100 Years ago in West Jefferson
Jan. 17, 1913
Madison County Democrat — Miss Missouri Jones (Culp) spent last Monday with friends in Columbus. (Missouri Jones was the daughter of Col. William Jones, the son of the founder of West Jefferson. He commanded the 40th O.V.I. Regiment during the Civil War and later was sheriff of Madison County.)
— The Women’s Foreign Missionary Society held its Missionary tea at the home of Mrs. P.J. Crager last Friday evening. A very interesting program was rendered for the occasion. At the close of the program a lunch was served.
— The remains of Miss Jennie Silver were taken from the vault and buried at Pleasant Hill cemetery last Thursday.
— Silk petticoats worth $5 made of good quality black taffeta silk are on sale in January for $2.98 and wool nap blankets worth $3, size 72 inches by 84 inches, are on sale for $2.29.
— Ralph, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Borland, has been quite sick the past week. (This was ‘Skinny’ Borland, later Postmaster of West Jefferson.)
— Willie Engelsperger has resigned his position at the Farmers’ Telephone Co. and has accepted a position at Columbus.
The Madison Press, June 18, 1953 — With the necessary passing of an ordinance by village council, work on the park and playground for the village can be started. The local school board recently leased the site of the old grade school building to the council. Now the mayor must establish a park board. Upon passage Mayor Braithwaite appointed the following: Larry Kaho for five years, Donald Elliott, four years, Paul Laferty, three years, John Stalder, two years, and M. H. Mellott, one year. (This is Garrette Park.)
— Keith L. Lynn, coach, and Walter Richmond, director of music in the Jefferson schools, have gone to Parris Island, South Carolina, for two weeks training with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
— Two West Jefferson honor students are attending the 16th Buckeye Boy’s State at Camp Perry this week. Bill Buscemi and William Hardy were chosen to attend the convention they are being sponsored by West Jefferson Post 201, American Legion.
— Pvt. Betty Jane Hamilton, WAC returned Monday to her station at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia after a furlough. Most of it was spent with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hamilton, Goodson Road. On Sunday a dinner was given at the Hamilton home for Pvt. Hamilton and her cousin, Buddy Hamilton, of Columbus.