Thursday, September 7, 1922
The cornerstone of the new Methodist church in Marlinton will be laid by the State Grand Lodge of Masons Thursday at 2:30 o’clock…
On Friday morning at 11 o’clock, the cornerstone of the new school house at Hillsboro will be laid by the State Lodge. Dinner on the ground.
S. L. Brown, local weather observer, reports the hottest days of August to have been the 6th and 18th, the temperature reaching 78 degrees on both these days. The coolest were the 21st and 29th, when 40 degrees was recorded. Mean maximum for the month was 71.2 degrees and the mean minimum was 50.4; mean 60.8. The total rainfall was 6.57 inches; the greatest in 24 hours being 2.13 inches on the 24th and 25th…
ASA RYDER KILLED
Asa Ryder, aged about 20 years, met his death at Beard, Monday, September 4, 1922.
On Sunday night, the store of Alex Stuart, at Horrock, was broken open and among other things taken was a lot of ginseng. On Monday morning, Mr. Stuart telephoned to the store of Moore and Poague at Beard, to be on the lookout for anyone offering seng for sale. Captain W. T. Poague answered that he had just bought some seng from a young man. Mr. Stuart asked that the seng seller be detained, he caught the up train and was at Beard in a few minutes. As he came into the store, the young man made a break for the door, across the railroad track, and into the Greenbrier river.
He was called upon to stop, but went on. Mr. Stuart had a shot gun and Captain Poague had a 22 rifle. Both shot in the direction of the fugitive. He was seen to fall in the water that was over his knees in depth. When brought to shore he was dead.
Prosecuting Attorney Allan P. Edgar was notified and held an inquest. The body was identified as that of Asa Ryder, an escaped convict. Justice LaRue presided, the jurors were G. C. Beard, R. M. Bear, Austin May, D. M. Callison, Frank Kidd and G. W. Clark. The verdict was that Asa Ryder had come to his death by a gunshot wound at the hand of W. T. Poague or Alex Stuart.
Asa Ryder was the son of Elmer Ryder. His mother was a Doyle. Both parents are living, but have been divorced. Last week, he escaped from a road camp, having been sentenced to the penitentiary from the Pocahontas circuit court, at the 1922 April session, for stealing J. N. White’s automobile at the Marlinton 1921 Chautauqua.
Jim Astin, another convict, escaped at the same time. Astin’s home is in Marlinton, and he was serving a term for burglary.
Young Ryder’s body was buried at Mt. View Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon…
Albert Lee Simmons and Miss Laura Roxella McCloud, both of this county, were married at the Methodist Parsonage at noon Wednesday, September 6, 1922, Rev. F. B. Wyand officiating minister. After a short honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Simmons will make their home at Raywood.
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Married, at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Margaret Baxter, Miss Edith Baxter and Charles Knox, of Charleston, Wednesday, September 6, 1922, Rev. J. J. Orr officiating minister.
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Mr. Thomas Lee Beard, of Hillsboro, and Miss Mary Hamilton Kincaid, of Frankford, were united in marriage at the residence of the officiating minister, Rev. F. P. Sydenstricker, in Ronceverte August 21, 1922…
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cochran, at Campbelltown, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Miller, of Buckeye, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Baxter, a daughter.
William Gibson died at the home of W. A. Eskridge, in Marlinton, August 23, 1922. He was the son of the late Samuel L. Gibson, of Frost, where the greater part of his life was spent on the farm. After leaving the farm, he became identified in public life and served his county, first in the office as constable, then four years as Assessor, and by his capable and faithful service rose to the highest office in the county, that of sheriff for four years. He was a capable and safe official and during the time of his public life he scrupulously endeavored to execute the oath of his office with partiality toward none and with justice toward all. He was a man of more than ordinary character and was loved and held in highest esteem by his many friends in Pocahontas and adjoining counties…
He leaves to mourn his loss two brothers and three sisters, Samuel G., and Miss Lillie Gibson, of Kendallville, Ind., and Sherman and Miss Bertie Gibson, of Frost, and Mrs. J. W. Siple, of Hillsboro.
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The venerable Lewis Simmons died at the home of his son, Floyd Simmons, near Hightown, Virginia, Sunday morning, September 3, 1922. He was in his 77th year having been born September 10, 1845… On Monday, his body was brought to Marlinton; laid beside the grave of his wife who died eight years since.
Mr. Simmons was a native of Pendleton county. During the Civil War he served as a Confederate Soldier in the 64th Virginia Infantry. He was an honest, industrious man, a farmer by occupation. He raised a large family, eight of whom survive their parents. The daughters are Mrs. Odie Campbell, Miss Fannie Simmons, Mrs. S. B. Yeager, Mrs. Forrest B. Bennett. The sons are Floyd, Pierce, Kenton and L. O. Simmons. Two sons, Robert Lee and Lewis, and a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Jackson, preceded their father to the grave…