Published On: Wed, Jul 30th, 2014

Fifty-Years-Ago

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Thursday, July 30, 1964

From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp

 

Snakes

Rev. W. E. Pierce killed a 45-inch rattlesnake last week on the road from the office at Seneca State Forest to the lake. The snake was unusually big around and had 12 rattles and a button.

Fred Burns, Sr. killed a big rattler on Route 39 near Murrill Colburn’s house, running over it with his truck. It was a yellow one, with six rattles, but some had been broken off.

 

How Stories Travel

Ellen Thomas brought in a clipping sent by some of her kinfolk from a Kansas paper with the story by Colonel J. W. Benjamin, of Lewisburg, about the Richwood panther that purportedly had been trapped on Kennison Mountain. This all happened seven years ago, the animal having been ordered from Mexico by a doctor to play a trick on the late Cal Price, but the panther didn’t arrive until after Price’s death.

Anyway the story was seen just lately by Miss Myrtle Chapman, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, a niece of George Smith. She was born on Point Mountain in Randolph County, and had been gone from the State for years, but the panther story and Cal Price’s name caught her eye and she wrote back about it.

 

4-H Camp

Two hundred ten 4-H members attended County Camp at Camp Pocahontas last week, 166 girls and 44 boys, plus the counselors. The director was Lowell Shaw, of Monongalia County. He is the son of Guy and Opal Beale Shaw, formerly of Pocahontas.

Leading their tribes were the following young people:

Seneca – Karen Kane, Chief, Charlotte Sharp, Sagamore; Delaware – David McLaughlin, Chief, Jeanne Baldwin, Sagamore; Mingo – Sara Ann Moore, Chief, Nancy Harper, Sagamore; Cherokee – Cheryl McNeill, Chief, Sam Sheets, Sagamore.

 

Pearl Buck Home

The publishers of the West Virginia Hillbilly, Jim Comstock and Bronson McClung, have announced that they will purchase the ancestral Hillsboro home that Pearl Buck and her mother before her were born in, and present it to the distinguished Nobel prize winner.

But the gift won’t bear the label of “From The Hillbilly” or “From Jim Comstock and Bronson McClung,” but “From the people of West Virginia.” This label will be possible, the publishers announce, because they are asking the people of West Virginia to bail them out and thus tell Pearl Buck that West Virginia appreciates her.

 

BIRTHS

Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Waugh, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Loria Ann.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Benton Hill, of Hillsboro, a son.

 

DEATHS

Mrs. Stella Bertha Shanahan, 86, of Marlinton; born at Edray, a daugher of the late William Henry and Martha Gay Baxter. Burial in the Edray cemetery.

Miss Anna L. Sullivan, 83, of Charleston; a native of Pocahontas County; a daughter of the late David and Mary Sullivan, of Lobelia, and a former teacher in Pocahontas County schools. Burial in riverview Cemetery near Ronceverte.

 

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