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REPORT! cloudiness with show- scattered thundershower.~ tonight and Friday. ]ligh to- 82. low tonight in file Warm Friday. Outlook scattered ~howers likely TWO SECTIONS 16 -- PAGES TODAY - 16 Read By More Than 20,0tH} People Every Week 97, NO. 30 "Best For News and Advertising In Charles Town--Ranson and Jefferson County WEST VIRGINIA'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER CHARLES TOWN, JEFFERSON COUNTY, W. VA. THI RSDAY, JUI,Y 2qt, 1961 Since 1844" COMPLETE LOCAl, NEWS COVERAGE i PRICE 10 CENTS SPECIAL the second annual sales to be staged in retail stores August are moving along in sur according to William l~iorff, president of the Retail Merchants sponsoring unit for Lof 22 merchants have to participate in more are expected the next few days, stated. have been com- having some of the Civ Cannons, cassons and sol with the Civil in Harpers Ferry, Charles Town the of Aug. 3 to give the Sales a real send off. has also been ham a queetr to reign as over the three and the Charles Town Junior High bands will to provide some ap- band music for the pc- ! 0rndorff stated. Skinner Named Bar Assn. C. Skinner was elected of the Jefferson Coun- :Association at a meeting Organization at the court Charles Town on Monday succeeds Lee Bushong as president for the ~officers chosen to serve year are Itenry W. Vice and Tho- secretary,treasur For Thefts Charles Town juven- 13 years old, and were wanted by City Police for ques Connection with two FEATURES SET lT o Different President Striders On Program At W. Va. Bankers Meeting and enterings in have been returned after having been by Frederick (Md.) they have been plac of their parents ion of Juvenile Court. have admitted to police of having in the theft of two archery sets and 17: from the store on July the theft of some $120.- and a quantity of and-stamp pads Brothers store street. The entering the Cap- store on two differ the first time on the second time on who deliver news- morning performed acts early in the' they were suppos- newspapers it the articles of merchan were recoverd in an I JAMES W. STRIDER Two different fellows at the West Virginia Bankers Associat- ion convention starting in White Sulphur Springs,,W. Va. Thursday July 20 are known as President Strider. It could get confusing but probably won't. One is the current president of the West Virginia Bankers Assoc- iation. He is James W. Strider, ex ecutive vice president and cashier of the Bank of Charles Town. Pre siding at the business sessions of the convention., will be his main preoccupatkm on Friday and Sat-~ urday. '~' ~ TURN TO PAGE 6-A Abot Future A movement will be initiated Friday night, July 28, to endeavor to do something to advance the de velopment and growth of the town of Bolivar, it was announced to- day by the Rev. D. M. Hughes, new mayor of the town. Mayor Hughes said a publie meeting is being called for 8 p. m. in the Harper~ Ferry High School Construction work was started last week on enlarging the Indep endent Fire Company Building lo cated on North George street in Charles Town. The new addition to the build- ing incorporates the previously va cant area located between the Fire Hall and the adjoining St. Margaret's building. Charles F. Reininger, president of the fire company, said this week that this is a project which the fire company has had in the in Charles Town planning stages for some time. were seen leaving The previous building is not large TO 6-A t enough to house the company's Q Philip N. Mayor Named reman Jury Mrs. Seriously For John Brown Trial; Named Car Wreck Mayors Of Other Towns To Be On Jury Philip N. Cash, 26, son of Mr. [ anti Mrs. A. B. Cash, RFD, Charles Town and two other persons were seriously injured Thursday after noon, July 13 near tIampton, Va. in a two car highway collision ac, cording to word received here this i week. I Mr. and Mrs. Cash were noti- fied thai their son was in a ser- ious condition in a ttampton }tos pital. Injured along with Cash were Thonms M. Spring 26 of Itampton, a neighbor of Philip Cash who was residing in the Cash car and William F. Gainey, 30, of Fort Eustis, Va. a passenger in the car of Arthur J. Charnick, 30 also of Fort Eustis, driver of the other car. Charnick was arrested by Hamp ton police and charged with driv ing drunk and reckless driving. Charnick was not injured. He was flaced under a $2,500 bond. Police said the Charnick car ran across the center island in the highway and collided with the Cash car on the opposite side. Cash, a member of the }Iampton police department for a number of years, received a broken nose and serious chest and back injur- ies. He had only recently returned to duty following a serious mishap in which he received a serious hip injury in an accident while on duty a short time ago. Cash, who is well known here having resided in Charles Town with his parents for a time while he attended Charles Town High School was on his way to Newport News with Spring to pick up his wife from work. His car was completely demol. ished, lo~s being estimated at $2,- 910 by police. ,Charnick's car was also completely demolished. Just prior to the accident to Charnick and his passenger had for the car. Author, One of Actors View "The Anvil" Shown in the above picture are two of the top personalities connected with "The Anvil," a two-act drama, dealing with the actual trial of John Brown, looking over a large blacksmith anvil from which the play derived it's title. In the picture are Mrs. Julia Davis, of New York and Charles Town, a noted author, who wrote the script for this play and John Boyer of Charles Town. who will play the role of Armistead Ball. Mr. Boyer's great grand- Sather, George W. Boyer, was a trial juryman, and the anvil in the picture belongs to Mr. Boyer's father, 77-year,-old J. E. Boyer, who still runs a blacksmith shop in Charles Town. Charles Town's Mayor Nicholas Carson has been chosen as fore- man of the jury which will set in been rep0r[~._ involved:in a fight historic Jefferson County Court in a parking lot, but Kefore offi- House in Charles Town for the re enactment of the famous John rs reached the scene the two .............. - ~ ,, ; __ ~ t-. :Brown trial WhiCh nolos It S wor, ~.rt arove away in me cag. ~Ar .._.~.: ..... _ .... . = , . Id V*~'"Le*~ uz, --,u~u~ o and mt tlme an alm'i w~u~ seIlt to all -'ill " n thro' ~i. A" - 13 Mice lillits to be on ~he look0{It .... s- -s. On being selected for this duty, I auditorium at which the Mayor and town Council will ask for sug gestions for a program of devel- opment for the town. The people of Bolivar are not only invited, but urged to be pres ent and give their views on the matter. It is hoped that from this meeting will come some thoughts and plans, for the future develop. ment of Bolivar. Y fire fighting equipment adequate- ly. The enlargement represents the first addition to the building or construction change since 1895 and it will provide much needed additional floor space, bigI! Reininger said perhaps the gest advantage of the new ion, however, will be the provision for adequate room for a hose ing tower ~hich the fire company has needed for many years. After a fire now the firemen must hy the hose out on the pavement to dry; this is a long and costly pro- cess because water lying in the hose for any time creates an acid which eats the hose lining. With the tower, the hose can be dried rapidly by hanging it up. TURN TO PAGE 6-A NOTICE! Mayor Carson was asked to se- cure the services of Mayors of nearby towns to make up the jury and to date he has been able to pull some of them for jury duty. Another outstanding Charles Town personality playing a lead- ing role in the two act drama will be Lee Bushong, Charles Town lawyer, who will interpret the role of Andrew Hunter, an attorney for the prosecution. A native of Charles Town, Bushong received an A. B. degree from Salem Col- lege, Va. and an LL. B. from the University of West Virginia. Dur- ing World War II, he entered the Army as a private and emerged as a major in August, 1946. He is currently in the Reserves. Bush- ong's father, the late F. L. Bush pug, also practiced law here. The important narrator role will be taken by Donald William- son 29, of Harpers Ferry. William son is a graduate of Roanoke Col lege, Va. where he majored in English. While attending the Un- iversity of Virginia, he acted in school productions, played for In summer in the "Common Glory" in WiUialtisburg, Vs. and was a memlSer of the cast of "The P~- phet", the John Brown drama sta ged in Harpers Ferry in 1959. He taught in Charles Town Junior High School in 1960, the Senior High School, Frederick, Md. in 1961 and has been engaged to teach at Augusta Military Acad- emy near Staunton, Va. for the coming year. Performances will be given twice nightly except on opening night when there will he just one beginning at 8 p. m. Tickets to the production are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce office in Charles Town and they may be secured by calling there person- ally or by writing to "The Anvil" Box 430, Charles Town. Advertise In The Spirit.Advocate GO TO CHURCH SUNDAY I OWNERS and Son, one of years and the store has in itself and JefferSon Court become a business landmark. ~il business firms, is I The business was started in of business aftei" 78 1883 and operated as Burns and ltiauous operations in Shugart until 1913,when the late vn, it was announced Mr. Shugart purchased the Burns Leland Shugart, pres share of the store and changed and operator of the the name of it to C. T. Shugart & Son. The late Mr. Shugart con- trt said in announcing tinued to operate the store until to retire from the re- his death in February of 1928. His in Charles Town that -son Leland, continued to operate ~e utmost regret that the business, and then in 1930 he forced for health rea obtained sole possession of the a " store and he has continued to : business which was Sis father, the late C. I operate it under the same name Shugart and J. Ed of C. T. Shugart & Son since then. ' name of Shugart s Mr. Shugart said today in retir become synonymous I ing from business, I wish to take flic in Jeffer-[this opportunity to thank the through the l TURN TO PAGE 6-A Mrs. George tleidrich who has been active in various phases of the ,lefferson County Red Cross Chapter's program since 1941, was named as the new Chapter chair, man at the annual meeting hehl July 13 in the Chapter headquar ters. Sffe, succeeds Mrs. James Mason, III who wil continue to ser ve the chapter in an advisory ca. pacity. Mrs. tleidrich of ttermiiage farms, located near Charles Town has been a member of the chapter board for a number of years and at one time served as executive secretary of the Ctmpter. Others elected to serve with her were: Mrs. Floyd Owens, vice- chairman; Mrs. J. B. Huyett, Jr. secretary to the board. Miss ttaz- el eden, treasurer and Mrs. Gar. land Heflebower Jr. executive sec retary. New board members elected were Roger Ramey, John Bartlett, Frank Corregan, Steve Clopper for three year terms and Mrs. Rob ert P. Leonard two year terms, W. P. C. Perry one year term. Reelected to a three year term were Mrs. George R. Heidrich Norman Kisner and Mrs. Conrad Hammann. Advisory members are Dr. Earl Allara, N. Clark Furr, Shirley Hunt, John Newcomer, P. T. Por- terfield, Jr., C. Manning Smith, Mrs. Edna O. Stigers, Admiral George Cooper and Mrs. James M. Mason III. Members remaining on the board Rev. Alfred Collins, Mrs. Lowell Hetzel, Miss Hazel Oden. Mrs. J. B. Huyett, Jr., Rev. Russell Urquhart, Mrs. J. D. Yowell, Mrs. Calvin Shoemaker, William Ram- ey, Harold Kisner, Mrs. Floyd Owens, Sr., Archie Smith and Carl Merchant. Some 65 members 9f the Jeffer son County Chamber of Commer- ce. some accompanied by their wives, went to the Charles Town Race Course Wednesday after- noon for dinner and an afternoon of thoroughbred horse-racing. And while, admittedly only a few of them found the trip to be a boost to their personal economy, too all it was relaxing. They heard Mr. Lou Pondfield, vice president and General Manager of the Char les Town Race course, deliver" an interesting and informative talk on the mignitude of the racing business in Charles, Town and how it benefits the economy ,,of Jefferson County and West Virgin Beginning Friday the newly rer modeled TONY'S DRIVE-IN Will be re-opened under original man- agement --- Tony Chlcchirichi. Hours:--6:00 A. M. to 3:00 A. M. Real Italian Spaghetti, Meat Balls, Steaks, Submarine Sandwiches, Chicken in the drum. Carryout and Curb Service. Phone 5035. Thanks. July 20-1t.-l~P NOTIC~ ,of Ham sponsored by V. F. W. Auxiliary, will be at a later date. H01d your tickets. , July 20-1t.-FP "-'VA-cATION Ennis' Barber Shop on North Charles Street in Charles Town. WILL BE CLOSED from July 31 through August 7th, 1961 for a week's vacation, ENNIS BARBER SHOP July 20-2t.-.FP t Sitting as a Board of Equaliza! ion and Review, the Jefferson County Court has notified the owners of Charles Town's two race tracks, Shenandoah Downs and Charles Town Properties, (hal it will increase the assessed value on the two tracks by the end of next week unless the track owners can show cause why this shouh! not be done. Charles Town Properties, Inc., which operates what is commonly known as the Old Track has asked for, ,and been granted, the right to appear before the Court July 25 to be heard in opposition to the proposed raise. A similar re- quest has been made by the own- ers of the Shenandoah Downs night track and July 28 has been set for a bearing on the latter re quest. Charles Town Properties, Inc., real estate was assessed at $1.182, 170 in 1960 and-~on this assessment it paid $30,692.80 to the sheriff's office in real estate taxes. The cor peru(ion also filed a return show ins taxable personal property val ued at $22,750 on which it paid $591.04 in personal property tax- es in 1960. The court proposes to raise the 1961 real estate assessments 1o a figure of two million dollars on Charles Town Properties. and pro poses to raise the assessed value on real estate owned by Shenan- doah Downs. officially known as Charles Town Raceway, to a' fig- ARE PROTESTING BUT--- O IS. Pondfield declared few people realize how much money horse racing pinups into the treasury of the state, the county and many businesses in Charles Town and Jefferson County. $27 Million Gross Using a host of financial stat- istics to present a clear and ac- curate picture to the county's bus iness leaders. Pondfield declared that the Charles Town Race Cour- se did a gross business of $28 nlil [ion in the year of 1959 and over $27 million in 1960. And from this amount the state derived $1,573,- 000 in 1959 and $1,466,000 in 1960 During the 1960 racing season, a total of $1,100,000 in purse nmney or about $70.000 weekly was paid out to the horsemen. Pondfield pointed out. Much of this money is spent with local businesses. mostly for grain, hay and feed for their horses and has also been ure of two million eighty six thousand dollars. No chan~es are contemplated in the perstmal I)rop e|'ly assessment of either track. l,ast year, 19til, Shenandoah Downs l'~qll estate was asst,ss(,(| at $1,375,000 on which a tax of $35,722.,50 was paid. Shenandoah Downs also listed personal prop erty of the vahle of $91,830 on which it paid, last year a tax of $2385.7,~. The proposed raises, if allowed to stand, wouhl nearly double the real estate taxes of each track for the year 1961, and would place each track's real estate taxes in excess of $50,000. Charles Town Properties was purchased from tlelene Boyle, wi dew of the late A. ,I. Boyle in May of 1959. Revenue stamps affixed Io thai (Iced suggest a sale price of $4,300.000. Since then the tin'- peru(ion has acquired a tract of land adjoining it from L. E. Tor- reyson. Stamps affixed to this deed suggest a sale price of $60,- 000. Shenandoah Downs has never been on the market it having been constructed but a few years ago. tlowever following its completion it (lid purchase a tract of land from Itarry Burns, adjoining the track property for $20.000. Be- cause of its new construction it was assessed last year a! a higher value than the Old Track, TURN TO PAGE 6-A J. B. Huyett, Jr. Speaker For Yokefellows Sunday ,l B. Huyett. ,lr will be lhe spea]~er for the Sunday mornmff meeti~lg of the Yokefellows Bible Class of the Charles Town Pre~by terian Church. Meeting at 9:30 a. m. the class will be led in group si ~ging under tim direction of F. E. Brenneman before Mr. Huy- ell speaks at 10 a. m. Visitors are always assured a most cordial wbl come at the Yokefellows t ~ass meetings every Sunday mornm,g, Edwin Lee Demoff Buys Farm For $25,000 The W. M. Demory farm. loeat ed three miles south of Shepherd~ town, was sold m front of the Court llouse in Charles Town last Saturday morning to Edwin Lee Demory, one of the he~rs. The purchaser's bid was $25.000. The purchased and his mother, Mrs. W. M Demory, resided on the farm until a few weks ago vhen the d~elling house ~as tie. stroyed by fire. Men's Bible Classes Meet At Zion Church July 30 The Fifth Sunday, (July 30th) meeting of Men's Bible Classes m Charles Town, Ranson and any others in the county who might like to attend, wilt be held m Zion Episcopal Church. Charles Town, Sunday, July 30th, begin- ning at 9:30 a. m. prompt. Speak- er for the occasion will be announ ced next week and the host chur- ch is planning for a large turn. out of the men of the community and county for this meeting. estimated that the horsemena-'- lone spend about $15,000 daily in the county, Pondfield staled. And in addition to this the track itself also spends about $154,000 annually in maintenance costs. with about $65,000 of this going to local businesses. Pondfield said. The weekly payroll of nmtuel employees at Charles Town Race course runs about $36.000 with a major share of this money going into local business channels, sinc~ about 85-percent of these an~r other track employees are rest- TURN TO PAGE 6-A JOSEPH R. STALEY JOHN E. MARTIN LEE B. GRUBER JR. A series of changes affecting Ichild'ren,--"h~as ff'ee~r of the. Gruber is married to the former The annual Jefferson County ~ ...................................... ~ ..................... personnel of the Potomac Light l utility company's 0flee here since I Betty Shuman and they have two Fair will be a little late this year. Jefferson Demcrats and Power Company in Charles l January, 1958. Prior to that time [young daughters. T~ey plan to Later in fact than it has ever been Town were announced this week I he had served with P. L. & P. at Imve to Charles Town in the near with the dates being set by the by J. Marvin Hawk, District Man ]Martinsburg for over 10 years. [future. Fair Association Monday night Complain About GOP's I~eing November 2-3 and 4. ager of the utility company. I Staley and his family will con-I Ned Martin, who leaves Charles ldi g S Joseph R. Staley, who has been [tinue to maintain their home [Town to take over the manager- The directors pointed out they Ho tate Jobs serving as Charles Town Manager [ here. In his new assignment, Stal ] ship at Hancock has been employ realize this is somewhat late in here, has been transferred to Hag [ey will be designated as a Special ted by the electric utility company the season, but because of exist-I The Jefferson County Demo- erstown where he will participate [Assistant and will serve under a I ing circumstances it would not I cratic Association met at the in a special training program. Ispecial training program of period [ since 1941. He began his career in possible to arrange other dates. [ court house in Charles Town last John E. "Ned" Martin. chief l ic assignments with the Vice Pres [Hagerstown in the statistical de. clerk for Potomac Light and Pew [idents and the Comptroller of the Ipartment and in 1948 was traqs- Heads of the various depart- I Monday evening, July 17 with Jos er here has been transferred to Iparent organization, Potomac Edi-Iferred here as chief clerk the as- ments of the fair reported they ]eph J. Thompson, president of I signment he held until his recent are busy preparing tlae premium [ the Association, presiding. Hancock as Local Manager. I son System. lists; other fair officials are work ] Principal topic for discussion Named to succeed Staley as I His successor here, Lee Gruber, Itransfer" ing on the Fair catalogue and still [ by the group were complaints Manager of the Charles Town of- ]has been in the utility organizat- I Martin is married to the former Ithat notwithstanding the Demo- fice is Lee B. Gruber, Jr. former- [ion since 1941 and has spent his [Waunita Ruth Cline. They have others on both space, etc. Fair officials are hopeful that ]cratic victory last Fall a number ly of Hagerstown. I entire period of service in Hagers [ one son John Martin Jr. ~a student the 1961 Fair will be even more [ of Republicans continue to hold [high state appointive jobs. All three changes are effective ]town. Since 1947 he has served as [at West Virginia University. The successful than those in the past [ Thompson was directed by the immediately. IChief Clerk of the Hagerstown IMartins make ~their home at 547 despite the lateness of the date. I Association to appoint a commit. Staley, who resides at 344 East IDistrict operations for Potomac [E. Liberty Street but will move to 1st Avenue with his wife and two IEdison. IHancock in the near futur(.. G{, TOC-~ L~NDAY l tee to investigate the matter.