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100 Years Ago

Thursday, May 13, 1920

Mrs. Mary McGraw, of Grafton, mother of the late John T. McGraw, died last Saturday, aged 86 years, having survived her son but 10 days.

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There will be decoration services at Huntersville May 30th in the afternoon. An outline program will be published later. Let us show our patriotism by attending this service and strewing flowers on the graves of our loved ones who have passed on before.


Sunday morning about daylight the safe in the Huntersville post office was blown open and the robbers secured stamps to the amount of about $200.

The work seems to be that of experts and was that of three men in a Ford car. In the small hours of the night, a Ford car was seen to come into the town and two men got out and walked away and the other took the car away.

A short time after, an explosion was heard, but no particular attention was paid to it. At 4:30 a.m., another and a louder explosion was heard, but still no one connected it in his mind with safe blowing. One man supposed that it was somebody dynamiting fish.

What happened was that the robbers had put a charge of soap into the cracks of the safe after soaping it up and had failed to start the stout little safe. When no one came, they went back and put in a big charge that broke and twisted the door.

They grabbed everything in sight and walked away about fifty yards where they threw away the worthless articles and kept the stamps…

A pick that was used in entering the building had been taken from the road work between here and Huntersville.


Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Nottingham announce the arrival of Robert Julian, Jr. on April 30, 1920. Weight, ten pounds.

John Fitzgerald, an aged resident of Frankford, was paralyzed last week. In former years he was known in Pocahontas as a plasterer.

Misses Mamie Ginger, Mary Eskridge and Pleas Richardson came home Monday from Blackstone College, Virginia. This school suffered a very disastrous fire last week, and these young ladies were heavy losers.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Irvine, of Stamping Creek, a fourteen-pound boy.

Ward Wimer has bought the Studebaker car from C. K. Livesay recently advertised in this paper.

J. L. Baxter is putting in a fine ten horse power Fairbanks-Morse Kerosene engine in the work shop of Baxter’s Garage.


The Mountain Lick Lumber Company has at Olive Station, on the Western Maryland Railroad, two miles north of Durbin, on Mountain Lick Run and its tributaries, about two thousand acres of land in compact form, suitable for a fine grazing farm – well watered. The greater part of the surface is what is known as the Red Shale Formation and will grow a creamy Blue Grass – the best in the world to fatten sheep and cattle…

Will sell this boundary for the small sum of Five Dollars per acre, actual survey; one half cash, balance to suit the purchaser…

We have about 8,000 acres more land in this section suitable for grazing. Come and see us or write for further particulars.


The Post Office Department issued a warning to thrifty persons hereabouts to be on their guard against buying counterfeit War Savings Stamps. Fraudulent blue stamps of the 1919 series have been made by counterfeiters, the postmaster has been advised, and are being sold to the unwary.

“But the frauds can be easily detected,” the postmaster said. “Ben Franklin’s picture appears on the stamp, and in the counterfeit stamp, old Ben seems to have the mumps in his left jaw…”


Joseph D. Barlow died at his home at Riverside, on Saturday, May 8, 1920 after a long illness, aged about 70 years. On Tuesday his body was laid to rest in the Cochran graveyard on Stony Creek…

The deceased was a son of the late Alex Barlow. His wife was Mrs. Malinda Moore Cochran, who died a few years ago.


One of the saddest deaths that has been in this community for quite a while was that of Mrs. Effie Underwood, which occurred at her home on Beaver Creek, on Thursday, April 29, 1920, when she gave her life in motherhood; but when life is given under the Creator’s ordinance, greater love has no one.

She was buried on Friday in the family plot, near the home, in the presence of a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends…

She is survived by her husband, Rev. H. Underwood, and their four children, Lula, Origen, Leo and Watson.

Our hearts go out in tender sympathy to the bereaved ones who with stricken hearts are yearning for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still.

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