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100 Years Ago

Thursday, January 18, 1917

This peace talk has about exhausted us. Germany’s proposal of peace has been likened to the man who put an advertisement in the paper: “If Jack Robinson, the husband of the woman I eloped with six months ago, will take her back, all will be forgiven.”
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Along in the sixties it was so hard to keep the kitchen stocked up that us Virginians learned for the first time to dread having company, The old Colonel who had only rice and mustard to set before his guest learned with horror that his friend never ate rice, so he pressed him to help himself liberally to the mustard. We probably know better than any people in the world what Germany is going through with at the present
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Squire N. B. Arbogast was elected mayor of the city of Durbin in the recent municipal election.


At a meeting of citizens of Pocahontas County, held at the office of the Pocahontas Times, on the 18th day of January 1917, the Pocahontas Historical Society was formed and the following constitution and bylaws were adopted.

The object of this society is to preserve the historical events of Pocahontas County as they are known today, by permanent monuments and in any other ways that can aid History to triumph over Time…

There shall be no dues, no dull meeting, and no tasks assigned. Any member is to be encouraged in any voluntary work of a historical nature…

The officers of this society are instructed to apply to the county court and request that it take action under section 23a of chapter 39 of the Code to erect monuments or tablets to mark the sites of frontier forts and other historical localities to perpetuate the memories of the pioneers of this state, and that the first request be for three cement monuments with bronze tablets to cost not over $100 each, in the following respective localities:

1. A monument at the corner trees at the point of Marlin Mountain marked by Gen. Andrew Lewis in 1751, to record the fact that Fort Greenbrier was erected here in 1755 at a point near where the courthouse now stands; the killing of the boy Sloan at the Marlinton Run Ford in 1765; and the killing of Henry Baker by the Indians in 1786, Henry Baker being the first school teacher of this county, and the engagement with the Indians at the Marlin Ford in 1765.

2. At the site of the frontier fort erected on Deer Creek by John Warwick about the year 1765.

3. At the site of the frontier fort on Stamping Creek erected in the Little Levels about 1772.


Dr. J. E. Page and Miss Kitten Kramer were married here last Wednesday morning at 5 o’clock.

Wm. Plyer is preparing to move in the boarding house.

B. F. Haney left last week for Detroit to learn the automobile trade. W. M. Gibson takes his place in the machine shop.

W. H. Arbogast is talking about going south.


There are a great many sick people in and near Durbin.

The Schmader manufacturing Company is putting in a plant at his place. They come from the northern part of Pennsylvania.

John Williams has bought the Livesay barn and is doing a rushing business.

John Hevener is in the feed, egg, butter, flour and bees wax business.


The health of the neighborhood is good considering the bad weather.

Clarence Barlow and Ward Wimer, of Renick, were here on business last week.

One of our deputy sheriffs was seen attending to his official duties riding a very pigeon-toed pony.

Dick Smith is a busy man these days – farming, hunting and shaving.

J. A. Young had a horse trade with the gypsies last week.


We were sorry to hear of the death of Ulysses Calhoun at this home near Bartow, on Tuesday, January 9, 1917, of a complication of diseases. He was about 45 years old. He had been a member of the Church of the Brethren for several years. He leaves a wife, two sons and four daughters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He was a good citizen and will be greatly missed in the community.

Charles Nottingham, who works for the Spencer Lumber Company at Hosterman, was at home over Sunday.

Clarence Nottingham was visiting relatives on Back Mountain, Sunday.

William Greathouse is running his mill every Friday. He is recovering from a broken leg.

Arthur Nottingham has purchased a bicycle from Rennie Lambert. He expects to take a contract for carrying mail as soon as the snow goes away.


Mrs. Joe E. Barlow died Wednesday morning of pneumonia, at her home near Onoto, aged 84 years, after an illness of about a week. She is survived by her husband and two children, William Cochran at Onoto, and Mrs. Giles Sharp, near Warwick.

The little three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis H. Dilley, of Dilleys Mill, died Sunday, after a short illness of pneumonia.

Mrs. Susan Leonard died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. A. Dennison, at Denmar, Sunday afternoon, January 14, 1917, of paralysis, aged 86 years.

Died, at her home at Nida, January 10, Mrs. L. H. Rutherford, aged 72 years. She was buried at Ronceverte.

Mrs. Carrie Renick Brown died at her home at Renick January 9, after a short illness. She was a daughter of the late Robert W. Renick.

Mrs. Susan A. Waugh, widow of the late Marcus G. Waugh, died at the home of her son, Henry H. Waugh, on Friday, January 12, 1917, aged 86 years… On Sunday her body was buried at the Fairview church. For many years she had been a professing Christian, and a member of the Methodist church. Mrs. Waugh’s maiden name was Johnson, and she is survived by her brother, the venerable Ewing Johnson, of Marlinton. Her husband has been dead about 12 years. Of her children she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Hugh Sharp and Mrs. Mary Varner, and three sons, Henry H., L. Moffett, and J. B. Waugh.


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