Thursday, August 24, 1922
The attendance at the Methodist Sunday school was a high water mark Sunday with 220 present, an increase of 12. The Presbyterian school was 164, one less than the Sunday before.
THE COUNTY FAIR
The County Fair is in full swing and it is a success from every standpoint. It started off strong with an attendance of 3,800 on the first day, and the automobiles were past counting. It was a fulfillment of the ancient prophesy: “With the fifth wheel of the chariot, shall they come.” The fifth wheel is the one that is slung on the side…
The old Levi Gay farm has been transformed into a beautiful park, with a green mountain on one side of a plain as level as a floor, and a clear beautiful river on the other. Good driveways and tracks have been made. A grandstand with comfortable seats and faced just right, as regards the sun, has been erected.
A huge cattle barn and another barn for sheep and hogs stand on the riverbank, and both are full of the finest finished stock you ever saw…
The first day was given over to the homecoming on the occasion of the Centennial of the County. It was planned to have three distinguished sons of the county speak to the people…
The art of the speakers, the charm of the natural surroundings, the occasion of the meeting, the point to which God has brought us on our way, all combined to plumb the heart to deep and unknown depths, and it was good to be there.
The weather for the big event is fine. Monday morning, the people on the mountaintops could write their names in the frost, but it was not a killer, and it was sign of good weather for fairs…
At this time, we have in our midst fine people, fine cattle, fine horses, fine hogs, fine sheep, and a fine entertainment.
And the hospitality of the people of the county seat has been put to the test and not found wanting.
KILLING AT RICHWOOD
Wednesday of last week, Tobe Payne and Dorr Payne, 30 and 21 years old, sons of Harman Payne, of Trout, were gathering blackberries in the neighborhood of Richwood when they happened on a jug of moonshine liquor. They moved the jug to another place and pretty soon Albert White came along and claimed the liquor and demanded of the Payne brothers where it was hid. A quarrel ensued and Tobe Payne knocked White down, and he went away in a rage.
The home of White’s father was nearby and Albert White went there and broke open the house and armed himself with a pistol and shotgun, and when the Payne boys came by a short time afterwards he fired from the house killing both of them.
Tobe Payne had served two years in the army in Europe and escaped without a scratch and came to a violent death in a private quarrel.
White escaped and took to the woods coming in the direction of the Greenbrier Valley. The dead men were brothers of N. P. Payne, deputy sheriff of Nicholas county, and the deputy came to Pocahontas the night after the killing.
White is a man of 28 or thereabouts, is red faced, and walks stiff with his elbows held out. He is very round shouldered and is almost humpbacked. He will be known by his peculiar way of walking.
Monday afternoon at 2:30, Clarence Asbury Sheets and Miss Grace Marie Curry, of Dunmore, were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. Nina Shiflett, at Cass… They took the afternoon train for Charleston and other points West to spend their honeymoon.
This popular and estimable young couple have the best wishes of a host of friends for a long and happy life.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mays, of Marlinton, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Rhedes, of Edray, a son.
William Gibson died at the home of W. A. Eskridge on Wednesday evening, August 23, 1922. For some time he had been a sufferer from Brights disease. His age was 56 years. He was a son of the late Samuel Gibson, of Frost.
Mr. Gibson was a prominent citizen of Pocahontas and had served his county as assessor and sheriff.
Burial in Mountain View Cemetery Friday afternoon, the service being in charge of the Masons from the residence of W. A. Eskridge.
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A telegram was received Wednesday morning, bringing the news of the death of Rev. Daniel Allen Penick, D. D., aged 84 years, at his home in Lexington, Virginia. His wife was Eliza McNeel, eldest daughter of the late Col. Paul McNeel. Dr. Penick was well known to the older citizens of Pocahontas. He was a minister of the Presbyterian church for about sixty-four years, having been a classmate in the seminary with the late W. T. Price, D.D.
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Mrs. Julia Moore Sharp, died at her home at Edray, Wednesday night, August 16, 1922. She had been sick a week or two with some acute stomach trouble. She was seventy-six years old, having been born September, 1845. She is survived by her husband, William Sharp, and their daughter, Mrs. J. W. Price. Burial in the Edray graveyard on Friday afternoon, the services being conducted from the home by her pastor, Rev. C. A. Powers, of the Methodist Church, of which she had been a member for nearly sixty years.
Mrs. Sharp was a daughter of the late Squire Isaac Moore and his wife, Catherine Gillian Moore. Of her father’s family, but two remain, Mrs. Paul Sharp and Samuel B. Moore.