Editor Barr Takes a Trip in 1898

(05/04/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/22/1898.

Last Tuesday we conceived the idea of taking a trip a few miles in the country, and we instinctively headed in the direction of the scenes of our childhood.  Crossing the river at this point, we dashed away at a good lively clip up the historic Philips' run.  This stream is noted for its productive soil.  Before proceeding very far up the line, we observed that the farmers were clearing up and preparing for good crops.  We also met Hugh Johnson and W.E. Bell with a good six horse team, hauling timber.  It was raining at a good, lively clip, and farmers were mostly indoors.

Passing from Philips' run to Sycamore, we heard that J.M. Wilson and wife were the proud parents of a new baby girl.  Saw a new building in course of construction on the Frank Hathaway farm, at the mouth of Upper Road run.  Here we headed down stream, and a few paces brought us to the mouth of Lower Road run, where we could not help pausing, and for a moment look with utter astonishment at the improvement that had been made there in the last few years.  A new two story frame residence had taken the place of a little log hut, and grassy fields had taken the place of what, a few years ago, was an untouched forest.  The widow of the late William Hathaway resides there, and we are informed that the improvement has been made by her two noble sons "Road" and "Bob."  Everything was quite as of yore, about the residence of Ben Sommers.

Next we visited the residence of Matilda Poling, widow of ex-sheriff Nicholas Poling, who died about nine years ago.  He was the first sheriff of this county after the war, and was for many years President of the Board of Education of Sherman district.  We found Mrs. Poling comfortably situated in a home built since it had been our pleasure to pass through that part of the country, and as kind and gentle in her nature as ever, and we regret that lack of time compelled us to decline a pressing invitation to wait for dinner.

This brought us to the point where the right and left hand prongs of the creek join, but we must hasten on down.  At the residence of Rev. D.R. Poling we expected to dine, but his excellent wife being absent, and rain beginning to fall in torrents, we hurried on to the little village of Staten, where we met and was warmly received by "Grandma" Wilson and Mrs. John Wilson, nee Peninger.  The temptation to tarry and chat a while with these excellent ladies was great, but verily an editor's time is precious.  Crossing the streat we found J.D. Jeffreys with his knees under a table richly spread.  He insisted upon our joining him, but after learning from him that he was erecting a new store room, we faced homeward, and casting one glance across to the residence and farm of W.F. Barnes and one long look up the beautiful Little Kanawha river and Steer Creek, where the latter empties into the former, and where we took our first lesson in the art of rafting x ties and saw logs, we urged our nag to make rapid strides homeward.

Along the line we called John Barr and John Frame out of their respective homes and chatted each of them a moment, and reached home at 1 o'clock.  We regret that we have not space to mention all the improvements (illegible) promise to take another trip in a few days, and report something of the progress that the citizens are making.


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