Thursday, November 13, 1913
THE BIG SNOW
Marlinton six inches of snow, Greenbank 14 inches, Cheat mountain 40 inches, Winterburn 29 inches, the Elk Valley two to three feet, and so on goes the record of the record breaking November snow storm. It began Sunday morning about midnight and continued without interruption until Monday morning. The higher the mountain the deeper the snow.
It was a heavy snow and it stuck to the bushes, bending large trees and breaking down telephone poles and wires. In the woods it was a sight to behold. Evergreens and the oaks which carried their leaves were bent to the ground and every shrub and bush was so heavy with snow that it was almost impossible to get through. Roads through the woods were crisscrossed with trees bent by the snow.
Adam Baxter’s engineering corps was caught down Elk, where they are surveying line for the West Virginia Spruce Lumber Company. They walked from early morning until night in coming out and made but twelve miles. The snow there was over two feet.
W. McClintic was coming up Anthony’s Creek with 22 head of cattle. For six miles, below Rimel, the entire distance was so blocked with bending trees that he could not sit straight up in the saddle more than a dozen feet in any one place, with here and there a fallen tree to go around…
Five prisoners broke out of the Pocahontas County jail last night, Wednesday. They were Ed Lyons, under sentence for burglary; Dick Long, for insubordination at the reform school; Romeo, an Italian charged with burning a building at Cass; and Russell Rhoads, charged with forgery.
Lloyd Long was captured at Sitlington this morning by Edgar Cochran. Long was standing behind a tree near the railway track and Mr. Cochran saw him from the train. Around the next curve he had the train stopped and he went back and met Long coming up the track.
Fred Moore went up to Knapps Creek last Friday to meet his aged and venerable grandfather, Wm. Curry, who has just returned from Highland county.
We are sorry to report that absence from school of Amber Cole, Anna Price Sheets and Lucile Carey on account of sickness.
On Halloween eve it was suggested that the High School class have a masquerade party. Those who live in the country remained, and about eight o’clock the members of the class were masked and assembled at A. B. McComb’s. From there they visited the stores and then proceeded to Henry McComb’s, where, after a period of guessing, they were delightfully entertained until it was time to return home. They then returned to their starting place where the company dispersed, each returning to their own home. All greatly enjoyed the occasion.
It rained last Saturday, and then snowed, and the way apple trees are broken this is the start of storms in this section.
A little late for digging potatoes but there are a few persons that are not done yet.
Miss Flora Gillispie came home last Friday from her school on Buffalo Mt., and returned Sunday evening, finding the road almost impassable on account of snow drifts and timber bent over the road.
Frank Wilfong was paralyzed last Friday.
Milton Gum has gone to Durbin to work in the lumber camp.
Wise Gillispie and Norman Wilfong took a load of lumber to Boyer to the planner one day last week.
Lanty Wooddell is preparing to go into the dairy business.
Very cold weather
Quite a few people attended the opening at the club house and report a good time.
H. A. Shinaberry has a very sick horse.
Jake Irvine has the contract to feed H. I. Shinaberry’s livestock during the cold weather.
Everett Shinaberry but-chered a hog that netted 300 lbs. this week.
The telephone lines were all down in this section. We would like to see the people who get the money have them rebuilt.
W. G. Ruckman and son went to Yelk after their horses.
H. A. Shinaberry took a party to the club house on a hay ride one night last week.
We think winter has come for we saw Lawrence Buzzard pass through this section leading a hound.
Lots of hunting done these days although game is scarce.
Wilburn Daft was in this neighborhood with his threshing machine. He does good threshing.
The Spruce Lumber Company is pushing their railroad down Elk at the greatest possible speed. It is hoped that this new road will do much toward opening up and developing the vast natural resources along this valley. We see no reason why it should not be transformed into a prosperous and thriving country.
Howard Beale has moved his family to Mill Creek, where he has a position on the big mill at that place.
R. B. Wood, who has been disabled the past summer with a felon on his hand, is slowly improving.
Mrs. Edgar Sharp is very much indisposed at this writing.
Mrs. Edgar Sharp very pleasantly entertained a number of her friends last Sunday.
There will be a box supper and festival at the Indian Draft school house November 22. A pleasant and profitable time is anticipated.
Andy Gay met with a serious accident last week by falling on a cant hook. He is getting along very nicely.
H. Shearer has returned from Virginia where he had taken a drove of cattle.
There has been quite a bit of work done on our phone lines this week.
Messrs. Tyler and Sharp have sawed the winter wood for Alvie Buzzard and Letcher Herold.
Sherman Curry and son, Clarence, took a load of potatoes to Clover Lick last Saturday, which they disposed of at a satisfactory price.
We are sorry to note Aunt Lydia Hiner is not improving as fast as her many friends would like for her to.
To our surprise on last Sunday morning when we arose, found the ground covered with three inches of snow, and it being so heavy did quite a good deal of damage, by breaking trees and telephone lines.
Wilbur Kelley killed a fine 16 pound wild turkey gobbler one day last week.
We are having a big snow; anywhere from 12 inches to 3 feet in the Greenbank district. A good deal of damage to timber and fruit trees turned out of root and broken down. The roads are full of timber and brush. We have tried for two years to have the brush and near timber cut along the road sides, but not a cut. Most of the telephone wires are down and a good many telephone poles are broken off.
Attorney P. T. Ward, Auctioneer Swecker and A. S. McCullough had business in the bustling town of Deer Creek Monday. We see quite a good many new houses going up at this town.
Married June McElwee and Miss Luceile Prichard, at Bartow, Wednesday, November 12, by Rev. J. C. Johnson.
Ira Sheets and Miss Rella Taylor were married by Rev. T. A. Burch, November 12. May their lives be long and happy, and all their troubles little ones.
In the death of Harry L. Taylor, who was killed last Wednesday by a small tree falling on him and breaking his skull, the county loses one of its best citizens. He leaves a wife, 9 children, one sister and one brother, and an entire community to mourn their loss. He was one of the founders of Wesley Chapel, gave the ground for the church and an acre for a graveyard. He was strictly honest and upright in all his dealings, set a good example for all; he was a hard worker, a good manager. He will be greatly missed in the church, Sunday school and prayer meeting.