Pictorial history offers fresh look at Jefferson
Dec. 14 & 15, 1914
I guarantee for one year from above date the eight fillings put in Lester Moler’s teeth – kindly have your teeth examined within the year. Dr. Hopkins Gibson
Elaine Mauck of Crim de la Crim Fine Collectibles and Antiques in Martinsburg submitted this handwritten note to be included among nearly 300 other images in the new pictorial history book “Jefferson County Memories.”
The 128-page, hard-bound coffee table book is published by the Journal newspaper in Martinsburg. Until now, many of the images have been in private collections.
“Jefferson County Memories is a pictorial walk through the attic of our community,” Publisher Craig Bartoldson writes in his foreword. “History for many of us is a personal connection to our past. (This) is a scrapbook of those memories that we would like to share with everyone.”
At the Charles Town Opera House Theater in 1915 you could see “pretty girls, funny comics, music, pep, jazz” in a Vaudeville show. Ticket price: 50 cents. The playbill shows “Bennie Wayland’s Red Hot Steppers” performed June 2-5 with a special midnight show June 5.
On Page 51, Mrs. Franklin Kave, Guy Morrison, Albert Kave and Mr. Walper stand at the entrance to Shepherdstown’s Kave’s Store, a German Street grocery located where the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery now operates. The photo was taken in the late 1940s, showing brooms for sale out front and bushel baskets perched on the stoop atop wooden crates.
Another series of images submitted by Mike Stoneberger and Susan Brown Bales shows the 1924 flood in Harpers Ferry, muddy water and a sea of logs and debris rise halfway up the storefronts at Nichol’s Drug Store and Jefferson’s Lunch Room.
Two undated photos provided by the Jefferson County Museum show “Uncle Horace” and “Uncle Bob” – two of the last Potomac River ferryman at Shannondale.
The eight sections in the book cover Views & Street Scenes, John Brown, Transportation, Commerce & Industry, Schools & Education, Disasters, Community, and Recreation & Celebration.
Photographs were submitted from private individuals and collectors and area historical societies and museums.
Among the most intriguing items are personal report cards, train tickets and family portraits.
Various group photographs of sporting teams, community bands, school classes and civic groups also are included with caption information.
“Jefferson County Memories” shows a progression of various of the county’s towns from streets of mud traveled primarily by horse and wagon, to the coming of the railroad and, later, the automobile.
It is an account of events that helped shape the foundation of the State of West Virginia and of our nation.
For the section on slavery abolitionist John Brown, Wilford L. Burke submitted a Proclamation from 1859 from the local sheriff, mayor and military officials. It was circulated the week before the execution of Brown, who led a raid on the U.S. Amory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry in an attempt to start a slave revolt.
“… from now until after Friday next the 2nd of December, STRANGERS found within the County of Jefferson, and Counties adjacent, having no known and proper business here, and who cannot give a satisfactory account of themselves, will be at once arrested.
“That on, and for a proper period before that day, strangers and especially parties, approaching under the pretext of being present at the execution of John Brown, whether by Railroad or otherwise, will be met by the Military and turned back or arrested without regard to the amount of force, that may be required to affect this…
the citizens of Jefferson and the surrounding country are EMPHATICALLY warned to remain at their homes armed and guard their own property.”
– The book costs $39.95. To get your own copy of “Jefferson County Memories,” call (304) 263-8931 or see order form on Page 24. Most of the books already have been sold. Those who wish to purchase one should not delay.