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Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, October 19, 1944

Our Army and Navy Boys

Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Ervin, of Guys Mills, were notified that their son, Corporal Lyle H. Ervin, had been killed October 1 in a plane crash in Italy. Corporal Ervin would have been 24 years old on November 6. The Ervin family were former residents of Greenbank.

Word has been received from the War Department by Mrs. Katherine Rider Sheets that her husband, Pfc. Hildie Hudson Sheets, Infantry, has been reported missing in action in France as of September 12.

The Navy Department announced last week that Seaman First Class Dale Edkar Wilfong, of Bartow, was missing in action. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Jess E. Wilfong.

Mrs. Kyle C. Dilley has received word from the War Department that her husband, Private First Class Kyle C. Dilley, was slightly wounded in action on September 16, 1944, in France.


Mrs. A. H. Wade, of Minnehaha Springs, received this letter from her son, Elton, who is somewhere in Belgium:

Dear Mom;

I will write you a few lines today, as I am always thinking of you all. I received your letter and sure was glad to hear you were all well and getting along good.

This leaves me well and still able to go, is about all I can say. I haven’t been writing you as many letters as I did, but hope you get them okay.

I do the best I can and write as often as I have the chance.

I am in Belgium now – another new country for me. It is a very nice country. Tell Dad they have some fine horses here.
Did you attend the Fair this year?

I guess you all are about through with the fall work by now. Hope you get a good price for the lambs.

How is Charley getting along with the bees?

Hope they have gotten the wood in by now.

Mom, I know you worry so much, but try not to, for I still trust in God that He will spare me, and I will get back some day to take care of you. Tell all hello for me.

Since there isn’t much to write, I will close.

May God bless us all.

Lots of love,
Your son, Elton


The first killing frost of this fall season came Monday morning, October 16. Killing frosts can be expected here any time after the middle of September. On higher ground, frosts came this year September 9. The thermometer was down to 26 degrees on Monday morning.

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The open season on squirrel, grouse and wild turkey is not proving out for much with most hunters. Game is scarce and scattered. James Workman is the only hunter reporting a wild turkey that I have heard of.

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A few weeks back, Mr. Workman took a good long walk from his place on Greenbrier River, at Burnside, over to the head of Spice Run. Just below the old Coulter place, within a distance of not over a mile along Spice Run, he came upon the remains of no less than four good sized deer. The sign was these deer had been killed and eaten by a panther or panthers. Last coon hunting season the Workman boys in these same woods came upon the carcass of a deer so recently killed by a panther that the meat was still warm. The varmint had eaten his fill out of a ham and covered up the rest with leaves.

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Up in Marlin Mountain the other day, Cecil Carr took a shot at a grouse. Going to pick up his game, he found he had killed two fine birds with one shot.


Married at the Methodist Church in Cass on Sunday morning, October 15, 1944, Clyde Varner and Miss Maxine Fisher… The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Fisher… Mr. Varner is the son of Mrs. Hevener Dilley, of Huntersville…

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On October 13, 1944, at the Presbyterian Manse in Marianna, Florida, Rev. M. A. DuPont united in holy wedlock, Serviceman Claude W. Bruffey, of Lobelia, and Miss Kathleen Maye Shawver, of Bluefield.

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Mr. Kennie Brown, of Droop, announces the marriage of his daughter, Miss Nina, to Raymond Friel.


William A. Simmons, aged 66 years, was killed near his home in Bartow on Thursday when struck by an automobile. He was on his way to work in the tannery at Frank in the early morning… Mr. Simmons is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Marvel Harris, of Arbovale, and Miss Emma, of Pennsylvania; two sons, Maurice, of Bartow; and Berlin, in the Army.

George Washington Taylor died October 2, 1944 at his home in Dunmore. On Wednesday, his body was laid to rest in the Wesley Chapel cemetery… Mr. Taylor lived his entire life in Pocahontas County. Thus is noted the passing of an honest, upright citizen… He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, who, before her marriage was Miss Mandy Kelly, six daughters, Mrs. Sam Elliot, Mrs. Wade Galford, Mrs. Russel Taylor, Mrs. Howard Bussard, of Dunmore, Mrs. Pinkney Doyle, of Stony Bottom, Mrs. Okey Starcher, of Greenbank; two sons, Jack and Grover…

Word has come as we go to press of the death of Ewell P. Kramer, late of Millpoint, at Alexandria, Virginia. His children are Joe Kramer, of Millpoint, and Mrs. Eugene Berrier, of Morgantown.

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