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Charles Town, West Virginia
December 31, 1959     Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate
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December 31, 1959

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L J FORECAST. O.Udiness with a few Ln higher mountains, 40 today. Fair to- 20 to 25. Friday highest around ~O. Saturday. fair and N0. 1 ) TWO SECTIONS 14- - II Read By More Than 20,00fi People Every Week "Serving The Charles Town- Ransom and Jefferson County Community Since 1844" WEST VIRGINIA'S OLDEST NEWSPAPE CHARLES TOWN, JEFFERSON COUNTY, W. VA. THURSDAY. DECEMBER 31, 19"59 COMPLETE LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE PRICE 10 CENT tmas i les For " g I C " anso Goln O1 Ill:: t Slightly lAhead W 'I'x IS 0 i '59 Reporh,,, a ] e ]z as Better By ) lerchants [Holid P i d Cl'rristmas shoppers spent more~ I~ax. o eey ('1' o: money in Charles Town a~qd Ran I Jefferson GOP Club t ~y member." of the Ran on C un-I -- -- ~on thisyear than during the pze- [oil at a special, meeting, held recen I In contrast to the Christmas holidays. .... of 1958 w ,en ChristmaSaccormng. tobUyingm' zo rm iseaSnat onfgain1959'ed TO ' Elect Officers ! tlYnewandserviceJanuarYtax becomesl ~s the. effectivedate the. ] death, crime ,,and .vilence gave Jefferson.. county. . one -f through a informal survey Mono A& l ........ ~ kl..&!--- Members of the Ransom Court the "blackest Christmas week-end In Years, tins year tt,e day /~[ J~l|lU~[ 0 [v-]~|||l cil adopted an ordinance impos .... " " .. .................. I ~ g ling the garbage collection taxstrV was a brlg'ht and entn'ely different one. As .( mA):hU[s'o}"~he[w'o'~[own~"ra~ .The a nnua! e!ection of ofieers town residents at a meeting on I matter of fact according to police reports Jefferson counl v's from average to fair to good it .w]u oerne prmmpai oraer oI ous- Nov: 21. But shortly after theI ..... .~ ........... + ......... 1 ....... A .,~,~ .;,.I ........ ,. "~,.~ was generally agreed by most of ] lsnoeSSco~L..n~.vml~e~un~litanm~lu~gnc~l] [Council's action, a number of res [ ,cku, u ~,,, ........................................... , ~,,,~: ~, .... t ~'- ~. ~ ~ iflents of the town decided to op- )roud of in contrast to what was ha))enin-' in the 1'(~ them that Christmas sales ~ad ~a for ~"~ ...... ~ { ...... 11 - *. 11 .~ -, been slightl higher even though ~u.. ..~,,~, o,~.. . .. . ,pose me tax and oegan circular,-{ , .....;.~.. Y ' Accoroing to Cooper McMuilKin in a etition to ~olicit su mt uf tlm nathan the increase had not been of any g P "- PP / ...... " .... 1 uniy ~wo mgnway accloen~s were -~- ............................. 0 3 ! substantial proportions. And in president of the group, the annual for having Council repeal the tax most cases the increase in Christ- meeting is to be held in the Funk ordina,nce, :!::i!ii ................ .... ii i,::I ...i~ .......... ::. ........ ; ::::i;::ii~ !~ i! i / ii!!!~:::& iiiii~:iiiii .... !i~ii:! : Kiwanis Club officers for 1960 assmned office Monday night at ~ahe club's 34th ceremonies held a,t the Thomas Jefferson hote!~ C. F. Printz, of Charles Town of the Fifth Kiwanis Division of the West Virginia District. installed Leo Wid- large Jefferson ~ounty dairy farm, as presld3~t and Albet~ C. Ncrho'od, J~. C..,: managerj~ ~ ~ ~ce':t, resident. ~red-;above, fr~lL~l to~ ~[~t~ -~'1~.:2,21~ff: ~!~ Mr. Printz. William Hund. retiring "Pre~dent, an~ ~be 'C~hristfan. who was for his 14th term. Approximateiy 65 Kiwanians and their wives and guests were induction, which was followed by the Kiwanis Club's third annual student dance Town Junior High School gymnasium. (Photo by Tim Sinn) For has been start private airfield along the Flow about three- -~ Northeast of Ransom, it was be located on farm ow,ned which S~rings work has Job of making will be nways will be of single or ft. the type many corn- and for charter port. Also i~eluded wil be a Piper Aircraft Sales and Service. refuel- ing, repairs, rent-a-car service and a restaurant. Lewis, now as~ciated with the Vitro Company in Martinsburg. plans to come to Charles Town in the very near future to supervise the construction and operation of the new airfield and its facilities. A major feature of the new air port because of its excellent run- ways and approaches will be a country wide invitatio~ to private plane owners to use this field as a base to en~oy the many histori- cal and recreational features of Jefferson County and its surround ing area: To begin immediately upon op- ening; will be a complete flying have the air- school for air and ground lnstruc- February 1. tion necessary for a student to be Lewis. Pres Inc., of announced cc,nstruct- come a licensed pilot. At the same time Mr. Lewis will open an air charter service to have flights a- vailable for trips anywhere in the United States. Upon completion of necessary plan to st run nd one east- in length. Wll,l offer to the facilities ~mmunity air surveys to layout the runways and building ~treas. Mr. Lewis will lm- mediately start construction of a 50' x 100' hanger a,nd other smaller hangers and service build ings. Will Through Long Week-end minq New week -end County more 'than time to re- of the might do, Watchnight churches the county ev- ,from services, of them service Chur Camp Hill Harpers at the Me- have been there will rty at Bar- and just fraternal area having { be hay- ing a New Year's Eve party. New Year's Day Will be observed quietly in Charles Town. with horse racing and football expect- ed to be the centers of entertain- ment. Another huge crowd is expected to be at the Charles Town Race Course New Year's Day for the hi,me-race program; and t)hose in Jefferson County who prefer to stay home ~nd take it easy will of course have a full program of foot ball on television and radio to en- tertain them. ,While some of the local and county offices will be observing both January 1 and 2 as legal holidays, the banks i,n Charles Town a~d Ran son and most of the stores will take off only Fri- day and be back on the Job Sat- urday. USE CLASSIFIED ADS Legion's NewYear Party Set For Jan. 1 At Shenandoah Downs The annual New Years Party, a highlight of the year for Jackson Perks Post No. 71, American Leg- ion of Charles Town will be held on Priday, January 1st, in the club house at She~andoa*h Downs. Officials of the new night race track here have turned over tc Legion heads all their facilities' and the club house will be heatec throughout for the occasion. Ro5 Kisner, who Is in charge of ar- rangements for the party said to- day that a social hour will be held from- 5 to 9 p. m. with dancing to follow until 12 midnight. The ty annually a'ttracts a large num- ber of legionnaires, their wives and guests and plans are being made to accomodate a large at- tendance again this year. All mere bers who have their 1960 member ship cards are eligible to ~ttend. Kisner said. A Frederick, Md. or- chestr~ will provide music .for the dance. Baptist Church Will Have Watchnight Service The Charles Town Baptist Chur ch will have it's annual Watch- night" Service at the church Thursday evening beginning at 8:15. The service, sponsored by the TrainRag Union, will include games, fun,fellowship, food It will be an occasion of watching the old year move out and the new move in with worship, followed by refreshments. There will also be a candlelight Communion service. Rev. Sergent To Be Speaker Camp Hill Watchnight Service The Rev, Joseph Sergent of the She,nandoah Junction charge of the Methodist Charge will be guest speaker at ,the traditional "Watch Night'." Service to be held a~ Camp Hill Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry Thursday even- ing, Dec. 31 at 11 p. m. The ser- vice will be followed by ~ Com- munion service ~nd the Public is invited to attend. The l~v. Mr. Sergent is pastor of the Methodist Oh,arches located in Mlllville, Bakerton, En$1e, Shenandoah Junction. He llves at She~andoah Junction wgh his wife and three ffnildren. Before coming to this area he served in the Charleston district in the West Virginia Conference of the Methodist Churc~ mas buying had been good enough houser office building in Ranson to give the merchants a December as good as 1958 or better. One thing which every mero chant was in agreemen on was that Saturday, Dec. 19 had been the biggest Christmas shopping day of the seeson. And in some cases the biggest one in history. Several ~tores reported Satur- days business set a new store re cord and tbAs terrific surge of buy ing proved to be a real booster to the lean shoppi0ng days earlier in the week and earlier in the mon- h of December Most merchants also starting at 8 p. m. A committee of three with John J, Howard of Harpers Ferry as -chairman was appointed at the December meeting tO recommend a list of club offmers to serve for 1960. This. report is to be pre'sent- ed on Priday. Jan. 8. Stores To Close On Wednesday Afternoons Charles Town and Raa~son's stores which were observing the h~alf holi~l~ty on Wednesdays un- but a few reporting business o{ those ~wo days to have been. as good as on comparable days l~st Christmas. While some of the merchants reported they had not yet had time to check their December sales records, they felt sure they would ~xtn as high as last year and possibly slightly higher. Of course one factor which they felt helped to boost the buying was the rune extra shopping day this year over last Christmas. Another surprising report was the large amount of business which the merchants who remain ed open on Saturday, Dec. 26 did. Everyone of them contacted said sales far exceeded their expectat- ions for the day after Christmas. Not all of the stores were open m Dec. 26, however. .Although for the most part all ypes of sales held their own, most merchants reported the public ;howed a preference for the more )ractical axed economical gifts )ver the more expensive ones. One )f the few novelty items which did enjoy a good sale were Christmas xee ornaments. There was also this year more demand for a better quali~y of merchandise. ~rlth handbags, bill folds, clothing being much in de- mand. cIdse at; noon" instead of remaining open iMl day, it was announced Wednesday. Record Shop Opens In New Location White's Record Shop which has been located in the Pitts Theatre building for the past several years has now moved to a new location in display room i;a the front of the B. F. Goodrich store. Opening of their new store will be Saturday, Jan. 2. it was report ed Tuesday. Rev. Temple Wheeler Will Teach Yokefellows Chss Announcemenz has been made by P. O.\Dunaway that he has se cured the Rev. Temple Wheeler to teach the Yokefeilows Bible Class at the Charles Town Pres- by,terian Church Sunday morning, The class convenes at 9:45 a. m. and'extends a cordial invitation to all men of the ~own who are no~ attending Sunday School to meet wi*th them and hear Mr. Wheeler explain the lesson. A petition with some 100 signers many of them reported to have been repititions, was shoved under the door of the Ransom Council room one evening. On receiving this petition Mayor Kelley Lance. Jr, called a public meeting at. which time the issue was discuss- ed pro a~nd con at length. La:er members of the town Council. after being informed through legal counsel that they did not have to recognize the pe- tition, voted to proceed with carry ing out the provismns of the gar- bage ordinance as adopted. The ordinance provides that on, or after, Ja.nuary I, residential propert.iets 2~, P~a~on will be re- quired td pay a$5 a ySax garbage roller,on |~e. The ordinance also provides fo~ R graduate scale of assessments ~[or various types of business and industries in Ransom Air Conditioner Is Donated to Hospital By Valley Distributors The Charles Town General Hos pital is the recipient of a one-ton capacitly unit air conditioner do- nated to them by Valley Distribu- tors. Inc. of Winchester, Vs. dis- tributors of automotive parts and, equipment In past years the company has made similar contributions to the hospital. In lieu of gifts to their many customers the Valley distributors make these contributions to hos- pitals and other charitable instit utlons, Deputy VA Director To Be in Charles Town Ray L. Sencindiver deputy dir ecgo.r of the West Virginia Depart merit of Veterans Affairs office in Martinsburg, announced Monday he will be in Charles Town a~ the America,n Legion Home on Jan. 8 and 22 for the purpose of assist- ing war veterans their dependents or beneficiaries, with government reported to Charles Town State Police over the Christmas week- end despite the slippery cc,ndition of the highways Christmas Eve night and for a time early Christ mas morning. Not only was the traffic picture a much brighter one than in past years, but police reported less family and street brawling, con- siderably less drunkenness and no burgularies were reported over the Christmas week -end. Not One Came In Harvey Schultz, deputy sheriff arid Jefferson county jailer, said this Christmas was a mos~unus- ual one a~ the county jail as no~ a sil~gte l~rson was brough, g in to be locked ~.lp from Chri~mas Evo~ until Saturday evening. Not even the regular ones ~)owed up this Christmas. Shultz said. Thus the only persons who ~?ere i,n the coun ty lock-up during ~he 48-hour per iod were those who had been put m there to do some time or awai~ grand jury action. And even [(~ur of them were ou~ for a time as the result of breaking jail. But only for a short time as they were all back in jail by Sunday morning Charles Town State and mu,ni cipal police said traffic Christmas Eve was as heavy as it has ever been in and around Charles Town but in spite of the many cars on the highways and on Charles Town and Ranson's streets, every thing ra,n smooth and only one minor accident was reported Chris tmas Eve. A.nother occurred Sun day evening about 10 p. m. Thomas Harley Dalton of Ran- son, suffered only scratches when the 1958 Buick he was driving skid ded and plunged off The Bloom- cry bridge south of Charles Town Christmas Eve. landing on a bank of the Shenandoah River. The ear's top was sheared off. Damage to the vehicle was $2.500 accord- ing to an estimate of Trooper T. H. Ward. who placed no ,charges against Dalton. Two Youths Injured Two Martinsburg youths suffer- ed painful injuries abou~ 10:15 Sunday night in a two-car acci- dent which occurred near the TURN TO PAGE 6-A !,l Assistantstbn* s tO which they may be en titled. ATTEND CHURCH SUNDAY - Foreign Trade Is Real Competition M,'s. Steve Clopper, Jr. who has its program to include not only long been active in the local Chap polio btlt arthritus and birth de- ter of the Infantile Paralysis and in the financial drives held in the county each January; will this year serve as campaign director for the March of Dimes iz~ Jeffer- son 'County, it was announced this week. Mrs, Clopper in turn has announ red the following persons to take n active part in the drive as her ~ssistants in heading up various phases of the campmgn, Mrs. William Harris. Director of ~-Iarpers Perry a,nd Bolivar. Mrs. Boyd Widmyer. Director for Shepherdstown. Mrs. Preston Merchant and Mrs. Donald Noland. Mbther's MarCh. Mr. Shirley Hunt. Special Gifts. Mr. Leonard Nicely, Treasurer. Mr. C, C. Conrad, Coin Collec- tor. Mr. Don1d Kable. Schools. Mr. W.illiam Perks. Special Ev- ents. The Girl Scouts and Methodist You, th Fellowship have been work ing diligently th~s week address- lng mailers for the county. The local Chapter of the Rakn- bow Girls will have a rainbow crut ch sale on S~t, xrday, January 16. Mr, Perks has contacted all of the clubs in h~aes that they will sponsor some special event ben~- fit. To date ~e has had response ~rom the Lions Club and Ransom Helpers. Jefferson County has always been on hap in the sta~e for d~n- ations per ca4)i~a. Th~s yeer the Na~ion&l Found~tlon has expand- fects so the need is greater than ever Let's fill those coin Collect- ors and returLn the envelopes so that Jefferson County can be on top again. Will Hold Watchnight Service Bolivar Church The Methodist Youth Fellow- ship is sponsoring a Watchnight Service at the l~Mivar Methodist. Church Thursday night Dec. 31. from II:30 until 12 mAdnight, it was announced Monday. The public is invited and urged to attend this special service. NOTICE! TO ALL RANSON TAXPAYERS: The Gaxbage Tax Ordinance passed by the Ra~nson Council November 21, will become effec- tive January 1, 1960. and garbage .olleetion fees will be due aSter that date. BY MAYOR. COUNCIL of Corporation of Ranson Dec. :~I-2t.--FP DANCING! There Will Be Dancing trom 9:00 until 12:00 midnight, ob Thursday, Dee. 31, Friday, Jan. (, Saturday, Jan. 2, and Sunday, January ~, at THE ORCHARD INN Dee. 31- It.-,lad.--FP County's " '59; of Million in Co, Powhatan Brass and Iron Works of Ransom one of the major man ufacturmg concerns in the East and a real booster to the economy of Jefferson counsy and the entire sectAon since i't's origin 67 years ago dumped more than three qua~ ters of a mllion dollars in salar- ies, bonuses, taxes and dona,tions to community a,nd county pro- grams in the county daring the year 1959. And even though the industry has for years been a big factor in the county's economy, it proved to be an even greater asset the past year than ever before. The annual report of the com- pany's business and developments during the year of 1959 presented ~o'the company's board of Direct- ors at a meeUng held in New York 3n November 24, 1959, shows that record high of 138 full-time em- ployees were on the company's payroll, as of December 31. And the gross payroll of the company to one of the county's most ,s~ize. able working forces during 1959 also set a new record, wi,th a ~o- tal of $561.579.84 being paid out this year as against $467.650,40 last year. This was ari lncrease of nearly $94,000 over last year. Dur ng the pas~ year the Pow, hatan ~ompany also paid out to it's em )loyees a total of $88,445.80 in )onuses which was an increase of ~16.334 over last year. According to Charles F. Reinln ~er, president and general man- zger of the compa~ny thousands of ~ddiUonal dollars have been pu[ .nip circulation in Jefferson eoun ty through taxes, donations to mmerous ciwc and welfare pro- grams and for purchase oLnumer- ms materials and merchandise in ~harles Town a.nd Ransom The company's Board of Direct ors also approved the payment to ~ii employees on the Dec. 31. 1959 payroll, a bonus of 11 per cent on individual earnings for the year. T1Ms 1959 bonus also represents ~n increase of one-percent over that paid for the past several years Reini~ger said and it is the highest ever paid in the history of the company. Reln~inger said this bonus in- crease ~s not being paid because the company's earnings justify same but in the hc, ue lh~? ~'~" employee will consider it an ~ncen tire to produce the maximum a- TURN TO PAGE 6-A James Elliott Tabb Died Early Thursday Morning in Hospital JAMES EUL1OTT TABB James Ell.iott Tabb, 86. prom,i- nen5 reIired Jefferson County farmer, dalrymn,~ and churchman ]died aboul I o'clock lh~s mo~ning ~Thmsday~ zn C_ha~les To~n Gen eral Hospital iollowing an ~xtend ed illness The deceased was boru Oct. 12. 1873. on Vmemont larm tt~e same farm on wi?[ch he grew ,.113 and larmed all ol his adult life. He was a son of the late Elliot t and Emily Campbell Tabb. Mr. Tabb spen~ hi~ e;mre li~e m the co~lnly and for more than 65 years he worked with and m, the good earth ol Jefferson coun- ty, operalAng i~is 2~2 acre farm 'm the vicinity of l,eeLawn. He a]sa engaged m dai~wn~ and cat.tie breeding bei~g one oi the top breeders of Ayrshire cattle in the sectlon and area for more than 50 years. In addition to his heavy farm- ing activities. Mr. Tabb also found time to be acuve in the Cl~arles Town Presbyterian Church where he was a member, an eider and a member of the board of ~zus- tees of the church. From 1928 to 1952 hc served as a county commlss'oner and when he retired ia 1952 he had been ser rang as president of the County Court. He had been a member of the West Virginia farm Bureau for the past, 20 years, and in March 1958 was hot~ored by lhe Farm Bureau as being- one of ti~e oides~ living farmer~ m W'e,t Virginia. Since 1951 he has been m part nezship in farmi,ng near Leeto~vn with a son Lyle Campbell Tabb. He was manied to the former Miss Anna Carter. who died Oct 3, 1955. Surviving are three sons-Gea- rge, T. Tabb. James Carter Tabb and Lyie Campbell Tabb. all e~- gaged in farming m the Leetown section: and 12 grandchildren. Priends may call a~ the Smith and Strider Funeral Home in Charles Town until Sat,u-day mot nlng when the body will be taken to the Charles Town Presbyterian Church for services a~ l l a. m. The Rev. Caryle McDonald. pastor will officiate. Burial will be made in Edge-Hill Cemetery m Charles Town. The family has requested that flowers be omitted ano in lieu of such request that donatm,ns be made either to the Charles Town Presbyterian Church .Bui lding ~und, oz" the Charles Town Gen- eral Hospital. Closing Notieel Our Charles Town Office and Plant WH~L CDOSE at 2:00 P. M. December 24 and REOPEN 7:3(} A. M. l~ece~nber 28. VSe will ALSO C)LOSE at 4'00 P. M. Decomber 31 and REOPEN 7:30 A. M. Jan- uary 4th. COI~LMUNITY OIL CO.. INC, Charles Town. W. Va, Dec. 24-2t,--FP