Thursday, September 5, 1918

The first boy from Pocahontas to give his life for this great war was Bryan B. Long, of Watoga. He is the son of C. C. Long. The Longs are Kentuckians and are of a fighting stock. Bryan was 21 years of age March 31, 1918. He enlisted in the Navy June 1, 1917. He was on the Florence H. when he gave his life. The Florence H was sunk by an explosion in a port off the French coast April 17th, 1918. There were 75 persons on the Florence H, of whom 34 were rescued and 41 lost…

Bryan was a brave boy who loved his country better than he loved himself. In a letter to his sister, Miss Edna Long, he said, “I would not live in a country I could not die for, and sister, if I am lost, remember I died for a noble cause, and don’t grieve too much for me, for I am proud to die for such a cause and country as ours.”

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Mrs. Sarah A. Workman, of Denmar, was in town Tuesday and tells us that she received a telegram from the War Department saying her son Silas was reported missing in action on July 18th. Since then, she has received a card dated July 25th saying that he has been wounded and admitted into a hospital and is getting along well and hopes to return to duty soon. He is the son of the late Andrew Workman. He was sent to France last November.

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Rev. Absolam Sydenstricker, D. D., preached at this place last Sunday. He has been a missionary to China for thirty-eight years. He is in the United States for three weeks before returning to China. He made the trip here this time to place his daughter in school. Mrs. Sydenstricker, who is a native of this county did not come with them, owing to the terrors of the long ocean journey. Mr. Sydenstricker speaks as though it were doubtful whether either he or his wife ever return again to this country as he has a comfortable home in China, though a son who is prominent in educational circles in this country has other plans for his parents when they retire from the missionary work in the far east.

The missionary lived through the Boxer uprising and was in a part of the country that was very dangerous to foreigners…


Forrest Clark and wife of Richmond spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Clark.

George Thomas Clark had the misfortune to run a nail through his foot one day last week. Home treatment was promptly applied by Mrs. Clark, and the little fellow is getting along nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Russel Campbell of Dunmore while motoring to Lewisburg spent Saturday night as guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Shrader at Fair View Farm.

Samuel Sheets is erecting a new barn.

We understand N. M. McCoy has sold his house and lots in the Town of Hillsboro to a Miss Beard.

I.B. Shrader spent Thursday night at his father’s in the Hill country. Mr. Shrader reports his father getting along nicely considering the serious accident that befell him with a runaway team.


Rev. W. D. Sharp, pastor of the Methodist Church at Junction City, was struck by lightning and instantly killed last Friday evening about 8:30 o’clock while standing in the door of a woodshed at his home, smoking.

Bro. Sharp was born in West Virginia in October 1872. Came to Arkansas at 9 years age and joined the Little Rock Conference and was rapidly climbing in the ministry. He was Mayor of Junction City and for a time was Editor of The Junction City Herald. Bro. Sharp was everybody’s friend and loved by all who knew him, and in his death the Tribune lost one of its best friends…