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100 Years Ago

Thursday, July 7, 1921

A big crowd visited Marlinton on the Fourth. Squire Bird sat on his porch on the Huntersville road for awhile in the late afternoon and counted 276 automobiles passing his house. There were perhaps a thousand cars in town that day.

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The drought on Elk was broken Tuesday evening by a gully washer.

Deputy Sheriffs Bruffey and Eskridge have returned from Moundsville where they took the prisoners sentenced to the penitentiary. James Stophor was placed in the death house, where there were three other prisoners awaiting execution. Holmes Sharp goes to the blacksmith shop; Cy Bowers to the light plant, and Tony Grandiscen and Nazureno Champbello in the tailor shop.

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Antonio Gradiscen, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder at the last term of the Circuit Court of this county, committed suicide in the penitentiary by refusing to take any food of any kind. At the time he was sentenced, he was very despondent and looked in a weak condition. He steadily refused food from that time on and his death occurred July 5th. At Moundsville, forcible feeding was tried by the doctors, but the prisoner gradually became weaker until he died in the prison hospital. Gradiscen was one of the men who held up and robbed Camp 56 on the North Fork of Cranberry last March.

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One more State Trooper has given up his life to the cause of law and order. William McMillion, of Nicholas county, was bushwhacked and shot to death in Mingo County. He was one of twin brothers, both belonging to the state constabulary. He is of the same blood with our county people of the name.

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Mrs. John Eagle, of Hills Creek, is spending the summer with her daughter, Mrs. A. W. Hill. Though considerably more than four score years of age, she is well and hearty. In coming to Marlinton, she enjoyed her first automobile ride. This, too, is her first trip to the county seat, although she has lived in the county 57 years. She also saw the railroad trains for the first time on this journey. Mrs. Eagle’s maiden name was Anderson, and she was born and reared in Greenbrier county.

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Married on Monday, July 4, 1921, by Rev. J. W. Pugh, at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. J. W. Hevener, David Gragg and Miss Vella Calhoun, both of Pocahontas county. May Jesus always find a place in their hearts and home that their life may be bright and happy and in the end, eternal life. J. W. P.

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A beautiful home wedding took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Siple, at Hillsboro, June 22, 1921, when their daughter, Miss Nelle Parker, became the bride of Mr. Henry W. McNeel, youngest son of J. S. McNeel of the Levels community. The parlor of the spacious home of the bride’s parents was tastefully decorated, an arch being formed of flowers under which the bride and groom stood in taking their vows.

Miss Rose Hill sang a beautiful love song accompanied by Miss Dice Smith, who also played the wedding march. Misses Hallie Siple and Lucille McNeel then entered, strewing roses in the path of the happy couple. Little Miss Nancy Siple followed bearing the ring in a rose chalice. Finally came the bride, lovely in white organdie and veil, leaning on the arm of the bridegroom, and took their place underneath the arch of flowers. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. C. Johnson, and then the party was led to the dining room where delightful refreshments were served.

The happy couple left on the west bound train for points in Indiana and the middle west for a honeymoon trip…

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Born to Mr. and Mrs. Winston L. Herold, June 24, 1921, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Moore, June 26, a son, John Junior.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sheets, of Marlinton, June 25, a daughter Phyllis Lenore.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jordan, of Marlinton, June 26, a son.

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The two young daughters of Wallace Dilley, Eula and Madge, living on Indian Draft, have para-typhoid fever.


On the 19th day of June, 1921, Louisa Cassell, wife of John Cassell, passed quietly away to her reward. She was the mother of twelve children – nine living and three dead. Mrs. Cassell was very kind to all; to know her was to love her.

The children were all by her side until the last, expressing much grief for mother – the one who was the most to them on earth.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. Fred Gray, of Cass, in the presence of a large gathering in Wanless church, and the remains were tenderly laid in the Wanless cemetery to await the coming of One whose chariot is the clouds.

Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep.

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Lee H. Taylor departed this life at his home near Wesley Chapel, June 24, 1921, aged 18 years, 7 months and 23 days.

The death of this young man cast a gloom over the neighborhood and especially among the young people.

He professed faith in his God a few days before his death. He attended school at Hillsboro and Greenbank, and gave promise of making a useful man, but the fatal disease struck him. Parental love and medical skill failed to turn aside the shaft that fastened in the seat of life, and in a brief space the struggle ended.

He leaves to mourn his departure four sisters, Mrs. Rela Sheets, Mrs. Virgie Sheets, Mrs. Nela Mann and Miss Eliza Taylor, and four brothers, Russell, Robert, Andy and Albert.

His body was laid to rest in the Wesley Chapel cemetery…

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Is your daughter a spoiled child? Have her see Dorothy Philips in Once to Every Woman, and she will stay home from a dance and to the supper dishes. – Adv.

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LETTY SAYS: Men are peculiar; they spend their courting days telling us how unworthy they are, and their married life proving it. See So Long, Letty. – Adv.

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