The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio
Wednesday, March, 31 1897

Capt. D. A. Hartley, the mail man, is out as an independent candidate
for constable in Letart township.  To Capt. D. A. Hartley

Column 6


The BOAZ on her way up from New Orleans, arrived here Monday and tied
up at the ice piers, while Steward Theo. Guenther came ashore to visit
his parents and sisters.

The JOSEPH WALTON passed down yesterday for St. Louis on a three
months trip. John and Peter Kober, of this city, are members of
the crew.

The ADA V. is engaged in towing ship timber from Pt. Pleasant to the

The EAGLE is having her boilers repaired at Middleport.
More on EAGLE,

Capt. Mack Gamble, of Marietta, left Nashville, Tenn., last Friday
with his boat, the  W. R. CUMMINGS, which he purchased for $12,000.
More on Capt. Gamble from The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, Wed. June. 12 1897.

The HANDY No. 2 will be put on the docks at Middleport this week,
where she is to receive a new hull.

The Geo. W. Moredock and the Jessie both got out last week with tows
of coal and salt.  The Moredock also had a barge of cinders.

The Tom Rees No. 2 passed here Thursday and had in tow the FALLIE,
which broke her shaft at Maysville last week.

Val. Kohl, steward on the TOM REES No. 2, stopped off here several
hours Thursday. He left at noon on the Ohio River road to catch his
boat at Ravenswood.

James Rees & Sons, of Pittsburg, have about completed another steel
hull freight and passenger boat for the Magdalena river, South
America. The dimensions of the hull are 33 feet wide and 145 feet long.
The boat will be shipped to its destination in sections. This makes
the 13th steel hull boat which this firm has built for South American
firms. Many Ohio river steamboatmen are now located in that section.
Capt. Thomas Rees, of the firm, says that they expect to turn out
several more boats during the year for South American waters, but
that they have very little work on hand at present. He says that the
machinery for the new QUEEN CITY is about ready to be shipped to its
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The current of the Ohio river has cut away acres of the land of Tow
Head island of late years, but many acres have been added to the
lower end of it, and it continues to grow in length and width at the
lower end, where it is only a matter of time when it will be joined
to the shore above the coalboat landings and coal floats, says the

The Ohio river is 975 miles long, but a third of this is bends, as the
direct distance from Pittsburg to Cairo is only 615 miles. It drains
about 225,000 square miles, which embraces parts of 12 States.  At
Pittsburg it is 1,021 feet above the sea and 322 at Cairo, which makes
an average of only about 9 inches of fall in a mile, yet at Louisville
it descends 27 feet in two and one-half miles. The current, at an
ordinary stage, ranges from one to three miles an hour, and in places
with much greater velocity. Its width at an ordinary stage is from
1,000 to 3,600 feet. At Pomeroy it is less than 1,500 feet. The amount
of freight carried on it is said to be greater than that of any other
river in this country. When the importance of the river is considered,
it isn't strange that it should sometimes swell out of its banks.

The RAYMOND HORNER passed here Monday evening with the largest tow of
coal that was ever handled by a single towboat on this end of the Ohio.
On her last trip she started from Pittsburg with 14 coalboats and 2
barges and took on some more coalboats and two barges at Bellaire,
swelling her tow to 20 coalboats and 4 barges. The amount of coal handled
approximated over 500,000 bushels, and her pilots are not blowing much
about it, either. The pilot who can safely steer through the channel
span at the Steubenville bridge with 14 coalboats and 2 barges is
certainly a genius.


Capt. Callie M. French, of the showy New Sensation, who recently lost
the "C. O.," by sinking, at Hickman, has purchased the Mary Stewart
for $2500.


Capt. Robert Cook, of Americus, Ga., who is at present in Boston,
announces that he is making arrangements to walk on the water of the
Ohio river from Pittsburg to Cincinnati.  "Capt." Cook, who is 23
years old and weighs 140 pounds, will attempt to make the journey in
fifteen days for a wager of $1,000. The total distance is between 450
and 500 miles.
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