100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
March 10, 1916

A rook party was given by Miss Levia Carr, Friday evening at Mrs. Frank Hunter’s. Those present, Misses Bessie Kee, Pearl Carter, Margie Warwick, Hildred Beverage, Augusta Carr, Mazie Simmons; Robert Howard, Ray Kellison, Paul Overholt, Jake Beard.

DURBIN
No wagons from Highland county this week on account of the drift in the road.
A big crowd of people attended the sale at Noah Lunsford’s on Alleghany Mt. last Saturday.
School will close here this week. We ought to have nine months of school instead of six.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Kisner, a daughter.
The tannery here is running full handed now.

LAUREL BANK
We are having plenty of snow and wind, but little sunshine.
S. C. Galford will have a sale March 21st, and will leave for Mexico in a few days. The house he vacates will be occupied by H. C. McClung.
Mrs. Paul Hobart has returned to Laurel Bank. The place vacated by Mrs. Hobert at camp 8 on Yelk is now occupied by Mrs. R.B. Thompson and family.

ARBOVALE
There has been considerable winter for several days, and it looks like we might have plenty yet, and our roads are in a very bad condition.
Feed is plentiful in this part of the county, and stock of all kind is looking very well.
Hiram Wooddell lost a fine horse last week.
Farmers made good use of the open weather a few weeks ago and got a good deal of plowing done.
Miss Mabel Gillispie had a spelling match last Friday night and reports a good turnout and good order.
A son of Mr. and Mrs. James Varner died last Saturday and was buried Sunday at the Arbovale graveyard. Death was caused by diptheria.

CASS
Cass is without a policeman at present. It is the hopes of all that one will be procured soon, and that he will have the walks and crossings fixed.
The entertainment and oyster supper Saturday evening was a grand success. People who know says that it was the best show ever seen in Cass. They realized something like $90 net.

LOBELIA
We are having some very severe winter weather the last few days. Saturday morning the thermometer stood five below zero.
The Lobelia Bargain House is getting along nicely. N. A. Bruffey and S. A. Sparks as managers.
Nat Hollandsworth has taken another job of skidding for the Flynn Lumber Co.
Nellie Kennison was the only pupil here who received a free school diploma.

JAMIE McCOMB
Jamie McComb, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. McComb, died March 1, 1916, at the home of his father on Beaver Creek. Had he lived until May 31st of this year he would have been twenty-five years old. He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Ruth Camden, one sister, Mrs. Floyd Dilley, one brother, Alfred, and his father and mother.
He had been in bad health for a year or more. He was buried at Huntersville Thursday afternoon…

GEORGE M. SHEETS
It becomes our painful duty to record this week the death of one of this county’s best men and foremost citizens. George M. Sheets passed away at his home on the head of Swago Creek, aged sixty-nine years.
His whole life has been passed in Pocahontas county. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Margaret Ratliff, a daughter of Andrew Ratliff. To them a large number of children were born. Among his children surviving him are Samuel Sheets, John Sheets, Griffith Sheets, Mrs. Mary Geiger, Miss Kate Sheets, Mrs. Carrie Gragg, Mrs. Huldah Cassell, Mrs. Bessie Adkison. His first wife preceded him to the grave many years ago, and his second wife was a Miss Phoebe Adkison, a daughter of the late John E. Adkison. From this union there is one son, Edward Sheets.
The most of the life of the deceased was passed at his home on Back Alleghany, but some years ago he bought a farm on the head of Swago creek and lived there until his death…

MRS. SALLY
POAGUE BERRY
A telegram, February 28th, brought the sad intelligence of Mrs. B. F. Berry’s death which occurred that morning at Mt. Clinton, Va. The departure must have been sudden tho’ following nearly two years of imperfect health….
Mrs. Berry was born in Pocahontas county, her parents being Moffett and Frances Poague, and her birth took place 24th of November, 1859. She was early left an orphan, her father having been killed in the Civil War, of which he was a Confederate officer, and her mother dying soon after. Sallie was also a great niece of Mrs. Margaret Price, of Marlins Bottom, now Marlinton. When eleven years old, she was adopted (1871) into the family of Rev. Wm. T. Price, then residing at Mt. Clinton, Rockingham county, Va., and there at the Presbyterian Parsonage was married by Rev. Mr. Price in 1881 to Mr. Benjamin F. Beery, of Rockingham, at the time…
Yes, a good woman she has lived and now gone, we feel assured to Christ’s Heavenly Kingdom above. Of a sprightly mind, a pleasing countenance, unbounded energy and skill, fond of the beautiful and given to hand fabrication, industrious, social and helpful to the last degree, self-denying in her large household – Sallie has left a host of friends to mourn her comparatively early death…

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