OLD NEWSPAPER ARTICLES - 1940
Scanned By Howard Osburn
Presented by The Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society
(WCN - 1/12/1940) WAYNE COUNTIAN ATTAINS SUCCESS AS SONG WRITER
SONGS BY DIANNA JARREL USED IN MOVIE AND OVER RADIO
Mrs. Dianna Jarrel, of Missouri Branch, is attaining success in the songwriting field, having had several of her songs set to music and published by American Music, Inc., of Portland, Oregon, nationally-known publishing house.
Songs written by the Wayne county woman are to be widely publicized throughout the nation on individual radio stations and the networks during the next few months, it was stated in a letter recently received by Mrs. Jarrel from the music publishers.
Two of her songs which have just recently been published and are now on sale at music houses throughout the nation are "The Song of the Wind In the Pines," published in Jerry Smith's folio of twenty home and range songs, and "The Cowboy and the School-Marm," which is included in Fred Scott's folio of songs of the open trail. The latter number was introduced in the motion picture, "Two Gun Troubadour," while "The Song of the Wind In the Pines" is frequently heard in a radio program broadcast each morning at 7:45 o'clock over station WITO at Des Moines, Iowa, 1000 kilocycles. This program, presented by Jerry and Zelda, is made up of request numbers and has frequently includes the song written by the Missouri Branch woman.
Music for these songs composed by Mrs. Jarrel was written by professional musicians. Mrs. Jarrell has had a number of other songs published and has written several others to be published soon.
Mrs. Jarrel, widow of Allen Jarrel who was wounded in the World war, has supported her family of seven children since her husband died. She formerly resided in Wayne for several months and owns the house now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dixon.
Copyright law prevents Wayne County News from printing the songs written by Mrs. Jarrell.
(WCN - 1/19/1940) Bridge Construction Work To Begin Soon
Work of constructing two highway bridges on the new section of Route 52 between Echo and Coleman in Wayne county will begin within the next few days, it was announced Friday by H. A. Levering of the state road commission.
One of the bridges will be constructed at Echo and the other will be built across Twelvepole creek at Coleman. The contract was awarded several weeks ago to H. B. Peraldo and Sons of Iaeger, and work will begin as soon as weather conditions permit.
Construction of the bridges will open up a section of Route 52 constructed to follow the abandoned right-of-way of the Norfolk and Western railroad.
(WCN - 2/9/1940) NEW MAIL SERVICE TO BE INSTITUTED HERE MARCH FIFTH
SECOND DELIVERY OF MAIL FROM HUNTINGTON WILL BE PROVIDED
That mail service between Wayne and Huntington will be improved soon was indicated by the post office department a few days ago when a call was issued for bids on carrying mail between the two points.
The new service will provide local citizens with mail service to and from Huntington twice a day, instead of once each day as at present.
Postmaster E. F. Walker, of Wayne, said bids for carrying mail at the new hours between Wayne and Huntington will be received by the second assistant postmaster general, at Washington, until 4:30 p. m. February 20. The new service will be placed in operation March 5 for a trial period ending June 30, 1941, when it is presumed the service will be renewed providing it has proven useful to patrons of the post office.
Under the additional service, the mail carrier will leave Wayne daily except Sunday and holidays at 12:15 p. m. and will arrive at Huntington by one p. m. The carrier will leave Huntington on receipt of mall from train due about 3:15 p. m. but not later than 4 p. m., and will arrive in Wayne 45 minutes later. Thus mail will be received here from Huntington twice a day, at nine a. m. as at present and at four p. m. or shortly thereafter as provided in the new service.
Under the present arrangement, mall that comes into Huntington after eight o'clock a. m. does not arrive at Wayne until the following day, but under the new service will be received here the same day. The trip from Wayne to Huntington is 17.80 miles. The carrier will also stop at Lavalette. He will carry first-class mail, newspapers, special delivery and special handling parcel post mail. Bond of $700 is required with each bid. A bulletin containing full information for persons wishing to bid on the mail carrying job has been posted in the lobby of the Wayne post office. Persons living on the Wayne-Huntington route are eligible for the position.
(WCN - 3/1/1940) MAN DISCOVERED WITH HIS HEART ON RIGHT SIDE
RARE CONDITION REPORTED IN CASE OF FERGUSON RESIDENT
The rare condition of a man's heart being located on the right side has been discovered by Dr. Wm. J. Porter, it was announced this week by the local physician.
The discovery was made, the physician said, while he was examining Irvin Fortner, of Ferguson. Mr. Fortner came to Dr. Porter's office complaining of pain in his right chest and shortness of breath on exertion.
"Inspection of his chest revealed the apex beat of his heart in the fifth right interspace, whereas, normally this is in the fifth left interspace," Dr. Porter said. He added that further examination showed the cardiac space to be on the right side of the breast bone, and that the heart sounds were normal and on the right side. Reporting further on this unusual case, Dr. Porter said:
"To clear up the chest condition and to rule out some pathology that might exist, this man was placed under the fluoroscope. This proved that it was a plain case of dextro-cardia (heart on right side) with transposition of all the great blood vessels and large viscera (organs) of abdomen."
Describing this condition as very rare, Dr. Porter said it was the first case of dextrocaria he has discovered in Wayne county, but he explained that in instances of this kind the organs may function in normal manner, and in the absence of structural defects, dextrocardia may not cause any symptoms and would go unnoticed unless accidentally discovered in the course of physical examination.
Dr. Porter described Mr. Fortner as being in his twenties, of robust stature weighing about 185 pounds and said the unusual location of his heart had had no effect on the man's health so far as he could determine.
(WCN - 3/8/1940) WM. BLANKENSHIP GIVEN CONTRACT TO CARRY MAIL
NEW ROUTE TO HUNTINGTON TO BE IN OPERATION MARCH 11
William Blankenship, of near Wayne, has been awarded the contract for carrying mail on the new route from Wayne to Huntington which is scheduled to be placed in operation next Monday, March 11.
Blankenship won the contract on his low bid of $702 per year, the post office department at Washington notified Postmaster E. F. Walker. The contract is for the period from March 11, this year, to June 1941, at which time the service will be renewed if it has proved useful to patrons of the post office.
The route will provide one daily round trip between Wayne and Huntington, except on Sundays and holidays, with a stop at Lavalette each way. The carrier will leave Wayne at 12:15 p. m., arrive at Huntington by one p. m., leave there not later than four p. m., and arrive in Wayne 45 minutes later. First-class mail, newspapers, special deliveries and special handling parcel post will be included in the new service.
The service was originally scheduled to begin Tuesday of this week but was postponed until next Monday. Blankenship is the son of Irvin Blankenship, justice of the peace at Wayne.
(WCN - 4/19/1940) WORK IS BEGUN ON STREET HERE
BLACK TOP SURFACE TO BE LAID ON ROANOKE CIRCLE
Work of improving Roanoke circle, one of Wayne's principal residential streets, has been started by WPA under the sponsorship of the town council and property owners.
Part of the grading work has been completed and a stone base is being laid. Plans provide for a black top surface 16 feet wide.
About thirty men are employed under the direction of Muss Lester, foreman.
The town council will lay an assessment of 75 cents per foot on property owners to pay the town's cost in sponsoring the improvement, which was requested in a petition signed by a majority of the property owners.
(WCN - 4/26/1940) County's Oldest House Dismantled
Above is a picture of one of the oldest houses in Wayne county. This extraordinary example of pioneering architecture has been a familiar landmark on Spring Valley road for more than a century, and only within the past few days was the old house torn down.
This building has been variously estimated in age from 110 to 135 years and if any of the readers of this paper know definitely about the age of this old structure, we would appreciate having the information.
This old log house is being torn down on the fairway of the Spring Valley Country club golf course, located near the golf club entrance on Spring Valley road in Wayne county.
We learned from Clyde Wellman, editor of the Huntington Advertiser that this house was built by his great grandfather, Samuel Walker. The Casey family resided in this house for a number of years, and Mrs. Belle B. Hughes of Huntington, and formerly of this county, recalls having visited the Casey family in this home when she was a small girl.
The razing of this ancient and honorable example of pioneer architecture is regarded as unfortunate by many local people who have always looked upon this old building as one of the finest examples of pioneer architecture to be found in this area. ln spite of the fact that the old house was more than a hundred years old, the logs used in its construction were still sound and in good condition when the house was dismantled this week.
This building was one of the very oldest still standing in Wayne and Cabell counties and it was constructed before there was a single house of any kind on what is now the site of the city of Huntington. It had weathered more than a century and was still in good condition when torn down. It is doubtful whether or not there is a house standing in Wayne county that equals its age. If there is, we would be glad to have the information from any of our readers. We would further like to have any information available about the history of this old structure, since we would like to preserve in printed form a record of this the oldest building in the county.
(WCN - 5/3/1940) ROAD CONTRACT AWARDED AT LOW BID OF $86,704
WORK EXPECTED TO BEGIN SOON ON WAYNE-EAST LYNN HIGHWAY
Contract for the construction of the Wayne-East Lynn road was awarded Tuesday by the state road Commission to the Murphy Construction company, of Morgantown, on its low bid of $80,704.
Bids on the project were opened Tuesday at Charleston and the Murphy company's low hid was accepted, it was stated by G. N. Blackwood, of tbe engineering staff of the road commission. Mr. Blackwood said he did not know definitely when work would begin but that it would be "soon."
The project provides for 7.8 miles of macadam base and bituminous surface treatment similar to the type of highway constructed recently between Wayne and Echo. The cost of construction will be financed entirely by the state.
The surface of the road will be 18 feet wide, with a minimum of three additional feet on each side for shoulders and ditches, milking a total of 24 feet required for the road.
If weather conditions are favorable, it is estimated the project can be completed in 125 working days.
From road men it was learned that the Murphy Construction company has constructed many of the state's first class highways, and therefore has had considerable experience as road builders. This same company also submitted the low bid Tuesday for a similar highway construction project on route 3 between Yawkey in Lincoln county to the Boone county line a distance of 7.5 miles.
Improvement of the Wayne-East Lynn road has been sought by a large group of Wayne county citizens, as the road is regarded as one of the most important in this territory. A large quantity of coal and timber is hauled over the road from East Lynn and the road also serves a large population in Stonewall and Grant districts, as well as being part of route 37, which affords a short route from Huntington to Logan.
(WCN - 5/10/1940) LOCAL DRILLERS STRIKE BIG WELL
335,000 CU. FT. OPEN FLOW OBTAINED ON ALLEN TRACT
A gas well with an open flow of 335,000 cubic feet daily was drilled in Monday on the J. F. Allen estate, on Miller's Fork, by Clifford Mills and others, of Wayne.
The production, which is above the average for this section, was found in the Big Lime and Injun formations. After striking this amount of gas, the drillers paused to consult among themselves and decided to drill to the shale 1,600 feet deeper. It is understood that production from the well will be sold to the Industrial Gas corporation and will be turned into the pipe line recently laid from Wilson's creek to Huntington by the concern. The well is located within a mile of this pipe line.
Drilling will be started soon at another location on the same tract.
A well was drilled in Saturday on the Crockett farm, on Little Lynn creek, by the Southern and Mullens Gas companies. A production of 70,000 cubic feet daily was obtained after the well had been shot, it was reported.
Drilling operations have been concluded at a well on the J. B. Burgess property, near Wayne, after extending through the shale to the corniferous, a depth of 3,141 feet. Drilling was started by the Kentucky-West Virginia Gas company and was concluded by the United Carbon company, which purchased the Wayne county holdings of the former concern. A good show of gas was obtained on open flow. The drillers plan to shoot the well this week.
(WCN - 5/17/1940) WORK ON THEATRE IS STARTED HERE
MODERN BUILDING TO BE ERECTED BY W. B. URLING
Work of constructing a theatre building in Wayne has been started under the sponsorship of W. B. Urling, of Kingwood and Steubenville, Ohio.
The theatre, when completed, will be operated under the management of Mr. Urling's son, Robert. The young Mr. Urling has had several years of experience in theatre management in his father's company, which operates a chain of theatres in this state under the nane of Alpine Theatre company.
The building under construction here will have a seating capacity of 300, and will be 85 feet long and 25 feet wide. It will be constructed of cement block, brick and steel, will be modern in every respect and entirely fireproof, it was stated by R. G. Carey, an employe of the theatre company. Mr. Carey designed the building and will supervise its construction.
Located between the Wayne Cash store and Arrowood Bros. store, on a lot purchased recently by Mr. UrIing from the Masonic lodge, the theatre will be equipped with modern sound system and projection equipment, Mr. Carey said. Rest rooms, upholstered seats, floor carpets and attractive wall decorations of damask panels are other features to be included in the building.
'It is Mr. Urling's aim to construct a theatre small but comparable in comfort and beauty with any in the state, and with pictures as good and entertaining as possible so as to satisfy the most discriminating clientele in Wayne county," Mr. Carey said.
Selection of a site for the theatre was preceded by careful consideration, inasmuch as it is to be operated by Mr. Urling's son. After careful survey of possibilities was made, Wayne was selected as the most promising place for the location of the theatre, Mr. Carey asserted.
Work on the building will be completed and the theatre will be in operation within two and one-half months, it is estimated.
Local labor will be used as much as possible in constructing the building, Mr. Carey said.
Robert Urling, who will manage the theatre here, has been associated with his father in the theatre business for a number of years. He has served as assistant manager of theatres at East Rainelle, Steubenville, O., and Belle Vernon, Pa. He is a graduate of Greenbrier Military school.
The elder Mr. Urling is president of three different theatre circuits of which Alpine Theatre company of West Virginia is one. Alpine theatres, are located at South Charleston, East Rainelle, Sutton, Gassaway, Point Pleasant, Ripley, Ravenswood and several other communities of the state.
(WCN - 5/24/1940) CHURCH TO BUILD $20,000 EDIFICE
NEW CHRISTIAN CHURCH AT WESTMORELAND PLANS STRUCTURE
The Westmoreland Church of Christ, Wayne county's newest of the Christian denomination, has broken ground for a church building to be constructed on Auburn road near West Thirty-third street. The edifice will be a brick structure costing about $20,000, it was announced by Rev. Nolan Lewis, the new pastor.
Mrs. Minerva Mounts of 3813 Piedmont road, oldest member of the present congregation of 120 persons, turned the first shovelful of earth on the plot Sunday, May 12, when a formal ceremony was held. Six Christian ministers were guests at the ceremony and gave brief talks.
They were the Rev. Oscar Sutherland, of Ashland, former pastor of the Vinson Memorial Christian church of Westmoreland; the Rev. E. Dean Barr, pastor of the Sixth Avenue Church of Christ; the Rev. Ralph W. Brafford, pastor of the Highlawn Church of Christ; the Rev. James Mays of the Guyandotte Church of Christ; and Donald Nash and Denver Sizemore, student ministers who formerly served the church, who are now enrolled at the Christian Normal Institute at Grayson, Ky.
Robert Warfel, director of music at the Sixth avenue church, led the song service at the ceremony. Elder E. Hite represented the Madison Avenue Church of Christ and also spoke for its pastor, the Rev. Lawrence R. Doak.
N. W. Steadman, trustee and deacon of the church, is chairman of the building committee. Members are Edward Stukins, also a trustee and deacon, and Mr. Lewis. In its first year the church met in the Vinson high school.
Van C. Curry is chairman of the finance committee working with Mrs. J. B. Porter and Mrs. Edward Stukins. Members of the church board are Ned J. Bryan, chairman, Mr. Curry, Arnold Roberts and Delbert McCoy, Sunday school superintendent, all elders of the church, and Carl Wright, Edward Stukins, Orel Grimm and John Damron, all deacons.
Rev. Lewis, the church's new pastor, is formerly of Barnesville, O. He is a native of Indiana and has had 18 years' experience as a minister and evangelist.
The Westmoreland Church of Christ observed its first anniversary on May 12.
(WCN - 6/21/1940) Wayne High School Graduating Class of 1940
(WCN - 9/13/1940) NEW LIBBY-OWENS LOCAL WAREHOUSE NOW EMPLOYS 15
BUILDING TO BE BUILT OF STEEL AND CONCRETE MATERIALS
Work of erecting steel framing is in progress at the warehouse being constructed in Wayne by the Owens, Libbey-Owens company. About fifteen men are employed.
The concrete and steel building, 60 by 96 feet In dimensions, will be used as a distribution point for gas well fittings, pipe line and drilling materials and supplies used in the company's work in Wayne county. The building will also include office space and a movable crane for handling heavy materials. When the warehouse is completed it will be operated under the supervision of a warehouseman and field clerk.
The building is being constructed near the N. and W. depot on land purchased by the company from J. H. Burgess and C. W. Ferguson.
Work is also scheduled to begin on grading the Owens, Libbey-Owens softball ground near the warehouse, where a recreation center and picnic area will be developed.
The company also plans to construct a pipe line from Dickson to connect at Rich creek with a large line which conveys natural gas from the Wayne county field to the company's glass plant at Charleston. None of the company's representatives in the county, however, were able to say this week when the pipe line work would be started, but all rights-of-way for the 14-mile line have already been acquired. Construction of the line is expected to result in development of the company's gas leaseholds in Union and Stonewall districts.
(WCN - 9/20/1940) BIG SANDY WAR PLANT PROPOSED
SURVEY MADE NEAR FT. GAY FOLLOWING CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON
The Big Sandy section of Wayne and Lawrence counties is under consideration as the site for a government plant to manufacture war materials, it was learned this week.
Government engineers made a survey on the John Preston farm near Fort Gay recently, and while no announcement was made, it was believed the survey was for the purpose of determining whether the area could be used to further the nation's defense program.
Prior to the survey, the value of the Big Sandy section as a site for a government plant was called to the attention of war department officials by Wardy Lovely of Fort Gay, Kentucky State Auditor E. E. Shannon and R. L. Vinson of Louisa, who went to Washington for that purpose. They presented maps and other data to the head of the locations bureau of the war department, and also conferred with Senator Chandler and Congressman Bates, of Kentucky, relative to the matter.
Mr. Lovely said the war department spokesman were non-committal about the chances of locating a plant in the Big Sandy section, but the survey is regarded as evidence that the territory is under consideration for that purpose.
(WCN - 9/27/1940) NEW CRUM SCHOOL TO BE DEDICATED
TRENT TO HEAD PROGRAM AT PUBLIC CEREMONY NEXT THURSDAY
The new Crum school building will be dedicated by State Superintendent W. W. Trent at a ceremony to be held there next Thursday, October 3, 1940, beginning at one o'clock p. m., it was announced this week by M. J. Robinett, county superintendent.
Open house and community day will be held at the same time and citizens of Crum are invited to attend the dedication program and inspect the building on that day. Members of the Wayne county School board are also expected to be present for the occasion. The meeting will be in charge of Jefferson Rife, principal at Cram, where Junior high school is being organized this year for the first time. The new Crum building was constructed of native stone and consists of 12 classrooms, library and office.
(WCN - 10/11/1940) Drs. Rife, Ferguson Reopen Hospital
The Rife-Ferguson hospital in Kenova was reopened Monday. The hospital has been refurnished, the most modern X-ray equipment has been installed and there will be a full corps of graduate nurses on duty with Miss Tim Fry as superintendent, it was stated by Drs. J. W. Rife and J. W. Ferguson, who operate the hospital.
The Rife-Ferguson hospital served Kenova and other sections of Wayne county for a number of years and the public will welcome the announcement that the institution has been reopened.
(WCN - 11/15/1940) LIBRARY AT FORT GAY OBSERVING BOOK WEEK
The Fort Gay library is participating in book week, which is being observed from November 10 to 16, it was announced by Mrs. Mary Raines, librarian. A special effort is being made to have as many children and parents visit the library as possible this week.
Mrs. Raines reports that about fifty books have been donated to the library, which is furnished by WPA and is conducted under the direction of the statewide WPA library project. The library schedule is 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; story hour for children, 2 to 3 p. m. Saturday.
(WCN - 11/29/1940) ENGINEERS STUDY PROPOSED DAMS
FIRST STEP TOWARD 9-FOOT STAGE IN BIG SANDY IS COMPLETED
Completion of the first step toward establishing a 9-foot stage in the Big Sandy river was disclosed recently by Captain F. H. Faulkner, of Huntington, who said a report on a new system of locks and dams for the river had been forwarded to the U. S. engineers division office at Cincinnati.
Captain Faulkner, acting Huntington district engineer, said an opinion on the report could be expected in about two mouths, after which the report would be submitted to the U. S. rivers and harbors board at Washington.
The report embraced specifications for construction of a series of high roller dams on the Big Sandy, and on its Tug and Levisa tributaries. Three old-style wicket dams on the former, and one each on the tributaries, would be removed.
Construction of the dams would afford depth of heavy towboats and barges on the main stream and permit navigation to Williamson, on Tug fork, and to Pikeville, Ky., on the Levisa fork.
(WCN - 12/27/1940) BANKRUPTCY PLEA FILED BY PLANT
KENOVA FIRM LISTS ASSETS OF $787,491, LIABILITIES OF $406,287
A voluntary petition in bankruptcy has been filed in federal district court at Huntington by the Jeffery Dewitt Insulator company of Kenova.
Liabilities of $406.287.34 and assets of $737,491 were listed in the document. The liabilities consist principally of notes payable, accounts payable and taxes due.
Notes payable amount to $298,994.92, of which $258,494.92 is owed to the Mattison securities Company of Toledo, O.; $30.500 to the Champion Spark Plug company, also of Toledo, and the remainder to various creditors. Accounts payable amount to $73,150.94. The campany owes $8,026.48 in taxes.
Assets consist of the company's real estate, the value of patents held by the firm and various other items.
The first meeting of the company's creditors will be held Monday, December 30, at 11 a. m. at the office of Cyrus B. Van Bibber, of
Huntington, referee in bankruptcy, Mr. Van Bibber announced in a legal advertisement.
At this meeting, the advertisement said the creditors may prove their claims, appoint a trustee and a committee of creditors, unless objections are raised at this meeting, an order of sale of the company’s properties to meet approved claims will be entered.
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