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DEBS HONORED - Kings Mountain area
debutantes are pictured above at a country-
western dinncer-dance held recently at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. John Yarbro on Moss
Lake. Front row, left to right, are “Chub” Cobb. :
Honors KM Area Debs
Kings Mountain debutantes
were honored at a country
western dance Sat., Apr. 17 at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. John
Yarbro on Moss Lake.
Debutantes present included
Rhonda Bridges, Dawn Ham-
‘bright, Leigh Anne Baliles,
Elizabeth Borchert, Alison
Champion, Sandra “Chub”
Cobb, Lisa. Crawford, Danna
Scism, Leslie Sherer, Kim Sisk,
Ann Tate and Jill Yarbro.
Upon, arrival the debs and
their dates were invited to the
back lawn, where barbecue with
all the trimmings was served.
Music was provided by “The
The country-western. theme
was carried out with red checked
table cloths on the tables, which
held baskets filled with an assort-
ment of homemade goodies and
The lawn was decorated with
old-fashioned lanterns, torches,
baskets with red geraniums and
ferns. Bales of hay were used as
seats. White azaleas and
dogwoods were in full bloom.
Jill yarbro, Elizabeth Borchert, Leigh Anne
Baliles and Dawn Hambright. Back row, Rhon-
da Bridges. Lisa Crawford, Kim Sisk, Alison
Champion, Danna Scism and Anne Tate.
Miniature western hats were
given as favors. ;
The party was hosted by the
debutantes’ parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Hambright Jr., Mr.
and Mrs. Dennis Bridges, Rev.
and Mrs. Paul Baliles, Mr. and
Mrs. Ernst Borchert III, Mr. and
Mrs. Howard Champion, Mr.
and Mrs. Jack Cobb, Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Crawford, Mr. and
Mrs. Jack Scism, Mr. and Mrs.
Louis Sherer, Mr. and Mrs.
James Testa, Mr. and Mrs.
Alfred Tate and Mr. and Mrs.
Sing Today emesis
FN SRR TEA
Watsons To Perform
May 7 At Crossroads
Doc and Merle Watson
Bluegrass guitarists Doc and
Merle Watson will be in concert
at 8 p.m. Fri, May 7 at
Crossroads Music Park in Kings
Appearing along with the duo
will be “Wooden Nickel” and
The Watsons are world
known for their musical ability,
and although they are skilled in
all types of music, their biggest
exposure has come through
Doc Watson, from Deep Gap,
N.C, is blind. He began playing
electric guitar in a local country
band in 1960. He is skilled in the
guitar, five-string banjo and
French harp, and singing.
He believes in a broad reper-
toire and adheres to no par-
ticular songwriter. “If I hear a
song I like, I sing it,” he says.
He often opens with Lester
Flatt-type bluegrass music, and
switches to gospel, blues, moun-
tain music and any other type
that comes to mind. “They call
my music traditional,” Doc says. .
“It’s really traditional plus
whatever else we try to pick. If it
was jazz, we’d pick it country
His son, Merle, who recently
rejoined his father following a
trailbike accident which sidelin-
ed him for sometime, has made
the three-finger picking style
Doc and Merle have a new
album on Flying Fish which is
scheduled for release within the
next few weeks. It includes some
Jimmie Rodgers tunes, “Smoke,
Smoke” by Merle Travis, a Dan
Fogelberg song, and a pair of
songs by their regular bassist
Facts about my father and
. mother, Larkin A. and Lorena J.
He was born in the Cleveland
County rural area known as St.
Luke’s Community on
November 14, 1875. The com-
munity was approximately seven
miles from Kings Mountain. He
was the eldest son of J.P. and M.
Elizabeth Kiser, who lived on
My dad worked on the farm
very hard. All the family were ill,
except he and grandma, so he
would take two mules to the
field to plow, hitching one of the
mules in the shade of the trees as
it was very hot, and plow the
other mule until about ex-
hausted. Then he would hitch
the other mule and continue his
work until time to eat his food at
noon, and afterwards, would
continue until dark. He would
bring the mules to the branch for
water, and then to the barn for
feed and for the night. But he did
not stop. He would then cut
stove wood so his mother could
cook the food for the family.
~ Our mother, Lorena J.
Williams, was born in Burl-
ington, N.C. May 8, 1877, and
lived with Jesse M. Williams, her
brother, for sometime. She and
' papa were married on April 11,
1900, in Burlington and came to
Kings Mountain to reside. I
believe they occupied a house to
the rear of Dr. Baxter R. Hunter
and wife, Cora Dilling Hunter.
The home is on North Piedmont
Avenue, where Mr. and Mrs.
George L. Scharf now live. They
lived there until they built their
home on a lot given to them by
Uncle Jess Williams on West
Mountain Street, known as the
redhouse. It was on the corner of
Tracy Street and West Moun-
During this time Jesse, Eugene
and Arnold were born. I believe
I was seven years. old and Gene
18 months younger when Ar-
nold was born in 1906.
So papa and mama decided to
purchase the P.M. Keller proper-
ty situated on North Church
Street and consisting of 18 acres,
a large two-story house, barn, or-
chard with many kinds of
delicious fruit, and some acreage
for cultivation. Dorothy was
born there in July 1908 and
Ozell was born in 1910. We lived
there many years until it was
divided into lots and the home
sold at auction by Dillon Land
Co. Papa had purchased the
I.W. Garrett property situated
on East King Street, consisting
of 87 acres. We built a home
known as the Garrett house,
which was occupied by our fami-
ly in 1922.
Our mother was a dearly,
devoted wife and mother, very
modest, and a Christian, and did
her utmost for us children in a
loving way. She gave our father
her love, admiration and full
support at all times.
I shall never forget when we
lived in the Keller home. All five
of us children would sit around
FIRST KISER HOME - This is a picture of
Larkin and Lorena Kiser’s first home, the “Red
House”, which was located at the corner of
Tracy and West Mountain streets at the loca-
ALL DRESSED UP - Jesse Kiser, right, was all dressed up for
-By JESSE A. KISER—
this early 1900 picture with his brother, Eugene, left, and his
mother, Lorena J. Kiser.
the fire in the winter and listen
to her tell stories, play happy
family—a card game-and made
our own deck, consisting of
father, mother, brothers, sisters
Afterward, she would sing to
us, especially one song that still
lingers on even today. “Hello,
Central, give me Heaven. My
mother is there on the golden
Afterwards she, would read
the Holy Bible scripture to us,
then each of us would kneel and
she would offer her prayer, and
each of us would offer our own
prayer and close with that
familiar prayer, “Now I lay me
down to sleep, I pray the Lord
my soul to keep. If I should die
before I wake, I pray the Lord
my soul to take. Bless mama,
LARKIN A. KISER
papa, brothers and sisters.” Then
off to bed for the night.
I remember that every Sunday
after dinner, we would hitch old
“Bob” to the carriage and all of
us drove up to visit grandma and
grandpa, who lived in the rural
section known as St. Luke’s.
Now, our father purchased a
Chalmer six-cylinder, seven-
passenger. touring -car-as he had
promised if Woodrow Wilson
was re-elected President for
Mr. W.J. Arey sold this make
of car in Shelby and had a sub-
dealer operation in the Grady
King garage on East Mountin
Street. So Mr. Arey took my dad
and I after church service to
Shelby, where he had this car.
We took a ride several miles,
then he brought us back home to
Kings Mountain. Papa informed
Mr. Arey that he would let him
know of his decision in a few
days. He bought the car. I don’t
recall the price.
Mr. Arey taught me how to
drive. Since we were living in the
Keller home, he drove toward
Bessemer City on a sand clay
road, down “Milk Dairy Hill”.
The road was full of curves. I
began to understand how to
drive after having several lessons
from Mr. Arey.
Sometime after learning to
drive men were being drafted for
our country’s armed forces. Un-
cle Gus Kiser was 21 years old
on June 4 and the registration
was June 5. He was placed in
A-1 and was soon called to ser-
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tion where now stands a duplex apartment
constructed by Ruby Alexander. The land was
given to Mr. and Mrs. Kiser by Jesse M.
Williams, Mrs. Kiser's brother.
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