City Limit* 7,206
Trading Ar?a 15.000
(1945 Ration Board Mguroo)
Kings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
10 T oday
VOL. 63 NO. 12 Established 1889
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, March 19, 1953 Sixty-Third Year
PRICE FIVE CENTS
A total of $160.92 was collec"
ted from the city's parking
meters Wednesday morning,
according to a report from the
city clerk's office.
Martin Harmon, editor of the
Herald, attended a meeting of
the iboard of directors of the
North Carolina Press Associa
tion at Chapel Hill Saturday.
MORRISON AT COOPER'S
K. E. Morrison, former taxi
operator, is now employed at
Cooper's, Inc., Kings Mountain
furniture store. Mr.. Morrison
replaces Walter (Chuck) Huff
stickler, Who is now associated
with Sunrise Dairy In Gastonia.
TO PALM HARBOR
Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Neisler
will leave Wednesday for
Palm Beach, Florida, where
they will attend the annual
American Manufacturing In
stitute, which convenes there.
City firemen answered a call
to 212 East Ridge street Mon
day afternoon at 6 p. m. and
extinguished a blaze caused
by a kitchen oil stove in the
home. No damage was report
Tom X Brawley, of Gastonia,
will show. a color film, ' "Let
Freedom Ring", at the Thurs
day night meeting of the
Kings Mountain Kiwanis cluh.
The club convenes at 6:45 at
Masonic bining Hall.
Third in the American Le
gion spring square dance se
ries will ibe held at the LegloQ
ibunamg" ow-'East G?d street
on Saturday night ar8 p. m. .
The public is invited to attend.
Annual Fiddlers Convention
sponsored (by the Bethware
Progressive club will toe held
at Bethware school on Friday,
Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Peeler and
Mrs. C. F. Thorn asaon left Wed
nesday lor Ashevllle, where
they will attend the 30th an
nual convention at the Caroli
na Lumber and Building Sup
ply Dealer's Association.. Over
800 dealers In lumber are ex
pected to attend the session.
Channing Brown, of Char
lotte, official of Southern
Public Utilities, will address
members of the Kings Moun
tain Lions club at the regular
meeting of the club Tuesday
night at 7 o'clock at Masonic
Emergent communications of
Fairview Lodge, A. F. Sc A. M.,
will toe held Friday and Mon
day evenings at 7:30 at Maso
nic Lodge 'Hall. Work Friday
evening will toe in the second
degree. Wort? Monday evening
will be in the (first degree. An
nouncement was made by J.
H. McDaniel, Jr., secretary,.
Mrs. C. I Falls
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Funeral rites for Mrs. Maggie
Ethylene Goforth Falls, 64, resi
dent of route 2V were conducted
Tuesday at 3 p. m. from First
Rev. P. D. Patrick, the pastor,
officiated assisted by Rev. P. L.
Shore, pastor of Central Metho
dist church. Burial was In the
Long Creek Presbyterian church
cemetery in Gaston county.
Mrs. Falls died Sunday after
noon at 4:25 at Kings Mountain
hospital after an illness of two
years. She had been seriously 111
for the past week.
She was a member of First
Presbyterian church and the
daughter of the late Beattle and
Odessa Goforth. Her husband,
Cicero H. Falls survives.
. Surviving in addition to her
husband are one son, Cieefo H.
Falls, Jr. of Kings Mountain; one
daughter, Ml*. A. C. Delllnger of
Kings Mountain and three bro
thers, Clarence Goforth, I Ben
Goforth, and Ormand Goforth, all
of Kings Mountain.
Also surviving is one grand
Active pallbearers included
Hall Goforth, I B. Goforth, Jr.,
Hugh Ormand, Robert Dixon, Hal
Spurrier, and Plato Goforth.
Play To Open
Kings Mountain Little Theatre
will present a religious play,
The Robe," at Central school
auditorium Tuesday night at 8
o'clock in the first of three per
The second performance will
be given at Central auritorium
on Saturday night, It ifch 28 at
8 p. m., with the final presenta.
tion at Bessemer City high
school auditorium on Tuesday,
March 31, at 8:15 p. m., spon
sored toy the" Bessemer City Jun
ior Chamber of Commerce.
The play is from the noval by
Lloyd C. Douglas, as dramatized
by John McGreevery, and is be
ing directed by Mrs. Aubrey
Members of the cast are Meek
Carpenter who portrays "Marcel
lus Gallio"; R. G. Plonk, Jr., as
"Demetrius"; Mrs. I. B. Goforth,
Jr., as "Diana Gallus"; Miss Bll
lie Gibbons as "Lucia Gallio";
Mrs. Merle Beatty as "Sara";
John Curtis of Bessemer City a9
"Melas"; Sam Stalllngs as "Pau
lus"; and I. B. Goforth, Jr., as
Dr. R. N. Baker plays two rol
es, as "Capt. Ful.vlus" and 'Ti
berius"; Miss Bernice Harrison
as "Helen"; Mrs. H. L. Campbell
as "Cornelia Gallio"; Robert
Grigg as "Senator Gallio"; Mrs.
Franklin Pethel as "Phoebe";
Miss Barbara Matthews as
'Theodosia"; Phillip Baker as
"Quintuis"; Miss Jane McGirt as
'^Rhoda"; Dr. P. G. Padgett as
The cast also includes Frank
lin Pethel as "Caligula"; Sam
Mitoehem as "Sarpedon";. and
Mrs. Bruce Thorburn as "Sa
lome". Hal Plonk, Hubert Carlis
le, and Bruce Thortbum will play
the part qf soldiers, Miss Joan
Britt will play the part of a wo
man and Connie Padgett will
play the part of a child.
The recently re-organized Cho
ral society will present several
renditions, Mrs. Mauney has an
nounced. FrankUn Pethel will
direct the group.
Tableaus between the acts of
the play will be given by Mrs,.
M. A. Ware, Saim Stalllngs and
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J, E. Wilson's
Funeral services for Jasper E.
Wilson, 74, who died Friday nighl
at 7:55 p. m. at the home of a
daughter, Mrs. James Cole, were
conducted Sunday at 3 p. m. from
First Baptist church.
Rev. H. Gordon Weekley, the
pastor officiated assisted by Rev
W. H. Redmond. Burial was in
Mountain Rest cemetery.
Mr. Wilson was a native of
York County and a former em
ployee of Margrace Mill. He was
a member of First Baptist church
and a resident of Fall-view street
here. He died following a two
He was the son Of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Ephrlam Wilson.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Annie Lee Lindsay Wilson; four
sons, HaSkell H. Wilson, Harvey
D. and J. E. Wilson, Jr., all of
Kings Mountain and Delbert H.
Wilson of th? U. S. Army; one
daughter, Mr?. James Cole of
Kings Mountain and One brother,
John Wilson of Stanford.
Also surviving are thirteen
grandchildren and one great
Delbert H. Wilson is stationed
with U. S. forces in Germany.
Active pallbearers included E.
B. Cooke, Will Pearson, C. B.
King, Odell Pruttt, Dulan Cooke,
and Dewey Caldwell.
New Filings Increase Speculations
On Who Will Seek City Positions
' Addition of three citizens to the
list of candidates for city offices
heightened speculation this week
concerning other candidacies for
the several positions, some of
the reports being passed along
at sure-fire and others as pure
With three in the mayor's race
to date, the names of Bruce Thor
burn and M. K. Fuller, the latter
recently deposed as city manager,
were advanced as possible mayor
al candidates, as well as that of
Former Mayor H. Tom Fulton,
still expected by many observer*
to make the race.
In Ward 1, where two posts,
both the city commisslonershlp
and school' board trusteeship, had
still attracted no candidates, there
was no lack of prospects. New
on the Ward 1 commissioner list
was W. S. Fulton, Sr., thought
lkely to run on a ticket arrange
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ment, or J. Pat Tignor and For
mer Mayor Jim Herpdon.
Former Commissioner T. J.
(Tommy) Ellison was still re
ported coming out In Ward 3,
and, If not, then it would be D.
L. Saunders, who served out a
short term on the board several
Paul Ledford, several times a
candidate for Ward 4 commission
er, was considering making the
race again, and W, G. Grantham's
name was still getting much play
as a probable Ward 5 commis
For the lone school trustee post
Up this year, George H. Houser
was still regarded the leading
possibility, though the name of
Percy H. Dllling was also being
The voting will take place on
GETS EAGLE AWARD Ed
ward Ledford, above, of Troop 12
was awarded the Eaglo Scout
badge, highest award in scout
ing at regular meeting of Boy
Scout Court of Honor last Thurs
day night. Ledford is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Ledford of
loe A. Neisler
Joe A. Neisler was elected pres
ident of the Kings Mountain
Country Club, Inc., for 1953-54 at
a meeting of newly elected direc
tors of the club Wednesday after
Mr. Neisler will succeed George
Other officers elected are: J. H.
Patterson, vice-president; D. M.
Peeler, secretary-treasurer; .and
Harry E. Page, assistant secre
Annual meeting of stockholders
of the club was held Tuesday
night. Directors elected for the
coming year, in addition to the of
ficers, are T. M. Shuford, L. E.
Abbott, J. C. Bridges, Frank
Hoyle, Hal Plonk, G. C. Kelly, Dr.
W. L. Mauney, and John Smutti
Reports on the past 14-months
activities of the club, as given by
the dub- -of fleers and committee
chairmen, showed that the club
has enjoyed a prosperous period.
In addition to reports of Presi
dent Mauney and Secretary
Treasurer Harry Page, the stock
holders heard reports from L. A.
Hoke, of the membership commit
tee, George H. Houser, of the so
cial committee, Joe A. Neisler, of
the greens committee, and Char
les A. Neisler, of the house com
mittee. The reports showed a wide
program of activities during the
Jack Arnette gave the report of
the nominating committee, which
also included O. W. Myers and P.
Here On Friday
Under sponsorship of the House
and Garden Club, Mrs. Marie
Johnson Fort, noted author and
lecturer on flower arangements,
will be presented here Friday at
the First Presbyterian church
First of the two . session meet
ings will be held at 10 o'clock
Friday morning, with the second
session to folow at 2 p. m.
Author of the book "Flower
Arrangements For All Occas
sions" and nationally known lec
turer on floral arrangements,
Mrs. Fort has been Invited this
year to lecture in 22 states.
Tickets may be purchased at
the door or from any member of
the House and Garden Club. Out
of-town persons may secure tic
kets from Mrs. Jacob Cooper on
Price of the tickets are, one ses
sion two dollars, or for . both ses
sions, three dollars.
Seniors To Give
Annual senior class play by
members of the graduating class
at Kings Mountairt high school
will be presented at Central
school aaditorium on Friday
night at 8 o'clock.
This year'R vehicle, "Go West,
Young Man," a lively cqmedy in
three acts, Js being directed by
I. B. Go'orth, Jr., a member of
the faculty and a Little Theatre
player. Mrs, George Moss is facul
Members of the cast are Shir-,
ley Houser, who portrays "Jane
Willis"; Bobbie Barrett may be
s?en as "Tillie Beggs"; Darrell
Austin as "Alkali Al"; Jerry King
as "Harry Martin"; Jimmy Kim
mell as "Wes Hopper"; Bill
Briggs as "Ken Thornton"; Joan
Thomasson as "Charlotte Stone";
Cornelia Ware as "Fran Davis";
Joyce Biser as "Bimsie Roberts";
Joan Caveny as "Edith Roberts";
Dolores Davidson as "Alicia
Pringle"; Ben Hudson as "Tho
mas Stanley"; Maxine Eubanks
as "Liz Stone"; and Sonny Mc
Daniel as "Count Dino Pozwal
Committees and chairmen
(listed first) are:
Stage and lighting ? Bill Ruth,
Vernon Tate, Clyde Morrow, Gene
Ellis, Thurmon Burns.
Properties ? Louise Gladden,
Freida Allen, Don Cloninger, Mar
celene Spake. -
Program ? Anne McKelvie,
Harry Melton, Bobbie Oxford.
Publicity ? Linda Baity, Eliza
beth Camp, Ken Davis, Joanne
Costume ? Pat Henderson,
Maxine Jackson, Rebecca Moss,
Nancy Hardin, Margie Tesseneer.
Prompters ? Marie Cobb, Ja
Make- up ? Sonny McDaniel,
Sound effects ? Shirley Falls.
Tickets ? Mary Roper and
Shirley Bumgardner, co-chair
Ushers ? Gall Sellers, Connie
Bennett, Geraldlne Barnett, Ho
ward Blanton, Kelly Weaver, Tim
Gladden. ' ?
The play was written by John
Rand and is being produced by
special arrangement with Samuel
French, New York.
A committee from the Little
Theatre will judge acting in the
play and pick the best actor who
will be presentied an award at
graduation exercises in June.
Scott To Feature
Former ? Governor W. Kerr
Scott will be the principal speak
er at the annual Farmer's Night
banquet of the Kings Mountain
Lions club, according to announce
ment this week.
The banquet will be held the
evening of April 14 at Masonic
Lodge hall with all farmers of
the area invited to attend.
Ex- Governor Scott, now a Haw
River farmer, was a controversial
figure during the four years he
spent in the governor's mansion
at Raleigh. He had previously
been the veteran commissioner
of agriculture until running for
governor and scoring an upset
victory over Charles M. Johnson.
He last made a public address
in Kings Mountain Just prior to
the Democratic primary election
Members of the Farmer's Night
committee include Edwin Moore,
chairman, Otto (Toby) Williams,
Gene Patterson and H. B. Bum
The city board of commission
ers, in special session Monday af
ternoon, authorized installation of
a sewer line on Mauney avenue.
According to the board authori
zation, a small pumping station
is also to be installed.
Commissioner Lloyd Davis
made the motion, Commissioner
Olland Pearson seconded. The
vote was unanimous, with Com
missioners C, P. B*rry and B. T.
Wright, Sr., absent.
The board also authorized Tom
Henry, city sanitary department
superintendent to attend the wa
ter and sewage institute at Chapel
Hill on Thursday and Friday.
S A. Crouse will serve as
Judge In Ward 2 in the city elec
tion, it was announced this week.
Mr. Crouse replaces Mrs. George
Allen who declined to serve.
Replacement for Mr?. J. H. Ar
thur, appointed a Judge in Ward
5, had not yet been named Wed
need ay, City Clerk Joe Hendrick
George W. Allen Enters Mayor Race;
White And Williams Seek Ward Posts
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DEDICATION SUNDAY ? Recently completed Bethlehem Baptist
church parsonage will be dedicated at special dedicatory services
Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The project was begun less than a year
To Be Dedicated
Moomaw Lookinq For
Battle Period Relics
Know of anyone possessing
a musket or long rifle used in
the Battle of Kings Mountain?
Ben Moomaw, superinten
dent of Kings Mountain Na
tional Military Park, is look
ing for a model for display at
the park museum.
Plenty of muskets and long
rifles mc^fle prior to 1881 are
on the American market." Mr.
Moomaw said, "but we want
locally one that was used for
we're reasonablv certain was
used in the battle." *!
Mr. Moomaw said that he
has received authorization for
improvements to the museum
display and would like to col
lect other relics of the battle
period, such as hand tools,
china and others.
Items may be donated, loan
ed on perpetual loan or oth??^
wise transferred, he said. All
items accepted will be preserv
ed by processing at govern
Show 26th, 27th
"Jaycee Minstrels of 1953" will
be presented at Central school au
ditorium on Thursday and Friday,
March 26 and 27 8 p. m.
D. D. Saunders, producer and
director of the show, announced
this week that rehearsals will be
held on Friday night at 7:30 p.
m. at the Legion Hall, on Sunday
afternoon at 1:30 p. m. at Central
school auditorium, on Monday
night at 7:30 at the Legion Hall
and on Wednesday night at Cen
tral school at 7 o'clock.
Clavon Kelly will be the inter
locuter of the show and K. E.
Morrison, Lewis Falls, Jack
White, Yates Harbison, Charles
Dixon, Sam Mitchem and Bill
Beam, of Shelby, will serve as
Also included on the program
are Mrs. Lewis Falls, Ed Smith,
Mrs. Fred McDaniel, Jr., Miss
Melba Tindall, Fred McDaniel,
Jr., Harold Phillips and Mr. Falls
in specialty acts, a large chorus
and a band under the dlrectton of
Tickets, priced at 60 and 30
cents, are now on sale by mem
bers of the Junior Chamber of
Commerce, sponsors of the show.
Special services will be held
Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at Be
thlehem Baptist church dedica-.
ting the recently-completed
Rev. Garland A. Hendricks, di
rector of church ? community
development of Gardner - Webb,
college, will deliver the dedica
tory address. Open house will be
held immediately following the
The project was begun less
than a year ago when the first
offering for the construction was
taken 'by the church on Easter
Sunday. Ground was broken for
the parsonage the latter part of
Of solid brick construction, the
new home has plastered walls,
hardwood floors and is heated
with a central1 automatic oil
furnace. The house contains a
living room, dining room, den,
kitchen, four bedrooms, a pas
to^'s study, and two baths.
Estimated value of the par
sonage is $17,500.
Serving on the building com
mittee were John Wyatt Blalock,
Chairman. Hill Lowery, Treasur
er, Harley Dixon, Earl Morris,
Rush Dixon, Charles Lail, Mrs.
Rush Dixon and Miss Collean
Rev. Ronda E. Rabbins is pas
tor of the church.
To Head Jaycees
Paul Walker was named to
head the Junior Chamber of Com
merce during the next year at the
regular meeting of the organiza
tion, held at Masonic dining hall
Tuesday night. . v
Other officers elected were:
J. T. McGinnis, first 'vice-presi
N. H. Reed, second vice-presi
Clavon Kelly, secretary.
Bill Jonas, treasurer.
Harley Dixon, Jaybird.
K. E. Morrison, Harold Phillips
and D. D. Saunders were elected
to two-year directorships.
Carry-over directors of the or
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Red Cross Committee Chairman
Urged To Speed Drive Reports
Hilton Ruth, chairman of the
Red Cross fund drive, said Wed
nesday reports from committee
chairmen were limited to a few
divisions and he urged them to
make report b this weekend at
"I hope committee chairmen
will make every effort to com
plete their work by this weekend
and make a particular point to
report their collection totals.
"At the moment only approxi
mately fl^SOO has been received,
-vhich leave* $5,000 to be obtain
"We need to know where we ajfe
in order that the proper clean up
work can be done," Mr. Ruth
He said that almost all school
reports had been received, out
that work ftt the other major di
visions Is not yet reported.
"The half-way date passed last
Sunday lor March and Red Cross
month. Our drive is not hatf-wa^y
over, which means we are be
hind," Mr. Ruth said.
Allen Opposes j
George W. Allen, who ran se
cond in the torrid race for mayor
in 1951, formally entered the
1953 mayor's race Monday.
Also entering the political wars
during the past week were Floyd
Williams, who seeks the Ward
4 commissionership, and D. L.
White, Who seeks the Ward 5
Mr. Allen, recuperating from
an eye operation, issued a state
ment in which he stated opposi
tion to tho proposal for a city
manager system of government,
which the voters are expected to
decide at the May 12 election. Mr.
Allen said he had always opposed
the city manager system of gov
ernment, but would be happy to
abide by the decision of the
voters. . ,
Mr. Allen is a dealer in antique
Mr. Williams, an employee of'
Margrace Mill, said he seeks the
Ward 4 office on the promise that
if he is elected, he will treat all
Mr. White, an employee of
Mauney Mills, Inc., Issued no
statement concerning his candl- ?
A total of 12 candidates have
now formally filed for city politi
cal offices, with a contest assured
for every position except the
Ward 1 commissionership and the
Ward 1 school trusteeship. Three
candidates seek the office of
mayor and Ward 4 commissioner,
which creates the possibility of a
run -off election.
The candidates to date:
For mayor ? Garland K. Still,
incumbent, Glee A. Bridges, and
George W. Allen.
For. Ward 2 commissioner
Lloyd E. Davis, incumbent, and
Warren E. Reynolds.
For Ward 3 commissioner ?
Olland R. Pearson, incumbent,
and Clarence Elgin.
For Ward 4 commissioner ?
O. T. Hayes, Sr., Harold Phillips,
and Floyd Williams.
For Ward 5 commissioner ?
Sam Stallings and D. L. White.
Mr. Allen's announcement state
"The one purpose in my mind
in entering the Mayor's race Is
to be of service to the city. I
would be happy if it could serve
my community with honor as
that would reflect some honor
and credit upon my family and
th?* friends who have shown con
fidence in me. l wish to state
here that I am strictly on my
own, win or lose. I have no
agreements with any individual"
or group and there have been no
trades made with anyone. If
elected to the office I will carry
out the duties to the best of my
*T believe I know the duties
of the Mayor and if elected I
propose to carry them out re
gardless of what personal sacri
fices I have to make. If I did
not feel that I knew these duti
es and were not willing to carry
them out, then I would not be
offering myself as a candidate.
"A "big part of my life has ibeen
spent doing the work that is re
quired of the Mayor and I am
prepared to ofaer this experien
ce to the people of Kings Moun
tain. I wish to make it plain that
I have no desire to use the office
so as to undertake to punish
anyone. In the first place that
would be cowardly and in the
second place there are no pow
ers that the Mayor has that
would permit him to do so. I
will not, at anytime, undertake
to array one class against the
other in order to get a few votes
I would like to see the people of
Kings Mountain live together in
peace and harmony, dealing
fairly and squarely with each
other. When we can do that we
will be makiiig progress and go
ing forward to bigger and better
"I place the Mayor's office on
a very high level believing the
conduct of the Mayor reflects in
one way or another on the citi
zens of the community. If elect
ed I will endeavor to conduct
my personal life as well as my
official life so that It will re
flect honor on each of us.
"The question of city employ
ees will naturally come up dur
ing the campaign. To this I have
to say that anyone now employ
ed who is needed and Is doing
a good Job has nothing to fear
from me, tout if there are those
who are not willing to give a
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SEEK OFFICES ? Three citizens
filed lor city political offices .
during the past week. George W.
Allen, top, is running for mayor,
Floyd Williams, center, seeks the
Ward 4 commissionership. and
D. L. White, below, seeks the
Ward 5 commibsio-iership.
Kings Mountain area citizens
flowed through the Woman's
Club at a busy pare last Thurs
day, exactly 150 persons donating
a pint of blood via the Red Cross
The total met the quota set by
recruitment chairman W, J. Ful
kerson and chapter officials and
followed an intensive publicity
Rev. Vance Daniel, Kings Moun
tain Red Cross chapter's blood
program chairman, said, "It was
an excellent response and the
chapter officials wish to express
their appreciation to each person
who gave their blood."
Mr. Daniel acknowledged gifts
of supplies including milk from
Anthony Dairy and Ice from
Kings Mountain Cotton Oil Com
List of donors follows:
Lester R. Howell
Grace E. Davis
John A. Cheshire, Jr
James Claude Gibson
Clarence Y. Harbison
Glee E. Bridges
W. Boothe Gillespie
L. E. Abbott
Tom Howard Harry
Harry P. Roark . : ? ,;
Mrs. Eva V. George
Edgar W. Tucker
Max G. Hardin
Alexander Batch ler vj
Charles E. Dixon
Lewis Cllde Cole
Ross Finley Alexander
Charlie M. Randall
Charles Dewitt Ware
Daniel D. Weiss
Ira J. Falls
R. David Kinca Id ?
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