June 1, 1917
Madison County Democrat — Mrs. L. D. Hull is suffering with a badly bruised ankle caused from falling down several steps at her home.
• The Woman’s Society of the First Baptist Church will meet at the home of Mrs. Margret Prose on the East Pike June 13.
• Mrs. Frank Biggert and Mrs. Howard Johnson entertained with a miscellaneous shower on Saturday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Howard Johnson, honoring Miss Agnes Cull. Miss Cull was one of our high school teachers. She has made many friends here. She and her husband Clement Brooker will live in Cleveland.
• McClelland Gregg is located at Pittsburgh, Pa. where he has charge of the sales department of the West Jefferson butter and dairy products. (At one time there was a West Jefferson Creamery Company located in the City Hall. You could get a quart of buttermilk for 5 cents or a gallon for 15 cents. Your writer was born in the house owned by Mr. Gregg at 204 W. Main St.)
• James Hambleton has returned from his school year at Madison, Wis. to the home of his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. J. C. Hambleton on the Georgesville Road. (J. C. Hambleton was a member of the first graduating class of West Jefferson High School in 1883. His son James I. Hambleton, later taught at the University of Wisconsin and later was a scientist working with the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C. He served with the 2nd Ohio Field Hospital as a Sargent and was commissioned a Lieutenant in Co. K 145 Ohio Infantry during World War I . He was born Jan. 1, 1895 in Chile and died in January of 1969 in Maryland.)
The Madison Press — July 19, 1956 — Harold E. Wilson, East Liverpool, Ohio, has been named head of the West Jefferson schools. Wilson and his family are expected to move to West Jefferson in the near future. He received his bachelors degree from Ohio State in 1951, after teaching in Chillicothe three years, he received his master’s degree in 1954 he is now working on his Ph.D.
• Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Ryan of West Jefferson announced the approaching marriage of their daughter, Jo Ann, to James G. Murray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Murray of Columbus. The bride elect is a graduate of West Jefferson High School in the class of 1954. She is employed at the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Columbus. The wedding will be held Sept. 15 at the Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
• Harry Clayton Cross Jr., age 28, died in Mount Carmel Hospital Wednesday. He was found Tuesday night near his home on Frey Avenue in a critical condition from gunshot wounds. He was born and raised in West Jefferson. (Who shot J.R.? Will we find out who shot Harry Cross?)
• Twenty four of the Cub Scouts went on a hike last week with their Masters and after returning enjoyed a wiener roast at the Valley Ranch, just east of West Jefferson. Adults attending were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peters, Mr. and Mrs. George Stewart, Mr. William Sweet and Mr. Rohn.
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.