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VOL.62 NO. 52
Kings Mountain. N. C.. Monday, December 24. 1951 Establi*hed 1889
Four Badly Injured
In Saturday Wreck
'49 Ford Sedan
Was Stolen Car,
Jacob S. Mauney Memorial
Library will be closed until
Thursday, according to an
nouncement by Mrs. Charles G.
The December 30 Sunday ev
ening service at First Presby
terian church wHl be conduct
ed by college student mem
bers of the church, according
to announcement by the pas
tor, Rev. P. D. Patrick.
First Presbyterian church, a
galn this yew, Is presenting a
live Christmas scene on the
lawn of the church. The final
presentation of the season will
be given tonight from 7 to 8
LIONS WONT MEET
Members of the Kings
Mountain Lions club will not
meet Tuesday night, due to the
Christmas holiday, according
to announcement this week.
A candlelight worship service
will be held at the Ressurrec
. tion Lutheran church on Christ
mas Eve at 11:00 p. m. The
young people of the church
plan a Christmas caroling.
KIWAN1ANS WONT MEET
f The Kings Mountain Klwanis
Club, as Is its customary policy,
will not meet Thursday night.
The dub regularly cancels its
Christmas-week meeting. Next
meeting of the club will be Jan
uary 3, when officers for 1963
will be installed.
Brigai' Death lint
In City Sine* 1947 ?
Kings Mountain missed its
fourth cbnsectutlve year without
an in-city traffic fatality by Id
The death on December 13 of
William Brings, aged Kings
Mountain Negro, brought to an
end a period of over four years
m which the city escaped a traf
Briggs was struck by an auto
at the Intersection of West King
[V street and Railrbad avenue on
December 9. He died of injuries
Of Shelby hospital - three days
later. J -Vv
The last previous highway
death occurred on November 24,
1947. Oliver Martin, of Bostic,
was almost Instantly killed in an
auto-truck collision at the corner
of King street and Piedmont ave
nue In a driving rain storm. He
died before an ambulance could
get him to a Gas+utla hospital.
Prior to that fatal accident, the
etty hsd escaped an auto death
fear almost two and onehalf
years. One person was killed In
an accident inside the city in
July, 1945 according to police
rScorvls. . , -2ft-:
The dty received traffic safety
awards for the years 1<M6, 1948.
liM Mri lOKA
One person remained uncon
scious at noon Sunday and three
others were seriously injured as
the result of a head-on collision
of two automobiles, one reported
as stolen, Saturday night short
ly after 8 o'clock at the city lim
its on Grover road.
Robert C. Poole, of Gastonla, a
native of Gaffney, S. C., was in
an unconscious state at "Kings
Mountain hospital at noon yes
terday and his condition was
listed as "critical."
Mrs. E. B. Woodis. of 619 Rob
ertson avenue, Charlotte, la in a
very serious condition at the hos
pital. She suffered head injuries
and two fractured ribs.
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Her .lustjanu aria son, Kennetn
Dale, age 18, are also patients at
the hospital where their condi
tion Is reported as serious. Mr.
Woodis suffered severe facial
cuts and head injuries and his
son suffered *a fractured collar
Police Chief S. R. Davidson re
ported early Sunday afternoon
that the automobile ..driven toy
Mr. Poole, a 1949 Ford Tudor,
was listed by Sgt. Green of the
Gaffney, S. C? police department
aa a stolen vehicle. Sgt Green
told the local officer that the
auto was reported Oa stolen Sat
urday at Gaffney by W. D. Fow
ler, of Gaffney route five, who
said he was the owner of the ve
Mr. Poole suffered fractures In
both legs and very serioas head
injuries, hospital official* re.
port. - \ '
Highway Patrolman. W. D.
Sawyer, who investigated along
with Police Chief S. R. Davidson,
said that a 1949 Ford driven toy
Poole and traveling north on U.
S. 29 went out of control at the
Superior Stone Co., switch- track
crossing and smashed Into a
Buick occupied toy the Woodis
Continued On Pago Bight
Funeral services for Carl W.
Bennett, 54, well known machin
ist who died at his home suddenly
Friday afternoon, were held at
St Matthews Lutheran church
Sunday afternoon at 2 p. m.
Dr. W. P. Gerberding officiated
and burial was in Mountain Rest
eetaetery, ? ">& ? -
He was the son of the -late Wil
liam and 'Martha Brow Bennett
Survivors include his wife, .Mrs.
Essie Smith Bennett; two broth
ers, Clyde T, Bennett local con
tractor, and W. O. Bennett both
of Kings Mountain, and a sister,
Miss Margaret Bennett of Kings
s Christmas Story
Now when Jesus too. bom in
Bethlehem of Judea in the days
of Herod the king, behold, there
came wise men from the ecut to
Jerusalem, ? , |
Baying, Where he that is
bom of the Jew*? for we have
mm Ma star in the east, and ore
come to worship him.
When Herod the himff had
heard theee things, he was trou
bled, and all Jerusalem with Mm.
And when he had gathered all
the chief priests and scribes of
the people together, he demanded
of them where Christ should be
And they said unto htm, In
Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it
ON HONOR NOLL
Miss Shirley Arthur, of Kings
Moantain, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Arthur, was ltated on
the first-quarter senior acade
mic honor roll at Ffaoe Col
lege, Rallegh, according to an
nouncement by tne registrar,
Frances J. Golden.
V Miss Prances Summers and
oward Coble. The pastor, Dr. W.
,/Gerterdlng, will give a brief
ledUation* v ,k
HiF. P. D. Patrick, pastor of
lr?t PrwrbjrteiJar/ oh arch, . will
-each the sermon at his chur
lit written by the prophet,
And thou Bethlehem, in the
I land oj Juda, art Hot the least
among the princes of Juda for
out of thee shall come a Gover
nor, that ehaU rule my people
Then Herod, when he had pri
vily called the toiee men, enquired
of them diligently what time the
And he eent them to Bethle
hem, and ?aid, Go and search di
ligently for the young child; and
when ye have found him, bring
me word again , that I may come
and worship him alec. ?>.'?
When they had heard the king,
they departed; and, to, the star,
Held On Sunday
Funeral rite* lor Andrew Lea
Burton, 58, of route I, Kings
Mountain, were held Sunday af
ternoon at 3 o'clock from Patter
son Grove Baptist church.
Rev. O. C. Teague officiated
and interment was In the church
cemetery. ? - : ?
)fr. Burton died at Ms home at
7:10 Friday night, following a
long illness of eifeht years;
He was a member of the Pat
terson Grove Baptist churn and'
a former employee of the Cora
mill. '? -
Surviving, are his wife, Mrs
Virginia Falls Burton, 'four sons,
Dorus Burton, Clarence Burton.
Doyle Burton and Harold Burton,
all of Kings MoiintaUt* Jour
daughter, Mrs. B t>. Sellers,
Mrs. J. L. War lick. Miss Thelma
Burton and Miss Shirley Burton,
all of Kings Mountain,
which they saw in the east, went
before them, till it came and
stood over where the young child
toot. " " . ? j .
When they saw the star, they
rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were oome into
the house, they saw the young
child with Mary Ms mother, and
fell down, and worshipped him:
amd v)he? they had opened their
treasures, they presented unto
Mm gifts; gold, amd frankincense,
and myrrh. ,
And beHtg warned of Ood in a
dream that they should not re
turn to Herod, they departed into
their own country another way.
"y Matthew 9:1-1*
Chriitman Parties ,
Held Aft Bulliigtoii
Christmas parties were held at
Phenix Plant, Burlington MUle,
inc., all day Friday.
Each department of each shift
held email parties at the mill.
During tint time gifts that had
been placed under a Christmas
tree were exenan^ea oy memoirs
of the departments who had
Superintendent John T. U
them spoke informally to the
groups at each meeting.
, Tlit departmenul gift ex
changes ended -a series of Christ
mas parties at the plant which
included one for supervisor* and
a theatre visit from Santa Claus
attended by aogne 900 employees
Two Are Overcome
By Monoxide Gas
Mrs. Thomas In
Two Kings Mountain women
had a narrow escape from death
early Sunday morning when they
were overcome by carbon monox.
Still "very ill at Kings Moun
tain hospital are Mrs. Margaret
Ware Thomas and Mrs. Paul
Hammett, both 23 years of age.
The accident oocurred during
the process of getting the Ham
mett car out of the ditch near
the railway underpasc on the
According to Mrs. Ware, she
had accompanied Mr. and Mrs.
Boo tie Hammett to Johnny's
the trio started to return home,
Woody Rawles asked if he might
return to Kings Mountain with
them. Near die railway under
pass on the Grover Road, the oc
cupants decided to make a turn
and (backed into a ditch. They
had summoned police officers to
help them and, according to Jack
Stone, sheriff's deputy, some ten
men were required to lift the
Hammett Chevrolet out of the
ditch. The Job required about an
hour, Mr. Stone said.
Nothing unusual was noted
and Deputy Stone said he and
Deputy L. L. Ham rick had gone
to Silver Dollar Grill for a cup of
coffee, when Mr. Rawles rushed
in to call for an ambulance. Mrs.
Ware and Mrs. Hammett had
remained in the car, with the
motor running, while efforts
were 'being made to remove the
car from the ditch.
It was thought that the extra
amount of carbon monoxide gas
resulted from a clogged exhaust
Both were given artificial res
piration immediately and were
given emergency treatment on
arrival at the hospital by Dr. P.
Lt. William O. Ruddock, in
jured in a plane crash at She
reveport, La., Monday night,
arrived home Friday. With hi*
wife laid uncle, the Kings
Mountain Korean veteran flew
to Jackson, Miss., then trans
ferred to ground transportation
due to bad weather. Lt.. Rud
dock sustained several head
cuts, a broken collarbone and
severe bruises in t!?? B-29 crash
which claimed the live* of four
men and injured ten others.
Final 1951 Herald
Today's Herald Is the final
Issue o! 1951.
According to regular policy,
the Herald has advanced its fi
nal issue of the year to appear
prior to Christmas. Thus to
day's edition replaces the one
which ordinarily would appear
on December 17.
In today's edition, a large
number of business firms are
using advertising space to con
vey Christmas greetings to
The next Issue of the Herald
will be published under date
of January 3, 1952.
Final rites for Mrs. Frances
Nalr Garrison, 88, wife of the late
Rev. J. M. Garrison, were con
ducted from Boyce Memorial A.
R. P. church Friday afternoon at
Rev. W. L. Pressly officiated
and interment was in Mountain
Mrs. Garrison died at her home
on West King street at 1 o'clock
Thursday morning, following a
cerebral hemorrhage suffered
four hours previously. One of
Kings Mountain's eldest citizens,
she had been In her apparent
normal health until her final sud
Mrs. Garrison's abiding inte
rest wta In the religious life of
the community, and she constant
ly practiced her beliefs.'
Mrs. Garrison was born in 1864
in Rock Bridge County, Virginia.
She was a member of Boyce Me
morial church where her husband
had held the pastorate for over
40 year*. She moved here with
her husband In 1892 and except
for a few years when they lived
at Anderson, S. C., where her hus
band held a pastorate, had lived
in Kings Mountain since that
time. Her husband died in 19%,
Surviving are a nephew, John
Nalr, of Summltt, N. J., and two
nieces, Mrs. Jed Wilson, of Clif
ton Forge, Va? and Mrs. Frank
England, of Greenville, Missouri.
Deacons and elders of Boyce
Memorial church served as hon
orary pallbearers. Active pall
bearers were J. E. Anthony, Jr.,
B. D. Ratterree, Lindsay Mc
Mackin, Marriott Phifer, W. S.
Fulton, Jr., Fuller McGill and
HO COURT TODAY
City recorder's court will not
convene Monday, with the next
session of court before Judge
E. A. Harrill to be held Mon
day, December 31, at 2 p. m.
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Annual Tax Listing Job To Begin
January 1; Eazly Listing Advised
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(AantMri tax lladitg will begin
Tuesday, January t for both city
county, according to Joint
announcement this week by
Clarence Carpenter and B. D.
Katteiree. ' : ? '
Mr. Carpenter is the city list
taker and Mr. Ratterree is the
county list taker for Number 4
Both list taken will be at City
Hall throughout January with
tha exception that Mr. wtteqM
as is customary, wtll make three
visKs to Grover to better am>n?.
modate Grover citizens with the
property listing, Job.
Mr, Ratterree wfll bi ?| Hem
don'* Store to Grover on consec
utive Mondays, beginning Jan
nary 14 HRmgH
quired to tm lixir flro parties,
both ml andHbersonal, for tax
es In addition, all males below
the age ut 90 years are required
to llat for poll taxes.
Taxable property Includes all
real eatate, *!: personal pro
perty, including dogs, firearms,
television sets, radios, house
hold equqipment, automobiles
and any property of value.
Both Mr. Carpenter and Mr.
Ratterree are urging citizens to
list their properties early.
:,*Thpre Is always a last-minute
rush," they pointed out, "and
those who list early in January
will save themselves much time
It was pointed out that penal
ties can be assessed on thoee
who fall to list their properties,
or on thoee who list them late
(after January 31).
Is addition ?o listing tholr
properties, farmers will be aak
ed to furniah information to
Charlie Ware, term census lister.
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Kings Mountain citizens were
busy this weekend preparing for
Retail stores bulged with pa
trons Friday and Saturday, as
citizens kept busy at completing
shopping lists, and merchants an
ticipate another busy day Mon
day before the Christmas holiday.
Holidays began for many citi
zens of the area on Saturday, and
a large number will be free of
regular duties until December 31.
Other holidays will be shorter,
as will be those of retail stores.
Majority of retail stores will
close two days for Christmas, re
opening for business on Thurs
Some businesses and offices .
took Monday as a holiday rather
weekend. Included In this cate
weewend. Included In this cate
Sftores Open Late
Majority of Kings Me-jniatn
retail stores on observing Sot
moans tt^ will be apes' until
7 o'clock. A few will bo Mi* ;.-f
later, principally the |OMHM
who expect to remain open un
til 9 p.m.
gory are city offices, which will
re-open Wednesday morning, Ek- j
mer Lumber Company and Kings
Industrial firms to be closed
all week include Park Yarn Mill,
Nelsler Mills, Inc., Mauney Mill,
Sadie Cotton Mill, Lambeth Rope ' a
Corporation, Slater Manufactur
ing Company, Loom-Tex Corpora
tion, Kings Mountain Manufac
Craftspun Yarn Inc., and Bur
lington Mills' Phenix plant re
sume operations Wedn e s d a y,
while Frieda Manufacturing
Company resumes operations
Closing two days for Christ
mas will be the First National
Bank, both building and loan as
sociations and majority of retail
New Year's Day will not be an
offlclcial holiday in Kings Moun
tain, the Merchants association
having recommended that the
stores remain open as usual.
However, some firms plan to
close for the day, and some will
take two days for the New Yearns j
holiday as well. Among firms
closing January 1 and 2 are A 6
P Food Store, Balrd Furniture, ,,
and several other firms. -
The Kings Mountain post off ice
staff reported the Christmas 1951
mail storm virtually over Satur
In spite of the nastiest at wea
ther and peak loads of Incoming
and outgoing mail, the racks
were kept clear even through the
heaviest of mailing*.
Peak day was Tuesday, De
cember 18, when cancellations on
outgoing mail totaled 20JH4.
The Christmas . mailing sea
son appeared to begin, acc^M)r?fr
to postcffice records, as ?ar)y as
December 11, when cancellations
totaled 4,728, as opposed to nor
mal daily cancellations of ap
proximately 3,000 pieces, of mail.
The total then Increased dally
until the peak was hit 53#
week. Friday's cancellations to
Assistant Post mater George
Hord reported sale of mon thai*
110,000 of the red two-cent
stamps, the riding ticket for the
big majority of Christmas
The big Christmas
mailings sent postal rec.
the calendar year 1051
well over the $40,(
which means that for
year Kings Mountain
will continue to enjoy
pffo keep the mail ..
to assure delivery by ? ? _
Continued On Paige Bight