Thursday, June 24, 1948
At the Gilbert home, down Beard way, a big old golden or black eagle got to raiding the hen yard with distressing regularity. Four big fine, fat hens was the toll, and then Mr. Gilbert began to sit up and take notice. The other day, the eagle came back for another chicken. It was just too bad for the old bird. His wing stretch was better than seven feet.
We farmers of the Elk River country breathed a sign of relief when the Sharps killed the two bears for us. It was only a short relief, though, as other bears moved in to take their place. These are smaller bears, or they have smaller tracks and have killed only four or five lambs, so far.
The bears that were killed were old rascals and plenty smart. One cannot believe they could be so cunning until one has tried to outsmart them. The one killed on Red Lick killed a good bear dog and crippled another one on the long running fight through the thickets…
The one on Valley Mountain could not be trapped, even with a live sheep as decoy… He kept on the move. About every ten days he would come out of Gauley, cross Elk River into Valley Mountain where he would kill sheep for the Conrads and Sweckers, then the next night move on to the Jordans, then on into Middle Mountain to kill for Vandevenders, Beales and Sharps, then back into the vast Gauley Mountain thickets with miles on miles of perfect bear haven of laurel, greenbriers and brush.
By surrounding the mountain with standers and coming in on his old trail, with Oscar Sharp’s dogs, he was trapped on Valley Mountain, but he would not go up a tree, and was headed for the Spruce thicket on top of the mountain, when Oscar got ahead of him and waited until he came out of a rough hollow and dropped him with his Mauser. He was walking old pine logs, etc., to keep up out of reach of the dogs.
On Friday evening, June 11, 1948, at the Lewisburg Methodist church, Miss Alice Young was united in marriage to William Sherman Beard… The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Argobrite Young, of Lewisburg. She is a graduate of Lewisburg high school, Greenbrier College and West Virginia University.
The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beard, of Hillsboro. After his graduation from Greenbrier Military School, he entered the army, served in the air corps in Europe, and was discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.
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On Monday evening, June 7, 1948, at Clifton Presbyterian Church, Miss Janet Lockridge Campbell became the wife of Captain Arthur M. Frey…
The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd L. Campbell, and a granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Lockridge, of Pocahontas County…
Captain Frey is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Frey… For ten years he saw active service in the United States Army. He is now stationed with the Greenbrier Military School…
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan O. Clarkson, of Cass, a daughter, name Paula Mae.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Dilley, of Marlinton, a son, named James Richard.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Meade Sharp, of Mingo, a daughter, named Paulette Mae.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William B. Sheets, of Cass, a daughter, named Diana Sue.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Perry, of Auto, twin sons, named Kenneth Garry and Kermit Barry.
Mrs. Guy Higgins has been notified that the body of her brother, First Sergeant Gay S. Fertig, will arrive at Marlinton on Tuesday. The funeral service will be held from the Marlinton Metho-dist Church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. His body will be laid in Mountain View Cemetery with Military honors.
The young soldier met his death while serving his country. He was drowned in Humboldt Bay, Dutch New Guinea, May 4, 1944.
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Mrs. Myrtle Fertig, age 74 years, died June 16, 1948… She was a daughter of the late William J. Moore and Loretta Grimes Moore, of Huntersville… Funeral service was conducted at the Mt. Zion Church with interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
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William Thomas Friel, aged 77, died at his home near Mingo, Thursday, June 17, 1948. On Sunday, his body was laid to rest in the Gibson Cemetery on Elk…
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Mrs. Daisy Sharp Dilley, aged 68 years, wife of C. W. Dilley, of near Dunmore, died Saturday, June 19, 1948. On Monday the funeral service was held from the Frost Church… The deceased was a daughter of the late W. A. G. and Elizabeth Arbogast Sharp…
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Wallace B. Curry died at his home on Back Alleghany Monday, June 14, 1949. On Wednesday, his body was laid to rest in Bethel church cemetery…
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Ernest Oliver Sharp died Friday, June 11, 1948, at his home at Mingo. He was a son of the late John and Eliza Wamsley Sharp… On June 13 the funeral was held at the Mingo Methodist Church. Interment was made in the Mingo Cemetery…