Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, October 26, 1944

Our Army and Navy Boys

Platoon Sergeant Garland Moore, U. S. Marine Corps, was killed in the South Pacific, according to word received by his wife, the former Miss Helen Hardwick. Sgt. Moore was born July 4, 1911, and was reared by his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Sutton, of Cass.

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Memorial Service for First Lieut. Donald Chitester Roman, who was killed in action over France, July 11, 1933, will be held at the Marlinton Methodist Church Sunday, October 29, at 2:30 p.m.

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Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Slavin have received a telegram from the War Department stating that their son, Sergeant Earl. W. (Barney) Slavin, had been missing in action since September 22 in France. Barney was previously wounded while serving in North Africa. He had also served for more than a year in Alaska.

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Flight Officer John E. Beale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beale, of Slaty Fork, has just returned to his base in the European Theatre of Operations, after successfully participating in the Airborne invasion of Holland. For F. O. Beal, this was the second glider trip to the front yard of Hitler’s Vanishing Domain. He also piloted a glider on the historical June 6th invasion of the Cherbourg peninsula.

This intrepid pilot reported that the civilian population of Holland and Belgium were overjoyed to see the Americans, and couldn’t do enough for the men who had come to liberate their land from the German conquerors.

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The office is in receipt of an official United States Marine Corps photo showing Private First Class James K. Triplett, of Mill Point, down on his knees, adding a little draft to a sickly fire. The place is a jungle in Guam, South Pacific. The caption of the picture is: “Wet wood always spells trouble for fire builders.”

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The proverbial Friday the 13th (of October) was a lucky day for two of Marlinton’s boys in the Pacific. Emery (Dupey) Anderson called on Arden (Pooley) Curry. They had been in high school, played football, basketball and worked at Curry and Callison’s Store together. They were at battle on Guam at the same time and then separated. Many were the tales they told and now they are so closely located, they planned Liberty together for Tuesday.


Dear Editor:

I was very much impressed by the letter in your paper last week criticizing our editor for printing the personal letters from our boys in service.

I think the mothers who send them to be printed are capable of knowing whether they should be put before the public or not.
That writer must not have any boys in this horrible war or he isn’t interested in the whereabouts of his neighbors’ boys, for this is the only way we have of knowing where they are stationed.

I’m sure the boys overseas find out where a lot of their pals are through reading these letters in the Times… I remember reading letters from soldiers in the First World War. And after it closed, our editor went back to prewar news and our paper was much the better by him being patriotic enough to bear with these personal letters through that war, and I think it will be very much better after this one…

I think most of your subscribers would rather read a letter that some poor lonesome soldier had written to his loved ones back home than to read some weird story of a panther or bear which can wait till peace comes when all can enjoy them.

I say, Mr. Editor, give us all the news from our boys you can crowd in, and we will wait patiently for field notes and history of great men till this awful conflict is ended.



The independent, ultra conservative New York Times has come out for the reelection of President Roosevelt. Four years ago it was against him, making great to do over the idea of setting a precedent in the matter of a presidential third term. I had been wondering when the staid old paper would tire of its radical political bedfellows like John L. Lewis.

Our County Ticket is good and a guarantee our affairs will be properly taken care of.

First is W. O. Ruckman, of the Levels, for Sheriff. He is a farmer, who does auctioneering as a side line. He specializes in raising silver foxes for their fur. During the first world war, he served in the Navy.

For Prosecuting Attorney, the party has properly put up for reelection Richard Currence. He has made good as a safe, efficient public servant. His case is literally in the hands of his fellow citizens, for reelection or defeat, as he is now serving in the Navy, somewhere in the South Pacific.

Zed S. Smith, Jr. is up for reelection to the important office of Commissioner of the County Court. No county ever had a more efficient, painstaking, agreeable court than ours is now; made up of Mr. Smith as president and commissioners Brown Beard and Fred Ruckman…

Moody Kincaid would like to continue to serve as our accommodating County Court Clerk, and I too would like for his fellow citizens to keep him there. He keeps up the record set by his predecessor, Squire Brown, as the most accommodating County Clerk in the State.

Grady Moore is out for reelection for Clerk of the Circuit Court. He made good in every respect. He too must depend upon his friends to look after his interests in this election, since he is outside the continental United States, serving in the Army.

Down at the end of the County Ticket comes Dewey Burr for Assessor. He comes from the Huntersville District. Born and raised on a farm, he still lives in the country. By profession he is a teacher. He knows values, and he will treat everyone fairly, playing no favorites…


Mrs. Mary Jane White, daughter of Josiah and Susan Crummett, died October 11, 1944, at the age of 71 years, 4 months and 15 days.

She was united in marriage with Benjamin White. To this union eight children were born, three sons and five daughters, all of whom survive: Ernest and Arlie, of Minnehaha Springs; Clarence of the U. S. Army, somewhere in France; Mrs. Hanson Moore, Ruth White, Gertrude White, Mrs. Robert Hanlin, and Mrs. Lloyd Pennybacker…

She was baptized in early infancy. When about eighteen years of age, she was confirmed in Zion Evangelical Lutheran in Crabbottom, Va. After coming to Minnehaha, she united with New Hope Lutheran Church, of which she remained a faithful member until death.

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Mrs. Serene Bruffey Grimes, aged 77 years, widow of the late Rev. J. B. Grimes, died at her home near Lobelia Wednesday, October 18, 1944. On Friday afternoon her body was buried in the Emanuel church cemetery…

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