City Limits 7.199
(Final Unofficial Census 1950)
Immediate Trading Area 15,000
(1945 Ration Board Figures)
VOL.62 NO. 26
Kings Mountain, N. C? Friday, June 29. 1951
PRICE FIVE CENTS
TO ATTEND MEETING
H albert Webb, chief dyer of
Neisler Mills, Inc., will attend
the annual summer outing of
the American Association of
Textile Chemists and Color
ists to be held at Myrtle
Beach, S. C., this weekend.
A building permit, approv
ed by Building Inspector Kel
ley Dixon was issued at City
Hall Wednesday' to W. M.
Gantt to remodel a dwelling
on Linwood road at an estima
ted construction cost of $1500.
Graveside rites for Jack Rod
ney Short, two-day-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Short, route
2, kings Mountain, were held
Monday at Hollywood ceme
tery in Gastonia. Rev. Earl
Armstrong conducted the rites.
BRIDGE AT CLUB
Second In a aeries of Master
Point bridge games will be
held at the Kings (Mountain
Country club Thursday night,
July 5. Play is open to Inter
ested citizens in Kings Moun
tain and the surrounding area.
The barn of Will Gordon,
Negro farmer who lives in the
Ebenezezr church community,
was completely destroyed by
fire on June 19- Lost, in addi
tion to the . were two
mules, a large quantity of
oates and hay, ten bags of ?>t
ton dust and 21 bags of fertili
zer. Gordon said only a small
amount of i<flran ee was car
riedr^fitKfPke PS MMi would
cover only a small portion of
Kings Mountain will file its
claim for gasoline tax money
for streets on the basis of 28.96
miles of city-maintained streets.
This total mileage was certifi
ed tiiis .week by North Carolina
" League of Municipality engi
neers who had been retained by
the city to compile the report in
aocordance with requirements of
the North Carolina Highway and
Public Works commission . and
in order that the city inlght
share in the gasoline tax rebate
provided in he Powell Bill, pass
ed by the 1961 General Assem
Under the Powell bill .formula,
cities will share ii#an estimated
$*?00,000 gas tax rebate on the
basis of 1) population and 2)
city - maintained street mileage.
Cities failing to file their certi
fications by AtygOSt 1 Will forfeit
mo. LiWhford awf'-W. P. Bab
cock, the engineers, reported
the street total as follows: hard
surfaced streets, 1333 miles; soil,
stone, or gravel ? surface streets,
12JS miles; and uneUdfeetfi
streets, 2.78 miles.
According to the roauirements,
the engineers were not allowed
to include city streets.
16 feet In width, amounting to
a total here of 1-21. Neither does
the total Include a considerable
mileage of projected streets for
Which the city has deeds, bttt
has not opened. Much of the tet
ter mileage "is still wooded farm
land, tile engineers map Shows.
It has been iMnHEK' Aat
Kings Mountain's share In the
rebate, payable to the city on
October 1 lor sliest improve
ment use only, will approximate
Pee of the North Carolina lea
gue of Municipalities for the en
gineering service was $200.
Prepaid City Taxes
. Now Total $14,717
Many Citizens Ready To Begin
Week-Long Vacations With Pay
abore is a portion of the Boyd Beam dairy herd.
In Cleveland County and the Kings Mountain area. Mr. Beam, who
lives near Lawndale, has been In the dairy business about four fears and has a commercial herd of
cattle. Including non- registered mixed breeds. The county's dairy industry has doubled during the
past fire years and official note Is being taken this week of National Dairy Month. For further in
formation on the county's dairy industry, see pages six and seven. Section 1.
Plan To Observe
Inly 4 Holiday
? ? 1 ? .
Majority of Kings Mountain
citizens will enjoy a one-day
holiday next week in celebration
of Independence Day. '
Kings Mountain merchants
will close for the day, and big
majority of textile plants will be
ckNM44or>?tr ftrH wm**' - - -
The city hail ofiflce, postofflce,
federal and state offices, and
financial Institutions will be
closed, and Kings Mountain drug
stores will be open on abbrevia
ted schedules. Griffin Drug Com
pany said it would observe hol
iday hours and Kings Mountain
Drug Company said it would be
open for two hours In the morn
ing and for two hours in the af
Expected to be open are most
restaurants and service stations.
The Kings Mountain Herald will
operate on regular schedule.
Many citizens are planning
trips next week, either one-day
or severa l -day variety, to beach
and mountain vacation resorts.
Others have projected plans for
catching up on home chores,
fishing and' other varied activi
Cotton farmer* of the area
were being urged this week by
County A#ent Howard Clapp to
give close attention to their
fields in order to prevent loss
of crops by boll weevil infesta
He said that boll weevil in
festation is now more noticeable
In Cleveland County cotton fields
and that, while hot weather has
eliminated the immediate dan
gers from blight, it also makes
conditions ideal for the boll wee
Mr. Clapp'g adrvl<?e to cotton
farmers is: "Examine ybur fields
If you find any boll weevils or
damaged squares, dust or spray!
at once. If evidence of boll wee
vils are not found, keep a close
watch on the fields, preferably
A total of fl38J68 was collec
ted from the city's parking me
ters Wednenday ^.cording to a
report by City Clerk Joe Mc
City Street Crews
Warring On Dust
The dtr began making life
more pleasant for c^number of
citizens this week pouring lev
eral gallons of oil on dusty
streets, and beginning bard
surfacing treatment on several
City Administrator M. K.
Fuller said portions of Oriental
and Maunoy avenues, Floyd,
Bennett, McCUnnis and Chil
ders streets had been oiled,
mllii l street, and Sadie Mill
loop hare been "primed" first
step in the hard-surfacing pro
cess. The second step, applica
tion of a mat coating, has been
taken on portions of City
street the Sadie Mill, Ceme
tery Drive, Dilllng street, and
Cherokee street First street
has been stoned and is now
ready for priming, he reported.
Radio Skit Sunday
Dedicated To City
- . ,.\
Charles Loveland, of Shelby,
will present a 15-minute pro
gram over Radio Station WOHS
AM & FM, Sunday at 6:45 p. m.
dedicated to Kings Mountain.
The patriotic program will fea
ture a narrative, "The Mountain
Men," written by Mr. Loveland,
with musical background.
Mr. Loveland, who is associa
ted with Esther Mills, Inc., at
Shelby, recently had published
a book of poems, featuring the
title poem, "The Mountain Men."
To Inspect City Lake
Duane Raver, biologist for the
state Wildlife Resources commis
sion, Is to be In Kings Mountain
Friday to Inspect the city , lake
and to provide recommendations
for increasing the number of fUfh
in the city lake.
This information was received
by City Commissioner James
(Red) Lay ton this week from J.
H. Cornell, chief of the commis
sion'* fish division. Mr. Layton
had written the commission con
cerning the matter.
Mr. and Mm Sam StalMngs
and Mr. artd Mrs. E. E. Mar
lowe have been in Atlantic
City, N. /, this week, where
they have been attending the
annual convention of Lions
Internationa]. Mr. Starlings Is
president and Mr. Mario-*- ?;
tall twister of the Kings Moun
tain Lions club.
Ware & Sons Elevator Is Bolging
With ML High-Yield Wheat Crop
Ware 4 Sons 50,000-fcuahel
grain elevator wm virtually full
Thuraday, following a busy week
In whk-h farmer* queued up to
store their recently -harverted
M. A. Wan, the flttn's "grain
man", aakl that the King* Moun
tain area wheat crop la one ot
the teat in ncent years, with
yields Mgh and quality good.
The wheat has been testing
out at an average of ? pound*
to the buitafl, just slightly heavy
on moisture content.
Yields, Mr. Ware Mid. have
run pretty generally (ram 25-35
bushel* per acre, vrtilch |? con
siderably over the national aver
age of id bushels per acre.
Wheat testing oat at 56
pounds is being purchased by
ware and Sons and moat other
granaries at f8J00 pef bushel.
Most -wheat harvested last
year tested 96 pounds to *he bu
shel, or taslV Mr. Wsre said.
A .targe segment of Kints
FV?^rtafn citizeas cease work,
holiday 8 Week long Ju'y
vacation with pay, though tiie
f?-ey a*? lndl^ted aTundSJ
lying spotty Situation in tex
tllCS. . .
Two firms declined to call
their stop-offs holiday periods.
Mauney Hosier- Mills, Inc., tak
'^eek lay"?-f which
started Monday, called the stop
page a shut-down due to lack of
orders and Neisler Mills, inc.,
operating on Short schedules for
several weeks, will also take a
????*& !a,y of/ for same
reason. Neisler is paying a bon
us approximating a week's pay,
Mauney Hosiery js not.
Brighter spots In xne local pic
ture include Craftspun Yarns,
inc., and Lambeth Rope Corpora
V?"- Craftspun, short on orders
ouring the past few weeks, has
ordered its employees back to
work on full schedule Friday for
a six-day-per-week, three-shift
operation. Craftspun will take a
hoHday> accompanied by
a four-percent of-earninge bonus
beginning July 14.
Lambeth Hope operating full
time on a three-sh?t operation,
wrtU provide a week's vacation
with pay next week. However,
ia expecting to run a
one-shift operation next week
with volunteer employes* who
wish to earn the extra money.
Kings Mountain Manufactur
ing Company will not take Its
holiday week untJi July 9-16. No
bonus will be pakl, the company
customarily making any bonus
payments at Christmas.
Majority of other textile firms
will be cloecd from July 2 to
Sin.- Including Burlington
? Phenix Plant, Mauney
miii*' ??nnie Parte Yarn
Mill, Sadie Cotton (Mill and
Loom -Tex Corporation.
JPhenix Supt. R. F. Daugherty
hi* plant would
total $17, COO, with BuifcHl em*
ployeea with one to five years of
tenure receiving two percent
bonuses, and with employees of
longer tenure reoeiving bonuses
of four percent.
Bonus payments at Loom-Tex.
Mauney, Bonnie' Parte Yarn, and
mill* will a proximate a
PXy' *** Hetllid wasin
clo*,nS ne*t week
re opening on
however, told the Herald that
,w*r? hopeful some addl.
> OT^I* wou,d ** reoe+ved
prior to that date. . "
men here attribute the
sl?dc-o<if on orders to X) too
large Inventories by customers;
of peace in Ko
^ Mrth of ?
daughter, Sandra OaiL on
Mauney Hosiery Mills, Inc.,
Kings Mountain men's hosiery
manufacturers, will open a sales
office in New York's Empire
State building around August 1,
it was announced yesterday by
W. K. Mauney, Jr., general man
Mr. Mauney had just returned
from New York where he had
completed arrangements for es
tablishing the company's own
sales division. Sales have pre
viously been handled by com
He said that the , sales divi
sion will be headed by Marvin
Ross, of Briarcliff, N. Y.; for
many years a leading hosiery
Mauney Hosiery Mills has ob
tained a five-year lease on the
!>00 square feet of floor space in
4108 Empire State building, and
work is already underway on
redecorating and equipping the
Mr. Mauney 9aid only one of
fice was available in the huge
office building, with the Mauney
Hosiery lease making the build
ing 100 percent occupied.
On Foui Counts
Fred Roberts, 47-year-old
Kings Mountain Negro, was
found guilty on four counts in
volving illegal possession of
non-tax paid whiskey in city re
corder's court action Monday. He
was taxed with the costs on each
Uouot.-(uid w?s Ciaed-JL toUL of
His wife, Iva Jane Roberts, 42,
was found guilty on three counts
involving illegal possession of
non tax paid whiskey and was
fined a total of $275 plus costs
on each count.
Judge W. Faison Barnes pre
Roberts was arrested three
times on Juhe 8, the first time at
7:30 p. m. when officers execu
ting a white liquor raid ordered
by Mayor Garland Still found
one-half pint of whiskey at his
home. Roberts testified in court
"if 1 hadn't been asleep on the
porch they (the officers) would
not have found that".
At 9:30 p. m. June 8, officers
again went to the Robert? home
where they found nine and one
half gallons of white whiskey
under a trap door in a meat
house. Roberts testified that he
had traded a s'oulder of meat
for the whiskey. He was fined
$250 and costs for possession for
purpose of sale on that count.
At 11:50 p. m. June 8, Roberts
was arrested in his auto and
charged with illegal possession
after a quantity of liquor had
been turned over in the vehicle.
?Robert# and Ms wife were
plaod on good behavior for two
years and ordered not to violate
state liquor laws for two years.
A charge of "allowing an un
licensed driver to operate his ve
hicle" was dismissed.
Roberts wa<i fined $50 and
costs on a posession charge re
sulting from a Juns 14 arrest.
Mabel Watson and Ruth
Wfeltetfides, who were arrested in
the auto at 11:90 p. m. June 8th,
each drew fines of $25 and costs
for illegal possession.
Thirteen additional cases were
heard at the session, including
three cases In which defendants
were found guilty of public
Other cases and judgments In
Henry Ellis, Negro, charged
(Continued On Page Eight)
ARP Church Host
To Unlen Service
Second union service of the
summer conducted by five parti
cipating churches will be held
Sunday evening at 8 oV!pdi?t
Boyoe Memorial A. R. P. church.
The sermon will be delivered
by Rev. W. P. Gerixftding, pas
tor of St. Matthew^ Lutheran
church. /.l' .jj
Remainder of the schedule for
July follows: July % Bsv. W. L.
Pressly at Central Methodist;'
July 15. Rev. T. L. Cashwell, Jr.,
at First Presbyterian; July 22,
Rev. Mr. Pressly at St Matthew's
Lutheran; July 29, Rev. P. D.
Patrick, at A. R. P.
' ? ~ ? * ? ?'/ ' :
T ie city board of commission
ers, in their Tuesday night spe
cial session, authorized a con
tract with M. I. Miller, -Greens
boro electrical engineer, to map
the City's electrical distribution
It also passed the 1951-52 pri
vilege license ordinance, making
no change in the ordinance in
effect for the past two years,
both 1949-50 and 1950-51.
The work for which the city
is contracting the services of Mr.
Miller will cost the city $2,850.
Mr. Miller will map the city's
City privilege licensee for
1951-S2 axe now due and par
able, following action by the
board of commissioner* in
passing the ordinance Tuesday
night Deadline for payment
without penalty Is July 31.
electrical distribution system for
$2,000, and, for $850, will pro
vide recommendations for im
provements and extensions to
the system. The . contract also
provides that the city may ob
tain other services of Mr. Miller,
if required, for a per diem fee
of $40, plus expenses.
Motion for the resolution au
thorizing the contract - signing
was made "by Commissioner
James (Red) Layton and secon
ded by Corr>missloner Lloyd E.
Davis. The Vote yhs'lJTranimous:
The action followed a discus
sion with Mr. Miller held two
weeks ago and receipt of the
proffered contract. Mr. Miller
had previously told the board
that the work would require a
bout three months.
The city board of commission
ers met in brief special session
Friday afternoon, June 22, mak
ing technical changes on two
The board amended a previous
motion granting permission for
Kings Mountain Bus Company,
Inc., to raise fares to 15 cents
(from 10 cents). The motion was
changed to a resolution endors
ing the increase to the North
Carolina Public Utllties com
mission, which has Jurisdiction
over rate matters of utilities.
The board also changed ite ac
tion whereby it had voted to
purchase gasoline from Fred W.
Plonk, Shell distributor, for the
forthcoming two years. The
Change eliminated the notation
"two years" and substituted "by
the month." City Attorney E. 'A.
Harfill had pointed out that the
law requires asking of bids
where purchases exceed $1,000.
City Votes To Retain Engineer
For Electrical System Mapping
Graveside rites for Michael
Colon Reynolds, 18-month-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas An
drew Reynolds, were held Thurs-1
day morning at 10:30 at Moun
tain Rest cemetery, with Rev. J.
H. Brendall, pastor of Central
'Methodist church, officiating, as
sisted by Rev. L. C. Pinnix and
Rev. W. P. Gerberding.
The young Kings Mountain
"blue baby", victim of a congen
tlal heart condition, died Wed
nesday morning af"2:15.
Taken to Duke hoapital at
Durham last February for ob
servation and treatment, the
family had hoped that the young
baby would grow strong enough
to undergo a corrective operation
within the next few months.
The chilii is survived by hi
parents, a brother, Thomas Ri
chard Reynolds, and his pater
nal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Cristy S. Reynolds.
L JL Hoke's
Moth a* c :cumbs
Funeral services for Mrs. Mat
tie Campbell Hoke, mother of L.
A. Hoke, who died Sunday night j
at her home In Lincoln ton, were!
held Tuesday at II o'clock In the
First Baptist church at Lincoln
Mrs. Hoke had been in. Ill
health for several* years and
since last September her condi
tion had been critical. Survivors
are her husband, three daugh
ters, Mrs. R. C. Hoyle, Mns. Paul
Mundy, of Llncoflnton, Mrs. E. B.
Link, of Charlotte, one son. L. A. I
of this city, seven grandchildren,
two great grandchildren, one
brother, Murphy Campbell, of
Maiden and one sister, Mrs.
George Icard, of Newton.
Burial was in the Holiybrook
cemetery at Lincolnton.
Climbing loniors Hit Valdese
Here Saturday, Shelby On Monday
Kings Mountain's climbing,
torrid American Legion juniors
come home to City Stadium Sat
urday night against Valdese ri
ding the crest of a four-game
victory skein. The locals are al
so scheduled for city parte Mon
day night against arch -rival
Shelby, with both games to get
underway at 8 p. m.
Coach J. R. Bradsfhaw made a
shift In the lineup" after the no
hit, no -run loss to Hickory June
20 and the team responded with
a hustling brand of baseball.
Kings Mountain (5 4) was tied
with Shelby (5-4) for third place
Thursday, with Hickory (9-0)
leading and Rutherford County
(6-4) In the aecond slot- Hickory
and Shelby tangle In two this
week and Rutherford County
goes to Haywood County Satur
day night after taking a 6-1 win
at Forest City Wednesday. Hic
kory aAd Rutherford Countv tan
gle next week and Kings Moun
tain and Shelby have a pair on
schedule. The June 9 rained out
date at Shelby, has not been re
Kings Mountain topped Ruth
erford here June 21 6-3 with
Southpaw Fred Riser on the hill,
beat, Haywood County 8-7 in 10
innings with Right Hander Bil
ly Wells pulling a hot relief Job
and swamped the Canton ? Way
nesFVille la<?? 23-3 here Monday
behind Lefty Klser, Wells came
In on another brilliant relief Job
Wednesday at VAldese as the
Mountaineers thumped the Wal
denslans 14-4 with a 23-base, 15
Kings Mountain has pHed up
51 runs in the last four games,
ag-alnst 17 for the opposition as
the big bats have been booming
at a steady cHp.
Largest crowd of the season la
expected Saturday night at sli
ghtly reconditioned City Stadi
um. A set of bleachers has been
permanently mounted behind
the plate ami a new foul net and
back stop baa been erected. Sam
Suber, city cemetery superinten
dent, haa takn over the park su
perlntendency also and many
improvement? have been made
for the benefit of the fans.
. The sdhedufle:
Jobs 30? Voidesa hers.
July 2? Shslbr hers.
July 5? ?t Shall*
Action Voted 3-1
In an unprecedented action
Tuesday night, the city board of
commissioners, meeting in spe
cial session, voted 3 to 1 to con
tract the services df City Admin
istrator M. K. Fuller for the next
Commissioner B. T. Wright, Sr.,
made the motion to adopt a reso
lution authorizing the mayor to
sign a contract for Mr. Fuller's
services at his present rate of
pay. Commissioner C. P. Barry
seconded, . and Commissioner
Lloyd E. Davis supported the
motion. Commissioner James
(Red) Layton cast the dissenting
vote. Commissioner Olland Pear
sdn was absent.
There was little discussion on
the matter. Commissioner
Wright, in offering the motion,
said he felt Mr. Fuller was a
highly capable administrator
and that he would be difficult to
Mr. Layton, who dissented,
said he had not objections to Mr.
Fuller, in fact, agreed with Mr.
Wright as to the capabilities of
the city administrator. However,
he added, he did not feel it wise
or necessary to contract his ser
vices for two years and thereby
to tie the city's hands for the full ,
duration of the current admlnls
j tratlon's term of office.
Cit? Attorney E. A. Harrlll was
instructed to draw the contract.
He told the Herald he expected to
draw it in accordance with North
Carolina General Statutes em
powering cities and town to em
ploy any and all personel need
ed to conduct the city's business.
Briefly, he said, the contract
would "employ the services of
Mr. Filler for the stated period
at stated terms, with his duties
to be determined by directives
of the mayor and board of com
Mr. Fuller has been receiving
for his services a gross of $6,600
annually, including travel allow
ances. He had been serving as
city adinistrator since July 1950,
having come to Kings Mountain
from Laurfnburg, where he held
the position of city manager.
The board also voted, by una
nimous action, to return police
department employment author -
j Ity to the city administrator. Mr.
Davis made the motion, and Mr.
Age Limit Cat
Boys born on or after July 1,
1937, which means that any boy
who becomes 14 years of age be
fore Sunday (July 1st), are the
only ones eligible for the Boys
"Class B" Recreation Baseball
league acording to changes In
the rules announced by Commis
sioners Bruce Thorburn and Red
Layton this week.
The "Class B" loop rules re
quire play on a diamond four
fifths the Size of a regular base
ball field (72-foot bases, 48 foot
pitching distance) and It has
been found that boys over 14 ar*
too large for the small field.
Play will start in the loop on
Tuesday, July 10th, with Bur
lington at Craftspun and Mau
ney interests at Reynolds Motors.
McCurdy draws a bye for the
opener. Next games are on Fri
day, July 13th, with Craftspun
at Reynolds and McCurdy Clean
ers at Mauney and BurMngton
drawing a bye.
Officials have Issued an appeal
for players to turn out for the
teams. Interested boys who are
eligible are requested to contact
Mr. Thort>urn or Mr. Layton or
any of the coaches, Will Grice
(Mauney), ElWa King (Craft
spun), Rnea Bartier (Reynolds)
or Flette McCurdy (Negro boys).
JOINS HOSPITAL STAFF
Mrs. Charles Moos, Jr. is re
placing Miss Theresa Stanton,
bookkeeper ' at the Kings
Mountain hospital, who 19 re
signing to take a position at
the Scotland County Memor
ial hospital In Laurinburg.