100 years ago with Charlie Miller


July 9, 1915

Madison County Democrat — The National Lincoln Chautauqua system has been secured for a six-day session on the schoolhouse grounds from July 23-28. There will be an afternoon and night lecture and musical program given by the people who are prominent in the Chautauqua line of attractions.

Last year’s Chautauqua was a success and we trust there will be a good attendance. Season tickets may be had for the course for $1.50, including 12 entertainments for the committee. (Chautauqua was an adult educational movement in the United States extremely popular in the 19th and 20th century.

It was named after the Chautauqua Lake where it was first formed. It brought entertainment and culture to the whole community, with speakers, teacher, musicians, preachers and specialist of the day. President Theodore Roosevelt stated that Chautauqua was the most American thing in America.)

• Owen Harbage delivered to Burnham & Hyde, of Mechanicsburg, 42 fat cattle which brought over $100 per head. They were shipped from here last Friday to New York City.

• Don Booth, Albert Gregg, Miss Marie Kelley and her guest, Miss Putman, of Granville, attended a picnic at Buckeye Lake on Saturday.

Part II

The Madison Press — May 26, 1955 — Following the Baccalaureate Service, Mr. and Mrs. Russel Stratton entertained relatives at dinner Sunday in honor of their niece, Connie Newbury and son, Russell Scott Stratton, members of this year’s graduating class. It being Miss Connie’s 18th birthday.

• Mr. Donald Ater, formerly of West Jefferson, and Miss Barbara Rae will be united in marriage on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. with an open church wedding at the Green Hill Methodist Church. There will be a reception following the wedding at the bride’s home for the immediate families.

• The wedding of Miss Ruth Stanley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Stanley, West Jefferson, and Mr. Orville Wells, Galloway, occurred at the Apostolic Gospel Church at four thirty o’clock May 21. The ceremony was solemnized by the pastor, the Rev. Charles Pennington. The maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Miss Esther Stanley. The bride is employed as a secretary at the sterling store. The groom is employed at the Capital Roofing and Sheet Metal Company in Columbus.

• Our president, Janet Hockenbery called the meeting of the Loyal Junior Lassies to order and the minutes were read by the secretary, Carolyn Peterman. There were 13 members present. There will be a wiener roast at the home of Mrs. Fisher’s on Saturday night. The next meeting will be held at the home of Janet Hockenbery on May 27.

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.