December 27, 1962
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Church bells over the State will herald the arrival of the Centennial Year next Monday at midnight. Let us kindle enthusiasm for this celebration of our State’s 100th birthday! It is time not only to look back on the past hundred years but to look forward to the possibilities of the next hundred years. Enthusiasm is contagious. Start spreading it.
The first baby born in Pocahontas County after the stroke of midnight on January 1 will be our Centennial Baby. The Marlinton Chamber of Commerce has agreed to promote this undertaking and started it off with a gift of $25 to the first baby of 1963. Merchants and individuals will follow suit with gifts for the lucky baby.
Boys and Girls in Service
Edward McLaughlin is home after three years’ service in the Army, the last two of which he was stationed in Germany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Basil McLaughlin and they met him in Roanoke, Virginia, Sunday. Also here for the holidays was another son, Army Pfc. Ray McLaughlin, who is stationed at Fort Monroe, Virginia.
A3c Thomas Burns arrived here last Wednesday to spend a 30 day leave with his wife and son and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burns, Sr. He is stationed in England.
The Edray Methodist Parsonage was the scene for the wedding of Jacoba Grace Friel and Robert Lee Mann on Saturday, December 22, 1962.
Miss Brenda Jo Friel was maid of honor for her sister.
Wayne Mann was best man for his brother.
The Rev. Clarence Pierson officiated the double-ring ceremony.
Mrs. Mann is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Friel, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mann, all of Marlinton.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Grady Austin, Sr., of Lewisburg, a son, Gary Steven.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Grant D. Sharp, of Mill Point, a son, Gregory Grant.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Schuman, of Neola, a son, William Carl, Jr.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis McKenney, of Warren, Ohio, a son, Randy Lee.
Andrew Fertig died at his home in Joplin, Maryland; burial in the Dilley Cemetery.
Mrs. Nannie Oliver Hill, aged 68, of Green Bank; daughter of the late Charles and Mary Mann; burial in Wesley Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Gayle R. Hughes, aged 52, of Bartow; burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
By Edith S. Meadows, of Marlinton
Have you ever had a friend who would walk beside you to the end,
Whose back was big and strong and wide
And you felt much better with him by your side.
And when you came to the bumps in the road
Your back was aching with a heavy load,
He’d reach out his hand and with a smile
He’d carry your burdens along for a while.
And in the darkness when the thunder rolled
You were shaking in fear your hand he’d hold.
And just by knowing you had such a friend
Made Life’s journey better right up to the end.
And if you have such a good, true friend,
I surely hope you do,
Will you kindly point him out to me?
I’d like to have one, too.