Notes on a trip to Palestine (Era), and Mt. Sterling, Ohio

Transcribed by Mary Lou Stiverson

Noting of interest occurred until we arrived at Palestine, where we succeeded in crossing the network of railroad tracks which are in such close proximity as to make one nervous, especially when a fast train is due.

We arrived at Mt. Sterling late in the afternoon and one of the first persons we met was John A. Miller, who is deservedly popular as bank cashier and manager of the Home Telephone Company, which is being so successfully inaugurated with about 90 patrons and a good prospect for many more before the close of the year. The central office is located in the Snyder block and is nicely fitted up both for the convenience of the patrons and the employees. Miss Daisy Riggin is day operator with Miss Stella Richards as assistant, while Wright Burke looks after the night calls, all of whom are proving efficient and accommodating operators. Mr. Miller stated that the company has toll and that the lines to Palestine and Derby were in course of construction; the material for the lines to Cook's and Madison Mills has arrived.

It can be seen that Sterling will soon be in communication with all the surrounding country. The work of connecting the town with the United States Long Distance Telephone Co. is being pushed and it won't be long until they can talk all over the country. Mr. Miller is enthusiastic over the outlook and he has reason to be. John Crotty, who together with Henry Snyder, are the only two original subscribers to the Enterprise at this point who are living, is now one of the proprietors of the Brown farm and reports good success in stock raising and tilling the soil. He has three loads of cattle almost ready to go off, which will make a fine average. Mrs. John Riddle has received news to the effect that her sister, Mrs. Dora T. Sleppy, who is now in London, England, and who has been furnishing some interesting letters to the Enterprise, will return home in a few week. George Kious, who succeeded the Dewey Bros., has a general store which is a popular resort and furnishes plenty of work for the proprietor and his three salesmen. Mr. Kious is now making a speciality of poultry and is getting off large shipments every week. George Carter, who is a brick layer and general builder, informed us that he has had plenty of work this season. We consulted Drs. Welch and Collins, two prominent physicians, as to the health and they pronounced the fall remarkably healthy, especially as regards to fever. The former is also engaged in farming and this season produced 2,000 bushels of wheat from 100 acres of ground, something that cannot be done next season if present indications hold good. No stranger who visits the town should not fail to drop in and wee W.R. Torrnece, who is located in the Snyder building and conducts a first class restaurant, where meals or lunch can be obtained on short notice. Mrs. Torrence is an excellent cook and furnishes a bowl of soup which is palatable and where the oysters can be seen without the use of a microscope. If you patronize the place one you will be tempted to call again. Squire Burke, who made an excellent postmaster, informs us that his official business is not very rushing, owning to the good Republican times. His term expires next spring and we hope to see him retained, as he served his country well in the War of the Rebellion. Scott Alkire, who makes a speciality of horse breeding and raising, states that the past season was good. He always keeps a number of good ones which he will sell worth the money. We spent the noon hour on Wednesday at the old William Creath farm, north of the village, where we enjoyed the hospitality of Thomas Gardner and his estimable wife. This is one of the oldest structures in the county, having been built about 70 years and in it Mrs. Gardner was born and has always lived-a period of half a century. Mr. Gardner's venerable mother makes her home with the family and her many friends will be pleased to know she is in the enjoyment of good health, age considered. Her husband, John Gardner, was for 30 yrs. a justice of the peace in Fairfield Twp. and during all that time never had a case reversed by the upper court. F.M. Lane, who has for a month had his sawmill located on the Creath farm, has moved it to the John Stone in Pickaway CO.

Genealogical Data collected and assimilated in part by Mary Lou Stiverson.