Published On: Thu, May 8th, 2014

Fifty-Years-Ago

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Thursday,
May 7, 1964
From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp

Watoga Lake, at Watoga State Park, was originally named Lake Monongoseneka. The name was changed to Watoga Lake because no one could spell, or remember the original name.

Car Stolen
An exciting game of cops and robbers took place last Friday when two young men from the State of Washington stole a car from Pryor’s Garage. The police were immediately alerted. Road blocks were set up but after attaining speeds reported as high as 130 mph, it was necessary to shoot a tire, causing them to run into a field at Fairlea. Trooper Oliver returned the men to the Pocahontas Jail.

Parade
Saturday is the big day. The 10th Annual Keep Pocahontas Beautiful Parade is scheduled for 2:00. Leo Davis, Parade Marshal, says the parade will form on Second Avenue, below the Journal office and come over the same route as in former years. Green Bank, Hillsboro and Marlinton bands will pace the parade and it promises to be as good as ever.
Fred Trainer and his animal exhibit from French Creek Game Farm will be back. Beginning about 1:00 on Main Street an exhibition by roller skaters and go-karts will take place for the entertainment of the waiting crowd.
At 12:00, a Dutch treat luncheon will be held at Kelley’s Restaurant. $1.50 per plate. Make reservations with Mayor Guy Faulknier or the Restaurant.
Smokey the Bear will be there. “Lucky” the real bear may be back, and in the parade will be the big 400 pound bear (we may call him “Pokey”) that was killed by Walter McNeill last fall. It is now stuffed and mounted to go to the Historical Museum and will ride in the Parade.
Honored this year is Mrs. Merle Wimer, a daughter of Pocahontas County, who has won fame as an archer. She was honored last year during the Centennial as the First Lady of West Virginia Archery after winning the West Virginia Centennial Shoot at Point Pleasant…

Golden Horseshoes
Golden Horseshoe winners in Pocahontas County are: Carolyn Good, Green Bank Elementary; Elizabeth Graham, Marlinton Elementary; Robert Rose, Marlinton Elementary; Vivian Sharp, Marlinton Elementary.

Boys and Girls in Service
Marine Major Dallas R. Walker has been commended for his performance of duty by Colonel J. Oddy, the director of the Fourth Marine Corps District (comprised of 10 states and the District of Columbia.)
In a letter to Major Walker, Colonel Oddy said, “…I am pleased to officially recognize and at the same time express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for the outstanding service you have given….in the performance of your duties as Officer in Charge of the Recruiting Station, Richmond, Virginia. You have consistently demonstrated the highest order of professional ability, initiative and devotion to duty. Under your leadership, Recruiting Station, Richmond has compiled an enviable record in recruiting young men and women into the Marie Corps….Your performance of duty during the past year has been highlighted by dedication, efficiency and cooperation. It is a pleasure to commend you for your outstand- ing contributions to this command and may you enjoy continuing success in your future endeavors.”
Major Walker is the son of E. E. Walker and is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and West Virginia University.
BIRTHS
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dulaney, at Fairfax, Virginia, a duaghter, named Christene Ann Dulaney.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy McCloud, of Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter, Donna Marie.
Born to L Corporal and Mrs. Lee G. Gurley, of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, a son, named Keiston Greg.

DEATHS
Mrs. Neva Wilfong; burial in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Leonard Henry Dean, of North East, Maryland, formerly of Pocahontas County; member of the Dunmore Methodist Church. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.Samuel L. Walton age 61, of Hillsboro; son of the late Charles and Ona Belle Scott Walton. Burial in the Emmanuel Cemetery.
Mrs. Savina Frances Tharp, age 82, of Renick, widow of Allen Thomas Tharp; member of Beulah Methodist Church on Robin’s Creek. Burial in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Ethel P. Lowance, age 57, of Ronceverte; daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Eagle. Burial in the GreenbrierMemorial Gardens in Lewisburg.
Preston Graf, age 23, was killed Saturday night, May 2, 1964, about 10:40, seven miles from Moorefield when a tire blew out on his car throwing the car into the path of an oncoming automobile driven by Bernard Lantz, of Circleville. He was employed by Burruss Lumber Company

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