1948 Gaston Hist Society news

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1948 Gaston Hist Society news - —BV DALTON STOWE— DALLAS.—In the year of 38-16...
—BV DALTON STOWE— DALLAS.—In the year of 38-16 a >i)l was passed by the North Caro- jina legislature creating the county I Gaston, Ihnt part which ETTToTr Jaston county being prior to then a >art of Lincoln county. Through the generosity of Jesse Holland the new county came into he possession of the court house iroperty ill Dallas, which became the first county seal. Prom the 50 acres of land donated by Mr. Holand the court Fqiwre was set apart and the remainder sold off for building lots. The proceeds were applied to a building fund for the court house and jail. Gaston county fittingly celebrated its centennial in 1946. The bill creating Gaston county was passed in December, 1846, nnd the first county court was not held until February 3, 1847, in the home of What's Doing In Dallas .... Da I ton Stowe Writes About Early Days Of The County Jesse Holland, donor of the original land tract which forms the heart of Dallas today, The bill further provided that the new county seat be located near- the center of—the county, not over two miles from Long Creek Baptist Church, and named Dallas for George M. Dallas, vice president under James K. Polk, himself a native of North Carolina. Jesse Holland's home was near Long Creek Church in the direction of Dallas. Sliortly after the town was laid off in 1847, Jesse Holland built a new home which is regarded as the first home to be constructed in the city limits of Dailti.s. It is n brick structure, still in use for residential purposes, nnd located on the north side of the Stanley road less than two blocks east of the railroad. In 1847 a temporary court house was built ot logs, standing not, far from the r E = = LIFE IN DALLAS A Court Reporter Sees A Ball Game—A rugged battle between the parents'and teachers at the school gymnasium Friday night resulted In an accumulation of bruises and skinned shins but no permanent casualties have been reported. The men teachers got the worst of the fight In their struggle against their students' lathers but the women instructors gamely plugged through to a tie wlih the mothers. Short, bespectacled Dennis Franklin led the professors in n furious charge on the paunchy, overweight dads. The commercial instructor had no respect for figures, big or little, as he punched out injurious scores over his opponents' heads. He -BK BLONNIE PJTTMAN— E = = £ ~ E S £ Right by her side Annette as==s====== fired perfect every angle. The "flash" shots from almost of Carson-Newman College, Professor Mitchell Carr, resumed his lightning speed of former days when he raced in to relieve Coach John Sassumon. . The coach was hard put to defend himself against the revengeful fathers for he had already been tackled in the femate ffght. Sassamon was a referee in the first game when he had to use all his strength to avoid getting his liair pulled. In black and white striped pajama pants, topped by white shorts, W. D. Boney recklessly drove his body into advantageous positions in an effort to down the parents. Earl Price, agriculturist, and Deaton Best of Costner School tossed their best blows into the fray to assist the weakening instructors. Cleve land Jenkins invaded the parents as a substitute also, inflicting painful abrasions on the fathers. • Carlton Cloninger, whose son will be six in about four years, got in eight pre-school punches for the Pas. Henry Edison, Leroy Cloninger, and Woody Fogle panted and fumed as they ran around and around to evade their opponents. Exhibiting his old strident skill, Sam Rhyne rescued the flounder i n g fathers sank 13 points. Another former star, Bob Summey, taught the Instructors some new points in an old game. Roy Clemmcr and Jay Rhyne thrust their power into the melee to relieve tiring parents. The gasping prides of parenthood Hoifman pulled seven eggs out of the basket. Mrs. Vernon Hoffman, although she sustained several terrific spills and possible bruises in various places as she lost control and fell to the floor, came out with two tallies on her scoring chart. Jackie Rhyne, who was jtist released from the hospital after an operation, returned to her old post as timekeeper for the men's battle, relieving Ted Crunkleton, who watched the dock for first game. Ted had a rough job. The women were suffering from ear ailments and continued to flail out with their arms and legs long after the time signal was given. Chief of Police Arnold Eidson, who watched the proceedings from a safe distance near the door, reports that no arrests were made as all accidents appeared unavoidable. Although many canes and crutches are being used by the participants, all are expected to recover in time. Total damages could not be estimated, the chief said. : NEW OFFICIALS — The town board of aldermen appointed George Carter as fire chief to replace Blair Walker who recently resigned. Cleveland Cloninger was appointed assistant fire chief, replacing George Carter in that office. Blair Walker also terminated his post as an alderman and the rof named J. S. McDaniels, our theatre executive, to succeed him on the board. Mayor K. F. Lineberger said Saturday that it was not yet known whether the new appointees had accepted their posts but they were expected to hear soon. Genial George Carter has been assisting In the local fire-fighting for years and is well suited for the job. He is associated with Whisnant Furniture Company and Is near the courthouse at all hours. "Slick" Cloninger, too, knows firemen's rules and is available from his service station adjoining the grill. MORE DECORATIONS—Since the last account of the Christmas dec- oiations in the courthouse square, electricians have hung blue, red, location of present building. This year marks the centennial of i he building of Ga.iion county's pie may well be proud. Through Ihe courtesy of the town authorities the facilities at hand are available for public use at almost all times. The picture used with this article is one that slxws many natural features of the old court iiouse and its surroundings and background. Also s_hown are some 500 pupils from Dallas school who had gathered in observation of Arbor Day in November, 1928. The Woman's Club »'as observing the day by planting 1 a Community Christinas Tree, a na- iav)ng been constructed in 1S48. In 1808 it was destroyed by fire except for the walls and foundation, burning many valuable records and documents. Tlvc wall and foundation were used in the construction of the quaint, attractive building still standing in the court square in Dallas at this time. Avcry Mauney, called "Big Ave" who owned many slaves, had the contract for the construction of the first brick court house and jail, the slaves doing most of the work. The brirJt were hand-made on the lot behind the jail. The stairway of the court house was on the inside and the upstairs was decorated with beautiful hand carving. The present stone stairway was erected by John Campo, a native of Michigan and a Union soldier who wns detained here after the war, living here until his death about 1923. In 1908, or '09 the original red brick were covered with n coat of concrete, thus changing the outside appearance of the building to its present state. On August 4, 1909, an election resulted in the moving of the county seat to Ga-stonia in 1911 and the building of a new court house there. About 1903, or approximately the time of the election for the removal of the court house to Gastonia, the upstairs auditorium was converted into several class rooms and the building was used as a farm life school for a number of years. The old court house now belongs to the Town of Dallns and Is regarded as a community center cherished by all the civic - minded citi- zeas of the town and hundreds of natives who now reside elsewhere. The town clerk and police department have their offices on the first floor. The rear portion of the first floor houses the fire station, which is manner! by the volunteer Dallas fire department. The upper floor consists of the same auditorium which was used as a court room until 1911 and is now election headquarters for Dallas precinct and a public meeting place. In conjunction with the organization of the Gaston Historical Society during Gaston's centennial year, it has been proposed to make the old court house the headquarters for the society. All efforts toward this end have been to no avail thus far. Since the days when Dallas was county seat, a number of organizations and individuals have made special efforts to beautify and preserve the court square, now referred to as the town square, in its natural state of beauty with its many stately old oaks, cedars, elms and pines. While not nearly as much has been done as could have, the Dallas Woman's Club deserves much credit for accomplishing many things that would still be undone otherwise. The club has actually accomplished and financed, or has been instrumental in bringing about, many projects in improving the grounds of the two and a half acre square and the court house building in particular. A number of the original features still exist from the old court room,, including the judge's bench on the platform of the auditorium. The old benches have been removed and replaced with folding chairs, thus affording an excellent meeting place and community center of which the peo- foreground. An Interesting account of the planting was written by Mrs. Joe Gribble, then ami for many i^ears Dallas correspondent for The Ciazette, for publication on November 21, 1928, as follows;. "The children of the graded and ilgb school, five hundred in niim- >er, marched in a body to the square. Club members and citizens of the town were also present. The "ollowing program was given: Sing- ng of America; greetings from the Woman's Club by the president, Mrs. R. S. Lewis; Joyce Kilmer's beautiful jjoem Trees was touch- ugly read by Miss Lillian Webb; i short talk by Rev. D. P. Rudisill, pastor of Dallas Lutheran Church. "The tree was then planted with appropriate ceremony. The first shovel of earth was put around it by :he mayor of tlvc town, Fred H. Robinson, who represented the town and community. The next shovel was by Mfcs Corinne Puett, chair- nan of the civic committee, repie- senling the Woman's Club, and the third shovel was placed by Miss Kntheryn Carpenter, president of ihe senior class of Dallas High School, who represented the student body. "The president of the club then charged the tree and the people. The exercise closed with prayer fay the Baptist pastor, Rev. W. T. Baucom." It is very fitting that this Community Christmas tree on last No- ,-cmbcr 26 was lighted for the Initial :ime, almost 20 years to the day from its planting. It is beautifully decorated for the Yule season and is a central figure in the elaborate Christmas lighting system that has been affected in the square and along the principal streets near the 1 center of town. On the location about this Community Christmas tree will be presented the first an-^ nual outdoor Community Christinas pageant at 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, December 19, sponsored by the Woman's Club with a large group of singers and characters from different churches in Dallas depicting the Christmas story. Great deposits of salt lie beneath the earth in Michigan and are removed through deep wells and with pumps forcing water in to dissolve the salt. B. our • • • • Hovis & Friday BARBER SHOP Where Prices Meet Your Budget! ODELL HOVIS ED F. FRIDAY CECIL G. JENKINS BOB SMART —THE— Dallas Barbers

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  1. The Gastonia Gazette,
  2. 14 Dec 1948, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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