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Thursday, October 7, 1920

Reports of the ape on Black Mountain continue to come in more or less indefinite in details. It seems that his range lies from the head of Cranberry to Elk Mountain. It is reported as being seen on a log eating berries and when shouted at, left in a hurry. There is a report that a motorist was going through the Elk country and stopped to fix his car. He got under the car with a wrench and worked for a time and when he came out and stood up, there was the ape reaching out his hand to him. The tourist went away from that place in a hurry.

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Killing frost is reported in most parts of the county on Sunday morning. The fog protected vegetation at Marlinton.

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We want to nail a campaign lie right here. The report is going around that the registrars of a certain precinct have been camped on Williams River in an effort to register the wild man on Black Mountain. There is not a word of truth in it. There is no wild man in the Black Forest. It has been positively identified as an ape.

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The big barn of J. H. Mackey, of Monterey, was struck by lightning and burned last Monday night. The loss is about $20,000.

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Our friend, W. L. Hogsett, complimented us with an extra fine bunch of grapes. The variety is Moore’s Early. From two vines, he gathered twelve bushels of grapes. The vines are only six years old.

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Miss Fairy Warner and Miss Levia Bussard have completed their course of training at the Marlinton Hospital and graduated as trained nurses last week.

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Died, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barlow, of Edray, Wednesday afternoon, October 5, 1920, aged eight months, after a short illness of flux. The mother is very ill with the same disease.


L. K. Moore was appointed special receiver of the Duncan Construction Company, in the suit of A. A. Bostic vs Duncan Construction company and others. The special receiver will finish the contract for road building in Pocahontas County.

The cases of the State vs Holmes Sharp and Cyrus Bowers, being called, and Judge Sharp being disqualified by relationship to one of the parties, Andrew Price was elected a special Judge. On motion, the cases were continued until the first day of the next term.

The case of the State vs John Griffin was disposed of. It appeared that the defendant was eighty-one years old and had a wooden leg. The venerable defendant was under indictment for assault and battery. Hooray for Griffin. He was present with his witnesses. The court and the prosecutor seemed to think that a one-legged man eighty-one years old was not likely to be very dangerous. So the case was nulled. The octogenarian did not quite get that, so the judge said that it was dismissed. The old man lifted up a bearded face, like old King Lear in the play, and said: “That means there will be no more of it?”

So, he was allowed to go in peace.


All of Henry Barlow’s living children met at the old homestead last Sunday, October 3, 1920. Asa Barlow, who resides at the old home, which is dear to the memory of the children reared here, said, “To entertain my brothers and sisters is the greatest honor and joy of my life.”

This is the first time in fourteen years that all of the six brothers and two sisters have met together. In 1863, the dark days of the civil war, three of the children died of diphtheria. Since then, in 57 years, only two have left the family circle, Albert in 1884, and Mrs. Alice Gay, of Buckhannon, in 1915.

The roll now stands as follows: J. E. Barlow, Edray; A. M. Barlow, Warwick; W. A. and A. C. Barlow, Onoto; Mrs. J. N. White, Woodrow; D. L. Barlow, Huntington; Page D. Barlow, McMechen, and Mrs. Joel E. Peck, Huntington.

The friendship and family ties, which bind this family together, are very noticeable, and we might say stronger than that of most families. One of the children said that there was but one thing to mar the happiness of this reunion and that was the vacant chairs. May they all meet many times in the future. Thirty-four in all partook of the bountiful dinner, and enjoyed the fine day.

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Dr. P. D. Barlow, of McMechen, W. Va., during his two or three days visit to Pocahontas, met many of his friends, one of whom was Wm. T. Price, D. D., who is in his 91st year. The Dr. thinks that Mr. Price has been one of the greatest fire-side talkers and advisers this country has produced.

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Ellis Moore and David Beverage, of Stony Bottom, have specialized in the cultivation of ginseng and goldenseal. On Monday, Mr. Moore showed us a check for $1,228.90 he had received for the seng dug from a bed 25 x 50 feet. The plants were five years old, grown from seeds and the total weight amounted to 159 pounds. The expense placed at $200. The bed was shaded with strips from sawmill waste, and the labor done at noon and evening hours. Former sales from his bed amounted to $1,132. Mr. Moore has a bed of ginseng maturing each year, and by expert care and attention, he grows a plant that brings nearly as good a price as wild ginseng.


The Pocahontas County Fair held at Marlinton last Thursday, Friday and Saturday was a success except in the one important particular – the weather. Cold rains and a muddy track on Thursday and Friday kept the people at home, but clear weather on Saturday brought a great crowd to town. The receipts will amount to more than three thousand dollars, while the expenses and necessary improvement will reach nearly four thousand dollars.

The horse show was the best ever. The entries numbered perhaps sixty head, many of them being the finest and fastest in the country. Much credit for this fine show was due to horsemen from out of the county, among them being Messers. Thompson, Smith, Wright and Criser, of the Hot Springs; Messers. Burgess, Arbuckle and McClung, of Greenbrier County; and Mr. Kirk Wees, of Randolph. In one saddle class on Friday, there were eighteen fine horses entered.

There were fifty or more head of good cattle in the pens, and some of them could have contested in the big shows. Among the cattle entered were the following;

Edray District – A. C. Barlow, 9 Herefords; Elmer Poage, 1 Hereford; S. B. Nethkin, 5 Shorthorns; W. A. McLaughlin, 2 Herefords; E. F. McLaughlin, 1 Shorthorn; W. McClintic, 11 Shorthorns; Levi Gay, 1 Shorthorn.

Huntersville – W. H. Barlow, 8 Polled Angus.

Levels – J. S. McNeel, 9 Herefords; M. L. Beard, 2 Herefords; Colored Sanatorium, 2 Shorthorns.

Best Bull – J. S. McNeel; Best Herd – A. C. Barlow; Best Calf – Henry Beard; Best Yearling Bull, S. B. Nethkin…

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