100 Years Ago

Thursday, June 3, 1920

The frame warehouse of Williams & Pifer Lumber Co. is being torn down to be replaced by a brick building. The foundation for this company’s office, adjoining the warehouse, has been completed.

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M. F. Gum, that auctioneer generally, who carries the Warwick mail between sales, drove into a family of young pheasants in the flat woods last Saturday. The mother pheasant was dusting her brood in the road. Upon the approach of old Bob horse, the old bird flopped out into the bushes and did what she could to attract attention to herself while the little chicks squatted down in the road. Mr. Gum, fearful that the horse or the wheels might hurt some of the little ones, got down and gathered the whole brood of ten in his hat, and put them safely outside of the road, where, without a doubt, the old bird joined them, when the mail wagon was out of sight.


The regular June Term met on the last day of [May] with Judge Sharp on the bench. A grand jury was present, Willie Grimes, Foreman. An indictment for murder was returned against George Maltish, charging him with the killing of John Moslo. This is the case of the body of a Slavonian, which was found on the North Fork of Cranberry last September. The prisoner is a Croat. Hill, Wolverton and McClintic appeared for the state. The prisoner, representing that he was unable to employ counsel, the court appointed McNeil, Bratton and Price to defend. A great cloud of witnesses appeared from Richwood and its environs. The case is set for trial on June 15. The case has to do with lumbering.

The case against Stanley Curry was tried. This case was from Frost. Some furs had been stolen from the Townsend store. The case reviewed the fur trade considerably and was fur to the end. The defendant, a boy, went clear by praying an alibi, he having been at church at the critical time. A signal reward of early piety…

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The grand jury completed its work Wednesday morning in time for the jurors from the upper district to get away on the morning train. Seven or eight indictments were returned.

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The annual court week rain came on Wednesday. It was a welcome visitor, too, as things were getting pretty dry.


The United States Public Health Service, with headquarters at Washington, is adding to its usefulness by leaps and bounds. It is assisting the Government in the solution of gravely important problems. In one of its bulletins, it warns of the poison of worry.

“No bird tries to build more nests than its neighbor,” it says. “No fox ever fretted because he had only one hole in which to hide. No squirrel ever died of anxiety lest he should not lay up enough nuts for two winters instead of one, and no dog ever lost sleep because he had not laid aside sufficient bones for his declining years.”

Most of our worries are financial ones, our needs seem to grow with our income. The poorest man is often the one with the largest income. A man is poor who spends beyond his income. The man who makes twelve hundred dollars a year and only spends one thousand is rich. Riches are not measured by our possessions but by our requirements.

The above statements apply directly to health and physical fitness of any community or people. He who lives an honest, clean and upright life will hardly worry, and he who lives within his physical income will not covet his neighbor’s good health.

The activities of the Public Health Service are directed principally to the prevention of disease by educating the public in sanitation, personal hygiene and education. Believing that physical fitness and immorality are incompatible, it encourages chivalry, chastity and self control. Improper social conditions promote social evils which in turn encourage the spread of social disease, the prevention of which is more efficient than the cure.


The graduating exercises of the Edray District High School last Friday night were unusually good. A class of nine received their diplomas, the largest number to be graduated in the history of the school. They were Evalyn Coyner, Dorothy Irvine, Mamie White, Gayre Mann, Genevieve Moore, Genevieve Yeager, Hull Yeager, Francis Harris and Sterl Wooddell. Francis Harris is a veteran of the World War and saw service in France. The address was delivered by Dr. Hamilton, of Huntington, President of Marshall College. While nine is not very many and the number no doubt should be greater, still it compares not unfavorably with the ninety or so graduates of cities like Parkersburg and Charleston.


The primary election has come and gone once more and it does appear that if our next legislature can not give us a better law than the present one, they had better repeal this one and let us go back to the system of fifty years ago. One consolation we have is that no future legislature can make it any worse.

Measles are again visiting our neighborhood.

A fine wire fence is being put around the Curry cemetery. Miss Lucille Cary is leading the enterprise.

The farmers are shearing sheep with aching arms and bleeding hearts because wool is down, but it is to be hoped that there will also be a drop in clothing.

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