100 Years Ago

Thursday, June 27, 1918

Married at Riverview, the home of F. R. Hunter, on Tuesday, June 25, 1918, Reed Gay and Miss Alice Hamrick, Rev. Wm. T. Price, officiating minister. Both of these young people are from the Stony Creek community

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Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Sharp, June 24, 1918, a son.

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There is a ferry across Gauley River or some other West Virginia river where the ferryman is captain of his boat. He does a big business with automobiles as those machines do not swim very well. One time a line of automobiles was on the bank. In front was one of those million dollar cars that make a man look haughty, and another was one of these Ford cars you hear so much about.

Chauncey Depew said a Ford car is like a bath tub – everybody wants one but nobody wants to be seen in one.

When the old ferryman backed up his ship, the big car got ready to roll aboard, but the old captain made that car back out and let the Ford in. He said that the other bank was steep and if there was any stalling to be done, he wanted the Ford in front so that it could climb the bank and pull the other cars out.

That looks about the way they are putting up Henry Ford in Michigan.

They want him down at Washington to start the Senate when it gets stalled. And some say that it does nothing but stall and stall.


Robert Shrader was seriously hurt Saturday morning by being thrown from his buggy when his horses ran away at the Aaron Kee place below Marlinton. His skull was fractured and he suffered other injuries. He was brought to the Marlinton Hospital, and is doing as well as could be expected, considering the seriousness of his injuries. The horses ran on and went over the road on Price Hill, doing but little hurt to themselves or the buggy.


Working gardens and setting out plants is the order of the day. People are trying to raise all they can to help win the war.

Mrs. McAlister, with her two little sons, Franklin and Woodrow, spent a week with her sister, Mrs. V. M. Fortune. She thinks this is a good place and says she is coming back.

We enjoyed the Children’s Day at the Presbyterian Church. The children were well trained.


We are glad to report that the majority in our community are interested in Red Cross work, and the time may come when all will be interested for where the heart is, there is where we find the treasure, and many fond hearts and willing hands are preparing to care for their boys on the battlefield.


We had a big frost here Monday morning the 25th, but there was no harm done at this place.

The log train at Deer Creek killed two fine yearlings for John R. Gum last week.

The I. O. O. F. will have a gala day at this place July Fourth in the form of a flag raising. The Greenbank chapter of Red Cross will provide refreshments. Proceeds to go into that fund. Come and aid in a good cause.


Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Lambert are the happy parents of an eight pound boy.

Mrs. Uriah Hevener, Jr., is in Lewisburg visiting her parents. She is accompanied by her two sons.

Mrs. Estie Wilfong and Mrs. Earl Wilfong spent Monday at the home of Mrs. Eliza Conrad.

Miss Bessie Beard is spending some time with her grandparents at Cass.

R. M. Arbogast went to Marlinton Tuesday to attend county court.

Miss Amy Burns has returned home after spending the winter in Cincinnati where she attended school.

Mr. and Mrs. Oda Wooddell spent Saturday and Sunday with the latter’s mother, Mrs. Keirn, near Dunmore.


This community was shocked to hear of the distressing accident which befell Robert Shrader last Saturday. He had spent a week here with his son, Bliss, and family and started home driving a pair of spirited horses which ran away throwing Mr. S. out of his buggy by the roadside where he lay unconscious until picked up and carried to the Marlinton Hospital by two gentlemen who were passing in an automobile a few minutes later.

Miss Margaret LaRue is visiting friends in Covington and other points in Virginia.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Beard and children, Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Beard and children, and Mr. and Mrs. W . H. Cackley were recent visitors at the home of Mrs. Zed Smith in Bath county, Virginia.

Mrs. John Andrew Sheets, of Greenbank, spent the weekend with her daughter, Mrs. Hill.


James B. Barnett was born in Pocahontas county, and departed this life June 8, 1918, at the advanced age of 86 years. He was a son of Zachariah and Nellie Barnett, and one of a large family of children of which only two remain to mourn his loss, Mrs. H. Townsend and Newton Barnett.

At the time of his life when most people are going to school and getting an education, Mr. Barnett’s home county of Pocahontas was being devastated by the war. Just as he was entering manhood he enlisted as a Confederate soldier and served through the war. On returning home he taught for several years in the free schools.

Mr. Barnett was a deeply religious man and for many years had been a professing Christian and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Until one year ago he was faithful in attendance upon religious service and joy he found and manifested in his Master’s cause and the help and encouragement which his presence meant to the church.

After the funeral service, conducted from his late home by Rev. Mr. Miles of the Presbyterian church, he was laid to rest in the family graveyard not far from his door to await the final resurrection.

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