MONDAY MAY 5, 1913


  The Thompson Furniture Company, with Mr H S Thompson, president and manager, which has been doing business for several years, on Main St, this year is enjoying a trade boom. The past month's business was larger by thousands of dollars than any previous April and more than double the business of some months since the business was established. Naturally the members of the company are pleased as well as the general manager, who has struggled so hard for the end now attained. With this company it has not been all clear sailing, far from it. Two years ago when the Potomac Milling & Ice Company livery barn was destroyed by fire, the Thompson Furniture Company occupied the third story as a ware house, and lost all they had stored there, several thousand dollars worth of stock. Not in the least discouraged, in the face of this adversity, almost before the embers of the destroyed furniture had cooled, the company had a large warehouse under construction in the Western Maryland yards.

  Having increased year by year, the stock in both the wholesale and retail departments today is much larger and more varied stock than ever before. That the stocking has been done wisely and well, and that the manager has not overreached the trade possibilities of this prosperous town and surrounding country, is evidence beyond question in big sales increase. This company advertises as "Home and Office Outfitters," and in inspection of their stock will convince anyone that the store is amply stocked to meet any reasonable demand along this line. In their sales building, corner of Center and Main streets, ready for inspection, is a magnificent line of furniture for the homes, offices and public buildings, with all accessories thereto. The officers of this company are H S Thompson, President; R W Nine, Vice President; H G Fisher, Secretary. The directors, all progressive and influential businessmen, are H S Thompson, Geo T Carskadon, R W Nine, D O Fout, H G Fisher, James E Sheets, and C H Vossler.


  Joseph Howell, assistant trainmaster for the B&O here, and wife, John McMakin, a conductor, and wife, and Louis Kibler, a brakeman, will leave Saturday night via Cumberland and Pittsburgh to Chicago, thence over the Rock Island, Denver and Rio Grande, and Southern Pacific route Via Ogden, Utah, for Los Angeles, California, to attend the eleventh biennial Convention of the B of R T, May 19th to 30th. Returning, they will come over a Southern route. A side trip will be made to Pasadena, California.

  The trip will occupy about a month, and will be a most delightful one.

Y. M. C. A.

  The students Y M C A of the Preparatory School held a very interesting and profitable devotional exercises in the Auditorium yesterday afternoon.

  An address by Rev A O Price was the feature of the program and his practical remarks were clear cut and straight to the point.

  A "Livingstone" meeting is under way and will be held in the near future.


  W W Kesner has contracted with Obed Babb, of Grant county, for a big lot of roofing and painting on the buildings on his fine Cherry Lane premises.

  He is doing the tin work on four houses for E G Kimmell.

  He recently re-opened a tin shop and roofing plant.


  The Keyser Fire Company is working hard to raise sufficient funds to buy a modern fire fighting apparatus in the way of an auto truck.

  Lately they have had a very successful fair and the firemen have decided to give toward the truck $1000.00 from funds the company now has.

  With this big start and other money pledged surely the boys will be able to make he purchase which will involve between five and six thousand dollars.

  The equipment we now have is, in a sense, obsolete and at best it takes too long to drag heavy hose reel to a fire by hand. The fire equipment is certainly not in keeping with the present day Keyser with her other improvements.


  Saturday morning the First National Bank opened its doors for business at the old stand, but in a remodeled building outside and in.

  The afternoon from one until four o'clock the visitors are people showed their hearty appreciation of this great improvement in their presence. It is estimated that near two thousand men, women and children passed through the doors in this time. Five hundred carnations for distribution among the ladies were soon exhausted and eight hundred cigars for the men were gone in a little while, each person getting only one.

  The visitors were inspired as it were with awe at the grandeur of their surroundings, represented not only in gaudy trappings, but simple yet rich and fixtures. Everything in wood is solid mahogany. The main entrance gates to the several departments, including the ladies department, the director's room and on the banking counter are solid brass, and base of fine marble. The floor is of fine tiling. The windows heavy plate glass. A large clock surmounts the vault, and myriads of electric bulbs are grouped in large opalescent semi globe shades, casting a rich, soft light on the splendor of the interior of the bank. The large vault of brick and concrete with heavy steel plate lining has been fitted with new triple doors, weighing 2 and a half tons, with double combination and time locks throughout.

  The vault, with its new doors is pronounced by experts to be absolutely burglar and fire proof. The vault is fitted with many safe deposits boxes for use of customers.

  President Reynolds, Cashier Arnold, with most of the directors, and Assistant cashier G H Reynolds and Bank Clerk Chester A Dixon, were present to extend every possible courtesy to the visitors, who were glad that they had come.

  Many of the visitors were stockholders and depositors from out of town, some from a good distance away.

  All the afternoon the Isles Saxophone Orchestra discourses sweet music.

  The officials of the First National Bank at this time are F M Reynolds, President; and H L Arnold, Cashier; and the director are F M Reynolds, J H Markwood, J D Gelwicks, R W Nine, S S Reese, H C Homan, W J Babb, and Geo T Carskadon, all prominent businessmen.

  This banking institution, the first in Keyser, established in 1886, has been markedly successful. Each year the business has grown until now the deposits are $500,000. The stock ranges very high, which is an index to the stability of this financial institution, which has been always been in a very conservative way, but has been kept fully abreast of the times.


Mr and Mrs Joe Dennison were visiting friends near Sand Patch, Pa, yesterday.

Andy Wilson of Cumberland was visiting friends here yesterday.

Miss Beulah Fisher and Will Seaber spent Sunday in Davis with Arthur Fisher.

Miss Lizzie Hoffman was in Bloomington over Sunday with Miss Edna Bryden.

Mrs Emily Wilson (nee Coffroth) is visiting her father, A W Coffroth. The Wilson's are living at Mt Savage Md.

Mr and Mrs Cornelius Inskeep spent Sunday at Lonaconing with Mrs Inskeep's mother.

Hon C H Vossler, son of Clarence and daughter, Miss Charlotte , came down from Maysville Saturday. Mr Vossler still maintains a large country store at his old home.

Miss Helen Vossler, who spent the last three months in Orlando Fla, returned home Saturday night, very much improved in health.

S L Dickenson of Staunton Va, a popular traveling salesman, representing the Lynchburg Shoe Company, is in Keyser calling on the trade.

Mr and Mrs Ray Wells went to Baltimore last night. They will return tonight.

Aris Argiroplos, the confectioner, left last night on a business trip to Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Mrs Stella Solyard was a Cumberland visitor Saturday evening, having gone down to see her brother, Virgil Gillum, who has been ill.

Mrs D W Weaver went to Washington to visit her sister. Her sister, who lives in North Carolina, went to the Capital to visit her brother, Dr W S Franklin.

Mrs H G Steorts and family will move this week from Piedmont St to their summer home on McCoole hill, where they have spent several summers.

Mrs Alex Miles and daughter of Ridgely are visiting her parents for a few days.

Miss Lucy Lark of Kingwood is visiting relatives here.

Mr and Mrs Wm Jackson spent Saturday and Sunday with their son on Limestone.

Hiram Terry is very sick at his home on Spring St.

Mr and Mrs James Bean of near Romney are visiting relatives here.

Mrs P S Groves and children and Mamie Cantwell spent Sunday near Purgittsville.

Geo A Harman has contracted to paint the homes of Judge Reynolds, Mrs E C Hughes and Mr Popplein.

Russell Wagoner of Cincinnati spent Sunday here with his parents, Mr and Mrs M Wagoner.

Rumsey Markwood and son, who visited his sister, Mrs James Davis for several days, have returned to Ridgeley.

Miss Nora Vossler closer her school at Parsons last week and spent Sunday here as the guest of Mrs C H Vossler, Today she joined Clarence Vossler and Miss Mabel Babb and went to Grant county in an auto by way of Cumberland.

Mrs Harry Sheetz, of Elk Garden is visiting relatives in this city.

Miss Lou Parsons of Springfield is visiting at the home of her uncle, Mr George Parsons.

Mrs Sallie Hutchinson (nee Siever) of Trenton NJ, is visiting relatives here.

Miss Tracy Gaunt spent Sunday in Keyser.

Mr and Mrs Cain of Cumberland spent a few days the past week with Mrs Cain's son, Mr Will Wagoner, here.

Rev R G Hammond has received word that his brother, E E Hammond of Indianapolis Ind is very sick. Unless there is a change for the better, Rev Hammond will leave for Indianapolis soon.

Ladreths Garden Seeds-Irish Cobbler, Burnbank, Hebron and Early Rose Seed Potatoes, at McDonalds.


  There is a good opening at this office for a boy aged about 15 years, or over, a boy of good industrious habits, who is accustomed to obey his parents, and who wants to learn a good trade or profession.

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A T Combs, who has been living in Rio for the last few months, has moved to Kirby.

Assessor J W Polland has been calling on the taxpayers of our town. He informs us that his sons were in Ohio during the recent floods and are alive and well.


Anna Polland is attending normal at Glendale.

F P Riley was calling on our merchants yesterday in the interest of the Siever Hardware Co of Keyser.

Lillie D Constable and H G Combs of Kirby were married in Cumberland April 30th. They are among our most popular young people. We have not as yet learned where they will reside.

Mae and Erma Davis are shopping in Romney today.

G L Hearne has several cases of measles in his family. Dr Davis is attending them.

Miss Alice Snarr, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs Roberson, returned home yesterday.

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Keyser, W Va

JULY 3, 2002