100 Years Ago

Thursday, May 31, 1917

Robert Coberly, a brakeman on the Greenbrier and Cheat Mountain Railroad, had his leg cut off by falling under his train on Cheat Mountain Tuesday night. He was brought to Cass. Coberly is a native of Randolph county, over forty years old and has worked in the woods for years

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High water caught W. J. Jackson when he was crossing the river at Marlin Ford at the Tannery Sunday morning. The river was muddy when he drove in but not especially high. However when he was mid stream the water came up several feet so rapidly that the buggy and horse were washed down on the big island.

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The rule of economy has not been changed with the war. It is to live within your income and not incur any bill that you cannot conveniently meet. If we all go on a starvation diet like the shipwrecked sailors in an open boat, we may suffer in health, and the country is sure to suffer in business. If everyone went barefooted the shoemaker would be unable to make a living.

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Flour is not so high as it was. Last Wednesday we had wheat bread at our house. We are not fond of bread but like to see it on the table.

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The enlightened nations claim that they have to subsist on wheat. This is all a notion. Corn bread will keep a man from starving and is good enough for a Caesar to feed upon. We have talked with old people who could remember when little or no wheat was raised in Pocahontas county and white bread was a great rarity. It was regarded as we regard dessert now. Take it by and large the Levels of Pocahontas is about the best wheat land in West Virginia. Yet these persons could remember that wheat could hardly be raised there and that when it was raised that it sometimes produced “sick wheat” that made people sick who eat it.

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In the conservation that is advocated some of these scientific men ought to take up the questions of salt-rising bread. This bread is a close compacted loaf containing all the nutritious elements of the flour. It is the bread. We are not able to say as to its economical value, having no laboratory to test such things but we believe that a great saving is effected by its use. If that be true we would like to force it on other people. If not we will not change but economize in other directions. We believe that the use of salt-rising bread has something to do with the longevity of the Pocahontas people. (We nearly said longevity of the lives). Victor Murdock when he was here, noticed in a local history that ninety years was a very common period of life in this county. The salt-rising bread is one of our hall marks of which we are reasonably proud. Do not say salt-risen. Salt-rising bread is a leaven bread.

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We are thinking about adding “nevertheless and notwithstanding” in our repertory, since we saw it in the Charleston paper. Will some kind friend let us know how often it would be safe to spew it out of the mouth.


Lewis Simmons has been on the sick list for several days.

David Varner was visiting relatives in Virginia last week.

Road Engineer J. H. Kramer came home Sunday.

Howard Kramer has moved to Bartow. We were sorry to see him go for he was a good neighbor.


Billy Cleek and bride, formerly Miss Anna May Cleek, are now housekeeping in Mrs. Burr’s house east of town – Billy having rented the farm before their marriage.

Miss Goldie Nottingham, of Boyer, is visiting Miss Dakota Kirk and other friends here.

Hubert Kidd, of the University of Morgantown, is now at home making a hand on his father’s farm.

Ralph Buckley, a graduate of our High School, was a pleasant caller in our midst the past few days.


A few of the people went together and put a swinging bridge across the Greenbrier to replace the one washed out by the flood.

The frost did considerable damage in this community.

Loring Nottingham is preparing to put out a big crop of buckwheat.

Henry Galford has finished fencing his mountain cornfield.


The weather is fine and the farmers are busy day and night putting out crops and looking after their stock.

Gordon Whitman and George Kellison are carrying their hands in slings because of automobile racing.

Joe Buzzard was around recently shaking hands and kissing babies.


Our vicinity was visited by a heavy frost last Friday night, which was followed by heavy rains Saturday and Sunday. Vegetables are growing rapidly now. Prospects for fruit are good and wheat is looking well.

W. O. Nottingham’s barn was struck by lighting during a severe electric storm Saturday evening, and came near burning down, but prompt work with a good supply of water saved it.


Charles Nottingham will have a genuine old fashioned brush cutting next Thursday.

Some of the boys are thinking about walking on French soil if the war is not over before they are ready to go.

Nottingham Bros. have placed a good wire bridge back where the old one was destroyed by the flood last March.

John Hopkins had the misfortune to get his sawmill burned last Thursday night. There was no insurance on the mill, and several men were thrown out of employment by its burning.


Notely Thomas at Buckeye had his foot severely mashed by a log while working on the log train of the American Column Co. Tuesday evening.

B. R. Fowler, of Hillsboro, came in to see us Wednesday. He has so far recovered his health that he is tending sixteen acres of corn, and has a fine stand. Much of the earlier planted corn in the Levels had to be replaced.

Dr. N. R. Price, of Marlinton, Lieutenant in the Medical Reserve, Corps of the Army, has been ordered into active service and directed to report June 1, 1917, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, for three months instructions in medical and military subjects.

Miss Fannie Golden has returned from New York, where she has been a student at Columbia University.

S. R. Kerr, of Dunmore, was here Tuesday, and reports his bit for his country is the planting of twelve acres of corn. He and his wife and little boy planted this large field.

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