100 Years Ago

Thursday, September 12, 1918


Lt. J. W. Blankenship, of Thornwood, Private Guy Stuart, of Seebert, and Private Rube Jackson, of Seebert.

Word was received on Sunday that these soldiers had been killed in battle in France.

A little over a year ago, Lt. Blankenship was in the draft. He did not wait to be called, but volunteered. He was soon promoted from private to Lieutenant.

Privates Stuart and Jackson are from the same community and were closely related. They were called to the army last fall. We think they belonged to a division of engineers.


A stirring photoplay of inside the White House problems, a “close up” of the real Abraham Lincoln at the tensest moment of his remarkable career, when he declares that the Union must not be dissolved and calls for 75,000 volunteers to enforce his declaration.

“We are coming, Father Abraham,” is the resounding response and the Nation goes to war.

The above is the attractive offering the Amusu has for its patrons Friday night. Remember some of Lincoln’s problems then, are Wilson’s problems now.

And for genuine entertainment, we class “The Son of Democracy” as one of the best pictures ever shown in Marlinton.


Beginning at noon Friday the Presbyterian church bell will ring for one minute calling the citizens of the town to united prayer. Each day thereafter as the bell rings, each and every one is asked to offer a prayer for the safety of our boys, for victory upon our arms, for peace, justice and righteousness in the land, for guidance to those in authority, and for protection of our homes and loved ones. The prayer will require but a minute of your time, and may be uttered in silence as you go about your work, in your shops, at your desk, on the street or in your home. Let us make this the vital minute of our daily life until victory is won.

On behalf of the Town Council,
W. L. Dearing, Mayor
The Methodist Church
W. D. Keene, Pastor
The Presbyterian Church
J. M. Walker, Pastor


It is pretty tolerably plain now that after the war, it will be many years before the country will tolerate such idle and vicious talk as it seemed helpless against in the last years of peace. The country has awakened as though from a hideous dream to face a stern reality, it is true, but with a lot of the unnatural growths stripped from the body politic. Men know now what our fighting ancestors knew. It is going to be a hard and dangerous path that the conspirator has to follow for many years to come, and there will be no more of that aimless drifting that had set in after many years of peace. Let us hope that an evil day of evil tongues has passed to return no more, and that the fires of war have turned away the foul gangrene from many a human heart.


It was close to frost here last Monday morning, but fog kept it off but started our farmers to cutting corn, which is ripe and a good crop. Buckwheat is also a good crop, and fall pasture is fine. The potato crop is short. Stock is looking fine.
The Greenbank District High School opened Monday with an enrollment of 38 and when all get in will be 50 or more scholars. The grades will open October 7.


J. W. Yeager, Theodore Moore and Mr. Morgan, of Marlinton, were business visitors here a few days ago.

Neal Baxter and wife, of Campbelltown, have been visiting relatives in this community.

Edmund Buzzard, of Huntersville, was here looking after his stock a few days ago.

Dennis Dever, of Knapps Creek, was here on business last week.

Harry Varner, of Elk, was here to see postmaster W. E. Woods on business.

Married near the Meadows on Williams River recently, Paris Cogar and Manda Baughman.

Born to Leman Bennett and wife recently, a son.

We were sorry to see our soldier boys, Clarence Barlow, Leonard Sharp and Carry Dulaney, leave last Friday. They were good boys and will be greatly missed in the neighborhood.


Charles L. Moore died at his home on Browns Creek near Huntersville Monday afternoon, September 9, 1918, aged 76 years. For a number of months he has been suffering from cancer. On Tuesday his body was buried at the Huntersville graveyard…

In the death of Mr. Moore, Pocahontas county loses one of its best citizens, and we note the passing of another old Confederate soldier. He was a member of that noted regiment, the 31st Virginia Infantry.

Mr. Moore is survived by his wife and a large family of children – among them being Mrs. George Ginger, Mrs. G. W. Clark, Mrs. Oscar O’Connell, Blanch, Beulah, Mary Madge, Elihu, Elmer, Fred, Vernon, Frank and French Moore. Floyd Moore and Mrs. Isaac Barlow preceded their father to the grave several years ago.


Max Curry, at one time a resident of Cass, died at his home in Lincoln County last week of typhoid fever.

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