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Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, April 5, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Hudson, of Green Bank, have received the sad news that their son, Technical Sergeant Edward Keith Hudson was killed in action in France on March 15, 1945.

Keith enlisted in the service in December 1942… He was sent overseas on October 1, 1944, landing safely in France. He saw action in Southern France in the Seventh Army, 410th Infantry, 102nd Division.
Our Army and Navy Boys

On Monday, Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Warren received word that their son, Sergeant John William Warren, had been seriously wounded in the fighting in Germany.

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Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Slavin, of Marlinton, rejoice in the word received that their son, Sergeant Earl W. Slavin, is free from a German military prison. Here is his letter: “Am free and in good hands; and in good health. Within the near future a more detailed letter will follow.”

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Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Reed, of Huntersville, were over to Staunton on Sunday to see their son, Carl, who is recovering from wounds received in action in Germany on December 11, 1944.

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Staff Sergeant Wallace R. Beverage, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harper Beverage, of Bartow, has been awarded the Air Medal “for meritorious achievement while participating in medium bombardment missions over Burma.”


S. Sgt. Dock J. Varner, 35 1366 206, Glider Infantry, while serving with the Army of the United States, distinguished himself by gallantry in action. His outstanding courage, devotion to duty and complete disregard for his personal safety in exposing himself to enemy mortar and artillery fire in order to remove a wounded comrade from an exposed position to one of relative safety were in accordance with the highest standards of the military service.
Master Shepherds

There was a round up last Friday night of farmers who are taking part in the Master Shepherd Program in Pocahontas County.

The place was Marlinton Graded School, and the good supper was served by the ladies of The Eastern Star.

The speakers for the evening were Col. Shaw, sheep expert of the Extension Department of the University and County Agent Ben Morgan. J. A. Sydenstricker, chairman of the Master Shepherds committee, named the winners of the contest, and presented the honors and awards.

There were three classes for the conference. Farmers who keep 15 to 40 ewes; those with 41 to 80; and those with 81 and more.

Top man in group one was J. Z. Johnson, with a score of 98 out of a possible 100…

In the second group, the leader was H. H. Beard with 77 points…

In the third group, Clarence Bussard had 73 points…

In 1944 there were around 90 farmers in Pocahontas signed up for the Master Shepherd project. Of those, over 60 completed their records…

On average, the farmers of Pocahontas County winter over forty thousand head of breeding ewes. From these, forty thousand head of lambs were sold last year for four hundred thousand dollars. In addition, there was a hundred thousand dollars’ worth of wool. Half a million dollars in new money in a year is big business anywhere.

Mr. and Mrs. L. J. VanReenen, of Marlinton, announce the marriage of Cadet Cora VanReenen to P.F.C. Oliver T. McAllister, son of Mr. William McAllister, of Ped-ricktown, New Jersey.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Gardner, of Cloverlick, a daughter, Carol Ann.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Connie Miller, of Spring Creek, a son, Connie Miller, Jr.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Nottingham, of Cass, a son, Gerald Everette.

Sherman Gibson, aged 78 years, died on Wednesday, March 28, 1945. He was laid to rest in the family plot in Mt. View Cemetery…

Thus is noted the passing of a prominent citizen of Pocahontas County– a leading farmer and businessman. He had spent his entire life on the farm on which he was born…

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William Floyd Rucker was born June 21, 1900, on Dry Creek above Swago. He died March 27, 1945… His body was laid to rest in Mt. View Cemetery.

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John Jackson McNellan, aged 70 years, died Friday, March 30, 1945, and was buried in the family plot in Mt. View Cemetery… Mr. McNellan was a veteran of the Spanish American War.

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Patrick Henry Bennett was born December 17, 1877, in Pendleton County. He was a member of the Methodist church at Arbovale and a regular attendant at Sunday School and church in the Liberty Presbyterian church. So regularly did he attend and serve this church that probably many people thought he was a member. He was one of a small number who for years had a perfect Sunday School attendance record. He departed this life early in the morning of Wednesday, March 21, 1945, having reached the age of 65 years, three months, four days.

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Rice Graves, aged 75 years, a highly respected colored citizen, died March 30, 1945 after a long illness. On Sunday afternoon, his body was buried in Brownsburg cemetery. This good man came to this county many years ago from Bath County, Virginia.

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