History and Program Commemorating the Centennial of Kings Mountain 1874–1974

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE RALEIGH 27611 JAMES E. HOLSHOUSER. JR October, 1974 facets of North ountryside, and sent-day America, heritage, Kings Mountain The Honorable John Henry Moss Mayor of Kings Mountain Kings Mountain, North Carolina Dear Mayor Moss: The City of Kings Mountain reflects Carolina’s and our Nation’s past. Its i tradition trace history from the Coloni In its significant role in the formation has been responsible for many developments. Most notably, ber it as the site of the revolutionary Battle of Kings Mountain. His-torians have frequently termed this colonial victory a turning point in the American Revolutionary War. Now, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the City and the 194th celebration of the Battle of Kings Mountain, let us pause to pay tribute to the revolutionary colonists who brought fame to the site, the hard-working citizens who led the establishment of the community as a city, and the contemporary leaders and citizens who have retained for Kings Mountain its place as a historic and outstanding American city. Congratulations to the City of Kings Mountain on this auspicious occasion and best wishes for many more years of prosperity and succet Governor James E. Holshouser Mayor John Henry Moss The City of Kings Mountain NORTH CAROLINA The Historical City E L C O M El I wish to extend to you, on behalf of the Citizens of Kings Mountain, the Board of City Commissioners and myself, a most heartfelt WELCOME to the CENTENNIAL CELE-BRATION of the founding of the CITY OF KINGS MOUNTAIN and the 194th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE BATTLE OF KINGS MOUNTAIN , the Battle that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War in favor of the AMERICANS. To our Citizens, my sincerest CONGRATULATIONS I It is you, the individual Citizen, who has made these Celebrations MEANINGFUL as we strive to carry out the HIGHEST IDEALS of our GREAT CONSTITUTION OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I I am extremely proud of our Accomplishments and the Attitude of our CITIZENS, a Combination that has given to the CITY ‘ OF KINGS MOUNTAIN an Enviable Repu-tation of GROWTH AND PROGRESS but which, at the same time, has DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED a SPIRIT of COOPERA-TION, FRIENDLINESS AND CONSIDERATION for ALL. Upon the conclusion of our CELEBRATIONS, it is my sincere wish that you will take with you HAPPY AND JOYOUS MEMORIES of the fun of these CELEBRATIONS and of the DEEPER MEANINGS of these COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONIES; and let us resolve to carry forward the GRAIL OF OUR HARDY ANCESTORS who set the stage and GAVE US THE FOUNDATIONS which have made it possible for us to reach THIS IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN OUR HISTORY. 4 This page sponsored by FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

Kings Mountain Historical Video: 1942

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Filmed as part of H. Lee Waters’ “Movies of Local People” project. Mauney Memorial Library has two videocassettes (approximately 61 minutes). Part 1 is in black and white, film was shot in Kings Mountain 1937-1940, 35 minutes. Part 2 is a color film and was shot in Kings Mountain in 1942, 26 minutes. No notes link images to dates. Silent film with background music. Subjects in the films were school kids, people on the street, cars, local businesses such as gas stations, Blalocks Grocery, the dry cleaners, the newspaper, Belk’s department store, Foster Shoe Service and many others. The original film had deteriorated so some images are silvery or white in Part 1.

Kings Mountain Historical Video: 1937–1940

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Filmed as part of H. Lee Waters’ “Movies of Local People” project. Mauney Memorial Library has two videocassettes (approximately 61 minutes). Part 1 is in black and white, film was shot in Kings Mountain 1937-1940, 35 minutes. Part 2 is a color film and was shot in Kings Mountain in 1942, 26 minutes. No notes link images to dates. Silent film with background music. Subjects in the films were school kids, people on the street, cars, local businesses such as gas stations, Blalocks Grocery, the dry cleaners, the newspaper, Belk’s department store, Foster Shoe Service and many others. The original film had deteriorated so some images are silvery or white in Part 1.

The Old Mountaineer: Letters To Servicemen

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Letters to military personnel during World War II. Some of the responses from the recipients are included in the next letter sent. This was a “newsletter” program begun at the Neisler Mills to provide news of the mill and people in the employment of the mill to the military men overseas. It was an attempt to keep up the home town connection for the service men. It presents some of the history of Neisler Mills activities during the years 1942–1945. The writer uses the name “The Old Mountaineer.” Also includes Raising the Curtain on Neisler, February 1945, a reprint of Esso Oilways, and some photographs.

Hazel Herndon Scrapbook

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Scrapbook and journal kept by Hazel Herndon Fryer during her overseas assignment as a Staff Assistant with the American Red Cross during World War II.

Shop Drawing 22 for US Post Office in Kings Mountain, NC

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Transcription: Virginia Steel Company. Richmond, VA. Birmingham, Ala. First Floor Framing, U.S. Post Office, Kings Mountain, N.C. L.B. Gallimore Contr. Federal Works Agency Archt. Drawn L, Checked C.W.R. Date 11-24-39. Drawing 2147-3. BACK: R. T. Sunday Co. Blue Printers. No. 606 E. Main St., Richmond, VA. Phone 3-4008.

Time Book for Kings Mountain Manufacturing Company

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W.A. Mauney Civil War Diary

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Leather bound. Approximately 234 pages, condition is poor, binding very delicate. It is a hand written diary with some ink fading, some entries in pencil. A letter written to his father and a receipt for money received from the Sellers estate were included in the diary at the time it was donated. W.A. Mauney enlisted in the army and the diary has daily entries from 1861-1865 about the events, activities, and battles fought by Company B, 28th N. C. Regiment (South Fork Farmers or also known as Gaston Invincibles) in North Carolina and Virginia. Also included in the information was a set of camp song lyrics and a list of names of the people in the regiment with deaths noted. The letter that was in the diary was sent from Madison County Virginia, May 17th, 1862. The receipt was dated 1871. W. A. Mauney was one of the founding fathers of Kings Mountain. A 45 page transcript of the diary and the record of Company B volunteers was made in the 1930s and was notarized August 26, 1938.