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

Prominent Lumberman Dies

One of those drama dealing with crimes entitled “The Shoplifter” came to the Opera House September 27th 1907. This drama portraying those people who have a mania for looting from stores of large cities who were compelled to maintain a large floor walkers who work consistently on the watch for these smugglers, the drama was well acted and the pleas of the thief found favor in the eyes of the gallery who pitied the unfortunates caught in the act.


Professor Claude E. Vincent leased Brinkman hall for a series of dances during the fall months and used his orchestra when not otherwise engaged, dances were arranged weekly and netted the orchestra a nice profit and provided those who favored this amusement the opportunity to learn all the new dance steps in vogue.


A. H. Woods a well-known producer of melodrama of New York City sends his newest vehicle entitled “Bertha the Sewing Machine Girl” To the Opera House September 30th 1907. Like all the wood productions this was full of thrills and sensational situations which had appealed for the regular theater patrons and brought nice business into the house.


James W. Jacobs prominent stock and lumberman of the Haymond section and member of Grafton lodge in No. 308 died at his home September 17, 1907. He was a descendant of the Jacobs family that settled in the section of the county in the early part of the century. A handsome man held in the highest esteem by his fellow citizens who gathered at his home to pay their last respects. The officers of the lodge of Elks conducted the funeral in the impressive rights of the order.


The amazing comedy drama entitles “What Happened to Jones”, came to the Opera House October 4th 1907 and did a very good business, I am pleased an audience that laughed at the absurd situations that developed during the action of the comedy.

J. Percy love who was one of the United States government engineers engaged in that greatest achievement of the time the construction of the Panama Canal to connect the waters of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans to save the long water trip around Cape Horn came home to Grafton to visit relatives. He stated that during his stay of almost three years on the good isthmus he enjoyed very good health, this was made possible by the sanitary engineers and the government employee who eradicated the red yellow and typhoid fever so very prevalent and fatal and reduced malaria to a minimum in the canal zone by the thoroughness of their sanitary measures. He was in charge of the department of waterworks and sewage. Granted a vacation of two months much of which was spent about grafting. He said few of the American engineers like the tropics well enough to permanently locate and expected to be stationed on some government project in the states after reporting to the war department at Washington. He was the son of the late Dr and Mrs James H. Love and intimately related to one of the oldest and most famous families of Taylor County and at present resides with his family in the city of Chicago.


It is not often hard to find a man or woman who refused to except the position of postmaster even in smaller towns and villages, yet when Miss Grace Lake after nine years’ service as postmistress at Webster resigned to take the management of a hotel at Mannington, considerable trouble was experienced by the post office department and securing a successor to Miss Lake. This off list established even before Taylor County was formed in past served a considerable territory in the tier of counties South of Taylor before they were connected by rail, but with building of Grafton and Greenbrier railroad in 1883 much of the business formerly handled a Webster was routed over the railroad, yet considerable mail was handled in the Webster post office and while the salary was small, this in connection with the office of Baltimore and Ohio agent and agent for the express company should give a nice salary to her successor. Patrons who were afraid they would lose their post office sought the republican county committee to have Mr. W. D. Primm the railroad and express agent to be appointed postmaster.


No matter how often an Uncle Tom Cabin company came to the local theater there was always a number of people who never saw this production that was written by Mrs Harriet Beecher Stowe so long ago and perhaps had the longest run of any play adapted for the stage and when al. Martin brought this company to the Opera House October 19, 1907, 882 persons swarmed the box office eager to see the age production.


Miss Katherine Osterman, a very handsome and accomplished actress presented a charming comedy entitled “The Girl Who Looks Like Me” to a pleased audience October 24, 1907.


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