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6 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JANUARY IZ, 1976 ! I I I I I I[ I [ I I | III Deaths--- Funerals i i i ii in I i i i ii Rites Held In Lewisburg For J. Wilmer Benjamin, Instructor Greenbder Militar# School Funeral services were held Greenbrier Lodge No. 42, A.F. Friday, December 30, in the Old and A.M. in Lewlsburg. He Stone Presbyterian Church in sed as an instructor at the Lewisburg, Vs., by Dr T. W. Greeabrier Military School in Apperson, paster, for-James Lewisburg ,more than 40 years Wilmer Benjamin, 75, prominent and was the public information retired educator and Public officer at the school when he Relations officer for the retired He had resided in Greenbrier Military School, Lewlsburg for some 52 years. Lewisburg, W Va., who died Recently he had been writing a December 28 in the Greenbrier weekly column entitled "Now & Valley Hospital, Lewisburg, Then", for the Greenbrier New following a short fllneas. Burial Leader and also doing some free was made in Rosewood lance writing. In his last column Cemetery in Lewlsburg. of Now and Then, he wrote at The deceased, known widely to length about his home town of his host of friends and students Harpers Ferry as Col. Ben, was born in Harpers Ferry, October 11, 1901, a son of The deceased is survived by the late J. E. Wilmer and Irene ibis wife, Elizabeth Fite Ben- McFaden Benjamin. He was a jamin, and a son, Wilmer. He member of the Old Stone was a first cousin of Lewis Presbyterian Church, the Nichols of Harpers Ferry. MRS. JOHN K. JANNEY Services were conducted Saturday morning at 11 o'clock from the Wheeler and Thompson Funeral Home in Fred- ericksburg, Va., for Mrs: Nancy Baldwin Janney, 87, widow of John K. Janney, Fredericksburg, Va., who died at 4:10 Friday morning at the Woodmont Nursing Home in Fredericksburg. The Rev Max Wicker officiated and burial was made in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Fredericksburg. She had been in failing health for the past five years, but a resident of the home since January 16, 1977. Bern in Berryville, Va., Oc- tober 16, 1890, she was the daughter of Welhy Hyde and Louella Gordon Baldwin. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Mrs. Janney had moved from Charles Town to Fredericksburg in 1957. 1 Surviving are one daughter,[ Mrs Perry "Lda!' Eacklea, Frederickbu; fie gra-| children; one thr, Joseph[ Gordon Baldwin, Martinsburg; and several nieces and nephews. Two sons, Thomas Baldwin Janney and Gordon Kirkwood Janney, preceded her in death. CHARLES E. NICEWARNER Services were held Friday at 1 p.m. from the Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, for Charles Edward Nicewarner, 75, of 325 S. Maple Avenue, Mar- tinsburg, who died Tuesday enroute to City Hospital in Martinsburg. He bad been in his usual health and death was unexpected. The Rev. Chester W. Kirk, his pastor, and the Rev. J. Raymond Wood, his former pastor, officiated. Burial was made in Rosedale Cemetery. He was born in Shenandoah Junction, February 11, 1902, son of the late Joseph Hinton and Mary Janet Dunn Nicewarner. He was employed by the Dunn Woolen Company from 1924 until 1952, and by the Armstrong 'Gates' Furniture Company from 1953 until the present time recently on a part time basis. Mr. Nicewarner was member of Trinity U.M. Church, the Golden Rule Men's Bible Class, and the U.M. Men. His wife, Anna Viola Robinson Nicewarner, died June 13, 1975. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ellsworth "Dorothy" McDaniel, 103 Belview Drive; three grand- children, Ginny, Dana and mark McDaniel; one sister, Mrs. Mr Dillow was hem February 8, 1921, at Mannings, a son of the late Charles W. and Bertie M Penwell Dillow. Hewasa member of Duncan Memorial U.M. Church, where he served on the Board of Stewards; member of the VFW of Berryville and a member of the Berryville American Legion. He was a veteran of W.W. II and was employed as a cabinet maker. Surviving are his widow, the former Nellie Kennan, whom he married June 28, 1950, in Frederick, Md; the following children, William L. Dillow, of Winchester; Jeryl E. Dillow, d Berryville, and Larrie C. Dillow at home; four sisters, Mrs. LerraineLee, Mrs Joann Cruze and Mrs. Betty L. Hillyard, of Charles Town, and Mrs. Phyliss Kretzer, of Hagerstown, Md., and four grandchildren. DONALD RAY a farmer for a number of years until he retired some time ago. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Appell and Mrs Vergie Ott, both of Charles Town, and three brothers, Lawrence and Charles Wilt, both of Charles Town; and Howard Wilt, of Ranson. The remains are at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Ranson, where friends will he received this evening, Thursday, from 7 until 9 p.m, Services will he conducted Friday at 2 p.m. from the Funeral Home with the Rev. William Ramkey, pastor of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be made in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. MRS. PRESTON W. FEAGANS Mrs. Mania Ramey Feagans, 85, of North Mildred Ranson, widow of Preston Wilder Feagans, who died in 1968, died Monday night at the Shenandoah Home in Ranson. The deceased was born in Jefferson County, March 4, 1892, a daughter of the late John H and Sarah Clendening Ramey. She attended Powhatan School in Ransom On July 12, 1913, she was married to the late Preston W. Feagans, at "Richwood Hall", the home of her parents. Mrs. Feagans was a member of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church. \\; She is survived by one sister Mrs. Clayton L. "Ella" Haines, 118 Jefferson Avenue, Charles Town; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters -- Miss Eva Ramey, Mrs. Frank "Flora" Downey and Mrs. Ernest "Mazie" Watson, also a brother, John W. Ramey. Funeral services will he held this morning, Thursday, at 11 o'clock from the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Honle accident occurred Thursday night on U.S. Route 340, at the beginning of the west end of the four-lane highway in which four cars were involved and two persons were injured, one seriously and property damages were extensive. State Police said Robert Vaughn, of Silver Spring, Md., and Glen M. Housden, of Shenandoah Junction, were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for treatment by the Charles Town Independent Fire Company ambulance. Housden who suffered head injuries was later taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg and Vaughn was taken Saturday morning to Holy Cross Hospital in Wheaton, Md. Although details of the ac- cident were not available, State Police said the drivers of the other two vehicles were Sherri C. Noud, of Martinsburg, and Ernest C. Thompson, of Charlotte, North Carolina. Although there were no in- juries involved, a Jefferson County school bus, being driven by Barbara Penwell, of Route 3, Harpers Ferry, and carrying some 34 children, was struck about 4 p.m. Thursday, January 5, on the Mission Road by a car being driven by Henry Pruner, Jr., of Burke, Va. The accident occurred on a slight curve, with damages mostly to the car being placed at $1,200. Police said-they cited Pruner for driving to theleft of the center of the highway. Also on Thursday, at 11:10 a.m., a telephone company truck, being driven by Lowell Hogbin, of Route 1, Kear- neysville, had stopped along the highway and then pulled onto the road in front of a car being driven by Roger Lynn Puf- finburger, of Winchester, Va. There were no personal injuries, but damages to the two vehicles involved were placed at $1,900.00. Police charged Hogbin with improper driving. in Ranson by the Rev. William The Summit Point Road was Ramkey, pastor of the Charles the scene of a two-car accident Town Presbyterian Church. about 11:25 Saturday morning Burial will be made in Edge Hill which resulted in damages of Cemetery in Charles Town. $1,300.00. Police said a car being driven GOUGH Funeral services were held; Wednesday afternoon, January 4, from a funeral home in Terra Haute, Indiana, for Donald Ray Gough, 47, husband of the for- mer Elizabeth Ann Skinner, of Charles Town, who died January 1, at bls home. He had been in ill health for some time. Burial was made in a Terra Haute Cemetery. being celebrated at St. Mary's The deceased was born in Catholic Church in Hagerstown Terra Haute, December 9, 1930, at I0 am. by Father Robert S. grew up in his home town and! later taught at the Fairbanks Elementary School in Terra Haute for some 17 years before ill health forced his retirement. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association and the Terra Haute American Legion Post. He attended Christ Reformed Church. Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Craig and Gill,.also four daughters, Gwen, Darby, Leslie and Jennifer, all at the home; one brother, Richard Leo Gough, of Terra Haute, and a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Ferrell, of Tampa, Fia, and an aunt. Mrs. Skinner,, his mother-in- law, of Charles Town; John C. Rites Held For Dave Russell, : Former Ram Star i Funeral services were held Saturday morning for John David "Dave" Russell, the former St Maria Goretti High and Shepherd College cage star, who was killed on December 28 in an auh)mobfle accident near Orthez, France. A mass of Christian burial Passarelli. Burial was made in Rose Hill Cemetery in Hager- stown The family received friends at the Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home in Hagerstown on Friday night from 7 until 9 p.m. with prayers having been said at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that Memorial con- i tributions he made to the John iDavid Russell Russell Memorial Scholarship fund in care of the Athletic Department of Shepherd College. Russell, 24, was playing pro basketball with the Orthez team in a European league at the time of his death. Bern in Hagerstown, he was a son of the late Elizabeth L. Lush- Charles M. "Bertie" Lewis, Gaithersburg, Md.; one brother, Howard O. Nicewarner, 509 Thursday, January 5, in Jef- Wilson St., and a number of ferson Memorial Hospital in nieces and nephews. Skinner, Jr., and Robert R 'haugh Russell and Junior A. Skinner, brothers-in-law, both of Russell, of Hagerstown. Charles Town, went to Terra He was a member of St. Haute for the services. Mary's Catholic Church. Besides his father, he is WARREN K.CO6TELLO survived by his step-mother, Funeral services were con- Marlen e E. Manious Russell; ducted Monday morning at 11 three brothers, Capt. Jay S, o'clock from the Melvin T. Russell, of Ft. Eustis, Va.; Strider Colonial Funeral Home ?hilip M. Russell, of Frederick in Ranson, for Warren K. and Mark C. Russell, of Costello, of HalRown, who died Iagerstown. Charles Town. The Ray. William Ramkey, pastor of the Cahrles Town Presbyterian Church officiated. Burial was made in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. Mr. Costeilo was born in Bayard, Va., June 16, 1915, a son of the late James R. and Ida May Welch Costello. He was a member o/ the Charles Town Presbyterian Church, and was employed as custodian of the Old Washington Theatre al the Fort Drive-inn. Surviving are two sisters, Miss EIGHT PERSONS Prom Page 1 $400. The accident is still investigation. Volunteers and equipment from the Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Unit and Harpers Ferry and Charles Town fire depart- meats respondad to this alarm. A personal injury accident also occurred about 6:20 a.m. Saturday in which two cars were involved and one person was injured. State Police said a car being A brother, Willard P. Nicewarner, died May 24, 1976, and a sister, Corrine Robinson. died in 1940. JOHN LEON DILLOW A funeral service was hel, Thursday, January 5, at 2 p.m., from the Duncan Memorial U [ Church, BerryviUe, Va., for John Leon Dillow, 56, of 408 Walnut Street, Berryville, who died Monday in the V.A. Hospital, Salem, Va. The Ray. James B. Godwin and the Ray. Paul Davis officiated. Burial was made in Green Hill Cemetery in Berryville, Va. Bearers were Leland E. Willlamson, Floy d L. Me- Williams, Jr., Ernest W. Geanell, William Edgar Collis, Dr. Thomas C. Iden, Jr., George W. Dellinger, Ardell J. McFillea and Robert L. Barfleld. Honorary bearers were mem- bers of the official board of the Duncan Memorial U.M. Church, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post of BerrylIle. by Robert Duke, of Shepherd- stown, was attempting to make a left turn just as his car was being passed by a car being operated by Kenneth Gochenour, of Route 1, Shepherdstown Gocbenour sustained minor injuries and was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by the Charles Town Independent Fire Company ambulance. A one-car accident also oc- curred about 6:35 p.m. Saturday on State Route 9, which resulted in about $300 in property damages, but no personal in- juries. State Police said a northbound pick-up truck being driven by Cathy Painter, of Rt. 2, Harpers Ferry, rounded a curve and when the driver saw another vehicle parked in the highway, she swerved her truck to the right and it left the highway and went over an embankment. No charges were preferred in the accident. A single car accident also occurred Sunday morning at 2 a.m. on the Flowing Springs Road at the entrance to the Shenandoah Downs Race track which resulted in $700 in property damages, but no personal injuries. State Police said a car being .operated by Raymond Hall, of East Buchannon Street, Ranson, was coming out of the race track and failed to make the turn onto Fifth Avenue and crashed into the race track fence. Hall was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. A car and a pick-up truck were involved in an accident at the stoplight at Kearneysville, shortly before noon Saturday which resulted in about $1,800.00 in property damages, mostly to the car. Police said a car being driven by Lawrence Murphy, Route 2, Kearneysville, had stopped for the traffic light on Route 9, and his car was struck by a pick-up truck being driven by John E. Welsh, Jr., of Ransan. Welsh then left the scene of the ac- cident turning onto Route 480. Welsh was charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of the accident. A truck being driven by Charles D. Pierson, of Route 3, Harpers Ferry, and a car being operated by William D. Penweil of Route 2, Harpers Ferry, were involved in an accident on State Route 9, about 3:50 Sunday. Charlotte Costello and Mrs. driven by Georgia R. Lloyd, of There were no personal injuries, Nelson "Ruth" Boyd, both of Berryville, Va., rounded a i but damages to the truck and car Halltown; one brother, Calvin curve, hit the edge of the were placed at $1,200.00, mostly Costello; Halltown; one nephew, roadway and slid sideways into to the car. James R. Young, Harpers an oncoming car belng driven by Ferry, Rt. 3. Arnold W. Dailey, Jr., of Mid- dleway. Lloyd was taken by the CLARENcEW.'FILT Charles Town Independent Fire Clarence Woodrow Wilt, 64, Company ambulance to the i'etired farmer of Route 1, Winchester Memorial Hospital Clerics Town, died Monday at for treatment of injuries. his home. Damage to the two vehicles The deceased was born in involved was placed at $1,800. Jefferson County, July 5,. 1913, a The accident is still under in- son of the late Charles Henry vestigation. and Ollie M. Derry Wilt. He was The other personal in)ury State Police said the Pierson truck had jpst entered the high- way from a parking lot and the car being operated by Penwell attempted to make a left turn and struck the Pierson truck. Penwell was charged with, failure to yield the right of way. A one-caI' accident also oc- curred Friday night about 11:30 on State Route 20 at Shenandoah Junction, which resulted in Chades Town. Rural Fire Protection District "\\; (. ' t,l I O o' / / [' W A Y /.' i / o -i b H A R P ER S H A I ,#dl.wlV W A Y :/." ./ CHAP.LES TOWN RUPJL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT' Jefferson County, W. Va. November, 1977 .lue road outllna .......... Fire Depart.nnt and J Fire Hydrant Service . Red reed ootllne ........... Fire Departmnt Service Uncolorad road outllne ---'- Uoprotected " ....... Fire Station Announcement was made Tuesday by Kenneth Willingham, Chief of the Charles Town Citizen's Fire Company and Ernest Houser, Jr., chief of the Independent Fire Company, that a Charles Town Rural Fire Protection District has been established for the purpose of providing not only more strength and efficiency to the two fire 0 W. ,N compames, but for other ef- ficiency and economic reasons. Willingham and Houser said the protection limits as shown on the line drawn map extends some six miles into the county, measured over improved all season highways and accessible to fe department apparatus, dependent Fire stations, within ment; the Charles Town Fire District water for fire as set by the Jefferson County struction, size Volunteer Firemens buildings; sc( Association. forcement of The change comes as a result of a survey of the Fire Depart- the me&Od ments fire defenses recently alarms. completed by the Insurance Willingham Service office in Charleston, some properties from the Citizen's and In- which has advised that the asmuchasa classification of Public Fire insurance 1977 Was Busy One For Two County Magistrates, Clerks. The year 1977 was a busy one for,Jefferson County's two County Magistrates, and also the Magistrate Court Clerk, Roger E. Clipp, according to the year- end statistics released this week. According to the figures, Magistrates E..W. Day and Peter H. Dougherty were very busy. The figures show 3430 cases were handled during 1977 in the Jefferson County Magistrate's court. The break- down revealed 1476 traffic cases, 1020 misdemeanors, 147 felonies, 676 civil and I11 worthless check cases, The figures do not include the time consuming process of search warrant or juvenile cases. Both Magistrate Day and Dougherty are appointed to serve the Circuit Court of Jef- ferson County as Juvenile Referee impowered to hear preliminary hearings of juveniles. The year-end report also in- dicated more than $65,500.00 was collected  by the Magistrates in the following manner $36,438.00 in fines; $1,969.99 in iail fees; $23,675.00 in Magistrate Court expenses; $2,822.41 in Process, and $600.91 from worthless check accounts. All these monies were deposited with the Jefferson County Commission, through the County Treasurer, the Sheriff. Although salaries, equipment and postage are paid through the state, the county can charge ten thousand dollars per Magistrate for office space and telephone. The monies collected are also used to repair and subsidize the operation of the Jail, and pay for the annual Magistrates audit. Pay-offs on bad checks were made to numerous holders of bad cheeks. $2,491.04 was paid to approximately 75 holders of worthless checks. Although no ready figure is available civil cases helped to resolve ten of thousands of dollars of breach of contract and negligence cases. A quick review of last year's docket books show the present Magistrate Court in 1977 at- tracted more business than the traditional J.P. Magistrate system. According to the figure, Day's and Dougherty's offices handled 780 cases more than three Justices of the Peace in 1976. Anticipating growth, 1978 will probably increase the workload. about $500 in property damages. Police said a car being driven northbound by Wiifrid Bassert, Johnstown, Pa., failed to make the curve at the Community Center and crashed into a big tree. Bassert said he became confused by the bright lights on a car. The intersection at Route 340 and Bolivar, was also the scene of an accident Friday at 9:20 p.m. in which only one car was involved. State Police said a car being driven by Kaleb Saussy, of Nashville, Tennessee, ran off the highway and into a ditch. Police said the driver stated he became confused by the three-lane road. Commission From Page 1 ballots for the electronic voting system is $500.00. Together, the savings for each election will he $5,260.00. At the estimated cost of $28,600.0, the county will recoup the initial cost within eight years and thereafter, will realize the annual savings to be used for other purposes. Any growth which the county might ex- perience will serve only to in- crease the savings available to the county in the election process as the addition of one precinct to serve an additional 2o0 to 700 voters with paper ballots would be double the cost of a precinct serving voters witt electronic voting equipment. The decision to purchase thi| equipment was based upon the speed and accuracy of the returns, the ability to provide far greater protection to the in- dividual voter, the ease of storage and maintenance as opposed to the mechanical type lever machines and the economy of operation resulting in a savings to the taxpayers of at least $5,000.00 per election. A demonstration unit is located in the office of the County Commission and the Commission invites every in- terested voter to examine the machine and to ask questions". Dr. Ha00i To Speak Kiwanians-Tonight; Board Meet FoBows An extremely important meeting of the Board el Directors of the Charles Towr Kiwanis Club will be held ira. mediately following an addrese on "Motivation", by Dr. Haigai at the Thursday night dinne meeting of the club at the Towm House Restaurant at 6:15 p.m" Membership chairman Ker Akers has planned inductior ceremonies for two or three ne members who will join th, club. As this should he one of th most important meetings undm the new president Ron Widmyer a full attendance of the mere bership is urgentiy requested SPANKING & SCHOOL KANSAS CITY, M-O. -- The divided National advisory Committee on Child Abuse has decided that children should not be spanked at school. The committee advises the Educa. tion Commission of the States on how to end child abuse and neglect. CARSON'S CONTRACT NEW YORK -- Johnny Car. son has signed a whopping new contract with NBC in which he'll work less and be paid more--reportedly more than $2.S million a year. Protection is one of the factors The Charles used in determining rates for fire insurancecoverage on many strived to properties, which were The most important factors 26, 1977. considered are: strength and insurance efficiency of the fire depart- information. NOTICE OF STOCKHOLDERS MEETING I have in The annual meeting of the settlement the stockholders of BLAKELEY following BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, The Old RANSON, W. VA., for the election of directors and the will of Elsie P transaction of any other The Old business that may come heJ!ore the meeting, will be held at the Blakeley Bank and Trust Co., The Old Ranson, W. Va., on Wednesday, !4artinsburg, the 25th day of January, 1978, at will of Ella 3:00 P.M. The Old Respectfully, JACK R. HUYEI"r Yowell, Pres. and Cashier J. D. Yowell. Jan. 12-2t NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the Creditors and' Beneficiaries of the Estate of To the CHARLES ALBERT Beneficiaries GROVE, deceased. LOUISE All persons having claims against the Estate of All CHARLES ALBERT against the GROVE, deceased, LOUISE R. whether due or not, are notified to exhibit the same, with the whether due or vouchers thereof, legally to exhibit verified, to the undersigned at vouchers his office in the Citizens Office verified, to Building, Charles Town, West his office Virginia, on or before the 12th Building, day of May, 1976; otherwise they Virginia, on may, by law, be excluded from day of May, all benefit of said estate. All may, by laW heneficiariesOf said estate may all benefit appear on or before said day to 'heneficiaries! examine said claims and appear on otherwise protect their interest, examine Given under my hand this 3rd otherwise day of January, 1978, P. T. PORTERFIELD, JR. Commissioner of Accounts ,da, v of Jefferson County Jan. 5-2t Jan. 5-2t Jan. 12-2t :! NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the Creditors and To the Beneficiaries of the Estate of NINA M. RAMEY, deceased. All persons having claims All against the Estate of against tl NINA M. RAMEY, deceased, whether due or not, are notified whether ,to exhibit the same, with the to exhihit vouchers thereof, legally vouchers verified, to the undersigned at verified, t o his office in the Citizens Office his office Building, Charles Town, West Building, Virginia, on or before the 12th day of May, 1978; otherwise they may, by law, he excluded from all benefit of said estate. All beneficiaries of said estate may 'appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interest. Given under my hand this 3rd day of January, 1978. P. T. PORTERFIELD, JR. Commissioner of Accounts Jefferson County Jan. 5-2t Jam 5.t