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DO YOU REMEMBER…50 Years Ago…..Taken from “The Monroe Watchman”






                                                    with permission from Dale Mohler-Owner

                                                                                         Craig Mohler-Editor



Do you remember what happened in 1934….

On August 12, 1934,  the wedding of Thelma Susan Tomlinson of Dorr and Samuel Whitemore Hedrick of Dorr took place in Bluefield.


Do you remember what happened in 1936….

The Dramatics Club of Union High School presented a 3-act comedy in the school auditorium.  Members of the cast were; Gretis Ratliff, Helen Bolt, James Campbell, Bob Shirey, Elwyn Allen, Junior Miller, Thelma Johnson, Kathleen Fullen, Peg Johnson, Beryl Fullen, Margery Gray, Bill Martin and Lewis Ellison.

On November 18, 1936,  the wedding of Isabel McBrayer of Richlands, Va. and Fred Cruise of near Union took place in Bristol, Tennessee.


Do you remember what happened in 1937….

On July 7, 1937,  the wedding of Pearl Livesay and Harold Pritt, both of Union, took place in the Presbyterian manse in Gap Mills.

On Jyly 4, 1937,  the wedding of Francis Winall of Alderson and George Bailey of Sinks Grove took place at the manse in Sinks Grove.

In May 1937, Elwyn Allen of Union High School was the winner of the regional public speaking contest held at Gap Mills by the Future Farmers of America.

On January 15, 1937, the marriage of  Clyde W VanStavern of Hollywood and Eva Worrell of Glace took place at Clifton Forge, VA.


Do you remember what happened in 1939….

On May 20, 1939, Gethel Pritt of Hillsdale married Ray VanStavern of Sinks Grove.


Do you remember what happened in 1940…..

Union High School, with two first places was the winner in the Monroe County Literacy Contest held at Union High School.  The winner for ” Oral Interpretation of Poetry” was Irene Foster of Union, the winner for ” Extemoraneous Speaking” was Marguerite Hicks of Union, the winner for “Oration” was Tommy McCoy of Peterstown and the winner for “Debate” was Ruby Shanklin of Greenville.

On February 3, 1940, Mary Edith Taylor of Union married Marshall Honaker of near Union.

1940….Plans for a new theater building in Union, to arise from the ashes of the structure destroyed January 1, 1939.  WC Lewis purchased the lot from GM & Pauline Gillispie for a listed price of 2,000.  Lewis announced that he planned to form a company for the construction of the building and operation of  a movie house.

On November 21,  1940, the wedding of Kate Sibold of Pickaway and Frank McClung of near Ronceverte took place at the brides home in Pickaway.

On April 23, 1940, Andrew Summers Rowan ( the man who carried the message to Garcia) celebrated his 83rd birthday.  A native of  Gap Mills, he  spent his boyhood in Union.

On June 21, 1940, the wedding of Virginia Johnston Gray and Rev. William Franklin Pruitt of Portales, NM, took place at the Union Presbyterian Church in Union.

In 1940, Miss Helen Raines of Union was chosen princess at the Rhododendron Festival at Webster Springs.

In 1940, a daughter Sheila Jean (class of ’58 ) was born to Mr & Mrs BC McClary of  Sinks Grove.  

On September 3, 1940, the schools in Monroe County opened and Union High School… on the first day had an enrollment of 230 and it was the largest enrollment  in the school’s history.

On September 3, 1940, the wedding of Carrie Virginia Callison (Monroe County Home Demonstration Agent) and Clayborne Deaton Campbell of Berea, Kentucky (formerly of Deputy, Indiana) took place on the lawn of the bride’s parents home in Beard.

In 1949, a fine 4-month old colt, owned by James Beckett of Pickaway won first prize in the Percheron Colt Class at the Greenbrier Valley Fair. 

In July 1940, Eloise Allen of Sinks Grove received an award as a outstanding 4-H member at the girl’s camp at Jackson Mill…she was awarded the Governor’s Gold Medal.

In July 1940, the announcement of  the engagement of Agnes McGarrah Campbell to Forrest Roles at a lovely informal tea given by the bride elect’s mother Mrs Robert Campbell at her home at Gates. 

In 1940, Kathryn Givens of Keenan and Edwin Sibold of Pickaway were among students receiving A.B. degrees from Concord College on May 31.  

On June 12, 1940, the marriage of Louise Foster of Sinks Grove and Gray Hudson Neel of Union took place in Pearisburg, Va.


Do you remember what happened in 1941…….

It was announced that Betsy Dickson and Virgil Givens  would  serve as Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the graduating class of  1941 at Union High School.

Union’s handsome new theater was scheduled to open on February 21, 1941, with Russell H. Bradley as the manager for Mr. Salzbert, who leased the building from its owners, Dr. BB Caldwell and WC Lewis.

Lewis Brown, son of Mr and Mrs O A Brown of Union, a senior at Union High School, was awarded second place at the State Wide Music Contest in Voice sponsored by West Virginia University on April 5, 1941.

On October 29, 1941, the wedding of Marguerite Nickell Young  and George Orville Dransfield took place at the home of Paul and Elaine Gilchrist of Pickaway.

On July 26, 1941, the wedding of Agnes McGarrah Campbell of Gates and Forrest Roles of Union  took place at the Union Presbyterian Church.

Monroe County officially closed the 1940–41 term of school with graduating exercises in the four high schools this week.  Ninety-nine students received diplomas; 33 at Union High School, 26 at Peterstown, 21 at Greenville and 19 at Gap Mills High School.

In June 1941, there were two  auto collisions in Monroe County… a three vehicle pile-up occured at Sinks Grove when a 1939 Chevrolet belonging to Miss Florence McClung (English teacher at Union High School)  was struck by a car driven by a Mr. Wood of Fort Spring.  The impact knocked her auto into the side of a 1941 Chevrolet owned by HF McClary of Sinks Grove…..also, Robert M. Campbell of Union (class of 1926 at UHS), the owner of a 1940 Chevrolet coupe, was damaged to the extent of about $85. when it collided with the car of Harold L. Pritt in front of the Pritt home in Union.  The Campbell vehicle was being driven by Sammy Patterson. 

In May 1941, about 80 students were absent from Union schools because of a Measles epidemic.

On June 14, 1941,  the wedding of Bessie Irene Foster of Sinks Grove and Roy G. Tomlinson of Union took place at the Baptist parsonage in Quinwood. 

In November , 1941, the Union High School Red Devils captured the championship  of the Southern West Virginia 6-man football conference by defeating Peterstown 20-7.

In July 19, 1941, the re-opening of Nickell’s Mill on Second Creek, was announced by LL Lee, who had operated the historic establishment for many years.  The mill was closed earlier for extensive repairs which included the rebuilding of the creek dam and mill race gates.  JW Nickell was the miller.

In August, 1941, Nevitt Allen of Danville, Va. son of Mr and Mrs CH Allen of Sinks Grove, was inducted into the US Army and was assigned to Drew Field Air Base, Tampa, Florida.

In February 1941, the Union High School’s girls basketball  team defeated the Alderson High School’s girls basketball team 30-26.


Do you remember what happened in 1942…..

In March 1942,  Virgil Givens of Keenan, a student at West Virginia School of Technology, Montgomery, was honored this week when he was presented an award for making the highest grades of the Freshman class.

In March 1942, Louise Wetzel, daughter of Dr & Mrs  JD Wetzel of Union was named to the Dean’s list of honor students at Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens, Tennessee.

On November 14, 1942, the wedding of Dorothy Ann Sibold and Robert Nevitt Allen took place at the Union Methodist Church.

On November 4, 1942, the wedding of Evelyn Porterfield and  Fred Davis, both of Union , took place in Alderson.

On November 4, 1942, the wedding of Lillian Scott and Beecher Crim took place at Pickaway.

On October 23, 1942, the wedding of Ethel Hinkle of Sinks Grove and William T. Shaver of Keenan took place at Pearisburg, Virginia. 

In June 1942, Virgil Calvin Givens, son of Mr & Mrs WW Givens of  Keenan was nominated as an alternate for appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point, by Congressman John Kee.

On May 1, 1942,  Ethel Kathleen Rowan was married to Harry J. Anderson at the home of the bride’s parents at Sinks Grove.

At the 1942  graduating exercises at West Virginia University…Jack Ellison of Union received the Linn Fink gold medal for having the highest grades in Pharmacy over a period of four years.  Bob Shirey of Union was given the Merk  award…a leather bound “Materia Medica” for exceptionally high grades in Pharmology.

In May, 1942, Monroe County winners of the Golden Horseshoe Contest were Conley Kidd, June Craft and Glenn Hewitt of Sinks Grove.

In 1942, Louise Wetzel of Union was placed on the honor roll at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

On August 22, 1942, Robert H. Shirey of Detroit, Michigan (native of Union) was married to  Marie May of Hillsboro.


Do you remember what happened in 1943…..

In September 1943, a son (Larry Young Dransfield-Class of ’61) was born in the C&O Hospital to George & Marguerite Dransfield of Union.  Mr Dransfield was stationed with the Army at Ft. McClellan, Alabama.

In 1943, Eva S. Peters was appointed as principal of Union Elementary School.

In 1943, fourteen players reported to Coach Roy Parker of Union High School for RED DEVILS football practice. They were John Peters, Reginald Hill, Bob Caldwell, Harry Lee Walker, Vernon Kittle, Eugene Leach, Ralph Carter, Emerson Campbell, Bob  Shirey, Walter Jenkins, Moody Hawks and Verlin Harvey.

On February 13, 1943, the wedding of Eloise Allen and Edwin Sibold took place in the Pickaway Methodist Church.

In 1943, a daughter (Betty Sue) was born to Mr & Mrs Harvey Leach at their home near Union.

On July 21, 1943, a daughter Wanda Jean, was born to Mr & Mrs Walter J. Irons of Sinks Grove.

In December 1943, The Monroe Watchman of Union, WV, won an award of merit for outstanding contribution to the war effort in an effective effort to increase production of pulpwood during the 1943 Victory Pulpwood Campaign.  The award was given by the American Newspaper Publishers Association.

On November 20, 1943, the wedding of Minnie Susan Linton and Marvin  Bowyer took place in Union.

On November 15, 1943, Beulah Marie Glover was married to L. Creigh Nickell at Rainelle.

In February 1943, three students from Union High School were among the regional winners of awards given by the State Department of Agriculture for outstanding work in home economics.  They were Hallie Sibold-freshman, Mae Glover-sophomore and Mary Lee Craft-junior.

In 1943, a daughter Dixie Lee, was born in the Ronceverte Hospital to Mr & Mrs WO Hoke of Second Creek.

In 1943, Bernard Lee Bailey of Sinks Grove was accepted in the Army.

Pvt. Roy Tomlinson of Union was transferred from Columbus, Ohio to Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

Pvt. James McDaniel is recovering from from an ankle injury on New Georgia Island and A/C Malcolm McDaniel finished flight training in Texas. They are the sons of Mr and Mrs J A McDaniel of Sinks Grove.


Do you remember what happened in 1945….

In January 1945, Cpl. Richard Rankin Bostic of Union arrived for duty in England,  Sgt. Willard J Miller of Pickaway, arrived for duty in India, Lt. William Shirey of Union arrived for overseas duty with the field artillery and S/Sgt. Fred Lewis Taylor of Salt Sulphur Springs has been reported seriously wounded in France. 

In February 1945, A C Wiley of Union sold his home, “Elmwood” and the farm of 256 acres to Grover C. Mitchell of Union.

In February 1945, S/Sgt. Fred L. Taylor of Salt Sulphur Springs has received treatments in England following wounds received in November.

In August 1945, Florence McClung of Sinks Grove, received a B.S. degree in elementary education at the summer commencement exercises at Concord College.

On June 15, 1945, Sgt. Ethel Virginia Patton of Sinks Grove and Sgt. Sidney E. Purser of Houston, Texas were married in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In June 1945, N H VanStavern, who operated a garage and filling station in Union bought a house from J C Mottesheard directly across from the Watchman building on main street in Union.

In June 1945, Lucille Lemons of Sinks Grove was installed as Worthy Matron in the Union Chapter of the Eastern Star.

In June 1945, Roy Tomlinson of Union who has been stationed in Ft. Lewis, Washington, has been promoted to Corporal and Lt. James Kidd of Sinks Grove has been awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster while in Germany.

In March 1945, Cpl. Ethel V. Patton of Pickaway, stationed at Peterson AAF, Colorado Springs, was promoted to Sergeant as an aircraft operations technician.


Do you remember what happened in 1946….

In September 1946, Union High School Red Devils beat the Peterstown Pirates by a score of 46-6.

In June 1946, Pvt. Russell Kittle, Jr was assigned to the 769th AAF Band in Germany. He was stationed near Frankfurt.

In 1946, The Marshall D. Talbott  family moved from White Sulphur Springs to their new home (the McNeer-Campbell house) in Pickaway.

In June 1946, Charles Allen Jr and Walter J Irons of Sinks Grove left for Huntington where they attended the summer session at Marshall College. 

 Mr and Mrs Leonard Houchins of Wayside announced the birth of their son, Joseph Leonard.

On August 3, 1946, Helen Freeman Raines of Union married John L Gorman of Endeavor, Pa.

On July 16, 1946, Pvt. Quinton Ray Keeling of Pickaway married Jacqueline Wood of Huntington, WV.

In 1946, Marvin A. Hoke landed safely in LeHarve, France and expected to be shipped to American occupation zone of Berlin.

In March 1946, Hazel Walkup was the representative of Union High School in the American Legion Oratorical contest to be conducted for this district at Lewisburg.


Do you remember what happened in 1947….

On July 12, 1947,  Clara Lee McNeil of Sinks Grove married William Carl Sibold of Keenan.

On July 19, 1947, Phyllis Ann McCormick of Union married Lloyd Milton Crickenberger of Organ Cave.


Do you remember what happened in 1948….

On February 1948, Lucille Keeling of Pickaway was married to Robert Randall Wallace of Pickaway.

In May of 1948, Twenty seven students graduated from Union High School.   Lorene Thelma Parker gave the Valedictorian address and Lois Ann Dodd gave the Salueatorian address.

On April 17, 1948,  Norma Jean Scott of Sinks Grove became the bride of Harry Lee Walker of Union.

In May 1948, Charlotte Wetzel of Union and Cora Pomphrey of Pickaway attended a folk dancing camp at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV.

On June 10, 1948, Viola June Humphreys of Union married Roscoe Kyle Nichols of Keenan.

On June 10, 1948, Willie Gay Burns of Hollywood married  James Harold Ratliff of  Sinks Grove.

In May 1948, Robert L Caldwell, son of Dr. and Mrs B B Caldwell of Union, graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery.

On September 11, 1948, Frances Irene Noble of Keenan married James Paul Karnes of Gap Mills.

In 1948, Eugene Leach, son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Leach of Hillsdale and former student at Union High School, tried out as a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers.


Do you remember what happened in 1949….

On January 8, 1949, Dana Worrell of Hollywood was married to Delford Weikle of Union.

On January 13, 1949, Alma Mae Saunders of Dorr  was married to William Boggs of Second Creek.

Fred Taylor of Salt Sulphur Springs replaced Louise Massey, a teacher on the Union High School faculty, while Mrs. Massey was on leave of absence.

In January 1949, the UHS girls basketball team defeated Talcott by a score of 42-24.  The Union girls were coached by O R Parker.  Girls team included Plybon, Keeling, Wiley, Caldwell, Shaver and Reed with K Hancock, Ellison and P Hancock.

On October 14, 1949, Willia Gray O’Neil of Hillsdale  married Jesse Lee Cole, Jr. of Zenith.

On December 23, 1949, Virginia M. Talbott of Pickaway married L. G. Walkup of Alderson.

On September 2, 1949, the wedding of Virginia Burwell of Sinks Grove and Marvin Hoke of Keenan took place at Sinks Grove.

Miss Carol Ellison of Union was chosen to represent Union High School at Camp Rhododendron.

On October 7, 1949, the wedding of  Cora Pomphrey of Pickaway and Clement Crowe of Barboursville took place in Union.

On August 18 1949, the wedding of  Nancy Beirne Gilchrist of Pickaway and Harold Lloyd Pritt of Union took place in Pickaway.

On June 30, 1949, Hallie M. Sibold of Greenville married Grover N. Pomphrey of Pickaway. 

The Halloween Carnival at Union High School  brought in a profit of $369.40.  Miss Alma Jane Burwell and Bill Shires were crowned King and Queen.

On October 15, 1949, the wedding of  Jean Evelyn Keeling of Pickaway and Forest Gene Brown of South Charleston took place in Charleston.


Do you remember what happened in 1950….

On August 5, 1950,  the wedding of Sarah Jean Nichols and Howard Lee Ellis of Sinks Grove took place in Hollywood.

On Auguat 1, 1950, the wedding of Janis Wall of Athens and William T. Bone of Union took place in Athens.

In 1950, Harold L. Pritt of Union graduated from the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps summer encampment program in rantoul, Ill.


Do you remember what happened in 1951….

On December 25, 1951, Emma Joyce Beckner of Union married Denny Darrold Hill  of Union.

On July 22, 1951, Mabel Clower of Petersburg, West Virginia married Herbert L. Sarver, Jr. of Union.


Do you remember what happened in 1952….

The Union High School Red Devils  defeated White Sulphur Springs Green Devils 40-31. Crosier of Union was high point man with 17.

On January 23, 1952, a  son, Harry Nelson(class of ’69), was born to Mr & Mrs Harry Jenkins of Pickaway.

On June 8, 1952,  Betty Lou Shanklin of Union married  Arbie G. Dransfield of Union. 

In June 1952, William Mason Dickson, son of  Mr & Mrs E F Dickson of Second Creek was among students graduating at Virginia Poly-technic Institsute, Blacksburg, Va. 

In 1952,  Jack Thompson and Joe Roles of Union were pledged to the Phi Delta Phi social fraternity at Concord College.

In December 1952,  Union High School was invited to participate in the crowning of  Miss Snow Queen III at the Christmas events in Ronceverte, WV.   Venecia Elmore, a senior from the class of 1953 was chosen to be the first student to represent Union High School for  Miss Snow Queen III at this event.

On May 1, 1952, Wanza Gaye Harvey of near Union  married Cpl. Richard Edwin Taylor of  Sinks Grove.

On May 5, 1952, Glenna Mae Glover married John David Feury, both from Hollywood.

In May 1952,  Barbara Etta West of Hollywood  married Larry P. Pezzanite of Alderson.

In 1952, two young men of the Pickaway community, Russell Lee Pomphrey and Carl Miller enlisted for 4 years in the Navy.  They were sent to San Diego, California.

On February 2, 1952, Karen Lee Dransfield  married  Grover C. Mitchell Jr., both  of Union.

In 1952, at West Virginia University, Ronald Ripley of  Union was initiated into Alpha Theta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, a social fraternity  and  George B Irons Jr., of Pickaway has been been pledged to Signa Theta Epsilon, a Methodist Social fraternity.

On January 26, 1952, Millie Gray Boyce of Keenan married Billie Marshall Surface of Bluefield.

On November 21, 1952, Mary Marshall Boggs  married  Meverell L. Pence Jr.

On October 17, 1952, Barbara Ann Burns of Hollywood  married Charles Edgar Weikle of  Salt Sulphur Springs.   

On September 20, 1952, Betty Irene McCormick of Sinks Grove married  Rev. James Aaron Maynor of  Ronceverte.


Do you remember what happened in 1953….

Donald Craft, student at Union High School won the American Legion District Oratorical contest held in Lewisburg and was awarded a 4 year scholarship to a state college.

In December 1953, Dorothy Shirey from the senior class of 1954 was chosen by the UHS student body to represent Union High School for Miss Snow Queen IV at the Christmas Events in Ronceverte, WV.

On July 25, 1953, the wedding of Venecia Elmore of Pickaway  and Paul Arbaugh of Alderson took place in Covington, Virginia.

On November  1, 1953, Deloris Jane Elmore of  Ronceverte was married to Wetzel Boyce of Keenan.


Do you remember what happened in 1954…


Do you remember what happened in 1955….

On December 23, 1955,  Lenora Jane Burns  of Hollywood  married Raymond Roscoe Wilson of  Second Creek.

On November 26, 1955,  Joyce Eleanor Vance of  Pickaway married  Bobby Gene Pritt of  Union.

On November 20, 1955,  Betty Lou Christie of Sinks Grove  married Robert Wilson Walker Jr. 

On November 26, 1955,  Betty Pomphrey of  Pickaway married Harold W. Harvey of  Charleston.

On November 11, 1955,  Margaret Ellen Hinkle of Pickaway married Teddy Joe McComas of  Huntington.


Do you remember what happened in 1956…

On January 7, 1956,  Dixie Lee Shires of  Union  married  Thomas J. Major of Washington, DC

On January 7, 1956, Hilda Marie McClung of Union married   Harold A. Winebrimmer of  Second Creek. 

On May 19, 1956 the wedding of  Josephine Dell Elmore of Union and Johnie D. Mullins of  Pylesville, Maryland, took place in Ronceverte. 

In May 1956, Margaret Clark, daughter of  Mrs  S M Clark of Union received an MS Degree in Education at commencement exercises at Marshall College.

On May 30, 1956, the wedding of  Ella Sue Caldwell of Union  and Joe B. Roles of Union took place in the Union Methodist Church in Union.

On May 16, 1956,  A2c Roscoe R. Dunbar, Jr. of  Sinks Grove married  Jo Anne Puglisi of  Duluth,  Minnesota.

In 1956, Dr. Bob Caldwell who just completed a period of two years service in the US Navy returned to Union and  reopened  his office for the practice of dentistry.

In 1956, Dorothy Dunbar of  Pickaway graduated from Roanoke Memorial Hospital, School of Nursing, Roanoke, Virginia.

On June 30, 1956, Mary Pearl Geyer of Renick  married Delmar Ray Compton of  Union.

The heirs of  H L Pritt sold the grocery business operated in Union for thirty years by Mr Pritt to Roy G. Tomlinson.

In 1956, Connie Bostic received a nursing scholarship from the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for her three years of nurses training.

On September 29, 1956, Deloris Ann Bostic of Second Creek married Robert Lee Carter of Alderson.

On October 2, 1956,  Mark Edwin Scott of Abilene, Kansas (formerly of  Sinks Grove)  married Edna Kathryn Jones of Peterstown.

In 1956,  Bob Boyd of  Sinks Grove was a student at Potomac State College.

On November 21, 1956,  Dreama Paige Ratliff of  Union married Hubert William Shaver  of  Union.

On June 9, 1956,  Elmer Luther Hinkle of Winston-Salem, NC (formerly of  Pickaway)  married Lalla Jean Latham of  Winston Salem, NC.

In 1956, the directors of the First National Bank of Ronceverte announced the appointment of William Mason Dickson of Second Creek District as the bank’s Agricultural Representative.

On August 11, 1956, Helen Whitesides  of  Union married Dr. Hugh Lindsey.

On August 18, 1956,  James Edward Walker of  Union  married Patricia Ann Rowan of  Gap Mills.

On Septembe 14, 1956,  Donna Mae Evans of  Union married William Wade Miller of  Alderson.

In 1956, the 14th anniversary of the opening of the public library at Union was observed.  It was a gift from Miss Sally Beirns Miles to the community.

On July 28, 1956,  Betty Sue O’Quinn of  Union  married  Ronald Lee Crews of  Parkersburg.

On August 25, 1956,  Shirley Elizabeth Boggs of  Pickaway married  Clyde Webster Dove of  Solomons, Maryland.

On August 18, 1956,  Betty Lou Burns of  Hollywood  married Marion Lyneer Bradley of   Alderson.

In 1956, Faye Ann Sparks of  Union High School won the Seventh District American Legion public speaking scholarship contest held in Hinton.

On February 15, 1956,  Betty Lou Weikle of  Sinks Grove married Earl Stanley Pomphrey of Pickaway.

In 1956,  Phyllis Boggs of  Pickaway won valedictory honors at Union High School and Jack Flouer of  Keenan won the salutatory honors.

On January 15, 1956,  Marie Susan Crone of  Lewisburg  married Wedsel Hayward Boyce of  Keenan.

In 1956,   Mary Frances Johnson of  Sinks Grove was on the Dean’s list at Kings College, Bristol, Tennessee.

Joe H. O’Quinn of  Union enlisted in the Navy for 4 years and was sent to Ashland, Kentucky.

 In 1956, Dana Weikle of  Hollywood received her cap during  a cermony at the C&O  School of Nursing in Clifton Forge, Va.

On July 1, 1956,  Dr. Robert G. Shirey of  Pickaway will occupy offices in the Monroe Health Center.

On January 20, 1956,   the Rev. Robert R. Gray, 72, pastor of Union and Salem Presbyterian churches for 38 years, passed away following a cerebral hemorrhage at his home in Union.

In 1956,  Fred Taylor of  Salt Sulphur was elected to serve as Lieutenant Governor for the Ruritan Clubs in this zone.

In 1956,  Bob McCoy of  Union became a student at West Virginia University…..Jim McCoy of   Union, a student at  VPI  and Kellen Burdette , a student at Morris Harvey College.

On April 8, 1956, the wedding of  Betty Irene McCormick of  Union and Medford Lee Bloodworth of  Portsmouth took place in Portsmouth, Virginia.

In 1956 the eight grade students making the highest scores on the test was chosen to make the trip to Charleston for the Golden Horseshoe ceremony were Alice Dixon, Forrest Roles, Patty Bostic, Helen Campbell and Rosalee Kidd.

In 1956, Faye Ann Sparks of  Union went to Washington, DC where she accepted employment.

In 1956,  Lloyd and John Tomlinson, sons of  Mr & Mrs Harry Tomlinson of  Hillsdale, graduated in Agriculture from Potomac State Junior College in Keyser.

On June 1, 1956, Harry Arthur Egner Jr. of  Pickaway married Mary Brown Wilson of  Wolf  Creek.

On May 19, 1956,  Olen Lee Daugherty of  Keenan married Phyllis Jean Masters of Ronceverte.

In May 1956,  Bonnie Dalton of Organ Cave married Jack Clutter of Fairlea.

On May 25, 1956,  Margery Ann Deskins of  Wolf  Creek  married Frances Everton Pence of  Sinks Grove.

Airman Third Class Bernie R Jenkins left December 16, 1956 for a two year tour of duty in France.

On September 8, 1956, Dana Weikle  of  Hollywood  married  Jack Moore McClung of  Frankford.

On December 12, 1956,  Joe E Brown of  Union  married Margaret Edith Hoke of  Hollywood.

In 1956, Leonard Baker of  Union, a student at West Virginia Business College in Bluefield was one of the fifteen students to be selected to appear on the TV show “Hi Neighbor” on WHIS-TV.

In February 1956, A phenomenal total of 41 points was racked up by Gene Baker of  the UHS Red Devils in their basketball game against Forest Hill.   The final score was Union 74 – Forest Hill 40.   

In 1956, Marion Shumate was a student nurse at the C&O School of Nursing  in Clifton Forge, Va.

In 1956,  Betty G Vance of  Pickaway, a student at Concord College, was placed on the Dean’s list. 

In 1956, Jack Flouer and Dewey Pritt of Union attended the spring formal of  Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority at Marshall College.

In 1956, Rita Carol Kidd from the senior class of 1957 was chosen by the UHS student body to represent Union High School for  Miss Snow QueenVI at the Christmas Events in Ronceverte, WV.

On December 21, 1956, Mary Ethel Nickell of Sinks Grove married Donald Edward Holt of Ronceverte.

In 1956, Dean Long, son of Mr and Mrs Russell Long of Union missed his first day of school in eleven years. Mumps were responsible.

On December 22, 1956, Ida Sue Canterbury  was married to James Clark Miller of Sinks Grove.

In 1956, Arbie Dransfield, of near Union received a discharge from the Air Force after serving four years.  He recently was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas.


Do you remember what happened in 1957…

In 1957, Lloyd and John Tomlinson of  Hillsdale were on the Dean’s list at West Virginia University.

In 1957,  Jim Allen of  Union won the American Legion oratorical contest at Union High School and  represented the school in the district contest.

On December 14, 1957, Mary Louise Dixon of  Sinks Grove married Omar Gentry Burton of  Sinks Grove.

In 1957,  Delma Mae Hoke of  Keenan, a student at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, received her degree of  Registered Nurse from the State Board of  Richmond. 

On November 28, 1957, Barbara Ellen Hankins of  Sinks Grove married Russell M Deskins of  Sinks Grove.

On November 20, 1957, Betty Mae Wallace of  Sinks  Grove married Charles Lee Callahan of  Alderson.

On November 27, 1957,  Mildred Louise Shirey of  Pickaway married Harry Lewis Phillips of  Union.

In November 1957,  the Union High School Red Devils ran over Sandstone’s Hornets 33-0  in a Blue Grass Conference game and thereby qualified for the playoff against Hillsboro in the Northern Division Championship.

In November 1957,  Union High School’s Red Devils won the Blue Grass Football Conference title by defeating Hillsboro High , the  defending champion, 13-0.  

In 1957, Airman lc Colonel Jervis who was assigned to the 511th Fighter Bomber Squadron base at Langley AFB was awarded the good conduct medal.

In March 1957,  A3c Louie V. Weikle who had been stationed at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois,  got a new assignment on Okinawa.

On February 3, 1957,  Freda Ann Lowe of  York, Pa. (formerly of  Union)  married Richard Rogers Schilling of  Norfolk, Virginia.

In 1957,  Naomi Elmore, a student nurse received her cap in a capping exercise at St. Luke’s Hospital, Richmond, Virginia

In December 1957, Patty Leach from the senior class of 1958 was chosen by the UHS student body to represent Union High School for Miss Snow Queen VII at the Christmas Events in Ronceverte, WV.

In 1957, Three Monroe County men enlisted in the US Air Force and received their basic training at San Antonio, Texas.  They were Wayne Sparks of Union,  Larry Dunbar and Jack Dunbar both of Sinks Grove.

In 1957, Carol Sue Crosier won the American Legion’s oratorical contest and went on to Lewisburg for the sectional event.

On February 1, 1957,  Mary Susan Humphreys of Sinks Grove married J W Scott of Blacksburg, Virginia.

On December 31, 1957, Jean Lynch Gwynn of Union married Henry Lewis Atkins of Union.

On November 24, 1957, Peggy Mae Whitlock of Keenan married Hershel Lee O’Quinn of Union.

On November 24,1957, Wanda Reed  of Pickaway graduated from National Business College in Roanoke, Va. with an “A” average.  She immediately accepted a position with a Roanoke Insurance firm.

On November 27, 1957, Betty Lou McCormick of Burlington, NC, (formerly of Gap Mills) married Arnold Eugene Tabor of Willow Bend.

On January 30, 1957, Peggy Jane Dillon of Union married Jack Alford Flouer of Keenan.

On May 17, 1957, Reba Gaye Humphreys of Sinks Grove married Richard Lee Jenkins of Pickaway.

On August 17, 1957, Joyce Carol Ferguson of Union married Malcolm Dixon of Union.


Do you remember what happened in 1958…

On September 26, 1958, Cora Isabelle Elmore of Second Creek married Richard O. Cooke of Richmond.

On February 14, 1958,  Sallie Lee Tincher of Leesburg, Virginia married Richard Lee Ballengee of Pickaway.

On March 14, 1958, Ernest Nathan Wiley of Sinks Grove married Nellie Barton of Cashmere.

In 1958, Dean Long, son of Mr & Mrs Russell Long of Union was chosen  to be Valedictorian of the Graduating Class at UHS and Nancy Hinkle, daughter of  Mr & Mrs Cecil Hinkle  was chosen to be the Salutatorian.

In 1958, Carolyn Ripley of Union was named to the Scholastic Honor roll at Marshall College.

In December 1958, Mary Davis from the senior class of 1959 was chosen to represent Union High School for Miss Snow Queen IX  at the Christmas Events in Ronceverte, WV.

In 1958, Five Monroe County men serving in the military spent Christmas with their families.  They were Pvt. Rodney Cruise of Fort Belvoir, Va., Pvt. Bill Crosier of Fort Jackson, SC, Pvt. Kenneth Kirby of Fort Jackson, SC, Pvt. Robert L McCoy of Fort Jackson, SC and  Pfc Loenard Baker stationed in Germany.

On December 24, 1958, Merle Jean Jenkins of Pickaway married Charles Ray Burns of Fort Spring.

On June 10, 1957, Polly Ann Dixon of  Sinks Grove was married to Cpl. Donald W. Dodson of Roanoke, Virginia.

In 1957, two Monroe County girls were among the 32 who began their sutdies at the C&O Hospital School of Nursing at Clifto Forge.  They were Betty Pearl Lemons of Sinks Grove and Mary Elizabeth Tomlinson of Hillsdale.

On July 9, 1957, Juanita Madeline Boggs of Second Creek was married to Rev. Dallas MaCaulay Jewell of Wytheville.

On August 17, 1957, Mary Lee Walker of Union married  David Black Daugherty of Huntington.

On June 15, 1957, Shirley Margaret Nichols of Second Creek married George Melvin Bruce of Roanoke.

On May 27, 1957, Benny Jay Hill of Union married Anna Ruth Wallace of Ronceverte.

On August 31, 1957, the wedding of  Mary Ann Campbell of Union and Cecil M. Hinkle, Jr. of Sinks Grove took place in Union.

On August 31, 1957,  Garland  G. Ballengee of Pickaway married Betty G. Brown of Lindside.

Phyllis Boggs of Pickaway, student nurse at Roanoke Memorial School of Nursing was on the Dean’s List for the year 1956-57.

On August 24, 1957, Shirley Jean Ratliff of Union married Earl Pendleton Wikle of Sarton.

On August 19, 1957,  Shirley Mae Dunbar of Pickaway married Johnnie Ray Franklin of Pocahontas, Virginia.

In 1957, two Union High School girls received deplomas from the C&O Hospital School of Nursing.  They were Donna Davis and Marian Shumate.

On September 16, 1957, the wedding of Izzie Johnston and Robert McCoy took place in Union.



On November 25, Annie South of Union married William Dowdy of Fort Spring.

In 1959, Edison Honaker of Union enlisted in the Army and was sent to Fort Knox for basic training.

In December 1959, Sandra Crosier was chosen by the UHS student body to represent Union High School for Miss Snow Queen X  in the Christmas Events in Ronceverte, WV.

On December 23, 1959, Pvt. Larry Ratliff of Union married Marguerita Flack of Alderson.

In 1959, James Ellison of Willow Bend left for Kansas City, MO, where he enrolled in Weaver Airline Personnel School.

On July 18, 1959, Colonel Jervis of Union married Betty Lou Hatcher.

On July 10, 1959, Elizabeth Ann Leach of Union married Charles  C. Parker of near Union.

On July 5, 1959, Janice Carol Boyce of Sinks Grove married James Dale Beckett of Pickaway.

On June 11, 1959, Marion Gaye Shumate of Clifton Forge, Va.(formerly of Union) married Earl E Anderson of Clifton Forge, Va.

In 1959, Dr. Robert Shirey who was serving as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. for two years, received his discharge  from the Navy.

In March, 1959, Mr & Mrs William Mohler announced the engagement of their daughter Bonnie Sue to Kermit Morgan of  Ronceverte.

On June 6, 1959, the wedding of Betty Gray Vance of Pickaway and Donald David Craft of Union took place in the New Lebanon Associate  Reformed Presbyterian Church.

On June 2, 1959, Alvin Lee Hylton of Hillsdale married Virginia Seldomridge of Lewisburg.

On May 29, 1959, Juanita Mae Evans of Union married William Joseph Ramsey of Sinks Grove.

In 1959, Dale Beckett of Pickaway received the Chapter Star Farmer award at the annual parent-son banquet of Union Chapter Future Farmers of America held at Union High School.

On April 11, 1959, Bonnie Sue Mohler of near Union married Kermit Lee Morgan of Ronceverte.

On April 10, 1959, James Marvin Brown of Union married Margaret Ann Pickens of Deepwater.

In 1959, Rachel Dunbar was chosen to be the Valedictorian of the class of 1959 at  Union High School and Margaret Judy was chosen to be the Salutatorian.

On March 26, 1959, Delma Mae Hoke of Roanoke (formerly of Keenan) married Charles Arch Patsell of Vinton, Virginia.

On March 18, 1959, Beverly Jean Miller of Union married James Lucian Dixon of Union. 

On March 21, 1959, Hazel Jane Ratliff of Union married Eugene Charles Allman of Ronceverte.

On March 7, 1959, Willian Otho Boothe of Second Creek married Shirley Ann Francis of Morgantown.

On February 25, 1959, Drucella Jane Ashworth of Salt Sulphur Springs married Jessie Lewis Honaker of Ronceverte.

On March 2, 1959, Patricia Ann Rose of Fairlea married Joe Rhondal Nichols of Sinks Grove.

In 1959, Wanda Roles  of Union was named to the Dean’s list at Concord College.

In 1959, The majorettes at Union High School were stepping out in new uniforms.  The young ladies serving as majorettes were  Beverly Miller, Helen Campbell, Julia Dillon, Betty Mohler, Bonnie Mohler,  Linda Carol Anderson and Dotty VanStavern.

On November 26, 1959, Mary Margaret Hanifin of Ronceverte  married Gerald Lou Crosier of Union.

In 1959,  Union High School opened their 1959-60 basketball season by stunning the Talcott Pirates 57-40.

In 1959, the town of Union put on its Christmas air with many colored lights turned on…starting at the traffic light thru Main Street  north to the Presbyterian Church.

In 1959, James Dale Beckett of Pickaway, a member of the graduating class of Union High School was awarded the Certificate of Merit in Farm Mechanics…

In 1959, Gene Baker of Union was elected vice president of the Morris Harvey College Student Government for the 1959-60 school year.  Baker, who was a junior at the time was majoring in Business Administration.

In 1959, Don Charles Sibold was accepted as a Junior Member of the Holstein Friesian Association of America.

On May 23, 1959, Betty Lou Mohler of Salt Sulphur Springs married Marco Dale Morgan of Ronceverte.

On April 26, 1959, Mary Egner  of Pickaway married Richard Noel Peery of  Roanoke, Va.

In 1959, Mark Daryl Pence of Sinks Grove graduated from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Ill., after completing course in radio and television.

In 1959, Union High School Band participated in the homecoming festivities at West Virginia Tech.  The band received a handsome trophy incribed “Tech Homecoming 1959″ and $25. for their proformance.  The band director was  Cecil Jones.

On September 6, 1959, Betty Pearl Lemons of Sinks Grove married James Russell McGuire of Alexandria, Va.(formerly of Union).

On September 5, 1959, Sylvia Imogene Broyles of Sinks Grove married Dayton Perry Morgan of Ronceverte.

On September 6, 1959, Ward Miller of Sinks Grove married Carol Pettigrew of Wolf  Creek.

On November 22, 1959, Nancy Virginia Hinkle of Sinks Grove married Charles Lewis McCormick of Sinks Grove.

On July 19, 1959, Wanda Kathryn Ballengee of Pickaway married Robert Gray Parker of Sarton.

In 1959, Rev. John Rowe of Union took 5 boys …Larry Dransfield, Howard Guerin, Ralph Mann, John and Bill Rowe to Pittsburgh to a major league baseball game.  All the boys obtained an autographed baseball from the Dodgers.

In 1959, Barbara Walker, 11 year old daughter of  Mr & Mrs William Walker of Union walked away with top honors in the Junior Market Lamb Show at the West Virginia State Fair.

In 1959, Wilma Sue Curnell of Union attended the National Conclave of Kappa Omicron Phi, a national professional Home Economics fraternity in Kansas City, MO.

Union High School’s 1959 football season opened on September 4th with the Red Devils taking on Pembrooke at Union with coach Leonard Houchins.

In 1959, Larry Shumate of the Navy was stationed in Norfolk, Va.



On February 11, 1960, The heaviest snow for several years blanketed Monroe Co. after an all-day storm.  Total snowfall at Union was recorded as 10 inches.

On February 13th  and 18th 1960, because of the extreme accumulation of snow again on the streets of  Union, Fullen Brothers and Gray Neel used their tractors, power loader and dump trucks to remove snow from the business  sections of town.  It was probably the first time in the town’s 160 years that snow had been removed from the streets from any force other than the sun.  The total accumulation of snow was not published.

In February 1960, Wanda Roles, daughter of Mr and Mrs B S Roles of near Union was one of  ten girls initiated into Cardinal Key at Concord College.

On February 12, 1960, Pfc Leonard Baker arrived at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Baker near Union, after being discharged from the Army at Fort Dix, N.J.   He spent 27 months of his 3 yr. hitch in Ludwisburg, Germany.

In March 1960, Edward Boothe stationed with the U.S. Air Force at Pease AFB, New Hampshire was promoted to Airman 2nd Class.  He is the son of  Mr & Mrs Charles Boothe of  Sinks Grove.

In March 1960, Pvt. Edison Honaker, son of Mr & Mrs Marshall Honaker of Union, was transferred from Fort Knox, KY to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.

In March 1960, after walking away with  Section 21-A honors, the RED DEVILS of  UNION HIGH SCHOOL went to Princeton where they defeated the best from McDowell and Wyoming counties of the Regional 6-A Basketball Championship.

In April 1960, Mr & Mrs J  C  Bailey of Union bought the Union Hotel property from Senator G C Mitchell.  He and Mrs Bailey then sold a half interest in the property to Marion Shiflet, Mayor of Union.

In May 1960, The Union Hotel Building , one of the town’s last old landmarks, was purchased at auction by C J  Fowler of  Narrows  with a high bid of  $125.  Mr Fowler also owned the Mill at Gap Mills.

In April 1960,  The 50th anniversary of Union High School was observed  at the annual  Junior-Senior Banquet and Prom, held at the high school.  Sarah Overholt was crowned Queen of the Prom.

In  April 1960,  Larry Dransfield, son of  Mr & Mrs George Dransfield  of Union and student at Union High School, was elected  President of the West Virginia State Beta Club at a convention in Charleston, WV.

In April 1960,  The Old Salt Sulphur Springs Post Office, which had served that community for approximately 140 years, was closed  and no plans of re-opening were made.  The ancient stone business building, erected when the resort was rising, was left vacant.

On April 30, 1960, Mary Sue Thomas of Second Creek  married Gene Wayne Wimmer of Sinks Grove.

On May 21, 1960, Agnes Louise Abbott of Willow Bend  married James Walter Ellison of Rock Camp.

On September 9,1960, the wedding of Myrtle Pauline Bradley of Willow Bend and Harry Granville Burwell of Sinks Grove took place in Clifton Forge, Va.

On May 27, 1960, Doris Mae Vance of Caldwell  married  Clayton Reed of Pickaway.

On June 4, 1960,  Mary Katherine Nichols of Second Creek married  Joe Carol Reed of Liberty, Indiana.

On June 4, 1960, Judy Carol Grubb of Union  married  Dillard  Lee Miller of Zenith.

In June, 1960, Daryl and Donna Davis of near Union attended summer school at Marshall College in Huntington, WV.

On July 2, 1960, Sandra Sue Crosier of Union  married Glenn Parker of Union.

On July 2, 1960, Roger Fisher of Union  married  Ruth Ann Fox of Hinton.

On July 19, 1960, Patty Leach, daughter of  Mr & Mrs Harvey Leach of Union, graduated  with an Associated Business degree from Marshall College in Huntington, WV.

In July 1960, Jeanetta Pence daughter of  Mr & Mrs Marshall Pence of Union graduated from the West Virginia College of Beauty Culture in Martinsburg.

In July 1960,  A2c Louie Weikle, son of  Mr & Mrs  J R Weikle of Sinks Grove, received his discharge after four years of active duty with the  US Air Force.

On July 29, 1960,  Betty O’Quinn Crews of Union married Harmon A. Falls of Keenan.

In August 1960, David Sizemore of Sinks Grove was accepted as a junior member of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America, Brattleboro, VT.

On April 7, 1960,  Hannah Lee Porterfield of Sinks Grove married J. Roy Heath of Towson, Maryland.

In August 1960,  at the State Fair in Lewisburg….Barbara Walker  showed  the Grand Champion pen of lambs.  Harry Lee Walker, Jr. showed the Reserved Champion pen of lambs.  Helen Campbell won Grand Champion in the Youth Dairy Show.

On August 27, 1960,  the wedding of Donna Jean Grubb of Union and Donald Richard Mill of Zenith took place in Lindside.

The Board of Education, at its July meeting, voted to start work on the new addition to the Vo-ag building at Union High School.  The addition would consist of a lunch room, a room for the band and chorus, and commerce and extra classrooms.

On August 6, 1960, the wedding of  Mary Frances Johnson of Sinks Grove and  Rev Louie B. Cain, Jr.  of Camden, Tennessee took place at the Mt. Pleasant  Presbyterian Church in Sinks Grove.

On August 6, 1960, the wedding of Rita Kidd of Sinks Grove  and Harry Weikle of Sinks Grove took place at the chapel of Central Methodist Church in Clifton Forge.

On October 6, 1960, the wedding of  Martha Ann Peterson of Union and Harold Windon of Fairlea  took place at the Union Presbyterian Church.

In September 1960, “Idlewilde” one of the rural seats of the Caperton family, which stood on a hilltop a mile and a half east of Union, was completely destroyed by fire. The famous old home was occupied for many years by Allen Caperton and his family until he sold it and moved to Salem, VA, more than a half a century previous to that time.

September 1960, Pfc Edison Honaker, 20 year old son of Mr & Mrs Marshall Honaker of Union, made his initial jump from an airplane in flight, completing the requirements of a qualified parachutist at the 10th Airborne Division’s Airborne School, Fort Campbell, KY.

In October 1960,  Margaret Sue Judy, daughter of Mr & Mrs  John Judy, was chosen by the student body of Potomac State College to reign as queen of the Homecoming Festivities.

In November 1960, Bernie Elmore of Keenan and  Alex Nichols of Union were presented an  Honorary Chapter Farmers Degree by the Union High School Chapter Future Farmers of America at the annual banquet  in the Vo-Ag building at Union High School.

On November 27, 1960, the wedding of Mary Ellen Brown of Union and Hunter G. Windon of Union took place at the Davis Stuart Chapel.

On October 22, 1960.  the wedding of  Iris Dale Porterfield of Waiteville and Harold Harrison Mohler of Union took place at the First Christian Church of Covington, Va.

Dewey Pritt of Union returned in the fall to West Virginia University where he will be a senior.

October 1960, the RED DEVILS of UNION HIGH SCHOOL closed out their 1960 football season with a bang at the athletic field defeating Sandstone High School 42-12. They ended their  9 game season with a 5-3-1 record.

In December 1960, Linda Elmore from the senior class of 1961 was chosen  by the UHS student body to represent Union High School for  Miss  Snow Queen XI  in the Christmas Events in Ronceverte, WV.

In January 1960,  Senator O. Roy Parker (former Principal of Union High School) traveled to Charleston to attend  the session of Legislature.

Mr. Hugh Cook of Gap Mills (former teacher of Union High School) age 51, President of the Monroe County Court, succumbed to a heart attack on Sunday morning, October 16, in the Clifton Forge hospital.

Margaret Crosier, daughter of  Mr & Mrs  H H Hancock of Union won the two highest honors awarded in the College Department of Greenbrier College for Women for the highest grades in the junior class.

William O. Booth, son of Mr & Mrs Charles E. Boothe of Sinks Grove, received a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University, Morgantown.

The valedictorian for the Class of 1960 at Union High School will be  Helen Campbell of Sinks Grove, and the salutatorian will be Alyce Dixon of Union.



In  1961, The RED DEVILS of UNION HIGH SCHOOL extended their winning streak to seven straight for the season.  At White Sulphur Springs last Saturday, after trailing 7-0 throughout the game, the RED DEVILS scored two quick touchdowns and an extra point beating White Sulphur.

On February 24, 1961, Rhonda Wiley and Claude Hylton of Sinks Grove were married in Covington, VA.

In February 1961, Carol Canterbury of Sinks Grove, student at National Business College, Roanoke Va., was listed to the “A” Club.  She is the daughter of Mr & Mrs Ralph Canterbury of Sinks Grove.

In February 1961, Betty Jean Johnson, daughter of Mr & Mrs Frank Johnson of Sinks Grove, a member of the  junior class at University of Virginia was elected corresponding secretary of District Student Nurse’s Association of VA.

On January 14, 1961, Charles Benton Elmore of Second Creek and Miss Shirley Hess of Ronceverte were married in Union, WV.

Larry Allen, a sophomore at Union High School won first place in the American Legion’s district oratorical contest held in Lewisburg.  He is the son of Mr & Mrs Charles Allen.

The 1961 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for Union High School was Donna Hedrick, (class of ’61), daughter of  Mr  & Mrs Joe Hedrick.

The marriage of Margaret Sue Judy of Union and Cpl. Charles Franklin Sams of Sweet Springs took place at the Methodist Church in Covington, Va. on January 28, 1961.

UNION HIGH SCHOOL won the sportsmanship award for Southeastern West Virginia, nosing out Logan High School for the 1961  honors.

In 1961, a precut bomb shelter provided by the United States Civil Defense organization for the exhibition in rural areas was obtained by Charles Booth, county director of civil defense, for permanent location at Union High School.  The shelter, which arrived dismantled, was erected by the Vo-ag students at Union under the supervision of Clayborne Campbell, instructor.`

On April 12, 1961, Robert W. McNeil of Union and Martha Sue White of Organ Cave were married in Clifton Forge,VA.

On April 11, 1961, Rowena Annabell Kast and Homer French Harvey of Willow Bend were married in Covington, VA.

On April 9, 1961, Martha Alice Vance and Marvin Byrd Weikle of Caldwell were married in Lewisburg.

The UNION HIGH SCHOOL RED DEVILS notched their fifth victory of the baseball season playing Peterstown 2-0.

Two Union High School students won first and second places in the 1960-61 District Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW.  Bob Pruitt (class of 1961) took first place winning a four year scholarship and Janine Caywood (class of 1963) took second place.

Ann Dixon, daughter of Mr and Mrs Russell Dixon of Sinks Grove, was named Valedictorian of the Class of 1961, at Union High School  and Linda Short, daughter of Mr & Mrs Malcomb Short  of Union, was named Salutatorian.

On April 17, 1961, Erma Jane Fisher and Warren Edwin Gullette of Union  were married in Covington, VA.  

On June 10, 1961, Marlene June Brown of Union and Rev Olen Edward Downey of Clifton Forge, VA were married at Salt Sulphur Springs.

On June 4, 1961, John Andrew Rowan, formerly of Union and Gwendolyn Carolyn Rigsbee of Durham, NC  were married in Falcon, North Carolina.

Mary Davis, daughter of Mr & Mrs H H Davis of Union, was crowned 1961 Area Dairy Princess.

James Christie received his discharge after serving 2 years with the US Army and  has returned to his home in Sinks Grove.

On June 10, 1961, Linda Lou Reed of Second Creek and William Robert White of Organ Cave were married in Covington, VA.

Alice Dixon of Union was on the dean’s list for first semester at Burea College.

On June 30, 1961, Hannah Porterfield Heath received a diploma from the Roanoke Memorial Hospital School of Professional Nursing in Roanoke, VA.

On June 29, 1961, Mark Daryl Pence of Sinks Grove and Constance Gail Wiseman of Charleston were married in the Kanawha Two-Mile Gospel Tabernacle.

In October  6,  1961, Dottie Trent was crowned homecoming queen during half-time Ceremonies at Union High School when the RED DEVILS of UNION HIGH SCHOOL made a bid for their fifth football victory  for the season.

On July 28 1961,  the wedding of Wanda Jean Roles of Union and Paul Milton Stephens of Matoaka took place at the Union Methodist Church in Union.

On August 18, 1961,  the wedding  of Luther S. Ellison  of near Peterstown and Dolores Deann Vest of Lashmeet took place in Matoaka.

On September 8, 1961, the wedding of Velma Mae Wilson of Sinks Grove and Raymond Odell Bostic of Sinks Grove took place in Hollywood.

On September 23, 1961, Carole Sue Crosier of Keenan and  William Keith Sebert of  Lewisburg were married.

On September 25, 1961, the wedding of Alma Jean Dunbar of Union and Ralph Colbert Bonner of  Ronceverte took place in the Ronceverte Baptist Church .

On September 29 1961, the wedding of Bessie Carol Erskine of Ronceverte and Benjamin Marvin Reed of Second Creek took place in Organ Cave.

Jim Reed of Pickaway killed his first deer on opening day of the 1961 bow and arrow season on Peters Mountain.

In September 1961, road signs have been placed in the town of Union showing the town to be a Bird Sanctuary.

On August 12, 1961,  the wedding of  Nancy Ann Williams of Union and Harry Gene Baker formally of Union, took place at Buchanan First Presbyterian Church of Grundy, Virginia.

In September 1961, Dr. Ronald Ripley (UHS Class of 1951) of Union was commissioned captain in the Medical Service of the US Air Force.

In October 1961, The Monroe County winners of the National 4-H Award Program were Jim Allen of Sinks Grove and Tom Bare of Union.  They attended  the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, Ill.

In November 1961,  Larry Allen, a junior at Union High School was elected state president at the convention of West Virginia Beta Clubs.

In November 1961, Two Union High School students received sports scholarships for this season…Howard Guerin(basketball) and Ronnie Bostic (football) 

In December 1961, Michael “Mickey” Darrell Miller a student at Union High School was killed in a one-car accident during the noon recess on Rt. 3 about a mile and a half east of Union.  He was pronounced dead while still pinned under the auto.

In December 1961, Camella Bostic and Nancy Lynch of Union were among 27 students of the C&O Hospital School of Nursing at Clifton Forge, Va. who received their caps during ceremonies at the YMCA, signifying the successful completion of  their pre-clinical program.



In 1962, Alice Dixon formerly of Union was accepted for the position of Psychiatric Aide by the Institution of Living  of Hartford , Conn.

On February 3, 1962,  Naomi Carol Elmore of Richmond married Cecil Painter of Richmond.

On February 16, 1962,  the wedding of Trena Ellen Harmon and Joseph W. Diclaro took place in Central Christian Church.

In February 1962, Dale Hinkle of Wolf Creek went to Washington DC to take a Government position.

In March 1962, Libby Ellison was chosen “Miss January” by the Union Chapter of  Future Homemakers of America  and was presented a red rose.

In March 1962, Jeffery Schmidt , a sophomore at Union High School won first place in the American Legions oratorical contest in Charleston.

In March 1962, Ruth Ellen Campbell , a sophomore at Union High School  was placed in the West Virginia  1961-62  All-State Band.

In April 1962, Jeanette Sparks, a student at Union High School won first place in an essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In  April 1962, the government thermometer at Union recorded a minimum temperature of 19 degrees according to the weather observer.

In April 1962, twenty six members of the Senior Class of Union High School, accompanied by Florence McClung and Clayborne Campbell returned to Union after a 3 day trip to New York City.

On April 14, in Charleston, WV, the marriage of Daryl Davis and Harvey W. Wegert took place.

In April 1962, Gerald Crosier (UHS Class of 1953) was appointed  Conservation Officer for Monroe County.

On April 14, 1962, A2c Larry L. Dunbar was married to Lynda Ann Fraley in Nevada.

On April 21, 1962, the wedding of Linda Elmore of Union and Robert Cohernour of Ronceverte took place at the Trinity Methodist Church  in Ronceverte, WV.

On April 13, 1962, the wedding of Dorothy Jean Shirey of Pickaway and  Pvt. William Jackson Talbott of Pickaway took place in Georgia.

On May 30, 1962, the wedding of  Sandra Raines and Dewey L. Pritt took place in Lewisburg.

On June 10, 1962, the wedding of Saloma Kay Tomlinson and Bernard Wayne Ramsey took place in Union.

In June 1962, Guy David Sizemore of Pickaway completed Navy Recruit training at Great Lakes, Illinois and has been assigned to the USS Inghram, a destroyer based at Mayport, Florida.

On August 17,  1962, the wedding of Betty Ann Glover  of Hollywood and William Shires Jr  of Lindside took place in Hollywood.

On July 31, 1962, the wedding of Judy Ann Taylor and Barnie E. Campbell took place at the Victory Baptist Church.

In July 1962, Wilma Sue Curnell of Union was employed as a teacher by the Greenbrier County Board of Education.  She was assigned to the faculty of Lewisburg High School.

On July 15, 1962, the wedding of  Marvin Lee Vance and Sonja Ruth Markowitz took place at the home of the bride’s parents.

On August 11, 1962, the wedding of Martha Bostic  and Thomas Hunter took place at the Pine Grove Church.

In June 1962, Pfc James Ratliff   left for duty with the US Army in Germany.

In June 1962, Cpl. Elwyn A. Allen completed a course at AFO Candidate School, Miami Beach, Fla. and received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force.

In August 1962, Dale Beckett of Pickaway, member of the Union Chapter Future Farmers of America was one of the five boys honored at the FFA State Convention as West Virginia candidates for American Farmer degree.

In September 1962, Privates William R and Everette R. Bell III, completed eight weeks of basic military training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

In September 1962, Buddy Mitchell was named Supervisor for Monroe County by the Greenbrier Valley Conservation District.

On September 8, 1962, the wedding of Lottie Sue Reed and Jesse Webster Morgan took place at the Morgan home.  

On September 8, 1962, Ann Porterfield of Sinks Grove was married to Robert Dillon at the Sinks Grove Baptist Church.

On September 29, 1962, James Vandegrift and Ruby Lanelle Burns, both of Hollywood were married in Clifton Forge, Va.

On October 2, 1962,  William Roscoe Tomlinson of  Pickaway was married to Jeanette Barney at Bluefield.  

In October 1962, Sarah Jane Patton, senior at Union High School reigned as Homecoming Queen at the UHS festivities staged  on October 18-19.

On October 6, 1962, in Columbus, Ohio, Airman 1c Robert Walker married Mary Alice Foster.  

On October 7, 1962, Specialist 4c Charles R. Wimmer married Shirley Jean Moody at Fletcher Chapel.

On October 11, 1962, the wedding of Darrell White and Sandra Sue Saunders took place at the home of  Rev. WM Bolling.

On October 20, 1962, the wedding of Joyce Ann Kirby to Richard Lanier Arthur took place at the Pine Grove Church.

In October 1962, a Monroe County resident and a 1959 graduate of Union High School, J. Dale Beckett of Pickaway received the highest degree awarded by the Future Farmers of America….that of  AMERICAN FARMER. 

On December 22, 1962, the wedding of Rachel Elaine Dunbar and Wesley Edwin Lafon took place in Ronceverte.

In December 1962, Joan Flouer from the senior class of 1963, was chosen by the UHS student body to represent Union High School for Miss Snow Queen XIII in the Christmas events in Ronceverte, W.V.



On January 12, 1963, the wedding  of Robbie Ann Morgan and George Hugh Bostic took place in Ronceverte.

Thomas Bare of Union was chosen as a member of the 1963 Mountaineer Week team, which consists of 53 West Virginia University students selected to visit high schools throughout the state during mid-semesters to acquaint pupils with the advantages of a college education.

In February 1963, Ronald Fred Davis, son of Mr and Mrs Fred Davis of  Union enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and will report to Marine Reserve and Recruiting  Headquarters at South Charleston.

Jeffery Schmidt of Union High School, state winner of the American Legion oratorical contest last year, will give an address to the “Know Your State Government Day” exercises which will be held at the Civic Center in Charleston on February 25, 1963.

Airman Second Class Alton B. Parker Jr. of Union is being reassigned to  Germany following his graduation from the Air Force Technical course for radar repairmen at Kessler A.F.B., MS. 

Mike Allen, a student at UHS, won the oratorical contest held at Union High School and he will represent Union in the district contest  held in Lewisburg on March 7, 1963.

In March 1963, Larry Allen, son of  Charles and Mildred Allen, represented Union High School as a member of the All-State Centennial Chorus in Charleston during the 32nd annual all-state high school orchestra, band and chorus festival.  he was among 250 outstanding high school music students from each of the fifty-five counties in the state who participated.

In March 1963, James H. Crosier of Union has been promoted to Staff Sergeant in the Air Force.  Sgt. Crosier, an administrative specialist, is assigned to Headquarters, Eighth Air Force at Westover, A.F.B.,  MA. 

On March 16, 1963, the wedding of  Pearl Dixon Talbott to Robert Clark Rowan took place in Union.

On April 14, 1963, the wedding of Linda Lee Anderson and Clark E. Perkins took place at the Mt. Alexander Methodist Church.

On May 4, 1963, the wedding of Ellen Ellison and William King took place in Christiansburg, Virginia.

In May 1963, two young men from the Union area…Jimmy Baker and Frank Mohler, completed the prescribed course at the Durham Institute of Barbering in Durham, North Carolina.

In May 1963, Phyllis Elizabeth Wiseman daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Wiseman of Willow Bend, has been announced the winner of a one year scholarship to Strayer Junior College, Washington, D.C.

In May 1963, Helen Campbell, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clayborne Campbell has been elected program chairman for the Women’s Athletic Associations at Berea College, Berea, KY.

In May 1963, Pvt. Fred Davis of Union graduated from basic training at the big Marine Corps Station at Parris Island, S.C.  He then was sent to Camp LeJune, N.C. for four weeks of advanced combat training. 

 Mary Elizabeth Rowe of Union was elected secretary of the rising  senior class at Kings College for the 1963-64 year.

On June 15, 1963,  the wedding of Patricia Sue Wallace to Bobby Edward Via took place at the New Lebanon ARP Church.

Ruth Ellen Campbell, daughter of  Mr. & Mrs. C.D. Campbell has been selected as a member of the West Virginia All State Band giving concerts in capitol cities of five surrounding states .

On July 27, 1963, the wedding of Mike Crosier of Union and Peggy Sue Fullen of Ronceverte took place at the Ronceverte Baptist Church. 

In June 1963, Barbara Wallace (student and teacher at UHS) attended a graduate workshop in Child Development at VPI in Blacksburg.

On August 5, 1963, the wedding of Orr Scott Jr. and Yvonne Mary Muff took place in Bradenton, Florida.

Betty Sue Leach, daughter of Mrs. Harvey Leach of Union received an Associate Science  degree from Marshall University.

On August 10, 1963, the wedding of Rodney Cruise and Barbara SeDell Martin took place in Washington, DC.

On September 7, 1963,  the wedding of Betty Sue Leach of Union and Charles Moore of Huntington took place at the  Methodist Church in Union.

In September 1963, Airman Elby Lephew, son of Mr and Mrs Elby Lephew of Sinks Grove, has been selected for technical training as an air policeman at Lackland AFB, Texas.

In October 1962, Marion Shiflet and James Bailey of Union sold historic Old Salt Sulphur Springs to Dr. Ward Wylie.

On October 4, 1963, the wedding of  Carl Dunbar and Phyllis Wickline took place at Clifton Forge, Va. 

Pvt. Powell Ronnie Bostic, son of  Mr and Mrs William Bostic of Union completed a Fire Distribution Systems Electronics Course at the Air Defense Center, Fort Bliss, Texas.

On November 2, 1963, the wedding of Anna Mae Pomphrey and William Pafford took place in Richmond, VA.

On November 6, 1963, the wedding of Sharon South and Steve Capaldo took place in Lindside.

 In November, Alc Edward Boothe, son of Mr and Mrs Charles Booth of Pickaway has received two honors at Harmon AFB in Newfoundland, where he is stationed.

Dewey Pritt of Union has been promoted to First Lieutenant in the Army Reserve while serving in Stuttgart, Germany.

On December 10, 1963, the temperature of exactly zero was recorded in Union by the weather observer,  Mrs L. L. Spangler.

On December 21, 1963, the wedding of  Mary Ann Robertson and  Robert Houston Boyd took place  at the Cartersville Baptist Church.




On January 4, 1964, Bonnye Butcher of Union was married to Lewis Carroll, Jr. at the Methodist Church in Union.

On June 17, 1964,  Barbara Walker of Union was crowned “1964 June Dairy Princess” of Southern West Virginia at a banquet in Bluefield Auditorium.

In 1964, Pvt. Jerry A. Lowe of Wolf  Creek completed a 14 week course at the Army Ordinance Center and School at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

August 1964, Marvin L. Honaker received his discharged from the US Navy at Norfolk, Virginia after 4 years of service.

On December 23, 1964, the wedding of  Linda Carol Anderson of Sinks Grove and Daryll Weiss took place in Sparta, North Carolina.

In January 1964, Ensign William Thomas Patton, US Naval Reserve is taking pre-flight training at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.

On February 15, 1964, the wedding of Linda Boyce and James Reed took place at Carmel Presbyterian Church.

In 1964, Carol Sue Crosier, a senior at Marshall University was placed on the honor roll for first semester. 

On January 29, 1964,  the wedding of Darlene Ratliff  Max Allen Caldwell  took place the the Presbyterian Church manse in Clifton Forge, Virginia.

In February 1964, Lorena Wiedecker won the title of “1964 Homemaker of Tomorrow”  at Union High School.

On July 22, 1964, the wedding of  Sandra Sue Young  and James Olen Pyles, both of Union took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In May 1964, Dennis Sizemore of Union High School has been named recipient of the 1963-64 Dekalb Agriculture Award presented to outstanding seniors in vocational agriculture.   Dennis is the 5th Dekalb winner from Union High School.

On April 10, 1964, the wedding of Phyllis Sue Reed of Pickaway and Fred Brinkley took place in Maryland.

In May 1964, the senior class of Union High School went to New York City for their senior trip where they enjoyed a visit to the World’s Fair and a tour of the metropolis.

In May 1964, Stephen Bostic of Hollywood, enlisted in the National Guard and has been sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky for basic training.

On May 2, 1964, the wedding of Wanda Jean Reed of Pickaway and Airman First Class Crafton Earl Barnett took place in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

On April 11, 1964, Jean McClary of Sinks Grove married Percy Garland Collier, Jr.

 In April 1964, Union High School’s one-act play cast won the rating of “Execellent” and two of its members, David Broyles and Shirley Wooton were awarded medals during the State Forensic and Drama Festival at Morgantown, WV.  

  Union High School has announced that Jeanette Sparks will serve as Valedictorian and Thomas VanStavern will serve as Salutatorian for the graduating  Class of 1964. 

On March 14, 1964,  Evelyn Bradley married Robert Guy in Washington, D C.

In April 1964, Susie Young of Union was elected reporter and historian of Alpha Upsilon Chapter at West Virginia University of Alpha  Delta Pi sorority. 

In March 1964, Mike Allen of Union High School won first place in the district oratorical contest held at Lewisburg.

On October 3, 1964, the wedding of John Elmore of Waynesboro, Va. (formerly of Union) and JoAnn Shanklin of Lewisburg took place at St. Marks Methodist Church in Waynesboro.  



On January 8, 1965, The wedding of Sharon Nichols of Second Creek and  Donald Trent of Second Creek took place near Gap Mills.

On February 14, 1965, the wedding of Mildred McDaniel of Willow Bend and Larry Johnson of Hampton, Virginia took place in Newport News, Virginia.

Sharleen Mick of Union was accepted for admission to West Virginia Wesleyan College.

On February 9, 1965, the wedding of Norma Crosier of Waitville and Charles Pomphrey of Sinks Grove took place in Covington, Virginia.

A3c Samuel Scott has completed training as an aircraft maintenance specialist at Amarillo AFB, Texas.

In 1965, Marion Bradley, a partner in the B&W grocery in Union bought the Snack Bar located in Union from Mrs. John Beckner.  The Snack Bar served the young people from UHS for many years.

In February 1965, Dixie Hoke of Second Creek, completed work of her bachelor of art degree in elementary education at the close of first semester at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

In April 1965, Linda Jo Ellison of Union has been accepted to West Virginia Wesleyan College.

On March 21, 1965,  the wedding of Thomas  Bare of  East Lansing, Michigan, formerly of Union to Patricia Wilson of  St. Mary’s  took place at the First Baptist Church of St. Mary’s.

April 1965, Linda Bowyer, sophomore at Union High School was presented a white corduroy  ”Sweetheart ” jacket  when she was chosen 1964-65 Chapter Sweetheart by the Future Farmers of America at their annual banquet.

April 1965, the Future Farmers of America chapter at Union High School presented to Bill Canterbury the Chapter Star Farmer Award which is the highest honor bestowed by the Chapter at their annual banquet.

On May 22, 1965, the wedding of Carolyn Ripley of Union and Billie Kronmeister of Richmond took place at the Presbyterian Church in Union.

On June 6, 1965, the wedding of Sharon Martin of Rock Camp to Jerry Brown of Union took place at the Rock Camp Methodist Church.

In July 1965, Linda Christie of Sinks Grove has graduated from National Business College in Roanoke, Virginia.

In July 1965, Dixie Lee Hoke recieved her Bachelor of Arts degree at West Virginia Wesleyn College.

In July 1965, Dr. John R. Tomlinson of Hillsdale graduated with honors from Ohio State University.  He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

In May 1965, the recipient of the Margaret Johnson scholarship was awarded to Ruth Elizabeth Martin, a 1965 graduate of Union High School.

In June 1965, Dorothy Ann Ashworth,  a 1964 graduate of Union High School received a Medical Secretary degree form Beckley College.

A banquet was held at the Gateway Hotel in Ronceverte for James D. Frazier of Union becoming the Superintendent of Monroe County Schools.

Darlene Echols of Union completed her training at the C&O Hospital of Nursing in Clifton Forge, Va.

Thomas E. Lemons, Jr., of Sinks Grove received his Master Barber’s License.

On October 23, 1965, Eleanor Pearl  Hinkle of Fairlea and Russell Lee Pomphrey of Pickaway were married.

William Hancock of Union graduated from University of Virginia with a bachelor of Arts Degree.

Helen Dare Campbell of Sinks Grove received of Masters of Science Degree at the University of Wisconsin.

On November 20, 1965, Peggy Murdock of Union married GL (Bud) Parrish of Roanoke.

Nancy Beckett was crowned Homecoming Queen at Union High School.

On August 28, 1965, Lorena Wiedecker of Sinks Grove married William Kowasic.

On June 28, 1965, Doris Jean Caperton of Union married Gilbert Richard Love of Bluefield.

On June 25, 1965, Randall  Canterbury of Union married Bonnie Sue Weikle of Covington, Va.

In 1965, 2nd Lieut. Larry Young Dransfield of Union arrived in Viet-nam, where he was assigned to the 2D Signal Group.

On July 11, 1965, Carolyn Neely of Lewisburg married Robert Canterbury of Sinks Grove, WV.

On September 24, 1965, Nancy Ruth Leach married John Patrick Proffitt of Clifton Forge, Va.

Cleo (CJ) Smith, Jr., enrolled in college of business administration at Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.

John R. Tomlinson of Hillsdale and a senior veterinary student at Ohio State University, has been selected by the faculty of his college and Upjohn Co. as the outstanding senior student in large animal medicine and clinics from a class of 75.  

Charles Allen Jr., principal has announced the names of two honor students at Union High School.  Ann Ash will serve as valedictorian and Linda Jo Ellison will serve as salutatorian.



Ronald Fred Davis of Union, an aviator’s Equipment Technician  with Marine Attack Squuadron has been advanced to the rank of Corporal.

On January 22, 1966, Jeanine Caywood of Pickaway and Danie Joe Stewart of Salt Rock were married.

On January 8, 1966, Paul Roger Vance of Pickaway married Barbara Jeanne Collins of Fenwick.  

In January 1966, Barbara Ellen McClung of Pickaway married Carlton B. Batkins of Newport News.

Nancy Wickline of Union High School won the public speaking contest at Lewisburg sponsored by the Greenbrier Valley Soil Conservation District.

Lieut.(jg) Tommy Patton of Pickaway was the pilot of one of the AD Skyraiders which landed at Woodrum Field in Roanoke, Va.  Mr & Mrs WT Patton were there at the field to watch their son land the naval attack bomber.

Army Specialist 4c Jerry A. Lowe of Wolf Creek was awarded the Driver’s Badge while serving with the 85th Maintenance Battalion in Germany.  

On March 3, 1966, Genetta Goodson of Sinks Grove married Marvin Honaker of Union.  

Nancy Taylor was crowned Homecoming Queen at Union High School.




On November 25, 1967, James T. Allen of  Sinks Grove married Joy Lockard of Charleston.

In 1967, Cpl. Fred Davis was transferred from Japan to Hawaii by the US Marine Corps. 

In 1967, Nancy Paulette Taylor  of Union married Robert Eugene Crews also of Union.

In 1967,  Ann Jarrett Smith of Renick married Dale L. Hinkle of Sinks Grove. 

On October 20, 1967, Malinda Ellen Christie of Roanoke, Va. (formerly of Sinks Grove) married Robert D. Stevens of Vinton, Va.

In 1967, Pfc. Frank H. Bailey, III, of Sinks Grove, serving with the US Marine Corps, was assigned to a tour of duty in Okinawa.

On September 17, 1967, William Ralph Canterbury of Sinks Grove married Nancy Wood of Alderson. 

In 1967, Ralph L. Hinkle of Union  was promoted to Sergeant in the US Air Force.

In October 1967, Airman 2c Lewis H. Scott formally of Sinks Grove was recognized for helping his unit win the coveted US Air Force Outstanding Unit award.

On September 9, 1967, Shelia Catherine Bowyer of Sinks Grove married Gerald Robert Fisher of Mountaintop, Pennsylvania.

Lieut.  William (Tommy) Patton of Sinks Grove returned to the states after a tour of duty in the Mediterranean aboard the USS Saratoga, aircraft carrier.

Ruth Campbell of Sinks Grove traveling with a choir composed of Berea College students has toured a month in Europe.

In October 1967, Carol Canterbury was selected for listing in the 1967 edition of “Outstanding Personalities of the South”.

On August 12, 1967, Karen Sue Campbell married William Bailey of Sinks Grove.

George Arley Dunbar of Union graduated from National Business College at Roanoke, Va.

On July 15, 1967, Julia Ann Dillon of Union married Richard Lawrence Kanatzar II of Dallas, Texas.

Joseph Leonard Houchins, 21, graduated from UHS in 1963,  son of  Mr & Mrs Leonard Houchins of Wayside and Harry Kaffenber, a former commercial airline pilot of Greenville, Ohio, plunged to their deaths in the flaming crash of a single engine piper JA8 aircraft,  while conducting an aerial oak will survey over Logan County.

On July 13, 1967, Edna Ruth Ratliff of Union married John Willard Honaker of Union.

On August 5, 1967, Sarah Elizabeth Pritt of Union married  William Wayne Brubaker of Vinton, Va.

On June 3, 1967, Linda Jo Ellison of Union married Jeffery L. Schmitt of Pickaway.

On March 31, 1967, Ruth Smithson of Lindside married Ernie Ray Highlander of Alderson.

On August 19, 1967, Barbara Jean Walker of Union married Frederick Van Gresham of Salem, Va.

Russell Newsome of Union completed ten weeks of schooling as a dental technician at Brook Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Patricia Sibold of Pickaway was named winner of the 1967-68 West Virginia Dairy Princess contest at the annual state dairy show.



On January 15, 1968,  Connie Wickline of Union married Pvt. Albert F. Serreno of Alderson.

On January 19, 1968, Bonnie Sue Dixon of Union married Gary Don Farren of Alderson.

May 1968, Peggy Givens and Kristi Allen served as the Valedictorians for Union High School class of 1968.

May 1968, Becky Garvin served as Salutatorian for the UHS Class of 1968.

May 1968, Marshall Canterbury was elected as the Star Farmer by the Union High School Chapter, Future Farmers of America.

In May 1968, Nancy Beckett of Pickaway was selected as a stewardess for Eastern Airlines.

In May 1968, Margaret Mann of Union received her Bachelor of Arts degree form Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee.

On May 31, 1968, Vicki Gaye Trent of Second Creek married Gary O. Morgan of Ronceverte.

Linda Forren, a junior at UHS was selected by the local chapter of Future Homemakers of America to attend the 27th annual Conservation Camp.

Molly Barton, of near Union was crowned “Queen of the Prom” at Union High School.

On June 8, 1968, Phyllis Ann Ralston  married Charles Larry Allen of Sinks Grove.

On August 3, 1968, Connie Marshall Shires of Clifton Forge married David Dale Broyles of Union.

Army Private Jerry Clay Ellis and Army Private Donald Edward Wilson were assigned to Company C, 8th Battalion, 3rd brigade in the US Army Training Center, Ft. Knox , KY.

Arnold Lee Wickline of Union, enlisted in the US Air Force and underwent basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas.

Seaman Apprentice Frederick Michael Crosier USN 25, of Union graduated from nine weeks of Navy basic training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. 

On July 27, 1968, Barbara Lynn McPeak of Union married  Don Charles Sibold of Pickaway.

In May 1968, Pvt. Jerry Ellis, completed his basic training at Fort Knox, KY, and was then stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he attended missile school. 

In May 1968, Linda Belcher, a junior at Union High School entered the State High School art Contest at the Mountain Lair, West Virginia University and received honorable mention.  

On April 3, 1968, Shirley Ann Taylor of Willow Bend married John Charles Scott of Sinks Grove.

In October 1968, Patricia Sibold, a sophomore at West Virginia Wesleyan College was pledged by the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

On August 31, 1968, Donna Jo Frazier of Union married Charles Stanley Hardman of  Spencer.

In September 1968, Celia Givens  of Union was selected to represent Monroe County in the fourth annual West Virginia State Winter Festival.

In 1968, Roger Lee Compton, formerly of Union received a degree from East Tennessee State University.

In September 1968, Pvt. Chris and James Dunbar of Union completed basic training at Fort Knox, KY.  Chris received a trophy for an outstanding trainee during basic training.

In 1968, Ruth Ellen Campbell of Sinks Grove married William Dale Sturgill of Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Jeanette Sparks, daughter of Mr & Mrs GL Sparks of Pickaway, received a B.S. degree from Concord College in Secondary Education with teaching fields in Mathematics and Physical science.

On August 3, 1968, Iona Sue Perkins of Caldwell married Russell Long of Union.

October 1968, Ronald Lee Fisher, son of Mr & Mrs Atlee Fisher of Sinks Grove, was promoted to Sp/5c at Chu Lai, Vietnam, where he was stationed with the US Army.

On October 5, 1968, Sarah Ellen Shrader of Second Creek married Edgar Wallace Slaven of Ronceverte.

On December 21, 1968, Doris Darlene Echols of Union and Sam C. Cathcart of Kershaw, South Carolina were married.

In January 1968,  Fred Davis formerly of Union, has been reassigned for a tour of duty in Vietnam.  He has been stationed in Hawaii.

In 1968 the Union High School Red Devils advanced to the State Class A High School Tournament by defeating the Wildcats of Meadow Bridge 60-51 at Bluefield in the final game of the Region III playoff.  

Margaret Mann of Union, who was a graduate student at Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, was one of four area students who won places in the regional final auditions of the Metropolitan Opera Company.

 Spc/5c Ronald Lee Fisher , son of Mr. and Mrs Atlee Fisher of Sinks Grove, returned from a one year tour of duty with the US Army in Vietnam.





In 1969, Donald E. Wilson 19, son of Mr and Mrs Lacy Wilson of Sinks Grove was promoted to Army specialist four near Schweinfut, Germany, where he is assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division as a tank crewman.

 On April 5, 1969,  Helen Dare Campbell of Sinks Grove married Rodney Birch Grave of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.