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Kings Mountain. N. C? Friday, January 14. 1949
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Polio Fund Campaign
La u n ched on T h u rsda y
"Building permii was issued
Tuesday at City Hall to Fred J.
Wright, Jr., for construction of two
Oiie-story houses on Watterson
street, estimated cost $800 each.
Parking meter receipts for the
3?th week of operations, which
ended at noon Wednesday, total
ed $143.50 according to a report
?by S. A. Crouse, city clerk.
The condition of Mrs. "W. A. Ri
denhour, prominent Kings Moun
tain citizen, ".'is described as cri-.
tical Thu.jfia/ morning. Mrs. Ri*
denhour has been receiving treat*,
.mem at Gaston Memorial hospital
since suffering a stroke last week.
Special services are held each
Saturday evening at Second Wes
leyan Methodist church, near the
Sadie Cotton Mill, according to
-announcement by Rev. Jessie Hin
flpn, the pastor. The services fea
ture special speakers and sing
*?**. . ,LY Vv-. .
at the '
Mountain JunioftCbamber of Com
merce will be held Tuesday night
?t the Woman's Club at 7 o'clock.
'Full -attendance is being ur^e j.
Gul fey. Browns Draw
Road Terms In Court ?
J. C. Guffey -was sentenced to
serve 12 months on the roads for as
sault on a female in Superior Court
action in Shelby this week.
A charge of rape was changed to
assault in connection with the case.
Three Kings Mountain Negroes
were sentenced to the roads in con
nection with the incident here De
cember 11 in which Edgar Brown
was wounded by a pistol shot fired
by a Kings Mountain police officer.
Grady Brown was sentenced to
serve six months and his brothers,
Wfthrow and Woodrow Brown were
each sentenced to serve four mon
ths. They were charged with inter
fering with an officer.
Judge Peyton McSwain presided
at the January term of court.
Cleveland County's dry forces won
ah Overwhelming victory last Satur
day as they voted against legal sale
of beer by 9,284 to 1,183.
The vote against legal sale of
' wine ? banned for more than a yea f
^ by county board action ? / was ever
m\-inore dry, 9,348 to 904.
:Sings Mountain's two boxes Join - 1
ed in the parade, returning 1,300 vo
Bretes against ;he legal sale of beer to
- ? 008 for It. The vote on the wine mat- 1
ter here was: against legal sale of i
wine, 1,305; for legal sale of wine, I
242.' ' ""-'MSSBm ?' I
The election here was conducted
biArily, but quietly. Dry forces had a
fyll quota automobiles on the
move all <?&, seeing that voters of
v'.- ttie,4fy .raffKs cast their v&bes. and
the business of votes usually re
quired some few minutes wait, as
cithten* jammed tht polls. The situ
ation wua particularly bad in the
We* KiAg* Mountain box, many |
people reporting standing In line for
'J'-JW Wrtttttf before they could cast
the two Kings Mountain boxes. The i
totals were as follows:
Bast King$ Mountain ? For beer,
Hi ; ' . ifCMltlliinistr. 38b; for Wine. 1 17,
*; '?* i '
? ? ? ? I
Weat Kings Mountain ? For beer,
% for wine ' 99, 1
Inst wine. 713. ,
befertvftt end in 0#. j
nd county 60 days from the dat? i
Is S5.000; Need
For Funds Given j
Kings Mountain a. .. Number 4,1
:ownship's fund campaign for the j
National Foundation for Infantile
'aralysis got underway officially
.'hursday morning at a kickoff
oreak/ast at the Kings Mountain
Country Club, with Chairman Ollie
Harris as host.
Goal of the campaign this year is
,$5,000 in - Number 4 township ? ex- j
'actly one-fourth of the county's $*20,. i
Actually, the campaign was al- ,
ready underway in Kings Moun- j
tain. The Kings Mountain Lions club
at its Tuesday night meeting had !
presented Chairman Harris with a
$75 check for the fund, and indivi- }
dual Lions contributed another $335. j
This total, plus tail twister fees de- 1
voted to the campaign, totaled i
I Already in action, too, was the in
| dustrial gifts committee, which in- '
j eluded George Houser, chairman,
Mrs. Harry Page and Jack Day. Mr.
j Houser reported virtually complete
cooperation on the part of all oi 'he
city's industrial plants. Many are
making available a payroll deduc
tion service to employers who wish
to give in this manner, and almost
all report much interest in the eanj
(Cont\J on page eight)
Stockholders of the First Nation
al Sank, in annual meeting at the
i bank Tuesday afternoon, heard re
I ports on the year's opejations and
re-elected all officers and directors.
The bank statement ,at the close
of business December 31, showed as
sets of $4,109,497.49. Deposit^ total
ed $3,787,311.40. During rhe year, the
bank increased its surplus to $100,
000, an increase of $15,000 during
1948, and increased its undivided
prof its and reserves furjd by $12,
350.34. This fund now totals $62,
! During 1948. the bank paid out di
! videhds to stockholders representing
j six percent on the $100,00u capital
! stock. '
Officers re-elected were F. R. Sum
mers, president, B. S. NeiU. execu- 1
| tive vice-president, R. L. |Mauney,j
| vice-president, L. E. Abbon, cashier, j
and James S. McKinney, assistant'
cashier. Directors re-elected includ
ed Dr. L. P. Baker, G. A. Bridges, W. i
K. Mauney. P. M. Neisler. ,M A.J
Ware, Mr. Summers, Mr. NeiU, and;
R. L. Mauney.
forking meter Dunes
To Aid Polio Fight
It won't get a motorist any
parking time, but it'll be all right
to put dimes in parking meters
during the next two weeks.
The meters don't work in dimes
? ? only on nickles and pennies ?
but forgetful motorists regularly
. forget or don't know. The re?ult is
that the city finds a few dimes in
the meters almost every week.
Mayor H, Tom Fulton announ
ced Tuesday night that all dimes
found in the patking1 meters dur
ing the ensuing March of Dimes,
campaign will be turned over to
the fund to fight infantile paraly
Bridges & Hamrick
Damaged By Fire
Fire which broke out shortly aft
er closing time Monday night caus
ed considerable damage at Bridges
& Hamrick Hardware.
City firemen answered the alarm
at 6:33 and worked about an hour
extinguishing the blaze which de
stroyed a portion of the store's of
fice at the rear. .
Chief Grady King reported only
minor fire and water damage, buti
he said the smoke damage was ex- |
cessive. Cause of the fire had not
been determined, he said, but added
that G. A. Bridges, proprietor of the
firm, thought it had resulted from
a defective furnace flue which runs
to its outlet near the office space.
Mr. Bridges said the store had
been closed -as usual at 6 p. m. The
A U P, which adjoins Bridges t
Hamrick, closed a short time later,
and one of the employees, emerging
from a rear door, noticed smoke
pouriqg from the building. He turn
ed in the alarm. < N ; f;
Estimate of damage had not been
completed TharwJsyTrtorttlffg; ' Mr.
'Bridges said los# Waa partlaLty
covered by insurance.
Mr. Bridges said he deeply appre
ciated the "good work" of the city
fire department in quiokly exting
uishing the fire.
"Had it not been for their quick
work, it is certain that the loss
would have been much greater, and
it is possible other buildfngs mayi
have been burned too." he said. ' !
Bus Firm To Suspend
Sunday Morning Runs
The Kings Mountain Bus company
will suspend Sunday morning ser
vice, effective February 6, according
to an announcement this '.veek by
Hal S. Plonk, manager of the com
Mr. Plonk said the reason for the
cancellation of Sunday morning ser- 1
vice was due to insufficient demand
for such a service, proved over the 1
past several years.
The new Sunday schedule of city J
buses which will go into effect the j
first Sunday In February will be
1:15 p. m. to 9fl5 p. m.
Mr. Plonk said no changes are he- I
lng made in present week-day
schedules. > ?
Unemployment Claims-Takers Are
Busy; 826 Claims Filed Last Week
| As they have since August, a num
ber of Kings Mountain citizens have
come to appreciate again the small,
but helpful unemployment compen
sation benefits which, of course,
don't compare to the weekly pay
check, but which help to keep suf
ficient groceries on the table. -
For ?the week ending January 9,
a total of 826 Kings Mountain per
sons entered claims for unemploy
ment compensation. Mrs. "Nancy B.
Webb, a jolly ex-proofreader for the
Charlotte News, is the local claims
taker, and, <after Itsilng the total,
was quick to point out that this did
not mean that 836 people, in Kings
Mountain are unemployed. Many
of the claims were of the "Spot" va
riety, which is Unemployment Com
pensation commission lingo for
temporary layoffs. Some instances
were for extended Christmas hok
days from local textile plants which
this year many plants, lacking or
ders* officially termed layoff a
Of the 826 applications for the
week ending test Saturday, 103 were
filed by World "War II veterans. Ma
ny were collecting for temporary
layoff* Just as their neighbors were.
They filed under the Servicemen's
Readjustment Act provisions rather
than for regular unemployment
compensation provisions because
they would get higher unemploy
| 1 he minimum , check a worker
draws is $4.00. The maximum Is $20 j
The payments are based on the
worker's income during the next- to- j
last calendar year completed. This!
means that present unemployment '
benefits are 'based on what the work
er made in covered employment dur
ing 1947. Covered employment is
any work in -a plant, store, or other!
place of business in which eight or
more persons are employed for 20
week* during the year.
The maximum number of benefits
paid in one calendar year Is for 16
weeks. The present wesk-on-week
off operational policy of some local
mills insures that a worker oan col
lect benefits for the "off week" over ,
a term of approximately eight mon
The Unemployment Compensa
tion program is a phase of the na
tional social security program be
gup in the thirties The funds come
exclusively from employer contribu
tions (which begin at 1.7 percent of
the company payroll, go down ac
cording to experience rating).
Claim* must be filled by unem"
ployed workers for each week they
are eligible for, and e-*v?ot to col
lect, benefit checks. Claims may be
filed at the office of the state Em
ployment Service on Qwrok^ ;
street, or at places designated by
the claims-taker. For mass group 1
filirtg. the clainvs-tak?r has been
working at Cft? Hall.
?175*000 Sewerage Disposal Plant
Immediate Need, Engineer Report
Kuner.i! services for William Boy
co Simonton, 70 well-known Kings
Mountain citizen were held Sunday
at 12:30 at Hams Funeral Home,
with interment 'following in the
family plot of New Hope cemetery
near Woodward. S. C.
Mr. Simonton died about 8 o'clock
i Friday night at his home. He had
..been in declining health for the past
j six years, since suffering a stroke of
, paralysis, but had been critically
! ill only for the past few weeks,
j Mr. Simonton was a former city
i clerk, and for almost 20 years serv- j
ed as bookkeeper at the Dilling Mill.
A native of White Oaks, South Caro
lina, he had been a citizen of Kings
Mountain for the past 34 years. He
was the son of the Late Samuel ft.
and Sallie Harris Simonton.
Funeral rites were conducted by
Rev. W. L. Pressly, pastor of Boyce
Memorial ARP church, of which Mr.
Simonton was a member, assisted by
Rev. P. D. Patrick, pastor of First
Pallbearers were Sam R. Suber,
?E. W. 'Griffin. M. A. Ware. W. S. Ful
ton, N. F. MdGill, and Jack Arnette.
i Among out-of-town persons at
tending the funeral were Miss Sax
alee Harrill, a niece, and R T. Simon
ion, * brother, both of Atlanta, Cg.,
i and C. Calder, i ulster, of
Greenville, S. C. Other survivors In
clude tour E. A. Merrill
Mrs. W. S. Dilling, Miss Bessie Si
1 monton and Mrs. J.M. Patterson, all
I of Kings Mountain.
Lail Minder i
Trial Continued '
* ?; ? ' ' ? ?% i-f
The trial of John C. Laii, 59. char
ged with the murder of RolMe Boyd
Fr^zier, 41, of Shelby, at Margraee
boarding house here !asr Sauirdav
night, was continued to 'he March
term of Cleveland county Superior
court by. Judge Peyton McSwain this
w?ek. Lail's bond was set at $7.5<y?.i
Lail waived preliminary hearing '
in Recorder's court at Shelby Mon
day morning. He is alleged to have
murdered Frazier at around 9:30 p.!
m. Saturday night in Lail's room at j
the Margraee mill boarding house
during a gambling argument over a
five-dollar bill. *
He admitted the shooting to Sher
iff Hugh A. Logan, J., and Chief De
puty Haywood Allen, who investiga
xed the killing
One witness, Miss Sara Jones, was
on the scene when the murder oc
curred, according to Officers Logan I
and Allen. Miss Jones, daughter of
the owner of the boarding house, i
stated that she htNird a uhot as she
sat downstairs, and that she stood
outside of the room shortly alter
and heard the two men arguing. The !
girl added that during the argument '
she heard Lail threaten to kill Fra- 1
zier unless he grave him a five- do! ? i
lar bill, and a few minutes later she |
heard two more shots fired.
Frazier, a native of Rutherford
county, was shot in the shoulder and
the left side, one bullet piercing his
heart. He was a veteran of World .
Carlos Young, of Shelby, chairman
of the county's current polio fund
'Campaign, outlined rhe needs for
meeting ? * and surpassing. If possi
ijUOta tht* yoar,
ore members of the Kings Moun
tain Lion- club at their regular
meeting TMsdtv night.
Mr. Young, himMlf a victim of
polio, during last summer's epide
mic, gave *n interesting report on
the way funds of the National Foun
dation for Infantile Paralysis were
spent In forth Carolina during last
summer'* epidemic, which resulted
in 2,496 oases. Cleveland county a
(one recorded 102 cases. Including
ii in* deaths, Mr. Young said, while
King* Mountain wealed 28. slightly
more than one- fourth the courrty'e
He reported that the state has re
( Cont'd on page eight)
KIWANIS PRESIDENT ? J. Byron
Keeter. prominent Kins* Mountain
budneumaD. was installed as pres
ident of the Kings Mountain Kiwan
is club (or 194S at the meeting oi
the club last week. Mr. Keeter suc
ceeds J. L. McCUL (Herald photo by
For '49 Installed
Officers and directors for 1949
were installed at a special instal
lation night program of the Kings
Mountain Kiwanis club Thursday
January 6* ,Mr.r
KmgTolf Shefby, lieutenant - gover
nor of Kiwanis district 1, conducting
New officers of the club are J. By- -
ron Keeter, president, who succeeds
John,L. MdGill. Hugh V. Ballard,
vice-president,- and Harold Cog
gins, secretary-treasurer, re-elected.
New directors installed were !>r.
P. G. Padgett. Drace M. Peeler, Or.
J. S. Mauney. W. S. Fulton. Jr. Dr. R.
N. Baker. L. E. Abbott., and J.-E. An
thony. Jr. Past President McGlli is
a member of the board ex officio.
Members of Fairview Lodge No.
339 A. F. & A. M. will observe the
75th anniversary of the founding of
the lodge at the annual ladies night
banquet to be held at the high
school cafeteria Monday night at 7 ,
M. E. Hoffman, of Asheville, j
Grand Master of North Carolina,
will be the speaker at the event. '
Masons in charge of ticket sales
for che banquet are J. Ollie Harris,
Bruce M<?Dar?iel and Oscar McCar- j
A capacity crowd is expected for
W. K. Dick-son, .Charlotte s<*w?-r en
gineer who has completed a survey
of the city's water and sewer sys
tems, made his report 10 the city
board of commissioners Tuesday
night and recommended as -soon as
possible construction of a $175. t>K)
sewerage treatment plant to serve
the area of rhe -city now served iiy
the McGlll tank on Potts creek.
Mr. Dickson gave reports 011 what
he said was a complete survey of the
city's five-tank sewerage system,
designated the so-called Mauney d?s
posal tank as the "next worse," and
said the cost of absolutely necessary
sewer line extensions would total
Mr. Dickson's report was the main
item on the board's agenda Tues
day night and consumed the major
portion of the meeting.
Describing his survey of the Mc
Gut tank, which he reported serves
605 houses in an over-all area of
720 acres. Mr. Dickson said the pres
ent tank w badly overloaded and
added, "What you are doing is
dumping raw sewerage into 'Potts
He said two types of sewerage dis
posal plant could be built, one
activated sludge method dispell
system which would coot about
$175,000 and require $2,800 power
annually to operate, <he other an ae
rial filter syfctem which woukl^fe
ulre an original expendfture of
184,000 and cost about $500 worth
of power anniMlly to operate. He
recommended the sludge method a?
the best. He said the investment
should take care of the McGllI tank
area through a population growth
of the city to 14.000 ? 15.000.
Mr. Dickson gave the following re
port on me remainder of the city's
sewerage dispo.*val system:
The Mauney tank serves '#>'2 hou
ses and an area of 320 acre*, wi:J- m
(Cont'd on page eight)
Return To Homes
Mrs. O. W. Myers and Mrs. B VV.
Gillespie, injured last week in a
wreck near Charlotte, have return
ed to theit homes here, after receiv
ing treatment at Memorial hospital
Mrs. Gillespie, who suffered a
knee injury, returned home Sunday,
and Mrs. Myers returned home Tues
day. Mrs. Myers is still confined to
bed. having received painful head
and back injuries, and severe bruis
The accidcnt occurred at an inter
section of the Hunterwville road
shortly after noon January 5, as Mrs.
Mvefs was driving her daughter
back to school at Winston-Saiem,
Miss Myers was unhurt.
Six-Month Report Shows Budget
Oi City Is 5LS Percent Spent
The city's S305 000 budget for the
fiscal year 1948 49 was SL5 percent
spent, at the close of business De
cember 31, according to a six-month
report given by Gity Clerk S. A.
C rouse at the regular meeting of
the commissioners Tuesday night.
The report showed Income for the
first six months of $192,820.98, ex
penditures of S15T.539.ft4, and a cash
balance at the end of six months
Of the various city deoartments,
the general department was highest
listed In -percent of budget spent, the
S6.941.08 representing 77-3 perce'nt
of the budget appropriation. In best
Shape budget-wise was the light
and power department, whic^ had
expended 533,' 754.66, only 40.8 ' per
cent of Ks budget appropriation.
City Engineer E. C. Brandon, Jr.,
pointed out that the city was well
wtthin Its budget, even though the
figures showed more than half of it
spekn. Fie said that expenses in some
department* for capital outlay 1
tems are heavier in the first six
months of the year.
The report showed total 1948 proo
erty tax collections of $57,838.14, or
60.4- percent of the total levy. Mr.
Croude also reported the following
percentage collections for prior (
years: 1947 ? 97.5 percent, 194^?
97.5 percent, 194ft ? 97 j6 percent.
Sale of water and lights was the
biggest income factor during the
first six months, totaling f85.993.60,
followed by property tax collections.
Other Income Items Inc'uded: $5,
562.23 from the city's share in the
tax on beer (vtrted out last Satur
day.) $6320.95 from court costs and
fines, and $4,369.67 fjom parking
meter collections. ' The report alio
showed tfiat 237 dog licenses had
been purchased 'at $1.00 each), in
come of $366.50 from sale of fishing
permits, and $231 from parking vi
? Largest expense Item was in the
ilght and power department with
total expenditures of $33,754.66. Wa
ter and sewer departments had cost
the cKy $15,299.99, and $14,846.60
had been paid for debt service. In
cluding paying off $6,000 in city
t>ond?, $8,801.25 in interest, ?nd
$45.35 in Har.k commissions.
Per the pay-on-receiptg contract
with the Magee-Hale Park-o-Meter
company, the oty had paid out S3,
069 against the purchase price of the
The police department had co4
the city $11,623.23.