100 years ago with Charlie Miller


June 25, 1915

Madison County Democrat — The Men’s Day at the Sunday School at the M. E. Church last Sunday, had 198 present, while on Women’s Day, the week previous, had 192 in attendance. A program was carried out in full by the men.

• Mr. and Mrs. John Bidwell, on the hilltop, were taken by surprise last Wednesday by about 30 friends, who came with well-filled baskets for dinner. It was Mrs. Bidwell’s birthday and a pleasant time was had.

• The funeral of Mr. Hoe was held at the house, Monday, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. P. W. Drumm of the M. E. Church and Rev. Woodrow of the Baptist Church. The Masonic order conducted their services also. The remains were placed in the vault at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

• Rev. and Mrs. Drumm of the M. E. Church spent a portion of the past week in Zanesville, attending the State Sunday School convention.

• James Penne has ordered a new Overland car. (The Overland automobile was founded by Claude Cox in 1903 in Terre Haute, Ind. In 1908 the company was purchased by John Willys and renamed Willys-Overland. Overland continued until 1926 when it was succeeded by the Willys Whippet. The last vestige of the Overland automobile empire remains in the form of bricks spelling out “Overland” in the smoke stack at the old Toledo factory. The name came back when DaimlerChrysler introduced the Overland name for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.)

Part II

The Madison Press — April 28, 1955 — James M. Murray, of the U. S. Marines, is the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Murray. At the end of his 30-day leave he will be transferred to Quantico, Virginia.

• The annual Y-Gradale Spring Conference was held Sunday at Hotel Fort Hayes in Columbus. The ladies from the West Jefferson Chapter who attended are Primus, Mrs. Ilo Jackson, Mrs. Delores Ballard, Mrs. Eleanor Porter, Miss Catherine Benjamin and Mrs. Mable O’Harra, who holds the office of state treasurer. The West Jefferson Sorority was in charge of all the decorations.

• The Lutheran Church Women’s Society met April 21, at the home of Betty Reuter, Lilly Chapel Road, with Norma Emmelhainz as assistant hostess. Jean Riebel had the charge of the devotions.

• Members of Gradale Sorority at the meeting at the home of Mrs. Charles Hay, April 14, gave their support to two worthy projects by voting $50 to the funds of the Madison County Committee For Week Day Religious Education in the schools and $30 to pay for two Well Child Conferences. Mrs. Hay was assisted by Mrs. Walter Woodward and Mrs. Earl Carter.

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.