The History of Taylor County Chapter Three Hundred-Seventy-One

First Case of Abduction in Taylor Co. Court

That sugar beets would grow to a great size and produce abundant crops in the soil of Taylor county was demonstrated by Mr. H. M. Hoffman, a farmer living out in the section now known as the Country Club district. Mr. Hoffman exhibited one beet which weighed 11 pounds and measured 27 inches in circumference and many other weighing from seven pounds and upward, all solid and perfectly formed. Just why this industry that processes beets into sugar was never seriously considered by the farmers who had large acreages lying fallow and could possibly drive an income from this product sufficient to pay for the planting and care of this crop and yield a profit is hard to understand, possibly the cost of freighting the crop to the refineries was so prohibitive is the reason little attention was given to the planting of sugar beets.

The musical comedy, “The Isle of Spice,” came to the Opera House, October 2, 1909, and this screamingly amusing attraction pleased a very good audience. Stanly Felch, as King Bompopka, Harry B. Watson and Harry Williams as the “American Jackies”, did their part to keep the audience in a hilarious mood during the two acts of the play. The musical numbers were very catchy and hard to state, which please the audience the most. The songs “Hail Bompoka, Uncle Sam’s Marines,” “You and I,” and the “Goo-Goo Man” in the spectacular finale at the close of the first act brought the company before the curtain to bow their appreciation. During the second act the Broomstick Witches, October Ale; Oh, What a Lovely Dream, Peggy Brady and Kow-Tow all were vociferously acclaimed by the audience, who as in the first act, called for more and the ensemble responded with the song, “The Glorious High-Ball” to close the act to perhaps one of the best-pleased audiences of the season.

With serious siege of diphtheria ravaged the Webster school in the county Board of Education ordered the building close to prevent a further spread of this dreaded infection. Dr. Dorsey C. Peck was called from Grafton and under his rigid inspection the building was thoroughly fumigated and cleaned of all deadly disease germs to ensure the children safety when they took up their studies in the building. The school authorities were to be commended in the theory, “that an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure.”

With sunny climate of Florida seemed to hold an allure for some of the Grafton folks in the 1900s and led Captain Chapman Fleming to heed the call of Florida to look at the state over with the view of taking up his permanent residence. Captain Fleming, for many years a locomotive driver in both the freight and passenger service on the Wheeling division of the Baltimore and Ohio and at retirement from the service decided to try the balmy air of the land of oranges, and possibly spend the rest of his years there.

Probably the first case of abduction tried in the Taylor County Circuit Court was that of Thomas Dolan, charged with the abduction of Gladys Walmsley, a pupil in the West Grafton elementary school. It seems Dolan sought the assistance of constable John B. Sandy and went to the school and dragged and pulled the young girl to the Baltimore and Ohio station and took her to Wheeling and placed her in the Home of the Good Shepherd. The jury who heard the case rendered a verdict of not guilty against Dolan, the evidence not being sufficient to sustain a verdict in the case. Although great indignation was expressed at the time of the seizure of the girl events proved the man had the right as the guardian of Gladys Walmsley to place her in the institution he deemed best for her moral conduct.

Miss Daisy Dudley, as for as known Kama was the first young woman of Grafton to engage in the fire insurance business in Grafton. Miss Dudley announced she was the representative of five first class insurance companies, the best in America and would be glad of the opportunity to submit rates to property owners contemplating insurance for their homes or household goods in her office with Doctors Warder and Mackin.

The Creedmore hotel under the management of Creed Dunnington had the sanitary vacuum process installed in the hotel, which was claimed removed every particle of dirt and dust and insured perfect cleanliness throughout the house by that process that was dustless and operation. This was the first house in Grafton so equipped, and, perhaps, was the forerunner of the electric sweepers now in general use.

Gus A. Bolden and D. Grant Smith resigned as editors of the Brampton daily republican and the owners of the newspaper engaged Frederick S. Schuster as editor and manager. Mr. Schuster seemed to be a competent newspaper man and the paper edited by him was cleanly printed and filled with items of interest concerning the happenings and events, which past in review in the town daily.

Hinkle and company, successors to Rector in company, under the management of E. L. Rector, move to the Preiss building at Np. 31 West Main Street, and confined find their line to a line of footwear instead of the general line heretofore carried by the Rector company. a full line of caps skin shoes for women which they guarantee will turn water, both soda and pegged in the good old-fashioned way. Doubtless there or very few of the present population recall the shelves full of those calfskin shoes with their wooden peg souls and sturdily built to a stand the hardware required of them by the folks of the rural sections. It would be a novelty indeed to see one of these shoe stores of today stack a pile of cases filled with the old high top peg boots that were and ascential need in the 80s and 90s. It was only in the heated season that ladies and men wore low cut shoes, but now these are worn the year round.


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