January 16, 1913
We met a philosopher on the streets the other day. He was busy shoveling dirt, rocks and trash into a cart which carried it away. He said he was looking for nine dollars, and we wondered if he was cracked or had got hold of a new brand of drinking liquor. He hunted in this way for six days and at the end of that time, found the nine dollars – at the paymaster’s office. The surest was to find money nowadays is at the end of a pick or shovel or some other useful tool of labor. Ronceverte News
Jack Compton, aged 28 years, a woodsman, was frozen to death in Spruce Mountain on the Horton Line, December 27. He had been cooking at a camp on the top of Spruce Mountain, one of the highest points in the State, and had gone to Whitmer to purchase supplies for his marriage to a Miss Lambert at Riverton, which was to occur the day following. Thro’ the night a storm raged, little uneasiness was felt for Compton when he failed to appear, as he was a strong man and thought well able to take care of himself in the woods in all kinds of weather. However, a search was made for him the next day, and it was found that he had strayed from the road and his tracks led to where he had perished in the snow.
Howard McElwee has moved to his house at Minnehaha Springs. In the four years he was jailor of Pocahontas County, there was not a single jail delivery, and during that time there were a greater number of persons in jail and in the number more desperate characters than during the term of service of any other jailor. In addition to being a careful, painstaking officer, Mr. McElwee had a way of dealing with the unfortunates under his care that gained their confidence and respect. He instituted the trusty system at the jail – the plan of putting a man on his honor, in vogue in the few modern prisons in the United States. Not a man violated the confidence Mr. McElwee imposed.
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT UPHELD
Miss Lula Flanagan was in Judge Smith’s justice court Saturday on a charge of assaulting one Ellis McKenny, a son of J. V. McKenny. Miss Flanagan is a teacher of the Mt. Pleasant School at Indian Draft, and had made a rule against shooting firecrackers on the school grounds. The prosecuting witness, Ellis McKenny, aged 13 years, in disobedience to this rule, put off firecrackers, and then refused to come up and take his whipping like a man. The teacher went back to his seat after him and he dodged and resisted her, and the result of it all was that the young fellow got a proper scutching. The parents of the boy felt aggrieved and started court proceedings. Judge Smith very rightly held that the boy brought the punishment upon himself and it was not unusual nor too severe under the circumstances, and dismissed the charge against the teacher. The judge in a few well chosen remarks gave some sound advice to the parents as to their duty in teaching their children to respect and obey teachers. So popular was the verdict that the judge was loudly applauded by the large crowd that had gathered to hear the trial.
Peter A. Cleek has been critically ill with the grippe for the last days.
Howard McElwee who has been keeping jail in Marlinton for the last four years, moved to his residence here last Wednesday and expects to open a hotel soon.
J. A. Cleek passed through here Thursday with two fine horses which he was taking to Virginia to sell.
There are a number of cases of the grippe reported in this vicinity at this time.
Raymond Lockridge’s favorite song use to be “Jaunita” but since December 30, he has changed it to “Take Me Back to Baltimore.”
Roy L. Crummet purchased a new set of buggy harnesses Saturday. He has a new buggy which he bought last fall. We have noticed him make some very polite bows in the last few days. He undoubtedly has something under his hat. Now is your chance to shine, old maids.
Fine winter weather and our roads are just right between Dunmore and Sitlington, and you may listen for some accident happening like that near Cass some time ago.
There is a great deal of lumber being hauled to Sitlington.
Windy McElwee has bought another fine team.
Roy Talbert had the misfortune to cut his right hand so badly on a circular saw at Luzier’s mill Tuesday, that amputation was necessary. Drs. Burner and Moomau took the hand off after he had suffered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and he is now doing very well.
Mrs. Annie S. Clark, died at her home here on Monday, December 30th, 1912, aged 82 years. She was relict of Samuel T. Clark, who preceded her to the other world twenty-six years ago, and a daughter of James Lewis, a sturdy and prosperous farmer who at one time, owned nearly all the land upon which Hillsboro now stands. The funeral obsequies were conducted by Rev. J. C. Johnson, assisted by Rev. Register Neal and J. R. Goodall, after which the body was laid to rest in the McNeel Cemetery beside her father, in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives, on the first day of the new year.
She had been in feeble health for a year or more, being a sufferer from lung and kidney trouble, and about three months previous to her death the family noticed that she was nearing the end of life’s journey and everything that loving hands could do was done to prolong her life, but without avail. Her children, nine in number – four boys and five girls – are all living except one of the girls, Mary, who is waiting on the other shore. Mother was almost a life-long member of the Presbyterian church and lived a consistent Christian life; she was good and kind to everybody – the poor always had her sympathy and no one was ever turned away from her door. Her devotion and interest in the affairs of her home and her children was supremely great – oh, how we loved her and how we will miss her. Such grief and sorrow is seldom seen around a dying bed and it is not confined to the family alone, but to others who had known her and known her but to love her. She was conscious of everything passing around her until the last, and as we stood around her bedside, she asked us to meet her in that brighter and better world. What a blessed end, dying in God – calmly and peacefully passing away without pain – her gentle spirit at rest, her suffering over.
J. H. C.