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Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday. July 23, 1953
P a g e s
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Slater Firm Now
? .Miss Ann Worthy Johnson,
Red Cross field representative
from the Atlanta regional of
fice, will be at City Hall Mon
day at 8:00 p. m. to make a
talk to Bloodmobile committee
memfbers and all other persons
interested in the project.
The Kings fountain Junior
Chamber of Commerce will
sponsor the Red Cross Blood -
mobile Drive scheduled for
July 31. All members are urg
ed to sign as many contribu
tors as possible.
Mrs. J. M. Cooper is the new
house chairman for the Wo
man's Club succeeding Mrs. I.
G. Patterson, retiring president
who had fe^en handling the
house rental.'<Per?ons or orga
nizations wishing to use the
club house on specified occa
sio ml may contact Mrs. Cooper
at Telephone No. 310. '
wiTF wnost to members of the
Kings Mountain Lions club for
a picnic supper on Tuesday
night at 7:15, according to an
nouncement by W. L. Plonk,
Buford Ware has purchased
the grocery business on Oak
Grove Road,' formerly opera
ted by Boyles Cash Grocery,
Willard Boyles. former owner
of the business, has announc
Sunday night's union service
for five city congregations will
?bf held at Resurrection Luth
eran church with James D.
Newsome, summer supply pas
tor at First Presbyterian chur
ch, delivering the message at
Cpl. James E. Lary, son of
?Mrs. Minnie L. McLain of
route 3, has been reported
wounded in U. S. casualty list
No. 861 from the Korean war
front He la one of eight /forth
Carolinians listed among the
Army wounded on the list, and
no detail ? of the action in
which he was injured were gi
Homecoming will be observ
ed at Grace Methodist church
- Sunday. A ?>fcnlc lunch will
be spread at 12:30 with special
singing to begin at 2 o'clock.
The public is invited to come
and bring well filled baskets,
Rev. C. L. Grant, the pastor,
A total of $116.11 was collec
ted from the city's parking me
ters Wednesday morning, ac
cording to a report from the
city treasurer's office.
Bridges Hoy Ask
$500,080 Bond Vole
Mayor Otoe Bridges In
formally ir.?iit1oii?d a
bead election again to the city
board of cpmmlsstonors last
week, this time indicating bo
may ask thou to call an elec
tion on issaanoo of a half-mil
lion dollars for a eailoty of
Work is underway on a $30,000
addition to Slater Brothers Kings
Mountain plant, according to an
nouncement this week by C. W.
The Slater firm, which current
ly employs approximately 70 per
sons in the production of drapery
materials, novelty plush, and pow
der material, hopes to occupy the
new addition by autumn.
Mr. Cradic said the addition
would be used to house three
warping machines, one for rayon
and two for cotton, and one beam
ing frame. The addition will in
crease the number of Slater em
ployees to approximately 100 for
a three-shift operation.
The building will be of- brick
and concrete block construction,
70 feet by 141 feet.
Slater Brothers also operates a
plant at Double Shoals. Its home
office is at Patterson, N. J.
Dies In Wreck
s Floyd Edward Jackson, 21
year-old Kings Mountain man,
died in a Gaffney h6spital Friday"
at 7 p. m. as the result of inju
ries sustained in an auto-truck
collision near Blacksburg about
one-half hour earlier.
Earl H. Giles of Gaffney, driver
of the truck, his son, Jerry, and
another boy, riding in the truck,
received minor injuries.
Jackson, who had served with
the Armed Forces for three years,
had seen overseas duty in Ger
many and was released to inac
tive, status three months ago.
Born August 24, 1931 in Chero
kee county, he was the son of
Marion and Anna Childers Jack
son, who live in the Park Yarn
Mill community here. .He was
employed by a Gastonia textile
Military funeral rites were con
ducted Sunday at 3 p. m. from
Canaan Methodist church, near
Smyrna, S. C. Rev. Paul Lan
drum, the pastor, Rev. P. D. Pa
trick, pastor of First Presbyteri
an church, and Rev. Clay Chil
ders, pastor of Park Yarn Na
zarene church, officiated.
Interment was In the church
Surviving In addition to the pa
rents are three brothers, Frank
Jackson, of Kings Mountain, and
George and Stonewall Jackson,
both of the home, and three sis
ters, Mrs. Jeanette FrUbee, Mrs.
Carrie Almond, both of Kings
Mountain, and Miss Vangie Jack
son, of the home.
Serving as active pallbearer*
were Delbert Jackson, Garland
Jackson, Howard Jackson, Floyd
"Gibb" Jackson, L. A. Sellers,
George W. Sellers. Ray Childers,
and James Childers.
RESIGNS ? Rev. Vance Daniel,
pastor of Resurrection Lutheran
church, has resigned effective
October 1. He is accepting a new
mission pastorate at Decatur,
Rev. Vance Daniel, pastor of
Resurrection Lutheran church,
has resigned effective October 1,
he Informed the fchurch council
last Thursday evening and the
congregation at Sunday morning
Rev. Mr. Daniel said he is re
signing in order to go to Decatur,
Ga., where he will serve as pastor
to another mission church.
Mr.' D*niel, first ; pastor of the
Resurrection church, helped to or
ganize the Kings Mountain
church. He came here on January
29, 1951, and first conducted ser
vices in West school auditorium.
Since, the church has constructed
a handsome plant in Crescent Hill
and now numbers about 125
Mr. Daniel is a specialist in
mission work, having previously
organized Trinity Lutheran
church, Sianford, and Messiah Lu
theran church, Salisbury.
During his tenure here, Mr.
Daniel has been active In Red
Cross work, having served aS
blood program chairman of the
Kings Mountain chapter.
Bid Is Haised
The T. N. Harmon property at
the corner of Battleground ave
nue and Falls street will be re
sold for the third time on August
8, following a raise of the previ
ous high bid to $7,911.75.
The bidding for the August 8
re-sale will start at that figure,
bid made Monday by B. D. Rat
terree, Kings Mountain realtor.
M. L. Harmon was the previ
ous high bidder, having had the
top bid of $7,535 at the July 11
The sale is officially announced
by Martin L. Harmon, Jr., com
missioner, in a legal notice' ap
pearing in today's edition of the
Henry Writes Contractor Walker
Curb-and-Outtei Work Won't Pass
Tom Henry, the city's superin
ten dent of publlcworks, has no
tified O. O, Walker that the curb
and- gutter work on. Watt Gold
street is unsatisfactory and has
demanded that some of the con
crete be re-poured. V=
Mr. Henry set forth his com
plaints and demands in a letter
dated July 16 and rrfad to the city
board of commissioners at their
meeting on the same day.
Mr. Henry told the commission
ers that J. D. Hord, foreman, had
declined completely to accept sug
gestions when Henry was check
ing on" the construction. Henry
sai4;fi|e job showed sowy work,
msnship throughout, that the con
crete woufd crack in winter, gnd
.that the Job was short on the re
quired concrete yardage*
Mr. VVsIker was awarded the
contract for the curb-and- gutter
job on 16w bid of 93.10&9S on
Following is the text of the
rienry letler. >- y
It is with regret that I m&st
take these steps to officially in
form you that the curb and gutter
Installations on Gold st. between
Sim's st. and Juniper at. Is of very
poor workmanship. There are
many jte*r>8 that must be correct
ed to my satisfaction, my being
responsible to the taxpayers of
the City of Kings Mountain uvsee I
that all phases of the work Is;
done as specified. The first pre
requisite for harmonious working
conditions with any authority is
respect for his request. They
should be carried out so that they
dp. not have toJ?e made an order.
representative on tMa Job
has 4fcot yet learned this alter
,ht* many year* ot experience In
this line of work. There is not a
distance between any two stations
of this curb and gutter that will
meet the specifications in all re
m ^ ?a. ,ln? ? ? a-. - *
specis. i nere are a?trrepencips
either to thickness, grade, align
ment, finish, tooling, curving,
testing -strength, nperatfon for
expansions, driveway width, radi
CtmtimuAd On Pag* Might
The city board of commission
ers has designated the forthcom
ing week ? Thursday, July 23
through Thursday, July 30 ? as
city-wide Clean-up Week and is
asking all citizens to cooperate
in improving the sanitation and
appearance of the city.
The city is spending about $250
to $300 as its part in the clean-up
effort to employ an airplane
spraying service to spray all
streams flowing through the
city. Max Mullis, of York, S. C?
has been employed to do the
spraying In an effort to rid the
city of a seemingly large mos
quito and fly population. He Will
also spray the city dump off York
Mayor Glee A. Bridges, in a
statement this week, asked Kings
Mountain citizens to cooperate by
removing rubbish from their pre
mises, cleaning ^ vacant lots, and
spraying insect - breeding spots
on their own property. He point
ed out that city ordinances, re
quire the regular cleaning of va
cant lots and added that citizens
who cannot otherwise clean their
lots may obtain mowing service
from the city for approximate
cost of $3.50 per hour.
- ,:T? make ?h? city ciean-up
campaign effective, everyone
must cooperate," Mayor Bridges
said. "No matter how much ef
fort the city expends, or some in
dividuals expend, the job won't
be well-done unless everyone par
"There's no reason to prevent
Kings Mountain from being the i
most clean, most healthful com
munity in the *vhole area." ,
Mayor Bridges said the polio
epidemic in nearby counties fo
cuses attention on the need for
the clcan up effort here.
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Four new teachers were elected j
at the regular monthly meeting [
of Kings Mountain district board
of school trustees.
Mew teachers elected were:M^
Miss Jo Ann Easley, of Greens
boro, elementary teacher.
Miss Dorothy Hollis Lachmund,
of Blacksburg, S. C? high school
Mrs. Betty Kendrick, of Ellen
Mr*. Elizabeth Lael Morrison,
of Kings Mountain, elementary.
Mrs. Erma W. Thomson, who !
had considered retiring, was re
elected principal of East school. |
The board voted to construct !
a cafeteria on the southeast cor
ner at West Elementary school
and to convert the old cafeteria
and kitchen to two classrooms
after viewing revised plans for
Mr. Barnes reported that the
sta a board of education building
planning committee had reccom
mended the changes when he met
with the group in Raleigh on
July 13. ,
V. W. Breeze, Shelby architect, ,
and Mr. Holland of his staff, met .
with the board and presented his |
In reference to the East Ele
mentary school building plana,
Mr. Barnes also reported that the j
itate committee suggested sever
al changes in the plans submitted ,
and that J. L. Beam, Cherryville
architect, fs at work on a revised [
Mr. Barnes also exported all
dwellings removed fr6m the con
struction site of the new Negro
elementary school bat that the
ne?r site had not been feljy Clear
ed pi dwellings. CulilBuination
have not been
Tk? , board !?
plans on the new
prior to totting
Chairman A. W.
sided and Trustees
and Fred W. Plonk
for the meeting.
BLOOD CHAIRMAN- _ Dr. p. G.
Padgett, above, has been ap
pointed blood program chair
man for the Kings Mountain
Red Cross chapter for the year
which began July 1.
Padgett To Head
Dr. P. G. Padgett, Kings Moun
tain physician, will head the Red
Cross chapter blood program as
chairman for the year which be
gan July 1,
Announcement of the appoint
ment was raa<tat Oy chapter offi
cials this ?
Hoyle D. (Snooks) McDaniel
was appointed public informa
tion chairman for the blood pro
gram and the chapter and Carl
F. Mauney was named blood do
nor recruitment chairman.
Dr. Padgett succeeds as blood
chairman Rev. Vance Daniel.
Here July 31st
A bloodmobile visit is scheduled
for July 31 at the Woman's Club j
House on East Mountain street
from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m.
"All citizens are urged to come I
out and give a pint of blood which
is sorely needed for our fighting !
men in Korea and also to be used
in conjunction with the gamma
globulin campaign which is under
way fighting the polio epidemic,"
Dr. D. G. Padgett, new bloodmo
bile chairman said yesterday.
All persons who do not have
transportation to the blood center
can get transportation by calling
Plonk Motor Company (138), Vic
tory Chevrolet Company (49),
Marlowe's, Inc. (1010) or Dean
Bulck Company (330).
Names of citizens who have
contributed as much as one gal
| Ion of blood were given by
Snooks McDaniel, new public in
formation chairman. They are
Miss Winifred Fulton, Yates
Harbison, Furman Wilson, Dr. O.
P. Lewis. Troy Wright, Hood Wat
terson,.Dr. D. F. Hord, Lawrence
Lovell, David >0. McDaniel, and
Several other citizens need only
one pint to become members of
the gallon club, he added, many
of them new citizens who donated
at prior residences.
"If there are others whom we
have not listed, please contact the
Red Cross office and give them
your name so the list will be kept
complete," Mr. McDaniel said.
"Help make this list grow by ma
king your contribution now," he
Mr. McDaniel also pointed out
J.at Kings Mountain hospital us
ed 48 pints of blood for its pa
tients during June.
In addition to supplying whole
blood and Its serlvltlves, the Red
Cross supplies donors where
fresh blood Is needed.
"We need local donors right
now for Mr. Hutchlns, whb mUst
have blood less than 12 hours old
In order to combat a disease. Per
son* desiring to hav? their names
placed on the donor roll are In
vited to contact the Kings Moun
tain Red Cross office at City
Hall," he continued.
, Carl F. Mauney, new recruiting
chairman, announced that the Ju
nior Chamber ? t Commerce is
sponsoring the July 31 visit and
urged all citizens to make an ap
pointment with a member of the
club or with the Red Cross office
to donate a pint of Wood,
Poll, Tax Rates
The city hoard of commission
ers held a bu?v session last
Thursday night> as they formal
ly adopted a $427,302.50 budget
set the tax rate for the current
year at $1.30 per ?100 valuation
and the poll tax at ?2.
No change w.*?> made in the
budget and tax rate figures adopt,
ed tentatively last month.
oTJ'.e b?*rd. on suggestion of
Building Inspector J. W. WVj.stor
also voted Jo up the scale of build '
ing permit charges, from a maxi
sunrlw Kfln^,donars to 51 nor !
51, (XX) of building cost, and order
ed torn down two shacks at the
F?r,n?r Kirffc and Cansler street
which had been previously con
demned. The derelict shacks are
owned by Mrs. Foster Love of
New York. ?
In other actions, the board vot
ed to buy at $1,648 an air com
pressor which It has been usine
for several months on a rental
purchase option arrangement
from North Carolina Equipment
Company, and invited bids on
motor grader and police car. The
bbard also asked bids on a used
I far ley . Davidson motorcycle
which it wishes to sell.
On recommendation of JIunter
Allen, superintendent of the pow
er department, the board invited
bids on re-placement of power
lines from the Duke substation
thf? cl*y ? distribution system.
Mr. Allen explained that all the
wires were overloaded and, in
addition, were on one pole He
,d damage to the particular
pole could mean a power black
days th? Wh?le ?ity for several
The board also:
II Authorized refund of $149 52
to Tom Strickland and T. F.
ridges for pipe they purchased
to install a water line. The pre
vious administration had made
the refund arrangement
2) Voted to join the National
Safety council at dues of $25 nor
3> Agreed to pay George Pat- |
t'Mson. of Shelby. $32.75 per'
month for his service in main- i
taming the city's radio equipment !
Mr. Patterson appeared before I
the board and told the members ,
he could not continue to do the
work at $28.75 per month
4) Referred to City Attorney J
r? tTV'/f f?r, checkinB a Plea of
Gus Huffstetler, now a city police
man. that city taxes for several
prior years were assessed in er- '
ror. Mr, Huffstetler claims he I
lived ? outside the city limits at i
the time and that a cab he owned i
was not subject' to the citv'a nro- 1
5) Voted to supply power for
operating a paper baler to J C
Clary, provided Mr. Clary guar
anteed to use the service for a
minimum of on<i year.
6) Cut the pay of Tax Super
visor Clarence E. Carpenter by
L P?1" month. Commissioner
Harold Phillips, who made the
motion, explained that the action
was taken to make salaries of all
department heads the same at
?325 per month.
J> v?ted wage increases to cer
tain hourly rated and weekly
paid employees, and a raise of
*100 per annum to George Moss
water plant operator.
8) Voted regu:a. policeman's
pay status to Everette Bridges,
police department desk sergeant.
Mr. Bridges will receive $189.50
per month and regular Incre
ments based on tenure. He had
previously received $175 per
month, with no provision for in
9) Tabled suggestion of Chief
of Police Hugh Logan to up the
pay scale of the police depart
10) Tabled for Investigation a
request by D. C. Mauney that the
Conttnued On Page Bight
Battle Drama Cast
Ready For Opening
PUBLICIST ? Alan Phillips has
spent the last two months hand
ling publicity, as well as other
work, for the Kings Mountain
Little Theatre'*! 19S3 production
of "Sword of Gideon," which
opens Thursday night for a 12'
performance season at the Na
tional Military Park.
Plonk School "
The Plonk School of Creative
Arts, of Ashevllle, will give a
program of Bible readings and
music at the 11 o'clock service
hour on Sunday morning at Res-,
sGrreetlon Lutheran church. It'
was announced this week by the
Rev. Vance Daniel, pastor.
The readings will, include the
Miracles of Jesus Christ, taken
from the Gospel of St. Mark.
Other readings will, be taken
from Knhil Gibran's ."Jesus, the
Son of Man".
Featured soloist at the program
will l>e Alice Burnet te, soprano,
who for the past three years has
been a student of voice at the
Manne's School, New York. Chor
al selections will include Stanley
Dickson's "Thanks Be# to God"
and "In the Night Christ Came
The Plonk School was founded,
and is operated by, two Kings
Mountain natives. Dr. Laura
Plonk, who is director of the
school, and Dr. Lillian Plonk, as
Paris Yelton, of Shelby, was
elected chairman of the county's
hospital board of trustees at the
annual organization meeting held
at Brackett's Cedar Park on July
C. F. Harry, of Grover, was
elected vice-chairman of the
Mr. Yelton succeeds C, C. Horn,
of Shelby, and Mr. Harry suc
ceeds Hunter Neisler, of Kings
Mountain. Both Mr. Horn and
Mr. Neisler have completed three
year terms on the board.
C. D. Blanton was re-elected
treasurer of the Kings Mountain
Hugh Wells, Shelby attorney,
will address members of the
Kings Mountain Klwanls club
Thursday night at their regu
lar meeting at Masonic Dining
hall at 6:45. Members of the
Klwanls Little L-eague te^m
will be special guests a* '.r.e
Third Set (M Twins Born Friday
To Woman Of 26 At Hospital Here
A 26-year oid mother gave birth
to a third set of twins'and her
eighth child at Kings Mountain
hospital last Friday night.
!.. Mrs. Ray Owens, native of
Kings Mountain, now living In
McAdenviile. and her twirj sons
were reported "doing fine" by
hoapital autha/itles Wednesday
The twins, born about 8:30 Fri
day night, weighed three pounds
each, with Dr. P. Q. Padgett at
the attending physician.
The former Miss Bonnie Heav
ner, Mra. Owens is the daughter
of Mr*. Minnie. Heavner of Kings
Mountain, and the late F. F. Hea
vier. Her husband, Ray Owens,
is a native of Rutherford county.
"Twins are common In both
families." Mrs. Owens said.
The Owens' first set of twins,
who died shortly after birth, were
bom in 1947. A second set, girls,
were born In 1949. One died 24
hours after birth, but the other,
Sherry Lee, was four years old
on June 34.
Other children in the family in
elude Baxter Roger, eight, and
Kathy Diane, two.
Officials of the Kings Moun
tain Little Thorn re watched the
Clouds and hoped for drying skfes
yesterday as they prepared for
Thursday's 1953 opening of
"Sword of Gideon", the outdoor
historical drarr.a commemorating
the Battle of Kings Mountain.
Alan Phillips, publicist for the
drama, said Wednesday that
everything is in readiness for the
opening, with ticket sales in
creasing considerably during the
past week. ?
Mr. Phillips predicted that,
with good weather, the opening
will attract a capacity audience.
Florette Henri's drama is writ
ten against the background of
the ? October 7, 1780, Battle of
Tickets for "Sword of Gid
eon" are on sale daily untU
5:30 at the Kings Mountain
Little Tboatre office, 510 E.
King street On performance. -
nights, the boxoffiee at the '
military park amphitheatre o
pens at 6 o'clock, AdxqUsiOB
prices are: reserved seats, 12; *
General ad amission, 11.20, aqd
children, 60 cents.
Kings Mountain which turned
the tide of the Revolutionary War
against Great BvMata. The story
involves as the hero Reece Mo
Dermptt, a patriot, and a half
(breed mountain girl, Sally, Intri
gue and the continuing rift be
tween neighbors, which included
both Tory and Whig, form the
drama of the story.
Lead roles are played by R. G.
Plonk, Jr..' as the rangy McDer
mott, and Jean Cash, ys the pret
ty Sally, Both are newcomers to
the cast. A
Nick Moss, of Kings Mountain
and New York, is director of the
Rehearsals have been under
way nightly at the amphitheatre
of Kings Mountain National Mili
tary park, erected virtually at
the site of the famous military
Performance dates are July 23,
24 , 25, 30. 31. and August 1. 6, 7,
8, 13, M. 15.
Armed Forces Exams
Given 17 Wednesday
Seventeen Cleveland county
men underwent physical examl
nation at the Charlotte induction
center Wednesday to determine
their fitness for duty in the arm
The Cleveland county oard
has a call for 15 men for Indue
tion on August 3, and a call for
40 men for pre- Induction physical '
examinations on August 17.
Re-Sale August 1
Commissioner's resale of the
property of the late W. L. Black
burn has been set for August 1
at 10 a. m. at the site In Grover.
The bidding will begin at $8,400
on the large block of property,
which Includes a dwelling and
several outbuildings. Resale was
necessiatated by a five per cent
increase of the original bid by
J. B. Ellis.
Glenn Roundtree was the high
bidder at $8,000 at the first com
G. S. Blackburn is the commis
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Set For August 12
The annual Kings Mountain
Merchants association employer
employee picnic will be held
Wednesday, August 12, at Lake
Montonla. It was announced this
week by Yates HaTblson, chair
man of the committee on ar
Mr. Harbison said Red Bridges'
would serve a barbecue dinner, 1
and he suggested that association
members and their employees
make plans no^ to attend the an