Thursday, July 11, 1918
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks
And look well to thy herds.
For riches are not forever;
And doth the crown endure to all generations?
The hay is carried and the tender grass showeth itself,
And the herbs of the mountain are gathering in
The lambs are for thy clothing
And the goats are the price of the field;
And there will be goat’s milk enough for thy food.
For the food of thy household;
And maintenance for thy maidens.
The farmer is the only man who makes money. All other traces and employments merely utilize the materials at hand. The farmer produces wealth. His is the only alchemy. He changes earth into gold. For a long time, he was rewarded by starvation wages but the present and the future hold out strong inducements to engage in agriculture.
Men are beginning to ask themselves why their early education in the art of farming was neglected, and now that the farmer has a chance, they find that they do not know how to farm.
Elmer Poage had his hand broken and was badly bruised on Tuesday when his team ran away with a mowing machine. One of his children was also painfully hurt at the same time. Another child was riding on his lap, but was thrown to safety and was uninjured.
Twenty of the following soldiers will leave Marlinton Sunday morning, July 14, for the training camp at the Richmond Fairground: French Kirkpatrick, Page Sutton, Verlin Loudermilk, Wm. H. Cackley, Jesse P. Hannah, Asa C. Dumire, David N. Moore, Edwin Frank Bruffey, Fred C. Moore, Claude McLaughlin, Winfred McElwee, A. D. Evans, Burley C. Townsend, Wm. C. Kramer, Denny Hollandsworth, Henry O. Blackhurst, I. N. Graves, Oden D. Siple, Napoleon Gibson, S. G. Vanosdale, Geo. W. Swanson.
These men have been notified to appear at Marlinton at 6:30 Saturday evening.
The wheat is on and is a good one. Corn late, but coming; grass will be a light crop; by this we hope for an open winter, but we should prepare for the worst.
Road Engineer Frank Baxter and Asa Barlow came up the Back Mountain road Sunday, and what they saw in the way of roads, we fancy was a plenty.
Allen Galford, Willis Cassell, G. A. Sheets and S. B. Nethkins unloaded silos at Cass last week. Mr. Nethkins got three.
I have for sale three farms in the Little Levels, also farms in Greenbrier and Monroe counties. Write or see Ed. L. Warren, Lewisburg, W. Va., who sells the earth and all that is on it and the fullness thereof.
The Board of Education, Greenbank district, at a meeting July 1st, ordered that there be a six month school and a raise of $10 a month in the grades; no raise for principal of graded school. All schools to open October 21. High school opens September.
I have been studying this war since it first started, parallel with the Bible teaching in the Sunday School, and I conclude that when we as a nation go to God in earnest, fervent efficient prayer, as did Jacob, Nehemiah and others of old, then this strife and war and blood-shedding will cease. We, as God’s children, have got too far away from him and he is scourging us to bring us back…
Our Red Cross room has been a busy place during the past two weeks. We have just completed thirty-five pinafores for the French orphans. We are now awaiting supplies for surgical dressings. Quite a few of our women are still knitting. This is much needed work and it is earnestly desired that all who can will keep busy.
Rev. and Mrs. Fred Gray are cozily domiciled in the little cottage recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wooddell.