Published On: Wed, Jun 4th, 2014

Fifty-Years-Ago

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Thursday, June 4, 1964

Are you a bird watcher?

If you are, you will have ample opportunity during the third week in June. Pocahontas County will be host to the Brooks Bird Club’s annual ecological study.

Over one-hundred amateur and professional naturalists will study the mountain area’s flora and fauna from headquarters at Camp Pocahontas at Thornwood. This section of the state is rich in its wide variety of northern birds, mammals, insects and plants. The high elevations offer conditions found hundreds of miles north of West Virginia.

The nocturnal habits of the whip-poor-will set the night ringing throughout the West Virginia Mountains. But where does he spend the day? He is difficult to spot because of his habit of perching lengthwise on a branch or fence rather than in the usual bird-like position. This, of course, is advantageous to his survival, as predators also have difficulty seeing him. This species will be looked for by members of the Brooks Bird Club during their stay.

Cass Railroad

The Cass Train is holding its popularity. In three weekends, 892 adults and 178 children have taken a ride on the Scenic Railroad.

The state has purchased close to four acres and work is progressing on leveling it for a parking lot. About 12 or 13 men are working regularly in the shop on the No. 5 engine and on track work, plus about 5 ADC men.

T. J. Wiseman has his restaurant open and several others are in the talking stage. Jack Kane has purchased a railroad dining car to serve meals and short orders so it seems local industry will solve the food problem. Restaurants all over the county need to make the food quality and service extra good to keep the tourists coming.

 

M.H.S.

Valedictorian – Shirley Gallaher; Salutatorian – Harriet Waugh.

Golden Horseshoes –– Shirley Gallaher, Harriet Waugh, Martha Kay Dilley, Nancy Harper, Eve Anna Wyatt, Rebecca McCune, Sharla Gladwell, Sandy Moyers, Cheryl McNeill, Suzanne Jett, Pat Jordan, Kenneth Job, Susan Yeager, Mary VanReenan, Marsha Madison and John Ray Williams.

 

Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Vandevender, of Slaty Fork, announce the engagement of their daughter, Carolyn, to Airman Third Class Sidney A. Jack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Jack, of Marlinton.

A July wedding is being planned.

 

BIRTHS

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Sampson, of Linthicum, Maryland, a son named Brian Scott.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Dorman, Jr., of St. Pauls, North Carolina, a son, Clarence Neal, III.

Born to S. A. and Mrs. Ralph Dunbrack, Jr., a daughter named Debra Kay.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Gibson, of Marlinton, a daughter named Kimberly Ann.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John B. Cassell, of Cass, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Basil Gum, of Green Bank, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cochran, of Renick, a son.

 

DEATHS

Mrs. Maude Ray, 82, of Durbin. Arrangements are incomplete

Mrs. Ruth Moss Dumire. Arrangements are incomplete

O. Creamor Sharp, 73, of Mace; born in Pocahontas County; a former Kanawha Valley chemical worker.

Tammy Lynn Waugh, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Waugh.

Harry Thompson, 90, of Barstow, California, formerly of Pocahontas County; burial in Barstow.

Joseph Snowdon Pritt, 74, of Lobelia; a farmer and lifelong resident of Lobelia. Burial in the Sunset Cemetery.

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