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The Gate City Herald - 1941
Contributed by Don Lane

The Gate City Herald
Thursday, June 12, 1941

Scott Man Makes Escape At Prison

Abe Herron Among Trio Who Escaped From Prison Section Near Richmond

     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.

     With Herron when he made his escape were Emory Marshall, 27, Wise County, and Leonard Harding, 22, Buchanan County.

     Sheriff Williams said he understood the three men were cleaning the car of a guard at the prison farm and took it when they escaped.

     Herron 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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, April 24, 1941

22 Girls Entered Beauty Contest

Pageant 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 Scott County 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 Roberts.

     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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, January 9, 1941

Thirty Examined By Board Physicians Tuesday and Wednesday

     Thirty-two additional men of Scott County were called in this week to be given physical examinations as to their fitness for a year’s military training.

     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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, April 23, 1941

Scott 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 McMurray.

     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.


Gate City Herald
August 7, 1941

Draft Calls

     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 Richard Pollard.

     Today and tomorrow, the Scott County 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 headquarters.

     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 Peters.

     Those for tomorrow:

     Obie Andrew Duckworth, Clyde Washington 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 future.

     More than 200 just registered in the last registration July 1.


Gate City Herald
August 28, 1941

For Military Term

     The first group of newly-21-year old Scott County 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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, July 31, 1941

Ft. Blackmore Early History

(By 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 immediate region.  From 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 Culpepper County 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 farm.  Pipes, arrows, 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 Cherokees.

     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 alive.  No settlement 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 won.

     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.


The Gate City Herald
December 11, 1941

Aged 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 Dooley  home near Dungannon last Sunday before he was fatally shot.

     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 Afternoon.

     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 invaded.”

     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.

Free On Bond

     With Marrs investigating the shooting were three other Scott County 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 grappling.  This meant, the officer said, that Begley had to reload his revolver three or more times.  An unfired shell was found in the revolver.

Defense Claimed

     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 Victor 37.

     “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.”

Narrowly Misses Death

     Dr. N. W. Stallard, veteran Scott County 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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, June 12, 1941

‘Ike’ 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 Scott County , 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.

Not Afraid

     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 much.”

     Plans for the event scheduled for 3:30 p.m. 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.

Goes Into Action

     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 arrived.  Wolfe 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 himself.

     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.

Throng Expected

     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 1:30 p.m.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, June 19, 1941

“Over The Top” Went Uncle Ike

Hundreds Stand In Awe As 87-Year Old Man Descends

     Hundreds of Scott County 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 3:30 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 the Tunnel.

     Events of the day broadcast over the radio throughout the Appalachian area.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, January 28, 1941

Ira W. Hill Last Confederate Vet In Scott Passes

Death 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 friends.

     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 Methodist Church 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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, July 3, 1941

18th Reunion Of Jennings Family
To Be July 27th

Natural Tunnel Is Chosen To Be Place Of 18th Reunion
Of Well-know Family

     The Jennings family will hold its 18th annual reunion at Natural Tunnel on the fourth Sunday in this month.

     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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, January 16, 1941

June Greear Dies
After Long
Battle For Young Life

Popular County Seat Girl Is Victim Grim Reaper

     June Greear, beloved and popular young Gate City 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 Shoemaker High School 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 Scott County to be one of he princesses of the Annual Dogwood Festivals held in the city of Bristol .

     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 Gate City .

     Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church Sunday at one o’clock 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”.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, June 12, 1941

       Quillin Families To Hold Reunion

Decision 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 10:30 a.m.

     The president and secretary were introduced to invite the following distinguished members to attend and take part on the program:

     Dr. Paul W. Quillin, Pastor First Methodist Church , Houston , Tex.

     Hon. Robert Quillen, well known columnist, Fountain Inn, S. C.

     Dr. E. O. Quillin, Montgomery , Alabama .

     Prof. Marvin C. Quillin, Wesleyan College , Macon , Ga.

     Hon. Clinton E. Quillin, Salisbury, Maryland.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, August 14, 1941

Quillin Reunion

     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 Scott County , 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 10:00 a.m. will be substantially as follows:

     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 Committees.

     Open Forum.

     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.

J. M. Quillin, Jr., Pres.


The Gate City Herald
August 28, 1941

Quillin Reunion

     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.

     The principal addresses were made by Ernest C. Grigsby, Pulaski, Va., Ira M. Quillin, Lebanon, Virginia and Martin B. Compton, Wood, Va.

     The 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.

     The 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.

     Said executive committee was also given the authority to select the time and place of the next annual meeting of the organization.

Gate City Herald
Thursday, May 15, 1941

Rye Cove Seniors Plans for ’41 – ‘42

     Margaret Stewart, Valedictorian, plans to go to Virginia Intermont, where she will study voice.

     June Lane, Salutatorian, will attend Berea College .

     Emily Edens expects to go to Mary Washington College .

     Lois Duncan will enter Berea where she will major in art and math.

     Gaines Reed plans to go to King College ; Hubert Tomlinson, to the University of Virginia .

     Christine Dean hopes to be a beautician; Ethel Spivey, a nurse.

     Charles Morrison will join the U. S. Navy; Ernest Mullins, the U. S. Army.

     Della Mae Jenkins and Mae Dishner will take business courses.

     Madeline Ford and Bessie Chapman will go down to Lincoln Memorial University .

     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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, January 9, 1941

William 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 10 o’clock 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 the last.

     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 Scott County .

     “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 Methodist Church and joined the Masonic Lodge probably earlier than any other man now living in Scott County .

     Mr. Lane is survived by four sons, A. C., John V., Henry L. and Carl E., and by one daughter Mrs. J. N. Hill.

     Funeral services were held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Rye Cove Memorial High 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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, May 29, 1941

Whited Draws 12 Years From Wise County Jury

Case 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 Wise County 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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, June 5, 1941

Whited Denied New Trial
When Case Was Argued

Judge 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 Wise County jury for the death of Pete Hamilton in the High Knob section in 1937.  Punishment was fixed at 12 years in the state penitentiary.

     The Commonwealth was represented by Fred B. Greear.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, June 12, 1941

Fourth 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 deputy.  The first 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 disturbance.

     The Wise County 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.


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