City Limits 7.193
(Final Unofficial Census 1950)
Immediate Trading Area 15.000
(1945 Ration Board Figures)
VOL. 61 NO. 32
Kings Mountain. N. C.. Friday. August 1 1. 1950
PRICE FIVE CENTS
| I Local News I
I Bulletins |
MASONS TO MEET
A stated communication of
Fairview Lodge No. 339 A. F.
& A. M. will be 'held Monday,
August 14, 7:30 p. m.
Building permits were issued
% at City Hall during ithe past
r week to J. Tracy McGinnis, for
construction of a new six-room
house- on Simes street, $5,000;
to Hubert McGinnis, addition
of a new front to store building
on Mountain street, $500; and
to W. H. Harmon, for .construe
? tion of a poultry house, $100.
The annual Hullender reun
ion will be held Sunday at the
[,'7 , John Foster home, seven miles
north of Kings Mountain, it was
announced this week by John'
Faster and A. B. Morrow, reun
ion co-sponsors. Among rela
tives expected to attend is a
group from Birmingham, Ala.,
and all members of the clan are
urged to attend the "reunion.
The parking meters in down
, Kings Mountain collected
Art*. SlSS 15 fnr th^
? ed Wednesday at ndbn, ac
cording ' to City Clerk S. A.
g|< Crouae. ' ?
| Hickoiy Inniois
? Here Saturday
Kings Mountain and Hickory
are scheduled to ring down the
curtain on the 1950 baseball sea
Bon here Saturday night with a
game between the 1951 American
. Legion Junior baseball "pros
pects". The game is scheduled to
get underway at 7:45 p. m.
The two teams met in Hickory
on July 29th with Kings Moun
tain coming out on top 5-4 on a
four -hit pitching job by Southpaw
Pink Ware and Houston Black
have been coaching the team for
the past month.
New players added to the team j
roster Include Dean Payne, Dean ;
Huskey, James Abernathy and
Vernon Smith, scrappy little
second 'baseman and outfielder,
was dropped from the team this
week. He will be ineligible to
play next year.
Final practice session of the
season is slated fot Friday after
noon at City Stadium. The group
underwent a lengthy drill on
With the pitching corps well
rested the coachies have a pick
from a staff Including Kiser, Dar
vin Moss and Dealis Burton, left
banders, and Bob Wells, Charles
Painter, and Doug Eubanks, right
holders, for -duty in the finale.
Don (Chubb) Cobb, veteran
catcher, is expected to handle the
receiving duties along with Bob
McPallft. Both are lefthanded hit
Infielders out for the team In
clude Jim Klmmell, Ollie Harris,
Frank Plott, Don McCarter, Char
lie Mulllax, Dewkt Guyton, Aber
nathy and Roberts.
Outfielders battling for berths
include Bob Huskey, Ken Spen
cer, Earl Maddox, Richard Smith,
Jimmy Williamson, Gerald Val
entine, Payne and Dean Huskey.
Admission fo t the game is 25
. and 50 cents.
loin Air Force
James*fe. Herndon, Jr., son of
Mr. and Mrs. J, E. Hemdon, and
Nelson Bridges, son of Mr. and
Mrs. G. A. Bridges, enlisted
Thursday in the Army Air Forces.
Both were to leave Thursday
night for Kelly Field at San An
tonia, Texas. Both are. applying
for officer training, Mr. Herndon
in the air force finance depart
ment, and Mr. Bridges for naviga
tor's duties. Mr. Herndon is a
graduate <rf Davidson oollef #aoil
completed a year oi graduate
? _<t fli iiiiiiijaiii BR Hi
CaioHm last spring. Mr. Bridge*
Is a graduate of Georgia Insti
tute oi Technology aod for the
past year t*a? been working at
Ideal Machine Shop in Bessemer
Two Polio Cases iM
Barnes Announces City Schools
Faculty List For 1950-51 Term
B. N. Barnes, superintendent of
city schools, announced Thurs
i day the faculty for the city school
system for the 1950-51 term
which opens September 5.
The faculty is complete with
the exception of four elementary
teachers and a public school mu
sic teacher, the latter position
having 'been vacant for trie past
two years. . **
Mr. Barnes said he expects the
remaining elementary depiart
vacancies to be filled at the next
meeting of the school board,
which has the responsibility of
electing teachers. He also said
that he has high hopes of being
able to employ a public school
music teacher for the forthcoming
The faculty list to date lists
eight changes from last year, ^liv
frrlfrffily h"n" mnmhgM-wt ?
city school faculty, Mrs. Cather- J
Ine Fisher, third grade tfeacher,
and Mrs. Margaret Wren Craig,
who will teach high school Eng
The six new teachers are Mrs.
Ray F. Swink, of Bessemer City,
and Miss Doris Stout, of Slier
City, both in the elementary de
partment, Jack Sink, of Thomas
ville, eighth grade, Miss Kittie
Lou Sutton, Sparta, Tenn., high j
school math, Miss Mary J. Mai- j
lard, of Greensboro, Bible, and I
Miss Cornelia P. Cobb, of Raleigh, 1
Other members of the faculty
announced by Mr. Barnes follow: |
Mrsf. CQ. Bhyne, West Eele
Mrs. J. H. Thomson, East Ele- :
mentary School. . I
Miss Willie McGill, Central
Primary.! . " - I
Rowell Lane, High School. and!
Central Grammar Grade.
J. A. Gibson, Davidson High
School. " ?
Mrs. Pauline D. Harrill, Latti
Mrs. Macie L. Covington, Polk
yille. ' . . .
Miss Ruth Beam, Shelby. |
Miss Marjorie Hord, Kings,
Miss Jete Plonk, Kings Moun
Mrs. Victoria L. Logan, Kings j
SECOND GRADE v
Mrs. Carolyn Stockton, Gaffney,
Mrs. Hester B. McSwain, Kings
Miss Sybil Spratt, Nebo, N. C.
Miss Carlyle Ware, Kings Moun
THIRD GRADE 1
. Miss Willie McGill, Kings
Mrs. Jeanette L. Mann, Kings
Mr a. Lettie S. -Lackey, Kings
Miss Annie Roberts, Kings
Miss Marie E. Lineberger, Lin
colnton, N. C.
Miss Margaret Go forth, Ruther
fordton, N. C.
Mrs. Helen Baker, .Kings Moun
(Cont'd on page five)
"B" GRID COACH?
bovc, of Thomasville, graduate of
I Lenoir Rhyne College where he
i played four years as a varsity
guard on the football team, has
accepted a position as assistant
coach at Kings Mountain high
; school. Ho will hare charge of the
I *'B" team program.
lack Sink Signed
! Jack Sink, varsity football play- ,
er at Lenoir Rhyne College fori
four years, has been added to the ;
coaching staff at Kings Mountain j
high school as assistant coach
according to announcement by B.
N. Barnes, superintendent of city
Coach Sink is 21 years of age
and is a native of Thomasville..
He is a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne.
He will teach an eighth grade
and will be in charge of the "B"
football squad which will play
a regular schedule of games this
Coach Sink fcs currently -a mem
bef of the North Carolina Finish
ing Co., baseball te&m which was
engaged in play last week in the !
(state semi-pro baseball tourna
ment. Outcome of the tourney
was unknown here.
Mr. Barnes did not say wheth- '
er the new coach'would be avail- 1
able next week for *,he start of
football practice, which is sched- 1
uled to get underway on the field
on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.
The new coach was a member
of the. North Carolina All-Star
baseball team in the Boys' All
Star game in Charlotte in 1946.
He was a second baseman at that
time. He was also a member of j
the Lenoir Rhyne baseball team.
Coach Sink was a guard on the
strong Lenoir Rhyne college foot
ball teams of the past four years
and comes here highly recom
mended Mr. Barnes said.
Bell Business Office
To Close Saturdays
beginning Saturday, the busi.
ness office of Southern Bell Tele
phone and Telegiaph Company
will be open only five days week
ly, Monday through Friday, ac
cording to announcement made
to subscribers this week.
"The closing of our business Of
fice on Saturdays instead of on
Wednesday afternoons has been
decided upon after friving full
consideration to good customer
service and the welfare of our
employees," the announcement
Office hours will <be 8:30 a. m.
to 5. p m., Mondays through Fri
Oideni Out Foi 66 Cleveland Men
To Take Pie-Induction Physicals
A total of 66 Cleveland county i
young men have been mailed no
t.cea to take pre -Induction phy
sical examinations at the Char
lotte Quartermaster Depot on Au
gust 17th, and similar natives will
be mailed in the next few day*
to" 100 more young men for ex
aminations on Auguit 24th. >
The quota of 66 caused tt>ft
board V> dip into its available
manpower pool virtUMlly through
men born in September 1927, Mrs.
Clara Newman, cleric to the setec- 1
tivo ssrvuse board said. The Au
gust 24th call will cause the
board to aend for examination al
most ?11 men bora in 1928.
? Currently the board 1s ordering
up oldest men first in the 19-25
Mrs. Jlewmati safcl the men are
ordered to report to the select***
tSflki tn Shelby for tnus
!j *PLC*?abu*t? ***
gfcyfoally fk tor
wrvkj. wtll have * minimum of
? days before being ordered a
tor Induction. ^uaTno men win
|fc | county via
the mmmmM route prior to
& ' k :
At the moment, 'deferment poli
cy is limited to students. Mrs.
Newman said existing regula
tions allowed postponement ? on
Inductions of high school stu
dents until they hsd finished
high school or had reached their
twentieth birthdays. The board
Is permitted to postpone Induct
ion orders for college students un
til the end of the current acade
mic year. There is one difference
between deferments end ' pom
pon menu, under selective service
terminology, Mrs. Newman said.
When a rsgHtmm is "deferred"
after passing physical examina
tion, he must 1>e. inducted within
90 days, or must be re examined.
A "postponement" of induction
does not require another physical
examination. She SSkl the county
board anticipates fallowing the
Mrs. Newman also said die
board had adopted a policy of
not releasing Mala of nan order
ed up tor physical examination*.
The board ;W4l 1 announce, she
add?vi, men ordered tap tor induc
Hearirtg to consider the malter
of claims Against Kings Mountain
Narrow Fabrics, Inc., bankrupt,
and other related matters will be
considered at a hearing Jn Char
lotte next Thursday afternoon at
4:30 according "to notice from R.
Marlon Ross, referee in bankrupt
According to the notice, the fol- 1
lowing matters will be heard and
passed upon by the court:
1. The confirmation of the pro- 1
posed settlement between Harold
R. Hunnicutt, trustee in bank- 1
ruptcy of the above-named es- ,
tate, and Carhal Factors, Inc., in 1
which Carhal Factors has agreed
to withdraw its claim against the
bankrupt in the sum of $17,883.- j
44, on condition that 3770 yards j
of "tape in the possession of Car- >
hal Factors as security for ad- i
Hrfimaawiu wwJe to bank
1 mpt befutyrnaTTKraiTtgy T>ff "*rg
I Teased to Carhal Factors, and up
on fhe further condition that the
trustee in bankruptcy will pay
over and deliver to Carhal Fac
tors ithe sum of $2,334.78 which!
was received by the trustee throu
gh collection of certain checks for
goods manufactured and sold
prior to bankruptcy, invoice for
which was assigned to Carhal
Factors as security lor advance
ments made by Carhal Factors
prior to bankruptcy; and upon
the further condition 'that the!
said trustee will release and dis- ,
charge Carhal Factors from any ,
and all claims of every nature
! 2. Controversy over alleged lien
on 1947 Chevrolet lV& ton Truck,
the title to which is in the pos
session of Mrs. Margaret Hunni- .
cutt, whereby Mrs. Hunnicutt pro
poses to pay over to the said trus
tee in bankruptcy the sum of
$500 and retain said truck.
3. The .preferred claim for labor
filed by Jag. R. Riley, former pres- .
ident of the bankrupt company,
for $600, is challenged by the!
trustee in bankruptcy and will be
heard at the above meeting.
4. Preferred claim filed by R.
H. Peasley will be heard. ' The !
trustee denies the priority of this
claim. < j
5. The petition- of J. R. Davis, j
attorney, of Kings Mountain, for
compensation in the sum of $500,
for representing the bankrupt,,
will be considered and passed
? " ? ? ' ? ' j
6. The petition of C. R. Jonas, I
attorney, of Lincolnton, N. C, for j
$1,000 as compensation "for repre
senting the said trustee in this
proceeding, and expenses in the
sum of $100.
T. The petition of Harold R.
Hunnicutt, trustee in bankrupt
cy for $712.41 as commissions, 1
and expenses in fhe sum of
8. The petition of Fred E. Up- j
church for the aHowance of the I
sum of $500 for auditing work
done for the trustee.
At Masonic Hall
<? ? " ? 1 ? *
A reception honoring state Eas
tern Star officers will be held at j
the Masonic Hail on Gold street
Friday afternoon according to in
vitations issued last week.
Kings Mountain Chapter, U. D., !
and Bessemer City Chapter No. j
263, N. C. O. E. S., are Joint hosts j
for the event and officials have j
announced that the general pub
lic has been invited to* attend.
Arnold W. Klncaid, of Kings
Mountain associate grand patron,
and Mrs. Maude Bayncr Foy, as
sociate grand matron, of th? state
chapter are to be honored guests
of the reception. .?
The event is to begin at 5:30
p. m. Friday and will continue for
two hourt. Many other prominent
state and local officials are ex
pected to attend
Joyce Falls Opens
Shop In Graver
Miss Joyce Falls is announcing
this week the opening of a beauty
shop in Glwer.
, The new firm Is modernly *?
quipped and to located over Gro
ver Cleaners. ; ; .
The business will be operated
under the trade name of Joyce
Beauty Shop, k was formally o
pened on Thursday with an open
Miss. Falls 1* the daughter o'
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Falls.
Members of the Kings Moun
tain Lions club heard an interest
ing address Tuesday night by
John L. Stick ley, of Charlotte,
governor of Lions district 31 -B.
Mr. Stickley made an inspira
tional address in which he para
; phrased the meaning of the word
"Lion", as compared to., the cus
tomary definition, of ''liberty, in
telligence, our nation's safety."
Mr. Stick ley remarked that.be
[preferred to use the several iot
j ter.-s for something else w|jich "we
are sometimes prone to forget."
He suggested the "L" stand for
liberality of time and talent. "It
is easy enough to write a Check",
he stated, "but it is not as easy
to give a part of ourselves, and
this is the most important." He il
lustrated his contention by rela
ting the story of the 57-cent gilt |
which launched the Temple Bap- j
tist church in Philadelphia, and !
later the now-great Temple Uni- .
The "I" of Lions should stand!
for ideals, he said, pointing out !
that not individual or organisa
tion is "worth a tinker's damn," !
unles3 he is an idealist. The "0"i
he added, could well mean op- ?
portunity and the Opportunity for
?werid -s? Urt*? better for bavmgn
been here,- we will have lived in j
vain," he declared.
Changing the emphasis to <he ,
negative, he contended that the j
"N" might well mean neglect ? I
a warning against neglecting the
opportunities "which always sur- j
The "S", he said, could mean!
satisfaction, "not necessarily sue- j
cess," he said, for "success does >
not mean satisfaction." ? Satisfac- j
tion comes, he declared, with the 1
sense of accomplishment of a Job;
Mr. Stickley commended the ;
club on its record of service in :
the community and for Lionism,
and urged the members to review )
its opportunities in an effort to
continue, .and to improve on, its
service record. .
He was presented by Rev. J. H.
High Grid Drills
Coach Everette Carlton an - j
nounced this week schedule for
football practice for candidates
for the 1950 high school team, j
which is to get underway on the
field at City Stadium on Tuesday
morning at 10 o'clock.
Uniforms and equipment will
be issued at the gymnasium on
Monday morning at 9:30 a. m., he j
said, with a meeting of all can- J
didates set for 3 o'clock Monday
afternoon at the gymnasium.
Beginning Tuesday the drill
schedule will call for twice-daily
sessions on the field, at 10 a. m.
and 3:30 p. m. until the opening
Some 45 players are expected
to report for uniform issue on
Coach Carlton mailed letters to I
members of the squad this week
informing them of the drill sche
dule and of the addition of Coach
Jack Sink to the staff. Coach Don
Parker will also be back to round
out the three-man staff.
Coach Carlton is expected back
in town Saturday after attending
the coaching schools at Chapel
Hill and Lenoir Rhyne College,
Hickory. last week and the
Greensboro coaching school
whV.h- started Monday.
Pride Ratterrve, Kings Moun
tain citizen, also attended the .
coaching schools with Coach
Carlton and will probably assisi
in the opening phases of practice.
He is to report back to Lenoir
Rhyne around September 1st ;
when the college's pre season i
drills are to begin
Opening game of the 10-game
1950 schedule is slated for City
Stadium on September 8th a
gainst Dallas high school.
Coach Carlton urged full at
tendance at all pre-school drill
sessions and pointed out that on
ly four wefks remain before the
On Knifing Count
Gus Philbeck, 29-year-old Cher
ryvtHe textile worker, is under
$500 bond unUl he completes
payment of a fine a*ter convic
tion in Recorder's court Monday
on a charge of asaault with ?
Philbeck allegedly cut Paul
Brown Negro, with * knife last
Judge W. Falson Barnes order
ed Phllfceck to pay $300 to the
clark of court In weekly pay
ments of $39 and was taxed with
costs of court. Fait of the $300 hi
to co towards payment of doctor
Mitt for Brown, with the remain
der to he the One.
fifteen additional caSfes were
(Confd on page ftve)
Citizens 9 G roup 9
Service , Rates
W. Faison ?Barnes, president of
the Junior Chamber of Commerce,
which is circulating a petition
, opposing requested rate increases
for local telephone service until
service is improved, said Thurs
day thai 43 persons have signed
the initial peiition and t hat the
| petition was to he circulated a
' mong members of the Kings
Mountain Kiwanis club Thursday
! night. .
I .The petition reads;;.
"We. the undersigned citizens
and residents of Kings Mountain,
North Carolina; and subscribers
to telephone service through the
Kings Mountain exchange, wish
to express our concern about the
proposed increases in telephone
rates and charges which have
been requested by the Southern
Bell Telephone and Telegraph
?ewmpawy? - ? ?*
"Our present telephone service
leaves much to be desired in view
of the fact that we still have a
manually operated switchboard
despite the fact that practically
all of the towns in this area have
a dial telephone system. Even
with our present manually oper
ated system, we believe that our
telephone service could be great
ly improved. We, therefore, be
lieve that under the conditions
which now exist, we are not get
ting what we are paying for even
under the present rates, tn view
of this state of affairs, we should
like to go on record as opposing
any increase in telephone rates
until we have a dial syslem, or
until our present system is im
proved." , .
The petition is jointly address
ed to the North Carolina Utilities
Commission and to Southern Be'.t.
On June 24th, the company pre
sented testimony to the commis
sion, asking rate increases for the
whole state. A futute hearing by
the commission will be open to
persons and groups wishing to
offer testimony opposing the in
Lt.-Col. Craig Jones, of Shelby,
commanding officer of the 311th
Station Hospital which was alert
ed for active duty this week, has
announced that the unit has been
authorized to recruit additional i
Dr. Jones said that the unit j
needed some enlisted personnel
and nurses and was especially in - i
terested In signing former medi
cal corps men.
However, he stated, the unit j
will accept high-caliber veterans'
regardless of "MOS" number.
Dr. Jones also said that the
Shelby recruiting office has been i
instructed to enlist some men
with no prior service for duty
with the group. '
"This type of duty, with a sta- 1
tion hospital, is desirable and j
we're trying *o iill up the . unit |
with Cleveland County mien and j
women In order to make it more j
desirav' V Dr. Jones said.
The unit expects to leave wtih- j
In the next "month or so" he
JAYCEES TO MEET
Members of the Kings Moun- Ij
tiin Junior Chamber of Com
merce will hold a picnic supper >
at El Bethel Methodist church
next Tuesday evening at ^
o'clock. Supper will be served
by ladies of the El Bethel
Uona TV ACT1?N - No OddT
Jn'ormatlon ha, been re
C H^ .!^0nC,,nln9 Pvt- Rufu*
G. " 'tickler, reported missing
Pvt H.??f J? i^?r0a "lnce Jun? 20
Mo,'.n? ! r 18 the ,,r,t K,n9?
Mountain casualty in the Korean
No More Word
On Missing Man
'hanu a lol,er ?oi??rniinc
?fj le,'S"Phf mcsHgo that Pvt.
"Stickler was miss
wcfJVnCtlKn in Kort>a' no '""her
^.h^.been reepivcd concern
ing the Kings Mountain soldier.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sta
ccy Huffstiekler, received the con- ,
firming letter from the war do- ,
partment last Saturday It stat
ed that Pvt. Huffstiekler wag ser
mn h1. 3 CalV3ry Un" ?? 'he
June 20, S.^'^ ,nis8in? j
H,!!r!!,fa??UyJast hcardirom Pvt.
vlav 7 M?r ? ,clicr dat??
May 7 . Mr. Huffstetler assumed I
rh?S^n. be0n 1 "inferred to I
the Calvary unit following that
time, for he had previously been
serving wHh an anti-aircraft unit j
Pvt. Huffstiekler a- 'ather serv
ed for more than 10 years in the
army including service in World
War I and almost four years in I
China and Japan. Mr. lluffstickler.
was in the Ea.st from 1924 to 1928 '
f??,ng, w',h ^e 15th infantry! I
most of the time stationed at
Tientsi'h on ihr Manchurian bor
aer. At the time, General George
Marshal., "former chief of staff
was a colonel in the 15th infantry!
Pvt. Huffstiekler is a member
or an army" family, being a see
?"*, of lhc la,e Capt. Clyde
Huffstiekler, who was captured
tU$Z ^,apanese ;,t t?i<< fall of the
Pmliippines in KM2.
For Leone Ware
Funeral rites for Leone Ware,
W, well-known King*. Mountain
farmer, were held Monday after
noon from El Bethel Methodist
[church, with interment following
in the church cemetery.
Mr. Ware died Saturday after
noon abou' ? :30, when he was
stricken with a heart attack
while shopping at. Crawford's
A native of Cleveland county,
Mr. Ware was the son of the late
Marcus and Eliza Herndon Ware
r? u of Bethlehem
Surviving are his wife, the for
mer Miss Lula Ware, two sons
and WRewf Kin^S Moun,aln!
and I M, R, Ware, of Kannapoiis, a
brother, Edwin Ware, of Newland
?m Angip w Kudi
! ?r E1 Pas'. Texas. Also sur
vi~P**re tou' grandchildren.
The funeral rites were conduct
ed by Rev. Ray Swink. El Bethel
pastor, assisted by Rev. J. G.
Winkler, and Rev. T. W Forle
Active pallbearers weTe Paul
Ware, Robert Ware. Buford Ware
Impact Of Korean War Indicated
In Local Unemployment Figures j
Indicative of the impact of the
Korean war in Kings Mountain,
ia activity in the North Carolina
Employment Service office.
The report on Kings Mountain
area employment m the end at
May read "uncertain" and chang
ed to "virtually fall" at the end
There wtt alao a big drop in
el ''.jtm for unemployment com- |
penaatton during the period, ac
cording to Mm Llttlie Bouldin, of
the Kings Mountain office. |
Pbr the week ending Auguat
4th, claims tor unemployment
compensation dropped to 236. Re
cent high was 721 for the week
ending June 9.
In general, Kings Mountain In
dustry has already gone Into
"high gear" from the production
standpoint, with several plants
operating on a' three-shift-per
day, six-day week.
It marks a considerable change
from a few abort weeks ago. when
several plants were rtmnlrig on
short time, several others were al
ternating employees on aval table
A group of Kings Mountain '
businessmen and officials o( Sou
thorn 'J el i Telephone & Telegraph
( ompany discussed the requested
j rale increase for Kings Mountain
i subscribers and service problems
Wednesday morning, but no con
? . fusions were reached. > . ?
Specifically, representatives of
the company noted objections of
the businessmen to current serv
ice received on the local exchan
ge, and promised full efforts to
improve it, but the company re
presentatives did not commit
themselves concerning possible
installation of dial service.
In turn, the 'businessmen did
not commit themselves to cease
opposing the company's request
ed rate increases.
Present at the meeting were H.
Y. Alexander, Charlotte district
manager,. C. E. Cox. district traf
Gaston in _31strict~ manager" re
presenting Southern Bell, and
Wilson Crawford, Kings ' Moun
tain Merchants association pres
ident, Mayor J. E. Hern don, F. K.
Summers, W.' Faison Barnes,
president of the Kings Mountain
Junior Chamber of Commerce and
secretary of the Merchants Asso
ciation, Ollie Harris, representing
the Lions club, G. A. Bridges and
Discussion first centered a
round the matter of service com
plaints, Including time lag be
tween connections and discon
nections, inability to ring succes
sive numbers without time lags,
and other problems, all leading
up to the request for dial service.
Mr. Alexander explained that
company policy on the installa
tion of dial systems depended on
two factors: (1) available space
for installation of additional
manual "positions," and t2> ob
taining of dial equipment, which,
he said, was being received much
behind current demand.
He said space requirements
caused the recent dial Installa
tions at Shelby and Gastonia,
and now posed a p/essing prob
lem at Lincolnton. He indicated
that space is not a present prob
lem at the Kings Mountain ex
change, which he reported, had
increased in number of subscrib
ers during the past 10 years from
399 to 1,366. He also added that
the company now has on file 383
applications for phone service
"The big expansion here and
elsewhere has taxed oi*r resourc
es in both manpower and mater
iel, as well as our finances," Mr.
Alexander declared. He -also
pointed out the economic loss by
Junking "good equipment," stat
ing that none of the equipment
of the local exchange is over 10
He said 83.1 percent of the
ph9nes in the state are now dial
Mr. CrawWcVa question, "Is
dial installation planned, or
scheduled, and if so when?" was
not directly answered.
Responding to several service
| complaints presented by Mr.
; Summers, Mr. Bridges and Others,
|Traffic Manager Cox said a re
cent survey here showed "Ans
wering by the operators appeared,
good, ringing poor." He empha
sized that the survey was recent
jand could not be considered to
j cover a long period of time.
This brought a question from
i Mr. Barnes concerning the pres
ent equipment, which does not
|ring automatically, but the com -
pany representatives contended
j the current equipment ;s better
ithan that in the local exchange
prior to the fire several years
ago. That equipment rang num
On the matter of calling* suc
cessive numbers, Mr. Cox advised,
(Cont'd on page eight
Is Very Heavy
It will come as no particular
n?w? that traffic on tf. S. 74
and 29 is quit* heavy, as this
stmtch of road is frequently
mentioned as the most-heavily
traveled in North Carolina.
However, a traffic check
made by the State Highway de
partment Monday showed that
move than 7.000 vehicles travel
ed Battleground Ave (U. S. 29)
during a 24-hour period, and
that move than &500 traveled
en Xing street (9. 8. 29 and 74)
dosing the nam period.
The meters shewed more than
14000 axle crossings on Battle
ground and more than 134)00 on
King. Two metev clicks repre
sent one auto.