Scanned By Howard Osburn

Presented by The Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society



(WCN - 1/7/1955) New Edifice To Replace Fire-Destroyed Church

Plans have been made by the congregation of Bethesda Baptist Church to construct a new edifice to replace the building destroyed by fire early on Christmas Day, it was announced this week. Construction will begin at an early date.

Until the new building is completed, Sunday services will be held at the former Armilda school building.

"We wish to express our thanks and appreciation for the concern of the people of the community and surrounding communities," said a statement issued by this church.

Several citizens have already made donations toward the cost of constructing the new church building. Contributors to date are: Charley and Troy Vaughan, Lola and Oscar Watts, East Lynn Bible Church, Laddy Smith, Jay and Queen Lambert, Clarence Sansom, Sharon and Sidney Sellards, Ralph Lambert, Lucy and Hilda Blankenship, Mrs. Pat McKenzie, Elba Buskirk, Mrs. John Skeens, Chas. Tygrett, Lessie Murphy, Mrs. J. T. Mills, E. G. Staley, Floyd F. Smith, Lowell L. Sellards, Betty Ferguson, employes of The Fair of Huntington, Chester G. Smith and Millers Fork Baptist Church.

The Bethesda Church also expressed thanks to Ezra Johnson for use of the school building, Hurricane Church for use of seats, Tom Hill for use of his piano, Myers Motors for the loud speaker which was used at the program on Christmas Eve and was destroyed in the fire, and all the churches which have offered the use of their buildings.

Furniture, lamps and other articles which were donated by various persons for use at the Christmas Eve program also were destroyed. The donors were May Spurlock, Mr. and Mrs. Burl Blankenship, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lambert and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lambert. The church also expressed its appreciation to these donors.


(WCN - 1/14/1955) 9 Wayne County Men Enlist In Air Force

Wayne County will be well represented In the U. S. Air Force for the next four years as nine men from Wayne County and vicinity enlisted in the Air Force in December.

Those enlisting and sent to Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, New York, for ten weeks of basic training and indoctrination included:

Ernest L. Blair, son of Mr. and Mrs. Prater Blair, 317 Michigan Street, Westmoreland; Donald R. Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Young, Spring Valley Drive, Westmoreland; Robert A. Crisel, son of Mrs. Minnie R. Crisel, Lavalette; Richard Ray Lockhart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo D. Lockhart, Lavalette; Carey R. Crabtree, son of Mr. and Mrs. Okey Crabtree, Fort Gay; Elisha Watts, son of Mr. and Mrs. French Watts, East Lynn; James R. Webb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Webb, Kermit; James E. Hatcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hatcher, Kermit and Birdie C. Marcum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Marcum, Kermit.

Technical Sergeant Charlie L. Scott, the Air Force recruiting representative for Wayne County, is at the Wayne County Bank building each Tuesday and Thursday, and in the post office building, Kenova, each Friday. He works out of the Huntington Air Force Recruiting Station.

He stated that upon completion of ten weeks of basic training the Air Force enlistees will spend ten days furlough with their relatives and friends in this area prior to reporting to technical schools and Air Force bases in the United States for assignment.


(WCN - 1/28/1955) Scholastic Leaders Listed at Wayne

The Wayne High School honor roll for the first semester, as released by Principal Iliff West, lists 102 students.

The school and junior class were led by Sally Ross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Ross of Wayne, with an average of 98.25.

The senior class was led by Jane Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forest Walker of Lavalette Route, with an average of 97.50.

The sophomore class was led by Allene Adkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Adkins Jr., with an average of 96.75.

Chloa Adkins led the freshman class with an average of 94.50. Chloa is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Golden Adkins of Wayne, Rt. Two.

Seniors: Jane Walker 97.50; Marie Baker 97.25; Joyce Adkins 94.40; Jewell Pratt 94.40; Maudie Booth 93.80; Dennis Adkins 93.75; Phyllis Elliott 93.50; Marilyn "Bonnie" Blankenship 93.25; Patricia Spradling 92.75; Sally Lou Harrison 92.50; Deloris Davis 91.30; Joyce Sanders 91.25; Nancy Barbour 91; Donna Jean Fry 90.50; Ronnie Perry 89.60; Wynemia Stapleton 88.75; Betty Ferguson 88.25; Shirley Matthews 88.25; Jim Dickerson 88.25.

Juniors: Sally Ross 98.25; Barbara Napier 95; Betty Jean Mathis 94.50; Ronnie Price 94.25; Edward Lee Griffin 94.25; Ardella McClellan 93.80; Jeanette Johnson 93.60; Janice Childers 93.50; Glen Adkins 93.25; Gaynelle Queen 93; Carl Edward Clark 93; Peggy Sue Adkins 92; Betty Marcum 91.40; Olive Freda Mills 91; Beulah Thomas 89.75; Hester Dick 89.60; Carol Asbury 88.75; Geraldine Thompson 88.75; Patsy Cline 88.75; Ann Canterbury 88.67; Donald Gillette 88.25; Lydia Blankenship 88.26; Barbara Nelson 87.50.

Sophomores: Allene Adkins 96.75; Betty Lou Hale 96.50; Kathleen Blankenship 96.40; Gladys Booten 96.25; Minetta Sue Prichard 96; Jo Ann McCoy 95.50; Janice Marcum 95; Carol Faye Newman 94.75; Mary Sue Mathis 94.50; Joyce Marcum 93.75; Gladys Jackson 93; Charlee Wallace 92.80; Beulah Maynard 92.60; Connie Williams 92; Wilma Christian 92; Lutie Meade 91.75; Bernard Rice 91.50; Charles Harry Baisden 91.25; Arbutus Robertson 91; Sally Justice 90.75; Jo Ellen Adkins 90.75; Lowell Morrison 90.50; Emma Mathis 90,20; Barbara Copley 90; Janet Ferguson 89.80; Bernard Ross 90.50; Dennis Larry Adkins 89.25; Charles D. Smith 89; Tom Smith 89; Pheba Adkins 89; Nellie Collins 89; Jack Wellman 88.75; Carol Stamper 88.25; Stella Midkiff 88.25; Janet Riggs 87.75.

Freshmen: Chloa Adkins 94.50; Naomi Arlene Clark 93.60; Douglas Russell 93.50; Charles D. Childers 93.25; Rose Mary Adkins 92.75; Esta Clark 92.75; Jean Frasher 92.25; Sandra Sue Adkins 92; Shirley Watts 92; Dorothy Jean Ross 91.75; Delia Fay Adkins 91.50; Barbara Ann Adkins 90.75; Geraldine Booth 90.75; Carol Sue Marshall 90.75; Judy Carol Maynard 90.25; Jewell McCoy 90; Sandra Rice 90; James Keck 89.75; Bonnie Sue Mathis 89.60; Judith Gay Bing 89.25; Wealtha Maynard 89; Jackie Dickerson 88; Chee Chee Ross 88; Mabel Gilkerson 88; Marcia Lee Napier 87.50.



Buster Maynard and Basil Napier of near Stiltner have purchased the Wayne Bus Co. from Earl Robertson, who has operated the carrier for almost six years.

The new owners will take over operation of the bus line in February following approval of the transaction by the Public Service Commission. The name will be changed to the M. and N. Bus Line, which serves several communities between Wayne and Route 10 in Lincoln County.

Mr. Robertson said this week, that he will enter the house construction business in Wayne. He owns a 23-acre tract in Spunky Addition on which he plans to construct several homes.


(WCN - 2/4/1955) Semester Honor Roll At Vinson Lists 127

The first semester honor roll at Vinson High School, announced this week by Principal Bernard Queen, is composed of 127 students in grades 7 through 12 who averaged 2 points (B average) or better. The list follows:

Grade 12: Kathryn Hammock 3; Shirley Houchin 3; Nina Jean Lane 3; Dale Mayo 3; Thomas Walker 2.76; Dan Clarke 2.75; Jim Lynch 2.76; Patricia Walters 2.76; Thresa Egnor 2.60; Jerry Hayner 2.50; Mary Jane Smith 2.40; Bennie Coffman 2.25; Ernest Hemans 2.25; Betty Chandler 2.11; JoAnn Chaney 2.11; JoAnne Adkins 2; Jim Chandler 2; Sheila Fortner 2; Kay Ann Mayo 2; Joy Belle Williams 2.

Grade 11: Becky Boardwine 3; Nancy Murrill 3; Patti Adkins 2.80; Earlene Moore 2.80; Joan Jacobson 2.67; Barry Keagy 2.60; Carol Chandler 2.50; Dick Baise 2.25; Charlene Christian 2.25; Delkanea Watts 2.

Grade 10: David Chatfield 3; Billy Daniels 3; Pamela Hurley 3; Nora Ann Chandler 2.80; Joan Gay Wheeler 2.80; Shirley Chandler 2.60; Bill Oshel 2.75; Henry Smith 2.75; Elizabeth Steel 2.60; Barbara Tipton 2.60; Betty Norton 2.60; Ralph Turner 2.43; Shirley Smith 2.40; Clara Sue Thompson 2.40; Jimmie Spence 2.33; Linda Elam 2.20; Larry Copenhaver 2.17: Judy Nutter 2; Terry Thornburg 2; Mary Catherine Ward 2.

Grade 9: Gloria Cotton 3; Jerry Koslow 3; Nancy Wiltshire 2.80; David Daniels 2.76; Richard Lucas 2.76; Hettie Lake 2.66; Patty Jo Bailey 2.40; Richard Knox 2.33; Jean Smith 2.25; Bob Sayre 2.24; Robert Campbell 2.11; William Long 2.11; Phyllis Moore 2.11; Kay Bradley 2.05; Allene Logan 2.05; Alice Bartlette 2; Sandra Connelly 2; Rosalie Gooderham 2; Carole Pursley 2.

Grade 8: Judy Burks 3; Eddie Hayner 3; David Holtgrewe 3; Terrol Thompson 3; Billy Stewart 2.94; Larry Artler 2.91; Kay Stamper 2.90; Mary Ratcliff 2.80; Charlotte Spears 2.80; Jimmie Fielder 2.78; Bonnie Amick 2.56; Barbara Schuster 2.55; Jerry Straub 2.65; Sandra Smith 2.62; Patty Rast 2.50; Tom Patton 2.44; Tom Virgallito 2.44; Barbara Hewlette 2.33; Valerie Leburn 2.33; Connie Davis 2.22; Stephen Lemaster 2.20; Patty Bartlette 2.11; Mary Meade 2.11; Robert Pietz 2.11; Beverly McGinnis 2.10; Joyce Bias 2.05; Carolyn Sellers 2.02; Michael Duncan 2; Arlene Marren 2; Connie Maynard 2; Bill Webb 2.

Grade 7: David Patton 3; Mary Catherine Somerville 3; Sonia Beaulieu 2.78; Barbara Downey 2.78; Joyce Hayes 2.78; Laura Napier 2.77; Willard Sullivan 2.58; Joan Christian 2.56; Billy Hartz 2.55; Menis Ketchum 2.65; Delbert McConnell 2.55; Barbara Jean Webb 2.52; Ann Finley 2.44; Nelle Edwards 2.42; Carolyn Hampton 2.33; Frances Chandler 2.21; Carol Chaney 2.11; Joan Fortner 2.11; Mary Jane Murrill 2.11; Helen Pruitt 2.11; Gary Adkins 2; Mike Cunningham 2; James Finley 2; Brenda Matthews 2; Sara Jane Matthews 2; James Thompson 2; Jack Wilson 2.


(WCN - 2/4/1955) Semester Leaders Listed at Buffalo

The honor roll for the first semester at Buffalo High School was announced this week by Fred M. Carey, principal, as follows:

Seniors: Bonnie Bean, Thelma Bradshaw, Mary Chadwick, Jo Ann Davis, June Lockhart, Faye Martin, Jackie Phillips, Judy Selbee, Mary Smith, Donna Staley, Chas. Cyrus, Leo Haynie, Ronald Malcolm, Donald Meade.

Juniors: Rose Hoosier, Oneda Hutchinson, Janet Preston, Shirley Ramey, Judy Via, Paul Daniels, Harry Martin, Bill Roberts.

Sophomores: Betty Blake, Lillian Bryant, Lillie Mae Davis, Shirley Ekers, Helen Ferguson, Patty Hatfield, Floetta Hatten, Virginia Howerton, Helen Nelson, Donna Gail Plymale, Judy Roberts, Molly Sellards, Margaret Sperry, Marion Whitney, Dudley Carey, Dennis Finley, Andrew Tomblin.

Freshmen: Bonnie Hatten, Janice Mealey, Ruby Ramey, Jean Smith, Betty Staley, Wilma Staley, Fanny Tomblin, Kathleen Tomblin, Catherine Willis, David Canterbury, Glen Day, Larry Ellis, Jon Irby, Garry Morris.

Eighth grade: Bernice Berry, Linda Cole, Patsy Frazier, Violet Howard, Janice Malcolm, Betty Maynard, Jane McGrew, Ruth Ann Napier, Loretta Perry, Nancy Taylor, Phillip Brown, Sammy Hutchinson, Robert McKeand, Jerry Miller, Roy Webb, James Bias, Dale Finley, Jerry Smith, Charles Viers.

Seventh grade: Una Barker, Linda Carr, Judy Carroll, Shirley Christian, Verna Davis, Elsie Dickerson, Linda Hayton, Karlene James, Bertha McComas, Janet Staley, David Smith, Jerry Damron, Ernest Wilkes, John Spence, Gary Meade, John Napier.


(WCN - 2/11/1955) New County Jail Building Proposed In Legislature

A bill has been introduced in the Legislature which may open the way for construction of a new Wayne County jail.

The bill was prepared and endorsed by the Wayne County Bar Association of which Attorney William Napier of Ceredo is president. It was presented to the two senators from his district, C. H. (Jackie) McKown of Wayne and Lyle A. Smith of Huntington, who introduced the measure in the Senate.

Members of the bar said the bill is permissive in nature and would not compel the county to construct a new jail. The bill would give the Wayne County Court the authority to transfer surplus funds from the general fund to other funds to a special fund which, in time, would be used to construct a new jail. The transfer of such surplus funds would be authorized over a period of years. But whether this power would be used would still rest with the County Court to decide.

Members of the bar association have long advocated the construction of a new jail. They contend the present jail is inadequate, unsanitary and unsuitable from many standpoints. In addition, there is no suitable arrangement at the present time for segregation of women prisoners and juvenile offenders from other prisoners.

Another point brought out is that more storage room will soon be needed for county record books now housed in the courthouse, and that this addition storage space could be provided by a new jail building.

The measure now in the Legislature would make it possible over a period of years for the county to accumulate enough funds to build a new jail without imposing additional taxes for that purpose, attorneys said.


(WCN - 2/11/1955) Wayne Methodists to Dedicate Church

Dedication of the 26-year-old Wayne Methodist Church will take place at a service to be conducted at the church on Sunday, May 29, by Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of Pittsburgh.

The Rev. Orville Esteppe, pastor of the church, said a full dedication program is being planned by the Official Board and other leaders of the church.

A history of the church will be given at the service by Judge C. W. Ferguson. Other events on the program will be announced.

Dedication of the church will be made possible by a drive now in progress to pay off the church indebtedness, amounting to $1,500. About half of this amount has been raised thus far and lt is hoped to have the full amount collected by April 1.

Serving on the committee in charge of the fund-raising drive are Harold Booton, W. F. Toney and W. Frank Harrison.

The present church edifice was constructed in 1929 and remodeled in 1951 during the first year of the Rev. Esteppe's pastorate.

About $3,000 worth of musical equipment, including chimes, will also be dedicated at the May 29 service.


(WCN - 2/11/1955) Scholastic Leaders Listed at Ft. Gay

The first semester honor roll for Fort Gay High School has been released by Noval A. Smith, principal.

The entire school was led by Lowell Robertson, 12th grade; Cheryl Noe and Ruth Whited, 11th grade; Alfredia Christian, Lobeda Noe and Donna Lou Pelfrey, 9th grade; and Doris Ann Adkins and Patty Pratt, 8th grade, all of whom had a 4-point or "A" average.

Others having a 3-point or "B" average or better are listed alphabetically and in numerical order highest to lowest as follows:

12th grade: Geraldine Hatfield and Elmer Thompson 3.92; Sue Frazier 3.83; Margaret Ann Wellman 3.58; Phyllis Ryland 3.42; Jo Kelly 3.33; Wilma Preston 3; Linda Thompson 3.

11th grade: Linda Crabtree 3.92; Mary Ellen Thompson 3.86; Gloria York 3.83; Nanetta Collins 3.75; Nell Dora Spears 3.58; Darwin Castle 3.25; Ruth Ratcliffe and Jack B. Thompson 3.16; Emily Rowe 3.08; Martin Paul Artrip and Charles David Pelfrey 3.

10th grade: Mary Jo Perry 3.91; Mary Bartram 3.75; Sue Maynard 3.50; Carolyn Lovely 3.41; Fern Robertson 3.41; Kenneth Johnson 3.33; Violet Pennington 3.10; Avonell Grant and Madeline Wellman 3.08.

9th grade: Charles Back and Dorothy Ann Bartram 3.91; Mary Juanita Perry 3.83; Johnny Crabtree and Betty Joyce Cyrus 3.75; Thursie Bartram 3.66; Treva Carol Watts 3.58; Charles Finley 3.41; Virginia Fern York 3.41; Wilma Jean Waller 3.33; Margaret Ann Edwards 3.16.

8th grade: Alice Jude 3.93; Mildred Raines and Winfred Henderson and George Thompson 3.87; Ethel Raines and Virginia Thompson 3.80; Leta Lowe, David Rossman and Lynette Thompson 3.73; Doris Brumfield, Carol Crabtree and Rita Robinette 3.66; Brenda Bartram, Andrena Perry and Danny Watts 3.53; Gloria Jean Mounts 3.33; Brenda Perry, Everett Lycan and Teddy Webb 3.27; John Jude 3.20; Charles Peters 3.15; Janice Napier 3.13; Wilma McCann 3.

7th grade: Karen Perry 3.73; Billy Dean 3.66; Lowell Benton Thompson 3.60; Charles Thompson 3.53; Lovella Hinkle 3.46; Charles Wellman 3.40; Luke Thompson and Alberta Mae Keesee 3.33; Lynda Spears 3.26; Doris Lampert 3.20; Johnny Dean 3.13; Billy Evelyn Ball and Harvey D. Ross 3.06; Delia Copley and Herbert Skeens 3.


(WCN - 2/11/1955) Honor Roll at Crum Led by Six Students

The first semester honor roll at Crum High School has been released by Principal Francis M. Curnutte Jr.

Leading the honor roll were six students who made straight "A" averages, as follows: Doris Ann Herald, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Herald; Patsy Farley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Farley; Ronnie Asbury, son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Asbury; Robert Blackburn, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Jennings Blackburn; Herbert Dawson, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Dawson, and Charles Farley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Byrd Farley.

The complete honor roll follows:

12th grade: Ralph Dawson 3.75; Dorothy Perry 3.75; Roxie Vernatter 3.75; Virginia Williamson 37.5; Ray Chaffins 3.75: Verna Jarrell 3.50; Charles Copley 3.25; Helen Gillman 3; Elsie Little Herald 3; Augustus Porter 3; Roy Stroud 3; Gay Williamson 3.

11th grade: Doris Ann Herald 4; Billy George Dillon 3.75; Garnett Carroll 3.50; Lula Mae Ratcliff 3.25.

10th grade: Herbert Dawson 4; Geneva Porter 3.25; Romana Kirk 3; Ernest Queen 3.25; Billy Ramsey 3.25; Maxie Stroud 3.50.

9th grade: Ronnie Asbury 4; Patsy Farley 4; Robert Blackburn 4; Eugene Williamson 3.50; Jean Marcum 3.40; Loell Thomas Prince 3.40; James Ramsey 3.25; Beulah Faye Varney 3.20.

8th grade: Josephine Stepp 3.75; Mary Copley 3.75; Betty Carol Chaffins 3.56; Phyllis Dawson 3.56; Lena Mae Gillman 3.65; Janet Donahoe 3.40; Gladys Home 3.31; Wilkie Stroud 3.31; Faye Waller 3.25; Frank Queen 3.20; Mary Ellen Blackburn 3.12; Patricia Carson 3.22; Estella Jean Crum 3; Janet Francis Marcum 3; Josephine Marcum 3.

7th grade: Charles A. Farley 4; Wanda Faye Conn 3.83; Blanche Copley 3.80; Barbara Sue Maynard 3.67; Joyce Stamper 3.60; Alice Copley 3.50; Effie Ann Fluty 3.50; Roxanna Stamper 3.50; Sarah Conn 3.40; Tony Curry 3.50; Billie Jean Crum 3.40; Polly Walker 3.25; Wanda Gail Waller 3.26; Terasia Brewer 3.17; Shirly Evans 3; Janice Mae Marcum 3; Emma Frances Kirk 3; Rayburn Williamson 3.


(WCN - 2/11/1955) Honor Roll at C-K Is Led by Breece

Harry Breece III, a sophomore, led the Ceredo-Kenova High School honor roll for the first semester with an average of 97.6 per cent. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Breece Jr. of Kenova.

The honor roll as announced by Principal Elmer Tabor is as follows:

12th grade: Ruth Ann Webb 95.4; Orma Lee Masker 94.6; Shirley Perine 94.2; Miriam McAlister 94; Janet Thompson 94; Jerry Hughes 93.8; Patricia Hudgins 93.7; Julia Watts 93.6; Katherine Pelfrey 93.2; Katie Riggs 93.2; Carol Hodge 93; Linda Perdue 93; Lora Leo Perry 92.8; Mary Anese Bartram 92.6; Gladys Frazier 92.2; Patricia Brown 91.8; Judith Booth 91.6; Sandra Clendenn 91.4; Elizabeth Billups 91.2; Jack Fields 93.2; Pat McFann 91.2; Jim Hamer 91; Joe Dean 91; Fred Watts 90.8; L. C. Reynolds 90.2; Rebecca Reeder 89.8; Elaine Dickerson 89.6; Jo Anne Frazier 89.6; Julia Carver 89.5; Sue Shamblin 89.4; Charles Skeens 88.6; Janet Billups 88; Patricia Houchin 88.

11th grade: Phyllis Napier 96.8; Ellen Campbell 95.4; Connie Spencer 95.2; Lawrence Thompson 95.2; Gary Johnson 95.2; Terry Christian 95; Billy Jack Weddington 94.6; Don Ramey 94.6; Donna Ramey 94.3; Robert Shrewsbury 94.2; Barbara Shannon 94.2; Janet Cassell 93.8; David Capehart 93.8; Sonja Hardwick 93.6; Clifford Stewart 93.4; Barbara Akers 93.2; Louise Carver 93.2; Patty Frazier 93.2; Paul Fuller 93; Charlotte Maurer 89.2; Gladys LeMaster 89.2; Bonnie Hall 89.2; Richard Wheeler 88.6; Eleanor Dixion 88.6; Joyce Conley 88; Patty Dishman 88; Nancy Naylor 88; Frank Heck 87.6.

10th grade: Harry Breece 97.6; Bruce Capehart 97; Mary Sue Brown 95.2; Carol Salmons 94.4; Carol Holland 94.4; Barbara Perry 94; Sandra Strohmeyer 93.6; Sandra Allen 93.1; Linda Smith 92.8; Francis Rice 92.8; Shelia Dean 92.6; Larry Curnutte 92.4; Loweta Swanson 92.4; Garnet Holland 92.2; Ghetonda Mosley 92; Patricia Graham 91.4; Roger Barney 90.8; Jean Thompson 90.3; Wanda Taylor 90.1; Jo Ann Stewart 90; Mike Campbell 90; Judie Pruitt 89.6; Ginger Thacker 89.2; Loretta Skeans 89; Donald Adkins 88.8; Larry Hatfield 88.6; Donald Lee Davis 88; Mable Perry 88; Kenny Ward 87.6; Keith Rife 87.6; Iris Young 87.5; James Davis 87.6.

9th grade: Ellen Bromley 96.4; Julia Fay McKeand 96; Donna Maynard 95.8; Nora Stowers 94.8; John Sutherland 94.6; Lois Suthard 94.4; Judy Skeens 94.2; Marcella Smith 93.8; Amos LeMaster 93.8; Sally Dickerson 92.8; Martha Smith 92.8; Wanda Lee Davis 92.6; Dorthea Stewart 92.4; Don Wheeler 92; Nancy Cecil 91.6; Patricia Perdue 91.2; Mary Ida Farmer 90.4; Lola Fortner 90; Linda Conley 90; Sue E. Teach 90; Noah Taylor 89.8; Judy Conley 89.8; Judy Blanton 89.6; Kathryn Adkins 89.4; Darlene Brumfield 89.2; Helen Burgess 89.2; Robert Yost 89; Beatrice Adkins 88.8; Nancy Norman 89; Welma Marcum 88.8; Sandra Smith 88.6; Robert Salmons 88.4; Robert Adkins 88.2; Betty Potter 87.8.

8th grade: Nathan Capehart 94.6; Decker Walker 94.2; Sherla Thacker 93.6; Lorraine Kidd 93; James Perry 93; Phyllis Kay Bradley 92.8; Judith Caniff 92.8; Lewis Rife 92.8; Mary LeMaster 92.8: Julia Ward 92.4; Mike Jackson 92.4; Ellen Parker 92; Arlene Massie 91.4; Lester Pruitt 91.4; C. J. Sutherland 91.4; Charles Summerville 91; Carolyn Hunter 91; Stormey Chambers 90.8; Larry Mullens 90.6; Wanda Musser 90.6; Denny Dorsey 90.4; Roger Workman 90.4; Judy Billups 90.2; John Huff 90.2; Jane Huffman 90; Charles Watts 90; David Donohoe 89.8; Emma Leo Smith 89.6; Sue Franklin 89.4; Revia Cisco 89.1; Kathleen Motz 89; Sandy Billups 88.8; Ronnie Stewart 88.6; Sammy Smith 88.4; Anna Jean Wilson 88.4; Nancy Heinze 88.2; Nancy Morris 88.2; Jeannine Hatten 88; John Holbrook 87.8; Lynn Breece 87.6.

7th grade: Emily Billups 96; Sharon Joy Shingleton 95.2; Lou Gene Bartram 94.8; Billy Strohmeyer 94.4; Melvin Neely 93.5; Donna Arnett 93.2; Sandra Lee Jones 93.2; Charles Moore 93.2; Marion Masterson 93; James Sullivan 92.6; Sammie McKeand 92.4; Billy Poff 92.2; Mary Thompson 92.2; Sammy Joe Cassidy 91.8; Ronald Jack Lambert 91.6; Wilmer Browning 91; Robert Holland 90.8; Roger Chaffins 90.6; Alice Honacher 90.6; Betty Jean Robertson 90.4; Sherrill Parsley 90.4; Emery Williams 90; Richard Robinson 90.2; Wallace Dixon 90; Richard Dean 90; Albert Lee Jordan 90; Suzanne Roberts 89.8; Patricia Ross 88.8; Elizabeth Porter 88.2; Sue Conley 88.2; Ronald Lee Adkins 88.1; Jerry Fuller 88.


(WCN - 2/18/1955) $60,000 Fire Levels 5 Business Places And 4 Dwellings

Disaster struck the town of East Lynn Wednesday morning in the form of a fire that destroyed nine buildings and most of their contents at an estimated loss of from $50,000 to $60,000.

Destroyed were a general store and its second-floor apartment, a service station, a garage, two beer gardens, three one-story dwellings and a two-story dwelling. Two buildings were damaged and 24 persons were made homeless.

The fire threatened to wipe out a dozen other buildings but these were saved by the Wayne Fire Department. One fireman was Injured.

The fire broke out in the Blue Goose, a beer tavern owned by Jess Clark, at about 8:45 a. m. Thurman Fry, owner of a general store, saw smoke pouring from the building across the street. He notified Mr. Clark, who then aroused a tenant, Lucian Fortner, who was asleep in a rented room upstairs.

A bathroom heater was believed the cause of the blaze.

Flames spread from the Blue Goose to Mr. Fry's store, and then to an adjoining service station owned by Julius Fry. The Ed Fry beer garden was the next to go.

These buildings were destroyed:

The Thurman Fry general store and upstairs apartment.

Mr. Clark's beer garden.

Julius Fry's gasoline station.

Dock Adkins' garage.

The Ed Fry beer garden.

The Fletcher Drenner dwelling.

The old post office building owned by Mr. and Mrs. Burnie Spence, who are employed at Cleveland but had their household goods in the building.

A dwelling owned by Lucian Fry and occupied by Mrs. Basil Mathis and Howard Evans and family.

A dwelling owned by Thurman Fry and occupied by Mrs. Murl Bradshaw.

The post office building, owned by Mrs. F. G. Tabor, was damaged by flames.

Also damaged was the Jay Napier store building and upstairs apartment, located next to the old post office building.

Flooring in a suspension bridge across Twelvepole caught fire but the bridge was saved by a bucket brigade.

The destroyed buildings were grouped on each side of Route 37 in the heart of East Lynn.

The loss was only partially covered by insurance.

Four or five buildings were blazing when the Wayne firemen arrived, and they immediately began their successful battle to prevent destruction of most of the town.

The firemen drove their pumper under the bridge and used a large hose to pump water from Twelvepole Creek.

One crew with a hose fought the fire on the left side of the road, halting the blaze at the Jay Napier building at the end of the suspension bridge. Another crew with a second hose battled the raging flames on the right side of the road, and succeeded in halting spread of the flames at the post office building.

The firemen mounted trees and roof tops to pour streams into the fire and onto threatened buildings.

If the Jay Napier building had caught fire the flames undoubtedly would have wiped out a row of about a dozen dwellings closely spaced on the same side of the road.

If the post office building on the opposite side of the road had burned, this would have endangered the Johnson Napier store and residence and the Elizabeth Baptist Church which is located back of the post office property.

Heading the Wayne firemen in their valiant fight against the flames was Floyd Watts Jr., fire chief. Other firemen on duty at the scene included Dana Morris, Bob Bellomy, Harold Osburn, Charles Allen, Arnold Casto, Geo. Brumfield, Charles Tygrett, Lloyd Thomas, John Booth and Wellston Smith.

A truck from the Huntington Fire Department arrived at the scene at 10:30 a. m. but the Wayne firemen already had brought the fire under control. The firemen were on duty from about 9 a. m. to 1:45 p. m.

Mr. Allen, Wayne High School teacher, suffered a badly wrenched knee when he fell from a ladder while helping to keep the Jay Napier building from igniting.

This is the second time East Lynn has suffered a major fire. On December 6, 1919, fire wiped out the business section of the town, destroying 11 buildings at a loss of $40,000.

Destroyed in the fire more than 35 years ago were the Byron Dean clothing store, Fletcher Lloyd store, Byron Osburn general store, East Lynn Hotel owned by Lucian Lloyd, Dan Jones feed store and theatre, Okey Lloyd residence, Cain Napier residence, Harry Aldridge barber shop, J. P. Clark livery stable, Burnie Ketchum household goods stored in the Okey Lloyd residence, picture show apparatus owned by Ralph C. Taylor, George Clay household goods.

The fire in 1919 was halted at the same spot as this week— at the building now housing the post office.


(WCN - 2/18/1955) Pic - Kenova Woman’s Club


(WCN - 3/18/1955) Elba "Cab" Adkins Retires After 35 Years With News

Elba (Cab) Adkins, of Wayne, a valuable and faithful employe of Wayne County News for more than 35 years, retired with last week's issue of this newspaper.

Cab's services in behalf of Wayne County News earned for him a "well done" and other suitable recognition.

The veteran Wayne printer and linotype operator was engaged in newspaper work for 55 years. For the past 15 years and seven months he had been employed by Standard Printing and Publishing Co. in Huntington, but his Principal duties there were in connection with the printing and distribution of Wayne County News.

Since October, 1919, a month after the present management took over the operation of this newspaper, Cab has been a mainstay in its production each week.

Cab began his newspaper work when he was 10 years old. That was in 1900. At that time W. L. Mansfield was editor of The Wayne News and started Cab in his long and honorable newspaper career by hiring him to turn a crank by hand which operated the press In printing the weekly edition of 880 papers. Cab worked at this job in the evenings and on Saturdays. For his work in cranking the press to run off both sides of the paper, and then folding them, also by hand, the fledgling printer received 45 cents a week. He also picked up extra money by setting type by hand at the rate of 5 cents per column. Those were the days before motor-driven presses or linotypes.

Cab's next employer was the late B. J. Prichard, Wayne banker and oil and gas developer, who started a paper to fight the proposal to move the court house to Kenova. This paper, of which Mr. Prichard was editor, was printed in an upstairs room over the store now operated by John Rutherford. Cab's duties consisted of inking the press.

When he was 13 years old, Cab became a full-time newspaper employe by accepting a position with The Fort Gay Leader, of which Sam Crum was editor. Although he had three years of experience, he still had to stand on a box to make up the type forms for printing the paper. His pay increased to $3.50 to $4 per week.

From Fort Gay he crossed the river to work for the Sandy Valley Courier at Louisa for a time, earning $7 per week, and then worked for the Tri-State Enterprise at Kenova, edited by Sam J. Crum and W. W. Smith.

But Cab still had not found a place he could call home, and he went to Hinton to work for The Independent Herald, edited by William E. Price. He remained there seven years.

Then came a call from his home town, Wayne, where the late O. J. Rife was operating The Wayne News. Mr. Rife had purchased a linotype for setting type for the paper, and offered Cab the job of operating this new mechanical marvel. Although he was totally inexperienced in the mysteries of the linotype, Cab taught himself to master the machine and was soon turning out type at an unheard-of rate for those days.

After a few months in Wayne, went back to Hinton for his second hitch with the Independent Herald.

A few months later, the Wayne News was purchased by the present owner, Herman P. Dean, in September, 1919. A month later, he began his career on the paper which had been changed in name to Wayne County News.

In addition to operating the linotype for setting the news in type Cab also was frequently engaged in setting up the advertisements, making up the page forms for the paper, and working on printing orders. He was handy at any job in the plant, and wasn't afraid of work.

Under his supervision, the paper always made the mail as he believed in sticking with a job until it was finished.

Although the going got tough at times, especially in periods of depressions or other emergencies which created shortages of help and material, Cab remained cheerful and optimistic. His determination to get the paper out on time was not dimmed by obstacles, however formidable they appeared.

Throughout the years, Wayne County News remained Cab's first love. He must have one of the best records of any employe anywhere in the world, as he missed only a few days of work in the entire 55 years he spent on newspapers.

He was born in Wayne, son of the late Chapman Adkins, an attorney, and the late Mrs. Julia Christian Adkins. He was one of a family of ten children, five boys and five girls. He attended Oakview Academy in Wayne until the newspaper attraction became so strong that he had to answer its call.

His wife, Mrs. Maude Osburn Adkins, also is an employe of Wayne County News in the capaity of bookkeeper and office manager.

Cab is the father of five children by his first marriage. They are Murrell, of Kenova; Mrs. Margaret Helen Wright, Huntington; Herald, of Ceredo; Palmer, of Ceredo, and James of Huntington. Cab has 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In addition to his devotion to Wayne County News, Cab through the years has found time to fish and hunt. Fishing now is his main pastime. He owns a camp on Twelvepole near Wayne, where he plans to spend much of his newly-found leisure time fishing and gardening. To help him in these activities, he has a farm tractor, a dog and a new fishing outfit complete to the last detail which was presented to him on the occasion of his retirement by his fellow workers at Standard Printing and Publishing Co.

Herman P. Dean, who has been publisher and owner of Wayne County News since September 1919 had this to say about the retirement of Mr. Adkins:

"Last Wednesday, March 9 is a date that shall linger long in my memory, since it was on this date that Elba (Cab) Adkins reached the age of retirement at sixty-five years and for the last time supervised getting Wayne County News in the malls to subscribers.

"For more than thirty-five years Cab Adkins has been closely associated with me in the publishing of Wayne County News and during this period of more than a third of a century, we have never had a single argument or harsh word or harsh feeling of any kind whatsoever. He has been faithful and loyal to his responsibilities always and he leaves my employment with a record that is one hundred percent clean and honorable. It was with mixed emotions that I bade Cab goodby last week. I so much regretted losing his services but at the same time, I was so happy for him that he has reached the age of retirement in good health and that provision has been made for many more long and happy years of life during which he can forget the responsibilities of helping to get out Wayne County News each week.

"Cab will be retiring to his home in Wayne and to his camp near the town of Wayne and with him goes my sincere and heartfelt wishes that the remaining years of his life may be many and that they will all be filled with good health, happiness and good fortune. I do not take lightly this close friendship that has existed between Cab and myself for more than thirty-five years and I am happy indeed to publicly pay tribute to his services, his friendship and his never failing loyalty."


(WCN - 3/18/1955)

The senior class of Wayne High School will present "All Thru the Night,'' a 3-act romantic comedy drama by Lynn Rutland, Friday night, March 25, at 8:15 In the new gymnasium. The play is a costume play which reverts from the present time to the 1900 period. The story concerns the love of two men for the same girl and the ensuing hatred which results, nearly wrecking the lives of all concerned. The play is highly dramatic and entertaining. In the above picture the members of the cast are, reading left to right: first row, Connie Wiley, Eva Mae Hall; second row, Fred Sanders, Benny Gale Ramey, Lowell Wilson, Dorsey Johnson, Lois Plymale, Eliza Sansom, Nancy Barbour, William "Tob" Adkins, and Brady Justice. Absent from the picture are Betty Sue Horne and Marie Baker.

Senior class sponsors are: Betty Harrison, Marjorie Fleshman, Gladys Workman and Rayburn Matthews.


(WCN - 3/18/1955)

Two young sleuths who reside in Wayne have been commissioned by State Senate President Ralph J. Bean to investigate the local frog mystery.

It seems that just before the season begins, Wayne Countians can hear the frogs croaking to high heaven; when it opens there is only stillness.

This situation came to the attention of the State Senate president one day recently when the two Wayne boys shown above were visitors at the state capitol. President Bean solemnly named 9 year old Mike Queen, left, as chairman of a subcommittee on conservation to study the situation. He is shown with his first assistant, D. C. Morris, 7. They are sons of Mr. and Mr. Glenn Queen and Mr. and Mr. Danna Morris of Wayne—and Frog-hunting friends of Sen. C. H. McKown of Wayne. The boys promised action on their part. They also were named honorary pages of the senate for the day.


(WCN - 3/25/1955) 175 Pupils Begin Using New Dunlow School

Last Friday, March 18, was a big day for about 175 boys and girls in the Dunlow area. This was the day they started attending classes in their new six-room building.

The one-story building, of masonry construction, provides many modern conveniences and is rated by school officials as one of the most up-to-date elementary schools in the county. In addition to the six classrooms, the new school has an office, a kitchen, supply room, a furnace room which is the heart of the central heating system, and rest rooms for teachers, boys and girls.

Construction was by V. E. Childers, Huntington contractor, at a cost of $55,000 which was financed from Lincoln District's share of special levy proceeds.

The mechanical equipment, including electric system, heating system and plumbing, was installed by Wayne County Board of Education employes. The building is located on the site of the old Dunlow school but the site has been expander by the addition of adjoining land at both ends of tho school tract.

Mandel Ramey is principal of the new school and alas teaches the 5th and 6th grades. Other teachers are: Welcie E. Matthews, 7th and 8th grades; Cora F. Deerfield, 4th; Anna D. Kirk, 3rd; Marie W. Patrick, 2nd; Vicy P. Saulton, 1st.

Four other schools were eliminated when the new Dunlow building was placed in use. They were the one-room schools at Doane and Lick Log and two-room schools at Missouri Branch and Dunlow. These buildings will be advertised for sale later by the Board of Education.

Building of the new Dunlow school is another of the school consolidation projects being carried out by the Board of Education as money becomes available under the special levy program.

Renick E. Wilkinson, county superintendent of schools, said pupils are being transported to the new school by the same buses which have been operating in the Dunlow area. It was not necessary to change the bus schedule or expand the bus fleet, he said.

Forest Damron is janitor at the new school, which is located on Rt. 52 about 23 miles south of Wayne.

The hot lunch program at the school will not begin until the next school term.


(WCN - 4/1/1955)  March Of Progress Brings School Improvements

The march of progress in the schools is illustrated by comparing the new six-room. Dunlow school, top photo, with the old one-room building shown in the bottom picture.

The march of progress in Wayne County school system has become evident in the past few days by the opening of the cafeteria at Wayne High School and the opening of a new consolidated school at Dunlow.

The Wayne High cafeteria was opened Monday and is providing a hot lunch for about 350 pupils and teachers each day. Pupils pay 25 cents per meal and teachers 30 cents. A typical menu: Creamed chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, butter, an apple and milk.

Assistance is received from the federal government in the form of surplus commodities and reimbursement of part of the cost. The cafeteria will be self-sustaining— that is, none of the cost will be borne by taxpayers, Principal Iliff West said.

Serving as cooks are Mrs. Harry Farris, Mrs. Maggie Hutchinson and Mrs. Edgar Smith. The cafeteria has a seating capacity of 200, so the lunch period is divided into shifts with one group of students admitted at one time, followed by the second group.

The cafeteria was constructed by employes of the Board of Education and is located in a cinder block building with beautiful interior finish. The equipment, valued at more than $5,000, includes a huge range, refrigerator, steam table, 400 metal trays, tables and benches.

Principal West said the reaction of pupils has been favorable and that the cafeteria is a welcome addition to the school.

The new Dunlow school, which was opened March 18, was discussed in last week's issue of Wayne County News. Pictures of the new cafeteria and new school are shown in the adjoining columns.


(WCN - 4/1/1955) Pat McFann Named Outstanding Youth

Pat McFann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hal McFann of West First Street, Ceredo, has been selected Youth of the Month for March by the Ceredo-Kenova Young Woman's Club.

A senior at Ceredo-Kenova High School, Pat has been an honor student for two years, maintaining a 91.2 average. He played football, basketball and baseball.

He attended Boys State last year, being selected for this honor by Ceredo-Kenova Post of the American Legion. A former Boy Scout, he attends the First Baptist Church of Kenova and is vice president of his Sunday School class. He plans to study dentistry at Marshall College and the University of Louisville.

The Youth of the Month selection is based on scholastic standing, citizenship, sportsmanship, church and character traits. The project is sponsored by the youth conservation committee of the Young Woman's Club, composed of Mrs. Lee Donahoe and Mrs. Edward Scrogham, Co-chairmen, Mrs. Miller Smith, Mrs. H. L. Barbour, Mrs. Sam McKeand and Mrs. Maxine Clay.


(WCN - 4/8/1955) Phone Company To Extend Service North Of Wayne

Plans for extending telephone service to homes and business places located along Route 52, on Wilson's Creek and part way up the Spring Branch road, north of Wayne, were announced this week by J. W. Null, owner of the Wayne Telephone Co.

Mr. Null said material had been ordered and work would begin as soon as possible. The new telephones will be in operation within 60 days, he estimated.

Service also will be extended to about eight or ten customers on Tom's Creek.

Mr. Null said service will be provided for an estimated 70 new customers. This will increase the number of telephones in the Wayne system to about 445.

The area north of Wayne to be provided with service extends from Newtown Addition along Route 52 for a distance of about three miles. This will give service to about 25 homes in North Wayne. The line will be run up Wilson's Creek and part way up Spring Branch to provide service for additional homes.

Mr. Null said the work will Involve the stringing of 11,000 feet of cable along Route 52, utilizing Appalachian Electric Power Co. poles for the most part, although it will be necessary to set a few additional poles. In addition, 15,000 feet of rural distribution wire also will be used in the project. When the work is completed telephone service will be available in practically all of the Wayne Telephone Company's designated area.


(WCN - 4/15/1955)

The senior class of Fort Gay High School will present "The Campbells Are Coming," a three-act farce by Jay Tobias, this Friday and Saturday nights at 8 in the school gym.

The play, a hilarious farce with hillbilly trimmings, described the most effective technique for getting rid of an undesirable suitor. To keep Kaye from marrying a snob, members of the family dress up as hillbillies to frighten off his family when they come to make their first visit. One funny situation follows another in rapid succession.

Members of the cast are shown in the above picture, left to right: first row, Freedia Porter, Sue Frazier, Nettye Schaffer, Rose Deane, Wilma Preston and Una Brooke Fry; second row, Jack Ratcliff, David Maynard, Elmer Thompson, Lowell Wheeler and Elwood Hundley.

Senior class sponsors are Anna Lou Thompson, Emma Booth, Flora Russell and Samuel Hubbard.


(WCN - 4/22/1955)

The junior class of Wayne High School will present a ply, "Brides to Burn," a three-act comedy by Jay Tobias, at the high school gym this Friday night at 8.

Members of the cast are, left to right: front row, Anne Canterbury, Patsy Wilson, Jadie Smith, Janice Finley, Peggy Adkins; second row, Lydia Blankenship, Kenneth Stultz, Glen Arrowood, Donald Gillette, Dan Hardwick and Robert S. Booth.

The stage and property managers are Janice Childers, Virgil Pack, Robert Thompson and Elwood Curnutte. Junior class sponsors are Pearl Porter, Caleb Smith, Charles Allen and Opal Ward.


(WCN - 4/29/1955) Bill Harrison Named To Post at Duke

Bill Harrison, son of Attorney and Mrs. J. Floyd Harrison of Wayne, was accorded a high honor by his fellow classmates at Duke University, Durham, N. C, recently when he was elected vice president of the senior class for next year.

Bill polled 176 votes to lead his party, the Campus ticket. His opponent, running on the Union party ticket, received 113 votes.

The Wayne boy also outran the successful candidate for president, who received only 157 votes.

Bill graduated from Wayne High School with top honors and has maintained his fine scholastic record at Duke, where he led the junior class in grades this year. He is enrolled in the A. B. school at Duke.


(WCN - 5/27/1955) Wayne Countian Helped Develop Atomic Battery

A native Wayne Countian, T. Richard Herold, has made a significant contribution to atomic progress by first developing the theory of operation of the "atomic battery," it was learned this week.

Mr. Herold, a scientist since 1951, developed his important atomic theory in 1952 while engaged in research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at Oak Ridge, Tenn. His complete story of the development appears in the current May issue of Nucleonics magazine, a publication devoted to technical subjects.

Herold is the son of Ora Herold of Dunlow and the late Samuel Herold, who was justice of the peace of Lincoln District for many years. The young scientist is a graduate of Wayne High School, attended the Marshall College Engineering School for two years and then transferred to the physics department of the University of Kentucky, where he received his bachelor of science degree.

Later he did specialized graduate work in electronics and nuclear physics at the University of Cincinnati. In 1951 he accepted a position as physicist with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., Inc., of Wilmington, Delaware, and was transferred to the Oak Ridge laboratory for additional training in nuclear physics and engineering.

He is now employed in the technical department of the Savannah River H-Bomb plant in South Carolina, which is operated by du Pont for the Atomic Energy Commission. Mr. Herold and his wife, the former Mildred Marjuerette Heflin, are residing at Aiken, S. C.

An atomic battery produces direct electric energy from the cell itself, and may in time replace the dry and wet cell batteries in use today in cars, flashlights, radios and other appliances. A detailed explanation of operation of an A-battery was not available to Wayne County News this week.


(WCN - 5/27/1955) Wayne Countian Promoted to Lieut. Col.

Lieutenant Colonel James C. Smith, son of Mrs. Hamlet Smith of Shoals, was promoted from major April 15.

Col. Smith commands the 729th AC/W Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He entered military service in 1941 and served for 22 months in North Africa during World War II as commanding officer of the 56th AACS Group. He also served for 18 months in Korea with the 502nd Tactical Control Group, in command of communications out of Panmumjon.

Col. Smith wears the Bronze Star and Distinguished Unit Citation. He is president of the Brotherhood of the Missionary Baptist Church at Warner Robins, Ga., and is a frequent speaker at church gatherings in that area. His wife, the former Miss Betty L. Lavender of Fayetteville, and five children formerly lived on Wilson's Greek but now are with Col. Smith in Georgia.


(WCN - 6/10/1955) Tredway Appointed Wayne High Coach; Bob Koontz Quits

A turnover in coaches at Wayne and Vinson High Schools appeared this week to be the major changes in school personnel for next year.

Dick Tredway has been appointed football coach at Wayne, succeeding Paul Long. Tredway is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Tredway of Ceredo. He is a graduate of Ceredo-Kenova High School and West Virginia University, and played football at both schools. A towering lineman, he played tackle and guard positions as required. In his senior year at C-K he was named to the class A all-state squad and also participated in the annual North-South game at Charleston.

Tredway's appointment as coach at Wayne was made Monday night by the Wayne County Board of Education. Long's future plans were not learned. He served as coach at Wayne for one year.

The turnover at Vinson results from the resignation of Bob Koontz as head coach. The resignation came too late for the School Board to act upon it at its meeting Monday night, and Koontz name appears among those reappointed for next year.

Renick Wilkinson, county superintendent, said he received Koontz' resignation Wednesday and that it would be acted upon at the next meeting of the board. Appointment of a successor also will be given early consideration. Among the possible choices for the post is George Ketchum, assistant coach at Vinson.

Koontz had served at Vinson for four years, two as assistant coach and two as head coach. His football teams won 12 and lost eight. In basketball his record was 42 victories and 13 defeats.

Koontz resigned to accept the position of assistant coach at Seminole High School. Sanford, Florida. He will report there prior to the opening of the school term Aug. 15.


(WCN - 6/17/1955) Formal Opening Set By Scaggs Jewelry

Formal opening of the Jimmy Scaggs Jewelry Co. in its new location next to the Wayne County Bank in Wayne will take place Saturday.

The jewelry store, owned and operated by Jimmy Scaggs, has been moved from the R. A. Ramey building opposite the post office to a remodeled building between the bank and Scaggs Cut Rate Store. Walls and ceiling of the building were renovated and decorated, and a new plastic floor covering was laid. New fixtures and display windows were installed and new merchandise, featuring nationally-advertised brands which are fully guaranteed, have been stocked.

Mr. Scaggs said he is offering many bargains in celebration of the formal opening of his relocated store Saturday. Some of the bargains are listed in an ad appearing in this issue of Wayne County News.

The new store offers a complete jewelry service and Mr. Scaggs invites the citizens of Wayne County to come in Saturday or any other day to look over his new establishment. He has been in the jewelry business in Wayne for two years as of July 1.


(WCN - 6/24/1955) Ceredo Masons Pick Martin as Master

Burl K. Martin was elected worshipful master of Crescent Lodge 132, A. F. and A. M., Ceredo, Friday night at the stated communication of the lodge.

Others elected were: John Ekers, senior warden; Orland Hunt Jr., junior warden; Frank LeSage, senior deacon; Roger Byard, junior deacon; Everett Atkinson, senior steward; Orville Via, junior steward; W. H. Rutherford, secretary; Leonard Schwender, treasurer; Curtis Ward, trustee, and John Chandler, chaplain.

Installation of the new officers will take place this Friday, the Festival of St. John the Baptist. The installing officer will be the present master, E. E. Clarke, and the marshal will be Elgin Bias. The meeting will begin at 7:30. Refreshments will be served and all Masons are invited.


(WCN - 7/15/1955) Gen. Bromley Named Ft. Knox Commander

Brigadier General Charles Vinson Bromley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles V. Bromley Sr. of Kenova, has been appointed commander of Fort Knox, Ky.

The new assignment adds another chapter to the outstanding military record of Gen. Bromley. Since May, 1954, he has served as commanding officer of the armored school at Fort Knox. He was formerly civil administrator of an island near Okinawa In the Pacific. He was graduated from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1923.

Gen. Bromley is a member of the famous Vinson family of West Virginia and Kentucky and is also related to the Fry family. His mother is the former Pauline Fry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chapman Fry, former Wayne residents. The general's father, Charles V. Bromley Sr., was born near Fort Gay.

Gen Bromley was born at Wayne and attended school in Huntington before entering the West Point academy.


(WCN - 8/12/1955) Pic - Pat Queen Named Forest Festival Princess

Miss Patricia Ann Queen of Wayne has been appointed a princess-at-large at the Court of Queen Silvia XIX of the Mountain State Forest Festival at Elkins, October 6, 7 and 8. Her appointment as disclosed today by Philip K. Harness, director-general of the state's autumnal celebration.

Miss Queen is a daughter of Arlie H. Queen of Wayne, where her father is a merchant, and the late Mrs. Marjorie Mullens Queen.

She is a student at Marshall College where she is a member of Pi Kappa Sigma sorority and also attended West Virginia University. Miss Queen will be among 38 young women representing all parts of West Virginia who will serve at the court of Miss Mary Ann Power of Martinsburg, Queen Silvia XIX.


(WCN - 8/19/1955) Judge Ward's Sentencing Of Woman Is Reprinted

Judge Evermont Ward, a judge of local circuit courts before the turn of the century, has since received national recognition because of his eloquence in sentencing Laban Walker to death at Wayne and in sentencing Mrs. Matilda Meehling to life imprisonment in Cabell County.

Prior to 1900 it was the custom for a judge to deliver an eloquent sermon to those found guilty of serious violations in his court, although the custom has gradually changed until today a judge hands down his decision with little or no comment.

In the late 1880's a Mrs. Matilda Meehling assisted a man named Williams in the murder of her husband at Dusenberry Mill on Guyan River. Williams was hanged by a mob in the Cabell County court house yard, then located at Barboursville. Mrs. Meehling was given a life sentence in the West Virginia penitentiary.

In response to the request of many of our readers, we reprint below Judge Ward's masterful sentencing of Mrs. Meehling. In the near future his sentencing of Laban Walker also will be reprinted. Here is the sentencing of the woman:

"Matilda Meehling, you have been indicted, tried by a jury of your country, and convicted of murder in the first degree. Murder with malice aforethought—of wilful, deliberate, premeditated murder. Of the correctness of this verdict there is not only no reasonable doubt, but not even the shadow of a doubt.

"The atrocity of your crime is almost without a parallel. The deed of which you have been convicted is one of the foulest that blackens the annals of time. You were a poor girl, in the humblest walks of life. An honest, sober, industrious young man, with no fortune but his own strong arm and manly resolve, led you to the altar. You there gave him your hand and, he supposed, your heart. He vowed to love, protect, and cherish you, and forsaking all others cleave alone unto you, and he paid this vow to the Most High. He made you the partner of his bosom and the mother of his children, and provided you with reasonable comforts. He purchased a handsome little farm, on time, payable in numerous small installments, improved it, stocked it, and had paid all but a small pittance of the purchase money. He doubtless looked forward with bright expectations to an early period in the future when he could have a comfortable little home for his loved ones and owe no man anything. But, alas for human expectations! He employed Williams as a laborer, not dreaming that he was taking an adder into his bosom, a serpent into his Eden to mar his happiness and destroy his life—but it was so.

"Williams dishonored his house, defiled his bed, and with his bloody minded and adulterous wife conspired his death. After the intimacy between yourself and Williams commenced the presence of your lawful husband could no longer be brooked. He became a 'Mordicai, the Jew, at the King's gate.' You could not consent to have your pleasures broken or circumscribed.

"Twice you attempted to poison him and twice you failed by administering overdoses, although you witnessed the terrible suffering be had to undergo on account of your cruel and inhuman act, your iron heart never felt tho soft touches of pity. You saw his hands withering, his limbs paralyzing, and his frame wasting from the effects of the poison. Grim death was slowly and certainly doing his work, but too tardily for your impatient spirit. You could not leave to time his taking off, but you urged your associate to speedy work—the deed must be done this night—this very night. You could not let the hallowed Sabbath pass. He follows your evil counsels and in a few hours afterwards the dreadful deed was done—a deed which time can not erase or the ocean's waters wash out—a deed as deep, as foul, as black as any recorded on history's pages. Whilst your poor husband is sitting before the fire, all unconscious of impending evil, he sees the uplifted axe, and has but time to say, 'Oh! don't kill me!!' and blow after blow falls on his head, mashing it, as it were, to a jelly. Next the head is almost severed from the body with a butcher's knife.

"The evidence does not show how he obtained this knife, but your little boy, of too tender years to be sworn, whilst sitting on my knee told me that you gave him the knife. He is now taken by the head and heels and buried in the dung and filth of the stable, and animals are turned in to trample upon his already mangled remains. You return, wash up the blood, and you and your associate inaugurated a new administration, take the superintendence of affairs, and all goes merrily, although within sixty or seventy yards of this horrid spectacle. In a few days your husband is missing—an alarm is felt by the neighbors, but none by yourself and Williams. Suspicions, however, are aroused and fall in the right direction. Williams and yourself are arrested and committed to jail. All turn out to make search, and in the stable, buried in the dung, trodden over by the horses, there is found the mangled remains of a man who had lived amongst them, and commanded their respect and esteem, exhibiting a spectacle the very thought of which is sickening to the human heart. They were justly indignant, but did not wait for the sentence of the law, but took judgment into their own hands. This was wrong. The law should have been permitted to take its course; for while it reveals its terrors to the guilty offender, it is at the same time the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence.

"They came in mass to the jail, took Williams, and hung him. You were then brought and the vote taken in your case, and at first there was do dissenting voice. But after a moment's pause some noble and manly-spirited fellow said: 'No, gentlemen, no,—she is a woman; for the honor of her sex spare her; forbear and let the law take its course.' Every soul yielded Silent acquiescence, the crowd dispersed, and you were returned to your cell, and now the law has taken its course; its sentence is written, and it becomes my painful duty to pronounce it upon you.

"And now, twice has your life been saved solely on account of your sex. You are a woman, and woman is Heaven's best, divinest gift to man. She is his acknowledged superior in all the excellences and refinements of life. She is pure. She is tender. She is kind. She is affectionate and loving: and masculine man not only loves but adores her, and the more so as she is part and parcel of his own being, taken from his side to be his equal—under his arm to receive his protection—from near his heart to be loved. He regards her as a being dwelling in an atmosphere pure and serene, and made a little lower than the angels. But, like the angels who kept not their first estate, she sometimes becomes fallen, and when she falls great is the fall. When she once turns fiend she becomes a fiend incarnate.

"Twice, I repeat, your life has been spared because you are a woman; once by the mob and once by the jury. I do not condemn but appreciate this feeling. Mercy is the darling attribute of the Everliving and Just. But this mercy was not shown on account of your supplications for it---not in answer to your imploring cry of 'That mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me'—but simply on account of your sex. It may be mercy to you to have your days prolonged as in preparation to meet the Judge of all the earth; but still our fate is hard, very hard indeed. You are to be excluded from society and housed with its outcasts, without regard to race, color or precious condition, and doomed to hard labor and coarse diet all the days of your life.

"It is no small matter to give up our worldly enjoyments, but with you they are pretty much at an end. Your neighborly visits, your social meetings, and your church-goings are now things of the past. When you leave this place you will have gazed, perhaps for the last time, upon the features of your aged father and your little children whom you leave in the world without a mother's oversight, and with no father save the Father in heaven, who (thanks to his Holy name) will ever be a father to the fatherless. When you leave us, you leave Your counsel, in his eloquent appears for mercy in your behalf begged that you might be permitted to return, even though it be when your locks were whitened by time and your frame bent with age and infirmity. This can not be; but were it possible, there would then be nothing to interest you. All things would be strange—passingly strange. The farms and roads would be changed, the little saplings would be trees, the old people gone and the young people old. They could afford you no pleasure; but if they could, that pleasure is forfeited. Your body must remain in the damp cells of the penitentiary until it is consigned to the colder chamber of the grave. And, Matilda, when your earthly imprisonment ends you will have another trial to undergo before the great Judge, the righteous and unerring Judge, whose eye extends over all the transactions of the children of men, and ‘without whose knowledge was a sparrows plight to the ground.' He will judge without jury or witness, and from His sentence there is no appeal. O Woman! prepare to meet thy God. Give up all hope or expectation of worldly pleasure. Such hopes will prove delusive and false, and the veriest of vanities. Send your petition to the throne of the Heavenly Grace. Rely not on your own merits, for we are all without merit; but plead the merits of One whose atoning virtues are sufficient to blot out the sins of the whole world. "The sentence of the law is that you be taken to jail, and the Sheriff of this county convey you from thence to the public Jail or penitentiary house of the State, and that you be therein confined during your natural life. And may you there learn to unlearn what you have learned amiss!"


(WCN - 9/2/1955) Joe J. Newman Buys Copley Business

Joe J. Newman of Wayne has purchased the Copley Lumber Co. and hardware store in Newtown Addition to Wayne and is operating the business under the name of Building Supply Co.

Garland Copley had operated the lumber firm for four years and the store for two years. The store, fronting on Route 52, is a brick, and block, structure 33 by 77 feet. The lumber sheds are located nearby to the rear of the store.

The new owner said he would specialize in building supplies, and that many new lines of supplies would be stocked. Jack Osburn, who was employed by his father-in-law, Mr. Copley, in the business, will serve as manager of the firm, Mr. Newman said.

Mr. Newman is the son of Claude Newman, a partner in the Wayne Hardware and Furniture Co., and was associated with that firm until purchasing the Copley business. Joe Newman is a graduate of Wayne High School and Virginia Tech. He served in the Air Corps for 40 months during World War II. He coached football at Blacksburg, Va., for three years, and then was employed by the Hercules Powder Co. at Radford, Va., for three years, before returning to Wayne with his family last year.

Mr. Copley said that for the time being he would continue in the building trade. He has constructed numerous, houses in Wayne in recent years.


(WCN - 9/30/1955) Wayne Church to Conduct Dedication Service Sunday

Dedication of the Wayne Methodist Church will take place Sunday morning at 10:30 with Dr. Paul Redfearn of Huntington, district superintendent, conducting the service.

The 29-year-old church structure and various, gifts will be dedicated by Dr. Redfearn, who will preach on the subject, "The Strangeness of the Church." Rev. Orville W. Esteppe is pastor of the church.

A large congregation is expected to attend the service, including many former members of the church who have moved away. A pamphlet giving the dedicatory service, history of the church, financial statement and roster of officials will be distributed to members.

Sunday School will convene at the church at 10 a. m. as usual but will last only half an hour so that more time can be devoted to the dedication.

A. H. Queen will present the church, organ, piano and record chimes for dedication; Judge C. W. Ferguson the pews, windows and carpet; George Brumfield the church bus; Herald Booton the outside bulletin board, inside hymnal and attendance board; J. Floyd Harrison the chimes, communion table, altar service, communion service and communion table scarf.

The order of service for the worship hour will be:

Prelude; hymn, "Holy, Holy, Holy"; call to worship; invocation, Collect for Dedication Day; anthem, "I Will Extol Thee"; responsive reading; Gloria Patri, the Affirmation of Faith; scripture lesson, Rev. W. B. Bias, prayer, Rev. H. V. Bennett; the offertory; hymn, "There Is a Fountain"; sermon, Dr. Redfearn, and then the acts of dedication.

As a society, the Wayne Methodist Church is 109 years old and was organized in 1846 as the Wayne Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Prior to that year, however, Methodism was in existence in and around Wayne for many years as several pioneers of this area went to meetings of Methodist societies or classes in log church buildings or cabin homes.

Hardesty's History, published in 1884, contains the following:

"Of the Methodist Episcopal (South) Churches, that at Trout's Hill (as Wayne was then called) is a good, substantial brick building, erected at a cost of $1,500, and has a seating capacity of 400. The Society was organized in 1846 by the celebrated Burwell Spurlock. Among the first members were the pastor and Nancy, his wife; Abraham Trout and Rebecca, his wife; Stephen Spurlock and Nancy, his wife; Reuben Booton and Sarah, his wife; Casander Spurlock and wife; Killis Davis, Lucinda Davis, Samuel Booth, Mary, his wife, and daughters, Evaline, Elizabeth, Charity, Josephine and Roxa Mary Spurlock, Electa Spurlock, America Spurlock, Sanders Spurlock, Maggie Spurlock, Cassie Booton (later Mrs. W. E. Wilkinson), Mary Booton, Virginia Booton, Joseph Ferguson, Susan Ferguson, Harriet Ferguson, Milton Ferguson, Eldridge Smith, Sarah Smith and Catherine, and Rev. Roland Bias."

Rev. Spurlock was a pioneer Methodist circuit rider and founded the Wayne Methodist Church as a member of the conference presided over by Bishop Asbury at Lexington, Ky. Bishop Asbury ordained Rev. Spurlock as deacon.

The first Methodist Church building was located on the present site of the Wayne graded school and was built about 1846. This building was destroyed by a wind storm. Later a building of frame construction was built on the site of the present church. This second building was destroyed by fire and was soon replaced by the brick building referred to in Hardesty's History.

The brick building was torn down in 1924 to make room for the present structure, which was completed during the conference year 1926-27 at a cost of about $50,000. The building committee was composed of C. W. Ferguson, chairman, Dr. A. G. Wilkinson, R. F. Booton, R. S. Sansom, S. J. Vinson, Barbara A. Burgess and B. J. Prichard.

Major repairs costing $17,000 have been made to the church and parsonage in the last four years.

Mrs. America Myers and her children, Ivy, Charley, Ray, Emma and Mabel gave the pews which are now in use.

Pastors who have served the Methodist Church since 1925 are: L. D. Icard, five years, his pastorate covering the year in which the present edifice was constructed; Charles D. Lear, one year; G. H. Farmer, five years; C. D. Harsh, five years; H. V. Bennett, ten years; Howard Wriston, two years; Orville W. Esteppe. present pastor, now serving his fifth year. Rev. Bennett, who retired in 1949, is the only former pastor residing in Wayne.

Future plans call for the construction of a new educational building on the rear off the church property to be about 50 by 60 feet with ten new classrooms on the first floor and fully equipped with the latest teaching equipment such as visual aids and maps. The second floor would be a recreation center. In addition, the basement and kitchen of the present building will be remodeled as soon as possible.

Officials of the church, in addition to the pastor, are:

Board of Trustees, Judge C. W. Ferguson, A. H. Queen, W. B. Bias, Herald Booton, C H. McKown, Renick Wilkinson, Harlen Booton, J. Floyd Harrison, Arnold Wellman.

Board of Stewards, W. B. Bias, C. W. Ferguson, A. H. Queen, Herald Booton, C. H. McKown, Renick Wilkinson, Toka Plymale, J. Floyd Harrison, Harlen Booton, Arnold Wellman, Marjorie Fleshman, Velma Adkins and Jack Ross.

Church School superintendent, A. H. Queen; assistant superintendent, Rev. W. B. Bias; church school secretary, Shirley Ferguson; assistant secretary, Glennalee Wellman and Pat Queen.

Church School teachers are W. B. Bias, Mrs. Marjorie Fleshman, Victor Crockett, J. Floyd Harrison, Velma Adkins, Mrs. Clara Osburn, Jack Ross, Mrs. Brooke Booton, Betty Sue Adkins, Dixie Booton, Mrs. Harold Osburn and Judge Ferguson.

Director or music, Mrs. Fleshman; organist, Mrs. Dana Morris; pianist, Mrs.Jack Ross; typist of church bulletins, Mrs. Ilene Brumfield; church bus driver, George Brumfield; youth directors, Mr. and Mrs. Herald Booton, Johnny Osburn and Mrs. Roy Booth.

President of Methodist Men, Jack Ross; president of W.S.C.S., Mrs. O. L. Hemsworth; president of vesper youth service, Jerry Wellman; president of Methodist Youth Fellowship, Lena Pruitt.


(WCN - 9/30/1955) New Store to Open In Wayne Friday

Urling's, a new store dealing in surplus but new merchandise, will open in Wayne this Friday.

Bob Urling, owner of the Wayne Theater, is the owner of the new store, located in the newly remodeled and redecorated White building at the corner of Hall and Hendricks Streets, near the county jail building.

The store building has been extensively remodeled by Dr. E. M. White, owner of the property. New floors, new ceiling and new light fixtures were installed. Mr. Urling has installed store fixtures and stocked new merchandise.

Mr. Urling said he would handle manufacturers' surplus merchandise of all types for men, women and children, such as clothing, accessories and equipment of all types.

Mr. Urling has operated the Wayne Theater since 1940 and is a World War II veteran with 3 ½ years of service in the Navy. He will be actively in charge of the new retail outlet which, he points out, is "another good reason to shop in Wayne."

An ad on the store's opening appears elsewhere in this paper.


(WCN - 10/7/1955) Trautwein Acquires Fry Business Site

A business deal of considerable interest has taken place in Wayne with purchase of the S. P. (Pete) Fry garage building and land by Carey Trautwein.

Mr. Fry, Pontiac and GMC truck dealer, said he sold only the property and will continue to operate his business but will move it to the present site of the Hudson agency, also operated by the Frys, on Route 52 north of Wayne near the mouth of Wilson's Creek.

Mr. Fry constructed the garage building in 1948 and reconstructed it after it was destroyed by fire in 1952. The building is located on Route 52 at the intersection of the Tom's Creek road south of the main part of Wayne. Mr. Fry said that in his new location, which he will occupy in about a month, he will continue the same type of business as he has for several years at his present location.

Mr. Trautwein plans to establish a supermarket in his newly-purchased building after it has been remodeled for this purpose. He will take possession of the property in about a month. Included in the transaction are the garage building, a five-room apartment and about two acres of land fronting on Route 52. Mr. Trautwein formerly operated a store at Echo and for several months has been engaged in farming.


(WCN - 10/14/1955)

One of these Wayne High School charmers will be crowned homecoming queen at halftime ceremonies at the Wayne-Vinson football game at Wayne Friday night. Seated is Cassie Faye Booton, sophomore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dyke Booton, Wayne; standing, from left, Mary Sue Mathis, junior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Mathis, Wayne R. 1; Janis Osburn, freshman, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Ottis Osburn at East Lynn, and Gaynelle Queen, senior, daughter of Mrs. Betty Adkins, East Lynn.


(WCN - 10/28/1955) One Killed and Four Hurt In Car Collision Sunday

George Andrew Scott, 20, of Fort Gay was killed and four others were injured, two critically, in a two-car collision on Route 37 near Fort Gay at 5:30 p. m. Sunday, October 23, 1955.

Scott, a veteran and son of Mr. and Mrs. Abel Scott of Fort Gay, died early Monday morning at the Veterans Hospital of head and internal injuries.

Injured in the accident and described as in critical condition were John Crabtree, who is in St. Mary's Hospital with a broken jaw and possible internal injuries, and Eddie Thompson, who is in the Veterans Hospital with a broken back.

Less seriously injured were Elka Vinson III, who suffered a broken arm, and Ray McCann, broken ankle. Vinson was released from the General Hospital at Louisa Monday and McCann remains a patient in the same hospital. All the injured are residents of Fort Gay.

Police said the two cars were being driven by William A. Hampton and McCann. Hampton escaped injury as did two others riding with him, Jim Dock Frazier and Tony Waller.

The youths had visited at the McCann home about 3 ½ miles from Fort Gay and were enroute back to Fort Gay when the accident occurred.

According to police, the Hampton car was following the McCann car. Hampton started to pass McCann but saw another car coming when Hampton cut back to the right side of the road, the two cars collided, investigators said.

Both cars went off the highway and down a small embankment, the McCann car striking a tree and the Hampton car crashing into a ditch. Both cars were badly damaged.

Riding with McCann were Scott and Thompson, and the others were in the car driven by Hampton.

State Police said the case will be presented to the grand jury which will determine if any charges are to be filed as a result of the collision.

M. J. Mills, Wayne County coroner, returned a verdict of accidental death.

Vinson is the son of the night jailer at the Wayne County jail, Thompson is the son of Clyde Thompson, Crabtree is the son of Willie Crabtree and McCann is the son of Homer McCann.

It was the second serious accident in which Scott was involved this year. Police said he was the driver of a car which wrecked on Route 37 last June 23, in which Teddy Lee Robinson, a passenger, received injuries which resulted in his death. In recent months Scott had been employed at Rittman, O., as had Eddie Thompson.

Scott was a graduate of Fort Gay High School and served in the army, from which he was discharged earlier this year.

Funeral services for the youth were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Oak Grove Methodist Church on Paddle Creek with the Rev. Gallie Isaacs and the Rev. Grant Raines officiating. Burial was in the Bartram cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, Abel and Anna Marie Scott; two brothers, James Randall and Larry Joe Scott, at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Edna Robinson of Mansfield, O., and Barbara Gail Scott, at home.

Death of Mr. Scott was the eighth traffic fatality in Wayne County this year.


(WCN - 11/11/1955) Wayne Christian Church Observes 50th Milestone

The Wayne Christian Church observed its 50th anniversary Sunday morning and also held a special service dedicating new additions to the building and new equipment and furnishings. About 120 members and visitors attended.

The additions include Sunday School classrooms and a fully-equipped kitchen. New furnishings and equipment include a communion table and chairs, presented to the church by Herman P. Dean, a former member; a bulletin board given by Mrs. James F. Spurlock; book racks donated by Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Thomas, and lights in the new addition, the gift of Wayne Thompson.

Also dedicated was a picture given to the church by Glenn Tabor, who acquired it in Italy in 1944 and carried it with him through some of the major campaigns of World War II in four European countries. It is a painting of Christ seated in a garden, holding a child in his arms and surrounded by other children.

Mr. Dean taught the combined Bible School classes. He discussed the three-dimensional possibilities of life in length, breadth and depth, and expressed appreciation of the Christian Church's influence in the community in its 50 years of existence.

Present for the service was Mr. Dean's mother, Mrs. Laura J. Dean, the only living charter member of the church.

The Rev. Joseph A. Garshaw Jr., pastor, was in charge of the service. Accordion music was played by M. E. Ketchum II and a solo was sung by Lucy Jane Pemberton.

Women of the church served a dinner in the church dining room following the dedication service. Mr. Garshaw introduced former pastors and visiting ministers and Mrs. Rayburn Matthews introduced old and new members of the church and Bible School present at the dinner. A solo was sung by Jimmy Scaggs.

Visiting ministers were the Rev. J. A. Garshaw Sr., pastor of Central Christian Church in Huntington; the Rev. N. V. Blankenship, pastor of Vinson Memorial Christian Church, and the Rev. Orville Esteppe, pastor of the Wayne Methodist Church.

Officers of the church and Bible School are:

Mrs. C. F. Allen, Bible School superintendent; Miss Harriet Ketchum, pianist; Mrs. Rayburn Matthews, assistant pianist; H. S. Ketchum, choir leader; Mrs. Elba W. Adkins, secretary-treasurer; H. S. Ketchum, chairman Board of Deacons; M. E. Ketchum, Lloyd Thomas and Bryce Ramey, deacons; Mrs. R. J. Thompson, Mrs. Elba W. Adkins and Mrs. C. F. Allen, deaconesses; M. E. Ketchum, Mrs. C. F. Allen and Mrs. Adkins, trustees.

The Wayne Christian Church was organized in November, 1905, at a meeting in the Odd Fellows hall by T. H. Kirkman and W. P. Dorsey. Present were Mrs. Minerva Bruce, Stella Bruce, Mrs. Columbia Damron, Mrs. Frankie Davis, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Foley, Mrs. Nathan Frazier, Mrs. Mary Ann Spurlock, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Ketchum, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Dean.

At a business meeting Nov. 21, 1906, with G. W. Ogden presiding, J. W. Ketchum, Byron Dean and R. L. Foley were chosen trustees. Stella Bruce was appointed the first clerk of the church and A. M. Dial was chosen as minister for another year.

On Nov. 15, 1907, Byron Dean purchased from Edmund Napier the lot on which the church now stands. The next day Mr. Dean deeded the lot to the trustees of the church. There was a two-story building on the lot and for a time services were held in this building. Later this building was torn down and a new building constructed, with Mr. Dean, a carpenter, doing most of the work. The church was dedicated by W. B. Hendershot.

Part of two lots were later donated to the church by Herman P. Dean and Glen Arrowood, on which one addition to the church was built in 1953 and another this past summer.

Among ministers who have served the church, in addition to those named above, are Harry Ice, J. W. Yoho, W. P. Dial, D. D. Dugan, J. D. Pierson, Palmer Young, Donald Nash, Tom Watters, Oscar Sutherland, H. C. Bream, F. L. Moore, J. R. Glenn, George C. Niel, George F. Crites, Ralph E. Valentine, B. H. Melton, Floyd Dick, Bob Davis, Joseph A. Garshaw Sr., and Joe Garshaw, the present pastor.


(WCN - 11/11/1955) 11 Billups Children Meet Together for First Time

For the first time in their lives, all 11 children of Mr. and Mrs. William Tilden Billups met together recently at the home of their parents on Rich Branch of White's Creek.

A member of the family explained that by the time the youngest had been born, the oldest had joined the Navy and every time there was talk of a general meeting of the group, somebody was on the other side of the world or otherwise unavailable.

Finally, however, all 11 children were able to be present at the same time and with others of the family it made a dinner party of 37. There was no formal program as the family spent the afternoon and evening getting acquainted again.

The occasion was the first visit home in nine years for one of the sons, Pat Billups of Gonzales, Calif. Other sons of Mr. and Mrs. Billups are Sam of Kenova, Thomas and Joe of Detroit, Robert of Huntington and Gerald of Cleveland. The daughters are Mrs. Emmett Alley, Mrs. Herbert McComas and Mrs. Charley Cyrus of Prichard, Mrs. Pearl Lester and Mrs. Gray Maynard of Kenova.

Many of the 19 grandchildren were on hand for the family gathering, as were the two great grandchildren, Pamela and Linda Kay Jenkins, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Jenkins of Huntington.

Pat Billups served in the Navy for 29 years until his retirement in 1949. Four of the Billups boys served in the armed forces in World War II. Sam is C. and O. railway mail clerk.

During the family party many neighbors and friends dropped in with greetings, adding to the happiness of the occasion.

The Billups family is one of the oldest and best known in Wayne County. W. T. Billups' father, also William Tilden Billups, was a noted Baptist preacher in the early days.

Mr. Billups, now 77 years old, was, until recently, a justice of the peace. He is a veteran of the Spanish-American war. His wife, the former Julia O'Connell, was born in Ireland and came to America about the turn of the century. She is 76.

They were married in Charleston, S. C, Aug. 16, 1901, and observed their 54th wedding anniversary about three months ago.


(WCN - 11/18/1955)

A comedy, "Here Comes Charlie," by Jay Tobias, will be presented at Buffalo High School Friday night at 8 by students of the school under the direction of Miss Violet Puckett. In the cast are, left to right, front row, Dudley Carey, Ruth Hatten, Patty Hatfield and Lois Ward; back row, Dick Ward, Everett Eastham, Larry Jordan, Dennis Finley, Floetta Hatten and Helen Nelson.


(WCN - 12/16/1955) Former Wayne Girl Ready to Leave Ethiopia

Some phases of life in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the continent of Africa, are described by Mrs. H. G. Nelson in a letter to her father, B. C. Brumfield of Wayne.

Mrs. Nelson is the former Jewell Brumfield. Her husband, referred to in her letter as Nels, is employed by the U. S. government in Ethiopia. She was formerly a nurse at the Veterans Hospital in Wayne County, where she met Mr. Nelson who was there to receive treatment for wounds suffered in World War II.

In her letter she makes it clear that women do most of the work in Ethiopia and she also refers to the Mau Mau's, the rebel faction which has been waging warfare against the established authorities. Her letter to her father was written Nov. 21 and follows in part:

We have completed our first year here, having only nine more months to go before returning to the States, and I must say that I will not be sorry. I do not regret coming over here. It has been a valuable experience, but I also will not regret leaving.

I imagine that you people at home are getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Over here one would not know it was one day or another. The weather i wonderful, warm during the day and cool at night, doesn't seem possible that it is now winter at home.

Our big rains are over now, you know they start the last part of June, then we have very heavy rains every day until the 27th of September, then they stop very quickly, and we have perfect weather for eight months. I have never seen it rain as hard as it does here, just like the skies open up, and though it rains for months, no one seems to mind, they just put on the raincoats and keep right on going, and the natives don't even wear raincoats.

Nels and I have just returned from two weeks stay in Nairoba, Kenya. He had some time that he had to use up before the first of the year or lose it, so we decided to take a trip and see some more of Africa. Kenya is about 700 miles from here, we flew down. Going down we saw Mt. Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa; we flew through the great Rift Valley. You no doubt have read about the Mau Mau's. Well, they are around Mt. Kenya which is not very far out of Nairoba. They are still quite active. We had planned to go on to Mombassa and Melinda on the Red Sea but we were advised not to go as it is the hottest time of the year there now. We flew over the Equator and they gave us a certificate saying that we had done so. Believe you me, your little girl is sure seeing the world, and I have yet to see any part of it that looks as good to me as the good old U. S. A.

There is a World's Fair going on here now for one month. It is in honor of His Imperial Majesty's 25th year on the throne. There are about 20 nations represented and it is quite nice, visitors from all over the world, and believe me it has been nice to see some new faces. Even though Addis Ababa has well over 400,000 people, it seems like a small town, as most of the Americana stick pretty much together and there are about 400 Americans, so one gets to know most of them, at least to speak to them.

It seems odd to look out our windows most anytime of the day and see a camel train going by, carrying charcoal, also the little donkeys with such loads of straw and wood on their backs, and the Ethiopian women with huge water jugs on their backs. The women also carry their babies on their backs and great loads of wood, usually the man is walking along in front of her with his cane. If she should happen to drop some of her load, he might pick it up and put it back on her back.

We have been playing lots of golf. The course opened about a year ago, it is not the best in the world, but we are thankful to have it, otherwise there would not be much to do here. They also opened an American club last year which has been wonderful for us. They hold bingo once a week and dances.

We are planning on leaving here next August, unless something happens that we should leave sooner. We will take a plane from here to Europe, go through Germany, Sweden and Copenhagen, then take a boat from Southhampton, England for home, taking about two or three weeks for the trip.

Tell everyone hello for us, and I hope all of you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


(WCN - 12/30/1955) Review of 1955 Events in Wayne County


Wayne County Court at its organization meeting with Clifford D. Hatten as a new member, elected S. P. Pry president, abolished the position of purchasing agent for the county jail and appointed Ivan Napier caretaker at the county farm to replace Kay Cooksey.....C. E. Wilkinson resigned as county sealer of weights and measures .... J. Clyde Matthews elected president of the Wayne County Board of education of which Harry W. Smith and Jack G. Capehart became new members .... Wayne County's representatives in the State Legislature were Lyle A. Smith, new senator; C. H. McKown, holdover senator; Julius C. Fry, new delegate, and H. T. (Tom) Tucker, serving his sixth term as delegate .... Floyd Watts Jr. appointed Wayne fire chief .... A sponge-making plant will be established in Kenova by Foramino, Inc.....Miss Marian Ferguson of Wayne wed to Homer Hanna Jr. of Charleston .... Hatfield Brubeck elected commander of Wayne American Legion Post.... A drive was in progress to raise funds to rebuild the Bethesda Baptist Church near Wayne which was destroyed by fire .... The State Road Commission prepared to open bids on relocation of Rt 60 at Kenova .... Lucian W. Queen, prominent Kenova merchant, died.


Taylor Frazier, Ceredo merchant, appointed chairman of Red Cross fund drive in Wayne County . . . . Mrs. Anna McCain Chandler, 59 Fort Gay Rt. 2, was fatally burned when her clothing caught fire from an open fireplace at her home .... Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Mitchell of Kenova were killed in a two-car collision at Brooksville, Fla, .... Fire destroyed the Burnie Booth home near Wayne at an estimated $10,-000 loss .... Nine buildings and most of their contents were destroyed by fire in the center of East Lynn at an estimated loss of 60,000 .... The Wayne County Board of Education announced plans to construct an eight-room addition to Vinson High School, an addition of four classrooms and cafeteria at Buffalo High, two classrooms at Ceredo-Kenova High and a three-room separate unit at Ceredo grade school .... Mr. and Mrs. Buck Dixon and three children of near Ceredo narrowly escaped death when fire destroyed their home .... Henry Newman Maynard, 22, of Wayne, was killed and two others were hurt in a car accident near Wayne .... A garage apartment occupied by Jack Fry and family was damaged by fire .... A reception was held in honor of Rev. Lee A. Gore, new pastor of the Wayne Avenue Baptist Church, Kenova.


Mrs. Marjorie M. Queen, wife of Arlie Queen of Wayne and member of a prominent Wayne County family, died .... Samuel Herold, 55, Lincoln District justice of the peace, died unexpectedly at Aiken, S. C.....Homes were flooded, schools closed and roads blocked in a wide section of the county by floods along Big Sandy and Tug Rivers and Twelvepole Creek .... The Legislature passed a bill, recommended by the Wayne County Bar Association, giving the Wayne County Court the right to set aside surplus funds for construction of a new county jail .... Mr. and Mrs. Moss Adkins of Wayne celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary .... Cub Scout Pack organized in Wayne .... Additional damage was caused by new floods along Twelvepole Creek and Big Sandy and Tug Rivers . . . .Ezra Davis, 34-year-old soldier son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Davis of East Lynn Rt, was drowned when his car hit a power pole and careened into a lake at Hendersonville, N. C. . . . Roy William Dishman, 42, formerly of Kenova, was killed when he fell beneath a train at Crestline, O.....Legrand Banfield, 39, was found dead at his home at Fort Gay of a bullet wound which investigators said was self-inflicted .... Wayne County plans to administer the new anti-polio vaccine to 3,830 first and second grade pupils .... Elba "Cab" Adkins retired after serving more than 38 years as linotype operator with Wayne County News . . . . Mayor Paul Billups and other Ceredo officials elected without opposition at annual election . . . . The Wayne County grand jury recommended that a new county jail be constructed as soon as possible .... A new consolidated school was opened at Dunlow with enrollment of 175 .... The Rev. L. Curtis Talmage, pastor of the Ceredo Congregational Church, was honored at a tea in observance of his 80th birthday .... Names of 3,694 Wayne Countians were removed from the election registration records for failing to vote in the last two primary and general elections .... A new cafeteria was opened at Wayne High School .... Ruth Napier, 8th grade pupil at Buffalo, and Ella Mae Perry, eighth grader at Hobbs School, won the county spelling championship .... William Ashley Lakin, 31, son of Dr. B. B. Lakin of Fort Gay, nationally-known evangelist, killed in car accident in Florida .... Mr. and Mrs. Byron L. Osburn of Kenova celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.

(Continued next week)


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