The History of Taylor County Chapter Three Hundred-Sixty-Six


Bond Election is Called

William A. Brady, prominent theatrical producer of New York, send his latest attraction, “The Man of the Hour,” to the Opera House, April 12, 1909. This drama based on the political crookedness in the great city of New York and the attempts of politicians to corrupt the young mayor of that great city, who manfully refuses to lend himself to attempts of the political boss to have him lend his aid in a large franchise grab. The uncle of the girl he loves is behind the grab and his refusal to sign away the city’s rights in this corrupt grab almost causes him the loss of many friends, but in the end of the play right triumphs and he wins his sweetheart by his high motives and honesty of purpose. The drama was full of sensational thrills and met the approval of the gods who acclaimed the young mayor with all they had.

The Grafton club with the Pennsylvania- West Virginia league entertained the Wesleyan college baseball team of Buckhannon on April 28, 1908. The line of college team was Pifer 3rd base, Ward Lanham 1st base, O. Post catcher, Arnett 2nd base, Roberts shortstop, VanDine right, Hill center, F. Stansbury left, Harry Stansbury pitcher, L. Post pitcher. The line up for Grafton was Bail shortstop, Warren 3rd base, Zinn left, Gainer center, Smith 1st base, replaced by Gainer in the second inning, Mathers right, Winters catcher, McIlvane starting pitcher and replaced by Fitzwater in the sixth. The college lads were easy for the professionals, who slammed out 18 healthy hits for 18 runs while the lads from Buckhannon made 8 hits that netted three runs. Worn was easily the star of the game with three hits, four runs, 2 put out and five assists. McIlvane struck out four and made one assist. Fitzwater made three hits, scored three runs and made hits in his three times at bat. Ward Lanham made one run, no hits, had 10 putouts at first base and had two stolen bases to his credit. VanDine seemed to be the only player who was able to solve the curves of McIlvane and Fitzwater rapping out three of the eight hits credited to the college boys. Reverend Job Jones, now a pastor of the Methodist Protestant faith, was the umpire at this game. Ward Lanham is now a prominent attorney of Fairmont and Harry Stansbury was for years director of athletics at West Virginia University.

On May 4, 1909, the entire population of baseball followers made their way to the baseball park at Fetterman to witness the opening game of the Pennsylvania- West Virginia league. The streetcars and conveyances were crowded to their utmost capacity with some 2,500 men and women, of course the youngsters all anxious to be present to witness the opening game with the Uniontown club. Umpire Featherington announced the batteries for the game: Cross, for Grafton, walked to the mound and caught the ball tossed to him by mayor James W. Love. Cross, a Husky lab with plenty of speed and curves pitched a nice game which was won by Grafton by the score of 6 to 4 and the throng shouted their approval with the first game of the season going to the credit of the home team.

The town council on May 4th asked the voters of Grafton to express their opinion on the question of a bond issue of $90,000, the proceeds of which would be used to liquidate the towns floating indebtedness, provide for a new pump with a capacity of 3 million gallons, the extension of the intake pipe above the line of the old Tygart valley river boom, and the construction of a new tank of sufficient capacity to meet the demands of the growing number of water consumers. The voters were asked to express their opinion on this question at a special election, June 15, 1909, and issued a proclamation to that effect which appeared in the columns of the Grafton Sentinel and the Grafton Leader.

The members of Reno post No. 7, Grand Army, Grafton, in a meeting on May 15, 1909, elected Reverend F. G. W. Ford, colonel, Thomas C. Nuzum, adjunct, J. Clark Lewellyn, quarter-master. A committee composed of D. Miller Simonton and Jacob Boliner was appointed to procure speakers for Memorial Day, Thomas C. Nuzum and Peter Cassell committee on decorations, B. Frank McVicker, R. L. Bosley and S. B. Brown finance committee. The members considered Ways and Means for the erection of a soldier’s monument in some conspicuous place in the town and Dr. A. H. Thayer, D. Miller Simonton, S. B. Ayer in conjunction with Charles R. Durbin and Sheriff O. A. Hefner non-members, Discuss the monument movement, which seemed to have been abandoned as no monument was ever erected until years later when the marker to the men who gave their lives and the great World War was placed on the east side of the Taylor County courthouse and the marker to designate the spot of the slaying of Thornsbury Bailey Brown at Fetterman, the first man killed in the armed conflict between men of the North and South on that historic day May 22,, 1861, which was erected and dedicated by the members of Betsy Ross tent daughters of the American Revolution at Fetterman in 1926 Roy Yoke, president of the West Virginia Alumni association, delivering the dedication exercises, and the few members of civil war veterans, and women’s organizations connected with the veteran auxiliaries aiding in the unveiling ceremony.

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