December 2, 1915
There are no ankle watches in town, yet there are a number of ankle watchers.
There does not seem to be much in this universal brotherhood of man business. We have been working at it for years and have not got rich at it yet.
Rex Kincaid was seriously injured; John Malcomb, hurt about the hips; Floyd Rucker, badly cut head, and Reed Moore, slightly cut and bruised when the big Buick car belonging to S. B. Moore, of Edray, went over the bank of the road into the river at the island above the bridge, late Sunday afternoon.
The car went over the bank and turned completely over once, and then landed upside down in the river. John Malcomb was under the car and was helped out by C. E. Denison, who happened to be near. Kincaid, Malcomb and Rucker were immediately taken to the Marlinton Hospital, and are all doing as well as could be expected, though Kincaid is still in a serious condition, being badly hurt in the stomach.
At the time of the accident Rex Kincaid had the steering wheel, attempting to learn to drive an automobile, and being wholly inexperienced ran the machine over the bank. The car was not greatly damaged.
There was an interesting spelling match at the Calhoun schoolhouse Friday night. Both old and young took part. We did not hear who was the best speller.
Ezra Hinkle took a load of turkeys to Bartow Tuesday.
Two wagon loads of Indians passed here Friday, going south.
W. H. Barkley cut his head pretty badly with an axe some time ago, but is getting along very nicely at this writing.
Charles Wilfong was at Bartow Wednesday for a load of flour.
Married, on Sunday, by Rev. Geo. Echols, Harvey L. Curry and Miss Lottie M. Runion. After the wedding, Aunt Jane Curry gave a number of friends a big turkey dinner. May the young couple live as long as they like, and have what they like as long as they like.
While over in Bath county two weeks ago, Captain C. B. Swecker had the pleasure of dining with the richest man in the world – John D. Rockefeller, Jr., at the Cash Hotel. Mr. Rockefeller is a very pleasant gentleman.
J. A. Hiner, the cattle king of Highland county, passed through town with a fine lot of cattle which had been grazed on his Elk farm.
There will be a big box supper at Raywood Saturday night, December 11. Everybody come.
The Box Supper at Dunmore last week was a success. Auctioneer Swecker sold the boxes for $60. That amount will get a good organ for the school. The Raywood boys helped to whoop it up.
JOHN ELLIS HANNAH
“An horse is a vain thing for safety.” Psalm 33:17. This declaration of Scripture was very sadly and fatally demonstrated in the injury and death of the subject of this memorial tribute.
Late in the evening of November 24th, going to the town of Marlinton and within a half mile of the place, his team hitched to his wagon became frightened and ran away, throwing him and his little son out of the wagon; in the fall he received injuries which resulted in his death at the Marlinton Hospital in the early morning of November 26.
A funeral service to his memory was held at Mary’s Chapel on Elk, conducted by the writer of this sketch, assisted by Rev. Mr. Gibbs, in the presence of the largest crowd of people ever seen at that church, there being 400 or more persons present – some think 500 would be the true estimate on Sunday morning at eleven o’clock, November 28, 1915.
The subject of the address taken from Rev. 14:13, “And their works do follow them” was listened to by one of the most sympathetic and attentive audiences it was ever my opportunity to address. Dozens of person in the audience fulfilled the injunction of Holy Writ in “Weeping with those who weep.’
All persons leave a trail through life either for good or evil and its influence is as lasting as memory itself.
John Ellis Hannah was born December 31, 1863, and died November 26, 1915, aged 51 years, 10 months and 25 days, being a son of John B. and Margaret Hannah, deceased. His religious life for several years past was above reproach – faithful in his attendance at church and especially so in his Sunday school work. And above he had enthroned Christ in his home, a sacred family altar around which his family were gathered daily. Very few family altars are found in this country, but where they are found there is a very strong probability that those that honor God in life and posterity, will not be forsaken when the “Crossing of the Bar” comes…
His family has the deepest sympathy of all his friends and acquaintances. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful men and women.
-G. P M..