July 13, 1917
Madison County Democrat — The July social meeting of the M. E. Church Men’s Bible Class was held at the home of Simon E. Baker on the National Pike, on Monday evening, July 2. Topics of the day were discussed and subjects pertaining to the Sunday school lessons for the third quarter of the year, commencing in the book Isaiah, where the studies left of 18 months ago. Mr. Baker’s daughter-in-law of Bethel Chapel south of London was present with the family and a program of vocal and instrumental music was given, also hymns by the class. A palatable luncheon was served by the hostess.
• Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Chambers and children spent Sunday with the latter’s brother, Rev. Wm. McDaniels, of Columbus. (The Chambers were the parents of Ellis ‘Doc’ Chambers long time owner of Darby Lane IGA in West Jefferson.)
• Mr. and Mrs. Frank Westenbarger and family and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hewlitt shipped their household goods to Detroit, Mich. last Thursday where they have a position in the Dodge Brothers automobile factory. They expect to make their future home there.
• (He thought that he was being smart.) Howard Lux was in London Mayor Brunham’s court recently and drew a fine of $5. He settled with a check for which payment and was afterwards stopped. He was rearrested and extra costs of $7.50 added. Mr. Lux paid the entire bill and was discharged.
The Madison Press — Aug. 6, 1956 — The Gregg & Hay Insurance Company has moved to a new location at 64 E. Main St., West Jefferson, the former location of the U.S. Post Office, the newly remodeled room is owned by the Masons Temple Association. The insurance company was started here in 1914 with Frank Wright heading it. Earl Gregg has headed the company since 1920. He was joined by Charles Hay in 1947.
• Wednesday, Tommy (Red Dog) Clark, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark, Chester Street, had the misfortune to fall and break a leg while playing ball at the recreation grounds. He is a member of the Intermediate Ball League.
• Neil Babb, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Babb, was injured Monday evening, July 30 when a wagon loaded with wheat ran over him. He was taken to Mount Carmel Hospital and has hip injuries. Neil is now home and doing good. (Neil Babb served many years as Madison County Engineer.)
• Miss Minerva Harbage, nutrition consultant with the Ohio Department of Health has returned from visiting hospitals in Toledo, Lima and Springfield.
• Miss Sara Kile, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Kile, left today for New York City, and will take a plane for Ireland. She will attend a noted horse show. Later she will visit in Scotland and attend the Festival of Music in Edinburgh.
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.