January 7, 1914
Thursday was flood day. The river and creek got out of the banks but did but little damage. School was closed for the day. A wreck at Anthony caused trains 142 and 143 to be annulled. Two car loads of hides went into the river. The railroad bridge at Winterburn was damaged. The Price Run was the highest ever known, and Stony Creek was about its limit. A heavy coat of snow held the waters back and saved us from a serious flood. Some cellars were flooded.
Payne, the porter at the hospital, had a narrow escape from drowning Thursday. He was driving a spirited horse and the water was backed up by the flood around the big corner oaks. Not knowing that a deep ditch was concealed under the muddy waters he drove in to give his horse a bath, and the buggy was upset and carried him under. The horse managed to swim ashore with the buggy and after a time the unfortunate driver emerged from the icy waters, blowing like a steam engine.
On New Year’s afternoon and evening was held the formal opening of the Marlinton General Hospital and Sanitarium, which was attended by a throng of representative citizens of Marlinton and the surrounding country, and many were the expressions of surprise that so complete a metamorphosis could have taken place in such a short space of time.
The institution, which has been remodeled and refurnished throughout, is a modern one in every respect, being equipped as thoroughly as any large institution in the east, under the personal management of Dr. J. C. Solter, a well-known surgeon, and Dr. J. W. Price, of Marlinton.
Some of the young people attended the oyster supper at Frost, and report a good time.
Ashby Sharp, of Frost, passed through this section enroute for the Dunmore mill.
Harry Thompson is a man who is always looking on the “sunny side.” He does not expect to close his camps to keep in society.
B. B. Williams visited our school today. We were all pleased to see our county superintendent once more. We hope by the time he gets old enough to lose his teeth that the laughing muscles of his face will be set at liberty.
The snow is about all gone and everybody enjoying themselves.
George Griffin is building a new house for Mr. McAninch.
We are glad to see Jake Combs back again.
Christmas and New Year’s passing off very quiet in this section.
Winter is passing, and feed is going pretty fast. It looks like it will be high next spring.
Walter Lambert made a chopping one day last week, getting plenty of wood cut to do him the rest of the winter.
Lawrence Conrad returned from Evenwood last Wednesday and reports plenty of work, but men more plentiful.
Andy Nicholas is breaking a pair of oxen; it is rather strange to see one working oxen these days, but it is a pity there is not more of them.
The holidays passed off quietly in this part.
Hanson Shrader is laid up at home with a fractured leg, getting hurt on the loader while working on Cheat.
Geo. Fertig is skidding logs and preparing for a saw-set. Also J. W. Grimes and Willie Dilley, of the Hills, are skidding logs.
Cam McLaughlin was here to take his sister home to spend New Year’s. They were accompanied by Miss Vergie Dilley.
It has been very cold in this section.
We were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. J. D. Sheets. Several people from this section attended her burial at Marlinton last Saturday.
There was a spelling match at Dunmore last Friday night.
Very leaky at this time.
Miss Ruth Grimes entertained in a most delightful manner at her home Wednesday evening, December 30th, with a rook party.
One of the most beautiful Christmas entertainments ever given in Dunmore was at the Presbyterian church on Saturday, December 26…
Sherman Gibson got in a car load of feed and flour, and Win McElwee got a car load of hay.
The Warn railroad iron has been laid within one and a half miles of Dunmore.
The nine-month-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Locky Gragg died last Saturday of pneumonia.
Ernest Rhea, of Frost, has another very sick child.
Dr. Geiger has been busy doctoring horses lately.
Garfield Grimes’ little boy is no better.
So far we have had some remarkably cold weather here, the mercury having made several sudden drops toward the bottom of the tube, reaching 25 degrees below zero. Whew! Some cold that was. The ice harvest was good.
The Bank of Hillsboro seems to be starting off well.
Fred Carpenter and Eddie Sharp were at Letch McLaughlin’s on business, recently.
Lloyd Williams passed through here selling all kinds of fruit trees. He spent the night with J. W. Carpenter.
Little Mary McLaughlin has been real sick, but is improving nicely.
J. W. Carpenter has been laid up with rheumatism.
Old winter is staying with us; fine time to feed. It is hard on sheep and dumb brutes.
Rev. Hadlock, of the sawmill company, has been called back to Kentucky to take charge of a Presbyterian church. We are sorry to see him go away. He has been preaching for the Methodists ever since he came to Buckeye. His wife will remain here until spring.