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100 Years Ago

Thursday, September 20, 1917

Col. Roosevelt is out in a powerful article in the current Metropolitan calling for more children and showing that the race is dying out in America by the reason of the modern practice of birth control.

One trouble about the wisdom of the male philosopher when he thunders on this subject is that the men suffer none of the pains and penalties of maternity. We all know in our hearts that Roosevelt is right in calling on the women to do their duty, but at the same time, it is one of those stern realities of life in which men can only point the way, and not teach by example.

Ill fares the land to hastening ills a prey,
where suffragettes and birth control have sway.

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The leaves are not turning yet on the hills in sight of town except high on Bucks Mountain, one maple tree shows up a perfect crimson in the surrounding green. We have watched for this tree for many years. It is as red as flame. It is the first sign of fall. We have never been to the tree, but we see it blaze every fall. It is a beauty, and must be a rare variety of maple.

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The dresses hang on the girls this year like a garment hanging on the wall. It looks like they had been thrown at the girl and stick to her like a rag blown up against a bush. The dresses look like they had been cut out with an axe and pinned together with thorns, and yet on looking closer you see that the girls are just as attractive, pleasing and winning as ever. It takes more than the way calico is bunched to rob them of their liveliness.

Sweet girl, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The darling of the young and old;
That flimsy gown don’t hang just right,
But naught deteriorates pure gold.

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The ladies of the Red Cross hope to have enough kits ready for the young men who leave for the army on next Sunday. These kits are a khaki bag fitted with a drawstring and are to be carried by the soldier and filled with a lot of useful things for the men which the government does not furnish and which the men do not take time to get for themselves…

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We’ve drunk to the Queene – God bless her!
We’ve drunk to our mother’s land;
We’ve drunk to our English Brother
(And we hope he’ll understand.)
We’ve drunk as much as we’re able,
And the Cross swings low to the morn;
Last toast – and your foot on the table! –
A health to the Native-born!


The flouring mill of the Marlinton Milling Company commenced to make flour this week. It is being kept busy with custom and other grinding. It is what is known as a midget Marvel Roller mill, and its capacity is twenty-five barrels of flour daily. It is also equipped with burrs for the making of meal and whole wheat flour. This industry fills a long felt want in Marlinton and is a great convenience to the surrounding farmers.


The women of Little Levels District have organized a Women’s Club for the purpose of improving their homes and making a better community. Local problems will be solved and interesting, helpful subjects will be taken up at each meeting. If you are interested in securing the greatest results from your time and labor join the club and help yourself by helping your neighbors…


In the death of Esquire John G. Beard, which occurred at his home last Friday, this community lost a noble citizen – generous hearted, always ready to do a neighborly deed. His body was laid to rest in the Brick Church cemetery on Sunday the 16th in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. He was nearly 88 years of age.

Jas. F. Darnell threshed last week 508 bushels of very fine wheat, making the best average perhaps in the district or county. One field of seven acres made 42 bushels per acre. The land had been sown to clover with a liberal application of burnt lime. Who can beat this record?

Miss Eva Beard and Polly Sydenstricker are off to the Lewisburg Female Institute and Hubert Kidd and Bascom Kirk have returned to Morgantown to resume their studies at the University.


Cool and dry. Farmers are finishing up threshing. Wheat, oats and buckwheat are fine. A great deal of corn was damaged by the frost.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob McLaughlin have a pair of twin girls and all are doing well.

The people of the county are pleased to know that the morning and night train will be put back on soon.

Quite a good many people attended Miss Ella Prit-chard’s hat sale at Cass this week.

Road overseer L. O. Beard put in two much needed bridges – one at Robert McLaughlin’s and one at X Road schoolhouse. That will tickle automobile drivers.

Morgan Curry is digging his taters.

W. W. McClintic and W. A. McLaughlin took in the Louisville Fair which was fine.


J. B. Nottingham has finished plowing an excellent piece of ground for wheat and is going to sow it this week.

Austin Nottingham is sowing wheat and Roy Knapp is threshing soup beans.

While plowing for wheat last week, one of our farmers plowed out two extra large ground hogs.

Gathering beans is all the go in this community. Loring Nottingham has picked 30 bushels of snap beans and is not near done yet.

We are glad that the bee inspector L. D. Sharp has been in our community looking after the bees. He has given us some good instruction that will be money in the end.

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