100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

By Diana Shaw

January 2, 2014

Jan. 2, 1914

Madison County Democrat — Nathaniel Smith on the Spring Hill Road, (Olmstead Road) has returned from a three months’ visit with friends and relatives in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado. He spent considerable time with his brother, whom has had not seen for 58 years. He is now in broken health. Mr. Smith reports seeing some grand scenery in the Rocky Mountains, with deep canyons, only wide enough for a roadway with high cliffs, hundreds of feet above, giving grandeur and vision to the freaks of nature. A recent storm there left six feet of snow on the level.

— The gospel team of six young men members of the Y.M.C.A. and students of Dennison University, Granville, Ohio, have been conducting meetings at the M. E. church each evening this past week to full houses. Rev. P.W. Deem had called them to assist in the protracted meetings, during holiday week and it is interesting to the audiences to have these these young men lead the meetings. About two of them would talk each night from some text in the Bible in rotation during the week, and the others would lead in the singing. The entire services have been uplifting in a spiritual atmosphere to those who attended. All seem to be from Baptist families in which Dennison University is of the same denomination. There are two other teams doing the same work at other points. There are now 600 students in attendance at the Dennison University.

Part II

The Madison Press, April 8, 1954 — Mayor Homer Braithwaite announced Thursday that parking regulations in the West Jefferson business area are now in effect and that violators will be fined for infraction hence forth, 15 minute parking will be allowed at the post office, the mayor said, and parking was banned entirely on the east side of Walnut Street, north and south of Main. Also parking is restricted on the west side of Walnut where signs indicate no parking. At the same time the mayor stated that residents are requested to keep pets at home and refrain from allowing them to run loose.

— The Methodist Youth Fellowship of the Gillivan and West Jefferson churches, had a worship service after a joint ensemble supper at the Gillivan church Sunday evening. Attending were, Janet Jackson, Nancy Harbage, Susie Harbage, Rosemary Kent, Helen Schallhass, Charlene Steinmetz, Sue Bradley, Barbara Hockenbery, Eugene Ellinger, Bob Bidwell, Eddie Hockenbery, Cecil Evans, Howard Evans, Mrs. Lorna Bidwell, Mrs. Gladys Hockenbery, Mrs. Jessie Bradley, Mr. Lewis and Clint Hutson.

— Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Ryan and their daughter, Jo Ann of Middle Pike, entertained at dinner Sunday, complimenting Mrs. Ryan’s father, Lincoln M. Siebold, of West Jefferson, on his 89th birthday. (He eventually lived to be 100.)

— The West Jefferson Young Farmers Association had its annual Wind-up party Monday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hockenbery, Blair Road. After a potluck supper which was attended by 15 members and their wives, the business meeting was conducted. Robert Braithwaite was elected president.