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Aug. 28, 1914

Madison County Democrat — Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Baer attended the Baer family reunion at Newark on Thursday.


— Rev. William McDaniels has sold his barbershop to O. R. Horn of Columbus and he will move here and occupy the McDaniels property.


— The schools open next Tuesday morning, Sept. 8. The schools of Fairfield Township will open on Monday, Sept. 7.


— Delavan’s comet can be seen with a good pair of spy glasses and a good chart of the heavens. After striving vainly to discover it, you might just as well go back to bed because unless you are very familiar with the heavens, you won’t be able to distinguish it from the friendly stars among which it is intruding. Next month it will be easier to see, and in early October you can see it best just after sunset when it will be only 147,000,000 miles away. It is possible that just as the European conflict has blazed into a fury unequaled in history, the comet will be blazing its maximum, and night pictures of the great battlefields will carry down to feature the spectacle of the comet’s gleaming, sword shaped tail, brandished above the warring people.


Part II

The Madison Press, Oct. 7, 1954 — The West Jefferson Village Council passed an ordinance creating the post of Garbage Collector, in the meeting in the mayor’s office here Monday night. The post shall be appointed by the mayor, subject to the approval of council. The person of company must post a bond of $1,000 to guarantee performance. Citizens desiring the service must pay 25 cents a week. The decision was deferred on lighting for the Merriman addition, pending receipt of information from the lighting company.


— All the attention of students at “Jeff” for the next week will be centered on the annual homecoming football game with Bremen, Friday night, Oct. 15. A dance in the gym after the game will climax the event, and all the attendant splendor of the occasion will be in evidence, but more of that later, say, “the powers that be.”


— In an earnest appeal to the young people of West Jefferson, Mayor H. O. Braithwaite requested they wait until a more suitable time to begin their Halloween activities this year. Instances of preseason pranks brought this appeal and warning. “We believe in the practice of moderate celebration of Halloween at the proper time, and have no objection to pranks when they are done in fun and cannot result in harm to persons or property. Offenders who overstep the bounds of common sense will be apprehended and punished. Parents of such offenders will be held liable for any damage.” (How many of you my age reading this, remember tipping over outhouses? Although we always made sure that no one was in them at the time.)


— Dr. Keith E. Pfefferle, Optometrist, hours, 9 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Open Monday and Tuesday evenings. Closed Thursdays. Phone 8-8929, 9 E. Main St., West Jefferson.


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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