The History of Taylor County Chapter Two Hundred-Forty-Seven


Comptom Bicycle Agency

William Myers prominent locomotive driver in the passenger service on the Parkersburg branch was instantly killed when his engine No. 1408 hauling the New York-St. Louis express left the rails and turned over on January 5,1901. He was a son of Thomas Myers, well known transfer man of Grafton, who was one of the first conductors the Baltimore and Ohio railroad transferred to the Parkersburg Branch when the company purchased the North West Virginia railroad in 1857.
William Myers began his career in the service of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad in his youthful days and was promoted to the position of fireman and then to driver in the freight service in which like so many others in the past he ended his career in this service.
Harry McClain for some years sexton of Bluemont cemetery died January 22,1901, and was laid among many of those whom he covered from sight of man forever.
Fred E. Wright theatrical promoter and owner of the Charles H. Hoyt productions sent his famous comedy “A Black Sheep” to the Opera House, February 6,1901. The plot of this musical comedy was laid in Tombstone, Arizona, and featured big Bill Devers as Goodfellow Gunning editor of The Tombstone Inscription who must carry a shotgun to protect himself from those columns of his paper. George Allen as Hot Stuff otherwise known as Goodrich Mudd the black sheep of a prominent wealthy New York Family. Miss Lenore Lockwood as Ada Steele, cousin to Hot Stuff and bequeathed to him by will. Fannie DaCosta as Miss Ladi Skiddons “Queen of Burlesque” and star of the troupe surrounded by a most capable company of male and female actors who fitted perfectly into the parts in which they were cast. The action that was both fast and furious took place in the Bar-Room of the Morgue Hotel, in Tombstone, where Jack Aspen manager of the Burlesque company arranged for the appearance of his troupe for the benefit of the bar patrons and during act 1 Miss DaCosta and the girls together with Hot Stuff Allen gave the bar-room patrons the opportunity to give their enthusiastic approval of the singing of Hot Stuff and Nora Marks. The march song of Miss DaCosta and company and the finale that ended with the cakewalk sung to the air “Oh Weep No More”. Act 2 took place in the library of the Mudd Mansion in New York City where the Burlesque troupe were entertained by Hot Stuff and Miss DaCosta sang “I Can’t Tell Why I Love But I Do.” The sure won the approval of the audience, dancing the two-step with Lula and the song “When The Harvest Days are Over,” by Miss Eva Wallace the comedy song “I Got Troubles” by Jack Aspen brought the company before the audience to smile their appreciation at their efforts to entertain.
The third act took place in the parlor of the Mudd Mansion and the numbers give “Its Imported” by Hot Stuff and quartette, “Good Bye Dollie Gray” by M.T. Sells, sheriff of Tombstone. Them “Goo-Goo Eyes” by Miss Lillian Kenwick. “The Seven Ages” by William Morrow and the curtain fell on finale “My Jersey Lily” in which the entire company took part to regret of the audience who certainly enjoyed one of the best entertainments given on the local stage.
The late Harry C. Compton announced in conjunction with his footwear business he accepted the agency for sale of all makes of bicycles and offered the following makes of these machines , Columbia $50, Rambler $35, and $40, Hartford $35, Crawford Monarch, and Vidette $25, Ideal $24, Admiral $16.69, and Devon $19.98. Mr. Compton, to judge from the number of these horseless vehicles seen on the streets of the town and the lanes of the countryside, evidently found addition to his footwear business a profitable one.  
The changing of the main brace on a machine made it possible for the woman and girls to ride the vehicle and they took full advantage of this mode of locomotion, soon riding skirts and side saddle and old dobbin that faithfully conveyed the people for untold generations and so familiar to the people of the past began to be relegated to the rear by the younger folks in town accepted this new method of travel which was the beginning of the exodus of the horse , buggy and other equipment used by the people about from the beginning of time. Time however never stands still and what was found useful yesterday has no place in the scheme of things today.
Mayor William O. Boyd and President Robert Phillips of the Taylor County Court, together with the town council met on January 7,1901 to provide a place of detention for those afflicted with smallpox to prevent this contagious disease from spreading among the people such as happened the previous year.

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