July 6, 1916
The bass season opened last Saturday, the first day of July. For a wonder, the season came in with the water in fair condition for fishing. Usually after all the months of discontent, the fisherman finds the good old Greenbrier in a state of flood at the opening of the season and not to be tampered with.
It had been a rainy June but toward the last of the month the rains let up and every day the water showed signs of clearing. Since they tore down the old covered bridge and built the concrete bridge in its place, it is much easier to note the condition of the river. It becomes a habit with the river dwellers to make a mental note of the river each day. It is always changing and it becomes second nature to size it all up in passing. A man who watches the river can always answer the phone and instantly report correctly on the question fired in from the uplands such as “How is the river today?”
The view from the new bridge both above and below is very beautiful. It is only of late years that we have become an admirer of the tremendous beauty of our mountains and streams. Formerly we paid no attention to them, but little by little we took to looking at them more intently and found them more than interesting. There can be no complain of sameness for everyday as well as every passing light and shadow changes them. We wonder sometimes if we are peculiar or whether it is the common experience of mountaineers to take to admiring the mountain scenery as they get older…
The Fourth of July was a very satisfactory day in Marlinton. There was a large crowd of good, well dressed people who seemed to enjoy the entertainment provided. The celebration was not thought of until the week before the Fourth, when a few public spirited men got busy and made what arrangements they could in the limited time. A feature was the automobile parade, in which seventy-five machines took part. Anderson’s Band made music all day long; the horse racing was fast and exciting; the foot races good, as were the ballgames. The weather was perfect and better behavior need not be desired.
Dr. N. R. Price was a business visitor here a few days ago.
Mrs. Jacob Mace has gone to Minnehaha Springs for the benefit of her health.
Mrs. Harry Varner is improving slowly.
Lloyd Vanreenan and S. H. Galford spent Sunday with their families at Woodrow.
Mrs. Lanty Cole and children of Buckeye are spending a few days with her husband who is running a camp for the Spruce Lumber co.
Geo. L. Hannah and Russell Hannah were a Marlinton on business recently.
Dr. Smith was here to doctor a horse for Ellis Dumire that got crippled a few days ago.
Cold enough for frost. Nice corn showers and corn is growing fine; oats is fine; wheat is ripe and fairly good; cherries will soon be gone; raspberries are getting ripe, and there is a good prospect for blackberries.
The health of the people is good, and the candidates are all gone, the mourners are plentiful, and Mexico is still running at large. Why don’t our president turn Uncle Sam’s bulldogs loose and clean the place out?
Porter Kellison had two ewes that clipped 10 and 11 pounds, and two lambs that weighed 70 and 72 pounds. Who can beat that?
Mrs. Q. W. Callison and two children, of New Jersey, are now at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Stulting.
Our townsman Frank Kidd met with a very painful accident one day last week which caused him to lose the front finger of his left hand. In attempting to adjust a saw in motion at his mill, the wrench slipped and his hand was caught in the saw.
Enoch Taylor of the Greenbank neighborhood, paid our town a short visit last Tuesday.
Geo. P. Gladwell, of Droop, was kicked in the stomach by a horse, and perhaps fatally hurt. He was brought to the Marlinton Hospital in hopes that an operation would save his life, but little hope is entertained for his recovery.
A car exceeding the speed limit, and driven by some joy riders, was turned over on the evening of the Fourth and spilt the occupants and other things in the street. No one seriously hurt.
Arthur Kelley had the misfortune to get his arm broken one day last week – A Ford kicked him.