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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Land Grant to John Carruth

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State of North Carolina, No 98 To all whom these presents shall come, Greeting. Know Ye That We, for and in consideration of the sum of Fifty shillings for every Hundred Acres hereby Granted, paid into our Treasury by John Carruth have Given and Granted, and by these presents do Give and Grant unto the said John Carruth a Tract of Land containing Two hundred Acres, lying and being in our County of Lincoln On the waters of the such fork of Baffalow joining Andrew Hezliss land Beginning at a black Oak Hezliss corner and running with his line South fifty eight West Two hundred poles to a black oak thence South thirty two East one hundred sixty poles to a post oak thence North fifty eight East two hundred poles to a stake thence North thirty two West one hundred sixty poles to the Beginning As by the Plat hereunto annexed doth appear: together will all woods, water, mines, minerals, hereditaments, and appurtenances, to the said Land belonging or Appertaining: To HOLD to the Said John Carruth his heirs and assigns for ever: Yielding and paying to Us such sums of money, yearly, or otherwise, as our General Assembly from time to time may direct. Provided always, That the said John Carruth shall cause this Grant to be registered to the Register’s Office of our said county of Lincoln within twelve months from the date hereof, otherwise the same shall be void and of no effect.

Indenture between John Curry and John Falls

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This Indenture made the Twenty Sixth Day of Jany. in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven Hundred and Eighty four Between John Curry of the State of North Carolina and County of Lincoln of the One part and John Falls of the State and County aforesaid of the Other Part. Witnesseth that for and in Consideration of the Sum of Two Hundred Fifty Pounds Hard money in hand paid unto the Said John Curry by the said John Falls at or before the Sealing and Delivery of these presents the Receipt where of he the said John Curry doth hereby Acknowledge and there of doth acquit and discharge the said John Falls By these presents he the said John Curry Hath Granted Bargained Sold Aliened Enfeoffed Conveyed and Confirmed and by they presents doth Grant Bargain Sell Alien Enfeoff Convey and Confirm Unto the said John Falls and to his Heirs and assigns forever a Certain Tract or Plantation of land Containing Three Hundred acres Lying and being in the County of Lincoln and State of North Carolina on both sides of Kings Creek near the head and bounded as follows viz. Beginning at a White Oak Thence No. 50′ Et. 220 poles to an Ash Thence So. 40′ Et. 220 poles to a Small Gum Thence So. 50′ Wt. 220 poles to a Stake Thence No. 40″ Wt. 220 poles to the Beginning Originally Granted to James Fanning by a Patent bearing date the 26 of Sept. 1766 and by James Fanning his Son and Heir at Law Conveyed to John Curry by Deed of Conveyance Dated 19th of Jany. 1780 as of Record &c. All Houses buildings Orchards Ways Waters Water courses profits Commodities Hereditaments and Appurtenances whatsoever to the said Lands and premises hereby granted belonging or in anywise Appertaining and the Reversions & Reversion Remainder & Remainders Rents Issues and profits there of and all the Estate Right Title Interest property Claim and Demands whatsoever of him the sd. John Curry of in and to the said Land and premises and all Dependencies & [ ] Touching or anywise concerning the same To have and to Hold the Land & hereby Conveyed and all and Singular other the premises hereby bargained and Sold with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said John Falls his Heirs and assigns To the only proper use and behoof of the said John Falls his heir and assigns for ever and the said John Curry for himself his heirs Executor & Administer doth Covenant promise and agree to and with the said John Falls his heirs and assigns by these presents that he the sd. John Curry now at the time of Sealing and delivering these presents is Seized of a good sure perfect and Indefeasible Estate of Inheritance in Feesimple of in and to the premises hereby bargained and Sold and that he hath Good power and Lawful and Absolute Authority to Grant & Convey the same to the said John Falls in a manner and form Aforesaid and that the sd. Premises now are and forever hereafter shall remain and be free and Clear of and from Incumbrances whatsoever (Land Tax Excepted) and that the said John Curry and his heirs all and Singular the premises hereby bargained and Sold with the appurtenances unto the said John Falls his Heirs and Assigns Against him the said John Curry and his Heirs and all and Every other person and persons whatsoever Shall warrant and forever defend by these presents In Witness where of the sd. John Curry hath hereunto Set his hand and seal the day and year first above written Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Thomas Ferguson Gilbrath Dickson John Wilson NB The word & in Feesimple interlined before Sealing & Delivering