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Thursday, February 6, 1964

From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp

At the sale of about 3,000 MBF of timber on Williams River by the Forest Service Monday, a record was set when the biddings went to the 47th round. Clements and Steed, Inc. of Mount Airy, Maryland, were the high bidders. They plan to move a portable mill near the sale area to cut the timber.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gay left Morgantown by plane Monday to go to Africa for two years. They went by way of New York and London. Jack, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Gay, of Buckeye, will teach in Bukalasa College, Bombo, Uganda, East Africa.

Mrs. Darrel Underwood, the former Bonnie Defibaugh, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Defibaugh, after returning from Germany. Her husband is enroute home now also and will be stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia.

Steve Smith is the new Vocational Agriculture teacher at Green Bank High School. Steve is a graduate of West Virginia University and has served in the U. S. Army. He is engaged in farming at Marlinton.

Town Council

The Marlinton Town Council met in regular session Monday night. Fire Chief Fred Burns, Jr. was present and asked permission to sell one of the fire engines and purchase a new one. The new engine will be heavy duty, the very latest in firefighting equipment. The new one will cost $18,000 and with what they have on hand and the sale of the old one they will be able to pay $10,000 to $12,000 on the new one by June. The council approved the purchase.

Snow! Snow! Snow!

Dear Editor:

I have been reading your letters about the State Road Commission keeping the highways clear of snow.

My husband, brother and wife and myself would like to express our thanks through your paper to those who work so faithfully during the heavy snows to make the highways passable.

Many of you remember the big snow that fell January 12, the day my father was buried at Wesley Chapel. We were worried we wouldn’t be able to get from Marlinton to Wesley Chapel. Thanks to those men who were clearing the highway from early a.m. – all day and night – we had no trouble at all and eight inches of snow.

On Monday a.m. there was up to fourteen inches of snow from Wesley Chapel, down Brown’s Creek Road to Marlinton. We passed a number of plows doing a good job.

We came across Droop Mountain as if there were no snow or ice. We saw no wrecks or cars off the side of the road from Wesley Chapel to Bluefield, but our trouble really began from Bluefield, Virginia, to Kingsport, Tennessee, ice and snow all the way; maybe a little salt or sand had been scattered in various places was all that had been done to the highways. A number of cars and trucks were over the banks and in the ditches.

The schools were in session all the way in West Virginia but they had been closed in Eastern Tennessee that day due to highways not being passable.

We in Tennessee panic when a snow falls; schools, stores, courthouse, most everything closes. We need you to clean our roads.

Mabel G. Jones

BIRTHS

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stemple, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Jeannie Marie.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Dean, of Beard, a daughter, named Kimberley Susan.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sharp, a son, named Brent David.

DEATHS

Mrs. Mary Susan Long, age 73. Born at Rileyville, Virginia, a daughter of the late Hubert and Carrie Cameron. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

Mrs. Rebecca Thomas Allen, age 38, of Hinton, a daughter of Mrs. Harry Thomas the late Mr. Thomas. Burial in the Mountain View Cemetery.

James Stone, age 17, of Charleston, was trapped in the wreckage of his car and drowned Saturday night in Charleston. A high school senior, he was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Stone; grandson of Mrs. Ed Stone, of Green Bank; burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.

Carl Brown McNeill, born at Buckeye August 12, 1883, a son of the late James T. and Hannah Beverage McNeill; died January 1, 1964 in El Paso, Texas. He was left fatherless at the age of nine. He helped his mother raise the younger brothers. Burial in White Oaks, New Mexico.

Delbert Carpenter, age 70, of La Pine, Oregon; born in Dunmore, he spent most of his life in the logging business; burial in Willamette National Park Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

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