100 years ago with Charlie Miller


Charlie Miller - Contributing Columnist



June 15, 1917

Madison County Democrat — Miss Lucy Booth leaves on Monday for Oxford, Ohio, where she will attend the summer school. Miss Booth has been hired to teach the Silver School next fall. (The Silver School was a one-room school house that sat on Route 29.)

• Members of the West Jefferson Methodist Church Bible Class met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Durflinger Tuesday evening. Biblical topics were interspersed with war talks past and present. Two vets of the Civil War, William Borland and Columbus Huddle, related some interesting incidents of the ‘61 and ‘65 period including two very fiercely contested battles, one of them being “The Battle Above the Clouds,” (Lookout Mountain, Tennessee).

Mr. Borland recited his experiences with a mob which congregated at Camp Chase when Morgan and his raiders were scouring the country between here and Cincinnati. Rev. C. E. Hill told of two horses being taken from his father at that time, one of them by Morgan’s men and the other by the Union cavalrymen in pursuit of him. (Columbus Huddle served as a Private in the 46th O.V.I. From 1861-1865, he participated in 20 battles. The 46th was one of the first units to be issued Spencer Repeating Rifles in 1864. The unit had two Medal of Honor winners. William Borland served as a Private in the 95 O.V.I. From 1864-1865, both men are buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, West Jefferson.) A lunch was delightfully served before the members of the class wended their homeward way.

Part II

The Madison Press — July 26, 1956 — Those attending the three day State Convention of the American Legion and Auxiliary in Cleveland were: John Stalder, Charles George, Howard Markham, Tom Markham, Roderick Morehart, Ben Forrest, Mrs. Mary McElroy and Mrs. Mary Lawless, also Joe Lamb and Tom Long of Rome.

• Mr. John Wolfe, South West Street, West Jefferson, is on the critical list at Mount Carmel Hospital having suffered a head injury at work. (He eventually succumbed from this injury.)

• The ice cream lawn social given by the Woman’s Society of Christian Service of the West Jefferson Methodist Church, was a great success and attended by a large group. The returns will be applied on the fund for the new furnace. Mrs. Charles O’Hara, president, and her committees are grateful to all who contributed to the success of the social.

• The following members of the Past Matrons Club of the Order of the Eastern Star, West Jefferson, went to Cincinnati July 17 to attend Cinerama Holiday and enjoyed a noon luncheon at a hotel: Mrs. Herbert Kell, Mrs. L. W. Olney, Mrs. J. R. Bridenstine, Mrs. Asa Bradley, Mrs. Mae Myers, Mrs. Joe Stomount, Mrs. Oscar Baker, Mrs. Fern Thomas and Mrs. Monford Smith.

• The group of high school students who recently attended the Methodist Youth Camp told of some of their camp experiences at the Methodist Church service Sunday evening. Dick Williams, Denny Stratton, Brian Blauser, Bill Pfeil and Jacqueline Carver gave an account of the different interesting evening programs.

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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.