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October 11, 1962
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Mrs. Elsie Adkison brought in a Black Widow spider she found at the back of her home at Riverside, which brought on a little research on spiders.
The Black Widow is shiny black with spindly legs and has a brilliant red hourglass shaped mark on the underside...
After mating, the female will often kill and eat the male hence the name “Black Widow.” Often the young spiders are cannibals, eating their brothers and sisters if they get a chance when they are hungry...The Black Widow weaves an unorganized mass of threads and bundles her catch in silk before she eats it.
Small though the spider is, it has killed human beings. The only other species poisonous to man are found in Australia.
Romie Cutlip found a praying mantis on a post at his home last week and so did Roy Brock. These creatures, kin to grasshoppers, look like elderly gentlemen with long coattails and their front legs appear to be folded in prayer, hence the name.
...An interesting thing about a forester’s life is that he meets all kinds of people, from hobos to multi-millionaires. It is not uncommon for a forester to have the privilege of personally doing favors for a millionaire tourist. However, there is no record of a millionaire tourist ever doing a favor gor a forester. But even if foresters don’t make much money, it’s a nice steady work and they have lots of fun.
Another satisfactory thing about a forester’s life is that he is his own master, absolutely independent and answerable to no one for his professional conduct. That is, except to his wife, ladies’ garden clubs, sportsman associations, nature lovers, newspaper editors and local politicians.
Forestry is a very pleasant profession because it is so easy to get ahead. Many foresters graduate from college with only a few debts and immediately get a job and a wife. In about ten years’ time, in addition to the same job and the same wife, they have more debts and five kids. That is why foresters are so happy.
The freshman class meeting was called to order by the president, Linda Moore. We selected three girls to run for attendants to the football queen. They are: Nancy Diller, Linda Reynolds and Patty Rimel. The cheerleaders are Richard Maddy, Steve Clutter and Patty Rimel. Penny Skeens is the alternate.
Marlinton High School racked another victory over White Sulphur with a score of 18 to 12. Delmos Barb made two touchdowns and Phillip Anderson made one touchdown.
The seniors have chosen “Beauty and the Beef” by William Davidson for their senior play.
Newly elected officers of the National Honor Society are: President – Sondra Nelson; Vice-President – Blix McNeill; Secretary – Beth Kellogg; Treasurer – Richard Morgan.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pondexter, of Marlinton, a son, Samuel Alfonso.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cutlip, of Marlinton, a son, Mark Wayne.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Warner, of Frank, a son, Richard Nick.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Dean, of Beard, a daughter.
Mrs. Myrtle Ann McLaughlin, aged 74, of Stony Bottom; a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County and a member of Alexander Memorial Church; wife of Frank L. McLaughlin.
Harper O. Greathouse, aged 47, of Durbin; a lifelong resident of Durbin; and husband of Mrs. Hazel Greathouse.
In loving memory of William H. Rogers, who died October 10, 1961.
Your gentle face and patient smile
With sadness we recall
You had a kindly word for each
And died beloved by all.
The voice is mute and stilled the heart,
That loved us well and true
Oh, bitter was the trial to part
from one so good as you.
You are not forgotten, loved one,
Nor will you ever be,
As long as life and memory last,
We will remember thee.
We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
As time goes by, we miss you more.
Your loving smile, Your gentle face,
No one can fill you vacant place.
Sadly missed by your wif
October 4, 1962
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Odell Grimes stopped in the office on his way to Elkins with some handicraft items to exhibit at the Forest Festival. He had everything from salt shakers to gun racks. It is good to get this handicraft work going so we will have some genuine Pocahontas County products to sell for souvenirs.
Newspaper, TV and radio representatives from all over the state were taken on a tour of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank two weeks ago; also there were Charles Hodel, Chairman of the West Virginia Centennial Committee, Carl Sullivan, Director, and other Commission members, all seeing at first-hand the impressive installation that makes so logical the radio telescope on the Centennial emblem. Some people think the image of West Virginia as a center of the science of radio astronomy was hurt when the telescope at Sugar Grove was discontinued but the visit to Green Bank convinced the visitors that here was the real research center.
P. T. A.
Tuesday night the Hillsboro P. T. A. held its first meeting of the new school term. The president, Moffett McNeel, called the meeting to order. Miss Dice Smith gave an inspiring and thought provoking devotional. Committees were formed, chairmen appointed and plans for the terms of school were discussed. Mr. Custer’s Civics Class presented a skit on “Facts About our Flag.” Those taking part in the skit were: Elizabeth McNeel, Karen Chappell, Sharon Thompson, Phyllis Hill, P. G. White, Nancy Bennett and Harriet Goddin.
M. H. S. News
Class meetings were held September 28, and the following were elected to run for attendants to the Football Queen.
Seventh grade – Betsy Dilley, Brenda Shinaberry and Elizabeth Ann Graham.
Eighth grade – Linda Davis, Pam Dilley and Ruth Dunn.
Ninth grade – Nancy Diller, Patty Rimel and Linda Reynolds.
Tenth grade – Linda McNellan, Mary Shafer and Patty McComb.
Eleventh grade – Sharol Miller, Susie Jett and Cheryl McNeill.
Twelfth grade – Sondra Nelson and Sandra Anderson. Phyllis Friel was also chosen, but was later chosen Homecoming Queen by the football players.
Green Bank High School will begin the celebration of its annual Homecoming at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, when the golden Eagles pit their promising football team against the Red Devils of Hillsboro.
Dazzling the spectators during the halftime ceremonies will be the queen, Carol Gardner, and her attendants. Carol will be crowned by Miss Sandra Rose, last year’s queen.
The queen’s court will be made up of four senior attendants, Deborah Harker, Patty Howdyshell, Becky Sheets and Donna McCutcheon; and two representative from each of the lower grades; juniors, Susie Hoover and Phyllis Wilfong; sophomores, Sarah Stone and Phyllis Burner; freshmen, Patsy Wilfong and Candice Widney; eighth grade, Diana Grogg and Brenda Sheets; seventh grade, Susan Gillispie and Lennie Scott; sixth grade, Rosella Orndorff and Dawnita Pugh; fifth grade, Mary Starcher and Linda Taylor; fourth grade, Loraine Snyder and Ramona Orndorff; third grade, Darlene Fink and Renae Crist; second grade, Susan Crews and Anna Griffin; first grade, Sonya Mullenax.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Tacy, of Marlinton, a son, Harold Gregory.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Sterl Shinaberry, of Marlinton, a daughter, Sherrie Ann.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Willie Ryder, of Neola, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burns, Jr., of Marlinton, a daughter, Anne Campbell.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Taylor, of Dunmore, a son, Jeffery Allen.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ted McPaters, of Marlinton, a daughter, Sarah Jane.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Don Cutlip, of Marlinton, a son, Mark Wayne.
Miss Mary Loretta Moore, aged 89, of Marlinton; daughter of the late George Claiborne and Rachel Duncan Moore.
Mrs. Edna Lightner Cole, aged 78, at the Denmar State hospital; daughter of the late William t. and Mildred Madora Lightner.
Howard Kenton Wilfong, aged 71, died from a fall on his farm near Huntersville.
John B. Gragg; born at Cass, he was a son of the late Lee and Stella Gragg.
Mrs. Jewelle J. Hale; born at Minnehaha Springs, the daughter of Sherman Clark and Barbara Cutlip Kincaid.
September 27, 1962
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Lacey Stanley, of Droop, has the potato I think will top all comers, the biggest potato I ever saw. This in an Irish cobbler and weighs four pounds and three ounces; it measures seventeen inches one way and twenty one inches the other. It was on a volunteer plant, growing where ashes had been dumped.
Kyle Neighbors, of Cass, whom I called Floyd a few weeks ago, has acquired two interesting Civil War Pistols – a Remington 1861 and a British Colt - the Colt being in its original holster. The Remington carried no serial numbers so the soldier’s initials were carved into the handle for identification.
We Don’t Like It
Articles in Sunday’s Gazette-Mail and Monday’s Beckley Post-Herald really took Pocahontas over the coals for not properly honoring Nobel Prizewinning novelist Pearl Buck, who was born at Hillsboro. Specifically, they roasted the Board of Education for not going ahead with a planned collection of her books at the Hillsboro High School to honor her, and they offered as the reason a recent objection by Joseph Lightburn who claimed, in a McCarthyism vein, that back in 1942 – when we were allied with Russia in defeating Germany – she was also promoting friendship with Russia.
A spokesman for the Board says that plans have been tabled for the time being but not dropped.
But, seriously, Pocahontas County has not failed to appreciate Pearl Buck. And it may be that the time will soon come when the home can be secured as a public museum…
All of this was a big to do about not much but we don’t appreciate being put in the John Birch Society and we do honor and appreciate Pearl Buck and we don’t like all the one-sided remarks.
The Rev. Robert Ray, pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, Shawnee, Oklahoma, has accepted a call to the Huntersville and Westminister Presbyterian Churches and the Buckeye and Stony Creek chapels of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Ray is not a stranger to West Virginia, having served churches in Oak Hill and Point Pleasant prior to going to Oklahoma. While at Oak Hill he was Stated Clerk of the Synod of West Virginia. He comes to thesechurches well equipped with many years of pastoral experience behind him.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Moore celebrated their Golden Anniversary September 23 at their home on Knapps Creek with all their daughters present. Chesley couldn’t be home because of working hours.
Annual Youth Fair
The fifth annual Pocahontas County 4-H FFA Fair, held Thursday and Friday, August 16 and 17, proved quite successful with a total of 515 projects exhibited, according to Walter E. Jett, County Agent.
In the Teen Queen Show, with sixteen clubs represented by their personal queen, Miss Pamela Sue Dilley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Dilley, of Huntersville, was named 1962 4-H Teen Queen. In addition Pam distinguished herself by showing the Champion Steer in the Junior Livestock Show.
The Champion Holstein Heifer was shown by Joel Callison, of Beard, with the Reserve Champion going to Elizabeth McNeel, of Hillsboro. Carolyn Callison also exhibited blue ribbon Holstein heifers.
In the sheep division Linda Wooddell, of Linwood, showed the Champion Dorsets, with blue ribbons going to Fane Irvine, of Brushy Flats. Blix McNeill, of Buckeye, beat his sister, Cheryl’s, blue ribbon entries for Champion Hampshires. In the poultry classes, Patty Rimel, of Buckeye, showed the top trio in the Laying Flock Class.
For the outstanding Exhibitor’s Trophy awarded by the Marlinton Journal, Nancy Harper was selected from among the girls and Joel Callison from among the boys.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Beverage, of Buckeye, a daughter, Carol Ann
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Scott, of Hillsboro, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Eagle, of Droop, a daughter
Mrs. Ruth Eureka Young McNeil, aged 87, of Marlinton; daughter of the Late Charlie and Margaret Buckley Young; member of Marlinton Presbyterian Church; widow of N. C. McNeil.
Mrs. Margaret Friel Fowler, aged 82, of Hillsboro; born at Clover Lick’ daughter of the late John Milton and Matilda Moss Fowler.
Mrs. Ira Sutton Hudson, aged 78; lifelong resident of Green Bank, a member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church and a member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service.
Mrs. Minerva Jane McCarty Rhea, aged 79, of Dunmore; widow of Jacob Rhea.
Grover Cleveland Miller, aged 77, of Hillsboro; son of the late John W. and Estaline Sprouse Miller; husband of Mrs. Pearl Kincaid Miller.
September 20, 1962
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Temperature went to 38 degrees in town Wednesday morning and that means much colder elsewhere.
Mrs. Arlie White received word that her son, Dewey Kelley, arrived safely at Amarillo, Texas, where he will attend school for six weeks, after making the 1,600 mile trip by car.
Carmen Sharp, Jr. suffered a broken arm in football practice Monday.
The latest addition to the potato collection is a 3 pound six and a half ounce Kennebec, bunny-eared potato. Clive Alderman brought this one in – said everyone was having a good time digging potatoes to see what he could find. This potato measured 15 and 1/8 by 16, and had two big lobes at the top. He said his grandson, David Sheets, lacked matching Clarence White’s three-pound potato by one ounce. David won a blue ribbon on his potatoes at the State Fair.
Eugene Kelley, of Clover Lick, brought in two monstrous carrots last week. One weighed one pound and nine ounces and one weighed one pound and four ounces.
Mrs. Dice Rimel and a boy, whose name we did not learn, last week had an unusual catch of a copperhead, a baby copperhead, and an egg not yet hatched.
A mile from Durbin at the home of Sam Lemasters on Back Mountain, Saturday, a four month old cur puppy, “Lady Bird,” belonging to the Lemasters’ granddaughter, Carol Lee, was bitten by a rattlesnake, when it went under the porch for a nap. The puppy was very ill for a few days but got well and has never been back under the porch since then. It is believed that there is a den of them very close, but so far has not been located. Several rattlers have been seen and heard,ranging in length from six inches to six feet, both black and yellow ones.
Honorary Science Camp
The West Virginia Centennial Commission announced at Green Bank last week that it will hold in Pocahontas County in 1963 a National Honorary Youth Science Camp. One hundred high school senior boys, two from each state in the nation, who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in the natural sciences will be selected by the state academies of science to spend two or three weeks next July at Camp Pocahontas, our County 4-H Camp.
Charles VanReenan, of Beard, placed third in the annual State 4-H Tractor Operator Contest held last week at the State 4-H Camp at Jackson’s mill.
Contestants exhibited their ability and skill by driving through an obstacle course with 9 two-wheeled implements, backing down a long alleyway with close clearance on either side, then returning to the starting point.
4-H Club News
Tuesday night, September 4, the Arbovale Rolling Rockets 4-H Club met at the Arbovale Community Building.
Our vice president, Nancy Waybright, was in charge of the meeting. The meeting was opened by singing the 4-H song and repeating the pledge. We then had devotions followed by a prayer led by Jeanie Waybright.
We decided to have a wiener roast on Friday, September 14.
After this we had the program led by Freddy Jacobs, Wayne Gillispie and Jerry Turner.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Beryl Kellison, of Renick, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Coleman, of Green Bank, a son, Hubert Dirle.
Born to Reverend and Mrs. Harold Thomas Elmore, of Charleston, a daughter, Heather.
John M. Landis, aged 77; retired farmer; attended the Central Union Methodist Church; father of Damon Landis and Mrs. Jean VanReenan.
Walter G. Coxey, aged 62, of Lobelia
Lewis H. Galford, aged 79, of Cass; lifelong resident of Pocahontas County and a farmer.
September 13, 1962
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Patricia Matthews Hevener, of Arbovale, was crowned Miss Pocahontas 1963 by West Virginia’s First Lady Mrs. W. W. Barron, in the Centennial Queen Contest at Marlinton last Wednesday night.
The eighteen year old brunette is the daughter of Howard Hevener, of Arbovale, and the late Nancy Wilson Hevener. She is a sophomore at West Virginia University where she is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, proctor, treasurer, member of the Advisory Board of North Terrace Hall. She served this summer as a state worker in 4-H Camps. Last year she was State President of Future Homemakers of America and was valedictorian of her 1961 class at Green Bank High School.
Chosen as maids of honor to Her Majesty were Jane Ruckman, Buckeye, Marcia Moore, Dunmore, Rebecca Wimer, Marlinton, and Rose Marie Sheets, Green Bank.
The crown bearer was Roberta Jo Sharp.
J. S. Brill served competently as master of ceremonies.
Ushers were Charles K. Dilley and William P. McNeel.
Green Bank Schools
It is true that through necessity, pupils are sometimes absent. Occasionally it may be necessary for students to be absent because of work at home. We have learned from personal experience that such absences may be prevented by the work being done before and after school and on Saturday. We saw a boy on his bicycle at 4 p.m. Thursday. He had been absent but said he was ill in the forenoon, but recovered sufficiently to ride his bicycle in the afternoon. What is the obligation of the parent in this case?
A very enjoyable day was spent at Seneca State Park on Sunday, September 2, by Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Friel and Mr. and Mrs. Quincey Friel and several of their families, descendants of the late Jasper E. Friel. There were thirty-six relatives and friends present for the occasion
At noon a bountiful basket lunch was spread. The Rev. Norman Alderman was the afternoon speaker and several songs were sung by the Rev. and Mrs. Alderman.
The oldest member present was Quincey Friel and the youngest was Dayton Defibaugh.
The thirteenth annual Richard Hill family Reunion was held Sunday, August 19, at Droop Mountain Park. The Rev. N. S. Hill, of Dunbar, conducted the devotion and Rev. J. Calvin Lewis, of Friars Hill, delivered the Memorial address. Rev. W. E. Pierce, Minister of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church was guest speaker.
The oldest attending was Buzz Boggs, of Frankford, 86 years, and the youngest was Robert Gray Simmons, twelve week old son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Simmons, of Hillsboro.
For Sale - 1,000 bushels ears of corn. Beard Brothers, Hillsboro
For Sale – Hay, Straw and Oats – this year’s crop; contact Arnold Shinaberry, Clover Lick
Strayed – From my pasture on Clover Creek, one Hereford yearling, branded with an “O” on right hip. Lawrence Noonan
Bake Sale and Bazaar – Benefit of the Edray Parsonage. Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m. - ?. Room next to Alpine Theatre. Salt rising and yeast bread, cakes and pies, candies, handmade articles. PUT A RING AROUND THIS DATE.
Mulligan Stew – The Pine Grove and Arbovale Men’s Organization will have their Annual Mulligan Stew on Saturday, September 15, at the Community Center at Arbovale, beginning at 5 o’clock.
Turkey Dinner – at Edray Community Center Friday, September 14, 5 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by Edray Country Life.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Turner, of Cass, a daughter, April Mae
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Rose, of Hillsboro, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert McNabb, of Marlinton, a son, Robert Milton, Jr.
Bron to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Armstrong, of Buckeye, a son, Harold Cameron, Jr.
Charles Waugh, aged 88, son of the late Beverly and Harriett C. Cunningham Waugh; widower of Arlena Friel Waugh, who passed away August 3, 1938.
September 6, 1962
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
A rattlesnake and a copperhead have been reported killed on the Stony Creek road and near the Fish Hatchery. Poisonous snakes are notably scarce in this section.
Ivan VanReenen was fishing in Knapps Creek a few days ago and caught a small redeye. He didn’t want to tear up his lizard so he didn’t jerk it right out. Out came a fourteen inch bass and took after the redeye, chasing it all over the pool. Finally the fish that caught the fish was caught.
W. B. Cassell, of Back Mountain, says he was out in the woods one day and heard a roar overhead and thought it was a helicopter probably going to land in a field ahead. Walking toward the field he realized the noise was behind him, and turning around and looking up through the trees he saw four or five swarms of bees going in and coming out of a tree, making a roar so loud he had mistaken it for a helicopter. His wife had killed, with an ax, a rattlesnake with six rattles.
Mrs. H. M. Warren, of Buckeye, came in the office last week with some beautiful apple blossoms. She said the whole tree, though small, was in leaf and blossom.
Potatoes are getting bigger and bigger. Clarence White, of Minnehaha, raised a Kennebec that weighed three pounds and measured nineteen inches around the long way, and thirteen around the middle.
Kemp Hill, of Huntersville, brought in a “spudnik” last week. The huge red potato, weighing two and a half pounds, was covered with knobs which made the big potato resemble “sputnik.”
Two thousand three hundred and fourteen pupils are enrolled in Pocahontas County Schools, the number being down approximately 100 from last year. The figures will vary before the end of the first month, when the count a year ago was 2,420. Green Bank High School has 228 pupils, Hillsboro 183, and Marlinton has 313 senior high students, which is the highest on record, exceeding 309 in 1939. However, the Junior High attendance is off and almost all graded schools are off.
4-H Teen Queen
Miss Pamela Sue Dilley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Dilley, of Huntersville, was chosen 4-H Teen Queen at the annual Pocahontas county 4-H Fair.
Pam is 13 years old and in the 8th grade. She has been in 4-H for three years. Her most interesting project is Baby Beef. She has shown the Champion baby beef in Pocahontas county for the past three years, also the reserve Champion at the State Fair in 1960
The 4-H Teen Queen is selected on the basis of talent, beauty, appearance, personality, and 4-H Club record.
Tree Farm Ceremony
The Rev. B. W. John, retired Huntersville minister, will be honored during a ceremony at his farm on September 13.
Mr. John’s 175 acre woodland will be formally added to the American Tree Farm system, becoming the 80th tree Farm in West Virginia to be certified.
Plans are completed for the annual Yearling Ewe and Purebred Ram Sale here, Friday, September 7.
Approximately 400 head of ewes and 60 purebred rams will go to auction beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Marlinton Stockyards Sales Arena. The sheep business is still one of the most profitable enterprises on the farms of Pocahontas County, comments Walter E. Jett, County Agent.
Moody Moore has resigned as Deputy Assesor, due to his health, and his resignation and the death of Willie Fox left two vacancies in the Assessor’s Office. Hal Moore is taking Mr. Moore’s place and Hubert Callison will take the Little Levels District.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Kessler Pritt, of Beard, a son, Joseph Keith
Correll Glen Heckert, aged 80; born at Renick, the son of the late Matthew and Abigaile Osborne Heckert. He was a retired railroad conductor.
Harvey K. Bright, aged 81; son of the late John E. and Harriet Wright Bright. He was a retired carpenter and taught school many years ago, and was editor of the Marlinton Journal at one time.
Julian Davis Arbuckle, aged 45; son of the late Dr. Julian D. and Anna McLaughlin Arbuckle.
Thursday, August 29, 1912
The new Presbyterian church at Academy was dedicated Sunday in the presence of a congregation estimated at 1,500 people. The service was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Hudson, of Monroe County. Other ministers taking part in the services were the Rev. Dr. Syndenstricker, the Rev. R. Neel, of the M. E. Church South, the Rev. A. S. Rachal and the pastor, the Rev. J. C. Johnson. The people were served with a fine dinner in the old school building.
The new church is a fine, modern brick structure, built at about $12,000, and would make a creditable showing as a city church.
The entire cost of the building was covered by subscription and donation. However, the collection on Sunday amounted to nearly $500. This will be expended in furnishing.
The new church is on the site of the former building, in the centre of the village of Academy. The lot has been well graded and with the fine sugar trees, planted thirty or forty years ago, by men then prominent in the church and county, make it indeed a pleasant acre.
Oak Grove Presbyterian Church was first organized in 1793. In 1830 a brick church building was erected at the graveyard near what is now the T. A. Sydenstricker place. About thirty-five years ago this was replaced by a frame building in the village of Academy on the site of the edifice dedicated Sunday.
A DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL
A district High School has been established at Marlinton, by the Board of Education of Edray District. This school is open to all pupils of the district who have (1) a free school diploma: (2) a teacher’s certificate: (3) pupils may be admitted on examination by the principal.
The High School will offer two courses of study – College Preparatory Course and General Course – each covering a period of four years’ work.
LET TO CONTRACT
The building for the Levels District High School at Academy was let to contract last week to Gates & Company, of Cincinnati… The site is directly opposite the Methodist church on a fine three acre lot purchased from Jas. K. Bright for $1,200.
Too much cannot be said in praise of the Levels people for the progressive spirit they have shown in the establishment of a district high school which will be second to none in the state for equipment and efficiency.
Constable Lanty Ervin and the Greathouse brothers arrested Gratz Slavin at the Chas. Slavin place above Durbin Tuesday. The preliminary examination was held at Durbin yesterday before Squire Weiford. Slavin was released on $500 bail. He is charged with a criminal assault upon Cora Lambert, a daughter of J.L. Lambert.
The lumbermen have already taken from this county three times as much timber as the highest guess ever made at it prior to the building of the railroad. Three hundred million a year for the past ten years is a low estimate and three billion feet of lumber has been shipped from the mills and great areas of timber are not touched yet. About one-third of the timber has been cut is one guess at the present situation, though that runs the amount of timber to fabulous figures. Just when the timber of this county will give out is a hazy and uncertain period, and the subject is not a welcome one.
We have two threshing machines in our neighborhood –Pete Carr’s and Sam Baxter’s – both doing good business. Wheat and oats are turning out good for the season.
Several of our people attended the dedication at Academy Sunday. They report a large crowd in attendance and plenty of dinner for every one.
Henry Moore is building a fine porch for E. F. McLaughlin, which will add much to the appearance of his house.
Owen Kellison and Samuel Barlow took a drove of cattle to Williams River Tuesday to graze on Frank Patterson’s farm.
The tannery started Tuesday morning after being entirely closed down a few days. This is the first shut down in six years.
Dr. Cackley, C. J. Richardson and A. E. Smith are attending district conference at Hinton this week.
Harlow Waugh, H. Kelmenson, A. R. Gay and John Barlow are in Baltimore, buying their fall and winter merchandise.
G. O. English, station agent at Cass, was taken to the Hinton Hospital with a bad case of typhoid fever Saturday.
Harper Smith, of Spruce, who had his leg cut off under a log train a month or so ago, is at the home of his sister, Mrs. Neel at Academy.
W. H. Young will open a general merchandise store in the Curry stand at Clover Lick next week and hope to have it well stocked by September 10.
Cornell Gillispie, a bookkeeper for the Spruce Company at Cass, is at the Hinton Hospital being treated for an injured eye. Some time ago he got sawdust in his eye, making it so sore that the other eye also became affected. It is possible he may entirely lose his sight.
Ed Bowman, working for the Campbell Lumber Company, at Camp 10, while swamping last Monday, caught his axe on a grape vine, causing it to strike his head, cutting a long deep gash, and also on his wrist, severing an artery. He was nearly dead from loss of blood when brought here, but is now doing well.
It’s worth $8.00 to you to read our advertisement in this paper, so don’t overlook it. C. J. Richardson
Thursday, August 23, 1962
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
It seems Mrs. Minnie Kessler walked off of the back porch of her home near Cass and saw a large rattlesnake. She got the broom and hit at the snake several times and didn’t faze it. So she went for a hoe. They had a specially made hoe with an extra- long handle. Anxious to kill the snake, she brought the hoe over her back, but instead brought the telephone line down, breaking the hoe handle. Undaunted, she killed the snake with the broken handle.
G. A. Bowling bought the 35 acres sold by the county court on August 7 for $250. The County Court had been stumped for a while as to why they had this land and finally they learned it had been deeded to them as payment for a hospital bill years ago.
Sergeant Joe Sharp was home on a short leave recently. He is a member of the Special Forces now training native soldiers in South Viet Nam and returned there after being here. Shortly before coming home he had killed a cobra and his team had killed a nine-foot tiger.
Roger Cain, 17, son of Earl Cain, of Cass, was accidentally shot by Bob Bond, 13, Sunday night as he was playing with a pistol that he thought was empty. He was hit in the abdomen and underwent surgery for the removal of the bullet.
Mrs. Harold Elmore, of Smyrna, Georgia, and her son, Rev. Harold Thomas Elmore, and sons of Charleston have returned home after spending several days at their home here.
The Seebert W. S. C. S. met last week with Mrs. Susie Pyles as leader. A surprise birthday party was given for Mrs. Harold Elmore following the meeting.
Cecil Carpenter has returned home from Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. He was hospitalized several weeks for severe burns.
Ernest Sams caught a nine and one fourth pound mud cat fish on a fly rod and night crawler while camping at Camp Med-Bank here.
Pocahontas County will almost be first in its Centennial Queen Contest on September 5. Grant County pulled a surprise and is staging one this week.
The number of contestants is increasing daily but more are needed in so important a selection as this. Here is a list of the things that will be considered in the judging: physical beauty, intelligence, knowledge of State, personality, background (education, activities, etc.) physical poise, grooming, articulation and style.
A Marlinton redhead, Frances Ann Harper, 19 years of age, has been appointed a princess in the Court of Queen Silvia XXVI, of the Mountain State Forest Festival, to be held in Elkins the first week in October.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Harper, of Marlinton.
At two o’clock Saturday, August 11, 1962, in the Russellville, Ohio, Methodist Church with the Rev. Edward Linville officiating, Miss Eleanor Gibson became the bride of Jack Gay.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gibson, of Russellville, Ohio, and her husband is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Gay, of Buckeye.
The maid of honor was Miss Ruth Gibson, sister of the bride.
Robert L. Gay, of Columbus, Ohio, was best man for his brother.
Mr. and Mrs. Gay will reside in Camden, Alabama.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morgan, of Marlinton, a son
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnett, of Mace, a daughter, Mary Vona
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Green of Quincy, Massachusetts, a daughter, Dawn Teresa
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Houston Jefferson, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter, Sarah Renee
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Miller, of Ronceverte, a daughter, Pamela Gail.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Dunbrack, of Marlinton, a daughter, Angela Doreen
The body of Lonnie Waugh, aged 80, who had been missing from the Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home since Thursday, August 2, was found on Friday, August 17, in Potts Creek, about 23 miles south of Covington, Virginia. The discovery was made by a resident of the area, A. Walker Sizer, who was mowing a field. Police said the body was found 8 to 10 miles from the rest home. Dr. Edward Bowles, acting Allegheny County Media examiner, listed cause of death as accidental drowning. He placed the time of death as August 4.
A search by authorities had covered six counties of Virginia and West Virigina without success.
Graveside service was conducted by the Rev. Rex Ball at the Indian Draft Cemetery.
Guy N. Dalton, Sr., aged 61, died in the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital on Monday, August 20, of a heart attach. A farmer, he was a member of the Methodist Church; son of Mack Dalton, of Sinds Grove, and the late Henri Etta Webb Dalton.
Joseph Arthur Shafer, aged 80, formerly of Renick, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Johnny B. (Madeline) Hill, of Hillsboro. The son of the late Augustus and Sally Ann Hume Shafer, he was born October 12, 1881, on a farm at Renick and spent his life there until he became ill several years ago and lived with his daughter.
Ralph Darrell McLaughlin, aged 30 years, of Akron, Ohio, was killed at work in Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, July 14, 1962. He is survived by his parents, Guy and Dessie Queen McLaughlin; his wife, three children and three sisters.
August 16, 1962
From the desk of
Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
Aged Man Missing
A Pocahontas County man, Lonnie Waugh, 80-years-old, formerly of Minnehaha Springs, is the object of a search in the Sweet Springs area. The elderly man has been missing from the Andrew S. Rowan Home since the afternoon of August 2. Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to notify his son, Raymond Waugh, at Huntersville, or the officials at the Andrew S. Rowan Home.
The State Fair of West Virginia will open Monday, August 20, for the largest exposition in its history, as 900 exhibitors from fifteen states set up their entries for the six day show which will be held at the Fairgrounds -between Lewisburg and Ronceverte.
Although the 1961 State Fair set several records, this year’s Fair has already broken some of them, with more than 100 more exhibitors and several hundred more exhibits.
This year, more than 2,000 head of livestock will be shown including the entries of 262 young Mountain Staters in the Junior Livestock show.
W. R. Pierson brought a gift of a prize glass of raspberry jelly last week and it still had the blue ribbon won at the Bath Farm Fair, a local fair held at Hot Springs, Virginia. So, Mr. Pierson’s pride is well founded.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Dunbrack, of Marlinton, a daughter, Angelo Deen
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Burl Schoolcraft, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Reed, a son Robert Wayne
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Simmons, a son
Harry Dunbrack, aged 44, in Decatur, Georgia. He was taken ill very suddenly and died before he reached the hospital.
Mrs. Phillip Dominici, aged 89, in the Denmar State Hospital; born near Marlinton, a daughter of the late George and Fannie Irvine; service at the Poage Lane Chapel, burial in the McCloud Cemetery.
James H. Rhea, aged 67, of Slatyfork, at his home after suffering a heart attack; born at Linwood, a son of the later James B. and Mary O’Brien Rhea; service at Smith Funeral Home, burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
William K. N. Good, aged 83, of Dunmore, son of the late Samuel and Susan Shue Good; service at Kurts Funeral Home, Jarrettsville, Maryland, internment in Bel Air Memorial Gardens.
Bedford L. Shinaberry, aged 67, in Pocahontas Memorial Hospital; a son of andrew and Sarah Townsend Shinaberry; service at Poage Lane Church, burial in in the Shinaberry Cemetery at Clover Lick.
August 9, 1962
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp
The Town Council met on Monday night. Upon request, they decided to lease the old ambulance to the coal companies on Sharp’s Knob.
An Allied Lines Van wrecked into the bank on Price Hill Monday afternoon when its brakes failed. The driver received facial cuts.
Sergeant Robert Mann has completed a three-year enlistment with the Army and is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Mann.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Gay left Wednesday to visit their son, Robert, and family in Columbus, Ohio, and attend the wedding of their son, Jack, to Eleanor Gibson, in Rome, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Granville D. Moore and children, David and Mickey, returned to their home at Huntington last Thursday after spending three weeks at Lloyd Wood’s cabin on Stony Creek.
This tribute to the medical profession was given by Mrs. J. Z. Johnson at the planting of dogwood trees in memory of the doctors and nurses at the Marlinton Clinic.
There is a little poem, written by Robert Frost, which was a favorite of the late Dr. Tom Dooley. The last three words “Before I sleep” form the title of the recently published story of Dr. Tom Dooley’s last days. So far as I know, it was not written with the country doctor in mind, but as you hear these lines I am sure that the image you receive could easily be that of a weary doctor, perhaps one remembered fondly from your own childhood, pausing for a few moments at the end of the day to enjoy the beauty of a winter evening.
The poem is entitled “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
Whose woods are these I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Today the image of those in the medical profession has changed, of course, but in some ways it never changes. The miles a doctor has to go before he sleeps are now spent, for the most part, on office floors and in hospital corridors, rather than snowy country lanes. However, his moments of relaxation are still few and far between. He must take them wherever and whenever he can. The promises he has to keep are still many and sacred, as promises have always been to dedicated doctors.
Each of us takes comfort in the promise that the doctor and his faithful nurse will spare no effort to ease our pain and calm our fears. Many of us have shared with them our greatest joys, when life begins, and our deepest sorrows, when we see it end. We ask their blessings on our marriages and their guidance as our families grow. Their ministry is not only to our bodies, but to our anxious minds and faltering spirits, as well.
It is, then with the greatest respect for their profession and the most heartfelt appreciation for the promises they have kept and the miles they have gone with us and for us, that we pay tribute today to the memory of those who are resting now and honor the presence of those who still serve us – the doctors and nurses, past and present, of Pocahontas County.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Beverage, of Marlinton, a daughter, Sharon Louise
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Terry, of Minnehaha Springs, a daughter, Gwendolyn Kay
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Alderman, of Minnehaha Springs, a daughter, Kimberly Ann
Willie Edward Fox, aged 56, of Hillsboro; a Deputy Assessor of Pocahontas County and a member of the Wesley Methodist Church at Hillsboro
Bedford L. Shinaberry, aged 67; the son of Andrew and Sarah Townsend Shinaberry. Service at the Poage Lane Church, burial in the Shinaberry Cemetery at Clover Lick
Preston Smith Loudermilk, aged 79, of Vago; brother of Mrs. Effie Beverage, of Marlinton