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Thursday, September 18, 1969

Eighty years ago on September 18, 1889, it snowed. Otes Gibson remembers it well – he was born that day. His father had a very busy day since it was butchering day and then Otes put in his appearance. The mast was heavy that year and the hogs had been eating well. Two weeks before they were brought in and fed the green corn, fodder and ear, to be butchered on that busy September 18.

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Howard Mullens had a good potato crop this year and brought in a few samples. One weighed two pounds and fifteen ounces, and he has another just about the same. One potato would be a meal for about six people. This was Chippewa seed from Southern States.

Men in Service

Army Major Harlen W. Kinnison received the Bronze Star Medal during ceremonies at Fort Riley, Kansas, June 12. He is executive officer of the 1st Battalion of the 24th Infantry Division’s 7th Armor at Fort Riley. The award was given for meritorious service while serving in the Advisory Team 17 advising a Vietnamese unit in Vietnam. Major Kinnison is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and West Virginia University.


The Youth of the Marlinton United Methodist Church presented to the church a new American flag to be dedicated in memory of Sgt. John Ray (Chipper) Williams. Sgt Williams, who was killed in Vietnam on November 29, 1968, was active in the Youth Fellowship, Youth Choir, as well as several civic groups and organizations.

Taking part in the dedication service were Bobby Jo Sharp, Shirley Tibbs, Tom Morrison, Gary Crawford, Rev. Maynard Crawford, Mrs. Nellie Williams and Arnout Yeager.


Brightly colored balloons sailed aloft Saturday afternoon as the attractive stone observation tower on Spruce Knob was dedicated by Senator Robert C. Byrd, who was largely responsible for legislation and appropriations for the development of the tower and trail at West Virginia’s highest point, 4,862 feet above sea level…

The view in all directions is magnificent. The wind-swept “half-trees” bear witness to the rugged climate and steady winds at the top. Most of the speakers went to the Psalms for references as they surveyed the majesty of the mountains. One spoke of it as the place where “God and man touch hands.”


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilfong, of Hillsboro, a daughter, named Karen Sue.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene VanReenen, of Satellite Beach, Florida, a daughter, named Julie Beth.


Mrs. Rachel Ann Edgar McNeel, 78, of Hillsboro, a daughter of the late Captain Alfred and Lydia Ann Edgar. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Della Iota Deshong Dunbrack, 77, of Marlinton, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Deshong. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Shellace T. Calhoun, Sr., of Fairfax, Virginia; born at Whitmer, a son of the late Virgil M. Calhoun and Nellie May Calhoun, of Bartow. Burial in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

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