Editor, Will A. Vick

April 5, 1899

Thorp Springs, Texas

Sunday morning W.D.G. Carnes united in marriage Mr. John McBroom, formerly of Cannon county, Tenn, and Miss Maggie Scott of Irby, Parker county, this state. Mr. McBroom was reared near Woodbury, Tenn, but now resides at Godly, Johnson county. Miss Maggie is and was one of Parker's most estimable young ladies.

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lewis was buried here today.

Mr. Wells of Central America spent a few days here with his daughter, Mrs. R.J. Clanton.

B.J. Forbes, a young preacher, has just purchased a house and lot opposite W.D.G. Carnes.


Rev. T.J. Eastes preached at the Baptist church Saturday and Sunday. At the Saturday conference the church called Rev. J.B. Moody of Tampa, Florida as pastor.

The firm of Terry and Stevens has been dissolved. Mr. Terry purchasing Mr. Stevens interest in the business.

Mrs. Levia Goodner died Saturday morning. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday by the pastor, Rev. W.M. Freer and interment took place in East View Cemetery.

Ed Bethel purchased Mrs. Goodner's home on Locust Street last week.

Bill Tally has traded his place on the Statesville road to L.E. Simpson, for a lot on Mill street.

Representative Smith of Macon county is sick at the home of J.L. Dinwiddie on Main street.

Hal Tubb was in Lebanon and Nashville last week.

Liv Tubb leaves for market this week to buy goods.

T.W. Eason and W.B. Simpson went to Lebanon today.

R.L. Turner, a promising young lawyer of this place, conducted his first lawsuit last week.

Judge D.O. Williams is in Smithville.

Dibrell Dinges has gone to California.

J.D. Colvert and son, Jim, are in Smithville this week.

Miss Hatton Wilson, who has been visiting Mrs. H.D. Foust on High street, has returned to her home in Smithville.

Clem Womack went to McMinnville Saturday.

Jess Kitchings and Will Flippen went to Lebanon this morning.

Joel Rucker, who shot himself recently at his home near Statesville, died Saturday.

Mrs. Maggie Bass and Mrs. Lannis Bass of Dowelltown were here last week.

Mrs. T.W. Goodner is sick at her father's, W.W. Patterson, near town.

L.W. Rollins and wife are at Hartsville.

Snow Hill

Rev. A.J. Waller is buildig him a new barn which has been needed for quite awhile.

Miss Bettie Hendrix, who has been sick for three years, is quite low; not expected to live much longer, unless great change takes place.

W.B. Davis and daughter, Miss Pearl, of Mt. S____ing are visiting the family of W.M. Bailiff.

Mrs. Chas. Hall is on the sick list this week.

Mrs. Amy (?) J__ [very faint] is suffering with a lame back here of late.

Mrs. Nannie Potter of Clarksville is visiting relatives at this place.

Jas. Woodside and wife visited the family of W.M. Bailiff last week.

Big Oak

Messrs. William Young and Jessie Todd arrived home from Wilson county last Wednesday.

Mr. James Young will soon leave for Kentucky where he expects to work to sell Patent Right Territory.

Prof. Geo. Wood of Nashville was in this section this week tuning pianos.

Mr. Cassie Womack gave his friends a very pleasant entertainment last Friday night.

Mr. William Young has been engaged on doing some repair work on his engine.

Our Neighbors

News Taken From Our County Exchanges

Putnam County ----- The Press

Col. B.H. Cooke of Nashville was in Cookeville last Wednesday. Capt. Z.P. Lee went to Nashville last Monday.

Col. C.H. Whitney and Geo. H. Morgan of this place, applicants for the position of Supervisor of the Census for this county and district ----------.

A few weeks ago a local paper published an item to the effect that Rev. O.B. Close, who was recently pastor of the M.E. Church at this place, had become insane and placed in an asylum. We are pleased to say that Bro. Close is sound in mind and body and has been in no way affected, especially mentally.

Jere Whitson is in Nashville.

Wilson County ----- The Democrat

Mrs. E.E. Adams and son, Fred, left Tuesday on a visit to her parents in Springfield.

R.B. Sloan of Nashville and B.E. Vance of Hartsville were here last week to bid on the confederate monument.

Miss Dovie Simms, the eighteen year old daughter of Jno. Simms, died at the home of her parents on Spring Creek last Sunday morning. Her remains were interred in the family burial grounds Monday afternoon. This is the second child Mr. Simms has lost since Christmas.

Smith County ----- The Times

Elder T.B. Larimore will begin a series of meetings at the Christian Church on Sunday.

Prof. W.E. Wilkerson of Chestnut Mound was in town attending the teacher's association.

Mrs. M.G. King was called to Nashville to attend the bedside of her daughter, Mrs. Eva Newson, who is quite sick.

Mrs. W.E. Myer went to Hartsville Sunday to meet her husband, who has been to Cincinnati.

Mrs. James Meadows died at her home on the south side of the river last Sunday, after an illness of two weeks, aged about 40 years. She gave birth to a child about two weeks ago, which was the cause of her death. A husband and eight children mourn her departure.

Elder J.C. McQuiddy of Nashville preached an interesting sermon at the Christian Church.

At a meeting of the board of trustees of Joseph W. Allen College last Saturday, R.L. Couch was unanimously re-elected principal of the school.

Mrs. Mark Smith died at her home near town last Sunday night about 7 o'clock of consumption, after a lingering illness of several months. She was 35 years old and leaves a husband and four children. Her remains were buried at the family graveyard of her father, Mack Paris, near Elmwood on Monday afternoon.

Gov. Benton McMillin, wife and little daughter came up from Nashville last Saturday. Gov. McMillin returned on Monday. Mrs. McMillin and baby, Eleanor, will remain for several days.


Uncle Thomas Chapman is some better and it is hoped he will recover soon.

Rev. O.B. Close, who has been attending the Theological department of U.S. Grant University at Athens, Tenn., came in last week to attend the bedside of his Grandfather Uncle Thomas Chapman.

Misses Edna and Bernice Smith of Liberty were guests of Minnie Blackburn Sunday night.

Neal Robinson is visiting his sister, Mrs. Vera Rowland at Hardscuffle Sunday.

Oscar Whaley of Liberty was in town Sunday on business (?).


Miss Etta Kenneday returned home today after spending several days in Murfreesboro.

Miss Mamie Peak was here today.

Miss Arra Thomas of Auburn is visiting Miss Nannie Kennedy this week.

William Young is with homefolks.

Luther Jones of Watertown was here Friday.

Mr. Peyton of Sanders Fork are visiting Mrs. Mattie Rich.

Miss Maude Rich visited Maud Armstrong last week.

I wonder why Bro. Oakley has prefixed "Dr." to his name.

Newburn Smith and Miss Tassie Grandstaff were quietly married last Wednesday.

Card of Thanks

The Woman's Parsonage and Home Mission Society desires to publicly thank the people of Liberty and community who so liberally patronized them in the entertainment given last Saturday night for the benefit of the Methodist church. The Society feels specially grateful to Mrs. A.E. Potter, Miss Nannie Potter, Messrs. Robt. E. Bratten and Ed Evans for their hearty co-operation and assistance in the entertainment. For the music we want to thank Miss Willie Whaley, Messrs. T.M. Bright, Elza and Dillard Givan. --- Woman's Missionary Society


Prof. F.M. Bowling, our efficient Co. Supt., addressed the school and patrons last week.

J_ele Rucker, a substantial citizen of our community, shot himself with a 38 caliber pistol on Mar. 25, which resulted in his death today. He was a devoted member of the C.P church and a member of the I.O.O. F.

Miss Ethel Bratten, one of Liberty's many charming belles, is visiting at W.A. Barger's this week.

Harlie Thompson of Watertown was in our midst Saturday.

The young folks of this village enjoyed a social at W.A. Witty's Saturday night.

Robt. Bratten of Liberty attended church here Sunday.

Dr. J.L. Davis and wife of Hendersons X Roads were visiting Dr. J.M. Turney yesterday.

Mrs. Anna Bennet of Earles, Ky. is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Jennings.

Aubrey Jennings and Marvin Turney had the Greenvale fever Sunday.

Miss Edna Smith of Mt. Juliet was visiting Miss Dessie Cox last week.

Fire at Watertown

The Bass Block and Some Other Buildings Go Up in Smoke

Last night about 12 o'clock the alarm of fire startled the people of Watertown. The fire originated in the store of B.H. Phillips, who occupied one room of the Bass block and upon Mr. Phillips there is the heaviest loss. The fire caught from a defective flue and was under full headway before being discovered. The harddhouse of Wm. N. Waters was also burned, as were two shops. The Bass block is the property of John Bass with no insurance. The stock of B.H. Phillips was valued at $900 to $1000 and insured for $300. Total loss about $2500.


Mr. Samuel Young of DeKalb county was around last week with a wagonload of very fine one year old apple trees, and he sold about 750 in Commerce to six men.

The old lady Borum, widow of H.Z. Borum, died Saturday at Saulsberry and was buried Sunday. She was about 75 years old.

Mrs. Levi Goodner, daughter of John Marks, who died in Alexandria Friday night and was buried Sunday at Cedar Grove cemetery. She leaves two children who are now orphans indeed; their father having died about a year ago.

Born to A.J. Kilzer and wife, a boy, March 14th, mother and child doing well.

C.W. Smith went to Lebanon today to attend a good horse.

John L. Bell sold his farm to the J.H. Murphy boys and bought one of James Weaver.

James Weaver bought out the Widow Catharine Borum's interest in her husband's estate.

Ed Midget moved to the W.D. Tracy farm.

Louben Massy bought about 3 acres from J.L. Bell.

Jacob Barbee set out about 200 apple trees last week.


Johnie Whaley has returned from Nashville.

Miss Ethel Bratten is visiting relatives at Statesville.

Miss Lazetta Williams visited relatives on Dry Creek Monday.

Mrs. F.M. Preston is visiting relatives and friends in town this week.

Miss Lenora Martin again has charge of Overall Bros. Millinery department.

Thos. Phillips, a good farmer of the New Middleton neighborhood, was in town yesterday.

Pate Henley, accompanied by Misses Nettie and Maggie Foutch, attended the entertainment Saturday night.

Hewey Hollandsworth, who has been in the Indian Territory for two years, returned to his home on Canal Creek.

Rev. Oscar Close, who is attending the U.S. Grant College at Chattanooga, is on a visit to relatives in Dowelltown.

Elder E.H. Grimes filled his regular appointment at the Baptist church in Dowelltown Sunday. He has tendered his resignation at that place on account of health.

The Board of Pension Examination will investigate the claims of the following today: John A. Lee, Woodbury; Doss Oakley, Temperance Hall; James Blythe, Liberty; J.H. Blackburn.

Miss Forest Squires is able to be out again.

Miss Nannie Groom is visiting relatives near town.

Misses Sallie and Isa Givan were in Alexandria Saturday.

R.B. Vanatta and wife visited relatives at Forks of Pike Sunday.

Ben and Jas. D. Overall visited relatives in Liberty from Saturday to Monday.

Misses Vera and Nannie Potter of Smithville visited the family of A.E. Potter Saturday.

Clarence Wilson of Cookeville and W.L. Sellars, representing the Cookeville Marble Works, was here Saturday.

Miss Etta Woodside, who is at Smithville for her health is improving.

Mesdames Jas. F. Youngblood and T.A. Killman returned Saturday from several days visit to relatives at Commerce.

Call on Miss Maude Flippen, trimmer for Vick & Bright.

The carpenters are tearing away the ruins of the Campbellite church and will begin the erection of a new one on the same spot.

On last Thursday Mr. Jerry B. Collins, a well to do farmer and valuable citizen of Clear Fork, was married to Mrs. Hiram Hale, a respected lady of Dry Creek.

While at Temperance Hall filling his appointment last week, Rev. W.H. Gilbert united in marriage, Prof. W.T. Foster and Miss Mattie Freeman, both of Mississippi. It was the finis of a happy courtship. Prof. Foster is a model gentleman and is the son of J.B. (Byrd) Foster of Increase, Miss. He has been teaching school at Temperance Hall for several weeks.

The Warren Cummings will suit was decided at Woodbury last Saturday by the verdict of the jury to sustain the will. Warren Cummings was the wealthiest man in Cannon county and willed his estate to the heirs of James Cummings, his son. The will was contested by a child, son of Warren Cummings, he being left out of the will entirely. No appeal was taken, the heirs agreeing to pay plaintiffs in the suit all the expenses they have incurred in the prosecution.

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