100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
October 12, 1916

Thirty-seven literary men fired a shot at Judge Hughes in support of President Wilson that was heard around the world. Now one of them, Percy Mackaye, after two months, denies that he signed the document, and it might have been late at night.
All right, Percy!
All down but thirty-six!
Set ‘em up again!
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When Justice Hughes left the cloister and took to the woods, we took it for granted that none of the West Virginia editors would criticize his judicial acts, even through he delivered the opinion against West Virginia, and we so expressed ourselves. In this stand we seem to have been absolutely alone. And events showed that we were wrong. Hughes immediately chose the mudsling as his weapon and his target the President of the Untied States. He attacked the diplomacy of the country, and rushed in upon those delicate matters that exist between this country and other great nations without information and without caution, until now a condition has been brought about that causes the coming election to be of more popular interest to Berlin in Germany, than it does to the people of West Virginia. Our foreign relations constitute a more sacred subject than the decision of any court.
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Farmers have experienced the greatest difficulty in getting hands to help on the farm during the present busy season. Two dollars a day and board has been turned down time and again by the busy working man.
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Anyone desiring to draw near a blaze should come to see the mountains at this time. They are like Joseph’s coat, a rainbow and an aurora borealis mixed together.
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Work has been commenced putting the water line to the west side of the river.
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Wesley Irvine died at his home in the Fairview neighborhood Saturday, October 7, at 4 a.m. after a short illness, aged 77 years. He was a Confederate soldier. He was a very upright honest man, and much respected in the county.

SANTA CLAUS
COMES EARLY
A prominent and very temperate householder, on arising early one morning, found three gallons of cooking liquor on his back porch. There were no marks to identify it, but it was evident that the brakeman of the under ground railroad had put the package off at the wrong station.

CHURCH DEDICATED
The Marlinton Presbyterian church was dedicated Sunday. A large congregation, filling the church, was present…
The present structure is of brick, and is a modern, convenient and imposing edifice. The cost was something over twelve thousand dollars.
Marlinton Presbyterian Church was organized in 1881 with a membership of twelve. Three of the original members of the church, Mrs. Lucy Gay, Miss Emma Warwick and Elder George M. Kee, were present… Among other original members who are alive are Mrs. Andrew McLaughlin, of Maxwelton; Mr. and Mrs. Harper McLau-ghlin, of Bath county; and Mr. and Mrs. James Cleek, of Hot Springs.

WESLEY CHAPEL
An Old Folks Service will be held Sunday morning, October 15, at Wesley Chapel, M.E. Church south, Hillsboro. Old songs will be sung and a sermon appropriate to the occasion will be preached by the pastor. The old people will be made comfortable and a way provided for them to come.

CORNERSTONE
LAYING
On Saturday, October 21, at 12:00 p.m., the local Masonic fraternity will lay the cornerstone of the Edray District High School. This feature should arouse the pride and interest of every patron, school child and teacher in Edray District… These ceremonies are instructive and will aid in developing social interest. A speaker – to be announced later – will deliver the ovation of the day, whose message will be suitable to the occasion. Let every one be interested, come and bring his neighbor.

THE COUNTY FAIR
The Pocahontas County Farm Exhibit at Marlinton Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week, was an ideal county fair. The exhibits were more numerous and of a much better quality than former years, and, though carried on for three days, there was a good crowd of people present each day, and especially on Saturday.
Probably the most interesting part of the fair were the exhibits by the girls and boys of the corn, potato and poultry clubs.
There were thirty or more coops of the finest chickens you most ever saw. The birds were exhibited with record books showing how they were raised, and at what cost, with illustrations of the poultry business in general.
Then the potato club members had exhibits of the product of their eighth of an acre patches – clean, smooth potatoes of uniform size. They had to have their illustrated booklets, too, containing an account of the crop, how it was grown, and everything connected with the crop. The yield ranged from about 25 to nearly 50 bushels for these eighth of an acre patches.
We believe the prize was awarded to little Miss Margaret Sharp of Minnehaha. Potatoes are now selling at a dollar and better per bushel. The highlands of Greenbrier valley produce the best potatoes, and these young potato growers will bring it to the front when they get to producing them for a business. While we are on the potato question it will be well to mention the prize winning peck exhibited by Uriah Hevener, from a field of nine acres which averaged 240 bushels to the acre. These potatoes will be sold for over a dollar a bushel…
Of great interest, too, were the farm exhibits which consisted of any and every thing grown or produced on the farm. The best in the county went to John a. young of Edray district, and he had everything from a nest of eggs to a pound of sugar…

BIRTHS
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Irvine, on Swago, October 2, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Page Friel, near Augment, October 5, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cook, near Buckeye, October 9, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Kohler, at Marlinton, October 9, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Pete Spitzer, of Marlinton, October 11, a daughter.

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