September 27, 1962
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Lacey Stanley, of Droop, has the potato I think will top all comers, the biggest potato I ever saw. This in an Irish cobbler and weighs four pounds and three ounces; it measures seventeen inches one way and twenty one inches the other. It was on a volunteer plant, growing where ashes had been dumped.
Kyle Neighbors, of Cass, whom I called Floyd a few weeks ago, has acquired two interesting Civil War Pistols – a Remington 1861 and a British Colt - the Colt being in its original holster. The Remington carried no serial numbers so the soldier’s initials were carved into the handle for identification.
We Don’t Like It
Articles in Sunday’s Gazette-Mail and Monday’s Beckley Post-Herald really took Pocahontas over the coals for not properly honoring Nobel Prizewinning novelist Pearl Buck, who was born at Hillsboro. Specifically, they roasted the Board of Education for not going ahead with a planned collection of her books at the Hillsboro High School to honor her, and they offered as the reason a recent objection by Joseph Lightburn who claimed, in a McCarthyism vein, that back in 1942 – when we were allied with Russia in defeating Germany – she was also promoting friendship with Russia.
A spokesman for the Board says that plans have been tabled for the time being but not dropped.
But, seriously, Pocahontas County has not failed to appreciate Pearl Buck. And it may be that the time will soon come when the home can be secured as a public museum…
All of this was a big to do about not much but we don’t appreciate being put in the John Birch Society and we do honor and appreciate Pearl Buck and we don’t like all the one-sided remarks.
The Rev. Robert Ray, pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, Shawnee, Oklahoma, has accepted a call to the Huntersville and Westminister Presbyterian Churches and the Buckeye and Stony Creek chapels of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Ray is not a stranger to West Virginia, having served churches in Oak Hill and Point Pleasant prior to going to Oklahoma. While at Oak Hill he was Stated Clerk of the Synod of West Virginia. He comes to thesechurches well equipped with many years of pastoral experience behind him.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Moore celebrated their Golden Anniversary September 23 at their home on Knapps Creek with all their daughters present. Chesley couldn’t be home because of working hours.
Annual Youth Fair
The fifth annual Pocahontas County 4-H FFA Fair, held Thursday and Friday, August 16 and 17, proved quite successful with a total of 515 projects exhibited, according to Walter E. Jett, County Agent.
In the Teen Queen Show, with sixteen clubs represented by their personal queen, Miss Pamela Sue Dilley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Dilley, of Huntersville, was named 1962 4-H Teen Queen. In addition Pam distinguished herself by showing the Champion Steer in the Junior Livestock Show.
The Champion Holstein Heifer was shown by Joel Callison, of Beard, with the Reserve Champion going to Elizabeth McNeel, of Hillsboro. Carolyn Callison also exhibited blue ribbon Holstein heifers.
In the sheep division Linda Wooddell, of Linwood, showed the Champion Dorsets, with blue ribbons going to Fane Irvine, of Brushy Flats. Blix McNeill, of Buckeye, beat his sister, Cheryl’s, blue ribbon entries for Champion Hampshires. In the poultry classes, Patty Rimel, of Buckeye, showed the top trio in the Laying Flock Class.
For the outstanding Exhibitor’s Trophy awarded by the Marlinton Journal, Nancy Harper was selected from among the girls and Joel Callison from among the boys.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Beverage, of Buckeye, a daughter, Carol Ann
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Scott, of Hillsboro, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Eagle, of Droop, a daughter
Mrs. Ruth Eureka Young McNeil, aged 87, of Marlinton; daughter of the Late Charlie and Margaret Buckley Young; member of Marlinton Presbyterian Church; widow of N. C. McNeil.
Mrs. Margaret Friel Fowler, aged 82, of Hillsboro; born at Clover Lick’ daughter of the late John Milton and Matilda Moss Fowler.
Mrs. Ira Sutton Hudson, aged 78; lifelong resident of Green Bank, a member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church and a member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service.
Mrs. Minerva Jane McCarty Rhea, aged 79, of Dunmore; widow of Jacob Rhea.
Grover Cleveland Miller, aged 77, of Hillsboro; son of the late John W. and Estaline Sprouse Miller; husband of Mrs. Pearl Kincaid Miller.