Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 29, 1975 · Page 56
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 56

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 29, 1975
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7D --June 29,1975- Sunday Gazette-Mail * * L Charleston, .veil Virginia Webster Bench Sitter a Good Listener WEBSTER SPRINGS - I'm not a bench sitter by nature, but the benches in front of the Webster County Courthouse looked terribly inviting one warm night last week. So after checking into the Webster Springs Hotel. I joined Boonie Sommerville and Joe Talbott on one : of the green- painted benches and, carefully leaning away from the sprays of tobacco juice, listened to talk of trout, turkeys, politics, gardens and the weather. Sommerville is a lawyer, member of the House of Delegates, native brook trout fisherman, coon hunter and bench sitter, and not necessarily hi that order. Talbott is director of the Webster County summer youth program, former football coach, trout fisherman, turkey hunter, deer hunter and bench sitter, also not necessarily :_ iL -- 4. ___ 1--^ 111 UidL U1UC1. They talked and spit into the night, aided and abetted by a come-and-go crowd of fellow bench sitters, while the tune and temperature sign in the Webster Springs National Bank ticked away. I noted that the bench sitters began to drift away when the temperature dropped below 75 or the time reached 10:30 p.m., whichever came first. Talkers and Listeners There are talkers and listeners among bench sitters in front of courthouses, and since this was my first experience as a bench sitter, I listened. Sommerville's conversations leaned toward catching native brook trout, until he began discussing his broken furnace withji By Skip Johnson passerby, a man who was apparently going to fix it. Sommerville wanted it fixed now; the passerby didn't see any point in fixing it until cold weather returned. Talbott guided his conversations in the direction of hunting for turkeys and deer, at least until the same passerby who was involved in the Sommerville furnace discussion turned to gardening and said he had found a chemical which, when applied to a corn patch, killed everything but the corn. "I'm not sure I'd want to eat that corn," remarked Talbott. Among other things I learned as a courthouse bench sitter were that walleyes have disappeared from upper Elk River since the Sutton Dam was built; that 25 and 24-inch brown trout were caught in the Back Fork of Elk this spring; that there are more Hamricks than Cogars in the Webster Springs telephone directory; and that mountain lions may have returned to West Virginia. There hasn't been an authenticated mountain lion sighting in the state in more than 50 years, but reports of large cat-like animals, or their tracks, have persisted in the last few years. One man who is certain he saw a mountain lion three weeks ago on a U.S. Forest Service road between Williams and Cran- berry Rivers is Ralph Given, a retired Cowen resident. "I got a good view of it from 25 or 30 yards away," said Given. "It bad a long tail and was brownish in color." The animal appeared to be rather skinny and seemed fairly tame, Given added. Nelson Green of Williams River Rd. took a picture of a cat-like track on Middle Fork of Williams two years ago, and Green said he knows of other people who^ swear they saw mountain lions or large cat tracks. Bob Helmick of Parcoal told me he has heard several reports of mountain lion sightings within the past five or six years. John Harris of Webster Springs reportedly saw a large cat-like animal a few weeks ago while cutting fence posts and rails, but I could not reach him for confirmation. ·¥· * * Don't Shoot Them Hopefully, if mountain lions do return to West Virginia from wherever, they won't be shot by some mindless person who wifl want his picture taken with a dead mountain lion, perhaps the first such animal in the state in the past half-century. Back at the courthouse bench, I inquired about Eli "Rimfire" Hamrick, the legendary Webster County woodsman who, along with his brother, modeled for the statue of the mountaineer on the State Capitol lawn. Hamrick, a native of Bergoo, died in 1945 and is buried at the Hamrick Cemetery here. Although best known as a hunter, fisherman and all-around woodsman, one of his most noteworthy accomplishments was running for the State Senate in fee 19S)'s as a Republican and losing not too badly. Republicans almost always lose badly in Webster County, I was told. There are several versions of how "Rimfire" got his name, but Raleigh Gregory of Webster Springs, a distant cousin, said his favorite version is that Hamrick was once accosted by a ranger for Cherry River Boom and Lumber Co. after Hamrick and two companions had peeled the Man Steals Bus To Watch Tennis WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Fans try all sorts of tricks to get into the All- England Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, but this was ridiculous. A $23,000 double-decker bus was stolen from the National Bus Co. in Devizes, Wiltshire, early Saturday. It was found hours later 90 miles away--blocking one of the main roads to the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Police were out looking for a man in his mid-20s with long dark hair. The man told a hitchhiker, who passed the information on to the police, that he wanted to see the tennis matches. bark off several spruce trees to build a lean-to. "What's your name?" the ranger supposedly asked Hamrick. "Rimfire, by God." he supposedly replied. It was time to retire to the hotel, a landmark that was built in 1928 and is currently run by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Taylor. Although not a native and perhaps not even a courthouse bench sitter, Taylor is interested in local history. "Did you know," he asked, "that there were once 23 hotels in Webster Springs?" Although a veteran courthouse bench sitter, even I didn't know that. "KODAK CAMERA DAY! BOB FELLER!" * HIM YOU! CAMERA-CO DOWN ON THE FIRLD FROM 1:15 to 1:45 PJA. SNAP YOUR FAVORITE CHARIK! * UTTIE LEAGUERS BE IN UNIFORM. PAY JUST 5.50 ADMISSION! PARTICIPATE IN 101 FELLER'S CLINIC ON FIELD AT 1:15 PJi. * GET AN AUTOCRAPHED PICTURE OF FELLER! *F[Ll[tPITCHiS HOME RUN HITTINC CONTKT! BOB FELLER CHARLIES VS. 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