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100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

By Charlie Miller Contributing Columnist

April 24, 2014

April 24, 1914

Madison County Democrat — American Forces now ashore in Mexico, total more than 500 men. The result of fighting is three dead and 23 wounded at Vera Cruz. This makes 15 Americans who have been killed and 53 wounded in three days of fighting. General Francisco (Poncho) Villa, is reported to have 5,000 men outside Juarez, and may attack El Paso, Texas. A brigade of infantry at Galveston was ordered to leave immediately for Vera Cruz and additional troops were ordered for serve on the border. Major General Leonard Wood has been designated to lead the Army campaign in Mexico. President Wilson will probably issue a call within the next few days for 50,000 volunteers. It was represented that this call would be followed by others up to 250,000 men. Major General David A. Lynch of the Ohio Quartermaster’s Corps, stated, “It is my honest opinion that every member of the Ohio National Guard will be in his uniform within 24 hours and ready to entrain for Mexico.”


— Marion Bidwell made a business trip to Lancaster County, Pa., last week. Farms are selling there at $200 per acre with better building than in this section of the country. Commercial fertilizers and lime are used to increase the fertility of the soil.


— The automobile season has opened up in full blast, and last Sunday the roads were full of joy riders.


— Miss Jeanette Kuehner, is one of the Columbus girls at Wesley College honored by the award of a scholarship for a very high standard of work. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kuehner of 95 W. First Ave.


Part II

The Madison Press, May 31, 1954 — Byron S. Biggert, 75, retired garage owner and operator, died Saturday at his home in West Jefferson. Mr. Biggert had resided in West Jefferson the greater part of his life, suffered a stroke seven years ago and had been seriously ill since March. Surviving are his wife, Theresa, two daughters, Elizabeth and Mrs. Clyde Goodyear of London, and one son Robert.


— The class which graduated from West Jefferson High School in 1914, was recognized at the Alumni banquet Friday night at special tables. There were 26 members in the class of 1914 (only one less than the Class of ‘54) and of the 24 living, not one of the boys showed up for the banquet. The ladies present were: Elva Orders, Mabel Butler, Gertrude Kaderley, Ruth Heise, Bernice Meeker, Lydia Bennett, Nellie Hedrick, Carrie O’Brien, Helen Gregg, Lucille Pence and Magdalena Hancel.


— Miss Mary Kuehner, 83, member of a pioneer family of West Jefferson, died Saturday in Columbus. Surviving are a brother, Charles Kuehner and a sister, Mrs. Carolyn Zane of Phoenix, Arizona. (Their father had built the large brick building on the corner of Main and West streets which now houses the office of Dr. Gerald Weissman.)