City Limit* . ,A 7.206
Trading Area 15,000
(1945 Ration Board FlgurM)
Kings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
VOL. 63 NO. 4
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Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, January 22, 1953
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Earnest and Miles Mauney,
dual pianists, are currently on
a concert tour in Alabama,
Louisiana, and Tennessee.
Ttiey will return to Kings
Mountain from their tour Feb
Captain Estel -Eikin has re
cently returned from active
duty in Korea and has been
assigned to Fort Jackson, S. C,
where he is to -report Thurs
day. His wife, the former Polly
Crouch, and family will join
Jack Crouch, son of Mr. and
Mrs. E. H. Crouch, has enlisted
in the U. S. Army and was to
report to Fort Jackson, &. C.,
this week. Prior to his enlist
ment in the service, he attend
ed Gardner ? Webb college.
Sale of 1953 city auto licen
se plates totaled 627, accord
ing to a report by the city
clerk's office Wednesday morn
ing. Tags must toe purchased
by February 1 and price of the
tag is one dollar.
Regular meeting of the.
Kings Mountain Lions club
will be held Tuesday night at
7 o'clock at Masonic Dining
Hall. Program for the meeting
has not been announced.
A total of $143.08 was collec
ted from the city's parking
meters Wednesday morning,
according to ,a report by the
city treasurer's office.
PALM SUNDAY PBOGRAM
The Senior Choir of Central
Methodist church will present
DuBois' "Seven Last Words of
Jesus Christ" on Palm Sunday,
March 29, according to an
nouncement by Miss Bonnie
Mcintosh, choir director and
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Pethel
have moved into the Jacob
Cooper apartment on Piedmont
avenue. Mr. Pethel, who will
assume duties of organist and
choir director of First Presby
terian church February I; has
boon released to Inactive stat
us from the army.
L, L. Benson, well ? known
Kings Mountain citizen who
has been a patient at a Black
Mountain ianltariian for the
past several months, returned
to his home In the Mauney
Apartments Monday. Mr. Ben
son is able to receive guests
and can see visitors between
the hours of 3 and S p. m. and
7 and 8:30 p. m.
Pastor Raises $1,400
In "Mile" Collection
Some $1,400 has been collected
on Rev. B. F. Austin's "Mile of
Dollar*" drive for the Second
Baptist church building fund,
Richard Barnett announced this
Construction is nearlng com
pletion on the new structure a
croas from the prevent building
on Linwood road. The old build
ing will be used for a recrea
tion department when the hand
some- new juueture is reidy for
Mr. Barnett also announced
that Sunday school classes at
the church are competing for
banners as a part of the build
ing fund drive. ,!
For ChMTu Molhor
Funeral services for Mr*. W.
<3. Turner, 77, mother of S. Ft.
(Pop) Davidson, city police chief.
Wfll be held Thursday afternoon
at York Fun?r?l JBona^ burial
following In Parkwood cemetery.
Mrs. Turner died at 4:80 Wed
nesday morning at the home of
a son in York. She had been ill
. for the past three months.
Under the title "Rose Boom for
Kings Mountain", Living for
Young Homemakers magazine
features in its February issue,
Just off the press, the Kings
Mountain Living Beautification
rose project in picture, story and
A- half- dozen pictures show
Kings Mountain citizens at work
planting roses in various public
spots, while, in another four-plc
ture series, the art of successful
rose-planting is depicted. George
H. Mauney Is the guinea pig do
ing the planting.
Another picture, shows, the ar
rival of the first shipment of rose
plants last year from the maga
zine, which sponsored the project
and launched it with a gift of
rose plants. In this picture are
Mrs. John Cheshire, Mrs. Tim
Hord, Arnold Kiser, Byron Kee
ter, F. R. Summers, Mrs. J. C.
Bridges, Mrs. Glee E. Bridges,
Mrs. Marriott Phifer, Mrs. George
H. Mauney and George H. Mau
One picture shows a group of
committee members planting
roses at the intersection of U. S.
74 and Mountain street, and a
nother shows a group of school
children working on "Operation
Green Thumb". Still another
shows planting activity along the
banks of the Southern Railway
The magazine gives a courtesy
line for the photographs to Carl
Play Date Set
Kings Mountain Little Theatre
wilL present "Ten Little Indi
ans'', Agatha Chrlsti's mystery
drama, on Tuesday, February 3
at Central school auditorium.
Cast and committees were an
nounced this week by Dr. P. G.
Padgett, who will direct the pro
Featured in the cast are Philip
Baker as "Jim Narcott";'Dr. P N
Baker as "Rogers"; Mrs. Dudley
Rainey as 'TMrs. Rogers"; Miss
Cornelia Dick as "Vera Clay-'
thorn"; B. S. Peeler, Jr., as
"Philip Lowibaed"; Bruce Thor
burn as "Anthony Maiston";
Delbert Dixon as * 'William
Blou"; Ed Smith as "General
MdcKenzie"; Mrs. Au-brey Mau
ney as "Emily Brest"; I. Ben Go
forth, Jr., as "Sir Lawrence War
grave"; and ft. G. Plonk, Jr., as
Sam Stallings is staging chair
man, Luther Cans is -chairman
of lighting and sound, Mrs. Rudi
Wuennervberg is proprietress of
properties, Mrs. Charles Mettau*
er is make-up chairman, and
Mrs. Bruce Thorburn has charge
of programs and tickets.
Dr. Padgett also issued an ap
peal tor volunteers to assist with
the production, urging those in
terested to contact one of the
chairmen for assignment.
Held On Tuesday
Funeral services for James
Floyd Patterson, 48, resident of
28 Mitchell street, Shelby, were
conducted Tuesday afternoon at
4 o'clock from Sulphur Springs
Rev. I. M. Brendle officiated as
sisted by Rev. Spurgeon Scruggs.
Burial was In the church ceme
Mr. Patterson died at his home
Monday at 1 a. m. following a
heart attack. He was the adopted
son of Mrs. Lee Patterson Wright
of Kings Mountain.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Vergle JBoheler Patterson; three
Sons, Larry and Gary Patterson
of Shelby and Thomas Eugene
Patterson of the U. S. Army sta- ]
tioned at Camp Gordon, Ga.; two
brothers, Everett and Howard
Patterson of Kings Mountain;
and two sisters, Mrs. Tanny M.
Bowen, and Mrs. Hester Co* of
Rock HU1, S. C.
A representative of the in*
ternal revenue bureau will be
at the City Rail In Kings
Mount?!* on February 19 to
help local citizens In prepar.
tng 1950 Income tax re-port*
aooording to recent announce
March Of Dimes
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KIWANIS SPEAKER ? Dr. C. C.
Jernigan, president of Queens
College, Charlotte, will address
members of the Kings Mountain
Kiwanis club at their meeting
Thursday evening at 6:45. A
special feature of the program
will be musical renditions by
Miss Cornelia Dick, vocal soloist.
The city board of commission
ers, in special meeting on Wed
nesday night, January 15, attend
ed only by the mayor and two
commissioners, took the follow
ing actions by 3-0 vote, Mayor
Garland Still voting on each
1) Delayed payment for unused
vacation time until the next regu
lar meeting of the board.
2) Rescinded approval of in
stallation of a water line on Juni
per street. (It was explained that
the line was desired for use of
the hospital nursehome and that
the hospital could obtain water
service from its present line as
3) Designated Tom Henry su
perintendent of public works, at
a salary of $325 per month, and
designated M. K. Fuller assistant
superintendent of public works
at a salary of $300 per month. The
trio also voted that Mr. Fuller
should relinquish the car furnish
ed by the city to the police de
partment and that a police de
partment car should be turned
over to the lire department.
Present and voting In addition
to the mayor, were Commission
ers Pearson and Layton.
City firemen answered a call
Monday afternoon at 2:30
o'clock outside the city limits
on the Shelby Road. A car, a
1951 Ford, property of Ralph
Haynes, was almost complete
ly destroyed toy the flames.
Origin of the automobile fire
was not known.
For Polio Fund
Annual March of Dimes drive
for funds to combat polio and to
assist in the treatment of polio
patients is reported going well in
the Kings Mountain area by Gra
dy K. Howard and Dr. Nathan
H. Reed, co-chairmen,
. No report was made by the
chairmen of the actual amount al
ready collected but the two men
urged all workers and chairmen
to submit a preliminary report
to them on Monday or Tuesday
of the collection to date.
Goal for Cleveland County is
$25,000, with the Kings Mountain
area expected to contribute a
round one-fourth of that amount.
Some $29,000 was raised in the
county last year.
' ? The local drive got off to a big
start on January 12 with the an
nouncement of a contribution of
$5,000 by the Harry Brothers of
Grover who made the gilt in grat
itude for th? care accorded the
three Harry "children who suffer
ed infantile paralysis attacks last
One change in the listing of in
dustrial chairmen of last week
was noted yesterday by Dr. Reed.
He said that David Mauney is
serving as chairman at Mauney
Hosiery Company instead of
Activities listed by the chair
men in connection wtth- the an
nual appeal for funds include a
"roadblock" collection set for
Sunday afternoon, a "Mother
March" scheduled for next Thurs
day night (January 29) and the
school childrens drive, set for
Publicity Chairman Ollie Har
ris announced that Boy Scout
Troop 12, Burlington Mill unit, is
assisting with the collection at
local theatres and through city
parking meters. Nine cents of
every dime deposited in the city's
parking meters will go to the
March of Dimes drive, with the
motorist to get the usual 12 min
utes worth of parking time for
Members of the Junior Cham
ber of Commercfe and the Kings
Mountain Police Department will
conduct the "roadblock" and
members of the Junior Womans
club will conduct the "Mothers
March". Mrs, Sam Hapirick, pres
ident of the club is serving as
chairman and all members of the
organization are serving on the
Citizens wishing to contribute
to the "Mothers March" next
Thursday have been requested to
leave pcrch lights burning and a
collector will stop for the gift,
Mrs. Hamrick said.
Rumor Mill Begins Grinding Oat
Candidate Prospects For Election
Though only one candidate
has thus far entered the biennial
city elections there is currently
considerable conversation, a
mong citizens otf the community
concerning candidates for city
Thus far, Glee A. Bridges, for
mer county commissioner, Is the
only candidate for any office.
Mr.. Bridges has formally filed
notice of his candidacy for may
With a backdrop of controver
sy at City Hall due to a finely
divided - administration, more
and more people have been spe
culating on candidacies In re
Other probable mayoral can
didates include Former Mayor
H. Tom Fulton, George W. Al
len, who ran second for mayor
two years ago, and the current
may?r. Garland E. Stfll. Also
mentioned for the top slot, are
Baxter T. Wright, ffe, currently
Ward S commissioner, Hal S.
Plonk, and Oiarlea Q. DUllng.
But the "sure" tag, among po
litlcal observers, is being placed
on Messrs Fulton, Allen and
Still, none of Whom have yet
stated they will definitely make
In addition to choosing a may
or in May, the voters will also
name five city commissioners
and a Ward I school trustee.
All of the present city commis
sioners, with the exception of C.
P. Barry, Ward 4 trustee, are ex
pected to be In the forthcoming
race, though Mr. Wright may
seek the mayor's Job instead of
the Ward 5 commlsslonerahlp.
Mentioned as possible candida
tes' for the Ward 1 post, now held
by James G. Lay ton, are J. Pat
Tlgnor, Jacob Cooper. Jesse Car
penter, and Former Mayor Jim
Ward 2 names going the
rounds, In addition to Lloyd E.
Davis, incumbent, include War
ren E. Reynolds, who made the
race In 1951, and Dan Huffstet
In Ward 3. a re-match of the
Continued On Page Bight
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Over *51 figures
Postal receipts at Kings Moun
tain postofffce during the calen
dar year 1952 showed a consider
able gain over the previous year,
Postmaster W. E. Blakely report
ed this week.
Receipts for the year ended
December 31 totaled $49,099.51,
compared to a total of $46,296 for
Mr. Blakely attributed the gain
to "greater volume of business",
an indication of greater business
activity for the whole community.
He said this conclusion was
based on the fact of a decline In
parcel post mailings, due to new
"In the face of this decline, the
receipts increased," he pointed
One firm, which had previously
shipped regularly by parcel post,
had to cut its mailings by about
$5,000 he said, due to the changed
Fourth quarter postal receipts
were also up slightly over the
previous year, he reported.
? Receipts in the final quarter of
1952 totaled $14,719.33, compared
to $14,324.54 in the fourth quarter
The total receipts were well
over the minimum requirements
for first class status of $40,000.
City Commissioner OUand R.
Pearson said Saturday a petition
requesting the paving of East
Gold street had been found in the
files at City Hall.
Some property-owners on East
Gold street objected to paying a
street-paving assessment on the
grounds that no petition for its
paving had been signed and on
the grounds that the state high
way commission did the work.
The petition which Mr. Pear
son said covers East Gold street
was dated August 5, 1940 and
bore the signatures of F. R. Sum
mers, agent for heirs of W. A.
Mauney, Bonnie Cotton Mills,
and W. K. Mauney. .
Its text, addressed to "To the
Mayor and the Town Commis
sioners of Kings Mountain", fol
"We the undersign citizens of
Kings Mountain and Property
owners on Gold Street from Gas
ton to Oriental Avenue request
the Mayor .and the Town Commis
sioners to build this Gold Street
32 ft. wide with curb on both I
sides of said street, and the ad
Joining property owners agree to
pay the Town five cents per
square foot for all over 18 ft. in
width: This includes curb also and
agree to pay one third cash and
the balance in one and two years
with 6 percent interest until paid
The street-paving assessment
roll confirmed by the city board
of commissioners at their meet
ing of January 12 is published on
page 6, Section I, of today's is
sue of the Herald.
A number of Kings Mountain
citizens, including both ministers
and laymen, have been attending
some of the sessions of the Char
lotte United Preaching Mission,
which .began January 18 and will
continue through Sunday.
Among featured speakers to be
heard the remainder of the prea
ching mission are: Dr. John A.
Redhead, Dr. Harold J. Ockenga,
Dr. Clifford E. Barbour, Dr. Nor
man W. Paullin, Dr. Henry Crane,
Bishop Ralph S. Cushmftn, and
Tax Listing Rash
Is Now Beginning
"Ifs almost too 1 ate to avoid
tho last-minute ru oh." dtf and
county tax listing officials said
Ms Hag business had picked
Bp considerably during tho
past weak, but both Conrad
township li*t*T. and f
K. Carpenter, city lister, said
flMfty poople bare yet to list
their pi mi si llse for 19S3 tones.
. IteartHno for listing is Janu
ary SI. Tho listers are at City
w?n dolly esropt Ifotoliif .
when Mr. Knghes Is at Bonnd
tseo*s Store la Osoem
POUCC DEPARTMENT" ADOPTED' BOY ? Pictured above with
the bicycle purchased by members of the Kings Mountain Police
department for his Christmas present is Billy Sanders, 11 -year-old
fifth grade student. Young Sanders was honored at a city employ
ee's supper held at the fire department at City Hall last Friday ,
night. He has been 'adopted' by the police department and a $2,000
educational policy has been taken out to further his education. He
was appointed honorary mayor, honorary police chief and honorary
fire chiet at the supper.
"You're going to love these
folks more. Billy, because they're
your big buddies," Rev. P. D.
Patrick told Billy Sanders at a
city employee's barbecue supper
at City Hall last Friday night
when the young man, who has
beep 'adopted' by the police de
partment, was honored.
Clarence E. Carpenter, police
department director of personnel,
sewed as master of ceremonies
and announced that city police
men had taken out a $2,000 edu
cational insurance policy for
their young ward as well a9 pro
viding him with many gifts last
In commenting on the police
men's "big brother idea", Rev.
Patrick said, "you never stand
straighter than when you st p
to help a child. We hope this is
going to be a monument In this
town ? no better investment
could be made."
Mr. Carpenter said, "I want to
extend my personal thanks to
Officers P. A. Hawkins and P. A.
Sanders and to the police depart
ment for helping out this boy.
Whatever you might think about
policemen being hard-boiled, I've
found after two years association
with them that beneath the brass
buttons on their coats is a heart
that beats with human kindness
and my hat goes off to them."
Young Sanders, son of Mr., and
Mrs. Simon Sanders, was present
along with his mother and sister.
Mr. Sanders has been an invalid
for several years.
Mr. Carpenter, after Introduc
ing the young man, recognized
Rev. C. L. Grant, pastor of Grace
Methouist church, who said, "It Is
with Joy and pride that I look
Into your faces. We all are con
cerned with boys like Billy ?
Contimied On Page Five
Tax Penalty Applies
On February 2nd '
February 1st Is the last day
to pay city taxes far 1952 with
out penalty. City Clerk Joe
Hendrick said Wednesday.
Mr. Hendrick pointed out
that a penalty of one percent
applies to unpaid 1952 tax bills
on February 2. and he urged
all persons to avoid the pen
Mr. Hendrick said a good
portion of the 1952 tax levy re
mains to be paid. Through De
cember, tax payments for 1952
totaled S66.628.30> against the
total levy of SI 13,040.08.
Foi Mr, Hawkins
Funeral riles for William Avery
Hawkins, 63, of route 2, were con
ducted from Macedonia Baptist
church Monday afternoon at 4
o'clock. Rev. Curtis Knight of
ficiated, assisted by Rev. R. L.
Hardin, pastor of the church.
Interment was in Mountain
Mr. Hawkins died at Kings
Mountain hospital Sunday at 2 a.
m. following a ten day illness. He
was employed by MargraCe Mill
and was a deacon of Victory Bap
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Flossie Ann Jones Hawkins; one
son, Joe Hawkins of Kings Moun
tain; five daughters, Mrs. Ruth
Lynn, Mrs. Mae Smith, and Mrs.
Betty' Hoy le, all of Kings Moun
tain, Mrs. Hazel Frederick of
High Springs, Fla., and Mrs. Don
na Stone of Charlotte; two bro
thers, Frank of Gastonia and
Fred of Alexis, N. C., and three
sisters, Mrs. Ethel Walls and Mrs.
E. Ballard of Charlotte and Mrs.
Lula Cortner of Rutherford Col
Merchants Association To Hold
Annual Banquet On Monday Night
A large crowd la expected to
attend the annual employer -
employee banquet of the Kings
Mountain Merchant* association
to foe held Monday evening at
Masonic Dining Hall at 7:30.
Advance sale of tickets has
'been good, according to report of
W. G. Grantham, ticket sales
chairman, and virtually all
members of the association will
be represented at the affair.
The banquet annually marks
the end of the association year
and features installation of offi
cers for the coming year.
Feature of the entertainment
program will be a humorous ad
dress by Charles E. Cullen, of
j Charlotte. He will be Introduced
toy J C Bridges, program chair
?nan. ?. , '
Glee A. Bridges will superin
tend presentation of gifts to the
ladles, and Dan Huffstetler, re
tiring president, will install new
officers and directors of the as
The meeting will open with
group singing of "America," led
by B. S. Peeler, Jr., and Rev
Vance Daniel will offer the Invo
Firms which have not yet
made ticket reservations should
call Mr. Grantham or the asso
ciation secretary, Mrs. John Lew
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Vote Is 3-1
At Monday Night
Manly K. Fuller, the city's top
employee since 1950, was-, dis
charged "as of now" Monday
night by the city board of com
missioners, with pay to March 1.
The board also demoted Tom
Henry, formerly superintendent
of public works, by stripping him
of authority over all but designat
ed departments, and by lowering
his salary to $300 per month.
Only a week previously, Mr.
Henry's pay had been raised to
$325 per month.
The board also handed Clarence
E. Carpenter, the city's handy
man tax supervisor- court clerk
tax lister-police desk sergeant,
top authority in the police de
partment by naming him person
nel director of the department
with "full authority to run the
department", and with the in
struction that he report to the
Discharge of Mr. Fuller was by
3 to 1 vote, with Commissioner
C. P. Barry opposing. Commis
sioner 13. T. Wright, Sr., was ab
sent. Commissioner Lloyd Davis
made til? motion and Commis
sioner Olland Pearson seconded,
with Commissioner James Layton
supporting. Prior to the voting,
Mr. Barry had come to Mr. Ful
ler's defense by declaring, "he
has done a good job". Mr. Lay
ton had said he preferred to "let
Discharge of Mr. Fuller follow
ed by only five days a demotion
handed him by a portion of the
board. In a called meeting on
Wednesday night, January 14,
Mayor Garland Still and Com
missioners Layton and Pearson,
only members of the board who
attended, voted to demote Mr.
Fuller to assistant superintendent
of public works, at a salary of
$300 per month, a cut of $250 per
month from the $550 he was re
ceiving. City Attorney J. R. Davis
again told the board he doubted
that a quorum was present.
In the course of Monday night's
meeting, Mr. Henry, who has
held the position of assistant
superintendent of public works,
was first discharged by 3 to 2
vote, an action later rescinded
and resulting in a new motion
which stripped Henry of authori?
ty over all departments except
street, sanitary, and water- and
sewop construction departments.
On the first motion, made by
Commissioner D??vis, Mayor Still
had supported Davis and Pear
son, I-ayton and Barry opposing.
The decision to rescind was made
after Mr. Layton had continued to
object to the dismissal.
Commissioner Davis made no
bones about his reasons for want
ing to discharge Mr. Henry. He
said he was tired of Henry's
"snooping", in connection with
charges by Mr. Henry that Ken
neth Davis, son of the commis
sioner and third-shift water plant
employee, wasn't doing his Job
properly. Mr. Davis also said
that Mr. Henry "keeps the other
Mr. Henry came Into the meet
ing and hot words ensued bet
ween the two, both referring to
a Saturday argument concerning
the matter. Henry was told to
leave the meeting and Mr. Davis
made his discharge motion, later
agreeing to keep Henry provided
the board would "crap his wings'*.
On the new motion, only Mr.
Barry opposed, and the vote was
3 to 1.
Mr. Fuller, employed by the
Herndon administration as city
administrator, came to Kings
Mountain in mid-year 1950 from
Laurinburg. Since the election of
the Still administration he has
been a controversial figure a
mong members of the board. He
has been the target of Mayor
Garland Still, who has constantly
sought his discharge, and of Com
missioner Olland Pearson.
A few months ago, the present
board, by split vote, changed
Fuller's title to general superin
tendent of public works, after a
Superior Court order had been
issued which some members of
the board contended limited his
An oyster supper for benefit
of the Grace Methodist church
parsonage fund will be held at
the R. S. Lynn residence on
Cleveland avenue Saturday
ibeginning at 5 p. m. It was
announced yesterday. Price
per person Is one dollar and
everyone Is invited tc attend.