Bakerton, W. Va. February 2, 1892
DEAR EDITOR– As your correspondent, with many others of this community, has been so unfortunate as to have the grippe, you have had no news from this section for some time, and as this is a dull season of the year there is not much that can be said that would be interesting to your readers.
A report that a railroad would soon be run from the Old Furnace up the river to the old Adams stone quarry, thence to the Virginia Ore Bank, and probably on to Shepherdstown, is current, and much discussed among the people of this section. Whether there is any truth in said report I cannot say, but do not doubt that it has some foundation.
The people here look forward to next spring as being a busy one, with the limestone quarry, and kilns here in full blast and the Virginia Ore Bank, Messrs. Knott’s and Flanagan’s quarries, each about a mile from here, doing the same. Nothing more can be expected with so many hands, and lots of work to do. The greatest problem to be solved, likely, will be where to get enough hands for so much work. The farmer, who seems to be always with his shoulder to the wheel, will likely be compelled to keep it there, as they will no doubt experience most trouble in this respect.
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Strider, probably the oldest residents of Bakerton, have been quite ill with the grippe, but at present writing seem to be much improved under the skilled treatment of Dr. A. S. Reynolds, of your town.
Mr. J. Y. Blackford, of Shenandoah Junction, and Mr. L. D. Engle, of Keller, were in town last night, we presume on business, but dare not so state positively.
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