Bits of This and That from 1895

(04/25/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated as indicated.

9/10/1895
A few days ago a beautiful and blushing maid from the country brought some chickens to Wiant & Barr’s store to sell or exchange for goods.  They were securely tied by the feet and she placed them up on the produce counter.  “Crow” Stump, the bashful clerk, stepped around to the counter and smilingly asked: “Do you think they will lay there?”  ‘To which the blushing maid replied: “No, they are all roosters.”  “Crow” has not smiled since.

9/10/1895
Balloon Ascensions and Parachute Leaps at the Calhoun County Fair.  A thrilling, sensational and attractive feature.  When at an altitude of several thousand feet Prof. Trainor will jump from the balloon and descend to the ground in the presence of all.

9/17/1895
Peter Hicks, the barber, has been drawn on the pettit jury for the next term of the court.  He is the first colored man ever drawn on a jury in this county.

9/24/1895
George McKee, the oldest barber in the State, went to the Pennsboro fair this week.  It was the first time in his life that he ever road on a railroad.  When the train got to going about 40 miles an hour he got scared and grabbed hold of the seat, and refused to let go.  When the train entered the first tunnel he thought it was kingdom come with him and as the train shot into daylight he was found on his knees praying like a good fellow.  It was the first time ever tried to pray.  He said to a fellow passenger that if he ever got back to Parkersburg alive no one would ever again get him in such a fix.  George is 107 years old and remembers well the big snow storm of July 4th, 1802.  He is still very spry for his age. - Parkersburg Sentinel


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