SEPTEMBER 15, 1911
Sept 6, 1911
Misses Mildred and Carrie Thrasher, of Deer Park Md, who have been visiting V M Grayson's, returned home Mon.
C E Liller and wife of Larue Ohio, who have been visiting relatives and friends in this section, also at Moorefield, Thomas and Martinsburg W Va, returned to their home Thurs.
Wilson Martin of Keyser, is working for G M Martin.
Mrs A George and children, of New Creek, who have been visiting D G martin's went TO Martin Mon to remain a while with relatives.
M A Patrick, wife and son, of Piedmont, visited V M Grayson's Mon evening.
Sur D G Martin did some work for Col T B Davis at Keyser Tues. He has just completed the Blue Print maps for the George Judy heirs lot sale by Commissioners Forman and Sites to be held next week.
The recent rains damaged the roads considerably in our section.
J M Martin visited P E Thrush at Moorefield recently with C E Liller and wife.
Miss Leola Grayson, of Piedmont, visited her brother, V M Grayson, last week.
George Thrush and wife of Keyser, visited his father, T C Thrush, of near our village, from Sat to Tues last.
Miss Victoria Rush, who has been staying with her aunt, Mrs T C Thrush, near here, returned To her home at Keyser recently.
BEAVER RUN ITEMS
B W Smith is conducting a series
of meetings at the Emmert school house this week.
G S Arnold made a quick trip of five days to see friends in Halifax county Va, ten days ago.
M M Biser was up at Davis over Sun, to visit his brother John Biser.
Aunt Martha Biser and Miss Margie are both poorly, but condition is near the same as it has been for some time.
Aunt Sidney is quite poorly and is growing worse gradually, can't sit up any more.
Mr Seese of Va, is visiting G S Arnold's enroute for Bridgewater College, where he has been a student.
Harry Tutwiler and Miss Estella, his sister, were on the Run visiting after camp closed.
Jo Leatherman's machine is at J W Leatherman's and will work on up Mill Creek from this vicinity.
The regular fall council meeting will be held at the church on Friday 15th.
There will be singing at the church at 7:30 on Sun the 17th. Will use song Promises.
Geo Arnold and wife were down on the Run a few days last week visiting.
Miss Florence Cheshire is attending institute in Keyser this week.
G S A
The railroad seems a sure thing.
Some of the people along the line are glad, others are not. Time will
show whether or not it is a good thing for the country.
Miss Lena Wright returned, Mon to Washington where she teaches music.
Miss Mary Wright has gone to Stratsburg Virginia to spend the winter at the home of R S Wright, and attended school.
Misses Elizabeth and Cornelia Harmison have gone to Charles Town to enter Stepenson Seminary.
Miss Etta High is spending the week at the home of A W Bane.
Mr and Mrs Stine are visiting the latter's brother, Mr Geo B Shank.
Mr Paul Sloan will go TO Washington the last of the week to resume work.
Mr Jack Lyon and wife from Washington are visiting Mr John Bane and family.
Messrs John and Oliver Bane and Jack Wilson have gone to Keyser to enter the Preparatory School.
Mr Mathias and Ann Vandiver will teach the Burlington School.
Every one looking forward to a big day Sat in Van Myra Grove.
ELK GARDEN NEWS
Miss Pearl Alderton, of
Washington DC, visited her sister, Mrs O D Harris, of Oakmont last
week, and also called on friends at Elk Garden.
Mr Isaac Oates visited friends in Romney last week, and was at the Teachers' institute last Fri.
Mr Clarence D Umstot, of Pinto, visited his uncle, D C Arnold, last Sat, and on his return contracted for the Chaffee school.
Miss Rose Kenny returned home last Fri after a six weeks' visit to friends at Cumberland, Frostburg and Piedmont.
Owing to poor health, Rev J W Bedford will not preach on this charge longer than then middle of Oct. We are sorry he can not continue.
Rev L C Messick is quite sick at his home with typhoid fever. A nurse has been provided by one of the lodges.
Mrs Mary Pritchard and her family of five children moved this week to her farm on the Little Kanawha river near Parkersburg.
Mr Ferdinand Warnick and son, Alvin, of Howesville, this state, visited friends here the first of this week.
Mr A C Cowgill of Cold Stream, Hampshire county, has been appointed by the board of education principal of the Potomac Manor school.
Mrs Isaac E Oates is visiting friends in Hampshire county this week.
Picking grapes and making apple and grape butter has been the chief occupation of our town people this week.
The house in which Wesley Lyons lived and which belonged to the Davis Coal & Coke Company, was destroyed by fire Mon afternoon of last week. It was in full headway when the fire was noticed, no one being in the house at the time. Nothing was saved. Mr Lyons, his wife and child each had but one suit of clothes after the fire. Coupons and money to the value of twenty dollars was burned. The buildings adjoining were saved through the heroic efforts of our town people.
Robert Bane started this week to school at Bedford City. This is a part of the Randolph-Macon system.
Fred Jones entered the Preparatory at Keyser this week. Miss Viva is also attending the Preparatory for instruction in certain studies.
Miss Viola Warnick returned to the Commercial school at Parkersburg this week.
The Teacher's Institute at Keyser is over, and many good impressions for higher standards in teaching were made. Dr R A Armstrong of the WV University, one of the instructors, is a man with a big start overflowing with good will to all and his presence and able lectures were a great uplift to the teachers. Prof J F Marsh, assistant state superintendent; an other inspector, has the knack of going straight to the point in clear cut business style. He has great faith in WV and her future, and will not let an institute drag. County superintendent, Richard W Thrush, was ever alert to the teachers' welfare and presided with credit to himself and the Institute, a worthy successor of an illustrious predecessor. This session of the institute was one of much interest and profit. The Honor Roll book printed by the state department is a most valuable souvenir to every deserving boy and girl. These books are much prized and are worth all the expense and labor that they cost.
Mrs David Stewart and children, of Ridgeley, were the guests of Mr Thomas Miller's family the past week.
Died Sept 1, 1911, infant daughter of Mr and Mrs John Bankard, aged 1 year and 1 month. Interment in the Nethken Hill cemetery. Funeral sermon by Reve J W Bedford.
Miss Ada Gordon will teach the fourth grade in the Elk Garden school, vice Miss Laura Barrick resigned.
HARDY COUNTY NEWS
H S Richardson, of Piedmont,
was a business visitor here last week.
H S Thompson and family of Keyser, spent Tues night here with Mr and Mrs D S Huffman.
Rev J J Engle, one of the oldest ministers of the Baltimore conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and who was a chaplain in the Stonewall Brigade U C V during the civil war, died on his farm near Rerryville aged 81 years. He is a native of Hampshire Co W Va.
Howard Cunningham of Mansfield Ill, who attended the funeral of his father at Petersburg, spent a few days here the past week.
Mr H C Homan, of Ridgeville,
was out at his mountain farm last week.
Mrs Mary Barrick, of Elk Garden, was the guest of friends here last Fri.
Mr Elihu Riley, lawyer, author and statesman, of Annapolis Md, is here in the interest of his health. He is the guest of Mrs Minnie Duling.
Mr A L Ruckman, of Philipi, was here last Sat looking after cattle and sheep.
Messrs I P and J W Carskadon of Headsville, are business visitors here.
Miss Lula Crozier, of Wabash, started to Bridgewater, Va, to attend school Mon.
Rev Mr Van Sickle, of Burnes, preached at Wabash Sun night.
Mr Henry L Duling of Gorman, visited friends here Sun.
There are several schools in Elk district that have no teachers, although the salary is higher here than in any other district in the county.
Messrs Henry Kitzmiller and Will McDowell were in Keyser on business last Sat.
Misses Blanche and Bernie Duling have gone to Romney to attend Potomac Seminary the next term.
Several persons from here and Wabash attended the dedication at Oakmont last Sun of the M E Church.
Mr William Sayers moved from
Sulphur to No 15 last week. He is going to work in No 14.
Mrs E J Rodruck and Miss Mary McDowell were calling on Mrs Frank Ludwick last Sun.
Mrs E S Burns, of Kitzmiller, visited her father, W P Roderick last week.
Mr and Mrs Oscar Simmons, of Emoryville, visited his father, Geo Simmons, near Maysville, last week.
Misses Hallie B Roderick and Mabel F Clark were the guests of Mrs Hannah B Wiseman, of Elk Garden last Sat.
Mr Wilbur Shillingburg moved from Wabash to Sulphur last week. He is the engineer on the "Dinkie" used for hauling coal.
Mr and Mrs Harry L Arnold, of Keyser, visited at Mr J P Arnold's last Sat.
Mrs Sherman Carnell and son, Herbert, of Mountain Breeze Hotel, Claysville, visited Mrs Henry Kitzmiller last week.
Miss Fannie Arnold returned form a visit of several weeks among friends last Sat.
Mr J E Ott has gone to Belington to take the superintendency of a coal mine.
We learn that Messrs C E and Edgar Shillingburg are to open the Leatheman coal mine this winter.
Mr Wm Abernathy is moving his household goods to near Cross.
Mr and Mrs J P Arnold are on a visit to friends at Medley.
The Wabash Baseball Team crossed bats with the Newcreek team last Sat, and the Wabash boys came back defeated by a score of 10-8 in favor of Newcreek. Our boys are not discouraged and the decision game will be played on the Hartmonsville diamond next Sat afternoon. Boys, don't forget to play to win.
Mrs C W Stump of Linden Va,
is here visiting her sister, Mrs H H McNemar.
Mr and Mrs Fred Kelecke, of Piedmont, are visiting Mrs Kelenck's mother, Mrs A A Parks.
Sheriff O M Smith, Cal Ours, R W Baker and E M Johnson attended the funeral of the late A G Slusher, Tues.
Among the people of note here Mon we noticed our old friend Squire Malony, of Romney and Hon M F Poling of Old Fields.
Roscoe Weasenforth, a young man of near Greenland, aged about 21 years, died Tues. Mr Weasenforth had been sick for some time.
John A Sites spent Mon night here on his return to Mouth of Senaca. Mr Sites had been in Martinsburg as a patient in the City Hospital where Dr J McKee Sites performed an operation on him.
Philip Feaster and son, Newton, of Arthur, were here Sat. Mr Feaster has a field of alfalfa that he sowed the 25th of June, some of which is 14 inches high. He has been experimenting with alfalfa for 8 years and never had nay success with it until he inoculated. He now thinks he will be able to raise it without any trouble and he believes that all farmers should pay more attention to raising alfalfa.
The Good Roads picnic is
still being talked of. The betting here is about even at this
writing. Some say it will and some say it won't so it is hard to tell
what will be the outcome. By the time this reaches the gentle reader
all will be settled. Several of the speakers have gotten jobs on the
new railroad running wheelbarrow and swinging picks and it is
doubtful if they can get here. The management have a letter from Prof
Lapidis Stonebraker, who is the head of the correspondence department
of road building at one of the prominent western universities. He
informs them he will be there without fall.
A wild eyed orphan from some place in Pennsylvania wants to place on exhibition a patent churn he has for sale. He seems to think this is to be a farmers institute or country fair. The management told him to stay away with his churn as they would have all they could do to keep the farmers interested in good roads without having some one talking churn to them, The folks hereabouts don't seem to be so strong for roads since the railroad is coming. Some seem to think the roads are good enough. It takes all day to make a trip to the county seat now, and if the roads are let alone and the railroad used it will take two days. This will be much better as you get to stay away longer. When a person gets to town what does he have to hurry back for? For nothing more than to milk the cows, carry in the wood and do eight or ten other jobs that he wouldn't and couldn't do unless he was there. It follows then if the roads are impassible and he travels on the railroad he will not be able to get back the same day, thus missing these little chores that make life miserable.
Jake Thrash is hauling off
watermelons by the hundred from his Tar Kiln Produce Farm. Some of
them will go in a flower barrel and then there are others that
wouldn't go in a tin bucket.
Lou Wallace went to Burlington last week and took the warts of nearly every hand in town. He used consecrated lye to remove them and then greased the place with hogs' lard.
Lazarus Shirley passed through here today on his way o Burlington. Lazarus says he hasn't been around for sometime. Everybody knows this and there really wasn't any use of his telling it.
Sam Grimm and Cleve Gray are working on the new railroad. Sam is engineer on a wheelbarrow and Cleve pulls stumps.
School starts at Burlington next Mon.
The Push Root school will start in the near future or to be more definite, as soon as corn cutting is over. An examination will be held as usual.
Uncle Hiram isn't quite so pert as usual but if he was like he was last week he would be about the same.
J G Hanlin is putting a new roof
on ye Scribes house, just working at it between showers.
T A Fleming is packing his household effects today preparatory for shipping to Thomas tomorrow where he will make his future home. We regreet very much to lose him and his family from our village, and the best wishes of this entire community go with them to their new home.
Ran Cosner moved his family from here to Ash Cabin Run, near Gerstel last week, where he has a large contract of cutting lumber.
Gibson Shillingburg, who works on the farm for D W Idleman, was to occupy the house that Cosner vacated and last Sat one week ago, he went up to his home near Bismark to make preparations to move last week.
Mrs S with her two children went to her fathers, Rev D F Cosnet's to stay with him Sat night: on Sun morning Gip made a fire in the stove and went to help her home with the children, when they got in sight of the house they discovered it in flames. They lost everything in the house, including $23.00 in cash, wages he had just drawn and taken home.
They have the sympathy of all the neighborhood, but then Sympathy is cheap, Friends, let us try and sympathize with them in dollars and cents.
Our all-day meeting, which was to have occurred at Rehobeth Church last sun had to be recalled on the account of the illness of Rev L C Messick, who has typhoid fever at his home in Elk Garden.
Under the skillful treatment of Dr W G Drinkwater, Miss Emma Roderick is rapidly gaining her former health.
E A Welch and Price Bane, of Ridgeville, are at work near here putting in a foundation for a new house for H C Homan on his Mountain Farm.
The writer has just weighed a tomato of the Beef Steak variety from his garden that weighed one lb and eleven ounces. Bro Nero, of the Echo, had best get busy in Dave Dawson's truck-patch if he wished to beat it.
Mrs Frank Giffin returned home
last Mon from a visit to Trome Va. Mr J J Giffin and wife came with
her and are now visiting Mr and Mrs Frank Giffin and their son Elmer Giffin.
Mrs Mary Campbell of Kalamazoo Mich, is visiting her sisters, Mrs S N Moore and Mrs J J Frost.
Mr Elmer Biggs, engineer on W M R R was visiting in Keyser Tues.
The Sunday School of Graced ME Church, South, will hold Rally Day services on the first Sun in October.
Hon Lloyd Oates, Mayor of Elk Garden, was in Keyser Tues.
Mrs Stock of Hastings Neb, is visiting her nephew, Dr L L Edgell.
Mrs S N Moore returned home from an extended western visit lasts Wed.
Messrs W W Woods, George W Bane and F H Babb attended the Board Trade Meeting in Moorefield Tues and Wed.
Mrs Maud Gurd visited in Pa this week.
Dr W M Babb operated on Mr Charles Bashore at the Hoffman Hospital last Fri evening for appendicitis.
Mr S N Moore was in Petersburg on business this week.
Mr Harry Woodward and wife of Wheeling W Va, spent from Fri until Tues the guests of Mr W W Long and family, on their way to Washington.
Messrs W A Dawson and F R Utterback spent Sat and Sun visiting along George's Creek.
Master Clement McDonald, son of Mr and Mrs L C McDonald, is ill with Typhoid Fever.
W H Crabtree and family are moving into the Spangler house on Davis St.
Mr Sam Kight is visiting in Parkersburg.
Mr Fred Dodd and family have returned home from an extended visit to Terra Alta.
There was a heavy frost on the Alleghany mountain yesterday morning, but it did very slight damage.
Some of our correspondents have been silent for a while and we shall be pleased to hear from them early and often.
Hon John W Young, Clerk of the Courts of Alleghany County was a visitor to Keyser last Tues. It was a pleasure to his many friends to be permitted to greet him on our streets again.
Mrs Clarence Borst and daughter visited in Cumberland last Sun.
Mr Samuel Kight and Misses Mattie and Grace Kight spent last Sun in Bloomington.
Mrs Kidwell and daughter, Miss Cora, visited in Piedmont last Sun.
Hon C H Vossler spent Sun in Keyser and left Mon for Baltimore to lay in a stock of goods for his stores.
Mr John W Ravenscroft spent Sun and Mon at Mt Lake Park Md, on B&O Business.
Mr Harry Kight, who has been on the sick list was able to resume his duties on Sat.
Mr Frank Kight has returned home from a visit to Fairmont, W Va.
Miss Anna Dugan has returned home from a visit to her sister's at Fairmont W Va.
Miss Nora O'Hara and Miss Cora Kidwell spent Thurs with friends in Blaine W Va.
Mr T H Davis spent Sun at Mt Lake Park Md with friends.
Miss Bessie E Dawson has returned to her home on Ft Avenue from a pleasant visit to relatives in Washington DC.
Mr O G Burnap is visiting relatives here.
Mr George Freeland and Mrs Lizzie Neville, son Willie and daughters Miss Maggie and Laura, Mr and Mrs Geo Sheetz and family, Mr and Mrs John Neville, Miss Gertrude Kight and Mr John Freeland and family attended the Freeland reunion at Terra Alta.
Mr and Mrs Harry Cole and children of Cumberland are visiting relatives here.
Atty F C Reynolds attended the Court of Appeals in Charleston W Va this week.
Capt J W Vandiver was in Keyser last Tues.
Don't fail to call at T H Davis' the Jeweler' and see the $12 Victor hornless talking machine.
Mr Morgan Bane attended County Court Tues.
Attorney Taylor Morrison attended the session of the Court of Appeals in Charlestown this week.
Mrs Curtis of Pittsburg is the guest of her sister, Mrs L L Edgell.
Mr Turner of Grafton, was in Keyser Wed purchasing select peaches. He knew where to come and get that kind.
Mr J Frank Junkins was in Keyser Wed looking over results of the fire.
Prof D C Arnold passed through Wed on his way to Cabin Run to visit relatives.
Miss Marjore Lambdin has returned to Morgantown to resume her duties as teacher in the public school at that place.
Andrew Woolf left Wed for the University of Va where he will take the Law course.
Mr David Schwartzwalder of the Point Pleasant Nursery and Fruit Co was calling on fruit men in Keyser and Mineral county this week.
Mr Dixon of the firm of Dixon and Kelso, Oakland, was in Keyser on business yesterday.
Mrs Chas N Finnel and the children who spent the summer at Parsons, returned home the first of the week.
K OF P DEMONSTRATION
Wed the S W Stark Lodge Knights of Pythias had their Demonstration exercises in Keyser. Representatives of the colored Lodges from adjoining towns were her to take part in the services. They had two bands from Piedmont and one from Cumberland, some of the mounted marshalls were from Grant County. In the forenoon they gave a very creditable street parade, in the afternoon they had a picnic and held their business meeting in a grove west of Keyser on the White place. at night they had an entertainment in Music Hall and a dance in the Skating Rink. The entire management was under the supervision of Alex Redmond, who is a part master in that line. Good order prevailed throughout all the day and our colored friends may well feel proud of their demonstration.
DEATH OF HON CHAS H VANDIVER
First Editor of the Tribune Dies at his Home in Missouri
Confederate soldier, Editor and Statesman. A Native of Mineral County
and its First Editor.
Hon Charles H Vandiver, died
at his home in Higginsville Mo, last week, of paralysis, aged 72 years.
Mr Vandiver was a native of Mineral County, a son of Archibald Vandiver, who owned a large plantation on Pattersons Creek near Burlington. He is survived by two brothers, J L of Virginia, and George of Missouri, his two sisters, Mary and Fannie, married Holland and Peyton Tabb. He had many relatives in Mineral and adjoining counties. He was a member of Stonewall Jackson's Staff during the Civil War, and was one of the bravest soldiers in the Confederacy, and lost his right arm in battle.
After the close of the war, Mr Vandiver studied law and located in Keyser, in 1870 he founded The Keyser Tribune, was its first editor and proprietor. The Tribune was then the only newspaper in Mineral County.
In the eighties Mr Vandiver moved to Missouri, where he was very successful in business and prominent in politics, and was three times elected a member of the State Senate. He frequently contributed articles to the Tribune over the signature of "X O X", which meant "Ex-Our Selves." He was very popular in Keyser and adjoining country. He had a bright mind and was possessed of a jovial disposition and a past master in relating anecdotes and telling jokes, and could hold a crowd and keep them in laughter for hours. He was an expert horseman and very fond of the chase. From young manhood he was an active member of the Presbyterian church. Mr Vandiver never married.
Mr Estel Brotemarkle, son of Mr and Mrs Charles Brotemarkle, died at their home on B St early Sat morning, Sept 9, 1911 after a protracted spell of typhoid fever, aged 17 years. He was a young man of good habits and noble purposes and had a great many friends who mourn his untimely death. The funeral services held in Grace M E church, South, last Mon afternoon were largely attended. Rev M H Keen was the officiating minister.
DEATH OF MRS EDGELL
Mrs Mary Edgell, mother of Dr
L L Edgell, died at her home in Ritchie county W Va, Sept 1, after a
lingering illness. Mrs L L Edgell had been with her most of the
summer and Dr Edgell was, with her when the end came.
County Court was in a regular
session last Tues. A contract was made with the Cott Printing and
Indexing Co to install the latest system of indexing deeds, deeds of
trusts, releases, judgements, etc, and that company is now at work on
A franchise was granted the Ridgeley and Miller Avenue Railroad Co to build and operate a trolly line in Ridgeley Mineral County.
A certificate to obtain a license to practice law was granted to Henry Gassaway Shores.
Geo B Shank was awarded the contract to build a concrete bridge on Patterson creek Pike near Frank Leases.
D G Martin was ordered to survey the road between Alaska and Springfield an recommend changes.
C R Conrad was granted a license to keep a restaurant in Keyser.
A change was ordered to be made in the county road at Headsville.
A number of bills were allowed
Mr Samuel Kight of Keyser, W
Va, has just returned form New York, where he has been visiting at
the home of Mrs Andrew D Kerr, oldest daughter of David Adams, of Elk
Garden, W Va and reports having had a fine time.
Although his stay was very short, he visited many places of interest in New Jersey, among which are the following: Grants Tomb, Palisades Amusement Park, at Fort Lee, Hillside Park, Hoboken, Jersey City, Hackensack, Lodi, Passaic, Paterson, Newark and numerous other places.
While in New York City, he visited the Aquarium, where hundreds of different kinds of fish were kept. While uptown in New York, he visited the Metropolitan Life Insurance Building, which is at the present time the largest building in New York. After visiting the Eden Musee, which is also called the World of Wax, he took the subway to Wall Street, visited the Stock Exchange and Old Castle Garden, then took the tube which runs under the Hudson river to Jersey City. Mr Kight also visited Coney Island and Brighton Beach, after taking in all the amusements and having a great time, he journeyed from the island to Fort Wadsworth and Fort Hamilton. Governors Island and then over to Liberty Island to see Miss Liberty (the Statue of Liberty).
Another of his numerous trips was up the Hudson river to Newburgh, where he stopped at the home of Mrs Frank A Smith, a daughter of Mrs Andrew D Kerr. Newburgh, being an old town, Mr Kight had the opportunity of visiting some very historical places, such as Washington's Headquarters, where he saw the flags, guns, etc, used in the war; West Point, Mount Beacon, Downing Park and Mattewap, where Harry K Thaw is confined.
After making a short visit to Mrs William F Hanson, Gravesend, Brooklyn, New York; Mrs Frank A Smith of Newburgh, NY; Mrs Edward Myers, of Lodi, New Jersey and Mrs Ira G Mercer of Passaic. Few Jersey, all daughters of Mrs Andrew D Kerr, Mr Kight started for home.
KEYSER'S GREAT FIRE
Last Sat morning about half
past one o'clock, Mr Harmon, salesman for the J C Orrick Sons &
Co, of Cumberland, returning from a country trip, drove into the
Livery Barn of the Potomac Milling and Ice Co, and discovered that
there was fire in the building. Immediately the alarm as given and
within a few minutes hundreds of Keyser's citizens, suddenly aroused
form their sound slumbers, were at the scene of the conflagration.
Our fire department promptly responded to the call and most heroically did their duty. They "kept their heads", were cool and deliberate in that time of great excitement, the hose were handled to the very best advantage and to their courage and good judgment is due the fact that many more buildings were not destroyed by the angry flames.
The fire had gained such headway before the department was summoned that all efforts to save the livery barn were futile and soon the flames spread to the Keyser Milling Company's brick building adjoining, It also was destroyed with all of its contents.
It looked at one time as if all of the adjoining property would have to yield to the flames, but our brave fire laddies determined to hold it in check and most heroically did they succeed. Fortunately, there was no breeze whatever, had there been no fire department could have saved many frame structures that are near by.
The livery barn, a large, handsome, three-story, brick structure, which was completed less than two years ago, was the best building of its kind in the state and was supposed to be fire-proof. The third story was used by the Thompson Furniture Company and was filled with all kinds of household goods. They estimated their loss at $8,000 with an insurance of $3,000. the livery stable saved all of the horses, though three of them were somewhat burned, some of their harness and a few vehicles that were on the first floor. The majority of their vehicles, including their finest hacks and carriages were on the second floor, where everything was lost. Every hearse in Keyser was consumed in that fire. Two of the hearses belonged to J H Markwood, undertaker and two to Thompson Furniture Co. There was no insurance whatever on the livery stable or its equipments; that was a total loss and is estimated at $30,000. The Keyser Milling Company estimate their total loss on building and stock on hand at $15,000, with $5,000 insurance.
Both of the properties destroyed were owned by stock companies. Mr S N Moore is president general manager of the Potomac Milling and Ice Co, Atty H G Fisher is secretary. Col T B Davis is president of the Keyser Milling Co; Mr J C Keolz is the manager, Mr W E Heskitt is Secty & Treas, and Mr D P Osborn, the miller. The loss affects not only the stockholders, but the people of Keyser and Mineral County generally will feel its effects. This is the heaviest fire loss that Keyser has ever sustained and it cast a gloom over our entire citizenship.
As terrible as is the disaster it might have been worse. Had we had that fire three weeks earlier, before the recent rains filled our reservoirs, our town would have been at the mercy of the flames, and even with an abundant water supply it would have been impossible to save adjacent property had there been a breeze, the most fortunately there was a dead calm that night.
Piedmont Fire Department was called and responded promptly, but so efficient was our own department that their services were not needed.
The Keyser Milling Company lost in stock from 1500 to 1800 bushels of wheat, about 1200 bushels of oats, from 700 to 800 bushels of corn about 50 lbs of flour and between 30 and 35 tons of millfeed.
The board of directors of the Potomac Milling and Ice Company met Mon and decided to rebuild the livery barn at once on the same foundations. They have fixed up the old stable building, corner Armstrong and Davis Streets, for immediate use and will open the livery business there next Mon morning. It is hoped that the Keyser Milling Company also will rebuild and that Keyser will show her strength by rising from the ashes.
This is the third time within comparatively few years that Mr S N Moore has suffered heavy loss by fires, and he has the sympathy of his many friends.
Private individuals lost furniture that hey had stored in the third story of the livery barn.
Mr R D Shull, traveling shoe salesman lost his wagon and valuable samples in the fire.
Griff McIlwee and William Corbin, who roomed on the second floor of the barn, escaped through the window by the aid of a ladder that was set up by friends from outside.
No one knows how the fire originated.
CARD OF THANKS
My feelings of gratitude to
all who came to my assistance when my property was so greatly in
danger from the late terrible fire prompts me to, in some way,
express my appreciation of efforts made in my behalf by so man, and
not being able to see each one (and not knowing all) who so nobly
came to my rescue, I take this method of thanking one and all for
their kind assistance; and especially the fire company, through whose
heroic efforts, and most miraculous work, my property was saved from
destruction. I appreciate the kindness of every one beyond expression
and shall ever remember them with heart-felt gratitude.
Cora E Martin
LIST OF LETTERS
Remaining unclaimed in the
postoffice at Keyser W Va the week ending Sept 14, 1911"
Mrs C M Sheppard, Mrs Will Parker, Mrs Lizzie Fisher, Mrs Inez Turner, Mrs Frank Kidner, Mrs Mary Barret, Miss Cletus Ross, John Chaney, J F Bishop, O B Clapper, Isaiah H Ambrose, S B Lovett, J Boetches, C Lowe Jr, Perry Jenkins, Albert A Moyer, James Norwood, G J Miller, Elmer A Woolen, A W Dean, E Ferribee, J T Gilmer, F Ladane, James Rhodes.
T T Huffman, P M
Our friend, D W Eagle, bought a basket of apples to this office last Mon that were handsome enough to be displayed at any apple show. We believe that ours is a fruit section equal to any in the world and it always pleases us to see the statement demonstrated.
The Tribune is indebted to Mr G C Ludwig, of the Rockoak Farm, for a basket and a branch heavily laden with choice peaches of Fox Seedling variety.
Last Tues we saw a cantaloupe
grown on the Twin Mountain Orchards' ground that measured 30 inches
in circumference. It was of the Netted Gem variety. Remember they
have donated a wagon load of melons to the Good Roads Picnic, get
your share of them tomorrow.
MISS HATCH RETURNS
The Dept of Elocution and Public
Speaking at the Preparatory School will be under the direction of
Miss Minola Remley Hatch again this year.
Miss Hatch was a student under Prof Byron W King and is a graduate of the Capitol College of Oratory and Music, Columbus Ohio.
She was an instructor in this school for 2 years previous to her engagement at the Preparatory School last fall. IN that school, she taught students, teachers, business and professional men. Her work as a reader and entertainer has taken her east and west from the Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. The training and broad experience she has had make her an efficient instructor for this Dept.
The African ME Church, South
Keyser, will have Harvest Home Rally and Fair Sept 17-22. The church
has been decorated in keeping with the occasion and a liberal supply
of fruits and vegetable have been donated by the generous farmers and
friends about town. The display offering consists of almost
everything that grows. The Sermon will be preached Sun morning at 11
o'clock. The Harvest Home Dinner will be had by all members and
friends of the church at 1:30 pm at the parsonage. Sunday school at 3
pm will be in keeping with the spirit of the day.
At 8 pm a Cantata entitled "Song of the Fields" will be rendered at which a young lady will be crowned "Queen of the Harvest" there being four contestants for the regal honors. A harvest home fair will be held on the church lawn each evening next week beginning with a balloon ascension Mon at 8:30 pm. A pig roast will be a feature for Wed evening. During this special effort the officers of the church hope to raise $150 to help meet the present indebtedness and interest due on church property. Good music has been provided for. The public is invited.
Livestock, Feed, Farm
Machinery and Household Goods.
The undersigned administrators of William R Paris, deceased, will sell at public auction on the farms of the late William R Paris, two miles and four miles South of Keyser in Mineral County, W Va on Wed Sept 27, 1911. (Items follow).
O A Hood
S N Moore, Auctioneer,
H L Arnold, Clerk
FRUIT PRESERVING ESSENTIALS
Comprising the best quality
glass jars and tumblers, kettles, etc. These good can be relied upon
in all respects. Carefully annealed glass, warranted not to break,
E M Stottlemyer, 32 Mineral St, Keyser W Va (C&P Phone 101 R)
H G STEORTS
CONTRACTOR & BUILDER
Keyser W Va
All kinds of Building Supplies kept on hand. Se me before you contract for a new building or repair work.
D L TRENTON
City's Best Meat Market
106 Main Street
All kinds of Fresh and Cured Meats, Canned Goods, Heniz Pickles, Eggs and Poultry.
Prompt delivery anywhere in town. Give him a trial.
S & T HARDWARE
Corner Water & Armstrong Sts
Keyser W Va
A large supple of all kinds of hardware always on hand. Our prices are the best for the quality of goods that we handle. Get your grass-seeds, fertilize, oils, paints, roofing and farming implements at this store.
Don't buy until you see us!
AUTOMOBILE FOR SALE
30 Horse Power, Five Passenger Touring Car, in fine Condition. Price $395. Cost $2000.
Roomy and Comfortable. Apply to or address Geo T Carskadon, Keyser W Va
Valuable Town Property, Farming
and Mineral Lands for Sale.
W E Heskitt, Piedmont W Va or F H Babb, Keyser W Va.
GOOD STOCK FOR SALE
I have for sale 25 yearly cattle,
6 two year old beef cattle, 6 three year old heifers that will be
fresh, 2 cows and one fresh cow and calf, 40 wether lambs, 10
selected buck lambs (Hamshrie stock) for breeding purposes, 25 ewes
of different ages, 3 pure bred, registered Durham bull calves, 1 four
year old colt, wt 1200.
E B Reynolds, Keyser W Va.
TRANSCRIBED OCTOBER 1, 2000 BY PATTI MCDONALD
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