Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 70
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 70

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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9F -June 20,1976 Sunday Vnxe -Charleston. West Virqinia Stone-Skipping Contest Offers Different Way to Celebrate 4 4th' By Tom Hennessy R'm'fl/il A'tirs ITVre MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - On July Club, will be under way. 4, when the rest of America is deep in the throes of its birthday celebration. Cmdr. E. F. Telefson - the "Grand Old Man of Stone-Skipping" - will step forward and give the traditional call: "let he who is without frisbee cast the first stone." The annual International Stone-Skipping Tournament, sponsored by the Mackinac Island Stone-Skipping and Gerplunking According to the Stone-Skipping and Gerplunking (a verb taken from the sound of stone hitting water) Club's publicist, Wilmer T. Rabe, the Bicentennial version of the yearly tournament will be the biggest ever. "In previous years, we just had opens," says Rabe, who is also director of public relations at Lake Superior State College in Sault Ste. Maire. "But this year, we're in- eluding a masters tournament with winners from other years." Cmdr. Telefson, (ret. I, earned the honor of calling stone-skippers to their hurling posts long before the first sanctioned tournament took place in 1969. "In 1932," says Rabe, "his toss of 17 skips set a world record which stood for a quarter-century." Anyone willing to shell out 25 cents a throw will be eligible to compete for the contest's annual trophy -- the "Little David Award," a large, hernia-producing rock Packhorse Ford, a Potomac River Crossing, Near Shepherdstown Indians, Explorers. Early Settlers Used the'Ford NEW TOWN Charter Is Christmas Present For Founder Thomas Shepherd The Center of Banking Convenience Join the Crowd. Discover For Yourself The Convenience and Service at By John G. Morgan MECKLErfeuRG. Va., Dec. 23,1762-A new town with a heavy German accent was chartered here today. It is located near a Potomac River crossing called Packhorse Ford. A hard bed of rock under shallow waters extends all the way across the river at the ford. For three decades or more, white settlers, traders and explorers have been crossing the river at this point, now known as part of the wagon road to Philadelphia. Ancient Indian trails cross here. The Delaware and Catawba tribes had a tremendous battle here about 1700. Reportedly, the Catawbas killed every Delaware except one, who escaped to the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and was later discovered and killed there. Tombstones in the town indicate that German people and others died here as early as 1720 and possibly before that. One of the stones bears the name of Harina Schel, who died in 1728 at age 85. Some of the other last names on the stones are Hentzin, Kephart, Ronemous, Unseld. Barnhart, Shugart and Wisenall. A German doctor and explorer. John Lederer, is believed to have been the first white man ever to look on this area as part Mountain Road to Independence--6 of the lower Shenandoah Valley. He is supposed to have seen the Shenandoah (daughter of the stars) Valley as he looked westward from the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1670. About 300 persons live in the new town, on 50 acres of land laid 'off in streets and lots. The name of Mecklenburg was selected in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg, Germany, the bride of English King George III. The town charter is a form of Christmas present to Thomas Shepherd, founder of the town. He submitted a bill of incorporation to the Virginia Assembly last November. The assembly approved the bill, effective today. Shepherd owns a grist mill on Falling Spring, a Potomac branch that runs through the town. The mill was built about 24 years ago. English and German schools are open here. Robert Cockburn, a Scotsman with a classic education, teaches reading, writing, arithmetic and survey in the English school. . Many of the residents here formerly lived in the Rhine Valley in Germany, where they were victims of various forms of oppression. The British government welcomed them as new settlers on the Virginia and Pennsylvania frontiers. Millers, tanners, potters, blacksmiths, gunsmiths, watchmakers and persons skilled in other trades are among the Mecklenburg residents. Farmers, with the help of black and white servants, grow tobacco as their main crop in outlying areas. Although an English pattern was followed generally in the naming of the streets, an exception was made for German Street in the public square. The general terrain here, with craggy hills and beautiful valleys, appeals to the German people, perhaps because it reminds them of their fatherland. The town is on part of a 222-acre tract in Frederick County. Shepherd purchased the tract from Joist Hite in 1734. Kite moved on to Winchester, Va. Thomas Swearingen obtained a large tract on the Potomac from Lord Fairfax in 1750. Five years later a ferry was established here. In later years, the Mecklenburg community often has been called "Swearingen's Ferry." Next: Lonely Life In the Hole City National Bank! Avail Yourself of Any or All of Our Complete Banking Services Checking Accounts Regular Passbook Savings City Savings Certificates ot Deposit Christmas Clubs Vacation Clubs Automobile Loans Real Estate Loans Personal Loans Commercial Loans Student Loans Sate Deposit Boxes Night Depository Master Charge Bank Americard Collection Services Bank Money Orders Cashier's Checks -Traveler's Checks Bank by Mail · Free Customer Parking Trust Services PAY YOUR BILLS WHILE YOU BANK! You may make payment on the following bills at any of our teller w · Columbia Gas of W. Va. 9 C P Telephone Co. 0 W. Va. Water Co. Charleston Sanitary Board Blue Cross Hospital Service Appalachian Power Co. indows. NOIIIS Hiintobbj Drill In ! Kill Up Indiltafitl tiinDtpl. H.W.UHU Ihuridi) 9:0! to 2:00 MO li 4:30 9:00 lo 4:30 liiiij 9:00li 1:00 fJHIoMO 9:00107:00 Situtdi) 9:00 lotion /:M IB loin 9:00ltll»n Nation's Capital Plans Big Summer By Donald Sanders WASHINGTON i.fl - Talk of a world's fair-type exhibition for the Bicentennial was abandoned years ago, but the nation's capital has come up with a close substitute. There are few commercial exhibits, but so many free things to do and see that even a resident cannot hope to take them all in. The Smithsonian Institution has been planning for the Bicentennial for years and the National Park Service almost as long. There are exhibits to appeal to almost any taste, free concerts, puppet shows, and many other events. ONE THING that is extremely scarce is a parking space. Visitors from out of the 'city are a'dvised to use the thousands of free spaces available at RKF Stadium, the North Pentagon parking lot and Ft. Myer South Post, adjacent to Arlington Cemetery. There are signs on all major access highways directing motorists to these lo- · cations; shuttle buses leave for the city every two to five minutes. A handy guide to what is happening on the national Mall is a.brochure called ··Summer at the Smithsonian," a reprint from Smithsonian magazine. Subscribers cin pull out the 12-page section; others can buy it for 25 cents at museum shops, at the Festival of American Folklife and other locations. It includes tips on where to park cars and bicycles, on shuttle bus service, food and picnic facilities and foreign language services. · The Folklife Festival, opening June 16 and running until Sept. 6, offers something for almost everyone. More than 5,000 musicians are participating along with craftsmen from every corner of the United States and 36 other countries. There is an African diaspora section portraying the Cultural experience of black Americans and their links to Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. American Indians -will demonstrate stickball. lacrosse, canoe racing, buffalo barbeques, salmon bakes and other skills. A regional America area will feature a timber carnival, ranching, cowboy skills, maritime life and a glimpse at a coal miner's life. A children's area celebrates the folklife of young people, with ring games, sand castle building, crafts, jokes and a tree- house. The festival occupies a big area on the south side of the reflecting .pool running between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. On the other side of the pool the Park Service has just opened a 45-acre woodland park, planted with more than 6,000 trees and shrubs. There are winding paths, and benches for visitors to rest. The Park Service maintains a visitors' information center in the Commerce Department, near the White House, where there are persons to help with accommodations, advice to the handicapped, advice to non-English speaking people and the like. There is even a booth where one may change a baby's diaper. A LARGER visitors' center in the old Union Station not far from the Capitol building is due to open on July 1. There are major Bicentennial-related exhibitions in all the Smithsonian buildings on the Mall, as well as at the National Portrait Gallery and the National Collection of Fine Arts a few blocks away. The National Gallery of Art is about to open its major summer show, "The Eye of Thomas Jefferson," a huge collection of works from sources in this country and abroad. There are many performing arts to see. The Kennedy Center will run a full schedule throughout the center, as will Wolf Trapferm Park for the Performing Arts, 17 miles from the capital in northern Virginia. Member-Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation CITY NATIONAL BANK OF CHARLESTON «» ··"'- »»v»-w ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^····^····^^····^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^··^·I^SSBHHIHHi^HHi^Bw' 1111 '! ***^ THE PITTSTON COMPANY, LEBANON, VA. The Pittston Company, with its Coal Group Headquarters in Lebanon, Virginia, is the largest independently owned coal producer in the United States and the world. 0^ T '°/v. fk i: WEST VIBGINI* In honoring the nation's 200th birthday, the Pittston Company is proud of its contribution to the progress and well-being of the United States and of the world in the mining of the all-important metallurgical coal . . . one of the world's largest producers . . . furnishing .coal to the steel industry throughout the world. In honoring West Virginia's 113th year, our West Virginia operations are carried on by Elkay Mining Company Division with headquarters in Lyburn, Badger Coal Company Division with headquarters in Philippi, Ranger Fuel Corporation Division with headquarters in Beckley, and Sewell Coal Company Division with headquarters in Nettie. The company and employees are proud of their contribution to the progress and well being of their communities and the state. It is becoming more and more evident that an increasingly strong and stable coal industry must be developed to help meet the future energy needs of our country With its substantial reserves of coal, the ability to generate capital for investment in machinery and equipment, and the help of its loyal, skilled employes, Pittston will continue rising to the challenge. THE PITTSTON COMPANY COAL GROUP HEADQUARTERS LEBANON VIRGINIA 24266

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