Springs, ice houses help keep valley residents cool

Ice

We must positively admonish those of our citizens who have ice houses, but have not filled them, not to let slip the first opportunity that may offer for securing this article of luxury. Recollect that, though it is cold enough now, Summer is coming when “ice-cream” is good and mint julep are the fervor, especially about the dog-days.

From The Parkersburg Gazette

Feb. 11, 1847

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Medicinal waters

Probably no portion of our country is more abundantly supplied with medical springs, than that immediately around us. Wood County abounds in this, the “best of Nature’s gifts,” and can claim, as her own, several watering places of no mean pretensions and of acknowledged beneficial qualities. Until recently these fountains of health have been known only to a few and, by them, their merits have been rather concealed than proclaimed. Lately however, by sheer desert, they have worked themselves into notice and may now claim an enviable reputation as possessing restorative properties for nearly “all the ills that flesh is heir to.”

From The Parkersburg Gazette

July 29, 1847

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The old pump

Almost every school boy recollects the old Pump standing upon the corner of Court and Juliana streets opposite Mr. Barrett’s old grocery stand, where he and ye club used to congregate. Many months have elapsed whence from its depths came the limpid stream to quench the thirst of ye weary public, who reside in the lower part of the city. Many have been the disappointed ones who have tried their energy at its handle, and in return quenched their desire to try it again. But thanks to our City Fathers for the little amount they have expended in placing it in a condition to quench the thirst of the public as it is now in good working order and yields a beautiful supply.

From The W.Va. (Parkersburg) Weekly Times

May 4, 1867

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The Mineral Wells

This old favorite place of resort, under the excellent management of W.F. Parshall, has been more than usually popular this season. There are now there, upwards of fifty regular boarders besides a large number of transient visitors. Mr. Parshall keeps every thing in apple pie order and always has plenty of excellent company, which makes a visit to the Wells very agreeable.

From The Parkersburg Gazette

Aug. 31, 1871

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The Wood County Historical Society works to preserve yesterday for tomorrow. For more information, contact P.O. Box 565, Parkersburg, WV 26102