In the year of 1878 ...
was at a time when our only means of transportation was by water. That, the
beautiful Ohio River. We had a line of steamboats, the steamer side-wheel
Courier and the side-wheel Express. We called them the U. S. Mail boats.
Running from Wheeling, W.Va. to Parkersburg, W. Va., one up and one down every
day, if fog and low water did not hinder them. Where they landed most all the
town would congregate on the bank till the one John Ferrier and the other
mail clerk would deliver the mail to the postoffice and return with Newport
mail. That was one of the big times of the town.