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Submitted by Barbara Shrodes

MARCH 2 - Round about Ireland” is the subject of a lecture to be delivered at Star theatre Monday evening, March 18, by the Rev. C. A. Mulhearn. The lecture will constitute the second half of the evening’s programme and an “Hour of Irish Songs and Music” will make up the first part.

MARCH 5 - Navigation has resumed and within 48 hours all the packets will be running as usual. The City of Wheeling was the first packet to make her appearance, she arriving early in the afternoon and departing for Matamoras and way landings at 8 p.m. She had a big load, much was freight having accumulated here during the enforced suspension of navigation during the ice embargo.

MARCH 6 - Martin’s Ferry council held its regular semi-monthly meeting last night with a bare quorum, the following members being present: Messrs. Farnell, Selby, Robbins, Metzger, Frazier and Dobbins. After the executive wheels had commenced to turn smoothly, the last-named member became indignant and left the hall, thus bringing the machinery to an abrupt standstill and no further business could be transacted. A petition from the Beaumont Glass Company was read, asking for vacation of the part of Clay lying east of First street. As this portion of the street is entirely worthless as far as traffic is concerned, the petition was favorably acted upon and a notice of the petition ordered published. The marshal’s report showed 14 arrests for the month of February and 28 meals furnished to prisoners. The mayor’s report showed $162 in fines for the past month, with $15 back fines collected and $25 for licenses. The Electric light and water boards also reported and were accepted.

A petition from property owners on West Hanover street from Fifth to Tenth streets, praying for the improvement of that thoroughfare by paving the same, was presented. During the argument on this question, Mr. Dobbins picked up his hat and left and so there was no quorum, no disposition of the matter was made. The usual number of monthly bills was passed, including one heretofore refused for feeding prisoners.

MARCH 7 - The fire department was called out last evening by an alarm turned in from Box 19, directing them to a blaze originating in a small frame house on Park street, caused by a defective flue. The blaze was extinguished with a few buckets of water without the assistance of the department.

Work on the new United Presbyterian church is progressing very slowly at present owing to cold weather. It will hurry the workers to finish in time for the dedicatory exercises.

MARCH 19 - A lively fight occurred on Second street in Martin’s Ferry in which three imported bricklayers engaged. They all had trowels, which they used to good advantage. Two of the men were badly injured, one sustaining a fracture of the nose. Immediately after the fray they separated and endeavored to elude arrest, but two were unsuccessful and were lodged in jail by the marshal. They will probably have a hearing tomorrow.

MARCH 25 - Peter Beck, who has been employed at work on the Uniform Rank, Knights of Pythias, fell from the roof to the ground Saturday, a distance of 15 feet. No bones were broken, but he was badly bruised.

From the Wheeling Register, June, 1901

By Annie C. Tanks

JUNE 2, 1901 - Yesterday was a very cool day for June. The morning temperature as observed at Schnepf’s being at 58 ° and the maximum at 71°, falling to 61° at 10 o’clock last night.

Martin’s Ferry’s base ball team gave Msry Liz club of Bridgeport a drubbing yesterday that they will remember for some time. The home boys knocked the ball all over the field and piled up scores until they were tired. The score was 21 to 8. Batteries; W. M. Jerger and Coss, for Bridgeport, Craig and Duke.

JUNE 4 - At a meeting of the graduating class it was unanimously agreed to give a picnic on Wednesday a week, west of the city. The class will drive out the Mt. Pleasant road, and when they find a suitable place will stop and spend the day. The lady members of the class will furnish the luncheon.

JUNE 5 - The ladies of the First M. E. church who met at the church Monday evening concluded to extend all their efforts to build a new church. The pastor, Rev. W. J. Wilson, addressed the willing workers in a few words that fully enthused them. Rev. Wilson stated the needs of a new church and every statement was substantiated by fact. For example, the basement is not large enough for the Sunday School. This is only one of the many reasons for a new church to be built by the leading congregation of the city. The ladies will give an entertainment on Thursday, June 27th, when different plans of a new church will be shown to the public. Each lady is expected to raise $1 by this time. It would be only deserving for this large church to build a new edifice while their able minister, Rev. Wilson, is with them. There are few men of his equal.

JUNE 9 - The board of education met last evening in the office of the Central building and resumed balloting for the election of a superintendent. Three men for the present superintendent, Professor W. H. Stewart, stood loyally their man. The motion was to re-elect him for another year. At last, after 59 ballots had been cast and no election made, a great many thought that there would be a deadlock and it would go to the county commissioners for election. After a number of ballots last evening, anti-Stewart members changed from voting no to other candidates, but the other three voted solidly for Stewart, while votes were cast for high school teachers M. D. Morris, Mr. Cope and S. G. Creamer, the latter of this city. On the 68th ballot, Dr. J. W. Darrah, who had not been voting for Stewart, stated that he did not think it advisable to continue this contest and he did not think it advisable for the good of the schools to continue in this manner and for their good he would cast his vote for Stewart, which elected him, the last vote being cast about 10:45 p.m. ...

JUNE 13 - Belmont Brick Company’s loss by fire Tuesday will reach about $700. Work at building new sheds will be commenced immediately.

JUNE 18 - The Bridgeport water committee has submitted a proposition to the Martin’s Ferry Board, asking them to supply them with water for one more year until they can build a plant of their own.

JUNE 29 - The board of education at their meeting Thursday evening gave Miss Emma Fletcher an increase of $5 per month, making her salary $60 for a month.