Barge Sinks on Little Kanawha in 1908


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 2/18/1908.

Return's Barge Sunk

Messers. Smith & Huffman met with one of the greatest losses last week that has ever before befallen gasolene boatmen on the Little Kanawha river.  The Steamer Return was enroute from Parkersburg to Grantsville with a barge heavily ladened with flour, groceries, notions, dry goods, hardware, etc., in fact everything that is transported up this river, when at the mouth of Hughes river, the barge struck a snag and in less than five minutes the barge was under 16 feet of water and the goods soaked and many of them ruined.  The Steamer Edith H. happened on the scene in about 10 minutes and rendered valueable aid in rescuing the goods.  The damage is estimated at from $1,200 to $1,600.  The crew of the Return was considered among the very bet on the river there being four licensed men on her, and the misfortune was purely accidental.  The firm of Smith & Huffman have the sympathy of everybody, and with the exception of one merchant from down the river, everyone who had damaged goods are acting nicely with them.  They can ill afford to lose this amount of money, and all those whom they have heretofore favored by extending time should at once come to their rescue and settle up.

We personally know of many people whom they have befriended in this manner, and it is now up to these people to return the favor.  Remember, that "a friend in need is a friend indeed."