December 16, 1965
This story comes through Ralph Nottingham, who is always up on all that is going on. He says wildcats are getting mighty upstart and fighting back; specifically one threw a rock at Woodrow Mann last week, cutting a gash in his head. Woodrow was hunting wildcats on Red Lick last week – he got three – and the dogs were chasing one on a cliff above him. The cat made a jump for a tree and knocked a rock as big as a football down on his head.
A good growth, heavy-boned purebred bull is half the herd when it comes to producing quality feeder calves and cattle, according to County Agent Walter E. Jett, and many county farmers are taking advantage of this means of up-grading their herds.
During the past five years, more than one hundred such bulls have been purchased by county cowmen from quality purebred sales throughout Virginia and West Virginia.
Already this fall a total of six county farmers have purchased quality bulls in preparation for the 1966 breeding season.
Five of these were purchased at the Still House Hollow Farm Production Sale at Hume, Virginia.
The following farmers purchased Hereford bulls at this sale: Sherman Beard, Hillsboro; James W. McNeill, Buckeye; Allen Sharp, Marlinton; Richard Gibson, Huntersville; and Albert Wilfong, Dunmore.
Gene Simmons purchased an Angus bull at the First Annual Virginia Gentlemen’s Bull Sale at Culpepper, Virginia.
These bulls range in price from $500 to $622, and are the kind that are giving the feeder calves produced in Pocahontas County the reputation of being among the best produced in the country, Jett observes.
By Leslie Montgomery
The best money they ever spent was for tile, say Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Shinaberry, who live on Knapps Creek.
Before tiling, many days were lost waiting for the ground to dry out enough in the spring to work it. Time was also lost with machinery hung up. Sometimes they had to pick up the poor quality hay with a pitchfork.
This year this same ground yielded 93 bushels of oats per acre. Six silos were filled with yields of 18 to 20 tons of corn ensilage per acre. A single cutting of hay ran 2 ½ tons per acre. The second cutting was grazed off. With 8,000 bales of hay from the first cutting, it just wasn’t needed…
Raymond says you may as well burn your money as to spend it for lime and fertilizer for wet land.
The story can be repeated many times in Pocahontas County. Farmers have installed over 73 miles of tile with technical help from the Soil Conservation Service in this County.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Currence, of Dur-bin, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dean, of North East, Maryland, a daughter, named Teresa Lynn.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Clutter, of Barboursville, a daughter, named Debora Ann.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Kelley, of Durbin, a daughter.
Born to Trooper and Mrs. Keith Bowman, of Barboursville, a daughter, named Tracy Elane.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Brown Cassell, of Cass, a daughter, named Michelle May.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Armstrong, of Buckeye, a son, named Kevin Dean.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Abdella, of Hunters-ville, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll A. Meseke, of Ellicott City, Maryland, a daughter, named Ellen Carroll.
Mrs. Patricia Iona Collins, 72, of Bartow; a member of the Church of God at Durbin, and a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Preston Hunter Arbogast, 62, of Neola; a son of the late William Wise and Alice Ervine Arbogast. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Donita Kay Defibaugh, eight-year-old daughter of Donald and Ramona Hill Defibaugh, of Marlinton. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Grace Lou Waugh Moore, 74, of Marlinton; a daughter of the late John and Amanda Waugh. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Hilda Mae Snyder, 37, of Beard; burial in Richwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Sybil Lea Davis Compton, 29, of Princeton; the daughter of Layman and Helen Dilley Davis, of Marlinton; burial in Roselawn Cemetery at Princeton.
Darrel Thomas, of Huntington, the son of the late A. E. Thomas. Burial in Huntington.