(1940 Census) 6.574
Trading Area 15,000
PRICE FIVE CENT.4
LOCAL YOUTH RECEIVING TREATMENT FOR POLIO? Eight-year-old Boyce Cash, shown above
receiving treatment for infantile paralysis at Camp Saltan. Is one of 209 North Carolina polio
victims still hospitalized. Tho Cash youth, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Cash, routs 2. Kings Mountain,
has rocalvod treatment sinco Ms illness of last summer totaling 1X118 ? the Wit being paid by the
National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Foundation funds come from the annual March of
Dimes gifts. Young Cash fpont four and o no-half weeks in a respirator. 47 days at Grace hospital
at Morgan ton. and has Camp Sutton hospital 67 days. He Is showing much improve
$%?</ Beink Purchased By Cit v
Boyce Slmorfton, well-known ,
Kings 'Mountain citizen, is serl- ?
ilously til at his home. Mr. Simon-:'
ton has been in ill health for sev
eral years, but his condition has
become serious In the past several
,Mrs. W. A. Riderthour is critical
ly 111 In GaSton Memorial hospi
tal following a stroke of paraly
sis Monday morning at her home
her?. She had not regained con
sciousness Thursday morning.
* f *i i ? i ? ? in .a i i.i.
Sale ol. city auto tags total 400
Thursday morning, somewhat less
than half the number .of tags
bought during 194S. City officials
reminded car owners that 1949
city licenses must be displayed
by February 1. :v
Parking fneter receipts for the
34th week of operations, which
ended on Wednesday, totaled
,.9143.92 according to a report by
A. Crouse, city clerk
Regular January meeting of
Otis D. Green Post 155, the Amer
ican Legion will be held at the
- courtroom at City Hail Monday
night at 7:30 p. m., according to
, 'an announcement by OHie Harris,
./commander. A report is expected
?'Irom the building committee.
||; LIONS MEETING
Carlos Young, at Shelby. Cle
veland County chairman of the
March of Dimes fund campaign,
will speak at the regular meeting
01 the Kings Mountain Lions club
Tuesday night, it was announced
ye^erday by Dan HuT/stetler, pro
-gram chairman. Mr. Young will
show a film demonstrating the
done by the National Tnf*n
Paralysis "Foundation in treni
polio? The speaker was a vlc
of polio during the epidemic
Arrangements were being com
pitted this week (or purchase of a
(Mp-and one-haH acre tract as a
site for a National Guard motor shed
aiK.eventual site for a National
pv The City of Kings Mountain is
purchasing the iraci ? at the corn
er <?* Mountain -street and Phifer
road *? from Mrs. G. W. King and
Mrs! J. H. Thomson.
Announcement of the purchase
wag made by Mayor H. Tom Fulton,
who said National Guard officials
had Informed him that contract for
building a $25,000 brick veneer ma
tor ahed 50 feet wide by 72.8 feet
long, would be let prior io March 31.
The deed for the property now be
ing drawn has a contingency clause
providing that the purchase price
Will *e returned by the sellers and
the lot returned to them in event it
Is not used for the purpose outlined
during the next 12 months.
Th# site wis chosen from several
investigated by the city board in co
operation with the North Carolina
National Guard. Members of the city
bpard serving on the committee to
investigate sites were Carl F. Mau
ney, John H. Moss and &farr|ott
? "The city administration is very
hapfry, *> announce completion of
arnfeng*tnents to purchase this
site,* Mayor Fulton said. "Due to
Book Fund Gifts j
Now Total $1,350
Contributions to the Jacob S. Mau- ,
ney ' Memorial Library Book Fund
totaled *1,350 this week, according
to announcement by J. Byron Keet
er. chahBKUrt of the second annual
Mr. Keetiir reported addition*! ]
gifts oC'-f?|B Gifts previously rr
ported tot*l?| fl?00.
A ltHtlOtWH gifts include:
tjnig Store flO.OO.
A W. KMeftld *1000
(Cont'd on page eight)
? Co. 915.00.
X-Ray Fund Now
I , The Kings Mountain Junior
Chamber o! Commerce needs
S653.50 to complete its quota for
the T-B X-Ray machine.
i Report by Chairman Joe Hedden
Wednesday morning showed a
gain oi more than S500 since the
last report, including a contribu
tion ot $200 trom Park Yarn Mills
Also Included were several con
tributions from Grover citizens
and business firms. >
"With hard digging, we can
make it." Chalsman Hedden stal
ed. announcing that the Bethware
Progressive Club planned to aid
the drive in that community and
that effort will be made through
the schools of Kings Mountain
and Grover to hike the fund.
M. L, Harmon, who has been dis
pensing groceries in Kings Moun
tain since 1896, retired December 31.
Manager of the grocery depart'
ment of Plonk Brothers & Corrtpany
since 1933, MK Harmon first entered
the grocery business In Kings Moun.
tain In 1896, as an employee of the
j late Capt. Freno Dilling at the Dill;
Ing Mill Store.
In 1916, he purchased the business
from rhe Dilling Milt and operated
it until 1931. He joined Plonk Bro
thers In 1933. ? ? "
Mr. Harmon is a native of Cleve
land county. He first came to Kings j
Mountain In 1894 and attended
He Is an elder of Boyce Memorial
ARP church and a Mason.
Lo^e To Observe i
75th Anniversary |
M. E. Hoffman, of AshevlHe. Grand
Master of Masons o* North Caro- j
iina, will be the principal speaker at ,
the ?5th anniversary banquet of
Falrvlew Lodge No. 339, A. P. A A,
M. to be held at the high school
cafeteria Monday night, January 17.
Members of the lodge are now ar
ranging details for the event, and j
ticke* sales wfll be handled by
Bruce M<?Danlel, Oscar McCarter and !
J. OI lie Harris. 1
As Kings Mountain look* forward
into 1949, a review ol the news e
l vents o.f 1918 shows that rhe city
.spent an active, prosperous year.
The city was liberal with it* gifts,
actively supporting a large number
of worthwhile causes, including the
March of Dimes, the Girl Scouts, the
Boy Scouts. Red Cross, T-B seal sale,
Jaycee X-Ray Fund drive, ihe Ja
cob S. Mauney Memorial Library
Book Fund and others.
Civic clubs were active too, the i
KiwanLs and Lions clubs, and the
Junior Chamber of Commerce con
ducting active programs. Miss Peg
gy Smith was the city's senior beau
ty winner of 1948, and Miss Betty
Falls copped first honors in the Ju
The Number 1 news story of the
year was the same as it was for the j
nation ? the surprising re-election i
of President Truman. Otherwise,
Kings Mountain had its share of the
bizarre, the sordid, the pleasant and
Top local news story was the Bet
ty Smith murder case, which was
? followed as closely in the big city
tabloids as in the local press.
A large number of local citizens
were claimed by death during 1948.
Among the more prominent deaths
were: Mrs. A. J.. McGill, 'Mrs. Mary
Harmon, Mrs. E. A. Shenk, Dr. R. N.
Baird, P D. Herndon, Dewitt Hull, .
J. Tracy MoGinnis, Boyce Early,
George Barber, At. White, John Flet
cher Ware, O. C. tyParrell. F. C. Ro
berts, C. P. &arbei, C. -T. Dixon. Jotxn
Seism and Harve Hambright.
Economically the city did well,
though a curtailment in textiles the '
last quarter threatened to dampen
the Christmas spirit. New business
es opened included City Auto &
Home Supply, Davis Launderit, Pied
mont Washerette, and Haywood E. 1
Lynch Realty Company. Sales of
business included purchase of Par
ton Funeral Home by Harris Funer
al Home, purchase of Hord Furni
ture Company by Cooper's. Inc., and
purchase of Piedmont Drug Store by
Mrs. C. P. Barry. The Logan Supply
i Company Record Shop moved to an
uptown location and Kings Moun
tain Drug Company began extensive
The city's professional groups al
| so increased in number, with two
new dentists (Dr. R. N. Baker, and
Dr. D. F. Hord), a lav.yer <W. Faison
(Cont'd on page seven)
Injured In Wreck
Mrs. O. W. Myers and Mrs. W. B. '
Gillespie sustained slight injuries
Wednesday when the car in which
they were In route Winston -Salem
was involved with two others in a j
wreck near Charlotte. '
'Both Mrs. Myers and Mr. THIIes- j
pie were hospitalized In Charlotte, !
but sustained only minor lacera- !
tlons, which were described as pain- j
ful but not serious. Mrs. Myers sus- I
tained minor head cuts, while Mrs. j
Gillespie sustained knee cuts.
Miss Eleanor Myers, third occu- ;
pant in the Myers car was not injur
j Carl Kiser, & passenger in one of !
j ^he other cars, received knee injuri
The accident occurred at 12:10 p.
m., at the intersection of Highway
16 with the Mt. Holly - Huntersville
road. Three cars were Involved "in
the crash, .the Myers car, a car dri
ven by Ra-lph Moody of Whitnel,
and a car owned by Margaret Hig
gins of Huntersvilte, the latter ve
hicle a more or less Innocent by- j
stander. After the crash of the Myers
and Whitnel cars, the two autos I
crashed into the Higgins car which 1
was parked and unoccupied at the I
Mrs. Myers was taking her dau^ 1
ghter to Sal^m Academy, where
Miss Myers i? a student.
O. W. Myers said his wife, who '
i was driving the Myers car, blamed
the accident on poor vision caused '
by the rainy, foggy weather.
ALLEN TO NEW YORK
George W. Alien, Jr., well-known
Kings Mountain man, left last
weekend for New York, where he
has accepted a position, with Neis
ler MHls Company, textile sales
agency. Mr. Allen, a graduate of
N. C. State college, has been a mo j
dated with Neisler "Mills, Inc.. here
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NEW DKMTIST? Dr. D. F. Hord. na
tive of Kings Mountain, announced
last week opening of offices for the
practice of dentistry in the Profes
sional building. Dr. Hprd is a grad
uate of Emory University School of
Dentistry and spent two years as a
dentist in the' Army. (Herald photo
Dan Huffsteiler will head the bus
iness gifts seerion of Number 4 town
ship 's annual March of Dimes drive,
it was announced yestengay by Ol
lie Harris, township chairman.
The drive for funds will get und
erway next Friday, with the Number
4 township goal at $5,000.
r- i Mi i m., -
Mr. Harris, Mr. Huffstetler, George
Ho user, chairman of the industrial
gifts division, attended a meeting of
drive officials at Morganton Mon
day night at which Dr. Ralph Mc
Donald, state chairman and othei
It was pointed out that the Na
tional Foundation's aid to North
Carolina during the past summer's
epidemic totaled $1,417,110 plus 23
?specialists in physiotherapy. More
than 2,700 cases of the dread dis
ease occurred in the state during
1948. The National Foundation
funds arc depleted at the present
time and it is making no more pay
ments until after .this year's fund
drive, it was stated.
DuCourt Mills. Inc.. was making
plans to cease operations this
Circumstances concerning the
situation, including final shut
down date, length of shutdown
and othe* details could not be ob
tained by the Herald, due to ina
bility to contact Superintendent
J. W. (Bill) Heim.
. A member of the mill's office
force said. "All I know is that the
mill is closing."
DuCourt has been manufactur
ing broadcloth. At full* operation
it employs 360 people with a pay
roll of about SI 5,000 weekly.
County To Vote
On Legal Sale
01 Beer, Wine
Kings Mountain citizens will j,>.n
thoir Cleveland County neighbors
Saturday and wilt g(> (o the polls ;??
determine whether to continue t4**
legal sale of beer within the bounds
, of the county.
Prediction for the election was a
record vote both in Kings Mountain
and throughout the county, and dry
leaders were confident of victory.
The election ' will also determine
whether wine can be sold legally.
However, wine has not been legally
sold in. this county for more than a
year, it having been declared illegal
under an act of the 1947 General As
The ballots are divided Into two
parts, one on the beer matter, tb<?
other on the wine matter. The voter
is instructed on the ballot to marK.
(1) for the legal sale of beer or i?
gainst the legal sale of beer, .ani
12 ? tor the legal sale Of wine and a
gainst the legal sale of wine.
The election comes as a result of
efforts of dry leaders over the pa.it
eight months to secure an election.
First petitions were obtained calling
Beer Election Facts
Foils Open: 6:30 a. m.
Polls Close S:30 p. m.
tolling places: East King*
; Mountain precinct at City Hall
courtroom. Wsst Kings Mountain
precinct at Victory Chevrolet Co*?
for a vote. Wets then stalled the voU*
, with a court action, but h was or
dered later after fh? complaint of
the wets was denied in ? Superior
Dry leaders have been quite ac
tive here during the past two mon
(Cont'd on page eight)
Seeking $250 s
Members of the Kings Mountain
Symphony Society are renewing thi ;
week their drive to obtain $730 In
mentber.ships ? amuuni required to
bring the North Carolina Symphony
orc.hestra Jierc for a concert thi*
Mrs. Paul Mauney, chainnan, said
a minfmum of 5^50 is required to
complete the membership drive and
urged all citizens who have not re
( newed their memberships to do * j
i The Symphony is tentatively see
duled to come to Kings Mountain on
March 24 for a formal concert in the
evening and for the free children'.-!
concert at rhe school during the
Mrs. Mauney said that the addi
tional funds would have tb com?
primarily from individuals, sine*
majority of business and industrial
firms had already renewed their
Aiding in the campaign are Mrs.
C. T. Carpenter, Jr.. Mrs, Bruce Mo
Daniel, Mrs. I. G. Patterson, Mrs.
Aubrey Mauney, Mrs. E. C. Brandon,
Jr., Mrs, B. S. Neill, B. S. Nelll an!
Charles A Goforth, Jr.
Merchants' Directors Nominate .
Candidates For Offices For '49
Harold Cogging, secretary ? treas
urer of Cooper's, Inc., and Charlie
Blalock, owner of Blaloek's Grocery,
have been nominated as candidate*
for president of the Kings Mountain '
Merchant? association for 1949 50.
Nominations for officers of the as. i
soclation were made In accordance
with the by- laws of the organiza- ;
tion by the board of directors at
their meeting 'Monday night.
Other nominations inciude: for
vice-president, L. E. Abbott, and B.
S. Peeler; for directors, E. B. Smith,
O. W. Myers, J. C. Bridges, Floyd i
Payne. Sam Cdllins, T. W. Grayson, !
Charlie Spearman and J. Ollie Har 1
A mall ballot among the member
ship will be conducted in the near ;
future, with members to'choow four L
of the eight nominees for dliectors.
Four current directors have ano
ther year of rheir two-year terms
remaining. They are W. G. Gran
tham, Hilton Ruth, Sam Davis and
The directors also discussed plans
for the annual banquH of the asso
ciation which Is tentatively sched
uled In February. .
Retail Firms Resume
Majority of Kings Mountain re
tail establishments are again ob
serving Wednesday afternoon
half -holidays. rMuming the cus
tomary weekly half -holiday on
The retail firms of the city sus
pended the half- holidays during
the months of November and De
cember for the benefit of Christ
Four Local Cases
On Docket Wednesday
Four Kings Mountain cases are
scheduled for Superior Court action
at Shelby Wednesday according to
a court docket released this week.
* The cases are:*
J. C. Guffey, rape.
Withrow Brown and Grady Bfowrj,
secret as* iUlt.
Wood row Brown, assaulting an of
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