|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of
the Calhoun Chronicle dated 9/24/1936.
Page Diogenes, Boy!
From far-off California comes a story of an honest man that involves
"Uncle" Billy Burrows, aged and respected citizen of Brooksville.
But it is no surprise to us who know "Uncle" Billy. His reputation
for honesty is pro- (illegible).
But let the Stockton (Calif.) Record tell the story:
"F.E. Ferrell, 43 years a resident of Stockton, has evidence that there
is an honest man in Big Bend, W. Va.
"The West Virginian is W.M. Burrows, boyhood playmate of the Stocktonian.
They parted 55 years ago. The evidence of honesty arrived a few days
ago when Ferrell received a $1 bill due on a watch trade made 55 years
"Ferrell does not recall the watch trade, but he knows if the West Virginia
says so it must be true. The Stocktonian will keep the $1 bill and
prize it, but he will enclose a $5 bill in his return letter to Burrows
and tell him to keep it as an appreciation from Stockton.
"Burrows lost all track of Ferrell until recently when he saw the name
on a business calendar in the town mailed from Stockton. He forwarded
the $1 bill immediately thereafter.
"The letter to Stockton says Burrows is 78 years old and crippled.
Ferrell is in the 70's. Both wrestled together as boys, the Stocktonian
having a sort of neighborhood championship title."
"Mr. Ferrell is a native of Brooksville but left there many years ago
and located in the California city where he successfully engaged in the
retail coal and grain business. Mr. Ferrell will be remembered by
many of the older residents of Brooksville and community.