Published On: Wed, May 28th, 2014

Fifty-Years-Ago

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Thursday, May 28, 1964

From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp

 

Fatal Accident

McKinley Spangler, 63, of Ronceverte, was killed by a runaway truck at Durbin on Wednesday, May 20, 1964. He was employed by the J. B. Belcher Lumber Company as a bulldozer operator.

 

Denmar

About five hundred people took advantage of the invitation to visit Denmar State Hospital Sunday. The place was shiningly clean and the patients appreciated the visits. A reception in the lovely nurses’ home followed the guided tours through the hospital. The day was beautiful, blessed by a short rain, and the beautiful honeysuckle or azalea along the roads was found to be abundant on the inside also.

Denmar has been rocked by some unseemly events and plagued through the years by rumors – maybe because it is a community unto itself – but what a blessing it is for those who need such constant care and never has there been any doubt but what the devoted nurses, aides and orderlies have given their utmost for the welfare of their patients. The hospital is particularly beneficial to our county, both as to employment and to patients.

 

4-H Field Day

Three hundred and fifty boys and girls representing twenty 4-H Clubs attended the annual Field Day activities held in Hillsboro May 16. Five clubs received special recognition for having a high percentage of members present. The Minnehaha Braves and Riverside Rattlers each had 100 percent attendance with the Pocahon- tas Pixies, Draft Arrowheads, and Poage Lane Redskins having over 87 percent present.

In the original club song and yell competition Draft Arrowheads placed first in both song and yell. The Pocahontas Pixies placed second in yell competition, the Buckeye White Savages and riverside Rattlers tied for third, and the Minnehaha Braves and Arbovale Buccaneers tied for fourth place.

 

BIRTHS

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Ella Marie.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Dunbrack, of Marlinton, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Beverage, of Marlinton, a daughter.

 

DEATHS

Mrs. Lucretia Buzzard Woods, aged 78, of Dunmore, a daughter of the late Cronin and Mary Shrader Buzzard; Burial in the Dunmore Cemetery.

Miss Maude D. Burner, age 81, of Marlinton; a daughter of the late Lee and Rebecca Gum Burner; burial in the Burner Cemetery at Frank.

Mrs. Lois Jeffries Walker, age 55, of Charleston, a daughter of the late Mrs. Virginia Trainer Jeffries; burial in the Mountain View Cemetery.

David Lee Sturgell, aged 2, of Renick, drowned in a pond near his home on Tuesday, May 19; a son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold C. Sturgell; burial in the Sharp Cemetery at Mill Point.

Samuel Kindle LeMasters, age 72, of Durbin, a lifelong resident of Durbin and retired employee of the Pocahontas Tanning company, and a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Burial in the family cemetery at Durbin.

Mrs. Elizabeth Abigail Kessler, age 59, of Charlottesville, Virginia, formerly of Green Bank, while working at Sears and Roebuck Company Store in Charlottesville. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

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