Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 16, 1972 · Page 85
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 85

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ITie Myrtle Mountaineer By John Lytle · I ·!*········ ········· OCEAN FRONT NEW IN 72 3022 E. Ocean View Avs, Right on Rt 60 NORFOLK, VA. 235 18 Efficiencies -- Color TV Air Conditioned -- Heated Pool SEA MOTOR INN Stratton Shari Poin»r Managers PHONE 703/583-3848 BUCKROE BEACH FAMILY MOTEL 300 X. Ocean Blvd. MYKTLK BEACH, .S.C. KOOMS- K K F J C I K X C Y AI'TS I'ruale Imlconies -- .Sun Deck CalilcCi-lorTV- Heated I'unl Lucaled Between Pavilions -Air fund. Heat -- Xear Urstaiiraiit · A I R CONDITIONER ·T.V. · C O M P L E T E KITCHENS · 1 BLOCK FROM BEACH · QUIET CLEAN · LINENS FURNISHED TEL 8 5 1 - 9 1 3 1 L. B.H O'.vneri Miiiii Fo: Color Brochure Rotci, Write: SEA GYPSY MOTOR INN 306 N. Ocean Blvd. Myrtle B«gch, S.C. 29577 Name: Address City .......... State ... Zip . . . . 301 S. 2nd ST. BUCKROE B R A C H . V A 23364 ···················HI The Show Place of «»«·/, roc AMERICAN E X P R E S S BANKAMERICARD SUNOCO MASTERCHARGE Seven Days, Six Nights n Sands Molt-l-- Itiickroc Hrach Mod.rn mold room with kitchen ! Ultra modern 2-room apartment unitl. 1 to 4 person*. Sunday to J with kitchen. Accommodates up ( '° * comfortably. Sunday to Satur- i ± ............ $125,00 ..... . u NIGHTLY RENTALS ALSO Uni " Have TV, Air Condition, Room Phones, WolLto-Wall Cci.pel Tile Baths _ LARGE UNDERWATER LIGHTED POOL Saturday Write for Color Brochure . . IIAMno\.VIH;iMA2:i.f6l _. I'lu'Mf TO:« /«.- i -8rr i OCEAN VIEW BEACH Directly on Waterfront IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA ClOSi TO · VA. BfACH · WILLIAMSBUK · MACS HEAD · MAVAL BASK Anchorage Motel and Apartments 1020 £. Cctin View »»«. Norfolk V«. 23503 (703) 5J3-5814 Twin Sails Motel and Apartments v S30£. Ocean View *«., Norfolk, Vi. 23503 (703) 583-2S27 ^\ ^ irrQ?'Er^--'.- \vs*"' aj ^r*'" w -'. ~- .' /piii ' --« -_;^,. -·.,:.-· Ir«l. two Brand N«w Wot.r Fronl mol.ll Ov,r. looking Cheioptok. Bar with Bayi.d, Pooli rjnd Pn.nl. S«ach.i olltr the lin.,i ( or family voeo- t.oni. buiintii tripi or military Hay. Clou to Goll CourMi, F.ih.ng fieri, Amoiement Parkl. Aloleo Oardem S. Shopping Centfri. The combinsd rnotekofUr more than 100 toitelul- ly oppoinlcd room. Alto Ellitienty Apti .ouipp.d. Elee. Hovel, relrijerator,, two double b«dl. o.r jond. i heat. Color TV, torptl.d drapei all toblewa-s. dnlm. linen, furniihed 'ph»n«' maid i.r.ic.. Credit Cordrhonored Free b ' churei. Tryour Woier Bedi. Special rolei (or groupi. loot inlo lor Hiitoric Norfolk. Coll colle (Numberi obovej for Reiervorio or write BOK 8247, Norfolk, Vo 23503 "Let's go horseback riding!," said my wife. We were basking in the sun at Myrtle Beach with the tide coming in. "Horses at the beach?" I said. "Yes, horses,"she said. Sure enough, the phone book listed the Coastal Riding Stables. There we met Glenn G. Davis, 78, who was homesick for West Virginia. When this spry little man, who everyone calls "Pa", told us he was from West Virginia, we sat down under the pine trees and started to talk. He wanted to know how things were in the "hills". We told him all that we could think of that -,vas current. Then he started to tell us all that was not, having left the hills 11 years ago. "Pa" was born June 19, 1894, near Jefferson, N. C. When he was nine, his family moved to Johnson Co.', Tennessee where he learned to farm. 'He farmed in T e n n e s s e e a n d N o r t h Carolina until he was 18, then moved to West Virginia to work for a lumber company, because he could make more money in the woods than at farming. At the time he stood about 5 feet 4 inches and weighed 130 Ibs--with a lunch bucket! He worked as a lumberjack from 1912 to 1923, when the lure of the coal mines and the money they offered attracted him. As a miner, he worked in the coal fields around the Tug River and Bluefield areas until 1927, but the damp pits were not good for his health. He developed what he calls, "side pleurisy," which caused him to seek dryer mines. Finding that he could not shake his illness, he left the coal fields and went back to lumbering in the Bluefield area for another 33 years before retiring. Those eleven years that he spent in' the coal fields left quite an impression, both on his health and his memory. His health is the reason he went south, but he is proud of his work in the mines. "Why, I've loaded as high as seven cars a day." Ha means mine cars and not railroad cars, but for a wisp of a man this was no mean accomplishment. "Pa" met and married Miss Phronia Arnold of Bluefield in 1914. They had three children, one of whom died. Their two daughters are Mrs. Marie Mitchem and Mrs. Ardna Brimer. "Pa" now lives with Marie's son, Richard. The old gentleman has been a lone wolf since 1959, when his wife died. He says t h a t he has never remarried for fear of outliving another woman. When he first went to the beach he was 67 and almost crippled with arthritis. Janice, Richard's wife, took him fishing almost every day during the fall and winter months when he first arrived. "The' saltwater and being outside cured the arthritis and the side pleurisy, to boot." Now, in the off season, he still fishes as much as he can. Assume that you are ready for retirement. You have worked hard all your life and you are sick and tired. Someone offers a 100 acre ranch with 29 head of horses in the tidewater area of South Carolina to retire on. Sound nice? Well it is, but it is not retirement--29 head of horses is a lot to take care of when you do it alone as "Pa" does. Every morning the stock must be watered, fed and saddled for the day. T h e n t h e r e a r e t h e customers, who have to be matched with the correct horses. With the general business of running a livery Glenn C.'-IV Davis stable the day starts at 8 a. m. for "Pa" and ends at 7 p. m. Inaddition, "Pa" helps out at his g r a n d s o n ' s restaurant when he finishes at the stable. From what we saw, "Pa" is a happy man. He is busy doing the things he enjoys, working with horses and people. His love for animals has come from a long association. He worked with horses as a boy on the farm, mules in the mines, and h o r s e s a t t h e l u m b e r company. "Seems like I've always b e e n . a r o u n d mules and horses," he says. Today at the stable he keeps a jenny, named Jezebel, a former m e m b e r of a d o n k e y baseball team, because she reminds him of the mine mules. Jezebel won first place (costume class) at the Georgetown, S. C. horse show. Her rider was "Pa's" great-granddaughter, Debbie Selvey. "Pa" has an active life, filled with the minor con- 22m "THE ONLV THING WE OVERLOOK IS THE IAV" CHARLESTON, W. VA. Taking care of 29 head of horses isn't exactly retirement. HuckMc Hnch Va Fishing Swimming Dancing /Vniu*em«-ntS' Ailultt'f,ml Children's I'iml SANS SOUCI MOTEL .·||2Hwtirt Blvd. nuikr.K-lW,,. V«.j;ti,-i4 For Ke*rrvnti..ns Writ? or PHO.\K7t3/«il -»100 Friendship Inn MOTEL AND ARTS. OCIAN VIIW ItACH I.u\urinu* K(torn* and Kur- ni»hril A p t * . Family unit* Phonr-, Air t.»ntl. t Color T\, Pool Krarli«il* l*«liu, I'n- valr Itr*rli. 2090 E. OCEAN HEW AVE. NORFOLK,V*.23503 Phon. 701/511-2*05 · · · · · · · · · i , Dormans Motel Apts. I on Beautiful Chetapaak* Bay 1 and 2-L_ri'room apis., complete kitchens, S95.00 to $135.00. Also new 2 bedroom opts., -sleep 6 without rollaway, $155.00 to S170.00 all , waterfront, all air conditioned, I swimming pool. Op«n oil y«ar. B. T. DORMAN, OWNER 1124-31 E)stOcciflVi«» Are. Phone 703-5 JJ.J51JH»rfolMi. *^*»*lFfr ilYiT* * * ffff THE TIDES IHrfctly on Hofprfroiit IM2 B. Or ran lieir.-tre. \»KF»f.H, I i.2:u«:{ Mulrl Apk, 4 prrsitn\ S9'i ttrrkly. RIKIIIIS. I l»otililf Bed, Ilkl.$l2luily. Air fund. .S»immin|i l**\. Pri- vilr Brjfb. Sunday Gazette-Mail.

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