JUNE 22, 1914



During the rain storm this morning lightning struck the barn of Isaac Iser at the extreme South end of Main street and it was totally destroyed by fire. The Keyser Fire Dept had the reel out and were on the way when the whistle sounded the alarm. Herman Davis pulled the reel to the scene of the fire, but the fire had eaten up the barn almost instantly and the boys could do no good. The barn was full of alfalfa hay and the other feed and the loss is considerable to Mr Iser. The dog was in the barn when it was struck but it was gotten out. The building belonged to the Carskadon estate. The streets were soon well filled with people and regardless of the rain, streams of people rushed to the fire in autos, buggies and wagons and hundreds walked. Mr Iser and all the boys were at work in his market garden at the old race track. They had all the horses with them, thus saving them. Some harness and the feed all burned.



The young folks of Keyser were shocked Sunday morning to learn of the tragic death of Boyd Moss Athey, which occurred early Sunday morning, when he was hit by B&O passenger train No 4 while in the West yards. It seems that young Athey and a bunch of boys went to Piedmont early in the evening and intended to return on No 4, but when they found No 4 late, they decided to come down on a freight. Willie Roby and Boyd Athey came down and the train stopped in the west end. Athey got off on the left and Roby on the right and as Athey was crossing over he was hit by No 4. Entler came down on No 4 and waited for Athey and as he did not show up, the boys went up in the yards and found him dead between the tracks. His body was not cut, but was considerably bruised. Boyd was only 19 years old and was a son of Mr and Mrs Jerry Athey. He has worked for the B&O for over two years. On the 16th of June, ten years ago, another son, Oland Edgar, a messenger, was killed by No 3 at Lover’s Leap, making five days difference between the days of their tragic deaths. The funeral will take place at the home tomorrow morning at 10:00 o’clock, with services by Rev M H Keen. Burial will be made in Queens Point cemetery. The Keyser Male Quartet will have charge of the singing. The following young men will act as pall bearers: Russell Entler, Frank Rice, Roy Trenton, Browny Biser, Clarence Parish and Clarence Davis.



The family and friends of Mrs Don Rice were very much shocked and grieved Saturday night by receiving a message from Elk Garden that she had died very suddenly at 8:30 o’clock while visiting at Mr Elmer Sheetz’s. Mrs Rice went to Elk Garden on the morning train on Saturday for a weeks visit to relatives, and they say at home that she was feeling much better than usual and had been for several weeks. Mrs Rice had been out for a short walk and after returning was sitting conversing with several friends, when she suddenly folded her arms and was dead, without pain or a struggle. The family here was notified immediately by phone and her sons, Albert, Robert and Ray went to Elk Garden and accompanied the remains to her home in McCoole yesterday morning. Mrs Rice is survived by four daughters, Misses Birdie, Maude, Annie and Nellie, and five sons, Charley of Brunswick, Edgar of Cumberland, Albert, Robert and Ray of this city, and one sister, Mrs Frank Barber, of Pall, Va. The funeral and burial will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by her pastor, Rev F H Havenner. Services at the home in McCoole and interment in Queens Point cemetery.



What might have been a serious accident occurred yesterday afternoon on the road to Mt Savage near Lepley’s, when an automobile went over a bank, spilling the three occupants and pinning them underneath. Fortunately all three escaped with bruises and minor injuries. Blaine Hendrickson, who lives near the paper mill bridge, in the Narrows, with the owner of the car, a Mr Taylor, and his father in law were out for a spin in a new Buick. Hendrickson was coaching Taylor and his father in law who was at the wheel. The road is narrow at the scene of the accident and Taylor turned the steering wheel in the wrong direction sending the car over the bank while Hendrickson tried his best to steer onto the road again. The Buick turned completely over pinning all three men beneath but in such a manner that they were only bruised. Hendrickson and Taylor received injuries to the back and other parts of the body. The men managed to release themselves and the Mt Savage bus coming along, the wrecked car was pulled up the bank by the omnibus and taken back to Glisan’s Garage, this city, for repairs. It is badly damaged.


All persons who signed the Chautauqua, and all persons who subscribed for tickets are requested to meet in the M E church at 8 o’clock Tuesday, June 23rd. This is a very important meeting and all should be present. The Chautauqua opens on Saturday of this week and there is much to be done and in order to make it the success it should be, a large attendance is urged.



Chairman of the Band Stand Committee, Mr C G Scribner, has turned over the blue prints to the contractors asking for bids on the erection of the new Band Stand to be erected on Mineral street on the State grounds, near the Prep. The committee has labored hard and think they should have a splendid plan to build over, and they should be encouraged by the co-operation of all the people. As soon as the contract is let work will start and in a few weeks Keyser will celebrate the dedication of the first Band Stand for the city.



Master Tom Lee Sharpless was 5 years old Saturday and he was given a party at the home of his grandmother, Mrs Carrie Sharpless at which his little friends helped him to celebrate the event. Those present were: Geraldine Christian, Jean Emily Frost, Dortha Davis, Martha and Louise Bomberger, Mary Russell, Lucile, Ellasue, Roy and Ruth Evick, Hazel Roderick, Roy and Elsie Snyder, Billy Knot, Audry Hollen and Margarette Catherine Sharpless.



In a game of baseball here Saturday between Frostburg and Keyser the home team won by a score of 5-4. A very interesting game was pulled off.



The Business Men’s Association will meet in Friendship Hall, Monday Evening, 8 o’clock. All members requested to be present. S M Moore, President.



Many people gather to celebrate the

First Anniversary of the Star of Hope Child’s Refuge

Yesterday at the little village of Burlington the first year of the Star of Hope Child’s Refuge was celebrated by appropriate exercises. Many hundreds of people from all parts of the county were present and took part in the celebration. Rev H L Hout of Washington made an address in the forenoon, and Rev J H Wilhite of Burlington and Rev M H Keen of this city made addresses in the afternoon. The Ladies Quartet of Keyser rendered many selections during the day and lent much in making the day one of success. Dr F L Baker, who takes a great interest in the home, said that the day was a great success both as to the good that was done and also financially. There are several children in the home at present. We will give a full report of the years work later.



The funeral and burial of Mrs Ed Riggleman took place yesterday afternoon, Rev F H Havenner conducting the service. The remains were laid to rest in Queens Point cemetery. Mrs Riggleman is survived by her husband and nine children , among out of town, are Mrs Ida Tucker of Fairmont, Mrs Bertie Simmons, of Elk Garden, Mrs Ollie Nelson of Barnum, Hiram of Troy, Ohio, and Chas of McCoole. Mrs Riggleman was 56 years of age.


Mr Riggleman desires to extend thanks to all who so kindly assisted during the funeral and burial of his beloved wife.



This section was visited by a glorious rain this morning. Every plant is refreshed and vegetation has taken on new life. We should be doubly thankful. For several weeks we all have watched and waited for rain, and this section has been very dry.


Senator O H Hood, State Counsel of the M W A, returned home this morning from Detroit where he attended the National Convention. The convention adjourned without raising the rate, leaving it as it has been.


Dr C S Hoffman left Saturday night for Philadelphia where he will visit some of the leading hospitals of that city. He will attend the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons, also the annual meeting of the American Medical Association at Atlantic City this week. Dr Hoffman is a member of both societies.



St Peters High School held its annual commencement in St Peters Catholic Church on Friday morning. Following are the graduates: Nellie Teresa O’Gorman, Loretta Kelley, Rosemary Flanigan, Monica Rowan, Teresa Thomas, Naomi Flannigan, Patrick O’Donnell, Margaret Collins and Miss Ella Bradley, of Barton, Md, a graduate of music. A banquet and dance was given at St Peters Hall on Friday evening in honor of the graduates, their parents, the alumni and St Peters choir.


On Friday night, June 26, the alumni of St Peters High School will hold the annual banquet and dance at St Peters Hall. The school is in a flourishing condition.


Porter White is seriously ill with typhoid fever at his home in Westernport.


Mrs William Ott and daughter, Miss Evelyn, of Grafton, were guests of friends here.


Mr and Mrs James H Feaster will arrive at home this week.


Miss Mildred Harrison is visiting at Potomac Manor.


Miss Nina Shuey is visiting Miss Portia Richardson in West Philadelphia, Pa.


Miss Beulah Thrush is visiting relatives in Morgantown, W Va, for a fortnight.


H C Schramm, a student at the University of W Va, is at home for the summer vacation.


Mrs Sallie Connor and Mrs Earl Blaker, her daughter, who have been on a visit to her former home at Pennsboro, W Va, have returned home.


John McGuigan is visiting his son, Father Thomas E McGuigan, at Washington.


Robert Harrison Graham, a student at the University of Florida, is home for the summer vacation.


Mrs George W Harrison, who has been spending the winter with her children at Philadelphia and Washington, has returned home for the summer. She will be with her daughter, Mrs Doddridge F Graham, on Hampshire street.


Mr and Mrs J Webb Trenton, of Luke, are on a visit to the formers brother Hagey Trenton at Kansas City, MO.


Miss Nora Wamsley was taken to the hospital at Keyser last week suffering with typhoid.


Mrs James A Welch and two sons of Westernport are spending part of the summer at Baltimore and Atlantic City.

Timothy Kenny is visiting his son, Rev Timothy Kenny at Forest Park, Baltimore.


There will be submitted to the voters here a loan ordinance to the amount of $85,000 and if it becomes a law, will pay off existing indebtedness and pave the town and improve the streets and gutters and sewerage systems.


Dr D J Long was appointed health officer for Piedmont by the council at the last meeting.


Charles Crowe has been appointed street supervisor for Piedmont.


Nine persons took the civil service exam for the position of clerkship in the Piedmont post office. It will not be known who was successful for thirty days yet.


T J Haywood has been elected master of executor of LaFayette Lodge, No 3, K of P, vice Capt A J Clark, deceased. A large number of new members will be given the Knight rank at the meeting to be held on Monday night.


Philos Lodge I O O F of Westernport, held a very beautiful meeting service this afternoon at Philos Cemetery.


The financial statement of Piedmont has been published. The total expenditures for the year was $18,168.38. The assets value over liabilities is stated to be $69,481.09. It is understood that Mayor Bucy will have a special audit made to embrace the past three years.