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Immediate Trading Area 15.000
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VOL.59 NO. 53
Local News j
The'First National Bank will be
closed on Saturday, January 1, a
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(S|?l uaun nviiuo/, dtvuruillg IU
announcement by oficials of the
bank yesterday. 'Patrons are asked
to note the holiday and conduct
their business on Friday.
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Mr. and Mrs. J. 'H. Press ley,
managers of the Kings Mountain
Country Olub, will be on vacation
from January 3 to January 11, and
with the exception of the golf shop
the-club will be closed during
those dates, it was announcedyesterday
by 'President P. M. Weisler.
'An attendant will be in the
golf shop each day, it was stated.
Fire from an unknown origin
destroyed a chicken house at Archdale
'Farms Sunday morning about
1 a. m. Destroyed also were
about 350 one-pound fryers which
were in the chicken house, according
to 'Holland Dixon, .who said no
other damage was done. "Hie
building was partially insured.
ALMOST OVER TOP
A W. W. Tolleson, chairman of the
V :,' GAtl Scout fund campaign, Mfrsw f
-;/ ed iM^iweek dm contributions to
the drive totaled about 1980. The
quota was 91,000 and Mr. Tolleson
-- urged all who have not ydt given
to the campaign to send in checks,
in order that the campaign may
be closed out successfully.
, ? TO INSTALL OFFICERS
New officers and directors of Che
Kings Mountain Klwanis club
will be installed at the regular
meeting of the club next Thursday,
January 6. J. Byron Keeter will
succeed J. L. McGill as president
of <t!he civic organization. The club
did not meet Thursday night, taking
its annual Christmas season
"* BUILDING PERMITS
Application for building permit
was approved and building permit
issued (Wednesday to Frank
A. Adams for construction of a
i new five-room dwelling on York
road, cost $5,000.
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'' "Parking meter receipts for <Ke
33rd week of operations, which
ended on Dec. ?, totaled $193.06.
Receipts for the 34fh Week, which.
.ended Wednesday, totaled $T55,40.
The report was made by S, A.
" Crouse, city clerk.
MOSS TO ROCK MILL
John Moss, former president of
the Western Carolina league, has
accepted a position ae business
manager of the Rock Hill, S. C?
club of the Class B Tri-State league.
He will assume his new duties
on January 1.
For Boss Biddix
Funeral services will be held Saturday
at 3 o'clock at Second Wesley
an Methodist church for R. C. (Rom)
Biddix, 56, who died around 5 a. m.
Thursday at his home at Sadie mill
after an illness of 3 years.
"Rev. Jessie Klnson, pastor, will
aaotrdoA K?? DA>I '.!!*? V*
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Crump, pastor of First Church of the j ]
He was a veteran of World War * 1
and was a member of Second We?.
Jeyan Methodist church.
Survivors Include his wife, Mrs.
Frances HuMender Bldlx, six sons,
Seimore, Ernest. Clarenoe, vl. W., J.
D? and Earl Biddix. aW of Kings
Mountain,.four daughters, Mrs. Dargin
Chllders, Mrs. W. C. Rippy. Miss (
Helen Biddix, and Miss Betty Biddix,
of Kings Mountain, one sister, Mrs.
Lizzie Day, of Dallas, and three bro- <
there, Charlie, lister and Gary Bid'
k dix, all Of Kings Mountain.
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Required To List
Annual city and county tax listing
will begin Saturday and continue
t'hrough the month of January.
Both Clarence E. Carpenter, oity
list taker, and Bright 'D. Ratterree,
county list taker will be at the City
Hall every week day-for the major
part of the month.
Mr. Ratterree, however; will be at
Herndon's Store in Grover on January
10, 17, and 24, to list taxes for
citizens- who live in.the Grover area.
, All citizens who own property are
required to list for taxes during the
month of January and penalties are
provided for persons who fall to
Whether or not they own property,
all men between the ages of 21 and
50 are required to list for poll taxes.
The list takers are UTging citizens
to attend to their listing early in order
that they will not be inconvenienced
by a last-minute rush.
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Walter Glenn Baker, 32, half-brotiter
of Hunter Allen, of Kings Moun
tain, was killed instantly the afternoon
of Wednesday, December 23,
when the rait motor car he was rid?
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ing norm 01 r.iui?ia aeranea.
Mr. Raker, of Wei don, was a signs!
maintenance man for the 'Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad. He was engaged
in in4ta)liing railroad signal
lights in the area and he and his
wife had been making their home
in a trailer near W^Idon while he
was working in the area. His wife
had already left for Four Oaks to
spend the Christmas holidays and
Mr. Baker was to have left to join
her within a few hours. He and a
companion, E. G. MeGill, were riding
up track on a motor car. A dog
ran in fron^ of the rail car, and derailed
it. Baker was hurled to the
ground and was killed. MeGill was
only slightly injured.
Funeral services were held Friday
at a Smithfield mortuary, with
services conducted by Rev. James A.
AlmonH mlnictAp nf lEVinr
Oaks. Interment followed in Sunset
Memorial Park at Smirhfleld.
The accident victim Joined the Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad in 1935
and was inducted into the army in
1940. He spent three years in service
Surviving, in addition to his halfbrother,
here, are his wife, Mrs.
Irene Voyette Baker, his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Walter J. Baker, all of four
Oaks, and three sisters, Mrs. J.. L.
Strickland, Smithfield, Mrs. William
Kasper, Portland, Ore., and Mrs. R.
W. Vaughn, Honolulu, T. H.
Mr. and Mrs. 'Allen and their
family attended the funeral rites.
Funeral services were held Monday
at 3 o'clock at First Baptist
church for Harvey Logan Hambright
61, of Crover road, who died around
S p. m, Christmas Day at a Shelby
hospital after suffering a cerebral
hemorrhage. He had been in ill
health for rhree vears.
Revr. Harlan Harris, pastor of First
Baptist church of Shelby, officiated
in the absence of Rev. C. L. Pinnix,
pastor of First Baptist church. Burial
was in Mountain Rest cemetery.
A son of the tate Maggie Dellinger
and Dolphus Hambright, he was
a direct descendant of Ool. Frederick
Hambright, who won fame in the
Battle of Kings Mountain during
the American Revolution. He developed
the Falrview section, south-of
He is survived by bis wife, the
fbrmer Emmie Kytle, one son, Fred
Hambright, of Kings Mountain, two
brothers, O. D. and C. C. Hambright
of Shelby, and two sisters, Mrs. J. B.
HarrVbrlgh-t, of Clover, S. C., and Mrs.
C. P. Goforth, of Kings Mountain.
Active palbearers were Paul Byers,
Frank Hambright, Lloyd Kytle,
Ernest Hambright. J. F. Deilinger,
Elmer Hambright and J. C. Keller.
Kings Mountain. N. C.
Dr. D. F. Hord I
Of Dentistry Here
i Dr. David Fletcher Hord is an- <
riouhcihg this week opening of his j
offices in the Professional Building!'1
; for the practice of dentistry,
j Dr. Hord, Kings Mountain native
and son of Mrs. D. F. Hord and thCi
j late Mr. Hord, is a graduate of the;
! Emory University School of Dent is- j
j try, and previously attended Wake
| Forest college for two years. He re1
eeived his degree in March 1946.
I Following his graduation he was as- ]
| sociated with Dr. "E. W. Connell, of
??w. ij, *vr ma munrns, prior to
entering the army, where he served
for two years at Fort Jackson, S. C. !
He Is .a member of Psl Omega den
Dr. Hord is a member of First Baptist
church, and the Kings Moun- 1
tain Kiwanis club. His wife, to
whom he .\yas, married in August '
1946, is the former Miss Eoiinc Kee
ter. They have one daughter, Marv ,
Dr. 'Hord's offices are those form- 1
! erly occupied by the Kings Moun' "
| tain Merchants association.
At First Baptist
The nationally known MASON
SWISS BELL 'RINGERS, consisting
of the ReVi, and Mrs. Benard Mason, i
of Los Angejes, Calif., will present
a unique sacred concert at the First
Baptist church here Sunday after- <
noon at 3 o'clock. <
The program wll consist of fa- i
miliar hymns and gospel songs play
ed on a large array, gf musical instruments
rarely heard on any en- !
tertalnment platform.-?ome of the 1
instruments to be used alfc'as. follows:
Swiss Hand Bells, Musical I
Glasses, Singing Saw,' Golden Vi- j
brahafy, the world's largest set of I
Triple Octave Chimes and the in- 1
srtrument of mystery, "The Victor 1
Theremin." The latter instrument <
has no key-board, strings, reeds or
pipes and responds to the motions i
of the player's hands waving over it' 1
1 in space without being touched.; s
This instrument must be seen and J
heard to be appreciated. j j
The Mason Swiss Bell Ringers'*
have travelled and presented their *
concerts in almost every state in
the Union during the last sixteen j
years. They have appeared in thout
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I^aiiua ui acnuuis ana cnurcnes ana 1
over many radio stations and have
become nationally "famous for their
interpretation of sacred music on *
many novel Instruments. 11
There wll be no admission charge
to this concert but a freewill offer- '
ing will be received. t
Yul* Tree Mounted
On A $4,000 Base
There was one Christmas Tree 1
in Kings Mountain that had a $4,- <
000 base. I
Leastwise the tree was centered I I
on the large base amidst a beauti- 1
ful Christmas scene. j'
Many Kings Mountain citizens
probably saw the scene but didn't ]
realize the base was actually 18'
boxed motors, valued at $4,000.
The tree was in the lobby at Victory
Wishes Its Readers
Kings Mountain Ci
Beady To Greet 1
Kings Mountain citizens were get-1
tirig ready this week to ring out 1948 (
and ring in the New Year Friday r
i night at midnight, as they wound up j
what was generally a delightful
Most looked forward to a busy
and prosperous 1949, though many
1 did not expect (he prosperity factor
to be as heavy next year as H has
, been during 1948.
There was some hope that the textile
picture, which has developed
I soft spots during the last quarter of
1948, would clear up and that there
would,again be sufficient orders for
textile products to keep factories
here and elsewhere humming.
Retail merchants here, as well as
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Fatal To Seism;
Rites Are Held
Funeral services were held Wednesday
at 3 p. m. at Patterson
Grove Baptist church for John William
Seism, 62, prominent farmer
of Route X, 'Kings Mountain, who
died unexpectedly Tuesday morning
around 4:45 in a Gastonia hosdirxfr
after about a week's illness.
He had been in ill health for 18
Rev. John Suttle, of Shelby, officiated,
assisted by Rev. G. C. Teague
lurial was in the church cemetery
He was a deacon and trustee of
Patterson* Grove church, and was
superintendent of the Sunday school
there for 20 years prior to his illness
18 months ago. He was a member
of the Patterson Grove school board.
A native of Cleveland county, he
was a son of W. C. Seism, of Shelby,
and the late Amanda Elam Seism.
His wife, rhe former Sarah Louise
Green; died in 1945,
He was born and raised in.the Dou
ble Shoals eommunirv ivhero u.a.
a deacon and Sunday school leacher
In the Double Shoals Baptist church.
He moved to Kings Mountain in
Other survivors include five sons,
Grady, Earl, Mearl, and Lawrence
Seism, of the home, and Max Seism,
of State college, Raleigh; five daughters,
Mrs. Ralph Allen, of Shelby,
and Mrs. Ben Hamrick, Mrs. Odess
Loveiape, and Mra. Ever^tte . Lovelace.
of 4Ungs Mountain, and
Ntlss Mafjorle Seism, of the home:
two brothers, L. B. Seism, of Bessemer
City, and C. D. Seism, of Shelby;
three sisters, Mrs. F. C. Rollins, Miss
Slinda Seism, and Miss Florence
Seism, all of Shelby, and 19 grand;hHdren.
Active pa'll bearers were G. A.
Jridges, F. R. Summers. E. W. Grifin,
J. B. Patterson, C. L. Putnam,
?nd Tom Bridges. Dr. J. E. Anthony
f. O. Plonk, deacons of his church,
tnd member of his Sunday school
:lass served as honorary pall bear?rs
Miss Mitchell Resigns
As Teacher Of Piano
B. N. Barnes, superintendent of
tchools, announced yesterday that
Vfiss Hayes Mitdhell, of Kings Creek,
S. C., special teacher of piano, had
esigned, due to the death of her moher
which necessitated her returnng
He said that Miss Bonnie MclnoSh,
graduate of Flora MacDonald
tollege, who had joined the staff in
? similar capacity in December,
tfoirld make an effort to take care
>f as many of Miss Mitchell's pupils
as possible. Should the number
prove too many, Mr. Barnes said, efforts
win be made to obtain an additional
teacher of piano.
One person was slightly injured
Wednesday afternoon at about 4
o'clock six miles south of Kings
Mountain on U. S. 29 when a 1941
OldsmobHe turned over. The car
was owned and driven by R. L.
Green, of 500 Perch street, Greensboro.
Mrs. Green suffered cuts and
Member of the Kings Mountain
Junior Chamber of Commerce will
hold their regular meeting at the
Woman's Club Tuesday night at
7 o'clock. Program details were
Tip Npw Yaat
ver the nation, did a good Christnaa
business. Though most would
ihow year-end Inventories bigger
han they wished, almost all were
n happy frame of mind as a result
>f the pre-Chrlstmas week ssles.
Christmas here was featured by
luiet celebrating at family dinners
ind the arrival of Santa Claus to
[ladden the hearts of the young.
I*he Lions and Jaycees collaborated
p bring Christmas cheer to some 80
teedy families with baskets of fjod
ind toys for the children, and churrhes
were filled for special Christmas
programs. The Jaycees also pretented
a successful post-Christmas
lance on Tuesday night
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ry 8th Beer
Quota Is $5,000
Number 4 Tou/n?hin'c Mnrr>K
Dimes quota will be S5.000.
Announcement of the quota was
made yesterday by J. OUie Harris,
Cleveland County's quota this
j year is S20.000. comparing with a
SI0,000 quota last year.
Mr. Harris pointed out that the
National Infantile Paralysis
Foundation, which receives the
March of Dimes donations, had
sent te data almost Si00,000 back,
to Cleveland County for treatment
and case of polio patients.
J. W. (Mike) Milam, assistant
manager of Plonk Brothers & Company,
has resigned effective January
I, to join Neisler Mills Company,
textile sales organization.
Mr. Milam will spend several
months at Neisler Mills, Inc./ here
before joining the sales organization
which has offices in New York,
Chicago and Los Angeles.
A native of Clinton, S. C., Mr. Milam
came to Kings Mountain dur
ing the thirties as manager of Dix- '
I ie-Home Store. He joined Plonk Bro|
thers in 1940 and has been with this
! firm since, with the exception of his
/service in the navy during World
! War II. He entered the navy in the
1 summer of 1942 ac a lloin?>??n<
I nlor grade, served In Norfolk, Providence,
R. I., and other East coast
j ports before -being transferred for i
, duty aboard the USS Lexington; as
; personnel officer for an air wing. I
Mr. Milam was aboard the Lexington
during the time it was the late
Admiral Marc Mitscher's flagship, i
He later served on another * large i
carier operating in Pacific waters
and when discharged held the rank 1
of lieutenant commander. . j
Mr. Milam has been very active i
in civic affiars. He is a charter mem
ber and past president of the Kings
j Mountain Lions club, a past f>resiI
dent of the Kings Mountain Merchants
association, and was chair
man of the Red Cross fund campaign
two years ago. He is a retir- 1
ing director of the Kings Mountain 1
Local People Leave
For Sugar Bowl Game
Two special Pullman cars were
made up here Thursday afternoon
and a large number of people from 1
; Kings Mountain and surrounding !
} towns embarked for the Sugar Bow]1
game between North Carolina and
Oklahoma at New Orleans, La.
One car was made up for Shelby; i
citizens, with Hold McPherson 'hand- <
ling arrangements, and the other!'
' car was made up for Kings Moun- <
! tain citizens, with L. Arnold Kiser I
j handling arrangements^ it was the '
plan of the groups to use the rail i
cars for'hote'l accommodations while
1 in New Orleans. <
Among Kings Mountain citizens'.
In the groUp were Mr. and Mrs. Ki- 1 ,
ser, Johnny Kiser. Charles Blanton.j,
I Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Mauney, Char-1
| les artd Herman Mauney, Miss Vir- <
I ginia Summers, and Miss Ann May- ,
I es. ,
; Among other Kings Mountain peo '
j pie attending the game are E. E. j 1
Marlowe; R. G, Plonk, R. G. Plonk,'
Jr., Eddie Campbell, and Jimmy I
Harris, who left by car Thursday !
morning, and J. W. Milem and Paul!'
Mauney who left via the Southerner '
First National Bank announced
this week addition of two new
members to its staff.
The new employee* of the local
bank are Miss Betty Hayes, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Hayes,
in the bookkeeping department, and
Miss Betty Helton, of the Tryon community,
who is working in the clerical
Miss Helton Is a recent graduate
of Tryon high school. Miss Hayes
: has formerly been employed by a
, Charlotte Insurance firm. 9he is re:
placing Mtaa Laura Sue Randall,
( who has resigned.
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PRICE FIVE CENTS
The potential vote in Kings Mountain
on the special election to d&
termine whether the sale of beet
will be outlawed approaches 4.80O
votes, according to information from
registrars here who reported a brisk
flurry of registrations on Monday,
final day of registering.
Both Mrs. Nell Cranford, East
Kings Mountain registrar, and Charlie
Campbell, West Kings Mountain
registrar, said they put in busy days
on Monday. Mrs. Cranford reported
122 new names on the voting books,
wftile Mr. Campbell reported 50
Mrs. Cranford said about 200 visaing
the polling place to assure that
they were registered.
Both reported that many people,
of voting age for some years, had
put their names on the books for
the first time, and that women registrants
out-numbered the men.
The last day's brisk pace of reg
istering evidently stemmed from increasing
emphasis in the churches
of the coynty on Sunday to vote'beer
Several churches were reported to
have asked their members to enroll
In the anti-beer crusade, and the
Herald this week is carrying advet
tising for both pro-beer and anti
While many people are predicting
a dry vote by a majority of three to
one. Rev. W. P. Biggerstaff. one of
the dry leaders, told the Herald
Wednesday fhat the vote against
the sale of beer would not be Jess
than ten toon*.
"We are aiming at 15 to 1," Rev.
Saturday will be Challenge Day,
and the voting wiH take place on
the following Saturday, January. 8.
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To Higher Court
Two negroes. wore bound over for
Superior Court action, three others
were sentenced to Jail terms, and a
third was found not guilty in Re
corders court Tuesday in connection
with the brawl at Dixie Grill on December
11 in which Edgar Brown,
21, was wounded by a pistol shot
fired by an officer of the Kings
Mountain police force.
Judge E. A. HarrHl fouund proba
ble cause against Withrow Brown,
19, and Grady Brown, 22, both char
ged with interferring with arrest
and assault secret with intent to
kill, and bound them over to CI eve
land county superior court under
bonds of $500 each.
Woodrorw Brown, 19, charged with
Interferring with arrest and assault
jn an officer, was sentenced to
serve four months on the road. The
case was appealed and Brown is
free under $300 apearance bond awaiting
action On the appeal in Su
Edgar Brown, 21, charged with
drunk, assault, and resisting an of
[leer, was sentenced to serve six
months on the road, appealed the
decision, dha.nged his mind, and is
now in Jail.
Deloris Brown, 24, wife of Edgar,
charged with assault and resisting
arrest, was sentenced to serve three
months in Jail and to be assigned
tuch 'work as the commissioners of
the county deem suitable.
Hubert Glover, 21, charged with
Interferring with officer while mak
ng. an arrest," was freed when
ludge Harrill dismissed the case a;aInst
A total of 18 cases were heard at
he regular weekly session. Seven
defendants were convicted on charges
of public drunkenness.
Other cases Included:
F, S. Mitchel, of Atlanta, Ga<?
drunk and indecent exposure, fined
F. V. Hughes, Bessemer CRy, runting
a red light and no brakes, Mn
?d $20 and costs.
John Andrews Teaner, of Ashe
Mile, speeding, fined $5 and costs.
William Victor Fortenbury, of
Shelby, speeding 60 nrvlles per hour,
lined $5 and costs.
Samuel H. Huffstetler, public
lrunkenness and one-hwK pint
jonded tax paid liquor, taxed, with
Walter Upton, Gorgas, Ga? public
lrunkenness and Ulega-I possession
>f one quart tax paid whiskey, tax d
with the costs. ,?
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