A look back at the newspaper's archives from 50 years ago.
Thursday, July 20, 1961
Post Office Open House
Hillsboro's new Post Office will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 22, 1961, Postmaster W. D. Workman announces.
The new facility is part of the Post Office Department's unique commercial leasing plan, where the facilities remain under private ownership, pay local taxes to this community and are leased to the Federal Government. At the same time large outlays of Federal money for construction purposes are eliminated.
The White Pine Holiness Camp meeting will be held at Arbovale July 20 to July 30.ﾠ
The public is invited to come and hear the old-time preaching and singing.
Basil Price Sharp was ordained as a minister of the Presbyterian Church in the United States on Sunday evening, July 16, 1961. The ordination service was held in the Hull Memorial Presbyterian Church, Hazard, Kentucky, by a Commission of Guerrant Presbytery. The ordination sermon was preached by the Rev. Roger P. Melton, of Montgomery, under whose pastorate Basil became a member of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church.
Attending the service from West Virginia were his grandmother, mother and sister, Mrs. Calvin Price, Mrs. Basil Sharp and Jane Sharp, and Mrs. Roger Melton and Lawrence Melton.
Steven Moore, of the Green Bank Chapter, Future Farmers of America, will receive the State Farmer Degree this Sunday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. at Jackson's Mill at their 33rd Annual State Convention.ﾠ The Green Bank Land Judging Team will also compete for State honors on Friday.
Friel - Fitzwater
The Slatyfork Methodist Church was the scene of the wedding of Miss Audrey Carol Fitzwater, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. T. Fitzwater, of Slatyfork, and Mr. George Edward Friel, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Friel, of Marlinton.
Miss Allene Fitzwater was maid of honor for her sister.
Miss Jacoba Friel, sister of the groom, served as bridesmaid.
Robert Mann served as best man for the groom.
The bridegroom is now serving with the United States Army and is stationed in Alabama, where the couple will reside.
Galford - Friel
The Marlinton Church of the Nazarene was the setting Friday evening, July 14, 1961, for the wedding of Betty Jo Friel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Friel, of Marlinton, and Joseph E. Galford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Galford also of Marlinton.
The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. James O. Shank, Jr., in the presence of the immediate families.
They will make their home in Marlinton, where both are employed.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Taylor, of Dunmore, a son, name Bruce Allen
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Warrick, Jr., of Marlinton, a son named Timothy Lee.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Lane, of Beard, a daughter named Cynthia Jane
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Patton, Jr., of Hillsboro, a daughter named Charlotte Lee
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnett, of Mace, a son named Robert Charles
Lawrence Anderson Buzzard, aged 67 years, 11 months and 11 days, son of Robert Asberry and Maggie Kelly Buzzard. He was a veteran of World War I.
His wife, Hallie, was killed in an automobile accident September 28, 1953. He remained on the farm, serving as father and mother both to his young children. He hoped to and succeeded in keeping them together until they were able to maintain the home themselves.
Funeral serevice was held Father's Day at the Mountain Grove Presbyterian Church.
Samuel Oliver Painter, aged 61, a retired miner of Conley Run, near Valley Head, died July 4th, 1961
"Little Rascals Varieties"
Glynis Johns - Dina Merrill
Panthers have been seen twice in the last few weeks, on Knapps Creek and on Williams River.ﾠ We have the story from Arden Killingsworth, who had to know if we believed in panthers before he would tell us.ﾠ Ralph Friel was driving a truck on the Knapps Creek road, right above the old pin mill site, and saw an animal that looked like a dog crossing over the waterbreak. It came up the bank and crossed in front of him, and it was no dog, but a panther, long-tailed, tawny colored.
A few days later John Miller and his boy were on the Beard place on Day's Run and a panther came out of the woods at what he called the Sugar Tree corner and out on the sod, about 100 yards away.ﾠ They watched it for a full five minutes.ﾠ They saw its tracks in the mud again this week.ﾠ Dan Carpenter had been talking since winter about finding the biggest dog tracks he had ever seen, so these, now it seems, have been panther tracks.
Dog days came in Monday a week ago, with rain.
Temperature was down to 42 in town Sunday; 36 at Frost.ﾠ Light frost some places Monday.
Old Fashioned Sale Days
Marlinton will be full of bargains next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 20, 21 and 22, for three big Old Fashioned Sale Days.ﾠ This Sale is sponsored by the new Chamber of Commerce and the merchants have joined in and made some extra good bargains for the three sale days.
Board of Education
Emory Anderson, Jr., has resigned as coach at Hillsboro High School and will become principal at White Sulphur Springs High School.
Boy Scout Troop 33 of Marlinton is camping at the Buckskin Council Scout Reservation this week.ﾠ With Scoutmaster Kenneth Ervine are Butch Perry, Jimmy Dilley, Kenneth Dilley, Johnny Mallow, Wayne Harper, Johnny Kenney, Jimmy Martin, Bobby McComb, Marvin Simmons and Michael McMann.
Little League Special
The C & O will again operate the annual "Little League Special" to Cincinnati for the baseball game between the Cincinnati Redlegs and Pittsburgh Pirates on August 6.
The complete cost of the round trip rail fare and a reserve seat for the game is: from White Sulphur, Little Leaguers $11.62 and adults $12.98; from Ronceverte $11.35 and $12.70.ﾠ The train will leave Saturday, August 5, from White Sulphur at 11:19 p.m, Ronceverte 11:34 p.m. and return to Ronceverte 1:49 a.m. Monday morning; White Sulphur at 2:04 a.m.
In Military Service
Sp4 Bobby L. Broyles, who has been home for thirty days with his wife, Louise, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Broyles, after serving thirteen months in Korea, returned Sunday to his new assignment of duty at Fort Bliss, Texas.
S-Sgt. and Mrs. Letcher S. Landis and sons, Curtis and George, of Quantico, Virginia, recently spent a ten day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Landis, of Mill Point.
Thomas Matheny and wife and daughter, have returned from Germany, where he has been stationed with the United States Army, and are spending a 45 day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Matheny, at Green Bank.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. David Kincaid, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Vicki Marie
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCoy, of Beard, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gragg, of Frank, a son, named Tony Douglas
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Taylor, of Dunmore, a son
Philip T. Flenner, age 66, of Frank.ﾠ He was a past commander of the American Legion at Durbin and a veteran of World War I.
Paul Woodrow Dean, age 60, son of the late Samuel and Minnie Hayes Dean. He was a devoted Christian. Although he preached his own funeral from day to day as he passed along this way, the regular funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon in the Marlinton Church of God with burial in the Bruffey Creek Emmanuel Methodist Church Cemetery.
Playing at the Alpine
"The Enemy General"
"The Legend of Tom Dooley"
"The Savage Innocents
Anthony Quinn - Peter O'Toole
July 6, 1961
On June 18th, 1921, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Kellison were on a walk in the hills around Beard and saw a dry land terrapin.ﾠ The Kellisons (she was the former Miss Iva Taylor) were newlyweds, having been married in February.ﾠ They carved their initials on the back of the shell and turned the terrapin loose.ﾠ Forty years later on June 18th, 1961, this same terrapin with the initials was found in the same vicinity, by other walkers in the woods.
Turtles seem to be in the news this week.ﾠ Marshall Simms found an unusually marked terrapin Saturday on Airport Hill and has been showing it around.ﾠ The yellow dot markings form letters and numbers that caught his eye from a distance away.ﾠ The forms are about identical on each side, making it look like 3 3 D on one side and G E E on the other.ﾠ These are large shapes and there are many smaller dots that run together and look like letters and numbers.ﾠ This must be what is called a spotted terrapin.ﾠ The encyclopedia says the names turtle, tortoise and terrapin are often used interchangeably but according to some scientists a turtle is a sea reptile, a tortoise is a land reptile and a terrapin is a fresh-water reptile, especially one that has edible flesh.
Members of the turtle family live long lives.ﾠ Mr. Simms' father, at Swiss, had a turtle brought to him that he had marked as a boy 65 years before.
The hard rain of last Thursday evening really dumped the water on the Marlinton area but it was not too widespread.ﾠ None on Elk, only a shower at Minnehaha Springs, none at Clover Lick, some all the way to Droop. Charles J. Sharp, at his home on Brushy Flats, watched it move down the River and says he had never before seen a rain come so directly out of the north, usually more from the northeast.ﾠ Water ran deep in the streets and the short circuited fire alarm blowing 28 times added to the general confusion.ﾠ Wind and some hail accompanied the rain.
With general interest in Scouting high, Edward T. Stemple, Assistant District Commissioner announces a community meeting on behalf of Scouting on Friday night, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Green Bank Methodist Church.
The Rev. Robert Harshberger and the Rev. Cecil Jividen are co-operating for the community meeting for Scouting.
This meeting is for the purpose of finding out the interest of boys 11, 12 and 13 years and their parent's interest.
A small troop will be organized if there is interest.
Edward Stemple says Rex Johnson, District Scout Executive will be on hand.
A troop will also be organized at Cass and Durbin.
Appointed to West Point
Emmett Bailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bailey, of Marlinton, and a 1961 graduate of Marlinton High School, has received an appointment as a cadet to West Point Military Academy.ﾠ He was appointed by Congressman Harley O. Staggers.
Having passed all his qualifying examinations, Emmett reported this week at West Point for training.
He was accompanied to New York by his parents and sisters, Janice and Cheryl.ﾠ They visited relatives and did some sight-seeing before leaving Emmett on Wednesday.
The Marlinton Woman's Christian Temperance Union will meet at the home of Mrs. P. C. Curry on Thursday evening, July 13th, at 7:30.
In the Classifieds
SUPPER- Friday, July 14th, at the Huntersville Methodist Church by the Mt. Zion Home Demonstration Club.ﾠ MENU: Creamed Chicken, Hot Biscuits, Green Beans, Corn Pudding, Salad, Pickles, Iced Tea, Coffee, Assorted Pies.ﾠ $1.00
CHICKEN SUPPER - Edray Producers 4-H Club will have a Chicken Supper at the Edray Community Center, Friday, July 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.ﾠ Fried chicken, chicken noodles, etc.ﾠ Adults $1.25, children under 12, 50 cents.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dilley, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Donna Lucille
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Everette McNabb, of Hillsboro, a daughter, named Oma Cheryl
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Beale, of Alexandria, Virginia, a daughter, named Tammy Louise.
Paul Dean, age 49, burial in the Bruffey's Creek Cemetery
Mrs. Ella Jane Turner, aged 76 years, a life-long resident of Pocahontas County. Burial in the Emmanuel Methodist Church Cemetery on Bruffey's Creek
Even though being handicapped from birth kept her from living a normal life she always had a smile for everyone.ﾠ "God calls our loved ones, but we lose not wholly what He hath given; they live on earth, in thought and deed, as truly as in Heaven.
Mrs. Cassie Mary (Jasper C.) Pritt, aged 53, of Joppa, Maryland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Rose, of Hillsboro.ﾠ Burial in the Emmanuel Methodist Church Cemetery on Bruffey's Creek.
Bedford Ross Herold, aged 85 years and 3 months, son of Washington Lee and Sarah Ann Harper Herold.
Mrs. Marietta Grace (G. D.) McNeill, aged 82, of Buckeye, the daughter of the late William C. and Susan Buckley McNeill.ﾠ "Strength and dignity are her clothing...and the law of kindness is on her tongue...she looketh well to the ways of her household...her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her...Give her the fruit of her hands and let her works praise her in the gates."
Gerald Craddock, aged 40, of Slaty Fork.ﾠ Death was caused by a fall down a flight of steps.
June 29, 1961
I am your Flag
I was born on June 14th, 1777.
I am more than just cloth shaped into a design.
I am the refuge of the World's oppressed people.
I am the silent sentinel of Freedom.
I am the emblem of the greatest sovereign nation on earth.
I am the inspiration for which American Patriots gave their lives and fortunes.
I have led your sons into battle from Valley Forge to the bloody ridges of Korea.
I walk in silence with each of your Honored Dead, to their final resting place beneath the silent White crosses, row upon row.
I have flown through Peace and War, Strife and Prosperity, and amidst it all I have been respected.
My Red Stripes...symbolize the blood spilled in defense of this glorious nation.
My White Stripes...signify the burning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons.
By Blue Field...is indicative of God's heaven under which I fly.
My Stars...clustered together, unify 50 States as one for God and Country.
"Old Glory" is my nickname, and proudly I wave on high.
Honor me, respect me, defend me with your lives and your fortunes.
Never let my enemies tear me down from my lofty position, lest, I never return.
Keep alight the fires of patriotism, strive earnestly for the spirit of democracy.
Worship Eternal God and keep His commandments, and I shall remain the bulwark of peace and freedom for all mankind.
I am your Flag
Honey in the Rock
Searchers of freedom, state born of battle, workshop of the nation, opportunity for modern development - these were the dramatic representations of the State of West Virginia in "Honey in the Rock," the newest of the outdoor historical dramas which opened this week at Grandview State Park near Beckley.ﾠ Over a thousand members of the press, officials, and other guests attended the first showing and were treated to a big ox roast. The food was delicious and worth the wait in line.ﾠ A big pit had been built and the preparation ofthe meat - two whole steers - was started two days before.
This dramatic presentation of the story of the birth of West Virginia is written by Dremit Hunter, a native of McDowell and teacher at Hollins College, who also wrote "Unto These Hills" and other outdoor dramas.ﾠ The choral singing was excellent and the dancing was spirited and good.ﾠ The stage scenery was cleverly constructed and wheeled on and off quickly while the lights are off.ﾠ The actors as a whole did a good job and this will improve.ﾠ There is a humerous character, too.ﾠ It is the story of the difficult decision of Dave Morgan as to which side to join in the Civil War.
Our Boys and Girls in Service
Marvin Lewis Simmons and Lynn Eugene Triplett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Triplett, enlisted in the Air Force on June 9th, and are taking their basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.ﾠ Both boys are 1961 graduates of Marlinton High School.
Sp.4 William A. Morgan, who returned to the States on April 24th, after spending a year's tour of duty in Korea, has returned to his new assignment of duty at Fort Benning, Georgia, after spending a thirty day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Morgan, at Hillsboro.
First Lieutenant Harlan Kinnison, who spent some time recently in Hillsboro with his mother, Mrs. Mattie Kinnison, due to the death of his father, Guy Kinnison, has returned to Germany, where he is stationed with the United States Army.
Master Sergeant and Mrs. Carl Sharp and sons, Barry, Nathan and Jeffrey, who have spent the past three years at Anchorage, Alaska, have returned to the States where Sergeant Sharp has been assigned to duty at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D. C. where he was stationed prior to his tour of duty in Alaska.ﾠ They are spending some time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milburn Sharp, at Marlinton, and visited her mother, Mrs. Alice Moretz, at West Jefferson, North Carolina.ﾠ Sergeant Sharp has completed 20 years in the Air Force and has enlisted for another three years.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Vinson Ryder, of Bartow, a son, named Alvon James
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Gragg, of Durbin, a daughter, named Vicki Kay
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edgie Woods, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Sherri Lynn
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cain, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Carrie Ann
Mrs. Mattie McCoy, aged 57, of Beard, wife of John L. McCoy
Joseph Gilbert Sharp, aged 93, of Minnehaha Springs, son of the late Henry and Caroline Sharp
William McKinley Waugh, aged 64, son of the late Lemuel Moffett and Margaret Rowan Waugh
Walter Reed - Ziva Rodann
"Return to Warbow"
Phil Carey -
"A Breath of Scandal"
Sophia Loren -
Thursday,ﾠJune 22, 1961
Frost on last Friday, June 16, with ice at some places.
July Fourth Celebration
Congressman Harley O. Staggers has accepted an invitation to take part in the patriotic program being planned for the big all-day Fourth of July celebration at the Pocahontas County Fairgrounds. He will make a short address following the flagraising ceremonies conducted by the local American Legion and V. F. W. Posts.
In addition there will be Talent Shows and Kart Races to give everyone a real old-fashioned Independence Day.
This event, which is being sponsored jointly by the Marlinton Rotary Club and the Pocahontas Karting Club, is being hailed as a welcome throwback to the times when families held reunions and everyone participated in the fun, the meeting of old friends and the making of new ones.
Moffett McNeel, Jr., of Hillsboro, was initiated into the West Virginia All-Stars, the 4-H honorary organization, at Jackson's Mill during the State Volunteer Leaders' Conference. He was also awarded a leadership pin at a ceremony honoring the leaders' achievements at the same Conference. Mr. McNeel has served as a 4-H leader for 13 years.
Off to Camp
Attending Presbyterian Pioneer Camp at Shaw-Mi-Del-Eca last week were: Elizabeth McNeel, Karen Chappell, Preston White, Jr., Patsy Prather, Hillsboro; Tommy VanReenan and Carolyn Callison, Beard; Danny Sheets, Bobby Sheets, Catherine Sheets and David Dolly, Green Bank; Tom Long, Paula Clarkson, Norris Long and Michael Kane, Cass; Darlene Sharp, Maybelle Gragg, Harriet Goddin, Sue Welder, Rickie Griffin, Larry Davis, Johnny Jett, Steve Mitchell, Karen Colburn, Paula Beverage, Martha Davisson, Nancy Diller, Marlinton; Miss Linda Burns and Mrs. Carl Gladwell, counselors.
Forrest McChesney was honored at his home on Saturday night, June 3, with a surprise Stag Birthday Party. A wonderful time was enjoyed by the guest of honor and those attending. Gifts were opened and delicious refreshments were served by Mrs. Sallie McChesney and co-hostess Mrs. Ruth Pondexter. Those attending were: The Rev. Carl E. Boggs, William Daugherty, John Boggs, Leal Truss, Ted Harmon, John A. Jordan and Earl Evans.
Pocahontas County Circuit Court
Eugene M. Simmons, a member of the Greenbrier County Bar, admitted to practice.
Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Vandevender, of Slaty Fork, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Lee, to Earl Douglas Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Michael, of Marlinton.
Miss Vandevender is a graduate of Marlinton High School and is planning to work in Washington, D. C., this summer.
Mr. Michael is also a graduate of Marlinton High School and is employed by S. B. Wallace Company, as a salesman.
Belle of Pocahontas
Mrs. Grace Hull Yeager, of Marlinton, has been named by the Pocahontas County Home Demonstration Council as the "Belle" to represent the county at the State Folk Festival in Glenville June 23 and 24.
A native of Pocahontas County, Mrs. Yeager was born at Green Bank, the daughter of William Henry and Rachel Curry Hull.ﾠ She observed her 85th birthday on June 18.
In 1898 she married William J. Yeager, who died May 30, 1934.ﾠ She is the mother of five children: William Hull Yeager, Henry Arnout Yeager, Dilley Yeager, Mrs. Dale Thompson, deceased, and a daughter that died in infancy.
In 1957 Mrs. Yeager was named Pocahontas county "Mother of the Year."
In addition to her interest in civic affairs she enjoys painting, and is recognized locally as a poetess and one who can present a good program on most any subject.ﾠ She still reads an average of 100 books each year.
Naming Mrs. Yeager as the "Belle" of the county is a fitting honor for one who has given so much of her life and time to helping others and helping to make the community a better place in which to live.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Edward Friel, of Marlinton, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jobert Franklin Slayton, of Boyer, a daughter
Mr. John C. McNeill, aged 72, of Buckeye, the son of the late Charles and Mahala Moran McNeill.ﾠ He was a lifelong resident of his community and never married.
Mrs. Edith Mae Wright, aged 70, of Green Bank, a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County.
Mrs. Willa Elizabeth Wilmoth, age 92, of Durbin, a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County.
Gerald Craddock, aged 40, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Craddock, of Marlinton.
"No Name on the Bullet"
"Chase Me, Charlie"
It's the Original -
It Jumps - It's Silly!
"All in a Night's Work"
Shirley MacLaine -ﾠDean Martin
June 15, 1961
We haven't been able to get all the details, but three bears have been killed in the Mace area after doing a lot of sheep damage.
Brooks Barnette kept track of the snow at Poage Lane and has a total of 95 inches.ﾠ We hope it's the end of the snow.
The calendar and the weatherman don't seem to be working together very well.ﾠ Time and space ran out last week and we didn't get down on record the blizzard-like snow on Saturday, May 27. The snow lay a little to the north of here.ﾠ The leaves on higher ground show the results of the freezing weather.
There has been a rash of small bad checks in this area lately, so be on the lookout.ﾠ Severe fines and jail sentences have been imposed on several lately so this can be a warning not to give a bad check.
The Arbovale-Hillsboro-Marlinton telephone system of the Telephone Utilities of West Virginia, Inc., will convert to the dial system Monday morning, June 19, at 6 a.m.ﾠ The new directories have been mailed with detailed instructions.ﾠ The new system is completely automatic and the information operator will be located at Lewisburg.ﾠﾠ All seven numerals of the new number are to be called.ﾠ Dial 0 for Operator - except for Arbovale where it is 1-0 - for information, long distance and repair service.
All numbers in the county are to be dialed direct.
The new fire alarm system goes into effect at 5:30 a.m. Monday, June 19.ﾠ After that time to report a fire dial 799-4567.ﾠ Please put this in the front of your new Directory and be sure everyone knows this important number.ﾠ After an alarm is given, please do not call this number for information about a fire because it is a special line for reporting fires only and any other use is prohibited.
Congressman Staggers has accepted an invitation to speak at the Fairgounds on July 4.
Kenton Halterman, of Cass, was zone winner in the District 4 play of the Marble Tournament.ﾠ The trophy is given by the Marlinton Lion's Club.
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Hill, of Hillsboro, announce the engagement of their daughter, Plumia Mae, to Sp-4 Kyle T. Hause, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hause, of Buckeye.
From the Classifieds
Help Wanted- Male or Female Teacher to represent Encyclopaedia Britannica this summer in this county.ﾠ Preferred leads furnished.ﾠ For local interview write Encyclopaedia Britannica, Dept. TP, 1825 Connecticut Ave. N. W., Washington 9, D. C.
Female Help Wanted - WOMAN WHO CAN DRIVE...If you would enjoy working 3 or 4 hours a day calling regularly each month on a group of Studio Girl Cosmetic clients on a route to be established in and around Marlinton, and are willing to make light deliveries, etc., write to Studio Girl Cosmetics, Dept, JW-47, Glendale California.ﾠ Route will pay up to $5.00 per hour.
Mr. Florence Carson McClintic, age 87, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ben Morgan, in Marlinton.
Mrs. Lena Mae Poage, age 79, of Poage Lane, daughter of the late Dr. Richard and Hannah Elizabeth Sharp Williams.
Mrs. Mazie Hannah McLaughlin, age 70, of Dunmore, daughter of the late William H. and Sarah S. Hannah.
Cameron L. Armstrong, age 82, of Buckeye, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wayne Jackson.
Mrs. Mary Olive Grose, 89, of Buckeye, daughter of Reuben L. and Phoebe McNeil Overholt
The Rev. Marlin B. Curry, age 59, former minister of the Oak Grover Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro
Clint Walker - Edward Byrnes
"The Young Land"- In Color
Pat Wayne - Dennis Hopper
"Passed for White"
Sonya Wilde - James Franciscus
Thursday, June 8, 1961
Slow Down and Live
Seventy-two years ago, 2,209 persons lost their lives in the Johnstown flood.ﾠ In 1900, 6,000 lives were lost in the Galveston tidal wave.ﾠ The Titanic took 1,517 people down with her in 1912.ﾠ These are three of the worst disasters the United States has experienced. Yet, the exact same number of lives, 9,726, was taken in traffic accidents in the United States in the three summer driving months of 1958.
These "natural" disasters were mourned by the entire world but little attention is paid to the man-made disasters on our streets and highways.ﾠ We could do nothing to prevent these others, but we can prevent traffic accidents.ﾠ Better laws, better enforcement, better engineering and better vehicles are all part of the solution.ﾠ However, it is a better driver behind the wheel and a better pedestrian on the street who can do the most.
A campaign has been launched by the United States and Canada to make our citizens aware of the problem and to enlist their support in solving it.ﾠ The theme is SLOW DOWN AND LIVE.
Governor Barron proclaimed the official opening of the campaign for May 30 and has asked the state and local police to step up enforcement during the next three months.
Pocahontas has had four traffic fatalities this year, compared to none at this time last year, and a total for the year of two.
Will you join the campaign?
William Price McNeel was graduated from Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science degree on June 5.ﾠ He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac McNeel, of Charleston, and the grandson of Mrs. Calvin W. Price.
Kirklyn M. Kerr, of Green Bank, will receive his Doctor's Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University on June 9.ﾠ He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Beard Kerr and a graduate of Green Bank High School.
Among the 104 young men and women to receive Associate in Arts degrees during the 58th annual commencement exercises at Potomac State College Friday, June 2, were the following Pocahontas County students:
Rodney Doyle, Stony Bottom, in agriculture; Edward L. Riley, Green Bank, in agriculture; and Kenneth E. Vance, Durbin, in pre-education.
Mrs. Norman Price, Jr., is a member of the 1961 graduating class of the University of Arizona.ﾠ She will receive her degree in library science and has a position with the University Library.ﾠ Her husband is a teacher in the Apache Junction School, Apache Junction, Arizona.
New Forestry Office
Work was to begin Wednesday on the Forestry office and warehouse building below the cemetery.ﾠ The contract was awarded to Tom Bailes, of Summersville.
At the annual safety awards dinner of the West Virginia Motor Truck Association in Charleston Saturday, the need for similar healthy attitudes for both astronauts and space age super-highway drivers was stressed by the speaker, a national safety worker.ﾠ The Burns Motor Freight of Marlinton was the safety winner in the over-the-road, 250,000 to one million miles class.ﾠ Mrs. and Mrs. Fred Burns, Jr. attended the banquet and received the plaque.
Guy Faulknier was elected Mayor of Marlinton on Tuesday with 184 votes to 127 for Jim Martin.ﾠ Grant Harper was elected Recorder with 175 votes to 127 for Marvin Wimer. Five councilmen elected were: Fred Burns, Sr., 226; Robert Miller, 196; Arnold Burns, 195; John W. Moses, 193; Layman Davis, 161.
P. F. Long was elected mayor of Cass and it appears Jim Gragg was elected as a write-in candidate at Durbin with 59 votes to 54 for Keith Duskey.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted L. Blackhurst, of Cass, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Gwendolyn Jean, to Elmer Charles Friel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Friel, of Marlinton, The open church wedding will be held Sunday, June 18, at 3:00 P.M. in the Cass Methodist Church.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Friel, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Cleva Lenora.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cochran, of Renick, a son, named Michael Douglas.
"The River's Edge"
Ray Milland -
"Let No Man
Write My Epitaph"
ﾑRipped, Raw and
Roaring from Real Life'
Burl Ives -
James Dean -
Fifty-Years-AgoﾠIn the Pocahontas Times
Thursday, June 1, 1961
Bubbling over with enthusiasm and ideas from the recent Travel Clinic at Blackwater Falls, Jane Ruckman is trying to prod some of us slow-movers into an aggressive attack on our tourist problems. Among several good suggestions were the following:
Have a meeting of all motel, hotel and restaurant operators, waitresses and workers and give them information on places to go and things to see, so they can be ready with answers to questions by tourists.
Have local people ready and willing to act as guides for groups to such places as the ﾠFalls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades, etc.
Equip our Information Booth with more helps for tourists.
These are fertile areas for work by our civic clubs and our new Chamber of Commerce.
Sergeant Joe Sharp, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, has been trying for months to interest the Army in our section of the country as a training area. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, he and a Captain Stewart were sent here to survey the area and investigate the possibilities. Their plan calls for using the Mill Point Prison Camp as headquarters and troops would be sent here for six-week periods - several in a year - for training in guerrilla-type warfare. Consultation was made with Regional and District Forestry officials and they have given permission to use the Forest. The final outcome hinges on the Bureau of Prisons as to the use of the Camp.
On the Level by Leslie E. Montgomery
The Greenbrier Valley Soil Conservation District Supervisors held their annual Land Judging Contest Friday, May 27, on the Carl Beard farm at Mill Point. Thirteen teams, one from each Vo-Ag class in the entire Valley area, competed for top honors.
Green Bank was first place winner with 935 points out of a possible 1,200. Marlinton was second, Greenville third, and Hillsboro fourth.
The first five individual honors were won by James Galford, Howard Mullenax, both of Green Bank; Bennie Gay, of Marlinton; Jimmie Gore, of Greenville; and Hugh Jackson, of Marlinton.
A lunch was prepared and served with Moffett McNeel, Jr. in charge.
On the Ballot
The Municipal Election of Marlinton Tuesday, June 6, 1961.
For Mayor on The People's Ticket - Guy Faulknier; for Recorder - Grant Harper; Councilmen - John W. Moses, Paul Gladwell, Layman Davis, Fred Burns, Sr. and Arnold Burns.
On the Citizen's Ticket for Mayor- James Martin; for Recorder- Marvin Wimer; Councilmen - Robert Sharp, Edward Stemple, Bob Miller, Kyle Curtis and Kenneth Ervine.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dixon, of Marlinton, announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Patricia, to Thomas Dunbrack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winters Dunbrack, of Marlinton. The wedding will be held in the Marlinton Presbyerian Church Sunday, June 4th, at 2:00 p.m.
A birthday party and dance, honoring Donna Jean Weiford and Edward Wagner, was given at the American Legion Hall Thursday evening, May 25th.
A buffet luncheon was served by the hostess, Mary E. Weiford.
Dancing by candlelight was enjoyed from 8:00 p.m. until midnight by the following: Mr. and Mrs. Dale Curry, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Kellison, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stemple, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lynn Sheets, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur L. Curry, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Michael, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Nottingham, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Pittman, Mary Godwin, Bee Waugh, Saundra Kershner, Saundra McNellan, Dreama McNellan, Jim Mason, Gib McGraw, Smokey Johnson, Lonnie Ratliff, Bubbles Moore, Alice Waugh, Mrs. Bob Miller, G. Merle Faulknier and daughter, Cindy; Bill Trice, Bill Palmer, Doug Dunbrack, Judy Miller, Donna Weiford and Mary Elizabeth Weiford.
Mrs. Nelia May Vandevender, 63, of Thornwood
Mrs. Susie Wilfong, age 74, of Buckeye
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Billie Frazier, of Renick, a son, named William Joseph
Born to Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Hamilton, of Marlinton, a son, named Robert Jennings
The Alpine Theatre
James Stewart - Shelley Winters
"Attack of the Giant Leeches"
Ken Clark - Yvette Vickers
"The Naked Jungle"
'He had a woman to tame, and a jungle terror to conquer!'
Charlton Heston - Eleanor Parker
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
May 25, 1961
Ronald G. McCarty had a "Believe It or Not" experience with a groundhog last week.ﾠ He was working on Cheat Mountain and had parked his truck at the switchback in the morning, and after work that evening climbed in the truck and started home.ﾠ Before long the engine started to heat badly and he stopped at the creek to investigate.
The trouble was very apparent - a ground hog sitting on the motor.ﾠ For his lunch he had consumed the radiator hose, heater hose and had eaten through the radiator, and was starting on the spark plugs for dessert.ﾠ They poked the ground hog out with a canthook and finished it off with a rock in the head.
The Marlinton Information Booth - first in the state- will reopen Saturday, May 27, for the summer season.ﾠ Odie Clarkson will keep the booth open from 10 to 6 each day through Labor Day.ﾠ This is a project of the Rotary Club but county businesses help with expenses and they will be visited during the next ten days.
The First National Bank donates the use of the strategic location.
Sam Hill, of Charleston, writes that construction of their new home, "Hill Point," on the Seebert Road has been started.ﾠ Jack Brown, of Lewisburg, is the contractor.ﾠ Mr. Hill plans to come to Pocahontas to live in two or three years and he is one of our most enthusiastic ﾑadopted sons."ﾠ He was instrumental in locating Buckskin Council Scout Reservation in the county.
Jake Hilleary, of Hillsboro, and Jay B. Graham, of Buckeye, are on a fishing trip to Alaska.
You Are Welcome!
The piano pupils of Mrs. Mildred Seagraves will hold their Spring Recital on Friday, May 26th, in the High School Auditorium at 8:00 o'clock.
Come! Bring your friends!
Memorial Day Services
The Memorial Day Service of the American Legion Post No. 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 54, in honor of their departed comrades will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery on Memorial Day, Tuesday, May30, at 10:00 a.m.
The Memorial Day services on Beaver Creek will be held Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Cemetery.ﾠ The Rev. B. W. John and Guy Bambrick will speak; there will also be special singing.
There will be a Memorial Service at Clawson Cemetery on Tuesday, May 30th, at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. B. R. Skeens.
Our Boys and Girls in Service
Edie Lee McLaughin, who is serving with the U. S. Navy, returned to his base Sunday at Washington, D. C. after spending the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee McLaughlin.
Private First Class Jimmie R. Hevener, who has been stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, is spending a 30-day leave with his grandmother, Mrs. Clyde Hevener, at Green Bank, before going to Germany.
Staff Sergeant and Mrs. Dewey C. Kelly, of Manassas, Virginia, spent the Mother's Day weekend with his mother, Mrs. Arlie White.
Airman First Class Winters L. Rhodes, who has just completed a 15 month tour of duty in Goose Bay, Labrador, is spending a 30 day leave with his grandmother, Mrs. Dollie Seabolt, at Mill Point, en-route to a new assignment of duty in Japan.ﾠ Airman Rhodes has been in the Air Force for seven years.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Martin Phillips, of Dunmore, a daughter, named Stephany Dawn
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Everette Morris, of Bartow, twin sons, named Alvin Ray and Edward Clay
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Lewis, of Hillsboro, a son
Mrs. Ava J. Barlow, age 74, of Onoto
Arnold Lee VanReenan, age 49, of Marlinton
Tommy W. Harsh, age 20, of Marlinton
James Grant Duncan, age 76, of Denmar State Hospital.
On sale at the H-P Stores
Men's and Boys' Swim Trunks
Men's S-M-L $1.98 and $2.98
Boys' S-M-L $1.48
Juvenile Sizes 79 cents
The Alpine Theatre
Meet the Mummy
Bud Abbott ~ﾠ Lou Costello
The Kettles on Old Mac Donald's Farm
Marjorie Main ~ﾠ Parker Fennelly
Ten Who Dared
Brian Keith ~ James Drury
Thursday, May 18, 1961
Bears were on the prowl last week.
On Monday night Claude Brufffey lost a sheep to a bear on Hills Creek. The next day a call went out to Argile Arbogast, but it was too late in the day to start a bear hunt then, so early Wednesday morning, Argile, Bill Ruckman, Walter McNeill, all with their nine dogs, and Claude Bruffey and his son, Ronald, took off up Hills Creek after the bear, the scent plain from where the bear had dragged the sheep about three-quarters of a mile. Benton Smith had finally been prevailed upon to flank the hunt on the Richwood Road, so he got in his car at 6:30, drove up the mountain and parked his truck at the head of Hills Creek. He heard the dogs and walked about 70 yards through the woods to find the bear on a limb and one shot finished that bear. This was at 7:10, 40 minutes after he left home. This was a big, fairly old, male bear, and he tipped the scales at 300 pounds. It was fat and in good shape, unusual for this taime of year. Mr. Arbogast said it was one of the three biggest bears they had killed and a size usually lumped off at 400 pounds by guess.
In the front seat of his truck Arbogast had what he called his "vest pocket" dog, a little half-beagle and half-feist that can keep up with any of the bigger bear dogs.
Over in Burr Valley Paul Burr lost three sheep, and maybe some lambs, so he called for Oscar Sharp and his dogs. Here was a good scent, too, where the bears had dragged a sheep, so Oscar and and Paul turned the dogs loose and then left; Clabe Kellison, Ernest and Henry Burr and Duane Sharp stayed for the hunt. This bear was treed in six minutes and four minutes later Duane had finished another bear. This was a big framed bear but on the lean side.
A new section of town - the Smith Addition - has been surveyed by McGuire Brothers, engineering firm of Alderson. This land, owned by Zed Smith, Jr. and the Zed Smith, Sr. heirs, lies from the Bill deKraft property around the Marlin Run Lake. The section has been mapped, with streets (no square corners) and turning circles marked. An approach road has been built from the Thomastown road and entrance will also be made from Smith Street and from Locust Hill
Folks, if you turn on the faucet or stoop to take a sip from your favorite cold spring and you are met with water of a decided green hue, don't worry! It is a harmless florescein dye which is being used by members of the Iittsburgh Grotto of the National Speleological Society in the study of cave systems in this area.
In fact it could be of benefit to you in tracing the source of your water supply.
This might be particularly noticeable in the Swago and Stony Creek areas.
The Bookmobile will visit Pocahontas this coming Saturday, May 20. Make a point to inspect this traveling library with its 1600 representative books, suitable for both children and adults. Books may not be borrowed on this exhibition tour. Pocahontas, Webster, Nicholas, Clay, Braxton and Gilmer are considering the formation of a regional library to be serviced by bookmobiles.
Green Bank Honor Students
Patircia Matthews Hevener was chosen valedictorian of the Class of 1961 by the faculty of Green Bank High School. The valedictorian is selected not only for her grades, but on her paarticipation in extra-curricula activities.
Miss Dorothy Sutton hs been chosen salutatorian at Green Bank High for 1960-61. She maintained an average of 94.060 which is the highest in the class.
"Sing to the Glad Good Earth" was the theme when the White Savages met at the Buckeye schoolhouse
Cub room for their regular meeting.
The meeting was called to order by the pesident, Blix McNeill. The meeting opened in regular form. Minutes were read and approved. Roll call was answered by each telling what he could do to help conserve and save conservation.
The business consisted of members turning in money for the blocks they sold to help pay for the dining hall at camp. Field Day was discussed and plans were made to practice and to attend. Demonstration Day was discussed and we decided we should attend church in a group on Sundays May 7th and 28th, to participate in Four-H go to church Sunday.
Members taking part in the program were: Flossie Howard, Billie Barrett, Lucille Barrett, Mary Rimel, George Broce, Patty Rimel, Brenda Barrett, Blix McNeill and Carolyn Rimel.
After the program six members gave demonstrations and refreshments were served by our leader, Miss Madeline McNeill.
Carolyn Ann Rimel, Reporter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Davis, of Marlinton, a son, named Ricky Wayne
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clutter, of Droop, a son, named Terry Lynn
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Shearer, of Marlinton, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Sampson, of Cass, a son
Mrs. Virgie Morrison Cline, age 74, of Jacox
Mrs. Mellesia Rebecca Morgan, age 73, of Durbin