Lafayette E. Ward erected his new livery on West Main Street where he was prepared to rent single and double teams for all purposes and occasions and board animals at reasonable rates. For many years, his horse drawn conveyances carried unnumbered families, relatives and friends to the cemeteries about the town to attend the last rites of some citizen whose work on earth ended and his horses were used to draw the funeral hearse holding the inanimate forms thousands to these sacred placed of the dead and their face hid from the sight of relatives and friends forever. In the early days, the funeral cortege proceeded to the cemetery with slow and measured pace, but with the coming of the automobile the slow measured pace gave way to quick burials made necessary by greatly increased traffic of today.
The play “Lena Rivers” from the pen of the celebrated Mary J. Holmes was adapted for the stage and the production was staged in the Opera House October 26,1906. So many had in the past pursued the book and naturally desired to witness the play which drew a very good attendance and pleased them.
The members of White Rose Circle No. 2, Ladies Auxiliary, to the Woodman of the World entertained the members of the Woodman and friends at an entertainment in the Opera House October 30,1906, which all of the ladies had part.
The Scilorf Club entertained their members and guests with a costume ball Halloween night October 31,1906, and sent out invitations which read:
Weur going to hev uh big stompin in Brinkman’s barn “Hallereen evenin” Kurnel, Ruben, Heinie, Waxey, Irish, Hezekiah and the rest of the fellers and their gals will be there. Don’t min comin all fussed up, just hitch up and come the way ye air. Don’t forgit to bring uh mite of vittles along as the fellers will be powerful hungry durin the stompin. Vincent’s fiddlers and horn tooters is goin to fiddler fer us.”
The hall was decorated with shocks of fodder, sheaves of wheat and oats, a rustic cabin and worm fence, cutout pumpkins hid the electric lights and a scarecrow occupied a prominent place in the scheme of decoration, a keg of cider supplied the thirsty and autumn leaves were lavishly used on the walls which produced a beautiful effect in the Halloween festival.
Hon. Maramaduke H. Dent, exjudge of the Supreme court of West Virginia and prominent resident of Grafton closed the Democratic State Congressional Opera House 5,1906. He made a strong appeal to the voters cast their votes the candidates on the State and county Democratic ticket. Handsome impressive eloquent, his speech was listened to by an audience that filled the house.
The Whitecar company presented “The Mummy And The Humming Bird” to a very large audience in the Opera House November 6,1906. This play that had a long Broadway run and sent out to tour the smaller cities of the nation whose popularity was established pleased the local folks with the clever plot and excellent acting by the members of the company.
Dr. Dorsey Mackin was elected member of the House of Delegates from Taylor County on the Democratic ticket in the Congressional election. Tuesday November 6,1906 Dr. Mackin’s great popularity among the voters in all classes of life made hi, an easy winner in the staunch Republican county of Taylor.
The Grafton Leader, Democratic weekly accused Mayor John McClung as having tired of his duty as mayor like a child tires of a toy and ceased to put forth efforts in the mayor’s office, especially since the cleaning out of the police force after the arrest of innocent people at the mayor’s instigation in his effort to fill the towns coffers and blames him for giving more attention to the Veterans Band of which he is the director than tohis official duties as head of the town administration.
The drama entitled “Under The North Star” dealing with conditions at the top of the world filled with tense situations and thrilling action came to the Opera House November 16, and pleased a very good audience.
Central Lodge No. 98, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, entertained their members and wives at. Social in their new quarters in the new When Hall on West Main Street. Speaking, instrumental and vocal music, reading and social converse filled a most entertaining evening program after which the members were invited to partake of enticing refreshments prepared by the ladies in attendance.
Porter J. White, an eminent delineator of classic roles. Starring in Justin Huntley’s production “The Proud Prince” came to the Opera House November 19,1906. Mr. White’s part as Robert the Bad in this play was excellently done and pleasing to a most critical audience familiar with the period of the early Christian era and the sufferings of the people in their devotion of their religious beliefs.
The Women’s Club supported by Vincent’s Imperial Orchestra gave a most artistic and elaborate presentation of “A Dream of Shakespeare” in the Opera House Friday and Saturday November 23-24, 1906. The production was made up of parts of Shakespearian dramas in which the ladies enacted the principal roles. Mrs. A.S. Warder’s impersonation of “Portia” in the court room scene of the “Merchant of Venice” whose delivery and grace of gesticulation won for her the plaudits pf the audience. Mrs. Sherman in her reading of the different characters in these dramas displayed the art peculiar to her in her perfect articular and dramatic ability as a reader of classic drama. And to Mrs. James B. Moran that talented and versatile directress of the Women’s Club must be given the very highest praise for the magnificent production and arranging the solo and chorus numbers in between the Shakespearian acts, but this was characteristic of this earnest and talented woman whose devotion to classical music and bringing it out among the members of her club was her greatest aim. Vincent and his orchestra of accomplished musicians had their share in making this production a pronounced artistic success.