Addition or change
||This month's selected Photo is of an event in the early fifties. Perhaps you saw it. Maybe you're in the picture.
In RGee's Corner, our friend Glenn Watkins shares another detailed memory of the life and times of Cliffside.
A short reminiscence of a day in 1941, titled "The Water Boy."
||There's a new Family
Story, this one of the Robert
Sparks family, taken from the book compiled and written by the
late Jimmy Sparks. It includes bios of Robert & Ebber Bostic Sparks,
his father, and all their children.
||They just keep coming! Fifty three more photos in
the brand new Faces
of Cliffside Gallery IV.
We've added eight new PDF files to the Documents list.
These are scans of printed programs, certificates, old tax forms,
etc. (All new files are added to the top of the list. )
||Here's the long awaited Photo
of the Month for December
that features the young face of a Cliffside fixture.
For Odds & Ends, we've come up with a new "Remember
That?" In focus
this time are the great grandstand entertainments we used to enjoy
at the Cleveland County fair.
In the Memories section we examine a
few of the things we produced
locally for our amusement
and diversion: minstrel shows,
woman-less weddings and donkey basketball games.
||Added a Documents button on the navigation bar (see
left) on all "yellow" pages. This will lead you to
the Documents page, where, for your
convenience, all the Web site's PDF documents are listed. The purpose:
if you want to reread a document, you don't have to go searching
In Memories, we've created
a new Cliffside High Yearbooks category, and added another
entire yearbook, this one from 1947. It and the ones to
come are in PDF format, enabling
you to see the original pages, zoom in and out, selectively print
pages, and save the PDF files to your hard drive. As time goes
by, we plan to add all of CHS's year books to this collection.
There's a new Reader Comment.
We still have about 200 new photos to put in galleries. We'll try
to get to those before Christmas.
||Added 29 new names to the Contributors list.
This means 29 more people have contributed their pictures, ideas,
stories and financial support. That brings the total of active
supporters to 153, not to mention the hundreds who give us much
needed moral support and encouragement. Thanks to all of you.
||In the History department, we've started a new section
called Family Stories, relating
some history, kinship info and tales from the past of, for now,
two families. With your help we could include your family in this
||On Oct. 11—and on
the 18th—the 2nd annual Remember Cliffside Day was held.
Because the 11th was such a dreary day, the Masons decided to
repeat it the following week. Anyhow, in the Present
Day gallery there are 92 photos of many
And, as predictable as the flowers in springtime, we have
a new Photo of the Month.
||In 1961 someone snapped a picture of Rucker Scruggs
standing in front of his River Street store. His granddaughter,
Mary, was kind enough to submit it, and we've made it October's Photo
of the Month.
We've added another book to the Suggested
Reading list. It's Rutherford County in World War II,
by Anita Price Davis and James M. Walker. It has many interesting
pictures and stories of those who went off to war, Cliffside's
Grover Haynes, Jr. and James Price among them.
||1922 was a big year for Cliffside. Both the
new school and the R. R. Haynes Memorial Building, which had been
under construction for several years, were dedicated. Read the
extensive coverage of these ceremonies and much more in Cliffside
in 1922, found in the History department.
In Odds & Ends, we've added a page of Reader's
Comments. You might find interesting
what people are saying about the web site.
There are a couple of interesting updates, another Ray
Nanney Flashback, a new addition to Can
You Speak Cliffside? (about cow horns). Plus a new Did
You Know ? item
on the front page.
||Reach back to yesteryear—Jan 20, 1978—and
recall the day they moved
the town clock to its new home in the
||In 1937 the school year book was called “Old
Gold & Black.” In our Memories department, we've
reproduced it as faithfully as could be. You'll like the
photos; the photographer made our little Cliffside girls
look like movie stars. (Click on
the individual student pics to see larger versions.) Who
among you had friends or kinfolks in that class?
||Added 20 new photos to Memorial Day 2003 gallery
(As of this date, all galleries combined contain 1,157 photos.
This number does not include photos contained in features
like Tomb Builders, Hames Studio, year books, etc; original articles
and news stories; or Pictures of the Month.)
||Moved the “Did You Know?” teaser
to the top of the front page. Every new DYK item will appear
here first, then, when the
next new item comes along, will move to the regular DYK page.
||Ta-da! Announcing 23 photos in a sparkling new
gallery called School Groups II.
To celebrate Labor Day, we've found a fascinating Photo
of the Month for September, of a long ago parade in downtown
Cliffside that may well have been taken on a Labor Day.
And don't miss the new Did
You Know? items.
Finally, we've included some advance notice of this year's Cliffside
Day—coming up on October 11th.
||Today we take you back to 1904 to read the first announcement of
plans to build the Cliffside Railroad.
There's a whole new picture
gallery, called Families
of Cliffside 2, with 35 photos. And you'll like the eight
new photos in the Faces at the Mill gallery, starting here.
Check out the new items
Finally, we've reordered the Site Map a
little to make it easier to find things.
||Think you know all there is to know about
the R. R. Haynes Memorial Building? Not so fast! Here's a full
description of that famous landmark, written
shortly after its dedication in 1922.
And there are a couple of new updates.
||Just in time for Wednesday, there's a bright,
shiny new gallery called Scenes
Around Town 3 containing 18 never-before-seen-lately photographs.
Some of the people shown are unidentified. Help us ID them if you
While you're at it, check out the new item in Remember
||We've added 10 additional
pictures to People & Their
Vehicles gallery, starting here.
And, starting here,
you can see 14 new photos in
the World War II gallery.
There are several interesting new items in Did
You Know? and a new Update which
sheds some light on an old photograph.
Finally, as we're apt to do when we run across new information,
we've added an “Info Link” to a name in the 1910
Census. This time, it's Horace
Carpenter. Who was he?
||Anita Price Davis has done it again! In our
Reading List we've added her informative new book: North
Carolina During The Depression. In it you'll find lots
of familiar people and places.
||We're happy to present an important addition
to the web site: Cliffside
in 1910. You can search the 2,118 names in that year's
Federal Census records. Where did grandpa live? How old was
he? Did he
work? Could he read or write?
Then, as regular as clockwork, there's a new Photo
of The Month, this time an old picture of R. R. Haynes and
|A little early, but here's the new Photo
of the Month for July, an
exhibit at the Cleveland County Fair.
Plus there's a new entry in Remember That?
|At long last, the three “Cliffside”
model galleries are now complete. There are 88 new photos
in two new galleries (130 total), and a revised format allowing
you to see more pictures per page. This is a remarkable model
that took Jim Scancarelli years to complete.
|Revised the Site Map.
Under the Flashbacks category, it now lists each contributor's
name, and links directly to that contributor's page.
Speaking of Flashbacks, read the three new submissions
Davis, a Cliffsider with a thousand memories. There're at
the top of his Flashbacks page.
|In Photo Galleries, in Present
Day Photos, there's a new collection of 43 pictures taken
during the Memorial Day weekend, May 10-11. There are a few persons
who are unidentified. Help us if you can.
Under History there's a new sub-section called Crimes,
Misdemeanors and Skullduggery, in which we'll include all
the instances of mayhem we know about. To begin our journey down
this dark path, we've provided stories of a killing and two bank
robberies in our fair town.
|Due to overwhelming demand by one or two of
our readers, we've added a search
facility to the website. Let us know if it's helpful. You
can access it from the front page by clicking the new Search button.
|In the History section, there's an
interesting discussion by Jim Ruppe about Cliffside's
company stores. Did you realize there were more than one?
In Odds & Ends,
there's a quaint 1943 letter
of agreement from Cliffside Mills to Pick Biggerstaff.
And something you'll recognize and remember immediately, a funeral
home fan. There's also a new item in Remember
Yates Bostic, Jr. tells of helping tear down the Memorial Building.
In Memories, there's a newspaper column titled “An
Election Night in Shelby,” about someone you might remember.
For Photo of the Month fans, here's the picture for
June, a rare old picture of Cliffside's
|Here are 44 pictures in a new gallery called Faces of Cliffside
III. There are a couple of unidentified people shown, so help
us ID them if you can.
And yet another
addition to the Suggested Reading List.
addition to the Suggested Reading List.
|Betty Whitaker Butler has contributed some of
her memories in our Flashbacks section.
In Odds & Ends, there is a reminiscence about life in the mill villages of Charlotte that is close to
our own experiences, with an overview of how cloth is produced
in a mill.
There's an interesting update to our March Photo of the Month. The lady on the street is identified.
And there's a new Photo
of the Month—for May (we're going to forget April).
|We're baaaaaaack—with a new photo gallery titled Demolition.
There are 16 photos from the '60s and '70s showing various states
of Cliffside's decline.
|We have a new feature in Odds & Ends called Remember
That? It's a list of topics guaranteed to spur fond memories
of the past.
|A photo for March,
although a bit late. An interesting picture from about 1917 of
a lady standing on the street in downtown Cliffside.
|We've acquired another Cliffside postcard from Myles Haynes,
Jr. It's another view of the Memorial
Building lobby, photographed in the 1920's.
|Ever notice how folks tend to photograph themselves on, in
or around their cars? Here's an amusing new gallery of 26 photos
and their Vehicles."
|In Odds & Ends, there's a new page called The
High Cost of Living, a doctor's bill from the depression years.
We've added a dozen new names to the Contributors list.
There are a few new entries in “Did
You Know?,” and new Flashbacks from Anne Cargill and Peggy Putnam Houser.
There's an entirely new gallery called More
Scenes Around Town containing 17 photos.
In Sports Groups, we've added a photo taken at the Cliffside
team banquet of 1956.
In Community Groups, there's a photo of Cliffside's
first rescue squad.
In Early Days, there are two compelling new photos of the Baptist
Church being built and the mill office being remodeled, starting
Pony fans will be glad to find a new pony picture—and another
featuring a goat wagon—starting
We added six new photos in the World War II section, starting
|A new month has rolled around. (We've noticed that happens
more frequently these days—about every couple of weeks or
so.) Anyhow, we've got a new Photo
of the Month, this time of the men and boys who work at a
spoke and handle plant of 1890.
And we've typed our fingers to the bone to bring you twenty-five
(count 'em, 25) new Sun stories from the year 1927. In “In
The News” read all about the new dry cleaning plant,
the new ladies rest room (“first in the county”) and
the church that became a school gymnasium. You'll be absolutely
dazzled by the exquisite detail of the story on the commencement
of the class of '27 (the “last class to graduate from Cliffside
There's a new Update on the Hames
Under Memories, there's a 1964 Shelby
Star article about Cliffside's one and only jet crash.
We've also revised the Site Map to
make it easy for you to find all the new stuff. Each new article
listed on the Site Map can be identified by this blue star:
|In History, you'll find some exceptional photos made by the
first photographer ever to document the people and events of Cliffside,
W.E. Hames. In The
Hames Studio there are 16 unique photos and information you
may not have known.
Also, a major improvement has been made to the Site
Map. It now lists individually all the stories
posted in the “In The News” section, giving you a
better view of the substantial contents of that section, and better
control of what you've read, or missed. We'll be adding new material
from The Sun in the very near future.
|In History, we've added a brief Story
of The Haynes Mill and Avondale, written about 40 years ago
by Hollis Owens, Sr. For photo fans, we've added a gallery of Sports
Groups, 25 pictures of teams and individual athletes of the
school and town. (We need your help in identifying and dating
|In the History section, you'll find a fascinating article called “Tomb Builders,”
about the building of R.R. Haynes tomb at Cliffside Cemetery.
There are rare “Hames Studio” photos provided by
the family of Press Freeman, one of the stone masons who worked
on the project.
|Added January's Photo
of the Month, "New Year 1943," contributed by Bob
In the past week, for technical purposes, we have made
a number of changes to the website, most of which—we hope—will
not be obvious to the reader. If you run across broken links
or other mistakes of any kind, please let us know.