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March 2, 1950
Meeting of the Hepner’s Home Demonstration Club met at the home of Mrs. Edith Tusing. Those present were Mrs. Minnie Ryan, Mrs. Nina Hepner, Mrs. Edna Runion, Mrs. Cora Biller, Mrs. Louise Hartman, Mrs. Edna Biller, Mrs. Ruth Tusing, Carolyn Faye Tusing.
Marriage Licenses. Cletus Miller Myers, 63, of Woodstock, a farmer, and Mrs. Mary Wolfe Ruby, 67, of Mt Jackson, both widowed; Samuel Alfred Hollingsworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hockman Hollingsworth, and Miss Anna Lee Emswiler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Emswiler, both of Woodstock, married Feb. 24 at Woodstock.
March 10, 1950
Mr. Elmer V. Hisey, who had been assistant postmaster at Woodstock for over 32 years, retired on Feb. 28 on account of a physical disability. He started to work at the Woodstock post office Oct. 16, 1917 when the late Mr. W. M. Calvert was postmaster and the post office was located in the old “Crystal Palace” where the Woodstock Printing Company is now. The location of the post office was moved twice during his years of service, first to the Chapman building on West Court Street and to the newly constructed post office building on South Muhlenberg Street July 1, 1932. There is only one employee at the Woodstock office who was working there when Mr. Hisey started, that being Mr. Lloyd E. Hepner, who has been an RFD carrier since 1913.
Arthur Lee Spiggle, 37, was found drowned in Stony Creek at Columbia Furnace Saturday morning at about 7 o’clock. Spiggle’s body was discovered under the ice of the frozen stream by Otis Hyde who lives nearby. It was a short distance from a swinging bridge which Spiggle had to cross to get to the home of his half sister, Mrs. Rose Irwin, with whom he was making his home. The ice was about an inch and a half thick at the point where his body was discovered. He is believed to have fallen into the stream while walking down a steep and slippery bank after crossing the swinging bridge. He got out of the automobile of his brother, Garnet Spiggle, near the bridge Saturday morning at about two o’clock after spending the evening in Edinburg. Mr. Willis Fitzwater, who lives about 300 yards from the bridge reported that he heard a cry sometime during the night was unable to tell from which direction it was coming and did not investigate. A son of Isaac and Sarah Spiggle, he is survived by his brother Garnett.
March 17, 1950
A subdivision “Miller Heights” located partly within the corporate limits of the town of Woodstock, is now being surveyed by Mr. W. P. Whitmore, county surveyor, for the owner, Dr. H. W. Miller. This subdivision fronts on the Calvary State Road leading west and the Fair Grounds road south to the late Ira Jenkins farm and extending east to the Southern Railroad…In addition to the two houses that will be erected under the supervision of Mr. Charles R. Mowery and Son, Charles S., of Calvary for Dr. Miller, on the west side of the road leading to his present farmhouse. Eleven lots have been sold to the following: Homer Golladay, C. E. Lambert, Jack Lambert (2) Auburn Lambert, Jessie Funkhouser, Robert Hite and Mrs. Martha Bauserman, Mrs. Ada Huffman and son of Detrick (2). The farm was for many years owned by the late Capt. George W. Koontz of Woodstock and later owned by Mrs. Maggie Gochenour, who later erected a home adjoining this farm.
Marvin Sweeney of Narrow Passage this week caught two record-breaking carp in the Shenandoah River on a hook and line. The largest one weighed 25 pounds and the other 15 pounds. Both were brought to Woodstock and displayed on the streets.
Mr A. C. Marshall of Woodstock has purchased the American Service Station located on the west side of Route No. 11 in Maurertown from Mr. Stanley Gochenour, former owner. The employees are Messrs Marvin Shrum and Claude Helsley.
March 24, 1950
The state prison camp which recently moved from near Covington, Va to the Conicville section southwest of Edinburg, now has a total of 68 men working, moving fences back and clearing the right of way for a new and wider road leading south from Conicville to Forestville. It was stated by a guard at the camp that the amount paid each man ranges from 60 to 65 cents a day, depending largely on how willing he is to work.
One hundred and fifty three members and visitors were present Sunday morning at the Men’s Bible Class at St Paul’s Reformed Church in Woodstock.
(Adv). If the party who borrowed my large cement lawn roller will please return it, it will be much appreciated. Frank B. Riddleberger.
March 31, 1950
Died. Mrs. Sallie Belle Irwin, 71, of Columbia Furnace Tuesday morning. She was a daughter of John H. and Charlotte Wetzel. Her husband James Ed died 1931. Three children survive, Arthur B. Irwin and Mrs. Agnes Dellinger of Columbia Furnace, Fred J. Irwin of Altoona, Pa., brothers Charles R. Wetzel and Louis O. Wetzel
Mr. B. B. Bly, veteran filling station operator who has been confined to his home near Fairview with grippe, is now back on the job. Mr. Bly has been operating the Esso Station on South Main Street in Woodstock since 1936.
April 7, 1950
The young people of Jerome are giving a dance Saturday night at Uncle Tom’s Park for the benefit of the cancer drive. There will be round and square dancing, admission free, but a collection will be taken. Howard P. Miller will call the figures and a full evening of entertainment is promised.
Woodstock Fire Department Elects New Officers. Dick Wickham, Chief; James S. Clower, 1st asst chief; John Wright, 2nd asst chief; Tom Sollenberger, 3rd asst; John Wright and Daniel Hottel, captains of the fire trucks; John H. Pierce, secretary; Simon Wender, treasurer.
Landon Dirting of Edinburg, veteran dipper, holds the record for dipping the largest yellow sucker of the season insofar as we have heard. His catch weighed 5 ½ pounds.
The Future Homemakers and Future Farmers of America of Triplett High School held their annual banquet Tuesday evening in the new cafeteria of the school. Fred Sigler, president of the FFA, was toastmaster. Miriam Bowman, FHA president, and Jimmy Myers, FFA FP, introduced the guests..