100 Years ago in West Jefferson
Nov. 29, 1912
Madison County Democrat — West Jefferson High School notes — Secretaries, Caroline Williamson, Elva Orders, Dorothy Dyer and Conklin Jackson.
— A few days ago the high school was taken with a rotating camera, and useless to say that a fine picture was developed.
— Last Saturday evening, quite a number of Ruth Bidwell’s friends gathered at her home. The evening was spent in games and music, after which a sumptuous lunch was served.
— Debate, “Resolved that the Parcel Post as passed by Congress was a wise measure.” Affirmative Lucile (Miller) Pence and Arthur Dougherty. Negative, Mary Smith and Magdaline (Bidwell) Hancel.
— The Class of 1911 is the first to give a memorial to the high school. During the past week an excellent eight-day clock was installed in the hall of the new building. It is not only an excellent time piece, but it is a master clock ringing the gongs for all of the periods of the schedule. This is a most essential arrangement and nothing more useful and appropriate could have been given by the largest class in the history of the school. To the Class of 1911, we thank you. You have been a good example and other classes are going to follow the precedent you have established. (The Class of 1911 had 30 graduates.)
The Madison Press, May 28, 1953 — According to Commander James Arganbright, plans have been completed for Memorial Day activities, May 30. Parade arrangements are in charge by Charles G. George and the firing squad will be commanded by George W. Baber. After graves are decorated, services will be held at the First Baptist Church. Following the services the legion, auxiliary, Boy Scouts, led by the high school band, will march to the cemetery. After the program, luncheon for all participants will be at the legion hall in the afternoon.
— On June 4-5-6 Etta Chenos will display her antiques and old items at the Brownie scout room in the city hall from 7-10 p.m. Admission is by donations and all proceeds will be turned over to the West Jefferson Businessman’s Association to purchase playground equipment.
— The West Jefferson Summer Softball League will open the season on Tuesday, June 2 with a three game program, according to Clarence Gueth. Play will continue throughout the summer. Teams will consist of, The Electric Shop, Edward’s Market, Blausers, Mellott’s, Martin Restaurant, IOOF, Britton’s, Dairy Queen, Sterling Store, Ann and Tony’s, Darby Vale, Gregg & Hay and Martin’s Shell.
— The P.T.O. honored Mrs. Herbert Kell, fourth grade teacher, at the Monday night meeting. Mrs. Kell was presented with a gift token of her excellent services to the school, and is retiring after 27 years in elementary teaching. Officers for the coming year were elected as follows: Everett Ellinger, president; Mrs. Russell Stratton, vice president; Mrs. Glenn Robinson, secretary; Mrs. George Ashmore, treasurer.