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By Charlie Miller Contributing Columnist



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July 31, 1914

Madison County Democrat — Dr. W. L. Olney has purchased the property of Supt. E. L. Porter on Center Street and will move to same in the near future. (Dr. “Lester” W. Olney was born in 1880 and at first was a teacher in 1900 in West Jefferson. In 1907 he married his wife Bessie and was doctoring in West Jefferson by 1910. He died around 1928 and Dr. J. W. Hurt took his place. Bessie died in 1968 at age 83.)


— Miss Margaret Ricks of this place, and Edward Walker of Cincinnati, were married on Sunday at 4 o’clock, by Rev. C. D. White, at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Ricks. (Margaret was the granddaughter of Perine Ricks, who with her husband Martin Van Buren Ricks who were slaves, escaped from Mississippi during the Civil War and settled in West Jefferson. Mr. Ricks served in the 27th U.S.C.T. during the war. Later they started the African Methodist Church in West Jefferson which sat on the present site of the Apostolic Church on Pearl Street. Mr. Ricks was killed by a freight train in 1905 before the tracks were elevated. He is buried in the New Hampton Cemetery.)


— Frank Wise has purchased the Stephen Smith property on South West Street and will move thereto. (This is the house on the southwest corner of West Street and Fellows Avenue.)


Part II

The Madison Press, Sept. 9, 1954 — The Woman’s Society of Christian Service of the West Jefferson Methodist Church, was entertained Wednesday afternoon at the home of Miss Maybelle Keyser. Mrs. Carl DeLong, Mrs. Della Hoover and Mrs. Ira Hunter serving as assistant hostess. The program was presented by Mrs. E. C. Ellinger who outlined the introduction of the year’s program which has to do with the study book, “Except the Lord Keep the City.” The next meeting will be at the home of Mrs. J. C. Kile, president of the Society.


— The Union County Fair will open next Wednesday, Sept. 15. One of the highlights will be the Gene Holter ostrich race.


— Sept. 20, 1954 — At the Thursday meeting of the West Jefferson Businessmen’s Association, the report of the three day Ox Roast event showed a total gross receipts in excess of $6,000 with $2,000 as a rough approximation of the total cleared with only a few minor debts yet unpaid. A total of 4,270 Ox Roast sandwiches were sold and 7,000 bottles of pop. The amount cleared will be used for improvement on the playground and athletic field and softball diamond.


— Dick Timmons, age 64, a former resident of West Jefferson, now residing in Akron, died suddenly on the bus as he was returning home from work Saturday. A son of Grant and Jennie Timmons, he has been associated with the Goodyear Rubber Co. for 38 years. He is survived by his wife Mary, two sons, brothers, James of West Jefferson and Steve and Gus of Columbus, two sisters, Hannah Gorey and Frances Denamore of Columbus.


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.


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