100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
February 11, 1915

ODDS AND ENDS
“There is a man in this town who quarrels regularly with his wife.” A word to the wise should be sufficient.
The depot at Cass was robbed on Thursday night of last week, and thirty-seven quarts of whiskey are missing. Nothing else was of value was taken. Entrance was gained by the robber cutting a hole in the door panel and drawing a bolt.
No liquor at the Marlinton depot – all shipped out and none coming in. It begins to look as though prohibition does prohibit.
“I come to the express office and asked for my liquor, and he says to me that he could not deliver it because he had got an order not to let any liquor out, and I showed him my papers that they were older than the order and that I ought to be entitled to that liquor because I ordered it away back before his paper was dated, and he said that it did not matter at all and that I wasn’t going to get no liquor at the express office, and I said to him, keep it then, the older it gets the better it gets, they all say – though I never tried keeping none any length of time.
Raymond Wiley fell down an elevator shaft at the tannery Tuesday, a distance of fourteen feet and was badly bruised up but no bones were broken. A truck he was handling fell after and was broken to pieces but did not injure the boy, strange to say.

HUNTERSVILLE
Last Sunday night the residence of Everett Herold burned with all of its contents. There was no one in the building at the time, the family being with Mrs. H. M. Lockridge to spend the night. The building was one of the oldest in Huntersville, an old time brick building that was used for a jail for many years, but abandoned when a new jail was built about forty years ago. The walls, which are two or three feet thick, are still standing.
We are sorry to note that Mrs. H. M. Lockridge fell upon the ice Saturday morning and broke her arm.
Joe Saunders has been assisting Elihu Moore in the blacksmith shop for the past week.
If the Dunmore correspondent will use a pick and a shovel, he will find them better road tools than a pen.

DURBIN
Farmers are hauling hay to Highland county and to Cheat bridge in Randolph county.
The home talent is certainly giving some fine plays at the I.O.O.F. Hall.
B. F. Kelly and J. M. Colaw are in town today buying feed to finish wintering their stock.
Squire W. W. Marshall has some very interesting courts at his law office. Floyd Strader, Maxwell & Hoover, lawyers from Elkins, and Lawyer J. W. Yeager from Marlinton, handled the law very plain and call things by the common name so the wayfaring man can understand.

GREENBANK
The following items about citizens of Highland County may be of interest to the many readers of the Times:
P. L. Crummett is suffering with inflammatory rheumatism and has been confined to the house all winter.
S. B. Rexrode, Jr. who took a trip to the Rockies last fall in hope of getting relief from that dread disease, tuberculosis, is not much improved.
J. O. Wade, who received treatment at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and was much benefitted, is again prostrated. He is one of Highland’s best citizens, and a Christian gentleman.
Nothing sadder could be heard of than the burning to death of Mrs. Doyle and her two children at Cass on the morning of the 2nd. Much sympathy is felt for the husband and the surviving children. The Hand that tempers the wind to the shorn lamb alone can comfort them.

STONY BOTTOM
The weather is very cold.
The train wrecked near here last Thursday, and we think great damage was done.
Feed is very scarce in this section. Several of the farmers have counted straws and found they would not have enough hay. R. H. Bailey says he is going out of the cattle business and buy chickens.

BEAUTIFUL HOME WEDDING
The home of Henry H. Waugh at Clawson, was the scene of a most beautiful wedding Wednesday, February 10, 1915, when Mr. Harry Shrader and Miss Mabel Waugh were united in marriage by Rev. J. M. Walker, pastor of Marlinton Presbyterian Church. The wedding took place at high noon. Then followed the wedding dinner. The long table was simply loaded down with good things, and the many guests had a merry meal – nothing is said here of the bride and groom – their appetites lay in another direction.

A LOOK AHEAD
This editor just couldn’t wait to see what happened in the William Kitchen/Maude Jackson Kitchen saga that played out in last week’s 100-Years-Ago column, so I checked out the Circuit Court News in the April 8, 1915 edition of The Pocahontas Times and here is what I found:
Big court this week. Judge Dice on the bench. More than ordinary criminal cases ready for trial in this court.
Much interest manifested in the William Kitchen case. He is the young stranger who came here last winter posing as a merchant prince and married a young lady. It soon developed that he was already married.
The sheriff brought him into the presence on the first day of court and he withdrew his plea of not guilty and confessed to a charge of bigamy. He is a fat-faced, stupid looking gent, of a kind of a catfish style of beauty. His two wives and his mother, all beautiful women, dressed in the height of style, sat in a row at the bar.
The prisoner did not seem at all cast down. He had a self-satisfied, mormon style about him that seemed to fit his crime. Sentence will be pronounced later in the term.

Let me tell you, readers, this story is far from over. Hang on to your hats when we get to the April 15, 1915 court news. If I can wait until then…
Jaynell

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