Fifty Years Ago

Thursday, December 15, 1966

Monongahela National Forest
While deer hunting on the Greenbrier District of the Monongahela National Forest, 23 year old Ray McCulloch, of Dayton, Ohio, was separated from his hunting party at the head of Span Oak Run, a tributary of Little River of the West Fork of Greenbrier River. After McCulloch failed to rejoin his group, the District Forest Ranger of Bartow, Edward Vinoski, was notified. A search and rescue team was immediately organized. It consisted of Deputy Sheriff Ted Matheny; Conservation Officer Elmer White; Wild-life Manager Roscoe Booth; and five Forest Service employees, led by Ranger Vinoski. The search began on the Elk Lick Trail at 10 p.m. After one hour of tracking the hunter, it was evident that McCulloch was heading directly toward a search party stationed on Little River Road at the mouth of Span Oak Run.
At 1:00 a.m. December 1, McCulloch, cold, tired, limping and wet, reached the waiting vehicle on the Little River Road after traveling nearly five miles through foot deep snow and below freezing temperatures. He had chopped up his rifle stock to build a fire, but was unable to keep the fire burning so he decided to try walking out.

Ed Mann brought in a clipping of 39 years ago covering the 1927 football record of the then Edray District High School. The team, averaging 140 pounds, had scored 177 points. The final game was a 19-9 victory over Alderson, whose team was coached by Arnout Yeager. The players were Paul Sharp, Ed Mann, Bedford Dilley, Reed McNeel, Captain June Wiley, Clay Tallman, Joe Eskridge, Ad McNeill, Stanley McLaughlin, Bus Edgar and Randolph Kenney. This was Paul Lord’s first year as coach.
The season’s games were Marlinton 38, Green Bank 0, second game, 37- 0; Marlinton 34, Hillsboro 0, second game 37 – 0; Anstead 0 – 6; Renick 12 – 0; and Alderson 19 – 9.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Smith, of Beard, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter Frances Marie, to Samuel Ray McKenney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo McKenney, of Marlinton…
A January wedding is planned.

Poage ~ Kellison
In the Swago Methodist Church at Buckeye, Miss Brenda Sharon Kellison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kellison, became the bride of Ronald Lee Poage, son of Mrs. Margaret Fowler, of Ohio, and the late Henry Poage.
The Rev. Ezra Bennett, of Renick, officiated at the double ring, candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, December 9, 1966… The candles were lighted by Jerry Duncan, of Buckeye.
Traditional wedding music was presented by Walter William Weiford, of Buckeye, and Miss Joan Eye, of Marlinton, sang “More” and “Whither Thou Goest…”

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Withers, of West Hyattsville, Maryland, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William C. Neitzey, of Alexandria, Virginia, a daughter, named April Lynn. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Gay, of Marlinton.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Combs, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Jacqueline Lynn.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Polk, Sr., of Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter, named Roxanna Lynn. Maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Duffie Underwood Moore.

Mrs. Rosie Moore received word Monday, December 12, 1966, of the death of her son, S.F.C. Ralph Lee Moore… Ralph had been with the Army 19 and 1/2 years.
Mrs. Zenia F. Hanna Malcomb, 83, of Marlinton; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
William Paul Hevener, 73, of Clover Lick. Born at Dunmore, he was a son of the late John R. and Anna Virginia Pritchard Hevener. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Dr. Amos Lee Herold, 81, of Austin, Texas; a native of Highland County, he was the eldest son of Wise Herold and Kate Ruckman Herold. Burial in Marshall, Missouri.

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