January 31, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
John Geiger was injured Tuesday while at work at the State Road Quarry at Edray repairing a motor shaft. His arm was so injured that it had to be amputated below the elbow and he is also suffering from a skull fracture and other injuries.
Saturday is Groundhog Day but certainly a groundhog will have more sense than to venture forth in such weather as we are having.
Unusual has been the sudden drops in the temperature the past ten days, drops varying from 30 to 40 degrees in a few hours time.
The coldest reported seems to be 34 below on Sharp’s Knob last Thursday morning. Melvin Moore checked the thermometer and said this was the coldest in the eight years he had been working there. He had seen it 30 below before. Harry Jordan, at Mace, had 26 below the same day.
On Monday morning Jordan had 16 below and on Tuesday his thermometer registered only 10 below when on lower ground it was 12 to 15 below in town, 20 below at the State Road Garage, 26 below at Green Bank, and 24 below at Earl Wanless’ and Herbert Sharp’s above Minnehaha.
Joe McNeel, of Mill Point, was talking about other winters and he remembered a cold spell when he was very young in 1917 when it hit 44 below.
There’s more than one way to keep a well-stocked larder.
Game biologist Wayne Bailey of the Department of Natural Resources says that Arnel McFadden, of Marlinton, found a carcass of a wild turkey a few days ago. The bird had been killed by a mink, after having been previously wounded by shotgun pellets. McFadden set a trap for the mink but the animal wasn’t in a cooperative mood – it cleverly avoided the trap.
McFadden, not to be outdone, tracked the mink for a considerable distance, found that it had killed two cottontail rabbits. It had not eaten the rabbits, but had buried one beside a log, covered it with leaves, and stuffed the other in a nearby cavity.
A couple of days later, McFadden succeeded in trapping the mink.
“Catching that animal,” he told Bailey, “was the worst mistake I ever made. If I had just let him alone, he would have kept me in fresh meat all winter.”
BUY A TAG
Every time an official 1963 Centennial License Tag is purchased from a Lions Club member in West Virginia, most of the revenue goes to the Lions Club Sight Conservation Foundation and its worthy program for the benefit of the sightless and those needy persons requiring eye care...
Sterl F. Shinaberry, of Clover Lick, is the recipient of a Board of Governors law scholarship at West Virginia University.
Lowell T. Mouser, of Minnehaha Springs, is a recipient of a Board of Governors scholarship in the School of Medicine.
FOUR-H CLUB NEWS
The Droop Mountain Wildcats held their regular meeting at the West Droop Schoolhouse on January 19, 1963.
The meeting was called to order by our president, Judy Starks. We gave the 4-H motto and the 4-H pledge, followed by the State 4- H song.
Irma Blankenship was our Bible guest.
Richard Pritt – Rules for Brushing Teeth
Refreshments Committee – Mike Hively and Wayne Kershner.
Barbara Switzer and Bill Kershner will be on the Refreshment Committee for next month.
Members are asked to bring project books to the next meeting. We also discussed what to buy that we need for the next meeting.
We changed the time to 7:00 on Friday night, February 15, 1963 at West Droop Schoolhouse.
We had three visitors at our meeting. We played games and sang songs.
We wish to thank Mrs. Davis for our refreshments.
Vivian Shue, Reporter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Galford, of Marlinton, a son, Richard Wayne
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Nottingham, of Cass, a son, John Leslie
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Boggs, of Marlinton, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Bryant, of Warm Springs, a daughter, Brenda
Frank Morrison, aged 60 years, one month and five days, January 27, 1963; son of the late Clayborn and Bertha Auldridge Morrison. He united with the Methodist Church 37 years ago, 30 years of which he was Superintendent of Lobelia Sunday School. He was a kind father, a loving companion and a good friend to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed in the home, his church and the community. Burial in Sunset Cemetery at Jacox.
Andrew E. Thomas, aged 87 years and seven months, January 23,1963; born in Bath County, Virginia, June 23, 1875; son of Charles D. and Mary Jane Cleek Thomas; clerk at C. J. Richardson Hardware Store in Marlinton for fifty years.
Mrs. Cora Guthrie, aged 81, of Marlinton; born at Greenland Gap; member of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Letha Hazel Ware, aged 45, of Cass; funeral service in the Clover Lick Methodist Church; burial in the Stony Bottom Cemetery.
Emory Harlan Landis, aged 91 years; born at French Creek June 13, 1871; the son of the late John H. and Mary Ann Douglas Landis; funeral at Marvin Chapel; burial in Ruckman Cemetery.
Mrs. Zelphia Lee Doss, aged 87, of Hillsboro, January 28, 1963; funeral service at the Hillsboro Methodist Church.
Mrs. Birdie Dilley Woods, formerly of Marlinton; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.