DECEMBER 22, 1911


Miss Glennie Carnell is at S S Arnold's this week working.
Mrs Arnold is trying to get ready to go to Bridgewater last of week to spend her holidays provided she recovers form the grip sufficiently to be able to go.
Wilbur Ludwick went to Pa last week to clerk in a store owned by Bursey Ludwick and his brother-in-law.
Elder I S Long is here giving his lecture on India, which certainly are very interesting and instructing.
John King of Eglon is down on the run visiting J B Leatherman's.
Jo Tutwiler of Shanks has typhoid fever and Art, his brother was to spend a few days to see him.
Chas W Carskadon's having built a grist-mill just south of the house at the road-side and Frank says it will be ready for operation in about a week.
A long needed road has been constructed at Headsville. It interests(?sic) the Keyser and Headsville road near Chas McDonald's barn and leads around the north side of the hill and interests(?sic) the same road west of ford at Mr Haines' house.
By this new road two crossings of Staggs Run has been evaded.
Among other new things is J E Miller's broom factory, a new building down at the pike near Mr Haines. Mr Miller has a new broom machine.
We have heard that several of the friends are going next Sat to Eglon to attend the Bible term there next week: Misses Beulah Shoemaker, Josie Leatherman, Etta High, Effie Leatherman and Messrs Virgil Bailey, W W Bane, R B Leatherman, Jodie Leatherman, Jacob Roderick, Lucy Purgitt.


Davis W VA
Dec 18, 1911
Dear Editor:
I will now take the time and pleasure of giving a few of the happenings in our little mountain town; we have been having some very fine weather for the time of year and hope it may continue so until after Christmas.
Every thing is very quiet at the present, but we suppose it will get very lively yet before the holidays are over, as this is generally a very lively town during the holidays, but it isn't half as bad now as it was when they had license at this place. We truly hope our town may continue dry.
There was a dance in the Fireman's Hall at this place Sat night, all report a good time. Mr H G Boseley, of this place, is suffering from a very sore leg, caused by getting his leg bruised some time ago. We hope for his speedy recovery.
Mr Fred Gehauf, of Newcreek, has accepted a position with the Union Tanning Co, of this place. Mr Gehauf has been with this company for eleven years.
Mr R W Mellon, of this place, has accepted a position with a lumber company, of Millcreek. We are sorry to loose Mr Mellon from our town but we wish him luck and truly hope our loss will be his gain.
Well, we wonder what has become of Uncle John as we failed to see any Schell news here of late. We are very well acquainted with Uncle John and his family and would be pleased to hear from him again.
Well, as Christmas is almost here are we just going to think about ourselves and of a few of our friends and buy nice costly presents for those who have plenty of this world's goods about them? Or are we going to think of the orphans and of the poor children that may not get even a pound of candy for Christmas? But we never stop to think about these poor children where a dollar would be much more appreciated with them than fifty or a hundred dollars would be by the people that already have a plenty. Now, let us give this our attention and give to some poor child that we know that they need it and let us remember them in our prayers.
Well, as my letter is getting lengthy, I will now close and if this escapes the waste basket I will come again,so wishing the Editor and the readers of the Tribune a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year I will now say good-bye.
Uncle Sam


News is scarce as every body is getting ready for xmas and the children are looking for the appearance of Santa.
Mr Clarance Llewllyn, of Midland, visited his brother L R Llewellyn, last Sat.
The Longerbean Bros are just completing a new barn on their farm at East end of Blackroad.
Mrs Alfred Ross was in Cumberland Mon of this week and reported to the children on her return that she saw Santa.
Oland Bobo, of Cumberland, visited his father, Mr V Bobo, last week.
Charles Alkire and wife, of Keyser, Albert Dayton, of Westernport, and Mrs J Ravenscroft, of McCoole, were calling at H C Dawson's last Sun.
Oh yes Lucas I'll admit you have set the mark too high for my poetic faculty this time.
So you just go it
  And the mark you just toe it,
For your corns I'll not tread
  If I only know it.
When to your shack I chance to come,
  Why I'll turn me round and back me in
So there will be lots of room to spare,
  For larger feet than mine are there.


But one ticket has been nominated for municipal offices. For mayor, Wm Bean; recorder, Patrick McNally; councilmen, John H Tice, Presley Harris, John Gordon, George May, Albert Barrick. The council this year served without pay, and that seems to be the understanding with the present nominees. Property values in town are so low that the levy limited by law does not amount got a sufficient amount of the running expenses of the town. Hence the no pay council.
Miss Nellie Bane, student at Buena Vista College, and Robert Bane, student at Bedford City Academy, are both home for a glad holiday with their parents and friends.
Miss Fannette Morgan, who has been the guest of her cousin, Mrs Myrtle Keim, for the past two months started for her home in Indiana last Mon morning.
The ME Church, South, was crowded last Fri evening to witness the temperance rally. Excellent recitations were given by members of the Loyal Temperance Legion. May Patton, Velma Wilson, Eva Clark, Eva Dishong, Maggie Jones, Vauda Blackburn, Ralph Bean, Earl Aronhalt and Walter S Arnold. Brief but pointed talks were made by George A Oss and D C Arnold. Miss Estella V Hott made a very impressive talk and F C Rollman read a paper of unusual interest. The L T L sang some rousing temperance songs. Tracts were distributed.
Died at Elk Garden, Dec 18, 1911, of cancer, Elizabeth Clark, aged 46 years, 11 months and 22 days. She was the widow of John Wm Clark, who died about 15 years ago. She leaves five children, Mrs Ida Cross, wife of James Cross of Oakmont, and David, John and Elizabeth Clark, who live at home, and Wm Clark in the U S Army. Mrs Clark was a good motherly woman, much respected and beloved. The funeral party left on Mon morning for Lonaconing where funeral services and interment will take place Thurs.
Miss Mary Abernathy went to Blaine last Sat and Sun to visit her relatives and friends.
Mrs J Raymond Hubbs, of ?Thomas, is visiting her parents.
The anti-saloon speaking will be held at the M E Church on Nehtken Hill this Sun Dec 24, at 10:45 am. It was announced for last Sun which was a mistake.
Leroy, infant son of Mr and Mrs Taylor Davis, who live near Thomas, died Dec 16, aged 1 year and 7 mos. Funeral services in the Nethken Hill church by Rev Mathany and interment in the Nethken Hill cemetery.


Dec 18, 1911
We are having some fine weather for Dec and every body is making good use of it.
Mr Clarence Clark and Son, Wallace, and Mr and Mrs M L Staggs spent Sun with Mr Geo W Staggs. It was Uncle George's 79th birthday.
Mr and Mrs S C Urice were calling on Mr and Mrs J M Fleek Sun evening.
Messrs H J and D R Bailey spent Sun night with their brother, John W Bailey, at Headsville. Mr Bailey and wife leave tonight for Louisiana where they will spent the remainder of the winter with their two daughters who live there.
Mr and Mrs Fred Urice and two children; Mr and Mrs Chas Staggs and son, Edgel; Mrs Isabell Fleek and MR Edward Ellifritz, Jr, all spent Sun at the home of Mr and Mrs Wm E Staggs.
Mr Will Adams was calling on Fountain friends Sun evening.
Prayer meeting at the Fountain next Sun night at 7 pm. We are having a right interesting prayer meeting now and hope to see you all out next Sun evening.
The ladies of Fountain will hold a candy supper at that place Sat night, Jan 6.
The MT Valley Band will furnish music for the occasions and we humbly ask the patronage of all the people.
So I close wishing one and all a Happy Christmas.



F C Welton, of Cumberland, spent last Fri night with his mother, at "Hickory Hill."
W H Cunningham, of Upper Tract, has been elected a director of the Peoples Bank, at Harrisonburg, Va.
I N Shobe, of Shores, Va, who is visiting relatives in Grant Co, spent the past week here visiting Mr and Mrs Andy Seymour.
Arthur Cunningham came home form a trip over his territory last week and was confined to the house for several days with a severe cold.
Mrs Walter Copp and children, who have been spending some time in Cumberland with Mr Copp, returned to Moorefield first of the week.
Four brick layers arrived Mon from Harrisonburg, to work on the new Court House. All the material is now in and Supt Wood is rushing the work along.
Lieut C S McNeill writes us to change his paper form Ft Myer, Va, to Ft Sheridan, Ill to which place he has been ordered to take command of the cavalry machine gun platoon, stationed there.
Misses Inez, Edna and Irene McNeill were the hostess' at a very pleasant social function at their home in the Old Fields, on last Fri evening. The guests were taken care of in a royal manner and when the time came to depart were loath to leave the scene of jollity.
Scott Sions, of Keyser, who has been under the care of surgeons at the University Hospital at Baltimore since Nov 2nd, arrived here this week o spend a short time with his parents, Mr and Mrs P F Sions. The treatment given Mr Sions was very sever and his body had to be encased in a plaster cast, which he will continue to wear for some time. Miss Charlotte Vossler, of Keyser, accompanied him here and is visiting at Mr Sions.
The Old Fields Lumber Co, have contracted to erect five stations for the Western Md R R Co. They have opened a new plaining mill at McNeill and will dress the lumber there.


Miss Fannie Arnold has gone to South Carolina to spend the winter.
Homer M Junkins, our soldier boy of Battery D, 3rd F A of Ft Myer, Va, is here visiting relatives and friends.
Solomon T Simmons moved from Wabash to Elk Garden last week.
J H Junkins, of Sulphur, was calling on friends here Sun.
J R Heffner, of Wabash, was in Keyser on Business last Sat.
H H Harrison, Supt of the Davis Coal and Coke Co's Mines in this vicinity, was at Wabash last week.
Messrs T T Smith and J E Ludwick were business visitors to Elk Garden last Sat.
Alex McDowell, of Wabash, has been on a business trip to Dartmour and Parkersburg for several days.
W Clark Robison of Lockland Ohio, is on a visit to relatives and friends here.
Mrs Hazel A Burns, of Kitzmiller, visited her father, W P Rodruck, of Decker Glade Run, last week.
Mrs Amanda Lemon is quite sick at her daughter's, Mrs A W Liller.
Messrs R H Anderson and E S Burns were at Eglon, W Va, last Sat and Sun.
C W Irvin, of Wabash, bought a match team of horses of Fred Browning, general salesman of the Davis Coal and Coke Co.
Chas Green has lost several fine goats from eating laurel. Charley, they will do better on sheaf oats.
M B McHenry moved his engine from D W Idleman's farm to Uncle Natty Kitzmiller's last Sat.
Mrs Sherman Carnell, of Mountain Breeze Hotel, Claysville, came out on a visit to Henry Kitzmiller's last Tues.
Our school will close next Fri till Jan 2, 1912.


At last a postoffice at Pinehurst has been established though it has run temporarily since in May. Now the bids have been let and replies returned and we learn that Uncle Sam has given Isaac T Umstott the job of mail carrier leaving Pinehurst at 7 o'clock and returning at 11:40 am on Tues, Thurs and Sat of each week. We owe much of this to Mr Woalery, our merchant and postmaster, who had the "Push" to keep it going until he succeeded in his undertaking.
H J Bailey, our energetic fruit man of East View Orchard, won first prize on the apple "Delicious" at the apple exhibit in Keyser and could you take a peep inside of his fruit house where he stores his apples you would spy some that look as if they would be quite as delicious the real Delicious apple.
L H Hines has been quite busy last week moving to his new farm on Patterson's Creek. The family expect to go Wed of this week and will keep house for Mr Hines parents who expect to go shortly to the Sunny South to visit their daughters. We are sorry to lose them form our neighborhood, but never-the-less we wish them success.
S I Urice has been very much under the weather for the past few days with lumbago.
R H Davis and family, who have been in Keyser for sometime with Mrs Davis' parents, have returned to the farm again.
Miss Nannie Umstott spent Sun evening with friends at Bonnie Lane.
Newton Umstott is having the foundation laid for his new dwelling up at the mountain farm.


Born to Mr and Mrs V P Hedrick, of Upper Tract, last week, a girl.
O W Tephabock and E M Amtower, of Laurel Dale, spent Wed night here.
Lester W Kessel, of Akron, O, is on a three months visit to friends and relatives in Grant Co.
Mrs John S Heath died at her home in Moorefield Thurs night of last week after a lingering illness.
Harry Schaeffer, of Mt Storm and Evers Kessel, of Greenland, were visiting H C Schaefer the first of the week.
Miss Belle Parks, who has been on an extended visit to friends and relatives at Piedmont, Davis and Elkins, returned to her home here last week.
J e Haslacker, who for several years has filled a lucrative position in New York City, was in Petersburg Sat. Mr Haslacker will soon move with his family on the fine farm he recently purchased of J R Smith at Lahmansville. Grant county is always ready to gladly welcome back again within her boarders such sterling men as Mr Haslacker.


It has usually been understood in this section that red birds are harbingers of winter and that blue birds precede the coming of spring. These signs have never failed. Lasts Sun both blue and red birds were seen hereabouts, and the folks are all very anxious to see just what kind of weather is in store for them. Anyone having an explanation for this unusual phenomena will kindly send it to the Weather Bureau, at Washington City.
A newspaper published in the city has been going the rounds this week and contains an item that was acted upon promptly by our literary body.
It seems that the woman's suffrage clubs in several states have been compiling a list of "the world's 20 greatest women." Several of these lists were looked over and it was found that none of them contains the mane of one of the best known women that a recent generation has produced.
The Push Root Literary and Debating Society immediately called a meeting and drafted resolutions bemoaning the fact that her name was overlooked, either intentionally or through jealousy. These resolutions and nomination were sent to several of these clubs. The woman in question is one known to all, and is no other than that grand "old lady" Lydia E Pinkham.
Rev John Jerrebum Jones preached in the school house last week to a well behaved audience. Rev Jones preached on "Giving" thus killing two birds with one stone, as it were. It was a missionary sermon in which he insisted upon liberal donations and he also said something about giving Christmas gifts. The latter didn't appeal of all of his congregation. He wound up by saying: "Brethren, remember that a suspender button dropped in the collection basket will not ring up a dime on St Peter's collection register." This was a very timely remark as there are too many suspender buttons used in this way. Bro Jones spent the night with the Root family, and of course, was quartered in the spare room, Sister Root, who always bakes a fruit cake for Christmas, about Nov, has been i the habit for a number of years, of keeping this cake under the bed in the spare room, where it is left until ready to use at Christmas time. Bro Jones got to tossing about in his sleep and knocked a slat out of the bed which knocked the stuffing out of the fruit cake. Mrs Root as very much vexed and says next time Bro Jones spends the nights with them he will have to sleep with the hired man over the kitchen.
A simple, little thing will sometimes cause endless trouble between neighbors. Las Fri Samantha Root took her knitting and went up to spend the day with Hester Cloverblossom. When she got there Hester was compounding a plum pudding and Samantha offered her assistance. Hester gave Samantha a darn needle and asked her to pick the seeds out of some figs, which she proceeded to do. Samantha got to thinking that she was having a joke played on her and got real mad, so when Hester went in to see what the folks were saying over the phone, Mrs Root picked up her bonnet and went home. They haven't spoke since.
Word was received here last week that the Twin Mountain and Pacific had broken ground for a depot at Fleatown. It is though that Lou Wallace will be agent.
Jim Dawson has moved his sawmill up near the Finger Board and will have a plenty of saw dust to cover your ice with. Give him a chance to bid on your ice covering before buying sawdust elsewhere.
Ginger Root took Miss Minnie Swift, our school teacher, down to Burlington last week in his new buggy. While coming back old Dobbin shied at the new railroad and came very near running off. They came up through the camp ground lickety split and the folks thought they were running off.
Miss Minnie Swift started to the school house last Tues in one of these new fangled hobble skirts, and met with a right painful accident. She started a little late and in hurrying to be on time, stumbled and fell, spilling her lunch all over the ground. Her lunch was in a basket.
the young folks are all planning to take in the Sun School Christmas Exhibit at Burlington next Sun night.
Uncle Hiram is about the same at this writing.


Born to Mr and Mrs W J Cather, Spring St, Dec 20, a daughter.
Geo T Carskadon wants all his friends to call and see him. He is always glad to see them.
Many of our Keyser teachers will go away for their Christmas vacation and many who teach elsewhere will come to Keyser.
Bishop A W Wilson, senior bishop of the M E Church South, is ill at his home in Baltimore.
I C McDonald's store looks like Santa Claus has made a visit there.
Today is the shortest day of the year, and marks the beginning of winter.
Mr Vause Fox, of Kansas, and Mr F H Rinehart of New Mexico, are on a visit to relatives in Mineral and Hamsphire Counties.
Have you visited Fairy Land? It is in W H Nefflen's Store, Main St.
Mrs James Thornton Carskadon visited in Cumberland Tues.
Mrs P F Whitehouse and children of Trenton NJ are spending the holidays with her parents Mr and Mrs A S Wolf.
Mr Lue Wolf and son, John of Altoona Pa, spent last week with his brother, Mr A S Wolf.
John MacDonald is home from Washington and Lee for his Christmas vacation.
A sleet before Christmas insure a good fruit crop for next year, we had the sleet Thurs morning, we hope for the fruit next summer.
Mrs A V Douglass and Master Richard Douglass returned Thurs from a few days visit to Baltimore. They had a delightful time. Paul Douglass accompanied them returning Wed.
Mr and Mrs J M Bright were shopping in Cumberland Thurs.
Mr and Mrs James A Glaze are visiting Mr Glaze's father at Greenspring.
John Siever, yard conductor, spent a few days in Baltimore.
Joseph Miller, the hustling merchant of white Oak Flats, was in Keyser this week with a load of poultry.
I M Long has anticipated your Christmas wants, save time by seeing him first.
Mrs George R Barker is visiting friends in Parkersburg.
Mr James G Wright was a Keyser visitor Thurs.
Mrs D T Greenwade has been indisposed this week.
Judge F M Reynolds held court in Parsons this week.
Attorneys C N Finnell and C E Nethken drove down to Alaska Thurs to attend to some legal matters.
Mr D W Taylor, was shopping in Keyser Tues.
Mr E A Junkins was looking after business interests in Keyser Tues.
Mesdames F H Babb and F C Reynolds were shopping in Cumberland.
Guy Nicholson, a Prep student, from Preston Co, was operated upon at the Hoffman Hospital last Tues for appendicitis and is doing well.
Commissioner Walter Bishoff was in Keyser on business Wed.
Mr Nathaniel Kitzmiller was hunting Santa Claus in Keyser last Wed.
Aristotle Steorts, Harry Hodges and Mr Tyler, students at the West Virginia University, are home for the holidays.
Mr E D High was in Keyser with some extra fancy fruit and other good produce this week.
Miss Belle Taylor and brother Statton were doing their Christmas shopping in Keyser Wed.
Misses Mary and Ann Vandiver were shopping in Keyser last Sat.
W H Nefflen has a choice lot of Burnt Leather goods, nothing is prettier or more appropriate for a Christmas present.
Herman Koelz, of Rockvill, NC, has been visiting relatives and friends in Keyser and other points since last week.
A young bill-poster came to the home of Mr and Mrs T W Chapman Dec 6. Our Opera House will doubtless be filled to overflowing when he gets onto the job.
Mr and Mrs C J Hammack and son, Myers, will go to Washington D C on the 24th to spend the holidays with friends.
Mr J Frank Junkins came down Sat and went out with his brother C C Junkins to spend Sun with him and his mother.
Mr A P Martin and family of Martin, Grant county, have moved to Chicago, Junct, Ohio.
Misses Bertha and Lillie Wagoner expect to leave Sat night with a party to spend Christmas in New York.
Raymond Brosius of Hancock, spent Tues night in Keyser enroute to Parkersburg.
Mrs J W P Welch visited in Cumberland Mon and Tues.
Mayor Welch spent last Sun in Baltimore.
The children of C C Clevenger that had scarlet fever are all improving.
Mr B F Zacot had the misfortune to have a part of two fingers cut off on a plainer last Mon.
Mr Alonzo Fleek cut one of his fingers quite badly last Thurs.
Mrs C K Wilson and son, Charles, were shopping in Keyser last Tues.
Mrs Charles Hodges has gone to Columbus, O to spend the holidays with her sister, Mrs Richard Laughlin.



Married at the Lutheran Parsonage, Thurs evening, Dec 14, 1911 by Rev C P Bastian, Mr E H Johnson and Miss Sarah M Hartman, both of Keyser.



Dr J F Scott, practicing physician of Medley, was taken suddenly ill Tues night with paralysis of the brain and has been unconscious ever since. His life is despaired of. He has had a large practice and was very popular.
Later - Dr Scott died this morning.


Mrs Margaret Tice, wife of David M Tice, died at her home in Williamsport at 12:45 pm Sun of cancer, aged 60 years.
She had been sick for several years. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Samuel C, David M Jr, Joel K and Miss Helen, all at home, also one sister, Mrs Alfred Ridgeley.


S M Bosley, aged 55 years, died at his home on Dan's Mountain Tues. Mr Bosley lived back of Cresaptown and the remains will be interred from the Cresaptown church at 11 o'clock on Sun morning. He is survived by 10 children.


Grantsville, Md, Dec 20 - Mr C D Hershberger, ex-mayor and for many years a prominent merchant of this place, died at one pm today, of tuberculosis, aged 41 years.


Mr William A Willhide, of Grafton, died at his home last week and was buried Dec 14. He was well known in Keyser where he had many warm friends. His nephew, W A Willhide of Keyser, attended the funeral.




Never, perhaps, has our community received a more sudden shock of grief than that which was occasioned by the unexpected death of Clara Lee, daughter of Mr and Mrs D P Taylor, of Medley, who, after a short and very painful illness of diphtheria, departed this life November 21, 1911, aged 8 years, 8 months and 3 days.
Clara Lee was one of the brightest and most promising little girls of this community. She always wore a smiling face and her bright and cheery disposition won her many friends. She was the pride of her parents and a joy in the home, but while yet in the bloom and vigor of early childhood, death came so sudden and tore her from their embrace and left their hearts bruised, bleeding and desolate, and into their lives came a sorrow that never can be dispelled.

She will be missed, but lightly expresses the sentiment of those who knew her as a daughter, sister, pupil, school-mate or friend. We will sadly miss her in school as she was a studious child and a kind play-mate; not only a vacant desk remains to remind us of her absent form, but by her name on the Roll of Honor, her good work and cheerful companionship, we know that Clara Lee was once with us in school, and a pleasant memory it is to know that she was so good and never tired of trying.
She was
-Taken away in the sweetness of girlhood
  The child of affection and tenderest care;
Destined to bloom but a short time on earth,
  Suffered and died when a flower so fair.
-Gone from the circle of loving ones her,
  That soul of intelligence, winning and sweet
To share and rejoice in a happier sphere
  Where angels are treading the heavenly street.
-But better, perhaps, that the spirit has fled
  And she has been called in her infantile years;
For nothing is sure on the earth that we tread,
  The future is ladened with anguish and tears.
-Murmur not, therefore, O parents bereft,
  For safe is your child in the heavenly fold
The sighs that the bosom so often has heaved
  Can never recall her from pleasures unpaid.
-The dear one you miss in your wanderings here
  Shall meet you again on far brighter shores
For those gone before shall be waiting to greet,
  And welcome the soul that the Savior adores.
Clara Lee's funeral was preached Sun Dec 10, In the Medley M E Church, by Rev Landstreet from the words of our Savior found in Matt. 10:14: "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
He spoke of the Savior taking the most beautiful and most cherished of loved ones from the homes here and planting them in his own, so as to make His kingdom more attractive. And Clara Lee as a shining little star, rejoicing with angels is waiting to welcome us to that home of love.
Her teacher


Indeed the ways of Providence are hard to understand. The hand of God, expressive of his divine will, has appeared mysteriously in our midst, and, in response to its touch, one of our number has gone out into the Great Beyond, out into the Silences, and with us is not longer the familiar face of our friend and fellow-student but only the remembrance of his presence and the vacant chair. It seems strange to us that one whose pure and vigorous youth was so full of promise for a bright future of noble undertaking and high achievement should be taken form us in the early morning of his life. We reverently acknowledge that we do not understand why God permitted him to live for such a short time in this world of singing birds and springing flowers, in this world bright in spite of its many sorrow. And so in the presence of death we stand humbled and say, in broken and faltering tones, "Through sorrow or through joy, in life or in death, They will be done."

Accordingly, in token of our appreciation of the character and our bereavement at the death of Henry Earle Michael, we, the West Virginia University, have prepared the following resolutions:
First - We testify to his superior qualities as a student, both in classroom and without during the short time he was among us, to his zealous devotion to his duty, and t to he high esteem in which he was held by all associated with him. We recall his deference and willing obedience to his teachers and his kind of consideration for those who were engaged with him in the same occupations.
Second - Though we deeply lament his untimely death, we recognize in this, as in all things else, the hand of God, and we firmly belive that all is well with our late companion as he stands by the Great White throne in our Father's House.
Third - We extend our heartfelt sympathy to those whose lot is to suffer most keenly this great affliction.

For the Town of Keyser W Va, for the Election to be held Jan 4, 1912

Peoples Ticket

Citizens Party Ticket

For Mayor

For Mayor

For Recorder

For Recorder

For Councilmen

For Councilmen









I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the ballot to be used for the Town of Keyser, W Va, for the election to be held Jan 4, 1912.
Given under my hand this 19th day of Dec, 1911.
W C Long, Recorder for the Town of Keyser


Below we give the list of Jurors drawn for the Jan Term of Circuit Court.
F H Babb, Morgan N Bane, John P Arnold, George Dixon, C L Everhart, J J Faherty, E C Kern, Michael Kuykendall, W B Leatherman, V J Leatherman, J W Markwood, A V Kiser, S S Rees, W S Smallwood, C C Seymour, J T Vandergrift.
H C Arnold, T M Adams, C C Arbogast, E L Balckburn, John P Byers, Geo T Berry, C C Clevenger, Will Davis, S A Dixon, George Deremer, W S Davis, John H Dunk, Joseph Elkins, Chas Fout, J J Fahey, John B Foley, L D Fertig, B H Grayson, Chas L Harvey, E H Hollenback, P H Keys, Robt Kuykendall, J E Leps, Wade Liller, W C Long, Luke Markwood, Robt A Ludwig, P F McNally, D E Parker Jr, Jacob Marker, T W Rodruck, C F Roberts, J J Ryan Jr, H H Randall,s C A Rice, David Schwinabart, Lora Staggs Jr, J H Sollers, John Warnick, Jas G Wright, Henry Clause, Thomas Vanmeter.


Last Sat Hon C H Vossler, merchant at Maysville, shipped from Petersburg an entire car load of dressed turkeys to Baltimore. From Fri noon until Sat noon the store took in 1633 dressed turkeys which weighed 17,543 lbs net, filled 74 barrels and 6 boxes and required eight wagons to transport them from Maysville to Petersburg. On Tues of this week, Mr Vossler shipped 3,371 lbs of dressed chickens to Baltimore. Where is there another country store that can equal these shipments?


In a matter of the re-location and alternation of the road leading from Keyser to Headsville.
Beginning at a point on the east side of Limestone Run near the old Limekiln, continuing on the east side of the same through the lands of V F Alkire and Bro intercepting the present road at a bridge near the residence of V F Alkire, in the corporate limits of the Town of Keyser.
Notice is hereby given that the report and plat of the Viewers has been filed in the Clerk's Office of the County Court, where they can be seen showing the location of said proposed change. And that the County Court will meet at the Court House on Wed the 3rd day of Jan 1912, for the purpose of having all objections to the proposed relocations, at which time and place all persons interested will be heard and any person interested may appear and show cause if any, he can, why said road should not be re-located as foresaid.
By order of the Court.
J V Bell, Clerk


Mr O J Gibblin, of Washington DC, a B&O contractor, is here now getting ready to build additional tracks in the B&O yards. He has rented of W A Liller several buildings in the west end of Keyser and will proceed at once with the work. Four extra tracks will be run from the Narrows to the Coal Tipple on the south side. Mr Gibblin is installing a steam shovel at the west end of the yards and will bring dirt from Thunder Hill with which to make the fill.


Mr and Mrs J W Bailey, of Headsville, left Mon night for the state of Louisiana, to spend the winter there with two of their daughters, who reside in that southland. They expect to be away until about the first of next April.


As Commissioner of Accounts, I have in my hands for settlement the accounts of the following fiduciaries: A J Clark, Adm'r of the estate of J M Howard, dec'd; Arthur Arnold, Adm'r of the estate of Jno Jose dec'd; John Salesky, Adm'r of the estate of Wm Butkus, dec'd; C C Seymour, Ex of the estate of Margaret McNeill, dec'd; H Melvin Richards, Am'r of the estate of Jos C Weaver, dec'd;
H Melvin Richards, Guardian for Margaret E Weaver;
Isaac Washington, Guardian of Earl O Clifford and Alpheus Clifford;
Annie Paris, Committee for W R Paris;
Howard C Dixon, Adm'r of the estate of S G Dixon, dec'd.
Given under my had this 20th day of Dec 1911.
R A Welch, Com of Accounts


Last Sun, John, the ten year old son of Mr and Mrs Sloan Arnold, was operated up on at the Hoffman Hospital for appendicitis, and in removing the appendix it was found to contain a point of a locust thorn which had pierced its side. The child does not remember when he swallowed the thorn, it is thought that it was n a piece of apple or some other mouthful of food that he had swallowed without being conscious of its presence. He is rapidly recovering from the operation.


The Bales Farm lying two miles south of Keyser, on New Creek and belonging to the estate of the late W R Paris, was sold at public auction before the Court House Door last Sat by commissioners O A Hood and Wm McDonald. Mr George Eagle purchased the property for $11,150.


Mr L Good of Westernport entered his Columbian ? at the Poultry show in Keyser, Nov 28 - Dec 1, and made a great record for himself and his chickens by winning 16 prizes on 16 entries. This was the third show in which he had entered his birds this fall, having won six prizes at Hagerstown and six at Front Royal before he carried off the sixteen at Keyser.


In reference to the article published in last weeks issue of the Echo and Tribune; in justice to Mr H G Steorts and Mr J Sobraske, I desire to state that there was nothing done on my part with any intention or personal feeling against either one of the above gentlemen. This simply grew out of the fact that Mr Steorts was in the convention and took part in same, and that his name had been mentioned as councilman. However, I desire to state that I do not believe now that either Mr Steorts or Mr Sobraske was voted on for councilman at the citizen's convention held at the Skating Rink.
C W Siever


A letter in this paper from W H Barger describing life in Fla. Also mentioned in this letter is: "We had the pleasure of meeting Dr O B Likins, who left Keyser twenty years ago and has grown rich in this state. He is a pleasant gentleman and a prominent citizen here".


It is generally agreed among the merchants of Keyser to close their stores every evening next week at six o'clock. After next week they will close at six o'clock on Mon, Wed and Fri evenings. This is a proper and worthy move on the part of our merchants and it gives to the clerks a little deserved holiday. These same hours were observed last year.


While a number of gentlemen were hunting on Maplewood Farm last Sat a gun that one of the huntsmen was in the act of reloading discharged prematurely and a number of the shot struck Mr H R Cleveland, who was about 60 yards distant, in the face, and it is feared that the sight of one eye may be permanently injured. The shooting was purely accidental. Mr Cleveland lives on Maplewood Farm, and his many friends hope for him a speedy recovery.


The B&O has enlarged and greatly improved the passenger depot at Keyser. We are surprised that they authorities at Piedmont do not require better depot accommodations at that point.
Occasionally a passenger stops off at Piedmont for a few hours and friends who are going to meet him at the train should have a respectable place in which to await his arrival should the train be late and the weather inclement. The ladies waiting room at that place is a reflection upon the town and the R R Co, the gentlemen's waiting room is beyond decency.


This is to give notice that the undersigned have this day dissolved partnership by mutual consent and the business will hereafter be carried on by Mr W B Burgess.
H L Wagoner, W B Burgess
Dec 18, 1911


All around the season of the Coming of Love as a little Child there have sprung legends and beliefs, like blossoms in a gracious clime, which testify with subtlety to the depth of the appeal of the birth of Christ. Here divinely spiritual symbolism and there sweet human tenderness and pathos appear, and blended, they evidence the world's belief that this was both Son of Man and son of God.
An Irish legend tells that on Christmas eve, the Christ-Child wanders out in the darkness and cold, and the peasants still put lighted candles in their windows to guide the sacred little feet, that they may not stumble on their way to their homes. And in Hungary the people go yet further in their tenderness for the Child, they spread feasts and leave their doors open that He may enter at His will, while throughout Christendom there is a belief that no evil can touch any child who is born on Christmas eve.
The legend which tells how the very hay which lined the manger in which the Holy Babe was laid put forth living red blossoms at midwinter at the touch of the Babe's body could only have arisen form belief in the renewal of life through the Lord of life.
It is not so may centuries ago since there was that holy thorn at Glastonburg which blossomed every Christmas, and so ran the legend, had done ever since St Joseph of Arimathea, having come as apostle to Britain, and landing at Glastonbury, had stuck his staff of dry hawthorn into the soil, commanding it to put forth leaves and blossoms. This the staff straightway did, and thereby was the king converted to the Christian faith, the faith which preached life from death.
The holy thorn of Glastonburg flourished during the centuries until the civil wars. During those it was uprooted; but several persons and had trees growing from the cuttings from the original tree and those continued to bloom at the Christ-season, just as their parent, which had grown from St Joseph's staff had bloomed. And about the middle of the 18th century it was recorded in the Gentleman's Magazine how the famous holy thorn would not deign to recognize the new style calendar, which had then come into force but would persist in blossoming as of old on old Christmas day!
In those days the anniversary of the advent to the Babe had certainly meant more to the common people that merely a time for feasting and revelry, for giving and receiving; it had been also a season for holy observances, for they refused to go to church on New Christmas day, the holy thorn not being then in blossom. So serious became the trouble that the clergy found it prudent o announce that Old Christmas day should also be keep sacred as before. Only another story of men's weak, superstitious minds? True, perhaps; but they are better who evidence some spiritual weakness than those who wallow in the wholly material, and when we cease to be careful of the cup and the platter, we become not over careful of their contents.
Another of those spiritual parables is the legend of the Christmas rose, and it tells how good things fit for giving, spring up ready to the hand which earnestly desires to give to the Child. It is said that a certain maiden of Bethlehem was so poor that she had nothing to give to the Babe to whom kings brought wealth from afar, and as she stood, longing and mourning, an angel appeared to her, saying: "Look at thy feet, beneath the snow," and lo! on obeying the maiden found that a new flower had miraculously sprung up and blossomed at her needs. Every since then, runs this story, this exquisite flower, with its snowy petals just touched by suggestions of pinkish bloom, is to be found at this season; and, indeed, its half-opened cups are like chalices of love, and its fully-spread petals are like a happy innocence, fit symbols for the gifts for the Babe of spotless innocence, whose heart was the vessel of love.
There are sever exceedingly touching legends concerning bells, which are heard ringing form buried cities and villages at this season. One belongs to a village near Raleigh, in Nottinghammshire, and the story runs that once, where there is now but a valley, there was a village, which, with every trace of life and habitation, had been swallowed by an earthquake; but ever since, at Christmas, the bells of the buried church are heard to ring as of old.
A similar legend is told of Preston in Lancashire and yet another and more moving one comes from the Netherland. It is said that the city of Been was notorious for its black and shamelessness, as well as renowned for its beauty and magnificence. To the Sodom of the middle ages came our Saviour on one anniversary of his birth, and went as a beggar from door to door, but not one in all that Christmas keeping city gave the master of the Abundance. Sin he saw rampant on every side, but not a trace of Christmas bounty and good will, and he called to the sea, which as of old, obeyed his voice, and Been, the city of sin, was buried deep, clean out of sight, beneath the waves. But ever at Christmas up from beneath the covering waters comes the sweet calling of church bells buried in Been. It is a legend which appears to tell in parable that nothing which ever belonged to the Christians was dedicated to his service, is ever wholly lose from him and alienated from service; that ever and again something of their inherent beauty and compelling sweetness rises from the depths through all seeming ruin.
Tradition declares that within the stone manger there was another one of wood, and the stone cradle in the Chapel of the Nativity is, indeed, the outer manger. Splendid is that humble stone trough now with white marble, softly rich with costly draperies, and radiant with a silver star, which is surrounded by 16 lamps, ever a lit. But yet more glorious is the wooden manger at Rome, held to be the veritable manger in which the Christ Child lay. It was removed to Rome in the seventh century, during the Mohammedan invasion of the Holy Land, and there it is preserved in a strong brazen chest, from which it is brought forth on Christmas days, when it is placed on the Grand Altar. It is mounted upon a stand of silver, which is inlaid with gold and gems, and the shrine in which it rests is of the purest rock crystal. In the days in which this was accomplished men, whatsoever may have been their shortcomings in other directions, gave magnificently to the Church Visible.
Tradition says that the hour of the Babe's birth was the hour of midnight, and legend adds that from then until the dawn cocks crow. In Ireland it is held that whoso looks into a mirror on this eve will see the devil or Judas Isacariot looking over his shoulder, surely though sufficient to drive the hardiest soul to a thought of the innocent Babe.
another legend tells that on Christmas eve, Judas Isacriot is released form that bell -"his own place"- and is allowed to return to earth that he may cool himself in icy waters.
Wild and improbably although such and such legends appear on their faces, they bear study and repay it, for we then see that they are full of subtle spiritual expression, as it were; that they are parable s of certain spiritual facts, and it will be ill for us should the Christmas day ever dawn on which such flowers of tender faith and wonder shall appear to us no more than dry curious specimens form the dead roots of superstition.
Christmas means hope and its realization. The child grows eagerly expectant as the time approaches for the visit of Santa Claus. While this fiction remains unquestioned, the imagination opens new and wider worlds, and ideals become so much a part of the mind that the prosaic and commonplace can never crush them. Until the youth reaches manhood and independence, Christmas is the happiest day of the year. Its gifts and hearty good cheer impress family affection, parental thoughtfulness and brotherly love. the dullest and most unresponsive of fathers and mother s are uplifted to a vision of higher life by the interchanges of souvenirs and the merry meeting with children and grandchildren at the table and fireside. Few can escape and all enjoy the meaning of the festival, the lessons it conveys and the inspiration it gives, and we enter upon a brighter future and a fuller appreciation of the beneficence of the practice of faith, hope and charity. The loved ones who have crossed to the other side, the loved near and far who are still with us, the old homestead with its precious memories, the old church whose sacred associations tie together childhood, maturity and age, love, marriage and death; the schoolhouse where the beginning of education were so painful and the ever-increasing pleasure of the pursuit of learning through the highschool, academy and college are recalled and recited, and there is exquisite delight in these oft told tales, and new experiences enliven this blessed anniversary. Leslie's Weekly.
Christmas gets its name form the mass celebrated in the early days of the Christian church in honor of the birth of Christ, its first solemnization having been ordered by Pope Telesphorus. this was in or before the year 138, for in that year Pope Telesphorus died.
At first Christmas was what is know as a movable feast, just as Easter is now, and owing to misunderstanding was celebrated as late as April or May. In the fourth century an ecclesiastical investigation was ordered, and upon the authority of the tables of the censors in the Roman archives Dec 25 was agreed upon as the date of the Saviour's nativity. Tradition fixed the hour of birth at about midnight, and this led to the calibration of a midnight mass in all the churches, a second at dawn and a third in the later morning.



The joys of Yuletide giving are made fuller by buying from our carefully selected stock.
For the Ladies Manicure Sets in neat compact cases from $2.50 to $7.00, Mirrors 75c to $2.00, Pocket-books and Card Cases in Seal and Allegator(?sic). Tourists' Toilet Cases from $1.00 to $3.00, Candies - Huyler's and Liggett's - in plain and fancy packages, Stationery and perfumes in dainty packages.
For the Men Gillett Safety Razors and Razor Sets, Shaving Brushes in neat cases, Cigars, Military Brushes in ebony $2.50 to $5.00, Pocket-books and Pass Cases; a large assortment.
For the Baby Infant Sets 75c to $2.00. FOR EVERYBODY WHO GIVES; Seals, Tags, Tissue Paper, White Wrapping paper, Crepe Paper, etc.



Second hand sleds and wagons. Two splendid bob sleds and one two-horse wagon, for sale by W A Liller, Keyser W Va


A six room house, with water and gas, on Willow Ave, No 33.
A five room house on Water St, in South Keyser, No 286
Refer to Mrs Mary Whip, 41 Willow Ave


Miss Glendora Key Instructor in Oil and Water Color Painting.

When in need of something good to eat, call at Crist's Pure Food Grocery, 123 Main St.


Nothing would be more appropriate for the Boy or Girl then for you to bring in a dollar or two, deposit it in their name and give them a Saving Pass-Book. It would be something every child would appreciate and at the same time teach them money value.
We pay compound interest. There is no Red Tape. You do nothing but furnish the money.
Farmers & Merchants Bank of Keyser W Va
Modern Equipment, Capital $50,000.00
Richard Gerstell, Pres. Geo R Davis, Cashier

Fire Insurance
Real Estate
Surety Bonds
Timber and Bark Lands
Farms and Town Properties
 F H BABB, 116 Armstorng St, C&P Phone, Keyser W Va


5 room, single house, good water, $7.00 per month.
T H Davis, the Jeweler

For rent 7 room house gas inside closet large garden $12.00 per month. Apply 110 Water St.

Keyser W Va
Brick Contractor and Layer.
Estimates on Brick Masonry
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