100 Years Ago

Thursday, May 16, 1918

The Duncan Construction Company is the style of a new Marlinton firm to do a general contracting business, with concrete bridges a specialty. G. W. Duncan is president and John Waugh secretary and treasurer. The company has been awarded contracts for large bridges in Fayette and Tyler counties.


The week of May 20 – 27 has been set apart as the Second Red Cross War Fund Drive and Pocahontas has been allotted $2,500 as her part of the one hundred million dollars to be raised. The County is fully organized and the reader will note carefully the appointments so they will know to whom their contributions should go. The plan is to so thoroughly canvass the field as to solicit every person, but if a person is missed by a solicitor that is no excuse or reason why you should not send your contribution to the County Chairman, C. J. Richardson.


Free school diplomas will be given to the following graduates of Edray District: Virginia Arbogast, Ila East, Rebecca Sydnor, Pauline Smith, Mildred Lee Yeager, Alice Josephine McClintic, Florence Gertrude Overholt, Delphia Agnes Snedgar, Craig Richardson, Henry Arnett Yeager, Freemont Clark Keene, Gladys M. Clark, Dallas McKeever, Opal Virginia Gum, Ora Thompson, Ralph Geiger, Garland Gum, Dennis C. Wooddell, Archie Gray McLaughlin, Ewall V. Wiley, Collett Gay, Anna Chrystal Thomas, Florence A. Howard, Ward McNeill, Andrew Beale, Forrest Mace and Oden Weiford.

The Junior High School will present the play “Ceres” on Saturday. The dramatis personae are Saturn, Arnett Yeager; Triptolemus, Craig Richardson; Ceres, Rebecca Sydnor; Flora, Ora Thompson; Pomona, Delphia Snedegar; Proserpina, Ila East; Arethusa, Alice McClintic; Anchora, Mildred Yeager; Idalia, Gertrude Overholt; Corona, Opal Gum; Fanda, Pauline Smith; Superbia, Gladys Clark; Acanthus, Clive Wooddell; Hour, Virginia Arbogast; and Dryads, Laura Beard and Thelma Young.


Every neighborhood has what it considers to be a full day’s fishing no matter what direction the fisherman takes. In this neighborhood, about the fullest day’s fishing possible for an active young man is as follows: Get up early and walk eight miles over two mountains by the nigh cuts to the waters of Day Run. Fish down that run to its mouth, fish Williams River up and down for a couple of miles, then fish up Days Run to the point of beginning, and clean the fish and come home by bedtime. That makes sixteen miles of walking and eight miles of fishing, a total of twenty-four miles. Not what you would call such a big day’s work, but it is a full day’s sport…

The right way to catch trout is to move out in the mountains and live with them.

A week or ten days is well spent in the woods, but those kinds of trips were not meant for slaves. In today’s corn planting, already walks tomorrow’s sheep-shearing with the successive periods crowding each other, and the trout fishing is turned over to the rich, successful, the idle, the careless and the unconcerned, and about all that the industrious man can do toward getting his share of trout is to dream of the day when he will lie in his camp by the side of the rushing stream, and find peace and contentment in his thoughts. Many a man composes himself to sleep with visions of the soothing hours of camp life, who never finds the time to put his desires into realization. Next to hard work, there is no better way to fight the devil and his temptations than to go fishing.


On Saturday of last week, Mrs. E. Stitzinger delightfully entertained a number of her friends at an old time quilting. The ladies arrived early and found two quilts in the frames in the parlors of the spacious Stitzinger home, and were soon as busy as bees. A delicious dinner was served at noon by the hostess assisted by her daughters, Miss Ruth, Mrs. F. L. Stitzinger and Mrs. E. E. Hinderer…

Manager R. S. Hickman, of the Pocahontas Supply Company, left Saturday for Baltimore and New York to buy goods to restock the Company store.

E. P. Shaffer and family left Friday morning in their car for Philadelphia and other points east. They expect to be gone two months.


The farmers in this section are busy planting corn and potatoes.

If the soldiers can’t catch Kaiser Bill, Ligon Price will with his new Ford car.

A few cases of small pox have developed around here.

Mrs. June McElwee and Mrs. John Pritchard motored to Raywood Monday.


Ira D. Brill has moved to rooms over the People’s Store.

Soldiers William Cole and Clyde McLaughlin are home from Camp Lee on a furlough.

Mrs. W. H. Cackley, of Ronceverte, attended the funeral of her cousin, Mrs. Geo. P. Moore, at Edray.

Mrs. L. M. McClintic and daughers, Misses Mary and Alice, are spending the week with Lieut. J. H. McClintic at Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, Ohio.

Judge Sharp has bought the Meadows property on Upper Camden from Lake Clark.


Mrs. Ruth J. Moore, wife of Rev. George P. Moore, died at her home at Edray on Saturday morning, May 11, 1918, aged about 74 years. On the Sunday before her death she was stricken with apoplexy, and never regained consciousness. On Monday afternoon the funeral service was conducted from the Edray church, Rev. J. S. Wickline, of Renick, being in charge…Burial was in the Edray cemetery.

Mrs. Moore was the daughter of the late Robert Gay, of Stony Creek. Of her father’s family, there remain her sister, Mrs. G. W. Manu, and her brother, A. R. Gay. She was twice married, her first husband, William Moore, died during the war. Fifty-two years ago, she was united in marriage to Rev. George P. Moore.

Mrs. Moore was a consistent christian, a member of the Methodist church. She was the good angel of the Edray community, in sickness or distress she was ever ready to give help and cheer.

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