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Lonesome Pine Trail is
Fast Becoming a Reality
Letter From Ben Williamson,
President of Lonesome Pine
Trail Association.
(Coklflolii Progress.)
That the building of tin; Lone?
some!! Pine Trail is rapidly to
roach a point of completion will
bo soon by the letter from the
president of tliu Trail Associa?
tion published below.
It is iiIro interesting to note
extracts from several reports
made to j. M. Allan, vice-presi?
dent for Virginia of tlio Trail
Association. From these re?
ports we learn that at the north?
ern terminal of the Lonesome
Pine Trail at Ironton, Ohio, and
Russell, Ky-, is heing construct?
ed the modern traffic and street
car steel bridge across the Ohio
River, which will lie completed
by next May or .lone. This is
the only bridge on the Ohio Riv?
er for a distance of 200 miles
each way and its building has
spurred immediate life in the
groat cross mountain highway re?
cently started.
Tho road commissioners of Lee
county, Va., have made prepar?
ation for tho grueling of the three
miles near Blackwutur und Han?
cock county has under (?(instruc?
tion u bridge across Black.vater
Ashland, Ky., Doc. 7.
J. M. Allen, Vice-President,
I-onesoine Pine Trail Association,
Norton, Vn.
Dear Sir:?
Roferring to your letter of
October 14 to Mr. William il.
Miller, our secretary, I am writ?
ing you some facts relative to
what is doing and has been ac?
complished on this end of the
lonesome Pine Trail. While
wc have nothing to say up to
the present timo, yet no time
has been lost anil ho effort spar?
ed to keep this work going and
to get more of the road under
Up until this time we have not
been just sure what we were go?
ing to got. Now, however, I am
pleased to advise that on Decem?
ber 21 there will be let two con?
tracts, one stretch of eight miles
and another of live miles on the
Lonesome Pine Trail. The live
mile section is that between the
bridge at Russell, Ky., and Iron
ton, Ohio, and Asliolinul, Ky.,
namely, tho northern terminus
of the Lonesome Pine Trail. The
other completes that part of the
trail in Boyd county, connecting
up with an eighteen mile stretch
let a short tune ago and upon
which work is now going on in
Lawrence county to Louisa.
In addition, we have a virtual
understanding with the highway
department that two additional
contracts will bo let this winter,
one of eighteen miles in Law?
rence county, south of Louisa,
the other fourteen miles in
Johnson county, with strong hope
of an additional six miles com?
pleting the road through Johnson
county. In other words, with
what has been done and what is
now doing and what might be
said to be reasonably in prospect,
we hope in 1022 to have some
eighty-five or ninety miles of the
Lonesome Pine 'frail completed
and under construction. This
will leave only. the.trail through
Floyd, Pike and.part of Letcher
to carry-it to Jenkins. Ky., and
I might say, that the necessary
bonds required l?y tlio state have
been voted and appropriated in
these various counties. There?
fore they are ready just as boon
as (he state and the government
are in position to furnish their
part of lite money to go ahead
with the road. Hest assured
that the pressure will be kept on
with the earliest possible com
plot ion of this road to Jenkins in
Now what I would ask of our
friends south of the mountain is :
What steps are necessary to gel
tlio work going over there? Al?
though 1 am a busy man, witli
reasonable notice, 1 will be glad
to attend a meeting or meetings
deemed necessary to start enthu?
siasm out of which should grow
real ell'orl and must be guided
largely by those who are familiar
with the situation over there. 1
am not familiar with the road
laws of either Virginia or Ten?
nessee. It was not iny good for?
tune to be able to attend the
meeting of the Lonesome Pine
Trail Association at l'ikeville. 1
have not, therefore; just the in?
formation necessary to an intel?
ligent understanding of what
move should be made to get
tItings started.
I feel sure that if the work
can be gotten ill to a similar con?
dition on that side of the moun?
tain to what we have it here, we
will not have to wait for our
grandchildren to drive over the
Lonesome l'ine Trail. 1 aril wil?
ling to lend my efforts to bring
about results as quickly as pos?
Very truly yours,
Hks Williamson;
Lonesome l'ine Trail Association.
Virginia Man
Elected Chairman of Execu?
tive Committee of the
American Association
of State Highway
Richmond, Dec. 20.?By tbo
unaiiiuiouR vote of the Htute
highway officials of tho forty
eight states of tho Union at the
titmuul BeBBion of tho American
Association of Slate Highway
officials in Omaha lam week,
George P. Golomun, state high?
way commissioner of Virginia,
was re-elected chairman of the
executive committee of that as?
sociation. At the Bamo meet?
ing Mr. Coleinun was again
chosen us chairman of tlio leg?
islative committee for 1922.
W. S. Keller, chief statu high
wuy engineer of Alabama, was
elected president of the ussociu
Since tho organization of the
American Association of State
Highway Officials nine years
ago, Commissioner Colemau bus
served as chuirinan of the exec?
utive committee every yearex
cepling one when he was ele?
vated to tho presidency of the
ussociatiou. The bill for tho
first federal aid passed by Con?
gress in 1015 wau drawn by the
executive committee of the
American Association of State
Highway Officials. The changes
in the new federal aid act pass?
ed by Congress iu 1921 wore
made upon tho recommendation
of the executive committee of
the association. Tlio tight for
the adoption of tbo measure
through which federal aid was
continued was led by the legis?
lative committee of the associa?
Poor little'innocent 19221
doomed to die within the year.
Now Doing Business in Its
Handsome New Stone
The FirHt National Hank of
Apputuchiu hiiH moved into its
ucw building, which wiiH erect
ed by the Bork? Construction
Company the past year On
Monday which wus tho New
Year holiday tho bui l<t t?? ^ was
open to visitors and hundreds
of the bank's friend* and ens.
t'-mt-rn were shown by officials
t imii,;Ii the different depart?
ments und had explained to
them the many features con?
nected with up-to-date banking
Tho building is 40xtt0 feet
three stories high with one t-to
ry below the street level, which
is used a? ?turnte Vaults. The
walls <>f the building are lirick
with Bedford, Indiana, stone
veneer and tile roof. The main
lloor is beuutifully tlnished.
The doors are Tennessee marble
ami the wuiuscoating of Italian
marble,which present a very ar
itstie and pleasing elTect. On
the main lloor is located tho
banking room with four steel
cages fur the cashier and tellers,
the vaults, the directors' room,
the stenographers' office, the
president's office, toilets,etc. All
the furniture in the building
with the exception of one tttble
in tho directors' room are of
steel. All the doors except the
front door nro made of steel.
The bulldiug is absolutely lire
and burglar proof. 'I'lu- door to
the money vault und safety
boxes weigh thirteen loos and
eight hundred pounds and has
four combination and two lima
locks With the four locks
it will bu impossible for it to
K?i out of adjustment unless all
four go wrong at the same time,
which is not nt till probable.
This door is made of ten inch
tool proof hardened steel anil
tho whole vault is lined with
the same metal one inch thick.
On the mezzanluu floor above
is bicated a rest room for ladies
which overlooks the main bank?
ing room, toilets, office rooms,
etc. The building is very con?
veniently arranged and beauti?
fully und artistically finished
aud furnished and is onu of the
best bunking houses in the
I south und cost with equipment
about Boventy-five thousand
j The First National Bank wus
organized in l'.'OO nod has u
cupitul stock of $60,000 with it
surplus of (50.000, nod at the
present time the deposits are
j about $900,000. The officers and
directors of the batik uro ull
prominent business men of this
section and uro its follows:
0. F. Blauten, president; Oeorge
Jenkins, vice-president; \V. A.
Jones, cashier The directors
are: O F. Blanlon, Oeorgo
Jenkins, K. .1. Proscott, Otis
Mouser, H. L Miller, Dr. C. B.
Bowyer, Ii. L. Fuller und Dr.
R. W. Holly.
Down Go Prices to Pre-Wer
Tlte Caloric Pipeless Furnace
has puton a uatiou-.vide.adver?
tising campaign announcing
the drop in the price to pro-war
prices and have a double page
advertisement iu the 8 tlurduy
Evening Post.
This advertisement also men
tions some UOW improvements
in the Caloric which will udd to
the efficiency. W. Q. Coutts,
the agent for the Caloric, has
placed some U0 of these fur
naces in Wise county.
Mr. Coutts states that he has
cut his plumbers to 60 cents an
hour and is out for the busi?
ness.? adv.
Road Change
Made by Highway Commis?
sioner Not in Interest of
Members of the Slate Highway
Commission of Virginia, Hun.
(ion. P. (Joleinnnj State High-,
way Commissioner, Richmond,
Va., and Hon. Wade H. Mas
lie, Chairman, Washington,
Va., Hon. Henry I'. Heek.
Secretary, Richmond, Va.j
Hon. Horace Hardawav, St.
Paul, Va., Hon. Krank W.
Davie, Lawrohceville, Va.,
and linn, .lohn A. Hear, Ron
noke, Va.
(lentlcnien :
1 noticed in the Roanokc
Tiiues of yesterday that you had
recommended a change in that!
part of Woute No. II from Uoe
burn via Oliiitwodd to Orundy,
as tho same was llxeil hy the
Legislature of Virginia by Acts
of HI1S at page 10, by cutting
oil' the part of this slate road
from Fremont to Orundy, and
changing this state road so as to
go from ?rundy to Raven. I
feel confident that yoil were not
fully aware of the true situation
in connection with this road or
'you would never have reeoin
Imended this change. Vou cer?
tainly have only had one side "I
the case presented to you. It
would he a grave mistake for
this change to lie made hy the
legislature, which only has the
right to make the change, hut 1
do not like to see (he Stale
Highway Department of Virginia
make the mistake of recom?
mending this change.
No one in Virginia has been a
hotter friend of tile stale high?
way system or stood by it and
the State Highway Department
hotter than I have. I have eon
lidouce in the ability and up?
rightness of nil the men corii
neeted with this department and
1 feel coiltideilt that if you were
convinced that you had made a
mistake in this recommendation
that it would he your pleasure
to withdraw tin- recommenda?
tion; and in an ell'orl to show
you that you have made u mis?
take I am writing you this letter.
All I ask is for you to give mir
side of this controversy a fair
nod impartial consideration.
We ask nothing more and wo
feel that we are entitled to this.
1 shall now proceed to give you
a statement of the reasons 1 h ive
for urging you to withdraw this
This slate road from Coeburn
to ?rundy, a distance of about
lii'ty-eight miles, passes through
Clint wood; the county seat 61
Dickehson county, and Rremotit
in which is one of the largest
lumber plants in the state if not
in the whole United States; a
town of some fifteen hundred
people, and Moss, which is the
best constructed and equipped
mining towns in Virginia, u
town of some two thousand peo?
ple) and Hayt?i,a prosperous and
growing railroad town, and on to
?rundy; the county scat of
Buchanan county; on the pro?
posed Kavou route you do not
pass through a single village or
town from Orundy lo Raven, a
distance of twenty-eight miles,
and mostly sparsely settled
To cut off the Ooeburu-Ulint
wooil-?rnndy road at Frceniont
you cut Moss and Hays) off of a
state highway and you take away
from Dickeusoii county sixteen
miles of state road, and you
place Orundy by state road
twenty-eight miles from ^the
railroad at Raven; while it is
only eighteen miles to the rail?
road at Haysi. So you place
Grundy ten miles further from a
railroad by this state road. I
shall stand behind the statement
that there are five times as many
people living within one mile of
this state mud between Fremont
IIlid (irumly as there are living
within one mile of the mad from
Qrundy t<> Haven. This is en?
titled to consideration, us roads
are built to accommodate the
most peo]ile possible.
I fully realize that part of the
people living in Qrundy want
tin- road out to Raven and that
the people living along the route
of this proposed road to Itaveu
want the road to Haven, this is
but natural, the same condition
would be rotilld in any other part
of the -t?te: and part of the
people living in tirundy want 1
this road out to llaysi, likewise I
the people living along this'
llaysi road want the road to
Elaysi. But a very large per
cent of the people of Buchanan
county have very little choice
between these two routes and
will be satisfied with either route.
It is Ta/ewell county that '
leading this liglil. fl i- Tnzti
well couiity thai wants to take'
nway from the prosperous.grow-!
lug towns of Moss and llaysi,
and take away from llickenson1
coilllfy sixteen miles of road so :
as to get a part of this stale road
from llriiiuly to Iii?von in Taxe
well county. This i- simply ui
light by Ta/ewell county to take,
a piece if state roiill from Dick-I
ouson county.
I had the honor of being u
member of the legislature at the
.session of {018 When the state J
highway system was jlrsi laid
out, mid I had in mind at that
time that this COeburlt-Clint
w.I-Uruiidy state load tvould
?oine day lie extended on from j
Qrundy up Slate Crook ami down
Kmi.v Creek to the West Virgin?
ia line: ami that this would t lien |
become one of I he tno-t impor?
tant thoroughfares in the state
of Virginia, as it would connect
the coal Holds of Tog River and
the counties of MiligO and Mc?
Dowell with the cpiillteida ol
Soul Ii west Virginia in the coun?
ties of I., Russell, Wise anil
Pickunsoti. Look at your maps
and you will see that this road
between the t\vo states, slid be?
tween these two great eoalliolds,
would connect these two coal
Heids by a mad of less than u
hundred miles; while it is some
two hundred miles from one of
tliest.iilllolds to the other by
railroad, either by Hluelield or
Louisa, Kentucky, and Fort Gay,
West Virginia. Now if you
want lo help Buchanan county
why not recommend that this
state road from Ooebtirn by
Clihtivood t? Grimily be extend?
ed from tirundy on through to
the West Virginia line, as this
would then give to tirundy two
outlets lo tin- railroads, one lo
the ?., t'. & (?. at llaysi ami
the other to the N. & W. "ut some
point on 'fug River?
If, however, you are deter?
mined to establish a road from
tirundy lo some point on the
Clinch Valley rail road, you
would be making, in my opin?
ion, a grave mistake to locate
this mad to Raven. It should
go lo lionaker in Russell county
instead, l'he distance would be
about the same, but the mad
would accommodate more people.
The mad from lirundv to liona?
ker would pass by Council, where
the Baptists have a large mis?
sion school, that is doing great
work in the education of the
boys und girls from this moun?
tain part of the state. While
the roatl from Qrundy to Huven
would only servo the few scat?
tering people living along this
route the lionaker routo would
help build up this very excel?
lent school. But our Tazewell
friends, in their innocence, can
not see that any road is of much
importance unless it gats into
Tuzewell at some place, so they
would doubtless seriously object
(Continued on Fourth Page)
Town Council Preparing lo
Commence Work in Ihc
Early Spring.
It look'*) now like Hig Stone
(lap will have some good street-,
laad mads if the pi.ins of tho
town council are carried out
i The matter of bettor streets ami
roads has been discussed for
some time, hut the council de?
cided to wait unlil next spring
before any actual work w com?
menced on till)in. In tho mean
time all the preliminary work
is being done preparatory to
work as soon as the weather
At a meeting of the council
on Monday night a committee
of citizens composed of Judge
11 A. W. Skeen, (iris Mousei ,
J. W. (Jlwilkloy, A. L. Witt,
w. T. < loodloe, W. W. Taylor,
II. K Pox and J . P Wulfe Wete
appointed to go thoroughly into
the streets and mads mailer
and recommend to the council
at an adjourned meeting on
next Monday night the kind of
streets ami loads the town
should build and the probalite
cost of them This: committee
will cooler With li committee of
the council composed of W. T,
Hood loo, E T. Carter. W. 11.
Wren and l> II, Savers pre?
viously appointed to ascertain
the costs of such improvements
The object of the council in ap?
pointing a comtniitee of cili/.etiH
was to gei all the information
pOBSiblO IIS to tile Wullen til (he
Citizens of the town US to tho
SllontS (hat should he improved
ami the kind of construction
most desired.
Judge Skeen was present mid
stated to tho Coiinuil that they
had the authority under (he
present law lo issue bonds f ir
street improvoiuonis without
having to hold an election, and
this being tbo eise tlio council
will proceed at once to mike all
preparations to commence these
improvement-, by early Spring.
It is thought the town will have
no trouble in selling sutlicioilt
bonds for the improvements un
dortukou. Sutllcioiit bonds
should be issued to m tko in
improvements wherever made
permanent and improve enough
uf the streets, especially in tho
business section of the town, |.i
show (he outside world th it wo
are at least keeping up with
other towns in ihm soctioii.
Tho town can do nothing that
will improve conditions mid en?
hance the value of property
here inure than good permanent
streets. Norton has ullrioSI
doubled in population and im?
portance since thoy improved
their streets ami Appulachiti
has just completed some street
improvement.-, that will benefit
the town more than any thing
else that could have happened.
We are glad lo see thai the
town council, which is compos?
ed Of leading business men, are
taking such an inter, .1 in the
welfare of the town ami we be?
lieve every true and loyal citi?
zen will back them to the limit.
We vvunt improved streets and
we waul them at least as good
as any other town in South?
west Virginia.
In tlio national oapitol tho
other day eggs sold for fifty
coats a dozen, of which tho fur
mer received twelve. A right
liberal distribution uf the prof,
its for till except the farmer
and the hen.

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