By Diana Shaw
February 6, 2014
Feb. 6, 1914
Madison County Democrat — Mr. William Beedle, manager of the Darby Sweet Corn canning factory, is in Baltimore, Md., attending the National Canners Convention held in that city. (The Darby Sweet Corn Factory was later owned by Stokley Foods. For years it was the main industry in West Jefferson. When harvest came nearly everyone available in town worked there. During World War II when many men were away, the older boys in high school were let out to help in the harvesting and canning. Also for many years men from Puerto Rico were brought in railroad cars which also served at housing. They were parked on a spur track which at that time ran down to the area now occupied by the village street facilities.)
— Samuel Shoemaker, of Eldon, Mo., is here visiting friends and relatives and will remain a month. He left here 10 years ago and is a successful farmer in his adopted state, owning 240 acres of land. A 15 acre field averaged 41 bushels of wheat per acre the past season.
— Richard Powell, an old resident and G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) man, died and was buried last week at the soldiers home at Sandusky, Ohio. He was aged 84 years. He was the brother of Edward Powell, of this place, who is living at the remarkable age of 86 years.
The Madison Press, April 10, 1954 — On Saturday, April 10, 51 Rebekahs traveled to Alton to attend the five state Drill Conclave. The 28 members of the Drill team participated in a Grand March Saturday night. Following the Grand March, the drill teams gave their own special drill performance. Mrs. Louise Robinson is captain of the West Jefferson team made up of the following: Jean Rapp, Ruthe Hockenbery, June Sidner, Mary Elliott, Cecil Dietsch, Dorothy Stickel, Sue Philips, Charlene Evans, Marie Pelphrey, Alberta Collins, Norma Hockenbery, Emma Bradley, Della Clark, Ruth Pelphrey, Helen Braithwaite, Dorothy Mae Siebold, Jeneve Morgan, Gladys Hockenbery, Frances Olney, Irene Rings, Dorothy Byerly, Peggy Calloway, Lorna Bidwell, Betty McNutt, Hester Beckett, Ruby Coe, Myreda Bidwell and Grace Webb.
— A potluck supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Williams, Sunday evening, was given in honor of Dr. Wilfred Packer, youth director of the Granville Baptist Convention. Dr. Packer addressed a meeting of the Junior and Senior Youth Fellowships of the First Baptist Church, attended by approximately 50 young people. Easter services at the church will start with a breakfast in the dining room at six o’clock. At 7:30 p.m. the choir will present a musical program.
— Mrs. Sylvia Sells of Plain City, was guest Saturday and Sunday at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Poulson. On Sunday she attended the christening of her great-granddaughter, Leslie Lynn Smart, at the West Jefferson Methodist Church. Leslie’s maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Bradfield.