Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, July 25, 1946

Big Storm

A big wind and rain storm visited parts of Pocahontas County on Sunday morning about eleven o’clock, Great damage was done to corn, whole fields being laid flat. Trees were blown down and limbs broken off. There was some hail.

During the storm, lightning struck and killed five head of valuable milk cows for Hevener Dilley on Browns Mountain.

While some of the corn stalks will come back up, the effects of such a leveling wind is about half a corn crop.

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Lobelia – Some weeks since, lightning struck and killed fifteen head of hogs belonging to Johnny Hill.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Troy Lusk, of Baltimore, a daughter, June 25, 1946.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Atkins July 15, 1946, an 8 1/4 pound baby girl. The mother is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Shue, of Droop.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. M H. Seagraves, of Kayford, June 29, 1946, a son, Sidney Lee. Mrs. Seagraves is the former Miss Mildred Yeager, of Marlinton.

Willis Grant McKeever, aged 81 years, died at his home on Swago, on Saturday, July 20, 1946. On Monday morning the funeral service was held from the Swago Church by his pastor, Rev. R. S. Skaggs. His body was laid to rest in the McNeill Cemetery.

Mr. McKeever is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred Beverage McKeever, and their son, Dallas.

The deceased was a son of the late George W. and Alcinda McKeever. He was the last of the family to be called.

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Judson Kellison, 61, of Lobelia, died Monday night, July 1, 1946, at a hospital in Charleston. The funeral was held Thursday at the Jacox church, with burial in the Kellison cemetery.

Mr. Kellison is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nancy Kellison, four sons and four daughters. The children are Mrs. Pearl Morrison, Mrs. Bertha Thria, Mrs. Erma McClung, Miss Myrtle Kellison, Howard Kellison, Delbert Kellison, James Kellison and Elba Kellison.

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Monterville Hansford, aged 74 years,  died at his home in Marlinton Thursday, July 18, 1946, after a prolonged illness of many months’ duration. On Sunday afternoon, the funeral was held from the Marlinton Methodist Church… Interment in Mountain View Cemetery…

Twenty-six years ago, the Hansford family moved to Marlinton where Mr. Hansford worked at his trade as a painter and paper hanger. He was a gifted singer and leader of music. For a lifetime he was a professing Christian, a member of the Methodist Church.

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Sinclair Renick Graves was born February 3, 1892 and departed this life June 30, 1946. His age, 54 years, four months and 27 days.

He united with the Methodist church a little over a year ago. He was the son of the late Rice and Mary Graves, who have preceded him in death.

His entire life was spent in the Brownsburg community. He was united in marriage to Ada Walker in 1923. He was well known and liked by everyone who knew him, and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He had been in failing health for a number of years but he bore his suffering patiently.

He leaves to mourn his passing, two sisters, Mrs. Bell Wheeler and Mrs. Amanda Rose, both of Brownsburg; seven nieces; one nephew; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Mrs. Effie Pennell Auldridge passed beyond on Saturday, July 13, 1946, to join her husband and loved ones who had preceded her.

Services were conducted at her home in Mill Point…

Mrs. Auldridge was the daughter of Reuben and Frances Pennell, having been born in Williamsburg, Greenbrier County… On February 21, 1875, she was united in marriage to William H. Auldridge, of Mill Point, to which union were born three children. Mr. Auldridge entered the Great Beyond on February 5, 1919, to await her coming…

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