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By Charlie Miller Contributing Columnist



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June 19, 1914

Madison County Democrat — L. D. Hull is spending a few weeks with relatives in Indiana. (Lot Davis Hull was born in 1838 and died in 1925 at the age of 87. He lived at 224 W. Main St., and served as Mayor from 1894-1897. He also served as commander of the local Grand Army of the Republic Post at West Jefferson.


— Miss Mary Garhart, of Columbus, is spending a few days with Miss Belle Gregg who is on the sick list.


— Harvest will be here before July this year. We count the harvest from the beginning of hay cutting. Our hay harvest has been going on for a week or more. Some of our pessimistic friends are afraid we will have no fall pastures because of the dry weather we have been having. There seems to be plenty of rain in the west and I think the clouds will come over us where all their moisture has been expended.


— Some people are grunting about hard times, but we notice 20 or 25 automobiles go past our house nearly every day and some of them must have cost more than $3,000 each. A poor man, depending on his daily labor for his support, cannot afford to own one of these high-priced machines. The old farmer’s wife, who has been going to town in an old fashioned buggy, with the top taken off for 25 years, don’t feel very good toward the man in the $3,000 machine when he whisks past her and fills old Dobbins’ eyes and her lungs with dust.


Part II

The Madison Press, July 22, 1954 — On they roll, the three leagues in the West Jefferson Businessmens athletic events at the athletic field, marking off the scheduled games each week, as they advance toward the end of the summer season. The Junior League starts July 27, and the Senior-Intermediate League will also start on the 27th with Swanson Cookies and IOOF-Mels barbershop will meet. The the 29th the Sterling Store will play Mellot’s Drugs and Gregg and Hay Insurance will play Loveless Appliance.


— The Bidwell family will have its reunion Sunday, July 25, at the Big Darby Baptist Church grounds, five miles south of Plain City. A basket dinner at 12 o’clock will precede the program of the afternoon. Warren Harbage is president and Maxine White secretary of the reunion.


— Aug. 5, 1954 — The Fire Belles honored Mrs. Robert Barton at a party last Thursday evening at the home of Mrs. Ray Sollars. The honored guest was presented with a bathinette and sterilizer.


— The 35th annual reunion of the James M. Long family, will be held Sunday Aug. 8, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hosler of Derby. A basket dinner at the noon hour with all relatives and friends welcome. Laura E. Long is corresponding secretary of the reunion.


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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