100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
September 30, 1915

W. H. Cackley, of Ronceverte, and A. Davis Cackley, of Clinton, Illinois, were in Pocahontas to spend the weekend. Mr. Davis Cackley left Pocahontas in the year 1852, at the age of 22 years, and this is his first visit back. He was raised at Hunters-ville and is a son of William Cackley. The only men living whom he could recall as having known were Rev. W. T. Price and Squire Isaac McNeel. He was particularly well acquainted with Mr. Price, as they were boys together. The last time they saw each other they rode together from Marlins Bottom to Cackleytown, now known as Millpoint. When Mr. Cackley went west, work had been commenced on the old State bridge across the river at Marlinton, and his older brother, Frye Cackley, was engaged in sawing timber for the bridge. He is still alive and well at the age of 89 years. Mr. Cackley had been a musician in the old Pocahontas militia and played the fife. The drummer was Wm. L. Kee, the father of Squire Geo. M. Kee. At the outbreak of the war he was employed as musician by the enlisting officers and later volunteered as a member of the 170th Illinois regiment attached to Sherman’s army. He was in command of the stretcher bearers, and was principal musician of his regiment and later had charge of the drum corps; he was not on Sherman’s march to the sea, but met his command at Richmond.
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The temporary bridge across the Greenbrier at Marlinton cannot accommodate two automobiles going in opposite directions, and in case two meet on it, one has to back out. One night last week, a party of young people carrying two search lights walked on the bridge while a big forty horse power automobile entered the other end. The driver of the automobile very promptly backed off the bridge and waited for the walkers to pass.
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An interesting case was tried and decided in Squire Hemmingford’s court this week and the Squire thinks that there has not been such a peculiar case arisen since the days of Solomon, and the Squire is confident that he decided the case according to the law and the evidence and that the judgement is hog tight, mule high and bull-strong.
Mrs. S. B. Hilyer, from over on the East Branch brought suit against Mrs. B. W. Bunford, who runs a boarding house right at the mouth of Hog’s Run, for the price of spring chickens furnished the said boarding house last spring. It seems that Mrs. Hilyer, who is an aged lady, has seen a powerful sight of trouble in the last few years since her husband, S. B. Hilyer, has been paralyzed and lying helpless in the house never moving hand nor foot to help himself, and Mrs. Hilyer has had to make the living for the family and wait on him single handed. He don’t know no pain and lays there cheerful like always ready to talk to the neighbors when they come in and he has been laying there for more than two years and don’t seem to get no better and no worse.
There is one thing that was proved that Mrs. Hilyer had the best luck with young spring chickens of any person in her neighborhood, and it seems that after old Mr. Hilyer got down helpless and got settled that Mrs. Hilyer has been keeping a large number of eggs around his person which are hatched out every three weeks, and so there is always a big batch of chickens coming off up at the Hilyer place.
The way it come out was that when the preacher went there not long ago and they killed a chicken for his consumption, according to the time honored custom, old Mr. Hilyer raised such a fuss about it that you would have supposed that they had boiled one of his own children. They say they have to steal the chickens away from him, but there are so many coming off that he cannot keep account of them all.
In the lawsuit, the Squire says the defendant taken the position that chickens raised this way were not fit to eat, and that it was just the same as cannibalism, and that the damage done to her boarding house ought to more than pay for the chickens, but the Squire decided that Mrs. Bunford would have to pay for the chickens or return them, and as they were done eat up, the judgment went against Mrs. Bunford for $4.50 and the costs. – Blisterville N.C. Record.
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We do not desire to be inelegant but this bloedsinn game license law gets our goat.
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Those persons who are afraid that the United States is a defenseless nation should turn their eyes to West Virginia and call for the total of men used to firearms as shown by the game licenses issued by the county clerks for the year 1915.
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Johann Peter Eckerman, a German writer, published in 1827, his “Conversations with Boethe.” in that work he says that having dined with Goethe they discussed the project of Alexander von Humboldt for a canal through the Isthmus of Panama. They cam to the conclusion that the United States would in time extend to the Pacific Ocean beyond the rocky Mountains and that it would be absolutely indispensable for the United States to effect a passage from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean and that they were certain that they would do it.

WANTED – a wife, 60 years of age, American preferred. Address P. O. Box, Latimer, Iowa. Must be a good, straight lady. – The Dubuque Times Journal

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