LDS DOCUMENTS, PART 9
Source: LDS Microfilm No. 0205538, Vol. 6, No. 137 (1 Jul 1886) - Vol.
7, No. 138 (31 Dec 1886), "The Daily State Journal", Parkersburg,
Wood county W. Va.
Issue dated Thursday, 2 September 1886:
"The steamer 'Oneida' has been chartered by the Ritchie county
delegates to take them to the Republican convention at Point Pleasant.
Ritchie is going to send a rousing delegation."
"Mrs. Capt. Ed. Maddy left Sunday to join her husband in the South.
Capt. Maddy is master of the steamer 'Minnie Bay', plying between Carrollton,
Ky., and Louisville. - 'Gallipolis Journal'."
Issue dated Friday, 3 September 1886:
"A Social Event. Blennerhassett Island was the scene of another
of those pleasant social picnic dances last evening for which that spot
has become noted during the past season. The event was given under the
auspices of the gentlemen of the younger set. The excursion left the wharf
here at about 8 o'clock on the steamer 'Oneida'. Dancing was continued
without cessation until one o'clock, excepting a recess for supper which
was served on board the steamer. All in all the occasion was one of pleasure
to all those in attendance."
"Excursion from Marietta. Last evening the steamer 'R. E. Phillips'
brought down a pleasure party of about forty Mariettians to pay our village
a visit. They were all invited to Mr. L. M. Skinner's place on Ann street,
where the lawn was utilized as a picnic ground, supper was served and
a general good time enjoyed. The excursionists returned to the 'Phillips'
about 8 o'clock. The trip was a pleasant diversion, and apparently was
much enjoyed by those who came down."
Issue dated Tuesday, 7 September 1886:
"The 'Lizzie Bay' did not reach port until 9 o'clock this morning.
"The 'Oneida' with her Ritchie delegation did not reach Belleville
until daylight this morning. Low water. At this rate the boys will have
a chance to participate in the nominating convention for the next President."
Issue dated Friday, 10 September 1886:
"On the River. The 'W. N. Chancellor' is off the Pt. Pleasant
docks after receiving a thorough overhauling.
"Charlies Davis, of the steamer 'J. H. McConnel', has added two more
to his list of those sved from drowning. He rescued Captain Horn and his
little daughter on a recent trip of his boat.
"The Lowell canal, as usual, is out of repair, and boats cannot pass
through at all. The 'Burnside' is doing the business below Lowell and
the other boats above. The transfer is rather an unhandy one, but is the
best that can be had.
"The 'Mink No. 2', which has long been known as one of the fastest
boats on the Muskingum, has been sold to parties at Ironton, O. She has
been placed in the Gallipolis trade in place of the steamer 'Sonoma'."
Issue dated Tuesday, 14 September 1886:
"The wharfmaster's collections for the month of August reported
Issue dated Thursday, 16 September 1886:
"During the life of the steamer 'Louise', formerly in the Marietta
and Charleston, W. Va., trade, seventeen people have fallen overboard,
of whom sixteen have drowned. One only has been saved, and that through
the prompt action of the mate, Mr. Thos. Blackburn, of Gallipolis."
Issue dated Friday, 17 September 1886:
"The 'Salt River' packet, with Captain Camden in command, will
weigh anchor on the morning of November 3d. Brother George Bastable and
John J. Davis will ship as chaplains."
Issue dated Saturday, 18 September 1886:
"Capt. Richard Henderson has gone to Oskaloosa, Iowa, to spend
the winter. His genial face will be missed on the levee."
"River Notes. All our regular packets have now pulled ashore or gone
to hunt deeper water.
"Capt. Al. Slaven has secured the light draft steamer, 'Frank Preston',
to run in the place of the 'Knox' between here and Ravenswood.
"The 'Lizzie Bay' has left this trade on account of the low water,
and is plying between Pomeroy and Cincinnati.
"The 'Geo. W. Strecker' is tied up at the foot of Blennerhassett
"The well known packet 'Diurnal' which was formerly in the trade
between here and Wheeling, now running between Louisville and Cannelton,
struck a snag near Alta., Ind., this week, and ripped several planks on
her keel and sunk. The passengers and freight were all removed without
accident, to the 'City of Owensboro', that happened to be passing. The
loss is estimated at $5,000, insurance $3,000."
Issue dated Tuesday, 21 September 1886:
"Pioneer Parkersburg. An Old-Time Resident Recalls the Town
in the Early Part of the Present Century. Yesterday morning there walked
into the lobby of Hill's Central Hotel, a little old man, who looked curiously
about the place. He was dressed in home-spun and cow-hide boots, and his
general air was that of a man who had out-lived all who had grown up with
him. The reporter engaged him in conversation, and found that his personal
history was full of interest to anyone who knows anything. His name is
Waterman Lewis, and he lives in Coolville, Athens county, Ohio, where
he has resided ever since 1829. He is now eighty-three years of age. He
told his story substantially as follows:
"'My father was a Massachusetts Yankee, and I was born in that part
of the old Bay State known as the "Berkshire Hills". My grandfather
had come west in 1802, and in 1814 our family started across the mountains
on pack-saddles and in a large wagon. We came direct to Belpre, and there
my father built him a cabin, and started in western life. At that time
I suppose there were twenty-five houses standing where this city now is.
I also remember at that time the famous scenes which transpired on Blennerhassett
Island, were still fresh in the minds of the people. Often, when a boy,
I have gone across to the island and eaten of the choice fruit to be found
there, and drank water from the great old well. At that time the chimneys
of the old house were still standing above the charred remains of the
"'I started school in Parkersburg in 1822. The school house stood
below Court Square and was taught by a man named Dana. Then all the houses
here were on the Point. This (Hill's) hotel was built about three years
before I came here by John McKinney and was then known as the Tefft House.
Many and many a time I have danced in this old house. We also had a dancing
school which met here, and Professor Barr was the teacher. At that time
the hotel was not so large as it now is and the entire upper floor had
been converted into a dancing hall, and we used to dance until broad daylight.
I have danced here many a time with Daniel R. and Hugh P. Neal.'
"'The old gentleman then went off into a train of general reminiscences.
He told of the old-time boats which used to ply the Ohio river. They had
no steam, of course, but were propelled by horse-power, the horses working
in a sort of tread-mill. All of the boats did not stop at this point then
and an old colored woman, known as "Aunt Jennie", used to have
her hut off the Point and she would flag the boats. Then she would come
up through the streets blowing a horn and thus the people were notified
of the arrival of one of the tread-mill packet line.'"
Issue dated Thursday, 23 September 1886:
"River News. The 'St. Lawrence' is now in the Cincinnati and
"The 'Lizzie Bay' has taken the place of the 'Louise' between Huntington
"The hull of the old 'Potomac', bottom side up, is now visible above
water at Hartford City.
"A low water curiosity called 'Lightwood' is running in the Parkersburg
and Pomeroy trade.
"The 'General Dawes' is at Point Pleasant waiting her turn to go
on the docks with a damaged hull.
"The 'W. N. Chancellor' is having new engines placed in her at Point
Pleasant. A new wheel, eighteen inches larger in diameter than the old
one is being built for her.
"Captain Charles Hutchinson, of Point Pleasant, W. Va., has purchased
the hull and cabin of the "Virgie Lee', which he will convert into
a wharf-boat for use at that point.
"Captain Hod Knowles last week chartered the 'Benton McMillan' to
the Pomeroy Packet Company to take the place of the 'St. Lawrence' in
the Maysville and Cincinnati trade during the low water."
Issue dated Monday, 27 September 1886:
"The workmen commenced putting up the iron work on the short
span of the Little Kanawha bridge to-day. Several hundred citizens are
seeing that they do it right."
Issue dated Monday, 27 September 1886:
"River News. The Little Kanawha packets are busy.
"The marks show scant three feet and stationary.
"There seems to be no immediate prospect of a rise in the river.
"The marks at Pittsburgh to-day showed 5 feet, 9 inches, and falling.
"There were at the wharf this afternoon the 'Lightwood', 'Strecker',
'Dawes', 'Oneida', and 'Phillips'. Considerable freight business was being
"It is time for the September rise, and the steamboat men expect
soon to be in their regular trades looking after the large business which
"The steamer 'Oneida' came up Thursday, looking as bright as a new
pin. She will run on the 'Martin's day for perhaps two or three weeks,
making daily trips between Burning Springs and Parkersburg. - 'Wirt Transcript'.
"The 'Burns' was the first steamer to leave our wharf this week,
going down Tuesday. The little steamer 'Emma' came up Wednesday in place
of the 'Martin', and had a good cargo of freight. - 'Wirt Transcript'."
Issue dated Wednesday, 29 September 1886:
"The River. The September Rise Long-Looked-for Come at Last
-- Good News. At three o'clock to-day the marks at the wharf registered
five feet three inches, and rising three inches an hour. The swell is
general from the head waters to Cincinnati, and the long-looked-for September
rise is here, and as a consequence river navigation is re-opened in full
blast. At Pittsburg this morning the marks showed six feet 9 inches and
rising. A coal run is assured and towboats are going up and those there
getting ready to come out. All the through packets will start at once.
The 'Stockdale' will be the first boat down past this point. The drouth
has been a long one and the rise is good news to the river men."
Issue dated Thursday, 30 September 1886:
"Along the Ohio. None of the regular lines have yet passed this
point since the rise.
"At two o'clock this afternoon, the river was five feet, five inches
"The river was 6 feet 10 inches this morning at Pittsburgh and stationary.
"The steamer 'Heatherington', with a tow of barges, left this morning
"It is expected that the rise in the river will allow some of the
smaller towboats to get out with their tows."
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