Thursday, January 3, 1974
A flood the day after Christmas surprised the county. Heavy rains Christmas night with melting snow quickly brought water rushing down all the hillsides and and streams. Knapps Creek was thought to have had more water than for many years. It blocked Rt. 39 in many places and was soon over the dam at Marlinton. The run from Thomastown was booming and the east side of Marlinton suffered. Especially hard hit were the service station, stores and offices in the post office block. Also Stony Creek broke over and flooded Riverside and down through Burns Motor Freight. The A & P had four inches of water.
Ilean Walton, who checks the river gauge at Buckeye, says the river measured 16.08 feet. In 1967, the markings were carried away with the flood but it was over 18 feet…
Once again, Marlinton says “thank you” to the Fire Department. Wednesday afternoon when the flood waters were rising rapidly, the fire whistle blew and the volunteers came out to warn people, help move people and things out of danger, check the water, stand by at the hospital, etc. A civilian defense center was set up at the courthouse. The police, the sheriff and deputies all joined in traffic control…
Ivan VanReenen donated and delivered his ambulance to the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon. He outfitted it with new tires and filled the tank with gas. Hospital workers will now operate the ambulance for taking emergency cases from Marlinton to hospitals outside the county. Our Marlinton Rescue Squad will continue to operate its ambulance as before for county work…
Dwight Diller, Harley Carpenter, Richard Hefner, all of Pocahontas, and Dick Kimmel, of Morgantown, are organizing a Bluegrass musical group and will start next week on a concert tour of eastern colleges.
Antarctica – Navy Constructionman Apprentice Ronald L. Ray, of Stony Bottom, deployed here with the Navy’s “Operation Deep Freeze ‘74” task force. He will help provide logistic support for various American scientific experiments and research programs. A 1964 graduate of Green Bank High school, he joined the Navy in October 1972.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Terry, of Minnehaha Springs, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Martha Susan, to Darrell M. Workman, son of Mrs. Hannah Workman, of Marlinton…
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Wayne Madison, of Hillsboro, a daughter named Tina Dawn.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard H. Beal, Jr., of Clifton Forge, Virginia, a son named Thomas Anthony. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pete Lee Madison, of Marlinton.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. David B. Rose, of Edgewood, Maryland, a daughter named Kimberly Ann. The maternal grandmother is Mrs. Gladys Rose, of Hillsboro.
Mrs. Ada Camden Slavin, 85, of Seebert, a daughter of the late William and Lummie Hall Camden… Funeral service was held from VanReenen Funeral Home Cha-pel with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
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Mrs. Mary Walker Wheeler, 55, of Hillsboro, a daughter of the late John Walker and Rebecca Stewart Walker… Funeral service was held from VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Brownsburg Cemetery.
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Mrs. Annie Mae Griffin, 73, of Dunmore; funeral service from the Dunmore United Methodist Church, burial in the Dunmore Cemetery.
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Winfield W. Thompson, 95, of Cass, a retired lumberman and shovel operator for the State Road Commission. Graveside rites were held at Arbovale Cemetery.
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Richard Alton (Dick) Gibson, Sr. 70, of Marlinton; born at Frost, a son of the late S. Sherman and Katherine (Kate) Dever Gibson… Funeral service was held from the Marlinton Presbyterian Church with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
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William Paul Weiford, 59, of Huntington; born in Buckeye, a son of the late Notley Ditymus and Mary Kellison Weiford… Funeral was held from the Buckeye Presbyterian Church with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.