Keyser, Mineral County, West Virginia
August 25, 1911

A Tragic Death

  Hon. Charles Hilleary, a well known farmer, stock raiser, and financier, of Garrett County, Md., whose home was about three miles from Gorman, shot himself in a meadow near his home Friday August 18, 1911.
  Leaving the house at 11 o'clock, he informed members of the family that he wished to see if the hay was ready to be hauled into the barns. Not returning for dinner, search was made and he was found about a quarter of a mile from the house lying under the branches of a tree with a felt hat he had worn rolled up to form a pillow for his head. In his right hand he still held a 38-calibre revolver.
  He had evidently lain down and shot himself above the right ear, the bullet emerging above the left ear.
  Mr. Hilleary owned one of the largest and best farms in the county, was a director of several banks, a member of the Masons and Knights of Pythias and was prominent in Republican politics in Garrett County, having represented that county in the state legislature.
  Mr. Hilleary left a widow and four children. Mrs. Hilleary was Miss Thompson. His funeral, which was conducted by the Oakland Masonic Lodge, was held Sunday afternoon and the body was buried in the Thompson cemetery. Rev. Watson, of Keyser, preached the sermon. Mr. Hilleary was 51 years old.
  No reason is assigned for the rash act, as Mr. Hilleary was in good financial condition and had a happy home. He had many friends in Mineral County who are deeply grieved because of his sad and untimely death.

Our Prep School

  We desire to call the attention of our readers to the announcement of the opening of the Preparatory School at Keyser, September 13. You may find the ad in another part of this paper.
  In a letter from Supt. M. P. Shockey, written the first of this week, he said, "Mr. Muldoon's successor has not been named as yet." The Board of Regents would be acting the part of wisdom if they should appoint Prof. J. C. Sanders to the principalship of the school. Prof. Sanders has taught in that school for eight consecutive sessions and is thoroughly familiar with its workings, its failings and its needs. He is well qualified for the position, mentally and morally, holds the esteem of all of the students and ex-students of the school and, what means much, he would have the sympathy and co-operation of the people of Keyser and vicinity. We are anxious that this school be a success and a large success and, if the Board of Regents will give us a fair chance to co-operate with them, we can make it a great school. Give us Prof. Sanders, a man that we can work with and we will co-operate with him. Every thing depends upon the action of the Board in the selection of the next Principal.

Products of Orchardland

  The Twin Mountain Orchards are setting an example in agriculture showing up the possibilities in connection with orchards. On their 1500 acre proposition on Pattersons Creek mountain where they now have growing 53,000 young fruit trees, Manager W. P. Russell says they will have 15,000 to 20,000 fine watermelons, the first commercial picking of which was made last week, and two acres of fine cantaloupe of the Rockford and Netted Gem kinds. It has heretofore been demonstrated in a small way that limestone and chert land of these far famed fruit mountains will product melons of large size, than which none of surpassing high flavor can be produced in the United States. Mr. Russell says also they will have some 4,000 barrels of corn. Many of their delicious melons have been marked in Keyser.

James H. Fleek

  James H. Fleek died Tuesday morning at his home at Knobley, this county, aged 58 years. The deceased had been a sufferer from dropsy for several years. He is survived by a widow and three children, Mrs. Oscar Hades [sic...should be Haws], of Cumberland; Robert Fleek, at home, and Adam B. Fleek, of Westernport. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment was made in the family graveyard on the farm.

Mr. E. M. Heiskell Dead

  The friends of E. M. Heiskell, who resided in Great Capon, in the lower end of this county, were profoundly shocked and distressed on Wednesday of last week, when a telephone message was received that he was dead. He had been in ill health for some time and his mind was effected in consequence. On Wednesday afternoon he left home and not returning a search was instituted and he was found a short distance below his hime, hanging in a tree, where he had committed suicided [sic].
  Mr. Heiskell was a highly respected citizen, one of the best men in the county. In addition to a widow four children survive him. -- Hampshire Review

Handsomely Entertained

  Miss Katie Sims entertained on Saturday evening in honor of Messrs. Casto, Duncan and Davis, of Morgantown, at her home on Argyle St. Those present were Misses Elsie Wagoner, Mary High, Mary Moore, Marie Connor, Tempie Smith, Irene Davis, Ruth Michaels, Janet Lambdin, Gladys Davis, Eleanor Gordon, Susan Abernathy and Messrs. Gist(?), Casto, Duncan, Davis, of Morgantown; Perry Greenwade, Clyde Hott, West Hardy, Paul Davis, John Stehley.


  Dry weather, cold nights, cutting brush, boozing, attending camp, indeed, most any old way now.
  Among the visitors on the Run for camp were Mrs. Sallie Flanagan, of Alaska, and her son, James, Sunday, at J. W. Leatherman's. They up in their auto.
  Mrs. Braddock, of Maryland, and Mrs. Kitzmiller, of Mt. Storm, are visiting their cousin, Mrs. Altie Leather. The former has her two children with her. They have been visiting home folks at Eglon and came here enroute for home this week.
  Miss Bessie Arnold went to Mt. Lake last Friday and thence to Hurley Miller's to visit several days. They will return home this week.
  J. H. Cheshire's have a pump on the lower porch and draw the water from the well. Quite a saving of labor and a great convenience. Mr. Arbogast is the plumber.
  Earl King, of Eglon was down a few days last week to visit J. B. Leatherman and others.
  Worth Ludwick, of Pennsylvania, is back home till next week.
  Mrs. Grace Ziler (nee Bailey), of Cumberland, is reported dangerously ill with typhoid fever and has been in this condition for sometime. Her brothers and sisters have been alert going forth and back. They have a trained nurse for the sick woman.
  Mrs. Jennie George, of Hagerstown, is up for a short while. She came to Cumberland to see her sister, who is so ill and then came on here.
  J. W. Carskadon has been gathering up fat sheep this week in this section.
  Friday evening the sad message was received here that Mr. Hillary, near Gormania, was found dead in the field near his home, that he had shot himself through the head. He was a brother-in-law to Mrs. Ella Whipp and several of the relatives went out to the burial Sunday. I. I. S. W., and A. O. Whipp, and Misses Mary E. and Alverda Whipp.


  Misses Mabel F. Clark, Gertie Murphey and John Miller visited friends at Frostburg last week.
  Emory Shell, of Luney's Creek, was calling on friends here Sunday.
  Quite a number of persons from here attended Van Myra Camp Meeting last Sunday.
  Misses Cora Ludwick and Grace Duling are on a visit to friends near Burlington.
  Mrs. Geo. W. Ward and her two interesting children, Cass and Ernest, of Claysville, after a pleasant visit to her father's, Mr. S. R. Duling, returned to her home last Sunday.
  Some penitentiary aspirant cut J. P. Arnold's wire fence one night last week. This is the second time this has been done, and it might prove a serious joke to some one.
  J. B. Nash of whose mysterious disappearance mention was made in our letter to the Tribune last week has returned, and is looking after the interest of his ginseng.
  Mrs. Sadie Ray returned to her home at Thomas last Monday, after a pleasant visit to her home at J. P. Arnold's.
  Ed. S. Burns, of Kitzmiller, was on a visit to W. P. Roderick's last week.
  The Oakmont Church will be dedicated Sunday, Sept. 3. Every body come is the desire of the Pastor, Rev. J. W. Bedford.
  Jas. Bosely is going to move to Gormaina [sic] to work in the Tannery this winter.
  Rev. J. F. Leeper, of Piedmont, was holding a series of meetings here last week.
  There were four accessions to the church.
[Signed] Lodi


  As I have been absent for quite a while will try to give a few of the happenings in and around the Fountain.
  Staggs Bros. sold two fine driving horses to Mr. Mayberry, in Piedmont, last week.
  Mrs. N. R. Taylor returned home Sunday after spending the past two weeks with her sister, Mrs. Sam Flanagan, of near Reeses Mills.
  We are sorry to say that Mr. William Wilson is very ill at this writing with dropsy. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Clark and children spent Sunday at the home of Mr. Geo. Staggs. Quite a few of the Fountain people attended camp meeting near Burlington Sunday. Mrs. William Staggs and daughter, Miss Virgie, spent Thursday with their Aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Fleek, on Cabin Run.
  Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Bailey spent Saturday and Sunday with their son, Roy, in Keyser.
  Miss Myrtle Bond, of Keyser, will teach the Fountain School this winter.
  Mrs. Linley Hines spent Friday evening as the guest of Mr. William E. Staggs. There will be a Sunday School Picnic at the Fountain Sept. 9, 1911. Everybody come and enjoy the day.
  Staggs Bros. sold eight fine two year old cattle to Mr. Fred Huffman, of Cumberland, last week.
  Well if these items don't fall by the way side into the waste basket I will come again.
[signed] Lone Girl.

Petersburg Items

  Miss Sallie Johnston, of Keyser, is here visiting Mrs. Annie Grove.
  C. D. Brown, of Laurel Dale, was a visitor here in the middle of the week.
  E. A. Hinkle and Sam Crites, Masonville, recently found a dry land terrapin on which was cut "June 6, 1814, J. C."
  H. O. Rostwick, wife and two children, of Mt. Sterling, Ohio, are here visiting W. S. and T. S. Welton and other relatives.
  Mr. and Mrs. Mert McBee, Water McBee and Mrs. Long, of Indiana, are here on a two weeks visit to H. T. Delay and other relatives.
  George B. Barger last week sold a house and lot one mile north of Petersburg to the Board of Education of Petersburg Independent District, which will be used for a colored school.
  Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Roby, of Monnon, Ind., who have been visiting friends and relatives in the Ridges for the past two weeks, will leave Monday for their home. Mr. Roby says the corn and oats in Indiana are very good this year.
  A girl by the name of Dayton, at the Glebe, was badly burned on Friday. In some manner her clothing caught on fire and before the flames could be extinguished she was burned in a horrible manner. She is about fifteen years old, and is still in a serious condition.

Hardy County News

  I. S. McNeill spent a day here this week calling on our merchants.
  P. D. Delawder, Lost River, was here over Monday and spent a few hours here.
  C. D. Whiteman, of the Junction, spent a few days here last week attending Conference.
  The Kenneth Fishing Club, of Cumberland, are spending three week's camping in the Old Fields.
  Misses Lizzie Williams and Mamie Alexandria spent several days at Burlington the past week.
  B. A. Stinner left Saturday morning for Virginia, where he will put in some work for the Bartley-Kennedy Co.
  Married recently at the home of the bride by Rev. L. J. Whitzel, Jas. C. Shockey and Miss Sarah C. Hose both of this county.
  A delicate surgical operation was preformed [sic] upon Rev. Dr. J. H. Lacy at the Winchester Memoral [sic] Hospital, last week, and at this time, he is getting along nicely.
  C. C. Hutton, of Petersburg, was here yesterday posting bills for the big Labor Day Celebration in Petersburg Gap on Monday, Sept. 4th.
  Ed Vandiver, of Burlington, spent several days here this week.
  Rev. S. E. Riggleman and Mr. Foley, of St. George, came in today and are visiting friends here.
  Miss Nannie and Annie Ludwick, of Junction, spent a few days last week with relatives here.
  Mrs. A. R. McNeill entertained a few of her friends to tea on Monday evening at her home in the Old Fields.
  Miss Emily Coffroth, of Keyser, spent a few days the past week with the "Do Easy" camp, and returned to her home Tuesday morning.
  Dr. Henkel, Dr. Miller and John Godfrey Miller, of Winchester, spent several days the past week with Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Henkel. |
  Paul Allen, who was operated upon several weeks ago in Richmond for appendicitis, returned to Moorefield yesterday, very much improved in health.
  Misses Janet Welton, Elizabeth Dailey, Edna McNeill, Willie Gilkeson and Pattie Chrisman left Monday for Franklin, where they will spend a week attending a house party at the home of Miss Alice McCoy.

Court Laid Levy

  The County Court met last Tuesday and laid the levy for the ensueing year. The state fund is 2 1/2c, county fund 15c. Teachers fund 25c in Cabin Run, New Creek and Wellton districts, 19 in Elk district, 20c in Frankfort district, 27c in Keyser Ind. district and 30c in Piedmont district. Building fund 10c in Cabin Run, 9c in Elk, 9 1/2c in Keyser Ind., 12 1/2c in New Creek, Piedmont, Welton and Frankfort districts. Special fund 6 1/2c in Keyser Ind. district.
  Road fund 15c in Cabin Run, New Creek, Piedmont and Wellton, and 10c in Elk and Frankfort districts.
  The total levies for the districts are Cabin Run 67 1/2c, Elk 55 1/2c, Frankfort 60c, Keyser Ind. 60 1/2c, New Creek 70c, Piedmont 75c, Welton 70c. The Levy within the corporation of Piedmont is 60c and within the corporation of Elk Garden 45 1/2c.

After That Diamond Ring

  Mrs. Mae Leatherman, of Burlington, who is contesting for the diamond ring to be given away by the Tribune, requests that her friends, who are subscribers, allow the coupons to go to her credit when they renew their subscriptions, and that those contemplating becoming new subscribers send in their subscriptions through her.

A Good Haul

  Early last Monday morning the prisoners broke out of Oakland's new modern jail, sawing through both the inner cage work and the bars of the window. Three of the inmates, who escaped, Will Bell, known as Skinny, Harry Kight and George Sullivan, were camped in a hollow near the old slaughter house this side of Piedmont. Parties who seemed to be afraid of them, notified Mayor Shaw, of Piedmont, of their whereabouts, and the Mayor promptly informed Sheriff Davis, who, with his son, Don, hurried to the scene and within half hour had Kight and Sullivan in custody. Bell having taken "leg bail," claiming that he had a hole through his hat made by a ball fired by the sheriff as Bell was disappearing through the woods. Later in the evening B. & O. officer Kenny and Don Davis went to the camp and waited for Bell, who returned about eight o'clock, not knowing that they were there waiting for him. The officers, who knew Bell would be lonely there since the others had been taken, took Bell into their keeping and sent him to Oakland where all were again lodged in the Oakland jail after the arrival of No. 1. Bell and Kight both have records as law breakers. There was a reward of $25.00 on each of them, which the Garrett county sheriff seemed glad to pay for the privilege of getting his boarders back, and which our sheriff as cheerfully received for the privilege of ridding Mineral county of such characters. This is the same Sullivan who was arrested here a few weeks ago and taken to Oakland for [illegible]... He had been found guilty of felonious assault and sentenced to six months in the work-house. And there are other charges pending against him in Garrett county.


  Miss Hattie Coffroth went to Mt. Lake Saturday to spend a few days.
  Mrs. Walter Wilson and son, Charles, are at Huntington, visiting their relatives.
  Dr. Gaston has returned from his summer vacation.
  Mrs. Charles May and children are visiting near Purgittsville.
  Mrs. Ed Kenny returned Monday night from a visit to Terra Alta.
  Mrs. Ida Long and daughter, of Altoona, are visiting Mrs. Harley Kight.
  Misses Helen Newham and Lou Smith, of Cumberland, are visiting Mrs. Koche.
  William Kight returned from a visit to his aunt at Purgittsville.
  Mrs. J. W. Mills and family are visiting relatives in the country.
  Misses Emilie and Kathryne Coffroth and Opal Robinson spent Thursday at Mt. Lake Park.
  Misses Myrtle and Mantie Inskeep and Miss Blanche Hartsock returned Sunday evening from a week's trip to Pittsburg.
  Mrs. Pierce and her daughter, Elizabeth, spent Sunday in Frostburg.
  Mr. and Mrs. James Tharpe, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tharpe, and Mrs. W. B. Burgess attended the funeral of Mrs. John Tharpe Saturday, at Fairmont.
  Mrs. Maude Gurd was shopping in Cumberland Tuesday evening.
  Mrs. Alice Witwam returned yesterday evening from a very pleasant visit to Oakland.
  Randolph Robinette, of Ridgeley, Robert Demson, of Broad Loy(?), Penn., were visiting Mrs. E. M. Wilson Wednesday.
  Rev. Geo. S. Arnold was in Keyser on business Tuesday.
  Mr. Dan Arnold visited in Keyser this week.
  Prof. J. W. Stayman conducted the Teachers' Institute for Hampshire County, at Romney last week.
  Mr. Nelson Keller was shopping in Keyser Wednesday.
  Mr. and Mrs. Groves, of Franklin Co., Penn., have returned home from a pleasant visit to Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Watson.
  Governor Glasscock has declared his intention of retiring from active politics at close of his present term as governor.
  Prof. J. C. Sanders went to Moorefield Wednesday to attend the Teachers' Institute at that place.
  Rev. Henry Homan, who is in his nientieth [sic] year of age, preached on the Van Myra campground last Tuesday afternoon. He is an old war horse.
  Prof. J. B. O. Clemm left yesterday for Great Capon where he, with other parties, will camp and fish for two weeks.
  The Keyser Public Schools will open the 1911-12 session September 11.
  Mrs. R. M. Frye and Miss Maria Vass Frye visited Mrs. Fryes parents in Romney last week.
  Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Sheetz left Monday morning for a two weeks trip to Atlantic city Trenton, N. J. and Philadelphia.
  Mr. Sheetz has a sister living at Trenton. They left prepared to have a good time.
  Tuesday, August 29, will be Grand Army day at Mtn Lake Park.
  Miss Grace Bane went to Baltimore last Tuesday.
  Mr. and Mrs. E. Baker, of Mt. Olive, Va., who had been visiting their brother, Mr. Henry Baker, left for home this morning.
  Rev. Wm. Ney, wife and child who had been visiting, Mrs. Ney's parents, returned home today. Mr. Baker accompanied the grand-child as far as Cumberland.
  Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Virts, who have been on a ten days visit to Mt. Clemens, Mich. returned last night.
  Miss Sarah Sloan and niece, Miss Gertrude Myers, who have been visiting in and near Burlington, left for their home in Liberty Center, Ohio today.
  Miss Lucy Trask, who has been Elkins for some time is visiting her home this week. Miss Dagmar Hansen, of Elkins, came down with her for a visit.
  Mr. M. W. Trask, editor of the Tygarts Vally News, gladdened his many Keyser friends this week by calling upon them.
  Mr. Trask is making the News go.
  Prof. Ira Groves, of Kitzmiller, was in town on business Monday.
  Miss Sade Stimmell, who had been visiting relatives in this county returned to Washington the first of the week.
  All summer goods at greatly reduced prices at D. Long's store.
  The Third Annual Convention of the Southern Appalachian Good Roads Association is to be held at Roanoke, Va., Oct. 4 and 5, 1911. A good program has been arranged for that meeting.
  If you are wise you will take advantage of the bargains that are being offered by D. Long & Son.
  B. & O. Third Division Engineer Isaac Mills, with his wife and three children, left Wednesday on No. 12 for Atlantic City, Baltimore and Washington, where they will spend several days viewing the sights.
  When it comes to staples in dry goods, notions and shoes, D. Long & Son claim to be in the lead and they only ask that you give them a chance to demonstrate that claim.
  Lloyd Doeglas, of the B. & O. shop's clerical force, is spending the week at Tunnelton and other places in Preston county.
  I. M. Lang still enjoys the reputation of selling the best goods for the money.
  I. M. Long appreciates the fact that the people who have dealt with him for the last decade believe that he has the best goods at the lowest prices.
  Mr. L. High went to Baltimore Wednesday to lay in a stock of goods. While there he will engage a milliner and select millinery stock.
  Good goods, right prices, fair dealing at I. M. Long's store.
  LOST - A Masonic emblem brooch. Finder leave at Masteller Coal Co. office and get reward.
  A big reduction at I. M. Long's in summer goods.
  Miss A. M. Giffin, head nurse at the Hoffman Hospital, left Saturday morning, for her home in Frederick county, Va., where she will spend her summer vacation.
  Mrs. Longerbeam, of Black Oak, was taken to the Hoffman Hospital Sunday. She has typhoid fever.
  Capt. J. T. Compton attended the meeting of railroad men in Keyser this week. He says his family will move back from Berkely Springs to Keyser in the very near future.
12 1/2c Per Gallon - Until further notice we will sell Gasoline at 12 1-2 cents per gallon. Keyser Hardware Co.
  Mrs. W. F. Giffin left last Saturday morning with Miss A. M. Giffin for a visit to the latter's home in Frederick Co., Va.
  Mrs. W. P. Russell, who had been visiting in Kansas, returned Thursday morning. Mr. Russell met her here and they drove to Twin Mountain the same day.
  LOST - A Gold crescent brooch, with Pearl settings, between Keyser and Maplewood farm.
  A reward will be given to party who returns same to this office.
  One of the stage horses driven in the stage from Petersburg to Burlington gave out at Authur(?) last Friday and [illegible]....

Railroad Right of Way

  Representatives of the T. M. & P. R. R. and of the County Court are this week securing rights of way from individual land owners through whose property the new road is to be built. Our largest land owners are giving the right of way.

First M. E. Church

  Rev. John A. Gross will preach next Sunday morning in the First M. E. Church. No services at night. F. H. Havenner.

Shipping Peaches

  Our orchard men are now shipping peaches and more will be shipped each week for the next several weeks. The crop is not large but the peaches are of good quality and the prices are very satisfactory.

Robinson - Trenter

  Mr. Neil Robinson, of Clarksburg, and Miss Beulah Trenter, of Keyser, were married at Oakland Friday, Aug. 18th, at the Methodist parsonage by Rev. G. R. Williamson. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Trenter, of South Keyser, and is an attractive young lady. The groom is the only son of Mrs. J. O. Robinson, of Clarksburg, and is employed by the Consolidation Coal Co., of Fairmont. The many friends of the newly wedded couple extend to them best wishes.
  They will make their home in Fairmont.

Elk Garden News

  Mr. Wade Liller brought a load of peaches to market last week from his Ridgeville farm. He reports a light crop, but be that as it may his peaches taste like more.
  There was a good attendance at the all day meeting at Sulphur last Sunday. Rev. J. H. Brunk, of Keyser, spoke morning and afternoon. Sunday evening at 8:00 o'clock he preached in the M. E. Church, South, at Elk Garden.
  The new M. E. Church, at Oakmont, will be dedicated Sunday, September 3. Services will begin August 31, Thursday evening, and continue each evening, ending with the dedication on Sunday. Ministers from a distance will speak, and it will be an interesting series of meetings.
  Wm. H. Kight left the first of this week for Wheeling where he will represent the Knights of Pythias. He expects to be gone about two weeks.
  There will be an all day meeting in Mr. Gaver Sharpless' grove Sunday, August 20. Preaching in the forenoon by Rev. L. C. Messick; at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Geo. R. Branner will conduct a class meeting and at 2:30 Mr. F. C. Rollman will preach. It will be a good place to spend the day. You are cordially invited to attend.
  Lots of huckleberries on the Pinnacle. The black and the late blue ones; splendid picking and it looks as if there will be huckleberries there until snow comes.
  Mr. Baldwin B. Bane was visiting his uncle, I. H. Bane, last week and began complaining. His symptoms soon developed into typhoid fever and he was taken to the Hoffman Hospital. We are glad to learn that he is doing well.
  Splendid showers the first of this week.
[signed] Roland.