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L • 2 - Hinton News Tues. Nov. 2, 1999 From page I .... Obituaries There was no visitation. Henry P. Hill Jr. of Pataskara, Ohio; Pallbearers were Robbie Adkins, Jamy Ballard, Jim Grose, J. R• Gill, Kevin Wills and Ryan Martin. Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton• ROBERT HARPER Robert "Bob  Harper, 70, of Nimitz, formerly of Clifton Forge, VA., died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1989, in Morgantown hospital following a short illness. Born Dec. 5, 1928, at Sand Knob, he was a son of the late William Grover and Demma Irene Harner Harper. He lived the early part of his life at Sand Knob and lived most of his adult life at Clifton Forge, retiring to Sand Knob in 1987. Mr. Harper was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and a retired supervisor of work equipment for CSX Corp. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Nellie Ona Harper, in March 199; a sister, Edith Raines; and two brothers, Walter E. and Richard Lee Harper. Survivors include hie wife, Peggy Williams Harper; a daughter, Sherry Harper-McCombs and her husband, Kevin, of Carlisle, PA.; two grandchildren, Demma and Jules Robert Harper- McCombs; two brothers, W. G. Bill" Harper of Sand Knob and Jimmy Harper and his wife, Connie, of Shady Spring; four sisters, Gladys McClure and her husband, Elmer, of Charleston, Nita Williams and her husband, Billo, of Jumping Branch, Elaine Durrett of Sand Knob and Peggy Montgomery and her husband, M. T., of Hinton. Services were held at 11 a. m. Tuesday, November 2nd. at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, with Pastor Sam Groves officiating. Burial followed in Harper Family Cemetery, Sand Knob. Nephews served as pallbearers. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton. THELMA & HARRIS Thelma J. Harris, 67, of Hinton, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999. Services were held at 11 a. m. Friday, October 29th. at Shanldin s by Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs. ALICE E. HILL Alice E. Hill, 92, of Hinton, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, in . Summers County hospital following a short illness. Born Dec. 25, 1906, in Dawkins, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Billy and Mattie Trapp Pearson. Mrs. Hill, a Hinton resident for 61 years, was a homemaker and member of Second Baptist Church, Hinton. She was a cook for the former C&O Railroad Co. restaurant in Hinton and was renowned for her baking skills. She baked fried apple pies for many of the railroad w,,-kers for many years and for,ed friendships through her baking t.,at endeared her to many in the Hinton area. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ben Brown; her second husband, Henry Hill; and three sons, John H., William P. and Burleigh Brown. Survivors include two sons, George E. Brown of St. Albans and 11 grandchildren, 12 great- grandchildren and six great-great- grandchildren. Services will be 11 a. m. Wednesday at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, Hinton, with the Rev. ddie Johnson officiating• Burial will follow in Esquire Cemetery, near Hinton. Friends may call one hour before services Wednesday at the funeral home. Family will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton. MADELINE B. JONES Madeline Bowyer Jones, 90, of Hinton, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, in a Hinton care home following a long illness• Born March 19, 1909, in Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Eller Miller. Mrs. Jones lived most of her life in Summers County and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Oel Bowyer, in June 1970; her second husband, Landon Jones, in December 1997; three sisters, Liz Clower, Myrtle Licker and Nellie Gundersen; and four brothers, Leonard, George, Harry and Lee Miller. Survivors include a brother, Charlie Miller of Dunedin, Fla.; two stepsons, Carroll Jones of Pence Springs and Ralph Jones of Hilldale; two stepdaughters, Dora Lee Ratliff of Hinton and Marjorie Sykes of Woodbridge, VA.; and several step grandchildren, step great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services were held at 11 a. m. Thursday, October 28th. at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery, Marie. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton. PAIN of Whiplash: Whiplash is an injury caused by a whipping movement of the head. It may involve muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons and the brain itself. Symptoms include Tension headaches, migraines, dizziness, nausea, spots before the eyes, pain or stiffness of neck, numbness or tingling in shoulders, arms and hands. These symptoms may disappear 1-2 weeks after the initial injury only to recur months to years later often with permanent complications such as arthritis or disc degeneration, Whiplash is treatable. If you have had any of the symptoms then you may have a whiplash. Call Dr. Lilly Chiropractic Physician in Hinton for a consultation. The initial consultation is at no coat to you. Call 466-3696. Most Insurances accepted. By Roy C. Long manipulated the throttle bar bringing engine 820 to life with a powerful thrust. Mr. Webber eased his train onto the bridge intending to pick up Williams and Cook on the far side. There was apparently no reason not to proceed because repair work had been going on for several days under traffic without any problems. It was not to be this time. When the heavy engine reached the middle span, it gave away, plunging into the river taking with it engineer Shorty Webber and 13 bridge workers. Webber and 6 bridge workers were killed and 7 bridge workers were rescued. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway officials rushed medical assistance and extras forces to the scene of the catastrophe immediately. One of the employees who was called to the wreck site was my father, Clarence E. Long who had been working for the C. & O. in the Maintenance of Way Department since 1906. A list of those killed is as follows: E. B. (Shorty) Webber, engineer, married, Russell, KY.; Henry White, about 50, bridge worker, Guyandotte, W. VA.; Emmett Wood, 25, single, bridge worker, Talcott, W. VA.; Charles Maddy, 39, married, bridge worker, Talcott, W. VA.; Charles Coyner, 23, single, bridge worker, Teasy, W. VA.; J. G. Wheeler, about 50, married, bridge worker, Milton, W. VA.; J. W. Crawferd, 55, widower, bridge worker, St. Albans, W. VA. The seven men who fell with the bridge, but escaped death were as follows: Harry Stewart, Guyandotte, ankle bruised; L. F. Wheeler, bruised; James Ryals, suffering from shock; Ed Murrell, cut and bruised; Elmer Midkiff, Salt Rock, hand broken; Howard Brown, BRIDGE FALLS WITH ENGINE, E. B. WEBBER KILLED: In the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 1, 1913, Hinton yard had completed classifying manifest train No• 99 and sent the call boy to the Y. M. C. A. to call the crew to take the train west to Russell, Kentucky. No. 99 on this New Years Day was assigned 'Mikado' engine No. 820. The crew members were, engineer E. B. (Shorty) Webber, fireman J. R. Cook, conductor C. Love, head brakeman A. Williams and rear brakeman C. H. Via. The crew, all Huntington Division employees, gathered at their usual eating place for a hearty breakfast before reporting for duty at the yard office. After receiving and reviewing their switch list, they anticipated a good day and was eager to complete their assignment and return home with their families for the holiday. The hostler had already brought engine 820 from the pit to the ready track and turned it over to engineer Webbor and his fireman. Engineer Webber satisfied himself the engine was fully supplied with coal and water. He checked the pipes from the sand boxes, to be sure they would spew their gravel in front of the drive wheels when extra traction was needed• The head brakeman signaled Mr. Webber ahead and the engine proceeded to the west end of the yard and took its position on the head end of No. 99's train. The air was tested and the car department employees having finished their work, the" train was on it's way. The trip was uneventful until they approached the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway bridge over the Guyandotte River near Huntington, W. VA., where a flagman was stationed protecting men working on MARGARET C. MAJORS Margaret C. Majors, 81, of Mesa, AZ, died Sunday, October 17, 1999, in Mesa following a short illness. Born August 16, 1918, in Mt. Hope, WV, she was the daughter of the bridge. Having been flagged to Guyandotte, bruised; East Legg, the late H. N. and Verna Sutphin a stop, engineer Webber sounded his Guyandotte, bruised tot,   .,engmevhzstone long.follo, ! newnArv Tntl* ,t of M for e lasV", hrce ort bts wh,,as a  H-rublished theiTiowin four Mrs. Mars pously for his rear brakeman, to go " report from Huntingt:"V. VA:, lived in Montgomery, AL and with a flag and protect the rear of under date January 2, 1913: Charleston and Hintan, WV. Mrs. the train. He then climbed down off "Early this morning relatives of Majors was a homemaker and a member of the Word of Grace Church in Mesa and the Mesa Senior Center. Mrs. Majors was preceded in death by her husband, Jamem Majors; a son, Gaylen "Sonny" Comer, Jr.; three brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by a son, Norman Allen "Buddy  Comer, of Oakdale, CA; one brother, George H. Allen and wife Frances of Richmond, VA.; two sisters, Rose Sampson of Princeton and Barbara Simpson and husband Jack of Hinton; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial Services were held Friday, October 22, at Tempe Mortuary in Tempe, AZ, with the Rev. Ron Burton officiating. Mrs. Majors' brother, George H. Allen, delivered the eulogy. Continued on page 5 the dead men began to arrive at the Guyandotte bridge. W. B. Ritchie of Hinton, P. C. Shepherd ofHinton, J. E. Hedrick of Hinton and M. A. Hedrick of Guyandotte, brother-in- law of Charles Maddy of Talcott were among the anxious watchers this morning. G. P. Donovan of Ronceverte, a brother-in-law and J. E. Wood, of Ashland and S.M. Wood a bridge worker, brothers of Emmett Wood. Among the personal mourners for Emmett Wood was also foreman Meadows, beside whom the young man lived and upon whom Mr. Meadows says he looked as upon a kinsman." the engine with his long spout oil can and proceeded to oil the engine around while the train was being delayed. This was a duty all good engineers did at every opportunity. Brakeman Williams approached bridge foreman Rufus Meadows (a Summers County native of Talcott, W. VA.) who informed him they were being held up due to a work train on the bridge unloading material for his work force. Brakeman Williams and fireman Cook walked out onto the bridge to observe the work being performed and had completely crossed the bridge when the flagman signaled Mr. Webber to proceed• Engineer Webber was anxious to be on his way again and immediately sounded his engine whistle five long blasts which was a signal for the rear brakeman to return to the caboose. At 11:00 a. m., Mr. Webber released the brakes and Continue a seasona[ tradition with the 15th edition of Hattmark's popuLar hotiday CD and Cassette, Listen! It's Chrhtmas, featuring 3ohnny Hathis and CeCe Winans. ". LE'rIP, POLICY Letters are welcome, but no mere than one letter each month will be accepted from tim same writer. Pref- erence will be given to letters of 300 words or leu. Lenger letters may be shortened or rejected. Letters mut be signed and must include an ad. dre and phone number. The tele- phone number will not be published. Letters will be edited for grammar, spelling, taste, syntax, and libel. Names will not be Withheld. Address them to Letters to the Editor, P. O. Box I000, Hinten, WV 25951. With the passing of time, the Guyandotte bridge collapse ranks as one of the more serious accidents the great Chesapeake and Ohio Railway ever experienced. The disaster happened more than 74 years ago and there is probably only a few living who was working for the C. & O. at the time. It remains vivid however in the minds of us younger men who heard the story from our elders. Letter to the Editor Thanks For Coverage Dear Editor: The Hinton Railroad Days Committee would like to thank Fred Long and the Hinton News for the wonderful coverage during this year's successful 1999 festival. We appreciate the pictures, the articles and your continued interest in this great community event. We would also like to thank the City of Hinton for sponsoring this. event which brought thousands of people to our beautiful community. We appreciate Mayor Leslie, members of Council and especially the City of Hinton maintenance workers who assisted us in every way. Special thanks to our hometown sweethearts, the Hinton Area K.I.D.S., and their Director Patty Jeffries who once again, performed brilliantly. Jimmy Costa and company entertained multitudes in the Visitor Center and a wonderful time was had by all. We also appreciate the outpouring of support we received from each and everyone in our community and county! We also would like to thank the Hinton Police Department, Emergency Services Personnel and Pipestem State Park for proving shuttle service. Sincerely, .... : Dorothy Jeaoley, Membeit Hinton Railroad Days Ctee ' /23 1/2 Hour Towing /  Road Service ,/'Unlocking Service ,/'General Motors Warranty Towing ,/Ford Motor Co. Warranty Towing ,/Light Mechanical Repairs ,/Free Storage first five days on Police Tows ,/Roll-Back HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Summers Co. W. VA. Historical Society will meet at 6: P.M. on the second Tuesday, Nov. 9th. at the Dairy Queen in Hinton. MEETING Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Tues., Thurs. and Sat. at 8:00 P.M at Ascension Episcopal Church corner of 5th. and Temple Street. O1 &l AV & TD/PL ST. HINTDN, WV PHONN  Mmk :ii]i::!::i:::)i::ii. ....... Ellison, ;; R. Ph. : K Treatment of Cold " Sores, Fever Blisters (Herpes simplex) Pcoplc ohcn refer to ccrta sores on the mouth as coldsores fever blisters. The medical tcr for a very common mouth or 1 infection is herpes simplex -' viral infection of thc skin: It moi  oftcn occurs just below the lips insidc the mouth. Nine out of 1 persons have been cxposed to t " virus. Although thc infcction m occurjust once, in many persoli returns from time to time,  The mfecuon begins wth tt red bumps that usually leads tOi  blister. Typically the blister drid| and slowly goes away in 10 to 11 days. The virus that causes tt blister may become inactive, n siding in nerve cells. Reil ctid can be triggered by sun exposun fever, or menstruation. Prescription medicines use for fever blisters include the ant viral medicines acyclovir (Zo rax), valacyclovir (Valirex), al famciclovir (Famvir). A variety! nonprescription medicines al may provide relief. A.Ithou medicines do not kill the vir they may relieve symptoms (e. soften and/or dry the sore, redu( pain). Most experts recommen keeping sores uncovered, clea h;ne, mt infection and should not be Usei |, i t" CD $6. Cassette $3.95  "i€" with any HaLLmark purchase BIG FOUR DRUG STORE Christmas Open House Friday Nov. 5 & Saturday Nov. 6 Cor. 3rd. Ave. & Temple St. L pl dy'Sh ,/Com ete Autobo op ,/Alignments ,. ,/Bake Oven !1 Mm, MUCH A M= OREH v ON THE HINTON BY-PASS HOME OF THOSE DELICIOUS HOT DOGS! B ii00a00ale Monday thru Sunday, Nov. 1 thru Nov. 14 Small $1.29 .................... reg. $1.89 Medium $1.79 .................... reg. $2.39 Large $2.15 .................... reg. $2.75 BREA KFA S T SPEClAL • Waffles $1.75 Reg. $2.50 Pancakes $1.75 (3) Reg. $2.25 Country Ham Bis. 99˘ Reg. $1.39 Steak Bis. 99˘ Reg. $1.29 Chicken Bis. 99€ Reg. $1.39 46 1700 • : %