Several Gypsies have been located around town for the past
several days, and a greater portion of our young folk, especially the hopeful
ladies, have had their fortune revealed to them by the feminine members of these
“Uncle Em” Ball met with a very painful accident on Monday at
his home a few miles below Grantsville. He was using a one-horse sled when the
horse turned sooner than was expected stepping on Mr. Ball’s foot and causing
him great pain. Dr. Pickering examined the foot, but we don’t know how serious
A man by the name of Moore, of Poplar Creek off of Steer Creek,
was killed by a tree falling on him while working in the woods last Tuesday.
John Booher of Daniels Run had the misfortune of getting the
fingers taken off of his left hand by a shingle saw last week.
Four persons are serving time in the county jail, with fines
levied against them for illegal deer hunting. Conservation officer Marvin W.
Lewis apprehended the four last week and they were brought before justice of the
peace Bryan Ward.
Penalties meted out were 100 days in jail, $100 fine; 30 days
and $100; 60 days and $50; and 10 days and $20.
The charges included possession of an illegally killed deer,
unlawful method of hunting, uncased gun in vehicle, and loaded gun in vehicle.
It started with Larry Arthur’s concern for farmers in hard-hit
areas who lost hay during the November flood. A farmer himself, Arthur had about
500 bales of hay he would be glad to donate if a way could be found to get it
from his barn near Joker to some farmers who needed it.
He began making inquiries about two weeks ago and Dick Stalnaker
tucked the information away in his head. As county clerk and a leader of the
local Red Cross chapter, he knew he had the beginnings of some-thing. Tommy
Carper, a part-time farmer and member of the Parks and Recreation Commission,
remembered that close to 500 bales of good hay were stored in the old airplane
hanger on the Barr farm at Sycamore, owned by the county for development as a
Carper had cut hay on the park land on shares. The county's
portion had been stored against the day when some areas of the park were
re-seeded, and then the hay could be useful as mulch. It was excellent feed, too
good to be used as mulch.
Carper and others had seen pictures of once-good farmland in the
southern part of the state that had been eroded to the bedrock by raging floods.
Anybody whose cattle survived was in desperate need of good feed. Carper, too,
took the idea to Stalnaker.
Bill Stalnaker, who farms in the Annamoriah area, wanted to do
something to help. He had about 100 bales to spare. Again, the problem was
getting it from Calhoun to where it was needed. He, too, put the question to his
Several phone calls followed. Charles Sperow of the WVU
Extension office, Morgantown, said he would call around and find out where such
assistance was most needed.
Continued Next Week