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Thursday, June 13, 1968

Lightning struck twice in Marlinton Tuesday afternoon, hitting the Marlinton Hotel around the chimney, knocking a little plaster loose, with smoke but no fire, and knocking Tom Long from the bathroom into the kitchen at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Long on Third Avenue. He had suffered severe gasoline burns on his arm two weeks ago, but this did not seem to hurt him much.

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Preston McLaughlin and his State Road truck went end over end three or four times Monday afternoon near the Nottingham place going up Kennison Mountain. The dirt somehow caught near the center of the truck bed and the weight caused the truck to tumble. Mr. McLaughlin is in the hospital here with a broken rib or two and some bruises, but nothing serious.

Pioneer Days

The Mountain State Story, an historical exhibit covering 500 million years of West Virginia history, will be in Marlinton for Pioneer Days. The C & P Telephone Company’s mobile exhibit portrays geological formations, the Moundbuilders, the Indians, the Frontiersmen, the Federalist, the Statemaker, the Builder and the Industrialist, and looks into the future…

The exhibit was developed by the telephone company to give our people a deeper feeling for the exciting heritage of West Virginians and the promise of the future…

The badges for the Second Annual Pioneer Days will soon be arriving. A committee headed by Katherine McClure, chose a panther and a pioneer hunter for the design.

A horseshoe contest has been added to previously announced activities, and also a big auction of antiques and items of horse and buggy days. A camp meeting for 8 o’clock Sunday morning is being planned.

Get a costume ready!

Aren’t you getting excited?

Our Boys in Service

Sp4 Gary Phillips writes from Viet Nam:

“I have lived around Marlinton all my life. I joined the army September 19, 1967. I went to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for basic training and from there to Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, then to Fort Knox, Kentucky, for Track School and from there to Viet Nam, arriving on May 2. I am a track mechanic over here.

My parents are Mr. and Mrs. Claude Phillips, of Marlinton. I am 18 years old and a graduate of Marlinton High School. I have been many places since I have been in the Army but none compares with Marlinton. It is a beautiful place, and I wish I were there now. I’ll be back next year.”


Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Siders, of Bonaire, Georgia, a son, named John William. The mother is the former Martha Sheets.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sharp, of Marlinton, a son, named Jason Noel.


Clarence “Sock” Simmons, of Dunmore, died from a gunshot wound.

Colonel Samuel Marshall, 70, was killed at his summer home at Mingo when his tractor overturned. Born at Mingo, a son of the late Piatt and Mary Ellen Beatty Marshall. Burial in the Mingo Cemetery.

Mrs. Mary Ruth Powers Kellison, 57, of Buckeye, a daughter of the late Dan and Rosie Powers. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

Luther C. Rexrode, 77, of Elkins; born at Monterey, Virginia, a son of the late Oscar and Virginia Propst Rexrode. Burial in the Maplewood Cemetery.

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