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Dickenson County Herald
Volume 3
Clint wood, Va., Thursday, April 18, 1940
No. 48
May 4th Last Day on Which To
Pay If You Expect to Vot e
In November
Everybody wanting to vote in
Dickenson County this year must
pay his poll tax in a manner set
forth by the Virginia laws, that
is, either in person or through a
member of the household, says
Treasurer Bill McFall. No more
payments by blocks or through
means of a written order, accord
ing to this official. This warning
was issued in a signed statement
by the treasurer through the col
umns of The Herald last week
and has been confirmed by inter
view this week.
The Southwest Virginia custom
of paying poll tax in huge blocks
at the last hour was noticed in
the spring of 1939, by Comptroll
er Leroy Hodges and Gov. Price.
For several years leaders of both
political parties have simply
dumped whatever sums they could
raise into the Treasurer’s office
with a list of names to be placed
on the certified list of those who
were qualified to vote in the com
ing election. It has been estimat
ed that not more than half of the
voters in Dickenson County have
paid their own poll taxes. A large
number of people became accus
tomed to expect the party to take
care of poll taxes for them.
This situation in the Southwest
counties attracted such notice that
there grew some demand for re
peal of the poll tax law entirely. |
In place of doing away with it, j
however, the last session of the
legislature tried to tighten up on
the law so as to do< away with
block and proxy payments. j
On Thursday morning, Treas
urer McFall said that a total of |
2005 persons had paid poll'
taxes in the county. Payment must
be made on or before May 4 to
qualify for voting in November.
Only eight states in the Union
require the payment of poll taxes
and most of them are in the
South. |
One Monarch Cook Stove—In best
of shape. Must bee seen to bo |
appreciated. What am I offered?
See Basil Bentley, Clintwood, Va.'
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Carnenter J
and Mrs. Elbert Carpenter of
Clinchco were visitors here Tues
The Herald, $1.00 a year.
* The 366 voters qualified to *
* vote in the Clintwood Corpor- *
ation election on June 11 will *
* have a multitude of candi- *
* dates to choose from. Leroy *
* Phillips, Sylvester (Buster) *
* Mullins, John Hughes, Jeff *
* Minton, and Eugene Damron *
* have filed their names for the *
* post of town sergeant. Only *
* one of these stalwarts has an 115
* nounced a platform. Leroy *
* Phillips is running on a single *
* plank platform of liberal con- *
* struction of all ordinances and *
* laws. *
* Byron Stanley, Clarence *
* Stone, Earl Speer, R.L.Wright, *
* J. K. Colley, John Gilliam, *
* Howard Clark, and Stephen *
* Adkins seek seats on the *
* Town Council. Of these only *
* R. L. Wright is a member of *
* the present council. *
* W. C. D. Rush has filed for *
* Mayor, and is without oppo- *
* sition. *
Mrs. Lou Fleming Sutherland,
48, wife of Noah Sutherland, died
at her home at Stratton Wednes
day after an illness of two years.
She was a patient at the Dante
hospital for about two months,
returning to her home but a short
time before death.
Burial was at Stratton Friday.
Funeral services were conducted
by ministers of the Freewill Bap
tist church, of which the deceas
ed had been a devout and faith
ful member for three years.
Mrs. Sutherland is survived by
her husband and three children
and by the following brothers and
sisters: Columbus, Kenus and
Hibbert, of near Clint wood; Em
ery, of West Virginia; Cleveland,
of Coeburn; and Mrs. Rosa Rose
and Della Stanley, of the McClure
She was a daughter of the late
Sol and Sarah Fleming, who were
well known and respected citi
zens of Flemingtown.
Special services at the Swindal
family cemetery at Osborns Gap
have been announced for the last
Sunday in May—the 26th. A bas
ket dinner will be set on the
grounds, and a lound speaker
will be installed. Elders Compton,
Sherd Rife and Hurst Fleming
will have charge of the services.
Mrs. Flora Edwards, Aged 67,
Passes Away Saturday Morning
Mrs. Flora Edwards, aged 67,
widow of the late Josh Edwards,
uied at her home near Birehleaf
jarly Saturday morning after a
angering illness of diabetes.
Burial was in the family grave
yard at Sand Lick.
Funeral services were conduct
d by Elders A. R. Singleton,
Hadley Edwards, Gorman Suther
land and E. S. Stevens, of the
'rimitive Baptist church, of which
he deceased had long been a
Mrs. Edwards was a daughter
of Sol Wright, one of the early
Sand Lick settlers, where she was
reared and spent her entire life.
Nine children were born to this
'’ouple, of whom the folowing sur,
vive: I
Cowan Edwards, Birchleaf;
Mrs. Victoria Powers, Caney
Ridge; Mrs. Tiny Mullins, Birch
leaf; Mrs. Elsie Owens, Prater
Creek; Mrs. Missouri Mullins,
Tivis; Mrs. Maggie Belcher, Do
ran; Mrs. Fannie Owens, Prater
Creek. Two sons, Charles and La
ey, died many years ago.
Flower Girls — Misses Ivory
Branham, Esther Belcher, Opal
Owens, Marie Edwards, Angetta
Branham, Geneva Davis. Irene Ed
wards, Helen Edwards, Murl Ed
wards, Margie Powers, Mildred
Powers, Inez Mullins, Flora Ruth
Mullins, Mrs. Hibert Deel, Mrs.
Thomas Branham, Mrs. Cline Mul
lins and Mrs. Clinton Counts.
The deceased lived and died a
Christian life. She had been a
member of the Old Baptist church
for about 35 years. She seemed
to take great interest and attend
ed all the services possible. She
is missed by many, many friends
and relatives.
The Herald, $1.00 a year.
Jimmy Lambert, the fourteen
year old son of Mrs. Kanna Lam
bert, suffered a dislocated shoul
der when he fell from a grape
vine swing in the hollow above
the Charles Chase farm. Young
Lambert and some schoolmates
were playing in the hollow when
the boy slipped from the vine on
which he was swinging and crash
ed to the ground several feet be
low. One of his companions came
for aid and the boy was brought
out for medicJI attention. No per
manent injuries will result from
the accident, although the painful
effects of the dislocation will keep
the lad confined for some time.
Alice Stanley, wife of Henry
Stanley, of the Ramey Flats sec
tion, died early this week, and
was buried near her home there.
She is survied by her husband
and one child.
Freeling, April 16. — Walden
rhipps, former citizen of this sec
tion, who has resided near Hyl
ton, Ky., for many years, was
critically injured a few days ago
while cutting timber near his
home. A falling tree kicked back,
striking him about the body. He
was rushed to the Methodist Hos
pital at Pikeville, where he lin
gers in a precarious condition.
Latest reports say that he is weak
ming, unable to eat and barely
able to speak above a whisper.
Phipps is a son of the late Eli
Phipps, and a brother of Andy
Phipps, Freeling citizen.
Mrs. Dave Silcox, of Nealy
ilidge, underwent an emergency
->peration in the Dickenson Coun
;y Hospital Friday afternoon.
Recent Freezing Weather
Destroys Fruit Prospects
The snow and freeze of last
Friday and Saturday left a spot
ty trail of destruction thru the
fruit crop of Dickenson County.
Peaches, pears, cherries and plums
were ruined entirely. Apples were
seriously injured, if not wiped out
in the higher ridges. However, the '
apple buds were so tardy in low
er areas that little damage was
The Sandy Ridge section, par
ticularly, will feel the effects of
the freezing weather. On that
ridge and its various spurs fruit
is the main crop. In that section
the wintry weather was most ■se
vere. It is reported that over the
ridges ice was frozen two inches
thick. Some fruit growers esti
mate that the damage to their
fruit crop was a thousand dollars.
Thirty-one Will Receive Diplomas
On Graduation Night
The twenty-eighth annual com
mencement exercises at Dicken
son Memorial High School got un
der way on Thursday might of this
week with the presentation of
the senior class play, “Aunt Min
nie From Minnesota.”
On Sunday morning at 11
o’clock in the Methodist church,
the Rev. S. C. Beard, district sup
erintendent of Big Stone Gap dis
trict of the M. E. Church will de
liver the commencement sermon.
Holding these services at the
church is a departure from prac
tice at the local school. Heretofore
the commencement sermon has
been delivered in the high school
auditorium. Rev. Beard will be
assisted in the services by the
Rev. P. E. Cullom, minister of the
Clintwood Baptist church. Music
will be rendered by the glee clubs
of Dickenson Memorial.
On Tuesday class night exercis
es will be held in the auditorium.
Following the custom of the past
few seasons, admission will be by
ticket only. The tickets have al
ready been given to the seniors
for distribution among relatives
and friends.
The theme of the class night
program is “America.” Parkis
Sutherland, class president, will
preside, and Miss Effie Baker will
make the welcome address. Fay
CullorrJ will speak on the tonic of
“W a r Abroad”, followed b y
special music, “Song of Peace.”
Mavis Rasnick discusses “Peace
at Home.” Anna Lee Sykes tells
“Why I am glad I live in Amer
Anna Lee Sykes is first honor
student, with a four-year average
of 97.7. Parkis Sutherland is sal
utatorian. Candidates for diplomas
Effie Baker, Josephine Baker,
Zora Beverly, Georgia Bise, Cleo
ta Bolling, Shirley Browers, Fay
Cullom, Mary Davis, Maurine Da
vis, Will Davis. Colistia Dotson,
Estelle Flerm^ TJrenry Hamilton,
Jr., Kermit Hibbitts, Goldie Hill,
Florence Hyde, Allen Kennedy,
Norma Kiser. Miriam McFall, Tol
lie McFall, Estelle Moore, Thur
man Mullins, Gladys Mullins, Roy
Mullins, Marjorie Rasnick, Mavis
Rasnick, Joan Steele, Elizabeth
Sutherland, Parkis Sutherland,
Anna Lee Sykes and Lora Van

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