CttY Limit? ? 15^00
(1945 *a*?? B?ard
VOL 63 NO. 39
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, September 24, 1953
Sixty-Third Year PRICE FIVE CENTS
Rally Day will be observed
at Boyce Memorial ARP chur
ch on Sabbath morning by the
church school. The program
this year is under the direction
of Mrs. Wendell Phifer. All
members of the church school
are urged to be present. ..
Rev. James W. Self is con
ducting an old-fashioned tent
revival on Peaceful Valley road
one mile out -from Cora Mill
gate, this week. Services, which
(begin at 7 p. m. each evening,
(began Monday night The pub
lic is invited to attend.
TO FETE WIVES
The; Men's Bible class of the
First Presbyterian church will
have its annual dinner for the
wives of the members on Wed
nesday evening, September
30, at 7 o'clock. New officers
for the coming year will be in
stalled and C. E. Neisler, Jr.
will show slides made on his
most recent trip to Europe.
Mrs. Elhsabeth Ware and
Mrs. Betty Yarboro, Kings
Mountain Drug Company cos
meticians, were among a large
numfber of area cosmeticians
attending a comprehensive
beauty school conducted at Ho
tel Charlotte Wednesday. The
school was conducted by offi
cials of iRevlon Productions
Corporation, manufactures of
numerous cosmetic products.
S. S. Weir, well-known Kings
Mountain citizen, was reported
improving steadily by mem
bers of his family Wednesday.
Mr. Weir has been a patient In
Gaston Me.*nprial hospital for
the past two weeks, after suf
fering a broken left hip In a
fall at his home on September
City Commissioner W. S. Ful
ton seriosly ill two weeks ago,
was discharged from Kings
Mountain Hospital last 'Friday.
He Is still confined to his home
but has been able to visit the
N. F, McGUl Is steadily im
proving following a recent op
eration to remove blood clots
from his leg, Mr. McGlll is still
confined to his home but has
been able to be o"t a* bed a
portion of the time,
Eye Fair Day
Though some of them are
jumping the gun and making ad
vance trips, majority of Kings
Mountain school children are
eyeing Friday and a date for
Kings Mountain School day at
Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
City achools, as i* the custom,
will operate pnly a half -day Fri
day, to allow school children to
take advantage of their free tic
kets to the Fair.
The btg, 'sprawling Cleveland
County Fair opened for . Its an
nual five-day run on Tuesday to
big crowds. Ideal autumn wea
ther, with warm mid-day sun
shlnt and tangy nights added to
the fair spirit and led officials
to predict record crowds.
Harness racing will feature the
Thursday afternoon program,
while Friday and Saturday are
Sven over to auto racing. The
?orge A. Hamld revue is fea
tured nightly at the grandstand
and the James Strates shows give
the Fair one of the world's lar
gest and most varied mid-ways.
Paul Byers, manager of the
Bus Station,, said a bus leaves
the Kings Mountain station for
the fairgrounds every hour on
the hour and returns from the
fairgrounds on the half-hour.
Set For Sunday
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Professor Stephen Morrlsett,
teacher of Bible, Greek, and di
rector of choir at Gardner-Webb
college, will assist In deacon ordi
nation j?f%fues at Macedonia
church here v Sund?y
;f jftfeofesaor InSliivtt Win deliver
the ordination sermon at T.36.
Henderson Herndon and Tom
Smith were elected to serve a
two-year term on the church's
board of deaoons recently. Mr.
Htandon wffl be ordained at the
service Sunday night.
Not Yet Mailed
Forms of a petition calling for
a vote on the question of consoli
dating Number Four Township
schools have not been received
by the district committees Invol
ved in the proposed merger, It
was learned yesterday.
Chairman W. B. Harry of the
Grover school committee said
that County Superintendent J. H.
Grigg told him Tuesday that the
forms would be mailed to the
committees involved on "Thurs
day or Friday."
Mr. Grigg was not in his office
on Wednesday afternoon and
could not be reached for a state
ment on the matter.
The procedure for action on a
petition to seek election was set
up at a meeting of committeemen
on the districts involved at Cen
tral school here on September 14.
The action was based on. a letter
from Claude L. Love, assistant
state attorney general, on August
19, on the subject of enlargement
of local tax district under G. S.
The motion setting up the pro
cedure was made by Trustee J.
R. Davis, of the Kings Mountain
district, and was passed without
dissenting vote. The motion stip
ulated that Superintendent Grigg
mail forms outlining the wording
of the petition to the committees
involved. After action on the pe
tition, the forms would be return
ed to Mr. Grigg for action by the
county board of education. If ap
proved by the county school
board, the county board of edu
cation would be asked to call the
election within the new territory
The consolidation proposal was
first brought up after a state
school board survey team recom
mended enlargement of the
Kings Mountain administrative
unit to Include all of Number 4
Approximately 75 Kings Moun
tain area Republicans, including
nine women, met for a second
township party rally at Bridges
Airport here Monday night.
The meeting, a free fish fry,
was planned as a social gathering
for Republicans In Kings Moun
tain, Grover, Bethware, and No.
R. G. Whisnant gave the in
vocation and W. T. (Ted) Weir,
chairman, welcomed the assemb- ;
Dan Huffstetler announced dur
ing the meeting that a Gaffney
Republican leader had been in
vited by the group as guest speak
er but was unable to attend the
Speaker for the October meet
ing, Mr. Huffstetler added, will
be announced lMer.
Other precinct leaders, in addi
tion to Chairman Welr, who were
elected at the initial August
meeting, are Grady Howard, W.
A. Williams, and Charles L. Alex
A business meeting was not
held following the supper gather,
A total of $143.17 was Collec
ted from the city's parking
meters Wednesday morning,
according to a report from the
city treasurer's office.
Ex-Mayor1 s Allegations Slightly
Off-Base, Check Of Records Show
A check of City Hall records
Indicates that ex-Mayor Garland
Still, who last week in. 'etter to
the editor of the Herald charged
the current admlnlatratlon with
misappropriation of funds and
the Herald with failure to publi
cize diligently board actions, is
The ex-mayor made a half
Here is the result of a Herald
check-up on the allegations:
To the allegation "on the new
ly paved driveway into Bridges
Airport," the Herald finds at City
Hall a duplicate statement to J.
C. Bridges, dated September S,
and marked paid on September
17, in the amount of $133.99,
itemized at $90.45 for stone, and
$54.48 for surface treatment at
.lit jKtj- pec jjafc;,, y_
MMWwly -paved driveway Into
Commissioner*1; J. Ellison's store
wasn't much of ? driveway, coy-,
ering only a -lew square feet of
aurface treatment near the side
wtflL Mayor Glee A. Bridges said
that Mr. Ellison had furnished
the stone. The city had merely
pot m ? little topping, he.addrd
i Mayor Bridges said that sever
al streets "not Just a city com*
ml?3loner'8 st ?et" are getting '
twiee-a-week garbage pickups.
"In the near future/' he said,
'?we expect to have ? tWlce-a-week
service on all streets,"
The Mayor acknowledged that
the city. does collect the garbage
placed on the street by J. E.
^Doc) Mauney. The Mayor add
ed, however, that this Involved
no change of policy from that
followed by the Still arlministra- 1
tlon, a statement corroborated by
Former Commissioner C. P. Bar
ry, a member ot the Still admin
(Ed. Note: J. E. (Doc) Mauney
has never* paid city taxes on his
Church street residence, contend
ing It lies outside the city limits.
However, the county's revalua
tion survey map shows the Mau
ney residence to be inside the etty
limits. Mayor Bridges said the
line would have to be surveyed
to determine the tax ?t$tttsof the
1%e narrow drive which Mr.
Still alleged had been paved by
the city into the J. E. Mauney
property turned out to be listed
on the city map and designated
G Like the Ellison
THE FRANKLIN DAVIS FAMILY
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BOOTH SERVES TWO FAIRS AND IS COUNTY FAIR WINNER ? Shown above is the Franklin
Davis family fair booth as it was photographed at Bethware Fair last weekend. On Tuesday; the
same booth was judged best among booths entered at the Cleveland County Fair by entrants in the
Better Acres contest. The Frcnklin Davis family has competed during the past year with other farm
families in the Better Acres contest. Winners were to be named Wednesday night. The Exhibit was
one of the many attractions at the Bethware Fair last weekend, as the community event played to
Deed Delay Halts
Superintendent S. N. Barnes
reported at the regular monthly
m&rtlng of tJife Kings Mountain
district board of school trustees
Monday night at 7:30 o'cUk* at
Central school that state school
officials had allotted an addl
tlonal teacher for the city schools
and that state funds for the new
Negro school building are toeing
withheld prior to completion of
transfer of all of the property to
the school board.
The holdup on state funds for
the Negro building project was
indicated in a letter to the board
from John Cameron of the state
department of public instruction.
The letter stated "that after re
ceipt of forms certifying that ail
property at the new site had
been deeded to the board, an ac
count for the project would be
set up by the state school fund
auditor in Raleigh. '
The remainder of the land re
quired for the new Negro site
may have to be acquired by con
demnation, Mr. Barnes said, be
fore construction can be started.
Mr. Cameron's letter stated
that the state school board, in a
meeting on September 10, had
approved allocation of $70,819.35
in state funds for the Negro pro
ject. The money is part of the
50 million in school tends voted
several yean ago. '
Low bids on the project, to
taling 107,4*7, have been accep
ted by the school board. Archi
tect's fee on the project is $3,
The board Instructed (Mr.
Continued On Page Eight
Police Teach Lesson
On Fire Alarm Decor
In answer to a tixe alarm
sounded Sunday about 3 p.m.
city fire trucks rushed to Moun
tain street to extinguish the
At the alarm box in front of
the Home BulMlncr 4 Loan As
sociation firemen stopped to
ask three youngsters the di
rection of the fire.
The 12-year-old boys replied
to the firemen's questions that
there was no fire and 'they
had Just pushed the button to
see what It was."
Firemen then hauled the
boys to the police station
where the three apologized for
The boys were then given a
police escort home.
Heating On 29
A public hearing on the propo
sed re-routing of U. S. Highway
to by pass the main business
district of Kings Mountain will
be held at City Hall next Tues
day night, beginning at 7 o'clock,.
District Highway Commission
er June F. Scarborough, of Sta
tesville, District Engineer Lewis
B. Peck and other officials will
?be on hand to outline plans for
the by-pass and to answer ques
tions concerning it.
The city board of commission
ers will be on hand for the ses
sion, and Mr. Peek has empha
sized that all persons interested
In the by- pass should attend,
whether or not they favor the
Presently U. S. Highway 29
comes through Kaigs Mountain
on Battleground Road, makes a
right turn at King street and
continues through the city to the
new four-lane boulevard design
ed U. S. 74 and 29. The by- pass
is another link in a long-term
program to make U. S. 29 a four
lane highway from Washington
To Be Anctioned
The I. M. Allen farm, contain
ing about 220 acres of land, a
seven-room house, three small
residences and outbuildings, has
been sub-divided and will be
sold at auction on next Wednes
day afternoon, beginning at two
o'clock, according to announce
ment by Carolina Land-Aurtlon
Company, of Hickory, the selling
According to the announce
ment, Mr Allen, a former Cleve
land county commissioner and
sheriff, plans to sell his Patter
son Grove farm due to his plans
to move to ano&er state.
Many prizes are to be given a
way at the auction, including
cash prizes and hams, the sale
announcement states. '
J. 8. Nolan Cotnpany, of Shel
by, Is Ideal representative for
the selling agents, and Oscar
Pitts and Otbc A.ftalne will
serve as auction sea.
Here On Tuesday
An adjourned meeting of the
Kings Mountain Presbytery will
be held at First Presbyterian
church here on Tuesday, Septem- |
ber 29. The purpose of this meet
ing is to study and make recom
mendations for revision of the
plan of Union for the Presbyter- ,
ian Church, U. S. (Southern), the
Presbyterian Church, U. S. A.
( Northern ) and the United Pres
The Moderator of the Presfby
tery. Rev. B Hoyt Evans, will
convene Presbytery at 9:30 a. m.
and following a devotional mes- 1
sage, Presbytery will immediate
ly begin to study the plan of un
ion. The following ministers
will lead the discussion of the
Presbytery' In various phases of
the union: J. Walter Dixon, Jr.,
J. Eade Anderson,. A. R. Craig, H.
M. Moffett, D. D., W. a Neel, and
George L. Riddle.
At this meeting, Roy Robinson
will present a report on steward
ship and goals will be set for all |
the churches of the Presbytery
for the coming church year. |
Kings Mountain Presbyter
has forty-four churches in Ga:
ton, Cleveland, Lincoln, Ruthei
ford, and Polk counties. Th
pastors and one elder from eacl
of these churches are expectec
to be present for the Tuesday
POW Repatriate |
A recently repatriated 'Korean
veteran with Kings Mountain
connections has Just seen his |
three-year-old son for the first
M/Sgt. Henry Russell Frank
lin, of Boston and Kings Moun
tain, a half-brother of T. A.
(Bud) McDaniel, arr.ived in San
Francisco, Calif., Sunday after
spending three years as a priso
ner of the Communists. He flew
to Boston Monday where he saw
for the first time his second son,
Russell Franklin, Jr. And his old
est son, Tommy, had grown up
to a big boy of five's size.
Sgt. Franklin called his broth
er from San Francisco Sui.tWy
and reported that he was in good
health with the exception of be
ing underweight and slightly ner
Sgt. Franklin plans to move his
family to Kings Mountain, where
they resided during World War
II, in the near future. An army
regular, he expects to re-enlist.
Sgt. Franklin had been a priso
ner for almost three years hav
ing been captured by the North
Koreans in October 1950. He was
serving with the Eigth Army, 1st
Calvary division, when captured.
A veteran of World War II, in
cluding 18 months combat duty, !
Sgt Franklin entered the service
In the late thirties and, except for
one year after World War II, has
been on active duty with the
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TO UWMCT GUARD
The Kings Mountain Kiwanis
club -will conduct a truest In
spection of the Kings Moun
tain National Guard Unit on
Thursday night, according to
announcement by the club
bulletin. The club will have
. dinner as customary at 6 .-40
at Masonic Lodge HalL
Registration for the October 3
state wide bond elections ended
Saturday, with a very small total
of new registrants reported by
Kings Mountain area registrars..
The total was 31 for the four
Kings Mountain area precincts
for the whole registration period,
with East Kings Mquntnin pre
dominantly far ahead with 22 '
of the new registrants. West
Kings Mountain had six, while
Grover was reported as a blank
by Registrar J. B. Ellis. Mrs. H.
A. Goforth, Bethware registrar,
said many people evidenced in
terest in the forthcoming election
by checking to see that their
names were . properly listed on
Saturday will be Challenge
Day. The registrars will l>e at the
polling places to allow inspec
tion of the books and to accept
The October 3 state-wide
bond issue election has no con
nection whatsoever with the
currently discussed proposals
of a number of Number 4 Town
ship school groups concerning
consolidating the whole area
into the Kings Mountain school
district. Voting on the consoli
dation proposal has been dis
cussed but no formal petitions
for such an election have yet
been filed with the county e
lections board. The October 3
voting is a state-wide election.
An election, if held, on the
consolidated matter would be
merely an election involving
the several township school
districts effected. Airs. H. A.
Goforth, Beth ware registrar,
said some confusion on the
matter had been noted by sev
eral Bethware area citizens.
The registration period has pre
ceded the forthcoming state-wide
bond election In which citizens of
the state Will determine 1) whe
ther the state shall borrow $50,
000,000 for school cohstructlori,
and 2) whether the state shall
borrow $22,000,000 for mental in
It is possible to vote for the
one and against the other, for
both the issues, or against both
issues. Basis of the election will
be the majority of votes cast.
Of the projected fifty million
for school construction, the legis
lative act permitting the bond
election specifies that each of the
100 counties shall receive $250,
000, that an additional $15 million
shall be divided 6n the basis of
school population, and that the
remainder shall be allocated to
the several counties on the basis
Carlos Young, of Shelby, is
county chairman of the organiza
tion supporting the bond issue
proposals. He said Tuesday that
he knew of no formal opposition
to the bond Issues in Cleveland
County and that he expected the
county to give the proposals a
rousing majority. ?
Jane Goforth left last week
to enter Appalachian State
Teacher's College at Boone and
Gene Welch entered Gardner
Webb College at B oi 1 I n g
Springs. Addition of the two
names brir?gs the area's off-to
school list to 109. Both naihes
were erroneously omitted in
last week's listing of area off
When Singing Becomes "Silting,"
Nation Takes Time Out To Laugh
A printer's simple typographi
cal error got Kings Mountain
nation wide attention during the
A missing "g" Jn the headline
'on a ticket lor a Saturday night
all-night singing, changed the tic
ket title to "Gospel Slnlng". By
the time some imaginative pub
licity seekers and tongue-in-cheek
newsmen finished with it, the
"all-night sinning" was an-ad
vance sell-out, new tickets had
to be printed, and news of the
approaching sinning spree was
spread t^? the four corners of the
United State*, at least.
Radiomen laughed about the
forthcoming event, and a Kings
Mountain mother received a
newspaper clipping on the sub
ject from her New York son, as
taken from the New York Poat.
Charles Mercer, who did the
weekly summary of whimsical
happenings for the Associated
Press made it his lead tid-bft, and
the Charlotte Observer headlin
ed the Mereer column, "Come
Sin, You Singers, A Whole Night
Time Magazine, which dittoes
the weekly Associated Press
gleaning in Its "Miscellany"
column, and Which prides itself
on spending huge wads of money
to assure accuracy of facts,
wasn't sure of all it read about
the function of the Woman's
Bible Class of the Eastside Bap
tist church. Time flashed > a
cheek up request to Pete Mc*
Knight, editor of the Charlotte
News, and Editor McKnight call
ed for aid from the Kings Moun
The established !uctj are:
The typographical error was,
indeed, made, on the original or
der for 600 tickets. An additional
150 tickets were ordered, not be
cause of the typographical error
nor because of a sellout, but to
spread out more tickets .to mor?
people t? r>ush the advance sale.
A crowd estimated at 150 per
sons gathered at the high school
auditorium for the son gf est which
featured the Kingsmen Quartet,
Sisk Quartet, and Ray and Bud
Talley. At shortly alter midnight
the folk went home.
Wood row Bridges, who placed
the original ticket order, report
ed a net profit of slightly more
than $50 for the Eastside Baptist
Woman's Bible class.
Due Home Friday
KOREAN POW ? Sgt. Bailey Gil
lespie. 23, above, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Vester Gillespie and pris
oner of war since 1950, is sched
uled to land at Charlotte Air
port Friday at 1:30 p. m.
To Honor Daniel
A union se'viv.^ of several
Kings Mountain churches at
First Presbyterian church Sun
day at 7:30 p. m. will honor Rev.
Vance Daniel, who is leaving Re
surrection Lutheran church this
Mr. Daniel came to Kings
Mountain in February, 1951, and
has since that time guided the
development of the new Resur
rection Lutheran Church in Cres
With his wife and their two
children he will report to Deca
tur, Georgia, on October 1 to (be
gin work with a new mission
Mr. Daniel will preach at the
special service and Rev. Paul D.
Patrick, pastor of the First Pres
byterian church, will preside.
Congregations to participate
in the service are Central Meth
odist, First Baptist, Boyce Me
morial A. R. P., St. Matthew's
Lutheran, First Presbyterian,
and Resurrection Lutheran.
Woman's Club Plans
Dinner On Sunday
The International Relations de
partment of the Woman's Club |
will serve dinner at the club on
Sunday beginning shortly after
noon, according to announce
ment this week by Mrs. J.. K. Wil
lis, department chairman.
Chicken pie and ham dinners
will t>e served, cafeteria style, at
$1.2?5 for adults and 75 cents for
children to all who make reser
vations Jn advance. Tickets are
now on sale. Price of the dinner j
Includes ice cream for dessert.
Homemade cakes and pies will
also >be available at extra char
Proceeds from the dinner will
be used to support youth activi
ties, Mrs. Willis said.
Persons wishing to make res
ervations should call Mrs. Wil
lis, phone 305-1.
Veteran To Fly
Sgt. First Class Bailey Gilles.;
pie, 23, who was released in the
POW exchange in Korea early
this month, is scheduled to ar
rive at the Charlotte airport Fri
day afternoon at 1:30 p. m.
Relatives and friends from
Kings Mountain are to he on
hand when the young soldier
Released on September 2 after
33 "months as a communist priso
ner. Sgt. Gillespie was to arrive
in San Francisco. Calif., Wednes
day by boat. Ho will Ih? flown
home from the West coast for a
^ A native of Bessemer City. Sgt.
Gillespie enlisted in the army at
Greenville, S. C., in February
1948 while visiting relatives there.
In June 1948, he was shipped
overseas to Japan and joined the
25th Infantry Division on occu
pation duty. His unit was rushed
to Korea after the North Korea*;
army moved into South Korea in
A news story from Korea in
November 1950 told of his hero
ism in pulling two wounded in
fantrymen from the path of an
approaching red tank. He was
captured about a week later on
November 27, 1950.
He was serving with Medical
'?ompany, 27th Infantry regiment,
25th division when captured.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Vester
Gillespie of 56 Grace street, the
young soldier attended grammar
school in Kings Mountain and
formerly resided with his parents
on the Bonnie Mill village.
He is a brother of Bill .Gillespie
of Broad street and of Frank.
Lloyd and Lana Gillespie of
Grace street. Another brother,
George Gillespie, is now with the
army in Germany, where he has
served for 51 months.
Funeral services for Mrs. Zora
Elizabeth McGee Aberrtathy, 67,
resident of 501 S. Railroad Ave.,
who died at her home here Friday
morning at 12:10 a. m., were con
ducted Sunday at 3 p. m. from
First Baptist church.
Rev. II. G. Weekioy, the pastor,
officiated and interment was
made in Mountain Rest cemetery.
Mrs. Abernathy was the wife
of the late William Max Aberna
Surviving are two sons, Leo
nard Abernathy of Gastonia and
Abernathy of Kings
Mountain, six daughters, Mrs. J,
B. Presaley and Mrs. Lester Star
nes, both of Rock Hill, S. C., Mrs.
William Pittman of Edgemoor, S.
C., Mrs. Coyt Woods of Cramer
ton. Mrs. Varner E. Howard of
Orlando, Fla., and Mrs. Lester
Etters of Kings Mountain.
Also surviving are two broth
ers. Ed McGee and Clarence Mc
Gee, both of Gastonia; three sis
ters. Mrs. Tom Ilullis of Mount
Holly, Mrs. Claude Whitworth of
Bessemer City, and Miss Beulah
McGee of Gastonia, and 12 grand
Serving as active pallbearers
were June Cloninger. Millard
Caldwell, Nathaniel Tindall, John
Weaver, Odell Pressly, and Venoy
Pressley. ? '
Lions Issue Appeal
For Old Clothes
Th? e'ub wants old
r-icr<> . . . >ded be
fore ?K* ** *m iake its
cu < 'r*"\ into the
taerr.cmtllb ilelct for a brief
Runmage Sale, Co-chairmen
Dan Huffstetler and J. w.
Per eons having old dothea
they wish to donate should
call either of the co-chairmen
er Ollle Harris, club president.
They will see that the clothes
are collected. After repairing
and cleaning, the clothes will
be offered for sale at bargain
rates, with the proceeds going
to the XJons dab activity fund.
Early action Is stressed,,
sine* the Lions club Rummage
Shop Is scheduled to open ear
ly ia October.