Kings Mountain Merchants Observing Spring Dollar Days This Weekend
City Limits .............. 7.206
Trading Area J 5,000
(1??5 Batton Board Hfuni)
VOL. 64 NO. 20
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, May 20, 1954
PRICE FIVE CENTS
LITHIUM CORPORATION BREAKS GROUND? ,
Ground was broken on the construction of a lith
ium processing plant near Bessemer City Monday
morning, with a large group of officials of the
company. City of Kings Mountain. Town of Besse
mer City, and others on hand for the ceremonies.
Pictured, left to right E. T. Plott, Lithium. Corpor
ation's local mining dlrision business manager
and building coordinator extracts the first spade
of dirt are Roy Bullard. Bessemer City commis
sioner. Jack White, Lithium attorney. Kings
Mountain, Mayor Glee A. Bridges, Mr. Plott,
George Glennon, Lithium's chief building engi
neer, Fred Ormand, of Bessemer City, Mayor Carl
Carpenter. C. V. Elrod, R. Lee Thornburg. C. C.
Ramsey, and Robert W. Thornburg. all Bessemer
City commissioners. (Herald Photo by Carlisle
Volunteer Fireman Frank
Blanton was awarded a diplo.
ma from the Fire College and
Drill School May 6, in Char
lotte. According to Fireman
Ted Gamble, in order to qual
ify- for a diploma, a fireman
must attend the school four
ASSIST AT FUNERAL
Chief Hugh A. Logan, jr., and
Officers Tom Gladden, Jack
Stonft.?i^A. .Kander?, Ralph
Ware, R. R. Carrlgan, B. P.
Cook, and Bill :'1| Mslsted
Shelby police at the' Clyde R.
Hoey funeral Saturday In Shel
Met receipts from the city's
parking meteers for the week
ending Wednesday at noon
were $151.47, as reported toy
Joe McDanlel of the city
ONE PI BE
Only one call was answered
this week'toy the Kings Moun
tain Fire Department as re
ported by Ted Gamble, fore
man. On Monday, firemen
were called to extinguish an
oil stove blaze on Owens
street. No damage was report
. ATTEND PRESBYTERY
Rev. P? ?>. Patrick, Dr. W. L.
Ramseur, and Dan Stewart, re
presented First ' Presbyterian
and Dixon churches at the an
nual-meeting of Kings Moun
tain Presbytery which con
vened In Spindale Tuesday.
v BANK HOLIDAY
First National Bank will be
closed Thursday In observan
ce of a North Carolina legal
Mecklenburg county's Decla
ration of Independence in 1775.
A. H. Patterson was reported
improving steadily from an
operation he underwent last
week at Charlotte Memorial
hospital. Th- family expects
tfiat Mr. Patterson will be able
to return home beforp the end
of the week.
8 DP PER TUESDAY
A supper, meeting of the Men
of the Church of First Presby
terian church will be held
Tuesday at 7 p. m. in the Fel
lowship Hall of the church.
Announcement w?s made toy
Robert Osborne, president of
the men's group whoVpid that
Miss Margaret Stem. Public
School Bible teacher, would be
the speaker. > , t . .
Lithium Una . :
Foi New Plant
Ground - breaking# ceremony
was held Monday at 11 a. m. for
a million dollar prdbessi'ng plant
to be built -by Lithium Corpora
tion of America, Inc. & T. Plott,
business manager of the mining
division and building coordina
tor, officiated. ? -
The plant is being buiit on the
western edge of Bessemer City's
town limits. The building, Mr.
Plott stated, will be 150 feet toy
500 feet and will be the biggest
plant of this type in the world.,
When the plant Is completed,
Mr. Plott said, tvo main products
and two by-products will be pro
cessed with lithium carbornate as
the basic product.
The general construction con
tract awarded withliflr"^
week, and actual operation *'40
the plant employing some 300
employees is expected to begin
sometime in October, Mr. Plott
also stated. '? ?.
George Glennon, chief engi
neer of building, from Minneap
olis, Minn., attended the cere
mony, along with city officials
from Kings Mountain-, Bessemer
City, and an estimated crowd of
Mayor. Clerk Work
Overtime On Bonds
Mayor Glee Abridges and City
Clerk Joe Hendrlck worked over
time Monday night, appending
their signatures and' thereby au
thenticating 600 City of Kings
Mountain bonds at a value
$1,000 each. ' > ?
The bonds, with Interest cou
pons attached, had Just been ]n??
ceived from the printers.
Mayor Bridges and Clerk Hen
drlck signed 100 in a half -hour,
estimating they could hold their
speed to complete the worfc?li$
three hours. The bonds wil^4fe
fray expenses of water, sewer,
and recreation plant capital
Dr. D. F. Hord and Dr. JL fir.
Baker, Kings Mountain den
tists, have returned from a
<tturee-day meeting of the Nor
th Carolina Dental Society in
session at Plnehurst.
FUNERAL HELD ? Funeral rites
for Mrs. & N. Mom, 78. above,
wore conducted last Thursday
afternoon. "A dHjwn of- King*
Mountain lor over 70 yean, she
succumbed suddenly on May IS
following a heart attack.
Mis. mm Moss'
Funeral service fr>r Mrs. Mil
dred Allison Moss, 78, was con
ducted from First Presbyterian
church last Thursday afternoon
at 5 o'clock. ?
Rev. P. D. Patrick officiated
and Interment was made in Moun
tain Rest cemetery.
Mrs. Moss, widow of Capt.
Henry Nicholas Moss who died
in 1938, succumbed at her home
on Wednesday, May 12, at 6:45
a. m. following a sudden heart
attack at 4:30 that morning. She
had been In good health prior to
the attack. - i
She was a native of Cleveland
County, daughter of the late
Catherine Dixon and Hugh Parks
Allison. She moved to Kings
Mountain more thah 70 years ago
with her family and In 1893 was
married to the late Capt. Moss.
Mrs. Moss was an active life
long member of First Presbyteri
an church and took an active part
in the civic life o| Kings foun
SuDvivlng are two sons, Nicho
las A. Moss of Staten Island, N.
Y., and George W. Moss of Kings
Mountain, and four daughters,
Continued On Page Bight
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William C. Trotman, of Wins
ton-Salem, will be managing di
rector of "Sword of Gideon", the.
historical pageant commemorat
ing the Battle of Kings Mountain,
for the 1894 season.
Announcement of the appoint
ment qf Mr. Trotman, a graduate
of the University of North Caro
lina with a Bachelor of Arts in
dramatic art, was made this week
: by Mrs. P. G. Padgett, Little The
atre publicist .*' ?
The drama, the third season for
"Sword of Gideon", will be pre
s?-ntod at Kings Mountain Nation
, al Park Amphitheatre the final
two weekends in July and the
; Hirst two weekends in August.
It was announced that prellmi
nafy try out* for part*
conducted at Kings Mountain
High School auditorium on June
I 10 and li, wtth final tayouts at
- the amphitheatre on June 12. Ba
- th speaking parts and non speak
I tng dancing and choral roles are
f open to all Kings Mountain area
? citizens, as ?ell as to cittofens in
Twenty-four Kings Mountain
merchants are cooperating in a !
city-wide Dollar Days event be
ginning Thursday and continuing
Bargain offerings and fpeclal
purchases are being featured by
almost all types of stores, appa
rel, auto accessory, hardware,
jewelry, drug, and variety.
Paul Walker, chairman of the
committee on arrangements, said
the degree of cooperation by In
dividual merchants and long at
tention giv>?n to the spring Dol
lar Days event is "the best yet",
and he joined his committee in in
viting area citizens to take ad
vantage of the special sales
In addition to heavy price cut
ting by the individual merchants,
the Kings Mountain Merchants
association has scheduled a f^ec
movie for youngsters up to agte
12 on Saturday morning, begin
ning at 9 o'clock at the Joy Thea
tre. The free showing will include
a full-length color western fea
ture, two cartoons, and a comedy.
Free parking will also be in
vogue during the three-day pe
riod, compliments of the City of
Kings Mountain. Meterman S. R.
Davidson will take a rest and pa
per bags will cover the meters.
Goal Is $1,000
The Junior Woman's Club will
conduct the annual appeal In
Kings Mountain for tl>e American
Cancer society, it was announced
this wteek by Mrs. W. R. Huds
peth, chairman of the fund ? ap
Goil of. the Kings Mountain
fund-raising effort is $1,000. The
county-wide goal la $4,000.
Mrs. J. H. Arthur is serving as
co-chairman of the drive and all
members of the Junior Woman's
Club are serving on the several
solicitation committees, Mrs. Hud
I Contribution boxes will be plac
ed in the city's business firms,
and business and industry will be
asked to iupporfthe appeal. The
proceeds will be used, as former
ly, In research for determining
causie of cancer, treatment rftet
jhods, and possible cures.
Mrs. Don W. Blanton is trea
surer of the fund.
' , "Kings Mountain has never fail
ed to meet its quota for the Can
cer Fund/' Mrs. Hudspeth noted,
and urged that citizens give li
berally to the appeal.
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To B. & B. Food
Agreement lor sale of. Craw
ford's Market to B. & B. Food
Stores has been concluded and
the transaction will be concluded
on or about June 1, It was an
nounced yesterday by J. Wilson I
Crawford, owner of Crawford's]
The purchase by B. & B. Food
Stores, owned by Mr. and Mrs.
Horace Hord and Mr. and Mrs.
H. Tom Fulton, will involve in
ventory and fixtures. Thfe B. A
B. firm has obtained a lease on
the KuikUng occupied by Crew,
ford's Market The building Ik
Jointly owned by Mr. Crawford
and. W. K. Mauney. In turn, Mr.
Crawford said, he has concluded
an agreement for aale of his In
terest in the building to Mr. Mau
ntey. : ,
B. A B, now operates a grocery |
on West Mountain street It ex
pect* to completely renovate and
modernize the Battleground ave
nu* building now occupied by the
Crawford firm, with a largfc out
lay to be made for modem fix
?Psf ?' . 'J?yB
l Mid that, wtuf]
definite, he will continue to live
in Kings Mountain and to conduct
Wilson Crawford and his bro
ther, Harcla Crawford, resumed
ownership of the gro<*nry estab
UHhmpnt in 1946, re purchasing it
from W.* Weir, after the Craw
?yiljMaHl ' discharged
from the inw after World War
in. 10 world w?: n.
the M kf*
with their" father, the late
Crawford, for mailjr JWftf
Mountain merchant. Wll
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ELECTED ? - Mrs. J. E. Lipford.
of Kings Mountain, was elected
vice ? chairman of Cleveland
County Democrats at the annual
convention in Shelby Saturday.
Mrs. Lipford succeeds Mrs. Frank
R. Summers, of Kings Mountain.
Mrs. J. E. Lipford, of Kings
Mountain, was elected vice-chair
man of Cleveland County Demo
crats at the biennial county con
vention on Saturday.
Mrs. Lipford succteeds Mrs.
Frank R. Summers, vice-chair
man for many years. Mrs. Sum
mers had notified the county
chairman she would be unable to
continue in the position.
Other officers were re-elected.
They arte C. C. Horn, chairman;
G. R. CUne, second vice-*- >iairman;
and David Royster, secretary
In accepting the vice-chairman
ship. Mrs. Lipford said, "I am
a real Democrat and I shall fill
the office to the best of my abi
lity." ' , V
?* The convention session was
brief, due to the funeral of Sena
tor Clyde R. Hoey. The conven
tion, as usual, directed that all
Cleveland Democrats who attend
the Thursday convention servte as
Chairman Horn announced the
following results of Kings Moun
tain area preoinct meetings on
East Kings Mountain: S. A.
C rouse, chairman, Mrs. C. C.
Oates, vice-chairman, W. L.
Plonk, Leonard Smith, J. E. Mau
ney, and Ollie Harris.
West Kings Mountain: H. D.
Orma:id, chairman, Mrs. J. H.
Arthur, victe-chairman, H. B. Jack
son, Mrs. J. N. Gamble, and Mar
Grover: J. B. Ellis, chairman,
Mrs. D. A. Moss, vice-chairman,
Vance Kiser, Carley Martin, Wil
liam J. Herndoit, and James By
Chairman Horn said he had not
received the Bethware report, but
that he was naming Wayne L.
Ware, Jr., chairman, to atttend
to completion of the precinct or
To Manage (Hob
Mr. and ' Mrs. Earl Byrd, of
Hickory, will come to Kings
Mountain May 24 to assume the
management of the Kings Moun
tain Country Club; a notice to
member* revealed Wednesday.
George tt. Houser, club presi
dent, Mid announcement had
been withheld the past two weeks
to allow Mr. and Mrs. Byrd to
complete duties at thtelr present
employment and to make ar
rangements for moving to Kings
Mr. and Mrs. Byrd have prior
experience in catering at Dunn,
where they served civic club lun<
cheons, "bridge luncheons and oth
er similar gatherings.
Mrs. Byrd, in Hickory, has ser
ved as receptionist for a medical
doctor. She !a a registered nuree.
Mr. Byrd. more recently has been
a salesman for a casket-manufac
turing conftern. The Byrds have
They will succeed M.. and Mrs.
Ben Speidet, who left Kings
Mountain to manage a club at
The Byrds were employed as;
Club managers on recommenda
tion of the house committee, with
the Sbtfai oommlttee concurring.
Members of the housi tfOltmtfftM
are George H. Mauney, chair
man, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Cooper,
Mrs John U HcOlO, 'MRflonk,
Mrs. George H. Mauney, and W.
The eondltion of T. A. Pol
lock, who suffered a severe
heart attack Sunday night, re
Davidson Creek Opponents
Add 195 Names To Petition
Cost $550,000 <
Mayor Glee A. Bridges said
this week the cost of utilizing the
Buffalo Creek watershled as a
source of city water would cost
from $550,000 to $600,000.
He said he based the estimate
on conversations with Ed Goter,
Foote Mineral Company mining
Mr. Goter confirmed thfe con
versations and said they occurred
last October when the city was
faced with a water shortage. He
added, however, that the esti
mates were not Engineering esti
mates, but merely off-the-cuff
rough guesses on the cost of such
an installation. At the time, Foote
was faced with possible curtail
ment, due to lack of water, which
it was purchasing from the city.
"It would have to be decided
what size pipe would be used, how
much right-of-way Would coBt,
how deep the pipe would be laid,
and many other possible vari
ables determinable only after sur.
vey and cost estimate by compte
tent engineers," Mr. Goter said.
Mr. Goter added that he had
merely made a .rough guess at
$50,000 to $60,000 per mile on an
estimated distance from Buffalo
Creek of eight to ten miles.
The city has available $250,000
for water plant improvements,
with a portion of It already ear
marked for a new dam and reser.
voir oh Davidson Creek and re
mainder for building an addition
to the filter plant and line exten
Both thfe city engineer, W. K.
Dickson, and the State Board of
Health engUjeer have advised at
tention of the city to utilization of
Buffalo Creek as the only major
source of water in the Kings
New Bank Window
In Service Friday
' First National Bank will put
i Into service Friday its new ex
terior change-making window on
West Mountain street.
President F. R. Summers said
the window would be manned
from 2 to 4:30 p. m. dally, except
Wednesdays, in order to make
change for patrons and to cash
Two 10-minute parking spaces
on Mountain street have been
j rented by the bank from the city
(for accommodation of patrons.
The bank no longer retains a 10
mlnute reserved space on Battle
The regular monthly meet
ing of the Suo- District of the
Methodist Youth Fellowship of
the Methodist church will meet
at Grace Methodist church J
Thursday, May 20, at 7:30. Of
ficers for the- coming year will
be Installed, followed by the
Holy Communion. Rev. C. L.
Grant, pastor, will lfead the ser
EAGLE SCOUT ? James Allen
Pressly, 13-year-old son of Rev.,
and Mrs. W. L. Pressly, became
an Eagle Scout at the Court of
Honor last Thursday. The Eagle
rank Is highest in the Boy Scout
Is Eagle Scout
-James Allen Pressly, Troop 1,
13-year old son of Rev. and Mrs.
W. L. Pressly, was awarded the
Eagle Scout Badge at the regular
monthly Boy Scout Court of Hon
or Thursday night.
Scout Pressly achieved the rank
of Eagle Scout in two years. He
holds 32 merit badges.
Scout Pressly became a Boy
Scout at the age of eleven. He is
in the (eighth grade at Central
Dan Payne, Troop 12, who a
chieved the rank of Eagle Scout
May 21, 1953, was presented
the Gold Palm award, and
Dewity Blanton, of Troop 2, was
recommended for Eagle rank.
Robert Chaney, Troop 13, was
advanced to the rank of Tender
foot. ?? '
Jim Rollins, Troop 1, was ad
vanced to Second Class rank, and
Earl Bumgardner, Troop 12, was
advanced to First Class rank.
Merit badges were awarded as
J Citizenship in the home? Steve
Kessler, Troop No. 1.
Citizenship In the Nation ?
Benjie Moomaw and Dick Hunni
cutt, both of Troop 1.
Cooking ? Steve Kiser, Paul
Hamrick, Dereck Smith, and Gil
bert Brazell, of Troop No. 8.
Fingerprinting ? Erwin Hou
ser, Troop 2.
Flremanshlp ? Jerry Wilson
and Paul Hamrick, Troop 8, and
Dewltt Blanton, Troop 2.
Home Repair ? Billy Staggs
Rnd Arthur Allen, Troop 13, Earl
Bumgardner, Troop 12, and Phil
Mauney, Troop 2.
Fishing ? H. M. Metcalf, Din
key Barrett, and Jterry Barrett,
Continued On Page Eight
Kings Mountain Kiwanians To Honor
jjafflesAtflnnual Banquet Thursday
PC Shaw Smith, director of the
Davidson College union and ca
ordinAtpr of student activities,
will feature the entertainment
program of the Kings Mountain
Klwanls club at the organization's
annual' ladies night banquet
Thursday evening at 7 o'clock.
Mr. Smith, assisted by his wife,
will present a show of magic and
A graduate of Davidson in 1939
he obtained a master's degree
from thfe University of North
Carolina, later served as Instruc
tor and commandant of cadets
si vmta1 g* M^,t*ry institute,
^ at DaVidson,
and, during World War II, as dl
nations of Eorope and AftloKffc
ot ^tWana, Sigma
<?7,15ro" Delta Dappa leader
?hip fraternity. J
Rov. W. L. Presaly will serve
as master ot cereraonlee and Ar
Continued On Page Wight J
Opponents of the Davidson
Creek dam project this week
continued to obtain signatures
to petitions asking the city
board of commissioners to repeal
'their decision. The new listing
showed 195 additional signatur
es, bringing the total to date to
Commissioner Harold J. Phil
lips. who exposes the Davidson
Creek project, said he had filed
the Original petitions, bearing
407 signatures, with Mayor Glee
Otherwise, the city's proceed
ings on acquirement of the
Grantham ? Lynch ? Cox proper
ty in the Davidson Creek dam
area was held up due to injuries
to E. A. Houser, clerk of Superi
or Court. Mr. Houser is hospital
ized due to auto accident injur
ies and does not expect to be
dismissed from the hospital un
til late this week, On petition
from the city, It is the clerk's
duty to appoint' the three-man
appraisal team to determine val
ue of the Grantham-Lynch-Cox
! tract, which the city is obtaining
I via condemnation procedure.
No answer was filed to the
city's suit asking appointment
of the appraisal group, and the
waiting period has passed.
The petition of the citizens
asks the board of commissioner
to submit the Davidson Creek
proposal to popular vote, in lieu
of halting the project.
The 195 names appearing on
the additional petitions include:
J. F. Gantt, Horn Earney, Etta
Earney, Odrey H. Ernst, Pauline
Ernst, Maggie Dotson, M. G. Car
penter, Leonra Carpenter, Jessie
T. Bagwell, J. T. Carroll, Janle
Carroll, C, B. King, B. D. King,
Jim Pearson, Wyona Pearson, W.
J. England, Mrs, W. J. England,
Mrs. E. H. Myers, R. P. Welch,
(John K. Hullender, Charles V.
Cooke, Doris D. Cooke, J. C. Glad
den, Lucille Gladden, Mary Glad
den, Jane Stroupe, Annie McAbee,
Nora Caldwell, B. R. Sanders,
Fannie Pearson, Freelove Foster,
W. E. Pearson, Will Pryor, Lois
Caldwell, Laurence W. Ramsfey,
Paul Ramsey, Mrs. Rosle L. Ram
sey, Sallie Groves, Ella M. Gro;
ves, Vanna Guyton, Faye Bridges,
H. L. Stewart, Bertie Stewart', S.
A. Byers, L. B. Byers, Katherine
Stewart, Mrs. Mary Bookout, Bil
lie Jean Bookout, Bud Ross, W. H.
Lefever, R. D. Cook, Farris COok,
Willard Dotson, G. Arthur Bar
Continued. On Page Eight
Church To Open .
The congregation of St. Mat
thew's Lutheran church will hold
services in their new church for
the first time Sunday.
The pastor, Dr. W. P. Cenber
dlng, will preach at the regular
11 a. m. service, and the choir
will sing "Open the Gates of the
Temple." B. S. Peeler, Jr., will
sing a baritone solo, accompa
niedeby Mrs^ J. E. Herndon, or
ganist, at the new Moeller pipe
organ. ' . . . ? '? '? V ?
There will be no opening far
malities, the pastor said, but
formal services will be held at a
On Sunday evening, at 7:30,
Dr. Walter B. Frwd, eminent
Charlotte minister, will preach.
Dr, Freed directed the religious
portion of Tuesday's Freedom
Day celebration in Charlotte, and
recently accepted a call to Wash
ington, D. C., Luther Place chur
ch. He is a menrYber of the board
of directors of Lenoir-Rhyne col
lege and of the Board of Parish
Education, Philadelphia, Pa, He
is also a lecturer at Southern
Seminary, Columbia, S. C.
At the evening service, Miss
Frances Summers will be featur
ed soloist, accompanied by Mrs.
Examinations at Central
High school will begin Wed
nesday afternoon May 28. and
will end Friday afternoon.
May 28, according to Mrs.
Wanza Davis, ol th* superin
tendent's office. The school
cafeteria will remain open
through Friday noon, May 28.
Mr?. Davis aald.