February 6, 1913
It has not been so long since we were at church, and the minister had occasion to refer to the gowns that the women are wearing in this the year 1913. He said that he had heard that the skirts were to be fuller next year, but for his part he did not see how they could be any fuller.
Delegate Crislip has introduced in the Legislature a bill for the protection of calves. It is time that the body took notice of the abbreviated skirts.
Delegate Talbott has introduced a bill to save harmless the husband from damages on account of slanders spoken by the wife. This is in keeping with the times. The law presumes that the husband has control of his wife’s demeanor but this is not true in fact as any well regulated suffragette can testify.
Another car of twenty-five young elk was unloaded here Tuesday and taken to the preserve of the Allegheny Sportsmen’s Association at Minnehaha. These elk are from the Yellowstone National Park, and are a part of a lot of fifty secured by State Warden Viquesney. The other twenty-five came in last week. All were in fine condition, but one was killed on the way to Minnehaha, having had three ribs broken by being kicked by a two-year-old-bull elk.
The Huntersville Literary Society is the most interesting society that has ever been here. A program of special interest was rendered last Friday – (Song, Devotional, Song, Reading, Instrumental, Reading, Solo, Current Events) – This brought the programme to the debate. Resolved: That poverty rather than riches tends to develop character... The question was very ably and thoroughly discussed. The decision of the judges was unanimous for the affirmative side.
A freight wreck at Burnside Wednesday afternoon delayed the east bound passenger train so that the eight consecutive hours of rest provision (commonly known among railroaders as the hog law or pure food law) delayed the train about forty minutes.
Lloyd McCoy, of the carpenter force, and another man tempted to cross the Greenbrier river below Renick in a small boat Thursday morning. The boat upset, and McCoy, being unable to swim, managed to get on a rock where he stayed three hours. He was almost frozen before help could reach him.
We had quite an interesting debate at this place last Friday night. The question was, “Resolved: That the shames of our country are greater than its glories.” The affirmative won.
Some people around here thought they had a panther or a wildcat for some evenings, but found out that it was the school girls on their way home from Greenbank.
L. D. Wooddell says that he has killed all the rabbits on the farm and has now commenced on the brush. We think he means business.
And then it got cold and froze up the mud holes. Sunday was the brightest groundhog day that we have ever seen, and we may have good winter weather and it may be bad – can tell better later on.
Robert McLaughlin has pulled all the stumps out of farm, meadows and fields. A stump puller is a fine thing on a stumpy farm.
O. B. Swecker got a child’s casket by mail Saturday. It came in two pieces. This is the second one ever sent by parcel post mail. The Capt. is a coffin builder and has them fixed up in good style.
February 2nd means groundhog day. From the old school we learn that a clear day brings forty days of rough weather, and according to this sign we may prepare for severe winter weather. But why should the groundhog continue such a strenuous course of weather legislation. When Col. Roosevelt and President Taft would no longer trust each other as the chief executive officer of our nation, I can’t see how we can hold Mr. Whistle Pig to his former predictions. You are excused this year.
A few of the good people went from Wanless to Stony Bottom to cut and haul wood for Rev. C. F. Tallman, who is ill.
Jacob Cassell is able to be out a little after six weeks’ of severe grippe.
Walter Beverage is preparing to build a house. Walter caught the bird first and will build to suit the bride. This shows good judgment.
A. V. Miller is building railroad to his hemlock timber back Samuel Cassell’s farm and will soon run his train a distance of two miles.
Thomas Barnett, of Wanless, died at his home January 27, 1913, in his 83rd year, of heart disease.
Mr. Barnett ate his dinner and expressed himself as feeling better, and turning around on his chair from the table his head sunk on his breast. His son, William, caught him and laid him on the bed where he never breathed again. Mr. Barnett was one of our best citizens and neighbors and will be missed. Though not connected with any church. He was perfectly resigned to his Lord’s will, and trusted in the cleansing power of Christ’s blood applied to his needs, as he fully expressed to this writer before his death. Funeral service was conducted at his home after which his remains were laid to rest in the Stony Bottom cemetery, a large crowd witnessing. While the grave was being filled, his favorite hymn , “A Charge to Keep I Have,” was sung. And there remains but a little mound on which to write, forget me not, – wife, children, sisters, brothers and friends.
Miss Bertha Baxter is slowly recovering from a two weeks’ spell of sickness.
Some stock in this part is wintering up very well, while some is not doing so well. Feed will be scarce with the most of the people here owning to the open winter. Sheep has not done so well on account of the shortness of fall pastures and storms.
Henry Galford, son of John Galford, cut his hand very badly on a saw while sawing wood.
The groundhog saw its shadow all O. K. and brought us snow and rain.
A. T. Moore is slowly recovering from a bad case of grippe.
John Mann has traded his pony to Edgar McLaughlin of Academy for a fine saddle and driving horse.
Andy Gay was here Sunday to see his Betsey.
Clarence Barlow will start for Helena, Montana, in a few days.
Elmer Poage has bought a fine saddle horse from W. L. Gay.
We are having some very stormy weather in this section. The farmers are expecting six weeks more winter since groundhog day.
We are glad to say some of the sick have gotten well while others are improving.
Will Gay, of Draft, passed thro’ this section this week buying lambs.
Page Lane school will close February 19, with an entertainment beginning at early lamp lighting. Good music is expected. Let everybody come and have a good time.
We have supposed that Henry Higgins has gotten better for there was a very large track seen in the snow going toward his sawmill.
We are having whistle-pig weather at this time, with about two inches of snow and raining all day Monday.
The sick are improving; J. H. Curry, who has been shut in for four weeks is able to stay part of the day in the postoffice.
Died, infant child of Sam Elliott, near Wesley Chapel, some days ago.