Meigs County News For The Year 1920

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Unknown Meigs County newspaper January, 1920?
[This clipping is dated in pencil "1919". It refers to a wedding occuring on December 29. I am making the assumption that the "1919" marking refers to the date of the wedding, not the date of the newspaper, which makes it likely that the article was published sometime in early January, 1920. - ed.] ORR-SAUER WEDDING Solemnized in Presence of an Assembly That Packed the Church The notable society event of the week here was the marriage Monday morning Dec. 29, of Rev. John Orr, pastor for six years of the First Presbyterian church, and Miss Mary, daughter of George Sauer of 3rd street. Miss Clara Davis played a program of music preceding the arrival of the contracting parties, which was followed by a soprano solo, "O Perfect Love," by Mrs. Hattie Fisher Smith, a cousin of the bride. Promptly at a quarter of eleven, the groom, attended by Rev. W. M. Hyde, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Pomeroy and a former classmate of the groom, approached the altar. At the same time the bride-to-be, preceded by Mrs. Carrie Stewart Besserer, matron of honor, advanced toward the altar from the front to the strains of Lohengrin's wedding march, the groom approaching from the altar. Meeting at the center of the aisle, the bride took the groom's left arm and together they marched to the altar. Here the double ring ceremony was impressively performed, Rev. Hyde pronouncing the couple husband and wife. As Miss Davis played Mendelssohn's wedding march Mr. and Mrs. Orr marched down the aisle toward the door, followed by the matron of honor and Rev. Hyde. The bride wore a white satin dress draped with white georgette, a white veil and carried a shower bouquet of Brides roses and lilies of the valley. Mrs. Besserer was gowned in gray charmeuse and silver cloth, wore a picture hat and carried Aaron Ward roses. The church was beautifully decorated to represent a winter scene. The pulpit was encircled with northern balsam from which were suspended imitation icicles, while the altar was wreathed in smilax covered with ice. The church as a whole was a faithful representation of a typical winter scene, which with subdued electric lights presented a very beautiful appearance. The house was filled to its capacity by an assemblage of friends and neighbors whose every wish was for the happiness of the worthy couple. To their new field of endeavor they both carry the very best wishes of a wide circle of friends. They were whisked down to the home of the Stewart sisters from which place the bride's brother-in-law, John Blaettnar, hurried them to Rutland where they took the train for Columbus. They will go to Washington and New York, and returning by way of Niagara Falls, will reach Howell, Mich., where a furnished residence awaits them. Rev. Orr will preach at the Howell Presbyterian church on Sunday morning next. It goes without saying that they are a worthy couple. The bride grew into her young womanhood at this place and is beloved by all our people. She is very competent and companinable (sic), is a fine pianist, was soprano soloist of the church choir, an ardent and capable Sunday school and church worker and will fit nicely into the life of her companion. Truly they are well mated. Rev. Orr is one of the strongest pulpit speakers Middleport has ever had. He is a profound scholar, a deeply conscientious and religious gentleman and will prove himself a [t]ower of strength to the Howell Presbyterian church. May he and his be happy and prosperous in their new field of labor.

Unknown Meigs County newspaper March?, 1920
OBITUARY Hal Chalfan Bowles, son of J. F. and Emma Bowles, was born at Dexter, Ohio, March 31, 1890, and died at Wheeling, W. Va., March 26, 1920, aged 29 years, 11 months, and 26 days. He was educated in the schools of Dexter and at the Ohio University at Athens, where he spent seven years fitting himself for the higher duties of citizenship, graduating in 1913. The following five years he spent in Escanaba, Mich., Minneapolis, Minn., and Cleveland, Ohio, as a professor of science and athletics, resigning the latter position to take up mining engineering with the Richland mines at Wheeling, W. Va., where the last two short years of his life were spent. On the 30th of June, 1914, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Belford at Parkersburg, W. Va., who survives him to mourn her loss. He united with the Church of Christ in Dexter August 26, 1914, and received his baptism in the waters of Leading creek on the morning of the day he left for Minneapolis to begin his educational work. He has lived a clean, consistent Christian life and it is confidently felt that he will reap the reward. In just one more day he was to have been promoted to the position of assistant general manager of the Richland Co., backed by millions of wealth, and whose lines of boats [clipping ends here]

Pomeroy newspaper June 23, 1920
Annual Exercises Held In Portland: Supt. G.W. Crow Delivers Address The Class consisted of five candidates. They were Miss Ruth Browning, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.E. Browning; Miss Fannie Henderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Henderson. Miss Henderson was honored by the presence of her brother Earl who recently took the teacher's examination at Ravenswood; Miss Kathryn Decker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. El Decker; Miss Dorothy Longsworth of the township and Mr. Charles Slaughter, the oldest son of Jim Slaughter of this place. At eight o'clock the Class marched into the M.E. Church and took their places at the rostrum. Supt. Crow paused at the conclusion of his address to bestow honors on Mrs. R.V. Jones, Mrs. El Decker, and Mrs. J.C. Price for their work on behalf of the honored ones. District Supt. Karr was in charge of the program. The invocation was given by Rev. H.E. Warner. [trans. - Some of the teachers who taught there at the time were A.L. Paynter, R.G. Will, Martha Price, Anna Wiseman, Edith Carson, Pearl Hill, and Gladys Christy.] [Transcribed by Donald Hahn]

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