Submitted by Tonia Porter (email@example.com), JUN 2005
Friday, November 7, 1902
DIED: The eleven months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Botts accidentally got hold of some kind of poison last Friday morning, and in spite of all Drs. Trammell and Adams could do, it died Saturday and was carried to Brewton, Sunday evening for burial.
DIED: On Monday last, the thirteen-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Adams, died after several weeks illness. She was their third child to die within the past month, and was also the last child they had living.
A reward of $50.00 will be paid for the arrest of and return to me at Florala, Charles Sherfield and Lottie Niece, who eloped from my home near Florala, on Monday, October 13, 1902. Sherfield is a married man, having a wife and one child residing at Flomaton, Ala., and is about 28 to 30 years old, about 6 ft high, weight about 160 lbs., dark complexion, heavy, dark mustache, with a scar on the left cheek.
Lottie Niece is my daughter, 15 or 16 years of age, about 5 ft high, weight about 125-130 lbs., fair complexion, light gray eyes and yellow hair. They are supposed to have gone to DeFuniak, Fla. HW Niece, Florala, Ala.
Friday, November 14, 1902
A man by the name of Sam Martin, who formerly resided near this place, was found dead in the woods, near Coxe’s Ferry, Wednesday evening, and brought to Laurel Hill, Thursday morning for burial. It is supposed that he accidentally shot himself, as he was found to have been killed by a shotgun.
DIED: Mr. JM Burlison died last Wednesday morning, after several months of severe suffering. He had been a victim of asthma for several years, and his death was not unexpected. His remains were interred in the city cemetery, Thursday morning. He leaves a wife and two daughters to mourn him.
Friday, November 21, 1902- no b/m/d reported
Friday, November 28, 1902- no b/m/d reported
Friday, December 12, 1902
Mr. JR Garrett, one of Milligan’s most prominent citizens, died at his home in Milligan, Fla. Last Friday evening, after several weeks of illness.
Williams- McDuffie- On Wednesday afternoon, December 10th, at four o’clock, Miss Mary McDuffie of this place, and Mr. SH Williams, of Columbus. Ga. Were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. WR McDuffie. Bridesmaids were Miss Mabbett, of Quitman, Ga. And Miss Pearle McDuffie, sister of the bride. The maid of honor was Miss, Janie McDuffie. The ring bearer was Miss Kattie Lee Wynn, niece of the bride. Mr. SA Wynn was the best man.
Mr. Williams is a prominent druggist of Columbus, Ga., being a member of the firm Brannon, Carson and Williams.
Friday, December 19, 1902- no b/m/d reported
Friday, December 26, 1902
A Sad Death- Special to the News- Oak Grove, Fla., Dec. 21. One of the saddest deaths to occur in this community for quite awhile, was that of Miss Florida Hart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Hart, which occurred today at 11:30 am after a most painful illness of several weeks. Miss Florida was a victim of what is commonly called “Slow Fever”. She leaves a father and mother, two brothers, and four sisters to mourn her death.
Friday, July 10, 1903
Terrible Tragedy at Milligan, Fla. At a picnic given at Milligan, Fla., last Saturday, BD Lewis, a stiller for Howell and Moore, and JD Cobb engaged in an altercation in which Lewis received three ghastly wounds from a knife, either of which was sufficient to produce death. A coroner’s inquest was held and acquitted Cobb on the ground of justifiable homicide.
A Sad Death- Annie Clary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. JA Clary, of Laurel Hill, Fla., died last Wednesday morning, at the home of her parents, from congestion of the brain. She was about 14 years old and the youngest child of a family of three children.
Friday, July 17, 1903-
The Masonic procession at the grave of WB Manning was very largely attended.
A Sad Death- After several weeks of painful illness with brain fever, Mrs. JO Jacobs died last Monday morning at 8 o’clock, wand was interred at the city cemetery Tuesday, Rev. WW Falkner performing the last rites. Mrs. Jacobs came here with her husband and children from Elba last September. She was a sister of Mr. JW Scroggins, who also came here from Elba about the same time Mrs. Jacobs came. She was the mother of five children, the youngest, a three month’s old infant died on Thursday of last week, to who she was a mother indeed.
Communication from Opp: Mrs. MDS Adkison died here Monday and her remains were interred at Cool Springs Cemetery Tuesday. She was the wife of Marshal Adkison of this place. Besides her husband, she leaves six children.
Friday, July 31, 1903
A Beautiful Home Wedding: On last Sunday morning, July 26th, 1903 at the home of the bride’s parents. Mr. MA George Sr. and Miss SP Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. Rev. JT Mapoles officiating. The wedding was somewhat of a surprise, as the groom is so much the senior of the bride. Mr. George is about sixty years of age, while his bride is only twenty-nine.
Obituary- Oak Grove, Fla., July 20th, 1903. Died at Wing, Ala., July 10th, 1903, Eva Lil, infant daughter of John and Annie Davis, aged eleven months and fourteen days.
A Sad Death- Mrs. Lola Pearl Ward, wife of Mr. JC Ward, died Friday night, July 24th, 1903 after only a few days illness, and was interred at the city cemetery Rev. BS Ellisor performing the last rites. Mrs. Ward was born in Henry County, Oct. 16, 1874. She has been a consistent member of the ME Church since 1890. She leaves three children- two boys and a girl, and a husband to mourn her death.
Friday, August 21, 1903
Notice! The funeral service of Mrs. Esther Johnson will be conducted at the Florala cemetery Sunday, August 30th, at 11 o’clock.
Obituary- On Sunday evening, August the 2nd, 1903, the young wife of Russel Johnson of Florala died. Mrs. Esther Johnson, was the second daughter of Elijah and Florence Cox, born Aug. 11, 1882 and married to Russel Johnson January 24th, 1903.
Friday, November 6, 1903- no b/m/d reported
Friday, January 7, 1904
We were pained to learn of the death of the fifteen-month-old child of Mr. and Mrs. JA Hogue, which taken place last Monday.
We were sorry to learn of the death of one of Mr. and Mrs. MH Busbees children, who lives between this place and Laurel Hill.
Mr. Mike Lurie, one of Florala’s popular merchants returned from Geneva, where he went to attend funeral of his brother James Lurie, who died Sunday Dec. 27th, 1903.
Friday, January 14, 1904
Opp Communication: The year old babe of Mr. and Mrs. Hall, who recently moved here, was called away by the Giver of Life, Saturday night.
Mrs. FO Ellis Found Dead. The sad intelligence reached here on Sunday last of the death at Muscogee, Fla., of Mrs. FO Ellis, who went there to spend a few weeks with her parents. It will be remembered that Mr. Ellis went to Muscogee about six months ago where he and Mrs. Ellis were married, coming jeer to start in life together.
Notice No. 25215- Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. Dec. 7th 1903 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on January 23rd, 1904, viz:
Asa C. Crews, Homestead entry, No. 32575, for the se qr of the se qr of section 4, Tp. 1 n of R18 east.
He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz:
Amon Nobles, of Martha, Ala., John Eason, Gus Clark and William H Roberts, of Florala, Ala.
Robert Barber, Register
Thursday, January 21, 1904
Mr. RL McFayden Dies. On last Saturday morning at 11 o’clock death claimed the life of this young man at the home of his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Parker, where he was staying. He was devoted to his mother, who came from the home at Raeford, NC, as soon as advised of his serious illness. Although taken sick on the day after Christmas, Mr. McFayden was not considered dangerously ill, and even on the night before his death was seemingly much improved. The body was shipped to North Carolina, last Sunday, accompanied by his mother, Herbert Parker and Mr. Bryan.
One of the infant twin babies of Mr. IP Wooten, died last Saturday night at the home of Mr. Moss. It will be remembered that Mr. Wooten’s wife died a short time ago.
Thursday, January 28, 1904
Crestview News: On last Monday morning at 6 o’clock death claimed Miss Jennie B Powell at the home of her relatives, Mr. and Mrs. HF Powell, where she was staying. The cause of her death after a lingering illness, of about eight months, was consumption. The body was laid to rest at Bethel.
We are just in receipt of a message announcing the death of Alonzo Foster, on last Friday 22, his death was caused by a falling tree striking him on the head and killing him instantly. It is to be remembered that Foster was the man who shot and killed George Wiggins about two years ago, and by many false swearings he was acquitted of the dastardly deed, and it now shows that justice will overtake a man who leads such a life.
Pathetic Death At Paxton- Without the presence of kin or loved on related to any degree, Mrs. AC Beach passed to her last home on Tuesday of this week at the Paxton Hotel. She was a respectable, hard working widow whose recent history has been quite sad. About a year ago her husband died at Lockhart and was buried by a few friends, in the Florala cemetery. Since then the widow has supported herself by her labor as best she could and about a week before her death had engaged her service in the hotel at Paxton with Rm. JKP Johnson. After one days work she was taken down with pneumonia and death claimed her for his own. She was laid to rest beside her husband.
Thursday, February 4, 1904- no b/m/d reported
Thursday, February 11, 1904
Crestview News Cox-Hix A very quiet and pretty wedding was that of Mr. Will Cox and Miss Jessie Hix, which took place Sunday afternoon at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Millage Cox.
On Tuesday last Dr. E.L. Adams went to McRae to see the little six year old daughter of Tom. Roberts, who was severely if not fatally burned.
Thursday, February 18, 1904- no b/m/d reported
Thursday, February 25, 1904
Monday afternoon John Johnson and Sam Jones, both colored, had a fight to death at the McKinnon House, (a negro hotel). No one knows the facts in this case as the fight occurred upstairs and no one could be found who saw it.
Crestview News: Miss Mary Lou Cawthon, of Defuniak, passed through here Tuesday en route to Florala, where she goes to attend the Williamson-Manning wedding.
Thursday, March 3, 1904
Williamson-Manning On February 25 at 8:00 pm at the home of Mr. and Mrs. JT Manning Mr. D. Gordon Williamson and Miss Annis Manning were married. (a lengthy article follows)
Thursday, March 10, 1904
Opp News- On last Friday morning at 4:00 am, Uncle William Benton, a farmer and a good citizen of our community, was called from earth to eternity after a short illness. He leaves a widow and several children.
Ex Mayor Spear and Miss Icy Jones, of Rose Hill, were happily married at the bride’s father’s last Tuesday.
We should have mentioned in the last issue that the home of Mr. and Mrs. JG Crisp had been blessed by the arrival of a fine boy. Jim says he is not charging him any board, either.
Crestview News: Mr. LS Dilburn, was called home last Monday by the sudden death of his father, at Wallace, Ala.
Thursday, March 17, 1904- no b/m/d reported
Thursday, March 24, 1904
The sad news reached this office Wednesday of the death of Mr. JA Milligan at his home in Milligan, Fla., which occurred on last Monday at 4:00. Mr. Milligan was an experience mill man.
Thursday, March 31, 1904
A Son of DIB’s- Mr. Dan Adkison, who is a very modest young man living at Pera was in the office. He was born in Elton, in this county 28 years ago next cotton picking time, and was raised on Pea River.
On last Monday Mr. Eugene Skito, a man about 32 years of age, living here and working for the Florala Saw Mill Company, near Paxton, sawing logs, when in some strange manner he was struck by a falling tree and lived only a short time afterward. The body was sent to Marianna, Fla. For burial. The dead man left a wife and two little children.
Thursday, April 7, 1904
Crestview News: Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wilkinson, last Sunday a boy.
Kirk Johnson has bought the Tucker house in the western part of town, from Mr. George. It will be remembered that Mr. Johnson and Miss Adams were recently married. They are now housekeeping under their own vine and fig tree.
Thursday, April 14, 1904
The Election: Returns show that Robinson has won over Prestwood, Law and Riley for Probate Judge by a good majority. WH Jones was nominated for clerk: WF Simmons for treasurer, WW Watters for tax collector; Allen Adkison for tax assessor; Merrill for Superintendent of education and AL Rankin, GF Stewart and A Whaley for delegates to the state convention.
AJ Ward will be the next County Commissioner from this district. Comer for railroad commissioner, and Wiley for congress, carried this county.
It is impossible to get further reliable information at this time. The ticket is very tedious and tiresome to count, as in some counties it contained as many as 130 names.
A Relative of Mr. McRae’s. Miss Laura McRae, who was one of a boating party drowned at Sutherland, Florida, last week, was a first cousin of our townsman, Chas. C McRae. The Telfair Enterprise, of McRae, Ga, the young lady’s former home contained the following sketch of her character: “Miss Laurie McRae’s death is the cause of genuine sorrow here, not only to her relatives, but to her numerous acquaintances. She was a noble, pure and true a woman as ever lived, and those who knew her best appreciated most the nobility of her unselfish life. Her father and mother are both dead, and her life was centered in caring for her younger sister, who is now the only on left in this immediate family.”
Opp Communication:Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Bessie Shine to Rev. WJ Simmons, of this place. Full details will appear later.
JT Barge Dies. Mr. JT Barge, of Butler Springs, Ala. Died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert S Corry, in Lockhart last Monday morning at 9 o’clock. He was about seventy years of age, and had been in failing health for some time. He has spent the great part of his life in Butler County, at Forest Home, Greenville and of late years at Butler Springs, and was much beloved by all who knew him. His remains are carried to Greenville for internment.
Thursday, April 21, 1904
Notice No. 25421 Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. April 15th 1904
Notice is hereby given that Benjamin F Pierce has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim. Homestead entry no. 35188 for the sw ¼ of the sw1/4 of Section 21, Tp-2 n R 17 east. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuing residence: Jefferson F Burlison, William R Barnes, Green A Burlison, John R McKee, Sr. all of Green Bay, Ala.
Thursday, April 28, 1904
Williamson-Goodroe Marriage. The marriage of Miss Frances E. Williamson and Mr. Earnest F. Goodroe was solemnized at the home of Mr. JN McLean, the bride’s guardian, at noon Tuesday, April 26th. Among the friends and relatives, was Mr. Hershell Goodroe, of Montgomery, the genial brother of the groom. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Goodroe along with Mr. H Goodroe, left to visit the groom’s father in Smithville, Ga.
Thursday, May 5, 1904
The body of Mr. JW Lee which arrived over the L&N Saturday night from Western Texas was put aboard the Central passenger train her Sunday. Mr. Lee was a member of the Naval Stores firm of Lee Brothers, operating near Laurel Hill, and being in failing health went west some six months ago in the hopes that the fry air would improve it. His death occurred there last Tuesday. The body was carried to the old home in Georgia.
Opp News: Shine-Simmons: On last Wednesday evening at 4 pm, quite a number of friends assumed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. JH Shine to witness the marriage of Miss Bessie Shine to Rev. William J Simmons. Rev. Simmons is the pastor of the ME church of this place.
Thursday, May 12, 1904
A large crowd of Florala young people attended the all day sing at Chapel Hill, Sunday. Aunt Nancy Geoghagin, ninety years of age, was buried there in the forenoon.
Died: On March 26, 1904, budded one of earth’s fairest flowers, and on last Wednesday morning, May 4, 1904, the dew of heaven kissed the little bud and it blossomed in the garden of God. This gives the birth and death of James Claude, son of Mr. and Mrs. JG Crisp. The funeral ceremony was conducted by Rev. JF Ford, Thursday morning from the residence. The tiny casket was laid to rest in the city cemetery.
Opp Budget: Mr. CA McKinnon, who had been confined to his bed for ten weeks, with pneumonia, died Sunday night at 11 o’clock. He was a young man of noble characterm and a member of the firm of the Opp Mercantile Co.
Contest Notice United States Land Office: Montgomery, Ala. April 20th, 1904. A sufficient contest affidavit having filed in this office by James R. Wallace, contestant, against Amaziah A Holley, entry no. 33913, made August 24th, 1900, for Se ¼ of the Nw ¼, Sect. 25, township 1n, Range 18 e, by Amaziah A. Holley, Contestee in which it is alleged that Contestant James R Wallace, is well acquainted with the tract of land embaced in homestead entry of Amaziah A Holley deceased knows the present condition of the same, and that the said Holley, had wholly abandoned said homestead by dying in May 1901, that in fact he never did reside on or cultivate said land and did not build any dwelling thereon, that he left surviving him no widow or children, but the following heirs, to wit three brothers and two sisters, Whitson M. Holley, Francis N. Holley, Eli J Holley, Missouri Lambert and Amanda Simmons, all over the age of twenty-one and reside in Ala. Said parties are herby notified to appear, respond and offer evidence touching said allegation at 10 o’clock am on June 23rd, 1904. before JT Wiggins, Notary Public, Covington County, Alabama at Florala, Ala.
Thursday, May 19, 1904
We should have mentioned in our last issue that on Wednesday of last week a baby boy came to brighten the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Helms, who reside in the northwestern part of our town.
Born: On Saturday last, to Mr. and Mrs. Harris Pickens, a daughter.
Thursday, May 26, 1904
Information Wanted: Mr. Charley Donaldson, who lives eighteen miles west of Geneva, left home about four months ago, since which time he has not been heard from. He is slim built, hump shouldered, yellow or sandy mustache, blue eyes, weighs about 135 or 140 pounds. He left a wife and four children who are anxious about him and who suspect foul play, as his life had been threatened before he left. Any information of his whereabouts will be thankfully received by addressing ED Donaldson, Geneva, Ala.- Geneva Reaper.
Administrator’s Notice. Estate of WB Manning, deceased. Letters of administration on the estate of said deceased having been granted to the undersigned on the 28th, day of April 1904 by the Hon. JM Robinson, Jr. Judge of the Probate Court of Covington Co., Ala. JT Manning, Administrator.
Thursday, June 2, 1904 no b/m/d reported
Thursday, June 9, 1904
Dr, and Mrs. Jas. H Duer request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Alys to Mr. Robert A French on Thursday evening, June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and four at half past six o’clock 224 West Fifth Street Jacksonville, Fla.
They will be “at home” in Florala after the fifteenth of July.
With sorrow the News chronicles the death of Mrs. EM Johnson, wife of the editor of the Geneva Reaper, which sad event occurred on last Friday morning at the home in Geneva.
Thursday, June 16, 1904
Wedding Bells. Friends are in receipt of invitations to the marriage of Miss Margaret Jane McDuffie to Mr. Fredrick J Hughes, which happy event is to take place in the Presbyterian church in Florala at twelve o’clock, on Wednesday, the twenty-second of June. The young lady is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. R. McDuffie, of our town. Mr. Hughes was, until recently, connected with the office force of the Jackson Lumber Company, at Lockhart. They will be “at home” after the first of July, at Sumter, Ala.
Mr. Russ Johnson of Florala, and Miss Lavada Crawford, of Portland, were married at the residence of the bride’s parents Sunday night, Albert Jernigan officiating.—DeFuniak Breeze
Thursday, June 23, 1904
Hymenial Wednesday at high noon was the marriage of Miss Janie McDuffie to Mr. Fred Hughes. The Presbyterian Church was handsomely decorated. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were: Miss Love McDuffie, of Columbus, Ga., Mr. John McLean, Miss Alma McLeod, of Lockhart, and Mr. William McDuffie, Miss McLean, and Mr. Mack McDuffie. Miss Pearl McDuffie, sister of the bride, was the maid of honor and Mr. Seward Hughes was the best man. The Rev. EE Ervin, of Defuniak Springs, Fla., and Rev. JF Ford, the pastor, performed the ceremony. (The article is very lengthy. T Porter.)
Jones- McDaniel. Mr. Frank Jones and Miss Adelia McDaniel surprised their friends last Saturday night when they drove out to the home of Rev. NH Gibson, where they were made man and wife. Miss Adelia is the youngest daughter of Mrs. McDaniel, who runs a boarding house here, while Mr. Jones is the brother of WH Jones.
Brown- Steverson. Mr. Frank Brown and Miss Mary Steverson were happily married across the Florida line, on Tuesday afternoon last by Justice Aaron Hilson. Miss Steverson is the daughter of Mrs. Steverson, a widow lady who resides on Sixth street, and has two brothers who work at Lockhart. Mr. Brown is a steady young man who has been in the employ of the Jackson Lumber Company the past year.
Thursday, June 30, 1904
Crestview Mention: We are expecting Mr. LS Dilburn to arrive here everyday with his happy bride.
Thursday, July 7, 1904
Mr. Lawrence Studstill and Miss Ethel Foster, of Andalusia, crossed over the state line into Florida, Monday morning last and were quietly married by Judge AH Hilson, about four miles from here. It was the same old story, (old folks objecting) young folks out-witting them. Mr. Studstill is with Tisdale and Co., and Miss Foster is the daughter of the Rev. Mr. Foster pastor of the Methodist church.
Sunday night after services at the First Baptist church the congregation was surprised to find itself at a marriage, nevertheless, ?? was the case, when Mr. ??erwood Beach and Miss Em?? Upchurch stepped in front of the pastor, Rev. JF Gable, and ??ore impressive and appropriate ceremony has never been performed in uniting two lives in ?? and wedlock. (The edge of the newspaper was torn and a small section was missing.)
Thursday, July 14, 1904
Married at Cuthbert. A rather romantic marriage occurred at Cuthbert, Ga., last Sunday evening at 8:30. Miss Claudia Johnson left on the Central train, ostensibly to visit friends at Cuthbert. Her parents, here were somewhat surprised on Monday when a telegram was received announcing her marriage to Mr. EM Bates, of Bainbridge, Ga. Miss Claudia is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. JL Johnston. Mr. Bates conducts a large mercantile business at Bainbridge. The happy couple will reside in Bainbridge.
Women Use Pistols. Mrs. John Bryant shot Frank Langley at Brantley, Monday and it is thought that he will die. SM Stewart was shot by his wife’s sister, Miss Annie Rhodes, at Elba, Wednesday afternoon. He died Friday morning.
Thursday, July 28, 1904
Died. July 24th, at Vaughanville, Ala., Mrs. Mary D Vaughan, wife of D. Vaughan. This aged lady was the mother of our fellow townsman WH Vaughan. He has the heartfelt sympathy of our citizens, doubly so, from the fact that he recently had the sad misfortune to lose his young wife.
Married. On last Sunday in the Roberts settlement, about eight miles north of town, Mr. WE Harrison to Miss Dora Smith, of Coffee County.
Thursday, August 4, 1904
Married. The News office was the scene of a happy marriage on Wednesday morning last, at 10 o’clock. It is not often that a love sick pair fleeing from the wrath of a future father-in-law come from the “Land of Flowers” to this place to get the proper knot tied, but often some Alabama young couple goes to Florida to look for a JP. On last Friday Mr. LC Agerton and Miss Nancy Johnson came to Florala from Natural Bridge, Fla. And in looking for a JP came across Judge Wiggins who informed them that they would have to procure a license from Andalusia, which was ordered forthwith. This did not arrive till Tuesday night but the youthful couple waited with good grace and were made one, as above stated, JT Wiggins officiating in his most impressive manner.
Thursday, August 11, 1904
Accidentally Shot. On Monday last ,at Freeport, Fla., while the two little sons of Mr. Alex Davis were playing one of them accidentally knocked a gun over and it was discharged, the load taking effect in the foot of one of the little fellows. It was necessary to amputate the injured member. Both boys were less than ten years of age.
Thursday, August 18, 1904
Constables Sent to Jail. A special from Selma says that Special Constable Ranson, Stanfield, and Cherry, charged with the murder of Wdmund Bell, the negro whom they allege was taken from them by a mob of negroes and lynched, had a preliminary trial before Judge Mabry and were remanded to jail without bail. It appears from the evidence that the constables led the posse which lynched Bell.
Little Jos. Maura, son of Mr. and Mrs. JB Davis of Hacoda died at the home of Mr. JF Gilmer, last Monday night.
Thursday, August 25, 1904
Married at Florala, on the 21st, Mr. Willie Baldwin and Miss Mattie Crawley, JT Wiggins officiating.
Mr. SB Carpenter and Miss Rushing who have both been in the employ of the Jackson Lumber Co., Mr. Carpenter as foreman and Miss Rushing as stenographer, were married at Andalusia on Monday last.
Thursday, September 1, 1904
Bud Tucker Killed By Marshal Hammonds. Jim Tucker and Oscar Jacobs Dangerously Wounded.
As a result of bad feelings aroused here on last Monday between the Tucker boys and Night Marshal Ab. Hammond, Hammond killed Bud Tucker, seriously injured Jim Tucker and Oscar Jacobs, who was trying to prevent bloodshed. Hammond used a shotgun.
The killing occurred this morning, on the sidewalk near the public square.
Miss Lois Smith returned to her home in Georgia, after spending several days pleasantly with her sister Mrs. CC McRae. A telegram was received announcing the death of a younger sister, and Miss Smith was accompanied home by Mrs. McRae and Charlotte.
Married at Midnight on Lake Jackson. If getting married in the middle of Lake Jackson at midnight is romantic, a wedding here on Monday night was just that. Mr. Harrison A Lowman and Miss Ewie Ray, of Searight, came in on the 9:15 train from Opp, and accompanied by the flagman went to the home of Mr. JT Wiggins, a Justice of the Peace, awoke him and asked him to perform the marriage ceremony. On being shown the license Mr. Wiggins informed them that is would be impossible for him to make them one, as the license did not bear the great seal of Covington. But, having once been in the newspaper business, and therefore very accommodating, this Justice told the party that as soon as he could find his hat he would steer them up against the real thing and in a short while two loving hearts would throb as one. The party at once proceeded to the home of Rev. JF Price and when that worthy minister saw the license he at once hit on a novel plan. It was for the whole party to procure rowboats and go over to the Florida side of the lake where he would tie the matrimonial knot. This was done and the happy young couple spent the next day here.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. Ray, of Searight, is about sixteen years old and is known here. The groom has just started out in business and has a drug business in Graceville, Fla.
Thursday, September 8, 1904
Double tragedy in Streets of Florala Night Marshal Kills two, Wounds One. Bud Tucker Killed Instantly, Jim tucker Dies After Thirty-Three Hours of Intense Suffering—Oscar Jacobs, Shot, May Not Recover—Ab. Hammond In Jail at Andalusia.
Bud Tucker, and his brother, Jim Tucker, were shot to death and Oscar Jacobs was shot down on the main street here, last Thursday morning at 9:00 by Night Marshal Ab. Hammond. On Monday previous to the killing the Tucker boys had been in town and had abused Hammond, and it is stated threatened his life. On the morning the killing took place the boys were going through Florala on their way to Lockhart, so they said, and were passing along the street in that directions when Hammond ran up with a double-barrel shotgun, and fired on Bud, who fell dead on the sidewalk, shot in the back of the head with buckshot. The gun was then turned on Jim and the contents of the other barrel was received in his right side. One shot hit Oscar Jacobs below the right shoulder blade, passed through his body to the skin on his left breast where it was cut out. The wounded men received prompt medical treatment, but Jim Tucker died on the following afternoon at 6:15. Oscar Jacobs is improving slowly, at the home of Sam Jones, south of town.
Immediately after the shooting Hammond ran across the street and up into the telephone exchange, afterward giving himself up to Deputy Sheriff Adkinson, who put guards around the exchange building, armed with shotguns. In the meantime, the sheriff at Andalusia was wired for. News of the double tragedy spread rapidly and friends of the Tucker boys began coming in town, and as a precautionary measure a special train, of engine and one coach, was secured and Hammond placed aboard under a strong, armed guard, when he was taken to Andalusia and place in the county jail.
Sheriff Bradshaw and Deputy Prestwood arrived in town soon after the special train left, having driven the twenty-five miles in a very short time.
After their arrival here two of the dead boy’s brother, Bart and Horton Tucker, had City Marshal Sellers placed under arrest, charged with accessory to the crime. Sellers was given a preliminary hearing before JT Wiggins, Justice of the Peace, and was bound over to await the action of the Grand Jury at the fall term of the circuit court, which is set for November. JE Hughes and his son, WF Hughes, went on Sellers’ bond which was fitted at $1,000. Mr. Sellers has resigned as town marshal and has left town.
Bud Tucker was buried in the village cemetery on Friday morning and Jim Tucker was buried Saturday afternoon.
Dr. Wynn’s Mother Dies. Dr. AL Wynn, received the sad news from his brother, Stephen in North Carolina, that their mother was dying. Dr. Wynn left at once over the Central. Later: Word was received by Dr. Wynn’s family that his mother died and was buried before he arrived there.
Miss Exa McMichael and Mr. Salter, passenger conductor on Florala Branch were quietly married last Sunday night be Rev. JF Ford, pastor of the Presbyterian Church.
Thursday, September 15, 1904
News was received at Florala yesterday morning that Mr. Wm. Spradley, formerly of this place was killed by a train at Andalusia the night before. Mr. Tom Spradley left at once by team for that place.
Laurel Hill News. Mrs. Kate Black leaves tonight via Florala for Montgomery. She will be joined by her son, CE Black, in Andalusia, and they will attend the funeral of Mrs. Black’s son-in-law who died in St. Louis yesterday.
Thursday, September22, 1904
Mr. Oscar C Smith has returned from his home at McRae, Ga., where he was called some time ago by the sudden death of his sister.
Mr. Oscar Jacobs Dies. Death claimed the third victim of Ab. Hammond last Monday when Mr. Oscar Jacobs died from the result of a buckshot wound received nineteen days before. It will be remembered that Mr. Jacobs was standing on the sidewalk near where the killing of the Tucker boys took place, and was fatally wounded.
Mr. Jacobs was raised in this state near Brundidge, and came to Florala over a year ago, where he has had steady employment. Last summer his wife died here and his death leaves four little boys without either parent. Two of the dead man’s brothers were at his bedside when the end came. They, the physicians and friends did everything possible for the suffering, but his life could not be saved.
The burial took place on Tuesday morning at the Florala cemetery, where a large crowd of sorrowing friends had gathered.
Thursday, September 29, 1904
The many friends of Judge John P Hubbard, of Troy, will regret to learn of his death which occurred on the 16th inst, at his home.
Miss Dora Dorcas and Martin Williamson ran away and got married last night. The bride is a daughter of one of our leading advertisers.
The sympathy of the entire community goes out to Mr. Henry S. Terry, the popular manager of the Florala Telephone Exchange. It was his sad lot to lose his mother and an uncle in one week, by death.
It is learned here today, that a Mrs. Peterson of Evergreen, who died there last week was a daughter of a widow, Mrs. Brown, who is supposed to have been living here or at Lockhart. A message from Evergreen friends to Mrs. Brown notifying her of her daughter’s death was returned as unclaimed. Mrs. Peterson is survived by her husband and seven year old daughter both of whom are sick with typhoid.
Thursday, October 6, 1904
Hart- Prestwood. At the home of the bride’s parents, at seven o’clock Sunday evening, Miss Myrtis Hart and Mr. Thomas Prestwood were quietly united in the holy bonds of matrimony, Rev. John F Gable officiating. Miss Anna Prestwood, cousin of the groom, played the wedding march.
Invitations Issued. Mr. and Mrs. John Nicholson McLean have issued cards to the marriage of their daughter Miss Effie May McLean and Major Henry Elliott. The happy event is to take place at the Presbyterian Church on the evening of October twelfth at 8 o’clock.
Thursday, October 13, 1904
Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 3, 1904. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Nov. 12, 1904; viz: Allen C. Cawthon, of Florala, Ala., Hd. 29133, for the Se ½ Nw ¼; Se ½ . Ne ¼ and Ne ¼ Ne ¼ Sec.8, T4N, R21W. He names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: Jeff Weeks, Gordon, Fla., John Mason, Gordon, Fla., George Gordon, Florala, Ala., WJD Cawthon, Florala, Ala.
Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 8, 1904. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Nov. 19, 1904; viz: Sallie Lawrence, of Campton, Fla., Hd. 31920, for the Nw ¼ Sec. 10, T4N, R23W. She names the following witness to prove her continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: Gus Thomas, Frank Powell, Jim Green of Campton, Fla., Davis Clary Laurel Hill, Fla.
Siegler- Ewing. Mr. WE Ewing, the enterprising proprietor of the Florala Bargain House, accompanied by Rev. WF Martin and Mr. AI Adkison left last Wednesday for Holts, Fla. Where he was happily married to Miss Seigler. Miss Seigler is a niece of Mr. AI Adkison.
Death Claims a Victim. On the morning of Sept. 19th, about 11:30, the death angel called for Mrs. LW Dauphin, wife of JM Dauphin and daughter of AF Miller. She was the mother of 11 promising children.
Thursday, October 20, 1904
McLean- Elliott. On last Wednesday evening at the Presbyterian Church occurred a notable social event. It was the marriage of Miss Effie May McLean and Mr. Henry Elliott. The people in the wedding party were: Master Malcolm Wynn and Miss Mary Ford, ribbon bearers; Mr. JJ McLean and Claude McLean, ushers; Miss McLeod and Miss McDuffie, bridesmaids; Mr. McNeill, best man. Rev. EE Ervin, of DeFuniak Springs, with the assistance of Rev. JF Ford officiated. The bride is the daughter of the Hon. JN McLean.
Notes Mr. McNeill who acted as best man is a distinguished lawyer from North Carolina. His charming wife who is a sister to Mr. Elliot accompanied him.
Miss Annie Rhodes, who killed her brother-in-law, SM Stewart at a ball game in Elba, last June, was indicted by the grand jury there last week, charged with murder in the first degree.
Card of Thanks. I desire to thank the good people of Florala and vicinity for the many kindnesses extended to my son-in-law, JO Jacobs, during his illness as well as for the cordial assistance rendered his little ones since they became orphans. Mrs. HF Scroggins, Elba, Ala.
Thursday, October 27, 1904.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse W Tucker, of Asa, were in town last Wednesday. Mr. Tucker was a soldier in the civil war.
Thursday, November 3, 1904
Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Lillian Pearl McDuffie to Mr. John J McLean, to take place on Wednesday, the ninth of November, at 4:30 at the Presbyterian Church.
Thursday, November 10, 1904
Brigman- Parker. Miss Sallie Parker and Mr. EL Brigman were married at the home of the brides parents, Mr. and Mrs. JR Parker. The bride’s brother Mr. Herbert Parker and Miss Minnie Hogue were the only attendants. Rev. JF Ford officiated.
Wing Notes. Willie Coxwell, while out hunting one day last week, dropped his gun, the hammer hitting a stone discharging it, the load taking effect in his left arm. He was brought here Thursday and all that could be doen was done but he died of lockjaw Saturday.
Born. To Mr. and Mrs. JA Hogue, a fine twelve pound boy.
McDuffie- McLean. Miss Pearl McDuffie and Mr. John J McLean were married on Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 in the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. SH Williams, a sister of the bride played the organ. The ushers were Messrs. WR McDuffie, Jr.; and WC Monroe. Mrs. Henry Elliott and Mrs. Fredrick J Hughes were matrons of honor. Miss Mary Ford was the flower girl. Miss Edna Mabbett was the maid of honor. Mr. Claude C McLean was the best man.
Thursday, November 17, 1904
A Quiet Marriage. Laurel Hill- James M Martin and Miss Kate Richbourg were married at the residence of the bride’s father on Sunday morning November 6, EA Campbell officiating. Mr. martin is the youngest son of Rev. WF Martin and Miss Richbourg is the daughter of JL Richbourg.- Pensacola News
Falco News. Mr. JD Weekly and his son Percy, will attend the wedding of the former’s daughter, at Pensacola, next week. After which Mr. and Mrs. Weekly anticipate moving to Falco, where they will reside in the future.
Thursday, November 24, 1904
Mrs. Chas. Flournoy died at Lockhart last Tuesday night of consumption. She was the oldest daughter of Mr. EH Sellers.
DeFuniak Springs. County judge McLeod officiated Monday morning at the marriage of Mr. WP Oliver And Miss Lola Williams. They were from Covington county, Alabama, and it was probably a runaway affair.
Last Wednesday the county judge received a telegram from Lockhart telling him not to issue a marriage license to Dow Williams and Rosa Wilkerson, but the message was about two hours too late and the splicing papers had already been granted.
Thursday, December 1, 1904
Died at Paxton. A young man by the name of Robert Jones, died last week at Paxton. He had, so we are informed, only been sick about a week, then it was thought not seriously. The young man had needed little attention at night, and there was no one sitting up at his bedside when the end came, he having had the last attention at 9:30 by a lady who gave medicine. It was thought best to hold an inquest and accordingly Justice of the Peace AH Hilson was called and a jury empanelled which stated death was caused by typhoid fever and heart trouble. Although not having been long at Paxton and only about 19 years of age Mr. Jones was held in high esteem by his fellow workmen, who immediately proposed to send the body to Troy to his parents and old home for burial but this generous offer was refused, by the parents who telegraphed that the body be sent at their expense.
Mr. James J Johnston and Miss Jim Smith surprised their most intimate friends when they drove over to Gibsonville, last Sunday afternoon and were quietly married by Rev. NH Gibson. The groom is an industrious young businessman, and the bride is the modest daughter of Mrs. Smith, the school teacher.
Last Saturday Wesley Jones and Eunie Meeks, of Paxton ran away and were married at DeFuniak Sunday.
Thursday, December 8, 1904
Mrs. RL Hardwick died at her home, on Lafayette street, in this city, on last Wednesday evening of smallpox. She had been sick only about one week. Few people knew of the existence of the disease in town until they were told of the woman’s death.—Dothan Eagle.
The Hammond Case. The case if the State vs Abb Hammond charged with the murder of Bud Tucker was called Tuesday Nov. 29th in the circuit court at Andalusia. About 60 witnesses were examined and the jury after remaining out about seventy hours came into court and announced that they were unable to agree upon a verdict. A mistrial was ordered and the case will stand for trial until the next term of the court.
Thursday, December 14, 1904 (note on microfilm: date on issue is incorrect, should be Dec. 15, 1904)
We are informed that Mr. Jas. Pitts died at his home near Bradley, last night with Small Pox; the disease was contracted at Florala several days ago. Also that Mr. Jesse Thomas had died near Yellow River with the same disease.
Thursday, December 22, 1904
Death of JP Phillips, Jr. Last Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock a cloud of sadness was cast over our little city by the announcement of the death of JP Phillips Jr., the bright little five year old son of Dr. and Mrs. JP Phillips. Although he was taken critically ill on Monday with throat trouble we hoped for a change in his condition. The funeral services occurred at the residence of Dr. Phillips Sunday at noon, interment in the cemetery at this place, Rev. JW Beverly, officiating.
Thursday, December 29, 1904
Accidentally Shot. By a Stray Bullet, Mrs. Riley Adams, of Paxton, Florida, is Instantly Killed While Rocking a Babe on Front Porch. On Christmas morning, Mrs. Riley Adams, who resides at Paxton, Fla., near this place, was sitting on the front porch at her home nursing a baby of tender age, a bullet coming from an unknown source, struck her just above the heart killing her almost instantly. The sympathy of the entire community both of Paxton and this place goes out to Mr. Adams in this his sad bereavement over the loss of his devoted wife. It will be remembered that while living in Florala a couple of years ago this man had the sad misfortune to lose three little children by death from fever that was an epidemic at that time. Mrs. Adams was buried on Monday afternoon.
We should have mentioned last week that a little daughter had arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. DG Williamson to brighten it.
Thursday, January 5, 1905
Liberty Hill Items. The following marriages were the much talked of events of the past few weeks: Miss Minnie Watkins to Mr. Robert Grimes; Miss Lizzie Richardson to Mr. George Busby; Miss Ella Thompson to Mr. Joseph Batchelor; Miss Basha Burleson to Mr. Lehman Bailey.
On Christmas Eve Mr. and Mrs. John Warren were made very sorrowful on account of the death of their little babe of two years.
Thursday, January 19, 1905
In mentioning the birth of a child at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lowe in the locals last week we stated that it was a boy, when it should have been a girl.
Born. On Saturday last, to Mr. and Mrs. Gus Green, a son. Mr. green is a flagman on the Opp train and moved here recently from Laurel Hill.
Hogue- Jones. “Just as the sun went down” last evening; Mr. Cleveland Jones and Miss Juanita Hogue were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. Rev. Sam Bennett performed the ceremony. Miss Alphis Cockcroft and Miss Minnie Hogue, sister of the bride were the attendants. The couple went to visit the groom’s parents at Troy, Ala.
Thursday, January 26, 1905
Laurel Hill News. Mr. D R Moore and Miss Maggie Steele were happily married at the bride’s home a few miles from town, Sunday afternoon. Rev. JF Ford officiating.
Thursday, February 9, 1905
A little Child Killed. Last Friday afternoon a very serious accident happened at the home of Mr. James Dubose, which resulted in the death of the 3 year old son, Audry. The father and children went out to cut down a tree and the little boy was accidentally crushed by a falling limb.
Thursday, February 16, 1905
Married. On Monday evening Mr. JB Farrior, Jr. to Lizzie Cotton.—Chipley Banner
Thursday, February 23, 1905
From Liberty Hill. Miss Effie Martin and Mr. Frank Crosby were married by Rev. PD Bulgar.
Thursday, March 2, 1905
Liberty Hill. Mrs. Thomas Martin, who has been ill for some time, died Tuesday, Feb 21, and was buried at Pleasant Hill cemetery Wednesday. Mrs. Martin leaves a tiny babe, which will be tenderly cared for by Mrs. Dock McAdams.
A quiet wedding took place, at Paxton last Sunday morning when Mr. Fletcher Bell and Miss Clara Hollis were made man and wife, at the home of the bride’s parents. Mr. Bell is a sawyer in the big mill at Paxton.
Laurel Hill. Mr. Isaac Steele and Miss Mary Steele were married in DeFuniak Saturday.
Thursday, March 9, 1905
Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., March 4, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Apr. 22, 1905; viz: William J.D. Cawthon, of Florala, Ala., Hd. 33195, for the w ½, sw ¼ of Sec. 14, T4N, R21W. He names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: AC Cawthon, Florala, Ala., Jeff Weeks, George Carnby, Andrew Busbee, Gordon, Fla.
Notice No. 25907- Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. March 6, 1905 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on May 12, 1905, viz:
John W. Sansbury, Homestead entry, No. 35129, for the se ¼ of the ne ¼ of section 7, Tp. 2n of R17 east.
He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz:
Thomas J Rushing, David L Adkins, Robert Powell, John Powell, all of Iola, Ala.
Robert Barber, Register
Thursday, March 30, 1905
Notice No. 25940- Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. March 24, 1905 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on May 19, 1905, viz:
Wiley B Lassiter, Homestead entry, No. 33543, for the se ¼ of the se ¼ of section 20, Tp. 1n of R16 east.
He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz:
Thomas E Lewis, John B Maddox. Ephraim F Lassiter, Joseph M Lassiter, all of Liberty Hill, Ala.
Robert Barber, Register
Non Resident Notice. The State of Alabama, Covington County, In Probate court, March 25, 1905. In the matter of the petition of MA Manning, Widow of WB Manning deceased to have a dower assigned. In this cause it is made to appear to the court by affidavit on file in said cause, that the following named parties in interest are non-residents of the state of Alabama, whose names and residences are as follows; SJ Manning who resides in the county of Walton, state of Florida, EF Parker who resides in the county of Walton, state of Florida, Bradley Miller who resides in the county of Walton, state of Florida, Alice Miller who resides in the county of Escambia, state of Florida, Lee Miller who resides in the Indian Territory, James Miller who resides in the Indian Territory, Ida Moody who resides in the Indian Territory, Ludy Miller Chipley Miller, Walter Miller, Lilly Miller and Thomas Miller, all of whom resides in the Indian Territory, Lena and Nancy Martin both of whom reside in the sate of Mississippi.
Notice No. 25907- Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. March 6, 1905 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on May 12, 1905, viz:
John A Adams, Homestead entry, No. 35502, for the n ½ of the ne ¼ of section 7, Tp. 2n of R17 east.
John H Sansbury, Theodolphius Powell, David L Adkins, Thomas J Rushing, all of Iola, Ala.
Robert Barber, Register
Notice No. 25908- Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. March 6, 1905 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on May 12, 1905, viz:
Charles R McLaurin, Homestead entry, No. 35723, for the s ½ of the se ¼ of section 8, Tp. 1n of R18 east.
Thomas R Roberts, Robert Lawrence, Larkin B Adams, Charles C McRae, all of Florala, Ala.
Robert Barber, Register
Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., March 13, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Apr. 22, 1905; viz: Thomas R Crawford, of Campton, Fla., Hd. 30724, for the nw ¼ of Sec. 24, T4N, R23W. He names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: John Thomas, MC Braswell, Ab Moore and Ed Moore, Campton, Fla.
Notice No. 25916- Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. March 11, 1905 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on May 5, 1905, viz:
Henderson Bullock, Homestead entry, No. 35694, for the se ¼ of section 5, Tp. 2n of R17 east.
William R Barnes, George W Barnes, John H Sansbury, and Thomas J Rushing, all of Iola, Ala
Robert Barber, Register
Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., March 13, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Apr. 22, 1905; viz: America Scroggins, nee Gortney, of Florala, Ala., Hd. 28810, for the sw ¼ of the sw ¼ of Sec. 28, T5N, R21W. She names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: WJD Cawthon, Florala, Ala, George Gortney, John Mason and Andrew Busbee, Gordon, Fla.
Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., March 13, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Apr. 22, 1905; viz: John Mason, of Gordon, Fla., Hd. 29292, for the n ½ of the ne ¼ and n ½ of nw ¼ of Sec. 12, T4N, R22W. He names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: John Carnly, Andrew Busbee, Jeff Weeks, and Berry Carnly, all of Gordon, Fla.
Thursday, April 6, 1905
Slays Brother By Accident. Blocton, Ala,- Near River Bend Monday, John McSpadden, a prominent young man of the county was accidentally shot and killed by his brother, Earnest, while the two were out riding together. John McSpadden had shot at a rabbit, but missed it. Earnest prepared to shoot, when the horse became frightened and ran, and in snatching at the reins with his finger still on the trigger, Earnest discharged his pistol, the ball entering his brother’s breast. Death ensued immediately.
Thursday, April 13, 1905
Invitations are out announcing the marriage of Miss Esther Smith to Mr. Gratz Baldwin, to take place at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. ES Smith on the 26th inst.
Thursday, April 20, 1905- no b/m/d reported
Thursday, April 27, 1905
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Bogue Miller, on Saturday last a girl.- To Mr. and Mrs. TJ George, a girl.- Mr. and Mrs. Russell Johnson, the latter part of the week, a girl.
Thursday, May 4, 1905
A Sad Death. Yesterday about 11 am Mrs. EW Toomer, wife of the night superintendent of the Jackson Lumber Company came to a very sad and untimely death. She had been ill for some time and yesterday while in a fit of mental derangement, or through mistake, took an overdoes of carbolic acid. Every effort was made by the attending physicians to save the life of the lady, but to no avail.
Yesterday her body was embalmed and today it was sent to her old home at Hattiesburg, Miss.
Thursday, May 11, 1905
Death Claims Mr. Robert Banister. Thursday, May 4, 1905 A white gentlemen named Banister, who recently came here and entered the saloon business with his brother near the Union depot, was found dead at 7 o’clock this morning in the place of business of which he had half an interest. The coroner decided that death was due to heart disease and to that end ordered relatives take charge of the body.
Mr. Banister, who was known for some time to be suffering with heart trouble, last night sought out his brother and begged the latter the key to the saloon. The brother thought the other one appeared rather weak and his uneasiness at that particular time prompted him to refuse the key. He let the man have it, however, and decided to keep a lookout for him. When he did not return late last night there was some uneasiness felt, and this feeling increased as daylight dawned. This morning an entrance was made to the saloon and there the body of the sufferer was found in a sitting posture, his jaw resting on one hand while the other was clasped over his troublesome heart. It appeared that he died while sleeping. --- Pensacola News of Monday.
Thus ended the life of Mr. JR Banister, well known here, where he was in the grocery business for a year or more. On Monday morning his father, JA Banister received a telegram stating that his son was dead. The body arrived on the Monday evening train and was laid to rest in the Florala cemetery last Tuesday morning.
He leaves a wife and two small children, his parents, three brothers and a sister to mourn his sudden demise.
Golden Wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Huckabaa Celebrate Theirs- Large number of Relatives Present.
On last Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Huckabaa had the rare pleasure of celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Huckabaa were born and raised in South Carolina, where they began their life together, May 6, 1855, but for many years had lived in Covington CO., Ala.
There were present two sons, two daughters, their wives and husbands, together with seventeen grand-children, four great grand children and two grandsons by marriage. These old people have one daughter, two sons-in laws, and thirteen grandchildren in Ga.; one granddaughter with her husband in Texas, who were absent.
Thursday, May 25, 1905
Born: On Friday last, to Mr. and Mrs. AF Lawrence, on Fifth Street, a daughter.
Thursday, June 8, 1905
Editor Florala News:
In last week’s issue of the News I noticed an article headed “Jack Bracewell Skips” in which it says that Bracewell took Miss Wells to JT Wiggins, Justice of the Peace, telling her that they would be married. He told Justice Wiggins that he had brought the woman before him to get her signature for discharge and as he read the release to the unsuspecting woman Bracewell took her hand after which she signed the paper releasing him.”
The above statement is absolutely untrue, and without authority, as there was no such thing as Bracewell taking Miss Wells’ hand while she signed the affidavit. The facts of the cases is this, I read the affidavit to Miss Wells and told her what she was signing, and she signed it on her own accord.
In the above article written by Mr. JT Wiggins it seems that the Justice of the Peace was “not seeing things” on this particular occasion referred to. He says there was no such thing as Bracewell taking Miss Wells hand while she signed the affidavit.
The News did not state that he held her hand while she “signed” anything, but stated that as he (Wiggins) “read” the release to the unsuspecting woman Bracewell took her hand. The Justice in his article also said that our statement of the facts were without “authority”. We always try to print the facts, in these columns, and often trace down rumors to merely nothing. Before printing the article last week we looked around and got facts so far as possible, which are backed up this week by the following affidavit which follows:
State of Alabama,
County of Covington,
Before me, James Johnson, a Justice of the peace, personally appeared Maud T Wells. who on oath doth depose and say that the article published in the issue of the Florala News, date June 1st, headed “Jack Bracewell Skips” is a true account of what took place in the office of and in the presence of JT Wiggins, Justice of the Peace.
Maud T Wells,
Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 7th day of June 1905.
Justice of the Peace
Mr. Robert Willard, of Lockhart, and Miss Gertrude Dayton of Graceville, Fla. were married at the Belmont Hotel at 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.
A Brillant Reception. Following the marriage of Miss Anna Dora Cawthon and Mr. Taymond Whitcomb on last Wednesday evening, the 31st, a brilliant reception given them by the bride’s parents at their home.
Thursday, June 15, 1905
A Noble Life.
James E. Hughes, when a boy of eighteen moved from Dale County, Alabama, to a point near the Florida line in Covington County, making a simple home in the woods near the beautiful lake, lying in Alabama and Florida. His possessions consisted of a yoke of oxen. These he exchanged for 120 acres of land, which seemed practically worthless. The war came on, and the young man at once entered the Southern army, in which he served faithfully and gallantly for four years.
Returning home to his little piece of land in the forests of Southern Alabama. He began “to make a living.” Soon her married, and he and his young wife gathered moss from the trees on the banks of the lake, made beds there from, and exchanged these for the necessaries of life. in common with thousands of his comrades in arms, he came home to poverty and arduous labors, but not to repining and despair. Possessing a strong native intellect, indomitable energy, and high character, he began to lay foundations for the wonderful success which has marked his life.
Gradually he acquired more land, and then in a small way bought and sold supplies to the neighbors who had come in. The determination to succeed, a strict sense of justice, and the wise use of opportunities bore legitimate fruit, and before many years, the Southern boy, returning in poverty from the war, aided by his devoted and true- hearted wife, began to be reckoned a man of means. To secure the benefits of business enterprises in his neighborhood, railroads and saw mills he gave away large tracts of land. The wisdom of course was soon shown. Some of the largest saw mill in the country are now located near Florala, and three railroads add to the importance of the town. Where a few years ago were forests and lake and a score of people are now vast business enterprises one of the most attractive towns in Alabama, in which are department stores that would do credit to Birmingham; two banks, four churches, and a population, including the immediate surroundings of 4,000. And all these things came from the progressive spirit, the labors and the character of one man, Capt. James E. Hughes. In this character there is a lesson for young men, a study for those of mature years. But for him, and the help of his wife, Florala probably would not exist; the great work there would be developing some other section; the churches and the schools would not be exerting their influences for the spread of civilization. After a time his wife died. Later in life he married again and the Mrs. Hughes of today is a worthy companion of her noble husband. Educating herself by teaching in school, she went from the position of pupil-teacher to that of regular teacher, and for ten years she labored in the schoolroom, saving enough money to assist largely in the education of two members of her family.
Alive to all the opportunities of today, awake to the duties and the privileges of our time, with hearts responsive to the call of the church, charity, education, Captain and Mrs. Hughes are spending lives full og good deeds; full of kindness, full of helpfulness to others. Seeing the need of a Church in Florala, Captain Hughes gave the Baptists their house of worship; then he donated ground and residence for their pastorium. With heart going out to Baptist learning and eye seeing the needs and possibilities of State Baptist College, this noble man has just given the Howard $1,000.
In emulation of his fine example his sons, gentlemen worthy of their father, are full of enterprise, wide-awake, generous, progressive. They, too, give to church and education, and thus put themselves into close touch with all that is best and highest in our day and time. As business leaders of their section, they are doing and they will do a great work for the development of that portion of our State and of Northern Florida.—Alabama Baptist
Thursday, June 29, 1905
Geo. H. Stewart a writer well known as “Amos”fell from a stairway landing at Geneva last week and was killed. He was a telegraph operator and came to this place once and advanced the idea of moving the Western Union office up town, and taking charge of it, in which he failed. He then secured a position with the Florala Saw Mill Company at Paxton, from which place he wrote several articles for the News. HE was a southern gentleman and a brilliant writer. We regret his death very much.
A Sudden Death. On the morning of June 24th death visited the home of WR McDuffie and claimed the wife of his bosom, Mrs. Katie McDuffie, as his own. She had been a sufferer of apoplexy for a number of years but had not suffered a serious attack in over a year, and was apparently enjoying good health when the stroke came that ended her life. She was the mother of Mrs. JJ McLean and Malcolm McDuffie, the aunt and stepmother of Mrs. SH Williams, Mrs. AL Wynn, Mrs. FJ Hughes and WE McDuffie Jr. The latter were here. Mrs. Wynn and Mrs. Williams were wired for but arrived too late for the burial, which occurred on Sunday morning.
In life Mrs. McDuffie was a type of pure Christian womanhood, of sweet and gentle disposition, kind to neighbors and friends and loved by all who knew her.
All of Florala weeps with the bereaved ones in this their great loss.
The jury in the case of Hammond from Florala, returned a verdict Thursday afternoon of murder in the first degree and he was sentenced by the court to 99 years in the penitentiary.—Andalusia New Era
Thursday, July 13, 1905
Mrs. Birdie Duke whose Mother Lives in Florala, Dead.
The death of Mrs. Birdie Duke, the beloved wife of Mr. JL Duke, occurred at the home of her husband at 8:30 Friday night. Mrs. Duke had been in bad health for a long time, but not until a few days ago did she take to her bed; her death therefore was a great shock to her family and friends. The deceased lady is survived by her husband and one little girl, Dorothy Marguerite, who is only six months old. She is also survived by her mother, Mrs. WH Smith, of Florala, Ala; two brothers John T and Martelle Smith of Florala, and the following sisters: Mrs. Ellen Lowman, of Rose Hill, Ala.; Mrs. Milton McDaniel, Mrs. JJ Johnston, Misses Mary Ida and Maud Smith of Florala. Mrs. Duke was 24 years of age, and a devout member of the Methodist church. Her remains were taken to Rose Hill Ala. Saturday morning where the funeral and interment took place. – Columbus (Ga.) Inquirer- Sun.
Thursday, July 20, 1905
Negro Man Struck by Engine on Florala Branch. Henry White, colored while sleeping on the ends of the railroad ties was struck above Lockhart by the Opp train on Tuesday morning last. The wounded man gave his home as Thomasville, Ga.
Negro Shot to Death near Laurel Hill, Florida.- A negro, Will Brown by name, “got bad” at Davis’ turpentine still near Laurel Hill last Saturday night. The negro was drinking and shot at another negro and went home after his Winchester, saying he would kill all the negroes on the place and if any of the Davises interfered he would kill them, too. The negro got as far back toward Davis’ quarters as the still where someone ordered him to halt. He cocked his rifle and tried to jump behind some barrels, but a load of buckshot struck him in the head and neck and squirrel shot in the legs. The coroners jury returned a verdict of killed by unknown parties.
Little Miss Helen Smith daughter of Mr. and Mrs. OR Smith, celebrated her fifth birthday on Saturday.
Dr. A L Wynn who was called to Ridgeway, NC last week on account of the death of his father, is expected home the last of the week.
Justice Aaron Hilson was in the city yesterday. He told us of a wedding at Natural Bridge last Sunday, Miss Nancy E Stafford was married to Mr. Sam Casey. They were married on the dancing platform and a large crowd was present when Mr. Hilson united the happy couple.
Thursday, August 3, 1905
Little Miss Irene Beverly celebrated her eleventh birthday on Tuesday evening of last week.
Thursday, August 24, 1905
Death of Mrs. Theo. S. Lanz. Last Saturday morning the people of Florala were rudely shocked by the sad news if the death at the home of her father, Dr. CA Lundrum, in Defuniak Springs, of Mrs. Theo. S Lanz, of this city. Mrs. Lanz had been in Defuniak for several weeks and the fact that her illness was of a serious nature was not generally known to her large circle of friends here.
Thursday, August 31, 1905
Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., August 21, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on September 25, 1905; viz: Jefferson Weeks, of Gordon, Fla., Hd. 29858, for the Se ¼ Nw ¼; e ½ .of se ¼ and sw ¼ se ¼ Sec.4, T4N, R21W. He names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: WJD Cawthon, Corbin Cawthon, William Hutto of Florala, Ala. and Andrew Busbee of Gordon, Fla.
Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., August 21, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on September 25, 1905; viz: William Hutto of Florala, Ala.., Hd. 29699, for the Se ¼ of se¼ of Sec.18, T5N, R21W. He names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: WJD Cawthon, Corbin Cawthon, Jefferson Weeks of Florala, Ala. and Andrew Busbee of Gordon, Fla.
Thursday, September 7, 1905- no b/m/d reported
Thursday, September 14, 1905
Died: Postmaster WW Watkins of Liberty Hill Ala, ten miles from Florala, died on the night of the 7th at 7 o’clock. Mr. Watkins had been in ill health for several weeks.
MA George Jr., and Miss Exa Jones were married at the home of the bride near Red Level, Ala., Sunday, Rev. WP Howell officiating.- Andalusia News
Thursday, September 21, 1905
F.R Goulding, the old Confederate veteran who was killed by a switch engine in Pensacola recently was an old friend of Mr. CC McRae’s father, having fought with him as a member of the famous Company F, Jefferson Davis Legion of Georgia Huzzars, and was one of the seventeen survivors of that command.
Thursday, September 28, 1905
A generous Deed. One day this week the boys of the L&N shops at Pensacola raised the sum of $145.25 for the benefit of the widow and seven children of JA Perdue, a former employee of the shops, but who died recently of yellow fever.
We received a very pleasant call Wednesday from Capt SA Cawthon, of Florala. The Captain and his estimable wife are here on an extended visit to relatives and friends. Mrs. Cawthon is a daughter of the late Jonah Keith. Capt. Cawthon is an old Confederate hero, having enlisted in Company H 5th Fla. regiment in 1862, and remained at his post till the bloody struggle was over. He is one of the best and most favorably known men in all the wire-grass region. --- Geneva Reaper
Mr. IN Adkison, of Pera, was in the city Monday and informed us that a man by name of Kent had been killed by a freight train on the A&F division of the L&N. Kent had left home Thursday afternoon and did not return. It is thought that three trains must have run over his body, as it was not discovered till Monday.
Thursday, October 5, 1905
Obituary. Died, near Garland, Butler County, Ala, September 2, Mrs. Nancy C Arms, in the 82nd year of her age. She was the wife of EB Arms, well known in Alabama as an active devoted Universalist preacher, in which benign faith Mrs. Arms had ling been an unwavering believer.
Her maiden name was Cawthon, and in Florida where she was raised, she had many relatives of that name, whose hearts are shrouded. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev, Mr. Hall, pastor of the Universalist church at Brewton, Ala.
JF Lee, who once resided here died in Pensacola recently of yellow fever.
Mr. WC Johns left Saturday for Searight to attend the funeral of his mother, Eliza Johns, who had died at her home in that town at the advanced age of ninety seven years.
Died- At his home, on Pond Creek, on September 30, Mr. CLN Hart, better known as Kit Hart died after a short illness. Mr. Hart had held several responsible offices in Walton County, Fla. and was very prominently connected there, being a nephew of Col. WJD Cawthon. He was well and favorably known in this vicinity, where had been highly respected since boyhood. HE leaves a wife, six sons and a host of friends to mourn his death.
Thursday, October 12, 1905
Notice for Publication. Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. October 3, 1905 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on November 7, 1905, viz:
Doctor G. Douglas, Homestead entry, No. 35582, for the sw ¼ of the ne ¼ of section 28, Tp. 1 n of R15 east.
Almon J. Nance, Ponds, Ala., Benjamin R. Turner, Henry M Thomas, and Dunkin B. Thomas of Newell, Fla.
Robert Barber, Register
Thursday, October 19, 1905
Was it Suicide? Thomas Jordan Mysterious Disappears. Said He would Drown Himself.
Mr. Thomas Jordan disappeared from Florala under very peculiar circumstances some time in the afternoon Saturday.
He left a letter addressed to his wife stating that ill health and financial embarrassment had combined to render him tired of life, and that his body would be found in Lake Jackson. The body has not yet been found, though five days have elapsed since his disappearance.
The theory of suicide is confuted by reports that the missing man has been seen at numerous places since the time of his supposed drowning. Among the most trustworthy of these reports is that of Engineer Wright, who runs on the Opp branch. He stated that he saw Mr. Jordan in Opp Saturday evening between 7:30 and 8 o’clock.
Another report says that Mr. Jordan has been seen at Hacoda. One party sates that he was seen in Florala Sunday.
Mr. Jordan is said to have collected a number of bills Saturday, and paid others. He is supposed to have had some money at the time of his disappearance. He has the appearance of being about forty five years of age, slightly stoop shouldered and rather deaf; has dark eyes, dark hair and moustache, tinged with gray. He is a carpenter by trade and a good workman. He has always borne a good reputation here and his disappearance, whether, suicide or not is regretted by our people generally.
Williams Shot. A Most Unfortunate Affray Saturday. Sam Williams Killed by Robt. Edwards. Saturday evening out on the Jackson Lumber Cos. log line, near the tank, Lonnie Edwards and Sam Williams became involved in a difficulty over some trivial matter. During the quarrel, Edwards’ brother, Robert became in some way interested and shot Williams through the body with a pistol. Dr. Miller was called to attend the injured man, but, owing to the nature of the wound, could do little more than make the wounded man as comfortable as possible until the end came.
Mr. Williams died at 10:17 Monday morning.
Immediately after the shooting Edwards crossed the Florida line but was pursued by Deputy Sheriff Meinike and a party from Lockhart with dogs belonging to Manager Harlan, and after a brief chase was located and captured at the home of his uncle, a short distance across the Florida line. He is now in jail at Andaulsia.
Mr. Harlan’s dogs are said to have maneuvered like a pack of practiced blood hounds.
Thursday, October 26, 1905
Mr. Thomas Jordan is now in Arkansas. We are glad to note that he is not at the bottom of Lake Jackson.
(In a different article) Mr. Thos. Jordan, whose disappearance was reported in last week’s NEWS, has been heard from in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Thursday, November 9, 1905
Married.- Mr. Alvin Powell aged 18 and Miss Ida Whigham aged 16, eloped last Sunday evening about 6 o’clock and drove to Paxton with the intention of being married there, but Judge Hilson refused them a license on account of their youth, promising however to marry them if they could procure license elsewhere. They promptly drove to DeFuniak, secured the coveted document returned to Paxton and were married by Judge Hilson at 5 o’clock Monday afternoon.
Thursday, November 16, 1905 no b/m/ d reported
Thursday, November 23, 1905
Mr. WT Garrett died at his home in Milligan, Fla. on the 14th.
Mrs. SA McDaniel left Monday for Greenwood, Fla. having received the sad information of the death at that place of her brother, Mr. WC Mozeley, who had recently been stricken with paralysis.
Notice for Publication. Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 18, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on December 26, 1905; viz: Jefferson Weeks of Florala, Ala.., Hd. 29858, for the se ¼ of ne ¼ and e ½ of se ¼ and sw 14 of se ¼ Sec. 4, T4N, R21W. He names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: WJD Cawthon, Corbin Cawthon, William Hutto, of Florala, Ala and Andrew Busbee of Gordon, Fla.
Notice for Publication. Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 18, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on December 26, 1905; viz: George Carnley of Stella, Fla., Hd. 30359, for the se ¼ of n ½ and ne ¼ of se ¼ and sw 14 of se ¼ Sec. 14, T4N, R21W. He names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: FM Turner, JR Turner, WR Kennington, John Carnley all of Stella, Fla.
Thursday, November 30, 1905
Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. November 21, 1905 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on January 5th, 1906, viz:
Lanta S. Maddox, Homestead entry, No. 35813, for the e1/2 of sw ¼ of section 28, Tp. 1 n of R15 east.
Doctor G. Douglas, Benjamin R Turner, John B Maddox and James A Maddox all of Ponds, Ala.
Robert Barber, Register
Born- To Mr. and Mrs. RM Bishop Saturday, a daughter.
Married.- On the evening of the 24th inst., at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. WT Wells, Mr. JN Mills of Poley and Mrs. Mary Helms, Rev. JM Munn officiating. The happy couple left next morning for Poley, where they expect to make their home in future.
Thursday, December 7, 1905
Life Sentence Given.
William F Williams, convicted last Saturday of the murder of Ed. Dansby and recommended to the mercy of the court by a Jackson County, Fla. jury sentenced by Judge Francis B. Carter on Saturday night to a lifetime imprisonment in the state penitentiary, at hard labor.
Sentence Passed. JG Rawlings, and his sons, Milton and Jesse, and the negro Alf Moore, have been sentenced to be hanged on January 6, next, and Leonard Rawlings was sent to the penitentiary for life- all of the murder of the Carter children. The elder Rawlings made an appeal to the people to save his boys, declaring they were innocent, and so did Jesse and Leonard in response to the question of the court if either of them had anything to say why the sentence should not be passed.
Alf Moore made a statement in which he said that he was satisfied that God was pleased with the story he had told, as is was all true. He said that he saved the life of Miss Carter, and he harmed nobody, and that he thanked God for it.
Neither of the condemned men appeared very much affected. The elder Rawlings appeared worried, but Milton wore a pleased _expression and Jesse had the indifferent look that has characterized him all along.
It is understood that the next move in the case will be before the State pardoning board.
Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. December 1, 1905 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on January 13th, 1906, viz:
Joel E. Davidson, for the heirs of John M Davidson, Homestead entry, No. 34064, for the w ½ of nw ¼ or lot no. 4, sw ¼ of sw ¼ of section 20, Tp. 6 n of R23 west.
Joel J. Weekley, of Oak Grove, Fla., Francis M Leonard of Newell, Fla., Ulyses B Steele of Newell, Fla., Andrew J Cross of Falco, Ala.
Robert Barber, Register
Mr. Chas. Beardsley left here Wednesday night and returned Saturday morning bringing with him as his bride Mrs. Emma McDonough, of Henry, Ill.—DeFuniak Breeze
Thursday, December 14, 1905 (compilers Note: Several pages were torn in half on this weeks paper.)
Social Season Opened- With Enjoyable Entertainment at Home of Mr. and Mrs. HA Hughes
The winter social season began last Friday evening when Mr. and Mrs. HA Hughes opened the doors of their beautiful Fifth Street and entertained a large number of their friend with a most delightful At Home. The occasion was of honor of Miss Pearson, of LaFayette, Ala. and Miss Wainright of Tampa, Fla., and the fifteh anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Hughes. (A lengthy article continues)
Oldtime Darkey Dead.
An “old time” negro died and was buried here one day last week. His name was Israel Godwin, and was familiarly known as “Uncle Doc”. From the best obtainable information this darkey was about one hundred years old and did active work until some ten days before his death. He did not owe a penny at the time of his death and had more that enough saved up with which defray the funeral expenses. When Uncle Doc died he was working for Mr. Henry Elliott and had been for the past twenty years.
Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. December 11, 1905 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on January 26th, 1906, viz:
William E Moore, Homestead entry, No. 32994, for the e ½ of se section 29, w ½ of sw ¼ Sec 28 Tp. 1 n of R15 east.
He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: Benjamin R Turner, Melton L York, Hezekiah M Thomas, James D Lee, all of Ponds, Ala.
Robert Barber, Register
Mr. DF Gaskin, of Limestone, and Miss Alice Moore were married at the residence of the bride’s parents eight miles above Milligan, last Sunday.
A Family Reunion- A Birthday Celebration
Tuesday, December the 12th Mrs. Elizabeth Miller celebrated her seventy-second birthday with a family reunion at her home at Gordon, Fla. Her eight sons and two daughters, Mrs. Martha Adams, of this place, and Mrs. Susie Jones, of Heath, Ala., were all there as were most of her grandchildren, which number some fifteen or twenty. An interesting fact in connection with this family is that there has not been a death in it in thirty years. This is certainly a remarkable record.
At night a dance at the residence of Mr. Bragg Miller, which was participated in and enjoyed by all. (A lengthy article continues)
Garrett- Tucker. A quiet wedding which was attended by only a few intimate friends, occurred in this city last Tuesday morning, when Mr. Jas. W Garrett and Miss Agnes Tucker, both of Laurel Hill, were married the ceremony being performed at the boarding house of Mrs. Donaldson.—Pensacola Journal Miss Tucker is well known here having been assistant at the L&N depot. She is a sister to Mrs. JA Garrett.
Last Monday morning the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. WC Jones died of Membranous croup. The young parents have the sympathy of the whole community in the death of their first born.
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Whitehurst sympathize with them in the loss of their 14-month-old baby boy Trammell, whose death occurred about 3 o’clock Saturday morning after an illness of several weeks. The remains were interred in the Florala cemetery Saturday afternoon.
(Comment typed onto Microfilm: Dates Incorrect Within Issue) Thursday, December 12, 1905, should be Dec. 21, 1905
Pate’s Body Found.
Albany, Ga, Dec. 16- After having been in the water for twelve months, the body of Engineer Pate of this city, who was killed at the Columbia, Ala. draw bridge on the night of December 20th, 1904, has been recovered at Apalachicola, Fla.
There were three men on the engine when it went through the open draw bridge into the Chattahoochee River. The remains of Fireman Bates and Supernumerary Engineer Dobbins were recovered in a few weeks, but the remains of Engineer Pate drifted to the sea, where the body was found. It has been positively identified and will be brought here for interment.
. Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., Dec. 11, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., January 27, 1906; viz: Nelson H Gibson of Florala., Hd. 30556, for the se ¼ of nw ¼ and ne ¼ of sw ¼ Sec. 33, T6N, R21W. He names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: WC McLauchlin and WR McDuffie of Florala, Ala, WB Miller and AH Hilson of Paxton, Fla.
The 3 weeks old infant of Mrs. Ada Bracewell died last Sunday morning. The remains were interred in the Florala cemetery Sunday afternoon.
On Tuesday afternoon, Dr. GF Petrey, who is now a benedict, accompanied by Miss Bettie Satterwhite, Mr. John W Cawthon and Col. Wm C Monroe, left on the Central for Cuthbert, GA., where on Wednesday Dr. Petrey was married to Miss Kirksey. Miss Satterwhite acted as bridesmaid, MR. Cawthon as groomsman and Col. Monroe as best man.
Weddings at Paxton.
On last Saturday afternoon at the home of the bride’s mother, Mr. EB Thomas, of Roberts, Fla. and Miss Mary Martin were united in marriage.
On Sunday morning JG Russell and Miss Florala Nelson, both of Geneva County, having secured the necessary legal papers, were met at the residence of WF Adams by Justice Hilson who soon spoke the words which made them man and wife.
Miss Alice Bush and little brother Horace spent last Sunday in Milligan. They went down to help their grandfather celebrate his 84th birthday.
Thursday, December 28, 1905
Born- On Tuesday night of last week, to Mr. and Mrs. GA Butler on Fifth avenue, east, a girl.
On Sunday last, Mr. Lester Wells and Miss Alla Zone were happily united in marriage.
Thursday, January 4, 1906
While here enroute to his home at Milligan, last Monday, Mr. WA Mitchum received the sad intelligence that his mother had died suddenly there. He procured a team and drove home at once.
DL Garrett and Miss Martha Henderson were married at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. JR Henderson at Pilgrim’s Rest, Wednesday night.—Milligan Herald.
Thursday, January 11, 1906
Obituary. Edith Inez Snowden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. TB Snowden, was born at Pollard, Ala., May 24, 1897 and died at Hacoda, Ala. after an illness of thirty-two days of typhoid fever, Dec. 25, 1905. (A lengthy article continues)
Miss Clara Bruce, the only daughter of Hon Wallace Bruce, President of the Florida Chautauqua, was married to Mr. Geo Abernathy at DeFuniak Springs, on Friday night last.
Thursday, February 1, 1906
Accidentally Killed. Ernest Lassiter Struck by Board Falls to Instant Death. Occurred at Lockhart.
About 11:30 last Friday morning, Ernest, the 14 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. HB Lassiter of West Florala, was knocked from the “run” at the mill at Lockhart falling about thirty feet. Death was almost instantaneous.
The interment took place Saturday morning at the Florala cemetery where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. SH Bennett, past of the Florala Baptist church. (This is a lengthy article.)
At Andalusia last Saturday night Ben Powell shot and killed Ick Rayborn. It appears that Rayborn had been imposing on Powell for a year or more and that they met Saturday night and Rayborn cut Powell’s throat after which Powell shot him dead. Although Powell received a severe wound it is thought that he will recover.
In Memory Of Grady. (This is a lengthy eulogy to Grady. But no surname or other family information is given. The article does mention that he is the youngest and his mother and father are broken-hearted.)
Wedding at Lockhart. Miss Lois Dunklin of Greenville and J Harry Maxwell, Of Lockhart were married at that place last Sunday afternoon at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. RS Corry, where the bride had been visiting several days. The bride’s father, WT Dunklin, two sisters Miss Madge Dunklin and Mrs. GH Scott of Mobile and Miss Genie Powell came down for the wedding. Rev. JA Seale performed the ceremony. The bride is a sister of Mrs. DD Metcalf of Montgomery, and the groom’s parents were former residents of this place.
Paxton Couple Weds. Last Wednesday night Mr. Broxton and Miss Lee Sasnitt surprised their friends by quietly coming over the state line and being made man and wife. Judge Wiggins of this place, performed the ceremony.
All that was mortal of Grady Miller was laid at rest in the village cemetery, last Friday morning. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Charles P Hall, of Brewton.
In Memory Of Grady. (This is a lengthy eulogy to Grady printed on the first page of the paper. But no surname or other family information is given. The article does mention that he is the youngest and his mother and father are broken-hearted. It is assumed that it is about Grady Miller.)
A Card of Thanks is also printed from Dr. and Mrs. RL Miller. Florala, January 31, 1906.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hilburn, mother of Engineer Chas. Hilburn, of this place, died last Sunday at Tuscaloosa and was buried at Pensacola, Tuesday.
Thursday, February 8, 1906 no b/m/d reported
Thursday, February 22, 1906
Timber Land Act June 3, 1878 Notice For Publication. Land Office at Gainesville, Fla. Feb. 10, 1906
Notice is hereby given that in compliance with the provisions of the act of Congress of June 3, 1878, entitled “An Act for the sale of timber lands in the states of California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington Territory”, as extended to all the public land States by act of August 4, 1892, Leslie M Perkins of Mossy Head, County of Walton, State of Florida, has this day filed in this office his sworn statement No. 410, for the purchase of the NW ¼ of Section No. 20, in Township No. 2N Range No. 22 W and will offer proof to show that the land sought is more valuable for its timber or stone than for agricultural purposes, and to establish his claim to said land before Clerk Circuit Court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Saturday, the 28th day of April, 1906.
He names as witnesses: CC McRae, of Florala, Ala., OC Smith, of Mossy Head, Fla., JJ Meigs of Mossy Head, Fla., and CD Meigs of Mossy Head, Fla.
Any and all persons claiming adversely the above described lands are requested to file their claims in this office on or before said 28th day of April, 1906.
Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. January 18, 1906 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on March 9,1906, viz:
Ephraim F Lassiter, Homestead entry, No. 33450, for the s ½ of sw ¼, s ½ of the se ¼ section 7, Tp. 1N of R16 east.
He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: Joseph D Treadway, John R Treadway, Joseph M Lassiter, and Wiley B Lassiter all of Liberty Hill, Ala.
Robert Barber, Register
Thursday, March 1, 1906
Horrible accident. RC Hurt Caught in Belt Saturday Evening. Meets Instant Death.
Early Saturday night MR. RC Hurt, who was engaged in cleaning up trash on the lower floor of the saw mill of the Jackson Lumber Company at Lockhart, attempted to put a belt on one of the pulleys, when in some manner his left arm was caught, jerking that member completely off at the shoulder and throwing the unfortunate young man violently against the floor. His skill was bursted open and one leg was broker.
His body was found a few moments afterward but life was extinct. The remains were prepared for burial and sent to Andalusia that night by private conveyance and from there to Petrey, Crenshaw County, where the parents reside for interment. ( This is a lengthy article about the particulars of the accident.)
Thursday, March 8, 1906
Go to the Gallows. For one of the most diabolical murders ever committed in Lowndes County, says a special from Hayneville to the Advertiser, that of young Hubbard Rast, January 2nd, last, a jury of this county, of eighteen hours deliberation brought in a verdict of guilty and imposed the death penalty. April 6th Elias Bailey and John Bailey, by sentence of the court, will be executed.
It will be recalled that a conspiracy was formed to kill young Rast and that he was shot down in cold blood by these negroes near Lowndesboro. After killing him one of the negroes fired two shots into his head.
Andalusia Items: CE Raley, aged 18 years, and Miss Florence Beck, aged 15 years, were united in marriage last Sunday at the home of CE Beck. Rev. EW Smith tied the nuptial knot and started the young couple on their way rejoicing.
That love will triumph over distance, and that duty will win over all over all obstacles is being proven by a beautiful Alabama girl not yet out of her teens, Last Tuesday, Miss Louie Davie, of Clayton left Montgomery on a journey of 15, 000 miles at the end of which she will meet and be married to Rev. AY Napier a former minister of Montgomery and a Baptist missionary in the village of Cheng Chow, Chinese Empire. Miss Davie will be accompanied on the long journey by Rev. and Mrs. JW McCollum and the party will said from Seattle, Washington, on March the 12th.
Joe Etheridge a fireman on the log road of the Jackson Lumber Company was killed about three miles from Lockhart, one day lasat week. He was trying to walk a narrow coupling when he fell and was dragged several yards.
Mr. EL Rhoades of Elba was here the latter part of last week. HE will be ninety-three years old the 10th of July, looks thirty years younger and quite lively. He talks interestingly of South Alabama and says he stopped on the shores of Lake Jackson when he and his soldiers made the famous road.
The stork made a visit to the home of Mr. and Mrs. JM Martin last Wednesday night and left a little girl. -Southern Home (Laurel Hill, Fla.)
Deputy Sheriff Kills a Negro. Last Saturday night about 10 o’clock Deputy Sheriff Tom Prestwood went out to Carter and Halls turpentine still about 4 miles north of Opp in search of one John Coffey, a notorious negro, for which he had warrants for several different charges. As he entered the turpentine quarters he found the negro and ordered him to throw up his hands, the negro threw up his left hand and threw his right hand to his hip pocket and made a dash to get behind some negro women who were standing nearby at the same time drawing his revolver. But before he could do his intended crime Prestwood fired on him, the ball taking effect in his side and causing him to drop his pistol. The Negro died from the shot Sunday evening following-- Opp Hustler.
Notice No. 25916- Land Office at Montgomery, Ala February 9, 1906 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on April 9, 1906, viz:
Henry P Anderson, Homestead entry, No. 33489, for the nw ½ of section 15, Tp. 2n of R15 east.
James T Cockcroft, Eli F Cockcroft, James L Sales, Sr. and John T Raley all of Andalusia, Ala.
Robert Barber, Register
The sympathy of the entire community goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Alva Butler in the loss of their first born child, a little girl, who died last Tuesday. The parents reside near Lockhart.
Obituary. two months ago a little angel came to live in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Butler. Feb. 20th at 12 o’clock death came and took the darling back to the good God who gave it to them…… Claude Maye, our poor hearts were centered in your dear little life. – Aunt Fanny ( A lengthy eulogy continues)
Thursday, March 15, 1906
End of a Tragedy. The remains of SD May, aforetime sheriff of Crenshaw County, were brought in on the was to Luverne. May, while sheriff of Crenshaw County, worked a negro without right or law, and was indicted for the crime of peonage. He left to avoid punishment. He made his bondsmen suffer and family also. Last week he made trouble for a Colorado officer in Denver and was killed resisting arrest. His brother JT May, met the body here.
Born- On Friday last to Mr. and Mrs. Gratz Baldwin, at Lakewood, a son.
James Madison Robinson, father of Judge Robinson, of this county, died at Andalusia last week.
Thursday, March 22, 1906
Arrested for Murder of Christmas Family.
Walter Holland was arrested at Dothan, Friday charged with the murder of his father-in-law, Judge Christmas, his wife and son, near Campbellton, Fla., some weeks ago. Mrs. Holland was also arrested, but it is reported she is wanted only as a witness.
Wedding at Liberty Hill. Quite a crowd was present at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. NA Thompson, on Sunday last at 9:30 am to witness the marriage fo their daughter, Miss Ellie to Mr. Eddie Hicks. The ceremony was performed by WF Martin, of Laurel Hill, pastor of their church.
Born- On Sunday morning last, to Mr. and Mrs. SA Hutcheson, a daughter. Sam, who is town marshal, has been unusually easy of the evil-doers, all this week.
Invitations are out announcing the marriage of our former clever assistant railway agent Mr. Samuel Anthony Jackson of the L & N to Miss Mayme B Casey, on March 27th, at Delva, Ala. Mr. Jackson is agent at Monroe, in this state.
Snake Bitten Jim Barnhill, a highly respected citizen of our county residing ten miles east of Brewton, met a sudden and untimely death last Monday caused from the bite of a monster rattler. The snake was a huge one with fourteen rattles.--Brewton Standard.
Born- On Friday last, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones, a girl.
Thursday, March 29, 1906
Obituary. After a long and lingering illness Mrs. Mary Tucker departed from this life last Monday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. BF Tucker. She leaves behind her, husband, three children, parents and a number of relatives and friends who mourn her loss. The funeral took place Tuesday at the Almarante cemetery, Rev. WF Martin, officiating—Laurel Hill Home
The deceased lady was a younger sister of Mrs. JA Garrett, of this place.
Born- On Monday night last, a son to Mr. and Mrs. CC Bush.
Sudden Death. The sad news was received her Monday of the death at Waukeenah, Fla., of Mr. Wooten, father of Mrs. WF Hughes and Messrs. Simeon and Council Wooten and brother of Mrs. Ames. Another daughter, Mrs. Hall, lives in Tallahassee, Fla.
Mrs. Lovett of Paxton, died last Thursday and was buried on Friday. Rev. SH Bennett conducted the funeral services.
Mr. and Mrs. PO Wilson are happy over the arrival at their home last Wednesday of a daughter. This make the eleventh child born to this couple, ten of whom are living.
Thursday, April 5, 1906
Hartford Happenings: On Tuesday morning, at 11 o’clock , at the bride’s home in Carrollton, Ga., Miss Emma Hearn and Mr. JW Hanna were united in holy bonds of matrimony. The couple will reside in Florala. – Times-Herald
HB Foster. Mr. HB Foster, who has for the past two years held the responsible position of head bookkeeper and cashier for the Jackson Lumber Co., at Lockhart died last Friday night after an illness of about 20 days, of typhoid fever. When his condition was very serious, and that recovery was impossible, his father, mother, grandmother, and sister were summoned to his bedside. He is survived by a wife and one child.
The interment took place in the family plat at the cemetery at Geneva, on Saturday last.
Walter Bettsworth and sister, Miss Nora, of Pensacola, spend several days at Lockhart last week with their sister, Mrs. HB Foster.
Thursday, April 19, 1906
LR DuBose and family were called to Pera, Monday by telegram announcing the sudden death of Mrs. DuBose’s uncle, Jas. Earley, from heart failure.
Dr. RH Trammell and Miss Nora Betsworth were married at Pensacola last Sunday.
Thursday, April 26, 1906
Dr. JD Trammell, father of Dr. RH Trammell, the well-known physician of Lockhart, who resided at Bay Minette, died at Atmore, on Friday last. He had been thrown by a horse that was frightened by a train. Dr. Trammell was 74 years of age and had lived in Alabama forty years.
Opp News Notes. One of the prettiest weeding of the season took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. WA Woodham of this city, Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock, when their daughter Miss Emma, was married to Mr. JE Sharp of South Carolina.
Mr. George Cleyton and Miss Mattie Hicks were married at the residence of the bride’s mother, at Lockhart, Sunday last.
Thursday, May 3, 1906
Fell From Train. Will Gantt, of River Falls, this county fell from the steps of a passenger train last Saturday morning and received injuries from which he is not expected to recover. The boy’s father was a passenger on the train and in attempting to board the train to speak to him lost his footing and was thrown backward his head striking the rail.
Young Gantt is 18 years of age and belongs to a well- known family of the northern part of the county.
Laurel Hill--Mr. James Brown died at his home near here on the afternoon of the 28th ult, with dropsy. The funeral services were held at the Almarante Baptist church at three o’clock Sunday afternoon. Mr. Brown was one of the oldest citizens of this place, having been employed by the WB Wright Co. when building their log road into Laurel Hill. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Marshal Shoots Man. A special from Luverne says that Marshal JD Cook shot and fatally wounded Monk Ellis, a well-known white man. The shooting was the result of alleged mistreatment of Ellis’ son. The report says that the son came to town in an intoxicated condition and the marshal told him if he would leave town he would not arrest him. Later the father of Ellis, it is alleged met the marshal and said he had not treated his son right and pulled a knife on the marshal and the marshal shot him through the chest twice.
Girl Drowned. Mandy Hillton, aged 16 was drowned and Maggie, her sister aged 17, and Mills Davis, a young man, had narrow escapes while boating at East Lake, Sunday. The girls were rowing and while attempting to change seats upset the boat. Maggie held on to the boat and Mandy caught under it was drowned.
Thursday, May 10, 1906
Negro Woman Fatally Stabs Husband. A negro giving his name as Hardy Hutchinson and who has been porter at Davidson’s saloon for sometime was killed at the McKinnon house, a negro dive in Florala, on Monday night last. His wife, Cora Hutchinson, was arrested and place in jail charged with doing the killing. ( A lengthy article continues)
Thursday, May 17, 1906
Dead in Cemetery. Robert Breitenbach, a seventeen-year-old boy was found in Stokes graveyard, near Greensboro, last Friday. The boy had gone out to shoot bats, and the supposition is that he was looking down the barrels when the weapon was discharged. His widowed mother has the sympathy of that section as the anniversary of the killing of another son had passed only a few days.
Timber Land Act June 3, 1878 Notice For Publication. Land Office at Gainesville, Fla. April 16, 1906
Notice is hereby given that in compliance with the provisions of the act of Congress of June 3, 1878, entitled “An Act for the sale of timber lands in the states of California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington Territory”, as extended to all the public land States by act of August 4, 1892, Ella Meigs of Florala, County of Covington, State of Alabama, has this day filed in this office her sworn statement No. 476, for the purchase of the E ½ of NE ¼ of Section No. 34, in Township No. 2N Range No. 22 W and will offer proof to show that the land sought is more valuable for its timber or stone than for agricultural purposes, and to establish his claim to said land before Clerk Circuit Court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Friday , the 27th day of July, 1906.
She names as witnesses: CD Meigs and EM Garrett, of Mossy Head, Fla., R. Hinote and TJ Hinote of Dorcas, Fla..
Any and all persons claiming adversely the above described lands are requested to file their claims in this office on or before said 27th day of July, 1906.
Timber Land Act June 3, 1878 Notice For Publication. Land Office at Gainesville, Fla. April 16, 1906
Notice is hereby given that in compliance with the provisions of the act of Congress of June 3, 1878, entitled “An Act for the sale of timber lands in the states of California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington Territory”, as extended to all the public land States by act of August 4, 1892, William F Meigs of Florala, County of Covington, State of Alabama, has this day filed in this office his sworn statement No. 475, for the purchase of the SE ¼ of NW ¼, SW ¼ of NE ¼, NW ¼ of SE ¼ and NE ¼ of SW ¼ of Section No. 24, in Township No. 2N Range No. 22 W and will offer proof to show that the land sought is more valuable for its timber or stone than for agricultural purposes, and to establish his claim to said land before Clerk Circuit Court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Thursday , the 26th day of July, 1906.
He names as witnesses: CD Meigs and EM Garrett, of Mossy Head, Fla., R. Hinote and TJ Hinote of Dorcas, Fla..
Any and all persons claiming adversely the above described lands are requested to file their claims in this office on or before said 26th day of July, 1906.
Boy Was Killed. Carl McLaughlin, son of WN McLaughlin, 14 years old, was caught in the machinery of the Island Mill at Bagdad, Fla., on Friday last and was instantly killed.
Thursday, May 31, 1906
No Murder. According to the verdict of a coroner’s jury, the family of the unfortunate Rev. Ackerman, which was found burned to death at their late home ten miles from Milton, was not assassinated.
Timber Land Act June 3, 1878 Notice For Publication. Land Office at Gainesville, Fla. April 16, 1906
Notice is hereby given that in compliance with the provisions of the act of Congress of June 3, 1878, entitled “An Act for the sale of timber lands in the states of California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington Territory”, as extended to all the public land States by act of August 4, 1892, Abraham Schulman of Laurel Hill, County of Walton, State of Florida, has this day filed in this office his sworn statement No. 462, for the purchase of the SW ¼ of NW ¼, of Section No. 8, in Township No. 4N Range No. 21 W and will offer proof to show that the land sought is more valuable for its timber or stone than for agricultural purposes, and to establish his claim to said land before Clerk Circuit Court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Thursday , the 26th day of July, 1906.
He names as witnesses: WJ Pressley, JJ Lassister, JC Steele and John Carnley all of Laurel Hill, Fla.
Any and all persons claiming adversely the above described lands are requested to file their claims in this office on or before said 26th day of July, 1906.
Mrs. Charlotte McRae received a letter from her mother yesterday, stating that her sister, Mrs. Perry, had died at Lumber City (Ga.), Tuesday.
Thursday, June 7, 1906
Mr. John K McDonald Dead. The death of Mr. John K McDonald occurred Friday, June 1st, at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. WR McDuffie, with whom he had made his home since the death of his mother in North Carolina, a number of years ago. He was born in Cumberland County, NC Jan. 30, 1848, of Scotch parents. He joined the Presbyterian Church in his young manhood. His father was an honored Elder in the church for forty years. He was a native of Scotland having come to America in 1803 when he was six years old.
“Uncle John”, as he was affectionately known by relatives and many friends, was one of the kindest of men, gentle in nature, amiable in disposition. Those who knew him best, loved and appreciated him most. In the home he was always agreeable, cheerful and bright. In his long sickness of several months he never complained but was always patient, and so appreciative of everything that was done for him.
The funeral services were conducted at the cemetery by Rev. JA Seale, of the Methodist church who had visited him, talked and prayed with him during his long illness.
Andalusia News. Mrs. Sarah A Brannen, aged 60 years, died at the home of her son, near Opp, a few days ago. An insurance agent had called to write her an insurance policy and was asking her questions when she fell dead.
Allen Adkison, went to Pera last Sunday to visit his brother and also, to be present at the Masonic march in honor of CB Davis, a deceased member. Mr. Davis had been a mason for thirty-four years, having joined Lake City Lodge in Florala.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Dillard, living between Opp and Sanford, died last week of appendicitis.
Last Wednesday evening the spirit of Miss Dixie Prestwood winged its flight to brighter realm. The passing of this good girl cast a gloom over the entire community. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. JW Prestwood.
Probate Judge JM Robinson, was called to his office in the courthouse last Friday night at 10:30, shortly after the arrival of the Central train from Columbus. Dr. MB Nall, of Mississippi, desired to be joined in the holy bonds of matrimony with Miss Josephine Elizabeth Sermon of Dozier.
Thursday, June 14, 1906
Opp News. A Mr. Brigman, of North Carolina, was operated on here Monday for appendicitis by Drs. Stewart and Yarbrough. The young man died Wednesday night and the body was shipped to his former state for burial.
Married. On Saturday last at the home of Mr. GW Davidson, n the lakeside, Miss Annie Sherrer, daughter of Mr. WI Sherrer, of this place and Mr. NN Sellers, of Coffee Springs. The bride and groom left at once for Ocala, Florida, where they will make their future home.
Murderess Captured. At Lakewood After a Chase of Thirty Miles—Crime Committed in Walton County.
A telegram sent from here to the Pensacola Journal says: Cherry Coleman, colored, was stabbed by Thena McGee, also colored, at Goodman’s Still, about 9 miles north of DeFuniak, and one mile from Glendale in Walton County, Fla. at a late hour Saturday night, the wounds inflicted resulting in death. The McGee woman took to the woods.
A posse headed by Deputy Sheriff Gainey, with bloodhounds took the trail and after a run of thirty miles came up with the fugitive, who had been captured at Lakewood and held until the posse arrived. She was fully a mile ahead of the dogs when captured.
The woman was brought to Florala at 4 pm Sunday and taken by train to DeFuniak.
Thursday, June 21, 1906
Born- to Mr. and Mrs. JW Wilkinson, a son.
Marianna, Fla. June 19. The grand jury has returned two indictments against WD Christmas, on for the murder of Judge Christmas and one for the murder of Mrs. Christmas.
Constables Kill Negro. John Jordan Killed at Elliott’s Still Last Saturday. Pulled Pistol on Officers when Ordered to Surrender.
Ca McKee and Constable Paulk went to H Elliott’s still on Saturday last to place a negro, John Jordan, under arrest. A warrant had been sworn out for Jordan, charging him criminal assault upon a 12 year old negro girl.
After committing the crime Jordan armed himself and hunted up his victim’s father and told him that he (Jordan) was going to kill him or somebody else or get killed himself—that he was going to die with is boots on. When the officers arrived on the scene to arrest Jordan, they ordered him to throw up his hands. Instead of complying, Jordan pulled a pistol from his hip pocket with his left hand and attempted to transfer it to his right hand raising it as if to fire at the white men who were only a few feet away. Both deputies seeing his purpose, fired at the negro, who fell dead with a load of buckshot in his breast.
Murder In Walton Florida County Has Two Killings Within 10 Days Prominent Farmers In Difficulty.
It was reported here on Saturday last that Mr. Wm King, of Sterling, a country post office in Walton County, Florida, had killed a Mr. (Tom) Powell of that neighborhood. Both were well known farmers and stock raisers.
It is alleged that Powell was accused by King of stealing sheep and that he went to King’s house and a quarrel ensued during which the dead man gave King a cursing. King, so the report goes, was sick in bed and arose from the bed and shot Powell in the back as he was leaving the house.
Married- At the home of the bride’s father at Searight, Sunday last, Miss Annie Benson to Mr. Claude White.
Cards are announcing the marriage of Miss Lenora Gilmer and Mr. WT Noedel, which will occur at the residence of the bride’s mother on June 27th.
We regret to learn of the sudden death of the six months old baby of Mr. FM Jackson, of Opp, which occurred last Tuesday night.
Mrs. SE Hart, of Florala attended the funeral of Mrs. JP Hanna—Opp Homespun
Thursday, June 28, 1906
Opp News. A negro, named Stephen Phall, was killed here Sunday night by another negro called “Smut”.
Gilmer- Noedele Beautiful indeed was the quiet home wedding which occurred at the residence of Mrs. Wm. Gilmer Wednesday at 1:30 pm. The contracting parties being Miss Lenora Gilmer, daughter of the late Wm. B Gilmer, and Mr. WT Noedele, a promising young man of Dothan.
Thursday, July 5, 1906
Early Morning Tragedy- Marvin Campbell Shot to Death- Starlus Rigell Arrested for Crime.
Wednesday morning about 3 :30 Marvin Campbell, who conducted a fruit and cold drink stand was shot and instantly killed at a house of ill-fame in the city limits of Florala. coroner’s jury was empanelled at nine o’clock am and conducted an investigation at which it developed that Starlus Rigell, of Dothan, brother to Mr. Alvin Rigell of Lakewood, Fla. fired two shots at Marvin Campbell. (a lengthy article continues)
Opp News: MJ Adams of this place left Tuesday morning for Sanford where he was to get married to Miss Beulah Harris, daughter of Dr. Harris, of that place.
Thursday, July 12, 1906
The body of Marvin Campbell. who was killed here last Wednesday, was carried to Hartford, his former home, on the same day by Mr. Gordon Garner, his brother-in-law and burial took place Thursday. Mrs. Campbell was away from Florala at the time of his death and was notified at Echo, ala. The dead man leaves a wife and three small children and a number of relatives at Hartford.
We should have mentioned last week that Miss Florence Hawley of Lockhart and Mr. KA Phillips of Jacksonville, Fla. were married at Lockhart on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. JA Seale officiating. The wedding took place at the home of the bride’s father.
Thursday, July 19, 1906
A Negro Woman Killed.
Sunday morning about 2 o’clock while under the influence of whiskey Dave Richardson, a turpentine negro, stabbed and instantly killed Fannie Williams, a negress at the McKinnon House.
Shot Two Men- Then Suicided—Jackson County, Fla.
A special to the Associated Press from Marianna, in West Florida, says that on Thursday last in a shooting affray following a party at which there was some drinking near here, WM Donaldson, a Tampa Stock dealer, shot Walter Nichols in the shoulder, his son Ross Nichols in the leg and then killed himself. The alleged quarrel started through jealousy.
Hugh Duggan is Killed. Shot to Death in Tennessee Town- News Reaches Florala Monday.
Information came to Florala on Monday morning last that Hugh R Duggan has been shot and killed at Tellico Junction, Tenn. A telegram announcing the fact was received by the directing officer of the Odd Fellows Lodge. Mrs. Duggan has the sympathy of the people here. She has five small children, four boys and one girl. She is a daughter of Mrs. SA McDaniel.
Notice No. 20910- Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. July 11, 1906 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on September 8, 1906, viz:
Alex G. Davis, for the heirs of James A Davis, dec. Homestead entry, No. 34016, for the w ½ of the sw ¼ or lot no. 4 sw ¼ of sw ¼ of section 23, Tp. 6 n of R23 W.
Thomas J. Henley, Allen J Clark, James B Tucker, Walter S. Etheridge all of Bethel, Fla.
Robert D. Johnston, Register
Notice No. 20910- Land Office at Montgomery, Ala. July 12, 1906 Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Andalusia, Ala., on September 8, 1906, viz:
John T. Wallace Homestead entry, No. 36437, for the se ¼ of the nw ¼ of section 25, Tp. 1 N of R18 E.
Frank Hilliard, William Hilliard, Thomas J Williams and Henry Elliott all of Natural Bridge, Fla.
Robert D. Johnston, Register
Born- On Wednesday last, to Mr. and Mrs. Karl Brandborg, a boy.
Born- On Thursday last, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Turnquist, a daughter.
The nine months old infant of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Neely died on the 7th inst., after an illness lasting sixteen weeks. The remains were interred in the Florala Cemetery the next afternoon.
Froze to Death. JF Inman died in Florence as the result of being locked in a cold storage room.
CH McKenzie of this place and Miss Carrie B Croley of Tyson, Ala. were married at the home of the bride’s parents last Sunday morning.
Mr. JN Rice who at one time conducted a mercantile business in Florala and who went from here to Hacoda to take charge of some business for the Coleman and Davis Co., and who later went to Hartford with the same company, and who is now conducting a large store there, was married on Thursday last to Miss Nina McKinnon, of Chancellor.
Last week Mrs. JB Bowdon, who lives near the city, presented her husband with a fine set of triplets, of whom three are living and doing well. They were girls. A few days before Mrs. Green Grubbs, who lives near Mrs. Bowdon, presented her husband with triplets, all boys, and all of whom are now living.
And at about the same time, Mrs. John Crewel, of the same neighborhood, gave birth to twins, being the second set in 18 months. Our sections is bound to lead the state as long as our birth rate is as large as at present.—Clio Free Press
The smallest baby ever born in Pensacola, or probably in the south and survive is the little mite of a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A Carmala, of that city. They are Italians engaged in the ship brokerage business, and reside over their store. The child, who appears to be healthy , weighs less than two pounds.
Thursday, August 2, 1906
Rawlins Case. Old man Rawlins will not have his wish to be hanged on August 3rd granted. Pleading for his own execution, after fruitless trials in the superior courts of Lowndes County, the state supreme court, and the United States Supreme court, the convicted slayer of the two Carter children has had the sentence of the law stayed against his will so that a new plea of his consul, Attorney John Randolf Cooper, may again be heard in the tribunal court of Washington.
Born: On Sunday morning last to Mr. and Mrs. Lorin Brigman, a son.
Thursday, August 9, 1906
Weds Step-Daughter. Mr. BF Cook and his step-daughter, Miss Francis Boswell, of Bullock County, near Union Springs, came to Florala last Thursday, and Friday afternoon were married by Judge Hilson over in Florida. Mr. Cook, who looked to be about 45 years old, state that the laws of Alabama prohibited a man marrying his step-daughter and he came with her to cross the Florida line. He also stated that there were only two states in the union allowing this particular form of matrimony and Florida is one of them. Mrs. Cook is about thirty years of age. The happy pair left Saturday for home.
Laurel Hill. Death has again visited our town and its victim was one of our leading men in the person of BF Tucker, who so long conducted Hotel Walton. He died early Sunday morning. The funeral services were conducted at this place by Rec. WF Martin and burial took place in the village cemetery.
The friends of Mrs. JA Garrett will regret to learn of the death of her father, Mr. BF Tucker.
A little son came to brighten the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Elliot, on Saturday last.
Thursday, August 16, 1906
Charitable Company- cares for foreigner during illness and after death; gives Christian Burial
John Lantes, a Hungarian laborer who had been working for the Jackson Lumber Company at Lockhart, up to the time he was taken sick with typhoid fever some two weeks ago, died at that place Monday afternoon and owing to the fact that relatives of the deceased could not be located, was buried at the Florala cemetery Tuesday afternoon, Rev. SH Bennett of the local Baptist church conducted the funeral services.
Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Gainesville, Fla., july 16, 1906. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Sept. 24, 1906; viz: John W Carnley, of Stella, Fla., Hd. 30511 for the ne ¼ sw ¼ Sec. 12, T4N, R21W. He names the following witness to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: GM Carnley, WJ Presley, Mallie Majors and Henry Majors all of Stella, Fla.
Born- On Sunday morning last to Mr. and Mrs. CE Darby, a son.
Baby Dies. The infant daughter of Rev. W.E. and Mrs. Gibson died at the home of Rev. NH Gibson last Sunday morning at 8 o’clock. The funeral occurred Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Mr.. Gibson’s family was here on a visit to his father where the child was taken with its fatal illness. Mr. Gibson was away from Florala when his child died. Their home is in North Alabama to which they expect to return in a few days.
Thursday, August 23, 1906
Born: On Monday morning last, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stanley, a son.
Mrs. Morgan an aged lady and mother of Mrs. JA Hemby died at the home of the latter, in south Florala, on Thursday afternoon and was buried Friday at Ozark.
John Class, a Hungarian, age 22 years, died at Lockhart last Friday night and was buried Saturday afternoon in the Florala Cemetery, Revs. JA Seal’s and AL Jones conducting the funeral services. Dr. Trammell, the physician who attended him during his illness, with some of the deceased’s friends and the Company’s leading men were in attendance and assisted in giving the young man a Christian burial.
Born: On Monday night last to Mr. and Mrs. HA Hughes, a son.
Thursday, September 6, 1906
Mrs. TJ McCall’s mother, Mrs. NM Calhoun died at Grove Hill, Ala. of cancer. Mr. McCall attended the funeral.
Opp Letter: One of the saddest deaths in the history of our town occurred Friday morning about ten o’clock, when the Supreme Ruler visited the home of Rev. YE Hughes and took away Leonard, the youngest son. He had only been sick a short while and no one realized that he was so near eternity till the last moment. Leonard was a bright boy about 18 years old and a great favorite among all of his associates. About five weeks ago, during the protracted meeting he joined the Methodist church and humbled himself as would but few boys of his age. He was baptized about one week before he was taken sick, and a great many have remarked that he surely had a warning to prepare for death. His remains were interred in the Cool Springs Cemetery, Saturday at 4 pm. The funeral services were cnducted by Rec. CC Daniels, of the Methodist church. The community is in sympathy with the bereaved.
Thursday, September 13, 1906
Page- McClung- Mr. Percy McClung and Miss Lillie Page both prominent young people of this place, sprung quite a surprise on their most intimate friends last Monday when they returned from Valdosta, Ga. and announced that they had been made man and wife. Miss Lillie was visiting relatives at Valdosta, and last week Mr. McClung joined her there and they were married at the home of Miss Page’s relatives. Mrs. McClung is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. DB Page, who mow reside in Gaskin, Florida, where they moved from this place, and is quite popular in Florala with both young and old folks.
Mr. Percy McClung is a member of the firm of JN McClung and Co., who operate the Florala ice and light plants, and manages both of these industries. He came here some time ago from Clear Water, Fla. is a steadily rising young business man and is well liked in Florala. The happy couple have the best wishes of a host of friends.
Passed Away. Former Editor of Dothan Home Journal Dead. Rev. Eugenius F. Baber, age 69, one of the best-known and prominent citizens of South Alabama died at St. Margaret’s Infirmary, Montgomery, last week.
He was born in Covington, Ga. March 20, 1837. Moved to Alabama with his father in 1846 to Macon County where he edited a newspaper till the war broke out and he enlisted as member of the Tuskegee Light Infantry of the Third Alabama Regiment. He was in several important battles and was wounded at Malvern Hill. After receiving his wound her was sent home. Later he organized a company of infantry and was made captain. This company was with the First Alabama Regiment. On account of poor health he was retied in 1864 and at the end of the war he was in charge of the post at Troy. After this he edited a newspaper till 1878. He was then ordained a Baptist minister and was considered one of the ablest ministers of that denomination. He was known and liked all over the state. He was a great Christian taking an active interest in the work and spreading the gospel. He was a Baptist minister till 1893 when he was selected to edit the Alabama Baptist which he did for sometime ably and to the satisfaction of all. He later returned to editing a newspaper and purchased the Dothan Home Journal which he edited until recently when his sons took charge fo that paper. We heartily sympathize with these young men in the loss of their father.
Rye Items. James Bulger, near Rye post office between Florala and Andalusia had the sad misfortune to lose a two year old child by its being burned to death, one day last week. The little fellow was playing around the yard and got into a fire where a pile of trash had been burned. They family has the deepest sympathy of the neighborhood.
McLennan- Williams A Pretty home wedding was that of Miss Lilla V. McLennan and Mr. Richard Williams, of Florala which was solemnized at the residence of the bride’s mother on North Hull Street. Owing to the bereavement in the family, the marriage was a quiet one, only the relatives and intimate friend of the bride and groom being in attendance. The bride was attended by Miss Carnie Spears, of Florala, as maid of honor. The groom was accompanied by Mr. CJ Martin, of Montgomery, as best man.
The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. Dan McLennan. The ceremony was performed by Rev. John Bass Shelton, after which Mr. and Mrs. Williams left for a visit to Tallulah Falls, Ga. Alter they will be at home at Florala, Ala., where Mr. Williams is prominently associated with the Florala Saw Mill Co. having recently removed to Florala from Pittsburg, Pa.
The out-of town guests at the wedding were Mr. Ronald Barber of Birmingham, Mr. Murdock Cooey of Westville, Fla. Miss Carnie Spears of Florala.—Montgomery Journal
Thursday, September 20, 1906 no b/m/d reported
Thursday, September 27, 1906
Last Monday Morning in a quarrel and a fight in a negro restaurant a negro man about forty years old was shot in the breast with a pistol and died shortly afterward. The was from Sightler Bros. still and was known to several prominent businessmen here as a steady hardworking man. His name was Sam Swift, and he bore a reputation for sobriety. John Hamilton who did the shooting escaped and ran off a short distance but came back to town later and was placed under arrest. Lonnie Hubbard, who ran the restaurant was arrested and place in jail charged with being accessory to the crime.
Andalusia Items. JW Barnes, ex-postmaster at Andalusia and Miss Mollie McCaskill will be married at Mobile on Sept 27th.
Born. To Mr. and Mrs. RJ Jenkins, on Sunday morning last, a girl.
Timber Land Act June 3, 1878 Notice For Publication. Land Office at Gainesville, Fla. September 24, 1906
Notice is hereby given that in compliance with the provisions of the act of Congress of June 3, 1878, entitled “An Act for the sale of timber lands in the states of California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington Territory”, as extended to all the public land States by act of August 4, 1892, Moses G. Murphy of Glendale, County of Walton, State of Florida, has this day filed in this office his sworn statement No. 556, for the purchase of the NE ¼ of Section No. 28, in Township No. 4N Range No. 21 W and will offer proof to show that the land sought is more valuable for its timber or stone than for agricultural purposes, and to establish his claim to said land before Clerk Circuit Court at DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Friday, the 28th day of December, 1906.
He names as witnesses: Robert Kennington, Frank Turner, Henry Blackman and Jacob Murphy all of Stella, Fla.
Any and all persons claiming adversely the above described lands are requested to file their claims in this office on or before said 28th day of December, 1906.
Thursday, October 4, 1906.
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. James W. DuBose, on Monday morning, last a boy.
A son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Bell, at Paxton, on Thursday last.
Returning from the Montgomery Theatre a few minutes after 11 o’clock a few nights ago in the Capital City, Mrs. RL Crowe found her only son, 14 years old, who had remained at home to prepare his lessons, sitting upright in his chair dead. He had been killed by the discharge of a pistol in his own hand.
Rev. John Stanley Thomas officiated Sunday afternoon at the Towers House at the marriage of Sephus Baker and miss Emma Davis both of Paxton. They left immediately after the ceremony for their home.
Thursday, October 11, 1906.
Died In Jail. Circuit Court was in session at DeFuniak this week where several important cases were to be tried.
Monday night a jury was empanelled to try Wm. King, who was in jail charged with murder. This promised to be the most sensational trial of the term. Tuesday morning when Jailor Gainey went to carry King up his breakfast he was found dead on his cot in his cell. Doctors say his death was due to heart failure.
It will be remembered that Mr. King was a prosperous farmer and cattle raiser living near Sterling in Walton County. He and a neighbor named Powell quarreled at King’s house about some sheep, and King shot Powell with a shotgun loaded with buckshot, killing him.
The death of Mr. King on the night before the trial caused much comment at DeFuniak, where it was thought he had committed suicide.
Thursday, October 18, 1906.
A Quiet Wedding. Mr. BT Gibbans and Miss Ella King were quietly married at the home of the bride’s mother on Fifth Street yesterday afternoon, and left on the six o’clock train for Montgomery where they will in future reside.
Opp News Notes: Born: On Monday last to MR. and Mrs. RR Campbell, of Culvertson, a girl.
Thursday, October 25, 1906.
Killed at Lockhart. Last Sunday night shortly after dark a white man by the name of Adams was killed at a Negro house in the suburbs of Lockhart. Mr. Adams had been working at Lockhart sometime and was employed by the Jackson Lumber Company to lay steel on their railroads. He leaves a wife and five children.
Opp Items. A quiet and pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. EA McFerrin, Thursday evening at 8 o’clock when their daughter, Miss Bertie, was married to mr. Thomas P Winston. Rev. PL Mosely, of Enterprise, performed the impressive ceremony in the presence of a few friends. The young couple will visit Mr. Winston’s people at Auburn for a few days after which time they will return to Opp, where they will in the future reside.
Born- On Saturday of last week, to Mr. and Mrs. WF Hughes, a daughter.
Thursday, November 1, 1906.
RO Hart, Dead. Mr. RO Hart, one of Hacoda’s most substantial and respected citizens, died last Sunday after a protracted illness of several weeks.
Mr. Hart was too well known throughout this section for us to sound his praises. Liberal, hospitable, a devoted husband, his loss will be keenly felt by his numerous relatives and friends. He was, until recently a partner in the general merchandise business, at Hacoda, of Hughes & Hart, and at the time of his death was a partner in the AC Parker Mercantile Co. of that place. His remains were laid to rest at Corner Creek Church, Monday afternoon amid a sorrowing concourse of his many friends.
In the death of Mr. Hart, Hacoda and Geneva County loses one of its most valued citizens.
Thursday, November 8, 1906. no b/m/d reported
Thursday, November 15, 1906
Mr. LS Cleveland formerly with the News, was married to Miss Alma Nipe at Jacksonville, Fla., recently.
Thursday, November 22, 1906
A Sad Death. Mr. JC Howell Sr., one of Santa Rosa’s best citizens, died very suddenly, of heart failure at his home near Blackman, Saturday evening. His death was a great shock to all who knew him as he had apparently enjoyed the best of health up to within a few moments of his death.
Mr. Howell was a most worthy member of Lake City Lodge of AF&M of Florala, Ala., and stood high in Masonic circles throughout the county. He leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters to mourn his death. – Milton (Fla.) Star
Mr. Howell lived in Florala quite a while, moving from here to Blackman, Fla., with his sons, Messrs. Chas. and Johnnie Howell. These young men have the sympathy of a large number of friends in this community in the death of their parent.
Born- On Sunday last to Dr. and Mrs. GF Petrey, a son.
Opp News.-Mr. E.E. Kelley, our clever banker, left Wednesday morning for Union Springs where he was married to Miss Pauline Hightower, of that place. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly will spend about two weeks in California and Mexico, after which time they will be at home at Opp.
Thursday, November 29, 1906 no b/m/d reported
Thursday, December 6, 1906
Florida Boy Killed While Protecting Mother. A Sneads Florida communication says that Thomas Yon was fatally stabbed at Comfort, near there Tuesday night, by his father, Higdon A Yon. The old man Yon, who had been drinking, was beating his wife when the son interfered.
The Father drew his knife and stabbed his son below the heart and in the right breast. He then cut Mrs. Yon an ugly gash on the face, the blade penetrating the cheek and splitting her tongue. Higdon Yon was immediately arrested and carried to Marianna.
Thomas Yon died two days later. Mrs. Yon is related to some of the best families in Jackson County.
Thursday, December 13, 1906
Marriages are getting pretty frequent over in Florida, says ‘Squire Hilson, J.P. Last week he united Mr. Chipley Cawthon and Miss Lorena Busbee, at the home of the bride’s father, Mack Busbee, at Pine Log. Mr. Cawthon is the youngest son of Uncle Bullie Cawthon.
Old man Rawlins and the negro Alf Moore, have been hanged and the boys have been sentenced to the penitentiary for life.
Mr. J Ross Helm to Wed Florida Girl. News has reached the city that Mr. J. Ross Helm and Miss Vida Bowers, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. would become husband and wife some time during the winter.
This announcement will be a very pleasant surprise to the friends of Mr. Helms is this and other cities of the South Atlantic League.
Ross has been with the Macon team two season and “pitched” himself into popular favor on every diamond. And now he has developed into a good “catcher”, having caught one of Florida’s loveliest young ladies, on her own “diamond”, made a “safe hit” and a “home run.”
on his return to Macon, Mr. Helm will be accompanied by is bride.—Macon Telegraph
We should have mentioned last week that a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. D. Ray Whitcomb, of Lockhart.
Thursday, December 20, 1906
Family Reunion. Last Wednesday which was December the 12th, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, mother of Dr. RL and Griffin Miller of Florala, celebrated her 74th birthday at her home in Gordon, Fla., six miles south of Florala. Last year all of her sons and daughters, ten in number, and several grandchildren surprised her with their presence… then it was decide that it should become an annual affair so long as the good lady lives.
Mrs. JH Martin and children left Thursday morning to spend the holidays with her parents at Evergreen. They were accompanied as far as Andalusia by the bride and groom Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Davis, who were united at Mr. Martin’s home Wednesday afternoon, by Rev. JA Seale officiating. The bride was formerly Miss Bettie Liles.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Penton are the happy parents of a beautiful baby girl, who tipped the beam at ten pounds. This little miss made her arrival in this bright and happy world Tuesday morning— Milton (Fla.) Index
Thursday, December 27, 1906 no b/m/d reported.
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