An exciting and very closely contested town election was held in
Grantsville. There were two tickets in the field, “Citizens” and “Progressive”
and the results were so close that both sides claimed victory.
Citizens ticket was headed by C.C. Starcher, with the council
composed of A.G. Miller, Harry Smith, L.M. Williams, Fred Hathaway and G.W.
Progressive ticket was headed by Albert Smith, with the council
composed of S.W. McClung, Fred Hathaway, Harry Smith, Ira Stump and Bailey
Stump. O.E. Smith was a candidate for recorder on both tickets.
Starcher was elected mayor over Smith by a vote of 31 to 26 and
all the balance of the Progressive ticket was elected, with the exception of
Stump, who was defeated by Miller by a vote of 30 to 29.
Starcher served in the capacity of mayor heretofore and made one
of the best officials the town ever had, and all the men elected have served in
their several capacities; therefore, we know that we will have a splendid
administration of the town’s affairs.
West Virginia’s proposal for developing highway dam impoundments
in conjunction with new highway bids on federal-aid highways, has received new
encouragement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Bureau of Public
These two federal agencies are advising regional offices of the
opportunities for cooperative conservation work through combined efforts in the
development of highway dams.
The West Virginia highway dams proposal is basically one of
making huge earthen fills, necessary in the new highway construction, serve the
secondary purpose of impounding water. The plan will greatly improve conditions
for fish, wildlife and related outdoor recreational activities at a bare minimum
If carried out, the proposal could result in the new interstate
highway construction program being a boon to conservation as well as
transportation in the state, according to the sponsors.