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What Cheer 100 Years
1965 Centennial Book
Page 61


L.S. Cory laid out the town of Janetown 1 1/2 miles north of the What Cheer post office, naming it after his wife Jane. Although it is usually spelled without an "s," that letter is inserted on plats, making it "Janestown."

The map shows the location of the post office on Main street, which is now Highway 21. The railroad platform was at the west end of Fifth street. There were 30 or 30 houses, although 79 lots had been optimistically laid out on the nine blocks. The houses were not company houses as was the case with some of the other mining villages, but they were neat individually owned homes. The population was made up of many nationalities. Mr. Howard was postmaster. Redigg's general store was on Main street. He bought dill pickles, sauerkraut, and crackers by the barrel.

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