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VOL. XXXV11, No. 85
FRIDAY, JULY 17, 1981
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Late News
Generally Fair.
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report. Generally fair tonight and
Saturday except for local thunder
shower* Saturday afternoon in west
Fly Atlantic.
Budapest, Hungary, July 17.—Fail
ing by only a few miles to reach the
goal of their 3,200-mile non-stop
flight from Harbor Grace, N. F., to
Budapest, Capt. Alexander Magyar
and Capt. George Endres were forc
ed to land their transatlantic mono
plane “Justice for Hungary” near
<he little village of Riscke, 15 miles
from here, last night. Their last
drop of gasoline exhausted, they
landed the ship on rough ground
along a railroad track at 7:40 p. m.
(1:40 p. m. E. S. T.) They had
covered approximately 3,200 miles
over land and sea in a little over
86 hours, averaging about 125 miles
per hour, and were almost in sight
of the goal when the gasoline tank
ran dry.
County ToLose
IS Teachers By
New School Plan
SSaie To Employ 684 Less Teachers.
Eliminate Total 465
Under the new teacher allot
ment plan of the State equal
isation board Cleveland Caunty
will have 15 less school teachers
this year than last, according to
J. H. Grigg, county superinten
dent of education.
In the table announced yesterday
irom Raleigh it is stated that Cleve
land will have a total of 391 tea
chers—65 high school and 226 ele
mentary for white schools, and four
high school and\96 elementary in
the colored schools. Supt. Grigg
-states there is ar\ error, however,
in the number of colored teachers
which are supposed to increase this
year due to a much larger enroll
ment last year.
The white teachers to be lost un
der the new plan are divided as fol
lows: Eight rural elementary tea
chers, no rural high school teachers;
four elementary and two high school
teachers in Shelby, and one high
school teacher at Kings Mountain.
A Big Decrease.
Raleigh, July 15.—Elimination of
52 high and 413 elementary schools
of the State was revealed tonight
by the State board of equalization
when allotment of teachers to the
various counties was announced.
A total of 21,894 teachers will be
employed under the terms of the
MacLean statewide six months
school act and supplementary legis
lation. This is 30 less than the
number of teachers participating
last year in salary allotments from
the equalization fund and 684 less
than the number employed under
terms of the school laws in effect
prior to passage of the MacLean
As 1,249 additional teachers were
employed by local authorities last
year, the number of teachers for
which the board is making provision
for 1931-1932 term is 1,933 less than
the actual number employed during
the past term.
No Injustice Done.
The schools eliminated, the board's
statement said, were consolidated
with others, and every effort was
made to see that no injustice was
The board found in its state-wide
survey that there were 152 schools
doing high school work with less
than fifty high school pupils attend
ing daily. Three, and sometimes
four teachers were employed to
handle these pupils.
It also found 651 elementarj
Save On Buying
Bargain In Star
Today’s Star advertisements
contain Shelby’s best buys for
week end shoppers. You can
realise your greatest savings
on clothes, dresses, automobile
tires and batteries, foods, cof
fee, furniture and other neces
sities, in the stores of today's
advertising merchants. Read
the Star ads carefully and list
your shopping needs. Buy
from these merchants tomor
row and save.
Here are some of the bar
gains to be found:
40c worth of laundry soap for
25c; Men’s Tailored Summer
Suits at $7.95; Summer Silk
Dresses at 1-2 price; Flour,
24-lb. bag for 67c; Two 10
cent packages Macroni for
15c; Silk Dresses for $4.95;
10-Piece Walnut Veneer Din
ing Room Sjuit for $69.50;
CtyarXntved" Automobile Tires
a* $4.98: 2 pounds Coffee for
25e; Walnut Bedroom Suite
♦or $59.50 and a free mattress;
Automobile Battery for $6.95;
9 cakes Laundry Soap for 22c.
County Tax Reduction Of23 Cents
Seen In Preliminary Budget
Special Court To
Hear Smart Case
Governor Calls Term To Try Slayer
Of Forest City Police
Rutherfordton, July 17.—Fred
| Smart, charged with the slaying of
' Austin A. Price, chief of police of
[ Forest City, on the night of June 6,
! will be tried at a special criminal;
; session of the Rutherford county su-,
I perior court here. The special term
has been called by Governor O. Max
Gardner to convene in Rutherford
ton on Monday, August 24, with
Judge Cameron F. MacRae, of Ashe- <
ville presiding.
Smart was given a preliminary
hearing June 13 and was bound over 1
to superior court without bond.
The local law firm of Quinn, Ham- ,
rick and Harris has been employed
to represent the defendant. The
prosecution will be represented by
Solicitor J. Will Pless, jr., County
Attorney B .T. Jones, former County ,
Solicitor R. R. Blanton and C. C. j
Ridings, all of Forest City. Judge
James L. Murphy, of Hickory, has
been employed by friends of the de- j
ceased officer and Clyde R. Hoey, of >
Shelby, has been retained by the \
town of Forest City to aid in the
Judge H. Hoyle Sink, of Lexington,
will convene two weeks' term of
civil court here August 3.
Goodwin Here To
Operate Grocery
Albemarle Man Boys Out Dellinger
Model Grocery On South
Washington St.
The Goodwin Cash Grocery is the
new name of a Shelby grocery firm.
Mr. W. L. Goodwin, of Albemarle,
has purchased the former Dellinger
Model grocery, operated by Mr.
Boyce Dellinger on South Washing
ton street, and has changed the
name. Mr. Goodwin's family came
here with him and are now making
Shelby their home.
Mr. Dellinger has no plans for
the immediate future
Seek Homes For
7 Young Orphans
Welfare Officer J. B. Smith has
been asked to see if he can find
homes for seven young white child
ren orphaned in a double tragedy
near Shelby two weeks ago. All
the children are healthy and appear
to be unusually intelligent. Any
one interested is asked to get in
touch with Mr. Smith.
Spangler, Randall
Open Repair Shop
B. F, Spangler and R. P Randell;
both well known mechanics, for
merly with the Charles L. Eskridge
garage, have opened a repair shop
on West Warren street in the build
ing with Champion Oil company.
They will specialize in reparing all
makes of automobiles and tractors.
Presbyterian Picnic
Members of the Presbyterian
church Sunday school will enjoy a
picnic and outing at Cleveland
Springs this afternoon, beginning
at 5 o'clock. Swimming and swing
ing will be enjoyed, after which a
picnic lunch will be served.
General Levy Likely To Be Cut From 73
Cents To 50. Biggest Slash Is In School
Tax For Six Months. Levy For General
Purposes Is Same.
A county-wide tax reduction of 23c on the $100 proper
ty valuation is in prospect for the county-wide fund and the
six'months school term, according to the preliminary budget
submitted for publication in The Star today by County Ac
Healthiest Girl
Hilda Mae Hall (above), of Eustis,'
Fla., chosen aa the healthiest 4-H
club fir! in Florida, will enter the
national contest at Chicago in No
vember. An expert swimmer and a
skilled golfer, her physical training
for the past year has been under the
direction of Florence Smock, also of |
Enstis, who won the state’s 4-H clob j
honors In 1929
Alleged Robber
Is Nabbed Here
City PoJicr Get Man Wanted In
Mecklenburg. Said To Have
Burglary Tools.
James Hildred, alias J. W Phil
lips, said to hail from South Caro
lina, was arrested here by city offi
cers Wednesday for Mecklenburg
county rural police, who want him,
it is said, on a robbery charge at
Paw Creek.
Woman Helped.
Hildred's "moll," or woman, prov
ed to be his undoing. Local officers
became suspicious of the couple, be
lieving the robbery of a local store
was being planned. Both were
questioned and finally the woman
made the break that gave them a
way and then let officers in on the
full story. She told them, they say,
that she was present at the Paw
Creek robbery.
In the car which they were travel
ing, officers say, had quite a set
of burglary tools in it.
Young Couple Wed*
Here On Wednesday
Hanna Smith, of Rutherford
county, and Dessie McNeilly, of
Cleveland county, were married in
the court house here Wednesday by
Squire T. C. Eskridge. The groom
is the son of Dave Smith and the
bride the daughter of Zero McNeilly
of upper Cleveland.
Frank Grist Says He Will Be
Senator; Not Worried About Race
Tells Sam He Will Furnish Plenty
Opposition. Talks About
• Raleigh News and Observer.)
Frank Grist, who has nothing if
not supreme faith In himself, re
turned to town from a vacation In
the Piedmont radiating optimism of
a distinct senatorial hue.
Mr. Grist, who used to be Com
missioner of Labor and Printing, but
who is now tn some doubt as to
what his exact status In State gov
ernment is since the Legislature
took away the printing and gave
him no labor other than two already
organized and functioning Indepen
dent bureaus, thi-ew his feet upon
his half-acre desk and grinned
“You can tell Cam,” he chortled,
"that I am sorry he feels so badly
about opposition, because he’s sure
going to have it.”
The commissioner stroked his
bristly hair—he might be mistaken
for a Fritz if everybldy In North
Carolina didn’t know which side he
fought on—and smiled a smile of
"I have never felt better m my
life. I have heard things this last
week that would make any man feel
countant A. E. Cline.
District Rates Decline.
Also rate reductions of from 4c
to 45c on the $100 valuation of
property will be made In the road
districts and in six of the 16 special
school taxing districts. This makes
a revision downward in all tax rates
In the county and sub-divisions ex
cept in the 10 of the 16 special
school taxing districts.
Budget Is Published.
The budget Is not definitely fixed,
but the state law requires that a
budget estimate be published for
the information of the tax payers
and in the light of present figures
available at this time, indications
are that the tax rate for the six
month school term and county pur
poses will be reduced from 73c last
year to 50c this year.
Rates Analysed.
The largest tax reduction is for
current expenses of the six months
school term. Last year there was
a general county-wide levy of 47c.
'lhis will probably be reduced to 15c.
The levy for general county-wide
purposes will remain at 15c, the
same as last year, with 4c added
for a county home and outside poor
and 6c for debt sendee. No. levies
were made last year for these pur
poses, although the county had con
siderable expense to bear for these
accounts. Last year there was a
levy of 4c for bridges, but now that
the state has taken over the county
road system, there will be no levy
this year for this purpose.
While there is a reduction of 32c
(from 47c last year to 15c this year)
for current expenses of the six
month school, there is a slight in
crease in the levy for capital out
lay and debt service for schools, all
of which makes a general county
wide tax reduction of 23c for county
wide purposes and six months
Since there are • so many funds
and sub-divisions, it cannot be
stated in single figures Just what
tax reduction there wili be In the
various townships and school dis
Special School Tax Districts.
In the county there are 16 special
school tax districts and In these dis
tricts there is a special levy for an
extended school term. In six of
these 18 districts there will be slight
reductions in the tax rate, while
the rate will remain the same as
last year in the other ten school
Then, again, there are eleven road
tax districts and a special tax lor
No. 6 township public hospital.
While the hospital tax in No. 6
township remains the same, 8c as
last year. Considerable reductions
will be made for roads since the
state has taken over the county
road system and maintains these
county roads under an extra cent
per gallon on gasoline.
No, 6 Township Rate.
As an illustration, the entire
property tax in No. 6 township last
year was $1.01 on the $100 property
valuation. This year the No. 6 rate
will total 63c or a reduction from
last year of 38c.
In addition to the county-wide
reduction of 23c for county pur
poses and for six months scWols
tax payers will be able to calcwfate
what their taxes will be by referring
to the following table which shows
the road tax reduction in the eleven
road districts. To the newly estab
listed rate for road purposes for this
year, must be added, the county
rate of 50c and the extended school
term rate, if one happens to live
in a special school taxing district.
It will be noticed that a big reduc
tion comes on roads as only enough
Weather Is Near
Equal Hot Spell
The record hot spell of the
year may be already recorded In
this section, but the weather this
week lacks very little of being
as hot as that of the heat per
The mercury in the Ebeltoft
thermometer climbed to 95
Thursday and to many people it
seemed to be the most uncom
fortable day of the year. Early
this morning the thermometer
registered 90 and was to 92 by
11 o’clock.
City Tax Rate
To Re Decided
At Early Date
Preliminary Budget
About Ready
fax l-ery And Privllfif T»i Deri
sion Exported At Tuesday
Nlfht Meeting
This Unte nest week ritisens
of Shelby may know the amount
of their new tax rate and Shelby
business men will know Just
how much privilege tax they
must pay in one form or an
Major 8. A, McMurry Said today
that auditors from the Scott and
Company auditing firm hoped to
have a preliminary budget outline
ready to turn over to him by Mon
day. When this is done and the
figures checked as to Income, ex
pense and property valuation, the
mayor will turn the budget ligures
over to the aldermen for study and
later the fixing of the tax rate and
other matters.
No Idea Now.
Until the budget figures are ready
for inspection city officials are mak
ing no predictions or statements.
It was reported several weeks ago
that all privilege taxes might be
done away with. A later statement
from the city hall said this would
be impossible, but that the rate
would be cut in most Instances.
Just how much they will be re
duced and Just what appropriations
will be possible for this and that
department or institution cannot
be determined until the budget work
is completed and studies.
If nothing mars present plans,
these Important moves are scheduled
to be threshed out at the regular
semi-monthly meeting of the aider
men Tuesday night.
Mrs. Hamrick
Buried Today
Wife of Alonso M. Hamrick of Pop
lar Sprints Community l’asacs
At Age 68 Years.
Mrs Elnoro McMurry Hamrick,
wife of Alonzo M. Hamrick of the
Poplar Springs community died
Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock
at her home in the Poplar Springs
community following an illness of
about three years with dlabetls. She
had been in bed for nearly a year
and at times her condition was very
grave, but she rallied and was able
to recognize members of the family
up until the end was near.
Before marriage Mrs. Hamrick was
Elnora Elizabeth McMurry. She was
bom in 1863 and was married to
Mr. Hamrick in August, 1881. They
had been living together for nearly
fifty years and were a devoted cou
ple. In 1880 she joined the church
at Sharon, later moving her mem
bership to Beaver Dam to jcln with
her husband. For a number of years
they held their membership at Zoar,
but when Poplar Springs church
was organized, they became charter
members there. Mrs. Hamrick was a
kind neighbor, a devoted wife and
mother and greatly beloved by her
host of friends.
Surviving are eight children, Mrs.
W. W. Jones, Mrs. Cletoi} Hum
phries, Mrs. Bezola Hamrick, Evans,
Dewitt. Twitty, Creel and Miss El
mira Hamrick. Three brothers, J. J.,
F. A. and P. B. McMurry and one
sister, Mrs D D Wilkins also sur
vive. There are 18 grandchildren and
one’'great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held this
afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at Poplar
Springs Baptist church, the services
in charge of Rev. D. F. Putnam and
Rev. Zeno Wall.
Mr. Mull Again On
Board Of Hospital
Takes Place On Board Again After
Leaving Former State
Mr. O. M Mull, of Shelby, is again
a member of the board of directors
of the state hospital at Morganton,
He attended a meeting of the board
there last week.
The Shelby man was a member
of the board for several years but
resigned when he became executive
counsellor to the governor. He was
succeeded by Dr. J. T. Burr us. Some
time ago Dr. Burrus was named to
the state board of health and Mr.
Mull resigned as executive counsel
lor to direct the activities of the
Cleveland Cloth mill in Shelby. He
was then re-appointed to the board
to take the place of Dr Burrus.
Back to His Boyhood Days
CCalvin Coolldge, the thirtieth and former President of the United
State*, la shown harking: hack to the days of his boyhood as he enjoy*
a bit of trout fishing on the old Coolldge farm near the little Vermont
village of Plymouth, his birthplace. This picture of Mr. CooMdge fish
ing with a straw hat as part of the equipment proves he has not given
up this type of headgear, which he favored so much during the presi
dency while on fishing expeditions.
More Than Half Cleveland Farms
Operated By Tenants; Increase
Dae To Greater Cotton Production
Tenancy On Increase Here Similar
To That Of Other <'-niton
When Cleveland county started
inarching to the head of the State
is North Carolina's largest cotton
producing county farm tenancy in
the county began to increase by
leaps and bounds.
Neighboring counties, which do
not produce so much cotton have a
smaller percentage of tenant-operat
ed farms. In Catawba the per ceni
age of farms operated by tenants
is only 29.3; in Lincoln it is 47.4
per cent; in Gaston 49.2; and in
Rutherford 50.1; according to the
University News Letter.
Roberson has the largest number
of farm tenants, 5,410, followed
closely by Pitt with 5,328. Other
counties that have more than three
thousand tenant farmers are Cleve
land, Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnson,
Nash, Union, Wake, Wayne, and
Wilson. Dare oounty has only fifty
three farms, of which three are
operated by tenants.
Why Tenant Gains.
There are several causes for the
large Increase in tenancy and de
crease in farm owners. A farmer
Is classed as an owner If he has
contracted to buy a farm. Many
people with only a small equity In
the farm have allowed the title to
revert to the mortgage holders and
thus changed from so-called owners
to tenants.
The agricultural depression has
caused many farmers classed as
owners to lose their farms. Usually
these were only partial owners
although- many full owners have lost
their farms.
Many farms have been sold to
satisfy mortgage holders. Often
land has been mortgaged for more
that In would later bring on the
market. The owner prefers to. be
sold out rather than attempt to pay
off the mortgage. Too many farm
ers have mortgaged their farms in
order to buy consumptive goods
rather than to invest for the pur
pose of making the farm more pro
ductive. Many mortgage holders
have been reluctant to foreclose,
icoNTnruTO on page ten.i
Couple Married
On Court Square
A public wedding, nevcrthc
)**• a real wedding, was enacted
on the Shelby court square Just
before high noon yesterday.
The contracting parties were
Amsi Me Swain, of the Double
Shoals section, and Mrs. Mary
Ledford, of the Beams Mill sec*
lion. Both gave their ages as SI.
The ceremony was performed by
'Squire Sylvmnus Gardner,
The wedding took place on the
northern lawn of the court
square, just a few feet from the
building, and Police Chief Pos
ton and other chance passers-by
were the witnesses.
Harry Sullivan Is
Dead In Rock Hill
Native of Shelby And Connected
With Southern RaHway.
Brother Here.
Harry Sifllivan, native of Shelby,
died in Rock Hill, S. C. Thursday
afternoon at 3:30, according to word
received here yesterday. Mr. Sullivan
was about S3 years of age and is
survived by his wife and three chil
dren, Mrs. Mangum and Miss Irene
Sullivan of Rook Hill and Charles
Sullivan who is in the U. S. Ma
rines now stationed in Cliina.
One brother, Bob Sullivan, of
Shelby and one sister, Mrs. N. A.
Black, of Frankttnton, also survive.
The funeral takes place in Rock
Hill, S. C. this afternoon at 5:30
o’clock. Attending the services from
Shelby are his brother, Bob Sulli
van, Mr. and Mrs. Zeb Beam and
Mrs. Elsie Beam.
Memorial At Old
Snow Hill Church
Memorial services will be held at
old Snow Hill church in upper
Cleveland next Sunday, July 19th.
Rev. T. H. Swafford of Gastonia,
will preach at 2:30 o’clock in the
Forest City Man Killed In Siberia;
Brought To America For Burial
Body of A. Y. Hill, Killed On Con
struction Job in Russia Laid to
Rest in Logan, W. Va.
Forest City, July 17.—The body of
Austin Yates Hill, son of Mr. and
Mrs. C. Gaston Hill, of Forest City,
who was accidently killed in Kuz
enetsk, Siberia, while at work on a
construction Job there, has been re
turned to Logan, W. Va., home of
his wife. Funeral services and burial
were held there.
Mr. Hill was directing a building
project in the Russian oil area for
an American concern at the time of
the accident June 4.
A detailed letter from officials of
the company to Mrs. Hill described
the accident and told of the journey
home. According to the message, a
special train carried the body to
Moscow, and previous to beginning
the long trip, a picturesque cere
mony was held by the more than
500 Russian workers on the project.
From the hospital where Mr. Hill
died to the station where the spe
cial train was waiting, the letter
said, is a distance of three miles,
and all the Russians under Mr. Hill's
supervision marched the entire dis
tance. At the stattoii each man in
the procession placed a wreath of
forget-me-nots on the casket drap
Highway Heads
Talk To Clabs
Chairman Jeffreys U
Chief Speaker
Five Civic Club* Hear Chairman <V
State Road System Explain
Five civic chibs of Cleveland
county and a number of visitors
paid their respects to new state
highway officers at the Hotel
Charles last night when Hon.
E. B. Jeffries, state highway
commissioner was the principal
speaker. Over 100 civic club
member* and visitors were pres
ent. the purpose of the meeting
being to urge upon the high
way officials the hard surfacing
of No. 190 between Shelby and
Marion and the future paving
of a road leading out through
Bolling Springs, another down
through Earl and Patterson
Springs and a link between No.
18 at FaHston through Lawn
dale to No. 190 at PoilcvHie.
While Mr. Jeffries tw the prin
cipal speaker on the program, shar
ing honors with Kim as guests of the
rive clubs were W. W. Neal, of Mari
on, highway commissioner of this
district, Mr. J. A. Poteat, division
engineer, and W. A. Broadway,
county highway engineer.
Clubs Linked Together.
Hon. O. M. Mull outlined the
purpose of the meeting, pointing out
that Cleveland county had bean a
victim of circumstances since *he
road program was started in 1921
and been descriminated against.
Rev, L. B. Hayes made the address
of welcome, performing a wedding
ceremony which unites the civic
clubs, the Ktwanis, Rotary, Lions,
County Club, and Civitans of Kings
Mountain in their endeavors to get
more road paving in Cleveland.
Introducing Mr. Jeffries was Hem
Henry B Edwards® who served with
him in the last General Assembly.
Mr. Jeffries reviewed the high
lights of the road law enacted by
the last General Assembly whereby
the state takes over and maintains
*9.000 miles of roads. It is a gigan
tic task to handle the 3,800 pris
oners in county convict camps yet
the organisation set up has beer?
brought about in about six weeks
and now 1,200 men are in the em
ploy of the state highway com
mission looking after the roads of
the state.
Road Figures
It takes eight million dollars
yearly to pay interest and curtail
road bonds, the last of which will
mature in 1964. One of the 115 mil
lion dollars worth of road bonds
issued, 105 thousand dollars are out
standing. The overhead of the
highway and vehicle department* is
$700,000 annually.'
Pour million dollars will be spent
anually for the maintenance of
county roads. It looks now, says
Mr. Jeffries, like there will be a
saving in the cost of maintenance
of state roads and If so, this saving
will be applied to the building of
additional roads.
No Promise Made.
No promises were made as to new
roads in Cleveland county by Mr.
Jeffries. He was hardly expected
to make any definite promise at
this meeting relative to the paving
of No. 190 through Polkville to Mari
on, but it is understood that Mr.
W. W. Neal, the division commis
sioner is strongly in favor of this
There will be a $1,800,000 Federal
fund available for the construction
of new roads in North Carolina
during the fiscal year beginning
July 1st and this will be matched
by a fund of equal size by the state,
making over three and a half mil
lion dollars available for the con
struction of new roads.
Mr. Jeffries reviewed the increase
in the number of automobiles from
the time the road program started
in 1921 from 148,000 to 474,000 last
year and stated that the present
revenue from the gasoline tax ts
approximately a million dollars a
First attention will be given in
the matter of road work to the roads
used by school trucks in transport
ing the children to and from school.
Mr. Jeffries would have the state
stress its points of historical ami
scenic beauty and thus bring in
tourist travel from the outside. He
predicted an early improvement in
business and a continued increase
in automobile ownership and travel
Voder About the Same.
Mr. Glenn Yoder, Shelby phar
macist. who had his ankle broken
In an auto collision last Sunday
night, was said to be about the same
today at the Shelby hospital He is
gradually improving and is not con
sidered seriously hurt but has been
right restless for several days.

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