Thursday, May 2, 1968

We forgot to comment last week that, as far as can be ascertained, there seems to be no connection between the setting of the fire at Miss Kitty’s tavern and the school and other fires.

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Snow on the mountains last Wednesday night, April 24.

Boys in Service
A Soldiers’ Plea

P. F. C. Thomas W. Bukovac, who is stationed in Viet Nam and in combat writes of the fighting and how they would rather be home with their families. Tommy is proud to be a soldier and of use to his country and his plea on all his letters writes like this:

Pray For Peace.

End This War.

Airman First Class Steven C. Quick, son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Quick, of Marlinton, is on duty at Cam Ranh Bay AB, Vietnam…

Army Staff Sergeant Willard M. Smith, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Smith, of Marlinton, was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division near Pleiku, Vietnam, April 9.

Army Specialist Four Joel S. Callison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Callison, of Beard, was assigned as a rifleman with the 173rd Airborne Brigade near An Khe, Vietnam, April 16.

Moron, Spain – When the massive Saturn V rocket boosted the unmanned Apollo 6 spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center recently, Sergeant Donald L. Barb, of Marlinton, was providing vital support for flight.

The sergeant, son of Mrs. Alma Barb, of Marlinton, served as coordinator at the Rescue Communications Center at Moron during the Apollo flight.

Sergeant Barb is a 1953 graduate of Green Bank High School.


Susie Workman and Tommy Workman, of Hillsboro, received the following letter from a Clarksburg attorney, who purchased bacons at the 4-H Ham and Bacon Sale held recently.

Your bacon identification cards are herewith returned together with a clipping from the Clarksburg Exponent of this morning. Everyone at the dinner said this was the best bacon ever served in the 31 years of the ramp dinner, and the fact that they ate your slabs of bacon indicates the sincerity of the opinion.

Since both the bacon and the ramps came from Pocahontas County, it only remains for me to say the Workmans were appreciated by all 150 of us.

This work by you to produce something well done, because you set out to do so, is evidence of the good that results from the 4-H program. Because you raised your pigs, cured your bacons and did all the work required without hope or expectation of any reward other than the sale of the bacon, I am enclosing a check for each of you for $5. It is yours to use for something you really want.

William G. Johnson

Merit Scholarship Winner

Elizabeth A. Graham, of Buckeye, a senior in Marlinton High School, has been named as a National Merit Scholarship winner. Miss Graham is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay B. Graham, of Buckeye, and as far as we can learn is the first Merit Scholar from Pocahontas County. She has been awarded a four year Merit Scholarship to Centre College of Kentucky, at Danville, an independent coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences, one of the oldest colleges in America outside of the original states.


As a lifelong citizen of Pocahontas County, I take this opportunity to express my desire for the passage of the proposed School Bond issue… I think that the passage of this school bond is paramount to the future welfare of the people of our county, schools, churches, banks, farmers, business places, our hospital and the securing of and maintaining doctors to care for the health of our people.

I am aware that no one plan or proposition will or can contain all the features desirable to our people. However, I am convinced that one centralized high school in the county will benefit and meet the needs of the majority of our people. ..

Since I have no children to attend school, I have no selfish motive in the passage of this issue. However, I am very much interested in better schools for the children as well as the well being of the senior citizens…

I am convinced that we can better our present situation…

D.R. Hannah


Mrs. Joan Eddy and Richard Dombrosky, of Marlinton, have been named as “The Most Improved Golfers of the Year – 1967,” at the Pocahontas County Country Club.

A coveted gold award certificate from Golf Digest magazine, the world’s leading golfing publication was presented to each of the winners by A. E. Cooper, President. These certificates are among the nations’ most highly prized individual golf awards…


Miss Constance Marie Birchfield, daughter of Mrs. Gertrude Birchfield, of Hillsboro, and the late Homer Birchfield, became the bride of James Judson Howard, son of Mr. and Mrs James Wallace Howard, of Buckeye in a double ring ceremony performed Saturday, April 30, 1968, in Warm Springs, Virginia…

The Open Church Wedding of Miss Paula Arlene Beverage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beverage, of Marlinton, to William G. Durham, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Durham, Sr., of Beckley, will be performed at the Marlinton Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon, May 11, 1968, at two o’clock.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Green, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, a daughter, named Pamela Jo. The mother is the former Marian Dilley.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Jaran, of Washington, D. C., a daughter, named Elizabeth Hill. The mother is the former Jean Bankhead.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Watson, a son, named Roger Arline.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cadd, of Buckeye, a son, named Douglas.


Emerson Clark Wooddell, age 76, of Marlinton, one of eight children of the late Andrew Clark Wooddell and Louise Frances Beverage Wooddell. He spent most of his life living around Hillsboro and Marlinton and worked for years cutting timber across Williams River and Cheat Mountain.

James William Weikle, 82, of Alderson; born at Sarton, a son of the late Fletcher and Mary Weikle. Burial in the End-of-the Trail Cemetery at Clintonville.

Cornelius (Neal) Preston Pritchard, 74, of Marvin Chapel. Born at Healing Springs, Bath County, Virginia. When Neal was eight years old, his father was taken by death, leaving his mother with seven children to provide for. Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Preston Harper, opened their door and asked her and her children to come to their farm on Knapps Creek. With the exception of about three years of working away from home, he lived on his grandfather’s farm until he was drafted into the service, serving in the Ambulance Corps overseas in World War I… He was later an R.F.D. mail carrier… Burial in the Baxter Cemetery at Dunmore.

Patrick Forest Bragg, 56, of Richwood. Death was attributed to a heart attack while walking on the Marlinton Road. Burial in Mountain View Memorial Park at Richwood.

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