Thursday, November 12, 1897
Andrew Price, Editor
THE POCAHONTAS TIMES
FIVE years ago this issue, the present proprietors took charge of this paper, and since then have labored more or less faithfully to get out a paper each week and to give the people of the county as good a paper as possible under the circumstances. In that time, they have only missed one issue, and that week we all felt as if we had forgot to do something that we ought to have done, and so far, we have not repeated the experiment, and we have been blessed in not having suffered from accidents which might have delayed or hindered us.
For four consecutive years, the paper has not missed an issue. We take the opportunity of this anniversary to acknowledge the excellent support given us by the people of Pocahontas county, and to thank our patrons for their uniform kindness to us. There have been times when the people would not do anything startling for us to report and we were compelled to draw on the imagination, but by hook and by crook we have sent out some sort of a bulletin each week. During the five years our subscription has by imperceptible degrees just doubled itself; and the gist of what we wish to say is to hope that the people of the county are as well pleased with The Times and The Times is pleased with them.
CORN husking finished.
HUNTING quiet, except for the nocturnal species which have been caught in countless numbers. Boys, you want to be careful as there is a detective in this part.
L. D. SHARP and wife are preparing to spend the week in Greenbrier county visiting relatives.
SMOKE was seen issuing from the roof of Mary’s Chapel Sunday morning and occasioned considerable alarm. A disjointed stovepipe in the attic was found to be the cause. Rev. Sharp will continue a series of meetings at that place this week.
SCHOOLS are taught in this section as follows: Pleasant Valley, A. E. Burner; Slaty Fork, Dennis Williams; Linwood, E. C. Eagle; Mace, M. C. Gatewood; Dice, Miss Emma Burner.
THE YOUNG people of this vicinity were highly entertained Saturday night by the Linwood Dialectic union, which rendered the following program:
Recitation, by Miss Eliza Gatewood; Recitation, by M. M. Varner; Oration, “It was his Haughty Spirit,” by Dennis Williams.
Subject for debate – Resolved, that all old bachelors in our county should be deprived of their vote. A. D. Williams, W. B. Gatewood, A. E. Burner and J. H. Irvine (the Fairview comedian) affirmed. M. B. Gatewood, A. W. Gatewood, E. C. Eagle, and F. T. Sharp denied.
The bachelor Davis Dilley says that debate has bout changed his mind.
IT IS proposed in this paper to give some particulars illustrating the family history of Jas. Waugh, Jr. He was the eldest son of Jas. Waugh, the Scotch-Irish emigrant who was among the first to open land and build a home in “The Hills.” In these memoirs he will be spoken of as James Waugh the second. Early in life he married Rebecca McGuire, from Pennsylvania whose name indicates Scotch ancestry, and settled down the Greenbrier where James Waugh the third recently lived, now occupied by Rudolph Waugh. In reference to the sons and daughters, we learn that Rachel Waugh was married to Frederick Fleming.
Nancy Waugh became Mrs. Abraham Griffin, and lived many years on Buckley Mountain a few miles east of Buckeye. Mrs. Claiborne McNeill, near Buckeye, is his daughter.
Elizabeth Waugh was married to John Ratliffe, and lived on Clover Creek.
Jacob Waugh married Mary Brown, daughter of Josiah Brown, near the Indian Draft…
James Waugh, the third, married Sally Cochran, daughter of John Cochran, eldest son of Thomas Cochran, the progenitor of the Cochran relationship in Pocahontas county. His second wife was Hanna Lamb, from Highland county…
Isabella Waugh became the wife of John Brock and settled in Kanawha county.
Marcus Waugh, the youngest son of James Waugh, married Susan Johnson, daughter of William Johnson, of the Greenbrier near Verdant Valley. He settled on a farm adjoining the Waugh homestead higher up the river a few miles east of Poage’s Lane…
We have had under consideration a family of Pocahontas citizenship, many of whose members made the best of their opportunities for mental and moral improvement and became prominent and useful persons in their respective spheres…
Intelligent, pious tillers of the soil as the hope of the country and the hope of the world…
A home made up of farm and fireside is the nearest place on earth to heaven. ~ W. T. P.