JUNE 2, 1914
NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT
The commencement exercises in connection with closing of the High School for the present school year were held in the auditorium of the High School on last Friday night. A class of seven was graduated this year consisting of six girls and one boy. Those receiving diplomas were Miss Alma Peters, Miss Mabel Silfies, Miss May Paris, Miss Estelle Barrett, Miss Frances Hoover, Miss Ruth Hollen and Mr J Clark Bright. The auditorium was well filled with friends and patrons of the school. The address to the graduates was delivered by Hon A S Goldsborough, Secretary to the Industrial Commission of Baltimore city. Seldom has there been an address delivered in Keyser which has been so well received by the people in general as the one delivered on Friday night. The address from beginning to end was full of good sense, wholesome advice and pure logic. Mr Goldsborough is a speaker of rare ability and the people of Keyser are indebted to him for this splendid address. The diplomas were presented to the Graduates by Atty C N Finnell, a member of the school board. The gold medals were presented by Principal J L Dunkle and the other awards by Supt J C Sanders. Music for the occasion was furnished by McIlwee Orchestra.
A very pleasant feature in connection with the High School Commencement on Friday night was the awarding of medals and awards of some excellence in school work during the year. The medal for best all-ground student was awarded to Miss Alma Peters of the Senior Class; the medal for loyalty to duty was awarded to Miss Estelle Berrett, also of the Senior Class. The Senior Class Medal was awarded to Miss Ruth Hollen; the Junior Medal to Miss Helen Pownall; the Sophomore Medal to Lysle Everhart; and the Freshman Medal to Harry Taylor. To the winners of the prizes in the Literary contest a two dollar and a half gold piece was awarded to each. Those getting the gold were: J Clark Bright, Howard Wells, Frank Cheshire, Miss May Paris, Miss Alma Peters and Ernest Shore.
Decoration Day was observed here last Saturday pretty generally. All of the business houses were closed, Olive Branch Lodge No 15, K of P, together with the Uniform Rank, the Junior Order of the B of RT, the Boy Scouts and a large turn out of citizens in automobiles and other vehicles, led by McIlwees Band, marched to Queens Point cemetery, where decoration of the graves of members and friends took place. The address was delivered by the Rev R G Hammond, pastor of the United Brethren Church. The male quartette composed of Messrs D T Greenwade, E V Romig, George Loy and H Grusendorf, sang a couple of selections.
Five men are dead and three injured, one of whom may die, as a result of a light B&O railroad engine jumping the track and turning turtle near Cooks Mill, about nine miles northwest of Cumberland, on the Pittsburgh division, early yesterday morning.
Engineer H V Hughes, aged about 47, of Glenwood, near Pittsburgh.
Flagman H S Lloyd, of Connelsville, Pa, aged about 24 years.
Brakeman Guy W Dean, of Cumberland, aged about 27 years, single, residing at 95 Baltimore Ave.
Engineer Harry Rizer, 410 Race Street, South Cumberland, aged 37 years, leaves a wife and several children.
Conductor C C Eyster, of Meyersdale, Pa, aged about 42 years, married.
The first three were caught under the engine and instantly killed. Engineer Rizer was badly scalded and died yesterday afternoon at the Allegany Hospital here. Conductor Eyster was scalded about the body, had a bad cut on the head and was apparently injured internally.
Fireman Grant Miller, of Cumberland, 105 ½ Race St, fractured skull, probably fatally injured.
Fireman James Romesburg, of Markleton, Pa, cut head and contused head and leg.
William Semple, Fireman, of Glenwood, Pa, sprained ankle and several cuts on the head, not serious.
All the injured were brought to Cumberland while the three men who were killed outright were taken to Hyndman, Pa, where the Pennsylvania authorities will hold an inquest. A freight crew consisting of Conductor Eyster, Flagman Lloyd, Brakeman Dean, Brakeman Romesburg, Engineer Rizer and Fireman Miller was being carried on engine 2156 to relieve a freight crew at Foleys, that had been out the time limit at work. The engine was on a straight piece of track, on which it had been running almost a mile, and the railroad authorities state that the speed tape showed that the engine was making about 68 miles an hour when it suddenly left the track and rolled over the embankment, dropping in the field below, bottom side up. Although so badly injured that he could not walk upright, Conductor Eyster, as soon as he realized what had happened, crawled up on the track and on hands and knees went back more than a mile to flag a freight train that he knew was following. In doing so he was compelled to stop several times to pick off the flesh that had been so badly scalded on his hands and arms. As soon as he notified the railroad, authorities here sent a relief train to the scene and brought in the injured to the hospital in Cumberland. The official report of the accident sent from the B&O headquarters at Baltimore is as follows:
Further investigation shows the accident at Cooks Mills, in which five trainmen were killed and three injured due to excessive speed circumstances, were these: An engine crew was ordered from Connellsville to Cumberland to take an emigrant train west. The emigrants had not arrived and an engine with an extra crew dead-heading, started on the return trip, Cumberland to Connsellville, running light without train. The place of accident was on a straight of way and no defect was found in track, nor in the engine. Speed recorder showed 68 miles an hour at the time of derailment, which was 18 miles in excess of authorized speed limit of passenger trains in that territory.
The body of Guy Dean, one of the men killed in the wreck, was brought to the city last night and taken to the home of his mother, Mrs Daniel S Dean, at No 72 ½ Baltimore Ave. The funeral will be held from the house Tuesday afternoon with services at Emmanuel Episcopal Church and interment in Rose Hill cemetery. The funeral will be held under the auspices of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Order of Red Men, of which organizations Dean was a member. Cumb News
Delegates and others wishing to secure accommodations at Charles Town for the Convention can obtain all necessary information by addressing E E Cooke, Chairman Entertainment Committee, Charles Town, W Va. Railroad rates, train connections, etc, can be ascertained by applying to the Democratic Chairman or Congressional Committeeman of your county: Democrats of National reputation probably from the Cabinet and from both Houses of Congress will speak the evening before and at the Convention. Make your arrangements to reach Charles Town by Tuesday, June 16th, if you can, and the people of Jefferson will do everything in their power to make your sojourn a pleasant one.
By Wm Campbell, Chairman
Death relieved the suffering of Joe Boyce, on Saturday, he having been helpless for over 2 years. He leaves a wife and two boys, two and five years old. Interment was made at the Duling church. The death of Boyce recalls the sad and fatal accident of the boiler explosion up the creek on October 15th, 1912, when D W Eagle, John Smith and John Gray lost their lives and the farther sad ending of the life of Fred Davis when assisting in the digging of the graves for the men who died in the explosion. Two other men, Olin Eagle and Alex Shears, were the only ones to escape death, and young Boyce was so badly injured that his life was despaired of and after many weeks in the Hoffman Hospital he was able to walk for a time. Recently he had been in a very critical condition.
Elay Gigovic, a Polish laborer, was an object of pity at the local B&O station yesterday, with his head bound up and his coat covered with blood. Gigovic drew his pay Friday and came to Piedmont Saturday to send his earnings to his wife in his homeland, and finding the postoffice closed at that place came on to Keyser, thinking the office would be open here. At Piedmont he got on a freight and two men with him, one he says worked with him for five days. Between Piedmont and this place the two men robbed him and threw him off, and it is reported that the trainmen on a passing freight saw the men hit Gigovic and then throw him off the moving train. The train was stopped and the men found Gigovic in an unconscious condition. He was immediately turned over to the authorities who had his wounds treated, and yesterday he was given a ticket to Cumberland, from which place he will go to Middletown, Md. Gigovic said he had $47 and that he did not know the two men who robbed him. He was severely cut about the head. An effort was made to find his assailants but as yet they are at large.
Monday morning, while lifting a boiler of hot water from the stove, Mrs H G Castle badly scalded her arm.
Miss Otie Leary who has been visiting friends in Keyser returned home Tuesday evening accompanied by Mrs J F Morrison.
Mr H W Wolfe is on a trip to Philadelphia.
Miss Minnie Long of Baltimore is the guest of her uncle, Mr I M Long.
W Marvin Wolfe of Parkersburg spent Saturday here with his parents, Mr and Mrs J G Wolfe.
Miss Ruth Gerstell left Monday for Grafton to join her brother, Richard, on a trip to Indianapolis to take in the automobile races.
I M Long is at Indianapolis visiting his son, Fred and family, during the automobile races.
Last Wednesday night George Cather and Miss Mabel Ritzell, two of Keysers young people slipped up to the parsonage and were married by Rev M H Keen. It was a considerable surprise to their many friends.
Col T B Frye returned home from Indianapolis, where he attended the National Meeting of the Hardware Association.
Mr C E Shears, of Hagerstown, Md, was a visitor in town Saturday returning home Monday.
Mr H G Shores and sister, who have been visiting in Richmond, Va, returned last week.
Mr J C Smith and son Ralph took in the excursion to Gettysburg.
Mr Harry Shutte returned to his home in Baltimore Sunday night after a pleasant visit with his family who is spending a few weeks with Mrs Moore, of Centre street, Mrs Shuttes mother.
Rev O A Price and family left last night for Murphysboro, Tenn, where they will visit Mrs Prices mother before going to Marshall, Texas, where Mr Price has accepted an offer from the Presbyterian church.
In pursuance to the Good Roads Proclamation a few people turned out and did some good work on the roads. Among those responding were businessmen, professional men and farmers. If the people had responded anything like they did in other states and counties a vast amount of much needed work would have been done on the roads.
Quite a number of young people from Keyser took in the excursion to Gettysburg.
Mrs R C Cauldwell and daughter, Miss I Mills, motored to Piedmont Saturday morning.
Mrs C L Johnson of Beryl, spent Saturday in Keyser.
Mr Thomas Wildman of Hampshire, spent Saturday here.
Miss Mary Tahaney is visiting relatives in Terra Alta.
Mr William Murray spent Sunday in Westernport.
Mrs L C Wright and son spent Decoration Day in Oakland.
James Tahaney has returned from a visit to relatives in Terra Alta.
Mr E A Russell and Mr Usher left yesterday to attend an orchard meeting at Fairmont.
The Hospital corp were in Piedmont yesterday.
Mrs A E Moore and Mrs H E Schutte left for Rowlesburg this morning.
Messrs Phil McMahon and Mat Sarisfield will leave tonight for an extended trip in the west visiting St Louis and San Francisco and other cities of importance.
Mrs Elizabeth Tibbetts has returned home from Philadelphia where she completed the first year course in medical school.
Miss Margaret Sollars, of Oakland, is the guest of Mrs William Sollars.
Mrs C W Crotty left for Akron, Ohio, Saturday, having been called there on account of the illness of her husband.
Joseph Boyce died Saturday at his home on A street and was buried Monday at Duling church. He was hurt in the explosion of the Eagle saw mill boiler nearly two years ago and never recovered from the injury. He leaves a wife and two small children.
The Uniform Rank Fair closed Saturday night. The receipts were $100.00.
Mrs Ralph Wilson and little daughter, of Mt Savage, came over last Friday for a short visit.
Rev A O Price and family left last night for their new home in Marshall, Texas.
Mr and Mrs Lee Hollen have returned from a visit to Terra Alta.
Mr and Mrs Gurgill of Clarksburg returned home Sunday after a visit to the latters parents, Mr and Mrs M B Wagoner.
Mrs T D Leps entertained a few of her friends Saturday night at her home in honor of her cousin, Miss Wilson, of Pocomoke City, Md.
Misses Blanche and Louise Woolf are home from school at Washington DC.
Mr and Mrs Harry Biser and baby of Cumberland are visiting friends in town.
Mrs Wheeler Davis and daughters, Mildred and Louise, and son, Leroy, of Cumberland, spent Saturday and Sunday here.
Dr Donald Whitworth and wife, of Westernport, spent Sunday here.
Mrs William Ryneal is visiting in Grafton.
Mr and Mrs John McMakin are visiting in Huntington and Ashland, Ky.
Miss Virginia Linthicum is visiting her aunt Mrs Feete in Baltimore.
The Boy Scouts will hold a Lawn Fete tonight on the lawn back of the Presbyterian church.
Leslie McCoole is a business visitor to Cumberland today.
Mr and Mrs Wright Bailey, Beaver Run, visited the home of Thomas Liller near here Sunday.
The Good Roads Day was no go here, as the people are not anxious to pay the road taxes, and then work the roads.
Quite a little bunch of people from this vicinity attended the ball game at McNeel Sunday between the McNeel boys and Purgittsville team.
Don and Low Huffman attended the ball game at Moorefield Saturday last between the Moorefield and Romney boys.
Lester See got one of his feet cut very bad last week while putting a coupling pole in his wagon.
J C Cunningham is painting Robt Taylors house in the Flats.
E G Ruckman is painting the White Pine church here.
Rev D B Arnold of Eglon who was to commence a Series of meetings here at White Pine Saturday evening was taken sick on the road near Claysville. A telegram was sent and had the meeting called off until he gets better.
Rev H N Kelley has purchased a new Ford automobile.
R A Rinker attended the Brethren Ministerial and Sunday school meeting at the Knobley church from Thursday till Sunday of last week.
Mr and Mrs Wesley Mills and children and Mr and Mrs Wm Payne and children of Keyser attended the funeral of the late Mr Noah Hottinger of this place the 23.
J W Short candidate for County Supt of Hampshire county was looking after the voters in this vicinity last week.
John A Veach and Andrew Kelly expect to start on a drumming tour this week.
The John A Veach lot was sold here by E M Johnson of Petersburg, the 23rd. It was knocked down to J C Cunningham for the sum of $300.
Noah Hottinger died at his home here Thursday morning the 23rd at 9:30 am of what was thought to be a cancer or tumor of the stomach, aged 60 years and ten days. He had been in failing health for over a year. His death was a sudden shock to his family as everything was done that could be done to stay his life. But his summons had come and he was willing and ready and wanted to go. He was a consistent member of the German Baptist Brethren Church, and also a deacon in the White Pine church. He leaves to mourn his loss, a widow, two sons, Wm and Lynn at home, Miss Mary, Mrs Wesley Mills and Mrs Wm Payne of Keyser, nine grandchildren, five brothers and one sister, Wm Hottinger of this place, Simon of Fountain, Oakla, Silas of Pendleton county, two brothers and a sister of Rockingham county, Va. Besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Rev B W Smith of Beaver Run was undertaker and preached the funeral at 10 am at White Pine church to a large crowd of relatives and friends. Interment in family burying ground near his home. Our loss is his eternal gain his life is an example to live to get ready to go to rest.
TRANSCRIBED BY CANDY SHILLINGBURG
8 MAY 2004