News from around the Valley in 1887

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January 27, 1887 — The warm days and showers of the last week have brightened the faces of the wheat fields. 

Now who will start a creamery in Page this spring? They are enterprises that pay elsewhere. 

Quite an excitement prevails at Roanoke from the discovery of indications of coal oil and natural gas. 

Good paving brick are in demand in Luray and none to be had. Why don’t some prepare for an early kiln? 

The directors of the Page Building Association will meet next Friday night for the purpose of making loans. 

Dr.Logan,ofRileyville, was married we learn, yesterday to a lady in Fauquier, where he will hereafter reside. 

Mr. H.M. Henkel, who lives on the Moore farm near town, lost a fine horse, worth $150, last Sunday from pleura- pneumonia. 

The public school attendance has fallen off very largely during the past fortnight, owing to the illness of so many scholars. 

Mr. Adam Seekford has nearly completed his mill, at Alma, and he will soon be able to accommodate the customers of that section. 

The public school buildingontheHawksbill, nearMr.HenryHuffman’s, made a narrow escape from destruction by fire one night last week. 

The Gem Furnace at Milnes is in full blast, turning out 85 tons per day. Although 18 miles distant from Luray, its lurid glare lights up our southern horizon every night. 

Several farmers of the Alma neighborhood inform us that the winter has been one of unusual severity on the wheat, and that they never knew the prospect for that cereal more gloomy. 

Reports from various sections of the county show an unusual amount of sickness among children. In the Grove Hill neighborhood the sickness is of a peculiar character, almost baffling the diagnosis of physicians. 

We learn that Mr. Thomas Price, who sometime since purchased one of the ore banks of Mr. B.C. Rust, has about completed his preparations for mining iron ore on a large scale. He has been lavish in his expenditures, and we hope may have ample returns. 

Mr. Charles A. Miller has sold his lot of land on North Alley, recently purchased of Dr. Rust, to Mr. Walter Campbell, for $400. Mr. Miller has bought of Mr. John J. Moyer a lot near his blacksmith shop east of the bridge on which he has begun work on a livery stable. 

One of the most useful establishments in Luray is the large hardware store of Mr. F.W. Berry. Mr. B. deserves special mention for his assiduity in getting into his stock every article of every kind that anybody could possibly want. We hope his patronage this year may justify an increase of his already large and well-assisted stock. 

Miss Tillie G. Herndon, who has been seriously indisposed for a week or more, has about recovered her health, and will soon, we hope, be able to resume charge of her school. 

Mamie, the interesting little daughter of Mr. H.V. Hudson, is critically ill with pneumonia, which it is feared is assuming a typhoid type. She is a bright and attractive child, and we sincerely hope we may be able soon to report her recovery. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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