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Miscellaneous Items from the Saltville Progress

Reel #2: 7 January 1965 through 27 February 1969


COLLEY, Edward Alvin

(pub 26 Aug 1965)

Worthy Grad Gets Master Degree

"Edward Alvin Colley, a 1954 graduate of Saltville High School, received a Master of Arts degree from Appalachian State Teachers College this month. Mr. Colley's degree was awarded in Public School Administration. He is now teaching at the Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia.

Mr. Colley and his wife, the former Carole Jones of Saltville, make their home in Staunton."


COLLEY, Mr. & Mrs. R. B.

(pub 12 Jan 1967)

Mr. & Mrs. R. B. Colley Celebrate 50th Anniversary

"Mr. and Mrs. Ralph B. Colley, who were married on December 22, 1915, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, December 19, with Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. in the afternoon at their home on East Main Street, Saltville.

They were entertained by their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Colley, Jr. and their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Helton. The Colley's have another daughter, Mrs. Frank E. Reese, Orlando, Fla...granddaughter, Debbie Colley and Leigh Ellen Helton were in charge of the gifts."

Births at T. K. McKee Hospital:


Aug 3 - Mr. and Mrs. John L. Cannon (Hilda Shepard), girl.

Aug 3 - Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hogston (Bonnie Kestner), girl.

Aug 3 - Mr. and Mrs. Joe Blevins (Barbara Blevins), girl.

Aug 4 - Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tuggle (Bessie Ford), girl.

Aug 6 - Mr. and Mrs. Gene Cruey (Carolyn Kelly), girl.

Aug 10 - Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Call (Lula Doane), boy.

Aug 16 - Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Breedlove (Polly Crusenberry), girl.

Aug 18 - Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Chestnut (Drema Delp), boy.

Aug 19 - Mr. and Mrs. Preston Eugene Snead (Georgia O'Quinn), boy.

Aug 23 - Mr. and Mrs. Montague Helton (Gertie Lynch), boy.

Aug 23 - Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cardwell (Darlene Buchanan), girl.

Aug 27 - Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Kestner (Gay Hendrix), girl.

Aug 28 - Mr. and Mrs. Sandy McCready (Sue Greer), girl.

Aug 28 - Mr. and Mrs. Bolden Gillen (June Arnold), boy.

Sep 1 - Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jackson (Shirley Mitchell), girl.

Sep 2 - Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Campbell Jr. (Vickie Catron), girl.

Sep 3 - Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Sawyers (Carol Bishop), girl.

Sep 5 - Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Coe (Barbara Anderson), girl.

Sep 6 - Mr. and Mrs. Billy W. Buchanan (Audrey Blevins), boy.


Jan 5 - Mr. and Mrs. George E. Kell (Bessie Roberts), girl.

Jan 5 - Mr. and Mrs. U. E. Hunt (Anna Mae Myers), boy.

Jan 5 - Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dancey (Bertie Jackson), girl.

Jan 7 - Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Holmes (Donna Hemphill), girl.

Aug 2 - Mr. and Mrs. Warren Lamie (Cordelia Robbins), boy.

Aug 3 - Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chapman (Jeannie Gatlin), girl.

Aug 9 - Mr. and Mrs. William Osborne (Delia Hypes), boy.

Aug 11 - Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mabe (Lois Poston), boy.

Aug 13 - Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Creggar (Mary Echols), girl.

Aug 14 - Mr. and Mrs. Carl Burgress (Ruth Nichols), girl.


BARBROW, Richard

Richard Barbrow, Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barbrow of Saltville will celebrate first birthday on 2 Dec 1968...paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barbrow... maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Keesee...great-grandmother is Mrs. Riley Keesee.

CALL, Angela

Angela Call celebrated her third birthday on April 27, 1968...daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Call...granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie N. Call and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hayden.


Mrs. Alice J. Campbell celebrated her 85th birthday on October 26 [1965] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Van Caywood, at Buckeye Street, Saltville...Mrs. Campbell makes her home with her other daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Forrester in Glade Spring.


Joseph Edward Chapman, son of S/Sgt. Joseph R. Chapman and Mary Lou Griffin Chapman...stationed in Frankfurt, Germany...will celebrate first birthday on June 4 [1966]...grandson of Mrs. S. G. Griffin of Saltville.

COE, Blake

Glenford Blake Coe, son of Mr. and Mrs. James G. Coe...2nd birthday on December 2 [1966]. Grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Earnest H. Crouse of Saltville.

COLLEY, R. B. Sr. & David

(pub. 5 Sep 1968)

Grandfather And Grandson Have Birthday Party

"Mr. R. B. Colley, Sr. and his grandson, David Colley, are shown at their birthday dinner August 30, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Helton. Mr. Colley and David were born on the same day although 60 years separates their birth. Mr. Colley celebrated his 76th birthday and David celebrated his 16th.

Out of town guests included Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Smith and Mitchell Helton of Blacksburg, and Patricia Offield and Janice Poole of Glade Spring."

GENTRY, Brian Keith

Brian Keith Gentry, son of Jim and Carolyn Gentry of Saltville...first birthday on June 6 [1968]...grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gentry of Glade Spring and Mr. Glen Miller, now serving in Vietnam, and the late Margaret Miller.

GUMM, Cynthia Leigh

Mr. and Mrs. George H. Gumm of Knoxville, TN, announce birth of daughter, Cynthia Leigh on Dec. 31 [1967]...father is former principal of Patrick Henry High School. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Gumm...maternal grandmother is Mrs. M. A. Talbert of Meadowview.

PAULEY, George Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. George Pauley of Japan...birth of son, George Jr., on 28 Dec 1968. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James F. Pauley of Saltville.

TOLBERT, Teresa Jayne

Teresa Jayne Tolbert...seventh birthday on April 1 [1968]...daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew O. Tolbert of North Holston...granddaughter of Mrs. Maggie Rose of Tazewell.

WALL, Anthony

Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. Wall of Glade Spring...arrival of first son, Anthony Edward, on September 1 [1967]. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bollen Edward Farris of Plasterco and Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Wall of Saltville.

YONTZ, William Thomas

William Thomas Yontz, s/o Mr. and Mrs. Don Yontz of Dublin, GA...born 18 Feb 1969. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Soyars and Mr. and Mrs. Garland Yontz of Saltville...sister, Cynthia...brother, Bob.



(pub 2 Sep 1965)

Mr. and Mrs. William D. Allison of Saltville announce the engagement of their daughter, Brenda Joan, to Dan Jackson of Chilhowie. No date has been set for the wedding.


(pub 9 Jun 1966)

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Ballou of Glade Spring announce the engagement of their youngest daughter, Bonnie Sue, to Mr. Ronnie Lee Offield, son of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Offield of Meadowview...June wedding is planned.


(pub 6 Jan 1966)

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bielema of Sterling, IL, announce the engagement of their daughter, Wilma, to Norman Poston, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Poston of Saltville. No date has been set for the wedding.


(pub 5 Sep 1968)

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Neal Blankenship of Chilhowie announce the marriage of their daughter, Donna Lou, to James Sheffey Hutton, son of Mrs. Thomas Dunn Hutton Jr. and the late Mr. Hutton of Glade Spring...wedding took place March 2, at Westley Memorial Methodist Church in Warrenton, NC, with Rev. L. Wilson officiating...bride attended Longwood College and now attends University of VA School of Nursing...groom attended VPI and now attends Medical College of VA School of Pharmacy...couple presently residing in Glade Spring.


(pub 14 Jan 1965)

Mr. and Mrs. Glen W. Bradley of Abingdon announce the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Alice, to Mr. Oscar Miller Porterfield, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Porterfield of Glade Spring. A May wedding is planned.


(pub 28 Nov 1968)

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Snowden Burnette of Maysville, KY, announce engagement of daughter, Ann Arthur, to Mr. John Hobert Shortt, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hobert Shortt, Sr. of Saltville...wedding planned for December 29.


(pub 17 Feb 1966)

Mr. and Mrs. John Burnette announce the marriage of their daughter, Cheryl Ann to Pvt. Robert C. Surber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Early Surber, all of Saltville...Rev. James H. Greever performed ceremony at home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill McVey of Saltville...groom stationed at Fort Lee, VA...bride will graduate from R. B. Worthy High School in June.


(pub. 12 Dec 1968)

Mrs. Helen Call announces the wedding of her daughter, Jo Ann, to Mr. John Michael Henderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Henderson, all of Saltville...ceremony performed by Rev. Otto C. Davidson on November 25...groom employed by Richardson Wayland Electrical Corporation, Roanoke, VA.


(pub 13 Jan 1966)

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Chapman of Saltville announce the engagement of their daughter, Florence An, to Mr. Roger Jackson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred M. Jackson of Saltville. No date has been set for the wedding.


(pub 9 Jun 1966)

Miss Linda Kay Coe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Coe of Saltville, and Mr. Charles Hugh Tuggle, son of Mr. Huey P. Tuggle of Saltville and the late Mary Sue Tuggle, were married June 3...by the Rev. Millard C. Taylor at Cardwell Town Freewill Baptist Church...groom employed by US Department of Agriculture...couple will reside in Saltville.


(pub 12 Jan 1967)

Mr. and Mrs. Everett Collins of Saltville announce the marriage of their daughter, Beverly Jayne to Mr. John Stafford Renick, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Renick of Callaway, VA...wedding was January 7 at Madam Russell Memorial Methodist Church...by Rev. Stanley Harrison..bride is 1964 graduate of R. B. Worthy High School...groom is 1965 graduate of Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount, VA...he is now stationed with the US Navy in Dan Diego, CA.


(pub 13 Jan 1966)

Mr. J. R. DeBord of Saltville announces the wedding of his daughter, Sue, to Mr. Bill Call, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Call of Saltville...by Rev. James Call, uncle of the groom, in First Church of God in Abingdon...bride will graduate from R. B. Worthy High School in June...groom, graduate of R. B. Worthy High School, is attending Washington County Technical School in Abingdon.


(pub 12 Aug 1965)

Miss Leota Jean Diggs and Mr. John King Williams married August 7...Madam Russell Memorial Methodist Church in Saltville. Bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Edwin Diggs of Saltville...groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lafayette Williams of Spartanburg, SC. Ceremony performed by Rev. French E. Taylor, pastor of Virginia Avenue Methodist Church in Bluefield, VA, and former pastor of the bride. Bride received B. A. from Emory & Henry, and M. Ed. from UVA, Charlottesville...instructor in mathematics at Wytheville Community College...will be Dean of Women at Spartanburg Junior College in Spartanburg, SC. Groom attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, and is employed with Piedmont and Northern Railroad in Spartanburg. Couple will reside in Spartanburg, SC.


(pub 3 Mar 1966)

First Christian Church of Saltville...wedding of Miss Rita Doris Doyle and Mr. Ronald Neil Johnson...February 12...Rev. Stanley C. McCready...bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Doyle of Saltville...groom is son of Mrs. Opal Johnson and the late Mr. Paul Johnson of Saltville.


(pub. 4 Apr 1968)

Sp/4 James G. Keene Jr. and Diane Carolyn Eldreth were married March 18 in Marion Church of the Nazarene...by Rev. Earl G. Wright...bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Eldreth of Saltville...groom is son of Mrs. Thelma Keene of Saltville and the late Mr. Keene...bride will live at her home in Saltville while groom serves a tour of duty in Vietnam.


(pub 12 Jan 1967)

Miss Brenda Farris became the bride of Mr. Walter Evans, December 21...in the McCready Methodist Church, Saltville...performed by Rev. Albert J. Bowles...bride is daughter of Mrs. Fred L. Farris of Saltville, and the late Mr. Farris...groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Evans of Saltville...bride is graduate of R. B. Worthy High School and attended University of Virginia Extension in Abingdon...groom is graduate of Patrick Henry High School and received I. B. M. training in Bristol...he is currently serving with the US Air Force, stationed at Hamilton AFB, San Francisco, CA...couple will reside in San Francisco.


(pub 23 Sep 1965)

Miss Anne Kelly Goff and Mr. John Henderson Owens...married September 4 at Byars-Cobb Methodist Church in Glade Spring...bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Goff of Glade Spring and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Owens are parents of the groom...bride is student at Radford College...groom is graduate of Emory and Henry College and is employed by Washington County School Board.


(pub 19 Aug 1965)

Mr. John C. Grady of Clinchburg, announced the marriage of his daughter, Laurel Virginia, to Robert C. Chapman, son of Mrs. Roy B. Chapman of Saltville, on May 29. Rev. Robert A. Lattimore...Mountain View Baptist Church of Meadowview. Mr. Chapman employed at Saltville Works of Olin Chemical Corporation...couple will reside in Clinchburg.


(pub 6 Jan 1966)

The wedding of Miss Judith Ann Hardyman and Mr. Tivis Theodore Pickle took place December 18 in State Street Christian Church in Redlands, CA...bride is daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Luther Hardyman of Redlands, CA...groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Layman Pickle of Saltville...ceremony performed by bride's father, Rev. Hardyman...bride is 1965 graduate of Redlands High School and is with the US Navy WAVES, stationed at Patuxent River, MD...groom is graduate of R. B. Worthy High School and was employed by the Saltville Progress...he enlisted in the US Navy in June 1964 and is stationed at the Medical Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, MD.


(pub 25 Jan 1968)

Marriage of Miss Barbara Frances Holmes and Mr. Arthur Lumis Nutter Jr. will take place January 26...at Cardwell Town Freewill Baptist Church.


(pub 12 Aug 1965)

Old Glade Spring Presbyterian Church...marriage of Miss Mary Preston Hutton to Dr. James Reed Stanley...July 31. Bride is daughter of Mrs. Thomas Dunn Hutton Jr. of Glade Spring, and the late Mr. Hutton...groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Butler Stanley of Abingdon...Rev. William Shouse...bride is attending Emory & Henry College...groom is graduate of Emory & Henry and received degree in dentistry from Medical College of VA...practicing dentistry in Abingdon, where the couple will reside.


(pub 18 Aug 1966)

Miss Carolyn Lee Jorgensen and Mr. William E. Chapman were married July 31 in the First Methodist Church, Riverside, California...bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion J. Jorgensen of Riverside, CA...groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Chapman of Saltville...ceremony performed by Dr. Theodore Mitzner...bride is graduate of Polytechnic High School, Riverside City College, and Long Beach State College...groom is graduate of R. B. Worthy High School and Emory & Henry College...couple will reside in San Juan, Puerto Rico...couple employed by the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church, and will teach school in Puerto Rico.


(pub 14 Jan 1965)

Miss Shannon Audris Kreamer and Robert Franklin Allison...December 27...Holy Communion Lutheran Church[Portsmouth, VA???]...Rev. Gordon C. Hite. Bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Kreamer Jr. of Portsmouth, VA...groom is son of Mrs. Odlean Allison of Saltville and the late Caney Allison.


(pub 3 Mar 1966)

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lamie of Tannersville announce the engagement of their daughter, Carolyn to Jerry D. Manual of Michigan. A spring wedding is planned.


(pub 14 Jan 1965)

First Christian Church of Saltville...December 31...Miss Patricia Anne Lee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Lee of Saltville, and Mr. Ted J. Maiden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Maiden of Saltville...by Rev. W. F. Terry Reister.


(pub 21 Jan 1965)

Miss Nancy Ilean Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Dale Martin of Marion, and James Elbert Vannoy, son of Rev. and Mrs. John Franklin Vannoy of Glade Spring...December 27 at the Mt. Olivet Methodist Church near Glade Spring...by Rev. John Ed Dalton. Bride is graduate of Marion High School and Washington County Technical School...groom is graduate of Liberty Hall High School in Glade Spring...couple will reside in Marion.


(pub 23 Sep 1965)

Miss Linda Carol McCray and Mr. Johnny Mike Johnson were married September 13 at Valley View Assembly of God Church in Saltville...Rev. Vernon H. Thomas...bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar M. McCray of Saltville...groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis H. Johnson of Saltville...bride is senior at Patrick Henry High School...groom is graduate of Patrick Henry High School...couple will reside in Saltville.


(pub 22 Aug 1968)

August 3...Miss Elizabeth Ann Nelson and Mr. Douglas Neil Blackwell were married in Mahanaim Methodist Church in Clinchburg...by Rev. Laurens Hudson...bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Nelson...groom is the son of Mrs. Oaklea Blackwell and the late Mr. Bill Blackwell...bride is a 1968 graduate of Patrick Henry High School...groom is graduate of R. B. Worthy High School and attending Atlanta Pharmaceutical School...couple will reside in Atlanta.


(pub 5 Sep 1968)

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Poole of Meadowview announce the engagement of their daughter, Janice Dawn, to Mr. Michael Wayne Helton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Helton of Saltville...June wedding is planned.


(pub 30 Sep 1965)

The wedding of Miss Mary Margaret Prater, daughter of Mrs. Cecil Prater of Saltville, and Junior Clinton Crusenberry, son of Mrs. Clinton Crusenberry of Pulaski, took place September 25 in the Freewill Baptist Church in Poore Valley...performed by Rev. Kyle French...couple will reside in Rockville, Maryland, where they are both employed.


(pub 30 Sep 1965)

Miss Evea Jo Ritzer and Mr. Douglas McArthur Woodward were married September 18 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Reedsburg...by Rev. Behrens...bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Ritzer of Reedsburg, Wisconsin...groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Woodward of Meadowview...couple will reside in Madison, Wisconsin.


(pub 1 Dec 1966)

Miss Sherry Lynne Robertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Robertson of Tazewell became bride of Thomas Lee Shortt of Tazewell, son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Shortt, Sr. of Saltville, on November 11...ceremony at Main Street Methodist Church in Tazewell...with Rev. Lee Olin Boye...bride is graduate of Tazewell High School and West Virginia Business College...groom is graduate of Concord College and is employed by Tazewell County Board of Education...couple will reside in Tazewell.


(pub 12 Jan 1967)

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Swartz of Gainesville, VA, announce the engagement of their daughter, Pamela Deloras, to Mr. William Alan DeBord, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill DeBord of Saltville...Swartz is a 1966 graduate of Stonewall Jackson Senior High School in Manassas and is employed by Prince William County School Board...DeBord is 1964 graduate of R. B. Worthy High School in Saltville and in employed by Raytheon of Bristol...June wedding is planned.


(pub 13 Jan 1966)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Talbert of Saltville announce the engagement of their daughter, Nyoka Desoline, to Hobert Holmes Cook, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Hobert H. Cook, Sr. of Saltville...bride-elect is 1964 graduate of Radford College...groom-elect is 1963 graduate of VPI and is continuing graduate studies there...both are employed by Smyth County School Board...late winter wedding is planned.


(pub 19 Aug 1965)

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Talbert of Saltville announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Lucille, to Mr. Wayne Slagle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Slagle of McClure, VA. October wedding is planned.


(pub 8 Feb 1968)

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Terry announce the engagement of their daughter, Mae Belle, to Mr. Roger Kelly Poston, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. K. Poston of Saltville. No date has been set for the wedding.


(pub 12 Dec 1968)

Mayor and Mrs. William James Totten of Saltville announce the marriage of their daughter, June Brickey Totten of Pulaski, to James Odell Jamison of Meadowview...son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Odell Jamison of Petersburg...on November 28...bride and groom are graduates of Emory & Henry College...bride employed by Pulaski Co. School Board...groom employed by Washington County School Board.


(pub 2 Sep 1965)

Miss Brenda Elaine Wimmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bruce Wimmer of Glade Spring, to Broughton Gary Finnell III, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. G. Finnell Jr. of Roanoke...August 28th...Rev. Charles G. Fuller...First Baptist Church of Roanoke.


(pub 6 Jun 1968)

Miss Norma Jean Woodward and Mr. Danny Price Frye will be married June 8... by Rev. Alan Tinnerstet at First Church of God in Saltville...bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Howard Woodward Jr. of Saltville...groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan E. Frye Jr. of Saltville.


ALLISON, Charles W.

(pub 6 Jul 1967)

Sp/5 Charles W. Allison, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Allison of Saltville was recently recommended for an award of merit for his service in Vietnam.

BISE, Thomas

(pub 11 May 1967)

SSG Thomas L. Bise, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Bise of Saltville has arrived for duty at Eglin AFB, Florida...supply inventory supervisor...graduate of Rich Valley High School...wife, Sadie, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brickey of Saltville.


(pub 6 Jul 1967)

Airman Billy W. Boardwine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Major H. Boardwine of Saltville has been selected for technical training at Sheppard AFB, TX, as a US Air Force missile facilities specialist...graduate of Patrick Henry High School...wife is the former Martha Chapman of Saltville.


(pub 25 May 1967)

A1C James E. Branson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Branson of Saltville has been named Outstanding Airman in his Unit...a communications specialist...selected for exemplary conduct and duty performance...member of the Air Force Communications Service which operates five million miles of communications channels and more than 1,000 air traffic control facilities around the globe...attended R. B. Worthy High School and is married to the former Barbara Harris of Saltville.

FARRIS, Blake W.

(pub 3 Nov 1966)

Marine Private Blake W. Farris, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Blake W. Farris of Saltville...graduated from recruit training at Parris Island, SC.


(pub. 11 Jan 1968)

Master Sergeant William B. Farris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest H. Farris of Meadowview...member of unit at McGuire AFB, New Jersey...named best of its type in Military Airlift Command (MAC)...The Sgt. is an aircraft maintenance superintendent in 612th Organizational Maintenance Squadron...prime support organization for the recent 10,000 mile airlift of 101st Airborne Division units to Vietnam, the largest and longest serial troop deployment in history. Sgt. Farris is a graduate of Meadowview High School...wife, Ruby, is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Parks of Marion, VA.

HELTON, Charles

(pub 4 Jan 1968)

Captain Charles T. Helton, son of A. G. Helton of Meadowview...taking part in the 10,000 mile airlift of 101st Airborne Division units to Vietnam...Helton is a pilot assigned to the 437th Military Airlift Wing at Charleston AFB, SC. Helton participated in Cuban Crisis and completed tour of duty in Vietnam...Received B. S. degree in 1965 from Florida State University...wife, Anne, is daughter of Mrs. Lena G. Thomas of Glade Spring.


(pub. 25 Jan 1968)

Sgt. James R. Henderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude L. Henderson of Saltville...recognized for helping his unit earn the U. S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award...the Sgt. is a security policeman in the 7206th Support Group, Athenal Airport, Greece...Sgt. Henderson is a 1960 graduate of Meadowview High School.

LAMIE, Joseph R.

(pub 27 Jun 1967)

Joseph R. Lamie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Lamie of Saltville...promoted to master sergeant in the US Air Force...aircraft engine technician at Cam Rahn Bay Air Base, Vietnam...member of Military Airlift Command...scheduled for reassignment to Otis AFB, Massachusetts...1953 graduate of Rich Valley High School...wife, Ann, is daughter of Mrs. T. J. Kegley of Ceres, VA.


(pub 22 Jun 1967)

Roy B. Louthian Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Louthian of Saltville...promoted to PFC. Louthian is serving with the Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 73rd Armor, Camp Roberts, CA...Entered Army in Nov 1966...1966 graduate of R. B. Worthy High School. Wife, Nancy, lives in Saltville.


(pub 12 Aug 1965)

Sp/4 Ronnie G. Montgomery, 1959 graduate of R. B. Worthy High School is now in Vung Tau, Viet Nam with the US Army...entered service in October 1963...son of Mr. Louise Montgomery of Saltville.

NELSON, Alvis M.

(pub 12 Oct 1967)

SFC Alvis M. Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Nelson of Saltville...promoted to 1st. SGT...presently serving with Co. A, 229th Aviation Battalion Assault Helicopter, 1st Cavalry Division Air Mobile, Republic of Vietnam.


(pub 25 May 1967)

Billy Poston, son of Grover C. Poston of Saltville has been promoted to technical sergeant in the US Air Force...radio maintenance technician at Alconbury RAF Station, England...graduate of Glade Spring High School and is married to the former Stella Stines of Chilhowie.

ROGERS, Ernest G.

(pub 11 May 1967)

Ernest G. Rogers, son of Mrs. E. G. Rogers of Saltville has been promoted to rank of Senior Master Sergeant...28 years in the Air Force...taken prisoner on Wake Island in WWII and spent nearly four years in a Japanese Prisoner Camp.

SMITH, Robert L.

(pub 18 May 1967)

PSG Robert L. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Press Smith, was recently awarded the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device for heroism in Vietnam.

SNOW, Ross M.

(pub 25 May 1967)

Ross M. Snow, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Snow Sr. of Saltville was commissioned a Warrant Officer while serving aboard the destroyer USS Hawkins.


(pub 24 Nov 1966)

A1C Leon Woodward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Woodward of Saltville has completed 4 years of service as an aircraft propeller mechanic on August 30, but his tour of duty has been extended until May 67...now stationed in Japan and is on a mission at Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam, for 30 days...graduate of R. B. Worthy High School.

Saltville's Senior Citizens

From History of Saltville, a series of articles by Frank Sanders

DINSMORE, Ben Franklin

(pub. 4 Apr 1968)

"Mr. Dinsmore was born January 26, 1895 in Smyth County (Poore Valley) Virginia. He was the son of Sam and Belle (Pauley) Dinsmore.

Ben states that he "did not spend one day in school." He learned much out of school, such as "reading, writing and rithmetic." He enjoys reading the Bible and the daily paper.

In 1922, Mr. Dinsmore married the former Mrs. Maggie (Davidson) Keith. There is one son, B. F. Dinsmore, Jr.; one step-son, Herman Keith; two daughters, Mrs. Irene French and Mrs. Mary F. Smith. There are five grandchildren.

Before going on public works, Ben did farm work. After that came Southern Gypsum, W.P.A., and then Mathieson. From 1930-34 he worked at "The River," referring to Mathieson Alkali. From 1934-40 for the W.P.A. From 1940 until his retirement in 1947 at North Holston.

Ben states that some of his bosses and fellow-workers were H. A. Reutchi, Wyndham McCready, Mr. St. John, George Bryant, Bill Workman, Bill Keller, Verl Cassidy, Floyd Helton, George Puckett, Jim Thompson and Joe Brown. Ben says he has worked for ten hours per day at five cents per hour. Surely this must have been on farms when he was a boy.

One cannot visit Ben's home without getting a dose of "his dulcimer." And let us say that the dose is not bitter. He does an excellent job of strumming the three strings on his beloved dulcimer. This instrument is almost exclusive "Blue Ridge Mountain" in character, and Ben is playing his seventh one, or rather he has "worn out" six of them. He is much in demand at church services and socials. He has made several records of mountain music and hymns, but has not made any "money out of it." When a person hears Ben play, he cannot but think "he is one of the last of our mountain music-makers." Ben earns the distinction of hand-making most of his own instruments, an art that has all but disappeared from the mountains of Southwest Virginia.

Mr. Dinsmore retired in 1947 and spends his time working for the neighbors, reading the Bible and going to Church - and playing the Dulcimer. Ben states that he enjoyed working for Mathieson and thought well of his co-workers. He says he likes all of his neighbors at Cedar Branch, and enjoys passing the "time of day" with them. He belongs to the Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church, and attends when he can.

Ben, we hope that your retirement will continue to be a happy one, and we all appreciate your making life brighter for all of those around you."


(pub 4 Aug 1966)

"Mr. Hackler war born in 1879 and came to work for the Mathieson Alkali Works in 1919. Prior to this time he had worked on his parents farm, and then struck out on his own. He worked for awhile as an electrician for the Norfolk and Western Railway when they electrified their road out of Bluefield. Just before World War I he worked for the Appalachian Power Company. During the war he was a machine-gunner with the 80th Division, Overseas.

Upon being discharged, he joined Mathieson as an electrician, working in that capacity until his retirement in 1952. Mr. Hackler married the former Miss Elizabeth Henderson of Saltville in 1921. They have two sons, One is in Los Angeles as a metallurgist, and the other received his degree in ceramic engineering at North Carolina State. He is employed at Gainesville, Florida (1952). When living at Saltville the Hacklers lived in the house next to the Episcopal Church. After Mr. Hackler's death, Mrs. Hackler built and resided in the house now owned by the Carl Phillips family on First Avenue."

HARRAH, Eunice Josephine (Anderson)

(pub. 4 Apr 1968)

"Mrs. Harrah was born on August 18, 1890, at Nebo, Va. She was the daughter of Charles Y. and Adeline (Waddell) Anderson. She attended grammar school at Nebo.

On October 2, 1906, Eunice married Mr. Charles J. Anderson at Bristol, Tennessee. On July 27, 1958, she married Mr. Otis Harrah of Shady Valley, Tennessee. There are two sons (Robert L. and E. Harry Anderson); two daughters (Mrs. Nina Sword Duff and Mrs. Katie Lynch). There are seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Harrah worked at the Mathieson (now T. K. McKee) Hospital for eight years, retiring August 12, 1955. She held the hospital force in high esteem, especially Mrs. Cecilia Brown, Mrs. Ocie Surber, Mrs. Ruth Lawrence, Mrs. Lillie Olinger and Mrs. Josie Frye.

Eunice is spending her time canning, visiting, and keeping house. No doubt she also puts in a lot of time with those grandchildren.

Mrs. Harrah has belonged to the Church of Christ (down the valley) for 62 years, and attends Church regularly. Congratulations, and may you enjoy many more years of deserved retirement."

HARRISON, Ballard Oakley

(pub. 29 Feb 1968)

"Mr. Harrison was born July 30, 1899, in Russell County, Virginia. He is the son of Frazier and Nancy (Dye) Harrison. His schooling was in Russell County, and after several odd jobs he went to work for the Mathieson Alkali Works October 15, 1923.

On April 7, 1923 Mr. Harrison married the former Miss Mary Harrison. They have three sons (Garland, Beecher and Oakley); three daughters (Mrs. Louise Walker, Mrs. Betsy Eastridge and Mrs. Nannie Ford). There are[illegible]grandchildren.

After 39 years of service, Mr. Harrison retired on July 31, 1962. Some of his bosses and fellow-workers were Mose Bunts, Bud Taylor, Audrey Billings, N. B. Keplinger, Henry Dixon and many others.

Oakley says he is enjoying his retirement fishing, raising hogs and working on a big garden. We wish him many many more years of deserved retirement."


(pub. 29 Feb 1968)

"Mr. Hayden was born May 5, 1902, in Washington County, Virginia. He is the son of Thomas E. and Dorcus (Hubberd) Hayden.

Roby received his grammar school education in Washington County, and after holding other jobs he went to work March 28, 1944, for Mathieson.

On March 15, 1924, Mr. Hayden married the former Miss Virgie Harris. They have four sons, (Marvin R., Thomas P., Roby G., and Charles H. Hayden); ten daughters (Mrs. Robert E. Griffey, Marion; Mrs. Nelson Surber, Martinsville; Mrs. Mandy Shelton, Chilhowie; Mrs. Graham Harris, Chilhowie; Mrs. George Griffey, Chilhowie; Mrs. Gentry Shelton, Quincy, Ohio; Mrs. Brady Cox, Elkin, N.C.; Mrs. Thurman Olinger, Saltville; Mrs. William D. Eastridge, Saltville and Mrs. Edward Terry, Saltville).

There are 50 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Some of Roby's fellow-workers were Joe Davidson, R. B. Comer, the Rev. Frank Maiden and H. F. Roberts.

Mr. Hayden retired May 21, 1964, after twenty years of service. He says he raises a few chickens and goes to church a lot, trying to "lay up treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, or thieves do not break through and steal."

Roby says he likes Saltville and its old-time people, people who are concerned about the welfare of others, and are always ready to help in time of need.

Good luck, Roby, during your retirement. With all those grandchildren you should keep pretty busy - just trying to remember their names!"

HAYNES, Lawrence D.

(pub. 29 Feb 1968)

"Mr. Haynes was born December 28, 1905, at Allison Gap, Smyth County, Virginia. He is the son of William and Emma (Seymones) Haynes. He received his education at the Allison Gap School, and on May 12, 1929, he married the former Miss Susie Bridgemen.

The Haynes' have one son, Lawrence D., Jr.; four daughters (Mrs. Glenda Neal, Mrs. Mary Billings, Mrs. Verne Cassidy and Miss Nancy Haynes). There are seven grandchildren.

In 1926, Lawrence went to work for Mathieson, being assigned to the Laboratory. He was later transferred to the Engine Room where he served as operator until his retirement. Some of his fellow-workers were W. B. Kent, T. D. Buskill, Garland Yontz, Lewis Campbell, Carl Rickman and Floyd Helton.

Mr. Haynes retired in October 1966 after 40 years of service. He took an early retirement due to his health.

Lawrence says he "just takes it easy." Well, that is a good idea, and we hope you have many years of it ahead of you."

HENDERSON, James Bolen

(pub. 27 February 1969)

"Mr. Henderson was born April 27, 1902, at Rt. 2, Saltville, Washington County, Virginia. He was the son of Samuel Dunn and Cordelia (Worley) Henderson.

After attending school in Washington County, Bolen went to work in 1919 for the U. S. Gypsum Company at Plasterco. Then for the Holston River Lumber Company at Clinchburg; then to the Southern Gypsum Company at North Holston.

In 1925 Mr. Henderson married the former Miss Virginia Henegar at Bristol, Tennessee. They have one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Henderson Sullins. There are two grandchildren: LeeGarden and Linda Susan Sullins.

In 1926, Mr. Henderson went to work for the Mathieson Alkali Works, and was in their employment for 41 years, retiring April 30, 1967. He spent most of his years with the maintenance and construction department, but headed the fire department for years. In a voluntary capacity, he was in on just about every fire in the Saltville area. If you saw a little red Chevy running around Saltville with the words "Fire Chief" on its side, you saw Bolen Henderson at the wheel.

In his work in the voluntary fire department, he became a member of various fireman's organizations: president of the Southwest Virginia Fireman's Association; chief of the Saltville Volunteer Fire Department; building inspector; member of the State Fireman's and Fire Chiefs Association; member of the Saltville Rescue Squad.

Mr. Henderson is Past Master of William King Lodge No. 227, A. F. and A. M.; is district deputy Grand Master of District 44, A. F. and A. M.

Bolen is a member of the Saltville Madam Russell United Methodist Church. He is a member of the official board, and the Men's Bible Class.

Some of Mr. Henderson's bosses and fellow workers at the Mathieson plant were V. T. Rector, Glen B. Henderson, Roy Ballou, T. M. Cornett, George Lester, W. D. Campbell, Bill Reames and Joseph P. Arnold.

Bolen says he spends his leisure time hunting, fishing, and traveling. Good luck to you, Bolen, and the madam. We hope you have many more years of deserved retirement."

HOLMES, George Washington

(pub. 27 February 1969)

"Mr. Holmes was born April 10, 1893, at Lyndale, Washington County, Virginia. He is the son of Sam A. and Callie Grey Henderson.

George says his formal education extended to three whole days in grammar school. He states, however, that his real education started when he left school and began trapping, fishing, hunting and clearing new farm land. He began supporting himself when fourteen years old.

George tells a good story on how he started working for the Mathieson Alkali Works in 1907. He slipped up the river to see what the big plant looked like. When he got inside Mr. Hutton Frye saw him and was chasing him out of the plant. He hallowed at George and asked him what he was doing there. George said, "I am looking for a job." Mr. Frye said, "Wait a minute and I will go to see the super." The "Super" was Mr. Dick Humphreys. He looked the boy over, asked him his name, and hired him on the spot - fifty cents a day.

This was George's first day on the job and he worked around 35 years for Mathieson, retiring in 1956.

On August 8, 1916 Mr. Holmes married the former Miss Irene Nunn. They have four sons (James R., Harvey S., Raymond G. and Clarence W.); two daughters, (Mrs. Roy Yontz and Mrs. Early Church). There are 21 grandchildren. George says that his two daughters also worked at Mathieson - putting labels on cans of lye.

Some of Mr. Holmes' bosses and co-workers were Vic Grace, Charlie St. John, Bill Keller, Bill Workman, Verle Cassidy, Rob Hogston, and Hutton Frye.

Mr. Holmes attends the Freewill Baptist Church at upper Poore Valley.

George is spending his retirement years doing, of all things, trapping. Says he caught three mink last month. He also hunts squirrels as much as he can. All that, plus some gardening and fishing, sounds like a real good retirement. Keep it up, George, especially that mink trapping."

HURLEY, George Austin

(pub. 27 February 1969)

"Mr. Hurley was born June 27, 1883, at Silas Creek, Ashe County, North Carolina. He was the son of James and Virginia H. Hurley. His education extended to completion of grammar school.

George's first work was with the iron ore mines at Silas Creek. In 1889[age 6? - as written]he worked for Mathieson for a few months, and then returned to North Carolina to work in a logging camp. In February 1908 he returned to Saltville to work at Mathieson for six months - returning to North Carolina to farm. In November 1912, he again came to Mathieson - and stayed for almost 40 years.

In 1912 Mr. Hurley married the former Miss Malenia Dee Eller. They have two daughters (Mrs. Joe Phipps and Mrs. Haven Howe); a deceased son, unnamed; and a deceased daughter, Omagene. There are two granddaughters.

Some of George's bosses and co-workers were Joe Tapsplet, Ed Ward, Curran Sanders, "Buckeye" Henry, P. K. Caulk, J. K. Wilson, J. P. DeBusk, Henry Taylor, Louis Arnold, Clint Smith, Scott Cassell, Jim Flournoy, Dave Collins, Grady Walls, Lynn Henegar, Tom Henegar, Bob Catron, Howard Puckett, Jim Frye, Toll Barrett, Marion Chapman, Albert Chapman and Carl Rector.

Mr. Hurley tells the story of an accident at the plant: one day Jim Hogston brought his hoist down to fill up with water. Number 5 engine came down the track, and for some unexplained reason ran into the hoist, knocking Jim and the cab clear off. No one was hurt, not even Jim, and he went walking down the track singing, "Fifty Miles of Elbow Room" while Mr. Cassidy and Mr. Burton headed toward the office to try to explain the accident. George is spending his retirement visiting his grandchildren and making a big garden. Good luck, George, and remember me when those spring onions are ready."


pub 4 Aug 1966)

"Mr. Phipps was born November 16, 1876, at Saltville. He went to work for Mathieson at the ripe old age of sixteen and remained until his retirement July 1, 1952. For the first years he was a section hand on the railroad, and then spent two years with the carpenter gang. After this he settled down with the repair department for the balance of his years at "the Alkali Plant." Mrs. Phipps was the former Miss Nannie A. Mullins of Smyth County. They have five children, all living at Saltville. Mr. Phipps makes his home at Allison's Gap (1952). Upon retiring he said, "I ain't going to do nothing." We know that he had a comfortable home by the creek, and it is safe to say he had a nice garden."

SMITH, Harry

(pub 4 Aug 1966)

"Mr. Smith was born December 17, 1885 in Rich Valley, and came to work for Mathieson in the spring of 1917. He worked with the electricians in various capacities until his retirement on April 1, 1952. He worked for 28 years with the telephone crew, then went to the electrical shop in 1949 when the telephone system was sold to the Inter-Mountain Telephone Company. There he repaired motors and did maintenance work. He retired as a first-class electrician.

Mr. Smith was married to the former Miss Jennie Campbell of Plasterco. There were eight children, seven of whom are living. Mrs. Smith died in 1940. Mr. Smith makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. Melvin Sexton on Smoky Row (1952)."

SNOW, James P.

(pub 4 Aug 1966)

"Mr. Snow was born December 16, 1894, near Chilhowie. He came to work for Mathieson at the early age of 16, after having worked some with a section gang on the Carolina Clinchfield and Ohio Railway at Dante, Virginia. His first job with Mathieson was driving a team of horses and stripping stone for the quarry crushers (at the old Morgan Quarry). He later operated the crusher. He next ran steam and gasoline engines. From 1940 to 1952 he was a watchman at the plant.

In June 1913 Mr. Snow married Miss Maggie Jones of Quarry. They became the parents of eight children, seven of whom are living (1952). The Snows make their home at Pagetown (near the Worthy Mine)."

TAYLOR, Marion F.

(pub 4 Aug 1966)

"Mr. Taylor was born March 11, 1881, at Saltville. He spent his entire life here except for a four year turn at coal mining in West Virginia. After finishing school, Mr. Taylor worked awhile on his fathers farm. In 1910 he went to work for Mathieson working "all over" the plant. He settled down in the Ammonia Soda Department where he became a foreman on the lime kilns.

In 1918 Mr. Taylor married the former Miss Elvie Taylor of Saltville. They became the parents of seven children. They live in Poore Valley on a farm, and this is where Mr. Taylor plans to "settle down" and look after his livestock. He retired in 1952