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100 Years Ago

Thursday, May 24, 1917

Idleness and vagrancy in West Virginia are prohibited under the terms of the measure passed by both houses of the state, requiring ever able-bodied citizen, between the ages of 16 and 60 years, to perform at least 36 hours of labor in a period of one week in some employment for the support of himself and those dependent on him. The bill, which will take effect 30 days from passage, and will remain effective throughout the duration of the war and for six months thereafter.

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In Argentine Republic where immense numbers of sheep are raised, they have an effective way of breeding and using a sheep dog. A sheep dog puppy is selected. The puppy is taken from its mother as soon as it is born and is suckled by a ewe, and is kept with sheep from that time forth. The pup is castrated. It is never allowed to associate with any other dog. It grows up with the sheep, and it becomes the leader of the sheep. When danger threatens the flock, the sheep all range themselves behind the dog, and the dog leads the flock and keeps it together. Once or twice a day the dog will go to the farmhouse to get something to eat and will immediately return to the flock and stay with it.

We were talking with Mr. John J. Echols of Lewisburg the other day. He has been a successful sheep raiser for more than forty years and has done much to improve the breed. In that time he has suffered from sheep killing dogs just once, and that was at the beginning of his business career.

He had at that time about 400 sheep on his farm this side of Lewisburg. One morning he found twelve dead sheep in a field near the house, the work of dogs.

He set to work to gather his sheep into the lots about the barn and that day got strychnine enough to set twenty-five baits. The next morning there were twelve dead dogs in the fields near the house. One was a proud bitch. Another was a very valuable, highly trained sheep dog belonging to a neighbor. Since that time, sheep killing dogs have given that particular farm a wide berth. It may be handed down from generation to generation in dogdom that that farm is no contented place for dogs when they are running wild.

We do not know how this is going to please those who are crazy with the love of dogs, but the time is surely coming when the farmers will decide that the country cannot go on half-dog and half-sheep, and if that time ever comes, it is the dog that will have to go under…

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The legislature hit the idle man and the family dog a jolt. We have not learned just what they did to them, but we gather that the idle man will go to work, and that the idle dog will have to emigrate.

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The clean up days were observed generally in this town this week, and things are looking better. Mr. Waugh has got a force raking up the streets, alleys and commons, and his teams have hauled hundreds of loads of trash to the dump.

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A hay stack on the farm of Squire George Kee was struck by lightning and burned Tuesday night. This stack stood on the high knob opposite and in sight of town.

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American Column Lumber Company at Buckeye sawed their last log Wednesday. It has been a successful job.

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The Mt. View Orchard lost two rows of apple trees of half a mile each from a terrific forest fire last week.


If you are over 21 and under 32, go to your voting place on June 5 and register for the army. The chances are about one in fifteen or twenty getting into the army. It is a thing not to be neglected. If you are sick or expect to be out of Pocahontas on June 5, you are required to make application to S. L. Brown, County Clerk, who is authorized to register the sick and those who will be absent…

The Sheriff shall appoint a deputy sheriff for each precinct to serve on registration day. The men so appointed are compelled to serve. It is a military requirement. They shall conserve the peace, and arrest anyone who refuses to register.


The perfect woman has just been defined by a conference in London of teachers from girls’ schools throughout England. Here is the result of their united efforts:

“The perfect woman is 40 years old, is married and is the mother of five children. She is in happy circumstances, living in a beautiful part of the country a few miles from a big town. She is the center of a good home, in which there is a high standard of cleanliness and comfort and where good taste is everywhere visible, in furniture, carpets, curtains, wallpaper, ornaments and clothes.

“The ideal woman is sensible and businesslike, and her home is a place of peace. She is patriotic and interested in politics and does all she can to remove the cause of suffering among the poor. She is a delightful companion and has a gift for friendship. She is a religious woman and tries to fulfill her duty toward God and toward other people.”


The weather is fine and everybody is busy planting corn.

Austin Nottingham is shearing sheep.

J. B. Nottingham is burning logs off his buckwheat ground.

Mr. Hinkle is getting along fine building houses.

F. D. Moore is planting a large amount of potatoes.

John F. Wooddell is picking rocks off his meadow, preparing to mow a large quantity of grass.

According to the prospect, we are going to have lots of fruit.


Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Ward, and Misses Annie Sullivan and Dorothy Guy and Capt. C. B. Swecker motored to Thornwood Saturday, and had a very pleasant spin.

Win and June McElwee and wife spent Sunday at Hillsboro.

There is a great demand for seed buckwheat.


Mrs. Elizabeth Sharp, widow of the late W. A. G. Sharp, died at her home at Frost Saturday, May 19, 1917, after a long illness of heart trouble, aged 67 years, ten months and five days. On Sunday afternoon her body was laid beside her husband in the family burying ground.

Mrs. Sharp was the daughter of the late Solomon and Nancy Nottingham Arbogast and was raised at Dunmore. In 1868, she was married to the late W. A. Gilmer Sharp, who died in October 1914. Their long and happy married life was spent at the Sharp homestead at Frost, and their home was noted for its freehanded hospitality

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Prof. John Sutton Moore died Sunday, May 20, 1917, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis, lacking about two months of being 71 years of age…

Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, a daughter of Peter McNeill, and their five children, Mrs. J. W. Wood, Mrs. Ira D. Brill, Clyde W., Mabel and Marjorie…

For forty-five consecutive years Mr. Moore taught in the schools of Pocahontas county, often teaching two or three schools a year. Hundreds there are of his former pupils to bear witness to the carful training and considerate treatment received at his hands… Five years ago while engaged in teaching a most successful school at Augment, Mr. Moore was partially paralyzed. He recover- ed in a great measure, but his health would not permit his again entering the school room…

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Died, at her home near Dunmore, Miss Tressie Corbett, daughter of Homer and Annie Corbett, aged twelve years. Tressie was a bright loving child and had many friends. She was laid to rest in the McLaughlin cemetery.

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