100 years ago with Charlie Miller


Charlie Miller - Contributing Columnist



June 8, 1917

Madison County Democrat — The Board of Education of Jefferson Township called for an opportunity to improve and enlarge the school accommodations of the community and give the school children more modern methods of education. At present there are 12 one-room buildings in different parts of the township and a two-room school building at Gillian or a total of 14 rooms.

The school board gave the voters two propositions to be voted on as follows: first, to centralize the schools in the entire district. Second, was a bond issue of $35,000 to erect school buildings. They propose to locate a two-room building on the Middle Pike three miles north of West Jefferson, a four-room building at or near West Jefferson, adding a room at the Gillivan School. (The building on the Middle Pike still stands and is a private residence, the new building is the one located on the National Road just west of town. The Gillivan School has been torn down. Your writer has a desk from that school and his grandfather was the school bus driver for the Gillivan School.)

• Mr. and Mrs. Victor Huddle have returned from Idaho after three years residence there. Mr. Huddle took up a homestead under the government law and kept his residence there and has been raising wheat. He and four others have taken up claims of 320 acres. There is now 1,200 acres in wheat. They now have a deed from the government and can dispose of the land as they see fit. They now will make their home with Mr. Huddle’s parents three miles north of West Jefferson on the Middle Pike.

Part II

The Madison Press — July 23, 1956 — Neighbor friends of Mrs. Dale Porter honored her Thursday evening with a farewell dinner at the Lincoln Lodge, which was followed by a theater party at Lowe’s in Columbus, where they saw “The King and I.” Present were: Mrs. Emmett Young, Mrs. Robert Klise, Mrs. Malvern Reuter, Mrs. Harry Jackson and the guest of honor.

• At a candlelight installation ceremony at the London Country Club, Monday evening, July 16, for the induction of new officers of the London Business and Professional Women’s Club, Miss Katherine Benjamin of West Jefferson was installed as president. (Katherine had served as a WAC during World War II.)

• The members of the Forget-Me-Not Garden Club attended a Garden Club Flower Show at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Those present were: Mrs. Mable Elliott, Mrs. Frances Martin, Mrs. Gladys Blauser, Mrs. Viola Murray, Mrs. Leila Peterman and Mrs. Ruth Thomas. The West Jefferson Club entered five arrangements and received special recognition by winning second and third place.

• Mr. and Mrs. Dale Porter have purchased a home in Bolivar, Tuscarawas County to which they will move. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Coe are the new owner of the Porter property on Lilly Chapel Road.

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Charlie Miller

Contributing Columnist

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.

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.