January 2, 1913
Somebody said that some people did not make New Year’s resolutions because they were afraid they would break them, and others did not make resolutions because they were afraid they would keep them.
John Will Sheets, of Beaver Dam, is in town today, and reports a very pleasant winter so far with the thermometer from twenty to thirty degrees warmer there than the temperature the past few zero mornings at Marlinton.
Fire destroyed an ice house belonging to George McCaulley, at Thornwood, Monday afternoon. Loss about $300. Boys lighting matches near a gasoline tank was the cause.
Wyatt Hendrick, aged 22 years, was thrown from his buggy and received fatal injuries at Shryock, December 20, when his horses scared at an automobile driven by Drs. Curry and Metzger, of Ronceverte. The time was near dark and the horses bolted when the machine was a hundred or more yards distant and around a turn. The young man was picked up with a broken leg and taken to Ronceverte where it was discovered that a blood clot was on the brain. He died the following Sunday afternoon.
John M. Ayers, bookkeeper and accountant for the White Sulphur Company at the Springs, was over a few days ago and informed us that work is being pushed on the new and elegant hotel which will probably be under roof by June, and when finished will be first-class and up-to-date in all its appointments. The old hotel is being repaired and supported by steel girders, and excavations are being made for a beautiful five-acre lake west of the stables. This lake will be supplied with pleasure boats of various kinds and will no doubt prove a great attraction.
Well, Xmas is over and we are glad to say that no one got shot here, but some got half shot and might have been worse but ran out of ammunition on the first charge.
J. J. Noel has moved to the A. W. Noel house, and A. W. Noel has moved into his new storehouse on Main Street, living upstairs.
Prof. Billy Arbogast is moving to Thomas Creek and will instruct the Dunmore Band.
S. H. Wanless and Pappy McLaughlin are somewhat on the sick list.
We are sorry that James H. Curry, of Greenbank, carried a 375 pound hog and hurt himself.
The big stock sale Auctioneer Swecker made in Greenbrier county was a success. Everything sold well – horses from $125 to $296; cows from $48 to $80; yearling cattle $38; Sheep $4.50.
The worst storm we have had this winter came last week, which was broken by a nice thaw.
The Rev. C. B. Collins, of Hosterman, died on the 24th of December. Mr. Collins was a minister of the Dunkard Church. A good citizen has gone to join the band on the other side of the river.
The snow drifts in the roads make it difficult to travel. A number of bad places could be helped by wire fences being placed instead of rail fences hedged in by brush and rubbish.
S. C. Baxter has been indisposed with rheumatism for a few days.
Milburn, little son of Sylvester Gilmer, is very sick at this time.
Icie McClure has been on the sick list for some time and is yet unable to attend school.
Edgar Smith spent Christmas with his home folks at Watoga.
Vester Gilmer lost his saddle horse a few days ago.
G. H. VanReenan, of Stony Creek, is helping Luther McNeill cut logs.
Ed Woods has made some good improvements on his home which adds much to the comfort of it.
Lloyd VanReenan has just recovered from a severe kick in the face by a horse.
Mrs. Wesley Barlow has had the grip for several days.
Abe McClure killed a large red fox last week.
Vester Gilmer and Luther McNeill attended the Modern Woodmen meeting at Marlinton Saturday night.
W. H. 144, of Huntersville, was at J. D. Dilley’s some days ago for a load of apples, presumably for the Marlinton local market.
Frank Dever, of Grand Island, Nebraska, is visiting friends and relatives on Knapps Creek and vicinity. We presume he is looking for a farm in Pocahontas and is a fair presumption to believe that he will locate on Knapps Creek in the near future.
Ira Shinaberry was through these parts a few days ago buying furs and bull moose hides.
Cliff Sampson is thinking of purchasing a Hurculese stump puller.
S. R. Hogsett lost a mare several nights ago, also Walter Grimes lost a mare.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charley McLaughlin, the 15th, a son.
Mrs. J. W. McCarty has been very sick with grip the past week.
MARVIN F. BECKWITH
Marvin Forrest, son of J. Hubert and Nancy E. Beckwith, was born October 11, 1903, and died December 21, 1912, aged nine years, two months and ten days.
Marvin professed faith in Christ as his personal Savior during the revival at Campbelltown. It was his desire to unite with the Church but death took him away before he had the opportunity to do so. He is now a member of the Church triumphant which is without fault before the throne of God.
Marvin had been indisposed for several days but was not considered seriously ill until membranous croup developed, which disease took him away in a very short time after it attacked him.
Marvin was not strong in body, but strong in intellect and of lovely character. To know him was to love him. He was an affectionate, obedient child and a favorite with those who knew him best. Marvin had a bright future, but death has claimed him who was so pure and good. On the evening of his conversion, upon his arrival home and before retiring for the night, he requested that they might have worship, whereupon he got the Bible, read and then repeated the Lord’s prayer.
Marvin is not dead but asleep, and we shall see him when he awakes.
Written by his pastor, Ira F. Rickett