The Athens Messenger January 2, 1868

  • During the week several visitors to Athens have been seen and welcomed upon our streets. Among them we observe Gen. Stanley, of Chartancogo, Tenn., formerly of Vinton county, O., who has been to Connecticut for a new wife, taken Athens on his way homeward. Cruger W. Smith, of Clarksburg, W.Va., a late graduate of O.U. has been visiting his friends. Col. Sam. West, of Clermont county, who came to Athens a year or so ago under the pretence of attending O.U., stole away one of our belles and has returned to make his apologies. As he is a good fellow and a good husband he received a hearty forgiveness.
  • The friends of Mr. John F. Mahon will be pleased to know that he had taken the precaution, while in health, to secure a life insurance of $3,000, which will be paid to his heirs.
    [TR NOTE: it is important to note that the obituary for John Mahon also appears elsewhere in this newspaper]
  • Mr D.R. Stewart, our enterprising and energetic fellow townsman, has returned from Philadelphia where he has been for the purpose of purchasing woolen machinery for his Factory here.
  • That buckwheat flour at Jess Davis & Co. is superb.

The Athens Messenger, April 4, 1872

  • Hon E.H.Moore recently purchased in Cincinnati and Alderny calf
  • Josh Billings sent for a dozen loaves of Sosman's bread
  • The election on Monday passed off quietly, and as there were no "rings" at work, we presume everybody is satisfied with the result.
  • GENERAL Activity can be seen in and about Athens every day. He is a rough fellow, but his habis are good.

The Athens Messenger May 22, 1873

  • -Sheriff Warren has six boarders
  • -The Mayor's court for the past week has been void of interest
  • -The weather indications have been more favorable for the last few days
  • -Fishing on Sunday is poor business, expecially when bites are few and nibbles are far between.
  • -We learned from Judge Jewett that the matrimonial thermometer is not running very high just now.
  • -Mr. James Grimes, of Rutland, is to shortly succeed Capt. Len. Brown in the conduct of the Brown House
  • -Mr Henry T Atkinson, late of Athens, was admitted to practice in the Courts of Missouri, on the 12th inst.,by the Supreme Court of that State.
  • -Mr Mart. Seible,of this place, recently shored a cat-fish at a point of the Hocking near Athens, which weighed thrity-six pounds five ounces, jist.
  • -The big hog, owned by a Mr. Dowler of Waterloo township, will be on exhibition during the Horse Fair. We'll bet its the biggest porker you ever saw.
  • -County Treasurer Wilson is ready to receive taxes. Persons desiring to avoid the rush which generally ensues about tax paying time, can do so by paying their taxes now.
  • -The caterpillars have commenced their work of destruction upon the fruit trees, and the only way to get rid of them is to wage a war of extermination. Now is the time to "up and at them."
  • -How much longer will hogs and cattle be allowed the freedom of the city and private door yards - when front gates are left open - in defiance of the ordinance in such case made and provided?
  • -Mr Joseph Johnson, of Alexander township, who was so seriously injured by his bull, something over a week ago, still continues in critical condition. It is feared that apurtation of the arm will have to be resorted to.
  • -Dr Will G Cooley has, through the aid of carpenter and painter, neatly and costly rearranged his dentistry apartment. The Doctor's office is easy access, and te Doctor himself socially affable, and professionally skillful and proficient.
  • -Mr John Praul, formerly with H.J. Topky, more recently of Pomeroy, has returned to Athens with the intention of opening an establishment for the manufacture of time and sheet iron work, There are good openings here just now for several other branches of mechanism. Artisans in search of business sites would do well to make Athens a visit in their towns of inspection.

The Athens Messenger August 13, 1874

  • -Mrs. E.R. Minear, of Greensburg, Indiana, is visiting the family of Auditor Minear.
  • -Mr. and Mrs. Johnson M. Welch are spending the summer at Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • -Mr John Perkins returned on yesterday from a six week's visit to the Atlantic coast. He was greatly invigorated by his trip.
  • -Mrs Earn. Pickering and son "Cliff" returned on Saturday from several weeks of enjoyable rustleations. which had been successfully sought for the sanitary improvement of the latter
  • -Mr Chas. H Dixon left this week for Xenia College, in which institution, in September, he will take charge of the Greek and Latin Professorship.
  • -Hon. N. H. Van Vorhes and Maj. Chas. Townsend addressed the people of Alexander township at Pleasant Hill, on the subject of the new Constitution, on Monday night. We learn that the meeting was well attended.
  • -Charles Kurtz has petitioned for a divorce. He is the Cincinnati Charles, our local Charles, despite the wiles and allurements of Cupid, being yet actuated by the axiomatical wisdom that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
  • -We have received several well written and entertaining letters from "H. H. W.," of Mineral City, who is spending the summer in the mountains of Maryland and West Virginia. The pressure of local matter and the favors of our advertising friends accounts for their non-appearance.
  • -The suit brought before Mayor Golden, against James and William Lowry, for violation of the recent beer ordinance, the hearing of which had been postponed until tomorrow, has been practically nullified by the repeal of the beer ordinance, on Monday night. Such, we learn, is the legal effect of the repeal. And so we go.
  • -The following showing is the only answer needed in reply to that objection to the late beer ordinance that more beer was consumed here during the existence of the ordinance than before its passage. This exhibit is based on data taken from the books of both the railroad and express companies

The Athens Messenger April 8, 1875

  • --Attention is called to the card of Dr. E.W. Tinker, of Nelsonville.
  • --Mrs Angele C Davis, of Marietta, was at the close of the week visiting friends in Athens.
  • --Rev. Dr. Angier, of Boston, who some weeks since preached a series of discourses in the Presbyterian church in our town, that were marked alike, for their intrinsic ability as for their warmth and graces of elocution, has accepted a call from Calvary Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg.
  • --Mr. William Hedges, of Big Run, the founder of the embryo city, Hedgeville, this county, was in town this week. He enthusiastically shares the common opinion that Federal Creek Valley has a grand prospect looming up in its immediate future.
  • --Mr. W.J.Shaffer, of Lodi township, has moved to Nebraska. In his removal Athens county looses a good citizen and a staunch Republican.
  • Pleasanton and Vicinity:--Mr. Hosmer Chase moved into the suburbs of our village. Let them come. Think we'll have her incorporated before long. Mr. Chase is now shipping horses to Cincinnati.

The Athens Messenger, Thursday, April 15, 1875

  • Mr. John A. Dell, son of our fellow townsman, Mr. Aaron Dell, surprised his friends here by his unexpected return on Friday night after fifteen years consecutive absence in the "far west." Three years of his period was spent in the volunteer service during the rebellion.

The Athens Messenger, December 30, 1880

  • As Mr. and Mrs. Hobson and their daughter Stella were returning from a Christmas dinner at Colonel Kinkead's on Piper, their sleigh tipped over and spilled them all out into the snow. No one hurt.
  • Drs. Webb and Pickett had a run away between here and Guysville the other night - no one hurt, but the sleigh was pretty badly broken up.

The Athens Messenger, Jan. 6, 1881

  • Mr. John Whaley, a widely known and successful farmer of Lee township, lately purchased the farm embracing two hundred acres or more of Mrs. Vorhes, near Hibbardsville, and upon which he designs moving next Spring. The nearer to Athens such valuable and enterprising citizens as Mr. Whaley pitch their tents the more gratified are our community.
  • Our late townsman, Mr. H.C. Will, has resigned his position as secretary and treasurer of the Nelsonville Coal and Coke Company.
  • Rev. and Mrs. J.F. Holecomb, missionaries to India, are present visitors to Athens, the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. D. Brown. Mr. H. was formerly pastor of the Athens Presbyterian Church, the pulpit of which he will fill next Sunday morning and evening.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Angel realized a very narrow escape from grave injury near Athens while driving to town in a sled on Saturday, by being run into by a runaway team belonging to Joseph Higgins. The escape of Mrs. Angel, particularly seems providential as a narrower one we don't remember to have heard of.

The Athens Messenger, January 13, 1881

  • H.C. Owens, of Amesville, left about the first of this month for Mt. Victory, Ohio, where he will engage in the mercantile business.
  • J.V. McDonald, a scarred veteran of Nelsonville, lately received back pension amounting to nearly eight hundred dollars.
  • Mr. E.E. Pendleton, until lately well and favorably know as book keeper for the Nelsonville firm of Poston & Pendleton, has resigned his position and with his esteemed wife has gone to spend the remainder of the winter among friends in Granville, O., the state of his health necessitating such step.
  • We omitted to add to the personal mention of Mr. Wood S. Pickering in our last week's issue, that that gentleman has returned to his former clerical position in the Auditor's office at Columbus of the Hocking Valley railroad.
  • Mrs. Kate Cramer (nee Dana) following a protracted visit to her parents in Athens, returned to her home in Martinsville, Ind., last Monday in company of Mr. C., who also visited Athens a few days proceeding.

The Athens Messenger, January 20, 1881

  • Rome: - Mr. Albert Kale left on the 13th inst., with his young bride, for Shoals, Ind.

The Athens Messenger, February 3, 1881

  • Mrs. Col. Sowers, of Cleveland, and Miss E. C. Rice, of Amesville, sisters of Mrs. Dr. H. M. Lash are present in Athens, called hither by the severe illness of that lady.
  • Mrs. Col. Sowers, of Cleveland, and Miss E. C. Rice, of Amesville, sisters of Mrs. Dr. H. M. Lash are present in Athens, called hither by the severe illness of that lady.
  • During an affray in town on Tuesday night between two young bloods named Graham and Laughlin, the latter was cut in several places, how seriously we have been unable to learn, there having, as has been too generally the case here in similar disturbances, no arrests have been made.
  • One among the more melancholy instances of affliction that is recorded on the Register of the Asylum for the Insane here, is the case of a young woman named Hanson, brought from Monroe county, to that institution one day last week, who is both blind and insane.
  • Rome: - Mr. Joseph Patten owes a very sagacious dog, as was evidenced on a recent day, when he came to the house carrying a bottle filled with whiskey, holding it by the cork, and presenting it to his master. The dog found the bottle some distance from the house.
  • Rome: - Mr. Harvey G. Frost, from which the town of Frost received its name, has traded part of his fine estate to John R. Lemmon, of Frost, for his store, house and lot.

The Athens Messenger pg 5, Thursday Morning, February 15, 1883

  • -We make thankful acknowledgements to our town..., Mr. J. Lindley Jones, for late Florida papers; a fragrant sprig of freshly picked orange blossoms which they enclosed being a suggestive reminder of the more agreeable climatic conditions which himself and Mrs. Jones are just enjoying in their South Florida resort.
  • -We are under willing obligations to Misses Mary and Josephine Currier for a generous donation of fresh lemons, one of which is the largest we ever saw. This fine fruit was recently received from a sister of the ladies above named, Mrs. Dr. A.S.de Cheneva, who is the owner of a large orange and lemon grove in Hillsboro county, Florida.
  • -Lon McGill spent several days last week visiting friends in Gallipolis.
  • -Mrs. George M Gould is a present Athens visitor.
  • -Mr. Ed. Sternberger, one of Jackson's handsome young beaux, was an Athens visitor on Tuesday
  • -Miss Lizzie Stedman is having a pleasant visit with her sister, Mrs. Dr. Tinker, of Nelsonville.
  • -Our former portly and genial fellow citizen, Mr J.G. Reals, of Toledo, has been in town for several days.
  • -Mr. Sleeper, of Athens, law partner of Hon. Chas. Townsend, was in our court Monday [Marietta Times S.]
  • -Dr H.M.Lash, accompanied by Miss Lizzie Schwefel, has gone to Indianapolis with the object of obtaining a surgical appliance for the young lady above named.
  • -Mr. and Mrs W.M.Kurtz have again resumed their residence in Athens, much to the gratification of their numerous friends.
  • -Mrs. Professor D.J. Evans returned home, on Saturday, from a protracted sojourn at a health resort near Columbus in much improved sanitary conditions we are told.
  • -Mrs Ida Dicksson (nee Sheldon) of Jackson C.H., has been called home by the accident to her mother, Mrs. C.R.Sheldon, mention of which was made in last week's MESSENGER.
  • -A social caller at the MESSENGER office during the past week whom it is always a delight to welcome was Mr. Chas. Henry, one of the most favorably known and most enterprising and successful farmers of Bern.
  • -Miss Kate Higgins who has for a number of weeks been sojourning with friends in Columbus was home on a brief visit several days since, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Al. Shumaker and a friend, Mrs. Rockfield.
  • -Mrs Captain Jos. M. Dana and the venerable mother of our townsman Mr Wm. D. Bartlett have lately been ill enough to be under medical treatment. We are not definitely informed of the present condition of either before going to press.
  • -Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Woodyard, of this place, were to have left Athens yesterday for the South where Mr. W. Hopes to realize sanitary benefit, his health having for some months been much impaired. We are told that Thomasville, GA., is their destination.
  • -John G McGuffey, Esq., a prominent Columbus lawyer, and graduate of the Ohio University here, was an Athens visitor during the present week. The vast local changes that have eventuated here since his school days afforded him topic of wondering remark.
  • -Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Towsley returned Saturday night from a brief and agreeably spent wedding tour to the cities of Columbus and Cincinnati, their presence at the great musical festival in the latter city importantly contributing to the gratification of their bridal jaunt.
  • -We are immensely gratified to welcome a social call at the close of the week from our former genial and prominent townsman, Mr. H.J. Topky, of Astabula, whose striking physical vigor and mental elasticity present a fine exemplar of mons sana in corporcsano. He returned home on Monday. Mrs. Topsky who accompanied him on his visit will remain sometime longer among her former home friends here.
  • Carbondale:-Mr Chet. Six, of Nelsonville, was last week visiting old acquaintances and relatives in this place and at Marshfield.
  • West Canaan:-Daniel Mansfield is visiting friends in Missouri
  • West Canaan:-Frank Riley has just returned from visiting friends in West VA.

The Athens Messenger and Herald, September 20, 1894

  • D. Tullis and E. Merwin of Athens were recent guest of the latter's grandparents over Sunday.
  • Florence Johnson of Chillicothe is spending a few weeks with her aunt, Mrs. O. C. Calvert.
  • Clarence Jones, who has been practicing dentistry in Glouster for some time past, is at home for a two weeks' stay before returning to Baltimore to resume his studies.
  • William Hutch, Hiram Burden, D.C. and Lewis Richardson attended the funeral of Charles D. Smith at Bartlett, Washington county, Ohio, Saturday.
  • Mrs. E. Bean accompanied by H. W. Barnett and wife of Hillards were the recent guest of Owen Riley and wife of Athens.
  • D. C. and Lewis Richardson attended the national encampment of the G.A.R. at Pittsburgh last week.
  • Chauncey: Mrs. Sanner of Union Furnace visited her daughter, Mrs. Dr. U.P. White, several days of last week.
  • Chauncey: Mrs. Chas. Cable of Nelsonville spent a day last week with Mrs. Herbert Nye.
  • Frost: - Ira Barrows of this place has gone to the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors' Orphans' Home at Xenia.
  • Jacksonville: Mr. E. C. McKelvy after spending some time at Shawnee returned to her home here last week.
  • New England: Wilson Inman and wife expect to move to Pleasant Hill in a short time. We are very sorry to lose such good neighbors.
  • New England: Frank Hedges of Athens was in town Sunday afternoon.
  • New England: Ed. Ginn of Jobs is the guest of his brother James.
  • Torch: - W. H. Bingman returned home Saturday from attending the national encampment at Pittsburgh.
  • Torch: - Flossie and Bessie Richardson of Frost spent Saturday and Sunday with friends here.
  • Torch: - T. W. Tipton of Logan visited relatives here last week.
  • West Alexander: Mrs. Cynthia Townsend is making an extended visit with her daughter, Mrs. Jefferson Perry of Guysville.
  • West Alexander: W. H. Mitchell returned last Friday from a two weeks' visit with his brothers Robert and Pulski, who reside in North Michigan.
  • Woodyard: - T. W. Woodyard is making a small lake on his premises which will add greatly to the beauty of the place.
  • Woodyard: - John Lisle and wife of Pagetown were the recent guests of H. C. Brooks and wife.
  • Woodyard: - Howard Kenney has sold his farm to Frank and Edward Parker.

The Athens Messenger and Herald, September 27, 1894

  • Robt. Reeves vacated the A. O. Whaley dwelling house the first of the week, and E. C. Blake now occupies the same.
  • Beebe:W.J. Minear has recently erected a model corn barn.
  • Beebe:Rev. Carrie W. Brainard will preach at Stewart next Sunday.
  • Beebe:Harvery Allen of Little Hocking, visited relatives here last week.
  • Beebe:Miss Rosa Cook left one day last week for Pittsburg, Pa., where she goes to prepare herself for professional nursing.
  • Beebe:Frank Patten and Chas. B. Crippen attended last week the reunion of their regiment, 92nd O.V.I. at Middleport.
  • Coolville: G. R. Gunder has gone to Glouster to take charge of a barber shop there for two weeks.
  • Coolville: B. R. Evans went to Columbus Tuesday to complete his course in medicine.
  • Coolville: A. D. Carleton attended the meeting of the grand Lodge of Masons at Columbus last week.
  • Hickory Grove: Stella Nice and Grace Henderson were pleasant guests of Katie Mulligan last Sunday.
  • Hickory Grove: Jacob Schuler and family of Nelsonville were recently pleasant callers at Isaac Nice's.
  • Hickory Grove: Samuel Bearl and wife and Isaac Nice of this place attended the soldier's reunion at Middleport last week.

Mrs. Eliza Simmers and daughter, Mrs. Logan Lester, of Betsy Lane, arrived Monday night for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keeton and daughter, Thelma.
["AthensMessenger", November 28, 1929]

CHAUNCEY - Mrs. Elizabeth Simmers and daughter, Roberta, of this city, visited Thursday in Orbiston with Mrs. Edward Simmers.
["Athens Messenger", February 12, 1927 - Submitted by karstroj@sbcglobal.net, who adds: "

My Grandmother, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Sofranko Dickerson Dresher. Daughter of George Sofranko and Anna Kandalik/Kandalyk. She divorced Emmett Dickerson and re-married Vernon "Whitey" Dresher. Shortly thereafter Grandpa Emmett was killed in a coal mine. Grandma Lizzie was born July 22, 1903 Murray City, died March 09, 1986 Euclid, Ohio. Her first husband, my grandfather, Emmett Dickerson was born April 23, 1899, Huntington, Gallia Co.,OH, died November 26, 1947 Athens Co. (48d6m3d). They are both buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville, Athens. Emmett was a son of Enoch Dickerson and Elizabeth Miller. None of Enoch and Elizabeth's children lived to see the age of 50."]

John Simmers who has been here since the death of his father Edward Simmers left today for his home in Oklahoma City.
["Athens Messenger", Tuesday August 14, 1928]

CHAUNCEY, Aug. 23.--Mrs. John Simmers, Orbiston, is here visiting in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bernice Keaton.
["Athens Messenger", August 23, 1928]


"Athens Messenger", Tuesday August 14, 1928

  • Mrs. Logan Lester, Betsy Lane, Ky., who was called here by the death of her father the late Edward Simmers, left for home Sunday.

The Athens Messenger, Oct. 2, 1932

  • Mrs. M. J. Kennard returned home Thursday from Dundas, where she spent the past three weeks with her sister, Mrs. Fannie Cox, and grandson, Zelman Kennard.
  • Amesville: Mr. Earl Carpenter is moving his family into the property belonging to the Edward Woolley heirs.
  • Amesville: Mrs. Jessie Thomas attended the W.C.T.U. convention at Athens Thursday.
  • Carbondale: Mrs. Luther Hayes, Columbus, visited her father, Vance McLend, over the weekend.
  • Carbondale: John Easterling, Barberton, spent Sunday and Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Guy Lowry.
  • Carbondale: Wesley McDaniel arrived home Sunday from Charleston, W.Va., for a week's vacation.
  • Carbondale: Miss Nell and Miss Mary McCann, Jacksonville, visited Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Lowry, Saturday.
  • Carbondale: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Johnson and son, Norris, and Henry and John McLain, Barberton, were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dan McLain.
  • Coolville: Thursday evening, Mrs. G. R. Gunder, teacher in the first and second grades of the Coolville school, received a call to hasten to Columbus as her mother, Mrs. J. F. Parkins was seriously ill. She arrived at 8 o'clock and Mrs. Parkens died at 11 o'clock. Funeral will be held at Columbus Monday. Miss Thelma Goodwin, senior in Troy High School, is teaching for Mrs. Gunder in her absence.
  • Coolville: Mrs. Roy Stewart and sons, Emmett and Paul of Shawnee, Okla., who are at their summer home near Hockingport, had as guests from Friday until Monday of last week, Mrs. L. F. Corley (Ethel Stewart) and daughter, Ester Jane, and Miss Kyle Pruitt of Beaz. Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Stewart and son, Charles David, of Gallion, O. Miss Corley was returning to Delaware for her senior year in Ohio Wesleyan College. Mr. Roy Stewart is restoring the old James Stewart homestead to its former beauty and convcenience, and it is his intention to make it their permanent residence after his retirement from the railroad service in the South.
  • Coolville: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Chevalier and son, Max and Miss Stella Smith of this place and Miss Ethel Shanks of The Depot spent Sunday with Mrs. Blanche Malone of Connett.
  • Coolville: Mrs. Samuel Davis received word Thursday morning of the serious illness of her sister, Mrs. Robinson, of near Wolf's Summit, W.Va. Mrs. J. A. Humphrey left at once to help care for Mrs. Robinson, who is her aunt.
  • Coolville: Mrs. C.L. Stout of Nelsonville was a 6 o'clock dinner guest of her mother, Mrs. Marcelia Davis, Wednesday.
  • Coolville: Mr. and Mrs. John Humphrey and four children of Park, Texas, have arrived for an indefinite stay, and will probably decide to make their home in Ohio. Mr Humphrey is a native of Coolville, son of the late John and Agnes Humphrey and has made his home in the oil fields of Texas for the last 12 years.
  • Jacksonville: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Harper, of Cambridge, visited Mr and Mrs. Robert Brown, Sunday.
  • Jacksonville: A number of relatives were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Cox. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Herman Zimmers, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Dawson, Mr. and Mrs. James Morrison and son, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cox, all of Columbus.
  • Jacksonville: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cartwright of Greens Run, were Wednesday visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davis.
  • Jacksonville: Mrs. Leslie Kittle, Millfield, rural route, was a Sunday guest of Mrs. Hettie Rambo.
  • Reedsville: Mrs. Carrie Barnhart of Alliance and Mr. And Mrs. Dean Barnhart of Marietta were visitors here the early part of the week.
  • Reedsville: Arthur Buckley and family moved to South Parkersburg last week. Mr. Buckley is employed there. This week Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Rose and son, Junior, will move near Racine, where Mr. Rose is teaching. Mrs. Emma Sisson and son Lewis will move from the J. F. Brooks property into the house vacated by the Rose family; and Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Wilson and daughter, Betty Lou, will move to South Parkersburg, where Mr. Wilson is employed.
  • Reedsville: Pearl Dillon, who has been visiting in East Liverpool with relatives, has returned home.
  • Reedsville: Mrs. Elizabeth Kibble of Little Hocking was called here Monday by the illness of her sister, Miss Mary Hetner.
  • Reedsville: Miss Eva Kibble and Mrs. Ada Walters of East Liverpool visited here with friends the latter part of the week.


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