Thursday, February 10, 1972
The past week has been good winter weather. Ten to eighteen inches of snow last Thursday and Friday – no school on Friday – with another four inches Sunday. Cold temperatures, too. Tuesday morning, it was ten below in town here, six below to the west at Howard Mullens’ on Williams River, twenty-four below at Mrs. Virginia Buzzard’s at Minnehaha Springs, and twenty below at Green Bank.
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By the grapevine we hear that Clyde Anderson is probably the first man to dig his potatoes in 1972. He dug four or five bushels of nice ones the second week in January – just in time to escape the hard freeze of the weekend of January 16.
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The grapevine has been busy lately. Now another first in 1972 is that Floyd Shrader was cutting hay in January. Due to the wet weather he did not get all his hay in last fall. A few weeks ago, the good weather permitted him to cut some hay and feed it without baling.
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Penick Underwood, a young 84, took a long sled ride down the hill Sunday as he joined Mrs. Sam Curry’s Sunday School Class in a sledding party.
The Marlinton sewerage interceptor and treatment system and water improvement project will soon be up for bid. It has been worked on and talked about for so long, some people will believe it only when they see it…
“I see West Virginia as having the greatest tourism potential of any state,” said Richard “Dick” Benson, Elkins Lumber broker and aviation enthusiast, as he filed his candidacy this week for state senate …
In announcing his first bid for public office, Benson said he believes that “tourism can become our greatest industry within a few short years.” He added, however, that “proper promotion and development of comprehensive programs will be required to bring the tourist industry to its peak…”
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Willie Ryder, of Minnehaha Springs, a son.
Mrs. Ella May Bennett, 80, of Bartow, a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County and a member of Elk Mountain Presbyterian Church at Cherry Grove. Burial in the Lambert Cemetery at Thornwood.
Clyde Jeff Houchins, 73, of Bartow, a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County and a retired coal miner. Burial in the Bethel United Methodist Church cemetery.
Okey Woolard, 73, of Marlinton, born in Greenbrier County a son of the late Washington and Elva Woolard. Burial in the Fairview Cemetery.