City Limits 7,206
Trading Area 1 5.000
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Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, February 1 1, 1954
PRICE FIVE CENTS
All Day Thursday
COURT OF HONOR
Regular Boy Scout Court of
Honor for Piedmont district Boy
Scouts will be held Thursday,
tonight, at 7:30 p. m. at City
Hall courtroom. Scouter round
table will be held during the
meeting. Announcement was
made from Piedmont council
A total of 759 Kings Moun
tain motorists had purchased
11.954 city auto license stickers
through Wednesday, according
to report of Joe Hendrick, city
clerk. Fifty of the total were
purchased this past week.
DIXON SERVICE 1
"People Without Pear," a re
ligious film, will toe shown at
Dixon Presbyterian church Sat
urday night at 7:15, Rev. P. D.
Patrick, pastor of the church, ,
said Wednesday morning. The
public Is invited to attend.
ON HONOR ROLL
Joan Caveny and Luther Mc
Swain of Kings Mountain have
<been listed on the first honor
roll group for the first semes
ter at Lenoir- Rhyne college.
Hickory, with grades averag
ing between 94 and 100. Doris
Lackey, Elizabeth Rhea, and
(Rachel Plonk were listed in the
second honor group.
The Young Married Women's
Class of Patterson Grove Rap
? tlst church will sponsor a Cake
Sale Saturday morning for the
benefit of the church building
fund. The wares, also includ
ing pies* cup cakes, and candl
?, will be on display at C..E.
War lick Insurance A?_ncy, . it
was announced by Mrs. Carl
Mr. and Mrs. John O. Plonk,
Jr., will leave this weekend for
La Fayette, Ga., where Mr.
Plonk Is Joining JEly & Walker
Company. They expect to be In
La Payette tor six months, be
fore returning to their home
Members of the Kings Moun
tain Khvanis club will have
Soy Scouts as guests Thurs
day night aa they hear a pro
gram given by Mr. and Mia. R.
M. Schlele, of Gaatonta. Mr.
Schlele is the veteran Soout
Executive of the Piedmont
Council, whkh embraces the
Kings Mountain district. The
club meets at Masonic Dlnirfg
Hall ?t 6:45. O: ^
FIREMEN ANSWERED CALLS
City fireman answered three
calls this past week, according
to c. D. Ware, fireman. Ifiurs
<*ay morning firemen answer
ed a call to extinguish a fire at -
the Mauney Hosiery mill. No
fife damage - was reported.
Firemen answered two calls
(Wednesday morning to exting
uish a grass and barn fire on
Fulton street, and ? grass fire
on Cherokee street.
Net receipts from the city's
parking meters for the weak
ending Wednesday at noon :
were $ 148.27, Joe Hendrlck, of
the-city clerk's office, reported.
r-arldng space rentals will
quadruple when present ad.
vance payments are exhausted.
The city board of commis
sioners last Thursday night
raised the monthly rental rate
to $4, payabfe semi-annually In
advance. The ?fctal fee has
Mm $1 per month.
Mayor tflee A, Bridges re
ported that parking meters re-'
turn an average of $4-25 per
month to the city and offered
the opinion that the prevailing
rate Is too low* Motion to raise
lee was made by W. G.
ided by Comm.
and was car
aa well as to Increase
lngClnu1-e^i0UrtaIn cit,zens are be.
bl^od tothoR(v1CAntrlbUte thelr
thbVV B,of>dmobile wm'sofup^t
thb Woman's Cluh Q ? ^ k ?
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ss? .as as? ,n"B
bteen?Ix months since the W
neeS itre.ft *Uppl^in? our own
Daniel said. ' c'
'Tfm teiL jl|_. j '* from
We ?* Parti
srv-w?- ^!f^ ^ own medical
S2Sd hosp,tals. ex.
K ProaSS ?VPproved the
? ??ram as the proper me
?'or meetlng the neted.
"Whole blood Is obtained from
able volunteer donors and afw
?a? .oSr* isssof 25
m'?h?'?S?u'!hout "* ?v
Instanw/J^h16, and ta s?nie
Ssi irsss <hr?"^s r?
^. '"c request is not made the
??hlt may rec?lve blood from
mjy DrOUX^? to* Whlch ' there
txrt, may not' be ? charges
ChSm thfr "fd through Rted
ki j ' e ^ no charge for the
blood or Its .products. However
thfere may be a charge maTe by
laboratory 13d PhV?'clan for
STbS SS.|! "? ? by
J"*1*?*! In Kings
0 ^rtne,aVf^ Of
Portia v. rter' *ather of John
at^r30P-rtmr *"ccVmb?' Monday
Si- i. ? f?' of a heart attack at
his home in Durham.
wSSSS wer? held
Of Heart Attack
this community who succumbed
ESSE* SV ?C?
York Road home at 6:15 last Frl
(day njght, were held Sunday af
ternoon at 3 o'clock at St Mat
thew's Lutheran church.
Mr. Bumgardner had been In
SLprnt eood hea,th ?nd his
fit S,Ha/Uie ai * 8hock to his fam
liy and friends.
An active member of St Matt
Lutheran church, he was
serving as a member of the
rrcU at the time his
rfa ,? A longtime employee of
' b? Was a son
nLi til Thomas Edward and
Dela Blanton Bumgardner.
g* h,s wife- Mrs.
Carrie Falls Bumgardner, a son,
Clauston Earl Bumgardner a
grandchild, and his stepmother
Mrs. Hattie Jenkins Bumgardner
/"T1*!?* are ten brothers,*
H^zel Austin, Edward, Ralph
Blif' Hi iyde' ^?hn, George and
Sr?. ?^mgardner. all of Kings
Hnd J- ?* Bumgardner,
p I ti^.anlonfe 8lster. Mrs
E. S. Hardin, Shelby.
?1, Dli.W' P G^berdlng conducted
the funeral services, and burial
wag made In Oakview Baptist
church cemetery. Prior to the
services, the body lay in state at
the church from 2:30.
I P^fbtearers were Ray Cline, W.
jLSww' ?r-. Randall.
Hugh Ormartd, . Jacob Cooper, and
[Dan Finger. '
Scoots To Assume
City Positions ~
Boy Scout* will "officially"
take ovter the city Saturday, with
Scouts to spend the day in advi
sory capacity to all city officials
m inf. th jp1*' Mountain and
marks the first time the event has
PoU<* Chief H. A. Logan, dis
trict Scout chairman, announced
the roster of Scout "officials" for
Jim Roper, of Troop 8, will
eerve as the mayor, with Mike
Ware, Troop 6i and Avery Howard
Troop 2, to serve as members of
the city board of commissioners.
Steven Klster, Troop 8 will
serve as city clerk and treasurer;
Ronnie Hord, Troop 6, will be
S&et^2endent of Kubllc works;
Billy Ware, Troop 6, will be su
perintendent of. the electrical de
partment; Dinky Barrett, Troop
5, Judge of city recorders court;
Roger Blackwell, Troop 5, will be
clerk of court; and Andy Howard
Troop 12, tax collector.
Acting fire chief will be Dewitt
Blanton Jr., Troop 2, and serv
ing as firemen will be Dan Ro
R?y Short, Jack Coins, De
ri?ck Smith and Gilbert Bozeli, all
of Troop 8, David Roberta of
Troop 6, and Andrea Small and
Donald Hope, of Troop 2.
Dan Pa-ma, of Troop 12, will
3**^4 ol police. Thomas
Jv2f* H??p * and Led
ford. Troop 12, will serve as deck
sergeant*, and serving as police
men will be Mike McKee, Phil
^nUPe?' Blanton. ckarles
Jolly, Bobby Myers, all of Troop
2, and Jerry Ledford and Cham
Mercantile Stamp "War" Underway;
Rationing Of Decade Ago Recalled
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Klnga Mountain U in the midst
Of it* biggest stamp turmoil
since warUiute tolackmarketing
days. Actually, a stamp "war" Is
underway, and some merchants
who swore regularly at the stamp
requirements for shoes, sugar
and gasoline ? few years ago,
are now back in the stamp busi
ness whole-hog. *
At the moment, Kings Moun
tain'! rfetall population la In
three groupfe, two with competing
"sump" deals, and a third larger
group that remains outside the
fold and continues to offer mer
chandise without, any excess
come -on attached.
One stamp doal ? with prem
turns at the tend of the rainbow
if the customer spends enough
money or should live long
enough? is known at "S A H"
or "green stamps". The other
is "United Profit Sharing Cou
pons". Both deals are little diffe
rent from the merchant's stand
point, (except that the offering
price on "S A W la higher, ap
proximating three percent of
sales. The United "deal" only
figures to cost about two percent
The "S * H" premium man has
a premium store In Gastonla. The
United stamps are redeemable
with premiums at Keeter's De
partment Store or Blalock's
Meantime, non ? participating
merchant* are being high-pres
sured to Join one or the other
stamp outfit, both by the stamp
salesmen and by participating
Some are declining.
Hilton Ruth, manager of Belle's
Department Stpre, said Belle's did
not Join. up. "We figure the store
which sells the goods will be the
store which has the goods at the
right price w?wf the customer
wants them. Belle's will meet that
Don Glass, of F, B. Glass A
?Grocery, said that firm, a
? with some others, bought
the stamp deal two yean ago.
"It wasn't any good," he (did.
Charlie Rlalock, of Blalock's
Park-Inn, claims increased sales
doe to the stamp program.
Meantime, shoppers are getting
covered up with premium cata
logs and sump paste up hooka of
the competing houaey. ?
"GHOST" PLATERS ? Franklin
PetheL top, and Mlu Jean Cash,
pictured above, are listed In the
cast of "The Ghost Train." Lit
tle Theatre production to be
shown at Central auditorium
Saturday night at 8 p. m.
Kings Mountain Little Theatre
playters will present the three-act
mystery drama, "The Ghost
Train", at Central auditorium
Saturday night at 8 o'clock. ?
R. G. Plonk, Jr., will direct the
production, -wMeh Hsts a cast <jf
eleven, including Franklin Pet
hel, Miss Jean Cash, Dr. P. G.
Padgett, Meek Carpenter, Mrs. C.
A. McCarter, Dr. R. N. Baker, Ed
Smith,' Miss Susan Moss, Mrs. Au
brey Mauney, Tom Izard and Mr.
Thte plot centers around a rail
road station in Maine, near the
Canadian border. The author
makes use of an old legend of a
phantom death . dealing locomo
tive with daring rum and narco
tic runners. Humor is furnished
by the seemingly silly actions of
the detectivte, who, nevertheless,
solve* the case.
"For sheer, creeping mystery,
this play is without a peer", Mr.
Plonk, reports. "We invite the
public to attend our perform
ance," Me added.
Admission will be 25 and .60
"Not So Bad"
The Kings Mountain office of
thte North Carolina Employment
Service last week received 440
totally unemployed claims for
compensation. The ' ' estimated
Kings Mountain area labor force
This was the report Wednesday
of Franklin Ware, managter of
the Kings Mountain office, who
termed the report "not so bad".
It is, of course, much worse
than the most reoent low point
for the week ending August 21,
1953, Mr. Ware adds. For that
week, only 90 signed totally un
employed claims for compensa
tion, with only eight of the 90
new dalmk. *
To Check For Tags
Police Chief ft. A. Logan, Jr.,
announced yesterday that his
department will begin on Mon
day citing motorists who have
not purchased 1954 city auto li
. Records at city hall Indicate
that around 300 vehicle owners
still have not purchased stickers.
Deadline for purchase was Feb
ruary L Some 760 motorists h?vc
already bought stickem with
1P53 sales listed at LI 15.
The city is using stickers in
lieu of metal tags this year for
t!je first time. They are still pric
ed at one dollar.
1 IM WASHINGTON
Mayor Glee A. Bridges and
Attorney Jack H. White went
to Washington, IX C., Monday,
to represent the city at the
Federal Power commission
heating concerning an allot
ment of natural gaa for the
city. The fpc has tentatively
allotted the city.
Sewei Tap Fee
Oi $35 Is Set
By City Board
The city now has a plumbing
code and, after February 15, will
charge a $35 fee for sewer lap
ins, according to action taken by
the board of commissioners at
their regular meeting last Thurs
Under the arrangement on
sewer taps, the plumbing con
tractor will pay the. fee, after fig-,
uring it into the cost of his esti
mate, and the city will make the
sewer tap and run pipe to the ci
tizen's property line. Previously,
the plumber has been making
No change was made in the ar
rangement concerning water
taps, with the $25 fee still pay
able to the city. However, efforts
will be made to. coordinate the
two Jobs, It was noted by E. C..
Nicholson, city public works su
Mayor Glee A. Bridges had
suggested that the city is losing
money on its $25 water tap fee,
and suggested that a $40 water
tap fee would more nearly cover
the city's cost. However, Com
missioner Harold Phillips objec
ted and said he thought a $25
fee is sufficient. W. B. Logan, a
mong the plumbers present for
the code discussion, said he felt
the water tap fee plus the sewer
tap fee would total $60 and
would cover the cost to the city,
if the two taps could be made at
the same time.
The jplumbing code is similar
to Charlotte's, with minor chan
I In other actions the board:
1) Appointed Mr. Nicholson
city plumbing Inspector and
named S. A. Blantori as assistant.
2) Tabled for investigation on
property lines and other data re- 1
6t a group 6t Benfield
street residents for city water
3) Restored the $125 per week
appropriation from parking, me
ter receipts to the city parks and
recreation commission, .retroac
tive to January 1, date the P?y*.
ments were suspended.
4) Voted to deposit $3,000 of
cemetery account funds in the 1
Kings Mountain Building & Loan
5) Instructed the chief of po
lice to check the feasibility of
Installing parking meters oh S.
I piedmont avenue, west side.
6) Ordered removal of meters
and establishment of "no park
ing" zones fh front of fire plugs.
7) Passed a resolution approv
ing the supplemental report of
Barnard & Burk, engineers, on
the city's application for a nat
ural gas allotment. The report
tended to show the economic
feasibility of a city gas distri
bution system without Neisler
Mills, Inc., as a customer.
8) Instructed the city attorney
to check on certain deeds for
street rights-of-way, after Supt.
Nicholson had stated complaints
from some citizens that he was
invading private property.
9) Approved repair of the city's
ditching machine at an estimat
ed cost of $400.
10) Declined request of the
Rings Mountain Little Th-atre
for the city to share in the $90
cost of an advertisement in a I
soon-to -toe -published map
No action was taken on Mayor
Bridges' report of a two-family
water billing complaint.
K M. B. & L
Open House Set
Kings Mountain Building A
Loan Association will Chow ,.f
ts newly renovated and redeco
rated building next Tuesday af
ernoon, as it holds open house
from 3 to 5 o'clock.
Ben H. Bridges, Jr., secretary
treasurer, issued an invitation
this week to all Kings Mountain
:itlzens to visit the association
offices on West Mountain street
next Tuesday afternoon to in
spect the modtern facilities Just
being completed. Workmen are
making final installations this
week of Interior fixtures.
"We hope all citizens will see
our completely new offices, " Mr..
Bridges said. "They are modern
in every respect and equip the
association to give the best In
service to tu shareholders."
Officers and directors of the
association, In addition to office
personnel, will be hosts for thte
Tuesday open house. Favors will
be presented to guests.
On Tuesday evening, st 7:30,
the association will hold Its an
nual meeting of sharp holders to
hear report* on the 1998 activi
ties of the association and to etoet
directors for the coming year.
The condition of Charlie Sal
lard, who is a patient st ttis
Kings Mountain hospital, is ?e
ported to be greatly improved.
Mr. Ballard Is expected to be
dismissed from the hospital
wtthln a few days.
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Indications Of Improvement
In Textile Employment Here
Owens Is Listed
Killed In Action
In Recent Beport
The Department of the Army
has notified Mrs. Emmie Owens
Benfield that the body of her
son, Cpl. Billy Andrew Owens,
who had been listed as missing in
action ih Korfea for three years
I and "presumed dead," has been
I recovered and positively identi
fied. . ?
I The Kings Mountain family
was notified by telegram Mon
day. Cpl. Owens, 19, was killed
in action in Kyedong, Korea, July
The body was identified in Ja
pan, the telegram stated, and is
to be shipped to Kings Mountain
Cpl. Owens was stationed on
Okinawa before his unit, Head
quarters Co., 3rd Battalion, 29th
Infantry Division, was sent to
Korea. A letter dated July 15,
1950, was the last communica
tion Mrs. Benflteld had from her
son. . ? .
Cpl. Owens Is survived, In ad
dition to his mother, by his step
father, Horace Benfield, and a
brother, Charles H. Owens, of"
He was the son of the late
James T. Owens, and before ten
tering the service, Cpl. Owens at
tended Kings MoUhtaln high
school. He was a member of Tem
ple Baptist church.
More property may be needed
for the rebuilding and expansion
of the city's McGUl septic tank.
Mayor Glee A. Bridges said
Engineer W. K. Dickson had In
dicated the city's treact, covering
112 feet, by 363 feet, by 118 feet,
by 417 feet, would be insuffici
ent for the treatment plant an
Adjoining property Is owned
by Paul Mauney.
Concerning the MeGill tank,
City Attorney J. R. Davis report
ed that the city's deed to the
property could not be located On
record in Gaston County, where
the property Is located, but was
found instead recorded in Cleve
land County. The deed has now
been put on record in Gaston
county, he added.
Mr. Davis offered the opinion
there would be no trouble con
cerning ownership of the proper
ty and further stated that ad
joining property could be ob
tained for the plant expansion
via condemnation proceedings,
if by no other means.
New Traffic Signal
In Business Section
The city installed this week a
new one-way stoplight at the Gold
street rail crossing.
Synchronized with the traffic
signal at the corner of Gold and
Battleground, the new signal is
visible only to traffic south
bound on Battleground.
The new traffic regulator Is
designed to eliminate a jam-up In
peak traffic periods resulting
from inability of eastbound tra
velers on Gold street to get Into
t ll To Head
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Kings Mountain Exceeds Its Quota
In 1954 March Oi Dimes Campaign
Kings Mountain has exceeded
its 1954 March of Dimes quota.
With a tie w reports still to be
received, the total stood slightly
In excess of $5,200 Tuesday night,
and Co-Chairman George Thorn
asson said some additional mo
nles should be received.
"We are very happy to be able
to raakfe report of Kings Moun
tain success bl the March of
Dimes campaign, and It would
not hav* been possible without
the cooperation of many Individ
uals and groups who gave liberal
ly of time, energy and funds.
"While the campaign seemed
to lag at the start. It gainfed mo
mentum as It went along and
finished up quite nicely," he con
The final "push", Mr. Thomas
son reported, came from Neisler
Mills, Inc., where contributions of
employees and the Industrial
firm, plus somte sizeable perso
nal gifts, took the total over the
Proceeds from the campaign go
to the Cleveland County branch
of the National * Foundation for
Infantile Paralysis. A minor por<
tlon of the funds go to the Na
tional Foundation, and the ma
jor portion remains with the
county chapter for aid to polio
Mr. Thomasson reported" that
the dance on January 30,
sponsored by the Entre Nous
Tfeen club and the Klwanls club,
netted * profit of $131.20 for the
drive. Some 200 persons attended
the dance, with Curtis George
winning the floor prize.
A sum of *163.46 was collected
from 42 "test tubte" receptacles
placed about the city, he reported,
with the one at the Silver Villa
topping the lie t with $38.83 col
lected. Included In the "tube" was
a ten dollar bill and a check for
$10, he said.
"We want to urge all workers
to complete' their drives this
week." he said.
Charles NeUler served as co
chairman of the campaign.
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unemployment figures in Kings
Mountain are expected to drop
considerably next week, due to
an upturn in the textile situation
which has caused increase In ope
ration of several firms.
Major improvement will come
from the resumption of opera
tions on a full-time, three -shift,
five-day-week basis by Consoli
dated Textiles, Inc., which has '
been operating this year on an
a'.ternate week basis. J. Lamar
Moore, superintendent, said he
was not sure how much backlog
of orders are available, but he
presumed Expensive "changing
over" would not have been order
ed had not orders been sufficient
ly large. Consolidated employs
about 285 persons.
Slater Manufacturing Com
pany, virtually shutdown since
January 15, is operating on two
shifts at about 30 percfent of ca
pacity and has recalled this week
more than 20 of its 65 employees,
Superintendent C. W. Craddle
Kings Mountain Manufactur
lng Company may operate next
week, but Aubrtey Mauriey, gen
eral manager, was not optimis
tic. He said yarn prices are still 'i
at too-low level 8.
Bonnie Mill resumed opera
tions the week beginning Febru
Total unemployment claims for ,
thte week ending February 5, ac
cording to the Kings Mountain
office ofvthe Nori'j Carolina Em
ployment Service, was 788, in
cluding 370 initial claim*.
14 Oppose Bur Mil
The city board of commission
ers received without action last
Thursday night a petition from 14
citizens opposing the use of the
Burlington Mills Corporation pro
perty, off Cleveland avenue, for
a city recrfeation plant.
BurMil has indicated it will
sell the tract for a nominal fee
for development as a recreation .
center. Previously, BurMil had of
fered to give the city the tract,
but certain restrictions caused the
parks and recreation commission
to refuse the proffer.
At Thursday night's meeting,
Mayor Glee A. Bridges reported
that he and Fred W. Plonk, parks
and recreation commission chair
man, had discussed th? mattter
with a representative of Stirling
ton Mills Corporation, and that
the BurMil offer is expected soon.
Commissioner Harold Phillips
offered the opinion that the Bur
Mil tract was the best available
and added hte felt the petitioners
were "two years late". He said
the BurMil site had been under
consideration for two years.
Text of the petition follows:
"We the undersigned taxpayers
and property owners wish to ex
press our serious objection to the .
location of a playground and re*
"nation center on the Burlington
Mill property adjoining or near
our homes and property. We de
veloped this section for our
homes and feel that this proposed
center will greatly damage our
property. We will appreciate very
much your consideration of our
objections and will, find a morte
suitable site elsewhere."
Signing the petition were Hay
wood E. Lynch, J. B. Keeter, H.
C. Mayes, Pashla Wright, John
C, Reynolds, Mrs. T. H. Crawford,
Bryan Hord, Mrs. Fay Goforth,
J. W. Webster* Luco Jenkins, B.
H, Gault, M. W, Williams, N. M.
Farr and William S. Fulton, Jr.
W & L Draft Plan
TMe city utilities department
will draw bank drafts against
accounts of wates and power
customers if the customers
wish It, City Clerk Joe Hen
drick announced this week.
- Many people, he said, have
asked that the city draw a draft
against them each month to
save tlmte and trouble ? and
possible cut-off and late pay
Mr. Hendrlck said a state
ment In writing, ordering the
draft drawing, will be required
before such service Is instituted.
Some years ago the city fol
lowed a similar policy, but It