May 20, 1915
Boys should be taught to speak the truth, to ride a horse, and to shoot a gun. What do the mountain men think of a law such as was passed by the recent legislature to require a permit in writing from the county clerk before the boy can carry a gun in the woods and learn how to use it? This law was passed in the atmosphere of the splatter gun the clay pidgeon. If wild game is to be given a real chance for life, abate the shot gun and go back to the rifle. This rule would mean more to the game in the woods than all other game laws combined and would create a generation of riflemen. It would work good in two ways.
W. A. Browning, of Beard, was in town yesterday, and reported fine progress in his coal mine under Droop Mountain. He has his tunnel in nearly two hundred feet, and the coal is fast improving in quality and the roof is now such that he can soon open rooms and begin mining in earnest. Mr. Browning deserves great credit for his enterprise in opening up this coal deposit.
Drilling for oil at Dutch Bottom on Williams River will commence by June 1st if things continue as they have started. An 83-foot derrick is being erected and the tools and equipment are being hauled in. The outfit is the best obtainable. The immense drill stems and bits, 35-feet in length and weighing several tons, make for very difficult hauling.
On May 12, born to Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Henson, a boy. The stork also visited Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Wells and left them a boy, and also left a boy at the home of Mr. L. M. Smith.
The M. E. Sunday school reports a nice increase in attendance and are taking steps to have better music.
Measles are still in and around our town.
B. Frank White and wife, of Douthards Creek, were in town a few days ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Kincaid were here Monday of this week.
There is still talk of a railroad through this section, probably leaving the Greenbrier road at Denmar and up Laurel creek, crossing the headwaters of Beaver Creek and on to the headwaters of Knapps Creek. This route would reach millions of feet of lumber that is still untouched on the mountains and tributaries of Knapps Creek.
Still continues very dry, but crops are looking well.
Denny Callison lost a fine horse last week.
W. A. Browning is preparing to build a house at Hillsboro, where he will move this fall to take advantage of the fine school at that place.
Forrest May went to Anthony’s Creek Tuesday, and we hope to hear the serenade bells ring when he returns.
Our Sunday school is progressing nicely. There was an attendance of 68 last Sunday.
The Durbin electric light plant is being rushed. The new engine arrived.
Williams Bros. are doing a rushing business with their livery. They got some fine stock from Highland county, both drivers and saddlers.
J. C. Ashford bought a fine young horse at a HIghland sale, also some fine colts and driving stock.
The autos are rushing night and day. charles and william Grogg, H. E. White, Roy Edmiston area all busy with their machines hauling passengers.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Burner celebrated their golden wedding on the 10th of May. A grand luncheon was enjoyed by about fifty guests, and Uncle Charley and wife are off to Morgantown on their honeymoon.
Dave Grogg died very suddenly at Bartow Saturday about nine o’clock. Burial at the Grogg cemetery on Monday.
Anderson Barlow and Ed McLaughlin are preparing to have Natco Silos built on their farms at Onoto this summer. They have also ordered a Blizzard Silo cutter and will be prepared to fill silos and blow fodder in barns this fall.
Elmer Duncan and wife have gone to housekeeping near Buckeye.
Mrs. A. c. Barlow and daughter, Miss Grace, were shopping in Marlinton Saturday.
Bug White passed here Monday with teams on his way to WIlliams river to plant potatoes for the godson Lumber company.