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By Charlie Miller Contributing Columnist



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April 17, 1914

Madison County Democrat — Mrs. James Timmons and baby are the guests of her sister, Mrs. Ella Fitzgerald, at Gillivan. (The baby would have been Robert Timmons.)


— Zephyrus has old Boreas on the run and springtime is here. Gentle Annie flows and garden tools are being looked up and put in order. The grass is making a phenomenal growth and fodder and dry feed are no longer relished by stock if allowed a snip of the fresh green grass.


— There seems to be considerable stir on the new farm prison site. They are building a bird park. Quite a number of strange birds have been released on the prison grounds, and but few of them have been seen since they were set free. Nearly all our domestic fowls were originally natives of Asia and Africa. The African jungle has a teeming supply of the same species of fowl we have in our barnyard. There are game birds in the African jungle, but these birds have not become as tame as our barn yard fowls. They are poorly equipped with experience to adapt themselves to outdoor free life in the country. However, the experiment is being tried and the birds should be protected by the farmers.


— The members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union will meet at the home of Miss Anna Thomas Tuesday afternoon.


Part II

The Madison Press, May 20, 1954 — Announcement of Open House for all friends was made by Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Johnson to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their wedding on May 16. The guests came from many places, some as far away as Arkansas. The guests were greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and daughter Isabelle. Mr. Johnson stated, “We haven’t had a decent quarrel by not determining who was boss. Whenever I have had an inkling that a scrap was brewing and about to reach the simmering stage I have gathered up some of my belongings and hiked off to Arkansas. This happened 100 times in the last 42 years and has produced a new honeymoon on my return.” (Mr. Johnson was a prominent attorney who lived on Heath Lane. He was a descendant of the first white settler of Jefferson Township and owned quite a large acreage in Arkansas. He was also an author, one of his books was “Old Yeller,” a story about his dog in Arkansas, some have said that the movie was based on this.)


— May 24, 1954 — Final arrangements for the West Jefferson Alumni Association banquet at the High School Friday night, May 28, are practically completed according to John Sanford, president. Dinner will be served at 7 o’clock, and a 50-50 dance will follow. The public is invited to the dance which will start at 9 o’clock, the Sunset Serenaders playing for the evening.


— West Jefferson won a double-header from Circleville 16-4 and 5-4. Ray McGuire pitched a good game in the first game, he struck out 7 and walked 2. Don Long pitched the second game.


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