Statesville Record And Landmark from Statesville, North Carolina on June 9, 1959 · Page 1
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WIATHIR - Inereailrif cletidineu with scattered •howtrt and thunderstorm* to- nleht and Wednesday. Local temperatures for tho 24-hour period ending at t a.m. today: High, II; low, ST. VOL. 85 Published in th« Htort of tht Doirylng and Industrial Region of Ntdmont North Carolina STATESVILLE RECORD a LANDMARK STATESVTLLE, N. C., TUFXSDAY, JUNE 9, 1959 Single Copy 5e Today's Net Press Run 11,135 NO. 137 COUNCIL APPROVES RECORD CITY BUDGET House Draws Battle Lines On Teacher Pay State Voting Test Upheld By Court WASHINGTON fDPI) — The U. S. Supreme Court decided Monday that North Carolina's literacy test for voters was "not a calculated scheme" but rather appeared to be "a device ... to raise" voting standards in the southern stale. The unanimous court opinion ruled against a Negro woman who had charged the literacy test was so vague that it allowed election registrars to disenfranchise Negroes. Mrs. Louise Lassiter, 41, of Northampton County, N. C., refused to take the test based on a 1947 North Carolina law that a voter must be able to read and write any part of the state Constitution. She was not allowed to register and her case went to the North Carolina Supreme Court which upheld the law. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the stale tribunal thai the test cannot be condemned on constitutional grounds. Justice William 0. Douglas said the requirement "seems to us to be one fair way of determining whether a person is literate, not a calculated scheme to lay spring traps for the citizens. "We certainly cannot condemn the test on its face as a device unrelated lo the desire of North Carolina to raise the standards for people of all races who cast the ballot." Asst. State Ally. Gen. Raph Moody expressed delight that the Supreme Court "has recognized" the constitutionality of the test which he described as a "fundamental test and not too high a requirement for any prospective voter." Moody, North Carolina's segregation expert, said the test was "within the legitimate power of the slate as long as it is administered fairly." OF HIS OWN WEAVING — "'I'm like a guy who's caught in a web," said Ciro Bravata, 39-year-old freight conductor who Salurday became the fa- tiher of illegitimate quadruplets. A web, yes, but of lus own weaving and the pattern leaves us cold. Nor does his expressed desire "to work out an amicable auTam-gcmenl for die good of ail Ihe children" alter the circumstance materially. We can suggest one arrangement — stop talking and gel oul and support all Iris children, not onJy those four llitlle bundles of illegitimacy down in Bast Orange, N. J., but the two ieg'al offspring amd tlieir mother over in Queens. That way t'hey won't become 8 burden on tihe public which each year is having to shoulder a heavier and heavier load. Latest figures from the U.S. Office of Vital Statistics show that tflne number of illegitimate births increased from 141,600 in 1950 to 201,700 in 1957. During that period tihe number of white children born out of wed- Jock rose from 53,500 to 70,800, while the number of non-whites jumped from 88,100 lo 130,900; and the public cost of caring for them jumped from less than $100 million to $210 million. By 1965, if tine trend continues, the number of illegitimate children receiving public .support will totatl nearly a million and the annual cost will be approaching a billion. The picture in the big cities is far worse than in the smaller communities and rural areas. Washington, often refer* red to as Die nation's showcase, right now is leading the league, with close lo one in five of its children being born out of wedlock. Washington, in fact, has the highest while illegitimacy rate in tthe nation, 58.8 per 1,000 in 1957, with the Negro rate being close to the top, 265.3 per 1.000. Social service workers point out that these figures, appalling as they are, do not give the full picture. Many iHegiti- mate births are concealed and many others atre recorded as legitimate by reason of the fact that the women has a married name. Thus the nation, like conductor Bravata, is fas* being enmeshed in a W'eb of its own weaving. The day is not far hence when the woods colts will move out into tflve open pasture. The records will be worthless and not even UK; most experl among us will be able lo trace the lineage by the markings. And, brother, that'll really be togetherness. • FITTING TITLES-An accused shopidifler, recently apprehended by States viMe police, evidently believes in holding to the general theme. Among the phonograph record he is accused of stealing are the following titles: "It's Praying Time." "I'll Get By," "This Should Go On Forever." "Slop Thief," "Turn Me Loose," "Pairdon, Mr. Gordon," and "I Waited Too Long." Now, no doubt, he'll be given • picture from life's other side. GOOD INVESTMENT — Erskine Johnson, who owns two collages down at Ocean Drive, came by this morning to show us what must be the most profitable investment in the country today. He had two checks from the South Carolina Public Service authority "for interest on service deposit through December 31. r958." One check was for $1.40 and the altoer for $2.80. Mr. Johnson explained that be has Iwo deposits, one for five dollars and the other for ten. "1 wish 1 could buy some slock with returns like that," he said. So do we. STATESVILLE SHOTS . . . MairybeJle MORTON panicked because invitations have not arrived . . . Young Bobby KUTTEH carrying gilt package with extreme care . . . Mr. and Mrs. J. W. BEAVER receiving congratulations on their 25th wedding anniversary . . . Mrs. J. C. BROWN getting an extra warm welcome . . . Mrs. Claude MILLER making miniature rosebud trees from holly, olives and cheese . . . Mary and Frances RAMSF.Y going for a ride . . . Monroe ADAMS giving photographer instructions. Umstead Tries To Delete Fund For Education RALEIGH iLTD — The battle lines were drawn in the House today for a last-ditch fight over the question of additional money for teacher pay raises. The House, by a 58-53 roll call vote Friday, approved an amendment to the appropriations bill adding 10 million dollars lo the nine-month school fund for the coming biennium. Rep. Carroll Holmes of Pcrquimans, author of the amendment, said he hoped Ihe exlra money would be used for pay raises for teachers. Rep. John Umstead ol Oranfic began the debate on the bill by sending forward an amendment lo delcle Ihe $10 million. "We do nol have any way to pay for that obligation," said Umstead. He noted that the Finance Committee had not increased taxes to prov ide the necessary money, and that lo approve Ihe increased appropriations would necessilale culs in olher state services. "I don't want the school people blamed" for the resulting cuts said Umstead. Holmes said lhat "North Carolina is not loo poor, North Carolina is not unable to provide competent instruction for our children." Holmes, who called for a roll call vote on the amendment, asked "Are you willing to give the children the best instruction available'. 1 Are you to lay on the people the burden of paying for thai inslruclion?" Under questioning by Rep. Walls Hill Jr.. of Durham, Holmes admitted that he had voted against a proposed 16.09 per cent teacher pay raise two years ago and that he had not introduced any bills in this session to provide the money for such a raise. Rep. Kemp Doughton of Alle(Continued On Page 2) Reds Prepare Alternate Plan Employes To Get Hikes In Salary; $1.30 Rate Holds By ROCKIE HODSON City council last night approved on first reading a record $2,279,395 budget for fiscal 1959-60 which included pay raises for most city employes and a $1,200 increase for the city manager. The tax rate will remain at $1.30 per $100 valuation. Councilmcn agreed at the May 11 meeting that all employes would lie moved up one step on tho salary scale and that members of the police and fire departments be mo\ed np two steps, according to a recommendation by Herman Dickerson, city manager. The recommendation at that lima excluded pay increases for the Action Sought On Annexation TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM — A surgeon's hand hctilatti momentarily over Ihe tiny body of Kim Smith, only eight hours old. Tht infant wa» undergoing • Ir1t-or-d»»1h operation on hit deformed esophagus in Children's Hospital, Denver, Colo. Dramatic photo captures on* britf sctnt in tho successful two-hour operation. Without it, Kim would have died of starvation within • few days. Hospital authorities report that the infant is making satisfactory progress. Successor For Slain Sheriff To Be Picked By L. F. AMBURN Jr. as a possible appointee, Tuesday ! told Statcsville Record & Land TAYLORSVILLK - Alexander ; m;irk , ha , hl , , s n()l ac , ivc j y seck . County Board of Commissioners j J|U , ( | u , ( •II .._ i 1_ ... I ' _•!_..._ . _ .._.„ *** ' MOSCOW <UPP — The Soviet I'nion and East Germany reached complete agreement in the opening session of formal talks in the Kremlin today on an alternative plan for Berlin if the Geneva foreign ministers' conference fails. Moscow home radio service said lhat the "situation in Germany and West Berlin, especially in connection with the progress" at Geneva was discussed by the Soviet and East German delegations. "The exchange of opinions confirmed the full identity of views of both parlies on the aforementioned questions," the broadcast said. Western observers said an alternative plan for Berlin and further Communist strategy were the major items under consideration. They expected the conference to produce the outlines of a Soviet-East German peace treaty and perhaps the final treaty ftsclf. Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev headed the Soviet delegation which included Deputy Premiers Anastas Mikoyan and Frol Kozlov and Deputy Foreign Minisler Vasili Kuznctsov. The Easl German delegation was headed by Premier Otto Grotewohl and Communist Party Chairman Walter Ulbricht. Following the meeting in the Kremlin, Khrushchev and the Fast Germans left Moscow for a visit to Riga, capital of the Latvian Republic. will meet here Friday to name a successor lo Sheriff T. E. Bebber, who was fatally shot last week. Gill Dellinser of Hiddenile. a member of the three-man board. said .1. C. Forlner. iluiirman, has called a meeting lor 9 a m. in the courthouse. \\;iyne. Payne , is the Ihird member. The commissioners will at thai time receive Ihe recommendation of the Democratic Executive Committee which meets Thursday night. W. S. Patterson of Stony Point, chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee, said there is a possibility that the group vvill not be able to agree on one iiian. "With a commiUee of IK from throughout the county it might be hard lo get together," Patterson said. However, it is pos.'-iblc thai the committee might submit more than one name to the commissioners. It would then be up to the board lo select a sheriff It was pointed put by Dcllingcr lhat the selection of a successor had lo lie liiiammoiis. He said he believes the three commissioners can agree on one man. Patlerson and Delling-er both refused to state publicly who Ihev are supporting for the post left vacant last Tuesday when Sheriff Bebber was shot in the hack at the Jones Ellis home "There is quite a lot of Ihe future of the parly involved," Pat- When asked if he would take Ihe jot), Dcllinger replied; "No, I am not .seeking the job." The commissioner, who is a poultry farmer, said he did not know how his name was listed as a possible ;ip|mintee. The latest person to be mentioned (or the post is John Bebber, son of the deceased sheriff. He is a police officer in Hickory. Others mentioned include: Char(Continued On Page 2) Summit Talk Prospect Dim GENEVA 'UPI> — The Western Ri;; Three handed Russia's Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko an ultimatum today thai unless he slops stalling on Berlin the present Big Four talks will be broken ofl without any hope of a summit conference Western sources said the West was in agreement lhat then- was no point in currying the 30- day-old conference any further unless Russia abandons its determination to undercut Western Negro Suspect Is Identified RALEK1H HTP — A Negro suspcel who killed a Lee County deputy and wounded two other men was identified today by stale prison authorities as an escape artist with a long criminal record The fugitive was identified as Thurman Andrew Ricks, alias James Jones. 34. of Washington, DC. The slight Negro, who was transferred here from a Sanford hospital Monday lor treatment of gunshot wounds, has served prison terms in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina He was caught by a Monday. Ricks was serving 30 days for disorderly c o n d n c I and public drunkenness when he escaped from the t'ary prison cjimp near here on April 4, I 1 .).*, He had escaped three times while serving, prison terms in Virginia lor assault with intent to kill and feloniously tampering with railroad tracks He also h H d served a term in Maryland for as- suull with intent lo kill and was picked up for questioning on a similar charm 1 in Miami. Sheriff D. F. Holder of Lee City council last night passed a resolution requesting Senator C V. Henkel lo restore Iredell to the list of counties covered in House Bill 506 prescribing annexation procedures for towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Action by Ihe council was taken on recommendation of the Planning and Zoning board. A similar resolution was passed by the MoorcM illo town board. Iredell wax dropped from tho provisions of the statewide bill, which permits annexatinn under certain circumstances without a vote of the people involved, by Rep. John R. McLiiughlin. Act inn was deferred on an ordinance pertaining to building setback lines for the central area of Statesville. Tlir Planning and /.on ing Board has proposed an ordin ance dealing with the problem and council is expected lo take action on Ihe proposal in the near fu lure. Dickerson and Bagnal both em phasized thar the proposals was in the nature of a long range plan and wouldn't bring many immediate changes in the area. L. S. Gil- liani, Sr, asked for time to study mayor, councilmen and city manager and the estimated cost of the increases for the 206 city employe* was $34.045 Mayor J Garner Bagnal staled last night that he and the councilmen had discussed the city manager's salary and had reached the conclusion that his salary should he increased. He pointed out that Dickerson is receiving less than managers of olher towns the size of Statesville and that Dickerson refused to take a pay increase last year. Dickerson's salary was in« creased $9,600 to $10,800. Upon recommendation nf Councilman Earl Teague Ihe salaries nf superintendents nf four depart* ments were increased two steps, instead of one ns previously proposed Teague said that the men were doing excellent work and assuming heavy responsibilities and should be paid accordingly. The four are: Reese D. Childers, superintendent of the street department: H. Marie* Ihe proposals. Council aw aider) a King, superintendent of the cemetery department: Kd F. Hoi-comb, superintendent of Ihe water department: and Marvin A. Ballard superintendent of the sanitary department. Councilman Paul Lingle suggest- contract to ' ***' al onr l )omt lnnl if they were m Berlin. Secretary of State Christian Herler and his French and British part HITS went into a secret session with Gromyko determined to have a quick showdown Just before this session. Hertcr, Fiench Foreign Minister Maurice Come dc Mumlle and British 1-orcign Secretary Selvvyn Lloyd terson said. He expressed the hope ! M ,j,. t racked Ihe East-West issue that there would not be a split in | lonc ,.,, OUKh to attack a dispute the Democratic Parly over naming a sheriff. Patterson said that he has a man he will recommend to the executive committee al Thursday's meeting. Until that time he is not discussing t h e recommendation with anyone. "I haven't talked with any of the precinct chairmen about this and I will not until the meeting." he said exploding in the middle of their own camp This broke oul overnight over French President Charles de Gaulle's refusal to permit 1.'. S. nuclear weapon stockpiles in F' ance unless his government has direct control over these vital NATO armaments Diplomatic sources said the three men here marie the hrst moves lo heal what could become Delhnger, who has been listed I a highly dangerous split County said the Negro was transferred here to avoid the necessity ol placing guards at Ihe Sanford hospital. The man was listed in serious condition with wounds in the left shoulder, arm and back. Holder said the Negro, believed to have shot and killed Deputy .1 L. Powers Monday morning, v^as a suspect in the rape of Mrs. Fred Smith, 56. who was assmil led at her home at Burlington last week Officers from several counlicf had been seeking the man since Ihe attack and Powers and Dep uty Ralph Matthews, apparently acting on a tip. were searching a rural area near here Monday morning. Suddenly and without wanting the Negro juni|>ed up in a whea field and fired a shotgun point blank al Powers. The officer was killed instantly by n pellet in ilu heart. Matthews dashed to a pa trol car to radio for help He w;i: met by two men, Tucker Summer and I/oe King, who rushed to tin wene from a nearby farmhouse Gilbert Engineering Company of Statesville in the amount of $11«,612 for the installation of curb, gutter nnd paving in connection wilh Ihe 19.V.I-60 street improvement program. Tar Heel Construction Company was awarded the resurfacing contract which amounted to $'28,1145. North Mulberry Street was re •nov ed I rum the list of streets to >e improved under this year's program and it is probable that Speed tail Road also will be removed rom the program this year if it s agreeable with officials of C lovvard Hunt Pen Company. The •iiy had previously promised to curb and gutter the road, and t>till intends to do so later. Dickerson had decided before :he meeting last night lo recommend that North Mulberry Street M> removed from Ihe im provement list this year so that the money could Ix- used lo repair damages to streets from the storm last week. L. B. (irier and Mrs. K. M. Land asked the city to defer indefinitely improvements to the street. It was their contention that the assessments against them would run high and that the pro- (Kised improvements wouldn't help them anyway. Mrs. Land suggested a belter project would be lo clean up Kelly Street. Dickerson said that he hoped the city could receive funds from the stale which could tx 1 used to widen East Broad Street from Oakwood Drive lo Kast Knd Avenue. In other action council rescinded its previous action calling for a public hearing on an amendment to the zoning ordinance pertaining lo slaughlei houses, e.xocutwl a power contract with Duke Power (Continued On Page 2) going lo raise Ihe salaries of some of the superintendents that all should be raised and Councilman 'larence Slecle suggested that here were probably others working or the city who had merited more nan one — step pay increases, nit no motions were introduced to irovide further increases. Mayor Ragnnl. however, stated that the city judge was no! receiving a very high salary and asked that councilmen consider raising his (Continued On Page 2) Boy Injured In Accident Jimmy Holland, 13-year-old son of Mrs. Elizabeth Holland, route I. Harmony, is in Iredell Memorial Hospital as a result of miurirs injuries suflered in a tractor accident yesterday. The accident took place at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday as young Holland was driving a tractor and pulling another tractor on the Robert Thomas farm near Harmony According lo Mrs Holland, Ihe tractor started tunung o\er and the youth jumped off As he jumped he caught his leg in the wheel and was crushed under the tractor He was trapped under the trae- t«r (or approximately 15 minutes while a young boy who was watching ran to get help Some neighbors Ulted the tractor and freed Ihe boy. Holland was then brought by ambulance to Ircdell Memorial Hospital Dr. J H Nicholson. II. said that Holland received a I nurtured pelvis, but his condition was described as good. Survey Shows 660 New Workers To Be Needed In Iredell County Industry By September A steady increase in employment is anticipated here during tRe next four months, according to a statislical report released today by Wade Wilson, manager of the local office of North Carolina Employment Security Commission. According to the report 430 ad ditional workers will be needed by July 15. Of this number 230 will be needed for factory jobs and 200 will be needed in non-manufacturing fields. Between mid-July and September" 15 some 2.10 additional workers uill l>e nrcdeci, due largely to further hiring in apparel manufacturing. Increases are an ticipated ia apparel, metal and machinery manufacturing, construction and trade industries. The employment estimates are based on information submitted by some 82 representative Iredell County firms which employ more than 11.500 workers, or about 61 per cent of all non-agricultural wage and salary workers in the county. The sample of manufacturing firms upon which the employment estimates are based represents over 71 per cent of the total manufacturing employment. At the present time an estimated 2.V44S person* are working in the county, an increase of 3.545 over the past nine year*. At the time of the 1950 census there was a total of 21,900 perons working in the county. Wage and salary employment in non-agricultural industries was estimated at 18.954 in mid-May, an increase of almost 400 during the past two months Factory employment advanced by around 200 workers during this period. While all manufacturing industries showed increases, expansions in appar el industries were responsible for a majority of the added jobs. Con si ruction employment gains accounted for most of the increase in the non-manufacturing work force. Aa of oiid-May the total labor s JT ' force in Ihe county strxnl at Jfi.fiio Of this number 25,445 were employed and 1,165 were unemployed There were .1,600 persons working in agriculture and 21,845 working in non-agricultural jobs A further breakdown of the workers shows 2.900 self-employed, unpaid family workers and domestics Tlwre were 18,945 wage and salary work ers Of Ihe 18.945 wace and salary workers 11.265 were working in manufacturing plants as follows tood. 57n, textile.*. 4 330 apparel, 1.010, lumber and furniture, 2.200: metal and machinery, 1575, and all other manulactunm;, 560. The 7,680 engaged in manufacturing positions were employed as follows: construction, 1.180: transportation, commercial and public utilities. 380: trade. 2,710; finance, insurance and real ejrtale, 325. service, except domestic. 1,5,0. government. 1.510, and other non-manufacturing, 65. The county's current jobless total represents 44 per cent of the local lalx>r force, considerably under the national and slate averages Claims for unemployment in- Mtram r have, shown a steady rte dine here recently. As of mid-May claims volume hud dropped to 17 or a ratio of 24 for each 1,000 workers covered under the unemployment insurance program. According to Wilson, high school graduates, school drop outs, and re-entrants to the lat>or force are expected to exceed Ihe demand for labor during the next four months Approximately 300 high school graduates have been given aptitude tests and counseling to help them determine their polrr.Uahties in different fields of work In addition lo the ones who are currently unemployed their are hundred* nf additional |>oople who would be available for industrial employment, if more job opportunities existed in the area. The«e in clud*- housewives and person* now commuting to jobs in other areas. Also additional workers could be drawn from portions of counties adjacent to Iredell At the end of May there were 1.179 applications for employment on file at the local oHice compared with 1.662 a year ago During May, 297 new applications were filed at the office compared with 320 for the same period a year ago Wilson said his office received 418 job openings during the rnonlh compared with 380 during May last year. Then? were 559 reta'red to jobs com pared with 301 during May Usi year. There were 301 persons placed during the month compared with 180 during May last year. There were 419 initials claims for unemployment compensation filed at the local office in May compared with 933 during May last year They claimed a total ol 1.835 weeks compared with 4.100 weeks during the same period a year ago. Wilson said he would like to thank all employers who have cooperated with hi& office by releasing information about employtoMft at their firm*.

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