100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
January 6, 1916

Pupils of Green Hill School who have been neither absent nor tardy during the third month are Leo Davis, Garland Gum, Gray McLaughlin, Melvin Ward, and Dennis Wooddell, Gladys Gum, Ethel and Mamie Jackson, Margaret and Glenna McLaughlin, Ada and Ethel Wooddell, Faith Hutchison, Teacher.
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Honor roll for the third month of Slaty Fork school – D. A. Tharp, teacher. Henry and Ruth Gibson, Ivan, Silas and Creola Sharp, Lexie and Mary Cruikshanks, Eula, Beulah and Clyde Galford, George and Clifford Painter, Thelma Collins and Coyner Showalter.
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Services were held in the new Presbyterian church last Sunday… The pews have not yet been received but chairs were put in the auditorium. This is one of the finest and best arranged churches in the whole Greenbrier Valley. Built of brick and finished in Pocahontas oak, it is a credit to the congregation and town, and the pride of the contractor, E. D. King, who spared no pains nor effort to make it a first class job in every respect.
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C. B. Gilbert, Deputy Commissioner of Prohibition spent ten days in Pocahontas county and reports that the conditions in this county in regard to the observance of the prohibition law are far better than any other county that he has investigated, and he has been in practically every county in the state…We quote him as saying: “When the remaining fifty-four counties of the State reach the state Pocahontas county has attained, prohibition in West Virginia will have been realized in fact.”
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Anthony Lightner, a former resident of Pocahontas county, was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment in the Harrison county circuit court last week on a charge of Bigamy. Some time ago he had been granted a divorce from bed and board from his wife in the Pocahontas circuit court, and then had married again.
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When it was known that the families of E. C. Wood and D. B. Blake had lost all their clothes and furniture in the fire last week. John Waugh and H. Kelmenson interested themselves in circulating a paper and secured nearly two hundred dollars to relieve the immediate needs of the two families.
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Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Pritt of the Levels, were in town Tuesday and brought us a bomb shell which Mr. Pritt had picked up a number of years ago while plowing in the Shisler fields on Droop Mountain. The shell is ten inches long, two inches in diameter at the largest place and an inch at the smaller end. It has never exploded and is still loaded. It is evidently a Confederate shell, as the Confederate battery overlooked the place where it was found.

SLATY FORK
Harry Baxter spent Xmas at his home at Onoto.
The Xmas tree and entertainment, conducted by our teacher, D. A. Tharp, was a great success. We had the best of order and everything went off nicely.
We very much miss W. W. Kennison and his little army of workmen. We can recommend Mr. Kennison to anyone wanting to build a first class modern house. His work here speaks for itself.
Miss Myrtle Hoover fell from a footbridge, sustaining slight injuries.
Mr. Berry got hurt by a fall from his mule.
We think it would be a good thing for Pocahontas if there could be a drone trap at the top of the mountain, so that when the booze drinkers go over to the Hot Springs they would have to stay over there. We can get along without them, and the young men growing up would not be influenced to follow in their footsteps. If the booze drinkers would but collect together and there do their wallowing in the mire, some of them might get enough of such a life and company, and resolve if let come back to Pocahontas they would lead better lives and never visit a saloon again. The drunkards do not want to get off to themselves, but they often come where there is a gathering of civilized people. If they could only see themselves as others see them they would quickly reform. We hope that our land and nation will soon be rid of the great curse of drink.

ONOTO
Miss Grace Barlow was given a surprise party Friday night. Those in attendance were Mr. and Mrs., F. C. Baxter, Reed Moore, George Waugh, Frank and Clark Young, Charley and Fred Barlow, Claude McLaughlin, Leo Price, French Hoover; Misses Glenna Eubank, Oleta Gay, Kate Wood, Bettie Hoover, Roxie and Katie Barlow. Some time was spent playing old time games, after which they all marched to the dining room where they were served with refreshments.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Smith, a ten pound daughter; both mother and child are getting along nicely.
Rev. J. M. Walker preached to a good congregation at Hamlin Chapel Sunday afternoon.

DEATH
The death of Dr. C. W. Eskridge occurred at his winter home in Florida last Monday. Dr. Eskridge was the oldest dentist of the county. He has resided at Hillsboro for many years. Of late years, he has been spending his winters in Florida and his summers in this county. Dr. Eskridge was a very devout man, a member of the Southern Methodist church and has always been active in good works. He is survived by his wife and a large number of children, among whom is W. A. Eskridge, of Marlinton

IN APPRECIATION
In writing of Kennie F. Elliott, who was killed some weeks ago, a man who knew him well says:
Considering our acquaintance I cannot recall another sad instance that struck me so forcible. In picturing in my mind what such news really meant, my feelings became more stirred as I reflected upon it. Mr. Elliott was a thoroughly honest, unselfish, kind hearted husband, father and neighbor. A man, the very atmosphere of whose home seemed to speak peace and harmony, and all qualities of a christian gentleman. He humbly and patiently bore his own burdens without a murmur; and was ever ready with a helping hand for his neighbor. Such were the impressions made on me by Mr. Elliott.
Yes, such news we naturally regret to hear, but let us reflect that God permits things for the best, which sometimes seem hard for us to see in that way…

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