100 Years Ago

Thursday, May 27, 1920

The clean up Marlinton effort by the Board of Trade on Monday was a great success. The householders and business firms responded to a man, and the amount of trash disposed of was a world wonder. Literally hundreds of loads were hauled away and burned and otherwise disposed of. The job was much greater than anticipated, and the whole day was required to clean up the town. Even then, a number of alleys were not cleaned out, but the town truck is finishing up. The old dumping ground was not bothered owing to lack of time. It remains the eye sore it always has been and it will have to be attended to later.

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At the athletic meet at the university the other day, a young man by the name of Hendricks from the high school at Charleston, is reported to have broken the record of West Virginia for the running jump by clearing a distance of twenty feet and six inches. That is a good jump. It is about fifteen feet better than we can do of late years, and it was in no spirit of criticism of the youth that we got to searching for the record of the long jump in this state, to see whether it had been beaten.

It was that of Capt. Samuel Brady when he jumped Slippery Rock Creek to get away from the Indians. But the old record stands twenty-three feet by a man carrying a rifle. Brady lived in Brooke County during the revolutionary war. He was surprised by the Indians and he fled. The Indians saw that he ran toward the creek that was too deep to ford and scattered and pursued him to cut him off at the creek. Brady came to the stream as it flowed through a cut and cleared the stream and escaped. He went back to measure it afterwards and found that he had jumped twenty-three feet over water twenty feet deep. He heard one Indian shout: “Brady make good jump.”


Benjamin Franklin, a century ago, believed what we now know to be true. “that people who live in the forest, in open barns, or with open windows, do not catch cold, and that the disease called “a cold” is generally caused by impure air, lack of exercise or overeating.”

Most people who are “overworked” are more properly speaking, simply the victims of bad air, bad diet, poisons, or worry. They believe that because they are tired, it is overwork that is hurting them.

Physicians of wide experience have men and women coming to them every day broken down in health, telling them that they have overworked; and yet on questioning them, it is found that none of them work as hard as the physician whose aid they seek. Their breakdown is due to the terrible load of unphysiological habits which they are carrying – a load so great that scarcely any work can be carried in addition…


The farmers are busy planting corn and potatoes.

Russell Taylor and family from Raywood, spent Sunday with Mrs. Taylor’s parents.

L. S. Cochran is plowing with his tractor. It beats the old horse way.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Elliott, a son.


The ladies of Minnehaha Springs gave a pie supper Saturday night which was well attended. The proceeds which netted $36.00 will be used to purchase floor covering for the parsonage.

A congregation, which taxed the capacity of the building, was in attendance at the service at Mt. Carmel Methodist Church Sunday night.

Miss Blanche Pritchard, cashier in the Royal Drug Store, spent Sunday at her home.


Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Moore, of Arkansas City, Kansas, are here to spend some time with relatives and friends in Pocahontas. Mr. Moore is a brother of the late Aaron Moore, of Marlinton. Mrs. Catherine Auldridge, of Warwick, is his sister. Mr. Moore went west about the time of the war, worked hard and prospered. Of late years, he has been coming back visiting every few years. The only difference we can see in him is that he is growing younger year by year, and as his business affairs increase the more time he seems to have to enjoy life.

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