100-Years-Ago

Thursday, April 15, 1915

As Izaak Walton remarked, the weather that we have had lately is too good for any but anglers or very honest men.
The first bird concert of the season commenced on the morning of the 8th at 4:40 a.m. No previous announcement had been made of their coming but they were expected about this time. It is the intention of the songsters to spend the summer here and they are at this time looking for suitable places to live.
W. McClintic has imported two of the best draft stallions ever brought to this county – a four year old Clydesdale and a six year old Shire. The first weighs over sixteen hundred and the other over eighteen hundred pounds. G.W. Mann brought them through from Iowa. Mr. McClintic also recently imported a number of head of thoroughbred black cattle.
Earl Slaven, of Crabbottom, accomplished a very remarkable feat on Monday in killing a large golden eagle with rocks. They had some sheep and during the prevalence of a March snow squall, Mr. Slaven was passing in sight of the dead sheep when he discovered the big bird feeding on a dead carcass. He slipped toward the eagle keeping behind a fence until he was close enough to throw a stone. This he did as the eagle started to rise and broke a wing. A few more throws at short range and the prize was bagged. It measured seven feet and was of the golden variety. Highland Recorder.
A lawyer who had made extensive abstracts of land in this county told us the other day that he had had occasion to trace back a title to a piece of land in which the name Cutlip figured, which name is a very old one in this county. He lost trace of the name and finally identified it with the name Gottlieb, a German name meaning the love of God.

APOLOGY
“We apologize for all mistakes made in former issues and say they were inexcusable as all the editor of this paper has to do is to hunt news and clean the rollers, help set the type, sweep the floor and pen short items, and fold papers, and write wrappers, run off the mailing galleys, hunt paste and mail the papers, and talk to visitors, answer the telephones, run the presses, do job work, hunt the shears, write editorials, and dodge the bills and dun delinquents, and take cussings from the force and tell our subscribers that we must have money – we say we’ve no business to make mistakes while attending to those little matters, and getting our living on hopper-tail soup flavored with imagination, and wearing old shoes, because our best ones hurt our frozen feet. No collar and a hole in our trousers and obliged to turn a smiling countenance to the man who tells us our paper ain’t worth a dollar anyhow, and that he could make a better one with his eyes shut.” – Exchange

MILLPOINT
Quite a few automobiles are running through this part of the country.
Lanty Hogsett was down from Marlinton Sunday in his car which he recently purchased from J. L. Baxter.
Penic Rider recently purchased the Walter Foe land near Marvin Chapel church and expects to move soon.
There seems to be lots of sickness among horses and cattle. Dr. M. C. Smith is the busiest man in the country.
L.H. Norvell and Ewell Kramer have been building a line fence between their lands.

ARBOVALE
We have had a few nice showers and grass has begun to green up a little. Wheat is looking very poor on account of the hard freezing through March.
There has been more plowing for corn done this spring than for many years.
Tilden Brown came near losing a nice yearling steer last week by it eating paint.
Miss Wilma Beard gave a rook party last Tuesday night to a number of young people of the neighborhood.
D.O. Woods had a sugar stirring last Wednesday night and those present were Misses Annie Conrad, Stella Brown, Mabel and Winnie Gillispie and Messrs. Cleo Woods, Perly Dysard, F. Hamed, Fred and Lawrence Conrad.
We understand the Board of Education had a meeting last Saturday and decided to build a high school in this district. An election to be held the 22nd of May. Let everybody vote for it for we surely need a high school in this district and thereby save our teachers from having to go off to school.
HUNTERSVILLE
J. C. Webb has moved his sawmill to the Rodney Buzzard place to cut out a set for the Hickory Hollow Lumber Co.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Buzzard, last Sunday, an eight pound girl.
The three week old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert McCarty died last Friday and was buried in the McLaughlin cemetery Saturday.
Joe Phillips’ baby has been quite sick for some days, and we learn that Grandma Phillips is still confined to her bed.
Since the Pumpkin Hill Lane has become the residence of two ministers we suggest the name be changed to Lovers’ Lane.

ONOTO
The farmers are all busy plowing and getting ready to put out big crops this year. There has been more plowing done this spring than for years. We are glad to see the farmers getting interested and hope to save some of the money at home that goes out for feed every year.
Howard Beverage, who is working in a lumber camp on Meadow Creek, near Hinton, is at home for a few days.
Mrs. E. F. McLaughlin gave an old fashioned quilting to a number of her friends Friday. Those in attendance were Mrs. Margaret and Misses Myrtle and Edith Baxter, Mrs. Hulda Auldridge, Mrs. Mary Carter, Mrs. Lucy and Miss Bee Sharp, Mrs. Nancy Ratliff, Mrs. J. W. F. Smith. All report a fine time.
E. F. McLaughlin is doing a fine lot of work on the road from Geiger’s mill to West Marlinton.

OAK GROVE
Plowing and getting ready to raise more grain in this part than usual. The people are tired of having to buy so much train as they did during the long cold winter which we hope is now past.
The Arbovale correspondent wishes to know what firm we get our Bibles from. In reply, we will say that we did not know that there was an Englishman living at Arbovale. N. B. It usually takes an Englishman ten days to see a joke.
Replying to the Editor of the Journal in last week’s issue, (Let us leave in peace). All right, and may glory go with you and your chickens never come home to roost. The mossback hasn’t lost a feather yet.
Glad to hear we have good prospects of a district high school. It is badly needed. The members of the board of the Greenbank district are up to date business men and will not fail to select a location that will meet the approval of the people whose interests are at state.

KILLED
Lewis Harding, aged 17 years, was killed Tuesday morning, April 13, 1915, near Hosterman, by being thrown from a motor truck. The section force under Foreman J. H. Warf was going to work riding on a motor car. An angle bar fell from the front of the car, it stuck up between the ties and the car striking it was derailed and turned around. The whole crew was thrown off, and young Harding’s head struck the rail or ties and was crushed, and he lived but a short time. Lewis Harding was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Harding of Hosterman, and lived with his parents.

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