100 years ago with Charlie Miller

July 2, 1915

Madison County Democrat — Ashton Gregg returned last week from a six-week trip to the Pacific coast, visiting the exposition at San Francisco, and other cities en route, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and returning through Canada. He stated that the wheat crop in Canada is about 6 inches high and will be harvested in October.

• Former residents, John B. Hill Sr., is a manager of a large truck ranch for a hotel man, 60 miles east of Tacoma, Wash., and employs 15 men. John Hill Jr., has a fine insurance business in Tacoma and all seem to be in a prosperous condition.

• The Liberty Bell, precious relic of the American Revolution, started Monday on its eighth and longest journey from Philadelphia since it was first hung in the old state house of the province of Pennsylvania in 1752. It goes to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and before it is returned to its big glass case in Independence Hall next November or December, it will have traveled more than 10,000 miles and will have been seen by millions of people. The special train will have traversed Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California.

• Men’s blue work shirts, 39 cents, or three for $1. Regularly 50 cents a piece. Men’s 50 cent overalls for 39 cents, 75 cent overalls for 50 cents and $1 overalls for 79 cents. Twenty five cent ladies knit vests, pants or suits, 19 cents.

Part II

The Madison Press — May 19, 1955 — The 14th annual dinner party of the West Jefferson Players Club was held at the Everglades Restaurant, West Broad Street on Sunday evening, May 15. Thirty six guests and members were present. Newly elected officers are: John Stalder, president; Mrs. Ralph Parsons, vice president; Mrs. Joe Stalder, secretary; Mrs. John Canney, treasurer. A vote of appreciation was given to Mr. William Culp the retiring president.

• The Senior Class Baccalaureate service will be held Sunday, May 22 at three o’clock. If the weather is inclement it will be in the high school auditorium at 8 o’clock.

• The West Jefferson alumni banquet will be held at the high school at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27. Tickets may be obtained at Mellott’s, Parsons, Gregg & Hay, Blauser’s, Bradfield’s and the West Jefferson Building & Loan.

• The second meeting of the Steady Sewers was held at the Methodist Church, Thursday, May 12. The president, Beth Self called the meeting to order. After the meeting was adjourned, we practiced on our sewing. Barbara Gartin, News Reporter.

• The fifth meeting of the original Jeffersonian 4-H Club was called to order at the home of Nancy Lewis. Demonstrations were given by Joan Craig, Leona Wilson and Nancy Lewis. The next meeting will be at the home of Barbara Byerly, on May 16.

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.