The Charlotte Observer from Charlotte, North Carolina on July 10, 1952 · 9
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The Charlotte Observer from Charlotte, North Carolina · 9

Charlotte, North Carolina
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Thursday, July 10, 1952
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The Foremost Newspaper of The Carolines JHjr (Ct) or lull bpmrr Thursday, July 10, 1952 9-A Caldwell Man Slays Wife, Son, Himself LENOIR, July 9 The body of a Caldwell County furniture worker was found In a field adjacent to bis home in Happy Valley early today, minutes after his wife and 12-year-old son were found slain in the residence. Dead in the triple-slaying which stunned Caldwell citizens, are'W. Spencer Hamby, 50; his wife, Mrs. Vannie Fairchild Hamby, 47; and their son, Zeke. Caldwell Coroner Marshall Kincaid and Sheriff George D. Greer called the triple-slaying murder and suicide. BLAST HEABD Hambys body was found by Sheriff Greer at about 1:30 oclock this morning after neighbors reported hearing the sound of a shotgun blast. The body lay near a fence, a 12-gauge shotgun near by. Sheriff Greer, Constable Denver Cheek and Claude Hamby, the latter a son of the dead couple, earlier had entered the home and found Mrs. Hamby's body wrapped in a blanket and lying on a floor. Zekei body, also wrapped in a blanket, was found on a bed. Mrs. Hamby had been slain by the same gun which took her husbands life. Officers said they believed Hamby killed his wife following a quarrel Tuesday at about 5 o'clock and bludgeoned Zeke to death with the butt of tlf shotgun about an hour later. Neighbors told officers Zeke came running to their home about daylight Tuesday and shouted: Papa has shot mama with a shotgun. Hamby quickly followed the boy to the neighbor's and reportedly said: Son, you know 1 wouldnt harm your mother. I was only shooting at a cat down In the field." Hamby took Zeke .back to their home. Several letters purportedly written by Hamby were found. One was in the ash tray of Gaude Hambys car and was addressed to him. Among other things the note said the father had decided it was best to take Zeke with them as Zeke would be in Heaven. The letter also directed Gaude to find $1,212 in cash in the glove compartment of Hambys automobile; contained instructions for funeral arrangements; and explained Hamby's actions and set forth his Intention to take his own life. OTHER LETTERS Other letters were addressed to his mother, Mrs. Vetter Fairchild; and a daughter, Mrs. Dan Watson. Contents of those notes were not disclosed. Hamby, stayed away from work Tuesday. During the day neighbors became suspicious of the absence of Mrs. Hamby and Zeke and said Hamby told them of a fuss and said the mother and sAn had gone to her fathers home. Gaude Hamby, after discovering the note in his car, contacted Constable Cheek and they went to Spencer Hambys home. They saw Hamby in the basement of the residence but he did not respond to their calling of his name. Claude and ,the officer thereupon came to Lenoir, six miles away, and returned to the home with Sheriff Greer. Meantime, Hamby had killed himself. Lenoir funeral home attendants said Hamby visited the mortuarys office Tuesday afternoon and paid premiums on burial insurance. Funeral services for the trio will be held at Dunkirk Methodist Church near Ferguson, Wilkes County, Friday at 2:30 p.m. The caskets will be interred in a common grave. The Hambys are survived by two sons and four daughters, Kerr Brands Taft-Ike Fight Disgusting By The Associated Press Sen. Robert S. Kerr of Oklahoma said yesterday the Taft-Eisenhower battle at the Republican National Convention in Chicago is disgusting to the American people. He called it a brawl Kerr, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, issued a statement in Washington, D. C., sounding a plea for nationwide unity instead of dissension in this election year. As for the GOP convention, Kerr said: The warring factions demonstrated that they are unable to develop anything but another split, and that they are totally unable to unify their own party or inspire the confidence and support of the American people. Another blast at the Republicans came from Sen. Hubert H. Hum phrey, Minnesotas favorite son candidate for the Democratic presidential prize. Emerging from a White House talk with President Truman, Humphrey told newsmen: The, Republicans are not doing themselves any good. They are giving the people an eyeful of the kind of machinery manipulation that goes on in the GOP. While Democrats made capital of the GOP strife, danger signals were already flashing in advance of their own national convention which opens July 21 in Chicago. Once again, as in 1948, the big issue is expected to center on the explosive question of civil rights with some Southern leaders on record as threatening to walk out if a strong civil rights plank is adopted in the Democratic platform. Despite such rumblings from Dixie, President Truman indicated anew that he will push a nocompromise fight for adoption of his full civil rights program by the Democratic convention. Truman outlined his platform plans to a delegation of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Later, President Walter P. Reuther of the CIO United Auto Workers, spokesman for the delegation, told newsmen: The President restated his position and said he would fight for his full civil rights program. r n S' South Carolina Heart Grants Total $31,000 COLUMBIA, S. C., July 9 (M-The South Carolina Heart Association today announced it has made grants totaling $31,0p0 for heart disease research. The State Medical Charleston was given use in its heart clinic. $10,000 went to the Heart Association. All of this money, State Association directors said, was contributed by South Carolinians in September and February campaigns for funds. BRITISH BOMBER SMASHES HOUSES The pilot and a Ministry Supply official were killed, nine others aboard were injured and two homes at Wilts, England, were demolished when an RAF twin-engined Brigand bomber crashed into a group of pre fabricated houses. Part of one of the plane's engines is visible under the fireman's ladder. (International) Second Primary Ahead For Darlington Sheriff DARLINGTON, S. C., July 9-Final tabulations of yesterdays Democratic primary showed today that Sheriff Johnny Stokes will be in the second primary July 22 with W. H. Grantham, former sheriff of the county. Sheriff Stokes re ceived 4,252 votes from the 38 pre cincts of the county and Mr. Grantham received a total of 2,579. The other candidates for sheriff were Bill Bryant, 632, Hallie Dudley, 705; Hoyt Keeley, 304; and Garence Smith 1,280. 1 Darlington County voters yesterday filled two of their three House of Representatives seats. Edward Saleeby of Hartsville was re-elected, with 5,801, and J. Reaves Coker, also of Hartsville, was elected with 5,692. In the second primary will be Buckingham Apts.? No, LONDON, July 9 to-A shocked House of Commons heard a left-wing Laborite propose today that financially hard pressed Queen Elizabeth turn Buckingham Palace into an apartment house to help make ends meet. But the House defeated by an overwhelming majority that suggestion by Emrys Huges and others aimed at cutting the Queens wages. WiU Teach Swimming CHESTER, S. C., July 9 The city recreation department of Chester has arranged to have Freddie Davis teach swimming at the American Legion pool for three hours each morning. MUTUAL CASUALITY FIRE 109 W. 3rd St. Diol 3-4158 BELK'S STORE HOURS 9 to 5:30, Wednesday 9 to 1 COOL COMFORTABLE JUVENILE PAJAMAS Harvey Honney of Darlington, who received 3,871, and Ernest Cooke of Hartsville, with 3,692. Other House candidates were Elmo Bos ton, who received 3,031, Dr. G. L.j Boykin of Lamar, with 3,365; and J. T. Hodge, with 2,755. J. H. Kistler warf re-elected Darlington County coronet, witbj 5,858 votes over his opponent, Cecil E. Harper, whho received 3,985. Russell King was, re-elected Darlington County superintendent of education with 7,104 votes over his opponent, Mrs. Mary Gandy, who received 2,809 votes. The Sunday movie issue was voted out. People make more money selling furniture, cars, musical merchandise through Observer Want Ads. wm wmmxni BELKS Store Hours 9 To 5:30, Wednesdays 9 To 1 ru-T i . 3 Before you go on that extra speciot vacation you've been planning, be sure to get all th things you will need! You'll find just what you want in the way of snjjart sport clothes right here ct BeHc's, so come in now and take aA'arvtagp of tht many good buys in our Men's Store. Men's Short Sleeved BELKS Store Hours 9 To 5:30, Wednesdays 9 To 1 Advance SALE! Special Purchase All-wool worsted MENS IS to McGregor, Manhattan, and Arrow sport shirts are made of fine combed cottons, skip dent, plain ond crinkle weaves in solid colors and fancy patterns. They have 2 pockets and convertible collars. Sires are S, M, ML and L Men's Hickok 1111 to 1.95 to 195 Get the little fellows several pairs of these summer pajamas which are styled with short or long pants and middy or coat style tops. The materials are seersucker, plisse crepe ond skip dent. Colors ore blue, moire, tan, and green in solids and stripes. Sizes 4 to 12., Boy' Department Second Floor Men' Store IN OUR 57TH YEAR OF SERVICE TO CHARLOTTE AND THE CAROLINAJ Tailored by Rockingham Reg. Would Be 49.50 Handsome New Patterns Weights Suitable For Fall and Year-Round Wear These smart Rockingham suits ore now available to those of you who will step forward first ond take advantage of this advance sole. They come in single and double breasted, regular, long and short styles. They are all wool worsted ond come in grey, blue and tan. Opportunity to buy your fall suit ot a sav-' ing well in odvance of the season. Sires are 35 to 48. Men's Store Street Floor IN OUR 57TH YEAR OF SERVICE TO CHARLOTTE AND THE CAROL I NAS! Summer belts by Hickok ore available in solid color and striped ribbons and light and medium tan and blue leather. The sizes are small, medium, and large. Smarten your slacks with one of these handsomely styled belts. IflEill 65c to 1.10 Summer socks by Interwoven are in anklet and regular lengths. Now is tho time to renew your wardrobe with light-colored, cool, long-lasting socks. There is a good selection of stripes, argyles, and checks. Sizes 10 to 14. Special Purchase 1.09 doz. Now is a good time to stock up on handkerchiefs! These are made of smooth white cotton and ore full sized. They hove a soft finish and a wide hem. They launder nicely. Men's Store Street Floor IN OUR 57TH YEAR OF SERVICE TO CHARLOTTE AND THE CAROL I NAS! - V lev-' - -m

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