July 3, 1914
Madison County Democrat — B.F. Hoe, of Vincennes, Ind., spent a few days here with relatives last week.
— In the news and out of the ordinary — A Baltimore fat boy, who at 13 weighs 190 pounds, has been sent to a hospital for treatment.
— James Sturgill, aged 16, of Sergeant, Ky., weighs 409 pounds. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall.
— The Wisconsin industrial commission had held that death by lightning is not caused by accident within the meaning of the workmen’s compensation law of that state.
— The American Society for Thrift, says a ham sandwich, a chocolate ice cream soda should be bought for 3 cents. The Society also has worked untiringly for a 3 cent coin. In Cleveland, sandwiches can be purchased for 3 cents, which would be the same as a 5 cent sandwich in any other city.
— Peter The Great left Russia in the hands of temporary rulers and set out to learn for himself the arts of civilization which his nation so sadly needed to learn. He traveled as an inferior officer, and even at Amsterdam in Holland, worked for some time as a common shipmate.
The Madison Press, Aug. 30, 1954 — Supt. Dale S. Porter and his secretary “Becky” Merrick, have practically everything in readiness looking toward the half-day session on Sept. 6, when school opens. Senior faculty will include, Miss Pauline Cochran, Miss Mary Mooney, Mrs. Norma Carney, Mrs. Gladys Clark, John Baldwin, Raymond Deacon, Mrs. Eleanor Overturf, Keith Lynn, Kenneth Coe, Ewen Bryden, Paul Cochran, Mrs. Ethel Jacobson, Dale Porter, Mrs. Elizabeth Poulson, Okey Santee and Mrs. Mildred Craig.
— The Mothers Club of the Jefferson Local School had a program of games after a brief business session at the home of Mrs. Robert Wilson, Wednesday evening, Aug. 25. Mrs. Thomas Pearce was assistant hostess. The program was arranged by the social committee, Mrs. Richard Hockenbery, Mrs. Jerry Roberts and Mrs. James Shanley.
— Robert Bidwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Bidwell, and a senior at West Jefferson Local School, came out on top in the FFA “Skilled Driver” contest at the Ohio State Fair. Robert won over 30 other boys from over the state. He only missed making a perfect score because he nicked a line in backing. He receives a trophy and a money prize presented by the Ohio Farmers Insurance Co. He also brings to his chapter a gift of $200.
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.