A look back at the newspaper's archives from 50 years ago.
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday,ﾠMarch 23, 1961
Ham and Bacon Show
The ham entered by LindaﾠMalcomb, of Huntersville,ﾠwas judged Grand Championﾠat the 4-H Ham and BaconﾠShow, with Mike Shaw, ofﾠElk, having the ReserveﾠChampion. The First NationalﾠBank again purchased theﾠChampion at $5 per pound,
total $87.50. David Waybright,ﾠof Arbovale, showed theﾠChampion Bacon, which wasﾠpurchased by the MarlintonﾠJournal, six and one-halfﾠpounds at $2.60 per pound.ﾠThe Reserve Bacon was exhibitedﾠby Howard McLaughlin.ﾠThe 45 hams and 42ﾠbacons brought a total ofﾠ$1,071.50. The hams averagedﾠ$1.12 per pound and the baconsﾠ74 cents.
Our Boys andﾠGirls in Service
Sp-4 Franklin Madison,ﾠwho has been in Germanyﾠsince January has received aﾠpromotion from Private FirstﾠClass to Specialist FourthﾠClass. He is now the teamﾠleader in his group.
Don Morgan has completedﾠhis basic training at Fort Jackson,
South Carolina, and is visitingﾠhis parents, Mr. and Mrs.ﾠOren Morgan. He will reportﾠApril 1 to Fort Knox.
Miss Ernestine Dare Perryﾠand Roy Franklin Gibson, bothﾠof Marlinton, were united inﾠmarriage in the CampbelltownﾠMethodist Church Thursday,ﾠMarch 23, 1961.
The Rev Ezra Bennett, pastorﾠof the church, read the double ﾠring vows in a candle lightﾠservice.
Mrs. Kenneth Meeks, pianist,ﾠplayed for Mrs. RobertﾠSharp, soloist, who sang, "Because,"ﾠ"Whither Thou Goest"ﾠand "I Love You Truly."
Given in marriage by her father,ﾠthe bride wore a whiteﾠlace and voile street-lengthﾠdress, fashioned with fittedﾠbodice, elbow-length sleevesﾠand full skirt. Her shoulder-tipﾠveil was held by pink roseﾠbuds. She carried a white laceﾠprayer book topped with pinkﾠrose buds and white streamers.ﾠHer only jewelry was a tearﾠdrop pearl necklace, a gift ofﾠthe bridegroom.
Serving as maid of honorﾠwas Miss Trudy Workman, ofﾠMarlinton, a cousin of theﾠbride. She wore a lilac suit andﾠcarried a nosegay of matchingﾠflowers.
Best man was Kyle Friel, ofﾠMarlinton, a friend of theﾠbridegroom. Ushers were Billyﾠand Marvin Perry, brothers ofﾠthe bride.
The bride's mother chose aﾠdeep blue silk dress with lightﾠblue accessories and a pinkﾠcarnation corsage.
The bridegroom's motherﾠwore a light blue dress withﾠdark blue accessories and aﾠpink carnation corsage.
The bride is the daughter ofﾠMr. and Mrs. Ralph Perry, ofﾠMarlinton. She graduated fromﾠMarlinton High School andﾠhas been employed by theﾠPocahontas Telephone Company.
The groom is the son ofﾠOrpha Gibson, of Marlinton,ﾠand the late Thurmond Gibson.ﾠHe also is a graduate ofﾠMarlinton High School andﾠwas employed by The MarlintonﾠJournal before going toﾠwork with The Irby ConstructionﾠCompany.
"Platinum High School"
Terry Moore ~ﾠMickey Rooney
"It Started in Naples"
Clark Gable ~ﾠSophia Loren
"Samson and Delilah"
Victor Mature ~ﾠHedy Lamarr
Leonard Mason Hayes, ageﾠ64, of Marlinton
James J. McGraw, age 94,ﾠof Marlinton
Born to Mr. and Mrs. DonaldﾠR. Cutlip, of Marlinton, aﾠson named Donald Richard, Jr
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, March 16, 1961
Pocahontas has the opportunity to join with five other counties in the establishment of a regional library serviced to the people by two Bookmobiles or traveling libraries. This proposal is before the County Court for approval. If you agree that this is an important step to advance our county, make it a point to speak or write favorably of it to the member of the County Court.
A committee was named earlier by the Court to learn more of the possibilities of this endeavor. They are Mrs. Robert Beard, chairman, Mrs. Frank Callender, Maynard Dilley, Theodore Riffe and Mrs. Nellie Michael, local librarian.
The West Virginia Library Commission is empowered by law to assist in library development throughout the state, with emphasis on public libraries, that serve all ages.
It has been established that only library systems that serve populations of 200,000 to 300,000 people and share resources among several counties can provide good library service. So, since 1950, regional libraries have been developed and the Library Commission believes the development of 14 regional libraries will give really good library service to every section of the state.
Pocahontas will be grouped with Webster, Nicholas, Gilmer, Braxton and Clay counties. This is a wide territory but still only 83,833 people.
The library is set up by an establishment grant of state and federal money. The counties will make an appropriation toward operating costs. Pocahontas is asked to provide $2,000 a year for three years, then as the counties assume all operating costs the amount would go to about $4,000 a year.
But look what goes into it. The Library Commission will actually spend $111,000 over three years in establishing the library. About $54,000 will be spent on 20,000 books and over $8,000 for each of the two Bookmobiles. The staff will consist of a regional librarian to direct the entire program, a regional clerk, two Bookmobile librarians and two driver clerks. If all six counties join, Pocahontas would have a Bookmobile coming to eight or 12 places in the county every third week.
Pocahontas did all right in this Legislature. The Cass Train purchase seems to be safe, money was budgeted for the lake on Williams River, and the low water bridge at Seebert is slated for improvement or replacement.
The Legislature adjourned soon after midnight Saturday, with the financing for the Cass Railroad holding things up in the Budget Bill conference. The money was given, but not specifically earmarked, to the Natural Resources Department. However, it seems to have the favor of those who will do the buying. The budget was a record-breaker, $140,200,000. New taxes approved were the increase in sales tax, to end in August, income tax, cigarette tax, racing tax and extension of insurance tax.
Ham and Bacon Show
Final preparations are being made for the 13th Annual County 4-H Ham and Bacon Show and Sale.
This is the largest sale ever held with 48 sugar cured and smoked hams, 12 sugar cured unsmoked hams and 56 bacons.
Those with entries are: Rose Marie, Sam, Martha and Edward Sheets, Robert and Joyce Matheny, Daneth Coleman, David Waybright, Carolyn Wenger, Roger Galford, Eddie Lee Pyles, Alice Louey, Virginia and Wanda Underwood, Phyllis Robinson, Linda and Peggy Malcomb, Bill Shelton, Howard McLaughlin, Henry and Jean Burr, Tiney McComb, Lonnie Armstrong, George Broce, Carolyn Rimel, Wilma Ray, Sollie Workman, Lucy Jane and Gerald Gladwell, Vivian Shue, Ray Williams, James Johnson, Ronald Wilfong, JoAnn and Nick Circosta, Roger and Dolan Irvine, Rodney Gardner, Dave, Mike and Judy Shaw, Gibby Sage, Steve Gibson, Linda Wooddell, Tucker Reynolds, James McComb and Larry McLaughlin.
Molly Bee ~ Ben Cooper
"Wild and the Innocent"
Audie Murphy ~ Joanne Dru
"All the Young Men"
Alan Ladd ~ Sidney Potter
"The Purple Mask"
"The Midnight Story"
Toni Curtis ~ Marisa Pavan
Fred M. Young, age 57, of Buckeye
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Anderson, of Huntersville, a daughter named Flossie May
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Smith, of Marlinton, a daughter named Carol Diane
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Gum, of Bartow, a daughter named Jacqueline Jean
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Barlow, of Dunmore, a son named John Calvin
Fifty-Years-Ago in The Pocahontas Time
Thursday, March 9, 1961
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
National 4-H Week
This week is National 4-H Week and is being observed by 34,000 club members in West Virginia. This year's continuing theme is "Learn-Live-Serve" through 4-H and this work for four-fold development of the Head, Heart, Hands and Health goes forward in the state under the direction of C. P. Dorsey, State 4-H Club Leader, at the University of Morgantown, and in the County under Extension workers, Walter E. Jett, County Agent, "Bud" Prunty, Assistant Agents, Barbara Blackhurst, 4-H Club Agent, and Betty Rae Weiford, Home Demonstration Agent. Add to these loyal, unpaid volunteer leaders who guide the local clubs.
Pocahontas has about 500 4-H members who are "learning by doing." They learn correct, scientific methods through their project work and grow through the character development and good citizenship programs. Their challenging motto is "To Make The Best Better," and they work at it.
The first county 4-H event for 1961 is the Ham and Bacon Show and Sale scheduled for Thursday, March 16.
The 4-Hers carrying the Pig Feeding Project, some 60 in number, are busy getting their exhibits ready. They will be competing for the Championships and the many purple and blue ribbons furnished by the Monongahela Power Company; in addition premium money is awarded by the State Department of Agriculture and the local banks.
Pocahontas County was the first to start its own 4-H Ham and Bacon Show and Sale with the first being held in 1949 with but 10 entries.
On Tuesday the Senate approved the resolution to permit the purchase of the Mower Lumber Company train at Cass to be developed by the State Parks Division. Friday the house had voted unamiously in favor of it. Governor Barron has shown himself to be for the train so it seems assured if the money id approved for the purchase in the budget bill. So Pocahontas will become the recipient of another boost and Cass can look forward with hope.
Dam Proves Worth
For the second time since its construction, the Marlin Run Dam proved its worth. In the heavy rain 10 days ago the water in the dam-- with an 18 inch drain open as it normally is -- rose about six feet in an hour and a half. This is a lot of water as the area increases greatly at higher water levels. The water ran in torrents behind the dam, washing big gullies in the area that drains into the dam, but the flood was held back and fed evenly into the creek.
New Forestry Building Planned
Excavating has begun for a combination office building and warehouse for the Forest Service on its lots below the Mountain View Cemetery. A contract for the building, which will be wood siding painted white, will be let in about a month. The existing garage building on the west side of the road will be torn down.
Visiting here last week were four foresters from Turkey, accompanied by George Hooke, of Monterey, Virginia. These men, a forest engineer, ranger, inspector and assistant to a supervisor, are spending several months in the United States going to school and inspecting our forests. In Turkey all forests are under government control. They were interested in winter logging but arrived a little late.
Sanford Boggs, the Rev. Theodore Sembly and Miss Ruth Lacy represented the Seebert Charge at a Minsters and Laymens Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland, recently. During their stay in Baltimore they visited the Rev. and Mrs. W. A. Williams and family. The Rev. Williams is a former pastor on the charge.
You Are Invited!
Mrs. Mildred Seagraves, using her piano pupils, will conduct a "work shop" in the Marlinton High School Auditorium, on Friday, March 10, at 3 p.m.
The purpose of this program is to show their musical development with an understanding of the basic interpretation through the aids of phrasing, correct tempo, rhythm and some degree of mood and style.
Intelligent listening and observation are important to each pupil, as well as parents in their cooperation.
Good reports come of Don VanReenan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred VanReenan, of Campbelltown, student at the University of Maryland. He is out for Track again this year, having broken conference records for the 60 yard dash when he was a freshman. Recently he ran the 60 in 6.1 seconds against Navy, setting a school record and only one-tenth of a second off the world record. He will compete in the Atlantic Conference Meet this weekend.
Ben Gay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gay, of Edra, suffered a broken arm and other injuries Tuesday night when his motorcycle hit a car near Riverside. According to reported information, the car belonged to Eugene Pifer and he had run out of gas and had gone to secure some.
Our Boys and Girls in Service
Ralph Lynn Hamilton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hamilton, of Huntersville, has enlisted in the Armed Forces. He left February 1 for his eight week basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Wave Ruby B. Morrison, seaman apprentice, USN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion R. Morrison, of Mill Point, is serving at the Naval Air Station, Alemeda, California.
"Seven Ways From Sundown"
Audie Murphy ~ Barry Sullivan
Jo Morrow ~ Rosemary DeCamp
Glenn Ford ~ Shirley MacLaine
Glenn Ford ~ Jack Lemmon
Goldie Ellen Corso, age 48, of Clover Lick
Walter W. Moses, age 55, of Marlinton
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lynn Landis, of Marlinton, a son named James Andrew
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, March 2, 1961
Almost every school child has heard about Smokey Bear. The life story of Smokey is amazing. In 1950 a badly burned bear cub was rescued from a fire in Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico. He was found by a firefighter clinging to a charred tree limb. Forest Rangers and doctors treated his burns and when he was well he was sent to a new home in the zoo in Rock Park at Washington, D. C. He was made a symbol to help protect the nation's forests from fire. Smokey's picture was put on fire prevention signs which were posted all over the country. He's been on radio, in movies, and on TV; he's even "made" the comic books.
Congress has patented the Smokey Bear trademark, and more than 50 companies make Smokey items for sale. Royalties from these sales operate the Smokey Junior Forest Ranger program. Three million children are Junior Rangers. Membership is open to any boy or girl who promises to help Smokey. Each new member receives a membership card and other literature on request to "Smokey Bear Headquarters" U. S. Forest Service, Washington, D. C.
Smokey is helping you and us do a good job of protecting the Monongahela National Forest from fire. In 1960 only 15 man-caused fires burned only 93 acres. Smokey is now a 400 or 500 pound bear; he receives 1,000 "fan" letters and cards each day.
We have had about all kinds of weather the past week. The river has been high three times, the last time following a torrential rain Saturday about noon. During this storm lightning struck the 132,000 volt power lines between Glen Falls and Buckhannon, cutting off power for an hour. The emergency plan in Marlinton was put into use.
Then came the wind, with snow Saturday night; a real blizzard, with roads blocked by drifts. Route 219 was closed near George Edgar's at Hillsboro until 10 a.m. Sunday with drifts higher than trucks.
The real trouble came from the wind. Bob Viers, telescope operator at the Radio Observatory at Green Bank, was working Saturday night and kept watch on the velocity of the wind. The highest was between 70 and 75 miles per hour. No damage there.
Elsewhere over the county things were really blown about. Trees were broken off and uprooted, buildings blown over and roofs ripped off. The biggest damage seem to have been sustained by Clark Baxter at Onoto, whose barn blew down, killing 51 sheep, a cow and calf and injuring two cows that had to be killed. Walter Beverage lost a barn on Back Mountain and J. P. Varner, lower on the mountain, had the roof and rafters torn from his barn while nearby a washtub leaning against the well was not disturbed.
The Telephone Company had about 150 poles down but its biggest trouble was from trees falling across the lines.
About 3 a.m. Sunday morning the top of a pole at the corner of Dick Anderson's house in Marlinton was broken off, upsetting and pushing over five other poles on the main 22,000 volt line coming from Webster Springs to Marlinton. Crews from Elkins and Franklin joined the Marlinton crew to repair the damage. The local plant and power from the Green Bank line carried the area until Monday when the wires at Marlinton were tied back into the system.
"Hound Dog Man"
Carol Lynley ~ Stuart Whitman
"The Man Who Understood Women"
Leslie Caron ~ Henry Fonda
"The Greatest Show on Earth"
Lon Rose, age 65, of Hillsboro
Okey Starcher, age 66, of Dunmore
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Ryder, of Dunmore, a son
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Winters Hefner, of Mill Point, a daughter named Nancy Lorraine
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, February 23, 1961
The townspeople of Keyser, where Dr. Louise McNeill Pease is a professor at Potomac State College, last week purchased space in the Hillbilly to support their proposal for the naming of Louise McNeill as the Poet Laureate of West Virginia. And we, of her native Pocahontas, gladly add our voices for a vote of acclamation. Dr. Pease, writing under her maiden name of Louise McNeill (she is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. G. D. McNeill, of Buckeye) is the author of the book of poems, "Gauley Mountain," and many others that have been published in nationally-known magazines. She knows the history of her people and is a fitting candidate for the honored title.
Many people have been observing the bright "evening star" in visible form 6:15 - 9:30 here. A call to Dr. Frank Drake at the Observatory confirmed it is the planet Venus. Venus' orbit brings it closest to the Earth at intervals of 18 months and he said its brightness would increase as it continues to approach the Earth until April. The Russians have launched a rocket aimed at Venus; he said it could be tracked by their radio telescope but could not be seen by the naked eye.
Mrs. Robert Hiner writes that Dunmore is in for worse winter weather than Marlinton if the woolly worm she found is any good at weather prophesying. This one (she mailed it in a plastic container and it arrived in fine shape) had almost as much black on the rear as on the front.
This is really getting confusing now for Shannon Withers, in Marlinton, found a real dark brown one with a black ring like a necklace. But it was a real deep brown all over.
Our Boys and Girls in Service
Receiving recognition as a top marksman by qualifying for the expert marksmanship badge during range firing with the carbine at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was Specialist 5 Marvin L. Halterman, age 28, son of Mrs. Tressie Thompson, of Durbin.
Entering the Army July 1949, he is an automotive mechanic in Company B, 101st Airborne Division's 801st Maintenance Battalion at the Fort.
Promoted to sergeant in Korea, where he is a member of the First Cavalry Division, was Harry L. Helmick, age 22, son of William M. Helmick, of Frank.
A wire team chief in Headquarters, 82nd Artillery, he entered the Army in 1955 and arrived overseas on this tour of duty last August.
Hillsboro 55 - Talcott 46
Green Bank 69 - Marlinton 63
Hillsboro 48 - Sandstone 40
Green Bank 91 - Coalton 62
Jeff Chandler ~ Nicole Maurey
"A Dog of Flanders"
David Ladd ~ Donald Crisp
"Missile to the Moon"
"Mesa of Lost Women"
Sallie Slaven, age 91, of Green Bank
George Kellison, age 80, of Buckeye
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sharp, of Buckeye, a daughter named Martha Marie
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Waddell, of Marlinton, a son named Kenneth Ray
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Winters Hefner, of Mill Point, a son
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, February 16, 1961
That Big Monster
Well, the big monster was seen again, says Willie Barkley, his brother, Stanley Barkley, and their friend, Clyde Mace, all of Cass, while they were at the top of Cole Run cutting wood with a power saw. Their guess is the monster heard the power saw running. He came out through the woods and almost up to them and just stood and looked at them for about five minutes and the men were so scared they couldn't run for about five minutes. But when the monster stated toward them they took off like lightening; Stanley ran so fast he knocked his brother, Willie, down and strained his arm, and then Stanley fell and broke his glasses. He thought the monster would get him because he couldn't see to run very fast without his glasses. Clyde ran off and left his power saw in the woods. After they got over their scare they all went back to get the power saw but the big monster was gone; they didn't cut anymore wood that day. They said the monster had real long black hair and the hair was turned wrong way up; it had two horns on its head and its face looked like a monkey; its legs and feet looked a lot like an elephant. The men said this was getting pretty close to Cass; Stanley didn't think much of it because it caused him to have to buy a new pair of glasses.
Our Boys and Girls in Service
Larry Vaught Wolford, age 24, a member of the 4604th Support Squadron, Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts, was among those who lost their lives when a radar tower collapsed and sank off the cost of New Jersey on January 5, 1961.
Wolford was born August 4, 1936, and entered the Air Force from Pocahontas County more than six years ago.
Private First Class Franklin D. Madison, who received his basic and also advanced training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, is now serving with the U. S. Army in Germany.
Graduating from the ground radio operator course at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, was Airman Third Class Luster Galford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kent R. Galford, of Huntersville.
Bill Shafer, U.S.N., son of Mrs. Mary Shafer, has been assigned to duty in Cuba.
James Johnson, U.S.N., son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Johnson, is now stationed in Bermuda.
Last week James Shaffner made mention of the long range weather forecast comparing this winter to the winter of 1917. In reading the paper of 25 years ago, the winter of 1936 was comparable to this year and in it the reference was made to the last hard winter in 1917 -18, when 'snow covered deep the landscape for weeks on end and a record low of 27ﾺ below zero was recorded at Marlinton. It seems there was no record fall of snow at one time but many snows piled the beautiful deep over all.ﾔ Another bad winter was the winter of 1904, which was one of bitter cold with bare ground and low water. Water pipes two feet and more in the ground were frozen and had to be dug up and thawed. Some remembered ice cakes three feet thick thrown up in the spring break-up. That was the winter Price Hill was logged; the logs were ballhooted on the Greenbrier River and skidded on the ice to the mouth of Knapps Creek for a saw set. That year the Harters drove 10 miles from the tunnel to Marlinton on ice.
ﾓThe Mating Urgeﾔ
ﾓBecause They're Youngﾔ
Dick Clark ~ Victoria Shaw
Charles Elmer Morgan, age 76, of Durbin
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Kinnison, of Hillsboro, a daughter named Judith Diane
Born to Mr. and Mrs. David Beverage, of Buckeye, a son name David Watson
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Wilfong, of Marlinton, a daughter named Donna Doreen
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pondexter, of Marlinton, a son
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, February 9, 1961
Senator Robert C. Byrd made his tour of the Monongahela National Forest last Friday despite the snow storm. He feels the planned forestry program is wise and realistic but hopes the program can be stepped up to accomplish five years' work in three. In addition he is asking for $49 million to give needed employment for needed forestry work. While in Marlinton he sent a telegram to President John F. Kennedy as follows:
On this weekend, despite heavy snow, I am making an inspection trip of the Monongahela National Forest with the U. S. Forest Service and the local people. There is need for $49 million which would employ 7,000 men in vital work such as reforestation, stand improvement and recreational development ready to be started and completed over a five year period. More than 800 men could be employed immediately throughout the remainder of the fiscal 1961 in West Virginia National Forests if supplemental appropriation can be quickly processed. I have personally seen examples of work that has been done to make this 806,000 acre forest capable of contributing its renewal resources forever to America's growth and strength. It is shocking to see, however, how much is still to be done to overcome the destruction of past extractive practices and land abuse. I can give you personal assurance that the capable Forest Service people can start at once to provide morale building jobs to many of the unemployed as increased forest funds permit. Your economic message has renewed the hope of our people.
As to the Prison Camp, he said it would soon be released to the Forest Service. Then its need would be appraised. First claim would be for a work camp or a training camp in connection with forestry work; if not needed by the Federal Government, the State would be considered, then consideration would be given to leasing it for a private enterprise.
Twelve or more inches of snow here in Marlinton Wednesday morning, and no school. About 15 inches of snow last Friday, with most of it still on the ground before this came.
ﾓStop! Look! and Laugh!ﾔ
The Original Three Stooges
Steve Allen ~Jayne Meadows
ﾓPortrait In Blackﾔ
Lean Turner ~ Sandra Dee
Delores Fuller ~ Lyle Talbot
Bessie B. Simmons, age 83, of Durbin
Lucy Geiger Combs, age 79, of Caesar Mountain
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Scott, of Hillsboro, a son named Henry Paul, Jr.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Warren McKenney, of Marlinton, a son named Allen Dale
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bennett, of Slaty Fork, a daughter named Roberta Lea
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, February 2, 1961
Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Lucille Bright Simmons has been named the Pocahontas County ﾓTeacher of the Yearﾔ for 1961. Mrs. Simmons in her 33rd year of teaching, and is now teaching the primary grades at the Seneca Trail School at Slaty Fork. Her patrons think her interest in and control of her students rank her among the best.
The 1961 honoree is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey K. Bright, of Marlinton, and is one of a family of 10 children, three boys and seven girls. She attended school in Marlinton, where she was valedictorian of the graduating class of 1928 at Marlinton High School.
In high school she took Normal Training Courses and completed the Standard Normal Course of Study at Concord College in August of 1934.
She says she grew up with the idea of teaching school. Her father taught school when she was very small. That was in the days of the old Institutes, and some of his teacher friends from a distance would stay with the Brights and attend Institute; she was much interested in these visitors.
All of her teaching has been in Pocahontas County: two years at the Dry Branch School; six years teaching the primary grades at Campbelltown; and teaching the primary grades at Seneca Trail School at Slaty Fork for 25 years.
ﾓAs to my teaching,ﾔ said Mrs. Simmons, ﾓI have tried to give my best. All the teachers I have been privileged to teach with have been most understanding and helpful. The wholehearted cooperation of the community, both parents and friends of the school, has enabled us to have a very active PTA group and through this group our school has benefitted in many ways. There are improvements to the lunch room, such as curtains and a deep freezer. A movie projector and record player are other recent additions. These were financed by carnivals, cake walks, bake sales, ramp suppers and the like.ﾔ
The same monster seen at Cold Run Hill was recently seen by two boys coming back from Cass, crossing the railroad track at Stony Bottom. The next morning they went back where they saw it and its tracks looked bigger than bear tracks; then the tracks suddenly disappeared under the snow that had drifted over them.
ﾓ3:10 to Yumaﾔ
Glenn Ford ~ Van Heflin
Lee Remick ~ Jo VanFleet
ﾓHome From the Hillﾔ
Robert Mitchum ~ Eleanor Parker
Clellan Mullenax, age 77, of Bartow
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Willie Ryder, of Huntersville, a son named Steven Craig
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, January 26, 1961
William Wallace Barron, upon his inauguration as West Virginia's 26th Governor:
ﾓI realize quite fully that the duties I have assumed here carry responsibilities. May God allow me the power, the courage and the understanding to meet them squarely and with the desired effect.ﾔ
ﾓIt is essential that we display determination to band steadfastly behind the things that are right about West Virginia.ﾔ
ﾓThe situation requires that we re-dedicate ourselves to principles apparently all but forsaken in the everyday commotion of our troublesome times. We must devote ourselves to unselfish service and exert unremitting energy to the purpose of regaining misplaced ideals.ﾔ
ﾓI ask the people of West Virginia to join now with the leadership of the state's new administration to pledge whatever sacrifice is necessary to assure equal opportunity and dignity for all West Virginians. We must carry out to the fullest our theme of ﾓNew Hope.ﾔ
John Fitzgerald Kennedy said in his address after being inaugurated as President of the United States of America:
ﾓLet both sides join to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terror. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths and encourage the arts and commerce.ﾔ
ﾓAll this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us beginﾔ
ﾓAnd, so now my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you ﾖﾖ ask what you can do for your country.ﾔ
ﾓMy fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America can do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.ﾔ
ﾓFinally, whether you are citizens of America or of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice that we ask of you with good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help. But knowing that here on Earth, God's work must truly be our own.ﾔ
ﾓHeller in Pink Tightsﾔ
Sophia Loren ~ Anthony Quinn
ﾓSex Kittens go to Collegeﾔ
Mamie VanDoren ~ Tuesday Weld
Peter Palmer ~ Leslie Parrish
James Frank Stewart, age 92, of Hillsboro
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Abdella, of Marlinton, a daughter named Julia Marlene
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wheeler, of Cass, a son named Wendell Reginald
Fifty Years Ago - Thursday, January 19, 1961
More Monster Stories
On Saturday night, January 7, four young people were driving up Cold Run Hill and a chain came off. While the driver was out fixing the chain he saw some thing that looked like a gorilla coming out of the woods. He jumped in the car and drove off so fast they said they didn't get a very good look at it.
No Wonder Game is Scarce
In a round-about way from a clipping sent by T. D. Moore, Jr., of Clarksburg, we learned the Braxton monster has been traveling around a little, and we can understand why the man did not tell about it until some others came up with some tall tales.
W. C. Priestly of Alum Creek, Kanawha County, reports sighting the ﾓthingﾔ recently at Edray, and another man claimed he spotted the monster in Webster County.
Priestly not only reported seeing the monster but he also says it stalled his car by raising its hair.
The Kanawha County man, who said he knows a bear from a monster, says he spotted the creature on a backwoods road along Williams River.
ﾓMy car started to miss and sputter and completely stopped,ﾔ he said. ﾓThen I saw it. To my left, beside the road stood this monster with long hair pointing straight up to the sky.ﾔ
However, another approaching car caused the thing to ﾓdrop his hair and to my surprise as soon as he did this, my car started to run again.ﾔ A few moments later the points were completely burned out of my car.
Priestly said he remained silent about his experience since he wanted to continue bear hunting in this area and felt his friends might not accompany him in the future if they heard about the monster.
The Marlinton Volunteer Fire Department answered its first call of the new year last Thursday to Sharp's Knob where the dumping bin at the Cherry River Coal and Coke Company No. 7 tipple was burning. The Cowen Fire Department was also called. The cribbing around the bin burned and damage was hard to estimate as it was underground but probably amounted to about $1,000.
An accident report of the police departments of Pocahontas County for 1960 shows a total of 58 accidents investigated. Of this total, 20 accidents involved injuries to occupants of the car, and 38 involved property damage only. Thirty-five arrests were made in regard to these accidents. These figures were made available by F. R. Shreve of the Department of Public Safety and the State Police Office obtains reports from all other law enforcement offices.
Pocahontas had two fatalities. Both accidents involved excessive speed for the conditions of the roads.
West Virginia had 359 fatalities last year, a decrease of 40 to 10 percent from 1959.
Dr. and Mrs. R. R. Pittman and daughter, Susie, will attend the Kennedy Inauguration and Parade in Washington, D. C. on Friday. The Pittmans will also attend the Inaugural Ball.
Hillsboro Post Office
Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield announced today that a contract has been signed for a new Post Office Building in Hillsboro,
The new quarters, which will be under construction in the near future, will be rented to the Post Office Department by Ralph H. Burns, of Hillsboro. Completion date is expected to be about June 1961.
To be located on Main Street, this new post office structure will contain about 1,108 square feet of space and ample space for parking and truck maneuvering. The present quarters provide only 440 square feet of space.
The Postmaster General stated, ﾓThis is another step in the Post Office Department's Modernization Program authorized by Congress to improve postal services for the public by providing modern buildings and equipment, designed for efficient and economical mail-handling.ﾔ
W. D. Workman, P. M.
ﾓThe Girl in Lovers' Laneﾔ
Brett Halsey ~ Joyce Meadows
ﾓFive Bold Womenﾔ
Jeff Morrow ~ Merry Anders
Pat Boone ~ Shirley Jones
Mary A. McCoy, age 97, of Droop
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Delford McQuain, of Marlinton, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Cassell, of Cass, twins, a boy and a girl