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TWO SECTIONS NEWS- PICTURES LOCAL l WEDDINGS - SOCIETY tiv(tie~I I CLASSIFIED ADS Spir - / / 105 NO. 42 Business-News Dept. - Dial 725-2046 or 2047 1844 The Newspaper Charles Town, Ranson And West Virginia Grew Up With 1969 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), W. VA. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1969 SIXTEEN PAGES LATEST In LOCAL, AREA SPORTS - COUNTY NEWS AMUSEMENTS " I" " " { West Virginia's Oldest Newspaper i PRICE - 10 CENTS I At 1:30 Thursday afternoon. October 9, two fire trucks, one from each of Charles Town's two fire and[ a host of volunteer firemen rolled up to ~the rear of the Charles Town Postoffiee and intents and purposes to those who didn't k now differently they were to extinguish a fire in Postoffice. The above picture shows the trucks just after they had arrived near the loading and in the rear, with firemen in full fire-fighting regalia. Also shown are members of staff who had evacuated the building. But there was no fire to extinguish and within the Postofflce's regular routine operations were resumed. The occasion was the annual drill required to be carried out at each Postoffice by the Postoffice Department. By the time trucks arrived the staff of the Postoffice and st'owed away the marl. stamps and money in the fireproof vaults at 'the Postoffice and they had manned the fire extinguishers, ready for action there actually been a real fire spotted in the Postofflee. (Photo by Tim Sinn.) Re-Assignments Of Two Episcopal Clergymen The advancement of a local Episcopal Mission and the changes in employment of two Episcopal clergymen in the County were announced last week by the Rt. Rev. Wilburn C. Camp- bell, Bishop of the Episcopal Di- Jennings Randolph (D) Harpers Ferry, who is arranging ocese of West Virginia. Virginia, will once again a surprise welcome for the dip- The petition of St. Andrew's-On members of Washing- lomats. -The-Mount, Mannings, to become s diplomatic families with National Park Rangers will ex- an Organized Mission was granted s Ferry Saturday, Oct. 18. plain the early history of:the by the Executive Board of the tor Randolph will greet the area, and its importance during Diocese at its September meet- traveling by bus on a trip the Civil War to the~ group of ing. St. Andrew's, originally es- ed by the Hospitality and guests ~ro~ Austrglia, Brazil, tabtished as a mission of Zion m~i~a. ~;ervice ~ f?r .diplo-, ~~t B~itain, India~ ~u~h, I~$X ~~.X3~ residents and tli~ faro. tri~~~-m~l ~y; A m~l~J~, ,~ ~ ~he mountain The group will arrive in visit ~.'~ the ffohn Brown Wax areas for ~m~y y~rs, then lap* rs Ferry at noon and will Mus~mm is scheduled, sod oan orga~ised" status during guestg of honor at a pub- Saturday's outing is one in a the H~Ars. cheon on the park grounds, series of trips scheduled by THIS Summer services for, the grow- came into being through a to acquaint the Diplomatic Corps ing resort developmeflts in the Act he authored, with historical aspects of the area cesumed in about 1960. at the affair will United States, and particularly G. Wheeler, Mayor of the environs of the local area. > National Park Service has the offer of the Jeffer- Board of Education exchange of land owned Park Service for the build Znd site of the Shipley Ele- School in Harpers Ferry. Superintendent T. A. told the Board Tuesday that he had received a from the Park Service stat- the proposed exchange will not be possible. Some time now the School has been negotiating with Service to obtain a de- site for a new elementary serve the Harpers Ferry Millville, Halltown and areas. The board had to give the National Park the building and land of Elementary School, in an area in Harpers Which is surrounded on all land owned by'the Nat- service, for a tract of Ocated in Bolivar near the the Old Castle was of the reasons given, by Park Service, was be- of "consideral local opposit- a school on this Board expressed concern statement since no dis- during the past months indicated local opposition. the Parent-Teacher As- had endorsed the pro- of Education would ate the people of the area them their-feeling about whether it be for Town Band To Meet aonthly meeting Band Boost- Wednesday OGt. the Band T.o Sr, Bank Of Charles Town Named Recipient 1968 "Award Of Honor" The Bank of Charles Town has )een advised by Mrs. Leo Wid. myer that they are the recil~ients of the 1968 "Award of Honor." Mrs. Widmyer sta~ed, "The A- ward of Honor is presented to show appreciation to business and industrial establishments which have taken interest in making ~heir buildings, grounds, and surroundings as a~tractive as possible." The Wayside Garden Club of the Shenandoah-Potomac District made an ou~tanding presentation of the Bank of Charles Town in a booklet setting forth ,the build- ~ng progress of the bank. The booklet contained pictures of the various buildings occupied by the bank from 1907 through the pres- ent new building along with a detailed description of the new building and its landscaping. The concluding paragraph of the Club's presen.~tion is as follows: "The Wayside Garden Club feels that the Bank of Charles Town is very deserving of an Award of Honor because of their landscap- ing and plann.ing. While the Bank of Charles Town is still a 'Com- muni,ty Cornerstone,' it is also a Keystone of Progress." James W. Strider, President of the Bank of Charles Town ex- pressed ,his sincere gratitude to the members of the Wayside Garden Club for selecting this bank and his congratul~ions ~o them for their excellent presen- ,ration which brougl~t about the award of their club. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Deck and family, of Winchester, Va were recent visitors at the home of the former's brother-in.law and sister, Mr: .a:nd Mrs. Philip .sinai!wood There is presently a Vestry Com. mittee, headed ,by Col. Willis Nowell, Senior Warden and Treasurer, and Mrs. Charles M. Johnson, Sr Junior Warden. The Rev. David C. Wayland has accepted a call to become Vicar of St. Philip's, Charles Town. and Vicar of St. Andrew's-On-The Mount, Mannings, effective No. vember I. He will devote full time to ,these two missions and to serving the Diocese in the area of clinics and workshops for more effective ministry ~o Che drug and narcotics problem. Previously Mr. Wayland was V2car of St. John's, Rippon; St. Andrew's, Mannings and Zion Church, Char- les Town. The Rev. William B. Brook, of- fective November 1, will be the Vicar of St. John's Church, Rip. pon, in addition to his present charges, the Church of the Holy Spirit, Summit Point, and Grace Church, Middleway. Previously Mr. Brook was Vicar of St. Phil- ip's in addition to the Midd~eway and Summit Point Churches. Bishop Campbell announced that ,these changes were apDr~ ed by the Executive Board, upon the recommendation of the Ddl~, merR of Mission and Strale~. ' In Office Hours General Telephone Company ol the Southwest has announced a change in office hours for the business off!co in Charles Town, West Virginm M. A. Brooks, District Manager said that the Telephone Company would like to remind all its customers of the change in office hours which will be effective Nov ember 3, 1969. All business off- ice transactions are scheduled to be carried out between the hours of 9:00 A. M. and 5:00 P. M Brooks said. Payment of bills can be accom- plished at other times by use of the convenient payment depositor- ies located near each business office. HARPERS FERRY BAND BOOSTERS SUPPER Members of the Harpers Ferry Band Boosters Association will hold a spaghetti supper in the Harpers Ferry High cafeteria Saturday evening, Oct. 18, from 5 p. m. until 7, it was announced this week. Admission will be 1.50 fo~ adul~ amd 75e for children under 12 Proceeds ~rom the dln. ~ . .o .o Howard Luther Sechrist, 73, of Charles Town, member of the Jefferson County Court and for years one of Charles Town and Jefferson County's most promin- ent and active civic and commu- nity leaders, died Wednesday night in Charles Town General Hospital, where he had been a patient since Friday, October 10. He was rushed to the hospital Friday morning after being stricken at his home. The deceased was born at Clay Hill' Farm, RFD Charles Town, June 2, 1896, a son of the late Charles E. and Lydia Ellen Taylor Sechrist. For some 38 years he was employed by the United States Postal Service, about 33 of them as a postal clerk. He was retired from the Postoffice de- partment about 14 years ago. But since then he has been most act- ive in various governmental agencies of Charles Town and refferson County and also was most active in numerous commu- nity and civic improvements pro- jects and programs. He served for a number of years as a mem- ber of the Charles Town Council and in 1968 was elected as a mem- ber of the Jefferson County Court from the Charles Town district. A veteran of World War I, he was for many years most active in Jackson Perks Post No. 71, of the American Legion in Charles Town and was one of the foun~lers and most ardent supporters of the Legion baseball team which operated in Charles Town for many years after World War II. For some 60 years he had been a member of the Charles Town Asbury United Methodist Church, a former member of the executive beard of~*~the church and also a membefi of the usher board of the church. He also had ~or yu~s, been a member of the BlUe Lodge of the Masonic order, and at the time of his death directing for the Jefferson County Court, work on a sanitary landfill for jeffer- son County. HOWARD L. SECHRIST Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Frances Bradley Sechrist, at the home on North Lawrence street, Charles Town; a sister, Mrs. Charles W. Fulk of Route 1, Charles Town; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 p. m. from the Charles Town Asbury United Methodist Church by the Rev- erend J. Lee Williams, pastor, assisted by the Reverend Russell J. Urquhart, pastor of the Charles Town Baptist Church. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery. The remains are at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Ranson where friends will be received Friday evening 7-9 and then be taken to the church Sat- urday at noon for services. Active bearers will be J. Robert Cain, Herbert McDaniel, Hen~ [Sny ~er, C~orge Crim, Charl~ I and E. Sam: ]HeCkle, the later four members {of the Jefferson County Court. V Honorary bearers will be mere- { bets of the Charles Town Council {and the official board of the { Methodist Church. Another first will be establish- membership fee and would truly ed by Pepple's Bank of Charles provide him with dollar power, Town, when it initiates Bank as well as, a better way in which Americard, a credit card with local, national and international acceptability. According to People's Bank officials, BankAmericard will be made available to merchants and residents throughout Jefferson County. BankAmericard is the first local credit plan to provide merchants and consumers with .both national and international credit privileges. They added that many larger, metropolitan banks are considering the use of bank credit cards as one major ele- ment of the banking industry's m~vement towards the "check- less" or "cashless society, and that banks of all sizes are beginn hag to formulate plans consistent with ,this trend. Banks that have adopted bank- o~ented credit plans found; them to be practical and profitable to ~onsumers and merchants ~alike. For the Participating merchaht, the l~ankAmericard virtually e]i- ninates all of his credit accounts, credit risks and collection pro- blems, because through this plan, the bank assumes these respon- sibilities. Through BankAmericard, the individual customer is extended a line of credit and is able to utilize fiis credit card at all part- icipating merchants, local, across the country, and abroad. The cus- tomer then receives only one monthly statement from the bank, and he may pay the entire amount or defray his account through small monthly statements. Since BankAmericard is honored by such a large number of diverse establishments, it is possible for the customer to eliminate a num- ber of his credit cards and charge accounts that are acceptable by only one location or particular business. This gives the customer greater control over his personal family finances. People's Bank officials pointed out that the decision to enter the BankAmericard program was made after a great deal of re- search and investigation" "We felt that we must provide our area merchants and residents with a bank-oriented credit plan that had the advantage of local, national and international recept- ion: to handle routine family book- keeping. We are certain that Bank Americard is just such a plan. There is certainly nothing else like it here in Jefferson County. In addition to retail purchases, BankAmericard is also good for instant loans referred to as "cash advances." The cardholder can present his BankAmericard to any teller at People's Bank and re- ceive an instant loan, without red tape, without an interview, and with no lengthy forms to fill out. According to People's Bank, there are. a number of additional enhancements to the BankAmeri- card program which will be ann- ounced at later dates. New Emergency Number Listed In Diredory Announcement was made this week by the Jefferson County Volunteer Firemen's Association that because of the lncreese in the number of calls, another emergency number for the pub- lie's use In calling the Jefferson County Communication Center has been added to the listings in the new directory of the General Telephone Company. The new listing number which the public should call is 725. 8484. J. Kenneth Wrllingham, Civil Defense Director for the County said while the old number of 72~2121 is still going to be used, it has not been listed in the new telephone diret~ry. Leetown PTA To Meet Tuesday At School The Leetown P. T. A. will meet Tuesday night, October 21 at 7:30 P. M. at the School. Refreshments will be served and there will be a baby sitter available. EXECUTOR SALE Antiques and Modern furniture SATURDAY OCT. 18 10:00 A. M. The Estate of late Clyde Smith 1~ Whittier Ave Winchester, Six Ruling Elders were elected by the congregation of the Char- les Town Presbyterian Church at a meeting last Sunday. Three of those elected have never served before as Elders of the Charles Town Church. Mx. Charles L. Van Haelen of S~an. nondale, who became a member of the ,local congregation in 1968, has served as an Elder of the C h e s e r b r o o k Presbyterian Church, F~lls Church, Va. Mr. Charles P. Ritter, another new member of the Charles Town Church formerly served ~ an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Winchester. V& The one new member who has not ,previously served as an E1. der is Mrs. Joseph A. Warren. feltz, who is also the third woman elected to this high office in the local Presbyterian Church. L~st year Mrs. A. O. Albin, now deceased, and Mrs. N. Clark Furr became the first ever elected as Elders by this congregation. T~he remaining Elders elected have ,reviously served in this capacity and will be welcomed back to active duty in January, 1970. They are Donald W. Rhodes. J. Elbert Solenberger and Charles H. Strider, Jr all well known citizens of Charles Town. Sunday, October 19, the .cong- regation will proceed to the elect. ion of Deacons to rel~ace ,the present class which concludes i~ three year term at ~he end of 1969. In the Presbyterian Church all officers, including Pastors, Ruling Elders and Deacons, are elected by vote of the congregation in a form Of representative govern. ment which dates back over 400 years. Charles Town ffospitat H we en Pars& allo i The ,Charles. Town General Hospital will offer two $5 prizes in the masquerader competition of the annual Charles Town Hal- Iowe'en parade. The prizes will be awarded ~o the boy and girl judged the most original in doctor's and nurse's costumes. Hospital Administrator Harry Harner said he hoped that the awards might stimulate youthful interest in the hospital and the medical profession, and per&aps encourage some of the boys and girls to enter one of the many fields of medicine, The hospital plans ~ have three units in the parade with the current fund-raising camapaign as the theme. Robed Funkhouser, Jr. ~b Heading Industrial 6ifts For New Hospital ROBERT J, FUNKHOUSER, JR. Chairman of the Indugtrial Gifts Divisiou of the $1,000,000 Charles Town Hospital building fund campaign is Robert J. Funklmuser, Jr. Mr. Funkhouser ,ks vice~presi- dent and director of operations of Amorican Kem-Co Corporat. ion. He came to Ranson this year from Hager~own ,Md. where he was vice,president and general sales manager of Victor Produqts Corporation. ~" ~" " A gradua,te of .The HiU School in Pottstown, Pa and Washing- ton & Lee University, Mr. Ftrnk- houser taught for three years at The Collegiate Sehools in Rich- mond, Va. He also coached foot- ball, track .and soccer. Currently Mr. Funkhouser is secretary4reasurer of the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association and is on the exec- utive board of the Shenandoah Boy Sco ttt Council. He is 'a past officer of the Jefferson Junior Chamber of Commerce. Chairman Funkhouser said, "Everyone, businesses as well as individuals, must indicate aware- ness of civic responsibility, by rgsponding generously ~ to this once-in-a-lifetime appeal. It is for the benefit .of all that this new facility has been planned and is now on the verge of reality, and~ we must all suppor~ R." Mrs. F. L. Bushong, Mrs. James man's Club .of Charles Town The Watson, Jr. members of the Jeff- Junior Woman's Club of Charles erson County Cancer Board Chap- Town, ,The ,Harper's Fe2ry Dis- ter, Mrs. O. S. Bloom, president trict Woman s Club, and the Shep and Mrs. Sterling Tenney, attend- herdsto.wn Woman s Club who ed the state meeting held at have had much of the responsi- Mount Chateau, Morgantown at bilityAnmembers serving as Vol- which over. 200 delegates and unteers irt,-their areas and ,her guests were present.~ deep .appreciation to all v01url- The Jefferson County Unit was teers of Jefferson County wh0~ paid a high tribute when it was have become envolved. presented a plaque for it's out standing work in Crusade educat- Sophomores To Hold ion and assistance in Cancer Con- trol work. Okey L. Patterson, for- Car Wash Saturday mer Governor of West Virginia, and State Crusade Chairman, pre- sented Mrs. Bloom who has serv- ed as county Crusade chairman for the past 15 years, with a pla- que at the awards dinner which was one of the highlights of the state meeting. The plaque read with sincere appreciation for loy- al support in the Cancer Control work in West Virginia. These awards will be placed on display in the Bank of ~Jharles Town. Much information was given on Cancer Control and Cure at the meeting. There were two morn- ing sessions" which were spent on educational workshops, these rot- ating groups hearing many speak ers from the American Cancer Society. James P. Carey, M. D. of Hunt: ington, was elected President of American Cancer Society. Dr. Carey replaces Dr, Vernon Duck- well of Elkins who has served as l~e. sident for th.e- past t WO years: The Sophomore Class of Char, les Town High School will spon- sor a 'car wash Saturday, October 18th, at Ashcraft's 'Gulf Station across from Jefferson County Motoi's. The h0ur~ are. 9:00 -- 5:00. Prices will be $1.50 for the outside and $2 for both inside and outside. Considerable eioudiness with highs in the mid 60S and the chance of a few showers today. Partly cloudy and rather windy tonight and Friday. Lows tonight in the mid 40s. Cooler Friday with highs in the upper f~s. Winds becoming southerly 5 to 10 MPH today and northwesterly 10 to 20 MPH tonight and Friday. The probability of rain is 30 per The Jefferson County Board of Education has filed a petition in Jefferson County Circuit Court appealing, the minimum labor rates as established far Jefferson County in connection with school construction work by the Mini- mum Wage Rate Board of the State Department of I~bor. J~hn C. Skinner, Jr former Prosecuting Attorney of Jeff co- son Coffrtty~ who ,has been repre- semting the School Board in the wage discussions since the new wage rates were announced some months ago, told the Board Tues- day night at it's regular semi- monthly meeting that he filed such an appeal claiming the base rates as established, are unreal- istic and should be reduced. Schools Superintendent T. A. Lowery said ,he did not know how soo~ the Court would act on the appeal. And in line with the major building and improvemen~ pro, gram which is already underway, the Board instructed John Pick- ett, architect for the building pr6gram, to include in the plan- ning for bids an the three con. solidated elementary schools ani~ the new county-wide high school price costs on both oil and ele~ tric heat so tha~ the board migh determine which would be the most feasible from an economic and service standpoint. The board also expressed su, p- port for efforts now being made to promote proper .condu~ and behaviors by all persons attend- ool sz azsored, event and authorized the barring of such viol~tor~ from~ att~ce at all such~events. The board fur- ther st[16utated it would support prosecution of such violators where acts wottld justify prose- cution. NEW POLICY" ADOPTED A new policy on student preg- nancy was also adopted by the Board, which requires ~hat a student who becomes pregnant be withdrawn from school during the 5th to 7th month of preg- nancy and ,that homebound in- structions will be provided for those who desire it during any )eriod of absence from school. The cost of such instruction will be paid for by the studen~ or her family. The old policy .~f the Board on pregnancy excluded a student from attending school at any period of pregnancy Under the new policy the student may return to school anytime a~ter six weeks,after pregnancy has .been .terminated with permission of her doctm. ,In other board matter~ Mrs. Judy Wese of Shepherdstown, who win be graduated from Shep- herd College in January, was ap- pointed to become, librarian at Charles Town High School at the start of the second semester of the current school term. The Board also approved Che operation of after school hours of driver education classes to meet the field requirements from the standpoint of control operational experience and observation. A' request was gr-,mted by the Boa.rd from the Cha, rles Town Kiwanis Club to use the Wright Denny School cafeteria for their annual pahcake supper to be held November 13. Also approved was a request from a Shepherdstown group for ehe use of the gymnas- iur0 at. Shepherdstown High School for a class in self-defense and karate with Nathan Rhodes of Shepherdstown to be in charge. The Board also approved, a re- quest from a group interested in the possible promotion of Midget League football for the Charles Town-hanson area for permiss- ion to circulate a questionnaire in the Wright Denny School to determine whether there is suf- ficient interest in such a pro. gram. The Board stipulated, how- ever, t,h~t the questionnaire make it clear that the .school board, nor the school is promoting the l~rojeet and the questionnaire al- so be directed to parents of the children for their signature and not the children. Appointments made by the Board were Mrs. Fan~y Costetlo and Mrs. Emma Slusher, as ,sub- stitu~e cooks at the Ranson Ele- mentary school; and Mrs. Vir- gima Newman, Mrs. Sara Monta. gue, Mrs. Maxine Diehl, as sub- stRu~e teaeh.ers and Mr: Francis