Thursday, April 20, 1944

Our Army and Navy Boys

Staff Sgt. Henry Rife has been missing in action in the European Theatre of war since March 4th, according to the message received by his sister, Mrs. Frank Watson, of Lucas Mill. It is believed that Sgt. Rife may be a prisoner of war in Germany. He was a gunner on a Bomber…

Sgt. Rife will be remembered around Marlinton as “Buck Rife,” who was in the C. C. C. at Watoga, a few years ago.

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Corporal George Delbert Thompson, who was wounded in the Italian Invasion October 2, was home the past month with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Thompson, of Millpoint. He returned to the hospital at Thomasville, Georgia for further treatment.

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Somewhere in England, Army Nurse Annabelle McLaughlin was eating supper in a restaurant and who in the world should come in but her soldier brother, Hugh Price McLaughlin. These young service people are niece and nephew of June McElwee, of Marlinton.

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Mrs. Leah Boggs has learned of the promotion from Private to Private First Class of her son, Ralph, of the United States Marines, who is now serving in the Central Pacific.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Auldridge, of Millpoint, have received a cablegram and letters from their son, Corporal Richard H. Auldridge, telling of his safe arrival somewhere in England.

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P.F.C. Warren Dever, of the Air Corps, now stationed at Seymour Johnson Field, North Carolina, was home recently on furlough with his mother, Mrs. Ethel Dever, at Millpoint.

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Private Lloyd E. Friel, son of Mrs. Ruth N. Friel, of Marlinton, was wounded in action in the southwest Pacific.

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Private Manuel McNeill, of the Army, who has been stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, spent a 10 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnot McNeill. On his return he went to his new station at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

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Grady Herold, of the Army Air Force, stationed at the Harlingen Army Gunnery School, Harlingen, Texas was promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant. Herold is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Winston Herold, of Minnehaha Springs, and has been in the service for 22 months.


Misses Jeanette and Betty Palmer and Maxine Thomas have returned to Baltimore after visiting their home folks.

Mrs. Bill Weiford and Donna Jean, of Portsmouth, Virginia, are visiting Mrs. Walter Graham.

Mrs. Leon Ervin has returned from California where she spent some time with her husband, Mr. Ervin, who is now serving with the Seabees in the South Pacific.

Mr. and Mrs. John Moore, Jr., have returned to Dundalk, Maryland, after spending a week with Mrs. Moore’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Thomas.

Mrs. Alta Rose, of Marlinton, spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Young.

Sgt. James H. Thomas has returned to Fort Benning, Georgia, after spending his 25 days leave with his wife and parents.

Harry Lee “Lucky” Thomas has entered the service and is in Long Beach, California.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac McNeel, a son.

Born to Lt. and Mrs. Richard Currence, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter T. Cottrell, of Marlinton, a daughter.

Born to Carl Lee Morrison, of Marlinton, a son, named James Douglas.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Reynolds, of Marlinton, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Olla Warwick Arbogast, of Marlinton, a son, named Olla Junior Arbogast.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. George T. Gum, of Minnehaha Springs, a son, named James Roger.


Jacob W. Hill, aged 84, died April 13, 1944… His body was laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery. In early life he came to the home of his uncle, the late Dr. John Ligon, at Cloverlick. For more than forty years he had been a resident of Marlinton, working at his trade as a carpenter, and then as a bookkeeper for many years in the First National Bank. At the time of his death, Mr. Hill was Recorder for the Town of Marlinton, an office he had been elected to a number of terms…

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John Sheets, aged 28 years, died April 14, 1944. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Griffie Sheets. His wife had been dead less than a year.

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Clarence Roberts, aged 36 years, died at Beaver Dam, Virginia, April 14, 1944. His body was laid to rest in the family plot in Mountain View Cemetery… The deceased was a son of H. B. Roberts. He is survived by his father and one brother, Floyd.

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Mrs. Sophronia Anne Boggs died April 7, 1944 at the home of her son, Grover Boggs, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a daughter of Reuben W. and Rachel Perkins Ramsey, and was born at the home near White Sulphur Springs November 5, 1863.

Editor, Pocahontas Times
Dear Sir;

Years ago I was a subscriber to The Pocahontas Times, and recently was given a few copies by Mr. Buzzard, publisher of our town paper here. In reading familiar names and places, I am home sick for the paper again. So, enclosed you will find $1 for a years’ subscription.

I still remember articles written for the Times by the Rev. Wm. T. Price. One was in the year of 1900, when I was married and built a new house on my parents’ farm near Greenbank.

As the Rev. Price was making a preaching tour from Back Alleghany to Greenbank, he passed our house and asked the party who was with him who had built the new house. The answer was, “Gordon Slaven, and he married a house to keep his house.”

My wife’s maiden name was Greathouse…

Gordon L. Slaven
Berkeley Springs