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REPORT! elmldine~r and warm to- and Friday with .~eat- and thunderstorm,,; arid evening, lligh- today g(;, i6w to- g TWO SE(TrION$ 16 -- PAGES TODAY - 16 Read By More Than 20,000 People Every Week I NO. 21 WEST VIRGINIA'S "Best For OLDEST NEWSPAPER News and Advertising In Charles Town--Ranson and Jeffer n County Since 1844" CHARLES TOWN, JEFFERSON COUNTY, W. VA. THURSDAY, .IUNE 8, 1961 COMPLETE LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE PRICE I0 CENTS call from U. S. Sen'~ Randolph to this yesterday afternoon, Shsher the Senate, yesterday ] .oo wo , /Council '" the Department ot' the expend up to $300,000 Purchase of additional the Harpers Ferry Nat- including the Storer College. legislation had approved by the )resentatives. final hurdle has been adding the Storer cam other adjoining the National Monu- small predominantly at Harpers Ferry, Ranson Election With Mayor J. Kelley Lance, Jr. moving back into office for another two-year term without opposition, interest in the Ranson biennial election was centered on the eight-candidate council race and it was William Neff Slusher, who has been serving on the Coun cil for the past two years who led the ticket. Slusher polled 155 votes to 138 for John ttough who ran second on the ticket. doors in 1955. Up to The other three who were elec- of its closing it had op- ted were: Tommy Carson with a on donations119 vote; Ralph Henry with 118, church supple- and Odis )antes, incumbent with an annual ,appropriat- West Virginia State When the United Court ruled in Segregation in the pub illegal the State of ceased to approp- for the continued op- the school thereby a crisis in the school's April the Board of the college voted to land and buildings to Park Service and college with Virginia in Richnmnd sale of the land and Plans for accomplish- obj have been funds now available plans are expect with more rapidity ~g legal title to to the National Park and buildings are Park Ser- convert the Storer cam National Park Service Randolph " sponsored which provides for of the land. His With the HarpOrs Fer Monument project the days when he Representat continued through 109. Mrs. Harry R. Jenkins who was seeking re-election to the town body polled 104 votes; Richard D. Carper, who was also seeking re-election polled 103 votes. Frank Comer had 95. Mayor Kelley Lance actually led the ticket with a total of 169 votes, while Arthur D. Miller un- opposed as city recorder received 155 votes. There were twelve write-in votes for four different people for Mayor, M. C. Trussell getting six: C. W. Fauble, 3: William Whitt- ington 2 and R. S. Fadeley 1. At(hie Smith also received a write-in vote for the town (pun. cilq?he 211 votes cast in Tuesday's election was better than average but still below the 280 cast two years ago when there was both a mayoralty and council race. Will Te.-aclt Class l~ev. Alfred Collins of Bolivar, ,W. Va., who was pastor of the 'Bolivar Met'hodist Churola for t~hree, will be the speaker for the Builders Bible Class on ~unday, June llth. The class convenes at 9:30 A. M. and all members are requested to .be pres- ent. Any one not connected with .any other Sunday School is mosv cordially invited ,to attend tl~e Builders Class ~t the Cha,rles T~wn Methodist Ch,]rch. - Will 1:riday Night Church Jeffer- of some 40 voices will have Friday night, by Peters,: director. rsal will be held in Class room of Church instead of originally schedul- and all members attend since this will before the at the dedication of Ferry Showcase une 15, Mrs. Peters Historical Society To Meet Saturday In Charles Town At 2:30 The 351h annual meeting of the Jefferson County Historical Soc- iety will be held at 2:30 p. m. D. S. T. Saturday June 10 in the Soc- iety's Headquarters, the Hilleary Museum on South George St,, Charles Town. Officers for the Society for 1961 will be elected at this meet- ing. Mr. Fred T. Newbraugh, Histor- ian of Berkeley' Springs, will speak on John Pendleton Ken- nedy, ante-helium writer, entre-' pre~neur and lawyer of Jefferson Berkeley and Morgan counties. Guests are welcome. H Moler, chairman of for selecting a cast the concern Brown has his committee for the follow- June 9 and from 2:00 to 4:00 of the Jef Court House. of John is to be presented for a series of Saturday, Au- Wood, a pro- from New York production and committee for weekend. Spon- are the Jefferson War Commission County Cham- 1 be needed for the ~2olonel Lewis Wash- Coppoc, witness; witness; John Cook, witness; Shields Green, dark slave, John Copeland, light slave; t Andrew Hunter, attorney for state; Charles B. Harding, at- tqrngy for state; Lawson Botts. at torney for defense; Thomas Green atorney for defense; clerk of court; Judge Richard Parker; John Brown, Sheriff Campbell; Jailor Avis; Dr. Mason, witness; Dr. Starry, witness; Mahala Doy- le; Mrs John Brown; George Hoyt, attorney for defense; con- ductor Phelps, witness; John All tadt, witness: Armistead Ball, wit ness; Alexander Kelly, witness; Joseph Brua, witness; Henry Hun ter, witness; Hiram Griswold, wit- ness;, Samuel Chilton, Attorney; Captain Simms, A Minister. The committee invites and ur- ges anyone to try out who would like to help put on this very im- portant observance of local his- tory. Serving on the committe with Dr. Moler are: Mrs. A. D. Peters, Mrs. Imogen Riley, Mr, Lee Bush ong and Mr. Leeds Riely. Raymond W. Smith Head Charles Legion Post New Law Goes Into Effect AnM =Or .Must Flow WhoWork, Year Licenses RAYMOND W. SMITH Election of officers for the 1961 1962 Legion year highlighted the meeting of Jackson.Perks Post Charles Town American Legion Thursday evening, June 1 at the Lo~gion IIome, with Raynmnd W. Smith, long active in the local Post affairs and for a number of years a Post officer, being named as Post Commander. He succeeds L.'Lyle Furr. Other officers nhmed were: Ed ward Chrisman, first vice-comman der; Paul Ranalli, re-named vice- commander, both being unoppos- ed; Lawrence James as third vice president; Lyle Furr as adjutant; James P. Morison, finance officer; Roy Kisner, service officer; James E. Senseney, sergeant-at- arms; Jack Getzendanner, chap- lain; Thornton Perry, historian; Lee Bushong, Americanism offi- cer; C. F. Printz, child welfare of- ficer and F. Dean Nichols, Joseph Christian and W. W. (Pap) Jack- From now on owners of motor vehicles who come into West Vir- ginia to work, or who take up res ideate in the state even thoughr it may be only on a temporary basis, will in the future have to purchase an operator's license and car registration plates. No more will Owners of motor vehic lea be permitted to drive their cars on out-of-state licenses while they are working, or living, in West Virginia. Corporal G. G. ttolman of the West Virginia State Police de- tachment in Charles Town, issued a warning today against this prac lice, saying that effective as of Wednesday, June 7, the new West Virginia law requires that every person who is a legal resident of West Virginia and every non-res ident, owner, corporation, manuf- acturer, dealer; used car dealer, ete, who owns, maintains or oper- ates a car in.West Virginia, and or, who operates motor vehicles in connection with such businesses must n0w have West Virginiare- gistration tags and an operator's license. Also any non.resident of the state who maintains tempor- ary z'esidence in the slate and ac- cepts employment in any trade, profession or occupation in the State; also any non resident who maintains temporary residence in this state in excess of 30 clays during the registration year. The new law was passed by the West' Virginia legislature last year as an amendment,, to Artic- le 1, Chapter 17 of the state Code, Corporal ltohnan said. And since the new law is now in effect Corporal ftohnan said his department will be enforcing it to the fullest, While in some counties in West Virginia this new law will have very little 'effect on the nmtor vehicle owners and drivers, it will be of concern to quite a,number of persons now working and main taining temporary residence in the county. It will affect many of those from out-of.state working at the two race tracks, also those who own Summer homes and cot tages-in the various recreational resort developments in the moun- tains and along the rivers of Jef- ferson County. Harpers Ferry--where history place in and near Harpers Ferry. son, as members of the executive committee. Charles Town Senior, Junior High Bands Are Enjoying Band Camp Some 75 to 80 members of the ~harles Town Senior and Junior High Bands ar this week enjoying seven days df camping at Camp Frame on Back Creek in Berkeley County. The occasion is the annual band camp which the local band mem- bers are privileged to enjoy each June. The group puts in a full week of intensive drilling in var- ious marching formations and al- so in learning new marching num bers for the next school term. The group was transported to the camp Saturday in two buses and they will return to Charles Town late this Saturday evening Blossom Kisner of Charles Town is camp director and Mrs. Kay Corse is camp nurse. John Pestun, director of the two bands, is directing the train ing of the bands. has been made and is still being made. will be in the spotlight a- gain Thursday, June 15, when a mammoth $200.000 Civil War Showcase is formally opened and dedicated in appropriate c~emor~- ies to be held at 10 a. m. DST. / The ~nowcase erected in the form, of a nmseum-theatre is loon, ted along U. S. Route 340 near the entrance of the Harpers Ferry National Monument and on land which was a Civil War battle- ground. The king-sized new tourist at. traction, erected by Harpers Fer- ry enterprises, Inc. will serve as a home base for Living History units which have been organized in Washington County, Md.. Jef- ferson County, W. Va. and other points. Living History is an organizat. ion of men interested in contin- uing the traditions of the Civil War. comprising nine fully-equip- ped units of infantry, cavalry and artillery, plus a medical and sup- ply unit. The group represents the largest "standing Civil War Army." And as professionals they have been and will be called upon to stage and participate in battles in connection with re-enactments of historic events which took Both Harper~ Ferry and Bolivar will have new Mayors and a num ber of new councilmen to admin- ister their town affairs for the next two years as the result of balloting in Tuesday's biennial el- ections. Herbert Sperry, a former mem- ber of the town council, who also serves as chief of police of Brim swick, Md. and owns and operates a restaurant, was moved up from the council post to, the offR~e of Mayor of the town of Harpers. Ferry. He polled 98 votes to 77 for D. D. Kilham, owner mad operator of Hilltop House. The third cari. didate in the mayoralty race--Mrs. Louise Leonard, a restauranteur, polled 39 votes. The present May. or William F. Ramey, was not a candidate for re-election. In the other Harpers Ferry races Wilbur "Flick" Bond, in(urn bent was re-elected to the office of town recorded by polling 119 votes to 93 for William V. Mar-. mien, Jr. And in the councilmanic race the five winners were: Willard Moler, 149; W. Maurice Garrison 143; Edward L. Smallwood, 124; Harwood T. Cauffman, incumbent, 123; and John F. Hedican, incum bent, 111. Other candidates and their votes were: Berkeley Winters. 103; Walter Jenkins, 75; Rend Eat on, 75; Mrs. Corrine Rathbone. 74; Nathaniel E. Greene, 511 Mrs. Leonard and Mrs. Margaret Har- ris, one vote each. In the Bolivar election Mayor Robert B. Menefee was defeated for re-electoin by a newcomer to politics, the Rev. D. M. Hughes, a Pentecostal minister, who polled 98 votes to 80 for Menefee. And in the Bolivar recorder contest J. R. Dunn, longtime in- cumbent, with 95 votes defeated the Rev. Alfred Collins, a Metho- dist Minister who polled 80 votes. Winning Bolivar councilmen were Paul Courtney, 1071 Colg- man Dunn, incumbent, 99; Edwin F. (BUd) Pope, 911 Win(el Dunn incumbent, 87; and John D. Pope 86. N. C. Mumaw,~incumbent also received 86 votes, but conceded to Pope inasmuch as the remain- der of the winners were on the Hughes headed opposition ticket. Other candidates were Donald Eackles, incumbent, 83; John D. Bowers, 81; B. F. Rainey, 76; and Reed Geronimo, 62. Ir/ Harpers Ferry, 218 out.,of an approximate 330 registered voters turned out in the most spir ited election in years. In Bolivar, 178 cast ballots in contrast with 61 in the previous election. Sportsmans Club To Meet A business meeting of the Sport smans Club of Jefferson County has been called for Monday, June 12 at 6:30 P. M. to be held at the Legion Lounge. It is important that all members be present. The by laws and constitutions are corn plete and ready for approyal of the membcrship~ Staff Is Professionals The Showcase, staffed with trained professional people, has been constructed and equipped in an authentic manner and when visitors walk onto the 33 acre tract of land on which it is loca- ted they will actually be walking .i/a the midst of and in view of restored h!story. The museum phase of the Show case will contain artifacts of the TURN TO PAGE 3-A Three Youths Are Arrested For Drag Racing In County Charles Town State Police open ed an all out drive Tuesday night to curtail some of the drag racing at excessive speeding which has been taking place on the secon- dary and even major highways in Jefferson County when they arres ted three Charles Town youths for speeding and drag-racing. Corporal G. G. Holman said Milton Clay Cook, Route 1, Char les Town: Richard D. Wilson High street, Charles Town; and Paul N. Kimes, Jefferson Avenue, Char les Town were taken into custody about 8:30 Tuesxlay night after tWo of the drivers had forced the State Police car from the high- way. At a hearing before Justice of the Peace Merle Alger they were each fined $100 and' costs and given ten-day jail sentences on reckless driving charges. Corporal Holman who made the arrests said he was headed to- wards Leetown oh the Lee(own- Charles Town Road and as he dropped over a hill two of the cars were heading towards him side by side travelling at a high rate of speed.. Corporal Holman said he steered his car from the highway thus avoiding an acci- dent. Construction o.f the new Post Office Building at Kearneysville, was further advanced Wednesday with the announcement by Con- gressman Harley O. Staggers that a contract has been awarded to Mr. and Mrs. Norval Johnston Sr. and Norval Johnston, II of Kear neysville to build and lease the building to the Post Office Depart ment. Congressman Staggers was ad- vised by Postmaster General J. Edward Day that the signing of the contract represents another step toward implementing Pres- ident Kennedy's program for the constructib and modernization of postal facilities throughout the nation during this year. Under terms of the Depart- ment's Commercial League Pro- John E. Littleton Is Awarded Cornell National Scholarship JOHN E, LITTLETON A senior at tiarpers Ferry High Schol has been awarded a Cornell National Scholarship, the highest honor Cornell University bestows on an entering student. Joh.n E. Littleton, son of Mrs. Anna L. Little(on of Harpers Fer- ry, will enter Cornell this Sep- tember along with approximately 35 other Cornell National Scholar ship winners, tie will study in Corneli's College of Engineering. Mr. Little(on is president of the senior class at Harpers Ferry High School and editor of the, 1961 class yearbook. He has also served as president and treasurer of the National Honor Society and as president of the school band . He has been a member of the football, basketball and track teams. The Cornell National scholar is also active in community and church groups. He has been vice president and district cabinet president of Explorer Scouts and president and sub-district teasur- er of the Methodist Youth Fellow ship. Next Meeting i tv's Club Wednesday, June 21 While there was continued in- terest in the 'Lights for the Sen- ior High Football Field' by sever- al members of the Boosters Club Wednesday night at the Legion Lounge, P~esident Ralph M. 'Pete' Hann called another j~eeting for Wednesday night, June 21st at 7:30. It is thought: that some de- finite announcement as to the a- warding of the automobile will be made at this meeting. All Boos ters are asked to make it a point to be present for the June 21 meeting, President Hann. Richard Rissler Geh Degree In Veterinary Richard L. Rissler of Charles Town, W. Va., has completed re- quirements for a degree in veter- inary medicine this June at Okla- homa State University, Stillwater, Okla., under the provisions of the Southern Regional Education Board's interstate contract pro. gram. At the present time SREB in- terstate contracts permit a state which does not have medical, den tal, veterinary medicine, public health or social work schools to send its citizens to a state which does. ~he state contracts with the SREB to send a quota of students to an out of state school and a- grees to pay a set amount per stu dnt. Although this is not a schol: arship progl'am, the college receiv ing the student agrees to waive out of state tuition, giving the stu dent the professional training he need at no extra cost. gram the successful bidder will construct the new building on West Virginia, Route No. 9 and lease it to the Department for 5 years, with renewal options. The Department's capital invest ment is limited substantially to postal equipment, while the build- ing remains under private owner ship, with the owner paying local real estate taxes. "This formula," Mr. Day said, "utilizes the resources and invest ment funds of private enterprise for needed postal buildings." The new post office at Kear. neysville will be constructed on a site containing 9800 square feet. The building wil have an interior space of 977 square feet and am- ple paved areas for parking and movement of postal vehicles. . 'i Judge Gray Silver: Jr. will be ,~, at the Court Itous in Charles ITown next Wednesday, June 14 to tntertain motions in a num- iber of civil (rases presently pend, I ing in the Circuit Court of deffer t son County. There will be no jury, A supervised play program at Jefferson Menmrial Park will be- gin Monday, June 12, under the supervision of Miss Alice Stiles. This program is open for child ren between the ages of 6 and 14 years and will be held from 10~A. M. until 1 P. M. each day except Saturday and Sunday. The out(loor basketball court, which probably will be completed by Monday will be used in the su- pervised play program, but will be available for others before and after the hdurs of the play pro- gram. This marks the second year that this program has been in ef- fect with the initial season prov- ing highly successful. The use of the park's pavilion picnic tables and fire places in- creased heavily over the past weekend and persons desiring to use them are requested to make reservations by contacting Mrs. John A. Smith, Jefferson Avenue, Mrs. Smith's telephone number is 823. / One Minor Accident Is Investigated By Police One minor truck accident was reported by Charles Town State Police this week with no injuries and only a total of $40 in dama- ges. Charles Town State Trooper Tf~mmy Ward charged WMt.e~' Eu gcne Harmon. Route 2, Frede'riek, ~Id. with failure to have his re. hicle under control following an accident on State Route 9, about 3.5 miles south of Charles Town about 10:25 a. m. Friday. Harmon was driving a 1960 In ternational truck north on Rt. 9, when it skidded on the wet road and went out of control. Court will conveneal 9:30 a. m. Daylight Time at which time the court will entertain the molion of Donald Zeiger and Doris Zeiger to be dismissed as party defen- dants in the case of Joseph Wal- per, Jr. and Florence M. Walper against John P. Briscoe and L. C. Briscoe, trading and doing bus- iness as Briscoe Real Estate and ln~rance Company. Shortly af- ter the suit was filed the defhnd ants asked the court to make the Zeigers party defendants, alleg- ing that the Zeigers had an inter- eat in the litigation. Following the arguments of counsel in this case the court will entertain motions in the cases of Russell Frills vs C. A. tlehle, Ad- ministrator, el al, and lhe ease of Norma Jean Raney and Fred A. Martin vs Norma Jean Raney, et vir. el al. In the first case the plainliff will seek an order of sale of certain real estate in the Mid- dleway area. In the second caste the plaintiffs will seek an order of reference to a cmnmissioner iit chancery. Both suits are in the nature of creditors suits to sub- ject real estate to the payment o1' debts. Immediately after lunch at l:3B p. m. the courl will hear~the mot ion of G. W. Waltz and Lucille B. Waltz to have the suit filed again st them by Thurman A. Whitacre and Lena M. Whitacre dismissed. The plaintiffs allege they held an ophon on certain real estate in Shepherds(own which they had agreed to purchase at a price of $45.000 and that the defendants refused to ~:t}nvPy tliem the pr~: el'i** '*~le IUO|'V)I! IO di~li~,iS bas ed Oh ~,w, de~fe~ldant's contehti~m that th~ defendants had a right under the contract to demand a cash down* payment of $15,000, and that they did dmnand this rigl~t as a condition to delivery of a deed. and that the plaintiff~ refused to pay. Court will be in sessitm but the ~me day. Members of the Charles Town Council moved Tuesday evening- at their regular meeting, to col- lect some revenue from the limi ted sewerage service which the town has been rendering free of charge to some 550 property own era since 1928 when it authorized the drawing of an ordinance to impose a sewerage service fee on all property now connected to the city sewerage system. The ordinance will designate the amount each of the property owners should pay for the servme being rendered. And money deriv ed from this source would be used to help defray the cost of the town's sewerage system operat. ions. Since the sewerage system which the town now has was in- stalled back in 1928. property con nected to it has not been charged for the service rendered, Coun- cil pointed out. And as a result some of the taxes property own- ers, not connected to the sewer have paid, have had to be used to defray the cost of the operations of the sewerage treatment plant, and other costs connected with it. Council now feels that the prop erties making use of this service, should in the future pay some- thing for it. The ordinance is expected to be presented to Council for action in the near future. At the opening of the meeting Richard Funk was sworn in as the newest member of Council, replac ing Errington Jones and Roy Stee ley, H. H. Lehman and lIoward Whitmore. incumbents who were re-elected were also given the oath of office again. Council also came in for a pleas ant surprise Tuesday night when a representative of the bonding company which has been handling the sale of the bonds issued in connection with the purchase of the Charles Town water s~stehL presented the City Fathers with a check in the amount of $14.477.- 06, which is a premium on the water bonds sold. Council author- ized the sale of bonds with a par value of $525.000 and when they were put on the market and sold they brought in $539,477.06. By disposing of the bonds for this sum above par value, the interest rate on the bonds was reduced to 3.3/8 percent instead of the orig- inal 4.6 percent. A committee from the Charles Town Council was authorized to meet with a conunittee from the Ranson Council to discuss sewer- age problems facing the. two towns. LEGION HAS NIGHT GAME Next Wednesday night, June 14, the Charles Town Legion base ball club will be in Purcellville. Va. for a~ night contest, starting at 8:3g p. m. (daylight time). Long rivals on the diamond, the game is expected to dr~aw a good sized crowd of fans from both towns. Dr. Keith M. Oliver is man ager of the Virginia team. To The Shepherdstown Town c0un was rejected. However ,the new cil will meet in special session tonight in Shepherdstown to con- sider an offer by Potomac Light and Power Company to sell the Water Company in Shepherds- town, owned by the Power Com- pany to the towaa. Last year the Power Company offered to sell the Water Com. party to the town. but the offer offer is at a greatly redtlced price an dtown authorities appear to be interested; Main stumblin block to acquisit- ion by the Town of the Company is that the system is in need of extensive repairs which, it ts es- timated would cost,SIS0,000 and the town is handicapped by a lack of money. i: