Look Back: A day’s items from the Weekly Times

Historical newspaper excerpts from the Wood County Historical Society

SOMETHING NEW — Every day brings something new to our city. W.E. Ripley has an instrument for taking pictures of children made expressly for the purpose, and can take an Ambrotype [sic] in one second and a Negative in five. No one need say that they cannot get pictures of their children. Give him a call and you will be satisfied.

Those colored pictures are splendid. He is certainly doing a fine business in enlarging and coloring in Pastell and Water colors, also in Ink. Any one having old pictures, which are fading out, would do well to give him a call and have them finished in Ink, which will make them permanent.

A. Heise on Market St. after starting again his butcher shop, is doing finely; he keeps good fresh, wholesome meat of all kinds, eggs, butter and a large variety of vegetables. His son is a sprightly fellow, polite, almost out doing his father. Grow on boy, be accommodating, and you will do well.

Two Stockholders of our Co., Messrs. G.E. Smith and W. Kramer started day before yesterday on a long journey, they intend to visit their aged parents and spend all next summer and fall in Europe. We are sorry to learn that they were delayed until midnight the 18th at Clarksburg. May they have better luck hereafter, and return safely home.

The stagnant pool at the corner of Juliann and Neal St. [Second Street] should be drained. It is a very ugly place. That lot was to have been built on this spring, but the city has filled so as to render the necessity of filling that certain lot. Whether, under the circumstance the owner or the city should fill, is for the law to determine. Let the lot be filled first, and the question of cost settled afterward. The health of the city requires it.

At this hot season it is comfortable to perceive that a well is to be dug in Juliann St. next to T.G. Smith’s book store. Diggers were at full speed working yesterday, and we hope to see a refreshing stream gush forth in a day or two, affording to us who don’t drink anything but crystal pure water, the pleasure of getting it fresh all the time. Whoever has set this operation in motion, has our heartfelt thanks.

A man was run against by a furniture wagon yesterday and his hat was mashed into a “cocked hat,” he was going to call on some ladies. In agony he said, “what shall I do?” “Why,” said a bystander, “go to I.W. Montgomery’s on Ann st. and you will get a better hat than you ever wore.” In fifteen minutes he was seen with a splendid pearl.

A party of six gentlemen rose yesterday, before sunrise, with the intention to reach Mt. Hope in time to see old sol rise in is full glory. They rather hurried, as old sol had left his couch, and his rays could be clearly discerned, the party got a little ahead, and would have seen the full rise, but the splendor giver not being advised of the arrival of such illustrious persons, was disposed to hide behind clouds, and spoil the pleasure in that respect.

But the company was amply repaid by the beauties of Mt. Hope and the affable reception of Capt. Tyson, its proprietor. The party enjoyed a good breakfast, had all kinds of sport and pleasure, and returned invigorated in mind and body, and intend to make such excursions often to that beautiful spot.

The Parkersburg Weekly Times,

June 23, 1866


Bob Enoch is president of the Wood County Historical Society. Would you like to help preserve our past for future generations? The society offers informative monthly meetings and an interesting, 20-page quarterly newsletter. Dues are just $20/year. Send to: WCHPS, P.O. Box 565, Parkersburg, WV 26102.


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