FEBRUARY 5, 1915




Isaac Gormer, aged 62 years, was killed yesterday afternoon shortly before four o’clock by what is thought to have been the result of a fall from a car on which he was working in the yards of the Western Md Railroad Co in Ridgeley. 

Mr Gormer was a carpenter in the car repair department of the company and together with another employee was repairing a freight car yesterday afternoon.

When the whistle sounded for the men to work, Mr Gormer’s fellow-workman left the car first and had walked but a few feet when he heard a noise and turning saw Mr Gormer stretched out beneath the car apparently lifeless.  He was taken to a nearby shed where his son, who worked with him in the car repair department as summoned, and a physician called, but Mr Gormer died in the arms of his son before the physician arrived.

Mr Gormer was one of the oldest employees of the Western Md here in point of service.  He had been in the employ of the road here for 28 years.  He was born at Corrigansville, this county.  He is survived by his wife and six children, Mary and James, living at home; George, 2 Wills Creek Avenue; John, Washington Bottom farm; Samuel, a member of the West Side Fire Dept, and Mrs Charles Shipe, 2 Spruce Street; and two sisters, Mrs John Barncord, Ridgeley W Va and Mrs Foreman, Pittsburg.

Cumb News of 5th.




Feb 4, 1915

The weather is turning colder after the thaw which raised the water considerable.

An accident occurred here yesterday which might have been serious.  Earnest Liller, the stage driver, upset in the Thomas ford, getting the mail wet and losing a number of packages.  Besides getting himself and one passenger wet, no one was hurt.  The stage was slightly damaged.  A number of men with a block and tackle helped to get the stage in shape again.  This is one of the fords we have been trying to get bridged for a number of years.  If our county court would cross them a few times now I don’t think we would have any trouble getting a bridge.

Mr and Mrs. E A Duling were visiting her parents, Mr and Mrs. Charles McNeill one day last week.

Dr Hawkings, an eye specialist from Baltimore was here to see Mrs Ellen Frantz, who has been having trouble with her eyes for some time.

J W Thomas made his usually trip to New Creek sun night.

S W and J W Thomas started to a spelling match at Claysville, the horse got scared and started to run off, upsetting the buggy and throwing the boys out.  J  W carries a few scars on his head and a fractured rib.  Will was not hurt.

John and Ted Burgess attended the debate at Hartmonsville Sat night.

Miss Ella Burgess was visiting a few days over in Pennyroyal.  Her sister Emma is teaching school over there.

L L Kuh made a business trip to Keyser yesterday.

We understand the Dale Mutual Telephone Co will hold their annual meeting here Sat, Feb 13.

I wonder what has become of our friend, Charlie Chiseldecker.

Punk Valentine



He has gone to rest, Elijah Vincent Ellifritz, the little son of Mr and Mrs. T Ellifritz departed from this life Jan 14, 1915, being eleven months and seventeen days old.

The little one suffered quite a while before God too it away.

But it is gone now to suffer no more forever.

Better to live in heaven than this cold and sinful world. God in his great mercy saw best for it to go.

Though its missed so much in its earthly home, the home once so bright and happy seems so lonely now.

No more does it sleep in its mother’s arms, no more does it bring smiles and sunshine to the home.

O death! How cruel thou art to the children of men.  Thou hast no pity nor sympathy for poor broken hearted parents.

Death is blind it cannot see the tears of the weeping father and mother, it is deaf and c\cannot hear their sobs, death has no heart, therefore it has no mercy on the bereaved, death is a robber, it has robbed this home of its sweet flower, that seemed so lovely and beautiful. O death!  Why didst thou take the dear one from its mother, her heart strings are almost broken.  But it is not dead, it has gone where there is no death, and will never be sick any more.  O darling! Thou art happier than the sons of princes.  The tears have all been wiped from thy eyes.  And the fever has all been kissed from thy cheeks.  O parents! Should you not be happy at the reward and glory of thy little son.

W G McNeill



Feb 3, 1915

Survey D G Martin was at Keyser Wed and did some work for Dr Babb.

Quite a number of children of this vicinity have had chickenpox, but we have not heard of any new cases for several days.

J M Martin and niece Miss Eva Mott were in Keyser last week from Wed until Fri.

The Christian Endeavor is progressing nicely, an interesting program for next Sun night, Feb 7th.




Feb 2

Mrs Allen Luke gave an informal dance at her residence in Luke on Sat evening to a number of her friends.

Mr J M Davis and wife re4turned home from Baltimore where they visited relatives.

Mr Givens was taken to a Cumberland hospital Mon suffering from typhoid fever.

Misses Helen and Irene Collins, who visited Miss Nina Shuey returned to their home in Meyersdale.

Major Shelley of Ohio, will be the guest of Dr Z T Kalbaugh.  While here he will inspect the hospital corps.

Mrs D J Long has gone to Baltimore

Wm Taylor and wife (colored) died at their home on Westerport hill within a few hours of each other today.





Moorefield Examiner of 4th

Born to Roy Funkhouser and wife last week a son.

Little Rebecca McWhorter is a victim of chicken pox.

Born to Mr and Mrs Roy Vetter, last week a son.

Misses Martha and Damie Gilkeson spent the past week as the guests of Mrs. Zimmerman and other relatives at Romney.

G  R Miley has sold his butcher shop and fixtures at this place to C L Seymour and left this week for Wardensville.

Mrs Ethel Holmes left last week for a visit to Mr and Mr Roy Gamble at Moundsville.

Brown McNeill, who has been visiting in Baltimore for several weeks, returned home Tues.

Harry Bierkamp of Keyser and Edgar Bierkamp of Cumberland are spending a few days here.

Some twelve or fifteen wagon loads of corn were taken from here to Bean Settlement last week.  The farmers in that section are running short of feed.

C D Bowman was re-elected cashier of the Franklin Bank at a meeting of the stockholders recently.  This bank has had a very prosperous year and a dividend of 6 percent was declared and three per cent added to the surplus.

Miss Hattie Ritchie, daughter of Adam Ritchie, died last week at her home in Brock’s Gap. She had been a sufferer for some time with rheumatism and two weeks ago pneumonia developed.  Miss Ritchie was fifty-nine years old.

W F Friddle has purchased of J Frank Garrett his two houses in South Moorefield and also the Neff property on the Island, paying for same in the neighborhood of $6,000.

Mr and Mrs J S Gamble left this morning for Baltimore, where Mr Gamble will consult a specialist at Johns Hopkins hospital.  They were accompanied by Dr H L Gamble.

Mrs M S Hodges and daughter Mary and Miss Alice McCoy, who spent a week here visiting relatives, returned to their homes at Franklin last Fri.  Miss Elizabeth Dailey accompanied them home and will visit Miss McCoy for several weeks.

Clyde Friddle and Will Wilson have rented D L Wilson’s store building near his mill and will open a store about March 1st.



Feb 7

The funeral of Doris Crawford, aged 3 years, daughter of Mr and Mrs William Crawford, who died Thurs, was held at 2 o’clock this afternoon with services at the M E Church South, and burial in the church cemetery.

The body of James Moran, a former resident of this place who died at Connellsville Pa Wed, was brought here Thurs and prepared for burial.  The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock interment will be in St Peter’s church cemetery.

The body of William LeRoy Naughton, five months old son of Mr and Mrs Edward Naughton, was buried here yesterday.  He died Wed.

Mr and Mrs Allen Luke are visiting in New York.



Press (Petersburg) of 5th

Born last Fri to Deputy Sheriff W D Trenton and wife a boy.

Mrs J V McNemar of Clarksburg, is here visiting her mother, Mrs Rose Delay.

Arnold C Scherr was operated on in Baltimore last week and is getting along nicely.

Isaac T Judy of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Dutch Judy of Laneville, have been here this week visiting relatives.  The former is a son of David Judy, who moved from Grant Co many years ago.

AT the last meeting of the old council, Dr W C Vanmeter was elected chief of the fire dept. HE has the power to organize a fire company and will attend to all the duties therewith.

Mrs Jacob Alt, an aged lady, died suddenly at her home at Brushy Run, Pendleton Co on Tues evening.  Mrs. Alt was a good woman, liked and respected by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, two sons and one daughter.  Mrs Martin Swick of near this place, is a sister of the deceased; the surviving brothers are James McUlty of Landes; George McUlty of Pansy and John McUlty of Arthur.




Review (Romney) of 10th

C H Cookus is quite ill with pneumonia.

G P Miller was a business visitor to Martinsburg Thurs.

Attorney e M Johnson, from Petersburg, was a visitor here Mon.

Ashby Fisher was called here from Davis by the illness of his little child.

Mr and Mrs Dailey Kenney and baby of Rainelle, are guests at G W Parsons.

Judge R W Dailey presided at a session of the Berkeley Circuit Court last week.

Van BG Wilson, of Jefferson Co, spent several days with his mother and sister here.

Mrs John J Cornwell spent several days with her daughter, Mrs Eugene Ailes, at Bethesda Md.

Willie Wolford, son of L H Wolford, who ahs been in Missouri with his grand-parents since his infancy, is visiting his father at Fordhill.

Mrs J W Milleson received a telegram Sun from her brother, H C Miller of Sapulpa Okla, saying that their Grandfather, Thomas Wills, had died that morning at the home of Mr Miller with whom he had lived for many years.  He was about 90 years old and leaves one son, Grayson Wills of White Oak Okla, and one daughter, Mrs Wm Miller of North River Mills, this county.

An infant son of Jack Bucklew died here Sat from the effects of burns sustained a day or two before.  Burial was at Purgittsville







Ground Hog day is holding out good as he did not see his shadow that day and we have been having mild weather ever since.
T W McNeill is home with a crippled knee.

Harry Wallace from Sulphur, moved into our community and is hauling lumber for E M Amtower.

Miss Emma Burgess, teacher of the Pennryroyal school, is sick.  Her sister Ella is teaching for her.

Lumber hauling is the order of the day and the roads are very bad.

 S F Burgess was home one day last week looking after the fur business.

Miss Delphia Michael has returned home from Green Ridge, Md.

The young folds had a valentine party at Mrs Agnes Amtower’s.  There was quite a number present.  We do not know if anyone chose a mate or not, but judging from the length of time some of them stayed there must have been something doing.

J W Thomas spent last Fr and Sat in Keyser on business.

Mr C W Dodds was called to Elkins on account of the serious illness of his mother.

Punk Valentine





We are having some nice weather with lots of mud.

Miss Bessie Brown was in Cumberland a couple of days last week.

Mr Frank Brown, of Cumberland is calling on home folks this week.

Mr and Mrs J W Cook were calling on J W Bailey last Sun.

Mr J E Tourney called on Mr a R Hickle Sun evening.

Mr Rafert Carskadon was the guest of Miss Dortha Gore Sun evening.

Mr Richard Carskadon went to Fairmont, last week to attend the examination of the military.

Mr and Mrs. J P Carskadon have returned home from a visit to Clarksburg and other points.




We are having some regular March weather now.  The roads are almost past traveling; everywhere it is just mud, mud, mud.

Mr and Mrs D R Bailey were guests of Mr and Mrs H J Bailey Sun.
Mr and Mrs. Alonzo Fleek of Frostburg, visit her sisters, Mrs Isaac Umstot and Mrs Edward Umstot from Fri until Sun.

Mr and Mrs Berkley Bailey were calling on Mr and Mrs Jacob Urice Sun.

The trustees of the Mt Zion church held a meeting at that place last Sat and we understand the church will be newly roofed in the near future.  The old roof is in bad condition and a new one is badly needed.

Mr Isaac Umstot is having a porch built across the front and one end of his house, which is adding quite a bit of beauty as well as convenience to their home.

Misses Jessie Adams and Estelle Umstot were calling on Mrs Berkley last Sun evening.

Ernest Taylor was a caller at S P Umstot’s Sun.



Clarence H Cookus, one of the best known resident so of Romney, died at his home here Tues evening of last week from an illness lasting a little more than a week.  About a week before he was taken with a “violent chill”, lasting several hours, and was confined to his bed from that time until the end came, having lapsed into unconsciousness several days before his death.

Mr Cookus was born in Frederick Co, VA in August 1859; he was therefore, in the 56th year of his age.  He came here in 1879 and taught in the public school  He afterward returned to Frederick co and from there went to Berkeley co where he married.  He again came here and opened a harness shop and has resided here since.  Mr Cookus was prominent in the order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the funeral services were held there Thurs afternoon, conducted by the pastor, R3ev Dr Brooke. Interment in Indian Mound Cemetery.

Surviving are the widow and two sons Lester B and Harry H, both of this place.  A brother and one sister also survive. Robt H Of this place and Mrs Roberts of Frederick Co Va.

Romney Review of 17th.




Feb 8

Mrs William Taylor, whose serious illness had been noted before, died at her late residence on Spruce St, on Fri morning at 6 o’clock of tuberculosis.  What makes her death more sad, it has only been five days since her husband preceded her into the great beyond.  The deceased leaves several sons and daughters to mourn the double loss of their parents.  A great deal of sympathy is extended to the orphan children.  The funeral took place today from the A M E Church of Piedmont.  Interment made in the cemetery here.

Mrs Charles Sultzer, who has been quite ill for several weeks, is slowly convalescing.

Mrs Thos Michaels, of near Aaron’s Run, Garrett Co, is suffering from an attack of tonsillitis.  Dr D J Long, of Piedmont is the atte4nding physician.

Master Clifton Likens is visiting friends at Keyser a few days.

Mr Frank Dawson of near Ridgeville, was the guest of his brother, S B Dawson, on Sat

Hon Crowder Homan of near Antioch WV was calling on friends here Sat.

Mr John Iser of Moscow, has moved his family to Keyser.


The infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Ed Davy died at their home on Mill Creek Thus Feb 4, 1915, after a short illness of only a few days.  Two doctors were in attendance and all that fond parents could do was done. 

But the hand of death could not bestayed.  It must be sweet in youth to give the spirit back to its Maker ‘were it knows the path of sin.  This little one is safe in the Heavenly land.  This is a hard blow to the parents as they have lost two children within a year, and they have the sympathy of their many friends.