100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
May 18, 1916

Renick Clingman, aged 50 years, of Greenbrier County, was struck in the face by a board while working on the Thornwood mill, Wednesday, and perhaps fatally injured. Both jaws were broken, skull fractured, besides cuts and bruises. He is now at the Marlinton Hospital.
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The little son of Dexter Sharp is at the Marlinton Hospital with pneumonia.
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The postoffice of Frost has been reestablished with W. Pritchard postmaster.
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The home of Charles Gillilan, of Frankford, was destroyed by fire Sunday morning. It caught from a kitchen flue. Loss $4,000, insurance $1,500.
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Nathaniel Sharp, who has lived near Jacox all his life, died at his home last week from the infirmities. He was 85 years old, and is survived by a son, John, and his daughter, Miss Jane.
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We do not aim to spend much time on vain regrets for the million or more mistakes that we have made, but occasionally we cast back over a long, misspent life and groan inwardly because our hindsight is so much better than our foresight. One of our regrets is that we learned to use tobacco. This is a peculiar habit. There seems to be no compensation about it. One learns to use tobacco and he never has a moment’s exhilaration, or single pleasure from it. Yet he has to use it to maintain the even tenor of his way. Without it he becomes depressed and melancholy. It makes a man go through all the motions of climbing to maintain a dead level. After he has chawed, or smoked, or snuffed diligently he is arrived at exactly the same stage of content that the man is who has never acquired the crutch habit. It is as though there was a being that could exist without eating, had acquired the habit of eating, and thereafter had to go to the trouble of accumulating a certain amount of food every day to keep on an even keel…

DURBIN
Mother’s Day was observed and a fine turnout and a fine sermon delivered by Rev. Newitt.
The Cheat Mountain Clubhouse is crowded with company from all parts. Our friend Walter Cole says let them come, for he can take care of them. And he does take care of them nicely, for your writer and his wife know what a pleasure it is to visit the club when Mr. Cole is there.
Fine road now and autos can go night and day. Some say a car runs much better at night.
Peter Kramer has located his son, Jake, in Columbus, Ohio, after much uneasiness as to his whereabouts.
Dyer Gum is having a fine brick storehouse built at Bartow.
Tom Sigler has five houses to build for the Pocahontas Tanning Co. Business is so rushing he was compelled to make additions to his motorcycle, and now comes to dinner with four men on one cycle.
We notice that the lumbermen will not talk election. All they seem to want is more lumber, more logs, more bark, more men, more to eat, more to growl about, more wages, more road and some other place to work.

DUNMORE
Everybody is busy making garden, planting corn and potatoes. No crop pays better than potatoes at 75 cents or over per bushel.
Jacob McLaughlin lost another work horse last week.
Infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Grimes died at Cloverlick on Monday night, aged 2 months.
Win McElwee has bought a fine saddle horse.
Joe Buzzard was in town Monday night. He has been making a canvass of the county and says he finds lots of men for Joe. He has left his mule out of the race this year.
Some son of a gun set fire out on Michael Mtn. last Thursday, and about five miles was burned. Fire was hard to control, dry and windy weather.
William Smith had his barn burned last week with all his harnesses, buggies, wagon, machinery, hay, etc. His little boy was burning rats nests. Mr. Smith was in the barn at the time and barely got his two horses out. The loss is $1,000 and no insurance.
David Sheets’ horse ran off Sunday with Mrs. Sheets in the buggy. It ran behind E.H. Hudson’s surrey, causing his horse to run off. The surrey was upset and Mr. Hudson’s family thrown out. All were hurt some and Mrs. Sheets badly injured.

HILLSBORO
Joe Buzzard was in these parts last week, shaking hands with the good people of the Levels.
Carl Beard and family have moved into the Chapman house, where they will spend the summer.
C. F. Stulting & Co. report the sale of seven automobiles from their garage here.
Ed McLaughlin was in this district last Saturday, shaking the hand of the farmer, and, of course, wishing how well his corn may come up this dry weather.

AROUND THE STATE
A bold, bad burglar invaded the dormitory of Marshall College in Huntington at midnight, one day last week, but the co-eds were awakened and gave chase to the burglar clad only in their nighties. The burglar, through either fear or modesty, fled.
Charged with murder of his brother and the wounding of Sallie Taylor, Gilbert Twy-man, Martinsburg, was captured by a posse of officers and lodged in jail to await a trial.
Miners digging coal in a mine of the East Gulf Coal Company at Beckley, unearthed the body of a petrified man. The fossil is a perfect specimen of the human body. It has been placed on exhibition at the offices of the company.
Oscar Schenerlein, 55 years old, a well known contractor at Wheeling, plunged over a precipitous cliff 60 feet high in a light automobile truck sustaining injuries which resulted in death three hours later.
Harold Wells, 16, and Lydia Wells, 9, children of Mrs. Emma Wells, of Friendly, 35 miles from Wheeling, died from burns caused when one child started to shake ashes out of the stove and a hot cinder fell in an oil can. An explosion resulted.
Ira Knight, 25 years old, a miner employed at the Davis Colliery Company’s Coalton mines, was instantly crushed to death when a block of slate weighing two tons fell on him while he was passing through an old heading.

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