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Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, May 31, 1945

Our Army and Navy Boys

Mrs. Robert Mitchell, of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been notified by the War Department that her husband, Corporal Robert Mitchell, was killed in action April 12, 1945, in Germany. Corporal Mitchell was serving with Lieutenant Hodges United States First Army and had been overseas 37 months. Mrs. Mitchell will be remembered as Miss Pinie Cloonan, of Marlinton.

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Judge Sharp has received a letter from his son, Captain George Sharp, of the Marines, stating that he had been wounded in the chest with shrapnel in the fighting on the Japanese Islands.

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Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kesler received their first word of their son, Lieutenant Earl M. Kesler, on May 26, 1945. He had been a prisoner of the Germans since July 2, 1944. He was liberated May 1 by the Russians.

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Mr. and Mrs. Saul Starcher, of Seebert, received a letter from their son, Private Frank Starcher, who was a German prisoner at Stalag13B. He was liberated on May 6th and wrote that he would be home soon. He was a paratrooper and was captured on D Day. This is the first word from him since December 17th.

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Nathan G. Scott, of Franklin, a brother of Mrs. R. W. Harper, of Marlinton, was on the big carrier, Franklin, when it was so badly damaged by the Japanese bombers.


Mrs. Romie Cutlip, of Marlinton, received the following letter from her son, Lawson, who is somewhere overseas:

Here I am trying to write you a few lines to let you hear from me. I am somewhere at sea, I don’t know where I am, but I never saw so much water in all my life.

Well, Mom, I guess this is it. Just pray that I get back o.k. Boy, this sure is different from the U. S. A. I don’t know where I am going, but I will write you soon as I land, although I can’t tell you where I am. So you won’t know anymore than you do now.

When you write, just use one side of the paper, and write often because it takes a long time for a letter to reach me.
Well, I will say bye for now.

Son, Lawson

Mrs. Lola Workman, of Hillsboro, sends this letter from her brother, PFC. W. H. Buzzard, who is somewhere in Germany:
Dear Lola;

Will answer your letter. I was glad to hear from you and to know you were all well. This leaves me okay. I guess the oysters are pretty scarce at that, and also a high price. Haven’t been able to write for quite a while. Yesterday was the first time I have written home in over two weeks. I was lost for five days and darned near starved to death. I’ve been eating quite a bit lately. I am o. k. now. I have been seeing a lot of our boys that have been liberated from German prison camps and they sure look bad. Most of them are so weak they can hardly walk. They are sure ruined for life.

Well, Lola, I’ll make this letter short, for I haven’t much time.

Best of luck,


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Martin, of Marlinton, a daughter named Judith Ann.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Winfred Foe, of Cass, a son, Lloyd Allen.


Patrick Tahaney Ward, aged 76 years, died at his home in Marlinton early Sunday morning, May 27, 1945… On Tuesday morning, his body was laid to rest in the family plot in the Catholic cemetery near Elkins, the funeral being held from St. Brendans church in Elkins…

The pall bearers were A. H. McFerrin, Marion Burr, M. J. Moore, J. E. Buckley, Moody Kincaid and Calvin W. Price.

The deceased had long been a leading attorney at the Pocahontas County Bar. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Maud Reed Ward…

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The news of the death of Mrs. Dollie Shrader Seccuro was received with shock and great sorrow by her many friends. Dollie was a popular young woman, only 22 years of age. She was the wife of Joseph P. Seccuro, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther J. Shrader, of Frost.

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