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Thursday,

December 3, 1914

The fact that corporal punishment is discouraged in some public schools is what led Harry’s teacher to address this note to the lad’s mother:

“I regret very much to have to inform you that your son, Harry, idles away his time, is disobedient, quarrelsome and disturbs the pupils who are trying to study their lessons. He needs a good whipping, and I strongly recommend that you give him one.”

Whereupon Harry’s mother responded as follows;

“Dear Miss Jones: Lick him yourself. I ain’t mad at him.”

Yours truly, Mrs. Smith.

R. K. Burns has sold his fine Kentucky riding mare to a Mr. Day, of Highland county, who has bought the Hull land on Alleghany mountain, embracing about five thousand acres, and will establish a big stock ranch. Mr. Day was among the first men to enter the great Klondike gold fields of Alaska, being on the ground at the time gold was first discovered. He made an immense fortune by digging gold and in taking up real estate and town sites, and today he owns much of the land that Dawson City stands upon. Mr. Day is preparing to bring his family to Highland soon and will build a Klondike house made of logs sawed on three sides. Mr. Day decided on settling on the Hill farm after visiting many parts of the two Virginias. This is fine grass land right on top of the main Alleghany mountain near the state line between West Virginia and Virginia and lies on the Laurel Fork of the south Branch of the Potomac and also on the waters of Back creek which go into the James. No section of the country enjoys a finer summer climate, and to a man who has experienced the rigors of eighty degrees below zero, winter on the Alleghany will not be hard.

 

TRAINER

Russell Trainer and mother are visiting in Lewisburg this week.

Howard McElwee of Minnehaha was over in his car Saturday night.

Ellis Dean, the champion hunter, killed two deer last week.

Ross Hefner killed a crane one day last week. It measured 5 ½ feet from the tip of one wing to the other.

 

THORNY CREEK

The boys of this part are making good use of the hunting season.

Austin Sharp and wife were visiting in this part recently.

Dale, little son of Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Fertig, has whooping cough.

Morgan Grimes still continues very feeble.

Mrs. Mary Fertig is able to be around on crutches and is still improving.

 

EDRAY

The rain last Monday was badly needed as water was getting very low.

George Swecker, of Mingo, the limekiln builder, finished a large kiln last Friday for S. B. Moore. This kiln is 30 feet long, 28 feet wide and 9 feet high, and is estimated to burn 4,000 bushels of lime.

A.C. Barlow and French Hoover returned last Saturday from a business trip to Kentucky.

The Edray Literary Society was organized at the school house on November 20, with the following officers: J. W. G. Smith, president; Miss Oleta Gay, secretary: Allen Sharp, treasurer. Let everyone come out, take part and have a good society.

George H. Waugh is at home from Yelk where he has been working in a surveying crew for George Duncan.

Clark & Kincaid had a horse badly crippled here last week by falling and cutting its leg on a sharp rock.

Frank Young and Clarence Barlow offer their services to the farmers of Pocahontas county to build and burn limekilns. There is plenty of limestone rock in the county and farmers should make use of it and build up their farm land so as to grow two haystacks where they grow one now.

 

WANLESS

The fine fall has saved at least one month feeding. We anticipate an easy open winter with much rain.

Mrs. Harry Wooddell, of Cass, is here preparing to have some household goods moved to her home.

The whooping cough is raging in this part.

Allen Galford has his oil engine set up ready to run.

T. R. Beverage is making the change in the road near his place. The Winters Sutton Hill is the next to be changed. With a few more changes that can be made in the next four years we can have a good road and in line with the other districts. This year has made a marked change in this part, breaking all records. The change from McLaughlin’s toward Cass was a big thing for that part.

 

BIRTHS

Born to Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Brown, of Marlinton, November 27, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Perry Skeen, of Buckeye, November 26, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Shelton, of West Marlinton, November 13, a son.

 

DIED

Mrs. Emma McComb, wife of A. B. McComb, of Huntersville, died Wednesday, November 25th, 1914, in the Clifton Forge Hospital where she had gone for treatment. She was buried at Huntersville on Friday. Mrs. McComb was forty years old at her death, and apparently in vigorous health until a few days before going to the hospital. She leaves her husband and nine children, one of whom is an infant. They have the sympathy of a host of friends in their deep sorrow.

Mrs. Hull, wife of Dr. George Hull, of Durbin, was brought to Ronceverte Wednesday night and was to have been taken to the Hinton Hospital suffering with quinsy. While waiting in the Greenbrier hotel, and just before the train to bear her away was due, she died – in–a manner choking to death. The remains were prepared for burial by the local undertaking establishment and were shipped to Orange, Va. – West Virginia News.

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