March 2, 1917
Madison County Democrat — Mr. and Mrs. Jacob High left last Thursday for a 10-day visit with their son-in-law, Mr. Postle of Washington, D.C. While there they witnessed the inauguration of President Wilson into his second term of office.
• Mrs. Rachael Harbage will spend the week with her daughter, Mrs. George Stephenson, at Plain City.
• The members of the Harmony Club held their annual meeting at the public library room last Thursday afternoon.
• Mrs. Jacob Traftzer, who was operated on for appendicitis at St. Clair Hospital at Columbus on Tuesday evening of last week, died on Wednesday of last week. She leaves a husband and three daughters to mourn her loss. The funeral was held at the home in Brown Township on Saturday at 1 p.m. (One daughter, Elizabeth, was your writer’s second grade teacher.)
• The members of the Domestic Science Club met at the home of Mrs. Carrie Miller on Thursday afternoon.
The Madison Press — May 28, 1956 — The Foster and Alder Cemetery, located on East Pike, four miles north of West Jefferson has a newly-erected memorial marker through the interest of Mr. and Mrs. George Stephenson of West Jefferson. This cemetery is one of the oldest in the county. It was used as a burial ground as early as 1808. There are soldiers of four wars buried there, 15 of whom are Civil War Veterans. Jonathan Alder, the first white settler of Madison County is also buried there.
• Mr. and Mrs. Harry Steinmetz and son, John of East Liverpool, were the weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Steinmetz. The two men are brothers. (Wendell owned the dairy that he had purchased located on Main Street from Mr. James Timmons.)
• Mrs. Madine Flugee, a former resident of West Jefferson, directed the Spring Music Festival at Summit High School on May 4. She is the former Madine Eley daughter of Rev. and Mrs. George Eley. Rev. Eley was pastor of the West Jefferson Methodist Church for six years.
• The West Jefferson Mothers Club meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Robert Collins with Mrs. William Doherty and Mrs. Robert Recob as assistant hostesses. New officers installed were: President, Mrs. Raymond Ryan; vice president, Mrs. Steve Chenos; recording secretary, Mrs. Robert Redmon; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Pat Kell; treasurer, Mrs. Ray Shipley; and historian, Mrs. David Ducey.
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.