100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
September 14, 1916
 
STATE NEWS
One hundred witnesses have been summoned to testify in the election fraud cases that will come up for trial at the Huntington term of the United States district court, which convenes September 19.
West Virginia votes on a woman suffrage amendment and sentiment at Cheat Neck is unanimous in favor of the amendment. The last fifteen children born there were girls. Residents say all the new arrivals are girls because the suffrage sentiment is so strong.
While chewing on  a portion of meat at dinner, E. S. Criswell, of Moundsville, by some queer contortion of his tongue got it fastened over a sharp pointed back tooth. Before he realized what happened he bit down again rather hard, and consequently had to seek a physician who, with the aid of tweezers, lifted the unruly member back into place. It left a hole clear through his tongue.
Work on the Elkins federal building is progressing satisfactorily, despite the fact that a large number of piles had to be driven through a six-foot vein of quicksand before a suitable base for the foundation could be secured.
Samuel McCausland, charged with the murder of George Jeffreys, was found guilty of involuntary man-slaughter by a jury in the circuit court in Mason county, and was fined $100 and sentenced to 10 months in jail by Judge Wm. H. O’Brien. McCausland is a son of the noted Civil War general of that name.
Henry W. Yeager, 28, of Wheeling, a street car conductor, died of injuries received saving the life of Florence Clegg. The brakes refused to work when the car was going downhill and the girl tried to jump. Yeager seized her and she was saved, but he fell from the car.
“Cup grease,’ shipped from Ohio to West Virginia turned out to be whiskey, according to West Virginia officers, who confiscated several barrels of the “grease’ at Wheeling. Shippers were arrested by federal officers at Columbus, on the charge of false labeling.
 
HILLSBORO
Deep sorrow was felt over all this community at the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. M. J. McNeel, which occurred at the home last Thursday evening the 7th inst. Mrs. McNeel had been greatly afflicted for a number of years but no one thought the end was near. The funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon by her pastor, Rev. J. C. Johnson, after which her body was laid to rest in the McNeel cemetery to await the resurrection of the just. A devoted member of the Presbyterian church, she lived an exemplary Christian life and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Miss Mamie Sydenstricker left Monday morning for Richwood where she holds a responsible position as director of music in the high School there.
Miss Madge Ruckman and Mr. Lanty McClure surprised their friends last week by going to Elkins where they were quietly married.
School opened here with a large enrollment – there were fifty-three in the High School department.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Goodsell and little son John W., of Detroit, Michigan, are visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Darnell. Mr. Goodsell gave up his position in Detroit to take charge of his father’s garage in Durbin.
Here is the latest conundrum we have heard: What is the difference between Justice Hughes and a fault finding woman? Do you give up? Yes, give it up. Nothing, but the whiskers.
 
 
DUNMORE
A little dry at this time but good on the roads. We can truthfully say that E. H. Hamrick has the road from Cloverlick to Linwood in the best condition that we have ever seen it. Most of the road has a ditch cut on one side and some on both sides. That is what keeps a road up. A little more work this fall and it will be all O. K.
Some of the mud holes are being filled between Dunmore and Huntersville. If that little piece of new road could be made on Browns creek and evade the two fords what an improvement it would be. Why not bond the county and make one good road from Droop Mt. to Bartow? That would run through each district in the county, then branch out…
 
R. L. Walker and family, after spending part of the summer here, have returned to their home in Charleston. Their health was greatly improved by sing the fine water here.
Miss Grace Curry will go to Marlinton to attend school this winter.
June McElwee has moved into his new house.
 
RESOLUTIONS
By the teachers Institute
We, the teachers of Pocahontas county in Institute assembled do, this September 1, 1916, adopt the following resolutions:
1.      That we endorse the work of the Agricultural Agent and believe that, as teachers, we should co-operate with him fully in the organization of agricultural clubs.
2.      That we favor the formation of a Round Table for the counties of Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Monroe.
3.      That where practical, Boards of Education should arrange for the consolidation of schools and for the transportation of pupils.
4.      That we favor the ratification of the Woman Suffrage Amendment.
5.      That we extend our thanks to Miss Fontaine and Prof. Woodley for their good work, which has given us nobler inspirations and higher ideals, and to B. b. Williams for his untiring efforts as County Superintendent; also to the ministers of the town for their assistance and to the citizens for the hospitality.
6.      That we endorse the resolutions adopted by the Pocahontas County Teachers’ Association at its annual session held August 31, 1916.
7.      Whereas, Our Heavenly Father has called form our midst and from active service, our fellow teacher, George Bright, therefore be it resolved:
1st. That we, the teachers of Pocahontas county, have by his death lost a friend and co-laborer.
2nd. That we extend our sympathy to the loved ones at home and to his friends, praying that God may comfort them in their sorrow.
J. B. Grimes, Chairman
G. D. McNeill, Secretary.
 

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