City Limits 7.193
(Fined Unofficial Census 1950)
Immediate Trading Area 15.000
(1945 Ration Board Figures)
VOL.62 NO. 14
Kings Mountain, N. C.. Friday. April 6. 1951
PRICE FIVE CENTS
City Acts To Retain Class VI
Rating On Fire Insurance Fees
WINS THE D, F. C. ? The Distinguished Flying Cross is pinned on
Copt. Oliver T. Hayes, Jr.. Kings Mountain, North Carolina, by Filth
Air Force commander Major General Earle E. Partridge during a re
cent review at this air base. The 33-year-old B-26 pilot has flown
67 combat missions, many of them night attacks, with the 3rd Bomb
Wing. His p4pm ?nd Mrs. Oliver T. Hayes, reside at 211 Fulton
Street Kings Mountain. Capt. Hayes' wife, Mrs. Gloria B. Hayes, and
their two children live at 2911 Darlen Street Shreveport, Louisiana.
Capt Hayes recently returned from duty In Japan and has been visit
ing hie parents here. He has reported for duty at Langley Field, Va.
(Engraving courtesy The Charlotte News). ; I'
Big Throng Attends
Hospital. Program f
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F PABEING MONET
A total of $153.90 in revenue
wai collected from the city's
parking meters Wednesday ac
cording to a report by City C3erk
S. A. Grouse.
" MISSION ABY HEBE
Miss Roberta Wiley, Wesley
an Methodist missionary, will
speak at Temple Baptist ctvurch
Sunday At 7 p. m. according to
announcement toy ReV. W. F.
Monroe, pastor. Miss Wiley will
also Show slides of missionary
work done in AIrk*. .
TO BOOT CAMP
S/R H. G. Tate, Jr., son of Mr.
and Mrs. Grady T?te, of Waco
road, entered the U, S. Naval
.Service on March 15 and is now
at San Diego in t>oat camp. The
nineteen ? year . old seaman
finished high sdtooi here in
1950. His address Is: Co. 51-347,
U. S. N. T. C., San Diego, Calif.
NOBMAN TO RETIBE
Dr. I. S. Norman, King* Moun
tain citizen and Gastonia phy
sician, announced art a meeting
of the Gaston Medical society
Monday evening that he was
retiring from ;he practice of
medicine. He maintained offi
ces at 210 West Main avenue,
? r^3ngs Mountain's hospital was
formally dedicated last Saturday
morning, with Senator Clyde R.
Hoey speaking to a large audien
ce gathered at the rear parking
Senator Hoey "ommended the
people of Cleveland County for
their interest in developing fa
cilities for attending the ill, and
praised all those who had a part
in the nine -year effort which re
sulted in "this fine plant."
He described institutions such
as 'the hospital as the best ans
wer to socialized medicine.
Senator Hoey was presented by
W. K. Mauney, and L. Arnold Ri
ser served as toastm aster.
J. D. Elliott, chairman of die
hospital 'board of trustees, accep
ted the hospital license from for
pit State Senator Lee B. Weath
Sfc (substituting for Dr. John A.
Ferrell, director of the North Car-,
olina Medical Care commission.
Patrick gave the in
tfjOttfeOjKBd Burlle Peeler,
opened the program by singing
the "Star Spangled Banner." Prior
to Uilili 1i enjoyed
radio broadcast ov
er Station WOHS, the Kings
Mountain high school tend play
ed a .'-to minute
' Mr. Riser announced receipt of
? $100 check, given to the hospl
4*1 iQr w?nym?ui4fiiMtjwa
memorial to the late Mrs. Clyde
Hoey. He also acknowledged oth
?t i'i including landscaping
of the hospital area by the Kings
Mountain Garden Chrb. Hie club
set out dogwood, redwood, pp| grj
willow, oak and flowering trees.
Plants on tiie right at the drive
were given by Howell Stroup, of
Chenwille. /'-? i >
Pottowlng the program, Mr.
KLser, Mr. liaaney, and Hunter
NeLiler, Kings Mountain mem
bers of the hospital hoard, were
hosta at dinner to some 30 trus
tees and distinguished guests at
the Kings Mountain Country
Drop Would Cost
The city board of commission
ers took action Wednesday in an
effort *o save Kings Mountain
lire insurance purchasers some
Notified by L- D. Murphy, en
gineer for the Southeastern Bu
reau of Fire Insurance Underwri
ters, that, effective Febraury 8,
the city had dropped from Class
VI to Class VII in fire insurance
ratings, the board authorized City
Administrator M. K. Fuller and
Fire Chief Grady W. King to work
Kings Mountain insurance a
gencies are still writing lire in
surance under Class VI rates,
they told the Herald Thursday
morning. However, in view of
the February 8 examination
and report by an engineer of
the Southeastern Bureau of Fire
Insurance Underwriters, they
ass expecting to receive mo
mentarily notice to start writ
ing this insurance under Class
out arrangements for returning
the city to Class VI status at ear
liest possible moment.
. Difference In rates between the
classes are approximately 10
cents per $100 insurance, Mr.
Fuller told the board, and he es
timated the added insurance fee
would cost Kings Mountain citi
zens about $7,000 annually.
Of several recommendations
made by Mr. Murphy, the one in
volving most coat was employ
ment o f sufficient full-time fire
men to' maintain two on duty at
all times at the fire station. Oth
er recommendations included
putting two gasoline pumps in
first-claag condition, and similar
easy-to-perform low cost Im
provements. Mr. Murphy explain
ed that the city had not purcha
sed additional fire-fighting e
quipment In relation to Its pop
ulation and physical growth.
The motion to authorizze nec
essary steps to return the city
to Glass VI was made by Carl F.
Mauney, seconded by T. J, Ellison
and passed unanimously.
Mr. Murphy also listed recom
mendations for addition of equip
ment and personnel which would
place the city in Class V and re
sult in a lowering of insurance
rates, but the board tabled these
recommendations for further
Study in connection with the for
thcoming budget for the fiscal
Chief King explained to the
board that class ratings are made
by the underwriting bureau on
a point system. He said credit Is
(Cont'd on page eight)
Civic Clubs Support
Crime Body's Work
Kings Mountain civic clubs
this week wired North Carolina
Senators Hoey and Smith their
support of the crime investigation
work n6w being conducted by the
The wire, sent In the name of
the Kiwanis, Lions and Jaycee
organizations, read: "We wish to
commend you on extension of life
of crime Investigating committee.
Nation shocked by recent reve
lations. We are eternally grate
ful for committee's accomplish
ments, hut only the surface has
been touched. We strongly urge
the extension of committee's life
beyond April 90 for further inves
The First National Bank paid
the telegraphic fees, it was ?tat
At noon Thursday, 13. patients
had been hated as admission* at
Kings Mountain hospital, after
three -plus days of operation.
First patient was Mrs. Lillian
Houser, wife of L. L. Houser, who
underwent an operation Monday
morning. The operation, a hem
orrhoidectomy, was performed
toy Dr. J. W. Harbison and Dr. r
O. Padgett^ vl, \
Admitted immediately after
Vtn. Houser was Mrs Doris L.
Styeta, of 209 E. King street, who
later ta the day had the honor of
becoming the first mother at
Kbits Mountain hospital, giving
h'rth to a daughter, Victoria FMz
abeth Styera. The ohIM was a
fvarded a *25 Q. ?. aOOd ?? Kings
P. G. Padgett was attending phy
Patient* No. 3 and 4 were Mrs.
Eoline Keeter Hord and her baby
daughter, Barbara Spake Hord,
transferred from Shelby hospital.
First baby boy bom at the hos
pital was Barry Wray Bwmgard
ner. eon of Mr. and Mi*. Ray
Bumgardner, abso bora on Mon
day, with Dr. W. L. ftamseur the
male patient to enter the
^hospital was Bobbie Eart Mabry,
Other patients admitted Up to
Thursday noon. were:
Mrs. Elizabeth Kbletoft. Shelby.
Mrs. Jorica Monroe, Mrs. Bille B.
Mauney, Mm Lydia Dover, Clo
var, S. C., Mr*, ? Virginia Hoyie,
AT FIRST BAPTIST ? Walter J.
Field, English minister, lecturer
and missionary, will speak at the
First Paptist church next Wed
nesday evening at 7:30, it was!
announced this week. He will dis
cuss Palestine and the Middle,
Dr. R. C. Crier
' ? '? '
Dr. R. C. Grier, president of
Erskine college, Due West, S. C.,
filled the pulpit at Boyce Memori
al ARP church on Sunday, outlln
the history of Erskine college and
ing the history of Erskine college
and the Erskine seminary.
The college, owned and opera -
ter by the ARP church, was nam
ed, he said, for Henry Erskine, a
native of Abdeenshire, Scotland,
same birthplace of Col. Patrick
Ferguson who lost his life at the
Battle of Kings Mountain.
Dr. Grier outlined the trials of
early ARP's and other sects which
did not believe the' creed of the
Church of England.
The ARP church was organized
at Winnsboro, S. C., in 1803 as one
of lour Synods, which in turn
came from England and Scotland.
Three of those tour Synods today
make up the United Presbyterian
churcfh, Dr. Grier satd.
He said the founding of Ers
kine college in 1837,? was dttrtb
1) distance to Miami (Ohio) and
Jefferson (Pennsylvania) and 2)
to the slavery argument of *he
pre Civil War period. In 1859, he
added, the ARP leaders decided
that wonlen Should be educated,
as well as men, and established
Due West Female college, thus
becoming one of the first religi
ous groups ito recognize the need
lor educating women as well as
Dr.. Grier said that Erskine col
lege was founded on the principle
found in Proverbs, "The fear of
the Lord is the beginning of wis
"We are still following this|
principle," he declared.
For Hill Putnam
Wade Hill Putnam, 65, long-time
former citizen of Kings Mountain,
died at the home of a daughter
near Gaston la last Friday at 2:10
Funeral services were field
Sunday afto-..">on at 4 o'clock at
First Baptist Church. Rev. T. L
Cashweftl, Jr., the pastor, and Rev.
T. L. Cash well, Sr., officiated and
burial was in Patterson Grove
Baptist church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Mildred Goforth Putnam; four
daughters, Mrs. John Randall, of
route 2, Gastonia, Mrs. W, H. Jft
cokes, of Dearborn, Mich., Mrs.
W. M. English, of Haauha, N. H.,
and Mrs. W. O. Greeber, of Oak
Ridge, Tenn.; two sons, Wade H.
Putnam, Jr., and William S< Put
nam, both of Gastonia; two bro
thers, W. D. and A. B. Putnam, of
King* Mountain; and 10 grand
children. . i
Firemen To Drill
City firemen harv? a new unit
of equipment for the current
They will conduct drills on a
special demonstrator unit of the
John Bean High -Pressure Fog
fire-fighting apparatus, which
the company teas been demon
strating in the county for several
weefts, Chief Grady Kin* said
The unit is especially designed
for fighting rural fires, and was
demonstrated Monday by SHelby
firemen for the county commis
sioners. who have expressed some
Interest in powsibriity of estab
lishing rurftl erte -fighter
L. E, Abbott, cashier of the
First National Bank, spoke to
fee Class Of 1991 at ttie high
Wednesday on th?
Board Asks Amending Legislation
Provide For Run-off Election
Held On Tuesday
Funeral services werC held at
First Baptist church Tuesday at
3 p. m. for Robert G. McDaniel,
43, of 107 Fulton street, Kings
Mountain, who died Sunday
night around 11:40 p. m. at his
home of a heart attack.
Rev. T. L. Cashwell, Jr., the pas
tor, ano Rev. W. T. Fogleman, of
ficiated. Burial followed in Moun
tain Rest cemetery.
He had worked on his Job at
the Duke Power Co. sub-Station
until 10 o'clock and had retired
for the night when the attack
came and he died almost in
stantly, He had suffered a 'bad
heart condition for several years.
A graduate and former football
star of Kings Mountan .high
school, Mr. McDaniel had been
an empi vee of Duke Power Co.
for over 10 years. He attended
Wlngate College for one year.
He was a nativeof Kings Moun
tain, son of Mrs. W. D. McDaniel,
of Charlotte, and the late Mr. Mc
Daniel. He was a member of First
Baptist church and o< the Kings
Mountain Lions club:
Other survivors are his wife,
Mrs. Myrtle Boiter McDaniel;
three 'brothers, Hoyle McDaniel,
of Charleston, S. C., Sam McDani.
el, of Bridgeport, Conn., and
Bruce McDaniel, of Kings Moun
tain; two sisters, Miss Delorese
McDaniel and Mrs. John Napill
ifano, both of Charlotte.
Earl I>edford. Floyd Deckert,
Carl Mauney, Pat Hovis, Toby
"Williams ahd James R. (Soup)
^Boberts served as active pallbear
At 3 Sunday |
The Kings Mountain high
school band will present a free
public concert Sunday afternoon
at 3 o'clock at the high school
auditorium, Director Joe Hedden
announced this week.
The band will play a one-hour
concert, Mr. Hedden said.
The concert will immediately
preceded the band's Monday trip
to Greensboro for the annual
North Carolina Music Festival at
Woman's College, the band hav
ing qualified for entrance Into
the state-wide competition by
winning a "I" rating In the re
cent district contests.
At a Band-Parent supper at the
school Friday evening, an "on to
Greensboro" (movement was
launched, with a large number
of band parents and patrons in
dicating they will attend the fes
tival on Monday.
* "At the dinner, rtiort talks were
made by Arnold Klncald, school
trustee, by Sup*. B. N. Barnes and
Mrs. Paul Mauney. Mr. Heddon
gave a report on Judges' criticism
from the district contest, and Dale
F. Gratfle, CherxyvMe band direc
tor, also spoke. Mrs. W. G. Gran
tham presided over the dinner,
which Was attended by 190.
Books To Open
Candidates for elective City of
floes could settle down this week
temporarily at least, and confine
their efforts to the opening of the
registration books on Saturday.
No new candidates entered the
field, leaving a total of 29 seek
ing six city offices and two school
Registrars at the five precincts
will he at the polling places all
day Saturday In order to register
potential voters and to handle
transfers from other wards.
City Clerk S. A. Crouse an
nounced that Mrs. J. H. Arthur Is
replacing Mrs. J. T. McGlnnls/Jr.,
as Ward 5 registrar. Mm. McGln
nls was unable to serve.
Books will be open for four con
secutive Saturdays, with the ward
arrangement as foUowt!
Ward 1, C. Lu Black, at City Hall.
( Ward 2, Mrs. Humes Houston,
at City Hall.
Ward 3, Mrs. Roth BowoKgf
Phenix Store. ??
Ward 4, C. F. Geforfh, at Kings
Mountain Manufacturing Com
pany club room.
Ward 5, Mrs. I. H. Arthur, at
Victory Chevrolet Company.
^ Ernest Seism landed in Cali
fornia on March 29 for a visit
home to Kings Mountain after
hree vears service tn Korea It
WIN NATIONAL FORENSIC HONORS ? Harold England, left, and
Demauth Blanton, right, two Kings Mountain students at Mars Hill
college, recently captured high honors in the Grand National Foren
sic tournament held at Mary Washington college, Fredericksburg.
Va. England, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. England, won first place in
: the declamation division and first place in dramatic ' reading and
poetry division. Blanton also won top honors in the dramatics read
: ing division. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Blanton, Mars Hill
i was one of two junior colleges represented at the tournament, com
I peting with colleges all over the nation.
Progress Is Shown
On Roads , Terminal
.? ; '
Progress was evident in several
directions in the Kings Mountain
area this week, Including:
1) Leveling of Gamble Hill as
the initial step on the highway
project which will make the Gas
tonia-Kings Mountain road a
2) Beginning of work on the
Lake Montonla Road, scheduled
3) Leveling of the old Hord
home on W. King street, -prelimi
nary step to the building of a bus
station by Queen City Coach Co.
These evidences, along with the
opening of the Kings Mountain
hospital, made it a week ear
marked with improvements in
The old Hord residence is one
of the city's older residences, hav
ing first occupied the site where
the Jacob S. Mauney Memorial
Library now stands. It was built
in the late 1800's, and prior to
1894. In 1916, it was moved to Its
present site by the late Dr. J. G.
Hord and occupied as a residence
?by him unltl 1927.
Scraping and grading crews
were at work on the Lake Mon
tonla road, and surveyor's stakes
Indicate two major curves will
be eliminated prior to the paving
To loin Davis
Jack White, of Laurtnburg,
will arrive in Kings Mountain
over the weekend to become as
sociated with J. R. Davis in the
practice of law.
Mr. White, who obtained his A.
B. and L. L. B. degrees at Wake
Forest college, recently passed
examinations of the North Caro
lina Bar association and has re
ceived his license to practice.
He Is a Baptist and his wife is
the daughter of Edwin Cllne, of
Cleveland County, Th*y will oc
cupy an apartment at the home
of Mfess Ava Ware. Mm Cllne, a
teacher at a school near Wake
Forest, will not Join her husband
until the dose of the present
Hoyle Was Potential
Winner in Contest
A. C. Hoyle, Kings Mountain
citizen who died March 23. was
the potential winner ei the Her
ald'a 1950 population ? guessing
contest conducted in connec
tion with the decennial census.
Mr. Hoyle, who guessed Kings
Mountain's population would
be 7.183. was ten short of the
unofficial total of 7.193.
Nearest guesser was A, B.
Prince at 7.212.
Official census returns hare
not yet been announced. When
they are. Mr. Hoyle's S15 check,
if he is still found to be the
winner, will be made payable
to the A. C. Hoyle Estate.
Lions To Honoi
An estimated 125 farmers of
the Kings Mountain area will be
guests of the Kings Mountain
Lions club Tuesday night When
the club observes its annual Far
mer's Night banquet.
W. L. Plonk, program chair
man, announced this week that
A, L. Ward, district extension
agent lrt the Aiken, S. C.( district,
would be the featured speake* of
Mr, Ward has recently filled
engagements in nearby South
Carolina cities and comes high
ly recommended as a humorist,
Mr. Plonk said.
Invitations to farmers of the
ate a were being mailed Thursday
The banquet will be held at
Masonic Dining Hall.
Members of the Farmer's Night
committee, in addition to Mr.
Plonk, are Ollle Harris, Sam Stal
lings, H. P. Dixon, Edwin Moore,
Gene Patterson, Charles A. Go
forth, Jr., and Hazel Bumgardner.
Building permit was Issued
O. D. Martin this week for con
struction of a church building
on Second street, cost "$900.
Next Week Busy One For Comity
Draft Body; 140 To Be Examined
The Cleveland County selective
service board has ordered 140 men
to report to Charlotte Monday for
pre-indutftlon physical examina
tions, and will send 37 men to
Charlotte on Friday, April 13, for
The board also announced re
ceipt of a May Induction order,
which call* Tor the county to
furnUh 30 inductees on May 7.
The 37 men who will be induc
ted on April 13 includes 12 vol
unteers, plus the induction call
or 35. The call was cut from 45
by army headquarters.
After the Monday examina
tions, the Cleveland board wJH
have available for pre-lnduetlon
testa about 100 registrants, Mrs.
Clara Newman, clerk to the
She also said that the Cleve
land board had received inform
at Ion bulletins concerning defer
ment of college student* Who pass
general aptitude tests. However,
the local board has not yet re
ceived the application blanks
whereby college students apply
to take th? tests. These are ex
pected In the near future.
These teats win be given at a
large number of colleges and uni
versities all over die nation. Col
leges in this area who will ad
minister the tests, on May . 28,
June 18 and 30, are Lenoir- Rh'yne,
Davidson, Johnson C. Smith, Bre
vard and Mars HiH. - -
Mrs. Newman pointed out that
ft it the college student's person
al responsibility to make arran
gement s for taking the tests.
Those who expect t? undergo
them should visit the hoard of
fice In Shelby for full information
Would BeMay 22
The city board of .commission
ers made an effort Wednesday
to avoid possible dual claims to
city offices, in anticipation of the
May 8 election.
Meeting in special se&sion, the
board unanimously instructed
City Attorney, J. R. Davis to con
tact Rep. B. T. Falls, Jr., and ask
him to Introduce legislation In
City Attorney J. R. Davis said
Thursday morning that he had
contacted Rep. B. T. Falls, Jr.,
by telephone in Raleigh con
corning amending th city char
ter to provide for run-off elec
tions, and that Rep. Falls had
expressed the opinion that the
charter amendments could be
rushed through to passage prior .
to the General Assembly's sine
the General Assembly which
would allow a run off, should
any candidate not obtain major
ity on May 8.
Terms of th.? city board's In
structions were: 1) to provide tor
a second election two weeks fol
lowing the regular election, be
tween the leading candidate for
a particular office and the run
ner-up, in event no candidate for
the particular office obtained a
majority in the regular election,
and 2) to allow a period of five
days for the runner-up to deter
mine whether he desired a run*
City Attorney Davis, pointing .
out that the General Assembly is
pointing to Saturday, April 14, as
the day of sine die adjournment,
told the board he doubted if suf
ficient time remained to get the
amendment to the city's charter
through to passage and law.
However, he left the meeting ear
ly to contact Rep. Falls by tele
He had first explained that the
best and quickest means of sol
ving the potential problem would
be by amending the city eelction
law by substituting the word
"plurality" for "majority," but
the commissioners present said
they felt a large number of citi
zens preferred that the majority
requirement be maintained. It
was pointed out at the meeting
that, in other recent elections on
other levels, Kerr Scott would
not have been governor, Willis
Smith would not have been U. S.
Senator, nor Haywood Allen,
Sheriff of Cleveland Counfy. had
the plurality method been in ef
T. J. Ellison made the motion to
instruct the city attorney to make
the effort to amend the voting
rules, and Carl F. Mauney secon
ded. B. Hudson Bridges Joined to
make the motion unanimous. Hal
Ward, mayor pro tempore, was
presiding In the absence of May- ?
or J. E. Herndon. A. H. Patterson,
was also absent.
Th? poartbHlty that Kings
Mountain might duplicate with
mayors of commissioners Madi-'
?on county, which had two sher
iffs, or Georgle, which had two
governors, has been the leading
topic of conversation among can
didates and their supporters this
When the oity charter was a
(Cont'd on page eight)
A general city-wide waste pa.
per pick-up has been scheduled
by the Kings Mountain Junior
Chamber of Commerce for Sunday
week (April 15). The drive date
was set at the meerting of the or
ganiatlon Tuesday night at the
Masonic dining hall.
The pick-up will start at 2 p.
m and all citizens are urged to
make plans to have their old
newspapers and magaztnes bun
died and on the curbs by that
Proceeds of the Jaycee paper
drives go into the club's Kings
Mountain Recreation Park fund,
which now totals $1,124.95.
Waste paper Is used in making
new paper and is now in scarce
quantity and bringing a good
price on *the market Waste
"white" paper is converted to
?^greenbacks," a spokesman said,
and, through public cooperation,
the organization hopes In turn to
benefit the citizens of Kinga
Prompt placement of bundles
on curbs on the drive day aids
the club in thoroughly covering
the city, the spokesman continu- JjjjSi
ed. Persons with too large an a
(Cont'd on page eight)
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