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100 Years Ago

Thursday, January 7, 1914

One of the best football players on the Marshall college team this year was a young man from Marlinton, Pocahontas county, a county, which has sent more than one prominent student to Marshall. This young man is Ralph A. Yeager. He did not come to school until the football season was well advanced, but he went into practice with a vim that soon won him a place on the team for the rest of the season. For the most part he played end, but was often call into the backfield to buck the line and to make end runs. He is a wonderful line bucker for a man of his size, and he also knows how to handle the forward pass. He is a terrific tackler, knows how to break up interferences and is a wonder at blocking plays and upsetting formations… Besides being a star at football, he is also a good student. He stands high in his classes, and is a well balanced, diligent student. Yeager is an all around good fellow and is well known and liked by both faculty and student body – Marshall College Press.

Elkins – Floyd Wamsley, Mill Creek, near here, shot his wife four times, almost instantly killing her Saturday. Wamsley with some friends, it is said, had been on a spree since New Year’s Eve and the shooting followed a quarrel with his wife at their home. They had been married about 14 months and have one child. It is claimed that Wamsley shot at a Mr. McClellan but missed him. He is heavily armed, and it is said he will never be caught alive. The sheriff and posse are after him and it is thought he has started for the C & O railroad over the mountains. He is said to be a desperate character.


Several of our people are on the sick list.

We were sorry to hear of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Locky Gragg’s child. It died Saturday, January 2, of pneumonia, and was buried Sunday. A large crowd attended the funeral. It budded on earth to bloom in heaven.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Carpenter were at Marlinton the first of the week.

Several of our people attended the spelling match at Dunmore last Friday night.

Little Eufama Carpenter still continues ill.


Miss Ruth Grimes entertained in a most delightful manner at her home Wednesday evening, December 30th, with a rook party. Those present were: Madams Mann, Swecker, McElwee, Swecker; Misses Helen Moore, Mamie and Nina Curry, Ella, Margaret and Jean Pritchard, Mary Campbell, Mary Hevener, Dorsie Geiger, A. B. Hoke, Zan and Emmett Campbell, Fred Pritchard, Warn Moore, Arlie Curry and June McElwee.

Warn Moore has gone back to Randolph Macon after spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Moore.


We are having an old-time winter, and no feed at all in places.

Granville Keller lost a lot of sheep in the recent freezes.

Tucker Gum is a hustler; he has two pet raccoons.

C.M. Greathouse, our hustling storekeeper, has been drawing hay up on the mountain for some time.


We are having some very cold weather.

Jim Bird killed the boss ground hog of the season. He extracted one quart of oil out of him. This beats the ground squirrel that Captain Swecker killed.

The holidays so far as I can learn passed off very quietly.

December has been hard on feed, but stock is doing fine. I fear there will be a lot of feed to buy if winter continues as it has been since December 1st.


Old winter is staying with us; fine time to feed. It is hard on sheep and dumb brutes.

The sick are all better.

Bill Jackson has taken his little girl back to the Marlinton Hospital for treatment.

The county court should look after the tram railroad. They have taken a part of the county road from Swago to the bridge across the river and filled up the side ditch of the pike near Swago bridge.

The following is a sign on a farm in Union county, Kentucky:

“Hunters take notice: Hunt all you durned please, and when you hear the horn blow come to the house for dinner. If you accidentally kill a cow, skin her and hang her hide in the barn. If the quail are scarce, kill a chicken or two, and if you can’t get any squirrels, kill a hog.”


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