October 25, 1973
Frost several mornings last week, with the first frost on October 6. A little snow in the northern part of the county last Wednesday, October 17.
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Mr. and Mrs. Michael Balister and family, accompanied by Charlotte Wadling- ton and Sarah Lewis, two of the children’s friends from Charlottesville, visited their Back Mountain farm to do some work on the barn. During the weekend, Mrs. Balister was unfortunate enough to break her ankle, but is making a good recovery at home after surgery and a week’s stay in University of Virginia Hospital. Apart from the accident, the weekend was enjoyed by everyone. Many thanks to Dr. Aga for initially ex-raying the ankle in Green Bank.
Local news seems a little insignificant when such calamitous happenings are going on in Washington. Watergate and its aftermath are things that seem to belong to pages of history books, but sort of unbelievable to live through. Things have moved so fast the past decade or two that most people have been suffering from “future shock.” The nation is sobering up to the old fashioned fact that we can’t do without honesty and integrity in our government.
In answer to Mrs. Guy Faulknier’s inquiry in your issue of October 11. I want to tell her I rode on the first train that came into Marlinton.
I also rode on it when it made its last run. I got a free ride from Cass to Durbin and back, the reason for this was I was the only one on the last run that had been on the first run.
If God sees fit to spare me until the 13th of December. I will be 87. Love and good wishes to all of my relatives and friends in Pocahontas County.
Ada Doyle Bible
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In last week’s Pocahontas Times there was a question asked as to whether anyone remembered the first train that arrived in Marlinton on October 26, 1900.
I remember. It was my sixth birthday and I was there. I remember the great oxen on the spit being roasted, the crowds of people and the excitement. I even have a picture showing the train and engine with all the people looking at it. In the picture is a field and in that field is where C. J. Richardson’s Store stands today.
Also, I remember when the engineer, just for fun, yelled, “Watch out, I’m going to turn her around,” and lots of people nearest the train moved swiftly to get out of the way, also the tipsy man who hung around the roasting oxen and kept asking for a piece of the “democratic beef…”
Yes, I remember – I was there.
Junior High Football
The Marlinton Copperheads scored two touchdowns in the last two min- utes to upset the previously unbeaten Green Bank Golden Eagles.
Marlinton opened the scoring when Larry Ryder scampered 12 yards to pay dirt. The next touchdown for Marlinton was scored by William Dilley. This gave the Copperheads a 12-0 lead.
During the second quarter Green Bank scored two touchdowns to tie the score at halftime 12-12.
In the third quarter, the Eagles scored to take the lead, 18-12.
Marlinton came back in the fourth quarter to score three touchdowns. They were scored by Mark Dilley with a pass from Larry Ryder; Keith Pondexter with an 8-yard run; and Ricky Irvine with a pass interception for the final touchdown.
The defense was by Ronnie Dean, Mike Ryder, Marvin Friel and Jerry Pennington.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Teter, of Slaty Fork, a son, named Roger Warren.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wolfe, of Cass, a son, named Charles Harper.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Starks, of Hillsboro, a daughter, named Lois Ann.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John M. Madison, of Harmans, Maryland, a daughter, named Jaundia Lynn.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Franklin Hockenberry, of Point Pleasant, a son, named Jeb Franklin.
Mrs. Martha Virginia Galford Nottingham, 62, of Dunmore, a daughter of the late John Allen and Mary Kathryn McLaughlin Galford. Burial in the Dunmore Cemetery.
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Mrs. Flote Eary Price, 88, of Durbin, a daughter of the late Henry Bud and Lizza Knapp Eary. Burial in the Bethel Untied Methodist Church Cemetery near Durbin.