100 Years Ago

Thursday, November 7, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Gardner have returned from Baltimore, where they were married on October 19, 1918. Mrs. Gardner was a Miss Cocke, of Baltimore. Mr. Gardner is a large farmer of Clover Creek and a prominent citizen of Pocahontas county.

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Washington now notifies us that sugar allotment is raised to three pounds per month. Will send merchants extra allotment immediately. Retailers may now sell at one sale allowance for the entire month. – J. R. Trotter, State Distributor

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The people of Pocahontas County contributed over a thousand dollars toward the relief of the starving Jews of the war zone.


On October 31st, at noon, the order to cease firing was in force in Turkey, so if there is nothing else for Thanksgiving, there will be Turkey.

About all, all that we know about Turkey is what we learned about in the geography, and it has been so long since we were at school that we have lost the geography.

Of late years West Virginia has got two things from Turkey: A tax law and Angora goats. They say that Turkey and West Virginia are the two countries where the official who assesses the capitation tax also collects it and no doubt the Turk feels that he has been made an Angora goat for the present war. The current reports of the war are to the effect that a part of the long laid schemes of Bill the Kaiser was to bunch Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria into a compact combination and with them to bulldoze the world. And the world was so busy making a living that it looked for a while like he was going to succeed. It looked like the time might come when you could not bring a suit before a justice of the peace in Pocahontas county except in the German language.

The first solution in the continuity of middle Europe came when Bulgaria laid down her arms, and much was made of it. It even brought a howl of anguish from old man Bill himself when he mourned for his Macedonian front. But when Turkey cried out “enough,” a country twenty times as great as Bulgaria surrendered to our Allies, and it was a great day for the world…


Mrs. Sally Susan Kramer, aged 62 years, died in her home in Thornwood October the sixteenth, one thousand nine hundred and eighteen, from the dreadful malady, cancer of the stomach.

Mrs. Kramer was born in Highland county, Virginia, near Crab Bottom, where she and Mr. John Kramer were united in the bonds of matrimony in the year of 1886. To this union four children were born: Samuel S., who is now a Lieutenant among our noble forces in France; Ray W., who also responded to the call to the colors, is now somewhere in France; Henry C., of Alexandria, Va.; and Mrs. Mary Catherine Page, of Whipple, W. Va…

It may be truly said of her Christian life that the love of Jesus was the master principal which made her every act and word beautiful, kind and generous to every worthy cause and neighbor, a devoted wife and a godly mother, who loved her family with such tenderness as only a true mother’s heart is capable of. Truly we deeply mourn our loss of her wise council, the pleasant smile, the warm handshake and every ready disposition to do good unto others…


Mrs. Elizabeth McClure departed this life at the home of her son, Abram McClure, near Woodrow, on November 1, 1918, after an illness of some months, aged 84 years… She is survived by four sons and three daughters – William McClure, of Warwick, Dave and Abram, of Woodrow, Jake, of Indiana; Mrs. Sally Shearer, of Warwick, Mrs. Mary Baxter, of Woodrow, and Mrs. Nancy Lindsey, of Indiana. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Edray cemetery.

Esco C. Johnson died this morning, Thursday, November 7, 1918, of pneumonia, following influenza. He was about twenty-five years of age, and is the son of James Johnson and the late Mrs. Hannah Johnson. He is survived by his wife and their little baby… His body will probably be buried on Friday at the Sharp graveyard.

Mrs. Birdie Cochran Sharp, beloved wife of Cecil Sharp, died November 4, 1918, of pneumonia following influenza. Her body was taken to her old home near Renick for burial. Mrs. Sharp was a trained nurse and in the influenza epidemic here, she never spared herself in caring for the sick, and up to the time she herself was stricken, was actively engaged in her profession.

Mrs. Victor Blackhurst died at her home at Cass last week, of influenza, aged about twenty years. Before her marriage she was a Miss Sheets. She is survived by her husband, a sailor in the United States Navy.

Mrs. Edward Cochran, of Buckeye, died November 6, 1918, of influenza, aged about twenty years. Before marriage, she was a Miss Rogers.

Charles S. Spencer, of Top Alleghany, died Friday, November 1, 1918 of pneumonia following influenza, aged about 36 years. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn their loss… He was buried at the Wilmoth Cemetery November 2.

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