Thursday, February 12, 1970

Billy Lindsay, grandson of John “Bunk” Jordan, Sr., has informed us of his change of residence from New York City to San Francisco. He is a regular subscriber to The Pocahontas Times. He was born and grew up in Marlinton, graduating from the Greenbrier Hill School. He is the son of the late Bunk and Virgie Jordan Lindsay.

Sp.5 Joseph W. Smith is visiting his mother, Mrs. Pearl L. Smith and sister, Betty Lee, and other relatives for a few days before going overseas to Africa.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Stewart and children, of Charles Town, spent the weekend with their parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stewart and Mrs. Mabel C. Boggs, and other relatives and friends in Brownsburg, Marlinton and Seebert. Dinner guests of Mrs. Mabel C. Boggs on Sunday were Mrs. J. C. Boggs, of Brownsburg and Clarence Wheeler.

Marlinton Library

Over seven hundred books were loaned out from the Pocahontas County Free Library during the months of December and January. One hundred special request books were ordered from the Charleston library…

Betty Crocker Homemakers

Linda Sue Hill is Hillsboro High School’s 1970 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow… She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie B. Hill, of Hillsboro.

Rebecca Chestnut is Green Bank High School’s 1970 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow… She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murl Chestnut, of Dunmore.

Jo Debra Galford is Marlinton High School’s 1970 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow… she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Galford.

In addition to receiving a specially designed silver charm from General Mills, sponsor of the annual homemaking education program, these students are now eligible for one of 102 college scholarships.

Begun by General Mills in 1954 to emphasize the importance of homemaking as a career, the Betty Crocker Search is the only national undergraduate scholarship program exclusively for high school senior girls. During its 160-year history, more than seven million young women have participated in the program. The girls are selected based on their score in the homemaking knowledge and aptitude test.

DEATHS

Mrs. Ada May Rose Deerfield, 74, of Mill Point, a daughter of the late Thomas and Margaretia Rose. Burial in the Sharp Cemetery at Mill Point.

Gary Kramer Woods, 84, of Dunmore; born in Highland County, Virginia, a son of the late Newton Brown and Lucy Ellen Kramer Woods. Burial in the Dunmore Cemetery.

H. Cale McLaughlin, 50, of Dunmore, died at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. A graduate of Marlinton High School, he retired from the Navy December 31, 1969, with 30 years of active duty.

Green Bank Community
Writings of R. W. Brown

Perhaps 1935 marks the 155th anniversary of the permanent settlement of the Green Bank community…

From an early period, education of the higher and lower grades attracted the attention of the early settlers of the community, and a line of pay schools were established throughout the community which provided everyone an opportunity to the royal road of learning and thereby, nearly every person had a chance to learn to read and write.

The Green Bank community, prior to the Civil War, had but few schoolhouses, the schools were generally held in some old building that was abandoned, which would be chinked and daubed with mud and, in the pioneer days, the old open fireplace was used; the windows were frequently made of greased paper, and the benches were made of split logs with pins bored in for legs. The students, patrons and teachers maintained the schools, and the tuition was paid by patrons of the school on a per capita basis. It is true that the early schools were private in nature and they were paid for by a group of families who were willing to pay for the tuition and were interested in school activities. The early settlers were anxious that their children learned to read, write, cipher and read the Bible. In the old schools, the first thing in the routine of the work was to read a chapter in the Bible and recite the Lord’s Prayer in unison, which was a part of the day’s program; but of recent years there are many different subjects that have found their way in the free school system that are superfluous and of transitory value, and have taken the time that formerly belonged to the Bible Chapter.

The community from an educational standpoint progressed very much and took great interest in school work, which of course was limited to reading, writing and ciphering. The work of shifting the schools from place to place, and from one old building to another became monotonous and the citizens were anxious to have a permanent schoolhouse erected in the community.

In 1841-1842 when the Hon. John Grimes represented Pocahontas County in the Virginia Legislature, by a direct appeal from the people of the community and from the county, it was upon his motion that charters were granted for three academies in Pocahontas County: Hillsboro, Huntersville and Green Bank.

The people were hilarious over the fact that they were going to have an academy and that higher branches of learning would be taught…

To be continued…

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