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A History of Cherryville
By W. Tabor Robinson

 

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Foreword

Cherryville, occasionally referred to as the "little city with a big future," has an interesting history. It was possible to write only a part of that history in the time period from the local Bicentennial Committee's request that-it be done as a project of the committee and the week ending May 8, 1976. The names of many individuals and many families are not included names of persons and families who, perhaps were oblivious themselves of the fact they were doing so, had important roles in the development of this small Gaston County city. Many who have been a part of the community's commercial, industrial, religious, social, educational, and political history are not named. All who have made meaningful contributions to Cherryville have not been merchants, manufacturers, or professional men. Many have been textile workers, teachers, ministers, and men and women of other vocations.  

To relate the events of Cherryville past is to describe in an incomplete manner the development of a crossroads community into a progressive small city one in which her people find it good to live, to work, and to worship in the community's many churches. And, to men whose lives have spanned seven or eight decades, it is a good place in which to remember--to relive in memory experiences shared with close friends; to look again down a narrow dirt road with its border of rustic rail fences and cherry blossoms. To them it is a good place in which to recall the smell of a fresh-cut hayfield, and the peal of church bells, ringing their invitation to Sunday worship. To these, whose dreams have now become memories, tree-shrouded swimming holes are seen again, and heard again, as it was on a warm summer night so many years ago, is the harmony of a street-corner quartet as it sang "Sweet Adeline" or "Down by the Old Mill Stream."  

Perhaps a knowledge of, and the memories of her past will help those who will follow us to keep it a place in which men live who, in the majority, love their God, their country, and their "home town."  

-The Author  

Acknowledgments

This rather brief history of Cherryville is based on knowledge which has been acquired during a long period of research. Much of it was obtained from personal interviews with older, knowledgeable persons, several of whom are no longer living; and from personal interviews with younger people, who learned something of the town's history through their own research or from parents or grandparents who were descendants of the men and women who helped in the beginning and growth of Cherryville. A great deal of the information was acquired by reading historical books and historical papers. Some of it was both a general and specific knowledge which came from reading histories of several counties and families, and reading newspapers particularly old issues. Notes written by my great- grandmother in her family Bible and notes written in several other family Bibles were found. to be informative and helpful.  

The town's own records for years prior to 1892 were lost. This added greatly to the research task. It made it necessary to search for information which could be found only in the Private Laws of North Carolina which were enacted by several sessions of the General Assembly. To the many who, by permitting the use of filed documents; and to others whose books, papers, and publications have been of help; and-to persons who have talked to me about Cherryville past, I am sincerely grateful. And, to those who were kind enough to drive for me because of the partial loss of my vision, who have typed for me and helped in many ways, I am also very grateful.

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 Special Thanks and Acknowledgment are Due and Given to the Following:  

THE CHERRYVILLE EAGLE, Mr. Fred K. Houser, Editor and Publisher and his wife, Mrs. Creole Hoosier; THE GASTON COUNTY HISTORICAL BULLETIN, William Craig, Editor; The North Carolina Department of Archives and History; The North Carolina State Library; The National Archives and Records Service, Washington, D.C.; Register of Deeds offices of Anson, Mecklenburg, Lincoln and Gaston counties; The Gaston County Library and its Branch in Cherryville; The Law Library of Wake Forest College; The libraries of Appalachian State University, Gardner Webb College, Lincoln County, Cleveland County and Catawba County.   Also, The Duke University Divinity Library, THE GASTONIA GAZETTE; Cope and Wellman - The County of Gaston, published by the Gaston County Historical Society; Joseph H. Separk - Gastonia and Gaston County;   A History of Catawba County, edited by Charles J. Presslar, Jr., and published by the Catawba County Historical Association; Bonnie Mauney Summers (Mrs. F.R.)- Three Mauney Families; Joe R. Nixon - The German Settlers in Lincoln County and Western North Carolina, published at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1912, by the James Sprunt Historical Publications, under the direction of the North Carolina Historical Association; W. L. Sherrill - Annals of Lincoln County; C. W. Griffin;  History of Old Tryon and Rutherford Counties; Jane Mauney Huffstetler, granddaughter of Christian Mauney - her family Bible.  And: Mrs. Mollie Black McNeely, granddaughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Black; Mrs. Ruth Black Anthony; Mrs. Voneva Black Allran; Mrs. Vera Black Hoyle, Mrs. Elsie Black Deaton, granddaughters of Benaja Black; Dr. A Melton ("Bud") Black, a descendant of Thomas Black; Mr. D. R. Mauney, Jr., former chairman of the Cherryville City Schools Board of Education;  Miss Sallie Stroup, a descendant of both Benjamin Homesley and Ephriam Black  Mr. Heman Hall, grandson of M. L. Rudisill, one of Cherryville's early mayors; Mr.Victor Stroup; Mrs. Sallie Quinn; Mr. W. Blaine Beam; Mr. L. L. McGinnis; Mr. Beverly Beam; Mr. I. Ben Goforth; Mr. Ted Workman; Mr. Howell Stroup; Mr. Charles K. Waitt of Raleigh, retired civil engineer of the Seaboard Railroad. Co.; former Mayor Aaron B. Moss; John H. Swindall, Cherryville City Manager; Mrs. Howard Ballard, City Clerk, and her office personnel; Mrs. Gail Jenkins; Mr. Widen Eaker, and The Honorable David P. Dellince., who died several years ago.  For years he wrote for the Eagle many articles about Cherryville's history.  

The list of those to whom I feel so obligated is long. If this history, and the history in its final form, several chapters of which have been written and which is to be published soon, are of interest and of historical value, it will have been possible by the help of the materials and the persons listed previously.  

Not named previously, because it is to them a special word of gratitude is due, are Mr. W. N. ("Bill") Craig, Director of Gaston County's Bicentennial Committee, and Mrs. Dennis (Nell) Bradley, his secretary. Mr.Craig gave needed advice and help in the preparation for publishing the history. Mrs. Bradley deciphered and typed a great number of pages of extremely poor handwriting.  

(the following was a note from Mrs. Houser sent to W.T. Robinson)  
  
Here is some additional information I did not have last night with regard to businesses in Cherryville.  

Our first bank opened on August 15th.1904 as  Cherryville Bank.  
Mr. S.S. Mauney, President.  
W.A. Mauney,Vice President.(Kings Mtn.,N.C.)  
Mr.M.L.Mauney,Cashier.  
Orgina1 stockholders  
S.S. Mauney, Cherryville, N.C.  
M.L. Mauney,Cherryville, N.C.  
Joe Wolley, Cherryville, N.C.  
W.A. Mauney, Kings Mountain, N.C.  
J.S. Mauney, Kings Mountain, N.C.  

Bank was nationalized in 1909, and the name changed to First National Bank,Cherryville, N.C. It is interesting to note the only man outside the bank officials to own stock was Mr. Woolley.  

This is less than half of Cherryville's history.  The time capsule was to be sealed May 9th and all of it could not be completed by that date.  A complete history in book form will be available soon.

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