A look back at the newspaper's archives from 50 years ago.
October 5, 1961
Harvey Bussard, of Stony Bottom, killed nine rattlesnakes Friday morning, September 29, as follows: One large yellow rattler, measured 42 and 1/2 inches, and 3 rattles and a button; and another yellow one measured 38 inches, and had 11 rattles and a button; and one black rattler measured 39 inches, and had 12 rattles and a button, the other six rattlers were each a foot long.
Mr. Bussard had gone up on the Galford place to see about his cattle, and the large rattler was lying in the sun and the others were under a rock. Mr. Bussard killed all nine with a large club.
Civil War - 100 Years
The Battle ofﾠGreenbrier Ford
by Andrew Price
After waiting for about two weeks in September, 1861, General Reynolds decided that he would advance an army east over the several crests until he could surround and subdue Staunton...The middle of September had seen him protecting the flank of the army holding the Elkwater fort in Tygarts Valley, and he had kept Loring from passing. So he decided to do some passing himself...
The Federals got to Durbin about sun up and saw an advance guard under Colonel Edward Johnson in front of them in or above the Narrows. They set up a cannon or two and fired at them, and the advance guard fell back in good order and the Federals marched up the road and through the fields. Johnson had his horse shot from under him and killed in this engagement. He held the column up for an hour, and it was not until six cannons had opened on him, and a flanking movement started on his right hand that he retired to the main works at Camp Bartow...
The Confederate batteries were on a low hill to the north of the pike back of B. B. Beard's house, where there are embankments still plainly to be seen. And in addition, Lieutenant Wooding placed a gun in the turnpike directly in front of B. B. Beard's house from which he fired ninety rounds that day point-blank at the enemy across the river bottom or obliquely down and across the river at the Federal batteries. He was highly praised in the dispatches for his men got killed off pretty rapidly... There was more powder burned in the big guns during that seven hours than in any other battle in the mountains. It was a great day for noise...
Signs of Fall
Fall webworms have really covered the walnut trees. These build webs covering the leaves as compared to the tent caterpillar whose webs in the spring are usually at the crotch of the branches.
General frost on Wednesday.
Two squirrels spent several hours Saturday afternoon on the cross arms of a telephone post in front of Eugene Dunbrack's house on Second Avenue.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Friel are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Evilene Hilda Friel, to Roy Lee Beverage, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Beverage, of Marlinton.
Miss Friel is a graduate of Marlinton High School, top of her class, 1961. She is employed with the F. B. I. in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Beverage is a graduate of Marlinton High School. He is serving with the U. S. Navy somewhere in the Mediterranean.
The Edray Parsonage was the setting Saturday, September 23, 1961, for the wedding of Miss Hazel Mardell Landis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Damon Landis, of Marlinton, and Eugene Lawrence Underwood, son of Mrs. Duffie Underwood, of Huntersville, and the late Kennie Underwood.
The double ring ceremony was performed at 7:00 p.m. by the Rev. Ezra Bennett, of Edray
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hoke, of Droop, a son, Darrell Lynn
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Vandevender, of Bartow, a son, Douglas Phay
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Moyers, of Durbin, a daughter, Debbie Lynn
"Gone with the Wind"
Clark Gable as Rhett Butler -ﾠOlivia DeHavilland
September 28, 1961
Layton Sharp brought in a most unusual looking "thing" last Friday for identification and my insect book didn't show anything that even closely resembled it. It was a sort of caterpillar with a top that looked like a piece of brown bark with tendrils waving out from it. We took it to the High School and Charles Edward McElwee - who had never seen anything like it either - dug into some books and found the following description of what turned out to be the caterpillar of the Hag Moth. This is the larval form of the Hag Moth. These larvae are often found on leaves of shrubs and are elliptical or rather oval in shape. They resemble slugs in the form of the body and in their gliding motion. They present very little similarity in form to other caterpillars.
This particular species' common name, the Hag Moth, is used on account of its remarkable appearance. In the full-grown larvae the third, fifth and seventh legs are longest. These are twisted up and back and suggest the disheveled locks of a "hag."
Civil War - 100 Years
from the writings of Andrew Price
Following a summer of troop activity in Pocahontas County, one hundred years ago next week, the first battle in our County in the War Between the States was fought...
The Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike was the great highway that kept Pocahontas County in touch with the wide world. All sorts of travelers came through on the stages and the hospitable homes of the Upper Tract were known far and wide.
Civil Defense Meeting
A great deal of interest has been started due to the President's message on Civil Defense, and no doubt there are a great many questions that people have in mind on the subject of what they might be able to do in case of an Atomic Attack.
The State C. D. Director, William J. Mathews, Jr., and his Area Coordinator plan on being in Marlinton to discuss the State Civil Defense program and how this would apply on a county basis.
Army Gets Camp
Announcement has been made by Senators Randolph and Bryd that the Mill Point Prison Camp has been leased to the Army for two years for use as an airborne training control center. The Monongahela and George Washington Forests will be used for the exercises.
In the State 4-H Purebred Sheep Show at Jackson's Mill, Linda Wooddell, of Linwood, showed the champion and reserve champion Dorset ewe and also the reserve champion ram lamb. Blix McNeill, of Buckeye, showed the champion ram lamb and reserve champion ewe in the Hampshire breed.
The Future Farmer of America Chapter of Hillsboro High School met for the first regular meeting of the year on September 20, in the Vocational Agriculture Classroom. The meeting was opened and conducted by the president, Lavern McCoy.
Goals and objectives for the year, Federation Contests, Walnut Marketing Program, requirement rating and fair exhibits were discussed.
After the business session, Harley Carpenter, Lavern McCoy, Richard Hefner and Jimmy Totten led songs as entertainment.
Officers for the coming year are: President - Lavern McCoy; Vice President - Joel Callison; Secretary - Harley Carpenter; Treasurer - David Rose; Reporter - Joe Smith; Sentinel - John McCarty.
The FFA is a National Organization of farm boys taking vocational agriculture in the high schools of our nation.
Joe Smith Reporter
In the State FFA Feeder Calf Showmanship Contest at Jackson's Mill, top places were won by Calvin Sharp, first, and Benny Gay, second, both of the Marlinton Chapter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Cochran, of Marlinton, a son, Gregory Hunter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Bennett, of Slaty Fork, a daughter, Lucinda Diane
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Broyles of Marlinton, a daughter, Yvonone Lynn
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack McKinley, of Huntersville, a daughter, Ana Grace
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morrison, of Buckeye, a son
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Glade Bennett, of Dunmore, a daughter, Vicki Jo
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Lambert, of Durbin, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Otis Elkins, of Marlinton, a daughter
Flosten Monroe Sampson, aged 54, of Cass, where he had lived for 30 years and was a foreman at the planing mill of the Mower Lumber Company.
Louis Collins, age 81, of Frank, who was born in Yugoslavia, had lived in Frank for 52 years and was an employee of the Howes Leather Company for about 45 years.
"Village of the Damned"
George Sanders -
Jerry Lewis -Anna
"The Wackiest Shipﾠin the Army"
Jack Lemmon -
September 21, 1961
First frost of the season on Saturday morning, September 16. This was a sharp change in the weather, following three weeks of the hottest weather of the summer.
Forest Workman and Doke Rudd want to make it a dozen rattlesnakes before it gets cold, and they got a whopper last week on Paddy's Knob. It was a dirty, yellow rattler, measured 54 inches and had 15 rattles and a button.
Roger Irvine, 16, accidentally shot himself in the shoulder as he was crossing a fence on Beard Heights Monday. He was brought to the hospital in the Marlinton Emergency Car.
Mrs. Lloyd Woods found a large copper, penny dated 1831 as she was digging near the foundation of their new home on Williams River. This was built on the site of the old "Granny" McClure home and they had previously found some other coins, one, a "seventy-five" cent piece - a quarter and a half-dollar fused together.
The McLaughlin house on Tenth Avenue, one of the oldest buildings in Marlinton, is being repaired and practically rebuilt by the owner, A. G. Killingsworth.
Four-H and FFAﾠFeeder Calf Show
Carolyn Vandevender, of Slaty Fork, showed the Grand Champion Steer at the Annual 4-H and FFA Feeder Calf Show held at the local stockyards in Marlinton on Saturday, September 16.
The champion heifer was shown by Lamar Wooddell, of Green Bank.
Winners of the showmanship contest were Karen Galford, Slaty Fork, in the girls' division, and Calvin Sharp, Marlinton, in the boys' division.
When the big cut was made on the Elk Moutain road, a wide space was left on the outside of the road, and the State Road Commission is paving and fixing this into an overlook that will cause many of our visitors, and homefolks, too, to stop and enjoy the panoramic scene of the Edray community and surrounding hills. It is one of our finest views. A picnic shelter is being constructed.
On College Staff
Bob Kellison will be on the staff at North Carolina State. He is to do research work in the Forestry Division. For the last two years he has been employed as Superintendent at Coopers Rock with West Virginia University. Kellison is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kellison, of Marlnton.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bedford Sharp, of Mountain Grove, Virginia, a daughter, Julia Gay.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Loman Lester, of Marlnton, a daughter, Norma Jean.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kershner, of Mill Point, a son, Timothy Larry.
Richard M. Martin, age 81, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, survived by his wife of 50 years, Mollie, and their only son, James T. Martin, and one grandson James T. Martin, II, of Marlinton.
James Rufus Futton, born May 15, 1883, departed this life September 5, 1961, aged 80 years. Interment in the McLaughlin Cemetery on Back Mountain.
"Pride of the Blue Grass"
Lloyd Bridges -ﾠVera Miles
"One Eyed Jacks"
Marlon Bradon - Karl Malden
"Every one-eyed jack of ﾑem was a murdering
Thursday,ﾠSeptember 14, 1961
Forrest Workman, of Buckeye, was in this office last week, and he reported a successful snake-killing trip to Paddy's Knob. Eleven snakes were killed: eight rattlesnakes and three copperheads; the biggest was a 52-inch rattlesnake, and Doke Rudd and Allen Burgess were there to witness it.
While senging, he also saw a big old Lynx cat, with a tail about a foot long, and he, himself, thinks that is the panther that others have seen.
Is the old mill still there?
And about the mill race
Where ran silver water?
Is the wheel still in place
It used to crochet us
Undreamed of fine net,
And beautiful laces
We can never forget.
The miller wore frost-white
From his head to his toe,
He was always so kind,
And the folks liked to go
To the mill that made dreams,
And flour white as snow.
Arta Nottingham Chappius
The mill I refer to is the old one, and not the one Winfred McElwee had later.ﾠ This one was truned by an old fashioned wheel, and when I remember it best, Luther Campbell was the miller.
We children loved the old mill, and years later when the mill was no longer running, we liked to go down and look at the wheel, and the mill stream which I expect has almost dried up by now.
Mr. Campbell was always kind to the children, and through we were allowed to stay but a few minutes inside, it seemed like fairy-land to us.
The food was plentiful, all the speakers arrived (Congressman Staggers was a little late after two other engagements and a flat tire) and about 500 Democrats had a good afternoon at their Homecoming picnic.
"The Three Rs of P.T.A." will be the theme of the first meeting of the Marlinton P.T.A. for the school year when it meets Thursday night, September 21, at 7:30 in the Lunch Room. Mrs. R. R. Pittman will be program leader. The new president is Mrs. J. B. Graham.
Our Boysﾠin Service
Naples, Italy, (FHTNC) - A Marlinton, W. Va., Navy man reported aboard the Navy's first advanced aviation base ship, the USS Alameda County, operating out of Naples, Italy, with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, on August 3rd.
He is Dharl L. Sharp, fireman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dolpha Y. Sharp, of Marlinton, who entered the Service in 1954.
Steve Smith, who completed his two-years service in the Army last February, has been recalled to active duty and will report to Camp Lee, Virginia, on October 14. His wife is Roberta Miller Smith and his parents are Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Smith, of Richlands, Virginia.
Samuel Monroe Arbogast, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Arbogast, of Mill Point, enlisted in the US Navy on August 17. He left for Ashland, Kentucky, on August 29 where he was sworn in, then on to Great Lakes, Illinois, for his basic training.
Airman 3-c Lynn E. Triplett is spending a 15-day leave with his parents at Campbelltown. He will report for duty on September 23 at Kelley Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Thomas Shafer sustained a broken leg in a jeep accident on Price Hill Sunday night. He was home on leave from Killeen Base, Texas, due to the death of his grandmother, Mrs. Daniel Wotring, of Morgantown. He was moved to the Veterans Hospital at Beckley on Monday morning.
Jerry Sharp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Sharp, broke his leg in the Marlinton - Webster Springs game last Friday night and is in the hospital here.
Shaw - Blackhurst
The Cass Methodist Church was decorated Saturday, September 2, 1961, with baskets of gladioli and fall garden flowers for the wedding of Miss Barbara Ann Blackhurst, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Blackhurst, of Cass, and Ernest Keith Shaw, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Shaw, of Marlinton.
The Rev. Sidney Pinch, of Marlinton, read the double ring ceremony at 4 p.m.
Mrs. Shaw is a Green Bank High School graduate and has attended Glenville State College and West Virginia University. She has recently resigned her position as 4-H Club Agent in Pocahontas County.
Her husband was graduated from Marlinton High School and is attending West Virginia University majoring in Animal Science.
They will live in Morgantown where both will be seniors at West Virginia University.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Emery Wyatt, of Cass, a son, named Randall Wayne
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Vrable, twin son and daughter, Amy Jo and Barry Winters
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Orvil Waddell, of Bartow, a daughter, Kathy Lynn
Mrs. Rhoda Tracy Burner, aged 83, member of Marlinton Methodist Church and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Kerth Nottingham, in Marlinton.
Michael Gimothy, aged 84 years, born in Hungary and was a patient at Denmar Hospital.ﾠ
John F. Blackburn, aged 57, born at Droop a son of James William and Lucy Ellen Pritt Blackburn
Staff Sergeant Charles Woodrow Adkison, son of the late Fannie Williamson Adkison and Thrasher Adkison, of Huntersville, was born at Hillsboro November 2, 1922 and died January 6, 1961 at Lackland Air Force Base Hospital, San Antonio, Texas.
"Where the Boys Are"
George Hamilton -
"LET'S MIGRATE TO THE LAND OF BACK-SEAT BINGO"
September 7, 1961
47 Years Ago
While looking through some old books, Lawrence W. Davis came across the record of a Sunday School class at the West Union Church on Stony Creek.ﾠ Robert Beverage was Superintendent.ﾠ His wife, Mrs. Mary Beverage, was their teacher.ﾠ This is the record of attendance and the number of miles we walked to and from Sunday School.ﾠ The one who walked the most miles received a prize.ﾠ He thinks the date was 1915.
Leo Davis ﾠwon the prize. ﾠHe was present on 17 Sundays, absent two Sundays, walked six miles to church each week for a total of 102 miles.
A revival meeting is announced for September 8th, 9th and 10th, at the Sharon Methodist Church, on Locust Creek. ﾠSpecial singing groups are welcome. ﾠPublic is cordially invited. ﾠMen, wear your work clothes, and ladies, your print dresses if you desire.
The following registrants are ordered to report for physical examination at Beckley, on Monday, September 18, 1961. ﾠThese are the first to be examined under President Kennedyﾒs stepped-up program: Alton James Ryder, Minnehaha Springs; Jacob Dale Arbogast, Bartow; James Thomas Dean, Rt. 1 Box 4, Marlinton; Benny Arbogast, Durbin; Ronald Jean Gray, Green Bank; Don Namen Kiner, Rt. 1, Box 149, Marlinton; Charles Winters Weatherholt, Hillsboro; Kenneth Craig Tallman, Stony Bottom; Samuel Lee Seabolt, Mill Point and Samuel Sparks, Marlinton.
Tom Burns, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burns, Sr., has enlisted in the Air Force and will report to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas on September 11.
Delmas J. Lane, a student at West Virginia Institute of Technology, was selected by the Faculty Scholarship Committee as the recipient of a Claude Worthington Benedum Scholarship for the 1961-62 school year.
Twenty-eight student nurses were graduated Sunday, September 3, with the awarding of diplomas by Monsignor John H. OﾒBrien at the Commencement Exercise held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Clarksburg. The nurses graduated from the St. Maryﾒs School of Nursing. ﾠMrs. Kay McLaughlin Ross was a member of the graduating class.
Mr. and Mrs. Basil McLaughlin and sons, Ray and Kenneth, Miss Eleanor McLaughlin and Dewey Ross attended the Commencement Exercise.
A letter from E. C. Daetwyler, Executive Vice President of the First National bank in Marlinton, to Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Meeks carries a message in support of insurance services now available, as follows:
We are pleased to enclose with this letter a note made by your mother, who passed away in the month of August, 1961, and which was fully paid by New York Life Insurance company. ﾠMrs. Meeks had paid Fifteen Cents to cover her note in case of her death. ﾠThe balance of this note was $65.
Sheep Sale Friday
About 700 head of ewes and 60 purebred rams will go to auction Friday night, September 8, at 8 p.m. at the Annual Yearling and Purebred Ram Sale at Marlinton.
Even though prices are somewhat depressed this year, the sheep business is still one of the most profitable enterprises on the farms of Pocahontas County according to Walter E. Jett, County Agent, and this is a good opportunity to get needed replacement ewes and, above all, that good purebred ram that is needed to sire top quality lambs.
St. Andrews Methodist Church was the setting for the Saturday, August 19, 1961, wedding of Miss Marilyn Carol Harper and J. Thomas Riggs, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Riggs, of St. Albans. ﾠShe is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ward E. Harper, of Huntersville.
Born to Rev. and Mrs. J. Robert Harshberger, of Green Bank, a daughter, named Cheryl Lynn
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Oscar, of Huntersville, a son, named Roy William
James Rufus Sutton, age 80, of Huntersville
George Vernon Steele, age 66, of Valley Road
Mrs. Daniel Wotring, of Morgantown, mother of Mrs. Mary Shafer
Playing at the Alpine Theatre
ﾓLove in a Goldfish Bowlﾔ
Tommy Sands ﾖ Fabian
ﾓThe Great Impostorﾔ
Tony Curtis ﾖ Karl Malden
ﾓThe World ofﾠSuzie Wongﾔ
William Holden ﾖﾠNancy Kwan
August 31, 1961
Thirty cattle farmers from Whiteside County, Illinois, are visiting Pocahontas, Randolph, Greenbrier and Monroe counties this week. Eight are in Pocahontas, visiting with local farm families. They came East through Tennessee, through western Kentucky and on to here. Thursday their bus will head back for Illinois.
These are farmers who take feeder calves and cattle and put on the finish to make top quality beef. The big commercial feeder corporations or yards, which normally fatten 50,000 to 60,000 cattle a year have been getting their supply from the West. This market has been shrinking for various reasons and these men are out looking for new sources of supply.
The Annual Pocahontas County Consignment Sale of commercial yearling ewes and Purebred Rams will be held here Friday, September 8. The ewes will be assembled at the local stockyards on Friday where they will be dipped and lotted during the day with the sale getting underway at 8:00 p.m.
Approximately 800 head of good grade yearling ewes have been consigned to this sale. These ewes will sell in lots according to breeding, quality and size.
The rams, about 60 in number, are all purebred and registered from the purebred breeders of the county and surrounding areas. They have been field inspected and selected as to quality and fitness for use as breeders.
New 4-H Agent
Mrs. Geraldine Dilley has been employed as 4-H Club Agent in Pocahontas, it was announced this week by County Agent Walter E. Jett. This appointment is to be effective September 1st, and was brought about through the resignation of Miss Barbara Blackhurst.
Mrs. Dilley is a life-long resident of Pocahontas County and holds a B. S. Degree in Home Economics from West Virginia University. She taught in the State of Michigan for a number of years following her graduation. This past summer she took graduate work at the University of Wichita, Kansas.
For ten years, Mrs. Dilley was an active club member and attended National Club Congress at Chicago, Illinois, as the State Health winner in 1934. She is also a member of the 4-H All Stars.
4-H and FFA Fair
At Pocahontas County's fourth annual 4-H and FFA Fair, Blix McNeill, of Buckeye, was picked as the outstanding boy exhibitor, and Sharla and Carla Gladwell, twin sisters, of Buckeye, were picked as outstanding girl exhibitors. A cup for this award is given annually by the Marlinton Journal.
Blix is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim McNeill and is a member of the Buckeye White Savages 4-H Club. He is 15-years-old and has been in club work for six years. He had exhibits in Purebred Sheep, Market Lambs, Dairy and Junior Leadership.
The Gladwell twins, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gladwell, are 13-years-old and have been in club work for five years. They are members of the Buckeye Winners 4-H Club and had exhibits in Canning, Clothing and Food Projects.
Barbara Blackhurst, Pocahontas County 4-H Club Agent, reports that a total of 499 exhibits were made, including 367 4-H exhibits; 48 animals in the Junior Livestock Show and 84 entries in the FFA Department.
In the 4-H Teen Queen Contest, Miss Karen Colburn, of Marlinton , was crowned Pocahontas County 1961 Teen Queen, after appearing in a bathing suit, dress and doing the ever famous Charleston as her act of talent. She was also judged on personality, poise and 4-H Club records.
On Friday night the Annual 4-H Style Revue and the Junior Livestock Show was held.
The winners in the 4-H Good Grooming Contest in the girls division were Martha Kay Dilley of the Marlinton Livewires and Elizabeth Graham of the Buckeye White Savages, tied for first place.
In the boys division, Joel Callison of the Green Valley Loyal Workers won first place.
William Hunter Stull, of Alameda, California, visited Clyde Waugh in Marlinton and Ralph Burns in Hillsboro a few days this past week on his way home from Germany. He flew into Charleston from New York after making both ocean trips by boat. Young Stull, the son of William H. and Virginia Pyles Stull, spent the past two months in the city of Berlin in a student exchange program, living with a German family who had 4 children, 2 of them boys. He went to school with them for three week and he says he prefers our schools- they are not as noisy. The German students, after 13 years of schooling, take an examination covering the 13 years of work, and their score determines whether they go to the Universities.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Irvine and son, Roger, spent the weekend in Cleveland, Ohio, with relatives, and to bring home their son, Jimmie, who was spending a two-week vacation there and received a broken shoulder when he fell as he jumped from a bicycle.
Donald Ray Simmons, aged 20, of Durbin, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Ernest Simmons
Mrs. Mary Bell McClung, aged 46 years, of Lookout. Born at Stony Bottom, a daughter of Mrs. Rosa Ann Tallman and the late Oscar E. Tallman
Mrs. Bertha Victoria Boyce Shields, born August 26, 1877, the eldest child of the late Jasper and Harriet Melvina Israel Boyce. United in marriage in 1898 to Cornelius M. Shields. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery at Hillsboro.
Crossing the Bar
Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me
And may there be no moaning at the bar,
When I put out to sea.
For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
Thursday, ﾠAugust 24, 1961
Anita C. McComas, of Matoaka, a graduate of Concord College, will be commerce teacher at Hillsboro High School, and William Price McNeel, of Charleston, a graduate of Marietta College, will teach mathematics at Marlinton High School. This fills all teaching positions in the county.
Ed Vinoski, of Bartow, and Jack Moore, of Richwood, are among the six men from the Monongahela Forest who are in Idaho and Montana helping control forest fires.
In the Military
Thomas Dunbrack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winters Dunbrack and husband of Patricia Dunbrack, left Thursday for duty with the United States Navy. He enlisted in Electronics and was sent to the Great Lakes Taining Center.
George Pearis Edgar, aged 74, died August 15, 1961.
Mr. Edgar comes from a long line of Americans, pioneers of the Greenbrier Valley. His ancestors settled the fertile Greenbrier Valley and his father and grandfather lived in and settled Ronceverte, running the flour mill there. After marriage, Mr. Edgar's father settled in the Little Levels, where his wife's ancestors were pioneers.
As a young man George P. Edgar received his education in Hillsboro and Alderson. He then settled on the land of his father in the Little Levels, which he loved so very dearly. Here he spent his entire life farming, and buying and selling livestock. He was very successful at this business and promoted the livestock industry in both Virginia and West Virginia. He traveled extensively and had a host of friends throughout the State of West Virginia, Virginia and other surrounding States. His friends were of all walks of life.
After the death of his wife [Laura Callison Edgar in 1937], he served as both father and mother to his four children and has left memories to his children and grandchildren of kindness, generousness and understanding.
His trust in his fellowman was beyond compare. He made a lot of his appointments and business by memory and remembered every single one of them. He has been a life-long member of the Hillsboro community, living in the old Pearl S. Buck homestead in later years. His unusual ability made him an outstanding citizen, and with his passing, another of the wonderful people of his generation will be sadly missed by many people.
In the Ads and Classifieds
Friendship Supper - at the Slaty Fork School House, Saturday, September 2, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. No charge but a freewill offering will be taken for the benefit of the church.
First National Bank in Marlinton
"Such a fine little chap, from his head to his toes...may life treat him kindly, wherever he goes. If Mother and Dad want to give him a lift; They'll save at our bank and thus teach him thrift!"
ON?SALE?ATﾠThe H-P Store
44 Brand New Shoe Styles!
...including the most wanted styles of all: the Pointed Toe and the currently popular Tapered "Jet" Heel. Yes, girls, choose from a wide, wide collection of fashion in groups such as Tie Oxfords, Italian-style Loafer, Boot styles, Straps, etc... Smartest colors, too!...including Antiqued Brown, Honey Tan and rich-looking Otter Tan.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Denzil Barker, of Arbovale, a son, named Michael Paul
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Letcher O. Simmons, Jr., a daughter, named Cynthia Dawn
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bennett, of Dunmore, a son, named Charles Richard
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Heavener, of Cass, a son, named Jess William
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Biggs, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Anna Marie
Born Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Burgeses, of Marlinton, a son, named James Clark
Leroy Jeffries, about 59, was found dead in his apartment in Hillsboro Monday, August 21, 1961, having died of an apparent heart attack about twelve hours earlier. He was a former teacher and coach at Hillsboro High School.
Mrs. Mary B. Meeks, aged 59 years, life-long resident of Clover Lick, died in Shreveport, Louisiana, Saturday, August 19, 1961, while visiting her son, Robert Meeks, who is stationed there with the Air Force.
PLAYING AT THEﾠALPINE THEATR
"One Foot in Hell"
Alan Ladd - Don Murray
"When Comedy Was King"
With the Greatest Cast of Comedians Ever!
"To Hell and Back"
August 17, 1961
A yellow rattlesnake was killed Friday at Jamie Abdella's at Huntersville. The rattler measured 40 inches and had eight rattles plus a button.
The dates for the State Fair of West Virginia are August 21 through August 26 and they claim it will be bigger and better than ever. The Hell Drivers are featured on Monday. Tuesday through Saturday the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra will head the list for the Grand Show. Friday and Saturday will bring Jimmy Dean and the widely acclaimed "Dancing Waters." Fireworks every night.
Dog Days were over Friday, and Saturday the rain ended, for a while at least. Saturday night was cool and Sunday night a little cooler, the termperature being 36 on Williams River Monday morning.
Minimum temperature for July was 35 degrees on July 11.
Maximum temperature was 86 degrees on July 30.
Rainfall for the month of July 7.64 inches.
Note: of the 31 days in this July, 1961, only five 24 hour periods were without rainfall recorded.
4-H Club News
On Wednesday afternoon, August 9, the Marlinton Pioneer 4-H Club entertained their mothers at a tea. The tea was held at the home of the club's leader, Mrs. C. M. Colburn.
A centerpiece of pink and white gladioli and baby's-breath set the pink and white color scheme of the tea table. Pink punch and pink and white cookies made by the club members were served.
A short business meeting was held, directed by the club president, Sally Rose. Devotions, led by Karen Colburn, were concluded with The Lord's Prayer, sung by Cindy Faulknier, Debbie Sheets and Lura June McElwee. The group then sang several songs learned at 4-H camp this summer. A baton act was presented by Sue Ellen Welder, Martha Davidson and Karen Colburn.
Guests present included Mesdames Sam Gibson, J. L. Sheets, R. W. Bailey, Merle Faulknier, Jesse Eye, Edward Wilson, C. E. McElwee, Jack Smith, O. E. Welder, C. K. Dilley, Glenn Shrader and Harry Hockenberry, Miss Barbara Blackhurst and sixteen club members.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jackson, of Marlinton, a daughter, Gloria Lee
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Rayburn Doyle, of Mace, a son
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Grimes, of Huntersville, a son, named Ricky Blair
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Doris Clevidence, of Arbovale, a son, named James Wayne
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cook, of Frank, a son
Mrs. Alice Kramer Jackson, age 74, of Marlinton, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kramer.
William Franklin Tracey, age 79, of Mace, at Carlisle, Ohio, while visiting his son.
George Pearis Edgar, age 74, prominent farmer and stockman of the Levels, son of Captain Alfred N. and Lydia McNeel Edgar. His wife Laura Callison Edgar, died in 1937.
Mrs. Margaret Frances Mahanes, age 79, of Seebert, a daughter of the late Shannon and Levina Anderson Clutter.
Norman William Townsend, age 57, of Elkins, a retired miner and lumberman. Born at Mill Point, a son of Thomas N. and Minnie Morrison Townsend.
Back to School Saleﾠat the H-P Store
Cardigan Sweaters in Lucious Ice Cream Colors, $2.98 each
Cotton Dresses, Vibrant Plaids and Solid Colors,ﾠ$1.98 and $2.98
Famous "Big Ben" Dungarees, $1.98
Poplin Car Coats, flannel lined, $3.98
Corduroy Tennis Oxfords, $1.47
PLAYING AT THE ALPINE?THEATRE
By the She-Ghost of Haunted Island
Huntz Hall andﾠThe Bowery Boys
"From the Terrace"
Myrna Loy - Leon Ames
"Six Bridges to Cross"
Tony Curtis - Julie Adams
August 10, 1961
Telephone calls from Senator Randolph and Congressman Staggers announced Tuesday that a Small Business Loan had been approved for Hardwood Products Company of Marlinton. This company, organized by Neal Kellison, Don Payne and Paul Burks, plans to build eight charcoal kilns or ovens which will process fifty cords of wood in each 16-day processing cycle. The charcoal will be made into briquets by the Kingsford Charcoal Company at Parsons. This type of industry is important to our section, making use of low-grade timber stands and giving extra income to those with woodlots. And the charcoal market is growing fast.
The Little Leaguers reported a good time on their excursion to see the big league baseball game in Cincinnati, Ohio, last weekend. Making the trip were: James Shaw, Kenneth Nottingham, John Jett, Raymond Miller, Dale Hollandsworth, Ted Dunbrack, Tommy Workman, Sollie Workman, Gary Carpenter, Robert Hilleary, Bill Graham, W. W. Weiford, Scott Sheets, Debbie Sheets, Richard Wright, Henry Shinaberry, Gary McClure, Steve Jack, Don Skaggs, Mike Cain, John Hayslett, Jrs., Albert Smith, Brent Withers, Ivan Withers, Chuck Rose, W. G. Dilley Pam Dilley, David Lovelace, A. C. Barlow, Tom Campbell, Junior Dunbrack, Gordon Dilley, Walter Graham, W. D. Moore, W. D. Workman and John Hayslett.
Forest Festival Princess
Hazel-eyed Jane Rutledge Sharp, of Marlinton, has been appointed by Congressman Harley O. Staggers as a princess to the 25th annual Mountain State Forest Festival to be held in Elkins October 5-8.
The 19-year-old princess is a student at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She is a member of the Glee Club and enjoys horseback riding, swimming and collecting records.
Her mother is Mrs. Jane Price Sharp, edtor of The Pocahontas Times. Her father, Basil C. Sharp, is deceased.
Miss Sharp has brown hair and stands five feet and seven inches.
The Marlinton princess will be one of 36 young women from various sections of the mountain state who will serve as members of the royal court of Queen Silvia when she receives her crown amid pomp and pageantry in the outdoor amphitheatre of Davis and Elkins College on Friday, Octber 6.
Marlinton High Football
Coach Elmer Friel, at the Marlinton High School, announced today that he will issue equipment to his Marlinton Copperheads Monday, August 14.
Coach Friel invites all interested boys to check out equipment early. He hopes to have physical examinations and eqipment issued so as to get down to business on Tuesday.
Marlinton has nine games on tap for this season, opening with Hillsboro September 1, and closing with Crichton November 3.
Gillispie ~ Sheets
On Sunday, July 23rd, 1961, Anna Belle Sheets became the bride of H. Gary Gillispie. The double ring ceremony was performed by the Reverend Robert Harshberger at 12:15 p.m. at the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church in Green Bank.
Mr. and Mrs. Gillispie both hold A. B. Degrees from Glenville State College and are now employed by the Pocahontas County Board of Education.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Lane, of Cass, a son, named Barry Lee
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jackson, of Marlinton, a daughter
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Blair Grimes, of Huntersville, a son
Harry W. Jordan, aged 30, of Street, Maryland, formerly of Hillsboro. A member of the Hillsboro Methodist Church and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Winters Jordan, of Seebert.
Funeral service was conducted in the Hillsboro Methodist Church, burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Sunrise at Campobello"
The life story of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt
Ralph Bellamy ~
"The Angel Wore Red"
Ava Gardner ~
Molly Bee ~
Alan Reed, Jr.
"Don't Blame the Children"
(Brought in by Mrs. Grant Harper)
We read in the papers and hear on the air everywhere
of killing and stealing and crime.
We sigh and we say, as we notice the trend,
"This young generation, where will it end?"
But can we be sure that it's their fault, alone,
That maybe a part of it isn't our own?
Are we less guilty, who place in their way
Too many things that lead them astray?
Too much money to spend, too much idle time;
Too many movies of passion and crime;
Too many books not fit to be read,
Too much evil in what they said;
Too many children encouraged to roam;
Too many parents who won't stay at home.
Kids don't make movies, they don't write the books,
They don't make the liquor, they don't run the bars;
They don't make the laws, and they don't buy the cars;
They don't peddle the drugs that addle the brain;
That's all done by old folks, greedy for gain.
Delinquent teen-agers, oh, how we condemn
The sins of the nation and blame it on them.
By the laws of the blameless, the Savior made known
Who is there among us to cast the first stone?
For in many cases, it's sad, but it's true,
The title "Delinquent" fits older folks, too!
Thursday, August 3, 1961
Numerous reports of losses from wool maggots in sheep have been reported to the County Agent, and quite often the animals are dead before the infestation is discovered. Sheepmen are warned to observe their sheep very carefully, and if trouble is observed, the flock should be sprayed or dipped with Benzine Hexachloride or Methoxychlor.
Two sheep-killing bears were rounded up on Elk last week by Oscar Sharp's dogs and killed. Sheep had been lost by the Hannahs and Shaws.
Rev. and Mrs. Roger Melton saw a wildcat slink across the field below the Smith cabin on the Greenbrier below Buckeye last week. It was large - the biggest one he had ever seen. His son, Pat, reminded him it was the first he had seen alive and in the outdoors.
A lot of rumors have been circulating about the soldier who said he was beaten and robbed about ten days ago on the road at Campbelltown. The soldier's stories did not prove to be factual and last Friday Army Lt. Yuengert, from Beckley, and Constable McCloud checked all the facts and witnesses and did not find evidence to support his story.
Board of Education
Kenneth Sims has resigned as coach at Green Bank. Thursday night the Board employed Echols Jeffries, a Concord graduate who has been assistant coach at Princeton, to replace him. Derwood Custer, a Shepherd graduate who has been an assistant coach in Virginia, will coach in Hillsboro. Guy Bambrick was employed to teach in Marlinton High School in the place of Mrs. Carolyn Patton. Janitors were employed, the only new one being Frank Sutton at Durbin.
Miss Dorothy Hause, who graduated from Southerton Martz Beauty Academy in Huntington, has passed her State Board Examination, which was held in Charleston recently, and is now working at the Style Rite Beauty Shop.
Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Blackhurst, of Cass, announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Barbara Ann, to Ernest Keith Shaw, Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Shaw, of Marlinton. An early September wedding is planned.
Pocahontas Producers, Tuesday, August 1
Baby Calves...$20 -26
Veal Calves... $18 - 25.75
Cows...$10 - 14.50
Lambs, Red ...$17
Sheep...$3 -5 cwt
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Mouser, of Marlinton, a son, named William Clark
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Basil Gum, of Green Bank, a daughter, named Ellen Marie
Mrs. Mabel Cobb Wilfong, aged 41, of Mill Point. Funeral Service was conducted in the Stamping Creek Tabernacle. Burial was in the Sharp Cemetery at Mill Point
James Philip Gibson, aged 60, of Marlinton, a retired farmer, he was born at Edray, a son of the late Mollie Kramer and Jacob Gibson
Alfred Newton Edgar, aged 50, son of Carrie Crouch Edgar and the late Allan P. Edgar. He was a member of the Chesterfield Bar Association. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery.
PLAYING AT THE ALPINE?THEATRE
"The Wind Cannot Read"
Dirk Bogarde - Yoko Tani
"You Can't Run Away From It"
June Allyson - Jack Lemmon
"Swiss Family Robinson"
"A story more than a century old."
Thomas Mitchell -ﾠEdna Best