March 20, 1913
Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content and a hundred virtues which the idle never know. – Kingsley
Many boys would like to be president but more would rather belong to a major baseball league.
We understand that Mrs. Woodrow Wilson says that $1,000 a year is sufficient to clothe any lady of the land. Break the news gently to the ladies of Pocahontas county that hereafter when the thousand dollar mark is reached in any case that the treasury of the family is justified in turning down all drafts. Girls will only be allowed $500 each and boys $15.75. These rules in effect from January 1, 1913. A word to the wise should be sufficient.
Fairmont, W. Va. – Fairmont was interested in a deal of the greatest importance to the timber industry when Messrs. John Y. Hite and R. M. Hite purchased for themselves and eastern associates, the McCoy tract in Pocahontas county, W. Va., and Highland county, Virginia, securing over 16,300 acres. The deal, which was conducted by Mr. Alex R. Watson, real estate promoter of this city, is one of the most important of the year, for a sum said to be approximately $300,000 was involved in the deal. This land lies on the Alleghany Mountains, around the headwaters of Sitlington Creek, near Dunmore.
On Saturday there was a general cleaning up in bootlegging circles at Cass. Mayor Gillespie, though just recovering from a sick spell, was able to sit through the long trials, and dispensed justice with dignity and fairness. Several were dismissed, two Italians gave bond for appearance at court, and one man was sent to jail.
We are having some March storms.
Miflin Gilmer, who done a job of clearing for Vester Gilmer, has returned to his home on Elk.
Several of the young men went to Marlinton Saturday night to join the Moose Lodge.
Saturday while Elmer Baxter was on his way to Marlinton, as he was crossing the railroad above Campbelltown, his horse caught its foot and threw Mr. Baster about ten feet, but no serious damage was done; both were able to get home and have about recovered from the shock and fall.
George Sharp has purchased a lot of thoroughbred Leghorn and black Minorcha chickens and will start a poultry farm soon with Edgar Sharp as a partner, and Howard Beverage is also interested and perhaps will have charge of the yard.
There is plenty of mud in town at present.
The sick of this neighborhood are reported better, except Fielding Pritt, whose recovery is not expected.
R. P. Kershner, our saddle and harness maker, has built a shop and is doing a good business.
T. L. Scott, the noted road monkey, is still on the job.
Get your Easter egg colored yaller.
A little mud long the line.
A.S. McCollough has opened up and up-to-date shop at Sitlington, and sold nearly a whole car load of seed oats Tuesday.
Brush, old wagons, sleds, rocks, fence rails and various other things in the public roads. Now is the time to open up the ditches and not put it off till hay making.
A great many acres of good land in this county is not farmed on account of stumps. Wm. Smith is cleaning off the stumpiest piece of ground we ever looked at – big white pine stumps 5 feet across is pulled out with his stump puller.
Farmers are busy plowing and preparing to put out large crops this spring, and business in general seems to be on a boom. No, no “soup” yet and Wilson is president.
Ernest VanRennan has moved back to his home here from Campbelltown. He says that Campbelltown is all O. K., but Onoto is good enough for Ernest.
A very enjoyable evening was spent at the home of Asa Barlow last week, when he invited the people of this neighborhood to a sugar stirring.
Hurrah for Woodrow Wilson and the good old Pocahontas Times.
Paul Yeager will go next week to Ironton, Ohio, to play ball this season with the Ohio State League.
C. W. Underwood, of Beaver Creek, was in town yesterday. He has taken a logging contract for the Watoga Lumber Co.
Isaac McNeel, Jr., little son of Dr. H. W. McNeel, underwent an operation on his throat at the Ronceverte hospital last week.
Jerome Kellison died at the Weston State hospital Saturday. It will be remembered that he was sentenced for life about ten years ago from this county for the murder of Mrs. Jacob Simmons.
He owned a handsome touring car,
To ride in it was heaven.
He ran across a piece of glass –
Bill - $14.97.
He took his friends out for a ride,
‘Twas good to be alive.
The carburetor sprang a leak,
Bill - $40.95.
He started on a little tour,
The finest sort of fun.
He stopped too quick and stripped his gears.
Bill - $90.51.
He took his wife downtown to shop
To save carfare was great,
He jammed into a hitching post,
Bill - $278.
He spent his little pile of cash,
And then in anguish cried,
“I’ll put a mortgage on the house;
And take just one more ride.”
– Oklahoma Banker