Thursday, May 24, 1923
The word came the other day that there had been another record made in marathon work, and that was that Miss Susie Hetnock, working in the culinary department of a large hotel in the city of Punxsutawney, in Pennsylvania, had washed dishes continually for thirty-one hours without stopping. This was hailed with delight all over the country, because it showed that there was one woman who gloried in her work.
It seems that there had been a big dining and the dishes came down in wagonloads at the end of a long day, and the dish washing force, composed of girls, lifted up their voices and wailed. Then came our heroine and told them to sit still and look pretty and that she would attend to the whole lot and, as she worked, it occurred to her to give some of them long dancing marathon nuts something to think about and she continued to wash dishes for thirty-one hours. The proprietor of the hotel heard that history was being made and he became alarmed for his valuable assistant, maybe thinking of the Athenian lad some years ago. He told her to stop but Miss Hetnock told him to head out…
I admire Miss Hetnock. And in a notable interview with a representative of the metropolitan press, she was found to be charmingly simple in manner and beautiful in appearance, and very modest as to the greatness of her achievement.
“Hell” she said (she was most engagingly frank), “it wasn’t much. I could do it again. I done it for fun…”
In the old days when they took lumber rafts down the river to market, it was a customary thing for men to walk from Ronceverte to Marlinton in one day, forty-six miles over the mountains. This caused no comment. Men in those days could walk from Staunton to Dunmore, eighty miles in a day. And Elijah Harmon, an old time hunter, walked down many a deer when there was a tracking snow on the ground.
With some, every day is a marathon and they are the safest and best contented.
Mrs. Caroline S. M. Baughman died Saturday morning, May 19, 1923, at the home of William Alderman on North Fork of Anthony’s Creek. She was paralyzed about a week before. Her age was 77 years, having been born near where she died…
The deceased was a daughter of the late Solomon Alderman. Of her father’s family, there remain Mrs. J. H. Buzzard and Mrs. Virginia Alderman, and Darius Alderman…
Mrs. Baughman was a good, useful woman, and for a lifetime had been a professing Christian, a member of the Methodist Protestant Church. Her body was laid to rest in the Beaver Creek cemetery.
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Martha J. Groves was born in Pocahontas County May 20, 1839 and died in Nicholas County at the home of her sons, Hill and Homer Groves, April 29, 1923… She was a daughter of the late Joel Hill, of Little Levels District.
In the year 1858, she was united in marriage to Mansfield Groves, who died February 25, 1896…
She was a great lover of her home, but was ready at all times to lend a helping hand to those in need about her.
Her body was laid to rest in the family graveyard.
Peace to her ashes.
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James Hultz was born March 29, 1939 and died at his home near Hillsboro, May 3, 1923. His age was eighty-four years… On December 2, 1873, he married Miriam Nancy Jordan who survives him. To this union there were three children, two of whom survive. The son, William Hultz lives on the home place near Hillsboro, and the daughter, Mrs. M. B. Jones lives at Seebert. There are eleven grandchildren…
Through a life of obedience, he lived long upon the land which the Lord God gaveth him and was gathered to his Fathers in a good old age…
He was a Confederate soldier, having served the duration of the war in Lee’s army belonging to the 25th Va. Regiment, Co. B. Augusta Riflemen. He was in the thickest of the fighting and suffered the hardships and privations of those dark days.
His body was laid to rest in the McNeel cemetery…
“Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past.
The battle’s fought, the race is won
And thou art crowned at last.”
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