City Limit* 7,206
Trading Area 1 5.000
(1945 Ration Board FigurM)
VOL. 63 NO. 15
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, April 9, 1953
PRICE FIVE CENTS
A total of $166.65 was collec
ted from the city's parking me
ters Wednesday morning, ac
cording to a report from the
city treasurer's office.
Offices of Dr. L. T. Anderson,
chiropractor, will be closed
from April 3 to reopen at the
usual time on April 17, accord
ing to an announcement this
A total of 1078 Kings Moun
tain motorists have purchased
1953 city auto license plates,
according to a report from the -
-city clerk's office Wednesday
morning. Deadline for purcha
sing the tags without penalty
was February 1.
Floyd Williams, candidate
for Ward 4 commissioner, re
turned home from Mercy Hos
pital, Charlotte, Tuesday aft
ernoon. He Is ' reported recov
ering rapidly from an opera
At the meeting of Presbytery
at Cramertoh Thursday, Rev.
P. D. Patrick and J. H. Thom
son will represent the First
Presbyterian church and J. G.
Darracott will represent the
Dfocon Presbytevian church.
NAMED FOR SOCIETY
Paul McGinnls, Jr., son of
Ms. and -Mrs. Paul McGinnis,
of Kings Mountain, was re
cently a unanimous nominee
to membership in Pi Eta Sig
ma, freshman honorary fra
ternity at N. C. College.
Keeter's Fashion Lady cap
tured reserve ribbons in both
the walking horse stake and
amateur walking horse class
at the annual Easter Monday
horse show held at Asheboro.
Byron Keeter, Kings Mountain
horseman, and Toby Grier rode
the mare to the winnings.
COURT OF HONOR
Regular monthly session of
the Court of Honor for Kings
Mountain district Boy Scouts is
scheduled for Thursday night
at 7:45 at City Hall, according
to an announcement from
Piedmont Council headquar
J. D. Newsome, of Jackson,
Miss., a student at Columbia
Theological seminary, Deca
tur, Ga., will toe the student
pastor at the First Presbyter
ian church and at Dixon Pres
byterian chunSh this summer.
He will visit both of these
churches on Sunday 'reaching
the Men's Bible class at the
First church on Sunday morn
ing and preaching at the ev
ening service, and preaching
at Dixon church in the after
Foi Mr. Medlin
Funeral service* for Everett
*V+on Medlin, 51, resident of 106
talker street, were conducted
Tuesday at 4 p. rp. from First
Wesleyan Methodist church.
Rev. J. W. Phillips, pastor of
the church officiated, assisted by
Rev. P. D. Patrick. Burial was In
Mountain Rest cemetery.
Mr. Medlin died 'In a Gastonia
hospital Sunday at 8 p. m. after
an illness of one month. He
a native of Cleveland County and
a cloth Inspector at Pauline Mill
Re Is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Mary Lee Roberts Medlin, a son,
Everett (Buddy) Medlin, of the
U. S. Army, stationed In Fort
Jackson, S. C? and a daughter,
Mi*. Joyce Biddix of Charlotte.
Also surviving are his motkf,
Mrs. Ida Medlin and a brother,
Jim Medlin, both of Kings Moun
tain, and one grandchll^ .
Active pallbearers Included O
d*U Lo/elace, Clyde Jolly, Lan
der Short, W. U McMackin. Jack
Kennedy, Harry Page, and Carl
Jaycees To Give
Minstrels Of 1953
WINS FELLOWSHIP ? Jack
Mauney has been awarded a fel
lowship by the National Re
search Council for work in biolo
gy during 1953-54.
I . . '
Jack Ramseur Mauney, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mauney, of
Kings Mountain, hag been award
ed a fellowship for further study
in biology by the National Science
Foundation, federal government
Mr. Mat ney, currently working
toward a master's degree at Uni
versity of Wisconsin, was notified
of the award, worth $2,500 and
tuition, last week. He expects to
continue his study at University
of Wisconsin. He expects to re
ceive the degree of Master of
Science (in botany) in June.
Mr. Mauney is married to the
former Miss Betsy Tolleson.
Board To Meet
The city board of commission
ers will hold its regular April
meeting Monday night at 7:30 at
Principal item of business will
be consideration of another street
?paving assessment scroll, total
ing $4,137.24 in potential assess
ments for paving work on Fair
view street, Falls street and Falls
sfreet extension, Chllders street
a.,d James street.
Other scheduled business will
include consideration of regular
monthly reports from department
For Two Shows
"Jaycee Minstrels of 1953", an
old-fashioned blackface minstrel
show, will be presented at Central
school auditorium on Friday and
Saturday night at 8 p. m.
The show, postponed from
March 26-27, is being produced by
the Junior Chamber of Commerce
under the direction of D. D. (Sal
ty) Saunders, who also wrote the
Clavori Kelly will serve as in
Endmen featured in the show
are K. E. Morrison as "Slobber
Brain"; Lewis Falls as "Whitey";
Jack White as "Satchel Face";
Yates Harbison as "Rastus"?
Charles Dixon as "Fireball"; Sam
Mitchem as "Lightning"; and Bill
Beam, of Shelby, as "Eclipse".
Members of the club will be
in the large chorus and specialty
numbers will be presented by
Mrs. Lewis Falls, Ed Smith, Mrs.
F. A. McDanlel, Jr., Miss Melba
Tlndall, Mr. Falls, Director Saun
ders, F. A. (Pete) McDaniel, Jr.,
and Harold Phillips.
Mrs. Fleete McCurdy will be
pianist and members of the band
will be Joe Hedden, director, Gene
Ellis, Bill Sanders, Pete Morrow,
Miss Ann McKelvle, Charles
Yawn, Tim Gladden and Tommy
Committees for the production
Include Delbert Dixon, lighting
and sound; Mrs. McDaniel and
Mrs. Yates Harbison, makeup;
Mr. Phillips, tickets; K. E. Mor
rison, Harley Dixon and Charles
Dixon, program; and C. T. Car
penter, Jr., and Mr. Smith, pub
Admis&ion for the show Is 30
and 60 cents and tickets are on
sale by members of the club and
will be on sale at the door. Mr.
Phillips has announced that tic
kets sold prior to the~ postpone
ment will be honored either night.
Ben Goforth Accepts
Role In Boone Drama
I Ben Goforth, Jr., has signed
a contract for a part in "Horn in
the West," historical drama pro
duced near Boone each summer.
Mr. Goforth, a Kings Mountain
school teacher, will be enrolled
at Appalachian State Teacher's
College in Boone this summer
working on his masters degree.
A veteran member of the Kings
Mountain Little Theatre, he was
in the cast of "Then Conquer We
Must!" and "Sword of Gideon",
produced at Kings Mountain
National Military Paik amphi
theatre the past two summers.
Former Governor Scott To Speak
At Lions Faimei's Part; Tuesday
The Kings Mountain Lions Club
will put on its annual Farmer's
Night party next Tuesday night,
with all farmers of the area in
vited to attend and with Former
Governor W. Kerr Scott scheduled
to make the principal address of
the evening. ^
Mr. Scott, for many years com
missioner of agriculture, wen the
Democratic -primary race for the
gubernatorial nomination in 1948
in what was ^fnorally conceded
to be an upset. He spent an in
teresting and controversial four
years in the Governor's Mansion.
He fathered the rural road build
ing program and obtained a fav
orable vote on the $200 million
dollar, bond issue that enabled .it
to be carried out
? Edwin MOore, chairman of the
Lions club's Farmer's night com
mittee, said he hoped all farmers
of the, area would be able to at
tend. "We regard our Farmer's
Night meeting as one of the most
important Of the year, and it's
usually one of our best," Mr.
Moore said, .
Other members of the commit
tee are Hazel B. Bumgardner, and
? meeting wilj be held at
Masonic Dining Hall and will be
gin it 7 o'clock.
A number of officials, including
l . ipm
SFEAKSB ? . F?tm*r
W. Bwi Scott
County farmer, will bs the prin
cipal speaker Tuosday night at
Om annual reamer's night ban
quet of U? Kings Mountain
Lions clab, whoa Dm club ll hMt
ham, of Iron Station, all member*
of thf county board of commis
sioners, and extension department
officials, have been lftvit^d to at
tend the annual farmer's night
HEADS CLUB ? Harry E. Page
was elected president of the
Kings Mountain Country Club at
a meeting ol the board of di
rectors Tuesday night.
Harry E. Page was electea
Tuesday night to serve as presi
dent of the Kings Mountain Coun
try Club for 1953-54.
Joe A. Neisler, elected to the
position at the original meeting
of the Incomirfl: board of direc
tors last month, had declined the
Mr. Page, who had been named
assistant secretary-treasurer at
the organizational meeting last
month, wajt succeeded by John
Smathers. Other club officers are
J. H. Patterson, vice-president,
and D. M. Peeler, secretary-trea
The directors also named chair
men of standing committees at
the Tuesday night dinner meet
ing as follows:
Tolly Shuford, social commit
fee; Dr. W. L. MaUney, house
committee; Joe A. Neisler, greens
committee; and J. C. Bridges,
The county board of education
in meeting Tuesday appointed a
number of new members to the
several school committees.
The committees include:
Bethware school; Clyde Rand
all, Claude Harmon and H. A.
Goforth, holdover members, and
Will Watterson and Eugene Pat
terson, new members.
Park Grace school: O. C. Kiser
and J. H. Medlin, holdover mem
bers, and R. B. Wright, new
Grover: Conrad Hughes ?nd
Carl McGlnnis, holdover mem
bers, and Frank Royster, W. B.
Harry and Glenn Roundtree, new
Compact : Samuel Brown, J. M.
McCrea, and Wesley Williams,
holdover members, and Lonnie
Whisnant and Israel Goode, new
Indncts Five !
Kings Mountain high school's
National Honor society's annual
spring induction services were ,
held on March 3.
Misses Anne McKelvIe, Linda
Baity, Cornelia Ware, and Grace
Carpenter discussed the, lour i
deals of the society which <*re
scholarship, leadership, service,
and character. Joyce Biser dis
dussed the flaming torch, a sym
bol of the society. " ?_
. New members Inducted Into the
Society were Sherrlll Spears, Nor
ma Lee Slpes, Susan Moss, Anne
Dllllng, and Ranny Amette. Ro
well Lane, high school principal,
presented the new members with
Miss Dolores Davidson sang for
the program "Open My Eyes",
"Qlve tJs Stout-heart ad Men",
"Take My Life", '1 Would Be
True", aw) "The Lord's Prayer".
Other members of the National
Honor group are Bobbie Barrett,
Anne McKelvie, Dolores David
son, and Cornelia Ware. Mrs. W.
T. Weir is faculty advisor and
Bobbie Barrett, president, pre
sided over the meeting.
County To Mail
Cleveland County citizens will
begin receiving the news, good
or bad, this weekend, on the re
sults of, the county-wide reap
praisal of property for tax pur
Max Ilamrick. tax supervisor,
said Wednesday that his office
will begin mailing the estimated
20,000 notices this weekend, and
he also listed the procedure citi
zens may follow for 1.) further in
formation on the new valuations,
and 2) ways to complain about
Mr. Hamrick recognized, he
said, that some people will not
know how to judge their valua
tions and. he said they may get
full desired information at his
office on neighboring property
listings, old listings, or other
For those who wish to protest
the new listings, simple forms,
obtainable from the tax supervi
sor's office, have been prepared
to file with the county board of
commissioners, which will sit as
a board of qualization and review
on April 20 and subsequently.
Meantime, officials of the Cole
Tiumble Company, the ap
praising firm which did the coun
ty's work, will re-examine the
psoperty to check for errors. If
error Is discovered, the property
owner will be notified. If the pro
perty owner is still not satisfied,
he may co.me before the commis
sioners for finql disposition of
his complaint or protest.
"Undoubtedly, there will be
some complaints about valua
tions,'' Mr. Hantrick said, "but
frankly we don't anticipate a
great number. Cole-Layer-Tram
ble has been in the appraisal busi
ness a long time and has had uni
form success doing the same job
in other counties.
Funeral services for Thomas
Edward Bumgardner, 72, resi
dent of route 1, were conducted
Friday at 4 p. m. from Oak View
Rev. Earl Oxford, pastor of the
church, officiated assisted by
Rev. C. L. Grant, Rev. C. B. Culp,
and Rev. E. O. Gore.
Interment was in the church
cemetery with members of Ma
sonic Fairvlew Lodge No. 339
conducting the graveside rites.
Mr. Bumgardner died Thurs
day morning at 3 a. m. of a
heart attack. He was a former
Margrace Mill employee, retir
ing in, 1947, a member of Oak
View Baptist church and a ma
Survivors include his wife,
'Mrs. Hattie Jenkins Bumgard
ner; 12 Sons, Hazel, Earl, Odell,
Eward, Ralph, Ray, Clyde, John,
and George, all of Kings Moun
tain and Charles and Austin
Bumgardner, both of Shelby, and
William P. Bumgardner of Pine
vllle Kentucky, and one daugh
ter, Mrs. E. S. Hardin of Shelby.
Alio surviving are one sister,
Mrs. Nettie Rector of Gaston la
and 32 grandchildren and three
Seven sons and one daughter
preceded Mr. Bumgardner in
Members of Fairview Lodge
served as active pallbearers.
The condition of Eugene Steffy,
Kings Mountain theatre operator
who was critically injured April 1
In a fall at his home last week
was reported somewhat Improved
Mr.. Steffy slipped and fell
while bathing, hit head hitting
the faucet of the tub when he
fell. Though injured, Mr. Steffy
was able to instruct his young
daughter, Pat, who will be five
in May, to telephone Mrs. Steffy
and Dr. J. C. McGill. A short time
later, while en route by ambu
lance to Memorial Hospital,
Charlotte, Mi*. Steffy lapsed into
He reportedly roused out of the
coma momentarily on Tuesday,
but his condition was still regard
ed as quite serious.
CANDIDATES IN WARD 1 RACE ? James (Red) Layton, left, and
W. Sage Fulton, Sr.. right, were among candidates for city office fil
ing this week. They oppose each other for the Ward 1 commission
ship. Mfr. Layton is the incumbent.
Howard Is Named
To Hospital Post
To Begin Work
About May 1
I - -
Grady Howard, well-known
Kings Mountain man, has been
named business manager of
Kings Mountain Hospital and will
assume his duties about May 1.
Mr, Howard, agent for Metro
politan Life Insurance Company,
said he expected to complete his
work with the insurance firm a
bout the first of May and would
assume the hospital duties at that
Mr, Howard was the selection
of the special committee of the
hospital board of trustees, Which
Included Robert Moser, county
hospitals administrator, and
Franklin Harry, Hunter Nelsler,
and C. D, Blanton, Number 4
He will succeed Joe Dixon, re
Mr. Howard, a native of Lincoln
county, came here in 1946, fol
lowing his release from active
duty with the Marine Corps. He
had spent 42 months with the
Marines during World War II,
and served an additional 18
months in 1951-52. Active in civic
affairs, Mr. Howard is a past
president of the Kings Mountain
Junior Chamber of Commerce j
and a member of Central Metho- j
dist church. He was co-chairman j
of the successful township March !
of Dimes campaign last January.
ivi? , Howard attended Western
Carolina Teachers college and
Emory university. Mrs. Howard is
the former Miss Mary Sue Mc
Ginnis, of Kings Mountain.
Pvt. Norman F. McGill, Jr.,
has been transferred from Ft.
Jackson, S. C., where he has
completed training with the
8th division band, to Ft. Me
Clellan, Ala., where he will
join the 307th arrrvy band. He
left Kings Mountain Sunday
after spending a week with his
HOSPITAL MANAGER ? Grady
Howard, Kings Mountain insur
ance man, has been named bus
iness manager of Kings Moun
tain hospital and will assume
his duties about May 1.
The annual appeal for funds
to fight cancer got underway In
Kings Mountain Wednesday with
Mrs. Hubert Davidsort and Mrs.
S. S. Weir, Jr., headfng the cam
Sixty percent of the money
raised in the state remains with
[ the state unit to be used in treat
ment of cancer patients and 40
! percent is sent to the American
Cancer Society for use in research
' Education as to recognition of
early cancer is one of the most
potent weapons in the fight a
gainst the dread disease, officials
; pointed out, and an extensive pro
jgram Is being conducted along
"We urge your whole-hearted
support of this worth while pro
IJect", the chairmen said yester
day. Persons wishing to make do
nations should contact one of the
Ratchford Address To Feature
Kiwanis Fanner's Night Thursday
Annual Kiwanis club farmer's
night banquet will be held at Ma
sonic dining hall Thursday at
6:45 p. m.
C. Brlce Ratchford, of Raleigh,
a native of GAston County and
in charge of farm management |
and marketing with the State Col
lege Extension .Service, will be
the principal speaker Iff the oc
Howard R. Clapp, of Shelby,
Cleveland County farm agent,
Will also attend the meeting.
Invitations have been extended
to many Kings Mountain area
farmers and a large number la
expected to attend the banquet
aa guests of the club.
Glee A. Bridges is chairman of
the farmer's night committee of.
the club and other members are
B. M. Ormand, W. S. Fulton, Sr.,
J E, Anthony, Jr., and L. Arnold
KIWAMIS SPEAKER ? C.
Rntchford, abOM> Stat* C?U?gt |
Extension 8>nic> official, will
ipMk at tho annual Klwli
dub fanso'i night banquet
Thursday at 8:4$ p. m.
For City Posts
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Throe candidates entered the
city political races this week.
They .are James G. Lay ton, Incum
bent Ward 1 commissioner, and
W, S? Fulton, Sr., both of whom
seek the Ward T position, and J.
H. Patterson's entry into the
Ward 2 race makes it a three
man contest. Llrtyd E. Davis, in
cumbent, and Warren E. Rey
nolds. having previously filed for
Mr; Fulton and Mr. Patterson
paid their filing fees at the clerk's
office early Wednesday after
noon. Mr. Layton paid his filing
fee on Tuesday.
The filings fhis week means
that contests exist for all city of
fices. Sixteen candidates now
seek the six offices, at City Hall.
However, no candidate has yet
filed for the Ward 1 school trus
Mr. Fulton, well-known mem- ?
her of the firm of Ware & Sons,
wholesale grocers and feed man
ufacturers, has lived in Kings
? Mountain almost all his life. An
elder of Royce Memorial ARP
church, Mr. Fulton was the
church's treasurer for 30 years.
He is a- member of the Kings
Mountain Kiwanis club.
Mr. Patterson, an active mem
ber of Central Methodist church,
is superintendent of Kings Moun
tain Manufacturing Company. He
is also a member of the Kiwanis
The candidates to date:
For Mayor ? Garland E. Still,
Incumbent, George W. Allen, Glee
For Ward 1 Commissioner ?
James G. (Red) Layton, incum
bent. and W. S. Fulton, Sr.
For Ward 2 commissioner ?
Lloyd E. Davis, incumbent. War
ren E. Reynolds, and J. H. Patter
? For Ward 3 commissioner ?
Olland R. Pearson, incumbent,
and Clarence Elgin.
For Ward 4 commissioner ?
O. T. Hayes, Sr., Harold Phillips,
and Fioyd Williams.
For Ward 5 commissioner ?
Sam Stallings, W, G. Grantham,
and D. L. White.
Mr, Layton issued a long state
ment in which he set forth his
views on city matters past, pre
sent and future, giving particular
J attention to his personal belief
1 in the advancement of a city rec
reation plant and program. His
statement follows: ' , ? - .
"My friends and fellow citi
zens: I think I may claim, and
j justly so, to be as well Informed
about our city's affairs and plans
for the future as any man living
; in Kings Mountain today. In
two years I have learned, and
had to unlearn many things ?
tho' not nearly so many as I
could have wished. But if, in the
course of long study and hard
work I have helped one i>oy to
be a better man or one family to
be more content, then I will not
? feel that my effort has foeen
' spent in vain.
^ "Everything I have done and
everything I continue to do will
| be done with an eye to the
future ? I have adhered as
closely as possible to the .Golden
Rule In all transactions at the
City Hall and shall always con^
tinue to do so.
"Different environments set
different standards. I point this
out to you because some of our
citizens cannot or will not see
beyond his own door-step. Is he
blind? Can he not see what Is
going on all around him? How
can a man place the dollar mark
before the welfare of future gen
erations? How can anyone set a
price on the value of a child's
happiness or deny boys and girls
the full benefits of this rich
country of ours?
"Mr. Graves, a renowned ar
chitect has drawn plans for a
beautiful recreation center, with
buildings, swimming pools for
both white and colored, play
grounds all over the city, tenniit
courts, picnic areas and Softball
fields. He presented this to the
recreation commission and ev. .
eryone approved the plans. Bur- j#
Mill has offered us a sight for^*H
free and also another site has #
been offered I am told, so what
are we watting for? You cant
get something for nothing, ydb
have to at least turn out to voto
If a bond Issue Is offered.
'The conditions which fram?d
and taught our grandparents are
gone. Our needs are now differ
ent, and our alms must be differ
ent. We must have the moral
courage to think and plan . for
"My pledge of two years ago
Continued On Pa0e We#