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Te autbontas imee--October 14, 2010--Page 13 Anna Wallace: First and ,gn lyfemale Pocahontas County ,00uperintendent of Schools - fir :t woman to hold elective office Gibbs Kinderman Contributing Writer The first woman ever elected to public office in Poc- ahontas County was Miss Anna Wallace who lived in the big house that Bill Barnett re- cently renovated above the Mill Point intersection.An ex- perienced school teacher, she was a candidate in 1922 for County Superintendent of Schools, an elective office. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution had just given women the right to vote. West Virginia had very nar- rowly ratified that amendment and this was the first election in which women participated. In that same year, the first woman, Mrs. Tom (Anna) Gates, D-Kanawha, was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates.A woman would not be elected to the West Virginia State Senate until 1966, when Betty Baker, D-Hardy, succeeded her hus- band. In the Democrat primary of 1922 Wallace won by a land- slide over her opponent, an- other woman, Rella Yeager, of Marlinton. The vote was 1,073 to 385. In the November general election she faced C.E Y'lynn, of Durbin, and beat him soundly, 2,003 to 1,700 . Flyrm was the grandfather of retired Green Bank teacher Dorothy Sutton and former county sanitation officer Ed Riley and the great-grandfa- ther of PCHS math teacher Chris Sutton and Marlinton Middle School principal Joe Riley. It was a big year for Poca- hontas County Democrats. The entire county Democrat ticket was elected, and all six West Virginia Congressional seats were won by Democrats, a big improvement for that party. In the 1920 election the Republicans had Iriumphed in most offices from President Harding on down to the local level. Two candidates had all-time Pocahontas County record majorities in 1922: Lanty Mc- Neel won the County Com- missioner race by 942 votes and John McLaughfin' beat his opponent by 861 votes for a seat in the House of Delegates. Editor Cal Price of The Poe- ahontas Times commented : "Hen. Ana Wallace's majority was 303, but she was pitted against Prof. Flynn, and had a much more formidable oppo- nent than either of the other contestants. And all things considered, hers may be the noblest run of all." One would imagine that Cal Price considered the fact that she was a woman breaking ground for equal political fights for her sex. Elsewhere in West VLrginia, eight other women were also elected county superintendents of schools, a remarkable showing considering it was the first time women were eligible to run for the office. In comparing the 1922 re- sults with earlier elections, Ed- itor Price experienced either a proof reading lapse or a Freudian slip when he opined that it was not relevant to go back to elections be- fore 1920 because: "none others count because of the suffering (suffrage?) of women." Wallace sought re-elec- tion in 1926, but narrowly lost in the Democrat pri- mary when another can- didate from Little Levels split the vote with her. She received 772 votes, while WE. Hayes, of Locust Creek, got 475 and the winner, C. Forest Hull, of Durbin, won with 803. In the general election Hayes was swamped by fellow Durbin resident CJL Flynn by a margin of 2,637 to 1,860. Wallace went back to teaching school, continu- ing her long career in edu- cation. POCAHONTAS COUNTY'S ONLY female Superintendent of Schools, Anna Wallace, grew up in Mill Point, pictured above. Elected in 1922, she won by a land- slide over another woman, Rella Yeager, in the primary and then over C.E. Flynn in the General Election that year. Wallace was awarded lifetime certification for teaching. After a subsequent defeat the following election season, Wallace went back to teaching school. Photos courtesy Pocahontas County Board of Education, Bill Barnett. die PATH o FAITH 9ntas County Church Notices Sunday, October 17 First Baptist Huntersville: Sunday School (all ages) 10 aan.,Morning Service 11 axn., Sunday Evening Worship 7 pan.; 'Youth Bible Study' 6th - 12th grade, 'Kids Club' pre- school - 5th grade. Wednesday night at 7 p.m. - Adult Bible Study, 'Youth Activities' 6th - 12th grade, 'Mission Friends' Chapel UMC: Sunday School 10 aan. Marlinton First Church of the Nazarene: Rt. 219 N. Edray - Every Tuesday 9 a.m. until noon - Prayer for Com- munity Revival. All are wel- come; Wednesday 7 p.m. - Bible Study "An Overview of the Old Testament;" Sunday - Sunday School 10 a.m., Wor- ship Services 11 aan. and 6 p.m. On Sunday, October 24, the Marlinton First Church of the Nazarene will celebrate its 85th Anniversary. After morn- ing worship service we will share a covered dish dinner and will have special singing in the afternoon with the Lam- berts, of Durbin, and others. Marlinton Presbyterian Church: Bible Study 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. Session Meeting 11 aan. Marlinton Seventh-day Adventist Fellowship: Meets at St. John's Episcopal Church, 419 9th Street, Mar- preschool - 1st grade, 'Chil- dren in Action' 2nd - 5th grade. Kerr Chapel Church. Full Gospel Assembly: Old Green Bank Road, Arbovale - Praise and Worship 10 a.m., Preaching and Children's Min- istry 11 a.m.; Wednesday Serv- ices 7 p.m., 1st Wednesday - Prayer Meeting. Mace United Methodist Church: Worship 9 a.m., Sun- day School 10 a.m.; Tuesday, Choir Practice 6 pan. Marlinton-Edray United Methodist Charge Worship Schedule: Campbelltown UMC: Worship 10 a.m., Sun- day School 11 a.m.; Central Union UMC: Worship 10 aan., Sunday School 11 a.m.; Edray UMC: Worship 9 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m., Chargewide Bible Study each Wednesday 7:30 p.m.; Marlinton UMC: Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m.; Swage UMC: Worship 9 a.m., Sunday School 10 aan.; White's With a promise to bring together Character Commitment Community 17 years of correctional institution experience Six years experience as a small business owner Jerry4circuitclerk On Facebook at Ramos for Circuit Clerk Paid for by candidate. JehnD.O, Bm SPPJG CLImC  Dmt CREEK Cumc v 304-572-4410  304-.456-5050 Monday & Friday  Tues & Thurs 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  830am: .- 500pm: . Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - Noon  ' 8 Please call for  an appointment Pocahontas Producers Livestock Market SPECIAL FALL SALE October 23- Bred & Cull Cows (bred cows will be preg checked and aged by a veterinarian) Sale begins at 2:00 p.m. Marlinton Stockyard For more information contact Terry Boggess 304-645-4793 (Home) or 304-646-3019 (Cell) Greg Hamons, WVU Extension, 304-799-4852 (Work) or Pocahontas Stockyards 304-799-6593. For a positive chan00,e: / Republican for HOUSE OF LEGATES District 37 ?// Workin for the people of PocOntas COUrtLy. Paid for by the candidate i i ,,,H,H ,11,1 IIII ,,11 II, ,I ........ .......... VOTE Republican Candidate for Circuit Clerk Paid for by candidate. linton - Saturday Sabbath School 9 a.m., Worship Serv- ice 10:15 a.rn.; Prayer Meeting Thursday 6 p.m. Mary's Chapel: Sunday School 10 a.m., Preaching 11 a.m. every Sunday. New Hope Lutheran: Min- nehaha Springs - Holy Corn- munion 8:45 azn. ages 12-19. New Vision Praise and Oak Grove Presbyterian Worship: Sunday Morning- Church: Hillsboro - Sunday Praise and Worship 10 a.m., School 10 aan., Worship 11 Sunday School 11 a.m., a.m. Evening Praise and Worship 6 Pine Grove Chapel: Pine p.m., Preaching 7 p.m.; Grove Road, Arbovale- Sun- Wednesday, Voice of Truth day School 10 a.m., Worship Youth Group 6:30 p.m. for 11 aan. NOVEMBER 2 FOR CONNIE M. CJ Democrat for Circuit Clerk 14 YEARS PROVEN RECORD "There's nosubsfil'ute for 14 years experience in the CJ_uit Clerk's office." Preserving Today's Court Records for the Future NAPA TWO DAYS ONff! Barrow - October 13 Marlinton - October 14 15% off all NAPA Parts All Tools nnd Equipment at NAPA cost! 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