City Limits 7.206
Trading Area 1 5,000
(IMS Batton Board Figure*)
VOL. 63 NO. 28
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, July 9, 1953
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Sunday night's union ser
vice for five city congregations
will be held at First Presby
terian church with Rev. W. L.
Pressly, pastor of Boyce Memo
rial ARP church to deliver the
message at 8 o'clock.
Miss Elizabeth Zacharias,
17-year-old German exchange
student, will address members
of the Kings Mountain Kiwan
is club at the Thursday night
meeting at Masonic Dining
Hall at 6:45.
TO HIGH POINT
Among Kings Mountain furn
iture men attending the mid
summer High Point market
Wednesday were Dan Huffstet
ler, manager of Baird Furni
ture, Inc., and K. C. Morrison
v and Dean Payne, of Cooper's,
Miss Mary Dixon, a gradu
ate of Charlotte Beauty school,
has Joined the staff of Sudie's
Beauty Shop and assumed her
duties this week. Announce
ment was made 'by Mrs. An
Rev. C. C. Parker Of Marion
will speak at morning and ev
ening services at Temple Bap
tist church Sunday according
ing to announcement received
here this week. Tithe of the ev
ening service is 7:30.
Regular monthly meeting of
Otis D. Green Post 155, the A
m erica n Legion, will be held
at the Legion Hall Friday
night at 8 o'clock. Commander
C. E. Warlick has urged a lar
ge turnout of members (or the
meeting, first in the new dub
W> W. Wright, who has been
a driver's license examiner in
this area for the past several
years has resigned from that
? post, according to announce
ment this week.
A total of $141.35 was collec
ted from the city's parking
-meters Wednesday morning,
according to a report toy the
city treasurer's office.
George Stalllngs, six-week
old son of Mr. and (Mrs. Sam
Stalllngs, underwent an oper
ation at Kings Mountain hos
pital Sunday. His condition
was reported as improved
BLOWING ROCK ? Dr..
Jacob Mauney at Kings Moun
tain attended the Joint meet
ing of the North Carolina Ve
terinary Medical Association
and the South Carolina Assoc! ?
atlon of Veterinarians which
was held at Mayvlew Manor,
Blowing Rock, last week.
SACK FROM CHICAGO
Kennon Blanton has return
ed from Chicago, 111., where he
attended the semi-annual
furniture market, along with
the 0TT other managers of Ster
rfii stores and Sterchi officials.
COURT or HONOR
Court of Honor for Kings
Mountain district Boy Soouts
will be held on Thursday night
at 7;4S at City Hall courtroom,
according . to announcement -
from Piedmont Council head
Miss Sarah Falls, daughter
of Mr. and Mra. Cyrus Falls,
has entered Mease Hospital
school of X-Ray Technology,
Dunedin, Fla., after graduation
from Clearwater Senior high,
school, Clearwater, Fla. The
two-year course leads to a de
gree in a specialized field of
medical science. , -
SESSION NOT SET
Regular July meeting of the
hoard of commissioners, post
poned from July 2, had not
been set Wednesday, accord
ing to CKy Clertt Joe Hendrick
Mayor C. A. Bridges was out
of-town as were a number of
8unahttia ? Laundry . closed
Monday, 4). D. Sanndars, oper
ator of the firm, said yester
day. Mr. ga?mft?s .had been
operating the ttfcm under a
rental arrangement with IX C.
Mauney since late December.
To Meet Monday
Area school committeemen
meet again Monday night, at'Gro
ver school at 7:30 p. m., to dis
cuss further plans for consolidat
ing rural areas into the Kings
Mountain school district.
The Monday night session will
be the fourth in a series of meet
ings on the proposal, which was
recommended by state school of
ficials, and will be the second at
Grover school. Previous sessions
were also held at Bethware
school and Kings Mountain Cen
Among items of business to be
considered Monday night are rul
ings and opinions on various bar
riers to the consolidation as re
ceived from the North Carolina
Department of Public Instruction
and the attorney-general.
It is also possible that a report
will be made by the committee
appointed to investigate site pos
sibilities for a consolidated high
school, one school official said.
Members of the committee are
W. B. Harry, Grover, J. C, Ran
die, Bethware, and F. W. Plonk,
Basic recommendation of the
state school planning board was
that the area effect a consolida
tion and construct two modem
high schools, one for white stu
dents and one for colored stu
Postal receipts at Kings Moun
tain post office showed a slight
gain during the first half of T)53,
according to report yesterday by
Assistant Postmaster George B.
Receipts for the six months end
ing June 30 totaled $24,320.45,
exactly $547.21 more than the
$23,773.24 received during the
first two quarters of 1952. The
percentage increase was slightly
more than 2.3 percent.
. Indications are that the 1953
calendar year receipts will easily
top $50,000 and, perhaps, set a
new record for postal receipts at
the Kings Mountain postoffice.
Retention of first class status
for the Kings Mountain postoffice
is assured, barring any change
in the method of determining sta
tus, Mr. Hord said. Under present
schedules, a postoffice attains
first class status when its annual
receipts total $48,000.
Receipts for the final or Christ
mas quarter are cuftomarlly hea
viest during the year, he said, but
added that third quarter receipts
are customarily the lowest during
Money order fees are not desig.
nated as ordinary "receipts" and
are not Included In the totals glv
City firemen answered an a
larm Tuesday morning at 9:30
a.m. to a home on Second
street at the Cora Mill village.
The fire began In the kitohem
of the home, and no damage
Kings Mountain business
firms required to buy privi
lege licenses had paid S1.635.
37 into city coffers for new
model 419S3 licenses through
City Clerk Joe Hendrick said
the buying pace is very good,
but he also recommended that
all businessmen buy the licen
ses at once, in order not to be
caught after the July 31 dead
Penalty of five percent per
month applies after July 31.
Last year's 1952-53 licenses ex
pired on June 30.
The city estimates it will re
ceive $6,000 in revenue from
licenses during the fiscal year
which began last Wednesday.
The Cleveland County <Tioard
of commissioners, at their Mon
day meeting appointed live new
members of the county's hospi
tal board of trustees.
Among those appointed to
three-year terms on the board
was W. L. Plonk, Kings Moun
tain merchant, who succeeds
Hunter R. Neisler. Mr. Neisler fs
completing a three-year term as
Number 4 Township trustee.
Other new members named
Monday are: Jack Dover, III,
Number 6 township, who suc
ceeds C. C. Horn; Aubrey L. Cal
ton, Number 7 township, who
succeeds James Cornwell; Robert
Beam, Number 11 township, who
succeeds C. A. Brittain; and Car
ver Bridges, Number 3 township,
w*ip succeeds Joe Austell.
Other trustees from Number 4
Township are C. D. Blanton,
Kings Mountain, and C. F. Har
ry, Jn., of Grover.
Under terms of the legislative
act governing operation of the
hospital, trustees may not suc
ceed themselves. The act also
provides for the appointment of
three trustees from each town
ship in which a hospital is loca
ted, and one each from all other
townships in the county.
The 15-man board will organ
ize at its July meeting next
Wednesday, which will be the
annual open air affair at Brack
et's Cedar Park. Retiring mem
bers and their families, Incoming
members and their famlles, and
officers of the county medical
society will attend the meeting.
C. C. Hom is retiring chair
man and Hunter Neisler retir
ing vice-chairman of the board.
Ask Furnishings Bids
Sealed bids for furnishings for
the Kings Mountain hospital nur
ses home are being invited by
the county board of hospital trus
tees, for consideration at 2 o'
clock next Wednesday, July 15.
Proposals for sale of reception
room furniture, bedroom furni
ture, linen, and housekeeping
equipment are being asked, ac
cording to published advertise
ment by the board. ?
Full specifications of desired
items are obtainable at the office
of Robert Moser. Cleveland Coun
ty hospitals administrator, at
Trio Of Citizens Give City Good
Name By "Good Samaritan" Ad
"A friend In need is a friend
indeed", the old saying goes, and
because three Kings Mountain
citizens helped a stranger in dis
tress, the community and its citi
zens will always find a soft spot
in the heart of a Virginia family.
- Paul Owens, J. T. McGinn is,
and Fred Plonk were the three
"Good Samaritans" who took in
terest in the plight of Mr. and
Mrs. Alfred H. Vassau, now of
Vienna, Va., on the night of June
35 when they were Involved in
an auto accident with a car drl-1
ven by Pete Cash on the G rover
According to Mr. Plonk, the
Vassau family was en route to
Virginia from California. Mr.
Vassau had been discharged from
the navy after completing 70
years of service.
r In an open letter addressed to
"Dear Citizens of Kings Moun
tain", Mr. Vassau wrote the
Herald ttrts week:
"You may well be proud to be
called "a cKizen of Kings Moun
when your town numbers
among you, folks like Paul Ow
ens, Mr. McGinnls and Mr. Plonk
of the Ford Motor Co.
"On the night oi .June 25th, we
were Involved In an auto accident
In your town; the above named
people, and severial more un
named to ua, went "all out" for
us, securing us accomodations,
food, transportation, and show
ing us such nelghborllness, and
kindness, that Kings Mountain
which should have remained a
dark spot in our mind, will. In
stead, be a happy memotjr. '
To these people, and the three
unknown young ladies who stay
ed with my wife and baby for two
hours at the "scene" may we ex
press our heartfelt thanks.
"Tho* we have traveled coast
to coast many times, and lived
In towns In many state*, never
have we been shown the "old
time" thoughtfulness and Chris
tlan brotherhood which we ex
pe I knifed "In your town. ?>'
"Thank you Kings Mountain,
and may God bless you alL"
Opens July 20th
Bethware school will open for
a two-month summer short term
on July 20. according to announ
cement this week by John Rudi
Mr. RudisllI said the school
will convene for an eight -week
term, and then will recess for
cotton harvesting season.
The school will have a 16
member faculty, including ten
teachers of primary and elemen
tary grades and six high school
The elementary faculty mem
bers and their assignments fol
Mrs. Kathryn . Moss, Shelby,
Mrs. Hal Morris, Kings Moun
tain, second grade.
Miss Doris Rucker, Shelby, sec
ond and. third grades.
Mrs. Hugh .Ormand, Kings
Mountain, third grade.
Mrs. Bryan Hord, Kings Moun
tain. fourth grade.
Mrs. Wray Greene Shelby fif
Mrs. Margaret Tiddy, Shelby,
sixth grade. .
Mrs. J. K. WilHs, Kings Moun
tain, seventh grade. '
Amos Best, Bessemer City,
Mrs. Mattie B. Lowery, Shelby,
High school faculty members
and their subjects are:
Charles Jeff Wells, Kings
Mountain, English, history, and
Mrs. J. Hardin Lee, Jr., Shelby,
science, history, typing.
Miss Betty Sue Roberts, Shel
by, home economics and typing.
(Myers HanrVbrlght, Kings
!Mrs. W. R. Craig, Kings Moun
tain, English and French.
John Rudisill, Kings Moun
tain, math and principal.
Dr. William Lawrence Mauney,
of Kings Mountain, was elected
president of the North Carolina
Chiropody association at the an
nual convention of the organiza
tion held in Winston -Salem last
Other officers elected at the
35th annual convention were Dr.
Robert W. Getchell of Goldsboro.
vice-president, and Dr. Morton
Gaines of Hickory, secretary
treasurer. Dr. Charles. Darby of
Statesvllle was elected to a three
year term on the State Board of
The association also accepted a
new member, Dr. Donald Came
ron of Roanoke Rapids. His elec
tion increased the association's
membership to 36.
Mrs. A. W. Oldham of Greens
boro was elected auxiliary .presi
dent; Mrs. Charles Darby of
Statesvllle, vice - president, and
Mrs. R. J. Stewart of Winston
Salem, secretary - treasurer.
Next year's convention will be
held in Durham.
Dr. Mauney maintains offices
Foote Mineral Company has
opened its new Sunbrlght, Va., li
thium chemical plant according
to a recent news story by J. S.
Riley appearing in the Knoxville,
The Stfnbright plant la a part
of Foote's $3,000,000 expansion
program, which la trebling its
Kings Mountain plant production.
The news account continues:
"Sunbrlght was selected as the
plant site because of hs deposits
of raw materials, power, water,
good labor, and transportation fa
cilities. Limestone la high in cal
cium suitable to mix with th? lith
ium ore shipped for Kings Moun
tain, N. C.
"Appalachian Power Co. h^s
built a 33,000- volt line from Oat?
City to the plant. Also a substa
"A kiln, 340 by 10 feet, one of
the largest ever made, posed pro
blems In manufacturing and han
dling. Ten Southern Railway flat
can were strung together to sup
port the five sections.
"The Sunbright plant Is design
ed to process approxlcately 1900
ton* of spoduntone per month.
Kinos Mountain capacity la being
tripled to meet the requirement.
It takes more thfcn 190 tons of
raw ore to provide one ton of lith
"The B^tw-Knox Construction
Co., Pittsburgh, Pa., has had the
lob ot designing and Installing
the huge equipment. Harry Bar
rentine, construction supertnte*
dent, goes from here to Walla
Walla, Wash., for another big
School Trustees Vote
Of Cafeterias At East,
YOUNGSTERS BUSY AT RECREATION CENTER ? Shown above is a candid picture taken at the
high school gymnasium, which is the hub of activi ties of the summer recreation program being offer
ed by the city recreation commission. Ping-pong is attracting the attention of the group in the |
foreground, while group activities suit other children. These are Just a few of the activities in the
several-rini. circus being directed by James Layton and John Charles. (Photo by Carlisle Studio.)
'Swoid of Gideon'
Cast Announced; I
Opens Inly 23rd
"It's coming along wonderfully
and we've a very, very good cast,"
Nick Moss said this week as he
commented on the current sum
mer's production ot "Sword of
Gideon", the commemorative dra
ma of the Battle ot Kings Moun
tain which opens for the 1953
season two weeks hence on July
Mr. Moss, a native son and pro
fessor of speech at Wagner col
lege in New York, is directing the
drama production for the first
time, though he has contributed
part-time service to both the 1951
production of "Then Conquer We
Must!", and to "Sword of Gideon"
A huge cast has been working
diligently for several weeks on
the production and has begun
full-length rehearsals at Kings
Mountain National Military Park
Leading the cast are R. C.
Plonk, Jr., who plays Reece Mc
Dermott, and Jean Cash, who suc
ceeds Ellen Atkins in the role of
Sally, the play's heroine. Meek
Carpenter again takes the role
of Whtttacre, which he success
fully portrayed last yeaj:, and a
nother holdover performer is Dr.
Phillip G. Padgett who again
takes the part of the humorous
Billy Rover, in which he starred
Newcomers to the drama team
this year and In major roles are
W. P. Fulton, who will play Col.
Continued On Page Bight
Lowered By IS Days
Children who become six
years of age on or before Oc
tober 15 may start school in
September according to an
nouncement by B. N. Barnes,
city schools superintendent.
The mw ruling advances the
age limit by IS days over the
date, October 1. which bad
been used for the past several
years. The October 15th date
was set by the state board of
education at its last meeting.
If a child's birth date is Oc
tober 16 and he becomes six
years old on that date, he may
enter school according to a rul
ing of the stat? attorney gen
eral. Mr. Barnes said.
Remaining parcel of realty of
the Thomas N. Harmon Estate
will be auctioned for the third
time Saturday morning at the
site, beginning at 10 o'clock, ac
cording to Official notice of the
commissioner. ? ?
Bidding on the property, the
corner lot at Battleground ave
nue and- Falls street occupied by
a two-family frame dwelling, now
stands at 17,38150, with B. D.
Ratterree the high bidder. The
bidding at Saturday's sale will
begin at Mr Ratterree's figure.
Following the Saturday sale,
bidding will remain open for ten
Jaycees Will Sponsor Area Softball
Tournament At Stadium In August
? The aUte district seven (mid
west) Softball tournament will be
played at Ctty. Stadium on Au
gust 7-8 and 13-14-15 according
to announcement by K. E. Morri
son and Harold Phillips, co-chair -
nien of the sponsoring Junior
Chamber of Commerce commit
Some twenty men's Softball
teams from the district are ex
pected to enter the tournament
here, Jess Taylor, of Shelby, dis
trict commissioner has announc
Advance sale of tickets for the
big event 1 s to begin next week,
Mr. Morrison said. Tickets are
priced at 25 and 80 oents.
Teams wishing to enter the
toornament iV . crack at the
state championship must contact
Mr, Taylor in Shelby before the
Two . Kings Mountain entries
are expected. Craftapun of the
ounty recreation league has an
nounced entry of It's team and
Burlington's Phenix Plant Is or
ganizing an All-Star entry. Foote
Mineral Co. of the county loop is
also considering entering the af
Four games are slated for Au
gust 7 and 8, beginning at 6 p. m.
Committees for the tournament
were announced ?by Mr. Morrison
at the Jaycee meeting Tuesday
night. They are:
Program advertising Char
les Dixon, Bill Fulton, Delbert
Dixon and Bill Jonas.
Programs and tickets - C. T.
Carpenter, Jr., and Bill Page.
Pre-sal* of tickets ? L. T. An
derson (ticket treasurer* and Ed
Park ? Mr. Phillips and Mr.
Field caretakers ? Neil Hui
lender, Arnold Falla, Lewis Falls
and Curtis Gaffney.
Concessions ? Grady Howard
and Dean Payne.
Scorekeeper ? C. T. Carpenter,
Held On Monday
For Mrs. Ware
Mrs. Emma Brown Ware, 76,
wite of F. Luther Ware, died In
Charlotte Memorial hospital Sat
urday at 8:15 p. m. following sev
eral years of declining health.
A native of York county, S. C.
she wm born November 18, 1877,
the daughter of William Davis
and Ann Scoggins Brown.
Mrs. Ware was a devoted mem
ber of Boyce Memorial Associate
Reformed Presbyterian church,
where funeral rites were conduct
ed Monday morning at 11 o'clock.
Rev. W. L. Pressly, pastor of
the church, officiated, and Inter
ment was in Mountain Rest ceme
Surviving in addition to her
husband, Franklin Luther Ware,
Sr., are two sons, W. Brown Ware
and Franklin L. Ware, Jr., both
of Kings Mountain and two dau
ghters, Miss Annie Mae Ware of
the home, and Mrs. J. D Lesslie
of Fort Mill, S. C.
A sister, Mrs. R. C. Caveny of
Rock Hill, S. C. and eight grand
children. also survive.
Serving as active pallbearers
were David Pursley, Leoit Purs
ley. Jakie D. Hambright, Albert
Brown. Masorv Caveny, and Her
bert Caveny, all nephews of Mrs.
Deacons and Elders of Boyce
Memorial ARP church serving as
honorary pallbearers included
John Cheshire; Hoyle Mabry, I.
G. Patterson, Lewis Hovls, M. L.
Harmon, Sr., Menzell Phlfer, and
Clarence L. Black.
Bible School Set
Vacation Bible school will be
gin at Patterson Grove Baptist
church Monday morning at 8:30
with a preparatory service for
the Bible school to be held Satur
day evening at 2:30.
? Rv,v. J. J. Thornburg; pastor
of *he church, said in making the
announcement that the public is
Invited to attend the school class
Mrs. Ilia Flpp is Bible school
Revival se-vtres are continuing
at Dixon Presbyterian church
each evening at 8:30 with ser
vices conducted by Rev. Eade An
derson, pastor of Olney Presby
terian church In Gastonia.
The services will close Sunday
night. Bible school classes for ail
ages are being held each even
ing. beginning at 7:15.
James D. Newsome is superin
tendent of the Bible school and
Franklin Pethel Is directing mu
sic. , ?
Rev. Pat? H. Moore, pastor of
Shlloh Presbyterian church in
Grover. will speak to the adult
Bible class tonight at "P.iS.
Kings Mountain district board
of school trustors, in special ses
sion last Saturday, authorized ar
chitects to draw plans for cafe
teria additions at East' and West
The hoard authorized V. W.
Breeze and Associates, of Shelby,
to draw plans for addition of' the
new structure at West school.
The group also authorized J.
L. Beam Architects, of Cherry
ville, to draw plans for addition
of a cafeteria and for adequate
lighting at Kast school.
The two new additions will re- !
lease thVee classrooms now being
us"d for lunchrooms and will i
help relievo crowded classrooms, j
The new structure at West
school will release two class- I
rooms, one now being used as a j
lunchroom and another being us
ed as a library.
The new East school cafeteria
will release one classroom.
The board instructed the archi
tects to submit their plans at the
earliest possible date and instruc
ted them to design the new cafe
terias for dual use as libraries.
The bond also studied the
1953-54 budget and approved tax
requests to the county board of
commissioners for funds for the
Superintendent B. N. Barnes
met with the county commission
ers on Monday and presented the
request on levying of the full 20
cents special Kings Mountain dis
Mr.' Barnes also informed the
county commissioners that Kings
Mountain needs some $400,000 a
bove funds now available for new
El Bethel Sets
El Bethel Methodist church
will hold a benefit barbecue at
the church all day Saturday, it
was announed this week by Pete
Heavener chairman of the com
mittee ot. arrangements.
The church will begin seving
barbecue dinners at 11 a. m. Sat
urday morning, and will contin
ue all day until 9 o'clock In the
Price will be $1.25 for adults
and 50 cents for. children.
Other members of the commit
tee on arrangements are Mrs.
Leonard Gamble, Noble Parker,
Rev. Boyce Hutfstetler, Boyd
Harrelson, and Leonard Gambia.
Highway Chief Sets
First Ot Hearings
June Scarborough, of States
ville, commissioner for the 12th
state highway division, will be in
the district engineer's office, lo
cated on Route 21, five miles
north of Statesville, Monday to
receive and hear delegations con
cerning road matters, beginning
?t 10 o'clock, L. B, Beck, division
engineer- said this week.
This new 12th division is com
posed of Alexander, Iredell, Ca
tawba, Lincoln. Cleveland and
In the past, these meetings
have always been held in the di
vision office at Shelby but Com
missioner Scarborough plans to
alternate the monthly hearings in
the counties of the division. Be
fore the second Monday of each
month, notice will be given as to
where the meeting will be held,
Mr. Peck added.
B. & L. Shareholders
To Meet On Tuesday
Shareholders of Kings Moun
tain Building A Loan association ?
will hold a special meeting at
the office of the association
Tuesday night at 7:30. according
to announcement by J. C. Lack
ey, secretary -treasurer.
Principal purpose of the meet
ing will be consideration of cer
tain amendments designed to
modernize the charter governing
operation of the association, Mr.
The shareholders will also con
sider such other business as
may be presented, according to