Thursday, January 6, 1949
My friend, Charles Tacy, was down from Back Alleghany on Monday. Naturally, I inquired about how he had gotten along with his bear chasing this season. He said he had quit; the bear had picked up so much in speed in the last few years, that he was no longer in their class. He will not admit that the shoe might be on the other foot; that he is slowing down a bit.
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Friend Wade Galford, of Dunmore, was in to report that he has spent so much time a bear hunting the past six months he has not had much time to devote to his general business as stockman and farmer. Seems like he is afraid he might acquire the habit if the bears hold out. In recent weeks four head have been accounted for in his community, but there still appears to be as many as ever. Chase a bear out of a laurel patch and the next night another will move in. Mr. Galford is working on a cooperative plan to hire a professional bear hunter, with his pack of fighting dogs, for most of his time next summer so the farmers can have some time to plant and care for their crop.
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The well-known killdee is listed in the book as one of the plover family of birds. About a month ago, these noisy bird friends left out for the South from here sometime in late November. So, imagine my surprise to find a small flight of killdees on the river one wintry morning last week. However, these were not the noisy plovers of spring, summer and fall in these parts. These were identified by the help of the book as golden plover in winter plumage. This time of year, the golden plover is much darker on the head, back and breast than the killdee. A big storm had been blowing in from the east, and it is as good a guess as any that this flight of plover had been carried here by the big wind…
OUR ARMY AND NAVY BOYS
Dear Mr. Price;
I want to write and tell you that on December 20th, I met up with another Pocahontas county boy. Warren Fowler, of Hillsboro, and I ran into each other at the 387th Station Hospital at Stuttgart, Germany, and we had a long chat together. He went to school with my brothers at Hillsboro High School. It sure was good to meet an old friend.
Sergeant Fowler and I would like, through the columns of your paper, to wish everyone back home a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Corporal Paul M. Rhodes
U. S. Constabulary
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Ervine, of Cloverlick, a son.
Loren Stanley Buzzard, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Buzzard, of Huntersville, died Thursday, December 30, 1948. Funeral service was conducted at the home on Saturday with burial in the family plot on the farm…
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Ben Bowman Chambers, aged 64 years, died at his home on Elk Tuesday, December 28, 1948… On Friday afternoon his body was laid in the Gibson Cemetery, the service being held from Mary’s Chapel by his pastor, Rev. R. J. Crawford…
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Lloyd H. Armstrong, aged 48 years, died unexpectedly at his home in Moundsville Monday, December 29, 1948. The deceased was a son of Cameron Armstrong, of Buckeye, and the late Lucy Lange Armstrong… Funeral service was held at Marlinton Presbyterian Church Thursday afternoon with interment in the family plot in Mountain View Cemetery… Pallbearers were Calvin Price, Summers Sharp, George Sharp, Walter Graham, V. M. Loudermilk and W. H. Rogers. The flower girls were Nellie Williams, Leta Killings-worth, Mrs. Clarence Smith, Eva Jane White, Helen Brumagin, Mrs. Mary Perry, Marguerite Gay, Lou Kee, Edna Kellison, Gladys Carpenter, Betty Carpenter, Mary Kellison, Susie Rog-ers, Georgie Loudermilk, Eleanor McNeill, Juanita Spencer, Mrs. Henry Warren, Juanita Howard, Nora Young, Addie Graham, Pearl Duncan and Zetta Loudermilk.