A look back at the newspaper's archives from 50 years ago.
May 16, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Keep Pocahontas Beautiful
One-hundred and two parade entries in Saturday’s “Keep Pocahontas Beautiful” parade made it the biggest and best yet. A huge crowd watched the parade, which was evidence of a great amount of interest and work. Leo Davis, Parade Marshal, was particularly proud that the number went over 100 for West Virginia’s Birthday. Pocahontas County can truly be proud of the bands of the three high schools; they made a wonderful appearance.
Hillsboro High News
After selling innumerable cupcakes, homemade candy, cookies, washing cars, cleaning windows, waxing floors, staging cakewalks, and doing many other odd jobs for donations, the Senior Class has finally attained its goal of making enough money to take the entire class on a three day trip to Washington, D. C. and other points of interest.
Hillsboro High School Seniors 1963
Dottie Adkison, Lloyd Arbogast, Wilburn Birchfield, Ronal Bostic, Gloria Bruffey, Joel Callison, Thomas G. Cook, Linda Dean, Paul Dearfield, Peggy Ervin, Phyllis Hill, Betty D. Hollandsworth, Joe Hollandsworth, Samuel Landis, Harrel Lee McCarty, James Lee Moore, Irvine Prather, Timothy Pyles, Larry Rose, James Totten, Charles VanReenen, Judy Wilfong Walton, Edra Workman, Paul Workman, Durrell Workman and Ruth Wymer.
Green Bank High School Seniors 1963
Arbovale – Keith Brown, Wayne Gillispie and Donald Wenger.
Green Bank – Gary Coleman and Rebecca Sheets.
Cass – Neven Elza, Lloyd Foe and Robert Ware.
Clover Lick – Carol Gardner.
Frank – Judy Gainer, Deborah Harker, Lewis Wilmoth and Donna McCutcheon.
Durbin – Patty Howdyshell, Bonnie Peck and Sandra Rankin.
Bartow – Mary Johnston and John Simmons.
Boyer – Joan Monk, David Mullenax and Karen Mullenax.
Dunmore – Helen Moore and Judith Wyatt.
Stony Bottom – Lyle Tallman.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Fowler, of Hillsboro, a son, named David Wayne.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Elza, of Cass, a son, named Roy Everett.
Clarence Curry, aged 73, formerly of Frost; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Homer Watson Cutlip, aged 67 years, 6 months and 12 days, at his home at Lobelia, from a heart condition; a farmer and lifelong resident of Pocahontas County and a veteran of World War I; burial in the Cutlip Cemetery.
George Alvin Wilfong, aged 45, of Mill Point; death attributed to a heart attack; burial in Sharp Cemetery.
Mrs. Mabel Taylor Barlow, aged 56, of Meadville, Pennsylvania; a member of the Green Bank Methodist Church; burial in the Wesley Methodist Chapel Cemetery.
Virgil F. Wenger, aged 60, of Glen Burnie, Maryland; former resident of Pocahontas County; a farmer and carpenter; burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Mrs. Leatha Thompson, aged 65, of Shinnston; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Webster S. Cross, aged 88, of Baltimore, Maryland; lived 40 years in Cass; retired railway employee of the Mower Lumber Company; burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
May 9, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Good progress is being made on the building of the Burruss sawmill at Stillwell.
A colorful flock of about 40 gold finches lunched on the lawn of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ervine are building a new home on Beard Heights. The Kellison house, located on the lots which they recently purchased, was moved to the golf course of the Pocahontas Country Club.
Albert Wilfong brought by a powerfully big bear last Friday that Lamar Armstrong had shot that morning at Stony Bottom. They guessed the weight at 350 pounds and it was every bit of that and maybe more – and fat, with a heavy coat of hair. The bear had killed seven sheep for Ronnie Rhea two days before. The Armstrong and Galford boys and their dogs were called and the bear was dead by 8:30 in the morning, killed on the ground. In the party were Lamar Armstrong, June W. Galford, June R. Galford, Sammy Taylor, Albert Wilfong, Steve Moore, George Tyler and Warren Sheets.
The Davis and Elkins College a Cappella Choir made a special appearance at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, U. S., at Huntington last week and is also making its annual tour program. Calvin Morgan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oren D. Morgan, of Marlinton, is a member of this choir.
Wins Essay contest
Janet Landis, Hillsboro High School Sophomore, after winning first place in Pocahontas County with her essay, “Water, the stream of life,” won first place in the Tri-County Speech contest held in Lewisburg at the Methodist Church Tuesday. This is sponsored by the Greenbrier Valley Soil Conservation District.
Janet, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Landis, of Hillsboro, placed first, winning $20. James Withrow, of Frankford High School, was second, $15. Margaret Lucia Allison, of Union, won third place, $10.
Mrs. Dolly Nellie Lovelace, aged 87; death attributed to a cerebral hemorrhage; daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Sidlinger; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Vency F. Dilley, aged 68, of Marlinton; death attributed to a blood clot; a son of the late Charles and Metilda Sharp Dilley; burial in Mountain View Cemetery with military rites.
Maude Lee Lightner, born March 27, 1914, a daughter of the late Emmett and Ettie Moore Lightner; burial in the Bridgeport Cemetery.
Lewis G. Clay, of Princeton, father of Mrs. Harold Pryor.
Joe Sullivan, of Washington, D. C.; husband of Pearl Auldridge Sullivan.
Thursday, May 2, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Snow for the first day of May.
It was one of those nightmarish accidents just as we started printing last Wednesday – two forms of the paper partially pied. What a mess. But we finally got the papers out with the much-appreciated help of our neighbor, The Marlinton Journal, and we now have the type about cleaned up. We will run a little behind on copy for a while but, thankfully, no real damage was done.
Note: “Partially pied” refers to a frame of hand-set type spilling from its container and falling underneath the printing press.
Last week Mr. and Mrs. George Stewart saw the following birds on different days in their yard and around the feeders: Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Purple Finches, Gold Finches, Summer Tanager and Pipit. The Pipit and Tanager are new to them. There were many more of the regular ones. Sometimes their yard looked like an aviary.
In a rash of wrecks over the weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kellison were injured in a collision at Buckeye, Larry Chestnut was taken to the hospital at Morgantown after a wreck near Huntersville, and Henry Workman and a Mr. Smith were only slightly injured Monday night when their car went through the fence and over Price Hill.
The Pocahontas County Family Concert Association will present the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, William Haaker, conductor, in concert at the Marlinton High School gymnasium, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8. Included on the program will be selections by Rossini, Mozart, Hayden, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Johann Strauss, and Rimsky Korsakoff.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Dunn, of Warrenton, Virginia, a son, Mitchell Lynn. The mother is the former Miss Alma Matheny.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Secker, of Punta Gorda, Florida, a son, Patrick Nelson. The mother is the former Miss Charlotte Clendenen, of Marlinton.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jordan, of Marlinton, a son, Darrell Richard.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Crist, of Cass, a daughter, Lorene ann.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Shinaberry, of Clover Lick, a daughter, Sarah Jane.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Doss, of Marlinton, a son, Michael Clayton.
Mrs. Stella Dilley Shrader, aged 74, of Huntersville; a daughter of the late J. D. and Margaret Hogsett Dilley; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Pearl Gay, aged 70; a daughter of the late Lewis and Margaret Carpenter; burial in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
Miss Bertha Ann Waugh; a daughter of the late Embree Ai and Sarah Elizabeth Waugh; burial in the Woodsdale Cemetery in Grafton.
John Samuel Lee, aged 83, of near Huntersville; son of the late Perry E. and Sarah Moreland Lee; active member in the work of the Cummings Creek Methodist Church; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Jacob Albert Mace, aged 81, formerly of Frost; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Letus Sherman, daughter of Mrs. Cora Bonnell, of Seebert, and the late Mr. Bonnell; service in Parsons with burial in the Moore Cemetery.
April 25, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
A whippoorwill was reportedly heard in the Brush Country last Wednesday evening. That is a little earlier than usual and a good sign frost is over.
Last Wednesdays warm weather brought the service in to bloom.
A little late to talk about ice but John Hayslett took me to task for not mentioning the theory that an ice breakup before Christmas means two afterwards, and this held true this winter.
E. H. Williams, of Marlinton, recently sold an Aberdeen-Angus Bull to K. E. Eppling, of Gap Mills.
Prosecuting Attorney Robert Jacobson, Delegate Tom Edgar and Moffett McNeel attended the hearing before the Public Service Commission in Charleston last Thursday in connection with the discontinuance of the agent at the Seebert Freight Station. They heard the case as presented by the C & O and asked for three weeks to study the case. After a public hearing in the Seebert area to determine the effect on farmers and businesses, they will decide what action will be pursued.
Friday night’s big storm hit particularly hard at Clover Lick. John Coyner termed it almost a cyclone. Clarence Wilfong lost a metal roof and the corner of a barn belonging to Dr. Murray Brown was blown away. The State Road crew came about 11:00 that night to clear off the roads. Traffic was held up for over an hour.
POET TO SPEAK
A native daughter of Pocahontas County, Louise McNeill Pease, will speak at an open meeting of the Marlinton Woman’s Club at the Marlinton High School, at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27. Louise McNeill is ranked among the finest of our state poets. Her first volume of poems, “Gauley Mountain,” published in 1939, won praise from noted critics. She has had numerous poems published in leading magazines.
One of the finest tented circuses touring the Eastern United States this season will make a one-day appearance Tuesday, May 7th, in Marlinton under Marlinton Fire Department auspices, it was announced by Ed Stemple, and on Wednesday, May 8th, at Hiner Park in Durbin under the Bartow, Frank and Durbin Fire Department, according to A. S. Hill.
Under a Mammoth Big Top, Beers-Barnes Circus will exhibit at Marlinton and Durbin... A gorgeous
colorful panorama of Spangle-land is promised. There will be performing elephants, trained seals, beautiful horses, prancing ponies, talented canines, thrilling aerialists, artistic wire-walkers, ridiculous clowns, and pretty girls.
Because of the size of the Marlinton High School auditorium and the number of tickets sold, the junior class presented their plays, McGuffey and Our Town, on two consecutive nights.
The part of Emily Webb in Our Town (Martha Kay Dilley) was played in the first three school performances by Sandy Moyers. When Martha Kay became ill, Sandy learned the part in one weekend and gave a remarkably good portrayal of the part. Martha Kay was able to return to the cast for the last school and the two night performances.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jordan, of Marlinton, a son.
Staff Sergeant Yancy A. Vaughn, aged 41, of a heart attack, at England Air Force Base, Louisiana; born at Lobelia, the son of the late Lovic and Georgia Vaughn; burial in the Emmanuel Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Lottie Beverage Kellison, aged 72, of Covington, Virginia, and Marlinton; a daughter of the late Jacob and Nancy Kellison Beverage; burial in the Cloonan Cemetery at Buckeye.
John William Riley, aged 84, of Arbovale.
Mrs. Myrtle Lee Doss, aged 37, of Blue Pennant, of cancer; a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Rose, of Hillsboro; burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
April 11, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Steve Clutter and Jimmy Garretson were taken to Morgantown Monday after being injured when their car went over the hill near Clawson.
Harlan Tallman was in town Monday morning with a report of snow in Durbin. Snow was blowing on most higher elevations Sunday night and also on Saturday.
Keith Wooddell, of Linwood, was in last Thursday with the head of a groundhog whose teeth had run wild. The two top ones were curved over the lower jaw, a full two inches long, and the lower two were curved to the left side, one inside and one outside the left jaw. The dogs had killed this groundhog but it was a wonder it had been able to eat to stay alive before.
Mrs. Clarence Sheets, Chairman of the County Centennial Churches project has reports on Huntersville Presbyterian, Baxter Presbyterian, Green Bank Methodist, Liberty Presbyterian and Hamlin Chapel churches as being 100 years old or older. She wants a history of any others to include in a state book being prepared. Please report immediately.
Is there a vacant lot or unsightly spot in your neighborhood? Probably. Well, whether or not you own that lot, or whether you’ve made the unsightly spot, the Pocahontas Beautiful Commission urges you to do something about it. April 30 is SHINE DAY, a special day to make that extra effort to get rid of all those old papers, cans, tires, boxes, etc.
Fifteen members of Hillsboro Future Homemakers of America Chapter attended its Southern Region meeting at Concord College, Saturday,
A very inspiring devotional was prepared by Ruth Wymer, Vice President of State and National Projects of its local club.
Girls who took part in the devotions were Janet Landis, Patsy Prather, Harriet Goddin, Linda Williams, Carolyn Callison, Mary Lee, Clara Kellison, Peggy Ervin, Julia McLaughlin and Phyllis Ann Hill.
Green Bank News
WVU students spending the holidays with their families were: Charles Sheets, Eddie Riley, Tony Byrd, Rose Marie and Martha Sheets, Billy Sheets, Nancy Lowe, James Galford and Patsy Hevener.
Visiting from West Virginia Tech were Danith Coleman and George Patton and Mike Coleman.
The April meeting of the Durbin P. T. A. was held Monday evening, April 1. Vice president Mrs. Ed Vinoski presided over the meeting. A very interesting and informative message was given by Mr. Powell. The topic for the evening was Schools in Foreign Lands. From the message much was learned about the customs, religions and education of the people of the islands of Okinawa and other surrounding islands of the Far East. Since the Powells had spent some years on the islands they were able to show some beautiful slides of the territory.
Study on the Rim of East Asia was held in Durbin Methodist Church March 27. A covered dish luncheon including oriental dishes was served. Some of the women ate with chopsticks. Participating in the program were women from Green Bank, Arbovale, Bartow, Bethel and Durbin churches and the Church of the Brethren.
Glenn Curtis Pyles, of Seebert, and Bertha Irene Wilfong Pyles, were united in marriage on Friday, April 5, 1963, in the Methodist Parsonage at Renick by the Rev. Ezra Bennett.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Landis, of Marlinton, a son, named Jerry William.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morrison, of Buckeye, a daughter named Arlene Susan.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pritt, of Hillsboro, a daughter named Evelyn Sue.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Carpenter, of Marlinton, a son, named George Harold.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jordan, of Marlinton, a son, named Earl Harry.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Friel, of Marlinton, a son, named Ernest Lee.
Clarence William Dunbrack, aged 38, of Marlinton, of a heart attack; served in World War II in the European Theatre; burial with military rites in Mountain View Cemetery
William Thomas Graham, a former minister of the Seebert Charge; born February 15, 1886; several members of the Seebert Charge attended his funeral at Union Methodist Church.
Elliott C. Devericks, aged 67, of Vanderpool, Virginia; burial in Headwaters Cemetery. A lifelong resident of Highland County, he was familiarly known as “Doc.” A prosperous farmer, he also represented appliance firms locally as well as J. R. Watkins and Rawleigh Products and was known in every home in the county.
April 11, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
At a meeting of the County Court on April 2, a resolution was passed authorizing an application for a grant under the Accelerated Public Works Act to renovate the present courthouse building and construct an addition to the present courthouse.
WHEREAS. On the 7th day of March 1963, The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company, a corporation, filed an application duly verified, for authority to discontinue its agency station at Seebert, Pocahontas County, and substitute in lieu thereof a non-agency station…
As most of you readers know, on Sunday morning, March 31, 1963, we lost our church by fire, here at Frost. It was a severe loss financially and a decisive loss sentimentally. We are sure that everyone realizes the absence of such an asset in any community, so tonight at our meeting, we made plans to rebuild. This will take money, work, cooperation and unity which we are sure will prevail. Any gift no matter how small will be greatly appreciated.
The Frost Community
Fourteen members of the Marlinton Chapter, Future Homemakers of America attended the Southern Regional meeting at Concord College on April 6. They were: Delores Jackson, Wilma Ray, Cheryl McNeill, Sharla and Carla Gladwell, Janice Bailey, Susan Yeager, Nancy Harper, Rebecca McCune, Paula Beverage, Sandra Nelson, Karen Galford, Carolyn Vandevender and Nancy Evans. They were accompanied by Mrs. Carl Gladwell, Miss Madeline McNeill and Mrs. Killings- worth, advisor.
Mrs. Boyd Vandevander is at home now after spending several weeks with her daughter in Hyattesville, Maryland.
Harvey Galford of the U. S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, is spending a 15 day leave with his family.
Attending a conference on Church Vocations held at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, last week were Miss Karen Galford and Gary Bryant.
Richard Doyle and George Jesnick of Glenville College were at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Doyle this past weekend.
Mrs. Wesley Doyle was honored by a birthday dinner given by her sister, Mrs. Grady Doyle.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Moses, Barberton, Ohio, were visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Vandevender last weekend.
Weather Data for March
Observer J. P. Schaffner.
Data taken at Seneca State Forest:
Minimum temperature 7 degrees on the 3rd..
Maximum temperature 79 degrees on the 30th.
Average high 53 degrees.
Average low 25.6 degrees.
Total snowfall 17.7 inches.
Rainfall 9.08 inches (melted snow, sleet, hail, etc.)
Total snowfall from October 1, 1962 to April 1, 1963 – 98.2 inches.
22 days during March had precipitation of some form recorded.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dunn, of Moorefield, a son, named Timothy Allen.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Herold Eugene Stewart, of Charles Town, a daughter, named Pamela.
Mrs. Ruth Eva Galford, aged 59, of Cass; a lifelong resident of Cass, a member of the Cass Methodist Church and the Women’s Society of Christian Service; burial in the Wanless Cemetery at Cass.
Mrs. Levia Jackson Wilson; a native of Pocahontas County, the daughter of the late Lacey and Sallie Stewart; mother of eight children.
Maurice Chevalier – Haley Mills
April 4, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
An 18-year-old Warren, Ohio, girl, who received national publicity after being mistreated by her father and aunt, also being locked up in a trunk, was treated by Dr. Earl Gay, formerly of Marlinton
A calamity befell the Frost community Sunday when the Frost Methodist Church burned to the ground. The cause was laid to the explosion of an oil stove used to heat one of the Sunday School rooms. Much work had been done to the church in the past few years and plans were ready to build a basement and install a furnace. The loss was estimated between $12,000 and $15,000. There was no insurance. The Marlinton Fire Department answered the call, but nothing could be done.
From American Bible Society Record – Author Pearl Buck has presented the specially bound presentation copy of her father’s Chinese translation of the New Testament to the ABC library. The colloquial translation was completed by the Rev. Absalom Sydenstricker in 1929 and a limited edition was printed in China. A group of Chinese friends had one copy specially bound to show their appreciation for the help they had received from the translation. Miss Buck had this copy in her possession since her father’s death and gave it to the Society for permanent safe keeping.
The Rev. Collier Harvey adds the following information from the Ministerial Directory: Her father was one of four brothers, all born in Lewisburg, who entered the Presbyterian ministry. They were all licensed by Greenbrier Presbytery and three were ordained by Greenbrier. The most familiar one was David Spotts Sydenstricker who served from 1875 to 1907 as pastor at Oak Grove Church at Hillsboro.
Fairley Workman, a freshman at Potomac State and 1962 graduate of Marlinton High School, is on the baseball squad at Potomac, playing in the field position.
BOYS IN SERVICE
Ralph E. Sharp, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milburn E. Sharp, of Route 1, Marlinton, completed recruit training, March 11, at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Mrs. Elsie Roland fell at her home in Marlinton.
Mrs. Katie Hughes remains ill at her home in Marlinton.
A baby shower was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Boggs, Jr., in honor of their daughter, Anna Lorraine (Tiny Tears) March 29.
Those present were: Mesdames Linda Gibson, Ethel Stewart, Regina Sharp, Cora Bell Shaw, Madeline Sharp, Mary Evans, Annie Patterson, Ruth Boggs, Louise Carpenter, Ruth Denmire and Ophler Bagley.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ervine, of Marlinton, a daughter, Jan Rebecca
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Vandevender, of Frank, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mouser, of Minnehaha Springs, a daughter.
Moral Miller, aged 77, a retired railroad worker, of Cass; died while repairing a gate at his home; burial in the Mingo Cemetery.
Gerald (Girley) Clifton Hinkle, aged 81,of Droop Mountain; burial in the Sunset Cemetery at Jacox.
Tobias Otrenton Moss, aged 68 years, 11 months and 22 days; born at Huntersville, the son of the later John F. and Minerva McComb Moss; spent most of his early life in Buckeye as a farmer and woodsman; burial in the Cloonan Cemetery at buckeye.
Glenn G. Sheets, aged 64, a postal carrier and driver of a parcel post truck, died in the Elkins Post Office as he prepared to check out from his day’s work; born at Clover Lick, a son of the late John A. and Emma McCalpin Sheets; burial in the Elkins I.O.O. F. Cemetery.
Leonard C. Kellison, born April 7, 1903, at Mill Point; died in Kalama, Wahsington. He was well-liked by all who knew him.
March 28, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
The frogs started their spring chorus Sunday.
The W. W. Harper Lumber Company has been sold to the R. S. Burruss Lumber Company of Lynchburg, Virginia. It is planned to start operating about April 1. William Harper will continue working with the company.
Every citizen is urged to participate in the campaign to present a clean and beautiful county for the Centennial.
Plant dogwood - pink or white - which was chosen the county shrub. Plant flowers such as petunias, zinnias, marigolds, etc. for beauty and color. Share extra shrubs and plants. Clubs and organizations are asked to select a spot in the community that needs cleaning up.
“Beautify a spot. It helps a lot.”
Green Bank Schools
Twenty members of the junior class took the National Merit Scholarship Test on March 5.
The junior class sponsored a St. Patrick’s Day Dance on Friday, March 15. The juniors nominated the following persons as candidates for the title of King and Queen of the Green: Gary Coleman, Donna McCutcheon, seniors; Harold Brooks, Sara Moore, juniors; Tom Lightner, Donna McQuain, sophomores; Donald Vannoy, Jean Baldwin, freshman. The students voted on these by a penny a vote. Tom Lightner and Donna McCutcheon were elected.
Ham and Bacon Show
Strong support with excellent participation by local people marked the annual Pocahontas County 4-H Ham and Bacon Show and Sale held in the Marlinton High School Gym last Thursday.
The First National Bank again purchased the Champion Ham at the substantial price of $5.25 per pound, a total of $64.31. This nicely trimmed and well cured ham was an entry of Minnie Fay McLaughlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. McLaughlin, of Hunters- ville, and a member of the Allegheny Pioneers 4-H Club.
Kelley’s Restaurant was the successful bidder on the Champion Bacon. This entry by Wilma Ray, of the Buckeye White Savages, went at $5.10 per pound.
Mrs. Edna Kelley, operator of this restaurant also purchased the Reserve Champion Ham, an entry of John Waugh of the Fairview Mountain Lions 4-H Club, at $2.50 per pound.
The Reserve Champion Bacon entered by Robert Jackson also of the Fairview Club was purchased by Maynard Dilley of the local Ford Agency at $2.75 per pound.
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Bagley and family from Phoenix, Arizona, are spending some time with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Boggs and other relatives and friends in Brownsburg.
Dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. William Boggs, Jr., on Sunday were Mrs. Mabel Boggs, Mrs. Mary Evans, PFC. Arthur L. Scott, Gloria Boggs, Rev. and Mrs. Carl E. Boggs and children, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilfong and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wilson.
Mrs. Annie Patterson remains ill at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Carl E. Boggs at Brownsburg.
J. C. Boggs remains ill at his home in Brownsburg.
Please try and visit the sick in our community.
Albert Burns from Winchester, Virginia, is ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lillian B. Goodwyn in Marlinton.
Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m. at C. J. Richardson Store. Cakes, Pies, Colored Eggs, etc. Plenty of Salt Rising Bread. By the Minnehaha Springs Home Demonstrations Club.
I am now ready to sharpen your sheep shearing combs and cutters. Bring them in now so they will be ready when shearing time comes. Jack E. Smith, Marlinton.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas May, a daughter, Janet Lynn
Mrs. Susan Alman Bussard, aged 90; born at Frost, the daughter of the late Charles Wilson and Margaret Matilda Rider; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
William Thomas Barnett, aged 80, of Cass; the only son of the late Thomas and Dianah Barnett; burial in the Wanless Cemetery at Cass.
Leonard John Barnett, aged 25, as the result of a slate fall in a coal mine; son of George and Delphia Barnett, of Mace; burial in the Barnett family cemetery at Sutton.
Elmer Hogsett, aged 64, of Wilcox, Pennsylvania; born at Mill Point, the foster son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Wellington Hogsett; burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Hillsboro.
Mrs. Christian Nickell Kramer, aged 87, of Ronceverte; mother of Judge Nickell Kramer.
Luther Thomas Kirk, aged 50 years, 9 months, and 4 days, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leona Schoolcraft at Buckeye; son of the late Kime and Ethel Kirk; burial in the Spring Hill Cemetery.
“Bird Man of Alcatraz”
Burt Lancaster – Karl Malden
Fifty Years Ago
March 21, 1963
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Miss Sue Cromer brought the exciting news of seeing a panther last Wednesday, March 13, on Cheat. Between nine and nine-thirty in the morning her sister, Blanche, was hanging up clothes and then from her she heard a scream that could have been heard in Marlinton if we had been listening.
“Sue, a panther in the potato patch.”
The potato patch was across the river, about 225 feet. And there was the panther. Between two and two and a half feet high, three to four feet long, with a long tail that curled up. It walked right up through that cleared place, its dark gray or brownish color showing up clearly against the white snow. It was a sight to make your hair stand on end even though the river was between them – and they were mighty glad it was. They shot twice but only had No. 4 bird shot. Miss Cromer said it made the cold shivers run over her even yet; she has lived all her life on Cheat and this is the first time she has ever seen anything like that. To estimate the tracks, she put her fingers together in a circle, indicating about four inches in diameter.
A good sign of spring, Boyd Dilley reports a flock of about 50 geese last Wednesday afternoon flying north over the Bridger Gap.
Mrs. Edna Simmons and Mrs. Paul Simmons saw a beaver in the river here Sunday.
Heavy rains Tuesday sent the river up again. Severe electrical storms, also, particularly in the upper part of the county.
C.P. Pritchard, of Buckeye, found and brought in an old list of Confederate soldiers. The following is a roster of Company 1, 19th Virginia Cavalry, as recalled by Preston Harper and Andrew McLaughlin. Commissioned officers elected when the company was organized: Captain J. W. Marshall, 1st Lieutenant J. W. Wamsley, 2nd Lieutenant George Gay (killed on Swago), 3rd Lieutenant Jacob Simmons.
Non-Commissioned officers and privates: James Arbaugh, Tillison Auldridge, Van Buren Arbogast, Walter Alderman, George Armentrout, of Bath, John Boyer, R. J. Bester from Baltimore, J. R. Bester from Baltimore, John Baker from Randolph, Daniel Bush, William Cooper, Adam Currance from Randolph, Jonathan Currance from Randolph, James Curry (killed at Gordonsville), Thomas Dilley, William Doyle, William Dowdy from Randolph, Simon from Randolph, Jasper Fox from Highland, Andy Farley from Giles, Levi Gay, McBride Gum, Joseph Gay, Clayton Gwin from Bath, William Gibson, Brown Galford, Peter Harper, F. W. Harper, P. M. Harper, George Hamilton, J.D. Hamilton from Bath, A. J. Hall, William Hevener from Highland, Willliam Kennison, Tom Knapp, Henry Kramer from Highland (killed at Winchester or New Market), Dr. John Ligon, James T. Lockridge, Anthony Lightner from Highland, James Logan from Randolph, William A. (Pat) Moore, Samuel Moore from Randolph, America Moore from Randolph, James Moore from Randolph, James Morrison (killed on Droop Mountain), J. E. McLaughlin, A. M. McLaughlin, Harper McLaughlin, William McAlpin, W. H. McClintic, John McCutcheon, John Manley from Greenbrier, Wash Poage, William Perry, William Painter from Randolph, Adam Propst from Randolph, James Ratliff, William Ratliff, Henry Sheets, Jonas Simmons from Randolph, Adams Simmons from Randolph, Jesse Simmons from Randolph, John Tacey, John Thomas, John Varner, Jacob Ward from Randolph, Renick Ward from Randolph, Lee Ward from Randolph, George Ward from Randolph, Elihu War from Randolph, Adam Wamsley from Randolph, Sam Wamsley from Randolph, George Wamsley from Randolph, Thomas Wood (wounded on Droop Mountain), John Wood from Randolph,
William L. Wilmoth, Marcellus Wiley from Highland, Henry Woods from Botetourt.
This Company was organized at Huntersville, November 1862, and never surrendered, disbanding at Lexington, May 1865. Captain Marshall and a majority of the Company went to Staunton and were paroled. This company numbered as many as 104 men at one time. There were a number of men from Rockbridge and other counties whose names are not recalled. This above list embraces most of the volunteers from Pocahontas and the adjoining counties of Randolph, Bath and Highland. It was hard to get the soldiers of the 19th in their right company, after so many years, as Captain Marshall’s, Captain Hutton’s and Captain McNeel’s companies were made up largely from Pocahontas.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Burdette, of Huntersville, a daughter, named Lisa Kay.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Camie Wade, of Minnehaha Springs, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Delano Heyne, of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, a son, named Jeffery Allen.
Jesse Buchanan, aged 73, died in Pocahontas Memorial Hospital; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Jacob Mace, aged 81, of Baltimore, formerly of Frost; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Leslie H. Ervin, aged 85, of Meadville, Pennsylvania; born in Arbovale, a son of the late Newton and Phoebe Bright Ervin; he married Minnie Sheets November 6, 1901.
James H. Adams, aged 87, of Valley Head. Born at Mace, he was a son of the late Ward and Cornelia Adams; burial in the Brick Church Cemetery near Huttonsville.
L. D. Sharp
Luther David Sharp, a lifelong resident of Slatyfork, died Wednesday, March 13, 1963, in the Marlinton Hospital, at the age of 90 years, 9 months, and 5 days.
Mr. Sharp, the only son of the late Silas and Sarah Sharp, was born June 8, 1872, at Slatyfork. At the early age of 12, he started his mercantile business, buying and selling fur, livestock and merchandise. For many years his merchandise was hauled from Millboro, Virginia, and Beverly by covered wagon. Mr. Sharp was the first Postmaster of Slatyfork and gave it its name when the office was opened. He was one of the first group of apiary inspectors in West Virginia, and raised bees to produce the famous Pocahontas County white lynn honey.
“L D,” as he was affectionately called by his close friends, helped organize and was a charter member of the Slatyfork Methodist Church. He was a lover of sacred music and organized the Slatyfork Choir, well-known in Pocahontas and surrounding counties for its fine music...
March 14, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Robins have been reported from all around. Spring officially arrives March 21, 3:20 a.m.
Heavy rains following the heavy wet snow of Monday sent Knapps Creek out of its banks on Tuesday. Roads were underwater at the Alderman place, below Huntersville, at Dilley’s Mill, and on Beaver Creek. No school in Marlinton Tuesday. The State Road Commission reports no major damage but berms were washed and several culverts were washed out. The river was not quite as high as last Wednesday. Knapps Creek was the highest in several years, probably since 1954.
While driving by the old stone quarry on Elk on Monday, March 4, Bob McComb saw a bald eagle. The enormous bird, with its white head and white clear down over its breast, flew to a sugar maple near Leo Price’s. He estimated a wing spread of six or seven feet. The bald eagle, a protected bird, is now very scarce, there being only a few hundred in the whole United States.
Mrs. Lloyd Woods said the groundhog did see his shadow in the Williams River country, the sun being out about five minutes. In the high water in the creek near her home caused by the rain and thaw last Wednesday, she saw a feathered carcass, presumably a wild turkey, tumbling down with the swift water.
Ham and Bacon Show
Final preparations are being made for the Fifteenth Annual County 4-H Ham and Bacon Show and Sale set for Thursday, March 14, in the Marlinton High School Gym.
A total of 38 boys and girls from all areas of the county have prepared 35 sugar cured and smoked hams, 12 sugar cured unsmoked hams, and 41 bacons for the show and sale.
Those with entries are as follow: Linda and Fane Irvine, Robert and Steve Jackson, John Waugh and Billy Dunz, Fairview; Carolyn Rimel, George Broce, Wilma Ray and Henry and Lonnie Armstrong, Buckeye; James and Hope McComb, Howard and Minnie Faye McLaughlin, Joan, Louey and Virginia Underwood, and Linda Malcomb, Huntersville; Mike Shaw and Linda Wooddell, Slaty Fork; Jo Ann, Linda and Nick Circosta, and Riger Ervine, Clover Lick; Sollie Workman, Joel Callison and Linda and Phyllis Hill, Hillsboro; David Waybright, Martha and Samuel Sheets, and Carolyn Wenger, Green Bank; Lewis Foe, Cass; and Kenny McQuain and David McLaughlin, of Dunmore.
The Durbin Satellites held their monthly meeting February 25 in the recreation room of the Durbin Methodist Church.
Devotions were presented by our vice-president, Lucille Petre.
Mrs. Jane Hamed gave an interesting talk on the care of your teeth.
Plans for a public meeting at the Durbin P. T. A. were discussed.
A demonstration was given by Rebecca Colaw.
Those present were: Barbara Banton, Roger Barkley, Rosalie Hill, Rebecca Colaw, Louise Barkely, Linda Greathouse, Beulah Parker, Sara Ann Moore, Larry Plyer, Mary Ellen Letre, Lucille Petre, Jeanne Kane, Bernice Petre, Mrs. Ira Betre, Mrs. Jan Clay, leader, and Mrs. Jane Hamed, our guest.
Refreshments were served by Linda Greathouse and Lousie Barkley and enjoyed by all.
Rebecca Colaw, Reporter
A surprise birthday party was given by her children for Mrs. Dolphia (Regina) Sharp, of Brownsburg, on Tuesday night, March 5, honoring her on her 54th birthday. Refreshments were served and an enjoyable time was had by all.
Mrs. and Mrs. Ward R. Barlow announce the marriage of their only daughter, Miss Lois Ann, to Marvin G. Beverage, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clawson Beverage, of Marlinton.
The double ring ceremony was performed Saturday, March 9, 1963, at 1 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church at Monterey, Virginia, by the Rev. A. E. Johnson.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Clutter, of Hillsboro, a daughter, named Cynthia Lynn
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Aliff, of Marlinton, a son
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Galford, of Cass, a son, named Ricky Curtis
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Verle Lee Pyles, of Buckeye, a daughter, named Angela Joy
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Glade Bennett, of Dunmore, twin sons.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kellison, of Woodbridge, Virginia, a daughter named Cynthia Jane
Born to A-2-C and Mrs. Joe Roy, Jr., a daughter, named Charma Kaye
Mrs. Mary Wood VanReenen, aged 74; born at Mingo, a daughter of the late Joseph and Alitha Wood; burial in the Cochran Cemetery.
Glenn Allen Sparks, aged 70; son of the late Samuel and Emma Sparks; burial in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Hettie Ellen Mace, aged 67, of Edray; burial in the Varner Cemetery on Elk.
John H. Mayhew, aged 78, of Renick; burial in the Morningside Cemetery at Renick.