Thursday, April 19, 1923
J. W. Carpenter and family, of Beaver Dam, made 300 pounds of maple sugar and 21 gallons of molasses this week. This is over 500 pounds of sweetness.
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Attendance at the Methodist Sunday School was 198; at the Presbyterian school a special service was held and the attendance was 229. At the Campbelltown school, there were 54.
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Teacher W. A. McLaughlin, of the Stony Bottom School, visited this office Friday morning. He was accompanied by seven of his pupils – Earl and Jamie Bailey, Pearl and Ollie Meeks, Bearyl McLaughlin, Johnie Doyle and Craig Tallman.
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Elmer Sharp, Reed Moore, Jay Buckley and George Simmons are among the citizens from this county attending Federal Court at Charleston as petit jurors.
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Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schuchat have gone to housekeeping in rooms on the third floor of the First National Bank building.
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Mr. L. M. McClintic and Miss Mary McClintic went last Friday to Charleston, where Mrs. McClintic was treated by a specialist for an injury to an eye caused by being struck by a chicken. The good word comes that the injury is not necessarily of a nature to impair the sight.
This term of court finally disposed of the homicide case of the State of West Virginia against Captain W. T. Poague for shooting and killing Asa Ryder, an escaped convict from the state road camp, for whom a reward had been offered.
It was a case in which public sentiment was sharply divided, and it involved questions of human rights that could not be determined in any way as well as by a public trial before a jury. The case was tried at great length last October and resulted in a hung jury. It was again thrashed out in the present court and the verdict was not guilty…
Asa Ryder, the deceased, was a native of this county and was widely connected with some of the oldest families of this section. He was a grandson of the late R. E. L. Doyle. At the time of his conviction, he was in his twenties, a tall gangling youth with a vacant look about his face. He was convicted of taking a car while the owner was at church and making a poor getaway. He left the prison road camp with Jim Astin and a man by the name of Hatfield…
Alex Stewart has a store just beyond Droop Mountain in Greenbrier, and he found his store had been broken open and robbed…
In Ryder’s pockets were found numerous articles that had been burglarized from Stewart’s store, so there can be no doubt that at the time he was shot that he was guilty of a felony and was trying to escape. And at the same time, there were picture cards in the mail offering a reward of fifty dollars for him as an escaped convict, a fact that was known to none of the persons present at the killing. But the identity was established at the inquest…
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence B. Moore, of Bluefield, a son. Mrs. Moore was formerly Miss Georgia Sharp, of Edray.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter McMillion, at Riverside, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Armstrong, near Marlinton, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Asa Wilfong, at Minnehaha Springs, a daughter.
Mrs. Maud McNeel Callison, wife of George W. Callison, died at her home at Dayton, Virginia, Friday, April 13, 1923, after a short illness of pneumonia. The deceased was a native of Pocahontas county, being a daughter of the late Captain W. L. McNeel, and much of her life was spent at Hillsboro. Her body was brought to the ancestral burying ground, the McNeel graveyard. Among her children are Mrs. J. K. Marshall and Mrs. George P. Edgar, of Hillsboro.