July 2.—An
nouncement has been made by em
ployes of the local post office that
the quarterly meeting and banquet
of the postal employes of Cleveland
county will be held in the Cline
building in Kings Mountain Tues
day evening, July 14, at 7:30 o’clock.
The features of the program will
be an address by O. B. Carpenter
and a program of fun by Ward B.
Threatt, humorist, of the Charlotte
postoffice. The banquet is to be
served by the ladies of the Central
Methodist church.
iDriver Of Truck
Hurt Coming Here
SkuU Fractured When Truck And
Auto Collide. Moving
Spartanburg, S. C., July 2 —Otis
Evans, 22, of Greenville, suffered e
fracture of the skull, and J. C. Mul
key, of 211 Clifton avenue, Spartan-!
burg, suffered severe cuts- and bruis- j
es about his head and body when!
the coupe Mulkey was operating]
smashed head-on Into a truck op-|
erated by Evans’ father Wednesday!
night near Cowpens at about 11
At an early hour Thursday morn
ing young Evans was in the X-ray
room at a Spartanburg hospital,
where his condition was said to be
Mr. Mulkey was also in a Spar
tanburg hospital and was reported
to be resting quietly after receiving
emergency treatment for severe
cuts about the head and body bruis
es. His condition was said not to be
According to information receiv
ed shortly after the accident, Mr.
Mulkey's automobile struck the
truck operated by B. Evans, father
of the injured youth, as he was at
tempting to pass another car. Mr.
Mulkey was en route to Spartan
burg. The truck was en route to
Shelby, N. C., with a load of furni
Newspapers Did If
Who said fame is fleeting? Here? ,
Margot Ross at her piano in Ha- *
vana, Cuba, ready to practice for
a career in music which was
offered her through newspaper
clippings. Articles appearing in
American newspapers about the
girl’s uncanny ability to play the
piano without lessons and onW by
“ear,” enlisted the support or the
Curtiss Musical Institution in Phil
adelphia. Now she’s going to get
lessons—and all through the news
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