The Gate City Herald -
Contributed by Don Lane
Gate City Herald
June 12, 1941
Man Makes Escape At Prison
Herron Among Trio Who Escaped From Prison Section Near
Abe Herron, 32-year old Scott Countian serving nine years
on conviction of arson and robbery, was reported still at large
with two other men from the state prison farm, where they escaped
last Thursday morning, Sheriff George Williams said today.
Herron when he made his escape were Emory Marshall, 27, Wise
County, and Leonard Harding, 22, Buchanan County.
Williams said he understood the three men were cleaning the car of
a guard at the prison farm and took it when they escaped.
was convicted in Scott County Circuit court here on the arson and
robbery charges in connection with the robbery and burning of a
store in the Manville section five miles northwest of here.
Thursday, April 24, 1941
Girls Entered Beauty Contest
To Be Held At Local Theatre April 29 To Pick Princess For County
Twenty two girls will compete in a beauty contest at the
Gate City Theater here April 29, when a princess to represent ScottCounty at the Dogwood Festival in Bristol will be selected.
The girls to take part and their sponsors:
B&W Steak House, Betty Rose; Elliott’s Beauty Shop,
Joan Starnes; Shanks Variety Store, Mary Herron; Kroger Grocery,
Evelyn McClellan; Jennings Furniture Company, Lena Mae Peters;
Virginia Motors, Inc., Freta Minton; Sloan’s Store, Rebecca
Shivar; Thomas Drug Store, Helen Frye; Dixie Restaurant, Edythe
Cox Service Station, Jean McConnell; Gate City Pharmacy,
Faye Darnell; Perry’s Store, Mildred Fuller; Kelly’s Steak
House, Lillian Lane; Appalachian Power Company, Mary Margaret
Starnes; Krislee’s, Annis Dougherty; Ben Franklin Store,
Charlotte Blankenship; Midway High School, Eileen Godsey;
Bledsoe Service Station, Helen Bowen; Lovely Beauty Shop, Anna
Ruth Darnell; Nickels Store, Jackie Bond; Gate City Herald,
Ethyl Sandidge; Forest Hills Ballroom, June Dougherty.
Other sponsors include H. P. Boatright; Dr. E. G. Watts,
Dr. W. L. Griggs, Jr., Dr. Fred G. McConnell, Treasurer’s
Office; R. L. Kane, First and Peoples National Bank; Sheriff
George Williams; Deputies Lloyd Broadwater and O. M. Quillin;
Commissioner John F. Lane, and the Scott County Bar Association.
Thursday, January 9, 1941
Examined By Board Physicians Tuesday and Wednesday
Thirty-two additional men of ScottCounty were called in this week to be
given physical examinations as to their fitness for a year’s
The names of those called are: Harvey Baker, Carson
Anderson Lawson, John Lawrence McDavid, Charles Edwin Suttle,
Ryland McNew, Henry Nelson Herron, James Kelly Musick, and
William Edward Mann.John
Samuel Hilton, Alonzo Martin Carico, Joseph Hershel Dougherty, Garland Hood, Wallace Poff, Clarence
Moore, Doyle Virgil Hammonds, Henry C. Taylor, Jake Sloan,
Robert Clark, James Andrew Edwards, Troy Ransom Lucas, Ralph
John Hackney, Joseph Hobart Snavely, Warren Starnes, Robert Lee
McConnell, George Cecil Frazier, Edwin T. Watts, Thomas Sloan,
Leonard Gibson, Bobbie Dorton, Wesley Fait McGee, Jr., Claude
Swanson Howington and Rufus Miller.
Members of the examining board are Dr. W. L. Griggs, Jr.,
Fred G. McConnell and S. P. Gardner.
GateCity Herald Thursday, April 23, 1941
Men Called For Physical Test
Sixty Scotty Countians have been and are being examined
here this week to determine if they can pass the physical
examination preparatory to a year’s training under the
selective service act.
Fifteen were examined here Tuesday and Wednesday.A similar number have been called for today and Friday, a
member of the Scott County Draft Board said here today.
Those examined Tuesday were Lilburn Kerns, Carl Bowen,
William Hackney, Emory Elliott, Stuart Culbertson, Thomas
Carter, Martin Hilton, Willie Castle, Garman Hilton, Woodrow
Sluss, William Lane, Ernest Wininger, and Albert
Wednesday: Erwin A. Jennings, Darwin Albert Dougherty, Shimel Baker
Addington, Eugene L. Jennings, George Richard Rhoton, Dave
Honeycutt, John Carter Hensley, Garfield Lucas, James Kyle
Dooley, Donald Neal Lawson, John Curtis Robinette, Elmer Gray
Pierson, Ranold Linton Bowen.
Thursday: Rex Von McConnell, Oferyl Jennings Reed, Jr.,
Henry P. Elliott, Jr., Henry Carl Williams, Cummings Herman
Hamilton, James Taft McDavid, Garland Eugene McClellan, Joseph
Harvey Vicars, Austin Barbee Templeton, Walter Thomas Horton,
Robert Lee Gillenwater, Henry Monroe Salling.
Friday: Joe Dishner, Malone Hammonds, Claud Chapman, Clyde Williams, Leonard Kern, Arthur
Bledsoe, K. G. Shaffer, Harmon Monroe Strong, Warner Foyster
Wells, Paul Johnson Crumley, Fred Carson Redwine, Jessie Willard
Honeycutt, and Bascom Bledsoe.
August 7, 1941
Six more Scott Countians left here Tuesday morning for
the Roanoke, Va. induction station for another
physical examination to determine if they shall serve a year or
more in the selective service army.
They are Ross Samuel carter, Eugene Peterson, Marvin
Coagle Speers, James Elmer Horton, Isaac Neely, and Gregory
Today and tomorrow, the ScottCounty medical board is examining 29
more men here to find out how many in that number can be placed
on the reserve list to meet future draft calls from state
Those scheduled for examination today:
Jerry D. Robbins, Jess Willard Salyer, Jonathan Howard
Lankford, Coy Ingle Owens, Loyd Franklin Bledsoe, Eugene Oscar
Smith, James Homer Lyons, Henry Thomas Gilreath, William Henry
Herron, Hubert Clatty Moore, Joe Lincoln Carter, Noble Light,
Kent Edward Gilreath, John Boyd Fleenor and Lloyd Charles
Those for tomorrow:
Obie Andrew Duckworth, ClydeWashington Starnes, James Kelly Baldwin,
Ben William Falkner, Thomas Patton Head, Humberson Carl Price,
Eugene Lawson, Carlos L. Dixon, Joseph Willard Vicars, Luther
Conrad Taylor, Everett Washington Flanary, James Audley McDavid,
Earnest Ray Collins, and Ward Taylor.
Examination of these men exhausts the approximately 3,050
men registered last October and leaves only the new registrants
who became 21 since that time, plus those deferred, with which
the county can meet straight and emergency military calls in the
More than 200 just registered in the last registration
August 28, 1941
The first group of newly-21-year old ScottCounty men were given preliminary
physical examinations here in the office of Dr. W. L. Griggs,
Jr., chief medical examiner, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of
this week for probable service in the selective service army.
Those examined Wednesday were Edgar Benjamin Roberts,
Edgar Morris Giles, Clyde Lenard Dishner, Roy Orbin Quillin,
Charlie Henry Brickey, Oscar Edgar Cox, James Cecil Burke,
Derius Lee Gillenwater, Robert William Carter, Howard Harry
Dingus, Roy Clarence Harris, Eugene Stewart, Charlie Estep, Earl
Gean Austin, and Thomas Marshall McMurray.
Scheduled for examination today were Joseph Cecil Brickey
(col.), James Emmett Stapleton, Edward Lunsford Oaks, Gilmer Jr.
Beverly (col.), Hollie Dewey Bishop, Grady Enoch Frazier, Isaac
Lyehue Pendleton, Mitchell Earl Rhoton, Clarence Henry Quillin,
Raymond Herbert Gardner, Henry Ervin Meade, Earnest M. Strong,
Ray Fred Cox, Garland Harris Taylor, Loyd Edwin Gillenwater.
Those set for exams tomorrow are William Howard
Addington, Henry Ira Dean, Charles Edwin Ervin, Robert Paul
Johnson, Larkin W. McConnell, Clayton S. Sampson, Clayton
McClellan, Dayton Erby Sluss, James Scott Smith, Ronie Fisher,
Edward Joseph Sanders, Robert Steele Quillin, James Carl
McDavid, Troy Philip Dingus, Beryl Bledsoe, Curtis Melvin
Templeton, Ernest Patton Qualls.
GateCity Herald Thursday, July 31, 1941
Ft.Blackmore Early History
C. V. Compton)
Ft.Blackmore is unique among the frontier
towns that have had a continuous history for one hundred and
seventy years with no more population today than it had in 1774,
and possibly not as many people as then.It had according to early tradition, its Indian for
breakfast, bear meat and buffalo meet for the other meals.But then as now it was touched with the refinements of
old and orderly communities.It had in its early day desperadoes, Indian traders, land
seekers, home builders, beaver trappers and buffalo hunters.It was for many years an isolated settlement on the far
flung outpost of Anglo-Saxon civilization.
A frontier post for forty years in the midst of westward
bound immigrants to Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and by 1810 it became one of the
stops for immigrants for Missouri.It had a pictureesqueness of a modern boom town from 1772
to 1812 and the flare of the trail of settlers kept the town in
a state of flux.It
was to the early immigrants on their westward journey a town of
lawlessness and gambling places and religion of he law, home
made liquor and schools, best, lurid melodrama and daily affairs
of business, of drunkenness and candle altars.It was a stopping place of many thousands of immigrants
who pressed up the New River, over the rocky divide to the
Clinch and thence down the Clinch to Ft. Blackmore, all bound for the
west.Men like Moses
Austin, Stephen F. Austin, (the Father of Texas), Colin McKinney
and John Childress the authors of Texas Declaration of
Independence and thousands of other like Boone, Kerns, Epperson,
Brickey, Logan, Bryan, passed through Ft. Blackmore.It was for the early immigrants what Salt Lake City became during the “Gold
Rush” days of ’49 to ’54 for the immigrants.In fact Ft.Blackmore is the first “boom town” of
Anglo-Saxon America and it gave the pattern of the towns that
developed across America from 1803 to 1860.It fed and even encouraged the new comers but it failed
to retain many if any of them.Possibly it lacked a Kiwanis, Rotary, Lion or Civitan
Club or a Chamber of Commerce to point to the greatness of this
the Revolutionary War down to the Civil War it was the hectic
and the mad romance in miniature form of the western boom town
of a later day.
Good men, bad men, thieves from the east, murderers from
the seacoast or England stopped here for a brief spell before
going further west:Flintlocks
were stacked at the door, Indians and Indian fighters died near
the blockhouse or in the streets in the swirl of bows and arrows
and gun powder smoke.
Ft.Blackmore has rich, historical traditions
which go back to 1771 when James Green of CulpepperCounty came here and settled.His home is reputed to be on the south bank of the Clinch
near Wood, Va., he was quickly followed by
Capt. John Blackmore, Joseph Blackmore, John Blackmore, Jr.,
John Carter, Dale Carter, Andrew Davis, Patrick Porter, Peter
Hutchinson, William Houston, et als with their families in the
fall of ’72 and the spring of ’73.No organized company of settlers but individuals who came
independently seeking land.
Ft.Blackmore is, therefore, one o Southwest Virginia’s oldest and unique towns.There is much in the Ft.Blackmore of the past 170 years that
captures the imagination.There
is the loveliness of the gorges, hill slopes, cliffs, flowing
streams, and the blueness of the “High Knob”.There is he fact that the Carter’s, Davis’, Greens, Coxes, Brickeys, et
als first became settlers of Scott. The
early boating and rafting on the Clinch indicate that the first
settlers of this region came from a sea-faring country.There is the romantic history of citizens of Ft.Blackmore like the Jennings, Donelsons, Blackmores, Coxes,
Brickeys, running flatboats down the Clinch, the Tennessee, the Ohio and some of them carrying their
hides and ginseng to New Orleans for sale.
There are several things in Ft.Blackmore’s history that I think are
both interesting and important.For the first, I go back to its earliest history, when
the Cherokees and Shawnees inhabited and hunted the buffalo
and the bear in the old, old fields on the late Floyd Cox’s
tomahawks, skeletons, fish bones, and charcoal could be ploughed
up in this old field within the memory of the men now living.These Cherokees in 1774 attempted to capture Ft.Blackmore and drive the “pale faces”
back up the trail.Chief
Logan directed the attack when Dale Carter was killed, Captain
Blackmore’s slaves were captured and the day and night battle
with the Indians took place here at Ft.Blackmore.
Daniel Boone of Moore’s Fort hurried to the rescue
of the people of Ft.Blackmore with a small force of pioneers,
which caused the Indians to raise the siege.The people of the lower Clinch region requested the state
to make Daniel Boone commander in chief of the lower Clinch to
which position Col Preston appointed him.
Another thing is unusual in the annals of any town and
this is its government.The
Ft.Blackmore settlement did something I
believe worth noting.In
the absence of state government they set up a miniature
democracy to govern themselves the best they could.They promised to defend and to maintain with their
persons the peace of the place and to aid and assist one and
another according to the rules and laws of righteousness.True the self-governing form did not last long but
operated for nearly two years and from all traditional records
it was successful.
There is another glorious side to the history of Ft.Blackmore.It was during the days of he Revolutionary War when Ft. Blackmore sent her manpower to the Battle of Point Pleasant, to Long
Island Flats, to Kings Mountain, to participate with Shelby,
Sevier in wiping out the Cherokee’s “Over Hill Town.”Ft.Blackmore sent her representatives to Long Island on the Holston in July 1777 to make a treaty of
peace with the Cherokees.The
Little Carpenter was dead, and Oconostota was very old.Old Tassell and Raven were therefore chosen to speak for
the Cherokees in regard to the whites moving the land boundary
beyond the treaty line, especially about the settlement at Fr.
Blackmore and Porter’s Fort.The Cherokee war party declined to have anything to do
with John Cox and Gen. Christian negotiation at Long Island.The trader John Benge, who
had married a Cherokee woman with his son, was there.Benge and his sons were not under suspicion.He told the trader Dews that Gen Christian’s would fill
an iron pot inside two or three days.Dews replied that “you talk of Gen Christian’s blood
as of a bullock”.Benge
replied “that for me to tell who would be killed, would cost
me my life.”Thus
and then John Benge’s son, Chief Benge went on the war path.Benge was a great nephew of the mighty chief Dragging
Canoe who was called in later times the Napoleon of the
Benge fought against the Seviers along the French Broad and the Little Tennessee Rivers;
he fell upon a party of twelve immigrants near Nashville, seven men, 4 women and one boy.At the sight of the savages the men put spurs to their
horses and fled, the women were too terrified to move, Benge
came up, shook hands with them, told them they would not be
hurt, caught their horses, built a fire to warm them, and then
took his departure.Four
of the men did not stop until they reached Nashville; the other three turned back and
escorted the women into Nashville.Near Hazel Patch he waylaid and killed a company of
immigrants, he killed James Green near Norton, Virginia, and gave Charles Kilgore and
John McKinney a race for their lives.He Killed Mrs. William McDowell, Francis Pendleton, and
carried off as prisoners Mrs. Pendleton and her son; three days
later Benge killed Elisha Farris and his family all of Russell
(now Scott Co.), Virginia.Benge became notorious around Ft.Blackmore, even the mothers in that
settlement would say “Benge will get you, if you’re not
good” (Draper’s Mss 9-DD-67).The state of Virginia offered a reward for him dead or
had a greater fear or possibly suffered more at he hands of
Benge than Ft.Blackmore.
Ft.Blackmore in its early days became noted
as a horse swapping place.Immigrants
moving west would often exchange horses here or swap with
citizens.In Ft.Blackmore’s past history it had a
celebration of Benge’s death the camp meeting for soul
winning, Baptist Associations, Methodist Conferences, deer
hunting seasons, horse swapping days.Corn husking picnics, apple peelings, bean stringings,
‘coon’ and ‘possum’ hunting festivities, log rollings,
and many other social gatherings all of which would make the
history of Ft. Blackmore or the nation.
The horse trading days where races were run may be of
minor importance today but its contribution to the history of Ft.Blackmore stands out in shaping much of
the ideals of our region from 1777 to 1860.These old horse traders (“swappers”) would feel the
forelegs and peer at their teeth; seldom would they ever miss
the age of a horse.This
practice of horse trading gave rise to almost a profession, as a
novice soon learned that against a professional horse swapper he
had little chance to come out with the big end of the bargain.When horse swapper met horse swapper the smartest trader
My visit in Ft.Blackmore this summer caused me to think
of the unparalled history of this town.Its location being owned by the Cherokees, claimed by the
Shawnees, Spaniards, French, occupied by
the English and for a while a part of the British Empire.It was more concerned with its existence during the
Revolutionary War than most of the other parts of America.It took an active part in the War of 1812, and sent many
of her sons to the armies of the South and the North in the
UNCIVIL WAR, it had a unit of the Klu-Klux-Klan following the
Uncivil War and its history has been great but largely untold.
December 11, 1941
Scott Man Will Face Charges Of Homicide Today
Nervous and suffering from a heart malady, 65-year-old L.
Ed Dooley was scheduled for preliminary hearing here today
charged with fatally shooting Gratten Begley, 25, former
Clinchport CCC enrollee who, Scott County officers say,
practically ran berserk in the Dooleyhome near Dungannon last Sunday before he was fatally
L. Ed Dooley, 65, was acquitted on charges of slaying J.
Gratten Begley, 22, former CCC enrollee, in a preliminary
hearing before Trial Justice Martin Compton here Friday
In his decision, Compton said evidence introduced before
him showed “Begley had fired pistol shots as he neared the
Dooley home, continued firing inside the three-room house and
during that time wounded one of Dooley’s sons before he was
fatally shot by the 65-year-old man whose home had been
The older Dooley readily admitted slaying Begley, whom he
said he had never seen before, after Begley threatened him, Mrs.
Dooley, and their four sons, and then proceeded shooting, one of
the shots hitting Dooley’s son, Kyle, in the neck just before
the third shot from the elder man’s shotgun felled him in the
yard outside their home,Deputy
Sheriff Marrs said his investigation revealed.
With Marrs investigating the shooting were three other ScottCounty officers, J. C. Davidson, Ira
Stallard, and J. S. Ramsey.Scott County Sheriff George Williams said this morning
Dooley has been free on bond during the past few days.
Deputy Marrs said their investigation showed 24 bullet
holes inside Dooley’s home in addition to any that might have
been fired outside while Kyle Dooley and the slain man were
meant, the officer said, that Begley had to reload his revolver
three or more times.An
unfired shell was found in the revolver.
As explained to newsmen
and officers by Dooley:
“A man I’d never seen before came to my home and
entered, asking if Bob Begley was there.I told him no, but he insisted he was started reaching
toward a pistol in a shoulder holster.I started toward another room where I kept a shotgun as
he continued threatening me and everybody else present.
“While I was in the room getting my shotgun, three
shots were fired, the bullets striking in the room, I heard him
threaten my wife and I heard another shot.
At this point, Dooley was so nervously shaken that Deputy
Marrs resumed description of the story as told to him by
Dooley’s four sons, Emory, 19, Kyle, 27, Clayton, 39 and
“As told to me the sons of Dooley grappled with him
inside the house trying to get him outside, but due to his
strength and size had little success.The other officers and I found 24 bullet holes in the
house and others may have been fired outside while Begley was
grappling with Kyle Dooley who was shot in the neck.”
Dr. N. W. Stallard, veteran ScottCounty physician of Dungannon, treated
Kyle and said had the bullet pierced a fraction of an inch
deeper he would have died from loss of blood.
Officials of the Clinchport CCC camp, where Begley was
formerly enrolled, said his height was six feet or perhaps more
and his weight was on records transferred from Baltimore as 270.
Thursday, June 12, 1941
Wolfe To Get Chance To Repeat
Death Defying Stunt
Natural Tunnel is scheduled to be the scene Sunday where
a man 87 years old will defy death when he is raised and lowered
along the 400 feet high perpendicular walls of the tunnel, just
as he did 52 years ago.
The man is Isaac Wolfe, native of ScottCounty, but now a resident of the
Chimney Top mountain section of nearby East Tennessee.He will be repeating the feats he performed when he was
35 years of age.
That he is unafraid of what is before him is obviously
evident when he compares it to a ‘sleigh ride’ and declares
that even if he should fall “it won’t shorten my days
Plans for the event scheduled for call for a broadcast in which he
will give an outline of his 80-odd years of life which have been
chockfull of adventure, ranging from the hazards of running logs
from Speers Ferry, Va. to Chattanooga, Tenn., to the dangers of
his Sunday undertaking.
The octogeneratian’s life, aside from being replete
with adventure, has been filled with side-chapters typical of a
man accustomed to action, and at once.
Reticent himself to talk much about it, his wife to the
contrary, is what happened in Knoxville, Tenn., once when he was returning home
from Chattanooga.His wife is author of the story to the effect he was
awaiting a train to a point nearer home, and was also awaiting
the arrival of a ‘jug’ of tea that apparently wouldn’t get
there before train time.
The time element worried Wolfe somewhat because he wanted
the tea before he boarded the train.Railway officials said they couldn’t wait until the tea
mediated and then went into action.
He found a cable.He
tied one end to the engine of he train and the other to the
railway station, then he drew a pistol and stood guard duty
against any and all who wanted to untie it so the train could
observe the traditional time schedule.
Finally the tea arrived, so did the police.
Wolfe didn’t get to leave on the train because he had
some unfinished business with the police department.The unfinished business cost Wolfe an amount of money
large in those days and amounted to almost a fortune to Wolfe
Mrs. Wolfe verifies to some extent her husband’s story
of an ardent and rather rapid courtship that resulted in their
marriage, which has survived 62-years of martial ups and downs.
Wolfe says he was thinking deeply one day and decided he
would be married and leading to the resulting settled life.He thought over the list of girls he knew, picked out
one, proceeded on a five days courtship and persuaded his swain
that matrimony was the practical thing.
When the aged man performs his death defying feat Sunday,
hundreds if not thousands are expected to be on hand at the
tunnel to watch it.
The Shoemaker High School Band, under the direction of W.
H. Short, will furnish music throughout the afternoon’s
festivities starting at
Thursday, June 19, 1941
The Top” Went Uncle Ike
Stand In Awe As 87-Year Old Man Descends
Hundreds of ScottCounty citizens and scores and scores
of citizens from adjoining states witnessed a stunt at the
Natural Tunnel Sunday.Hair-raising,
spectacular and awe-inspiring.Mr. Isaac “Ike” Wolfe, 87, of near Church Hill, went
over the Natural Tunnel wall from top to bottom.
Twice before he had done the same act --- 52 years ago
when he was 35.
At just about Sunday afternoon while the
assembled hundreds looked on in hushed silence the aged man
slowly approached the brink of the towering precipice.Slowly, too he descended after he began his going down.The suspense, however, affected him not nearly so much as
it did numerous ones of the on-lookers and well-wishers.
To make a long story short he went over without a mishap.On reaching the bottom he appeared slightly weak but
almost instantly getting back to normal, he announced that he
would do he same job again when he had reached he century mark.
Hundreds and hundreds of cars from a dozen different
states were parked on the spacious grounds at the entrance to
Events of the day broadcast over the radio throughout the
Thursday, January 28, 1941
W. Hill Last Confederate Vet In ScottPasses
Comes To Aged Citizen At His Home At Hill
Ira W. Hill, 95, a veteran of the Confederacy in the War
Between the States, died at his home at Hill, Va., at 12
midnight last Saturday.He
had enjoyed unusual good health, age considered, and his
unexpected passing was a severe shock to his relatives and
Born, reared and lived in the Hill community, and having
an active part in the development of the business, social and
religious activities, he was most reverently regarded by the
people of his entire section.
His father was Solomon Hill and his mother Elizabeth
Carter Hill, both members of the oldest and most prominent
families of this section.
At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted and was
assigned to the cavalry.His
first service was at the “Salt Works” now Saltville, Va. and in this connection he fought
in several skirmishes in that immediate section, later engaged
in the fierce battle of Marion.Still later he was attached to the cavalry division led
by the famous John Morgan of Kentucky and was some of the fiercest
fighting of the entire war.
After Appomattox, he along with many other
southern men returned to his home and began literally digging a
living out of the ground.Through
sheer will power, hard work, and thrift he began rebuilding, and
has been successful.
He has been a consistent and active member of the MethodistChurch all his mature life, giving of
his time and means to see that the work was carried forward.
Three sons and two daughters survive: R. Leonard Hill, Huntington, W. Va.; J. C. Hill, Kingsport, Tenn.; Worley Hill, Elizabethton, Tenn.; Mrs. W. M. Owen, Hill, Va.;
Miss Ave Hill, Bedford, Va.
Thursday, July 3, 1941
18thReunion Of Jennings Family
To Be July 27th
Tunnel Is Chosen To Be Place Of 18thReunion
Of Well-know Family
The Jennings family will hold its 18th
annual reunion at Natural Tunnel on the fourth Sunday in this
It is expected that one of the largest crowds yet to
attend one of these reunions will be on hand on that date.
Members of the family and their friends will take their
lunches and there enjoy the day under the shade of the trees on
the famous Tunnel Picnic Grounds.
There will probably be some singing and speaking and
maybe other entertainment but for the most part the folks will
meet and enjoy their friends and kinsmen.
Thursday, January 16, 1941
After Long Battle For Young Life
County Seat Girl Is Victim Grim Reaper
June Greear, beloved and
popular young girl, died Friday morning after
a lingering illness of many months.
Since the news of her death a pall of sadness has
shrouded the county seat and the surrounding community.Although but twenty years of age she had won her way into
the hearts of all her acquaintances both young and old.Her good manners, her unusual beauty and her contagious
smile had won for her a host of friends unusual to one of her
tender years.Such a
sweet, unaffected personality is seldom to be met with.
She graduated from in the class of 1938.Since that time until her serious illness she was an
employee of a local theatre.
In the spring of 1939 she was chosen as the most
beautiful girl from to be one of he princesses of
the Annual Dogwood Festivals held in the city of .
She is survived by her parents, Robert R. Greear and
Clara Quillen Greear; one brother, Joe Greear; and a sister,
Mrs. Kyle Davidson, all of .
Funeral services were held from the Sunday at with the pastor, Rev. S. O. Frye, in charge.
She was buried in the family cemetery near Snowflake.
The sympathy of our whole community goes out to the
bereaved family in their great sadness.
“In the cool moist earth we laid her,
When the forest cast the leaf.
And we wept that one so lovely
Should have a life so brief”.
GateCity Herald Thursday, June 12, 1941
Quillin Families To Hold Reunion
To Hold Regular Reunion This Year Is Made For Prominent Family
The Executive Committee of the Quillin Clan held a
meeting at Gate City, Va. on Sunday, June 8th,
for the purpose of determining whether the Clan would hold its 4th
reunion in 1941.
The vote was unanimous in favor of
holding a reunion this year at Antioch, in Scott, County, Va., on the 4th Sunday in
August, 1941, beginning at
The president and secretary were introduced to invite the
following distinguished members to attend and take part on the
Dr. Paul W. Quillin, PastorFirstMethodistChurch, Houston, Tex.
Hon. Robert Quillen, well known columnist, Fountain Inn,
Dr. E. O. Quillin, Montgomery, Alabama.
Prof. Marvin C. Quillin, WesleyanCollege, Macon, Ga.
Hon. Clinton E. Quillin, Salisbury, Maryland.
GateCity Herald Thursday, August 14, 1941
The Quillin Clan will hold their annual reunion at Antioch, a little church, situated on a
site donated by James Quillin, Sr., a pioneer settler of ScottCounty, about for miles east of Gate City, Va., on August 24th, 1941.
A loud speaker will be installed for the convenience of
those who are unable to get into the building.
The program, beginning at will be substantially as
Opening Song --- “Faith of Our Fathers.”
Invocation: by Hon. C. S. Pendleton.
Address of welcome: by Hon. Ira M. Quillin.
Response: by Hon. M. B. Compton eulogizing late members
who have passed since last meeting.
Introduction of visitors.
Appointment of a nominating committee.
Adjournment for lunch.
Report by President, Secretary and Treasurer and
Music, --- songs and readings by Jack Fugate, Verna
Quillin, Fay Quillin, Gladys Godsey and others, will be in
charge of Miss Evelyn Quillin of Nickelsville, Va.
Election of Officers.
Motorcade to the Natural Tunnel.
M. Quillin, Jr., Pres.
Gate City Herald
August 28, 1941
The Quillin Clan held their fourth reunion in Scott
County, near Gate City Virginia on last Sunday, with an
attendance of about five hundred with visitors from Washington,
D. C., Texas, Indiana and other states.
principal addresses were made by Ernest C. Grigsby, Pulaski,
Va., Ira M. Quillin, Lebanon, Virginia and Martin B. Compton,
following officers were elected for the ensuing year: J. M.
Quillin, Jr., Coeburn, Va. President; Milligan W. Quillin,
Greenville, Tenn., Martin B. Compton, Wood, Va., and Mrs. Hubert
Quillin, Kingsport, Tenn., vice-pres.,Mrs. H. B. Brown, Emory, Va., sec'y-treas., B. Tate
Quillin, Bedford, Va., ass't sec'y-treas.
executive committee was directed and given authority to appoint
such sub-committees as it might deem to be necessary and
advisable for the organization to have.Said sub-committees are to be selected from the executive
committees and from the personnel at large, as said executive
committee might decide best.
executive committee was also given the authority to select the
time and place of the next annual meeting of the organization.
Thursday, May 15, 1941
Rye Cove Seniors Plans for ’41 –
Margaret Stewart, Valedictorian, plans to go to Virginia
Intermont, where she will study voice.
June Lane, Salutatorian, will attend BereaCollege.
Emily Edens expects to go to MaryWashingtonCollege.
Lois Duncan will enter Berea where she will major in art and
Gaines Reed plans to go to KingCollege; Hubert Tomlinson, to the University of Virginia.
Christine Dean hopes to be a beautician; Ethel Spivey, a
Charles Morrison will join the U. S. Navy; Ernest
Mullins, the U. S. Army.
Della Mae Jenkins and Mae Dishner will take business
Madeline Ford and Bessie Chapman will go down to LincolnMemorialUniversity.
The following boys and girls will seek employment at the
Tennessee Eastman Corp.; Ray Kerns, Randall Darnell, Glenn
Robinette, Harold Free, Harry Sluss, Kyle Williams, Leona
Darnell, Margaret Lane.
Thursday, January 9, 1941
T. Lane Dies
After Long & Eventful Life
One of Few Remaining Confederate Soldiers
Answers Last Roll Call
William T. Lane, pioneer citizen of Rye Cove,
ex-soldier of the Confederate Army and patriarch of his
community and county, breathed his last at last Thursday.
Mr. Lane, due to the infirmities of age,
had been in poor health for some years, but with all of his
suffering he retained an active interest in public affairs to
Born Oct. 7, 1847, he lived his long and
interesting life in this his native county.While still a boy in his teens he gallantly served in the
War Between the States under Col. A. L. Pridemore.
He was married to Miss Rebecca Craft in August 1878.
Mr. Lane was noted for his community
pride, and for his interest in all civic enterprises.When the community of Rye Cove was confronted with the
problem of a site for a new high school building, after the
passing of the old Washington Institute, he donated the ground
on which the present modern educational plant now stands.
With the passing of Mr. Lane there are now very few
ex-Confederate soldiers still living in ScottCounty.
“Like solitary oaks in the midst of a fallen forest”
they are few and far between.
Mr. Lane was long a devout member of the MethodistChurch and joined the Masonic Lodge
probably earlier than any other man now living in ScottCounty.
Mr. Lane is survived by four sons, A. C.,
John V., Henry L. and Carl E., and by one daughter Mrs. J. N.
Funeral services were held Saturday at in the auditorium of the RyeCoveMemorialHigh School bu8ilding with the Rev. J. *
Craft and Mr. J. P. Morrison as the speakers.
Grand children of he deceased served as pall bearers and
honorary pall bearers were old friends and neighbors.
Interment was in the family cemetery in Rye Cove.
GateCity Herald Thursday, May 29, 1941
Draws 12 Years From Wise CountyJury
To Be Argued For New Trial Saturday
Wilmer Whited, tried for the third time for killing of
Pete Hamilton in the High Knob section in 1937, was found guilty
last week by a WiseCounty jury and his punishment fixed at
12 years in the state penitentiary.
Attorneys for Whited at once moved for a new trial and
Judge Morton Set Saturday, May 31 as the date to hear the
argument for a fourth trial.
The first trial of Whited resulted in a hung jury, the
second a conviction with twenty years as the punishment.This was set aside by the State Supreme Court and a third
trial ordered with the result as stated.
In case Judge Morton refuses a new trial it is said the
case will be appealed to the Supreme Court again.
Thursday, June 5, 1941
Denied New Trial
When Case Was Argued
Morton Overrules Defense Motion – Case To Be Appealed
Arguments for a new trial for C. W. Whited were presented
to Judge Morton in the Wise County Circuit Court on last
Saturday but the motion was overruled.The case it is said will again go to the Supreme Court.
In the third trial which ended recently Whited was found
guilty by a WiseCounty jury for the death of Pete
Hamilton in the High Knob section in 1937.Punishment was fixed at 12 years in the state
The Commonwealth was represented by Fred B. Greear.
Thursday, June 12, 1941
Trial Faces Whited
Morton Sets Verdict
C. Wilmer Whited, former Scott County deputy sheriff, now
will stand trial a fourth time on homicide charges growing out
of the fatal shooting of Pete Hamilton in a pitched gun battle
atop High Knob mountain five years ago, between three Scott
County officers on one side and Hamilton and his son-in-law
Cloyd Laney on the other.
Judge George Morton, of the Wise County Circuit Court,
declared a mistrial last Saturday afternoon in the recent third
hearing for Whited in which he received 12 years.The last conviction was the third trial for the former
trial resulted in a hung jury, the second in a penalty of 20
years reversed by the Va. Court of Appeals.
Attorneys for Whited introduced evidence before Judge
Morton showing that two of the jurors in company with a deputy
sheriff visited two beer joints near Wise and while at the
second were left unguarded a short time while the deputy
attempted to arrest two men on charges of creating a
The WiseCounty jurist declared the mistrial
saying the law contemplates that all jurors should be so guarded
that they would not be left open to possible tampering any time
during the course of a trial.