Pocahontas County Bicentennial ~ 1821-2021

Thursday, October 16, 1928

The burglar was ransacking the home of the farmer when the farmer came in and asked for an explanation concerning the intrusion, and the burglar said he was hunting for money.

The farmer told him to continue his search and he would receive ten percent commission on all that he found.

The funeral of little Bobby Shankland, the five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Shankland, was held last Tuesday afternoon with interment in Lewisburg cemetery. The little fellow died at 7:10 o’clock Sunday evening in the Greenbrier General hospital where he had been taken in an unconscious condition Saturday after becoming violently ill at his home. After being out at play Saturday he was found in bed at home suffering from convulsions, which recurred with great frequency.

At the hospital the physician were unable to determine the cause of his suffering until after his death, when a postmortem revealed that he had been poisoned by eating buckeyes.

It is believed that while at play with a little chum near the home, they had partaken of the deadly nut, probably thinking them chestnuts, but the playmate had not eaten sufficient to cause alarm. ~ W. Va. News


Under date of October 4, 1928, Mrs. A. M. Sharp, of West Palm Beach, Florida, writes to her brother, P. C. Curry, of Marlinton, as follows:

“When I think of what a storm we had, I think it is a miracle that I am here to write to you. The wind commenced to blow September 17 and blew all day, but at three o’clock in the afternoon it became dark as night and for six hours it seemed that everything would be blown off the earth.

“I am so nervous over it yet. There have been three thousand dead found in this county and all the dead people have not been found and never will be.

“Our house stood it fine. Only lost the screen off of one porch. Of course, we lost nearly all of our trees and shrubs.
“We have had nine families with us here for nearly a week. I made seven pounds of coffee from Monday to Saturday for people who had no place to go. They lost everything they had. It was terrible. They say this was the worst storm they ever did have…”

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The following address was prepared by Andrew Price for the meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Point Pleasant on the occasion of the 154th anniversary of the first battle of the Revolution:

It is as a Son of the Revolution from the mountains of Westsylvania and as a student of Westsylvania history that I make this address to you on the battlefield where the Virginians stood and inaugurated the movement that resulted in the formation of the government of the United States. And I propose as a subject to consider is the way West Virginians have carried themselves in the crises that have confronted the nation from time to time.

My research has convinced me that in all of the critical situations that have arisen that the action of the mountaineers of the Western Waters has proven the decisive factor in the continuation of the government of the United States and it is their clear heads and courageous hearts that has kept us and preserved us as a nation.

I wish to call your attention to certain racial distinctions that the mountain people have as compared to our estimable cousins of the lowlands. In a word, it might be summed up that the people of the mountains are wild as compared to the same people of a more luxurious setting.

But there are many things that account for the characteristics of the mountain people resulting in structural and mental changes. It is historical fact that the mountain people were taller and more powerful than the people of the lowlands. And this change was often observed in the first generation in the hills. It was probably due to the free, open life, better health, abundance of food necessary for strong and active men and women, and the mineral quality of the drinking water. The mountains grew tall men and beautiful women. Their mental qualifications, their ability to reason and decide, their skill in warfare, and their courage came from an intensive training received in the course of the longest, bloodiest and most destructive war with the savage Indians. It is a survival of the fittest. They had seen sights that twisted and developed the brain beyond anything that ordinary terrors of life can do.

It was a race of people where every family had acted upon its own impulse to enter the dense forests of the Western Waters, chose some adorable spot as a home and an estate, and held it against the most subtle, cruel and relentless foes.

It was this conditioned gentry that faced the first act of the Revolution, when with the groundswell of liberty and independence making itself felt in all the colonies, it was necessary to discipline the Indian tribes beyond the Ohio River, so that the western part of Virginia could extend its borders, and the large and important settlements already there, could turn their faces to the east and take up the pressing business of asserting their rights against the King of England, who had obtained a personal grant for all of the land between the crest of the Allegheny mountain and the Ohio River…


Misses Virginia Williams and Grace Hamrick, of Cass, entertained a number of their friends with a dance and bridge party Thursday evening, October 11, from nine to twelve-thirty o’clock, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Gum. At the close of the evening, delicious refreshments were served to the following guests: Mr. and Mrs. Gum, Misses Mayo Beard, Madaline Furhman, Lotus Butcher, Claire Warwick, Alda Haught, Arlene Judy, Leone Shepherd, Ruth Hamrick, Dora Wright, Opal Gum, Josephine Jackson, Messers. Frank Williams, Harry Shaw, Harry Roy, Buck Graves, Ernest Hamrick, Mike Wilhide, Herbert Bona Vita, John Adkinson, Manly Howard, Buck Spinks, Hobert Warren and Ted Blackhurst.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Malette, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Green of Marlinton, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Willie Puffenbarger, near Millpoint, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Akers, at Stillwell, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Williams, of Marlinton, a daughter.

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