OLD NEWSPAPER ARTICLES - 1920
Scanned By Howard Osburn
Presented by The Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society
(WCN - 1/1/1920) N. & W. PLANS IMPROVEMENT
Owing to the increased freight traffic of the past several months, the Norfolk & Western railway has made arrangements to place telegraph operators at Lavalette, Ardel and Radnor, all of them stations on the Old Line Division. The remodeling of the depots and lof telegraphic equipment will be begun in the next few weeks. The purpose of this improvement will be to relieve the congestion of freight trains between Wayne and Kenova.
The N. & W. station at Wayne will be enlarged soon. Ten feet
will be added to the passenger waiting room and twenty feet to the freight
depot. The whole building will also he raised on a nearer level to the new hard
road grade. Other improvements will also be made.
(WCN - 1/15/1920) GLENWOOD HOTEL BECOMES WAYNE'S FIRST HOSPITAL
The first hospital and sanitarium ever established in Wayne County will be opened in the next few weeks in the Glenwood hotel property in Kenova. The new company which has taken over the Glenwood is a $200,000 concern made up of Huntington and Parkersburg business men. Prof. H. A. Williams, founder of the Williams Private Sanitarium in Huntington, is the leading stockholder in the Kenova enterprise. Prof. Williams, who is a non-medical practicioner, has maintained his Huntington hospital for the past nine years and has enjoyed increasing patronage which has made it necessary for him to get larger quarters.
The preliminary work of remodeling the Glenwood was begun Tuesday of this week and it is hoped that it can be made ready for occupancy by February 1st. The hospital will have one hundred rooms, modern operating equipment and quarters arranged for scientific bath treatment.
(WCN - 1/22-1920) County's First Rural High School
The Buffalo school building was built by the board of education after a hard local fight. The first principal was a professor from Ohio who resigned at the end of the first month. Prof. T. B. McClure was later high school principal and J. Floyd Harrison principal of the grades and assistant high school teacher. The following year Bertha Plymale was principal with Mr. Harrison again principal of the grades and assistant in the high school work. During the next two years L. E. Cox served as principal with J. F. Hussell as assistant. This year the faculty is made up of G. W. Hypes, principal, J. F. Hussell and Miss Pansey Staley.
The school has grown from a third class to a second class high school. In the school equipment is included a barn, for the benefit of students who ride, a baseball field, a basket-ball court, tennis court, garden, etc. The school is well attended and popular with students living within a radius of several miles of Buffalo. Incidentally, it might be added, that this school supports a strong Parent-Teacher Association.
(WCN - 1/29/1920) SECOND $60,000 COAL DEAL CLOSED IN EAST LYNN FIELD
A coal deal, which is a sequel to the sale of the Buterick lands a few weeks ago, was closed last week when the holdings of the Lynn Block Coal Company, of East Lynn, this county, were sold to a company made up of Columbus coal men. In conversation with a representative of Wayne County News one of the officials of the newly formed company said that $60,000 was the purchase price of the tract, which includes about four hundred acres on Twelve Pole above the town of East Lynn.
The officials of the Lynn Block Company were: Dr. A. K. Kessler, President; L. P. Miller, Vice-President; M. J. Ferguson, Treasurer; S. H. Bowman, Secretary and Frank Bosley, General Manager.
Mr. Bosley has retained his interest in these coal lands and will become a stockholder in the new company. The purchase price $100,000, as published by Huntington newspapers, is incorrect according to information given this paper Tuesday.
It is unofficially announced that the new company will immediately make negotiations which will result in the extension of the East Lynn division of the N.& W. railroad. It is understood that the most modern of mining machinery will be installed by the new company.
(WCN - 2/12/1920) JUDGE MARCUM ROASTS ALLEGED DYNAMITERS IN SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS TO GRAND JURY
Influenza and other sickness in the several sections of the county cut down the attendance at circuit court which is in session at the county seat this week. On account of sickness many of the jurors were absent which necessitated new drawings by jury commissioners Jno. B. Burgess and W. T. Workman.
Judge Chas. L. Estep is unable to preside at the present term because of illness in his family. Attorney Jno. S. Marcum, well known criminal lawyer of Huntington, was appointed by Judge Estep to occupy the bench.
In his instructions to the grand jury, acting-judge Marcum, after urging the jurors to be diligent and absolutely impartial in their findings, gave special instructions covering the dynamite explosion which wrecked property in the town of Wayne on Christmas day. More than half of his council to the jury dealt with this offense. He read sections from the West Virginia code pointing out that where a conspiracy was formed which resulted in the destruction of life or property, an indictment on a felony charge should be returned. If parties thus accused are convicted the sentence, as provided in the state statute is from two to ten years in the penitentiary.
Judge Marcum suggested that information was in the hands of the prosecuting attorney which should result in some five or six indictments on the dynamiting charge. In addition to the damage done by the blast which wrecked the concrete mixer of Wayne Construction Company and shattered windows in the school building and nearby residences, the judge said that evidence was in hand which showed that an unsuccessful attempt to explode several sticks of dynamite on the court house steps was made Christmas night while some three or four hundred persons were assembled in the court house auditorium for a Christmas entertainment. A number of witnesses have been summoned before the grand jury this week who will give evidence which it is said will result indictments. Judge Marcum said that two of the supposed dynamiters were not in the county at this time, but no names as to who the guilty parties were was made public.
The only special instruction to the jury, aside from the dynamite charge, was the order to look carefully into the evidence against parties who will be accused of keeping houses of ill fame in Westmoreland, a Huntington suburb in the northern end of this county.
(WCN - 2/19/1920) McCLOUD MAY SURRENDER TO AUTHORITIES
Albert McCloud, alleged draft dodger and outlaw who has evaded arrest for the past two years by fortifying himself in the hills of southern Wayne county, will give up to Federal authorities the last of this week, according to reliable information received here Tuesday.
It is understood that this action is prompted by the advice of McCloud's friends and neighbors in Lincoln district who have convinced him that to surrender would be better policy than to attempt to escape capture any longer. McCloud is said to have agreed to this arrangement providing satisfactory agreement could be made between certain of his friends and the officials, in order to insure his personal safety at the time of arrest and an impartial hearing afterwards. These terms having been fixed and agreed to by his representatives and the officials, it is reported that McCloud will give up and be taken to Huntington this week where he will answer the charges which have been registered against him.
McCloud's surrender will probably be the result of the activities of a raid made by government officers and men in Wayne and Mingo counties last week. Twenty-seven men comprised the raiding party which was sent out from Charleston by Captain Jackson Arnold, superintendent of the Public Safety Department. Although their efforts to capture McCloud were futile they served as a warning from Captain Arnold who maintains that the Department of Public Safety will not let up until there is a general housecleaning in the moonshine sections of Wayne, Mingo and Logan counties. The several hundred dollars reward which has been put up for McCloud's capture will be returned to the authorities who appropriated it in case he surrenders this week.
(WCN - 4/22/1920) CRUDE STONES MARK GRAVE OF SOUTHERN HERO'S MOTHER IN SECLUDED CEMETERY NOT 75 MILES FROM WAYNE COUNTY
Did you know that the grave of Stonewall Jackson's mother is in West Virginia something less that seventy five miles from our own Wayne county?
All worshipers of great men are interested in the mothers of their idols. But for some reason the admirers of Stonewall Jackson have lost sight of this great general. In fact few know where her grave is. The story came to us in a sort of unusual way a good many months ago. While the editor of this paper was listening to a lecture given by Ralph Parlette in a city in the northern part of this state, Mr. Parlette incidentally remarked that he had just made an unusual discovery in West Va. and added that he had found the grave of the mother of one of the great generals of the Cit War. After the lecture was over Mr. Parlette was generous enough to give us additional retails. We followed that up with letters to some of the oldest residents of Fayette county and the result of the search is the following story the details of which we have verified by first hand information. We once sold the story to three West Virginia daily newspapers, but inasmuch as their circulation did not cover the Wayne county territory we re-tell the tale here for our own folks:
Stonewall Jackson is honored by a magnificent statute on the capitol grounds at Richmond, Virginia. But the only mark that holds his mother in the memory of Jackson's adorers is two crude, homemade stones which marks her grave in a secluded spot in the village cemetery at Anstead, Fayette county, West Virginia.
The grave is seldom visited by tourists since it is not generally known that Mrs. Jackson was buried at Anstead. But to the few who know of it the grave is sacred.
West Virginia was the scene of the great Southern general's early life. Many West Virginians who worship Jackson are unacquainted with his early life in this state, since historians generally have not given particular attention to this part of his career.
"Stonewall' was born in Lewis county, this state, in 1824. His father died when "Stonewall" was a boy. At his father's death he was adopted by an uncle living in Lewis county. In Lewis county he grew up. T. J. (as he was then known) became constable in his district. His friends noticed his ability to lead others and predicted that some day he would become great.
From a boy Jackson had great ideals. When "Stonewall" heard that a Mr. Beecher, of Weston, had failed in his examinations at West Point, he rode horseback to Washington and secured the appointment he had long hoped for.
Young "Stonewall's" educational advantages in Lewis county had been far from good. And in that account he was allowed to enter West Point on conditions that he would make up the work he had failed to get in common schools. This he did.
He was admitted as a cadet, and gradually grew in rank. His determination to enter school under such handicaps, indicated the great strength of character which shown, so splendidly in his later life.
G. W. Imboden, late colonel 13th Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate army, was a personal acquaintance of General Jackson. Mr. Imboden now more than 85 years old, is the only living colonel of the Confederate army in West Virginia. Be lives in Anstead.
In gathering the first hand information about the grave of Jackson's mother the editor of this paper wrote to Mr. Imboden who willingly told his personal knowledge of Jackson.
Mr. Imboden is well acquainted with the local traditions of the grave of Mrs. Jackson, as well as with the life of "Stonewall" himself. In fact it was Mr. Imboden who permanently marked the grave of Jackson's mother.
Served With Jackson
"I served under 'Stonewall' says Mr. Imboden, "and was personally acquainted with him when he was professor in Virginia Military Institute before the war. I saw the general when he was wounded in the battle of Bull Run (July 21, 1861.) In this battle Jackson was in the rear of ‘Imboden's' battery in which I was lieutenant. I saw him wrap a wound with a kerchief around his head.
"Our battery was attached to General Bee's brigade, who was killed, and gave Jackson the name "Stonewall." After Bee had rallied his men he called out, "See, there stands Jackson like a stone wall. "
Concerning the grave of Jackson's mother, Mr. Imboden said:
"After I moved to Anstead I hunted up the grave. It was pointed out to me by older citizens, one of whom was at the funeral of Mrs. Jackson. When I moved to Ansted the grave could only be identified by the memory of old settlers, because there no marking save two rough unlettered stones.
Marked The Grave
"Some time in the '90's Captain Thomas A. Ransom, of Staunton, Va., was in Ansted and I took him to the grave. He then told me that he would have Captain Marquis prepare a stone for the grave. I offered to pay half of the expense, but this he refused, but said he would ship the stone to me if I would erect it. This I did with the assistance of Patrick Moran, who is an old Confederate, over 85 years old."
Jackson graduated from West Point Academy in 1846. After serving with distinction in the Mexican war, Jackson became a professor in Virginia Military Institute at Lexington, Va., until the outbreak of the civil war. Appointed brigadier-general in the Confederate service at the battle of Bull Run, his command on that occasion"stood like a stone wall'. In September he received the rank of major-general; defeated General Banks at Fort Royal, May 23, 1862; fought an indecisive battle with Fremont at Cross Keys June 8th; commanded a corps in the battle of Gaines' Mill, June 27th, and Malvern Hill, July 1st; again defeating General Banks at Cedar Mountain, August 9th; captured Harper's Ferry with 11,000 federal prisoners, September 17th, and was made lieutenant-general for his services in largely contributing to the national defeat at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862.
On May 2nd, 1863, by a strategy he defeated the 11th corps of General Hooker's army at Chancellorsville, and on the evening of the same day he was fired at by a patrol party of his own men, who mistook him and his staff in the darkness, for a detachment of the Union cavalry. He died from the wounds on the 10th.
(WCN - 5/13/1920) BAKER DECORATES KENOVA WAR HERO
The only Wayne county soldier of the late war to by honored by being decorated by Secretary of War Baker personally is James E. Moore, a Kenova boy.
Moore was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross last week for gallantry in action and the medal was pinned on the young hero by Secretary Baker in Richmond last week while attending a convention of the Phi Gamma Delta college fraternity. Moore was a former student of Marshall college in Huntington and is now in the employ of the Minter Homes Company of that city.
He enlisted at the outbreak of the war in the summer of 1917 and attended the second training school at Fort Benjamine Harrison where he received the commission of second lieutenant in the regular army. He served for seventeen months overseas and received three citations for bravery in action.
(WCN - 6/3/1920) FUGITIVE FOR FIVE YEARS GIVES UP TO AUTHORITIES
After being a fugitive from justice for more than five years charged with murder, George Copley, of near Genoa, Lincoln district, came to the court house and surrendered himself to Wayne county authorities Wednesday morning of this week.
Copley, who is indicted jointly with Mrs. Maude Bartram for the murder of David Bartram at Genoa five years ago, was indicted at the February term of Wayne circuit court in 1915. Bartram was shot to death following a quarrel started over domestic troubles.
Copley is supposed to have been working in Logan county most of the time since he was indicted.
Copley's attorney appeared at the term of circuit court last month and requested Judge Estep to grant bail to the defendant providing he made appearance before the circuit clerk. An order to this effect was authorized by the judge and Copley accordingly presented himself here Wednesday. He was released on a $5,000 bond and will make his appearance at the August term of court. A reward was offered for Copley after the shooting five years ago, but this was withdrawn after standing for a year. The case promises to attract wide attention next court.
(WCN - 6/17/1920) LAND SALE RECORDED BY CLERK FRY
Wayne county real estate deal involving $50,000.00 was put to record by County Clerk, F. H. Fry, last week. This is possibly the largest sum ever paid for a similar tract in the history of this county.
The $50,000.00 was paid for a tract approximately 392 acres lying just back of Westmoreland known as the Westmoreland Farming Company tract. It was sold by Z. T. Vinson to W. D. and U. G. Fitzpatrick, all Huntington business men. The land was purchased from James H. Marcum by the Westmoreland Farming Company who in turn sold it to Col. Vinson in 1914.
The terms of purchase of the sale recorded here last week calls for $50,000 payable in ten years in installments of $5,000.00 each year.
It is rumored that this sale presages a land and building boom in Westmoreland, since the tract will probably be divided into town lots, and thus disposed of to the many prospective residents of this growing little city in the northern edge of the county.
(WCN - 6/17/1920) BODY IS RETURNED FROM FRANCE FOR BURIAL IN COUNTY
The body of the first Wayne county soldier to be returned home from France for burial, arrived at Fort Gay Thursday of last week.
The body was that of Minville Thompson, who died of influenza while serving with the U. S. Army in the late war. Thompson is the son of Marion Thompson of Mill Creek on Fort Gay Route Two.The remains were laid to rest in the family cemetery near the home.
The body arrived in the United States June 3rd on the army transport "Nansemond" which ship carried several hundred of the dead whose bodies have been requested by relatives.
LAWRENCE CURNUTTE, age 24, son of Elisha Curnutte and a wounded veteran of the late war, was shot down and killed at Radnor on last Friday evening, July 23, 1920, by Fred Cooksey who is now behind the bars of Wayne jail awaiting indictment and trial. The shooting, which took place at Radnor station just before the down trait run Friday evening, is said to have been the result of differences between Cooksey and the father of the man he shot.
There were several witnesses of the shooting who say that the two men met on the railroad track Cooksey ordered Curnutte to throw up his hands, which he did, with the exclamation, "For God's sake don’t shoot me." The fatal shot was fired an instant afterward and the ex-soldier dropped to the ground dead with a bullet hole through his chest.
County officials were notified and Sheriff Cyrus and deputies began the trial of Cooksey Saturday morning. It was learned that Cooksey had left the county and hedged himself in the hills of Kentucky about fifteen miles back of Louisa. On the promises of the Sheriff to protect him from mob vengeance, relatives. of Cooksey agreed to take the sheriff to his hiding place. The sheriff found Cooksey on Morgan Creek in Lawrence county Kentucky and after a talk with him the accused man agreed to meet the officials the following day and surrender himself. He came to Catlettsburg the next day (Sunday) and was taken in custody by Sheriff Cyrus who brought him to Wayne county jail Monday morning.
Cooksey has requested that he be indicted and given trial at next term of circuit court, which convenes August 9th. Prosecuting Attorney Ferguson is now making arrangements for the trial. Cooksey suggested to the officials that he would enter a plea of self-defense. He has secured as counsel Attorneys John 'Marcum, of Huntington, and Fred Vinson, of Louisa. Cooksey and Curnutte both lived in the vicinity of Radnor. Curnutte served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France during the war. He was severely gassed in battle and at the time he was killed Friday evening he was on his way to Wayne to consult Dr. G. R. Burgess who has given him treatment since his discharge from service. Curnutte was one of the wounded veterans of the county whose claims for compensation are now pending action by the War Department through the American Legion and Red Cross.
(WCN - 7/29/1920) PATHETIC ANGLE IS ADDED TO KILLING AT GLENHAYES
Deserted by their father who is hiding somewhere in the hills of Wayne county accused of murder, and by their 19-year old mother who has left home to follow her husband, three small children are hovering around and asking bread and shelter from their grandmother, who was made a widow last Saturday when her husband was shot by the father of the three children who now seek her protection.
This pathetic circumstance has been brought about by a tragic shooting affair in Glenhayes, this county, on Saturday. George Jarrell was shot once through the abdomen his son-in-law, John Ferguson, following family differences said to have been caused by Ferguson beating his wife who was a daughter of Jarrell's. Jarrell was taken to Riverview hospital at Louisa where he died Monday from the effects of the wounds.
Sheriff Cyrus, Deputy Sheriff Sam Kinstler and Prosecuting Attorney Ferguson investigated the murder and were told that Jarrell was passing down the road near the home of his daughter Saturday afternoon and seeing Ferguson whipping his wife (the daughter of Jarrell) he went in ordered Ferguson to stop whipping his daughter and thus became engaged in the family brawl.
Ferguson told Jarrell, his father-in-law to leave the house at once or he would be killed. Jarrell refused and was shot twice. He lived just two days. Ferguson fled the community and so far had not been apprehended by the authorities. His wife has also left her home, supposedly to follow her husband. The three small children are being cared for by their grandmother, the wife of the dead man.
Ferguson is a son of Dick Ferguson, of Tick Ridge, this county, and a grand-son of "Red-Beard" Sam Ferguson who is well known in the southern section of the county. Before marrying the daughter of Jarrell, Ferguson was for many years a cow-boy in the west and he was rated a crack-shot and expert horse-back rider on the ranch where he was employed. After the shooting Saturday authorities think that Ferguson hid himself in the hills of Grant and Lincoln districts. The officials are continuing their search on the strength of clues which they believe will lead to his arrest.
(WCN - 8/19/1920) WEST VIRGINIANS IN RITTMAN, OHIO MINGLE 80 STRONG
Eight former residents of West Virginia who live in and near Rittman, Ohio, assembled in Rittman Park Sunday and enjoyed a most delightful day together in honor of their old home. Games were the feature of the day for the younger folks, while their elders rehearsed the by-gone days spent hack in the little Mountain State. It was unanimously agreed that West Virginia was a home to be proud of after all.
The families represented brought baskets of well-cooked food and an elaborate dinner was served. At the close of the day it was agreed that the reunion of West Virginians should be made an annual event in Rittman. A large truck carrying 25 brought the folks from Wadsworth to the picnic while others living near-by points came by trains and machines. Among those present were the following who are well known to a number of Wayne county folks:
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Noble and family of Rittman; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Buckingham and family of Wadsworth, O.; Mr. and Mrs. Henderson Huff and family of Rittman; Mr. and Mrs. Alvis Huff and family of Rittman; Mr. and Mrs. Alva Huff and family of Rittman; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Booth and family of Wooster; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Christian and family of Burbank; The Doc Christian and family of Wadsworth; Mr. and. Mrs. Harrison Trent and family of Rittman; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Buckingham and family of Kennmore; H. G. Vicars and son Archie of Fort Gay, W. Va.; W. E. Keel, wife and family of Cleveland; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Booth of Rittman; Harry Fixler and wife of Wadsworth; Jos. Dyer and family of Kenova, W. Va; Jno. E. Trent of Rittman; Henry Lendy, wife and family of Rittman; Curtis Bellomy of Echo, W. Va.; Herman Workman of Echo, W. Va.; Kelly Thompson and family of Rittman; Florida and Hazel Ferguson of Rittman; Fred Large, Walter Blake and James Christian of Prichard, W. Va.; Herbert Saunders of Echo, W. Va.; Mr. and Mrs. F. F. WeIner of Rittman, Mrs. Etta Clark and family of Rittman; Arthur See of Rittman; Clarence Riggs and Abner Vicars of Fort Gay, W. Va.; Noah Artrip of Kellogg, W. Va.; Garland Boyes of Rittman; Jno. Thompson of Rittman; Vernon Thompson of Sidney, W. Va.
(WCN - 9/30/1920) NAPIER AND LEWIS ARE HERE IN JAIL
Albert Napier and Frank Lewis, both of near Wayne, were tried in federal court at Huntington Friday charged with having in their possession a quantity of moonshine liquor at Lavalette on Saturday July 31. Both entered a plea of guilty and were sentenced to three months in jail and fines of $100. They were brought to Wayne jail Saturday by Deputy Marshall Hartley Ferguson. Other liquor charges pending against Napier and Lewis were temporarily postponed.
The mule belonging to Albert Napier which gained fame a few weeks ago by being placed on bond for appearance as evidence in Federal court, will be sold by the prohibition officers at public auction in the next few days.
John Fleming (known as twelve-toed Mullens,) who lives near Crum, this county, was convicted of manufacturing and selling liquor and was sentenced to one year in the federal prison at Atlanta, Georgia, and fined one thousand dollars.
(WCN - 10/14/1920) LICK CREEK BOY KILLS GIRL; CAN'T FACE HOME
"I couldn't stand the thought of again sleeping in the same house where I killed Ada," was the explanation of why he had left home given by Wetzel Queen before Squire J. M. Ross here Friday.
Wetzel Queen, 16 years old, and son of Milton Queen was sitting in front of the door-step of his home on Lick Creek on Friday a week ago cleaning his shot gun. He didn't know it was loaded. Miss Ada Brooks, age 21, walked into the doorway. Young Queen hammered on the shell ejector of the gun trying to take it apart. The gun fired. Miss Brooks was shot through the abdomen and died from the effects of the wound within a few in minutes. The boy explained to his father that he was so deeply grieved over the accident that he wanted to leave home for a day or two and try to forget. He went to the home of his grandmother and stayed for nearly a week. His father went after him. The boy refused to go home, saying that he could not bear the thoughts of returning to the scene of the tragedy.
Milton Queen secured a warrant for his sen to appear before Squire Ross in Wayne Friday. The boy came and was questioned by Prosecuting Attorney Chas. W. Ferguson. At first he persistently refused to return home. When told that he was subject to be sent to the reform school if he did not obey his father, the boy, with tears in his eyes, told the prosecutor that he would return home within a week. Mr. Ferguson agreed to this. The boy is due to go back to the home of his father Friday of this week.
Milton Queen lives on Lick Creek about two miles above East Lynn. Miss Brooks who was killed was the daughter of Cass Brooks, of the same community, but she was making her home with the Queen family.
(WCN - 11/11/1920) MAN IS SHOT IN POLITICAL ROW SUNDAY
Emery Noe, of Genoa, was shot by Jimison Bartram, of the same neighborhood on Sunday afternoon following a mix-up over political beliefs. It is said that the trouble between the two began on election day when Noe was persistent in enthusiasm for Cox, while Bartram expressed himself in favor of Harding.
On Sunday afternoon following the election Noe came to the home of Bartram and gave a husky yell for the defeated Democratic candidate. Bartram is said to have brought out the family shot gun and shot Noe in the face. The wounded man was taken to a Huntington hospital Sunday evening on train 27. Physicians report that he will recover.
(WCN - 11/11/1920) THE N. & W. RAILWAY HAS KILLED 352 IN THREE YEARS
Figures for 1917, 1918 and 1919 show 355 people were killed on the Norfolk & Western and 7,275 injured. The list includes employees, passengers and other. No passengers were killed in 1917, which is said to be a remarkable record for the number of persons carried by the road. One passenger was killed in 1918 out of the thousands of soldiers and citizens that were hauled during the war. This record is regarded as the most remarkable in the history of the road. In 1919 six passengers were killed.
In 1917 there were 35 employees killed and 7,178 injured; no passengers were killed this year but 142 were injured; seventy-seven other persons were killed and 255 injured, making a total of 112 persons killed and 2575 injured.
In 1918 seventy employees were killed and 2849 injured; one passenger was killed and 180 injured; 78 other persons were killed and 202 injured, making a total of 144 persons killed and 2,776 injured.
In 1919 twenty-six employees were killed and 1,600 injured; six passengers were killed and 119 injured; sixty -seven other persons were killed, and 205 injured, making a total of99 killed and 1,924 injured.
Casualties have been exceedingly low for the first ten months of this year.
The safety Department of the Norfolk & Western is conducting an extensive campaign to lessen the number of accidents at railway crossings. It is said that grade crossings were the responsible for the deaths of more motorists in 1917, 1918 and 1919 on of the railroads of the United States than were killed dining the Revolutionary War. For the first six months in 1920 there were 1,302 motorists killed at grade crossings in the United States.
(WCN - 11/25/1920) FIRE HITS CRUM; HEAVY LOSSES; CAUSE UNKNOWN
Heavy losses resulted from a disastrous fire which visited the town of Crum, Wayne county, on Wednesday of last week. (11/17/1920).
John B. Crum and S. D. Parsley are the principle losers. Parsley's store building and stock of goods were entirely destroyed, entailing a loss estimated at $5,000. He carried some insurance. Mr. Crum's store building his stock of goods and $900 worth of unregistered Liberty bonds were destroyed. In addition to that, a rented cottage owned by him was badly damaged, as were his household goods which were carried out when it was feared that his home would catch fire.
The Crum building was valued at $3,000, his merchandise at $2,000 his fixtures at $2,000. The damage to his cottage and household goods is estimated at more than $1,000. Hence, his total loss, Liberty bonds included, was approximately $7,000. He has $70O insurance on the store building, the same amount on his fixtures, and the same amount on his rented cottage.
The Liberty bonds were in a supposedly fire-proof safe. Other papers deposited therein were saved by the prompt action of those first attracted to the scene of the fire, but the bonds and still other documents were found destroyed when the safe door was opened.
It is said the fire originated in the Parsley building, but the cause of it is not known. It was discovered by Mrs. Copley, mother of Mrs. Crum and also of J. Walker Copley, about 2 o'clock in the morning. By the tine the populace was aware of the fire, it had gained such headway that many thought the entire village would wiped away. Mr. Crum was in Dunlow at the time.
In the Crum building were stored medicinal supplies, household goods and machinery belonging to various parties. All those went up in smoke. There was also lost an account book belonging to W. J. Varney which was of much value to him.
Mr. Crum virtually closed out his stock of merchandise some weeks ago, but recently he bought a so-called bankrupt stock, nearly all of which furnished fuel for the flames.
(WCN - 12/2/1920) NAME OF D. BOONE IS FOUND ON ROCK NEAR WAYNE LINE
The fact that Daniel Boone, famed Kentucky hunter, once traversed Wayne and Lincoln counties on his hunting expositions was partly established last week when timber cutters of the firm Franklin & Ramey discovered the name of "D . Boone" cut a large rock which was found at the mouth of an obscure cave on Pond Fork of Four Mile Creek Lincoln county, not far from the Wayne line. The forms of the letters of the name are said to correspond identically with the name of Boone which is found carved in the rocks of Kentucky which have been positively identified as the work of the famous hunter and trapper. The name was plainly cut, but no date is given. The rock is located in a very rough place that is seldom traveled.
(WCN - 12/23/1920) BODY OF WAR VETERAN TO ARRIVE THIS WEEK
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Tabor, of East Lynn, have received advice from the War Department that the body of their son, Allen Tabor, who was killed in an engagement during the World War, has arrived at Hoboken pier New York. The body has been shipped by express from New York to East Lynn, and is expected to arrive the last of this week.
Burial services will be held in family cemetery near East Lynn and these will be attended by a military escort made up of local men who were in service. Tabor, who was among the first Wayne county men to reach France, was well known and well liked by everyone. He is survived by his father and mother, one brother Byron Tabor, of Walvile, Washington, and four sisters, Mrs. W. H. Newhouse, and Miss Mayme Tabor, of East Lynn, Mrs. John Bing of Huntington, and Mrs. William Perry, of Logan.
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