Thursday, November 18, 1948
Key Tree Falls
As the uppermost tree on the slope was reached, Sullivan, himself, took the axe and completed the felling cut. This was the key tree. So carefully did the Irishman lay it down that, in falling, it struck two below it. These in turn struck others, setting up a chain reaction carrying clear to the bottom of the slope.
Never before (or since) was a slope completely logged by the felling of a single tree.
I found out it was no use in pressing for more exact details of the Sullivan method. Cal Price is now one of the oldest original residents of the upper reaches of the Greenbrier, and the secret will die with him. When asked to amplify the details of this manner of logging that might have revolutionized the industry old Cal merely starts off on tales of panthers and other varmints lurking in these colorful mountains.
NEW PARK CHIEF
Kermit McKeever, of the State Park Service and superintendent of Watoga State Park the past three years, has been appointed Chief of the Division of State Parks by the Conservation Commission… This is a well-merited appointment…
When it comes to fan mail, this editor gets both kinds. These two letters are a cross section of the kind that the recent election brought in:
Stop my paper. You can save your dirty digs for your Democrat friends. Hereafter, I will take the Marlinton Journal. If it were not for your Republican subscribers, you could not stay in business. So do not bite the hand that is feeding you.
My dear Cal;
Let me congratulate you on another accomplishment. Your editorials during the recent presidential campaign were honest, truthful, candid, and full of abounding confidence as to the sure and certain triumph of Harry Truman and the people of America. No class interest, no organized prejudices nor monopolies can any longer survive nor control this country, its resources and its people.
I interpret the victory of Harry Truman and the American people in this recent election of greater historical significance than any preceding event in our history. The consequences of this election are far reaching both for our nation and for the welfare of the entire world. Again, let me congratulate you. It was the best editorial job done in West Virginia.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Castilow, of New Martinsville, a son, named John Randolph. Mrs. Castilow is the former Miss Frances Hunter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Weatherholt, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. McGurk, a son, named William Patrick.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lee Baxter, of Clover Lick, a daughter, named Judith Lee.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Snyder, a son, named Charles Edward.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Chappell, of Hillsboro, a daughter, named Karen Bess.
Mrs. Bernice L. Reed has received word that the body of her husband, Private First Class Harold L. Reed, is enroute to the United States for re-burial. He lost his life in Germany April 3, 1945.
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Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Hudson have received word that the body of their son, Technical Sergeant Edward Keith Hudson, is enroute to the United States from France for final interment.
William Henry Shelton, 79, of Slaty Fork, died November 11, 1948… On Sunday afternoon, his body was laid to rest in the Gibson cemetery. The service being held from Mary’s Chapel… The deceased was born in Staunton, Va., a son of the late John Henry and Martha Fisher Shelton.
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Harmon Strickler McLaughlin, 71, of Cass, died November 13, 1948… On Tuesday afternoon his body was laid in the Wanless cemetery, the funeral being held from the Cass Metho-dist Church…
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Worth L. Loury, 50, of Charleston, died November 15, 1948… On Tuesday afternoon, his body was buried in the family plot in the Huntersville cemetery. Born at Huntersville, he was a son of the late J. C. Loury.
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Warwick Cameron Ratliff, 78, of Marlinton, died November 11, 1948… On Friday afternoon, his body was laid to rest on Drennin Ridge, the service being conducted from the Marlinton Methodist Church. The deceased was born in Bath County, a son of the late Dock and Mary Fox Ratliff.
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Mrs. Ellen Esta Mayse, 78, of Hillsboro, died November 14, 1948… On Tuesday afternoon, her body was laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery, the funeral being conducted from the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church. The deceased was a native of Bath County, a daughter of the late Anderson and Rebecca Mayse.
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George Hampton Simmons, 73, of Hillsboro, died November 11, 1948, on Sunday, his body was laid to rest in the Oak Grove Cemetery, the service being conducted from the Hillsboro Methodist Church. The deceased was a son of the late Jacob and Julia Beverage Simmons. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nellie Suttle Simmons, and their six children, Elmer, Calvin, William and Marion, Mary Ann and Lora Lee Simmons.