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Thursday, April 25, 1968

Sp.-4 Anthony W. (Bill) Hall, Jr., of Hillsboro, was a special escort for the body of his fellow soldier, Sergeant Watson Underwood, last week. He was with Sergeant Underwood when he was wounded in Viet Nam and after his death was especially chosen as escort. Hall had served almost a year in Viet Nam. The two young men left Marlinton together, were inducted and took their basic training together. They were separated when Underwood was in Germany for five months, then were reunited in Viet Nam…

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Master Sergeant Porter Wooddell escorted the body of Sergeant Douglas McCarty home this week.


Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Biggs, of Marlinton, received word Sunday that their son, Private First Class Curtis Eugene Biggs, was wounded while on active duty with the Army in Viet Nam…

School News

The nine classroom complex that is being constructed beside the Marlinton High School will be used to house the Marlinton Elementary students when the high school students are moved to the new central High School.

Due to bad weather conditions, construction and erection of the nine room complex did not go on schedule.

When the complex is completed there will be an open house in order for you to see how nice these classrooms will be for your children.

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On Saturday, April 13, J. E. Tibbs and Arch Wooddell led a group of volunteer workers consisting of Tom Morrison, Robert Dunz, Dick Eddy and son, Boots Sharp, Howard Shinaberry and Keith Moore in installing the beams and sheeting on the school cafeteria building. This group of men deserves a hearty vote of thanks in getting this job underway. Bad weather caused a long delay in the work this winter.

Golden Horseshoe

The County winners in the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Test were announced Tuesday as follows:

Sandra Ryder, Marlinton Grade Departmental.

Esthel Cummins, Durbin Elementary.

Denise C. Wilmore, Durbin Elementary.

James L. Smith, Marlinton Grade Departmental.

They go to Charleston May 10 to become Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe at the official ceremonies at the Capitol.

Odds and Ends

Katherine McClure called to give her idea as to the identity of the snake killed by Dock Hannah – a hognosed snake, Heterodon Platyrhinus, sometimes called blowing viper. She knows they are out because she killed one a couple of weeks ago. (Editor’s note – I haven’t located my snake book yet.)

We don’t know what kind of gasoline Dr. J. M. Mallow uses, but instead of a purr, he had a noisy meow in his engine last week.


Parsons – Stimeling

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Stimeling, of Marlinton, wish to announce the marriage of their daughter, Saundra Faye, to Larry L. Parsons, of Huntersville.

The wedding took place on Saturday, April 6, 1968, at Covington, Virginia…


Sergeant Douglas W. McCarty, 18, was killed in action in Viet Nam Thursday, April 11, 1968 He had been in Viet Nam since last September and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action December 22; he received a Purple Heart for wounds received in action November 28 and a First Oak Leaf Cluster to the Purple Heart for wounds received December 22. Born at Frost, he was a son of Dale and Creola Grimes McCarty. Burial with military honors was in Mount Zion Cemetery.

Sergeant Watson L. Underwood, Jr., 21, of Huntersville, was wounded by a hostile mine and died in South Viet Nam Tuesday, April 2, 1968. He was a son of Watson Lockridge and Grace Copely Underwood. Burial in the Beaver Creek Cemetery.

Clark Wooddell, 76, of Marlinton; burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Arbie Hardy Dixon, 47, of Marlinton; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

Homer Richard Miller, 55, of Droop Mountain; burial in the Old Brick Church Cemetery at Hillsboro.

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