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VOL 64 NO. 45
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Kings Mountain's BEL I ABLE Newspaper
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, November 1 1, 1954
Sixty- Fourth Year
PRICE FIVE CENTS
OPTIMIST CLUB <
Members of the Optimist club,
at their regular meeting Thurs
day night at 6:45, will attend
the supper and open house be
ing held as an observance of
American Education Week at
Central school at the school
Net receipts from the city's
parking meters for the week
anding Wednesday at noon
were $158.77, Joe McDanJel of
?he city clerks office reported.
The regular meeting of
. Moose Lodge No. 174# will be
held Thursday night at 8:15
at the lodse on Bessemer City
road. All members are urged to
A building permit was issu
ed Friday to Coleman Stroupe
by Building Inspector L W.
Webster. The permit, which
was approved at a board of
commissioners meeting Thurs
day night, was for a house e
rected on Morris street, at an
estimated cost of $3,000.
CHURCH OF GOD
The Church of God will pre
sent a weekly program from
4:30 until 5 o'clock Sunday af
ternoons over Radid Station
WKMT, according to an an
nouncement by the pastor,
Rev. E. E. Salter. ?
JOINS STAFF 1
Mrs. Ruth Smith has joined
the staff of Kings Mountain
Beauty Shop, Miss Winifred
Fulton, owner and operator of
the Shop announced this week. "
Mrs. Smith la a graduate of
Gastonla Beauty School, Gas
* ? 1
Story Hour at Jacob S. Mau
ney Memorial library will be ,
resumed the ' first Saturday
morning In December, Mrs. W.
t*. Mauney announced Wed
J. Kennon Blanton, manager
of Sterchi's, was hospitalized
last week with an attack of
kidney stones. Mr. Blanton was
discharged from Shelby hospi
tal over the weekend, but has
been recuperating at his home
In Shelby since. He was repor
ted improved Wednesday.
A. E. Cline Is a patient atj
Kings Mountain hospital
where he was admitted.Monday
for treatment and observation.
TO BOWMAN GRAY
Frank Barkley Sellers, son of
Mrs. Edgar Sellers and a sen
ior at Ersklne College, . has
been acccpted as a student at
Bowman Gray School of Medi
cine, according to recent noti
fication from the Winston
Salem medical school. Mr. Sel
lers will begin his worti at
Bowman next September.
The Willing Workers band of
the Church of God will sell hot
dogs and hamburgers Firiday,
November 13th, at 111 Parker
street. The sale begins at 9:30
. a. m.
* The local driver's license bu
reau will clode Thursday (to
day) In observance of Armis
tice Day, Wi C. Willis, exami
ner, announced this week.
SUITE BS ATTACK
Paul Sanders, city policeman,
was hospitalized at Kings
Mountain . hospital after suf-..
/ fertng a heart attack Monday
, night Dr. John C. McGill, at
tending physician, said Wed
nesday Mr. Sanders was Im
proving but would be hospi
talieed at least another week.
On Sunday At Club
The Welfare and Intfernatlonal
'? . Relation* Department of the Wo
man's club will serve a chicken
pie and ham dinner at the Wo
? man's Club Sunday at 12:30. c
Plates are $1.25 and 75 cents
each, and proceeds from tins din
ner go to the department for use
la sending boys to fresh air
camps during the summer, an
annual club project.
Advance tickets may tfe pur
chased by telephoning Mrs. J. A.
Cheshire at telephone 331 or
Mrs. C. A. Butterworth at tel*
. phone SOW.
DEDICATION RITES SET ?The handsome St. Matthew's Lutheran
church building at the corner voI Piedmont avenue and Ridge street
will be dedicated during a series of nine religious festivities the
week of November 21-28. (Photo by Wood row Wilson, Winston
Dedication Bites ,
Members of St. Matthew's Lu-j
theran church will celebrate dedl-|
cation of their new church build
ing with a week of religious fes
tivities November 21-28, it was
announced this wetek by the pAs
tor, Dr. W. P. Gerberdlng. i
The nine-service series will in
clude special programs conduct
ed by several former pastors of
the church. Dr. H. B. Schaeffer,
Lteesville, S. a, pr. C. K. Der
rick, Atlanta, Ga., and Rev. W. H.
Stender, Cameron, S. C., by Dr.
F. L. Conrad, president of the
North Carolina Lutheran Synod,
Dr. Voight Cromer, president of
Lenoir - Rhyne college, Dr. E. C.
Cooper, of Kings Mountain, re
tired Lutheran minister, Dr. Ro
bert Roth, of Columbia; S. C., and
Dr. Walter Nau, Lenoir-Rhyne
professor, and one-time supply
pastor for St. Matthew's.
The series will also include a
pipe organ recital by Ernest
White, New York, N. Y., onte of
the nation's foremost organists,
and a special program of bless
ing by Kings Mountain pastors of
Open house and tea will follow
two of the services and the No
vember 26 event will be a supper
and social event. >
The public is invited to attend
any or all of the services.
According to announcement
by Horace Easom, state secre
tary for the Baptist Brother
hood, the Annual State Broth
erhood Convention Banquet
will be held in Charlotte, Fire
man's Hail, Monroe (Road (at
edge of Charlotte) Monday,
November 15, at 6 o'clock. A
barbecue supper will be serv
Lions To Visit
With Gfover Club
Members of the Kings Moun
tain Lions club will be quests of
theGrover Lions club at the reg
ular Monday night meeting of the
Grover organization at the Gro
Ver school cafeteria.
The meeting is one. of several
inter-club meetings being held
throughout this Lions zone. Thb
GroVer Invitation wap formally
accepted by the Kings Mountain
club Tuesday night.
The Joint session at Grover, to
convene at 7 p. jsu, will cpplace.
the regular Lions meeting here
which ordinarily ? would hehfr
on November 23.
Mrs. Jennie T. Ruth, mothter of
Hilton Ruth, ot Kings Mountain,
died at her home In Salisbury at
10 o'clock Wednesday morning.
She was 82.
Mrs. Rath has been In declin
ing health for the past several
yesvrs, and became seriously ill
two months ago. Shte had been
hospitalized much of the time
Bom on Christmas Day, 1871,
Mrs. Ruth was the oldest living
member of Salisbury's First Bap.
tUt church. She was the widow
of W. M. Ruth.
Surviving are four children,
Miss Vera Ruth and Mrs. R. B.
Davis, both of Salisbury, V7. H.
Ruth, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and
Hilton Ruth, Kings Mountain.
Funeral arrangements had not
beten made early Wednesday af
Thursday evening's meeting
of the Kings Mountain Klwanls
club Will a>e held in conjunc
tion with a program of the
Central P-TA, in observance of
National Education week, at
Central school. Supper will be
served at the school cafeteria
at 6:45. ? ? . - ? . '
Former Police Chief Fan Blasts
Logan On Cotton Case "Cracking"
Formfer Chief of Police N. M.
Farr issued a statement Tuesday
In which he declared the . four
year - old cotton theft at King*
Mountain Bonded Warehouse was
solved in 1660, during Fair's ten
ure as chief of police, not last
week, as Mr. Farr contends new*
accounts of the arrests indicated.
Mr. Farr said the theft, for
whloh three Negroes, Toy Wil
liam*, Jack Camp, and Kerry
Ratchford wer4 sentenced to pri
son in Clevela id Superior Court
Monday, wa? iol^ed by SBI A
lent R. W. Turkieson, after pre'
iimlnary investigation by Chief
Warrants In the files of Clerk
of Court E. A. Houser. show that
the one againet Williams was Is
sued June 30, 1300, and signed by
Afltec Turkieson, while thoee a- '
gainst Camp and Ratchford were
issued oo November X M04, and
signed by Polk* Chief Hugh A.
George W. Mauncy, operator of
the Kings Mountain Bonded
Warehouse, did not agree fully
with Mr. Parr's version. He ac
know! edged that eacn of the
three convicted Negroes were un
der suspicion in 1960, after tic.
keta off the cotton bales wtere
found at Ratchford'a place of
business tn Gaffney, S. C. How
ever, he said, Agent Turkleson
swore out the- warrant, or war
rants, on Information and belief
and ihlnus unquestionable proof
that the threfe were the thieves
of ten bales of cotton.
Justice of the Peace J. Lee R
berts told the Herald he recalled
the incident and was under the
impression he drew three war
rants an the matter In 1950, but
could not remember "for sure".
Mr. Roberta said he did remem
ber conversation at the time with
Agent Tur kelson 111 which the SBI
agent remarked he had sufficient
evidence againet Williams to le*
sue a retainer on him. but might
have to noi pross the charges a
gainst Camp and Hatch ford "un
less he could get Williams to
talk". * .
Mr. Fair's statement was:
"The theft was solved In 1960. We
OamUmmtd On Pope MigM
City Pumps From Davidson Reservoir
For E. T. Plott
Of Heart Attack
Funeral services for Edward j
rhomas Plott, 44, business man
ager of Lithium Corporation of ,
America's now-building Bessemer
wity plant, wer& conducted Sun
iay afternoon from First Pros- j
The rites were conducted by j
Rev. P. D. Patrick, pastor of the i
shurch. Interment was made in I
the Mountain Rest cemetery.
Mr. Plott succumbed suddenly
Friday night at 10:30 en route to
the hospital, after suffering a
heart attack at a Gastonia high- ]
way restaurant. He and several ;
friends had just ordered a late ,
dinner when ii,e attack occurred. |
A native of Cabarrus county, a ]
son of the late Henry Thomas and
Anne Garmon Plott, Mr. Plott
had lived in Kings Mountain for
the past 11 years, coming here in
1943 with Solvay Process Com- 1
pany, at that time mining spo
dumene in thb properties now
Dwned and operated by Foote
Mineral Company. Mr. Plott join
ed Lithium Corporation of Amer
ica in 1946 and spent several
years in the advance work of thai;
company, securing property and
mineral rights to spodumene ?
bearing properties in the area,
in preparatory work for the
botiding of the huge Bessemer
City processing plant. Mr. Plott
>.vas also active in the huildlng
trade and constructed numerous
low-cost homes in Kings Moun
tain. He was also active in other
phases of the city's commercial
A member of First Presbyteri
an church, he was a member of
the Gastonia Eagles club and the
newly-organized Moose Lodge
H. W. Rogers, president of
Lithium Corporation, termed Mr.
Plott's sudden death "a personal
loss", and G. A. Munson, Lithi
um's general manager, said his
dteath meant an "irreplaceable
Mr. Rogers wrote the Herald;
"I should like the people, of
Kings Mountain and vicinity to
know that Lithium Corporation
of America shares with them a
feeling of personal loss in the sud
den death of Mr. Ed Plott.
"The Corporation is not a large
and lmpfersonal organization as
may be indicated by the size of
Its projects. Rather It is a group
of individuals highly specialized
in the fields of. mining, geology,
. Continued On Page Eight
Incorporation certificate for
Carolina Mines, Inc., a new Kings
Mountain mining enterprise, was
filed last week at the office of
the Secretary of State.
The corporation certificate spe
cifies that the firm is incorporat
ed to ^arry on mining enterprises
with An authorized capital stock
of $1,000,000, of which $304 was
initially subscribed by J. E. Hern
don and J. J. Mullinax, of Kings
MMmtAjn, / and A. S. McCulloch,
of Vancouver, British Columbia,
Mr. Heriidon told the Herald
Wednesday the firm has not yet
organized as tar as election of of
ficers and adoption of by-laws la1
concerned, but that the firm Is
primarily interested In the mbi-.
ing of kyanite, an aluminium sili
cate, used for a half-hundred in
dustrial purposes, Including man
ufacture of heat-resistant brick
and other heat resistant substan
ces, including some (teed In Jet
Mr. H?=rndon said the firm
holds property and mineral rights
in Gaston county and is continu
ing drilling operations for assay
ing purposes. He said the Cana
dian, Mr. McCullough, is the min
ing expert and promoter of the
new mining ventuite.
Kyanite, Is the substance being
mined by the firm operating on
Mr. Herndon said further s#!
nouncement concerning plans and
operations of Carolina Mines, Inc.
would be forthecTing later. I
RITES CONDUCTED ? Edward
T. Plott, business manager ol Li
thium Corporation of America's
Bessemer City plant, died last
Friday night following a heart
attack. He was 41. Final rites
were conducted Sunday.
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By City Board
The city board of commission
erg voted unanimously last Thurs
day night to appeal the $6,500 a
ward of an appraisal team to
Paul Mauney for 2.56 acres of
property for use in building a
sewage treatment plant.
City Attorney J. R. Davis said
he filed the notice of appeal with
the Clerk of Gaston Superior
Court on Monday.
The city contends that the a
Ward of the appraisal team ? !
which Included Wray A. Plonk,
Kings Mountain farmer, F. J.
Noblett . and Hoke Coon, Besse
mer City businessmen was e\jes
The litigation will be tried in
Gaston Superior Court.
George Thomasson, Kings
Mountain attorney representing
Mr. Mauney in the condemnation
matter, said Wednesday he had
received a copy of the appeal pe
tition, but had not conferred with
his client on what action the de
fense would take.
In condemnation proceedings,
both parties have right to appeal
the appraisal board decision. The
litigation will not delay the build
ing of the sewage treatment plant
for which contract has already
been let. Thte city has posted with
the Gaston court clerk a viheck
for $6;500t amount of the award,
and is in position to proceed with
the work, City Attorney J. R.
Flags To Honor
Kings Mountain citizens are'
planning a quiet observance of
the nation's first Veterans Day
Thursday, November 11, formerly
known as Armistice Day.
All business firms will be open
as usual, including First Nation
al Bank, but firms and individuals
a He being urged to fly the Ameri
can flag In honor of veterans of
the Korean conflict. World Wars
I and n and other wars, on the
new national holiday
Veterans Day combines obser
vance of Armisticc Day, I Am An
American Day, Constitution Day
and Citizenship Day.
American Legion Post 135 has
t &-minute program scheduled
on WKMT Thursday at 10:15 a.
m., with (Vorge B. Thomasson,
Paul Mauney and Mrs. C. L. Jolly
listed on the script
President Elsenhower Issued a
proclamation October 8, 1954 in
Denver, Colorado, calling upon all
citizens of the United States to
obafcrve Veterans Day. President
Eisenhower said "Let us solemn
ity remember the sacrifice of all
those who fought bo valiantly on
the seas, in the air, and on foreign
shores, to preserve our heritage
of freedom, and let us reconse
crate ourselves to the task of pro
moting an enduring peace so that
efforts shall not have Ween in
Gifiri-jl Guess j
New Source Has
The city's abbreviated water
supply is now being augmented
from the new Davidson Creek
auxiliary reservoir, which fur
nished its first water Tuesday
morning at 7 o'clock.
VV.. G. Grantham, water com
missioner, said city public works
officials estimate the Davidson
reservoir now contains a, 15-day
supply, and that plans call for
pumping this water into the main
York Road reservoir as long as
the supply is available.
Mr. Grantham reported that
the water level at the main re
servoir had heightened by about
six inches during the first day of
pumping from the Davidson
source, and he estimated the dep
th of the Davidson lake ? aided
by release of small dams at the
Scout camp site and the former
Lynch-Gratuham lake ? at 18
The city Is still pumping the
Gold Mine shaft and the flow is
"holding". Mr. Grantham added,
and he also reported that a very
small flow has resumed in the
creek coming from Lake Monton
ia, one of two streams, both dry
for weeks, which ordinarily serve
the York Road reservoir.
The building of the Davidson
reservoir, being constructed by j
O. O. Walker, was reported vir- ;
tually completed last weekend,
with only a few more fleet of dirt
to be addeu to the 65-foot dam. j
Restrictions on the consump
tion of water, enacted by the city
board of commissioners, remain
in effect. Mr. Grantham said hea
vy rainfall would be necessary be
fore any thought could be given
to relaxation of restrictions.
Bank To Show
First National Bank will have
on display Monday the first of a
series of three by General Elec
tric Company showing modern
lses of electricity.
First National Is the first bank
ing institution in the area to re
ceive the display for exhibit, F.
R. SumYners, president^ has been
Informed by the General Electric
public relations services division.
The first of the series is a lamp
display and will be shown at the
Kings Mountain bank from No
vember 15 - December 6. The se
cond is an electrical living dis
play, scheduled for Kings Moun
tain December 13 - January 3,
and the third Is an atomic sub
marine display, scheduled here
The theme of the three displays
is "Invested Savings Pace Ameri
ca's Industrial Progress".
Currently on iisplay at the
bank is another of the bank's min
eral displays, on mica, as furnish
ed by the Kings Mountain Mica
Large rocks containing mica
concentrates are Shown, together
with bottled samples of water
ground mica, used in oil paints,
plastics, chemicals and rubber
goods, and dry ground mica, used
in water paints,, plastics, and
rubber manufacture. Both water
ground and dry ground mica are
Continued On Page Bight
NEW GOVERNOR, LATE GOVERNOR ? North Carolina had a new
governor at 4:07 Tuesday afternoon, as Luther H. Hodges, left, of
Leaksville, took the oath of office. Funeral services for Governor
William B. Umstead. right, Vho died Sunday morning, were conduc
ted Tuesday in Durham. Governor Hodges is the first North Carolina
chief executive to succeed to the office from the lieutenant-governor
ship since 1891.
At $175,000 Week
Masons To Attend
Members of Fairview Lodge
339, AK & AM, will launch a
quarterly program of attending
a church of the community in a
body on Sunday night, it was an:
nounced this week by Joe Mc
Mr. McDaniel said members of
the, lodge, on Sunday evening, will
attend services at First Baptist
church. Services will begin at
7:30, but Mf. McDaniel said all
Masons should be at the front of
the church at 7:15. A special sec
! tion of seats will be reserved for
I the Masons.
Doll Show Set
At Woman's Club
The Fine Arts Department of
the Woman's club will sponsor a
idol! festival at the Woman's
iclub Tuesday. Deadlinb for en
! tries is Monday at 8 p. m. Entries
1 will be accepted from 4 p. m.
The show is open to the public.
; It will be held from 1 to 8 p. m.
on Tuesday, and admission will
be 25 cents for adults and ten
cents for children.
iSvo dolls With complete ward
robes are on display in the win
dow of Keeter's Department store
and doll clothing which will be
on sale at the show, is being dis
played in the window at Belk's
Contestants may display any
doll, doll accessory, collection of
dolls, or unusual doll furniture.
Pvt. Carl H. Mauney, form-,
erly of Albuquerque, N. M , and
son of Mr. 4"d Mrs. C. F. Mau
ney, of Kings Mountain, was
inducted into the army last
week. He is receiving 'basic
training at Fort Jackson. S. ?..
Kings Mountain's current in
dustrial payroll approximates
$175,000 per week, comparable to
the highest payroll peak during
World War II, F. R. Summers,
president of First National bank
said this wei'k.
Mr. Summers said he bad sur
veyed the payroll accounts of
Kings Mountain's major indus
trial establishments, averaged the
figures to correct for bi monthly
pay periods, and arrived at the
$175,000 weekly total. He said thte
figure inc.-Jes payrolls of all
Kings Mountain textile firms, the
city's mining industry (Foote Mi
neral Company, Superior Stone
Company, Kerns Brothers, and
Kings Mountain Mica Company),
and also Elmer Lumber Company
and Bennett Brick and Tile Com
Thfe figure does not include sev
eral large payrolls, including the
City of Kings Mountain, Ware &
Sons, Kings Mountain Cotton Oil
Company, nor those of mercan
I Meantime, Franklin Ware,
manager of the North Carolina
Employment Service office, said
that unemployment has declined
and that total unemployment is
at what he termed a normal low
point, or slightly less than five
percent of the estimated work
force of 5,250 persons. Mr. .Ware
said October unemployment i
claims averaged about 350 per
week. He said all textile firms
are in regular operation with the
exception of Bonnie Cotton Mills,
and that the employment service
placed 63 persons in jobs during
Mr. Summers also noted that
approximately $20,000 of weekly
payroll money is spent in other
communities, this figure obtained
from payroll checks of local firms
cleared from out-of-town banks
through the Federal Reserve sys
City Boaxd Waives Zoning Rules,
Halts Recreation Gioup Payments
In a busy session last Thursday
night, the city board of commis
sion ;rs waived zoning restrictions
as they pertained to a house built
by Coleman Stroupe on Morris
street, and voted a $50-per-month
appropriation for the civilian re
The action of the Stroupe mat
ter was unanimous, after no pro
perty owner appeared to protest
waiver of the" provisions, closing
a matter hanging fire for stveral
Appropriation for the civilian
relief agency followed plpa by
Rev. P. D. Patrick, Dr. W. P.
Gerberding and ether ministers
of the dty.for restoration or,^n
appropriation of $600 ver year
for tWe civilian relief fund. Mr.
Patrick explained that only $134
left- fn fund arlminlw.
ed toy Mrs. P. G. Ratteme, as
treasurer, >nd that many i pie
Would suffer If the aid were not
gnun led. In the formal action, this
board declared a surplus In the
utilities accounts, with the $50
monthly appropriation to be paid
out of that surplus. City Clerk
Joe Hendriek had reported a
$9,000 surplus In t^e account for
the current fiscal year.
In another action, the board
votfed to withhold any further ap
propriations to the city recrea
tion commission, wtych had been
receiving a weekly portion of
parking meter receipts. Mayor
Glee A. Bridges told the board
that completion of current con
tracts for recreation projects
Would over-spend bond money a
vallable, and that the weekly pay
ments should be withheld to in
sure settlement of the contracts.
Two swimming pools are now un
In other actions the boauS:
1) Passed a resolution inror
poratlng Into the 1954-55 budget
unspent bond monlM.
2) Voted to rebuild the Lake
Montonia Road power line serv
ing some 2H out-of-dty customers,
after REA representatives had
told the board REA was willing
to take over the customers but
Continued, On Pag* tight
1954 Seal Sale
Cleveland County's " annual
Christmas seal sale for the bene
fit of the county Tuberculosis as-,
sociation, with a goal of $10,000
began Tuesday with the mailing
of letters containing the familiar
Christmas seals, 1954 models, to
1,100 business men and firms and
to 52 clubs and organizations.
Mass mailing of the seals to
individuals will be made on No
vember 22, it was announced by
Mrs. B. M. Jarrett, of the county
Prodeedg are used to finance
the operation of the T B X-ray
mobile unit, to foster preventive
education on tuberculosis, and to
aid indigent tuberculars.
Paul Walker and Grady Ho
ward are co-chairmen of the sale
campaign for Kings Mountain.