The World War II Exhibit returns to Sharp's Country Store August 29, 2015.



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World War II Inductees Exhibit at Sharp's Country Store


Sharp's Country Store in Slaty Fork, West Virginia is the host site of a new "Preserving Pocahontas" Photo Exhibit and ID Project honoring the men and women from Pocahontas County who entered military service during World War II.


The exhibit opened on August 6, 2013 and features group photographs of enlistees at the courthouse. Preserving Pocahontas hopes to identify people in these photos and locate more photographs.


The local Selective Service board opened at the Pocahontas County Courthouse in Marlinton on Oct. 16, 1940. The draft accelerated following the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The largest group of selectees to assemble in Pocahontas County was 149 on Apr. 29, 1942. Cal Gay's panoramic photograph of that group is included in the exhibit.


Gene Gibson of Slaty Fork

views the "Boys in Service" Exhibit

at Sharps' Country Store.


Historic Preservation Officer and Curator, B. J. Gudmundsson, says that a long-running column by the Sage Editor of The Pocahontas Times during the war inspired her to create the exhibit, "Boys in Service."



"Cal Price wrote about this county's participation in the war effort from beginning to end," she says. "He published letters from servicemen, printed obituaries and kept us informed as 'his boys' transferred from place to place."


Price's column began under the title "Our Army and Navy Boys." In later editions of the paper it became "Our Boys in Service." The paper's archives contain many letters that open with "Dear Cal" and close with "I hope to see you soon. Your friend."


The Times printed the Roll Call List - names drawn to report to the Courthouse on a given day. All toll, there were over 1,500 who answered the call. Many came with their suitcase in hand. When paperwork was completed they lined up on the Courthouse steps to have their picture taken. The photographers looking through the lens were Cal Gay and Harvey Bright.


"We have ten photographs picturing about 500 unidentified men," says Gudmundsson. "We need to identify these men. And, we need to locate the remaining photographs."



Public participation is key to the success of the ID project. Folks are invited to visit the exhibit and identify people in the photos. A book of numbered sketches and data sheets for each photo, along with instructions. is provided for recording information. If you have a group photo, Preserving Pocahontas would like to scan it and include it in the exhibit and the county archives.


Another goal of the project is to complete the record of county casualties during the war. The Service Record published by the local American Legion lists the names of 65 county citizens who died. The completed record will be sent to the National Archives where the current list contains only 39 names.


"This is an important part of Pocahontas County's history," says Tom Shipley, owner of Sharp's Country Store. "We are honored to host this exhibit and contribute to recognizing those who served and those who died for our country."


Sharp's Country Store I located on U.S. Rt. 219 in Slaty Fork, West Virginia.


Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.




Tom Shipley at the Sharp's Country Store








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