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City Limits 7.206
Ik* population U from the O. S. Government census
report lor 19 SO. Tbe Census Bureau estimates the nation's
atloa gala sine* 19S0 at l.T pntMt par y?, which
? mags Mountain's 1954 population should approxj
7CM. TIM trading area population 1* IMS. based
M ration boar a registrations al the Kings Mountain
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Kings Mcantaixi's RELIABLE Newspaper
VOL 64 ...HQ J.I
Kings Mountain, N. C., Wednesday, December 22, 1954
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Trustees Select Stowe Site For Elementary School
WHAT'S FOB CHRISTMAS ? The Charlotte Ob
server recently carried the picture abtn after
Staff Photographer Jimmy Dumboll made It at
Trey's annual Chr.stmas party lor children of the
Gaston Orthopedic hospital. The young miss with
the querulous expression Is Jane Wall Is Tates,
two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh
Totes, of Kings Mountain. The child has been a
patient et the Orthopedtc hospital since she was
ten months old. and is receiving corrective treat
ment and surgery for disability of the right aim
and leg. Already she has undergone two major
operations. (Photo courtesy of Mr< DumbelL)
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' Annual Christmas, play "At*
Dixon PreaftjytJerlah church will
lie held Thursday night at "f
j>. m. A one-act comedy will be
presented. The public' is in
vited to attend.
? PRESBYTERIAH .
A program of Christmas mu
sic iby the combined choirs of
i ' -.First Presbyterian chur?h will
toe presented in the main sanc
tuary of the church Wednes
day evening at 8 p. ?n., Tommy
Banes, minister of music, an* r
A Nativity seen* will be pre- J
sented in the yard of the First
Presbyterian church Wednes
day, Thursday, and Friday ev
enings between 6:30 and 7:00
o'clook. The Pioneer Fellow
ship is ln charge. ?? V
POI-ICE NEEDY FTJND
Persons wlsfilng to donate to
the police needy fund may still
do so, as donations will be col
lected by the Poliei- depart
ment until Christmas Eve,
: v- Chief Hugh A. Logan, Jr., stat
ed Tuesday. Persons wishing to
- ? >' contribute are asked to call 254,
720 or Coley Freeman ^ 73. 3
||SjKi&!' S/agt Ivan E. Weaver, aon
of Mr. and Mrr. Ralph Weaver, j
arrived home Saturday from
Camp Kilmer, N. where he
received an honorable dis
charge after fo4r years of ser
vice hi the Air Force. Sgt. Wea
? Yer spent the final two years
of his enlistment on duty In
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Christmas Eve 11 o'clock ser
vices at St. Matthew's and Resur
jrection Lutheran churches will
highlight religious services in the
community celebrating the annu
al observance of the bliHh o f
Christ. ? '
Both candlelight services will
feature religious music of the
i At Stz-Malthew's, (wo robed j
choirs will sing six Christmas an
thems, vith Miss Frances Sum
mers to render a solo. Congrega
tional singing will include four
Christmas hymns, and Dr. W. P.
Gerberding, the pastor, will read
the Christmas lessons and a short
meditation. The bells will play at
10:30 and an organ prelude by
Continued On Pagm Five
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Later Closing Hours
Majority of Kings Mountain
retailers will be open late
through Christmas Eve to ae
commodate last - minute shop
- 'Saturday hour? have been de
creed for the three days before
.Christmas, meaning that de
partment, variety and Jewelry
scores will be open until 7 p.m.
on Wednesday, "Thursday, and
Friday. Furniture' and hard- .
ware stores will close at 6 p. m.,
while grocers will remain opten
later than their regular 7 p. m.
Saturday closing. One ' grocer
said he would remain open un
til 8:90 through Christmas Eve.
Majority of rttillem will not
resume Wednesday half - holi
days until January 5, It was an
nounced, due to the" decision to
lengthen the Christmas period
closing through Monday. Mer
chant a will toe open for bualnMi
as usual art New Year's Day.
PostoHice Letter Cancellations JB
King* Mountain postoffice re
corded 21,822 letter cancellation*
on Monday, topping last seaaon ???
high mark by over 4,700. and on
Tuesday at 3:25 p. m. had reach
ed 12,925 a* both incoming and
outgoing mail continued Heavy.
High mark last qftaaon waa the
17, Of* recorded on December 21.
Cancellations from December
10 through 3:25 yesterday (Tues
day) totaled 119,6% with the,
"rush" beginning on Decf-mbor 14 j
when the average of about 4,504;
for December 10 and 11 Jumped
to 11,826 for the day. Canoeila
tlons for December 15 aruf \? con
tinued to rise (11,870 . 13^)96) to
15,134 on December 17 and drop
pad to 13?55 on laat Saturday,
Sunday cancellations during
the period Indicate the big Jump,
with SSI recorded on December
12 and 2,880 on last Sunday.*
Record high daily cancell.
was recorded on December
1949 at 25,018 but F
E. Blakely Mid thamHHII J
although continuing to rise each
of the paat several years,: are
spread out Wetter through coop
eration by the public In tbe?da-.
partment's publicity urging*
i Christmas mailing. t>t ??,'\
r No . were available
Tuesday on parcel post mailings,
with the 'cancellation figures on"
ed. Parcels are cancelled by hand
and no record is kept of the num
ber Of' pieces mailed. Both Incom
City To Pay
The city board of commission
ers voted Monday night to pay
Paul Mauney $300 for right-of
way for a sewer line into the new
sewage treatment plant, accept
ing Mr. Mauney's offer, on the
request for easement.
The right-of-way calls for a
1,200 ? foot, strip into the plant.
The board also voted to pur
chase a Sherman dltchter from
Hardin - Dixon Tractor Company,
of Shelby, for the gas depart
ment, at cost of $4,185 plus $126
for an additional bucket. The city
had advertised for bids on an Eve- -
rett ditcher. Hardin-Dixon was
low bidder on the Everett ma
chine by more than $500 and its
bid . on thfe Sherman machlnp,
which the board voted to buy due
to its all-purpose features, was
also well under the bids of other
companies on the Everett ditcher.
Other bids were: R. & A. Tractor
Company, Gastonia, $4,50?) ; Con
Gas Deposit Fees
The city board set deposit
fees for natural gas service
Monday night as follows: resi
dential one-family unit, $5/
small commercial and indus
trial, $10; aU other. $25.
tractors Service, inc., Charlotte,
$4,560.98. The board bought the
Shannon machine over objections
of Gat Department Superinten
dent Vincent Beecttum, who Wild
be preferred the Everett machine.
In other actions the board:
IX Employed Joe Goforth as
city hall Janitor, replacing John
Kilgore, at $30 per week.
2) Deferred action on a bid of
a Gastopi& concern for city
scrap, instructing Public Works
Superintendent E. C. Nicholson to
seek at least two additional bids
lor tne scrap.
3) voted permanent employ
ment at $25 per week for Mrs.
Mildred Fall*, who had been on
temporary duty as d&y shift desk
stergeant In the police depart
ment. Mrs. Falls 2111s a depart
ment vacancy created by resigna
tion of R. R. Carrlgan, She had
been on temporary duty due' to
illness of some policemen.
4) Voted installation of outside
city gas taps, when and if permis
sion is obtained to sell gas -out*
side the city limits, at cost on
time and material basis, which
wrtll include cost of high pressure
5) Set the city Christmas holl-.|
day schedule, for all departments I
except police and fire and a few I
Employees in public works for j
December 24 and 25.
6) Authorized two?^eeks extra
pay for Supt. Nicholson, in lieu
of vacation time.
7) ^Authorized re-rooflng of old
part of water works building at
$745 by Kings Mountain Sheet
Metal Works, If funds are avail
? 9) On recommendation of com
mittee, voted "to pay J. W. Webs
Continued On *'aff0 Might
For Final Posh
Kings Mountain merchants
were ready for the last-minute
big rush of CHMitmas shopping
Tuesday after a brisk weekend
Virtually without exception
Kings Mountain merchants re
ported heavy sales begiitnlnff last
Friday and continuing through
the first days of this week.
With three shopping days re
maining before Christmas mer
chants Expected their sales staffs
? even though heavily augment
ed with extra personnel ? to be
heavily pushed to handl* the ex
pected volilme of purchases.
Stocks are still in good ahapfc
most merchants reported, some
aided. Jyy^laat-mJntf* arrivals of
eXprom and pafoe; poet contain
MASONIC MASTER ? James B.
Simpson was installed Monday
night as master of Falrriew
Lodge AF & AM 339. Mr. Simp
son succeeded Boyce Cault.
Officers for the coming year of
Fairview Lodge 339, AF & AM,
were installed Monday night at
an emergent communication at
Past Master Paul W. Owens as
marshal, and Past Master C; J.
Gault, Jr.t served as installing of
The officers Installed were; .Ja
mes B. Simpson, master; Lester
A. Harmon, senior warden;
Thomas D. Tindall, Junior war
den; O. T. Haytes, Sr., treasurer;
J. H. McDaniel, Jr., secretary;
O. Fred Weaver, senior deacon;
T. C. McKee, junior deacon; t, C.
Davis, senior Stewart; Frank Bal.
lard. Junior Stewart; and- J. A.
And it came to pass in those
days, that there went out a decree
from Caesar Augustus, that all
the world should be taxed.
(And this faxing was first made
when Cyrenius uxis governor of
? And ail went to be taxed, every
one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from
QalQee, out of the city of Naza
reth, into Judaea, unto the city of
David, which called Bethlehem;'
(because he was of the house and
lineage of David; )
To be taxed with Mary his es
poused wife, being great with '
And ?o it was, that, while they j
Were there, the days were accom
plished that she should be deliver
And she brought forth her first- ]
born son, and wrapped him in
vwaddling clothes, and laid him
In a manger; because there was
no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same
country shepherds abiding in the
field, keeping watch over their
flocks by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord
came upon them, and the glory
of the Lord shone around about
them : and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them,
Fear not : for, behold I bring you
good tidings of great joy, -which
shall be to all people.
For unto you is bom this day
tn the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto
you; Ye shall find the babe wrap
ped in twaddling clothe s, lying in
And suddenly there was with
the angel a multitude of the heav
enly host praising Ood, and say
Olory to Ood in the highest, and
on earth peace, good win toward
And it came to pass, as the an
gels were gone away from them'
into heaven, the shepherds moid
One to another, Let us now go
even unto Bethlehem, and eee
this thing, which is come to pass,
which the Lord hath made known
nnto ?*. . *
And they come t oith haete, and
found Mary and Joseph, and the
Imitm ft turn injiii rr- - ?-< .
?WW*. ? . wnWIyCr ?
And u>fcen they had seek it, they
made knoum abroad the saying
which wat UAd them coneernmg
And all they that heard U won
dered at thbee things which were
told them by the shepherds. ?
For Yule Holiday
Decide To Take
Kings Mountain citizens readi
ed for Christmas this week in
busy fashion, endeavoring to com
plete their Christmas shopping in
time for the annual holiday pe
riod, which, generally, will be a
short one here this year.
Majority of industrial firms are
suspending operations for a
shorter ? than - sometimes period,
with many textile firms taking
only a two-day respite.
Majority of the city's retailers
have also upped their holiday
schedule by dcci^'rj; to close
from Christmas Eve through
Monday, December 27. They will
re-open for business on Tuesday
morning, December 28. According
to John H. Lewis, president of
Kings Mountain Merchants asso
ciation, a telephone check of sev
eral business firms indicated that
virtually all types of retail busi
ness would close on Monday with
the exception of hardware deal
ers. Mr. Lewis said that Western
Auto Storte indicated it wotild be
open as usual and Blalock's Park
Inn said it would be open Monday.
Closing for the extra day, he
said, would be department stores,
variety stores, Jewelers, some
grocers, and several of thte auto
dealers and garages. The holiday
schedule of dry cleaning firms
will coincide with the long week
'end of the merchants, while Fin
I ger Laundry bxpects to close Fri
day at noon, also re-opening Tues
day morning. Drug stores will be
Continued On Pago Eight
Frank Ballard has purchased
the business known as Phenix
Store from Floyd Payne and as
sumed operation of the firm on
Mr. Ballard, a veteran of about
25 years In the grocery business
as owner and operator of Ballard-;
Grocery, said he would operate
both businesses, with Mrs. Bal
lard as manager of Ballard Gro
cery. He will manage the new
firm under the same trade name
it <ias carted under other owners,
R. E. Carrigan, former city po
liceman, has been employed as
clerk for Ballard Grocery.
Mr. Paynte has owned and ope
rated Phenix Store for the past
seven years. He has not announc
ed his future plans.
HEADS MINISTERS ? Hev. Phil
lip L. Shore,' Jr., pastor of Cen
tral Methodist church, was re
cently elected president of the
Kings Mountain Ministerial as
sociation for the coming year.
He succeeds Dr. W. L. Pressly.
Of Pastor Group
Rev. Phillip L. Shore, Jr., pas
tor of Central Mtethodlst church,
was elected president of the
Kings Mountain'Mlnlsterial asso
elation, for the coming year at a
meeting of the organization De
Mr. Shore succeeds Dr. W. L,
Prtessly, pastor of Boyce Memo
rial ARP church.
Other officers elected are: Dr.
W. P. Gerberdlng, pastor of St.
Matthew's Lutheran church, vice
president; Rev. A. J, Argo, pastor
of First Wesley an church, secre*
tary-treasurbr; and Rev. Douglas
Fritz, pastor of Resurrection Lu.
theran church, radio chairman.
Expressions of appreciation
were made to the retiring presi
dent and other retiring officers
for the service during tbte year,
and to Rev. H. Gordon Weekley,
pastor of Fifrst Baptist church,
who leaves next week, to assume
fhe pastorate of Providence Bap
tist church, Charlotte.
It was announced that thfe Jan
uary meeting of the association
would be a breakfast meeting.
Clay Death Inquest
Inquest' by coronor*s Jury Into
the death of Mrs. Aubrey Clay,
Killed December 14 in a head-on
auto-truck collision near Waco,
was to be held at 5 o'clock Tues
day aftemopn at the county
courthouse in Shelby.
Kings Mountain Telephone Users
To Pa? Higher Bental Bates Soon
Kings ?Mountain telephone sub
scribers will pay higher rentals
for their service in the near fu
ure at a result of a decision of
.he North Carolina Utilities last
Top increase on Kings Moun
;aln residential users will be 35
?entS' per month, while top busi
ness rate Increase here will be
90 cents per month, both figures
exclusive of federal excise tax,
which is now ten percent. j
Southern Bell Telephone Com
pany will realize $1,084,710 per
year from the increased rates,
after paying state and federal in
Kings Mountain subscribers
will feel the Impact of the new
rates with their January billa,
Floyd Farris, group managjr
said. The new rate schedule ?
which also includes slight In
creases in long distance toll
charges ? were effective Tues
day. '? %',X
; Here are the new rates com
pared with the former rates for
the Kings Mountain exchange, as
reported by Mr. Farris: .
Business one-party $950 $8.60
Business two-party $8.25 $7.35
'Business four-party $7.25 $6.35
Business rural N -$4.45 $4.25
Residence one-party $4.20 $3.95
Residence two-party $3.45 $3.25
Residence four-party $2.95 $2.75
Residence rural $2.95 $2.75
?Outside City limits only
(All jates are quoted without
the addition of the tten percent
federal excise tax.)
In coritrast to being pleased by
the commission decision granting
the Higher rate schedule, South
ern Bell, which did not redelve Its
fully requested Increase, express
ed disappointment at the decision.
J. S. Stone, North Carolina gen
eral manager said, "While the
new rates will not provide earn
ings comparable to the earnings
of other Industries, we will con
tinue to make every reasonable
effort to provide each person In
our area with the kind and a
mount of telephone service he
wants." .. .
Mr. Stone said the commission
authorization falls short "of pro
viding the earnings we need".
For West Plant
Kings Mountain's board of
school trustees voted to purchase
the Stowe property as the site
for the proposed, new North ele
mentary school building, voted to
purchase at $8,000 additional
land for West school, and com
pleted plans for re lighting Cen
tral school building at the regu
lar monthly meeting of the group
held at Central school Monday
The selection of the Stowe site
? located south of McGlnnls
street between North Piedmont
a venule and Ramstur street ?
cleared the way for Architect T.
W. Cothran, of Van Wageningen
& Cothran, Shelby architectural
firm, to begin work on plans for
the proposed 12 to 16-classroom
Mr. Cothran signed a contract
with the board calling for a fee
of five percent of the cost of the
The board has been discussing
merits of two proposed sites for
the new building, recommended
by the state school board after
a survey team report of a study
of the Kings Mountain schools on
July 7. The survey team recom
mended the Stowe site as being
near the center of pupil popula
The other site undter discussion
was fi the comer of North Cans?
fer and walker streets.
Superintendent B. N. Barnes re
ported that the state school board
had approved plans for construc
tion of a 12-16 classroom struc
ture. Thte board, with all members
present, discussed the two site*
and future expansion of the city
system and unanimously agreed
on the Stowe site.
The board instructed Mr. Coth
ran to proceed with sketches for
a building which could be made
into an 18-room plant and to be
gin work on detailed plans for
constr.vctlon of 12 rooms.
Mr. Barnes reported that he
and Trustee Fred W. Plonk had ,
secured options on most of thft:
property and had agreements
from all adjacent property own
ers to sell land needed for the
school. Some 15-20 acres win be
purchased for the site.
The board voted unanimously,
to purchase property on S. Wat
terson street ? adjacent to West
Elementary school from E. E.
Marlowe at a cost of $8,000. The
property measures 85 feet by ap
proximately 400 feet.
The board voted to advertise
for bids for relighting Centrals
school after completed plans fer
the project were submitted by
M. M. Packard, Shelby engineer*
and approved by the board. The
state school board tentatively ap
proved the plans on October IV
with recommendations, and final
approval was made on November
1 15. Mr. Packard met With the
group Monday night and the
board approved his final plans.
The project was begun over A
year ago and Mr. Packard retain
ed to draw the plans. Slim-line
flourescent fixtures are to be us
ed (n the relighting.
The board agreed to accept bids
calling for immediate completion
of relighting the primary depart
ment at the school, with the re
mainder of the work to be started
on June 1, 1965.
The board is advertising for
bids on the project this week, the
notice appearing on page 5. see
Continued On Page Bight
One Day Early
Today's Herald is published
one day fn advance of regular
The annual Christmas week
edition, It includes spedaU y
prepared Christmas greetings
from majority of the city's re
tall firms and service establish
ments, a large quantity of
Christmas feature material, the
paper's regular features, upto
the-minute news developments
In Kings Mountain and adver
tisement* from local merchants
with last ? minute gift sugges
Next week's Her* Id will ap
pear on regular schedule. It
will come off the press on Wed-,
nesday night, December 29, uiv
der date of December SO. " .