News and stories from The Pocahontas Times archives, 100 years ago this week.
March 13, 1913
We are having some very rainy weather after the snowstorm.
Sugar making and plowing is the program.
Mrs. Q. W. Poage is suffering with a pain in her head.
Miss Sadie Simmons, of Buckeye, and Polly Gay were visitors at Q. W. Poage’s for several days. They left for home a few days ago.
Genevie Hannah, of Marlinton, is staying at Q. W. Poage’s.
Amos Sharp is clearing some new land for corn this spring.
A little child of Mr. and Mrs. George Friel’s died at Cloverlick Saturday and was buried at Poage Lane graveyard Monday afternoon.
Hoxie and Lee McClung played music for the entertainment at Stony Bottom Friday night the 28th, and they report a fine entertainment and a large crowd of people were out.
Fine sugar weather.
Quite a bit of plowing is being done.
A lot of hauling is going on; it is a fine time to haul in the mud – it’s not so hard on the wagon tires.
Mrs. Julia Lockridge spent a week in town.
Bill Smith bought a yoke of oxen and a stump puller.
There will be a debate at the Curry schoolhouse Saturday the 15th.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ervin’s little daughter, aged nine years, died Tuesday morning, of diphtheria, and was buried at the Ervin graveyard Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Eye’s little child aged two months died last week.
Cam McLaughlin lost a $300 mare.
Win. McElwee got himself a dog to keep the hog out of the mill.
We would like to get Joe Buzzard and his mule to carry the mail from Ronceverte to Bartow – the trains are so unregular.
There has been a great deal of sickness in this part for some time.
Mrs. Levi Baxter is on the sick list at this time.
J. L. McNeill has been very much indisposed with a lame back for a few days. Elbert Hannah, of Cloverlick, who has been driving a team for Smith and McLaughlin, left for a trip to Clarksburg, Sunday.
Charles and Emmett Galford have sold their sawmill near Dunmore and returned home.
The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Jackson, who has had bronchial pneumonia, is improving rapidly.
S. C. Baxter and sons are putting out some fine hardwood lumber. They are cutting maple trees that scale 2,100 feet and there are many almost as large.
A. C. Barlow was here a few days ago doctoring sick cows and horses.
Fielding Pritt is very low at his home on Droop Mt.
A. L. Kershner lost a fine horse last week.
The entertainment at W. P. Kershner’s the 6th was well attended. Harper Bitter was guest of honor.
H. R. Barrett has purchased a fine driving and saddle horse of his father, D. S. Barrett.
J. R. Gum, of Greenbank, came up to Jas. Gillispie’s last Tuesday after a stump puller. He says he has got tired plowing around stumps.
Charles Varner, of Virginia, was in this neighborhood last week buying sheep.
Billy Riley is breaking a pair of mules for S. B. Hannah.
Winnie Gillispie caught a rat the other day and was badly bitten on each hand, but the wounds are doing well, we are glad to say.
Prayer meeting was held at the Cummings Creek schoolhouse last Sunday morning which was attended by a very large congregation.
We notice that some of the correspondents call this Beaver Creek, but we don’t think Cummings and Beaver Creek have quite united yet.
W. J. Yeager returned from Baltimore where he was getting machinery for the ice plant to be established here.
H. M. Lockridge has received an immense finely mounted moose head, which, we presume, will be put in the club house of the Allegheny Sportsmens’ Association now being built at Minnehaha Springs.
The kitchen of the McLaughlin house, the oldest building in town, is being torn down. We would presume that it was built not less than seventy-five years ago. In the garrett was found an old loom in perfect condition, with a yard or so of cloth as it was left at the end of a day’s work years and years ago.
The large barn of J. B. Pyles, of Seebert, burned down March 5, the fire being discovered about midnight. Besides the building, some feed, fifteen tons of hay, binder, drill, windmill, two wagons and other machinery and property was destroyed. The loss is about $25,000, and no insurance. It is not known how the fire started. Fortunately the wind was up the river and drew the fire away from the house. Burning shingles were blown half a mile. Fifteen head of stock were in the barn but were gotten out. Mr. Pyles is just able to get around a little on a leg broken last November.
Died, George Earl, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris McLaughlin, [of Dunmore], of spinal meningitis, March 6 at 6 a.m. aged one year, eleven months and six days. He was sick three weeks to the day. Interment took place at the Dunmore cemetery. The family wishes to thank the entire community and friends for services rendered during the sickness of their little boy. The parents and family have the deepest sympathy of the neighborhood.
“He is sleeping, calmly sleeping,
In a new made grave today;
We are weeping, sadly weeping,
For our darling’s gone away.
One by one the gentle Shepherd,
Gathers lambs from every fold,
Folds them to his loving bosom,
With a tenderness untold
He is waiting, ever waiting,
For the friends he loved the best.
And he’ll gladly hail their coming,
To the mansions of the blest.”
March 6, 1913
Among those who attended the inauguration at Washington Tuesday were Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Waugh, John Waugh, Edgar Herold, T. M. Ocheltree, J. M. Waybright, D. M. Boyer and C. A. Yeager.
Washington, D. C. – Secretary Knox today issued a formal announcement to the public that the income tax amendment is now a part of the constitution having been ratified by more than three-fourths of the states.
Henry Shinaberry lost a number of sheep by dogs Monday night.
Glenn Armstrong, of east Highland county, was thrown from his horse and his foot catching in the stirrup he was dragged half a mile. He was so badly injured that he died in a short time.
Some excitement was occasioned in the town of Durbin the other day when a Western Maryland locomotive whistle got “stopped open” and could not be shut off. For over an hour the continuous whistling woke the echoes and brought the people in for miles as they thought the town was surely burning up.
We learn that the debate at Durbin the night of the 22nd was the most noted of the season. But we will not say what it was noted for.
The postal department is advertising for bids for a changed mail service from Marlinton to Huntersville. The mail will leave Marlinton just after the 11:12 train and return in time to catch the 4:38 train in the afternoon. This will save the town of Huntersville a day’s time in mail matters.
Our basketball trip to Marlinton was a fitting climax to the end of our intercollegiate contest. This was the most enjoyable trip of the season, as expressed by all the boys.
The Marlinton people certainly take the cake for hospitality and sociability…. White Sulphur Sentinel
Mrs. Aaron Sharp had a “carpet rag” cutting last Tuesday that was enjoyed by all who were present.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jordan, last Wednesday, a daughter.
Misses Zula Jordan and Mattie Moore left last week for St. Louis, Mo., to take a course in trained nursing.
Messrs. Hiner & Fox spent Monday night with C. S. Curry. They had been out on a horse trading tour, and had some good looking stock.
We had quite a snowstorm Sunday, March 2.
The luncheon at Mrs. J. C. Hamilton’s was well patronized.
Our Sunday School is progressing nicely.
About four o’clock Thursday morning, February 13, 1913, S. W. Kelly and wife, who were sleeping in a distant room, heard the screams of his mother, Mrs. Anzabel Kelly. When they reached her she was enveloped in flames. They managed to put the fire out, but she was so badly burned that she lived only 12 hours and fifteen minutes. She could not tell how it happened, but we presume she dropped fire from her pipe and set her clothes on fire, as she was in the habit of getting up at night to smoke. Rev. J. W. King preached her funeral at her home from Job 14:14. Her remains were taken to Becca’s Creek in Randolph county, and laid beside her husband, John C. Kelly, who preceded her to the grave 17 years ago.
Charles Shinaberry made a flying trip to Dunmore last week in search of yearling cattle.
Ira Shinaberry, dealer in raw fur, shipped a nice bunch to New York a few days ago.
Cecil Shinaberry and sister, Miss Stella, and Dennis Grimes attended the entertainment at Stony Bottom.
John A. Beverage is preparing to set an acre of land in raspberry bushes and plum trees this spring.
Making maple syrup is on the program at present; a good flow of sap is reported.
It hath been decreed from now evermore,
No man shall rule his house as of yore!
And if their decreed be scornfully resisted,
Al Smith and Summers Sharp will have you arrested.
The above was found posted Thursday morning. It sounds like somebody had been trying to write poetry without license there for. The gentlemen referred to occupy the position of justice and prosecuting attorney respectively.
MRS. MARY J. WILSON
While earth was wrapped in her sable mantle of night and the hush of sleep was o’er all, a little company of near friends gathered to the bedside where one lay dying as men say; but in reality the body of Mary J. Wilson, tired and worn with many years of arduous existence, found a willingness to rest a while and her pure soul broke from the shackles of flesh and found a finer, fuller fellowship with him, her Savior, whom she had served long and well.
The subject of this brief sketch was born in the morning years of the last century and born into heavenly citizenship in the early morning glow of this new century, thus in her long eventful life she links well together the beginnings of two centuries…
Her earthly pilgrimage was 85 years, 7 months and 17 days as to duration; varied and triumphant as to type…
February 20, 1913
The past few spring-like days brought out the blue birds and robins in numbers. Though so mild has been the winter these birds never left us.
Sergeant Anderson arrested a coke fiend this morning, whose hallucinations took the line of wireless telegraphy. He first created a disturbance in the phone office. He was sending and receiving messages from Davis, Ohio and elsewhere. He gave no name and there was nothing on him by which his identity could be established. He said he worked in the woods.
FOUR BEARS KILLED
Adam Baxter and his engineering corps, who are surveying a railway line on the head of Tea Creek for the Greenbrier, Cheat and Elk River Railway Company, killed a big she bear and her three cubs one day last week. In coming into camp Harry Baxter heard what sounded to him like the whining of young pups under the root of a big tree that had been blown down. He started to look to see what was in the hole and a tremendous big bear looked out in his face. He backed out and went to camp for reinforcements. A shot gun was brought, and it took three shots to dispatch the bear. In the mix up the cubs were also killed. The old bear was very large and fat and weighed over three hundred pounds. The cubs were about as big as cats.
Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Yeager have gone to housekeeping in the Ison Waugh building on Camden Avenue.
Mrs. Lena Waugh is very sick with a dropsical affection at the home of Wallace Irvine in the Flatwoods.
Miss Bessie Cornwell has so far recovered from her recent attack of pneumonia as to be at her place in the postoffice.
The venerable Joseph Simmons, of Watoga, is spending some time at the home of his son, Pat, and taking medical treatment. Some weeks ago he was thrown from a horse and badly shaken up.
J. P. Bear, of the Levels, was a caller at this office, Tuesday. He is experimenting, and right succssfully too, in the culture of alfalfa.
Wesley Barlow, of Stony Creek, was a caller at this office, yesterday morning. He has wintered up strong and hearty and was able to walk down.
We are having plenty of mud but no ice. Don’t fear, old February has never failed for ice.
There is quite a bit of sickness in this community – colds and grippe.
Mrs. Charlie Shinaberry has been suffering from hoarseness but is improving.
Miss Florence Shinaberry has been sewing for Mrs. Jarper Beverage the past week.
We learn that E. J. Williams is moving his sawmill on his place at Limestone Run. Orval Malcomb had the misfortune to get his hand badly mashed this week.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Amos Sharp, February 11, a ten pound boy. Mother and child are doing fine.
W. L. Herold sold his engine and planer to Gum Bros. at Dunmore. They were here Tuesday and moved the engine.
W. H. Alderman and R. L. Crummett are building a bungalow on the former’s lot. As leap year is gone they have resolved to keep bachelor’s hall for the next four years.
Mr. Joseph and J. Hamed were up from Marlinton Sunday.
A good many of the boys attended the debating society at Huntersville Friday night. The question for debate was, Resolved: That America’s shame exceeds her glory, was thoroughly discussed.
Dr. J. B. Lockridge was called to Mt. Grove Monday to set a broken leg for Lightburn Kellison.
There was quite a little excitement here Sunday when 47 of the 68 elk got out. They had been fighting in the corner of the fence and had broken some of the wire. So far they have succeeded in getting twelve back in. The rest are still in the woods near the park and it is hoped they will be gotten back in a few days.
John Grogg, wife, and daughter, Hazel, of Boyer, were pleasant callers here Thursday and Friday.
Sterling McElwee, Moser Herold, of Minnehaha Springs, and Jack Kincaid and Clyde Waugh, of Marlinton, were pleasant callers here Sunday afternoon.
Arden Killingsworth and Zed Smith, of Marlinton, attended the Literary Society here Friday night.
The Literary Society was just fine Friday night. The debate, Resolved: That Lee was a greater General than Grant, which was thoroughly discussed by Misses Maymie Ginger and Lollie McComb on the affirmative and Miss Kathleen Carey and Rev. O. P. McNeil on the negative. The decision of the judges was two for the affirmative and one for the negative.
The question for next Friday night is, Resolved: That money has more influence on mankind than education. To affirm – C. C. Caynor, E. G. Herold; to deny – H. M Lockridge, D. L. Walker.
Ice Houses in our burg have been filled during the recent cold snap.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rhea, a pair of twin boys.
J. C. Harper was in town Friday, having some buckwheat ground at the new mill and doing some shopping.
Fine winter weather. Quite a bit of ice has been put up.
Gum & Gum have their planer set ready for work. TI. M. says, “I dad, we can plane anything from a wagon hub down to a corset splint.”
The debate at Dunmore was fine. Some of the boys got too much applejack for their box supper.
If we had four to six inch tires on our big wagons, our roads wouldn’t look so much like a fresh plowed potato patch.
We are having a very interesting Literary Society at Cherry Grove; we hope the young people will all take part in the society.
Born to James Galford and wife, a daughter.
Mrs. Caroline Collins’ house caught fire one day last week, but no damage was done.
Samuel Sheets was in our neighborhood buying lambs recently.
H. L. Kesler was looking over the road near William Collins’, and attending court at Durbin last week. Mr. Kesler is a hustler.
In reporting a raid on a poker game two weeks ago, this paper stated that H. S. Rucker was one of the number arrested. In this we were mistaken, as Mr. Rucker was not present when the raid was made and was not put under arrest, and we readily make this correction.
Died, February 11, 1913, Miss Minnie M. Mays, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Mays, of Locust, (Break Neck) this county, aged 37 years. Her death was due to typhoid fever, with complications.
Mrs. Jacob Townsend died at her home at Edray last Tuesday, February 13, of brights disease, after a long illness, aged about 30 years.
Mrs. Kelley, a very aged lady, was burned to death at the home of her son, Seebert W. Kelley, near May, last Thursday night. She had gotten up from bed and in lighting a match had set her clothes on fire. When discovered, she was so terribly burned as to be beyond help.
Olivia Ervine, aged 13 years, daughter of Mrs. W. L. Ervine, died at her home in Marlinton Tuesday morning, February 18, of spinal meningitis.
Edith, the little one year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Salagiver, died of bronchial pneumonia, Thursday, February 13, at her home near Edray.
100 Years Ago
February 13, 1913
I read a story in your paper about the man finding the silk hat in the road; picking up the hat he found a man under it; helping the man from the mud, he was asked to kindly help him get his mule from the same mud hole. Mr. Editor, that was a bad mud hole, and that story reminds me of the two Irishmen who went into the woods to hunt. They treed a wildcat, and Pat said to Mike, “Begorra and Mike, you climb the tree and shake the cat down and I’ll catch him.” Orders were obeyed; Mike climbed the tree and shook the cat to the ground, and Pat was there ready for battle and landed on him. Mike who was yet up in the tree called down to Pat saying, “Do you want me to come down and help to hold him, Pat?”
“No,” was the reply, “But faith and be jabers, come down and help me get loose.”
The east side of Cass again suffered heavy loss by fires this morning. At an early hour, fire was discovered in the third story of J.H. Griffith’s boarding house and restaurant building. It soon spread to the nearby dwelling and barber shop of J. W. Carpenter and then on to the large store of Max Curry. By hard fighting the fires was prevented from crossing the street.
The cab of a freight engine burned up at Cass Friday morning. The watchman had gone to a nearby house to get warm. The night being very cold, and while he was away the woodwork of the locomotive caught fire.
Two double houses belonging to the Warn Lumber Company were burned last Thursday morning. The fire was discovered by the night watchman and had started in some way unknown in an unoccupied section of a house. The family occupying the other side were at breakfast, and before they were alarmed the house was nearly ready to fall in. A small child was in the front of the house and was saved from being burned with great difficulty. An adjoining house was also burned.
Not a little excitement was caused Sunday by the announcement that the herd of fifty young wild elk had escaped from the enclosure of the Allegheny Sportsmen’s Association. The next morning bands of elk were reported from Watoga to Cloverlick. These reports were false, having been prompted by a perverted sense of humor. The truth of the matter was that the elk had found a weak place in the fence and had been going out for several days before discovered. They are being easily recaptured by placing feed in the enclosure, to which they return each night. They have never wandered far from the enclosure containing the herd of old elk.
There is an epidemic of typhoid fever at Kidd’s mill below Beard. There are about a dozen cases and the school house has been fixed up as a hospital. The cause was traced to a spring, which has been filled up.
Cold weather and talking of the building of a railroad here seems to be the news of today.
Miss Verna McLaughlin attended the literary society here Friday night.
The Huntersville Literary Society here is one of the best in the county. A program of special interest was rendered here last Friday night… Current events given by L.C. McComb was as usual, well taken. This gives us the humorous side, as well as the epic and lyrical. This brought the programme to the debate: Resolved: That America’s shame exceeds her glory, which was very ably and thoroughly discussed by G. C. Poling and M. B. Herold on the affirmative and Rev. O. P. McNeil and C. Caynor on the negative. The decision of the judges was unanimous for the affirmative side. This was followed by a painstaking and efficient report of critic pro tem, E. G. Herold. The question for debate next Friday: Resolved: That Lee was a greater general than Grant. To affirm, Maymie Ginger, Lollie McComb. To deny, Kathleen Carey, Jessie McComb. We extend an invitation to the public to attend.
The Supply train on the Campbell line was wrecked last Thursday and did not get back to Campbelltown until Friday evening.
John Galford purchased a good team of horses from W. McClintic at Buckeye, last week.
F. M. White found a dog trying to kill a sheep, and when his trusty shotgun was fired, the dog stopped and the sheep was free.
Mrs. Lizzie Gay and Miss Grace Waugh, of Marlinton, were visiting in this part last week. They also went to Camp 4 to visit relatives.
Pretty good groundhog weather for the first week, and it looks like we might have plenty of feeding to do yet.
While playing wolf at Pine Grove school one day last week, a little girl of Mr. Warren’s came very near dying from over exertion. Children should be careful not to run too much.
Joe Burns got the side of his face badly cut by falling on the frozen ground.
Andy Nicholas is building a cellar and granary. He says digging in the ground after potatoes, et. is not nice work this cold weather.
Mrs. Flynn came very near being drowned the other day as she was crossing a creek the ice gave away and her horse plunged with her and the saddle turned.
A young lady school teacher got scared almost to death a few nights ago, thinking she heard a burglar trying to get in the kitchen, but it was a false alarm.
We are having fine February weather.
W. W. Beverage was called to Buckeye Wednesday on account of the illness of his hephew, Emory Rogers, who will be taken to a hospital.
Miss Ida Beverage is staying with Mrs. W. J. Gilmore, who has been on the sick list for some time.
The taffy stew at Howard Meeks’ Saturday night was enjoyed by all who were present.
Heavy sleet Monday night; the whistle pig is causing no extremely bad weather.
A timber man was looking over the Arbogast tract last week and taking options on other timber. This looks good, but woe unto the roads.
Feed is plentiful; stock is scarce and sold.
William Barnett is putting out some fine locust timber for the Hardwood Co. at Stony Bottom.
Then we had a little cold weather.
Harry M. Taylor left Tuesday for Texas, to see his brother, Jake, who is reported quite sick, and will bring him back to West Virginia if he is able to come.
Capt. C. B. Swecker has taken up the matter to get a R. F. D. mail route from Dunmore to Frost and around by Thorny Creek school house. This route is badly needed.
MONTANI SEMPER LIBERI
O, West Virginia; stern and wild,
Meet nurse for the heroic child!
Land of green fields and shaggy wood,
Land of the mountain and the flood,
Home of my sires, what mortal hand,
Can e’er untie the filial band
Which knits me to that rugged land.
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.
January 30, 1913
Walter F. Alderman, an ex-Confederate soldier of the 19th Reg. of Virginia Cavalry in Co. I. died at his home in this county, January 17, 1913. He was as true as steel to the cause he embraced. In battle there was no braver soldier. He had the honor of being with General Early in his famous advance on Washington and was in the battle of Cedar Creek and Fisher’s Hill, and all the series of battles against General Sheridan. After four years of this horrible slaughter, this weary, foot-sore soldier returned to his old home with an honorable discharge, to live an honest and peaceful life. He leaves five sisters, one brother and many friends to mourn his loss. Under the sod waiting the judgment day – at peace with his Maker and his God. E. A.
Ellen, little four-year-old daughter of Mr. W. W. Camden, died at her home, Monday at noon, January 27, 1913. Ten days before, the little girl had been terribly burned in pouring oil on a fire. These burns resulted in her death. The funeral service was conducted by Revs. Bean and Rachal. The bereaved mother and family have the sympathy of the entire community.
John W. Lindsay, a well-known farmer from Pocahontas county, who has been a patient at the Davis Memorial Hospital, left for his home today. Mr. Lindsay stayed here a few days on account of a polypus on his nose, which was removed. – Elkins Daily Inter-Mountain
One E. M. Hedrick, of Randolph county, spent a few days and nights in the jail here this week. He and his wife drove into town the other day, put the horse up at the livery barn and proceeded to rent a house and prepare for housekeeping. However, the keeper of a millinery store recognized Hedrick as the man who in November 1912, passed himself off as a merchant of Durbin and obtained credit for an $18 bill of millinery. A warrant was issued for Hedrick charging him with obtaining goods under false pretense, and Hedrick was soon in jail. The storekeeper did not wish to prosecute unless the money for the goods was not forthcoming. The only thing of value the couple possessed was the horse which belonged to Mrs. Hedrick and she was a little slow in putting her property up for her husband’s release as the millinery goods had never been given to her. Finally she relented and the horse now stands for her husband’s cost and indebtedness, and they have gone their way. Hedrick says he intended to pay for the goods, but that he was put in jail by the Randolph authorities for selling whiskey before he had time to send the money.
January is almost gone and no ice put away for next summer.
There has been a few cattle sold and at very good prices.
Hay is plentiful and rather slow sale.
Miss Flossie Conrad went back to her school last Monday after being at home a week with a bad spell of grippe.
There has been quite a rush in our town to get goods while they are selling cheap.
Died, on last Sunday morning, the infant baby of Mr. and Mrs. Don Nicholas. Also on Monday morning, infant of Mr. and Mrs. Less Ervine. Two more precious buds transplanted in Heaven to bloom on the evergreen shore. The sorrowing friends have the sympathy of the community.
Reed Gay and his partner were at W. E. and Dives Sharp’s buying fur.
W. H. Shearer is doing a big job of skidding for Campbell Lumber Company.
W. L. Barlow is peeling a load of pulpwood at Red Lick Siding.
A. S. Gay crippled one of his horses.
Henry Shearer is cutting timber on the Henry Barlow tract on Dry Creek.
Edgar Smith skidded one red oak log last week that scaled 1,800 feet, besides three other logs in the tree.
The community was shocked by the sudden death of little Glenn Miller, aged two years. He was a bright child and much loved by all who knew him. The bereaved mother and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. G. P. Moore, and the little body was laid to rest in the Cochran graveyard, Thursday the 23rd.
Margaret Ann Cassell, wife of James Cassell, deceased, died in her 85th year at the home of H. L. Kesler, where she has made her home since 1886. She had been a member of the Southern Methodist Church for a number of years. Her illness was the grippe, and the infirmities of old age made her suffering too great for her to stand. The end came peacefully though her suffering was intense. She expressed her willingness and desire to be free from this prison house and join those on the other side where old age and infirmities are not known. Aunt Margaret leaves a host of friends and relatives, nine children, all living, sixty grandchildren, with seven dead, and fifty-two great-grandchildren, with five dead. A few days before her death she requested that her old pastor, Rev. H. Q. Burr, should preach her funeral at the home and that all her burial fixtures should be plain. Her wishes were carried out. Rev. Burr preached to a large crowd from the 4th chapter and 9th verse of Hebrews, after which her remains were laid to rest by the side of her husband to wait the resurrection morning.
“Why should our tears in sorrow flow,
When God recalls his own
And bids them leave a world of woe
for an immortal crown?
“Is not e’en death a gain to those
Whose life to God was given?
Gladly to earth their eyes they close,
To open them in Heaven.
“Their toils are past, their work is done,
and they are fully blest:
They’ve fought the fight, the victory won,
and entered into rest.”
And then it snowed a little once again.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ashford’s infant child died last week and was buried at Jim Sutton’s.
Mrs. Capt. C. B. Swecker has not been able to be out for three weeks.
In regard to the letter from Lexington, VA., and the man and the mule in the mud hole. We did not want to say anything about the mud holes in the road about Dunmore. They are about all hole. A few days ago there was a four horse mule team lost in one of the mud holes between Dunmore and Sitlington and all that could be seen was the horse’s breath working through the mud. Selah. We would like to see the county court and the road monkey pass through this section in an areoplane with the road roller behind them.
The Allegheny Improvement Company is building a dry kiln.
One car of 25 elk arrived in Marlinton, Tuesday in good condition. They were hauled out to the park on Wednesday on wagons. There will be another carload in in a few days.
The Minnehaha Springs Improvement Co., is making arrangements to begin work on the new hotel. The foundation was put in last fall, and work will begin as soon as the weather permits.
Some of our people attended the debating society at Huntersville Friday night, and report a very enjoyable time. This is one of the best debating societies Huntersville has ever had. If you go once you are sure to go all the time.
Mrs. C. L. Moore and her very attractive daughter, Madge, were visiting at Elmer Moore's on Sunday.
O. E. Gum, proprietor of the White Star mill, is in Highland and Bath on a business trip. Mr. Gum has a good outfit, practically new, and can do most any kind of grinding. He grinds every Saturday, and makes a specialty of grinding buckwheat.
January 23, 1913
It is the general opinion that Woodrow Wilson has the governmental situation well in hand and that the people can rest quietly in their homes in peace and safety.
An invaluable quality in a school teacher is to apprehend what bad boys are going to do before they do it and shake a warning finger at them. So Professor Wilson is warning the bad boys of Wall Street that if they tie a tin to the tail of Confidence and start something, that they will be called to account for their actions.
Dr. C. R. Austin, postmaster at Byesville, Ohio, referred to President Taft as a “big fat slob.” He was called up on the carpet at Washington, and on his return fell into a creek and was drowned.
Parcel post has proved a great factor in student life. They sent their laundry home for attention. It may be hard on mother but she attends to it and sends it back with a homemade pie or some other dainty included.
The preliminary examination of Frank Fowler, charged with tampering with mail matter when carrying the mail across Elk last summer, is set for Saturday, January 25. The young man is a son of B. S. Fowler, instead of B. R. Fowler, as stated last week.
On last Thursday the plant at Watoga of the Empire Kindling Wood Company was bid in by M. J. McNeel, Trustee, for $4,500, and the sale confirmed. This plant cost $31,500 to construct, is as good as new and has been operated profitably.
Austin Hamrick had a narrow escape from serious injury in the Millpoint Mill last Thursday. In working with the machinery his clothes got caught. He was painfully bruised.
Gilbert Eagle, an aged citizen, of Bath county, died at his home near Bolar, January 19. He will be remembered by Marlinton people, having often visited here. A peculiar coincidence was that his death occurred on the same day as that of John H. Rodgers, his neighbor. He and Mr. Rodgers married sisters and were married at the same time.
Died, the venerable Walter Alderman, at his home on the head of Douthards Creek, January 17, aged 72 years.
Married, at Durbin, January 22, Sterling B. Yeager and Mrs. Kate Auldridge. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Simmons, of Bartow, and the groom a well-known young man about Marlinton, a son of Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Yeager.
One of the prettiest of the New Year weddings was celebrated at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Julia Lockridge, at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 1913, at Durbin. when Gaddis K. Cavenah and Miss Lollie Gray Lockridge were united in marriage by Rev. H. Q. Burr, of the M. E. Church South...
Married at the residence of L. S. Cochran, Chas. W. McCoy and Miss Mabel Abrams, of Droop Mountain vicinity, January 22, 1913, the Rev. J. H. Bean officiating minister.
Ellen, little four-year-old daughter of Mrs. W. W. Camden, was very seriously burned about the face and head Saturday afternoon. The little child had poured lamp oil on the kitchen fire and the resulting explosion set fire to her clothes. Fortunately her mother was near and put out the flames, but not until the child was badly burned on the face, hands and head. Medical assistance was had immediately, and unless complications arise the little one will probably recover.
Glenn, little three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Miller, of Raymondsville, Missouri, was fatally burned at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Duncan, of Stony Creek, this county, Monday morning. A fire had been built in the yard at the wash place preparatory for the weekly wash. The little boy went too near the fire when no one was near and his clothes caught on fire. He was so badly burned that he died from his injuries the next morning.
We are having fine weather for January.
Hoover’s mill, from Brandywine, Pendleton county, is sawing a lot of lumber for Charles S. Wooddell.
P. A. Tracy had the misfortune to get kicked on the knee by a horse a few days ago. He is getting some better but still has a very sore knee.
Jesse Wooddell is the champion fox hunter. He killed a large red fox and got to school before 9 o’clock in the morning.
Mrs. D. L. Kerr, who was hurt pretty badly some time ago by a buggy upsetting, we are gald to say is able to be out again.
Born to Dorsey Freeman and wife, of Greenbank, January 1, 1913, an eight pound daughter.
Sam Spencer made a flying trip to Hightown, Virginia, Saturday, for a buggy. He says the roads are some muddy.
Fred Barkley got his foot badly mashed some time ago by a piece of lumber falling on it, but is able to be out again.
William Varner has gone to Bridgewater, Virginia, to take a Bible course.
D.J. Vandevander passed thro’ this section Saturday, taking his buggy to William Eye’s shop at Hightown, to get it repaired.
Lee Wilmoth has finished his barn which adds very much to the looks of his farm and the comfort of his stock.
There is quite a lot of sickness in this neighborhood.
We are having some pretty warm weather now.
Mrs. Sarah Barrett is very sick at her home here.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hill were visiting at Nat Hollandsworth’s last Sunday
Mrs. Raymond Williams is very low at her home here.
Forrest Hill is building a six room house and will soon have it completed.
The Allegheny Sportsmens’ Association expect two car loads of fifty elk in a few days. The eighteen now in the park are doing fine.
The young people are all going around with long faces wondering what to do for amusement. There has not been a dance here this winter. It is time some of the “young old people” were giving them a party or a dance or some of them will “croax” pretty soon.
A very sad event happened on Knapps Creek Sunday night about eight o’clock, when Price Moore’s barn burned to the ground, burning up all its contents including on $500 team of horses, three sets of harness, wagon, Wilburn saddle, hay, grain, etc. The total loss will amount to $1,500 with $100 insurance. It is not known how the fire originated, and was not discovered in time to save any of its contents. Mr. Moore had purchased the team from Smith’s livery just a few days ago.
A great deal of sickness in the neighborhood. James H. Curry is improving some; John R. Warwick is not so well.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ellett’s little child, aged 16 months died Monday morning of pneumonia.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Houchin’s little boy died Tuesday, near Hosterman.
Mrs. Sallie Grimes was badly hurt by her horse pulling her through the stable door. Five ribs were broken.
B. B. Campbell and L. M. Gum put in bids on the Star route mail from Dunmore to Sitlington.
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.
January 9, 1913
A congregational meeting will be held at the Marlinton Presbyterian Church, Sunday morning, January 11, for the purpose of acting on the question of building a new church.
THE “FAST” METER
“Don’t judge a man by appearance,” said a speaker recently at a banquet.
“Jackson Wentworth, after an absence of 30 years, returned to the home of his youth. Jackson had a slight affection of the skin which made his nose very red.
Hence when he called at the parsonage the old minister remarked:
‘Jackson, Jackson, my man, I’m afraid you’ve become a hard drinker.’
‘Don’t judge by appearance, Dr. Steenthly, said Jackson Wentworth. I hardly average two glasses of beer a week.’
‘Well, then,’ said the minister in a soothing voice, ‘I guess your face is like an electric light meter.
It registers more than it consumes.’”
Myersville, Pennsylvania - Going into her “spare room” Mrs. Carrie McAtee found the bed occupied by a big blacksnake which sprang past her and disappeared. A few hours later she tiptoed her way to the spare room and there the snake again was curled up on the bed. This time Mrs. McAtee chopped off the blacksnake’s head with a hoe.
About 20 years ago, a big rattlesnake got into bed with Mrs. McAtee and her grandmother. Mrs. McAtee discovered the reptile’s presence when her bare feet touched the clammy body. When she turned back the bed covers she was horrified to see a glistening snake with 13 rattles. She and her grandmother succeeded in leaving the bed without being bitten and the snake was killed.
We regret to say that this seems to be a bad community for dogs and the use of poison. For many years dogs have been killed by strychnine poisoning and the danger is so great that many persons who are fond of dogs are afraid to own for the very reason that having become fond of the pet, they are apt to suffer by the dub friend’s violent and untimely death. Kipling says:
“We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to buying Christian clay.
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie -
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.”
There were some particularly painful poisoning cases last week. A dog’s life at the best is a short one, and as they have the faculty of inciting the greatest fondness in their masters, the lover of dogs is usually doomed to severe and secret sorrow. And even if the dog lives out his full years, he grows old before his master. It is different with friendships among men. If wrinkles come into the face of a dear friend your eyes grow too dim to see them. But as to the dear dog-friend, the time comes too quickly when you can say:
“The rogue is growing a little old;
Five years we’ve tramped through wind and weather,
And slept out-doors when nights were cold
And ate and drank and starved together.”
We are having quite a bit of cold weather at present with high winds.
W. P. McComb is building camps for M. W. Whiting. Mr. Whiting has contracted to cut and skid all of Watoga Lumber Company’s timber.
Michael Underwood died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Clarkson, on Douthards Creek, last Tuesday, aged 94 years. He was about the oldest citizen in Pocahontas County. He was buried at the Old Church cemetery here last Thursday. He leaves four children – Mrs. John Clarkston, Wesley, Howard and Wallace Underwood.
James McComb and Floyd Gillispie returned from Arbovale last Thursday.
The health of the people of this section is very good at this time.
Miss Grace Friel has returned to her home with her sister, Mrs. Vester Gilmer, after spending about six weeks with relatives at Fairview.
The worst storm of the season was Friday, the 3rd, but it only lasted one day.
Preston Duncan is driving a team for Lloyd VanReenan, skidding logs.
Miss Ida Beverage, of Stony Creek, spent several days with relatives here recently.
S. C. Baxter, J. L. McNeil, Vester Gilmer and Dave McClure attended the general business meeting of the Marlinton and Stony Creek Mutual Telephone Co., Saturday. A. C. Barlow was re-elected president; J. L. McNeil, vice-president; P. L. Carter and C. C. Baxter were re-elected directors and Amos Gay was elected a director to take the place of R. W. Hill.
Mrs. Vester Gilmer has been sick with the cold and grippe for a few days.
Israel Friel, an aged citizen of the Lobelia neighborhood, died last week. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
F. A. McDonald, editor and owner of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, is dead.
The “Fortune Hunter” at the Opera House Monday night was one of the best shows ever given here. John Grogg has sold his property at Huntersville to W. H. Barlow and is moving to his mother’s place near Boyer.
We are having very wet weather at present and the roads very muddy.
The school teachers in our section are getting along fine.
Hezekiah Simmons, of our town, has been very ill for some time.
J. A. Weager is clerking for J. Hamed & Bro. Our merchant has more goods this season than ever before and are selling lots more.
Plenty of rain and mud seems to be the order of the day.
R. H. Lockridge, of Warm Springs, Virginia, and O. M. Keyser, of Indianapolis, Indiana, were guests of Misses Lollie and Jessie McComb Saturday and Sunday, the latter returning to Indianapolis where he has a position as street car conductor.
Miss Fay Grose entertained at her home New Year’s eve: Misses Mayme Ginger, Lynette McKeever, Maude Loury, Jessie McComb, Lollie McComb, Winfred Moore, Clarence Moore, Fred Moore, Chase Loury and Jack Kincaid, of Marlinton. They were nicely entertained with flinch, checkers and rook, and at five minutes before twelve they all proceeded to the church and rang the old year out and the new one in.
The Huntersville Literary Society will be organized Friday night January 10. All are notified to attend.
Miss Lollie McComb nicely entertained at her home last Friday night at flinch, 500 and checkers. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Herold, Misses Fay Grose, Maymen Ginger, Kathleen Carey, Jessie McComb, Winfred Moore, Clarence Moore, Opal McComb, Clarence McComb. All had a very nice time.
Miss Annie Cleek, who had been at the bedside of her father, Peter Cleek, for several days, returned to Millpoint Saturday to continue her school.
Mrs. Zane Moore has been at Miliard Herold’s , near Frost, for several days at the bedside of her mother, Mrs. Herold, who is ver low at this writing.
Rev. O. P. McNeil preached an interesting sermon at the Presbyterian Chruch Sunday evening from the text: “With what measure you mete it shall be measured to you again.”
The holidays are over and the next thing will be ground-hog day.
E. H. Williams has bought S. B. Moore’s timber and will cut and skid it this winter.
Miss Ruby Mann has been very sick for a few days.
Lake Vaughan, of Lobelia, stopped here one day with his friend, Clark Young, on his way to Parkersburg where he will attend the Mountain State Business College.
Ed. Robertson is doing a job of sawing at Jim Sharp’s for Ed Williams.
We are having some very rainy weather after the storm.
The Poage Lane School is progressing nicely under the management of Miss Rachel Cassell; the children seem to be taking great interest in the school.
Ward and Arlie Williams drove over a fine bunch of calves for their grandfather, John R. Poage, last Friday.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Allen, of Clover Lick on December 29, a daughter; mother and child are doing nicely.
Hoxie McClung is cutting timber on Spruce Flats for Crawford Wooddell.
Several people in this neighborhood have the cold and gripp.
Harper Beverage has been very sick, but is now better.
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