100 Years Ago
November 7, 1912
Woodrow Wilson is elected president by the largest electoral vote ever given. He carried at least 37 states; and his vote in the electoral college will not be less than 412.
The lower house of Congress is Democratic by 100 majority, and the Senate by two or three majority.
Hatfield and the Republican state ticket is elected, and the legislature is Republican by about 20. The Senate is Democratic.
In Randolph county a Republican sheriff was elected for the first time in a generation. His name is Spiker.
The Prohibition Amendment carried by a majority of 75,000.
Michigan, Oregon, Kansas and Arizona joined the ranks of the States in which women are allowed to vote.
Roosevelt did not carry a single State in which women voted, despite his advocacy of women suffrage.
A little girl of six years wanted to know if Wilson was elected to the electric chair.
You must excuse me for writing to you this Sunday afternoon, and I will explain to you why it is that I am thinking of Pocahontas County, and Pocahontas people more today than usual.
It was forty-nine years ago today that General Averill broke camp at the Travelers Repose neighborhood, and came down through the upper end of Pocahontas, and your correspondent, a boy Confederate soldier, was captured above Greenbank.
The federal soldiers very kindly carried me to the widow Gillispie’s and laid me on top of the bed clothes of Mrs. Gillispie’s best bed, and from this position I was not moved until the sixth day of January, 1864.
Forty-nine years is a long while, but your writer remembers the occurrence of the incidents at that time as well as if it had been of a recent date.
The kindness of the people and their generous treatment of me could not be forgotten if I were to try my best. Although I had been born at Glade Hill, seven or eight miles from Mrs. Gillispie’s, still I did not know very many people in the Greenbank neighborhood before the time of my capture, and since then I have carried in my mind almost everybody of that community.
A year ago I was a business visitor in the neighborhood of Greenbank, and spent a fortnight in that community, which was one of the most pleasant times I have ever experienced in my life, and again I was the recipient of the kindness of the people for whom I have always entertained the most cordial good wishes; and through your paper I desire to say that I shall ever remember dear old Greenbank, and the vicinity, with good feeling, expressing the best wishes of my heart.
Mrs. Rella Friel returned home from Thornwood where she had been visiting her brother George Gum.
Some of the camp boys are home for the election. Glad to see them making use of the rights that are given them.
The teachers of this neighborhood are expecting to organize a Reading Circle at Bruffey school house Friday night.
Good Morning! And his first name is Woodrow Wilson.
And then it rained and Billy Bryan says the same sun will continue to shine.
Roosters have advanced in price to do the crowing and the hens did the scratching.
Sixteen years ago the Democratic postmasters trembled in their boots and now the Republican P. Ms. are doing the same thing.
Billy Arbogast will instruct the band for a while. The boys came very near having a run-off with the band wagon going to Greenbank Tuesday night. The only thing that saved them was the breaking of the wagon tongue.
We are having some cold weather at present with snow on high ground.
The corn shucking at William Gilmore’s was largely attended. About four hundred bushels of corn was shucked and cribbed and the fodder stacked.
Mrs. William Gilmore is improving slowly.
Porter Kellison was at Uriah Beverage’s one night last week, buying lambs.
N. S. Duffield was a pleasant caller at Mrs. Nancy Beverage’s Sunday.
W. M. Marley is general manager for Ed Sharp; Fred Poage is stable boss and Frank Young Swamper.
We are having some very cool weather in our section at present.
The people are husking their corn and preparing for our usual cold winter which some of our older people say is not far away, and judging from the feeling that comes over us when we step out these cold mornings we are well aware that this is a fact.
Last week we were delighted to have Supt. B. B. Williams to visit our school. He was with us about one half a day and judging from the interest he took in our school, we can truthfully say Supt. Williams is the best supervisor our county schools have ever had and we trust Mr. Williams will prove this statement by his good work throughout the county.
A sad accident happened at Thornwood on Wednesday morning, October 29, 1912, when Harry Edward McArdle, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. McArdle was run over by the log train on which he was working and was so badly hurt that he died about two hours afterward. He was 21 years, eight months and 27 days old. He is gone but not forgotten, and the bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community, and pray that our Heavenly Father may support them in this their great affliction.
A very sad accident occurred at Thornwood on Friday evening when William August Rose, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Rose, was accidentally run over by the log train and so badly hurt that he died in about thirty minutes. His remains were laid to rest in the Yeager graveyard at Bartow. He was to have been married the 20th of this month to Miss Lamb. The family and his fiancée have the sympathy of the people of the community. May the comforting influence of the Holy Spirit abide with them.