Keyser, Mineral County, West Virginia

Vol. 41 - No. 21 - November 3, 1911

Mrs. Sarah Taylor

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  _____ Taylor at her ____, ___ville, W. Va., Oct. 20, 1911, there passed into the world of spirits, a model neighbor, an affectionate companion, a kind and devoted mother, and a true Christian. She was born near Ridgeville, W. Va., Dec. 27, 1843, and was 67 years, 9 months and ___ days old. She was married to Captain William Taylor Oct. 28(?), 1866, at Ridgeville, W. Va. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn their loss their five children--Mrs. Mary M. McHenry, Westernport, Md., Mr. Thomas Taylor, and Misses Lucy V. and Bernice O. of Emoryville, W. Va., and Mrs. Sadie R. Murphy, Henry, W. Va. She had been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for 25 years. She will be missed in the home. These mysterious dealings of Providence are beyond our comprehension.
  Now we see through a glass darkly, but some "Sweet Day," all will be made plain when the mists have cleared away. Her funeral was preached by the Rev. G. W. Yost, assisted by Rev. Bernard from the first three verses of the 14th Chapter of John, and she was buried on Monday, Oct. 23 -- the same day of the month on which she was married -- in Queens Point Cemetery. She is survived by the following brothers and sisters, J. W. Markwood, of Ridgeville, J. H. Markwood, of Keyser, Rev. L. K. Markwood, of Winchester, Va., Mrs. Rhoda Chamberlain, of Antioch, and Misses Florence and Mamie Markwood, of Ridgeville.
A friend.

Beaver Run Items

  Rev. Bursey Ludwig, wife and children of Somerset, Pa. are ___ on a visit.
  Several persons from here attended the district meeting at the Knobley church last Saturday. G. S. Arnold and B. B. Smith were delegates from here.
  The bride and groom, Arthur Whipp and his wife, returned home Saturday from the east where they had been spending a few weeks on their bridal tour.
  Aunt Sarah Biser (nee Stemple) died last Tuesday evening at the age of 80 years. Funeral at the brick church and burial in the grave yard there. She had been in feeble health for several years and was about the same till Monday morning she was paralyzed and then grew worse till her decease. She made her home with Jo Taylor's, Mrs. Taylor being her daughter. Her husband John Biser, preceded her to his grave about twenty-five or twenty-six years.
  Misses Cora and Bessie Rogers of Ind. are visiting relatives here.
  Miss Eliza Whipp married a Mr. Rogers and settled in Ind. and these guests are of that family.


  At the age of 79 years, 7 months, 29 days, one has reached the closing scene of her earthly pilgrimage. Time has scattered snowflakes upon her once fair brow, and bowed down her form with the weight of years. Her life once active and buoyant is now sinking in silence and waiting to exchange earth for heaven. Peace, like a river, rolls through her hopeful heart. The warmth of her affections is felt far and near. Her hopes of happiness are all centered in Jesus. Old age is contemplative. Aged people dwell much upon the future, as well as the past. They link the fond associations on earth with the sweet anticipations of the future. Be kind to the aged ones of earth. They will not be with us long. Acts of kindness, with the hand are deeds of benevolence in the heart.
  Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Biser (nee Stemple) passed from the sad and silent shores of time October 17, 1911. For some time she had been in feeble health. When on Monday morning of the 16th was partially paralyzed and continued to grow worse till her sun was set.
  She was married to John Biser just before the Civil War. Unto this union still survive Mrs. Rachael Taylor and Lydia Anders and each has four children ____ surviving. But the husband, ____ John Biser, preceded to the ____ world about twenty-six ____. Funeral and burial ____ Beaver Run church from ____ by the writer.

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Good Roads Congress

  In the official program of the ____ road congress to be held by ____ American ____ for Highway Improvement at Richmond Nov. 20-23, 1911, there is a list of speakers which includes the most notable scientists and public men ever gathered together for any one convention. The program, which has just been announced, includes an address by President Taft, the first that he will deliver upon his return from his long Western trip.
  Previous announcement has been made that on "National Day" which will mark the opening of the congress of the association and its allied organizations, the speakers will include Governor Mann, of Virginia, Senators Martin and Bankhead and Congressman J. Hampton Moore and others.
  In the official program, however, it is set forth that Harold Parker, Chairman of the Massachusetts State Highway Commission, will preside, and that twenty-minute papers will be read by W. A. McLean, Provincial Engineer of Ontario, Canada; W. W. Crosby, State Highway Engineer of Maryland; A. N. Johnson, State Highway Engineer of Illinois; A. H. Blanchard, Professor of Highway Engineering, Columbia University; P. St. J. Wilson, State Highway Commissioner of Virginia.
  Moving pictures showing the effects of good and bad roads, some of them humorous and some dramatic, presenting in a striking and human manner the contrast between the two phases of the road problem, will land considerable interest to the congress, to the average layman, who, after all, is the one chiefly affected by a system of bad roads. It will be shown that the high costs of living has been due, in a large measure, to the difficulty of getting farm products to the railroads for shipment at the "bad road" seasons and that a system of good roads will wipe out this evil.
  It is estimated that something in the neighborhood of Four Hundred Million dollars a year could be saved throughout the country by improving twenty per cent of all the roads now existent. The tremendous interest in the road problems throughout the United States is indicated by the fact that the country is now spending about $1,000,000 a day in road building and maintenance.
  Arrangements are being made to secure reduced round trip tickets on various railroads leading into Richmond for the congress and present indications are that they will be more than five thousand visitors from various parts of the country in the course of four days. These visitors will include farms, business men, public men, automobilists and manufacturers of road machinery and road materials as well as official representatives from all the states.

Martin Items

  Herbert Martin drove home from Keyser Sunday where he has been working in the shops.
  Geo. McKutcheon made a trip to Keyser last week on business.
  Homer Berg and family moved to Keyser last week to work in the B. & O. shops.
  The Thorn Run school is progressing very nicely with the writer as teacher.
  Mr. Chas. Rexroad was in this community Saturday looking up scholars who are not in school he says "he means to enforce the law."
  The members of the Knobley congregation held their Lovefeast Friday evening, Oct. 20. It was largely attended and a very enjoyable feast. Ed. Jeremiah Thomas officiated.
  Saturday Oct. 21 the delegates met in the Knobley Church in District Conference. It was largely attended by a delegation from the Pa. line to Va. and Md. line. The topics that were discussed most were the advisability of electing Sunday school teachers for life. And a movement to meet king Alcohol by teaching, preaching, lecturing temperance speeches, songs, etc. but best of all by prayer and trust in God.
  Miss Katie Dolly was in our village Sunday having returned from Keyser where she is working.
  Nora Ebert, of Williamsport, was visiting D. W. Billmyer Saturday and Sunday.
  Bessie Rotruck has returned from Eglon where she has been for nearly two years. She came home to attend school.
  Several of our people attended the Law suit, at Williamsport, between Geo. Develbiss and his son, Larry.
  Lorenzo Fike attended the meeting and preached an able sermon at Thorn Run on Saturday evening.
  Mrs. W. A. Smith, who had a stroke of paralysis, is, we are glad to say, improving.

Ward - Caldwell

  Mr. Edward Ward and Miss Clara, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caldwell, who live on James St., were married on Friday evening, Oct. 20-1611 [sic...should be 1911] at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage, by Rev. F. H. Havenner. Mr. and Mrs. Ward will reside at Chicago Junct. where Mr. Ward is assistant car foreman for the B. & O. R. R.

Gave a Church

  Senator Henry G. Davis presented to the Presbyterian congregation, at Gassaway, W. Va., a handsome church building which was formally dedicated last Sunday. Rev. J. W. Rowe is the pastor, the dedicatory sermon was preached by Rev. Ernest Thompson, of Charleston, W. Va. The auditorium will seat 300 people. The structure is the form of a cross. The deed of conveyance from Senator Davis requires that at least half of the seats shall always be free to any one desiring to attend services therein. The building cost more than $20,000 and is a memorial to the Senator's wife.

Good Cattle

  M. B. Kuykendall and Joe A. Pancake returned from New York Tuesday where they took Mrs. Susie Pancake's cattle. From what we hear the boys are to be congratulated on the sale of the cattle, having topped the New York Market and realized $105 per head, clear of all expense. -- Hampshire Review

Dawson News

  Nero came to my house,
  And pounded on the door,
  Says, "Lucus you had better wake.
  And write the news once more."
  So I waked up and looked about
  To see if I could find
  Some news to write to the old Tribune
  To ease poor Nero's mind.
  I found a few by looking close
  To write them now I'll try.
  Next week I'll try to write some more.
  Please Nero do not cry.

  Mrs. J. J. Dowson, of Frost, was calling on relatives here Tuesday.
  Mrs. Auther Robison and mother, Mrs. Brant, left for Johnstown, Pa., Friday.
  Rev. S. D. Dawson was called to Cresaptown Wednesday to officiate at the funeral of Mrs. Adam Shook.
  Bessie Vanmeter and sister, Grace, were visiting friends at Keyser Sunday.
  School opened at Gerstell Monday with Miss Hannah Gerstell as teacher.
  Mrs. Lucy Yonker is visiting friends at Keyser this week.
  On account of the heavy rains this fall, farmers are not near done seeding yet.
  Mr. Harry Dawson was in Cumberland Sunday to see his brother, Daniel, who is in the Western Maryland Hospital.
  Dr. C. L. Cunningham, of Cresaptown, was among friends here last week.

Elk Garden News

  Messrs. William Greenshields and Robert McKinley moved to Pennsylvania last week and will take up their residence near the town of Dubois.
  Harley Beckman, the efficient salesman in I. H. Bane & Bros. Store, has accepted a position at Hendricks as hotel clerk.
  Mrs. Nellie Radcliffe and children, of Ridgeley, are the guests of Mrs. Wm. Jones this week.
  Lloyd Oates tendered his resignation as mayor of Elk Garden last Monday evening and B. J. Faller was elected by the council in his stead.
  F. C. Patton has sold his stock of merchandise to the Buxton & Landstreet company. The B. & L. Company began auctioneering the goods Tuesday evening to continue evening after evening.
  A. K. of P. banquet will be held in I. O. O. F. Hall Saturday evening, November 4.
  A social was given by F. C. Patton's family last Friday evening in honor of Harley Beckman. Those present were Misses Estella Hott, Anna Fleming, Amy Foreman, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Oates, Messrs. Herbert Seaman, Bartley Kilroy, Will H. Kight and Harley Beckman.
  Michael Cummings, a lad of 15 years, son of Frank Cummings, of No. 14 mine, near Oakmont, was frightfully mangled by a loaded mine car which ran over him last Friday. Four physicians were called and one leg was amputated at the thigh. The other leg, though badly broken, was set. He was taken to the Hoffman Hospital, at Keyser, on Saturday and his condition is critical.
  Misses Mary and Nan Ashby made a business trip to Blaine last Tuesday.
  Miss Mary Ashby has accepted a position in I. H. Bane & Bros. store.
  The District Teachers' Institute at Elk Garden, Saturday, November 4, promises to be an interesting session. School patrons are invited, also pupils and the public generally. Come out and meet the teachers of Elk District.

Circuit Court

  National Packing Co. vs. J. W. Umstot, verdict in favor of the plaintiff for $236.80.
  Peoples Bank of Keyser vs. H. L. Welch, court gives plaintiff judgment for $544.67.
  State vs. John W. McCloud, felony. "Guilty as charged in the indictment."
  State vs. Francis Stewart, felony. Verdict, "Not guilty."
  State vs. H. J. Bernard, felony. Verdict, "Guilty."
  Further proceedings next week.

Card of Thanks

  Mrs. Nelson Dayton extends her sincere thanks and heartfelt appreciation to her many friends for their innumerable manifestations of kindness and sympathy extended during the illness and since the death of her husband.

Push Root

  There is music in the heaven,
  There is music in the sphere,
  There is music in the ocean's sullen roar,
  But the music most inspiring,
  Most refreshing and untiring,
  Is the rumble of the railroad by the door.
  It will soon be rumbling now as the men are making the dirt fly and the engineers are driving stakes at a terrific rate. Just as soon as the construction gang gets a little nearer several loafers here abouts have threatened to go to work on it. The stores enroute have all laid in a supply of railroad caps and lanterns to sell to railroad employees. The round house hasn't been located as yet. They are going to locate it with a peach stick as soon as they can find a water witch. This is done in order that a well may be dug on the premises to water the engines from. No country railroad can get along without a good well of water.
  We haven't a teacher for our school yet but hope to have one before long. Advertisements have been placed in several papers and quite a few replies have been received, two of which are given below.

tansy md
Oct 12 1911

"mr hez Rot
  i seen your ad in the paper for a schol marm. i wud like to hav the job. i hav never teeched any yet but my folks think i wil make a good teecher. hav always bin to sickly to go to schol and think i had better teech. Let me no by next post when to come.
yr obdt servent
(Miss) Samanta Dewberry

The other application read:

Mulberry, W. Va.
Oct. 2 1911

Mr. Hez Root
Push Root W. Va.

Dear Sir:
  Your advertisement having come under my observation, I take pleasure in recommending myself as a teacher for your school. I am awful brilliant and have no doubt in my own mind that I am the person you are looking for. It is a little to far to walk from here or I would apply in person. I feel confident if I could be there and engage the cog wheels of my mind with the cog wheels of yours in interesting conversation for a few moments you would readily appreciate my superiority over any other applicant. I am a great believer in the superiority of the superlative over the comparative. I can spell every word in the spelling book and know the Hagerstown Almanac by heart. There is, strange to say, only one defect in my makeup as a teacher; I am unable to write penmanship writing. Can read and write print with the rest of them but have never learned to write.
  Let me know when you want me to come.

Yours Truly,

I. Will Walkover

P.S. The school teacher at this place wrote this letter for me. I can also play the fiddle.

I. W. W.

These applications are under consideration but the committee does not look upon them very favorably. One applicant can't write at all and the other might just as well not. However we have to have a teacher, so one or the other had beter be employed.


  John Ersam___ker was over last Saturday ___ looked over the railroad right of way. He liked the look of the situation and has applied for an annual pass.
  Ed Vandiver, of Burlington, passed through here Monday on his way to the county seat to have his buggy washed. Look out girls, Ed will be around to see some of you most any time now.
  Some one threw a head of cabbage against Hez Root's door on Hallowe'en night which jared Hez's fase teeth off the wash stand and broke them all to pieces. Hez has to gum his victuals until he gets a new pair.
  Lou Wallace and Jerome Riggleman had a horse trade last week. Lou gave a peck of walnuts for boot and Jerome tried to riggle out of the deal when he found they were not hulled. This may result in a lawsuit.
  Two wild turkeys were found dead in Tar Kiln Ridge last week. It is thought they had been hunted so hard since the season came in that they haven't had time to eat and consequently starved to death.

Beaver Run

  Rev. Paul Mohler, of Chicago, came Saturday and preached twice Sunday at the church. His wife and child came some time ago. They will visit here until the middle of November when they expect to sail from New York as missionaries to France. Elder Mohler will preach again at the brick church on Sunday, November 12th, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  John Evans and wife of Augusta, were here Saturday night and Sunday on their way to Grant county to visit up there this week.
  Dora Taylor and Frank, his son, have just finished painting B. W. Smith's house. The color of the house is yellow trimmed with white.
  Charles Shoemaker, of Westernport, came down Monday to see after interests about his farm here. He thinks he will not move down with his family until late in the winter.
  B. W. Smith is conducting a series of meetings at Mission church on Little Capon.
  When Elder Shaffer was here preaching he arranged for a later date to have some cattle shipped to him at Berlin; some for breeding purposes and some fat cattle. Accordingly the cattle were collected and shipped from Keyser Monday.
  Mrs. Lydia Anders (nee Biser) and husband of Gettysburg, came up on Friday to see her mother in answer to a letter sent them that she was dangerously ill. Also a message by wire was sent them on Monday before her mother's death on Tuesday, but it failed to reach its destination. So the Anders came up not knowing of the demise of their mother till they arrived at Burlington. They returned home first of this week.
  Rev. Bursey Ludwig, wife and children, went home Monday. he is a merchant in Somerset, Pa.
  Miss Gertie Tutwiler, of Shanks, is up here on a visit this week.
  Ward Hammond, wife and baby, of Romney, were out visiting relatives over Sunday.
  Boyd Staggs has three lessons yet to give his singing class and will give one next Saturday evening.
  It is said Jake Huffman will move this week from the farm W. B. Leatherman sold to Will Stickley to the old Whiteman house near the Junction. And Mr. Stickley will move from Burlington to his new home vacated by Mr. Huffman.
  Cleve Starnes and family are up on a short visit.
  A pumpkin story. A pumpkin vine came up in J. H. Cheshire's truck patch and took a good deal of liberty and occupied much space. But it was allowed to have its way about things and when the harvest time came the vine yielded sixty fair sized matured pumpkins. How's that for an off year for "corker?"
G. S. A.