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100 Years Ago

Thursday, January 1, 1917

Officials unearthed over a thousand gallons of different kinds of booze on premises near Stuarts Draft, Virginia. It looks like someone had been preparing for a long dry spell.
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D. W. Sharp lost five large fattening hogs last week. He had them in a pen, and he and his wife were called away from home by the death of a relative. When he returned he found all the hogs down, and nothing could be done to save them. It looks like a case of poisoning. Some months ago, Mr. Sharp lost a fine horse, which was found sick in the pasture.
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C. J. McCarty has resigned his position as miller of Isaac McNeel’s mill at Millpoint, and his position has been taken by O. E. Wilson, a capable miller of several years’ experience.


Ben White, the fur man from Minnehaha Springs, passed this section some days ago, investigating the fur industry among the local trappers.

Moody Moore, a pioneer trapper of many years experience, has retired from active pursuits in the jungles for fur bearing animals and has engaged his services to the Kendall Lumber Co.

Luther Hively of Frost, was a business visitor here one day last week.

Ed McLaughlin is working at camp for Dilley and Sharp.

Walter Grimes is building a dwelling house; Anderson Grimes is carpenter in charge.


Russell Campbell has gone to housekeeping.

We understand that Doc Sheets has bought an interest in the Dunmore roller mill.

The Dunmore furniture store has just received a car load of mattresses, rocking chairs and picture frames.

There is quite a lot of lumbering going on around town.

Ligon Price brought his cattle home from Cloverlick to winter.

E. N. Curry killed a beef last week that netted 840 pounds and brought him $112.


We are having fine winter weather with but little rain or snow. Feed is plentiful and stock wintering fine.

Our roads, where worked, are in good condition and automobiles are running constantly.

J. H. Curry and wife are convalescing from a bad attack of grippe.

Curran & DeRan are making repairs and will soon start the machinery in the oil boring at this place. They think they will get both oil and gas. We hope so, to boom our town and county.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wooddell are the happy parents of a fine baby boy.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Sheets, a fine boy.

We hope the incoming sheriff and deputies, with all other officials in the county will follow the footsteps of those retiring and keep the lid tight down on the bootleggers and those who trespass in strong drink. Prohibition will prohibit when we have the right men in office.


Our mail had to lay over at Arbovale one day last week on account of high water and ice jamming the Riley ford. We have to see bridges across this stream and also at the Brush Run ford in the near future.

Monroe Beard just recently received four registered thoroughbred Hampshire ewes from Pennsylvania. We are glad to see more blooded stock coming into our community. He sold two lambs in October which weighed 135 and 150 pounds. They were twin lamb and only six months old. Who can beat it?

Some of we Republicans who helped put Woodrow Wilson back in the presidential chair are pleased to note that he is still for peace and working with might for a world wide peace. Say, brothers, aren’t you sorry you didn’t help in the little lift we Republicans gave him on the 7th of last November. The day and time is not far distant when a man’s politics will not be looked at much, but the man behind the gun who does business will be the man that will get there.


The subject of this sketch was born near Edray, Pocahontas county, February 14, 1839, and departed this life November 30, 1916, making her 77 years, 9 months and 16 days old.

Mrs. Barnett was a daughter of Henry and Martha Duncan and a granddaughter of John Baxter. She was married to Thomas Barnett, July 4, 1874. Her husband preceded her to the great beyond four years ago.

She was of a family of thirteen children. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Rachel Moore, and two children, William Barnett and Mrs. J. S. Collins. She was a woman of rare intellectual ability and refinement and was much loved for her warm heart and beautiful character. She was a good wife and loving mother and faithful friend to all and was ever ready to lend a hand. Her many friends will miss her loving presence. She united with the Methodist Church, South, in early years of life at Old Hamlin Chapel on Stony Creek, to which she often referred as a sacred spot in memory. She was laid to rest in the old family grave yard by the side of her husband and daughter to await the final resurrection.

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