March 16, 1917
Madison County Democrat — Miss Maple Grove and Carl Emmelheintz were united in marriage on Wednesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Baer, by Rev. C. E. Hill in the presence of a few invited friends. They have the best wishes of their many friends. (This may have not been a good omen, J. A. Baer was the local undertaker.)
• Mr. and Mrs. Henry Geyer, living about two miles south of town, were the Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hedrick.
• Robert Grassle, the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grassle, was operated on at the Children’s Hospital at Columbus on Saturday. This makes the third operation this winter.
• Ruth Carter, daughter of Corwin Carter and James Beery, were married Thursday afternoon of last week by Rev. White of London. (Corwin Carter was a Civil War veteran who lived to be in his 90s.)
• Much damage was done to trees, telephone poles and wire by the ice last Tuesday.
• The Missionary Tea at the Big Darby Baptist Church was, as usual, a success financially and socially. Rev. Averd, who gave the address, was entertained by James Millikin and family.
• Up in West Canaan Robert Reece bought a new car and is waiting for the mud to dry up.
The Madison Press — June 7, 1956 — The new officers of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service, were installed at the Gillivan Methodist Church last Sunday. They are: president, Mrs. Marie Hancel; vice president, Mrs. Lila Peterman; secretary, Mrs. Eva Hockenbery; treasurer, Mrs. Dorothy Siebold; promotion secretary, Mrs. Magdalena Bidwell; and spiritual life secretary, Mrs. Elsa Hutson.
• Mr. and Mrs. Willis Godden had a family party Friday evening, June 1, to celebrate the birthday of their son, Bobby Craig Godden who was two years old. The guests were Bobby’s great-grandmothers Mrs. Maud Major and Mrs. John Daniels. Other guests were Mr. Hiram Daniels, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Craig, and daughter Joan, Bob Bradfield and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Daniels.
• Presentation of the completed artist’s sketch and floor drawings of the proposed new municipal building at Monday’s council meeting revived many of old arguments. The differences of opinion highlighted the fact that council is not agreed on location, cost and practicality or even the necessity of a new building. Mayor Rader urged action. The possibility of annexation of land bordering State Route 142 to balance the corporation limits of the village was discussed.
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.