FRI, JUNE 26, 1914




Prominent Physician Gave Up His Life

In Rescuing Two Young Ladies

Who Were Drowning

News of the tragic death of Dr. W. Holmes Yeakley reached this city about midnight last night. The phone message was from Staunton, Va, where the doctor was visiting, and was to his former partner, Dr. L L Edgell. The message said: “Dr Yeakley drowned this afternoon in the Shenandoah river.” Eager to learn of the particulars, Mr R W Thrush called the Morning News at Staunton, and the paper told him in substance that Dr Yeakley was in bathing with two sisters of Mrs Yeakley, and that the young ladies got into deep water and that one of them was about to drown, gone down the second time, when the doctor plunged in the deep water after her. The young ladies succeeded in getting ashore, but Dr Yeakley was so shocked that he was seized with heart failure and sank. The accident happened about five o’clock last evening, and eleven o’clock the body was in Staunton, and about twelve o’clock Dr Edgell received the phone message. At the time of going to press nothing could be learned concerning the funeral, but as the doctors home is in Winchester and Mrs Yeakley’s home is in Staunton, interment will likely be made in one of the two places.

Dr W Holmes Yeakley has been a citizen of Keyser and has practiced medicine in this city for several years, having come here from Davis, where he practiced for some time. Dr Yeakley made many friends during his stay in Keyser, was a member of the City Council for a couple of years and was at the head of the Health Department at the time of his death. Surviving him is his good wife and one son, Holmes, eight years of age. Mrs Yeakley has a host of warm friends here who deeply sympathize with her in this sad hour. Dr Yeakley had a narrow escape from death a month ago caused by scratching his hand on a rake while at work in his yard. Blood poisoning set in and an operation was necessary. The doctor made a strong fight for life and was recovering. He and Mrs Yeakley had been in Virginia for a couple of weeks visiting their old homes, while the wound was healing and while he was regaining his strength. A number of his warm friends are arranging to go to Staunton tomorrow to attend the funeral.



Thursday morning at 7:30 the local troop of Boy Scouts with Mr Fred Koetz gathered at the school house for an over night hike to High Rock. There were 21 in all. Not knowing the short cuts very well we took the road, and missed the chance to cut off several miles. Those who arrived first on the scene built a leanto to sleep in that night. On the way a few of the last being over heated, drank too much water and became sick. Dinner time soon arrived and several fires were kindled to cook the dinner. After dinner a party of the boys went down to the river to wash, and then to Dawson. On their way home it began to rain, two of them came through the woods to the camp, but the rest being afraid of lightning stayed in the open field and took the rain as it came. The boys that did not go swimming picked raspberries for the benefit of their faces and sat upon the rock inspecting the surrounding country. One boy located an open field and seeing what he thought to be the boys he yelled, but getting no response, we looked through the glasses and saw a herd of swine. Then Mr Koetz and some of the other boys went into the cave until the others came back to camp. The rain kept pouring down for an hour and then slacked up long enough to give us time to pack and go to the barn. We obtained our supper here and waited until Mr Boise came home, after having permission to sleep in the haymow on the condition we did not disturb the mules, we went to bed, and a bed it was like so many pigs, we lay kicking and getting kicked. Most of the boys got the giggles and figits and Mr Koetz and Frank Cheshire had a hard time getting any sleep. When morning came a sham battle was held until breakfast was prepared of which we all ate with a will. After bidding the kind people good-bye we hiked on our way home and took all the short cuts possible.—Scout



Says he is going with all the kiddies to every session

To hear and see talent.

“Yes, sir!” said Uncle Ephraim. “It’s a fact. I believe it is just as sacred to play as it is to pray. I believe it is just as much a part of the human family’s needs to play some, laugh some and grow young as it is to sing some and pray some and listen to a sermon. Me for some fun every summer! I am either going to the mountains or down to the lake or over to Farmer Jones’ grove to the picnic or somewhere. “They tell me that this summer we are going to have a Chautauqua here; that it is a Chautauqua named after Abraham Lincoln; that there are people to lecture, sometimes seriously and sometimes humorously; that there are people who play musical instruments; people who sing; that some folks are makeup artists who impersonate and imitate other folks, and that some are actors; that some make drawings with crayons; that there are bands and orchestras; that there is a lot of fun in the program; Some of the greatest men and women of country will tell us what they see and think that is worth while and that fills heart chinks with gladness and the air with merriment. “I understand that these folks have as much fun in singing and acting and playing as you can have at a National league ball game, or when you go fishing, or play “run sheep, run” and “I’ll be doggoned if I aint going to take that in if it’s the last thing I ever do. “Me for the Chautauqua, to sit under the sage green tent in a good chair and listen to a man talk who knows how to talk, or a girl sing who can sing some, or somebody play a part who looks it, and act it to a fault. My neighbors and I and all the kiddies are going to take this week off to play with these Chautauqua folks and have the time of our lives. “Yes, sir you bet!”



Mr James H Arnold of Beaver Run was made happy yesterday, he closed a deal with Arbogast & Sharpless for a new Ford touring car.



“Ginseng” Nash, a socialist preacher and prophet, of Emoryville, was in town today and created quite a lot of excitement by his peculiar dress. He wears a long white robe and went about the hot streets barefoot, just what sort of religious doctrine he is propounding we did not learn but he expects to preach in Keyser shortly. Nash owns a large ginseng farm on the mountain near Emoryville.





A petition drafted by prisoners in the Eastern Penitentiary declaring that fully 70% of the crime within this State is directly attributed to the excessive use of intoxicating liquors and asking for the enactment of prohibition legislation is being circulated among convicts confined in that institution. It is reported that 1,500 signatures of inmates of the prison will be attached to the petition which is to be presented to the Legislature. The editor of the paper published in the prison by the prisoners initiated the movement.



Smashes Windows, Uproots Trees

Blows Down Wires

This city was struck by a raging storm combining hail, wind, rain and lightning at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon which lasted over an hour and left in its wake heavy damage in all parts of the city. Rain and hail fell in torrents and so severe was the storm that no human being could have stood its biting fury, and everyone took refuge in the business places along the streets while the storm raged. Trees were uprooted and broken throughout the city, one large limb falling across the tracks of the Cumberland Electric Railway Co at the head of Baltimore street, blocking traffic for more than an hour. The force of water along the principal streets of the city was so great that the catch basins could not take care of the flowing current, and heavy pieces of timber and rock were washed down the streets, blocking the main crossings in the city. Several windows were broken at the Central Young Mens Christian Association on Baltimore street and one window was shattered in the rear of the Arlington Hotel. Several windows were broken in the rear of the Arlington Hotel. Several windows were broken in the rear of the residence of G Stanley Butler on North Centre St; his stable and garage on N George St was completely wrecked by the wind and lightning, the damage being estimated at $1,000. A portable peanut stand on Baltimore street was upset and the contents washed down the street. The large delivery auto truck of the Deal Bros Milling Co on Glenn St was caught in the gale and carried down the street nearly a block where it turned the corner and lodged on the pavement. In the rear of the Bishop motorcycle garage on Front St a number of trees were broken and some of the branches were carried several hundred feet. The storage warehouse of the Cumberland Improvement Co on Butler alley was struck by lightning, tearing the roof from the building, and setting fire to the rafters, which was soon extinguished by the rain before much damage was done. Wires belonging to the Western Union telegraph company on Front street were blown down, telephone and electric light wires were broken on Bedford street, one telephone pole on Laing Ave was struck by lightning and broken off at the top of the ground, but the wires held it in place. One of the electric arc lights on Baltimore street was blown down and destroyed, and nearly a thousand telephones were put out of commission in all parts of the city.



Mr D O Smith died yesterday at 3:30 o’clock at his home on Limestone at the ripe old age of 72 years. Mr Smith was a Union soldier and received a pension. He is survived by his wife and a number of children. The funeral will be preached at his home Saturday afternoon at 2:30, and burial in Queens Point cemetery. R Samuel Umstot will have charge of the services.



The US Express Co will cease to operate over the B&O, June 30th and will be succeeded by Wells Fargo & Co, Express. This is the largest and most progressive express company in existance, having a through line to the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and touching all the large towns and cities in the country. Special express trains will run over the B&O railroad to take care of their heavy express traffic. It is the policy of the Wells Fargo people to furnish the best service possible and to co-operate in every way with the public for mutual benefit. They make a specialty of handling fruits and vegetables and special service will be arranged to take care of the big peach crop in this section, details of which will be published later.



Mrs Edward Whitworth of Front Royal, Va, is visiting her parents, Mr and Mrs Walter Ravenscraft.


The chicken coop of H W Friend was robbed sometime after midnight of a large number of fine chickens.


There are a number of new cases of typhoid fever in the tri-towns. The cause has not been eradicated as yet.


Miss Ethel Belle Kimmell, daughter of Mr and Mrs Blake Kimmell, Martinsburg, W Va, was married to Charles Welton Collins last Tuesday. The bride is a sister of Dr Robert E Kimmell of this town.


Miss Mildred B Harrison is spending a week with Miss Margaret Carskadon at the “Five Gables” near Headsville in Mineral county.


Mr and Mrs T C Dye, Miss Maggie Swanger, Messrs Geo C Cox and Robert C Dye returned this evening from the funeral of the late Miss Ethel Billmeyer near Hanging Rock in Hampshire County, W Va.


William Harvey, county surveyor for Allegany county was a professional visitor to the tri-towns today.


Fred L Fredlock, contractor, returned today from a three days business visit to W Va points.


W D Kerns is building a modern brick livery and sales stable on his lot in rear of Davis National Bank building, Third St.


James H Feaster entertained last evening at the City Club a number of his gentlemen friends in honor of his recent marriage. A tempting menu was served.


The Embroidery Club was entertained yesterday by Miss Alma Mellor at her home on Main street Piedmont. Refreshments were served.


There will be a number of members received the rank of Knight on next Monday evening at the regular meeting of LaFayette Lodge, No 3, Order of Knights of Pythias, at the Pythian Temple.


Capt W E Heskitt returned today from Shepherdstown, W Va, where he had been attending the dedication of the new Masonic Temple, in that town.











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