Thursday, February 20, 1964

From the desk of Mrs. Jane Price Sharp

Among the many birds which come to be fed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward McElwee on Hamilton Hill in Marlinton is a couple of quail. They like oats and wheat. One will keep watch while the other eats. Mr. McElwee says they seem to prefer the feed at his house and at Clarence Smith’s.


Last Friday night fire struck the Gentry Mill at Huntersville. The main mill was destroyed but the pin mill and several buildings were saved. The Marlinton Fire Department fought the fire from 11:00 to 5:30 the next morning. Fire Chief Burns estimated the loss at about $7,000.

Sunday night they answered a call to Eugene Pifer’s trailer but no damage resulted from an overheated stove.

Monday night both the Durbin-Frank-Bartow and Marlinton Fire Departments went to Thornwood where the Hedrick home was destroyed by fire, but several houses close by were saved.


All farm families who are interested in feeding and-or lodging fishermen and hunters are urged to list your accommodations right away with the Sportsman Farmer Accommodations Program in care of the Department of Agriculture, Charleston.



Samuel M. Sheets, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Sheets, of Green Bank, has been awarded the Green Bank Future Farmers of America Chapter Star Farmer Award for 1962-1963. Sam is a 17-year-old senior at Green Bank High School, carrying the following enterprises in the Vocational Agricultural program: corn, potatoes, small grain, forage crops, dairy cows, poultry, swine and sheep. Sam is currently the reporter for the Green Bank F. F. A. Chapter, a member of the Future Teachers’ Association, the Latin Club, has had 8 years in 4-H, and is vice-president of the MYF at Green Bank Methodist Church. A cash premium will be paid to Sam from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture at a later date. This is National FFA Week.


The 11th West Virginia University instructor to be assigned an East African agricultural school left Thursday, February 6, for Uganda.

Jack M. Gay, who will teach Animal Husbandry at Buckalasa Agricultural College, represents the sixth WVU instructor assigned to Uganda, and the second to be assigned to Buckalasa under the WVU U. S. Agency for International Development (AID) program.

Gay is a native of Pocahontas County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1960 from WVU. He has a master’s degree in agriculture from the University of Kentucky.

Gay taught beef, sheep, and swine production at Berea (Ky) college for one year, and recently worked in swine research at the University of Alabama. Mrs. Gay accompanied him to Uganda.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Francisco, of Huntersville, a son named Robert Allen.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Beale, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Toni Kay.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge McComb, of Huntersville, a daughter, named Nancy Inez.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilfong, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Lora June.


Mrs. Annie Vaughan Hiner, age 77, of Durbin; owner of Hiner Hardware Company at Durbin; burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.

C. C. Cross, age 67, of Mace, retired employee of the Western Maryland Railway, and a member of the American Legion; burial in the Mingo Cemetery.

Robert Ryder, age 87, of Durbin; burial in the Wesley Chapel church cemetery.

Samuel Garrett Vanosdale, age 72, of Boyer, owned and operated Boyer’s Cash Store and Van’s Motel at Boyer; burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.

Ervin J. Shafer, age 89, of Marlinton; moved to Cass on October 14, 1905, where he was employed as superintendent of the machine shop of the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company; father of the late Walter Shafer; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.


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