City Limits 7,206
Trading Area ^ ; 15,000
(1945 Ration Board Figure*)
VOL 63 NO. 5
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Kings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, January 29, 1953
PRICE FIVE CENTS
RAMSEUR IN HOSPITAL
Dr. W. L. Ramseur, Kings
Mountain physician, is a pati
ent in Presbyterian hospital,
Charlotte, for observation and
Parking meter receipts col
lected Wednesday morning to
taled $140,85, according to a
report from the city treasurer's
RED CROSS OFFICE
The office of the Kings Moun
tain Chapter, American Red
Cross, has been closed all week
due to the illness of Mrs. J.
N. Gamble and Mrs. P. G. Rat
terree. Mrs. Gamble said yes
terday she hoped to re-open
the office on Thursday, weath
er permitting. Office hours are
8:30 to noon.
The Junior class of Central
high school will sponsor the
Sauline players, nationally
known as 'The Aristocrats of
Better Entertainment" Thurs.
day, February 5. Proceeds of
Che performance will go to
ward funds for the Junior-Sen
ior banquet. Time of the per
formance wil be announced la
An oyster supper for WOW
members and members of the
WOW circle will be held Sat
urday night at 7 o'clock at the
Woodman Hall. Members of
the Phenlx square dance team
will furnish entertainment for
the meeting and the supper
will be free, a spokesman for
the group said.
Sale of 1953 auto license
plates totaled 734 Wednesday
morning, according to a report
by the city clerk's office.
Tags must be purchased by
Fefbruary 1, and price of the
tag Is one dollar. f
City firemen answered two
calls Friday at 4:50 p. m. and
Monday at 9:30 a. m., to a
home on the Cherry vllle road .
and to Crawley's Fruit stand
on Gleveland avenue. Estima
ted damages to the Virginia
Bush home on the Cherryvllte
road was $300, while the fruit
stand was destroyed, firemen
KIWANIS MEETING ,
A. V. Washburn, native of
Cleveland county and associ
ate superintendent of Sunda;
school work for the Southern
Baptist convention, will ad
dress members of the Kings
Mountain Klwanls club at their
regular Meeting Thursday ev
ening at 6:45 at Masonic Din
Hall. The program was arran
ged by L. E. Abbott
for Mrs. Fostex
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Funeral rites for Mrs. Elnora
Mitchell Fibster, 70. resident of
Falrview Street, were conducted
Sunday at 3 o'clock from Second
Baptist chuwp v
ImKv. B. F. Austin, pastor of the
church, officiated assisted by
Rev. G. G. Easom and Rev. W. H.
Redmond. Interment was in the
Bethany Associate Reformed
Presbyterian church cemetery
. Clover, S. ttfe.
' Mrs. Foster died Friday at
12:55 p. m. at the home of a
daughter, Mrs. Will Pearson after
41) V3PMpKv)& Jour months. mg<
; tfeajvaative of York County, Jgjflt
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.
John J. Farrls. She wa*?tjft'
dow af the late James J. Foster.
Mrs. Foster was a member of |
Second Baptist church.
Surviving are two sons, Howard
and Lindsay Foster of Kings
Mountain; two daughters, Mrs.
Will Pearson and Miss Freelove
Foster of -Kings Mountain; three
brothers, Robert and Emory Far
rls Of Shelby and Pink Farris of
York, 9. C.; three sisters. Mrs.
"gyfclrtor, Mrs. Karl Mar
arid Mrs. Floyd Burton of
AC. 7- uEM Mm
are 13 grand
Herald Is Winner
to State Contest
On News Work
The Kings (Mountain Herald
was awarded third place for
news reporting among weekly
newspapers in North Carolina
for 1952, according to results of
th? 1952 newspaper contests of
the North Carolina Press associ
ation announced last Friday.
One of the annual features of
the Mid-Winter Press Institute
held at Chapel Hill and Durham,
the announcement of the awards
and presentation of certificates
was made toy Lt.-Gov. Luther H.
Hodges of Lraksvijle.
Contests for weekly newspa
pers Included, In addition to
news reporting, feature, editorial,
and picture divisions. The Bertie
Ledger-Advance, at Windsor,
won first place, and the Roanoke
Beacon, at Plymouth, won sec
ond place, in news reporting.
The weekly contests were
judged by the staff of the Cov
ington, Tenn., Leader, one of
Tennessee's outstanding weekly
newspapers. In a summarizing
critique the judges wrote the
Herald, "In news reporting, you
i follow the rule about short,
: snappy leads as well as anyone
we have found. By doing this,
you have won half the battle to
get your reader interested so you
can tell him a story . ."
It was the second time in three
years the Kings Mountain Her
ald had taken one of the prizes
In the annual newspaper con
tests. In 1950, the Herald was a
warded first place for editorials.
Funeral services for Alexander
Sheppard, 75, farmer of route one
Grover, who died Tuesday night
at 10 o'clock at his home after
an illness of two years, will be
conducted Thursday at 3 p. m.
from Grover Baptist church.
A native of Grover, he was the
Bon of the late John and Elizabeth
Ettefs Sheppard. He was a mem
ber of Grover Baptist church.
His wife, Mrs. Maggie Randle
Sheppard,. died, two years ago.
The body will lie-in-state at the
church for one-half hour preced
ing the rites.
Rev. Sdm Hughes, Rev. Gordon
Weekley and Rev. W. L. McSwaln
will officiate and burial will be
In Grover cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters,
Mrs. Dewitt Patterson and Mrs.
Frank Hambright of Kings Moun
tain and Mrs. M. C. Hardin of
Grover; five sons, Ray Sheppard
of Plant City, Fla., and -Frank
Basil, Flay and Fred Sheppard,
all of Grover; two brothers, Geo
rge Sheppard of Grover and Slg
ford Sheppard of Shelby; three
sisters, Mrs. Frank Randall and
Mrs. John Goforth of Grover and
Mrs. Andrew Spake of Shelby; 15
grimdchildren; and eight great
Power BilSs To Cany
The four-digit numbers on
front of the city's light and
water statements will be
changed with the February
bills, reflecting a changed bill
ing system. Joe McDanlel, Jr..
assistant city clerk, said this
; week.'. ?
Mr. McDaniel asked that the
new account numbers be noted
when drawing checks for pay
ing the accounts, particularly
when the statements are not
returned. Listing of the ac
count number assures proper
credit, Mr. McDaniel said.
Four East Gold street property
owners, W. K. Mauney, Jr., B. D
Ratterree, <Ray Connor and W. K>
Mauney, filed notice of
with the city clerk last Friday
from street-paving assessments
confirmed by the city board of
commissioners on January lj.
The notice of appeal was for
mally served on City Clerk Joe
Hendrick by Constable Paul By
ers and Deputy L. L. Hamrick, of
the SherifTs otfflce.
City Commissioner Olland
Pearson contends a petition da
ted August 5. 1940, covers the
East Gold assessment levied by
the board at its January meet
Copy of the appeal statement,
dated January 21 and filed .by
each of the property -owners for
the particular amount assessed,
"Having given notice of appeal
from the assessment levied upon
me by the city of Kings Moun
tain for paving Gold street in
said city I do hereby present the
following statement of the facts
upon which this appeal Is based:
"In 1946 Gold street in the city
of Kings Mountain, North Caro
olina was paved toy the State
Highway Department and no as
sessment was levied upon the
property owners of the saia
street by the then acting city
board, and on January 12th, 1953,
the city board of Kings Moun
tain, North Carolina, levied an
assessment against my property
for this street paving done toy
the State Highway Department
"Under North Carolina General
Statutes 100-81 a Municipal Cor
poration has the power toy reso
lution of it's governing toody to
levy an assessment to defray ex
pense of local Improvements
However, to levy said assessment
the governing body must ototain
a petition' to toe signed toy at
least a majority in number of
the owners of the property tipon
which the improvement la to toe
made; who, must represent at
least a majority of all the lineal
feet of frontage of the land ab
buting the street to be paved..
This Is in accordance to North
Carolina General Statutes 160
Continued On Page Eight
Political Bamoi Mill Still Grinds:
Several Potentials Decline Entrance
As three more citizens filed as
candidates for city offices dur
ing the past week, there was ev
ident ataong political observers
and commentators some re-shuf
fling on who might, or might
not, seek office.
B. T. W/lght, Sr., removed
himself from the iSt of possi
bilities for the mayoral post, but
not as a candidate to succeed
himself as Ward 5 commission
er..'^ the same t'me, another
name cropping up as a Ward 5
possible was that of Robert Os
Chanel from possible to "red
hot" during the week was War
ren Reynolds, auto dealer, who Is
virtually sure to make the race
for Ward 2 Commissioner. At
the same thne. Dsn tfuffstetler,
also rumored a Ward 2 candi
date, said he definitely would
not offer. . ,,,,,
Other than the WHght state
ment, there was little change. in
the prospects for the mayor's
race. With G. A. Bridges and G.
E. Still already In, the remain
der of the list was expected to
include H. Tom Fuiton, former
mayor, and George W. Allen.
W. B. (Bill) Logan was the
moat-talked current prospect for
Ward 3 commissioner, followed
by T. J. (Tommy) Ellison, form;
er commissioner, to oppose In
cumbent Oil and R. Pearson.
In Ward 1, the names of Dr. IX
P. Hord. -J. C. McKlnney, J. E
Herndon, and Jesse Carpenter
w#re among those being men
tioned for the Ward 1 commis
stonerahlp. In addition to Incum
bent James (Red) Layton. tn
Ward 4, Harold Pbllllps was re
garded as a most likely candi
date to succeed C. P. Bany, who
has said he wont seek re-elec
Home B. & L.
Growth In *52
Shareholders of Home Building
& Loan association held their an
nual meeting Tuesday, re-elected
all directors and heard A, H. Pat
terson, secretary-treasurer, give
what he termed "the best report
we've ever had".
Mr. Patterson reported the as
sociation, organized In 1923, had
enjoyed Its most prosperous year
during 1952 with an increase in
assets of $256,965.32, to bring the
total to $1,301,388. Mortgage loans
increased by $181,272.94, to $1,
058,964.27. and the association
showed specific and general re
serveis at the end of the year of
$104,430.30, an increase of $13.
239.88.' ' ?
Total shareholders on Decem
ber 31 was 1,341, including 115
Negro citizens. Dividends paid on
savings accounts during the year,,
at the rate of three percent, to
During 1952, Home Building &
Loan association made 146 mort
gage loans, 38 for new construc
tion totaling $142,646.36, another
30 for the purchase of dwellings
totaling $79,282:52, and 78 loans
for other purposes totaling $137,
At the end of the year, the as
sociation's total number of mort
gage loans was 548, with the lar
gest loan for $19,262.55, Mr. Pat
Other business of the associa
tion was routine. The sharehol
ders voted to abolish the former
constitution, and will operate in
the future from Its certificate of
incorporation -and by-laws.
Directors re-elected were Dr. J.
E. Anthony, G. A. Bridges, J. H.
Thomson, I. G. Patterson, L. L.
Alexander, J B. Mauney, B. S.
Peeler, B. D. Ratterree and A. H.
Officers of the association, all
re-elected at a meeting following
the shareholders' meeting, are' Dr.
J. E. Anthony, president; G. A.
Bridges, vice-president; J. H.
Thomson, vice-president; and A.
H. Patterson, secretary-treasurer.
Vice-President Bridges presided
over the shareholders' meeting.
"Ten Little Indians", a mystery
drama by Agatha Christie, will
be presented at -Centrail school
auditorium Tuesday night at 8
Tlie play Is being produced by
the Kings Mountain Little Thea
tre, through special arrangement
with Samuel French and U being
directed by Mrs. Phillip G. Pad
gett. . .
Featured In the cast are:
Philip Baker as "Jim Narcott".
Dr. R. N. Baker as "Rogers".
Mrs. Dudley Ralney as "Mrs.
Mlas Cornelia Dick as "Vera
B, S. Peeler, Jr., as "Philip Lom
Bruce Thorburn a^ "Anthony
Delbert Dixon as "William
Ed Smith as "General MacKen
Mrs. Aubrey Mauney as "Emily
t B. Goforth, Jr., as "Sir Law
R. G. Plonk, Jr., as "Dr. Arm
Committee chairmen Include
Mrs. Bruce Thorburn, program
and tickets; Mrs. Charles Met
tauer, make up; Mm. Rudl Wuen
nenberg, publicity; Mrs. Frark
lln Pethel, properties; Luther
Cansler, lighting and sound; and
Sam Stalllngs, stage and set.
Little Theatre season ticket*
will be honored and tickets, pric
ed at 60 and 85 cents, will be on
sale at the door.
Kings Mountain district
board of school trustees met
here last Thursday with mem
bers of the state school board
building planning committee
according to &-,N. Barnes, city
schools superintendent. Regu
lar January meeting of the city
group scheduled Jnauary 19,
has been postponed to await
s report trom the state body,
he sat d. . v 'kfQtm
'?mXRi . ?&-?. j. as
4 * . ?
FILE FOR CITY OFFICES ? Shown above are three citizens who filed during the past week lor city
political offices, two of whom are seeking re-elec tion and one of whom is entering the political arena
lor the first time. They are, left to right. Mayor Garland Still. Sam Stallings, and Commissioner Ol
land R. Pearson. Mr. Stallings seeks the Ward 5 commissionership now held by B. T. Wright, Sr.
Penalty On Taxes
1952 City Levy
71 Percent Paid
. Though tax payments, as usu
al, have taken an upturn^during
the past few days, numerous
penalties are going to apply next
Monday, unless many more pay
ments are made by noon Satur
Penalty day for unpaid coun
ty and city tax bills is February
2. With February entering on
Sunday, it means that Saturday
is the final day for payment at
par. The February penalty is one
percent of the tax bill, with add
ed penalties each month there
City taxpayers had paid $80,
774.97 on 1952 tax bills through
Monday, or slightly more than
71 percent of the total levy of
In spite of the (fact that more
than $33,000 of the 1952 levy re
mains to toe paid, payments were
running ahead of last January, a
comparison of figures from City
Clerk Joe Hendrick showed. Jan
uary payments, through Monday
On the comparable date last
January, only two-thirds or 67
percent of the 1951 levy had
Mr. Hendrick said he is ex
pecting heavy payments this
weekend, prior to the Monday
The city office clones at noon
. STATE TAX AID
B. W. Lefler, of Shelby, of the
North Carolina Department of
Revenue, will be in Kings
Mountain each Thursday and
Friday at City Hall to help
Kings Mountain area citizens
file state income and intangi
bles tax returns, according to
announcement this week.
Saturday At 4:30
Deadline lor lUting property
for county and city taxes with
out penalty is Saturday after
noon at 4:30. the tax listers
Tax listing officials, who
have been working at the an
nual listing task all month,
said they had been heavily
rushed all this week. They
said it was Impossible to esti
mate the number of persons
yet to list, but urged all to at
tend the matter prior to Satur
Clarence Carpenter is the city
tax lister, while Conrad Hugh
es is the county lister.
J. W. Webster has been named
chairman of the Kings Mountain
Boy Scout district succeeding J.
Announcement of the new of
ficers of the district was made
this week and the annual Boy
Scout banquet was set for Friday,
February 13, at 7 p. m. at the Ma
sonic dinirig hall In the Morrison
?Other officers named included
H. C. Wilson, assistant chairman;
E. E. Marlowe, fund drive chair
man; Bruce Thorbum, chairman
of displays and exhibits; N. II.
Reed, treasurer; and Jack Hul
lendejr, district commissioner.
Chairman Webster also an
nounced plans for the annual
Boy Scout Week church service.
The, service will be held on Feb
ruary 8 at 7:30 p. m. at Boyce
Memorial A. R. P. church with
Rev. W. P. Gerberdlng, pastor of
St. Matthew's Lutheran church,
delivering the messa^o,
Tickets for the annual banquet
will go on sale this week. Per
sons interested In attending the
banquet may secure tickets from
Some Say Tiied/' Some Say "Quit."
But Police Chief's Job Is Vacant
The city has been without a
police chief since last Friday af
^ity commissioners, in called
session Friday night, ? accepted
the venation of Chief S. R.
(Pop) Davidson, which they
thought wad being tendered.
Ex-Chief Davidson says he did
not resign. ,
At any rate, the city has no
Chief and the status, at the mo
ment, is this: senior officers ate
boss of each shift, while final
authority and - responsibility
'rests wifh C E. Carpenter, direc
tor of personnel of the depart
ment .... *
The board session was called
[by Mayor Garland E. Still to
hear a recommendation by Mr.
Carpenter that Chief Davidson
be relieved ot his duties. All
members were present except
Commissioner C. P. Barry.
Mr. Carpenter, in making his
recommendation, told the board,
'1 have enough work to do, 1
can't afford to lose time on
headaches when somebody's not
cooperating . . . He's (Chief Dav
idson) never cooperated with the
board, he's always gone to other
persons for ?advice.''
After Mr. Carpenter left the
meeting, the board discovered
that Chief Davidson had turned
in his badge at the police de
partment earlier Friday after
noon. This action followed a
meeting of officers of the depart
ment late Friday afternoon, a
meeting which Mayor Still ? and
Commissioners OUand Pearson
and Lloyd E. Davis attended.
. After hearing that he had
turned in his badge, the board
contacted Chief Davidson by tel
ephone and was told that he was
Motion to accept the resigna
tion was made by Commissioner
Pearson and seconded by Com
The board also voted to in
Continued On Paffe Sight
For Polio Fund
Kings Mountain's March of
Dimes drive continues this week
with a "Mothers March" Thurs
day night at 7 p. m., school stu
dent division drive Friday and
general mop up work. Reports al
ready in total around $2,500.
Co-Chairmen Grady Howard
and N. H. Reed yesterday report
ed the drive going well but urged
workers to make reports to their
chairmen and asked the chairmen
to submit their reports as soon as
j Kings Mountain Jaycees and
police officers reported some $450
collected at Sunday afternoon's
four hour roadblock at the cor
ner of Cleveland avenue and
East King street. An iron lung
positioned at the intersection aid
ed the collectors. Junior Chamber
BELLS AND WHISTLES
Church bells will ring and
industrial plant whistles will
blow tonight (Thursday) at 7
p. m. to signify the beginning
of the "Mothers March" por
tion of the annual polio fund
drive. Citizens desiring to con
tribute are requested to leave
porch lights burning or to tele
phone drive headquarters.
Phone No. 216-R.
of Commerce officials have re
ported plans to up that figure to
$500 with club funds.
Kings Mountain Lions, in regu
lar meeting Tuesday night, do
nated $204 to the drive.
Mrs. Bill Harry, Grover chair
man, has turned in $750 already
and Irving S. Baxter, president of
Baxter Paper Corporation, Pat
terson, N. J., has sent in a check
for $50. The company has a plant
No report has been made from
other community chairmen and
only about half of the industrial
and industrial employees drive
has been completed, the chairmen
Over $100 has been collected
by Boy Scout Troop 12 in the
theatre boxes and not counted in
the total and no report has been
made on donations through city
Ollie Harris, a director of the
Cleveland County Polio chapter,
reported, this week that the chap
ter has purchased another Iron
lung which will normally be lo
cated at Kings Mountain hospi
tal-. The county unit now owns
two iron lungs, he said, with one
currently being used by a Lattl
more polio victim.
Members of the Junior Wo
man's club are to conduct the
"Mothers March", with members
being asked to meet at the home
of Mrs. Sam Hamrlck tonight at
6:45 p. m. Others on the commit
tee with Mrs; Hamrick are Mrs.
George Blalock, Mrs. James
White, Mrs. James Jonas, Mrs.
Kathleen McCluney, Mrs. Grady
Yelton, Mrs. Don Blanton, Mrs.
Charles Alexander. Mr*. Denver
King and Miss Diana Gamble.
The group plans to solicit con
tributions from citizens in all sec
tions of the city and from the
Margrace and Park Yarn com
Persons desiring to contribute
to the annual appeal for funds
to combat and treat polio are be
ing requested to leave porch
lights burning until solicitors ar
i.,, is,.'1 .V,
Seeks Ward Post
Throe candidates, including two
Encumbent's, filed notice of can
didacy for city offices during the
OHand It. Pearson, incumbent
"Ward, commissioner, filed
shortly before -1 o'clock Wednes
day, while Mayor Garland Still
filed for re-election Tuesday 'af
ternoon. Sam Stallings filed for
Ward 5 commissioner last Thurs
The filings bring to four the
total number of candidates for
city offices in the May election.
Glee A. Bridges having previous
ly filed for the office of mayor
on New Years Day.
Mr. Still, one of the most con
troversial mayors in the city's
history, issued a statement indi
cating he is running "on the re-,
cord", and against the city man
ager system endorsed by the city
planning board. He further pro
mises reduction of the tax rate.
The Still statement follows:
."It has taken two years of hard
work to straighten out the irregu
larities and loose operations cre
ated in the past few years under
the so called City Manager Sys
tem, which could better be inter
preted as a '"'cover up system."
Irv my opinion it has been very
costly to the tax payers. Most of
the discreptancies in the City
Hall have been corrected and I
think all the tax payers have re
ceived something in return for
their tax dollars for the first
time in years.
"I think a mayor duly elected
by the people should spend his
entire time looking after the In
terest and well being of the com
munity, otherwise I do not think
any administration can meet with
success. I therefore am filing for
the High Office of mayor for the
City of Kings Mountain, North '
Carolina, opposing the City Man
ager form of Government.
"Should the people see fit to
re-elect me, I v '11 do my utmost
to serve the nmunity as a
whole, with one aim in view, to
make Kings Mountain a city of
deversified industry and a better
place in which to live. Also, if
elected. I will see that there Is a
substantial reduction in our pre
sent, too high, tax rate.
"P. S. I would favor a compe
tent financial advisor as an as
sistant to the Mayor. But under
no circumstances a City Manager
in any form."
Mr. Stallings made no state- .
ment in connection with the filing
of his candidacy.
Mr. Stallings, formerly with
Burlington Mills Phenix plant s
here, joined Mauney Hosiery
Company, Inc., last January. He
is a past president of the Kings
Mountain Lions club. He has also
been active in the Kings Moun
tain Little Theatre, Inc., having
served as business manager of
its battle drama productions for
the past two years. He is a mem
ber of Central Methodist church,
and is now serving as vice-chair- .
man of the board of stewards and
as a Sunday school teacher,
Mr. Still, proprietor of Horse
shoe Grill, was first elected ma
yor in May 1951, in a run-off with
George W. Allen. He is a member
of St. Matthew's Lutheran church.
Mr. Pearson, like Mr. Still, is
completing his lirst term In of
fice. He is an employee of Craft
spun Yams, Inc.
Tickets On Sale
North Carolina Symphony tk>
kets for the 1953 season are now
on sale and can be obtained hero
from Mrs. Aubrey Mauney, it was
announced this week.
Mrs. M*uney said that a two
dollar gene.al membership ticket
will entitle the owner to admis
sion to all North Carolina Sym
phony concerts during 1953, while
a junior membership for elemen
tary and high school pupils is ob
tainable for 50 cents and carries
the same admission privileges.
The lull symphony is to give a
concert in Gastonia, on or about
April 13, while the Little Sym
phony will play In Shelby prior to
that date, Mrs. Mauney added.
Other memberships are: active,
$5; donor, $25; patron, $1Q0.
Persons desiring tickets should
call Mrs. Mauney at 149-J, she