A look back at the newspaper's archives from 50 years ago.
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
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Thursday, May 11, 1961
The weather proved favorable Saturday and it was a big day in Marlinton. The parade - the oldest clean-up parade in the state- was bigger and better than ever with about 90 entries...Partcipation was county wide and an immense crowd turned out. Mr. Clean put in an appearance and remained for dinner. A large number visited the Fire Department, and, if you didn't, you missed something. The equipment was shining and so were the quarters.
Cooperation in the Clean-Up Campaign was good - and noticeable. May we keep in mind that this is a year-round project and keep up the good work.
Save that flour sack, lady, it may win you a sewing machine and a trip to New York! The State Fair will again feature the Cotton Bag Sewing Contest. In order to win the sewing machine or be eligible for the national finals, all eight classes must be entered: kitchen apron and potholder; pillow cases; boy's sport shirt; child's dress; luncheon set; adult playsuit; adult dress; and a stuffed toy. Entries must be made from the cotton cantainers used to package feed, flour and other products.
T. Madison Byar, of the State Department of Education has been selected as the speaker for Green Bank High School Commencement on Tuesday evening, May 23, at 8:00 p.m.
Class of 1961: Durbin: Bonnie Marie Arbogast, Ruth Ann Burner, George Franklin Collins, Linda Karen Collins, Terry Lee DeHaven, Charlotte Carole Elza, James Francis Findley, Beulah May McLaughlin, Robert Elburn Moore, Howard Newton Mullenax, Margaret Chloe Nelson, Nina Lee Ranklin, David Swicker, Marilyn Davis Whanger. Frank: Bonnie Kaye Beard, Dreama Elaine Lambert, Juanita Grace Ervin. Bartow: Agnes Grey Beverage, Danny James Wilfong. Boyer: Carol Lee Collins, Rebecca Jean Collins. Dunmore: James William Carpenter, Gayle Maxine Galford, Steven Robert Moore, Barbara Ann Taylor, Margaret Ann Taylor, Edward Arnold Wyatt. Stony Bottom: Amanda Lou Doyle. Cass: Ruth Emma Gaylor, James Arthur Prater, Cleveland Edward Tyson, Isaac Lee Myers. Arbovale: Patricia Matthews Hevener, Eileen Dorothy Sutton. Green Bank: Danieth Ruth Coleman, Jarrett Hunter Crowley, Martha Louise Sheets, William Lee Sheets, Wanda Jane Taylor
Hillsboro High School Commencement
Commencement exercises for the Hillsboro High School Class of 1961 will be held May 19 at 8:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. Dr. E. Meade McNeill, professor and chairman of the Department of biology at Concord College will address the seniors on "Science as a Career."
Class of 1961: Beard: Constance Birchfield, Lonnie Cook, Joe Cochran. Buckeye: Charles Dolan, David Rudd. Droop: Brenda Freeman, Norma Hollandsworth, Robert Taylor. Hillsboro: Carolyn Adkison, Ruth Boggs, Richard Burns, Wanda Dean, Lucy Gladwell, Mary Hill, Plumia Hill, Roy Hill, Sherman Hill, Gerald Kerns, Bobby Long, George McNeel, Karol Puffenbarger. Mill Point: William Hefner, Glenda Smith. Seebert: Lillie Boldon, Robert Jackson, Barbara Lacey, Curtis Pyles.
Valedictorian: Brenda Sue Freeman
Salutatorian: Robert Taylor
Marlinton High Graduation
Marlinton High School Commencement Exercises will be held on Thursday evening, May 18th, at 8:00 o'clock, at the Marlinton Methodist Church. Joseph Franklin Marsh, Jr., President of Concord College, at Athens, will be the speaker. Marsh, a youthful president barely turned 36, is the youngest college president in West Virginia and one of the youngest in the whole country.
Class of 1961 - Boys - Emmett Bailey, Wallace Burgess, Henry Burr, Jerry Butcher, David Buzzard, Lyle Campbell, Ralph Dolye, Gary Friel, Luster Friel, Earl Hause, Judson Howard, Hugh Jackson, Douglas Jett, Steven Lane, Leonard Loudermilk, Tiney McComb, Calvin Morgan, Cale Nelson, Joseph Roy, Duane Sharp, Mike Sharp, Marvin Simmons, Kenneth Slagle, Robert Taylor, Tommy Terry, Lynn Triplett, Jake Van Meter, James Yeager. Girls - Gloria Buckland, Ann Eskridge, Charlotte Fertig, Ellen Friel, Evilene Friel, Judy Friel, Virginia Gallaher, Thelma Hansford, Mina Hively, Maybell Kelley, Phyllis Kramer, Hazel Landis, Jane Liptrap, Nancy Lowe, Paula McNellan, Dottie Mann, Jane Kay Michael, Barbara Reed, Rebecca Sage, Dorothy Scott, Elaine Sharp, Kay Sharp, Mary Sharon Sharp, Helen Sparks, Karen Sprouse, Lois Tennant, Patricia Tyree, Josephine Underwood, Wanda Underwood, Katherine Vandevender, Carolyn Wilson.
Valedictorian: Evilene Friel
Salutatorian: Virginia Gallaher
Guy Kinnison, age 60, of Florence, Arizona, formerly of Hillsboro
William Ward Cleek, age 71, of Minnehaha Springs
Clarence Everett East, age 65, of Durbin
Ethel Irene Nelson, age 60, of Durbin
William Clinton Gary, age 72, of Marlinton
Homer Hudson Brown, age 80, of Droop
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Hymon McMillion, of Beard, a daughter, named Sandra Ann
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Varner, of Durbin, a son, named Frankie Lee
Born to Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Gray, of Cass, a son
May 4, 1961
Big Game Hunter
Last week an inquiry came for information about hunting the "monster." A Navy man came across some old papers with stories about our monster and, having hunted big game in his native state of Michigan, was interested in wildlife and in this report and wanted to know if guides and hounds were available, where permission could be obtained, what size gun he could use, etc. I couldn't encourage him much about the monster hunting but otherwise Pocahontas has much to offer.
The opening of trout season looked more like Christmas, with four to eight inches of snow in different areas. But it didn't seem to daunt the fishermen and a good many fish were caught. This was a good year at the hatcheries and more fish were in the streams.
The three big booms last Wednesday were not from dynamitings at the Terra Alta Limestone works on Jericho Road, as first thought, but jets breaking through the sound barrier. The sounds covered a wide area, breaking windows at Dunmore and Millboro, Virginia, and heard at Staunton, Virginia. As the planes equal the speed of sound, the sound waves pile up and produce the explosive boom. To my knowledge this is the first experience with these here.
Conservation Director Warden Lane announced Thursday that he had agreed, on Governor Barron's authority, to purchase the Cass Railroad as a tourist attraction. The total price will be $142,500. The Midwest Raleigh Steel Corporation will receive $125,000 for 12 miles of track, three locomotives, 10 flat cars, four camp cars, three motor cars, a water tank and other equipment. The Wadsworth Farms will receive $17,500 for the right-of-way, 100 acres of land at the top and a 1-4 mile spur track connecting the track with the C & O Railway station. The railroad is to be leased to a private corporation to operate.
Mr. Clean, representative of a soap manufacturer but symbolic of the Clean-Up Campaign, will be in Marlinton, Saturday afternoon. The time for the Big Parade has been changed to THREE O'CLOCK so Mr. Clean might get here for the last of the parade after appearing in a morning parade; if not he will make an appearance following the Parade. Mr. Clean has been made famous through a TV commercial.
The cleaning-up fever is contagious and is spreading. The cleanest corner in town promises to be at the west end of the bridge, The People's Store, the Standard Station, Kennie Underwood at the Toll House Service Station and J. R. Kellogg at the Toll House are really cleaning-up and fixing-up.
MHS Class Night
Marlinton High School Class of '61 will present their Class Night Program entitled "The Senior T. V. Spectacular" at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9th, in the High School Gymnasium. The pianist will be Jane Kay Michael.
Others of the class having leading parts include Calvin Morgan, Emmett Bailey, Virginia Gallaher, Tiney McComb, Luster Friel, Kenneth Slagle, Lynn Triplett, Lyle Campbell, Earl Hause, Judy Friel, Josephine Underwood, Cale Nelson, Jake VanMeter, Steven Lane, Maybelle Kelley, Hugh Jackson and Evilene Friel.
Mrs. Alice Sutton Galford, age 85, of Cass
Mrs. Susan Hiner Kramer, age 84, of Durbin
Mrs. Ellen McGraw Wimer, age 72, of Marlinton
Allen Gray Wilfong, age 21, of Boyer
Rev. Fred Noel Mouser, age 66, of Minnehaha Springs
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Dean, Jr., of Mill Point, a son, named Bradley Steven
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Marion E. Hill, of Hillsboro, a son, Marion Phillip
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Grimes, of Dunmore, a son
Sharp Production Co., Fairview, W. Va. Announces
1961 Baby Model: Ronald Wade. Released: 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 1961, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. "Boots" Sharp, Designer and Chief Engineer, Helen Sharp, Production Manager. Dr. R. R. Pittman, M. D., Technical Assistant.
Features on New Model: Two Lungs; Knee Action; Free Squealing; Water Cooled Base; Weight 6 lbs., 3 ozs.; Wheel Base 19 inches; Vacuum Feeding and Changeable Seat Covers. ﾠOn Display at Family Residence.
Helen and "Boots" Incorporated
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, April 27, 1961
I rode the train.
Cass was right lively with the train whistling, shifting, photographers on the roofs and local people making last minute preparations. A group of civic minded citizens has been working early and late to have all in readiness. And this same group has worked long and hard all year to make this hope of purchase a reality.
When the Governor's train arrived from Elkins, Jack Kane presented him with an engineer's cap and jacket. He climbed into the engine and blew the whistle. Then the two trains were boarded and the trip began.
The weather was favorable except for a few minutes of rain around 4 p.m. at the top of the mountain.
Clyde Galford and Walter Good took the trains up the mountain. The open flat cars had rails around them and bench seats but very few sat down. There was too much to watch. Two closed camp cars provided sheltered riding.
Part way up the mountain a hot cinder started a grass fire so we stopped and put it out.
The rails to the town of Spruce have been taken up but you could look over to it. The Western Maryland makes regular runs through Spruce from Laurel Bank to Elkins but they say there are just two houses occupied by trackmen.
While the engines took on water, many availed themselves of the opportunity to get some ramps.
One train went on to the overlook but we got to eat first -- and welcome it was. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, rolls, salad, applesauce, baked beans and snowy white cake never tasted better. When we finished it was decided to go farther would make us too late getting back.
The ragged signs of timbercutting were there but little spruce trees were growing everywhere, good evidence that the forest will replace itself if fire is kept out.
The two trains seemingly conversed joyfully with deafening whistles but I like to hear them.
On the trip were several young railroad buffs who take their old trains seriously, and such animated conservations about the types of trains and technicalities of picture-taking.
About three hours of travel time was required for the round trip.
The Governor and his party were very enthusiastic over the train trip. He saw the necessity for developing it so people would come in on the train and stay to hunt and fish and vacation -- in other words, stay and spend some money. Negotiations were to begin Monday morning for the purchase and plans were to be made even earlier for putting men to work.
Doris Day ~ Howard Keel
"The Hound That Thought He Was a Raccoon"
Mrs. Estaline Amanda Sharp, age 99, of Denmar
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wade Thomas Sharp, of Clover Lick, a son named Ronald Wade
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fredrick Lovelace, of Marlinton, a son named Thomas Fredrick, Jr.
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, April 20, 1961
Railroad to be Purchased
The good news was announced Tuesday that Governor Barron has decided the State will buy the scenic railroad at Cass. The railroad will be leased to private interests to run it as a tourist attraction.
The Governor will take his first ride on the train this coming Sunday. He will be accompanied by other officials and members of the press, reportedly to include representatives of Look and Life magazines.
The 4th Annual Spring Stocker and Feeder Cattle Sale was held last Thursday night at the local stockyards.
A total of 257 head of cattle sold for a total of $32,555.19. The steers, 115 head selling by weight, sold for an average of $26.25 per hundred, with the heifers, 114 head, going at $22.35 per hundred. One lot of 15 angus steers sold for $124 per head and one lot of 16 heifers brought $96.80 per head.
This was considered a very successful sale with many out of state buyers on hand indicating a need for a larger consignment of cattle.
We think winter is hanging on too long but Bob Landis came in Monday with his time book showing an 18 inch snow on April 28, 1928. He was logging on Douthards Creek and boarding with Mrs. Ben White. It started snowing on Thursday and they quit work on Friday. By Monday the snow was practically gone and they returned to work. Edwin Buzzard lost 50 lambs on Williams River during the snow, as did many other farmers.
A Source of Pride
J. S. Bennett, of Dunmore, wants to bring the people of Pocahontas to the realization of a blessing in their midst, and that is the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. Bennett is a World War I veteran and has been in and out of hospitals, big and small, in this country and also Germany for the past 40 years, and he says he has never been in a small hospital that is as nice or gives as good service as this one for its size. From the good staff of doctors and nurses through to the janitor, they "can't be beat." He says the food is good, well cooked and served with a smile. All in all he wants us to be proud of it.
Barbara Nottingham Armstrong, of Durbin, graduate student at West Virginia University, has been initiated into Gamma Sigma Delta, agricultural honorary for high scholastic achievement.
One of the physical education majors at Marshall University attending the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation national convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is Harper Hill, of Hillsboro.
Jock Mahoney ~ Julie Adams
Frank Sinatra ~ Dean Martin
Darley Williams, age 76, of Pocahontas County
Dr. Charles Kermit Dilley, age 47, of Marlinton
Edwin Buzzard, age 78, of Huntersville
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Davis, of Beard, a son named James Philip
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Kershner, of Beard, a daughter named Connie Fran
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ryder, of Marlinton, a daughter named Mary Louise
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Shaw, of Marlinton, a son
On Sale at the A & P Store
Heinz Tomato Ketchup, four 14 ounce bottles, 93 cents
Heinz Dill Pickles, 40 ounce jar, 45 cents
Iceberg Lettuce, two heads, 39 cents
Green Peas, two pounds, 39 cents
Jane Parker Cherry Pie 45 cents
Maine Potatoes, 10 pound bag, 49 cents
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, April 13, 1961
In reply to a letter critical of the Conservation Commission's regard for the people of Pocahontas County, Warden Lane has sent us the following:
I take this occasion to point out some of the things undertaken by the West Virginia Conservation Commission in Pocahontas County. Of interest to fishermen are the Edray Trout Hatchery, Mountain View Lake, Watoga Lake and a new lake planned at Burner Dam near Durbin.
In 1960, 52,219 adult trout weighing 18,069 pounds were stocked in Pocahontas County streams and Watoga Lake was stocked with bass and bluegills. Watersheds stocked include West Fork and East Fork of the Greenbrier River, Little River, Abes Run, Five Mile Run, Little River of the East Fork, North Fork of Deer Creek, Sitlington Creek, Stony Creek, Swago Creek, Knapps Creek, Beaver Creek, Tea Creek, Cranberry River, Hills Creek and Seneca Lake. The figure given for the number of trout stocked does not include those placed in Cranberry River since Cranberry lies both in Webster and Pocahontas counties and is not stocked on county basis.
Game activities include the Williams River Public Hunting Area, the Little River and Cranberry Game Management Units on the National Forest and an extensive wild turkey research project. Forestry interests include the Seneca State Forest and Cal Price State Forest. Recreation facilities are supplied by the Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. These area also two full-time conservation officers located in Pocahontas County.
H. L. VanReenan of Richland, Washington, sends in a report on the deer in his section.
A game Department damage investigator reported last week that deer ate 20 ton of alfalfa hay on a ranch owned by Don C. Shafer at Gold Creek in the Methow Valley.
Even though the haystack was covered with a plastic sheet, the deer were able to work under the plastic covering. At one time there were 190 deer counted at the stack.
The Methow Valley is one of the best deer areas of the state and the gold Creek region serves as a winter range for hundreds of deer when heavy snow push them to lower elevations. Shafer has seen as many as 800 deer on his ranch at one time.
Drug Store Sold
Dr. and Mrs. Billie Myers are the new owners of the Royal Drug Store in Marlinton. They come here from Webster Springs where they were part owners of the Court Square Pharmacy. Dr. Myers, a native of Webster County, is a graduate of West Virginia University, and his wife is the former Mary Sebert, of Nicholas.
Dr. Fred C. Allen said he was compelled to sell because he had been unable to secure a pharmacist to help him and could not continue the long demanding hours. Dr. Allen came to Marlinton in 1919 and the Royal Drug Store was organized by a group of local men in 1920, succeeding the Marlinton Drug Company. He and his family later became owners of all the stock. Dr. Allen will continue to work with the Myers.
"The Hypnotic Eye"
Jacques Bergerac ~ Merry Anders
"Davy Crockett, Indian Scout"
George Montgomery ~ Ellen Drew
"Journey to the Lost City"
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Guy A. Sharp, of Huntersville, a son named Guy Lindsey
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Whiting, of Marlinton, a daughter named Daria MaDonna
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Doss, of Marlinton, a son
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, April 6, 1961
Joseph Zuzek, of Cleveland, Ohio, is very much interested in Old Pokey, the scenic railroad, and sends along some ideas for development:
I have for a long time dreamed of preserving the Shays, cars, etc. that were such a vibrant part of West Virginia's and Pocahontas' history. The high hurdle was financing.
We speak of eras in American history -- well, these hunks of iron and ribbons of steel also represent an era, an era that can be remembered for two very important reasons: 1. It was a way of life for thousands of people. 2. It was an example of exploitation of renewable natural resources without any regard for the future.
To properly show what made up this era we should include the Shays, the logging flats, the log skidder (cable way) which could be used for rides much like the Swiss cableways, and at the summit there should be a logging camp to serve the tourist meals and an exhibit of logging tools, etc. This would show what a logging operation looked like, to school children and to the general public, the majority of whom have never seen the likes of a logging camp or listened to the throb of the big machines.
Along with the Shay locomotives two other types should be included: one is the Climax geared engine, the other is a Heisler. A Climax is at Elk River Coal and Lumber Company, Swandle, and a Climax and a Heisler are at Moore-Keppel and Company, Ellamore. If we're going to preserve the Shay, let's go whole hog and acquire the other examples of locomotives that belong to this era.
Let's include handcars, Model Ts with flanged wheels, those versatile Speeders that were propelled by pedal power like a bicycle, and that four-door box cat that I'm sure was the last example of such equipment anywhere in the United States.
A flat car load of the biggest hemlock logs that can be found in some state park, possibly the Cathedral, and some statistics on the number of homes that came down that railroad from Spruce to Cass and the miles and miles of newsprint that was made from the pulpwood.
A physical connection with the C & O should be maintained as with the W. M. at Spruce. The latter would enable operation of excursion runs down the scenic Elk River Valley from Slaty Fork to the disappearing river and to its emergence a few miles farther downstream.
This then, would be a proper view of the past era for the people of America to view.
John Payne ~ Lizabeth Scott
Stuart Whitman ~ May Britt
Huston Grant Roby, age 66, of Clover Lick
Carl T. Rosberg, age 41, of Boyer
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Noonan, of Mill Point, a daughter named Alice Rainelle
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Sharp, of Huntersville, a son
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Whiting, of Marlinton, a daughter.
On sale at the A & P Store
Lettuce, two head, 29 cents
Strawberries, 10 ounce, five for $1
Bananas, two pounds, 25 cents
Campbell's Vegetable Soup, 16 ounce cans, 49 cents
Dutch Apple Pie, 49 cents
Duncan Hines Deluxe Cake Mix, 19 ounce package, 43 cents