Thursday, December 10, 1897
THE BATH Enterprise says that the McClintic Mill was stopped the other day and, the turbine being taken out, it was discovered that a large eel was so wedged in the mechanism of the same that it could only be removed by cutting it in pieces. This mill is turned by the stream which flows from the Warm Springs. It is supposed that the eel was endeavoring to reach deep water for the winter.
MRS. WILEY, mother of Mrs. G. J. McLaughlin, broke her leg last Monday, by falling out of bed. She has been at the McLaughlin House for several months. She is eighty years old and has been down with the fever for a long time. She was recovering slowly and it is supposed that she was endea- voring to rise from her bed and had a fainting spell. Her recovery is extremely doubtful.
ANOTHER FIRE got started at the Yeager Hotel Wednesday morning about breakfast time. Ralph, the four year old son of the proprietor, upset a lamp in a bedroom. The lamp broke and the oil caught fire. It was put out by the prompt action of the boarders, who were at the table.
Sunday, December 12, 1897, being the fourteenth anniversary of the dedication of the Edray M. E. church, a public service consisting of preaching, experience, and singing will be held beginning at eleven o’clock a.m. promptly. The public is cordially invited. –
GEORGE P. MOORE
Quite a number of persons visited our place Saturday, December 4, to witness an exciting game of football which took place between the Linwood and Dry Branch teams. The day was a fearful one, being wet and rainy. Water stood six inches deep over half the field, but the boys played like it was a sunshiny day. Linwood seemed to score almost at will. This is the second match these teams have played this season. Linwood winning both, the first by a score of 1 – 0 and the second, 5 – 0. Dry Branch has the material for a good team and with a little more pracitce will be first class.
Mr. Dick Showalter says:
Playing a game of football
And keeping “bachelors’ hall”
Is far better than
Being a married man,
And nursing babies that squall.
RIDER – At Hunter, of typhoid fever, Kenney Rider, a widely known citizen of the top of Allegheny.
VANDERVORT – at her home at Savannah, Greenbrier county, Miss Nellie Vandervort, daughter of F. P, Vandervort, of pulmonary trouble. She was a most estimable young lady and had many friends in Pocahontas county.
BURGESS – At Ronceverte, Mrs. Floyd Burgess of diphtheria. Her husband is the son of William Burgess, of Academy. She leaves seven small children. She was a native of Greenbrier county, and was Miss Ella Hinkle, of Frankford.
RIMEL – At Hunter, Mrs. Mecca C., wife of R. D. Rimel, Monday December 6, of typhoid fever. She leaves a family of five children. The deceased was a daughter of Samuel Harper, of Knapps Creek, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her…
This chapter of the Biographic notes is devoted to members of the Bussard connection, a relationship identified with this county for a century passed. The name indicates French origin, hence these people are very probably descendants of the Huguenots, who refuged from France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. History tells how some of these people found refuge in Germany and Holland and afterwards numbers of them came to America among the early colonists.
Reuben Bussard, the progenitor of the Bussards, was the son of an emigrant from Germany, who settled at an early day near Lancaster Pennsylvania. Upon his marriage with a Miss Sicafoose, in Pendleton County, he settled on lands now in possession of his descendants, near Glade Hill, or rather between Glade Hill and Frost.
These early settlers were the parents of five sons and four daughters. Susan, Fannie, Hester and Martha were their daughters. The sons were Eli, Solomon, Henry, Reuben Jr. and Sampson.
Fannie Bussard was married to Benjamin Bussard and lived in Greenbrier county.
Hester Bussard became Mrs. Henry Grimes, and lived in The Hills…
Martha Bussard, was married to Charles, son of Felix Grimes, the pioneer, and lived in The Hills, near Mt. Zion.
Eli Bussard married Margaret (Peggy) Moore, daughter of Pennsylvania John Moore, and settled on a part of the home place, now occupied by his son, Arminius…
Solomon Bussard married Miss Rachel Grimes and settled on a section of the homestead…
Henry Bussard married Mary Hannah, daughter of Joseph Hannah, on Elk and lived on Cummings Creek near Huntersville…
Henry Bussard’s second marriage was with a Miss Perkins…
Sampson Bussard married Eleanor Knapp, daughter of the late Caleb Knapp, and settled on the place purchased of Solomon Bussard…
Where Reuben Bussard, the ancestor, made a selection for a permanent settlement was far from being an inviting spot in pioneer days. His idea seems to have been that, tho the lands were deemed of little value, yet these glades and marshes could be made into valuable meadows… By making moderate gains and serving what would come in hand, he saw there was a living in reach of the hands of the diligent…
From what we can now gather from Reuben Bussard’s personality he seems to have been a man that pondered Agur’s prayer to a good purpose:
“Two thing have I required of Thee; deny me them not before I die. Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me, lest I be full and deny Thee, and say Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor and steal and take the name of my God in vain.”