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Historical newspaper excerpts from the Wood County Historical Society

A fire department ladder truck is shown in front of the Parkersburg News office on Fifth Street. It is doubtful that the News ever had a letter affair like the Important Letter “Aphphair” described below. (Photo courtesy Roger Mackey)

Music for invalids

An exchange says it was the celebrated German physician Hufeland who first fully recognized the curative power of music. Frequently the life of a dying man may be saved by gentle music not too near to his bedside. It is only to catch his attention and hold it with something that imparts pleasurable feelings, in order to sustain him beyond the moment of supreme exhaustion which marks the crisis of disease. Usually, however, the ears of the dying are regaled with no music sweeter than the sighs, and sniffles of their sorrowing friends. Of course they are troubled, depressed, and, when the critical breath comes, fail to catch it, and so die. There is much in this theory.

Music as an agent for promoting health is of high value. If invalids would devote an hour or two daily to practicing vocal music, it would often restore them to health. Persons with weak lungs may thus ward off fatal lung disease. The effect on body and mind are excellent.

The Parkersburg Daily Times

Sept. 13, 1870



There was quite a number of German immigrants here this morning, on their way to different points West. Hale looking men and women that will be a credit to the West. But it strikes us as a bad omen that none of these people express the faintest idea of stopping in our midst.


Temperance Society

They have a new style of temperance society down in Tennessee. The members may drink anything they pay for, but pledge themselves not to invite any one else to drink, nor to accept an invitation from any one else. The society has regular officers, and is conducted in many respects like the Good Templars.

Would it not be well to organize a similar society in our city?

The Parkersburg Daily Times

May 3, 1871


A gentleman by the name of Henry R. Elder, who lives some ten miles beyond Clarksburg came to town one day last week to consult with Dr. Scott in relation to having a vacant socket filled with a glass eye. The skilled doctor soon fitted him out, so that his most intimate friends could not tell the natural from the artificial eye. The young man went his way rejoicing.

The Parkersburg State Journal

May 18, 1871


Important letters!

An editorial in the first issue of the Rocky Mountain Cyclone is the greatest curiosity of the age. It is as follows; read it through and you will understand:

“We begin the publication of the Roccay Mountain Cyclone with some phew diphphiculties in the way. The type phounders phrom whom we bought our outphit phor this printing ophphice phailed to supply us with any ephs or cays, and it will be phour or phive weaxs bephore we can get any. The mistaque was not phound out till a day ago. We have ordered the missing letters, and will have to get along without them till they come. We don’t lique the loox ov this variety ov spelling any better than our readers, but mistaxes will happen in the best regulated phamilies, and iph the ph’s and c’s and x’s and q’s hold out we shall ceep (sound the ‘c’ hard) the Cyclone whirling aphter a phashion till the sorts arrive. It is no joque to us — it’s a serious aphphair.”

The Parkersburg Daily State Journal

Dec. 30, 1886


Bob Enoch is president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society. If you have comments or questions about Look Back items, please contact him at: roberteenoch@gmail.com, or by mail at WCHPS, PO Box 565, Parkersburg, WV 26102.


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