IN THE SERVICE OF THE USA

Completed: Airman Carl L. Duckworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Duckworth Sr. of Route 5, Morganton has completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He has been assigned as a medical specialist. Duckworth, a 1967 graduate of Oak Hill High School, attended Western Piedmont Community College before joining the armed forces.

Returns to Active Duty: Corporal Melvin Wayne Davis of Icard has been returned to active duty after being wounded by mortar fire about three weeks ago while serving in Vietnam. He has been been in Vietnam for five months, where he is squad leader of the 1st Platoon, 2nd Battalion Fourth Marines, Third Division. He is a graduate of Hildebran High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. France Davis of Icard.

AMONG US MORGANTONIANS J . GORDON QUEEN

Come to think of it, the steel work is going right along on the Alpine plant of Drexel Furniture Company. Oh, how the Morganton plants are growing.

The Wes-Mor shopping center is going to be a pretty big one when the buildings now under construction are completed and the way some waste land around the city has been developed and being built up.

Oh yes - - the best way to keep Morganton growing is to do lots of beautifying. It is a must this day and time.

Some folks will tell you that we have enough industry. Tell that to someone who believes it! One of our biggest needs is more houses.

RETROSPECT: Do you remember the revolving stools in I.I. Davis and Sons Store, and how children of customers would make merry go rounds of them? And when young men would hire a horse and buggy from local livery stables and take their girlfriend for a ride?

Whatever became of the lightning rods that used to be atop of many rural homes? Oh yes, sure - - they are long gone, replaced by TV antennas. Did you know that years ago, there was a barn where the post office stands now?

Street talk: A woman driver going right ahead as a barking dog tried to block the way … A young girl walking merrily along, evidently trying to attract attention – yes, she was scantily dressed. …

An extra long freight train chugging through the city … Mrs. Annie Walker talking about the good old school days.

MISS MORRIS TAPPED BY LOCAL CLUB

One of the highest honors in 4-H work was bestowed on Joyce Morris, a member of the Hartland Road Senior Club in Raleigh last night at the awards banquet of the North Carolina 4-H Congress.

Miss Morris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Morris of Box 81 Route 7, Morganton, was tapped into the state 4-H Honor Club in a colorful candlelight ceremony marking one of the highlights of the Congress at NC State University.

Membership in the 850 member organization is a reward for 4-H work and outstanding service to the organization.

KIRKSEY QUITS NATIONAL DEMO COMMITTEE

Jack B. Kirksey of Morganton, recently appointed State Highway Commissioner, has tendered his resignation as North Carolina’s Democratic national committeeman.

Kirksey today confirmed reports that his resignation, effective immediately, was sent yesterday to James V. Johnson, state party chairman. He had indicated earlier that he would not continue as the state’s only male member of the national committee.

Serving on the national committee and the highway commission is not dual office holding and therein no requirement that Kirksey step down from the party post.

AUTO SALESMAN ROUNDS OUT 40 YEARS

“As good as I feel about Chryslers, I may be selling them for another 40 years.”

Talking was H.L. (Wes) Connelly, a Morganton man with a reputation of selling more cars than any other man in Burke County. Actually, he does not know how many cars he has sold over the years.

Now he is general sales manager with Thomas Motor Company in Morganton and still going strong.

Connelly was not born with a steering wheel in his mouth - - in fact he was a ripe old age of 14 or 15 before he and cars began to get together much.

He was still using a red and white bicycle for transportation when he began to hang around at Standard Motor Company which was operated by Ben Kibler. Kibler sold Dodge, Overland, Reo, Nash and later on, Chrysler.

Connelly, a neatly dressed young man on a bicycle, soon had an unpaid job helping around the garage. Best of all, he got to move the cars around.

“My Daddy bought one when I was 17, a baby overland,” Connelly said. “That was in 1919, and I was the only driver at home who could operate it. Since I had been working around the garage, I knew how.” He grinned as he remembered, “I was in hog heaven. I could drive, so I got to drive it to church on Sunday.”

Since he sold his first car in 1928, he has seen some mighty big improvements. That’s as true of other makes as it is of his first loves: Imperials, Chryslers and Plymouths. But even in the early years, Chryslers had hydraulic brakes, not power brakes - - they hadn’t come in then, he said. Today he feels they are the finest cars in America.

This article is sponsored by the History Museum of Burke County, where the archives of The News Herald are stored. Jimmy Rhyne is the researcher of the archives.

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