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Aug. 21, 1914

Madison County Democrat — No news from this date. The following appeared in the June 17, 1874 edition. A petition is being circulated and numerally signed for extending the corporation limits of the village. This is undoubtedly done with a view to getting Mrs. Riourdon, owner of the Railroad House, under the control of Council, when the question of beer will be at once settled.


(At this time the town was “dry” and the question of selling alcoholic beverages within Jefferson was being hotly contested. The Railroad addition at this time was not within the village limits, and evidently many persons were just crossing the tracks, which at that time were ground level, and going to the Railroad House, which was a hotel and saloon, on the corner of Depot and Pennsylvania avenues, and legally consuming any alcohol that they fancied. The building still stands at the same location today. Many rallies had been held by the temperance people, and the taverns in town had closed in March of 1874, but it was to be just like the prohibition of later years, people still drank, and later the taverns were to open again.


Just a month later a big fire broke out. At the early morning of July 22, the town was startled by the fearful cry of fire, and it was soon discovered that the large woodshed at the depot, was in flames, caused no doubt by the sparks from an early morning train. The shed contained between 400 and 500 cords of wood, which was soon being licked up at a rapid rate. About 250 cords of wood were burned. The shed, which was old, and not much loss to the railroad company, was entirely destroyed, also the roof of the water tank building.)


Part II

The Madison Press, Sept. 23, 1954 — A/1C Charles Long of Puerto Rico, who with his wife and daughter Marcia, have been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Long Sr. They were guests at a wiener roast given Sunday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Peterman. Airman Long is stationed in Puerto Rico with the United States Air Force.


— Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Thompson, of West Jefferson, announce the birth of a son, Douglas Eugene, at Mount Carmel Hospital, Thursday, Sept. 15.


— The Parent-Teacher Organization of the West Jefferson Schools, will start the fall season with a “Get Acquainted” party for members, friends and their families and faculty members and their families on Monday evening, Sept. 27. The party will begin with a potluck supper at the high school cafeteria. Incoming and outgoing officers are planning the supper, the program and meeting to follow at 8 o’clock. A surprise entertainment is also to be included as a part of the evening’s fun.


— The business meeting of the Raphael’s Guild was held at the home of Mrs. Clarence Corbit last Tuesday evening. A brief session for discussion of business was conducted by Mrs. Walter Ducey, president. The remainder of the evening was devoted to playing bridge. Attending were Mrs. Walter Ducey, Mrs. Cletus Murray, Mrs. Leonard Demsky, Mrs. Cy McElroy, Mrs. Phil McDaniels, Mrs. Harold Higgins, Mrs. Larry Tinkler, Mrs. Tom Daugherty and Miss Ruth Murray.


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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