100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
November 11, 1915

Last Friday evening the big five passenger Overland car belonging to Z. S. Smith caught fire and was burned up. Mr. Smith attempted to drive the car up the hill near his home on the east side of town. Something happened to the engine and he had to back down the hill. When he attempted the hill again, there was  a small explosion and the car was in flames in an instant. Mr. Smith barely got out without being burned. After the fire was put out, it was found there was a leak in the tube which connects the gasoline tank with the engine.
 
MASONIC TEMPLE
Washington – To the many memorable events which cluster about the making of the nation’s capital must be added one other, the dedication of the Scottish Rite Temple here. The occasion was made notable by the presence of the entire membership of the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, together with other prominent representatives of the of the order from all parts of the country… The new temple is considered one of the most beautiful and artistic buildings in Washington. It has been in course of construction more than four years and has cost about $1,750,000. The building proper is of Indiana limestone, while the steps, an important feature, are of Massachusetts granite. The steps leading to the main entrance are 200 feet in length, larger than those of the Capitol, and said to be the largest in the city, even considering the government structures.
The building is said to be the only exact duplicate of King Solomon’s Temple that has ever been built. It is rectangular in shape, the central part above the base, being surrounded by a colonnade of 33 monolithic columns, each 33 feet high and each weighing 36 tons. by these is supported a classic Frieze, surmounted by a rectangular, pyramidal roof… Probably the most beautiful chamber in the great structure is the council chamber, in which is to be installed one of the most magnificent pipe organs in the country. This chamber is 75 feet square and 75 feet high, and no expense has been spared in its furnishings.
 
ROAD MOVEMENT
The movement for better roads in Pocahontas county is moving forward. There seems to be a wide spread sentiment among the people of the county in favor of the movement to get a macadam road from the Randolph line on the Huttonsville and Warm Springs Pike; on the Marlinton and Lewisburg Pike from Marlinton to the Greenbrier county line; and the Huntersville and Travelers Repose Pike and the Staunton and Parkersburg Pike from Randolph to the Virginia Line, from Cass to Greenbank, from Clover Lick to Edray and from Academy to Lobelia.
 
IN FAR FAMED
OLD KENTUCKY
It’s up in Old Kentucky, where they never have the blues;
Where the Captain kills the Colonel, and the Colonel kills the “booze.”
Where the horses they are pretty, and the women they are – too;
Where they shoot men for pastime when there’s nothing else to do.
Where the blood it flows like water, and the bullets fly like hail;
Where every pistol has a pocket, and every coat has a tail;
Where they always hang the jury, but they never hang the man;
Where you call a man a liar, and then go home, if you can.
Where you go out in the morning, just to give your health a chance,
And they bring you home at night fall, with buckshot in your pants;
Where the owl’s afraid to holler, and the birds don’t dare to sing,
For it’s h- – l in Old Kentucky, where they shoot ‘em on the wing. – Exchange

GREENBANK
We are having Indian summer, but why we call nice weather in November by that name I do not know. Perhaps some reader of the Times can tell us.
Joe Wooddell has had a new addition built to his nice dwelling – the old saying is, first the cage and then the bird.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Sheets gave a nice reception to their son J. Lynn and his bride, on their return from their honeymoon on Friday, the 5th. The fine supper was greatly enjoyed by all present.
 
OAK GROVE
Most of the farmers are done husking corn, which was a bumper crop. Asbury Sheets is easily in the lead, raising 88 bushels of shelled corn per acre. J. B. Sutton following with 80 bushels of ears from a plot of ground containing 30,960 square feet (less than three-quarters of an acre). Both plots were fertilized and planted according to instructions given by the county agricultural agent. Mr. Sheets’ fertilize bill was $3.30 and Mr. Sutton’s was $1.10. They both used the cheap grade of fertilizer containing 16 percent phosphate.
W. E. Poage, of Edray, was taking up lambs in these parts a few days ago. Under this Democratic administration, the poor farmer could only get 7 cents per pound for his lambs, boo-hoo. If Wilson should happen to be elected for another term we won’t be able to get more than 9 or 10 cents per pound for our lambs.
 
 
 

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