From Camille Ammerman , Winnipeg, MB, Canada

I have collected items which appeared primarily in the "Daily State Journal" of Parkersburg W. Va., in the mid-late 1880s. Often a column appeared under the heading "River News". As I photocopied the items from the microfilmed newspapers, the items are verbatim, spelling warts and all.

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LDS DOCUMENTS, PART 2
1879 - 1883


Source: LDS Microfilm No. 0192985, Vol. 11, No. 42 (1879-1882), "The Ravenswood News", Ravenswood, Jackson county W. Va.

Issue dated Thursday, 18 September 1879:
"Murrayville. Capt. (Andrew J.) Flesher has procured the license of a steamboat pilot."

Source: LDS Microfilm No. 0192985, Vol. 11, No. 42 (1879-1882), "The Ravenswood News", Ravenswood, Jackson county W. Va.

Issue dated Thursday, 6 May 1880:
"We learn that the 'Emma Graham' will take passengers to the Wheeling Convention next Monday, for $5, the round trip."

Issue dated Thursday, 16 September 1880:
"Charles Page, engineer of the ferry boat, which plies between Williamstown and Marietta, got caught in the machinery last Friday and was badly crushed about the head and arm."

Issue dated Thursday, 11 November 1880:
"River Matter. Sayre's new model barge is lying at Willow Grove, partially loaded with produce for the South. Mr. Sayre has christened it for his better-half and last Wednesday had Mat and Henry Latham paint 'MEHALY SAYRE' on both sides of it in twenty-four inch letters."



Issue dated Thursday, 6 January 1881:
"Murrayville. A. J. Flesher has a boat load of coal here which he is disposing of at six cents per bushel."

Issue dated Thursday, 24 March 1881:
"Murrayville. A. J. Flesher continues to make things lively at the Boat yard."

"W. A. Parsons was a passenger on the 'Chesapeake' Tuesday for Ripley Landing where he disembarked and moved out to our county seat. He has disposed of his Parkersburg property and will reengage in the practice of law in this county."

Issue dated Thursday, 12 May 1881:
"The wife of Capt. Maddy, of the Str. 'Chesapeake', died Thursday, in Pomeroy, at the residence of John Probst, her father. She had been sick but a day or two, and her death was very unexpected."

Issue dated Thursday, 19 May 1881:
"F. Leon Clerc was a passenger on the 'Stockdale', Saturday, for Parkersburg. He will visit New York before he returns."


Issue dated Thursday, 26 May 1881:
"In our meanderings this week we ran across Capt. Marion Flesher of the old 'Mattie Roberts'. He is looking extremely well and is now engaged on the 'Jacob Hornbrook', a tow-boat."

Issue dated Thursday, 2 June 1881:
"The 'Salt Valley' is 'tied up' at Gallipolis. She is probably financially busted."

"The 'Graham' came up Monday with a fair trip. She didn't think she would get to Pittsburgh this trip, on account of low water. She is due down this evening."

Issue dated Thursday, 11 August 1881:
"The 'Chesapeake' is now on the dock, at Point Pleasant and is receiving a general overhauling."

The tow boat, 'Joseph Stone', and barges are in port at the Count Rock, she not being able to get through Sand Creek ripple."

"The crew of the 'Jos. A. Stone', now lying at the foot of the ripple, have remarked the 'count rock' and also left their autograph and date on an adjacent large rock, in plain snowy-white letters."

"The 'Chancellor' passed down yesterday afternoon instead of the 'Andes'. Ira Graham is her Clerk."

"William Knox, the boat builder, is lying very ill at his home in Harmar."

Issue dated Thursday, 18 August 1881:
"Came Near Finding a Watery Grave. On Saturday evening last Ferriman Fleming, our wharfmaster, with his four little children, was driving his mare in a buggy down to the river to water, when the breeching broke and let the buggy run forward onto the mare which so frightened her that she made a lunge into the water, taking the buggy and its occupants into about ten feet of water, where the horse got loose from the vehicle and made its way out, and all the occupants went down, when Mr. Fleming grabbed hold his baby - which is under a year old and tossed it to near the shore, and in some way, (not now known by him), succeeded in getting the other three safely to shore. It was a hard matter, we learn, to infuse life into the baby as it was almost dead when taken from the water. We are indeed happy the affair was no worse and that we are not called upon to chronicle any deaths from the accident."

Issue dated Thursday, 8 September 1881:
"A. J. Flesher, Jr., while in town Monday, was taken sick with a severe chill, accompanied with some fever. He has been having chills for some time."

Issue dated Thursday, 22 September 1881:
"The heavy rains of last Friday and Saturday instilled new life into river men, farmers, and in fact, all people, but the former felt that there was a prospect of being released from their long confinement to the banks here and there, along the Ohio, and bustled around marking preparations to shove out, but all to no purpose, as the river after rising between one and two feet, commenced receding Sunday evening."

"It is rumored that the cause for the departure of the 'Newman' from this trade was that friends of Kesterson, a man recently drowned while in her employ, are about to bring suit for damages."

"The little Steamer 'Joe Newman', killed herself in this trade by charging such exhorbitant prices and had to slide out last week, leaving us without any boat whatever."

"The barge of staves which has been aground at Sand Creek ripple, got off Sunday, last, there being a sufficient swell in the river."

"The 'Favorite' passed down Tuesday, she being the first boat, of any description, passing this point for several days."

"Thorn & Stone have just completed their large barge, and now have her all set. It is a regular 'daisy'."

Issue dated Thursday, 29 September 1881:
"River Item. A. J. Flesher, Murrayville, launched another Model Barge, Tuesday evening. It was built for John Sayre at Letart."

Issue dated Thursday, 6 October 1881:
"River Item. While looking over the Letart items in the 'Visitor' of the 10th, I notice the report of a man wading the Falls on September 8th, 1881, and in which your correspondent claims that it had never been done before. Your correspondent is, however, slightly mistaken, for it has been done before, viz: just 62 years ago by Daniel Sayre, better known as old Sandy Dan. He informed your correspondent of the fact some seven or eight years ago, and claimed that was the only man who had ever waded Letart Falls. Strange as it may seem, the man who accomplished the perilous feat on September 8th was Daniel Sayre, grandson of the Daniel Sayre who performed the feat first, 62 years ago. ('Correspondent Visitor')."

Issue dated Thursday, 3 November 1881:
"River Item. Capt. Edwards retains his interest in the 'Wall City', and will command her. Charley Crow and J. E. Wilkinson have charge of the office."


Issue dated Thursday, 12 Janury 1882:
"Capt. Hiram Young, local inspector of steamboats, reports 101 steamers inspected during the year 1881, classified as follows: fifty-one passenger, 18 ferry and 32 towing, aggregating 14,370.49 tons. Inspectors fees for the same $2,859.95. Four hundred and twenty-eight officers were licensed, graded as follows: 146 masters, all but 19 having pilot licenses endorsed thereon; 47 mates; 30 first and 30 inferior grade pilots; 92 first and 82 inferior grade engineers; license fees amounting to $3,840. Six steamers have gone out of the service, measuring 792.87 tons, while 17 have been added to the same, measuring 1,827.94 tons. - '(Wheeling) Intelligencer'."

Issue dated Thursday, 9 February 1882:
"Steamboating at Fairmont. Fairmont, January 27. - The steamboat 'Harry' arrived here, this afternoon, at half-past four o'clock, having made the trip from Morgantown, about thirty miles, in less than seven hours. Many citizens of Morgantown, including a band of music, were aboard. A much larger boat, the 'M. C. Knox', started at the same time, but could not get over the Little Falls, and turned back. Hundreds of our citizens were at the river, and greeted the little craft at the head of navigation."

"Murrayville. The Str. 'Sonoma' makes daily trips from this place of Parkersburg; the crew on her are accommodating gentlemen."

Source: LDS Microfilm No. 0205532, Vol. 1, No. 1 (23 Jul 1883) - Vol. 1, No. 137 (31 Dec 1883), "The Daily State Journal", Parkersburg, Wood county W. Va.

Issue dated Thursday, 12 January 1882:
"River Item. Russ Chaney stopped off Tuesday, on the up trip of the 'Hibernia', to see his family. He is now chief cook of that steamer."

Issue dated Thursday, 9 February 1882:
"Murrayville. Capt. Newt Flesher is commanding chief on the 'Hornbrook'."

Issue dated Thursday, 21 March 1882:
"Murrayville. A. J. Flesher is carrying on a biz. lively at the boat yard."

Issue dated Thursday, 13 April 1882:
"Murrayville. A. J. Flesher is working a great many hands at the Boat Yard, just what makes our little town lively."

Issue dated Tuesday, 24 July 1883:
"The 'Scioto'-'Lomas' Case. The twelfth day, yesterday, of this celebrated trial was taken up entirely with witnesses in behalf of the defense. The first witness was Capt. John Fehrenbach, of Cincinnati, who as an expert was examined in regard to hypothetical cases. He contradicted, pointblank, the testimony of B. Jackson Long, the pilot of the 'Lomas', who in his testimony in Wheeling stated that he was running fifty yards from Mingo island in the channel.

"Joseph Alexander, the well known pilot, testified as to the current at the place of the accident.

"Benj. F. Hall, of Williamstown, testified in favor of Kellar as a skillful pilot."

Issue dated Tuesday, 24 July 1883:
"The 'Scioto'-'Lomas' Case. In yesterday's roceedings there was but little of public interest. Captain Fehrenbetch being recalled, testified in regard to Lang's former testimony.

"Casper Cilles testified as to a conversation with Long, in which he stated that he was not the regular pilot and was a little rattled.

"Other witnesses testified as to the management of the 'Lomas' as well as the good character of Kellar, the pilot of the 'Scioto'.

"It will be a protracted case and the end is yet afar off."

Issue dated Friday, 3 August 1883:
"Charley Caldwell, the Parkersburg temperance apostle, was a passenger on the 'Telegraph', Monday, and exhibited his fly skating rink to parties on the shore. - 'Ravenswood News'."

Issue dated Wednesday, 22 August 1883:
"River Runnings. The 'Elaine' went up to Pittsburgh this morning towing a flat in which she had alll her freight. It was a funny conglomeration of boxes, barrels, old furniture, lumber, merchandise, wagons, trunks, iron, rags, salt and other stuff too numerous to mention."

"River Runnings. The 'Oneida' brought down the Kanawha three barges of R. R. ties last night for the O. R. R. R."

"River Runnings. The 'Elaine' went up to Pittsburgh this morning towing a flat in which she had alll her freight. It was a funny conglomeration of boxes, barrels, old furniture, lumber, merchandise, wagons, trunks, iron, rags, salt and other stuff too numerous to mention."

"River Runnings. The 'Oneida' brought down the Kanawha three barges of R. R. ties last night for the O. R. R. R."

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