Here are a couple of articles from a recent quarterly newsletter. Newsletters are mailed quarterly to members of the Meigs County Historical.
From the Fall 2014 "Meigs Historian"
The Athens Messenger, January 26, 1927 - Pomeroy Appears As Venice While Boats Ply Streets
Gum boots, both hip and knee boots, could be purchased yesterday at any of the street corners. Many people could be seen carrying small oil and coal stoves to those homes which were without gas. Temporary platforms and bridges were laid across the water on Second street that the second stories of the business houses could be reached. A number of the stores moved their merchandise to the second stories of the buildings they occupied, or to other buildings out of reach of the water, and opened stores.
The few restaurants which were able to conduct their business, were crowded to their capacity all day yesterday. Canned tomato soup and baked beans and ham and eggs was the menu at the Remington hotel, the only hotel in Pomeroy. This restricted menu was due to the lack of gas in the building. The principal meats sold at the various meat markets were minced ham and other cold meats which could be used for preparing sandwiches.
No Driftwood - Despite the inconveniences, the majority of the residents here, particularly those out of reach of the water were in town looking at the river in amazement. One of the features of the present flood is the absence of great quantities of drift wood. In former years, according to older residents of Pomeroy, substantial sums of money were made by those who caught the driftwood and rafts of logs which were floated down the river. It was commonly understood that whoever caught the various rafts could claim ownership and could dispose of the wood.
With the breaking of numerous show windows of the business houses of Pomeroy, by the waves from the Steamer Tom Greene Monday morning, the story of the shooting of the pilot on a river steamer during the flood of 1907 has been revived.
Shoot Pilot - The substance of the story which is being told here is that one of the well-known river steamers of that time went up the river. The boat passed Pomeroy, it is said on the Ohio side of the river. Considerable damage was being done to the business houses of Pomeroy by the waves from the boat and warnings were shouted the men on the boat to steer the boat to the West Virginia shore. Despite the warnings, the story goes, the boat continued to run up the Ohio side. When the boat reached the region near Apple Grove, the pilot on the boat was shot by someone standing on the Ohio shore. The bullet was fired from a rifle but it was never known who fired the shot.
The Steamer Tom Greene, which passed here Monday morning, went up the river on the West Virginia shore. Even at this distance the waves coming from the boat broke windows of the business houses in the main part of the town. In many instances the windows which were broken had been protected by boards nailed across them. One instance of this is the breaking of the windows of the street car office. Precautions had been taken before the water rose to nail boards across the windows to protect the glass. All windows of the street car office were broken. Workers were busy nailing boards in front of the windows of the Neutzling restaurant when the boat passed Pomeroy. These windows were broken when the rear end of the boat the men were working in swung through the windows.No Fatal Accidents
The local street car service was cut off between Pomeroy and Middleport Sunday due to the fact that water crossed the tracks in several places. Service was continued between Hobson and Middleport until the water reached the tracks there. The cars have been running throughout the flood period from Third street Middleport to Hobson on the regular schedule. The electric power, supplied by the Ohio Power company, has not been discontinued here throughout the entire flood period. - No fatal accidents due to the high waters, have been reported here yet. Jake Zeiher, owner of the Zeiher Shoe store, narrowly escaped serious injury Tuesday morning when he slipped through a hole in the floor of the sample room of the Remington hotel. Mr. Zeiher, was walking around in the room, the floor of which was covered with water, when he slipped through an opening in the floor. As he fell he caught the sides of the opening with his hands and hauled himself up. Aside from a thorough drenching in the icy water, he was not injured. Charles Schorn, 8-year-old son of Charles Schorn, proprietor of the Remington, fell into the water in the rear of the Schorn barber shop Tuesday, when playing around the water. He was not injured. Pomeroy appeared to be an exact replica of the city of Venice yesterday with it’s oarsmen guiding boats through the waters on the main streets of the town. Yawls, skiffs and John boats were seen from early morning until late last night filled with those who wished to see the river from the front street of Pomeroy. Other boats were used to ferry residents across portions of the streets which were flooded,. Still others were being used to ferry residents to town whose homes had been surrounded by water by the sudden raise Monday night.
Athens Messenger, July 28, 1928 - Bugler of Civil War is Visiting Meigs County Boyhood Scenes -Pomeroy, July 13 - Nathaniel Sisson, 83, is in Meigs County visiting old scenes especially in and about Middleport. His home is in Maryville, Missouri.
Mr. Sisson has the distinction of sounding the bugle call for the last charge of Union troops in the closing battle of the Civil war, at Appomattox Court House, on the morning of April 9, 1865, when General Lee surrendered. In Sutton’s History of the Second W.Va. Calvary, of which Mr. Sisson was a member, appears a picture of Mr. Sisson, and confirmation of his having sounded the last charge, and also the halt at the approach of the flag of truce.
The late Charles Shorn, Pomeroy barber for many years, was also a bugler in the battle of Appomattox, and witnessed Lee’s surrender to Grant.
Mr. Sisson came back to the old home place on Leading Creek, after the war, where he remained for a year or two and then set out for the West. He sent a son to the Spanish-American war and a grandson and granddaughter to the World war. Three of the Sisson brothers went through the Civil war without being wounded.
One of the brothers, F. M. Sisson, 80, McMinnville, Oregon, is also here with his brother on a visit.
Athens Messenger, October 11, 1932 - Sounded Last Bugle Call in Civil War
Charles Schorn, who formerly worked at the Schorn Barber Shop on Main Street, learned his trade there under his father, the late Charles Schorn, who died in March, 1915. He has data showing that his father won a unique distinction in the Civil War. Being a bugler, the elder Mr. Schorn was on detail at Grant’s headquarters and saw and heard the details of the surrender of the great Confederate General Lee to General Grant at Appomatox. It was he, the timid German boy who enlisted from Pomeroy, who officially sounded the last bugle call of the war.
Mr. Schorn was born in Germany on may 1, 1842. He came to New York as a boy and soon thereafter came to Pomeroy, where he spent the remainder of his life except for the war period.
Editors Note: We leave it to you to decide who officially sounded the last bugle call of the war. The first article says it is in Sutton’s History of the Second W.Va Calvary that Mr. Sisson was the one. However, histories can have mistakes - depending on when they were written and where the sources of information came from. I found these two stories while trying to determine the date of the newspaper the flood story appeared in (having only an undated clipping of it). I used the Charles Schorn name for my search on Ancestry and found the two different stories by the headlines. I thought it was of interest that the bugler was from Meigs County, only realizing, as I typed the stories, the discrepancy in them. Further checking the internet, I found another person from West Virginia who had claimed to be the bugler. So maybe there were several.