KEYSER TRIBUNE
DECEMBER 1, 1911


BEAVER RUN

There will be thanksgiving services at the church on Thanksgiving day, at 11 am. An offering will be made for some benevolent purpose.
J W Leatherman went to the Eastern Shore last Sat to complete arrangement to get possession of the new home for Our Miller's and to assist them in moving to it.
Mrs Ellen Leatherman went to W A Leatherman's on New Creek to remain a while.
G S Arnold and wife drove out across the Alleghenies to Hurley Miller's Fri and returned home Mon.
There is likely to be an epidemic of whooping cough in the Union school It seems when Brusey Ludwick's of Uniontown, Pa, were in here on a visit two of the children were taking the disease. And the parents not being cognizant of this fact permitted the children to visit the school.
B W Smith is conducting a series of meetings this week, up in Whiteoak Flats.
Perry Biser has moved his engine back to his saw mill on Parker's land to finish sawing there.
Art Tutwiler raised some Jumbo turnips, one measuring 81 inches in circumference.
G S A


DAWSON NEWS

Nov 28, 1911
Mr H C Dawson is quite ill at this writing.
Miss Mollie Shimer, of Frostburg, is spending a few days with her brother, Henry, this week.
Ammon Fleek, of Barnum, was calling on friends here Sun.
Mr William Perry, of Cumberland, was visiting his sister, Mrs R Gerstell, Mon.
I L VanMeter was in Cumberland on business Tues.
Little Elsie Dawson and Eva Mellon are ill with bronchial pneumonia at this writing.
G H Miller moved from Rawlings to this vicinity Mon.
Mr R S Dayton was called to Westerport Sun night on account of the death of his brother Horace.
Albert Martin and Martha E Simpson, both of Horseshoe, were quietly married at the home of Rev S D Dawson Tues, Rev S D Dawson officiating.
A very pretty wedding took place at the home of the groom's parents, I L and Hannah VanMeter, Wed evening at 7:30 o'clock, the contracting parties being Charles Vanmeter and Ada May Smith, of Everson, Pa. At 7:30 the bride and groom to be marched into the front room and were met by the Rev S D Dawson, who soon tied the nuptial knot and pronounced them man and wife. After the ceremony the bride and groom and guests were ushered into the dining room, where a supper was prepared for the occasion. The bride received quite a number of beautiful and useful presents. The evening was spent in friendly chatting and singing with Miss Lena Dayton at the organ. At 10 o'clock the guests began to leave for their home, first voting that they all had a good time. The writer extends congratulations and wishes them a happy and prosperous journey over the matrimonial sea.
Here we are again, Nero; smoke this in your pipe.
Nero is a fine old scribe,
  I think him quite a dandy,
For writing poetry he has a tact
  Which comes in very handy.
Last week he said he'd write some prose
  In answer to my poem,
So now I'll draw for him the marks,
  And he has got to toe 'em.
A letter week about we'd write
  And get them a little spicy,
A poem write, as well as prose,
  But not to get too icy.
Now all of this we tried to do,
  So, Nero, do the same,
And if you cannot toe the mark,
  Why you will be to blame.
Lucas


ELK GARDEN NEWS

Pay day last Sat livened the town.
Auction every evening this week at F C Patton's Store.
Miss Fay Montgomery, of Keyser, was in town last Sat in the interest of a music class. We trust that she will succeed in getting a good class.
Thomas Bennear and family were in town several days last week. They have now taken up their residence at Mt Savage.
Miss Nellie Bennear, nurse in the Davis Hospital, spent several days here last week, the guest of friends.
R Marsh Dean sent six single comb White Leghorns to the poultry exhibit at Keyser, one cock, one hen and four cockerels.
Rev L C Messick and family left last week for their home in Virginia for the winter. Rev Messick will not be able to do any work in the ministry this winter.
Ray Blackburn will appear at the Moose club in Cumberland on Thanksgiving evening as young O'Brine in a ten round boxing contest with young battling Kelly, of Baltimore.
Roland


HARDY COUNTY

Born to Mr and Mrs Boyd Crites, this week, a son.
Geo W Fetzer returned last Fri from a business trip to Baltimore.
R T Price of Widen W Va, spent from Fri until Wed visiting his parents, Senator and Mrs R C Price.
Heiskell Smith, who had the misfortune to break his leg several weeks ago, was able to be in town last Sat, and is getting along nicely.
R N Stewart, of Martinsburg, Dist leaders of the Layman's Movement, was here the past week and delivered several long talks on the above subject.
Floyd Pollock, who has been working in Baltimore, is spending the week here with his parents. We understand he expects to leave next week for Panama.
Mrs Annie Stubblefield, of Cumberland, spent several days here the past week. Miss Mary VanMeter accompanied her home Tues, returning Wed.
Jos Kuykendall, who has been quite sick, was taken to a Baltimore hospital, Mon morning by Dr Brooks, where an operation will be performed, for an abscess of the appendix.
A B Haslacker of Davis, was elected assistant cashier of the Hardy County Bank, to succeed L L Beran, at a meeting of the Directors held Mon. Mr Haslacker has been holding a position with the Union Tanning Co at Davis.
We hear it rumored that John A Veach of Burlington, has purchased J H High's store and farm at Purgittsville, and will take possession towards spring.
Walter Wheaton killed two hogs last week that netted 826 pounds. He made 140 pounds of lard from them. Pretty good for pigs.
T G Pownall and A E Glisan of Cumberland, were here and at Lost City this week making bark contracts.
B F Wells, who has been painting H S Carr's new residence, left yesterday for his home in Keyser.
A S Veach, of Burlington, spent a few days here the past week on business.


PETERSBURG ITEMS

Little Magdalene Shobe, daughter of Edgar N Shobe, has typhoid fever.
Silas Kesner of Rough Run, was here Tues. Mr Kesner told us that N S Simon, who has been sick for some time of typhoid fever, is now improving slowly.
On the night of the 5th of November a thief entered the home of Sherman Harris, at Martin in this county, and unlocked a drawer and stole there from $860, which Mr Harris had place din the drawer before retiring.
Anthony Malloy who lives at Scherr and was 68 years old on Thurs of last week walked form his home to Petersburg, a distance of seventeen miles. Mr Mally is a native of Ireland and was a Union soldier under General Kelley's command.
C C Marshall, of Williamsport, is here attending court, also E B Crim, of Gormania.
A daughter, of Mr and Mrs D P Taylor, of Medley, aged about eight years, died Mon of diphtheria.


PERSONALS

Our old friend, Ben Souder is with us again this week.
It is only a little more than three weeks until Christmas.
Miss Mary Souder of Fairmont, and Mr North, of New York City, spent Thanksgiving with Mr F P Greenwade.
Mrs D T Greenwade and Miss Hazel spent Mon in Cumberland.
Dr Fred Gerstell, and Robt Gerstell Jr of Gerstell attended the Agricultural meetings this week.
the sixty-second Congress will convene in Washington next Mon.
Mrs Hannah Householder is visiting in Romney.
Mr A R McNeill, of Old Fields, took in our Agricultural meeting here this week.
Mrs H C Brooks, of Clarksburg, was a visitor here last week.
Mrs Sarah Somerville, of Cumberland, spent Mon in Keyser.
Mr and Mrs McClandish, of Piedmont, attended the funeral of Col T B Davis here on Tues.
Miss Alma Grayson is visiting in Keyser.
Dr Percival Lantz was in Keyser Wed to attend the meeting of the Medical Society.
Mr Prentis Watson, Assistant Cashier First National Bank, Masontown, W Va, spent Thanksgiving with friends in Keyser.
Mr A C Dixon visited Keyser this week and attended our Agricultural Meeting.
Mr I E Oates was in Keyser on business Wed.
Dr J O Lantz, of Hartmonsville, attended the meeting of the Medical Society in Keyser this week and also enjoyed the meetings of the Agricultural Associations, He gladdened the heart of the treasurer by turning in a long list of cash, subscriptions that he had gathered in Elk Garden.
Hon C H Vossler spent this week in Keyser.
Mr C C Marshall of Williamsport, was given a hearty welcome by his many Keyser friends this week.
State Historian Virgil A Lewis attended our meeting this week and added very much to their interest.
Hon John J Cornwell was called away Wed forenoon by the illness of his son who is a student in Winchester. Mrs Cornwell joined him at Greenspring station and together they went to Winchester.
The Editor is indebted to Mr E D High for a basket of choice Grimes Golden apples. We have no better fruit grower than Mr High and no better apple than the Grimes Golden.
Mr Oscar Cosner attended the meeting of the Grand Lodge in Charleston, W Va, last week. He was a representative from the Davis Lodge No 51, A F & A M of Keyser.
Master William Welton, of Petersburg is visiting friends here.
Mrs D S Lochead, of Weir Kan, is visiting her sister, Mrs Price McKenzie.
Mr W H Barger and family will leave first of next week for Florida where they may make their future home.
Commissioner J R Bane was taken ill Wed night with acute indigestion.
Miss Belle Taylor returned Wed morning form a four months very delightful visit with relatives in Western states.
Mr J C Michael, of Williamsport visited his son this week, who is in the Hoffman Hospital, ill with typhoid fever.
Miss Mary Ravenscroft, of Dawson, was in the city shopping Wed.
Mr James I Dayton continues ill with typhoid fever.
Mr A S Wolf who has been on the sick list is getting better.
Mrs Lavenia Poling, who has been visiting her son, at Gassaway, has returned to her sister's Mrs Price McKenzie.
Mr Leroy Shaw, familiarly known as Leader Shaw, of Kingwood, attended our Agricultural Meetings here this week, and had on exhibition some very fine corn form old Preston county, which grows corn as well as buckwheat.
Mrs N E Coffman, of Seebert, W Va and Mrs W C Dawson and daughter, Miss Delcie of Hildell W Va were in Keyser Mon and went up New Creek to visit Mr Peter Wersman and family.


MARRIAGES

MARTIN - SIMPSON

Mr Albert Martin and Miss Martha Elizabeth Simpson were married at Cumberland recently. Both of the contracting parties lived at Alaska, this county.

THRUSH - WHIPP

Mr W V Thrush and Miss Mary E Whipp, daughter of Mrs Julia Whipp, were married at the home of the bride's mother, November 29. The ceremony was performed by Rev J H Brunk. The bride is a sister of Mrs L J Powell, of Keyser.
The happy couple are both very popular. The Tribune extends congratulations.


COL THOMAS BEALL DAVIS
KEYSER'S MOST WEALTHY CITIZEN DIED
AT HIS HOME EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

Was Several Times A Millionaire, Prominent In Politics, Buried At Elkins

Colonel Thomas Beall Davis died at his home, the Davis Mansion, in Keyser, Sunday November 25, 1911, at 1:05 o'clock AM in the eighty-fourth year of his age. He was born in the city of Baltimore, April 25, 1828. In his childhood he went to Howard county, Md, where he grew to young manhood. When yet a young man, he and his older brothers, Henry G and William came to Piedmont, this county, to make their home.
Col Davis assisted in the construction of the Baltimore and Ohio RR through this section of the country and was afterward a conductor on its train. In later years he became a constructor of railroads himself and a railroad official. He and his brother, Henry G and S B Elkins, with others, projected the W Va C & P RR now know as the Western Maryland Railway. After they sold that they build the C &C RR. Col Davis was prominent in the development of the coal fields in the region of Elk Garden, this county. It was he who made the deal with Mr Jacob Van Meter, of Hardy County, for that vast tract of land underlaid with the fourteen foot vein of coal lying very close to the town of Elk Garden. He was a heavy stockholder and an official in the Davis Coal and Coke Co that has many mines in operation not only in this county but in various other sections of our State.
Col Davis was a large individual land owner, he had valuable farms that were kept in a high state of cultivation, the premises were always in first-class repair and he took a lively interest in the growing of crops and the raising of livestock. For many years he was a breeder and racer of thorough bred horses. He had his private race track, his stables were his pride and the pride of a large circle of friends and his horses carried off honors at Saratogo and on many other tracks. For years and years he was always seen at the races. He was a first class judge of horses. No one enjoyed horses more than he did, yet he enjoyed the unique distinction of being an owner and racer of horses, who had never won nor lost a cent on beets made on the races. He never bet on a horse race-he was in the business purely for the love of it, and he greatly improved the stock of horses in this country. A year or two ago he disposed of his racers as he was no longer strong enough in enjoy the sport.
Col Davis started life a poor boy but by his industry and good judgement, he accumulated a fortune amounting to several millions of dollars, the vast majority of which he left to his nearest relatives, but made some requests to intimate friends outside of the family. The estate will be settled up by Hon Henry G Davis and Mr W E Heskitt. He never married. His brother, William, died many years ago, leaving seven children; he became their guardian and ever acted the part of a father toward them.
The body was buried in Maplewood cemetery, Elkins last Tues. The funeral was in charge of the Davis Lodge, No 51 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Keyser, of which he was a charter member. Their lodge room was furnished by him. A special train over the W M RR took the body and a large number of relatives and friends to Elkins Tues morning. A brief service was held at the home at 8:15 AM conducted by Rev W E Woolf, assisted by Revs F H Havenner, M B Lambdin and M A Keen.
The floral designs were beautiful beyond description and the music was especially sweet.
Col Davis had been in failing health for the last two years. Until lately when the weather was good, he would have his coachman take him out for a drive, but a few weeks ago he had a spell that weakened him very much. For months he has realized and often said that he could not live long. The Sunday before the Sunday of his death, he said that he could not stand another spell like the one that he had a few weeks previous. On Fri night before his death he was taken with a chill and never rallied, but death came peacefully. He seemed no to suffer at all. A week before his death he had his brother to come and spend a day with him and talk with him his business affairs. HE gave minute instructions as to the settling up of all his estate. Col Davis was president of the Peoples Bank of Keyser and an official and director in several other banks in different places.
From his early manhood, Col Davis took an active part in politics. He was a lifelong Democrat. He represented Mineral county in the West Virginia Legislature and the second district of West Virginia in the lower house of the United States congress, being elected to the latter office and honor by more than one thousand majority in a district that was largely Republican. He was a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee for thirty years.
Mr Davis had been a resident of Keyser since the Civil War, was one of the land-marks here, and his presence on our places of business will be greatly missed.
PALL BEARERS
The Honorary Pall Bearers were, J T Carskadon, U B McCandlish, W C Clayton, Dr C S Hoffman, J V Bell, W W Woods, Wm McDonald, F M Reynolds, W G Wilson, Dr Robert Gerstell, O Tibbetts, Louis Bryden, John J Cornwell.
The Active Pall bearers were J W Stayman, F H Babb, D R Shull, V F Alkire, Dr A H Hosack, J G Joelz.
J H Markwood had charge of the funeral arrangements.
The Directors of the Peoples Bank, in a body, accompanied the remains to Elkins.

THOMAS SHILLINGBURG

Mr Thomas Shillenburg died at his home at Gormania last Mon and was buried Wed. He had been in feeble health for years. He was a prominent man in his community.

MRS MARGARET CLEMSON

Mrs Margaret Clemson died at the home of her son-in-law, Mr W W Woods, cashier of the Peoples Bank, on Davis St, last Sun afternoon, aged 68 years. Her maiden name was Duling and she was a native of Mineral county. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs Oakley Morris, of Kansas City, Mrs W W Woods and Miss Hallie Clemson, of Keyser and one son, Mr Thomas Davis Clemson, of St Louis; Mrs V F Alkire is a niece.
Funeral services were held at the home of Mr W W Woods Wed afternoon. The Pall Bearers were J V Bell, D R Shull, J Z Terrell, J B Isles, Dr R Gerstell and Dr A H Hosack. There were many and beautiful flowers. The interment was at Queens Point Cemetery. Mrs Clemson had many relatives in this county and numerous warm friends who morn her loss.

JAMES ISAAC DAYTON

Mr James Isaac Dayton, died at his home in McCoole Thursday morning of typhoid fever, aged about 58 years. The body will be taken to Dawson on the W M train tomorrow at noon.

Funeral services will be held in the church there and the body buried in the cemetery near by.
He left a widow, two daughters and one son. He and two sons have died of typhoid fever within the brief space of five weeks.

KILLED BY A FREIGHT

Capt John Callahan, conductor east end Cumberland Division, and living at Brunswick, was killed at Magnolia Thanksgiving forenoon. As he was in the act of crossing the track he was struck by fast freight No 94.
He was about 65 years old, and a very popular gentleman, of pleasant disposition.


HUMANE SOCIETY

Geo E Brand, Field Agent for the W Va Humane Society Home at Elkins W Va, is in town looking for homes for children. There is at the present time 65 children in the Home, mostly boys ranging form 2 years old to 12 years. These children can be placed legally with no one to interfere, they have been properly surrendered to the State authorities. Anyone wishing a boy or girl may secure same by corresponding with the Home or Field agent.


COL ED MCDONALD

Col Ed McDonald, who was a dashing cavalry officer in the confederate Army in the sixties and who had not been in Keyser since soon after the close of the civil war, and who is now a prosperous farmer in Jefferson county this State, attended our Agricultural Meetings here this week and took an active interest in our meetings. Though nearing his fourscore years , his bow still abides in strength. His father once owned and occupied the stone house across New Creek, now owned and occupied by Mrs Geo E Leps. His reminiscences, the recital of some of his war experience and his success as a farmer thrilled the audience that cheered him to the echo. There are still living in our county a few veterans who followed him from Bull run to Appomattox. No one who was present here received a more hearty welcome.


FOUR SCORE

Last Wed Mr Frederick Huffman, father of T T Huffman, postmaster of Keyser, celebrated his eightieth birthday. He was joined in luncheon by Governor Glasscock, State Historian Virgil A Lewis, State Game Warden J A Viquesney, Noah G Keim of Elkins, Tracy L Jeffords of Harper's Ferry, Sampson Taylor, N R Taylor and A T High of Purgittsville. All wished him many happy returns of the pleasant anniversary. Mr Huffman is able to be on our streets every good day.


TERROR REIGNED

There was a miniature reign of terror in Westernport last Sat night, covering tow hours, from 10 - 12 o'clock and Mon Justice John O'Hanley, sentenced Harry Douglas, one of the participants in the trouble to six months in the House of Correction, while James Cross, Charles Sullivan, John Foley and John Newton were released upon giving a bond of $500 each.
A fight started in a saloon and Policeman Michael Brennan was called in, when the officer appeared the men ceased fighting among themselves and proceeded to make him a target for beer bottles. His head was cut open, his neck was cut and he was struck a vicious blow in the abdomen. Bailiff J D Kalbaugh, who is the day officer, went to the rescue of Brennan and in attempting to make arrests was badly cut in the hand with a broken bottle. City Councilman Richard Stine was next to go to the aid of the officers and he too was assaulted, receiving an ugly cut on the head from a bottle. He had to be taken to his home.
In the meantime, the streets were filled with excited people and general consternation reigned because of the open lawlessness until Mayor Patrick Curran took a hand and with the assistance of men whom he deputized, cleared the streets and restored order. The quintet, alleged to be the assailants, of the officers, were placed under arrest and detained in the lockup over night. A special guard of officers was placed at the lockup to prevent the men from being rescued, it having been reported that friends would seek to free them. The lockup is a frail affair from which several deliveries have been made.
State's Attorney David A Robb conducted the prosecution of the accused. Cross and Sullivan were represented by Bruce & Barnard, this city.
The outbreak is reported by eye witnesses the worst ever known in Westernport.


HIS CHRISTMAS GIFT

For some years past it has been a custom in this state for the governor to present to the oldest convict in point of service confined in the penitentiary a Christmas gift in the form of a pardon.
Daniel Shawn, aged sixty three, a life man from Hampshire County, will be the recipient of the precious paper the coming Christmas. Shawn was convicted of murder in the first degree and received a life sentence. He was received at the penitentiary April 4, 1895, and upon being given his freedom on Christmas day will have served sixteen years and eight months.
Shawn knows of the good fortune that is in store for him and is counting the time that intervenes between servitude and freedom, but the days and hours. He is employed as a trusty on the state farm. During his confinement his conduct has been most excellent, and the officers of the institution will be glad to see him given his liberty.



REPORT OF SCHERR SCHOOL

Report of the Scherr School for the second month.
Pupils enrolled boys 26 girls 15 total 41.
Average daily attendance, boys 211 girls 11, total 32. Percent of attendance boys 80, girls 75, total 78.
Pupils present every day were Lester Parks, Merle Parks, Glenn Muntzing, Alfred Pownall, Walter Simmons, Haven Idleman, Garland Ebert, Brook Smith, Erma Hanlin, Violet Ebert, Pauline Smith, Susan Pownall, Nina Idleman.
Pupils absent but one day were Samuel Thompson, Cletus Thompson, Brook Muntzing, Carl Secrist, Lester Smith, Tom Hanlin, Ida Muntzing.
Bess H Ebert, Teacher


SOME HOG

Mr W A Leatherman, who lives near the Tannery butchered a hog last week that net 571 lbs. If you have one that can beat that, bring us some of the sausage.


WANTED / FOR SALE

WANTED

Farmers to work on the big survey, Alleghany Co Md.
We are contracting for the coming year, possession given to some of our farms and houses now.
Write
Silas Alden Condict, Owner, Keyser W Va

FOR SALE

Two good sound, young work horses well broken and of good size. Will also sell a good two horse wagon and harness.
C C Arbogast, Keyser W Va

GRASS SEEDS

Go to C P Peters for Best Grades of Grass Seeds. His stock is coming in now form Iowa, Indiana and Illinois. First Class at lowest possible prices.

WANTED

A girl for general house work, small family.
Apply H G Wilson, No 1 Davis Street

A FLYING MACHINE

Boys and Girls save your labels from "Wilson's Bread" and present ten labels at D T Greenwade's Store, or Akers Bros' Store, on Thursday, December 7, 1911, which will be Souvenir Day, and you will receive a Flying Bird Free.
Wilson's Splendid Bread is Sold in Keyser by Greenwade and Akers Brothers. Try it once.

JOHN B FETZER
KEYSER W VA
Brick Contractor and Layer
Estimates on Brick Masonry
Promptly Finished


T H DAVIS
The Old Reliable Jeweler
100 N Main Street, Keyser W Va
A full stock of High Grade Jewelry and cut glass always on hand. Talking machines and fixtures at reasonable prices. Remember us when buying Christmas Gifts

DR STEHLEY

Makes his own medicine. No other dentist has it, and he can extract your teeth, absolutely without pain for 25c. Most others ask 50c. Dr Stehley will put you on a gold crown for $4. Others ask $6 to $8 for not, as good. This crown is made of the best gold in the world, and you can't get better even if you should pay $100. Dr Stehley will extract all your teeth and put in a full set for $9. This is a regular $15 set and will compare with any in the world; no matter where you go. FROM NOW ON Dr Stehley will be in his Keyser Office every Sat at 2 o'clock and remain until Mon morning. We do better work for the least money - ask our patients about us. Dr Stehley will put you in gold fillings, gold inlays, amalgam, silver, platinum or any thing you want done. Dr Stehley has experience which few dentists have. He can point out hundreds of persons who had dental work done 20 years ago and which is still as good as when first put on. Dr Stehley keeps right up to the latest things know in dentistry, and has satisfied thousands and can satisfy you. DR \Stehley has ten offices and does more dental work than any dentists in the state. REMEMBER I will be in my Keyser office every Sat at 2 o'clock and remain until Mon morning. You can afford to come from a distance because you know that you get better work and at half the price.
KEYSER OFFICE 23 S Main, one door above Gas office, Phone 23 H
MAIN OFFICE: 35 N Centre, Cumberland Md

We invite you to visit us during the
AGRICULTURAL RALLY
and make this your headquarters for the transaction of any business.
Plant Your Money!
All the seed you need to start with is a DOLLAR, and if it is planted in our Savings Dept it will grow at the rate of 3% annually, and by adding more seed from time to time you will reap a rich harvest.
Farmers and Merchants Bank
Of Keyser, West Virginia
Capital $50,000
RICHARD GERSTELL, President
GEO R DAVIS, Cashier
We cash items on any point in the United States at PAR


TRANSCRIBED NOVEMBER 16, 2000 BY PATTI MCDONALD
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