Thursday, September 24, 1891
A CORRESPONDENT writing to us from Pocahontas county says, “Old Pocahontas has begun to come to the front. There are now being laid off a big town at Marlinton, the junction of the C & O and the Pittsburg and West Virginia railroads. The lots are being laid off by Capt. Oscar A. Veezy, civil engineer, assisted by two other competent engineers. The lots are now on the market. There will be a bank underway soon, known as the Bank of Pocahontas. A proposition is before the voters to move the courthouse from Huntersville to Marlinton. Our old courthouse has been condemned and as we will have to build a new one, let us accept Col. John T. McGraw’s proposition, which is $5,000 in money and two and a half acres of ground for a site, provided the courthouse be moved to Marlinton. – Greenbrier Independent
We would judge from the above article that the Independent’s correspondent has never been in Pocahontas county nor does he know anything about it whatever. He says Marlinton is the junction of the C & O and W. Va. & Pittsburg railroads.
We are extremely sorry that when he says this he is quite largely mistaken. Not a mile of either of the roads he mentions nor any other railroad, except a few tram roads for lumber purposes, has ever been built in the county. Our nearest point to any railroad station is about 30 miles. Marlinton is the proposed junction of the two roads, when they are built, which we hope will not be far off, but we are also sorry to say that railroad corporations are very, very, very privileged, only building their roads where it suits them and when it suits them.
Also he says the courthouse at this place has been condemned and that we will have to have a new one. We are pleased to correct the said correspondent here. It has never been condemned, and that we have a better courthouse than several of the larger counties of our own State and as good, as we know of in counties of 35,000 inhabitants, and an assessed valuation of property six or more times greater than our County.
We are always pleased to see newspaper articles of a complimentary character of our county but never any thing that is calculated to mislead any one.
Advertising crowded out several communications this week.
People generally are cutting corn and preparing for seeding.
Jacob Boner, merchant at this place, has received a nice line of fall and winter goods which he sells very low.
Dr. Mathew Edmunston and wife, of Weston, came from there to this place Tuesday and started this morning (Wednesday) for the asylum at that place with Miss Willie Miller, lunatic.
Mr. M. W. Beard, of Pickaway, Monroe Co., was in the city one day last week. Mitchel informed us that he had been not long since, presented by his wife with the finest boy in W. Va.
Messrs. Henry Barlow, of Edray; Amos Barlow and Rice Moore, of this city bought of Mr. H. M. Lockridge, his farm and entire lands on Knapp’s creek, about four miles from this place, last Saturday. The price paid, we understand, was $12,000, the entire amount virtually cash.
A POLITICIAN’S BIOGRAPHY
Weight: 10 pound.
Papa’s little man.
Jimmy the kid.
Young Mr. Brown.
Mr. James Brown.
Clerk of Election Brown.
The Hon. J. M. Brown.
James Martin Brown.
’Steenth Ward Jimme.
Jimme the bum.
Coroner’s office – “Unidentified.”