100 Years Ago with Charlie Miller

By Charlie Miller Contributing Columnist

February 13, 2014

Feb. 13, 1914

Madison County Democrat — From tropical thunderstorms to Arctic blizzards, is the record for the weather last week. The change was made in less than 24 hours on last Friday. This is very hard on feeble, old people as well as sick people. The human organism can and does adjust itself to these atmospheric conditions without material injury, as more long lived people reside in the temperate than in the tropical zones. The average age of the inhabitants of the north temperate zone is much greater than in the tropics.

— While Owen Harbage was having a drove of cattle changed from one farm to another last Friday and passing on the National Road in the west end of town, an electric car, east bound, ran into the herd, killing one steer outright and breaking the leg of another which had to be killed. There were seven other steers slightly injured and the accident must have occurred on account of the carelessness of the motorman to slow up his car as it was in the forenoon of the day. No doubt the damages will be paid by the Ohio Electric Railroad.

— The Women’s Foreign Missionary Society held its regular meeting at the home of Mrs. Daily Baber Wednesday evening and a general invitation was issued to the public. Over 100 were present and singing was done by the Lilly Chapel quartet and others.

— Frank A. Moorhead, living on the Georgesville Road, has sold his place of 13 acres for $3000, to a Mr. O’Harra of Columbus and is to give possession March 1. Mr. Moorhead is a contractor in concrete work and may look up location where work is more plentiful.

Part II

The Madison Press, April 15, 1954 — 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.

— Mayor Homer O. Braithwaite issued a request Thursday morning that all places of business in West Jefferson close from one to three o’clock, April 16, in observance of Good Friday.

— Dr. J. C. Kile Jr., of Oak Ridge, Tenn., on Wednesday lectured at the Ohio State University on the subject, “Current use of Radioactive Isotopes in Medicine.” His father, Dr. J. C. Kile Sr., also in veterinary medicine, attended the lecture, his son coming out to West Jefferson for a brief visit.

— West Jefferson High School baseball team beat Plain City 6-2 to win the championship of the Madison County Tournament. Don Long was the winning pitcher and Phelps pitched for the losers. West Jefferson got six runs, five hits and made three errors.