By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
For a writer who had never visited Grayson, or the courthouse, a trip to that location from Olive Hill in August of 1921 made quite the impression.
“To those of us who had never been to that house of justice before, the courthouse (is) unusually picturesquely located,” he wrote, “being on the summit of a hill, reached over undulating ground, where the ground rises so gradually, the ascent is hardly noticeable by the pedestrian.”
The writer continued to sketch his “Pencil Picture of Grayson” as he described the trees, grass, and wildflowers that would cause, “the people of the plains in the Golden West” to “go into ecstasies if they could be fortunate enough to behold such a majestic panorama.”
It wasn’t just the scenery either. The writer was also impressed with the young ladies who made the city home, “handsome and stylishly attired” as they were, and “discussing politics in a manner indicative of the fact that they are in the primary class.”
“The town is also filled with polite young gentlemen of the Chesterfield type,” he noted, before moving on to discuss the shops, including the impressive young lady working Bagby’s Sweet Shoppe.
His good mood persisted through the end of the day in town, when he and the attorneys he accompanied to town rushed to catch the Blue Goose to the C&O Junction, the group, “immediately (beginning) a vocal concert which lasted all along the route.”
The phone infrastructure in the eastern end of the county impressed our young writer as well.
“Grayson is blessed with the most excellent telephone service,” he wrote in an addendum at the end of his column. “I got a message through to Olive Hill and the answer in what seemed like less than 29 seconds through the expert manipulation of the wires by Mrs. Marie W. Fulkerson.”
A thoroughly enjoyable day in a thoroughly modern city, indeed.
Editor’s Note: This is the 40th in a series of articles drawn from historical newspaper clippings in the collection of the late Jack Fultz.