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 6
1885

Source: LDS Microfilm No. 0205536, Vol. 4, No. 137 (1 Jul 1885) - Vol. 5, No. 137 (1 Jul 1885), "The Daily State Journal", Parkersburg, Wood county W. Va.

Issue dated Thursday, 25 August 1885:
"Surveyor of the Port A. H. Beach, of Wheeling, arrived in the city last night en route for Point Pleasant."

Issue dated Thursday, 5 November 1885:
"Pilot Keller Pardoned. President Cleveland has pardoned David E. Keller, the well known pilot, who was at the wheel of the ill-fated side-wheel steamer 'Scioto' on that eventful night, July 4, 1882, when the 'John Lomas' came in collision with her at Mingo and 58 persons were drowned in consequence. Our readers will remember that Keller was found guilty of manslaughter at a session of the United States Court in this city, and sentenced to two years' imprisonment, less time for good behavior. His time was nearly up when the pardon he had long hoped for and his many friends worked for came to release him. During the time that he has been in the penitentiary his health has not been the best and much of his time has been spent in the hospital ward. The finding of Keller guilty was considered by many unjust. He was in a rather defenseless position and it appears as though he was chosen to suffer for others equally as guilty as he."

Issue dated Saturday, 7 November 1885:
"Hon. W. A. Cooper leaves to-night for Pittsburgh and will pass down next Thursday on the 'Emma Graham' for Cincinnati, from which point he goes to Florida. His many friends will wish him a pleasant trip and a prosperous winter in his new home."

"Among those on board the 'Josie W.' this morning were Mrs. Capt. T. C. Sweeney, Mrs. John Sweeney, Mrs. Prince, who goes to Natchez to visit her husband, Capt. Tom Prince, who is in command of the 'New Courier' there; Miss Jane Miller, who goes to Memphis to visit friends, and Col. Thos. Sweeney and wife, who were going to Cincinnati on a visit to relatives, all of Wheeling."

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Issue dated Friday, 13 November 1885:
"T. B. Goodman, Charlie Page and Harry Dotson, of Marietta, passed down this morning with a skiff load of dynamite which they were taking to the Louisa county (Ky.), oil fields. They will leave the river at Catlettsburg."

Issue dated Tuesday, 17 November 1885:
"Capt. Andy Harrison, at present mate of the steamer 'Elaine', is one of the oldest mates that comes to this landing. He is well and favorably known by the traveling public."

Issue dated Wednesday, 25 November 1885:
"Miss Lola Saunders returned last night on the steamer 'Minnie Bay', from a six months' trip down the Ohio and up the Kanawha Valley."

Issue dated Monday, 30 November 1885:
"A dapper young fellow who landed here off the 'Diurnal' last evening walked off the wharfboat into the river. He was fished out and suffered no damage excepting the wetting of his fancy togs."

Source: LDS Microfilm No. 0205536, Vol. 4, No. 137 (1 Jul 1885) - Vol. 5, No. 137 (31 Dec 1885), "The Daily State Journal", Parkersburg, Wood county W. Va.

Issue dated Tuesday, 1 December 1885:
"Messrs. Gordon, Dotson and Page, of Marietta, who took three hundred pounds of nitro-glycerine down to Kentucky in a skiff a few days ago, have returned. They say the steamboats shied whenever they came within hail, surmising that they carried double-condensed death and destruction in their little craft."

Issue dated Saturday, 19 December 1885:
"The lumber which fills the river at Burning Springs will not reach Parkersburg for five or six days yet."

"The small towboat 'William Kraft', with a loaded fuel boat in tow, recently made the run from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati in 39 hours."

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