100 years ago with Charlie Miller


Charlie Miller - Contributing Columnist



Feb. 9, 1917

Madison County Democrat — Miss Etta Solomon (Chenos) of Springfield, was home the first of the week with her mother, Mrs. Hannah Solomon.

• Dr. and Mrs. H. F. Jackson very pleasantly entertained the members of the Married People’s Card Club with a six o’clock dinner on Tuesday evening. (Dr. Jackson was the town dentist. His office was upstairs over the Gillivan Hardware the present site of Culp Parsons & Murray. Dr. Jackson’s door is on display at the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library. He built the house in Fellows Avenue on what is called “Jackson’s Hill.”)

• The W.F.M.S. of the M. E. Church met at the home of Mrs. Dr. L. E. Evans on Wednesday afternoon.

• Miss Helen Murray entertained the Young Ladies Embroidery Club at her home on Tuesday evening.

• The recent cold spell has worked a great hardship upon the laboring class of the community making it impossible for them to do anything. It has also been very hard on young livestock. In many instances young pigs have perished and several persons have had their hands, nose and feet frosted. Our schools have been closed on account of the inability to keep the building warm.

Part II

The Madison Press — May 21, 1956 — Mrs. Lorna Bidwell, Mrs. Viola Murray, Mrs. Marie Hancel, Mrs. Eva Hockenbery, Mrs. Magdalena Bidwell, Mrs. Helen Harbage, Mrs. Frances Olney and Mrs. Dorothy Siebold, armed with mops, buckets, soap and gallons of water cleaned the Gillivan Methodist Church on May 15. Vandalism necessitated the cleaning job and repair to the oil burner. Something had been placed in one of the fuel oil stoves which had boiled up and over causing a dense smoke to settle over the church and a jelly like residue over the stove and onto the floor. It was necessary to install a new furnace.

• On Sunday, May 6 the First Baptist Sunday School awarded prizes for the contests of the previous two months to Tommy and Larry Pelphrey, Joel and Mark Kocher, Jim Meyers, Roberta Campbell, Sandra, Brenda and Donna Willeford.

• The Town and Country Mother’s Club was entertained at the home of Mrs. Patty Crager on May 15 with Mrs. Mary Esther Brooke as co-hostess. Fourteen members were present and one guest, Mrs. Jerry Dillion. Plans for the children’s picnic will be held at the home of Mrs. Faith Godden. The bake sale held May 5 was a big success.

• The Forget-Me-Not’s Garden Club was entertained Thursday evening at the home of Mrs. Lelia Wade. There were 20 present. Mrs. Betty McNutt told how to care for house plants. Mrs. Mable Elliott presided at the business meeting. Refreshments were served.

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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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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