OLD NEWSPAPER ARTICLES - 1960
Scanned By Howard Osburn
Presented by The Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society
(WCN - 1/1/1960) County Farm Building up for Sale Monday
Sale of the county farm building by public auction will take place at the Board of Education office in Wayne next Monday night at 7:30.
The building is being disposed of to make way for construction of the first unit of a new Wayne High School building. The county farm building is a large stone and masonry structure which formerly served as a poor farm.
One condition of the sale is that the purchaser remove the building within 60 days.
The board hopes to receive bids in February or March for construction of a 10-classroom school unit, to be located on the present site of the county farm headquarters. The new school unit will be a one-story brick structure and will probably be ready for use in 1961. The project will be financed from Union District's share of the new five-year excess levy approved at a special election.
(WCN - 1/8/1959) Hopes of People Fired By New Big Sandy Plant
By Lila M. Dixon
Driving along Big Sandy River, heading south from Kenova, one becomes aware of a gradual, long-awaited land lifting. Set in motion by huge machinery, this operation has wrought magic.
Homes have disappeared, leaving in their wake acres of freshly-turned earth, heaps of rubble, mounds of stone, brush, broken fences and, surely, childhood memories. These dynamic monsters have leveled the terrain and in doing so have fired the hopes of the people of this area, far beyond anything which has come to this land before.
On every corner, in every town and country establishment, one hears the query: "How soon?" Ordinarily this might refer to the arrival of Jane Jones' first baby, the upcoming school social, or some such local event. Now, one automatically responds or listens, hoping for the latest information concerning the biggest, most encouraging news for the people of this community since the erection of the flood wall: Montecatini's plastic plant, scheduled to begin operation in March, 1961.
The site of the Montecatini plant is approximately 200 acres of heretofore good, corn-producing bottom land, once owned by Dan Hardwick, "Uncle" Jeff Keyser and L. W. Queen, to name a few.
Possibly unknown to the new owners of this land, beneath the soon-to-be modern office buildings and furor of factory life, there flows an ancient spring, which, according to residents, has never failed, even during the hottest summer, to produce clear, delicious drinking water. It is doubtful that this will interest the plant officials, but sometime in the future, who knows from what source the plant's supply of drinking water will originate?
To the residents of Kenova and the outlying communities, this plant represents the beginning of an era of prosperity, a hope for the future.
To the fathers, it may mean a steady, close-to-home job; to the mothers, security, peace of mind, maybe that second car; to the kids—"my daddy works there." To the boys, it may well be their future, a promise for their plans of achievement.
These people are not ignorant, lazy folk, but merely the unfortunate, by-products of a "recession" which some feel has never receded. Therefore, with open arms, the people of this (Big Sandy) valley welcome the golden opportunity afforded them by the far-seeing officials of Montecatini, of Milan, Italy.
There is a place here for such good neighbors.
(WCN - 1/8/1960) Richardson Pharmacy Bought By Wheeler
J. S. Richardson has sold his drug store, Richardson's Pharmacy at Westmoreland, to Frank H. Wheeler of Ceredo.
Mr. Wheeler, who has been employed at a Huntington pharmacy for the past nine years, took possession of the Westmoreland business Monday and will be in active charge of the business. He is the son of Owen Wheeler of Ceredo and is a registered pharmacist.
Mr. Richardson founded Richardson's Pharmacy in 1935 and has conducted it ever since, for a total of 24 years. He said this week that his future plans are indefinite but that for a time he will "take it easy" before engaging in any other business activity. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson will continue to reside at 2951 Piedmont Road. He has been active in civic affairs in Westmoreland, particularly in support of athletics at Vinson High School, where he served as a volunteer coach for a time. He also represented Westmoreland on the Huntington City Countil for three terms, a total of six years.
(WCN - 1/15/1960) Lock Repair Project To Begin in Feb.
Bids on repairs to the old lock on Big Sandy River in the Fort Gay-Louisa area were opened Wednesday by the U. S. engineers at Huntington.
Tho Wilson Construction Co. of Huntington submitted the low base bid of $65,704.80 and the low alternate of $70,702 for reconstruction of 130 feet of the navigable pass and rehabilitation of a 1340-foot weir section, plus lock gate repairs.
Bids were submitted by six firms and were well below the government estimates of $76,810 and $91,290.
Work probably will start next month. The project which will improve the water supply at Fort Gay and Louisa, was supported in Congress by the West Virginia and Kentucky delegations, Wayne County Court, officials of Fort Gay and Louisa and other citizens of the two areas.
(WCN - 1/15/1960) Novamont Buys New Tract on Big Sandy
An additional tract of land, consisting of 24 acres, has been purchased by the Novamont Corp. at Neal, near Kenova, where the company will construct a $10,000,000 plastic plant starting this spring.
The additional acreage was bought for $26,000 from Byron Ferguson, a retired Norfolk and Western Railway conductor. There is a six-room colonial style house on the property.
Dr. Mario Ottelenghi, vice president of Novamont, said the additional land may provide fill earth for the original construction site and may be developed for housing of employes. It will not be used for industrial purpose, he added, pointing out that it is separated from the 200-acre plant site by a stretch of Norfolk and Western right-of-way.
Contract for construction of the plant has not been awarded, although work is scheduled to begin soon. The 200-acre tract is being cleared and graded under a contract with the Schurman Co. of Huntington.
(WCN - 1/22/1960) Cabwaylingo Forest Put on Work List
Improvements costing a total of $449,144 are scheduled at Cabwaylingo State Forest in Wayne County if a proposed state temporary economic program for employment of the jobless is approved by the Legislature.
Proposed improvements at the forest would include the following projects:
Timber stand improvements representing a labor investment of $192,000 and an equipment and supply investment of $1,440.
Construction of tent and trailer camp ground with a water system and wash house, representing investment of $16,200.
Expansion of day use facilities, including picnic areas, trail construction, game courts, parking lots, water systems, fountains, tables, fireplaces, etc., to cost $14,000.
Construction of five miles of rock based road, to cost $ 132,000.
Grading and draining of five miles of existing road, to cost $30,500.
Improvement of vacation cabins to cost $24,000.
Completion of wading pool, $15,000.
Blacktopping of the access road to the vacation cabin area, $14,000.
Construction of a concession stand and lifeguard quarters to cost $10,000.
The purpose of the improvement program is to provide employment for the jobless and to attract more tourists.
A deer restocking program also is included. Dr. Warden Lane, director of the State Conservation Commission, proposes to place about 200 deer in each of the following counties: Wayne, Lincoln, Boone, Logan, Mingo, McDowell, Wyoming and Raleigh.
Similar improvement programs have been proposed for other state parks and forests in all parts of the state as a means of assisting unemployed persons. The entire program has been submitted to the Legislature for approval at its current session.
(WCN - 1/22/1960) Board Calls for Bids on Building Of New Wayne High School Unit
Bids on construction of the first unit of a new Wayne High School building will be opened by the Wayne County Board of Education at its offices in Wayne March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Three separate contracts will be awarded. One will be for general construction work, another for plumbing, heat and ventilating work, and the other contract for electrical work.
Drawings and specifications are available for the use of bidders at the office of Dean, Dean and Paules, architects, at Huntington.
Final plans for the building were approved by the Board of Education Monday night, and a notice calling for bids is published in Wayne County News this week.
The new building will be located on the former county farm property a mile north of Wayne. It will be a one-story brick structure with 10 classrooms. Science, commercial and vocational agriculture departments will use the new building. Included will be four additional classrooms for other subjects so that students will not have to transfer from the new to the old building more than once a day.
Each department will be provided with modern equipment, such as electric typewriters for the commercial classes, a new and larger laboratory for the science department and a shop for the vo-ag students.
Work is expected to begin soon after contracts are awarded but the building will not be ready for use until 1961.
Construction of the new building was made possible by a new five-year extra levy approved by the voters. The project is expected to take all the extra levy money from Union District, plus a share of Grant and Stonewall District extra levy proceeds for the five-year period of the levy. As more money becomes available in the future, the building will be expanded by construction of additional units.
(WCN - 2/5/1960) Two Contracts Let For Improvements at Court House
Two contracts for work on the court house were awarded by the Wayne County Court at its meeting Monday.
Contract for renovation of the restrooms was awarded to the Fry Construction Co. of Wayne, headed by S. P. Fry, for $11,552. This was the only bid received by the court and was less than the cost estimated by the architect.
The Huntington Roof and Sheet Metal Co. was awarded a contract for re-roofing the court house at a cost of $4,740, which was the lowest of several bids submitted by roofing firms.
The court also made changes in two voting precincts. Precinct No. 52, Union District, was changed from the Booton school to the Wetzel Adkins garage, and Precinct No. 6, Butler District, was changed from Cardwell Hotel to the Fort Gay town hall.
(WCN - 3/4/1960) Power Plant in Big Sandy Area Hailed as Lure to Big Industry
Another industry was assured for the Big Sandy River area Wednesday when it was officially announced that a giant new coal-burning electric generating plant will be constructed by Kentucky Power Co. near Fallsburg, Ky., opposite Hewlett, Wayne County, five miles north of Fort Gay and Louisa.
The 265,000-kilowatt plant will cost an estimated $39,000,000, not including the cost of necessary transmission lines, substation and other facilities. The site and design of the plant will permit addition of a second unit when required by economic development of the area.
It is expected that the new plant will burn approximately 760,000 tons of coal a year. All of this coal, officials said, will be purchased from Eastern Kentucky mines.
Announcement of the plant was made at Frankfort, Ky., by Gov. Bert T. Combs of Kentucky; Philip Sporn, president of American Electric Power Co. and its subsidiary, Kentucky Power, and F. M. Baker, vice president and general manager of Kentucky Power.
Construction is expected to start about June 1 and the plant will be completed by the fall of 1962. When in operation the plant will employ 100 to 150 persons.
Sporn said the new plant will supply electric power requirements of all the 365,000 people served by Kentucky Power—and more. The additional output will be integrated into the seven-state American Electric Power System power network, which includes Appalachian Power Co.
The new plant is expected to stimulate industrial development in the Big Sandy area. Mr. Sporn's statement to this effect was hailed this week by Wayne Countians. He pointed out that industry, particularly heavy industry, has invariably followed large new sources of economical electric power into a given area and predicted there was an excellent chance this would happen in the Big Sandy area. He cited the location of heavy power consuming industry in the Ohio River valley in recent years as examples of this trend.
Sporn described the Big Sandy project as another important step in AEP's continuing expansion program since World War II, which has entailed the expenditure of close to a billion and a half dollars and the rise of eight giant steam-electric generating stations totaling five million kilowatts. The new Big Sandy plant will be the ninth in this series.
(WCN - 3/11/1960) Contracts Totaling $190,206 Awarded for First Unit of Wayne High School
Contracts totaling $190,206.85 were awarded to the lowest bidders by the Wayne County Board of Education Monday night for construction of the first unit of a now Wayne High School building.
E. P. Leach and Sons, Inc., of Huntington, was awarded the general contract on that firm's low bid of $141,061.
The plumbing and heating award went to Young and Stone, Inc., of Huntington, on a bid of $24,892.
The electrical contract was awarded to the Blumberg Electric Co. of Huntington on a bid of $23,753.85.
The one-story structure will be constructed of reddish brick with ceramic tile under the windows. It will consist of ten classrooms. Included will be two rooms for the commerce department; two for the science department, including biology, chemistry, physics and general science; two for the Vo-ag department, and four general classrooms.
Work will begin as soon as weather conditions permit, probably within a month, and completion is expected within a year.
Plans for the building, as drawn by the architects, Dean, Dean and Paules are designed for easy expansion in the future so that eventually the entire high school plant will be located on the new site, which is the old county farm property north of Wayne. The present building in Wayne will continue in use for some time, however.
Bernard Queen, superintendent of schools, pointed out that the contracts awarded Monday night do not account for the total cost of the new building. He said that additional facilities will be installed by Board of Education employes, such as septic tank and all sewer lines. Other items of cost will be the architect's fees, special equipment for the commerce and science departments, and furniture and equipment for other classrooms.
The building will be equipped with a complete fire alarm system, both electrical and manual, and an automatic clock and program system.
Bids on general construction were submitted by six firms, the others being: Persun Construction Co., $169,986; Jack W. Davis, $146,916; S. P. Fry, $150,594; W. D. Johnson, $151,700; Neighborgall Construction Co., $151,496.
Seven firms submitted bids on the plumbing and heating work. In addition to Young and Stone, they were C. W. Davis $30,950; Ferguson Bros. Plumbing and Heating, $32,500; R. H. Holtzworth and Sons, $30,300; T. R. Johnson, $33,153; Charles, H. Hagan, $28,760; Huntington Piping Co., $31,022.
Submitting bids on the electrical work, in addition to the Blumberg firm, were Jordan Electric $34,980; Hawes Electric Co. $25,975, and Wente Construction Co. 32,600.
Costs of the structure will be paid from the special levy proceeds in Union District and part of the levy in Stonewall and Grant Districts.
(WCN - 3/11/1960) Dean's List Includes Many from County
A complete list of Wayne County students who made the dean's list at Marshall College during the past semester was announced this week by the college.
Appearing on the select list in the Arts and Science College for high academic work were the following:
Donald L. Gillette, senior, and Lowell B. Morrison, sophomore, East Lynn; Ronald G. Meade, senior, Shoals; Elmer L. Thompson, freshman, Fort Gay; Nellie Jane Rice, freshman, Wayne, and the following from Kenova: George R. Baise, Ellen L. Campbell, Jack D. Capehart, Jan B. Rife and Golden F. Watts, all seniors; Cheryl Noe and James D. Wellman, juniors; Nancy Jo Crockett and Lobeda Noe, sophomores.
The Teachers College students appearing on the dean's list included the following from Wayne County:
Donna Lou Pelfrey and Mary Juanita Perry, sophomores, and Charles Lovely, senior, Fort Gay; Betty Lou Hale, Junior, East Lynn; Ronald David Ross, freshman, and Peter S. Vaughan, senior, Wayne; Larry Joe Van Faussien, junior, Clovis Jay O'Dell, sophomore, and Ida Fields Napier, senior all of Fort Gay; Doris Herald Asbury, senior, Crum; Bonnie Johnson Hall, senior, Lavalette.
From Kenova were Judith Lee Skeens, Sallie Hamer Plymale, Mary Lee Galloway, Mary Ida Farmer and Julia Faye McKeand, sophomores; Mary Sue Brown and Lawrence Bruce Capehart, juniors; Gary Garner Johnson and Aileen Holbrook Dickerson, seniors; from Ceredo, Ada Perdue, sophomores, and Nell May Brumfield and Sandra Leo Shrohmeyer, juniors.
(WCN - 3/18/1960) Sheriff to Move Office into New Court House Addition Next Week
Moving day will soon be here for some of the county officials as workmen put the finishing touches on portions of the new addition to the court house.
Sheriff Jesse F. Perry and his staff will move into their new quarters in the addition next week. The sheriff's new office will be located in two rooms on the ground floor of the addition, at the end of a corridor connecting the new and old sections of the court house. The corridor, lined with marble to match tho main corridor, will be completed next week.
Fulfilling a long-standing need, a vault has been installed in the sheriff's new quarters to provide a place of safe-keeping for valuable records and tax receipts.
The two-room office to be vacated by the sheriff will be divided between the circuit clerk and assessor, with each official to have the use of an additional room. A connection will be made from one room to the assessor's office. The doorway between the two rooms of the sheriff's present quarters will be sealed, as will the window facing the corridor at which tax payments were received.
Judge C. W. Ferguson's new office on the top floor of the addition has been completed and is ready for occupancy. One of these rooms will be a law library for use of attorneys, and there are two more rooms for the judge's use. His new office is located on the south side of the court room, across the corridor from his present office.
County Clerk Frank Canterbury and his staff have already occupied a room in the new addition. Deed books and other record books were moved into the new room a short time ago.
Grand jurors at the present term of Circuit Court conducted their deliberations in a room in the new-addition.
The new county jail is located in the sub-basement and basement. Cells and other equipment have been installed and are ready for use when the entire building has been completed. The new Jail provides separate compartments for men, women and juveniles. A drive-in entrance has been constructed for the use of officers in bringing prisoners to the new jail.
Jack Fry, who is associated with his father, S. P. Fry, in constructing the addition, estimates that work will be completed within a month.
The town of Wayne will have a wider street, thus gaining additional parking space, as a result of the construction of the addition. The County Court has decided to have the retaining wall on the south side of the court house property moved back in line with the new addition and it is estimated this will add eight or ten feet to the width of South Court St.
(WCN - 3/25/1960) Crum Seniors to Give Comedy This Friday
The senior class, of Crum High School will present a three-act hillbilly comedy, "A Feudin' Over Yonder," by Le Roma Greth, in the school auditorium this Friday at one p.m. and again at eight p.m.
The plot revolves around a feud between the Popoff and Fry families who have been feuding ever since one of the Popoff boys accidently shot Paw Fry. The feud is kept alive by one daughter, Rosie Belle, who loves to shoot Popoffs so well the rest of the family can't relax.
The cast includes Polly Walker as Mountain Maggie; Alice Copley as Maw Fry; Janice Marcum as Emmy Fry; J. D. Prince as Izzie Fry; Ralph Vinson as Clem Fry; Wanda Conn as Rosie Belle Fry; Rayburn Williamson as Zeke Popoff; Emma Chaffins as Aunt Harry Hornhonker; Billie Jean Crum as Becky Mae Hornhonker; Jim Tom Brown as Willy Hornhonker; Johnny Herald as Pappy Popoff; Sammie Marcum as the "Travelin' Preacher".
Also included are wedding guests, musicians and entertainers. Effie Ann Fluty is mistress of ceremonies. Mrs. Alice Lycans and Miss Violet Lycans are directors and class sponsors.
Admission will be 50 cents for adults, 35 cents for high school students and 25 cents for elementary children.
(WCN - 4/1/1960) $4 Million Carbon Plant to Rise In Big Sandy Area Near Kenova
Plans for construction of a new industrial plant costing $4,000,000 or more in Boyd County, Ky.,
across the Big Sandy River from Wayne County, were announced this week by the Pittsburgh Chemical Co.
The new plant will produce activated carbon and will be known as the "Big Sandy" plant. It will be located on the former Bryant farm, six miles upstream from Kenova.
Construction of the new facility will bring to more than $60,000,000 the total of recent investments In the industrial growth of the Big Sandy River valley.
A neighboring plant on this side of the river in Wayne County will be the $10,000,000 plastics plant being constructed by Novamont Corp. of Milan, Italy.
Announcement was made recently by the Kentucky Power Co., sister firm of Appalachian Power Co., that it will invest $39,000,000 in a new generating plant at Fallsburg, Ky., about six miles from Fort Gay.
Site preparation for the new activated carbon plant already is underway and actual construction is expected to begin "within the next few weeks," a spokesman said. Construction is expected to be completed early in 1961.
The company said initial employment will total about 40 persons. The plant site allows for future growth, as 25 acres of land will be utilized immediately with another 50 acres or more available for later development.
Special grades of West Virginia and Kentucky coal will be used to produce activated carbon in the form of granules used in a wide range of purifying an decolorizing applications. The product is used in military gas masks and also for many civilian purposes, such as purification of many types of food and chemicals and to purify the air in many large air-conditioned buildings. Granular carbon also is used to purify water in soft drink bottling plants and breweries.
Many foods and plastics found in every home have been treated with granular activated carbon produced by Pittsburgh Chemical Co.
Bach granule is honeycombed with tiny holes and when magnified many times gives the appearance of a kitchen sponge.
The company said three factors played important roles in selection of the site, as follows:
1. An attractive area community.
2. Future availability of river transportation. (The Big Sandy level will rise considerably when the Greenup dam on the Ohio River is completed.)
3. The proximity of coal reserves in West Virginia and Kentucky.
(WCN - 4/22/1960) Former Jail Property Purchased by Bank
The Wayne County Bank purchased the adjoining Wayne County jail property at public auction Monday for $21,000.
Dr. Glen Johnson, president of the bank, outbid three other persons for the property, which consists of the 55-year-old former jail building and two lots with total dimensions of 76.5 by 208 feet.
The property was sold by the Wayne County Court with Court President Clifford D. Hatten conducting the auction on the front steps of the court house.
Bank officials said plans for futuro use of the property have not been developed, but that it was fairly certain that the old building would be dismantled.
Bidding was spirited, with offerings for the property made by Glenn Queen, S. P. Fry and Floyd J. Harrison, in addition to Dr. Johnson in behalf of the bank.
The jail was abandoned early this year as unsafe for prisoners, who have been confined in the Cabell County jail until Wayne County's new jail in the new court house addition, is ready for use. The new jail is being used on a limited basis and is expected to be ready for full use sometime this week.
(WCN - 5/6/1960) Repair Work Begins On Wayne Bridge
The celebrated bridge over Twelvepole Creek at Wayne has been closed for repairs, forcing traffic to use the old county farm road as a detour.
The bridge will be completely re-floored and hard-topped, which will eliminate the noise that drew the attention of TV newscaster David Brinkley when he visited Wayne several days ago. Brinkley made a recording of the sound of cars crossing the bridge which he termed "rickety" and the "noisiest anywhere". This was telecast on the Huntley—Brinkley news program over a national network.
The bridge was closed Monday and the old flooring has already been ripped away by state road commission workmen, leaving the steel framework exposed.
Before now flooring is laid, the bridge will be cleaned by sandblasting and will be repainted. It estimated the work will require two or three weeks to complete.
To make the rock-based detour more bearable for motorists, state road commission trucks were used to apply a coating of calcium chloride on the old county farm road to control the dust.
Surface boards on the bridge had worked loose, setting up a clatter under the impact of traffic that could be beard a mile away.
The state road commission on Monday announced two special maintenance projects on primary roads in Wayne County. One was the repair of the bridge. The other project will be resurfacing of 9.50 miles of State Route 75 from Kenova to Lavalette.
(WCN - 5/13/1960) State May Construct New Bridge To Replace 'Brinkley' Structure
Plans have been made by the State Road Commission for a survey and study which may lead to construction of a new bridge on U.S. Route 52 at Wayne to replace the present "Brinkley Bridge," it was announced this week by State Road Commissioner Patrick C. Graney.
Mr. Graney said the project also could involve possible relocation of a portion of U.S. Route 52.
The bridge gained national notice recently when it was shown on a network television program by David Brinkley, of the Huntley-Brinkley Report. The telecast pointed out that the bridge was badly in need of repairs.
Within a few days, the bridge was closed to traffic and repair work started and still is in progress. Wayne citizens, delighted that the span was to be improved, have been calling it the "Brinkley Bridge".
Mr. Graney in his statement indicated, however, that the repair work had been planned before the Brinkley telecast. He said the State Road Commission "has recognized for some time that the bridge in question is inadequate for modern traffic requirements, having been built in 1907. The commission has on its advance engineering program made provision for a survey and study for a new bridge to replace the existing one, which could involve also possible relocation of a portion of U.S. Route 52."
Recognizing that the present bridge was in need of repair work, so that it would continue in use until such time as a now bridge can be built, Calvin Perdue, Wayne County road superintendent, some weeks ago requested authorization from the district engineer in Huntington for money with which to accomplish repairs. The authorization request was approved and the bridge was closed to all vehicular traffic May 2, when repair work was started. Mr. Graney said the repair work will be expedited so that the bridge can be reopened to traffic as soon as possible
(WCN - 5/13/1960) Vinson Honor Group Led In 23 Students
The Vinson High School honor roll for the past six weeks has been announced by Principal Wayne B. Curry.
Leading in averages were these students with perfect 4-point marks:
Joyce Hayes and David Patton, seniors; Bill Huss, Steve Miller, Sharon Reed, Judith Sheets, Darrell Smith, Gerald Taylor and Kenneth Wilkes, sophomores; Lowell Adkins, Brenda Edwards, Ronnie Elmore, Jerry Fielder, Rebecca Mayo, Ronnie Mills, Kathee Ray and Diana Spreaker, freshmen; Marcia Dillon, J. P. Hutchinson, Sandra Longfellow, Linda Marcum, Bonnie Wilson and Larry Queen, seventh grade.
The remainder of the honor roll follows:
Seniors: Mary Catherine Somerville, Willard Sullivan, Ruth Artler, Ben Chambers, Mike Cunningham, Barbara Downey, Ann Finley, Donna Brouse, Phillip Hysell, David LeMaster, Linda Lucas, Mike Benton, Don Smith, Francis Chandler, Laura Napier, James Finley, and Mayola Lynch.
Juniors: Paul Akers, Debbie LeMaster, Tonnie Copenhaver, Raymond Pollard, Fred Hussell, Carolyn Jones, Elaine Keagy, Roy Tomblin, Glenna Jenkins, James Heaton, Richard Curry, Richard Hodge, Curtis Hague, Catherine Hawes, John Huff, Larry Sawyers, Arlene Thornburg, and Carolyn Thompson.
Sophomores: Karen Brouse, Rose Burcham, Jimmy Fannin, Arbutus Harris, Arma Jane Salmons, Barbara Stewart, Nancy Waugh, Peggy Chandler, Margie Hite, Barbara Martin, Sandy Maynard,
Larry Popp, Larry Moore, Jo Anna Daniels, Janie Virgallito, Helen Frantz, Susan Trautner, Michael Hunt, Diane Hague, Diana Shannon, Ann Coffman and Connie Jackson.
Freshmen: Bonnie Endicott, Teresa Gothard, Patty Watts, Carolyn Webb, Yvonne Harris, Sam Shafer, Carole Callon, Llyanna Lynch, Suzie Black, David Fitzpatrick, Michael Sullivan, Sherry St. Clair, Doug Sullivan, Judy Robertson, Kay Avis, Valerie Hooker, Connie Morrison, Karla Duncan, Kathryn Walker, Dennis Bradley, Mike Haun, Janice Jackson, Gene Kelley.
Eighth Grade: Mike Booth, Tommy Zimmerman, Sara Beldon, Patty Carey, Carol Carver, Carol Copenhaver, Dianne Gilkison, Gayle Kahn, Jeannette Burks, Danny Jordon, Nancy Kay Martin, Mary Jo Chapman, Connie Pollard, Cheryl Rucker, Mary Runyon, Tony Sisson, Cynthia Bowman, Kent Boyd, Jon Bryant, Sam Christian, Patrisha Haffer, Sharon Hunt, Joyce Neal, Lenny Seldomridge, Barbara Trimboli, Maurice Hartz, Sammy Perkey, Patty Slack, Linda Ward, Betty Wright, Betsy Bowman, Jerry Jenkins, William Bare, Dixie Hudson, Brenda Thacker, Sandra Payne, Shirley Blake, Dolores Jones, Susan Ray, Sue Ward, Sallie Tucker, Carla Artler, Nancy Ellen Martin, Kathy McGinnis, Betty Dolen, Stella DeFoe, Jack Irwin, Phillip Marley, Linda Pickett, Lynn Singleton, Ricky Stapleton. Darrell Trimboli, Janet Wheeler.
Seventh Grade: David Bloss, Becky Chandler, Pamela Chapman, Sue Maynard, Linda Carter, Virginia Hoeing, Deborah Maynor, Diana Adkins, Donette Davidson, Karen Plymale, Karen Stapleton, Lou Dean, Larry Staley, Nancy Terango, Cheryle Dean, Charmaine French, Barbara Karfhage, Jane Metz, Judy McClelland, Hilda Boster, Cathy Capehart, Eddie Christian, Larry Moore, Charles Smith, Mary Ann Vass, Connie Bartram, Kay Stevens, Barbara Wiltshire, Linda Adkins, Tony Fisher, Sandra Huff, Micki Skeens, Beverly Tomblinson, Mary Ann Webb, Peck Kennamer, Robert Thompson, Fran Smythers, Vicki Brammel, Rose Penland, Willie Robertson, Ernest Turner, Simon Moore, Mike Smythers, Chuck Duke, Martha Heaton, Mike Mullens, Dianne Sawyers, Larry Smith, Janet Taylor, Richard Urban, Roger Williams.
(WCN - 5/20/1960) Pics - VERNA FAYE DAVIS - LINDA HUTCHINSON
Verna Faye Davis is valedictorian and Linda Lou Hutchinson is salutatorian of the Buffalo High School graduating class at graduation exercises at the school this Friday night at 8.
Miss Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Davis, has maintained a 4-point average in her six years at Buffalo. She has been a member of the National Honor Society, parliamentarian for the Future Homemakers, and participated in the junior and senior plays. She plans to work as a secretary.
Miss Hutchinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hutchinson, has been a member of the National Honor Society, Future Teachers and a reporter for the Journalism Club. She plans to enter college this fall to prepare for a career as a mathematics teacher.
(WCN - 5/27/1960) Pic - Chosen Strawberry Queens
Two Wayne County beauties, Jane Hamer, left, of Kenova, and Debbie LeMaster of Westmoreland have been chosen Wayne County strawberry queens and will compete for the Tri-State title at
the strawberry festival at Huntington next Tuesday.
The two queens were chosen from a group of five candidates at the Wayne County court house Saturday. The judges were Mrs. C. W. Ferguson III, president of the Wayne Woman's Club, and Attorneys Russell Daugherty and Philip Baer of Huntington.
The Tri-State strawberry festival will be held at the Appalachian Power Co. auditorium. The deadline for strawberry growers to enter exhibits will be two p.m. Tuesday. Judging will take place from two to four p.m., followed by the opening of the show to public viewing.
Strawberries entered in the festival will be offered for sale at public auction. Last year's prize
winning berries, brought $34 per quart.
Participating in the contest for Tri-State strawberry queen will be entries from counties in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
Miss Hamer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe F. Hamer of Kenova, graduated from Ceredo-Kenova High School last week and is planning to enroll at Stephens College, Columbia, Mo., next fall to study dramatics and speech.
Miss LeMaster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. LeMaster, will be a senior at Vinson High School next year. She served as majorette of the Vinson band, participated in school plays as a member of the Drama Club, of which she is secretary; served as president of the Vinson Future Homemakers Club and is a member of the Journalism Club.
(WCN - 5/27/1960) Work on County Jail Completed Monday
Work on the new Wayne County jail was completed Monday by the contractor, S. P. Pry, and the Jail was accepted by the architect.
This will open the way for the Jail to be officially turned over to the Wayne County Court, and for prisoners to be confined there instead of in the Cabell County jail.
The jail is a part of the court house addition on which work was started in June, 1959. At that time Mr. Fry estimated a year would be required to complete the structure. Actual time involved was 11 month. One of these is the complete renovation of the restrooms in the basement of the court house. Work on this project now is in progress. The concrete floors are being replaced with new concrete and ceramic tile floors, and new flushboxes are to be Installed. Mr. Fry was awarded the contract for this work.
South Court Street was widened as a result of the construction of the court house addition. A retaining wall was moved back eight feet in line with the court house addition, and the additional width of this street will he hard surfaced.
Mr. Fry, who was awarded the contract for construction of a new unit of Buffalo graded school, said work on the project will begin this week, weather permitting.
(WCN - 5/27/1960)
Golden Horseshoe winners In Wayne County schools are shown after they had been knighted by State Supt. of Schools Virgil Rohrbough at a recent ceremony at the state capitol at Charleston.
From left, seated, are Sarah Beldon and Dianne Gilkerson, both of Vinson High School; standing, Mike Queen, Tommy Canterbury and Tommy Smith, Wayne graded school, all of whom were winners, and Roger Frazier, also of Wayne, who accompanied the group. The students were taken to Charleston by Richard Malcolm, Wayne County School attendance director. The awards were presented in recognition of high scores made in a test involving 229 questions on West Virginia history, government and other topics.
(WCN - 5/27/1960) Semester Honor List Announced at Wayne
The Wayne High School honor roll for the second semester, as released by Principal Iliff West, lists 128 students.
Leading the list were these nine students with "A" or 4-point average:
Maxie Belcher, junior; Carolyn Jo Damron and Donna Staley sophomores; Bonnie Adkins, Deloris Joan Adkins, Jeanette Finch, Lillie Francis, Barbara Preston and James Spence, freshmen.
Seniors: Donna Lycans 3.8; Ileta Booth 3.75; Kenneth Pyles 3.75; Glenn Childers 3.67; Jerry Ray Blankenship 3.25; Richard Collins 3.26; Charles Ross 3.25; Vivian Vance 3.25; Garfield Adkins 3; Phyllis Adkins 3; Douglas Gilkerson 3; Bobby Jervis 3; Faye Lycans 3; Noah Perry 3; Janie Preston 3; Juanita Rice 3; Linda Sue Smith 3.
Juniors: Patricia Blankenship 3.8; Janice Booth 3.8; Judy Davis 3.8; Charlene Rice 3.8; Judy Van Faussein 3.8; Sheila Booth 3.75; Sharon Sellards 3.66; Wilma Booth 8.6; Phyllis Ferguson 3.6; Bea Hale 3.6; Barbara Keck 3.6; Sharon Owens 3.6; Pansy Robertson 3.6; Sydney Sellards 3.6; Glenna Blankenship 3.5; Alice Jones 3.5; Betty Ann Osburn 3.5; Gaynel Adkins 3.4; George Morrison 3.4; Gary Ray 3.4; Helen Chadwick 3.25; Dotty Thompson 3.25; Carla Malcolm 3.16; Justina Adkins 3; Betty Collins 3; Linda Simmons 3; Nila Vaughan 3.
Sophomores: Grable "Pat" Adkins 3.8: Carlene Booten 3.8; Rebecca Scaggs 3.8; Harry Wallace 3.8; Barbara Allen 3.75; Maxine Elkins 3.75; Sharon Preston 3.6; Lemmie Adkins, Jr. 3.5; Don Davis 3.5; Paulette Barbour 3.33; Aileen Dyer 3.25; Glenn McSweney 2.25; Sharon Price 3.25; Mary M. Ramey 3.25; Linda Smith 3.25; Glenna Damron 3.2; Doylene Ferguson 3.2; Janet Sue Nelson 3.2; Linda Rae Adkins 3; Doris Damron 3; Deloris Gilkerson 3; Ruth Hill 3; Rusty Newman 3: Audie Stiltner 3; Lavonna Wallace 3.
Freshmen: Viola Faye Adkins 3.8; Linda Hunter 3.8; Janice Pratt 3.8; Donna G. Smith 3.8; Roberta Ann Tygrett 3.8; Carla Vaughan 3.8; Jimmy Hale 3.75; Perlie Copley 3.6; Carol Ferguson 3.6; Patricia Ann Fry 3.6; Marilyn Simpkins 3.6; Gail Ward 3.6; Betty Workman 3.6; Betty Maynard 3.5; Freelin Robertson 3.5; Odis Spence 3.5; Patricia Gay Adkins 3.4; Pauline Bradshaw 3.4; Douglas Cooper 3.4; James Lundy 3.4; Barbara McNeill 3.25; Glenn A. Scott 3.25; Patricia Ann Adkins 3.2; Diana Kay Adkins 3.2; Jean Esteppe 3.2; Robert Hunter 3.2; Gladys Jackson 3.2; Pamela Preston 3.2; Christine Rice 3.2; Donna Sue Smith 3.2; Judy Taylor 3.2; Helen Kay Adkins 3; Cheryl Brumfield 3; Alice Crabtree 3; Lenora Gilkerson 3; Normal Goodman 3; Vonnie Mathis 3; Sallie Miller 3; Willis Sue Sansom 3; Donna Faye Smith 3; Faye Stamper 3; James Vance 3.
(WCN - 6/3/1960) Buffalo Honor Roll Lists 96 Students
The Buffalo High School honor roll for the second semester, as released by Principal Francis M. Curnutte, lists 96 students.
The following students led the roll with an "A" or 4 point average:
Grade 12—Verna Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Davis; Carolyn England, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert England; Sharon Mays, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mays.
Grade 11—Tom Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Brooks.
Grade 10—Vernon Shy, son of Mrs. Sadie Shy; Roberta Simpkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Simpkins; Becky Irons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Irons; Roger Massie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Massie; Sarah Cyrus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Cyrus.
Grade 9—Diana Haynie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jennings Haynie; Judy Madden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Madden; Joyce Platt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel F. Platt.
Grade 8—Cecilia Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Brown; Robert Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brooks.
Grade 7—Fred Huff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Huff; Ronald Ferguson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Ferguson; Stella Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Amos Davis; Janet Simpkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Simpkins.
The remainder of the honor roll follows:
Grade 12 —Gary Adkins, Una Barker, Judy Carroll, Jerry Damron, Elsie Dickerson, Linda Hutchinson, Barbara Martin, Ernest Stewart, Thomasine Smith, Alvis May, Karlene Janes, Barbara Madden, Bertha McComas, Hester Nelson Bailey, Sharon Perdue.
Grade 11—Charles Adkins, Fred Cyrus, Paul Davis, Gordon Hensley, Sam Lewis, Barbara Christian, Carol Sue Hutchinson, Fanny Mathis, Dorothy Ward.
Grade 10 — Anita Atkinson, George Cyrus, John Damron, Linda Damron, Carolyn Donahoo, Barbara Elliott, Barbara Hatten, Sandra Hicks, Louis Holley, Sharon Maier, John Maynard, Bill May, Harold McKeand, June Nelson and Ronnie Smith.
Grade 9—Tom Bloss, Mike Janes, Jim Curry, Walter Holley, Shirley Brinkley, Brenda Massie, Joy Simpkins, Connie Tomblin, June Webb, Gloria Maynard.
Grade 8—Hattie Hatten, Janet Kilgore, Pauline Lewis, Gloria Lowe, Jane McCoy, Janice Nelson, Steve Fields, Larry Rayburn, Frank Lee Kennedy, Delbert Shy, Oscar Willis.
Grade 7—Patty Haney, Connie Black, Dawna Hughes, Yolene Brumfield, Joan Workman, Linda Bartram, Sandra Carroll, Janet Davis, Milla Maynard, Brenda Smith, Judy Thompson, Sharon Gilkerson, Barry Scraggs, Danny McKeand, Phillip Perdue, Randall Burris, Dannie Crum and Gary Spreacker.
(WCN - 6/3/1960) Crum Honor Students Listed for Semester
The Crum High School honor roll for the second semester was announced this week by Principal Elmer Dickinson as follows:
Grade 12—Wanda Conn 4; J. D. Prince 3.60; Polly Walker 3.60; Rayburn Williamson 3.50; Billie Crum 3.40; Marie Copley 3.25; David Marcum 3.26; Mildred Collins 3.20; Effie Fluty 3; Wm. Thomas Perry 3; Sammie Marcum 3.
Grade 11—Naramanda Perry 4; Bill Fitch 3.75; Earnest Evans 3.50; Kay Stamper 3.40; Carol Maynard 3.25; Jackie Dickinson 3.25; Erscon Newsome 3; Verlin Perry 3.
Grade 10—Mary Sammons 3.75; Eva Ferguson 3.50; Delmos Newsome 3.25; Verlie Crum 3.
Grade 9 — Dana Maynard 4; Myrna Block 4; James Perry 3.75; John Perry 3.75; Sam Perry 3.75; Bobby Marcum 3.50; Rita Napier 3.50; Junior Crum 3.25; Barbara Sexton 3; Brenda Arnold 3.
Grade 8 —Prentice Bowens 4; Edgaretta Conn 3.50; Kathy Harper 3; Sandra Marcum 3.
Grade 7—Nellie Conn 4; Eliza Ferguson 4; Ursula Maynard 4: Gary Maynard 3.90; Barbara Conn 3.80; Patricia Crum 3.80; Nancy Salmons 3.80; Linda Hensley 3.80; Evelyn Sartin 3.80; Larry Meade 3.55; Gloria Marcum 3.40; Della Jan Terry 3.40; Elsie Justice 3.20; Sandra Collins 3.10; Thurman Hinkle 3: Christine Marcum 3.
(WCN - 6/3/1960) 47 Wayne Countians Awarded Degrees At Marshall College
Some 47 Wayne County students were members of the 1960 graduating class at Marshall College.
Degrees were awarded to the class at the commencement exercises Sunday, although many members of the class had received their degrees in January of this year or in July or August of 1959.
Degrees were awarded to 24 Wayne Countians enrolled in Teachers College; 17 in the College of Arts and Sciences, and six in the graduate school.
Receiving the A.B. degree in Teachers College were the following:
Kenneth Adkins, Kenova; Shirley Adkins, Wayne; Doris Herald Asbury, Crum; Armilda Boothe, Wayne; Virginia Bolt Caldwell, Kenova; Helen Marie Drown, Lavalette; Pansy Dyer Elliott, Wayne; Hal Dean Frazer, Ceredo; Bonnie Johnson Hall, Lavalette; Mary Halstead, Dunlow; Gladys Hamer, Kenova; Lilly Jervis, Dunlow; Gary G. Johnson, Kenova; Ronald Lee Lester (in absentia) Kenova; Charles S. Lovely, Fort Gay; Violet Ann Lycans, Crum; Ola Mae Marcum, Crum; Lloyd Dick Maynard, Shoals; Jesse F. Nelson, East Lynn; Edna Mae Osburn, East Lynn; Donna Jean Ramey, Kenova; Nettie M. Sammons, Crum; Nannie R. Skeens, Fort Gay; Ruth T. Wellman, Kenova.
Receiving degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences were:
Bachelor of arts: Samuel Christian, Kenova; Marjorie Ann Davis, Kenova; Jan Burks Rife, Kenova.
Bachelor of science: David Lee Bledsoe, Lavalette; Jack Alan Fields, Kenova.
Bachelor of engineering science: Jack David Capehart, Kenova; Raymond J. Lambert Jr., Ceredo; Dallas E. Lawhun, Ceredo; Ronald G. Meade, Shoals.
B.S. in chemistry: Patricia Hudgins, Kenova; Golden F. Watts, Kenova.
B.S. in medical technology: Ellen Launa Campbell, Kenova.
Bachelor of business administration: Donald Lee Gillette, Stiltner.
Associate in science: Sally Cyrus, Prichard, and Frances N. Rice, Kenova.
Master of arts degrees were awarded in graduate school to the following:
Kenneth D. Craycraft, Kenova, educational guidance; Willa Pauline Eastham, Kenova, elementary education; Roscoe Hale Jr., East Lynn, history; Donald Ray Perry, Radnor, psychology; Robert Marvin Smith, East Lynn, educational guidance; Carl Kenneth Ward, Kenova, educational administration.
(WCN - 6/10/1960) Semester Honor List Announced at C-K
Tho Ceredo-Kenova High School honor roll for the second semester was announced this week by Prin. Elmer Tabor as follows:
Grade 12: Emily Billups 98.67; Donna Sue Arnett 95.25; Sharon Shingleton 95.11; William Earl Strohmeyer 94.8; William Earl 94.2; Charles Ed Moore 94; Melville Neely III 93.8; Samuel K. McKeand 93.77; Robert Fuller 92.85; Elizabeth Porter 92.43; Lou Gene Bartram 91.91; Phyllis Tackett 91.40; Ella Jo Sheets 91.25; Patricia Ross 91.11; Irene Geiger 90.89; David Carper 90.66; Sandra Cassell 90.57; Mary F. Thompson 90.22; Zane Evans 89.85; Elizabeth Simmons 89.77; Mary Alice Lykins 89.69; Gerald Leo Kniceley 89.5; Alzada Noe 89.5; Martine Williams 89.5; Jerry Chaffins 89.25; Alice Honacher 89.22; Betty Jean Robertson 89; Linda Lou Brown 88.89; Joyce Coburn 88.5; Sharon Parsley 88.11; Sandra Browning 87.88; Bonnie Lykins 87.85.
Grade 11: Mike Chapman 4; Martha Jane Lodwick 4; Donna Morris 4; Phyllis Pinson 4; Sterling Ronk 4; John Stickler 4; Gary Tucker 4; Geraldine Smith 3.80; Carol Vanhoose 3.63; Carol Griffith 3.55; Sandra Hewlett 3.55; Auneca Skeans 3.55: Eddie Swain 3.50; Patricia Darlene Smith 3.45; Marlene MCCloud 3.4; Molly Ann Osburn 3.4; Sam Woolwine 3.4; Keith Hunter 3.33; Ellen West 3.33; Patricia Ann Ross 3.27; Harold Marker 3.25; Dan Breece 3.20; James Williams 3.20; James Galloway 3.16; Ola Browning 3; Mary Sue Cox 3; Robert LeMaster 3; Elaine Riggs 3.
Grade 10: Connie Meredith 4; Sandra Skeens 4; James Hodge 3.80; Carolyn Warren 3.8; Jo Ann West 3.8; Linda Dillon 3.77; Sue Ann Hamilton 3.6; Wanda Smith 3.6; Larry Stark 3.6; Betty Pulley 3.55; Robert Bailey 3.45; Robert Wilson 3.22; Glenda Adkins 3.20; Linda Brown 3.20; Carolyn Perkins 3.2; Betty Caldwell 3.12; Texie Ward 3.11; Sandra Christian 3.09; Pat Haws 3.09; Susan Bloss 3; Tommy Frye 3.
Grade 9: Gary Adkins 4; Darrell Bowen 4; Edmund Hensley 4; Barbara Rowe 4; Charles Hensley 3.S8; Carolyn Simpkins 3.82; Carol Fraley 3.78; Joe Pratt 3.60; Paul Allen 3.63; Phyllis Holland 3.55; Robert Billups 3.44; Barbara Akers 3.33; La Donna Black 3.33; Donna DeArment 3.27; Mike Little 3.22; Gene Thompson 3.22; Linda Gibson 3.11; Mary Ellen Honacher 3.11; Donna Wellman 3.11; Bill Conner 3; Raymond Lucas 3; Donna Lykins 3; Kenneth Patterson 3; Jack Richard Perdue 3.
Grade 8: Mary Lou Brown 4; Cheryl Burks 4; Gary Lanham 4; David Watts 4; Rodger Cunningham 3.88; Barbara Campbell 3.80; Dale Capehart 3.8; Catherine Neely 3.77 ; Marsha Pinson 3.77: Kany Stollings 3.77; Maurine Williams 3.77; Beverly Asbury 3.6; Billy Bradley 3.6; Jacqueline Mills 3.6; Linda Ballard 3.55; Diana Bias 3.55; Alice Hamilton 3.55; Herman Adkins 3.5; James Frazier 3.44; Nancy Leslie 3.4; Jana Smith 3.33; Linda Wilson 3.33; Mike Brown 3.22; Kenneth Porter 3.22; Sue Gail Dorsey 3.2; David Dishman 3.11; Charles Evans 3.11; Rebecca Workman 3.11; Rondel Akers 3; James Burke 3: Rita Mills 3.
Grade 7: Laura Forte 4; Jack Loar 4; Robert Mullens 4; Tim Messinger 3.9; Linda Jarrell 3.78; Ann Lambert 3.78; Michael Perdue 3.77; Judy Scott 3.77; Clifton Looney 3.56; Sandra Dillon 3.55; Nancy Baisden 3.44; Judy Bocook 3.22; David Brumfield 3.33; Helen Dean 3.33; Mary Helen Galloway 3.33; Sue Ellen Newman 3.33; Bonnie Patterson 3.33; David Spangler 3.33; Gloria Davis 3.22; Inez Finley 3.22; David Lemon 3.22; Carol Ann Martin 3.2; Larry Barley 3.11; Kay Hewlett 3.11; James Allen Keller 3.11; Frankie Maurer 3.11; Hobart Null 3.11; Patricia Powell 3.11; Doris Rowe 3.11; Linda Taylor 3.11; Laura Suzette Hodge 3; Gary Metz 3; Mary Nichols 3; Clarence Pratt 3; Herbie Stephens 3.
(WCN - 7/22/1960) New Officers Seated By Odd Fellows
Fairview Lodge 115, Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Wayne, installed new officers Saturday at the lodge hall.
The new officers are:
Norman Russel, nobel grand; Walter May, vice grand; Morris Adkins, warden; W. F. Toney, Chaplin; E. J. Sanders, right supporter to the nobel grand; T. D. Hutchison, left supporter to the nobel grand; Harold Booton, right supporter to the vice grand; Eustice Mills, left supporter to the vice grand; Henry Ramey, inside guardian.
The installing team consisted of tho following district deputies:
Grand Master John C. Lockhart of District 19, Huntington; Grand Warden A. W. Chapman of Hamlin; Grand Marshall W. W. Chapman, Grand Chaplain James L. Clay and Grand Guardian F. E. McNeely of Huntington.
Following the installation the group assembled at the Wayne Sundries for a dinner. Those attending were A. W. Chapman and W. W. Chapman of Hamlin Lodge 160 of Hamlin; John C. Lockhart, F. E. McNeely, James L. Clay and Jay Brown, all of Fidelity Lodge 123 of Huntington; Norman Russell, Walter May, W. F. Toney, E. J. Sanders, T. D. Hutchison, Harold Booton, Eustace Mills, Morris Adkins, Henry Ramey and Leonard Chaney of Fairview Lodge, Wayne.
(WCN - 7/22/1960) Work Underway on Plastics Plant With Initial Employment of 40
Work is in progress on construction of the huge $10 million Novamont Corp. plastics plant on Big Sandy River at Neal, three miles from Kenova.
Equipment has been moved in by the general contractor, Frank Messer and Sons, Inc., of Cincinnati, for the first construction phases.
Robert Ice is superintendent for the construction firm. He said this week that the first construction operation—pouring of foundations --now is underway.
The Messer firm has employed 25 or 30 men, mainly skilled workers thus far but this number will be increased as the construction work advances, Mr. Ice said. Local labor has been employed, the only regular Messer employees on the job being Mr. Ice and another man.
The call for job applications brought out a large number of men estimated at 200 or more. Thus far, however, employment has been limited mainly to such skilled workers as carpenters, electricians and civil engineers.
Total employment at the plant is estimated at 40 or more as work also is in progress on construction of roads to connect various units of the plant, drainage and sewers, electrical work and construction of temporary buildings. Other firms are engaged in these phases of the project.
The Messer firm will construct two large processing buildings, an administration building containing one of the largest chemical laboratories in this area, a maintenance shop, a warehouse and garages.
Officials of Novamont Corp. hope to have the plant in production by the spring of 1961. It is situated on a 200-acre site between Big Sandy River and the Norfolk and Western railroad. Grading of the site has been completed by the Schurman Co. of Huntington.
Novamont officials now at the plant site are Dr. Carlo Vancini, who will be general manager of the plant; Charles F. Bove, manager of administrative services, and Jim Bahramipour, resident engineer. Novamont has established an office at the southern end of the plant site.
Mr. Bove said this week that the cooperation of local people has been excellent. He said the new plant will be one of which the company as well as the people of the area will be proud, and that every effort will be made by Novamont officials to make the plant a success. Initial employment, once the plant is in operation, is estimated at 200, but it is predicted that this figure will increase as the plastics material produced there gains a wider market.
(WCN - 7/22/1960) Wayne Methodist Pastor Began Ministry at Age 17
The Rev. Basil A. Hensley, new pastor of the Wayne Methodist Church, started his ministerial career at an early age.
Mr. Hensley held his first pastorate as a youth of 17 when he was appointed to serve nine churches of the Wallback Circuit in Roane County. He delivered a sermon once a month at each church—a formidable schedule for youth of 17.
He had started preaching at the age of 16 when he "felt the call to the ministry and realized the bigness of it," he said. This decision came in his sophomore year when he was serving as chaplain of his high school YMCA.
From the time he became old enough, he had attended church meetings and this early interest seemed to impel him toward church work as his lifetime career. In spite of discouragements which any young minister encounters, he has held steadfast during the 10 years he has devoted to the ministry. Now only 27, he has already acquired the "seasoning" which usually is associated with a person of more advanced years.
Born Feb, 28, 1933, at Newton in Roane County, Mr. Hensley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David C. Hensley, who own a 130-acre farm where he was reared.
One of 10 children, Mr. Hensley attended a one-room school through the eighth grade and Spencer High School. He received his A. B. degree at Morris Harvey College and his bachelor of sacred theology degree at Wesley Theological Seminary at Washington, D. C.
Mr. Hensley married his home-town sweetheart, the former Janice Woodall, a native of Clay County, in December, 1951.
Raising a family and attending the seminary, Mr. Hensley found that he carried much responsibility, especially since at the same time he pastor of Roland Avenue Methodist Church with 250 members in Baltimore. While attending the seminary, he also served as chaplain for 58 Methodist patients at Keswick Home for the Incurables at Baltimore.
He was in the seminary three years, where he was president of his senior class, and graduated June 16 of this year.
Mr. and Mrs. Hensley have three children, Sylvia, seven; Diana, five, and Teresa, four months old.
In high school Mr. Hensley played on the football and baseball teams. His hobbies today are hunting and fishing.
The Rev. Hensley is an ordained elder and was admitted with full connections to tho West Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church.
The Rev. Hensley said about Wayne: "I am impressed with the friendliness of people here. I love it here and feel that the church presents a wonderful opportunity for a young pastor. I am looking forward to a happy pastorate in Wayne."
The Hensleys are now residing in a rented house in North Wayne until work of repairing the parsonage in Wayne has been completed.
(WCN - 8/12/1960) Two Local FFA Boys Win Talent Contest
Garry Osburn and Kenneth Adkins of the Wayne High School Future Farmers of America Chapter won the state talent contest at a state-wide meeting of FFA boys at Jackson's Mill recently.
Garry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Osburn, and Kenneth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Adkins, sang to the accompaniment of their own guitar and banjo, respectively, to win in the contest open to the 102 chapters in the state.
As top winners, the boys and one adviser from Wayne High will receive a two-day expense-paid trip sponsored by the Southern States Cooperative to Richmond, Va., in October, for the Southern States FFA convention. There they will be part of a professionally directed show to be presented to convention delegates.
Garry and Kenneth have already auditioned for an area television show and will appear later this fall.
(WCN - 8/26/1960) Six Schools Closed For Coming Term
Six Wayne County schools have been closed for the coming school year and the students formerly attending those schools will be transported to other schools.
Closure of the smaller schools is in line with a trend toward consolidation which has been in progress in Wayne County and elsewhere for several years.
Bernard Queen, county superintendent of schools, listed the closed schools as follows:
Big Creek, students to attend Buffalo and Lavalette elementary schools; Hobbs, students to attend Beech Fork school; Horse Creek, students to attend Fort Gay elementary school; Big Hurricane, students to attend Fort Gay school; Neal, students to attend Ferndale or Buffalo elementary schools; Spruce, students to attend Fort Gay school.
(WCN - 9/2/1960) New Airport Building About Ready for Use
Tri-State Airport's new terminal building is expected to be in operation by mid-September, airport authorities said this week.
Formal dedication of the building will be held Oct. 9 at two p.m. The old building which has served as a terminal will gradually be abandoned as equipment is moved out early this month.
A $112,811.25 contract for aviation parking ramp and drainage work was awarded by the Airport Authority recently to the Charleston Construction Co, The contract is subject to approval of the Federal Aviation Agency, which will pay half the costs. The FAA already has approved paving of a baggage court area and landscaping around the new terminal.
The area FAA office, now located at Chesapeake, is being moved into the new building at Tri-State Airport. The new control tower is expected to be manned and in operation by December.
(WCN - 9/2/1960) Dedication Is Set Sunday At Haney's Branch Church
After three years of work to complete the building, the Haney's Branch Baptist Church will be formally dedicated this coming Sunday.
Members of the rural church, just off State Route 75, once held services in a school building owned by the Wayne County Board of Education. In March, 1957, the church was given notice that within 45 days the building was to be sold and razed.
The members rallied and raised a shell of a building before the time limit expired. Not one service was postponed or canceled.
Since that time, a handful of members and friends of the church have worked to complete the building. This has just been accomplished.
Mrs. Harry McKee, one of the oldest active members, said the church was founded in 1934 with the Rev. Floyd Ward serving as the first pastor.
The small congregation met in the abandoned school building near the present church site, until 23 years later, when the building was razed and the land returned to the estate of the former owner.
On Mother's Day, 1957, pastor John Stephens and congregation moved into the new church building, which currently serves an average attendance of 75 to 80 persons. The pastor is the Rev. Larry Nelson of Huntington.
The entire building was erected by volunteer labor, except for plastering and flooring. Side walls of the concrete block building are plastered while the end walls are paneled. The building will seat about 150 persons. There are four Sunday School rooms, all equipped with sliding doors which permit them to be incorporated with the main auditorium when the need for extra seating arises.
The dedication will be an all-day meeting with dinner on the ground. Mr. Stephens, who pastored the congregation during the building will return to deliver the dedication.
(WCN - 9/23/1960) Big Sandy Lock Put In Operation Sunday
The new water impounding facilities on the Big Sandy River in the Fort Gay - Louisa area were placed in temporary use for the first time Sunday.
A minor defect developed, however, and the facilities were taken out of operation pending inspection by the U.S. engineers.
The $100,000 project of the U.S. engineers involved restoration of lock No. 3 to the point where a 12-foot stage can be maintained for about 12 miles up stream from Louisa and Fort Gay on the Tug and Levisa Forks of the river. Money for the project was appropriated by Congress.
For a time Sunday the pools were established and brought out a large number of water skiers and motor boat enthusiasts.
Howard See of the Greater Louisa Industrial Foundation said Kentucky has agreed to stock the river with fish. He pointed out that the 363 acres of water would feature 48 miles of shore line for fishing.
In addition to the recreational advantages for West Virginia and Kentucky, the project also will provide a larger water supply for Fort Gay and Louisa and is expected to become a factor in industrial development of the area.
(WCN - 10/7/1960) School Board Sells 3 Sites, Buildings
Three abandoned school properties were sold by the Wayne County Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Monday night.
The sites were redeemed by the lawful heirs of the original grantors and the buildings were sold at public auction to the highest bidders.
The lawful heir to the Big Creek school site is to be determined by court action. Carlos Jackson purchased the Big Creek building on his high bid of $150.
Redeemers of the Hobbs and Horse Creek sites also became the purchasers of the buildings. Ottie S. Mills redeemed the Hobbs school site for $200 and purchased the building on his high bid of $300. Luther Salmons redeemed the Horse Creek school site for $175 and submitted the high bid of $351 for the building.
(WCN - 10/21/1960) Wayne OES Chapter To Receive Charter
The newly-organized Eastern Star Chapter at Wayne has been granted a charter by the grand lodge of West Virginia, officers of the local unit said this week.
The charter will be presented by the worthy grand patron and worthy grand matron of the grand lodge at a special meeting of the chapter at Wayne Nov. 5.
The charter was granted at the recent grand lodge meeting held at Clarksburg. Attending from the Wayne Chapter were Mr. and Mrs. Luther Endicott, worthy patron and matron; Mrs. Curtis Lycans, associate matron, and Mr. Lycans, and J. W. Null, associate patron.
(WCN - 10/21/1960) Airport Dedication To Include Tours
Airplane displays and tours for the public of all new facilities will be included in the dedication of the new terminal building at Tri-State Airport near Ceredo next Monday.
Final plans for the dedication were announced this week by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce air service committee which is in charge of arrangements.
Elwood R. Quesada, chief of the Federal Aviation Agency, will be the principal speaker at the dedication ceremony at two p.m. Because of heavy air traffic expected on dedication day the control tower will be placed in temporary operation.
Guided tours of the new terminal will begin at 12:30 and continue throughout the afternoon. Aircraft displays will include both military and commercial types.
Governor Underwood has accepted an invitation to attend the dedication and will land at the airport, in a helicopter for the two p.m. dedication ceremony.
Airport Manager A. O. Cappadony reported that plans for a water system to serve the airport from Ceredo's supply have been submitted to various agencies for approval. Water now is being hauled in by truck.
(WCN - 11/25/1960) Article by Late Col. Vinson Describes Hard Lot Faced in County by Returning Civil War Vets
(Editor's note: A manuscript telling of conditions faced by the Confederate soldiers from Wayne County upon return to their homes following the close of the Civil War, written by the late Col. Z. T. Vinson, was discovered recently by his son, Taylor Vinson, a prominent attorney of Huntington. The manuscript, never before published, is of unusual interest at this time because of the forthcoming centennial observance of the conflict between the states. Col. Vinson was the son of Samuel Sperry Vinson and Mary Damron Vinson and was born in Wayne County, Virginia (now West Virginia) on December 22, 1857. His father, S. S. Vinson, was a captain in the 8th Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate Army. Col. Vinson's account is presented below).
History gives us no account of any moral grandeur that surpasses that exhibited by the returning Confederate soldiers, after Lee's surrender at Appomatox in 1865.
In the main these men were patriots, in the best sense of that word, and this is peculiarly true of the rank and file of this army — unlike Jefferson Davis and some other southern leaders, these men who fought the battles had no personal ambition to serve in bringing on the war or continuing it after the conflict began. They volunteered because they believed their homes were being invaded by an armed foe bent on the destruction of their property, and the overthrow of their civil liberty. It was a sorrowful group that wended their way back to their homes and little farms they had left four years before.
The Big Sandy River is the dividing line between Kentucky and Virginia (now West Virginia). The people of the Big Sandy were divided in their sentiments. Some were Unionists and others Confederates. Both armies had many recruits from this territory and as a consequence, there was quite a lot of bushwhacking going on constantly. There were neighborhoods throughout the Sandy Valley where most of the people were for the south, and other sections whose sympathies were largely with the north.
Going south from Fort Gay at the junction of the two rivers, a traveler would go up Mill Creek for five miles and cross the ridge to Tug River and up that stream for a distance of 150 miles to its source.
But if he kept on up Mill Creek for another five miles he would come to the Jarrell neighborhood. The leading character of this vicinity was the Rev. John Jarrell, a Baptist minister who was the father of a large family, and a real patriarch, guide and counselor to all the people for many miles around. His home was the center of a group of Confederate families over whom he ruled with unquestioned sway.
These people all loved and obeyed him as small children obey their father. His neighbors were the Fraziers, the Wellmans, the Wilsons, the Hardwicks, the Vinsons, Thompsons, Pratts, Porters, Perrys, Hamptons, Watts, Fergusons, Prestons, Lamberts, Damrons, Artrips and others. These were all large families, sympathizing with the south and furnishing to the southern armies a large portion of the 8th Virginia Cavalry. Some of them fought throughout the war, and many of them lost their lives on the field of battle.
Those that returned came back dispirited, to find their little farms grown up in briars and sprouts which had to be cleared again before they could be cultivated. The stock had all disappeared except such as the women folk had hidden out in the woods to prevent marauders from driving away. Their families were poorly clad with barely enough food to live on.
Of course while the men were at war, those who were too old to fight worked with might and main to keep the women and children from actually starving. Each helped the other. The leader among the helpers was the Rev. Jarrell, who was sixty years old when the war started. Under his direction all the women and children worked their gardens and small fields as best they could. I well remember seeing my mother and other women ploughing, as no man could be had to do any farm work. I am quite sure that no part of the south suffered any greater privations and hardships than this particular community.
At the close of the war these Confederates wandered back home with sorrowful hearts. They were the survivors of a lost cause for the success of which they had gone away from home and wife and children and devoted four years of the best part of their lives.
The first man they went to see after straggling back, was Uncle Johnny Jarrell. Everyone called him Uncle as a term of affection and endearment. Sammy Damron went immediately to see the old preacher over on Mill Creek to talk over his woes and distress.
Uncle Johnny Jarrell was a large man, 6 feet one inch tall, strong limbs, muscular body and physically a powerful man. At this time his hair was snow white, he was smooth shaved except for a long beard that grew from his neck just under the chin. His eyes were coal black, full of enthusiasm giving out a hearty welcome to those who came within their vision. His was a wonderful face, the dominant lines of which were kindness and benevolence. He wept with those who mourned and yet his wrath, when aroused, was like a consuming fire, something terrible to behold.
Meanness and injustice could neither be exhausted nor tolerated. His condemnation of evil men was such a scourge that these, when in his presence, tried to be at their best and don the roles of quasi-righteousness.
When Sammy Damron made his appearance at the Jarrell home, he found Uncle Johnny down in the blacksmith shop finishing driving some shoes on his horse. Sammy was a sorry looking spectacle. He was a tall man with gaunt figure, weary and worn. His clothes were old and ragged, his toes protruding out from his shoes, which were kept on his feet by strings tied around them. He wore a faded Confederate captain's cap, once beautiful, but now so worn that it was threadbare. There were two bullet holes through it. He was unshaven and had long hair that had not been cut for many months.
As he stepped into the shop door he said "good morning Uncle Johnny" and the preacher grasped him by the hand, saying: "Well, Sammy, I am glad to see you again, and to know that you are now safe and sound from the war, with all its trials and horrors. I know you are mighty glad to be back again." "Hell Uncle Johnny, I don't know whether I am or not—of course you know the war was awful—to see your own brother and friends shot down right beside you, not knowing whether they ever had a decent burial or not, as we had to retreat and leave our dead and wounded on the battlefield was almost too horrible to be endured.
"But that is not the worst part of this war. When I got home yesterday I found that Polly and the children only had enough meal left to make bread for breakfast. The children had been barefoot all winter, and Polly's old shoes would hardly stay on her feet, and not a bite of anything in the house except about a quart of meal. We had one cow and the homeguards drove her away, and took the horse off two years ago. She had to kill the only sow she had last fall for meat. She had three hens, but she killed one of them this morning for breakfast, and she hasn't got any rooster. The fences are down and the fields are grown over with briars and sprouts.
"We have no money, no credit and, nothing to live on. I don't know what we are to do, and I am worried and discouraged that I think it would have been better if I had been killed and never got back. I sometimes feel that I ought to go out and kill myself now."
"And the tears were streaming from his eyes—for Sammy had broken down and was crying like a child.
The old preacher put his arm around Sammy's shoulders and with a voice trembling with emotion said:
"Sammy, the horrors of war cannot be described as you know, but out of every evil the Lord brings many blessings. He has shielded you and protected you through four years of desperate fighting and sent you home unmarked and un-wounded. He did this for a 'purpose' and that purpose was that you might take care of your family and raise your children to become good men and women in whom you and Polly could take pride and find much happiness. Sammy, I have been told that you were one of the bravest boys in the 8th Virginia Cavalry. That at Winchester and Harper's Ferry you charged up into the very cannon's mouth and captured the union batteries; and that at all times your actions were those of a brave man and unafraid. Though your comrades were falling all around you, yet not once did you falter.
"Now to know that you think of making away with yourself sorely distresses me, for such a thought smacks of cowardice, and Sammy you are no coward. I know you are discouraged almost to desperation now but it will only be two or three months until your garden comes in and you all will have plenty to eat."
"But Uncle Johnny, I have no horse to plough with, no seed to plant, and nothing to live on while I am raising something," the returned soldier said.
"But, my son, in some way or another the Lord always provides, put your trust in Him and you will come out all right," the old preacher replied. "So now let me tell you what to do. Go today and borrow your Uncle George’s mule and break up your garden tomorrow which you can easily do in a day. Tell him I said let you have the mule, and I am sure he will accommodate us.
"Ad Crum will let you have some onion sets and lettuce seed and you can return them in the fall or work it out with him during the summer. Plant these seeds at once so they will begin to grow right away. Jim Smith has seed potatoes and he will let you have some to plant when your ground is ready. I can let you have some seed beans which you can sow in a few days, and first thing you know you will have a garden full of vegetables—and later on you can plant enough corn to give you bread for the next year. In the meantime Polly and the children can pick wild greens like dandelion, lambs tongue, plantain and polk that are now just beginning to come up. On your way home go by old Stevie Thompson's and borrow one of his roosters to run a few weeks with your two hens and you can raise a couple or dozen chickens, and they will feed themselves by scratching up worms— but let's go to the house and get some dinner before you go."
After they had eaten dinner, Uncle Johnny got a cotton bag and put half a bushel of meal in it out of the meal barrel in the kitchen, and said: "Here, Sammy, is enough meal to make bread for quite a while and when you come to church Sunday bring the bag with you and I can get it then as I will need it.
He opened a closed door and took a pair of shoes which he had made for himself, and said: "Sammy, you wear these shoes and leave yours here, and I will half-sole them and patch the uppers so they will last you nearly a year—I will have them ready for you so you can have them by Sunday."
Sammy did not know how to show his gratitude in any other way than to say "Uncle Johnny, I am going to do everything you have told me" and with hunger appeased, dry shoes on his feet, half a bushel of meal on his shoulder, and with new-born hopes elated, Sammy went on down the road whistling "Dixie".
When my father returned home after the close of the war I was eight years old, and the conditions of life we had to live through for four or five years made a lasting impression on my youthful mind. Often in a mood of retrospection, the flood gates of memory are opened and I live over again the scenes and events that were then so real. I was too young to appreciate the hardships we had to endure, for I knew no other kind of life but privations, and constant struggles for enough to eat and wear. We lived on the river, six miles above Fort Gay, the name of which village at that time was Cassville—and about four miles from Uncle Jarrell.
That whole community was very primitive in every sense of the word, and was much like a pioneer settlement. The homes were mostly log houses, and the farms, were hilly except some small pieces of level land along the principal water course. At the beginning of the war these farmers had horses, cattle, hogs and sheep sufficient to meet all their wants, and they lived with a certain amount of mountain comfort, always having enough food, and clothing. Their lands were rich and productive. From April until November, cattle and sheep ranged the hills, thriving upon the pasturage they found there, mainly on pea vine, which grew wild and was as nutritious as clover. Only in winter and the late fall were hogs fed, they rooted for a living, and became fat on acorns and beechnuts.
From March to November all the children and young people went barefooted as did some of the grown folk. Wool from the sheep was carded, spun, dyed, and woven into cloth by the women; who also cut and made the cloth into garments, and in this way was the family clothing supplied.
Shoes were more difficult to obtain. On one occasion about the middle of November, 1867, my father brought home with him one evening a supply of leather from Mr. John Frazier, the farmer. Earlier in the year he had killed a beef and sent the hide to the tanner who tanned it for a part of the leather it made. I do not know all the details of the transaction, but father brought home enough leather to make shoes for the whole family. Uncle Johnny Jarrell was the shoemaker who made up the leather brought him into shoes for the community. Our family consisted of Father, Mother, sisters Tenny and Josephine, myself and Antelia Elkins, a sort of maid of all work.
After supper we were all called together and our measurements were taken. Father placed a sheet of foolscap paper on the floor and each in turn stood with their bare feet upon the paper, then father took a pencil and drew a line around the foot showing its exact size. All these measurements were placed together and laid away until the next day. I was the messenger to carry these measurements and the leather across the hills to Uncle Johnny Jarrell and wait there at his house until the shoes were made and then fetch them home. The prospect of the trip was very pleasing to me, principally, I think, because they always had more and better things to eat at Uncle Johnny’s than could be found elsewhere in that vicinity, and you know that a husky lad of ten carries with him an appetite, the mysteries of which are past finding out.
With the papers showing the rude photographs of six pairs of feet, and the roll of leather, I started next morning to take them to Uncle Johnny Jarrells. I did not go by the main road but took the shorter way by a path through the woods, which continued for two miles in an unbroken forest.
I was greatly impressed by the stately beauty and majesty of the trees as I passed along. The white and chestnut oaks predominated. Often they measured four feet in diameter and fifty feet to the first limb. The ground under these trees was covered with acorns in such quantities that hogs lived upon them throughout the winter. These woods were full of wild hogs that belonged to no one, but to any who might succeed in killing them for meat. Hickory, chestnut and walnut trees, too, were large and supplied a great number of squirrels with their food.
But the most imposing tree of them all was the poplar. I have seen them in this forest six feet in diameter and eighty feet without a limb. I am inclined to believe that nowhere on the American Continent has there ever been a more perfect poplar or finer white oak tree than I saw that day. In this forest of probably 2,000 acres the woodman's axe had never been heard, and I have thought it a loss to the whole country that it had to yield to the march of progress.
On the ridge just before descending to Mill Creek, was a thick growth of black pine over an area of 20 acres in which grew no other kind of trees. Under these trees the earth was covered with needles. To me it was a fascinating place, and I lay on these needles to rest; not that I felt tired or fatigued, for a ten-year-old boy accustomed to roaming the hills never got tired. The wind blowing among the pine lops attracted my attention.
At first the wind was gentle as a zephyr and there was the merest murmer like a distant music from heaven filtering through the sky, singing a soothing lullaby. Then as the wind grew stronger the melody grew louder, and the several thousand branches in all those pine trees each became a pipe organ, all playing in perfect harmony, touched by a single master hand. In the course of my life I have heard most of the great violinists, and their sweetest tones were but feeble imitations of the music I heard while lying under those pine trees.
But I could not listen to the music of the pines very long, so I hurried away and about noon arrived at the home of Uncle Johnny Jarrell.
(WCN - 12/2/1960) Paintings by Former Area Woman Given Praise at Chicago
Paintings by a former Wayne County woman, Mrs. Queen Dickerson Franklin of Indianapolis, Ind., are on display at the Hotel Sherman art galleries at Chicago, where her artistry is receiving much recognition from both the press and the public.
The Chicago American in its Nov. 11 issue published examples of Mrs. Franklin's artistry, along with a picture showing her at work with one of her paintings. The newspaper said numerous experts have termed Mrs. Franklin's work equal to that of Grandma Moses.
Mrs. Franklin, who in her youth lived on Greenbrier Creek, near Fort Gay, overcame many physical handicaps and taught herself to paint. Several of her paintings are of Wayne County scenes, such as her old home on Greenbrier Creek and surrounding hills, the old school in that area with the church in the background, and the railroad bridge and store at the mouth of Trace Creek. She paints these scenes of her childhood days from memory.
Mrs. Franklin began her art career when she was given paints and an easel by her children so she might "dabble around." This is how she began to paint scenes of her childhood days in Wayne County. The first year she submitted one of her pictures to the Indiana State Fair, she won a blue ribbon. This encouraged her.
She Joined a painting club and took lessons In the use of oils.
Among Mrs. Franklin's early teachers at the Greenbrier school she attended in her youth was Mrs. J. M. Thompson of Wayne. Mrs. Franklin was the daughter of Mrs. Emmarine Dickerson of Greenbrier.
Mrs. Franklin suffers from arthritis and a heart condition but has pursued her painting career in spite of these handicaps.
Mrs. Franklin and her husband, Fred, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in March. They are the parents of six children.
(WCN - 12/16/1960) New Postal Building Set for Lavalette
New and larger postal quarters will he provided at Lavalette within a few months, according to an announcement by Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield.
A contract has been signed for the new post office building, which will be under construction in the near future and will be leased to the post office department by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Davis of Lavalette. Completion date is expected to be about April, 1961.
The new building, to be located on U. S. 52, will provide about 900 square feet of interior space and ample space for parking and truck maneuvering. The present quarters provide only 312 square feel of space.
Mrs. Isabel Johnson is the present postmaster at Lavalette.
Mr. Summerfield said construction of the new Lavalette post office building "is another step in the post office department's modernization program authorized by Congress to improve postal services for the public by providing modem buildings and equipment, designed for efficient and economical mail-handling."
(WCN - 12/23/1960) Fire at Crum School Gym Causes Total Estimated Damage of $16,000
A fire at the Crum High School gym Friday caused estimated damage of $13,000 to the building and about $3,000 to contents, it was announced this week by Bernard Queen, county superintendent of schools.
The smoldering fire was discovered early Friday by the Rev. Tom Hensley when he took his wife, a cook at the school, to work early because of a special pre-Christmas meal planned for that day.
The Rev. and Mrs. Hensley, Aubrey Steppe, a janitor, and Mrs. Juanita Conn, another cook, carried water and put out the fire before it did further damage.
Crum Principal Glenn Prichard said the fire probably started after 10 p.m. Thursday. He said a donkey basketball game, sponsored by the senior class, had been held and he and the janitor locked the building shortly before that time. He said the fire could not have been seen from the outside.
Cause of the blaze was not immediately determined but school officials believe that a cigaret may have been dropped by one of the spectators. Football equipment was stored under the bleachers and the equipment, valued at $2,000, was destroyed. Heaviest damage was in the bleacher section.
Damage to the building was covered by insurance.
Mr. Queen said repairs will be started immediately upon settlement with the insurance company.
The gym will not be usable for basketball games until repairs have been made. It was understood Coach Harold Lockhart was negotiating for use of the Kermit gym for Crum's home contests.
Mr. Queen said that heat from the fire twisted the steel Joists which support the roof, and that the joists and roof over the bleacher section will have to be replaced. It will be necessary to rebuild the bleachers, rewire the gym throughout, repaint the interior and exterior, and possibly refinish the floor because of smoke and water damage.
The two top rows of blocks of the wall enclosing the bleacher section will have to be removed in order to replace the steel Joists.
(WCN - 12/30/1960) Port Control Tower Ready for Operation
The new air traffic control tower at Tri-State Airport near Ceredo will go into operation next Tuesday, according to Congressman Ken Hechler.
The date was disclosed in a letter received by Cong. Hechler from Gen. Elwood R. Quesada, federal aviation administrator. Hechler had written Quesada urging a speed-up in construction of the tower.
Quesada's letter said that equipment now is being installed in the air traffic control tower and is scheduled for completion this week, and that the tentative commissioning date for the control tower is Jan. 3.
Installation of the electronic equipment was started in July after the new terminal building and tower was completed under a contract awarded by the Tri-State Airport Authority.
A. O. Cappadony, airport manager, said opening of the tower will greatly increase the safety of operations at the facility. "It’ll take a great deal of worry off airport management and leave us to handle more airport business rather than traffic," he explained.
All aircraft, even light planes without radios and others passing overhead, will be in contact with the new tower. The craft without radios will be controlled by signal lights.
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