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VOL. 63 NO. 3
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Rings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, January 15, 1953
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Of Planning Body Declined
A total of $139.66 was collec
ted from the city's parking
meters Wednesday morning
according to a report by the
city treasurer's office.
RETURNS PROM KOREA
Pfc. Reld A. Thompson, U. S.
Army, recently returned from
duty In Korea and has been
assigned to Fort Jackson S. C.,
He is currently on a 30-day
leave, visiting his parents in
Sgt. Dean Ramsey returned
Friday to overseas duty in
France after spending the hol
idays here with his wife and
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie
Ramsey. He has been in the
service two years.
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City firemen answered a call
on Cleveland Avenue Friday
afternoon around 3:30 o'clock
to the home of Melton Riser. A
gas heater, which had flared
up, was under control when
firemen arrived. No damage
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A total of 540 Kings Moun
tain motorists hav* purchased
1953 city auto license plates,
according to a report by the
city clerk's office. Tags must
be purchased by February 1,
1953, and twice of the tag is
BROOM SALE GROUP
Fred Wright, Jr., has been
named chairman of the 1953
Lions club broom sale for the
benefit of the blind, with I. W.
Webster as co-chairman. Oth
er committee members are
James Houser, Sam Stallings,
Paul Howard, and Carl F.
SR Hugh Williams, Jr., 440
61-55, son at Mr. and Mrs.
Hugh Williams of North Piec*
mont avenue, Is now stationed
with Company 0984, U. S. Na
val Training Center, San Die
ga 33. cam. He enitBted in the
Navy six weeks ago and is un
dergoing boot training at the
Harold Hunnkmtt said this
week that he Is entering
all lour animals of Hun-Chin
Ranch In the first annual show
of the Carollnas Branch, Na
tional Chincilla Breeders asso
ciation, to (be held in Winston
Salem Friday, Saturday and
City and county tax listers
were working at a "busy pace
Oils week, as the tax listing
pace increased. With half the
jmontti gone, tax listing offici
als doubted, they -said, that
hall the property owners had
completed the listing Job. The
county and city tax listers are
at City Hall dally except Mon
day, when the county lister is
at Groves ;
. Ttie Arthur Hay Fire Insur
ant! a partnership
owned and operated by Miss
Helen Hay and t>avld Nell], has
been dissolved as of January 1,
1988, aocording to dissolution
notice published today in the
Kings Mountain Herald. Miss
Hay, Who purchased the Neil]
interest. Is now the sole owner,
and will continue to operate
the agency under the same
Arm name. , ' ,
Post 155, the American Legion,
wbo wish to serve as pallbear
er* at the funetal of Pvt. Pink
" J&Mre been re
to meet at Harris'
Home Sunday at 1:30
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Sunday at First BaptlM
Vote 3 to 2
Tor Status Quo
Mayor Garland Still broke a
tie vote Monday night, thereby
enabling the city hoard of com
missioners to refuse by 3-2 vote
a recommendation of the city
planning board that, steps toe
taken to set up a city manager
form of government.
A motion of C. P. Barry, secon
ded by B. T. Wright, to seek a
legislative amendment calling
for an election on a modified
"Plan D" or city manager form
of government for the city, had
failed to carry. * , .
James G. Layton then read a
long letter, outlining reasons for
refusal to accept the planning
board recommendations, and
moved that the letter be approv
ed by the board and sent to the
planning board. Olland R. Pear
son, seconded, and or the 2-2 vote,
Mayor Still broke the tie, favor
ing the refusal and dispatch of
the letter. .
The letter, text of which is
printed below, stated that the
city manager election would be
called should a petition bearing
signatures of 25 percent of the
voters be presented.
The five-member planning
board had written the mayor
and board members on January
9, as follows:
"A number of citizens of Kings
Mountain have brought the pro
position of a City Mahager form
of government to members of
the Planning Board and the
bofcrd ch -ffovember 25, 1902 re
quested that the Secretary write
the Lions Club, Merchants Ass'n,
Kiwanis Club and the Junior
Chamber of Commerce and get
the sentiment of the members of
these groups on this matter. A
reply has been received from c--.ch
of the above Civic groups and
each overwhelmingly endorse a
City Manager system for Kings
"At a call meeting of the Plan
ning Board on January 8, 1953
with the following present: By
ron Keeter, C. E. Nelsler, Carl
Mauney, Hal S. Plonk and L. E.
Abbott, on motion the board unan
amlously approved a recommen
dation that the City Council give
serious consideration to this mat
ter of a City Manager form of
government and act 6n this rec
ommendation as soon as possible
in order that action can be taken
by our County Representatives in
the present State Legislature
which is now in session.
'Inquiries have been also made
to us about the Gas Allotment to
Kings Mountain and we suggest
that you also give this matter
"If we can be of any service to
you on these matters please call
Text of the letter rtad by Mr.
Layton and sent to the planning
"On August 30, 1948, the citi
zens of Kings Mountain had an
election. The ballot was divided
into three (3) parts ? :
Plan A (Mayor- Council)
Plan B (Council-Mayor-Man
Plan C (Present Form of Gov
'.The tabulation of the votes
were as follows:
Ward 1 ? 78 For, 1 Against
Ward 2 ? 69 For, 2 Against
Ward 3 ? 43 For, 2 Against
Ward 4 ? 31 For, 1 Against
Ward 5 ? 87 For, 2 Against
TOTAL ? 308 For. 8 Against
"The result* of this election
shows that the citizens of Kings
Mountain were In favor of oar
present form of government by a
vote of 38 to 1.
"Under our present form of
government all the affairs of the
City are administered by the
Mayor and five (5) Board Com
missioners all of whom are duly
elected by the voters of the City
of Kings Mountain. Under this
form of government no expendi
ng*, purchases, allocations or
any other business transactions
may be made or entered into with
out first being brought before
the Board and approved by a
majority Vote. Alter this has been
done, *11 business discussed by the
Board ii written up Into minutes
and kept for permanent record.
To our knowledge, this Is the
first administration In the City
of Kings Mountain to adhere
strictly to th* rule* and regula
tions sa set forth In the Cttj^
"What other form q&?aMtife
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RITES SUNDAY ? Final rites for
Prt. Pinkney Roberts, Jr., above,
will be held Sunday at 3 p. m. at
First Baptist church. A Marine,
he was killed in action in Korea
on October 29, 1952.
Sunday At 3 p. m.
Final rites lor Marine Private
Pinkney Roberts, Jr., 19-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Pinkney Ro
berts, Sr., of route two, a Korean
war casualty, will be held at
First Baptist church Sunday aft
ernoon at 3 o'clock.
'Rev- H. G. Weekley, pastor of
the church, and Rev. E. H. Simp
son, of Concord, will officiate
and touriel ?vill be in Mountain
cemetery with full military
A Marine Corps reserve unit
of Charlotte will serve, as mem
bers of the firing squad and Le
gionnaires of Otis D. Green Post
1S5, of Kings (Mountain, will
serve as pallbearers.
The body arrived in Kings
Mountain Wednesday morning
and will remain at Harris Funer
al Home until 1 p. m. Saturday,
when it will be taken to the
Pvt. Roberts, who served with
a First Marine division artillery
unit, was killed by an enemy ar
tillery shell on October 29, 1952.
He left the United States on Sep
tember 15, 1952, joining the vet
eran Korean unit on Oetoiber 1,
A former Grover high school
student, he had entered the ser
vice on Febraury 4, ? 1952, ? and
completed boot training at Par
rls Island, S. C., Marine base.
Survivors, in addition to the
parents, are two -brothers, Ed
ward and David Roberts, and
five sisters, Mrs. Edith Hender
son of Camden, S. C., Mrs. Vir
ginia Frederick of Greensboro,
Mrs. Ethel Dover of York, S. C,
Mrs. Isabelle Odom of Varmville,
S. C., and Mrs. Donnie V. Miller
Howard P. Whisnant, Gastonia
furniture dealer was elected
president of Lake Montonia
Club, Inc., at the annual stock
holders meeting of the group
held at the courtroom at City
Hall Tuesday night.
Mr. Whisnant succeeds Dorus
C. McSwaln, of Gastonia, as
Other officers elected were Dr.
O. R Lewis as vice-president,
Harry E. Page as secretary-treas
urer, R. H. Crockett, Jr., of Gas
tonia as assistant secretary ?
treasurer, J. Pat Tlgnor and W.
S. Swicrs, of Gastonia, as three -
year directors, and Bonnie F.
ftorris, Jr., ol Gastonia, a a di
rector to fill a two-year vacan- 1
at left toy Mr. Whlsn->r.t's eleva
on to the presidency*
Retiring officers are Mr. Tlg
nor as vice-president* B. S. NeiU,
Jr., as secretary - treasurer, Mr.
Page as assistant and Dr. Lewis
and Bill Spencer, of Gastonia,
The group discussed msny
items of business, with some 30
The group voted to sell SO as
The Jewel Box
Ross Alexander, for . the past
five years watchmaker at Gray
son's Jewelry, has purchased The
Jewel Box, on Battleground av
enue, from T. W. Grayson.
The transaction was comple
ted last Thursday, and the sale
included accounts, merchandise
and fixtures of the Jewel Box.
The fjrm will henceforth be
known as Alexander's Jewelry,
and will feature a full lin<> of
watches, 'jewelry and gifts, in
addition to watch repair service.
Mr. Alexander, a native of
Wadesooro, has seven years' ex
perience at the watchmaking
trade. He is a navy veteran of
World War II, having spent two
years in the service.
The Jewel Box was successor
to Garland's Jewelry, and was.
purchased by Mr. Grayson in
June 1950. Mr. Grayson will now
demote his full time to the op
eration of Grayson's Jewelry.
To Lions Club
Christianizing the world Is the
only answer to its problems, Rev.
Gordon Weekley, pastor of First
Baptist church, told members of
the Kings Mountain Lions club
? "Because we have failed to
plant Bibles in the hands of four
fifths of the people of the world,
we are forced to plant bombs on
their heads, he declared.
"if we will return to God, we
can avert this tragedy," he con
Reviewing the recent war fiis
tory of the world, Mr. Weekley
said that the beginning of the
Korean War was a beginning of
change in the world picture. He
described the fpur-fifthi ojt the
people of the world in Asia and
other non-educated nations as
"waking up", and of making new
Remands on civilization.
He said that the "civilized"
world only comprises about one
fifth the people, at one time of
no seeming consequence because
of distance and the fact that the
civilized peoples had all the tech
Two ways to peace, he listed,
are "working on ourselves" and
"working on others". He said
that this natlou has been "major- ;
ing on minors", and listed as one
of the "minors" the legal sale of
C. D. Wart presented Mr. Week
Prior to the address, Dr. N. H.
Reed conducted an Interview with
Boyce Cash, a polio victim of a
few years ago, who described the
efforts of thp March of Dimes of
flclals in returning him to health.
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All officers and directors of
First National Bank were re
elected at the annual meeting of
The stockholders heard reports
from officers showing the bank
enjoyed a prosperous year. Of
ficials said more stock was rep
resented at the meeting than in
Officers are F. R. Summers,
president; B. S. Neill, executive
vice-president; R. L. Mauney, vice
?president; L. E. Abbott, vice
president and cashier; J. C. Mc
Kinney, assistant cashier; and
Mrs. Helen R. Blanton, assistant
Directors of the bank are F. R.
Stammers, B. S. Neill, R. L. Mau
ney, P, M. Neisler, W. K. Mauney,
M. A. Ware, Glee A. Bridges, and
Dr. L. P. Baker.
Residential Light Rate Cut Again;
Paving Assessments Are Confirmed
Question of whether the city
could assess for the paving of
East Gold street furnished the
principal subject of discussion at
the hearing Monday night on a
large group of street ? paving as
B. D. Ratterree, one of the pro
perty ownerst said no petition
had been signed for. the paving
of East Gold street, that the
work had been done by the State
Highway and Public Works com
mission. and that he would not
pay any assessment. He also
said he was representing W. K.
Mauney and W. K. Mauney, Jr..
other property owners affected,
and that their position was the
same as his.
.George W. Allen, assessed for
paving on Deal street, said he
wouldn't pay unless the Gold
street owners paid, He said Deal
street was also paved by the
State highway department and
the fact of a petition would
make no difference. He also con
tended that assessment for use
of highway street money (prede
cessor to Powell Bill funds) is
Mr. Allen further suggested
that it would be wise for the
board to forget all the assess
ments. He contended that "some
streets have been paved for
nothing" in the past.
Mrs. H. H. Moss, who was pres
ent at the meeting in reference
to the paving of Cherokee srtreet,
took exception to Mr. R*tter
ree's statement, saying "I sign
ed no petition, but I'm going to
pay my part. Surely you people
will pay . your part. The town
can't Improve If people don't
work together to make It"
Otherwise, the objections to the
proposed street - paving assess
ments were more routine, ma
jority of them limited to re
quests for correction of footage
Eugene R. Roberts was present
to object in person and F. R.
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^ Legionnaries of Otis D. Green
Post 155 went on record at the
regular January mooting last Fri
day night as favoring a state bon
us and donated $11.15 to the an
nual March of Dimes drive.
Twenty-two members were pre
sent at the meeting. Commander
Sam Collins presided.
The group also voted to pro
ceed with plans to sponsor a
Commander Collins announced
that John W. Gladden had been
awarded a Century Club citation
for signing over 100 members for
1953. Other "Go-Getters" were an
nounced as James S. Ware, Glee
A. Bridges, Millard Prince and
Commander Collins, each, having
signed 10 or more members.
A report of activities of the
Kings Mountain Kiwanis club
during the past year will be
made at the Thursday evening
meeting of the club, Which
convenes at 6:45 at Masonic
Dining hall. The program is to
be presented by the achieve
ment committee, which inclu
des Rev. W..L. Press ly and Dr.
L. P. Baker.
I POUO CAMPAIGN CO CHAIRMAN ? Dr. Nathan H. Reed, left, and
Grady Howard, right, are serving as co-chairmen of the 19S3 March
of Dimes campaign in Number 4 Township. County-wide goal of the
campaign this year is S25.000.
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March Oi Dimes
Drive Is Oil
To Fast Start
Number Four Township's an
nual March of Dimes drive got
off to a fast start Monday with
the announcement of a contribu
tion of $f>4JpO by the Harry Bro
thers oi G rover.
The donation was one-fifth of_
the Cleveland County quota of
525,000. Some $29,000 was raised
last year, it has been reported.
Donors of the $5,000 statsd that
the gift was presented In grati
tude for the care accorded by the
county chapter to three children
of the Harry family who were
stricken with polio last summer.
Only other reports from the
township were $344 netted at a
community song festival at Gro
ver on Sunday and $11.15 collect
ed at the January meeting of the
American Legion Post last Friday
Dr. N. H. Reed anxl Grady K.
Howard,. Kings Mountain area
chairmen, listed additional cam
paign workers this week.
Chairmen of the employees- di
vision of the industrial organiza
tion were listed as ? Harold
Phillips, Craftspun; Bruce Thor
burn, Burlington; B. S. Neill, Jr.,
Margrace; Hoyle McDaniel, Mau
ney Hosiery; Clarence Black and
Rufus Mltchem, Mauney; Leo
nard Smith. Sadie: Bob Morrison.
Bonnie; Haskell Wilson, Loom
Tex; J. C. Smathers, Park Yarn;
Harry E. Page, Pauline; Brooks
Tate, Kings Mountain Manufac
turing Co.; and C. W. Cradic,
Slater Brothers. .
Professor J. A. Gibson was list
ed as Negro chairman.
Missionary To Speak
To Lutheran Women
Miss Clara Sullivan, missionary
to China, will be the guest speak
er at Resurrection Lutheran
Church Monday evening at 7:30
p. m. This program Is sponsored
by the Women of the Church of
Resurrection and St. Matthew's
Miss Sullivan, a missionary for
more than twenty years, was In
terned twice, during the recent
turmoil 'ji China.
Mrs. Aubrey Mauney will pre
sent the speaker. Scripture will
be read by Mrs. J. E. Herndon,
welcome will be given by Mrs.
RITES CONDUCTED ? B. Hud
son Bridge*, former city commis
sioner and well known cltlsen,
died last Thursday following a
heart attack. Funeral rites were
B. H. Bridges
Funeral rites for Ben Hudson
Bridges, Sr., 57, resident of 110
Fulton Street, were conducted
last Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock
from Temple Baptist church.
Rev. David N. Morris, pastor of
the church, officiated, assisted by
Rev. H. Gordon Weekley, Pa3t01'
oT First Haptlst church, liurlal
was in the Patterson Grove
Mr. Bridges died in a Gaston
County hospital Thursday morn
ing following an illness of two
years. A native of Gaston county,
he was the son of the late Mr. and
Mrs. George W. Bridges.
He was a former city commis
sioner and was a director of the
Kings Mountain Building and
Loan Association. He was a
World War I veteran, serving
with the 81st Infantry division.
He was a former employee of
Mr. Bridges was a charter
member and deacon emeritus of
Temple Baptist church.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Mae Sneed Bridges, one son Ben
Hudson. Jr., of Salisbury, and a
brother, J. W. Bridges of Gaston
la. Also surviving are two grand
?hHU first wife, Mrs. Llllie White
Bridges died in 1947.
Active pallbearers were Ho
ward Roberts, Paul Bridges, Mel
ton Hope, Jr., Bob Grlgg, Thomas
Tlndall and James E. Amos.
Honorary pallbearers were dea
cons of Temple Baptist church
and directors of Kings Mountain
Building & Loan Association.
In Honor Group
Bobby Earl Patterson, of Kings
Mountain, is among 6 S students
at Baylor University Initiated In
the school'! chapter of Alpha Chl,
national honor scholastic society
Wednesday, according to an
nouncement by Dr. E. B. Thomp
son, faculty sponsor.
Baylor Junior#, seniors and
graduates who are In the upper
five per cent of their claas, scho
lastically, are eligible for mem
bership in Alpha Chi. Tl>? re
quirements for the Baylor /chap
ter of Alpha Chl are high* than
those for the national organiza
tion which allows members from
the top ?m par cent
Local Phones Top 2,000 Mark
Expanded telephone service
was oart of substantial progress
recorded In Kings Mountain in
1952, according to E. P. Farrls,
Southern Bell Manager here.
During 1952 the number of
telephones In service Increased
by 202, or approximately ten per
cent. Aa the year ends, 2041 tele
phones are in service, aa against
1839 at the tint at the year. .
"The number of people with
telephone service is regarded as
a good barometer of economic
health, and the number in ser
vice at Klitgs Mountain oonthitt*
es to Increase. We oontlnue to
jBseetve a heavy volome of new
applications," Mr. Farrfs said
1 Mr. Farrls explained that the
total number of telephones now
serving King* Mountain la two
and-ope-hajf times greater than
at the end of World War II. On
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January 1, 1947, there were 897
telephones in service and at the
end of 1938 there were 397 tele
phones In service.
The expansion of Kings Moun
tain's telephone system was a
part of a statewide telephone
growth which in 1952 added over
28,000 to the total telephones in
the state. .North Carolina now
has 374.800 Bell telephone* In
iervlce, which is more than two
and-one-third times the number
In service in the state at the end
of World War II.
Southern Bell In 1992 provided
$17,335,000 worth of additional
facilities in North Carolina, ma
king ? total of 992,000,009 spent
In the state sln6e world War II.
"In addition to providing tele
phones to residents at North
Carolina cities and towns Sou
thern Bell has Insulted mmny
rural telephones throughout the
state," Mr. Farrls said.
"During the past year, we have
added 11,100 rural telephones in
North Carolina at a cost of over
Mr. Farrls pointed out that
Southern Bell Is aware that in
spite of its tremendous expan
sion program in North Carolina,
there are still many persons
waiting for telephone service.
"Due to the rapid economic
growth of this region," he added,
"We still receive heavy demands
for telephone service. We are
working hard to meet all service
needs, -both civilian and mili
tary. As we enter the new year,
we are confident that telephone
service will continue to play an
lncreaaingly important role In
the economic and social life of
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Users To Get
Cily power users will got an
otlior cut March 1, 'according to
action of the city hoard of com
missioners Monday night.
By 9-2 vote, the mayor break
ing a tic. tiie board voted to cut
residential rates an additional
ten percent as of March 1. James
G. Layton made the motion and
Oliand Person seconded. B T.
Wright and G. P. Barry opposed.
M. K. Fuller, general superin
tendent of public works, estima
ted the cut would cost" the city
about $4,000 for the romander of
the fiscal year, or about $1,000
The cut equalizes the rate re
duction previously given com
mercial users. Under present bil
ling schedules, commercial users
get a 20 percent discount, while
residential users have been get
ting only a ten percent discount*
Commissioner Lloyd Davis was
In other actions the hoard:
1) Approved a requested
change in the zoning ordinance,
designating a portion of York
Road neighborhood trading area
rather than residential. No ob
jections were voiced to the
change aft<;r advertisement of
Jhe proposal. . - 1
2) Voted to provide a reserved
parking space on S. Piedmont
avenue for the First Baptist
church educational director.
3) Authorized issuance of a
'privilege license to Oakley
Shenck for operation of a pool
4) Authorized paymer.l of a
'bill of $264 to the N. C. League
of iMunicipalties for coding work.
5) Accepted the resignation of
Ollie Harris as civil defense
chairman, effective on obtaining
of a replacement.
6) Approved a price increase
of 10 cents per square foot on
cemetery lots in Section 5 of
Mountain Rest cemetery, effec
tive February 1. Superintendent
Sam Suber made the recommen
7) Voted payment of $50 to the
women of Second Baptist church
for serving the Parsons banquet
8) Contracted with Orkin
Company for pest control serv
ice at City Hall for $10 a month.
9) Voted refund of $67 55 to E.
k. ana j. k. Koberts for llbO ihd
1951 taxes . paid on property
found to be outside, the city li
mits. The board also authorized
cancellation of the 1952 tax hill
on the same propwty.
10) Voted to prohibit parking
on the North side of W. Moun
tain street, from Railroad avenue
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A school of instruction for the
37th Masonic District will be held
with Fairview Lodge No. 339 here
in Kings Mountain Wednesday,
Beginning at 3:30 p. m. Camp
Call, Lodge No. 534, will exempli
fy the first degree. At 5 p. m., the
Mooresboro Lodge No. 388 will
exemplify the second degree. At
7:30 p. m., Cleveland Lodge No.
202 will exemplify the third de
gree. All of this work will be un
der the supervision of District
Deputy Grand Lecturer Raymond
Rhyne, of Belmont.
At 6:45 p. m. barbecue will be
served by "Red" Bridges of Shel
by, at $1.50 per person. Persona
planning to attend the supper are
being asked to notify James B
Sirrpson or A. B. Chandler b^
The meetings are open to all
For Needy Family
The Kings Mountain Red
Cross chapter is seeking arti
cles of used furniture for tbe
Hubert Hutchlns family, a ne
gro family which lest its home
es the night of December 27.
Dm IskhiBi house on Lake
Mostesia lead was complete
ly dsstisyed by fire, including
, all it* fmrntihl? <
Persons having distant ed ar
ticles el famttare (hey wish ??
call Mrs. J. If.