100-Years-Ago

Thursday, July 13, 1916

A scout who was riding in Bath county during the recent Fourth of July season brought back the report that the liquor bill of Pocahontas County at the Hot Springs saloons was something over $13,000. That sounds very big to us but there was some money spent for the destroyer during that festive time. It was the first bad outbreak of the demon rum since July 1914, when we celebrated the state going dry by drinking a number of right good willie-waughts. We had about forgotten about common ordinary drunks and the blood curdling war cries of drinking men, when it broke loose all of a sudden on the Fourth of July. A number of things contributed to the occasion. The war with Mexico was on and one of the horrors of war is the devil that it puts in young men’s heads. It was the way we celebrate. The Hot Springs would go dry another year. A decision of the Supreme Court recently rendered makes it lawful to lug your own liquor across the border. Then, long abstinence had caused the fumes of liquor to take effect more surely than when the human systems were more tolerant by reasons of constant usage.
One stranger in our midst was selling the stuff at six dollars a quart and he was arrested and his stock confiscated on a charge of illegal sale of liquor, but it looks like he ought to be prosecuted for extortion.

FAIRMONT
GOLF MEETING
Two Trophies Won by Marlinton Player
The West Virginia State Golf Association for Women players met at Fairmont last week and was one of the most notable events in the history of the State…
It is of special interest to Pocahontas that Miss Merle McClintic, playing for Marlinton, won two of the most coveted cups, one being the prize offered for the winner of the second flight of players. This was the second most important event. She also won a cup offered to the best foursome…
There is no game that has grown so of late years as golf. Its devotees are numbered by the thousands and literally millions of dollars are spent every year. The game keeps elderly men in a healthy condition and it is a direct blow at the medical profession. In addition there is much fame and pleasure in the game for young people, thought it is sometimes referred to as the young man’s vice and the old man’s penance.

SELF PRESERVATION
A writer who lived about three hundred years ago by the name of Marvell was a considerable thinker. He referred to the inglorious arts of peace. He reminded men of the fact that among the blind the one eyed blinkard reigns. The quotation that is most often heard upon the lips of men at this day and time is that self-preservation is nature’s first great law. This is usually heard in support of the right of self-defense, but it probably has a much broader meaning than that, and refers to all the unconscious or subconscious efforts of animals and members of the vegetable kingdom to prolong life.
In life, kind reproduces kind, but there are infinite variations and it becomes a question of the survival of the fittest. Sometimes it is a survival of the fleetest and at other times it is a survival of the fightingest…

HILLSBORO
Married, on the 5th inst. at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Overholt, Miss Lillian, their accomplished daughter, and one of our popular school teachers, to George Edgar Shiffler, of Denmar. The happy couple left at once on their bridal tour.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. McNeel returned last Saturday from Washington, D. C. and other cities from their bridal tour. The trip was made through the country in a Dodge car.
A large crowd attended the sad funeral of Geo. P. Gladwell last Saturday when his body was laid to rest in the Old Brick Church burying ground.

GREENBANK
This vicinity was visited by a very severe storm of lightning, thunder and rain last Sunday night.
Grady Arbogast is on the border in the U. S. Army. He enlisted at Columbus, Ohio, and is now stationed at Nongales, Arizona, and has experienced some warfare and says he enjoys army life fine. He was not in the Villa hunt, but wanted to be.
John A. Sheets and son Clarence had a very narrow escape last Monday when coming over from Cass in their new auto. The thing got out of control and took to the woods and then went over the road at the Bar hill and turned over the occupants. They got out unharmed while the auto landed in the creek upside down.

DURBIN
The picnic in the Twin Oak Park was a grand success and all enjoyed the 4th fine.
Mayor W. H. Arbogast is contemplating a vacation of a month soon.
Warren Arbogast is handling baggage to the satisfaction of the traveling public.
Wm. Wimer, of Monterey, is here with a general line of produce to sell.
Walter Cole, of Cheat Bridge, was here looking after the interest of the Club House.
G. W. Wilmoth and John O’Neal are off on a fishing trip.
Some dogs have been killing sheep for Nottingham Bros. and Wm. Lambert. The dogs have been traced up and killed.
Commissioner B. M. Arbogast, F. C. Sutton and Roscoe Brown are surveying a road from Durbin to Boyer Siding.

REUNION
An event of unusual interest took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Moore at Millpoint, Sunday, July 2nd, when the members of the family of Rev. James E. Moore (dec’d) met to have a reunion – the first in a quarter of a century. Everybody seemed unusually happy but no one more so than “Mother” Moore, who is now in her seventy-ninth year, and who was delighted to have so many with her on this occasion. Of a large family of eighteen children only eight are living – two sisters and two brothers by the first union, and one sister and three brothers by the last.
The evening was spent in singing, talking over the past with its many and varied scenes, its joys and its sorrows, and of what the future may have in store for us, our hopes and our fears; and when the sun which lights the planet on which we live was sinking beneath the western horizon, and the hour for separation had come and we returned to our several homes, our hearts were glad for this meeting here, and our hope was strengthened as we thought of another happy reunion yet to come.

Editor’s note: Several people have asked about the Inframonte Cottage where many weddings took place. According to William P. McNeel, Inframonte Cottage was located across from the entrance to Jerico Road. It was the home of William T. Price, then Dr. Norman Price. The house was torn down several years ago and replaced with a brick structure. It is now the home of Evaline Curry.

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