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Aug. 7, 1914

Madison County Democrat — A peasant girl, whose last name is Gravata and living in Tuscany, Italy, was a twin, whose mother was one of triplets. She married and set the seal on the family reputations, though she led off modestly with a baby girl. On the next occasion she made her husband a present of six little sons, and followed that the next year with five more. Then came a couple of triplets, followed by a quartet. Then ensued a long procession of ones and twos, and as a wind-up came four boys, bringing the number of her living children up to 62, and assuring to her endless fame in obstetrical annals as the “Gravata Case.”


— Miss Belle Gregg, who has been quite sick, is slowly improving.


— Mrs. Ben F. Hoe and two daughters, Theodocia and Eloise, accompanied by Mrs. Hoe’s mother, Theodocia Silver, have returned to their home in Vincennes, Indiana, after a month’s visit here.


— (They’ll go to any lengths to keep from paying.) A man named Painter, from Jacksonville, Florida, died when he fell over board from a ferry boat on April 21, 1913. He was seized with violent vomiting and when he went to the rail of the boat he fell into the water. Upon the recovery of his body his vital organs were sent by the family physician to Baltimore for examination. Dr. Glasier, in whose custody they were placed, was enjoined by an insurance company from turning the organs over to the widow and daughter for burial before the company, which had issued an accident policy to Painter, had an opportunity to examine them. The state court in Maryland held that the provisions in the policy gave the company their right of examination was superior to any property right the widow or daughter might have in the remains. The case is being brought to the Supreme Court.


Part II

The Madison Press, Sept. 20, 1954 — Word has been received here of the death of Elwood O. Lamb, former resident of West Jefferson, who died in Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis. He was the son of the late Oscar Lamb, former undertaker in West Jefferson. He was born in West Jefferson and later lived in Plain City. After serving in World War I, he located in North Dakota. He is survived by one daughter Lucile and three granddaughters.


— Mrs. Helen Gallas and Mrs. Grace Byerly entertained with a party for their sister, Rosemary Myers in celebration of her 15th birthday. Guests were: Rosemary Kent, Janet Jackson, Rosemary Rice, Susie Harbage, Nancy Harbage, Bonnie Ingles, Natalie Rice, Shirley West, Helen Sue Elliott, Suzzanne Bridenstine, Beverly Collins and Sue Bradley.


— Raymond E. McGuire who graduated from West Jefferson High in 1954, enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years, recently. He is training at Bainbridge, Maryland. Ray is the son of Police Chief William McGuire.


— Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Sidner, received word that their son, 2nd Lt. Maxwell Sidner will make his cross-country pre-graduation flight from Laredo Air Base, Texas, where he is receiving jet pilot training to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He will return to Laredo until Oct. 13 when he will graduate.


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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