February 26, 1914
“Hello! Is this Marlinton? The hardware store? Say, I wish you would send us a pair of hames, ten pounds of ten-penny nails, and a new grate for our stove, by parcel post. And give me the meat shop, so I can get some steak for supper.” Who would want to live in town, with the telephone and parcel post in working order? A farmer can clear ten acres of ground in the time he used to spend going to the store.
In New York state the other night, a chicken fancier went into a neighbor’s hen house and took here from fifteen fine hens. As he was operating upon the said chickens in the said unlawful manner, he dropped a wallet containing $90 in currency, which the owner of the chickens has in lieu of his fowls. There is no clue to the identity of the person who dropped $90 in lifting eight dollars’ worth of poultry, but it is thought that he must have been a sawmill man.
Traffic on the Greenbrier was pretty well tied up yesterday. On Tuesday afternoon six cars were derailed at Droop in a freight wreck, necessitating the transfer of baggage and passengers. Yesterday morning the train from Durbin was belated five hours by a car wheel of a freight car breaking and derailing some cars at Stony Bottom. The wreck at Droop was not cleared up until yesterday afternoon.
Ground hog weather in abundance. We have had about 18 inches of snow, and very cold.
We had a very successful term of school which closed February 20 – two weeks short on account of not having money enough to pay the teacher. We hope this will not happen again.
Wilma, little daughter of E. H. Dilley, is threatened with pneumonia; Dr. Lockridge is attending physician.
N. F. Fertig is hauling furniture from Clover Lick for a business, making one trip each week.
Sam Pifer is assisting J. F. Wanless in housekeeping during the storm.
The Dunmore roller mill has been closed the past month on account of being short of a miller.
Feed is plentiful and stock is wintering well in this section. Stock of all kinds is scarce and very high.
Winter is fast passing away and soon we shall hear the song of the blue birds rejoicing that spring time has come; yet we may expect many a hard blast before this is true. Not only birds wish for the balmy breezes of spring time, but people who spend so much to buy feed. Happy is the man who raises enough feed for his stock; he is the man who reduces the high cost of living. Others are depending on Congress with a view of manufacturing some plan through a political process to eliminate high prices.
The Monroe Lumber Co. lost a fine horse last week. Also A. V. Moller lost a fine horse at the same time with spinal meningitis.
The sound of tariff reduction and currency reform helped Joe Buzzard to corner all the lambs in this part for fall markets.
A good sawmill man would do well to see the Monroe Lumber Company – about one million feet of lumber to cut.
Road working will soon be on hand. The first dry weather in March would be a fine time to scrape and open waterways; this would insure good roads at little cost. We wait to see what improvements will be made this year. Can any good thing come out of Pocahontas county? “Come and see.”
We are having a little snow at present.
Mrs. Russell McLaughlin is not so well at this writing.
Little Forrest Sharp is better.
Quite a few attended the taffy stew at Cam McLaughlin’s and report a good time.
Lawrence McLaughlin and Frank Deputy are about well again. We think Frank would be all right if it wasn’t for the snow.
Eight degrees below zero Wednesday morning – pretty good ground hog weather.
Frank Taylor has gone to Pendleton county to look for a good horse.
The new switch board for the Arbovale Telephone line has come and will be put in next week by Mr. Sheets.
Win McElwee is looking for a miller this week, and has ordered a car load of wheat and a car of corn.
W. W. Galford lost a fine horse last week, worth $250, by falling on a stob.
Just now someone should be on the roads and fill the deep ruts with gravel. You might just as well fill a road with talcum powder as to put dirt and black soft slate in the mud hole or rut. We have lots of fun lifting the lumber wagons out of the ruts.
G. F. Crummett was called to Staunton last Thursday by the brother, Silas Crummett, who, in a fit of despondency, shot himself with suicidal intent. He shot himself in the head with an old shot gun that had been a relic in the family for years. For a long time he had been in ill health and a year ago his daughter, Marie, then about grown, was killed in a runaway accident at Lewisburg. Mr. Crummett was a native of Highland county and was about 56 years old.
Mrs. Augusta Cackley, wife of James V. Cackley, died at her home near Neola, Greenbrier county, on the 2nd day of February. Mrs. Cackley was the daughter of the late Reuben Pennell, of Millpoint. She is survived by her husband who has been an invalid for many years, two sons and one daughter and one sister, Mrs. Wm. H. Auldridge, of Millpoint, and one brother, Joseph Pennell, of Buckeye.