100 years ago with Charlie Miller

July 16, 1915

Madison County Democrat — Everyone is urged to be present at the Wednesday evening prayer service at the M. E. Church in Lilly Chapel, Sunday morning at 10 o’clock. All members are urged to be present and respond to the roll call.

• B. F. Hoe and wife and two daughters, Theodocia and Eloise, left on Sunday for their home at Indianapolis, Indiana after a four week visit with relatives here.

• The remains of John Hoe were taken from the vault on Saturday and buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

• The storeroom occupied by F. M. Orders is being offered for exchange for a farm or Columbus property. Mr. Orders lease will soon expire. He is running what is known as the West Jefferson Market. (Orders market was in the Parsons Building on Main Street which housed Parsons Hardware and Implement for around 60 years.)

Part II

The Madison Press — May 30, 1955 — Mrs. Mable McCarty, who lives at 112 W. Main St., West Jefferson, was one of the lucky winners in the recent contest held in connection with the cooking demonstration sponsored by the Columbus and Southern Ohio Electric Company, at the Loveless Appliance Store here. She will receive a Philco electric range for her answer to the question, “Why I would like to cook electrically.” (It didn’t give her an answer!)

• Ross Nixon, Eugene Ellinger, Jim Schellhass and Robert Taylor, left Sunday, May 29, for a two week training course at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station.

• The two fifth grades and one sixth grade of the local school enjoyed a skating party Tuesday evening. They were accompanied by four of the teachers, Mrs. Louise Zwick, Mrs. Carrie Headley, Mrs. Elizabeth Poulson and Mr. Kenneth Coe.

• The Past Noble Grand Council of the Coral Rebekah Lodge had a Tuesday evening dinner. During the evening, Canasta was played. Those present were Mesdames, Herbert Kell, Evans Elliott, Dessa McCoy, James Hockenbery, Orville Rings, Paul Laferty, Richard Hockenbery, Donald Elliott, Merwin Bidwell, Clara McNutt, Albert Hockenbery and Albert Engle.

• Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ward, the former Doris Byerly, announce the birth of a daughter May 24, at Mount Carmel Hospital. The baby was named Debra Sue. The grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lester Ward and Mrs. and Mrs. Raymond Byerly.

Charlie Miller is the former mayor of West Jefferson and local historian. He has been writing West Jefferson 100 years ago off and on since 1976. He can be reached at Charlie_m_miller@yahoo.com.