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City Limits (1940 Census) 6.574.
Immediate Trading Area 15,000
(1945 Ration Board Figures)
VOL.61 NO 22
Kings Mountain. N. C.. Friday. June 2. 1950
PRICE FIVE CENTS
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KINGS MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF '50 ? Shown above axe members of the high school senior
class which was graduated Wednesday night. They are: back row, left to right Jack Rhea. Roy Moore,
Richard Bridges, Robert Crawfond, Robert Sellers, Albert Brackett, Horace Cunningham. Grady Tate,
William Plopk. Houston Smith. Ivan Weaver. William Allen, and Harold England. Third row, left to
right Jack Hicks, Hugh Tompkins, Curtis Wright Robert Jackson, Dorthea Hope, Mary Lou Barnette,
Ruth Dettmar, Jean Cash. Patricia Neisler, Gordon Beatty, Richard White, Carl Moss. Second row, left
to right, Cornelia Gantt Billie Jean Bookout, Eva Nell Ross, Faye Caldwell, Iris Patterson. Billie Falls,
Rachel Blanton, Norma Falls, Frances Montieth. Jo Ann Britt Evelyn Carpenter, Mary McKelvie. Front
row, left to right Gay Bennett Marilyn Surber, Vlrgihia Cole, Betty Falls. Carolyn Earley, Dotty Smith,
Shirley Arthur, Jo Ann Biidges, Doris Saudeis, Rose Marie Humphreys, and Iva Lingerfelt Diane Flow.
ers and Sammy Houston arethe begged froniaUhf
Dinner, dancing, bridge and
canasta will feature the pro
gram of events for the regular
monthly club night party at
<he Kings Mountain Country
Club Saturday night at 8 o'
clock, according to announce
ment; bV Claude fUoabfS&fct,
chairman of the committee ofc*-*
arrangement#,1 - '
WINS COLLEGE KEY
MARS HILL ? Miss Jean Mc- !
Clain, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
E. C. McClain, of Kings- Moun
tain, was awarded the gold
key by the music department
at Mars Hill College for super
ior achievement as a member
of the band and orchestra. ?
Sanitation ratings for Cleve
land County hotels, tourist
homes and other lodgings were
announced this week by the
Cleveland county health de
partment. Kings Mountain es
tablishments rated were:
Grade "A" ? Morrow Tourist
Home and Peeler Tourist Home;
Grade "B" ? Maple Tourist
TO GIRLS' STATE
Betty . Cash and Patricia
Prince will -leave Sunday for
Greensboro, where they will re
present Kings Mountain at the
annual North Carolina Girls
State, sponsored by the Ameri
can Legion Auxiliary.
MARS HILL. ? Demauth Blan
ton eon of Mr. and Mrs. J.
Wiley Blanton, 1001 West
Mountain street, was elected
secretary of the Phllomathian
literary society at Mars Hill
College for the first term of the
Kings Mountain Cbuntry Club
gold team defeated Lincotnton
over the losers course Wednes
day afternoon by a score of 43
to 38. fit was the. first Piedmont
Oolf Association win lor the
Kings Mountain team.
Joyce Marie Csshlon of Kings
Mount, w?* rmong 40 students
receiving commercial certlfi
tes at annual commencement
exercises art Lenoir-Rhyne col
Daily vacation Bible school
at the Church of God will begin
on June 1) and will be ?Mk
ducted from 9 ?. -m to noon
daily, it was announced this
fMtirlteasor Myers, daughter
of Mr. and Mis. O. W. Myers, was
graduated from Salem Academy
at Winston Salem at annual com
meocement exercises at the Win
?tofl-9aIiaig school Tuesday.
Miss Myers has bees a mem
ber; of the SCSOOl gW Club. Dra
matte Club, Crow M
Of MQttJU Pen," the *4
50 Are Graduated
In Class of 1950
The Kings Mountain High
School Class <of 1950 was gradu
ated Wednesday night, at com
rpencement exercises at the high
The 50-member class h6ard an
address by Dr. Voight R. Cromer,
president of Lenoir-Rhyne col
lege, prior to receiving dtplomas
from high school principal Ro
' A total of 21 members of the
class were graduated with hon
ors, given to students compiling
a minimum average of 85, during
four years of high school work.
The finals program also featur
ed presentation of awards and
medals for the school year.
Two coveted honors ? not pre
viously announced ? went to
Mary McKelvie, senior, and to
Katy Jones, 10th grade student.
Miss McKelvie, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Henry W. McKelvie, won
the Kiwanis, citizenship award
for the year, and Miss Jones, dau
ghter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Jones,
was awarded the Plonk Scholar
ship medal. These, and other me
dals and honors won during the
year, were presented by J. R. Da
vis, member of the city school
Senior President Curtis Wright
presented the class gift to the
school ? money to purchase
ctaMic&l recordings for the sen
ior English class, and it was ac
cepted by Superintendent B. N.
Dr. Oomer made an inspira
tional address in which he told
the graduates they would face
tour major tepts in life: induran
ce, comparison, sacrifice, and ex
poov :v He urged the seniors to
consider what they oould do, ra
ther than comparing their accom
plishments to those of other*.
The graduation program began
on Sunday night with the com
mencement sermon by Rev., W.
L. Pressly, pastor of Boyce Memo
rial ARP church.
Both programs of the finals ex
(Cont'd on page twelve)
GRADUATED ? Ml&a Nancy
Dickey, daughter of Mrs. Paul
Beam, was among the 304 stu
dents of Woman's College, Uni
versity of North Carolina, .who
received degrees at the 78th an
nual commencement .of the
school Monday. Miss Dickey re
ceived an A. B. degnee in socio
W. L. Blackburn, former con
stable of Number 4 Township,
recaptured the Democratic nom
ination for that office in Satur
day's primary by piling up a
clear majority over four other
candidates in the only contest in
Mr. Blackburn polled a total of
1,237 votes, leading at all four
John D. Jones, ag last-minute
entry in the race, ran second
with 469; folowed by Clarence
Myers, 368; Marion D. Blackwell,
268; and H. G. Clemons, 101.
Local Voters Favor Smith. Jones,
Allen. Bumgardner. Wells, Ware
^ mmmmmmm ? i n ? .i i I in n i
Rings Mountain area cittawB
'went to the poihs In record num
bers last Saturday, and, a? cus
tomary, voted with some winners
A WJ <if 2,191 registered
mocrats went to the three voting
place at city hall, Victory Chev
rolet Company and at Beth -Ware
schoo^S|^| ? ,i
ed WUHs Smith, for U. S. Senator,
Woodrow Jones, #or 11th district
"ongi f? linn, Omar O. Kfird, for
: associate Justice of tt?e Supreme
Ccwrt, and Wa4do Cheek, for in
In the county races, Kings
Haywood Allen, tor sheriff, L. T.
if itnri.-k, Jr., for recorder, tUjM
Bumgardner, 2. V. Cline, end A.
^fHjMpK^lor county comfl|^,
s toners, and Whitney Well*
Wayne L. Ware, B. Austen, W. K.
(Coot) Lute, and Dixon Stroup,
tor county ached board t->inrtees.
I k was the first voting lor the
wererV too mfimy m r
< ? om'd on pa?e
??'A ???v. * ifc
Rev. L. C. Pinnix, for the past
six years its pastor, will preach 1
his final sermon as pastor of the;
First Baptist church on Sunday
evening at 8 o'clock.
Mr. Pinnix has accepted a call
to the pastorate of the Drew, j
Miss., Baptist church. His final1
sermon will be the first in the
summer series of union services (
for five churches of the commun
> It was announced that a speci
al service iS being arranged, and
that a large crowd is expected for
'the service. ?
Remainder of the Sunday ev
ierting union service schedule for
June 11 ? at Boyce Memorial
ARP church. Rev. J. H. Brendall.
June 18 ? at St. * Matthew's Lu
theran, Rev. P.- D. Patrick.
June 25 ? at First Presbyterian !
Rev. Mr. Brendall.
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Meeting June 9th
The first annual meeting of the
Mountaineer Club, Inc., will be
held at Lake Montonia next Fri
day night, June 9th, at 7:15 o'
clock, rand wilt feat me a fiw
becue for 1949-50 and 1950-51
members according to announce
ment by Grady Howard and C. C.
Edens, co-chairman of the ar
| rangements committee.
I Five new members of the club's
board of directors will be elected
at the meeting and reports made
on the past year's operations. The
organization's fiscal year, ends
June 30th. ^
Members of the Kings Moun
tain high school Monogram club
and Coaches Everette Carlton
and Don Parker have been invit
ed to attend the supper, Mr. Ho
The nominating committee has
reported nomination of W. - S.
Fulton, Jr., Charles A. Neialer, Da
vid Neill, Carl F. Mauney and J.
O'.lie Harris for the five two-year
directorships. Nominations will
be open from the floor at the
meeting. Holdover directors in
clude Dan Huffstetler, W. J. Ful
ikerson, Charles Ehglish, C. T.
'Carpenter, Jr., and Br. Edens Jnd
Mr. Howard. Officers of the cor
poration are elected by the board
Mr. Howard pointed out that
membership cards, both new ones
(1950-51) and those for the cur
rent year's, will serve as "tic
kets" for the barbecue, Persons
wishing to join the club, an am
ateur athletic boosters group,
many secure membership cards
for the coming year at the meet
ARP Bible School
To Begin Monday
The Daily Vacation Bible
School o f Boyce Memorial Chur
ch wlM be held June 5-14. The
hours of this school will be from
9 to 11 a. m. All children between
the ages of 4-14 are urged to at
tend. The program has been well
planned and excellent teachers
secured. Flannelgraph materials,
modeling clay, and moving pic
tures will be used in the program.
Among the pictures to be used
are "Yellowstone Natnonel Park,"
"Navajo Children," "Realm of
the Wild," "Lincoln: The Pion
eer," "Boone Trail," and a com*c
strip: "Bud Abbot* and Lou Cos
tello." Refreshments will be ser
ved each day by the circles.
Thefamify night picnic will be ,
observed Monday night, June 5, j
at 7:00. The commencement ever
cises of the school will be held
Wednesday night, June 14.
Logan Returns $300 .
The Shelby Dally Star reported
Tuesday that the McSwain case
reward money of $300, which be
came a primary election issue In
the sheriffs contest, had been re
turned to the donors of the mo
ney, and, in turn, had been p'j?J
to Arlon McSwain of Baling
Springs, father of the child kill
ed in a hit-and-run case.
Sheriff Logan declined to pay
the money to McSwain. The Star
said Attorney General McMullan
had told that newspaper Tuesday
that he saw no reason to prevent
payment of the money to Mc
59 To Receive
mailing this wftkcml :<9 Blood
Donor certificates to Kings
Certificates arc matted to new
Loom-Tex Expects To Be In Full
Operation Within Next Four Weeks
w?irp"' - ?:
AUTOMOBILE IN WHICH FOUR WERE KILLED ?Shown above is the 1930 Mode) A touring car in
which four persons were killed Just outside the corporate limits of Kings Mountain last Friday after
noon in a collision with an American Bus Co. express. None of the bus pcEfsengeT* were seriously In
jured but all the occupants ofthe car-? Everett M. Leonhardt, 20, his wife. Mrs. Joyce Aileen Leon
hardt, 18. Mrs. Maggie Leone Whitworth, 37. and her daughter. Gladys. 2, all of route 2 ? were killed.
Funeral services for the dead were held Sunday afternoon at Allen Memorial church, near Grover.
(Herald Photo by Furman Wilson.)
To Be Chosen In Second Race
and Recorder- Nominees
SEMINARY GRADUATES ? William Frank Medlin. left and Hoylej
Lee Whiteside, right were graduated last week from Lutheran The
ological seminary at Columbia, S. C. with degrees of Bachelor of
Difinlty. Both are members of St Matthew's Lutheran church. Both
will bo ordained in a ?ynodical service at their home church on
Juniors To Open Elimination Play
Against Charlotte Here Monday
First round play in the 1950
North Carolina American Legion
Junior baseball program is sla
ted to get underway Monda>
with Coach Buddy Lewis' Kings
Mountain team scheduled to face
Charlotte's Juniors here at city
Stadium at 8 p. m. On Tuesday
night the Lewismen are to meet ,
Kings Mounain is in league
(two, of Area 4, along with Char- '
lotte, Gastonia, Harmony, Lin- j
colnton, Taylorsvllle, Hickory,1
and Cherry vllle.
Coaches Lewis and J. R. Brad
?haw, both former Junior base- ,
ball players with Gastonia and
professional baseball players.
1st GAME TICKETS
Special tickets for tho open
ing game, which bars been obi
sale lav three wssks. are pric
ed at one dpUar for adults and
fifty cants for children, and are ,
on sale at Griffin Drug Co.. and ,
City Ante & Room Supply and j
bt msnihm of the American
Legion. Regular admlss Ion tic. '
hots, priced at SO and *0 cents,
will also ho on sale at the got*
Mandtiy ?lght Sill rnlton.
ticket sellers plsass tomato
have been working with the
Kings Mountain team Cor about
? month. The team has played
five practice gomes up to Wed- 1
neodey, winning three end drop
ping two. A two-game series with
Gaffney, with the home game set j
Friday night, is slated to wind- !
up the practice schedule.
Members of the 1949 Kings
Mountain team who are expected ]
to see plenty of action this year j
include Don (Cobb and Ken Spen- j
cer, catchers, Bob Bridges, lb,
Jim Kimmeli, ss, Billy Watts, 3b,
Jim Huffstetler, Jerry Barker and
Steve Jones, outfield, and Char
les Ktrby, and Howard White,
righthanded pitchers. Watts and
Huffstetler, both of Bessemer Ctiy
are playing their fifth and final
year of junior baseball and Kim
meli and Cobb, of Kings Moun
tain,. are entering thelT third
season, with one more year of
Other pitchers expected to bol
ster the veteran mound staff are
Bob Wei la, Clover, S. C., high
school pitcher who Jives just in
side North Carolina, Charles
Painter, Central high achooL Don
White, G rover, and Glenn Oates,
another Clover high prospect
who lives just inside the state,
all righthanders. A pair of south
paws, Fred Kiaer, of Tryon high
school, and Darvir Moss, of West
school, are also being counted
on for hill duties.
Ollle Harris, Jr., Central gratn<!
mSr school player and rookie
candidate,- and Charles Shytle,
1949 veteran, also figure in the
infield picture. Two other players
from a list of seven candidates
are %o be selected to round out
the 20-man tuam.
No starting pitchers were list
ed by the Kings Mountain coach
es tor the two opening games.
Regardless of the decisions of
Wijii?? Smith arid Chariie Hamil
ton, Kings Mountain and Cleve
land County Democrats will have
another opportunity to vote to se- 1
lect Democratic nominees. The I
second primary will be conducted
on June 24.
Haywood Allen, former Kings:
Mountain police officer, haw al- j
ready called for a second race,
against Former Sheriff Raymond
Cline, also a former Kings Moun
tain citizen, and Reuben Elam,
second high in the three-man re
corder race, has already called
for a second race against L. T.
Hamrick, Jr., who edged Elam out
by the narrow margin of 31 .votes.
A bizarre twist to the Eiam-j
Hamrick race was that unofficial]
returns gave Elam the nod. Offi
cial returns showed that human
error had become involved In the
West Kings Mountain returns by
an even 100 votes. The switch put
Elam in second place.
Nor was that the only error in
the unofficial returns. In the heat'
of counting, plus a rainstorm,
and resulting poor telephone Con
nections, several changes were
noted in the official tabulations
filed with the clerk of court toy
the county board of elections.
None changed any other results,
but the vote totals varied con
Prirvcipal ones were in the
county commissioners race, f
where Zeb Cline, unofficially
listed as third in the Shelby Dai- 1
ly Star's unofficial tabulations,
was reported high in the official j
returns with 7,656 vptes, edging \
out A. C. Brackett, who had i>n
official count of 7,655. H. W. Me !
Kinney ran third, with 6,969. Ha- 1
zel Bumgardner, Kings Moun- I
tain's candidate who failed of
election, also gained considerably
in the official returns at 5,622.
Unofficial returns gave him only
One of three Kings Mountain
citizens seeking office was elec- j
ted, Wayne L. Ware, placing sec
ond high among eight candidates
tor the county school board.
Citizens were still Waiting for ;
.word from Willis Smith on whe- [
ther he would endeavor to over- |
come a 50,000-plus deficit in his ?
contest with Senator Frank P. I
Graham, and from Charlie Ham
ilton, oi Gastonia, on whether he
would try a second race with
front-running Wood row Jones for
11th district Congressman. Jones,
who carried six of the seven
counties in the district and Who
now is Hated as the favorite to
become the first Congressman
from Rutherforu county in many
years, holds a 3,460 ,-ote lead. The
hulk at the Hamilton *v oport
came from His home county of
The Hei?M could not roach Mr.
Hamilton Thursday morning, but
one Gastonia ctttacn In close
touch with the fitusbon said he
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1,000 Seek lobs
"?We anticipate being in full
production in four weeks," M. T.
McDearmid, superintendent of
Loom - Tex Corporation, new
owners of the former DuCourt
| Mill, told the Herald Thursday.
| "We are getting along 10() per
'cent* better than we originally
anticipated at the job of cleaning
up and getting things ready for
operation," Mr. McDearmid said,
"and we should have the spin
ning machines running next
\Veek and the warps on i Me looms
by the following week."
Already, he added, stock is
I through the intermediates.
| The new Kings Mountain firm
did not lack for job applications.
Already some 1,000 persons have
, mi wiulju upphud^ MHt'lufWOyhtEiH '
I at Loom-Tex. ....
1 Mr. McDearmid said he did not
! know the e.vast number of per
; sons now on the Loom-Tex pay
I roll here, but he' reported a two
day payroll fdr last week at
$1,038 ? first payroll at the plant
(since DuCourt ceased operations
j nearly 17 months ago.
"We have experienced no trou
bje at all," Mr. McDearmid con
tinued, "even in spots where we
anticipated the job of cleaning
up and getting the machinery In
running condition would be a
The company announced la?t
| week that it anticipates a three
shift ? operation. Loom -Tex oper
ates several other textile plants.
Rites Friday '43
For Mrs. Hope
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary
Ann Hope, 65, widow of James I.
Hope, who died Wednesday night
around 11 o'clock after suffering
a stroke of paralysis on Monday,
will be held Friday at I p. m. at.*
First Baptist church.
Rev. L. C. Pjnnix, pastor, will
officiate, assisted by Rev. T. W.
Foglemah and Rev. W. F Monroe.
The body will lie in state at the
church for one half hour prior to
the service. Burial will be in. the
Bethlehem Baptist church ceme
tery, near Kings Mountain.
Mrs. Hope was the daughter of
the late Milton and Sara Jane
Bumgardntr. Her husband died
about a year ago.
She was a member of First
Survivors include five sons,
Rufus Hope, of Sharon, S. C., and
Milton, Winfred, Lawrence and
Charles Hope, all of Kings Moun?
tain; three daughters, Miss Wil
ma Hope, Mrs. Frank Rice and
Mrs. Harry Riddle, all of King*
Mountain; one brother, Kd Bum
gardner, of Kings Mountain; on#
sister, Mrs. Nettie Rector, of Gas*
tonia; and 18 grandchildren.
First Baptist Bible
Study Starts Monday
Vacation Bible school at First
Baptist church Is scheduled to
begin Monday morning at 8:30
a. m. and end on June 14.
Students ages one through 16
are urged to attend. The school is
out each morning at 11:30 o'clock
and will feature Bible study, me
mory work, singing, recreation
Miss Lula Mae Teague is prin*
cipal and superintendents are
Mrs. Howard Ware, nursery; Mr*.
Rowell Lane, beginners; Mrs.
Harold Crawford, primary; Mr*,
J. C. Bridges, Junior "A"; Mr*
Pete Barkley, junior "B"; and
Mrs. L. E. Abbott, Intermediate.
Beauty-Baby Event i
Ralph (Frosty) Spearman,
chairman of theforthcoming twin
promotion Baby and Beauty Con*
teat of the Kings Mountain Jun*
or Chamber of Commerce, said
Thursday that plans for the two
events are rapidly shaping up,
and that Indications point to ex*
eel lent contests.
He announced thta the event
had -been spilt, with the baby ??
vent now scheduled for Thursday
night, June 15, and the Beauty
contests (one for ages 15-17 and
the other including young ladle*
above 18) on Friday, June 16.
He reported ?. number of entr|<
? in each contest division.
Tickets lor the events will be
on fftie aoon, he wML .
c', ? 1