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Thursday, May 28, 1914

One editor says that under the rule: “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are,” that Upton Sinclair’s diet of nuts, may have some bearing on the present condition of his mind.

In an attempt to move the road roller across the Greenbrier Thursday, for the purpose of rolling the gravel road constructed by the volunteers, it got stuck in the fording above the bridge, owning to a low head of steam and the fire box draft getting under water, shutting off the fire. It spent the night in the river and was pulled out the next day by a traction engine belonging to the Burns Brothers, in use with the crusher. After rolling the road east of Marlinton, the roller was returned to the west bank of the river under its own steam and without any trouble. It has now been demonstrated that the roller can cross the Greenbrier under its own steam, and Engineer Dave Burns says he can roll it forwards or backwards across the river whenever it is necessary to cross.

Two fishing parties in the trout country this week. One composed of C. J. Richardson, Dr. McLean, E. R. Turner and others, and the other of L. M. McClintic, Dr. McClintic, Judge Dice, G. W. Sharp, S. H. Sharp, W. S. Coursey, F. R. Hill and others. With the latter party is Joe Wilson, the finest camp cook in the world, who has been going on these expeditions for about thirty years. He is a dark skinned gentleman, who is noted for his tact, wisdom and discretion. Once when a prominent man made inquiries of him as to some of the intimate details of camp life, he replied: “Boss, what happens on the other side of the mountain is a sealed book.”

About four hundred yards of limestone rock was loosened at one shot at the rock quarry near Edray last Friday. A large crevice was found in the ledge of the rock, at this point twenty feet thick. At a depth of eighteen feet this was heavily loaded with powder and dynamite, and the resulting blast was successful in the highest degree in breaking up a large quantity of rock for road improvement. It is very rare that a single shot dislodges anything like this much rock.

 

GOOD FARMING IN POCAHONTAS

That the average farm profits in Pocahontas county compare well with those of other counties of West Virginia appears in a tabulation of farm statistics prepared by Prof. O. M. Johnson, of the State University, from the 1910 census returns.

The average net income of the farmers of Pocahontas is $560. The only counties that show a higher average are Jefferson, $969; Berkley, $694; and Ohio, $644. Greenbrier is $562 and Randolph is $347.

 

WANLESS

The dry weather is cutting everything short in this part. We will have plenty of fruit if nothing befalls us.

Grover Cleveland Cassel, son of Samuel and Martha Cassel, died May 15, of typhoid fever, aged 21 years. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Hevener. A large crowd attended the burial and extend sympathy to the bereaved family.

 

STONY CREEK

We are having fine weather but are needing rain badly.

The frosts have not hurt anything on the creek yet and there is good prospects for all kinds of fruit here.

Amos Beverage is enlarging W. McClintic’s camp.

We are sorry to say that Emory Miller who has been very sick, is no better.

John Sydenstricker, of Knapps Creek, is doing the sawing for W. McClintic, and Lock Herold is cooking at the camp on the creek.

U. W. Beverage bought a fine colt of Henry Shinabery at Stony Bottom last week.

 

ARBOVALE

The dry weather is burning the grass a little brown and oats are not growing very fast.

The frost last week killed a good deal of the fruit in this part.

Last Friday the fire got out from where John Gum had some burning done and burned quite a lot of fence for himself, Ira Sheets, Wise Gillispie and Mrs. Sam Rider. And the same day someone put fire in the woods near where William Wooters lives; but through the timely aid of J. F. Ashford and others the fire was soon under control without doing much damage.

The farmers are planting a good deal of corn and potatoes so the high cost of living can be reduced.

Wool is starting off at 21 cents per pound.

F. Hamed has bought an automobile.

The measles have about run their race in this section.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Gillispie, a nine pound daughter.

 

DUNMORE

We have had six frosts and not much damage done.

Uriah Hevener and lady were in town Monday.

M. Lacy Johnston was in town Wednesday shaking hands. We did not see him kiss any babies.

Win McElwee brought a nice pony home Monday – next thing he will bring his wife.

The fifteen year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Hoover died Thursday of tuberculosis. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. T. A. Burch.

Quite a big fire in the slashing near Greenbank Saturday evening and had the wind not changed the town would have been burned out. We do not know the origin of the fire.

 

THORNY CREEK

Shearing sheep is the order of the day.

Austin Sharp and son made a quite trip to Clover Lick Wednesday.

F. L. Fertig was in Marlinton on business one day last week.

Ira Irvine and Mr. Neil were in this part surveying land for F. L. Fertig.

Quarterly meeting at Mt. Zion May 30 and 31, and dinner on the ground for everybody.

 

FROST

Several of the young people from our town attended the circus at Marlinton Monday.

W. J. Pritchard has gone to visit his family at Warm Springs. June McElwee is keeping store for him during his absence.

Miss Lola Buzzard, hello girl at Marlinton, is visiting home folks.

 

THOMAS CREEK

Very dry weather in this section. If we do not have rain soon, crops will be short.

We understand that Russell McLaughlin and Dennis Grimes have purchased a new automobile which will be on the road in a few days.

Simpson Gragg, Hubert Grimes and Edgar Carpenter have returned from Horton where they were looking for work and reports everything gone Bo Hunk, except a few small contractors.

We are sorry to say that Robert McLaughlin who has been on the sick list, is no better.

 

MARRIAGE

Wm. E. Baxter, of Onoto, motored from Harrisonburg to Monterey Wednesday, securing a marriage licenses for himself and Miss Maggie V. Hevener, returning to Harrisonburg in the afternoon. Miss Hevener is a Highland lady, daughter of Henry Hevener, of Crabbottom. The marriage was to be celebrated today, Thursday. – Highland Recorder.

Mr. and Mrs. Baxter arrived here Saturday and are now at their home on Stony Creek.

 

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