100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
August 3, 1916

Clyde Cochran, eleven year old son of Sheriff Cochran, fell from a fence Saturday, and broke both bones in his forearm. He was at the home of his step-mother near Dunmore.
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The Alexander Amusement Company is putting in a swimming pool in their parlors and making other extensive improvements. The billiard and pool tables have been moved into the bowling room and the swimming pool will be in the pool room. It will be 75 feet long by 20 feet broad and range in depth from three to six feet. The water will be from the salt sulphur well.
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J. N. White, of Bridgewater, Virginia, brought his family out last week to spend some time with relatives in Pocahontas. After a day or two, Mr. White returned to keep house during the absence of his family. The trip was made by automobile, a pleasant day’s drive, the distance to Onoto being 102 miles by the speedometer.

DR. E.B. HILL, KILLED
Dr. E. B. Hill, the well known dentist, shot and killed himself Thursday at 5 p.m. He was in his office. Death was instantaneous.
He served several terms as mayor and was one of our most popular citizens. He was president of the Board of Education.
He left some letters showing that he had decided in a fit of temporary aberration to end it all.

HAROUFF IS
CONVICTED
Sentenced To Seven Years
The trial that has stirred this town more deeply than any in a long time was that of L. J. Harouff last week. It will be remembered that last winter we had a series of mysterious fires occurring at three o’clock in the morning precisely, the result of which was the destruction of much property and the general fear occasioned by the knowledge that someone in town had developed a criminal bent of a ferocious and fiendish nature.
With the whole town keyed up to a state of excitement, a man was discovered in the house of L. M. McClintic, after midnight, deliberately preparing to set fire to the house, having saturated articles of clothing with kerosene. Seeing that he was observed, he escaped through an open window before he could be identified with certainty. The phones were put in use and a man believed to be Harouff was seen to unlock and enter his restaurant shortly after the alarm was given.
The next day a blood hound was telegraphed for and Harouff went up in the air and asked that he be locked up. He did not confess. He showed decided signs of mental disturbance. When the dog came, it went to work in a methodical way, and went out through the window and on the trail of the fugitive in a way that showed conclusively that the scent well held and after circling through several streets and alleys led the chase to Harouff and indicated as strongly as a dog could that he was the man.
Harouff was locked up and since then the town has had no fires. The grand jury returned five indictments against him for separate offenses…
The courthouse was packed, and the trial took parts of three days. The feeling was naturally very deep but the crowd was wonderfully quiet and no manifestation was made against the prisoner…
In sentencing him, the Judge listened to a rambling protest as to his innocence, and said that he did not believe the prisoner was of normal mind.
Harouff is a native of Bath county, is thirty-seven years of age… He is married and has three small children.

INFANTILE PARALYSIS
To control the present epidemic of infantile paralysis, according to a statement issued by the United States Public Health Service today, the chain of infection between persons harboring germs of the disease and the well members of the community should be broken…
Infantile paralysis is not a disease of recent origin. Sporadic or scattered cases have occurred throughout the country for many years but it is only during the last decade that the infection has assumed epidemic proportions in the United States…

HOSTERMAN
Washington Bright is seriously ill of typhoid fever at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Varner.
Page Sutton and Roy McPaters also have fever but are not dangerous.
John Galford of Stony Creek is doing a rushing business with his sawmill.
The W.Va. Pulp & Paper Co. have completed their railroad to timber and are now ready to ship their logs away.
Miss Jean Hevener is very much complaining. Dr. Burner is attending her.

ARBOVALE
Wheat harvest is over and the farmers are making use of every day that is suitable to stack their wheat or put it in the barns. Some grass has been cut but very little has been put up on account of the rainy weather. The hay crop promises to be the best we have had in several years. Corn and oats are both good.
Wm. Malcom set a nice monument at the Arbovale cemetery last week to the grave of Mrs. Mary A. Orndorff, and two in the Grogg graveyard, one to Mrs. C. E. Grogg’s grave, and the other to David Grogg’s grave.

DUNMORE
The road from the McCutcheon farm to Hunt-ersville is in an awful shape for automobiling. It could be fixed if drainage was used. Why not get a portable sawmill and saw the timber right on the roads and make bridge lumber and by that means some of the timber would be cut to let the sun in.
Several members of the Warn Lumber Company are here from Pennsylvania. They motored to Dunmore.
Pat Simmons is plastering June McElwee’s new house.
Sam Elliott will build a new house for Ellis Buzzard.
Our phone line is about played out.
Captain Swecker lost one of the finest mild cow in the county.

DURBIN
J. B. Nottingham has been harvesting his clover. He has some very fine clover, one stalk measuring 6 ft. 6 inches. Can the county bet this clover.
H. E. White is unloading a car load of flour to be distributed among the merchants.
Some calf buyers are around and calves are selling at $18 to $30 per head.

THE VOTE
In the first place, we would say that we expect to vote for the amendment in place of some poor deprived woman who cannot vote for herself, but we are not at all sure in mind that we are going to do the right thing. We are just about as much muddled on the question as we are on the question of divorce. While we favor divorce in all proper cases, we are impressed with the strength of the opponent’s cause. But there is one thing that we are sure of and that is the votes of women will not purify politics. You might just as well expect to purify a mud puddle by casting into it good white snow. Here is a rule of human conduct: Always give a woman what she asks for, so you can get used to it.

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