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Dickinson County Herald
tbe only County Newspaper VoL 3, No. 15. XI The Eesi t quipped Printing Piant In Southwest Virginia Clintwood, Va., January 30, 1930. Price: $1.50 in Advance Mysterious Malady Cause Quarantine Four Members Of Family In Wash ington County, Virginia, Sue. cumb; Health Officials Close Schools In Effort to Prevent Its Spread The little town of Clinchburg, a community of Washington county, Va., has been quarantined pending an investigation of a mysterious malady which caused the deaths of four members of one family within three weeks. The quarantine order was issued after Dr. M. Lee Hawley, Washing ton county health officer, with the approval of the county board of health, had directed that all schools and public gatherings be suspended until the investigation was com. pleted. The quarantine forbids people from entering or leaving the com munity. The schools were ordered closed last Friday nad no public as. semblies have been permitted since. Health authorities were unable to explain the deaths which they said were caused by disease ,or infec tion. Dr. Hawley informed the Daily Telegraph last night. Dr. H. G. Grant, of Richmond, state epidem. ologist, was called to Clinchburg to assist in tho investigation. Dr. Hawley stated that yosterdaj in company with Dr. Grant, Dr. D. L. Kinsolving, secretary of the Wash ington county health board; Dr. F. H. Smith and Dr. Morrison, a visit was made to Clinchburg and more th -i isx hours spent in conference with Dr. Braxton McKee, who had administered to the members of the stricken family. Dr. Hawley said that from their investigation no other members of the Clinchburg community had be_ come affected by the strange malady but that every precaution was being taken to prevent its spread. I he first death occurred on Jan uary 5, when two children—Martha May and Emma Gay Rector, twins, aged seven years—died. They lived only twelve hours from the attack until death. On January 15, Mrs. May Patrick, aunt of the children, died from a similar malady^l She was ill thirty.two hours. On last Friday Mary Helen Rector died. She was sick only twelve hours. Dr. McKee told the county health authorities that the deaths were pre ceded by chills and a period of un_ consciousness. CHRISTOPHER GIST DEFEATS HAYSI HIGH 24 TO 11 Christopher Gist High School, of Pound, Va., won its twelvth consec utive victory of the season by trouncing Haysi Hi on the latter’s court last Friday night, by a score of 24 to 11. Mullins started the scoring for Pound before the game was two minutes old with a shot from a point near the side line and twenty feet back. Meade and Mullins followed suit shortly. Stuart Sutherland scor_ ed a point for Haysi from the free throw line. Mullins and Countiss sank two more goals from the field. The quarter ended with Pound in the van 11 to 1. In the next perioi Pound added 8 points and Haysi contributed 4. In the second half the Haysi de fense tightened sufficiently to hold their opponents to 5 points, but the Haysi offense somehow could not r -vt' Edd Sutherland and Stuart Sutherland each contributed a field goal and a free shot, bring. io6 ...u —.aysi score to 11. Haysi (11) Sutherland, S. Sutherland, H. Hay Kiser Jackson Pound (24) F G G Mullins Countiss Hollyfieiu Meade Wright Substitutions: Haysi—Edd Suth erland for H. Sutherland. Pound— Stallard for Hollyfield. A LAUNDRY It is rumored that Clintwood is to have a laundry in a few days. That’s good news—and if the people will patronize it it may do well. The town needs just such an institution, and it might, as its first job, clean up some certain dirty things besides the clothes they wear. Here’s hoping it good wash days. In most places they faw down and go boom, but in Chicago they go boom and faw down. BUSINESS Readjustments necessary in vari. ous lines throughout the country have not been carried far enough to date for gratifying results to be shown as to revived business activ ity. Immediate result* would be slow in any case. Consequently when the program of readjustment is still un_ der way, it must be granted that more time must pass before a clear under standing of the economic situation can be had. There have been several factors contributing to an unsettled comb, don for some weeks. The collapse >f stock values in Wall street is not. ar enough back for its disquieting iffects to be forgotten. When bil lon. are lost by investors they are ound to be chary for a consider, ble length of time. Which is not to ugge:t that necessary capital is acking. It isn’t. Industry does not ave to depend upon subscription /hen it needs capital for legimate nterprises. There is plenty of money n the country to be had. But at the ame time a good many who lost in Vail street are, themselves, opera os in industry. Some of them are raking adjustments in the hope that hey can get through without out. ide help. .No one insists mere u»s >verproduetion in industry, although notor cats and related lines are rought under a new plan for the resent year. It is seen that produQ ion plans have been lowered, with trices advanced. Apparently, theie s a belief on the part of manufac. turers that sales this year will not be so great as in 1929. Manufactur ers are known to be looking to for. sign fields in the hope of expand ng sales. But, with the possible ex. jeption of the automotive trade, pro duction for the last six or eight months has run along pretty evenly with demand. Industry or. the whole is in good condition, with leaders as. sorting that they expect a continu ition of prosperity. Freight car loadings for the week ending January 4 were down 22,423 cars from the number for tht same week last year. The total was an in. crease over the same week in 1928 of 22,012 cars, so, although consid erably undtr the million mark, com parisons are not by any means dis couraging. The extreme co'd hurts business luring the last week or so. There was little outsidt activity anywhere. Milder weather would help right now, but no one counts on midwin ter for anything of the kind.—Blue field Telegraph. A CHANGE IN BUSINESS The Herald Publishing Company anticipates a change in business .ithin the next few day3 which will ecessitate a suspension of the pa er temporarily. The change will be iOAojd ni* H^ns jo etting'out th epaper next week, at •nSt. but our job deoartment will continue to do work regularly. THE COAL COMPANY WINS In the matter of the hard road by he ridge route, notwithstanding a trong petition against the river ■oute, on which only a few people ve, and which goes through the oal company’s land, the coal com >any won in the Senate. It seemed o be a case of the weak against a corporation. It goes without saying that this was a disgrace to the county and a direct lap in th eface of its citizens. Of coure, there were others who gave a helping hand to the Coal Company, and some who are residents of Dick enson and who have made their liv ing in the county, who remained as silent as the tomb, afraid of the boss es, who should have had some back bone. SHOOTS BROTHER Gate City, Jan. 25.—George Sta pleton, 17, was fatally shot early this morning as his younger brother, Vernie, 10, sought to awaken him with a shotgun in his hands, which was accidently discharged. Doth youths are sons of T. W. Stapleton, prominent Scott farmer and cattle dealer of Snowflake, sev en miles east of here. The youth stated that he did not know the weapon was loaded, and that he was merely trying to awaken his older brother. “Many things have come to pass,’’ sighed the school teacher as she gaz. ed at the incoming class. STORY OF LOCAL WRITER TO BE BROADCAST Mr. Rufus M. Reed, Praise, Ky., who is the author of the story, “Traitor of Blood,’’ which appears in the February issue of True Ro. mances, lias just received notifica tion from Mr. Gordon, editor of Mac_ Fadden Publications, New York, that his story had been chosen for broadcasting in the True Romances regular weekly program on Febru ary 4th. The story will be broadcasted over The Columbia Broadcasting System. The story was selected among sev eral other's for this weekly program. Many local fans will be eager to tune in and hear this story, as Mr. Reed ‘is well known in this section. EDUCATION ASSOCIATION MEET Appalachia, Va., Jan. 24.—It has been announced by W. F. Jones, chairman of the committee to select a date for the coming meeting of the District K Education Association, that the meeting will be held at Ap palachia March 7 and 8. Luther F. Addington, president of the association, says he believ \ that here will be in attendance at this meeting the largest crowd that has yet been present at a District K program. This forecast is based part, ally on the fact that the Wild Cat oad, just opened for traffic, and the Pound to Clintwood road now paved, will (greatly favor the attend ance from two or three counties. Mr. Addington says that there seems to be prevailing throughout ’he district a fine spirit of co-oper ation. A new feature is to be added to the exercises this year in the na ture of a kind of informal meeting of the various officers of the county education associations for the pur poses of exchanging ideas and mak ing plans for the future. For this reason it is expected that all those connected with local associations will be present. The program is, it is announced, yet in the process of formation, but there will be some timely discussions of problems confronting the teach ing corps. Speakers will be selected to represent as many educational de partments as possible. Music and reading will be a feature of the gen eral program it is understood. FORAKER We have had some disagreeable weather for the past week. W. J. Keith has been very ill for the past week, but is improving at this writing. Mr. and Mrs. Creed Stanley who has been at Coalwood. W. Va., has returned to make this their future home. Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Hughes and two little daughters, Geraline and Genettc, spent Sunday on Georges Fork with the formers brother, Bal_ lard Hughes. Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Powers spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Beverly. Mr. and Mrs. Maco Keith spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Keith. ! Mr. and Mrs. Olen Dotson of this place is spending a few days with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Lane of Clintwood. Bramble Lane has a very sick child at this writing. It is reported that the child has smallpox. Miss Gladys Beverly has been very ill with tonsilitis for the past week, but >s improving at this writing. Evans Mullins spent Saturday night with Willie Powers. Mrs. M. S. Beverly had a quilting contest last week. Those present were: Mrs. A. W. Powers, II. A. Hughes, Maco Keith. The prize lay between Mrs. Maco Keith and Fan nie Beverly. ST. PAUL TOWER MEN Are railroad men subjected to greater temptations to “cuss” or lose their temper than others? Down at St. Paul, on the Clinch valley, are three railroad men who hold the “key” to that answer. They are: A. Monday, Baptist preacher; A. L. Barbee, superintendent of the Bap list Sunday school, and W. P>. Bark. r, secretary-treasuer of the Sunday school. These three churchmen have .harge of the Norfolk and Western Mgnal tower at St. Paul. They are loading citizens of their town and c mmunity :and have set an example to their fellows that all would do well to emulate. MRS. OWENS WRITES Dear Editor:. I am going to write a few lines ol my past life. My father and mothei was horned in Russell county. Mj father grew up at what is now call ed South Clinchfield, my mothei was then living at Cleveland. Mj father’s name was Henry Suther. land; my mother’s Margaret Counts J was horned and reared on what i> called the “Long Ridge” in Dicken son county. I had seven brothers and three sisters. There were five oldei than myself and five younger. Now I am left alone of that family. I married in 1871 to James Owens son of Billy Owens. We lived in hap pincss through our lives. There were 12 children come to bless our home, six boys and six girls, all of whom are now married and have homes "o their own; We seldom ever had s loctor in our home during the rear, ng of our children. We always used our “old home remedies” with sue. e s. My husband and me lived to eat our “golden wedding dinner tad a family reunion and enjoyed .he day. In 1877 I joined the Old Prim’ tive Baptist Church and was baptis ^d by John H. Duty. My husban joined later and lived a faithfu member until he was taken away ir December 1923. I have 79 grand hildren and 38 great grandchildren I was appointed postmaster a' Judge, Va., when I was 35 years old 1 worked for “Uncle Sam” 33 years, and only one visit by a postoffice nspector during that time. It seem, as I am due a pension, I am 73 years old and can walk very good. It take ne almost a month to visit my child ren. only for a few days with each one. They are about my only pleas, ure now as I have no father, mother brother or sister living. I could write more, but 1 fear there won’t be space for more. SYLVIA OWENS Judge, Va. CLINTWOOD’S NEW HOSPITAL „ Dr. R. L. Phipps has opened up his new hospital. This hospital will be known as the Dickenson County Hospital, and the following patients are now being treated: Mrs. Homer Harlow, of Aily, Va„ is recovering from an operation. Mrs. Earl Yates, Splashdam, Va., from whom a large ovarian cyst was re moved by Drs. Jon;es, Moore and Phipps. Mrs. Dewey Fuller and Mr. Tom Counts also had operations for appendicitis. The small child of Proctor Ken. nedy had a large wound from fall ing on a snag. She is aim in the new hospital. Mr. Henry Adkins, lumber inspect, or for the W. M. Ritter Lumber Company, had a tonsil operation on 'ast Thursday and has returned to his home. We wish the new hospital much success. MARTHA GAP LOCALS (Intended for last week) Mr. Wilson Turner’s wife who liar 'een very ill for several days, is im proving nicely. W. F. Barton, Overseer of the '\>orj is still on his job. Lewis Harrison is going into the | poultry business. He has a nice lot of Leghorn pullets, but is not get. ling any eggs, yet. Monroe Turner is a new merchant :n Martha Gap, Va., having recently purchased the stock owned by V/. L. Edwards. The citizens of Backbone Ridge i have missed R. II. Hill very much, since he moved to Bartlick. A. F. Wood is very busy now on ’lie construction of a new log dwell Arvill Barton and Monroe Rob_ inson were the guests of Misses Vadney and Carrie Deel last Sat urday and Sunday. The Turner school is improving very nicely this year. We urge the School Board for an addition of an. other room to the building. J. G. Barton is building a large poultry house and expects to go into the poultry business soon. RITTER LUMBER PLANTS WILL RESUME OPERATION The report that the W. M. Rittei Lumber company would resume op erations of its idle mills in Dicken. son county has been confirmed with the official announcement that be. ginning February 1, more than 1,000 people would resume work in Dickenson county after having been die since December 1. The two large band mills at McClure and Fremont are to start up on that date. Slat’s Diary By Ros* Farquhar Friday—I gess its a wander pa keeps his joy a tall. He is all ways a getting' in to trubble with the boss who’s noose paper he work's writeing a pcece about a lady who had went and lost her husbend and he ended • it wiith saying. The loss was fully recov ered by Ensur_ anee, sed the bereeved. Saterday — Went to a party over the crick ;oniteand Red Stevens was there all :o and we are Dedly enemys. So I lalls him out to 1 side and I sed to ini. Red 1 of us has got to leave his here party. I was rite. 1 of us id. I hope they are haveing a rot en time. Sunday—I diddent half to go to lunday Skool this a. m. on acct. o ny eye looked so bad frum the parti ast nite and this p. m. pa got th ’ord started and we road out in the ountry a past the Skool house where ia went to when he was a innosent 't,tle boy and he sed that skool house has turned out sum mitey good men. ’a whispered to me that they turn_ >d him out before he was threw th 'iveth grade. Munday-—The teceher was a tawk ng about Famly trees and Xplane. ng what they nieen by Famly tree rnd Jane sed to me. What part of Lhe family tree are you. Meaning me. And then before I cud answer she sed I gess you are the sap aint you. I was about one-half sore at the woman. Teusday—Ma js pritty worryea Pa brur.g her home a nice bokay of flours and then he tuk her down to the resterant ifor supper and to a tawking show that costed 30 cents She says she cant emagine what he has went and done this time. Wensday—I gess Jane is trying to make up with me. She wisteled at me today and when I stopped sh< =ed 0 I am looking for a gentlemen but I gess yule do. She wanted me to run a errant for her but she did. dent get no place with me. I am : getting wised up on these here wimen. Thirsday—I had to miss skool this morning to get a tooth pulled. 1 tuk a Xcuse to skool and the tecch er ast me who rote it my ma or my pa. I told her my ma rote it becu' oa’s Xcuses diddent never seem to be mutch good. A speshiy where ma was concerned. FOURTH IN FAMILY SUCCUMBS TO DEATF Abingdon, Jan. 24.—-The fourth death in the family of Mr. and Mrs Charles Rector, of Clinchburg, oc urred early this morning when the’ 2-year.old daughter, died, of tb came disease which killed her twin sisters about three weeks ago. On Tuesday Miss Dessie Mae Pat_ -ick, sister of Mrs. Rector with whon he made her home, died after an ill ness of two days. An autopsy wa held with the hope of determinin' he cause of death in this family, bu as yet no definite clue has been ar ived at. It was reported this morn ng that the mother of the dead hildren is ill. Every effort has been made by 'oral and staje health authoritie to determine the malady, hut w;tv out avail, so far as has been dis closed. The concensus is tnat the family has eaten some kind of pois. ■nous food. SHAFER PLANS TO ENTER RACE Bluefield, Va., Jan. 24.—Tha* J. C. Shaffer will be a candidate to succeed himself in Congress from ;he Ninth district, is the opinion of !oeal Republicans, who claim they have information which loaves no doubt in their minds as to Mr. Shaf fer's intentions. It Is further stated hat Mr. Shaffer has expressed his '■onvietion that with the proper co_ operation and organization his elec tion prospects seem bright. It is un_ derstood that a meeting of the Ninth District Repulican Committee is to be called at an early date for a discussion of the preliminary work of the congressional campaign. Gets Five Years In Assault Case Gate City Youth Given Lightest Punishment Under Indictment In ScOtt County a charge of assault on a girl, Carl a charge of assault on a girls, Carl Clock, 17, of Gate City, was sentenc ed to five years in the state peni_ tentiary in his trial in Scott circuit court here today. The jury deliber ated 18 minutes, giving the lightest sentence possible. County Prosecutor Hagan Bond based his case upon the evidence of Oretta Kimberling, Kingsport, Tenn., jirl, the prosecutrix; Grace Patter, on, Lillian’Orrick and Anna Hinkle. Miss Kimberling testified that she was unconscious during the time of he alleged assault, which took place near Holston River four miles east >f Gate City, after she and the ot ler girls had been picked up when he gas supply ran out in the car icy first occupied. Tells of Assault. Grace Patterson recounted events lading up to the affair. Lillian Or. ick and Anna Hinkle corroborated er and told of Cleek and his com cnion) Nat Barker, leaving them nd taking Miss Kimberling with hem. The other girls walked over ight miles to Kingsport. Sheriff Culbertson and Dr. H. K. IcConnell told of finding the girl wo miles east of here the following ibrning after the night escapade on August 11. The- defendant on the stand de_ ied the charge and said he did not emember anything thatt happened luring the time he is accused of hav ng committed the crime, on account >f being under the influence of whiskey. DANTE INFANT UNDER. GOES OPERATION Norton, Jan. 24.—Reginald Stal 'ai'd 10 months old son of Mr. and .Mrs. Stallard, of Dante, has return, ed to his home and is reported doing nicely following an operation for mastoiditis, performed by Dr. G. W. ilotts at the Norton hospital. Mrs. Stallard was formerly Miss Viola Whoatly, a registered nurse, gradu ite of the Deaconess hospital and Jniversity of Louisville, Ky. 'NJURIES FATAL TO 1 DORCHESTER MINER Norton, Jan. 24.—Ray Steele,25, njuved in the mines of the Wise "’oal and Coke Company at Dorchest. er last Friday, died in the Norton hospital,’Tuesday. Steele is survived by his wife and ne child and by his aged mother, Irs. George Steele, of Dorchester. Interment was in the Robinette Jemetery near Dorchester and Rev. 1’homas had charge of the services. 'REPARE FOR MORE “CUSS1N” Now, as the Ridge road matter is tilled whcLh has already been a nuisance ever since the State took over as a detour road while work. ig on that part of the road leading ito Clincheo, it is safe to guess that will be as bad or worse than ever, 'he State may abandon this detour nd the county will have to take it ... wm a bond issue impending and a new jair to build, the county ,1 «a.e it. nands full in finances, omething will have to be done with his route in keeping it up or wo ill just have to walk. 'OLICEMAN AT NORTON SHOT Policeman Hunnllcutt of Nonton was accidentally shot by Tobe Fraz ier Tuesday Morning. The policeman and Frazier were good friends and when they met on the fatal morning in a garage, the policeman and Fraz er bantered each other as to who ould pull their guns the quickest. During the contest as Frazier swung his gun over his head the weapon was discharged, the ball ent-erug Hunnicutt’s forehead just above the right eye penetrating the brain. Hunnicutt was fatally injured. There were several bystanders who stated that the shooting was accidental. Frazier offered to give himself up to the officers, one of them being a witness to the affair but they re. fused to place him under arrest. Haven’t heard of a woman who has a good word to say for the long skirts. Most women declare they won’t wear them—but they will.