City Limits 7,193
(Pined Unofficial Census 1950)
Immediate Trading Area 15.000
(1945 Ration Board Figures)
VOL.62 NO. 19
Kings Mountain. N. C.. Friday. May 11. 1951
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Layton, Pearson, Barry, Wright, Padgett,
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Plonk Elected In Record Vote
CONCERT DIRECTORS ? Howard Coble, left, and Joe HxldWi. right,
will collaborate Friday night in presenting the high school mixed
chorus and high school band in Joint, cohcost. Mr. Coble directs the
chorus while Mr. Redden directs the hand.
Band , Mixed Chorus
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In Concert On F, riday
DIED IN KOBEA ? Pfc. Bufus G.
Huffs tickler, first reported miss
ing In action in Korea since July
20, 1950, was reported killed on
that date In a telegram from hie
parents received Saturday, i
Died In Korea 3
Pvt. Ruftu O. Huffarttckler, 19,
first Kings Mountain man to be
listed on an army. ca*ialty ltart
in the Korean War, wan killed in
Korea on July 20, 1050.
f B^ toF^W prevloiisly repor
ted missing in action alnce th$t
date, and the Department of De
fense notified 'his parents that
?' fie hatf tweia . Iflll ejT??MSBrday. ;
?c. HnfMicWwrmieii imtif
army in August 1949 and Was
ita J(1 Hill i
23, 1950. When reported missing,
he was serving with a calvary
Surviving are Ms parents, and
a brother. Billy Huff.<rtlcklor.
father Is a veteran otjm
years in the army, Including
vice during World War I an&jBir!
lour years In" the Par East They
live at 105
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12 Local Menfl
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nfrn wfere among.
inductees from Cleveland Coun
ty who went to Charlotte Mon
day for final induction Into the
army via selective service.
Murray, of Kthgtf Menm*'
tiin, served am leader of the Cle
veland group. -
were: William Wesley Worthen,
James Albert ChUdeta, Paul El
bert Wright, Thomas Cnklne;
Ware, Joseph Franklin Orlasom,
Tfpnry Leroy Black. Bobby Cu
gene Etters, Robert Lee Preseiy,
and Harold Edward Smith, I, D.
Raw and . m Junior Smith, the
last three all ?< Grove*.
Clyde deCluster Cur ley, ached*
?WtB iiaMBg tbo group, ?rai
transferred for final induction to
PftWburg, Pi,' ? 1 1 Jg|f ' V-\ 1
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The Kings Mountain high
school championship band and
the mixed chorus wHl give a
joint program Friday evening at
8 o'clock at the high school au
ditorium, the final formal per
formance of the season for both
The band is under the direct
ion of Joe Hedden and the chor
us Is under the direction of W.
t- The varied program scheduled
By the band and chorus: Han
del's "Largo" from the opera
"Xerxes";, and Bennett's "The
Spirit of Music." In the latter se
lection, Mi? Evelyn Cline will
sing the solo part.
Miss Jeanene Hallman will ac
company the chorus in renditions
of a varied program which in
cludes both classical and popu
The band will play a series of
marches, folk and novely num
No admission will be charged.
To Shelby Store
E. G. (Red) McClain, managev
of dterohl's in Kings Mountain
since , its opening nearly six
years ago, has been promoted to
manager of Sterchi's Shelby
branch and J. Kennon Blanton
has succeeded Mr. McClain as
The change in management
was effective Wednesday morn*
Both are veteran Sterchi men
and the changes represents a
promotion for both.
Mr. Blanton has been a sales
man at the Shelby store for 16
yean and prior to that time was
manager of the Shelby Rlggly
Wiggly ?*ore for eight years. He
is married and has two Children,
a daughter, age 17, and a son,
age 9. He attends Shelby's First
Baptist church. He is a native of
Mr. McClain has been associ
ated with Sterchi's gor about 18
years. His tenue was interrupted
while he was associated with p.
F. Hord Furniture Company here.
He said he and his family would,
move to Shelby as quickly as
they could obtain a home or a
'Dr. Fiddler, of Beaufort, N. C.,
will address members of Alco
holics Anonymous groups of the
Piedmont district at ? public
meeting here on Sunday, May 20.
The meeting will be held at
th? Dining Hall
at 7.30 p m. The district includ
es AAA groups In Shelby, Lin
coln ton, StateevUle, Lenoir aari
Hickory;, , ' % ? I . ?
OUT Or HOSPITAL
George F. Lattimora, secre
tary ? treasurer of Park Yarn
Mills, returned to hip home*
Saturday from Charlotte Me
morial hospital where he had
been a patient toe several .Jaya
He 4e reported to ** improving.
City Hall Swept
Clean Of All
Kings Mountain voters ? 1887
strong ? went to the polls in re
cord numbers on Tuesday and
swept City Hall clean of elected
The voters elected four new
commissioners, James (Red)
Layton, C. P. Barry, Illand R.
Pearson and Baxter T. Wright,
Sr., to two-year terms, and the
voters in Wards 4 and 5 elected
two new school trustees, Dr. P.
G. Padgett and Fred W Plonk, to
The voting proved heavy from
the time the polls opened at 7
a* m. and it was obvious by noon
that a record would be set as to
number of votes cast. The final
total was 292 more than the pre
vious high total of 1,595 cast in
The results could be determln
~fin u*X9e' 'n most quarters, ac
cording to comments reaching
the Herald on election night.
The socalled favorite for may
or, Commissioner Carl F Maun
dy, ran third to Mr. Still and Mr.
Allen, and Mr, Layton, an em
ployee of Neisler Mills' Pauline
plant, defeated Hunter ? R. Neis
ler, one of the mill's owners, and
M. H. (Smiley) Myers. The vote
was Layton 924, Neisler, 730, and
Myers 155. Mr, Layton 3 clear
majority wag 39 votes.
In the mayor's race, Mr. Still
whom many people had figured
to run third, proved the real sur
Prl? by leading the Mcket, poll
ing 606 votes to Mr. Allen's 604.
Mr. Mauney totaled 538 and the
iounth candidate, Oliver T. Hav
' ' >bta*?ed 127. Mr. Still
failed of a majority hy 664 votea
Honor of leading the ticket
t0 C" ?' Barry> who polled
1,023 votes for Ward 4 commis
sioner. His clear majority was
267, over Paul Ledford, wkh 492,
and Incumbent B. Hudson Brid
ges, with 264.
Best race made by the incum
bents was by T. J Ellison, the
defender in the VV.rJ 3 com
mlssioner race. He polled 832 vo
tes, whilelosing to Olland R.
Pearson at 895. The clear ma
jority of Mr. Pearson was 63
' Baxter T. Wright, Sr., was the
victor in the Ward 5 race He
polled 915 votes, to unseat Hal D.
Ward Mr. Ward, with 460 votes,
just barely made second place
McC"*ly trailed closely
The Ward 2 commissioner race
was not Anally settled C. C.
(Shorty) Edens polled 888 votes,
failing of a majority by 20 in his
race with Lloyd E. Davis, with
605, and Warren E. Reynolds,
with 302. '
The spirited school board ra
ces, voted upon only by citizens
of particular wards Involved, ran
hSA been P*<**lcted. Dr.
G. Padgett had a majority of
62 over Eugene R. Roberts, for
Ward 4 school trustee. The count
was 241 to 179.
Fred W. Plonk got a 58-vote
margin over W. J. Fulkerson fot
Of College Class
Richard (Dick) Foster, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Faster, was re
cently elected president of the
Senior Class for 1951-52, at New
Foster is ? member of the foot
toll ! team, and is a phy^cai ed
Wr it Msunoiv M. A. Hill
and Ray Smith have returned
from Atlantic City and New
York. They attended a Hosiery
Convention in Atlantic City.
WINNERS IN TUESDAY VOTING ? Shown above are the six men
who won city and school elective offices in Tuesday's record yoting.
At top is James Lxryton, left. Ward I commissioner, and Olland Pear
son. right. Ward 3 commissioner. Center left is C. P. 'Barry. Ward 4
commissioner, who led the ticket with 1/183 rotes, and at right cen
ter is B. T. Wright Sr., Ward S commissioner. At bottom left is Fred
Plonk. Ward 5 school tsustee. and at bottom is Dr. P. G. Padgett.
Ward 4 school trustee. None of the six men elected harf ever held
public office before. <
New City Commissioners Sworn In;
Herodon. Mauney Continue to Seive
Kings Mountain has a new city
administration, Its four newly
elected commissioners having
been sworn Into office Thuttfday
morning by Mayor J. E. Hern don.
Taking the oaths of office were
Commissioners James Layton,
Olland R. Pearson, C. P. Barry
?and Baxter T. Wright, Mayor J.
E. Herndon and Commissioner
Carl F. Mauney will continue in
office until their successors are
elected and qualified.
After the swearing in ceremo
ny, the new board fx?k two rou
tine actions. It voi?d to re- em
ploy all city personnel -for 'a pe
riod of 30 days and elected Mr.
Mauney acting Mayor pro tem
pore. pending the seating of the
new mayor and additional com
Dr. P. G. Padgett and Fred W.
Plonk were not present for the
swsaring in ceremonies and will
take their oaths of office as
school trustee later. Dr. Padgett
was out of town and Mr. Plonk
could not be contacted, Mayor
Mayor Herndon and retiring
commissioners congratulated the
new commissioners on their e
lection and pledged them full co
operation in their handling of
"You will get some criticism
and some praise, but you will get
along all right," Mr. Herndon
satd. 'It Is different from pri
vate business. Any citizen can
attend any meeting or see the
otfy's ledgers at any time. You
commissioners have the right
and duty of making the decisions
here. The Mayor doesn't even
have a vote, except in case of a
City Administrator M. K. Full
er and City Clerk S. A. Crouse
pledged their full cooperation to
the new commissioners and
(Cont'd on page eight)
Woodmen Mjsei Here Sol lurdq&
Some 200 Woodmen of the!
World and memhei* of the
Woodman Circle* we expected to I
gather in King* Mountain Sat
urday for the annual Western
The aeJMioue for tooth the
Woodmen And Woodmen ClrcJie
begin Saturday afternoon, when
aepanfte aeeeiona wttl be held.
The Woodmen will hold an o
pen Mecion at the high achooli
? f ?, ' ? -V T -J", '
auditorium at 3:30, with Fate '?
Bead, prominent Lenoir attorney
making the principal addra*.
The Ctrele program b^ina at the
.Woman** Club at 2 o'oelok. Mm.
Jeanetu- Wlllhle will mafce the
address of welcome and Charlee
Loyelaad win entertain the
group with eonga The dlatrict
bualneea Marion wtH follow.
. At 6 p. m. a banquet of both
groups will he held at the Ma
fpnfcn J iulit? rtloUo IT_ it
dance at the Legion Btiildin?.
Admlwion for the dance win be
TljiHl P?r petaon, >?,
announcement toy JUy Smith,
from King* Mountain to Hickory,
T?ytor?vllle and the Tennessee
Lloyd E. Davis
Kings Mountain will have its
first municipal run-off election
in city history on Tuesday, May
George VV. Aflen, who ran sec
ond to Garland E. Still in TueS:
day's regular election by a slim
two- votes, officially called for a
run-off election Thursday morn
ing while newly elected com
missioners were being sworn in.
Lloyd E. Davis, runnerup for
Ward 2 commissioner to C. C.
(Shorty) Edens, is also qualified
for a run-off election but had
not yet decided early Thursday
afternoon whether he would ask
it. Mr. Edens failed to obtain a
majority by 20 votes. He polled
888 votes to Mr. Davis* 605 votes.
Lloyd E. Davis, runner-up
for Ward 2 commissioner, has
until Sunday midnight to re
quest a sun-off against the
leader, C. C. Edens, according
to provisions of the city elec
tion law. Nottag the fact that
the last day falls ?n Sunday,
the city board fixed the follow
ing provisions Wednesday: Mr.
Davis may file in writing or in
person at the city hall office
during regular hours up to 1
o'clock Saturday, when the of
fice closes. After that time, he
may request run-off by mail,
with the provision that the let-,
ter be postmarked not later
than midnight Sunday.
The third candidate. Warren E.
Reynolds, received 302 votes.
Mr. Davis told the Herald that
he had been urged to make the
second race by a large number of
friends and supporters but that
other factors entering into the
problem did not allow him to
make a hasty decision.
Mr. Still, the front-runner, was
still bringing out campaign ma
terial, in fact, had one circular
published on Wednesday on the
obvious assumption that Mr. Al
len would call for the second
race. In the circular, Mr. Still in
ferred that Mr. Allen would make
the city government a family af
In announcing his decision to
call a second race, Mr. Allen,
made the following statement:
"I appreciate very much the
support I received in Tuesday's
election. I arh still In the race
and I feel I owe it to the public
to call a run-off election, as I
have. ? .
"I am not a stranger to this
community in which I have lived
for 21 years. During this time, I
have tried to be a good citizen
and I intend -to continue to be.
"I have tried to conduct my
campaign heretofore on a plane
in keeping with the office that I
am asking the people to honor
me with. I have not dealt ir? slan
der or dirt. I owe too much to my
family to rtoop to that kind of
politics. I expect to continue to
conduct my campaign along
those lines, always keeping in
mind that the public expects Its
mayor to be the highest -type cit
"I have made no promises to
give any man a job or to fire any
mah now employed by the city.
I shall hase my Judment on each
man's ability to perform his du
ties, regardless of whether he is
my personal friend.
"I always expect to take the
Board of Commissioners into my
complete confidence. In asking
th citizens of Kings Mountain
for their confidence in me, I, in
turn, pledge to take them into
rny complete confidence in all
Civic Clubs Moke
Donation To Crow
King* Mountain's three civic
club*, Hie Ki wants and Lions
Clubs and Junior Chamber of
Commerce, h?v? voted payment
of HO each to the Gastonla Life
?Qu?d In appreciation of
their 'Valiant and needed" ser.
vice in Mwlng the life of Fur
Sprouse here last week.
Sprouae nearly lost his life
when overcome by lack of air In
? well he was helping to dig His
brother died of suffocation. '
A total of $153.67 in revenue
was collected from the city's
dowmtown parking meters
Wednesday according to a re
port by City Clertc S. A. Crouse.
LEADER AND CHALLENGER IN MAYOR'S RUN-OFF ? Garland E.
Still, left, led the Tuesday balloting for mayor by a close two votes
over George W. Allen, right Mr. Allen formally called for a run -off
election Thursday morning. The election will be held on May 22.
Herndon Board Held
It's Final Meeting
TO HEAD LIONS ? Sam Stali
ng* was elected Tuesday evening
to serve as president of the Kings
Mountain Lions dub for the year
beginning July 1. He will succeed
H. O. (Toby) Williams.
Sam Stallings, industrial engi
neer at Burlington Mills Phenlx
plant, was elected president of
the Kings Mountain Lions club
for 1951-52, at the meeting of the
organization Tuesday night.
Mr. Stallings will succeed K. O.
(TOby) Williams in July.
Other officers elected were: J.
. -ee Roberts, first vice-president;
Fred Daughtery, second vice-pres
ldent; Paul Howard, third vice
president; Hubert Davidson, sec
retary; C. P. Barry, treasurer; f..
D. (Red) Ware, Lion tamer; E. E.
Marlowe, tail twister; J. C. Mc
Kinney, assistant tall twister.
Directors elected for two years
are: T. W. Grayson, Jacob Coop
er and John H. Lewis.
Holdover directors, who have
one more year of their terms to
serve, are Hilton Ruth, P., Ertle
Powers, and Dr, Nathan Reed.
Pfc. -Robert W. (Whltey)
Whitesides, husband of Mrs.
Anne Hawkins Whiteside*, 503
Crescent Hill Road, lost his left
arm following wounds in action
in Korea on April 2b.
His wife was notified Sunday
by the army that her husband
, had been wounded In action. Af
ter a telephone can to Washing
ton to obtain more information,
she was able to telephone her
husband who is hospitalized at
Yokohama, Japan. "Pfc. White
sides told her he expected to be
back In the United Staien in a
bout three weeks.
He was also wounded In the
Whitesides is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Dorse Whitesides,
of Battleground avenue.
A veteran of World War n, he
was twice listed as a c&sUlty,
once as ? prisoner of war In Ger
many, and another time when
he was wounded in action
' The 1949-51 Herndon adminis
tration held its final meeting
Wednesday afternoon, canvass
ing the vote of the Tuesday e
leetion and attending to a num
ber of routine matters.
Most important action of the
board was in authorizing the
employment of North Carolina
League of Municipality engi
neers in making a survey of
street mileage in the city. The
survey is required in order that
Kings Mountain may claim its
share of state highway commis
sion money, as voted in the Po
Otherwise, the city accepted a
thorized Installation of a sfx
lnch sewer line on Childers
The board accepted street
deeds from W. S. Fulton and oth
era and from Margaret Bennett
for an extension of East Ridge
street, from Mrs. C. M.-Whitesides
to several strfcets on the White
side property lying off Cleve
land avenue, from Mr. and Mrs.
W. A. Harmon for an extension
of Brice street, and from the Car
penter estate, G. W. Etters and
B. H. Bridges for extension of
The board approved a tentative
contract with Southern Railway
for installation of a traffic sig
nal at the corner of Battleground
and Mountain and at the corner
of Railroad and Mountain simi
lar to a contract between the
company and the City of Dur
ham. It also released from the
tax scrolls several minor tax
hills, none in excess of $3.60, at*
tributed to listing errors.
It accepted from Wright 4
Rhea rights-of-way for installa
tion of sewer lines In Davidson
Heights, and authorized installa
tion of an 8-inch sewer line loop
on Tracy and Parker streets.
Norfolk Man Still
In Critical Shape
John T. Farrett, N>, of Norfolk,
Va., remained In a semi-consci
ous condition at Kings Mountain
hospital late yesterday of inju
ries sustained in a two-car
wreck last Saturday afternoon.
Some Improvement has been
noted in his condition since he
underwent an operation for head
injuries officials at the hospital
Farrett was Injured when the
car in which he was driving col
lided with an automobile oocpi
ed by two soldiers a"bout one mile
east of Kings Mountain on the
The soldiers, Pvt. Don Bryson
and Pvt. Ernest McCall, both of
Fort Bragg, sustained less se
vere Injuries. Both men have
been discharged from the hospi
Cancer Fund Goal
Has Boon Exceeded
Kings Mountain's annual
fund ? raiting campaign fee
the American Cancer society is
a success, Mrs. J. H. Arthur,
chairman, reported this eilk.
Mrs. Arthur said contribu
tion* alnady totaled 1770.75, ''
with more expected, against a
quota of 1750.
The project is an annual one
for the Kings Mountain Wo