February 13, 1914


JULY 31, 2003




Rev William Harris, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church at the parsonage last week united in marriage Mrs Augusta Coleman and John M Kight, both of the mountains west of Piedmont, in that district. Mr Kight is a farmer.


Mr Joseph T Laughlin, merchant at Luke, who is the president of the Citizen’s National Bank, Westernport, has been dangerously ill, but his condition has slightly improved.


The council refused the Standard Oil Company a permit to build an oil house in the orchard. W D Kerens was granted permit to build a barn. It was decided to send bills for paving Kenny street to the property owners on said street.


Misses Hazel and Lucy Wolfe were visiting friends in Keyser recently


Mr R H Drane and family moved recently into their spacious new residence on Hampshire street


Mrs Carrie Sharpless of Keyser visited here last week


Mrs W F Caldwell, who has been visiting relatives in and about Philadelphia, for about two months, has returned home


The coal trade is slack. Most of the mines do not work three days per week. There has been a marked “slump” in the coal trade both locally and otherwise


Mrs Boone, wife of Col Chas T Boone, Luke, gave a two table auction bridge whist party Saturday in honor of Mrs Parker, of Pennsylvania, who is visiting relatives in Luke. Those present were Mesdames, D J Long, U B McCandlish, A L Luke, J Forsyth Harrison, F C Jameson, Mrs Parker and Miss Mary Baker. The house was decorated with potted flowers of blue and white colors. A luncheon was served. Mrs Parker was given the guest prize and Miss Baker the other souvenir.


BORN, to Mr and Mrs James Huylumn on Friday, a son. Both mother and child are doing well


BORN, to Mr and Mrs Jno Craso, a daughter


Mr J C Kuenhle, who was a private in the 6th W Va Infantry, Union Army, went to Baltimore Saturday for treatment at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was accompanied by Dr J G Abbott


The town of Ridgeley in Mineral county which can now boast of a population of over 1400, is after the Western Maryland railroad Co to have construction within the limits of the town, which as yet is not incorporated, a fair sized depot and waiting room.


Mrs Rogers, wife of the late P J Rogers, Baltimore, who was a former postmaster at Piedmont, died of disease incidental to old age at her home in Baltimore Sunday. Her remains will be brought to Piedmont on Tuesday and will be buried from St Peter’s Catholic Church, Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock with a requiem high mass. Her daughter and her nephew, Rev Joseph Cunane, a Catholic priest of Baltimore, will arrive with the body. Mrs Rogers had many friends in the tri-towns where the family resided for many years.


The eight year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Chas E Laughlin, Oakview, Westernport, is ill with typhoid fever.


Mrs Robert C McCandlish, Sr, will leave tomorrow for an extended visit to friends near Alexandria, Va


Misses Evelyn and Ruth McCandlish leaves Tuesday morning for a lengthy visit to relatives in Philadelphia.


Mr Ralph Phillips of the Abrams Creek Coal Co, who was injured on his motorcycle, is gradually recuperating.


Mr Joseph T Laughlin, president of the Citizens National Bank, of Westernport, and a prominent businessman of Luke, Md, remains in a critical condition from typhoid fever. He rallied today but last night his physicians and friends about gave up all hope for his recovery.



Examiner of 6th

Will Teets spent a few days visiting relatives on Lost River the past week


Mrs Fred Hill is in a critical condition at her home near Flats with cancer


F C Turley of the Hampshire Club, spent Saturday night with relatives here


J Wm Gilkeson spent a few days the past week in Parkersburg and other points


Miss Bessie Heiskell left last Friday for Washington, where she will visit for a few weeks.


Miss Marie Inskeep left last Friday morning for a two weeks’ visit to friends at Washington and Delplane, Va


Mr and Mrs I P Carskadon of Headsville were among those who attended the funeral of A W Seymour Sunday


Mrs A L Johnson who has been visiting relatives here for a week or more returned to her home at East Orange, NJ, this week


Eugene and Ren Seymour of Oakland California who were called home by the illness and death of their father, arrived here Saturday evening. They expect to remain some time.


Ed Allen, who has been visiting his brothers at Richwood, returned to Moorefield yesterday evening.


Postmaster Harwood was called to Elkins today by the illness of his father, E O Harwood, who is right sick


Miss Sallie VanMeter, who has been teaching the fifth and sixth grades in the public schools here has resigned and Elmer Kessel has taken charge of the above grades.


Mrs Kate Fetzer has the misfortune to fall last Friday evening and break her arm between the elbow and shoulder. At this time she is improving nicely, we are glad to say.


Miss Sadie Bean, of Basic City, Va, and M M Bean, of this place, were quietly married at the home of the bride last Wednesday, in the presence of a few intimate friends. Mrs Bean is a daughter of Mrs Annie Bean, of Basic City, and Mr Bean is one of our best known businessmen. Both have a large number of friends here who join us in congratulations and best wishes. They arrived at Moorefield last Thursday evening and have gone to housekeeping.





Grant Co Press of 6th

Postmaster W C Smith, whose illness has been previously noted, has so far recovered as to be able to sit up in his room.


We are informed that F C Clauze has bought the M J Crowley farm near Maysville, and he will move his family from this place to Maysville soon


Seymour Judy, recently purchased from the A A Parks heirs, their farm on Luneys Creek containing about 1000 acres, consideration so we are informed was $18,000.


Dr J B Grove returned Wednesday from a short business trip to Cumberland and Keyser. He took one of Saul V Shobe’s sons to Cumberland for medical treatment.


Webster Alt, son of Jacob Alt, of Brushy Run, died Friday of last week and was buried at the home cemetery on Saturday at 2 o’clock pm. The funeral services were conducted by Rev J W Stearn. The deceased was an upright young man and leaves to mourn his loss, father, mother, one sister and two brothers, all at home.


Mrs C C Martin left the first of the week for Cumberland with her little daughter, where she will be given medical treatment.


Quite a number of bark contracts for this year were given by T G Pownall on his recent visit here. The Leather Co is paying $7.50 per ton, which is a slight increase over last year.


C D Bowman and daughter, Miss Mabel, of Moorefield, spent last Friday night here with Mrs F A Godlove. Saturday Mr Bowman went to Franklin to take up his duties as cashier of the Franklin Bank and his daughter returned to her home in Moorefield.


Stephen Thacker, of the Kline neighborhood, died Saturday and was buried Monday, Rev O V Poorman having charge of the services. Mr Thacker was about 79 years of age, and had been sick a long time. Mr Thacker was one of Pendelton county’s best citizens and will be missed in his community.


V P Hedrick, of Upper Tract, was here over Tuesday night on his way to Keyser to take up a traveling position with the Siever Hardware Co. His territory embraces Alleghany and Garrett counties in Maryland. Highland County, Va, and Grant, Pendleton, Hardy, Hampshire and Mineral counties in this state. Mr Hedrick is an energetic young business man and we predict for him success in his new position.



Miss Myrtle Cornell, of Mountain Breeze Hotel, Claysville, is the guest of Mrs Henry L Kitzmiller.


Mr and Mrs Earl Duling of Blaine visited Mrs Minnie Duling last Sunday


Mr T W Shillingburg was seriously hurt one day last week by a branch of a tree falling on him. He has not been able to work any since on account of a stiff neck.


Mr Stephen Davis, of Morgantown, was here in the interest of the sale of a large body of coal one day last week. He seems to think the deal is a sure one. Success to you Steve.


Work in the mines at Oakmont and Black Diamond is very slack. The prospect for regular work is a little discouraging to the men.


Mr Walter E Duling was at Cumberland on business one day last week


Misses May Duling and Otie Ludwick returned from a visit to friends at Burlington and Romney last Monday


Mr Jas Poling, of Blaine, was at the appraisement of the property of the late Nathaniel Kitzmiller last Wednesday


Mr T W S Foley, of Mt Storm, made a business call here last week. He is one of the men who reads the news.


Fire at Oakmont destroyed one of the Davis Coal and Coke Co’s houses. It was occupied by some foreigners and it is supposed to have caught fire from artificial gas. We hope to see its flow cut off July 1, 1914.


Mr Hyder Kitzmiller has purchased the old Mrs Cooper’s farm, and will move there in the near future. We did not learn the purchase price.


Mr Jesse Hull, of near Ridgeville, was here as a tobacco solicitor last Thursday


Mr A P Roderick, of Cross, was here looking after business Wednesday


Mr E A Duling is on a business trip to Romney


The question for debate at the Hartmonsville Debating and Literary Society next Saturday is: That the Indian has received worse treatment as the Negro from the White Man. Affirmative, Job Burgess and Geo B Junkins, Negative, J O Watson and D W Idleman. The public is invited.


The “Boss Coon” of the old Alleghany mountain was killed by Mrs Ed Kitzmiller and her two faithful dogs one day last week. She was busy at her work when she heard the dogs barking just above the house on the hill. She went to see what they were barking at and she saw a very large coon up a tree. She was puzzled to know what to do, when the thought came to her that she had heard old hunters say if you would tie a coat around the tree the coon would not come down. She tied part of her apparel around the tree and started for home. Hearing a noise she looked and saw the young dog, only a pup, engaged in a deadly combat with the coon. She procured a club and made a “solar plexus” blow at the coon, and missed it and it struck the dog, and he lay, as she supposed, dead at her feet. The battle now became a hand in hand struggle, but she was at last victorious and carried the coon, a 16 pound odd fellow, to the house as proof of the battle. She sent her husband, Mr Ed, to skin the dog, and he met him coming home. This is no coon story, but as the old boy said when he saw the teacher kissing his sister, “It is a scandalous fact.”





It was bitter cold last Monday morning, two degrees above zero and a brisk wind


Mr Ephraim Harvey went to the hospital at Davis last week for treatment. We trust that he will be much benefited.


DIED, at Oakmont, Feb 10, 1914, infant child of Mr and Mrs Wm Simons. Interment in Nethken Hill cemetery.


Ex-Mayor W H Kight’s mother had a pleasant birthday celebration last Monday. May she have more celebrations of the same happy event.


Miss Bessie Dean who has been sales lady in the store at Potomac Manor, visited her mother Mrs M A Dean last Sunday


On Thursday evening, February 19, 1914, at 8:30 o’clock, Elk Lodge, No 44, K of P, will meet in Odd Fellow’s Hall (up stairs) with open doors. Everybody is welcome. The order of Knights of Pythias will have services commemorating the semi-centennial of Pythian Knighthood in W Va. It is a golden jubilee convention. The following members have charge of the ritualistic service: C C, R Marsh Dean; V C, E M Sheetz; M of A, F J Ravenscraft; Prelate, G W Yager; M of E, W H Kight.


The first examination of common school diplomas was held at Elk Garden, Feb 5 and 6, and conducted by District Supt D C Arnold and Principal L O Taylor. It was a snowy time but the seventh and eighth grade pupils were not to be backed down on the account of a snowstorm. Twenty-seven took the examination, either whole or in part. Elk Garden furnished the most applicants. There were pupils from Blaine, Oakmont, Emoryville, Sulphur, Jenny Spring and Nethken Hill.


Mr Walter Schwinabart is teaching the unexpired term of the Tasker School vice Miss Ada B Gordon resigned. Rev L C Messick is teaching the unexpired term of the Shaw school vice Ira C Saville resigned.


Rev W W White has been conducting revival services in the M E Church, South, this week. The services are growing in interest. He makes very strong appeals to the worldly people. The church is being revived.





C W Taylor visited friends in Pittsburg last week


Misses Sallie Breathed and Kathleene Welton of Petersburg visited friends here last week


Romney, Feb 4, Capt. E L Montgomery, conductor on the Romney Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, is suffering from a serious injury, having been struck by a piece of scantling, which he was using to manipulate a switch out of order at Greenspring.


Cumberland—The Rev J L Luttrell, a Methodist minister at Romney, W Va, and Miss Elizabeth Gertrude Powelson, of Augusta, W Va, were married Wednesday at the district parsonage at Romney by the Rev H A Brown, presiding elder.


Dr Shull went to Capon Springs last week to investigate the rumor of there being smallpox there. He found that there were five families that had been infected, but were nearly well. While there Dr Shull had a conference with Dr Lee, of Wardensville, in regard to preventive measures. The doctor decided it would be best to close the schools for a short time. People in that section had been intermingling with the infected families, which caused the disease to spread. Dr Shull had recently called attention to the necessity for physicians reporting to him promptly on the appearance of any contagious or infectious disease.


At the annual meeting of the stockholders of the South Branch Tie and Lumber Co last Tuesday the following persons were elected directors: John S Pancake, Campbell Pancake, John J Cornwell, W W McClaine, D E Pugh, Thomas F Martin. Afterward a meeting of the board of directors was held at which the following officers of the company were elected: President, John J Cornwell; Vice President, W W McClaine; Secretary and Treasurer, Thos F Peterson.


Dr Jas K Guthrie, formerly of this place, has located in Joice, Iowa, for the practice of his profession.


The work of demolishing the old Keller hotel, one of the landmarks of the town was begun


Robert Washington, Jr, of Ridgedale, is spending a few weeks with Dr G T Thomas. He is suffering with a fractured limb.


Hampshire Review of 11th

John Ketterman, a little blind boy, died at the D&B Schools Friday and his body was taken to his home near Petersburg Saturday. He had been ailing for several weeks with spinal meningitis which did not respond to treatment. The boy’s father accompanied the remains home.


Miss Annie Beckman spent last week in Cumberland


Miss Mary Guthrie has returned from a visit to her sister, Mrs Fleagle near Baltimore


Miss Lou Kendall, of Keyser, was visiting Miss Laura Gilkeson a couple of days last week


Miss Gladys Randolph stopped off here Friday and Saturday on her way home to Moorefield from Winston Salem, NC


Mr and Mrs Homer McDonald of near Augusta, left Saturday for Texas, where they will locate in Floydada


Mrs Parley DeBerry and sister, Mrs Tina Taylor, were called to Oakland, Md, last Saturday by the death of an aunt


Rev Dr Brooke left last Tuesday for Webster Groves, MO, to visit his son- in- law and daughter, Mr and Mrs Jas L Sloss


Dr J E Williamson, of Moundsville, has been appointed a member of the State Board of Control by Governor Hatfield, succeeding Dr E B Stephenson, resigned. He is the Democratic member


Brady Pownall has accepted a position with the Home Furniture Co of Cumberland, and will leave for that place this week


News has been received of the dangerous illness of Elizabeth Neel, the 13 year old daughter of Rev A A P Neel, of Marshall, Va, formerly of this section. A few days ago she suffered a third operation for mastoiditis in the Episcopal Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in Washington and has since been in a serious condition.


An effort is being made to have the five legislatures, recently convicted of accepting bribes in the W Va Senatorial Contest, pardoned by Governor Hatfield. A petition was received here to secure signers for that purpose. This shows that the convicted ones still have their nerve with them as well as a large supply of gall. We can’t see how any right thinking person would sign such a petition. The one sent here will not be circulated.



As we have been absent for quite a while we will try to give you a few items from in and around Fountain.


The Barometer stood eight above this morning (Monday) quite a change from a few days back.


We are glad to say Mrs Edgar Roger who has been so ill is very much improved.


Mrs Calvin Urice was calling on Mrs Fred Urice Monday evening.


Misses Virgie and Blanche Staggs spent from Sunday until Tuesday of last week with their cousin, Mrs Tabitha Urice.


Mr and Mrs Frank Steedman paid Mr and Mrs Jacob Urice a call Sunday evening


Miss Ethel Steedman is staying with her cousin Mrs Millard Twigg


Mrs W E Staggs and daughter Miss Blanche spent last Wednesday in Keyser with Mrs Ed Rush, Sharpless street.


Rumor says we will soon hear wedding bells ringing.





Since the Groundhog saw his shadow, we are having nice (?) Groundhog weather at Headsville.


We learn that Mrs Jno Martin is right ill with stomach trouble


Mr and Mrs J F Haines were Sunday callers at D B Bailey’s


The debating society at Beaver Run is progressing nicely. Some of our young folks from here have been attending.


We understand that J F Haines has recently sold his store and farm. J E Staggs is his successor.


Perry Brown took with him his friend, Ernest Hickle and together they called on their lady friends at Purgittsville Sunday night.


J F Haines and son, Wilbur, made a flying trip to Cumberland on business Tuesday


Epworth League is progressing nicely at this place. Mrs C E McDonald is the leader for next Sunday night.


Miss Ruth Carskadon is visiting relatives at Keyser


We learn that Miss Helen Cunningham is going to have a spelling match in the near future, but do not know the exact date.


Mrs G C Bailey was taken to the Hoffman Hospital some time back for operation and is doing nicely.


Mr O McDonald was calling on Miss Lena Whipp, Sunday


Mr Floyd Wilt is very attentive to Miss Bessie Brown these days. Wedding bells will soon be ringing.





Geo W Duckworth was a visitor to Keyser on Saturday


Isaac Chaney who has been at Keyser attending court as a juror has returned home


Mr M B Wilson, of Cumberland, who has been spending several days with his son, J M Wilson, at the Frankfort Inn, returned home today


Drummer Riley, of the Siever Hardware Co, Keyser, was calling on our merchants today


Geo S Carvey, came in from Braddock on Friday and is spending several days with his family here


Mrs H A Pyles and daughter, Hilda, who have been spending several weeks with relatives in South Cumberland have returned home.


Herbert, youngest son of J M Armstrong, has the misfortune to fall from the mow in the barn Saturday evening and break both arms. He is getting along very nicely at this time.


Misses Patience Bateman and Ruth Hasting, evangelists, who recently closed a successful meeting at the Dennison school house, have commenced a series of meetings at the Wagoner school house above town.


C C Wetzel, who has been in the Western Maryland Hospital at Cumberland, suffering from an injured hip, has returned home and is getting along as well as could be expected.


Cos Siple and B H Kiser left yesterday for Morgantown to attend the meeting to be held in the interest of good roads.


J Scott Kenney is moving from the M L Wagoner farm to J E Broom’s farm below town. We understand Mr Wagoner will soon move from Frankfort to his farm.



Keyser, W Va

Ever since orcharding has been carried on an extensive scale the problem of marketing the fruit for the best advantage has been a constant nightmare to the growers. A number of horticulturalists have been developed as the business grew until at this time, no community in the country is better equipped for material from the standpoint of the producer, but all realize that to produce the best grade of fruit is one thing, while to grapple with the thousands of intricacies that go to affect market conditions is quite another and different thing. It is a distinct business within itself and requires the constant watchfulness and attention of experts in that particular line. The principles that must be applied in successful orcharding are not unlike those employed in other large business enterprises, each of which, as a rule, has a well organized selling agency maintained entirely separate and distinct from the producing end of the enterprise. This is true in the oil, coal, lumber and most manufacturing establishments, and the selling and producing organizations do not infringe in the least upon the functions of each other. Realizing the necessity of something being done along that line a movement was started last summer in the County Horticultural Society looking toward the formation of an organization whose business should be to dispose of the fruit products grown in this part of the State. All similar organizations in the US were communicated with and their plans of operation obtained. These were read and reread until a plan was worked out, which seemed best suited for this organization, considering the conditions surrounding us. A charter was obtained in August and a temporary organization  has worked out its plans to the apparent satisfaction to everyone concerned, a meeting of the association, known as the Upper Potomac Fruit Exchange, was called for last Saturday and a permanent organization effected. A provision of the by-laws adopted, requires every grower who desires to avail himself of the advantages of marketing through the exchange to buy in it one share of stock for each one hundred trees he owns, the stock being sold at $2.00 per share. The money derived in this way will be used to defray the first years expenses of the Exchange after which the commissions on the business done will take care of its expenses. The commission charged will only be enough to meet the expenses of operation. It is not the object to make any profit for the members, which, in the long run amounts to the same thing as taking money out of one pocket and putting it in another. The Exchange has its headquarters in the Law Building on Armstrong street and has employed as manager Mr D T Usher, who has spent all his adult life in the fruit and produce at various places in the south and in New York City. He has worked out a complete railroad map of several States and gathered all available data regarding freight and express rates, as well as the time required to reach each given point from Keyser, and is now working out a list of the most reliable merchants in each town through whom to do business. The idea is, as far as possible, to eliminate the middleman’s profits and reach the consumer by the most direct possible route. Selling through commission merchants has proved very disastrous to most growers who have marketed their fruit in that way. New York, for instance, may have a very active market today. The whole country will be notified of that fact with the result that tomorrow everybody will rush their shipments to that market and will be completely glutted and prices realized will little more than pay the commission and transportation charges. In the smaller cities and towns the retail merchant knows the wants of his trade and places his orders accordingly. His profit is the only one paid between the producer and the consumer. Instances can be multiplied of where shipments have been traced and it has been found that the man who eventually consumed the fruit paid from two to three times as much for it as the producer realized. This is not giving a square deal to either the producing or consuming class. The enormous profits have gone to the commission merchants, brokers and express companies. The idea of the Exchange is, as time goes on, to build up a mail order business direct from the consumer to the Exchange, using the parcels post as a transportation agent. The Exchange will also supervise the grading and packing for its members and for that purpose will maintain a staff of expert graders and packers. Uniform packages will be used and uniformly designed labels will be used by the Exchange with the right of the grower of using his own label or design on his own packages, thus preserving his identity and getting full credit for whatever excellence he may attain in the quality of his fruit. The offices of the Exchange will at all times be open and will serve as a bureau for the dispensing of all market information to its members. The officers are: E A Leatherman, D A Arnold, E A Russell, J Sloan Arnold, W P Russell, H C Arnold, O A Hood, R A Welch, L C McDonald, J T McDowell, Dr E V Romig and Harry L Arnold, leaving three vacancies to be filled by the board at its pleasure. At the meeting Saturday 270,000 trees were represented.




Romney, W Va

The largest timber deal ever made in this section, and one of the largest recently made in this State has just been conducted in the eastern parts of Hampshire and Hardy counties, by which the Lost River Lumber Co, a corporation, acquired title, by purchase, to about 60 different tracts of timber. Most of the deeds have already been taken up and filed for record and the remainder will be as rapidly as the properties are surveyed out and the title papers gotten in shape. The territory covers practically all of the Dutch Hollow country, the Sperrys Run country, Bakers Run and much of the drains of Lost River, including about 9,000 acres near Wardensville. Embraced in the latter area are the Keller lands, comprising the old Capon Iron works. W B Cornwell, president of the company, has been engaged in purchasing the property for the past 15 months. His estimates, made by several practical timber and lumber men, show a total stumpage of about one hundred million feet, about 75 percent of which is whiteoak. The office of the corporation is at Romney and the executive officers are: W B Cornell, President; Wm Trapnell, Vice Pres; W W McClaine, Secretary and Treasurer; Jno J Cornwell, Atty. The company proposes to develop the property by the construction of a narrow gauge railroad into the territory, but it is understood that no railroad plans have been matured or will be undertaken just yet.



The B&O tracks on the Seventeen Mile Grade one mile west of Bloomington were tied up all night Friday until late Saturday, caused by the derailment of eleven loaded coals cars in an eastbound freight. The accident occurred Friday about four o’clock and was caused by a bursted wheel. It was at such a disadvantageous point that nearly a day was consumed in restoring traffic. After this wreck was cleared another freight wreck in which several cars were derailed occurred at almost identically the same point.



Four men were injured shortly before noon yesterday at the tower at Deer Park, Md, on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad when extra west bound freight, engine 4247, sideswiped a Mallet helper engine, 2426, crossing over from the eastbound to the westbound track. The injured are:

Arthur Clark, engineer, Cumberland, badly scalded, right arm broken and injured about the back and hip. Condition, serious.

T H Carney, brakeman, Hutton, Md, face and legs scalded, condition, serious

T A Haines, fireman, Cumberland, cut and bruised

B J Sheridan, brakeman, Cumberland, cut and bruised

Clark and Haines were brought here last night, after having been taken to Oakland where they were attended by company surgeons. They were removed to the Allegany Hospital in the Butler ambulances and their injuries were looked after by Dr’s E B Claybrook, J M Spear and William F Twigg, company surgeons. Late last night the condition of the injured men was favorable. Carney’s condition is such that he could not be taken far, although it had been the intention to bring him to Cumberland. His is confined to a hospital in Oakland. He inhaled steam. Sheridan’s injuries are not serious. Clark and Carney were caught under the debris and both were buried in snow and mud. This probably saved them from being fatally scalded outright. It is said only Clark’s arm stuck out from the mass under which he was held. All tracks were blocked until late in the evening. Passengers of trains, No’s 55 and 16 were transferred, the former returning as No 16 and the latter going west as No 55. It was first intended to send 55 via Connellsville, but this plan was abandoned. The freight engine was turned over completely and while the helper was derailed and four or five cars were mashed up. The freight train was composed of sixteen loads of mixed commodities and two empties and the accident is said to have been caused by the freight going by the signal.



Returning from Frostburg over the old National Pike Tuesday night about 9:45 o’clock, in a new automobile owned by Ernest W Weaver, the machine skidded on the bridge crossing Will’s Creek in the Narrows and threw Mrs Weaver, Miss Vetta Weaver, sister of Mr Weaver, and Mr and Mrs Albert N Viands over railing nearly 50 feet into water. Weaver and Charles Athey, colored driver, who was teaching Mr Weaver to run the car, escaped. They went to the rescue of those floundering in the ice cold water. Miss Weaver was being whirled down the stream and her brother jumped in and swam out with her about 50 yards below. She had gone under and was almost unconscious when carried to the bank. Mr Viands rescued his wife and Mrs Weaver. The only injury was to Miss Weaver, who was cut about the head, but all were benumbed by cold. The party was brought into the city in a special street car and given aid at a drug store and then taken home in taxicabs. The front wheels of the automobile climbed the iron fence on the side of the bridge which was partly bent over by the impact. The accident was caused by the steering gear breaking, it is stated. The car swerved at the stone wall on the right hand side and then veered to the left, smashing into the iron railing about midway the bridge, the two front wheels mounting the railing. High speed was being maintained and for that reason the collision had great force, tearing the fence and the inertia carrying four of the occupants, catapult-style, over the railing into the water. This loss of control, the collision with the railing and the hurling of the four occupants into the water were almost as quick as a flash. Weaver and the driver, who, while shaken, were not injured, went about rescuing the four in the bed of the creek below. Fortunately they were not hurt with the exception of the slight injury to Miss Weaver, and Mr Viands, with the assistance of Athey, was able to help his wife and Mrs Weaver. Weaver devoted his attention to his sister. He says she had been carried down the length of the three telegraph poles before he was able to reach her and then he had to swim. The water chilled to the marrow. He saw two feet flying in the air and then her head came up. He shouted: “If I play out catch me; I am about gone.” He was able to reach her side, however, and dragged her to shore. She was numb and almost unconscious. She was carried up the bank and put in the streetcar which had been flagged as the disabled automobile was blocking the car track and there was danger of a collision. Another streetcar was telephoned for and the benumbed victims of the accident were hurried down in the special car to a drug store. After they were given relief, they sought their homes. Dr J H Spicer worked with them several hours and at midnight it was stated that no untoward results were anticipated. Mr and Mrs Weaver reside at 26 Grand avenue and Mr and Mrs Viands at 412 Virginia avenue. Mr Weaver conducts a bowling alley and Mr Viands is a boilermaker in the South Cumberland shops of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. Athey, the driver, is employed at the Bernstein furniture store. The front of the automobile is crushed in and the fender and front axle are bent.



A derailment of fast freight No 94 at Washington Junction on the B&O railroad caused much delay to trains which arrive here four and five hours late. Passenger trains No’s 5 and 1 arrived at almost the same time, coming in after 10 o’clock. The former was five hours late. It was stated one man was injured in the accident. He was removed to a Martinsburg hospital.



Between two and three o’clock Thursday morning an alarm was sent in to the fire department. The fire department soon had the fire under control and in an hour’s time were ready to go back to headquarters. The damage will probably amount to about $250.00. A cabinet filled with records was destroyed along with the interior woodwork. The room will be repaired immediately and no loss of time will result from the temporary loss of the room.



Council at the last meeting transacted the following business in order:

Dr Babb was granted a permit to build a house on his lot on South Mineral street.

License to operate a hotel and restaurant was transferred to C E Hannis from P S Groves, Armstrong street.

The City was directed to pay the $400 due the Fire Department for the past year.



Olive Branch Lodge No 25, Knights of Pythias will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the order on next Thursday night, the 19th. Great preparations are being made, handsome invitations have been gotten up for the occasion. All K of P members in town not members of the local branch are respectfully requested to participate also in the celebration. The anniversary will be celebrated in the new Armory building. A dance will be given to those wishing to take part.



We understand there is a movement among the farmers and fruit growers of this section to organize for the purpose of starting a canning factory for the marketing of their products. While no definite plan has been given out, it is intimated that the enterprise will be located in McCoole.



The basket ball game between the Fairmont High School team, and the Independents of Keyser Friday night was a very interesting game. The playing on both sides was very spirited and although Keyser lost the game they made a splendid showing, Fairmont being a very strong team. Mr Roy Mulledy, the umpire, was much commended for his impartial decisions, the visiting team stating they had never received more fair and square treatment anywhere. The Keyser band furnished fine music for the occasion.

The line-up was:

Fairmont:       Keyser:






Score: 31-24


In a game of basketball played at Keyser in the K of P Armory, between Keyser and Piedmont, the Keyser team won from the Piedmont five by a score of 53 to 12.

The lineup:

Keyser 53        Piedmont 12



Baughman---C---S Whitworth

Nordeck------G---D Whitworth




Sunday School—9:30am

Morning Worship—10:30am

At this service the pastor will begin a series of sermons on “God.” 1st, His Being, 2nd, His Revelation, 3rd, His Acceptance.

C E—6:45pm

Evening Worship—7:30

Subject of Sermon, “The Heavenly Vision.”

Everybody is welcome at these services.

H F Baughman, Pastor



There will be divine services in Emmanuel church on February 15, Sexagesima Sunday, as follows:

Sunday School, Mr C M Miller, Supt, 9:45 am

Morning Prayer, Ante Communion, and sermon 11 o’clock

Evening prayer and sermon, 7:30 o’clock

The public are cordially invited to attend all of these services.

R E L Strider, Rector



Mr Louis C Athey, of Columbus, Ohio, died last week of cerebral hemorrhage, aged about 69 years. Mr Athey was born in this county. Early in life he went to Columbus where he was engaged in the real estate business. He leaves a widow and two children in Columbus, Ohio, four sisters, Mrs Geo E Leps, Keyser; Mrs M V Whitehill, Keyser; Mrs Cidney Mugler, Grafton; Mrs Long, of Kansas, Mo; and three brothers, J J Athey, of Keyser; C M Athey, of Baltimore, Md; Wm Athey, of Wooster, O.


Mrs Ella Newman, aged 57 years, widow of W B Newman, who was killed on the B&O railroad about a year ago, died at Allegany Hospital at 7 o’clock, Thursday morning from a complication of diseases from which she had been suffering for over two years. She is survived by her son, Morris Newman, of Keyser, W Va, and daughter, Mrs Mary Spangler, of Cumberland, Md. She was a member of the Presbyterian church and of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Order of Railroad Conductors. The body was prepared for burial by J C Wolford, undertaker, and taken to Keyser, thence to Terra Alta, W Va, where interment will take place on Saturday.


The body of Rev Dana W M Feather, who died in a Baltimore hospital, was taken to his home in Albright, W Va, for burial. He had been in charge of the Brandonville, W Va, circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church for three years. Death followed an operation for acute appendicitis. He was 25 years old and is survived by his wife and one child.




Former Representative B B Dovener is a prisoner in the county jail because of his refusal to permit the carrying out of orders of the court in the proceedings recently brought by Mrs Dovener for the appointment of a committee to act for her husband on the ground of his mental imcompetency. At the hearing of the case, Capt Dovener acted as his own lawyer. Judge Newman appointed a committee to act, but Capt Dovener refused to abide by the court’s decision. It is likely he will be sent to a sanitarium.



A mass meeting of union labor men was held in the Auditorium in this city today to protest against the action of Judge A G Dayton in sending striking miners to jail for violating a federal injunction. Prominent labor leaders took part from W Va and Ohio. Those attending assigned a petition addressed to President Wilson asking for the removal of Judge Dayton.



Governor Hatfield has appointed J A Viquesney, of Belington, as forest, fish and game warden for a term of four years from June 30, 1913. This will make Viquesney’s third term. The Governor also appointed A K Kessler, of Huntington, a member of the State Board for the Registration and Examination of Nurses for a term of three years.



Aroused by complaints of citizens who fear open warfare between striking miners and contract men at the mines of the W Va and Pittsburg Coal Co, here, peace officers of Brooke county today sought a plan by which the men could be disarmed. The officers say that many men are armed with high power rifles, but as they do not take them off the property they have rented or own they cannot be held under the gun-carrying law. The strike has been on since last September and a number of battles have been fought.


At Spencer, Roane county, W Va, the trial of O B Wetzel, a former cashier of the defunct Bank of Spencer, on indictment for embezzlement while an officer of that institution, was concluded last week. The amount charged against Wetzel was $20,000. He was found guilty and was sentenced to serve two years in the penitentiary. The Bank of Spencer, following the embezzlement of so much of its funds, went out of business. Sixty percent of the banks indebtedness has been paid, and there are sufficient assets, it is said, to pay the balance, the only loss in the end being the capital stock of the institution.



Mr W E Ravenscroft of McCoole is very sick


Jesse Sharpless, of Gormania, was in town Wednesday on business


Mr Ed Firlie of the Pickwick Theatre visited Cumberland on Tuesday


E A Russell left Tuesday on a business trip to Fairmont and other points


Misses Daisy Alderton and Ella Hern of Thomas, was in Keyser Sunday


Mr and Mrs Webb Souders and little child, went to Cumberland on a visit


Roy Kimes of Cumberland was the guest of his many Keyser friends Sunday


Mrs Maurice Newman went to Terra Alta Sunday afternoon for a few days’ visit


Mr and Mrs Leslie McCoole and son Calvin spent Sunday at W Va Junction


Mrs Richard Gerstell is visiting her daughter, Mrs Geo C McFarlane, at Barnum


A W Coffroth went to Mt Savage to visit his granddaughter, little Miss Wilson


Mrs T H Frankhouser has returned from a visit to relatives at Grantsville, Md


V F Alkire went to Romney Wednesday to attend the funeral of John J Cornwell, Jr


C H Bishop, of Cross, was here on business and went to Oakland to see his father


Editor Charles W Donnelly of the Cumberland News was a visitor here on Saturday evening.


Make arrangements to enjoy the oyster supper on Friday night at the Southern Methodist church.


L C McDonald and Chas N Finnell expect to leave first of next week on a trip to Texas and New Mexico


Mr C L Bane, of Elk Garden, was visiting among friends near Keyser this week. What’s the attraction Charley?


Miss Eva Moore left Sunday for Baltimore, where she will visit her sister, Mrs H E Shutte and friends.


Wm Crooks returned Monday from Hagerstown, where he had been the guest of his sister, Mrs Smoot, for a few days.


Mr D W Taylor, of Burlington, attended a stockholders meeting of Farmers and Merchants Bank Saturday last.


J E Terrell and son, Claudius, went to Romney Wednesday to attend the funeral of their young friend, John J Cornwell, Jr.


The Calendar Coterie was entertained by Miss Luela Johnson, at the home of Mrs E W Stottlemyer, on Piedmont street.


Miss Ella Arbogast of Buena Vista, Va, and Mr and Mrs Edward Arbogast, of Dublin, W Va, are visiting their brother C C Arbogast


Undertaker H S Thompson went to Cumberland to take charge of the remains of Mrs Wm Newman formerly of Keyser who died recently


Miss Maria Stehley of Falling Waters, W Va, went home Tuesday after a couple weeks visit here at the home of her brother, Dr F P Stehley.


Mr Casto of Morgantown was in our city over Sunday, and Monday night gave a very interesting talk at the C E Society at the Lutheran church.


Arthur Clark, engineer of the third division living in Cumberland, who was seriously injured near Oakland yesterday, is a brother of Henry Clark of this city.


Frank Farnett, the Italian who was sentenced to ten years in the penitentiary at the late term of court for robbing Mrs Morris, at Elk Garden, was taken to prison Tuesday


Mr and Mrs Homer W McDonald, left Tuesday for their future home in Texas. They expect to stop off in Clarksburg and Cerecorda, Ill, to see relatives on their way.


Atty Harry Fisher and family left Sunday night for New York whence they will sail for New Orleans to witness the brilliant Mardi Gras. On their return trip they will visit many of the cities in the South.


Mr Arnold (“Hink”) Vandiver, of Burlington, W Va, who has been engaged with W A Liller, contractor, Keyser, on a big house building contract for the Consolidation Coal Co, in Kentucky, has arrived home.


S A Cody, of the Experiment Station farm, is at Twin Mountain where he will have charge of the poultry plant now being established by the Twin Mountain Orchards. The purpose of this company is to start with two thousand layers and probably increase from time to time. They will probably use the White Leghorns.


The thermometer registered 8 above zero here this Wednesday


Mr J A Dawson of Westernport visited friends here this week


Olive Branch Lodge, No 25, conferred second rank upon 7 candidates at their regular meeting last Tuesday night.


It is stated by good authority that Keyser will have their new fire truck in operation sometime during the week.


A marriage license was issued in Cumberland to Earl Lewis, of Shaw, W Va, and Cora M Zimmerman, of Fairmont, W Va


Mrs M Masteller left for her home in Fredericksburg, Va, Saturday, February 7, accompanied by her sister, Miss Watson, of Maplewood Farm. She expects to spend several weeks in the Masteller home.


George Hoopengardner, whose home is in Elk Garden, W Va, but who has recently been employed at Bloomington, is ill with pneumonia at the home of W T Puckett, Bedford street, Cumberland.


Ex State Senator John B Shannon, Frostburg, and his friend, Hon George H Sullivan, Stillwater, Minn, were registered at the Queen City Saturday evening. Mr Sullivan was the Taft leader in Minnesota in the last Presidential campaign


A committee appointed to arrange for hotel accommodations at Washington, DC, for the Golden Jubilee Anniversary Celebration, Feb 19, 20 and 21, have selected the New Hotel Ebbitt as W Va Headquarters for all Knights of Pythias families and their friends. Rates $3.50 per day American plan.


John Allen of Berkeley Springs, who was given a tryout last spring by Clark Griffith of Washington American League has signed with the Baltimore League. He will go to Southern Pine, NC, the teams training ground, in the early spring. Allen played some very creditable ball last spring and expects to make a much better showing this year. A few days ago he married Miss O’Neil, of this city.


Keyser Aerie, No 1234, Fraternal Order of Eagles, of Keyser, W Va, is making elaborate preparations for their ninth anniversary ball, to be held in the K of P Armory, Monday, February 22. Arrangements have been made to operate a special train on the B&O Railroad, leaving Keyser for Piedmont at 1:30am. Isle’s Orchestra will furnish music for the occasion.


The annual mid-year meeting of the teachers of Mineral County will be held at the Keyser High School, Saturday, Feb 14, beginning at 10 am. This meeting takes the place of the regular district institute for Keyser and Piedmont and its scope is made such as to be of particular practical value to all the teachers of the county. The program is being carefully worked out. A special effort will be made by the teachers to spend a pleasant day.


Greatest offering of High Grade Suits

Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14. Beautiful styles in Negligee, Madras, Eclipse, Arrow and Monarck make. Clean shirts at dirt cheap prices. Eclipse and Arrow sell regularly for $1.50 for the two days we offer them at $1.00. Monarck sells regularly for $1.00 and $1.25 will offer them Friday and Saturday at 70c. All coat style and detached cuffs. Everhart




VIAVI TREATMENT—I will be at the Reynold’s Hotel the second and last Wednesday of every month, from 1 until 3 o’clock pm. MRS L M KENNISTON, Manager


FRYE AND SON sell guaranteed Paint, Paint your house with it.


Now is the time to buy dress goods at WILSON’S while the tariff is off.


There is a move on foot to organize a Temple of Pythian Sisters here.


Dr Staggers M T treats all chronic diseases without the use of medicine or knife. Residence and office corner of First and Davis street.


When you buy shoes from D LONG & SON you get well made shoes that will stand the test and give you serviceable wear.


Mens silk ties while they last at 8 cents each.


The Ladies Aid Society of the United Brethren Church will hold a fruit sale in Thompson’s window, Saturday, February 14th.


Farmers don’t forget that FRYE AND SON have a complete line of Oliver Plows and repairs.


D LONG AND SON are already receiving their nice and well selected line of spring goods. Ask for them.


Doan’s Regulets are recommended by many who say they operate easily, without griping and without bad after effects. 25c at all drug stores.


E E Taylor a practical farmer of Patterson’s Creek bought a Riding Oliver Plow from FRYE AND SONS this week. Mr Taylor has an eye for business.


The bargains are getting less each day at WILSON’S so don’t put off coming to long


WILSON’S fleece lined underwear will you keep you warm this cold weather


A warm reception is ready for any man, young or old, who will come to our store Friday and Saturday, Feb 13 and 14, when we will offer any suit or overcoat at 30 percent off. Handsome patterns and plenty to choose from. EVERHART


For the benefit of those wishing to attend the Tuesday and Friday dances being held at the Bachelor’s Hall. Mr J W Gardner, who has charge of the dances, wishes to announce that all those who attended the dances heretofore given by Mr Marshall Carrier are cordially invited, especially the young ladies and their mothers.


ROOMERS WANTED All conveniences. Apply at this office.


Ladies all wool long coats at WILSON’S at $1.98


LILLER’S LUMBER PARLORS, Mineral street, Keyser, W Va