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Pocahontas County Bicentennial ~ 1821-2021

Thursday, January 1, 1920

Notice is hereby given that all persons who have become infected with the disease known as candidatus, or running-for-office, will make their condition known to the nearest newspaper. Steps will be taken in each case to break them of sucking eggs and other disagreeable symptoms of the malady. In most cases, once renders the subject immune to a second attack, but there are a number of chronic cases in which all you can do is just let them alone.

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The fine ten-thousand acre timber tract lying around the town of Marlinton on the east has been sold by The Pocahontas Tanning Company to a company formed by Merrit Wilson and others. This report comes on good authority, but we cannot get it confirmed. We hate to see this fine forest cut as it adorns the hills about town, but such is life in the lumber woods. The town hopes to get the benefit of the site on some of the suburbs, but this is by no means certain as the tract has a frontage on the C & O for many miles.

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A very enjoyable occasion, on Christmas day, was the observance of the forty-eighth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hull, at the home of their daughter, Mrs. W. J. Yeager, at which all the members of their family were present. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Arbogast and their son, Warren, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Yeager and their children, Hull, Genevieve, Arnot and Winston. A fine turkey dinner, with many accessories, was served and enjoyed by all.

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J. E. Isli, aged 21 years, received injuries on the Cheat Mountain log train on Monday, from which he died Wednesday morning. He was a brakeman and the logs on the car on which he was riding got loose, threw him off and rolled over him, injuring him internally. He was brought to the Marlinton Hospital on Tuesday. His body was taken to his home at Mill Creek, Randolph county, for burial.

By Supt. G. D. McNeill

The County Educational Committee met December 20th and discussed Club work for the coming year… Mr. Henry Beard, President of the County Agricultural Association, presented some plans for securing better cooperation between the farmers and the agricultural clubs.

The editor of this column understands that this is getting to be a very busy world, and that farmers do not have time to take an active working interest in every “ism” that is advertised. He has attempted farming on a small scale, and knows what it means to have two or three “club members” in the family.

He recalls having his slumbers broken at midnight by youngsters returning from club meeting; he recalls the disturbance when it was discovered that the prize plat of potatoes was blighting and that a chicken had the roup; he recalls something of crating pigs and transporting them to the Exhibit on a rainy day.

But it was worth the money, and if the grown-ups do not turn from their own affairs long enough to take some interest in the projects of the young folks, the young folks will work out projects of their own. And projects worked out by young folks undirected by the old folks are usually not the kind most to be desired.

If the parents expect their children to remain on the farm, interest in farm work must be created in the child. That interest cannot be created by forcing the child to do farm work in the hot sunshine. He can be taught how to work that way, but he can’t be taught to like work by that method, and the farmers of the very near future will be men who farm, not because they have to, but because they want to.

An education is essential now to the very best farming, and within the next twenty years, education will be just as essential in a successful farmer as in a doctor or lawyer. Club work is educational, and practical work combined, is undoubtedly the best method we have for reaching the farm youth.

It is to be hoped that the combined efforts of the teachers, club agents, patrons and children will put a live agricultural Club within reach of every child in the county…


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ira Alderman, near Hunters-ville, December 28, a son.


Folen Lambert is busy delivering wood.

J. G. Boggs is taking a great many pictures.

Miss Hazel Tracy was the guest of Miss Wilma Slayton last Sunday.

Mrs. William Eye and daughter, Lille, are spending the winter with her aunt at Hydetown, Va.

William Varner has bought a residence and farming property from Miner Mullenaux.

Andy Brewster has moved to town.

A happy New Year to all.

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