The Pocahontas Times
Andrew Price, Editor
It has been objected to the bicycle that it injures morals by taking young men out on the country roads and teaching them to stop at taverns and drink hurtful beverages. Any gentleman who has attempted to ride his bicycle home after drinking at a few taverns can appreciate the absurdity of this suggestion. The bicycle is the foe of rum. Wind for the bike, water for the rider; that’s the rule. It is further remarked, that the young man who goes out with his girl in a buggy may sometimes need a chaperone; but the pair who go on bicycles need none. There is no machine so exciting and so exclusive as the bicycle. ~ Harper’s Weekly
The Alexander Monument
The memorial service at the unveiling of the Alexander monument occurred at 2:30 Friday afternoon, September 27th, 1895, at Liberty church, D. D. S. Sydenstricker presided.
The hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” was sung. Dr. M. L. Lacy led in prayer. The memorial was read by Rev. W. T. Price. An address by Rev. W.M. White was delivered. Rev. J. W. Mebane made some remarks. Rev. L. A. McLane and H. W. McLaughlin solicited donations for the Alexander Memorial Church at Driftwood.
The shaft was unveiled by Misses Myrtle Herold, Ella Pritchard, Mary Madge Brown, Bessie Dysard, and Bertie Galford, representing the churches served by Mr. Alexander.
The monument is of the finest grade of variegated marble, and surmounted by the symbolical urn, and inscribed as follows:
Rev. Edgar Floyd Alexander,
In Cabarrus County, N. C.
September 18, 1867
At Green Bank, West Virginia,
May 6, 1985
“If ye love me, love my Master also.
Pastor of Liberty, Baxter and Frost Churches…
IN THE BIG TIMBER
Samuel K. Given has purchased and is now felling some fine poplar timber on the Bell lands, in Glade district. He recently felled a tree eight feet, nine inches across the stump and 59 feet to the first limb. The tree made five cuts, the top one being seven feet in diameter. Out of this tree will be sawed 12,000 feet of choice poplar lumber. On this tract of land there are one hundred trees that will average more than 3,000 feet of lumber each, and one hundred and seventy-five that will produce 2,000 feet of lumber each. This is merely a sample of the timber to be found in Webster. ~ Webster Echo
OWING to the continued dry weather, seeding is generally delayed.
THE scarcity of water and the long-continued drought awaken serious apprehensions as to the health of our citizens. People should be very careful of their diet and use remedies as soon as they may feel unwell. It would be prudent to boil all water to be used in making bread, and even the drinking water ought to be boiled and kept cool for use, until the rains come.
THE frost damaged considerable corn and fodder in the upper sections of Pocahontas Saturday and Tuesday mornings.
THERE is a peach tree at the Driftwood post office that is full of peaches. The only tree in the county so far as the writer is advised.
JACOB IRVINE was severely injured by jumping from the traction engine last Saturday evening, while it was in motion. In the affair he was divested of most of his clothes, and ugly bruises were inflicted. The injuries, while severe, are not regarded as fatal.
SO FAR, the Atlanta Exposition seems to surpass expectations, and may turn out to be really more interesting than the Centennial and the Chicago Affairs, and conduce more to the progress in politics and commercial relations between the sections.
TO THE DOCTORS: I have just received a barrel of old “J. Bumgardner” 5-year old whiskey, unequalled for flavor and purity, which I shall be glad to furnish to your patients at anytime on prescription. ~ W. B. Ricketts
BREAM PATRICK, the youngest son of Dr. A. S. Patrick, of Charleston, aged 17 years, fell from a stepladder while cleaning a store window, fracturing his skull, from which injury he died in a few hours.
LOCK KEE, of Marlinton, started his sheep for the depot last Friday.
MESSRS. Uriah Bird and Gilmer Sharp have threshed about seven thousand bushels up to date. They are now on Douthards and Anthonys creeks pushing their avocation with all due diligence.
MRS. SALLY MCLAU-GHLIN is visiting her father, William Gibson, Esq., on Elk. The recent family reunion has been very pleasant indeed. They had not been all together for nineteen years.
PARTIES from Webster County have been buying first-class workhorses at fifty dollars a head in upper Pocahontas. One party realized forty dollars by a recent sale, and it is considered one of the best bargains that has recently been closed.
THE flag of the Union had greatly the precedence at the Lewisburg reunion, at a ratio of five to one. Twenty gross of “Old Glory” and four gross of the “Stars and Bars” were ordered for the occasion. After this, let us have peace, until the next trouble arises.
“WHAT does this ‘New Woman’ talk mean, John?”
“Hit means, Maria,” replied the old farmer, “that women air a takin’ the places what men occupied. You’ll find the plow right where I left it; an’ when you sharpen the ax, you kin sail into a dozen cords o’ wood, an’ I’ll have supper a-billin’ when you git home. ~ Atlanta Constitution