OLD NEWS: 1895 - Cider, Mad Dogs, Razors, Worthless Wag


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.


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.


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.

MCKEE, 107, RIDES A RAILROAD (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 he 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.


A great excitement was created in this town Saturday morning by the announcement that there was a mad dog in the streets, and that he was snapping and biting everything that came in his reach.

No sooner was the alarm turned in than a large force of men and boys, armed with shot guns, Winchester rifles, clubs, axes, etc. gave chase, and finally succeeded in killing him, but not, however, until he had bitten two other canines, one of which was Attorney Blizzards fine St. Bernard.

Several persons barely escaped being bitten. A.W. Hallenbake coming the nearest, according to his own statement he was within a half a hairs breadth of the dog's teeth when they came together with a crash.

Another case of rabies was reported from Barnes' run. A dog is said to have bitten some hogs, a few geese, and a man. We are told that the man was trying to tie the dog up when he got the bite.


Last Sunday about 3 o'clock Dept. Sheriff Joe Jarvis and two guards came into town with George Cadle, a boy by the name of Truman and another by the name of Douglas and lodged them in jail to serve a ten days sentence.

The boys had been picnicking at the mouth of Stinson last Saturday and had taken on just a little too much hard cider.

There was no special harm in the cider, but they got to flourishing revolvers, razors and the like.

WORTHLESS WAG STEALS MELONS - Tom and Sarah Towsan were brought to town by special constables Lynch and Greathouse last Thursday evening and lodged in jail on a commitment from I.B. Starcher of Richardson.

Tom was committed for thirty days with a provisio that if the fine and costs were not paid by that time he should have ten additional days to linger in the cooler and think on his ways, and by that time there will be but few melons or vines left for him to steal or destroy.

Our information is that melon stealing and vine destroying, coupled with his general reputation for being a worthless wag, is what he was sent up for.

And Sarah got ten days for adultery. We are informed by Jailor Blackshere that the girl claims she is innocent of the charge... In short it sounds like this: "I'm not gilty of nothint and tha node the man es well es tha node me."

- Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle.