The History of Taylor County Chapter Three Hundred-Fifty-Seven-A

1908 History of Taylor County

Miss Florence Davis exceptionally clever actress, supported by Elliott Dexter presented a charming comedy drama entitled “A Question of Husbands,” in the Opera House, February 19, 1908. Both the play and the stars delighted an audience who applauded the work of a well balanced company in this clever comedy.

Mrs. Martha Augusta Davis, wife of the late Hon. Thomas E. Davis of West Grafton. The family after the death of ex-Congressman B. F. Morton in 1895 purchased the home on West Main Street, where Mrs. Davis died February 28, 1908. With her husband, she came to Grafton in 1865 and resided here until the end of her days. Mrs. Davis was one of those home loving women and, while hospitable and neighborly, rarely joined in many of the social events among the women of Grafton on account of her state of health. As a wife and mother she did all that these words contemplate, and those who knew her intimately had only the kindest words for her. She was interred beside the body of her late husband in the family lot in Bluemont cemetery.

An attraction out of the ordinary “The Lion and the Mouse” from the pen of Charles Klein came to the Opera House March 3, 1908. Walter Edwards as the millionaire John Burkett Ryder, a power in the financial world, gave a most finished portrayal of a ruthless autocrat who tried to sweep all from his path who opposed him but failed in his attempt to prevent the marriage of his son Jefferson to Shirley Rossmore, daughter of Judge Rossmore, his bitter enemy. Miss Edith worker, as Shirley Rossmore, one of the most accomplished actresses seen on the local stage in the scene between her and the autocrat rider was of the very highest order. Intelligent and a world traveler, miss Barker in conversation with the house manager said: “I have spent the summer abroad and visited nearly all of the historic places of Europe but none of them can compare in the beauty of our own Washington.”

Street Commissioner Joseph J. Remlinger reported to the town council, said: prisoners arrested within the corporate limits spent 12.712 hours laboring on the streets of the town at a saving to the town of $2,387.75 to work out the amount of fines levied against them and for their keep.

Freeman Borset, one of the earliest employees in the transportation department of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, died at the home of his son at Keyser, March 16, 1908. His remains were brought to Grafton and laid beside the body of his first wife and child in Bluemont cemetery. A native of the state of New York, he came to Grafton prior to the civil war and was one of the men whose train was wrecked in the collision and Shaffer’s cut on July 25, 1862, which resulted in the death of John C. Shaffer, who was probably the first man to suffer death in a railroad accident on the Parkersburg branch. Later Mr. Boyce married Lydia Perdue, daughter of the pioneer settler Laban Perdue, of Grafton He was, perhaps, one of the oldest members of the Masonic fraternity and Grafton, having been raised as a Master Mason of Grafton lodge capital No. 15 A. F. and A. M. In 1872 They may sign up bodies of Grafton took charge of the Funeral arrangements and held ritualistic services at the graveside.

Miss Rosabelle Leslie Company occupied the stage of the Opera House for the week beginning March 9, 1908, and the popularity of the lady star was evidenced by the capacity audiences that greeted her and her company each night during the week's engagement.

Word was received in Grafton of the death of Harry H., son of Mr. And Mrs. Uriah Jones, who died at Daytona Beach, Florida, March 15, 1908. The oldest of the family of Uriah Jones and a descendant of one of the historic settlers of Taylor County. The young man began his education in the rural school at Knottsville and graduated from Grafton High school in the class of 1897 and completed his business education in Cornell University at Ithaca, New York. He saw it and was employed in the offices of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad for some time and then resigned to accept the position as teller for the First National Bank of Grafton for about seven years. Offered the position of cashier of the newly organized bank at Belington he accepted. An attachment formed with his classmate during his studies in Grafton High culminated in his marriage to Miss Eva, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hull, of Grafton, and then suffering from an incurable ailment he sought the mid climate of Florida in 1915 and hope that the change would prove beneficial. Then, at the age of 49, this highly respected and most successful young banker and worthy son of Taylor County passed away from the scene of his youth from the ravages of Bright’s disease. His remains were returned to Grafton and interred in Bluemont cemetery.

The Baptist Young People’s union entertained with a concert in the Opera House, March 18, 1908, and drew a large audience to witness the entertainment given by the young folks of this society.

The Strollers, a new dancing club was organized among the young folks in the town and held their first dancing event March 23, 1908.


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