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VOL. 60 NO. 18
Kings Mountain. N. C.. Friday. May 6. 1949
PRICE FIVE CENTS
' James Throneburg Will be solo
ist with the Duke University glee
club when it presents, a program
at the Gastonia high school audi
torium Friday night at' 8 o'clock.
Members of the Krwanis club
?were to hear a lecture on "Java,"
by Joseph Ellis at the regular
meeting of the organization at the
Woman's Club Thursday night at
7 o'clock. Hugh Ormand arranged
A stated communication of Fair
view Lodge 339, AF & AM, will be
held Monday night at 7:30, accord
ing to announcement by Paul
JUNIOR DRILL FRIDAY
Candidates for the 1949 Ameri
can Legion Junior baseball team
are urged to attend a practice ses
sion at City Stadium Friday after
noon at 4 o'clock. Regular weekly
drill will be held at the park Sat
urday morning at 9:30 a. m.
? JOINT MEETING
Members of the Kings Mountain ,
KJwanisclub will be hosts to mem
bers of the Kings Mountain Lions
club at the annual Joint meeting
of the organizations to be held on
Thursday night, May 12, at 7
o'clock at the Woman's Club, it
ww announced this week. E. A.
HarrHl la arranging the program
thcjaeeUiafr v .
ON HOSPITAL BOARD
W. L, Plonk, well-know.', Kings
Mountain business man, Was nam
ed to tiie Cleveland County board
of hospital trustees from Number
4 township by the coUmy commis
sioners on Monday. Mr. Plonk was
appointed to succeed George W.
Mauney, whose term had expired.
Other Number 4 township mem-'
bers of the board are C. E. "Nelsler,
and W. K. Mauney.
The First 'National Bank will be
closed on Tuesday, May 10th, in
observance of Confederate Memo
rial day, a legal banking holiday
In North Carolina, it was an
nounced this week. The bank Will
not observe holidays on May 29,
Mecklenburg Independence day,
nor on Mmy 90, Memorial day, ac
cording to Preside rat Frank ft. Sum
Regular monthly meeting of
Otis D. Green Post, American Le
gion, will be held at <5tty Mall
Monday night at 7:30 p. m.
Books To Open
On State Election
County registration books will ri
pen Saturday for the .slate bond Is
sue election to be held on June 4.
The citizens of North Carolina will
decide whether (J.) the state shall
issue $200,000,000 in bonds lor rural
road building and Increase the state
gas tax by one cent per gallon, and
<2) whether the state shall issue
$25,000,000 in bonds to qid in con
struction of schools. ^
Mrs. NeU Cranford will again be
the registrar for East Kings Moun
tain precinct Cat City Ball) and
Charles B. Campbell for West Kings
Mountain precinct Cat Victory Chev
, Florist Ita
Mrs. Charlie Rlalock and Mrs.
Donald Crawford are announcing
this week the opening of a new bus
fness, Kings JgMtnta in Florists.
The new firm wiH specially In
flowers for all occasions, funerals,
weddings, other decorative occasions
corsages and a general complete
West Mountain street.
MAYORAL CANDIDATES ? Leading contenders for the Job of Mayor oi
King* Mountain lor the next two years beginning May 12 are J. E. Hern
don, left, mayor from 1933-39, and H. Tom Fulton, right, who has served
as mayor for the post two years. Other candidate In the mayor's race is
Clarence G. Myers. The election will be held Tuesday.
Miss Simonton W ins
Kiwanis Club Award
Mias Bessie Slmonton, retired j
Kings Mountain school teacher who
spent more than 40 years as a tea- !
cher in the locai school system, was
given the 1949 award for unselfish
service by the Kings Mountain Ki
wan is club last Thursday night.
Announcement of first recipient
of. the unselfish service award was
one of the features of the annual La
dies' night banquet of the organiza
tion held at the Woman's club and
attended by some 200 Kiwanians,
their* wives, and other guests. ?>
In presenting Miss Simonton an
orchid, Rev. W. L. Press ly, master
of ceremonies, said, "Honors come
high. It took yoii over 40 years to !
get it, and the committee could
think of none who deserved it as
much as you. .
Miss Simonton characterized the j
award as "the biggest and best sur
prise I ever had."
Principal speaker for the banquet
was David G. (Dode) Phillips, South
Carolina education department offi
cial. Mr. Phillips regaled the group
with a continuing series of witty
stories which built up to his prin
cipal theme that material things
change, but human nature does not.
"The past, present and future are
eternally linked together," Mr.
Phillips declared, as be denied the
frequent and popular contention
that "the world is worse today." "As
long as people live," he contended,
"they look heck wistfully at the
good eld day*." i
He urged full support of the
"three pillars whi^h keep our coun
try great" These he said, are (1) ft
Christian home, <(2) the church, and
(3) Ihe schools.
"People make the difference," he
concluded, "and you can't have good
people unless you start with
, Musical entertainment included
two solos by Miss Frances Summers, ?
talented daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
! Frank Summers, who sang "Let My
Song Fill Your Heart" and "Pre
lude," and two numbers by a girls'
quartet including Betty Falls, Patty
Ann Neisler, Shirley Arthur and Je
anene HaUmart. Miss Summers was
accompanied by Mrs. J. E. Hern
don, and the quartet by Miss Bon
(Cont'd on page five)
$500 Needed For
A minimum of 5500 is needed
to carry on the 1949 American Le
gion Junior baseball program of
Otis D. Green Post American Le
This was the announcement ye?
teoday by W. L. Plonk, post ath
letic officer, who Issued a call tor
financial aid from any and all
persons or groups interested in
aiding the program.
The team is already practicing
under the direction of coach Shu
Carlton, and prospects for this
year's team are considered bright
er than in several years.
Donations for the support of the
team should be mailed to Mr.
Plonk or taken to him in person.
'Attending the meeting in Cher
ryvtlie Saturday of the Southern
Conference of the Women's Mis
sionary society. North Carolina Lu
theran synod, were Mrs. Robert Al
len, Mrs. J. E. Aderhoktt, -Mrs. Dorus
WMteeldes, Mrs. J. W. Layton, Mrs.
Rosa MedHn, Mrs. W. H. Stender,
Mrs. R. L. Plonk, Mrs. Minnie Ware,
Mrs. S. A Mauney and Mrs. Aubrey
i.' ".. ?' <2
The feature of the meeting was
an address by Mrs. Carlton Moore,
of Liberia, Africa, on missionary
Elected president of the conferen
ce group was Mrs. ,H. B. Wolf, of
Charlotte, the former Miss Juanlta
Mauney of Kings Mountain. Mrs.
Stender, mission secretary, gave her
annual report. '
Training classes for Girl Scout
' Troop leaders, assistant leaders,
and Troop Committee member.-?,
wlU be held on Tuesday and
| Thursday evenings, May 10 and
12 at 7:30 in the Berean class
; room of the First Baptist church.
Citizens Donate 83 Pints
Of Branf For Area Blood Bank
Kings Mountain area citizens do
nated 83 pints of blood Tuesday to
the Bed Cross regional blood bank at
Charlotte when the mobile "Blood -
mobile" unit nude it's second trip
to the dty>.
The unit first visited Kings Moun
tain on November 5, IMS, when T8
pints of Wood were donated by local
Blood la collected through the pro
gram. which Is nation-wide, and
"banked" for uae when needed with
out change and without obligation
to replace. j
Among the Itosaday donors was a
couple who voluntarily gave blood
to replace a quantity used from the
Charlotte bank by the woman's fa-,
thrt only last ? eh. A Kin?s Moon
tain citizen hospital! *<\ In Winston
Salem secured blood recently from
the Charlotte center and a Shelby
patient received some blood Mon
_r l*l? of the local chapter urg
ed local citizens who might have
trouble securing blood when need
ed, refardless of where they are at
the time, to contact Harold R. Hun
irlcutt, Kings Mountain blood pro
gram chairman, or the local Red
Cross office, and the vital fluid will
be buppiled free of charge -
Chairman Hunnicm ' Wednesday
issued a statement thanking every
one who took past In the Tuesday
program, especially the donors and
the many volunteer* and workers,
the Wofnan's club,- Kings Mountain
Cottort Oil Company and others who]
helped with the blood drive here.
$350,000 Bond Issue Questions
To Be Decided; 16 Seek Offices
In Voters' Hands
Kings Mountain voters will decide !
Tuesday whether the city will em j
bark on a public improvements pro
gram, as represented by three bond
issues totaling $350,000.
The issues, which are to be voted
upon separately, are: (1) ?250,000 for
sewer system improvements; (2)
550,000 for water line extensions;
t3) $50,000 foT municipal stadium
construction. ? '
According to announced intention
of the city administration which
called the bond issue election, ma
jor portion of the sewer improve
ment bonds is earmarked for re
building the McGill sewer disposal
plant, which, is now over- loaded to
the point that new outlets are noi
being added to the system. Of the to
tal, estimates call for $175,000 for
this purpose, with the remainder to
be used in installing sewer lines.
The water system bonds would
be used for extension of water lines,
and for installation of fire hydrants
in areas which don't have for pro
The stadium bonds would be used
for building of grandstands And ex
pansion of the present stadium, or
for the building of a stadium in a
new location, whichever proved
The three bond issues are, in part,
similar to the boftd issues which
failed to pass in the ejection of three
years ago. At that time the voters
failed to approve a total of 5200,000
which included items for sewer, wa- j
ter system, street, and stadium im- J
The three issues being offered has j
strong support of the city adminis
tration, the Kings Mountain Herald i
and a large number of citizens. At
the same time, k has strong oppo
sition from other groups, numbering
many who supported the 1946 offer
ing, and close votes on all three of
the Issues are being predicted.
Most likely to be approved are
the stadium bonds, which has the
support of the Mountaineer Club
r.nd the American Legion post.
Majority vote on each of the three
Issues will determine the result of
City officials estimate that pas
sage of ?H three Issues would af
fect the tax rate at ? maximum of
25 cents per $100 valuation in the
"peak" year of 1951-52.
At the end of the current fiscal
year, ?*?? city's bonded indebtedness
will total $325,000. If all the issue*
passed, the total would then reach
Girl Scoot Church
Appointments -to Girl Scorn church ]
committees were announced this
The several church committees
will have over-all responsibility for
supervising, organizing, advising
and otherwise supporting Scouting
for girls in the particular churches.
The committee*: , ,
First Baptist ? Mrs. Byron Keen
er, chirman, Oljie Harris, L. L. Ben- j
son, Mrs. W. M. Moorhead and Mrs
A. W. Kincaid.
Lutheran ? Mrs. W. K. Mauney,
Jr., chairman, George Houser, James
Cox, Mrs. Clyde Kerns, and Mrs. J.
? Presbyterian ? Mra. Paul Mauney,
chairman, H H. Webb, Hubert Da
vidson, Mrs. W. T. Weir, and Mrs.
W. B. Thomson.
Central Methodist ? WW. Tolle
son, chairman, Boyer Murray, J. C.
MCKinney, Mrs. Ben Ballard , and
Mrs. W. R. Craig.
Grace Methodist ? Mrs. Leonard
Huffstntlet, chairman, J. E. Mauney,
D. C. Paysour, Mrs. Carrie Ganet, and
Mra. Louise Heavener. -
Plffit Wesieyan Methodist ? L. E.
Davis, chairman. R. C. Stroupe, Mm.
Lula Hul lender, Gertie Connor and
Mrs. t. B. Phillips.
| Polls Open: 6:30 a. m.
Polls Clou: 6:30 p. m.
Voting places: Wards 1 and 2,
City Hall; Ward 3. Payne Grocery;
Ward 4. Kings Mountain Manufac
turing Company clubroom; Ward
j 5, Victory Chevrolet company.
Total Registration: 3.257.
Predicted Vote: 1.600?1.700.
Offices to be filled: All wends ?
Mayor and five city commission
Ward 2 and 3, school trustees.
Bond issue election i All wards ?
vctei? may vote "yes" or "no" on
three separate questions. (1) Shall
the city issue S2 50.000 in bonds for
sewer improvements? (2) Shall
the city Issue 550,000 in bonds for
water line extensions? (3) Shall
' the city issue S 50.000 in bonds for
improvements to a municipal sta
Basis of decisions: Majority of
the votes cast.
Contests Held 1
Joel Smith, seventh grade j>;udenk >
ol blast school, won <ne annual tia- |
ker reading contest lor grain:
grade giris, and Wniiam hovta, m*. ?
enin graoe student oi Unuui
school won the annual Neisler de
clamation contest neid at Central
-School attditormnv Wednesday au
ernoon. ? '
joel Smith read "Home Talent He
hea^sal," and William ilovis de- (
claimed "ihe Unknown Mother." ?
The Baker winner is the daughter
of Mrs. corrie Mace, and trte' weiaier !
winner is tne' son oi Mr. and Mrs. I'.
Uiner contestants were: Sandra K
vans, sixtn graae student ol West j
school, who also gave "Home latent i
Rehearsal, " feggy Kippey, sixth ]
grade student ot Central scnool, who
gave "The Little Dead bird ', David
riullender, seventh grade student of
?iasi school who gave "We Too Were
There" and George Harris, fifth
grade student ol West school, who
gave "What is America?"
'Judges for the contest were Mrs.
F. R. Summers, Mrs. James B. Simp;
.son and Faison Barnes. Allen's Flow
?r Shop presented flowers for the
stage, and music w*? presented by
Mrs. Harold Coggins Central school
seventh grade. Arrangements for
the contests ware handled by Miss
Gussie Huffstetler, Mrs. Robert Su
ber and Mrs. Raymond Mann, of the
Central school faculty.
The Baker medal Is awarded an
nually by Dr. L. P. Baker, chairman
of the school board, and the Neisler
medal is awarded by Mrs. C. E.
Dewey Styers, Charlotte Observ- ]
er carrier, announced this week
I that .his company will pay a $5.00 j
reward for information leading to. j
conviction of anyone stealing pa- j
pers from homes on his route. Mr.
Styt-is reported several recent
cases of papers missing from door
steps after they had been deliver
? > . ?
Mrs. K E. Lynch
For School Board
? ? t '? ;
J Kings Mountain citizens will go
to the polls for (ho biennial city
election on Tuesday to fill eight elee
live offices from a field of 16 can
The deadline for filing was passed
on Wednesday at 5:30 p. m. with
only one additional candidate hav
ing filed. Mrs. Haywood E. Lynch
filed on Monday for the Ward 2
school" trustee post, opposing J. H.
Only candidate unopposed is Ar
nold W. Kincaid, who is the lone
candidate for Ward 3 school trus
tee, a position he now holds.
In spite of continued rumors up
until the iasi minute that the ma
yor's race would become a four-man
affair, 4t didn't. George W. Allen had
indicated strongly that lie would en
ter the race but let the deadline pass
without filing. '
Following are the candidates:
For Mayor: H.Tom Fulton, Incum ?
bent, J. E. Herndon, and Clarence G.
For Ward 1 commissioner: Hunter
R. Neisler, incumbent, knd A. H. Pat- '
For Ward 2 commissioner: Carl F.
Mauney, incumbent, and Lloyd E.
For Ward 3 commissioner; T. J.
^fTommy) Ellison, incumbent; ?rwf
Otto Guyton. "
For Ward 4 commissioner" B.
Hudson Bridges and Paul W.
(Blinky) Led ford.
For Ward 5 commissioner: Marri
ott D. Phifer, incumbent, ami Hal D.
For Ward 2 school trustee: Mrs.
Haywood E. Lytjch and J. H. Patter
For Ward 3 school trustee: Arnold
All voters will have the privilege
of casting ballots for mayor and
five commissioners. The school
board elections are strictly a ward
affair which means that only voters
in Ward 2 will be able to decide the
school trustee election.
During the week, the political pot
began to boil with almost aH candi
dates busy at the business of get
ting votes. Almost uniformly obser
vers were predicting a very close e
lectlon for all posts.
Holding top interest was the ma
yoral race between Former Mayor
Herndon, who served throe terms
(1933-39) and Mayor Fulton. Both
are well experienced at the science
of vote-getting and a close under
thd- wire election is being predicted.
Considerable Interest Is also re
ported in the Ward 2 school trustee
election between Mrs. Lynch, a for
mer P-TA president, and Mr. Patter
son, who has been active in the
The Men's Bible class of First .
Presbyterian church will hold &
fish fry at Lake Montonia at si*
o'clock Friday afternoon, it was
announced by Harold Hunnlcutt.
Mer. of the church are urged t*?
attend and bring guests.
Eight Candidates Make Statements
Regarding Tuesday Bond Election
Eight of the 13 candidates for city
elective offices replied to the Her
ald'* poll on the $350,000 bond Issue
Of the eight replying, five ? May
or H. Tort Fulton and Incumbent
Commissioners Hunter R. Neisler,
Car y F. Mauney, T. J. (Tommy) El
lison, -and Marriott D. PhUer ? said
they supported each of the three is
Mayoral Candidate Clarence My
ers is opposing all of the Issues, and
r.ioyd K. Davis, Ward 2 commission
er candidate, and Paul W. (Blinky)
Led ford, Ward 4 commissioner can
didate, declined to state specifical
ly their positions on the bond mat
ters, though issuing statements.
Facing to reply to the bond ques
tionnaires were: I. E. Herndon, can
did ate for mayor, A. H. Patterson,
Ward 1 candidate, Otto Guyton,
Ward 3 candidate, B. Hudson Brid
ges, Ward 4 candidate, and Hal D.
Ward, Ward 5 candidate.
Following are the statements of
those candidates replying to the
1 Mayor Fulton:
"I feel that if we are to be able
to grow and have a city desirable to
live in we mv? offer public facili
ties in kee^/in^ with other oitiea.
While I don't think now is the most
opportune time to spend money, it
is the best time to offer bonds. I be
lieve they will sell at a much lower
rate of interest than six months
from now, but I think the money
should be held and not spent until
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