The towboat CHEVALIER is in the foreground. The names on the packets behind are unreadable.
Low Water (2 feet) in Ohio River, (1895) at Irontown, Ohio
From the James E. York Post Card Collection


From
The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio
Wednesday, April, 28 1897


The Standard Accident Insurance Company paid Capt. B. J. Malone $150
last Thursday for a dislocated ankle.

Column 6 MARINE A half-starved, half-naked negro flood sufferer at Memphis was given two dollars to buy something to eat with. In less than half an hour he was seen in a ranch on the levee: He never gave his stomach thought, but went and spent the money To buy a banjo, and he sung: "Come an' hug yo' honey. The JOS. WALTON, of which John Kober, formerly of Pomeroy, is mate, is towing coal from Cairo to St. Louis. Peter Kober is also on the same boat. As yet there has been received no order at Cincinnati from the Civil Service Commission for an examination of applicants for the position being temporarily filled by Capt. Horton, on the GOLDENROD. The IDA SMITH, which has been in the Parkersburg and Long Bottom trade, has entered the Little Kanawha trade and will divide the business with the Hilton. A passenger war is on. A little more on IDA SMITH" The VESPER, which was sunk by the ice at Gallipolis, last winter, is to be rebuilt at the Pomeroy boat yard this summer. More on VESPER The hull was brought up last evening by the MARY L. HATCHER and work will probably begin this week. A bit more on the MARY L. HATCHER. The JOHN C. FISHER brought down a raft of timber for John Genheimer, the planing mill man, yesterday. The report comes from Cincinnati that Capt. Gamble, of Marietta, has decided to place the WILL J. CUMMINGS in the Pittsburg and Cincinnati trade. If this is true, there will likely be some very lively times along the river. The Cummings is now at Marietta.
DEATH OF ENGINEER EPH. AUMILLER At eight o'clock Sunday morning, Engineer Ephraim Aumiller, of the steamboat JESSIE, answered his last stopping bell and safely moored his craft in the have of the great beyond. His death took place at his home at Racine, after a brief illness, surrounded by the members of his family. Deceased was probably as well known in river circles as any steam-boatman in Meigs County. He was born on Horse Cave Creek, in this county, in 1833, and was on the river before he was twenty years of age. During his 44 years of service he navigated the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers from mouth to source. His reputation has always been that of a first-class engineer, shrewd, carefull and far-seeing, and through all the years of his service no man was ever injured in any way by the fault of the engineer. He had a chief engineer's license forty years old, and a pilot's and master's license. Nearly 20 years ago he was Captain of the steamer W. H. HARRISON, running between Parkersburg and Gallipolis. At the time of Cleveland's first term he was appointed postmaster at Racine and for the time being retired from the river, but again succumbed to the allurements of river life and went back to his first love. He was taken sick in the engine room of the Jessie just a week before his death. He leaves a wife and several grown-up children.
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Capt. James Summers went out Friday as engineer on the
Jessie, in place of Eph. Aumiller,
who was at his home at Racine dangerously ill.

Capt. James Summers, aged 66 years, brother of Engineer Frank Summers,
of this city, who was run down by a street car at Gallipolis last
Wednesday evening.  His right are was broken and he was badly bruised
about the face.

The new marine law which makes it a punishable offense for steamboatmen
to drink while on duty is being vigorously enforced by the U. S. local
inspectors.  These officers have the power to revoke the license of any man
infringing the law.  As a consequence, and it is a wise provision, steam
vessels in future will be navigated only by temperate crews, but the law
will also have the effect of banishing the bar-room from steamers, thus
removing another feature of old time river travel.

Last year the several steamboats trading on the Ohio carried 2,376,659
passengers without a single fatality, a record that has never been equaled
elsewhere in the country.

Capt. Nye came down ahead of his boat Monday and spent
a few hours with his family.

THE BURNING OF THE JOHN D. LEWIS The towboat, JOHN D. LEWIS, owned by Capt. J. F. Beatty, of Paducah, Kentucky, burned to the water's edge last Wednesday morning, February 17, at Livingston's Point, three miles above Louisville. the boat was values at $36,000; insurance $5,000. RIVER OBSTRUCTIONS The work of improving the Ohio River has taken a new turn, and one that will cause general satisfaction among river and coal men. Notice has been issued to the effect that the Secretary of War will require the removal of some piers of the bridges in the vicinity of Bellaire. The piers condemned are at the Steubenville and Bellaire Bridges. The channel pier of the Steubenville Bridge will be removed, so as to lengthen the channel span, and the pier on the West Virginia side of the Bellaire Bridge will likewise be removed for similar reasons. These piers have caused many accidents to steamboats and coal fleets, especially the pier at the latter bridge, and many a man has lost a fortune by the loss of floating property being carried against these obstructions.
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