Thursday, November 27, 1969


Many people experienced their first earthquake last Wednesday night a few seconds after 8:00 p.m. Windows rattled, lights shook, items moved. The center of the quake was located in Giles County, Virginia, near the state border line and was recorded at 4 on the Richter scale. The first we knew of the earth tremor was when Mrs. Ernest White called from Minnehaha telling us of the lights, etc., shaking and it was all confirmed quickly on TV. Some people noticed it, others never felt a thing.


Everything is rumor with no concrete facts locally to report but the status of the Marlinton Tannery is an uneasy one. The 150 or more jobs are a vital part of our economy, and we know we express the hopes of our county that this plant, International Shoe Company’s only remaining sole leather tannery, will continue in operation.

4-Hers Receive Training

Officers and leaders of 4-H clubs in Pocahontas County recently attended training meetings in Bartow, Dunmore, Hillsboro and Marlinton.

Four-H clubs represented included the Bartow Bright Lights, Boyer Busy Bees, Buckeye Winners, Dunmore Mountaineers, Durbin Thunderbolts, Frost Trailblazers, Green Valley Loyal Workers, Hillsboro Pep to Win, Marlinton Livewires, Marlinton Pioneers, Poage Lane Redskins, Minnehaha Braves, Pocahontas Pixies, Seneca Go Getters, Stony Creek Stump Jumpers, Thornwood Hot Wheels and the Wesley Chapel Winners.

Leaders and Junior Leaders assisting with the training were Mrs. Jane Hamed, Mrs. Bea Gladwell, Mrs. Millie Campbell, Mrs. Virginia Haddock, Mrs. Carol Young, Mrs. Sophia Pritchard, Sharla Gladwell, Becky Chestnut, Linda Calhoun, Susie Smith, Shirley Wilfong, Melissa Rittenhouse, and Cora Lee Wyatt, 4-H Program Aide, and Betty Rae Weiford, County Extension Agent.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wayne Walton, of Union, a daughter, named Rebecca Yvonna.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Sheets, of Fairmont, a son, named Martin Charles.


Walter Nelson, 74, of Arbovale, a member of the United Methodist Church at Arbovale and a retired minister and carpenter, having been a minister in Indiana and Chicago for thirty years. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.

Lathey Walters Hayslett, 74, a son of the late John Hayslett, Sr. and Martha Jack Hayslett. Born at Millboro, Virginia, a lifelong resident of Pocahontas and Nicholas counties, a retired C & O conductor and a veteran of World War I. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

Tom Dotson, 51, of Plymouth, North Carolina, was killed Sunday night, November 23, 1969, in a car wreck about two miles above Minnehaha. He was originally from Nicholas County.

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