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FORECAST. and mild today w|th Fair tonight, low Friday considerable mild with high about not as cold Friday for Saturday, cloudy likely. "Serving The Charles Town- Ranson and Jefferson County Community Since 1844" t %~* ~*****~* a.t * # ***%4%*%%t * %* %.* TWO SECTIONS E Read By More Than 20,000 People Every Week NO 9 WEST VIRGINIA'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER CHARLES TOWN, JEFFERSON COUNTY, W. VA. TH(:I, SI)AY, FEBRI:ARY 26. 1959 si; SP-eed,,--Al-coh Lives[Set ate Passe; Road Users Tax Bills; Shepherdstown More YoungPeople House Approval Is Expected Friday; Girl Winner Of Nothing Done For More School Money Security Contest eond time this month a mixture of excessive speed and alcohol*has brought a triple on the highways of Jefferson county, and the above picture shows not only the ca~ of the most recent of these tragedies which occurred early Sunday morn- also shown in the background is the wreckage of the car involved in the county's February has been a tragic month on the county's highways with six fatalities one more than the five thai occurred in the county during the entire year of Sunday morning accident wel e William Frederick Conway, 22, KnoxvilTe, Md.; ~ugh, 19, also of Knoxville; and Anna Marlene Breeden, 18, RFD 2. Harpers Ferry, instantly when the car failed to make a curve and crashed into two trees, break- rooting the other. The driver the car had been given a citation for hazarduous hours prior to the fatal acci4ent by Charles Town Police. (Photo By Tim Sinn) Board Files Friendly n Aid Cut g ~ ...... ,'n the Circuit ~^4 ~ ~* ~ .. . County ,last MUI.UU blven/0 llearT ar(ls OI ecluc- Virginia Coun- twist Virginia Fund Campaign Sunday :rlcs arlc1 oT)ner :ter,mlne the val ........ Donald Smrth, .treasurer of the u[~oi the .~oara Heart Fund Campaign for funds ~zz olaermg a ~ .... " ... in Jefferson County, said today - Lne expenol~ "s ' ._ : t:hat contributions amounting to ~l_a.pPrPn~ea $701.00 were received from ,the Ioas~ year. ] c oun`ty-wide canvass last Sunday- o oz eaucauon ...... in the case are r~ear~ ~unoay. ~nere were a num- Yoming, Wood, ber of communities where reports tell County were not available and Mrs. Rog- 1958, Govel:nor er Perry and Mrs. Jules F. Lang- Lne J~oarcl oz . . . ising that state let, co-chairmen for the drive m running behind Jefferson County ex,pect to have a and requested full report of all collections soon. appropriat - general state by Section 35, of the Code. WorK~ acted re- that state various coun five per of staJte aid will be the suit seek court as to action of :the in reduc- made by ;the ltutional. Presbyterians To Have Congregational Meeting The Session of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church has called a meeting of the congregar lion for Sunday, March 1, at t~e conclusion of the regular 11:00 A. M. worship hour, for the purpose of requesting the congregation to appropriate, through the trustees $2,000.00 ,to be used for the em- ployment of an ,archi,l~ect for pre- liminary drawings of plans in the church's Development Program, and any matters growing out of the above. The .chairman of the Develop- ment Program Commi:ttee B, Har- ~old Barr Jr., will make a report of the Committee's proceedings up to this d~te and the congregation will be asked to appropriate $2,- 000.00 so `tha, t ,the Committee may continue its work. Alertness on the part of Mrs. Dorcas Zinn, a neighbor, is credi- ted ,with ..saving ,the lives of Mr, rand Mrs. Kenneth Knott and t,heir ,four children of Kearneysvitle, i Tuesday morning about 6 a. m. when she spored the Knott :home, located near ,the Kearneysville un- derpass, to be on fire and awak- ened Mr. and Mrs. Knott in .time for ~;hem a,nd their children to flee from ,the burning structure:. Kenneth Willingham, Chief 'of t;he Ci~tAzen's Fire Company of Charles Town, said the fire start- ed in the, back part of the two- story frame dwelling and spread rapidly *throughou~ the structure. Mrs. ~inn who lives in a house .adjoining, had been giving some attention to grandghildren in `the early morning. As she was prepar ing ,to go back 'to bed she noticed the unusual light about the Knott home. ~ Investigation showed the house was burning. Dressed scantily as she was, and in slippered feet, she went to the Knott home and after considerab- le hammering awakened Mr. and Mrs. Knott. She also was respon- sible for calling firemen. The Knotts managed to get all their children out-the last one just be fore the roof caved in. The four children-Erka, 10, Ken neth Jr., nine, Eric, 8, and Teresa 5 were taken to the Charles Town Gbneral Hospital and' detained there for several hours to prevent them from suffering from expos- ure. Mr. and Mrs. Clark Furr of Charles Town, Mrs. Roy Lambert of Middleway and members of the l~anson Helpers Club ~ook cloth- ing ,to the hospital, for the child- ren and arrangements were 'being made Wednesday to secure some furni,ture and a pl~ace for them to live in: In the meantime the fam- ily is staying temporarily a~ the home of rela, tives until other ar- rangements can be made. The house, known as the "Hop2 per House" was s'`tu~ted just north of the underpass on the Shepherd stown-Kearneysville road. Firemen said the dwelling was gutted When they arrived wi,th an electrical failure believed .to bare caused :the blaze. Firemen were on the .scene for about three hours. Water from the Sta, te Ex,p~ri- men,tal Farm at Kearneysville hauled by the Shenandoah Downs tank truck was used to ex'ting~aish the blaze. Will Seek Injunction week the of t:he Coun- agl ~ its a btor- Che Kana~vha (u lae or as rt". The loc@l tt ;orney ,took Pard of Pub~n ~t ~ori,ty ,to re- in once i~t has gi slature, and o, fld have the '~ Legislature )r al duty stO at SOhool y- ~i 'the case has as ~I~nav ! Charleston, Feb. 25, 1959 BY W. P. C. PERRY Special Correspondent Spirit of Jefferson-Advocate Dear Max: I am glad' to say the Roads Committee of which I am a mem- ber, approved a bill which propos es ,to have local dis~tribution of license tags. However, I the same time ,afraid ,tha,t it will never be placed on our "Special Calendar", and thcrefore never will get to the voting stage in .the House of Delegates. This is be- cause the bill itself was written hastily to replace one which the Roads Commi,ttee had turned down, and we Who had it drafted realized we didn'~t-have it in com- plete enough form to make the grade all the way. However, we now have the "Foot in the door" accomplished, and at 'the next session of the Legislature it seems probable that we can come up with a bill which will fill all re- quirements and which can be pass ed by both houses. And inciden- bally this is t'he nearest we have ever come to having this legislat- ion .taken seriously. I haven't gotten anywhere with my efforts .to have some)thing done about truck mufflers, as i~t seems that .there is enough law' in force now, and it will take a combina,t- ion of better enforcement and co operation by the muffler manufac turers to produce any resul,ts. Dur ing .my research in connection wi,th this matter, I have become convinced ,that the manufactur- ers of both t~acks :and mufflers are~ making an honest effort to- ward improvemen,t and it is just a matter of time before we will have much quieter operation of all trucks on .the roads. , Senate Gives Okeh Over in the Senate today they passed the one cent per gallon tax increase on gasoline, estimated to produce $4,500,000 additi ~al for roads. This would raise t:~_ total state tax on gasoline to ;even cents per gallon and would make our sta,te tax one cent higher than the Virginia tax. L They also 'passed a bill which would revise the present scale of passenger ear license pl.a~tes, sub- sti'tuting a three-step some instead of the preesnt scale which chan- ges for every 100 pounds of wei- ght increase. The new fees would be $20, $22 and $28 in three wei- TURN TO PAGE 6-A Rev. Charles P. Price To Be Speaker Second Lenten Service Feb. 26 REV. CHARLES P. PRICE The second of ,the Lenten Com- munity Services will be held in Zion Episcopal Church Thursday evening, February 26th, beginning at 7:45. The preacher for this service will be the Roy: Charles P. Price, a member of the faculty of the Pro- testant Episcopal Theological Sem inary in Virginiw at Alexandria. Mr. Price is a native of Pitts- burgh, Pa. and is a graduate of Harvard University. He served in the Umted States Navy during the second World War and was an in structor at the U. S. Naval Aca- demy a~ Annapolis. In addition to his teaching ex- perience Mr. Price has held parish es in Pennsylvania and New York. He ,has also completed graduate work a't the Union Theological Se minary in New York. The subject of ,the sermon is. "The Divinity of Christ." Special music is planned for i this service ~o which everyone is most cordially invited and encour- aged to come, as is the case with all of this series of services, for which outsta~nding Preachers are engaged by the several protestant churches of the community. New We w1l Fi'iday and S~urday "l , e bi~ days ,at ,the spacious and mod- ern' remodeled storeroom of the Western Auto Associate Store as Mr. J. E, Senseney. owner and 1~ichard'Brockman, manager, have everything in readiness for the grand re,opening of ,the new store on 'those two days. "For ~his special occasion ,the manageinent: will give free ~avors to both adults and Children, and there will be a grand .prize of a 17" Trutone Continental ~portab- le ~elevision set. To get the occasion started in an appropriate manner ,there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a. m. Friday with Charles T~wn's Mayor Nicholas Carson doing ~he 'honors. For ,these two special days the store will be open from 9 a. m. until 9 p. m. and the public is cordially invited to visit and inspec,t the new store. , The building, of two-story brick steel and concrete ,block, was de- signed and constructed by Carl Rose-Jonson, general contractor of yl the main shopping area. Thus wi,th the storeroom now having about three times as much display space as did the old store the management has been able to offer more complete lines of mer- chandise, plus adding such new lines aS major appliances and household wares. The store has been 'handi~ng automotive parts, toys, spOrts goods and hardware since it was opened in July, 1938 inthe same location it now pc, ct~pies. About 10 years ago, how- ever, an adpoining storeroom was taken into the store to provide for more stock space. The new building has concrete floors on both the main and see ond floors, flourescent lighting, two large front display windows and all modern fixtures. In addition ,to Mr. Brockman, members of the store staff include Howard Whitmore, Tommy Clark, Paul Chamblin, Eugene Jones, Donnie Dennison and Fern Wil- iingham. Miss Esther Geary, a senior at Shepherdstown High School, was selected as tt~e winner of the "My 'rrue Security" contest staged re- cently by the Jefferson County Junior Chamber of Commerce in cooperation width the three Jeffer- son County High Schools. Miss Geary was honored for winning this award Wednesday evening by the Jaycees at ~heir dinner meet- ing held at the ThomasJefferson Hotel in Charles Town. She was presented a plaque by the Jaycees and a $25 war bond by the Bank of Charles Town. Jesse Cullison, also a senior at Shepherdstown High School, was the runner-up and he was pres- ented a $25 war bond from the Peoples Bank of Charles Town. Third place went to Diane O'Ban non, senior at Charles Town, who was preesnte'd a $25 war bond by the Blakeley Bank and Trust Corn pany of Ransom Other contestants were Virginia .Hardy df Harpers Ferry; Tom Henson of Shepherdstown;' Ray- mond Riddieberger and Shirley Jenkins, b~th of Charles Town High School. Judges for the contest were At- .torney Lee Bushong and Charles F. Printz of Charles Town and Dr. Frank Fischer, of Martinsburg, president of the West Virgirha Junior Chamber of Commerce. For winning the contest Miss Geary will go to Charleston, W. Va. to compete in a state-wide contest on March 15. Richard Harmison, general chairman of the contest for the Jaycees said every senior student in the county's three high schools participated by writing their own speeches. Kiwanians Will Hear About New Race Track At Thursday Meeting An official from C,harles Town's newest race track, Shenandoah Downs will b~ ~t~est s~eaker for ~~y ,nl~O~t dinner meetir~g of the Charles Town Kl* wanis Club. The club will meet at hotel Thomas Jefferson at 6:15 p, m. and a full attendance of the members,hip is e)cpeeted, Notes from the 'Kiwanis Chatter', week ly publication distri'buted tO the members, said that the "program and music cemimttee As expected to unveil a new piano", and.rumor has it that Jim ,Mason will lead in the group singing of 'Jingle Bells' and that motel manager and head chef Merle Alger prom- ises the finest meal he has ever served in his long career as man- ager of the hotel. Those are the word in this week,s 'Kiwanis Chatter.' Two urt in Two ,Car Wreck Two persons suffered minor in juries in a two-car collision about 6:30 p. m. Friday abot~t six miles east of Charles Town on U. S. Route 340, Charles Town State Trooper R. R. Truex reported Tuesday. . .._ Trooper Truex, who amng wren ,ted the accident, said Jacqueiyn A. Cooper, Baltimore, Md. suffer- ed a minor neck injury and Ed- ward Friedlander, 50 of Route 1, Purcellville, Va. suffered a .minor injury to his right knee. der, driving a 1950 Ford pick-up ~ruck pulled onto Route 340 from the road leading from State Route 9 onto Route 340 and was struck 'by a 1953 Fo~xi being driven by James Oscar Cooper, 25 of Balti- more, Md. COMPLETE LOCAL NEWS Solution to a total of 17 cases which included burglary, breaking and entering, forgery and attempt ed breaking entering came Friday in confessions from four Jefferson County juveniles and one other Jefferson county man after they had been taken into custody by Charles Town State Police. Troper A. J. Wade said Nelson Wo0drow PenweH, 31, of RFD 2. Harpers Ferry and Dave Turner, a juvenile of RFD 2, tIarpers Ferry. are being held in defautt of bond in the Jefferson County jail for action of the grand jury of the April term of the Jefferson County Circuit Court. Penwell is charged with breaking and entering, and Turner with forgery. All:hough a juvenile, Turner had his juven- ile rights waived by Judge D. H. Rodgers so 'that he could be held for grand jury action. Trooper Wade said the five were taken into custody Friday and af- ter questioning confessed to ,the long list of crimes, some recent ones, and others dating back into 1958. Turner is also AWOL and a deserter from the U. S. Army, hay ing left Fort Jackson, S. C. with- out leave on January 12, Trooper Wade said. Four of the crimes occurred ,in Berkeley county and Loudourt County, Va. Trooper Wade said Jerry Beam or, 19, RFD 2, Harpers Ferrry, wl)o on Sunday, Feb. 12 was arrested and charged with two counts of breaking and entering, has also confessed to an attempted break- ing and entering at the Blue Rid- ge Elementary School in Jefferson C~:ntYell has confessed to break ing an entering Sam Hardy's meat shed in the M,t. Mission section of the county; and also to the theft of a power saw from a place in Berkeley county. Turner has confessed to mrgery at the A. & P: Store and also for the breaking and entering at .the Towne House Restaurant in Hat pe~rs Perry. ~Covporai I. P. Rich- a~dson has been working on this case arid had questioned ~t rium~er of persons in connection with tt ,before Turner confessed. One of the three juveniles has confessed to burglarizing the res- idences of Floyd Spates and Mat- tie Mobley, RFD 2, Harpers Ferry and to the breaking and entering of the Blue Ridge School. Another of ,the juveniles has confessed to burglarizing the Ray mond Stotler residence, RPD 2 Harpers Ferry; breaking an enter- ing of the Towne House Restaur- ant and ,the Blue .Ridge School Trooper Wade said. The third juvenile has confessed to being involved in a total of 12 differen,t crimes, five of them bur- glaries, five breaking and enter- ing, two attempted breaklngs and e~terings and he is also wanted f0T tampering with an automobile. N~e of his crimes were commi,tted in Jefferson County; one in Ber- keley county and two in Loudoun County, Va. Trooper Wade sitid 'the three juveniles have been released into the custody of their parents for their appearance before Judge Rodgers in Juvenile Com later. Turner and Penwell were given preliminary hearings before Jus- tice of the Peace Eu.gene Clipp, who held them for action of the grand jury and remanded them to jail when they could not meet the bohd that was set. COVERAGE PRICE 10 (ENTS AUXILIARY TO MEET The Ladies Auxiliary of the Cit- izens l~lre Company will hold their reguiar monthly meeting, Tues- day, March 3 at 7:30 wt ,the fire hall. a less than Town arrived and raised `the com- pletely demolished car. Trooper Ward said Conway died midnight of a punotured chest. He also 'had ~g People- two broken arms and a broken leg. and Ash~baugh died of a broken neck and head injuries and Miss Breed en's head was crushed. Trooper Ward said that Conway had been stopped ~bout 8:4,5 Sat- Trooper urday evening in Charles Town e vi.otims by Patrol,man Clifford Brown and Conway, ~iven a cita~tlon to appear on a Richard hazardous dr~ving charge in Char los T~fi Police Court this Saeur- day nlgh,t. Although none of the three were drinking et the ,time ~hey were stopped in Charles Town, Trooper Ward said th,wt blood tests fol:low- ing ,the accident showed that both Conway and Ashbaugh had been '~ven east drinking. There was no evidence however, that Miss Breeden had. Trooper Ward said alcohol and ,excessive speed was ~the cause of the acolden. The car. owned by Conway's mo .ther, Mrs. Edna M. Moore was a complete loss and ~t was valued at about $1,600. Dr. Mildred Williams, County Coroner, ~ho examined the bodies when they arrived at the Charles Town General Hospital, said all .three had died instantly. The three fa~ll~,ies brings tO six the humor of cour~ty high,ray fa tal~tles this year. This is already one more than Vhe five whivh the county had all of last year. In District Court To Stop Storer Trustees The Board of Trustees of Storer College was notified ,this week ~hat a motion would be made in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday, March 2, for a `temporary injunction to restrain ~he Board from taking any action towards carrying out a merger of Storer College ,with Alderson-Broaddus. On February 11 Mary Dyson and Madison Briscoe, members of ,the Board, filed a suit in Washing .ton seeking to enjoin ,the whole Board from carrying out a decis- ion made ,by the whole Board on January 10 to merge wi,th Alder- son-Broaddus. They contend that the ,Board has no authority to take the Propgsed action. The local at/~orney for the Board has engaged ,the law ,firm of Step- toe & Johnson in Wa~shing~ton tb contest the action brought by Dy- son and Briscoe. ATTENTION--FREE GAS THE RANSON ATLANTIC SER- VICE STATION (on the Rmnson Circle) WILL GIVE AWAY 10 Gallons of Gasoline to the lucky winner each week. Drawings on Saturdays at 2:00 P. M. WADE BENNETT R. M. SMITH, Distributor" May 22-tf,---l~P Martinsburg, W. Va. The main floor of the building is 95 by 45 feet with a 30 by 40 foot shop in the back w,hich wall be used for ,the mounting of tires and general repair work. There is also an upstairs ,to the building which is about the same size as RUMMAGE SALE FEB. 27-28 Corner store room in City Build ing on Main Street, 9 to 9 p. m. Friday, 9 to 6 p. m. Saturday. Ben efit of Cardette Club of Ransom Feb. I9-2t PRINCIPAL FIGURES AT REGIONAL Damage to the ,two cars amount O Mrs. James Mason, Iii' Will Serve As Regional Red Cross Drive Head MRS. JAMES M. MASON. llI Mrs. James M. Mason III of Cimrles Town, West Virginia, will serve as rcgional fund chairman for the 1959 Red Cross campaign Eastern Area Red Cross head- quarters announced in Alexandria Va. today. Mrs. Mason is one of nine reg- ional fund chairman for West, Virginia appointed to serve dur- ing ihe 1959 campaign in March by National Fund Chairman Isaac B. Grainger, president of the Chemical Corn Exchange Bank of New York. In her new post, Mrs. Mason will help the Berkeley County, Jefferson County, Morgan County and S heph e z~Is town! ~;~.~,~, chapters plan and,~:ax,~y-~ ~het~ ~ hnnual Caml~igns next month. Mrs. Mason, active in the Jeff- erson Courtly Red Cross Clmpter lot over 10 years, is also widely known for her work with the Char los Town Women's Club; the Hos pital Auxiliary; Civil Defense; and tire Shenandoah Garden Club During the March Red Cross Campaign, Mrs. Mason will work with West Virginia's national fund chairman, F. A. McClelland, an ex i ecutive of the Wheeling Steel Corp. Dr. Fred Thompson Will Be Guest Speaker For ". o p:on from the Child Study Institute of the Uni- versity of Maryland will be tile guest speaker for the Community PTA Monday night, March 2nd in the Junior High School Auditor- ium. His topic will be Behavior Pi'oblems of Children and Some Basic Solutions. Parents compiled a list of ques- tions at the last meeting which have been forwarded to Dr. Thorn pson. He will use these questions as a guide for his talk. I)iscussion or questions will follow kis talk. Dr. Thovnpson is a widely known authority in the area of Child Study and the Understanding of Children. Mr. C. Francis Printz, Program chairman urges everyone to "please be preesnt?' ed about $150. [ Trooper Truex said Friedlander ] I was oharged with failure to keep[~Am.m~ his car under control ,------,,,,,,, ~" # # Drive CAREFULLY. The Lrl~ [ IF .|s YOU Save May Be YOUR O~ [[nnmnv. MEETING .... [ "V' ''~'''~ ~ e JAYCEE After getting Off to a slow start, coached Spartans in this opening the Page Jackson Spar.tans used period. But. in the second period all five of the Page Jackson players got into the scoring act and at tl~e ~a,me time took control of the banking boards to move into a 21 19 half time margin. Consistent fooling by the Musselman cagers against t~he taller Page Jackson boys, helped Page Jackson to roll ttp the margin between the two ~eams as both scored five field ~oals. It was in the third period that ~he Page Jackson boys really broke the game open with an 11 point splurge while Musseiman could get only one field goal and two foul shots. L~tte in the fourth period with about five minutes of play remain ing Coach Adam Craven sent an entire new team into the battle and the reserves seemed to have as much scoring power as did the regulars and they continued to add to t.he margin of ~ctory. Lawrence Bailey, ace scorer for the Spartans, was high man with 13 points, while V. Johnson and Charles Branson each had eight. Ronnie DiHinger was high man for Musselman wit;h seven poin*ts. Members of all Junior Chamber of Commerce Chapters in Region VII gathered in Charles Town Sunday afternoon for the third regional meeting of the Jaycees and among the features of the pro- gram were a series of forum discussions, plus reports from all Chapter presidents. Norman Kimzer, a past-president of the Jefferson County Chapter and now a state vice-president, presided for the program which was followed by a dinner at the Citizen's Fire Hall, at 5:00 p. m., served by the Fire Company's Auxiliary. Among the principal figures a~ the Sunday conclave as shown above were, left to right:--Norman Kisner, Dr. Frank Fischer, Martinsburg, state~ president of the Jay- cees; Robert Brown, president of the Berkeley Springs Chapter; and Philip Handley, president of the Keyser Chapter; Guy Tucker, .president of the Jefferson County Chapter; Dr. Vincent Townsend, president of the MarUnsburg Chapter. their added height and great re- bounding power to overtake the small, but splri,ted and determined Musselman High cagers and roll to a decisive 51-31 victory in the opening game of the Class "A'" sec tionel basketbal4 tournament play ed before a capaci,ty crowd in Shepherd College gymnasium Wed nesday evening. Tonight ~Thursday) at 7:30 the Page Jackson cagers will tangle with the Ha~pers Ferry High Tig ors in the second round of play; and in the second game of the night the Shepherdstown High Cardinals will play Ramer High of Martinsburg. The winners of tonight's games will meet Friday night at 8 p. m. in the tournamen~ finals with the all-tournament team to be named and other tournament awards to be made immediately upon comple lion of play. Wi,t*h P~onnle Hardy leading the way, the Musselman cagers mov- ed in,toa 9-5 first period lead ai, ter wasting away about five rein- Sures before they could score or the Sp'ai'tans could get into the scoring act. Only N. Willis could hi,t from ,the floor for the Craven-