100 Years Ago

Thursday, August 22, 1918

The plan to register all men from 18 to 21 and 32 to 45 years is based on the soundest principles. The object is to get the number of men required without taking the heads of families away from their duties. There are many men between the ages of 32 and 45 who are single, and who by reason of not having given hostages to fortune, are in a better position to come and go with a freedom that is unknown to the married man who is tied at home.

The single man is at home wherever his hat is hung up. He can go to Europe and remain there an indefinite time without leaving women and children here at the expense of the public treasury.

This is a nation composed of homes. The home is the unit. A young man marries and establishes a home. His home is a plant that immediately assumes individuality and an important integral part of the nation. A habitation is marked by a thousand signs apparent even to the casual observation of the passerby. It is in defense of these several homes that the country is now at war. The single man has now an opportunity to serve his country and to even up with the man who has undertaken the burdens imposed by society on the husband and the father.

The married state is the normal state. It is a part of life’s work. It should not be said that the single man shirks his duty in remaining single, for every tub stands on its own bottom, and every heart knoweth its own bitterness. There is no more criticism intended as to bachelors than there was when race suicide first became talked about and an old maid’s association thought that it was directed against them…


The 28th annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans will be held at Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 24 to 27. A fare of 1 cent a mile will be allowed any Confederate veteran who wishes to attend…


At the Alleghany Club House Sunday afternoon, a big four year old bull Elk was shot because he had grown so cross and dangerous. He was a magnificent animal with immense antlers.


Mr. Henry Payne left last week, going to the Valley of Virginia to visit his friends thence, to the West to spend the winter with his daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Scott was here last weekend packing their furniture to move to Maxwelton, he having been elected principal of the Lewisburg High School.

Mrs. John A. McNeel and Mrs. Elizabeth Hill, of Washington, are here to spend the summer with their mother, Mrs. J. G. Beard.

Mrs. Quincy Callison, of New Jersey, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Stulting.

Miss Vergie Sydenstricker spent the weekend at Frankford.


Farmers are busy in their harvest. Oats are good.

Jacob Lightner of Clover Lick was in this part on business last week.

Miss Mattie Lewis from Hillsboro is visiting Mrs. Charles Elliot.

Misses Maybelle and Mona Gale Grimes have returned from Morgantown where they attended the Summer School at the University.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Beverage, a daughter.

Amon Rider, Quay, Herbert and Dale Grimes attended the Agricultural Outing at the Minnehaha Springs last week. They report an enjoyable time.

R. C. Shrader is improving slowly.

We are glad that little Robert McComb is getting along nicely.


Our community was painfully startled Sunday morning the 11th of August at the news that flashed over the telephone and from mouth to mouth that our venerable friend and neighbor – for he was esteemed as a friend by all in the community – James K. Bright was suddenly snatched from life. The circumstances of his death were peculiarly painful to his loved ones. Hurrying to finish his morning work that he might attend Sunday School he had gone to the barn to milk. Wondering at his long delay in coming, his wife called him two or three times, and finally receiving no answer she went to look for him. She found him lying as if he had apparently undertaken to rise from his posture in milking and fallen over. She called for help and a neighbor ran to her assistance. Life did not seem then to be extinct, but before medical aid could arrive, the soul had departed.

The invasion of a home by death is always startling and painful, but when it comes so suddenly and so unannounced, if “fell like a bolt out of a clear sky” upon the wife.

James K. was the son of Abram and Peggie Bright, and was born in Clarence, Missouri, on February 21, 1839, and was therefore in his eightieth year. At the age of nine, he removed from Missouri to Lewisburg, Greenbrier county. Though only nine years of age, the entire distance from Missouri to Lewisburg was covered by that little lad on horseback, a feat that would, perhaps, out-task the boys of today…

In 1868, he was married to Miss Martha Callison, daughter of the late Josiah Callison, who was the helpful and devoted companion of his remaining years. Together they enjoyed the dewy freshness of life’s morning, the heat and burden of its noontide, and sat in the quiet glow of its sinking sun….

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