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July 10, 1914

Madison County Democrat — Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Merrick and son, of Columbus, are the guests of the latter’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Millholland.

— Dr. L.E. Evans and wife returned Sunday afternoon from a two weeks trip by automobile, visiting the doctor’s parents. They were also at Atlantic City enjoying their vacation. (Dr. Luther Ellis Evans was the town physician at that time. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1874 and he died June 25, 1942 aged 68).

— Threshing seems to be the order of the day in the neighborhoods.

— The social at Alder Chapel, Wednesday evening, was a success socially and financially. (Alder Chapel, built in the 1800s, was torn down on the orders of a man named Dombey, an attorney who owned land adjacent to the Chapel, and claimed that it reverted to his property when it ceased to be used as a house of worship. The Madison County Historical Society was in the process of saving the building when Dombey had it torn down.)

— Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the Madison County Chautauqua Society for the following concessions for the Chautauqua to be held in London on July 21, 1914: ice cream, ice cream cones, candy, peanuts, popcorn, lunch counter, soft drinks, cigars and such other concessions as the association shall permit. (A Chautauqua was named after Chautauqua Lake in New York where the first one was held. It was an adult educational movement. It brought entertainment and culture for the whole community. Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua “Is the most American thing in America.” It was popular from 1874 to the 1920s.)

Part II

The Madison Press, Sept. 6, 1954 — Members of Jefferson Post No. 201, American Legion, are taking new interest in activities of the organization what with the appointment of one of the members to a district office. The honor came through the appointment of John Stalder as chairman of the Americanism Committee of the Sixth District. Representing the Post at the National Convention in Washington of Aug. 30 were Post Commander Richard Merriman and Past Commanders, Gerald Poulson, Cecil Forrest, Virgil Lawless and Roderick Morehart. Voiture 477 of the 40 et 8 recently installed the following officers: Charles G. George, Chef de Gare; Robert E. Logan, chef de Train; James M. Arganbright, commissaire Intendant; John Stalder, correspondent; and Paul Bennett, conducteur.

— JoAnn and Philip McDaniels, daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Phil McDaniels, West Jefferson, have been accepted for junior membership in the American Guernsey Cattle Club. This junior membership will be in effect until the new member reaches 21 years of age. Requirements for membership include they must own one or more purebred Guernseys and at least one of the animals must be registered or become registered at the time of application.

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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