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Ointwood, Va., Thursday, Sept. 28, 1939
$1 a year
No. 19
lira Iis Week
We are no other than a moving
Of magic shadow shapes that come
and go
Round the sun-illumined Lantern
In Midnight by the Master of the
Show. —OMAR.
The war in Europe has already
caused employment to pick up
slightly in Dickenson County. It
is said that several men are being
hired at the Standard Banner
Coal Corporation operation at
Wakenva. A large number of men
were released from employment
at that place on March 16, when
“Joy Loaders” were installed.
Very few of these men are being
re-employed. Native citizens of
that community say that Negroes
are being imported from Ken
tucky and West Virginia to work.
The men released i n March.
have drawn all the “Rocking
Chair” money to which they were
entitled this year and are now
without any income. These men
are all experienced miners, with
out blot on their work records.
No explanation is given why Ne
groes are being brought in to take
their places.
White men, imported from Ken
tucky two years ago by Ruth-Elk
horn Coals, Inc., at Steinman,
were separated from work after
the labor dispute last spring. They
are now stranded in Dickenson
County. They have come to the
end of their meager unemploy
ment insurance and are now ap
plying for public assistance.
Wilson Branham, who tried to
wipe out his wife’s parents over
a rooster fight, faced Gallie Friend
last Friday and is now a guest at
John Henry’s Hotel for ninety
days. Wilson got to thinking over
his bantams and his game roosters
last Sunday morning and tried to
find his way out to pay a visit to
■Cutter Creek.
After a spurt upward, prices
have started down again. There
was never any reason, except
greed, why they went up when
war broke loose in Europe. If
consumers will hold their heads
right on and refuse to be stam
peded, prices will have to behave.
King Solomon said, “There is
nothing new under the sun.” But
there is a new adaptation of some
thing on the head of Kentucky
Bee page 2
Politics Gets Pec
as Hotr
The campaign for county offi
ces has really begun in Dickenson.
The politicians are saying, “Our
forces have contacted the enemy
all along the line.” The boys call
ed their voters to the colors and
enrolled them in ranks and squad
rons of war through the spring
and summer, and now they are
ready for the battle.
First event of significance oc
curred Saturday, when J. A.
(Banner) Newberry, Registrar of
Tarpon Precinct, was haled be
fore the County Electoral Board
on a charge that he had refused
to register certain voters in that
precinct. Mr. Newberry says that
he expects to be at a designated
place on October 7 for that pur
pose and that before that date he
expects to follow the usual course
of his affairs.
■Circulars appeared this week,
signed by C. J. Mullins, Clint
wood, Virginia, warning that the
light of pitiless publicity would be
turned on the “Black Satchel”
this year. The circular threatened
prosecution “to the fullest extent
of the law” of all those found
Black Satcheling or being Black
Satcheled this year. The handbill
closes, “A series of these articled
concerning the Black Satchel will
appear from time to time, and the
names of those voting by the
Black Satchel will appear in these
Some tense feeling is reported
in the Tarpon section over the
proposed registration of Steinman
Negroes. It is recalled that until
four years ago there was scarcely
a Negro voter in the county. In
the last county campaign several
colored voters were registered at
Candidates are flooding the
county with cards and circulars
urging their claims to election. T.
J. Mullins, announced candidate
for Sheriff, set the pace some time
ago and has his posters over all
the county.
Reports keep coming from over
in Wise County that one faction,
or a few leaders of one faction,
of the Democrats in that county
are off the reservation this year.
A Young Homemakers’ Club is
to be organized on Tuesday, Oct.
3, at 7:30 p. m., in the home eco
nomics cottage. This club will
work in connection with the F. F.
A. alumnae club. Courses in foods
and cookery, clothing construc
tion. home and yard improvement,
child care and home nui’sing will
be given. All students interested
are invited.
Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Damron and
daughter, Colleen, were visiting
friends and relatives in Clintwood
and Skeetrock on Saturday and
I Hot
le Stretch Is Hit
Sunday morning the subject of
the message will be “The Conver
sion of Children.” Sunday eve
ning, “Do Good Men Go to Hell.”
The morning service begins at
11:00. The evening service at
7:45. Everyone is cordially in
Fire Destroys
Stratton P. O
A fire of undetermined origin
occurred at Stratton last Sunday
morning about 2:00 o’clock de
stroying the postoffice and adjoin
ing garage, both buildings the
property of E. D. Sutherland. Two
cars and a truck were destroyed
by hie, and the postmaster, Shade
Bowman, suffered the loss of
about three hundred dollars worth
of groceries. In addition to the
loss of the buildings ,the truck
belonging to E. D. Sutherland,
was consumed by flames along
with fifteen hundred dollars in
tools and two Delco pumps.
Clovis Sutherland, an office em
ployee of the Clinchfield Coal Cor
poration at Clfnchco, was the last
person to place his car in the
garage for the night. He returned
from work about 12:00 o’clock.
Residents of Stratton were awak
ened about 2 :00 a. m. by the light
i of the conflagration, and before
many of them reached the scene
of fire, the flames had made such
progress that nothing in the build
ings was saved.
None of the losses were covered
by insurance except the car owned
by Clovis Sutherland.
Grant Mullins, the faithful mail
carrier on the star route from
Clintwood to Almira and return,
received a telegram to the effect
that his brother, Vershaw, aged
25, died at Passco, Washington
I state last Friday night.
The brief message did not state
the cause of his death and rela
tives await further word, suppos
ing that he was buried in Wash
Vershaw was reared on Brush
Creek, about two miles from Clint
wood. He went to Washington
some years ago and has since been
employed in timbering there. He
married in Washington and leaves
a wife and two children.
The five high schools and all
elementary schools of the county
will meet at Haysi this Saturday
for the county school fair.
Exhibits of a competitive and
non-competitive nature from both
high school and elementary de
partments will be on display. A
full day of athletic events, have
been scheduled in addition to the
exhibition of school work and
agricultural show sponsored by
the F. H. A. departments of the
Ervinton, D. M. H. S. and Haysi
High Schools.
A large crowd of school chil- ^
dren and patrons are expected in i
attendance. School busses and
trucks will provide transportation.
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Steele,
George Homer, and Howard Deel
attended the football game be- j
tween Hiwassee and Bluefield col-j
leges at Bluefield last Friday
. 1
“Bad John” Disappears From
Doubles of the Cumberlands
Where is John Cox?
That is the question in the j
minds of the people over in the 1
South of the Mountain. It is a
serious question, for that noted
character has disappeared from
the mountains. The Cumberland,
like the Arctic Wilderness, has its |
secret tales, and the vanishing of
Cox may be one of them.
It is definitely known that John
lived for some months in the
neighborhood of Osborns Gap.
After his return from his last so
journ in the penitentiary, he left
his family to live with acquant
ances. Again it is definitely known
that he has been seen twice with
in recent months. On the Fourth
of July, Leroy Haynes met him
in the North of the Mountain and.
| at the point of a pistol, made John
I pour him a drink from a keg of
whiskey. Two weeks before the
Farmer’s Fair at Clintwood, Ira
Potter met Cox irf the same vicin
, ity. Since that time, there is no
! person to say he has seen the
When the noise of his disap
pearance spread abroad, a pool of
blood was seen on the mountain
trail between Osborns Gap and
Shelby Gap. Both Virginia and
Kentucky officers were called, and
a searching- party literally beat
the bushes through the mountains.
Their search for the missing man
was in vain. It is said that the
people with whom he had been
living, when questioned, returned
angry answers that they knew
According to newspaper reports,
a suspicious character was picked
up in Roanoke by the city-police.
He was reported to have been
acting queerly. He said his name
was John Cox and that he came
from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He
was fingerprinted, and the prints
were checked in Richmond. They
corresponded with those of a man
by that name. Local authorities
have not been contacted in regard
to the case held in Roanoke.
D. E. A. Holds
Annual Fall
Meeting Sat.
The annual fall meeting of the
Dickenson Education Association
was held at Dickenson Memorial
High School last Friday night and
Saturday. The meeting closed
about mid-afternoon Saturday aft
er having taken very definite ac
tion toward an improved school
system and methods and proced
ures to be followed in the future.
On Friday evening Attorney at
Law, Moss Plunket of Roanoke
City, delivered the principal ad
dress. In addition to being a pracs
j ticing attorney Mr. Plunket is a
! member of the Roanoke city
| school board and is at present
chairman of the Virginia Trustee’s
Association. Mr. Plunkett is the
outstanding layman in the state of
Virginia waging a fight, for the
Virginia Three Point Educational
Program. The three point pro
gram as stressed by Mr. Plunkett
is to be laid before the Virginia
Assembly at its winter meeting
and calls for increased teacher
pay, with a minimum of $720 sal
ary for teachers from state
sources, free textbooks for all
school children, and a sound re
tirement system for teachers.
The speaker from Roanoke
spoke of the equalization of edu
cational opportunity for all school
children of Virginia, emphasizing
the fact that rich Roanoke Coun
ty and other rich cities and dis
tricts of Virginia should help bear
the cost of education of the school
children of Virginia in counties
and communities less fortunate in
matters of financial support for
schools. He reiterated repeatedly
that Dickenson County was not
able to support from local reve
nue the best of schools to which
the children of the county were
entitled. This could be done only
by the state helping with the pay
ment of teachers’ salaries, thereby
releasing the county revenue for
capital outlay and transportation.
Saturday morning’s session was
consumed with reports of panel
discussions dealing with school fi
nance, professional improvement,
measuring the outcomes of in
struction, rating of schools and
teachers, etc. These reports will
be mimeographed and distributed
to teachers and laymen through
out the county.
Saturday afternoon’s session
was presided over by Allen E.
Stanley, President of the Dicken
son Educational Association. Re
ports and recommendations from
the standing committees were dis
cussed and acted upon.
One resolution reported for con
sideration of the group dealt with
the recent action of the Cumber
land Bank and Trust Company in
deducting the amount of ten dol
lars fi'om the salary payments of
the various teachers throughout
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