October 11, 1962
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Mrs. Elsie Adkison brought in a Black Widow spider she found at the back of her home at Riverside, which brought on a little research on spiders.
The Black Widow is shiny black with spindly legs and has a brilliant red hourglass shaped mark on the underside...
After mating, the female will often kill and eat the male hence the name “Black Widow.” Often the young spiders are cannibals, eating their brothers and sisters if they get a chance when they are hungry...The Black Widow weaves an unorganized mass of threads and bundles her catch in silk before she eats it.
Small though the spider is, it has killed human beings. The only other species poisonous to man are found in Australia.
Romie Cutlip found a praying mantis on a post at his home last week and so did Roy Brock. These creatures, kin to grasshoppers, look like elderly gentlemen with long coattails and their front legs appear to be folded in prayer, hence the name.
...An interesting thing about a forester’s life is that he meets all kinds of people, from hobos to multi-millionaires. It is not uncommon for a forester to have the privilege of personally doing favors for a millionaire tourist. However, there is no record of a millionaire tourist ever doing a favor gor a forester. But even if foresters don’t make much money, it’s a nice steady work and they have lots of fun.
Another satisfactory thing about a forester’s life is that he is his own master, absolutely independent and answerable to no one for his professional conduct. That is, except to his wife, ladies’ garden clubs, sportsman associations, nature lovers, newspaper editors and local politicians.
Forestry is a very pleasant profession because it is so easy to get ahead. Many foresters graduate from college with only a few debts and immediately get a job and a wife. In about ten years’ time, in addition to the same job and the same wife, they have more debts and five kids. That is why foresters are so happy.
The freshman class meeting was called to order by the president, Linda Moore. We selected three girls to run for attendants to the football queen. They are: Nancy Diller, Linda Reynolds and Patty Rimel. The cheerleaders are Richard Maddy, Steve Clutter and Patty Rimel. Penny Skeens is the alternate.
Marlinton High School racked another victory over White Sulphur with a score of 18 to 12. Delmos Barb made two touchdowns and Phillip Anderson made one touchdown.
The seniors have chosen “Beauty and the Beef” by William Davidson for their senior play.
Newly elected officers of the National Honor Society are: President – Sondra Nelson; Vice-President – Blix McNeill; Secretary – Beth Kellogg; Treasurer – Richard Morgan.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pondexter, of Marlinton, a son, Samuel Alfonso.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cutlip, of Marlinton, a son, Mark Wayne.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Warner, of Frank, a son, Richard Nick.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Dean, of Beard, a daughter.
Mrs. Myrtle Ann McLaughlin, aged 74, of Stony Bottom; a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County and a member of Alexander Memorial Church; wife of Frank L. McLaughlin.
Harper O. Greathouse, aged 47, of Durbin; a lifelong resident of Durbin; and husband of Mrs. Hazel Greathouse.
In loving memory of William H. Rogers, who died October 10, 1961.
Your gentle face and patient smile
With sadness we recall
You had a kindly word for each
And died beloved by all.
The voice is mute and stilled the heart,
That loved us well and true
Oh, bitter was the trial to part
from one so good as you.
You are not forgotten, loved one,
Nor will you ever be,
As long as life and memory last,
We will remember thee.
We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
As time goes by, we miss you more.
Your loving smile, Your gentle face,
No one can fill you vacant place.
Sadly missed by your wif