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March 14, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Robins have been reported from all around. Spring officially arrives March 21, 3:20 a.m.
Heavy rains following the heavy wet snow of Monday sent Knapps Creek out of its banks on Tuesday. Roads were underwater at the Alderman place, below Huntersville, at Dilley’s Mill, and on Beaver Creek. No school in Marlinton Tuesday. The State Road Commission reports no major damage but berms were washed and several culverts were washed out. The river was not quite as high as last Wednesday. Knapps Creek was the highest in several years, probably since 1954.
While driving by the old stone quarry on Elk on Monday, March 4, Bob McComb saw a bald eagle. The enormous bird, with its white head and white clear down over its breast, flew to a sugar maple near Leo Price’s. He estimated a wing spread of six or seven feet. The bald eagle, a protected bird, is now very scarce, there being only a few hundred in the whole United States.
Mrs. Lloyd Woods said the groundhog did see his shadow in the Williams River country, the sun being out about five minutes. In the high water in the creek near her home caused by the rain and thaw last Wednesday, she saw a feathered carcass, presumably a wild turkey, tumbling down with the swift water.
Ham and Bacon Show
Final preparations are being made for the Fifteenth Annual County 4-H Ham and Bacon Show and Sale set for Thursday, March 14, in the Marlinton High School Gym.
A total of 38 boys and girls from all areas of the county have prepared 35 sugar cured and smoked hams, 12 sugar cured unsmoked hams, and 41 bacons for the show and sale.
Those with entries are as follow: Linda and Fane Irvine, Robert and Steve Jackson, John Waugh and Billy Dunz, Fairview; Carolyn Rimel, George Broce, Wilma Ray and Henry and Lonnie Armstrong, Buckeye; James and Hope McComb, Howard and Minnie Faye McLaughlin, Joan, Louey and Virginia Underwood, and Linda Malcomb, Huntersville; Mike Shaw and Linda Wooddell, Slaty Fork; Jo Ann, Linda and Nick Circosta, and Riger Ervine, Clover Lick; Sollie Workman, Joel Callison and Linda and Phyllis Hill, Hillsboro; David Waybright, Martha and Samuel Sheets, and Carolyn Wenger, Green Bank; Lewis Foe, Cass; and Kenny McQuain and David McLaughlin, of Dunmore.
The Durbin Satellites held their monthly meeting February 25 in the recreation room of the Durbin Methodist Church.
Devotions were presented by our vice-president, Lucille Petre.
Mrs. Jane Hamed gave an interesting talk on the care of your teeth.
Plans for a public meeting at the Durbin P. T. A. were discussed.
A demonstration was given by Rebecca Colaw.
Those present were: Barbara Banton, Roger Barkley, Rosalie Hill, Rebecca Colaw, Louise Barkely, Linda Greathouse, Beulah Parker, Sara Ann Moore, Larry Plyer, Mary Ellen Letre, Lucille Petre, Jeanne Kane, Bernice Petre, Mrs. Ira Betre, Mrs. Jan Clay, leader, and Mrs. Jane Hamed, our guest.
Refreshments were served by Linda Greathouse and Lousie Barkley and enjoyed by all.
Rebecca Colaw, Reporter
A surprise birthday party was given by her children for Mrs. Dolphia (Regina) Sharp, of Brownsburg, on Tuesday night, March 5, honoring her on her 54th birthday. Refreshments were served and an enjoyable time was had by all.
Mrs. and Mrs. Ward R. Barlow announce the marriage of their only daughter, Miss Lois Ann, to Marvin G. Beverage, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clawson Beverage, of Marlinton.
The double ring ceremony was performed Saturday, March 9, 1963, at 1 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church at Monterey, Virginia, by the Rev. A. E. Johnson.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Clutter, of Hillsboro, a daughter, named Cynthia Lynn
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Aliff, of Marlinton, a son
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Galford, of Cass, a son, named Ricky Curtis
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Verle Lee Pyles, of Buckeye, a daughter, named Angela Joy
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Glade Bennett, of Dunmore, twin sons.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kellison, of Woodbridge, Virginia, a daughter named Cynthia Jane
Born to A-2-C and Mrs. Joe Roy, Jr., a daughter, named Charma Kaye
Mrs. Mary Wood VanReenen, aged 74; born at Mingo, a daughter of the late Joseph and Alitha Wood; burial in the Cochran Cemetery.
Glenn Allen Sparks, aged 70; son of the late Samuel and Emma Sparks; burial in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Hettie Ellen Mace, aged 67, of Edray; burial in the Varner Cemetery on Elk.
John H. Mayhew, aged 78, of Renick; burial in the Morningside Cemetery at Renick.
March 7, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
The Pocahontas County Sports Greats Committee has received forty three (43) nominations for the fifteen sports greats that have been allotted to the County. After careful consideration the committee is pleased to announce that they have selected the following fifteen persons as the Pocahontas County Sports Greats: Sam Bartholomew, Bruce Bosley, A. E. Cooper, Dick Huffman, Snowden Kellison, Charles LaRue, Dick McElwee, Alex McLaughlin, G. D. McNeill, Basil Sharp, Don VanReenan, Harry Warren, Mrs. Merle Wimer, Paul Yeager, West Virginia Wesleyan 1910 Football Team Members: Bill Buckley, J. E. Buckley, Snowden Kellison and George Lightner.
The names of the others that were nominated are as follows: F. C. Allen, John Bessling, Charles Hill, Bob Hockenberry, Ross Hufford, John T. Johnston, Henry Kelley, Arden Killingsworth, John LaRue, Paul (Bunyon) Lord, Abe McLaughlin, Reid Moore, Albert Palmer, Elmer Palmer, Charlie Peters, Max Poscover, Dr. N. R. Price, Basil P. Sharp, Roger Sharp, George Shiffler, Sr., Bob Sutton, Enoch Taylor, Claude Warren, Hull Yeager, and Sterl Yeager.
The different sports represented were football, baseball, basketball, coaching, log rolling, archery, diving, foot-racing, wrestling, track and soccer.
Marlinton won the Section 1, Region V Tournament at Hillsboro last weekend by winning over Hillsboro Friday night 69-62 and over Green Bank 77-56 on Saturday night. Individual awards were as follows: Best Foul Shot – 83.3 percent, tie, Richard Morgan and Paul Workman, Marlinton. Player Sportsmanship Trophy – Tommy Cook, Hillsboro.
Best Cheering Section – Green Bank.
Three Best Cheerleaders - Sue Withers, Marlinton; Elizabeth Workman, Hillsboro; Donna McCutcheon, Green Bank.
Outstanding Player – Paul Workman, Marlinton.
All Tournament Team – Paul Workman, Marlinton, Delmos Barb, Marlinton, Joe Hollandsworth, Hillsboro, Richard Morgan, Marlinton, Gibby Sage, Marlinton, Tommy Cook, Hillsboro, and George Shears, Green Bank.
The birthstone amethyst says those born in February are loyal friends, have an optimistic outlook, are versatile and capable and sincere in their ideas of what is right. All this is certainly true of John C. Gilmore who celebrated his 83rd birthday February 22. He is the son of the late Andrew and Cora Gilmore, of Bath County, Virginia. His hobby is walking to town, stopping to talk with friends, mostly about God and how we should live. Yes, he is loyal, faithful and true to his family and his church, rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Marlinton, and to this community, a father not only to his family but to all who know him, he is always ready to lend a helping hand in any way he can.
Mr. Gilmore is a retired C&O employee and resides at his home here with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Brown. He has one other daughter, Mrs. Cora Jackson, of Miami, Florida, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends, all who love him dearly.
The winners in the 1962 Pocahontas County 4-H Ham and Bacon Show and Sale were Lonnie Armstrong, Buckeye, Reserve Champion Bacon; Patty Gay Sharp, Marlinton, Champion Bacon; Phyllis Ann Hill, Hillsboro, Champion Ham; and Howard McLaughlin, Huntersville, Reserved Champion Ham.
The Champion Ham was purchased by the First National Bank for a record price of $124.25.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Leon Ball, of Huntersville, a son, named Ricky Leon.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Kelley, of Harrisville, a daughter, named Sandra Lee.
Hunter Austin Hively, aged 39, of Dunmore; enroute to the University Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, after receiving head injuries when an end-loader fell on him at his farm; the son of John and Eva Rexrode Hively, and husband of Dotty Lou Mullens Hively. Burial in the Hively Cemetery.
Herbert C. Dean, aged 57, of Hillsboro; survived by his wife, three daughters and eight sons; burial in the Emmanuel Cemetery at Lobelia.
February 21, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Leo Mace, of Riverside, reported Saturday they had an icicle over a foot thick at their home.
1962 Bear Kill
West Virginia hunters reported killing 64 bears during the 1962 season. This is more than double the 29 bears reported killed in 1961.
In 1962, Randolph County alone reported 25 kills. Pocahontas County was next with a reported kill of nine bruins. Included in this Pocahontas County tally was West Virginia’s first known bow kill of a bear, taken by Joe Roy, of near Marlinton. Roy made the kill with one well placed arrow fired from a tree stand.
In addition to this seasonal harvest, 18 bears were known to have been killed at other times of the year. This represents a 50 percent decrease from 1961.
by Rev. W. W. Sutton
Toward fall I began to plan to go to school to study for the ministry. We spent four years at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Upon returning and stopping at Cass, I saw an old buddy and friend, Burl Adams, standing on the platform. He was one of the best buddies on loading logs I ever had. I saw him as we were breaking down logs from a skid-way while loading get a bone broken below the knee of left leg. There he was and one arm gone. He said, “Sutton, you see I have had some more bad luck.” My heart ached for that old friend.
He told me one day that he had a sister in the Nunnery of the Roman Catholic Church. We all are human and inclined to genuine sympathy; may it ever be so.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Ober, of Bartow, a son, named Roger Lee
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Grady Eugene Mullens, of Huntersville, a daughter, named Cynthia Ann.
Mrs. Margaret Brill Reinert, aged 49, of Effort, Pennsylvania; daughter of Mrs. Lura Moore Brill and the late Ira D. Brill. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
J. E. Buckley, aged 73, of a heart attack, in Tampa, Florida, Tuesday, February 19. Funeral service in Marlinton Methodist Church.
Mrs. Elzina Perry Woods, aged 84, of Marlinton; a daughter of the late Andrew and Susan Margaret Perry; burial in the Clawson Cemetery.
Leonard F. Cutlip, aged 67,of Marlinton; a son of the late Phillip Sheridan and Elizabeth Susan Cutlip. Burial in the Emmanuel Cemetery on Bruffey’s Creek.
J. Earle Hoover, aged 75, of Staunton, Virginia, of an apparent heart attack while cleaning snow from the steps of his home. He was the uncle of Callis Hoover, of Marlinton.
Albert Wade died at his home on Douthards Creek Tuesday night.
Merril Peacock was called to Crescent City, Florida, on Tuesday by the death of his father, John Peacock, aged 74.
February 14, 1963
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Maynard Dilley was appointed as a member of the county Board of Health for five years.
The sum of $1,500 was given to the Marlinton Volunteer Fire Department in accordance with this year’s budget.
James T. Martin was appointed Justice of the Peace in the Edray District.
The Copperheads are having a good basketball season this year.
The homecoming game with Green Bank will be played here on February 15. The homecoming queen with the candidates for attendants are as follows: Queen: Karen Galford; candidates for attendants: Senior: Beth Kellogg and Christine Sharp; Junior: Carolyn Ann Rimel, Connie Wilfong and Nancy Evans; Sophomore: Patty McComb, Lyndal Giraud and Judy Circosta; Freshman: Linda Reynolds, Patty Rimel and Peggy Beverage; Eighth Grade: Kay Landis, Karen Peacock and Ruth Dunn; Seventh Grade: Carolyn Sharp, Lana Kay Thomas and Elizabeth Graham.
Clinton, the Magician performed for us on February 7.
Boys and Girls in Service
Airman Basic Paul Kelley, son of Mrs. Irma R. Kelley, of Route 2, Dunmore, is being reassigned to Amarillo AFB, Texas, for technical training as a Untied States Air Force Supply Specialist.
The airman is a 1960 graduate of Marlinton High School.
Corporal E4 Curtis R. Sharp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman C. Sharp, of Clover Lick, arrived from Okinawa and is presently spending a leave with this parents and wife, the former Miss Patricia Ann Gay.
Mothers all make many sacrifices throughout their lives.
Ordinarily being good mothers and dependable wives.
To them their home and family are a part of daily life.
Her children believing she is their guiding light,
Everyone deep down in his heart loves mother as no other.
Regardless of friends, pals and relatives, none equals their mother.
Found and brought in by Mrs. Garland Young, Route 1, Marlinton.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie McLaughlin, Jr., formerly of Huntersville, a daughter, Kimberley Lynne.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cassell, of Cass, a daughter, Barbara Ellen Grace.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wilfong, of Marlinton, a daughter, Lisa Marie.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Ober, of Bartow, a son.
John Melvin Beck, beloved husband of Goldie M. Beck; son of John Beck, Sr. and Margaret Strauss Beck. He never forgot to thank the Lord each day for letting him live one more day to enjoy the beauties of God’s creation. He wore a smile of patience and never grumbled or complained through his twelve years of illness.
Edward S. Meeks, aged 80, of Clover Lick; son of the late James and Isabelle Doyle Meeks; burial in the Stony Bottom Cemetery.
Allie Zeblen Jack, aged 80; of Marlinton, of pneumonia; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Dora Maupin Smith, aged 65, of Campbelltown, died in Lubbock, Texas.
Mrs. C. E. Dennison, aged 88, of Marlinton; daughter of the late Levi and Amanda Frances Poage Waugh; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Ada Virginia Turner Grimes, aged 81, of Dunmore; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Tilden Brown, aged 86, of Green Bank; son of the late William and Adeline Eleanor Brown; burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Ida Maybelle Robinson Johnson, aged 73 years, 9 months, and 29 days, of Marlinton; the daughter of Charlie and Martha Poole Robinson; born at Sunrise, Bath County, Virginia, May 3, 1889.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life; He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever believeth in me shall never die.
And when thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they will not overflow thee.
February 7, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
The Gulf Service Center in Marlinton was broken into Saturday night. Entrance was made by breaking a window at the rear and then breaking the glass to open an inside door. Some tires, batteries, drills and a few other small items are missing.
Reported in Leo Young’s West Virginia Wildlife Note last week was the sighting of a large rattlesnake close to the railroad tracks about Mile Post 79 on January 12 by Lacy Erskine and Harry Dolan, train crewman. The snake was over three feet long and at least three inches thick. As the train came along the snake started to crawl up the bank in the snow. Two days later they saw his path where he rolled back but no snake. They think he was washed out in the heavy rainstorm of January 11.
Within four days last week three sets of twin calves were born on the farm of Harper Galford, who lives near Green Bank. All of the twins are living.
If we have six weeks more winter – and that much and more is predicted by long range weather forecasts – it cannot be blamed on the groundhog, for the skies were completely overcast here on Saturday with no chance of his seeing his shadow.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Parker, of Minnehaha Springs, a son, named Lawrence, Jr.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Elza, of Cass, a son, named Dwaine Allen
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCarty, of Minnehaha Springs, a son
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cassell, of Cass, a daughter
Forest Ernest Grogg, aged 70, of Green Bank, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Martha Foster, of Baltimore, Maryland; burial in the Arbovale Cemetery
Clifford Byrd Hollandsworth, aged 49, while at work at Dilley’s Mill.
Mrs. Zelphia Lee Doss, aged 82, of Hillsboro; burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
James Dilley, of a heart attack; son of the late Early C. and Lula Bussard Dilley; burial in Mt. View Cemetery.
Granville Otis Frost, aged 49, general manager of the Pocahontas Furniture Company; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Rev. John William Holliday, aged 86, of Beckley; served churches in Marlinton, and for a number of years was a minister to an Indian reservation in Iowa.
Phillip Dominici, aged 80, of Clover Lick; born in Naples, Italy March 11, 1882, and came to the US in 1911; burial in Mountain View.
Mrs. Hannah Jane Jenkins, born June 1, 1883, at Clawson; a daughter of the late Jasper E. and Martha Slayton Friel; burial in the Clawson Cemetery.
Mrs. Elizabeth Josephine Shue, aged 87 years, of Droop Mountain; daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Moses Scott, and a member of the Mount Zion Methodist Church; burial in the Whiting Cemetery on Droop.
Henry O. Poage, aged 54, son of Henry and Bessie Weiford Poage; of pneumonia and a heart condition.
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.
January 24, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Misses Mabel and Fleeta Lang have returned from New York where they attended the fashion showings of spring clothes and did the spring buying for Lang’s Dress Shoppe.
Work has been started on the straightening of the road at Dilley’s Mill by contractor Robert Hanna, of White Sulphur Springs. This will eliminate a narrow bridge in a curve and several bad curves in the road.
Two Pocahontas County boys are members of the “West Virginia Centennial Flight” now beginning their training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Dock K. Hollandsworth, of Droop, and Jerry N. Hollandsworth, of Hillsboro, enlisted and will train with the other 128 boys who make up this special group commemorating our state’s 100th birthday. A special ceremony was held on the Capitol steps in Charleston last Thursday.
WHEREAS, A distinctive gold-colored trout has been developed in the fish hatcheries of West Virginia and
WHEREAS, the aristocrat of Trouts has proven itself to be everything a fisherman desires – a fierce fighter in the water and a delicacy on the dining table; and
WHEREAS, this outstanding game fish is being stocked in quantity for the first time in West Virginia’s lakes and streams, especially for our State’s Centennial Celebration in 1963:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, William Wallace Barron, Governor of the State of West Virginia, do hereby proclaim that this remarkable trout, an exclusive product of West Virginia is officially named the West Virginia Centennial Golden Trout, and we invite all anglers, both in West Virginia and from other states, to test their skill with this proud and hard fighting fish during our Centennial year...
WE present our Centennial Golden Trout as a symbol of the many advantages available to the lovers of the great outdoors in West Virginia – known far and wide for its mountain grandeur, peaceful valleys, parks and forests and wonderful scenery.
More than 100 years ago, the discovery of gold attracted a great many people to California. We hope that our Centennial Golden Trout will attract a great many anglers to West Virginia to enjoy the thrill of catching this great fighting fish.
W. W. Barron, Governor
The good news comes from Kermit McKeever, chief of the Parks Division, Department of Natural Resources that, though the amount is small, some money has been made available to rehabilitate the track of the Cass Scenic Railroad and fix an engine and a few cars so that it can be in operation for this Centennial Year. It is planned to be ready for short runs of a few miles by June 20. Plans and estimates are being readied for a far reaching tourist complex to be considered by the Area Redevelopment in the near future.
The people of the Swago Methodist Church gave their pastor and his wife, the Rev. and Mrs. Clarence E. Pierson, and “Old -Fashioned Pounding” on Monday night, January 11.
Many nice gifts were presented to them. The evening was passed in singing and conversation.
Misses Carla and Sharla Gladwell were hostesses to seventy-five of their friends Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. with a “Sweet Sixteen Dance” at the American Legion Hall in Marlinton.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Rehm, of Droop, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Walton, of Hillsboro, twins, a boy and a girl, named David Allen and Donna Irene
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick William Smith, of La Crosse, Virginia, a son, Frederick David
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Galford, of Marlinton, a son, Richard Wayne
Mrs. Icie Rhoda Hannah Gay, aged 73, of Marlinton; born at Slatyfork; the daughter of the late Sheldon and Martha Moore Hannah; Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Olevia Malcomb, aged 91, of Huntersville; the widow of Thomas C. Malcomb; the daughter of the late Jacob S. and Ann Maria Gay Moore; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Edward Calvin Eagle, aged 89, one of the oldest attorneys in West Virginia; born May 24, 1873 on Hills Creek; the son of the late Charles E. and Elizabeth Anderson Eagle.
Charles G. Tacy, aged 80 years and 20 days, of Cass; the son of the late Goerge and Caroline Galford Tacy.
January 17, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Kenneth Lonnie Bryant was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Thomas W. Smith Monday and held for the March Term of the Grand Jury in connections with the death of James Henry Lester at the Bryant home at Buckeye last Saturday night. Lester died from wounds of the head, face and neck caused by shot from a 12 gauge shotgun. Bryant was released under $2,000 bond set by Judge Nickell Kramer.
Robert Dale Wilt and Wilson Van Irvine were arraigned on Tuesday on the charge of accessories before the fact to the breaking and entering of the Bryant residence at Buckeye by James Henry Lester. After a preliminary hearing, Justice of the Peace Thomas W. Smith held them over for the Grand Jury.
Mrs. Lucy Davis had a flock of 25 to 30 robins at her home on Kee’s Flat Monday. The weather Saturday seemed like Robin time but Monday and Tuesday the thermometer was a chilly 7 and 4 here in town.
Zed Smith has been buying food for the fish in the lake near his house and last week two geese were feeding on it. After feeding he saw them fly high to the south and figured they were gone but the next day they were back to feed.
The Pocahontas County Historical Society is now the largest historical society in West Virginia and growing fast. To date there are 318 members.
Senator Jennings Randolph has disclosed that the U. S. Bureau of Public Roads has released $3.5 million for the first stage construction of the Highland Scenic Highway through the Monongahela National Forest.
Initial work will be on a 23-mile section from a point east of Richwood to another point at Slaty Fork where it will join U. S. 219.
The Highland Scenic Highway, as proposed, will be a 160 mile forest road running through the heart of the national forest from near Richwood to Gormania on U. S. 50 in Grant County.
Boys and Girls in Service
In answer to the soldier’s “Long Tour of duty,” Veteran Bob Jones, of Sebring, Ohio, writes:
“I spent one year in Schofield Barracks, one Thanksgiving, one Christmas, one New Year’s, one Easter and one Mother’s Day, but I had one satisfaction and solace.
I could stand in Schofield Barracks and look down to Pearl Harbor and see the Arizona lying there with 1,500 boys who would never make it home even for one Thanksgiving, one Christmas, one New Year’s, one Easter and one Mother’s Day – I was alive and I got back for all of them.
Sheriff Henry G. Hevener and his deputies are now wearing official sheriff uniforms.
The Marlinton Volunteer Fire Department was called out early last Thursday morning to Stamping Creek where a cabin owned by a Mr. Thompson was destroyed by fire. Their emergency car made two runs Monday, bringing Mason Sullivan, of Marlinton, and Mrs. Henderson Sharp of Frost , to the hospital.
The old preacher stood up to preach. He read the text: “They brought to Jesus all sick people that were taken with divers diseases.”
The preacher said: “Now, doctors can scrutinize you, analyze you and sometimes cure your ills, but when you have divers diseases, then only the Lord can cure. And brethren, there is a regular epidemic of divers diseases among us!
“Some dive for the door after Sunday School is over. Some dive for the television set during the evening service. Some dive into a book of excuses about work that needs to be done for Jesus. Others dive for a car and take a trip over the weekend, forsaking the assembling and teaching assignments. Then a few dive into a flurry of faultfinding every time the church takes on a work program. Yes, brethren, it takes the Lord and love of the church to cure divers diseases: you is in a bad way, brethren.”
From Newsletter, Waverly Road, Kingsport, Tennessee, Presbyterian Church.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Phillips, of Marlinton, a son.
Mrs. Olevia Malcomb, aged 91, widow of Thomas C. Malcomb.
James Henry Lester, aged 32, the son of Henry and Eliza Vandevender Lester; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Garnett Lee Sharp, aged 77, born in Clover Lick, a son of the late Clark and Virginia Ellen Kittle Sharp; burial in the Valley Head Cemetery.
Fifty Years Ago
January 10, 1963
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
It is planned – depending on the weather – to open the new bridge near Buckeye to traffic this week. The road has had some sealing coats but will not be hard-topped until warmer weather. This is a big improvement, eliminating a one-lane bridge and doing a lot of straightening. The project was set up to cost $149,000.
The Legislature convened for a sixty-day session on Wednesday. Our delegate, Tom Edgar, left Tuesday to attend. Governor Barron was expected to bring a message dealing with educational problems. Redistribution and the question of strengthening the Sunday “blue laws” seem to be the loudest problems.
The gremlins were loose again last week and we let a mistake go be in a name that we well knew. The Stulting or Pearl Buck house is owned by Martha Ann Edgar Townsend, not Margaret. We will have to admit mistakes are the easiest things to make that we know.
FOUR-H CLUB NEWS
Riverside Blue Angels 4-H Club held their public meeting on Friday, December 21, in the basement of the Marlinton Graded School with 23 in attendance.
The meeting was called to order by the President, Janice Dunbrack. The meeting opened in regular form. Roll call was answered by Safety Slogans and the reading of the minutes.
Program Theme: “What Christmas Mean to Me.”
Prayer – Butch Smith; Poem, “What Christmas Means to Me” – Sharon McCloud; Story, “Old, Old Carols” - Janice Kay Dunbrack; Fire Safety – Delores Friel; Recital, “The Longest Day” - Martha Coffman; “My Teeth and I” - Judy Friel; Poem, “Christmas Bell” - Nancy Anderson; Song, “Jingle Bells”All; Play, “Christmas Story – by members.
The meeting was adjourned and the Christmas part followed.
Teddy Dunbrack, Reporter
Boys and Girls in Service
Private First Class and Mrs. Ernest H. Friel, of Bordentown, New Jersey, spent Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Friel, and her mother, Mrs. Verna Gibson.
Chief and Mrs. William S. Gibson, and children, Floyd, Lloyd, Boyd and Sandra Kay, of Charleston, South Carolina, spent the holidays with their parents, Mrs. Verna Gibson and Mr. and Mrs. Willie Gibson, on Elk.
SA. Edward Lowell Walton, who completed Boot Training at Great Lakes, Illinois, spent a 14 day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H.Walton, of Lobelia.
by Evelyn Yeager Beard
Arbovale, W. Va.
November 4, 1926
In the fall and winter of 1861-62 the Confederate solders camped at Camp Allegheny, my old homeplace, under the command of Jose (Ed) Johnson. The sugar grove belonging to my father, John Yeager, consisting of about five hundred trees was sued for building the camps and cabins.
This location could be used as a point of vantage, as by using field glasses they could observe the movements of the Union Soldiers camped on top of Cheat Mountain near the Club house.
The year of 1861-62 was a cold rainy year. Many of the soldiers camping there were from the South. I remember them as being not very warmly clad, and shivering with cold. Not being used to the cold, damp climate many of them sickened and died and were buried on a little hill back of our home.
Our back porch was partitioned off to be used as a commissary by Uncle Jack Arbogast. The soldiers wanting tobacco, candy, etc. would have to wait their turn. The room being small, and at times crowded, they would ask me to make their purchases for them. Being a child and small, they would make room for me. I would make their purchases and then received a liberal share of the candy. I was a youngster of about ten, and my brother, Mack Yeager, was eight.
The officers and soldiers made a lot over us children. Receiving boxes from home they would invite us down to help eat them. Colonel McCune would often let me wear the big plume he wore in his hat, and it was gala days for me when I would have the privilege of wearing it. When leaving Camp Allegheny he gave me the plume, taking it from his hat, saying I could keep it for always.
One of the skirmishes of the Civil War was fought at this point, called Church Hill. While but a skirmish it was a hard fought one, and lasted from about 4 a.m. until after 2 p.m. If I remember correctly, nineteen were killed. I remember the shots falling on the roof of our house like rain. My mother and sister, Fannie, were ill at this time. During a lull in the battle, Col. Baldwin of 52nd Virginia Regiment had them carried over on cots to his own cabin for safety and they remained there during the night. My brother, Mack, and myself watched the remainder of the battle from a point of safety. We saw the Confederate flagman fall and saw the flag almost instantly raised again, I believe by Lieutenant Rigor, but am not positive in regard to the name. Captain Mollohan was killed in the battle of Church Hill, and was buried there, along with many others. A spent ball passed between my brother, the late Henry Yeager and Rachel Arbogast, who was visiting us. Captain Anderson was killed by an Advanced Guard of Union soldiers dressed Confederate uniforms. Captain Anderson waved to them, thinking they were Confederate men, and he was instantly killed. After the battle was over there were several wounded men to be taken care of. The cabins were unsuitable, and my mother had the upstairs of our home converted into a temporary hospital. Our house was under construction when war broke out, and was not then complete. The upstairs was in one large room. Several of the wounded men died and were buried along by those killed in battle. For a brief period a downstairs room was occupied by a sick officer, with his wife and baby, Edgar. Later the same room was used for a while as a Post Office kept by Uncle Jake Arbogast. The front part of this house is still in good condition, the remaining being torn down.
To be continued.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas Birchfield, of Seebert, a son, John Glenn
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Lee Hiner, of Triangle, Virginia, a daughter, Carolyn Sue
Born to Mrs. and Mrs. George Dean, Jr., of Mill Point, a son, Michael Kevin
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo George Dean, Jr., of Huntersville, a daughter, Kimberly Ann
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Leroy Rose, of Marlinton, a son, Donald Leroy, Jr.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Carpenter, of Arbovale, a son, Mark Hamilton
Miss Polly McNeel, aged 65; funeral service in Oak Grove Presbyterian Church; burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Jacob J. Loury, aged 87, formerly of Minnehaha Springs; a son of the late James and Mattie VanBuren Loury. Burial in the Huntersville Cemetery.
Alvon Burr, about 64, of Elkins of a heart attack. Born in Hillsboro, the son of Alvon and Annie Pyles Burr.
A. H. McFerrin, aged 73, of Marlinton, son of the late Francis Garland and Eliza Bobbit McFerrin; former executive vice-president of the Bank of Marlinton.
Randall Rider, aged 50, of Manassas; born in Minnehaha Springs, the son of Frank and Ida Sue Rider.
Fifty Years Ago
January 3, 1963
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
From the rule days it looks like a hard, cold winter. Temperatures have gone to zero or 2 above each night in town.
Snowfall in December was 38.8 inches, a record for a long number of years.
The icicles are long and numerous, so whether you hold to this belief that the length indicates the depth of snow or the time the snow will stay on the ground, it means a lot of wintry weather.
Church bells rang in the Centennial Year of 1963 and three hours and forty minutes later, John Glenn Birchfield was born in the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, apparently the official Centennial Baby of Pocahontas County. Young John Glenn weighed only three pounds and fifteen ounces. His parents are James and Kathleen Gray Bostic Birchfield, of Seebert, and this is their first child. The baby was delivered by Dr. L. E. Rexrode.
The baby received gifts from the Chamber of Commerce, Lang’s Dress Shop, Home Products Market, Jim Martin’s Photo and Appliance Center, People’s Store, Wilbur Sharp & Son, C. J. Richardson, The Pocahontas Times, Moore’s Auto Store and the Royal Drug Store.
Pearl Buck Home
It is with great pleasure that we have learned that the Pearl Buck birthplace in Hillsboro will be opened to visitors this summer. In special recognition of the Centennial Year of our State, the John Townsends (she is the former Margaret Edgar and owner of the home) plan to make some repairs to the house and have it open to tourists from July 15 to October 15.
New Camp Ranger
Dewey Sharp has been appointed Camp Ranger of the Buckskin Council Scout Reservation at Dilley’s Mill effective January 1. Mr. and Mrs. Sharp will move into the residence at the camp on February 1. The securing of a ranger to live at the camp will increase the use of the facilities throughout the year.
January is a good time to think about the law of perverse opposites – or, as it is known to most laymen, Gumperson’s law – and it is still un-repealed.
For those of you who are unaware, Gumperson’s law neatly explains a number of irritating events that might otherwise be put down to mere chance. It is Gumerpson’s law, for example that causes bluegrass to grow in the cracks of concrete sidewalks but not on your lawn.
It accounts, too, for the fact that you can throw a burnt match out the window of your car and start a forest fire while you can use two boxes of matches and a whole edition of the Sunday paper without being able to start a fire under the dry logs in a fireplace.
The law stated simply, is that the contradictory of a welcome probability will assert itself whenever such an eventuality is likely to be most frustrating.
Some of Dr. R. F. Gumperson’s better known laws are as follows:
After a raise in salary you will have less money at the end of each month than you had before.
A girl at the race track who bets according to the color of the jockey’s shirt will pick more winners than the man who has studied the past performance of every horse on the program.
Children have more energy after a hard day of play than they do after a good night’s sleep.
A person who buys the most raffle tickets has the least chance of winning.
A child can be exposed to the mumps for weeks without catching them, but can catch then without exposure the day before the family goes on vacation.
The dishwasher will breakdown the evening you give a dinner party for ten people.
Good parking places are always on the other side of the street.
Dr. Gumperson served as a consultant to the armed services during World War II and evolved the procedure whereby the more a recruit knew about a given subject the better chance of receiving an assignment involving some other subject.
There is no knowing to what further glittering heights Dr. Gumperson’s genius would have led him had it not been for his untimely death in 1947. Strolling along the highway one evening, he was obeying the pedestrian rule of walking to the left facing traffic. He was struck down from behind by a Hillman-Minx driven by an English visitor hugging the left side of the road.
Excerpts from Changing Times Magazine
Boys and Girls in Service
A 2-c Lynn E. Triplett is spending a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clay Triplett. He is enroute from Kelly AFB, Texas, to spend a tour of duty in England.
William N. Shafer of the U.S. Navy, son of Mrs. Mary Shafer, has returned to his base at Cecil Field, Florida, after having spent a 15 day leave with family and friends in Marlinton.
Gerald Davis returned Tuesday to Fort Benning, Georgia, after spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Davis.
Stephen J. Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Lane, of Marlinton, has returned to his Navy Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois, after spending a 14-day leave with his parents.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Maize, of Slaty Fork, a daughter
Miss Dora McClintic, aged 81, of Renick; survived by a sister, Mrs. C. E. Knapp, of Renick; burial in the Renick Cemetery
Andrew Fertig was born April 7, 1893, at Thorny Creek, the son of the late Missouri Loury and G. A. Fertig; departed this life December 25, 1962; member of the Cass Presbyterian Church; burial in the Dilley Cemetery.