Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, November 22, 1945

Our Army and Navy Boys

Master Sergeant Maurice O. Lang, of the Regular Army, who recently re-enlisted, after having completed sixteen years of service, has been assigned to duty in Belgium. He is now at the home of his sisters, Misses Fleeta and Mabel Lang, awaiting sailing orders.

Private First Class John E. Walker is home from the Army with an honorable discharge. He served 25 months overseas.

Ralph Stephen Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Bennett, of Greenbank, is home with an honorable discharge after three and a half years of active service in the Navy. He carries eleven battle stars. He was in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Pacific, the Philippines, Leyte and Japan.

Corporal Clyde Poage, of the U. S. Army Air Force, has returned to his home with an honorable discharge after having served forty-five months, twenty-seven of them overseas.

Private First Class Okey Hammons is home with his parents at Huntersville, with an honorable discharge after three years, three months and three days overseas.

Corporal Chelsey Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Moore, of Knapps Creek, has returned to his home with an honorable discharge after five years in the Army with 39 months spent in the European theatre. He was with the 200th Infantry when he was discharged. His twin brother, Ray John, serves in the Army, with the 8th Air Force.

Herbert Troy Mace, now stationed in Japan, has been promoted to Sergeant. He expects to be home soon.

Corporal Ralph Boggs, of the Marines, who has seen long and hard service in the Pacific and who recently served on Okinawa, has returned to the States and is now stationed at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California. He is the son of Mrs. Leah Boggs, of Marlinton.

Aboard the Amphibious Attack Transport SS Noble in the Pacific – Bevery C. Kenney, yeoman, second class, Marlinton, West Virginia, will be back in the States about November 18 with other Navy men serving aboard this ship, with a happy “cargo” of 2,000 officers and men who are the high pointers of the Pacific War. Assigned to the Magic Carpet fleet of some 250 ships, the Noble picked up its initial load of veterans at Tsingtao, a group of Bluejackets and Marines, and embarked October 28 for Okinawa, where she was filled to capacity with other veterans.


It has come to my attention that, at last, something is being done to beautify the Huntersville cemetery. I understand Mr. A. B. McComb has undertaken the job, and has not asked for anything. We who have loved ones at rest there and cannot be there to help personally should not stand by and throw the responsibility on one person to undertake such a big job.

All brush is being grubbed up, and dirt is being hauled to fill up all low places. I know that anything that Mr. McComb undertakes will be done well. The best news of all is that Mr. S. P. Curry has given permission to enlarge the cemetery. Now all this is going to cost money, time, and a lot of hard work. I was up there about two years ago and it made tears come into my eyes and my heart ached to see the brush and weeds waist high. I know the ones that are at rest there would not want to see it neglected.

I think it is the most beautiful place that I have ever seen for a cemetery, and I am overjoyed to hear that it is going to be cleaned up and enlarged, something that should have been done years ago.

Again, I repeat, we who have loved ones at rest there should at least contribute to Mr. McCombs so he can hire help and really do a good job. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. I know that any money sent to Mr. McComb will be handled honestly and used for this one purpose alone.

Kyle D. Ginger
Detroit, Michigan


One day this week, Ira Friel and Remus Oscar found one of those packages of weather recording instruments sent up by balloons by the Weather Bureau. This one had lain in the woods so long on the side of Swago Knob about all the directions had been washed out. Enough was left to make out the name of the Huntington station, and it was mailed back.

Last Wednesday morning there was a fishing worm rain storm, with little crawlers crossing the cement walks most anywhere in town. The old timers sensed a cold spell coming – fishing worms out crawling in the rain is a sure sign of cold weather. Sure enough, Thursday morning, the ground was white with the second snow of the season.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Alex Oscar, of Buckeye, a daughter, named Jewel Marie.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Harmon, at Marlinton, a son, named Guilford Allen.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Summers N. Kinnison, at Lobelia, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schumpert, at Marlinton, a daughter, named Kittie Marie.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd H. Reed, of Marlinton, a daughter named Charlotte Ann.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Galford, of Marlinton, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lee V. Rose, of Millpoint, a daughter, named Carolyn Jane Rose.



The following pupils in the Pocahontas county schools have qualified as “Top Notchers” during the first six-week period of the present term:

Frost: Rose Hevener, 4th; Robert McCarty, 4th.

Greenbank: Edward Dean, 4th; Kirk Kerr, 4th; Billy Orndorff, 4th; Donna Brubaker, 4th; Jean Gum, 4th; Rachel McCutcheon, 4th; Fannie Mullenax, 4th; Nancy Nicely, 4th; Barbara Nottingham, 4th; Barbara Pennybacker, 4th; Donald Gum, 5th; Julian Nottingham, 5th; Linda Cassel, 6th; Julian Gillispie, 5th; Ivan Sutton, 5th; Norma Lee Sampson, 7th; Betty Ruth Sheets, 7th; Peggy Lynn Shores, 7th; Eleanor Snyder, 7th; Wanda Belle Tracy, 7th; Edith King, 8th; Martha McCutcheon, 8th.

Greenbrier Hill: William Lindsay, 6th; Marlene Robinson, 7th.

Hillsboro Graded: Dorothy Cloonan, 4th; Thelma Pyles, 4th; James Cooper, 4th; Billy Pyles, 4th; Louise Copenhaver, 5th; Charlotte Kershner, 5th; Barbara Rasmus, 6th; Delores Roberts, 6th; Lakie Anderson, 7th; Betty Jo Arbogast, 7th; Elva May Dalaton, 7th; Fay Lee Hayse, 7th; Nora Townsend, 7th; John K. Fleming, 7th; Minnie Merle Beard, 8th; Dottie Dalton, 8th; Harry Harsh, 8th; Harry Jordon, 8th; Margaret Kellison, 8th; Bonnie Pyles, 8th; Alice Rose, 8th; Marie Scott, 8th; Henry Lee Scott, 8th; Mildred Underwood, 8th.

Huntersville: Santford Chestnut, 4th; Jackie Webb, 5th; Carol Chestnut, 6th; Barbara Jean Cain, 6th; Tom Malcomb,6th.
Jacox: Wallace Cochran, 5th; Dorothy Hill, 7th; Betty Pritt, 7th; Jean Pritt, 5th; Karl Pritt, 7th; Anita Simmons, 7th.

To be continued…

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