Thursday, October 5, 1967

The Gazette-Mail recently had two feature articles in its magazine section by William Blizzard relating to Pocahontas. The first was about the double shooting about 1903 of Granville Messer and Colley in the Buckleys, and the possible connection with the Hatfield – McCoy feud, and the second was about the flint pits used by the Indians at Mill Point.


Huckleberries in October! Or blackberries, if you prefer.

Mrs. Willie Dilley brought in a heavily laden branch of huckleberry Tuesday and the berries were firm and flavorful. This has been an unusual season, with heavy foliage and fruit and a late and long season of bearing. Mrs. Claude Carpenter called Monday to tell about the new board walk into Cranberry Glades and the nice big cranberries.

First Merit Semi-finalist

Among the 136 high school seniors named semifinalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship program in West Virgina and 14,000 nationally who have advanced to the second step in the competition for about 2,900 scholarships valued at more than $8 million is a Marlinton High School senior Elizabeth Ann Graham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Graham, of Buckeye… Finalists in the competition will be announced next spring…

HHS Homecoming

Miss Lana Gilkerson, sophomore, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gilkerson, will represent Hillsboro High School as Homecoming Queen Friday night. Miss Gilkerson’s attendants are: Barbara Joyce Pritt, Senior; Linda Forren, Junior; and Judy Thompson, Freshman. The crowning of the queen will take place during the half-time ceremonies at the Hillsboro vs Green Bank football game… The band will introduce a new Hillsboro school song entitled, “Hillsboro Hill Folk” (Alma Mater). The music and lyrics were written by Mrs. Frances Eskridge.


The Marlinton Woman’s Club met in the social room of the Presbyterian Church Friday night for its annual “Friendship Dinner.”

A buffet featuring international cuisine was served to 25 members, 2 honorary members and 27 guests.

The dinner was served by young ladies dressed in native costumes representing Holland (Sally McLaughlin), Germany (Sue White), France (Karen VanReenen) and Scandinavia (Brenda Shinaberry.

Foods from these and eight other countries, in addition to the United States, were prepared by club members and by special guest, Lawrence Liu, of Taiwan…


Richard Gibson is carrying on a farm operation his grandfather started when he first bought the farm in 1868. The farm is located near Frost and consists of 635 acres, some of the best farmland in Pocahontas County.

Mrs. Gibson is also greatly interested in the farm and helps with the livestock and gardening. The Gibsons have 56 Hereford cattle, which include the replacement heifers, two bulls and seven yearlings. They have their cattle on a beef cattle performance testing program and are quite pleased with the results. There are also around 100 ewes and 130 lambs on the farm…

A new channel for the creek was excavated this summer by the Soil Conservation and Stabilization Service to relieve flooding which they experienced this past spring…


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Hedrick, of Cass, a son, named James Edward.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Jack Burks, of Buckeye, a daughter, named Jackie Lynn.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Benjamin White, of Cass, a son, named John Shane.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Leslie Davis, of Marlinton, a daughter, named Tammy Lynn.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Smith, of Marlinton, a son.


Mrs. Mary Ella Kirby, 83, of Marlinton; a daughter of the late Alvin Reese Thomas and Margaret Buckley Thomas. Burial in the Lower Buckeye Church Cemetery.

Cecil Francisco, 72, of Huntersville; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

Moreau Austin Keller, 69, of Milton, Delaware, formerly of Durbin. Born at Bartow, he was a World War I veteran, a member of the American Legion and a retired Pocahontas Tannery employee at Frank. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.

Sidney Allen Fridley, 87, of Hot Springs, Virginia; a retired employee of the Cass Lumber Mill. Burial in the Cleek Cemetery at Star Chapel.

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