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Thursday, August 31, 1967

A helicopter from Fort Lee, Virginia, attracted a lot of attention as it landed on the Pocahontas Country Club golf course last Thursday to take Grady Chestnut to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D. C. Chestnut, the son of Mrs. Mabel Chestnut, of Neola, suffered a broken neck in an automobile accident the Saturday night before at the divide between Cochran’s Creek and Anthony’s Creek. He was home on leave from Vietnam and had signed up for an additional six months’ duty there. It is reported the lights went out on the car. With him was Louise Ryder, who had a leg broken in the accident. After many hours, she crawled up the high bank to attract the attention of a passing car.

Boys and Girls in Service

Sgt. Jake H. VanMeter, 24, son of Mrs. Cora VanMeter, of Slaty Fork, is participating in “Operation Pershing” in Vietnam, with other members of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. They and other members of the division have evacuated more than 19,000 refugees from coastal areas to numerous refugee centers in secured areas as well as inflicting heavy damage on the Viet Cong.

Airman Donald K. Sharp, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Sharp, of Mill Point, is with the U. S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS America.

James S. VanReenan, 23, son of Mrs. Marie C. VanReenan, of Marlinton, was promoted to Army specialist four July 30, near Hanau, Germany, where he is serving with the 88th Heavy Equipment Maintenance Company.

Job’s Tears

Professor Roy B. Clarkson gives us the following information on Job’s Tears:

“Job’s Tear” is a member of the grass family – scientific name Coix Lacryma-Jobi L.

It is native to the East Indies but now grows in all tropical countries and is sometimes grown as an ornamental in subtropical areas. It is a loose growing grass 2-to-4 feet tall. The tears are formed by a hardened leaf sheath and contain the seeds. They are about one half inch long and vary in color from pearly white to lead or bluish. The “tears” are often made into beads and necklaces; to them were formerly attributed marvelous magic powers.


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Friel, of Marlinton, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Linda Kay, to Clarence Davis, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Davis, Sr., of Marlinton.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lowell Walton, of Hillsboro, a daughter, named Elizabeth Ellen.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Letcher Oscar Simmons, Jr., of Windsor, Connecticut, a daughter, named Carissa Denise.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Roscoe Corbett, of Cass, a son, named Robert Andrew.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gene Cornwell, of Clover Lick, a son, named Robert William.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Ervine Taylor, of Dunmore, a daughter, named Jo Ann May.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Taylor, of Green Bank, a son, named Henry Allen, II.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Burl Schoolcraft, of Marlinton, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Verle Lee Pyles, of Hillsboro, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pritt, of Beard, a son.


Mrs. Nora Blanch Patterson Tyree, 67, of Williamsburg; a former teacher in Pocahontas County. Burial in Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Russell O. Gum, 71, of Townville, Pennsylvania. Born at Frost, a son of the late Marion and Elsie Dilley Gum. Burial in the Greenlawn Cemetery at Townville.

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