City Limits . * . 7.206
Trading Area 15.000
(IMS Ration Board Figure*)
VOL.63 NO. 16
Kings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
Kings Mountain- N. C., Thursday, April 1 6, 1 953
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Mrs. Blanche Poplin, mem
ber of Myers' clerical force, en
tered Gaston Memorial hospi
tal several days ago for treat
Mrs. Franklin Pethel is in
Nashville, Tenn., attending a
Southern Regional Child Wel
An emergent Communication
of Fairview Lodge No. 339, A.
F. & A. M., has been called for
(Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p. m.
at the Masonic Hall for work
in the first degree.
jRev. W. L. Pressly, I. G. Pat
terson, elder, and W. S. Fulton,
Jr., deacon, represented Boyce
Memorial A'RP church at the
meeting o? First Presbytery,
held Tuesday at. Bbenezer
ARP church, near Charlotte.
FIVE JOIN CHURCH
The First Baptist church, on
Sunday morning, April 5, re
ceived five new members: Mr.
and Mr- A. K. Walker and dau
ghter, Linda, Miss Collen Wri
ght, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Fletcher Wright, and Brenda
Bridges, daughter of Mrs. E. W..
The condition of Eugene
Steffy, Kings Mountain thea
tre operator who was critically
injured In a tall April 1, was
reported as improved Wednes
day afternoon. Mr. Steffy, fell
(while bathing, his head hit
ting a faucet of the tuib.
. " Mrs. IX F. Hord, Sr., is a pa
tient at Charlotte Eye, Ear,
Nose, and Throat hospital
where she underwent an emer
gency operation Saturday for
an eye condition diagnosed as
glaucoma. Reports from her
family say that she is getting
ON DEAN'S LIST
Charles D. Blanton, son of
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Blanton,
was among 45 pharmacy school
students at the University of
North Carolina appearing on
the dean's list and honor roll
tot the recent quarter, accord -
trig- to announcement from the
Building permits were issu
ed on April 8 to E. T. Plott for
construction of a one story
frame building at an approxi
mate cost of $2,499 and on A
pril 14 to Drace Peeler lor con
stnictlon of a one story frame
house on Morris street at an
estimated cost of $2,000.
Aubrey Mauney, recently re
turned from a visit to South
America, will recount his ex*
periences in British Guiana
and Argentina at the weekly
meeting of the Kings Moun
tain Ktwanis club Thursday
evening at 6:45. The club
meets at Masonic Dining Hall.
Dr.. R. S. Snyder, pastor of
" Segal Avenue Presbyterian
- . church in Charlotte and wide
ly ? known authority on Rus
sia and communism, will speak
to students at Kings Mountain
high school Friday at 1 p. m.
Patron ?? jf the school are invl
ted to attend.
With only scattered reports in
Kings Mountain Cancer Crusade
officials reported $174.61 on hand
Quota for the annual appeal
has been set at <750. Mrs. Hu
bert Davidson and (Mrs. a, S.
Weir, Jr., head the campaign
Volunteer workers in the drive
are Mrs. W. L. MdMackln, Mrs.
Sm tub Mauney, Mrs. Paul Mau
, I*ey, Mrs. P. G. Padgett, Mrs.
Lloyd Houser, Mrs. J. C McKin
ney, Mrs. Dean Mcftanlel, Mrs.
C. A. Butterworth, Mrs. Frarik
Co*, Mm. B. N. Barnes, Mrs. Bill
Houser and Mrs, B. R. CM*.
Mrs. [>a v idson M
terday that donations made by
, mail to 1 H<> countv writ t* f the
American Cancer Society will be
credited to the Kings Mountain
Books Will Op en
TO SPEAK HERE ? Dr. C. K.
Brown, Davidson college profes
sor. will speak at First Presby
terian church Sunday morning
at 11 o'clock as the church ob
serves National Christian Col
To Hear Brown
Dr. C. K. Brown, of Davidson
College, will be the morning
speaker at First Presbyterian
church services here Sunday in
observance of National Christian
Dr. Brown is one of 12 David
son faculty and administration
flMMMMti- who^jjra speaking at
churches throughout North and
South Carolina to commemorate
A native of Salisbury, Dr.
Brown is dean of the faculty and
professor of economics at David
son. He received the B'A. degree
from Davidson and M. A. and
PhX) degrees from the University
of North Carolina.
Dr. Brown is a member of Phi
Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kap
pa, American Economists Associa
tion, and the Historical Society of
Named By Board
The city board of commission
ers approved a plan Monday
night to name the six entrance
gates to Mountain Rest cemetery.
The entrance at the .residence
of Mrs. C. F. Thomasson is to
be named Falls Gate, honoring
the man who gave the first pro
perty for the city's cemetery.
The Dilling street entrance is
to be named Dwelle Gate, honor
ing H. C. Dwelle, onetime city
commissioner credited with land
scaping the cemetery.
The Deal street entrance Is to
be named Fulton Gate, for the
late H. T. Fulton, Sr., first mor
tician in Cleveland county.
The new Fast Gold street gate
is to be named Sam Suber Gate,
honoring the veteran cemetery
. ' The South Carpenter street en
trance is to be nalhed for Johnny
W. Blackwell, first Kings Moun
tain serviceman to lose his life in
World War H.
The North Carpenter Street
gate is to be named for Otis D.
Green, first Kings Mountain ser
viceman to lose his. life In World
Suitable 'markers are to be e
rected at each gate.
Day To Register
For City Voting
? - ?
Registration books will be open !
for the first time Saturday for I
the forthcoming May 12 city e- |
lection, when qualified voters
will choose a mayor, and five
ward commissioners, and with
voters in Ward 1 naming a
The Voters will also determine
whether they wish a city mana- ,
ger form "of government, or
whether they wish to continue
the present council-mayor iorm
Registrars will be at the re
spective polling places all day
Saturday, from 7 a. m. to 7 p. m,
to place the names of new voters
on the books. The registrars will
be at the polling places also on
Saturday, April 25, and Satur
day, May 2. Saturday, May 9
will be Challenge Day.
Election officials are pointing
out that persons who have mov
ed from one ward to another
should obtain transfers.
The registrars and the respect
ive .polling places are:
Ward 1 at City Hall, Clarence
Ward 2 at City Hall, Mrs. H. R,
Ward 3 at Phenix Mill Store,
Mrs. (Ruth Bowers.
Ward 4 at Kings Mountain
Manufacturing Company club
room, C. P. Goforth. '
Ward 5 at Victory Chevrolet
Company, Mrs* J. T. McGinnis.
Fatal To Hord
Arthur Buren Hord, 47, resi
dent of Concord and native and
former citizen of Kings Mountain,
died of a heart ailment on the
way to Cabarrus Memorial hospi
tal at 11 a. m. last Thursday.
He had been suffering from a
heart aliment for sometime and
had been unable to perform his
salesman's duties at the Stephen's
Buick company in Concord, with
which he was associated.
Mr. Hord had lived in Concord
since 1927 and folowing his re
tirement from professional base
ball, he entered Cannon's Mill
employ and served as overseer of
the finishing plant He tater be- |
came associated with the Step
hen's Bulck company as sales
Mr. Hord was one of the North
State League's all time greats in
the second base position. He was
a member of St. James Lutheran
church of Concord, where the fu
neral services were conducted
Saturday at 3 p. m.
He ^as born February 25, 1906,
the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.. H.
Hord of Kings Mountain, who sur
' Surviving in addition to his pa
rents are his wife, Mrs. Mary Or
chard Boger Hord; a daughter,
Mary Orchard Hord; two sons,
Edwin Buren and John Kimmom
Hord of Concord; three brothers,
Rev. R. W. Hord of Vale, Jerry
E. Hord of Portsmouth, Va., and
Robert O. Hord of Kings Moun
tain; four sisters, Mrs. Roland P.
Falls t-f Greensboro, Mrs. John
W. Spencer of Winston-Salem,
and Mrs. Ray Kirby and Mrs.
Earl D. Ledford, both of Kings
A total of $158.25 was collec
ted from the city's parking me
ters Wednesday morning, ac
cording to a report by the city
Specnlatim List Getting Thin
As Candidate list Grows Bigge
Many political observers were
ready to write "all done" to the
current season's list of candida
tes this week, but others coun
tered with a strong "not so."
: All would agree that the can
didate list ia well cleaned and,
at least, near-complete, .
(Principal rumors continued to
concetfi the possibility that H.
Tom Pulton, former mayor,
would offer again (or this posi
tion. Some said Mr. Pulton would
file "for sure" next week. This
opinion Was not shared toy the
three men alnftdqjV seeking the
Other principal question con
cerned the Ward 1 school trua
teeshlp and the late development
whereby J. R. Davis, incumbent,
tiled for the office. Mr. Davis
had not been expected to seek
re-election, <utd George H. Hou
ser's name ha* figured most
prominently " In ' pre-election
Most folk thought th? other
offices would attract no further
candidates. / .
Generally, with all positions
now sought alter, It could be
said that "polttlcs Is warming
The mayoral fight was getting
top billing, but the several com
misaloner candidates were also
beginning to move.
JZgA?t*tg'; ?? ? '
The city board of commission r
ers conducted a mass of routine
business Monday night at the reg
ular May meeting, the major ac
tion being the calling of a public
hearing on some'S'l.OOO in street
paving assessments for May 13.
Notice of the assessment roll is
published in today's edition of!
the Herald on page 2, section one. J
Otherwise, the ou?rd transfer- 1
red $10,000 from its budgeted ex- 1
penditures for the light and pow
er department to the sewer -and |
In other actions the boarcj:
11 Approved the drawing of a j
local bill to authorize transfer of
certain school properties to the
board of school trustees by board
2) Authorized employment of J
an additional worker for Sam |
Suber, grounds custodian and
cemetery superintendent, the sa- i
lary to be charged to stadium op- j
3) Approved request of the ]
Merchants association, presented
by John Lewis, to grant free
parking in the business section
during an approaching Dollar
4) Authorized Tom Henry, pub
lic works superintendent, to ar
range a garbage disposal agree
ment with the Park Yarn Mills
Company with the board to set
the fee to be charged.
5) Adopted a resolution setting j
?up the Billle Gene Saunders I
school fund, a police department
6) Voted a $50 per month pay
raise, to $175, for Everette
Bridges, second shift desk ser
geant in the police department.
7) Authorized the chief of police
to ask for a prisoner trusty to
handle cleanup detail at City
8) Ordered removal of caution
light from corner of Diliing and
E, King streets to corner of Phe
nl* and Chestnut 4 treat*.
. 9) Authoilzed graveling of
Three-and-One-Half street and
Dust Bank near Gantt's Store,
and also authorized graveling of
the alley between Diliing street
and Hill street.
10) Authorized installation of a
street light at Smith residence on
11) Accepted suggestion of Ol
lie Harris to name several gates
entrance gates to Mountain Rest
Red Cross Fund
Drive Is Short
Kings Mountain area contri
butions to the Red Cross totaled
$3,893.91, according to report
Wednesday toy B. S. Neill, treas
The total was $1,700 short of
the minimum desired amount,
and Mr. Neill urged citizens who
have not given to forward
checks to him.
Coming in for particular
praise was the Negro division,
headed by M. L. Campbell, which
exceeded its assigned quota and
raised a total of $500 for the
Division Chairman Campbell
said, "In listing amounts con- 1
trUbuted by the various organi
zations to the 1953 Red Cross
drive, I also express my very
deep appreciation to those who
wortted and contributed to this
cause. I believe it wilt greatly
assist with this worthy work "
The following exceeded their
the Negro division met their
quota: Gallilee (Methodist chur
ch, $37.50; Adam's Chapel AME
Zlon church, $27.50; Mt. Zlon
Baptist, $45; Long Branch Bap
tist, $40; Ebene^er Bapt'jt, $45;
Vestibule AME Zlon, $45; Com
pact High school, $43.
The following groups In
quotas: Mt. Olive Baptist chur
ch, $46.75; Mt. Calvary Holiness,
$9; St. Peter's Baptist, $36.50;
Masonic Lodge, $10.
Other amounts reported: Good
Hope Presbyterian church, $11.
93; St Paul Methodist, $15; Da
vidson high school, $25; Shiloh'
AME Zlon, $22, Synum's Chapel
AME Zion, $41.20. ,
Plan* Are Revealed
Plans for commencement exer
cises at B?thware high school
were announced yesterday ,bjr
Principal John RudlsllL ...
The bacculareaute sermon will
be slivered by Rev. R. E. Rob
bins, pastor of Bethlehem Bap
tist church, on Sunday, May 17
at Bethware school auditorium al
8 o'clock. ? '
Rev. Boyce Huffstetler, pastor
o t El Bethel Methodist church,
will speak at graduating exer
cises to be held at the school on
Ellison Enters Ward 3 Race; Davis
Asks Re-Election As School Trustee
Bid For Stadium
Members of the city Recreation
Commission in a special mating
Wednesday afternoon unanimous
ly Voted to decline permission to
the Kings Mountain Kiwanis club
to use City Stadium for a horse
The action was taken after
members present at the meeting',
visited the stadium to observe im
provements made in the past few
months. Present were Dr. P. G.
Padgett, chairman, Jack While,
Hunter Neisler, Tred W. Plonk,
James G. (Red) Layton, Mrs. Har
ry Page and Mrs. J. H. Patterson.
The city board of commission
ers, at their Monday night meet
ing, had received a delegation of
Kiwanis officers who made the
request to use the stadium for
the annual club horse show in
June.- The board informed the
delegation, which included Presi
dent D. F. I lord, Jr., Treasurer
John L. McGill and Secretary
Harold Coggins, that the recrea
tion commission had administra
tive jurisdiction over the stadium,
but a majority of the board mem
bers said they hoped that permis
sion would be declined due to the
improvements made. Sam Suber,
who had superintended the im
provements, made a plea to "keep
the horses off".
In turn, Commissioners Pear
son, Davis, Layton, and Mayor
Garland Still, who stated opposi
tion to use of the stadium for a
horse show, Indicated that the
city would cooperate with the Ki
wanis club in readying a new
horse show site, by furnishing
free-of -charge scraping machin
ery, bleachers, and other avail
President Hord pointed out that
the Kiwanis profits from previous
horse shows had bought needed
equipment for Kings Mountain
hospital, had bulwarked the Ki
wanis club loan fund and done
other needed work. He also point
ed out that the Kiwanis club had
donated the stadium lighting sys
tem. ' _
During the past few months,
the stadium turf has been sodded
and re-planted in grass. The base
ball diamond has also been con
verted to a grass infield.
Will Be Auctioned
Properties of the late Thomas
N. Harmon will be sold at auction
on May 16, according to legal no
tice published for the first* time
in today's edition of the Herald.
On petition to the Superior
Court by Mr. Harmon's helrs-at
law, Martin L. Harmon, Jr., ad
ministrator of the estate, has
been named commissioner.
Included are a house and lot at
the corner of Falls street and
Battleground avenue, another
house with two adjoining tracts
on Waco Road, and a half-interest
in a tract of approximately ten
acres adjoining Crescent Hill.
CHORAL SOC1ETT TO MEET
Hie Choral Society will meet
tonight (Thursday) at Central
Methodist church. Ladies urg
ed to be present at 7:30 and
.the men at 8:00 o'clock. The
group is making plans for its
spring concert and urges all
members, charter memfoers,
and anyone who enjoys sing
ing, and would like to join, to
CANDIDATES ? Among candidates for city office in the forthcom
ing May 12 election are T. J. (Tommy) Ellison, left, and J. H. Pat
terson, right. Mr. Ellison, a former commissioner, seeks tho Ward 3
commissionership. while Mr. Patterson seeks the Ward 2 commis
"Meanest Man" Tied
Can On Dog's Tail
A candidate, or candidates, for
the title of "Meanest Man in
Kings Mountain" was doing dirty
svork last Friday.
Witnesses reported seeing a
part-Collie dog near the corner of
East King street and Cleveland
avenue about 11 a. m. Friday run
ning wildly with a tin can tied
on its tail.
Efforts by some witnesses to
remove the can from the dog went
to 'naught as the animal raced
off, yelping wildly, down the York
City and state ordinances pro
hibit any act of -cruelty to ani
mals and carry a penalty of $50
with a maximum sentence of 30
days upon conviction of any per
son on such charge.
No warrant was issued in the
case because the guilty party or
parties were not identified.
To Lead Revival
Lay preachers of Macedonia
Baptist church will fill the pulpit
at the weeks' revival series be
ginning Sunday and continuing
throughout the following week
with tile final service Sunday,
Obrean White is in charge of
singing. Lay Preachers Bud Falls,
Ray Wright, Wayne Haynes,
Dick Ware, and John Cloninger
will conduct the preaching ser
Time of the meetings has been
set foi' 7:30 each evening and the
public is invited to attend, Rev.
K. L. Hardin, pastor of the church
said in making the announce
To Give Recital
The Woman's College of the
University of North Carolina
School of Music will present Miss
Pauline Mauney, pianist, in a
graduating recital Sunday after
noon at 4 o'clock in the Music
Building Recital hall in Green*
A receptior will follow in the
Music Building parlor.
Miss Mauney is a senior and a
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Mauney of Kings Mountain.
The public has been invited to
Demonstrating anew a flare for
the witty phrase and pungent
point, Former Governor W. Kerr
Scott delighted a crowd of 150
area farmers and their hosts, the
Kings Mountain Lions club, Tues
day night, as the civic club held
its annual Farmer's Night ban
Mr. Scott predicted a great fu
ture for North Carolina agricul
ture and declared that "North
Carolina has plenty more room
for beef and sheep". He added
that sheep pays more, in propor
tion to the investment, than any
other North Carolina product. .
Mr. Scott said he was told by
the experts that changes in agri
culture in the next 15 years would
be greater than in the past 15
In a half-serious manner, Mr.
Scott said he would not have been
governor had he had a telephone
at his home near Haw River. He
also referred to his prior strained
relations with civic clubs of the
state, and said he regarded the
/^ions club as the most construc
tive of them all. "Still," he said,
"the civic clubs didn't push for
electric lines, phones and roads
for tile rural areas"..
Philosophizing, the former gov
ernor declared that ''all wealth
comes from the soil or the mine'^,
and he added, "when you raise
the income of the average citizen,
you help everybody the most."
Obviously referring to charges
of special influence in the build
ing of roads near his Haw River
farm, Mr. Scott laughed, "As a
public servant for 34 years I've
only been called a crook once, and
they didn't prove that."
Lions President George Houser
presided and welcomed the far
mers, while Edwin Moore, chair
man of the committee on arrange
ments presented special guests,
among them, Highway Commis
sioner Joe Graham of Iron Sta
tion, members of the county and
city boards of education and coun
ty board of commissioners, and
members of the county agent's
staff. Commissioner Graham pre
sented the ex- governor.
John Ed Davis, of Shelby, for
mer president of the Shelby Lions
Club, assisted Tail Twister N. H.
Reed in a series of stunts.
Citizens Get Property Appraisals;
News Brings Some Smiles. Frowns
Majority of Kings Mountain
area property-owners received
tax valuation notices from the
county tax office this wee<k and
were tousy with pencil and paper
estimating the prospective dif
ferences, if any, in their tax
County Auditor Max Hatnri^k
has previously estimated that an
85-cent county wide tax rate
would return the name amount
of revenue which the County now
receives from its current valua
tion on a county-wide rate of
$1.09 per $100 valuation.
The new rate has not yet Men
iet by the county board, and will
not be until the new appraisals
have been adopted, and next
year's budget adopted.
As was expected the valuations
reported toy individuals vary
considerably. Some report them
selves pleasantly surprised that
the valuations are not increased
more than they have -been, while
others do not lHce the looks of
the new figures.
One citizen complained that
his relatively new, brick well
maintained residence Is valued
1 at about the same figure of a
very old frame rental dwelling.
Others are confuted, and are
inf.:ested Ih comparing their
new valuations with that of
Continued O* Page Bight
Franklin L. Ware was elected
chairman of the congregation of
Boyce Memorial ARP church at
a congregational meeting on Sun
day. He succeeds J. L. McGill.
Mrs. Garrison Goforth was e
lected secretary, succeeding Miss
The congregation received in
formation on the financial report
fur the past year, as presented
by W. S. Fulton,- Jr., treasurer,
Following the congregational
meeting, the board of deacons or
ganized for the coming year, nam
ing Wendell Phlfer as chairman,
to succeed Martin Harmon, and
John Cheshire as secretary, to
succeed Menzell Phlfer.
Miss Evelyn Cllne, fresihman
student at Guilford College,
has been given a part In > the
school play, '"Goodie My
Fancy," to be presented on A
prll 25. She Is the daughter of
Mrs. R. S. Oates.
To Seven Posts
I.J. (Tommy) Ellison, former
city commissioner, formally fil
cd notice of candidacy f,)r' the
ward 3 -corn'mtesionership Mon
day; and j. r. Day-is, incumbent
ward i school trustee. filed for
re-election at noon Wednesday.
Mr. Ellison's candidacy had
been widely predicted, but Mr,
Davis' candidacy came as a sur
pt tse. \jr. Davis,- who is comple
ting his: first six-year tearm as
a school ? trustee, previously had
indicated a desire to retire from
Entrance of Mr. Ellison, who
served as Ward 3 commissioner
for two terms, from 1947 1951,
into the Ward 3 race, sets up a
re match of one of t he more
closely contested 1951 races. Mr.
Ellison lost the-1951 race to the
incumbent, Olland R. Pearson,
by the close margin of 63 votes!
The totals were 895 to 832. This
year a third candidate, C. L.
(Curly) Elgin, is also in the race.
Mr. Davis is thus far the lone
candidate for the school trustee
position. A .well-known 'awyer,
-Mr. Davis is a Kiwania^., and a
member of CejiUa! Methodist
Mr. Ellison, a grocer, is a '
member of Grace Methodist
church, and a Mason. His wife Is
Mrs. Roberta Ballard Ellison and
they have two children, includ
ing a son in the U. S. Navy.
In filing for the board c>f com
missioners, Mr. Ellison made
the following statement: "I am
filing for commissioner in Ward
3, the ward In .which I bave been
living for more than 25 years. I
am not a oandldate lined up
with any group, and have made
no pledges to anyone. If elected
I wijl not only serve the peoplq
in my Ward, but all the people
of Kings Mountain, and will bd
fair and just with every one. I
will appreciate your vote."
Eighteen candidates now seek
seven positions to be filled at the
May 12 election, or In the runoff
election two weeks later on May
2d. Contests are assured for
mayor and each of the five ward
commissionerships. The line-up
For Mayor ? Garland E. Still,
incumbent, George W. Allen,
Glee A. Bridges.
roi ward i Commissioner ? ?
James G. (Red) Lay ton, 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,..
T. J. (Tommy) Ellison, and Clar.
For Ward 4 commissioner ?
O. T. Hayes, Sr., Harold Phillips,
and Floyd Williams.
For Ward 5 commissioner ?
Sam Stalllngs, W. G. Grantham,
and D. L. White.
For Ward 1 school trustee ? J,
R. Davis, incumtbent.
' ?' ' . r?j
Hoid Heads State
Timmons Hord of Kings Moun
tain was elected president of the
North Carolina Photographer*
Association in a three day ses
sion of the association in High
Mr, Hord, who operates Hord s
Photography Studio in Shelby,
succeeds Robert Hodgkins off
Mr. Hord attended a school of
Photography in Indiana and won
outstanding awards in photo*
graphy there. His wife is the for
mer Miss Aileen Hu'bbard of
Earl. The Hords have two childv
ren, Diane and Teresa, and they
make their home on West King
Straw Hat Day
Set By Bridges ?
Kings Mountain Straw Hat Day
will be observed on May 1, ac -
cording to decree this week by
the Kings Mountain Merchant*
J. C. Bridges, president of the
association, has proclaimed Frt.
day, May 1, as the official dead,
line for wearing of felt hats in
Majority of stores are unpack
ing new models now and said
they would have them In good
supply prior to May 1.