100 Years Ago

Thursday, November 12, 1914


Five o’clock Tuesday morning fire was discovered in the building of Abe Maneer, town of Thornwood, and soon spread to adjoining buildings, and destroyed five buildings before the flames could be checked. The buildings burned include those of Maneer, Kramer & Dudley, F. C. Arbogast, the Spicher building, now owned by a man named Sleek, and a dwelling owned by a man named McCauley. Only by hard work by the volunteer firemen was the rest of the town saved. J. K. Kramer and family lived over Mr. Kramer’s meat shop and had a narrow escape, losing all their clothing and household effects.

The lots in the Pane addition at Hillsboro, sold at auction by the American Company at Charleston, went like hot cakes yesterday. Every lot was sold, the Board of Education purchasing a dozen or more for agricultural demonstration work in connection with the Hillsboro High School.



Much is being said about the short ballot so that the voter will have but few names to pass upon. Too often the drag of the head of the ticket pulls through some man unworthy of office. If it ever becomes the law in Pocahontas county, we propose to run Joe Buzzard and Squire Brown against the Sharp twins, and see who gets the votes in that event. There will be something doing that election day.



Bide Applebee, he says to me

A spell ago, he says – says he,

“What was it that you give your horse

The time it had the botts?” Of course

That bein’ sort o’ in my line I says, “I give him turpentine.”

It run along fer quite a spell –

A month, or mebbe more an’ – well,

One evenin’ Bide come into town

an’ itched his team an’ settled down

In Rosses’ store against a sack: His face was long ‘s a wagon track!

“What was it,” he says to me

“You give your horse for botts?” says he;

“Jist turpentine,” I says, an’ Bide

Says, “So did I, but my horse died;

“Well, so did mine,” I says, an’ cussed

If I didn’t think them boys would bust!

John D. Wells



Minnehaha Springs – The hunting season which came in the fifteenth of October has already proven itself the best in years. The great abundance of game which has been killed close to the Club, and the large amount of game which is still in the surrounding woods, goes to prove that it has greatly increased since the starting of the Association and that the woods have been well stocked.

Twenty-two turkeys, at least two hundred squirrels, a large number of pheasants, several quail and a large bear have been killed within two miles of the Club and another bear was seen within a short distance of the Club.

Although the hunting at the Club has been confined to the smaller game so far, the members have while out hunting pheasants, seen numerous tracks made by the deer where they came down to the little brooks which were still muddy. Next week several deer chases are being arranged for.

Despite the large crowd which has been at the Club since the opening of the season, there has been more game brought in than could be consumed, and each member has been permitted to take a bountiful supply home.



We are having fine weather and farmers are busy husking corn and preparing for winter. Corn is a fine crop in this section.

Several cases of whooping cough in the surrounding neighborhood.

The bridge across Thorny creek has been completed.

Dogs have been killing sheep for a business in this section. There should be a much higher dog tax and a law to tie the dogs at night. The dogs have more protection than the sheep. We need a law to protect the sheep.



Miss Flossie Conrad, and Mabel and Flora Gillispie attended the reading circle at Dunmore Saturday.

The Pugh brothers, Well and Arch, are holding a series of meetings at the Summit school house on Top Alleghany.

Mrs. Bessie Beard, of the Levels, was visiting friends and relatives in town and community the past two weeks.

Oliver Cutlip and family left Monday for the home of their daughter where they will spend the winter.

Herb Sutton returned from Deerfield Saturday with his lady. They were accompanied by Vernon Sutton and Lloyd Roberson who helped the people in town give them a big serenade.

Grattie, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Wooddell, has been on the sick list for some time.

Squire Riley and family have moved back in their old home in town.

Miss Mattie Hevener is at Cloverlick at the home of her brother, J. R. Hevener.



Born to Mr. and Mr. William Wilson, of Marlinton, November 6, a boy.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Asa Barlow, of Onoto, November 9, a daughter.

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