100 Years Ago

April 19, 1917

On last Thursday the report reached here that a German flag had been raised in the Swiss and German colony of Helvetia between Mingo and Pickens, and of a consequence there had been rioting and the sheriff at Elkins had been called to quell the mob. The daily papers of the next day printed reports of the occurrence. Reputable citizens of Randolph county, however, say that the story is a fake, pure and simple, and that it does injustice to those good substantial people who have found homes there, and become a part of the American people; that they are true to “the land of their adoption” in spite of the ties of race.

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Some of his admirers called Hindenburg a geni; other called him a genius. Some of the enemies call him a geni-ass. And the father of the German merchant marine, when the 96 great steamers were seized in the United States referred to him fervently as a wooden jackass.


The People’s Store and Supply Company received their roller flour mill last week and they have broken ground for the foundation of the mill building. It will be twenty-four by seventy feet, two stories high, with a basement and a small room in the third story.

The capacity of the mill is twenty-five barrels daily. It is of the midget type, a modern invention which has proved its worth. The mill will be next door to and run in connection with the general store at the west end of the bridge.


Well, two big frosts and freezes and very cold; no grass yet and not much prospects of any.

The farmers are plowing and sowing some oats and a few are planting potatoes; some garden making and setting old hens.

Dr. L. H. Moomau has bought a new Ford runabout, and it is going every day. He says he will burn gas if it is high.

Fred Moomau is an up-to-date farmer – he rides and plows instead of walking and he does fine work. He drives three horses abreast.


Ellis Wilson got right badly hurt at the mill a few days ago but is getting along very well.

Our town is on the move: A. A. Yarnell moved to his farm on Spillman’s Run, and Joe Simmons moved to Cass.

Loring Nottingham has finished his barn and is sowing oats.

J. B. Nottingham bought a carload of ashes from the mill last week.

Arthur Nottingham has returned from Johns Hopkins much improved in health.

Allie Sheets has quit the carpenter trade and has gone to farming.


Prof. Hodges is moving to Mt. Lick where he has engaged in the mercantile business.

John Flenner has bought a fine team and is driving it himself.

The Pocahontas Tanning Company has almost completed the carpenter work and as soon as the machinery comes will start work.

James Shiflet had the misfortune to lose his pocket book with $109 in it.

We have lost track of the republican writer from Arbovale. We would like to know if he is going to war with the Germans. Uncle Sam wants some good musicians. Congress will soon adopt a national song.


The farmers are quite busy now preparing the seed land for their spring crops.

Robert and Graham LaRue, holding clerkships at Clover Lick and Stony Bottom, respectively, were here last Sunday to visit their parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. T. LaRue.

Mrs. Rebecca Brackman, of Kansas, is here for a week with her near kin, the Sydenstrickers.

Win McElwee, of Dunmore, paid our town a visit last week.


Fred McLaughlin, who was on the Mexican border with a Virginia Regiment, is here to spend some time with relatives. He is holding himself in readiness to join his regiment upon call. Since his return from the border he has been working in a munition plant near Philadelphia.

Coe Beverage and wife of Sunset, have recently spent a day or two with Mrs. Beverage’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Lightner.

Miss Lizzie Waugh, accompanied by Anna Denison and Hildred and Alice Waugh, went to Denmar Saturday to the birthday party of little Nellie Clower, that being her ninth birthday.

J. O. Morrison has sold his farm near Buckeye to Mrs. G. W. D. Hibbert. Possession to be given at once. Mr. Morrison is advertising his stock for sale at auction on Monday, April 30.

J. O. Morrison gave this editor a fine lot of Indian arrowheads which he had picked up while working on his farm the past several years.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wooddell, at Onoto, a daughter. This is their seventh child, all living.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gwinn, of Marlinton, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bud Wilson, of Marlinton, a daughter.


Albert Day died at his home on Laurel Fork, Top of Alleghany Mountain last Friday, of heart disease, aged 58 years. His body was buried in the cemetery at Monterey. He is survived by his wife and their two children – one son who lived with his parents and daughter who lives in Alaska.

Three or four years ago Mr. Day bought an immense boundary of land on Alleghany Mountain along the state line, in Pocahontas and Highland counties, known as the Hull and Wagner tracts, and embraced some 6,000 acres in all. He was clearing up his land and had engaged in stock raising on an extensive scale.

Mr. Day was one of the first men to go into the Klondike region of Alaska. Leaving home when he was a small boy, he was little more than a child when he went to Alaska. This was long before the country was mapped by the government. He lived the life of the pioneer – hunting, trapping, exploring, gold mining. He made money, invested it and became very wealthy.

Some years ago Mr. Day decided that he would like to spend his declining years in a climate more mild than that of Alaska and in looking around, he came to Virginia. He found what he was looking for on the mountain top of the Alleghanies.

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