100 years ago with Charlie Miller

June 11, 1915

Madison County Democrat — Since the dry spell in April and May we are having copious showers of rain, and crops of all kinds with nature are looking splendid.

• The Baptist Sunday School will hold a market in the church basement on Saturday, June 19.

• Union prayer meeting services of all the churches were held last Wednesday evening at the Mission church. The pastors of the different churches and a congregation of nearly 100 people were present. An interesting program was carried out under the direction of Rev. Jennie Linn. Similar services will be held in the other churches.

• Last Monday the voters of West Jefferson voted on the improvement of Main Street. There were 286 votes cast for the improvement and 24 votes against it. There will yet be some preliminary steps in advertising for bids and time before the construction of the street can be made. It is hoped the street may be completed by next winter. During a wet time our Main Street has not been better than a real mud road.

Part II

The Madison Press — May 5, 1955 — Miss Maxine Ott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Ott, of Shelby, became the bride of Dr. Dean Kaho, son of Mrs. Halle Kaho of West Jefferson and the late Mr. Kaho. Mrs. Larry Kaho was her only attendant and Mr. Larry Kaho was best man. After a honeymoon in Florida, they will reside at 1213 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus.

• A miscellaneous bridal shower was given Friday, May 6 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Jenkins near London. It complimented Miss Ruth Stanley of West Jefferson, who is to be married May 21 to Orville Wells of Galloway. Thirty guests were present and many lovely gifts were presented to the bride.

• C. J. Murray was elected president of the West Jefferson Building & Loan Association (now FirstMerit Bank) at the last meeting of the Board of Directors, succeeding his late father, John Murray, who had been president for more than 40 years at the time of his death. Charles F. Kuehner, who has served as vice president for approximately the same length of time, was honored with the chairmanship of the Board of Directors.

Other officers named were W. B. Culp, secretary and managing officer also having served 40 years, William S. Culp, attorney, Mrs. Mary Wolfe and Mrs. Llo Jackson, assistant secretaries. (The West Jefferson Building & Loan was founded March 17, 1870. The incorporators were John Harvey, Dr. J. N. Beach, C. F. Bliss, W.W. Fellows and Jacob McNeal, Esq. W.W. Fellows was elected president, Dr. John N. Beach, vice president, Alex Swanston, secretary. The directors were, Martin Kuehner, John Harvey, Dr. J. N. Beach, Alex Swanston, A. Miller, Jacob McNeal, D. W. Bliss, J. K. Smith, William Harvey, J. J. Booth, Alex Wilson and J. C. Olney. At one time the West Jefferson Building & Loan was the second oldest Building & Loan Association in the state of Ohio.)

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.