City Limits 7.206
Trading Area . . 1 5,000
(1945 Ration Board rtgaMo)
Kings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
VOL 63 NO. 19
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, May 7, 1953
PRICE FIVE CENTS
A total of $165.01 was collec
ted from the city's parking
meters Wednesday morning,
according to a report from the
city treasurer's office.
Kings Mountain fire depart
ment answered a call to West
Ridge street Sunday at 12:30
o'clock and entinguished a
blaze (believed to have bfen
caused from an oil stove in the
home. No damages were re
Lt. Frank A. Summers arri
ved in Tokyo, Japan, on April
27, according to information
received here by his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. F- R. Summers.
(Regular communication of
Falrview Lodge A. F. & A- M.,
339 will be held Monday even
ing at 7:30 at Masonic Lodge
hall, according to announce
ment, toy Joe McDaniel, Jr.,
Annual Women of the Chur
ch Birthday Party for members
of First Presbyterian church
will tbe held Wednesday, May
13, In the First Presbyterian
church manse. Time of the
supper party has been set for
8 o'clock. ?
Regular weekly meeting of
"HflnctwtfMg ctub wfll be held
at Masonic Dining Hall Thurs
day evening at 6:45. Program
for the meeting has not (been
Mrs. Aze Mae Wall Lancaster,
47, resident of 102 City street,
died Monday at 8:30 p. m. at
Kings Mountain hospital follow
ing an illness of one week. ?
Mrs. Lancaster, wife of Carl
Kermlt Lancaster, was the dau
ghter of Lester C. Hord of Kings
Mountain, who survives, and
the late Mrs. Hord. She was an
employee of Pauline Mills.
She was a member of Temple
Baptist church, where the funer
al services will be held Thurs
day (today) at 3 o'clock p. m.
Rev. David N. Morris, the pas
tor, will officiate and burial will
follow in the Sunset Memorial
Parte cemetery in Spartanburg,
The body, which was taken
to the home of Mrs. Ernest
Huffstetler on Walker street
Monday, will lie in stoats at the
church one-half hour prior to
Surviving in addition to her
husband and father" are one son,
Dewey Carroll Wall of Frederick,
Oklahoma; four daughters, Mrs.
E via Mae Wright of Spartanburg
S. C., Mrs. Juanita Lankford of
Gaffney, S. C., and . Mrs. Jo Ann
costner and Miss Patsy Wall,
both of Kings Mountain; three
brothers, Durham and Odell
Hord, both of Charlotte, and
Rev. E. C. Hord of Cordelle, Ga.,
and one sister, Mrs. Ernest Huff
stetler of Kings Mountain. ,
Also surviving are four half
brothers, Tlmmons, Paul and
Jake Hord, -all of Kings Moun
tain, and L. C. Hord of the U. S.
Navy in California; and three
half-sisters, Mrm. Mary Tread
way of Cramerton, Mrs. Jesse
Pennington of Kings Mountain
and Mrs. Elizabeth Carter of
W. L. Cash ion, George Sellers,
D. L. Dixon, George Thornburg,'
E. B. Cooke, and L. W. Barett
will serve as active pallbearers.
No More In Field
Manager Government Form
Question Will Be Decided
Kings Mountain voters will de
cide on Tuesday whether the city
adopts the city manager form of
In a referendum ordered by an
act of the 1953 North Carolina
General Assembly, the citizens
will vote for or against the "City
Manager form of government un
der modified "Plah D".
Should the vote favor the city
manager form of government,
the new form, as modified by a
mendments to the "Plan D" ar
rangement, would become effec
Should the vote be against the
city manager system, the present
city charter providing a mayor
council form of government will
The question of whether the
city shall adopt the manager plan
has formed an interesting back
drop to the current political cam
paign. Of the four mayoral can*
didates, Mayor Garland Still and
George W. Allen are against the
city manager system, Robert B.
Osborne is for the city manager'
system, and Glee A. Bridges has
not publicly committed himself
on the qu&tion.
The manager referendum wag
ordered by the legislature at the
instance of the city planning
board, following an order In Oc
tober which restrained M. K. Ful
ler, then- city administrator, from
acting as a fclty manager.
Under the amended "Plan D"
form, the city board of commis
sioners and mayor would be elect
ed as they are now. The board
would appoint a city manager, the
city clerk, treasurer, recorder, so
licitor, and city attorney. The city
manager would employ all other
department heads and they, in
turn, would be fully responsible
to the manager. The manager
would have full hiring and firing
authority. The manager, In turn,
would be fully responsible to the
board of commissioners.
The referendum result will
finally determine, pro or'con, an
argument that has continued here
for more than a decade, since a
city manager was first employed.
Generally, majority of candi
dates, other than those for the
top position and incumbents seek
ing re-election, have played down
the city manager issue. The city
manager matter has been treated
as a hot potato by those candi
dates not previously committed
concerning the matter.
COMMANDER ? Sam Collins,
above. Kings Mountain busi
nessman, was named chef de
gare of Lincoln Voiture 1180.
40 & 8, American Legion organ
isation'. at a meeting in Shelby
To 40/8 Post
Three Kings Mountain Legion
naires were elected to posts in
Lincoln Voiture 1130, 40 & 8 at a
meeting in Shelby last week. .
Sam Collins, commander of
Otis D. Green -Post 155,' the A*
merican Legion, was named chef
de gare of the Legion organiza
W. D. (Doc) Byers was named
corresptfhdant and John W. Glad
den, cheminot of the area voiture.
Both are members of Otis D.
The Lincoln voiture includes
Legionnaires from Cleveland and
Plans for a summer Band Day
Camp are now being formulat
ed, Joe Hedden, director of the
city schools band, announce^
Under the tentative plan', the
camp will be operated similarly
to the camp which was operated
for the first time last summer
Mr. Hedden said the camp
would be run from June 15 to
August 7, with a full program of
recreation to ibe included with
instruction in the playing of
musical instruments. Directors
Continued On Page Ten
Improved City Jail Now One Of Best
Lock-Ups In State, Inspector Says
The state's inspector of correc
tional institutions commended
the City of Kings Mountain this
week on improvements recently
made to the city Jail.
In a letter to Police Chief Hugh
A. Logan, Inspector T. A. Early
"The completion of the im
provement work on the Kings
Mountain Jail, which I found to
be a fact on my visit there Mon
day, offend me as great amount
of pleasure as any Job among the
.many that I have been able to get
"Your Jail Was poorly designed
In the beginning, not having pro
perly acquired all of the neces
sary facilities to make it usable
except for limited short-time hpld
ing. With the change In arrange
ments, you now have tWo cells,
with an independent entrance
door, this door being one of the
added features. Both of these
cells, like all others, are equipped
with modern Jail type coinodes
and lavatories. The one cell near
est the main entrance leading
from the police of A*e, which was
fdrmeriy used for confinement of
women but was not located or
Constructed for #ny degree of
privacy, has been changed in de
sign which now completely cuts
off from any of the other cells,
making it possible to use this one
cell for any purpose for segrega
tion or privacy as needed.
"The four cells la the center of
your cell block area have all been
equipped with comodes and lava
tories with an additional correc
tive measure, the lack of which
has given me considerable con
cern since my personal inspection
of this Jail more than three years
ago. I have reference to the nar
row hall between this group of
four cells which made it possible
for a prisoner confined. In either
one to reach through the bars
and grab the pistol from the hol
ster of any officer passing be
tween or attempting to place
some n?wly - arrested person In
either of the cells. This condition
has been completely corrected by
the addition of extra bars on the
front of each of these four cells
from a height of approximately
the officers' knees to his shoul
ders, making it impossible for a
person confined to any of these
cells to commit the act that pre
viously would have been so easy
for him to do. This, I consider, is
one of the major improvements.
"The entire ceil block area has
been repainted, new bedding ac
quired. and the entire Jail was on
the date of this inspection, as
clean a* you would find In any
1 am very proud of It for you
and I wish to thank everyone con
cerned i'or their interest and co
operation In completing a Job
which now gives you one of the
best town lock-ups to be found
anywhere in North Carolina." i
All of Kings Mountain's four
mayoral candidates are taking
to the air lanes prior to next
Tuesday's municipal election,
each having scheduled 'broad
casts over Radio Station WKMT.
John Greene, manager of the
station, said at 3:10 Wednesday
aifternoon that the following
time had been purchased by the
Robert B. Osborne has sched:
uled five-minute talks at 5:30
p. m. on Thursday, Friday, Sat
urday and Monday.
George W. Allen has scheduled
a 15-mlnute talk on Friday at
6:05 p. m.
Garland E. Still has scheduled
a 15-mlnute talk on Monday at
6:05 p. m.
Glee A. Bridges has scheduled
a 15-minute talk on Monday at
7 p. m. I
Docketed For Trial
Exceptions to city street assess
ments, recently filed in Cleve
land Superior Court, have been
docketed for trial on May 26 be
fore Judge George B. Patton.
Th? exceptions were filed by
four citizens, Roy Connor, B. D.
Ratterree, W. K. Mauney and W.
K. Mauney, Jr., to street assess
ments for paving of East Gold
street. ' v - ?
According to E. A. Houser,
clerk of Superior Court, the state
ment of exception by each of the
plaintiffs alleges that the city
does not have necessary petitions,
as required by law, supporting
the assessments. No attorney was
listed for any of the plaintiffs.
The total amount involved is
$1,463.75, presentely assessed a3
follows: Mr. Connor, $87.31; Mr.
Ratterree, $53.24; W. K. Mauney,
Jr., $953.74; W. K. Mauney, $369.
An all local talent "Variety
Show," sponsored by the Kings
Mountain police .department for
benefit of the Police Depart
ment's pony league team will
be held in Central high school
auditorium Friday night, May
e. ' -
Time of the show has been set
for 8 o'clock.
Included in the show are
"Minstrel Days" by Margaret
Goforth's fifth igrade students of
Central school: "Rythmneers,"
Kings Mountain high school
Jazz Band; "^Charleston Dance,"
presented by Mis. LucO Falls,
Ed Smith and the RythmneeTs
band; "The Kings Men," star
"The Carolina Twins," string
duo by Charles and Henry Fos
ter; "Gene Whetstlne's Rocky
Mountain Ramblers",' string
band, "Southern Play Boys Trio"
and many others.
Tickets are on sale at 10 cents
for children and 25 cents for
Red Cross Handles
Rush Blood Coll
The Kings Mountain Red Cross
chapter handled successfully Mon
day a rush call fgr fresh blood of
a particular type for Paul Hut
chins, a patient in Kings Moun
Bill Gault, hospital technician,
had found that the patient re
quired blood not more than 12
hours old, therefore making his
six refrigerated pints of the re
quired blood-type not usuable In
The Red Cross, which keeps a
file of volunteer donors, by blood
type, quickly obtained two per
sons who gave their blod and they
are standing by for further calls
in this particular case. - . J
Though the Red Cross Blood
mobile had been here last Friday,
the blood given then was not us
52,500 By State
Kings Mountain's contribution
to North Carolina's burgeoning
pageant industry got a financial
boost and official recognition
from the State of North Carolina
last week, when the General As
sembly voted a $2,500 appropria
tion for "The Sword of Gideon".
The action was one of the final
ones of the 1953 Assembly and
was strongly supported by Rep.
B.'T. Falls, Jr., and Senator Ro
The appropriation for the Kings
Mountain Little Theatre's produc
tiort was a rider to another bill
which was appropriating finan
cial aid (10.000 as passed) for
"Thunderland", the Asheville out
door production. Previously, a
similar sum had been approved
for "Horn in the West" at Boone.
The state has long supported
"The Lost Colony", the state's
original outdoor summer produc
of the Kings Mountain drama,
Rep. Falls, demanding inclusion
said that if other dramas were to
be supported, ' Kings Mountain's
should be also.
Kings Mountain Little Theatre
officials were overjoyed at the de
velopment, but some said they
were more pleased at the official
recognition by the state, than by
the appropriation Itself.
"We're on the map", one Little
Theatre member remarked.
The Little Theatre will present
"Sword of Gideon" on four con
secutive weekends this summer.
lions To Fete
The Ki"-?s Mountain Lions
club will hold its annual Ladies
Night banquet on Tuesday
night, with W. W. Smith, Ruth
eitfordton humorist, making the
address of the evening.
The banquet will toe held at
Masonic Lodge hall and will be-,
gin at 7 o'clock.
Dress will be Informal.
A capacity crowd Is expected
for the event, and officials are
requesting that club members
make reservations for guests as
early as possible.
Another feature of the Ladies
Night program will be musical
selection by Mrs. Robert Gldnev,
?Members of the committee on
arrangements for the 'banquet
are Ollle Harris, Richard Barn
ett and Carl F. Mauney.
Mr. Smith, an Insurance exec
utive, is a widely known racon
teur i^nd humorist and has fill
ed speaking engagements In all
parts of the nation, it was an
nounced toy W. L. Plonk, who ar
ranged the program.
For Baren Davis
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Buren (Humpy) Davis, 32. res
ident of route 3 in the Long
Creek Presbyterian church com
munity, died in Kings Mountain
hospital Sunday at 12 o'clock,
noon of injuries sustained in a
truck accident Friday night.
The accident reportedly oc
curred on the Grover - Pleasant
Hill road. The pick-up truck, dri
ven toy Davis,' crashed into an
embankment. State Highway
Patrolman C, D. Fortune made
, Two other passengers of - the
truck, Misses Martha Melton
and Wllma Short are in Shelby
hospital. Both received severe
Another passenger In the
truck, Isaac C. Berry, was treat
ed in Kings Mountain hospital,
but not admitted.
Funeral services were conduc
ted Tuesday at 3:30 p. m. from
Patterson Grove Baptist church.
Rev. J. J. Thomburg, the pastor,
officiated assisted by Rev. Bud
Falls. Interment was In Moun
tain Rest cemetery.
Survivor* Include his parents,
Plato and Dochta Parker Davis;
three sisters, Mrs. Thekna Dea
ton of Lincoln tori, Mrs. Evaline
Keeter of Bessemer City and Miss
Mazell^ Davis of the home; four
brothers, Everett of Gaston i?,
Earnest of Grover, and Robert
and Fred Davis, both of Kings
Robert B. Osborne Enters
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Contest For Mayoral Post
For Mayor Favors
Robert B. (Bob) Osborne be
came a last- minute candidate for
mayor on Tuesday, posting his
filing fee one day prior to the
deadline, and bringing to four
the number of candidates seek
ing the city's highest elective of
Mr. Osborne further became the
first candidate for mayor to sup
port the referendum on city man
ager system of government,
which will also be determined at
next Tuesday's municipal elec
He opposes Mayor Garland E.
Still, George W. Allen and Glee
A. Bridges, in a race that already
has commanded major interest on
the part of the voters for the past
Mr. Osborne, who has called
Kings Mountain home since 1933,
is manager of Gastonia's Western
Union branch office. A Veteran
of World War II, he served as a
captain In the army signal corps.
He Is the author of "Then Con
quer We Must!", the outdoor dra
ma commemorating the Battle of
Kings Mountain which was pro
duced successfully in 1951. His
wife Is the former Miss Johnnie
Mae Wright. Mr. Osborne is a
member c 1 First Presbyterian
church, and he was recently elect
ed president of Its Men of the
Mr. Osborne said he Is "run
ning as an independent", adding
that he feels the fact of his em
ployment by a large nation-wide
concern in another city will fully
free him from the "pressure, al
leged or actual, which is common
ly charged to almost all canui
Text of Mr. Osborne's an
nouncement statement follows:
"In view of the fact that the
coming municipal election will
present to the voters of Kings
Mountain ai\ opportunity to vote
upon the question to have or not
to have a City Manager form of
government, it is a matter of
deep concern to me. (and I feel
sure that many others feel as I
do), that very little information
or publicity has been given to this
"Have any of the candidates, I
either for Mayor or City Commis
sioner, committed themselves on
this subject? Are they for the ef
ficient, orderly administration of
city affairs, or do they prefer to
take upon themselves the intri
cate, far-reaching problems and
trust to luck that everything will
turn out all right?
"The question of businessmen
in city government has ben rais
ed, and the qualifications of some
of the candidates challenged, but
the business experience of any of
the candidates is not In itself
enough to qualify them for office.
"Municipal affairs are complcx;
Continued On Page Ten
o.-.r.'ulDATE ? Robert B. (Bob)
Osborne dropped his hat in the
race for mayor Tuesday, bring
ing to lour the number of can
didates seeking the office at
next Tuesday's election.
Taps lack Ruth
DAVIDSON ? Hilton L. (Jack)
Ruth was among 11 outstanding
Davidson College student leaders
and Athletic Director Paul K.
Scott tapped fo?- membership in
Omicron Delta Kappa, national
honorary leadership fraternity,
The 12 were initiated in a spe
cial oeremony preceding the chap
ter's annual banquet at the
Davidson College Presbyterian
Church Monday evening.
Dean Fred H. Weaver of the
University of North Carolina
gave the principal address.
Mr. Ruth, son of Mr. and Mrs.
H. L. Ruth, Sr., is acting president
of the Davidson College student
Night May 14th
Antunl Ki vnn'-. Cli-h
night program will be licit! at
the Masonic dining hall next
Thursday night. May 14, at 6:45
Dr. W P. Gerberdin will serve
as master of ceremonies and en
tertainment will be furnished
by Hubert Hayes' Youth Jam
boree son<j and dance group
Rev. P. D. Patrick will give fhe
invocation. President D. F. Hord
will welcome the group and By
ron Keeter will introduce speci
al and club guests. L. E. Abbott
will toast the ladies, with Mrs.
P. G. 'Padgett responding.
John L. McGill is chairman of
the ladies night committee and
other members are B S. Peeler,
Sr., W. S- Fulton. Jr., Harry Page
and J C. Smathers.
Paul Walker Installed As President
As Jaycees Hold Ladies Night Party
Some 100 Jaycees, their wives
and guests attended the eighth
annual ladies night banquet of
the organization at Masonic din
ing hall Tuesday night.
The group \jcas treated to an
unusually good program and an
equally good short address by
J. B. Brame, of Durham, state
president, who installed new offi
cers and directors of the club.
Mr. Brame told the group that
the Junior Chamber of Commerce
is the world's greatest proving
ground for tomorrow's, as well
as today's, leaders of the commu
nity, state, nation and world.
H? praised the quality of Jay
cee leaders of the past and re
minded Kings Mountain Jaycees
that much work remains to be
done and that young men will
hav? to see that it is accomplish
Mr. Brame installed Paul Wal
ker as president of the organiza
tion, succeeding Joe Hedden, a
long with the following new offl
ContU Mt?d On Pagt Ten
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INSTALLED ? Paul Walter, a
bm, was Installed as president
of Um Junior Chamber of Com
morco at tho eighth annual la
dloo night banquet of the organ
isation on Tuesday night at Ma
sonic dining halL
To Seven Posts
Nineteen candidates complete
their politicking activity, this
weekend for next Tuesday's mu
nicipal election, when the voters
will take the first step toward
deciding which seven of the nine
teen shall be successful.
Only one has an easy task. J.
R. Davis, Kings Mountain attor
| ney, being unopposed for a second
six-year term as Ward I school
trustee. A strict ward affair, only
voters in Ward I will gel these
All the other 18 candidates have
l opposition and the campaigning
has been hot and heavy for the
past several months.
First candidate in the field was
Glee A. Bridges, who filed notice
of candidacy for mayor on De
] cember 30. The last was Robert
IB. (Bob) Osborne, who filed for
the same position on Tuesday. ?
Indication of interest in the
Tuesday election is obtainable
from the report of the five ward
registrars which shows that 439
names have been added to the
election scrolls. Registration end
ed last Saturday, and the forth
coming Saturday will be Chal
lenge Day. Registrars will be at
Tho Herald is featuring to
day on page 1, Section II, a pic
ture page of all candidates for
1 city office, plus information
on next Tuesday's election
and thumbnail skclches on all
the 19 candidates for the seven
offices to be filled.
the polling places to allow all
citizens the opportunity of in
specting their books for incorrect
listings. Challenge Day is cus
tomarily a tame affair, and Sat
urday is not expected to t>e an
exception. City Clerk Joe Hen
drick reported 3,780 on the city
Predictions as to the total vote
have varied considerably, but
many think the total will exceed
the record set in 1951, when 1,873
persons cast votes for four may
All citl'cns may vo'o for !h';
mayor and fivo ward commission
ers. Should a candidate fail to ob
tain a majority in Tuesday's elec
tion. the second high candidate
may demand a run-off election,
which would be held on May 26.
All the candidates for city offi
ces seek two-year terms.
Facts Are Listed
On City Election
Facte concerning Tuesday's
Polls open: 6:30 a. m.
Polls close: 6:30 p. m.
- Voting places:
Ward 1, City Hall courtroom.
Ward 2, City Hall fixe sta
Ward 3, Phenix Store.
Ward 4, Kings Mountain
Manufacturing Company club
Ward 5, Victory Chevrolet
Total registration: 3,780.
Predicted vote: 1X00 to 1,600.
City ? wide offices to be fill
ed by all voters: mayor and
five ward commissionerships.
City wide referendum to be
decided by all the voters:
question of whether Kings
Mountain adopts city manager
form of government.
Ward office to be filled by
voters of particular ward:
Ward 1 school trusteeship.
Basis of decision: majority
of the votes cast for particular
Run-off provisions: candi
dates qualified for run-off
elect (ou must file demand for
run-off in writing with city
clerk not later than five days
after May 13. In event a run
off election 1* required. It will
be held en May 26.
The city board of commis
sioners, which acta as the elec
tion board, will convene Wed
nesday merning at 10 o'clock
to canvas the vote. Candidates
certified as elected will be
sworn in en Thursday May
14. Where run-off elections axe
required, incumbents will hold
office until their successors
are elected and qualified.