100 Years Ago

Thursday, May 3, 1917

The country breathed a sigh of relief when the news was received here by telegram from the faithful Adam Littlepage, that Congress had supported the president by an overwhelming majority by passing the army bill that he had recommended. Solidly behind the President, said the telegram. The following of Champ Clark can best be described under the circumstances as being about the size of a corporal’s guard. Now will Corporal Clark be good?

In the fearful emergency of war there is but one course for the citizens to pursue and that is to stand united with the President. Safety and inclination lead that way. Any word, act, or sign of disloyalty should be checked, for there is too much danger of an effort being made to divide the American people and so destroy them.


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In this great time, when every citizen must do his part, the President has made his chief appeal to the men who live on the land. He is right in doing so, for the safety of our country just now is in the hands of our farmers. What I mean is not merely our safety and the safety of our Allies in the matter of food. I mean that the safety of the United States against foreign invasion hangs on the decision of the farmers of the forty-eight States.

The two great weapons in this war are arms and starvation. The war against German arms will be won or lost in France – the war against starvation will be won or lost in America. The Kaiser cannot whip the French and English armies and the English navy while England has food. But it is still possible that German submarines may be able to keep enough food from reaching England to starve her into submission.
If the submarines win, the first item in the Kaiser’s terms of peace will be the English fleet. With the English fleet in his possession, the Kaiser will be master of the world…


The Sparks show lost one of their oldest and most valued employees by death while here.

James Jacobs, the stable boss, who had been with the show company for ten years, was walking up Camden Avenue talking in a cheerful manner to W. L. Dearing, city recorder, and when they had reached a point near the residence of County Superintendent of free schools, B. B. Williams, Mr. Jacobs sunk against the fence and expired…

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On Saturday night dogs killed 12 sheep and wounded five more in the flock of H. H. Sweetwood, near Beard. These were very fine ewes with lambs, and the loss will be approximately $500. The dogs got away and there is no trace of them. A few nights before, Withrow McClintic had a number of sheep killed by dogs on his farm on Williams River. Some farmers with small flocks are taking the trouble to pen their sheep each night. Dogs are costing this county each year thousands of dollars, and they are getting worse all the time. More sheep are being killed, and sheep are worth more than ever before, with wool starting off at 50 cents and lambs nine cents and more. The present law is not working right. The worthless dog enjoys added protection by reason of the license paid on him; the farmer seldom gets the worth of his sheep killed from the dog fund; and the county as a whole is the poorer. The law, while designed to protect sheep, in reality works out to the protection of the dog. These are war times and the government is urging the farmers to bend every effort to increase the supply of food. We know of no better war measure than to do away with the dogs for the safety of the sheep as well as for what the dogs eat.

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Harper Beverage came in to see us Monday, and said that he was afraid this war business had fixed the fishing so far as he was concerned this year. On their farm they will put out twenty-eight acres of corn, four acres of navy beans, two acres of potatoes, one half acre of cabbage and other things in proportion.

They have already contracted to deliver 40 barrels of kraut this fall. For a number of years they have raised much cabbage. Last season they had about the fifth of an acre of cabbage, and from it sold enough to pay for all labor, to buy a carload of baled hay and had $10 in addition.

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Sam McFarlie was found guilty on two charges of bootlegging on show day. He was sentenced to four months hard labor and to pay a fine of $200. McFarlie came here from Bath county.

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Henry M. Mays, a former resident of Pocahontas county, was killed by a street car while walking on a bridge near his home in Clarksburg, April 21. He was a son of the late Richard Mays and a brother of Mrs. George W. Duncan, of Marlinton. He was about 45 years of age. He is survived by his wife and their fourteen year old son.

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Henry Miller, a brakeman on the log train for the American Column Company at Buckeye, had all the fingers on his left hand mashed off while attempting to couple cars on the log road up Swago Creek, Tuesday afternoon. He was brought to the Marlinton Hospital. Mr. Miller formerly lived in Marlinton having employment in Hibbert’s garage.


J. Earle Kee is laid up with a very sore hand, threatened with blood poisoning. He had a small scratch on his hand, and supposes he got it infected by handling fertilizer.

H. K. Bright has about recovered his usual health, and is now engaged in the patriotic duty of planting three acres of potatoes on Elk.

H. B. Hannah has rented several acres of land from Mr. Bright, and will plant it in potatoes.

Mr. and Mrs. Zane Moore have rented the Minnehaha Springs and are preparing to open the hotel and bath house by the middle of May.

Squire F. T. LaRue, of Hillsboro, was a caller at this office Tuesday. The day before he had served his country to the extent of planting twelve bushels of potatoes.


Charles McQuain bought a Ford.

Mrs. Amelia E. Wanless has moved back to her farm.

J. A. Hiner took his cattle to Linwood last week.

S. D. Elliott moved to the old McElwee store house across the road.

Miss Florence Buzzard died at her home near Dunmore the 19th aged about 40 years. Burial at the old Arbogast graveyard.

The young people’s missionary society will meet at Baxter Church Sunday morning.

Plant taters and sow buckwheat this summer.

Reece Pritchard is preparing for war – it’s a boy and all are doing well.

There is a little stealing going on in the neighborhood; better keep a skinned eye. There is a blood hound around.

L.S. Cochran took his cattle to Droop mountain Monday.


Mrs. Uriah Hevener is visiting at her home near Lewisburg.

Julian Nottingham has returned home from Richmond where he finished a course in the Massey Business College.

Uriah Hevener has hired two students from the West Virginia University to assist in his farm work this summer.


Prayer meeting was held at J. R. Collins Saturday evening and was well attended. All felt that it was good to meet together in prayer

Th writer had the pleasure of attending an old fashioned log rolling or clearing at J. B. Nottingham’s on last Thursday, and there were 17 men, 9 women and 31 children. All were sumptuously fed and five acres of land prepared for the plow.

J. F. Wooddell and M. C. Cavenaugh are farming very extensively. More farming is being done than we ever knew before.


Mrs. Moffet McNeel and Mrs. L. P. McLaughlin attended the Greenbrier Presbytery which met at Old Stone Church in Lewisburg last week.

Win McElwee, Dunmore, spent a night in town last week with his sister, Mrs. E. H. McLaughlin.

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Beard have moved into their new and elegant home on his farm one mile south of town.

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