100 years ago with Charlie Miller


Charlie Miller - Contributing Columnist



Jan. 26, 1917

Madison County Democrat — A letter written by Capt. John C. Volka of Company C, “London’s Own,” to Mrs. Volka from camp at El Paso, Texas. (Portion) Orders had been received for our return to be mustered out of the Federal service which will occur at Ft. Wayne, Mich., Detroit. Our route is on the Rock Island Line to St. Louis and the Big Four for the remainer of our trip. The personnel of the troops being made up of men from all kinds of professions, it is only fair to say that the return is favored by all. El Paso is a beautiful little city, the citizens are courteous and I am sure a good impression will be left in the minds of the soldiers as well as El Pasonens. Our camp is the most beautiful one in the El Paso district, and is located on a mesa on the east slope of Mt. Franklin, and about three miles north of El Paso proper. Our company has had a several month’s series of intensified training which has resulted in a wonderful improvement which has completely removed the “D” from deficiency. I am proud of Company C and every member of it. I am proud of the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, wives and sweethearts who have permitted these boys to engage in this service.

Part II

The Madison Press — May 10, 1956 — Mayor Harold B. Rader in an impassioned plea for action pointed up the cause of West Jefferson’s problems Monday evening. Following the business session of meaningless bickering, Mayor Rader told the council, “We are in our present position because we haven’t done anything for thirty years.” The mayor’s speech was apparently an effort to encourage council to take action on the plans for the new city building hanging since August 1955. While the mayor’s plea did not exactly fall on deaf ears, no action was taken.

• On Sunday, May 6, the following people attended the Veterans Hospital at Chillicothe: Mr. and Mrs. Asil Bidwell, Mrs. Paul Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Calloway. The celebration was in observance of National Hospital Day. An estimated crowd of 25,000 people attended. The Chillicothe Hospital has over 2,000 patients.

• Mr. and Mrs. Sam Baber attended a dinner in Columbus on May 5 given by the Ohio National Life Insurance Co. of Cincinnati. The dinner was given in honor for his 40 years of service with the company.

• Mr. Liso of the dairy confection stand (Dairy Queen) has kindly offered his lot for parking privileges to those attending the Methodist Church.

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Charlie Miller

Contributing Columnist

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.

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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