Staunton Vindicator: April 22, 1870Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
(Column 01)Summary: Comes out in full support of all measures designed to lure manufacturing interests to the county. Praises a recent resolution offering corporations an exemption from corporate taxes if they relocate to Staunton, and urges Staunton residents to work for its passage.
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What we especially need in this locality is the development of our resources. Everything tending to accelerate this should be fostered. In the first place a progressive spirit--one which grasps great ideas and looks to the future for advantages--not that spirit which only looks to the present to reap, but rather that which plants and confidently waits till the harvest is ripened. Then we need Railroads through our Valleys and Manufacturing establishments at all available points, and near the raw material. This will rapidly develope our resources, which would otherwise lie dormant, as in the past. The progressive spirit we speak of is the power which is to put all else in motion. It is that spirit which accomplishes every great work or great good. In common parlance it is the "Venturer that makes the Merchant."
We were led to speak of this by an exhibition of this progressive spirit before our Town Council at its last meeting, in the following resolution offered by Councilman W.A. Burke.
Resolved--That all capital and property invested or employed in manufactures in the town of Staunton within the next three years be exempt from (Corporation) taxation for fifteen years.
This was followed by an accompanying resolution providing for the promulgation of this resolution (should it pass the Council,) through the necessary channels to reach the great Manufacturing interests of the country.
Located as we are in the great iron centre of the country and soon to be in easy access to the vast and unsurpassed coal mines of West Virginia, this point and vicinity is destined to be the site of large manufacturing establishments. But that we should have them here at the earliest day is important. As an inducement to this end, the above resolution is of moment. It is progressive in spirit and most assuredly a step in the right direction. It exhibits a desire to have Manufacturers, come from where they may, locate their establishments here, and a most liberal spirit in the inducement it offers to them. Such inducements in less favored localities have built up large Manufacturing interests, redounding ultimately to the general good. This must follow as a consequence here.
We trust that the Council will consider the future interests of our citizens, and pass the resolution, or a similar one, and accompany it with an exposition of the many advantages of Staunton as a Manufacturing point. It is only by such a spirit we can at the earliest possible period bring into active use our undeveloped advantages, and secure early and increased pecuniary prosperity to our people. As a matter, then, of material interest to the people of both town and county it behooves our Council to fully consider the resolution and take early action on it.
(Column 01)Summary: Makes another effort to get people interested and active in getting the B & O Railroad to locate its repair shops in Staunton. Gives the example of Grafton and its subsequent growth to display the economic benefits awaiting Staunton if only its citizens would vigorously campaign for the repair shops.
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We have endeavored to enlist the active interest of the people of Staunton, Augusta and adjoining counties in the effort to secure the work and repair shops of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, by calling attention to some of the advantages, of the location here, to one and all of our people. We have also endeavored to present some of the many advantages to the company of the location of their shops at this place, in the hope that, even before any particular steps are taken in that direction, the attention of the directory might be called to it and the subject meet with a merited consideration on their part. From the advantages already mentioned and others which must suggest themselves to railroad-men, we believe that Staunton will be one of the few places, the merits and demerits of which will be discussed when the subject of the location of their shops comes properly before them. We also believe, that, if our people will exhibit that interest which this matter seems to us to demand at their hands, and make an united effort, both in exhibiting all the advantages which this place offers, and in plainly offering inducements, which our interests directly call upon us to offer, the directory will unhesitatingly locate their shops here.
The repair shops of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad were located at Grafton, when that place was nothing but a name, and the mere location of them there has built up a population of from 4000 to 5000. That population is well sustained and Grafton is now one of the thriving towns of West Virginia, and all within a few years. May we not look for an equal addition to population here from the location of the shops of a road which will, in a few years, be the great through route from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and on which, perhaps, three or four times as many trains must run daily as now run over the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad? Will not such an increase of traffic necessitate more repairs and a greater number of workmen here, than is required at Grafton, and consequently a greater population than has been brought to Grafton? With such prospective advantages to town and country, does it not merit more interest than it receives at the hands of our people? Ought we not to push this matter and leave not a stone unturned to secure their location here, by donating the grounds, relieving from taxation &c, &c? We believe that not one of the many readers of this paper but will agree that it merits an effort. Consider this subject, consult together, and let us take the necessary steps to secure this good to our community. By merely wishing we may lose it, where an active effort may secure it. We will have competitors for the location, therefore, let us put the ball in motion and keep it moving till the end is secured.
(Column 01)Summary: The paper applauds the election of A. B. Cochran as City Judge and John N. Hendren as County Judge.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: A. B. Cochran, John N. Hendren)
(Column 01)Summary: Prof. Scharf will give a reading at the town hall on Tuesday.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Prof. Scharf)
(Column 01)Summary: Grady's Circus will visit Staunton on April 28th. The Lynchburg news called it the best to have visited that city in a long time.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: The Western Lunatic Asylum issued its report for the years 1867-68 and 1868-69. Dr. F. T. Stribling has run the institution skillfully. The finances were well-managed and are in good shape. Th Asylum had 338 inmates in September 1867, and admitted 204 since. Of those, 218 have left the institution, including 90 discharged, 2 eloped, 89 transferred, and 37 died. The percentage of deaths fell from 13.38% in 1825 to 4.48% in 1869. The recovery rate stands at 42%.Married
(Names in announcement: Dr. F. T. Stribling)
(Column 02)Summary: Jacob Knisly and Miss Amanda C. Showalter, both of Augusta, were married on April 14th by the Rev. W. H. Forsythe.Married
(Names in announcement: Jacob Knisley, Amanda C. Showalter, Rev. W. H. Forsythe)
(Column 02)Summary: J. Henry Clemmer and Miss S. Jennie Snider, daughter of Adam Snider, both of Augusta, were married on March 24th by the Rev. A. A. J. Bushong.Married
(Names in announcement: J. Henry Clemmer, S. Jennie Snider, Adam Snider, Rev. A. A. J. Bushong)
(Column 02)Summary: George Rivercomb of California and formerly of Augusta, and Miss Mary Jane Blakemore of Augusta, were married in Mt. Solon on April 7 by the Rev. James M. Follansbee.Deaths
(Names in announcement: George Rivercomb, Mary Jane Blakemore, Rev. James M. Follansbee)
(Column 02)Summary: John Masincop died near Churchville on April 3rd at the residence of his son, Augustus Masincop. He was 94 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: John Masincop, Augustus Masincop)
(Column 02)Summary: Henry T. Sheets, son of Benjamin E. and Mary A. Sheets, died near Spring Hill on March 11th. He was 2 years old.
(Names in announcement: Henry T. Sheets, Benjamin E. Sheets, Mary A. Sheets)