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i T a revealing one. For instance the' with the hi hway by reason ofT ] report shows that 1964 was extreme drifting, favored the tele / another unusually busy one for ' phone and power companies since ] i! I the members of the company who it was so light and dry it did not, J volunteer hundreds of hours of stick to the lines and place added t [their time to this service, weight upon them. I I The company answered 150 The snowstorm did not effectI [fire alarms in 1965 as against 148 the schools which were already[ /in 1964. And the property loss closed, other than to assure the ] from fires in the county in 1965, some 4,,500 county students that i [amounted to $32,085.00 in Charles they would have an extendedI J Town and. Ranson and another snow vacation, one which now] 1540,890.00 in the rural sections appears doomed to last throughI "The Blizzard of 66", the title L. Weller, and the Rev. Russell I of the county, out this week. I that has been given the paralyz- Urquhart, the latter chaplain of I The fire loss to contents to the As for industry and business, ] ing snowstorm which hit Jeff(x- the fire company. A number of lbuildings and homes hit by fire well here was another story. TheI son County and the section and other members of the company/in 1965 amounted to $36,695.00 in storm did force most of them to[ area Saturday and Sunday brou- also stopped in at various timesl Charles Town and Ranson and close down all day Monday andI ght with it many unusual events, to help Out when needed. [another $21,620.00 in the county, most of Tuesday since their per-[ circumstances and situations, At the Charles Town Indepen-jfor a total fire loss of $131,290.00 sonnel was snowbound and could-I .~ame of them of a most critical dent Fire Itall the standby crew]in 1965. n't get to work. And those few[ natttrel And all of them thrown included Chlef N. Clark Furr, I A breakdown of the fires shows places of business and industries I together and the manner in Ernest ttouser, Elmo Unger, Loc- [ 22 dwellings were involved; three which did operate, had only about [ Which these emergency problems ke Mike and .Jack Wysong, Lee lbarns; three mutual aid calls one-fourth of their personnel on! were met and handled tend to Ramsburg, Pete Furr, Jim Jenn-twere made; there was one office hand. e t a l reveal the goodwill toward their trigs, Butch Carper, Bill Shiflett,/ fire, one furniture store fire; Mail service also cam 0 fellowman which the people still Larry Fritts, Perry Nicodemus,]three house trailers and one in- standstill, both in and out of the have for one another. Marty Kable, Bob Iienry, ROY/dustria1 fire. county and it is still not back to[ As snow drift after snow drift Hufnagel, Manning Kelley. Lewis blocked highways, stranded cars Albin, Donald Clendening, Clay-] And what did it cost to main. normalcy yet. I and motorists, and in general ton James, Robert James and [tain and operate the company's The blizzard brought practical-[ brought just about everything to Ferd McCauley. [fire and ambulance in 19657 The ly a complete cessation of ther ]report shows a total of $8,174.73 usual Sunday religious services. a standstill late Saturday night, TROUBLE BEGAN los the operating cost. The three One or two churches did hold ser all day Sunday and part of Mon- The firemen's troubles began lbiggest costs shown are: $1,092.00 vices but it was understood that day, hundreds of persons came to Saturday night when they were ] for repairs and supplies for the only 'a handfull of people braved realize it was futile to wait to be called to the home of Wade Pen-] ambulance service; $1,554.81 for the weather to attend. And most dug out, and instead then began well on West Liberty street, for| insurance on buildings, equip- of those were people who resided not only digging themselves out, but also gave a helping hand to a chimney fire. The blaze was[ment and members; $1,410.00 for close to the churches. extinguished without damage. [new equipment and another Fuel oil companies were hav- others in need of help. Then early Sunday morning.s919.40 for utilities and $624.38 ing their problems Monday and When all highways leading into they were called to the Caleb for maintenance and repairs, were to some extent still having and out of Jefferson County be- Burns farm to pick up a small There were of course other mis- them today, with many of the came completely blocked early child and bring it to the hospital cellaneous expenses, rural roads still blocked they Sunday morning, many motorists for treatment. This was a rough And the report shows that the have been unable to get into who had abandoned their strand, trip but the firemen managed to ambulance which the company homes to refill their oil tanks. ed automobiles were taken into get through the heavy drifting provides in the county has be- And in some instances the fuel private homes, some made it to snow and complete their mission, come a major part of the corn- situation hos been critical. Charles Town and other Jeffer-Sunday the Citizen's and Inde- pony's activities and services with son County communities and pendent firemen answered two the members being frequently ~-~ecfi there spent the night, or in some fire alarms, the first call being called upon several times daily to 0ns cases two nights in public build, to Willingham's Esso Service provide this service. ings which had been opened. SERVICE MEN STRANDED In Charles Town some 30 ser- vice men who became stranded on U. S. Route 340 not far from Charles Town, spent Sunday and Monday nights in Charles Town, some of them sleeping as best they could in the Council Room at City Hall, and others finally finding lodging in one of the nearby motels Charles Town's Mayor Nicholas Carson was a gracious host to the service men for their meals while in Charles Town Sunday and Monday. And when they headed out of Charles Town Tues day at noon to try to complete their trip back to their stations of duty, they were most apprecia- tive of the hospitality they had been shown by the Mayor during the stay in the town. Probably the most sacrificing and most outstanding feats of mercy were the two which took place in the more completely iso- lated sections of the county where all roads were blocked and it was not possible to get doctors or nurses too. Miss Ann Gardner, of Leetown, a registered nurse on the staff of the Baker V. A. Cen- ter, answered a call for help at the Rickard Home on the Tabb farm near Leetown. There was an expectant mother in the home and it was impossible to trans- port her to the Charles Town Hospital, or to get a doctor to the home. Miss Gardiner rode a trac- tor for some miles to the home and stayed with the expectant mother until a helicopter arrive, picked up the mother and deliver ed her to the Charles Town Gen- eral Hospital. Ahd in another section of the county Mrs. Elizabeth Myers, also a registered nurse, learned of a problem which an expectant mo- ther was having on the Heishman farm and since all roads to the farm were blocked by high snow drifts and it was not possible to get help in, to take the mother out, she trave!ed on foot some several miles to render aid to the woman. Her son walked in front of her breaking a path in the deep snow for her to walk in. Later a helicopter landed close to the Heishman home, picked up the expectant mother and trans- ported her to Charles Town where she was taken to the hospi- tal. FIREMEN STANDBY Another indication of the feel ing of Jefferson countians for their fellow citizens was provided by the volunteer firemen of the county from the time the snow- storm hit the county Saturday afternoon until this morning. While no accurate record was available today of the number of emergency calls the county's fire men have answered to help peo- ple stranded in cars; in need of food and heat; also in trans. porting doctors and nurses to the Charles Town Hospital and in delivering medicine to homes of sick people, they were many and they came from all parts of the county. Standby crews of volunteer firemen were on duty at the Shepherdstown and both Charles Town fire halls on a 24-hour basis frGm late Saturday after- noon, until today. Some of the firemen who had volunteered their services in this dire emer- gency, bad not been home from Saturday until Tuesday at noon; At the Charles Town Citizen s Fire Company some 13 men went through the long Vigil from Satur day hight through Tuesday morn ing. Other members also helped out at various intervals. Those who made up the standby crew at this fire hall were: Merle Goode, curtis Harrison, Cletus H. Atkins Jr., Wffi Barr, Paul Billet, Swim]ey Blv rn, Norman Howell, Donald Kilmer, John Morris, Dan ny Mills, Mike Pittinger, Frank station where a pick-up truck had fallen from a lift. Gasoline had spilled from the truck and the firemen stood by while the truck was dragged from the station. While answering this call a second one came from the home of Mimic Bradford, on West street, Charles Town, where an overheated chimney was causing some concern. Here again the fire was extinguished without any damage to the dwelling. Sunday the Charles Town Inde- pendent Fire Company managed to get to the Clark home on Route The report shows that a total of 618 ambulance calls were re- ceived in 1965 as against 559 in 1964, for an increase of 59 calls. Some 504 of them were local runs while another 114 were long dis- tance trips. The ambulance travel led a total of 9,568 miles during the year and members of the crew which operate the ambul- ance gave 1,783 hours of volun- teer labor in this service. Aft Main Roads 2, Charles Town, and bring baby FROM PAGE 1--A Jacqueline Clark to the hospital ............... man ~ou ~eet, mus bringing 3us~ Another snow plow cleared the . ~, ,, *h, ~mh,,~,,~ ~, h..~. about everything and everybody ~ "~,.~"a""r.~,"n"~ ~,~s that had already been moving at ......... ~, ........ ....... v..-o a nail .... s s pace, to almost a com Ferry to the Charles Town Hospi- . - . . .... prate nah tal ~unaay .... . It took a snow plow and several for tne most part the winds ReoHt i~oor~ noarlv four hour to were of gale force all day Sunday, ..... ~" ........ ~ ~ Sunday night, and most of Mon get to the Hart Home at Rinpon Sunday and bring little Joseph dayaveraging anywhere from 25 T~. 4. *h~ *. .... ~.~ tO OO miles per hour The highest AIOLll, VU tlll;~ IIV~ILCXI, . -- Wir,~ma .... *,,,ion ~ ..... ^,~,~nr I Wlnd gust recorded in the count ~was a~ mues per hour at 3 0~ p son of Ranson, some five blocks~ ~ . : to the ambulance so he could be m. ~unaay. transported to the Charles Town iGAINED EDGE IN BATTLE General Hospital. I Monday morning found the Other local calls answered by[winds remaning at a very strong the firemen were: Sadie V. Caton ]level and during the day gusts Washington Court, Roy Lancaster as high as 48 miles per hour were North West street and Laura Car- recorded. But by 10 p. m. the ter, North street, winds had dropped to a more The firemen have also been favorable figure, and were runn- transporting Knott Rest ttome ing practically steady at 10 miles personnel to the home. per hour. This was the break which everyone, especially the S|v 1~$$~ r~...~, dead-tired State Road Commiss- IA JCIllgi3UII bUUlll~ ion crews were hoping for. And . - _. . . lit was then that the Road Crews Mpn Fnli t n began to take the edge in thew ............. I.. Haft more than 50-hour battle with Six Jefferson County men en- the winds and the snow. It was listed in the U. S. Navy during then that some of the Primary the period of December and Janu roads were broken out and some cry, according to announcement made Tuesday by Edgar E. Carter SMC, United States Navy Recrui- ter of Martinsburg. They are: Donald L. Campbell, son of Mrs. Lillian F. Keller, West Washington street, Charles Town; Wayne A. Watts, son of Mr. and Mrs Arnold B. Watts, llth avenue ~tanson; William T. Allen, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Allen Rippon; Daniel M. Hammond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar M. Hammond, 107 W. Wash ington street, Shepherdstown; highway traffic began to mow in and out of Jefferson County which had' been isolated since Sunday morning. Laurence Lloyd said this week that in the many years he has been observing the weather in Jefferson county, the winds which accompanied the past week end snowstorm, were by far the strongest in 44 years. The county has had snowstorms which brou- ght heavier snowfall, but this one was a record for accompany- ing winds, Lloyd said. James N. Shackelford, son of Mr. Although many persons did get and Mrs. James C. Shackelford, stranded on the highway of the Shepherdstown; and Samuel E. [section, with one known except- Weaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy['mn, all of them were able~ to Weaver, Route 1, Charles Town. make it to some home, town, or business place and to shelter. ~, , ',' The blocked highways, making t.narles 10wn it impossible to move motor ve- hicles of almost any kind, proved FROM PAGE 1-A to be the worst problem. The county and section, was drifts to render emergency first ..... '" ~_ - - . more mrmnate man some omer al(l ana rescue service ........... __ parts ot tne storm striKen MldUle YEAR CHALLEGING ONE Atlantm " area, in that public utili Reininger said the year 1965 ties for the most part did not was a cnalmngmg one ~or the breakdown at anytime during the moepenaem r'~remen because ot long storm the various types of fires which NO UTILITIES TROUBLE have occurred in the county ....... many requirin-g p~cs-cial e-ui-q p- Lee t~ruoer, manager, ot me ~.t tho~ ~on ~ ..........., Potomac Edison system in Char- added to their department at xes xown, sam ms company ala considerable cost. And had not not receive one single call be- this equipment been available the fire loss would undoubtedly been greater and the business section of Charles Town might have been seriously endangered. The investment in this new equipment in the past year paid dividends' to the community just as it will continue to do in future years, Reininger stated. The annual report of the fire company released this week is being carried in full on Page 2-A of this issue of the Spirit of Jefferson-Advocate is once again cause of interrupted power ser- vice during this past week-end storm. This was not the case in the two previous storms of Jan. uary 26 and January 22. Marvin Brooks, manager of the General Telephone Company of the SoutheaSt, said Wednesday with the exception of an overload ing of lines due to the heavy use of telephones, the company ex. perienced no problems as a re- sult of the storm. There was some slight delay in service in the Shepherdstown area, Brooks said, but no interruption at any time. He said the heavy load put on the dial system in the Shepherdstown area, caused some delay in calls FROM PAGE 1-A ly and unselfish acts, of many helping hands and few helpless hands. Yes, in these rural areas which have been completely iso- lated for days, it can be said that the "cup of kindness has runeth over." HEART-RENDERING RESCUE In the Bakerton section of the county where snow drifts have been reported as being 20 to 25 feet high in many places, and where no snowplows and bull- dozers have been albe to pene- trated, a heart-rendering story of rescue. It is a story of how resi- dents, both men and women, took shovels in hand and dug through snowdrifts hip deep, to rescue a family stranded for some 40 hours in a snowbound automobile on the Bakerton-Engle road. Mrs. Shirley Dopson, who re- sides about a quarter of a mile on the road where the ear of Emanuel Hinton became stalled about 5 p. m. Saturday evening, told the story to the Spirit of Jeff erson-Advocate Tuesday. She re- ported that Mr. and Mrs. Hinton and their ll-year-old daughter, and a Mr. Fred Lloyd, were oil their way home from Shepherd~- town Saturday afternoon. They live on the Bloomery road near Alstadt's Hill. Their car became stalled and it was about 10 a. m. Monday before word got through of the plight of the Hinton family .Mrs. Dopson said she waded for about a quarter of a mile to the stranded car to render help, aild then sent out a call for men tO break a path to the car and effect a rescue She said some 30 men from the Bakerton area managed to shovel a path across an orchard and carry Mr. Hinton, a cripple, to her honie. There Mr. Hinton, his wife and daughter thawed out from their long exposure to the cold, were given food and housed until Tuesday afternoon when a State Road Commission plow was able to get through to the Dop- son home. Monday after noon it became known that the Hinton family was stranded in their car, a two- way comnmnication system be- tween the Shepherdstown Fire Hall and the owner and operator of a Citizen's Band radio set in the section. And Dr. Halvard Wag ner relayed instructions to the striken family as to what they should do to ward off frost bite and to keep from freezing until they could be rescued. SHARE FOOD FUEL Another story coming out of the Kabletown section reveals that people in that area have, since Saturday night been .shar- ing fuel and food, and do what they can by hand to dig them- selves out of the snowdrifts which in some instances may take days to cut through. And from the Summit Point section, came a story of how food and milk was brought in Monday to some families via a freight train out of Winchester, Vs., over the Valley line. Then Wednesday the dairy farmers of the county, already faced with numerous problems because of being isolated by the snowdrifts were faced with anoth- er serous problem . what to do with the hundreds of gallons Of milk they have on hand and un- able to get to the city markets. Most dairy farmers in this cou- nty had not yet Wednesday been forced to dump milk~ but reports received Wednesday afternoon were that unless the milk trucks get through by this morning ((Thursday) they will have no alternative but ~o begin dumpin~ some of their milk which theg have had in storage since Satur. there day. And this co,,lid bring al~oUt Brooks said a few cables did go a shortage of mily in the dairies down, but they caused no inter- and subsequently on the milk ruption of service. He said the counters in the grocery storesi light snow which played hecktand super-markets. Many have been the stories i bY her husband, l SPIRIT OF JEFFER )N FARMER'S ADVOCATE drifting in from the rural areasI This snow~orm marked the I THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1966 of neighbors sharing their food[first time the Charles Town sec-] ~ and fuel so that none will go[tion of ,Jefferson County has[Burial will be made in the Mas- Dunn White. of Bovce, Vs.,' hungry or cold until such time] as the roads can be opened. [been priviledged to have the U. Inic Cemetery in Middewaydied Tuesday in the Univ~ The kind of cooperation and 1S. Army's helicopter service lend t The remains, now at the War-of Vir~,ini, t~a.i~,~ ~ 'h~,-le a helping hand in the solving of[ner Pumphrey Funeral Home in vi'lle Va'Trlle~Rev~'Vill'ia"m~'~ helping hand spirit which has emergency And Fire company[Silver Spring, will be broughtof ~' ~n ~in ,.,elm~, t _.ins...., .... , ........ e. been demonstrated on the part officials say it is a most comfort-I o the Melvin T. Strider Colonial The infant v,;as born in of hundreds of Jefferson countia- ing feeling to know that when all I Funeral ttome in Ranson Friday. Wincheste M~naaorial tto" ns for the past several days, is the kind of service and help that can tdhe~bmea~i~llfh::SC~itrseb:fCkel. The deceased was born in Midd January 3~ 1966 " , Y " . I mway, a uaughter of the late Geo .. . . ' " , .... ,-,urvswng in auaztion to not be hired or adequately paid service to call upon. ]rge B. and Catherine Murphy child's ~arents are a sister for, I Shaull. IIer sister, Mrs John Mur . . s ~. . (.. . ~. , .... " : rlcla ~ynn wnlte ana a oro~ ~l~ 1'~ ~ U~[~ [phy Shaull, Sr., died m June 1962 Kenneth Edward WhP- boil Helico .,,~ It# ~ II~lU I Her only survivor is a nephew, :th .... to, ~- Joh Mu---h- ~- " ...... e nome; an(t me mate FROM PAGE 1--A M~ ~&..~l,. le~= [ver~prin~ ~d?nUun, ,Jr., oz ~n-, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs:" Illgl~ ,JOIMIUO][ /UI I * ~ .... ard Dunn, Route 1, Charles 't~ Summit Point area and dropped a , ..... I ,. , ... and his paternal grandpar supply of insulin there. rs. Maff I ranthamI uravesme .aemces to and Uoyd White, FOrthea timecopterit wouldappearedhaveaStoth'be Rites will be held Saturday at HeM At ugh 1 o'Clock from the Grace Episco [~ .rt.a~ ..se GLEANERS CLASS TO called in again, bttt with the help of a State Road Bulldozer, the pat Church in Middleway for! ,,.,, p t,,.. , . MEET TUESDAY NIGHT amhuance was able to get to the Mrs. May Shaull Grantham, 76, [ll ll 0r While InlilnI Tbe Gleaners class of the home of Mrs Herbert Furr, on tormer resiaent of Jefferson Cou[ rles Town Asbury Methodist U. S. Route 340, East of Charles nty, but more recently a resident! Graveside services will be held rch Sunday School will meet Town and bring Mrs. Furr to the of Silver Spring, Md., who died at Edge ttill Cemetery Friday at sday night, Feb. 8 at 8 p. ra home of a relative in CharlesWednesday ir~ Washington, D. C. 11 a. m for Thomas Gregory the home of Mrs. Tom Lenl Town. Lacer she was taken to The Rev, William Kieldsing, pas. White, four-day-old son of Ken- 528 East Washington street Winchester Memorial ttospitaltor of the church, will officiate, neth Edward and Mary Louise Charles Town. m l U. S. CHOICE U. S. CHOICE ! il !HoUIc E !iiirl " CHOICE G f (Coupon Worth lOc In Cash. Lb.) 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