Thursday, September 7, 1972
Monk Small was senging last Wednesday and got two big yellow rattlesnakes and into two big yellow jackets’ nests on Monday Lick.
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Saturday was the night for the Night Blooming Cereus. Mrs. William McNeil had a plant with four of the exotic, creamy white blooms and two big buds. The porch was full of the lovely fragrance from the big blossoms. Right next door, Mrs. Earl VanReenen had a plant with two big blooms, so there was a regular flower show. The flowers are supposed to be in full bloom at midnight; by dawn they close and don’t open again for another year.
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Sunday evening, the place to be was at the Marlinton tannery property. The Marlinton Fire Department, with the help – for safety’s sake – of fire departments from Bartow-Frank-Durbin, Lewisburg, White Sulphur and Richwood, burned the big yard building at the tannery. The burning was south of the firewall and water was kept on the remaining buildings to prevent the spread of the fire. It was quite a sight. The tannery was built in 1903 and the greater part of the buildings burned Wednesday night, September 21, 1927, soon after 8:30 p.m. The property was insured and rebuilt soon thereafter, work resuming in 1928. The Depression forced it to close in 1930 and it remained closed until the International Shoe Company purchased it and opened it in November 1940. Tannery operations closed for good in 1970 and Hanover Shoe now has a sole cutting plant in some of the buildings.
The cheerleaders of Pocahontas Count High School recently attended a cheerleading workshop at West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon. The girls learned new cheers, pompom routines, crowd control and motivation, gymnastics, mounts and balances, a mini-tramp cheer, jumps and other techniques. They also participated in a talent show and constructed and presented a pep rally. The nationwide program attracted 200 cheerleaders from five states. Attending from PCHS were Cathy Johnson, Susie Workman, June Starks, Caren Cummins, Dorinda Sharp, Jeanie Hill, Patty Kerr and Marie McLaughlin. The group was awarded a ribbon for fourth place in the camp.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Cassell, of Cass, a son, named Charles Jason.
Earl W. VanReenan, 55, of Marlinton, a son of Mrs. Mattie E. Gragg VanReenan and the late Bernard M. VanReenan. Burial in the Cochran Cemetery.
Rodney W. Buzzard, 91, of Huntersville, a son of the late J. H. and Jemima Alderman Buzzard. He was a former sheriff of Pocahontas County.
Mrs. Alice Morton Cochran Croft, 89, of Hood River, Oregon. She was married to John (Jack) Cochran when she lived in Marlinton and Woodrow. Burial in Pasco, Washington.
Earl Weiford, 83, of Santa Ana, California; born at Buckeye, a son of John and Annette Adkinson Weiford. Burial in Fair Haven Memorial Park, in Santa Ana.
Mrs. Velma Wiseman Donovan, of Belleair, Florida, daughter of Mrs. Della Wiseman, of Dunmore, and the late Matthew Thompson Wiseman. Burial in Belleair.
Mrs. Eva McMillion, 65, of Renick; born at Droop Mountain, a daughter of the late Joe and Maude Hollandsworth. Burial in the Morningside Cemetery at Renick.
Ernest P. Ruckman, of Westminster, Colorado; born at Mill Point, a son of the late Millard F. and Eliza Jane Ruckman, Interment at Fort Logan National Cemetery.