Published On: Wed, Feb 26th, 2014

Fifty-Years-Ago

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Thursday, February 27, 1964

From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp

They tell me the snow is high on a man’s chest back on the mountains and Murrill Colburn was in the office Monday remarking that Sunday was the first day in two weeks that it hadn’t snowed. It blew snow Monday and looks like worse on Tuesday. P. S. No snow Tuesday.

One of the Mann boys from Clover Lick had a groundhog in town last week and some other boys found a groundhog in the road between Marlinton and Huntersville. Maybe they are sorry for bringing on this winter weather

Bear

Walker Beverage went to feed last Tuesday on his mountain place – the Mann place on Elk Mountain – and took along his three dogs. He had recently traded for a new one. He went about the feeding and the dogs took off – he thought they had jumped a fox. But they cornered it pretty quickly around the hill in a hollow. Walker, by chance carrying his pitchfork with him, walked around to see what they had. There, under a thorn bush, the dogs had a big bear at bay. He had hurt two dogs badly and had the third one caught up in his arms and was going to bite it through the back. A man couldn’t stand there and see a bear eat his dog up so he punched him pretty good with the pitchfork. The bear, a good sized one and taller than Beverage then reared up on his hind legs, took off up the hollow. One dog was bitten clear through the jaw and the other was hurt in the front leg and back, so they couldn’t go after the bear. If you don’t have a gun, a pitchfork is a pretty good weapon.

In Service

Sandy Rose, Jr., is a member of the supporting personnel of the flight of sixteen F100 jet fighters of the 308th Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Force Base, Florida, which set a new record of “instant mobility” on February 10 on a 6,600 mile non-stop flight to Cigli Air base in Turkey. The flight was completed in 11 hours and 42 minutes. One pilot was killed after parachuting out of his plane. Rose and some 200 others will be in Turkey for several weeks with the squadron. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Rose, Sr., live at Campbelltown.

New Motel

Sunday afternoon the public was invited to visit Pocahontas County’s newest motel and restaurant, the Marlinton Motor Inn.  This very modern and spacious motel of Norman Shaw, Jr., is now open for guests and the restaurant will open this Thursday. Located about three miles north of Marlinton on Route 219, it is a beautiful location, with the view from the big windows in the rooms looking west to the mountains of the “endless wilderness.” The restaurant windows face to the east with Elk Mountain on the left.

Students

Representatives of the three county high schools go to Charleston next Monday for a practical lesson in citizenship. They will meet and question state officials and tour the State Capitol Building. Two foreign exchange students will address the opening assembly. This annual “Know Your State Government Day,” now in its 14th year, is sponsored by the West Virginia Education Association. Those from Pocahontas are: Phyllis Burner and James Hill, Green Bank; Linda Williams and Robert Wymer, Hillsboro; Robert Michael and Sally Rose, Marlinton. They will be accompanied by Mack H. Brooks, Charles Moore and Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Yeager.

Sandra J. Anderson, freshman at Marshall University and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Anderson, of Marlinton, is named on the Marshall University Honor List for the first semester.

BIRTHS

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edra Workman, of Aberdeen, Maryland, a son named Ricky Lee.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan VanReenan, of Marlinton, a daughter, Lisa Carol.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Long, of Augusta, Georgia, a son named Balour Reginald Victor. Mrs. Long is the former Berlene Shue, of Droop Mountain.

DEATHS

Terry Hanson Cover, age 76, of Bartow. He had lived in Bartow most of his life, working at the tannery and operating a dairy. Burial in the Goodsell Cemetery at Bartow.

Ona James Mullenax, age 69, of Thornwood; a member of the Thornwood Methodist Church. A farmer, he had lived most of his life in Pocahontas County. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.

Jake Olin Mullenax, age 60, a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County; burial in the Tracy Cemetery at Boyer.

 

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