Editor, Will A. Vick

August 20, 1896

Seven Springs

"Between the thriving towns of McMinnville and Smithville fanned by the spurs of the Cumberland Mountains a silvan vale, veritable paradise, sacred to many, hallowed yet to be in the memory of thousands. Time in his matchless flight and power to imitate will sweep many things that now are and to be, behind the sable curtain of time oblivion and work here and there wonderful transformation throughout the world but the charms of this tranquill valley are as lasting as the eternal hills that in grandeur and majesty stand above. Those who have not had the inefible pleasure to visit this attractive place will perchance read the above, be startled and involuntarily exclaim: What the cynosure, what the facination to elucidate such expression and would very naturally conclude it all to be the product of a fanciful brain-but listen. Hear the words of truth and be convinced when nature herself mounts her mighty throne to assert how she has marvelously endowed this valley of sunshine and shade. Descending and purling throught valley is a gentle stream clear as the crystal waves of heaven. Sparkling and laughing here in sunshine resting there in shade. Its banks like the silver streaming Thames in the famous age of Queen Elizabeth are 'Painted all with veritable flowers and all the woods adorned with dainty greens'. To the right of this stream are nature's seven great great physicians; the celebrated Seven Springs whose magic power to heal the sick and invigorate the languid and oppressed is reaching the ears of hundreds spreading from state to state. Those who come here-and there are many this season-at once realize that there is virtue in these wonderful waters. All the ills of life have been represented and in every instance each individual has been gratified beyond expectation. Some who have for years been victims of some dread disease visit this sanitarium, quaff the cups of health and joy, bury their physical enem, return home with their health aglow with the fire of youth and begin a new life with a strong hope and determined activity.

The business man can find repose and comfort for here dull care in vain reeks a resting place and must like shadows silently steal away. Not alone for the healing properties of the water do we flee to this delightful region but also to enjoy the balmy breeze soft as the breath of Angels, and while in the towns and cities thousands are oppressed by the sweltering heat, many even stricken to rise no more, the visitor here rests in perfect ease save the regret that every poor sufferer cannot come and be likewise blest. Those who have had the fortune to visit this happy retreat for the past week are the following: Mrs. J.C. Bass, Carrolton, Ga.; H.G. and D.A McCord, Chapel Hill; W.M. Oakford and wife, Humboldt; J.H. Craddock, Cainsville; J.W. Neal, wife and daughter, Miss Florence, Mahone; Mrs. J. Buckhannon, S. Stratton, Lebanon; Dr. J.B. McCobe, C.R. Brevard, Woodbury; A.A. Bracen, Nashville; W.A. and O.P Haynes, Tracy City; Mrs Maud Wilcox and children, Sanborn, Ind.; J.R. Corley and wife, W.H. Bass and family, Dowelltown; George Corley and wife, Cathage; Mrs. Parsons, S.A. Turrentine, Shelbyville; Jas. Stark and wife of Liberty; Drs T.O. Bratten and Crutchfield, Watertown and last but not least, the venerable, affable Judge J.S. Gribble, who has a perfect mania for flowers and widows. Another season at these springs then cupid will claim him as his own, deliver him to hymen with special instruction to this gracious God to hostility consumate the rest! --- A Visitor

Pending before W.T. Dozier, J.P.
C.B. Williams vs O.D. Walker

In this case, the def't is a non-resident of the State of Tennessee, he is justly indebted to the pl'ff in the sum of $39.25 and an attachment having been made, duly levied upon a tract of 50 acres of land, situated in the 6th civil district of DeKalb county, Tenn., bounded on the North by Walker, South by Rhea, East by Caney Fork River and West by Womack, as the property of the defendant. commanding O.D. Walker to appear before me on the 3rd day of October, 1896 and make defense to this action --- W.T. Dozier, J.P.

Forks of Pike

Mrs. S.D. Fite is some improved at this writing.

Mrs. J.J. Evans returned to her home at Nashville, Thursday, after several weeks visit with relatives here. Her brother, Vick, accompanied her home.

Little Miss Ella Givan went to Watertown on the train from Brush Creek Saturday, where she visits her Grandpa Luck.

Miss Alice Robinson commences her school at Cottage Home Monday.

Mrs. T.O. Bratten and children and Mrs. Matilda Bratten of Watertown spent Saturday night with the family of Sam Vanatta.

Bob White and Lensy Williams of Dowelltown spent Sunday with Mrs. W.C. Groom.

A leap year lawn party was given at the residence of Mr.& Mrs. H.C. Givan to the gentlemen and ladies of Forks of Pike Saturday night.

Miss Nannie Groom spent last week with Mrs. Will Taylor of Dowelltown.

Mrs. Lincoln and children, Abraham and Gussie Lou, and Miss Lucille Kennedy of Grant spent Thursday night with the family of Wm. Robinson.

Prof. C.M. Preston visited his parents at Woodbury Saturday night.

Mrs. Tom Potter and daughters, Misses Lizzie and Lillian and son, Tom, of Smithville visited Mr.& Mrs. J.B. West Saturday and Sunday.

Chas. Wheeler spent Saturday night with his sister, Mrs. S.H. Flippen.

Mrs. Wm. Robinson and daughter, Miss Alice, spent Friday with relatives near Auburn.

R.A. Fite is no better with the fever this week.

Mr.& Mrs. H.C. Givan and children and Miss Mai Measle spent Sunday with relatives at Watertown.


Mr. Hudson of White county and Mrs. Drusilla Adcock of this place were married last week.

Mrs. James Parish of Keltonsburgh visited near here this week.

Eva, the little child of Mr.& Mrs. Harley Cantrell, died very suddenly last week.

Miss Laura Lentz is out again after a very severe attack of fever.

Mrs. Sam Cantrell is very sick with fever.

L.K. Cantrell's house and contents were destroyed by fire last Tuesday while the family were away. Cause supposed to be a defective flue.

Mrs. Aaron Cantrell is very sick.

Mr. Stephen Petty is very low with fever.

A little child of Thomas Pritchard died Thursday and was buried near Dowelltown Friday.

Miss Mary Cantrell is sick.

Our Neighbors
News Taken From Our County Exchanges
Rutherford County ---- The News

Elmer Alexander of Porterfield met with a painful accident while in town Friday. He and Wilson Dement brought a load of wheat to town and while unloading it, Dement, who was holding a knife in his hand for the purpose of cutting sack strings, in attempting to raise a sack accidently stuck it in Alexander's thigh. The wound was very painful, but Alexander was able to return home that evening.

Cannon County ---- The Herald

H.J. St. John is having a nice porch built to his residence.

Miss Bernice Odum of Auburn is visiting Miss Mamie Tatum.

E.J. Mears left last Tuesday for Columbus, Ga. to visit his brother at that place.

We learn that Wm. Bucy lost his house by fire last Wednesday night.

At the Dillon Hotel on Thursday, Aug. 20th, Rev. D.B. Vance united in the Holy bonds of matrimony Mr. Robert Patterson of Texas to Miss Esther Green of this place.

A clover huller belonging to Joe Stephens was burned near this place last Wednesday while the hands were gone to dinner.

Smith County ---- The Times

Revs. G.B. McPeak, Hartsville and J. Webster, Rome, are conducting a protracted meeting at Mt. Zion near the latter town.

The new residence of L.A. Ligon in Carthage will be ready for occupancy in about 10 days.

A whiskey warehouse in the lower part of Putnam county, belonging to Joseph Rogers was burned August 7th.

Esq. J.M. Fisher, Carthage, by virtue of his chairmanship protem, is now the judge of Smith's county court.

Mrs. Nancy Corley died at her home near Hartsville, August 7, aged 76 years. She was a Cumberland Presbyterian. Always having a warm place in heart for the Confederate cause, it was her request that the Confederate soldiers take charge of her burial, which was done.

The foundation lines for the new Christian church at Rome has been laid off and T.D. Wooten, the Carthage contractor and builder, will begin work as soon as the lumber is ready.

Wilson County ---- The Tribune

Thursday night of last week some unknown parties, having not the fear of the law before their eyes, committing quite a system of roguery in the section of county just South of town. Commencing at Fayette Leeman's on Spring Creek, they appropriated one of his best work mules; then down the Cainsville road to Henry Comer's, they supplied themselves with a set of his buggy harness and cross over to Tater Peeler road by way of Union church, they hitched to a jersey wagon belonging to Uncle Sam Comer which Mr. Gay, who lives on Dred Clemmem's farm had borrowed to do some hauling. Coming on in the direction of Lebanon they supplied themselves with various parts of wagon and plow harness from different plantations-a blind bridle from Cam Covington, a set of plow gear and a half a wagon line from Dave Lame, etc. That is as far as they were traced and as they have not been apprehended it is impossible to say what they did or did not steal.

The alarm of fire rang out on the morning air Wednesday and when the people arrived at the scene they found the house of G.W. Lewis on the corner of East Main and North College in flames. The building was occupied by W.A. Huggins as a residence and boarding house.

Our friends, John L. Castleman and Esq. Joe Harris were returning from a fishing trip to Stone's river a few days ago and the horse they were driving became frightened and ran away, throwing both of them out of the buggy. Esq. Harris escaped with a few bruises, but Mr. Castleman was not so fortunate. In the struggles of the horse he kicked him on the knee, breaking the cap of the knee and as he fell, the buggy ran over him bruising him up considerably. Mr. Castleman is doing well and while the wounds are painful, they are not serious.

Uncle Hiram Cooper died last week after a brief illness and was buried at the Johnson graveyard.

Rev. J.M. Hubbert's announcement that he would preach about "The Unchained Tiger of Lebanon" brought out the largest congregation that has yet been seen at the Sunday Evening Court House Meeting.

Mrs. Armstrong, the mother of R.L. and James Armstrong, met with a painful accident the morning of the fire. Hearing the alarm, she went to the door and walked out on the porch. She went too far and fell off the porch to the ground, a distance of four feet. The fall shocked and bruised her considerably, but no serious trouble is feared.


J.W. Reynolds was here today.

After a visit to relatives in Warren county, Hugh Sparkman returned home Monday.

Wm. Wright of the 6th district was here today.

T.E. Pinegar and family returned from a months visit to relatives and friends in White and Warren counties.

George Turner, one of the most prominent men of the 15th district of Warren county was here.

James and Hattie Pinegar are visiting the family of Ernest Pinegar, their brother.

Wiley Sparkman of Warren county was here Monday.

Two of T.W. Wades children are sick.

Mr. Gribble, son of Judge Gribble, is here.

Lone Star

Your writer has witnessed the sad scenes of the death of two friends who parted this life since our last message. Bro. Rucker of Fruitland, an active member of the M.E Church South was buried the 11th at Brushie Cemetery. Mrs. Margaret Moss, wife of Wm. Moss, both of whom were formerly from Tennessee, died the 12th and was buried the 13th at the Bethel Cemetery.


J.D. Colvert fell into his cellar Saturday night breaking his leg. The broken limb was set by Dr. Womack.

John W. Rutland was elected Saturday at a meeting of the directors, President of the fair in place of Irenus Beckwith, deceased.

A thief entered R.W. Patterson's bedroom Saturday night and took what change he had in his pants pockets.

Frank Colvert painted several houses here recently. He is now engaged on the store house of Jones Bros.

Capt. Wheeler and John Rutland attended the Rome fair.

Erwin Kennedy and Hatton Shaver went to Milton Sunday.

Capt. W.H. Lincoln is here this week.

Mrs. Hal Tubb and daughter, Lucille, will return from Franklin this week.

Miss Alice Cullom will return from Woodburn this week.

Jeff Blackburn is here on a visit to home folks and will remain several days.

Judge Dan Williams and wife returned last week.

C.W.L. Hale and wife attended services at the Christian church Sunday.

Mr.& Mrs. Charlie Palmer and children returned yesterday from a visit to relatives in Smith county.

Mrs. Augusta House died yesterday morning at her home at New Middleton.

Mr.& Mrs. Henderson Talley of Statesville were in town today.

John Baird of Mahone has administered on the estate of Irenus Beckwith.

Mrs. Mattie Heriges and children of Nashville are visiting the family of Prof. Z.D. Jones.

Miss Ella Kitching left this morning for McKinney, Texas where she will engage in teaching school.

Len Davis and James Burnes of Nashville were here today.

Mrs. L.W. Rollins has recovered from her recent spell of sickness.

Mrs. Mary McCullough will be home from Bloomington Springs this week.

Mrs. D. Vantrease from Grant is visiting Mrs. Etta Lee at this place.

Teacher's Institute

Program is as follows: Early history of Tenness including Sevier's first administrations, J.W. Parker and J.L. McGinnis; Resolved that our county school fund is sufficient, E.W. Brown and J.E. Drake; Arithmetic, Longitude and Time, S.W. McClellan and Leo Boles; History of Horace Mann as an educator, W.S. New and J.F. Caplinger; Grammar, Sentence building, Bernard Hicks and Thos. Mason; Trace the progress of education from 1865 to the present nationality, E.L. Mooneyham and J.A. Burch; the outlook of the public schools of DeKalb county, W.J. Gothard. This to be held at Laurel Hill in the 16th district, 1st Saturday in September.


The Alexandria Fair, Sept. 10, 11 & 12.

Womack & Stroud will be at Alexandria tomorrow to buy miles.

Will A. Vick will exhange some good mares for mules (any age) or corn.

Jo Ben Fuson is very sick at his home on Dry Creek. His wife is just getting better.

Mrs. Mamie Doak and two children of Nashville are visiting relatives here this week.

Mrs. Maude Wilcox and children of Sandborn, Ind. have been visiting relatives here.

Mrs. Dr. Bratten and children of Watertown have been visiting relatives and friends.

Vick & Bright will receive a car load of wagons next week.

Dr. C.C. Robinson and wife of Dowelltown are visiting here today.

Mrs. A. Daugherty will leave next Monday for Missouri to visit her daughter.

Jesse Walling will preach at the Academy here Friday night.

Miss Birdie Barbee has just returned from a several weeks visit to relatives in Texas.

John Turner returned last week from Nashville where he had been to sell two carloads of hogs.

Mrs. W.H. Wilkes came in from Texas Monday and will make this her home in the future.

Geo. Corley and wife of Carthage have been visiting Geo.'s old home near Dowelltown.

A free silver club was organized here last Saturday night. J.D. Smith was elected Chairman and J._. Hobson, Secretary. After organization, Mr. Walter Roper gave a free silver speech.

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