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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Dec. 1884

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.

Issue dated Monday, 1 December 1884:
"There is now about 38 inches of water, with little prospect of more.

"The 'Diurnal' was here from Wheeling yesterday; the 'Lizzie Cassell' from the Muskingum; and the 'Elaine' arrived from and departed for Pittsburgh.

"The towboat 'Bernard' left for Wheeling yesterday with a load of ties.

"The 'Knox' and the 'Hibernia' were on time to-day."

Issue dated Tuesday, 2 December 1884:
"The Marietta Ice Harbor. Work has been shut down on the Marietta ice harbor and all the employees discharged on account of the cold weather, which made it impossible to work well or rapidly. Sam Keenan, of this city, who has been 'boss' stonemason, and many other who were on the work, have returned for the winter."

"Frederick Ford and Lansing V. Applegate, steamboat inspectors, were in the city to-day on business."

"River News. The river is slowly rising with prospects of another six inches of water.

"Inspectors Ford and Applegate to-day inspected the 'Oneida' and 'Maud'.

"The 'Chesapeake' and 'Diurnal' are due this evening from Wheeling.

"Coal is still being shipped to Cincinnati from Pittsburgh by rail, and unless there is a rise soon so that shipments can be made by river the price there, already high, will go still higher.

"Capt. Stockdale is thinking of introducing the restaurant system on the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh packets, the idea is to charge passengers so much for passage and state rooms, and they can furnish their own lunch or take their meals on the boat, which, of course, would be extra. It is believed that the introduction of this system would largely increase the passenger trade.

"The 'Courier' has come up from Crab's Landing, where she has been at work for some time past, raising and dismantling the old 'Regular'. She brought the hull and machinery of the old boat up with her. The machinery will be used on a new stern-wheeler that is being built for the gentlemen who bought the old Parkersburg Transportation Company. The 'Courier' is at the bank above the 'Reliable' wharf-boat. - 'Wheeling Intelligencer'."

"Capt. Clark Berry, while waiting for the up train at the Ohio River R.R. depot, Williamstown, W. Va., Wednesday afternoon, saw an immense meteor shoot from east to west. It was seen about 4 o'clock. Others who saw it declared that it looked like a ball of fire, and that it burst and separated in two parts, one going south and the other northwest. It is something remarkable that a meteor should be large enough to be seen in broad daylight. - 'Marietta Register'."

Issue dated Wednesday, 3 December 1884:
"River News. There is now about four feet of water in the channel.

"The 'Hibernia' has not yet put in an appearance.

"The ferry boat and the other local packets are making their regular trips.

"The 'Gen. Dawes' departed yesterday for New Orleans where she will be employed in carrying passengers to the exposition grounds from the city.

"The 'Diurnal' arrived to-day.

"Pilot Wes. Com, of the 'Andes', is confined to the United States Marine Hospital in Cincinnati, having had an attack of dropsy.

"W. P. McKinney, of the firm of Neal & McKinney, proprietors of the wharf boat, has sold his interest in the boat to Joseph Good, consideration unknown. The firm hereafter be known as Neal & Good. The terms of the sale have not yet been made public."

"Capt. Val. Horton, died at his home in Pomeroy Saturday night. Capt. Horton has been in bad health for some time, and was about 57 years of age. He is well known and most kindly remembered by all Upper Ohio boatmen. During his steamboating days he built among others the 'Mohawk' and 'Raven'. He has been interested in a number of enterprises in the 'Pomeroy Bend', and at the time of his death was operating the Excelsior Salt Furnace at Pomeroy."

Issue dated Thursday, 4 December 1884:
"River News. The river is about stationary, with four feet in the channel.

"The 'Hibernia' came up yesterday from Middleport for the first time in two weeks.

"All the local packets were on hand to-day.

"At the head of Grape Island is the old home of the late Capt. Louderback. He is buried on his farm, and from the boats as they ply up and down the river his old river friends can see his grave. He was laid to rest under a large tree a short distance from the house and a monument now marks the spot. He was one of the oldest and ablest river men on the Ohio. He was kind hearted and generous to a fault, and his familiar form was always warmly greeted as he stood on the bank to see the passing craft. He was captain and principal owner in the 'Amazon' which he built in 1845."

"The Lincoln 'Clipper' has particulars of a sad accident on Grave Fork. A 12 year old son of Wm. Paul had his neck broken, by his head being caught between the lever of a cane mill and wagon wheel which was in the way. The boy was feeding the mill and rising up suddenly, was first struck by the lever and knocked against the wheel."

Issue dated Friday, 5 December 1884:
"The river is now falling.

"The 'Diurnal' was yesterday's packet from Wheeling. She is doing an immense business.

The 'Chesapeake' is due to-night from Wheeling.

"The local packets all made their regular trips yesterday.

"They are hoping that the river will hold out and a 'run' of coal get down.

"The 'Chancellor' was here this morning on her way from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati with a 'busting' trip.

"The 'Sam Brown' and 'Lioness No. 2', after lying at the Island for six months and two days, pulled out for Pittsburgh, where they will join the coal fleet. This is the longest period that a tow boat was ever laid up on the Ohio on account of low water. - 'Marietta Register'.

"Capt. James Gatts yesterday sold his interest in the side-wheel steamer 'Telegram' to Capt. John K. Booth, a well-known steamboat man. Captain Gatts owned about a one-third interest, and it is understood that he received about $8,000. He was master of the boat in the trade between Clarington and Wheeling, in which she has been for so long a time. There are ten other owners, several of which are employed on the steamer."

Issue dated Saturday, 6 December 1884:
"River News. The river is raising slowly here. It is thought the 'Little Kanawha' will be booming by to-morrow. The heavy rains early this morning have been long looked for and were gladly welcomed by the river men.

"The local packets, Wheeling, Marietta, Muskingum, Ravenswood, Middleport, etc., were all on hand to-day with good trips.

"At Pittsburgh this morning the depth in the Monongahela was reported to be 1 ft. 10 in. and falling. At points above, the river was on a stand or falling. The weather was reported clear.

"There are now in the pools above Pittsburgh about 8,000,000 bushels of coal loaded and in shape to be dropped through the locks. Several tows were locked through on the recent rise in the Monongahela and are now in the river at Pittsburgh ready to start on the first rise.

"The tributaries of the Little Kanawha are now said to contain a greater number of logs, staves and ties than at any time before in their history. If the owners meet with no losses in getting their timber out to market, it will throw a vast amount of money into circulation throughout the valley. - 'Wirt Transcript'."

"Capt. Solly Wells, of the popular packet 'Oneida', has been spending a happy vacation season with the fair sex. He is a brunette heart breaker, is the Captain."

Issue dated Monday, 8 December 1884:
"The river at Pittsburgh, to-day is quoted at 5 feet, 9 inches; here there is but 4 feet, 6 inches in the channel, rising slowly. The Kanawha is falling.

"The 'Oneida' came up yesterday with a cargo of salt from Pomeroy.

"The 'Hibernia' came in from below yesterday laden to the guards. In addition to other freight she had on board 700 barrels of salt and 100 sacks of wheat.

"The 'Strecker' arrived from below this morning laden with salt.

"The 'Lizzie Caldwell' was the Muskingum packet yesterday.

"The 'Knox' came up this morning.

"The towboats 'Hawk' and 'Atlantic' which have been laid up in the Little Kanawha since last summer, left yesterday for Pittsburgh.

"The 'Diurnal' arrived here late last night from Wheeling. She was stuck for several hours, above Bull Creek a short distance.

"The 'Katie Stockdale' is due from Pittsburgh to-day, while the 'Andes' is expected up from Cincinnati."

Issue dated Tuesday, 9 December 1884:
"Since the river has raised, the Point presents an animated appearance.

"Railroad coal is 8c at yard, and Pittsburgh 10c at yard. The rise in the river will be a blessing not only to us but to those below who have no railroad facilities."

"A Down River Fire. 'Wheeling Register'. Quite a large fire occurred at Newport, O. on Friday night last, about 12 o'clock. As the steamer 'Chesapeake' was passing there at that time, Capt. Cline noticed that the town looked very bright, and on closer approach saw that several buildings were on fire. By blowing the whistle for a few minutes he awakened the inhabitants and the whole crew of the boat with buckets united in helping to quench the flames. There were three buildings destroyed, one of which was occupied by Mr. O. Bosworth, as a cigar store. Loss not yet known."

"River Record. The Stream Steadily Rising and Indications of a Prosperous Trade. The marks here indicate about 6 feet of water in the channel. At Pittsburgh the Monongahela stands with 9 feet, 4 inches in the channel.

"Arrived - 'Hibernia' from Middleport; 'Knox' from Ravenswood; 'Olivette' from Zanesville; 'Chesapeake' from Wheeling; 'Elaine' from Pittsburgh; 'Stockdale', Pittsburgh; 'Telephone', Charleston; 'C. C. Martin' and 'Oneida', Burning Springs.

"Departed - 'Hibernia', 'Knox', 'Olivette', 'Chesapeake', 'Martin', 'Oneida', 'Stockdale', 'Telephone' and 'Elaine'.

"Due - 'Andes' from Pittsburgh, to-morrow; 'Chancellor', from Cincinnati; 'Telephone', from Marietta; 'Diurnal', from Wheeling, this evening.

"Notes. The water is running over the dams in the Little Kanawha.

"The 'C. C. Martin' and the 'Oneida' have each made one trip up the Little Kanawha since the late rise in the river.

"The 'Telephone' is now on her first trip in the Charleston and Marietta trade. She is a fine boat, and likely to become popular.

"It is understood that parties are negotiating for the purchase of the 'Maud S.'.

"Commodore Will Kraft leaves this evening for Cincinnati as clerk on the 'Katie Stockdale'."

"A good many coal tows got away on the present rise and were passing here yesterday."

"Steamboat Sunk. The sternwheel steamboat 'W. P. Thompson', belonging to David Gibson, of Cincinnati, and under charter to convey the Wild Bill combination, collided two miles above Rodney, Miss., with the Vicksbug and Natchez packet 'Capt. Miller', and sank. She was valued at $8,000, and insured in Cincinnati for $6,000. The dispatch was to Mr. Gibson, and made no mention of loss of life. This steamer was named for Col. W. P. Thompson, formerly of this city, but now of Cleveland."

"Dead. A dispatch received here to-day announces the death of Capt. Henry U. Hart, of the Mississippi steamer, 'Reuben M. Springer', which took place at New Orleans last night. He was one of the most popular and best known river men afloat, and many who have met him and remember his cheery, obliging spirit, will regret his death. He is well known here and was a former citizen of Marietta."

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Issue dated Wednesday, 10 December 1884:
"Capt. Henry U. Hart, of the steamer 'Reuben R. Springer', who died at New Orleans Monday evening, was a brother-in-law of Lew Skinner, Esq., of this city."

"River Record. The depth of Water in the Channel Here 9 Feet, 2 Inches. Arrivals - 'Lizzie Cassell', Zanesville; 'Katie Stockdale', Pittsburgh; 'Diurnal', Wheeling; 'Hibernia', Middleport; 'Knox', Ravenswood; 'T. D. Dale', St. Marys; 'Oneida', Burning Springs; 'C. C. Martin', Burning Springs.

Departures - 'Lizzie Cassell', Zanesville; 'Stockdale', Cincinnati; 'Diurnal', Wheeling; 'Hibernia', Middleport; 'Knox', Ravenswood; 'T. D. Dale', St. Marys; 'Oneida', Burning Springs.

"Due - 'Emma Graham', Cincinnati; 'Chesapeake', Wheeling; 'Chancellor', Cincinnati; 'Olivette', Zanesville; 'St. Lawrence', Cincinnati.

"There is now 9 feet, 2 inches in the channel; the Monongahela river is reported as slowly falling with 8 feet, 4 inches.

"Capt. Si. Hart, a brother of Captain Henry U. Hart, late of the 'R. R. Springer', was in the city this morning.

"The 'Oneida' is running daily between this point and Burning Springs.

The 'Katie Stockdale' had a large trip down last night, the water was running over her guards.

"The officers of the steamer 'Telephone', the new Charleston and Marietta packet, are W. A. Kinnaird, Capt., C. W. Donally, clerk.

"The packet 'St. Lawrence' will be officered by James M. Kirker, master; Messrs. Eugene List, Dan Lacy and Floyd Morgan, clerks; Jas. Alexander and Wm. Holloway, pilots; and Andy Hazlett, mate.

"Capt. Al. Slaven will leave on the 'Emma Graham' Saturday, after a long siege of inactivity.

"Only one tow passed down yesterday but to-day there was a fleet. Several towboats with empties passed up. A dispatch from Pittsburgh announces that 28 steamers with 313 barges, containing 3,804,000 bushels of coal, are on their way to Cincinnati; 33 steamers with 146 boats and 227 barges, carrying 6,312,000 bushels are headed for Louisville. This makes a grand total of 61 steamers, 146 boats, 540 barges and 10,116,000 bushes of black diamonds."

Issue dated Thursday, 11 December 1884:
"River. Arrivals - 'Chancellor', Cincinnati; 'Chesapeake', Wheeling; 'Hibernia', Middleport; 'Knox', Ravenswood; 'Gen. Devol', Zanesville; 'Oneida', Burning Springs; 'T. D. Dale', St. Marys; 'C. C. Martin', Burning Springs.

"Departures - 'Chesapeake', Wheeling; 'Chancellor', Pittsburgh; 'Gen. Devol', Zanesville; 'Hibernia', Middleport; 'Knox', Ravenswood; 'Oneida', Burning Springs; 'T.D. Dale', St. Marys; 'Elaine', Pittsburgh.

"Due - 'Diurnal', from Wheeling.

"The river at this point measures 10 feet, 7 inches.

"The towboat 'Barnard' has gone to Louisville with a tow of produce.

"The 'Annie L.' came up with a tow of produce; the 'Pacific', 'Iron Age', 'Eagle', 'Jim Wood' and 'Monitor' came in with tows. All day long the coal fleet has been passing. The most of the boats tied up above the bridge until morning.

"The 'Granite State' is now owned by Captain Wash. Honshell. At a recent United States Marshal's sale Captain Buckman bid $4,000 for her for Ironton parties, but, they failing to settle, she was turned over to Captain Honshell at his bid of $3,000.

"The 'Diurnal' claims the following sample brag trip. In her cabin were 50 passengers, and stored below and on the guards were 300 sacks of corn, 50 dozen water buckets, a large amount of general produce, 450 barrels of salt, 125 barrels of flour, 50 barrels of oil, 125 head of hogs and 75 head of cattle. S. Snyder and Oscar Hissom are her mates and it is said that they can get more work out of their men than any other mates on the upper Ohio."

"The late Capt. Henry U. Hart, who died in New Orleans on the steamer 'R. R. Springer', Monday night, was born and raised in Harmar, Ohio, and was about fifty years old when he died. He was formerly a pilot between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Since the war he had been engaged in the lower river trade from Cincinnati, and has owned and commanded in the Cincinnati and New Orleans trade the 'Kenton', 'Nashville', 'John H. Groesback', 'Thomas Sherlock', 'H. S. Turner', 'A. C. Donnelly', and 'R. R. Springer', successively. Capt. Hart was well known throughout the South and West, and especially had many friends throughout Ohio among the Masonic fraternity, having taken the Knights Templar to New Orleans some years ago on the 'Thomas Sherlock'. Capt. Hart commanded the 'R. R. Springer' on her famous fast run from New Orleans to Cincinnati in 5 days and 11 hours, which is the next best time to the celebrated 'Duke of Orleans'. Capt. Hart's death will leave a void among a large circle of sympathizing friends. Capt. Hart was a resident of Covington, Ky., and leaves a wife, who was a sister of Mr. Lew Skinner, of this city, and two children to mourn his loss. The remains of Capt. Hart left New Orleans Tuesday morning, and arrived in Cincinnati last night. Capt. Hart, fortunately for his family, had an insurance of several thousand dollars on his life."

Issue dated Friday, 12 December 1884:
"Arrivals - 'St. Lawrence', Cincinnati; 'Diurnal', Wheeling; 'Hibernia', Middleport; 'Knox', Ravenswood; 'Lizzie Cassel', Zanesville; 'Oneida', Burning Springs; 'T. D. Dale', St. Marys; 'C. C. Martin', Burning Springs; 'Telephone', Charleston.

"Departures - 'Diurnal', Wheeling; 'St. Lawrence' for Pittsburgh; 'Lizzie Cassel', Zanesville; 'Oneida', Burning Springs; 'T. D. Dale', St. Marys; 'Telephone', Marietta; 'Monitor', Pittsburgh.

"Due - 'Chesapeake', from Wheeling; 'Gen. Devol', Zanesville; 'Scotia', Pittsburgh.

"The coal fleet is still passing. Several barges were left here, and our coal dealers are now prepared to supply their customers once more.

"There is now about 11 feet of water in the channel, slowly falling. The rain last night will likely cause another, small rise.

"Capt. Al. Slaven is in Cincinnati. He will come on the 'Graham' to-morrow.

"The scene on the levee to-day was one of unusual activity. It looks like old times once more.

"The 'St. Lawrence', which is now owned by the Big Sandy Company, will be put in the Pittsburg and Cincinnati trade, leaving the latter place to-day.

"During the year 1883 the vessels inspected by the United States Inspectors numbered 5,441, representing a gross tonnage of 1,625,924 tons. Licenses issued to masters 6,711; mates 1,398; pilots 4,979; engineers 11,198. The total amount of passengers carried amounted to 472,485,527, lives lost from all causes 177 (including the licensed officers), 1 out of every 4,038,512 persons."

Issue dated Saturday, 13 December 1884:
"River, 10 feet, falling.

"The coal fleet is still passing down.

"The local packets are all doing a fine business.

"Lots of lumber and stuff is coming out of the Kanawha."

Issue dated Monday, 15 December 1884:
"River Record. Arrivals - Saturday: 'Scotia', from Pittsburgh; 'Chancellor, Pittsburgh; 'St. Lawrence', Pittsburgh; 'Katie Stockdale', Cincinnati. Sunday - no arrival save the various local packets. To-day: 'Devol', Muskingum; 'Andes', Cincinnati; 'Emma Graham', Cincinnati; 'Hibernia', Middleport; 'Knox', Ravenswood; 'T. D. Dale', St. Marys; 'Oneida', Burning Springs.

"Departures - 'Andes' for Pittsburgh; 'Emma Graham', Pittsburgh; 'Hibernia', Middleport; 'Knox', Ravenswood; 'T. D. Dale', St. Marys; 'Oneida', Burning Springs; 'C. C. Martin', Burning Springs.

"Due - 'Chesapeake', from Wheeling.

"Weather is cold and cloudy.

"River 9 feet, falling, though the rains of yesterday are likely to cause another rise.

"Captain David Gibson received a telegram from Capt. Wm. McCoy, stating that after pumping out and raising the 'W. P. Thompson', she had filled and sank a short distance from Rodney, Miss., and will prove a total loss. No lives were lost, though some of the animals of Wild Bill's show were drowned. - 'Pitts. Com. Gaz.'"

Issue dated Tuesday, 16 December 1884:
"River Record. Arrivals - 'Chancellor', from Cincinnati; 'Emma Graham', Cincinnati; 'Katie Stockdale', Pittsburgh; 'Telephone', Charleston; 'Hibernia', Middleport; 'Knox', Ravenswood; 'T. D. Dale', St. Marys; 'Oneida', Burning Springs; 'Lizzie Cassell', Zanesville; 'Diurnal', Wheeling.

"Departures - 'Chancellor', for Pittsburgh; 'Emma Graham', Pittsburgh; 'Katie Stockdale', Cincinnati; 'Telephone', Marietta; 'C. C. Martin', Burning Springs; 'T. D. Dale', St. Marys; 'Hibernia', Middleport; 'Knox', Ravenswood; 'Cassell', Zanesville; 'Diurnal', Wheeling.

"The river now measures 10 feet, rising at this (time).

"Capt. Al. Slaven, of the 'Emma Graham", stopped over in the city last night.

"Commodore Will Kraft has a clerkship on the 'Emma Graham'."

"The business on the river is as large as ever known. Every boat that touches here is loaded to the guards.

"The steamer 'Scotia' brought 20,000 rolls of wal paper from Pittsburgh to S. L. Addison & Co. on her last trip."

Issue dated Wednesday, 17 December 1884:
"River Record. Arrivals - 'Katie Stockdale', Pittsburgh; 'Hawk', Pittsburgh; 'Cassell', Zanesville; 'Diurnal', Wheeling; and the various local packets.

"Departures - 'Stockdale', for Cincinnati; 'Elaine', Pittsburgh; 'Lizzie Cassell', Zanesville; 'Devol', from Zanesville; 'Chesapeake', from Wheeling.

"Cold and snowy. River 12 feet and rising.

"The towboat 'Atlantic' went up yesterday with a cargo of staves and cross-ties.

"Frank Good has resigned his position at the Baltimore & Ohio freight depot, and is now acting as assistant wharfmaster and bookkeeper. Frank has excellent business qualities, and the B. & O. loses a good man.

"The towboat 'Hawk', which arrived here last night from above, collided with the 'Annie L.' near Marietta, tearing her wheel to pieces and otherwise injuring her.

"Wm. Perkins, an old steamboat engineer, died at New Orleans Saturday, aged sixty-eight. He was in charge of the old 'R. E. Lee' at the time she made her famous run to St. Louis with the 'Natchez'."

"Died. News reaches here of the death of Mrs. Slaven, the mother of Captain Al. Slaven, clerk of the 'Emma Graham', which occurred at her home in Jackson county yesterday. The many Parkersburg friends of the Captain will be pained to hear of his loss."

Issue dated Thursday, 18 December 1884:
"River Record. Arrivals - 'Chancellor', from Charleston; 'Andes', from Pittsburgh; 'Scotia', from Cincinnati; 'Devol', from Zanesville; 'Chesapeake', from Wheeling; and other local packets.

"Departures - 'Andes', for Cincinnati; 'Scotia', Pittsburgh; 'Chancellor', Pittsburgh; 'Chesapeake', Wheeling; 'Devol', Zanesville.

"Cold and snowy. River 13 feet and rising.

"The first lumber came down the Kanawha yesterday.

"Rivermen fear that the river will close up in a short time.

"The Kanawha packets are doing a booming business.

"Captain Paden has purchased the 'Little Maud S.'. The price paid was $150. She will hereafter be used as a pump boat.

"Capt. Wes. Coens, one of the best known pilots on the river, is lying dangerously ill at the Marine Hospital in Cincinnati.

"The boats have been having a hard time of it in the stormy weather of the past few days. The through packets were nearly every one behind time. No damage of any kind is reported."

Issue dated Friday, 19 Decemnber 1884:
"River Record. Arrivals - 'St. Lawrence', from Cincinnati; 'Cassel', from Zanesville; 'Emma Graham' from Pittsburgh; 'Hibernia', from Middleport; 'Dale', St. Marys; 'Knox', from Ravenswood; 'Diurnal', from Wheeling; and other local packets.

"Departures - 'St. Lawrence', for Pittsburgh; 'Graham', for Cincinnati; 'Hibernia', for Middleport; 'Knox', for Ravenswood; 'Diurnal', for Wheeling; 'Dale', for St. Marys; 'Cassel', for Zanesville; and local packets.

"Due - 'Chancellor' and 'Telephone'.

Cold and clear. River 10 feet and falling.

"The 'Heatherington' laid up here last night.

"Messrs. Lynch & Robinson had a barge of nut coal and slack sunk at the head of Mustapha Island.

"Official: Steamer 'Katie Stockdale'. Tested - Hydrostatic test 225 pounds; steam allowed, 150 pounds.

"The 'John P. Thorn' and barges are en route to Marietta with about 9,000 barrels crude oil, the second lot during the rise.

"Capt. John Thornburg is still giving his attention to his farm near Point Pleasant, W. Va., although he still has a hankering after the river business.

"The following towboats landed their tows at Louisville in good shape: 'Tom Dodsworth', 'W. W. O'Neil', 'Rescue', 'Dick Fulton', 'Wm. Bonner', 'J. S. Mercer', 'J. B. Williams', 'George W. Stone', 'Boaz', 'Tom Rees No. 2', 'Jim Wood', 'Daniel Kaine' and 'Dauntless'.

"The ice in the river to-day bodes no good to navigation. The river men are fearful that the cold weather will result in a freeze that will close the river. The ice is very thick to-day and the boats already experience difficulty in running."

"The Kanawha river will be closed by to-morrow morning by ice."

Issue dated Saturday, 20 December 1884:
"River Record. Arrivals - 'Telephone', from Marietta, and the local packets.

"Departures - 'Telephone', for Charleston, and local packets.

"Due - 'Scotia' from Pittsburgh; 'Stockdale', from Cincinatti, etc.

"River 9 feet, falling.

"The mouth of the Kanawha is full of boats laid up on account of the ice.

"Two ice piers are to be erected by the Government, one half mile above the mouth of the Big Kanawha.

"The Government snag boat 'Kwasind' has removed 333 difficult obstacles from the channel of the Ohio, between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

"Capt. S. B. Shrouf, aged 72, died of paralysis, opposite Ripley, O., Wednesday. He formerly owned stock in the steamer 'Spray' and the Ripley Ferry, 'Maggie May'.

Issue dated Tuesday, 23 December 1884:
"River news scarce."

"River Record. River 9 feet, 6 inches, falling.

"The 'Hibernia' came in yesterday from below and is now laid u in the mouth of the Little Kanawha.

"The 'C. C. Martin' and 'Oneida' made the trip from Burning Springs yesterday with little difficulty.

"The Ohio and the Little Kanawha are both full of ice, and the chances now are that navigation will be suspended for some length of time.

"Capt. Hod Knowles came up from Hockingport yesterday, intending to take the 'Knox' down, but it was impracticable.

"Capt. Richard L. Stone, the veteran steam boat agent on the Cincinnati levee for over 40 years, died in Newport, Ky., Saturday night, at the residence of his daughter, of general debility, in the 84th year of his age."

Issue dated Wednesday, 24 December 1884:
"River news is scarce."

"Capt. John Booth, a well known steamboat man, is dangerously sick with inflammation of the bowels, at his home at Clarington, Monroe county, Ohio."

"In a collision of two boats at Gallipolis, Ohio, George Henry, a passenger, was killed."

"Capt. Sam. I. Lewis, a former Mariettian, is captain of a vessel which recently sailed for China from San Francisco."

Issue dated Friday, 26 December 1884:
"River Record. Arrived - 'St. Lawrence', Pittsburgh; 'Graham', Cincinnati. 'Chancellor'.

"Departed - 'St. Lawrence', Cincinnati; 'Graham', Pittsburgh; 'C. C. Martin', Burning Springs; 'Oneida', Burning Springs.

"River about 7 feet, 6 inches.

"The towboat 'Tide', with the assistance of a crane boat, succeeded in lifting the wheel of the disabled 'Scotia' out of the river and took it ashore. As soon as the ice runs out the 'Tide' will bring up the 'Scotia'.

"Steamboats are putting into the mouth of the Kanawha for winter quarters. This is the safest harbor on the Ohio river and steamboatmen well know it, and it is strange that more boats do not take advantage of it. No steamboat was ever sunk or even damaged by ice in this harbor."

Issue dated Friday, 26 Decemer 1884:
"As the steamer 'Devol' was backing through at Harmar last week, Engineer Krier slipped off the fantail where he was oiling, and came near drowning before he was rescued. - 'Marietta Register'."

Issue dated Saturday, 27 December 1884:
"During the Centennial Capt. Solly Wells, of the Steamer 'Oneida', met one of the members of the celebrated firm of Tiffany & Co., jewelers, New York. The acquaintance of the Captain and young Tiffany ripened into friendship during his visit to Philadelphia. A few days since the Captain received from his friend a handsome gold scarf pin, in the shape of a helm. It was a costly and appropriate gift."

Issue dated Monday, 29 December 1884:
"We hear numerous complaints concerning the irregular manner in which the ferry boats makes its trips."

"The River. things on the levee are again in a state of depressing dullness. All passenger steamers are laid up, and the tow boats are fast following their example. The levee does not present the stirring appearance of a few days since. Ice is still running at a great rate in the Ohio and the probabilites of an early resumption of trade are by no means encouraging."

Issue dated Tuesday, 30 December 1884:
"A New Boat. Wheeling 'Intelligencer'. Sweeney & Son have received the contract for the building of a stern wheel vessel for the new Parkersburg Transportation Company, of the following dimensions: Length of hull, 165 feet; beam 32 feet; depth of hold 4 feet. This vessel is to have the machinery used on the old 'Scioto' or 'Regular', which machinery is considered very fine and powerful, and it is expected the new boat will be as fast as the old 'Scioto'. The contract for building the hull has been given to Wm. McFall, Bellevernon, Pa., who is to have it completed by the first of March. The vessel is expected to be in running order by the first of next April."

"River Record. River 9 feet, 3 inches, falling.

"The 'Hibernia' came up from Middleport this morning.

"The 'Oneida' and the 'Martin' are running regularly with good business.

"The 'Knox' departed this afternoon for Ravenswood.

"The stamer 'Emma Graham', from Pittsburgh, is due to-night.

"Capt. Hod Knowles was registered at the Windsor to-day.

"The levee is piled with freight of all kinds which has been accumulating during the heavy ice.

"There has been an immense amount of salt brought to Parkersburg within the past few weeks, and it is still coming.

"Capt. E. B. Cooper was in the city this morning. He has been in ill health for some time, but is now rapidly convalescing.

"Several of the Parkersburg people will go to New Orleans on the excursion arranged for the steamer 'Andes', which will occur in the early part of February."

Issue dated Wednesday, 31 December 1884:
"River Record. River 8 feet, stationary.

"Business brisk with passenger trade small.

"The 'Emma Graham' arrived last night with an immense cargo.

"No Zanesville packets have put in an appearance here for some length of time.

"The 'Chesapeake' was the Wheeling packet last evening. 'Diurnal' due to-day.

"To the great relief of all rivermen, the Ohio, is now almost clear of ice.

"The Kanawha packets got away in good time, with their usual good business.

"The 'Sonoma' is laying tied up in the mouth of the Little Kanawha."

"A heavy Toll. As showing the advantages to be derived, if the Little Kanawha was free from tolls, we note that the Sweetser Oil Co., on one barge of oil from Burning Springs, had to pay the Little Kanawha Navigation Company, for tolls, the large amount of $187.00. This is a heavy tax."

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