Ayers of Revere was a pleasant caller in town on Friday. He has
leased a suite of rooms in the Peoples Bank building and will soon move his
family to this place. We are glad to have these estimable people in our midst.
The Newcomer Brothers of Clarksburg, agents for Overland
Automobile Co., were here last week on business, returning to Clarksburg on Friday night. They drove a fine
Practically the entire village of Newton
is affected by an epidemic of smallpox. Lomar Jarvis is said to have carried the
disease to the Roane
County village from Blue
Creek. Officials went to the mountain town and found 100 cases, some of which
are of a rather virulent form.
The gasoline packet Return made a trip to Glenville on Sunday,
bearing a large crowd of excursionists. A fine trip was reported by all who
went. It is said that George Barr, Oral Hathaway and “Swifty” Hamilton did not
go altogether for the sake of the boat ride, but for other attractions in
“This is your life, Minnie Blanche Hamilton” came as a big
surprise to that esteemed lady at the meeting of Grantsville Civic Club on
Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Logan McDonald.
Family and friends surprised her with their presence, and all
told their favorite Minnie story, all full of the good humor that has been a
characteristic of this person all her life.
Minnie, or more formally, Miss Minnie B. Hamilton, has served as
Calhoun’s public health nurse for many years. As Mrs. Harry Holliday, mistress
of ceremonies said of her, “You have used the hypodermic needle on our children,
on our grandchildren, and everybody else’s children in the county from Frozen
Run to Pine Alley.
“You gave advice before they were born and visited them and
advised them after they were born. Your name has been synonymous with service to
all of Calhoun
County. Whenever and
wherever there was illness, you were there to help. You have collected clothes
for the needy and helped many patients leaving for the sanitarium, and have done
many things beyond the call of duty.”
That was about the most serious speech of the evening. The
honoree’s reputation for playing all kinds of jokes, and a picture of a happy
family life were predominant. There were 15 in the family of John M. and Minnie
Cook Hamilton, and six are still living.
Her three brothers and two sisters made special trips here to be
sure to take part in the pro-gram, along with other members of the family and
friends. Dr. Page Hamilton
of Logan recalled how hard
his elder sister Minnie scrubbed his ears when she helped get her younger
brothers and sisters ready for Sunday school. Dr. Richard Hamilton of St. Marys
brought along sulfur and matches as a reminder of a childhood incident.
A sister, Hope Fetty of Washington, reminded her of the time Minnie
tried on her sister’s engagement ring only to have to go and have it filed off
when it became stuck. Another sister, Mary Morgan of Bridgeport, along with her
brother, John Hamilton of Grantsville, a sister-in-law, Nelle Hamilton, and a
nephew, Victor Hamilton, all had their favorite stories to relate.
Eleanor Wise of Weston, a former Calhoun public health nurse,
and Lenore Booher, secretary in the local health office for many years, also had
their stories to tell.