1957 GASTON HISTORIC GROUP - NEW PRESIDENT
MISS RANKIN' MISS RANKIN HEADS GROUP iaston Historical Society Picks Miss Edna Rankin Rankin For President. —BY DALTON STOWE— DALLAS-Miss S. Edna Ran- kln of Gastonia was elected iresident of the Gaston County totorfcal Society at Its meeting ?rlday night at Goshen Presby- "erian Church, North Belmont 5he succeeds J. Milton Craig of Mt. Holly, who has headed the society during (he past two 'ears. Like her predecessor in office, Miss Rankin Is vilally intcres'ed n history, especially genealogy and will provide a capable leader vith a well-gr6undcd background .0 guide the historical group. She s descended from a number o] laston's pioneer families. Other officers elected include: Mrs. J. B. Hall of Belmont, vir.e- president; Miss Pearl Lineberger of Belmont, .secretary; and W Marsh Cavin of Stanley, treasurer. treasurer. The following vice-president to represent the towns oi the county were named: Frank Ran- kfn, Mt. Holly; Mrs. w. R. Ford Belrnqnt; Mrs. Bryan Kurd, Cramerton; Cramerton; Claude B. woltz, Bessemer Bessemer City; Brice T. DicRson iastoiiia; Howell Slroup, Cherryville; Cherryville; Mrs. Pred Rhyne, Stanley; Stanley; Miss Corlnne Puett. Dal; Dal; and Mrs, W. G. Jenkins Lowell. An interesting history of th. old county courthcuse, "with related related information, was presentee by Miss Peavl Lineberger. The Rev. Raymond H. Hatch ford, pastor of the host church and Mrs. Ratchford served a hosts to the sodely for the Bel mont meeting. The .historical- minded citizens were welcomed ti the beautiful new church plain of the oldest congregation, ac cording- to records, in Gaston county. Plans are hearing completion for the erection and dedication of historical markers in Dallas There will^be a highway marke: and a bronze plaque mounted oi a huge boulder marking the his toric site of Gaston county 1 original county seat. A defini date for the dedication will b announced ar, an early date. The project to mark the Dal las square as a historical shrin was initiated some years ago b the Dallas Woman's Club. Thi. organization has been joined i. it by the 'Gaston County His torical Society, the William Gas ton and the William Chronicl Historical chapters of the Daugh ters of the American Revolution and the North Carolina Depart ment ot Archives and History. Next meeting of the historica society is slated to be held a Gastonia on Friday, April 26.