City Limits . . . 7.206
Trading Area 15.000
(IMS Ration Board riguraa)
Kings Mountain's BE LIABLE Newspaper
P age s
T o da y
VOL 62 NO 52
Kings Mountain, N. C., Tuesday, December 23, 1952
PRICE FIVE CENTS
The Kings Mountain Kiwan
is club will not meet again un
til its regularly scheduled ses
sion of January 8. The club
will not meet on the Christ
mas and New Year's holidays,
it has been announced.
Annual tax listing will begin
Friday, January,2, according to
announcement by Clarence E.
Carpenter, city tax lister, and
Conrad Hughes, Number 4
Township tax lister.
Annual Phenix children's
Christmas party was held Sunday
at 2 o'clock at Joy Theatre with
some 1,00? employee* ol the
Kings Mountain Burlington Mills,
Inc., plant, and their children at
Main feature of the program
was the arrival of Santa Claus
with treats for the children. Each
treat consisted of a color book,' a
box of crayons, a fire truck, tin
ker toys, a horn, a top, a bag of
nuts, a fishing game, three oran
ges, three tangerines and three
Everyone was given a bag of
popcorn on arrival at the theatre
and Win no- i of door prizes were
Esper Weoer, Ha^el Parrish and
Jack Gaddy, who were awarded
hams, and Jim Connor, Edward
Grindle, Theodore Byers, Noah
Crocker, Lillie Rush, Warren
Smith, Edna Putnam and Charles
Childers, fruit cakes.
Rev.. C. L. Grant, pastor of
Grace Methodist church, offered,
prayer,. Superintendent J. T. La-.j
them gave the welcome and Paul
Howard introduced guests; Bruce j
Thorburn had charge of the pro- ,
Movie cartoons were shown
,ne?tt, followed by the arrival of
Santa. After the prize drawings,
Old St. Nick gave the children
treats as they were leaving the
A crowd which virtually filled
Central school auditorium Sun
day afternoon attended the
Christmas party for its employ
ee* given by Craftspun Yarns,
Treats were distributed to all
children, refreshments were serv
ed, and an entertainment pro
gram was presented.
H. O. (Toby) Wllliarr.o served
as master of ceremonies, and mu
sic was furnlshed'by the Rhythm
Kings. Manlpo Harris, magician
formerly with Rlngllng Brothers
circus, gave a performance and
Pete Fredericks, of Gastonla,
gave a tap-dancing routine.
The attendance was estimated
At 1,000 persons.
Oi Anti-Hog Low
Thomas W. Strickland, of the
Cleveland County Health depart
ment, reminded Kings Mountain
v dtlzens of the new city sanitation
ordinance, enacted several mon
ths ago, calling particular atten
tion to the prohibition against
maintaining hogs within the city
limits. .-v.; - rJf ? %-j
Mr. Strickland suggested that
persons effected by the ordinance
not replace herds now being WB~,
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He said the county health do
? pertinent will en fore the ordl
Almost 100 persons attended
a testimonial dinner at the Wo
mans club house last Friday
night honoring L. C. Parsons,
who resigns as city superinten
dent of public works January 1
after over 33, years service.
The dinner was aranged by
the city board of commissioners
and all members were present,
along with most city employees
and their wives and many so
Mrs. Parsons was present as
were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Parsons,
of Lumberton, and Mrs. Ivan
?Rosenthal, of New York.
Rev.. W. P. Gerberdlng gav the
invocation and dinner was ser
ved buffet style.
Mayor G. E. Still presented a
plaque to iMr. Parsons on behalf
of the city.
The large, beautiful plaque
read: "L. C. Parsons, Superinten
dent of Public Works of the City
of Kings Mountain, 1952, In Rec
ognition of 33 years of Faihful.
and Devoted Service to the City
of Kings Mountain, G. E, Still,
Mayor, Commissioners James
Layton Lloyd Davis, O. it Pear
son, C. P. Barry, B. T. Wright.
Commissioner James Layton
served as master of ceremonies
and presented, many guests who
paid tribute to Mr. Parsons and
his long city service.
Rev. P. D. Patrick, speaking
before the plaque presentation,
said, "it is wonderful this fine
spirit in which you are honoring
one who has so faithfully sei , ed
the city. With his many duties,
he has kept his faith with his
church. lie has served so faith
fully, so earnestly and so ably."
Commissioner Layton also pre
sented Rev." and Mrs. Gerberding
and Rev- and Mrs.- J. W. Phillips.
After the presentation, Mr.
Parsons told the board ihat he
thought they had dorie a good
Job and said, "Tidwell art!
Charlie Fulton Were with me i
?and they've done a good job. I
used to think I could please ev
erybody but I soon found our
Doins* a little reminiscencing.
Mr. Tidwell spoke up and said
"Mr. Parsons told me 'when i
first started working with him.
When anybody gets on you. bite
your tongue.' I almost bit mine
off. I've worked for him a long
time and he's treated everybody
Commissioner Wright praised
Mr. Parson's work and took the
occasion to inquire about a stool
he hatf remembered seeing Mr.
Parsons carry around many
years ago. "That wasn't to sit on,
it was an insulated stool I had
to .stand on to change the car
bon In the street lamps of that
day," Mr. Parsons answered.
Commissioner Barry gave a i
Continued On Page Ten
I. D. Lynn Bites
Funeral cervices for John ' D.
Lynn, 69, resident of Lackey St.,
were conducted Sunday after
noon at 2 o'clock from Temple
Rev. David jNL Morris and W. F.
Monroe officiated and burial was
in Mountain Rest cemetery ;
Mr. Lynn died in Kings Moun*
tain hospital FYlday morning at
11:30. Death was attributed to a
heart attack suffered Thursday.
He had been tn declining health
for two jrean.
A native of Gaston county, he
was the son of the Jate'Wff. and
Mrs. Calvin Lynn. Mr. Lynn was
a membet atul deacon emeritus o<
? * ' rhuroh. He was
: his wife, Mrs
Lynn, and two |
? _ of Gastonla and,
Robert Lynn of Kings Mountiln.
Deacons of Temple Baptist
chureH sarvwA us pallbearers.
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PARSONS PRESENTED PLAQUE AT TESTIMONIAL DINNER FRIDAY ? Shown abovt receiving a
plaque from Mayor Garland E. Still is L. C. Parsons, who was honored at a testimonial dinner last
Friday night at the Womans Club. Mr. Parsons, superintendent ol public works, retires January 1
alter 33 years service. Pictured are, left to right. Commissioner OUand Pearson, Mr. Parsons, Com
missioner C. P. Barry, Commissioner B. T. Wright, Sr., Mayor SUll, Commissioner Lloyd E. Davis and
Commissioner James G. Layton, who served as master of ceremonies at ft* event. (Herald photo by
To Christmas !
Special Christmas season son ?
ices at th ? community',* churches
hefjan over the weekend and
will continue through Christmas
Eve and Christmas Day'.
Among the special services
announced by churches of Kings
Mountain is a Christmas pro
gram at Bethlqhem church on
Tuesday evening at 7:30. in
Scripture, song and verse. It
is presented under the direction
of "Max Blackburn. chorister, and
Mrs. Juanita Warren, organist.
On Wednesday night at seven
o'clock, a special program will
be given at First Church of the
At 11 . o'clock on Christmas
Eve, St. Matthew's Lutheran
church will present its tradition
al midnight musical service, fea
turing anthems by two choirs,
under the direction of Mrs. Au
brey Mauney, solos iby. Miss Cla
ra Plonk and Miss Frances Sum
mers and brief Christmas mes
sage, entitled "Bethlehem" by
the pastor, Rav. W. P. Genber;
Also at 11 o'clock Resurrection
Lutheran church will hold a
Candlelight program with a ca
roling service to follow at mid
. night. ?
On Christmas morning, the an
nual Christmas morning service
w|Jl foe held at First Presbyteri
an church, with th& pastor, Rev.
'V. D.i Patrick, bringing the ser
mon on the topic "Christmas Is
lor Remembering/' The musical
program, directed by Mrs. Rhea
Barber, will include a solo |>y
Miss Frances Summers.
CLOSE WEDNESDAY ; Y.
Jaccfc Mauney Memorial Li
brary will be cloaed on W$d
ncjday, December 23 through
Saturday, December 2 f, Ac
cording to announcement by
Mrs. Charles Dil ling, librarian.
The library wlD again rtopeh
onJHonday December ?, abe
Party Held Saturday
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Annual Phenix Plant. Burliftg- 1
ton Mills, Inc., supervisors anil j
office personnel Christmas party i
was held at Masonic .(lining hall
Saturday . night with 34 persons!
Tables were decorated with car
nations, greenery and candles.
Brass bud vases and two red
carnations were* given as favors
to the ladles present.
Superintendent John Lathem I
welcomed the group and dinner |
was served by ladies of Grace
The group sang Christmas ca
rols and played bingo.
Walter J. Keeter^ Jr., who was
recently transferred to Flint
Plant, Gastonia, was presented a
Members of the Phenix square
dance team gave a demonstration
and the group joined in a square
v*The First National Bank will
be closed both Chrisima> Day
and Friday, December 26, in
observance of legal banking
holidays. The hank will also '
be closed on New Year's Day..
Fire Wipes Out
Of Local Family
A disastrous fire Monday morn
ing at 8:45 o'clock at Loom -To X
Mill villiage ousted two families
and almost completely demolish
ed the two-story frame house.
Mr. and Mrs. Paxil I^Jorman and
family of four small children lost,
all -possessions in the blaze. Mr!
and Mrs. Robert Moss and family,
who also lived in the house, man
aged to save ir.ii.sf of their belong
No one was injured in i he two
hour fire. Damage to the dwell
Friends and neighbors of the
Normans are requesting gifts
of furniture and clothing for
the family, destituted by Mon
day's fire. "
Floyd Payne, owner of Phe
nix Store, said that he would
bo glad to accept gifts on be
half of the family, who have
gone back to Rock Hill at pres
All household belongings
were destroyed by the fire and
the family needs everything ?
clothing, bedding, furniture,
The four children are: five
year ? old boy; three-year-old
girl; two-year-old boy, and a
ing was estimated at $2,000 by
Fire Chief Grady King.
The fire resulted when a kero
sene stove exploded, firemen said.
- The Normans had recently
moved here from Rock Hill, S. C.
Continued On Pxge Five
And it came to pass in those
daj/s that there t vent out a de
cree from Caesar Augustus that
all the world should be taxed.
And this taxing was first made
when Cyrenius was governor ot
And all went to be taxed, every -
one into hi* own city.
And Joseph alwo went up from
Galilee, out of the city of Naza
reth into Judaea, unto the city of
?*?- * * which is coiled Bethlehem;
Mary, hit es
swaddling clothes, and laid him
in a manger; because there was
no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same
country shepherds abiding in the
field, keeping watch, %ox>er their
flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the (,ord
came upon them, and the glory
of the I*ard shone round about
them; and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which
shdll be to all people.
For unto you i? bom this day
in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the I^ord.
And thii shall be a sign unto
you. Ye shall find the babe wrap
ped in twaddling clothes, lying
in a manger.
And suddenly there was with
the angels a multitude of heaven ?
J- , ? - -? ? ? ?*
ly boats praising Ood and saying,
Glory to God in the highest and
on earth peace, good Will toward
And it came to pass, as thfi
ant/els were gone away from
them info hearken, the shepherds
said one to another, I^et w* now
go even unto Bethlehem, and see
thi$ thing which is come to pass,
whifh the Lord hath made known I
And they came with haste, and
found Mary, and Joseph, and the
babe tying in a manger.
And when they had seen it,
they made known abroad the
saying which was told them con
cerning this child.
a And all that Ka4 heard it won
dered at thote things wMch were
told them by the Shepherd*.
Industrial Holiday Plans
Vary; Gift-Buying Brisk
Kings Mountain . stores were
jammed Monday with last
minute Christmas shoppers, and
it appealed! that Tuesday and
Wednesday, the last two chopping
days ho (ore Christmas, would,
find retail salespeople hard
pressed to handle all their cus
Saturday was a busy day, too.
but merchants thought that after
noon traffic was cut by the cold,
rainy weather. They anticipated
the Saturday stay-at-homes would
be out before Christmas Day.
Stocks were going down., but
still well-laden with plenty of
Christmas-type merchandise, and
majority of merchants said they
Would be able to supply most
Christmas gift wants.
Toy merchants Were still able
to show good selections.
All Kings Mountain merchants
will be opeiv later Tuesday night
and on Christmas Eve, with ma
jority following the' recommend
ed schedule of the Kings Moun
tain Merchants association, vvhkh
calls for Saturday hours through
The stores will be closed for
two days, on Thursday and Fri
day, re opening for business on
They will resume next Wednes
day afternoon the customary mid
week half-holiday. and will alsp.
observe New Year's Day as a hol
For L. J. McGill
Fun oral services for L. J.
(Jimmy i McGlIt, 3f>, of Dorches.
(er, Mass., son of W, J, McGill.
now of Sharon, S, C., and the
latr1 Mrs. Zuha Pursley McGill,
will he held Wednesday morning
Mr. McGill, a Kings Mountain
hfttive and a resident of this com
munity for many years, died at
?12:05 Sunday morning at Veter
ans Hospital, Chelsea, Mass. He
was suffering from Hodkins di
sease and his condition has been
serious for the past several
weeks. He had become seriously]
ill in August.
A veteran of World War II, he
had served in the Air Force.
Surviving are; his wife and
three children, two boys and a
girl. Also surviving are h?# father,
a sister, Mrs. Nelson Pittinger, of
Union Bridge, Md., and a brother,
W. J. McGill, of Albany, Ga.
Today's Herald Last
Before New Year 'S3
Today's Herald is the regu
lar Christmas week issue of
I the paper which is anuually
advanced to appear Just prior
to Christmas Day.
It contains a large volumo
of Christmas greetings frcm
the merchants of the commJn
i ity who are using its colrmns
to wish to all the people ( I the
j Kings Mountain area a most
joyous Christinas season. In
addition, there are last-'ainute
gilt suggestions (rom a num
ber of firmi.'
The Herald will close at noon
Tuesday and will re-oj?en Mon
day morning, December 29.
The next edition will appear
on regular schedule New
i Postal Peak
Last Wednesday was peak
mailing day at Kings Mountain
postofflce, according to report of
Oeorge Hord. assistant postmas
ter. who ?sald 19.838 cancellations
wore recorded by the mailing ma
In addition, parrel post hand.
| cancellations meant thai more
than 20.000 pieces of outgoing
mail were handled on that day.
Cancellation figures began to
ilrop steadily on the following
day, and these were the totals
Thursday, If), NS4 cancellations;
| "'Friday. 3 4, (^cancellations,
i Saturday,- 12.902 cancellation's.
[ Sunday. 3.325 cancellation*.
Average daily cancellations ap
proximate rvitfHi pieces. Though
the total was still Well .above 'the
average daily, mailings of Kings
Mountain area citizens. Mr. I. ford
thought the peak had passed and
that lo. al .postal clerks would be
handling a diminishing volume of
mail in the final days before
Incoming mail was still heavy
Monday, with' packages covering
up much available space in the
posmffice and with mail boxes
and pouches heavily laden with
the remains of the annual Christ
mas greet ing crop.
The postofflce will close on
Christmas day and the following
day. December 26. will be a semi
holiday. There will be no rural
mail. delivery on December .2(5, but
city deliveries will be made and
a window will be open. No money
order service will be available on
December 26. The postofflce also
closes on N?*w Year's Day.
Mrs. Harmon's Aunt
Dies; Rites Tuesday
f Unocal rites for Mrs. Rosa
White Gray, 87, great aunt of
Mrs. Martin Harmon, will bp held
Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock at
Lanford Mortuary in Woodruff,
Mrs. Gray, an Invalid for the
past six years, died early Sunday j
I evening at the home of her niece,
Mrs. H, K. James, where she !
had made 'her home for many
She was the widow of, Walter
Gray, %nd a native of Drake's
Branch, Virginia. She was a for
mer teacher for many, years in .
the Virginia public schools.
Interment vvill he made in '
Sale of 1953 ta?s totaled 249
Monday afternoon, according
to report from the city clerk's
office. Tags must be purchas
ed by February 1, 1953, and
[ ' price of the tax Is one dollar. ,
Kings Mountain citizens wore
; huslly preparing for the Christ
I mas holiday Monday,
| For some, the holiday had al
ready >b?gun. as some textile
firtns suspended operations with
Inst weeks schedules. For others,
the .holiday will bejrin Wednes
day morning, or Wednesday ev -
But virtually everyone will
get into the act. Hardly anyone
would fail to get some freedom
from regularly scheduled tasks.
| There were also Christmas,
bonuses for employees of some
firm*. Among industxial firms
reporting payment of Christmas
season gifts this year were Kings
Mountain Manufacturing Com
pany. Mauney Mills, Bonnie Mills,
r Mauney Hosiery Company, Inc.,
; Sadie Cotton Mills, and Craftspun
I Yarns. Inc., in addition to Bur
lington Mills, which announced
its Christmas plans last week.
Christinas, bonus payments at.
I Kings Mountain Manufacturing
j Company, Bonnie Mill, Mauney
Mill, and Sadie Mill approximat
ed two per cent of annual wages.
Kings Mountain Manufacturing
Company will suspend operations
Tuesday, resuming regular sche
dules on Monday. The other three
firms are taking a full week's
Mauney Hosiery Company, Inc.,
is also paying a Christmas bonds,
based on two percent of wages.
Which W. K. Mauney, Jr., general
manager, said would total in ex
j-?-ess of 5W 000_ This firm will lie
'closed from Tuesday night to
j Craftspun Yarns, Inc., will com
j plele pre- Christmas schedules'
| Wednesday morning and resume
operations Sunday .evening at 10 -
o'clock. Craftspun is giving cm
] plpyees a Christmas gift approxi
mating a day's pay and totaling
Continued On I'fifte Ten
i laycees Urge
More Food Gifts
Tuesday is the last flay to help
make Christmas merrier for
Kings Mountain's neediest fam
ilies ? Huy a Can, Leave a
Can!", officials of the Kings
Mountain Junior Chamber of
Commerce reminded citizens
Jaycees are again promoting
the food collection project so
that all citizens may share their
Christmas with others.
"When you're grocery shop
ping Tuesday, remember the
needy. Purchase several staple
items and leave them in the
boxes at the stort*. We will flee
that your gift Is distributed to a
needy family," J T. iMcGinnis,
club vice president urged.
President Joe Hedden has call
ed a special meeting of ttie club
for Tuesday night at 7:30 p. m.,
at Plonk Motor Company. Pood
collected from the project, plus
additional items purchased by
the organization, will be prepar
ed and delivered to a list of
needy families submitted by iRed
Cross chapter officials, only city
V st Kings Mountafn grocery
firms are cooperating with' the
Jaycees on the food collection
project and many report only a
small number of Items collected
The Jaycees first sponsored
the project last year, when a
goodly quantity of food was col
lected and distributed.