Published On: Wed, Mar 8th, 2017

Fifty Years Ago

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Thursday,
March 9, 1967

FLOOD

Heavy rains and melting snow sent the creeks and rivers on a rampage Monday night and Tuesday morning. They rose fast Monday night and still it rained hard. In Marlinton the fire alarm sounded about 1:45 a.m. and people were awakened and warned, and many were taken out in truck or boat. Riverside was covered, roads at Cass, Dunmore, several places on Knapps Creek, Buckeye and near Marlinton were under water. There was a big slide on Price Hill. The hospital basement was flooded. Telephone service was out because the equipment was under water. The Power Company had heavy loses to their radio system and new appliances.

Heavy flooding at Bartow, and probably on down the way but we were surrounded by water and with no telephone.

In Marlinton, the water came through from above the tannery and all along the river, Knapps creek came over at the dam, then came through above Weifords; water came down runs, off the hills, every place, Second, Third and Fourth Avenues had up to four feet of water in places. First Avenue had 7 or 9 feet. Many cars around were almost covered and many were moved by the water. Big windows at the Mitchell Garage were broken, Burns Motor Freight had water covering desks and filing cabinets. They moved their trailers but lost a good many cattle. E. H. Williams and Bill Buckley also lost cattle. Bank of Marlinton had to move their records, and most of the stores had water on goods, feed, equipment, etc; A & P Store had four feet of water with heavy losses. At Seebert trailers were tossed around and camps washed away. The railroad was underwater near Beard.

All those we could find who remembered the flood of 1913 thought this was at least two feet higher. Richard McCarty said the flood of all floods was 1877 but nobody can compare this with it. But this was the most water anyone remembers. And it will take a lot of drying out.

Miss Red Devil and Attendants

Miss Sharon Fowler, who was recently selected by the basketball team as Miss Red Devil, will be crowned at the Coronation Ball to be held March 17 in the gymnasium. The formal affair is being sponsored by the FHA. Music will be furnished by the Marlinton Dance Band under the direction of Mr. Sam Brill.

Miss Fowler, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Fowler, is a senior at Hillsboro High School…

Sharon’s attendants are: Jane Callison, Freshman; Grace Jane Moore, Junior; Beckie Chappell, Sophomore.

BIRTHS

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Keith McLaughlin, of Huntersville, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Chappelear, of Athens, a daughter, named Rebecca Lynn. The mother is the former Janice Bailey.

DEATHS

Carl Conrad Pritt, 56, of Droop; a son of Wheeler Pritt and the late Switzerland Pritt. Burial in the Whiting Cemetery on Droop Mountain.

Mrs. Frances Arquette Wright Mitchell, 71; born at Hot Springs, Virginia, a daughter of the late A. T. Wright and Ella Cleek Wright Lantz. Burial in the Ruckman Cemetery.

Granville M. Moore, 73, of Ronceverte. Burial in the Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg.

Foley E. Morrison, 75, of Valley Head, a son of the late Charles and Caroline Wanless Morrison. Burial in the O.O.F Cemetery in Elkins.

Fred Lee Jackson, 64, of Huntington; born in Marlinton, a son of the late John Maurice and Deborah J. Cowger Jackson.

Mrs. Bessie Susan Pyles, 76, of Caldwell; born in Pocahontas County, a daughter of the late Kenny and Hannah Rogers Wade. Burial in the Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg.

Playing at the Alpine Theatre

“Battle of the Bulge”
Henry Fonda –
Robert Shaw
“Not with my wife,
you don’t!”
Tony Curtis – Virna Lisi – George C. Scott

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