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Marjorie Teets Young: “My mother’s prayers
have followed me all my life... 101 years!”

Part III
In Part II of Marjorie’s story, a summary of: her schooling, Christmas time, shopping at the Strange Creek stores, and surviving the Depression was shared. The narrative continues as she begins her early adult life.
Marjorie: “Carl Young and I attended eight years of schooling together at Fairview. So, we actually began to know each other in first grade.
“Years later, we met at Don Hamric’s store located at Glendon. Carl and his dad were driving cattle from one location to another. They stopped by the store for a snack and something cool to drink.
“Our visit at the Hamric store, and little did I know, dressed in my pretty yellow dress, and Carl driving cattle, that we would later marry. Carl and I became husband and wife in 1936. Sixty years of marriage until his passing on December 25, 1996.
“Widen was our first home location. Carl worked at the coal tipple for about three years. In March of 1940 Carl and I moved to the farm. The farm was purchased from the Goad Company for the asking price of two thousand dollars. A payment plan of five hundred dollars a year, until the farm was paid for, was accepted.
“Little boys started joining the family as the siblings eventually grew in number to five boys: Rodney, Raban, Roland, Roby, and Ross. Thankful, all of my boys graduated from Gassaway High School. Completed their FFA projects here at the home place.
“In 1944, Carl was called to serve a tour in the Army when our fourth boy, Roby, was ten months old. Some men were granted a family deferment, Carl did not receive one. Carl said, ‘If everyone received a deferment, the war will be over here.’
“One of the neighbors received a deferment from entering the service at this time of war. Everyone was happy. A short time later, the neighbor was killed working in the coal mines. No one really knows and fully understands about life, no guarantees!
“Carl served his country with active duty in WW II. He carried a piece of shrapnel in his leg as a reminder— for the rest of his life. He wouldn’t talk much about the war.
“As my husband was away in the Army, I worked the farm. Stacked hay, kept the brush cut, took care of the livestock and the boys. Whatever was needed to survive. I also did some sewing for other people. Did pretty well for a hard-working farm girl—paid the farm debt. Had no choice, this was our home, our goal in life.
“Needed some firewood for the cook stove, I harnessed the horse. Rodney, my oldest son was nine years old. He helped me chop down poles in the woods with an axe. Hooked the horse to the poles; and dragged in our firewood. Rodney and I would cut the poles into firebox length pieces with a crosscut saw. Split the wood with an axe. Neighbors were good to help gather firewood for the heating-stove. We helped each other.
“Carl returned from the service, and our life picked up where we left off. Farming, raising the boys, going to church, working for a living was the life chosen. Started the farm with one horse and one cow.
“My husband worked at the Widen coal mines until their closing in 1963. He then traded and farmed for a living the remainder of his working days.
“Carl and I taught the boys how to fish and hunt. Rowing a boat, farm work, riding and caring for the horses were skills passed on to the boys at an early age. Helped the boys set and run many a-trotlines in Birch River. We loved going to the river together.
“The winter of 1950 was a tough one. Very deep snow, so deep we had to shovel paths for the cows to get to water. A stray pony showed up at the farm. The pony had not been handled. We were in need of groceries from the store. Carl and Rodney readied their horses for the trip to Strange Creek. Raban wanted to make the trip, so he caught the wild pony, made a makeshift bridle, jumped astride the little feller, and away he went. Pony threw him a few times in the deep snow. But by the time Raban returned riding the pony, and carrying a sack full of groceries, the pony was quiet as a kitten.
“Our sons were just like an assembly line to do the chores. From biggest to the smallest, each had an assigned job. When canning, one watched the baby, one peeled apples, the next lad washed jars, and the other boy packed jars. Our system of shared labor worked well.
“For family entertainment we sang and Carl played music. Rode horses everywhere. Taking the boys to the fair was a big deal. Attending social gatherings, someone was always saying, ‘Come and go home with me!’ Church on Sundays, then big dinners at home after church. Neighbors would visit each other. Sunday was a true family and church day.
“Carl and I began singing in church. First at our home church, and then we sang at many of the local places of worship. Our singing group was called, ‘The Carl Young Trio.’ The trio consisted of Carl, Darlena Samples, and myself. Sometimes we sang with Hilton and Mabel Lloyd.
“The church pews would be full. Just as many people standing outside. On a warm evening, the church windows would be raised. The preacher would want to let in fresh air, but opening the windows also allowed the congregation outside to hear the service, especially the preaching and prayers. Raised church windows probably helped lead many a lost-souls to the Lord.
“Gave my heart to the Lord in 1941—77 years ago. Dad, the boys, and I were attending a revival at Eureka Church. Preacher Lundsford just finished delivering the message. The congregation was singing their alter call hymn. A friend, Holt Johnson, held my baby boy Roland, as Dad and I knelt together at our pew. I was truly saved that night; and have tried to live my life for Christ since! Still a member of the same church I attended as a child—Eureka Church.
“Carl passed December 25, 1996. I have remained on the farm. Ross still takes care of the farmstead.
“Mowed the lawn and cared for my garden until a few years ago. Did all of the weed eating, until in my upper 90’s. The weed eater wore out, and the boys wouldn’t get me another one.
“Working hard, staying close to family and God have helped me live a full life.”
Neighbors of Marjorie reflected their thoughts:
Brantie Nottingham recalled, “A memory told of Marjorie and her family comes to mind. On a Sunday morning, Carl harnessed his horse, and hitched it to a wagon. The bed of the wagon was covered with hay. A blanket was spread over the hay. Their boys were loaded into the wagon. Here came Carl and Marjorie ‘hauling’ the boys to Eureka Church.”
Tricia Lewis Friend shared, “When I first hear anyone mention Marjorie’s name...I think resilient, determined, strong-willed. She fully cared for herself, and did all of her chores until about three years ago. Marjorie has been a strong fortress of a woman in our community—Churchill in a dress!”
The Bible in Proverbs 31: 10-31, states the qualities of a virtuous woman. As a life-long resident of Strange Creek, the writer recalls several ladies holding similar qualities. Marjorie Given, Marvel Teets Browning, Violet Samples, Hallie Lambert, Prudie Lambert, my mother Irene Lambert, and Marjorie Teets Young were ladies that served their homes in a dedicated manner. True ladies of God—they were a blessing to many.
As my visit with Marjorie narrowed, I recalled sitting on my grandmother’s (Grandma) porch. My mother would sit in a swing, and my grandmother Prudie Lambert would rock in her chair and read me the Bible. I can still hear Mom and Grandma praying for me when I was a small boy.
Kneeling beside my chair, I asked Marjorie to pray for me. She gently bowed her head and offered a beautiful prayer. Giving her Amen to the prayer, we both reached for napkins to clear our tear-soaked eyes.
My mother, Grandma, and now Marjorie Young’s prayer, will follow me the rest of my life!

BCHS basketball senior boys carry high academic records

By Shirley Shuman
Local basketball fans definitely know that the Braxton County High boys’ basketball team has performed exceptionally well this season and currently carries a 17-3 record. However, few of those fans may be aware that the seniors on this team carry bragging rights to something which may well prove even more important to them after high school. These five seniors—Seth Arnold, Cole Browning, Heath Cottrill, Payton Lockard, and Tayton Stout, have an average GPA of more than 4.0. Their individual GPAs range from a 3.8 to 4.875.
In addition to their academic achievements, some of these young men play two or more sports. Most are also involved in other school activities. For example, Arnold was a starter on the football team, and he is a member of the local chapter of the National Honor Society.
A member of both NHS and SADD, Cottrill was the starting quarterback for the Eagles. Stout, who belongs to SADD and NHS, is a three-sport athlete. In addition to basketball, he is a varsity player in both football and baseball. Lockard, also a varsity baseball player, is a member of NHS and SADD.
Not surprisingly, all five plan to attend college, and some will play college sports.
Stout is headed for Glenville State College, where he plans to play football. He will major in psychology and criminal justice. Also headed to college to play football is Seth Arnold. He plans to study sports management at Fairmont State University.
Another of the five headed to Fairmont State is Cole Browning. He plans to enroll in the power system institute and later work as a substation electrician or a high lineman. Cottrill, who plans to study mechanical and aerospace engineering, will attend West Virginia University. Also planning to attend WVU,
Lockard’s undergraduate major will be chemistry. Then he plans to go to medical school.
Asked whether they think there is a connection between their academic abilities and their athletic skills, most of the players answered affirmatively. More than one said that their ability to remain focused on class work carries over onto the basketball court. In response to a query about reasons for this year’s success in basketball, their responses were more varied.
At least two mentioned experience as a major factor. Some connected experience with hard work, and one mentioned health. He said, “This is the first season we’ve all been healthy.” Whatever the contributing factors for their success in basketball, their success in the classroom most likely comes from dedication and hard work. As Payton Lockard said, “School comes first, sports later. [Playing] basketball is a privilege.”

Tuesday blaze destroys
Sutton housing complex

Heavy equipment had to be used to enable firefighters to gain access to the hard to reach flames at Flint’s Appartment fire last Tuesday morning.

An early morning fire destroyed a major portion of the Flint Apartments in Sutton last Tuesday, February 13. The alarm was sounded at 2:59 a.m. when a tenant of one of the six buildings in the complex detected smoke and called 9-1-1. Upon arrival, firefighters from the Sutton VFD found smoke emitting from the second story of one of the structures.
Due to difficult access created by the roof construction, the blaze soon spread. SVFD were joined by their counterparts from the Gassaway VFD in battling the fire. Two hours into the battle, Sutton Fire Chief John Tinney requested manpower from other Braxton County fire departments to relieve the nineteen volunteers who were on scene. Relief came from Flatwoods, Frametown and Burnsville.
Ultimately, heavy equipment was summoned to remove a portion of the metal roofing to allow access to hot spots. In all firefighters were on scene for nearly five hours before the blaze was completely extinguished.
Chief Tinney stated that the investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing but early indications indicate that it may have been an electrical source of ignition. All occupants escaped without injury.
Chief Tinney stated that the majority of the one structure sustained heavy damage from the fire but no additional structures were involved. He added that the amount of damage was also incomplete but is expected to exceed $100,000.
“We are appreciative of the valued assistance we received from our sister departments,” concluded the Fire Chief.

BCHS Speech team performs well at John Marshall tournament

Competing in the two day John Marshall Speech and Debate Tournament at Marshall University last weekend, the BCHS speech team earned a total of 10 trophies, including first place in Small School Sweepstakes and fourth place overall in sweepstakes. A total of seven schools participated in the tournament.
Senior Robert Boyce earned trophies in three different events. Boyce placed second in Storytelling and, with his partner Siarah Conrad, third in Dramatic Duo. He finished fifth in Prose Interpretation.
Michael Lemon, a junior in his first year of competition, received the Top Novice trophy and placed third in Humorous Interpretation. Junior Jack Boyce earned a third-place trophy in Sales and Troy Stover, a freshman, finished sixth in that event.
Other Braxton team members competing in the tournament and contributing to the sweepstakes trophies were Logan Rose, Sha-lyn Brown, and Karlena Boyce.
Obviously pleased with her team’s performance, Coach Sharon Desper commented that “[the Braxton] kids walked into Marshall and had the best showing in years.” She said, “I’m so proud of how hard they’ve worked and how hard they performed. It was gratifying to be awarded #1 in the Small School division.”
The team’s final competition of the year comes with the state tournament in March.

Food bank director selected for
Feeding America’s Policy Committee

Mountaineer Food Bank’s Executive Director, J. Chad Morrison, was chosen to join the national Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee (PEAC) with Feeding America.
The PEAC is the national government relations committee representing 200 food banks across the country on policy issues related to hunger relief and poverty. The committee was formed to create a systematic, consistent and strategic way to engage the country on public policy and advocacy efforts. Morrison joins seven new members from across the country on the PEAC.
“I am excited to join this group of individuals working on issues that really do affect us in West Virginia,” said Morrison. “So many of the issues being worked on in Washington have a great impact on our way of life. In 2018, with the Farm Bill being widely discussed, it’s critical to have the voice of our rural state heard.”
The Farm Bill is the major federal food and farm legislation that includes a wide range of agricultural and nutrition policies. The bill includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly food stamps) as well as other critical anti-hunger programs such as: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). West Virginia recently became the 48th state to operate CSFP, which targets seniors over 60.

Frametown man charged with
10 counts of forgery

William Cody Lytle, 28 of Frametown, was arrested on February 13 on an outstanding warrant from November 2016. He is now facing ten felony counts of forgery.
According to the criminal report, on August 15, 2016, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy J.D. Jenkins received a complaint from an individual in Frametown stating his father’s credit card had been stolen and used ten different times at various stores in the Braxton throughout the month of August. The individual informed the officer that he believed his nephew, Lytle, and his girlfriend, were the ones who had used the credit card. They had been staying in the home of the victim at the time.
Deputy Jenkins conducted an extensive investigation and followed up with several of the stores. He was able to obtain receipts and videos from of the stores and was able to confirm the identity of the suspect as Lytle. His girlfriend was present in one of the videos of a transaction at Walmart. A total of over $615 was charged to the credit card at stores including Walmart, Go-mart, Pilot, Dollar General, and more.
Lytle was arraigned by Braxton County Magistrate Beth Smith and is now currently lodged in the Central Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash only bond awaiting additoinal court proceedings. The investigation is still ongoing and more arrests may follow.


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