April 8, 1915
J. E. Arbogast, a school teacher who came here from Clay county, confessed to assault and battery on the body of Divers Sharp. They owned adjoining lands on Williams River and fell out over breachy hogs and poor fences and had a fight on Sunday morning. Sharp was cut up considerably. Sentence two months in jail and $50 fine.
State vs Joe King, charged with giving away a drink of liquor. Came to Cass March 25th carrying twelve quarts of whiskey and one quart of wine which raised a feeling of suspicion and maybe envy. Lives at Thornwood. Was traveling home from Westernport to Thornwood, and made the loop to Cass on business, as he would catch the same train home. At Cass borrowed a corkscrew of a Mrs. Brown. Lender says King left a drink on table for husband. Defendant says he strangled swallowing firey liquor and may have left some in bottom of glass. At worst seems to be a conflict between laws of hospitality and laws of West Virginia. Verdict not guilty.
The case of the State vs Howard Wooddell, so of Ezra, occupied all day Tuesday and the night session. The charge was an assault upon Oda Freeman. The main point in issue was whether Freeman was waylayed or whether there was a mutual fight. The result of the trial was a verdict of not guilty.
State vs Mike Long. A charge of offering $10 to a policeman at Thornwood. Questions of bribery and cash bail arose in the trial. Judge directed a verdict of not guilty.
State vs Glen Judy, a charge of burning Col. John Kramer’s slaughterhouse at Thornwood. Question arose as to whether there was a fatal variance when it was developed that the slaughterhouse belonged to Dudley & Kramer. Judge overruled the point. Counsel on defense gathered up five baskets full of fragments and saved them. Defense said that slaughterhouse was a common nuisance and should have been burned and that defendant claimed an honor he was not entitled to and that he now repented of having said he burned it. Defense too much refined for jury. Verdict guilty. Not yet sentenced.
State vs Chas. Lewis, whiskey charge, not guilty.
State vs Hod Sams, indictment quashed on a kidnapping charge.
A spelling match was held for the benefit of the athletic association. A neat sum was netted. Mrs. H. Winter McNeill received the prize for being the best speller present.
Dice and Ulric Grimes, Carl Bruffey and Lynn Overholt recently took the first uniform examination.
The senior class, assisted by several members of the high school, will present Longfellow’s Evangeline this year as their class play.
Repeating a sentence that has been worn out for five or six months, we still have winter; some two or three feet of snow in Gauley mountain.
H. Shelton is plowing and fencing.
James Gibson is around mounted on an animal similar to the one once owned by Balaam.
Ligon Mace has engaged as shepherd and undertaker to a flock of sheep at Gibson Knob.
L. D. Sharp is preparing to build on the estate of the late William Sharp.
Some effort here to compete with those Europeans for first place as to war proclivities.
A number of our girls of the neighborhood were at Marlinton last week experimenting on what they knew, and came back to tell us that Shawkey himself could not have managed the geography.
Prof. Chalfant has closed his writing school here and moved on to Greenbank. Willie Arbogast, Walter Lambert and Billie Tracy took the prizes for making the widest differences in their writing.
Will the correspondent at Oak Grove please tell us from what firm he gets his Bibles.
Clyde Sutton has landed back in town again after being called home by the illness of his mother.
Glenn Arbogast is in Randolph furnishing the music in a series of meetings.
The farmers have done very little plowing in this section on account of the frozen ground.
And still they move. Boyd Nelson has moved to the James M. Spencer place, and Pat Vandevender hs moved to F. S. Wise’s old mill site.
William Wimer’s ribs have healed where his auto mashed him some time ago and he is on the war path again.
Dorsey Freeman is running his automobile by the rule of contrariness now – anyway he was seen running it up the mountain backward the other evening.
We hope the Oak Grove correspondent and the editor of the Marlinton Journal will continue to fight with words (if they must fight) and that there will be no blood shed, for the ocunty could ill afford to lose such talent.
Mrs. Wellington Ruckman, of Knapps Creek, died at Marlinton April 6, 1915, aged about 50 years. She had been sick for some time, having suffered a stroke of paralysis. She is survivec by her husband and son, Everett Ruckman.
Ira D. Brill is enlarging the porch of his house on Lower Camden, and expects to move in about the first of May.
Z. S. Smith, Jr., who is at Massey Business College, Richmond, was at home for the Easter holidays. Also Ralph Yeager, Arden Killingsworth and Reed Curry, of Marshall College, Huntington.
J. H. Buzzard was down Tuesday, and on being interviewed, it was discovered that he had fed all the roughness on his place to the stock last winter except his whiskers, and if the weather had not moderated after Easter they would have been gone, too.