Pocahontas County Bicentennial ~ 1821-2021

June 28, 1928


The Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park will be dedicated on Wednesday, July 4th.

Hon. John D. Sutton, chairman of the Droop Mountain Battlefield Commission, will present the Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park to Governor Howard M. Gore, who will accept it for the people of the State of West Virginia. This is a State and County affair.

In no sense is it to be commercialized. Every man, woman and child in Pocahontas County should be present.

The battle of Droop Mountain was the greatest battle fought on West Virginia soil during the War Between the States. It was a battle in which West Virginia soldiers were engaged on both sides. This battle marked the ascendency of the Union forces in West Virginia.

At the last session of the Legislature Hon. John D. Sutton, of Braxton County, introduced a resolution in the Legislature for a Commission to be appointed by the Governor to secure the site of the battlefield of Droop Mountain for a State Park as an everlasting memorial, and to mark the positions as far as possible of the various army units which took part in the battle.

The Governor appointed Mr. Sutton chairman of this commission.

As a boy, Mr. Sutton fought in this battle as a Union soldier…

This Commission has done a great constructive work. They have purchased the battlefield of more than one hundred acres, and they have marked the positions and movements of the various units engaged…

The Fourth of July has been set as the time for the Battlefield to be formally taken over by the State as a memorial for all time of the men who fought, bled and died for what they believed to be right.

Aside from its historic interest, the Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is one of the beauty spots of the country. A level plateau overlooking the Little Levels a thousand feet below, and surrounded by mountains a thousand feet higher.

The Battlefield is on the Seneca Trail, and can be reached from all parts of Pocahontas County on improved highways.

Come and bring your dinner and something extra for the strangers who will be with us that day…


Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Sharp, 91 years old, was in Marlinton Tuesday to prove her claim to a United States pension as the widow of Martin Bernard Sharp, who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Duncans Lane on Stony Creek in November 1863. The years rest lightly on Mrs. Sharp. She is so spry that the trip here in an automobile bothered her not a bit; she hears well and she has a good mind and takes an interest in life. Her maiden name was Moore; she was raised at Mingo… Some years after the war she became the wife of Henry Sharp, who died three years ago, her daughter was allowed a minor child’s pension until she was 16 years of age. Senator Neely has the matter of a pension for Mrs. Sharp in his hands, and it is hoped that she will soon be enjoying a pension.


On one occasion, the minister delivered a sermon of but ten minutes’ duration – a most unusual thing for him.

Upon the conclusion of his remarks he added: “I regret to inform you, brethren, that my dog, who appears to be peculiarly fond of paper, this morning ate up that portion of the sermon that I have not delivered. Let us pray.”

After the service, the clergyman was met at the door by a man who, as a rule, attended divine service in another parish. Shaking the good man by the hand, he said:

“Doctor, I should like to know whether that dog of yours has any pups. If so, I want to get one to give to my minister.”


On Tuesday night, a big rainstorm, the second in two days, visited upper Pocahontas. Both were regular cloud bursts. Early Wednesday morning the river at Marlinton had a seven-foot tide, but was going down rapidly. About noon, another rise came and went over the seven-foot mark, and stayed for several hours.


The crops in this section are looking very well considering the wet weather and lack of cultivation.

Misses Susie and Viola Sharp from Staunton are visiting Mrs. Oley Jackson and other relatives in the county.

Granville and Resa Wilfong returned from Cranberry Thursday. They report catching some trout and heard the big panther scream. This panther passes through that country every summer.


We are having fine growing weather, only a little too wet for corn, yet grass and oats are making rapid growth.

Mrs. Ruth Taylor and children, of Dunmore, are visiting her parents the latter part of the week.

Quite a few are trading their wool at Dunmore with C. E. Pritchard. They get the cash or goods.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Curry, of Frost, June 6th, a daughter.


Mary wears such little skirts,
Her pretty knees they show.
No matter how big Mary gets,
Her skirts don’t seem to grow.
When Mary reaches sweet sixteen,
The whole world seems to slow
To show appreciation keen:
It makes her feel quite low.
But by the time she’s twenty-one,
The wind’s had time to blow;
And what a lovely girl she is,
The boys must surely know.
But if the boys don’t know enough,
She hastens to the shore;
And there upon the sandy beach
They learn a little more.
Poor Mary wonders why on earth,
The nice boys will not tarry;
She cannot see she’s not the girl
A real man wants to marry.

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