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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Outdoor 12

Oct. and Nov. 1884

Souce: LDS Microfilm No. 0205534, Vol. 2, No. 128 (1 Jul 1884) - Vol. 3, No. 136 (31 Dec 1884), "The Daily State Journal", Parkersburg, Wood county W. Va. - Month of October

Issue dated Wednesday, 1 October 1884:
"The 'Courier' Libeled. The Third Boat of the Wheeling and Parkersburg Company Tied Up. Wheeling 'Intelligencer'. Yesterday the side wheel steamer 'Courier', at present laid up at the foot of Fourteenth street, was libeled before Hannibal Forbes, Esq., of the United States Court, by Frank Booth. The 'Intelligencer' intimated yesterday morning in its account of the libeling of the 'Diurnal' and the 'Regular' that such would be the case. The 'Courier', like the 'Regular', was libeled by Mr. Booth, the surviving member of C. H. Booth & Sons, for supplies furnished and not paid for. The three boats belonging to the Wheeling & Parkersburg Transportation company are now in the hands of the U.S. Marshal and will probably be sold at an early day. Those posted, say that the proceeds of the sale will barely cover the debts of the Company that under the admiralty law have to be paid first, and therefore nothing will be left for the damage suits brought on account of the 'Scioto' disaster. As stated yesterday, the Company is practically wound up. Some of the members, it is thought, will form a syndicate to purchase one of the steamers and continue it in the Parkersburg trade."

Issue dated Wednesday, 1 October 1884:
"Capt. Hod Knowles was in the city yesterday."

Issue dated Wednesday, 1 October 1884:
"Mrs. W. H. Small sailed on the steamer 'Servia' for Europe to-day. Mrs. Small has been visiting friends in Baltimore for a short while back."

Issue dated Saturday, 4 October 1884:
"River. The river at Pittsburgh to-day measures six feet, here we have two feet of water in the channel. This rise is likely to be the last of such extremely low water as we have been having for some time past.

"Boats will now be run between this point and Marietta. The Ravenswood packet, the 'Harry D. Knox', will also be placed in her regular trade.

"There is a little boat on the Monongahela river by the name of 'James G. Blaine'. It is the property of Captain Michael Cox.

"Capt. C. P. Leavitt, of the 'General Dawes' leaves for his home in Parkersburg to-night to see that new boy.

"Capt. E. P. Chancellor, of the 'W. N. Chancellor', expects to leave for Wheeling to-morrow. 'Cin. Times-Star'.

"The 'Oneida' will be brought down from Wheeling next week.

"The owners of the 'Chesapeake', plying in St. John's River, it is said have refused three offers of $32,000 for her. They intend running her themselves, and prospects are good for reaping a golden harvest.

"Captain Wm. List, late commander of the 'St. Lawrence', has gone into the banking business at Wheeling and been elected President of the Commercial Bank. of that city.

"In his speech to the members of the Chamber of Commerce at Cincinnati, Mr. Blaine mentioned that he had made fifteen trips from Pittsburg to Cincinnati by steamboat before he was twenty-one years old.

(Dave - Mr. James G. Blaine was the Republican candidate in the 1884 U.S. Presidential Election race - he was U.S. senator from Maine and lost to Grover Cleveland. - Camille).

"Jonas Watkins, the negro roustabout who murdered Mate Joe Caffrey, of the 'Will S. Hayes', on the 13th of April last at Greenville, Miss., while the boat was lying at the landing transacting business, has been captured at St. Louis.

"On Wednesday the farmers of West Virginia, having business on this side, were fording the Ohio River in wagons and carriages, where the water in February stood sixty feet above the low water mark. - 'Marietta Register'."

Issue dated Monday, 6 October 1884:
"The 'Harry D. Knox' came up to-day loaded to the guards with visitors to see Blaine."

Issue dated Tuesday, 7 October 1884:
"The Steamer 'Oneida'. '(Wirt) Transcript'. The extensive repairs and alterations which the Steamer 'Oneida' has been undergoing, are now completed, and the boat will be back in her old trade as soon as we have any water. The stern of the boat has been entirely changed, and two feet added to her length, diminishing her draught about four or five inches. A new shaft and wheel have been put on, the new wheel carrying eighteen inches longer buckets than the old one, and having one more bucket, being about twelve inches in diameter. She has new cylinder timbers and heaters, the latter being placed directly over the cylinder in a vertical, instead of a horizontal, position, as usual. Her boiler has been reset and new stacks put up, of larger size, with handsome tops, adding greatly to her appearance. She has been newly painted, inside and out, and a new carpet put down in her cabin. Her decreased draught and increased speed make her much better fitted for the Kanawha trade than ever before. She will run, as before, in the daily trade, doing no towing."

Issue dated Wednesday, 8 October 1884:
"The showers to-day were much needed. The river is rising rapidly and tow boats are getting up."

Issue dated Wednesday, 8 October 1884:
"The steamer 'Hibernia' commences her regular trips to-morrow between this point and Middleport, O. There is now 4 feet, 6 inches of water in the channel and falling."

Issue dated Thursday, 9 October 1884:
"On the resumption of navigation there will be a new combination on the upper Ohio. The steamer 'W. N. Chancellor' will make two trips from Charleston to Parkersburg and Marietta, commencing with the steamer 'C. W. Batchelor' and the new Ohio River railroad for Wheeling and Pittsburgh. The 'Chancellor' will leave Charleston every Monday and Thursday and the 'Batchelor' will leave Pittsburgh on the same days, connecting at Parkersburg on Tuesdays and Fridays. - 'Cin. times-Star'."

Issue dated Thursday, 9 October 1884:
"The 'St. Lawrence' Sold. Wheeling 'Intelligencer'. The well-known and popular side-wheeler, 'St. Lawrence', has been sold to the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, Big Sandy and Pomeroy Packet Company for $30,000, including her good will and day. Surveyor Beach yesterday made out the bill of sale, and Capt. Billy List left with it for Cincinnati last evening. It is understood that she is to be placed in the Cincinnati and Portsmouth trade in place of the 'Bonanza', which was recently destroyed by fire at Cincinnati. By the sale of the 'St. Lawrence', the last large side wheel boat is withdrawn from these waters. For some time past Capt. List has been desirous of retiring from the river, and his recent election to the office of President of the Commercial Bank, made vacant by the death of Capt. Charlie Booth, offered him the opportunity he desired. The 'St. Lawrence' will be missed from these waters. Ever since she was built she has been a favorite on account of her speed and general elegance. Many a gay ecursion party has filled her cabin and enjoyed her hospitality. It is possible that the company to which she has been sold will run the 'Ohio' in her place in this trade."

Issue dated Thursday, 9 October 1884:
"The snagboat 'E. A. Woodruff' has done little work above Cincinnati this season, having been prevented from so doing by the low water. The importance of a much lighter snagboar than the 'Woodruff' is becoming more and more apparent. The river for some 250 to 300 miles below here is full of obstructions; pilots say it has not been in as bad condition for years. It is to be hoped that Col. Merrill will realize the great importance of a lighter snagboat. - 'Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette'."

Issue dated Saturday, 11 October 1884:
"The river here is still falling.

"The Ravenswood wharfboat sprung a leak Thursday night and sunk, but has since been pumped out and raised.

"Charley Ripley, of Cheshire, who purchased Elmer Varian's one-eighth in the 'Hibernia', the other day, for which he paid $1,000, and Henry Brookhart, of Belpre, will be the 'Hibernia's pilots when navigation opens up."

Issue dated Saturday, 11 October 1884:
"The project of having the United States Government to buy out the Monongahela Navigation Company and assume control of the same is strongly advocated in coal and towboat circles. Indeed, some of the coal men go so far as to claim that the future of the river coal trade depends largely on this; that in order to successfully meet competition in the down river coal markets, they must have cheaper tolls."

Issue dated Tuesday, 14 October 1884:
"The wife of Capt. Ed. Knox, the proprietor of the Harmar wharf-boat, died Monday after a lingering illness."

Issue dated Saturday, 18 October 1884:
"What We Need. A Point Pleasant dispatch says: Assistant United States Engineer Thomas D. Jefferies, of the Kanawha Improvement Commission, while here established a water gauge at Henderson, W. Va., opposite this place. The new gauge shows the depth of water on Guyon, and is to take the place of the old gauge at this place, which has become useless on account of the heavy sediment which has settled upon it. The new gauge is directly in front of Hutchinson & Co.'s boat store. It is their intention to keep it in front of their store for the benefit of Ohio and Kanawha steamboatmen."

Issue dated Monday, 20 October 1884:
"Boats at Peace. Pittsburgh 'Times'. Captain J. T. Stockdale returned yesterday from Wheeling, where he went to attend the meeting of the representatives of the Wheeling and Cincinnati packets. The result of the meeting was the adjustment of rates and the conclusion of arrangements which will enable them to work in harmony with the Pittsburg and Cincinnati packets during the ensuing season. There will be four boats from Pittsburg, this number being required to fill dates. The boats have all been put in fine condition, and will be able to accommodate the traveling public better than any preceding season. The amicable understanding ends a rate war which has been waged with more or less vigor for several years."

Issue dated Wednesday, 22 October 1884:
"Elizabethan Echoes. The Demonstration of the Democracy at Elizabeth Last Night. The steamer 'Oneida', bearing the Democratic excursionists to Elizabeth left Parkersburg about two o'clock and, notwithstanding predictions to the contrary, landed her passengers at the first dam this side of their destination about 5:30. Here the Young Men's Democratic Club formed in line and marched over the hill, crossed the ferry and then into town. Making a circuit of the Court Square they were halted, divided into two detachments, and marched off to supper."

Issue dated Thursday, 23 October 1884:
"A. J. Slaven, of the steamer 'Emma Graham', was in the city yesterday on business connected with his boat. He reports the steamer 'Knox' as doing a good business in the Ravenswood and Parkersburg trade, with Capt. Knowles and John Brookhart as chief officers. - 'Wheeling Intelligencer'."

Issue dated Saturday, 25 October 1884:
"It is reported that Frank Anderson, a mate on the 'Rosedale' was drowned while attempting to swim the river at this point last night... "Huntington Chronicle'."

"There might be a run of barge coal before November 1. October is one of the uncertain months. There were coal runs during June and July amounting to several millions of bushels. The last run reported in one of the 'wideawake' morning papers was made in May - 'Pittsburgh Times'."

"U.S. Engineer Col. Wm. E. Merrill, and Capt. King, of the dredge boat 'Iron King', have been doing some efficient work, removing some huge stones from the channel near the Gallipolis Island and the old barge near Kanawha bar, and are still engaged at similar work at Raccoon Island."

"Captain E. Maddy, of the 'Chesapeake', writes to Capt. Eli Mauck, of Cincinnati, and says his boat recently ran from Palatka to Jacksonville on the St. John's River, Florida, in four hours and seven minutes. It is the fastest time on record on that stream."

"A water prophet predicts a rise in the Ohio by the 1st of November.

"The 'Harry D. Knox' is doing good work in the Ravenswood and Parkersburg trade.

"The Kanawha packets have a booming trade."

Issue dated Monday, 27 October 1884:
"No rise yet. River awfully low. Business on the levee dull. The 'Jim Montgomery' and the 'C. C. Martin', are the only packets now running.

"Al. Ball, who is the clerk of the 'C. C. Martin', has gone into the meat business at Elizabeth.

"The 'Harry D. Knox' has made the last trip to Ravenswood until there is a rise in the river. She tied up Saturday morning."

Issue dated Monday, 27 October 1884:
"Capt. Hod. Knowles and Capt.(John) Jno. H. Brookhart, of the steamer 'Harry D. Knox', left their packet here and returned to Hockingport Saturday."

"All Aboard for Elizabeth. Elizabeth is to be ablaze with Republican enthusiasm to-morrow evening. It is to be the day of the campaign with the people of Wirt. The City Band of this city has been engaged for the occasion, and a number of speakers from Parkersburg are also going up. A number of the members of the Young Men's Escort Club, and also of the Veterans Guards will accompany them by special invitation. The steamer 'C. C. Martin' has been chartered for the trip, and leaves the wharf to-morrow morning at 11 o'clock sharp. All the members of the Young Men's Escort Club and those of the Veteran Guards who can possible do so, should prepare to go."

"Our steamers, except the 'Montgomery' can go no further up the river than Palestine, on account of the water having been drawn out of the upper to supply the lower pools. The 'Montgomery', however, goes through to the Springs. - 'Wirt Transcript'."

"Capt. E. P. Chancellor left to-day for Charleston on business. He will bring out his steamer in the old trade as soon as the dust is sufficiently laid in the river."

Issue dated Monday, 27 October 1884:
"It may be of interest to many readers to know that Capt. E. B. Cooper, one of the oldest and most popular of river men, has retired from the exciting 'life on the ocean wave', and will in the future welcome his friends to his hospitable home on the beautiful Ohio, a short distance above his former home at Belleville, having recently purchased the Thompson Leach farm on Washington Bottom. Capt. Cooper spent forty-six years of his eventful and busy life on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and is familiar with all branches of the business from a flat-boat pilot to the command of a first-class steamer and now retires with a competency sufficient for his declining years. - 'Wheeling Register'."

"Capt. McKinley, a veteran Ohio River captain, who will be remembered by river men of 1855 up to 1860, died at his home near Bellaire, last week, and was buried Friday. He was seventy-two years of age."

"The two Kanawha packets are doing all the trade here, and it is a close rub for them in sundry places on the river.

"The 'Marine Journal' says the Great Kanawha river is lower than it has been for 13 years.

"A model of the coal boat 'Harry Brown', six feet long, will be on exhibition at the New Orleans Exposition.

"The people's packet, 'C. W. Batchelor', is in first-rate order and will enter the Wheeling and Pittsburgh trade as soon as the water will permit.

"Mr. Will Brookhart and Charley Saunders, two well-known and popular pilots of the St. Lawrence, during the last low stage of water in the Ohio, made the trip from Pittsburg to Cincinnati in a skiff, traveling altogether by daylight, making observations and taking notes of numerous points which will be of great advantage to them when they are again at the wheel on the upper Ohio. - 'Register'."

Issue dated Wednesday, 29 October 1884:
"The side wheel steamers 'Courier', 'Diurnal' and 'Regular', lately the property of the Parkersburg Transportation Co., are advertised to be sold at a Marshal's sale on Saturday, Nov. 8."

Source: LDS Microfilm No. 0205534, Vol. 2, No. 128 (1 Jul 1884) - Vol. 3, No. 136 (31 Dec 1884), "The Daily State Journal", Parkersburg, Wood county W. Va. - Month of November

Issue dated Saturday, 1 November 1884:
"The river is raising very slowly here. It is thought that it will not go above 18 inches. This will allow the local packets to run.

"The steamer 'Martin' now plies between Lock No. 3 and Parkersburg, the water being too low for her to come further up the river. - 'Wirt Transcript'.

"Capt. Thos. Hunter, who was appointed to take command of the Cincinnati packet 'Emma Graham' just after she was laid up at Cincinnati, has been in charge of the St. Louis and Paducah packet 'Hudson' for some time past. It is supposed that Capt. Hunter will resign command of the 'Hudson' as soon as there is water enough for the 'Graham' to come out.

"According to the latest information the 'W. N. Chancellor', instead of coming through to this port from Kanawha river, will make two trips a week from there to Parkersburg. - 'Wheeling Register'.

"The 'Emma Graham' of the Cincinnati packet line, is at Cincinnati, where she received a thorough overhauling, and is in first-class condition for taking her place in the line.

"The 'Harry D. Knox' will make a trip this evening to Ravenswood. She has been laid up several days.

"The wharf is now in excellent condition. The City Council have expended a great deal of money on it, and it has amply repaid them."

"Capt. Dellicker was looking after the interests of the Little Kanawha Navigation Company, in a suit pending in court this week."

Issue dated Monday, 3 November 1884:
"There is more activity in river circles to-day than there has been for some time past. There is about four feet of water in the channel.

"There were numerous pilots in the city Saturday evening and Sunday, going down the river for their boats.

"On Monday evening, Capt. E. P. Chancellor, of the favorite Charleston and Pittsburg packet, came over the Ohio Central, as he said, 'on the hunt of mountain dew', to run his steamer in. He is not much in advance of the showers. - 'State Tribune'."

Issue dated Tuesday, 4 November 1884:
"The 'Regular' Sunk. The Ill Fated Steamer Goes to the Bottom at Fish Creek Island. 'Wheeling Intelligencer'. The old steamer 'Regular' is once more in bad luck and has met with another misfortune. Ever since that fatal accident at Mingo, when the 'John Lomas' crashed into her, then known as the 'Scioto', and she sank and fifty-eight excursionists were drowned, she seems to have been attended by bad luck. During the dry and low water spell she has been laid up at a point several miles below, and she was there when the Parkersburg Transportation Company to which she belonged passed into the United States Marshal's hands a few weeks ago. Saturday, Inspector Thomas and Deputy Ramp, with an engineer, fireman and one or two men, went down to bring her up here next Saturday, this action on their part being with the consent of counsel on both sides. Steam was raised, and the trip commenced. The boat had been running but a short time when Capt. Thomas, who was at the wheel, sent Mr. Ramp down to have the engineer ascertain how much water there was in the hold, as he knew by the way the boat was steering that something was wrong. Four inches of water was reported, and the engineer said nothing was wrong. A few minutes after, Captain Thomas again became alarmed and was about to send Ramp below again, when the engineer shouted up to run her ashore at once. Captain Thomas put in at Craig's and her bow had not much more than been made fast and some furniture moved from the cabin when the stern sank, the water coming up halfway to the cabin."

Issue dated Tuesday, 4 November 1884:
"There is now five feet of water in the channel here. The tow boats are going up the river. Some few have passed down.

"Capt. J. F. King, of Belpre, has the contract for building the dam on the head of the Three Brothers.

"The 'Hibernia' left for Middleport this morning. The 'Harry D. Knox' went to Ravenswood this afternoon. The 'T. D. Dale' will go into the trade between here and Marietta next Wednesday."

Issue dated Tuesday, 4 November 1884:
"The new towboat 'George F. Dana' is now completed at Henderson, W. Va. and is said to be equal in beauty to any of its kind in the country. She is owned by the Kanawha and Ohio Transportation Co. - 'Louisville Times'."

Issue dated Tuesday, 4 November 1884:
"Capt. Ira B. Huntington and Capt. Sam B. Swann were at the Windsor Hotel yesterday en route for Hockingport."

Issue dated Tuesday, 4 November 1884:
"W. H. Hopper, who was chief engineer on the 'Bengal Tiger' when her mud drum exploded, causing the loss of life, and whose license was suspended by the Cincinnati local inspectors, has had his license restored by Supervising Inspector Fehrenbatch who found upon investigation that Mr. Hopper was not at fault."

Issue dated Tuesday, 4 November 1884:
"Arthur B. Smith's boat, the 'Ida Smith', will be out in a few days. She was built by Joe Gearing, and is named after the wife of the owner. This boat will only draw about 8 inches. She will be in the trade from Burning Springs to points above. It is possible that W. D. Kraft will be commander and pilot. - 'Smith's Index'."

Issue dated Wednesday, 5 November 1884:
"Weather cool and cloudy. The river is now falling at this point slowly. The local packets are running with good trade. Now that the election is over river men predict a revival of business on the water."

Issue dated Wednesday, 5 November 1884:
"A Memphis special to the Cincinnati 'Commercial-Gazette' says: Laborers and boat hands continue in demand here and going along the river blow. Wages on boats are now $60 per month. Hands get for unloading boats at the landing thirty cents an hour. Cotton pickers in the valley receive seventy-five cents per cwt. of seed cotton and make $10 a week, while levee builders receive eighteen to twenty cents per cubic yard for shoveling dirt, and other labor is paid in proportion."

Issue dated Friday, 7 November 1884:
"The river is still falling at this point.

"Capt. Frank Cooper will be missed in the local trade.

"The steamboat 'Hibernia', Capt. John Shallcross, made the run from New Orleans to Louisville in April, 1830, in seven days and fourteen hours, the shortest trip made up to that time by twelve hours. She had 215 passengers and 275 tons of cargo. The distance is 1,500 miles."

Issue dated Saturday, 8 November 1884:
"The river is again falling. There is no news worthy of note on the leveee. The local packets are all running on time."

Issue dated Saturday, 8 November 1884:
"The steamer 'Telephone' will enter the Charleston and Marietta trade as soon as water will permit. Capt. Kinnaird will command with our young friend, Howard Donnally, in the office."

Issue dated Saturday, 8 November 1884:
"Twelve years ago Pink Varble lost a silver watch overboard at the foot of Sand Island. The same watch was found in No. 7 coffer dam of the Sand Island bridge. Upon being wound up it moved off as good as ever. - 'Louisville Times'.

"This paragraph would be complete if the writer had stated that the billy goat of which Will Hayes used to blow about and which fell off the Louisville bridge during the last freshet and went to the bottom, was found on a rock in No. 6 coffer dam as frisky as a colt, after the water had subsided. - 'Marine Journal'."

Issue dated Monday, 10 November 1884:
"The steamer 'Wyoming', which leaves Cincinnati to-morrow for New Orleans, will have among its passengers Hon. W. A. Cooper and wife of this city en route for Florida."

Issue dated Tuesday, 11 November 1884:
"The steamer 'Chancellor' went up this morning with a splendid trip. She was literally loaded with passengers."

Issue dated Wednesday, 12 November 1884:
"A Steamboat Company. To Operate the Boats Lately Owned by the W. & P. T. Co. Wheeling 'Intelligencer'. The three side-wheel steamers 'Diurnal', 'Courier' and 'Regular, which were purchased by Capt. Tom Prince and Mr. Henry Schmulbach, are now owned and controlled by a company which is composed of Capt. Tom Prince, Mr. Schmulbach, Frank Booth and Capt. Mack Gamble. Each owns a fourth part in the property, which was purchased for $11,500, but it is worth considerably more. The new company will at once reopen the Parkersburg trade that the steamers formerly ran in. The 'Diurnal' was inspected yesterday and will start in the trade. Capt. Gamble goes on her as master. Although still a young man, there is not a more popular riverman in these parts than Capt. Gamble. For a number of years he ran on the 'Courier' as clerk. Capts. Ike Fisher and Mike Davis go out on the 'Diurnal' as pilots.

"The 'Courier' will run in the same trade on alternate days until the new boat that is to be built to receive the machinery from the old 'Regular', which is to be dismantled, is completed. The company is composed of live men who will make their venture pay."

Issue dated Thursday, 13 November 1884:
"River News. The river is still falling. There were no Wheeling packets down last night.

"Capt. Ira Huntington, the genial clerk of the 'W. N. Chancellor', was in the city to-day ahead of his packet.

"The steamer 'Hibernia' has had her twisted shaft repaired and arrived here to-day as usual.

"The 'Harry D. Knox', from Ravenswood, arrived here this afternoon with large passenger and freight lists aboard.

"A dispatch from Mobile says that the present drouth is nothing to be compared with that of 1854-55. It began in the winter of 1854, and as late as May no boat had been able to go up the river, and the cotton of that year did not reach the Mobile market until the summer of 1855.

"The passenger packet 'Chancellor' came down this afternoon en route from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati. Capt. E. P. Chancellor is on the roof and the boat is doing the rushing business that characterized her last year's trade.

"The 'T. D. Dale' arrives from Marietta and St. Mary's regularly as clock work.

"The Charleston Dock Company have just completed three new sections and repaired the same number of old ones, and is now prepared to dock the largest steamer on the Kanawha river.

"The new boat being built by the Charleston Dock Co. for Capt. Young, of Ironton, Ohio, is rapidly assuming shape, and with fair weather she will be launched by the first of December."

Issue dated Friday, 14 November 1884:
"The steamer 'Courier' which has been at work trying to raise the 'Regular' at Grabb's landing, near Clarington, came to this palce for coal and timber to be used as props. The captain thought they might raise the sunken boat. The machinery of the 'Regular' will be taken off and put on a new boat. - 'Bellaire Independent'."

Issue dated Friday, 14 November 1884:
"All the local packets were on hand to-day. It is said that one of the clerks in the Parkersburg line will soon join the Benedicts."

Issue dated Friday, 14 November 1884:
"The U.S. snagboat 'E. A. Woodruff' is removing snags between Madison and Louisville."

Issue dated Saturday, 15 November 1884:
"River Intelligence. The river is getting very low again. The heavy fogs now interfere very much with navigation. The local packets that are now running were all on time to-day.

"J. M. Deem, the popular clerk of the packet 'Hibernia', went to housekeeping in Belpre this week."

"The steamer 'Jim Montgomery', Parsons & Stone, owners, of this city, is now upon the docks undergoing repairs. She has been chartered by Parkersburg parties to run in the Little Kanawha river trade, at $10 a day, the owners receiving over $1,000 charter money. She will do job towing until her owners can find a trade for her. - 'Point Pleasant Register'."

"Capt. Wm. List, late of the 'St. Lawrence', returned from his Missouri plantation, and has gone to Wheeling, where he will look after his banking interests."

Issue dated Tuesday, 18 November 1884:
"Everything is quiet on the levee. The local packets which are running were on time."

Issue dated Wednesday, 19 November 1884.
"River Intelligence. the levee yesterday was almost deserted. There is no business at all, and the river is still falling.

"The same man who predicted the floods of 1883 and 1884, also declared that another would take place in 1885. This prophet, whose words have thus far been verified, said that the flood of last year would rise nine feet higher than that of 1883. His wet-weather estimate for the Spring of 1885 puts the mark nine feet above the highest point reached by the deluge of last February. The man died soon after making these predictions. - 'Charleston Times'.

"The steamer 'Granite State' was sold by the United States Marshal this morning to Captain Charles Buchanan for $4,000."

"Captain Ed. Maddy writes from Jacksonville, Florida, that the 'Chesapeake' is still on the track on the St. John's river as the 'New Independent Fast Line', her card also showing her up as the 'swift and elegant Ohio steamer'. Captain Maddy says that the 'Chesapeake' is still owned just the same as when she ran on the Ohio river and is running independent of all other lines, notwithstanding reports to the contrary."

"Three of the 'Thetis' cew. Three members of the Greeley (Google "Greeley-Party" - d.) relief ship 'Thetis', Capt. Schley, were in Wheeling yesterday. Their names were Messrs. Powers, Booth and Taylor, two of whom were among the foremost of the rescuing party to land after the Greeley party was discovered.

"To a reporter Mr. Powers said concerning the stories of cannibalism, he had heard nothing of them until he saw them in the papers after his return to New York. He did not believe the party had been guilty of cannibalism, but thought possibly they had cut the flesh from their dead comrades to use as bait in fishing for shrimps.

"All the men said they would go back to the polar regions again if they had a chance to go under Capt. Schley. They found a strange fascination in the strange climate and scenery. They only regret that it was impossible for Capt. Schley to push on toward the pole, as the conditions were favorable, and they thought they could have reached a farther point than any former party had ever visited."

"Dead. Captain John Lyon, an old Ohio and Muskingum river pilot, who of late years has resided on his farm opposite Beverly, Ohio, fell dead on the streets of Zanesville last Friday, and his funeral took place from his home last Sunday. Captain Lyon was for thirty years a well-known pilot n the Ohio, and had many warm friends among the river men. He was in the 65th year of his age."

Issue dated Thursday, 20 November 1884:
"River Intelligence. The river is now nearly stationary. River men are much afraid the freeze will come on low water.

"There will be numerous excursions from the upper Ohio to the World's Exposition at New Orleans. The 'Andes' is already advertised to take a trip about the first of January.

"The 'Emma Graham' and the 'Andes', in first class condition, are at Cincinnati ready for business as soon as there is water, which is not likely to be much longer delayed.

"Negotiations are pending for the purchase of the steamer 'Geneva' from the Brownsville Packet company. If sold she will be sent to New Orleans and there employed in carrying passengers from the city to the Exposition.

"The 'Regular' will probably be wrecked at Crab's landing where she sunk. It was the intention of her owners to take her to Wheeling for that purpose, but it is now thought that the work can be done better and cheaper where she now lies."

"A Disfiguring Accident. Yesterday Capt. Wm. Prince met with a very bad accident. As our readers are aware Capt. Prince has been engaged for several days attempting to raise the sunken steamer 'Regular' at Crab's Landing. While the work was progressing, in some manner he got his left hand caught in the pulley chain which literally crushed half of the third finger off. - (Wheeling) 'Intelligencer'."

Issue dated Friday, 21 November 1884:
"The Point; since the fall in the river, is remarkably dull."

Issue dated Saturday, 22 November 1884:
"No local river notes."

Issue dated Saturday, 22 November 1884:
"In 1879 there was a coal run from Pittsburgh in April, but not another one occurred until November 14. This year the last coal run was on July 31. The prospects for an immediate coal rise are not good.

"Capt. Cramer telegraphed from Parkersburg last night that the steamer 'Elaine' would not be back here until there is more water.

"A private dispatch yesterday from Cincinnati reports a sale of four barges of Pittsburgh coal at that point at 12 1/2 cents per bushel, an advance of 2 1/2 cts. Arrangements are being made, it is understood, to ship coal from here to Cincinnati by rail. - 'Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette'."

Issue dated Monday, 24 November 1884:
"River Intelligence. The recent rains have had not the slightest effect upon the depth of water.

"The little 'Maud S.' is the only craft afloat in the Little Kanawha river.

"The 'Knox' and 'Hibernia' are both running to good business. They monopolize the trade in their bailiwicks.

"The steamer 'General Dawes' is running between Marietta and Middleport. The 'T. D. Dale' still continues in the St. Marys and Parkersburg trade.

"The 'Andes' excursion to the New Orleans Exposition is being discussed by quite a number and there is hardly any doubt but what the required number of passengers will be booked. The steamer will leave Wheeling December 30th and will be gone about a month, seven or eight days of which will be spent at New Orleans. The fare for the round trip is only $50."

Issue dated Tuesday, 25 November 1884:
"River Intelligence. The river is still slowly falling at this point, and river men are disheartened.

"Five thousand dollars worth of the Champion Coal and Towboat Company's stock was sold at Cincinnati at seven cents on the dollar.

"The U.S. Engineers are at work putting in a water gauge, for the benefit of tow boats, over at Belpre. It will be at the upper side of the ferry landing and will give a depth of forty feet of water, and run to lower water mark."

Issue dated Wednesday, 26 November 1884:
"The river still falls very slowly.

"It is thought that the 'Maud S.', in the Kanawha trade, will have to lay up soon.

"Only the light boats are doing good business this year. All the heavy weights are useless.

"F. C. Williamson, of Friendly, is loading with apples one of the largest produce boats that ever floated the Ohio river. The boat is 125 feet long, 22 feet broad and 10 feet from floor to ceiling. Mr. Williamson will start South in a short time with his boat. He will be accompanied by his family."

Issue dated Saturday, 29 November 1884:
"River News. The river has raised three inches since yesterday, and there is now 28 inches in the channel.

"The steamer 'Hibernia' which stuck near Ravenswood with the excursionists from Mason county has not yet been able to reach this point.

"The steamer 'Knox' is running regularly, as it the 'Maud' up the Kanawha and the 'Olivette' from the Muskingum.

"Mr. Chas. E. Rees, who is building the gauge at Belpre under the orders of Col. W. E. Merrill, is waiting for iron with which to complete his work. It has been ordred through a Parkersburg house, The W. H. Smith Hardware Company.

"We hear it rumored that Capt. Wilson of the steamer 'Maud' will, assisted by one or more partners, build a new tow boat for the Little Kanawha trade. Such an investment we believe would be profitable. - 'Wirt Transcript'.

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