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100 Years Ago

Thursday, July 26, 1917

Fellow Citizens, this finds me flat on my back, but the time having arrived when according to the custom, some sort of a message is due to be started to you, by the aid of our daughter, we proceed to write as usual about nothing at all.

Dark are the musings of a dyspeptic and this case which started in to be at first a stomach ache, speedily developed into an old fashioned belly ache, the kind that used to be here before the Spanish War, already before the railroad come to the county.

To make use of adversity the philosopher ponders on a condition of this kind as follows: Before I got this pain in my innards, I desired wealth, position and power; now all that I desire is to feel like I did yesterday.

This is what the President calls the status quo ante. Germany is in very much the same condition. Before the war she wanted the world, and now all that she asks is that she be allowed to quit and be as she was before the war started on the rampage.

Milton, who was blind, depended upon his daughters to write down for him all of them noble thoughts. He would call them up at all hours of the night, by knocking on the wall, to take down his dictation. His daughter Anne was not a favorite with her father for work of this kind. Deborah was the one who took down the dictation perfectly. Anne wrote “sweetness without sobriety,” when her father had dictated, “sweetness without satiety.” So Anne did not have to get up in the cold, unheated rooms in the winter time to write down her father’s words. This privilege belonged to Deborah for her accuracy.

The peace that the world enjoyed before Germany spilled the beans was “sweetness without sobriety;” democracy hopes to change that to “sweetness without satiety…”

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This season is rapidly going by and we can’t get no fishing done. In the winter of our discontent we resolve and re-resolve that when the good old summertime comes that we will fish ‘till the last dog expires. But the summer is passing and all the fish that we have got was six fish, assorted, caught down at the foot of the garden before breakfast on the day that the law came in…

We know as well as we know anything that in the bleak and inclement weather, we will think of these hot days, and the purling rivers, and the husky bass and the elusive trout, and we will groan and be troubled because we neglected to take advantage of the fishing. There is no law, however, to prevent a man from being a powerful fireside fisher and an oracle to those who have had no opportunity in youth to exercise the art…

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The apportionment of State school funds to Pocahontas county this year is $5,077. This is $1.03 for every school child in the county.

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Word has come from Fred McLaughlin that his regiment, the 2nd Virginia, will go to Georgia this week.

There will be required 148 soldiers from this county in the first call. A list containing 296 names of the first ones drawn in the selective draft is published in this paper…

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Nearly eight inches of rain has fallen at Marlinton since July first.

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The fourteen year old daughter of Tom Howes, of Swago, was painfully hurt by the explosion of a dynamite cap, which someone had put upon the cooking stove, Monday. Small particles of the copper cap struck her in many places about the head and face.


Richard Callison, of Culpepper, Va., accompanied by his little son, George Campbell, is here spending the week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Callison.

Dr. Julian Arbuckle, of Maxwelton, spent the weekend with L. P. McLaughlin.

Miss McLaughlin, of Raphine, Va., is spending the week with her aunts, Mrs. L. P. and E. H. McLaughlin.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joel Beard, Friday, July 20, a daughter.


Malone Gaynor has finished plastering the large store house and commenced on the other houses.

Several men have been drawn for the army from this place.

Rufus Elliott and family were the guests of Austin Nottingham last Sunday.

John Wooddell and Chas. Nottingham have been cutting wheat for the last few days Wheat is very good.

Bill Gallusha killed a rattlesnake Sunday; it had ventured up to the front porch.


Mrs. Rachel Sheets spent a few days at the home of Clyde Gillispie.

Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Arbogast and Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Curry returned home Sunday from Elkins, where they had been to attend the funeral of Mrs. Emma McClintic.

B. M. Arbogast has purchased a Ford automobile.

Miss Fanny Kerr entertained her young friends in a very delightful manner last Saturday night.


Howard McElwee was up from Marlinton last week and says that the jail has been cleaned up like a parlor and no one to molest anything.

Mrs. Effie Wiley, widow of the late Howard Wiley, has gone to make her home with her father near Webster Springs.

R. J. Kisner, of Randolph county, was here Saturday looking after a heavy team of horses.

Cecil Houchin and Robert Hevener have bought a reaper and a labor saving machine, and were here setting them up Monday.

Glen Galford was up from Greenbank in his car Sunday.


Mrs. Hariet Elizabeth Yeager, wife of Hon. B. M. Yeager, died at her home in Marlinton, Monday evening, July 23, 1917, after a long illness of cancer of the stomach, aged 69 years…

Mrs. Yeager is survived by her husband and their seven children, Mrs. W. B. Sharp, Mrs. A. H. Gatewood, and Texie; Walker, Dr. John M., Sterling, Bruce and Paul Yeager. Their children, Lewis A. and Mrs. W. B. Gatewood, preceded their mother to the grave.

Mrs. Yeager was a daughter of the late Jacob H. and Elizabeth Bright Arbogast. She was raised where the village of Bartow now is.

For more than twenty years, Mrs. Yeager has lived at Marlinton. At her home open handed hospitality was the rule. The sick and needy received help from her hand, and in every good work she did what she could. For many years a professing christian, a consistent member of the M. E. Church, South. Of a bright and cheerful disposition, her long and distressing afflictions were borne with remarkable patience and resignation.

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