September 6, 1962
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
A rattlesnake and a copperhead have been reported killed on the Stony Creek road and near the Fish Hatchery. Poisonous snakes are notably scarce in this section.
Ivan VanReenen was fishing in Knapps Creek a few days ago and caught a small redeye. He didn’t want to tear up his lizard so he didn’t jerk it right out. Out came a fourteen inch bass and took after the redeye, chasing it all over the pool. Finally the fish that caught the fish was caught.
W. B. Cassell, of Back Mountain, says he was out in the woods one day and heard a roar overhead and thought it was a helicopter probably going to land in a field ahead. Walking toward the field he realized the noise was behind him, and turning around and looking up through the trees he saw four or five swarms of bees going in and coming out of a tree, making a roar so loud he had mistaken it for a helicopter. His wife had killed, with an ax, a rattlesnake with six rattles.
Mrs. H. M. Warren, of Buckeye, came in the office last week with some beautiful apple blossoms. She said the whole tree, though small, was in leaf and blossom.
Potatoes are getting bigger and bigger. Clarence White, of Minnehaha, raised a Kennebec that weighed three pounds and measured nineteen inches around the long way, and thirteen around the middle.
Kemp Hill, of Huntersville, brought in a “spudnik” last week. The huge red potato, weighing two and a half pounds, was covered with knobs which made the big potato resemble “sputnik.”
Two thousand three hundred and fourteen pupils are enrolled in Pocahontas County Schools, the number being down approximately 100 from last year. The figures will vary before the end of the first month, when the count a year ago was 2,420. Green Bank High School has 228 pupils, Hillsboro 183, and Marlinton has 313 senior high students, which is the highest on record, exceeding 309 in 1939. However, the Junior High attendance is off and almost all graded schools are off.
4-H Teen Queen
Miss Pamela Sue Dilley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Dilley, of Huntersville, was chosen 4-H Teen Queen at the annual Pocahontas county 4-H Fair.
Pam is 13 years old and in the 8th grade. She has been in 4-H for three years. Her most interesting project is Baby Beef. She has shown the Champion baby beef in Pocahontas county for the past three years, also the reserve Champion at the State Fair in 1960
The 4-H Teen Queen is selected on the basis of talent, beauty, appearance, personality, and 4-H Club record.
Tree Farm Ceremony
The Rev. B. W. John, retired Huntersville minister, will be honored during a ceremony at his farm on September 13.
Mr. John’s 175 acre woodland will be formally added to the American Tree Farm system, becoming the 80th tree Farm in West Virginia to be certified.
Plans are completed for the annual Yearling Ewe and Purebred Ram Sale here, Friday, September 7.
Approximately 400 head of ewes and 60 purebred rams will go to auction beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Marlinton Stockyards Sales Arena. The sheep business is still one of the most profitable enterprises on the farms of Pocahontas County, comments Walter E. Jett, County Agent.
Moody Moore has resigned as Deputy Assesor, due to his health, and his resignation and the death of Willie Fox left two vacancies in the Assessor’s Office. Hal Moore is taking Mr. Moore’s place and Hubert Callison will take the Little Levels District.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Kessler Pritt, of Beard, a son, Joseph Keith
Correll Glen Heckert, aged 80; born at Renick, the son of the late Matthew and Abigaile Osborne Heckert. He was a retired railroad conductor.
Harvey K. Bright, aged 81; son of the late John E. and Harriet Wright Bright. He was a retired carpenter and taught school many years ago, and was editor of the Marlinton Journal at one time.
Julian Davis Arbuckle, aged 45; son of the late Dr. Julian D. and Anna McLaughlin Arbuckle.