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By Charlie Miller Contributing Columnist



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April 10, 1914

Madison County Democrat — Mrs. R. C. Millikin is assisting in the Farmers Bank during the absence of Clark Wade, who is ill.


— Miss Myrtle Lath and Calvin Patterson were married on Sunday afternoon in their open home by Rev. Jennie Linn.


— Among the aggravations of life, and they are many, one of the chief one is the question of how to spell the name of the flourishing little neighbor west of us, and variously spelled Summerford and Somerford. It is a safe venture to announce that never, in all the memory of living man, has anyone had occasion to write the name but that he has asked someone else how to spell it, and upon every such occasion the askee has spelled it the other way. It has no corporate existence, and so long as it had no other distinguishing characteristics it was content to remain a rallying center for township activities, and continued to permit the rest of the world to wrangle over the spelling of its name. The original village extended along the National Pike, two lots deep on either side of the Pike — as portion of the green fields in spring and summer — a portion of the mud in wet weather. The place now has three general stores, three churches, a fine hotel, a big fraternal lodge, a blacksmith shop or two, splendid citizens and all the facilities for being a first-class village. There is talk about incorporating Summer-Sommerford, and therein lies the solution of the spelling question. Incorporate, that’s the thing to do. (This was never done.)


Part II

The Madison Press, May 20, 1954 — Auxiliary of Jefferson Post American Legion No. 201, will sponsor the annual Memorial Day Poppy Sale, Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22. Though the program is not yet definitely outlined, Mrs. Howard McKinley, Auxiliary president, stated that in all probability, members would be assisted by some of the young folks in the village in a canvass of the homes on Friday night and Saturday. Members and their helpers will sell in the business section.


— Mrs. Bess Speasmaker received a phone call from her son, T/Sgt. Philip Speasmaker of Roswell, New Mexico, that he and his wife and children were alright. News of the terrific flood in the Roswell community had been heard by the family. T/Sgt. Speasmaker is stationed at Walker Air Force Base, several miles from Roswell. He stated that the flood waters did reach their front door before they began to recede.


— Volunteer Firemen’s Wives Club is a new organization in West Jefferson as of Tuesday night. With a membership of 11 members, Mrs. Richard Johnson was elected president at the organization meeting. Mrs. Don Harris, vice president and Mrs. Eugene Ball secretary-treasurer.


— Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Kile are having open house at their home Sunday afternoon and evening, May 23, for friends to greet their son and daughter-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. John E. Kile whose marriage was a recent event.

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