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By Charlie Miller Contributing Columnist

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March 13, 1914

Madison County Democrat — Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hoe and two daughters, Theodocia and Eloise, of Vincennes, Indiana, spent a few days with the latter’s mother, Mrs. Theodocia Silver, and other relatives. (Theodocia Silver at that time lived in the big brick house on the corner of Fellows and Frey Avenue.)

— Last Sunday was an ideal day. The warm sun melted the snow drifts rapidly and the robins were singing joyously in the trees. Spring is not here, but we think Old Boreas will not have his full swing at us, as he has in the past. The snows all went off without a rain and we have had no disastrous floods to contend with this time.

— Mrs. James Baber very pleasantly entertained the ladies of the Harmony Club at her home last Thursday afternoon. At the close of the program a lunch was served.

— Arithmetic Justica — Rough and ready justice in Mexico in the days of President Diaz is illustrated by the following story. In a lonely part of the south a train had been robbed by the inhabitants of a certain village. The president told a young officer to take his company and put an end to that sort of thing. The officer had every house searched. Almost all contained stolen property. He then marshaled the village, picked out every 40th man and had him shot. After this he said, “I am taking my troops away, but if any more train robberies take place we shall come back and shoot every twentieth man.”

— Mrs. James Chambers who has been quite sick is slowly improving. (She was the grandmother of Ellis “Doc” Chambers. James Chambers had served in the Civil War.)

Part II

The Madison Press, May 10, 1954 — Ray Peterman, chairman of the entertainment committee for the West Jefferson Businessmen’s Association, announces a “Dance Under the Stars” on the blacktop at the athletic field, Saturday night, May 22. The Rhythm Rambles will play for the 50-50 dance from 9 p.m. to midnight. This is the first of a series that will run every two weeks to help raise some money for the Association and to promote good fellowship. (How many of the present generation know what a 50-50 dance is?)

— President John Sanford of the Alumni Association of the Jefferson High School, expects all plans to be completed at another meeting. The banquet will be held on Friday evening, May 28.

— Loveless Appliance in cooperation with the Ohio Fuel Gas Co., will present a free cooking school on Thursday, May 13 at 8 p.m. at the West Jefferson High School. Betty Newton of the Gas Co., will present the newest and most attractive methods of preparing food. Many valuable prizes will be given away including a new 1954 gas range as grand prize.

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