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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE 2 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1978 WELCOME FIREMENI.. We would be remiss if we were not to extend a hearty greeting and best wishes for a pleasant stay to all those members of the West Virginia State Firemen's Association, and their wives and friends, here in Charles Town and Jefferson County for the Golden Anniversary Convention of the Association. The folks of Jefferson County, and the Eastern Panhandle for that matter, join with the host com- panies, the Citizens and Independent Fire Companies, in seeing to it that everyone feels welcome and has an enjoyable time during the three-day affair. We have a special feeling for firemen, and with very good reason. They are willing to give of their time, and quite often risk their lives, to save the lives of others and property in the communities in which they live. Beyond fighting fires and manning volunteer rescue service units, they also spend countless hours in raising funds to equip the departments they operate. In fact, if it were not for members of the West Virginia State Firemen's Association there would be many localities who would not have fire fighting or rescue service organizations to serve them. So, we say again, have a good time, a productive convention and come back to see us again. It is our privilege to have you, members of the West Virginia State Firemen's Association, as our guests. "THE SPIRIT'- 134 YEARS OLD Thursday evening, August 31, the Spirit of Jef- ferson-Advocate formally celebrated its's 134th birth- -day. And there was a birthday party staged at the Charles Town Turf Club, hosted by the management and attended by the newspaper's staff and some special guests. Normally the Spirit of Jefferson, West Virginia's oldest and fastest growing newspaper, celebrated it's birthday during the second week of July. But because of the terrible tragedy which befell our former boss and General Manager, Max Brown, nearly seven months ago, it was decided to postpone any celebrating for a time. It was on July 17, 1844, some 17 years prior to the tragic war between the states, that the first edition of the Spirit Of Jefferson-Farmers Advocate appeared on the streets of Charles Town. And except for about a six month period during the Civil War, when a vin- dictive raid by Northern Troops, almost destroyed the paper's entire printing plant, the Spirit of Jefferson has never missed a weekly publication date. The story of the Spirit of Jefferson-Advocate is one that pareUels the history of the county. Just as the county survived many adversities over the past 174 years, so did the Spirit of Jefferson manage to overcome equally as many adversities and disap- pointments in it's 134-year history. And this past year - July 1977-78 certainly was no exception for both tragedy and success ..... The Spirit of Jefferson:started the past year on a note of success and accomplishment which ran over a period of five months. Then came tragedy which still shows it's effect in the newspaper office even after nearly seven months. The newspaper's special accomplishments came in the form of special awards on both the state and national levels. The first was an award from the West Virginia Press Association in August; the second came from the National Newspaper Foundation in December. The latter gave the Spirit of Jefferson- Advocate the distinguished rating of a National Blue Ribbon designation. And along with these honors came more growth and ,progress by the newspaper, not only in more ad- vertising and more pages, but also in the number of new readers, both locally and from afar. Twice during the past year the newspaper came forth with a record number of pages and a new high was also reached in the circulation figures. But while the Spirit was enjoying this success, .tragedy slipped in and Max Brown, who had been associated with the newspaper for some 42 years in an executive capacity, the past 27 years as managing editor, sustained serious injuries in an automobile accident while carrying out some of his newspapering duties. At first it was thought Max was not seriously injured and might be back on the job before very long. But within days it became evident that the injuries were most critical and that Max's newspaper career had come to a tragic and abrupt end. There has been months of recuperation for Max, and llthough the recovery road for him is still a long one, we are happy to report that last week Max was transferred from the Western Marylan d Center in Hagerstown, Md., to the Jeffersonian Manor Nursing Home in Charles Town. A visit from his many friends might well make his day a little brighter. For the record and the history of the Spirit of Jef- ferson-Advocate, it must be said that Max played a major role in the tremendous growth and success this county's only locally published newspaper, has en- joyed through the'years, especially in the last half century. In contrast to the several hundred papers which were printed by hand and circulated primarily on the streets of Charles Town in 1844, the Spirit of Jefferson today enjoys a circulation of about 5,800. Instead of {he four pages that were all handset and hand-printed 134 years ago, the Spirit of Jefferson today gives it's more than 20,000 readers an average of 20 pages, all done on computerized equipment. And today the Spirit of Jefferson not only goes into the greater percentage of the homes in Jefferson County, it travels into almost everyone of the 50 states and into many foreign countries. Yes, the Spirit of Jefferson, at age 134, is today enjoying tremenduous growth and progress, just as is Jefferson County. The two are, we believe growing together tn serve all. The islands of Hawaii are the worn tops of volcanoes. SCHOOL OPENING00..STRIKES There was a time when the opening of the new school term meant only mild confusion, caused by the uncertainty of students moving into new surroun- dings; teachers overwhelmed with new and larger classes, revised scheduling, new curriculum and newer methods of teaching. Those days were peaceful, but the world has changed, and not for the better. Already, teachers have struck, mind you. in three districts of Illinois; two districts each in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Washington; and in New Orleans, Michigan, Rhode Island and Idaho. A survey has found at least 91,000 students in thirteen states without classes because of teacher strikes. Money is the main issue. Hundreds of other contracts haven't been signed yet, according to a spokesman for the two-million- member National Education Association, the com- bined teachers' union and lobbying group. It is estimated that over 48 million students will attend school from kindergarten through high school this year. About 40 million of them are eligible to ride buses, and between five and eight percent, roughly two million, are being transported in an effort to avoid racial segregation at the schools they attend. Here in West Virginia, schools have opened, primarily without incident. There was no indication of any strike by teachers and or bus drivers or other auxiliary personnel. In West Virginia, there is legislation which specifically prohibits strikes by teachers. But in the Mountain State, as elsewhere, the drive continues . through the National Education Association... to organize teachers into a cohesive group; and to obtain legislation that will provide for collective bargaining, the next step toward the right to strike. In West Virginia, teachers are of two minds. Some consider themselves to be professionals, thus not categorized as union material. Others, however, see strength only in numbers and in unity. So far, the split has been wide enough to avoid affirmative bargaining action on the part of the legislature. The issue here, as elsewhere, is money, despite the protestations from the NEA and the WVEA that all they are seeking is a better school system and better education. In the last decade and a half, the people of West Virginia have treated teachers with more deference, and with hard cash and extra benefits that have brought teacher earnings nearer the national levels. School levies and bond issues have received solid support until the last couple of years when the people apparently began to resist the continuing upward trend of taxes, and the continuing demands of governmental units. We believe the people of West Virginia will continue to support a reasonable education program, and this includes increases in teacher pay, particularly in the area of experience increments where we have fallen behind. We do not believe the people will support a public program that is geared to the desires of one pressure group that over the years has gotten pretty much what it has asked for or needed. Dear Sir: I had hoped that Mr, Cleveland Benedict would offer a platform which I could support, but was sadly" disappointed when I received his magazine, "FUTURE." In his C. Q. quiz, Item No. 1, he asks if Congressmen and other government employees should have to pay Social Security taxes, and answers, ."YES." I personally don't care if Congressmen pay any taxes, as there are so few of them. (I recall one year when a President paid less income tax than I did). However, I would say that Mr. Benedict is attempting to exploit the present wave of resentment against government employees. Government employees paid 6 per cent of their gross salaries into a retirement fund long before Social Security came into existence. During the years when 1 per cent or a little more was withheld by S.S., govern- ment employees still contributed 6 per cent, and for 10 years have paid in 7 per cent. There is no justification for saddling them with a bankrupt system. Item No. 12 asks if the U.S. should give "indirect" aid to Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda and Cuba - - and, again, he an-! swers, "YES." I will say that I would like to l see one politician that is not out to give the people's money away in some form of "foreign aid." I can only conclude that some per centage of the aid approved by Congress is "kicked back" to those voting for it. If the "bleeding hearts" would take up a free will offering for the countries indicated, they would not get enough to pay for a postage stamp to mail the en- velope over-seas. It is most unfortunate that, in all of our elections, we can only choose between the lesser of two evils: McGovern vs Nixon, Ford vs Carter, Staggers vs Benedict, Randolph vs ..... People, tell me, who will run against Byrd in 1962? Will it be Nick Satan, himself? If so, he'll get my vote. Jj.caek COMMUTING ZONING? "Stop the world I want to get off." This is intended as a constructive nitpicking. The issue is the inconsistent and contradictory statement, made public by a well paid professional official of Jefferson County. For Mr. Beckett to object when a group of citizens request and gain approval of the County Commission in an at- tempt to receive a commuting problem is beyond the call d duty. It is not a part of his ap- pointed .task to handle com- muting problems. His private opinions should not be projected as official pronouncements. The further inconsistency is that Mr. Beckett was empl to "plan for orderly growth." A great segment of citizens feel he wields undue influence in deciding what kind of "orderly GROWTH" will be wisest in various county areas. Growth in wisdom is his authoritative field. How much growth is determined and controlled by the minumum of acres purchased for family homes. Growth is purposely limited, but there is no intention of stagnation. For Mr. Bockett's office to agree to three acre subdivisions and then publicly object to increased population is clearly contradictory. Also, to claim that new residents will command more services than ,re can afford is either weird thinking or to condemn people who have the good judgment to select Jefferson County as a good place to live. I was a newcomer thirty six years ago and he is a newcomer very recently. Don't stop the world; I want to stay on. Pop Wheeler LAWSON BOTTS TO MEET ON TUESDAY Lawson Botts Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will meet Tuesday, Sepmber 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Mrs. James Hammon for a covered dish supper and a white elephant sale. News Of Other Years i i 10 -- YEARS AGO -- 10 Giving recognition to some of the work and achievements of outstanding church families, the Asbury United Methodist Church names the William Anders family as the "Family of the Year". Donald B. "Buddy" Bush, of Charles Town, is issued his certificate of Certified Public Accountant and license to practice in the State of Virginia. DEATHS: Frank Boxwell, 77, retired sales executive of Yale and Towne, of Dallas, Texas, and a former resident of Charles Town; Gilbert H. Humphreys, III, of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; William Minor Moore, 46, of Charles Town, dies in the V. A. Center Hospital in Washington, D.C.; Charles Richard Spong, Jr., 76, of Shepherdstown, dies in King's Daughters Hospital in Martinsburg; Howard Christian Muilen, 65, of Neersville, Va., dies from injuries received in a l highway accident near Paeonian J Springs, Va. I MARRIED: I Miss Caroline Elaine Hilliard, ! of Charles Town, and Mr. Arthur Donzelle Andrews, Jr., of Ranson; Miss Jane Elizabeth Grieve and Mr. Edgar Allen Baker, of Bedington , W. Va. William "Bill" Benton is the champion of the Sleepy Hollow Golf and Country Club for the fourth consecutive year, defeating Meredith Polen in a 36- hole match to the tune of 6 up and 5 to go to win the men's golfing crown. In a 9-hole playoff for the l coveted President's Cup trophy, Nancy Roth bests Jo McWatters t9 win the tournament and the title. " 20 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 George "Flicker" Mullah, Charles Town and Ranson Real Estate and Insurance man, is named director of the W. Va. Chamber of Commerce. DEATHS: George E. Armstrong, 56, of this county, dies in the hospital; Ronald Brackett, 18, son of Russell and Mabel Costello Brackett of Millville, dies from injuries received in a farm tractor accident on the prttlperty of Blair Lijnestone Co., near Millville; James Hersel Dailey, 48, farmer and trucker of Jefferson Avenue, Charles Town, dies in the local hospital; David Shipe, 79, of Reedson, Va., RIPPON Mrs. Austin Nicodemus Dial 725-9098 flu k. Alk Ak k   Ak,. 0L Jl J "qr ",qy "V "qV" "qr V -,W- -,qr p- -qlv Mr. and Mrs. Stephen War- sham and children, Angela and Benjamin of Tullahama, Tenn. were last week guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Randolph Smith Jr., and family. Mrs. I. Kropp and Mrs. William David of Barrington, New Jersey were house guests Miss Welford Smith last week. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Poston spent from Friday till Monday on camping trip at Shenandoah River. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kostecka and sons, Tony and Andy of Sterling Park were Sunday guests .of the Poston's. Marvin and Barbara and children, Karen, Tommy and Stevte were Sunday afternoon guests of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Coravalo. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Dodsen accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Don Come to Romney on Thursday. They were called to Romney by the death of Mr. Don Come's mother, Mrs. Maxine Come;they also attended the funeral. Mrs. Ollie Nichols was house guest at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Jenkins and family from Friday till Sunday. The Rippon Go Getters 4-H Club will be held on September 6 at home of Ervin and Beth Ann Propps in Jefferson Avenue at 7:30. All members are asked to be present. Shannon Whittington has returned to her home after being a patient in Winchester Memorial Hospital where she is now recuperating after un- dergoing surgery on her ears. Mr and Mrs. James Fritts were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Viands and family in Ransom Mr. and Mrs. Austin Nicodemus were Sunday af- ternnon guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Whittington and family. Mrs, Sara Penwell was a patient in the Charles Town meral Hospital last week. She entered the hospital on Tuesday and underwent surgery on Wednesday. At this Writing she shews much improvement. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Prit- chard had with them several days last week the former's dies in the local hospital; Louis Kogelschatz, 67, of Martinsburg, and a native of Charles Town, dies in City Hospital in Mar- tinsburg; Mrs. Genevieve V. Jones, 45, of Chestnut Grove, dies at her home. MARRIED: Miss Shirley Louise Bentz, of Charles Town, and Mr. Richard L. Stickler, of Summit Point; Miss Bernie Hagan of Brun- swick, Md., and Mr. Vernon Snyder of Bolivar. The Charles Town American Legion baseballers end their 20- game season, the shortest ever played, with a 13-6-1 record; Bucky Bolyard leads the team in hitting and pitching. 30 --YEARS AGO -- 30 Randolph Huyett succeeds T. T. Perry as Post Commander of American Legion Post 71. MARRIED: Miss Leuna Lou Heath, of Kooskia, Alaska, and John Smith, of Charles Town; Miss Catherine Mullah and Mr. P. Frank Legard, Jr., of Loudoun County; Miss Virginia Brill, of Harpers Ferry, and Mr. Charles Ruble, of Bunker Hill; Miss Lucy Matilda Anders, and Mr. Edward Bell Winkler; Miss Virginia Thompson Porterfield, of Charles Town, and Lt. George Morgan Williams, U.S.A.F. DEATHS: Miss Jane Frances Goodell, of Jefferson County, dies in the local hospital; Miss Birtie Irene Michaels dies at her farm home near Zoar; John W. Mills, of near Rippon, is killed when struck by a truck on the Berryville Pike. 50 --YEARS AGO -- 50 ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC ......... Donald G. Rentch ...................... R. Meade Dorsey .................... Published Every Thursday at 210 North George Street Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 Telephone (304) 725-2046 Subscription Price .... $7.50 a Year Entered in the post office at Charles Town as second class matter Ad Deadline 4 p. m. Monday ..... WEST wonderful VI00INIA Committee, John Slack. said was the envy of other Congressman Harley was continually referred the Dean of the delegation. President Mondale Staggers chairmanship Interstate Commerce mittee was one of the fluential positions and had attained greatness leadership role. He also to Bob Mallahan being a member of the Armed Committee. This was the first time writer had heard Vice Mondale in person. He! Two thousand persons make a big banquet crowd especially when they are Democrats gathered for the annual Jef- ferson-Jackson Day Rally at the Charleston Civic Center. At $25 each they came from each of the fifty-five counties to give en- thusiastic support to re-election of Senator Jennings Randolph and the entire Democratic ticket he heads. West Virginia's entire congressional delegation was present on front stage along with Governor Jay Rockefeller, Mayor John Hutchinson and other elected state officials. The George Harris farm of 116 acres southwest of Myerstown, Sharon Rockefeller served as is sold at public auction to Chairperson and presided to Charles R. Langdon on his bid of begin the introductions. $11,400. The piece of ham, baked potato, green beans and piece of Cedar Lawn farm of 143 acres, one of the old Washington homes is sold by M. M. Jenkins to Col. Forrest W. Brown at ap- proximately $90 an acre. 70 -- YEARS AGO -- 70 MARRIED: Miss Anna M. Mitchell, of Charles Town, and Mr. Luther- Pfahler Eisenhart, of Princeton, N.J. DEATHS: Mrs. Julia W. WiRshire of near Bardane, dies at Wytheville, Va.; Mrs. Nellie Willis Pen- dleton; Arthur Thomas dies in Charles Town. i parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Pritchard of Sisterville, W.Va. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Pritchard and Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Pritchard and children, Betsy and Forrest were Friday night supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ran- dolph Smith Jr., and family. Mr..Tommy Barron of Charles Town, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Kearns and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Gardner and family were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hough. Mr. and Mrs. Austin Nicodemus were Monday night callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Johnson. Quilt, Needlewo00 Display Sept. 23 apple pie were entirely outdone by the excitement registered through applause, music and general enthusiasm. Each speaker, in turn, praised the work of West Virginia's senior senator Jennings Randolph and emphasized the role he plays in Senate leadership. Senator Robert Byrd aroused the audience with statements outlining the contributions of Randolph. He pointed out the fact that the Senate had seventeen major committees and that Randolph chaired one of these, that of Environment and Public Works. Of 100 senators, Randolph is one of the seventeen chairmen and one of the most respected and powerful, he said. He concluded his remarks by shating in high voice, "Send Randolph back to work with me. Don't send someone who will cancel out every vote I make." Vice President Fritz Mondale was the main speaker. He really complimented West Virginia on its strength in Washington. No state, he said, can match the strength of Majority Leader Byrd and Senior Senator Ran- dolph. He pointed out that West Virginia had a senator on the appropriations committee (Byrd) and a Representative on the House Appropriations! The Summit Point Extension Homemakers will sponsor a quilt and needlework display, Sept. 23 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 p.m. at the "White Church," opposite the Masonic Cemetery in Middieway. Many old quilts will be on display along with needlework consisting of crewel, needlepoint and crochet. Admission will be a $1.00 donation. MRP ,Meeting To Be Held September 14 The regular monthly meeting of the American Association of Retired Persons will be held Monday evening, Sept. 1,4 at I0 a.m. jn the Fellowship Hall of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town. The program will be  by the state police officers who will give instructions on safety, both on the streets and highways and in the homes. This will be a covered dish luncheon, with persons attending asked to bring along a place .setting and a covered dish. In 1728, potatoes were outlawed in Scotland because they were not mentioned in the Bible. impressive and "came as a sincere and public servant. He hit when he focused on the income family and the portance of these wage in the economic and development of our Particularly noticeable the secret service the banquet hall. They with almost unnoticeable from door balcony observing the all in attendance. A rain shower crowd as it left the at ten-thirty. After this arrived at the Hotel and brushed off of the rain he went finding a state floor, one in the lobbY, outside in the drive wal another on the serving the entire hotel. The Governor's parked in front. One said, "The Governor is building." Isn't it a shame President of the U.S. walk to the corner and buy a coke the President can't speak friends and the own state can't visit friends in their hotel army of protection. of freedom but not November 7th is Exercise your option Byrd's.Eye By U.S. Senator Robert C. Help jor America's Families Middle - income families with college-bound children have more reason than most to complain that they feel powerless in the ever- tightening pincers of in- flation. College costs have risen more than 93 percent since 1967. To add to their financial woes, middle-income fam- ilies find they fall between the cracks of most public and private scholarship, grant, and loan programs. They are considered neither poor enough to qualify for aid, nor rich enough to pay the full cost of a college or vocational-technical ed- ucation. Federal aid programs are mostly slanted toward low- income families. Of this year's $8.6 billion spent on college-level school aid, 69 percent will go to low-in- come students. Advanced education is now out of the reach of many. The average total yearly cost of a private, four-year college education is about $6,619 and about $4,546 at a public institu- tion. Congress, aware of the financial plight of so many American families, has con. sidered several alternatives, particularly the extension of tuition tax credits. Some proposals considered would provide credits to of elementary and ary private and students, as.well as lege-level students. I am pleased to that the Senate, support, has passed that would provide credit equal to 50 of tuition and feeg a maximum of $250 lege, jumor vanced education effective 1978. On Oct. 1, credit would be to a maximum of student. The tax subtracted of taxes owned. I think we ought some experience in with the tion credit and impact on tuition fore we proceed with elementary" ondary school tax As approved by ate, the tion tax credit larly benefit families whose strained by rising tion costs. Education is a efit from which we it. As Diogenes foundation of is the education youth."