Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, October 5, 1944

Our Army and Navy Boys

Mr. and Mrs. Everette Ruckman were notified last Friday by the War Department that their son, Willis, had been slightly wounded in action in Italy on September 10th.

Minter C. Moore of the Army, after 26 months service in the Aleutians, got broken up in a plane crash in Wyoming seven weeks ago. He suffered a broken arm and other injuries. He was in an Army Hospital seven weeks. Forty-two people were killed in the crash. Minter arrived home last week for an eleven day stay with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Moore


Mrs. Lucy Davis, of Marlinton, received this letter from her son, Clarence Davis, S. 1 Class, of the Navy.

Dear Mother and L. W.;

I received three letters from you both today and would love to answer each one, but guess I can’t do that out here. I am getting along just fine, only awful anxious to get back home. You asked me about those pictures. I would like to have them, and I think they will get to me okay. Please send me some of L. W. and yourself as I have but one of you and none of L. W. I really got a nice picture from Gladys yesterday; one she had taken when she was home last spring.

About moving off the mountain, as I wrote before, I think it is a grand idea. It will be okay with me for that mountain is just too much for you to climb every time you go to church.

Mother, I am sending you a money order. If there is anything you need, please use it. If you can buy a place off the mountain, take all the money I have in the bank and get it. I will send at least $50 home every month and double it now and then. So, that will be a good start. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t bother you with my big family. Ha!

About the hunting this fall, I have no idea when I will get back, for now that we have the Japs on the run, we can’t let up or it will mean disaster. So, I guess we will be gone a long time yet. I saw in the paper where ammunition would be sold to the hunters. Tell L. W. if he can, to get some 22 shells for me, in case I do get home.

I am getting The Pocahontas Times now, and will you please tell ole Cal to put some Field Notes in thar for me.

Well, I must close for this time but will try to write more often.

Tell all the folks hello for me.

I hope this finds all well and happy.

As ever,

Women’s Club Meets

“Are Women Politically Literate?” and “Are We Part-Time Citizens?” are topics to be discussed by Mrs. J. W. Reynolds and Judge Summers H. Sharp respectively, at the regular Business and Professional Women’s Club at the Marlinton Graded School Lunch Room Monday, October 9th, at 7:30 p.m. All members of the Rotary Club, Women’s Club, Board of Trade and all candidates for office are cordially invited to attend.

Richwood Road To Open

The Richwood-Pocahontas Road will be officially opened to traffic Friday, October 20, 1944, in proper form and with due ceremony. The place is North Bend camp site seven miles out from Richwood. The hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come and bring your dinner, the coffee will be free. Sandwiches will be sold…

For twenty years and more, ever since West Virginia wholesaled into developing a state road system – a highway giving the city of Richwood outlet to the east and the upper Greenbrier a much better way to Charleston has been agitating. It is finally an accomplished fact, and what a fine highway it is, too.

Leaving the hard road, No. 219 at Millpoint, up the pleasant pastured valley of Stamping Creek, over Cranberry Mountain on an easy grade to reach an altitude of 4,000 feet; down the wooded ravine of Hills Creek, to cross to the drainage of the North Fork of Cherry without knowing it, thence on down stream to the industrial center of Richwood. This is twenty-eight miles linking hard road to hard road; over a really high mountain; twenty of the miles through the woods between houses.

How this road was built is an interesting story, to be written at length some time. First there were abandoned railway grades; then W. P. A. projects; then state road contracts; then a state prison camp; then the big federal prison camp; then state maintenance and more state contracts. Last, but of great importance, was the big annual boost of money from National Forest road funds…


Mrs. Emma Keller, aged 77 years, widow of the late Caswell Keller, died at her home at Bartow Sunday, September 24, 1944. On Tuesday her body was laid in the Arbovale cemetery.

Miss Rose Sharp, aged 21 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Divers Sharp, died September 25, 1944, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mamie Burgess, near Pittsburgh. On Friday, her body was laid in the Cochran cemetery on Stony Creek.

Paul J. Pyles, aged 49 years, of Waynesburg, Pa., died in a Philadelphia Hospital Thursday, September 28, 1944. On Tuesday his body was buried in the Huntersville cemetery… The deceased was born at Huntersville, a son of the late Lemuel J. and Mollie McLaughlin Pyles. He married Miss Beula Mae Mullins, of Huntersville.

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