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10P JEFFERSON FARM R ADVOCATE FEBRUARY 19 1959 2--A s and Funerals ~/EST West, 80, wife of the Har i, died Wednesday :30 at her home of four weeks. was born Sept. 8, a daughter of and Elizabeth She was a Meth- one daughter, West, at sisters-Mrs. Geo- Mrs. Re- Mrs. Harry ~rg; one brother ; a pa- V. A. Center and a number will be held T. Strider Col- Saturday at Samuel F. Butcher of the Jefferson Method- ist Circuit of Summit Point, of- ficiating. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. Bearers will be nephews of the deceased. WILLIAM It. CONKLYN William H. Conklyn died on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Arlington, Virginia Hospital. Surviving are Mrs. Louise Sauer wein of Arlington, Mrs. Edward Maitland of Richmond, Va., Will- iam A., Daniel R. Conklyn of Arl- ington, Garth Durwood Conklyn el Richmond, Va. and Mrs. Aud- !rey Bulfer of Ala. He is also survived by 13 grand children and 9 great grand- children Funeral services were at the Ices Funeral Home, 2847 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. on Thursday February 19 at, 10 a. m. Interment was in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Page One calendar. off as usual and Easter Men- Will be made up. ',cepted the re- Hoover as Denny School teaching for Miss Hoover teoke, N. Y..to ac g appoint- Was also named Charles Town her sister, to accept a of Michigan :y a,t Mill- the ap Public Law THE MOST SFASII- PRING AT 874 for Federal Aid to Schools for students whose parents are em- ployed on Federal jobs in the county. Two new elementary text books were also adopted for the school period of 1959-63 as required by State law, the changes being in Geogr,aphy and History 'books. Adopt New Requirements t In other action the board also adopted a resolution passed ,by the West Virginia State Board of Education on Jan. 21, 1959, re- garding new requirements for grad action from high schools in West t Virginia. One Of the changes that will effect all high school students ~who will be graduated from high ~school in 1962 is the requirement I that the student must have a total of 17 units instead of 16. In the future college-bound stu- dents will be required to have four years of English, two years of Science; two years of ma,themat- ics; three of social s,tudies: one of Amercian History and one unit for Physical Education. Those who do not plan to go to i college will also be required to have 17 units for graduation, but only one of Science and one of mathematics. The board also discussed Jeffer- son County's property assessmen,t problem at length, but came to no decision as rela,ted to possible loss in State aid. Under a law enacted by the West Virginia legislature the coun ty's ,property assessmen,ts must be at $50 this year. In terms of re- venue ,total the appraisal now stands at 46.25 percent. In order to reach the 50 percent mark as- sessments must be increased in the county to the extent of an ad- ditional two and one-half million dollars and this increase must CENTER come on Class 2:3 and 4 properties. TALL G,R, L gisla/iv From PaR'e Oiie" ............... [EDUCED-- appraised values. Thus, instead of ~E keeping even ,in the matter, if the Suits $18 ; Skirts $5 $3 f OSeawen St. Floor Va. by INC. bills had been praised, which was introduced in order to help the sit action,, it would have aggravaed it instead, and would have reduced us to 'the point of having our as- sessments down to 41~/ of actual values instead of the 46'~ which we now have and would have lost us many thousands of dollars in state aid. Bill Changed This sounds ,too complicated when I read it over, so maybe I had beter just say that Ted con- ,tatted me, and I soon pointed out the error ,to the right people and we had some new wording put into the ,bill to correct the situation bv aflowing all the adversely effected e 0 Stereo Speaker System 33, 45, 78, 16 rpm 12" 10" 7" phonograph value oB Imoglnel A Symphonic dual channel amplifier, built-ln .t5 rpm adapter, inch speaker, turnover plays both at this unheard of low enjoy the fulI-dlmensional con bring you. rso7 S TOWN, W. VA. counties to u:qe 1958 money figurc~ instead of a percentage when ad- justing for comparison of assessed to actual values. And this leads me up to some "other figures which I have been going over today in connection with school finance for our coun- ty. Without going into detail the figures show ~ha,t while we will probably gain about $6,000 in state aid bhis year over last. due to more money being available, etc at the same ,time we are in danger of being penalized $22.000 as a re- sult of our assessed values not being up to 50% of actual, or a net loss of about $15,000. This loss can only be avoided if assessments can be increased in classse .two, three and four by ap- proximately 12'/, or in round num bers, $2,200,000 which would mean raising the total in these classes from $17,000,000. to $19,000,000, and while frankly, I am not in pos iLion to say whether this is 'beyond the realms of possibility or not, I do think that surveys have shown ,that there is a great heed for eq- ualization when it comes to assess ments, and something should be done to iron out the presently ex- isting inequities in values. Max, I am afraid trying to un- derstand these ,figures will get some people down, but I wanted to give them some insight as to what it will take to avoid our los- ing state aid for schools, and pos- sibly the more conscientious of our good citizens might try to ev- alua,te their property and have a talk with my good friend Shirley Alger, remembering that 509b of ,t'he true and actual value is a fair assessment, according to present rules. Public Interest Shown Am glad to have gotten several communications from home folks among them being a petition from the Shenandoah Garden Club going on record as favoring anti- litter, rural zoning, strengthening the water commission, restrict- ions on billboards and some other all of which I am supporting. Also one from twenty of our gas dealers opposing an increase in the gas tax, which I have always opposed due ~to our loc~tion and would only favor if the other states raise theirs to 'be even with us. foIr am .trying to stir up sentiment local distribution of license tags, as I have mentioned before and believe that at 'las,t we have made at least a start in that dir- ection. I am on ,a sub-committee studying the matter and we are also giving serious consideration ,to the ma, ter of noise made by trucks and it is surprising the in- terest displayed in this, as every- one agrees that while we have ,to live with ,the trucks, we don't have to put up wi,th as much noise as ~they make a,t present. Will report progress on this next week. An interes, ting little bill, which will be passed tomorrow will pro- vide ,for electing County Board of Education members in general elec ,tions rather ,than in primaries as at presept. This wil,l probably re- sult in more voters having a voice in saying who will 'be on ,these boards. Had ,the pleasure of seeing Sher iff Hehle last night and went to the Sheriff's banquet here at :the D~,p{el BOon~JffoteJ. They Lave a ve~: fine. "O~la: " .... Liflle N From Page One per, Jim,mie Carper, David W~te, Randy Maupin, Scobt Whitmore, Frankie )Manuel. Keith Wagner, Leeds Corbin, Craig Corbin. Gary Marler, Steve Evans, Scott Coyle, Jimmle Lewis, Billy Merohant, Tommy Kerns, Jimmie Be,chin and Gone Barr. The interesting and enjoyable evening was ~brought to a close with ,the benediction by the Rev. Carlyle McDonald. Negro ! Y Investigal)ion is still being car- ried on in an effort to de, ermine the origin o,f t,he explosion and fire which ,took the life of Mrs. Frances (Fannie) Jones McDonald Davis, 75-year-old Negro woman of Charles Town at her home on North Lawrence street, about mid niuht Saturday. Th deceased was found dead, ly- ing upon tlae floor near a chair in the front room of the 'home ~rhen firemen arrived. And al,though she had 'burns over much of her body, death was said to have been caus- ed by suffocation. Cl.ark Furr and Kenneth Wil- lingham, .chiefs of ,the Indepen- dent and Citizen's Fire Companies said there was no electricity in the home and lighting was by oil lamps which at first was ,thought to have caused ~,he fire. Several neighbors reported they :heard an explosion in the house and then s~w flames and smoke coming from it. Both/the Citizen's ,and Indepen- dent Fire companies responded to the alarm whic.h came ~t 11:35 ,p. m. and they were able o restrict he ,blaze to the downstairs room of the house and the lower part of a stairway leading ,to the sec- ond floor. There was no damage to the other side of the double-stuc- coed house, which is owned by Merle Alger. Alger did have In- surance on q:he property. The deceased had been in a nur sing home until about a week ago when she 'moved into the -Alger house. She was alone in the house at the .time of the blaze. She ,was born at Kabletown, this county, January 1, 18114, daughter of ,the late George and Catherine Burns Jones. She was wice mar- ried. Surviving are: daughter-Mrs. Dl~vid Spriggs, Knoxville. Md.; ,three sons-Charles F. McDonald, Baltimore; Edgar Lee McDaniel, Charles Town; John Edward Me- Daniel, Jamaica, N. Y.; a sister- Mrs. Oscar Howard, Berryville, Va.; a brother-David Jones, Sum- mit Point; eight grandchildren and 111 grandchlld~-en; a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 'held Wed nesday afternoon at 2 from Zion Baptist Church, Charls Town. the Roy. S. It. Pat~terson, pastor of- flciated. InC, erment was made in Fairview Cemetery in Charles Town. ACME MARKETS WILL BE OPEN NEXT MONDAY-- WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY They'llturn yourhead ;- .... with praiseswhen you '- .... serve Lancaster brand meats... 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