City Limits 7.206
Trading Area 15,000
<1945 Batlon Board Flgaroa)
Kings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
Kings Mountain, N. C? Thursday, March 26, 1953
PRICE FIVE CENTS
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FAILS TO REPORT
County selective service of
eials are seeking the address
of George .Loroy .Griffin, .of.
.Kings Mountain, who jfailed to.
.report for induction into the.
.armed forces Tuesday morn- .
City firemen answered an
alarm Wednesday afternoon
at 2:30 to the home of Marvin.
Bell on Cansler street. Cause
. . of the fire was an oil stove ex-,
plosion in the home. Estimat
ed damage was from $50 to
$100, firemen said.
Forrest H. Shuford, of Ralei
gh, North Carolina Commis
sioner of Labor, will address
members of the Kings Maun- |
tain Kiwanis club at their
meeting Thursday night. The
club convenes at 6:45 at Ma
sonic Dining Hall.
PONT LOOP MEETING
A "meeting of all parties in
terested In formation of a
Pony Baseball league here
this summer will be held at
City Hall next Wednesday af
ternoon at 5 o'clock according
to announcement by K. E. Mor
There will be a singing Sun
day at the Grace Methodist
church beginning at 2:30 p.
m. The public Is cordially in
vited to attend and hear some
good old time spiritual sing
L E. Abbott, First National
Bank vice-president and cash
ier, is in Atlanta this week
attending ? meeting of the In
dependent Bankers' Associa
v N. F. McGlll was installed
as an elder and Wendell Phi
fer, John Cheshire, Oscar Mc
Carter and R. H. Burton, as
deacons, of Boyce Memorial
ARP church on Sunday. All
deacon's terms of office are
four years, with the exception
of Mr, Phifer, Who fills the
one-year unexpired term of N.
Five To 7 Yean
Arthur G. Dameron, 23-year- old
Negro, was sentenced to serve
from five to seven years In state
prison by Judge Dan K. Moore
In March term of Cleveland
County Superior court, in session
at Shelby this week.
Dameron was found guilty of
assault, with lni-nt to kill, and
attepapted armel robbery of Bar
ber's Cash Grocery here on March
6. In the unsuccessful attempt to
rob Mr. Barber in his establish
ment on West King street, Dam
eron cut the grocer with a knife.
Dameron waived preliminary
hearing before Judge Jack H.
White here In Kings Mountain
Recorder's cdurt on March 7 and
$1500 bond was set in each case
for trial in Superior court.
Also receiving sentence Tues
day was William Earl Navey, 20
year-old Kings Mountain youth,
who was sentenced to 18 months
in prison on charge resulting
from attempted robbery of Hun
t?r Patterson, Home Building A
Loan Association secretaiy, on
the sidewalk near his home pn
South Gaston street on Friday
night, February 13th.
Charles Rodney Smith, 17-year
old youth, who was charged with
aiding and abetting in the rob
bery, received a 12- months prison
Both Navey and Smith had
been bound over to Superior court
here in a preliminary hearing be
for Judge White.
Dixon Resigaf : )
Joe Dixon, business manager
of Kings Mountain hospital since
its opening nearly two years ago,
ha* resigned that position.
Announcement of the resjgna
t ion was marlo folnwing a moot
lng of the county hospital board
of trustee* on Wednesday, Mardfc
Number 4 Township Trustees
Franklin Harpy, C. D. Blanton
and Hunter Weisler, along wtth
County Hospitals Administrator
Robert Moser were named as a
committee to employ a successor
to Mr. Dixon.
Mr. Mopar said this week that
applications for the position are
INSPIRING SCENE FROM LITTLE THEATRE PLAY ?The Emperor Caligula tries to persuade the Ro
man Marcellus to renounce his faith in the above scene from the Little Theatre production, "The
Robe/' superbly presented at Central auditorium Tuesday night. Pictured, left to right, are Meek
Carpenter as "Marcellus," Mrs. L B. Goforth. Jr., as "Diana." Franklin Pethel as "Caligula." Mrs.
Bruce Thorburn as "Salome," Phillip Baker as "Quintus" and Sam Mitchem as "Sarpedon." The
play will be presented again on Saturday night at 8 o'clock at Central auditorium- (Photo by Hubert
Kings Mountain Little Theatre
players will again dramatize
Lloyd C. Douglas' best-seller,
"The Robe", at Central school au
ditorium Saturday evening at 8
First performance of the religi
ous play was presented on Tues
day night ana drew much praise
from the small, but spell-bound
Many considered the play to be
the Little Theatre's best effort of
many excellent presentations
during the past three years.
Last performance of the Easter
series will be given at the Besse
mer City high school auditorium
on Tuesday at 8:15 p. m. The Tues
sorPn Dy tne Bessemer City
Junior Chamber of Commerce.
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 as
"Melas"; Sam Stallings as "Pau
lus"; and L B. Goforth, Jr., as
Dr. R. N. Baker plays two rol
es, as "Capt. Fulvius" and "Ti
berius"; Miss Bernice Harrison
as "Helen"; Mrs. H. L. Campbell
as "Cornelia Gallio"; Robert
Grlgg as "Senator Gallio"; Mrs.
Franklin Pethel as "Phoebe";
Miss Barbara Matthews as
"Theodosia"; Phillip Baker as
"Quintus"; Miss Jane McGirt as
"Rhoda"; and Hsl S. Plonk as
The cast also includes Frank
lin Pethel as "Caligula"; Sam
Mltchem as "Sarpedon"; and
Mrs. Bruce Thofburn as "Sa
lome"; Hubert Carlisle, and
Bruce Thorburn play the part of
soldiers, Miss Joan Britt plays
the part of a woman and Connie
Padgett plays the part of a child.
The recently re-organized Cho
ral society presents several ren
ditions at the opening of the play.
Franklin Pethel will direct the
tiuiftr To Sing
A spe lal Palm Sunday service
will be presented on Sunday af
ternoon at 4:30 by the senior
choir of Central Methodist church
which will sing "The Seven Last
Words of Jesus Christ", by Cle
ment Francois Theodore Dubois.
The 24-volce choir will sing one
chorus in Latin which is a prayer
at the conclusion, and the remain
ing choruses will be sung in Eng
lish. The soloists are Margaret
Cole, Mrs. Delbert Dixon, Shirley
Falls, William Briggs, Jo Aim
Dixon, Earl Marlowe, And Burlie
S. Peeler, Jr. The choir is under
the direction of Bonnie Mcintosh,
director and organist, and Burlie
S. Peeler, Jr., assistant director.
? Author of. the musical presen
tation is an early twentieth cen
tury French composer, who was
the Church of t$l
Madeleine and professor of com
position at the Paris Conserva
tory of Music. He Wrote for the
voice well as for the oi ffijfc
and received numerous honors for
his compositions including the
French I-egton of Honor award.
Mctoile X fiay unit will be in
front of Be He's Department
Thursday, MtM| $6 ;!
from 10-11:45 In the morning
and from 1-4 o^look in the a?t- I
?moon. Persons who need a
birth certificate are urged to
have fhelr chest X-rays made
On Negro School
By School Board
Kings Mountain district board
of school trustees, in regular
Mardh meeting at Central school
Wednesday, March 18 at 4:30
p. im., voted to proceed with the
purchase of a new Negro school
site and to construct a new ele
mentally. building at the new
Motion Was made by Mrs. H.
E. Lynch, seconded by Dr.. P. G.
Padgett and carried unanimous
The action authorized the
board's building committee to
continue se'curlng options on
land for the new site and to con
struct a new building, as rec
ommended (by the state school
board planning committee sev
eral months ago.
Chakman Arnold Kincaid pre
sided and all board members
weife present, along with Super
intendent B. N. Barnes and Prin
cipal iRowell Lane. J. A. Gibson,
Davidson school principal, was
present for the first part of the
Under the present plan, Dav
idson high school pupils would
continue classes in the present
The new site is located several
hundred feet west of the present
Davidson building and contains
some 12 and one-half acres.
I'ard Member J. R. Davis
made a motion authorizing the
building committee to execute
an option with Robert B. Byers
for some of bis property on fhe
site. After second by Dr. Pad
gett, the motion carried unani
Mr. Davis also offered a mo
tion authorizing the superin
tendent to secure or employ a
person to landscape and grade
the playground at East school,
which was approved by the
Mr. Barnes reported thai the
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Jaycee Mlnistrels of 1953
hare been postponed two
weeks, O. D. Sounders, chair
man of the promotion said
The show, an annual project
of the organisation (or the
past several years, will be gi
ven for two nights, on April
10 and 11, Mr. Saunders Said.
"We -regret the postpone
ment but several conflicting
matters forces It^he wife.
The ?hew'' was originally
scheduled fer Thursday and
It was a quiet week politically,
from the standpoint of new can
didates for city offices, but the
paucity of announcements was
not fully indicative of the activ
Candidates already filed were
at work iaying the groundwork
for votes, Mayor Garland Still
got out another circular, and
there was much scurrying about
among potential candidates and
Generally speaking, next week
was toeing mentioned as spring
board date for a number of can
didates for city office, and the
names getting the big play In
cluded a long list of probables,
potentials, and possibles.
One observer said of Former
(Mayor H. Tom Fulton, "he's def
initely running," tout others
doufbted it just ad ardently,
W. G. Grantham, prominently
mentioned as a Ward 5 commis
sioner candidate, pointed to next
week as decision time, and ano
ther Ward 5 possible was J. C.
Lasted as "sure" to seek office
was T. J. (Tommy) Ellison, ex
pected to run again for the Ward
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Wright Won't Seek Re-Election;
Harris Not To Enter Mayor Race
Baxter T. Wright, Sr., Ward 5
commissioner, will not seek re
election to that position, and Ol
lie Harris, mentioned frequently
as a possible mayoral candidate,
will not offer for that position.
These two announcements,
made formally Wednesday, were
the principal outward develop'
ments of the city's 1953 political
campaign this week.
No new candidates had enter
ed the field at noon Wednesday.
Mr. Wright, who Is proprietor
of Wright's Barber Shop, In his
statement, said: "I wish to thank
the citizens of Kings Mountain
for their kind support and en
couragement In every way dur
ing my term ?s commissioner
and for the interest of each in
dividual who has asked me to
seek re-election. However, I wish
at this time to announce 1 will
not seek re-election."
Mr. Harris Cleveland county
coronor and Kings Mountain
mortician, ax&nowledging that
that he had been urged to offer
for the office of mayor, said, "I
am highly flattered at the Sug
gestions of many friends that I
seek the office of mayor at the
forthcoming election, tout I am I
unable to otter for this position
and desire that my name be
eliminated from speculation
Mr. Wright is the second mem
ber of the current administration
to decline Ho seek re-election. C.
P. Barry, Ward 4 commissioner,
said several weeks ago he would
not seek re-election.
Three members, Mayor Gar
land Still, Commissioners Ol
land Pearson and Lloyd E. Da
vis, are seeking re-election,
while Commissioner James Lay
ton, Ward'l, incumbent, hall not
made known his interiUoMi. 1
The candidates to date:
For mayor ? Garland E. Stil1-.
incumbent, Glee A. Bridges, and
George W. Allen.
For Ward 2 commissioner ?
Lloyd E. Davis, incumbent, and
Warren E. Reynolds.
?For Ward 3 commissioner ?
Oltand R. Pearson, incumbent,
and Clarence Elgin. ; -
For Ward 4 commissioner ?
O. T. Hayes, Sr., Harold Phillips,
and Floyd Williams.
For Ward 5 commissioner ?
Sam S tailings and D. L. Whit*.
Construction was proceeding
rapidly this wek on the 12 room
medical clinic of Dr. Paul E.
Dr. Hendricks, currently on ac
tive duty with the armv and sta
tioned in Charlotte at the induc
tion center, expects to be released
from active duty. about July 1 and
anticipates that the clinic, located
at the corner of Cansler and West
Gold struts, will be ready for
use at that time. .
Formerly a residence and most
recently occupied by Neal Grls
som, the property w<?s obtained
by Dr. Hendricks from C. D.
Blanton and J. L. McGill. ?
The house is being completely
renovated to make a modern 12
rOom medical clinic, both utility
and in exterior appearance. In ad
dition to two waiting rooms, the
building will contain a nurse's
office, three treatment rooms, an
x-ray room, two baths, electro*
cardiagraphy room, and ear,
nose and throat treatment room.
The clinic will be completely
air-conditioned and the old peak
ed roof is being replaced with a
modern-type flat roof. Asbestos
shingles art bcmg used for out
side weather boarding.
Sam Davis is installing the air
condition !ny plant, and Clyde
Blanton is superintending the
Begins April 8
Mrs. Hubert Davidson is chair
man and Mrs. C. S. Weir, Jr., co
chairman of the annual Cancer
Fund drive scheduled to begin
here on April 8.
Announcement of the Kings
Mountain division drive leaders
wa s mad* hy Mrs. Craig Jone?,
of Shelby, county chairman.
Kings Mountain quota has
been set at $750, Mrs. Davidson
The dr've is sponsored by the
Cleveland County Chapter, A
merican Cancer Society. Funds
collected in the nation - wide
drive are used to combat cancer
and to treat cancer patients.
La^i. year, only $445 was rais
ed toward the Kings Mountain
M. N. Kendrick's
Funeral rites for Marcus Nevitt
Kendrlck, 72, of Mount Holly and
brother of four Kings Mountain
citizens, were conducted Saturday
at 11 a. m. from the First Baptist
church of Mount Holly.
Rev. J. D. Williams, the pastor,
officiated and burial was in the
Sharon Memorial Park in Char
Mr. Kendrlck died last Thurs
day at 8:30 p. m. at the home of
his daughter, Mrs. Mary Kokoska
in Charlotte following a heart at.
tack suffered early Thursday
He had lived in Mount Holly for
30 years going to live with his
daughter in Charlotte about a
year ago. He was the son of the
late John and Bell Nevitt Ken
drlck. A prominent business man,
he was connected with the Ken
| drlck Brick and Tile company of
j Mount Holly.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs.
Maude Hamrick Kendrlck; two
sons, Llnwood of Charleston, S.
C., and Joe Kendrlck of Shelby;
a daughter, Mrs. Mary Kokoska
of Charlotte; five sisters, Mrs.
Agnes Thomasson, Mrs. Flossie
Ware, Mrs. Mary Lipford, and
Miss Margaret Kendrlck, all of
Kings Mountain, and Mrs. P. L.
Ware of Mount Holly.
Also surviving are four grand
Hugh Y. Ballard, former Kings
Mountain citizen and for ten
yean superintendent of Park
Yarn Mills here, has recently been
promoted to the position of super
intendent of National Yarn Mill*,
Inc., of Belmont,
Mr. Ballard Joined National
Yam Mills, Inc., slightly more
than a year ago as assistant su
perintendent and personnel di
In his new position, Mr. Bal
lard succeeds Jonathan L. Rhyne,
who has resigned. f
Mr. Ballard is well-known in
Kings Mountain, where he was ac
tive in civic affairs of the commu
nity. He is a former president of
the Kings Mountain Kiwonisxlub.
School Unit Recommended
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HONORARY OFFICIAL AND PARENTS ? Billy Gene Sanders, 12,
right, who has been unofficially adopted by the police department
and given honorary city titles, is pictured above with his invalid
father, Simon Sanders, and his mother. The police department is
sponsoring the color picture, "Hiawatha," at Joy Theatre next Wed
nesday and Thursday. April 1 and 2, with proceeds going to Young
Sanders' educational fund.
Billy Gene Sanders, age 12,
whom the Kings Mountain police
department feted last Christmas
and later honored at a banquet,
will be the honored' guest at the
movie "Hiawatha" on April 1 and
2 at the Joy Theatre, sponsored
by the police department in be
half of Billy's educational fund.
wlas only 6 year old when
his father, Simon Sanders, was
stricken with paralysis. Since that
time Mr. Sanders has been an in
valid, six years of which he has
spent in bed and five on crutches.
He has been confined to his bed
for the past two years. The fami
ly has been struggling along, all
these years on what little help
they obtained from the welfare
It was not until the police de
partment started to buy little
Billy's Christmas presents that,
the plight of the Sanders' family
came to light. It was then the
police decided to do something to
insure Billy's education; and in
January of this year a banquet
was given In Billy's honor at the
City Hall. That night Billy was
appointed Honorary Mayor, Hon
orary Chief of Police and Hono
rary Fire Chief; and, the same
time, the police unofficially a
dopted Billy and decided to pur
chase an educational policy to
further his education and to ren
der any other assistance possible
to Billy and his family.
This is the beginning of what
the Kings Mountain police intend
to make an annual affair and It
is going to start with a bang!
^ big parade is planned Tues
day afternoon at 4 o'clock, led
by the high school band, the may
or, and board of aldermen. Billy,
as Honorary Fire Chief, will ride
in one of the fire trucks driven
by Fire Chief Grady King.
Immediately following will be
the city police cars, then the
junior police on foot; followed
by the boy scouts, the girl scouts,
the mobile unit of Headquarters,
3rd Battalion, 120th Infantry,
North Carolina National Guard
and an infantry company of the
Shelby National Guard, the State
Highway Patrol, the Cleveland
County Sheriff's Department, a
float by the merchant's associa
tion and any other civic minded
car owners who wish to partici
Joe Hendrick, city clerk, is
chairman of the parade arange
Tentative route of parade:
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Interest On Paving
Balances To Apply
Interest on unpaid city
street ? paving assessments
applies on April 1 at the rate
of one-half of one percent per
month, Joe R. Hendrick, city
cleric reminded citisens yester
Mr. Hendrick also made a
report on street assessment
payments which showed total
payments through Wednesday
noon of $3,957.04.
Majority of the payments
covered assessments approved
by the city beafd of commis
sioners on January 12.
Stroke Fatal To
Mrs. Minnie McFadden, until j
a few months ago a Kings Moun
tain citizen, died last Saturday ;
at Port Angeles, Washington, at j
the home of a Hece, according !
to information recei'cJ here.
Full details concerning the |
death of Mrs. McFadden, about
77 years of age, were not receiv
ed here 'but it was understood
that she had suffered a stroke of
paralysis about 10 days prior to
The body is being returned to
Atlanta, Ga., her home for many |
years, fWr burial, and funeral Is
expecteu to be on Saturday, from !
the H. M. Patterson & Son Fun- 1
eral Home, 1020 Spring Street, .
A widow, Mrs. McFadden came
to Kings Mountain a number of
years ago to reside with the late
Mrs. J. M. Garrison. She was a
member of the Associate Refor
med Presfbyterian church and
quite active in the work of the
Boyce Memorial ARP church
while she lived here. After the
deafih ol Mrs. Garrison, Mrs. Mc
Fadden resided at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ware.
A number of nieces survive,
including Miss Mary Thompson
and Miss Lurline Thompson,
both of Charlotte.
Weekley To Give
Rev. H. Gordon Weekley, pas
tor of First baptist church, will
preach the sermon at the annu
al community - wide Easter Sun
rise service at Mountain Rest
cemetery, according to an
nouncement this week try Rev.
P- D. Patrick, chairman of the
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Gold Stxeet Cemetery Entrance
Dedicator; Rites Sunday At 3
Special ceremonies dedicating
the completion o 1 a new entrance
to Mountain Rett cemetery will
be held Sunday afternoon at 3
o'clock at the site on East Gold
Rev. Phil Shore, Jr., pastor of
Central Methodist church, will be
the principal speaker at the
?pedal ceremonies, and Mayor
Garland E. Still will be the mas
ter of ceremonies.
Other ministers will take part
In the 30- minute rites to which
the public Is invited.
8am R. Suber, superintendent
i of Mountain Rest cemetery, will
present Mr. Shore.
Ribbon will be tied over the en
trance gate and will be cut, mark
ing the opening of the new en
trance to the public.
All of the Mountain Rest ceme
tery property has now been en
closed by an all-steel wire fence,
and the new East Gold street en
trance is designed to facilitate
traffic in and around the ceme
tery. The new entrance is expect
ed to remove a considerable a
mount of traffic from E. King
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State Survey ;
On School Needs
A Stale Department of Public
Instruction school planning sur
vey committee has recommended
iliat the city schools administra
tive unit discuss with the county
board of education expansion
of the Kings Mountain unit to
include ail of Number 4 Town
The survey committee recom
mended further that efforts be
made to provide one white high
school and one Negro high school
for' all of Number 4 Township.
The survey was made by a six
member committee from the
State Department of Public In
The report, recently received
from Raleigh, Was first consider
ed by the city school trustees at
their meeting of March 18.
Text of the report follows:
"The Division of School Plan
ning of the State Department of
Public Instruction arranged for
a survey to be made of the Kings
Mountain Schools on the above
date at the request of the school
board. The survey committee
studied statistical data covering
the past twenty years, and also
studied spot maps of pre-school,
and elementary school popula
tions. In order to secure first ?
hand information the committee
visited each of the schools ?nd
"Upon the basis of this study
thn survey committee makes the
following comments and recom
"It is recommended that the
Kings Mountain School Board
consult the Cleveland County
Board of Education with a view
to expanding the Kings Moun
tain Administrative Unit to In
clude all of township four. An en
larged district would make It pos
sible to maintain more adequate
high schools for each race. Some
of the benefits which could re
sult from larger high schools
would be improved instruction In
shopwork, and vocational sub
jects, better recreation and athet
Ic programs, improved libraries,
science departments, and improv
ed cafeteria services. The adop
tion of such a plan for the white
schools would relieve the present
ly over-crowded elementary
'The County Board of Com
missioners will be better able to
provide for the total educational
needs of township four if the
Kings Mountain City Board of
Education and the Cleveland
County Board of Education could
get together and make provision
for a district high school for
"A. Davidson School:
1). It is recommended that a
site of at least 15 to 25 acres for
a new union school should be ob
2). Before any construction be
gins a plot plan should be deve
loped with space requirements
blocked out for the entire project.
3). First construction on the
new site should be an elementary
school unit .composed of at least
five classrooms, health site, of
fice and storage space. Heating
and other service systems should
be large enough to care for future
4). If the school district can be
enlarged to include township four,
then high school facilities should
be provided. Among these facili
ties are classrooms, multipurpose
room, cafeteria, library, and ad
ministrative* space. If the enlarg
ed district cannot be formed, con
sideration should be given for
transporting the high school pu
pils to a nearby school.
B.) White Schools:
1.) Secure a site In the northern
part of town and erect a modern
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The city electrical depart
ment announced this week
that a power cut-off Sunday
afternoon would be made from
1 >30 to 4 o'clock and will effect
customer* on Crescent Hill
Road, Meadowbrook Road,
South Canaler Street and some
customers on Gold street and
Patrons are being asked to
note the service interruption
and to plan accordingly.
The curtailment will enable
the department to make need
ed line changes, according to
Banter Allen, superintendent.