100 Years Ago

Thursday, November 15, 1917

Lost: A pair of bracelets connected by a polished chain. When last seen they were attached to a citizen who was being escorted back to his apartment in the Panopticon.

Constable R. K. Burns returned last week and reported that he had lost a pair of handcuffs. He had gone to Huntington for a young man by the name of Arthur Hanna who had been held here on a criminal charge connected with a worthless check. Hanna obtained bail through his father, a man of small means, and he, having reason to believe that his son was about to jump his bail, delivered him to the constable who was bringing him back to this county. They were travelling on train number two, and the prisoner went into the toilet room of the coach. Manacled as he was, he managed to get through the window and cast himself from the moving train near Hinton and made his escape and took the handcuffs with him…

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A few years ago a stranger was lying in jail in this county and in the watches of the night he figured out a way to get out of jail. He told two men whom he knew slightly that on Jackson’s River in the adjoining county of Bath, that there was a great sum of gold lying buried and that if only he could be free to go there and dig up that gold he would have means for his defense and plenty of money with which to reward his friends. He secured a bond and went to Jackson River which lies wholly in another state, and he kept on going and has never been seen here from that day to this.

Then there was the case of the old one legged man who was arrested on a charge of peddling cocaine. It was a pretty desperate case. He had with him an untold number of little pill boxes filled with some sort of white powder which was declared to be cocaine. He put up a cash bond and when the day of trial came on he was not there. His attorneys entered the specious plea of the defendant’s death, on the grounds that the old man had solemnly declared when he was admitted to bail that he would be at the trial term if he was alive. Not being there his attorneys drew the conclusion that he had passed away.


Saturday, November the 17th at 2 p.m., there will be staged the greatest football game from a spectator’s standpoint that has ever been played in Pocahontas county. The game will be played on the local High School field between G. P. S. and Edray District High School. Buckley’s local aggregation has not bowed to but one team in two years and that was to the opponents from G. P. S..

Last year the score was 12 to 6, in favor of G. P. S., and the boys here say they expect to be on the long end of the score this year. G. P. S. has not been defeated this year by but one team and that was Charleston High and the fact that they have since beaten Marshall College 28 to 0 is proof that the local fans can look for a real game here next Saturday.


Husking corn is the order of the day.

M. F. Herold made a flying trip to town.

Our community was shocked to hear of the death of Capt. C. B. Swecker. He will be missed by all. Mrs. Swecker has our deepest sympathy.

Miss Mattie Moore returned home Saturday from St. Louis to spend a few weeks with her father.

Quite a large crowd attended the quarterly meeting at Mt. Vernon Sunday.

B. B. Campbell has two good hogs in a pen for sale. Call or write him.


The pie supper at the Mace school house was quite a success. A good time and a fair income is reported.

Quite an improvement is noticed in the bridge opposite Doyle Bros. Store. We of this vicinity have contemplated buying aeroplanes, as we think autos will soon stop on our roads.

The bears in this community pay no heed to war prices or the high cost of living. They have been taking sheep at all price.


There will be a meeting of teachers of Greenbank district at Dunmore Saturday, November 24, at 2 p.m. for Reading Circle Work. Every teacher will please be present.

1. The arrival in the community and the first day of school – Willie Sheets, Maud Galford.

2. Compare the progressive teacher with the scientific farmer and trained soldier – Clara Sheets, Jesse Judy.

3. How much of the parent’s responsibility does the teacher assume when she enters the school room? – Madge Arbogast, Stella Shinaberry.

4. Should the teacher boss his or her employer? – George Paugh, Mabel Gillispie.


E. F. McLaughlin is fast recovering from injuries received in being thrown from his wagon last week.

Colbert Pritt was very badly hurt about the back on Monday. He was on a load of hay and attempted to drive through a door at Z. S. Smith’s livery, which was not high enough.

Levi Baxter, having been called for the army, will sell his personal property at auction at his place near Onoto Saturday afternoon, November 17. The list includes four cows and two horses.


Mrs. Martha Baxter, wife of W. H. Baxter, of Edray, died at her home Monday afternoon, November 12, 1917, of heart disease following an attack of measles. She was 65 years, seven months and 16 days of age. Funeral service were conducted from the Edray church Wednesday afternoon by Revs. George P. Moore and M. H. Ramsey. Burial in the Edray cemetery. She is survived by her husband and their three children, Mrs. Lucy Riggan, Mrs. Stella Shanahan and G. Preston Baxter.

Mrs. Baxter was a daughter of the late Robert Gay of Stony Creek. Of her father’s family there remain her two sisters, Mrs. Geo. P. Moore and Mrs. G. W. Mann, and her brother, A. R. Gay. She was a good, useful woman…


Died, on Friday, October 12, 1917, at Frost, Mrs. Biddie Houdyshell, aged 87 years, four months and 12 days… She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by her children and all who knew her. She leaves five children – Mrs. Melvin Sharp, of Frost, Mrs. Lee Sharp, of Huntersville, Byrd Houdyshell, of Beverly, Erwin Houdyshell, of Frost, and Patrick Houdyshell, of Huntersville…

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