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Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, February 1, 1945

Our Army and Navy Boys

Bedford Taylor, of the Merchant Marines, 2nd Class Petty Officer of the Naval Reserve, has returned to duty after spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Taylor, of Green Bank. He was recently returned from a trip overseas.

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Sheets, of Green Bank, have received a letter from their son, Sergeant Jacob C. Sheets, saying he has landed in the Philippine Islands from New Guinea. He is a member of the 547th Night Fighter Squadron.

Staff Sergeant Audrey “Fuzzy” Dilley, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Dilley, who was wounded while in action in Italy and is now in the hospital, wishes to thank his friends in Marlinton and vicinity who remembered him with Christmas cards and letters. He is not able to answer them or write to his friends due to an arm injury, but we are in hopes he will soon be good as new. Mr. and Mrs. Dilley now have four sons in the service: Sergeant “Fuzzy,” recuperating in a hospital overseas; Sergeant Gail, of Oklahoma City; Corporal James L. “Fatty” of the Air Corps, now stationed at Chanute Field, Illinois, and Ralph, who was inducted last week.

On last Sunday, Mrs. John Clark received a notice from the War Department that her son, Private First Class Gilmer Quick had been slightly wounded in action at Luxemburg, France. Mrs. Clark has another son, Gardner Quick, serving in the Navy.

Army Air Forces, Pacific Headquarters – Staff Sergeant Pershing A. Arbogast, of Dunmore, W. Va., a radio operator and aerial gunner of a combat mopping squadron in the Central Pacific, has been awarded the Air Medal “for meritorious achievement in flight, displaying high professional skill, courage and devotion to duty and reflecting great credit on himself and the Army Air Forces.”

Sergeant Arbogast has the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, American Theatre and American Defense ribbons, the Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart. He enlisted in February 1941, and has been overseas since March 1944.

Sergeant Arbogast’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. William N. Arbogast, of Dunmore. He is a graduate of Green Bank High School. His wife, Ruby, and their son, James Theodore, reside at Montclo, (sp) W. Va.

Fort Benning, Georgia – Private First Class Hugh Jackson, son of Mrs. Lucy A. Jackson, of Marlinton, has won the right to wear the “Boots and Wings” of the United States Army Paratroops. He has completed four weeks of jump training during which time he made five jumps, the last a tactical jump at night involving a combat problem on landing.

Alderman – Hamrick

Marvin D. Alderman and Miss Elise Fay Hamrick were united in marriage at the Methodist Parsonage at Marlinton January 11, 1945.

Plyler – Hoover

Miss Bertha Marie Hoover, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Hoover, of Bartow, became the bride of Luther Plyler, son of Mr. And Mrs. Oren Plyler, of Marlinton, on January 6, 1945, at the parsonage at Frank, with Rev. W. J. Pellow officiating… The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey Johnson. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the bride’s home…


Born to Mr. and Mrs. David Combs, of Frost, a son, Gary Woodrow.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rose, of Cass, a daughter, Sandra Jean Rose.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Wilfong, of Dunmore, a son, Delbert Neil.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Hall, of Mingo, a son, Paul Richard.


Thomas Lee Beard was born at Millpoint July 30, 1877, and died at his home January 20, 1945… Except for the time he was away at school and ten years he lived at Culpepper, Virginia, he spent his entire life in this county among his own people.

He was the son of Lucy McNeil and Edgar Beard. He is survived by his brother, Carl G. Beard, of Hillsboro, and his sister, Mrs. Zed Smith, Jr., of Marlinton…

His distinguishing characteristics, his love of humanity, his sympathy for and understanding of people; his desire to help wherever help was needed and his great unselfishness endeared him to a large circle of friends in all walks of life.

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Mrs. Allie Ervine Arbogast, aged 80 years, widow of W. W. Arbogast, died Thursday, January 20, 1945, at her home in Green Bank.

On Friday, her body was laid to rest in the Arbovale Cemetery, the service being conducted from the Green Bank Methodist Church by her pastor, Rev. Quade Arbogast… Mrs. Arbogast was a daughter of the late Preston Ervine. Her sister is Mrs. W. W. Sutton, of Middlebourne.

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