City Limits ....
(1945 Ration Boon! FlgurM)
VOL 62 NO. 49
Kings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
Kings Mountain, N. C.( Thursday, December 4, 1952
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Members of the Kings Moun
tain Klwanis club will be hosts
to members of the Llncolnton
Klwanis club at the regular
meeting of the Kings Moun
tain organization Thursday
night at 6:45 at Masonic Din
ing HalL The Llncolnton group
will furnish the program for
City firemen answered an
alarm Monday afternoon at
2:15 o'clock and extinguished
a grass fire on Mauney avenue.
No damages were reported.
Walter W. Ware, a native of
the Oak Grove community, has
assumed managership of the '
Shelby Dixie Home Store. Mr.
' Ware was former assistant
manager of the Charlotte Dixie
Home Store in the Plaza sec
tion. He is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank C. Ware of Oak
A total of $128.91 was collec
ted Wednesday morning from
the city's parking meters, ac
cording to a report by the city
The Young Married Women's
class of Patterson Grove Bap
tist church will sponsor a cake
and-pie sale Saturday at Brid
ges Hardware, according to
announcement this week. The
cakes and pies will go on sale
at 9:30 Saturday morning. Pro
ceeds will go to the church
Set For December 14
Unveiling of the portrait of
Lottie Goforth, benefactress of
Kings Mountain hospital, will
take place at special ceremonies
at the hospital Sunday afternoon,
December 14, at 2:30, according
to announcement this week by
Joe Dixon, hospital business man
The portrait w.ill hang at the
hospital in memory of the per
son who, through her bequest,
helped to make the hospital a
reality. It was painted by 3. Lee
Settlemyre,. and paid for through
donations of Kings Mountain
' Details of the unveiling pro
gram Will be announced next
Regular December meeting of
the city board of commissioners
is scheduled for Monday evening
? at 7:30 at City Hall.
Among items of business ex
pected to be discussed arc results
of Saturday's sewer improve
ments bond election, as well as
the favorable decision of a Fed
eral Power commission examiner
on the city's application for an
allotment of natural gas.
Also to be received will be rou
tine monthly reports from city
All Day Wednesdays
Kin 9* Mountain merchants
are now open six fall days
wMkly, a policy they will con
tinue through Christmas.
The customary Wednesday
' afternoon half-holiday was
suspended following the
Thanksgiving holiday last
Kings Mountain merchants
snspsnd the mid-week
half ? holiday during Decem
ber to accommodate shoppers -
daring the Christmas shopping
season, which opens officially
here Thursday afternoon.
Kings Mountain's blood collec
tion' goal for Monday, when the
Red Cross Bloodmobile returns
here for a one-day visit, is- 164
pints, Rev. Vance Daniel, chair
man of the Kings Mountain chap
ter's blood collection program,
In reminding of the quota, Mr.
Daniel urged all citizens to visit
the bloodmobile station at the
Woman's Club during the hours
of 11 a. m. to 5 p. m., and he also
reminded that transportation will
be furnished free ol charge to
those who desire !t.
Motor companies are cooperat
ing to aid the collection and will
convey to the station all potential
blood donors who desire trans
portation. Persons wishing trans
portation should notify the Red
Cross. Automobile firms partici
pating include Plortk Motor Com
pany, Dean Buick Company, Vic
tory Chevrolet Company and Rey
During the past year. Kings
Mountain citizens have made a
good record of blood donations,"
Mr. Daniel said, " but we are still
barely supplying our own needs.
The blood collections must be in
creased Jf Kings Mountain is to
do its part by the fighting men
Blood received here is process
ed into plasma and stored at
Charlotte at the district blood
center, where it is available on
call to hospitals throughout the
Blood and blood plasma now
has a much wider variety of uses
in treating not only wounds but
certain diseases and demand for
blood had therefore increased
Mrs. M. A. Ware, chairman of
the city's Garden Club council,
reminded citizens this week of
the city-wide Christmas decora
ted door contest being sponsored
jointly by the council and the
First National Bank.
Prizes are being offered by the
bank in 13 division for the best
decorated door, while a $25 sav
ings bond will go to the grand
Doorway decorations alone
will be judged in the contest,
Prizes for doorway defcorations
will go to winners in these divi
sions: Non-garden club residen
ces, Burlington Mill residences,
Craftspun Mill residences, Loom
Tex Mill residences, Pauline Mill
residences, Kings Mountain
Manufacturing company resi
dences, Margrace M"l residen
ces, Sadie Mill residences, Maun
ey Mill residences, Bonnie Mill
residences, Park Yarn Mill res
idences, Garden clyb member
residences and Negro residences.
Only requirement of persons
entering the contest is that they
jfill out entry blank, noting
name, address and division of
the contest they . are entering,
and forward the blank to the
contest committee, either by
mail to Postoffice Box 764, Kings
Mountain, or by dropping it in en
try boxes at Griffin Drug Compa
ny, Kings Mountain Drug Com
pany, the First National Bank or
Kings Mountain Herald.
Entry deadline is December
20, and Out-of-town judges will
determine the winners on the ev
ening of December 22.
An entry blank is printed in
Judging of the contest will be
based on three major points as
follows: originality. 40 percent,
suitability of material, 30 per
cent, and general appearance, 30 :
HICKORY ? The Eta Delta
5>ta Fraternity at Lenoir
Rbyne has received into its
membership eleven new stu
dents, among them Richard
McMackln, a freshman from
Rings Mountain, the son of
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. McMac
Citizens not now receiving city
carrier postal delivery to their
homes are invited to present pe
titions asking this service to W.
E. Blakely, Kings Mountain post
Mr. Blakely said he had been
instructed by the assistant post
master general to" request such
petitions and, in turn, to submit
them, with estimate of cost of
the increased service, to the post
Postmaster Blakely asked that
the petitions be presented to him
as quickly as possible, in order
that the information may toe
compiled and forwarded to
The action on the part of the
assistant postmaster general
follows the recent request of
Postmaster Blakely for an in
spection with a view to extend
ing city carrier routes.
In the original Inspection re
Suest, Mr. Blakely pointed out
vat many petitions had been
received and that no major route
additions had been made during
the past six years.
Full details on the petitions
can be obtained from the post
Licked Town Entry
The four-person team of high
sciu>c! students who, in 1905, is
sued a c.?:.llenge to a spelling
match, was the victor In a
school-town contest, according
to report of Mrs. Emma Cornwell
Austell, one of the participants.
Mrs. Austell, now a teacher at
Dallas, did not remember full
details of the contest, but did re
call that W. A. Mauney and W.
A. Ridenhour were members of
the "town" team, and that Mr.
Mauney was the last member of
the town team to be "set down:"
According to Mrs. Austell, Mr.
Mauney misspelled "valet," add
ing an extra "1"
Mrs. Austell was the survivor
of the group of eight, which also
included among the students,
Pearl Baker, Harry Falls and
As contest winner, Mrs. Aus
tell was awarded a five-dollar
The challenge was issued in
the March 23, 1905, edition of the
Kings Mountain Herald, report
ed last week in Martin's Medi
To Meet Sunday
a public .noting of Alcoholics
Anonymous will be held at Resur
rection Lutheran church Sunday
afternoon at 3 o'clock, with an
invitation being extended to aH
persons interested in the prob
lems of alcoholism invited to at
The program is being arranged
by the Kings Mountain chapter,
and will include out-of-town
speakers, according to he an
"Any person interested In the
problem of alcoholism, or in per
sons afflicted with this disease,
will benefit by attending this
meeting," a spokesman said. "Al
coholism is a disease which can
be cured and Alcoholics Anony
mous knows the right methods of
Ollie Harris, Cleveland Coun
ty coronor, is at Chapel Hill,
where he is attending the first
coronor's conference being con
ducted by the Institute of Gov
City Gets Natural Gas Allotment
The Federal Power commission
has alloted to the City of Kings
Mountain natural gas in the a
mount of. 1,065 million cubic feet
daily, according to decision of the
presiding examiner received here I
this week by City Attorney J. R.
Mr. Davis who testified in be
half of the city's application be
fore the FPC. said he felt the
granting of the allotmenf by the
federal agency would have con
siderable bearing on the North
Carolina Utilities commission de
cision on whether to grant the
city-* certificate of convenience
and necessity to sell gas outside i
'the city limits.
Decision on the tetter matter :
| is still pending and granting of j
? the certificate was opposed by a '
| private utility, which claimed it
had already been granted rights I
to sell gas In the areas adjacent
to Kings Mountain.
Decision by the FPC examiner j
is based on evidence presented by
City Attorney Davis and by the i
city's engineers, Barnard & Burk,
Louisiana engineering firm,
which compiled a survey on the
potential demand for natural gas
It anticipated the building of
a distribution system at a cost of
$798,500, to be paid for by issu
ance of revenue- type bands.
Under the decision by the FPC
examiner, Kings Mountain did
not receive the full amount re
quested. It has baked by a mini
mum first-year grant of 1,108
MCF, and estimated It would re
quire 1,718 MCF in the third year
Of operation, ahd 2.147 MCF in
the fifth year.
Other cities grarited allocations
of gas by the FPC included Shel
by and Lexington.
SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN THURSDAY ? Santa Claus, the continuing friend of the ages for children, will
pay his annual pre-Christmas visit to Kings Mountain Thursday afternoon. According to the schedule, Santa
Claus will be whisked to Kings Mountain by Army Air Force helicopter, and he is due to arrive at City Stadium
for a children's party at 6 p. m. sharp, where he will greet the children and pass out treats to them.
Santa Claus To Come By Helicopter
For Merchants Party Here Thursday
? i ? -
Kings Mountain merchants
have been busier than usual this
week, decorating their stores in
the Christmas motif and unpack
ing new, shiny Christmas-season
wares, especially designed for
Almost all retail firms are of
fering Christmas season gift i
tems for sale.
Apparel stores are featuring
lines of clothing, housewares, and
novelty numbers, some especially
gift - boxed. Men's furnishings
can be had in the flesh or via
certificate at most stores, and wo
men's apparel specialties 'will ac
cent lingerie, among other items,
Jewelers are ready, too, for the
Christmas rush, with scads of al
most everything, frdm watches to
bric-a-brac, and furniture dealers
point out that a gift for the home
lasts longer than any oilier kind. 1
Toys get plenty of treatment
too, Including both small toys,
and -big ones. Several firms are
featuring large selections of
wheel goods, which includes toy
autos, tractors, bicycles and other
Appliances are also being hea
vily featured. Dealers expect tele
vision to be in heavy demand and
hope they will be able to obtain
sufficient sets to satisfy demand.
In almost all lines, goods are
plentiful and merchants say that
most Christmas shoppers will be
able to obtain .the gift items they
desire from dealers shelves.
They all point out that best se
lections can be had now. for ship
ments of most Christmas-season
goods have already been received.
Santa Claus comes to Kings
Mountain Thursday for his an
nual pre - Christmas visit and as
a principal feature of the annual
Christmas opening celebration of
the Kings Mountain Merchants
The red-clad gentleman who
brings good cheer is scheduled
to arrive here by army h.-\l' op
ter, through special arrange
ments with Air Force officials at
Pope Field and he is to appear
at City Stadium, site of the
IFollowing is the schedule of
activities for Thursday's 1952
Christmas Festival at City
5;I0 p. m. Concert by Kings
Mountain school band.
5:30 p. m. Paaeant.
6:00 p. m. Arrival of Santa
Christmas opening promotion at
6 o'clock sharp.
Confirmation on the transpor
tation arrangements were re
ceived Tuesday by Capt. Jfumes
Houston, commanding officer of
the Kings Mountain ' National
Guard unit, who had sought ar
rangements for use of the army
helicopter in the promotion.
The program is- to get under
way at 5:10 p. m., with a twenty
minute concert by the Kings
Mountain city school band, under
the direction of Joe Hedden.
At 5:30, a pageant will be pre
sented by a number of participa
ting groups, including the high
school chorus, little theatre, and
? Actors in the pageant will in
clude: Dr. P. G. Padgett, Eddie
Goforth, Jake Dixon, Noel Web
ster, Mrs. Dan Finger, Dan Fin
ger, C E. Warllck, Sam Mitchem,
Dan Huffstetler. Bruce Thorburn,
Rev. W. L. Pressly and J. W.
Webster. Headers for the pageant
will include I. Ben Goforth, Jr.,
Sam St&llings, Jerry McC&rter,
Rev. Phil Shore, Jr., Sonny Me
Danlel, Marriott Phifer and Rev.
H. G. Weekly.
Following the Christmas pa
geant, Santa Claus is scheduled
to arrive and to distribute treats,
to all children ten years of age
Glee E. JJridges and B. S. Pee
ler, Jr. have served as co-chair
men of the promotion, while ot
hers on the committee are L E.
Abbott. Hilton Ruth, Menzell Phi
fer, John Plonk, John I^ewis and
Rev, Vance Daniel.
The opening promotion this
year is a change from the open
ing parades of former yeals.
"We hope all children of the
community will be able to attend
the opening celebration Thursday
afternoon,1' Co-Chairman Bridges
Directors of the Kings Moun
tain Merchants association and
members of the Junior Chamber
of Commerce have added their
voices to those supporting a city
manager system of government
for the city.
However, the executive hoard
of Otis D. Green Post 155, Ameri
can Legion, tabled the question
when one member objected stren
uously that the Legion post
should not Involve itself In poli
L. E. Abbott, secretary of the
city planning hoard, reported re
ceipt of a letter from the Mer
chants Association stating that
Its officers and board of directors
had unanimously adopted a reso
lution in support of the city man
The planning board has written
several civic and service organi
zations requesting qn opinion re
garding the matter. The plan
ning hoard has indicated it will
recommend adoption of such a
system, if public opinion war
The jJaycees voted 22 to 9 in
favor of a city manager system
of government. The Lions club
had previously voted unanimous
ly in favor of such a system.
OM DEAN'S LIST
Miss Ramona Allen, fresh
man at Lees-McRae college,
Banner Elk. N. C., has ' been
listed on the Dean's list for
the first quarter, according to
announcement made by Dean
Creed f. Gilley. Miss Allen is
the daughter of Mr., and Mrs.
H. L Allen.
Lions To Fete
At Grid Banquet
The Kings Mountain Lions
club will honor members of the
1952 high school football team
Tuesday night at the annual
Lions club banquet, with Coach
Kill Dole, of Davidson College,
Scheduled to handle the speaking
W. L. Plonk, program chair
j man. said Wednesday morning
that he still awajted' direct con
firmation on the Tuesday night
engagement, but felt sure the
Davidson Wildcat' mentor would
be present, along with Carroll
Hambright, assistant copch, and
Jark ftuth, of Kings Mountain
the Wildcat quarterback.
Following the regular program,
Coach Dole is expected to show
motion pictures of the Harvard
?Davidson game, one of the sea
son's most exciting, and which
ended in a 35-26 victory for the
Harvard Crimsons. Davidson led
All members of the high school
football team, along with Coaches
j Kverette Carlton, Don Parker
[and John Charles, have. been in
vited to attend the annual Lions
j football party,
I "This is always one of our out
standing meetings," Mr. Plonk'
said, "and we are looking for
ward both to entertaining the
football team and to hearing
Coach Dole, who did a good Job
at Davidson during the season
' just past."
The party will begin at 7
o'clock at Masonic Dining Hall.
Tags On Sale
City auto license plates for 1953
went on sale Monday at the city
I office, and a total of 33 had been
I sold through Wednesday noon,
i City Clerk Joe Hendriek reported.
The new 1953 tags have orange
letters on a black background,
conforming in color to the state's
1953 licenses. Mr. Hendriek said
a supply of 1,350 are on hand to
serve city vehicle owners.
A total of 1,190 were purchased j
by city vehicle owners during
The tags vend for one dollar
Citizens To Vote
"Yes' Or No'
On Bond Mattel
Kings Mountain citizens will
vote Saturday to determine whe
ther the city issues bonds to
make Improvements to -Its sew
ago disposal system.
Registered voters are eligible
to vote "yes" or- "no" on the ques
tion: "Shall an ordinance passed
on October 13th, 1952. authorizing
flot exceeding $(>00,000 Sanitary
Sewer Bonds of the City of
Kings Mountain for the purpose
of providing funds for enlarging
and extending the sanitary sewer
system of said City, including the
construction of sewage treatment
plants and a pumping station, the
installation of additional sewer
mains and lines, and the acquisi
tion of necessary lands and rights
of way, and a. tax for said bonds,
The polls will be opened at the __
five precinct polling places from
6:30. Saturday morning until 6:30
in the afternoon, and a majority
of the votes cast will determine
whether the question is answered
affirmatively or negatively.
The election was called to carry
out recommendations of Olson
Engineering Company, of Ra
leigh. and following condemna
tion of the sewage disposal sys
tem of the city by the North Car.
olina State Hoard of lleaith
. Interest in the election has
been outwardly negligible, and
observers are predicting a light
vote in Saturday's election. Only
a few persons registered during
the f*?+-iod during which the' books
were open. ?
Polling places and precinct of
Ward I, at City Hail, C. L.
Black, registrar, M. L. Harmon,
and Mrs. J. G. Lay ton. judges.
Ward II, at City Hall, Mrs. II.
R. Parton, registrar, Mrs. P. D.
Merndon and Mrs. Ruth Thomas
Ward III, at Phenix Store, Mrs.
Ruth Rowers, registrar. Mack
Murray and Rochel Connor, jud
Ward IV, at Kings Mountain
Manufacturing Company club
room. Paul Ledford, registrar, O.
T. Ilayes and Floyd Williams,
Ward V,. at Victory Chevrolet'
Company, Mrs. J. T. McGinnis,
Jr.. registrar, and Mrs. J. H. Ar
thur and Arthur Barrett, judges.
[Dies Of Wound
Kenneth Dean Whisnant, four
year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ro
bert G\vy.n Whisnant of 607 Mea ?'
dowbrook road, died of an acci
dental gunshot wound at Kings
Mountain hospital November 26
shortly after 6 p. rn.
Young Whisnant was acciden
tally shot in the chest with a ,22
calibre rifle at his home on Wed
nesday, November 26, at about
4:15 p. m.
He was rushed immediately to
Kings Mountain hospital where
he failed to respond to emergency
treatment and died less than two
hours later. The bullet passed
through the youngsters heart and
came out through his back. Mr
Whisnant is owner of Home Ser
vice Company, local electrical re
pair service firm.
Funeral services were held
from First Baptist church on last
Friday morning at 11 o'clock.
Rev. H. Gordon Weekley and
"Rev. L. II. Gardner, Jr., officiated
and burial Was in Mountain Rest
Surviving in addition to the pa
rents are two brothers, R. G.
Whisnant, Jr., and Laurin Char
les Whisnant, of the home.
Is Suspended. Too
Over-parking on Wednesday
afternoons during the next
three weeks will bring parking
tickets. Police Chie! S. R. Dav
idson said Wednesday.
Chief Davidson reminded
motorists that suspension of
mid-week half ? holidays by
merchants meant suspension
of the free Wednesday after
noon parking as well.
The meters will be checked
I through Christmas Eve, Wed ?
i nesday, December 24. On the
afternoon of December 31. the
;? meter marker gets a half-day