I see a motion made for a Primary, and two names mentioned for Prosecuting Attorney. Let us not look at a man’s politics, but let him be sound in limb and of good wind and something of a bear fighter. J. H. Buzzard is mentioned for Assessor. He is a man every inch and can get the office, but why not bring him out for Sheriff if he will accept the nomination? Where Joe can’t go, his mule can. For House of Delegates, let L. M. McClintic come. He is a very acceptable candidate.
The wolf which has been committing depredations to the great loss of the farmers in the upper end of Webster and the edge of Randolph for a number of years, was shot and killed last Monday evening by Stofer Hambrick, a son of Peter Hamrick, Sr. A large number of persons with about a dozen hounds had been chasing the animal for several days, and had fired many shots at it without any effect. When killed, the sheep killer was over the Webster line in Randolph, where the County Court had offered a reward of $50 for the scalp. The Webster County Court had offered $100, but no chances could be taken on chasing it back into Webster to be killed, as he was very much like the Irishman’s flea. This is thought to be the only wolf left in this part of the country, its mate having been killed a year or two ago. Probably as many as fifty sheep and lambs were required to satisfy the animal’s hunger each year, and the people feel truly relieved. May they never have any experience with the likes of it again. – Webster Echo
January 10, 1900, at 3 p.m., a very enjoyable society occurrence took place at the home of Joseph N. Friel near Verdant Valley, when Charles Waugh and Sarah Arlena Friel were united in the holy state of matrimony, Rev. Wm. T. Price, officiating minister. The bridal pair was preceded by Miss Rhoda Waugh as maid of honor, escorted by Charles Friel, brother of the bride.
Immediately after the ceremony, all present were treated to a bountiful and nicely spread dinner tendered by Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Waugh, which was enjoyed by about 40 guests, mainly nearest neighbors and relatives.
The groom is a son of Beverly Waugh near Mount Pleasant, and is a much respected young farmer; the bride is the third daughter of J. M. Friel, and is highly esteemed for her nice deportment as a young lady…
J. D. Pullin has moved into this new store house on Main Street. The Pocahontas Furniture Co.’s building is almost completed. The frame of the Tyree storehouse, opposite the Times office, is up. The post office will be kept in this building in six weeks if the weather permits the carpenters to work… Marvin Carter will build a storehouse this spring with living rooms overhead, and on the lot adjoining it he will build a dwelling house. G. F. Crummett’s dwelling is ready for the roof. His harness shop is located near the McLaughlin Hotel. The editor of his paper has let a contract for a dwelling house, which means, by the way, that he will be on the warpath presently collecting subscription money…
Among the worthy, industrious persons whose arduous toils and severe privations helped to make our county what it is, deserving of respectful mention was the late James Rodgers, Sr. He was a native of Madison County, Virginia, born February 13, 1789.
His first marriage was with a Miss Jackson, of Madison County. The issue of this marriage was seven children. The sons were Robert, Joseph and Drury. The daughters were Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary and Tabitha.
James Rodgers came to our county in 1824 and settled in the woods on Lewis Ridge, at a spot overlooking the Buckeye Cove. Thus he and his family became identified with Pocahontas almost from its organization.
His second marriage was with Nellie Lewis, of the Little Levels, a granddaughter of Alexander Wooddell… By the second marriage there were six children, Margaret, James Lewis Rodgers, Rebecca, William Rodgers married Polly Fleming, daughter of the late James Fleming on Swago and settled on a part of the Fleming homestead near Buckeye; Chesley Rodgers married Mrs. Sally Morrison and settled near Jacox. John Rodgers married a Miss Harter…
In his time, James Rodgers had the reputation of being one of the most industrious of working men. He tried to train his sons and daughters to habits of industry and strict economy. Soon as they became old enough for service, they went from home and found ready employment as field hands and housekeepers…
This venerable old man was a zealous and devoted adherent of the Methodist Protestant church. He was one of the first members in the Buckeye society and probably one of the first in the county…