There was quite a mix up in the vicinity of Joker on Friday
night. No one was seriously injured, but it is said that one fellow’s face was
made a punching bag, and that it took him some time to recover his good looks.
Pernua was the favorite drink and the participants indulged freely.
A perfect town is that in which you see the farmer patronizing
the home merchants, the laborers spending the money they earn with their
tradesmen, and all animated by a spirit that will not purchase articles abroad
if they can be bought at home. The spirit of reciprocity between the man and the
mechanic, tradesman and laborer, farmer and manufacturer results every time in
making the town a perfect one to do business in.
“Protection” should be desired, even where attainment is barely
possible, we presume, but a perfect town must be denominated a great rarity
until we reach a more advanced stage toward millennium than has yet been gained.
Charley Stump has been doing some hauling in the Bigroot oil
field for the past 10 days. He had a very peculiar accident happen while hauling
across a bridge near the residence of Sam Kellar. His wagon was heavily loaded
and as he drove upon the bridge, it gave away, letting horses, wagon, driver and
all down into a deep ravine, but luckily no one was hurt, except “Spave” lost
some little time in getting his horses and wagon back onto the road.
Work is progressing at a fast rate on the new bridge across the
Little Kanawha River at Creston. At the same time, it was reported that the old
Creston ferry is now out of the running and all traffic is being routed by way
Lakin Peters, representing the bridge contractor, said that one
pier of the new bridge is completed, both abutments are completed, one on either
side of the river, and that the pier on the Creston side of the river would be
completed very soon. Work is underway on the foundation for the pier in the
middle of the river.
One coffer dam cell has been erected in the middle of the river
and excavation is being done for pouring the footer.
It was reported in the Wirt County Journal that Oral Arthur,
ferry operator, wants to permanently stop ferrying, and the State is “glad of
it.” The ferry flat is old, and, in the opinion of some people, dangerous.
Service had to be interrupted by a low water stage of the river. That flat has
been swung aground into the mouth of the West Fork, and has not been used for
A temporary bridge has been constructed across the river at the
site of the new bridge construction, for use by the contractors in their work,
but neither the contractor nor the state will accept responsibility of
permitting the public to use that temporary span.