From a Letter to Carlene Brown from Holly Murrell dated October 25, 1974
Hey, Sweetie. I haven't heard from you since summer. I hope you're doing all right. With my luck, my grandparents are throwing your letters in the garbage. You're such a bad influence.
Well, I did it. I made the move. I drove all the way back to my hometown, Greenbrier. 2,000 miles in a car. I would have stopped in Wyoming to see you, but I barely had enough gas money to get here. It took me 4 days!
The house looks the same, just smaller than I remember. The people here seem very strange and look at me like I've done something wrong. Well, except one of them. His name is Eric, and he is very cute and very sweet. He actually helped me start settling in yesterday. He even invited me to his friend's Halloween party tomorrow...and I'm going. I don't know - I'm drawn to him. It feels like we've met or I know him from another place. It's hard to explain - like a dream. Hopefully he doesn't kill me...(haha...)
Elizabeth Lorna Pearl Chambers, 61, of Greenbrier, and a lifetime resident of Washington County, died unexpectedly on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 29.
She was in her 37th year as a history teacher at Greenbrier High School where she also attended school in her youth.
She was a lifetime member of North Church of Greenbrier where she was baptized on Sept 20, 1914.
She was born March 21, 1913, in Washington County to the late Leo and Laura Krupp Pearl. She was also predeceased on October 30, 1958 by her only brother, David Pearl.
She is survived by her son, William (Margaret) Chambers of Seneca Lake (and grandson Thomas, Jr.); two daughters: Cheryl (Thomas) Parker of Oakland, CA, and Lillian (Robert) Wither of Greenbrier (and granddaughter Wendy); and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
As Treasurer of the sophomore class, Frankie would like to thank her fellow sophomores for their continued trust with the class's money. Frankie is not only a proud member of the student government, but she also participates in After School Book Worms and has worked for three years as an elementary math and history tutor. Frankie credits her first-grade teacher, Mrs. Pearl, with inspiring her love for learning and hopes to one day become a teacher herself. Oh, and she just happens to be a co- captain of the Varsity Cheerleading squad and was the sophomore attendant at Winter Homecoming. Frankie's future is clearly bright.
What can I say? You are the most amazing person ever and my very best friend. You stick by me through thick and thin. You are such a blessing to me and I have no idea what I would do without you. Looking forward to next year - JUNIORS! Love you to pieces
Go Hawks! Beat the Wolves! GETTIN OUR KICKS - CLASS OF '76!
P.S. Nice sweater by the way. Of all pictures for them to use. You're welcome...
From the Greenbrier Police Department Missing Person Report (Monday, October 28, 1974):
NAME: Gerald WITHER
DOB: October 17, 1945
HEIGHT: 5 ft. 10 inches
Gerald "Jerry" Lee Wither left the Stop 31 Tavern in the area of Greenbrier locally known as the Gulch at approximately 2:15 am, Friday, October 25, 1974. He was last seen exiting the tavern with a unknown white female adult, 20-30 years.
At approximately 3:30 am the same morning, the Stop 31 Tavern's owner, Fred Hamilton, noticed that Jerry's vehicle was parked in the tavern's parking lot, where it still remains. Subsequent investigation revealed nothing remarkable on the vehicle or in his residence that would indicate foul play. Jerry has not reported to his place of employment since Thursday, October 24, 1974.
Jerry was wearing blue jeans, white sneakers, red t-shirt and brown wool coat. His female companion was wearing blue jeans, boots and a black jacket.
If you have any information, please contact Greenbrier Police Department.