Thursday, January 13, 1949
Mr. and Mrs. F. Hamed were down from Greenbank Monday. Their three sons all came back safely from the war. Julian is a college student at Tulsa, Oklahoma; Rockford is with the General Electric Company in Washington, and Kenneth manages a garage in Washington. Their daughter, Bernice, in Washington, has a position.
Announcement has been made of the marriage of Olive Frances Friel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Friel, of Marlinton, to Norman H. Alderman, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Alderman, of Huntersville…
Mr. Alderman is a veteran of World War II, having spent four years in the army of which he saw three years of long and arduous service with the first army in the E. T. O.
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Miss Emma Virginia Rogers, of Hillsboro, daughter, of R. W. Rogers and the late Mrs. Rogers, became the bride, January 1, 1949, of Daniel Skaggs, of Marlinton, son of Rev. and Mrs. R. H. Skaggs.
Durbin – On Monday, Roy Houchin came to town loaded down with a family of three wild cats – bay lynx to be technical. The old tom was remarkably large, weighed better than 25 pounds, hog dressed; the mother cat weighed over 16 pounds and the child cat 13 pounds.
Last Friday morning, Mr. Houchin was out looking his trap line and came on a lot of cat tracks, traveling the same way. Following up, he found the carcass of a big doe. There was sign she had been killed by a big wild cat. Setting traps in the trail and around the deer, Mr. Hou-chin caught three wild cats, and hopes to get the rest of the family. Mr. Houchin has known of and been trapping for the big old tom for seven seasons… When caught, he was stuffed with beaver meat. He stretched 52 inches from front paws to hind feet.
W. E. BLackhurst, the taxidermist, will mount this wild cat family for Mr. Houchin.
One night during Christmas week, the sheep at Locust Hill Dairy Farm stampeded from their bedding down place to seek refuge down around the dairy barns. The next morning there were tracks in the patches of snow to tell the trouble. A big old mother bear and her family had come out of Marlin Mountain, heading west. They had passed not far from the sheep. These sheep had come from Elk Mountain, and they knew the smell and the danger of bears. It is surmised these bears were going to the Black Forest, to hole up for the winter.
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A flock of no less than 20 cardinals was observed in a weed patch on Lower Camden Avenue one day last week. The cocks out numbered the hens by about two to one.
Private First Class Harold Leland Reed was born at Evenwood, Randolph County, on January 12, 1914, and departed this life April 3, 1945, age 31 years, two months and 22 days.
Harold was inducted into the Service March 30, 1944, and received his basic training at Camp Stewart, Georgia, for anti-aircraft duty… He was sent overseas in January 1945. On April 3, 1945, he was killed in Central Germany by a German trooper while engaged in a street to street battle.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bernice Faulkner Reed; and one daughter, Myrtle Carol, of Marlinton…
On Sunday afternoon, January 2, 1949, his funeral was held from the Central Union Church, the service being conducted by Rev. R. J. Skaggs and the Rev. J. W. Holliday. His body was laid to rest in the family plot in the Mountain View Cemetery with full military honors by the V. F. W. of Marlinton.
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Mrs. Maye Hopkins Gray, age 63 years, wife of J. M. Gray, died at her home in Cass Monday January 3, 1949. On Thursday morning, the funeral was held from the Cass Presbyterian Church… Her body was laid to rest in the End of the Trail Cemetery at Clintonville, Greenbrier County…