A look back at the newspaper's archives from 50 years ago.
<span>Thursday, January 14, 1960</span>
New Tourist High
Over $270,000,000 was spent in West Virginia by out-of-state visitors during 1959, according to the travel trade survey of the West Virginia Industrial and Publicity Commission. This total is $30 million higher than last year.
The average tourist spent 4.5 days in the state, averaged spending $8.07 per day.
Over two million visitors were recorded at state parks. Droop Mountain had 47,740, almost double the year before, while Watoga had 42,465, a drop from the year before.
Fireman of the Year
Jack Long was honored as ﾓFireman of the Yearﾔ at the annual Firemanﾒs Banquet last week. Mr. Long, who is associated with S. B. Wallace and Company, is the new President of the Fire Department.
4-H Leaders Association
Members of the 4-H Leaders Association were entertained at a Holiday party in the basement of the Marlinton United Methodist Church which was decorated in keeping with the holidays. Members and their guests were entertained from time of arrival to departure.
Games of various types and competition were a challenge for all to try. A prize for high score was won by Mrs. James McNeill. An exchange of novelty gifts added much to the climax of entertainment.
Such an enjoyable time was had by all that it was suggested to the committee responsible for this yearﾒs affair, Mrs. Betty Rae Weiford, Mrs. Carl Gladwell and Mrs. J. B. Graham, that it became an annual affair.
Those in attendance were: the Jeff Nelsons, the Robert Hiners, the Layton Sharps, the Oren Waughs, the Paul Duncans, the Leonard Kellisons, the Gordon Dilleys, the James McNeills, the Wallace Galfords, the Walker Beverages, the Arnold Weifords, the Bud Pruntys, Mesdames Grace Harper, Gene Stanley, John Chapell, Dice Rimel, John Armstrong, Joe Friel, Wade Sharp, Glen Smith, J. B. Graham and Carl Gladwell; Misses Madeline McNeill, president of the association, Barbara Blackhurst, 4-H Club Agent, Wilma Moore, Ruth Wilfong, Audrey Fitzwater, and Glenda Smith; and Walter Jett, County Agent, Moffett McNeill, Jr., and George Friel.
Our Boys and Girls in Service
Private Robert D. Wilt, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Wilt, of Marlinton, is stationed in Germany serving with a transportation company. He entered the Army on June 17, received his basic training and eight weeks special training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, before leaving for twenty-four month duty in Germany.
A-3c Grover H. Craddock, Jr., recently spent a seven day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover H. Craddock, at Dunmore. A-3c Craddock is stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska.
Marlinton 67 - Cowen 56
Green Bank 35 - Hillsboro 8
Marlinton 61 - 51
ﾓHold That Hypnotistﾔ
Huntz Hall ~ The Bowery Boys
ﾓIt Started With A Kissﾔ
Glenn Ford ~ Debbie Reynolds
ﾓHot Car Girlﾔ
Richard Bakalyan ~ June Kenney
Donald Wolfit ~ Jane Griffiths
Barton M. Nelson, age 62, of Cass.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mouser, of Marlinton, a son named Jay Fredrick.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Beverage, of Huntersville, a daughter named Nina Marie.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Shearer, of Marlinton, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gum, of Green Bank, a son.
<span>Thursday, January 7, 1960</span>
Mrs. Georgia Dunlop Arnold, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, after reading about the search for names of streams, kindly sends an old clipping from The Pocahontas Times on the origin of names of mountains and streams of this region. Here goes for a start on it:
To start in, the Greenbrier River takes its name from the pestiferous greenbrier which is still here to hang up the woods rambler and tear his clothes. However, it was not the English speaking explorers who gave the name. These merely translate the words, ronce, (brier), verte (green) the French name already given to the stream. As early as 1690, there were maps showing the Mississippi drainage as all claimed by France.
Another French name which had all but gone out through lack of use in the past hundred years is that of the St. Lawrence Ford of the Greenbrier at Ronceverte.
Still another name of French origin, I have no doubt, is Gauley, river and mountain. This being within the land known as New France, what would be more natural than to call this beautiful stream for the ancient name of France, Gaule?
Cherry, one of the four held rivers of Gauley having source in Pocahontas, was called for the wild cherry trees so plentiful in the forest area it drained. I remember seeing a copy of a survey of a great land grant made for Robert Morris back in the 1790s. One of the calls was for Cherry Tree Bottom. In my day, this had been shortened to Cherry Bottom. It is now the city of Richwood. Be it remembered, Robert Morris was the Philadelphia merchant prince who financed the war for American Independence. Virginia endorsed the nationﾒs notes and paid Mr. Morris back in land. This land bankrupted him, and he was sent to debtorﾒs prison.
First Woman Mayor
History was made Monday night when Mrs. Isabelle Michael presided over the Marlinton Town Council meeting acting as Mayor in the absence of Mayor Dale Curry. Mrs. Michael is the first woman recorder in Marlinton as far as can be learned. Bills were paid and a few local problems discussed.
Miss Alice Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cale Nelson, of Marlinton, was one of the models in the Style Show at Morgantown given to the Cavalettes by Ireneﾒs Dress Shop. Alice modeled a three piece-woolen date dress. She is a sophomore at West Virginia University majoring in mathematics.
Our Boys and Girls in Service
Robert Lee Ware, of Marlinton, enlisted in the U. S. Army, at Beckley, and was sent to the receiving station at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Kenneth Gray Sharp, of Clover Lick, a Navy prior-service man re-enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to the receiving station at Norfolk, Virginia.
ﾓDay of The Badmanﾔ
Fred MacMurray ~ Joan Weldon
ﾓ3-Stooges Fun OﾒRamaﾔ
ﾓThe Blue Angelﾔ
Curt Jurgens ~ May Britt
ﾓThe Prefect Furloughﾔ
Tony Curtis ~ Janet Leigh
Mrs. Lucy Hoover, age 83, of Marlinton.
Dennie Ross Snedegar, age 65, of Droop.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Reed, of Marlinton, a son named Lloyd Harlan, Jr.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Rehm, of Droop, a daughter.
Thursday, December 31, 1959
From the Desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Names of Creeks
Another interesting name is Chickenhouse Run, out Watoga way.ﾠ There seems to be a difference of opinion on the source of this name.ﾠ There was an early settler from New England by the name of Chickener, who was buried on Chickenhouse Run.ﾠ Also, there is the story of a cock pit being maintained there when cock fighting was popular in the early 1800s.ﾠ This was a convenient place half way between Huntersville and The Levels.ﾠ Another story is to the effect that a trapper penned a loud crowing rooster on the ridge to attract wolves, foxes and wildcats to his traps.ﾠ And a third story says the name was given because the thick pine forest was the gathering place for wild turkeys, pigeons and crows to roost.
Another run in this section is Island Lick Run, named for the salt lick on a strand of the Greenbrier River.
There are four Laurel Runs, two Laurel Creeks and a Little Laurel Creek in Pocahontas.ﾠ Laurel Run in Watoga Park is eight miles long and longer than many full-fledged creeks.ﾠ There is Laurel Creek at Rimel and Laurel and Little Laurel onﾠ Williams River.ﾠ Laurel Runs are near Clover Lick and in Watoga going into the Greenbrier and at Slaty Fork and Hills Creek.
Seneca and Watoga Lakes Reclaimed
Two state-owned lakes were drained and reclaimed by the Conservation Commissionﾒs fish division in October in order to improve next yearﾒs fishing according to Richard W. Wahl, assistant fish chief.ﾠ Watoga Lake, at Watoga State Park, was drained during the first week of the month,ﾠ When drained, the 12-acre lake yielded only three nice bass, a couple dozen small bass, about 150 small crappies and several thousand small bluegills.ﾠ The lake is to be restocked with bass early next spring, Wahl said.
Seneca Lake, a four-acre impoundment on Seneca State Forest, was drained during the last week of October.ﾠ Five small trout were picked up together with about 50,000 green sunfish.ﾠ As it was done with Watoga Lake, all tributary streams above the lake were treated with rotenone to eliminate any fish that might recontaminate the impoundment.ﾠ Wahl said that Seneca Lake will be restocked with bass to provide year-round fishing.ﾠ Also, trout will be stocked in the spring.
The Marlinton Methodist Church was the scene for the wedding of Miss Roberta Lee Miller and Beverly Stephen Smith on Sunday, December 26, 1959, at four oﾒclock in the afternoon.ﾠ The Rev. Herbert Pennington, pastor of the church, officiated at the double ring ceremony.ﾠ The church was decorated with baskets of white gladiola and greenery and a seven-branched candelabra.ﾠ Mrs. Frank E. Johnson, organist, presented a program of nuptial music preceding the ceremony.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sharp, of Buckeye, a son, named Ricky Lynn.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Alfred Callison, of Hillsboro, a daughter, named Jacqueline Annette.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Turner, of Cass, a son, named Thomas Wayne.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Taylor, of Dunmore, a daughter, named Christine Marie.
Mrs. Peachie Nellie Jane Totten, age 93, formerly of Renick.
Gilbert Claiborne Kellison, age 34, of Hillsboro
The Sad Horse
David Ladd -Chill Wills
The Little Savage
ﾓDonﾒt Give Up the Shipﾔ
Jerry Lewis - Dina Merrill
Fifty Years Ago Thursday, December 20, 1956
From the desk of Calvin W. Price, Editor
By C.ﾠ M. Young, in the Magazine Section of the Charleston Gazette
There are hunting men slipping and stalking through the red bresh and pine trees away over in Pocahontas County whose names might well be Slippey or Stalkey and such like. How they come to be there, doing what they are, should be explained.
Iﾒll do it. When Pocahontas, the Indian gal, laid her face on Captain John Smithﾒs down around the mouth of James River several years back, she got a funny feeling she couldnﾒt quite get over, because the red bresh on his face wasnﾒt like anything she had ever felt before.
Later, when he took a bunch of rebels on a raid up into the Yankee Territory, about which he later wrote a whole book that some Yankees donﾒt agree with, why Pocahontas got real lonesome and took out after him. She didnﾒt rightly know which way he had traveled except generally North. After sliding and falling a good many times as she went along up river, she finally left it and started up Balder Draft. Thatﾒs near 300 miles upﾗriver. She didnﾒt even know what river she was on by that time. But it was the Jackson!
You heard me. And donﾒt show your ignorant ways by asking who it was named for, suh. This Balder Draft comes into the Jackson about 15 miles above Covington from the west side. Well, as I said, Pocahontas took up the Draft because it was easier going and the first thing she knew she had come out on top of the Alleghanies at the head of Wide Mouth. The sun was setting as she looked out to the west over thousands and thousands of acres of red bresh with a few pines stuck here and there, mostly low down. Well, suh, she could have cried because that red bresh was just the color of Captain Smithﾒs whiskers.
This was along late in the fall of the year with heavy snows soon starting to fall. Nobody exactlyﾠ knows what happened to Pocahontas after that. A man by the name of Doc Cook who sells pills in The Capitol City for a living and looks into history and such stuff on the side says that her burning desire for John Smith and Beauty consumed her right then and there on top of the mountain. Cal Price holds that she was consumed by sheep-killing bear. But every man has a right to his own notion.
Now before John Smith started off he told one of his trusted lieutenants by the name of Jake Marlin to look after things, and Pocahontas in special. Well, things were pretty quiet, so Jake and some of the other fellows went over to Virginia Beach looking around for a few days and gathering some clams. When they got back and found out Pocahontas was missing Jake was plain worried because he knew right well that Captain Smith was going to be put out if he got back and found things like they were. He didnﾒt say a word but went in and got his rifle and two boxes of shells. He also picked up his spy-glass that Walter Raleigh had given him the last time he had come over. Walter said he had got the glass off of Rod Drake in a turn of cards but Jake wasnﾒt interested in that.
He scouted around and picked up Pocahontasﾒ sign up on the James a piece and didnﾒt have too much trouble following it till he got to the mouth of Balder Draft. There he lost it. Being as she had been keeping along the River so far, he just kept on looking for sign till he come to the mouth of Big Black Creek. Then it dawned on him that she had give him the slip. He took up the creek and went to where Little Back Creek come in and then took up it for a piece. When he came to a branch that run in from the right he followed it and topped out in a low-gap. There he didnﾒt precisely know just where he was, but he figured Pocahontas must be somewhere in that vicinity. The west side of the mountain wasnﾒt steep from where he was at so he angled down the creek and on down it for about ten miles looking all along for her sign. Well, he didnﾒt find it, so he went up the mountain to his right to get the lay of the land. The mountain is pretty high so when he got on top he could look all over the country.
He laid his Marlin rifle down and climbed up a tall white pine that was there. Well, suh, when he got up about 50 feet he pulled out his spy glass and focused it over north-west, and there it wasﾗthe graded school building. He screwed the eye-piece up a bit and made out another little house over from a short distance. He gave another twist and that time saw a man sitting on the bank right where Knapps Creek runs into the Greenbrier. He looked all over to see if the name of the place was nailed up on a board anywhere. But it wasnﾒt, and that gave him an idea. He got down out of the tree, took up his rifle and went off the mountain, past the school house and other smaller house and across the bottom to where the man was still sitting on the bank fishing.
They passed the time of day and that was the first and only time Jake Marlin and Cal Price ever met up. Jake asked the name of the place and Cal told him that he was just lately arrived and had been so busy building his printing shop and setting up his press he hadnﾒt give any thought to the name of the place. Right there Jake spoke his piece. He allowed that since he was the first white man to look down on that town it should be named for him. And furthermore, seeing as how he looked from that high mountain to the southeast, it too, ought to bear his name. Cal was agreeable, then as now, so thatﾒs how come Marlin-Town and Marlin Mountain got named.
Cal picked up four or five bass and trout he had hooked and as they walked back over to the printing house and he inquired if Jake was by any chance hunting for sheep-killing bears. Jake said he wasnﾒt but was on the lookout for a nice red heifer that had strayed from his place down on the River. That seemed to satisfy Cal so after they washed up and had dinner Jake took off up Knapps Creek.
Some say he found her and some say, like Doc Cook, says not. I just keep my peace. But every fall when Iﾒm hunting in those parts I see characters like Slippey and Stalkey easing around through the pines and red bresh. Right then I get a feeling that some history took place that hasnﾒt documented and I have my doubt that Pocahontas was consumed by any sheep-killing bear or died from any burning desire for Captian Smith and beauty. Why? You notice the name of the county donﾒt you. Who but a name-giving man like Jake Marlin would have done it?
(Editorﾒs note: We arenﾒt defending the above bit of historical hi-jinks. But then, we arenﾒt apologizing for it either. As a matter of fact, we canﾒt seem to make up our minds how we do feel about it. What do you think?)
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One night last week, Fred Sharp got himself a champion 40 pound wild cat. He was coon hunting up on Bucks Mountain, near the Griffin place. The dogs gave a fine hot chase, and treed over Giles Ridge. Mr. Sharp shined that coonﾒs eyes with a flash light. The varment looked many sizes larger than any coon he had ever seen, and he has taken them by the scores. Another surprise was the wild cat had not jumped out on the approach of the hunter. I donﾒt know how he quite did it, but Fred held the flashlight in his left hand, and shot his 22 rifle with his right. He scored a bulls eye, or rather he bored a catamounts nose, for a dead shot.
Austin Nottingham killed a white deer at his farm on the Greenbrier River, below Durbin. White deer have been reported through the years in various parts of Pocahontas County. Last summer a white deer was seen at Huntersville. This is the first white deer I recall ever being killed in the Greenbrier Valley.
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Hampshire male hog for service, Bacon type.
Tharp G. Kelley, Huntersville, W.Va.
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Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Clark, of Renick, on Tuesday, December 11, 1956, a daughter, named Shirley Ann.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Spade, of Droop, on Sunday, December 16, 1956, a daughter.
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Ella Robinson, of Walton, Roane County.
Emma McNeill Harper, age 99, of Huntington.
Leva Sharp Buckner, age 66, of Marlinton.
Betty Held, of Grafton.
Ulyses Preston Copenhaver, age 38.
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ﾓThe Trail of the Lonesome Pineﾔ
Fred MacMurray ~ Henry Fonda
ﾓOutside The Lawﾔ
Ray Danton ~ Leigh Snowden
ﾓSons Of Pioneersﾔ
ﾓTea And Sympathyﾔ
Deborah Kerr ~ John Kerr
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Fifty Years Ago Thursday, December 6, 1956
Dr. George F. Hull, age 79, of Durbin.
Anna C. Sharp, age 64, of Texas.
Della Rose Gladwell, of Niagara Falls, New York.
John Luster Wooddell, age 74, of Elkins.
George Preston Gilmore, age 70, of Gallipolis, Ohio.
Roy M. Stewart, age 72, of Marlinton.
Mathis G. Waugh, age 59, of Clawson.
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Born to Mr. and Mrs. Julian Hiner, of Mountain Grove, Virginia, on Monday, November 26, 1956, a son, named Stephen Winfred.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Galford, of Dunmore, on Tuesday, November 27, 1957, a daughter, named Rebecca Lynn.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cassell, of Cass, on Wednesday, November 28, 1956, a daughter, named, Patsy Jane.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Billy Boone, of Renick, on Monday, December 3, 1956, a son.
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Killed A Bear
Last Saturday, Earl Fertig went wild turkey hunting above Slippery Hill, in the Poage Lane neighborhood. He got up toward Thorn Knob, when he heard something coming, in the leaves. It proved to be a small deer, and it was in a hurry. Being a true sportsman, Mr. Fertig let the deer go on, though it was in easy range.
Then there was more noise in the leaves. Closely following the little deer, came a big bear, with mouth open, huffing and puffing.
Mr. Fertig shot the bear behind the shoulders. It bit at the wound and made straight for the hunter. Another shot was taken, but the bear passed within a few feet of where the hunter had been standing. Another well placed bullet put the bear out of business. It wasﾠ a good thing, too, as there was only one load left.
The bear was brought to town, and it weighed 325 pounds. It was a big old male and fat.
All summer long, farmers lost sheep in the neighborhood usually free from raiding bears. E. H. Williams lost two purebreds and three grade ewes from his flock. The sign was the raids were all made by one bear. He started in on the heart, the liver, and the udder.
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Green BankﾗDr. Bart Bok, Professor of Science, at Harvard University, spoke to the High School students at Green Bank last Friday afternoon. At night he spoke to the general public at a good congregation held in the auditorium. He discussed the Radio Astronomy Observatory, now assured for the Green Bank community.
Dr. Bok has recently accepted appointment as head astronomer of the Royal observatory in Australia.
Congressman Harley Staggers was at Green Bank last Friday night, to hear Dr. Bok discuss the observatory.
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More deer, more hunters, and the best of weather marks the 1956 deer season.
The kill checked at Minnehaha Springs for Monday and Tuesday was 116. This compares with 161 for the whole of last yearﾒs season.
At the Esso Station in Marlinton, 60 deer were checked for the two daysﾗan excess of last year.
At Huntersville, McCombﾒs Store 36 deer were checkedﾗmore than last year. These deer came from the Beaver Lick and Brushy Mountains.
The big deer checked at the Esso Station was the ten pointer Ira Friel killed at Dutch Bottom on Williams Riverﾗ170 pounds bagged, dressed.
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Elmer Herold, of Eleanor, is spending the week with his mother, Mrs. Margaret Herold, on Knapps Creek, deer hunting.
Stony BottomﾗHarvey Bussard killed a big wild cat on Cheat Mountainﾗforty pound or more.
James Hayes, of Renick, is spending the week at the home of Mrs. Margaret Herold, on Knapps Creek, deer hunting.
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Coach Brummage announces the members of the Basketball Squad of the Marlinton High School as follows:
Vency Dilley, Layton Beverage, John Sharp, Berton Smith, III, Bill Hockenberry, Don Morgan, Eugene Underwood, Robert Cross, Sterl Dean, John Shelton, Butch Michael, Rovert Hockenberry, Danny Cooper, Mack Copeland, Paul Cross, Ronnie Evans, Tom Burns, George Cochran, James McComb, Larry Burns, Freddie Hannah, Bill Clarkson, James Mason, and manager, Charles Camper.
The Copperheads had too much scoring for the Marlinton High Alumni as the football season officially opened on Tuesday night, December 4. The Alumni gave the high school a brief scare in the opening quarter as they took the lead 10-9 but in the second fell behind as the Copperheads rallied to out score them to the tune of 64-40.
Alumni players were: Robert ﾑSmokeyﾒ Johnson, Eddie Seagraves, Don Sharp, Bob Mace, Merle Shifflett, Don Hill and Kenney Underwood.
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ﾓThereﾒs Always Tomorrowﾔ
Barbara Stanwyck ~ Fred MacMurray
ﾓThe Battle Of Gettysburgﾔ
CinemaScope ~ Color
ﾓThe Black Widowﾔ
Ginger Rogers ~ Van Heflin
Adele Jergens ~ Glen Langan
ﾓAway All Boatsﾔ
Jeff Chandler ~ George Nader
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Fifty years Ago - Thursday, November 22, 1956
Thursday, November 22, 1956
New Fire Department
HillsboroﾗWith the receipt of ﾠa charter for the Little Levels Fire Department, Inc., ﾠand the recent delivery by Ralph H. Burns of a fire truck, Hillsboro Ruritans look forward to the early and successful conclusion of another public service to their community, namely, organized fire protection for a large area of the Little Levels District.
Tentative plans include the communities of Mill Point, Seebert, Beard, Droop, the Town of Hillsboro and adjacent areas. Actual boundaries of its service will be determined by the fire company when organization, furnishing and test runs are completed.
Active participants in the development of fire protection for the area have been Richard I. McNeel, Archie Walker, William D. Moore, Lloyd D. Payne, Alfred E. McNeel, Robert L. Beard, Richard H. Balzer, and William C. Clark.
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Ruth Gay and Gordon L. Gay, of Lincoln, Nebraska, to C. Robert Gay, of Craigsville, undivided interests in lots 28, 29, 30, 31 and 32 in Block 17, Marlinton.
Charles Robert Cassell to Lewis Galford, 75 acres H. S. McLaughlin land in Green Bank District.
Sally Slaven and others to State Road Commission, right of way, near Green Bank.
Alvona Smith to Samuel N. Alderman, undivided one fourth interest in 70 acres on North Fork of Anthonys Creek.
Lewis H. Galford to Paul C. Bradley, 102 acres and 75 acres and 119 acres, less 40 acres, Back Alleghany Mountain Green Bank District.
Paul Clayton Bradley to Lewis H. Galford lot 16, Block, 1, in Cass.
Marvin Galford and others interest in James H. Galford lands on Back Alleghany Mountain, Green Bank District.
Harry Landis to Mamie L. Landis, lots 108, 109, 110 and 111, Block 15, Town of Marlinton.
Certificate of Incorporation of Pocahontas Loan Company recorded.
North Fork Lumber Company to Lillian Johnson School lot at Boyer.
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Born to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Allen Crist, of Cass, on Tuesday, November 13, 1956, a son, named Gene Allen, II.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ray Beverage, of Marlinton, on Sunday, November 18, 1956, a son, named Larry Wayne.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Friel, of Marlinton, on Thursday, November 15, 1956, a son, named Tony Ray.
Born to Rev. and Mrs. Collier S. Harvey, of Hillsboro, on Tuesday, November 20, 1956, a daughter, named Ann Gay.
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Leo Bennett, age 18, of Bartow.
Kemp Andrew Meeks, age 70, of Stony Bottom.
Hiram D. Walker, age 87, of Richwood. Former Mayor of Summersville.
Mollie Ester Moore McLaughlin, age 67, of Akron, Ohio.
Amos James Sharp, age 78, of Fairview.
Carl Ambrose Wyatt, age eight months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Wyatt, of Dunmore.
James Perry Davis, age 82, of Woodrow.
Rev. W. H. Beale, age 85, Glenville.
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Jane Russell ~ Cornel Wilde
ﾓKiss Of Fireﾔ
ﾓRide Clear Of Diabloﾔ
ﾓFirst Traveling Salesladyﾔ
Ginger Rogers ~ Barry Nelson
Fifty Years Ago: November 15, 1956
Clark Hotel Sold
The Clark Home Hotel property in Marlinton was sold at auction on Saturday for $18,700 toﾠ Dr. Robert R. Pittman and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Anderson. Sale included furniture and fixtures.
The property is a three-story brick building with 16 bedrooms; kitchen, dining room parlor, etc. It was owned and operated as a hotel by Mrs. Lucy Clark for many years. She died recently, and the sale was made in settling the estate. D. R. Hannah is the executor.
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From the desk of Calvin W. Price, Editor
W.O. Ruckman, of Mill Point, brought in a good apple of the crop of 1955ﾗpicked thirteen months ago. It was from a grafted tree; variety unknown.
Albert Kesler, who drives the route to Richwood for Pocahontas Dairy, counted a flight of no less than 97 wild geese the other day. He was crossing Sewell Mountain, and the geese were flying south.
More wild geese have been seen in this Greenbrier Valley so far this fall than usual. There may be more of them; they may have travelled through in day light instead of night.
One foggy October night, a large number of wild geese failed to ﾓhangﾔﾗor honkﾗhigh enough to clear the Back Alleghanies with elevations of 4500 feet and higher. The next morning, wild geese were seen and heard flying around in widely separated parts. They apparently were trying to reorganize for theirﾠ southern flight. Some of the geese had evidently gotten over the barrier for they were flying over Marlinton heading north again.
Neighbor Cleve Withrow, of Upper Camden, reports a bird building her nest in a birdhouse. This is November and no fitting time of year for a spring time job like bird nesting. Of course I checked on such out of season happening. Mr. Withrow said, sparrow. So I said, English Sparrow. I did know enough to write that this strange upstart of a bird, with its loose housekeeping endeavors, might have as many as two families a year, and maybe three. However I was aﾠ bit surprised to read in the reference book that the English Sparrow always raises two broods, but the usual number is three. And, further, that trustworthy observers have recorded four and five.
The book further says other names for the English Sparrow are Gamen, Tramp and Hoodlum.
A lady called in to know if I was familiar with the technical term, ﾓbarking a squirrel.ﾔ I replied that anyone familiar with the late General Andrew Jackson and his times sure knew about ﾓbarking a squirrel.ﾔ
In the day of the mountain rifle marksmen of western Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky, it was not cricket to mess up the meat of squirrel to be killed for the pot. As theﾠ animal lay stretched out onﾠ a limb, the idea was to put the bullet into the bark of the tree just under the heart of the squirrel, so as to let the resulting concussion do its deadly work. Sure, I have barked a squirrel in my time, but I usually hold a little too high to blood up the meat. A bit too low bounces the squirrel off the limb, for a good scare. It is a hair splitting sporting proposition.
I checked up on the transitive verb bark. The book of wisdom says: ﾓTo kill (as squirrels) by the concussion of a bullet shot into the bark of a tree just under the animal.ﾔ
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An Old Timer
In a law suit at the October term of the Circuit Court reference was made to the Massenbird land lines. So, the question, what about such land lines on Droop Mountain, anyway?
Well, around the year 1839, a man named George Massenbird died at his home on Droop Mountain. He was a native of England, and had lived here for a good many years. He owned Caesar Mountain and Vina Mountain, and other land. The tradition is that these mountains were given to and named for two Massenbirds slavesﾗCaesar and Vina Freeman.
However a casual search of the records shows only one transaction. This is a deed from John and Jane Blair to George Massenbird for 250 acres. The date is August 29, 1829, and the consideration is $120.
In the year 1842, there is a Court record of the appraisement of property left by the late George Massenbird. No mention is made of real estate. The appraisement of personal items amounts to $19.62. 1/2. However, bonds payable in dollars were appraised at about $2600. There was in addition a bond appraised at 500 English pounds sterling. This was due from the estate of one of George Breckenburg, of Skendleby, England.
The personal items, appraised at $19.62 1/2 brought $12.71 1/4 at the sale. Here are the purchasers and items:
Nancy Ware bought two bunches of newspapers at 3 1/2 cents and 2 1/2 cents; wearing apparel at $1.34.
Sarah Freeman two lots of newspapers at 7 1/4 cents.
John Hill, 6 numbers of Methodist magazines, 16 cents; Watsonﾒs Wesley 34 cents.
Walton McClung, 7 numbers of Methodist magazines, 20 cents.
Thomas Casebolt, 8 numbers of Methodist magazines; 21 cents; one slate, 26 cents.
James Keener, Doctor Clarkﾒs sermons, $1.75.
Thomas Hill, Doctor Clarkﾒs Life, 38 cents; Doctor Clarkﾒs Commentary, $8.
George Massenbird was a native of England. Further than that, there is meager tradition of him, other than he lived the life of a country gentleman and at the end he gave freedom and land to his servants.
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Sarah Kittermen Pennington, age 91, of Green Bank.
Asil Lee Simmons, age 52, of Slaty Fork.
William Boggs, age 78, of Hillsboro.
Kemp Andrew Meeks, age 70, of Stony Bottom.
Julia M. Kidd, age 89, of Lewisburg.
Genevieve Yeager Thompson, age 54, of Athens, Mercer County.
ﾓHell And High Waterﾔ
ﾓThe World In My Cornerﾔ
ﾓHeart Of The Golden Westﾔ
ﾓWalk The Proud Landﾔ
Fifty Years Ago Thursday, November 8, 1956
President Eisenhower was reelected in the election on Tuesday by a landslide equal or greater than in 1952.
West Virginia went Republican for Governor, Underwood, and for United States Senator, Revercomb. With the exception of the State School Superintendent, the rest of the State ticket is Democratic.
Congressman Staggers and at least four other Congressman were re-elected.
Eisenhower, Underwood and Revercomb carried Pocahontas County.
Jury service and Veterans Bonds Amendments carried in County and State. The School Amendment failed in County and State.
With all precincts reporting, the vote for Sheriff is Wilbur Curry, 2940; H. L. Stokes, 2452; majority 488.
Prosecuting AttorneyﾗRichard Currence, 2734; George S.Sharp, 2636; majority, 98.
House of DelegatesﾗH. A. Yeager, 2552; Arnold Weiford, 2764; majority, 212.
AssessorﾗE. N. Moore, 2797; K. D. Rader, 2486; majority 311.
County CourtﾗZ. S. Smith, Jr., 2575; Glenn Shrader, 2544; majority 31.
County ClerkﾗHildreth Meadows, 3204; Robert McComb, 2012; majority 1192.
Circuit ClerkﾗGrady K. Moore, 3457.
For CongressﾗStaggers, 2850; Mrs. Elkins, 2544; majority 306.
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Mary Effie Shaver McMillion, age 76.
Carl Paul Adkison, age 26, of Hillsboro.
Wallace R. Beverage, age 38, of Fenwick, Nicholas County.
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Born to Mr. and Mrs. Winifred Fertig, of Clover Lick, on Friday, November 2, 1956, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kramer, of Slaty Fork, on Saturday, November 3, 1956, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Simmons, of Vanderpool, Virginia, onﾠ Sunday, October 28, 1956, a son, named James Arden. The mother is the former Dollie Galford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Galford, of Dunmore.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred B. Dilley, of Charleston, announce the birth of a son, on Saturday, November 3, 1956, named Steele Douglas. This is their second child and son. The mother is the former Miss Jo Cameron Callison, of Marlinton. The maternal grandmother is Mrs. Hycie Callison.
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F. D. Farrar to Lawrence Herald, lot 42, east side of Greenbrier River at Seebert, Levels District.
Latelle M. LaFollette to W. H. Avery, 8 1-2 acres, Grose Homeplace, in Huntersville.
W. L. and Julia L. Price to S. J. Rexrode, 16 acres and 26 acres, on Indian Draft, Edray District.
Harry C. Burner to Earl H. Galford, two lots in Town of Durbin.
Mathes Waugh to Bert H. Waugh, 127 acres, and Withrow land, at Clawson, Edray District; also, personal property.
John W. Neighbors to Mary E. Simmons, lot in Huntersville District, near Marlinton.
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ﾓThat Certain Feelingﾔ
ﾓThree Young Texansﾔ
ﾓThe Harder They Fallﾔ
Humphrey Bogart ~ Jan Sterling
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Thursday, November 2, 1956
One day last week a crazy red fox turned up at the old Jim Gibson place on Old Field Fork, of Elk. It showed no fear of man whatsoever. In fact it appeared ready to bite anyone and anything. It was soon put out of its misery.
W.C. Eagle, who works in the mines on Sharp Knob, found a didapper (pied-bill grebe) on the Marlinton bride early one foggy morning last week. It had evidentally flown against the bridge and injured itself. The little traveler was carefully put into the water, in the hope it would soon be able to continue its flight to the South.
Another sign of winter was the presence of wild geese around in these parts last week. A flight of 27 flew over Marlinton. These geese were headed north. In the Knapps Creek Valley there were larger flights reported. Some of these geese lit down in the fields.
A number of wild ducksﾗblack mallardsﾗwere noticed feeding in the Greenbrier below Marlinton Bridge. These may have been hatched and raised locally. The books say the black mallard is the one wild duck which has never been tamed.
Killed A Bear
A 250 pound black bear which had slaughtered some 14 sheepfor Back Creek farmers was treed by dogs Tuesday morning and killed by Howard Carroll.
Hunters from Stonewall, including Leo and Bobbie McCray, Gilmer Ervine, Byron and Gilbert Petsenbarger, Charles Hogshead and Roy Snyder, were on hand with 13 dogs which brought the beast to tree after a half hour chase. Fred Gumm, of Vanderpool, was also on the scene with his hounds.
The bear was killed on the Jim Wade property and those losing sheep besides, Wade were Howard Carroll, Guilford Townsend and Lawrence BlaggﾗHighland Recorder.
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From the Pocahontas items, we note that the largest drove of lambs ever seen on the streets of Marlinton was brought here this morning to be shipped to Baltimore and Philadelphia. The drove contained 1170 head and made five carloads. They were purchased by Wade Polling of Barbour County from the Frost community and western Highland. The average for the lot is 78 pounds.
Mr. Polling, also an extensive cattle buyer, purchased 20 head of polled angus steers from Edgar Beard which averaged 1480 pounds. The price was 5ﾢ per pound, the highest paid in this country for years. They were shipped to BaltimoreﾖFrom 50 Years Ago column of the Highland Recorder.
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Our Boys and Girls in Service
Berlin S. Galford, son of Kent R. Galford, of Green Bank, recently was promoted to specialist third class at Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he is assigned to The Southeastern Signal School.
Seaman E-T and Mrs. Bruce A. Nelson, of Huntington, spent last week here with her aunt, Miss Anne Richardson and other relatives.
Clarence Murray, of Mill Point, is among the 11 men taking basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He recently joined the United States Army at the local Recruiting Station in Beckley.
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Green Bank Observatory
Washington, October 30ﾗAfter speaking with officials of the National Science Foundation today, Congressman Harley O. Staggers announced the Foundation is negotiating with Associated Universities, Inc., for the contract to construct the Radio Astronomy Facility near Green Bank in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
ﾓAlthough no actual contract has yet been signed, it is contemplated that Associated Universities, Inc., will have the management of this scientific ﾑwindow of the Universeﾒ project,ﾔ said Mr. Staggers.
The Second District Congressman was instrumental in seeing that $3,500,000 was ﾓearmarkedﾔ for this special project by the Appropriation Committee of Congress. He has worked very closely with the National Science Foundation and Associated Universities, Inc., on the Observatory, which has been in the planning and developing stage for the past two years.
From the very beginning, Mr. Staggers has urged that West Virginia be selected as the site for the Radio Telescope. The Green Bank site was selected over 29 other sites after extensive study was made by Associated Universities, Inc., for the National Science Foundation, over areas in the eastern part of the United States, as it fulfills the majority of reequirements for an ideal site for this highly sensitive project.
ﾓThis important project will bring to West Virginia some of the leading scientists, not only of the United States, but of the world,ﾔ continued Congressman Staggers. ﾓThe radio astronomy facility will be instrumental in furthering radio astronomy research and training radio astronomers in our nation. We must keep a constant drive in effort to catch up with and go ahead of the rest of the world in this important phase of science.ﾔ
The Foundationﾒs telescopes proposed to be built in Pocahontas County will range from 140 feet in diameter and larger, and the over-all cost of the project will run into several millions.
Congressman Staggers has received many inquiries from citizens, living in the Green Bank area, as to whether or not they should plant crops this fall on their farms which may be acquired as part of the site for the Observatory. He has been informed by officials that farmers may plant crops, provided the crops can be harvested within one year after the land is actually acquired by the Foundation.
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Hattie Hamilton Wooddell, age 70, of Clover Lick.
Doshie Frances Landis,ﾠ age 41.
Massie C. Gatewood, age 78, of Frametown, Braxton County.
Alvin Reeves Gay, age 92, of Edray.
Alice Collins Stokes, age 71, of Durbin.
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Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde James Mullens, of Marlinton, onﾠ Monday, October 22, 1956, a son, named Scott Marshall.
Born to Mr. and Mrs.ﾠ Charles Woodrow Keatley, of Buckeye, on Wednesday, October 24, 1956, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Lee Bennett, of Cass, on Wednesday, October 24, 1956, a son, named Gary Burton.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Verlin Lucas Kelly, of Dunmore, on Friday, October 25, 1956, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Junior Leffel, of Marlinton, on Saturday, October 27, 1957, a son.
- - -ALPINE THEATRE
ﾓThe Black Sleepﾔ
Bela Lugosi ~ Basil Rathbone
ﾓGog The Killerﾔ
ﾓDawn At Soccoroﾔ
ﾓThe Bold And The Braveﾔ
Mickey Rooney ~ Wendell Corey
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