Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, June 28, 1945

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, our Captain Courageous, came back last week in triumph from Europe. He spoke to Congress and here are some of the things he said:

I have seen the American proved on battlegrounds of Africa and Europe over which armies have been fighting for two thousand years of recorded history. None more worthy soldier than the trained American… He has endured much, but he has never faltered.

When America entered the war arena, the arrogant Nazi machine was at the zenith of its power… The allies met this challenge with vision, determination and a full comprehension of the enormity of the task ahead… The result was the unconditional surrender of an arrogant enemy.

British and Americans forgot differences in custom and methods – even national prejudice – in their devotion to a common cause.

The abilities of the Soviet leaders and the courage and fortitude of their fighting men – and women – stir the emotions of anyone who admires soldierly virtues.

The American fighting man has never failed to recognize his dependence upon you at home… This feeling goes beyond the tangible things – guns, ammunition, tanks and planes… it extends to such intangibles as the confidence and sympathetic understanding which have filled the letters written by the families and the friends to the men up front.

The battle front and the home front; together we have found the victory! But even the banners of victory cannot hide from our sight the sacrifices in which victory has been bought. The hard task of a commander is to send men into battle knowing some of them – often many – must be killed or wounded in order that necessary missions may be achieved.

It is a soul killing task.

Our Army and Navy Boys

Mrs. Jess Hoover was greeted on Monday, June 18, by her two sons, Private First Class Harold Snyder, who is stationed at Wakeman General Hospital, Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and Master Sergeant Conard Snyder, who has just returned from 27 months overseas. It was the first time the two brothers had seen each other in nine years. Conard has received the Purple Heart and he was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. Harold has served eight years in the army and Conard nine. Conard married Miss Frances Tyree just before leaving for overseas.

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Ralph Elliot, husband of Mrs. Ruth Gilmore Elliott, who was recently liberated from a German prison camp, arrived home this week on furlough.

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Carl Hively, of the Navy, is home on leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hively. He has been in the fighting zone in the Pacific.

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Lieutenant Norman Phillips, accompanied by his wife, is with home folk in Pocahontas County. He is just back from Italy, where he saw much service. His little child, whom he saw for the first time, is two years old.

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Staff Sergeant Pershing A. Arbogast, of Dunmore, who has seen much service in the Pacific area, is home with an honorable discharge on the basis of service point total.


The Marlinton Methodist Church will host Chaplain and Mrs. John G. Gieck, on Sunday, July 1st. Captain Gieck is stationed at Ashford General Hospital, White Sulphur Springs. His schedule for the day will be as follows:

10:00 a.m. – an address to the parents of service men and women.

10:20 a.m. – he will speak to the service men’s wives.

11:00 a.m. – the Captain will preach on the subject: “When The War Is Over.”

7:00 p.m. – the Chaplain will speak to the youth on the theme, “Is Christian Love in War Time Possible?”

8:00 p.m. service – he will preach on the theme: “Shall We Worship the Gods of our Enemies?”


Little Miss Louise Currence is visiting Mrs. Richard McNeel in the Levels.

Misses Mary Jarvis and Nancy Ward Currence are spending some time with their aunt, Mrs. Henry Snyder, at Sistersville.

J. M. Bear is making a good recovery from injuries received in a fall from a telephone pole last Tuesday.

Harper Thomas Callison is the guest of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Thomas, of Hot Springs, Virginia, for two weeks.

Fifty-six relatives and friends met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Barnette at Poage Lane Sunday, June 24, for a family reunion of the Poages. A very pleasant day was spent.

Delbert Eugene Galford of Woodrow, while cow hunting on Clarence Smith’s farm last Thursday morning, ran onto four deer. An old mother deer, two middle sized and a fawn.

Hill – Shafer

Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Madeline Shafer to Mr. John Hill, son of Mrs. Wilson Hill, of Lobelia, on June 6, 1945, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Shafer, at Esty, with Rev. S. L. Cottrill officiating…
After the ceremony, the couple left for a week’s trip to New York City and Niagara Falls, with short visits in Warren, Ohio, and Bel Air, Maryland.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Cross, of Marlinton, a daughter.

Born to Mrs. W. E. Davis, of Beard, and the late Wm. Davis, a son, named Lloyd Gay.

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