Editor, Will A. Vick

September 4,1889


The Watertown Roller Mill Co. is just about ready to build the mill house, just across the railroad west of the depot.

Wood & Bryan will put in planing machinery in their grist mill house and run a saw, planer and corn mill.

Several new dwellings are needed and to be built this fall. Mr. Hale and two Mr. Jennings and Jas. Compton have bought residence lots, also Mrs. Bratten and J.F. Beard, who are now building.

Forks of Pike

Tom Measle is improving slowly.

Sampson Sellars, who has been sick for some time, is improving.

Charlie Ramsey and wife of Coffee County were visiting at T.P. Bragg's last week; also, Mrs. Alexander and daughters of near Viola were visiting at Mr. Bragg's.

Mrs. M.J. Ford has been spending several days with her sister, Mrs. Lizzie Hays of Auburn.

T.P. Bragg received three premiums at the fair at Dixon Springs last week.

Joe Evans and wife of Smith County are visiting relatives near this place.

Mrs. Lizzie Hays was visiting relatives at this place last week.


We are having plenty of good well water in our midst just now. Messrs. David & Turner are in our midst with their machinery having great success. The well of G.G. Melton, near the door of his store, is 79 feet deep with plenty of sulphur. The well of Daniel Jetton is 26 feet deep, with water sufficient and very cold.

We have had several pleasant visitors of late; Misses Tiny Hawkin and Elida Lawrence, Messrs. Shelah Turner and L. Cathcart from near Dowelltown, Messrs. Earnest Maddux and Wiley Hawkins from Central College, two of Smal lman's worthy young gentleman, John M. Hancock and Billie Dodd and Hiram Gassaway, Charlie Overall and Billie Jetton.


Rev. N.R. Sandborn preached here Saturday and Sunday night. He has been chosen pastor of the church at this place.

Elder E.A. Elam will begin a meeting at the Christian church this week.

James Garrison accidently shot himself through the leg while trying to extract a cartridge from his rifle. The wound is not a dangerous one.

A little girl of J.M. Minton at Burton Hicks stuck a splinter in her foot.

Shelby Malone says it is no trouble to burn a hog that has died from cholera.

James Allen has returned from Florence, Alabama.

Monroe Givan was here last week.

Charlie Wheeler is in town today.

Mrs. Jessie Spain of Nashville is visiting her uncle, R.A. Lawrence, at this place.

Mrs. Odom from near Commerce is visiting Mrs. Mollie Schurer.

Miss Callie Bowers of Nebo, Kentucky is visiting her sister, Mrs. M.J. Baird, at this place.

John Durrett left for Cincinnati this morning.

Mrs. Will Reece went to Nashville on a visit to relatives.

Jo Knowles and wife left for their home in Nashville.

Len F. Davis and family left for home this morning.

James Jones has returned from Cincinnati.

Liv Tubb leaves this week to buy Fall goods.

Mrs. Martha Lucky is much better this week.

A little boy of Peter Tubb's (col.) died Friday.

Mrs. John Atwood at Brush Creek died Friday.

Letter from Will A. Vick about Cincinnati

Letter from J.C. Bass about Cincinnati

Round Top

Thomas D. Fite from Nashville, Miss Nellie West from Smithville and Mr. Davis and family were visiting L.H. Fite and family last week.

Joel Rooker and family from Statesville have been spending a short season with Mr. Talley and family.

Jesse Jennings is in the community and looking downcast (from not seeing his best girl today?)


Floy Hale, s/o H.L. Hale and wife, died August 28, 1889.

Mrs. Dr. Squires is on the sick list.

Wm. Turney of Smallman was in town Monday.

Henry Jones of Alexandria passed through town Monday.

Mrs. May Bass of Clear Fork is spending this week in town.

John Givan went to Watertown yesterday on a short business trip.

J.C. Bass returned Monday from his extended trip through several states.

Jas. King has been very sick but is improving some now.

A.J. Kersey has resigned his position as engineer at the Liberty Roller Mill.

Miss Etta Bass of Smith's Fork is visiting the family of Jas. Prichard.

Ms. Harvey Smith and Dr. Fitts of McMinnville gave our office a call.

Abe Thomas has moved his barber shop in the Blackburn house just opposite the livery stable.

Miss Cleo Turney of Smallman entered school at Pure Fountain College Monday.

Jo Wright was on the stage this morning having recovered sufficiently to enter school again.

Zeb and Rich Lee, Charlie Frazier and E.K. Atwell, all of Smithville, were in town this morning.

Tom Bright is here again.

Chas. Wheeler, representing Gray Fall & Co. was here again.

Ran Bly and wife are both very sick at William Bennett's on Dismal Creek.

Chas. Fite representing Lyles, Fite, Davis, & Co. was mixing among our merchants this week.

Miss Jennie Smith, assistant teacher in our school here, has been sick this week. W.B. Evans is assisting in her place.

Miss Ada Young of Mahone spent yesterday with Miss Nora Youngblood.

Jas. Vanatta and family, who have been visiting relatives here, returned to his home in Franklin, Kentucky.

Miss Nelia West, who has been visiting relatives at Prosperity, came to Jas. Hollandsworth's yesterday evening and took the stage for her home in Smithville.

We learn that John Robinson and Miss Edna Powell, both of Temperance Hall, were united in marriage yesterday evening.

Pick Up

R.C. Jennings, Jr. is very sick with chills and fever.

Mrs. Josie Armstrong, w/o J.M. Armstrong, is on the sick list.

Mrs. M.F. Luck, w/o Capt. Luck, is still very feeble.

B.R. Williamson was suddenly taken sick with pneumonia while he and his wife were visiting relatives near Alexandria. He is still unable to return home.

S.F. Barbee and family were visiting relatives at this place Saturday.

Messrs. Tom Robertson, George Turner, Jim Harvey and W.H. Oran were in town Saturday.

Messrs. Andrew Patton and Johnnie Johnson were visiting at Esq. N.G. Patton's.

M.D. Johnson, our enterprising Constable, was in town on official business this week.

James Smith and wife, formerly of this county, but now a resident of Arkansas and George Smith and wife of Smithville are mixing with their many friends and relatives in this community.

Caesar Thomas, one of our energetic young men, has returned home from Long Beach, Mississippi, where he has been staying the past year. He contemplates remaining about two months.

Miss Fannie Patton returned from Cottage Home after enjoying a visit with friends and relatives at that place.

Miss Minnie Patton spent several days with relatives at Round Top.

J.W. Davis and W.T. Alsup paid Liberty a flying visit Wednesday.

W.R. Chandler of Macon County and Miss Malissa Young of this community were married at Rome last Sunday.

R.G. Patterson and lady attended the wedding of Miss Malissa Young, they also attended the reception in Macon County.

A.J. Armstrong received a premium of $15 on one of his Vidette colts at the Lebanon Colt show.

R.J. Patterson is the owner of a hog which has five fully developed feet, two of them being on the fight foreleg.

Tobe Thomas has been training his Lexington for the Alexandria fair.

George Harvey has purchased the property of J.R. Hale at Statesville consisting of a house and lot and about 23 acres of well improved land, the price paid being $2400.


Mr. Tom Mount, who has been very feeble for some time, departed this life a few days ago.

Eli Allen, who has been so very sick, is no better. J.W. Allen, his brother, arrived from Kentucky to spend a few days, but has returned.

The High school at this place, under the charge of Prof. King, is very full. The McKee school, under J.W. Medding, is in a very prosperous condition.


Died, at her home, August 24th, Mrs. Bet Barbee.

John Corley has returned from Silver Point.

Thomsa Lanham has gone to Kentucky.

Dee Johnson of Lebanon has been visiting relatives at this place.


J.R. Tramel is very feeble.

Mrs. Riley Hill has been very sick, but is improving.

J.W. Jacob's barn burned Saturday night.

Mr. M. Curtis' youngest child died Friday and some of the others are sick.

J.H. McClellan was very late going to school this morning.


On the 17th of September, 1889, at the late residence of J.A. Bass, dec'd., on Smith's Fork, one mile north of Dowelltown…(Auction, mentions livestock, grain, tools, household furniture, etc.) W.H. Bass, Admr.

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