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May 15, 1914

Madison County Democrat — West Jefferson High School Notes — At the last assembly of the high school on Monday morning, the Seniors were given charge of the morning exercises. They were all seated on the platform. They sang a touching song, “Then You’ll Remember Me,” after which Harold Woodrow, Marie Lombard, Geneva Tharp, Floyd Fitzgerald, Magdalene Hansel and William Kinnard gave interesting talks about their school days and words of appreciation to the teaching corps.


— The Senior Class plays “The Kingdom of Heart’s Content” and “Young Doctor DeVine,” will be staged Friday night.


— The Seniors will journey to Columbus on Monday morning for a group picture of the class, which is large as the class contains 26. (This picture now hangs in the high school.)


— The 28th annual commencement of the West Jefferson High School will be held on Monday, May, 25, at the opera house at 8 o’clock. (The Opera House was the village hall. At that time it had a third floor which was an auditorium where Nickelodeon movies and theater performances were held.)


— Superintendent and Mr. E. L. Porter entertained the members of the Senior Class and faculty on Tuesday evening. Their home was a veritable bower of garden flowers and was beautifully decorated. The evening was spent in games and music, which were followed by a dainty repast, in which the colors of the class were again carried out. The merry crowd departed at a late hour voting Mr. and Mrs. Porter charming entertainers.


Part II

The Madison Press, June 17, 1954 — The Junior Softball League will play three games next week starting Tuesday night, June 22 when the Electric Shop boys will meet Steinmetz Dairy-Western Auto. Thursday night, June 24, Blauser and Baker will play the West Jefferson Central National Bank team. Also the Intermediate League, Mellott’s Drugs will play Ann and Tony’s with Loveless Appliance and IOOF-Mel’s Barbers.


— Edward W. Johnson, 77, a lifelong resident of Jefferson Township, and dean of the law profession in Madison County, died in Mount Carmel Hospital Tuesday evening. He was born Oct. 27, 1876, the son of Abner and Emma Olney Johnson. A paternal ancestor, Michael Johnson came from Virginia and was the first white settler in Jefferson Township. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 16. He had served as special counsel in the office of Charles C. Crabbe, former Madison County resident, during his two terms as Attorney General of Ohio.


In 1912 he served as a member of the Ohio Constitutional Convention. Mr. Johnson had large land holding in Arkansas and spent a part of each year looking after his interest there. He wrote several books, among these was a book about his famous coon dog “Yellar,” which was punished some years ago. At the time of his death he was the oldest past master of Madison Lodge F&A.M. and was a 32nd Degree Mason. The Madison County Bar Association will hold a “Eulogy” at 9 p.m. Friday night.

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