OLD NEWSPAPER ARTICLES - 1941
Scanned By Howard Osburn
Presented by The Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society
(WCN - 1/3/1941) 4 PROBATIONERS GIVEN SENTENCES IN COURT FRIDAY
QUARTET FOUND GUILTY OF VIOLATING CONDITIONS OF PROBATION
Four persons who were arraigned before Judge C. W. Ferguson in Wayne county circuit court Friday were found guilty of violating their probations and were sentenced to serve the penitentiary or jail sentences originally imposed upon them.
Wilson Copley, of Crum, who was sentenced to the state penitentiary for 2 to 10 years in July, 1939, on a charge of grand larceny, and was probated at the same time for a period of three years, was found guilty of violating his probation by committing robbery with arms, and was re-sentenced to prison. He was committed to the county jail to await transfer to Moundsville.
Wayne Ailiff, of Kenova, who was on probation from a sentence of two to ten years in prison for forgery, to which charge he pleaded guilty in July, 1940, was found guilty of violating his probation by breaking and entering, and was ordered to serve the original sentence.
Wayne Maynard, of Kiahsville, who had been convicted on a non-support charge, and while on probation was arrested and pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of operating a moonshine still, was sentenced by Judge Ferguson to serve one year in jail for violating his probation. Sentence on the still charge will not be passed on Maynard in federal court until May 12, 1941.
Elias Salmons, Jr., who was probated in January, 1940, after serving 37 days of a 6 months sentence for assault and battery, was found guilty of violating his probation and was sentenced to serve the unexpired portion of his original sentence, amounting to four months and 23 days. Salmons, who resides in Stonewall district, is also being held for the grand jury on a charge of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Charley Jervis December 14.
(WCN - 1/3/1941) HONOR STUDENTS AT WAYNE LISTED
MARY HELEN ADKINS HEADS ROLL WITH AVERAGE OF 97.17
Wayne high school's second honor roll of the present school year was released this week by C. H. McKown, principal.
Mary Helen Adkins, a junior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pleas Adkins of Wayne, made the highest average, 97.17 per cent. Second highest average was 96.8 per cent, made by Margaret Ann Jackson, a sophomore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Jackson, Jr., of Wayne. The leader of the freshman class was Carl Lively, son of Oma Lea Lively of Ferguson, whose average was 93.75. Leonard Robinett, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Robinett of Wayne, was high for senior with 92.25, while Anna Jean Ramey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Ramey of Genoa, led the post graduates with an average of 92.
The entire list, consisting of 69 students, is as follows:
Freshmen - Carl Lively, 93.75; Clyde Jones, 92.75; Mescal Canada, 91.5; Leta Preston, 91; Earl Carey, 89.75; Betty Napier, 89.4; Buster Maynard, 89.25; Wilma Maynard, 88.5; Sheldon Jones, 88.5; Celia Maynard, 88.5; Doris Adkins, 88; Eloise Evans, 88; Dennis Jones, 87.75; Lowell Perry, 87.75.
Sophomores-Margaret Ann Jackson, 96.8; Herman Wiley, 95.25 ; Helen Ketchum, 94.2; Charles Allen, 92.75; Justine Walker, 92.5; Jeannette Arrowood, 92.4; Kathleen Combes, 92.2; Charles Glen Adkins, 92; Allen Vaughan, 90.5; Barbara Belle Wright, 90.4; Gladys Ball, 90.2; Cebrun Baker, 90.2; Ilene Toney, 89.84; Leonard Roach, 89.75; Bernard Queen, 89.75; Norman Adkins, 89.77; James Lee Estep, 89.6; Elwood Sansom, 89.5; John Chadwick, 89.25; Avenell Saunders, 89; Wayne Wilks, 88.25; Harry Nolan, 88; Freda Davis, 88; Martha Vanhoose, 87.5; John Francis, 87.5.
Juniors - Mary Helen Adkins, 97.17; Earl Wooten, 96.25 ; Helen Robinett, 94; Rudolph Jackson, 93.8; Dorman Shumate, 93.5; Roy Sullivan, 93; Lewis Banfield, 93; Claude Adkins, 92.5; Garnett Baker, 92.25; Don Toney, 91.2; Opal Jackson, 89.2; Cora Hall, 88.2; Myrtle Wilkinson, 88.2; Clifford Wooten, 87.5.
Seniors-Leonard Robinett, 92.25; Tom Hubbard, 92; Myrtle Vanhoose, 91; Fred Mills, 90.5; Goldie Adkins, 90.33; Evelyn Herald, 89.8; George Allen, 89; Jewel Salmons, 88.5; Noval Brumfield, 88.4; Dick Powers, 88 ; A. K. Toney, 87.6; Rupert Frazier, 87.5; Billy Barbour, 87.5.
Post graduates-Annajean Ramey, 92; Leona Ramey, 88; Betty Jackson, 87.5.
(WCN - 1/3/1941) CONSTABLE AND 2 OTHERS ARRESTED
MOTORIST CLAIMS HE PAID $5 FEE TO "FIX" SPEED CHARGE
Three Lincoln district men, one of them a constable, were arrested on a robbery charge as the result of a complaint lodged with deputy sheriffs by a motorist from Tennessee Sunday.
D. O. Carr, of Piney Flats, Tenn., who with his wife was driving to Huntington to visit relatives, told Deputy Sheriff R. H. Nelson and Trooper Ralph Trumbo that he was arrested near Crum on a charge of speeding by a man claiming to be a constable. Officers quoted Carr as saying that the man who represented himself as a constable was accompanied by two other men, and that one of these men started to justice of the peace office with him, but offered to release him on payment of $10. Carr claimed in his complaint that he offered the man $5, which the man accepted and released him.
Within a few hours after Carr lodged his complaint with officers at Wayne, Deputy Sheriff S. B. Not had arrested Constable Lee Bailey, Wayne Johnson and Wayne Marcum. Carr returned from Huntington to the Wayne county jail and is said to have identified the three as the persons who arrested him. He claimed Bailey was the constable who arrested him, Johnson was the man who accepted $5 for his release and Marcum was the third member of the group, Deputy Sheriff Nelson said.
The trio were arraigned before Justice of the Peace Ervin Blankenship at Wayne Monday. They entered pleas of not guilty but after a bearing were held under bond of $1,000 each for the action of the grand jury. Marcum and Bailey gave bond and were released but Johnson was detained in jail in lieu of bond.
The Carrs told officers they were enroute to Huntington to visit her sister, Mrs. A. H. Finch, of 310 Fifth avenue.
(WCN - 1/17/1941) 2 DEATHS RESULT FROM INFLUENZA IN WAYNE COUNTY
MANY PERSONS AFFECTED BUT MOST CASES ARE MILD
Although influenza is unusually prevalent in Wayne County and resulted in at least two deaths during the past week, physicians expressed belief this week that the outbreak is not alarming inasmuch as only a few cases are severe. Victims of the disease reported to date are as follows: Mrs. Salle Williamson Marcum, 70, wife of Lee Marcum of Crum. Ruby Maxine Daniels, 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Daniels of White’s creek. Both died last week as the result of pneumonia developing from influenza. Officials estimates of the number of cases in Wayne county were in the neighborhood of 1,500 to 2,000 cases. Dr. A. G. Wilkinson, county health officer, said that few complications had been reported and that there was very little pneumonia in comparison to the percentage of influenza cases.
Many children are out of school because of the disease but authorities expressed the opinion there appeared to be no need for closing the schools. The disease came so suddenly that a majority of the citizens were already exposed to it before any preventive action could be taken.
However, citizens are advised by health authorities not to expose themselves needlessly, to keep their feet warm and dry, to avoid indoor crowds, get plenty of fresh air, eat wholesome food, especiallyu greens vegetables. Persons feeling ill should go to bed at once and sum mon a physician rather than attempt to "stick it out’ and run the risk of pneumonia.
The state health department announced Tuesday that 9,028 cases of influenza had been officially reported to the department for the week ended January 11. This doenot include thousands of mild cases which have not been reported. Logan county, one of the counties where the disease is most prevalent, has reported more than 4,500 cases.
(WCN - 1/24/1941) FLAMES DESTROY CANTEEN AND OSBURN BUILDING HERE
LOSS ESTIMATED AT $20,000; MILLENDER SUFFERS FACIAL BURNS
Fire destroyed the Log Cabin Canteen and the C. W. Osburn building, which was occupied by the Arrowood Bros. store, and caused serious injuries to former State Senator C. Frank Millender, Monday night. The loss was estimated at approximately $20,000.
Mr. Millender suffered burns about the face and hands and was overcome by smoke when he re-entered the Canteen, which he operated, in the belief that his brother, Newt Millender, was in danger. Frank Millender lost his way in the dense smoke and was rescued by Lemach (Red) Dyer and others. He was taken to Rife-Ferguson hospital in Kenova, and is reported to be improving. The possibility that Mr. Millender might contract pneumonia caused the greatest concern among his friends as well as the attending physicians.
At the hospital Thursday morning it was stated Mr. Millender rested well Wednesday night, and that his condition is as good as could be expected. He is suffering from larnygitis.
The Canteen, where the fire originated, was totally destroyed, and the flames spread to the adjoining two-story brick building, which was left with only the walls standing.
Destroyed by the flames, in addition to the two buildings, were the restaurant equipment and stock owned by Mr. Millender and his son, Russell; a major portion of the merchandise and equipment of the Arrowood Bros. store in the Osburn building; some valuable equipment in the dental office of Dr. E. M. White, also located in the Osburn building; and the furniture and household goods of Mr. and Mrs. Osburn, who occupied a second floor apartment in the building.
Individual Losses Estimated
Heaviest individual loser in the fire was Mr. Osburn and his son, Roy. owners of the brick building, which was valued at an estimated $7,000 or $8,000. This building was constructed about twelve years ago and was one of the most valuable business structures in Wayne. Mr. and Mrs. Oshurn were in Florida at the time of the fire and his relatives said they did not know the amount of insurance carried on the building but that to the best of their knowledge it amounted to only a small percentage of the value of the property. The Osburns had moved into the apartment the first of the year, when his term as county jailer expired. A few household articles were saved but the major portion was destroyed.
The Millenders estimated their loss at approximately $3,000, consisting of a number of large refrigerating units and other equipment and stock, on which they had $1, 000 insurance. They had operated the restaurant for twelve years in a log structure which Mr. Millender constructed on the Masonic lodge property. The building had reverted to the lodge under an agreement. Members of the lodge said the building was not insured.
Flem and. Glen Arrowood, operators of the Arrowood store, said their merchandise and fixtures were valued at $5,000. Part of this property was saved but a major portion of it was destroyed. Included in the loss were over 1,000 hymn books selling at one dollar each, and a refrigerated meat case valued at $1,000. The loss was partially covered by insurance.
Dr. White also was a heavy loser in the fire. His dental office was located on the second floor of the Osburn building. He succeeded, with the help of volunteers, in removing some of the equipment. An estimate on the value of the equipment destroyed could not he obtained this week, and it was not learned whether the loss was covered by insurance.
Cause Of Fire
The fire started at about 6:30 o'clock in a part of the Canteen building which was used as a garage and where a hickory wood fire had been built to cure hams. It is believed this fire caused the conflagration which destroyed the two buildings.
S. F. Leichner, Hugh Wright and others were in the Canteen with the three Millenders when the fire broke out. An effort was made by those present to extinguish the fire by dousing it with buckets of water, but to no avail. As the flames continued to spread rapidly, some of the volunteer fire fighters rushed to the county jail to get the town water hose which is stored there. This equipment proved inadequate either to put out the fire or prevent it from spreading to the Osburn building.
The group in the Canteen at the time the fire broke out soon were driven from the building by the smoke and flames. Newt Millender is said to have re-entered the building, and "Uncle" Frank Millender went in after his brother, and was overcome by smoke and suffered burns. George Ferguson and Mr. Leichner led Newt Millender to safety while Lemach Dyer, Jack Jackson, Nick Newman and perhaps others went into the building to look for Frank Millender. When found, he was in a dazed condition and had to be assisted from the building. Pieces of burning wood were falling around the doorway when the group made their escape.
Mr. Millender was taken to Dr. W. J. Porter's office for treatment before being removed to the hospital in an ambulance. His son, Russell, said melted tar from the roof of the burning building had dropped on Mr. Millender's head.
The Millenders used one of the rooms in the Canteen as a bedroom where they frequently slept, and kept most of their clothing there, all of which was destroyed.
Huntington Firemen Aid
An urgent call for assistance in checking the flames was sent to the Huntington fire department, which promptly dispatched one of its trucks to Wayne. The timely arrival of the Huntington firemen with their superior equipment is credited with saving other buildings in the block, including Wayne theatre, Solomon's store, Raleigh Adkins barber shop, the Scott Sansom building and R. L. Carter store.
Within an hour after their arrival the Huntington firemen had the flames under control, although the fire continued to burn for several hours. Although the battle to save the other buildings had been won, the Huntington firemen continued to shoot streams of water into the burning mass long past midnight.
The visiting firemen used their equipment to increase the pressure of water which otherwise was insufficient to cope with the situation.
Heat from the fire cracked windows in the Wayne Hardware and Furniture store and Dr. Porter's store and office building on the opposite side of the street. The roof on the Porter building caught fire on several occasions but it was quickly extinguished by watchers. The air was calm, otherwise other buildings might have been destroyed.
Two gasoline tanks at the Canteen filling station were destroyed and a telephone cable was badly burned and put out of commission, disrupting service until the cable was repaired the following day.
State police, deputy sheriffs and Constables Barney Clay and Arley Pyles were on hand to assist in work of rescuing property and to prevent looting.
Volunteers showed a willingness to fight the fire, to carry out merchandise and equipment from the burning buildings and to assist in other ways. The Arrowood brothers, who were at home when the fire broke out and did not arrive in time to enter their store, expressed their gratitude to all persons who assisted in removing merchandise from their store to a point of safety.
The fire has caused a serious shortage in office and business quarters, and none of those dispossessed by the flames could say this week what their plans were for the future.
It was Wayne's second disasterous fire in six months, Fry Bros. garage having been destroyed last July 1. since that time Fry Bros. have constructed another garage building.
(WCN - 1/24/1941) WORK IS RESUMED BY KENOVA PLANT
STINSON, OTHERS TAKE OVER JEFFERY DEWITT FIRM FOR $80,000
Work has been resumed by the Jeffery-Dewitt Insulator plant at Kenova which has been purchased by a newly organized corporation as one step in the liquidation of the assets of the bankrupt Jeffery-Dewitt Insulator company, which formerly operated the plant.
The property was purchased by W. L. Stinson and associates for $80,000 from Vincent Axford, trustee in bankruptcy, with the approval of Cyrus B. Van Bibber, referee in bankruptcy. The plant is being operated by the newly organized Jeffery-Dewitt Insulator corporation with Mr. Stinson as president. Other officers of the new company are Fred M. Livezey, attorney and vice-president, and Miss Nettie Davis, secretary.
Not included in the $80,000 transaction were the cash assets, accounts receivable, unearned insurance premiums and a contract held by the bankrupt company with W. M. Johnson.
The plant was closed December 17 because of involvement in voluntary bankruptcy proceedings. The bankruptcy schedule of the Jeffery-Dewitt insulator company listed assets of $737,491, and liabilities of $406,287.34. Officers of the company were R. A. Stranahan, Toledo, O., president; F. B. Stranahan, treasurer; Mr. Stinson, vice-president, and H. B. Speyer, secretary.
(WCN - 2/7/1941) MAN IS FATALLY SHOT BY OFFICER
FORMER CEREDO RESIDENT DIES OF WOUND NEAR WILLIAMSON
William F. Stock, 27 years old, a native of Ceredo and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Stock of Ashland, Ky., was shot and killed Sunday night on Pond creek, in Kentucky, near Williamson.
Alex Blackburn, a constable of Pike county, Ky., said Mr. Stock, employed as an automobile mechanic at Williamson, was fatally wounded while he and Deputy Constable Jimmy Hatfield of Hardy, Ny., wrestled in a ditch after the deputy attempted to place Mr. Stock under arrest.
Blackburn said Hatfield gave him the following account of the shooting:
"When I saw a car parked without lights off the main highway on the Road fork branch of Pond creek, I investigated and told the driver to get out, that he was under arrest. He stepped out and knocked me down and we wrestled in the ditch. Then I shot him."
Mrs. Dorothy Stock, who was with her husband at the time of his death, said Mr. Stock knocked Hatfield down "after the deputy made a slurring remark about me." She said she and her husband had gone for a drive and that he had stopped the car at her request.
Deputy Hatfield was placed in the Pike county jail at Pikeville to await action of the grand jury on a murder charge.
Surviving Mr. Stock are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Stock of Ashland, his widow Mrs. Dorothy Stock; three children Joyce, Fern and Billie, all of Williamson; one brother, Henry Lee Stock, of Charleston; and three sisters, Mrs. Roy Connoy, Jr., Misses Anna and June Stock, all of Ashland. He was born in Ceredo on October 31, 1913. The Stock family moved to Williamson in 1917, and William Stock continued to make his home there after other members of the family moved away. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist church at Ceredo, with the Rev. W. C. Strohmeyer officiating, and burial was in Crescent hill cemetery.
(WCN - 2/7/1941) OFFICERS ARREST 12 MEN ON ARMED ROBBERY CHARGE
PAIR ACCUSED OF BEATING MAN AND TAKING $50 FROM HIM
John Osburn and Edmond Fry, of Wayne, were arrested Monday night by Trooper Ralph Trumbo of the state police and were charged in a state warrant with the armed robbery of an Ohio man who reported to the officer that he was struck on the head and knocked unconscious near the Mary Mack restaurant at Dickson at about noon that day. The victim of the assault also claimed that he was robbed of $50.
According to the man's version of the attack and robbery, he stopped at the restaurant and was returning to his home in Ohio, but when he attempted to resume his journey after leaving the restaurant, he was unable to start his car. He said two men offered their assistance and that with their aid he shoved the car around and let It coast down the road to its point of intersection with U. S. Route 52. As the motor still would not start, the man told police, he stopped the car at that point and was trying to discover what was wrong with it when he was hit on the head with a bottle or some other object, and was also struck in the face. He suffered a broken nose, was knocked unconscious and either fell or was rolled over a small embankment into a ditch.
Someone found him lying in the ditch, helped get him in his car and notified state police at Wayne. Trooper Trumbo went to the scene and took the injured man to the office of Dr. Wm. J. Porter for treatment. The injured man remained at the physician's office Monday night but had recovered sufficiently to continue his journey Tuesday.
Trooper Trumbo said the victim of the attack visited the county jail Tuesday and identified Osburn and Fry as the two men whom he claims attacked and robbed him.
Osborn, son of Tom Osburn, an employe at the county farm near Wayne, was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Ervin Blankenship Tuesday and was held for the grand jury. He was returned to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 bond.
It was reported at the county jail that Fry was on probation from a six-months sentence imposed on a pistol charge, and that the court had revoked the probation and ordered that Fry be confined in jail for six months, and that the charge of armed robbery against him would be presented to the next grand jury.
(WCN - 2/7/1941) FIFTY ON HONOR ROLL AT VINSON
FIRST SEMESTER LIST IS ANNOUNCED BY PRIN. J. H. BOWLING
Vinson high school's first semester honor roll was announced this week by J. H. Bowling, principal. The list consists of fifty students, two of whom were given special mention for having made straight "A" averages in all their subjects. They are Betty Jo Blair, ninth grade, and Tilden Davis, eighth grade. The entire honor roll follows:
Twelfth grade: Carlyle Lewis, Wilimina McCoy.
Eleventh grade: Eugene Smith, Nellie Black, Jennie Lee Crank, Charlene Frazier, Bonnie Ellen Hensley, June Hopson, Betty Midkiff, Peggy Waugh, Helen Wickline.
Tenth grade: Herbert Blain, Vernard Lemons, Fred Wilkerson, Joan Newman.
Ninth grade: Nellie Almekinders, Betty Jo Blair, Hazel Corn, Dorothy Fillinger, Edna Pollard, Sally Schultz, William Adkins, Clifford Plymale, Russell Rucker.
Eighth grade: Betty Jo Carey, Norma Jean Clark, Tudelle Davis, Maxine King, Martha Lockett, Naomi Smith, Isobell Trosper, Paul Lewis, Charles Osborne, Norman Wright, Glen Ekers, Eddie Hebden, Danny Patton, Jack Wilkerson.
Seventh grade: Bob Davis, James Caldwell, Bob Webster, Mildred Fuller, Rosalie Brumfield, Jane Carey, Annabelle Fillinger, Marion Jackson, Prances Jessie, Jane Ellen Queen, Ruth Sarver, Geraldine Thacker.
(WCN - 2/14/1941) TEACHER RESIGNS TO ACCEPT O. L. O. WAREHOUSE POST
JACK THOMPSON TO BEGIN NEW DUTIES AT WAYNE MONDAY
R. J. Thompson, Jr., of Wayne, a teacher at Crum junior high school, has submitted his resignation to the board of education in order to accept a position of warehouseman for the Owens, Libbey-Owens gas department at Wayne.
Mr. Thompson's resignation from his teaching position will become effective at the end of this week and he will begin his new duties Monday. He has taught for eleven years and was formerly coach of athletic teams at Fort Gay and Vinson high schools. He also taught at Wayne high school for a time and at the beginning of the current school term, was transferred to the new junior high school at Crum.
In his new position Mr. Thompson will perform clerical duties at the Owens, Libber-Owens company's new warehouse in Wayne which will supply materials for the company's natural gas development work in this county. Materials have been arriving at the warehouse for the past several days. Mr. Thompson has had considerable experience in the handling of drilling tools, having assisted his father, R. J. Thompson of Wayne, who has been engaged in gas development work in Wayne county for about twenty years.
(WCN - 2/21/1941) 3 MURDER CASES SET FOR TRIAL HERE IN MARCH
CHARGES ARISING OUT OF LABOR DISPUTE ALSO DOCKETED
Listed on the felony docket for the March term of Wayne county circuit court, which will convene at Wayne March 10, are three murder cases, three conspiracy cases and three maiming cases.
Golden Mayo, of Westmoreland, is scheduled to be tried March 18 on a charge of murder in connection with the death of Ben F. Carey, of Spring Valley drive, April 24, as the result of an altercation In a beer garden in which Carey received head injuries.
Trial of Drucilla Smith, of Ceredo, on a murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting of George Paschal Buskirk at Ceredo June 26, is scheduled for March 19.
Set for trial March 20 is the murder charge against Mose D. Maynard, of Grant district, who is under indictment in connection with the fatal shooting of Constable Tracy Toppins from ambush May 15.
The state will be represented by Prosecuting Attorney J. T. Lambert and his assistant, J. Floyd Harrison. Mr. Harrison said the state would be ready to proceed with trial of the three murder cases when they are called.
Charges of conspiracy and maiming, which police said resulted from a labor dispute at Kenova several months ago, are scheduled for trial March 21. Defendants In one conspiracy case are John Bill Adkins, Howard Jarrell and Ida Jones Ball; in another case are Clarence Galloway, W. F. (Bill) Ball, Ida Jones Ball, Agnes Fife, John Boll Adkins, Cecil Whitney and Hobert Holbrook; and defendants in a third case are Amos Hatten, Loren Hatten, Leroy Tullis, Harry Poe, Fred Moore, Cecil Childers and Virgil Vanhoose. Amos Hatten is the defendant in two maiming cases, and Howard Jarrell is the defendant in another.
Also on the felony docket are four cases in which Okey Frazier, of Wayne, is the defendant. These cases are scheduled for March 22.
Trial of felony cases will begin March 18.
Grand jurors will report on the first day of the court term and petit jurors will report March 17. Cases have been set to March 31.
(WCN - 2/21/1941) CRUM'S SEMESTER HONOR ROLL GIVEN
LIST INCLUDES LEADERS IN ALL ELEMENTARY SUBJECTS
The first semester honor roll at Crum Junior high school and the ranking list for the grades below junior high school were announced this week by Earl E. Strohmeyer, newly-appointed principal of the school.
The honor roll consists of 29 students, as follows:
Ira Conn, William Harris, Watson McCoy, Marie Marcum, Charles Dawson, Larry O'Neal, Oretha Brewer, Mary Syplix, Romaine Copley, Ethel Chafins, George Mabe, Opal Varney and Delmar Evans.
The semester ranking list is as follows:
First grade—Melvin Hensley, reading and spelling; Charles Jones, numbers; Fay Marcum, writing; Virginia Ratcliff, music; Charley Chaffin, art; Euna Prince, health; Elaine Harris, language.
Second grade—Thelma Jean Marcum, reading and English; Helen Gay Maynard, writing and health; Charles Damron, spelling; Bobby Stephens, arithmetic; Christine Conn, music; Magdalene Spaulding, art; Monta Lou Fluty, social science.
Third grade—Marlin Marcum, reading; Junior Pertee, arithmetic and music; Allene Jones, English and writing; Mary Lou Hensley, health; James H. Romans, spelling.
Fourth grade---Louise Johnson, penmanship; Fae Crum, reading; Lucille Marcum, arithmetic and English; Louise Jones, art; Pauline Crum, spelling; Cecil Blackburn, history; Joanne Conn, health and music.
Fifth grade—Sidney Queen, arithmetic and English; Elaine Crum, science; Gladys Doughton, reading; Opal Marcum, spelling, Gloria Ann Maynard, history and music; Ramona Endicott, geography; Pearlie Marcum, writing; Oretha Romans, art.
Sixth grade—Bertha Porter, writing; Joan Spaulding, reading; Ernestine Hager, spelling and music; Beula Miller, English; Beula Virginia Marcum, arithmetic and drawing; Mary Lou Conn, science and history; Doris Chafins, geography; Kennis Marcum, physical education.
Crum junior high school students making the honor roll for the third six weeks period, but not the semester honor roll, were Joyce Marcum, Carlos Copley, Grace Marcum, Belle Marcum and Evelyn Marcum.
Ranking students for the past six weeks who did not make the semester list were as follows:
First grade, Juanita Pertee, music; and Oliver Copley, health; fourth grade, Delphine Spaulding, art, Don Murphy, history, and Rose Lee McCoy, English; fifth grade, Donald Smith, English; sixth grade, Virginia Eggers, English, Don Farley, geography, and Henry Hager, physical education.
(WCN - 2/29/1941) Arrowoods Purchase Store In Huntington
Glen and Flem Arrowood, who have operated the Arrowood Brothers store here for several years, have taken over a large, modern store, known as A. B. C. Food Market, at 625 Eighth street, Huntington. It is being operated under the management of Glen Arrowood.
This latest acquisition of the Arrowood brothers increases to three the number of stores they are operating in the Huntington territory. Flem Arrowood is manager of the Store at Guyandotte which he and his brother opened several weeks ago, and Lee Walters is actively it charge of the Arrowood store at 610 Fourteenth street, West. The Wayne store is managed by S. L. Trimble.
(WCN - 3/14/1941) MILLENDER RECOVERS
C. F. Millencler, of Wayne, who was seriously burned several weeks ago in the fire that destroyed the Log Cabin Canteen and the Osburn building, is able to he out again. Except for weakened condition and loss of weight, he does not show any effects of the injury. Mr. Millender has been visiting relatives at Chattaroy and other parts of the state, but is now at his home in Wayne.
(WCN - 3/14/1941) Writer Draws Word Picture Of County 136 Years Ago
By Silas Stebbins
The writer has a history of Virginia printed some time between 1843 and 1845. The book which was purchased at a second-hand book shop in Huntington, contains an epitome of the claims of the Icelanders and Welch relative to the discovery of the United States, together with the settling of Virginia, the formation of the various counties, and other information of valuable historical import. The history having been excessively used and many of the index pages missing, it is not known whom its author was; but taking into consideration dates of the formation of various counties, it is presumed to have been published as above stated, between the years of 1843 and 1845. Believing it to be of interest to many Wayne countians, I am presenting a few Items pertaining to Wayne county as reported in the history:
"Wayne is a new county formed in 1842 from the southwestern part of Cabell county. It is about 35 miles long, with a mean breadth of 10 miles. The Ohio forms its N. W. boundary, the Tug Fork of Big Sandy divides it from Kentucky, and Twelve Pole Creek rises in Logan and runs through it centrally. The surface of the county is considerably broken, and it is sparsely inhabited. The courthouse is at Trout's Hill."
What is now Wayne county was formerly a great cane and ginseng country. According to this ancient history, the stems of the cane were purchased in large quantities by manufacturers and turned into weaver's reeds. The largest acreage of this product seems to have been grown in the vicinity of Ardel, then known as the Falls. As a hunter's paradise this section was unexcelled, as the woods were full of wild game of all kinds. The description, given of the surroundings, by Dr. S. P. Hildreth in 1805 in the history of a voyage from Marietta, O., to New Orleans, brings one's mind back to the verse In the old McGuffey reader, "Where the fox dug his hole unseated, and the panting deer quenched its thirst at the vowing brook unpursued."
But read the beautiful pen picture Dr. Hildreth drew, of the section of which old Wayne is a part, 136 years ago:
"At the mouth of Big Sandy, the dividing line between Virginia and Kentucky, the Ohio makes its extreme southern bend, and approaches nearer to the climate of cane (arundinarla macrosperma), than at any other point between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. At this period it grew considerable quantities near the Falls, 30 miles from the mouth, and had been visited in 1804 by Thomas Alcock, of Marietta, for the purpose of collecting its stems to manufacture weavers' reeds. It was the highest point, near the Ohio, where this valuable plant was known to grow. In Tennessee and Kentucky it furnished the winter food for their cattle and horses many years after their settlement. The head waters of the Sandy and Guyandotte interlock with those of the Clinch and the Holston, amid the spurs of the Cumberland mountains. In their passage to the Ohio, they traverse the most wild and picturesque region to be found in western Virginia; abounding in immense hills of sand rocks, cut into deep ravines by the water-courses, containing caverns of various sizes and extent. At this period it was the most famous hunting-ground for bears in all the country. In the years 1805-6-7, eight thousand skins were collected by the hunters from the district traversed by these rivers and a few adjacent streams. It was the paradise for bears; affording their most favorite food in exhaustless abundance. The bear is not strictly a carnivorous animal, but, like the hog, feeds chiefly on vegetable food. On the ridges were whole forests of chestnuts, and the hillsides were covered with oaks, on whose fruits they luxuriated and fattened, until their glossy hides afforded the finest pelts imaginable.
The war in Europe created a great demand for their skins, to decorate the soldiers of the hostile armies; and good ones yielded to the hunters four and five dollars each.
"Since that day the attention of the sojourners of this wild region has been turned to the collection of the roots of the ginseng. This beautiful plant grows with great luxuriance, and in the most wonderful abundance, in the rich virgin soil of the hill and mountain sides. For more than thirty years the forests have afforded a constant supply of many thousands pounds annually, to the traders stationed at remote points along the water-courses. No part of America furnishes a more stately growth of forest trees, embracing all the species of the climate. The lofty Liriodendron attains the height of eighty and a hundred feet without a limb, having a shaft of from four to six feet in diameter. The white and yellow oak are its rivals in size. The magnolia acuminata towers aloft to an altitude uncommon in any other region; while its more humble relatives, the tripetala and mycrophilla, flourish in great beauty by its side. It may be considered the storehouse for building future cities, when the prolific pines of Alleghany River are exhausted. In addition to all these vegetable riches, the hills are full of fine beds of bituminous coal, and argillaceous iron ores."
Wayne county certainly has been a "storehouse for building future cities." Lumber manufactured in Ceredo of logs from the forests of Wayne county has been used in building thousands of structures from Pittsburg to New Orleans. The J. H. Millender Lumber Co., annually shipped millions of feet of dressed and rough lumber to hundreds of places along the Ohio and its tributaries. Some of the streets of Cincinnati were constructed of blocks manufactured by the Ceredo concern; and at one time it was the largest manufacturer of cigar box lumber in the world.
Until a few years ago, the Twelve Pole was jammed with logs each spring and hundreds of men were employed in manning the rafts and gathering the timber that became lodged along the stream following the "run-outs." Millions of staves were also dumped into the waters up-stream and drifted to Ceredo where they were boomed and loaded into barges. A towboat known as the Sea Lion made many trips in the olden days to as far as the mouth of Jordan Branch on the Twelve Pole to pick up barges of staves that had been caught in a temporary boom at that point, and loaded for shipment.
If Dr. Hildreth could visit Wayne County in 1941 he could paint another beautiful picture, the landscape of which has been builded by human ingenuity.
(WCN - 3/14/1941) Recreation Center Is Popular At Crum
The recreation center at Crum has shown marked improvement in the last few days. Tables have been constructed by Lonnie Rose, one of the leaders at the center, and others. Mrs. J. S. Marcum has donated lumber needed by the center and "Aunt" Minerva Marcum, of Bull creek, donated an old-time spinning wheel, which is kept at the center. One day each week Mrs. Marcum visits the center to card and spin her wool. This has proved to be one of the most entertaining projects in the center.
Mrs. O'Neal, the girls' instructor, is planning to organize a class in needlecraft, such as crocheting, embroidering, knitting, making hooked rugs, etc.
Citizens of the community as well as the young people are showing marked interest in the center and it promises to become an important activity in the life of the community.
(WCN - 3/21/1941) M. E. KETCHUM APPOINTED WARDEN AT PENITENTIARY
WAYNE MAN TAKES CHARGE OF STATE INSTITUTION MONDAY
M. E. Ketchum, of Wayne, is the new warden of the state penitentiary at Moundsville.
The Wayne man's appointment to the position—one of the choicest in the state—was announced recently by Governor Neely. Mr. Ketchum assumed his new duties Monday of this week. He succeeds Leo Callison, who had served as warden since October, 1939.
As warden of the penitentiary, Mr. Ketchum will direct an institution housing 2,700 prisoners and with a staff of about 100 employes, including deputy wardens, clerks, stenographers, guards, etc. There are about 34 prisoners in the institution from Wayne county, seven of them serving life terms.
Mr. Ketchum, former Wayne county sheriff and former deputy U. S. Marshal for southern West Virginia, becomes the 22nd warden of the penitentiary, which was established in 1860. The salary is $6,000 per year.
The Ketchums will occupy the Wardens residence which is maintained by the state at Moundsville on or about April 1.
The appointment as warden is regarded as deserved recognition for Mr. Ketchum, who has long been a prominent Democratic leader in Wayne county and one of the outstanding law enforcement officers in southern West Virginia for ten years. He served a four-year term as sheriff of Wayne county and was then appointed deputy marshal, in which capacity he served capably for six years before resigning about a year ago.
(WCN - 3/21/1941) CCC ENROLLMENT TO BE UNLIMITED
ABOUT 50 ELIGIBLES IN WAYNE COUNTY, BOWLING ESTIMATES
Notification has been received that eligible civilian conservation corps applicants in Wayne, as well as other counties in the state, may enroll for immediate CCC training, W. D. Bowling, director of the Wayne county department of public assistance, announced this week.
In a communication received from Miss Wilma Holderby, state selection officer for the state department of public assistance in Charleston, the local public assistance department has been informed that CCC ranks have been opened to unlimited enrollment of applicants from West Virginia.
Mr. Bowling estimated that there are approximately fifty eligible CCC applicants in Wayne county. He said the enrollment will take place April 1 or 2 and those who wish to enroll in the CCC should apply at once at the public assistance office in the county farm building near Wayne. The only requirement, Mr. Bowling said, it that the applicant be at least 17 and not over 24 years of age. Proof of age must be furnished, he said.
(WCN - 3/21/1941) MAYO SENTENCED TO JAIL IN DEATH OF BEN CAREY
MRS. DRUCILLA SMITH IS FOUND NOT GUILTY OF MURDER
Golden Mayo, the defendant in one of two murder cases tried in Wayne county circuit court early this week,
was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, while in the other case in which Drucilla Smith was the defendant the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
Mayo was sentenced by Judge C. W. Ferguson to serve twelve months in jail, the maximum sentence permitted under the verdict of the Jury. He was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Ben F. Carey at Westmoreland April 24, 1940. Carey died soon after he had fallen or was knocked to the pavement in a fight with Mayo. Carey's head struck the pavement and Dr. H. D. Hatfield testified that death was due to a fractured skull. While Carey's death was in a sense accidental, the jury evidently believed that Mayo had contributed to the accident by "going-too far" in the use of force and "shouldn't have been 'hanging around" a drunken man," Judge Ferguson commented on passing sentence. The jurist also read the police record of Mayo which showed he had been arrested and sentenced on numerous occasions.
Mrs. Smith, who was tried in connection with the fatal shooting of George Paschal Buskirk at her home in Ceredo last summer, entered a plea of self defense. She testified that Buskirk tried to break into her home at each of the doors and was attempting to enter through a window when she shot him. The state did not have any witnesses and the jury acquitted Mrs. Smith.
In both murder cases, the state was represented by Prosecuting Attorney J. T. Lambert, and his assistant, J. Floyd Harrison. Mayo was represented by Attorney M. J. Ferguson while Mrs. Smith was represented by Attorneys Jess Hammock and Mr. Ferguson.
Wash Dillon was tried and found guilty Wednesday of unlawful and felonious wounding by hitting John Flemings, alias "Twelvetoed Mullens," in the head with a rifle. Sentence was to be passed Thurs.
A felony charge against Russell Henson was nolled on motion of the state when the principal state witness said the charge was groundless.
Two Plead Guilty
Charles Howard Himes, of Huntington, was sentenced to twelve months in jail and fined $100 and costs, when he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with an automobile wreck which resulted in the death of Lafe Clark, 37, of Westmoreland, at Lavalette last October. Himes was the driver of a taxicab in which Clark and two other persons were passengers. Both of the other passengers were injured. When the case was called in court, Himes, who was charged with a felony, pleaded not guilty. After the state had introduced part of Its evidence, Himes requested and was given permission by the slate to plead guilty of involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor. Clark was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Clark of near Wayne.
Dock Dean, Jr., pleaded guilty of petit larceny and was sentenced to twelve months in jail. He had first pleaded not guilty but changed his plea after the state had introduced part of its evidence.
Fines of $25 and costs were imposed upon W. A. Neal, Luther McKinzie, Clara Stover and Jennings Crockett, each of whom was charged with a misdemeanor.
Two cases tried during the early part of this week resulted in jury verdicts for the defendants. In one of these, Bee Vanhoose, of Stonewall district, was accused by the state of destroying a monument on a boundary line. In the other case, Roy Bowen was charged in an indictment with theft of clothing and chickens from John T. Jackson, of Webb. Both Vanhoose and Bowen were found not guilty. Vanhoose was represented by Attorney F. F. Scaggs and Bowen was represented by Attorney M. J. Ferguson.
Roscoe Moore, who was charged with a misdemeanor, failed to appear, was tried in his absence, found guilty and a capias was awarded for his arrest and returnable at the next term of court.
The court overruled a demurrer filed by the defendant in the damage suit of Willis M. and Mary Smith vs. city of Kenova.
Writ Is Awarded
A writ was awarded prohibiting Herman Crum, justice of the peace of Lincoln district from proceeding further in an action in which purported judgment in the amount of $14 and $4.25 costs were rendered in favor of George Dawson and against the Norfolk and Western railroad.
The grand jury which made its report last week, found as total of 25 indictments, consisting of 17 felonies and eight misdemeanors.
Divorce decrees were awarded to the plaintiffs in the following cases:
Calvin A. Harrison vs. Mattie Harrison; Delcie Pruitt vs. Cletice Pruitt, custody of child to plaintiff; Frances Way vs. Edwin Way, custody of child to plaintiff; Wanda Robinson vs. Denver Robinson, plaintiff restored to maiden name of Wanda Spence; Maude Jarrell vs. Wm. Theron Jarrell; Ethel Wilkinson vs. Woodrow Wilkinson, custody of two children to plaintiff.
(WCN - 4/4/1941) OPEN DENTAL OFFICES HERE
Dental offices have been opened in the Vinson building, over the Lewis grocery store in Wayne, by Dr. E. M. White and son, Dr. R. E. White. They have installed new equipment in their offices, which are located on the second floor of the building. Dr. E. M. White has practiced dentistry here for many years and has just reopened his office after much of his equipment was destroyed by fire in the Osburn building. His son, R. E. White, has been practicing dentistry in Huntington since graduating from the school of dentistry at Louisville.
(WCN - 4/11/1941) NAPIER RECOMMENDED FOR WILLIAMSON P. O. POST
Ira J. Napier, a native of Wayne county, has been recommended for the post of assistant postmaster at Williamson to fill a vacancy, it was learned here this week. He is the son of William Albert Napier of Kiahsville and has been employed at the Williamson post office for a number of years.
Under post office department rules, Napier must serve a 90-day probationary period before his appointment becomes effective. This expires May 15.
Appointment of Napier was recommended by Postmaster Joe P. Hatfield.
(WCN - 4/11/1941) CIRCUIT COURT JURY FINDS OKEY FRAZIER NOT GUlLTY
SEVERAL DEFENDANTS ARE SENTENCED TO PRISON TERMS
Okey Frazier, of Wayne, was found not guilty in Wayne county circuit ctiurt Wednesday following his trial on an indictment charging him with criminally assaulting two young girls of grade school age.
He was represented by Attorneys M. J. Ferguson and Jess Hammock. The jury agreed on verdict of not guilty after deliberating about 15 or 20 minutes. The court had instructed the jury that five verdicts were possible under the indictment, namely, guilty of rape without recommendation of mercy, guilty of rape with recommendation of mercy, guilty of attempt to commit rape, guilty of assault and battery, and not guilty.
The defendant denied from the witness stand that he had committed the offense with which he was charged in the indictment.
Following the Frazier case, a jury began hearing testimony in a damage suit which was to be the last jury trial during the current term, and it was expected the petit jurors would be relieved of further service one day this week.
John Osburn and Edmond Fry, of Wayne, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging them with armed robbery and they were sentenced to serve ten years each in the state penitentiary at Moundsville. They were arrested on the charge of robbery February 3, a few hours after an Ohio motorist reported to police that he was knocked unconscious and robbed of $50 in broad daylight on Route 52 at Dickson, while he was trying to get his car started.
Elias Salmons, Jr., 36, of Holley's branch of Rich creek in Stonewall district, pleaded guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of Charley Jervis last December 14. His plea, which came after his trial on a murder charge had begun, was accepted by the state, and Salmons was promptly sentenced by Judge Ferguson to from one to five years in the state penitentiary, with the recommendation that he serve five years.
Constable Lee Bailey, of Lincoln district, and another citizen of the same vicinity, Wayne Marcum, were found guilty by a jury of a charge of extortion and were sentenced to from one to ten years in the state penitentiary, with the recommendation that Bailey serve two years and Marcum serve one year. The two men, along with Wayne Johnson, were arrested last December on complaint of D. O. Carr of Piney Flats, Tenn., who charged the trio with arresting him on a speding charge, then agreeing to "fix" the speding count for five dollars. The charge against Wayne Johnson, who testified as a state witness in the trial of Bailey and Marcum last Thursday, was continued until the July term.
Richard Lyle Dean, of Huntington, pleaded guilty of involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced to twelve months in jail, fined $100 and his driver's license was revoked for six months. The charge was filed against Dean after a car he was driving wrecked at Ceredo in December, causing the death of two persons who were riding with him, Carleton E. Grant of Huntington and Mrs. Zella Elkins of Kenova. Dean himself was badly injured. His application for probation was referred to the probation officer for consideration.
Leo Adams was found guilty of assault and battery and was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $25 and costs. The court directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty as to Clyde Adams, who was a co-defendant in the same trial.
The court directed a verdict of not guilty in the trial of John William Terry, Alvin Roseherry and Allen Jarrell on a charge of breaking and entering the Jack Finley store building at Ferguson.
After deliberating six hours, a jury reported to Judge Ferguson that it was unable to agree on a verdict in the $50,000 damage suit of Clara Allen vs. the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, and the jury was dismissed and the suit continued until the next term of court. It was the second time the case has been tried, the former trial also resulting in a jury deadlock. Mrs. Allen sought the damages as a result of injuries she sustained when a car in which she was riding was struck by a train at the railroad crossing at Camden Park on July 5, 1939. Trial of the case required three days. The plaintiff was represented by Attorney V. Earl Burgess and the law firm of Lilly and Lilly, while the defendant was represented by Attorneys Jess Hammock and Howard and Jack Meek.
Hearing of arguments on a motion to set aside the verdict of the jury and award the defendants a new trial in the ease of the state vs. Howard Jarrell, John Bill Adkins and Ida Jones Ball has been continued until the next term. They were found guilty earlier in the present term of conspiracy in connection with labors disorders at Kenova. Sentencing of the trio has been held in abeyance until the motion for a new trial is disposed of.
A jury awarded the plaintiff $500 damages in the suit of Lois Wilson vs. Birt Rose.
In the suit of Rufus Lester vs. Max E. Lester and Muss Lester, executor of the estate of P. P. Lester, deceased, a judgment of $342.26 was admitted by Max E. Lester, and the jury returned a verdict against him for this sum, and found further, under the direction of the court, that Muss Lester, executor, was not indebted to the plaintiff.
Nathan Chaffin's application for probation from a sentence of from one to five years in prison on a moonshine still charge, was referred to the probation officer for investigation.
(WCN - 4/11/1941) CCC ACCEPTS 32 WAYNE COUNTIANS
GROUP ENROLLS SATURDAY AT EXAMINING STATION IN HUNTINGTON
Thirty-two young men from Wayne county were accepted for enlistment in the civilian conservation corps at the examining station in Huntington Saturday. They were accompanied to Huntington by W. D. Bowling and Paul Shingleton, of the county public assistance department. The new CCC recruits are as follows:
Carl Adkins, Lavalette R.; Otis Ray Adkins, Barboursville R.; Robert W. Adkins, Shoals R.; Vinson Adkins, Lavalette R.; Wesley Adkins, Branchland R.; Benton Bartram, Fort Gay; Noah Browning, Huntington R.; Don Chaffin, Stonecoal; Clifford Christian, Sidney; Hubert Clay, East Lynn R.; John Crockett and Junior Crockett, both of Lavalette R.; Taylor D. Dawson, Fort Gay R.; John Fredric Dillon, Webb; Willard Evans, Webb.
Glenn Roy Fortner, Kenova; Delbert L. Hardwick, Fort Gay R.; Edgar Jackson, Sidney; Walker Johnson, Wayne; Louis King, East Lynn R.; Noah Leonard Lucas and Ira McClellan, both of Stiltner; Charles W. Mullins, Kenova; Roy F. Perry, Fort Gay R.; Willie Robertson, Kenova; Woodrow Saunders, East Lynn R.; Lafayette Vinson, Fort Gay R.; Sherman Watts, East Lynn R.; Carlos Williamson, Kermit R.; Charles Williamson, Crum; Edward Young, Kenova.
(WCN - 4/18/1941) Four Held On Charge Of Stealing Truck
Four persons have been arrested on state warrants charging theft of a dump truck from Mosie Napier, of the Stiltner section. They are Boyd McClelland, Jarrett Spence, "Doe" McClelland and Walker Ramey, all of Stiltner.
The four were arraigned before Justice of the Peace Ervin Blankenship, of Wayne, who held them under a joint bond of $2,000 for the action of the grand jury. They gave bond with I. A. Ramey as surety and were released.
One of the men was taken into custody Tuesday by Trooper Beryl Langford, and the other three came in the same day. The truck was found wrecked, it was reported.
(WCN - 4/25/1941) BODY OF MURDER VICTIM IS FOUND
WOMAN STRANGLED AND BODY THROWN INTO TUG RIVER POLICE SAY
The body of Mrs. Gladys Chaffin Bailey was discovered in Tug river opposite Kermit early Friday morning and Martin county authorities said the woman had been murdered by strangulation before her body was thrown into the river on the Kentucky side. Mrs. Bailey, 23 years old, was a daughter of Mrs. Mary Chafin, who lives on the Kentucky side of Tug river in the vicinity of Crum. She was a granddaughter of William Mullett, who lives at Steptown, Wayne county. The body was found by It. L. Fannin, who was fishing in the stream. Investigators are seeking a man and a woman reported to have been with Mrs. Bailey in a coupe at several places in Martin county Thursday night. Mrs. Bailey spent Thursday afternoon in Kermit and had supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Carter where she was formerly employed as a domestic. After leaving the Carter home, it is reported, she walked alone across the Kermit toll bridge. Marks of the strangler’s fingers were found on Mrs. Bailey’s throat. There were also several finger nail scratches but no other marks of violence. The body when found was fully clothed and there was no evidence of criminal assault. Mrs. Bailey is survived by her husband, Wallace Bailey, from whom she was estranged, a three year-old daughter and her mother. Funeral services and burial were held on Elk creek, a small Kentucky stream that empties into Tug river opposite Crum.
(WCN - 4/25/1941) WPA TO SURFACE WILSON'S CREEK, LAVALETTE ROAD
IMPROVEMENT WILL EXTEND 15.5 MILES TO CABELL COUNTY LINE
Work has been started on a WPA project which provides for the hard surfacing of 15 ½ miles of road in
the Lavalette and Wilson's creek sections.
One section of the project will extend from the mouth of Wilson's creek through Booton to connect with Route 15 at the Cabell county line, a distance of 11.3 miles. The stone base will be 16 feet wide and the surface will be nine feet of black top.
The other part of the project will he from Lavalette up Beech Fork to crossroads, a distance of 4.2 miles, to connect with the Wilson's creek-Cabell line road. This section will he surfaced with 16 feet of black top. Some stone base has already been laid on both roads. About 100 men are employed on the project, which is sponsored by the state road commission. Chap Adkins and Moses Asbury are in charge of WPA crews employed on the project.
Two WPA projects were temporarily suspended in order to assign workers to the new project. The projects suspended are those from mouth of Two Mile to Big branch, and the Bartram Fork road.
The fill at the Kiahs creek bridge has been completed by the WPA, it was announced at the county office in Wayne.
Virgil Thompson, county WPA project engineer, said another road project planned for completion this summer provides for hardsurfacing with black top 5 ½ miles of the old railroad right-of-way beginning at the state park at Missouri Branch and going toward the Mingo county line. An 18-foot surface will be laid.
Less than 350 men are employed on WPA road projects in the county. The rolls have been reduced in recent months in compliance with regulations that a worker is to be cut off when he has worked 18 months. Very few if any men have been certified to replace those dropped from the rolls, it was stated.
(WCN - 5/2/1941) 5 HELD FOR JURY IN YOUNG WOMAN'S SLAYING APRIL 18
HUSBAND, GIRL AND THREE OTHERS HELD IN DEATH OF MRS. BAILEY
Five suspects were held to the grand jury on murder charges for the strangulation slaying of Mrs. Gladys Chafin Bailey at the conclusion of a hearing conducted at Inez, Ky., Friday.
One of the five held for the jury is Wallace Bailey, 24 year old husband of the victim. The prosecution charges that Bailey killed his wife because she was an obstacle in his romance with another girl.
Bailey and Elsie McCoy, his sixteen year old sweetheart, Elmer Jarrell, 22, and his brother, Amos Jarrell, 19, were denied bond.
Dock McCoy, Elsie's 19 year old cousin, was held under $2,000 bond as an accessory after the fact.
The grand jury investigation of the slaying is scheduled for May 19.
Mrs. Bailey was the granddaughter of William Mullett, of Steptown, widely known retired school teacher of Wayne county. Her mother is Mrs. Mary Mullett Chafin, who lives on Big Elk creek, Ky., opposite Crum.
A love affair between Wallace Bailey and Elsie McCoy was advanced by Martin county authorities as the motive for the slaying of Mrs. Bailey, 19. Murder of the woman, who would have become a mother again next September, has created considerable excitement in Crum and Martin county.
At the preliminary hearing held at Inez, neighbors of the McCoy girl quoted her as making statements that seriously involve her as a possible accessory and Bailey as the actual slayer.
The girl was quoted by one witness as saying she knew Wallace killed his wife "over me"; by another as saying she had dated Wallace for three months and that he had spent $250 trying to get a divorce that his wife had refused. Still another witness testified Elsie said she saw the actual slaying, and that Wallace choked his wife to death. Mrs. Bailey was killed, a witness quoted Elsie as saying, near the Tom Muncy roadside stand, in Kentucky opposite Kermit, at 1:15 o'clock Friday morning, April 18.
No witness was produced who saw Mrs. Bailey from the time she walked across the Kermit toll bridge about nine o'clock the night of April 17 until her body was found in the river there by R. H. Fannin just after daylight the next morning.
That Mrs. Bailey left her mother's home on Big Elk creek the morning of April 17 and met Bailey in Crum was established by testimony at the hearing. Eli Crum, merchant at Crum, testified Mrs. Bailey ate dinner at his home. Bailey had asked at the Crum post office for a letter addressed to Mrs. Bailey but the postmistress refused to give it to him. Mrs. Bailey said that Bailey was the author of the letter. After meeting her husband in Crum and reading the letter, Mrs. Bailey remarked, "I just have to go to Kermit." Mrs. Bailey, it developed, did not reveal the contents of the letter. What became of it was not disclosed.
Martin county attorney J. Blaine Clark said he has evidence that the slaying of Mrs. Bailey was the result of a well formulated plot conceived some weeks ago. Slaying of the woman had been planned, Attorney Clark said, for the week before the actual happening. Some thing went wrong with the plot of the slayers, he added.
According to the testimony of Mrs. Chafin, the slain girl left home to meet her husband in Crum and induce him to establish a home in anticipation of the birth of their second child. They were not completely estranged, the mother testified.
When Mrs. Bailey left Kermit and walked across the toll bridge into Kentucky, she was met by the McCoy girl and several others who were in Bailey's truck, according witnesses who quoted the McCoy girl to that effect. When Mrs. Bailey saw her in the truck, Elsie is quoted as saying "she became incensed and tried to get at me with a knife but Wallace stopped her and the Jarrell boys, fearing trouble, got out of the truck."
(WCN - 5/9/1941) NEW BUILDING PLANNED HERE
ARROWOOD TO CONSTRUCT BUSINESS QUARTERS ON OLD SANSOM LOT
Plans for construction of a two-story business building on a lot he recently purchased in Wayne were announced this week by Glen Arrowood, who operates grocery stores in Wayne and Huntington.
Mr. Arrowood purchased the former Sansom lot, located at the intersection of Keyser street and Route 52 and lying adjacent to the Christian church, from Herman P. Dean. Scott Sansom formerly operated a store on this site several years ago, and it has been improved recently by Mr. Dean.
Mr. Arrowood said that plans for the building he will construct are still in the formative stage, but that it will probably be a two-story, concrete block structure, with the Arrowood store on the first floor and office quarters or an apartment or both located on the second floor. He said that work on the building will be started in the near future. Since fire destroyed the building in which it was located, the Arrowood store has operated In the old post office building.
(WCN - 5/9/1941) COMPANY TO LOCATE PLANT HERE, TRADE BODY IS TOLD
UNIT WILL BE EXPANSION OF BERRY BUSINESS IN THIS COUNTY
Garrett and Company, wine manufacturers, have decided to establish a small plant in Wayne as an expansion of their operations in connection with the blackberry market, it was announced at a meeting of the Wayne chamber of Commerce Wednesday night.
The company plans to construct a building for the plant, where the first operation in the making of wine will be conducted. At this plant the juice will be extracted from the berries, the product will be treated, and then shipped to the company's plant at Brooklyn for further treatment. The building in Wayne will be approximately 50 by 100 feet in dimensions and will be located on a lot next to the berry market. An agreement for the purchase of the lot was reached Wednesday with F. B. Fry, the former owner. Work on the building is expected to begin as soon as plans are approved at the company's New York office.
M. J. Ferguson, J. Floyd Harrison, S. F. Leichner and Everett Adkins, members of the chamber of commerce, assisted in making the arrangements for bringing the plant to Wayne. It was also announced that much credit is due Mr. Fry for making the property available to the firm on a liberal basis.
Mr. Adkins, who manages the berry market, said plans are being made to handle a large volume this season. An improved method of handling the berries will he used. Instead of collecting berries in barrels, small wooden boxes lined with paper will be used for greater convenience.
Endorse School Plan
Members of the chamber, after debating the question at length, voted to endorse the proposed extra levy for improving schools, which will be voted upon by citizens of the county May 22. Only two votes were recorded in opposition to the proposal at the chamber meeting.
George W. Gehres, district sanitarian for the state health department, spoke to the chamber on the need of improving the sanitary sewer system in Wayne. He said that new sewer lines and new septic tanks are needed and suggested that perhaps these improvements could be obtained through a WPA project. President R. J. Thompson of the chamber appointed Mr. Leichner, Mr. Harrison and C. H. McKown as members of a committee to study the problem and report its findings and recommendations.
(WCN - 5/9/1941) Nine Prisoners Taken To State Pen Friday
Nine prisoners, sentenced at the last term of Wayne county circuit court, were taken from the Wayne county jail to the state penitentiary at Moundsville in a prison bus Friday. The list is as follows: John Osburn and Edmond Fry, ten years each, armed robbery; Mose D. Maynard, one to five years, manslaughter and still; Wash Dillon, one to five years, wounding; Lee Bailey, two to ten years, extortion; Emery Bowen, Millard Copley and Nathan Chaffin, one to five years each, still; Elias Salmons, one to five years, manslaughter.
(WCN - 5/23/1941) WORK IS STARTED ON WINE FIRM'S BUILDING HERE
BERRIES TO BE PROCESSED AT GARRETT PLANT IN WAYNE
Work was started here Monday on construction of a building for the Garrett and Company wine plant.
Contract for construction of the building was awarded to H. H. Hamill and Company, of Huntington, at a price reported to be $5,790.
The building will be located on a lot recently purchased by the wine company from F. B. Fry, near the Owens, Libber-Owens and Everett Adkins warehouses. The building will be 90 by 40 feet, with six-inch reinforced concrete floor, iron siding and galvanized roof, and will be completed within thirty days. Ten men are employed at the present time.
The plant, for the present at least, will operate only during the berry season. Juice will be extracted from blackberries and will then be converted into sixty per cent solid, of about the texture of molasses, by an evaporation process at the plant. This material will thee be shipped in five-gallon drums to the wine company's plant at Brooklyn. It is probable that the plans will be expanded at some future date.
Only a few persons will be employed in the plant but its construction in Wayne means that the company intends to purchase black berries in this county indefinitely. The blackberry market is operated by Everett Adkins, and creates an additional market for berries which brings several thousand dollars Into the county each season.
(WCN - 5/23/1941) SELF-INFLICTED SHOTGUN WOUNDS FATAL TO MAN, 29
WAR WORRIES, DRINKING AND LAW VIOLATION BLAMED BY VICTIM'S DAD
Worry over the war, drinking and trouble with the law were blamed by his father for the death of Fred Richard Winchell, 29, of Gragston, Prichard Route 2, who allegedly shot and killed himself with a shotgun at his home at seven o'clock Wednesday morning.
The father, S. K. Winchell, who came to Wayne Wednesday morning to report the death of his son to the state police, said his son killed himself while sitting on the edge of his bed. The blast tore away the side of the man's face. Fred was killed instantly, the elder Mr. Winchell said, adding that he was on the porch when he heard the shot.
Trooper Lloyd Haynes, Justice of the Peace Ervin Blankenship of Wayne and Coroner P. H. Osborne of Kenova went to the Winchell home to investigate, and decided an inquest was unnecessary as it was obviously a suicide. Mr. Blankenship said the man, while sitting on the edge of the bed, had evidently held a shotgun with the stock on the floor, pressed the side of his head against the barrel, and discharged the weapon with a tobacco stalk.
Questioned about the motive for the suicide, the father said his son worried over the war, had been drinking and running around, and was on probation in circuit court for a law violation, over which he also worried. The father and son were the only members of the household.
It was learned that Winchell was on probation for possession of moonshine. A few days ago he received his draft questionnaire and this is said to have caused him to worry.
Surviving, in addition to the father, are two sisters, Mrs. Erie Staley of Kenova and Mrs. Minerva Booth of Gragston.
(WCN - 5/23/1941) GIRL IS FATALLY INJURED BY TRUCK
ACCIDENT ON MILL CREEK ROAD TAKES LIFE OF MARIE FRAZIER
MISS MARIE FRAZIER, 1, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Frazier, of Fort Gay Route 2, was fatally injured when struck by a truck on the Mill creek road near the John Vanderpool store, not far from her home.
She was rushed to a Louisa hospital suffering from head and internal injuries, a fractured arm and ribs. She died Friday night, May 16, 1941, at 10:45 o'clock at the hospital.
Miss Frazier was enroute home from a store when hit by a truck said to have been owned by Cecil Porter, of Fort Gay Route 2, and driven by Ralph Pratt, of the same address.
Pratt, 18, was arrested on a manslaughter charge, and was held under $500 bond by P. J. Webb, justice of the peace of Butler district for the action of the grand jury.
Trooper Lloyd Haynes, of the Wayne state police post, who investigated the accident, said the truck, coming down a hill, skidded and struck the girl, who was walking along the edge of the road.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2:30 p. m. from the home of her parents on Mill creek by Rev. Carmi Crabtree, burial was in the family cemetery.
Surviving, besides her parents, are four sisters, Mrs. Juanita May, South Portsmouth, O., and Misses Hermia, Mildred and Jesse Mable Frazier, all at home; and three brothers, Roy Lee, Elmer L. and Munard Frazier, all at home.
(WCN - 6/20/1941) OFFICERS ELECTED BY WAYNE R. A. M.
SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION TO HE HELD AT CHAPTER HERE SUNDAY
Wayne chapter No. 18, Royal Arch Masons, held its annual election of officers Saturday. The following were elected:
M. N. Lester, high priest; M. J. Ferguson, king; R. J. Thompson, scribe; S. E. Adkins, treasurer; E. F. Walker, secretary.
The officers appointed were C. F. Allen, C. of H.; Walt Clay, P. S.; Forest Walker, R. A. C.; C. H. McKown, master 1st veil; App Queen, master 2nd veil; Bernard Salmons, master 3rd veil; C. M. Cyrus, sentinel.
A regional school of instruction will be held at the Wayne chapter by Okey S. Sheets, district deputy lecturer and inspector, on Sunday afternoon, June 22, beginning at one o'clock p. m. All members are requested to be present and all Royal Arch Masons are invited. Representatives from Guyandotte, Huntington and Kenova chapters will be present to help in the exemplification of the work.
(WCN - 6/20/1941) RIGGS CRITICALLY HURT IN ACCIDENT
NATIVE WAYNE COUNTIAN IN UNCONSCIOUS CONDITION IN HOSPITAL
Homer Riggs of Cincinnati, a native of Wayne county, was in a critical condition in Guthrie hospital at Huntington early Thursday following an automobile accident near Bradrick, O., Tuesday at 11:30 p. m.
Hospital attendants said he was suffering from a fractured skull and that the outcome of his condition was in doubt. He has been unconscious since the accident.
According to a Chesapeake officer who investigated, Mr. Riggs apparently lost control of his car on a curve. The machine struck a telephone pole, hurling the driver through the windshield 20 feet into the air. Indicating the impact of the crash, Mr. Riggs' shirt was left hanging on the pole, the officer said.
Mr. Riggs was alone at the time. He had left his wife In Huntington at the home of her mother, Mrs. F. D. Sellards, and was en route to Gallipolis to visit his own mother when the accident occurred.
Following the crash, the car caught fire and was virtually destroyed.
Mr. Riggs is the son of the late John Riggs, attorney, who lived in Wayne before moving to Huntington to practice his profession. He Is the grandson of the late George Frazier, former circuit clerk of Wayne county. Homer Riggs was born in Wayne.
(WCN - 6/27/1941) HARRY KING DIES OF HEART ATTACK
AIDED FATHER IN BUILDING OF WAYNE COURT HOUSE AND HIGH SCHOOL
Harry King, who assisted his father in construction of the Wayne County court house and Wayne High school building, died at Charlottesville, VA., Sunday, June 15, 1941, according to word received here this week.
It was reported that he was found dead in his room and that heart failure was the probable cause of death. He had suffered from heart trouble for several years and had been a patient in Walter Reid hospital, Washington, D. C., on several occasions. He was 47 years old at the time of his death.
Mr. King resided in Wayne during the period his father's company, the King Lumber company of Charlottesville, VA., was constructing the court house and Wayne High school building. The Court house was built in 1923. Harry King was a World war veteran. Among his surviving relatives is a daughter, Maxine King, of Westmoreland.
Funeral services and burial were at Charlottesville.
(WCN - 6/27/1941) WORK ON ROUTE 52 NEARLY COMPLETE
BY-PASS AT WELCH WOULD FINISH HIGHWAY TO CANADA
Construction of a by-pass at Welch this year would complete the hard-surfacing of U. S. Route 52 from the Canadian border to Charleston, S. C., and a bill now in congress would designate it as a defense highway and provide for extension from Portland, N. D., to Alaska, it was announced in Charleston Tuesday by State Road Commissioner Ernest L. Bailey.
In response to a query about strengthening bridges along U. S. Routes 52 and 60 to insure safe passage for heavy military equipment, the road commission said there was only one structure on Route 60 not strong enough. That is the Coal river bridge at St. Albans, which has been placed on this year's construction program.
The query was made following reports that heavy army mobile equipment, manufactured in the Cleveland and Detroit areas, was to be moved over highways 52 and 60.
Commissioner Bailey said, however, that he did not know of any plans for moving heavy army equipment, such as tanks, over West Virginia roads, and added that "any plans for the strengthening of bridges and general improvement of Route 52 are definitely tentative and have not progressed to the point where any statement can be made about it."
There are five bridges across Twelvepole creek from Wayne to a point about three miles northward on Route 52, and it is believed some of these spans would have to be strengthened to permit passage of heavy equipment.
Letting of the Welch contract will provide for finishing work on Route 52 in that section of West Virginia, since a project at Northfork is now under way. Mr. Bailey said.
(WCN - 7/25/1941) PRISON AND JAIL SENTENCES GIVEN TO FOUR PERSONS
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN CIRCUIT COURT CASES REPORTED
Jail and penitentiary sentences were imposed upon four defendants who pleaded guilty before Judge C. W. Ferguson in circuit court to indictments charging them with petit larceny and breaking and entering.
Sentenced to serve two to ten years each in the state prison were John Henry Johnson and Clarence Galloway, for breaking and entering. The jail sentences of twelve months each were imposed upon Luther Bocook and James Bocook when they confessed to petit larceny charges. The Bocooks were given credit on their sentences for three months spent in jail awaiting trial.
The case of J. T. Lambert, prosecuting attorney, vs. the county court, et al, was stricken from the docket when the court upheld argument of defendant's counsel that the summons had not been served upon the defendants until after the return date. The summons and return were thereupon quashed and the case dismissed. The purpose of the action was to restrain payment of the salary of sealer of weights and measures.
In another chancery action, styled Thomas Curry, et als, vs. Morgan Curry, et als, the parties agreed to the entering of an order declaring a paper writing probated September 25, 1940, to be the will of Mont Curry, deceased, and approving the probation of the will.
Divorce decrees were granted to the plaintiffs in the following cases: Maxine Bellomy vs. Bernard R. Bellomy, custody of children awarded to plaintiff; Gerald Wilson vs. Lelia Wilson; Wilma Wilson vs. Russell Wilson, custody of children to plaintiff; Theressa Orlena Adkins, by W. T. Hay, vs. Lee Adkins.
The following cases were dismissed for failure of the plaintiffs to prosecute: Verlia Crockett vs. Murphy Construction company; J. W. Preston vs. J. M. Lewis and Lewis-Wilson Farm Machinery company.
Pond Creek Pocahontas Coal company won an uncontested verdict against Boyd Adkins.
In a paternity case, Georgia Sowards vs. Beuford Runyons, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
The court directed a verdict for the defendant in the case of A. P. Adkins vs. Jack C. Lyle and Rosemary Lyle.
(WCN - 8/8/1941) WATTS PROPOSES COUNTY PURCHASE FORT GAY BRIDGE
COURT MEMBER SAYS SPAN COULD BE MADE FREE OF TOLLS
Purchase of the Louisa-Fort Gay bridge over Big Sandy river by the Wayne county court on a self-liquidating basis under which the bridge would eventually become toll free was mentioned as a possibility this week by Oscar Watts, a member of the court.
Mr. Watts said the span could be purchased under a similar plan used by the Cabell county court to buy the Ohio river bridge at Huntington. Under this plan the transaction would not cost the taxpayers a cent, Mr. Watts explained, as bonds could be issued for the purchase price. The bonds then would be retired over a period of years from the toll receipts, after which the bridge would he made a free avenue of transportation, Mr. Watts declared.
He said that freeing the bridge of tolls would be a great benefit to citizens of the Fort Gay and Louisa sections, and that it would also aid Wayne and other parts of the county. Many tourists who now go around the county would travel through this section if the Louisa-Fort Gay bridge were made free, in Mr. Watts' opinion.
The county commissioner expressed the firm belief that the county has the legal right to conclude a transaction of this nature, pointing out that the supreme court upheld the Huntington bridge deal of the Cabell county court. He said that he expected to investigate the matter and consult the other members of the court and the owners of the bridge relative to the proposal.
(WCN - 8/15/1941) WAYNE COUNTIAN IN DANGER SPOT
JOHNSON QUEEN EMPLOYED IN SUMATRA IN PATH OF JAPANESE
A native Wayne countian, Johnson Queen, is in one of the world's potential danger spots because of the growing tension between Japan and the United States.
Queen is stationed at Palembang, Sumatra, one of the largest in the group of islands forming the Netherlands East Indies. Sumatra lies close to the Malay States, being separated from it by the narrow Strait of Malacca. The Malay States, a British possession, adjoins Thailand. Press reports in recent days have stated that Japan is bringing pressure to bear on Thailand to grant the Japanese the right to occupy that nation, as they did French Indo-China. The great British naval base of Singapore is located at the southern tip of the Malay States which extend in a narrow point in the South China Sea.
Japan has been warned by the United States that any move by her into Thailand would be construed as detrimental to the interests and security of the United States. Such a move, if it comes, may flare into armed warfare between Japan, the United States and Great Britain. In such a war, the naval base at Singapore and the various Butch East Indies islands, including Sumatra, would be the object of Japanese attacks. Palembang, where Queen is stationed, is less than 300 miles from Singapore and about 900 miles from Saigon, French Indo-China, where the Japanese have recently concentrated a large force of naval vessels and troops within range of the Indies, which is rich in rubber, tin and oil.
Queen has been stationed in Sumatra for several years. He is employed by the Standard Oil company. He is the son of the late Geo. and Hester Queen, of Kiahsville, and brother of Sarah Queen of Wayne. His wife, daughter of Mrs. J. W. Elrod, formerly of Wayne, is now living with her mother in Texas, having returned to the United States from Sumatra on the advice of authorities who acted to remove women and children from the island because of the threatening situation.
(WCN - 8/22/1941) BRICK BUILDING TO REPLACE RUINS ON LOT IN WAYNE
NEW BUSINESS STRUCTURE TO BE ERECTED BY LOCAL MEN
A two-story brick building will be constructed here on the site of the former C. W. Osburn building which was destroyed by fire several months ago, it was learned this week.
Owners of the new building will be Mr. Osburn, M. J. Ferguson and Jesss Hammock. Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Hammock bought an interest in the property from Roy Osburn.
The new building will be similar in plan to the building which was destroyed, with the first floor arranged as business quarters and the second floor consisting of office rooms.
Work was started this week. Mr. Osburn said that only part of the wall left standing by the fire would have to be torn down and rebuilt. The owners were assured by the architect that certain sections of the wall were undamaged by the fire and could be used in the new building.
The cost of the new building will be in the neighborhood of $10,000, it was reported. It adjoins the Wayne Theatre and is one of the most valuable properties in Wayne.
In the fire which destroyed the Osburn building January 20, the Log Cabin Canteen and the Arrowood store were also destroyed at a loss of about $20,000 and C. F. Millender was badly burned.
(WCN - 8/22/1951) COMPLETES FIFTY YEARS AS PASTOR
REV. J. B. WORKMAN BEGAN MINISTRY HERE IN AUGUST, 1891
Rev. J. B. Workman, pastor of the First Methodist church at Mannington, W. Va., recently observed his fiftieth anniversary in the ministry, which he entered while living in Wayne county.
Rev. Workman delivered a special sermon at Mannington Sunday, August 3, when he spoke on "Reminiscences of Fifty Years in the Ministry."
On August 1, 1891, he received his license to the ministry in Wayne county and served in his home county for two years. On September 23, 1893, he was taken into the West Virginia conference and assigned to his home district, where he served for five years. Other appointments which followed were Kanawha county, Preston county, and a four-year stay at Davis in Tucker county. He was pastor at the Oakland, Md., church for five years and during this period officiated at 803 marriages. Other assignments include the Wesley church in Wheeling; the Diamond street church in Fairmont; the Central church at Charleston; the Edgewood Park church at Wheeling.
The erection of two churches, one on the Wayne county circuit and a mission church in Charleston, are credited to his untiring efforts. He successfully led in numerous debt campaigns during his ministry and was particularly successful in his pastoral work in all of his pastorates. For twenty years he has served as a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan college. His wife is the former Miss Grace Wellman of Wayne county. They have eight children. Rev. H. B. Workman, of Lavalette, is a brother of Rev. J. B. Workman.
(WCN - 8/29/1941) 1ST SUPER-MARKET IN WAYNE TO OPEN
ARROWOOD BROS. OPEN STORE IN NEW BUILDING ON KEYSER ST.
Wayne's first super-market will be formally opened this Friday and Saturday, in a new store building on Keyser street, by the Arrowood brothers. The name of the new concern will be A.B.C. Super-Market.
Work on the new building has been in progress for several weeks and was completed a few days ago. Since then the owners, Glen and Flem Arrowood and Lee Walters, have been busy unpacking and arranging several truckloads of new merchandise in preparation for the opening. The building is 40 by 70 feet and was constructed of cement blocks.
The store has been fully stocked with new merchandise, the Arrowood brothers said. A large meat department will be operated under the direction of an experienced butcher.
Several prizes and gifts will be distributed by the store Friday and Saturday. A number of contests will be held, including sandwich eating contest, pop drinking contest, hog calling contest and others, as a part of the program celebrating the opening of the new market. Miss Marian Houck, noted home economist, will be present during the two days.
Glenn and Flem Arrowood have been in business in Wayne for seven years. Their store was located in the Osburn building until its destruction by fire several months ago. Since then the business has been operated in the old post office building.
The new business is located on the old Sansom lot at the point where Keyser street intersects with Route 52. One of Wayne's early business enterprises was operated on this lot by Scott Sansom. His store building there was destroyed by fire several years ago.
The Wayne super-market is the third store of the self-service type to be opened by the Arrowood brothers and Mr. Walters, the other two being located in Guyandotte and on 14th street in West Huntington.
(WCN - 9/5/1941) NEGOTIATIONS OF TOLL SPAN
PRICE TO BE SET BY BRIDGE OWNERS WITHIN NEXT TWO WEEKS
Negotiations for the purchase of the Fort Gay-Louisa toll bridge across Big Sandy river have been opened with the bridge owners by the Wayne county court.
Oscar Watts, president of the court, accompanied by M. J. Ferguson, legal adviser, and a representative of a bonding company, conferred with two officers of the bridge company in Louisa Wednesday.
Officials of the bridge company said a meeting of the stockholders would be held within the next two weeks to decide on the price they will ask for the span, Mr. Watts reported following the conference. If the price is agreeable to the county court, Mr. Watts continued, steps will then be taken to conclude the transaction. The court president intimated that if an agreement could not be reached on the price, the court may institute condemnation proceedings to acquire title to the property.
The proposed transaction will be carried out without expense to the taxpayers by issuing bonds for the purchase price, the court members explained. The bonds would be retired over a period of years from the toll charge collections, after which the bridge would be made toll free. Elimination of the toll charges would benefit the citizens of Fort. Gay and vicinity, many of whom have shown interest in the proposal and have pledged their help and cooperation in the matter, a court member said.
Mr. Watts said that before any final agreement is made for purchase of the bridge, the court will obtain the advice of the attorney general and the bonding company will have the bridge appraised by an expert to determine the condition and value of the span.
(WCN - 9/5/1941) MARINES TO SEEK RECRUITS HERE
MOBILE UNIT WILL VISIT WAYNE THIRD MONDAY EACH MONTH
A mobile recruiting unit of the United States marines will visit Wayne on the third Monday in each month, it was announced this week by marine headquarters in Charleston. The first visit of the unit here is scheduled for Monday, September 15.
All men accepted at Wayne for enlistment will be furnished transportation to Charleston for further transfer to Parris Island, South Carolina, where they will undergo a period of recruit training.
Marines today are stationed throughout the world. Advancements are very rapid in the marine corps. The enlistment period in the regular marine is for four years. Men may enlist in the marine reserve for the duration of the present emergency. Requirements are 17 and 30 years of age, 64 to 74 inches in height, unmarried, no dependents, at least an elementary school education, and of normal physical condition.
Further information may be obtained from the marine recruiting unit when it visits Wayne.
(WCN - 9/19/1941) BOARD CLASSIFIES 39 REGISTRANTS
ONLY THREE OF GROUP PASS FOR FULL MILITARY SERVICE
Thirty-nine registrants were classified by Wayne county draft board No. 2 at its meeting one day last week. Only three registrants were placed in class 1-A, which means they are qualified for immediate and unrestricted service in the army. Two registrants were put in class 1 B, which consists of men qualified for certain types of army duty, while the remainder were put in the deferred classes designated as 2-B, 3-A and 4-F. Class 3-A consists of men with dependents.
The three men put in class 1-A were Thomas Franklin Cornett, Curtis Perry and Elmer Elkins.
Oscar Napier and James Silas Marcum were placed in class 1 B.
Included in the deferred groups were Howard See Peters, Frank Hewlett, Alfred J. Adkins, Woodrow Wilson Sanders, Ebby Jarrell, Jay Lemaster, Kelly Williamson, Lowell Perry, Daniel Kelly Eversole, Gaylord Perry, Virgil Walker, Burr Damron, Christopher Columbus Jarrell, Arvil Marcum, Leo Mills, Theran Endicott, Raymond Smith, Hezekiah Williamson, James Chapman Adkins, Tom Price, Walker B. Lowe, Boyd Clark, Arthur William Maynard, Oliver Morgan Copley, Hershell French Riggs, Garland Jackson, Auza Vinson, Charlie W. Maynard, Gora Kirk, Frank Taylor, Caleb Burgess Massie, Bernie Robertson, Delbert Vanhoose, Clifford Harvey.
(WCN - 9/26/1941) FOUR REGISTRANTS GIVEN PERMISSION TO LEAVE COUNTRY
GROUP WILL WORK ON U. S. BASES IN PACIFIC AND CARRIBEAN
Four Wayne county registrants have been granted permission by draft board No. 1 to leave the United States for the purpose of engaging in defense work on U. S. naval and air bases being established on islands in the Pacific ocean and Caribbean sea.
They are Lemach (Red) Dyer and Nicholas (Nick) Newman, both of Wayne, and Charles Edward Denton and William H. Adkins, both of Westmoreland.
Dyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dyer of Wayne, and Newman, son of Mrs. Amma Newman, also of Wayne, have gone to Trinidad where they will be employed by the war department with the Caribbean division of U. S. engineers. They were given permission by the draft board to be absent from the United States for 18 months. Both men were in class 1-A on the draft list. Trinidad is located in the Caribbean sea off the coast of South America. The United States is establishing naval and air bases acquired In Trinidad from Great Britain.
Dyer, in a letter to Wayne County News from New Orleans, La., last Thursday said: "We (presumably meaning Newman, himself and others) are sailing in about 30 minutes for Panama, where we'll stay for two days, then to Cuba for two days, then on to Trinidad. It's been better so far than I had expected. I hope I don't get sea sick. It'll take about ten days altogether to reach Trinidad. We are on an army transport." He added that the original plan was to sail from New York, but this was changed and the group was taken on a train to New Orleans for embarkation. According to Dyer's calculation, the transport is due to arrive in Trinidad Sunday.
Denton was given permission to remain out of the country for two years. He has gone to Antigua, another U. S. naval and air base In the Caribbean acquired from Great Britain. Antigua is 450 miles south of Trinidad. Denton will be employed as an architectural engineer with S. J. Groves and Sons company, presumably on defense work in connection with establishment of the U. S. base there. Denton was in draft class 3-A and was not subject to immediate call.
Adkins went to Johnston island, located in the Pacific ocean south of Hawaii, with the Morrison Knudsen company as topographical draftsman. A U. S. naval air station is under construction on Johnston Island, which is over 2,000 miles off the Pacific coast of the United States.
(10/3/1941) SCHOOLBOY KILLED WHEN HIT BY TEACHER'S AUTO FRIDAY
DRIVER ARRESTED IN DEATH OF JAMES ELMO BAISDEN ON EAST LYNN ROAD
James Elmo Baisden, nine years old, a schoolboy and son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Baisden, of Wayne Route 2, was struck and instantly killed at 4:15 o'clock Friday afternoon by an automobile that passed a stopped school bus the boy was leaving near the Bethesda church, on the Wayne-East Lynn road.
The victim was a pupil in the fourth grade at Wayne elementary school. The bus had stopped on the right side of the road, the same side on which the Baisden family lives. However, the boy crossed the road for some reason and was struck.
Trooper Beryl Langford of the state police detachment said the driver of the car was Earl Adkins, 23, of Kiahsville, teacher of the one-room school on Rich creek. Adkins was arrested at the scene of the accident, placed in the county jail, and on Saturday was arraigned before Justice of the peace Irvin Blankenship for a hearing.
Three charges were placed against Adkins in warrants sworn to by Trooper Langford. He was charged with manslaughter, passing a school bus unloading passengers, and operating a vehicle with insufficient brakes. Adkins waived preliminary hearing and was held for the grand jury under $3,000 bond. He furnished bond with Eph Adkins, Lindsey Adkins, R. M. McCoy and Ira Elliott as surety, and was released.
The accident occurred only a short distance from the point where a truck overturned the previous Sunday, causing four fatalities. Death of the boy was the fifth traffic fatality in Wayne county during the past week and the eleventh this year.
The boy was thrown into the air by the impact and when picked up was dead of a fractured skull and other injuries, according to R. F. Booton of the Booton funeral home.
Sheriff E. D. Bunn and Constable Arley Pyles were near the scene of the accident when it occurred, and detained Adkins until state police arrived.
At the time of the accident, Adkins was driving toward Wayne and the school bus was headed in the opposite direction but was not moving, investigating officers stated.
The school bus was being driven by Minuard Elliott on the route from Wayne to Cove Gap, and he had stopped to discharge twelve pupils at a point opposite Bethesda church. The bus driver said that in order to reach their homes it was necessary for only two pupils to cross the road, and that he had seen these two safely across the highway and was preparing to start the bus when the accident occurred. The other ten children lived on the right side of the road and it was not necessary for them to cross the road.
Elliott said he did not witness the accident, as it occurred to the rear of the bus, but that he heard the impact of the car striking the boy. He also stated that in his opinion there were no eye-witnesses of the accident except the driver.
School authorities said they were informed the Baisden boy had a book belonging to one of the two pupils who had crossed the road to the left side, and they presumed he was crossing the road to deliver the book when he was struck.
The boy was struck by the right front fender and headlight of the automobile, and was carried a considerable distance, it was stated by Sheriff Bunn. The automobile was coming down a grade and the driver had a clear view of the bus for 500 feet, Sheriff Bunn said.
Adkins, son of Ruben Adkins, has been employed as a teacher for two years, school officials said.
Sheriff Bunn and Trooper Langford said that after the accident, they tested the brakes on the automobile driven by Adkins and found them to be in poor condition.
Funeral Rites Held
Funeral services for James Elmo Baisden were held Sunday at the Bethesda church with the Rev. O. F. Hutton officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery.
Surviving, in addition to the parents, are two sisters, Iva Jean and Emilia Faye; six brothers, Burgess, Stanley, Glenn, Billy and Charles Harry, all at home, and Merle Baisden of Buffalo creek.
(WCN - 10/17/1941) COURT TO ATTEMPT BRIDGE PURCHASE BY CONDEMNATION
LEGAL ACTION IS ORDERED AFTER OWNERS REFUSE TO SELL
The Wayne county court has decided to institute condemnation proceedings in Wayne county circuit court for the purpose of acquiring title to the toll bridge across the river between Louisa and Fort Gay.
Owners of the bridge have refused to sell the property, and the court directed Prosecuting Attorney J. T. Lambert to take such legal steps as necessary to acquire ownership of the span.
The following order relative to the bridge was entered Friday by the county court :
It appearing to the court that the public interest of Wayne county requires the purchase by the court of the toll bridge across Tug river and Levisa river, beginning on the east side of Tug river in the municipality of Fort Gay in this county and ending on the west side in the municipality of Louisa, Ky., and
"Whereas the Louisa and Fort Gay Bridge company is the owner of said bridge, and
"Whereas the said owners have refused by a letter in writing by its attorney, to sell said bridge,
"It is therefore ordered that J. T. Lambert, prosecuting Attorney of Wayne county, be and he is hereby directed to take such legal steps necessary in the premises to acquire title to the same by condemnation proceedings in the circuit court of Wayne county.
Prosecutor Lambert said Tuesday that his office would file the condemnation proceedings In the near future.
Under the plan proposed by the county court, the bridge would be purchased by issuing bonds which would be retired over a period of years from the toll receipts, without using any tax funds whatsoever, and thereafter the bridge would he made free to the public.
(WCN - 10/17/1941) Three Men Taken To State Prison
Buster Fife, of Kenova, John Henry Johnson and Clarence Galloway were transferred from the county jail to the state prison at Moundsville Tuesday.
Fife was convicted two years ago of theft of an automobile and was probated, but recently was arrested in Ohio on a charge of stealing $2.55 from a woman at Zanesville. A Zanesville newspaper reported that police failed to find the loot in Fife's pockets but a more thorough search revealed that he was holding the money in his mouth. He was found guilty of the theft at Zanesville and after being released there was brought to Wayne county on a charge of violating his probation and was ordered to serve the original prison sentence of two to ten years.
Johnson and Galloway were both sentenced to prison for two to ten years on charges of breaking and entering. They were sentenced at the last term of Wayne county circuit court.
(WCN - 10/31/1941) RANKERS AT CRUM SCHOOLS LISTED
LEADERS IN ALL SUBJECTS ANNOUNCED BY PRIN. C. H. SMITH
Ranking students at Crum junior high school and graded school for the first six weeks have been announced by Caleb H. Smith, principal. The list follows:
Grade 9: Mary Elizabeth Sypliex, civics, home economics and English; Larry O'Neal, mathematics; Carlos Copley, general science.
Grade 8: Ira Conn, history; Joice Marcum, English; Marie Marcum, home economics; William Harris, mathematics and general science.
Grade 7: Mary Lou Conn, geography; Herbert Marcum, English; Bertha Pertee, mathematics; Beulah Marcum, home economics; Lace Sammons, general science.
Grade 6 (Amos Maynard teacher): Larry Smith, reading, English and history; Lucille Price, writing; Herma Mae Noel, spelling; Mae Noel, science; Sidney Queen, arithmetic and geography; Ann Maynard, music; Athlene Dillon, art.
Grade 5 (Reba S. Endicott, teacher): Rosa Lee McCoy and Lucille Marcum, health; Louise Jones, arithmetic, spelling and writing; Maxine Rudolph, reading; Lorene Marcum, history; Faye Crum, English; Irene Miller, geography; Homer Varney and Louise Jones, art; Pauline Crum, science.
Grade 4 (Gladys Frazier, teacher): Jr. Pertee, reading and arithmetic; Allege Jones, writing and art; Mary Lon Hensley, spelling and music; Kenneth James, English; Lloyd Marcum, history; Thelma Muncy, health.
Grade 3 (Pauline Taylor, teacher): Harry Rudolph, reading, language, spelling and numbers; Christine Conn, writing; Gay Maynard, art; Colista Ratcliffe, music; Bennie Metz, social studies and science.
Grade 2B (Shirley Salmons, teacher): Melvin Hensley, reading, arithmetic, English, spelling, art and health; Gellis Marcum, writing; Charles Chaffins, social science; Billie Jean Hannah, music.
Grade 2A (Flossie Maynard, teacher): Charles D. Jones, reading and writing; Oliver Copley, arithmetic and spelling; Darsey Spaulding, language; Mariel Smith, health; Juanita Pertee, music; Betty Stacey, art.
Grade 1A (Ethel Skinner, teacher): Blondy Chaffins, reading, language and numbers; Lorell Fluty, writing; Betty Varney, art; Dewey Copley, Jr., music.
Grade 1B (Eva Ward, teacher): Max Chafins, reading, writing and arithmetic; Lassie Williamson, music; Herbert Marcum, art; Yvonne Little, English.
(WCN - 10/31/1941) DEAF-MUTE HELD IN GUN SLAYING OF YOUTH FRIDAY
"INTERPRETER" MAY BE USED IF MAN, 60, GOES ON TRIAL HERE
Dan Hall, 16, was killed and Garfield Frazier, 60, a DEAF-MUTE of Lost creek, near Glenhayes, was arrested on a state charge of murder as the result of a shooting Friday morning, October 24, 1941, at about eleven o'clock.
Young Hall, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hall of near Louisa, Ky., suffered a blast of shotgun fire through his chest as he and his brother, Robert, 20, returned from a hunting trip in Wayne county and stepped upon the porch of the home of their uncle, Jarrett Ratcliff. Frazier is an uncle of Mrs. Hall and makes his home with Ratcliff on Lost creek.
Hall fell back into his brother's arms and died almost instantly.
The Hall brothers had gone to the Ratcliff and Frazier residence Thursday night with the intention of hunting squirrels the following day, it was stated by Trooper Langford, who with Deputy Sheriff S. B. Noe investigated the shooting. The two Halls hunted until 11 a. m. Friday, at which time the shooting occurred.
The gun was fired from Inside the house and through a screen door, the officers said.
Frazier disappeared from the scene of the shooting until sometime Saturday, when he returned to the home, officers were notified. They went to Lost creek and arrested the DEAF-MUTE at about one o'clock Saturday afternoon. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace P. J. Webb of Fort Gay and was committed to jail to await the action of the grand jury.
Trooper Langford and Deputy Sheriff Noe said Frazier is unable to hear, speak, write or use the finger-sign language, but that by a series of motions which the man enacted they understood he had admitted the shooting. The officers said Frazier indicated by motions to them that he picked up a shotgun and fired through the door. The officers added that the shooting apparently was the outgrowth of what witnesses described as an old dispute between Frazier, the Hall boys and their mother. One phase of the dispute, witnesses told officers, concerned a horse on the Ratcliff-Frazier farm which the Hall boys had ridden several months ago.
Should Frazier be indicted and tried, Wayne county authorities would face the problem of making known their questions to the defendant and of making his replies intelligible to the jury. There is a possibility that members of Frazier's family, who understand gutteral sounds he is able to make, might be used as "interpreters" in such a trial.
It is the first time in the history of the county, as far as could be learned this week, that a DEAF-MUTE has been arrested on a murder charge.
Funeral services for the Hall youth were held Sunday afternoon at the home of his parents in Lawrence county, Ky., and burial was in the Ratcliff cemetery near Clifford, Ky.
Frazier will remain in jail pending grand jury action unless he is granted bond by Judge C. W. Ferguson.
(WCN - 10/31/1941) New Building Here Nearing Completion
Work of reconstructing the former Osburn building which was destroyed by fire earlier this year is progressing rapidly and will be completed soon.
The new building will be known as the Osburn-Ferguson-Hammock building, and is owned by C. W. Osburn, M. J. Ferguson and Jess Hammock.
The second story of the building, consisting of office quarters, has been completed. The two front offices will be occupied by Attorney M. J. Ferguson, who will move his office from the bank building to the new building this week.
The first story when completed will be occupied by a business of some type.
The new building is a brick structure and is one of the valuable business properties in Wayne.
(WCN - 10/31-1941) Road Surfacing Work Begins At East Lynn
Wayne county workmen of the state road commission began work Thursday of this week on the surfacing of six miles of road from East Lynn past Stiltner toward Cove Gap and the Lincoln county line, it was announced by Oscar Allen, superintendent. Blacktop material will be used.
Earlier this week road workers surfaced an additional one and one-half miles of the road from Missouri Branch to Wilsondale, extending the surface past the picnic grounds in Cabwaylingo state forest. Four and one-half miles of this road was surfaced this summer.
Work was also completed recently on surfacing nine miles of the Lavalette, Booton and Miller's Fork road. The original project called for 12.5 miles, but improvement of the remaining 3.5 miles has been postponed until later.
(WCN - 10/31/1941) 19 MEN INDUCTED FOR ARMY SERVICE
FIVE DRAFTEES REJECTED; COUNTY CREDITED WITH 17 OF GROUP
Nineteen men sent to the army examining station at Huntington by the two Wayne county draft boards were accepted and inducted for military training Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Two of the men, Boyd Damron and Russell J. Bocook, were registered in other states, leaving only 17 credited to the Wayne county boards. The county's quota was 22, meaning that five were rejected.
Philip Ketchum, of Wayne, failed to pass the examination because of a heart condition.
The Wayne county draftees inducted were as follows:
Bert Crabtree, Ernest F. Calloway, Albert Watson, all of Kenova; George W. Brown, Ceredo; William F. Perdue, Huntington route; Harold L. Daniels, Westmoreland; William L. Varney, Crum; Carl W. Stephens, East Lynn; Russell Mounts, Fort Gay route; Wallace H. McMillion, Missouri Branch; Mose Mullins, Wilsondale; George R. Maynard, Dunlow; Austin Lycan, Fort Gay route; Andrew J. Fry, Charles H. Ferguson, Robert R. Smith and Raymond Varney.
(WCN - 10/31/1941) KENOVA ROUTE MEN SENT TO DISTANT OUTPOSTS
Alfred J. Wilson, son of Howard Wilson of Kenova route, who enlisted in the U. S. navy in November, 1939, is now stationed with the Pacific fleet at Guam, which is located about 5,000 miles off the west coast and within 1,000 miles of the Philippine islands.
Other Kenova route men in the army are as follows:
Pfc. Henry Mack Wilson, son of Howard Wilson, who enlisted in the army in August, 1940, is now stationed at Fort Bragg, N. C.
Corp. Mack D. Canterbury, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Canterbury, has recently been transferred from Vancouver, Washington, to Honolulu, Hawaii, with the 804th engineers.
Pvt. John F. Canterbury, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Canterbury, has recently been transferred from Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., to Sitka, Alaska.
(WCN - 11/14/1941) HOME ON BIG CREEK SET AFIRE BY BLAST TUESDAY
ANCIL CLARK AND J. CLAGG VICTIMS OF TRAGEDY; FIVE ESCAPE
Ancil Clark, 32 years old, and his father-in-law, James Clagg, about 80, were burned to death when fire destroyed the Clark home on Big creek, seven miles north of Wayne, at 5:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, November 11, 1941.
Mr. Clagg was unable to escape from the building and burned to death in his bedroom, while Mr. Clark, badly burned about the body and face, died in a Huntington hospital at ten o'clock Tuesday morning.
Mrs. Clark and her four children narrowly escaped from their home.
Neighbors of the Clark family on Big creek quoted Mrs. Clark as saying the fire was caused by explosion of a can of kerosene which her husband was using to start a fire in the kitchen stove. He threw kerosene on the fire and the explosion followed, it was said. Mr. Clark's clothing, sprayed with kerosene, caught fire and he was fatally burned.
Following the explosion, flames developed quickly on the walls and floor of the kitchen and spread rapidly to other parts of the house. The smoke and fire trapped Mr. Clegg in his bedroom, although his grandson, Billy Joe Clark, 5, who slept in the same room, made his escape with the aid of his mother.
When his clothing caught fire, Mr. Clark rushed to various parts of the house to arouse the members of his family and warn them of the danger but could not assist them to escape. Mr. Clark then ran into the yard, where he collapsed, badly burned. All his clothing was burned completely off, it was reported.
Warned by her husband, Mrs. Clark and three of her children, Floyd, 10, Delmer, 7, and Lois Anne, 2, left the building safely. Mrs. Clark was outside when she noticed that her father and son, Billy Joe, were missing. She ran back into the house and made her way through smoke and intense heat to the bedroom door. She opened the door, found her small son standing near it, and led him outside to safety. Mr. Clegg was probably overcome by suffocation and unable to come to the door of the bedroom and the smoke in the room was so dense that Mrs. Clark could not go to her father's assistance.
Billy Joe Clark quoted his grandfather as saying, when the alarm was first given, that he would be along when he had put on his trousers and this instant of delay proved fatal.
Mrs. Clark and her children did not have time to save any of their clothing or shoes, being barefooted and dressed only in their sleeping garments when they escaped. All the furniture and other contents of the house were destroyed.
Mr. Clark was conscious until his death, It was stated by R. K. Fry and Frew Ferguson, neighbors of the Clark family.
Clark was carried from the yard, where he collapsed, and placed in Rev. Roy Vanhoose's automobile and was taken to the hospital by the minister, who was the Clarks' nearest neighbor. He was removed to the automobile by Gene Fry and Curtis Thompson.
The fire spread so rapidly through the house that neighbors of the Clark family were unable to arrive in time to assist in the rescue work or save any of the furniture. Frew Ferguson, a state road commission employe, was the first person to reach the scene and he said the roof of the house was ready to fall at that time.
The Clarks had lived on Big creek for about four years, moving there from Milton. Their home, which they purchased from a Mrs. Holley of Milton, was a six-room, one-story house located on the Big creek road about two miles from Route 52. The Big creek road connects with the state highway near the Zeri Perdue store. Mr. Perdue formerly owned the Clark house, having built it several years ago.
Mr. Clark was held in high esteem by his neighbors on Big creek, all of whom spoke of him us a fine man. He had worked at the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad shops in Huntington for the past sixteen years and was employed there at the time of his death.
Mr. Clagg lived at Milton but was visiting his daughter on Big creek at the time of the fire. His body was burned beyond recognition. The remains, a heap of charred bones, were removed from the ruins of the Clark home and taken to Milton in an ambulance for funeral services and burial.
Joint funeral services for Clark and Clagg were held at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Chestnut Knob church near Milton. Clark was buried in the Templeton cemetery near Milton and Clagg was buried in the Fairview cemetery in Mason county.
Besides his widow and four children, Clark is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Clark of Milton; four brothers, Herman and Roy Clark, both of Troy, O., and Ernest and Clayton Clark, both of Milton; and four sisters, Mrs. Emma Hatfield and Mrs. Jennie Neumeyer of Milton; Mrs. Gillie Bowyer, of Michigan, and Miss Violet Clark, at home.
Clagg, a retired farmer, is survived by four sons, Thomas, Erskine, Everett and Albert Clagg, all of Milton; and three daughters, Mrs. Clark of Big creek, Mrs. Cleo Hatfield and Mrs. Elmer Hays, both of Milton.
Mrs. Clark and her children have gone to the home of her brothel Erskine Clagg, at Milton.
(WCN - 12/12/1941) PHILIP KETCHUM KILLED ON PRISON BUS DEC. 4
PRISONER GRABS GUN AND SLAYS POPULAR YOUNG WAYNE MAN
Philip Ketchum, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Ketchum, prominent Wayne countians, was shot to death Thursday evening, December 4, 1941, while nearing the end of a trip on which he drove a bus taking 27 prisoners to Moundsville, where his father is warden of the penitentiary.
The shot that killed young Ketchum was fired by Brownie Gibson, of Kanawha county, who had escaped from a prison road crew in August. Gibson was captured in Kanawha county recently. He seized a revolver from the holster of Orville Metz, guard on the prison bus, and fired four times. One of the bullets struck Ketchum in the back and passed through his heart, causing death within a few seconds.
The guard, Metz, was wounded, but his condition is not critical and he is improving at a hospital in Moundsville.
Prison authorities said the shooting occurred at Proctor, in Wetzel county, about 20 miles from Moundsville, at the approach to a bridge within a few minutes of six o'clock last Thursday evening.
As the bus passed over the low approach of the bridge, it ran thru a patch of fog which clouded the windshield. Ketchum, at the wheel, brought the bus to a stop just about the point where the highway paving narrows slightly to enter the bridge. Guard Metz, who was sitting at the front of the bus facing the prisoners, turned around to wipe the windshield and at that instant Gibson, one of three prisoners from Charleston, and sitting Just behind Ketchum, seized Metz's gun from its holster, and fired a bullet into each of Metz's hips.
Before either Metz or other prisoners could halt his actions, Gibson fired a third shot. The bullet struck Phil Ketchum in the bark and penetrated his heart.
Ketchum, who had already opened the door of the bus, was described by prisoners as having risen to his feet, set the emergency brake, mumbled what appeared to have been a few-word prayer, staggered to the bus door, and fell dead at the side of the highway. When authorities reached the scene, they found a revolver clutched In Philip's hand. He had drawn the gun from a shoulder holster he was wearing evidently with the intention of helping Metz overcome Gibson, but died instantly without firing the weapon. A fourth shot was fired by Gibson, striking Metz in one arm.
Prisoners Overcome Gibson
Gibson was subdued by other prisoners. The prisoners were handcuffed in pairs to a long chain. thus leaving each man with one hand free. Charles Cecil Fowler, one of the three prisoners from Kanawha county, in some manner threw the chain around Gibson's neck and choked him, and with the aid of Howard Williams, another Kanawha county prisoner, threw Gibson to the floor of the bus and held him while Claude Inge, a Negro prisoner from Mercer county, with his free hand wrenched the gun from Gibson's hand.
Metz, given back the gun, with his one good arm, remained at his post in the bus doorway until help arrived.
A railroad police officer was in the near vicinity, sensed that there was trouble on the bus, hurried to investigate and notified State Troopers Oldham and Bailey at New Martinsville, who rushed to the scene and took charge of the bus and prisoners, after notifying the prison by telephone of the shooting.
Warden Ketchum and Deputy Warden H. H. Cottle, left immediately for the scene, followed a few moments later by Captain of Guards Lon Whitten and other guards as well as state troopers from Moundsville. Cottle is a son-in-law of J. A. Reynolds of Wayne.
One of the guards and the state troopers took the bus and prisoners on to the penitentiary.
The body of Philip Ketchum was removed to a funeral home at New Martinsville, where it remained until two o'clock Friday afternoon. After brief funeral services held there, the body was removed to Wayne, arriving shortly before seven o'clock Friday night.
Funeral services were held at two o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Wayne Methodist church, with the Rev. F. Ralph Miller, pastor of Vinson Memorial Christian church, officiating, assisted by Rev. E. M. Flanigan of Moundsville.
Active pallbearers were Delmas Bunn, Wallace Wellman, Bud David, J. D. Dilley, Ronald White, Wayne Thompson, Julian Houchin, Charles Hampton, Woodrow Wilson and George Bambrick. Honorary pallbearers were William McAvoy, Campbell Neel, Richard Hill, Lane Anderson, Fred Cyrus, Robert Davis and Joseph Capehart, all members of the fraternity at Marshall college to which Philip belonged. Burial was in the Wayne cemetery.
Neared End of Trip
Philip was serving as a penitentiary guard without pay and had frequently driven the prison bus on trips to various sections of the state. He and Guard Metz had left Moundsville Wednesday, Dec. 3, to pick up 27 prisoners from Mercer, Raleigh, Kanawha and Wood counties, and were within 20 miles of the prison Thursday when the shooting took place.
Philip was a native of Wayne, where he was born November 11, 1918, the day the Armistice ended the first World war. He attended Wayne high school, graduating in 1937. In high school he participated in athletics, being an outstanding member of the basketball team for four years and the football team for two years. The year after his graduation from high school he attended West Virginia university and then transferred to Marshall college, which he attended for two years. He was a junior at Marshall last year but did not return to school this year as he expected to be drafted Into the army. He passed several physical examinations given by draft board physicians but at the induction station in Huntington was rejected by army doctors. He held a private pilot's license obtained at the pilot training school at Marshall.
Philip was popular not only in Wayne county but also at Marshall college and Moundsville. He had a happy, cheerful personality and typified the virile type of young American manhood. His tragic death came as a stunning blow to his hundreds of friends in Wayne county and other parts of the state.
Besides his parents, survivors are Chad Ketchum, assistant U. S. district attorney who resides on Spring Valley road, and three sisters, Mrs. L. R. Pemberton, Mrs. H. E. Edwards and Miss Harriet Ketchum, all of Wayne.
Philip was laid to rest in the Wayne cemetery near the resting places of his grandparents, J. W. and Alice Ketchum; his sister, Lucy Ketchum, and his uncle, G. B. Ketchum.
An estimated throng of over 2,000 persons attended the funeral services, the crowd filling the church and overflowing the church lawn and court house lawn nearby. Among those attending the last rites were many prominent officials in the state and federal governments and in other counties as well as officials from the state penitentiary. A partial list of out-of-town persons at the funeral is as follows :
Edward Crowder, chief clerk to the U. S. Marshal of So. Dist.; Harry E. Watkins, judge U. S. Dist. No. Dist.; W. L. Ferrell, of U. S. Secret Service, Ashland; Dr. A. E. Harris, of Marshall college; W. E. Burchett, ex-sheriff Mingo Co.; Chas M. Dunn, deputy sheriff, Mingo; Lucian Fry, sheriff McDowell; Jeff Watts, chief police, Logan; Valca W. Midkiff, C. and O. official; Mrs. Bess Harrison, custodian of archives, Charleston; Mrs. Leo Callison, wife of former warden; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Herald, of Logan; Leslie J. Swann, chief police, Huntington; Don Maynard, traffic inspector, Huntington; Sgt. R. C. Dilley and Trooper Jim Ellis, Barboursville; James Bonnell, head alcohol tax department, Huntington; Victor M. Dorsey, of alcohol department; Jas. Quinlan, Pros. atty., Cabell; Ed Green, asst. pros. atty. Huntington; Buford Tynes, Sen. Wayne-Cabell, of Huntington; L. R. Via, U. S. atty.; Philip A. Baer, asst U. S. atty.; Miss Aletha Huylett, secretary Gov. Neely, Charleston; W. H. McGinnis, U. S. Marshall So. Dist.; Bob Miller, deputy U. S. Marshall So. Dist.; J. French Herald, Asst tax commr.; W. S. Wysong, pres. board of Control; Dr. Robinson, member board of control; Fred Iden, labor div. St. Road, Buchannon; Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Shaffer, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Chenoweth, of Clendennin; Rev. and Mrs. H. G. Farmer and family, of Anstead; Mr. and Mrs. Pat Napier and son, of Charleston.
From Moundsville came Deputy Warden and Mrs. H. H. Cottle and son, A. D. Marks, Robert Wells, Harry Shock, John McKown, Rev. and Mrs. E. M. Flanigan, William Runyon, Asa Coon, Edgar Browning, D. K. Bever, Mr. and Mrs. Clem B. Kiger and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. McFrederick, H. A. Strealy, Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Mahood, Trooper and Mrs. G. H. Osborne, Mrs. Nell Rex, Sab Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. C. Earl Knapp, Luther Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome F. Ryskey, Mrs. Stevens, C. W. Trautwein, Emmett Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Wellman and family, R. M. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Phillips and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baughman, Homer Neal, Dave Isaacs, S. A. Bias and S. A. Osborne.
Murder Charge Filed
William Lemon, prosecuting attorney of Wetzel county, filed a charge of first degree murder against Gibson for the slaying of Philip Ketchum, and said the case will be presented to the Wetzel county grand fury at the opening of court in that county on the first Tuesday in January, 1942. The death sentence is mandatory for anyone convicted of killing a prison guard.
Prison records show that Gibson, a resident of Sissonville, had been sentenced in Kanawha county on July 17, 1940, to serve one to 15 years for breaking and entering and second offense. He is said to have served a federal pen term at Chillicothe, O., from 1931 to 1933 for postoffice breaking, and to have served another term in Moundsville penitentiary in 1936 on a horse stealing charge. He had been held in solitary confinement in the Kanawha county jail at Charleston for two weeks before he was placed on the prison bus for the trip to Moundsville last Thursday.
(WCN - 12/12/1941) NEW INDUCTION SYSTEM STARTS
SELECTEES TO BE EXAMINED BY TRAVELING BOARDS IN FUTURE
In the future all selective service registrants in Wayne county will be given their physical examinations by a traveling medical board instead of by local draft board physicians, it was learned this week.
The traveling boards will do the examining, will classify the selectees and send them back to their home counties. This Is the only physical examination a selectee will undergo if he is inducted Into the army within sixty days after receiving the approval of the traveling medical board. Draft boards will send their registrants direct to army reception centers for induction under the new plan, and induction operations will cease at Huntington.
The new system of examining selectees was inaugurated by state selective service headquarters in order to terminate duplication in medical examinations, officials explained.
The first registrants from Wayne county to be examined by the traveling medical board will be sent to Huntington for that purpose Friday of this week. Draft board No. 1 will send 18 men and board No. 2 will send 14 men. The lists are as follows:
Board 1—Clarence E. Blanton, Chas. E. Ward, Shirley E. Adkins, Glen H. Sullivan, Frank G. Thacker, Ernest H. Collins, Harold E. Rollins, Ott Thompson, Raynal R. Riggs, Garnet T. Adkins, Mack Hayton, Arthur F. Holley, Arthur M. Reed.
Board No. 2—Norman Russell, John Emery Crum, Harvey Kitts, Jr., Everett Smith, David Edwin Kearns, Ernest Poindexter, Clifford Duncan, Leonard Pertee, Cecil Page Damron, Beryl McCoy, Birch Thompson, Raymond Noe, Victor Crockett, Earl Ross. Three transfers to this board who will also be examined Friday are Herman F. Randolph, Homer L. Beckley and Raymond Elswick.
(WCN - 12/12/1941) YORK TO BECOME COLONEL IN ARMY
NATIVE WAYNE COUNTIAN IS PROMOTED BY PRES. ROOSEVELT
A native Wayne countian, John Y. York, Jr., has been recommended by President Roosevelt for promotion from the rank of lieutenant colonel to colonel in the army air cops. The president's nomination of York was sent to the senate recently and confirmation is expected to be granted as a matter of course.
Col. York is the son of the late Dr. James York, who was a leading physician and property owner in Kenova many years ago. Dr. York was born near the mouth of Lost creek above Glenhayes. The late John Y. York and John L. Billups, who were partners in a store at Fort Gay and conducted a logging business on Big Sandy river, were grandfathers of Col. York. His mother, now Mrs. John Beckley, resides on Sycamore street, Kenova.
Col. York was born in Kenova and spent his youth there. During the World war he was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., and has been in the army ever since. It is believed he is the first Wayne countian to attain the rank of colonel in the army.
(WCN - 12/12/1941) ARMY TO INDUCT SIX FROM COUNTY
BOARD 2 RATES HIGH IN PERCENTAGE OF MEN VOLUNTEERING
Six Wayne county men will be inducted into the army at the examining station in Huntington next Friday, November 21. The men, three from each board, are as follows:
Board 1—Mose Benton Adkins, Branchland route; Douglas Bailey, Kenova; William F. Brown, Kenova.
Board 2—Opie Marcum, Stonecoal; Edgar Wallace, Ferguson route; George Matovich, Prichard route.
Two of the three men from board 2 are volunteers. This board has sent 82 men to the army since the beginning of the selective service system, and all but 11 of this number were volunteers. This board has reached only its 164th number on the draft list, a better than average record for the state as a whole.
It was learned this week that draft board physicians will not be affected in their present posts under revised procedure for physical examination of registrants.
Brigadier General Carleton C. Pierce, state director of selective service, said the revised procedure provides for a local board examination for manifestly disqualifying physical defects prior to the forwarding of registrants to an army examination station. Also, local board physicians will take blood specimens for serological test when specimens taken by army examining boards are not negative.
At army examination stations the initial blood specimen for serological test will be drawn and a complete physical examination given. If the registrant passes this army examination which will be given in advance of the date when he is to be inducted, he will know almost certainly that he will be acceptable to the armed forces and may make his plans accordingly. In some instances heretofore, men have been rejected at army induction stations after passing local board physical examinations.
(WCN - 12/12/1941) UNITED NATION ANSWERS CHALLENGE OF JAPANESE
AMERICANS FORGET PAST DIFFERENCES, GIRD FOR WAR
The Japanese challenge has been answered by a united American people, who for the first time in 23 years have buried their differences over foreign policy. The bombing of American military forces and ships in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Sunday, buried the last vestige of opposition in this nation to President Roosevelt's foreign policy, and made isolationism a dead issue.
Republicans and Democrats alike called for defeat of the aggressors. The entire nation, aroused by the Japanese attack, grimly prepared for total war.
Recruiting offices have been besieged with men applying for enlistment in the army and navy. The rate of enlistment from coast to coast has increased from 10 to 100 per cent over normal times, and is greater than during the first world war.
Various labor unions have pledged their support to the government and strikes have been ended with the men returning to their jobs to produce war materials. Emergency measures were immediately adopted to insure the nation's safety against sabotage. Suspicious aliens of Japanese, Italian or German nationality were rounded up by FBI and army men in all parts of the nation and in Panama. Armed guards were thrown around key buildings in Washington. All important industries have increased their vigilance against sabotage. All army and navy men on leave in the Paciflc coast area were called back to duty.
San Francisco and other cities on the west coast are blacked out each night, as any Japanese attack on the United States mainland could strike first in those areas. Hostile planes were reported over San Francisco Monday and Tuesday night, but no bombs were dropped.
The draft act was amended by Congress to permit sending draftees to any point in the world where needed. The act formerly prohibited the sending of draftees to foreign soil.
No act of congress was required to make the age group from 28 to 35 subject to the draft, as the clause relieving all over 28 of the draft applied only in peace-time and became ineffective when war was declared. It is expected men over 28 who have been released from the army will be called back, but this has taken place only in the Pacific coast area thus far.
The possibility is being mentioned in Washington of drafting men from 18 to 44.
The government is making plans to keep present industries working seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and to construct many more plants to make war materials.
Amateur radio operations were halted except for those specifically authorized in connection with the emergency. Censorship was imposed on all outgoing communications.
The publication of any information as to the size and disposition of military forces was forbidden.
In short, the nation is on war-time basis in an effort to carry out the statement of Senator Wheeler, who until Japan attacked Hawaii, has been a consistent critic of the government's foreign policy. When informed of the Japanese attack, he said: "The only thing now is to do our best to lick hell out of them."
Most observers agree the United States faces a long, hard war, but that the Japanese will be defeated in
In four days of fighting, the Japanese have had startling success to date but the American and British forces are just getting into action and the tide of battle should turn soon.
Invading Japanese troops and parachutists landed on Luzon island of the Philippines Wednesday despite a smashing assault by U. S. army and navy fliers on one transoort convoy of six ships. Two or three Japanese transport ships were sunk and several others damaged by American bombers, and 51 Japanese airplanes were shot down over the Philippines during the day.
Two great British battleships, the 35,000-ton Prince of Wales and the 32,000-ton Repulse, were sunk Wednesday by the Japanese in action off Malaya.
The west coast of the United States is blacked out nightly as a precaution against air raids. Los Angeles has had an air raid alarm, and San Francisco has reported the presence of enemy airplanes nightly since Monday. However, no bombs have been dropped thus far. The army has ringed the nation with men and steel sufficient to "meet any threat" of invasion and is searching for fifth columnists following the discovery of fires in the form of arrows pointing toward Seattle Wednesday night.
(WCN - 12/12/1941) BLANKENSHIP GETS PRISON SENTENCE ON ROBBERY COUNT
LARGE NUMBER OF CASES DISPOSED OF IN COURT AT WAYNE
Allen Blankenship, of Harveytown, was found guilty by a jury in Wayne county circuit court Monday of a charge of armed robbery, and was sentenced to ten years in prison. Judge C. W. Ferguson recommended that Blankenship serve the full sentence. Blankenship was convicted on a charge of robbing a Kenova couple in the vicinity of Ceredo.
John H. Moore and Lawrence Robertson, co-defendants along with Blankenship, were also convicted on the same charge and will be sentenced later.
Charles Chaffins pleaded guilty of breaking and entering the residence of Aubrey Stepp and theft of property therein, and was sentenced to serve two to ten years in prison.
A number of other persons were given prison or jail sentences and probated, as follows: James Bradley, obtaining money under false pretenses, one to five years. Joe Bradley, unlawful wounding, 121 months in jail; Agnes Fife and Hobert Holbrook, felony charge growing out of labor disturbance at Kenova, one to ten years; W. F. (Bill) Ball, misdemeanor in Kenova labor disturbance, 12 months in jail and $500 fine; Amos Hatten, Loren Hatten and Fred Moore, felony charge in Kenova labor disturbance, one to ten years; Virgil Vanhoose, misdemeanor in same case, 12 months in jail and $500 fine; Farmer McCoy and Forest Fuller, petit larceny, 12 months in jail; Robert Wilson, unlawful assault, 12 months and $50.
Felony charges against W. F. (Bill) Ball, Ida Jones Ball, John Bill Adkins, Cecil Whitney, Leroy Tullis and Harry Poe in the Kenova disturbances, were nollied.
Willie Gibson pleaded guilty to petit larceny and was sentenced to six months in jail.
Fletcher Chinn pleaded guilty of a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to jail for ninety nine days and fined $84.
Andrew Jackson Branhon was tried in his absence, found guilty of a misdemeanor, and later appeared in court, where he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $5 and costs.
Cecil Wallace pleaded guilty of a misdemeanor, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $25.
Paul Pruitt pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $25.
Jay Salmons and Albert Hannah were sentenced to 12 months in jail when they plead guilty to petit larceny.
Ollie Mills pleaded guilty of misdemeanor, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $20.
A jury found Wilburn Mills not guilty of a felony.
Floyd Watts and Cloie Ramsey pleaded guilty of a misdemeanor, and were fined $50 and costs.
A jury was unable to agree on a verdict in the trial of Lum Stacy on felony charge.
Pansy Wellman Prichard was found guilty of assault and battery and motion to set aside verdict will be argued Friday.
Charges filed against John Chapman, D. B. Wheeler and Bill Smith were dismissed on the grounds the warrants were defective and for other reasons.
Divorce was granted in the case of Myrtle Dixon vs. Dresell Edmund Dixon, and custody of infant was awarded the plaintiff.
An order was entered by Judge Ferguson designating Mrs. Cora Penhale as court report in place of Herman Pugh, who was given a year’s leave of absence. Mrs. Penhale’s salary was set at $125 per month.
(WCN - 12/12/1941) SEVERAL LOCAL PEOPLE CAUGHT IN PACIFIC WAR
WAYNE COUNTIANS IN AREAS BOMBED BY JAPANESE PLANES
Relatives are anxiously awaiting word this week of the fate of several Wayne county men serving in the U. S. armed forces in the Pacific.
A number of Wayne countians are in Honolulu and at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where Japanese bombs which opened the war Sunday caused death to about 1,500 and injuries to a like number, according to the latest estimate announced by President Roosevelt. It may be several days before it is known whether any Wayne countians were among the casualties.
Wayne countians serving in the armed forces in Hawaii include the following:
James Barbour, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Barbour of Bowen.
Homer (Humpy) Adkins, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Kiah Adkins, Wayne.
Aley Perry, formerly of Fort Gay route.
Durward Newman, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Newman, Lavalette.
Milford Smith, son of Veva Smith, of Huntington, formerly of near Wayne.
Wm. R. Wilson, son of Wilbur Wilson, Sidney.
Wetzel Saunders, son of Barney Saunders of near East Lynn.
Carol Bing Mills, son of Ottie and Edith Bing Mills, formerly of East Lynn.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pugh, of Huntington, are also in Honolulu. He served as court reporter of the Wayne circuit court for several years and is now on leave of absence for a year.
J. S. Vincent, of Fairview, a brother of Mrs. Raymond Thompson of Wayne, is stationed in Hawaii.
Robert J. Meade, a Wayne countian, and Rush Bartram, brother of Mrs. Emmett Staley, of near Wayne, are stationed in the Philippines, which is being bombed and invaded by the Japanese.
Sid Maynard, formerly of Kiahsville, a retired navy man, has been located on Wake island where he was employed by a private company. Wayne county relatives of Mr. Maynard believe he is still on this island, which is undefended and expected to fall to the Japanese at any time. The Island has been bombed.
John Price, son of A. G. Price, of Fort Gay, somewhere in the Pacific but his exact location was not learned here.
Mandel Ramey, Sammy Lambert and Homer Smith, of Wayne, and Kenneth Smith, of Lavalette, are stationed in Panama, where war excitement is high and where the Japanese may strike in an effort to destroy the canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
A number of Wayne countians are stationed in Alaska, also located in the war zone. However, the war has not actually spread to that section thus far.
Wm. A. Wilson, son of Mrs. Rebecca Wilson James, and Pat Brumfleld, son of Boss Brumfleld, formerly served in Hawaii but have returned to the United States. Wilson is now testing tanks at Detroit and Brumfleld is stationed at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio.
(WCN - 12/12/1941) RECALLED FROM FURLOUGH
Noval Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jennings Smith of Wayne, arrived home Monday for a furlough but on the following day was recalled to his army post at Wichita Falls, Texas
(WCN - 12/12/1941) JAPS KILL U. S. SOLDIERS, SINK TWO SHIPS IN HAWAII
CONGRESS APPROVES WAR STARTED BY TREACHEROUS ATTACK SUNDAY
War between the United States and Japan exploded violently in the Pacific late Sunday as waves of Japanese bombers twice attacked the Hawaiian islands without warning, inflicting great loss in life and property, and bombed other American possessions, including the Philippines, the tiny U. S. base at Guam, Wake island and Midway island.
The Japanese in their treacherous attack launched while their representatives were talking peace in Washington, destroyed one old U. S. battleship and destroyer, damaged a U. S. plane carrier and other vessels and inflicted 3,000 casualties on a non-suspecting people. Half of the casualties are fatalities, the U. S. government announced.
Two hours after the attack, the Japanese government announced it was at war with the United States and Great Britain.
The United States congress, in a joint session Monday at noon, heard President Roosevelt in a special message request a declaration of war against Japan. Congress quickly granted this request, adopting a resolution declaring war with only one dissenting vote. The vote for war was 82 to 0 in the senate and 388 to 1 in the house of representatives. The lone vote against war was cast by Miss Jeannette Rankin, of Montana.
Simultaneously with their attack on the U. S. naval base in Hawaii, the Japanese also bombed the British base of Singapore and invaded Thailand and British Malaya from which the United States obtains most of its rubber. The British engaged the invaders in Malaya and repulsed them at several points. British bombers damaged a number of Japanese troop transports attempting to land in Malaya.
Several Japanese planes and submarines have been destroyed by U. S. forces operating from Hawaii. The U. S. warships still able to operate steamed out of Hawaiian waters to carry out military operations of an undisclosed nature. Whether the American fleet has engaged any part of the Japanese fleet was a closely guarded secret.
Other Nations In War
Other nations have Joined the United States in declaring war on Japan. These include Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Dutch East Indies, Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica and Cuba, in addition to China, which has been at war with Japan for over four years.
A U. S. army transport loaded with supplies was reported sunk by a submarine about 1,000 miles off San Francisco.
The Japanese attacks came at widely separated points in the Pacific. For example, Hawaii is 4,859 miles from the Philippines. Hawaii is 3,400 miles from Japan. How the Japanese managed to penetrate the defense of Pearl Harbor, the U. S. naval base in Hawaii, is a question being asked by congressmen and other experts. It is presumed, however, that the attack was launched from airplane carriers or from Japanese islands located near the U. S. base.
Reports have been circulated of a naval battle taking place but this has not been confirmed.
The nature of the Japanese attack showed it had been planned for days and perhaps weeks, as much time would be required to prepare an attack against a point as far distant as Hawaii, military experts pointed out.
Guam, Wake and Midway islands have been captured by the Japanese. These American outposts are tiny, unfortified islands which served as stepping stones from California to the Philippines. Loss of these islands will make it more difficult for the United States to send reinforcements to the Philippines.
Japanese bombers have attacked flying fields in the Philippines, and an attempt to land troops is expected there at any time. The Philippines are 6,238 miles from California and will be difficult to defend against a large enemy force. However, American pursuit planes have beaten off several Japanese attacks there, and the islands are also defended by American soldiers and native troops trained by General MacArthur, the U. S. commander In the Far East.
Hundreds of men in United States uniform, as well as civilians, died under the savage blows that shattered the Sabbath morning peace in Honolulu, Hawaii, and spread the European war to the vast expanse of the Pacific ocean.
Officials in Washington said the death toll is expected to be about 1,500, most of them among the military forces. Military barracks were hit by bombs, killing soldiers on Hickam field, in the early morning surprise attack.
In his address to congress, President Roosevelt noted that the American naval and military forces had suffered "severe damage" in the lightning bombing raid on Hawaii and that "very many American lives have been lost."
In addition, he said, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San
Francisco and Honolulu.
"Always we will remember the character ot the onslought against us," the president said.
"No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win thru to absolute victory.
"I believe I interpret the will of the congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again."
It will be recorded, the president added, that the distance of Hawaii from Japan made it obvious the attack was planned deliberately many days or weeks ago. During the intervening time, he said, the Japanese government "has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace."
Reenforcements of planes are being rushed to Hawaii and repair work is underway on ships, planes and ground facilities.
Asked whether there was any official information why Japan was able to get inside the outer defenses of the Hawaiian islands, Presidential Secretary Stephen Early said it was the consensus of experts that probably all attacking planes came from carriers which had moved forward during the night to send their planes aloft. The attack came at dawn Sunday, Honolulu time, and 1:05 p. m., eastern standard time. Two hundred marines, all that remained of the American marine detachment in China, have been captured and interned near Tientsin by the Japanese. The small American garrison had no choice but to surrender.
Many bombs were dropped in Honolulu and the casualties were largely at army and navy stations at the key Pacific outpost.
Japs Claim Victory
Japan claims a smashing victory over the U. S. Pacific fleet. The Japanese boast they have won naval supremacy by the destruction of two American battleships and an aircaft carrier and the damaging of six cruisers. The Japanese said they had escaped trom the Hawaiian attack without any naval losses, and admitted the loss of only two planes in the Philippines, as a result of the first day's operations.
Most experts agree that the United States faces a long, hard war, because of the immense expanse of the Pacific amd the lack of bases from which to bomb Japan. "It may take two years or longer," is the way one expert expressed it. The nearest U. S. base is the Philippines, a distance of 1,843 miles to Japan. The Russlan base at Vladivostok is only 600 miles from Tokyo, the Japanese capltol, but whether the Russians will permit use of this base by American bombers Is a question still unanswered. It is also questionable whether the Russian base would be practical, as it could be cut off by the large Japanese forces concentrated in adjoining Manchukuo.
Thailand quickly surrendered to the invading Japanese without firing a shot, and has granted Japan the right to use that country as a road to attack the British colony of Burma. The Burma road is the only means the democracies have of sending supplies to China and Japan will have gained a major victory if she can conquer Burma.
(WCN - 12/19/1941) PHILIP KETCHUM'S KILLER TAKES OWN LIFE BY HANGING
CONVICT ACCUSED IN DEATH OF WAYNE MAN COMMITS SUICIDE IN CELL
Brown Gibson, 28-year-old convict who was accused of killing Philip Ketchum, son of Warden M. E. Ketchum of the state prison, hanged himself Monday in his cell at the penitentiary at Moundsville.
The prisoner, in solitary confinement, was last seen alive at 1 :30 p. m. Monday by a guard who passed Gibson's cell. He was found dead about an hour later.
The body was found dangling from a rope Gibson had fashioned from a strip torn from his mattress cover and attached to a chain above his cell door.
In a note found in a Bible in the cell, Gibson asked to be buried beside his wife. Police at Charleston said that Mrs. Gibson died a number of years ago and is believed to be buried near Sissonville, Kanawha county.
Gibson, sentenced from Kanawha county in July, 1940 to a one-to-15 year term, escaped last August, and was recaptured near Sissonville. He was being returned to Moundsville in a bus with 26 other prisoners December 4 when he shot Ketchum in an attempt to escape near Proctor, Wetzel county.
He was held for action of the March grand jury last week at New Martinsville. He refused to discuss the shooting, saying only that he "didn't kill nobody."
Under West Virginia law, the death sentence is mandatory for a prisoner convicted of killing a guard, the position in which Philip Ketchum was serving without pay. Philip was driving the bus and had stopped to clear off the windshield when Gibson grabbed a gun from another guard, Orville Metz, and started firing. Metz was wounded three times and Philip was killed by a bullet which went through his back and penetrated his heart. Three other prisoners subdued the convict and none escaped.
Coroner H. B. Ashworth of Moundsville returned a verdict of suicide in Gibson's death.
Philip Ketchum 23, was a native of Wayne and member of a prominent Wayne county family.
(WCN - 12/19/1941) UNCLE SAM LANDS SEVERAL SOLID PUNCHES ON JAPANESE
U. S. FORCES HOLDING IN PHILIPPINES, WAKE AND MIDWAY
Uncle Sam rolled up his sleeves last week and proceeded to land a few solid punches on the Japanese nose to signify he had recovered from the surprise attack on the fleet at Hawaii.
As the Pacific war neared the end of the second week, Uncle Sam was still in there swinging both fists. The fellow acted like he was mad.
In the far-away stronghold of the Philippine islands, the stout defenders lighting under Uncle Sam's banner are holding their own and making it so hot for the invaders that they have failed to make any progress since landing on the islands at a few isolated spots more than a week ago.
Four Japanese vessels, including a big battleship, have been sent to the bottom and a number of troop transports have been destroyed in the Philippine area.
The nation has been thrilled by the little band of U. S. marines who are still holding Wake and Midway islands against repeated Japanese assaults. The Japanese announced early in the war they had captured these islands but this proved to be untrue. It appears, however, that Guam has been captured.
In the first encounter between the U. S. and Japanese fleets, the Japanese turned and fled, and darkness ended the engagement without results.
No further attack has been made on Pearl Harbor.
Jap Battleship Sunk
A day-by-day account of the war in the Pacific is as follows:
Thursday, Dec. 11—Army bombers sank the 29,000-ton Japanese battleship Haruna off the northern coast of Luzon, Philippine Islands; American forces protecting Wake island, tiny stepping-stone halfway between Hawaii and the Philippines, repulsed four enemy attacks, and sank a light cruiser and a destroyer from the air; navy patrol planes scored bomb hits on a Japanese battleship off Luzon and left her badly damaged; congress declared war on Germany and Italy after these two nations made a similar declaration as to the United States; Japanese parachute troops seize airport on Philippines; 130 officers and 2,200 men rescued, and 595 officers and men lost from the sinking of the British battleship Prince of Wales and the battle cruiser Repulse in the China sea; Russian government rejected peace feelers put out by Germany, announcing a Russian peace with Germany would be only by joint agreement with Britain and the United States.
Friday, Dec. 12—Japanese landing forces which won a foothold on the west coast of Luzon, 100 miles from Manila, Philippine islands, have been wiped out, Lieut. Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced; Dutch submarines joined in the fight against Japan and were credited with the destruction of about 4,000 Japanese soldiers and their four transports off southern Thailand as the Japanese reinforcements were being mov ed to the Myalan battlefront.
Saturdaym Dec. 13—The U. S. navy announced Guam had been captured by the Japanese (th island was defended by fewer than 400 naval personnel and 155 marines) but that Wake and Midway islands were still in American hands; Manila suffered the worst air raid of the war, in which 75 persons were killed and 300 wopunded when a three-mile residential area near Nichols airfield was wrecked by Japanese bombs, the invaders losing four planes. Chinese planes and troops moved against the rear of the Japanese forces attacking Hongkong in waht promised to be a fullscale offensive aimed at recapturing the occupied Chinese territory and relieving the pressure on the British, who are fiercely defending Hongkong and Singapore from a larger force of Japanese invaders.
Sunday, Dec. 14—U. S. army bombeers, resisting Japanese attempts to reinforce troops landed 250 miles form Manila, heavily damaged two Japanese transports, and four Jap planes were shot sown; it was announced that during the first week of the war bombers sank four Japanese transports and badly damaged three more off northern Luzon; Dutch submarines sank a Jap tanker and freighter off Thailand.
Hawaiian Losses Announced
Monday, Dec. 15—U. S. losses at Pearl Harbor were 91 officers and 2,638 men killed, and a battleship and five other smaller vessels sunk and some damaged, it was officially announced by Secretary of Navy Knox who made a visit to Hawaii; Knox said the Japs had failed to achieve their purpose of knocking out the U. S. before the war began, and that the main U. S. fleet is ploughing the high seas hunting for the Japanese fleet; the British acknowledged a retreat of 50 miles before Japan's mechanized troops in Malaya, on the road to Singapore; The British also fell back at Hongkong in the face of preponderant Japanese strength; Japan claims the fate of Hongkong is sealed; Japs, hard hit by U. S. defenders, slacken attacks on Philippines.
Tuesday, Dec. 16—A. powerful Japanese drive in Malaya and Britain's lack of naval superiority in the Pacific have created a serious threat to Singapore, and the British public was warned to be prepared for the fall of besieged Hongkong; U. S. army bombers destroyed 26 Japanese planes and fired fuel supplies in a heavy attack on Japanese forces 200 miles from Manila; It was disclosed U. S. submarines had gone into action, scoring successes the details of which were not immediately divulged; Japanese forces landed in the British area on Borneo, lying between the Philippines and Dutch East Indies, in a spreading offensive by land, sea and air forces around the South China Sea, but the defending forces destroyed oil wells and other valuable installations before Japanese arrived.
(WCN - 12/19/1941) MEN 19 TO 44 MAY BE DRAFTED
REGISTRATION OF MEN UP TO 65 REQUESTED BY WAR OFFICE
Wayne countians 18 to 64 years of age will be required to register with the government if congress approves a request of the war department.
However, only men 21 to 44, inclusive, would be liable for military training and service under a bill approved by the house military committee and sent to the house. The senate military committee has approved a bill making men 19 through 44 subject to compulsory military service. The senate bill has the endorsement of President Roosevelt and the war department. Consideration of both bills was scheduled to begin in congress Thursday.
It is estimated the measure, together with existing draft legislation, would bring about 40,000,000 persons under government registration and eventually provide an army of 8,000,000.
Wayne county draft boards have been notified by national selective service headquarters to reclassify ex-service men who have been deferred in the past because of prior service.
Quotas assigned to draft boards in the future will not be published as this information would be valuable to the enemy, it has been announced by SS headquarters.
Congress has granted the army and navy permission to hold enlisted men for the duration of the war. A congressional committee has approved authorization for the navy to draft 50,000 men and the marines to draft 10,000. Heretofore, all selectees Inducted for training have gone into the army. Another committee-approved provision would remove the existing limit of 900,000 on the number of selectees who may be in training at one time.
(WCN - 12/26/1941) OTHERS IN PACIFIC WAR ZONE LISTED
BIG HURRICANE MAN ON WARSHIP THAT CAPSIZED AT PEARL HARBOR
Names of several additional Wayne countians serving with United States military forces in the Pacific war zone were learned this week.
Arthur U. Perdue, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Perdue of Ceredo, is a petty officer in the U. S. navy and has been stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His family has not heard from him since the outbreak of the war. His wife and two children reside in San Diego, Calif.
Glenn Boys, grandson of Bob Boys, merchant of the Big Hurricane section near Fort Gay, is in the U. S. navy and was serving on the battleship Oklahoma, which capsized at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack Dee. 7.
Pat Billups, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Billups, of the White's creek section, is serving as pharmacist aboard a warship which was stationed at Pearl Harbor.
(WCN - 12/26/1941) 4 THACKERS IN ARMY AND 5TH COMING UP
It looks like the army is going to get another one of the Thacker boys from Wayne county, according to a letter received by First Sergeant J. J. Francis of the Huntington recruiting office from one of four of them already in the service.
The letter came from private Willie Thacker, who joined with his three uncles, William, Fred and Ollie Thacker, several months ago. Young Thacker notified Sergeant Francis that his brother was going to join the army and asked the sergeant to see that the prospective recruit gets the right kind of a start.
Private Thacker will be graduated from an air corps technical school in 14 days, he said, and "then I don't know where they will send me and I don't care just so I can help win the war."
Sergeant Francis said he was ready to sign up the fifth Wayne county Thacker whenever he comes
Private Thacker's letter said he "feels like a wildcat." He is training to be an aviation gunner.
(WCN - 12/26/1941) SID MAYNARD SAFE
Sid Maynard, formerly of Kiahsville, is safe in Hawaii, according to word received by his relatives. Mr. Maynard, a retired sailor, had been employed on Wake Island in the Pacific but was called back into active service with the navy and was transferred to Pearl Harbor, arriving there the day before the Japanese attack developed.
These articles for the year of 1941 included military articles for the first year of the WWII era. To read all of the WWII articles concerning the military of Wayne County, you will need to obtain our book entitled "Our Men And Women In Uniform."
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